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Bill ends ‘unfair’ cash bail system; critics says it’s a mistake

September 11, 2018 News

A new California law that abolishes cash bail now ensures that defendants don’t sit in jail for years awaiting trial just because they’re poor, say advocates. But opponents warn the law will devastate public safety, create more overcrowded jails and give judges too much power. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the controversial bill on Aug. 28, ...

SF State alumnus killed in Chicago crossfire

September 11, 2018 Life News

A gifted 25-year-old SF State alumnus who had survived cancer was killed when caught in the crossfire of a shooting in Chicago on Sept. 2, just days before starting his PhD program at Northwestern University. Shane Colombo was an academic all-star, according to his former professors and friends. He survived lymphoma when he was 15 ...

UPD to offer active shooter response protocol training for Safety Week

September 10, 2018 Life News

The University Police Department will offer training sessions next week on how to respond to an active shooter on campus as part of SF State’s Campus Safety Week, put on by the school’s enterprise risk management department. According to UPD Chief Jason Wu, SF State’s training program was implemented in 2017 and — in addition to ...

Burglar breaks into student residence

September 9, 2018 Life News

A student living in SFSU housing got a shock Saturday afternoon when she encountered a burglar in her apartment as she walked out of her bedroom. The victim called University Police at 4:14 p.m. to report the break-in at the University Park North residential building. “As she exited her bedroom, she noticed the suspect walking ...

Rapper Mac Miller dies of apparent drug overdose

September 8, 2018 News

Rapper Mac Miller, 26, has reportedly died of a drug overdose, according to TMZ. Law enforcement officials are reported to have responded to an emergency call at 11:50 a.m., where they found Mac Miller and pronounced him dead at the scene. Malcolm James McCormick of Pittsburgh began his career on a high when his first ...

Comedy night gets underway at The Depot

September 7, 2018 Life News

Moonwalking hosts, jokes about depression and no sun –– it was all part of the fun at The Depot’s first comedy night of the fall semester, held on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. With sign-ups starting at 5:30 p.m., the open mic event presented 28 SF State student comedians. In addition to jokes about their depression ...

SF State grad shot and killed in Chicago crossfire

September 6, 2018 News

A photo of Shane Colombo and his mother, Tonya Nishimuta-Colombo, celebrating on Shane’s graduation day from SF State University appears on a GoFundMe page created to help pay for Shane Colombo’s transportation home. A SF State graduate was shot and killed by a stray bullet in Chicago on Sunday, less than a day after he ...

Bill to end cash bail cheered and panned

September 6, 2018 News

A new California law that abolishes cash bail now ensures that defendants don’t sit in jail for years awaiting trial just because they’re poor, say advocates. But opponents warn the law will devastate public safety, create more overcrowded jails and give judges too much power. Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial bill on Aug. 28, ...

Prof hopes violence and suicide prevention course goes viral

September 3, 2018 Life News

An SF State professor studying violence and suicide prevention hopes a new health and wellness course will lead to fewer tragedies among students who sign up and cause a ripple effect among their peers. The Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative, a collaboration between the College of Ethnic Studies and the Wise Wishes organization, started one of two ...

Queer People of Color campus group returns to SF State

September 3, 2018 Life News

A defunct SF State advocacy group that was influential for shedding light on issues affecting queer people of color back in its day is about to be revived. The campus organization Queer People of Color (QPOC) was first formed in 2005 by graduate students of the Ethnic Studies program.  During a recent meeting of the Queer ...

Campus pathway converted into reserved VP parking spot

September 3, 2018 News 4 Comments

A high level SF State administrator can now park on a campus pathway that is off limits to all other cars thanks to a new parking spot created solely for her use. Part of the pathway behind the Student Services building has fresh white paint sectioning off a vehicle-sized area and proclaiming the space as ...

Graffiti rages against SFSU construction, lack of student housing

August 31, 2018 News 4 Comments

Profanity-laden graffiti denouncing the demolition of student housing units appeared overnight last Wednesday at the construction site located at the Tapia Drive Triangle and the Humanities Building. The demolition is clearing space to build the $81 million Liberal and Creative Arts Building at Tapia Drive and a mixed-use student housing facility on Holloway Avenue near ...

An academic step to the future

August 31, 2018 News 2 Comments

A host of faculty and administrators held a conference at SF State Wednesday morning on the need for a new academic master plan to help drive the long-term goals of the university. In Jack Adams Hall, President Leslie Wong and Provost Jennifer Summit welcomed the academics with a coffee and bagel breakfast. They introduced the ...

Reports of gunfire at Balboa High School lead to four school lockdowns

August 30, 2018 News 1 Comment

Reports of gunfire at Balboa High School led to four school lockdowns and one non-life-threatening injury earlier today around noon, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Four student have been detained. According to the San Francisco Police Department, the incident put Balboa High School, James Denman Middle School, San Miguel Early Elementary School and Leadership ...

Staying safe on campus

August 29, 2018 News

SF State offers numerous programs and resources to help students stay safe. First and foremost, said UPD Chief Jason Wu, safety is enhanced when students trust that police are here to help. Typically, people interact with police only in upsetting situations like a traffic violation, a police interview or when needing to report a crime. ...

Campus crime reports more than double from 2013 to 2016

August 29, 2018 News

The University Police Department was on high alert in July as a group of robbers roamed SF State’s campus in broad daylight grabbing valuables from students walking alone. On July 11 at 6:10 p.m., an SF State student walking through campus noticed two men on a red, pocket bike-style motorcycle in front of the library. ...

CSU mental health counselor bill sent to final vote

August 28, 2018 News

The California Faculty Association-sponsored Senate Bill 968, which would mandate the number of mental health counselors on CSU campuses, has been moved to a final vote this Friday. The bill would require all CSU campuses to meet the requirements of one mental health counselor for every 1,500 students for a full counseling staff. According to ...

Twin Peaks Tunnel reopens

August 28, 2018 News

The Twin Peaks Tunnel reopened on Saturday just in time to ease the way for the horde of commuters returning to SF State. Even better news for commuters, trains can travel 10 mph faster through the 2.2-mile tunnel since replacing the tracks lifted the tunnel’s speed restriction while keeping trains running reliably, according to the ...

Commemorating a ‘champion of justice’

May 16, 2018 News

Gabriela Sanchez was a SF State student expected to graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and electronic communications arts. On July 18, 2017, Sanchez died early in the morning when a semi-truck collided with her car while she was driving to her 4 a.m. shift at Starbucks in Los Banos, California. She ...

Mashouf invites virtual reality

May 16, 2018 News 1 Comment

SF State students have had the privilege to use the first-rate facilities available at Mashouf Wellness center since it opened in the Fall 2017 semester. With a rock-climbing wall, pool and jacuzzi, multiple exercise rooms, basketball courts and an indoor olympic track, there is something for everyone. Walk by room 105 on a Tuesday and ...

Why stay in the bay

May 15, 2018 News

The Bay Area, especially San Francisco, is getting more and more expensive. Many residents are fleeing from the high expenses to other parts of California and other states. The value of a bachelor’s degree is decreasing with each passing decade and won’t always guarantee a job that will allow someone to support themselves financially, at least ...

Vaping in the City

May 15, 2018 News 1 Comment

Vaping has become an epidemic among high school students according to Tobacco Free CA but is it may also an epidemic among college students. Last year, SF tried to ban flavored tobacco including many vaping oils, but a tobacco industry campaign has but that ban on the June ballot to let the public decide and ...

Crave, your new craving

May 9, 2018 News 1 Comment

Below the Cesar Chavez Center, next to the gaming center, sits Crave — a new sandwich shop where Ike’s Place used to be, which had previously closed over two months ago. The change has gone mostly unnoticed, even with the popularity on campus — or at least that is what many students on campus have found, including Kristine Castro, a psychology major. “I didn’t know ...

SF State fights student homelessness

May 9, 2018 News

A leadership panel on homelessness tackled barriers and solutions to student homelessness in the wake of recent tent encampment sweeps on the streets of San Francisco. Justin Wellins of the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Homeless Outreach Team explained that San Francisco has the highest number of laws criminalizing homelessness. The most recent law, according to SF ...

You are what you eat

May 9, 2018 News

Students coming and going from the Mashouf Wellness Center can now stop by the newest eatery to hit campus. Clean Bites officially opened up shop on April 5 and has been serving healthy meals to SF State students ever since. Branded as a juice bar but offering food as well, Clean Bites focuses primarily on ...

Mashouf sees increase in petty theft

May 2, 2018 News

Mashouf Wellness Center experienced 10 petty thefts, which accounted for at least 60 percent of the total petty theft incidents on campus in the past 60 days. According to the University Police Department crime log, petty theft is currently the most frequent crime committed on campus followed by vandalism, auto burglary, grand theft and burglary. ...

Holes in your paycheck: How potholes in SF are ruining cars

May 2, 2018 News

Driving in San Francisco can have serious consequences for cars, especially when driving over potholes. “I don’t notice them until I run over them when it’s too late, then I get upset. I live in Pacifica so it’s a big difference from where I live compared to an area like Potrero Hill,” said Tatiana, a ...

SF State opens a new museum

May 2, 2018 News

Ancient triple nesting sarcophagi stole the spotlight at SF State’s Global Museum’s inaugural opening on April 26. The new museum featured four different sections: collections from the Americas, Oceana, Africa, and ancient Egypt. In choosing the art pieces for the inaugural opening, Director of the Global Museum Paige Alison Bardolph and her team considered key ...

Judge ruling says DACA applications will continue to be accepted

April 29, 2018 News

Attempts to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the Trump Administration have been halted once again by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates of the District of Columbia. This past Tuesday, the district court found the rescission of  DACA  unlawful under the Administrative Procedure Act. However, Bates stayed his decision for a ...

Wiener’s SB-827 Bill Meets Local Opposition

April 25, 2018 News

Senator Scott Wiener has introduced a contested bill that if passed will overrule local zoning controls on height, density and design standards on housing complexes near transit-rich urban areas. SB-827 will ensure that any new housing construction within half a mile of a train station or a quarter mile from a frequent bus stop will ...