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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


Improvements, live-streaming coming to SSU-TV

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer December 11, 2014

“I'm captivated by the art of film and video, and fascinated by every aspect of visual storytelling,” said SSU-TV General Manager Alex Bretow. “SSU-TV gives me an opportunity to give back to students who can benefit from the knowledge I've obtained through my experiences in the industry.”


Hispanic heritage shared through music

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer November 18, 2014

“This is 25 years of creating and discovering Mexican culture and tradition,” said Eugene Rodriguez, lead of the band Los Cenzontles. Los Cenzontles is in its 25th year of promoting Mexican pride, dignity and accountability. Los Cenzontles honors traditional Mexican musical roots and blends American culture to bring a fresh new sound. 


The Doobie Brothers head ‘Southbound’

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer November 11, 2014

“Listen to the Music.” This is just one of the songs on the new record “Southbound” by The Doobie Brothers. The Doobie Brothers’ 14th album, released on Nov. 4, featured the band’s greatest hits from their five-decade long career as a California pop rock band with a new country twist. 


New Swift: Less country, more pop

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer November 4, 2014

Taylor Swift traded in her country twang for a pop beat. In Swift’s new album, “1989,” she channels a soft-pop sound. She has come a long way since her first self-titled album in 2006. Over the years, Swift has changed and developed her sound from Nashville country roots to conquering the pop industry.


A Broadway musical in Rohnert Park

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer October 28, 2014

“Every guy needs a doll,” said Nathan Detroit, a character in the Broadway musical, “Guys and Dolls.” The music and lyrics were written by Frank Loesser and the story is based on the combination of a few short stories written by Damon Runyon. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1950 and won the Tony Award in 1951 for Best Musical.

Denson Trio put on a show

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer October 21, 2014

Jeff Denson is not an everyday jazz musician. The Sonoma State University department of music sponsored “The Jeff Denson Trio,” which featured Lee Konitz. The SSU Jazz Orchestra and music major students made up the majority of the audience. 


Student-produced films: Showcased

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer October 14, 2014

Drama, horror and comedy are just a few of the genres of short-films screened at the Campus MovieFest Finale Friday night. As part of Sonoma State University’s seventh annual Campus MovieFest, a total of 87 student teams created a short-film. The finale screened the top 16 films chosen by the judges and awarded special recognition to some short-films.

Creating careful media consumers

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer October 7, 2014

A new way to consume media has been introduced to Sonoma State university. Jennifer L. Pozner lectured about her book, “Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV” at the Green Music Center. 


Concertgoers shake ‘badonkadonks’

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer September 30, 2014

People dressed in flannel, plaid and denim filled Weill Hall of the Green Music Center on Friday night for the country artist, Trace Adkins. Though it was a cold night, many stood up and danced away any chills that they could have had. 

Campus prepares for Movie Fest

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer September 23, 2014

The Campus MovieFest (CMF) is the world’s largest student film festival for students interested in filmmaking, production and music. The CMF is free to students and provides all the necessary professional style technology, equipment and training. Students in the CMF are given one week to create a 5-minute short film, complete with an original script and original music. 

Campus remembers 9/11 tragedy

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer September 16, 2014

America will never forget Sept. 11, 2001.


Recent crime brings attention to sexual assault

Ashley Ronsse, Staff Writer September 9, 2014

A student walks into a classroom at Columbia University and finds an open seat next to a woman clinging to her dorm mattress. This woman is Emma Sulkowicz, a visual arts senior at Columbia University. As part of her visual arts thesis project and her experience of being sexually assaulted, she carries her dorm mattress to her classes every day.

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