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September 27, 2007 9:15 AM
Free class on free money
The Foundation Center is offering two free, one-hour classes for graduate and undergraduate students, on obtaining scholarships and other financial support for education. The Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering philanthropy and connecting people with nonprofit funding.
Classes are free but, due to limited space, registration is required. Attendees can register by phone at 415.397.0902 or online by clicking here.
The next class will be held on Sept. 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library’s Madeline Whittlesey Community Room at 325 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond. On October 31, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., another class will be held at the Foundation Center’s San Francisco location, 312 Sutter Street, Number 606.
Honors society have first monthly party
Survivor Party! The history student's honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, is hosting the first of monthly survivor parties September 28 from 2:30-4:30 in Science 270. “They’re called survivor parties because you [the student] have made it through another month of school,” said president and Senior History major Sloane Berman.
All SF State students who are interested in history or are enticed by free food are welcomed to attend. The parties are Phi Alpha Theta’s way to inform students about free events the society will host in the following month. “The first meeting, however, will cover the events of the whole school year,” said Berman, 20.
Senate declares Iran's elite corps "terrorist"
On Tuesday, the US Senate passed an amendment designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization.
The amendment sponsored by Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and co-sponsored by Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to the National Defense Authorization Act is to express the opinion of the Senate regarding Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, but has no legal binding.
“This is not intended to be an authorization of military force against Iran.” Said Kyl to Fox News. “Were strictly talking about stopping them from acting in Iraq against our forces and also as a terrorist organization around the world.”
However, in opposition before the vote, Senator Webb (D-VA) called the proposal “Counterproductive” and recommended that the amendment be withdrawn.
“At best, it’s a deliberate attempt to divert attention from a failed diplomatic policy,” said Webb on the floor of The Senate. “At worst, it could be read as a backdoor method of gaining Congressional validation for military action.
The amendment passes 76-22.
The President of Iran, in New York, was not available for comment.
Security guards demand contract
Marching two by two along California Street and chanting, “If we don’t get no contract, you don’t get no peace,” over 80 security workers gathered Monday in the Financial District to protest their contract dispute with several private security firms.
Organized by the Service Employees International Union, the workers started the rally banging drums, cymbals and blowing whistles outside the building at One Front St.
The workers have been without a contract since June 30. The workers want a higher salary and increased benefits, including health coverage. The rallies and protests will continue until a contract agreement in reached.
Trans meeting slows shuttle bus route
SF State students missed class time and tests waiting an hour for the SF State shuttle service today. The drivers were attending a meeting about an upcoming faster route.
“We’re trying to get to the last few minutes of class,” said Mae Sabit, a senior who was the first in line for the shuttle when it arrived at 11:55 a.m.
Around five students sped across the Daly City BART station to catch the MUNI 28 bus, but most of them stared off into space, muttered to themselves about the tests and assignments they were missing, or read.
Tonya Pischke, the driver of one held-up vehicle, said she was late because of a meeting to discuss the new route for the shuttle. No meetings are planned for the future, according to Pischke.
Drivers will only make three stops when the new route begins: the Daly City BART station, 19th Ave, and University Park North Apartments/Stonestown Shopping Center. Students will only have to wait 10 to 15 minutes beginning October 1st, according to SFSU Parking and Transportation’s website.
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