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Alum Carma Zisman Serves as ODC/Dance Executive Director
DANCERS GROUP (SAN FRANCISCO) -- ODC welcomed Carma Zisman as its new Executive Director in September 2017. Zisman comes from a family of artists in Santa Rosa and has lived throughout the West Coast, but has been rooted in San Francisco since 2000. She remembers her parents bringing her to performances in San Francisco since she was a child and calls the city her “first arts community” and studied at ACT and attended San Francisco State University.

“I came to San Francisco because I needed a place that drew impossibly complicated, fantastically diverse people together. It was extraordinary to find myself surrounded by people who invited me to participate in exploring food, arts and nature with them,” Zisman says. “In the process, we began to work out who we were and what it meant to be community together. I loved the way San Francisco taught me to say ‘yes’ to unexpected intersections — of subjects, disciplines, culture, gender, roles, flavors, seasons.”
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2 days ago
Former Resident Ensemble Afiara Quartet Collaborates with Kid Koala in 'Nufonia Must Fall'
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- The Afiara Quartet is a 21st-century string quartet defined by its pursuit of beauty, meaning and growth as musicians and ambassadors for its genre. Comprised of violinists Valeri Li and Timothy Kantor, violist Eric Wong and cellist Adrian Fung, the award-winning ensemble has been described as “a revelation” (La Presse) with performances balancing “intensity and commitment” and “frequent moments of tenderness” (Montreal Gazette). Afiara has held residencies at The Juilliard School and San Francisco State University, and was fellowship ensemble at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada.
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School of Theatre & Dance Produces 'Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles'
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Instances of affairs, deportation scares and assimilation in the play allude to the difficulty involved in immigration, gentrification and the #MeToo movement.

Director Terry Boero hoped to highlight these themes because they are relevant to our current political climate.

Boero wanted to give a sense of recognition for the characters’ homeland in Mexico by incorporating its culture and language.

“There’s a lot of Aztec references and language in it, so it’s totally an embrace of the culture,” Boero said.

SF State student Alexander Gonzales appreciated the recognition of Mexican culture, which he has not seen much being a part of the theater industry.

“I’ve been in theatre since I was 13, and growing up in that and looking up to theatre shows and different actors and lead roles, I always had to stretch myself to be those characters or relate to those characters,” Gonzales said. “I defy you to name off the top of your head a strictly Mexican lead role besides anybody in this show on Broadway. You can’t.”
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3 days ago
Alum Garret Jon Groenveld's Play 'The Empty Nesters' Comes to LA
BROADWAY WORLD (LOS ANGELES) -- Garret Jon Groenveld is author of “The Hummingbirds,” winner of the Internationalists Global Playwriting Prize. It was also winner of the 2012 GAP Festival from the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.

Groenveld is a seven-time recipient of the Bay Area PlayGround Emerging Playwright Award and has received five PlayGround full-length play commissions. His work has prompted Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle to call him “a treasure of the community.” “Missives,” his play about a black woman and her gay neighbor, had well-received productions in San Francisco and New York.

A poet and playwright living in San Francisco, Groenveld holds a a Master of Arts in poetry and a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from San Francisco State University, and also studied with Edward Albee at the University of Houston.
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3 days ago
Alum Judy Navas Retires as Sonoma State Professor
SONOMA STATE STAR -- In her adult life, Navas has had a wide variety of rich experiences. Navas attended school at the College of Marin, University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. She has one son, Damon Navas-Howard, who was involved in her plays as a child. Throughout her career she has traveled the world, including Myanmar, India, South America, London and the Netherlands. She has worked with prominent people such as Tennessee Williams and Eric Erickson.
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4 days ago
Professor Kanigel: Increased Incidents, Hate Crimes Pose Challenges for Student Journalists
COLLEGE MEDIA REVIEW -- Rachele Kanigel is a professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University and the editor of The Diversity Style Guide, a free online resource with more than 700 terms related to diversity. The book version of “The Diversity Style Guide,” which includes chapters on covering often underrepresented and misrepresented communities and sensitive issues like suicide, mental illness, immigration and drug use, will be published by Wiley in January 2019. Sections of this article were taken from “The Student Newspaper Survival Guide” by Rachele Kanigel.

Editors reporting on bias incidents sometimes have to handle dozens or even hundreds of letters and comments.

“When Golden Gate Xpress, the student newspaper I advise at San Francisco State University, covered a videotaped confrontation about cultural misappropriation between a black woman and a white man wearing dreadlocks, the newspaper’s website received 131 comments on the original story and dozens more on follow-up stories.”
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5 days ago
SF State's UCorp Lays Out Aspirational Goals
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- He noted that though the 2007 master plan was intended to last through 2020, it has fulfilled only two of the nearly 30 buildings and renovations proposed, including the Mashouf Wellness Center and a new Liberal and Creative Arts Building.

“It is an aspiration,” Porth said. “It is our best guess at the time with the information that we have of what we think we can deliver … and that’s because we don’t have the funding.”
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Students Express What SF State's Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble Means to Them
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “For me, I think that Afro-Cuban [jazz] means expression. It’s a style of music that really delves into expressing yourself and your voice through music,” said bassist Diego Rumer. Rumer joined last year on a whim to try something other than a concert band requirement. This is his third semester playing.

Audience members cheered and clapped after each song, snapped to the tunes or rose from their seats to dance to the beat.

Most of the group was new, according to Calloway as he tried to introduce the whole ensemble, except for students Ahkeel Mestayer and Juan Carlos Saldaña. Mestayer played for Calloway’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble years before he even attended SF State. He has been a student of Calloway’s since he was about 10, starting from when he was a part of Calloway’s free band, the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble.
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5 days ago
Student Actors to Perform Comedy Sketches Live
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The School of Cinema will hold an event showcasing sketch comedy writing by student actors. Around a dozen students will perform hilarious comedy sketches in the Creative Arts Building on December 12 at 5:30 p.m.

“Student writers from CINE 656 will showcase their comedy sketches written this term. It’s a variety show, similar to ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but it’s a table reading of the writer’s work.” Natasha van Dam, screenwriting instructor, said.
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5 days ago
Alum Elisa Hahn Leaves Seattle's NBC Affiliate
NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY (SEATTLE) -- Hahn attended University of California, Davis, for her undergraduate degree and San Francisco State University for her master’s degree in Broadcast Communication Arts.
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5 days ago
Former Student Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You': 'Anti-Capitalist Parable with Flair and Bite'
THE INDEPENDENT (LONDON) -- Riley fits snugly within the definition of artist-activist. It’s a draw he’s felt since childhood. He was born in 1971 in Chicago, to parents who had met during a student-led strike at San Francisco State University. His father volunteered as a housing and welfare rights advocate and a car industry organizer before working as a civil rights and criminal-defense lawyer.

His parents moved to Oakland, California, when Riley was six and by the time he was 15 he had joined the radical Progressive Labor Party. In 1991, he co-founded The Coup, acting as primary lyricist. Their work was deliberately confrontational, with album titles such as “Kill My Landlord” (1993) and “Pick a Bigger Weapon” (2006), although he recently dismissed the former as “a pamphlet on tape,” adding he’s now more interested in speaking to audiences who don’t directly identify with his politics.

Which is exactly what “Sorry to Bother You” sets out to achieve, aided by a cast of recognizable faces as Tessa Thompson and Armie Hammer also star. The film takes the familiar tropes of dystopian fiction — corporate giants as sinister authoritarian forces, for example — and places them distinctly in today’s timeline. Riley’s point is that dystopia is now, and always has been.
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6 days ago
Music Professor Jassen Todorov Wins National Geographic Photo Contest
BORED PANDA -- This year's grand prize winner was Jassen Todorov, a violinist and professor of music at San Francisco State University, whose aerial shot shows a vast boneyard in Southern California's Mojave Desert. The area is well known for storing retired aircraft, where the dry air keeps corrosion away before they are eventually dismantled and scrapped for parts. What many are unaware of, however, is the huge stretch of land nearby that is set aside for recalled vehicles and is filled with row-upon-row of Audis and Volkswagens that cheated emissions tests between 2009 and 2015.

“I have flown and explored the Mojave Desert area quite a few times,” Jassen told Bored Panda about the winning shot. “There are several airports in the Mojave and at least 3-4 of them have large boneyards, which I have explored and photographed. It was my first photo flight over Southern California Logistics Airport. I had done some research using google maps, so I had a general idea of the position of the cars in relation to the airport.”
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6 days ago
Professor Jassen Todorov Is the Man behind National Geographic's Best Picture of 2018
STUFF (NEW ZEALAND) -- But photography is not the only award-winning aspect of his life, as Bulgarian-born Todorov is also a lauded concert violinist and teaches Music at the San Francisco State University in the U.S.

He said his love for photography came from yet another passion of his — flying planes.

“Music has a lot to do with structure and composition, colours and patterns, moods and characters — when I am looking at a photo, I am thinking about the same things,” Todorov says. “The aesthetics of an image is particularly important to me.”
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6 days ago
Alumna Diane Tate DallasKidd Thrives as Artist
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- She got her start as an artist when she graduated from SF State in 2004 with a degree in textile art. She then went to Nagoya, Japan, to do work study for a fourth generation dyer, Mr. Kuno. She studied shibori, which she described as a way of creating a pattern on a textile by resisting dye.

DallasKidd has stayed up all night working in a little apartment above the studio experimenting with materials and techniques. She described the space as a magical toy box, wanting to play with every toy she could find.
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6 days ago
Waterbed Inventor Charles Hall, an SF State Grad, Joins E-commerce Mattress Wars
THE HUSTLE -- Charles Hall, the man who invented the waterbed in his San Francisco State University dorm room during the Summer of Love, will start selling “second-generation” waterbeds online next month through his mattress startup, Afloat.
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9 days ago
The Progressive Names Alum Jose Antonio Vargas' Memoir as a Best Book of 2018
THE PROGRESSIVE -- Venture capitalist Jim Strand paid for Vargas’ college education — launching a scholarship program Vargas now helps direct. Vargas chose San Francisco State, which didn’t require standardized tests, so he didn’t have to disclose his immigration status.

He built a brilliant journalism career, winning the Pulitzer as part of a team at The Washington Post. And yet, through it all, he suffered constant, wracking anxiety.
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9 days ago
Alum Robert Amaral's Art Featured in Exhibition in Port Angeles, Washington
PENINSULA DAILY NEWS (PORT ANGELES, WASHINGTON) -- Primarily a landscape painter, Amaral is drawn to all facets of nature, enjoying the challenge of drawing and painting birds and animals — exploring their color and form, Stokes said.

He holds a bachelor’s in printmaking from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in medical illustration from the University of California at San Francisco.
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9 days ago
Longmore Institute Associate Director Emily Beitiks' Perspective on Generational Caregiving
KQED-FM (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Sometimes the end of life resembles its beginning, but in either case we need others to help us through the basics of every day. Emily Beitiks has this Perspective. Beitiks is associate director of the Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University.

“My mother, who has had a disability since before I was born, recently moved in with me and my family. Well, to be fair, she’s moving into her home. After a bad fall broke her hip seven years ago and left her permanently in a wheelchair, the house was too inaccessible and she moved out, so we moved in. Now, with two pressure sore ulcers that refuse to heal, she’s no longer allowed to stay in her assisted living home, so my husband and I assumed her care needs. Doing so has been intense.

“Having two young kids at home under the age of 5 makes it especially challenging.

“But also, it makes it easier.”
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10 days ago
At Jewish Studies Lecture, Researcher Discusses Commonalities between Holocaust, Guatemalan Genocide Narratives
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Tarica’s research compares genocide survivor testimonials from Guatemala and the Holocaust. She presented her research to an SF State audience on Thursday, November 29, as the last talk in the Jewish Studies department’s Holocaust Across the Disciplines for the 2018 fall semester.

SF State student Noe Torres has tried to attend every lecture offered under the Holocaust Across the Disciplines series.

“I think it’s an important topic, and just like we’re learning in class, keeping those memories alive is important,” Torres said. “There’s just so much that we get to learn about these people and the atrocity. It’s a scary thought to think those stories could be forgotten.”
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The Squishiest, Sweetest Sleep: Alum Charles Hall Reprises the Waterbed
THE NEW YORK TIMES -- He used Jell-O and cornstarch at first, but the squashy gunk, poured into a vinyl bladder, was too heavy to move. And it began to stink after a few days. Then he tried water. “Rancid Jell-O Led to First Water Bed,” a newspaper headline proclaimed at the time.

It was 1967, the Summer of Love, and Charles Hall, a student at San Francisco State University, was experimenting with flotation furniture, as he called it then, for an engineering class. (He got an “A.”) The following year, after some tweaks, his eight-foot-square heated “Pleasure Pit” debuted at a gallery on Leavenworth Street, as part of a show called “The Happy Happening.”

Mr. Hall was living in Haight-Ashbury, in an apartment in a listing Victorian that rented for $67. It was August, a slow news cycle, Mr. Hall recalled, and the Pleasure Pit made news around the country.
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10 days ago
Softball Star Tayah Hernandez to Transfer to SF State and Major in Liberal Arts
MADERA TRIBUNE -- Two years ago, Tayah Hernandez said she was in a bad place and wasn’t even thinking about softball.

However, two years later, she found her love for the game gain and it led to a softball scholarship to San Francisco State University, a Division II school after signing her National Letter of Intent on Friday in front of family, teammates and friends. She will major in Liberal Arts to become an elementary school teacher.

“It’s like a dream to accomplish and I get to live it out now,” she said. “I get to go to everybody and say I’m going to San Francisco State. I will have people out there to support me.”

“This is one heck of an accomplishment,” Hernandez’s travel softball coach Keith Davis said. “Of everybody I have coached, ever, Tayah’s road hasn’t been an easy road. A big part of her change is when she came here and had to sit out a year. She got to take a look at the game at a different aspect. She’s a special kid, not just on the softball field. On the field, she’s a beast and she’s a stud. I’m not just her coach, she’s like a second kid to me. We’ll talk about life. I’m going to miss those talks. San Francisco State is getting one heck of a ball player.”
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10 days ago
Classic and Contemporary Myths in Dialogue at SF State
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- With San Francisco State University’s “Medea” and “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles,” one of our most fecund local university theater departments has devised an invigorating juxtaposition of the canonical and the contemporary.

Rhonnie Washington directs a music-driven production of Euripides’ Greek tragedy, about a woman who avenges her husband’s philandering. Playing in repertory is a 21st century update, “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles,” written by Luis Alfaro, and first performed at San Francisco’s own Magic Theatre under the title “Bruja.”

In “Mojada,” Alfaro fashions gorgeous images that make his immigrant characters into timeless myths. “I feel like a bird who has lost her feathers,” says one. “I am eating his heart and he knows it,” says another.
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11 days ago
At The Marsh, Professor D'Agostino to Discuss World War II
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- With a great deal of his work focusing on the Russian revolution and its impact on the world, Professor Anthony D’Agostino has published one of the most detailed histories of the fall of Soviet Communism in the era of Gorbachev. Specializing in war and peace issues among the great states in the history of world politics, he is most familiar with the history of Russia. Professor D’Agostino is embarking on a world history of the U.S. era of globalization while also commenting frequently on world politics for Bay Area radio stations.
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11 days ago
Fine Arts Gallery Presents 31st Annual Stillwell Student Exhibition
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- This exhibit will feature undergraduate Art students’ latest work in video, photography, textiles, metal arts, ceramics, sculptures, printmaking and more. This exhibit will also feature work from the School of Art’s collections by Leo D. Stillwell Jr., a watercolor and oil painter who died at age 22 in 1948.
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11 days ago
Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble Performs for Change
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- On December 5, in Knuth Hall on SF State’s campus, the Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble will be performing a diverse range of music at its fall concert “Music of Resistance, Dignity and Solidarity,” starting at 7:30 p.m.

The event is put on by San Francisco State University’s School of Music and directed by John Calloway, who is a Music lecturer at State and founder of the ensemble. The ensemble has been given much critical acclaim. The band performs a range of musical styles from Latin America and the United States.
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11 days ago
SF Chronicle's Bay Area Movie Gift Ideas Include Professor McBride's Book on Ernst Lubitsch
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “How Did Lubitsch Do It?”: A critical appreciation by San Francisco State Professor Joseph McBride about the classic Hollywood director who practically invented the modern comedy and musical genres at the advent of sound. (Columbia University Press, $40)
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11 days ago
Inside George H.W. Bush's Unlikely Friendship With Alum Dana Carvey
KPIX-CHANNEL 5 (SAN FRANCISCO)/CBS NEWS -- Carvey grew up in the Bay Area after his family moved to San Carlos when he was 3 years old. He would later graduate from San Francisco State University and was a fixture of the San Francisco stand-up scene in the late ’70s.

Together, Mr. Bush and his comedic foil forged a perhaps unexpected friendship. It’s one that started after Mr. Bush lost his bid for re-election in 1992. Bush invited Carvey to the White House as a pick-me-up for the staff.

“I was staying in the Lincoln bedroom last night and I couldn’t resist picking up the phone, and I called up the Secret Service as the president. ‘Feel like going jogging tonight — in the nude,'” Carvey said.

His impressions were comedy gold, and so memorable Mr. Bush himself had to join in the fun. Mr. Bush’s grace and generosity were vividly on display as he recounted a phone call to Carvey.

“He said, ‘I hope I’ve never crossed the line,’ and I knew exactly what he meant, and as far as I’m concerned he never has. And the fact that we can laugh at each other is a very fundamental thing,” Bush said.
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11 days ago
Alum Robert Hatano Finds Instant Family 20 Years after Sperm Donation
LA JOLLA LIGHT -- It was hardly the $50 that motivated Robert, then a film major at San Francisco State University, to answer the San Francisco Weekly classified ad that stated: “Sperm-donors needed, Asian, black, Hispanic.”

“I did it because I thought I could be helpful to someone,” Robert says. “I always wanted to have children. I thought it’s this great challenge in life — that to have and raise a child is the greatest thing. So if somebody really wanted a child, I imagine they would be really good parents and they should have that chance.”
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11 days ago
Professor Star Discusses Emily Brontë's 'Wuthering Heights'
BOOKS OF SOME SUBSTANCE (B.O.S.S.) -- Did you just stop at digging up her body? How crippling is your love?

In this episode, San Francisco State University Literature Professor Summer Star joins Nick and David for a rousingly dark conversation on Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights.” Is this story within a story within a story meant to be identifiable to anyone? Are those really ghosts? Is Heathcliff a critique of mid-19th century British class structure, a rotten bastard or simply one who loves and revenges harder than any made for TV adaptation can handle?

Like the cosmos, “Wuthering Heights” is vast. And inside us all.
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12 days ago
Professor Gross: How a Corporation Convinced American Jews to Reach for Crisco
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, THE SALT -- With the wave of European Jewish immigration in the early 20th century, this was a sizable market, and companies from Procter and Gamble to General Foods hired Jacobs to learn about these potential customers. And these interest went in both directions, as new immigrants were eager to Americanize.

“Once Jews are living in a world of nation-states, they’re trying to figure out how to be German and Jewish, or French and Jewish; [Here,] they’re trying to figure out how to be American and Jewish,” Rachel Gross, an assistant professor of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University.

Professor Rachel Gross says when holidays come around, we think about family, and what it means to be part of a particular story. And if those stories are shaped by food, and immigration, and even product placement, that's okay. It's what Hanukkah is, says Gross — “Not some biblical story, or the rabbinic stories that come later about miracles and oil. But getting together and eating latkes with your family or with your friends.”
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12 days ago
'Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles' in Little Theatre Chronicles Woman Immigration Story
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Director Terry Boero describes that the play incorporates not only themes of immigration and economic disparity, but a woman’s loss of innocence, relevant to the #MeToo movement.

“[The play] especially resonates during this year of chaos, evil, betrayal, and the stealing of dreams,” Boero said.

Boero describes the play as “an act of love, an affirmation of the suffering, the history and the dreams that have sucked millions of immigrants over our borders.”
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12 days ago
Students for Justice in Palestine Founder Hatem Bazian Attended SF State
JEWISH PRESS -- In 2001, Hatem Bazian founded Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of Berkeley. Bazian was born in Nablus, went to high school in Amman, Jordan and came to the U.S. to attend San Francisco State University. He finished a double major in International Relations and Speech/Communication at San Francisco State University, where he also completed an M.A. in International Relations. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in philosophy and Islamic studies from UC Berkeley in 2002.
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12 days ago
Alum Mark Nagales Elected to South San Francisco City Council
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER (MANILA) -- After Mullin retired, Nagales joined the 14th congressional district under Speier, ending his service this year as director of constituent services to run for city office. A past president of the Filipino American Democratic Club of San Mateo County, he graduated with a double major in History and Political Science from San Francisco State University.

Nagales confided that his was a “12-year process of gaining invaluable experience working on issues” to follow in his role models’ footsteps.

Calling himself “big on family,” Nagales in 2013 rethought his plan to chase a city council seat “because I had a very young family, and I wanted to make sure that I spent time with them; if I had run, I knew that it would take valuable time away from my family,” he told INQUIRER.net.
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12 days ago
Alumni George and Judy Marcus Donate $26.8 Million to SF State
CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY -- George and Judy Marcus donated $26.8 million for humanities and financial aid. Of the total, $25 million will establish the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts.

The fund will support student and faculty research, four endowed professorships, and programs in the Department of Creative Writing and the School of Cinema. The remaining $1.8 million will go toward athletic scholarships.

George Marcus co-founded Marcus & Millichap Company, the parent company of a collection of real estate, service, investment, and development firms. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the university in 1965. Judy Marcus is a former physical education teacher. She graduated from the University in 1962.
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12 days ago
Liberal and Creative Arts Construction Update
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- San Francisco State University administrators celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $81 million Liberal and Creative Arts Building to replace the old Broadcast Electronic and Creative Arts building during an October 2018 ceremony. SF State’s first new academic building in 24 years will soon begin to rise from the demolished student housing units at the Tapia Drive Triangle.
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16 days ago
SF State Offers Minor in Comic Studies
FORBES -- A number of universities now offer programs in comic studies. University of Oregon’s minor in comic studies “presents students with an international, historical, and critical perspective on the art of comics.” Portland State and San Francisco State offer comparable programs. Across English, philosophy, religious studies, psychology, political science and early childhood education departments, there are hundreds of superhero courses. Five years ago, Rice University launched both Introduction to Superman and Introduction to Batman.
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17 days ago
SFSU Receives $25-Million Donation For Liberal Arts Program
PATCH (SAN FRANCISCO) -- The George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts will support students and faculty in liberal and creative art programs at the school and make enhancements in its Department of Creative Writing and the School of Cinema.

“We are extremely grateful for the Marcuses’ generosity and ongoing service and commitment to San Francisco State University,” school President Leslie Wong said in a statement. “Their steadfast support has had a profound impact on our students, faculty, staff and programs.”
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17 days ago
Global Museum to Teach Holiday Traditions at Final Event of Semester
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “Students can drop in for a variety of activities, including an object spotlight where we pull objects from the collection not normally on view, crafts, and holiday decorating in our visible Global Lab,” said Paige Bardolph, director of the Global Museum.
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18 days ago
Alumnus, Award-Winning Comic Book Artist Opens Up Shop
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- San Francisco State has a Comic Studies program. It is taught by Eisner Award-winning Professor Nick Sousanis. Before there was a Comic Studies program SF State alumni found their way into the comic book world. SF State alum Joe Field graduated from BECA and now owns a comic book shop in Concord. SF State Creative Writing alum Kevin Apolis writes and creates the art for his own comics.
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18 days ago
A Tribute to Professor Dawn Bohulano Mabalon
SOUTH OF MARKET COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK -- At 46 years of age, Dawn Mabalon documented the rich Filipino-American history in California through her work as a professor and the many articles and books she published, especially “Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California” (Duke University Press, 2013), “Filipinos in Stockton” (Arcadia Publishing, 2008) and “Filipinos in San Francisco” (Arcadia Publishing, 2011).

Mabalon’s work is rooted in a decolonial perspective of the relationship between the U.S. empire and the Philippines as colonial subject, and in Filipino-American and Asian-American history, with a special interest in diasporic foodways. Her writing and works have strongly shaped and influenced Asian-American studies and activism in the United States. Her many awards include the President’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation (with the Little Manila Foundation), California Preservation Foundation, San Francisco State University Presidential Professional Development Award and the Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Excellence in College and University Teaching, among others.
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18 days ago
San Francisco State University Gets $26.8-Million Donation
KNTV-CHANNEL 11/NBC BAY AREA -- The San Francisco Chronicle reports the bulk of the donation from real estate mogul George Marcus and his wife, Judy Marcus, $25 million, will support the liberal arts. The remaining $1.8 million will establish an athletics scholarship fund.

SFSU President Leslie Wong says the money will establish the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts. The university will also use the gift for improvements in the department of Creative Writing and the School of Cinema.
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18 days ago
How a Town without Pity Shaped Creative Writing Assistant Professor May-lee Chai
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- It’s the kind of hellish and frighteningly real experience — which Chai chronicled in her memoir, “Hapa Girl” — that would conjure up certain expectations about what strain of fiction comes with Chai’s new book of short stories, “Useful Phrases for Immigrants,” especially in the Trump era.

“That was my ’80s,” says Chai, who lives in San Francisco and teaches Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. “And this is of course was the time when the media was very anti-Japanese. It was all: ‘Japanese trade war. Oh the Japanese are attacking us — economic Pearl Harbor.’ And I thought that we were past that. But now with Trump, I hear the same level of ugly, racist rhetoric.”

Yet Chai’s book never veers into the territory of spectacular experience — the kind that she lived and that she worried would be newly inflamed through the 2016 election season’s discourse. To be sure, Chai did put the book together as a sort of “active resistance” to what she heard from Donald Trump during the presidential primaries. But the eight stories in “Useful Phrases for Immigrants,” each centered on either characters in China or the Chinese American immigrant experience, largely revolve around more quotidian occurrence.
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18 days ago
Thalea String Quartet Probes Chamber Music History at Morrison Artists Series
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Now comes composer Vincent Calianno to put it all into perspective. His new work is titled, with a delicious sense of whimsy, “A History of the String Quartet in Its Natural Habitat,” and it is slated for its world premiere in a free concert by the Thalea String Quartet.

Also on the program, which is part of San Francisco State University’s Morrison Artists Series, are quartets by Haydn and Shostakovich — presumably part of the natural history Calianno is intent on outlining.

Thalea String Quartet: 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2. Free. McKenna Theatre, San Francisco State University. 415-338-2467. http://morrison.sfsu.edu.
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18 days ago
Former Student Gabrielle Cavassa Named Finalist in Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition
WBGO-FM (NEWARK, NEW JERSEY) -- Gabrielle Cavassa began her career in San Francisco, performing at jazz clubs like Club Deluxe, Black Cat, Small Wonder and Yoshi's. She studied at San Francisco State University, then moved to New Orleans to further her lifelong study of music.
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19 days ago
The Joy, Tragedy of a Family's Chain Migration Includes Alum Stephen Guillermo
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER --I have written about Stephen’s case extensively. After a night of drinking, celebrating his impending graduation from SF State, he went into the wrong apartment and was gunned down. The gunman was arrested but, the laws in California permit people to shoot to kill if an intruder enters their home.

Stephen was not an intruder looking to do harm to another tenant. He was a smallish kid with a big smile. Didn’t matter. A naturalized citizen. Didn’t matter. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon doesn’t like to prosecute cases he can’t win. He would not challenge the so-called Castle Doctrine and didn’t charge the shooter, who killed the wrong guy. Gascon has a reputation for going after the low-hanging fruit, releasing minor drug criminals, expunging records of pot arrests, and the like. After three days in city jail, Stephen’s gunman was set free.
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19 days ago
Real-Estate Icon Gives SF State Its Biggest Donation Ever
SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES -- The gift is part of San Francisco State’s $150 million “Bold. Thinking” capital campaign, the public university’s first large fundraising program.

The Marcuses’ latest gift will support student and faculty research across the college as well as four endowed chairs and “enhancements” to the Creative Writing and Cinema programs that count among their graduates the best-selling authors Anne Rice and Po Bronson, Pulitzer Prize winners Philip Schultz and Rae Armantrout, playwright Marcus Gardley and Academy Award winners such as Jonas Rivera, a producer at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, and sound editor Ethan Van der Ryn.

“San Francisco State helped define our future and it is our hope that this gift will do the same for students and faculty in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts now and for many years to come,” Judy Marcus, who graduated from the University with a bachelor’s degree in recreation, said in a statement.
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19 days ago
In 1978, Professor Sally Gearheart Joined Harvey Milk to Debate Briggs Initiative
THE ADVOCATE -- Gay rights icon Harvey Milk was memorialized in the January 11, 1979, issue of The Advocate. This is a portion of his obituary.

Milk — along with San Francisco State University speech instructor Sally Gearheart — debated John Briggs on television. He went to Chicago to campaign for a gay candidate running for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives.

But Milk also realized that a gay public official had to deal with a whole range of issues. In doing so, he felt he could help straight citizens learn to trust and respect gay people. Noted Milk, “I’m showing people here that the gays are involved with taxes, and dog shit, and Muni, and everything else. So that when people say ‘Hey, you know it doesn’t matter if a person is green with six heads.’”
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19 days ago
'He Was Our Leader and He Is Gone': Alum Cleve Jones on Harvey Milk's Legacy
THE GUARDIAN -- More than 500 LGBTQ politicians hold public office in the U.S. They are city council members, mayors, members of Congress, state legislators, even governors. Hundreds more have been elected in countries around the world, including four heads of state. But 40 years ago, only a handful of gay men and lesbians had been elected to office. One of them was my friend Harvey Milk.

Harvey was charismatic, funny and something of a father figure to me. He was one of the first people to tell me that I had value as a human being and that I didn’t need to change.

I worked for Harvey as a student intern in San Francisco city hall, earning credit in the Political Science program at San Francisco State University. I got to work early on November 27, 1978, but Harvey needed to see a file that I had left in my apartment on Castro Street and sent me home to retrieve it. As I left my apartment, I heard someone shout that Mayor George Moscone had been shot. I flagged down a taxi and told the driver to get me back to City Hall.
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19 days ago
SF State's Largest-Ever Donation to Benefit School's Liberal Arts Programs
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- The donation of $25 million came from SFSU alumni George and Judy Marcus after a recent $1.8 million athletics scholarship fund from the couple, according to the university.

The George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts will support students and faculty in liberal and creative arts programs at the school and make enhancements in its Department of Creative Writing and the School of Cinema.

“We are extremely grateful for the Marcuses’ generosity and ongoing service and commitment to San Francisco State University,” school president Leslie Wong said in a statement. “Their steadfast support has had a profound impact on our students, faculty, staff and programs.”
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19 days ago
Alum Karen Paull is Co-Host of Amazon Prime's 'The Marijuana Show'
BENZINGA -- Paull holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from San Francisco State University and a bachelor of arts in sociology from UCSB. She was vice president of sales at the online photo service Snapfish and part of the executive team when the company was acquired by HP Inc in 2005.
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19 days ago
Gift of $26.8 million from Real-Estate Mogul, Wife Biggest in SFSU History
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- The bulk of the donation from George and Judy Marcus, $25 million, will support an area of academics that is often neglected in this technological era: the liberal arts. The remaining $1.8 million will establish an athletics scholarship fund.

“We are extremely grateful for the Marcuses’ generosity,” said President Leslie Wong in a statement Monday. “Their steadfast support has had a profound impact on our students, faculty, staff and programs.”

The money will establish the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts, which in turn will support student and faculty research within the College of Liberal & Creative Arts on campus. The university will also create four endowed chairs, and will use the gift for improvements in the department of Creative Writing and the School of Cinema.
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20 days ago
Journalism Professors Call for Increased Diversity in the Media
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- On November 14 the SF State Journalism Professor Jon Funabiki and past Journalism Professor Bruce Koon formed a panel discussion to talk about the history of the Kerner Commission report and how racism still affects us to this day.

Funabiki said the commission found that the root of these riots came from an explosive mixture of poverty, poor education, slum housing and police brutality caused by “white racism.”

The commission believed that biased coverage from an all-white media was one of the major underlying problems of race relations. The report highlighted the lack of adequate representation among the people assigning, reporting and editing media coverage.

In a diverse newsroom, different perspectives would occur, which could provide a more accurate version of the truth, according to Koon.

“You can’t tell everyone’s story when you don’t have everyone in the room,” said Koon.
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20 days ago
Professor McDaniel Comments on Ranked-Choice Voting
THE DISPATCH (COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI)/ASSOCIATED PRESS -- Jason McDaniel, associate Political Science professor at San Francisco State University, told The Associated Press in June that his research shows ranked-choice voting increases the rate of ballot errors and disqualifies ballots, particularly among lower-income residents.
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20 days ago
Former Student Boots Riley: 'In Film, The More Personal You Get, the More Universal You Get'
THE GUARDIAN -- Making movies was a long-held aspiration — Riley studied film at San Francisco State university and spent years honing the script for “Sorry to Bother You.”

His persistence paid off: the film was described by the New Yorker as “a scintillating comedic outburst of political imagination and visionary fury”, while AO Scott in The New York Times wrote: “If you’re not bothered — also tickled, irked, mystified and provoked – [by ‘Sorry to Bother You’], then you’ve fallen asleep on the job.”
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20 days ago
Professor Mark Linenthal Testified in Allen Ginsberg 'Howl' Trial
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- Linenthal’s father, Mark Linenthal, was a poetry professor at San Francisco State University. “He testified in the ‘Howl’ trial,” in which Lawrence Ferlinghetti was accused and found not guilty of obscenity for publishing Allen Ginsberg’s poem.

“He stood up for what he valued, free speech and for art,” Peter Linenthal said, beaming. “He argued that to call it obscenity was to take a narrow view; rather, it changed the expectations for what a poem could be, which I thought was a nice way to put it.”
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20 days ago
Alum Jennifer S. Cheng, Professor Chai to Appear at 'Writers with Drinks'
ASIAN AMERICAN PRESS -- Jennifer S. Cheng’s work includes poetry, lyric essay and image-text forms. She is the author of “Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems,” selected by Bhanu Kapil for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award; “House A,” selected by Claudia Rankine for the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize; and “Invocation: An Essay,” an image-text chapbook published by New Michigan Press. She has received fellowships and awards from Brown University, University of Iowa, San Francisco State University, the U.S. Fulbright program, Kundiman, Bread Loaf and the Academy of American Poets. Having grown up in Texas and Hong Kong, she lives in San Francisco.

May-lee Chai is the author of 10 books of fiction, nonfiction, and translation, including her latest short story collection, “Useful Phrases for Immigrants,” published this past month by Blair. She teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at San Francisco State University. Her writing has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman, Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and named a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book.
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20 days ago
Lecturer Sue Englander to Discuss Briggs Initiative for 40th Anniversary
BAY AREA REPORTER -- Veterans of San Francisco's progressive community will take a look back at the Briggs initiative, which was defeated 40 years ago this month, during a special edition of “The Michelle Meow Show” at the Commonwealth Club Thursday, November 29, at noon at the club’s offices, 110 The Embarcadero.

Gay former state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), historian Sue Englander, and lesbian activist and former police commissioner Gwenn Craig will be in conversation with Michelle Meow and John Zipperer.

Englander is a lecturer and historian at San Francisco State University and also teaches at City College of San Francisco.
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20 days ago
Professor Dollinger Speaks at Memorial for Author Rabbi Edward Zerin
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Attendees who offered words of tribute included San Francisco State University Jewish Studies Professor Marc Dollinger, Jewish Community Library director Howard Freedman, novelist Michael Lavigne, Rabbi Beth Singer of Congregation Emanu-El and Jewish LearningWorks CEO David Waksberg.
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20 days ago
Student Ryne Williams Shines for Gators Basketball, KSFS Radio
THE SIGNAL (SANTA CLARITA) -- Williams is a fifth-year senior on the San Francisco State basketball team who also interns at 95.7 The Game, a sports radio station in San Francisco, in addition to on-campus job.

He also hosts his own radio show on the campus radio station KSFS called “LA to the Bay.” Not to mention he works tirelessly at his academics. He was named to the 2017-18 CCAA Winter All-Academic Team last season. and will look to earn that honor again this year. Williams is also proud of a recent honor bestowed upon him by the squad — captain of the basketball team.

Not bad for someone who was hardly recruited after nearly averaging a double-double in his senior season at West Ranch.

“Out of Santa Clarita, I wasn’t recruited highly. I ended up getting a chance here at San Francisco State and I jumped on it,” Williams said. “I was basically a walk-on (meaning he initially wasn’t offered a scholarship), and the coach told me to work my way up to a scholarship. It took me three years, but I worked my way up and finally got on scholarship. I’ve been grinding every year, chipping away at it. Now this year, I’m going to be team captain.”
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20 days ago
Professor Mabalon to Receive Pinay Empowerment Award from Los Angeles Nonprofit
BUSINESS WIRE/ASSOCIATED PRESS -- The 46th annual gala, whose theme is “Cultivate – Collaborate – Celebrate,” will honor community leaders who have contributed to improving the quality of life for Pilipinos. This year’s honorees include Councilmember Rachelle Arizmendi of the City of Sierra Madre; philanthropist Jennifer Boyd, co-founder and CEO of Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation; business leader Raissa Gerona, chief brand officer of REVOLVE Clothing and co-founder of Alliance Apparel Inc.; actress/influencer Asia Jackson; and the late Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Fil-Am community champion and historian, whose family will receive the Pinay Empowerment Award on her behalf. Mabalon served as a professor of history at San Francisco State University and co-founder of the Little Manila Foundation, before her untimely passing in August.
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4 weeks ago
Alum Mary Ceruti Named Executive Director of Walker Art Center
THE ART NEWSPAPER -- Ceruti was selected in a nearly year-long search from a shortlist of 10 candidates. The Walker board member Andrew Duff, who chaired the search committee, says in a statement that “Mary’s commitment to both artists and the community stood out to us all.”

Ceruti, who began her arts career at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a curatorial assistant in the 20th-century Art Department, studied community-based public arts projects for her Master of Arts at the Inter-Arts Center at San Francisco State University.

Ceruti’s community and artist-focussed projects before SculptureCenter included organizing three public art projects by Bill Viola during her time working with the San Francisco Arts Commission. At SculptureCenter, she has organized projects and commissions with more than 50 artists during her tenure, among them, Rashid Johnson, Liz Glynn, Mike Kelley, Nairy Baghramian and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.
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4 weeks ago
Former Student Boots Riley Wins SFFILM's Kanbar Award for Storytelling
INDIE WIRE -- Activist, filmmaker, and musician, former FilmHouse resident and SFFILM grantee Boots Riley studied film at San Francisco State University before rising to prominence as the front man of hip-hop groups The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. His debut feature film “Sorry to Bother You” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, was acquired by Annapurna Pictures, and became a summer hit. His book of lyrics and anecdotes, “Tell Homeland Security- We Are The Bomb,” is out on Haymarket Press.
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4 weeks ago
Alum Kiesha Wright Raises Money to Fight Leukemia as Tina Turner Impersonator
BROADWAY WORLD -- Kiesha Wright has been performing since she was seven years old when she played the organ at her local church. She studied music and dance at San Francisco State University before being hired as the first Tina Turner impersonator with Legends in Concerts in Las Vegas, Nevada. She now performs all over the world paying tribute to Tina Turner, an also with her Kiesha Wright Show.

She started her own nonprofit organization called the Kiesha Wright-Mary Lou Children’s Foundation to give back to charities who help children and families who are battling childhood leukemia.
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4 weeks ago
Can SF Mayor Forge Allies with Board of Supervisors? Professor McDaniel Discusses
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- While having so many swing votes could lead to a sense of unpredictability, Jason McDaniel, a Political Science professor at San Francisco State University, said it could also lead to a more cooperative board that’s willing to compromise with one another.

“It will be up to them (the board) on an issue-by-issue basis to decide where they want to govern,” McDaniel said. “It becomes more about alliances and coalition building. ... If you think of it in terms of left versus right, it gets very, very confusing.”

The outcome of the races put into question how many allies Breed will have on the 11-member board when it comes to fulfilling key parts of her agenda, such as building more Navigation Centers and adding homeless services in parts of the city aside from the Tenderloin, the Mission and Bayview-Hunters Point.

But the fact that the candidates who are likely to win didn’t run on an “anti-Breed” platform is perhaps a sign that she will be able to forge connections on the board, McDaniel said.

“It’ll be harder for Breed to govern on the agenda she campaigned on,” McDaniel said. But “there is space for Mayor Breed to find areas of governance. ... It’ll be up to the mayor to see if she can forge allies.”
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4 weeks ago
Professor McDaniel Discusses San Francisco Election Results
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “I don’t think voters are thinking ‘anti-mayor’ when they vote in those elections. Not yet,” said Jason McDaniel, a political science professor at San Francisco State University. But “Her lack of ability to sway (voters) toward the candidates she desires shows that she will have to keep working at that. ... Her endorsement is not automatic gold.”
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5 weeks ago
KPFA's Apex Express Dedicates Entire Show to Professor Dawn Bohulano Mabalon
KPFA-FM, APEX EXPRESS (BERKELEY) -- Tonight, we dedicate the whole show to Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, a beloved academic at San Francisco State University. In addition to being a scholar, she was an activist who loved her hometown of Stockton, her Giants and her Warriors. The Filipino Women’s Network named her one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the world in 2013. Dawn passed away unexpectedly on August 10 this year and the impact of our community’s loss is still being felt.

“I’ve been so privileged to become a professor at San Francisco State and work with thousands of students over the last 13 years I’ve been a professor,” says Mabalon, who taught in the History Department. “In my lectures, bringing the story of Filipinos into the larger narrative of how I teach American history. But what we need is books to do that. I need to reach audiences that are beyond my classroom. And I especially want to reach young people. We need to get them interested and see themselves in American history at a very young age.”
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5 weeks ago
Alum Denia Perez Becomes First DACA Recipient Admitted to Connecticut Bar
RECORD-JOURNAL (MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT) -- Quinnipiac University School of Law graduate Denia Perez became the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient to be admitted to the Connecticut Bar in a swearing in ceremony late last week.

Perez came to the United States from Mexico when she was 11 months old. Her family lived in San Francisco, and when she was 8 they moved to Santa Rosa, California. Perez graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in women’s and gender studies the year DACA went into effect, when she was 21. Under DACA, eligible adults who were brought to the U.S. as children can receive a two-year deferment from deportation and an Employment Authorization Document.
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5 weeks ago
Professor McDaniel's Research Shows Ranked-Choice Voting Increases Rate of Ballot Errors
THE NEW YORK TIMES/ASSOCIATED PRESS -- Jason McDaniel, associate Political Science professor at San Francisco State University, says his research shows ranked-choice voting increases the rate of ballot errors and disqualifies ballots, particularly among lower-income residents.
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5 weeks ago
Alum Jose Antonio Vargas Shares His 'Notes of an Undocumented Citizen'
KQED-CHANNEL 9, KQED NEWSROOM (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas joins us to talk about his new memoir, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.” A prominent public voice representing the undocumented community, Vargas’ memoir steers away from the politics of immigration and speaks candidly to his experiences of hiding and lying to get by as an undocumented person.

An alumnus of Mountain View High School and San Francisco State University, Vargas returns to the Bay Area for a poignant, personal conversation on what it means to not have a home.

“This is actually not about immigration reform. It’s about the changing America,” Vargas says.
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5 weeks ago
'Pericles' Excites Theatre Department
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The set for “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” boats lighting that adjusts throughout the show to embody different times of day. In the center of the stage are levels that look like they’re made out of stone that cast members perform on. Towards the back of the stage are modeled to look like masts of a ship, that is also used as a prop in the show.

“It’s one of the most beautiful sets that I’ve worked on, and that I’ve seen in general,” Afshar said.

Directing “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” brought Avery and his cast together.

“I love them all. They’re like my children now. They were willing to do anything we asked with commitment and joy. It’s been one of my most cherished experiences, period,” Avery said.
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5 weeks ago
SF State Jewish Community Mourns Mass Murder Victims
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Some students at the vigil shared their own anxiety over Pittsburgh and other anti-Semitic acts that hit closer to home.

“A few days later [after the Pittsburgh shooting] my synagogue in Orange County was vandalized,” said Ben Lieberman, who is majoring in Jewish studies. “My dad’s a security guard there too, which also scares me a little bit. I think the initial attack, plus the vandalism, made this a little more personal for me.”
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5 weeks ago
Election Watch Party Offers Political Science Students Expert Commentary
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The event offered students the opportunity to ask questions of Political Science professors, including Eissler, about the incoming election results and what they may mean for the newly divided government as the Democrats took a majority in the House of Representatives and Republicans dug in a deeper hold on the Senate.

“It’s good to see a lot of students engaging amongst each other, amongst the professors, about something that we’re very passionate about,” said Political Science major and graduating senior Isaac Cisneros. “Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat — it doesn’t matter — the point is you’re participating in a part of a democracy that we strive for for the last 200 years and I think that’s admirable in itself.
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5 weeks ago
Professor Hayduk Comments on Election of Gavin Newsom as California Governor
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “Like a lot of politicians, Lieutenant Governor Newsom is watching the polls,” said Ron Hayduk, SF State Political Science professor. “And in California, like many other parts of the country, there are regions that are alarmed by some of the policies of Trump.”
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5 weeks ago
BECA-Produced Documentary Screens at Skyline College
SKYLINE VIEW (SKYLINE COLLEGE) -- Ortiz Cerda and Oscar Guerra, director of “Resist: Documenting the Undocumented,” ended the week of events by presenting the documentary which sought to reframe the Mexican immigrant image created by the mainstream media in the United States.

“In this project, I document the stories of two courageous and bright undocumented Mexican students living in San Francisco in order to shed light on their challenged history, their brave present and the uncertain days to come,” said Guerra in an article on the San Francisco Latino Film Festival website.

Following the screening, Ortiz Cerda took the time to explain where the idea for UndocuWeek came from.

“UndocuWeek stemmed from a combination of two things,” Ortiz Cerda said. “One, during my time at San Francisco State, I helped create their first UndocuWeek with the Undocumented Student Club, IDEAS and the Undocumented Student Task Force.”

Ortiz Cerda said the idea of a week of events regarding undocumented individuals would create awareness and share resources and support with San Francisco State’s undocumented community.
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5 weeks ago
Alum Stephen Meadows to Read at Davis Arts Center Poetry Series
DAVIS ENTERPRISE -- Stephen Meadows is a Californian of pioneer and Ohlone descent. He has earned degrees from UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University. His poetry collection, “Releasing the Days,” was published by Heyday.
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5 weeks ago
Professor McDaniel Analyzes Election Results in San Francisco
MISSION LOCAL (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Haney trounced Johnson and Trauss by an eye-opening margin (much more on that later). There are 139,000 ballots left to count and, perhaps 10,000 to go in District 4 — but the lead for Mar “looks very solid to me,” notes SFSU Political Science Professor Jason McDaniel. In a crowded field, he continues, Mar “benefitted from the ranked-choice voting transfers.” So far, he’s pulled down more No. 2 votes from the candidate running a 1-2 campaign with Ho than she has.
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5 weeks ago
Professor McDaniel Discusses Provisional Voting
KGO-CHANNEL 7 (SAN FRANCISCO) -- “What California is doing is trying to extend the access to vote to as many people as possible,” said Jason McDaniel, associate professor of Political Science at SF State.

McDaniel says conditional votes and mail-in ballots while good could also mean we won’t know election results right away.

“It is possible because we’re making it easier for people to vote that it will take some time to know,” said McDaniel.
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5 weeks ago
Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett Attended SF State, Now Donates to Higher Ed
SF WEEKLY -- All Within My Hands has recently joined forces with The American Association of Community Colleges to help schools around the country in crucial need of economic support.

“The most efficient way for us to help them is to support their workforce education to help stabilize their local economies,” Hammett explains, “The plan is we’re going to select 10 community colleges in the first year, and we are going to distribute roughly $1 million evenly across them.”

Hammett, who briefly attended community college in Richmond before transferring to SF State, understands the importance of quality education, explaining, “Once you have an education under your belt, you come out a changed person. It just changes people in a very powerful way. We’re really trying to help people who are aspiring to do truly great things, and they just need that extra something to make it all possible.”
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5 weeks ago
Humanities Building Evacuated for 20 Minutes Due to Fire Alarm
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the entire Humanities Building was evacuated when someone pulled a fire alarm apparently as a hoax. Loud sirens and an evacuation announcement sent students, faculty and staff to the West Campus Green.
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5 weeks ago
Alum Cristina Kartsioukas Named Broker for Advantage Real Estate in Oregon
NEWS TIMES (NEWPORT, OREGON) -- After studying art and art history at Rhode Island School of Design and San Francisco State University, Kartsioukas gained a varied employment background in art, customer service and business-related fields.

“From those I carry a variety of skills necessary in the real estate industry: listening, communicating, multitasking, advocating and being accommodating,” she said. “I take great pride in familiarizing myself with your needs to represent you in this process. Whether it be to answer questions, represent you as a seller, or represent you as a buyer by finding the right home, investment property or land to suit your needs, I am happy to assist. My honesty and integrity will be your allies throughout the process.”
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