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Lecturer Sibylla Herbrich Loses Home in Wildfire
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Despite her lack of sleep, Sibylla Herbrich walked into SF State’s Journalism Department Monday afternoon with a smile on her face, ready to teach. Monday’s lecture included how to safely photograph fires by listening to emergency scanners, understanding the code and sticking with firefighters to get closer access to the flames.

But prior to the lecture, Herbrich had some heart wrenching news to share — she suspected her house had burned to the ground earlier that morning; a probable casualty of the massive Tubbs fire that began consuming Santa Rosa late Sunday.
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17 hours ago by sfstatelca
From Vacancy to Vitality
by Saint Bryan, KING 5 Evening Magazine
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4 days ago by uwtacoma
Black Lives Matter Students Shut Down the ACLU's Campus Free Speech Event Because 'Liberalism Is White Supremacy'
It was the last remark she was able to make before protesters drowned her out with cries of, "ACLU, you protect Hitler, too." They also chanted, "the oppressed are not impressed," "shame, shame, shame, shame," (an ode to the Faith Militant's treatment of Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, though why anyone would want to be associated with the religious fanatics in that particular conflict is beyond me), "blood on your hands," "the revolution will not uphold the Constitution," and, uh, "liberalism is white supremacy."

This went on for nearly 20 minutes. Eventually, according to the campus's Flat Hat News, one of the college's co-organizers of the event handed a microphone to the protest's leader, who delivered a prepared statement. The disruption was apparently payback for the ACLU's principled First Amendment defense of the Charlottesville alt-right's civil liberties.

Organizers then canceled the event; some members of the audience approached the podium in an attempt to speak with Gastañaga, but the protesters would not permit it. They surrounded Gastañaga, raised their voices even louder, and drove everybody else away.
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10 days ago by walt74
First, They Came for the Biologists
Who would have guessed that when America cleaved, the left would get the National Football League and the right would get uncontested custody of science?

The revolution on college campuses, which seeks to eradicate individuals and ideas that are considered unsavory, constitutes a hostile takeover by fringe elements on the extreme left. Last spring at the Evergreen State College, where I was a professor for 15 years, the revolution was televised—proudly and intentionally—by the radicals. Opinions not fitting with the currently accepted dogma—that all white people are racist, that questioning policy changes aimed at achieving “equity” is itself an act of white supremacy—would not be tolerated, and those who disagreed were shouted down, hunted, assaulted, even battered. Similar eruptions have happened all over the country.

What may not be obvious from outside academia is that this revolution is an attack on Enlightenment values: reason, inquiry and dissent. Extremists on the left are going after science. Why? Because science seeks truth, and truth isn’t always convenient.

The left has long pointed to deniers of climate change and evolution to demonstrate that over here, science is a core value. But increasingly, that’s patently not true.

The battle on our campuses—and ever more, in K-12 schools, in cubicles and in meetings, and on the streets—is being framed as a battle for equity, but that’s a false front. True, there are real grievances. Gaps between populations exist, for historical and modern reasons that are neither honorable nor acceptable, and they must be addressed. But what is going on at institutions across the country is—yes—a culture war between science and postmodernism. The extreme left has embraced a facile fiction.

Postmodernism, and specifically its offspring, critical race theory, have abandoned rigor and replaced it with “lived experience” as the primary source of knowledge. Little credence is given to the idea of objective reality. Science has long understood that observation can never be perfectly objective, but it also provides the ultimate tool kit with which to distinguish signal from noise—and from bias. Scientists generate complete lists of alternative hypotheses, with testable predictions, and we try to falsify our own cherished ideas.

Science is imperfect: It is slow and methodical, and it makes errors. But it does work. We have microchips, airplanes and streetlights to show for it.

In a meeting with administrators at Evergreen last May, protesters called, on camera, for college president George Bridges to target STEM faculty in particular for “antibias” training, on the theory that scientists are particularly prone to racism. That’s obvious to them because scientists persist in using terms like “genetic” and “phenotype” when discussing humans. Mr. Bridges offers: “[What] we are working towards is, bring ’em in, train ’em, and if they don’t get it, sanction them.”

Despite the benevolent-sounding label, the equity movement is a highly virulent social pathogen, an autoimmune disease of the academy. Diversity offices, the very places that were supposed to address bigotry and harassment, have been weaponized and repurposed to catch and cull all who disagree. And the attack on STEM is no accident. Once scientists are silenced, narratives can be fully unhooked from any expectation that they be put to the test of evidence. Last month, Evergreen made it clear that they wanted two of its scientists gone—my husband, Bret Weinstein, and me, despite our stellar reputations with the students they claimed to be protecting. First, they came for the biologists . . .

Science has sometimes been used to rationalize both atrocity and inaction in its face. But conflating science with its abuse has become a favorite trope of extremists on the left. It’s a cheap rhetorical trick, and not, dare I say, very logical.

Science creates space for the free exchange of ideas, for discovery, for progress. What has postmodernism done for you lately?
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13 days ago by walt74
San Francisco Legend Diamond Dave Joins Gator Family
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Diamond Dave left San Francisco to travel to Israel and Europe in the beginning of the ‘60s. Before he started this journey, he made a pit stop at home to see family and friends in Minneapolis, Minn.

There, he met up with an 18-year-old, Bob Dylan, with whom he shared a copy of Folk Singer Woody Guthrie’s autobiography “Bound For Glory,” and told him wild tales of hitchhiking across the country to San Francisco. During this encounter, Diamond Dave says “he turned Bob Dylan onto pot.”

Professor Peter Richardson teaches a class on the history of San Francisco at SF State. On the first day of class this semester, Diamond Dave walked through the door hoping to crash the course. When Diamond Dave started questioning Professor Richardson about his knowledge of San Francisco, Richardson did some research into Diamond Dave.

“Soon as I left class that day, I went home and went through Bob Dylan’s autobiography and sure enough, his story checked out,” said Richardson.
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17 days ago by sfstatelca
Personality, Creativity, Politics Come Together in Transfer Magazine
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- At the end of each semester, Transfer releases a compilation of student submissions, showcasing a variety of creative pieces including photography, short nonfiction/fiction stories, poetry and some less-categorizable works.

Editor in Chief Brisa Sepulveda, a 21-year-old Creative Writing major, understands the importance of these publications for having a unique ability to comment on current events.

“Sometimes it’s an almost overwhelming feeling of wanting to express yourself and not having the right words. Depending on how fresh an event is, sometimes it can blind people into feeling just one emotion very intensely,” Sepulveda said. “It can come through in writing and sometimes it becomes a little too personal.”
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17 days ago by sfstatelca
Archival Upheaval: Fine Arts Gallery Showcases How Artists Document History
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Pace, Wirtz and Everend had pieces that centered around human history, but Sean McFarland, an SF State photography professor, chose to highlight nature’s history.

McFarland, supplied the exhibit with “Pieces of the Earth,” which consisted of Polaroid pictures of mountains, bodies of water and the night sky. He decided not to include locations in the descriptions because he values the photos’ representations more than where they were taken.
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17 days ago by sfstatelca
Constitution Day Panel Discussion Explores Palestinian Community Issues
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- A two-day informational panel led by Dr. Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, SF State Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora studies, for SF State’s Constitution Day, featured a discussion on academic freedom for professors who stand up for marginalized students and the College of Ethnic Studies.

“We should not be afraid of walking on our own campus,” Abdulhadi said. “People who know me know that I do not walk alone in campus anymore. I am very afraid.”

Blanca Misse, a panelist speaker and SF State faculty member from the French department, also added to the conversation, comparing Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to Milo Yiannopoulos, a British right-wing spokesman.

“These are not just speakers, they are political representatives,” Misse said. “If you’re inviting a representative of the colonial murder to your campus, you are reporting this violence to your campus. We need to separate freedom of speech that is interested in intellectual debate and other speech that reinforces biases in society and are there to cover bullying and violence.”
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18 days ago by sfstatelca
4 Ways to Make the Most of Going Social. Learn how to engage both online and off
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19 days ago by AthenaBCS
RT : Great shots of gates among work for college featured in Robert A.M. Stern Architects new book
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21 days ago by mgprojekt
Creative Arts and Holloway Mixed-Use Project Set to Break Ground in 2018
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The Creative Arts & Holloway Mixed-Use Project will demolish 46 units of student housing within two separate blocks of University Park South. The demolition will clear the way for a new Creative Arts building along with another building, adding over 300 new student beds in the process.

“We want to create a place that doesn’t shut down when classes end,” said Jason Porth, vice president of University Enterprises at SF State. “We really want a vibrant night life and weekend activities for students to enjoy.”

Twenty-seven townhouses at Tapia Drive and Holloway Avenue will be demolished to clear the way for a new $81 million Creative Arts building. Another 27 units toward the front of campus will be demolished at Holloway and Varela avenues to make way for a $102 million mixed-use building. Porth said the project is slated to break ground in summer 2018.

“We might lose some units for a brief moment in time with the Creative Arts building, but the net gain is so significant,” Porth said.
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25 days ago by sfstatelca
Sci-fi, Surrealism Intertwine in Professor Joron's New Book
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “The Absolute Letter,” released March 16, is a poetry composition containing similar science-fiction themes. The text is meant to explore the cadence, texture and density of language with a surrealist lens.

His unique work, influenced by his background, blends the artistry of poetry with the exploration of science fiction.

“I never really got away from the sort of feeling and atmosphere and tone of science fiction or speculative fiction,” Joron said. “It’s putting the imagination in command and letting the imagination run away with itself. Not being bound by earthly reality.”
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25 days ago by sfstatelca

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