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Taser dispute escalates as students voice concerns

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GROUP of students against the University Police Department’s proposed use of Tasers hosted a meeting in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, Cesar Chavez Student Center room T143, to discuss plans to protest Taser use until its demands are met. The demands include full disclosure of UPD’s Taser regulations and reduction of lethal weapons The group voiced ideas including a march in front of 19th and Holloway avenues, a protest in front of the Administration Building and possibly occupying it.

Shortly after the start of the meeting an Xpress reporter and selves, but were asked to leave by group leaders who said the meeting wasn’t open to the public. Earlier in the day the group sent out a mass email inviting a list of recipients to attend what was dubbed an “emergency meeting” to discuss the introduction of Tasers. Three members of the Xpress staff were on the list. The email said “we are meeting up at Malcolm X Plaza, to plan out our next step.” Tuesday’s meeting follows a similar conference that took place Thursday at Malcolm X Plaza where about 50 students, faculty and staff gathered to discuss their concerns about UPD’s Taser use.


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University seeks community feedback

Monday, a dry-erase board was set up in Malcolm X Plaza, and on it was the question: What would make San Francisco State a better place? President Leslie E. Wong and his Strategic Planning Committee encouraged students and faculty to write their suggestions, which varied from “lower tuition” to “free parking,” on the board for SF State’s Strategic Planning Kickoff. “We’re looking for solid, good and challenging ideas,” said Wong, who walked around the plaza and asked students to make their way to a board to add a suggestion. SF State’s “strategic plan” is the goal, mission, and objective for

improvement for the University in the coming years. President Wong has worked on a new strategic plan with his committee of 15 faculty, students, administrators and counselors since last year and has since developed seven themes in which they plan to execute their objectives. Themes such as building SF State’s identity, maximizing student success and elevating institutional support were represented at the event with a table for each, where students were given poster boards and markers to write how they thought each goal could be achieved.



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Strategic Plan campaign solicits student involvement The University created a Twitter campaign to solicit responses from students, faculty and staff. By tweeting “I want __” using the hashtag #SFState and, or, text the message to 415-727-7378 the SF State community could voice their suggestions to the Strategic Planning Committee. The University also created an account with Neighborhood. com, which allows residents of a community to organize and share ideas on what they want improved in their community. More than 300 SF State community members have submitted suggestions to the campus’ online forum at neighborland. com/sfstate. series of public events to create dialogue between the Strategic Planning Committee and the SF State community. This was opinion.

Senior Donna Olivera added her suggestion to the display board, which was to make campus housing more affordable. “I’ve never had the privilege to live on campus,” said Olivera who lives in Oakland. “It’s just too expensive.” Wong said that all of the input from Monday’s event would be discussed at the next strategic planning event this Friday, and hopes a complete by Summer 2014. “It’s a different funding situation now, a different world with new demands on us, and a different leadership,” Wong said. The Strategic Planning Committee will organize a town hall style meeting to continue the open forum after the Thanksgiving break, according to member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Nicole Henderson.

Students discuss compromise, collaboration in Taser assembly The meeting was to serve as an open platform for students to speak out about Tasers, Donna Olivera, event organizer and SF State international relations major said. “This (assembly) was called by a group of students who are concerned about police brutality,” Olivera said. During the assembly students brought forth many concerns, but focused on matters of physical and mental safety along with the possibility of Taser misuse and its costs. Some group members said they believe the UPD needs to be better versed in non-violence training and needs better communication with students. Students said a campus-wide vote on the State President Leslie E. Wong rejected at a campus safety forum last month. “We need to act strategically. Numbers do matter,” student Ryan Sherman said. “We need numbers, power and voice.” Citing the removal of the Occupy SF State camp in 2011, some at the assembly said they thought the administration’s decision to authorize the weapons use will come during winter break. Garrett Agins, a second-year transfer student, recalled getting Tased in a controlled environment at his community college criminal justice class. During a presentation he was given a rubber knife to participate in a scenario where he tried “I went on the ground instantly,” Agins said. “I personally never felt any pain, I felt as if I lost control of my muscles and dropped to

the ground.” Agins said he has no issue with the UPD wielding Tasers. “I think if used correctly Tasers could save lives in situations where deadly force would have been used,” said Agins, who said he only felt the discomfort of a Taser when the barbs were removed from his back. UPD wielding Tasers, he did express discontent with the implementation of the policy by “I believe that since he (President Leslie E. Wong) knew this was going to be a hot issue, he should have consulted with more of the student body,” Agins said. “President Wong should make the UPD’s use of force policy available to students and explain how Tasers in a public setting.” Students ended the assembly after they brainstormed alternative solutions to Tasers. Many said an expansion of the Campus Alliance for a Risk Free Environment (CARE), Some considered starting a community escort service to expand past the mile radius CARE operates. “We need to take the highroad,” said Mazin Mahgoub, an SF State junior who organized the event. “We need to put aside our hatred for police if we want anything to happen. We need to compromise and collaborate.” The group said it plans to host another meeting as soon as possible and plan to take action as early as this week, or during the Thanksgiving break.









SF State community should not dismiss Taser debate, admin owes answers


ASERS, Tasers, Tasers... I get it – I’m tired of hearing about SF State’s Taser debate, too. But is the solution to let the administration do whatever they want because we’re annoyed that it’s taking too long to resolve? That sounds childish. University Police Department and the administration need to prove to us why they need Tasers. We shouldn’t have to prove to them that they don’t. That puts them in the superior position of being inherently right. The University has the responsibility to respond to their community. The money for UPD, all their training, equipment and salaries come from the school’s Student Affairs and Enrollment

from students, in addition to state funding. The 2013-2014 Student Affairs and Enrollment budget plan allocates $3.4 million to University Police. That’s money we all put in, so we are entitled to weigh in on how that money is spent. Tasers are to be used as an option before reaching for a gun, but SF State has had few incidents of weapon possession on or near campus. In the last three years, according to the 2013 Campus Security Report, the most reports in a given year of weapon possession was three, and they don’t specify the types of weapons that were possessed. perior people, nor are they exempt from committing wrongdoings, acts of violence, being racist, sexist — or breaking the law. They do not deserve any more rights to be violent than I do. Giving them another tool to use against students on the assumption they would only

use it with the utmost responsibility, is naive. The American Civil Liberties Union released a study saying “the lack of regulation of Tasers is very disturbing in light of the increasing number of deaths associated with their use.” For those that think the only way they would end up on the receiving end of a Taser is if they were breaking the law, they might be right. They might also be white. People of color in America see things differently though. Excessive force on part of police is just part of life for Americans of color. Giving our UPD Tasers might make some feel safer, but those in the community that have historically been victims of blurred lines between “reasonable and necessary force” and excessive force, will feel differently.

state and local law enforcement continue to engage in “harsh

is not gone. According to a report by the ACLU, federal,

when the situation only needed a conversation.

target black, Latino and Arab communities. Should I really consider myself lucky to only be Tased by police, instead of beaten to the ground or worse? How about police treat us like we have civil liberties and think before they reach for that weapon? Police are given rights above the average citizen, and haven’t done anything to prove they deserve them. Police need to be held accountable for using force, just like anyone else, not given the they wear blue suits and I wear a black hoodie. Tasers won’t make them less likely to pull out their gun; it will only make them feel more

Typhoon Haiyan media coverage dehumanizes severity of disaster







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The devastation of Typhoon Haiyan that occurred in the Philippines Nov. 8, killing nearly 4,000 people and rising, is rightly garnering massive media coverage. In times of huge catastrophes, the framing and topics media choose to cover can dehumanize the severity of the situation and draw attention away from what truly matters. A recent article published by USA Today focused on the economic damages that could have occurred, while minimizing the actual number of lives affected. “While Typhoon Haiyan undoubtedly killed many thousands of people,” the article opens, “the storm’s path may have spared the Philippines from an even worse economic catastrophe.” Though it’s true that the storm could have been much worse by damaging Manila, the capital of the Philippines, focusing on what wasn’t damaged does no good to correct what was — and insensitively marginalizes what the disaster did. The article even ends on the note that the “Philippines are no stranger to costly storms.” Such an anecdote would be like saying that Hurricane Sandy or Katrina weren’t as economically bad as they could have been, because they didn’t hit Washington D.C., or because Americans are used to such storms. The loss of thousands of people to a natural disaster begs more concern than the counting of money. It demands varied coverage that shows the full extent of the

damage done to a country with nearly 100 million people. According to the National Crisis Management Agency, 3,976 people are coninjured and more than 1,500 people have been reported missing. The Philippines government says there are 4 million people who have been displaced and 2.5 million people are in need of food.

called for focused media coverage on the people affected by the typhoon, rather than compare or scold the possible causes and outcomes of the disaster. “Human pain and suffering cannot and should not be overlooked,” the article said. “The focus and attention the media brings to the situation on the ground is something the victims need for more than a few days or a week.” There will always be time to talk about what could have been and the money involved. But when dozens of bodies are decomposing in a Tacloban mass grave living in 1,500 evacuation centers and refugees still do not know what happened to their loved ones more than 10 days after the disaster. Focus should be centered on what actually happened and what can be done. The role of the media is to report what happened and the story of the people who need their voices, experiences and concerns presented for the world to hear. It is only then that everyone is exposed to the reality of the situation and can learn what they can do to help those who need aid. It’s a waste of time to draw a silver lining, contemplating how the situation could have been worse. For themselves and their families and 4 million people displaced from their homes — this is the worst scenario possible.



MAKERS MARKET The Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery is accepting vendor applications for Makers Market, a one-day craft fair event, which will feature SF State community and local artists. The event will take place Thursday, Dec. 5 from noon to 8 p.m. on the terrace level of the Student Center. To apply for a free booth, visit by Thursday, Nov. 21. Source: Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery

FREE THANKSGIVING FEAST Student Life Activities Board and Chartwell’s catering service will provide a free Thanksgiving meal this Thursday Nov. 21 in the dining hall from 5 to 8 p.m. for students with a valid SF State ID with. The event will feature a DJ and craft activities, and food meal plan is required. Source: Student Life

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News Briefs ONLINE PROFESSOR EVALUATIONS This semester, the Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness (SETE) will no longer distribute professor evaluations using bubble-in forms. Instead, these evaluations will be submitted and collected online. The online evaluation forms will reduce labor costs and environmental impact. SETE will send out an email to students Nov. 25 that will provide information on how to complete the online evaluations, which will be issued Nov. 25 to Dec. 16. Source: Jo Volkert Interim Vice President Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

WORKERS UNITE: LEARN YOUR RIGHTS The ASI Legal Resource Center and Project Rebound will host a labor rights workshop for students this Thursday Nov. 21 from noon - 2 p.m. in Rosa Parks E. The event will feature information from Labor Attorney Fernando Flores, who will discuss how students should approach labor rights issues in their workplace. Source: ASI Legal Resource Director, Taylor McElroy

WORLD AIDS DAY SF State will celebrate World AIDS Day Dec. 3 in the Cesar Chavez Student Center’s Jack Adams Hall from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. The workshop will include discussions and performances to educate students on AIDS. Free HIV testing will also be available. Source: SF State University Calendar



Outdoor prayer event draws followers


HE MUSLIM Student Association (MSA) came together for Friday prayer, or Jumaa, last week on the Quad at SF State. Fridays are a day or community prayer for Muslims. They usually gather in a mosque to pray and listen to the Imam, the person who leads prayer. Once every semester, MSA holds prayer outside in the Quad. For last week’s service Imam Amir Abdul Malikt of Masjid Al Islam Mosque in Oakland and graduate of SF State led the attendees in prayer and gave a sermon to the worshipppers, some of whom visited SF State just for Jumaa.



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Athletic trainer mends student athletes to success

In 2007, SF State Head Athletic Trainer Bryce Schussel helped former SF State basketball player David Van Someren return from a torn ACL that cost him most of the 2006-2007 season. At a game against Cal



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Schussel watched Van Someren sink a game winning shot. “He looked up at me and gave me that smile saying, thanks for getting me back,” Schussel said. Schussel grew up in Lake Tahoe, Calif. and became interested in athletic training in high school watching his brother go through physical therapy after a sports injury. He worked with the Stanford University football and men’s tennis teams from 2004-2006 and, from there, interned with the San Francisco Giants. There he learned the tricks of the trade for athletic training: everything from how to stretch an athlete before practice to training one back from surgery. He also got to be around some of baseball’s best like Matt

Cain and Barry Bonds. Schussel is in his eighth year athletic trainer. So far the most rewarding part of this job hasn’t been his time working with big-name teams, but the process getting young athletes back in

playing shape. “(My favorite thing is) getting an athlete back from injury and getting to see them compete and do well in their sport for a week or two,” he said. “It just puts a smile on my face to see them get back and do well at their sport.”


Quick offense eases Gators into win over Menlo College


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AST FRIDAY, MENLO College couldn’t keep up with SF State women’s basketball’s quick shifts to offense. The Gators outran the Lady Oaks for most of the game, which allowed them to score at will and coast to a 66-58 victory. “We really try to get the ball up and down the court in a hasty manner,” head coach Joaquin Wallace said. “Our mission is transition and we feel that we can run with anybody. Tonight was a great indication of that.” SF State continually grabbed defensive rebounds throughout the game and sprinted up-court, giving their opponents little time to set up defense. As a result, the Gators were effective in the paint, racking up easy points on uncontested layups and bank shots under the basket. Batlin had her second consecutive double-double – 15 points and 11 rebounds – while Jennifer Le added 15 points and Lauren Varney added 12. Together, the trio accounted for nearly two-thirds of the team’s total points. Le credits her team’s strategic aggressiveness for the win. “The whole night we were focused on attacking (the post players) down low,” she said. “We watched tape the past few days and noticed that (they) were kind of weak. So we were trying to attack them as much as possible and throw the ball down low to Lauren in the post.” When the defense caught on and began collapsing on Varney, Le took the ball to the basket herself. “I attacked the rim way more than I usually do,” the point guard said. “Coach (Wallace) put in a play for me, it’s just a basic screen at the top (of the key) and I drive to the basket. That worked several times in a row, so I just continued to do that.” While the Gators’ offense was a crucial factor in their win, their defensive containment of Menlo’s All-American point guard, Jolise Limcaco, was just as important. “(Limcaco) was our biggest challenge (coming early in our scouting report and knew that if we could stop her, we would win the game. We were able to take her out of the game – she only scored

two points – which eliminated their offense. Usually they score around 70 points a game.” SF State took the lead away from Menlo early halftime. Late in the second half, Menlo attempted to go able to keep the Gators out of reach and clinch the victory after getting fouled and sinking both of her SF State’s win against Menlo was its second straight win, giving it a 2-0 record to start the conference play begins.

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