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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


PETA’s ‘anti-animal’ phrases push the limits of sensitivity

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer December 11, 2018

The cat’s out of the bag . . . PETA has just come out with a list of “animal-friendly idioms” that people can use to avoid triggering the birds and the bees and giving students the wrong idea of what the relationship between humans and animals should be. 

And thank God they have because people have really been complaining about this one. 


The changing media instills new priorities

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer December 5, 2018

In this day and age, people tend to put lots of unimportant or simple means before primary necessities in terms of the information they pay attention to. Much of the new generations tends to browse certain mainstream media sites to get news for certain things.


Tinder drives man to change his age

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer November 13, 2018

In this day and age, we have been able to get more creative than ever before with identification and labels by claiming certainties are really just fluid constructs. 

Dutch “positivity guru” Emile Ratelband has begun a quest to legally turn back time and change his age (69) to match his physical standing, which Ratelband says doctors claim matches that of a 45-year-old.


The clothes do not make the man

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer November 7, 2018

The following message should be passed on to the next generation, as a word of advice from their not-so-distant predecessors: what you wear doesn’t make you who you are. 

The true modality of this world is, as harsh as it might sound, that who a person decides to be counts much more than what a person decides to wear.


Blackface comments enter political correctness firestorm

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer October 31, 2018

What happened to Megyn Kelly, who previously was an anchor for Fox News from 2004 to 2017 and was just fired from her position as host of “Megyn Kelly Today” on NBC might just be a perfect example of political correctness gone much too far.


‘Cornerstore Caroline’ racially accuses child of assault

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer October 24, 2018

Believe it or not, the most astonishing part of this haphazard and unsystematic world in which we live today, is how some people in it still find a way to surprise you every once in a while, no matter how absurd or grotesque it may seem. 

Hey, what do you know? It’s the usual story, when a woman named Teresa Klein called the cops and claimed that she was sexually assaulted by 9-year-old Jeremiah while shopping with his mother in a New York deli last week.


Celebrity politics not to be accepted blindly

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer October 17, 2018

In this day and age, social media allows for an all-access pass to the political opinions and philosophies of anyone and everyone, including Hollywood stars. However, it should be made made absolutely clear that just because someone is a high-paid Hollywood figurehead, it does not make their views any more right or true than yours.

This isn’t to say that the political beliefs of Hollywood should be discounted entirely, but instead that they should be held no higher than anyone else’s, and one should not alter his or her way of thinking for anyone, even if it is written in a country song.


Jazz hands prevail amidst clapping anxiety

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer October 10, 2018

Imagine, today someone decides to walk to school, and a motorbike zooms passed him on the street, causing him to jump and spill his tea on his brand new jacket. 

Perhaps, motorcycles should be banned from Rohnert Park.


Trump’s U.N. speech echoes struggle, but promises progress

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer October 3, 2018

Perhaps it’s time that we all take a step back and hold America to a higher standard than just simple peace offerings. Maybe it’s time, as Americans, to encourage our representatives to answer the problems of the rest of the world with not only open arms but closed fists; to love our friends and at the same time not be trampled by political correctness, shame or guilt.

SSU becomes home to transfer students

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer September 26, 2018

Everyone knows that coming to school for any first-time freshman is difficult, but what we don’t really give a lot of thought to is the stress that transfer students also have to endure. They leave their homes and families as well, but they also leave the friends that they’ve established in community college, for example, or perhaps jobs that they’ve chosen to work right out of high school. 

     The transfer student must also undertake the task of joining friend groups or cliques of people that have already been established perhaps even years ago. A few transfer students were interviewed this week to discuss the challenges that they have had to face this first semester Sonoma State University.

Immigration policies spark discussion

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer September 19, 2018

There has been a lot of controversy and worry regarding the Trump Administration’s changes to the DACA policy, as well as the issue of family separation during the immigration process. Treats and Trending is a monthly educational discussion group where they pick a trending topic, research it, and host an open discussion. This month’s topic was the immigration policy of the Trump Administration and how it has changed over the summer.

Treats and Trending functions under six main community guidelines: what is shared here stays here, what is learned here leaves here, speak openly, honestly and respectfully, pay attention to body language, be mindful of intent vs. impact, be brave and vulnerable, and that silence is okay. These instructions ensure a casual yet comfortable space to discuss certain controversial topics.


“It’s A Guy Thing” welcomes all

Nick Ceschin, Staff Writer September 12, 2018

If you are looking for a safe environment to openly debate controversial topics such as masculinity in modern-day society, your prayers have been answered. The HUB, located on the second floor of the Sonoma State Student Center, is the cultural center that offers plenty of programs related to diversity, social justice, inclusion, race, identity, ethnicity and much more. 

     “It’s a Guy Thing” is an open discussion that anyone can attend, which revolves around masculinity and the characteristics thereof, such as the role of masculinity in media, sports, and videogames. It is important to discuss masculinity in this day and age to be to able to see what it is in other people’s eyes and to not confuse real masculinity with what many people fantasize it to be.

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