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Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star


Burning Man 2021 cancelled

Despite the return of other festivals this year, Burning Man has made the decision to not return for another year due to the novel coronavirus. The annual festival takes place in Black Rock Desert, Nev.


Last in-person event of the semester: Nomapalooza

Jayline Alvarado, Staff Writer April 27, 2021

Sonoma State’s Associated Student Production is presenting NomaPalooza. They first announced it in an Instagram post on April 12. It’s going to be a drive-in music festival with pre-recorded performances, and a question-and-answer segment after on Friday, April 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Coronavirus inspires fashion trends; industries continue to evolve

Jayline Alvarado, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

Amidst a pandemic, fashion continues to evolve. Masks have become an essential part of going out, and as people venture back to the outside world, the fashion industry has restarted after coming to a screeching halt.


Indoor events and venues begin reopening process

Jayline Alvarado, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

As Sonoma County moves into the orange tier and Governor Newsom has announced that after June 15 pandemic mandates would be lifted. However, the mask mandate would remain, and starting April 15 indoor venues are to reopen depending on the county’s tier and with restrictions.


‘Sonnets for an Old Century’ starts Thursday

Jayline Alvarado, Staff Writer April 6, 2021

The Theatre Arts and Dance Department will be live streaming the play ‘Sonnets for an Old Century’ by José Rivera starting Thursday. Directed by Paul Draper, ‘Sonnets for an Old Century’ tackles the question, “Could you tell your life story in the space of a moment, the length of a Sonnet,” by letting multiple individuals tell their stories in sonnet form, “according to the Sonoma State’s Theatre Arts and Dance event page.


Students shine at virtual Voice Recital Variety Show

Jayline Alvarado, Staff Writer March 30, 2021

The Sonoma State University’s Music Department has continued the Spring semester with the vocal program’s Variety Show. The event was live streamed on March 17 through the Music Department’s website, where students sang a song of their choosing that meant something to them, and may have a prop or staging to enhance their performance and in order to show “the audience their individuality and creativity as an artist.”


Festivals announce 2021 dates

Jayline Alvarado, Staff Writer March 16, 2021

As the pandemic continues despite the vaccine rollout, one announcement that came out was that of this year’s festival lineups. The Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas has recently announced its lineup including Billie Eilish, Green Day, Tame Impala, and ASAP Rocky as some of their headliners. The festival goes from Sept. 17 to 19 with tickets already sold out and single day tickets to be released soon.


Mr. Potato head receives a gender-neutral rebrand

Jayline Alvarado, Staff Writer March 10, 2021

On Feb. 25, Hasbro, the toy company that manufactures iconic toys since 1923 announced that in order to reflect modern families today, they would be rebranding their iconic “Mr. Potato Head” to “Potato Head”. Hasbro would also be releasing a toy line in the Fall to reflect this change called the “Create Your Potato Head Family”. A toy from a movie has now become a debate on “cancel” culture” and has been politicized.


Airplane engine explodes, debris falls from the sky

Jayline Alvarado, Staff Writer March 3, 2021

Passengers on a United Airlines Flight bound to Honolulu from Colorado were met with engine troubles at the start of their flight when the engine exploded causing debris to land in the surrounding Broomfield area for a mile around.


Ted Cruz’s vacation lands him in hot water

Jayline Alvarado, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

As Texas faces freezing temperatures and a lack of electricity, Ted Cruz made the decision to travel to Cancun. What he didn’t expect was the intense backlash that the trip would have when he was spotted at the airport. Unlike his constituents, Ted Cruz has the luxury of leaving the country for a vacation when a natural disaster hits. His actions have citizens calling for his resignation.


Britney Spears’ conservatorship continues against her wishes

Jayline Alvarado, Staff Writer February 17, 2021

After the premiere of the New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears” there’s been a renewed interest in the battle for the conservatorship of Britney Spears. A conservatorship is a judge-appointed guardian who manages another person's finances or even daily life due to the person’s mental state, physical limitations or old age. In this case, Britney Spears has been in a conservatorship for the past thirteen years under the care of her father.


Marilyn Manson accused of sexual assault

Jayline Alvarado, Staff Writer February 10, 2021

Seemingly out of nowhere, shock rocker Marilyn Manson or Brian Warner was dropped from not only his record label but his agency and by longtime manager following allegations of physical and sexual abuse after actress Evan Rachel Wood confirmed on social media that it was Manson who she was referring to in front of a House Judiciary subcommittee in support of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act.

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