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June 12, 2012

The Price of Selling KUSF

        Chad Heimann is short and stocky, with round full cheeks. He was dressed in a bright orange flannel button down, and he had a bright green hat on his head. He looked friendly, nothing like the activist he became after the University of San Francisco’s sale of 90.3 FM to KUSC in January. Heimann became somewhat of a poster child for student discontent over the sale and on an April after noon he stood in USF’s Harney Plaza, as part of KUSF LIVE(S), an event put on to garner support from the student body for KUSF. “To cut a deal for $3 million when they could have gotten $10 million is just shameless,” Heimann said. “The university does not care about student activities.”

        The University of San Francisco has not lost KUSF entirely; it has transferred the station to an online format. Operating an online radio station however may prove to be more difficult and more expensive than the university administration anticipated when they sold the FM frequency.

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February 25, 2012

USF Slave Auction Met With Opposition

From February 2011

A bee startled two girls into shouts at the start of “History Relived”, a Black Student Union run event held at the University of San Francisco on February 10, 2011.

The event began with the playing of a Negro spiritual, which caught the attention of many students and faculty on the sunny day, before four members of BSU began to read Slave Narratives that described both the horrors of slavery and the difficulty of adjusting to freedom.

After the event, BSU President Krystal Aaron said, “I was actually very pleased with it. The narratives were very powerful and I think it got a lot of people’s attention.”

But, Aaron added, “I am kind of sad we didn’t get to do our original plan.”

BSU’s “original plan” was the staging of a historically accurate colonial American slave auction.

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June 12, 2011

President Obama Visits San Francisco

        Only the city of San Francisco could make the President blush.

        Like last Wednesday at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, where President Barack Obama addressed over 2,000 supporters in an effort to raise money and momentum going into the 2012 presidential campaign.

        “I’m a few years older, a few years grayer,” President Obama said during his speech. “That’s all right, you still fine!” a woman shouted from the back of the auditorium.

        President Obama paused. A smile crept onto his face. He cleared his throat and regained his focus, and went on with the speech, visibly flattered by the comment.

        That scene reflected the relaxed and personal atmosphere of the president’s speech.

        Ruth Hammons, a 1955 graduate of San Francisco State University said, “It felt like he was at home. It felt like he is what we need.”

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November 2, 2010

San Francisco Riot Sets Twitter On Fire

“Using Twitter to track a rioting city. Traditional media just died,” posted emilyhku to Twitter following the San Francisco Giants World Series victory, using the hash tag “sfriot”. This witty musing on the nature of the ever changing American media landscape however came just 5 minutes after sac news wire Tweeted that “multiple people [were] struck by gun fire,” reflecting the theme among the voices pulsating from The City of San Francisco police Scanner, made available by Itunes, as down town San Francisco was speckled with riots last night.

Although Twitter has emerged as an up to the second news source in the age of new, or digital media, hailed by many as the key to future “citizen journalism,” the difference in the comments via Twitter and the comments made by SFPD during “the riot” shows disconnect between the events that transpired and the reporting done online.

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