IEEC HALLOWEEN PARTY: Nightmare on 9th Street

We wouldn’t let you down, right?! Check us out at Merchants of Reality for the best way to start a crazy weekend, you’re not going to want to miss this one!

18+? Check.
Bar service? Check.
DJ all night? Check.
Costume contest? Check.
Cotton candy? Check.
Kissing booth? Check.
Date auction? Check.
Awesome sexy people?! Check.

Ticket Info:

$20 Early Bird (ends this Friday!)
$25 Normal Admission
Get your tickets

There is a large but limited number of tickets available, so make sure you and your friends get yours right away!

Show us your ticket, and the first drink is on us! We’ll be checking ID at the entrance and give 21+ bracelets accordingly. Also wear your IEEC wristbands (which can be purchased in the IEEC office for $3) to receive special cocktail discounts! 

DRESS UP! Don’t forget to dress up party people because it is Halloween after all. Also because we will be having a costume contest and the winner getssss… a limo ride to the gala with 5 of his or her friends!! Read More>>


I Wasn’t There
Featured Blogger: Moa Afzal

You’re having lunch with one of your new international friends, or you’re just doing your homework at the library, when your phone starts ringing. Wait, why is someone from back home calling me? Isn’t it like midnight over there? Sudden phone calls like that will definitely make you think of the worst case scenario. Most times it’s not that bad, but sometimes it’s even worse.

During my second week in San Francisco I got a phone call from my mom that one of our closest relatives had passed away. The poor man was 80 years old and very sick, but he had helped my mom and I a lot in the past. Back then the Dutch government denied our citizenship request, so we were forced to live in tents, trailers and wooden huts for years. My mom was not allowed to work, so we had no money and no real roof over our heads. This amazing man, who was a reverend, asked the church to collect money for us. He helped us survive until, eight years later, the government allowed us to stay. Without him I probably wouldn’t even had the chance to come to San Francisco. My mom went to the funeral and was able to say goodbye, but I wasn’t there.

One week ago my mom started spamming me on Skype. She was pretty mad at me, because we hadn’t been able to Skype for about three weeks. But the moment I saw her face on my screen I knew why she was pushing so hard: something was wrong. At first she didn’t want to tell me anything, but in the end I found out that she needed surgery. Apparently she had fainted three times in a short period of time because of severe pain around her liver and stomach. She told me that her gallbladder needed to be removed, but that it wasn’t that bad and that I didn’t have to worry about anything. She didn’t want me to fly back for the surgery, so I begged her to call me every day until the day of the surgery. Read More>>

Treasure Island Music Festival
Featured Blogger: Katie Tsappas

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Saturday of Treasure Island Music Festival over the weekend, and it really was such a fun event. For one, I still can’t believe there is actually a place called Treasure Island. The view from the island was amazing, you could see the whole of the city from across the Bay Bridge, and the sunset was beautiful.

The acts were great, I didn’t know many of them but I really enjoyed their sets! The artists I saw included Ratking, Mo, Jungle, Janelle Monae and, of course, Outkast. All of the acts were really visual, so were really fun to watch. Read More>>

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My Study Abroad City At a Glance

Are you an international student?
… Or are you a domestic student who has studied abroad?
Submit a 60-second, non-professional video for a chance to win a $50 visa gift card and get a chance to show your video on our official website! The video has to be titled “My Study Abroad City at a Glance: [Name of your study abroad city here]“

  1. Capture the essence of your study abroad city: People, Cultural shocks, University life or Sceneries
  2. Video has to be strictly no more that ONE-minute long.
  3. Photos can be incorporated into the video
  4. It is ok to use smartphones’ camera, as well as any other type of device.


  1. An international student currently studying in SFSU
  2. Current SFSU students who have studied abroad


Upload the YouTube link of your video clicking the following link:
 Or visit: (official website)
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See You Saturday @ Dolores Park

When: Saturday, Nov. 1
Time: 1:00pm
Where: Dolores Park

Join your Social Events Committee for a relaxing afternoon at SYS: Dolores Park. Enjoy San Francisco’s great skyline and each other’s company with a slice of pizza and a cold soft drink.

Slices of cheese/pepperoni/combo pizza: $3, cold water and soft drinks $1 Read More>>

Day of the Dead Dinner
When: Sunday, Nov. 2
Time:  6:00pm
Where: 3295 22nd St., SF


Fancy having some authentic Spanish paella and/or tapas on Day of the Dead? Come and join us on Sunday, November 2nd at Esperpento, supposedly offering some of the best paella in the Bay Area! Yes, Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday, but why not mix it up a little? San Francisco hosts an annual Día de los Muertos parade and altar festival, which will take place not far from the restaurant. 

This is the perfect way to end your Halloween weekend! We will meet on campus near the library at 6 pm, where the Film Committee will be putting on makeup for those who go, as well as having a mini photo op. Hope to see you there! Read More>>


Upcoming Events

Stanford Tour
When: Friday, November 7
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Stanford University

Have you ever wondered how it is to go to Stanford but never had the opportunity? Well, here’s your chance to visit one of the world’s most prestigious institutions. At first you’ll have time to check it out by yourself and at 1.15pm we’ll take a tour that will show us: The Main Quad, Memorial Church, Science & Engineering Quad, and White Plaza. The bus will leave SF State at 10am sharp and be back at 4pm so you’ll have time to enjoy the night :) Read More>>

This will only cost you $16 – including transportation + tour. 
There’s only 50 spots open so get your ticket today at:

Tales From a Beautiful City
When: Friday, November 7
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: S

The San Francisco State University Chinese Program is pleased to present Tales from a Beautiful Island – 美麗島的故事, a literary event with renowned author Huang Chunming (黃春明) and distinguished scholar and translator Howard Goldblatt (葛浩文). 

A bilingual [ENGLISH & CHINESE] reading and discussion will take place on November 8, 2014 at 2:00pm Room 133 of the Humanities Building. Tales from a Beautiful Island will feature samples of Huang Chunming’s fiction of the past four decades, both in their original Chinese and in Howard Goldblatt’s award-winning translations. The reading will be followed by a discussion of Huang’s literary legacy in Taiwan and Goldblatt’s role as the most important translator of literature from Taiwan and the Chinese-speaking world today. Read More>> 

NBA Basketball: Brooklyn Nets @ Golden State Warriors
When: November 13
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland

For everyone who loves basketball, this is an absolute must. This is a rare chance to see basketball on the highest level when the Golden State Warriors, the bay area’s team, face the Brooklyn Nets from New York. Both teams played in the playoffs last year but didn’t achieve their goals, so we can expect them to be very hungry this season. We will have the chance to see two of the best shooters in the NBA with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who play for the Warriors and recently won the Gold medal at the basketball world cup as a part of Team USA. In addition to that, we will also be able to see future Hall of Famer and NBA legend Kevin Garnett play for the Nets. There are also some international players on both teams. Read More >>

Started From the Bottom, Now We Are Here: 15,000 foot skydive!
When: November 10
Time: 10:00 am
Where: Skydive at Marina Airport 

               Monterey, CA

This is literally one of the highlights of the semester. Join IEEC as we soar through the sky and live to tell the tale on the beaches of Monterey! Read More>>

Cirque du Soleil
When: December 4
Where: Under the Big Top at AT&T Park

Bonjour peeps! What if you could alter reality at will? Delve into a world of curiosity where seeing is disbelieving: the world of KURIOS™ Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil®. The show immerses you in a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions, leaving you to wonder: “Is it real, or just a figment of my imagination?” The Creative Committee is happy to invite you to go see Cirque Du Soleil in December! 

The description over is found on their homepage ( and the price for Level 3 seating will be $53 per person. Note: an Eventbrite fee may be added. 

P.S: Payment information will be out shortly, please hit the attending button so we will have an estimate of people attending. Cheers! Read More>>

Photo of the Week

This weekend a group of over one hundred IEEC students went camping in Yosemite. 
Photo Courtsy: Heiner Sholz


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