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The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

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Disney embraces change with new inclusive policies

Disney Parks announced that it is changing its employee dress code policy to be more inclusive for a more diverse workforce. Disney said, “our new approach provides greater flexibility with respect to forms of personal expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices; and allowing appropriate visible tattoos.” According to Disney, more freedom of expression will create a more authentic environment overall. This push by Disney to make a more inclusive working environment is part of a bigger goal to better represent the unique backgrounds of guests and employees through Disney experiences.


20 years later; Biden decides to pull all troops from Afghanistan

Andrew Savedra, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced that he will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan before Sept. 11. This decision comes just in time for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in 2001.


Starbucks begins trials of the “Borrow A Cup” program

Andrew Savedra, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

Starbucks recently decided to try a new cup share program called “Borrow A Cup” in five of its Seattle locations. This move comes in early preparation for Earth Day, which is on April 22. The “Borrow A Cup” program is where patrons can order their drink in a reusable cup which they can return so Starbucks can reuse for another customer, helping them reduce waste.


Instagram targets underage users with new youth platform project

Andrew Savedra, Staff Writer April 7, 2021

On Thursday, March 8, Instagram’s Vice President of Product, Vishal Shah, announced through an internal post (within the company) that Instagram will be looking into starting an Instagram for youth users.


GameStop prices skyrocket due to Reddit

Andrew Savedra, Staff Writer March 31, 2021

On January 27, 2021, GameStop’s publicly traded stock skyrocketed to a price of $347.51 per share, which was $328.51 more than the value of the stock only ten days before. In a matter of days, GameStop’s market cap reached $33.7 billion, up from $1.2 billion at the end of December. This massive surge was primarily due to users on the social media platform Reddit intentionally driving up the stock price. Reddit is an online community where people can meet to talk about their interests in forums, a plethora of these communities based around trading stocks.


Burger King UK causes an international uproar following sexist remarks

Andrew Savedra, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

Burger King UK caused an international uproar when they released a tweet on March 8 that stated, "Women belong in the kitchen." A plethora of critics immediately shamed Burger King UK for imposing sexist ideals. Others used the tweet as an example of primitive, old ways of thinking that need to be forgotten and unmerited.

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