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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 ...

Really smoking

With the battle over San Diego medical pot parlors raging between the city council and mayor Bob Filner and full-on legalization unfolding in Washington and Colorado, it’s probably not too surprising that more marijuana is ...

SDSU's criminal state

The good news out at San Diego State University is that through March of this year there has been only one rape, compared to last year’s five during the same period. Robberies were also down, ...

Worth their weight in beer and gold

Who is giving the big bucks to San Diego State’s nonprofit Campanile Foundation? Not all the names have been made available, but according to a document recently released by the foundation under the requirements of ...

San Diego State's growing contempt for undergrads

Student groans

SDSU’s emphasis seems to be on fundraising; teaching comes second in priority, say some. The money is in research, not teaching.

West coast college basketball is a bust

Sportswriter fires team

Watching the humiliation. There’s 4:49 left with the score, Florida Gulf Coast 70, San Diego 52. You can see the wheels falling off the Aztecs’ bandwagon from here. SDSU came into the tournament regarded as ...

Fourth district triage

The race to replace ex–city councilman Tony Young in the Fourth District is being fed by a raft of out-of-town special interests. According to recent disclosures, “Californians for Quality Paramedic Services, Sponsored by Rural/Metro Corporation” ...

SDSU embraces the '80s

Stonewash makes a comback

Stonewash, the one style trend I hoped would never make a comeback, reared its ugly head on the SDSU campus. While at SDSU I spotted a mix-match of trends pulled from both the 1980s and ...

Menswear: The Denim Shirt

Avoiding the dreaded lumberjack look

Remember a few seasons back when guys were plucked and waxed to oblivion? Thank god that's over. Menswear has taken a much more masculine detour into the world of work wear. Men have begun sporting ...

Sidewalk makeover at College Blvd. and Alvarado Rd., at SDSU

Project to ease access for disabled

A sidewalk makeover at the corner of College Boulevard and Alvarado Road near SDSU is making the congested area more user-friendly for the disabled and those in wheelchairs. Work crews were busy on the morning ...

Killer dolphin gig

For the not so princely pay of $17.67 an hour, graduate students at San Diego State University are being offered the opportunity to work for Uncle Sam’s top-secret military dolphin program, according to a recent ...

$400,000 woman

San Diego State University president Elliot Hirshman’s $400,000 salary came in for a lot of criticism when it was announced earlier this year. Even Democratic governor Jerry Brown got into the act, telling university trustees ...

I call it blunk

SDSU student/musician Ariel Schwartz says Associated Students has stopped paying to host bands and only includes DJs for entertainment.

Fund Race: The Ivy Walls of Green

San Diego State University is looking to close a slightly different kind of deal than that of the political variety. With Democratic governor Jerry Brown warning of severe cuts to taxpayer-subsidized education unless voters approve ...

Tissue Tribute

KCR DJ “Scott Tissue” (aka Russ Lewis, former Reader proofreader) gets plaque dedication at SDSU radio station where he was on the air over 25 years.

Flying in Circles

A few SDSU sports honchos were included on a courtesy flight from Alaska Airlines.

It's All About the Money

Tuition is going through the roof, and local community college enrollees have been barred from mid-year transfers, but California taxpayer-supported San Diego State University is spending real money to attract one special category of new ...

Flacks not Hacks

As local news staffs shrink and California State University tuition soars, the ranks of state-taxpayer-funded public relations people continue to burgeon. The latest example comes from San Diego State University, which is looking to hire ...

Dollar drain

As money troubles continue to pile up at San Diego State University’s owned-and-operated KPBS public broadcasting operation, the university’s tax-exempt foundation is advertising for help. According to a job notice recently posted on the nonprofit’s ...

Tom Karlo Targets the 11% at KPBS

Tom Karlo, the general manager of public broadcasting operation KPBS, owned and operated by San Diego State University, makes $215,262 a year, according to state salary records obtained by the Sacramento Bee under the California ...

San Diego State’s Mouthpiece in Chief

San Diego State University’s $400,000 man, president Elliot Hirshman, is looking for a $45,000- to $50,000-a-year ghostwriter to be his “presidential communications manager,” according to a recent post by the university on the career networking ...

San Diego Congressional Candidates Speak on Women’s Health and Gas Prices

Incumbent Republican congressman Brian Bilbray, port commissioner Scott Peters, and former state assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, the three front-runners in the newly redrawn 52nd Congressional district, took part in a KPBS debate on March 14. Moderated ...

SDSU’s High Cost of Jocks and TV

San Diego State University president Stephen Weber received total compensation of $306,856 during 2011, the year he retired, according to a database of state salaries recently posted online by the Sacramento Bee and confirmed by ...

Flying Moosbrugger

KPBS isn’t the only SDSU cause to benefit from Qualcomm-related largesse. According to a June 24, 2011 filing on the website of the university’s Campanile Foundation, Qualcomm vice chairman Steve Altman flew the school’s associate ...

Jacobs Helps Bankroll KPBS Comeback

Twenty-eleven was a good fund-raising year for KPBS, the public broadcasting operation owned by San Diego State University, thanks in major part to billionaire Qualcomm founder and civic activist Irwin Jacobs. According to recently released ...

Chinese, It’s the New Spanish

Robert Dorsey is not Chinese, but he drives 25 miles from El Cajon to Point Loma every morning so his two daughters can learn to speak, read, and write in Mandarin. “In my culture, it’s ...

Report Criticizes Reengineering at Health and Human Services

The worst thing about the job, Blanca tells me, is the chaos. “It’s not being able to control the influx of clients. It’s happening so fast that before I’m finished with one application I have ...

Jamie Lennox, Rockologist

“Rock and roll didn’t officially come to San Diego State University until the Buffalo Springfield concert in 1968. That was the first show that was actually called a rock and roll concert.” Jamie Lennox, 28, ...

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