Careers and Ed

Patronize me

CAREERS + ED A new site from SF musicians aims to get artists paid for their work — using the oldest idea in the book

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esilvers@sfbg.com

CAREERS + ED Another day, another crowdfunding website. Another Facebook friend asking you to pledge $100 on Kickstarter or Indiegogo or GoFundMe or JustHandOverYourCashNow to help them self-publish their new hardcover coffee table book about the history of moustaches, or start their organic vegetable juice delivery service, or produce their Zach Braff movie. For $300 and up, you'll get a shout-out in the acknowledgements!Read more »

Touch of class

CAREERS + ED Six courses to expand your horizons

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culture@sfbg.com

 

INPUT AS NOISE MUSIC WORKSHOP

Bask in the simplest element of electronic music — noise — and tickle your tech fancies simultaneously. This workshop is described as "not so much, or not only, a software workshop, but rather a composition course in electronic music which takes as its starting point the use of noise." So treat your ears to the basics of sound and your imagination to the endless possibilities of music, without having to take your fingers off your precious electronics.Read more »

Science of inclusion

CAREERS + ED As Big Tech struggles with diversity, women find support and fellowship in the biotech industry.

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news@sfbg.com

Tammie Jean Bellinger had been unemployed for 14 years, and when she was 48, she decided to enter the tech industry. "My son told me that if I wanted to start my life over, I should do it in San Francisco," Bellinger said. "He said no one would notice my age, or anything about me."Read more »

Wanted: more huddled masses

CAREERS + ED Tech companies lobby for more immigrant work visas, bypassing US residents and creating a labor force bound by golden handcuffs

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joe@sfbg.com

Schools of suit-clad professionals stream up city sidewalks in San Francisco's Financial District during the typical morning migration to the office. Near the intersection of Sutter and Montgomery streets, one line of immigrant workers stands still as they wait to submit paperwork in hopes of permanently joining the commuting throngs.Read more »

Faces of debt

CAREERS AND ED ISSUE: For these three students, debt from attending California schools will affect their lives for years to come

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caitlin@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED In this weeks' issue, Rebecca Bowe examines rising tuition and its effect on this generation of Californian students. Here, we profile three scholars that are dealing with very real repercussions from their student debt load.

 

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Debt-defying futures

CAREERS AND ED ISSUE: It's not easy to escape the student loan — but there are ways

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CAREERS AND ED Student loans are a very special kind of debt. Like an armored car or an airplane's black box, they are practically indestructible. While a person could sign up for a credit card, max it out on luxury items, and then wriggle off the hook of repayment by filing for bankruptcy, this escape hatch is blocked when it comes to taking out a nondischargeable student loan. Like tattoos, they stick to a borrower for life — or at least, until they are repaid.Read more »

Local bounty

CAREERS AND ED ISSUE: From monkeyface eel fishing to wild mushroom forays -- classes to clue you in on your surroundings

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caitlin@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED "People are very confused about what's safe to eat as far as mollusks go." Champion monkeyface eel angler Kirk Lombard offhandedly throws the remark out at his "find your own marine sustenance" primer offered by DIY food cabal ForageSF. For a moment I panic. My mercury levels! But then I remember: I'm on his San Francisco fishing tour because I have never, not once, even thought to harvest the bay's bounty on my own.Read more »

Revolution 101

CAREERS AND ED ISSUE: Free University of San Francisco takes a run at the system

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caitlin@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED Of course, you could just stop paying for school all together. Instead of putting their hopes for the future of education behind state reinvestment in university systems, a group of SF radical intellectuals are seeking to revamp the definition of learning by introducing the Free University of San Francisco. The nascent institution holds its first teach-in Feb. 5-6.Read more »

In the red

CAREERS AND ED ISSUE: As college costs rise, postsecondary students are getting crushed by debt -- and falling further behind

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED When the University of California Board of Regents met Nov. 17, 2010 to approve an 8 percent tuition hike, roughly 300 UC students who were furious about the decision converged outside the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) campus at Mission Bay to rally in opposition, some traveling from as far away as Los Angeles.Read more »