A Feb. 1 San Francisco Chronicle article profiled the Black Student Union (BSU) at SF State, which was the first in the country. The Black Student Union was started in the 1960s as a college advocacy group that would work towards civil rights everywhere. Kenneth Monteiro, dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, said the BSU profoundly affected institutions of higher education. "That activity that they were leaders in didn't just shift San Francisco State," he said. "It shifted the access and the academic context of every university in the country."
A Jan. 29 report on CBS 5 News featured San Francisco State's Whirlwind Wheelchair, which is sending hundreds of its RoughRider Wheelchairs to Haiti. The wheelchair was designed at SF State by Chief Engineer Ralf Hotchkiss. Hotchkiss said providing durable wheelchairs is imperative after a disaster like the earthquake that struck Haiti. "A lot of people die unnecessarily because they feel they have no reason to live," Hotchkiss said. "They think disability means death."