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Chilean speakers inspire SF State’s first student union

February 26, 2014 News

SF State’s first student union held its opening event that featured three Chilean student activists to speak about social activism in Chile as apart of their national speaking tour Friday at The Richard Oakes Multicultural Center. The San Francisco Student Union consists of both SF State and CCSF students and aims to incorporate local schools into their organization. They intended on ...

GreenHouse playwriting program wins $10,000 grant

February 25, 2014 News

SF State’s GreenHouse Playwriting program received a $10,000 grant that will give five MFA students their first step into the professional world of theatre. GreenHouse is an independent theatre production program run by SF State playwriting undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty from both the creative writing and theatre arts departments. GreenHouse will ...

Strategic Planning Committee looks into tightening student admissions

February 25, 2014 News 1 Comment

[set_id=72157641340168013] SF State could soon tighten the entrance guidelines that give Bay Area students priority admission, while also holding students outside that area to higher admission standards. Members of the Strategic Planning Coordination Committee, a group headed by SF State President Leslie E. Wong which focuses on improving the campus, met Friday Feb. 21. One ...

SF State students join Venezuelan anti-government demonstrators

February 23, 2014 News

[set_id=72157641443758544] SF State students linked hands with hundreds of demonstrators to form a human chain on the Golden Gate Bridge today in solidarity for mass anti-government protests in Venezuela that have plunged the South American country into turmoil. Around 300 people marched across the Golden Gate Bridge, dressed in all white, or the red, yellow and ...

Sugary drinks may get warning labels in California

February 22, 2014 News

Soda drinkers and vendors at SF State may soon find sugary drinks sold on campus will have a label to warn against negative health effects. State Senator Bill Monning introduced a bill Feb. 13 which could require that soda companies place a warning label in clear view on all beverages containing 75 calories or more per 12 ounces, according to the Sugar-Sweetened ...

“Queer Your Rights” conference educates LGBT students on rights for housing, employment

February 21, 2014 News

[set_id=72157641286296534] The Queer Resource Center put on the first “Queer Your Rights” conference last Thursday in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center. The event was hosted by the Queer Resource Center, in conjunction with the Legal Resource Center, and ASI. Its  purpose was to educate students in the LGBT community about the legal rights and resources that are ...

SF State may not be the Gators for long

February 19, 2014 News 4 Comments

University President Leslie E. Wong dances with the SF State gator mascot at Malcolm X Plaza on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in preparation for the second SF State Harlem Shake video. Photo by Virginia Tieman / Xpress, 2013 SF State President Leslie E. Wong recently stated in an interview with Xpress that he was looking ...

Students search for definitive answer on why Wong said no to Tasers

February 19, 2014 News

SF State President Leslie Wong talks with Xpress news staff about his decision not to arm University police officers with Tasers Monday, Feb. 10. Photo by Jessica Christian / Xpress After an exclusive meeting last week President Wong told Xpress staff about his decision not to arm campus police with Tasers. Since the decision, student groups involved ...

ASI members work towards affordable public transportation

February 18, 2014 News

Students enter the M-line train on 19th Avenue Tuesday, Feb. 18. ASI is proposing a new student fee to help subsidize transportation costs for students. Photo by Ryan Leibrich / Xpress Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is seeking to bring about an initiative that would allow for an SF State student discount pass on public transportation. ...

Vista Room opens doors for spring semester

February 15, 2014 News

[set_id=72157641031239624] Food aficionados can rejoice Feb. 11 at the reopening of SF State’s only fine dining establishment, the Vista Room. The Vista Room, located on the top floor of Burk Hall, is an escape from SF State’s usual grub spots. The restaurant has soft lighting, polished silverware that is replaced after each course and tables ...

Two injured in Parkmerced early morning blaze, cause unknown

February 13, 2014 News

Two people were injured early Thursday morning in a fire that started on the sixth floor of the Parkmerced apartments on Cambon Drive, near SF State. Fire crews responded to the two-alarm fire at 12:22 a.m. and quickly evacuated the high-rise building, according to Lt. Mindy Talmadge, the public information officer. Resident and neighbor Devon Henderson, ...

Conservation efforts continue on campus, even after rains

February 13, 2014 News

Linda Jo Morton, gardening specialist for University Property Management, and Alex Kimble, grounds student assistant, trim damaged leaves from an agave plant in Parkmerced Monday, Feb. 11. UPM has replaced small lawns with drought-tolerant plants in an effort to reduce water use on campus. Photo by Ryan Leibrich / Xpress Gov. Jerry Brown’s drought emergency ...

President Wong decides against Tasers at SF State

February 10, 2014 News

SF State President Leslie Wong talks with Xpress staff about his decision not to arm University police officers with Tasers Monday, Feb. 10. Photo by Jessica Christian / Xpress In an exclusive meeting with Xpress, SF State President Leslie E. Wong said that he has decided not to arm University police officers with Tasers. “There ...

Gym locker rooms will get a $2.1 million renovation over Summer 2014

February 7, 2014 News

The $2.1 million renovations will make improvements to the gym and the 60 year old locker rooms. Photo by Jessica Christian / Xpress   The SF State gymnasium and its locker rooms will undergo a $2.1 million renovation starting at the end of the Spring 2014 semester. The extreme makeover, which includes improvements to the locker ...

University groups complete Taser resolution draft

February 6, 2014 News

University Affairs students met with representatives from Students Against Police Brutality in the Cesar Chavez Student Center tonight, to further amend the resolution concerning the possibility of arming University police with Tasers. The meeting was called upon after previous revisions to the current resolution draft were lost in an exchange between ASI and the minute ...

Science Building closure linked to contaminated artifacts from 2000

February 5, 2014 News 1 Comment

People in hazmat suits work in SF State’s Science Building, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. The building is closed after toxic chemicals were found inside. Photo by Gavin McIntyre / Xpress Mercury contamination in the Science Building has been linked to the third floor Treganza Anthropology Museum and the building’s basement, which contains archaeological artifacts. The artifacts may have ...

SF State brings in new Assistant Dean of Students Brian Stuart

February 5, 2014 News

SF State recently welcomed a new Assistant Dean of Students, who seeks to bring a fresh perspective this spring semester by engaging with students on a personal level. Within his new position in the Deans Office, Brian Stuart will manage and oversee incoming students, such as freshmen and transfers, to ensure their well being and ...

New Recreation Wellness Center headed for SF State in 2018

February 4, 2014 News 1 Comment

Provided by Pam Su SF State is on its way to becoming one of the many California State Universities with a full-service recreation center by 2018. Students have financed the Recreation Wellness Center’s planning, design and future construction since Fall 2012 through a $90 fee included in their tuition each semester. Once the complex opens, ...

Astronomy professor discovers planet outside Solar System

February 4, 2014 News 3 Comments

Dr. Stephen Kane, assistant professor in the physics and astronomy department, has discovered approximately 50 different planets and recently discovered an exoplanet outside of the Solar System. Photo by Tony Santos / Xpress Dr. Stephen Kane is a collector. His obsession isn’t with coins or stamps that sit on his mantle — it’s with planets ...

Update: faculty and staff will get scheduled times to enter Science Building

February 1, 2014 News

SF State faculty and staff with offices and laboratories in the Science Building are to be scheduled a time to enter the premises for the retrieval of items. They must be accompanied by Belfor Property Restoration personnel and have a photo I.D. matching their name on a daily inspection list in order to enter the building, according to documents ...

American Language Institute is moved from Humanities after 20 years for lab space

January 31, 2014 News

[set_id=72157640334755605] The staff of the American Language Institute boxed up their belongings after being notified that their office would be relocated to the downtown campus in order to accommodate chemistry lab space. The need for lab space is due to the Science Building’s closure, according to University spokeswoman Ellen Griffin. Staff began packing and cleaning ...

Sustainable Initiatives receives a $10,000 grant for campus bike workshops

January 31, 2014 News

Senior environmental studies major and the Health and Social Sciences Representative for the Associated Students, Inc., Miguel Guerrero, stands in the campus Bike Barn, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2013. Photo By Tony Santos / Xpress A $10,000 grant was awarded to the Cesar Chavez Student Center’s Sustainable Initiatives program to host a series of bicycle safety ...

How 2014 laws will affect students

January 31, 2014 News

Thousands of new laws came into effect at the start of the new year, some of which will affect SF State students. More than 40,000 new laws and regulations were passed countrywide, 800 of which were in California alone. A handful of these new laws include minimum wage increases, labor laws, gun restrictions and rights for ...

Toxic chemicals close Science Building, displaces more than 9,000 students and faculty for Spring 2014

January 29, 2014 News 2 Comments

[set_id=72157640272931174] Students and faculty members scrambled during the first week of classes while administration worked to find and furnish alternative spaces due to the closure of the Science building. The closure displaced more than 9,000 students enrolled in classes held in the building, according to an email from SF State President Leslie E. Wong, who notified ...

SF State professor selected as a candidate for Mars One in 2024

January 29, 2014 News

Jan Millsapps, a cinema professor at SF State, is one of 1,058 candidates chosen by the spaceflight project Mars One to take a one-way trip to Mars in 2024. Photo by Rachel Aston / Xpress The spaceflight project Mars One selected an SF State cinema professor as an eligible candidate for a one-way trip to ...

Science Building closure sends students to Annex

January 27, 2014 News

Students of the biology 100 class meet in the Annex located near Lake Merced Boulevard due to the recent closure of the Science Building. Photo by Tony Santos / Xpress Students taking science classes at SF State were relocated to other areas on campus on the first day of the Spring 2014 semester after the ...

Science Building closed for spring semester

January 24, 2014 News 1 Comment

The SF State community received notification yesterday that the Science Building, which had been quarantined since Jan. 10, would be closed for the full Spring 2014 semester due to the discovery of uncontained mercury, deteriorated lead based paint and asbestos above safe levels. “This is a complex issue in a large building,” said SF State ...

Potential environmental hazards close Science Building

January 10, 2014 News 1 Comment

The Science Building has been closed due to the discovery of potential environmental hazards that were found during a routine environmental health evaluation earlier this week. UPDATE: Environmental hazards are confirmed to be traces of mercury. The University closed the rooms this week to conduct further testing and have since identified other potential hazards. The ...

Students evacuated after small dorm fire

December 12, 2013 News

The students living in the Towers at Centennial Square and Science and Technology Theme Community dorms were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a fire in one of the trash rooms set off the alarms. “It wasn’t enough to set off the sprinklers, just set off the smoke detector,” said firefighter Chief Kirk Richardson. “We aren’t going ...

SF State geographers use ‘hexacopter’ to study California landscapes

December 12, 2013 News

Peter Christian, a geographical information science graduate student, stands with the hexacopter being used to survey California landscapes. The hexacopter is a cheaper and safer way to get photos of California. Photo by Gavin McIntyre / Xpress SF State geographers have successfully used an unmanned aerial vehicle to survey California landscapes for the first time. ...

SF State graduate creates San Francisco’s first comic book superhero

December 12, 2013 News

The Phenomenal Specter X, a creation of a SF State graduate, vigilantly watches over San Franciscans and keeps citizens safe from villains. Enrique Morales, a 2007 graduate from SF State with a bachelor’s degree in drama, is the creator of The Phenomenal Specter X, San Francisco’s first comic book superhero. Morales, born and raised in San Francisco, watched Batman, ...