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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

Sonoma State student interns for Yelp

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer January 7, 2020

Graduating senior Alec Bocarius landed an eight-week internship with Yelp in the summer of 2018, giving him experience in the workforce for sales and marketing. Bocarius is a business major and founding father of the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi on Sonoma State University’s campus.

NASA funds an SSU student-built satellite to orbit Earth

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer January 7, 2020

A team of Sonoma State University students spent the past three years building and programming a small cube satellite, which will be launched into space this coming December by NASA. The satellite was named the “EdgeCube”, a collaborative project between Sonoma State, Santa Clara University, and Morehead State University in Kentucky.  

Sonoma State relocates culinary services in midst of power outage

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer January 7, 2020

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, the Kincade fire sparked in northern Sonoma County at around 9:30 p.m.  Weather reports warned that a gusty windstorm was expected to be as strong as the 2017 historic wind events that caused the Sonoma and Napa County fires, pushing Sonoma State University’s culinary services to plan accordingly. 

4.5 Earthquake Shakes Bay Area

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer October 23, 2019

On Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, an earthquake of a 4.5 magnitude struck the San Francisco Bay Area at around 10:33 p.m. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake originated from Pleasant Hill, CA, with a depth of about nine miles. 


PG&E power shut off affects thousands in California

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer October 16, 2019

Thousands of northern and central California residents were notified on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, of a “public safety power shutoff” by PG&E in response to high fire advisories. A public safety power shutoff is an event where electricity is turned off because of the dry weather conditions and gusty winds.


E. Cotati Roadwork

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer October 9, 2019

The City of Cotati is holding a major construction project towards Old Redwood Highway through the Camino Colegio area, causing traffic delays during business hours.  


Antonio Brown looked up to, even with assault allegations

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer October 2, 2019

Antonio Brown, the NFL star wide receiver, was released from the New England Patriots just a week and a half after signing for a $15 million one year contract with a $9 million signing bonus. His release followed allegations and a civil lawsuit for raping his formal personal trainer in 2017 and 2018.  


Abortion pill makes its way to California universities

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer September 25, 2019

On Sept. 14, California lawmakers passed a bill that requires public universities to offer the abortion pill for students at on-campus health centers and clinics. According to the Sacramento Bee, the state Senate approved the bill on a 28-11 vote, and the next step is for Gov. Gavin Newsom to decide if he will sign it into law within the next month. If the bill is passed by Newsom, it will take effect at universities in January of 2023. 


Death-by-vaping epidemic causes concern for new smoking trend

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer September 17, 2019

It is no secret that vaping in the United States has become a serious health issue among young adults and teenagers in the past few years. On September 11th, President Trump and White House officials met to stop the spread of vaping-related illnesses.  


Astrology can be fun, or it can put people into boxes

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer September 17, 2019

Many of us are aware of astrology and what zodiac sign we were born with; and how the planets and stars “rule” our personalities.  In simpler terms, astrology is the belief that the positions of the stars and movements of the planets in our solar system greatly affects the events and behaviors in our lives.  


Safety concerns regarding ride sharing at an all-time high

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer September 4, 2019

Ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft have become extremely successful in the past few years with the convenience of requesting a driver from any location through apps on smartphones.  Designated drivers are no longer a hassle for millennials to find, as long as they have the Uber or Lyft app.  


Mauna Kea is more than just a mountain

Maddie Lam, Staff Writer August 28, 2019

Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano located on the Big Island of Hawaii, is known as the tallest mountain in the world standing at over 10,000 meters in height. It last erupted in the year 2460 BC, and it is favored by scientists for astronomical observation due to the high elevation and dry climate. While astronomers value Mauna Kea for utilizing its elevation, it is more than just a volcano to Native Hawaiians.    

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