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Thousands gathered at Hippie Hill 2.0

May 21, 2017 Life Multimedia News

Every April 20, cannabis lovers have converged on the grassy knolls of Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park to smoke marijuana and celebrate the “stoner’s holiday.” This year, San Francisco took matters into its own hands and decided that with the recent passing of Proposition 64, which made recreational marijuana consumption legal in the state ...

Defendant pleads not guilty in slaying of SF State student

May 18, 2017 News

The suspect in the killing of an SF State student pleaded not guilty to all counts this morning at the San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City. Frederick Tran is on trial for the slaying of Ariana Hatami, his girlfriend, on the night of Dec. 17, 2016. Tran had just been released from jail after a ...

URM science students face disparity despite higher graduation rate

May 18, 2017 News

SF State students continue to face a lack of diversity in science departments despite a recent increase in graduation rates for underrepresented minority students.   As the percentage of underrepresented minorities (URM) students graduating within six years in the College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) at SF State has increased, the gap in graduation rates ...

Bay Area students work together to study Oakland lead levels

May 18, 2017 News

SF State biology students are teaming up with high school students in East Oakland to test the amounts of lead in their community using samples of dust, paint, water and hair. In a recent Reuters report, nearly 3,000 communities’ nationwide lead samples were double those of Flint, Michigan. Just last year, Flint was highly discussed ...

Crossways pose threat to SF State students

May 17, 2017 News 1 Comment

Traffic accidents killed three people in San Francisco between April 28 and May 1. One victim, Meda Hacopian, 77, was killed while crossing Lake Merced Boulevard at Font Boulevard, the same intersection slated for SF State’s Mashouf Wellness Center. This junction is at the end of one of the city’s high-injury corridors — the 12 ...

Question and answer with interim provost addresses the Graduation Initiative 2025

May 17, 2017 News

In an interview with Xpress, San Francisco State University Interim Provost Jennifer Summit sat down to discuss the CSU Graduation 2025 Initiative. The initiative aims to “raise attention rates, strengthen student learning and improve student experience at all levels,” according to the “Student Success and Graduation Initiative” website. The goal also includes getting 33 percent ...

Advising attempts to alleviate student graduation roadblocks

May 17, 2017 News

After hitting multiple roadblocks when trying to meet graduation requirements, BECA student Tim Blair was finally able to graduate in Winter 2016 – two years after his original expected graduation date. “I always had issues with classes,” Blair said, noting the time blocks of classes was also a problem as many necessary classes seemed to ...

SF State graduate student identified as Treasure Island homicide victim

May 16, 2017 News

The victim of a homicide on Treasure Island Wednesday has been identified as an SF State graduate student. He was identified by the medical examiner Friday, weeks before accepting his master’s degree, SFGate reported. Although initially identified as Guo Yuchuan, his professors knew him as Yuchuan Guo, according to the same report. Treasure Island Development ...

Remembering Chinese exclusion leads to call for American inclusion

May 10, 2017 News

The Chinese for Affirmative Action organization housed a rally at Portsmouth Square Saturday to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act and to protest the recent travel ban and anti-immigrant policies. Approximately 800 people attended the “The Rally for Inclusion,” according to event organizers. The event featured guest speakers and performances by Chinatown ...

Hundreds give feedback to shape University development

May 10, 2017 Life News 1 Comment

SF State’s Ideas Week drew hundreds of students, faculty and staff who gave their input as to what they want to see in the University’s future developments. In an effort to create a community-based master plan for the revitalization of its facilities, the University held events over four days last week, which included focus groups, ...

Jewish community lays blame on Wong

May 9, 2017 News 3 Comments

Additional reporting by Ian Sumner Tensions are rising between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian supporters on campus, as both groups speak out against the unsettling climate they feel the University administration has created. President Leslie E. Wong’s rocky history with the local Jewish community, including the two attempts to have Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat speak on campus, ...

Students face long lines to pick up new Gator Pass

May 9, 2017 Life News 2 Comments

A line overflowed outside the Cesar Chavez Student Center as students waited to pick up their Gator Pass made available for the first time Monday afternoon. The pass, which becomes effective in the fall, doubles as a Clipper card and student ID, gives students unlimited free MUNI rides (excluding cable cars) and a 25 percent ...

BECA Finalist at SF State

May 4, 2017 Multimedia News

  Four Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts majors from SF State were chosen as finalists for the competitive and nationwide Television Foundation’s Internship Program offered by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The competitive program offers a variety of different categories for students to apply for based on their interests. According to Miriam Smith, ...

Campus posters allege student group ties to terrorists

May 4, 2017 News

The David Horowitz Freedom Center distributed posters on campus today as part of a campaign criticizing Students for Justice in Palestine of being puppets for Hamas terrorists. The posters, also posted on Stop the Jew Hatred on Campus website run by the Freedom Center, portray the SJP as servants to Hamas. The campaign comes as ...

J. The Jewish News of Northern California details rocky history between Wong and Jewish campus community

May 3, 2017 News 2 Comments

  J. The Jewish News of Northern California published a duo of damning articles this evening outlining President Wong’s rocky history with the Jewish community on campus. The publication, which covers a range of topics that pertain to the Northern California Jewish community, published a news story alongside an op-ed focused on the campus climate concerning ...

SF State policy cancels under-enrolled courses

May 3, 2017 News

By Jason Rejali jrejali@mail.sfsu.edu SF State’s policy to terminate under-enrolled classes will affect students and teachers alike who fear the impact this will have on their futures. “I’ve had teachers call me, breaking down crying because they were afraid of losing their medical benefits because they wouldn’t have enough classes to teach the next semester,” ...

ASI moves forward with a new board after a controversial election

May 2, 2017 News

The new board members of Associated Students, Inc. took their oaths in Jack Adams Hall on Monday, after weeks of careful deliberation on how to address conflicts surrounding the election. Jacqueline Foley, ASI’s official new president, is releasing a statement this week focusing on moving forward. Foley’s slate, Stronger Together, dealt with grievances during past ...

May Day in Oakland draws renewed support in times of Trump

May 2, 2017 News

Thousands marched in May Day demonstrations in Oakland bringing renewed vigor to a day of protest with recently flagging numbers. An estimated 2,000-3,000 protesters rallied outside Fruitvale Village before marching to San Antonio Park in East Oakland. Recently, the annual day of protest has become associated with the immigrants’ rights cause but the Oakland event ...

The Paleta Man: symbol of unity at ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ rally

May 2, 2017 News

At the foot of San Francisco City Hall, “A Day Without Immigrants” marchers, activists and allies rallied around an unconventional symbol for immigrant worker rights: the paleta man. Just before 3 p.m. at the May Day immigrant workers strike, a San Francisco park ranger doled out citations to two ice cream vendors, known as paleta ...

Immigrants and workers side-by-side at SF May Day march

May 2, 2017 News

SF State students and staff troubled by the Trump administration’s attacks on immigrant workers’ rights participated in San Francisco’s May Day march to Civic Center. May Day, also known as International Worker’s Day, spawned protests focusing on immigrants’ rights throughout the Bay Area, the country and the world. Hundreds of participants at the San Francisco ...

Peaceful Berkeley rally sparks conversation but offers no solution

April 29, 2017 News

Despite a handful of minor arrests and several enthusiastic debates, the “alt-right” rally in Berkeley on Thursday ended on a surprisingly peaceful note. In stark contrast to rallies and protests since February, conversations and handshakes transpired between opposing parties and there was no sign of the violence that plagued recent protests. The civility may have ...

Sufficient evidence found to try suspect in SF State student murder

April 26, 2017 News

A San Mateo Superior Court judge ruled there is sufficient evidence to set a trial date for the suspect accused of beating an SF State student to death in a domestic violence case. Detective Brandon Scholes took the witness stand during the preliminary hearing this morning. He was the on-call detective on Dec. 17, the ...

Murder case shines light on domestic violence victims

April 25, 2017 News

**Charlotte Mackay contributed to this article Domestic violence took the lives of two SF State students in a two-year time span, the most recent case is ongoing. The first victim was Cecilia Lam who was shot by her boyfriend in October 2014. He was released from jail for public intoxication prior to the incident and ...

Berkeley police investigate alumnus connection to rally assault

April 23, 2017 News 17 Comments

The Berkeley Police Department is investigating a former Diablo Valley College teacher accused of assaulting a Trump supporter at a protest in Berkeley. Anonymous users on 4Chan, a public online bulletin board, identified philosophy professor Eric Clanton as the masked man who hit a Trump supporter over the head with a bike lock at a ...

Power outage leaves 90,000 San Francisco residents without power

April 22, 2017 News

A power substation at Pacific Gas & Electric prompted an outage in San Francisco, shutting down traffic lights, cable cars, Muni service and BART on Friday leaving around 90,000 utility customers without power. The series of outages started around 9 a.m., according to PG&E spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian. The outage area extended from the Tenderloin to ...

Interior Design Students help keep SF State soccer field clean and green.

April 22, 2017 News

Bioswales – yes, bioswales – brought interior design majors and community organizers together on the West Campus Green at SF State Thursday to celebrate Earth Day. This is the third year that associate professor Karen Johnson-Carroll has had her Business Practices for Interior Design class transplant and help make bioswales on campus. The purpose of ...

City permits and sponsorship can’t kill the Hippie Hill 420 vibe

April 21, 2017 Life News

Every year thousands of people from every walk of life converge upon San Francisco’s famed Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park on April 20 to celebrate the one thing they all have in common: a love of all things cannabis. Meeting at Hippie Hill on April 20 to smoke marijuana and celebrate the unofficial pot ...

Tuition freeze bill moves through state Assembly committees

April 20, 2017 News

The Higher Education Committee approved Assembly bills Tuesday that will benefit California students if passed, including one that would freeze tuition until December 2020. Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and leaders of the California Faculty Association authored AB-393, also known as the Student Protection Act, which could freeze California State University system tuition to December 2016 rates. ...

City to host first “City-permitted” 420 celebration

April 19, 2017 Life News

Correction: A previous version of the article incorrectly stated that Eaze doesn’t plan on making its service available for recreational users at all, and that Miller directly drove for Eaze. San Francisco has a history of celebrating the unofficial “420” holiday, but Thursday marks the first celebration since California became the fifth state to legalize recreational use. ...

University continues to use pesticide despite harmful components

April 19, 2017 News

Interactive map created by Rita Berrios Riquelme The red dots date where Roundup and Roundup Pro Max has been used this semester, while the blue dots date where Avenger AG has been used. Students from Fossil Free SFSU are seeking 3,000 signatures for a petition urging administrators to stop using the herbicide Roundup on campus. Roundup ...

Veterans face unique challenges as college students

April 19, 2017 News

Two veterans, including one SF State graduate student, are conducting an ongoing study to assess the needs and challenges veterans face while in college. Graduate Kevin Miller and Victor Inzunza, both Marine veterans, have been reaching out through the Veteran’s Affairs office at SF State to conduct data research through focus groups at four different ...

Allegations of misconduct plague ASI election

April 19, 2017 News

The Associated Students, Inc. judicial council held a third hearing that tackled grievances filed against ASI candidates suspected of breaking election code. Rodrigo Polidano, a science and engineering representative candidate, filed a grievance against his opponent Mohammed Alnuzaili, accusing him of posting campaign fliers in certain areas of campus not allowed for campaigning. Alnuzaili posted ...

The Fake News Watch: Fearmongering (Ep.10)

April 18, 2017 Multimedia News

With alternative facts and fake news on the rise, The Fake News Watch is where we check the facts, call out the bullshit, and learn to identify the difference. In a deeply divided political world, we all have a responsibility to seek the truth and share it. References and Additional Reading: “Fear-Based Appeals Effective at ...

Gatorcast Episode 1 (MLB Players Under 30)

April 18, 2017 Multimedia News

  Major League Baseball’s 2017 regular season is just over two weeks old, and with it, the Golden Gate Xpress launches a new project, GatorCast, a podcast about sports both on campus and off. In this first episode, Xpress reporters Eli Walsh and Renee Smith talk about the best active MLB players under 30 years ...