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Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

Personal information sold to advertisers

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer April 11, 2017

Does anyone else find it a little creepy how items from your online shopping carts somehow manage to find a way to advertise on Facebook?


YouTube includes LGBTQ videos in partental restrictions

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer April 4, 2017

For families who want to feel a little more secure about their children watching YouTube videos, there is a family-friendly restricted mode. This mode is designed to use age-restrictions, and other signals to filter out content that could be considered potentially inappropriate for younger viewers.


Dear United States, from a citizen just like you

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer April 2, 2017

It was a normal visit to Kaiser with my mom where we took my grandpa to get a procedure done and were waiting in the sitting area.

We decided that my grandpa needed a wheelchair, so my mother tried to ask one of the staff members for assistance. She returned irritated that none of the employees gave her the time of day.

“Why don’t you try” she said to me, “You don’t have an accent, so they might take your more seriously.”


Trump childcare to benefit the wealthy

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer March 8, 2017

President Donald Trump never ceases to baffle, shock and entertain us. During his address to Congress Tuesday evening, Trump chose to discuss the topic of affordable childcare, a topic that many Americans find near and dear to their hearts.


Sonoma State literary magazine now accepting submissions

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer February 28, 2017

Sonoma State’s very own literary magazine, Zaum, will be releasing its 21st edition this semester. Formally known as the Mandala, and since 1996 as Zaum, the student-run magazine focuses on publishing works created by other students.


Commercial real estate options for University District remain unclear

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer February 21, 2017

Twelve neighborhoods, 1,236 single-family homes, two public parks and three miles of trails are all part of the University District being built across from the Sonoma State University campus on Rohnert Park Expressway. 

Santa Rosa business owners address homeless problem

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer February 7, 2017

Mara Varnell-Christensen, a junior and psychology major at Sonoma State University, says she might see anywhere from eight to 15 homeless residents walk past her work in downtown Santa Rosa on any given day.


Sonoma State women march against Trump

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer January 31, 2017

Sonoma State Dean Emerita Professor of Sociology Elaine Leeder was among the millions of people, mostly women, who took part in marches all across the nation the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump

Hidden epidemic affects 1 in 3 American women

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer November 9, 2016

Jason Easton went to visit his girlfriend Wendy Sabatini at her home in Indiana last week with the intent on proposing to her, but instead, he ended up killing her. Easton murdered his girlfriend because she rejected his proposal.


Local school vandalized by Trump supporter

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer October 31, 2016

If you passed by Cali Calmecac Language Academy early Wednesday morning, you would’ve seen a group of community members crowded around the school entrance holding signs reading “have a great day at school” or” Windsor loves Cali.” This wasn’t a protest, it was a heartwarming gesture demonstrated by Windsor community members as a response to the awful vandalism which took place earlier that week.


“American Horror Story” takes unexpected turn

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer October 24, 2016

As promised, creator Ryan Murphy gave the anticipated twist in episode six of “American Horror Story: Roanoke” that we’ve all been waiting for. The seasonal shift of the story gave everyone a new perspective of the show we thought we were watching. Warning: spoilers ahead.


“The Accountant” doesn’t add up

Amira Dabbas, Staff Writer October 17, 2016

Part autistic mathematical genius, part killing machine. That’s one way to describe the main character from the new movie“The Accountant.”

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