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Red Flags sparks awareness on campus

Mariah Maldonado, Staff Writer December 12, 2018

While the front of the library can be seen with students scurrying to their final or entering the building for their long night studying escapade, many took a moment to bring their attention to the 1,824 little red flags that had been placed in front of the library in the Darwin quad. The little red flags are not for landscaping or as a holiday decoration, but as a representation of the 1,824 college aged students that die each year from alcohol related incidents.

This display was one of many events throughout Sonoma State University’s “Save A Seawolf” Alcohol Awareness week. This is the week of awareness that is hosted by the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week for the past 15 years in various forms. The Arrive Alive Simulator was something new that administration was able to have come to campus in December, which allowed administration to promote positive behaviors around the holidays.


Holiday cards for incarcerated queer folk

Mariah Maldonado, Staff Writer December 5, 2018

With the holidays arriving this month, the usual holiday preparations and actions can be seen all around. Present’s are being bought, lights are being strung, and the holiday cards are sent out for delivery. They are sent to those that are loved and made to keep up the holiday spirit. But not everyone receives cards this time of year, especially those who are incarcerated. 

To remedy this, the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) recently held an event at The HUB on Wednesday, Nov. 28, called “Letters to Queer Incarcerated Folks”. Their purpose was to invite every person to send holiday cards to members of the LGBTQ community that are currently incarcerated through the online site


Ride share saftey a growing concern

Mariah Maldonado, Staff Writer November 7, 2018

The idea of ordering a car ride with a complete stranger went from a weary application to a nationwide phenomenon. 

Uber was founded in 2009 as a transportation network company that began in San Francisco. To get a ride, all one has to do is download the Uber application onto your phone, enter your destination, and then you’re given a price with your driver’s detail and location. It seems simple enough. 


Phi Delta Theta’s Teeter Totter wraps up another year

Mariah Maldonado, Staff Writer October 24, 2018

A teeter totter was consistently moving on the Person Lawn for 104 hours for Phi Delta Theta’s 19th annual fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. The men of this fraternity plan year round for this five day event that is anticipated by many on campus.

The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity began the Teeter Totter event at SSU in 1999 to raise money for ALS research, formerly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in honor of Lou Gehrig who was an accomplished Phi Delta Theta member at Columbia University. Their vision shifted when one of their own brother’s, Woody Bolin,  passed in August 2006 from Cystic Fibrosis. In honor of Bolin, they vowed that they would continue this once a year event to remember him and his legacy.

Mental Health Fair showcases mindfulness

Mariah Maldonado, Staff Writer October 17, 2018

Last Wednesday in the bustle of students scurrying to classes and grabbing their morning espresso, Seawolf Plaza was transformed into the Mental Health Awareness Fair. From 11:30 through 1:30 p.m., students were able to step away from the stress of college and take a moment to themselves, along with finding out about all of the resources campus has to offer.

     Mental health is often overlooked by college students and those around them. NBC News reported in 2017 that 75 percent of all mental health conditions begin before the age 24, making college a critical time to take care of oneself. UCLA Higher Education Research also conducted a survey in which over 12 percent of college freshmen reported that they were frequently depressed. 


Royalty comes to Seawolf Plaza

Mariah Maldonado, Staff Writer October 10, 2018

The wall outside of the Recreation Center was beaming with royals last Friday evening. LoboVision not only provides students with the most up to date information about what’s going on at Sonoma Sstae University, but also has a full audio package that allows movies to be played. The larger than life screen has over 4,000 people walk past it every day, making information and news easily accessible to all on campus.

SSU lands on multiple college rankings lists

Mariah Maldonado, Staff Writer September 13, 2018

Sonoma State University has recently found itself on various college rankings lists across the internet. The school ranks 20 in “party schools” on the Princeton Review, 88 in Forbes Magazine’s top colleges in the West, and 20 on Student Loan Hero’s list of places where students can work and pay their way through college


“Thicker Than Smoke” event raises $189,000 for fire victims

Mariah Maldonado, Staff Writer August 31, 2018

Over 2,300 people attended the “Thicker Than Smoke: An Evening of Community Storytelling” event during the weekend of Aug. 3 here at the Green Music Center.  This was a two-night event that showcased the stories of those affected by the fires that raised $189,000, which was donated in support of fire victims. Sonoma County is still attempting to recover from the blazes; families are still searching for living arrangements and looking to piece their lives back together.

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