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The multiple tricolored disposal bins, the lingering aroma of organic coffee and the breezy wind of passing bicyclists in clearly-marked bike lanes do more than create a picturesque scene of SF State. Aside from beautifying the campus, these efforts, along with other initiatives, have earned SF State the distinction of being recognized by two environmental

institutions as a leading school for going green. “State has integrated ‘green initiatives’ into many aspects of the University from classes, student activities, research projects, to the native plants on campus,” said Alexis Nelson, a 23-year-old environmental studies senior. Nelson said she does her part to keep the campus green by bringing her own mug to school for hot tea, taking the bus instead of driving and turning in assign-

ments on scratch paper. These efforts, along with many others, paid off as SF State made the 2011 Green Honor Roll for being one of 16 schools to achieve a perfect score of 99 in the Princeton Review’s fourth annual Green Ratings of Colleges that is based on surveys from 768 colleges around the country. The review looked at the school’s

Students able to work closely with student government through internship ASI aims to encourage interns to be good leaders and learn about the inner-workings of SF State.


ong an enigma to most students, Associated Students Inc., is offering a new way to increase student involvement in the organization through a student internship program. Requiring a brief application and availability on Monday afternoons, 10 interns will be selected for this pilot semester. “We want to spread the word and be more visible and transparent to our students,” said Yesenia Martinez, the senior representative for ASI. The idea for the program was introduced in May. Members of ASI heard that a lot of other California State Universities offered internship programs and thought it would be a good way to increase student involvement. ASI has based the program off of what they have heard was successful at other schools, said Regie De Los Santos, behavioral and social sciences representative. De Los Santos said the goal of the internship is to show students what student government actually does and gain hands-on experience working with other student organizations.




Troubles continue to plague the transit system as weekly rallies lead to closures, arrests

Persistent protesters

With attendees ranging from naked men to masked sign-carriers, participants of the now-weekly events often referred to as opBART continued to protest BART this week with a rally on Thursday and a protest on Monday. The rally on Thursday led to the arrest of protesters and media alike and the parade-like protest on Monday took the group to two stations and through the streets of downtown. “Anytime that we are out on the streets

we are raising awareness to police brutality,” said one 23-year-old SF State graduate who joined the Monday protesters, but declined to give her name.“We may be annoying people, but they’re also paying attention to the issues that we are trying to give focus to, like the BART shootings,” she continued. Darting in and out of Powell and Civic Center stations Monday night, protesters rallying behind the call to disband the BART police once again struck rush



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Slavery account told in graphic form

It’s 1876 and the courtroom in the Gold Coast of West Africa is small. The jurors are restless as they listen to a young woman named Abina Mansah desperately trying to convince them that she was, in fact, a slave in an otherwise free British colony. The jury members are men who range from merchants to palm oil plantation owners, men who know what the consequences are of believing this woman’s story and convicting a man of purchasing and owning slaves. A judge sits uncomfortably, balancing justice with the economic demands of the community. This is one of the key scenes in a new graphic novel detailing the realities of the West African slave trade through the eyes of a slave woman written by SF State history professor Trevor Getz. “Abina and the Important Men” is meant to be a textbook. An unorthodox format for a textbook, Getz believed this was the best format to tell Albina’s story. He was determined to stick with the style in order to provide the reader with a more powerful historical account of a court case that has been omitted in texts on African history. “It’s a lot more intensive to do a graphic novel,” Getz said. “There are a lot of things that go in to it, things that you could otherwise ignore.” Getz also chose the style in order to bring a visual context to a world viewers may not be familiar with. “Right from the start it sounded like a project with a lot of potential and a story that I’d like to help tell,” said artist Liz Clarke. Clarke, a freelance illustrator based in Cape Town, South Africa, was chosen from 36 applicants and landed the unique opportunity to provide her artistic talents in an educational setting. She had only worked before.

Despite her background, Clarke was able to work with Getz to make sure that each frame was historically accurate. “I had the luxury of time for quite a lot of research, asking Trevor questions, reading up on architectural styles and building contemporary Ghana,” Clarke said. Partnered with the graphic history is the actual court transcript, followed by a discussion on the book, how to use the book in the classroom and a timeline with important dates leading up to and after Abina’s court case. ing textbook at SF State yet, some students believe there are advantages to its presentation style. “I do believe that teaching the complexities of the African slave trade through a graphic novel is effective because it provides visual context that can be lacking in a just plain words book,” said Eric CavazosSmith, a double major in cinema and electrical engineering. “I mean, if they can teach calculus with Manga-style textbooks, why can’t we do history?” Getz admits that aside from the unusual format for a textbook, which three other publishers turned down, the novel is also “subversive because it reveals so much.” The book opens with a slight disclaimer,

ASI offers hands-on student internships “One goal would be for students to run for student government and also foster student leaders,” De Los Santos said. De Los Santos said the group hopes the program will lead to the interns running for ASI next year but the interns are not required to run for student government after completing the internship. As part of their duties, interns for ASI will shadow elected representatives, sit in on standing committees, attend leadership workshops, sit in on board meetings and learn more about CSU advocacy issues. The application includes a few simple questions such as availability, major and activities and volunteer work. A fourmember panel of current ASI members will then rate the applicants on a 1 to 4 scale based on previous involvement in leadership programs and likelihood to succeed. Although it is a simple application, Martinez believes the level of interest tion to detail applicants spend describing previous involvement.

Freshman Danielle Wright, 17, heard about the internship at Welcome Days and decided to apply. She was already looking for a way to get involved and decided to ask her roommate, who is already a part of ASI, for more details about what the internship entailed.

It was a simple, basic, general question,” Wright said. “I think it was perfect length, especially for Welcome Days. It was just enough to realize it’s serious but not too tedious.” The ten students who complete the internship will each receive a $300 book voucher, valid at the campus bookstore. The vouchers will be paid from fees that students pay each semester. Although the syllabus is still being prepared on a week-by-week guide of the activities, the pilot program has already been approved by the ASI Board of Directors. If students want to receive course credit for the internship, they would be considered for it on case by case basis. So far, ASI has received more than 70 applications, but is continuing to accept them until Friday. Interviews begin Monday and the internship is set to start Sept. 27.

allowing the readers to know that the graphic history is one person’s interpretation of the event that follows. “When you have somebody who was totally silenced in history, either you don’t tell her story or you speculate,” Getz said. Some students, though, believe that this type of book may not be the most effective for all learning styles. “If a textbook is effective or not depends on how the student reacts to it because, although pictures may add context, too much illustration can be more of a distraction,” said Berta Pibernat, freshman

cinema major. Overall, Getz hopes that readers will actively participate in the discussion that the graphic history brings up. From his interpretation of Abina’s case to supplying the reader with factual details in the latter parts of the novel, Getz believes it gives the reader a chance create a dialogue of what went on in that courtroom and during that time period. “Nothing would make me happier than someone contesting my interpretation,” Getz said with a smile.

IT’S A TRAP! Several SF State students trapped themselves in the Mary Park Hall elevator last Saturday, turning into possible fodder for R. Kelly’s next installment of the ‘Trapped in the Closet’ series. Police and an elevator technician arrived, declaring that the students caused the elevator to malfunction. The elevator was temporarily shut down and the students were let go. No one cheated on their girlfriend or brandished Berettas during the incident.

WHERE THE WEED AT? We’ve all been there. You’re strolling around San Francisco and a hopeful stoner asks you where to procure some marijuana. Usually a simple ‘I don’t know’ will suffice and our stoner friend wanders to the Upper Haight McDonalds. Last Saturday atop the parking garage however, an SF State student was met with a different response when a toking-hopeful became ornery and threatened the student after they said they didn’t have any weed. Police responded and arrested the combative cannabis compadre.

WATCH OUT!: Three a.m. is a perfect time to stroll campus for participating in late-night scavenger hunts! Unfortunately, it also leaves deviants opportunities to harass people and do some mean things. A student experienced just that last Saturday when two unknown people chased them in front of the Humanities building. The student escaped his pursuers and reported it to the police. So remember everyone, walk in groups and keep your eyes open when perambulating the campus!

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WEIRD SCIENCE: SIGNIFICANLTY LESS WOMEN THAN MEN IN ENGINEERING Despite females outnumbering their counterpart in general enrollment at SF State, there is less than 30 percent

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FOOD BANK LOSES FUNDING, NOW LOOKS FOR MORE DONATIONS City’s unemployment rate was too low to qualify for any federal funding. As a result, supporters worry that many of SF’s poor will go hungry

More than 30,000 households that receive food from the San Francisco Food Bank may be affected Program. history, the SF Food Bank lost 100 percent of its This means a loss of $592,000 in federal money programs. The organization now solely relies on food and money donations. city within a county to receive food bank funding at least two points above the national average of 11.5 percent unemployment and 14.4 percent poverty. San Francisco missed the mark at 9.4 percent unemployment and 11.3 percent poverty. Peter Duke, 24, business marketing major, volunteered at the food bank last semester and feels uneasy about where the money that is being cut is going. “They’re cutting funding for the food bank that gives meals to those who need it most,” Duke said. “I’d feel better about the situation if I knew where the money was going. Is it just feeding a black hole of debt?” Congress in this year’s budget, resulting in $120 million available instead of the $200 million from last year. July. “We had been anticipating on getting the money for the year and giving it to the food pantries,” said Stacy Newman, media manager of the San Francisco Food Bank. “Now we have to cut back on a lot of protein products such as beans, eggs and dairy.” The San Francisco Food Bank alone will lose out on $161,000, the equivalent of 483,000 meals this year.

Last year, San Francisco and Marin counties experienced a 40 percent reduction in national funding. Marin, with its 8.0 percent unemployment rate and 11.3 percent poverty rate, will also lose $20,000 in federal funding. Francisco and Marin. The food bank serves more than 220,000 people each year throughout San Francisco and Marin counties. and this year it expects a new group of people that will need assistance. The California Work Opportunity and

Responsibility to Kids Program, which provides cash assistance to low-income families, had its grants reduced by 8 percent, an average loss of $460 for a family of three per month. Robert Ramirez, 22, criminal justice major, is a member of Circle K International, a volunteer organization at SF State. Ramirez regularly participates in a proa partner agency of the San Francisco Food Bank. “There have been hard times everywhere,” Ramirez said. “Last week when I was volunteering, there was a shortage of food. A couple dozen people were turned away.”

LAKE MERCED: To renovate or to build anew? Plans have been proposed to give the dilapidated Lake Merced boathouse a well-needed face lift. Others think starting from scratch might be best.

At one time, the Lake Merced boathouse was a social gathering spot. People could come and have a drink overlooking the lake or just make a quick pit stop to buy But now, the once-beautiful boathouse is an inhabitfading activity hub has nearby residents up in arms. “No one has looked into the question if it would be cheaper to completely tear the building down and start from scratch,” said Jerry Cadagan, co-founder of the Committee to Save Lake Merced. “We’re going to spend $940,000 doing renovations and when we’re to code or standards.” In 1958, the Lake Merced boathouse was constructed by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department as a sports center. Over the years, the lack of

maintenance and dedication to the building has caught up with it. The last tenant vacated in 2003, leaving behind some food preparation equipment, bar furnishings and an electrical system that does not meet the current clubs still use the lower levels for boat and equipment storage. Commission spokeswoman, said the future of the boathouse is still uncertain. “None of the options have been fully evaluated, but currently being considered.” A full renovation has been proposed with a goal of immediate occupancy. The estimated construction cost is $1.9 million, well over the available budget of $940,000. As for the reason for the sudden interest in the boat-

“Starting in 1999 there was a group called the Lake Merced Task Force that worked on issues like water “I think there is renewed interest in the boathouse because we have come to those points in the conversation.” Despite its relatively close physical proximity to SF State students and student housing, many people are not aware there is a boathouse on the lake, and some aren’t sure about its revival. “There’s a boathouse on the lake?” asked technical and professional writing major Chris Voxland, 24. “I think even if it was nice and they made a brand new one, no one would go. It accomplishes nothing.” The SF State rowing clubs that use the lower levels of the boathouse for storage would be moved across the lake to a new temporary location if the boathouse is torn down or renovated.





NEW LAW MAY PUT MOBILE DEVICES UNDER LOCK AND KEY A new state senate bill aims to protect personal data, but still allow law enforcement to get the information they need to solve a crime.


our cell phone can hold a lot of data -your bank account information, sext messages, dirty pictures and maybe even your social security number. Would you really want of that private information? allowed to search and seize the cell phone of someone who is arrested, but new legislation may make it illegal for without a warrant. Recently passed by the Assembly, Senate Bill 914 aims to protect the private information of those who have been arrested. “Under the current law, people can be arrested for any offense no matter how allowed to look through the arrested person’s cell phone,” said Michael Risher, a staff attorney for the American

Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. “This bill protects personal data while giving law enforcement what they need to solve a crime.” SB 914, authored by Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, is in response to the January California Supreme to search through the contents of an arrested person’s cell phone without a warrant, regardless of how relevant the information is to their arrest. The January Supreme Court decision ruled that “this loss of privacy allows police not only to seize anything of body … but also to open and examine According to Leno, the technological advances of smart phones allow people to store a wealth of information including medical data, banking records and even GPS systems used to track a person’s whereabouts. The legislation passed the Assembly last week with a bipartisan 68-0 vote. Among the co-sponsors are the First Amendment Coalition, the American

Civil Liberties Union and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. SB 914 acknowledges that the warrantless search of a cell phone is not the same as searching through an arrestee’s cigarette pack, jean pockets or wallet because of the mass amount of storage space available on most cell phones. “I have everything on my cell phone, like passwords and bank accounts,” said Mario Lazaro, 20, mechanical engineering major. “Hopefully with this bill we will have a little more privacy.” While some opposition to the bill comes from law enforcement groups who argue that SB 914 will make their job harder when it comes to investigating give priority to Fourth Amendment rights.

“The bill makes sense,” said Department. “There is a certain level of privacy that people expect.” Pasadena Police Department, if a person has their cell phone locked, police also said that if SB 914 passes it will not “It’s still easy to get a search warrant and it will not put a strain on our job,” allowed to hold on to a phone while they get the warrant needed to search through the mobile device.” SB 914 passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support in June and will be returning to the Senate for a concurrence vote before it goes to Governor Brown’s desk.

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F State usually isn’t on the list of stops for touring bands, but that may be starting to change this semester and students might be able to catch acts they missed at Outside Lands, right here on campus. The Depot, Cesar Chavez Student Center’s designated performance venue, has

music scene during the last year according to the spot’s interim manager, Gio Acosta, who took over this semester. “We just started pushing for better bands,” Acosta said. “And getting the bands on campus to come out, getting their friends to come out, that helped.” This now allows the school to attract bigger acts, such as the Stone Foxes, a rising local band who opened up the third day of this year’s Outside Lands. They’ll be playing at The Depot Oct. 4. “We wanted to get them before they became unreachable,” said Acosta, an anthropology major who graduated last year, but continues to take offcampus classes through SF State. Negotiations are also in motion to bring the Swedish band Little Dragon to campus, another name from this year’s Outside Lands. The show at SF State depends on how her concerts at the Mezzanine sell on Oct. 8 and 9. Last year, The Depot hosted the buzzing indieband The Soft Pack in a heavily packed show. And


hosted a pair of New York DJs, Designer Drugs and the respected Del the Funky Homosapien. Franko Ali, an SF State student and publicity manager for the Student Center who started the festival, said the music festival should be back next April. Acosta promises more big names are in the works, though he can’t say who until next week. There are many other factors that go into booking a band. Anything from having enough audio equipment to support the act’s live show to having a private room, or even having the ability to provide the group with free alcohol can be a factor. “Typical rock star things,” Acosta said. For the most part, The Depot is studentrun and student-funded, and so the quality of the acts is heavily dependent on the managers who run it. Although, in order to bring in the larger acts, the University will sometimes co-sponsor and contribute money to The Depot’s budget. Most of the bands that play The Depot are paid anywhere between $50 and $100. Even on open mic nights money is often


funded by student fees. Students can get involved by emailing comments and suggestions to The Depot or writing on its Facebook page. my school provided me with shows,” said Stephanie Escoto, assistant interim manager at The Depot and third year business student. “Because that’s my hobby, I like going to shows every weekend.”

cially. Between living expenses in the Bay Area and a constantly rising tuition, it’s hard to budget for any kind of social life outside of hanging out on your couch. But the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park has your back. When the de Young museum reopened in 2005 with a new layout, the museum received a hefty sum of money in grants and started Friday Night events. The events are free, however the permanent exhibits as well as the special exhibitions at the museum are still at regular pricing. “We were lacking a connection with the community,” said Renee Baldocci, director of public programs at the museum. She explained that through speaking with the community, they found that people felt that the de Young was elitist. “We weren’t well-loved,” Baldocci said. On any given Friday between January and November the entertainment changes. There have been DJs, lectures by art historians, interactive art pieces and a craft table for kids. And the best part is, it is held in the free parts of the museum. Therefore, aside from the paid exhibits, which are also open, the event is totally free of charge. “We wanted to create something

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diverse,” said Gregory Stock, who works as an educator in public programs for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, an organization that works behind the scenes at both the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor. The entertainment lineup changes weekly. Last week, the John Santos Sextet played Afro-Latin music in the main lobby, while in another room there was a performance piece combining spoken word, dance and music. Next week, the Mads Tolling Quartet will be performing in one room while screened in the Koret Auditorium and an opening for a mixed media artist is presented in the Kimball Artist Studio. Every week is different, and a list of the events is updated on the museum website. “We like to base our Friday Nights off of whatever we have in the museum,” said Danica Gomes who works for Public Programs at the museum. “We have Picasso right now, so we have a lot of Spanish stuff.” And unlike their neighbor the California Academy of Sciences, who hosts Thursday nights for people 21 and over, the de Young event is open to everyone. “We want to make it fun for all ages,” said Andrea Martin, a spokesperson who

is on the museum’s public relations team. “The event aims to bring the art we have here to life. It’s important to get the community involved from all over the Bay Area and create a party-like atmosphere.” Last week in the lobby there was a crafting table where children and their parents got creative. Meanwhile, the full bar near the ticket counter entertained a group of business people laughing while they bar. Visitors ranging in age were scattered throughout the museum, and while some left early, there were people who stayed until the very end. “We want people to engage with the art instead of (being) spectators,” Gomes said. The event has grown in popularity in the past six years, relying heavily on the word of mouth from the bands and artists who showed there, as well as the people who attended spreading the word about the event. “The Friday Nights became a grassroots movement in a large institution,” said Baldocci. “It’s something I like to brag about.” The museum also holds events where they work with student artists. One Friday night each April, the museum showcases more than 100 college art students, which Baldocci hopes to make an all-weekend event next year.




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SAN FRANCISCO OPERA TELLS THE DRAMATIC STORY OF A SEPT. 11 HERO Commemorating the 1oth anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks through the power of voice.


S AMERICA PREPARED TO REMEMBER THE ATTACKS ON THE TWIN TOWERS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, one hero in particular was remembered through the art of opera on the eve of Sept. 11. The world premiere of “Heart of a Soldier” came to life on the San Francisco Opera stage to honor British-born war veteran Rick Rescorla, then-head of security at Morgan Stanley whose heroic actions spared the lives of 2,700 people on Sept. 11. Rescorla assisted occupants in evacuating the South Tower of the World Trade Center despite orders to remain inside the building. “It was hard for me to enjoy it until the end,” said composer Christopher Theofanidis Francisco Opera House. “But I think it was a The arduous role of Rescorla was played by acclaimed baritone Thomas Hampson who demonstrated an ability to master the arrangement of music. Hampson was joined by tenor William Burden as Rescorla’s lifelong friend and comrade Daniel Hill. Rescorla and Hill are shown in a famous wrestling match while on duty in “Who’s ready to wrestle the strongest man in Rhodesia?” Hampson belted during the performance, answered by Burden’s playful, “I’m ready to wrestle the second strongest man in Rhodesia!” The scenes depicting Rescorla during his swampy areas. The sets changed seamlessly The props depicting the Twin Towers were comprised of LiteSteel structural beams, each tower weighing a total of 16,000 pounds. During the dramatization of the aircraft hitting the North Tower, hundreds of pieces late atmosphere and accenting the panic of Rescorla’s charges in the South Tower. An emotional phone conversation between Rescorla and his wife, Susan Greer-Rescorla, takes place as he tells her “You made my life,” before re-entering the tower to check that all had been evacuated, never to be seen again. “It’s a powerful story,” said opera librettist Tiziana DellaRovere after the performance. “No matter what we thought, it was a landmark piece.”

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Eos: Asian fusion standard

Eating the food provided on campus for days on end is all well and good, but at the end of the week most students are probably a little tired of the limited choices on-campus dining provides. With that in mind, I decided to branch out and visit a decidedly more upscale restaurant in Cole Valley called Eos Restaurant and Wine Bar. Opened in 1995, Eos quickly became a neighborhood favorite, and its location mere feet from the N-Judah line means it is easily accessible from other neighborhoods. Eos boasts the perfect atmosphere for a romantic date, with a modern but warm interior decorated with lots of natural wood and candlelight. Warm tinted lights hang from dark wooden beams that crisscross the ceiling while a huge polished and bare tree branch serves as the artistic centerpiece of the space. Tables of smooth black passing by the full length windows that border the dining room. Eos tries to be a few different things. One side of the space is a loud and casual wine bar, while on the other side of a wall, diners can sit down and enjoy either an

fect in portion and taste. The wild arugula and summer melon salad was a perfect balance of peppery bite and sweetness, and the lemongrass crusted ahi tuna practically melted

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order on their own from a menu of appetizers and entrees. Both menus offer dishes that combine aspects of Californian and Asian cuisine. While Asian fusion restaurants are more common now, many food writers (including the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer) cite Eos For my visit I opted for the tasting menu that I split with one other person. The price changes depending on the dishes offered, but for this night the price was $125, which included a bottle of wine. I was slightly worried that I might leave hungry

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since tasting menus can occasionally consist of micro-sized portions. That fear disappeared after about the third course, when I suddenly realized that this “tasting menu” could probably satisfy a linebacker, both in size and richness.

on top of crispy triangles of wonton chips. And then it was four courses of heavy, staggeringly rich food The fourth course consisted of a bowl of sweet corn risotto with julienned slices of apple atop. The ite things about corn and apples in a way I hadn’t had before. Unfortunately, a bowl of creamy risotto in the middle of a meal is a gastronomical speed bump that will leave even the most enthusiastic diners stagger-

ingly full. I wish I could comment more completely on the other courses, but I was so full after the risotto that I could only eat a few bites of the chicken dishes and goat cheese chicken was succulent, and the little pieces of fried skin that accompanied I did enjoy the last course of the slow-cooked pork belly with grits and plum chutney. The meat was deis usually very fatty and falls apart. The chutney was sweet but with enough acidity to cut through both the smoky pork and creamy grits. My appetite had returned by the time dessert arrived, which consisted of an ice cream sampler. Most were good, but the salted caramel tasted much more of salt than sweet. The standout here was the homemade mint chip, which I would happily buy in a gallon size to take home with me. The passion fruit sorbet was a close runner-up to being my favorite and offered a light reprieve from the heaviness of the rest of the meal. The only mildly annoying aspect of my visit to Eos was some strange service. It was casual to the point of being inattentive, and on multiple times our server asked us which dishes we had received. He also had a habit of setting our dishes down on they were, which is frustrating when you’re eating eight courses that you Overall, Eos is worth the price and unavoidable food hangover for a meal that is bound to leave a lasting positive impression even if you eat out on a regular basis. Just be sure to bring your appetite.


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ast week, members of opBART, a loose-knit group of protesters, organized yet another gathering for Thursday night. The group is determined to derail the transit system’s police force in the wake of

riders and other public relations missteps. Several members of the Xpress news staff were present at the protest, and seven journalism students from SF State media and BART police. But that is not the story. The story is one of police mistakes, public relations mishandling and outrageous protest demands that have spun out of control. This situation has become a self-perpetuating scenario of inconvenience, waste and just plain silliness. How is calling in a high number of police in riot gear a proportional response by BART to provide security for riders from what at best was estimated at 50 protesters? Civic Center’s U.N. Plaza routinely draws out larger crowds for rallies ranging from anti-Prop 8 campaigns to free Bradley Manning protests. Rarely is riot gear deployed. Yet Thursday night, BART police and the hordes of els broke out the heavy-duty uniform. Monday night saw a group of roughly 30 people darting in and out of BART stations, beginning at Civic Center and then marching around downtown. This caused frequent jurisdictional changes between SFPD and BART police, as

protesters attempted to keep themselves from being ‘kettled,’ the tactic to surround the crowd that police employed Thursday to confusing results. The scene was captured on most local evening news broadcasts, again with more media and police partaking in the romp around the city than actual protesters. Why? BART and SFPD must jointly realize that these protests are not the threat to society that they perceive them to be. These protesters are exercising their right to free speech and to peacefully assemble. While the railway may not like what they’re saying, 30 people does not a riot make. Wasting time and resources trailing them around town is showing them as silly and far too sensitive to the protesters chants. Members of opBART also needs to make some concessions. Disbanding the BART police is unlikely. While SFPD may be able to cover some incidents within the city, many towns along the BART lines have seen their police forces slashed and their ability to respond to incidents severely hampered. Leaving the vast transit system without a centralized police presence is a situation that leaves the railway just one horrendous incident away from a whole other set of protests. It seemed at one point last month with its public meeting that BART might be willing to come to the table and make some concessions or at least open the dialogue with protesters. Come back to that point, BART. Engage your critics, don’t kettle them. Only through opportunities for open, two-way discussions are these protests going to end. And goodness knows, isn’t that at least one goal you all can agree on?



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CORRECTIONS FOR XPRESS EDITION 9.07 The Dream Act story on page 5 was not attributed to a reporter. This piece was written by Sandra Lopez. In the article on page 8, the title of Mermaid Bones’ newest album was incorrect. The correct name is “The End of Days.” We regret the errors.

Dear Xpress, I am strongly dismayed at the new “Crime Blotter” column of the City section of the Golden Gate Xpress. As an SF State alumna (bachelor and masters) I am completely and utterly disturbed by the sarcastic slant in reporting police activities and other crimes in the immediate campus area. Not only does this column belittle the criminal events that occur, the crass tone and cryptic snarky-ness is offensive, insensitive, and renders the column completely incomprehensible. Thank goodness that we aren’t a

campus amok of serious crimes, however SF State is no stranger to reports of strong armed robbery, sexual assault and public drunkenness. To allow such a jovial tone to undermine these types of serious incidences is journalistically immature. While I understand this is a “student” newspaper, I think certain topics should be presented clearly, fairly and taken seriously. Signed concerned alumna, Leslye M. Tinson, M.S. Assistant to the Chair, San Francisco State University Psychology Department





CHILE: Protests to change the educational system The SF State community should take a lesson from its Chilean counterpart and raise up against hiked tuiton costs. ¡Si se puede! It can be done!


or the last three and a half months Chilean secondary and university students have staged amazing and creative demonstrations against their educational system. The system is the most expensive in the world, the result of a 17-year legacy of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who led a military coup, or overthrow effort, on Sept. 11, 1973. I grew up in Chile, and we Chileans call that date “Our little Sept. 11” because, compared to the way “the other” 9/11 is presented, it feels that way. But the number of dead people in Chile was 10 times larger than the number of those who fell in that horrible day when the Twin Towers collapsed in New York, and the coup in Chile was partly funded and very encouraged by the U.S. of A. Before Pinochet decreed the creation of private universities and ushered in the and fewer than 150,000 university students in Chile. The state began reducing government funding for public universities and extended its hand to dozens of private universities that sprouted overof education.” In turn, these new “higher education institutions” extended “easy” credit to a hungry-for-education populace. (In that, those students’ loans in Chile are clearly reminiscing of the predatory mortgage loans that have helped create the economic mess reigning in the U.S. today.) Now, there are 1.1 million students in Chilean universities, in a country of about 17 million people. More of those students are in private colleges than in public ones, and most of them are heavily indebted to those predatory loans extended by banks and other private institutions. That has led to some tough choices for many university students. “I’d like to study psychology, but I’m not sure I can because of the price,” said Maura Roque, 17, who recently undertook a hunger strike against the educational system in Chile. Coincidentally, a week ago, in San Francisco’s Mission district, I met “Juan” a recent psychology graduate from Chile’s schools and he told me:

“I owe $50,000! I will be paying that for quite a few years!” Obviously, Ms. Roque could not begin to consider such a debt. This is what students in Chile are doing to protest. Hundreds of thousands of students chant “¡Y va a caer, y va a caer! ¡La educación de Pinochet!” (It’s going to fall! It’s going to fall! Pinochet’s education will fall!) and form well-coordinated marches that included creative theater and dance skits. “Kiss-a-thons,” where young –and not so young– people kiss for 18 seconds, with their regular partners, or kiss with volunteer strangers. Many have run 18 times around La Moneda, the Chilean equivalent of the White House. The number 18 refers to the sum of $1.8 billion dollars per year that are considered necessary to overhaul the Chilean educational system and make it public and free. Although it is hard to envision THAT occurring here in the U.S. admiring those Chilean students and their leaders and wishing that our own students would believe to be capable of organizing a huge, militant and creative response against the demeaning way with which they keep being charged more and more money for their tuition. In the past decade, CSU tuition fees have risen 300 percent, and a full-time undergrad today pays $6,422 a year. The response? Mere whimpers, generally speaking. Of course, some students and the faculty union are always vocal and militant in expressing their rejection of the unfair choice of balancing the CSU budget mostly on the students backs, but the majorities barely rumble and simply acquiesce to the latest fee increase, making it easier for the CSU administration. So, why not just the students, but faculty, staff and parents band together in protest? In fact, why the administrators themselves do not take a principled stand against the budget cuts applied regularly by the State Legislature? Is it because it is so much easier to simply “stick it” to the students? Maybe the students –and the rest, defeated? It cannot be that! Look to the south of the American continent! ¡Si se puede! It can be done!

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Stellar start for new cross country team members SF State’s cross country newcomers used the Notre Dame de Namur Invitational to properly introduce themselves to their team.


or two athletes on the SF State cross country team to be named California Collegiate Athletic Association runners of the week at the same time is remarkable. This feat becomes more incredible when both runners achieve that on their first race. Junior transfer Ernesto Rodriguez and freshman Paxton Cota were named CCAA male and female runners of the week for Aug. 29 to Sept. 4. The awards come as a result of the Gators’ performances at the season-opening Notre Dame de Namur Invitational at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif. Head coach Tom Lyons was pleased to see his new runners reach such a high level so soon. “The conference runner of the week stuff, that’s awesome,” Lyons said. “That’s a really impressive accomplishment. It’s not something we get very often.” Rodriguez, who transferred from

Pasadena City College as an anthropology major, was the second finisher and top Gator at the meet, running the 4.2-mile course in 21 minutes 48 seconds. His time, combined with those of seven other SF State runners in the top 13, helped the team to an overall first place finish at the event. This is the third year in a row that the men’s team has opened the season with a victory. On the course, Rodriguez is easily recognizable by his wild, long, wavy, black hair bouncing behind him. He sees this first win as a stepping-stone to greater accomplishments. “Obviously the job isn’t done yet, it’s only the first week,” Rodriguez said. “We still have a lot more to go. But it feels good because I’m able to help out the team. It’s only the beginning of the season. We haven’t even started the hard workouts.” Cota was the first Gator and second overall women’s finisher at the NDNI. She clocked a 23 minute 17 second time on the 6-km course, a mere five seconds

behind first place. Cota is a true freshman from Dana Point High School, where she helped her team to a California Interscholastic Federation Division I championship in 2008. Cota concedes the award was a surprise. “I wasn’t really expecting that,” Cota said. “It was a shock. It’s an honor.” Lyons admits that he, too, was not quite expecting his new runners to end up at the top of the leader board. “We thought they would be up there,” Lyons said. “I didn’t know that they would run as fast as they did.” The cross country program has been steadily improving during Lyons’ sevenyear tenure as coach. Lyons sees the quality of the returning players as a key to bringing in recruits like Rodriguez and Cota. “All these new folks contacted us and looked at our school. I think that’s a credit to our current team, our returners,” Lyons said. “As we get better, the recruits that we attract are better.”

Both Rodriguez and Cota were eager to credit the tight team chemistry of the veteran runners in helping them achieve their early success. “In my recent junior college and high school teams, I didn’t have that real team integration,” Rodriguez said. “I get here and it’s unexplainable. I’ve never had it before.” Rodriguez believes that having new team members compete at a high level is good for everyone going forward. “It keeps the vets on their toes to have new guys coming in,” Rodriguez said. “(The new runners) want to catch these guys and beat these guys.” The team will face tougher challenges as the season progresses, starting with next week’s highly competitive Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, Wash. Lyons sees his new runners’ early success as good sign for things to come. “Running is great because you can just continually improve,” Lyons said. “The older you get, the more you do. It’s a great place to start.”

Rugby club poised for season The relatively new club has been at SF State since 2005, now members aim for Division II competition wins.

Jake Patricio’s rugby career at SF State started so suddenly, it was practically a calling. When he noticed a few guys tossing a rugby ball around in the quad on campus, he knew he wanted to join them. “I always wanted to play a sport in college,” Patricio said. “I played rugby in high school but I didn’t think that (SF) State had a team until I was walking around campus and saw some guys throwing a ball around, so I said ‘Hey, I’ll join in.’” The Gators Rugby Football Club was formed in 2005 by a few students who all bonded over the love of rugby and the competition it provided. As athletes looking for new challenges, they banded together to make the club more than just a few guys playing a pick-up game. They wanted to compete. According to Patricio, the game is growing in the United States, its popularity rising with the reinstate-

ment of the rugby sevens – a seven on seven match instead of 15. Rugby is a challenging, physically demanding and draining sport, but it also requires that all athletes work together. The Gators know this and are open to training and helping anyone who is new to the sport and eager to learn. “I use football as a comparison so that people who have never played understand better,” Patricio said. Aside from Patricio, team captain, the players look at coach Dean White for guidance on the pitch. He offers several years of rugby background. White has experience both as former athlete and coach, with stops at the University of Arizona and San Jose State University before coming over to coach the Gators in 2010. “It’s always a privilege to get the call to coach a sport you love so dearly,” White said. “Any opportunity to give back to the sport is an opportunity that I look forward to.” Before White, the Gators went a few years without a coach, which

meant the team had to be much more self-motivated to keep the pace for steady improvement. That improvement came to fruition in 2009 when, after a few seasons of not being able to play in competitive Division II games, the in the Northern California Rugby Football Union, Division II. “Jake really stepped up as a leader and he is bringing it forward commend him for doing it,” White said. team, the Gators look to improve on good performances, the players say they know that they can do better and they are looking to improve. “With what the recruitment numbers look like so far, we have a lot of freshman talent,” said Gator rugby club player Tristan Hayter. “From where we are now, compared to last year, we are way ahead. And anyone is welcome to come out, the more the merrier!”




BART rallies cost rail system big money Police Department press passes were released after a brief detainment or arrest and the SF State students were released after approximately two hours. University of San Francisco student photojournalist Kia Zomorrodi was among those arrested. “I was handcuffed and arrested, and they said they were probably going to

hour at the transit stations downtown, although this time there were no disruptions to service or commuters. The frequent protests began in response to the shooting death of Charles Hill, a transient killed by BART police tion. in a press conference following Thursday night’s protest at Powell station that the protests have cost the rail system approximately $300,000 so far. That amount accounts for overtime costs to the police department and civilian employees each time the stations have been evacuated, according to BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver. “That is for the August protests. We don’t have numbers for September

Foghorn, USF’s student newspaper, Zomorrodi was eventually taken to the a citation. He was issued a court date for October, where he will answer to an 369i charge, for interruption of the operation of a railway. said. “If I had heard a dispersal warning,

the amount does not account for loss of revenue when the stations were closed. Whatever the cost, the protesters have asserted in person and through a large Twitter campaign that the weekly Monday gatherings will continue until the BART police are disbanded. “There are no leaders in Anony-

Monday’s zig-zag strategy seemed like it was meant to keep the protesters from staying within any one police jurisdiction for too long. “BART police has jurisdiction on BART property. SFPD has jurisdiction

day who declined to give his name. “The people who give direction to the protest

Thursday’s protest remained inside

the Powell Street station, and resulted in media fury after police executed a controversial tactic used to control rioters by surrounding them and penning them inside a circle of police. Several members of the press were trapped inside the circle, including seven SF State journalism students along with journalists from large local media outlets.

Sustainability in the hands of students curriculum for degrees that are environmentally focused, emission reduction and the transition to a green cleaning program. Students at SF State can earn both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in environmental studies and a masters degree with an emphasis in sustainable business. SF State also jumped up 40 spots from last year to number 29 on the Sierra Club’s 100 Coolest Schools list, which examines and waste management. Ayesha Rashid, a 21-year-old senior and anthropology major at SF State, was not surprised by the school’s high rating for sustainability. “Our campus has not only a recycling Rashid said. “The campus has gone out of its way to make sure students learn where to throw what based on the instructions SF States tries to make environmental sustainability accessible to every student and faculty member but it is also something to implement on a larger scale as well. In May 2007, SF State President Robert A. Corrigan made it an initiative to reduce the campus’s green house gas emissions when he signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This initiative was needed because from 1990 to 2006 SF State’s overall greenhouse

gas emissions rose by 47 percent, according to an inventory that focused on the school’s impact on the environment. The report also found that the school was emitting 61,184 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents that year, which equals the amount of CO2 emissions from the energy use of 5,307 homes in one year according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator. Caitlin Steele, campus sustainability programs manager at SF State, did research for and co-wrote the Greenhouse Gas Emiscommitment signed by the president. “SF State supports over 21,000 people



Sept. 9 at Cal State Monterey Bay, 1-0, Double Overtime

The Climate Action Plan was the next step in the SF State’s commitment to become more sustainable. It was prepared by more than 30 faculty, staff, administrators and students in 2010. The plan states that its goals are to reduce the campus’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Steele said that the emissions are already down 7 percent since 1990. Currently the school is working with SF Environment to put compost bins everywhere on campus including University Park North, and placing the three bin system with recycling, trash and compost all over campus.

Sept. 11 vs. Cal Poly Pomona, 0-0, Double Overtime


GATORS’ SPORTS SCHEDULE THURSDAY, SEPT. 15 VOLLEYBALL SF State vs. Cal Poly Pomona 5 p.m. (San Francisco, Calif.)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16 MEN’S SOCCER SF State vs. UC San Diego 12:30 p.m. (San Francisco, Calif.) WOMEN’S SOCCER SF State vs. UC San Diego 3 p.m. (San Francisco, Calif.)

Sept. 9 at Cal State San Bernardino, 1-3. Sept. 11 at UC San Diego, 0-3.

VOLLEYBALL SF State at Chico State 7 p.m. (Chico, Calif.)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 17 VOLLEYBALL SF State at Cal State Stanislaus 7 p.m. (Turlock, Calif.) VOLLEYBALL SF State at Sundodger Invitational (Seattle, Wash.)



Additional reporting by Sandra Lopez

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Protesters have vowed to continue their weekly protests, although Salaver said that no plans have gone into effect for Monday. “We don’t have any information of


Sept. 9 at Cal State Monterey Bay, 1-1, 2 in overtime Sept. 11 vs. Cal

LOSS Poy Pomona 0-1

MEN’S SOCCER SF State vs. Cal State San Bernardino 11:30 a.m. (San Francisco, Calif.) WOMEN’S SOCCER SF State vs. Cal State San Bernardino 2 p.m. (San Francisco, Calif.)

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