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Fall Dance presents ‘Unity Through Movement’

Katelyn Dodge, Staff Writers December 1, 2020

With this semester coming to a close, the Fall Dance hosted by the Sonoma State University Dance Department is nearing their opening night. Unity Through Movement becomes a collection of dances based on the ability to come together and relate to one another, to unite beyond all else. The performance is directed by Sonoma State University’s dance professor, Farrah McAdams, and she was able to open up and talk about what made this year’s performance different.


Alex Trebek dies at age 80

Katelyn Dodge, Staff Writers November 18, 2020

In March 2019, Alex Trebek came forward to the public about his diagnosis with stage four pancreatic cancer, and since then, support has continued for the 80-year-old “Jeopardy!” host. Despite the well wishes, treatments, and a hard-fought battle, Trebek passed away on Nov. 8. This comes as a shock for the “Jeopardy!” family, though his legacy will live on. His final episode will air on Dec. 25, which was a final wish from Trebek.


Student Spotlight of the Week: Seth Baldwin

Katelyn Dodge, Staff Writers November 11, 2020

Sonoma State University has a plethora of very talented students in its midst, one being Seth Baldwin. Baldwin is a senior in the Communications department who has written and released his own Hip-Hop and RNB album, Camera Roll.


Classic Peanuts specials removed from television

Katelyn Dodge, Staff Writers November 5, 2020

A local tradition is being removed from its seasonal airing for the first time since its original television debut on CBS in 1965. The classic Charlie Brown holiday specials have been a staple for people of the Bay Area. The creator of the Peanuts character and comics, Charles M. Schultz, was a local artist and the years spent here have long cemented Sonoma County as the home of the Peanuts.


New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goes live on Twitch

Katelyn Dodge, Staff Writers October 27, 2020

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made it to the front page of on her first stream, her message reaching beyond what could be imagined. Twitch is a branch of Amazon, a live streaming platform hosts thousands of gamers, artists, entertainers, and more; these streams are similar to a television show but if it was filmed and aired live. AOC, a popular acronym for the US Representative, tweeted out on Monday, “Anyone want to play Among Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote? (I’ve never played but it looks like a lot of fun)”.


Protecting the public, ‘The Social Dilemma’

Katelyn Dodge, Staff Writers October 21, 2020

The Netflix film,‘The Social Dilemma’ is a documentary featuring the fears of many technology users in the year 2020. Exploring the routes that technology has taken, specifically social media, and how manipulative it has become. This hour and 32-minute film unravels the effects of the additivity apps have over the human mind. A featured speaker of this documentary is Tristan Harris, a Santa Rosa local with a lot of industry secrets, divulged it for all to hear.


‘Savage X Fenty,’ a celebration of body types, ends with an apology

Katelyn Dodge, Staff Writers October 15, 2020

Savage X Fenty, an all-encompassing fashion show featuring Rihanna and her desire to make all bodies feel accepted. Featuring intimates and lingerie that are marketed as a collection that fits more than one body type, it fits real people and not just models. Most lingerie fashion shows only feature women that are rail thin and go along with the accepted ideal beauty.


Learning from the past: Sonoma State’s evacuation shelter

Katelyn Dodge, Staff Writers October 12, 2020

Sept. 27, 3:48 a.m., a fire erupted on Howell Mountain in Napa county, and from there, it spread. The fire gripped the countryside, surrounding Calistoga, wrapping around Angwin, and spilling into Santa Rosa. This quick-moving blaze, now named the Glass Fire, spread itself into Sonoma County within a day. By Sept. 28, 12:19 a.m., evacuation orders were encroaching into Santa Rosa; citizens were to leave immediately or risk being caught in the firefight. In the middle of a pandemic, an estimated seventy thousand people are trying to find a place to stay. That is when Sonoma State took a stand for those in need. It has not always been like this, though. The college has received some heat from students and staff through the years as the fires continued to push into Sonoma County time and time again.


California makes the leap toward clean energy

Katelyn Dodge, Staff Writers October 5, 2020

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, California Governor Gavin Newsom passed an executive order banning the sale of all new gas-powered cars by the year 2035. Used and pre-owned cars may continue on the market, but this push puts a timer on dealerships to begin phasing out gas for electric or hybrid vehicles. This order makes California the first state to commit to clean energy, but what does that mean?


Netflix: Sexualizing children for increased sales

Katelyn Dodge, Staff Writers September 22, 2020

Netflix, a company worth $125 billion, is being accused of being too explicit with its latest portfolio of films and television shows. As both a creator and a streaming platform, they can access a plethora of original and re-uploaded content. Two pieces of film have recently come under fire though, pushing the platform into hot water.


Blurring the lines of debt or safety

Katelyn Dodge, Staff Writers September 16, 2020

As COVID-19 began in March, schools across the world pushed for online education; at the same time, parents transitioned to working from home if they were able to. Six months later, a discussion about adequately educating children became the main focus. Should the class be online, or do they move to in-person learning? Without adults in the home, schools acted as a daycare for many young children, children too young to take care of themselves. Due to the move to online education to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, many parents face the problem of figuring out who will watch their children when they are attending online school?

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