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The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

SSU says goodbye to A&H Dean Hollis Robbins

Jake Morrissey, Staff Writer May 11, 2022

From great staff recruitments to the creation of new majors here at Sonoma State University, the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Hollis Robbins, has certainly left her mark in her time at the school. Since coming to school in 2018, Robbins has always done what was best for the school and department and she will be missed by the SSU community.

Over her time here at SSU, Robbins says that her proudest accomplishment was the creation of two new majors: Native American Studies and Cinematic Arts and Technology. When asked what led to the creation of these new majors Robbins said, “students have told us that this is what they would like to focus on as undergraduates and we are glad to serve them.”

Wine Business Institute celebrates 25 years

Sonoma State’s school of business decided 25 years ago to offer an undergraduate degree focused on the business of wine, making them the first school to do that in the United States. To celebrate, there will be an event held at the Wine Business Institute (WBI) on May 31.

In its 25 years, the WBI has had three major achievements that they wish to celebrate. These include awarding 257 wine MBAs, the launch of the Global Wine EMBA and the opening of the Wine Spectator Learning Center, where the event will be held.

PG&E to pay $55 million in settlement for Kincade and Dixie fires

Jake Morrissey, Staff Writer April 27, 2022

On April 11, Pacific Gas and Electric announced that they will be paying a $55 million settlement due to the 2019 Kincade Fire and the 2021 Dixie Fire. According to a release made by PG&E themselves, both fires were caused by faulty equipment. In the settlement, PG&E will have their criminal charges for the Kincade Fire dismissed, as well as no criminal charges handed out for the Dixie Fire. This deal was negotiated over many months, specifically by the district attorneys of the counties that were affected by the fires.

“I look at [the settlement] as doing the best that we could under the circumstances,” said Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, via “Governor Newsom has decided that PG&E is going to continue, and so we are going to have to deal with PG&E in our community.”

Biden delays student-loan repayments for seventh time

Jake Morrissey, Staff Writer April 13, 2022

Each year, millions of young Americans face thousands of dollars of debt when receiving student-loans to attend college. When Joe Biden was elected president, part of his platform focused on student-loan...

Interim Chancellor becomes second woman to hold the position

Jake Morrissey, Staff Writer April 5, 2022

Dr. Jolene Koester, the former president of CSU Northridge, has been named the interim replacement for the role of chancellor of the California State University. Koester will become the second woman to ever hold the role of chancellor and is the first woman in the last 30 years.

The hiring comes on the heels of former chancellor Joseph I. Castro abruptly resigning from the position. This was due to public backlash from how he mishandled sexual misconduct allegations on one of his former top administrators.

Senate approves permanent daylight saving time

Jake Morrissey, Staff Writer March 29, 2022

On March 13 the greater majority of the United States all turned their clocks back an hour to put daylight savings time into effect. This year, along with every year, daylight savings was met with complaints about people losing an hour of sleep, or forgetting to turn their clocks back and being late for appointments. This raises the question: what is the point of daylight savings? This year the same question was running through the minds of the Senate as they presented a bill to put an end to daylight savings.

Softball takes 3 of 4 from Monterey

Jake Morrissey, Staff Writer March 14, 2022

SSU won the first three games of the series but could not take the fourth game, resulting in a 3-1 series win.

SSU falls at CCAA tournament

Jake Morrissey, Staff Writer March 8, 2022

This past Thursday, Sonoma State’s Women’s Basketball team traveled to Cal State Humboldt in Arcata, Calif., to compete in this year’s CCAA Championship Tournament. The sixth seed Seawolves drew a first-round matchup against third seed Cal State Los Angeles.

Sonoma State Athletics to allow spectators at games starting Feb 11.

Jake Morrissey, Staff Writer February 9, 2022

Due to the recent surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Sonoma State has been forced to close off their home sporting events from fans until Feb 11. This comes as the result of the recent health order that was issued by Dr. Sundari Mase, the Sonoma County Public Health Officer.

New ordinance makes residents sort their trash

Jake Morrissey, Staff Writer December 8, 2021

Landfills alone in California produce about 20% of all the methane from the state. Methane is one of the most notable greenhouse gases affecting the environment. In an effort to combat these greenhouse...

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