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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

Two Balenciaga ad campaigns backfire on company

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer December 5, 2022

Two new Balenciaga campaigns left viewers disgusted wondering if their campaign was promoting child pornography and glorifying violence against children. On Nov.16 Balenciaga published their campaign called Balenciaga Gift Shop, which featured images of young children with the handbags that looked like teddy bears wearing what some say was bondage gear. Five days later, Balenciaga published their 2023 Garde-Robe advertising campaign, and when viewers zoomed in on the images they found that papers underneath the purse were from a Supreme Court decision on child pornography laws.

Elon Musk buys Twitter; already making big changes

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer December 5, 2022

Well, it finally happened. Elon Musk completed his purchase of Twitter, after months of lawsuits and attempts to back out of the deal. Musk bought twitter for $44 million after starting the deal in April.

Many twitter users are worried to see what changes are to come. One change made to the platform after Musk’s takeover was the introduction of a subscription service, which gives users a verified checkmark for $7.99 a month. The service did not last long as users created fake accounts pretending to be popular brands and sending out misleading tweets.


SSU interim president Mike Lee hosts first budget meeting

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer November 15, 2022

On Nov 3. Sonoma State University Interim President Lee hosted his first budget meeting after last semester's scandal where a leaked budget document outlined dramatic cuts to SSU’s programs and schools. On Lee's team were Associate Vice President for University Budget Lauren Lupei, Provost Karen Moranski and Vice President for Administration and Finance/CFO M.Monir Ahmed.

Is it the flu, allergies, a cold or COVID-19?

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer November 15, 2022

Do you have a sore throat? Runny nose? A cough that just won’t go away? Figuring out if you have the flu, allergies, a cold or COVID-19 can be tricky since the symptoms are so similar.

The flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses that can be spread through small particles that come from your nose and mouth. COVID-19 is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV-2). The flu is caused by the influenza virus but both can give you fever, cough, headaches, and body aches.

SSU permanently closes on-campus COVID testing site

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer October 31, 2022

Sonoma State University is discontinuing operations of the COVID-19 on campus testing and screening center in the recreation center beginning Nov. 1.

The recreation testing center has been open since February 2021 and has helped nearly 3,000 individuals with a total of 15,000 individual tests. Over the fall semester, in the last ten weeks, there have been less than 100 COVID tests administered.


Highly anticipated reopening of Toast

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer October 25, 2022

The Sonoma State University food venue that has been closed so long some students don’t know what it is, Toast, will reopen on Oct. 31. Culinary services are hopeful that the reopening of toast will combat the lengthy lines at Sip.

Located in between Darwin and Stevenson hall near the Bacon and Eggs sculpture, the kiosk will be open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Toast will serve everything from coffee, to pastries, bagels, grab n go sandwiches, salads, sushi, bottled beverages, and more.


Solar panels to light up SSU

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer October 18, 2022

Sonoma State University is getting a move on sustainable energy by installing solar panels across campus. The project, which will be started over the summer of 2023, should be completed by summer 2024. Students are excited to see the change of renewable energy coming to campus.


SSU students host pro-choice walk-out protest

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer October 11, 2022

Sonoma State University students participated in a walk-out on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 12 p.m. in the Seawolf Plaza. Many students and teachers participated in this event by bringing signs and wearing green, a color which has become a symbol of resistance amid the passing of anti-abortion laws.


New themed and cultural meals are coming to SSU!

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer October 3, 2022

Over the course of this semester, the Sonoma State University kitchens will be having a variety of themed dinners and informational heritage representation.

Food trucks are pulling into SSU this week

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer September 27, 2022

New food trucks are coming to Sonoma State University’s campus. SSU Culinary Services will be having one food truck per day scheduled Monday-Thursday from 11a.m. to 2p.m. every week until mid-Nov. These food options are meant to be affordable and accommodating to all SSU students.

Students can expect many different varieties of food trucks coming this week located in Salazar Plaza.


SSU shaken up following earthquake

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer September 20, 2022

Sonoma State University students were rattled by a 4.4 earthquake, and subsequent aftershock of 4.3, that happened Tuesday Sept.13 at 6:39p.m. The quake’s epicenter was about two miles north of Santa Rosa.

Many students were worried about what could happen next. Some called friends and family to make sure they were okay. Malia Carinio, a senior Psychology major said, “I immediately called my mom because she’s the first person I talk to when something like that happens.”


It’s getting HOT in here

Kayle Norris, Staff Writer September 13, 2022

With the recent record high temperatures in Sonoma County, SSU Residents slowly melt as dorms do not have A/C. During the third week of school, Sonoma county set some record high temperatures. On Tues. Sept.6, Santa Rosa recorded temperatures of up to 115 degrees, melting the previous record high of 113 degrees on July 1. 1913

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