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Non-student groups force President Wong to address student rights of free speech

December 11, 2013 News 20 Comments

At the “State of Emergency” rally Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, the phrase “My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers” was written with chalk onto the stage in Malcolm X Plaza. Photo by Benjamin Kamps / Xpress SF State President Leslie E. Wong sent out a mass email to the campus community Monday, addressing a balance between ...

Power outage in Lot 20

December 9, 2013 News

Students arrived to Lot 20 today, Monday, Dec. 9 2013, to find signs on the payment meters that read, “Due to power outage, free parking today.” The power outage in the lot took out the lights, elevators and payment machines inside the building. The signs were placed on payment machines in the morning by the ...

Undocumented students get access to SF State’s EOP for the first time

December 5, 2013 News

[set_id=72157637818233503] For the first time, the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), at SF State has begun to admit AB 540 criteria students and undocumented students into its program upon their admission to the University. This school year, there are 3,000 SF State students enrolled in EOP, or 10 percent of the University’s population. EOP helps recruit and ...

Strategic Planning Committee meeting draws poor student turnout

December 3, 2013 News 1 Comment

[set_id=72157638338122364] The Associated Students Inc. hosted a town hall event Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the J. Paul Leonard Library in support of SF State President Leslie E. Wong’s new strategic plan. President Wong has worked on a new strategic plan — the goal, mission, and objective for improvement for the University in the coming years — with his committee ...

World AIDS Day at SF State draws small crowd

December 3, 2013 News

[set_id=72157638339215874] Red pins exploded across campus Tuesday as SF State celebrated the 25th annual World AIDS Day with free HIV testing and presentations about getting tested, safe sex and culturally competent care. Campus organizations including the Women’s Center, Peer Educators Advocating Campus Health (PEACH), Creating Empowerment through Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education (CEASE), the Education and ...

New shuttles shorten students’ wait time for daily commute

December 3, 2013 News 1 Comment

Last month, the University invested $83,000 to add two additional shuttles to the fleet that transports students from the Daly City BART station to campus, in order to accommodate the growing commuter population at SF State. SF State’s shuttle service is available to students and faculty who commute from Daly City BART and runs Monday ...

Ceramics sale signals end for glass class

December 3, 2013 News

[set_id=72157638335849986] Snug in the middle of campus amidst the signs and free candy sit hundreds of ceramic goods available for the SF State community to purchase. The Ceramic Guild Annual Holiday Sale began this Monday and continues till the end of the week in the Fine Arts Building room 192. The glass blowing class, which is ...

Taser debate sparks student protest

November 25, 2013 News 1 Comment

The escalation of the Taser debate resulted in a rally in Malcolm X Plaza Friday, where students protested against what they see as the silencing of student voice on campus. Protesters also spoke out against the auxiliary merger between Associated Students, Inc. and the Cesar Chavez Student Center that threatens the benefits for some SF ...

SF State mourns death of long-time journalism lecturer

November 19, 2013 News

Raul Ramirez, an award-winning journalist and longtime SF State lecturer, died of cancer Friday at his Berkeley home. Ramirez, 67, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in late July. Ramirez taught journalism at SF State for 30 years and specialized in investigative reporting and public affairs. Since 1991, he worked as the executive director of news and public ...

President Wong invites SF State community to Strategic Planning Kickoff event

November 19, 2013 News

[set_id=72157637826397053]   Monday, a dry-erase board was set up in Malcolm X Plaza, and on it was the question: What would make San Francisco State a better place? President Leslie E. Wong and his Strategic Planning Committee encouraged students and faculty to write their suggestions, which varied from “lower tuition” to “free parking,” on the board for SF ...

Student center remembers Richard Oakes in 11th annual celebration

November 12, 2013 News

Next Thursday, Nov. 21, the SF State Richard Oakes Multicultural Center (ROMC) will host the 11th Annual Richard Oakes Celebration to commemorate the life of Mohawk Native American Activist Richard Oakes. The celebration, which is open to the public, will explore Native American community activism on campus and in the San Francisco Bay Area through ...

Ex-con teaches prison reform class at SF State

November 10, 2013 News

From cocaine trafficking to prison to teaching, Michael Santos, a newly hired criminal justice lecturer, offers SF State students an insider’s perspective on the prison system through his class, The Architecture of Incarceration. This class examines the country’s prisons, the people inside, the way they are treated and the justice system that has put them ...

University replaces 3,000 locks after loss of master keys

November 7, 2013 News

The entire block of housing units in University Park North and the Towers at Centennial Square were re-keyed last week after two master keys opening about 3,000 resident’s doors were reported stolen Monday, Oct. 28, according to University officials. The University responded to the crisis and managed to re-key all the affected apartments and dorm ...

Project Connect hosts eighth annual Transfer Day

November 6, 2013 News

  UPDATE: 11/12/13 Last Wednesday, Bay Area community college students interested in transferring to SF State gathered at the Cesar Chavez Student Center for the eighth annual Transfer Day. Project Connect: Recruitment and Retention Resource Center, an Associated Students, Inc. program that works to promote higher education and facilitate graduation for low-income and historically under-represented ...

SF State gets new courses with environmental focus

November 5, 2013 News 2 Comments

A $38,207 grant provides Gators with the opportunity to enroll in five new environmental focused courses starting Spring 2014. The Office of Sustainability at SF State recognized the opportunity of the ‘Campus as a Living Lab’ Grant Program and told University professors, who then developed the five courses, according to Caitlin Steele, director of sustainability and energy. The ...

Taiwanese alumni establish scholarship fund for SF State students

November 5, 2013 News

Taiwanese alumni have joined forces with SF State to bring more Taiwanese students to the University. The Taiwan chapter of the SF State Alumni Association has established a scholarship fund to encourage international students from their native country to study at the University, making it the first regional scholarship established at SF State. President Leslie ...

CSU introduces new online course enrollment

November 5, 2013 News 1 Comment

California State University students can enroll in online courses at universities across the state under a new program this fall that looks to increase access to high demand classes and keep students on track to graduate. The CSU system’s pilot program known as Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment includes 36 courses, three of which SF State offers. ...

Missing Towers and UPN master key places hundreds of residents at risk

October 29, 2013 News

[set_id=72157637109792654] A master key that opens doors to every apartment and dorm room in University Park North (UPN) and the Towers at Centennial Square is missing after a theft, SF State officials announced Monday. The University Park North contains at least 697 unfurnished apartments and additional furnished apartments. The Towers at Centennial Square houses 588 students, ...

Arab Israeli citizen shares minority experience with SF State

October 29, 2013 News 1 Comment

In an underground conference room in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, a normally controversial man almost went unnoticed. At previous events where he has spoken, pro-Palestinian protestors have burst out in defiance, but Oct. 28, Ishmael Khaldi spoke to a small crowd of 15 students with no disruptions. Khaldi was Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat and ...

Male students walk campus in heels to educate on sexual violence

October 29, 2013 News

[set_id=7215763710764677] Last Tuesday, groups of male students put a new spin on the phrase “walk a mile in her shoes,” as they walked campus in high heels to teach students about sexual violence and to collect donations for programs that aid abused women. Male volunteers donned the ladies’ footwear to participate in the annual “Walk In ...

SF State votes, but not during this election

October 29, 2013 News 1 Comment

[set_id=72157637105713506] In 2012, SF State was a polling location for the first time in three years. With a presidential election and Proposition 30 on the ballot, students shattered the University’s student-voter registration goal with 4,060 registered. This year’s municipal election ballot, however, lacks two items that capture student’s interest: presidential candidates and education-specific props. “For ...

Ban the bottle movement uncaps at SF State

October 29, 2013 News

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a student organization at SF State, attempts to ban the sale of all single-use plastic water bottles on campus, using last week’s Sustainability Fest as a platform for its cause. At the two-day SF State Sustainability Fest, TGIF hosted a water taste test challenge, which aimed to show students that when they ...

Equity Week points out cost of high education, student debt

October 29, 2013 News 2 Comments

Monday, SF State celebrated Equity Week in Malcolm X Plaza to highlight inequalities in higher education. Equity Week, a 12-year-old national college campus event, attempts to draw attention to unfair circumstances in higher education for students, faculty and staff, focuses on the high cost of education and the work conditions for non-tenured instructors. SF State’s event ...

UPD awaits Taser approval from President Wong

October 23, 2013 News 2 Comments

At a party last fall in Redwood City, a fight over drugs broke out. Officers arrived at the scene and SF State student Daniel Atwood decided to make a run for it. He hadn’t gotten far before an officer fired a Taser at him. The probes locked onto him and sent him into a spasm, ...

Students sobered by suicide prevention conference

October 22, 2013 News

The 1,100 backpacks that covered the lawn in front of Malcolm X Plaza last Friday morning brought SF State student Patty Mazariegos to tears. Each bag represents the number of students who commit suicide each year — and she once had suicidal thoughts of her own. “To think that my backpack could be lying here ...

Women’s Center opens after long search for staff

October 22, 2013 News

The Associated Students, Inc. Women’s Center opened its doors six weeks late this semester because of staffing delays. The Women’s Center is one of seven ASI programs that provide services and resources to students, funded by a mandatory student fee of $54 each semester. Jamila Ali, associate executive director of ASI said positions for center director, assistant ...

SF State leads state in university fossil fuel divestment; CSUs follow example

October 22, 2013 News 1 Comment

The student group Fossil Free SFSU presented their fossil fuel divestment campaign to the California State Student Association (CSSA) during their monthly conference Oct. 12 at Cal State East Bay to encourage all California State Universities to also divest. Associated Students, Inc. Vice President of External Affairs Sonya Soltani prompted Fossil Free SFSU — the same ...

Campus kicks off week of sustainability education events

October 19, 2013 News

Today kicks off SF State’s fourth annual Sustainability Fest, an event designed to draw attention to green initiatives on university campuses nationwide. The University has expanded the nationwide event Campus Sustainability Day into a two day event covering Oct. 23 and 24. It’s a time to recognize the successes, challenges, and innovation of sustainability in higher education on each ...

BART strike approaches: Walkout at midnight

October 17, 2013 News 1 Comment

BART trains will not run Friday after unions announced their intention to strike earlier today after a marathon 30-hour bargaining session. Talks between labor and management negotiators broke down and the federal mediator, George Cohen, headed home after failing to bring the two sides together. The strike will start at midnight. After both sides agreed to ...

Students across the state unite for City College

October 15, 2013 News

This weekend, City College of San Francisco will host the CA Student Union Conference, a two-day event, for college students across the state to support the coalition group Save CCSF, in the fight to keep City College from losing its accreditation. The California Student Union’s biannual conference is designed to unite University of California, California ...

Transit talks continue to threaten students’ commutes

October 15, 2013 News

SF State students and faculty, along with the rest of the Bay Area, anxiously await the outcome of the BART negotiations as labor talks continue to drag on and commuters consider alternate transit options. Meanwhile, the University continues to make contingency plans for students caught in the middle of the transit labor struggle. “Knowing the ...

Covered California approves SF State to be health care enrollment educators

October 15, 2013 News

SF State’s Student Health Center announced last Thursday, Oct. 10 their approval as an health coverage enrollment entity by Covered California at the Health and Wellness Fair on campus. This would provide the health center with two employees paid through a $1.25 million grant given to Cal State Los Angeles to educate students on health care ...

New campus electric car charging stations provide much needed energy

October 15, 2013 News

With the recent addition of nine free electric charging stations last July, faculty and students who drive electric or hybrid cars no longer need to be afraid their car will die on the drive home. According to Teresa Carrillo, Latino/a studies department chair, after heavy lobbying from her and a group of faculty members the ...