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ASI candidates call for larger voter turnout, issue awareness

March 6, 2013 News

Before college, student government elections were usually nothing more than popularity contests. At SF State it’s just the opposite, with few people on campus even knowing that student government exists. It’s election season for the Associated Students Inc. and given dismal voter turnout figures in years past, candidates are trying their best to get the ...

Gators sweep Warriors in four-game series

March 3, 2013 News Sports

[HTML1] The SF State Gators swept this weekend’s four-game series over the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors with a final 5-2 victory on Sunday, March 3 at Maloney Field. This was the Gators’ first four-game sweep of a California Collegiate Athletic Association series since 2004. The Gators will return to play Pacifica University Saturday, March 9, at ...

SFSU Confessions closing after rumors of school pressure

March 3, 2013 News 2 Comments

UPDATE March 5 The SFSU Confessions page which was scrolled and shared by thousands of SF State students shut down Sunday night, as the page administrator’s fear of legal battles grew. Many schools have their own “confessions” page, often started by students. SFSU Confessions followed a similar template, where students could submit anonymous secrets to ...

Overpopulation calls for responsible consumption, family planning

March 3, 2013 News Opinion

Being that 65.5 percent of SF State students are upperclassmen, there’s no doubt they are thinking about the future and taking the next steps into adulthood. These plans could include getting married and starting families. A question students may ask is, “How many children am I planning on having in the distant-but-near future?” Whether the ...

Chinese New Year Parade draws thousands of spectators

February 27, 2013 News

[HTML1] Lions jumped, dragons danced, and bands marched in Chinatown this past weekend as thousands of people crowded the streets to watch what has been named one of the world’s top ten parades by the International Festivals and Events Association. San Francisco’s Chinese New Year celebrations culminated this past weekend with the grand finale Southwest ...

California gun ban reality hits target on heated debate

February 26, 2013 News 2 Comments

The red light came on at the Coyote Point Shooting Range in San Mateo, Calif. signaling the shooting area was now “hot.” Andy Navarro stepped over the red line, placed his AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle on the table next to a tiny pillow and perch; sat on a small stool and began thumbing 5.56 mm bullets ...

Students deserve affordable, local housing

February 24, 2013 News Opinion 1 Comment

In case you haven’t looked for a place to live in this city recently, here’s a nugget of obvious information: this city sucks for house hunting. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for renters, San Francisco finds itself embroiled in a heated debate over a proposed amendment that would allow more ...

Planned obsolescence shortens longevity of electronics

February 24, 2013 News Opinion

According to the 2012 Accenture Consumer Electronics Products and Services Usage Report, the highest selling products in 2012 were smart phones, high-definition TVs, computers and tablet PCs. About 23 percent of 25 to 34-year-olds are high consumers, meaning they buy at least two new electronics a year. Think about it. How many iPods or MP3 ...

CCSF students occupy Conlan Hall in protest to accreditation process

February 21, 2013 News 8 Comments

Lalo Gonzalez, a 24-year-old student working toward his teaching accreditation, doesn’t mind getting arrested if it gains awareness of what’s currently happening at City College of San Francisco. On Feb. 21 starting at 1 p.m., a group of CCSF students, including Gonzalez, rallied together on their campus to protest the administration’s lack of communication with students ...

Controversy looms over potential condo conversion law

February 20, 2013 News

The flames of discord rage on between homeowner advocates and tenant rights activists over a new law that, if passed, would allow for a onetime citywide increase in the amount of residential units that could be converted into condominiums. The Condominium Conversion Impact Fee would grant eligible owners of tenancy in commons a onetime opportunity to ...

Cry to God incites debate over free speech on campus

February 19, 2013 News 2 Comments

Issues regarding freedom of religion and speech have taken center stage at SF State after a group of self-proclaimed born-again Christians, known as Cry to God, incited heated reactions from students Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Quad at Malcolm X Plaza. The trio arrived on campus that afternoon bearing a sign with slogans such as ...

Thousands march in SF against Keystone XL pipeline

February 18, 2013 News 1 Comment

[HTML1] Tommy Diestel, a student of Butte College, held a megaphone and led some of the thousands of people who marched near the Embarcadero in San Francisco during a climate rally on Feb. 17, in his favorite chant, “Don’t frack with California.” Fracking is the process of extracting shale gas and other types of natural ...

Study abroad offers unique way to study, experience the world

February 17, 2013 News Opinion

You’ve already heard this speech: study abroad is an opportunity not to be missed. But only about 500 SF State students study abroad every semester, according to the Office of International Programs at SF State. This means the majority of SF State students will not have studied abroad by the time they graduate. So although ...

Greenwashing misleads consumers' decisions

February 17, 2013 News Opinion 1 Comment

Imagine you stumble upon a clear container filled with bright green dish soap. It reads: “for every bottle of soap you buy, twenty cents will be donated to help save giant kapok trees found in the Amazon Rainforest.” Realizing you can kill two birds with one stone, you put the product in your cart and feel charitable because you’re ...

Taekwondo demonstration excites SF State club

February 15, 2013 News Sports

The Taekwondo Club at SF State is expecting visitors from a foreign collegiate team of athletes, Feb. 16, to demonstrate new techniques and talk about changing regulations in the sport. The visiting team is flying from Shinsung University in South Korea. According to Bill Dewart, the club’s coach and a faculty member of the kinesiology ...

UPDATE: Village Building C evacuated after fire alarm

February 15, 2013 News

A fire alarm was activated in Building C of the Centennial Village apartments at 10:37 this morning, according to SF State Spokeswoman Ellen Griffin. The alarm was activated due to a fire on the third floor, according Daniel Perez, who lives in Building C. “The alarm went off around 10:45,” he said. “They just started ...

One Billion Rising moves SF to dance for awareness

February 15, 2013 News

[HTML1] On Feb. 14 — the day otherwise known as Valentine’s Day — people all around the world chose to dance for domestic abuse awareness. Hundreds of people gathered in front of City Hall of San Francisco to participate and support One Billion Rising, a woman’s advocacy group, who sought to educate the general public on the ...

Being watchful of beef consumption has environmental benefits

February 10, 2013 News Opinion

Found on a cornucopia of menus, present at barbeques and at our favorite restaurants, burgers, chili, kabobs and meatloaf are just some of the hardy beef entrees that are staples of the American diet. Some care about their caloric intake associated with eating these beef products — but what is not on the nutrition label ...

President Wong discusses goals for SF State

February 9, 2013 News 2 Comments

At the outset of his second semester as president of SF State, Leslie E. Wong sat down with Xpress Editor-in-chief Kale Williams. In the final installment of our three-part interview, Wong discusses promoting the Gator brand, the new leadership at the top of the CSU and his vision of the future for SF State. KW: I remember ...

SF State President Les Wong on City College and online education

February 8, 2013 News

At the outset of his second semester as president of SF State, Leslie E. Wong sat down with Xpress Editor-in-chief Kale Williams. In part two of our three-part interview, Wong discusses changing racial demographics in California, the possible closure of the City College of San Francisco and the future of online education at SF State. KW: I ...

Online courses expand as demand, funding increase

February 7, 2013 News 9 Comments

In Fall 2011, SF State’s cinema department faced a grave problem: bottlenecking. About 100 “super seniors” and 175 juniors were enrolled in sophomore-level classes, and the department was serving 200 more students than its normal enrollment. The department hired Daniel Bernardi, an online program developer for film and media at UC Los Angeles and Arizona ...

Measure to rename SFO to Harvey Milk could go to ballot

February 6, 2013 News

After his assassination 35 years ago, Harvey Milk, former San Francisco Supervisor and the nation’s first openly gay elected official, may get the chance to have his name on the ballot one more time. There have been recent efforts in the form of a ballot initiative proposed by Board of Supervisors member David Campos, to rename ...

Limited resources for GWAR classes stunt students' progress

February 5, 2013 News Sports

The shock of being told you don’t have the prerequisites for a crucial class is a feeling many students are familiar with. For Dylan Phillipy, a kinesiology senior, missing prerequisites meant losing his financial aid. Consequently, Phillipy may not be able to attend SF State at all this semester. “If I fall below 12 units I ...

Immigration reform reignites policy discussion

February 5, 2013 News 1 Comment

Immigrant rights activist­­ Perla Flores crossed the border unchecked with her parents when she was 8 years old and lived undocumented for years. In 2010, she got her green card, 15 years after first applying for it. She said the immigration process was emotionally difficult and she would never want to go through it again. ...

Fans gear up for epic battle between 49ers and Ravens

February 3, 2013 News Sports

By Andrew Joseph / Special to Xpress The press conferences are over, the practices are all complete, and SF State students are fired up for the 49ers to take on the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, which kicks off today in New Orleans, La. “It’s a good year for the Bay Area this year ...

Decrease tuition to pre-recession levels

February 2, 2013 News Opinion

Some welcome news came from the California State University Board of Trustees over the break: for the first time since 2006 they aren’t planning on any tuition hikes for this semester, and Gov. Jerry Brown released a state budget proposal that would put an additional $125.1 million back into the CSU system. On the surface, ...

CSUs prepare for no tuition increase in Fall 2013

February 1, 2013 News

The California State University system plans to keep tuition at its current rates for the Fall 2013 semester after Gov. Jerry Brown released a state budget proposal allocating an additional $125.1 million for CSUs Jan. 10. The CSU board of trustees asked Gov. Brown and state legislature for $371.9 million in the fall of last ...