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Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star


Trump’s deadly mistake in Syria

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer April 11, 2017

It has been over six years since the Syrian civil war erupted. More than six years of observing a daily carnage of men, women and children.


Housing discriminination affects students of color

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer April 4, 2017

It’s that time of the year again. On-campus residents are hunting for off-campus housing, and while doing so may not be as complicated for some students, it sure was for me and for a lot of friends.


VOICE to incriminate immigrants

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer March 8, 2017

While mass media corporations like CNN and ABC called President Trump’s joint address to Congress presidential, unifying and inspiring, immigrant communities across the country were further terrorized and alienated by a speech that was supposed to do the opposite.


2 undocumented students detained, concerns grow

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer February 21, 2017

Over the past week, immigration officials conducted several raids around the country resulting in the arrest of more than 700 undocumented immigrants, fueling concerns that undocumented students, including those at Sonoma State University, may be at risk of deportation.

Housing down payment causes financial hardship for students

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer May 10, 2016

Living on campus can provide a plethora of opportunities for both first-time freshmen and upperclassmen alike. Social development, health and wellness and convenience are only a few of the benefits. However, for students at Sonoma State University, securing a spot to live on campus can sometimes be a nightmare due to the $400 down payment required by Housing Services prior the start of the academic year, when financial aid hasn’t been disbursed.


Former employee involved in asbestos lawsuit holds press conference

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer May 10, 2016

The Mario Savio Speakers’ Corner serves the purpose to promote freedom of speech and civil rights at Sonoma State University. It’s also where former Sonoma State employee Thomas Sargent and his lawyers held a press conference last Thursday regarding the controversial asbestos situation in Stevenson Hall. In the conference, Sargent and his lawyers challenged the university to address the accusations.


University plans renovation of Stevenson Hall amid asbestos controversy

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer April 25, 2016

The commotion caused by the potential hazard presented by asbestos in Stevenson Hall may come to a conclusion sooner than expected. Vice President of Administration and Finance Laurence Furukawa-Schlereth announced on Thursday, during an Academic Senate meeting, the administration is planning a potential renovation of Stevenson Hall. However, according to Furukawa-Schlereth, the renovation is not directly related to asbestos.


University locked in lawsuit regarding potential health risk of asbestos

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer April 6, 2016

A controversy on campus about the potential health risks of asbestos in some of Sonoma State University’s older buildings is rooted in a lawsuit filed by a former environmental health and safety inspector who resigned in July 2015 after raising concerns about asbestos and other issues on campus.


Asbestos presents a potential health hazard in Stevenson Hall

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer March 10, 2016

Lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma are a few of the many health hazards related to the breathing of asbestos — a set of fibrous minerals formerly used for the construction of buildings prior to the 1980s.

High housing costs prove problematic

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer March 2, 2016

Sonoma State University is nationally recognized for providing students with high-quality housing accommodations, however; it may soon berecognized for having one of the highest off-campus living costs, according to reports.


Drought still here amid El Niño

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer February 24, 2016

More than 36 million Californians are still living in drought-affected areas — roughly 95 percent of the state’s population, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. The fight to end the drought in California, is far from over.

Students gear up for presidential election

Edgar Sanchez, Staff Writer February 16, 2016

During the 2014 primary elections, Sonoma State University made national headlines for hosting an election to which absolutely no one showed up to, according to Sonoma State University Professor Richard Hertz. Despite having a population of more than 9,000 students, not a single student showed up to vote. Actions like such, have contributed to the belief that young people are apathetic about politics, according to Hertz.

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