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Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

SSU and CSU system faced with new lawsuits

SSU and CSU system faced with new lawsuits

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer May 10, 2023

On April 28, two new lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and retaliation have been filed against Sonoma State University faculty members and administrators, California State University system and its board of trustees.

Abortion pill access protected in recent vote

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer May 2, 2023

On Friday, April 21 the Supreme Court voted to protect access to a widely used abortion drug by freezing lower-court rulings that placed restrictions on its usage.

Cotati keeps eyes peeled for new inconspicuous cop cars

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer April 26, 2023

Residents and Seawolves of Cotati might have noticed a new addition to the police force lately - a Tesla electric patrol car, which was unveiled by the Cotati Police Department late September in 2022. Cotati becomes the second city to utilize an electric vehicle, the first being Fremont. Its goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Faces of SSU released for 2023

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer April 25, 2023

With the thousands of students and faculty that pass through the campus each day, almost everyone is another face in the crowd. Some Seawolves, however, are the exception.

Every year, the Faces of SSU program selects a number of students, faculty, and administrators to recognize.

How Seawolves stay environmentally sustainable at SSU

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer April 17, 2023

With Earth Day around the corner, people will celebrate the holiday as they always do. Some will plant new trees or attempt to reduce their energy consumption; others will volunteer with clean up crews and pick litter off the sides of the street or along the coast. Earth Day is seemingly the one day of the year where most people will be environmentally conscious, unfortunately, that is not the case for the other 364 days. 

Tennessee lawmakers need to sashay away

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer April 4, 2023

As Dolly Parton once said, “It’s a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I’d be a drag queen.” 

Many of the ways people express their creativity and passions can be found through painting, writing, music, and film. For others, they find their creative solace in makeup and theater. There are millions of other hobbies and activities that are consumed and enjoyed by people, and yet, there are no bans for writers, painters, and filmmakers. So, why has the state of Tennessee banned drag shows? 

Rave Guardian, a safety escort service offered at SSU

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer April 3, 2023

When students leave their evening classes, the sky is either a gradient of dark blues and oranges or it is entirely pitch black. For students taking night classes, the walk from Carson Hall to Lot E that is usually a nice, leisurely stroll during the day can suddenly feel like an unsettling and eerie walk. 

While the use of the Emergency Blue Light Call buttons scattered throughout campus seems nice, it is unfortunate that it is not accessible through every part of the campus. These buttons only serve as a way to report known or suspected crime, especially in emergencies.

Lack of equal pay worries women entering the workforce

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer April 3, 2023

Since the foundation of Women’s History Month in 1987, people have been celebrating and recognizing the significant contributions made by women throughout the past and present with one of the biggest achievements being the Equal Pay Act, which passed in June of 1963. The act requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work and protects against wage discrimination based on sex. While it is a huge step forward for women, unfortunately it remains one of the biggest issues that is still unresolved.

Student loan forgiveness plan uncertain; Seawolves worried

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer March 13, 2023

If you’ve been taking more than two classes at Sonoma State, chances are you might have used financial aid such as FAFSA to help with the cost of tuition, books, or even housing on campus. In more severe circumstances, you might have even taken out a loan. 

Tree removal makes SSU question its roots

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer February 28, 2023

When students drive down East Cotati Ave. at the entrance to Sonoma State, the first thing they’ll notice are the Redwood trees lined up along the street.

Sonoma State emergency protocols could use revision

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer February 21, 2023

Shootings can happen in a blink of an eye when you least expect it - anywhere, at any time.

Grocery stores, churches, malls, and most infamously: schools. 

So, does Sonoma State already have emergency safety protocols if a shooting happens? 

The answer is simply yes, but just how effective would those protocols be?

Sonoma State celebrates Black History Month

Ally Valiente, Staff Writer February 15, 2023

Commemoration and celebration are prevalent themes for this year’s Black History Month, and students are excited to celebrate black joy and positivity on campus.

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