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The encampment began on Friday, April 26, and has grown since.

SSU English professors voice support as encampment continues to grow

Kate Williams and Marc Duran May 14, 2024

On April 15, 2024, SSU student Julianna M., a first-year political science major, organized a student walkout as part of a global strike day to protest against the CSU system’s financial ties to Israel.  According...

SSU should protect students right to protest

SSU should protect students’ right to protest

May 2, 2024

On Friday, April 26, Sonoma State students established an encampment to join a movement already active in dozens of universities and colleges across the country, protesting the ongoing genocide in Gaza. Student...

Kermena Yousif is one of five students speaking at commencement

Behind the podium: Meet this year’s commencement speakers

Kate Williams, Staff Writer April 30, 2024

Kermena Yousif will be speaking at this year’s commencement ceremony along with four other students: Ana Lugo, Thai Hilton, Kieleigh Calcagno and Tanya Ruys-Balk. Yousif will be speaking at the Science...

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Ming-Ting Mike Lee stepped in as the new SSU president following Sakakis resignation in July 2022

Graduating students reflect on change in presidency at SSU

Aisha Mendonca, Staff Writer April 30, 2024

As President Ming-Tung ‘Mike’ Lee completes his second year of presidency at SSU, upperclassmen students reflect on the transition from former President Judy Sakaki to President Mike Lee, commenting...

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For many graduates, commencement will be the first real ceremony for them since their missed 2020 high school graduation

What to know before commencement day

Tony Moeckel, Staff Writer April 30, 2024

With Commencement day fast approaching, there is some updated information that you need to know to make your big day as stress free and memorable as possible.  To assist in accurately pronouncing every...

The campus reorganization is set to take place on July 1, 2024

SSU students voice concerns over campus reorganization

Marc Duran, Staff Writer April 30, 2024

Sonoma State University's plan for Academic Reorganization heralds significant implications for both teachers and students alike.  A campus reorganization, in this context, refers to a strategic restructuring...

Students reflect on their freshman year at the height of the 2020 pandemic

Then and now: How COVID-19 impacted Sonoma State

Coreen Brogan, Staff Writer April 30, 2024

In March of 2020 the world stopped when it experienced the COVID-19 pandemic. SSU and all campuses throughout the country shut down and classes, clubs and jobs came to a halt. This left college students...

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The Hands off Rafah protest drew hundreds to the Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco on March 2

SSU student encounters police brutality at SF protest

Aisha Mendonca, Staff Writer April 16, 2024

On Saturday March 2, Jules MacDonald, a first year student at Sonoma State, attended a Hands off Rafah protest in San Francisco. Roughly 20,000 people participated, marching through the streets, listening...

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15 states, including New York, Texas, and Illinois, were in the path of totality for the lunar eclipse

Solar Eclipse 2024: A spectacle in the sky

Kate Williams, Staff Writer April 16, 2024

A total solar eclipse took place over North America on Monday, April 8 at approximately 10:16 a.m. According to NASA, a solar eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when “the moon passes between...

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This years commencement will take place on Saturday, May 18 at the Green Music Center

What students need to know ahead of SSU commencement 2024

Tony Moeckel, Staff Writer April 16, 2024

It is almost time to celebrate the plethora of achievements of the graduating 2024 class, but before the graduation can commence, there are multiple times and dates students need to know before they walk...

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Johnson has been in the wine business since 1986

Executive director of wine business Ray Johnson announces retirement

Coreen Brogan, Staff Writer April 16, 2024

Ray Johnson, the executive director of the wine business institute, has announced his retirement after joining the wine business in 1986.  Johnson’s career began when he worked for Christian Brothers’...

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Chief of police Nadar Oweis discusses the importance of remaining vigilant on campus

How students can feel safe on campus, according to SSU police chief

Tony Moeckel, Staff Writer April 16, 2024

Students have expressed frustrations with campus safety after multiple incidents have occurred over the semester, including a sexual violence case in Stevenson Hall and an aggravated assault on Sequoia...

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