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Sonoma State Star

Greek organizations safe after recent incidents

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor May 6, 2014

After speaking with Adam Rosenkranz, president of Interfraternity Council (IFC), and Samantha Mraz, president of Panhellenic Council, some new developments have come forth in regard to the recent issues surrounding the Sonoma State University Greek life system. Rosenkranz had an hour-long conversation with President Ruben Armiñana regarding some of the instances that had occurred in the Greek community.

Greek community rocked by substance abuse incidents

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor April 29, 2014

After three isolated incidents of substance abuse poisoning at Greek life formals, President Ruben Armiñana warned all members of the Greek community that he would suspend Greek life if similar incidents happened again.

Essay contest examines ethics, law, justice

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor April 22, 2014

There are many ways in which students may establish credentials for their careers after college. One way is Sonoma State’s Warren Court Essay Competition, which shines a spotlight on ethics, law and justice and encourages excellence in writing.


Campus remembers John Kramer

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor April 16, 2014

Professor of political science Andrew Merrifield was a good friend of the late John Kramer and worked with him in the same department for almost 30 years at Sonoma State University. The two met when Kramer was interviewing Merrifield for a job in the political science department.

Sociology Club hosts speaker David Cobb

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor April 8, 2014

David Cobb, a national spokesperson for “Move to Amend,” will be speaking tonight at 7 p.m. in an event hosted by Sonoma State University’s Sociology Club, the Media Freedom Foundation and Project Censored. It will take place in the Student Union, Ballroom D, and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Students admission is free, but donations of $5 to $10 will be accepted.


Faculty Spotlight: Brantley Bryant

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor April 1, 2014

There are many different reasons scholars decide to further their education and take on the role of a teacher. Professor Brantley Bryant is an English professor whose love for the language began at a very young age.

Sonoma State to host annual Relay for Life

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor March 11, 2014

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life was started back in the 1980s by a colorrectal surgeon in Tacoma, Wash. 


Alpha Psi struts their stuff for charity

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor March 4, 2014

Ives 101 was packed to capacity as the lights dimmed. There were people filling every seat, sitting on the floor and against the walls. The emcee, Elijah Stephenson, philanthropy chair for Alpha Psi, took the stage. The Alpha Psi Cutie Pie Drag Show was about to begin.


Job Fair attracts hopeful students

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor February 26, 2014

The Sonoma State Job Fair is set up to attract students and open their minds to a variety of different jobs: 114 to be specific. There were companies from Citibank to Amy’s Kitchen, Office Depot to KTLN TV, and Kohl’s to the U.S. Department of State. 


City Council votes to implement parking permits

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor February 18, 2014

Last year, Rohnert Park City Council voted unanimously to pass a 120-day party ordinance in an effort to quell the numerous college parties taking place in M-Section. Along with this, they also passed an ordinance in 2009 allowing residential parking permits to be passed if 65 percent of the residents signed a petition. 


Professors honored with Goldstein Award

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor February 11, 2014

Professor Katherine Morris and Professor Debora Hammond were named the 2013-2014 winners of the Bernie and Estelle Goldstein Awards for Excellence in Scholarship. The Bernie and Estelle Goldstein Awards for Excellence in Scholarship is given to the professors who have dedicated their time to help further the knowledge of current teachers, and help provide them with new development skills. The award also recognizes the safe learning environment that the professors have provided for their students. 


American Multicultural Studies adds new degree emphasis

Megan Kleszcz, Copy Editor February 4, 2014

There has been recent speculation of the need to update the American Multicultural Studies Department.  Professor and Department Chair Elenita Strobel is an advocate of the need to revamp the department. Throughout the past year, there has been much discussion about how this update to the department would occur in the near future. Despite limited time and resources, final agreements and decisions have been made on the future of the AMCS department. 

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