SDSU Stories

SDSU ham-hands itself a lawsuit

Student accused — then cleared — of sexual assault says damage was done

A former San Diego State University student who was accused — charges were later dismissed — of sexual assault on a student in December of last year plans to take legal action against San Diego ...

Wanted for cash: SDSU drop-outs

They don’t know it yet, but thousands who graduated from San Diego State University are regarded by campus fundraisers as “lost.” To hit up the missing, the school has been combing through “thousands of digital ...

Bicycle trap

Despite improvements, lawsuits still being paid out

On Tuesday, April 21, San Diego city councilmembers are expected to approve a settlement offer in the amount of $225,000 to a cyclist who sued over the city's inadequate and defective bike lanes. The lawsuit, ...

Living on the edge with no living wage

Another day of action observed, another day of inaction from politicos

Activists pushing for a higher minimum wage through the labor-backed Fight for 15 campaign staged their biggest protest yet on Wednesday. Starting early on the morning of April 15, the protest — timed to coincide ...

Hot and bothered at San Diego State

Student claims he was booted without a hearing of sexual assault allegations

San Diego State University is under scrutiny for its handling of a sexual assault investigation. In a lawsuit filed on April 8 in San Diego Superior Court, a now-expelled student is suing the college for ...

Approaching lunacy

It’s going to take some hefty cash for San Diego State University to finally find its way, judging by a new campus navigation project described at a recent board meeting of the school’s nonprofit Campanile ...

SDSU’s oversized travel tabs hit by audit

Unauthorized hotel expenses and flight upgrades pad taxpayer-funded travel costs

Taxpayer-funded travel has been out of control at San Diego State University, with executive staff and faculty spending greater than allowed amounts on hotel rooms and business-select class airfare without adequate receipts and justification. To ...

Agent Snickerdoodle takes San Francisco assignment

Mysterious cookie dealer cuts short what was reportedly a growing business

”It's been an amazing four years, but all good things must come to a close...over and out...,” Agent Snickerdoodle posted on his Facebook page on February 25. He no longer responds to texts, emails, or ...

Oh, those troublesome bike lanes

Change of traffic plan near SDSU doesn't sit well with some residents

Councilmember Marti Emerald is asking mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego State president Elliot Hirshman to reject a proposal to widen sidewalks and install bike lanes instead of adding two new traffic lanes in front ...

Violence jackpot

California state auditor Elaine Howle strongly criticized San Diego State University last June for not having a so-called confidential advocate for victims of sexual violence. “When UC Berkeley establishes its new position, all of the ...

Hirshman’s hustle

San Diego State University has lately seen its share of sexual violence on campus, but the school’s ambitious fundraising efforts, closely supervised by president Elliot Hirshman, appear to remain unaffected. Hirshman’s $400,000-plus yearly pay has ...

Google Ogle

SDSU's mandatory online sex manners course undone by Google AdSense

REASSESSING THE BENEFITS OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY, SAN DIEGO STATE — Following a fall semester which saw no fewer than seven SDSU students report incidences of sexual assault, the university's administration decided to take decisive action. ...

The Dzierzanowski Deviation

"In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women." — Tony Montana, Scarface It's ...

Last call for Les Miz at SDSU, Enron, Honky

Three strong shows must close by December 7 — don't miss them.

Before it begins to look a LOT like Christmas, there’s still time to catch three shows that must close Sunday. 1.) Les Miserables in Concert at SDSU. Lamb’s Players did a minimalist version of the ...

SDSU tops UVA in AP rape poll

When the Associated Press Collegiate Sexual Assault Standings were published earlier this week, at least one person was not surprised to see San Diego State holding steady at number one: Chad Manhand, chief sexual assault ...

Now Try This: Frozen Custard at Bruxie

Waffle sandwich emporium provides College Area with exceptional ice cream.

SoCal waffle sandwich chain, Bruxie, has carved out its niche by stuffing lunch meats and fried chicken between slender waffles, marketing the result as, “a new take on The Sandwich.” The most popular item, fried ...

Horror House

SDSU President defends decision to partner with fledgling FOX News movie studio.

Statement from San Diego State President Elliot "Moneyman" Hirsh: "We understand that some members of the University community — particularly those associated with the Kappa Delta sorority — are unhappy with our decision to go ...

Tearing down the ivory tower

SDSU prez cites pay raise, tuition hike as valuable "real world experience" for students.

Guest Editorial by San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman A recent article in these pages cast aspersions on the likely event that I would receive a pay raise, even as SDSU was imposing new ...

Pulling off that Monday Morning look

What casual collegiates wore at SDSU.

SDSU on a Monday morning is a sea of fashion mediocrity. The campus is sprinkled with students wearing sneakers, joggers, yoga pants, tees and top knots. I get it; I do. No one likes Mondays, ...

Fat pay boost for SDSU's Elliot Hirshman

University president's $400,000 salary could bump to $412,000

To hear California university administrators tell it, times are tough all over. Pleading incipient poverty, the University of California is seeking to raise tuition 5 percent a year for five years, and some California state ...

So-called "Booty Bug" has San Diego college kids on high alert

Students at UCSD, SDSU, USD, PLU, CSSM, Palomar College, and other schools throughout San Diego are reporting high levels of anxiety this week following multiple hospitalizations caused by the deadly meningococbloccal bacteria. The disease, which ...

Enemies of the estate sale

“When burglars come in, it’s [usually] other family members."

“Dollar-store owners have been stealing our bright orange signs that we spent all night working on,” says Jill K, a retired teacher. “We don’t have them printed like our competitors do.” Jill says the act ...

SDSU's top spook

Real-life James Bond led colorful, lucrative life of cash and intrigue

The death of Charles Hostler, a longtime contributor to the financial wellbeing of San Diego State University, has been marked by tributes at the highest levels there. “Charles Hostler was a visionary and a true ...

SDSU international students discuss American fashion

Aussie invasion on campus.

While enjoying brunch in San Diego, I found Australian (and one Brit) SDSU students Alice Himelstein, Bridie Davey, Sarah Astrada, Becky Oaks, and Sierra Callaway enjoying a break from studying. The five friends had some ...

Thank heaven for good samaritan

7-Eleven employees intent on cleaning up blood

On Saturday night, August 30, my boyfriend Rynne and I decided to hit up the nearby 7-Eleven on a corner in a busy area near San Diego State University. It was still early in the ...

Guest editorial: It's hard out here for a playa

Troy Rampant is a senior at a San Diego high school. Man, back in the day, it was just easier, you know? My mom, she didn't know what she wanted to do when she got ...

KPBS takes fresh bite of sex story

State-owned broadcaster offers new spin on campus violence and harassment

The clock began ticking June 24 with the release of a state audit blasting San Diego State University and sister institutions for failing to deal with increased incidents of campus sexual harassment and violence. The ...

SDSU sued over living wage

Elite security claims school balks at payment due to mandatory wage hikes

As storm clouds gather over the San Diego City Council's minimum-wage hike — with promises by U-T San Diego publisher and megamillionaire developer Douglas Manchester of an "ugly" referendum battle against the move – his ...

SDSU’s self-report draws a blank

It took almost two weeks, but KPBS, the public broadcast operation owned and run by San Diego State University finally got around to reporting on a state audit blasting the school for mishandling its sexual ...

Audit calls out sexual harassment at SDSU

Will state-owned TV station report on university’s own laxity?

Last summer, the scandal surrounding San Diego's then–mayor Bob Filner made sexual harassment a heated topic of discussion on local and national news media, including KPBS, the public broadcast operation owned and operated by San ...

Cash comingling, ethics lapses at SDSU

State audit finds lack of disclosure and honesty training risks fraud

An audit of San Diego State University by state investigators has discovered big gaps in the way the hallowed institution tracks and discloses conflicts-of-interests, ethics training, and cash donations. According to the report to the ...

SDSU appoints Tony Gwynn Statue to take over Tony Gywnn's coaching contract

The tragic death of San Diego baseball great Tony Gwynn came just days after he signed a one-year contract extension for his position as San Diego State's men's baseball coach, which he has held since ...

Parking structure, SDSU style

Trustees of the California State University system advanced a plan to spend $142.7 million to build Plaza Linda Verde at San Diego State. The so-called mixed-use facility, in the works since 2011, “will house 659 ...

Oh, gee, Oggi’s is growing!

Brewpub and pizza resto empire opening new stores and increasing reach

As reported back in January, Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co. is set to debut the first of its new Oggi’s Pizza Express venues at San Diego State University. The fast-casual spot is being installed in ...

UCSD and SDSU Engage in Social Drinking Contest

ALL HANDS MANNING THE STOMACH PUMP, LA JOLLA — The battle between established party paradise SDSU and the upchucking upstart UCSD has officially gone public, thanks to the social networking platform Twitter. Two weeks ago, ...

UCSD’s god of debauchery

In the crosstown rivalry between UCSD and San Diego State University, one thing has always been seen as certain: SDSU is the town’s premier hard drinking party school, as attested to over many years by ...

Ted Leitner has on-air meltdown at SDSU game

Calls Las Vegas security personnel "morons"

San Diego State basketball announcer Ted Leitner blew his stack yesterday afternoon as the Aztecs lost a squeaker to New Mexico at the Mountain West Conference title game held in Las Vegas. The meltdown came ...

Study determines food-truck regulations insensible

SDSU students measure foot traffic and decibel levels for facts

A group of students from San Diego State University, inspired by a social science course, gave a closer look at the newly proposed food-truck regulations set to go before the city council on March 3. ...

Subsidy proponent pledges big to SDSU sports building

"No better entertainment in San Diego" than university’s basketball, says Kings vice chairman

A chief backer of an elaborate new "basketball performance center" at San Diego State University — approved last month by state university trustees — is a partner in the Sacramento Kings. The professional basketball team ...

Handout-getting 101

Money demands seem never to stop growing at San Diego State University, despite 2012’s voter approval of Jerry Brown’s massive state-tax increase. So the venerable institution — led by president Elliot Hirshman, who famously makes ...

Raccoons in the pool

Joseph Waters' “Raccoons in the Pool,” performed and recorded entirely underwater, is a fanciful piece that shapeshifts, builds on maddening waves of tension, then resolves in a crest of sonic textures.

Stripes and polka dots at SDSU

18-year-old Natasha Tang lives in Milwaukee. After taking a summer road trip with her boyfriend to California she is now considering transferring to SDSU. With her parents in tow, I found Tang touring the campus. ...

A craft beer infusion for SDSU

Oggi’s Pizza Express to open at San Diego State University

Sadly, macro-lager keggers will likely always rule at SDSU, but when it comes to on-campus drinking, Aztec nation will soon have a quality craft beer option. Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company just won out on ...

Double tracking it at SDSU

The administration of $400,000-a-year president Elliot Hirshman over at San Diego State University, widely known as one of America’s biggest sex, drugs, and party schools, is spending major money to obtain a more refined experience ...

Emails show SDSU fight against KPBS unionization

Records reveal school's failed five-figure battle versus big labor

Editorial workers at the politically complicated organization that is KPBS, the public broadcasting arm of San Diego State University, now have themselves a labor union, but the organizing process wasn't without contention, according to copies ...

SDSU to be audited for sexual assaults

California investigation will also cover UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Chico

A report by the Huffington Post says that San Diego State University has joined a list of California state-funded universities set to undergo an audit of sexual assault reporting and follow-up policies. According to the ...

SDSU alum recovers herself through dance

After a long battle with anxiety and depression, Brianna Lopez gets back to her roots with her debut choreography

The last time Brianna Lopez danced was during the end of her studies at SDSU. Choreographing “Mind the Gap,” a short composition for four dancers, represents her first real engagement with dance in three years. ...

SDSU baseball players come under fire for Halloween game costumes

NAACP Spokespeson: "Blackhair has no place in baseball OR Halloween."

Every year, the San Diego State baseball team plays a game decked out in Halloween finery. This year's contest featured a homer-hitting Charger Girl, Facebook at shortstop, and King Kong as third base coach. But ...

Million dollar mavens

San Diego State University, hit by parched California state finances, is on the hunt for a new million-dollar-plus rainmaker. Says an online help-wanted ad: “The Director of Donor Relations reports directly to the Vice President ...

Report on teacher training programs rips local universities

A report released last week by the National Council on Teacher Quality, an advocacy group founded in 2000 and boasting board membership of veterans from the former Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush administrations, blasts ...

Out at SDSU, Roush Moores-bound?

After three controversial decades, San Diego State University’s vice president of business and financial affairs Sally Roush is finally retiring from her $230,400-a-year job. Originally director of personnel services, Roush was promoted to her current ...

Mixed martial politics

A politically wired San Diego State University figure in the news of late has been Ricardo Lara, a Democratic California state senator. Two weeks ago, the SDSU alum was forced to cancel a $3000-a-head Memorial ...

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