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The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

SSU digitally kicks off inaugural ‘Giving Day’

Sonoma State University’s inaugural Giving Day, a 24-hour virtual fundraising event for anyone interested in making donations, was held on April 29. The donations go towards campus campaigns and programs to support the school’s community, diversity and student success.

Although SSU has participated in other giving day events and originally planned to initiate Giving Day last year, the university was inspired to push the event to this year.

Hospitality businesses in Sonoma County face staffing crisis

In response to the abrupt closures, state-mandated orders, financial hardships and public health orders, local Sonoma County restaurants and hotels are experiencing staffing shortages, but remain determined to keep businesses open as much as they can for the public and to maintain financial stability.

Restaurant managers and owners are focusing to keep businesses open at all costs in order to sustain the financial income that was lost within the past year.

Bay Area pushes forward with police-free crisis response teams

As the nation works hard to overcome the fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the year-long events of social injustices against communities of color, cities in Sonoma County and the Bay Area are taking initiative to pilot crisis teams that aim to uplift marginalized communities and to act as first responders towards mental health crises, homelessness and substance use treatment.

Sonoma County Sheriff facing multiple complaints from fellow elected officials

Since the beginning of the global pandemic, Sonoma County elected officials have been actively expressing their thoughts of disappointment throughout social media platforms in response to the series of events relating to Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick.

Back in May, at the beginning of social distancing and mask mandates, the sheriff wrote a post on Facebook which signified that all Sheriff’s Office staff should stop enforcing local health orders.


Sonoma County passes resolutions to support AAPI communities

The rates of anti-Asian hate crimes have increased by nearly 150% in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic and communities in Sonoma County are making efforts to show support towards Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

In an article published by NBC, data conducted by California State University San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism is highlighted and states, “It revealed that while such [hate] crimes in 2020 decreased overall by 7%, those targeting Asian people rose by nearly 150%.”

SSU community finding ways to have fun one year into pandemic

Over a year after the global pandemic began, Sonoma State University students had no other choice, but to adapt to methods in order to socially connect with each other. Some students feel comfortable enough to pursue nightlife activities, but others have found that they can recreate similar “nightlife experiences” from the comfort of their homes.

Story responses from followers of the Sonoma State Star’s Instagram (@sonomastatestar) calculated that a majority of students prefer to stay home and do activities such as having dinners with roommates or staying in with friends to watch a movie.

SSU Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement temporarily suspended

On Feb. 23, the California State University system authorized the temporary suspension of the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). They also reported that any high-stakes examinations be suspended.

Sonoma State University’s Advising Center announced to students that the GWAR is now temporarily suspended, making the Writing English Proficiency Test (WEPT) cancelled this semester and the Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) requirement no longer applicable towards graduation. Students who will apply or applied to the Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 terms will not be required to fulfill the GWAR in order to graduate.


CDC’s new smartphone app tracks vaccine side-effects

As more shots are administered to individuals across the nation, the CDC is able to maintain an updated list of vaccine side effects by utilizing a new smartphone tool that checks-in with vaccine recipients through text messages and web surveys.


Mental health organizations support students through pandemic

When Sonoma State University turned to remote learning at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals in the school’s community started to experience struggles with their mental health in response to the life-altering restrictions of virtual learning, lock-downs, social isolation and so much more.


Pop-up self care classes help Seawolves practice mindfulness

Gabriella Hermogeno, Staff Writer February 23, 2021

During Spring semester, the School of Extended and International Education (SEIE) along with the Sonoma State University Alumni Association (SSUAA) will be hosting 12 virtual “Pop-up” Self Care events every Friday from Feb. 12 to May 7 at 12 p.m. These virtual sessions will take place on Zoom and are presented by Dr. Andy Wallace, professor, chair of the philosophy department and a program coordinator/instructor for the SEIE.


Sonoma County church plans large retreat despite multiple health order violations

Gabriella Hermogeno, Staff Writer February 16, 2021

A Sonoma County church located in the Santa Rosa area was fined for violating multiple public health orders. Sonoma County’s permit department filed a fourth complaint on Jan. 21 after receiving notice about several hundred people attending weekend services without wearing masks. The weekend services were also being held indoors.


CSU Board of Trustees to expand student mental health services

Gabriella Hermogeno, Staff Writer February 9, 2021

During their virtual Zoom meeting on Jan. 26, the California State University Board of Trustees voted to sponsor a proposed bill. This bill plans to expand student mental health services across college campuses in California by the 2021-2022 school year.

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