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The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star


New cameras used to monitor county fires

Aaron Waskowiak, Staff Writer April 30, 2019

The Fairfield Osborn Preserve, located on Sonoma Mountain near Penngrove, now has a 17-foot, high-tech camera used by fire officials to monitor for wildfires.

Retro and goofy: ‘Shazam!’: Review

Aaron Waskowiak, Staff Writer April 10, 2019

It is impossible not to when presented stories of great responsibility and mind boggling abilities that are thrust upon the weak, the broken, or in the case of “Shazam!,” the outcast. It is a common story, told time and time again, that is embraced wholeheartedly in Director David F. Sandberg’s adaptation of the goofy 70s television series of the same name.


University Art Gallery welcomes select student pieces

Aaron Waskowiak, Staff Writer April 2, 2019

In the early evening of Thursday, March 28, students mingled with faculty and community members in the University Art Gallery for the opening of the annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. On display through April 21, the exhibition provides a peak into the creativity and an opportunity for student work to be critiqued on a professional level.

Gay comic writer Gabby Rivera comes to SSU

Aaron Waskowiak, Staff Writer March 13, 2019

With the recent Oscar recognition for “Black Panther,” the opening of the girl powered “Captain Marvel” and the high anticipation of “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel Comics has been front and center of the art news circuit for months. Sonoma State University will have its fair share of comic excitement when Marvel Comic writer Gabby Rivera comes to visit on March 26.

Remembering a controversial figure: Commentary

Aaron Waskowiak, Staff Writer February 27, 2019

Beloved by many and despised by some, Karl Lagerfeld led a controversial but undeniably formative career that had an incredible impact on fashion as we know it today.


The complex ideology of cheaters repeating their offenses

Aaron Waskowiak, Staff Writer February 20, 2019

The hint of perfume, coming home late from work, the sudden distance, the fears of many in committed relationships stem from the telltale signs of infidelity. Whether it be 2 months into a college fling or 10 years into a marriage, humans everywhere have time and time again proven that intimate temptations can often be succumbed to. Alfred Kinsey, famous for pioneering human sexual nature research, found that infidelity is widespread (yet hard to measure) at 27% to 72%. 


Brad Pitt’s face will tell you lies

Aaron Waskowiak, Staff Writer February 18, 2019

We live in an age of ever-growing distrust and misinformation. Whether sanctioned and spread by political parties or disseminated by independent citizens via one of the many platforms available, the intent is usually clear: to mislead the public. This growing activity has led to a rising distrust in the media and press, a very dangerous and slippery slope seen frequently as a step taken in authoritarian governments rise to power.


The serial killer on your screen may not be as feared as you think

Aaron Waskowiak, Staff Writer February 18, 2019

Murder is nothing new to the United States, let alone the world and its expansive, violent history. Humans and our potential for violence has been debated and studied time and time again for many reasons. Mainly our innate drive for understanding, but also because of our deep seated fascination with violence and death. While wars present us with incomprehensible numbers of human suffering, there is a different medium of human horror that has lived in America (and around the world) for a very long time, fascinating and terrifying us more than any wartime atrocity: serial killers.


Show me the money

Aaron Waskowiak, Staff Writer January 30, 2019

The first time the media expressed the “finance man” in cinema, the audience was enthralled. Chase the money, get ahead, be ruthless, do whatever it takes and morals be damned! Martini’s and pinstriped suites engulfed by roiling clouds of cigar smoke, speaking the language of the 1% as they shovel cocaine up their noses. The horrors of Wall Street and its opulence caught many, hook line and Swiss made sinker.


Geneology programs questioned by solved murders

A Navy and Vietnam veteran with a degree in criminal justice and a background in law enforcement, Joseph DeAngelo should in theory be a shining example of service to one’s country and the pursuit of justice.


Korean summit signals hope

The sun was shining down over the Koreas Thursday, as North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un walked down the white concrete steps of the demilitarized zone towards President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. 


Southwest tragedy proves air travel is still risky

Aaron Waskowiak, Staff Writer April 25, 2018

On Tuesday at 11:19 a.m., Southwest flight 1380 came to a gentle stop on the Philadelphia International Airport tarmac. First responders rushed onto the aircraft, greeted with relief and chaos from the 144 passengers and five crew members aboard, who experienced a situation out of a nightmare.

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