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A BREAKDOWN of the California Faculty Assn.’s planned strike for Nov. 17.



Faculty member Catherine Powell leads in a chant during an informational picket organized by the California Faculty Association Nov. 8 at SF State. The picket was organized to call attention to a CFA strike Nov. 17. PHOTO BY GREGORY MORENO


Prop B is a $248 million bond measure which will provide additional money for repairing and upgrading city streets, sidewalks, lighting and traffic signals.


Will boost worker payments to city pension funds and, beginning in 2016, require city employees to pay into a retiree health care trust fund. It will save


DIDN’T PASS : NO 55.78 | YES 44.22


The city will issue grants for seismic retrofits to multistory wood structures at significant risk of damage or collapse during an earthquake.


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YES 70.75 PERCENT | NO 29.25


PROP G: SALES TAX the city an estimated $968 million over the next 10 years.

PASSED : YES 68.74 | NO 31.26


Prop D also would have increased the amount city workers pay into their pension funds, saving the city an estimated $1.2 billion in the coming decade.

DIDN’T PASS : NO 66.19 | YES 33.81


Would have allowed the Board of Supervisors, with approval of the mayor, to revise or rescind voter-approved ordinances a minimum of three years after they are passed, without going back to the voters.

City sales tax would have risen by onehalf of one percent for 10 years, with the money earmarked for public safety programs and services for children and seniors.

DIDN’T PASS : NO 53.98 | YES

DIDN’T PASS : NO 66.75 | YES 33.25




Would have made technical changes in the 1997 ballot initiative regulating local political consultants. It also would have allowed future changes to the ordinance to be made by a supermajority of the Ethics Commission and the Board of Supervisors, without going back to the voters.

This is a policy statement calling on the school district to revise its student assignment system so that the top priority is allowing students to attend the school nearest their homes.

PASSED : YES 50.74 | NO 49.26

Mayoral winner -almost- decided



IXTEEN MAYORAL CANDIDATES have finally been narrowed down and current Interim Mayor Ed Lee is projected to be the first ChineseAmerican mayor of San Francisco with 31.38 percent of first-choice votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting at press time. “I think we have something to celebrate here,” Lee said at his campaign party at Tres restaurant. “I want to respect the ranked choice system that we have as well...(but) I think the voters here in San Francisco have said they want to continue the way we’ve been running it.” Lee was one of six Asian-American candidates in the race. “It’s one thing to be appointed first Asian mayor, but it’s another thing to be confirmed,” Lee said. Lee was appointed interim mayor of San Francisco in January after former Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected lieutenant governor last November. Lee has never before been elected for a government position and was the subject of much controversy when he announced his candidacy in August, contradicting

previous statements that he would not run for mayor. “He’s very popular, all about the positive press and he decided to run and he (was) easily the frontrunner,” said SF State assistant professor of urban politics and power Jason McDaniel. Mayoral candidate and current San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu said he is used to working hard for the board, but the race was a different experience. “It has been exhilarating, challenging and affirming all at the same time,” Chiu said. He received nearly 9 percent of first-choice votes. It appears as if current District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi will be the next sheriff of San Francisco, a position held for more than 30 years by Michael Hennessey. Mirkarimi had more than 38 percent of first-choice votes with all precincts reporting. San Francisco’s new district attorney is projected to be interim District Attorney George Gascón. The position was vacant after former District Attorney Kamala Harris was elected California attorney general. Gascón had slightly more than 42 percent of firstchoice votes with all precincts reporting. This year’s winners were elected using the rankedchoice voting system, which allows voters to list up to three choices, eliminating candidates with the fewest votes and transferring second and third-choice votes

until one candidate has a majority and is declared the winner. “It’s often the case in contests where somebody doesn’t get the majority in the first count... we have to go into these ranked choice voting rounds where the candidates are eliminated,” said SF State assistant professor of political science Francis Neely, who has conducted multiple studies on ranked-choice voting. Some people were unfamiliar with the system. “I guess it’s been done previously and I didn’t know that, but it just seemed odd,” said voter and mother Wendy Chisholm at her local polling place, Temple Baptist Church on 19th Avenue. “It almost seemed like a grade-school mentality, like here’s my first choice, my second choice and my third choice.” Ranked-choice voting, also known as instant runoff, takes longer to count than the traditional voting system and it could take up to several days for final results. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was elected after eight days of waiting for the results of her narrow win against front-runner Don Perata last year. This alternative voting system has been used once in a San Francisco mayoral race, in 2007 when Gavin Newsom won with 70 percent of first-choice votes. This year’s election was the first competitive mayoral ranked-choice voting race. Michael Bebernes also contributed to this report.



To draw attention to the fact that the faculty hasn’t gotten a raise in two years and that it’s really impacting the students as far as class size and how efficient we are in our teaching. VALARIE SOE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES


From behind bars to hitting the books



T FIRST GLANCE, IT LOOKED JUST like rock candy sitting next to a glass pipe. When Yvonne Gallop saw the crystal methamphetamine begin to melt, it reminded her of a science experiment. She had no idea what the drug was or how drastically it would change her life in such a short period of time. She soon discovered that the side effects of the lifestyle grabbed a tight hold on her. After her mother was killed by her sister in 1998, Gallop was only 40 and left feeling alone. She never took the time to properly process her grief over the loss. The lifestyle of having drugs around came with an instant set of friends willing to listen to all of her problems and let her cry as long as she was willing to share. She had brief stints of cocaine use before, but had always been able to stop for long periods of time. After about a year to a year and a half of using meth, she was able to move and separate herself from the drug and the lifestyle that came along with it. One day Gallop discovered a bag of meth sitting on her workbench, which she believed had been left by an acquaintance who had returned a borrowed sander. Gallop had a feeling the woman used meth, but had never done it with her. Gallop immediately threw it in her pocket, hopped in her car and left to go return it. San Jose police pulled her over and she was arrested for possession. After being released and completing her parole, Gallop decided to return to school and continue her college education in 2007 at 48 years old. “It’s hard to make reentry, on top of all the other issues you now have the label of ex-convict,” said Larry Trujillo, a criminal justice professor at SF State. “Education is the best thing we can do to keep them out of prisons for good.” Project Rebound at SF State is one of the only resources of its kind designed to help the formerly incarcerated return to college and obtain a higher education. Through Project Rebound and its sister program, Second Chance at City Col-

LIFE CHANGES: Yvonne Gallop is a criminal justice major at SF State. She attributes her success in school partly to Project Rebound, a campus organization that helps people previously incarcerated get an education. She now coaches and plays tennis. PHOTO BY NELSON ESTRADA SEE REBOUND ON PAGE 13



We want to raise the visibility of the issues on campus both for ourselves as faculty, but for students as well.

BUTTS: Along the Humanities building cigarette butts line the dirt patches on Tapia Drive Oct. 27. PHOTO BY JULIANA SEVERE


Aside from just smoking cigarettes, students also use the designated smoking areas on campus to socialize. BY DEVERY SHEFFER |

We’re trying to inform the public about the status of CSU and UC education. It has been in the news a lot lately, but I don’t think there has been enough detail in the discussion. DANIEL PHIL GONZALES ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES COMPILED BY JUAN DE ANDA PHOTOS BY CINDY WATERS


Students show up to the two designated smoking areas of State Drive in small waves, chatting, mingling and lighting one another’s cigarettes. The smell of smoke lingers, isolating the smokers from the rest of the campus. Instead of feeling like outcasts from the heart of the University, they have found a community that fosters socialization and companionship, but also addiction. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the Cesar Chavez Student Center to the closest DSA, located outside of the Towers at Centennial Square, and another two minutes to walk to the next one outside of Mary Park Hall. The DSAs are the only campusowned or leased property where people can smoke cigarettes without being at risk of a $58 penalty. They were created in response to SF State’s Smoke-Free Policy, which was drafted in 2004 to foster a healthier campus environment.

While these areas have become more than a segregated and isolated section for smokers, they are also a dangerous local hang-out spot for dorm-residing freshmen. “I’m glad we have them just because of the social aspect of it, because you meet so many people down here. And I don’t know, it’s kind of fun to come down here and see your friends and make friends,” said freshman Connor Garrett as he smoked a Parliament Full Flavor outside of the Towers where he lives. “This is where I have met so many people that I know in the the Towers.” Garrett said he has been smoking for the past year and a half, and that his habit increased as he started going to college at SF State this semester from frequenting the designated smoking area. Freshman Marlene Dabestan also SEE CIGARETTES ON PAGE 13

Sometimes a story appears in the crime blotter that’s reminiscent of a grandmother’s cooking, Norman Rockwell paintings and the good ol’ days (like when Nickelodeon had the best kids programming in the world. Shout out to “Clarissa Explains it All”). Police assisted an elderly woman last Friday who needed help getting back into her bed. While it’s unclear why she left it or why she needed assistance, it’s good to see police helping people rather than firing rubber pellets at them.

ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING In what may be the most frightening crime blotter incident yet, a woman reported that a man in a black ski mask attempted to kidnap her into a white van last Tuesday in Parkmerced around 5:30 p.m. The kidnapper was described as a 6-foot-4-inch, 300-pound male of unknown ethnic heritage with green eyes driving a white van with possible damage to the sliding-door window. Walk in groups if possible.

EARLY MORNING ALARM When working out in the morning, many choose to run on the treadmill, or practice weightlifting before heading out to class for the day. Another formidable tactic is pulling the fire alarm and running out of the building pretending there is a fire. It’s excellent use of leg muscles and fast thinking! Last Monday around 8:43 a.m., a fire alarm went off in the gymnasium only to find out it was pulled by an employee. While there’s no comment on if there was a fire, perhaps the employee just wanted to inspire athletes to run as fast as they could?

10.31 through 11.7

Compiled by Aaron Williams



Internet plays the Cupid role


The proliferation of social networking sites decreases physical dating interaction, but its use is increasing among college students.


HERE’S A STIGMA THAT online dating is directed toward older generations. However, with the everconstant use of social networking sites among young people, developing relationships online doesn’t seem that

out of the question. SF State senior Russell Salerno, 22, realized just that when he began using OkCupid two years ago. OkCupid, a dating and social networking site, pairs people based on their personal interests by having each member create detailed profiles and answer personality questions. Salerno found the site appealing because it helped him meet people outside of his social circle and it targeted people within his own age group. “One appeal of OkCupid is that, yes we go to a commuter school, and the people who actually do live here are part of a very small and tight-knit group,” Salerno said. “If something happens with one person it kind of spiderwebs off into everyone else, so it’s kind of nice to stretch out.” SF State lecturer of sexuality studies Ivy Chen believes internet use among this generation is common and integral, especially for social interaction. “You have to realize when you’re talking about the 19 and 20-year-olds we’re looking at a generation that’s grown up with the internet,” Chen said.

“It’s a part of the norm of students who as kids grew up with the internet… in a way it’s a natural extension of what they’re familiar with and so I think that for them it makes a lot of sense for them to meet somebody through something like Facebook.” Though Salerno has never seriously dated someone from OkCupid, he found that it is easier to establish a romantic relationship online than in person. “I think there’s a lot of discomfort with approaching people you don’t know in a sexual way or a romantic way,” Salerno said. “The impersonal-ness of the internet makes it comfortable for people to say, ‘I’m looking for something romantic. Here I am.’” Salerno successfully dated a girl he met only briefly by building a relationship through Facebook showing that websites built strictly for dating such as OkCupid aren’t the only way to grow closer to someone. Former SF State student Rhys Samuel, 20, took a route similar to Salerno. Samuel met and made friends with someone she met on the website Tumblr, a social networking site meant for people to create personal blogs. Samuel began by “following” friends she knew personally. Through them she was able to become acquainted with people who shared her similar interests. That is when Samuel met a man and began to

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Guards go beyond crosswalk

ceive a reply to her concerns. “I don’t know what ACMS is doing right now,” Pryor said. S THE LIGHT “I have tried to get them to turn turns green, up the volume on the crosswalk more than 50 signal for deaf people but they students rush haven’t gotten back to me. The past the crossing SFSU representative hasn’t guard at 19th responded for three weeks.” and Holloway Pryor said the installation of avenues as if she doesn’t even exist. a new street light would help the But this doesn’t stop SF State crosssituation. ing guard E.J. Pryor from doing her “What really needs to be best to keep them safe. done is to put a left turn arrow Twenty-four pedestrians were at this intersection. That would killed in San Francisco in 2007, achelp a lot but I don’t think it’s cording to the San Francisco Police going to happen any time soon.” Department. The leading causes were Pohl said the installation driver violations of pedestrian rightof the light would have to go of-way laws and violations on the through the city, which is a difpart of pedestrians. ficult process. “We’re out here just trying to “That’s an engineering crikeep everyone safe. San Francisco is teria that the city would have to known for pedestrians crossing the look at. Certainly no one knows street when they feel like it,” Pryor that intersection like those said. “Your life is your life. It only takes that one freakin’ accident. Then STOPPING: Crossing guard Princess Elizondo steps out to help students walk safely across 19th and Holloway avenues. guards out there. Sometimes it’s not that easy to bring solutions The guards work to direct traffic between pedestrians and cars at the busy intersection. PHOTO BY HENRY NGUYEN you would be saying that you should that are sensible because things have been more careful.” are interconnected,” she said. All City Management Services, Despite the dangers, many students just don’t care Even with traffic lights to facilitate pedestrian safety, the only company in the country to specialize in crossabout crossing guards. Pohl said pedestrians still need to follow the crossing ing guard services, has been working with SF State for “I am aware there is a crossing guard, but I don’t guards. the last seven years. SF State contracts with ACMS, care,” said cinema major Aerman Caride, 23, as he “The best thing everyone could do is to give the while ACMS pays the crossing guards directly. crossed the busy intersection of 19th and Holloway guard just two or three strong steps ahead of the pack. “We are looking for more people,” Pryor said. “It’s avenues. It’s not just about the traffic lights, it’s about people only for two to four hours a day and the pay starts at $9 He is one of the many students to share this viewpaying attention,” Pohl said. or $10 but is negotiable.” point. Pryor advises pedestrians to be aware because anyPatricia Pohl, director of ACMS, understands the “I know how to cross the street,” said fellow cinema thing can happen. danger and high risk at the SF State intersection. major Martin Noguara, 22. “I don’t need someone to “Everyone needs to be more aware,” Pryor said. “That area has received a lot of attention lately,” help me. It’s pointless.” “Take your headphones out for a second when you’re Pohl said. “There was a tragedy at that intersection Pryor has advocated changes for the intersection crossing the street. We like to think it, but pedestrians and that’s what precipitated the assignment of crossing through the company and SF State, but has yet to redon’t always have the right of way.” guards there.” BY MICHAEL HUBER |


Concerns for safety prompt study of 19th Avenue corridor State and city organizations discuss possible alterations to busy intersections to ease congestion and lower accident numbers.



ETWEEN PEDESTRIANS AND cyclists darting through traffic, commuters getting on and off Muni lines and drivers circling like sharks for a chance at all-day parking mere feet away from campus, the stretch of highway at 19th and Holloway avenues is as problematic as it is hazardous. But that may be changing in the near future with the proposal of the 19th Avenue/State Route 1 Transit Corridor Investment Study. The study, which is being funded by the California Department of Transportation, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, Parkmerced and SF State, aims at improving the relentless congestion of the stretch of Highway 1 as well as offering more solutions to ensure pedestrian safety and fix a notoriously dysfunctional intersection. “We know we are not starting from scratch,” said Chester Fung, senior transportation planner for the SFCTA. Fung was among several members presenting the study to residents of the greater Parkmerced area Nov. 2. He acknowledged past proposals for improvements along the highway and reassured community members that the study was aimed at serving residents. Fung emphasized that their feedback was necessary in seeing this study through. “Working together, we can do something much more holistic,” said Peter Albert, manager of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Urban Planning Initiatives. Goals of the study were presented to the audience in the Towers Conference Center and included ways to reduce vehicle, pedestrian and bicyclist conflicts in addition to clearing up traffic. “A huge concern is pedestrian safety,” Albert said. Albert explained that all passengers who ride Muni

DANGER ZONE: Drivers weave through the intersection of 19th and Holloway avenues. The combination of SF State, a Muni station and the lack of a left turn signal has made this intersection one of the most dangerous areas in San Francisco. PHOTO BY HENRY NGUYEN

and stop on 19th Avenue or park on Parkmerced’s residential streets and on Junipero Serra Boulevard “have to cross the highway and 88-90 percent of them cross on the west side of 19th.” Wendy Bloom, campus planner for the Department of Capital Planning, Design and Construction, said that according to the most recent transportation survey through SF State, there are a little more than 12,000 students coming and going daily through use of cars, public transportation and the Daly City shuttle. This number does not take into account the people who frequent the area aside from students, including faculty, residents and commuters. Those who shop at Stonestown Galleria are left out, as well as the hundreds of vehicles that utilize the entry and exit points of I-280 daily. The survey would seek to ease some of the daily congestion that affects the paved streets of the highway

and the bustling sidewalks. One of the proposals offered in the study is a rerouting of the M-line. The study is currently looking at moving the M-line west of 19th Avenue so that it would free up space for vehicles on the highway and also offer residents in Parkmerced access to a line that connects with BART. There are also talks in progress with city, county, state and BART agencies to extend the line to the Daly City BART station. The additional space would also allow a new solution to the issues of safety for everyone walking in the neighborhood, according to Albert said. Although the study has the support of many, it is still in the early stages of development and there are more meetings to come, all of which are expected to be open to the public. The next meeting is set for December.



Egg donation proves a risky business


that I had taken in, plus I was on IV, so I had all of the IV fluid. I was in the hospital for a total of eight days,” Watson said. “That was ovarian hyperstimulaLIERS ASKING YOUNG tion syndrome at its highest.” women to donate their eggs According to Dr. Heather Gibson Huddleston, with the incentive to be comassistant professor and medical director at the center pensated with up to $8,000 for reproductive health at UCSF, “The risk of severe are a common sight around OHSS that would require a hospitalization is generalcampus. ly quoted at about 1 percent. We recently had a donor Last November, require hospitalization, however this was the Emily Watson, a first time in over 6 years,” Huddleston said. 23-year-old SF “There are also surgical risks, such as bleedState English graduing from the procedure, however this is also ate student, decided to donate her eggs for very rare (about 1/1000). We find that most “purely financial reasons.” of our potential donors are quite motivated Watson saw a Facebook advertisement by the altruistic element of egg donation as asking interested parties to consider donatwell as the compensation.” ing their eggs at a University of California, Because the process requires egg San Francisco clinic. retrieval to be done by a needle that goes The process of being accepted as a vithrough the vaginal walls, rare but serious able egg donor candidate is lengthy. Accordcomplications can include bleeding, required ing to Watson, she filled out about 25 pages observation in a hospital, a possible blood of health, personality and family history transfusion and damage to internal organs questions before going through five to six and infection. months of testing and waiting until a couple While the risks can be extreme, the monselected her. She then went through 10 days ey is enticing for many struggling students. of hormone treatments. Claudia Valentino, a creative writing Initially at ease with her decision, “I major, applied to donate her eggs but got didn’t do any research on it,” Watson said. rejected because she was adopted. “They said it was safe, safe enough to do it “I needed the money to go to school,” up to five times without a possible cancer Valentino said. “I came as an immigrant and DONOR WOES: SF State English graduate student Emily Watson, 23, participated in the UCSF risk, and so I just decided to trust them and I did not have very much money.” egg donor program and experienced medical complications. PHOTO BY JESSICA GOSS to not really look into the hormones.” Alastair K. Smith, director of student According to the Stanford Egg Donor Inhealth services at SF State, said that students formation Project, the first stage of the regidepression and ovarian cysts can occur.” should donate for reasons that go beyond money, such men requires a group of drugs to create an artificial The Stanford project estimated that one in 500 to as because they want to help start a family. menopause in donors so the timing of egg maturation 1,000 surgeries include major injury to the bladder, “Students shouldn’t donate their eggs because it’s and ovulation can be controlled. bowel, uterus, blood vessels or other pelvic structures. an easy way to solve a financial problem,” Smith said. According to Fertility Nation, an infertility health In their study of 674 women who underwent egg While Watson has yet not dealt with any longblog, the medications are known to cause mood retrieval, 1.5 percent required hospitalization due to term damage, she was advised not to twist her ovaries swings, headaches, abdominal bloating, weight gain, complications during or after surgery. through heavy exercise because she could develop nausea and stinging pain at the injection site for some Watson was on hormone treatment for 10 days and ovarian torsion, which would compromise her blood women. felt her ovaries grow from walnut sized to the size of supply and cause severe abdominal pain. Watson was Tina Stevens is a history professor at SF State and grapefruits, which meant that she was ready to have warned to stay away from heavy exercise, but ovarian a member of the board of directors for the Alliance surgery. torsion could happen just by walking. for Human Biotechnology, a non-profit organization According to Watson, the agency health workers Watson has since learned not to let money be such that aims to raise public awareness about the social could not complete the surgery and take her eggs. a ruling force. implications of genetic engineering and other biotechWatson was given another shot, one that “had more “Consider your health, consider how that ripples nological and reproductive technologies. risks,” she said. After completing the surgery, she out to other aspects of your life, friends and family Recently Stevens, along with Diane Beeson, prowoke up with severe stomach pain and swelling. She and school and work, and all things that you value fessor emeritus of sociology and social services Cal also gained 25 pounds during the weekend after the in life can be affected by your desire to chase after State East Bay presented a lecture at SF State on how surgery. $8000 and is that worth it?” biotechnological development affects people, with a “Over the weekend, I had retained all of the fluids Jessica Goss also contributed to this story. BY SANDY LOPEZ |

focus on egg donors. “Everybody should be very well-informed before taking on any possible risks,” Stevens said. “Risks such as cancer may take up to 20 to 30 years to manifest.” AHB aims to make the process of donating eggs more transparent and to have more oversight. “What’s being studied right now is the most severe things, not the subtle things,” Beeson said. “Mood swings,

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TO THE VERY END San Francisco mayoral candidate and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu addresses supporters at his election party at Rendezvous Tapas Lounge in San Francisco Tuesday. PHOTO BY TEARSA HAMMOCK / SPECIAL TO XPRESS

Sixteen candidates reach the finish line in the race for San Francisco mayor

San Francisco mayoral candidate and District 11 Supervisor John Avalos high-fives a supporter in the Balboa Park BART station Tuesday. PHOTO BY ELIJAH NOUVELAGE.

San Francisco mayoral candidate and frontrunner Interim Mayor Ed Lee addresses a crowd of supporters at his election party at Tres restaurant in San Francisco Tuesday. PHOTO BY ERIK VERDUZCO.

San Francisco mayoral candidate and State Sen. Leland Yee (left) campaigns in the Balboa Park BART station Tuesday. PHOTO BY ELIJAH NOUVELAGE.

Bevan Dufty, San Francisco mayoral candidate and former District 5 supervisor, calls potential voters at his campaign headquarters Tuesday. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA BATTLES / SPECIAL TO XPRESS






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TRANSPARENCY SEPT. 8, 2010 Contract negotiations continue. Senate Bill (SB) 330 builds momentum.

OCT. 25, 2011 AUG. 16, 2011

DEC. 7, 2010 Senator Leland Yee reintroduces a transparency bill, now SB 8.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes SB 330 transparency bill.

SEPT. 10, 2010

Gov. Jerry Brown transparency bill (SB 8) into law, Providing greater transparency and accountability to the spending of CSU.


Judge James Chalfant ruled that the BagleyKeene Open Meetings Act does not apply to raises in the executive salary range made by the Cal State University Trustees. In short, CSU meetings including salary increases can be closed.

SB 330, promoting transparency in public higher education auxiliaries, passes Assembly 71 to 0.

AUG. 17, 2011


Faculty member Catherine Powell (right) leads a chant during an informational picket organized by the California Faculty Assn. yesterday at SF State.

An SF State student leads a chant during an informational picket organized by the California Faculty Association Tuesday. PHOTOS BY GREGORY MORENO



EGOTIATIONS OVER THE California Faculty Association’s current contract, which is still in effect from 2007, is still in heavy bargaining stages between the faculty union and the California State University system due to disputes regarding pay raises. The CFA made an announcement Monday that the Board of Directors decided to continue with a one-day strike if negotiations do not come to a conclusion soon, as the 2007-2008 academic year contract will not be extended any longer. Along with the disparity in wages between faculty and members of the administration, union members have become upset about salary negotiations offered to them. The CFA says that its members’ wages are not meeting the cost of living, while the administration’s wages keep increasing. “All of us who voted yes did so because we understand that we must now send the chancellor a plain and simple message about his skewed priori-

ties,” said CFA President Lillian Taiz in a statement to the board yesterday. The union is also upset about a new change to the process of the selection of a college president that would allow someone to be chosen without having to visit the campus they may end up running. The CSU has made several operational changes in lieu of pay increases to save money and benefit the faculty, according to CSU spokesman Erik Fallis. Changes include treating summer semester classes like extended learning to provide flexibility and changing the evaluation process for faculty. The last negotiated pay increase was scheduled to be a 4 percent raise for the 2009-2010 school year, effective July 1, 2009. However, the increase was reconsidered because the CSU system did not receive sufficient funding. The CSU cited the contract’s allowance of modifications to be made in times of economic hardships as its reason for denying raises. Recently, Chancellor Charles B. Reed rejected the recommendations of fact-finders, neutral thirdparty participants selected by both the CSU and the CFA, to increase faculty salary based on the current

(LEFT) Michelle Covington, a grad student in philosophy, cries out to passing cars on 19th Avenue .

funds available to the CSU. This is the second time Reed rejected such recommendations. “There is simply no money,” Fallis said, adding that the CSU is shocked by the demands made by the CFA. “We’re very surprised. The CFA was on board with furloughs and then they turn around and demand $20 million.” Faculty said that they are tired of being uncertain. “Everything’s been pushed back and it’s very frustrating,” said Wei Ming Dariotis, the CFA SF State chapter president. Dariotis hopes that the informational picketing, as well as the strike will call more attention to the problems that faculty and staff are facing. “We’re trying to call attention to the issue,” Dariotis said. “We’re trying to be educators. Apparently in order to do our job we we have to educate not only the administration, but also the population of California and let them know that there’s a problem. The purpose of the 17th is to make some noise and let the chancellor’s office know, let the board of trustees know that all is not well. Let the legislators know that all is not well here, please pay attention to what’s going on. It’s a cry for help.”







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PREPARATION: Deborah Gerson, social science professor, makes a sign Monday for informational picketing by the California Faculty Association at SF State. PHOTO BY ERIK VERDUZCO

walks out of classrooms, school laboratories and offices Nov. 17 to protest the lack of teacher funding and the increase of student tuition. Yesterday and today, members of CFA will participate in informational picketing.


FACULTY, CSU STILL CAN’T AGREE APRIL. 28, 1998 CFA members and the CSU agree to furloughs in the 2009-2010 school year as a way to cut costs.

JULY ‘01 - MARCH ‘07 Contract extension for collective bargaining.

AUG. 1, 2009 CFA members and the CSU agree to furloughs in the 2009-2010 school year as a way to cut costs.

JAN. 1, 2011 CSU refuses to pay an additional $20 million to a “small number of faculty” when the system is being forced to slash $600 million in budget.

FEB. 2011 CSU Trustees voted to increase the salary range by $20,000 for campus presidents, among the highest paid campus executives, without public notice.

SEPT. 29, 2011 The CFA hosted an e-summit, where they discussed how to bargain with their contracts.



PIRITS WERE HIGH AS SF State students joined members of the California Faculty Association in informational picketing today about the one-day faculty strike, set for Nov. 17. Teachers and students marched along 19th Avenue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to call attention to the disparity in the California State University system and faculty working conditions. The CFA Board of Directors voted in support of the strike by 93 percent Monday. Strikes will take place at the Cal State East Bay and Cal State Dominguez Hills campuses, with some universities hosting their own events. “We are educators,” said Wei Ming Dariotis, CFA chapter president. “The informational picketing is to educate students on our unfair working conditions and make some noise.” Dariotis is an Asian American studies professor who has been at SF State for 12 years. She said the CFA members are working in solidarity with other campus workers to create better working conditions for teachers, librarians, lecturers, coaches and other faculty. The CFA Board of the Directors is in the process of negotiating a new faculty contract with the CSU Board of Trustees, led by Chancellor Charles Reed. The CFA is currently working under an extended 2007 contract, but renegotiations began after the CSU withheld a salary increase due to the budget crisis. The two sides have yet to reach an agreement. “I don’t want to strike, to take even an hour away from my classes,” said Phil Klasky, SF State professor of American Indian studies. “It’s gotten so bad, we have to strike. The information picketing provides the opportunity to overload everybody with information and to show solidarity.”

Some students also joined the picketing in support of the faculty. “You can’t put students first if you put faculty last,” said Sadaf Malik, student organizer for CSU Students for Quality Education. “Faculty working conditions are student learning conditions.” Some CFA members marched in a circle, holding signs and chanting in unison, while others distributed informational flyers. Students were encouraged to join, such as Jennifer Chadwell who was eager to support the rights of teachers and students, but didn’t know if progress could be achieved through picketing. “I’m not sure if anything will happen,” Chadwell said. “But if no one says anything, the injustice will continue.” Erik Fallis, CSU spokesman, said the CSU is surprised by responses from the CFA, because members had agreed upon furloughs as a way to save money. Fallis said the CSU stands firm in its response that there are simply no funds to cover a faculty salary increase. For senior Flynn Gourley, a faculty strike is understandable, but not at the expense of his education. “I’m on the fence about it,” Gourley said, who watched the informational picketing from afar before picking up a sign and joining the march. “I think it’s important to stand up for teachers’ rights, but I don’t want to miss out on the education I’ve already paid for.” Dariotis said the strikes were not ideal, but necessary. She said that the former contract was a strong agreement, one that honored workers rights and fair compensation. Now, with the CFA running on its 20072008 contract in the midst of heavy bargaining, Dariotis said teachers are being forced to do more with less compensation or promise of better working conditions. “There are lots of reasons to strike, including salary increases,” Dariotis said. “But it’s really for the students. I cannot provide a quality education with these working conditions.”

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Film transcends transgender barrier

N PAPER, THE STORY OF Mavi Susel’s transgender experience reads like so many others. A young boy grows up feeling like an outcast from his peers, plagued by the struggle of inhabiting a body that he doesn’t feel matches his gender. Bullied by peers and facing disappointment from family members, Mavi’s adolescence was plagued by conflict until undergoing a sex reassignment surgery. Susel’s life changed as she finally became the woman she always knew she was. What sets Susel’s story apart from so many others is that hers takes place in a country that is taboo to Americans. That is because Susel lives in Cuba, a country that has been the subject of economic sanctions and travel restrictions from the United States for decades. Susel was the first person in Cuba to ever receive a sex change operation. The operation was free for Susel under Cuba’s health care initiative. Susel’s story has now been immortalized by a documentary on her experience. Titled “In The Wrong Body (En El Cuerpo Equivocado),” the film was directed by Cuban filmmaker Marilyn Solaya. After premiering in several theaters in Cuba last year, it caught the attention of members of SF State’s Latina/ Latino studies program. “We heard about it, and were very excited about

SF State Latina/o studies program hosts the United States premiere of a Cuban documentary chronicling the country’s first sex change recipient. BY KC CROWELL |

the prospects of bringing it to San Francisco,” said Gloria LaRiva, one of the organizers. The result was a United States premiere of the documentary hosted by the College of Ethnic Studies at SF State. The film screened to an audience of students and members of the public at Knuth Hall Nov. 3. Originally, both Susel and Solaya were scheduled to be present at the premiere. However, after the death of her mother in February, Susel found the prospect of traveling too difficult. “She has suffered deep depression,” said Felix Kury, lecturer with the Latina/Latino studies department. Kury spoke of the importance of bringing Solaya’s film to SF State. According to Kury, building a relationship between the academic communities can benefit both. He has also traveled to Cuba with students studying medicine. When it comes to a discussion about transgender people, Kury noted the importance of bringing the

discussion to people who were “straight but not narrow.” Solaya attended the premier to host a question and answer panel after the film. Speaking through a translator, she spoke of the experience of transgender people in Cuba and how they face similar struggles to transgender people in the United States and all over the world. Solaya also pointed out that Cuba’s government has taken steps to combat issues of homophobia and transphobia, including setting a day aside as an antihomophobia themed holiday. A government-founded institute called Cuba’s National Sex Education Center also exists to assist gay, lesbian and transgender youth with everything from health care to counseling. Solaya met Susel after Solaya appeared on a television program explaining that her new project would focus on transgender people in Cuba. Susel called her the next day. “She asked me how I was going to do this film without talking to her,” Solaya said. Ultimately, Solaya emphasized that understanding those who are different should be a universal concern. For Solaya, this awareness came after becoming a mother. “When one has children, these themes start to develop,” Solaya said. “The necessity of seeing through others’ eyes and their experience starts to develop.” “The story of Marvi is the story of us all,” Solaya said.

Hosting concerts just for the harmony

SPIRITED: Defiance Ohio plays at Che Cafe in San Diego at a concert hosted by Spirit Animal. PHOTO BY ALEXANDRA KACHA, SPECIAL TO XPRESS

Student-founded production companies offer the opportunity to come together and experience community creativity and make a little extra money on the side while building a brand.



RGANIZING A CONCERT IS NO EASY BUSINESS – especially for a student. There are time constraints, money problems, fussy public relations people and way too many venues to get banned from. On the other hand, putting a show together can be very profitable. National tours and massive multiday festivals have become the bedrock of the music industry, trumping music and T-shirt sales. But for a few SF State students producing concerts around the city, whether in bars or living rooms, none of those things really matter. “These shows make me feel like I have so much for purpose in the world. When I work so hard to put these shows together and I see everyone there it just makes my world complete,” said Stephanie Escoto, the assistant manager at The Depot on campus who also co-founded a concert production company called Lone Wolves. Escoto teamed up with The Depot manager and fellow SF State student Gio Acosta in starting the company. Last month they had their first Lone Wolves show at a house in the Sunset, but have been putting together shows in the Cesar Chavez Student Center for a few semesters now. The two teamed up and turned to booking outside of campus for more independence in the process. There is no need to worry about if a flier is too inappropriate or if a band will offend the administration. Not having the school’s venue, funding or designating technical support creates other obstacles, but they’re not bitter ones. “I know this is experience and I know we’re succeeding at it, and it just fills something in me,” Acosta said. “We’re not really going for the glory of putting these things together. It’s more of a high-five that we did it.” Acosta and Escoto are still working on building the Lone Wolves brand, which includes a lot of emails and networking. They say it’s all about building

Arts & Entertainment

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a positive reputation and having a name people can come back to for quality experiences. Another SF State student, Scott Sanders, knows all about this. “You want to create an environment that people are really excited to come back to,” Sanders said. The communications and marketing major has been managing Spirit Animal Productions for about three years with a friend who lives in Los Angeles. He started putting together events in a suburban San Diego coffee house while in high school, but has moved on to booking indie giants like Japanther and Kimya Dawson all along the coast. These days Sanders does see a profit from his shows, but shrugs off the mention of it. For him it’s not so much a business, but more of a “creative engine.” That feeling of togetherness that comes with being in a crowd at a concert is enough for him, and the name Spirit Animal is meant to reflect this. “When everybody’s so excited to see this band, or to hear that song that has meant so much to them, it’s just this overwhelming presence and connection you have with everyone,” Sanders said. “It’s like you’re on a different plane of existence than when you’re just hanging out with your friends. You feel that massive presence there, like a spirit animal.” Sanders thrives on facilitating people in expressing themselves, and eventually would like to open a community center stocked with paints, instruments and cameras where people can gather and create. And by night, it will transform into a full-on venue. “The best part of all this for me is just sitting behind the stage and watching kids absolutely lose their mind. And it’s not because of us, it’s because of this band which means so much them,” Sanders said. “I want to bring that experience to people my entire life.”

THE ART OF GRAFFITI 1.0 CLASS Saturday, Nov. 12 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. First Amendment Studio 1000 Howard St.

GREEN FESTIVAL Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 12-13 10 a.m. at San Francisco Design Center Concourse Exhibition Center

DANCING WITH THE DRAGSTARS 3 Sunday, Nov. 13 5:30 p.m. at Ruby Skye 420 Mason St.


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Exhibit challenges masculinity TENDERLOIN EDITION For many, mentioning the Tenderloin conjures up images of a rough neighborhood. While it may have its problems, the Tenderloin also has a rich history and complex ethnic makeup. Its ethnic and social diversity means there are a number of unique and largely unknown restaurants in the neighborhood.


HOOKER’S SWEET TREATS HINT: This shop sells their signature chocolate salted caramels through some of the swankiest outlets in the city. Head to their ‘loin store for treats like pineapple bread pudding and spicy chai tea. “MAN”AGING IDENTITY: Janet Nesser-Chu’s piece “Climbing Out of the White” is displayed at the opening of “Man as Object - Reversing the Gaze” at SOMArts Friday. The exhibit looks to explore feminine objectification in art by reversing gender roles. PHOTO BY CINDY WATERS

Artists explore using man as an object in order to change the way that women think about themselves and the female body in the public eye.



RT IS A TOOL that can change the world, inspire leaders and shape entire cultures. However, can even the best art completely restructure centuries of female objectification? A new San Francisco art exhibit plans to do just that 117-fold. SOMArts in San Francisco is currently showing the exhibition “Man as Object – Reversing the Gaze,” an exhibition which explores and plays with the idea of art objectifying men in order to realize feminine identity. Containing everything from the phallic to the obscure, 117 pieces from female and transgender artists line the walls. The exhibition was submitted to SOMArts to be considered for grants and the show space by the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art, an affiliate group of the College Art Association dedicated to acknowledging female accomplishments in the arts community and providing opportunities for women to express themselves artistically and professionally. NCWCA president Janice NesserChu said the purpose of the exhibit was to change the way that women saw themselves by objectifying the male form through art. “The intention is for women to take control not only over the gaze but also their sexuality and the essence of themselves because anything that we create is a part of us and defines us,” NesserChu said. “I think it really reverses the role of power and how women see and represent themselves.” Tanya Augsburg, assistant professor in the liberal studies department at SF State, served as the show’s art histo-

rian and also selected the pieces that would be shown from a pool of more than 900. Augsburg said she wanted to be inclusive and have diversity, which shaped her decision for which pieces made it into the exhibit. Augsburg said that the theme of the show made her think about what masculinity really meant and the myths it held. “I learned that artists are envisioning new ways to look at men in a way that it is not always represented through what we see in the media,” Augsburg said. “It’s not just about women, it’s about exploring masculinity, who gets to be called a man and who is a woman.” Although the piece was only submitted in the not-so-distant past, the exhibit has actually been in the works for years and was the brainchild of its co-curator and future NCWCA presidential candidate Brenda Oelbaum about seven years ago. Oelbaum said that she saw this exhibit as a chance for questions to be raised about the way people see others and gender. “I don’t think men will respond the same way to being objectified but

WHO: SOMArts WHAT: “Man as Object – Reversing the Gaze” WHEN: Now through Nov. 30. Tuesday through Friday, noon-7 p.m. and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. WHERE: SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan St.

it’s still an interesting concept and it gives you something to think about,” Oelbaum said. “I don’t think people look at art thinking ‘Who made this? A man or a woman?’ and I think this show will give people an opportunity to ask that question and really explore what it means.” Oelbaum said that back when the feminist art response to injustices began, some artists would react by objectifying the female form ironically, but while that was an admirable cause, Oelbaum didn’t think it went forward aggressively enough. She said that by creating this exhibit it will help to create at least awareness to gender inequality in art. The exhibit includes multiple mediums of art including a phallic sculpture made of string, videos of exposed men and a few massive charcoal drawings of the exposed but protected male form. A tornado of color, textures and depicted bare-chested males surround the exhibit. Opening reception attendee Taylor Austin said that while he found some of the ideas in the exhibit interesting, he found himself somewhat lost on the concept. “It’s hard to tell about the message,” Austin said. “I guess it shows that men can be objectified too but nothing made me uncomfortable because it was just looking at a bunch of men, and that isn’t that shocking.” Fellow attendee Alex Rock said he had come to support a friend who had a piece in the show, but that the San Francisco energy was new to him and he wasn’t sure how this exhibit fit with the city’s intricacies. “In SF I don’t know if it can accomplish more than the city can already accomplish itself, but I’m from LA so the art is fantastic and it’s nice to see something different that I wouldn’t get down there,” Rock said. The reception included a conceptual performance by artist Chanel Matsunami Groveau that addressed the sexuality of Asian men and the issues found in interracial relationships, as well as the dedication of a painting by artist Sylvia Sleigh to all girls Mills College.

442 Hyde St.


SAIGON SANDWICH HINT: Anyone familiar with Vietnamese cuisine most likely knows the simple pleasures of the bahn mi sandwich. While they’re easy to find in this city, there is something special about this place. It’s probably the roasted and hand-carved pork. 560 Larkin St.


FINO RESTAURANT HINT: Top-notch service and lots of candlelight fill this intimate restaurant. The menu focuses on familiar Italian dishes and ingredients, so you can spend more time staring into the eyes of your date than worrying about what to order. Go with a classic. 624 Post St.


MILLENNIUM HINT: On first impression, Millennium seems like your run of the mill fine dining restaurant. So what makes it a wildcard? One look at the menu reveals that everything on it is vegan or vegetarian. Not that you’d notice; the food blows away most other vegan and nonvegan fare. 580 Geary St.


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CAMPUS INTERSECTION: Accident waiting to happen































ROSSING THE INTERSECTION OF 19TH AND HOLLOWAY avenues can be dangerous no matter whether you’re on your own two feet or four wheels. It’s time to make the intersection that is a transportation hub for Muni, the SF State shuttle to BART, buses, pedestrians and cars safe for all. A recent accident involving a student athlete only serves as a tragic reminder that this intersection needs immediate attention. Mo Mariscal, second baseman for the SF State baseball team, was hit by a car while crossing the street at the busy intersection at about 9:30 p.m Sept. 9. He was seriously injured, spending the following three weeks in the intensive care unit. All institutions and organizations that play a role in protecting the University’s more than 12,000 commuters should step up to make a change. Crossing guards who work at the intersection, which in addition to the campus traffic is only two miles away from a busy freeway entrance, have voiced solutions such as increasing the volume of the street signals for the deaf and installing a street light that includes a left-turn arrow at the traffic light. The city should take notice and listen to the crossing guards since they facilitate the flow of traffic repeatedly throughout the day. The University should take charge of this plight and make this arrival and departure point secure. A new joint study called the 19th Avenue/State Route 1 Transit Corridor Investment Study could free up some serious space on 19th Avenue near the campus. Part of the study offers a plan to move the M-line. This would also give people who live in Parkmerced a connection to BART, and possibly as far as the Daly City station. This is a practical idea for students and neighbors of the University. And it could help lessen pedestrian foot traffic across Highway 1. Eighty-eight to 90 percent of the people who get off the Muni or park above Parkmerced must travel across the intersection. Proposition B, which passed on yesterday’s ballot, will grant a $248 million bond for road repaving and street safety. Some of this money has to go to the troubled intersection of 19th and Holloway avenues. Whatever the financial cost, it would be far less then the cost of losing another life. Oct. 14, 2008, Mark Buck died in a motorcycle accident from fatal head injuries when he collided with a car at the intersection. Buck was a San Jose resident and is an example that not just SF State students are using this route. Stonestown Galleria shoppers and SF State faculty members also have to regularly brave the congested and dangerous intersection, only made worse by the constant traffic created by Interstate 280. At two nearby intersections, between 2008-09, there have been 17 injury collisions and between 2007-2009 these spots were two of only 12 in San Francisco that had 16 or more injury collisions. Voters may not have known this while filling out their ballots, but it is a good thing Proposition B passed with a two-thirds vote. Now it’s San Francisco’s, and the University’s, responsibility to make sure the money goes to the streets and roads where it is needed the most. What else does the city need to know to make the correct moves? Make it happen before another accident does.














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KEEP YOUR EGGS IN THE BASKET Fertility clinics attempt to lure female college students with high payouts, but women may pay the ultimate price with the uncertain health risks.



OT EGGS TO SPARE? Because with a price tag of $5,000 for a few eggs, a woman’s ovaries may seem

like a gold mine. Egg donation centers have been targeting young women, such as college students and graduates, who are strapped for cash. Females should donate their eggs because they want to help an infertile couple, not because they are in need of the money. According to “The Project on Student Debt,” the average California college student graduated with a debt of $17,795 in 2008, and tuition has only gone up. Debt, plus the troubled job market, can leave female college graduates in need of money fast. The standard payment for an egg donation is $5,000 but the payment can be even higher for women with college degrees or who are ethnically diverse. In 2010, CNN reported finding ads in college magazines offering $50,000 dollars for what they called a “an extraordinary egg donor.” Egg donation centers that offer such high compensation for a females’ reproductive cells are unethical. There should be regulations that limit how much a female can get paid and it should be considerably lower than what donation centers are currently offering. The money may blind many females into making a decision without seriously considering the potential risks or completely disregarding them. Donating an egg is an invasive procedure that starts with taking high amounts of hormones to halt the normal functions of the ovaries which causes several eggs to mature at once. These drugs can lead to ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. A mild case may cause headaches, fatigue and mood swings. Serious cases can be life threatening, causing blood clots, kidney failure and in some cases may require the removal of one or both ovaries. As of now there have been no studies on the long-term effects of the fertility drugs. There have been several reports of women who donated their eggs becoming infertile but there has been no conclusive research done. Women who wish to donate their eggs should be carefully tracked afterward so it can be understood what exactly the long-term results are. There needs to be a cap on how much money donation centers can pay a donor. The government needs to regulate egg donation to protect the health of women.



lege of San Francisco, Gallop and several others have been able to turn their life around and obtain a degree. “For my whole life I knew I had always allowed tennis to get in the way of my education,” Gallop said. “I decided that I wasn’t going to let that happen again.” From the age of 17 Gallop spent years on the Virgina Slims Tennis Tour. She spent time competing around the country and in and out of college, but tennis was always been her primary focus. One day Gallop went to CCSF and went to the Continuing Education Department. “I looked the woman in the face as I saw the big rainbow flag sitting behind her and said ‘I would like to finish my education,’” Gallop said. “Before she could say a word to me I started crying. And told her that I had been incarcerated.” The woman at the desk told Gallop, “This is the place for you to be.” The woman made a single phone call and told Gallop that people would be waiting for her in the Extended Opportunities Programs and Services office. When Gallop arrived she said it felt like fate as she was taken by the hand and literally led around from building to building to do everything required to begin classes. After two years at CCSF, it was time for Gallop to transfer to SF State. Yet again, someone was there to walk her through the entire process of continuing education. As she filled out her application to transfer, Project Rebound director Jason Bell, himself a former Rebound student, sat next to her in case she had any questions. Rebound also connected Gallop with a financial aid counselor. According to Bell, the other services for the 87 students currently attending SF State as Rebound students include BART and transportation assistance, food tickets and books. The funding for Project Rebound comes from Associated Students Inc. via student fees and the program has also received $50,000 over the past three years from the Registry Foundation. The program began when Dr. John Irwin was paroled in the 1960s and then attended SF State. He was given a small space in the sociology department and from there the program grew as he recruited former inmates. The program now accepts between seven and 17 new students each semester. “It has been even more empowering than it had been at City College,” Gallop said. “Its like going from being a little girl to being a big girl even though I’m 53 years old. There are a lot if anxieties we go through.” One of the most common and difficult challenges Rebound students face, according to Bell, is the stigma of being a ex-con. He feels often Rebound students get lumped in with some of the worst kinds of offenders, like sex offenders and violent criminals that are actually far and few between.

According to Bell, another problem is dealing with parole officers who can sometimes be rigid and not conducive or understanding of students’ school requirements, putting them between a rock and a hard place as they try to obey orders to stay out of prison. Sometimes parole officers will make parolees meet at times that directly conflict with midterms or other tests and classes, Bell said. Project Rebound intern Crystal De La Roca works with Rebound students and tutors some of them. One student from Rebound she tutored told her that it was hard to stay on track when he knew he could be out on the street making more money selling drugs. Most of all, Project Rebound provides students with a sense of community on campus. “Project Rebound has really helped make me feel and has confirmed that I am where I belong,” Gallop said. According to Bell, students from Project Rebound have a graduation rate of 87 percent, which is significantly higher than the college average. Gallop, along with other Rebound Students, also work on continuing to pass the torch to those still in jails. “I recruit women, former inmates into education,” Gallop said. “I try to get them first into City College and I do that because less money and it’s a better stepping stone and the campus is a little smaller. They get to get their feet wet at a much lower cost than SF State.” So far Gallop has recruited eight women total, but lost two of them to relapse. The six remaining have graduated with associates degrees and those with kids have gotten children back. “These women can do anything they set their mind to,” Gallop said. “I would rather start them at a lower scale then have them feel overwhelmed and quit.” Studies have shown that education is a key component in keeping people out of prison. The recidivism rate in the state of California is 78 percent and is cited as one of the reasons California prisons are overcrowded. According to a study done by Wendy Erisman and Jeanne Bayer Contardo, if former inmates receive their associates degrees then their recidivism rate falls to 16 percent, and only 10 percent if they receive their bachelor’s degrees. “Education, more community based programs, job training, all these things will decrease incarceration, which is the big price tag,” Trujillo said. “Front end prevention through education is the key.” Gallop still continues to compete in the senior division of the tennis tour and is ranked 19th in the nation. She is a senior at SF State working towards a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in criminal justice with an emphasis in pre-law. She plans to apply to law school and eventually wants to work on public policy or to combat social injustices.


started smoking more often when she moved into the Towers. This semester, she said she currently smokes about a quarter to half a pack each day, which is five to 10 cigarettes. She goes to the DSAs sometimes when she doesn’t want to smoke but then ends up having one cigarette just because she’s out there anyway. “I just get more addicted from having them so recreationally,” Dabestan said. While in high school Dabestan said she smoked for a year, then quit for a year, and then started up again around the beginning of 2011. She wants to quit again before 2012, she said. “It’s hard ‘cause once I quit I’m going to always be coming back to the DSA,” Dabestan said. “The DSAs are where I’ve made all my friends.” SF State health educator Albert Angelo counsels students who want to quit smoking. He recommends that students who are trying to quit stay away from friends when they are smoking because of increased temptation. “In other words, if I had a gambling problem, the last thing I want to do is hang out at a casino, even if I’m not going to gamble,” Angelo said. “So I can hang out with my friends but when

they all want to go to Cache Creek or something like that, I better not join them.” Freshman Ben Meis quit smoking cigarettes three weeks ago and opts for his electronic cigarette or his hookah when he hangs out at the Mary Park DSA. He appreciates the social environment of the DSAs, calling the people who hang out there the most regularly, including himself, the “DSA family.” “It’s definitely difficult being someone who’s trying to quit, being around so many cigarettes and around so many people that smoke so frequently,” Meis said. “The urges get worse when I’m around the DSA. But I think now it’s not so much as I come out here to smoke but I come out here to just hang out with my friends.” Angelo said students hanging out with fellow smokers around the DSA are just a part of human nature like making friends when you take your dog to the dog park. “You’re looking at a really healthy behavior in an unhealthy environment, you’re saying, ‘These people sort of hang out and they chat, they get to know each other and become friends,’” Angelo said. “It’s wonderful, but they’re doing an unhealthy behavior in that, so that’s my only concern.”


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High energy, hopes for coming season


The men’s basketball team aims to have another winning season this coming year with help from incoming talent.


as Johnson is the only center TACKED transfer and Nesbitt averages WITH NEW eight rebounds. faces and talReilly, the only senior ent, the SF State transfer, hopes to bring men’s basketball leadership to the team. He team is eager transferred from Loyola to take on the Marymount University, where new season with he played in 22 games. Trevor hopes of maintaining a winning describes Reilly as a “pure record. shooter” who is sure to benefit The Gators are coming off a the Gator offense; Reilly has a 16-11 season, finishing in fourth career high of 29 points. place in the California Collegiate Reilly said the transiAthletic Association after hosttion onto the team has been ing their first ever post-season cohesive because he came on tournament game. Veterans and positive and deferential. head coach Paul Trevor anticipate “I think my hard work another successful season with earned respect of (my teamhelp from recruits, transfers and a mates),” Reilly said. His new assistant coach. overall goal this season is “to “For the new faces, it’s going get my team to win a CCAA to be harder. It’s a learning curve,” championship.” Trevor said. “Hopefully we can Reilly’s ultimate goal is carry the energy over from last shared among the team, but season.” Trevor knows that progress This is Trevor’s second year takes time and patience, two LAYUP: Senior Tyler Brown returns for his second season with the men’s basketball team. He is one of five returning seniors with the Gators. His passion and virtues he is willing to adhere and is hoping for another successful year. PHOTO BY HENRY NGUYEN. enthusiasm for the team is obvious to. Trevor said although talent as he speaks fervently about the has increased with the team bond and goals of the team. additions, it would take focus “I love everyone,” Trevor said. “I think we did great ing the ropes to the newcomers. and lots of patience to come out on top. Among those returning veterans is Nefi Perdomo, last year and we’ve got to keep it up.” The SF State Gators are scheduled to play two who was last year’s first team all-CCAA performer. As Alex Pribble is the newest member of Trevor’s staff exhibition games in the next week, and will start off a junior and three-year player for the Gators, Perdomo as this year’s assistant coach. He was the head coach at the regular season Nov. 12 against the Academy of Art wants to bring to the team more leadership and a posiTamalpais High School for three years before coming University at a two-day tournament. tive attitude every day. to SF State. He said he is ready to contribute to every “We need to focus on the ability to compete at this “I just gotta play my game, day in and day out,” player and position on the team. level,” Trevor said. “We’re young so until we can focus Perdomo said, adding that attitude contributes to on“Right now I’m very excited,” Pribble said. “There on that, we’ll just go backwards.” are high expectations for both the coaches and the play- court play as much as skill. “We most definitely have a Trevor added that he sees his team getting better and positive environment.” ers.” better every day. Perdomo especially hopes to be a guiding leader Pribble said his main focus is preparation because Perdomo also sees the team’s growth. His personal to the new Gators, including freshman recruits David college-level play is more competitive. The Division advances this year include his shooting and overall betLove, Robbie Herndon and Rico Matheny. The SF State ter play, but basketball is a team effort and he acknowlI high-energy games are nothing new to Pribble, who Gators also embrace Casey James, James Albright and played for four years at UC Berkeley. He hopes to edges the talent his team brings to the court. Griffin Reilly as Division I transfers. help Trevor and the team exceed higher standards and “This year is something new that nobody (has) seen Thomas Nesbitt and Jordan Johnson are two comexpectations. at SF State,” Perdomo said. “As long as everybody munity college transfers who come to SF State this “(Pribble) is a big asset to our team,” said Trevor, plays their (best) game as a team, we’re not gonna be year. Both players aim to hold down the Gator defense, who added the veterans would play a big part in showstopped.”

RETURNERS EXPECTED TO CARRY TEAM After last season’s slow start, the women’s basketball team aspires to have a successful year with help from veteran players.

experienced than other freshmen who haven’t played,” said junior Michaela Booker, also a captain. One of the areas where inexperience is visible the most is turnovers. Wallace believes the biggest change that led to the team’s late-season charge was their



T MIGHT BE UNREALISTIC TO EXPECT momentum to last through an eight month offseason, but the 2011 SF State women’s basketball team is hoping to carry over their high level of play from the closing games of last year. After winning just one of their first 19 games in 2010, the Gators finished the year by taking five victories from their final seven contests. The most telling factor was experience, or lack thereof. Eight of the 11 players were freshman. The team had just one senior and no juniors. “(The freshmen) didn’t really understand how fast the games were, how physical the game was. And they were unsure in the offense and when you’re unsure you make mistakes,” said head coach Joaquin Wallace. As the season progressed the younger players learned how to win games. “Everybody just kind of bought into what we needed to do,” said team captain Nicole Hicks. “Everybody just got on the same page. I think we just got tired of losing. We knew we had to do things differently.” Their inexperience cost them a handful of games last year, 17 of the 20 losses were by a margin of ten points or fewer. The young Gators now have a year under their belts and expect to be much more capable of handling the pressure of the fourth quarter. “I think it’s good for them because they got the experience that year. This year they’re a little bit more

FOCUSED: Junior and team captain Nicole Hicks will help lead the women’s basketball team this season. XPRESS ARCHIVE/PHOTO BY JON WEIAND

abilXity to protect the ball. “We went from I think 26 turnovers the first half of the season, (to) averaging 12-15 the second half,” Wallace said. Nearly the entire team returns for 2011, including Hicks and Booker, the team’s number two and three scorers respectively. Wallace has shifted offensive strategies in an attempt to make up for the loss of leading scorer forward Dominique Hunter, who graduated last year. “Hopefully, we can have a collection of players to share the wealth, so to speak,” Wallace said. “We’ve run a triangle in the past which is geared toward our post players, but now we’re running more of a motion offense which is more of a collective unit where everyone needs to be contributing and adding value to the game.” The team also expects contributions from newcomers to the squad. Wallace wants junior transfer Charnay Bell to take charge of maintaining the continuity and effectiveness of the offense. Bell earned first team all-conference honors in both of her years at Chabot College. “Charnay should play well. We’re expecting good things out of her. If she manages the ball well and can get us into our offense, she should do well for us,” Wallace said. Wallace also expects strong contributions from junior forward Michelle Hoehn, sophomore guard Angela Van Sickel and freshman forward Farrah Shokoor. The players understand how important it is to come out of the gate with the proper mindset to maintain their strong push from the end of last season. “I think last year everyone on the floor and on the team had talent, we just kind of had to figure out how to put that all in one,” Hicks said. “We’re trying to make a statement right from the start.” The Gators open their season at home Friday against Western Washington University as part of the California Collegiate Athletic Association/GNAC tournament.




Wrestlers prepared to dominate academics and train for the 2012 season, according to coach Lars Jensen. According to an online NCAA article, the Gators have finished among the top 25 at the Division II national championships 19 times since 1990. The players are determined to continue the team’s success. “I want to win a national title this year,” Isaiah said. “I qualified last year, and my match was lost in the last seconds and I still remember the exact feeling, so (I’ve had that) drive me all summer.” His thoughts, however, are just on the season ahead — on regionals and nationals, specifically, and his


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9 MEN’S BASKETBALL SF State at University of the Pacific at 7 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 11 WRESTLING SF State vs. Alumni Match at 7 p.m. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SF State vs. UC San Diego vs. Seattle Pacific at 1 p.m. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SF State vs. Western Washington University at 3 p.m. VOLLEYBALL SF State vs. Sonoma State at 7 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV. 12 MEN’S BASKETBALL SF State vs. Academy of Art University at 12:30 p.m. WRESTLING SF State vs. SF State Junior College Invitational at 10 a.m. WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL SF State at Humboldt State 7 p.m.


EARLY EVERY facet of the University’s wrestling program is rooted in tradition. The Gator team was created in 1939 and Lars Jensen is in his 29th year as head coach. The team looks to add to its winning legacy this season, even after seven players graduated last semester. TAKEDOWN: Junior Isaiah Jimenez returns with hopes for “This year’s going to be more another successful season. He had a 25-16 record last year and of a growing year, but we’re definitely going to be strong,” said led the wrestling team in takedowns. sophomore Andrew Reggi. “We’re XPRESS ARCHIVE/ PHOTO BY JON WEIAND still kinda young but we’re just getting better every day.” teammates feel the same. The NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association “Regionals. That’s what I’m looking forward to the most, ranked the team 19th in the nation in its preseason poll. and home meets are always exciting,” Reggi said. “I always “It feels good, considering we graduated a lot of people like coming out to home meets.” last year,” said junior Zach Jimenez. “We have a good, young It’s an advantage for these athletes that the sport begins team so I think that we can definitely go up higher. You always halfway through the semester, allowing them to appropriately want to be in the top eight.” split their focus between wrestling and classes. Zach’s brother, junior Isaiah Jimenez, agreed. “Our preseason practices are just a lot of wrestling, drill“We have a lot of new guys so it should be a fun year. ing, so as soon as the season starts we’re already in pretty We’ve got a lot of good new recruits, so we’ll see how everygood shape,” Isaiah said. one does,” Isaiah said. With the coaching track record Jensen has, it’s easy to Isaiah has already done well; he had a 25-16 record last see why they’re so excited for the season. In 25 of the 29 season and led the team with a whopping 83 takedowns. The years he’s been coaching the team has produced at least one team will especially need his leadership this season since it’s All-American player. He doesn’t expect this season to be any without another top performer, Naveed Bagheri. different. Bagheri, a senior, led the team with his 32-8 record and “Goals for the year would be to finish in the top 20, have had 63 takedowns last season but is “redshirting” this season, multiple All-Americans, and send four or five kids to nationmeaning he can practice but not compete, so he can focus on als,” Jensen said. “Another typical season.”

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SF State vs. Seattle Pacific University at 3 p.m.


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