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Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star


Major companies scramble as virus halts global movie production

Craig Zschach, Staff Writer April 29, 2020

Covid-19 has affected many different aspects of life throughout the last few months, and the movie industry has seen similar drawbacks. Almost all films coming out this spring and summer are being delayed, and, in the next six months, there will be new tactics put in place by filmmakers to earn a profit while consumers are stuck at home.


‘Animal Crossing’ tips and tricks

Craig Zschach, Staff Writer April 22, 2020

Upon its March 20 release, Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” Switch-exclusive video game has seen tremendous success among demographics across the globe. The game sold 1.88 million copies worldwide in its opening three days, still selling strong today. Yet, as game popularity grows among SSU students, different approaches to the game—tips and tricks included—are as useful as they are timely for users across a quarantined America and nations alike.

COVID-19 and the celebrity spotlight

Craig Zschach, Staff Writer April 15, 2020

In the last few weeks, it has served exponentially tough for many Americans to continue their lives as normal as possible. As the death toll rises and fear increases alongside, many feel it is not long until society begins to collapse. However, as Americans struggle to get through the here-and-now, many celebrities around the country have stepped up and have helped strengthen the community’s resolve.


Zoos go online during COVID-19 outbreak

Craig Zschach, Staff Writer April 1, 2020

In the past two weeks alone, the world has changed drastically with the spread of COVID-19. Yet, as disruptive and even as largely ruinous as it has been, it has not stopped many companies that have continued to let the public experience their products in creative ways. All the while, zoos, in particular, have been using the internet to bring the fun of their attractions to people in quarantine, or shelter-in-place. Many zoos are creating live streams of animal enclosures to let the public experience the wonders of the animal kingdom from their own homes.

National parks provide space and serenity during health pandemic

Craig Zschach, Staff Writer March 25, 2020

Vacations in today's world are, for many Americans, entirely multipurpose: not just for fun, but a necessity to our overworked lives. However, with the COVID-19 spreading around the world, where, exactly, is a safe and dependable place to receive some much needed relaxation?

New James Bond film ‘No Time to Die’ marks the end of the Daniel Craig era

Craig Zschach, Staff Writer March 4, 2020

While the newest installment in the James Bond movie series, “No Time to Die,” is set to release on April 10, the upcoming adventure-packed film showcases an array of perfectly Bond-suitable undertakings. However, in his newest mission to rescue a scientist while fighting a mysterious villain, a form of new technology that Bond must overcome is a never-before-seen component for fans to behold everywhere.


DC Comics marks the end of an era with ‘The Crisis’ universal ending

Craig Zschach, Staff Writer February 26, 2020

The DC and Marvel Universes have rivaled each other since comics have existed; yet, in recent years, the two have come together to execute major crossovers of all the characters developed within each respective universe. Though comic book writer and primary creative leader for Marvel comics, Stan Lee, said, “Marvel has so many heroes. DC just has Superman, Batman and maybe Wonder Woman,” the DC Universe “Crisis” episodes are a piece for fans to behold.

Bee population decline

Craig Zschach, Staff Writer February 19, 2020

The honey bee pollination accounts for $15 billion a year, but over the last 15 years, the population has been declining rapidly. This has been especially true in the U.S., where “about 30 percent of beehives collapsed because of disease, parasites, poor nutrition, pesticide exposure, and other issues,” according to the National Resource Conservation Service, NRCS.

This percentage jumped to 37% between October 2018 and April 2019. The Bee Informed Partnership surveyed 319,787 colonies, from backyard beekeepers to company-owned hives. Last year, the reported 37% winter hive loss was 8.9% higher than their 13-year survey average, and the level of total loss throughout the last decade has been close to 40%


Students question reliability of university’s water system

Craig Zschach, Staff Writer January 30, 2020

Sonoma State University’s water system dates back over 50 years, and issues with the quality of the water pressure in the pipeline and the safety of the water for students to drink is a recurring issue. On several occasions the last two years, Sonoma State issued water restrictions for residents on campus. Now, almost a year later, students are wondering if the issue is resolved.

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