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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


Peer advisors answer Winter Intercession questions

Jennifer Spence, Staff Writer October 24, 2018

Every year, as registration time rolls around, the students at Sonoma State University seem to have higher stress levels than usual. It is a known fact on campus that getting the classes you need have always been difficult and often lead to having to take summer or winter courses.

Registration for winter classes opened on Monday Oct. 15. Freshman trying to get ahead or seniors trying to graduate on time especially feel the stress about registering for winter classes.


Greek community gets competitive during Moonball

Jennifer Spence, Staff Writer October 17, 2018

This past Saturday, Gamma Phi Beta’s philanthropy event, Moonball, brought out the competitive side of members of the Greek community to see who would be crowned champions.

Moonball is a volleyball tournament where fraternities and sororities are paired up to make teams. There are two leagues, Pros and Joes, where each team competes in a process of elimination until two teams are left to play in the championships.


Free skate draws large crowds

Jennifer Spence, Staff Writer October 3, 2018

Associated Student Productions brought back the popular glow skating event at Cal Skate of Rohnert Park. The roller skating event had all different students coming out in glowing colors on Wednesday night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and some of them even won free glow sticks, glow glasses, and other glow prizes. With pop and old hits playing all night, it was like a throwback to different decades. 

Sammi Glatt, the director of Campus Connections and the only returning member to ASP planned the glow skating event as part of her position. This past week’s event was not the first time the glow skating has been done, but it is the first time is has been put on in a year. 


Escape rooms stump SSU students

Jennifer Spence, Staff Writer September 26, 2018

The escape rooms came back to Sonoma State University for the third semester due to popular demand and stumped almost every group. Only a few groups were able to solve the puzzle and escape the rooms safely, but the majority said they were only a few clues away from figuring out their room. 

The scenarios in the ballrooms were the physical versions of the “escape the room” video games and were held in the ballrooms of the Student Center from Thursday to Friday 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The rooms are meant to make students think in a different way and use teamwork and communication to solve a puzzle. 


Students flock for cost-free night at Fun Center

Jennifer Spence, Staff Writer September 19, 2018

Scandia has been a long time go-to for Sonoma State students to hangout and let loose on the weekends. It has games like mini golf, bumper cars and their newest addition, the Vertical Boom which is a drop tower. Greek life, clubs, and other campus group have hosted events at Scandia in the past. 

Seawolf Living hosted a Sonoma State University event at Scandia Family and Fun Center from Sept. 10, starting at 9 p.m. till closing that provided free admission and rides to all Sonoma State students who showed their IDs upon entry. The only cost to students would be the food and drinks. The event continued into the next day, but tickets and games were regular price. The event was a huge success seeing as the whole venue was packed with students looking to have a good time. 


Frats aim to change stereotype

Jennifer Spence, Staff Writer September 12, 2018

Fraternity recruitment has always been looked at negatively from those outside of Greek life. What gives them a bad reputation is how recruitment is heavily associated with hazing, but the fraternities at Sonoma State University are trying to get rid of this stigma and show everyone their true values and priorities. Cole Bobbit, the recruitment chair of Alpha Epsilon Pi makes a good point, “The negative view of rush comes from the few bad apples of any organization, not only Greek life.” 


SSU Professor set to release three children’s books

Jennifer Spence, Staff Writer September 5, 2018

Hillary Homzie, a Communications professor at Sonoma State Univeristy, has had a passion for writing from a young age. Homzie can recall two instances where her teachers acknowledged her talent. In second grade, her teacher wrote on one of her papers that she was a writer. Then in her seventh grade yearbook another teacher signed, to a future writer. “Those comments really stick with you,” said Homzie. She went on to write for her high school newspaper and became the editor. Homzie then continued writing for her college newspaper at the University of Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Communications and has worked in fields like radio, journalism, and others.


Stomping Grounds gives students variety in meal options

Jennifer Spence, Staff Writer August 31, 2018

The Wine Spectator Learning Center was one of the most anticipated additions to Sonoma State University’s Campus, officially opening on May 29 in the evening. The building received a $11 million in donation from various sources to create the learning center. Since the fall semester of 2017, we have all been waiting to see the new modern building and what it had to offer. 

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