At a glance: news briefs
November 8, 2007 11:42 AM
Computers stolen from campus building
Thieves broke into the Biology department on Friday night and took computers and hard drives.
The burglary happened sometime between 10 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, according to Michael Fong, biology operations manager.
The suspects took five iMac computers and a couple of hard drives and keys, said Fong. The facilities are open 24 hours but no one was in the labs when the burglary happened.
Fong said that the suspects took a set of keys and used them to break into four research labs and a couple of faculty offices.
SF State to compete in pool tournament
San Francisco State’s Rack n’ Cue is holding their qualifying tournament for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) 9-ball competition in Sacramento.
The men’s round is Saturday, Nov. 10 and the women’s round is the following Saturday, Nov. 17. Both rounds will run from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.
There are 10 open spots on both the men and women’s teams.
Qualifiers will compete in the spring ACUI tournament in Sacramento against other teams in SF State’s region, which include UCLA, Sacramento State and UC Berkeley.
Elevator Malfunction in the village
Residents in the Village at Centennial Square were evacuated for more than four hours early morning Nov. 4 following an elevator malfunction on the B-side of the Village, according to SF State spokesperson Ellen Griffin.
A brief power shortage set off the Village’s generator just before midnight, triggering the elevator failure and setting off the fire alarm a few minutes later.
Griffin also said nearly half of the Village residents were home during the time of the evacuation. These students waited around outside on State Drive, and inside the Mary Park Hall and the Science and Technology Theme Community lounges for the duration of the evacuation.
Low turn-out on election night
On Tuesday Nov. 6 voter turnout was low at the SF State campus polling station at the Towers Conference Center, and was expected to be low throughout San Francisco.
Over 30 people voted throughout the day. The few people that did come were voting for issues important to them.
Max McCumber, 21, voted to approve Proposition A, a measure to give the Municipal Transportation Authority to increase their revenue, while voting against the measure’s rival, Proposition H.
McCumber also voted for Mayor Gavin Newsom.
“There isn’t anyone else who’s qualified,” said McCumber, an urban studies major.
Chris Samperisi, 18, also voted for Proposition A over Proposition H, because “there is no reason to have more and more garages downtown,” he said. “MUNI does need to be reformed."
CUS admin pay audit report released
The California State University’s executive pay and perquisites were open to scrutiny once again when the California State Auditor released a report Tuesday analyzing the practices of the university administration.
The report found there were policy inconsistencies in compensation given to top executives. “Questionable practices” followed in regards to CSU administration pay, which echoed claims made earlier this year by state legislators and the California Faculty Association.
“This audit confirms everything CFA has been saying over the past several years about the California State University administration’s proclivity to mismanage the system,” said CFA political action chair John Travis.
CSU Chancellor Charles Reed said in a statement that the administration will be acting on some of the auditor’s recommendations immediately.
Candidate visits campus on Election Day
On the evening of election day, David Wong, who is running for Sheriff, was the only candidate to visit SF State.
Standing on the corner of 19th Avenue and Holloway Avenue, Wong, 34, handed out pamphlets to last-minute voters going between campus and MUNI stops.
“I’ve been out on the campaign trail since 3 a.m.,” said Wong, of starting off in the Sunset District and ending the day at SF State.
Wong, who is currently running for Sheriff for his first time against current Sheriff Mike Hennessey, who has been Sheriff for 28 years. He currently is serving as President of San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.
“I’ve got real life experience working with the community, including youth,” said Wong, about why he would be a great replacement for Hennessey.
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