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  1. Patrick Cochran writes that “Smoking zones are not necessary” (Nov. 13-Dec. 4, 2013), but I must differ. Cochran provides very weak arguments against no-smoking zones (e.g., smokers might break the rule, campus police might have to enforce the rule).

    Cochran also suggests that our cash-strapped school should spend more money on “special cigarette butt receptacles throughout campus”. No thanks. I would much rather see scarce funds dedicated to educational and other student-supportive activities.

    Cigarette smoking is not only bad for one’s health, it’s bad for other people’s health, too, leading to lower productivity and higher health care costs. It is also an unpleasant nuisance in terms of its smell and the littering of matches and butts. Further, cigarettes are implicated in deforestation, tremendous air and water pollution, house and forest fires, and global warming.

    Schools should be positive and productive forces in society and in our lives. We should join SFSU and over a thousand other colleges and universities around the country by kicking butts off our campus.

    For more information, please visit my No Smoking? at http://www.brook.com/smoke.

    Dan Brook, Ph.D.
    Political Science Instructor

  2. Hi,

    I’m the coordinator for Project SHINE which recruits CCSF and SFSU credit students to help out in non-credit ESL classes here at CCSF. We have been around for 15 years and remain one of the few volunteer organizations here at CCSF. SHINE places about 140 students each semester. Many credit teachers give students extra credit for coaching. Students are required to help out in for 20 hours a semester in an ESL, Computer, or Citizenship class.For students it’s a very easy way to get some community service on their resumes or college applications.

    I was wondering if there was a possibility of the Guardsman wanting to do a story about Project SHINE at the beginning of next semester? We are trying to get the word out to as many students as possible since the volunteer opportunities on campus are dwindling at the moment.

    Please let me know if you are interested.

    Thanks and happy holidays, Linda O’Roke

  3. Editor,
    ,It might be noteworthy to report on the students who were dropped from their classes, some of which they desperately needed, without adequate warning that they were going to be dropped. This has wreaked havoc in many students’ lives.

  4. Hi,

    I represent Goedeker’s, an online retailer of appliances, furniture, and other home furnishings. I am emailing you because we have just begun offering a textbook scholarship for students in the form of an Essay Contest and I was wondering if The Guardsman would be interested in featuring it with your audience so that students can be aware.

    You can find all of the details for our scholarship on our site here: http://www.goedekers.com/college-scholarship

    If you could please let me know if somehow featuring our scholarship in your newspaper would be possible, it would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks so much!
    -Gary Kapustin

  5. To Whom it May Concern

    Elite Millennial needs college students or someone 18-30 to guest blog on all topics. Elite Millennial is a generation Y centric online magazine. Would like guest bloggers to write 1-3 articles a week at about 500-1000 words. Technically is not an internship, but would allow for internship credit provided it meets your school’s guidelines.

    If interested, reply back to this email address with your name, an email so that we can set you up with login credentials and more about the process.

    Thanks,
    Patrick Binning,
    Editor In Chief, Elite Millennial

  6. My name is Steve Kirch with The Telescope at Palomar College. Your school is going to have an open forum at our campus on Tuesday about your accreditation issue. I’ve been hearing alot, but I would really like to know what the students are saying. I’m hoping someone from your paper could get in contact with me on the issue.

  7. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    January 30, 2014

    Contacts:
    Michelle Myers: (415) 646-6930
    Arthur Feinstein: 415-680-0643

    Sierra Club Appeals Court Decision That Ignores Critical Safety Hazards

    SAN FRANCISCO — On Jan. 29, the Sierra Club’s San Francisco Bay Chapter and its co-plaintiffs appealed the decision of San Francisco Superior Court Judge Teri L. Jackson that would allow the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SFRPD) to irresponsibly ignore the fact that the artificial turf material proposed for use in soccer fields in the west end of Golden Gate Park exceeds the safety thresholds for toxic chemicals set by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

    “The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department should make spaces safe for our children, not allow them to be exposed to chemicals that are proven unsafe for their health,” said Michelle Myers, Chapter Director of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. “Sadly, the department has taken a wrong turn this time.”

    In this case, the SFRPD admitted in its California Environmental Quality Act documents that the artificial turf proposed for use at the Beach Chalet soccer fields exceeded the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Acute Hazard Index by at least 200 percent. Despite this finding, the SFRPD insisted that close is good enough, and that using toxic material for playfields for children is not a problem.

    Under CEQA, if a project exceeds the BAAQMD Acute Hazard Index, the environmental impact report must recognize and impose all feasible mitigation measures and alternatives to reduce the risk. Instead, the SFRPD decided to ignore these requirements and simply assumed it knew better than the agency specifically created to control these toxic materials.

    Unfortunately, the Superior Court Judge agreed with the City, leading to this appeal.

    The BAAQMD measures toxicity in several ways. It measures toxicity for cancer. And it measures toxicity from non-cancer causing chemicals, such as lead, carbon black and other chemicals, that have significant impacts on humans, such as asthma, reproductive impacts, IQ deficits, etc. The Acute Hazard Index (AHI) measures the latter chemicals. When a project exceeds the AHI threshold it means that there is sufficient exposure to these chemicals to warrant concern. The SFRPD decided it knew better.

    The City’s own documents admit that for non-cancer causing toxicity, the contaminants in the turf exceed the AHI. The City didn’t adhere to these findings.

    The San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club is confident that the Court of Appeals will recognize the need to evaluate the potential harm that may come from using this artificial turf material and ask the SFRPD to do a better job.

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    Background:
    – The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was created to ensure that decision-makers are presented with all the information they need in order to minimize environmental harm from projects to the maximum extent feasible. It was also created to ensure that the public is given the opportunity in court to challenge documents that fail to provide full information and decisions that ignore facts in order to approve environmentally harmful projects.
    – Examples of the toxic chemicals that may be released from this artificial turf include: acetone, aniline, arsenic, barium, benzene, benzothiazole, cadmium, chloroethane, chromium, cobalt, copper, halogenated flame retardants, isoprene, latex, lead, manganese, mercury, methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, naphthalene, nickel, phenol, pigments, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, styrene – butadiene, toluene, and trichloroethylene.
    – Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) retracted an earlier position that this artificial turf material was safe. The sole study on artificial turf that EPA conducted was back in 2009 when it took air and surface samples from three athletic fields and from one playground. The testing looked only at one chemical on brand new fields without levels of activity typical on a field or playground and ignored the role of heat in chemical release. The EPA now states that the study was “very limited” and provides no basis for assuming that its use at other sites will be safe. (PEER, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/2013/12/23/epa-retracts-synthetic-turf-safety-assurances/)

  8. Hi!
    I am a former CCSF student and Regional Manager for a new startup called Flatbook. As you know, many students leave their apartments for the summer and have to deal with the whole subletting process before they leave. Flatbook takes care of that entire process for students and we do it for free.

    I’m sure a lot of people ask you to write stories about them or their project but I think you will see the benefit that Flatbook has for your readers and I hope you would consider sharing a story about us or something about the program with your readers.

    Here is our website for more information about the company http://www.flatbook.co.

    If you would be interested in writing a piece about us, I can also set something up with our co-founders who are based in Montreal if you would be interested in speaking with them.

    Last thing I wanted to mention, something that I thought you might find newsworthy, is that students who apply to the program before February 15th will actually receive an extra $300 on top of their rent.

    Thanks!

    Lejla Borovac
    Flatbook CORP

  9. Hello, Just a little note to point out that this years CCSF Baseball team deserves to have some attention!! I know that the W’s have not been there on regular basis, but they have been working very hard to change that. This team has a great deal of talent this year and with help of the schools backing, I believe some great things will happen. So please do what you can to support them and let them know you are behind them. GO RAMS!!! And thanks to the coaching staff for all your time and dedication, much appreciated.

  10. I am Ernesto Xe Acosta’s older sister. You posted a story about his murder last year. On Monday, the 10, it will be one year and I was really hoping to get another article posted to hopefully stimulate memories and try to get his case solved. Thank you.

  11. Every semester I see thousands of extra course schedules around campus and this semester is no exception.

    On the first floor of Cloud Hall, for example, there’s a palate with nearly 2500 CCSF Spring 2014 Schedules. this happens EVERY semester and it’s a terrible waste of both paper and money.

    We need this to stop.

  12. Hi-Can you please let me know who to send swim meet results and meet schedule for the CCSF Women’s Swim Team. Thanks! Coach Pham

  13. International Women’s History Month FEMISPHERES
    FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 29, 2014
    Womyn of Color Gathering: “No Women Left Behind”
    Friday February 28, 3 pm – 8 pm Alex Pitcher Community Room,
    Southeast Center, 1800 Oakdale at Phelps.
    Film: “Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice”
    with Dr. Johnetta Richards
    Wednesday March 5, 11 am – 12 pm
    Rosenberg 304, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan at Ocean.
    Our Lives, Our Stories/Nuestras Vidas, Nuestras Historias
    Latina Domestic Workers on Stage.
    Wednesday March 5, 12pm–1pm and 1pm–2pm
    Statler Wing, Room 14, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan at Ocean.
    Photography Exhibit: “meant to save”
    by Beatriz Escobar and Julia Sperling
    January 17 – March 29
    Reception: Saturday, March 8, 11:30 am – 1 pm
    Mission Center Lobby, 1125 Valencia, near 22nd Street.
    Intersecting Identities Conference
    “Food, Shelter, and Community with Climbing Poetree”
    Tuesday March 11, 9 am – 4 pm
    Multiuse Building 140, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan at Ocean.
    “Maya Women” Art Slide Show and Lecture
    with Rita Moran
    Thursday March 20, 12:30 pm – 2 pm
    Rosenberg 305, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan at Ocean.
    Women’s Resource Center Open House
    and 20th Anniversary Celebration
    Wednesday March 26, 12 pm – 2 pm
    Smith Hall 103, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan at Ocean.
    For more information, call (415) 452-5825.
    For accommodations, call (415) 452-5481 48 hours in advance.
    Co-sponsored by Women’s Studies, Project SURVIVE, Ourstories Club, Audiovisual, Women’s Resource Center, English, Associated Students, Concert-Lecture Series, Rosenberg Library, Interdisciplinary Studies, African American Studies, Labor and Community Studies, Visual Media Design, Photography, Latin American & Latino/a Studies. Supported by your $5 Student Activity Fee.
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  14. Please let me know that you have received our calendar posted below:

    International Women’s History Month FEMISPHERES
    FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 26, 2014
    Womyn of Color Gathering: “No Women Left Behind”
    Friday February 28, 3 pm – 8 pm Alex Pitcher Community Room,
    Southeast Center, 1800 Oakdale at Phelps.

    Film: “Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice”
    with Dr. Johnetta Richards
    Wednesday March 5, 11 am – 12 pm
    Rosenberg 304, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan at Ocean.

    Our Lives, Our Stories/Nuestras Vidas, Nuestras Historias
    Latina Domestic Workers on Stage.
    Wednesday March 5, 12pm–1pm and 1pm–2pm
    Statler Wing, Room 14, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan at Ocean.

    Photography Exhibit: “meant to save”
    by Beatriz Escobar and Julia Sperling
    January 17 – March 29
    Reception: Saturday, March 8, 11:30 am – 1 pm
    Mission Center Lobby, 1125 Valencia, near 22nd Street.

    Intersecting Identities Conference
    “Food, Shelter, and Community with Climbing Poetree”
    Tuesday March 11, 9 am – 4 pm
    Multiuse Building 140, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan at Ocean.

    “Maya Women” Art Slide Show and Lecture
    with Rita Moran
    Thursday March 20, 12:30 pm – 2 pm
    Rosenberg 305, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan at Ocean.

    Women’s Resource Center Open House
    and 20th Anniversary Celebration
    Wednesday March 26, 12 pm – 2 pm
    Smith Hall 103, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan at Ocean.

    For more information, call (415) 452-5825.
    For accommodations, call (415) 452-5481 48 hours in advance.

    Co-sponsored by Women’s Studies, Project SURVIVE, Ourstories Club, Audiovisual, Women’s Resource Center, English, Associated Students, Concert-Lecture Series, Rosenberg Library, Interdisciplinary Studies, African American Studies, Labor and Community Studies, Visual Media Design, Photography, Latin American & Latino/a Studies. Supported by your $5 Student Activity Fee.
    CCSF approved for posting

  15. I feel like I have been harassed by a CCSF campus police the other day. because I was parked in a disabled zone; however I have my temporary disabled placard hanged on in the rear view mirror holder. The campus cops still insisted to look at my permit for my disabled placard but I only have the permit on my previous expired permit. I have left my current permit for my disabled placard at home so I asked the campus police that if he can verify it in his computer to access my record he can find my placard legit; however, he still insisted that I have to find the old placard that matches from my old one and fortunately I have it in the trunk of my car. I know every police has an access in DMV to verify drivers licence or anything related to a driver and vehicle information and don’t need to intimidate the driver unless the driver has no proper documents or proof..

  16. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Holly Irene Cardoza
    7th Annual Mexika New Year Ome Tocthli, Two Rabbit, Publicity & Promotion
    Phone: 831-431-7982
    e-mail: hollycardoza@gmail.com

    Valencia Street Closure, March 14th, 2014, San Francisco, California
    Honoring the 7th Annual Mexika New Year Ome Tochtli, Two Rabbit
    Celebration on the Aztek Calendar

    Valencia St. in San Francisco will be closed on March 14, 2014 in honor of the 7th Annual Mexika New Year Ome Tocthli, Two Rabbit celebration on the Aztek Calendar. The street closure directly affects the 1100 Block of Valencia from 5:30am to 7:00am, with the ceremony occurring in front of the largest Aztek Calendar in the world at 1125 Valencia St. SF, City College of San Francisco Mission Campus.

    EVENT: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12th, ZIPAKTLI ATLAKAUALO TOCHTLI
    6:00am-1:30pm, FREE, ALL AGES, EVERYONE WELCOME!
    City College of San Francisco MISSION CAMPUS, 1125 Valencia St.
    http://www.facebook.com/events/1406770462908870/http://www.aztekayolokalli.com

    SUNRISE CEREMONY • JOSE A. NAJERA’s BERNAL BEAT • AZTEK DANZA • SPOKEN WORD
    AZTEK CALENDAR INTRODUCTION • MEMORIAL FOR ERNESTO XE YEI KOATL G. ACOSTA

    “it is not an Aztek thing, nor a Mexican thing or Indian thing, it is the ANCIENT MEXIKA CHRONOLOGICAL SYSTEM: A Human Experience Towards Personal Transcendence, with Global Consequences.” -Mazatzin Aztekayolokalli

    Mazatzin Aztekayolokalli is available for interviews the day of the event, and for more information about the ceremony and the street closure, contact the SFPD or Lisa Keller at (925) 681-9168, lizadoc@yahoo.com.

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  17. Valencia Street Closure, March 14th, 2014, San Francisco, California
    Honoring the 7th Annual Mexika New Year Ome Tochtli, Two Rabbit
    Celebration on the Aztek Calendar

    Valencia St. in San Francisco will be closed on March 14, 2014 in honor of the 7th Annual Mexika New Year Ome Tocthli, Two Rabbit celebration on the Aztek Calendar. The street closure directly affects the 1100 Block of Valencia from 5:30am to 7:00am, with the ceremony occurring in front of the largest Aztek Calendar in the world at 1125 Valencia St. SF, City College of San Francisco Mission Campus.

    EVENT: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12th, ZIPAKTLI ATLAKAUALO TOCHTLI
    6:00am-1:30pm, FREE, ALL AGES, EVERYONE WELCOME!
    City College of San Francisco MISSION CAMPUS, 1125 Valencia St.
    http://www.facebook.com/events/1406770462908870/http://www.aztekayolokalli.com

    SUNRISE CEREMONY • JOSE A. NAJERA’s BERNAL BEAT • AZTEK DANZA • SPOKEN WORD
    AZTEK CALENDAR INTRODUCTION • MEMORIAL FOR ERNESTO XE YEI KOATL G. ACOSTA

    “it is not an Aztek thing, nor a Mexican thing or Indian thing, it is the ANCIENT MEXIKA CHRONOLOGICAL SYSTEM: A Human Experience Towards Personal Transcendence, with Global Consequences.” -Mazatzin Aztekayolokalli

    Mazatzin Aztekayolokalli is available for interviews the day of the event, and for more information about the ceremony and the street closure, contact the SFPD or Lisa Keller at (925) 681-9168, lizadoc@yahoo.com.

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  18. Valencia Street Closure, March 12th, 2014, San Francisco, California
    Honoring the 7th Annual Mexika New Year Ome Tochtli, Two Rabbit
    Celebration on the Aztek Calendar

    Valencia St. in San Francisco will be closed on March 12, 2014 in honor of the 7th Annual Mexika New Year Ome Tocthli, Two Rabbit celebration on the Aztek Calendar. The street closure directly affects the 1100 Block of Valencia from 5:30am to 7:00am, with the ceremony occurring in front of the largest Aztek Calendar in the world at 1125 Valencia St. SF, City College of San Francisco Mission Campus.

    EVENT: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12th, ZIPAKTLI ATLAKAUALO TOCHTLI
    6:00am-1:30pm, FREE, ALL AGES, EVERYONE WELCOME!
    City College of San Francisco MISSION CAMPUS, 1125 Valencia St.
    http://www.facebook.com/events/1406770462908870/http://www.aztekayolokalli.com

    SUNRISE CEREMONY • JOSE A. NAJERA’s BERNAL BEAT • AZTEK DANZA • SPOKEN WORD
    AZTEK CALENDAR INTRODUCTION • MEMORIAL FOR ERNESTO XE YEI KOATL G. ACOSTA

    “it is not an Aztek thing, nor a Mexican thing or Indian thing, it is the ANCIENT MEXIKA CHRONOLOGICAL SYSTEM: A Human Experience Towards Personal Transcendence, with Global Consequences.” -Mazatzin Aztekayolokalli

    Mazatzin Aztekayolokalli is available for interviews the day of the event, and for more information about the ceremony and the street closure, contact the SFPD or Lisa Keller at (925) 681-9168, lizadoc@yahoo.com.

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  19. Hi I hope this email finds you well. I’m a representative of Synergy Sports International, a full service sports management firm. I’m reaching out to you on behalf one you our clients Darius Bell, a former City College of SF/ UCLA standout football player. I’m in hopes of getting Darius an interview or feature with The Guardsman. I feel it would be great to give insight on Darius and share the news of his accomplishments as he prepares to solidify his football future with the Pro Day and Draft approaching, representing City College of SF every step of the way. I look forward to hearing from you.

  20. 1. The email address given in the print edition does not work.
    2. I am on the Classified staff.
    3. Alex Reyes’ polemic in the early-March edition is mainly a demonization of the Republican Party and, like most polemics, is a bit dishonest here and there. But the biggest logical error seems to derive from a lack of thought rather than from malice.
    The Arizona bill to which Reyes refers so slightingly would not have allowed business owners to refuse to serve gays hamburgers but merely to refuse to participate in celebration or encouragement of gayness. If someone comes into a hamburger joint the owner will not generally know whether the customer is gay, and presumably does not in any case think that eating hamburgers is sinful, but a wedding caterer will know when he is being asked to cater for a gay wedding and may well believe that the activities characteristic of gays (simulated copulation, mutual masturbation, perhaps there are other reasonable characterizations of that behaviour set) are sinful. If he does so believe then he must believe that by catering he is encouraging sinful behaviour, thus making himself guilty of scandal (for a Christian, Mt 18:6 refers; I imagine there are similar texts in other religious traditions, although I have not come across any, and Jesus’s logic applies even to the secular humanist). Of course, some two-sex couples may be planning such behaviour, but the caterer will hardly know that; he does know in the case of the gay wedding.
    I do not believe that it is sinful to eat pork, but I must surely oppose a law to compel people to eat pork. Reyes, presumably, does not think it sinful to encourage people to engage in simulated copulation, but he does want the law to compel people so to encourage. Who is the bigot? Who is mean-spirited? Who is trying to impose his faith on others?
    There were real problems with the bill, but Reyes does not know what they were.

  21. Good morning Madeline,
    I’m just writing to see if The Guardsman would be interested in running a story for one of my acts, The Birds of Prey, who are gearing up to release their debut album! The group just crawled out of the NYC underground, launched their Facebook page earlier this week, and are fighting to raise money for their promotional campaign.

    The Birds of Prey is a NYC based trio with a wild, poetic, explosive, experimental rock sound. I have a press release, photos,and a rough cut of the 11-song album prepared to send if you would like to hear more about them. You can learn more about them by following the links below. Have a great day and hopefully I’ll talk to you soon!

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/amijustananimal/the-birds-of-prey-am-i-just-an-animal-debut-album
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Birds-of-Prey/553286954750606

    Kind regards,
    Ben Fillion
    Zenith Music Inc.
    President/Manager
    609-206-1222

  22. My name’s Luca, I’m working in the Publicity department at the San Francisco Film Society.

    The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival is just around the corner, running from April 24–May 8. I’d be keen to work with you to get coverage of SFIFF57 in The Guardsman.

    The opening press conference where we announce the full Festival program is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1st, but we’ll also be revealing a number of SFIFF57 awards and events leading up to that date (we’ve already announced An Evening with Richard Linklater at the Castro Theatre, Friday May 2, 7:00 pm).

    Here is a link to everything we’ve announced so far:
    http://sffs.org/Press/Releases.aspx

    Please reply to this email to let me know if you are interested in covering SFIFF this year and we can discuss media accreditation for you and your writers.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!

    Yours,
    Luca Piercey

  23. Dear Guardsman Friends,
    This is NOT a letter to the editor. This is a request that you write an article about our CCSF volunteer enrollment campaign. In particular, I’d like to suggest two persons for you to interview, both of whom have been very active and regular volunteers since the campaign began officially in Sept. 2013. I’m one of the 3 volunteer (i.e unpaid) coordinators of this campaign, along with my CCSF colleagues Susan Lopez (ESL) and Leslie Simon (Women’s Studies).

    Thanks for considering.
    Daniel Halford, ESL CCSF

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