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Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

Loan debt continues to plague college students

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) believes college should be more affordable for students in America, and she’s not alone. In fact, at least 250,000 people agree with her. In 2013, Warren created a petition as part of her first-ever Senate bill to set the student loan interest rate to the level offered to big banks by the Federal Reserve. 

Seawolves SPEAK! Texas A&M professor

Students of a strategic management class at Texas A&M Galveston got the scare of the semester when they received an email from their instructor Irwin Horwitz, saying they would all fail the class.



Media campaign encourages safe driving

Michelle Welling, Staff Writer April 28, 2015

The next social media campaign will hit the Twittersphere on Thursday. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and as the latest effort to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will launch a safety campaign they’re calling “#Just Drive.”


Insight on the misconceptions of veiling

Michelle Welling, Staff Writer April 21, 2015

There’s a saying that one cannot understand the life of another until walking a mile in their shoes. Or as with the case of Sahar Amer’s lecture, “What is Veiling,” at Schroeder Hall on April 14, simply substitute “shoes” for “veil.”


Volunteer abroad fair offers students new opportunities

Michelle Welling, Staff Writer April 14, 2015

The Spring 2015 Work Intern Volunteer Abroad Programs Spring Fair brings a world of opportunities to Sonoma State University’s doorstep. The Work Intern Volunteer Abroad Spring Fair comes to Sonoma State University at a time when students are planning for future years of their undergraduate degree, and many, preparing for life after graduation. 



University responds to water reduction, drought

Michelle Welling, Staff Writer April 7, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the state’s first mandatory water-use reduction on Wednesday in response to California’s near-crisis proportions drought. 

Global wine masters program offered in fall

Michelle Welling, Staff Writer March 31, 2015

The only institute in the country offering a Wine Master of Business Administration degree just stepped up its program. Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute is now accepting applicants for its new Global Wine Master of Business Administration fall 2015.

Faculty salary concerns continue

Michelle Welling, Staff Writer March 10, 2015

The California Faculty Association released the first installment of the paper series, “Race to the Bottom,” on March 3. The first release, “Race to the Bottom: The CSU’s Failure to Fund its Core Mission,” illustrates how the California State University has flatlined its funding for faculty over the past 10 years, despite economic fluctuation. 



Associated Students election underway

Michelle Welling, Staff Writer March 3, 2015

Monday marks the next round of Associated Students elections at Sonoma State University. 


Campus prepares to vote on fee via referendum

Michelle Welling, Staff Writer February 24, 2015

It’s not often students have direct control over how their student fees are spent, or how much they pay. However, this rare instance will fall into the hands of students March 9 through March 11, via their Seawolf emails, when a student referendum will be held to vote on a proposed Associated Students fee increase.


Redwood Cafe supports artists reception

Michelle Welling, Staff Writer February 17, 2015

Artists local to the Cotati area showcased their work at an art reception held at Redwood Cafe on Feb. 10. It was a night of live music, local art and food. Each of the artists were introduced on-stage and roamed about the cafe in an approachable fashion for potential buyers or just friendly conversation.

University moves to part-time faculty majority

Michelle Welling, Staff Writer February 10, 2015

When the California  State University system faces budget cuts, educators pay the price with their jobs. The California State University system reported to have a majority of part-time faculty during the 2013-14 academic year. This shift of instructors has serious ramifications both in and out of the classroom, and holds several implications in regard to the institution of higher education in California.

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