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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


“Animal Crossing” update release highly anticipated

Cheyenne Carroll, Staff Writer November 2, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, people have been constantly searching for ways to pass the time and distract themselves from reality. For me, and by extension most young people struggling with their mental health, COVID-19 has consisted of compulsive symptom-checks online, unstable sleep schedules, and horrific news updates. Depressive episodes and anxiety attacks that stemmed from the crushing isolation of life lived through Zoom became commonplace.


Passionate seniors produce end of the year event: Senior Project Festival

With the end of the semester coming up quickly, the Theatre Arts and Dance department is debuting this year’s filmed senior projects as a weekend event the department is calling the “Senior Project Festival,” and will feature projects from seven theater and dance majors.


Dancing into Spring with “T-E-C-H-N-O-B-O-D-Y”

Cheyenne Carroll, Staff Writer April 27, 2021

Amid the pandemic, virtual concerts and performances have become the norm, and this year’s filmed Spring Dance Concert, “T-E-C-H-N-O-B-O-D-Y”, is no exception. Accessible to anyone with a computer, the dance will be available to stream live on April 29 through May 1 at 7 p.m., and on May 2 at 2 p.m.


Academy Awards this Sunday

Cheyenne Carroll, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

The Oscars. Whether you love it, hate it, or have absolutely no opinion, it’s easily one of the most coveted social institutions for the film and movie industry. Fancy gowns, daring fashion, and an iconic red carpet, this year’s Academy Awards will be held next Sunday on ABC.


Film Program plans 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Godfather’

Cheyenne Carroll, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

The Sonoma State film program is planning an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” in 2022. The event, which is still in its early planning stages, will potentially include a screening of the movie and possibly its sequels, interviews and discussions with the people responsible for the film, and a film scholar or critic to discuss the film.


A conversation with playwright José Rivera

Cheyenne Carroll, Staff Writer April 6, 2021

The Theater Arts and Dance Department set up a webinar with playwright and screenwriter José Rivera, whose play ‘Sonnets For an Old Century’ is being produced this semester by the department. According to director of the play, Paul Draper, Rivera agreed to the webinar to provide students a chance to speak with him and ask questions after being approached via Facebook by faculty member Marie Ramirez Downing for permission to produce his play at the school.


Virtual gallery spotlights CSU professors

Cheyenne Carroll, Staff Writer March 30, 2021

The Sonoma State Art Department put together a virtual gallery featuring work from art department faculty members from 19 of the 23 universities in the CSU system. While the virtual gallery displays work from multiple different schools, the virtual exhibition is unique to SSU. Interim Gallery Director, Jen Bethke, curated the work for ART@CSU, and Exhibitions Coordinator and Collections Manager, Carla Stone put everything online.


Student Spotlight of the Week: Women in art

Cheyenne Carroll, Staff Writer March 16, 2021

To highlight projects students are working on that empower and focus on women for Women’s History Month, the paper spoke with students from the music and dance departments to talk about their projects.

Fourth year dance student Estefania Gutierrez started teaching a heels dance class recently to empower women and the LGBTQ community in their bodies and identities.

Santa Rosa cleans up homeless encampment on Industrial Drive, sixth camp cleanup in under one year

Cheyenne Carroll, Staff Writer March 10, 2021

A homeless encampment on Industrial and Center Drives in Santa Rosa was cleared by the city last Tuesday. ​Footage of the event​ showed bulldozers piling left-behind belongings, furniture and trash into dumpsters, while Santa Rosa police officers oversaw the clean up.

“Due to the health and safety concerns within the encampment and impacts to the surrounding area, including a nearby school (Lattice Educational Services) which has students and staff on campus, the City enacted its HEAP protocols to close and clean up the encampment,” Communications Coordinator for the city, Kristi Buffo, sent in an email.

Online Exclusive- Deep Dive: The ins and outs of a budding industry

Cheyenne Carroll, Staff Writer March 2, 2021

The legalization of cannabis in California carries with it a host of different meanings for different aspects of the industry; from dispensaries, cultivators, and distributors, to the workers and customers they serve. But what does legalization actually look like?

Salmonella outbreak affects local songbird populations

Cheyenne Carroll, Staff Writer February 17, 2021

A large outbreak of a disease caused by the Salmonella bacteria is rapidly spreading among finches in Northern California. The disease kills most infected birds between 24 and 48 hours after infection, and spreads quickly when birds gather in large groups.

Pine Siskins are the primary bird being affected, but Lesser Goldfinches and American Goldfinches are affected in smaller numbers.

NEWS IN BRIEF: What happened over winter break

Cheyenne Carroll, Staff Writer February 5, 2021

DEC 13-19 (Finals Week):LOCAL- Sonoma County voter turn-out in November among the highest in the stateAn analysis of voter turnout in the November election shows Sonoma County as having the highest...

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