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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


Blige hits London

Danielle Hansen, Staff Writer December 9, 2014

Mary J. Blige has come far from the start of her career as a background singer on uptown records in 1989.  Blige has been a musical legend since her debut in 1992 with the release of her first album “What’s the 411?”  Production for Blige’s debut album began in 1991. Sean Combs, a 21-year-old A&R executive at Uptown Records, became her executive producer. Andre Harrell, Combs’s supervisor, named Blige the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.”


Disney’s unlikely superhero

Danielle Hansen, Staff Writer November 11, 2014

A new Disney superhero has hit the big screen. “Big Hero 6” is a light-hearted animated film featuring a young inventor and his robot.

The audience finds themselves in the future, city of San Fransokyo, a twist of San Francisco and Tokyo. 


Staff Spotlight: Richard Hertz

Danielle Hansen, Staff Writer November 4, 2014

The November general elections are here and many voters mailed in their ballots last week, while today students and citizens can vote in-person at local polling places.  Measure M, California State governor, U.S. representatives as well as many other political propositions are up for voting. 


InterVarsity working toward representation

Danielle Hansen, Staff Writer October 21, 2014

Since Executive Order 1068 went into effect at the beginning of this academic year, a number of religious clubs have been derecognized on campuses across California. Former California State University Chancellor Charles Reed put this order in place.

Political science club hopes to educate

Danielle Hansen, Staff Writer October 7, 2014

Sonoma State University is officially home to a political science club; a resource intended to bridge the gap between political science students and their careers following graduation. 


Parking scenario affects students

Danielle Hansen, Staff Writer September 30, 2014

Sonoma State University was founded in 1961 with a student body of 274.  Since then, Sonoma State has grown to a student population of 9,120; where as approximately 3,100 of them are residential students, primarily freshmen and sophomores.

SSU measures up against junior college

Danielle Hansen, Staff Writer September 23, 2014

How does Sonoma State compare to a two-year university? Considering I spent four years at Santa Rosa Junior College and only five weeks at Sonoma State, I have a very personal answer to this question.

DNA testing could help solve crimes

Danielle Hansen, Staff Writer September 16, 2014

The term “ripperology” was coined by Colin Wilson in the 1970s. Professionals and amateurs who study the Jack the Ripper case and associated mysteries are known as a “ripperologists.”  Jack the Ripper is the more infamous murder case of all time and it dates back to Britain in 1888. 


Banning all plastic bags

Danielle Hansen, Staff Writer September 10, 2014

Sept. 1. If you haven’t seen the signs posted in stores everywhere, I’ll tell you what this date means. Sept. 1, is the day that plastic bags have been banned from use in stores, and a ten-cent charge for paper bags have been put in place. This ban date is only for Sonoma County, though other cities and counties are pushing to put a ban on plastic bags as well.


The history behind sororities

Danielle Hansen, Staff Writer September 2, 2014

I caught myself talking to a couple of girls in a sorority last week, which got me thinking, “What exactly is a sorority, and why were they created?”  Google told me a sorority is a, “society for female students in a university or college, typically for social purposes.” Google also told me the Latin root ‘soror’ means sister. 


Drakes Bay Oyster Farm closes

Danielle Hansen, Staff Writer August 26, 2014

If asked what defines you as an individual, what would you say? In today’s culture self-expression and individualism is highly valued. Individualism in particular is ideal to reach.  A majority of society is trying to be different from everyone else; the whole hipster trend is an example of individualism. 

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