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Students look up to a better economic future

October 30, 2017 News

SF State took part in the annual Up to Us competition, where students get to run a campaign on raising awareness about escalating national debt and how millennials can help to secure the economic future. This is the fifth year SF State has been a part of Up to Us.  The University is third in ...

Somalia blast felt as far as SF state

October 27, 2017 News

The capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, was the target of a terrorist bomb strike on Oct. 14, when a truck packed with several hundred kilograms of military-grade and homemade explosives killed over 350 people and injured over 500 more. No individual or organization has been identified for the cause of the attack. However, given the history ...

Newly renovated Jewish summer camp reduced to ash

October 24, 2017 News

Following the North Bay Fires, in an amazingly eerie moment of realization, a press photographer discovered that the wooden Star of David perched on a hill overlooking Camp Newman remained in perfect condition amidst acres of ash and rubble. “The star was always the landmark and the one visual thing that separated Camp Newman from ...

Students find new ways to cover costs of tuition

October 23, 2017 News

For most students, being admitted into the college of their choice can feel like a dream come true, but then comes the harsh reality: the expenses. Between tuition, housing and school supplies the dream of attending college can suddenly become financially daunting. This was the case for 19-year-old Heather Cochran, who was surprised by the ...

New fire ignites in the Santa Cruz County

October 17, 2017 News

A Santa Cruz County fire has forced multiple evacuations, burned four structure and injured five people. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CALFire), the fire broke October 16 at 10:30 p.m. at Bear Canyon Road and Deer Creek Road in Boulder Creek, California. As of Tuesday afternoon it is five percent ...

Sorority sponsors SF State blood drive

October 16, 2017 News

Amid the frenzied tragedies of the past couple weeks, it’s easy to overlook the minute, albeit powerful, bright moments of humanity. SF State played host to a blood drive this past week, sponsored by Phi Gamma Chi and Blood Centers of the Pacific partnership. Mamunna Gorsi, a 19-year-old civil engineering major and sorority member, said ...

Two blocks of art

October 15, 2017 Life News

On Friday, two blocks of Soma’s district held a block party showcasing multiple artists, dancers, and live performers. The showcase was filled with events ranging from a live Samba dance to a giant wall used to highlight members of the crowd in costume. The event was hosted by Central Market Community Benefit District. This was ...

Work far from over in Wine Country

October 15, 2017 News

Weekend winds spread embers from the fires in Northern California and ignited new blazes, forcing mandatory evacuations of about 400 more homes on the edge of Sonoma. The Northern California fires began last Sunday and consist of 15 active blazes across eight counties that have burned more than 217,566 acres. According to CalFire, over 5,700 ...

Santa Rosa strong

October 14, 2017 News

The sun is red. The earth, white. There is no sky. Just across the highway, life appears to continue. Santa Rosa, despite being one of the most severely impacted cities in Sonoma County, is doing everything it can to care for its own in the wake of the ongoing Wine Country fires. “My friends have ...

Journalism lecturer loses home to blaze, not her spirit

October 12, 2017 News 1 Comment

Despite her lack of sleep, Sibylla Herbrich walked into SF State’s journalism department Monday afternoon with a smile on her face, ready to teach. Monday’s lecture included how to safely photograph fires by listening to emergency scanners, understanding the code and sticking with firefighters to get closer access to the flames. But prior to the ...

Bring back the knowledge form banned books

October 11, 2017 Life News

Powerful texts that were forbidden to be taught and read in different educational institutions, including correctional facilities, were revisited by students and professors alike during Banned Book Week. The Richard Oakes Multicultural Center put on the Banned Book Week event that took place in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Center on Sept. 28th. The ...

Tubbs Fire leaves hundreds without homes

October 9, 2017 News

The Tubbs Fire consumed 25,000 to 30,000 acres of Santa Rosa land, forcing many people to evacuate their residences, according to a tweet from the Santa Rosa Fire Department. The Tubbs Fire–– named after Tubbs Lane in Calistoga, California, where the first signs of the growing fire were–– burned all through last night and is ...

Atlas Fire rages in Sonoma County

October 9, 2017 News 2 Comments

A previous version of this article stated that two sources–– Kyle Guerrero and Michael Gies–– both said that they were helping put out the fire “simply because they liked to put out fires.” While this was true for Gies, Guerrero later made it clear that he was putting out fires “until the firefighters could get the time ...

SF State alumna survives Las Vegas shooting

October 9, 2017 News

Last Monday morning, America woke to the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history after a gunman opened fire on the estimated 22,000 people attending a country music festival in Las Vegas, leaving 58 dead and nearly 500 injured. For one survivor, SF State alumna Christine Antekelian, ‘10, only one thought remained still amid the ...

CSU Employment Union picket for fair pay and equal work rights

October 9, 2017 News

CSU Employees Union (CSUEU) marched in front of the Administration building this morning, chanting for fair pay and equal working conditions for CSU classified staff. Across 23 campuses, there are 16,000 classified staff employed by the CSU. Classified staff are the nuts and bolts to the CSU machine which include: Health center professionals, I/T technical ...

Multiple fires rip through California wine country

October 9, 2017 News

Update 4:50 p.m. The number of fire-related fatalities has grown to 10, officials say. As communities are destroyed by fire aggravated by strong winds and pervasive drought, fire departments have shifted from fighting fires, to saving lives, according to Ken Pimlott, the director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “I grew up ...

Minimal mental health awareness at SF State

October 5, 2017 News 1 Comment

Thursday, Oct. 5 is National Depression Screening Day (NDSD). Many college campuses hold mental health awareness events and provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to fill out a depression screening survey. This year, SF State is not one of those campuses. Here at SF State, 88 percent of the health-related factors that students report ...

SF State alumnus pedals over language barriers

October 5, 2017 News

As Santia Herrera strolled past the dim sum spot near Mission and Persia streets Sunday, her four-year-old daughter rode a pink bike. It was 70 degrees, and a perfect day for the Excelsior District’s annual Sunday Streets block party. After a long day of sunshine, she stumbled on a surprise – a bike mechanic in ...

Puerto Rico lies in the wake of Hurricane Maria

October 5, 2017 News

Correction: This article previously incorrectly quoted a source in the article, Melissa Camacho, in regards to the following line: “Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s strongest hurricane since 1932, has left the island almost unrecognizable…”. The quote was previously written as a direct quote when it should have been paraphrased. The article has since been changed to correct ...

Mexico earthquake brings the country together

October 5, 2017 News

Jocelyn Avila’s boyfriend was in shock when his car started to sway from side to side, confused when people began evacuating the buildings — all she could do was watch and listen on FaceTime. Avila, an SF State student from Cuernavaca, México, was on the phone with her boyfriend who attends Tecnológico de Monterrey in ...

Campus largely unaware of heritage month

October 4, 2017 News

First signed into law by President Johnson on Sept. 17, 1968, National Hispanic Heritage Month has over three decades of history. Despite this lengthy history, awareness of the celebration is still strangely low. The National Hispanic Heritage Week bill originally outlined a week of praise and adulation for the numerous contributions Latino/as have made to ...

Berkeley’s “Free Speech Week” fades out in screaming matches

October 4, 2017 News

The anticipated pinnacle of the canceled “Free Speech Week” at UC Berkeley ended in a small show of right and left wing supporters clamoring to drown out each other’s voices last Wednesday. A crowd that fluctuated in size every hour, as students walked from and to class, gazed upon the screaming matches between the conservative ...

DACA recipients welcomed in workshop at Mission High School

October 4, 2017 News

At Mission High School on Saturday, volunteers and government officials came together to create a workshop for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals in response to the Trump administration’s closure of the program. Hundreds of DACA recipients flooded the high school’s halls, and patiently waited in line and through a presentation, in the hope ...

SF State mixes virtual reality and physical fitness

September 28, 2017 News

Video games at SF State are getting an upgrade to its playtime and are in the preliminary stages of sending a dose of virtual reality (VR) into the realm of physical fitness on campus. Lecturer and research assistant Dulce Hiraci Gomez of the kinesiology department said after one year of research with her associates William ...

Hate speech posters cover SF State, again

September 28, 2017 News 4 Comments

Last Thursday posters slandering Dr. Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi and other Palestinian community figures were scattered around campus two days after Abdulhadi hosted an Islamophobia panel for SF State’s Constitution Day, on Sept. 18 and 19. The posters, distributed by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an extremist zionist organization that has no affiliation with SF State ...

Bernie Sanders announces plan for a tuition-free SF State

September 27, 2017 News

***additional reporting by Aria Brock*** Bernie Sanders is working to make California State Universities tuition-free, just like San Francisco City College, the first in the state to do so. Finding standing room to see Bernie Sanders in the 304 max capacity Diego Rivera theater at City College of San Francisco in Friday was almost as ...

Freedom of Speech panel brings Palestinian community issues to light

September 27, 2017 News 2 Comments

Some Palestinian students and faculty do not feel safe at SF State. A two-day informational panel lead by Dr. Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, SF State Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora studies, for SF State’s Constitution Day, featured a discussion on academic freedom for professors who stand up for marginalized students and the College of Ethnic ...

New master plan reveals massive housing increase

September 27, 2017 Life News 4 Comments

Up to 8,300 new student beds will arrive on campus within 15 years as SF State accelerates its transition from being a commuter campus towards a residential campus, SF State officials announced Monday. More than 70 people witnessed the public unveiling of the first pieces of a plan set to redevelop the campus by 2035. ...

Environmental organizations showcased at second annual Green Rush

September 23, 2017 Life News

SF State’s diverse assortment of environmental organizations were on hand at Malcolm X Plaza for the second annual Green Rush, an environmental take on the typical Greek rush. Hosted by SF State’s Environmental Resource Center, or the ERC, the Green Rush doesn’t actually involve fraternities or sororities. Instead, the event promotes SF State’s numerous on-campus ...

Bernie Sanders speaks at Medicare rally, nurses show support

September 23, 2017 News

Bernie Sanders received immense support from the crowd as he spoke at this year’s California Nurses Convention to discuss the Medicare For All Act at Yerba Buena Gardens. Doctors, nurses, students and Bernie supporters gathered together in downtown San Francisco, wearing red shirts to show their solidarity with one-third of the Senate Democratic Caucus that ...

Dormant accountancy program under review

September 22, 2017 News

A dormant accounting program at SF State is currently under review for possible termination. The Educational Policies Council, a committee dedicated to discussing curriculum and academic policy issues, unanimously voted at their Sept. 12 meeting in favor of discontinuing The Certificate in the Study of Public Accountancy program. The proposal to end the program was ...

Early morning fire breaks out at Parkmerced high-rise apartments

September 22, 2017 News

A high-rise in Parkmerced had to be evacuated early this morning after a fire broke out, hospitalizing two people. San Francisco firefighters responded to the call at 125 Cambon Drive at about 5:45 a.m. where they rescued three victims from a blazing seventh-floor apartment. Two of the victims were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, one in ...