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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 ...

Xpress sits with SF State President Leslie E. Wong

October 8, 2013 News 2 Comments

Q: How would you describe your last year here and what are your goals looking forward? W: Coming to a campus with a stellar reputation with probably the brightest students I have been around in my 40 years in higher education the issue, that I learned my first year is the effort we spent to ...

SF State physics professor and students win $400K grant

October 8, 2013 News 1 Comment

For the last four years, Weining Man, an SF State physics professor, along with her research team of students, dedicated nights and weekends in their lab to find new ways to manipulate light. Their discovery is now nationally recognized. Man received a $400,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation in July for her discovery in ...

Campus health center prepares for Obamacare enrollment

October 8, 2013 News

UPDATE: Today Covered California approved SF State’s Student Health Center to become a licensed Affordable Care Act enrollment entity, according to SF State’s lead health coordinator, Aimée Williams. “Now we have to find out the info and see what comes next,” Williams said. “How do we get trained and when can we get students in here; hopefully ...

BART strike threatens students’ Friday commute

October 8, 2013 News

As labor talks continue between BART management and its unions, commuters across the Bay Area look for different ways to commute — and that includes SF State students like 24-year-old Danielle Hodge, biology major. Hodge is one of more than 400,000 daily BART riders whose daily commute is threatened by the ongoing labor talks, as unions ...

California to claim nation’s second highest minimum wage

October 7, 2013 News

California hasn’t seen a wage increase since 2008, but after Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 10 on Sept. 25, the Golden State will claim the nation’s second highest minimum wage of $9 an hour, effective July 1, 2014. The passage of the bill means the state will also raise minimum wage again Jan. 1, ...

Alleged shooter of Justin Valdez to be arraigned today

October 2, 2013 News

Nikhom Thephakaysone will be arraigned today, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. on three felony charges including the murder of Justin Valdez; they were both SF State students. Valdez, the 20-year-old sophomore was fatally shot in the back of the head at about 9:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, after getting off an eastbound M-Ocean View Muni ...

City proposes Muni M-line to run under Parkmerced, extend to Daly City BART

October 1, 2013 News 6 Comments

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) proposed the elimination of parking spaces along 19th Avenue to make room for a new M-Ocean View Muni line that would run underground through Parkmerced, during a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 23. Two conceptual designs, revealed by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), would each run the M-Ocean View line ...

SF State health center stops TB testing temporarily

October 1, 2013 News

Many SF State students, like nursing major Kana Thompson, undergo tuberculosis testing as a requirement for jobs and class programs. However, the SF State Student Health Center placed a temporary freeze on TB testing last month, when local labs proved unable to provide accurate blood test results. According to Health Center officials, who blamed faulty blood sample ...

Justin Valdez remembered as environmental activist, avid swimmer

October 1, 2013 News 3 Comments

[set_id=72157636102280996] Justin Luke Valdez Sept. 4, 1993 – Sept. 23, 2013 Justin Luke Valdez, an environmental activist and passionate swimmer, died last Monday in San Francisco, Calif. Valdez, 20, was shot and killed exiting the M-Oceanview Muni line on Randolph and Bright streets in San Francisco’s Ingleside District. He was a sophomore at SF State, ...

Taser program standardization stretches statewide for CSU police

September 25, 2013 News 3 Comments

While campus police officers across California use pepper spray, guns, handcuffs and batons; SF State’s University Police Department officials propose another tool be added to their utility belt — the Taser — which would make the campus one of the last in the California State University system to be patrolled by officers armed with conducted ...

9/24-10/1 SF State news briefs

September 24, 2013 News

Special Education credential program receives grant The U.S. Department of Education will provide SF State with a grant to aid students who want to become early childhood special educators, a career that is in demand. The 1.2 million dollar grant will aid the Careers and Inclusive Resources Related to Children’s Learning in the Early Years (CIRCLE) ...

SF State professors weigh in on Syrian war

September 19, 2013 News

The United Nations announced Monday, that the Human Rights Commission will be investigating the 14 chemical weapon attacks, to find who is responsible for the war crimes. The U.N. has released an official report that shows “indisputable” evidence that chemical weapons were against civilians, according to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The U.N., however, will not confirm ...

Pentagon Papers’ Daniel Ellsberg speaks on campus

September 19, 2013 News

It was standing room only Tuesday in Humanities 587 as SF State’s history department celebrated Constitution Day by hosting a panel about government surveillance and citizens’ constitutional rights featuring Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst responsible for leaking the Pentagon Papers which exposed government deception during the Vietnam War. The panel, called “Civil Liberties and National Security in ...

Glass class cancelation protest rallies small group

September 18, 2013 News 1 Comment

Students and arts department alumni protested the cancelation of glass class at Malcolm X Plaza this afternoon. Though not a big crowd, the 15 students with signs chanted slogans and asked passersby to sign their petition. “Glass is art!  Sign our petition!  Glass is art!” chanted Mat Porkola, student in SF State’s College of Extended ...

University police begin Taser training

September 17, 2013 News 3 Comments

University Police Department officers patrolling the campus and surrounding areas may soon carry electroshock weapons. These devices, commonly known by the brand name, Taser, are designed to generate an electric current that can disrupt a person’s muscle control. The University Police Department is drafting plans for their use after the California State University Chancellor’s Office approved the ...

Career Center holds part-time job fair

September 17, 2013 News 1 Comment

Last Thursday’s part-time job fair, hosted by the Student Involvement & Career Center (SICC), provided SF State job seekers an opportunity to find employment. This event gathered 33 business representatives into the Quad by the Cesar Chavez Student Center and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Off-campus employers recruited current and recent SF state students for ...

Students revive SF State community garden

September 17, 2013 News

In a neon orange beanie and customized duct tape shoes, Eco Students President Tyler Wescott tenderly tucks lettuce into the earth of its new home with a blanket of straw to help keep the moisture in. Wescott leads the effort to rebuild and replant the community garden hidden behind a wall of bushes near Mary Park ...

SF State opens Office of Sustainability

September 17, 2013 News

[set_id=72157635367610247] This summer SF State advanced toward San Francisco’s goal of exporting zero waste with the addition of the Office of Sustainability. Formerly a part of the Physical Planning Department, the office has taken on new importance this summer as it works to improve the University’s sustainability by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and ...

Dorm security increases with 24-hour monitors

September 16, 2013 News

[set_id=72157635405953037] University housing officials increased security this semester adding a 24-hour door monitor to check all individuals prior to entering residence halls at SF State. The previous policies set by Residential Life required residence halls’ receptionists to check keys and IDs after 10 p.m. only, which went into effect after the removal and arrest of ...

CSU Chancellor White chats with Xpress

September 10, 2013 News 2 Comments

After Timothy White was appointed CSU Chancellor last December, he made a personal commitment to visit each of the 23 CSU campuses during his first year on the job. His visit to SF State last week marked the thirteenth stop on his tour. During his two-day visit to the campus, the chancellor engaged with students and faculty, ...

New 24-hour vending machine provides students with convenience goods

September 10, 2013 News

[set_id=72157635470969875] With items like condoms and aspirin in addition to a variety of foods and drinks, the new Shop 24 vending machine is bringing the luxury of a convenience store to students on campus. The new machine, which is located on campus between the Administration Building and the J. Paul Leonard Library, is open 24 ...

SF State professor runs for 2014 Oakland mayor

September 10, 2013 News

[set_id=72157635475036524] SF State professor Joe Tuman announced last July his plan to run for Oakland city mayor for the second time in the 2014 election. His second bid for mayor comes at a time of high crime rates in Oakland. Many consider the police department to be understaffed and overwhelmed, creating what Tuman describes as ...

9/8-9/14 Syria, deans, Palestine and fossil fuels

September 10, 2013 News

Open forum on post 9/11 and current Syria By Andrew Cullen Today, SF State will host the 12th Annual Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on Post 9/11 World Affairs, a continuing forum that brings together SF State professors to discuss issues like U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. With the looming possibility of another U.S. military intervention in ...

Student org leaders gather for SF State required workshops

September 10, 2013 News

Last Saturday, student leaders attended a series of workshops called the Sixth Annual Leadership Symposium designed to provide advice for running a successful group on campus. The event hosted by Student Involvement and Career Center, or SICC, requires organization leaders to attend the day’s workshops to be recognized as a University organization and consequently, gain access to special ...

ASI excites students with kick-off carnival

September 6, 2013 News

[set_id=72157635406429636] SF State’s Quad bustled with activity Wednesday, Sept. 4, as students flew down slides, competed in obstacle courses and enjoyed free food courtesy of Associated Students, Inc.’s second annual ASI Kick-off. The event provided students with food, carnival games and inflatable attractions hosted by a variety of student organizations, setting the tone for ASI‘s semester ...

Textbook program provides options for students

September 5, 2013 News 1 Comment

Cash-strapped students no longer have to struggle to pay for the textbooks at SF State this semester because Project Connect has the hook-up. The campus group ran by Associated Students, Inc. encourages students to not skip out on purchasing school books because they are too pricey; instead students can obtain their textbooks for low or no cost ...

SF State offers healthy options for a college lifestyle

September 4, 2013 News

[set_id=72157635373999906] Many students are faced with the challenge of staying healthy on a college campus, a struggle that often involves weight gain, stress and loss of sleep — but by taking advantage of on-campus resources, students can put their health woes behind them. According to a 2005 national health survey, 3 in 10 college students are ...

Rush Week potentials check out frats and sororities

September 4, 2013 News

[set_id=72157635298134109] During the first few weeks of the semester, the Quad in front of Malcolm X Plaza becomes an impromptu field party taken over by the Greek community’s Rush Week. These weeks are for curious students of all grades to look into joining an SF State Greek sorority or fraternity by rushing, or taking an ...