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One kiss with this toad and it’s love

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer December 15, 2015

Community, diversity and inclusiveness are three of the most important values that owner Greg Maples claims that his new Cotati restaurant, Jaded Toad BBQ and Grill, is founded on. With its opening a little over two weeks ago, this restaurant may have had a shaky start, but my experience has me thinking they have a promising future.



The loves and woes of a performing artist

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer December 8, 2015

“I can’t, I have rehearsal!” That’s the most heard-of excuse from any performing artist, so much so that it has been printed on clothing. From auditions, callbacks, rehearsals, cue-to-cue’s to the opening night of performances, this is the process that I have lived for most of my life.


Hunger and homelessness week allows for donations

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer November 17, 2015

The Food and Agricultural Organization defines chronic hunger as undernourishment caused by not ingesting enough energy to a lead a normal, active life. 

In Sonoma County, 70,000 people are hungry every month with 11,300 of them being children. In addition, 3,295 people currently experience homelessness in Sonoma County according to Sonoma County Homelessness Advocates. 


Laverne Cox to speak on gender issues

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer November 10, 2015

Laverne Cox, American actress, reality television star, and LGBT advocate will spend time at Sonoma State University on Nov. 12 as part of the Women In Leadership lineup of the On Campus Presents programming at the Green Music Center. 


Not just art, but activism

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer November 3, 2015

Black Lives Matter—Even in Petaluma. Now until Nov. 22, the Sonoma County community has the opportunity to participate, educate, and be inspired by the vibrant creativity that black artists, musicians and performers have poured into the shaping of American and world culture through Petaluma Art Center’s latest exhibit, “Black Artists on Art.”


‘Bridge of Spies’ brings history to life

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer October 20, 2015

For someone who isn’t an avid viewer of historically-based screenplays, the bar set on Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” might not be very high. However, the dramatic thriller film starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance surprisingly had much to be appreciated by the wide-scoped audience who was looking for something other than a historical reenactment.


Student Spotlight: Gabriel Duran

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer October 13, 2015

Sonoma State University students may have heard of this singer-songwriter who spends much of his time collaborating and jamming to different musical favorites on his guitar in the courtyards of the university. This individual is fourth-year student Gabriel Duran.


Green Music Center hosts season-opening gala

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer October 5, 2015

Saturday was an evening of music and celebration as the Green Music Center opened up its doors for its fourth season opening Gala featuring world-renowned Chinese pianist, Lang Lang.


Chorus and conversation with Kristin Chenoweth

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer September 29, 2015

It’s not every day that a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress graces their presence at Sonoma State University. Kristin Chenoweth, who is most known for her originating role of Glinda in the musical “Wicked” visited the Green Music Center on Friday to conclude the summer season during her Coming Home tour.


Campus Movie Fest to return to campus

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer September 22, 2015

Coming soon to a university near you - Campus Movie Fest. The annual competition for aspiring filmmakers, actors, producers and artists will return the week of Oct. 7.



Preview: Sportsapalooza

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer September 15, 2015

"It hurts to hear that folks do not know that certain sports teams exist on campus,” said Rob Smith, the Campus Life Advisor for the sports clubs at Sonoma State University. Smith’s efforts to promote Sportsapalooza is important to the campus community because of the attitude he has about club teams.



First open mic at Lobos showcases student talent

Lawrence Ricardo, Staff Writer September 7, 2015

The first and third Wednesday of every month in Lobos isn’t the typical atmosphere that one is used to seeing at Lobos. There’s no sports on the TV or a line at the pool table, instead, Open Mic Night takes hold of the venue. 

Sonoma State University kicked off the school year with the first open mic night on Wednesday. Seawolves arrived with curiosity and excitement for hearing student talent fill the room. Gabe Duran, live performance coordinator of Associated Students Productions, is responsible for anything student performance related at Sonoma State. 


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