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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


Nirvana tribute concert raises over $2.7 million in support of COVID-19 relief

Post Malone took to YouTube Live Saturday, April 24 at 6 p.m. EST. to perform a full Nirvana tribute concert to raise money for the United Nations Foundation’s “COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund” for The World Health Organization (W.H.O.). All efforts deemed successful after donations totaled to more than $2.7 million by the end of the 80-minute long live-stream.


Free virtual art museum tours available globally

As shelter-in-place regulations arrive at the 30-day mark, people are growing increasingly eager to return to their regular lifestyles. This has led to a common thread of citizens feeling as though their typical ways of entertainment are simply not cutting it as they once did at quarantine’s beginning. Thankfully, for the culturally curious, there is still a way to indulge in cultural manifestations and education while staying safe at home.


Rapper Kid Cudi self-leaks teaser of unreleased track

Rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer, Kid Cudi, went live on Instagram Friday evening to surprise fans with a full preview of a new unreleased track, “Leader of the Delinquents.”


Music artists take to Instagram Live as ‘free concerts’ sooth the deafening effect of nationwide quarantine

With major music events canceled and venues closing their doors across the country due to the Coronavirus, several artists and musical institutions have taken their shows online via social media platforms and other live-streaming services to provide much needed entertainment during the strenuous time. Many artists, from the comfort of their own homes, live-streamed concerts to combat isolation and as a temporary way to bond with fans during the quarantine.


Student musicians raise eyebrows, charm GMC attendees in Instrumental Repertoire

Sonoma State University’s Department of Music showed off its up-and-coming instrumentalists at the Instrumental Repertoire Class Concert on Friday, Feb. 28 in Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center. Beginning at noon, filling the room with the freshness of musical sound, each talented musician took the stage to reveal their impressive skills and artistry as they performed a rotating selection of pieces.


Kevin Richardson, exonerated ‘Central Park Five’ member, visits campus

Maria Pineda Contreras, Staff Writer February 26, 2020

Kevin Richardson, a member of the renowned “Central Park Five,” and, now, exonerated after nearly five-and-a-half years of incarceration based on false accusations, is depicted in the Emmy Award-Winning Netflix miniseries, “When They See Us,” directed by Ava DuVernay. Director of student involvement at Sonoma State, Mo Phillips, was so touched after watching the powerful series that she organized to have Richardson as one of the keynote speakers for the Black History Month observances at Sonoma State University. With the anticipation of Phillips and numerous attendees alike, Richardson’s visit to campus in the Grand Ballroom on Thursday, Feb. 20, reigned as much of an immersive experience as it was readily impactful.


Climate change causes a decline in bumblebee population

Maria Pineda Contreras, Staff Writer February 19, 2020

With Spring quickly approaching, a time when the flowers sprout and our campus is full of color, we must remember to give credit to the most important species that allow us to experience such beauty: bumblebees.


Homeless encampment in Santa Rosa cleared out

Maria Pineda Contreras, Staff Writer February 12, 2020

County officials set last Friday as the final day for people to vacate what has become the largest homeless encampment in Sonoma County history, found along the Joe Rodada Regional Trail located in Santa Rosa, California. Counting reports done by the County of Sonoma claimed that there were upwards of 300 displaced individuals within a two-mile-long spread.


Gender neutral doll sparks a new toy era

Mattel Inc. Toy Company has chosen to make a product specifically to appeal to the progressive part of the United States. Lisa McKnight, the senior vice president of the global doll portfolio of Mattel, said “The world is becoming a more diverse and inclusive place, and some people want to do more to support that.” Mattel is doing their part by their creation of the world’s first gender-neutral doll to hit the market, a doll line called Creatable World that launched on Sept. 25 of 2019 


Black Lives Matter Excluded from Speaking at Women’s March

On January 18th, the Women’s March Foundation put on its fourth annual Women’s March protest that took place in Los Angeles, CA. An event that has brought together thousands of protestors to walk alongside one another in pursuit of subverting systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by courage, strength, and admiration. Though the march has been recognized as such by most of its demonstrators, the recent controversial decision made by its organizers to not include the international activist movement, Black Lives Matter, has brought people to re-evaluate and criticize the intentions and goals of the Women’s March Foundation.

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