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Two injured in Excelsior drive-by

March 1, 2018 News

A 27-year-old man was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting on Felton Street in the Excelsior District early this afternoon. A local resident heard gunshots at roughly 1:45 p.m. on the 1700 block of Felton Street. According to the Citizen crime-tracker app, San Francisco Police Department officers responded shortly after and located one victim, ...

End of Black History Month calls supporters for London Breed

March 1, 2018 News

Hip-hop dancers from Culture Shock Oakland filled the grand rotunda of City Hall Wednesday night, with lively performances closing the final night of Black History Month in San Francisco. The Black History Month Cultural Experience event, hosted by Board of Supervisors President London Breed and fellow supervisor Malia Cohen on the night of Feb. 28, ...

Gig economy makes filing taxes for students complicated

March 1, 2018 News

Many students working in the “gig” economy struggle during the tax filing season due to lack of knowledge regarding their obligations and deductions. “Gig” economy jobs include occupations that are not permanent such as Uber, Lyft, Door Dash and other short-term contracts or freelance jobs. Last filing season, students who were in the gig economy ...

#ICEoutofCA protest

February 28, 2018 News

SF State students from multiple organizations gathered and walked out in protest in reaction to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids throughout the Bay Area on February 28th. Students chanted throughout campus and building halls, “Join us, Walk out, share you care. We will not stand for this,” leading the crowd down 19th Street, ...

The fashions of Chinese New Year

February 28, 2018 News

Along with constant celebrations, such as big family dinners, parades, lighting firecrackers and handing out money in red envelopes during one of the most celebrated times of the year in Chinese culture, men and women dress in their most vibrant Chinese New Year garments to accentuate the beauty of this holiday. “The qipao is the ...

SF State develops new “Animals on Campus” policies

February 28, 2018 News

SF State’s Department of Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) is currently developing new policies regarding emotional support animals on campus. When it comes to animals on campus, the University currently only has policies implemented for service animals which are defined as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for ...

Dean breaks glass ceilings

February 28, 2018 News

Between 1942 and 1964 Ernest C. Dillard held multiple different leadership positions as a staff member with the International United Automotive Workers (UAW). In each position, he was the first African American person to hold the position. Seventy years after Dillard began working with the International UAW his granddaughter, Linda Oubre, broke ground herself as ...

Black STEM students change narrative

February 28, 2018 News

*Revisions were made to this story on March 2 to correctly attribute Jasmine Sims for quotes regarding Katherine Johnson, and to clarify BE-STEM’s collective purpose. History tends to be written by people with power, and for as long as the United States has existed, people who don’t identify as straight, white men have not had ...

No push to fill empty storefronts in the Castro

February 27, 2018 News

The Castro District has been collecting empty storefronts for the past couple of years. Known for its rainbow theme and historic contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, the Castro District has become a bit duller these days, due to the looming presence of empty storefronts lingering along the sidewalks. During the Castro Merchants monthly meeting, ...

“Just take your s—t with you”

February 21, 2018 News

Mission Dolores Park, a cornerstone for residents and popular hang-out spot for tourists, is littered with trash and empty bottles from the day’s recreational activities. The state of the park is a far cry from years past. Trash left behind at the park is an issue that has prompted the formation of  Love Dolores, an ...

ASI president wants Wong gone

February 21, 2018 News 4 Comments

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President Jacqueline Foley detailed her frustration with the mistreatment she and fellow students, staff, faculty and administrators received under SF State President Leslie Wong’s authority in a Statement that was emailed to Wong and his administration last week. “I have experienced horrific, disrespectful and appalling behavior from administrators on this campus,” Foley ...

Students struggle to find the time for the Lunar New Year

February 16, 2018 News

Over a quarter of the world’s population is celebrating Lunar New Year today, or what is also called the Spring Festival in many other countries including: Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Thirty-five percent of San Francisco’s total population is made up of people from Asian backgrounds — almost half of that demographic is Chinese, according ...

When the Stars begin to Fall

February 16, 2018 News

As part of Black History Month, SF State’s School of Music put on a selection of spiritual concert songs — songs with deep ties to the history of enslavement in the United States. The songs were from the Tuskegee Institute and Beyond to commemorate famous African American spiritual songs — religious folk music closely associated ...

Attempted Burglary at SF State

February 14, 2018 News

A male broke into an SF State female’s apartment while she was inside. After the man broke in he then fled the area. There were two other females at the resident’s home when the burglary was attempted. Upon arrival, UPD officers observed that the front door was open, splintered and left the deadbolt engaged by ...

San Francisco’s higher taxes on cannabis

February 13, 2018 News

Adult use of cannabis is legal in California because of Proposition 64, which means anyone over the age of 21 can now purchase marijuana for recreational use, at a cost. Several taxes, including the 15 percent state tax, which comes along with recreational marijuana, that pushes the price of cannabis sold at dispensaries higher than ...

Person found dead at Mary Ward Hall

February 7, 2018 News

A man was reported dead on the first floor of Mary Ward Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 10:18 p.m. Nickie Young, a 24-year old San Francisco resident was announced dead at the scene, according to the SF Medical Examiner’s Office. The exact cause of death is still under investigation. The case synopsis by the ...

Increased initiative to combat ICE

February 7, 2018 News

With the increasing ICE raids in the Bay Area, undocumented immigrants are taking extra precautions as they go through their daily routines. Due to the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) changes, SF State has taken the initiative through the student Dream Resource Center –– created in 2017 –– to ...

13 sections of music courses have been cancelled at SF State

February 7, 2018 News 1 Comment

Music students are scrambling at the last minute to find available classes with open seats to fulfill their graduation requirements. The music department sent out an email on Jan. 26 announcing the cancellation of several music courses, including many ensemble classes led by Allen Biggs, who has been teaching in the music department for ten ...

International perspectives upset by SF homeless

February 7, 2018 News

On a peculiarly warm winter day at SF State, when the noon sun was highest in the sky, students flocked to the quad in crowding numbers, filling the area as they rushed to class or took a break to enjoy the day. The pathways around the Cesar Chavez building were packed with student organizations recruiting ...

7th Annual BAAITS POWWOW largest one yet

February 6, 2018 Life News 3 Comments

Groups like First Peoples, particularly those who identify as Two-Spirit, have long been marginalized and underrepresented in politics and media. But organizations like Bay Area American Indian Two Two-Spirits (BAAITS) seek to fight against this disenfranchisement. Last Saturday, BAAITS sponsored the seventh annual powwow in support of Two-Spirit members of their community. California Consortium for ...

Stolen SUV Suspect flees after deputy opens fire

February 1, 2018 News

A Hayward police officer opened fire after a male, suspected of stealing a black SUV, rammed into the officer. The suspect fled on foot, and it is unclear if he was injured. The deputy was left with minor injuries, according to Alameda Sheriff’s spokesman Sergeant R. Kelly. The incident occurred at Park Royale apartments on ...

Farrell in, Breed out

January 31, 2018 News

Many San Francisco residents were frustrated by the Board of Supervisors’ decision last Tuesday when Interim Mayor London Breed, the first African American woman to lead the city, was replaced by white, venture capitalist Mark Farrell. After hours of emotional and politically charged testimony, Farrell was elected interim mayor with a 6-3 vote on Jan. ...

Students honor late theatre professor

January 31, 2018 News

“He was a great teacher,” said Hamid Ehya describing the passion that the late Theatre Arts Professor Mohammad Kowsar taughtwith. “The thing about him was the energy he had, the knowledge he had, and the love he had for teaching and for the subject was amazing.” Mohammad Kowsar was beloved, revered and deeply respected by ...

On-campus petty theft and burglary on the decline

January 31, 2018 News

Burglary incidents at SF State experienced a steady increase over the past couple of years. While petty theft incidents have decreased, it continues to be the most frequently reported occurring crime on campus. According to University Deputy Chief of Police Reginald Parson, burglary and petty theft may be attributed the University’s open campus policy that ...

Activist groups protest outside ICE field office

January 27, 2018 News

A crowd of more than a hundred gathered on the sidewalk outside a downtown field office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement late Friday morning and broke into religious songs as they professed an updated take on a message deeply tied to their religious identity: let my people stay. The crowd was led by a ...

Gov. Brown delivers last State of the State address

January 25, 2018 News

Gov. Jerry Brown highlighted California’s environmental measures and defended the high speed rail in his State of the State address Thursday morning, Jan. 25, 2018. It comes as Brown’s 16th and final address after he has served four total terms in office — two terms in 1975 and then another two terms in 2011. After ...

West Portal fire under investigation

January 24, 2018 News

Tuesday night at approximately 10:40 p.m., a three-alarm fire broke out at 32 West Portal Ave. and continued to spread to two neighboring businesses, according to an official press release from the Mayor’s office this afternoon. Fire engines were dispatched at 10:42 p.m. and arrived at the scene no later than five minutes later. The ...

Students honor late theatre professor

January 24, 2018 News

Late theater arts professor Dr. Mohammad Kowsar died Jan. 14, 2018. While in Tehran, Iran over winter break, he fell from a fifth-story window. Kowsar left an enormous impact on SF State’s campus through out his career. Students have lined the halls of the Creative Arts building with thoughts and memories of their professor and ...

Raid preparation increases immigrant anxiety

January 24, 2018 News

American immigration officials prepared for a “major sweep” in multiple Northern California cities as they plan to arrest over 1,500 undocumented citizens according to an unnamed source from an SF Chronicle article last week. This will be the biggest deportation campaign under President Trump and seems to be a message in line with his anti-immigrant ...

West Portal Fire

January 24, 2018 News

A roof collapsed damaging several nearby buildings after a late night fire in West Portal, according to local authorities, the SF Chronicle reported. The blaze was first reported around 10:45 p.m. on the 30 block of West Portal Avenue, according to San Francisco Fire Department, engulfing a beauty salon, hardware store and grocery store in ...

Government shutdown review: the rundown on the shutdown in plain English

January 23, 2018 News

After three days of deadlock, President Donald Trump signed a bill on Monday temporarily ending the government shutdown until Feb 8. The shutdown began on Friday at midnight when a new budget bill failed to pass the Senate. This first bill would have extended government funding for another four weeks while congress worked on a ...

Women’s march attracts college students

January 21, 2018 News

“Hear our vote,” was the chant heard throughout the day as thousands of participants gathered at the Women’s March and rally in San Francisco. The march on Saturday, Jan. 20 aimed to encourage voters to elect more women into office in the 2018 midterm elections. Attendees marched from City Hall to The Embarcadero waving signs in the ...