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Actors play actors in 18th-century era musical Theater arts professor Joel Schechter remakes Edward Phillips’ SEE play, “The Stage PAGE Mutineers”

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Students commemorate Palestinian leader’s legacy

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HE Palestinian national anthem echoed through Jack Adams Hall last Thursday, as SF State hosted its sixth annual celebration of the campus mural honoring the late Edward Said, one of the most peace in the Middle East. The Palestinian cultural mural, along with a mixture of images related struggle. “Edward Said has created a space phobia and anti-Palestinian sentiment that happens in the academy and media and we thought he was a perfect person to honor,” said Jackie Husary, an SF

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State international relations graduate. The celebration took place

ently biased against Arabic cultures. Because of this, the mural faced resistance since its inception in 2006. “A lot of people were arguing that

commemorated Said, sang and read Arabic poetry.

mural on this campus would automatically be something that is against Jews,

in Jack Adams Hall, where community leaders, General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) members and students held a banquet to remember Said and Palestinian resistance while honoring the mural and the struggles that came with its creation. Said was a Palestinian Christian born in Jerusalem who became a professor at Columbia College where

truth,” said Charlie El-Qare, SF State alumnus and former GUPS president. Former SF State President Robert

literature. Said is known for his published work “Orientalism,” in which he arthe East through is tied directly to colonial ideas, and therefore, is inher-

for the mural early 2006 because he

State represented. ing Palestinian culture than to continue Susan Greene, one of the muralists and a former SF State professor.

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2 NEWS SF STATE SPEAKS OUT HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT STUDENT ACTIVISM AT SF STATE?

REEM ESSAYLI, 20 STUDIO ART MAJOR

It’s very lacking. Especially compared to UCs that actually have school spirit.

CHRISTY QUACH, 21 BUSINESS MAJOR

It’s not that strong. It’s a commuter school; everyone’s just coming and going. No one cares.

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Transfer students get their feet wet in Gator territory beza@mail.sfsu.edu

Last Wednesday, Bay Area community college students interested in transferring to SF State gathered at the Cesar Chavez Student Center for the eighth annual Transfer Day. Project Connect: Recruitment and Retention Resource Center is an Associated Students, Inc. program that works to promote higher education and facilitate graduation for low-income and historically under-represented communities. They hosted the event to help underrepresented students understand the transfer process to SF State. “Transfer Day is a Bay Area effort, and Project Connect’s purpose is to connect students with University and student organizations and services,” said Project Connect Director Mario Flores, who started the program eight years ago to reach out to non-traThe event drew nearly 200 interested students from local community colleges, including Merritt College, Skyline College and City College of San Francisco. “We are really interested in motivating eration students. It’s about recruiting them and then helping them succeed after they’re here,” Flores said. According to Jo Volkert, the vice president of student affairs and enrollment management at SF State, the highest number of SF State transfer students come from City College of San Francisco. This past summer the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges motioned to terminate the accreditation of City College after Spring 2014. This would close the school July 2014. “We are doing everything we can to support our colleagues there (at City College). It

if they were to lose their accreditation but we aren’t there yet,” Volkert said. At the event, students had the opportunity to participate in an informational fair in Jack Adams Hall from noon to 1 p.m. where they toured presentations of about 30 University and student organizations from Greek Life to ASI programs. Pashonae Holloway, a 24-year-old Merritt College student who came to the information fair looks to apply to SF State in the next couple weeks, for Fall 2014 admission. “I really liked the holistic health program here, that’s why I’m interested,” Holloway said. Speakers at the event included ASI program members and Volkert, who welcomed the prospective students to SF State. “SF State is a pipeline for transfer stu-

dents,” Volkert said. Since Proposition 30 passed, which helped to stabilize the CSU budget, SF State is able to accept applications from freshmen and transfer students for both fall and spring semesters, Volkert said. After the information fair, transfer students were invited to attend one or more of 12 workshops offered in areas such as tips Adolfo Velasquez, an undergraduate academic counselor, hosted the “Tips on Transferring” workshop where students were able to learn the step-by-step transfer process, such as unit requirements, application and acceptance of offer. “The best tip we can give you — is prepare, prepare, prepare,” Velasquez said.

Artwork tells undocumented students’ story

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know why we need to have a comprehensive immigration reform,” Sanchez said. “We want people to be aware that we exist.”

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DAVID PETERSON, 35 MUSIC MAJOR

Haven’t seen anything. I’ve seen a few posters up, but that’s it.

GARRETT FERNANDEZ,18 CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR

I like it. I think it’s great that the school allows it. It allows students to express themselves. Photos by: Benjamin Kamps Reporting by: Beza Beneberu

EFORE coming to SF State, Pedro Espinosa didn’t know anyone else who was undocumented; now he knows at least 20 others. He’s an active member of Improving Dreams, Equity, Access, and Success (IDEAS), a club comprised of AB 540 and undocumented students and supporters where members share resources for college success. The club is also a safe space for undocumented students others who can relate to the issues they face, but now they’re willing to share that experience with anyone who wants to see. IDEAS is hosting an art show, [Un]Documenting SF State, today in Rigoberta Menchú Hall to advertise their presence to the University community. They’ll display art work that will include ceramic sculptures, paintings, photography and performances produced by undocumented students and their supporters meant to illustrate the issues undocumented students face. The art show will open at 4 p.m. in Rigoberta Menchú Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center and

event this semester. In the past they’ve hosted workshops and AB 540 conferences where they shared different resources for undocumented students, like undocumented students don’t

free food will be provided. “We want to create consciousness and awareness to what it means to be undocumented and how our experiences have shaped the individuals that we are,” said IDEAS President Yadira Sanchez. “We want people to know our struggles have pushed us to accomplish many of our goals, like graduating SF State.” There’s an estimated 7,000 to 13,000 undocumented students throughout the United States, according to Educators for Fair Consideration, an undocumented immigrant advocacy group. The University estimates there are more than 400 undocumented AB

540 students enrolled, yet IDEAS only has 20 active members. Club members said they hope the event will also let other undocumented students on campus know there is a safe space for them on campus. “We are really trying to educate, and then again open up the doors to people who feel they are not safe or don’t feel comfortable asking for help on campus,” said IDEAS member Jazmin Reyes, whose self portrait will be displayed along with a collage of words expressing her emotions. The event is supposed to be cultural, not political. “I feel not a lot of people

Funding their studies is one of their primary obstacles. This event is different, however, because instead of catering only to undocumented people, the art show is used as a way to engage other students. “It’s a great opportunity for undocumented AB 540 students to express themselves in a way words cannot,” said Nancy Jodaitis, SF State’s AB 540 counselor and IDEAS advisor. “Art has been a tremendous opportunity to create social change within the undocumented community that by allowing student to use that form of expression I think it’s going to create a wider audience and a wider understanding as to why it’s so important to support these students on campus,” Jodaitas said. “And to know that they’re have a wide variety of struggles that they’re working with that we want to support them with.”


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Twenty-six-year prison sentence provides professor insight to teach class

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News Briefs MORE BART SHUTTLES SF State will now offer two additional shuttles and will run three more shuttle trips every hour between campus and the Daly City BART station. The shuttle stop at the Daly City BART station has also been moved to where the 28 Muni line currently stops, the The new shuttles will help the 20 percent of University commuters who take BART to Daly City throughout the school week. Source: Campus Memo

RETIREMENT SF State invites the campus community to celebrate the retirement of Frieda Lee, who has worked at the University for 40 years as director of student outreach services and be hosted Friday Dec. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, those who wish to attend must RSVP to Stacy Gin at swgin@sfsu.edu. Source: Campus Memo

STILLWELL STUDENT ART EXHIBIT Undergrad and second-year M.F.A. students will present their artwork at the 26th annual Stillwell Student Exhibition, held in the Fine Arts Gallery at SF State, from Nov. 12 to Dec. 5. The exhibit will feature works in video, photography, textiles, metal arts, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and more. The best work, will be chosen by students and faculty. Free snacks will be available as well, provided by The gallery will be open Wednesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m - 4 p.m. Source: Fine Arts Department

Indigenous community remembers life of Native American activist

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EXT THURSDAY, NOV. 21, the SF State Richard Oakes Multicultural Center (ROMC) will host the 11th Annual Richard Oakes Celebration to commemorate the life of Mohawk Native American activist Richard Oakes. The celebration, which is open to the public, will explore Native American community activism on campus and in the San Francisco Bay Area through performances, speakers and three categories of workshops and discussions on indigenous identity, environmental justice and violence in the justice system. “We want students to walk away feeling em-

the world. Each day of IEW will consist of different on-campus events, hosted by various members of the SF State community.

to Jun. 11, 1971. to promote awareness for Native American sociopolitical and economic concerns, and the need for an American Indian studies and ethnic studies programs at the University, according to John-Carlos Perea, an American Indian studies professor,

and member of Student Kouncil of Intertribal Nations (SKINS).

the celebration. “It is far too easy in American popular culture to be fooled by the idea that American Indians are all dead or in the past,” Perea said. “It is my hope that by celebrating Richard Oakes we can inspire students to take his example and that of the other student leaders and to create a new movement

from local middle schools and high schools to the University to pay homage to Oakes and the

meaningful to the larger Native community.” The ROMC and SKINS began planning for

community.

this fall semester, and decided to use it to inspire indigenous students from local middle and high schools to become involved in their communities. “He (Richard Oakes) is a big part of the Bay Area History, he brought awareness of the Res (reservation) lifestyle and the urban Indian experience — knowing him is a stepping stone for a movement,” Moreno said.

ing and create change in their community,” said

the SKINS Northern California Chair president. youth so that they can see that there is history relevant to them.”

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK SF State will host the 14th Annual International Education Week from November 12 to 15. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S Department of State that looks to celebrate both the importance and

Board approved the creation of a multicultural center within the student center. The center was named after Richard Oakes, a Native American activist and former SF State student, who led the student and Native American

SF State Crime Blotter Between 11/6 and 11/12 the University Police Department responded to 15 incidents. Here are some of the highlights.

11/08 Noise Complaint STRATEGIC PLANNING SF State President Leslie E. Wong sent out a mass email Tuesday night to invite the campus community to the Strategic Planning Kickoff event Monday, Nov. 18 from noon Wong encourages students to join the conversation by tweeting, texting or posting to social media websites: Tweet “I want _____ at #sfstate”; Text “I want _____” to (415) 727-7378; or Post what you want to https://neighborland.com/sfstate establishes benchmarks to measure progress and decides how progress will be measured through the next 3 to 5 years.

11/07 Medical Assistance

Someone in Parkmerced called the police to com-

Someone called the police while having sharp abdominal and back pains. They were transported to University of California San Francisco for medical help.

up the party and had a bottle thrown at their car. Police broke up the party and sent everyone home.

11/07 Burglary

A woman reported a stolen purse at Burk Hall between 8:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.; its contents were valued at $65.

A man reported his $800 laptop stolen from Hensill Hall.

11/07 Drunk Driving Drive, arrested them and took them into custody. They were transported to county jail and their car was towed by Golden Gate Tow.

11/09 Petty Theft

11/09 Arrest Warrants

Someone called the police from the bookstore to complain about a man who violated a restraining Asian man wearing a red cap was indeed disobeying a restraining order and he also had outstanding warrants. He was arrested and taken to county jail.


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Students learn to defend themselves Last Thursday the Women’s Center, an Associated Students Inc. program, and I-Team, a student-led group that works to create and promote Israel awareness on SF State’s campus, combined efforts to offer a self-defense course for students. The Krav Maga self-defense class took place on SF States’s main lawn in front of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Krav Maga is a style of self defense that combines many styles of martial arts, including boxing, Judo, Jiu-jitsu and grappling. Krav Maga was developed by Imrich Lichtenfeld to help Jewish youth defend themselves against Nazi gangs in the 1940’s, and is used by the Israeli Defense Forces. “The Women’s Center tries to offer a self-defense course every semester. This year we got the chance to partner with I-Team to offer Krav Maga,” said Brooke Glasky director of the Women’s Center.

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Seventh anniversary of Palestinian mural celebrated After a year of debate, GUPS and faculty were able to reach a resolution after dropping the proposed “Handala,” a character from a political cartoon depicting a young refugee with his back turned. Handala has come to represent Palestinian “His back is not to the world, but to injustice, his face is to his land,” said Hamdi Bazian, a kinesiology major at SF State who read a poem at the celebration. Handala was originally proposed to be holding a key and a pen-like sword, representing the Palestinian right to return, according to Susan Green, one of the mural’s creators. Today, the mural depicts Said surrounded by images of Jerusalem, Said’s birthplace, New York, where Said taught at Columbia University, and the Golden Gate Bridge, honoring San Francisco. Above Said is the word “salaam,” which means peace, and the characters of the word make an image of two doves intertwined, a symbol for peace. “SF State has a long legacy of activism and that is something we should be proud of,” said Husary, who was an active GUPS member and

part of the team responsible for creating the mural. SF State’s Malcolm X mural faced similar challenges in its creation in 1994. Originally it incorporated images of dollar symbols and stars of David, which was considered to be anti-Semitic. The current Malcolm X mural is not the original; it was painted over the original, numerous times before it was eventually sandblasted. Students tried to protect the original by camping out ally, two painters escorted by police permanently removed it. The Malcolm X mural was not replaced until students and faculty were able to come to an agreement on content, the same obstacle faced in the early stages of the Palestinian cultural mural. In his keynote address, Ziad Abbas, program manager for cross-cultural programs at the Middle the power and responsibility of students in the war against social injustice. now with a new generation that is addressing these kinds of issues,” Abbas said.

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Slow open mic picks up in The Depot’s Rapper’s Delight dariel@mail.sfsu.edu

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Among a mostly empty arrangement of tables and chairs at The Depot’s Rapper’s Delight Wednesday, Nov. 6, Michael Payton gets on stage for the third time begging someone to take advantage of the open mic. Payton, from KSFS radio, struggles to keep the small audience entertained as he says, “I’m going to get Stephanie (The Depot manager) to come up and rap… Not now but get a couple drinks in her.” As the clock ran closer to the one-hour mark, a couple of souls dared the stage. A short but passionate spoken word performance inspired by an undocumented friend was given by Xavier Andre Galindo, Cozmost gave a couple of upbeat raps and a few others played guitar. Once rappers Ace Diego, Sunset Black and Equal Eye began show some life. Equal Eye, or Cole McLean, changed the pace of the night with an intimate performance off stage and among the crowd. After hitting the crowd with a few laughs, clever lines and “oooohhs,” he called Ace Diego, or Alex Powell, up to What started as a shaky open mic session ended with some quality hip-hop and rap. With King Cole disc jockeying some clean beats, Ace Diego, Equal Eye and the Sunset Black group had no issues keeping the crowd happy. Many of the performers are part of Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds, or SPEAK, which is a spoken word poetry club on campus. SPEAK hosts events regularly at the Depot with the next open mic scheduled for Nov. 19.

Alumnus Anthony Peckham discusses screenwriting career in Q&A segment

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EFORE his career as a Hollywood screenwriter, there was once a time when SF State alumnus Anthony Peckham’s most interesting job “The previous clerk had not believed in the tyranny of the alphabet,” Peckham said. tle patience, Peckham would go on to write scripts for big name studios like Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros.

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“I sold a script to a professor here and I thought, ‘Well that’s not so hard,’ and then I didn’t sell another thing for seven years,” Peckham said. “But I kept writing and I kept working. I did temp work, I did construction work. You’ve got your whole life and you will get better. That’s the beauty of writing.” Peckham visited the campus to speak to students and guests interested at the Coppola Theater Nov. 7. “If you write a great script, someone will eventually see it,” Peckham said. “Writing is hard and creating is hard. To do a really excellent piece of work, you will get noticed.” Alumnus Ernest Houk, 23, said Peckham was invited by Delta Kappa Alpha, a coed fraternity that focuses on cinema, so they could hear from someone that works in the Hollywood industry. Houk added that they were able to get Peckham because the mother of one of the fraternity’s members worked with him on Syfy channel’s 2004 miniseries, “5ive Days to Midnight.” At the event, Peckham talked about how he went from being an SF State student to a Hollywood screenwriter. Peckham helped write the script for the Holmes,” starring Robert Downey Jr. Peckham also wrote the screenplay for starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

“It was amazing, but very amusing,” Peckham said about actor Clint Eastwood directing his “Invictus” screenplay. “He’s notorious for not changing scripts at all. The studio wanted to make some changes which I agreed with. He listened to my pitch and he said to me, ‘Well Tony, those are some very good ideas, I’ll get back to you.’ I’m still waiting.” Peckham also gave the audience advice about working in the Hollywood industry. “The people you’re pitching to, at least in Hollywood, never have enough time,” Peckham said. “They’re always under pressure, they’re always scared which means they’ll take it out on you. You’ve really got 10 minutes to sell something.” it was great for him to hear Peckham speak to students. “I liked how positive he talked. He seemed like he would be a really inspired me to go out and write more.” he visited the campus since he graduatcan show students that anyone can be successful as a screenwriter as long as they are persistent. “They were me,” Peckham said about the students. “It’s cool to just look at that and show people that you can make it from here.”


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Students travel back to 18th century in ‘The Stage Mutineers’

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HEATER STUDENTS dressed in 18th century garb and periwigs stood in a hall of the Creative Arts Building as they prepared themselves for their most recent play, “The Stage Mutineers.”

in the Studio Theatre at SF State Nov. 7 and ended Nov. 11, under the direction of theatre arts professor Joel Schechter. Students played acclaimed 18th century actors and managers from Drury Lane, London, who refused to perform their parts unless their demands for better roles were met. Originally published anonymously and attributed to Edward Phillips, the play itself dates back to 1733 and has not been performed a great deal since then, according to Schechter. “The play is a comedy, responding to this event and it makes fun of both sides, the actors and the managers,” said Schechter. “It is a play about the theater and about the rebels but it is not necessarily on either side.” This revamped version of the play featured live music, hoop skirts, eccentric wigs and a storyline of actor mutiny. The performers were cast at the beginning of the semester from Schechter’s “Acting: The Play” class.

“A lot of times with restoration pieces a lot of people snooze out since they are so boring sometimes but this one has music, and it’s lively, there is guitar and with these period-esque songs the music composition is also really cool,” said Kathleen Lee, the stage manager of the play. Not only were the actors challenged to embody the role of actors in a play within a play, but two of the female actresses played male stage managers with authoritative personalities from another decade. in the play, discussed their male-inspired practices to play their 18th century roles. “We did a lot of exercises of how people moved back in that era,” Garner said. “For a couple of sessions we would start our warm-ups just by walking around as men and bowing how a man would.” Tackling the challenge to play a different gender didn’t end at warm-ups, though. “One of the biggest challenges in this has been trying to remember how a man would stand because men don’t normally rest on their hips,” said Hannah Cook, a theater student at SF State who played the part of the second manager in the play, “but the further we got along, it just became more fun just to stomp around.”

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The Cesar Chavez Student Center may lack the glitz and glamour of the Vegas Strip but Friday, Nov. 8, the Associated Student, Inc.’s Casino Night brought some of the excitement of Sin City to the SF State campus. The event gave students voucher worth 250 credits to use blackjack, craps, roulette and two types of poker. “When Student Life was a pilot back three to four years ago, we would all come together out different events to have and they were like ‘oh let’s have some dances’ and we threw out ‘hey let’s do casino night,’” said Horace Montgomery, director of programs and services for ASI. “It was a huge success so we continued to do it. We pretty much do it twice a year, and it’s been pretty popular so we continue to do it.” The event, which was a departure from ASI’s more tra-

ditional dances and movie nights, was designed to give students an entertaining and lighthearted way to kick off their Veteran’s Day weekend. It was then up to the students’ skill with the card games, and a little bit of luck, to win enough chips to purchase one of the many gifts ASI proof the larger prizes of the night. Prizes included items such as a 32-inch television set and an iHome. the event in the Recreation and Dining Level of CCSC. A total of 10 gambling tables were strewn across the room, each packed with players who let out an occasional bellow of joy that could be heard over the mixture of both contemporary artists, and more classic Vegas themed tunes blaring across the room. Although the event was hosted by ASI, it was Custom Casino Events who chose the different

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types of games, provided the tables, decorations and professional dealers who helped give students a legitimate casino experience within the SF State campus. Though the dealers were professionals, as they handled their duties at the tables, they were willing to teach the students the games in order to help them win. “They’re really knowledgeable. They’re the type of people that pick it up so quick once I show them,” said Steven Boyer, a dealer for Custom Casino Events, about the students at SF State. “I love the college setting. It’s fun.” The combination of using

provided students with a fun on-campus alternative for their late Friday night that all could appreciate. “I’ve only ever played with my friends, like ‘hey let’s play a card game, I wanna learn how to play blackjack,’ that kind of

dealers who were encouraging,

larger prizes. In the midst of a

year sociology major who won a plush blanket in SF State colors. “It’s very fun, and it’s a good way to have fun without doing anything dangerous.” At around 12:45 a.m. the last cards were laid on the table and students made their way to the prize table to either purchase

crowd-generated drumroll, Cristina Dominguez was announced as grand prize of a 32-inch Vizio TV. Luck was certainly a lady that night, as Dominguez won well, netting her an Under Armour SF State sweatshirt. “It was fun. I get a free TV, how did I not love it? And a sweater, can’t forget the sweatgambler who earned enough night. “ It was really awesome, because I’ve never won anything before in my life, so my luck was overdue.”


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Admin needs to end Taser debate, move on to more important issues

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Xpress staffer argues why the taser debate is detracting from more important issues pressing SF State students.

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The entire dispute over Tasers is ridiculous and needs to end so we can move on to more important things. SF State President Leslie E. Wong should drop any pretense of caring what students think and simply announce to the campus community that the University Police Department is arming its’ The idea to bring the weapons to campus began this semester after the kharuta@mail.sfsu.edu California State University Chancellor pushed for the standardization of campus police weapons. Soon after, SF State President Leslie E. Wong asked the University Police Deand no one likes the guy who just gave partment to draft a general order for their them a ticket, but who do people call use, but has continued to drag on. when they’re in trouble? They call the Anyone who doesn’t want to wind up cops; the boys in blue and those pretty on the wrong end of a Taser barrel should simply avoid breaking the law. Once we corner to save us when we need it most. put this pointless debate aside we can concentrate on more important issues, that stand between us and chaos, and I, for like skyrocketing tuition or mobilizing the one, choose to stand with the cops. Why? 30,000 member campus community into a Because I believe in the basic tenets of single voting block come election day. our society: work hard, don’t break the Remember, these aren’t the mean law, be a good person and everything will streets of downtown San Francisco, where work out. a hipster artist could be mistaken for a People love to throw around statistics homeless man and get dragged in for questioning over a string of recent thefts. be armed with Tasers, but who shows This is a university, a place of learning any numbers for how many times things for most of us, a job site for others, but went right? what it shouldn’t become is a dangerous area that’s unsafe to walk through. That’s Taser use, a report published by Medical where the cops come in. News Today found that in 99.7 percent of

Taser incidents only minor injuries were reported. In a study published at Arizona State University researchers concluded that most deaths involving Tasers were caused by other factors like methamphetamines. The next time someone is about to be Tased they should consider themselves lucky the cops aren’t beating them down with those batons they carry around on their belts, because that’s what it’s all about. In a Department of Justice report on the use of Tasers, incidents involving the weapons saw a 48 percent decline in suspect injury. The more options the cops have, the better because when faced with a dangerto make important decisions that affect lives and the last thing we as college campus want is a shooting. Yes, the administration handled this whole thing badly, but that doesn’t mean they’re wrong; just wrong-footed. They need to stop hiding behind spokespeople, confusing jargon — and a process about as clear as mud — and come out with a clear, transparent directive. They should send out one of those mass emails that no one reads, post messages on one of those monitors in the student center that no one reads and anwill carry Tasers.

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Labor laws need to include protection for unpaid interns

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F A STUDENT working as an unpaid intern is sexually harassed in their workplace, are they protected by labor laws? Not unless you live in Oregon. As of last June, it’s the only state in the U.S. to extend its laws to protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment. California, like 48 other states, has still not updated its laws to protect unpaid interns. Because of how the Civil Rights Act is worded, it excludes unpaid interns from the ability to seek legal recourse in these situations. Under the Civil Rights Act, unpaid interns are not accounted for since they do not receive a paycheck. They are not considered an employee and consequently, they cannot

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sue for sexual harassment. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is still something that happens in 2013. To leave a loophole open that gives people in position of power an opportunity to exploit is disgusting. According to Statisticbrain.com, there was a total of 11,364 sexual harassment lawbeen decreasing since 2008. The loophole was highlighted a few weeks ago in New York, when Lihuan Wang, an unpaid intern at Phoenix Satellite Television’s New York Bureau in 2010, lost a sexual harassment suit against her boss, Zhengzhu Liu. The judge ruled she was not considered an employee of the company and couldn’t sue, because of the fact that she was not on payroll. According to the lawsuit, Wang said her boss lured her

to a hotel under the guise of “business discussions.” At a hotel room, Liu squeezed her bottom and tried to kiss her. Wang pushed him away and left the room. When she later attempted to seek a job at Phoenix after her graduation, Liu invited her to Atlantic City for the weekend to discuss job opportunities, of which Wang refused. Liu responded by not offering her a job. If employers are only given slaps on the wrists for sexually harassing or even sexually assaulting people in vulnerable positions such as unpaid interns, there is no fear or reason for them to stop. Liu had a history of similar situations with other interns, according to the lawsuit, and was after its own investigation.

Many unpaid interns are doing the same work that paid employees get paychecks for. These interns are already not paid any money for what they contribute and to use that against them so they can’t sue for sexual harassment only twists the knife even more. States need to update current laws to prevent unpaid interns to be taken advantage of. Unpaid internships are a way for many young people to strengthen their resumes, gain valuable experience and network. By not offering that simple protection, it demeans young people and their work. If unpaid internships continue to exist, they should be used to provide the education and experience young professionals need and not as a venue to exploit power.


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Strong defense secures Gators’ first win

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FTER A SLOW start to the season, the SF State women’s basketball team took their year with seven minutes to go in

“Anytime you get a win, it’s a great

SF State looks to continue their up-

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THURSDAY Nov. 14

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL SF State v Cal Poly Pomona 7 p.m. Kellogg Gym Pomona, Calif.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FRIDAY Nov. 15

SF State v Menlo College 6 p.m. Haynes-Prim Pavillion Atherton, Calif.

SATURDAY Nov. 16

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL SF State v Humboldt State 7 p.m. The Lumberjack Arena Arcata, Calif.

WRESTLING

The Roadrunner Open 9 a.m. The Selland Arena Fresno, Calif.

SUNDAY Nov. 17

TUESDAY Nov. 19

One runner prevails after men’s and women’s teams fall short at regionals treyaw@mail.sfsu.edu

Men’s runner Bruk Assefa will be the sole SF State representative at nationals after neither team places

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HE SF STATE MEN’S and women’s cross-country teams were unable to punch a ticket to the NCAA Division II National Championship meet during the West Region regional meet Saturday morning in Spokane, Wash. Neither placed in their respective race’s

narrowly missing a chance to go to nationals alongside his teammate when San Francisco

the women’s race. The junior crossed the line

women’s team and was only a couple places said. “She had a tremendous season and

– secured a spot at nationals by placing in the

Alaska Anchorage runners Susan Tanui in the women’s race. Tanui won the race with

him All-West Region honors as well. It will be the senior’s second trip to nationals, where he led the men’s cross-country team to a

title. Chico State resumed its dominance in the men’s race, capturing the men’s team title

“I wish we had all made it as a team again;

MEN’S BASKETBALL

SF State v William Jessup University 7 p.m. The WJU Activities Building Rocklin, Calif.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SF State v Holy Names University 5 p.m. The Swamp San Francisco

“But I’m happy that I made it back to nation-

The NCAA Division II national cross-country meet will take place in two

For SF State head coach, Tom Lyons, it is the second time in two years that he has taken one or more runners to the national meet. “It’s great when you can continually get there, we’d like to get more teams there in

on a high note. “I’ve been working all season, plus

SF State at national championships and to Fellow Gators Benji Preciado and Paxton Cota also earned All-West Region honors.

“Last year, going in, it was a new experience; I didn’t know what I was doing. This year, I have the experience, plus nationals are going to be on the same course as (regionals). So

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Men’s Wrestling The Mike Clock Open Nov 10: 7 placers Dylan Phillipy - 2nd Dylan Hurtado and Conrad Snell-3rd Jordan Gurrola,Travis Ino, and Andrew Reggi - 4th Anthony Figueroa - 5th

SCOREBOARD Women’s Volleyball

Women’s Basketball

v Sonoma State Nov 6: lost 3-0 v Cal State Stanislaus Nov. 8: won 3-0 v Chico State Nov. 9: won 3-0

v University of Nevada Nov 5: lost 82-69 v San Jose State

Men’s Cross-Country NCAA West Region Championship Nov. 9: Placed 8th out of 18 teams.

Nov. 8: lost 100-78

Women’s Cross-Country NCAA West Region Championship Nov. 9: Placed 15th out of


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