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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

University system addresses student hunger, homelessness

Ciara Smith, Staff Writer May 5, 2015

The California State University system has addressed issues of hunger and homelessness, which continues as an ongoing problem for students. The Chancellor’s office has proposed a study to give a better understanding of college students who experience housing instability and food insecurity across all 23 CSU campuses.



Symposium allows students to showcase research

Ciara Smith, Staff Writer April 28, 2015

More than 90 student researchers had an opportunity to present the findings of their work at the Sonoma State University Research Symposium. The symposium was held April 15 in the Student Center Ballroom. The program included McNair Scholars, Provost’s Undergraduate Research Grant, Faculty Research Exposition, Graduate Student Showcase and Society and Culture Undergraduate Research Forum. 

Fall registration begins later this week

Ciara Smith, Staff Writer April 14, 2015

Registration for the fall 2015 semester is approaching and many students are wondering how this upcoming semester will differ from past semesters in terms of class availability. Priority students, graduate and credential registration begin registering on Friday and registration for juniors and senior begins on Monday. Sophomores and freshman can register beginning April 23.



Discussion highlights place of faith on campus

Ciara Smith, Staff Writer April 7, 2015

A Christian club’s loss of status as a club at Sonoma State University last fall was the focus of a Student Center debate Wednesday between two instructors, a discussion that centered on whether there’s still room to talk about religion on campuses.



Mercer elected as Associated Students president

Ciara Smith, Staff Writer March 31, 2015

The Associated Students election concluded on March 11 with the election of Brandon Mercer for Associated Students president for the 2015-16 school year.

Act aims to improve education system

Ciara Smith, Staff Writer March 3, 2015

The U.S House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee approved the Student Success Act on Feb. 11 to replace the No Child Left Behind bill. 


Recent study finds college freshman party less, study more

Ciara Smith, Staff Writer February 24, 2015

College freshman in America are more focused on their academics than their social lives this year, according to a study done by researchers at UC Los Angeles.


Awareness month recognizes diverse contributions

Ciara Smith, Staff Writer February 17, 2015

Black History Month from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28 is dedicated to celebrate African-Americans’ achievements and their role in the U.S. history. The recognition of Black History Month began in 1915 after slavery was abolished in the U.S. Prior to recognizing the month, achievements of African- Americans were recognized for one week but the growing awareness of black identity, it was extended to a month.

Student elections applications period ending

Ciara Smith, Staff Writer February 10, 2015

The Associated Students elections are approaching and Sonoma State University students who have what it takes to run for office are being encouraged to apply. Associated Students is the student voice that exists to help the campus community voice their opinions on academics, society and culture at Sonoma State. 

Campus welcomes new career adviser

Ciara Smith, Staff Writer February 3, 2015

Sonoma State University students may soon find it easier to meet with a career adviser thanks to a grant recently awarded from the California State University system. Sonoma State University’s staff of career advisers is about to double – to two.

Free community college for working students?

Ciara Smith, Staff Writer January 27, 2015

President Barack Obama said to the nation in his State of the Union on Jan. 20, “In a 21st century economy that awards knowledge like never before, we need to up our game and do more. That is why I am sending Congress this bold new plan to lower the costs of community college to zero.” 

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