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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


COVID-19 booster more widely available in U.S.

Jayline Alvarado December 1, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a press release on Nov. 18, stating that the COVID-19 booster shot is now available to everyone aged 18 and older. The shot is only available to those in said age group who received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months prior to the date of their booster shot appointment.


Sonoma County health officer releases travel guidelines for holidays

Jayline Alvarado November 17, 2021

As Thanksgiving approaches, so does the time for family gatherings and travel for the holidays. The Sonoma County Public Health officer, Dr. Sundari Mase, released a press release on Nov. 8 with guidelines for those gathering together for upcoming holiday festivities.


HUB event aims to destigmatize Latinx mental health

Jayline Alvarado November 9, 2021

The HUB Cultural Center is hosting an event that will hopefully create a space for Latinx students to start a dialogue about mental health surrounding the Latinx community. Being Latinx: Destigmatizing Mental Health in the Latinx Community will be taking place on November 23 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom.


How to have a COVID-19 safe Halloween

Jayline Alvarado October 26, 2021

Following a press release put out earlier this month, Sonoma County Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase officially gave the green light for residents to celebrate Halloween and other upcoming holidays normally this year. That being said, it is still important to keep the safety of oneself and others in mind while participating in Halloween celebrations.


Fire season affects physical and mental health

Jayline Alvarado October 19, 2021

California’s infamous fire season has arrived, tearing through the state’s farmland and bringing a slough of health concerns along with it. These health concerns among residents, especially those in Sonoma County, revolve around physical risks due to air quality and mental trauma from past fire seasons.


Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics testing new COVID-19 pill

Jayline Alvarado October 12, 2021

The molnupiravir pill, developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics (Merck), is the newest innovation in the search for the most effective COVID-19 treatments. This experimental drug is an oral pill that is said to treat COVID-19 positive patients.


U.S. administers COVID-19 booster shots while many countries still struggle

Jayline Alvarado October 5, 2021

While countries all around the world are struggling to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, the United States has just started allowing people over the age of 65 to receive a booster shot. Many question whether or not it would be more ethical to help administer vaccines in other countries rather than providing a third shot in the U.S.


Gabby Petito case sparks conversation about missing POC

Jayline Alvarado September 29, 2021

As the search for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend continues, one thing that this case starkly illustrates is the difference between how people react to people of color who disappear and white people who disappear.

Political statements turn heads at the Met Gala

Jayline Alvarado September 21, 2021

One of the wealthiest events of the year, the MET Gala has taken place. Whether it was one of the worst-dressed is still up for debate, but it was a night full of political statements. The Met Gala is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The theme of this year’s Met Gala was In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.

Texas abortion law causes disapproval through the nation

Jayline Alvarado September 14, 2021

On September 1, Texas passed an anti-aborton law, S. B. 8 which makes it illegal for people to have an abortion after six weeks. This law is in total contrast to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the landmark case of Roe v. Wade which protects a person’s choice to have an abortion.

SSU students partying with return to campus, despite COVID-19 concerns

Jayline Alvarado September 8, 2021

As students return to campus and in-person instruction, one thing that has followed is the return of parties. Parties are a hotspot for the transmission of COVID-19 and many students believe it is unfair to those attending in-person classes who don’t want their learning to be compromised.


Returning to campus and COVID-19 concerns

Jayline Alvarado September 1, 2021

As the Fall semester kicks off at Sonoma State, students have returned to campus. However, along with the return of students on campus and in the dorms, is an increased risk of potential COVID-19 cases, as well.

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