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The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

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New hearing policy for sexual assault cases

Kasey Williams, News Editor April 16, 2019

In a court ruling last month, Superior Court Judge Howard L. Halm ruled in favor of new changes to the way that schools conduct Title IX investigations.


Barlow repairs underway, nearly complete

Kasey Williams, News Editor April 2, 2019

The Barlow was extensively damaged by deep floodwaters early last month, yet the repairs are nearly complete.


Barlow flooded, sustains heavy damage

Kasey Williams, News Editor March 5, 2019

During the floods last week, The Barlow, located in Sebastopol, sustained heavy water damage for several days.


From Ashes to Art

Kasey Williams, News Editor October 24, 2018

American novelist Erica Jong once said, “Natural disasters are comforting because they reaffirm our impotence, in which, otherwise, we might stop believing,” and it sure felt like nobody believed...


Fourth times a charm for ‘A Star is Born’

Kasey Williams, News Editor October 10, 2018

Terms like “fantastic,” “truly remarkable,” and “must-see” have often been thrown around in the world of cinema, though not quite as often as their antonyms, and even far fewer of these...


Director brings ‘High school’ to SSU

Kasey Williams, News Editor October 2, 2018

In Frederick Wiseman’s “High School” (1968), we are given a 75-minute glimpse into what life was like for students and faculty at Northeast High School in Philadelphia in the spring of 1968. The...


#MeToo storm unearths rounds of backlash

Kasey Williams, News Editor September 26, 2018

Early last week while promoting his upcoming Hulu series, two-time Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn bluntly spoke about #MeToo and its ostensible agenda. As with many evaluative statements made in the wake of the sexual harrassment movement, fallout was swift.

 When asked if his new show, “The First,” which features several strong female protagonists, was inspired by #MeToo, Penn disagreed. “I’d like to think that none of [“The First”] was influenced by what they call the movement of #MeToo,” he said. “The spirit of much of what has been the #MeToo movement is to divide men and women.”


Erratic intellect hinders innovation

Kasey Williams, News Editor September 19, 2018

Elon Musk, billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla Inc., recently found himself in hot water over an interview he participated in where he smoked marijuana for the first time with comedic podcast host Joe Rogan. 

Prior to that, Musk garnered attention just weeks before for calling one of the scuba divers involved in the rescue of a Taiwanese soccer team a “pedo guy,” all the while sleeping at the Tesla factory as he slaves over malfunctioning equipment at odd hours of the day.


Tweets and likes trumping stats and facts in social media news raid

Kasey Williams, News Editor September 12, 2018

Donald Trump has 54.2 million followers on Twitter. Kim Kardashian, 58.7 million. And Cristiano Ronaldo, 74.3 million. The president, a reality television star, and a musician are just a handful of some of the most influential people in the world and owners of some of the most powerful social media presences in the world.


‘Ghosting’ gains traction as convenient way to cut ties

Kasey Williams, News Editor September 5, 2018

It is a quarter past six on a cold, murky August evening and Kyle is already working on his third pint of overpriced double IPA from a local pub; this one called “Grain & Blood.” “I don’t even know what happened, bro. She just never hit me back,” he tells me, attempting to hold back the palpable despondency. It has been a little over a week since Courtney quit returning his text or Snapchat messages.


#MeToo backlash proves to spare neither art nor artist

Kasey Williams, News Editor August 31, 2018

Over the last year, Kevin Spacey went from opening blockbuster-level films, like “Baby Driver’s” $20.5 million opening weekend, to opening films that would not even drain the bank account of the average college student. That point could probably be traced back to October 2017, when the #MeToo Movement took the planet by storm.

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