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Vol. 166, Issue 6 | Nov. 6 – Nov. 21, 2018 | City College of San Francisco | Since 1935 | FREE

New plans to vacate 33 Gough St. revealed By David Mamaril Horowitz

After buying two years of time to vacate its administrative center, the City College Facilities Department presented its latest plan to move administrators from the college center at 33 Gough St. onto Ocean Campus. The move became necessary in January 2017, when City College leased the administrative center to housing developers for 75 years, to begin July 1 that year. However, when the facilities department realized in May 2017 that it was unprepared to relocate the building’s administrators, it spent more than $1 million over two years to lease the building back until the day the center is vacated. Interim Facilities Vice Chancellor Dr. Rueben Smith, who inherited the issue from previous facilities and finance administrators, presented a moving plan to the board of trustees in September. The phased move  — a mix-and-match of offices and classrooms — will begin in February or March, and finish by June 2019, Dr. Smith said. Vacating Gough Phase one would move the Guardian Scholars program, which helps college-bound former and current foster youth complete their education goals, from Multi-Use Building (MUB) to the first floor of the Student Union. The Outreach Department will be moved from MUB to the vacated Bookstore Annex next to the Muni bus yard. In phase two, financial aid office employees would move from Cloud Hall to the second floor of MUB. In phase three, the Division of Institutional Development Department would move from Conlan Hall to Cloud Hall to join the Research and Planning Department. Joining them in Cloud Hall would be Legal Affairs from the east Bungalows, as well as Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration Luther Aaberge from 33 Gough St. In phase four, Admissions and Records as well as Registration will move from Conlan Hall and Smith Hall to MUB. The Office of Marketing will move into Conlan Hall. “We’re trying to consolidate all of the student services areas into one location instead of driving students all over campus,” Dr. Smith said. In phase five, Human Resources, Finance, Purchasing, Employee Relations and Professional Development will all be moved from 33 Gough St. to Conlan Hall. The Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Development suite will move from Conlan Hall to Smith Hall. In phase six, a center for students without citizenship status would be established in Cloud Hall, and CalWORKS would have to be moved out of Cloud Hall. Dr. Smith said that altogether, new arrivals would occupy three or four rooms on MUB’s first floor, as well as some space on the 2nd floor. Compromising Classrooms The 2012-built MUB contains some of the college’s most spacious classrooms. The majority of classrooms

in the college, built to decades-old standards, are smaller. MUB classrooms are also near the Link resource center, which provides a computer lab for students to research and print their work. It was only a month after the college leased out 33 Gough St. that more than a dozen students and teachers attended the Feb. 23, 2017 board of trustees meeting, and spoke out against having administrators move into the relatively new building. Steven Benwell, who introduced himself as a former convicted felon of 28 years, was the first. Students — not administrators — should have access to the larger MUB classrooms, he said. “If I didn’t have the resources here at City College to do this stuff, I would probably have to drop out of my classes,” Benwell said. “I’m trying to change my life.” He was attending college for the first time at City College, taking health classes and aspiring to become a community health worker. “Two [of my classes] are at the Southeast Center, which are small classrooms. They’re cramped, the technology has to be brought from here to there to make them work, it’s hard to teach there, it’s hard to learn there,” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense to close down these classrooms to use those classrooms to teach what we need to learn here.”

timeline Nov. 12, 2015 

Board authorizes an agreement to contract with Equity Community Builders concerning City College’s administrative building, 33 Gough St. Soon after, developers ECB and Integral create 33 Gough, LLC.

Jan. 26, 2017

City College signs a Lease Disposition and Development Agreement as well as a ground lease with 33 Gough, LLC. The latter plans to develop 33 Gough St. into a housing units and rent them over 75 years, with an option to extend the lease 25 years. After the lease is over, they will return the property to City College.

May 25, 2017 · May 17, 2018

City College twice leases back 33 Gough St. after it’s unable to relocate administrators to Ocean Campus.

Jan. 31, 2018

A proposed project plan is submitted.

The contract states that upon signing both agreements, the college received $500,000 and $6 million upfront, respectively. The college is due an additional $5 million upon its signing a construction plan. And throughout the lease, 33 Gough, LLC will pay the college $400,000 or a percentage of their earned rent annually.



Over the next two years, City College pays $1,168,750.00

25 stories 518 residential units

Rendering by 33 Gough, LLC.

Aug. 30, 2018 — Facilities department vice chancellor Rueben Smith states that it needs until December 2019 to relocate administrators.

Others echoed his opinions.

Sept. 27, 2018 — Smith says the extension is no longer needed “This building is meant for us, and we and 33 Gough St. will be vacated in June 2019. He presents a deserve to use it,” international student map of where administrators will be relocated. Melania Rivas said at the 2017 meeting. “This is a state-of-the-art building that makes me want to come to class. In here, Spring 2019 — Relocations begin in phases. I feel like I’m learning. I feel like I’m in the year 2017 and like I’m not stuck in 1960, like June 2019 — Administrator relocation to Ocean Campus some of the classrooms in other locations.” is due for completion. 33 Gough St. is now vacant. At the September 2018 meeting, Dr. Smith said his department is working with the Office of Instruction to identify MUB’s general service If development proceeds as such, 33 Gough, classrooms and avoid having to move students or LLC would demolish the existing building to teachers out of MUB. 33 Gough St. continued on page 2


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Unity Day needs better marketing, suggest students By Cliff Fernandes

Warm beams of sunlight draped costumed students who swarmed orange-dressed tables to represent different City College clubs in front of the Wellness Center on Halloween. Food trucks accompanied the rows of tables for Unity Day, an annual college event held to promote the college’s clubs. Some, such as Ram Camp — a club that organizes outdoor activities that include hiking trips outside the city — are under-enrolled. Despite the event’s sizable turnout, students on-site desired better exposure. Eric Quayle, the Maker Club’s inter club council representative, said club advertisements should be placed at campus resources

months in advance. “[Unity Day] let me know about all the clubs, but they need to advocate more,” said Uhna Nauer a first-semester College of San Mateo transfer who heard about the event from friends at at VASA and the Student Union. Quayle suggested that club events should be established by a marketing campaign on behalf of the inter club council rather than the Associated Student Council. He added that those events should be promoted through campus resources such as The Guardsman, Etc. Magazine and the campus radio station KCSF one semester in advance. This time around, it was word of mouth and an email blast that informed most students about Unity Day, City College student Gabriel Perez said.

Spirited Members of the City College Community gain information about the organizations available on campus during Unity Day on Oct. 31. Photo by Sarah Berjan/ The Guardsman

Students participate in a pie eating contest at Unity Day where they were given three minutes to finish the whole pie on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Photo by Cliff Fernandes/ The Guardsman

A total of 41 organizations participated in Unity Day at the student Wellness Center in order to gain recognition from the student body on Oct.31. Photo by Sarah Berjan/ The Guardsman.

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History & Cost

and 188 studios — spread out over 300,000 The college contracted developer Equity square feet. Community Builders (ECB) on Nov. 12, 2015 There would also be retail, a garage, a to work toward ground leasing 33 Gough St. courtyard, a plaza, a roof deck and more. On Jan. 26, 2017, the college signed The college would receive the center back a Lease Disposition and Development at the end of the lease. Agreement (LDDA) as well as a 75-year But when the college could not empty ground lease with 33 Gough, LLC — a 33 Gough St. in time, it leased the building collaboration between ECB and the devel- back on May 25, 2017 for $584,375. The oper Integral. The ground lease, which lease was from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. turned over the center to be rebuilt into And when administrators still could not housing units, has a 25-year extension option. vacate the center a year later, the college The college received $500,000 for sign- extended the leaseback — this time, until ing the LDDA and $6 million for signing Sept. 30, 2019 — for another $584,375. the ground lease, according to a Jan. 26, And then, on Aug. 30, 2018, the facilities 2017 board of trustees Action Item. The item department almost extended the college’s states that the college will receive another $5 leaseback again until Dec. 31, 2019. But at million when it signs on a construction plan. the Sept. 27 board meeting, Dr. Smith said City College will annually receive a that extension was no longer needed. small percentage of the rent earned by 33 The building, he assured, will be emptied Gough, LLC, and be ensured a minimum by June 2019. payment of $400,000. Ken S. Akehurst III contributed reporting. The 25-story housing tower, proposed in a Jan. 31, 2018 project plan, would To view a diagram of the current build 518 housing units. They would relocation plan, visit https://tinyurl. include 198 one-bedroom units, 75 twocom/goughplanview?usp=sharing bedroom units, 54 three-bedroom units

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Friday, Nov. 9

Fundraiser for Women’s Resource Center, selling spam musubi, 10 –12p.m., Smith Hall 103, $3.

Friday, Nov. 9

Veteran’s Career & Resource Fair, 3–6 p.m., MUB 140. Meet employers and providers with job opportunities and services.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Everyone is welcomed to “Beyond Cryptography Theater — with Hands-On Training,” from 4–6 p.m., Science 100, Ocean Campus. Free

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Star Party/Open House, hosted by the Astronomy Department, 7–9 p.m., roof of Science Building through Science Hall 405. Observe the moon, planets nebulas and the star cluster. Free

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Vol. 166, Issue 6 | Nov. 7 – Nov. 21, 2018

Increased housing demanded at Balboa Resevoir meeting

By Traci Dauphin

“More housing, less parking” was the message echoed by most residents at an Oct. 30 public meeting on the proposed development of a massive housing project next to City College. Around 40 attendees at Lick Wilmerding High School gave comments to the San Francisco Planning Department about the Balboa Reservoir Project, which would replace City College’s parking lot west of the Multi-Use Building with more than a thousand housing units. The comments will be considered for an Environment Impact Report (EIR), which will evaluate how project impacts its surrounding areas. It will analyze two different options. The first, created by developers Avalon Bay Communities and BRIDGE Housing, proposes 1,100 residential units with 550 parking spaces for residents and a 750-space public garage. The second, created by city planners,

proposes 1,550 units with 650 residential parking spaces — and removes all public parking on the west reservoir basin for the City College community. “If we take away parking, it will impact students’ opportunity to education,” City College engineering professor Wynd Kaufmyn said. Several others also questioned where students will park, expressing the desire to have City College parking included in the plans. However, most advocated for additional housing. “The housing shortage is the single most important issue in the Bay Area,” Excelsior resident Theodore Randolph said. “There is not enough housing.” Randolph was joined by at least six other residents calling to add additional units to the project, which is slated to begin construction in 2022. Attendees Corey Smith, Jonathan Randolph and Zack Suden want planners to build as many homes as possible. Smith added that he does not want city planners to later wish they had studied

possibilities for additional housing. Several attendees suggested the city should build a total of 5,000 units. However, not everyone supported additional housing. Ken Crizer, an Ingleside resident and former City College professor, walked to podium donning a sleep mask and took to the microphone. “This looks like a wonderful project,” Crizer said. Then, he took the mask off. “Now I see. It’s nothing but a large pile of manure,” he said. “Public property stays public property. It should not go into private developers hands.” Others expressed concern about the project’s impact on quality of life, traffic congestion, ride sharing and animal habitats when more than a thousand units are added. Most agreed that public transit is currently inadequate, and transit alternatives and upgrades are necessary for reducing car dependency. Some suggested additional biking lanes, better pedestrian access and more Muni lines that run with more consistency. The project would designate 50 percent

of units as affordable low- and middleincome households. There would be open space, retail space, childcare facilities, new streets and other infrastructure. A new neighborhood would be created around a central park and within the surrounding communities of Westwood Park, the Ocean Avenue commercial corridor and City College. A Draft EIR will be published next summer, followed by a comment period, with the final EIR anticipated in early 2020. This would end the formal planning review — it would not mean the project is approved. “It’s not unusual for projects to evolve during the environmental review process,” said Jeanie Poling, an EIR coordinator with the planning department. Public comment on the environmental process can be sent to Poling at through Nov. 12, 2018.

Journalism students win big at JACC NorCal By Cliff Fernandes

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Vol. 166, Issue 6 | Nov. 7 –  Nov. 21, 2018

Folsom Stre policy crea around pho

By Adina J. Pernell

throughout the event the slogan is repeated along with the admonition to “ask first before photographing or touching someone. Stretching across 13 city blocks, the Folsom No means no.” Street Fair in San Francisco is the world’s “We are fully aware that it is legal to photolargest leather event, drawing leather culture graph people on a public street also at a public enthusiasts, and tourists alike, has become a event,” said Patrick Finger, Executive Director major influencer in informing the public about of Folsom Street Events. “We’re simply asking sexual culture that strays left of mainstream. that people ask first before they take pictures It has long provided a space for members because it’s a simple matter of respect,” said of the kink community, including those Finger. of LGBTQ and Bondage, Dominance, A coordinator for the Society of Janus (SoJ), Sadism and Masochism (BDSM), to express the largest BDSM organization in America, themselves openly through live fetish demon- who goes by the name Frey said that although strations.Participants often wear fetish gear SoJ doesn’t have an official policy on photogand nudity is welcomed. raphy and consent they are “going along with Naturally, the Folsom Street Fair attracts the message of Folsom Street Fair because media outlets, reporters, photojournalists [they] think it’s good idea.” and street photographers, both amateur Frey said that SoJ also recognizes that and professional, looking to capture a visual legally people often have the right to photorecord of the event. graph, which Frey admitted, is kind of a separate question. “It’s definitely a nuanced discussion to have,” said Frey. Sex worker, activist and former City College student, Maxine Holloway who started the campaign Ask First in 2014 after being groped and sexually harassed at the Folsom Street Fair in the past said, “I’m happy that the fair is getting on board with the consent issue. It’s about damn time.” Regarding the photography policy at the Folsom Street Fair Holloway echoed the sentiment of the flyers. “Consent isn’t just about sex. I would love to have a choice in the matter and know my picture is being taken,” Holloway said.

This year the Folsom Street Fair ran a campaign highlighting the importance of consent. At fair entrances visitors could see large signs that read “Gear is not consent, nudity is not consent”. On flyers distributed

This was Sarah Anstett’s first Folsom Street Fair. “I mean, they have to do their jobs, but [they] don’t ha ve to do it without consent. That’s the big issue,” Anstett said of press photographers at the event. Folsom Street Fair. San Francisco. Sunday, Sept. 30 2018. Photo by Adina J. Pernell/ The Guardsman

felt that photographers have no such rights.” According to the ACLU, “taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right.” “It is a slippery slope and abuse of power when we start to censor and intimidate photographers who are legally [expressing what] our constitution and laws allow,” Light said and added that “in this era of Trumpism this slope is ever more slippery. Journalists and photographers are already under attack, we must stand up and protect our rights, as hard as it is for some to understand.” On August 30 an incident at a Trump rally went “[Photograp viral when a volunteer was need to] bala caught putting his hand in front of a photographer’s the public’s n lens to prevent the photogfor informa rapher from taking a picture of a protester who was being against poten removed from the event. harm or The Trump administration removed the volunteer discomfor from the campaign process, — Society of Pro but the actions that could Jo intimidate and prevent photojournalists from covering public events may still persist. “A [month] before Homeland security [ran a campaign saying that] photography may be a sign of terrorism,” said Downes. “The President said that journalists are the enemy of the people.”

When asked about how the statement might be interpreted, Finger said, “No way But among the photography community, are [we] equating or comparing the two. there is concern that the very nature of the But we are equating both [photography and statement made in the posters seemed to lump unwanted touching] with consent and respect.” the failure to request a photograph at a public Some view the Folsom Street Fair stateevent into the same context as sexual assault. ments about photography as a step toward “The issue I have, is that touching and press censorship and contrary to the photography have been bunched together,” First Amendment that provides for the rights said freelance photographer and City College of a free press, including photography at student, Nathaniel Y. Downes. Downes also public events. was disturbed by the fact the sign mentions “Once you say you can’t photograph at our photography before unwanted touching, [Folsom Street Fair], other places might follow saying it was, “almost as if they’ve prioritized suit,” said Downes. that photography is worse.” “I strongly believe that taking photographs “I’m sure that’s not the intent -- that they of things that are plainly visible in public didn’t mean to put it in an order that made spaces is a constitutional right, and so do the it in some sort of hierarchy,” Downes added, courts and organizations like the American “but either way they did put them both together, Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and most news and as a photographer, I don’t think taking organizations,” said Ken Light, Reva & David someone’s picture should be related to sexual Logan chair and professor of photojournalism At the San Francisco K9 Unit booth participants en harassment... Sexual harassment is a very at the Graduate School of Journalism, UC various degrees of submission or domination. Crow negative thing and it shouldn’t be happening. Berkeley. In an email response Light said, “I encouraged. Folsom Street Fair. San Francisco. Sun But taking a picture is something that I do have seen in recent years individuals that have Pernell/ The Guardsman Concerns and Rights

Fair-goers Kaylie, right, and her partner Nick, left, declined to give their full names. “I feel like as much as we all claim to be safe and consensual there are definitely times when we border on the lack of communication, the lack of consent; especially [with] photography,” said Kaylie. Folsom Street Fair. San Francisco. Sunday, Sept. 30 2018. Photo by Adina J. Pernell/ The Guardsman

for a living.” Downes worried that people might come to the conclusion that the issue of photography consent and sexual assault are related.


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In light of this criticism from Homeland Security, President Trump and others, Downes worried what this might mean for the future of photojournalism and journalism. “It starts changing our norms to where photography becomes a negative thing” Downes said. The Issue of Privacy

Photographers also want to protect the journalistic value of their images by not taking pictures that might end up looking contrived. “While I understand why we value photography that isn’t staged, [we need to] examine what is ethical,” said Holloway. “I’m going otographers to err on the side of people to] balance feeling safe and having fun at the Fair, especially in a [sexuublic’s need ally] fetishized environment.” nformation Given that Folsom Street Fair has thousands of attendnst potential ees each year, coupled with harm or the fact that many of the participants of the fair are scomfort.” in various states of undress, it ety of Professional is understandable for fairJournalists goers to want to have a relative amount of control over their image. The very act of being at the Folsom Street Fair could pose a risk to the career of someone in a field where conservative views on sexuality are held. “In an ideal world, nobody would get shamed for any of the things that they’re

icipants engaged in “puppy play”, exploring ation. Crowd interaction and photography was ancisco. Sunday, Sept. 30 2018. Photo by Adina J.

doing,” said Frey who stated that although a phone. Even if they take a wide-angle shot, lot of work is being done to educate the public they might capture someone who doesn’t want “There needs to be a and “normalize different [types of] sexualities, to be seen in attendance. conversation. We haven’t there’s also the reality that people could lose “I’m no lawyer, but I’m a working photogratheir jobs and [experience] social implications.” pher, and I always have had the understanding examined what street that unless it is at a private event, or anywhere photography in the you have a reasonable right to privacy such as a bathroom, you can photograph anything digital age can mean,” that you can see with the naked eye,” said — Sex worker, activist and former City Jessica Lifland, a freelance photographer and College student, Maxine Holloway Photojournalism instructor at City College. According to Lifland scenes of public nudity don’t affect that right, but she emphasized that haven’t examined what street photography although photographers “have the right to in the digital age can mean,” said Holloway. [photograph [someone], they can choose not While campaigns such as Ask First and too,” depending on the circumstances. statements like the ones made at the Folsom Online Photo Editor at San Francisco Street Fair are creating much needed dialog State University, Douglas Zimmerman, made around sexual consent, the verdict is still out such a choice. “I remember when I photo- as to whether the accompanying sentiments graphed the FSF on assignment. This lady about photography consent may be instillwas getting whipped out in public and she ing an attitude of fear and suspicion toward didn’t know her tolerance for pain. There’s legitimate photographers, and if other public point when she was really in pain. Someone events adopt similar policies what this could requested me not to take her photograph,” he mean for the future of photojournalism. said “I could see that she was really in pain and that it was a private [moment] for her.” Faced with that realization, Zimmerman stopped taking photos of the woman. The right to photograph someone doesn’t bar a photographer from using compassion Prince Barron, right, and his fiance Matthew Leyva Wishnak, left, from and ethics when taking photos of people or the Oakland, California. Barron said “personresponsibility to be sensitive to the context of ally when I come here, I’m at a point where the each situation they are seeking to portray. if I dress like this in public, I kind of know The code of ethics section on the website that I’m going to have my picture taken. So for the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) I’m comfortable with it.” Barron did qualify his statement by saying he prefers it if a states that photographers need to “balance the photographer is open about their intent to public’s need for information against potenphotograph and makes eye contact with tial harm or discomfort,” and realize that the him. Folsom Street Fair. San Francisco. “pursuit of the news is not a license for arroSunday, Sept. 30 2018. Photo by Adina J. gance or undue intrusiveness.” Pernell/ The Guardsman “I think it’s up to the photographer to have Frey felt that photographers should consider empathy and an understanding of what’s ok how the subjects of their photos might be and what’s not,” said Zimmerman of his negatively affected. judgement call. He also acknowledged that Finger mentioned that when the Folsom while he can understand the Folsom Street Street Fair policy was created the organizers Fair’s position and that while he felt “their of the event took into consideration that some intent is good”, their photography policy people might not want to be “outed”. “might be a little heavy handed.” “We get a lot of people coming from Red “I don’t know what the right way to handle states and areas that really aren’t that liberal. [the photography policy] would be. I think it’s Slade Banyon’s presence at the Folsom It’s really difficult for them to be out as a going to be an ongoing concern and an ongo- Street Fair was light-hearted and humorous. During much of his statement he spoke LGBTQ or straight people that are in the ing problem,” said Zimmerman. vicariously through his puppet. “Well it’s leather community,” said Finger. “They are “While I believe their intention is honor- a little hard when you’re takinga big able to walk down the street in the middle of able and they want to protect individuals who crowd picture like that. You don’t have to the day. We’ve created a safe space for them. might exhibit behavior and or participate in ask. I don’t think,” Banyon said of press But if they’re photographed it’s no longer a activities that they want to keep private,” said photographers. “People are here, so safe space,” Finger said. Light, “in a public place any activities can you should be able to take that [picture].” This was Banyon’s fourth year at the The reality though is that the Folsom be photographed, and I vote for freedom fair. Folsom Street Fair. San Francisco. Street Fair is in a public, crowded area and of the press.” Sunday, Sept. 30 2018. Photo by Adina J. any person could come along with a camera “There needs to be a conversation. We Pernell/ The Guardsman




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Vol. 166, Issue 6 | Nov. 7 –  Nov. 21, 2018

Trump must recognize transgender community By Andy Damián-Correa

The presidential administration has considered eliminating the official recognition of transgender people, generating protests across the country. On Twitter, President Donald Trump stated that he viewed transgender men and women as a burden in the military and society. “Our military must be focused on victory and cannot bear the tremendous medical costs and the alteration they will entail,” Trump said. Previously, the Obama administration enacted regulations and followed court rulings that protected transgender people from discrimination, which upset religious conservatives. In an effort to undermine former president Barack Obama’s initiative to open the armed forces to gender inclusivity, Trump has attempted to roll back any progress made. Trump announced on Twitter that the U.S. government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” There are thousands of transgender individuals presently in the military, and Trump’s attempts to discriminate against them have caused confusion within the military and among the national conversation. Once a vocal supporter of

Donald Trump, popular transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in which she admitted, “Sadly, I was wrong,” after learning about the president’s views. “The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president. The leader of our Nation has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community. He has ignored our humanity. He has insulted our dignity. He has made trans people into political pawns as he whips up animus against us in attempt to energize the most right-wing segment of his party, claiming his anti-transgender policies are meant to ‘protect the country.’ This is politics at its worst. It is unacceptable, it is upsetting, and it has deeply, personally hurt me,” Jenner wrote. Trump has also repealed protections for transgender students that allowed them to use the bathroom that matches their gender identities. A draft of the Trump administration memo says gender should be determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The transgender community faces challenges that need

to be recognized from our government, such as access to medical care related to their transition, anti-discrimination laws and basic rights protection under the U.S. constitution. In most recent decades, gay and lesbian rights have been somewhat addressed, while transgender rights have been the newest target of conservative demagoguery. According to an estimate by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, there are about 1.3 million transgender adults in the United States. With this many U.S. citizens identified, and many others who have not come out as transgender, the movement for their civil rights will not stop because of the decry of a radical right-wing president. It will be met with resistance. They won’t be erased.

Illustration by Quip Johnson


— Matt Alessio, Mechanical Engineering

“Commuting to school. I take an hour train ride to go to class from Dublin. It gets really pricey, $15 each day round trip, which is over $300 a month.” — Bobby Christian, Biology

“Prioritizing time to study. Overall time management has been a personal struggle that I have been improving on.” — Joseph Guerrero, Financing

“Mostly just time management. There are a lot of distractions for me, and I have to keep focused to overcome them.” — Tony Kou, Computer Science

Khashoggi’s sudden death increases need for press freedom By Matthew Cardoza

Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi was killed on Oct. 2, at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi was known for a number of roles in his life. He was a Washington Post contributor, editor of the Al Watan newspaper, and a frequent critic of the Saudi government, even though he worked as an advisor to the royal family for many years. Khashoggi went to the consulate in Turkey to obtain divorce papers. It was there that he was tortured, killed, and dismembered by 15 Saudi agents who came from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital city. His untimely death shocked the world. Many called out Saudi Arabia and its crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, 32, questioning whether the government truly wanted to silence his journalistic voice once and for all. Khashoggi, during his life, knew people with great influence. Besides being a royal adviser to the Saudis, he developed a friendship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who after his murder highlighted Khashoggi’s plights and called on the Saudis to reveal his body. Even though it was nice to hear from someone of Erdogan’s status call out the Saudis on Khashoggi’s murder, his country isn’t exactly a beacon for freedom of the press, given his government’s actions of jailing journalists and violating other human rights in the last few years.

Khashoggi’s last Op-Ed in the Washington Post, “What the Arab World Needs Most is Free Expression,” showed his standpoint on the glaring reality of a limited press in some countries in the Middle East. One notable line from his op-ed stuck out to me personally, “There was a time when journalists believe the Internet would liberate information from the censorship and the control associated with print media. But these governments, whose very existence relies on the control of information, have aggressively blocked the Internet. They have also arrested local reporters and pressured advertisers to harm the revenue of specific publications.” His words speak volumes, as it is more apparent in countries across the world that limiting press freedom is the norm, even on the Internet, which was once considered a place where free press could thrive. Now it feels more and more like it’s being controlled by governments stretching their long slimy tentacles over the voices of journalists and press outlets. The notion that he was killed over his critiques of his government sicken me as a person in the journalism field. As an opinion writer myself, I have to be wary of how people respond to what I say regarding the issues I discuss, even those in government positions. Khashoggi will not die in vain, because I have a feeling that my voice and the voices of others who speak their truths to power will live on through the readers of our content.


Vol. 166, Issue 6 | Nov. 7 –  Nov. 21, 2018

Rams outside linebacker Folasa'aitu Tofi (#34) tries to score after intercepting Santa Rosa pass on Nov. 3, 2018. Photo by Eric Sun/ Special to The Guardsman

Rams wide receiver Christian Willis (#8) stretches the ball across the pylon for a touchdown against Santa Rosa on Nov. 3, 2018. Photo by Eric Sun/ Special to The Guardsman

Rams wide receiver Frank Hall (#1) looks to gains yards after the catch against Santa Rosa on Nov. 3, 2018. Photo by Eric Sun/ Special to The Guardsman


Rams win third in a row By Corey Holt

Rams Frank Hall (#1) catches pass from quarterback Jack Newman for one of multiple TD connections against Santa Rosa on Nov. 3, 2018. Photo by Eric Sun/ Special to The Guardsman

Rams defensive backs Daniel Gunnarson (#27) and Tyrq Mack (#5) go up in the air to celebrate defensive hold against Santa Rosa on Nov. 3, 2018. Photo by Eric Sun/ Special to The Guardsman

City College put on a dominating performance against Santa Rosa College with three interceptions in the second half, leading to a 61-14 victory. The Rams defense held Santa Rosa to a scoreless second half after allowing two touchdowns in the first. The first quarter started well for Rams quarterback Jack Newman who completed his first four pass attempts against the Santa Rosa defense, all which led to first downs. After entering the red zone, it didn’t take long for the Rams to score their first touchdown on the Cubs defense.The Rams took an early lead in the first quarter after Newman connected on a 4-yards touchdown pass to receiver Max Pierce after a nine play drive. After forcing the Cubs to punt, the Rams began their second drive with a 14-yard pass completion from Newman to wide receiver Frank Hall, who had 146 receiving yards for the game with one touchdown. The drive would end scoreless with the Rams giving up two sacks resulting in losses and forcing the punt. Deep inside their own red zone, the Cubs struggled with penalties before Quarterback Gammon Simmons threw the games first interception by Gammon Howard which led to an 18-yard touchdown, however a flag was thrown on the play against the rams for an offsides, resulting in the touchdown being called back. Santa Rosa later connected on a 22-yard pass for a touchdown after a seven play drive. Running back Deshawn Collins, who rushed for 168 yards on ten attempts would later run for explosive touchdowns on back to back drives, both for 50 plus yards pushing the Rams lead to 21-7 in the second quarter. The Rams would end the half with a interception that lead to an 83-yard touchdown by Isaiah Avery, leaving the Rams with 31-14 lead over the Cubs at the half. The Rams used the momentum they gained in the first half and came out of the locker room and straight into the end zone with a 70-yard pass from Newman to wide receiver Frank Hall after a one play drive. Newman would rack up 263 passing yards with three touchdowns and a running touchdown with no interceptions on the day. The Rams defense was striffling, causing two interception in the first half, and three in the second while holding the Cubs scoreless in the second half. The Rams seemed flawless after coming out the locker room in the second half, allowing only a few big plays by Santa Rosa, none which led to points. The Rams ended the game with 209 rushing yards on 30 attempts and completing 19 of 24 with 291 passing yards. The Rams are currently on a three game win streak and are set to face rival San Mateo in next week’s matchup in San Mateo.

Rams linebacker Mike Bowe (#9) attempt to bat down Santa Rosa pass on Nov. 3, 2018. Photo by Eric Sun/ Special to The Guardsman


Football Nov. 10, 1 PM @San Mateo

Women’s Soccer Nov. 9, 12:30 PM vs Cañada Nov. 13, playoffs TBA vs. TBD

Men’s Soccer Nov. 9, 3 PM vs Cañada

Women’s Volleyball Nov. 7, 6:30 PM vs West Valley Nov. 9, 6:30 PM vs Skyline

Women’s Cross Country Nov. 17, @Woodward Park

Men’s Cross Country Nov. 17, @Woodward Park

For live game updates find

CCSF Athletics on Facebook and

@CCSFathletic on Twitter

Rams outside linebacker Folasa'aitu Tofi (#34) tries to score after intercepting Santa Rosa pass on Nov. 3, 2018. Photo by Eric Sun/ Special to The Guardsman

Rams wide receiver Frank Hall (#1) carries the ball up field after reception. Photo Eric Sun/ Special to The Guardsman


Vol. 166, Issue 6 | Nov. 7 –  Nov. 21, 2018


Conference leaders clash in 1-1 tie By Peter J. Suter

On Oct. 30 conference leaders, City College and West Valley, competed against one another in a fiery 1-1 draw. The 8-0 North Coast conference Rams went ahead midway through the first half after a laser of a kick reached the back of the net by midfielder Gabriel Arias. With active offensive and solid defense, City College played a balanced game on both sides of the ball. “I thought we played well. These are two first place teams battling hard,” Heach Coach Adam Lucarelli said.

Rams defensive midfielder Taiki Kajitani (#2) goes up to head ball in between two West Valley players on Nov. 30, 2018. Photo by Peter J. Suter/ The Guardsman

Both teams played aggressive throughout the game. West Valley racked up a total of four yellow cards as both teams continued to get chippy with one another. “It’s a learning experience. We can’t let our emotions get the best of us,” Lucarelli said, when asked about the rowdy play. Trailing 1-0 with the clock winding down, West Valley was able to exploit the smallest of kinks in the armor of City College’s defense and score a game tying goal. “That’s soccer,” said Lucarelli after the game. Positioned to have a first place seed in the playoffs, the Rams have two more games during the regular season.

Alejandro Sorto 11, struggles to keep hold of possession after physical pressure from the West Valley midfield player during the second half of the tie game on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. Photo by Cliff Fernandes/ The Guardsman


Rams continue successful season; 3-1 win over Foothills By Peter J. Suter

City College women’s soccer team has won 12 of the last 13 games after a decisive 3-1 victory over Foothills College on Oct. 30. The Rams were able to score early and build a comfortable lead, which allowed Head Coach Jeff Wilson to go deep into the roster for substitutions. “Scoring early took the pressure off. I’m impressed with how we started the second half and being able to to rotate players in is huge. We have a small team, so we need the whole team to engage and to be ready to go,” Wilson said. Starter and team captain Ileana Mercado played almost the entire game. “I think we struggled a little with their formation,” Mercado said. “We play a triangle offense and usually don’t play against teams that run a 4-3-2 formation, but at halftime we were able to make adjustments and started connecting.” City College has two more games remaining in the regular season, both of which are conference games. “We need these next few games to get a good spot [going into playoffs],” Mercado said. “We play Canada, who beat Los Positas, a team we lost to.” The Rams are positioned to be a number one seed going into the postseason, pending the results of the last few games of the season.

Rams midfielder Valeria Flores (#23) dribbles the ball upfield against Foothills on Oct. 30, 2018. Photo by Peter J. Suter/ The Guardsman

Rams forward Talia Lowerre (#4) delivers throw-in pass against Santa Rosa on Oct. 30, 2018. Photo by Peter J. Suter/ The Guardsman

Rams forward Carolina Cortez (#8) races downfield with ball against Foothills on Oct. 30, 2018. Photo by Peter J. Suter/ The Guardsman

The Guardsman, Vol. 166, Issue 6. City College of San Francisco  
The Guardsman, Vol. 166, Issue 6. City College of San Francisco