San Francisco State University

SF State grad’s shooting raises issue of gun violence

September 18, 2018 News

SF State graduate Shane Colombo’s loved ones gathered at his memorial service on Friday, in disbelief that the young man’s promising future was cut short by gun violence.     “It feels like he’s just away still in Chicago. I can still feel the last hug he gave me,” said Colombo’s older brother Dane Colombo. Colombo ...

UPD to offer active shooter response protocol training for Safety Week

September 10, 2018 Life News

The University Police Department will offer training sessions next week on how to respond to an active shooter on campus as part of SF State’s Campus Safety Week, put on by the school’s enterprise risk management department. According to UPD Chief Jason Wu, SF State’s training program was implemented in 2017 and — in addition to ...

SF State grad shot and killed in Chicago crossfire

September 6, 2018 News

A photo of Shane Colombo and his mother, Tonya Nishimuta-Colombo, celebrating on Shane’s graduation day from SF State University appears on a GoFundMe page created to help pay for Shane Colombo’s transportation home. A SF State graduate was shot and killed by a stray bullet in Chicago on Sunday, less than a day after he ...

Reports of gunfire at Balboa High School lead to four school lockdowns

August 30, 2018 News 1 Comment

Reports of gunfire at Balboa High School led to four school lockdowns and one non-life-threatening injury earlier today around noon, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Four student have been detained. According to the San Francisco Police Department, the incident put Balboa High School, James Denman Middle School, San Miguel Early Elementary School and Leadership ...

Remembering a pioneer: Dr. Dawn Mabalon

August 29, 2018

San Francisco lost a pillar of the Filipino community this month when San Francisco State history professor Dr. Dawn Mabalon died suddenly of an asthma attack on Aug. 10 while vacationing in Hawaii. The San Francisco State History Department now faces a nearly impossible task — finding someone to fill her shoes. “You can’t,” said ...

Staying safe on campus

August 29, 2018 News

SF State offers numerous programs and resources to help students stay safe. First and foremost, said UPD Chief Jason Wu, safety is enhanced when students trust that police are here to help. Typically, people interact with police only in upsetting situations like a traffic violation, a police interview or when needing to report a crime. ...

Campus crime reports more than double from 2013 to 2016

August 29, 2018 News

The University Police Department was on high alert in July as a group of robbers roamed SF State’s campus in broad daylight grabbing valuables from students walking alone. On July 11 at 6:10 p.m., an SF State student walking through campus noticed two men on a red, pocket bike-style motorcycle in front of the library. ...

CSU mental health counselor bill sent to final vote

August 28, 2018 News

The California Faculty Association-sponsored Senate Bill 968, which would mandate the number of mental health counselors on CSU campuses, has been moved to a final vote this Friday. The bill would require all CSU campuses to meet the requirements of one mental health counselor for every 1,500 students for a full counseling staff. According to ...

Letter from the Editor, Fall 2018

August 28, 2018 Opinion

Fifty years ago this fall our university’s core values and principles were redefined. It took the longest held student strike in United States history to redefine these values, and it is all thanks to the courage, persistence and resilience of our university’s Black Student Union, as well as members of the student group the Third ...

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 ...

The search for the perfect wave is over

September 28, 2017 Life

People don’t go on vacations to see empty football stadiums. Soccer fields and baseball diamonds without players are nothing more than grass and dirt. Surfing might be the sole exception. The ocean as a natural amphitheater is more of a draw for fans than the sport itself. “As a custodian of the sports history, I’ll ...

Archival upheaval: Artists showcase how they choose to document history

September 28, 2017 Life

Professional artists are displaying various ways of documenting history at SF State’s latest exhibit in the Fine Arts Gallery, “Recollected: Photography and the Archive.” The artwork, a mixture of photography and paintings, showcases each artist’s area of emphasis. For Ian Everard, that came in the form of early 20th century photographs. Everard, a third generation ...

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 ...

SF State gets the blues

February 14, 2017 Multimedia

    Listen carefully and you might hear wailing guitars and soulful harmonicas yearning deep down in an unlikely, hidden pocket of campus. The blues is alive and well at San Francisco State University. Theater and dance department shop supervisor Greg Dunham invites students, faculty, friends, family, and anyone with an interest in playing the ...

Queer Alliance works to recover from embezzlement

October 19, 2016 News

SF State’s Queer Alliance is attempting to re-register their club status for spring 2017 after a two semester long absence due to embezzlement of funds by a former member, said Queer Alliance Director Stuart Castaneda. The club was unable to re-register with the University due to lack of funding after the theft, resulting in loss ...

Advising initiative aims to speed graduation

October 19, 2016 News 1 Comment

SF State plans to hire an advising specialist this semester to help implement their initiative to increase graduation rates of current students. The California State University Chancellor’s Office has recently set new benchmarks for graduation rates. As part of the Campus Student Success Plan in SF State, the advising department is doing its part to ...

Students will suffer from Ethnic Studies financial woes

March 1, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

SF State has been in turmoil since it was announced last week that the historic College of Ethnic Studies would face budgetary restrictions in the coming fiscal year. Students and faculty presented President Leslie E. Wong with a list of demands, marched in protest and held several meetings to develop a strategy to fight any ...

Key win moves women’s basketball into playoff discussion

February 18, 2016 Sports

The Swamp erupted with cheers from the SF State faithful Wednesday night as the SF State women’s basketball team crushed the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs 75-52 for their fourth straight win. “I thought we played like a team, maybe more than we have all year,” Gator’s head coach Dennis Cox said. “I mean, we had ...

Founder’s Day celebration rooted with floats

March 19, 2015 Life News

A line of students snaked across the quad near Malcolm X Plaza Wednesday as the University handed out 1,899 free root beer floats in honor of the University’s Founders Day. SF State originated as the San Francisco State Normal School, a small women-only teaching academy on Powell Street in March 1899. The school was decimated in the ...