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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


CDC announces COVID-19 vaccine reduces transmission

Callie Adams, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

Recent findings from a study conducted by the Public Health England (PHE) show that a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can reduce transmission of COVID-19 by up to 50%. This means that when COVID-19 enters a household, if the individuals in the household have been vaccinated against the virus once, they are up to 50% less likely to get infected than a household of unvaccinated people.


EOP scholarship saved by local fitness studio’s fundraiser

Callie Adams, Staff Writer April 28, 2021

Aurelio Saucedo was a model student as a freshman at Sonoma State in 1985. He was a first-generation college student and immigrant from Mexico, who spoke little English when he first arrived in California at the age of 16. He received support from the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Sonoma State and became a top student, president of MEChA de Sonoma, and part of the Intercultural Advisory Board. He had dreams of attending law school.

COVID-19 vaccinations required for students, staff on campus for Fall

Callie Adams, Staff Writer April 27, 2021

Last week, the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems both announced that universities under their jurisdiction plan to require any and all faculty, staff, and students that intend to be on campus or use campus facilities this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The vaccination requirement will allow students or staff to seek medical or religious exemption, but everyone is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and those around them.


Johnson and Johnson vaccine distribution paused after blood clot concerns

Callie Adams, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

The United States paused distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 after six women who received it said that after the vaccine, they developed a rare blood clotting disorder. Though approximately 7 million people have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the blood clot disorder is considered extremely rare, officials from the CDC felt it would be prudent to take precautions and assess the issue before continuing. The pause was initiated on April 13, according to the CDC, though it may have taken effect at later dates, depending on the region.


All adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in April

Callie Adams, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

President Biden has announced that all American adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19 due to rising cases and new variants spreading. This date is two weeks earlier than May 1, the original date by which Biden planned to make adults eligible.

Windsor Mayor accused of sexual assault by 6 women

Callie Adams, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

Six women have recently come forward to accuse Windsor’s mayor and winery owner Dominic Foppoli of sexual assault. The current timeline of alleged assaults begins in 2002, with the latest occurring in 2020.

Four women told their stories to the San Francisco Chronicle last week, another came forward two days later when she realized that she needed to share her story as well, and most recently, the sixth woman spoke up Sunday. Each woman claims that she was assaulted by Foppoli despite rejecting his advances, and in several cases, Foppoli was said to have been intoxicated during the assault.


Greater vaccine eligibility countered by chronic shortages

Callie Adams, Staff Writer April 6, 2021

Despite promises that all adults in California will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 15, chronic vaccine shortages still prevail in many counties, including Sonoma County. With more adults eligible for the vaccine, demand is expected to increase sharply and exacerbate the supply unless more shipments arrive soon.


COVID-19 vaccine trials for children underway

Callie Adams, Staff Writer March 31, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and vaccine eligibility expands to include more demographics, multiple pharmaceutical companies have begun vaccine trials for children. Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech have each started testing vaccine doses with children, and Johnson & Johnson has authorized its own vaccine trials as well.

Budget deficit and enrollment down at SSU, but officials remain optimistic

Callie Adams, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

SSU is suffering from a $9.2 million deficit as a result of a trend of declining enrollment that began after enrollment peaked in 2015. While the University is not alone in its struggle to attract greater numbers of incoming students, with Humboldt and San Francisco State Universities also experiencing low enrollment, SSU is certainly being hit the hardest.


Biden promises all adults eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine by May 1st

Callie Adams, Staff Writer March 16, 2021

In President Biden’s first prime-time television address last Thursday, he declared for all American adults to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination by May 1 this year.


Understanding the differences between the three approved COVID-19 vaccines in America

Callie Adams, Staff Writer March 16, 2021

Less than one year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, three different vaccines against the disease have been approved for distribution to the American public. While over 150 other varieties of the COVID-19 vaccine remain in development, the three that have advanced successfully through clinical trials are two mRNA vaccines and one viral vector vaccine, from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson companies, respectively.

SSU Criminal Justice instructor accuses Dean of overstepping her role

Callie Adams, Staff Writer March 2, 2021

Faculty members of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies department at Sonoma State have signed a statement claiming that Dr. Troi Carleton, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, has detrimentally encroached upon curricular matters within the CCJS department.

The letter alleges that, without consent of the department, Carleton “appointed herself as CCJS internship coordinator, opened an additional section of CCJS 499 (Class No. 4419) and assigned herself as class instructor, and changed the CS code of CCJS 499 from CS36 to CS78 to circumvent the enrollment cap under CSU and SSU policies.”

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