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SF State reacts to final presidential debate

SF State reacts to final presidential debate

Jess Magill and Michael Montalvo
October 23, 2020
Filed under Campus, Election 2020, Top Stories

Members of the SF State campus community expressed a message of unifying dissent for the sitting president during Thursday evening’s debate.  After the first debate was criticized for having continual interruptions, the debate commission added a mute button for the final debate before Election Day between P...

SF State admin delivers first round of ‘fluid’ BLM agenda timetable

Among the priorities slated for implementation in the coming months are: the improvement of hiring practices, bolstering support for Black student clubs, anti-racist student programming, and the development of more scholarship resources. (Emily Curiel / Golden Gate Xpress)

Omar Morales, Copy Editor
October 20, 2020
Filed under Campus

SF State’s Black community is set to receive a bevy of new programming that is designed to create educational and economic equity on campus, according to a working document authored by the administration and obtained by Xpress.  The document is a timeline for the implementation of the Black Lives Matte...

How COVID-19 changed SF State’s housing strategy

Victor Javier Aguilar prepares scrambled eggs for breakfast in Manzanita Squareroom on the SF State campus on Sept. 22. (Jun Ueda / Golden Gate Xpress)

Andres Velasquez, Staff Reporter
October 13, 2020
Filed under Campus, Top Stories

With most classes transitioned to remote instruction, University Housing is housing 363 students for the Fall 2020 semester, as opposed to what is commonly 4,300 to 4,500 students. According to University Housing, 363 SF State students — compared to what is commonly around 4,300 to 4,500  — ...

SF State students share experiences on Zoom fatigue

SF State students share experiences on Zoom fatigue

Shelley Wang and Sean Reyes
October 12, 2020
Filed under Campus, Videos

  Xpress Yourself dives into the changes and struggles of virtual learning as four SF State students share their experiences. From physical and mental strains to missing a real university atmosphere, students are doing what they can to cope. Now that the Spring 2021 semester is fully onl...

SF State layoffs to hit grant-funded staff, but there is hope

Adam Paganini stands next to the model of an SF State research buoy outside the Estuary and Ocean Center in Tiburon, Calif. Paganini attaches instruments to these buoys that measure real time readings of carbon dioxide, temperature and other data variables in the bay. (Harika Maddala / Golden Gate Xpress)

Jess Magill, Staff Reporter
October 8, 2020
Filed under Campus, Videos

 When Adam Paganini received his layoff notice, he was perplexed. As an SF State alum and coordinator at the school’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center, he thought that his grant-funded salary would keep him safe. “How does that work?” he said. “I am not paid from the general fund. If I'm fired...

SF State athletics remain optimistic amid standstill

An empty track and field at SF State. The university halted all sports team activities for the Fall 2020 semester due to the pandemic. (Dyanna Calvario / Golden Gate Xpress)

Andres Velasquez, Staff Reporter
October 6, 2020
Filed under Campus

The SF State Athletics department, which has halted all sports team-activities for the Fall 2020 semester, is experiencing budget, spending and recruitment impacts in addition to the athletic impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Associate Director of Athletics Brandon Davis said that like budgets a...

SF State employees protest layoffs

People gathered on 19th Avenue next to SF State protesting layoffs in San Francisco, Calif., on Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020. (Alex Drew / Xpress Media)

Joel Umanzor Jr., Staff Reporter
September 20, 2020
Filed under Protests, Top Stories

An estimated 60 members of SF State’s faculty and staff held a demonstration in front of campus on Sept. 12, just days after President Lynn Mahoney announced layoffs for 131 employees of the university.  Picketers carried umbrellas and signs calling for California State University Chancellor Timothy White to use...

How COVID-19 changed SF State’s IT strategy

Computers at the study commons inside the J. Paul Leonard Library at SF State are covered and taped with black trash bags to protect them from contamination on Aug. 25, 2020 in San Francisco. (Dyanna Calvario/ Golden Gate Xpress)

Jess Magill, Staff Reporter
September 17, 2020
Filed under Campus

SF State technology administrators are shifting gears to resolve an increase in technological issues experienced across the college as classes go online, such as phishing and a lack of the necessary technology to attend class. According to Andrew Roderick, director of academic technology services, SF State...

SF State President Mahoney addresses questions on staff and administrator layoffs (Full Interview)

SF State President Mahoney addresses questions on staff and administrator layoffs (Full Interview)

David Sjostedt, Editor-in-Chief
September 11, 2020
Filed under Campus

How are you feeling about the layoffs and the process that led up to them? How were people chosen? President Lynn Mahoney: So this is without a doubt, the hardest thing I have ever done in just about 20 years as an administrator, I've been through budget cuts before first at the State University of New York and th...

SF State plans for 131 layoffs, union president says most in CSU history

Of the 120 CSUEU staff members who received the notice, 68 were from technical support services, 34 from administrative support services and 18 from operations support services. (Golden Gate Xpress)

David Sjostedt, Editor-in-Chief
September 9, 2020
Filed under Campus

SF State administration notified 131 staff members on Tuesday that they would be laid off Nov. 9.   The layoff notice is the largest in the history of any campus in the California State University system, according to California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Chapter 305 President Sandee ...

SF State faculty participates in nationwide ‘Scholar Strike’

Although faculty members in the CSU work under a

Joel Umanzor Jr., Staff Reporter
September 8, 2020
Filed under Campus

Members of the SF State faculty began participating in an online, two-day nationwide forum on Tuesday in an attempt to bring awareness to systemic injustices targeting people of color across the country. The “Scholar Strike” is a grassroots online demonstration promoting a work stoppage for faculty of universities nationwide to p...

Layoff talks proceed amidst $40 million deficit for SF State

Selected staff would be notified 60 days prior to official termination, in accordance with collective bargaining agreements. If the process is to move forward within the next few weeks as Associate Vice President of Human Resources Ingrid Williams said. Laid-off staff would be able to teach through most of the Fall 2020 semester. (Golden Gate Xpress)

Chris Ramirez, Managing Editor
September 8, 2020
Filed under Campus

SF State will move forward in the process of laying off staff members “in the next couple of weeks,” Associate Vice President of Human Resources Ingrid Williams said at the Aug. 27 University Budget Committee meeting. The decision to lay off fewer than 100 members was made in an effort to reach a balanced budget for the 2020-21 sch...

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