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Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star


Help for depression is not far from home

Emily Hoffman, Staff Writer December 5, 2018

Depression is a mental illness so common that most everyone has a general idea of what it is and know at least a handful of people struggling with it. First instinct of society is to refer these people to the psychiatrist, doctor, or other mental health professionals to get help. Causes of depression according to include biological differences, brain chemistry, hormones, and inherited traits. First instinct of the doctors, psychiatrists, and health professionals is to prescribe medications to alter all those things for the better.  "Don't get discouraged," says Mayoclinic. "Most people with depression feel better with medication."


Seawolves Lead hidden gem at SSU

Emily Hoffman, Staff Writer November 14, 2018

Seawolves Lead is a workshop hosted by Student Involvements very own Joanie Ly. 

This workshop brings working through conflict to the Erin Fisher room on the second floor of the student center on Nov. 7. 

Each month, this workshop focuses on different topics designed to build and develop clubs and organizations, although the program encourages any students who wish to participate as well with open arms.


Lobo’s Food Pantry open to all

Emily Hoffman, Staff Writer November 7, 2018

Lobo’s Food Pantry, a rather new resource on campus that celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon ceremony in just February of this year,  is holding a food drive this week. 

Lobo’s Food Pantry is an entity on campus located in Zinfandel across from the student health center. They house nonperishable foods including beans, pasta, canned vegetables, dry rice, breakfast bars, coffee and tea, quick meals, fruits, vegetables and bread and even basic feminine hygiene items when able. The purpose is to aid food security among students who are struggling to meet their basic needs. 


Instagrams parent company takes over

Emily Hoffman, Staff Writer October 10, 2018

The app Business Insider calls, “Facebook’s cooler younger sibling” is about to step it up a notch.  Instagram now has more than 1 billion monthly active users. With its massive popularity...


Netflix’s new drama-thriller does not disappoint

Emily Hoffman, Staff Writer October 3, 2018

Maniac, the new Netflix original series has finally premiered starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and it did not disappoint.This show takes place in New York city, time period unknown.There is fashion...


Culmination of censorship knows no bounds when saving face

Emily Hoffman, Staff Writer September 26, 2018

If you type, “being silenced” into Google, the results on the oppression of what is supposed to be a basic right in this country appear endless. 

Silencing of blacks, LGBTQ, women, conservatives and religious groups pop up first, many having struggled since the beginning of press to gain basic rights and awareness, and while their representation is getting better, it is common knowledge that they are still navigating through the storm that keeps them trapped. 


Eating disorders, silent killers overlooked

Emily Hoffman, Staff Writer September 19, 2018

I remember puking my guts out, blood and everything, in the student center like it was yesterday. That is because it was. My throwing up is not because of the flu, food poisoning, or any reason that society easily understands. It is bulimia. Society, including school, does not understand why someone would do that everyday. Especially someone who claims to be in recovery. So I keep quiet.


Social anxiety does not need to remain a crippling social norm

Emily Hoffman, Staff Writer September 5, 2018

When professors in my longer classes ask if we would rather have a break or end early, most students enthusiastically lobby for the latter, including me. Taking a break means actually having to talk to people. 

That requires effort, and effort is scary. Imagine mustering up the courage to get out of my comfort zone only to end up having a beyond awkward conversation. Then that person finds someone else to sit with next class. I would rather not know someone than have someone think awkwardly of me. So it is ‘no thank you’ to potential rejection and ‘yes please’ for a vote to end early.


Recruitment season brings stress and standards

Emily Hoffman, Staff Writer August 31, 2018

Recently, a fraternity member mentioned how lucky I was to be a girl, because I did not have to go through his rush process. Guys must prove themselves all semester long and endure numerous challenges they would see trouble for if they said out loud. Sororities only hold formal recruitment for one weekend. After that, new girls are immediately accepted, sing songs, and dance towards the sunset together.

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