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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


Season two of ‘Master of None’ charms in its adressing of social issues

Emma Capper May 16, 2017

“Master of None” has returned to Netflix in a witty second attempt at finding Dev a reason to exist. The series has its audience hoping for the best as they relate with the worst.


“Power Lines” brings energy to Ives 119

Emma Capper May 8, 2017

Come one come all, to the new play festival with hard hats. “Power Lines” opened on campus in Ives 119 over the weekend. Festival director Scott Horstein, who has annually hosted the “Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival” curated “Power Lines” in order to give students a chance to experience a higher level of production. The students were given a real budget, full design and shop support, in addition to a spot in the school’s main stage season. If you missed opening weekend, you’ll have until May 13.

University Art Gallery exhibits student work

Emma Capper May 1, 2017

What pairs best with Cabernet Sauvignon? Try some aged gouda and a gallery opening. The Sonoma State University Art Gallery celebrated the end of the academic year with their annual BFA exhibition on Thursday, which treated guests to complimentary wine, appetizers and live music performed by the Joe Kelner Trio. 


Spring Dance Show: A journey through cultures

Emma Capper April 24, 2017

In a time when the world seems incredibly divided, it’s comforting to see cultural barriers broken down and expressed as one. Dance, which is able to express both the individual and the collective, is an exceptional outlet for demonstrating that relationship. This past weekend, a hidden gem was alive and well at Person Theatre. “Waiting in Seoul Walking in Tokyo” is an original performance put on by the Sonoma State University Dance Program, which tells a story of Japanese, South Korean and American culture through contemporary style dance.


Student artists and writers celebrate twenty-first edition of Zaum

Emma Capper April 17, 2017

As one of the smaller CSU campuses, Sonoma State University may appear to have fewer outlets and opportunities for students. However, this assumption could not be farther from the truth. The extracurricular life at Sonoma State was especially apparent during the release party of Zaum XXI, Sonoma State’s literary magazine.


“Big Little Lies” a huge hit

Emma Capper April 10, 2017

I could start this review by calling out the predominantly white cast of “Big Little Lies,” or producer David E. Kelley’s weakness for catfights, but I won’t.  Despite its deceptively cheesy title, “Big Little Lies” tells an important story of victimization to empowerment.  It’s a unifying tale whose gender-specific horrors are not exclusive to a particular community.


Zaum to feature student artwork

Emma Capper March 7, 2017

Brooke Mallory, an art major graduating in May, is likely to be found in the city that never sleeps, or in other words, the Art Department. Art students spend day and night in their studios, keeping the buildings alive at all hours. Mallory is no exception. Oil paints and photographs are strewn about the cubicle Mallory calls a second home. The space is undoubtedly lived in.


President Trump plans to lower spending on art programs

Emma Capper February 28, 2017

Hey, you. Yes, you with the newspaper. The fact that you’re reading this means that you should be concerned about Donald Trump’s plan for lowering government spending. Among the nine organizations targeted for cuts are the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Now more than ever, it’s vital to acknowledge that these organizations are relevant to everyone. If you’ve seen the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center, this affects you.  If you’ve admired the public art in downtown Santa Rosa, this affects you. If you’ve visited a library or listened to public radio or remember watching Arthur as a kid, this affects you.


Business major making strides in art industry

Emma Capper February 21, 2017

While our campus slept, a fusion of culture was alive in the Art Building. Justin Heidrick, a business major and art minor, used room 136 as a venue to house his paintings, custom designed shoes and to unveil his newest work “Sound.” The lights were dim but the Jordans were aglow.


Sonoma State alumni takes a trip to the Grammys

Emma Capper February 14, 2017

Michael Paradiso, local musician turned surgical consultant, may have put his music career on hold, but his band, Soul Pacific, has not gone unnoticed. When the Sonoma State alumni checked his email he was surprised to see a message from 75th Wall Street. 

“I thought it was spam,” Paradiso joked. But spam it was not. Paradiso soon understood that his song “Cali Coast” had been selected as a Grammy nominee for Best Remixed Recording for their song “Cali Coast.”


Oscar nominee Asghar Farhadi condemns travel ban

Emma Capper February 7, 2017

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, writer and director of the Oscar-nominated foreign language film “The Salesman” is no stranger to the Academy Awards. Among his many awards is a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his 2011 film“A Separation.” Now, Donald Trump’s stance on immigration may force Farhadi to become a stranger. His new policy temporarily bans refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and poses an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria. A 90-day ban was placed on citizens of seven countries.  Among the seven is Iran, where Farhadi is a citizen. Following Trump’s order, Farhadi said in a statement published by the New York Times that even if an exception were made, he would not attend the awards.


“Split” portrays mental illness in a dangerous light

Emma Capper February 1, 2017

From “Psycho” to “Fight Club,” Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) has long been used as a source of conflict in psychological thrillers. In M. Night Shyamalan’s new film “Spilt,” James McAvoy dominates the big screen with his portrayal of Kevin, a man with 23 different personalities.  As we learn more about Kevin’s personalities, DID starts to seem more like a nightmare than a personality disorder.

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