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Campus health center connects students with free HPV vaccines

September 3, 2013 News 2 Comments

This semester, the SF State Student Health Center is partnering with a pharmaceutical company to provide students with free GARDASIL, a vaccine that protects against the human papillomavirus or HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection. In order to receive the vaccine for free, students must apply for the pharmaceutical company’s patient assistance program. The ...

ASI, student center merge to synchronize student life

August 28, 2013 News

This semester, SF State’s Associated Students, Inc. and Cesar Chavez Student Center are consolidating to become a single enhanced student auxiliary.  The University’s goal to merge both auxiliaries would build SF State’s identity and give student government a stronger presence and impact on campus, according to a charge produced by the Enhanced Auxiliary Team, a ...

LGBTQ activists contend for rights beyond marriage equality

August 26, 2013 News

The recent Supreme Court decision repealing Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in June moved the LGBTQ community one step closer to equality and set off celebrations across the city. The fight for total equality, however, rages on. Deborah Brown, sociology and sexual studies lecturer said issues of greater importance are being overlooked. ...

Frat death spurs alcohol responsibility program

August 26, 2013 News 1 Comment

SF State’s Greek Life returns to campus this fall with their usual plans and goals of finding new members, but with a cloud hanging overhead: the death of Peter Tran last spring. SF State’s administration first took action by expelling the fraternity whose hazing Tran’s death is linked to. Now an investigation is underway while ...

Supreme Court dismisses Prop. 8, SF celebrates

June 26, 2013 News 1 Comment

The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage went viral Wednesday morning with groundbreaking news for gay rights advocates. The high court struck out DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act), a federal law enacted in 1996 that acknowledged marriage as a union between a man and a women. The majority of the court also declared Proposition ...

Explosives thrown into downtown restaurant

June 15, 2013 News

Police shut down multiple downtown San Francisco streets today after someone allegedly threw a stick of dynamite through a restaurant window according to witnesses. The dynamite left a broken window at Mikaku Restaurant at the 300 block of Grant Avenue. The commotion occurred around 4 p.m. on Grant Avenue, in between Bush and Sutter. Onlookers ...

SF State gators float into Pride parade

May 26, 2013 Life News 2 Comments

This year SF State will once again be joining one of the country’s largest LGBTQ celebrations at the San Francisco Pride parade June 30 — and this time with a float. “The Pride parade is an extraordinary opportunity for the University to show our support for and pride in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” SF State President ...

Gators crawl out of the library to study

May 23, 2013 News

[HTML1] Finals have once again crept into the lives of SF State students as they try their best to save their GPAs before mentally checking out for summer. This means students face extremely long hours cramming a semester’s worth of knowledge to solidify their passing grades before entering that three-month period of no homework. While the library is a ...

Psychology graduates get alternative ceremony

May 20, 2013 News 1 Comment

The drama of the psychology department graduation celebration is finally at a close: Student Lea Lunden’s low cost alternative ceremony for psychology graduates is now nearly fully funded, helped along by a $1,000 donation from the California Democratic Party Chair John Burton. The alternative celebration slated for May 25 will cost $15 a ticket, and has ...

SF Commune activists protest dorm arrests at SF State

May 17, 2013 News 23 Comments

[HTML7] [HTML6] SF Commune activists and SF State students gathered at Malcolm X Plaza today in protest of “police brutality” during the removal and arrest of six non-residents from Mary Ward Hall last night. The group of approximately 50 protesters held signs that read “End Police Brutality” and “SFPD Used Excessive Force on Mary Ward ...

Protest breaks out after arrests at SF State

May 16, 2013 News 131 Comments

Editor’s Note: There is some graphic content in the videos posted in this article [HTML2] [HTML1] Videos courtesy of Nick Morris and Natasha [HTML3] Several non-residents were arrested and forcefully removed from Mary Ward Hall at SF State this evening after a fire alarm was set off in the dorm. At around 7:30 p.m. residential advisers ...

Cellphone theft afflicts San Francisco

May 16, 2013 News 1 Comment

Celina Curato bitterly remembers the times her phones have been stolen. Once at a club and another on the bus on her way home from SF State. “It was super crowded and I was holding the top bars and when I went to grab my phone, it was gone and the bastard had already turned ...

SEPAL discovers most effective study habits

May 15, 2013 News 2 Comments

From all-nighters to intense cramming sessions, many students will go to extreme lengths to get that much desired grade. While these habits may get the quick grade (if successful), there are some recommended strategies to better understand the material. SEPAL, Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, at SF State is conducting various research projects on ...

Bay to Breakers bans backpacks after Boston bombings

May 13, 2013 News 3 Comments

When Bay to Breakers officials announced that this year’s race would now include backpacks to its list of banned items, Bob Hearn didn’t mind. The 47-year-old software company CEO wasn’t going to bring a backpack to the race anyway. He plans to run the race just like he did last year: wearing only a silver ...

Online dating increases in popularity among students

May 10, 2013 Life News 1 Comment

Julie Feinstein Adams spent two tiresome years on JDate, an online dating website for Jewish singles, going on dates that led her nowhere. One year later, after helping a close friend with her online profile on Match.com, Adams made an account for herself, which is where she met Scott — and they are now happily ...

Small businesses succeed more often in San Francisco

May 10, 2013 News

Much like marriage, small businesses have a high failure rate. According to statistics by the U.S. Small Business Administration, 56 percent of small businesses are destined to fail within their first four years. In San Francisco small businesses can breathe a little easier. According to a study released by Thumbtack, a website where people can ...

Gavin Newsom tells SF State: use social media for democracy

May 9, 2013 News 1 Comment

Social media has created a platform for communication unlike one that has ever existed before and, according to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, that platform can be honed to help the current government structure to evolve. Today Newsom addressed a hall full of students, teachers and administrators at the J. Paul Leonard Library at SF State, moderated by the ...

SF State student earns dream internship on Capitol Hill

May 8, 2013 Life News

Correction: A previous version of this article mistakenly referred to Margaux Curcuru’s career pursuit as foreign policy. Curcuru’s education and internship were in fact focused in the judiciary and international law. The article has since been corrected to reflect those facts. Margaux Curcuru looks starry-eyed as she roams the hallways of the HSS Building and ...

Summer stress relief day provides getaway for students

May 7, 2013 News

There’s no better way to de-stress during finals week than to dunk your professor in a dunk tank. Students gathered at Malcolm X Plaza this morning for the first Summer Kick-Off and Stress Relief Day, an event hosted jointly by the Recreation, Parks and Tourism department and Student Health Services. More than 40 SF State ...

Sexual assault suspect sought by University police

May 6, 2013 News

Campus police are circulating the photo of a man suspected of a sexual assault in the Towers April 28. The suspect, who is described by police as a 20-year-old African American male around 5 feet 3 inches tall, allegedly entered the victim’s room and forced himself upon her. After the victim called out to her ...

Cloud storage's negative impact outweighs the positive

May 5, 2013 News Opinion 1 Comment

Data coverage, or cloud storage, is a model of networked online pools of storage where data is saved and usually hosted by third parties. The “hosts” are companies like Google or Facebook that operate the large data centers. A “cloud” is a set of computers jammed into a particular space. The carbon footprints left behind ...

Typhoid alert issued for Stonestown Nordstrom Cafe customers

May 3, 2013 News

Students who have dined at the Nordstrom Cafe located in the Stonestown Galleria may have been exposed to typhoid fever after a food handler was diagnosed with the bacteria earlier today, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Those who ate at the location on April 16, 17, 18, 20 or 27 may ...

SF State Muslim community quells media driven stereotypes

May 1, 2013 News 11 Comments

Soon after the bombing of the Boston marathon, the world saw gruesome photos of the bombing victims with blast wounds, melted clothing and lost limbs. People wanted to know what happened and who was responsible. When SF State student and biology major, Yaman Ahmen, 24, and member of the Muslim Student Association at SF State ...

In wake of SF State scandal, a call for justice

May 1, 2013 News Opinion

Just when we thought the worst had happened — years of budget cuts, decreased classes, tuition hikes and prolonged graduations — news broke last week of a University official and his accomplice being charged with cheating SF State out of millions. Robert Shearer, Former Director of Environment Health and Occupational Safety at SF State,  allegedly ...

SF State officials, husband, wife face criminal charges

May 1, 2013 News 1 Comment

Two SF State officials have been arrested in the month of April. One, a former director, the other a records supervisor at the University Police department. Their alleged crimes and roles at the University are different, but their last names are the same. Meet Julie and Robert Shearer, SF State’s married couple of defendants. A ...

Wife of alleged bribe schemer arrested

April 26, 2013 News 3 Comments

The wife of the former SF State environmental health and occupational safety director who allegedly took part in a bribery scheme that cheated the University out of millions of dollars, was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property by University Police, according to an internal memo obtained by Golden Gate Xpress. After a sting ...

SF State bribe scheme defendants plead, "Not guilty"

April 26, 2013 News

  After failing to make a plea Wednesday, April 26, the former SF State official and his alleged accomplice in an ongoing bribery scheme were arraigned today. Robert Shearer, former SF State director of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety, and Stephen Cheung, Vice President of Chemical HazMat Technology, pleaded not guilty to the 246 felony ...

Former SF State director allegedly partook in bribe scheme

April 24, 2013 News 1 Comment

A former SF State official is facing 128 felony counts for allegedly taking bribes costing the University millions of dollars. Robert “Bud” Shearer, a former SF State director of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety, stands accused of involvement in a seven-year bribery scheme that stole millions of dollars from the University while students faced increasingly ...

SF State's bomb threat response was simply too late

April 24, 2013 News Opinion

With all that has gone on in the last week in Boston, you’d think that a bomb threat at a large public university would warrant a rapid and robust public response from that university’s administration. But that was not the case at SF State. After a suspicious package was reported in the Creative Arts Building Monday ...

Students decry SF State's delayed bomb threat warning

April 24, 2013 News 2 Comments

In the shadow of the Boston Marathon bombing, the nation grieves and stands at high alert. Amidst the fear of terrorism, a smaller drama played out at SF State Monday, April 22 — a bomb threat on campus. The “bomb” turned out to be just an ordinary black shoebox. It is still unknown, and difficult ...

SF State community copes after multiple catastrophes

April 24, 2013 News 1 Comment

By Lulu Orozco  Within a few days last week, a number of tragic events hit the country leaving college students, who are already struggling to get through their last month of finals, to cope with tragedies on a massive scale. Monday, April 15, the sound of two terrifying bombs shook and frightened runners near the ...

Creative Arts Building evacuated due to bomb threat

April 22, 2013 News

[HTML1] The University Police Department evacuated the Creative Arts Building due to a bomb threat Monday morning. Students were allowed back into the building directly after UPD removed a black Converse shoebox from the premises. Although there is no official confirmation, the shoebox is believed to be the suspicious object. @SFState_News tweeted “UPD reports bomb ...

41st Annual Pilipino Cultural Night celebrates history through the arts

April 22, 2013 News

By Daniel Mariano For 20-year-old Susy Ibañez, stage fright had always been an obstacle. Because she had no prior dance training, Ibañez felt shy and uncoordinated. She never would’ve performed on stage or even auditioned for a dance until she became a part of SF State’s Pilipino Cultural Night last year and performed in front of a ...

Muslim Student Association hosts community prayer, promotes faith

April 19, 2013 News 1 Comment

In the middle of SF State‘s quad on a sunny Friday afternoon, about 60 people sat shoeless in front of a scholar dressed in white garb and a kufi, listening to him preach mankind’s forgetfulness of its creator, Allah. Several spectator students sit nearby listening in on the sermon. This is Muslim Student Association’s “Jumaa ...

SF State acclaims student leaders

April 18, 2013 News

You know those lazy students you sometimes see in class — the ones that barely ever show up, don’t contribute to groupwork and generally are a pain in the neck? Tonight, SF State’s Seven Hills Conference Center was filled with over 130 students, and none of them fit that description. The 8th annual Dean of Students ...