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The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star


California State University tuition freeze set to expire, campus fees continue to rise

Nicole Detmers, Staff Writer May 10, 2016

The tuition freeze in the California State University that has extended over the past four years is set to expire in the coming academic year.  Students are protesting from campuses all over the state at campuses including Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Chico State and San Francisco State.

Research database being removed from all Cal State campuses

Nicole Detmers, Staff Writer May 10, 2016

LexisNexis is an online database where students and staff can access digital news publications and articles, legal information and business information.  The content is available through each of the 23 California State University librarys’ online search tool.  According to a university email, the database was originally funded by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, however, this funding is being withdrawn and the cost of the database without the subsidy was “prohibitive.”   As of June 30, LexisNexis will no longer be accessible to the California State Universities, including Sonoma State University — a topic of concern for Sonoma State Sociology Professor Peter Phillips.

The STAR gets personal with the Associated Students president-elect

Emily Hinton was elected Sonoma State University's Associated Students president earlier this month and during her campaign, she voiced her hopes for the upcoming school year.  The STAR had a chance to learn more about Hinton's goals for her upcoming term as president and below is a Q & A with the newly-elected student leader.

Faculty strike canceled, classes to continue as normal

Nicole Detmers, Staff Writer April 12, 2016

For months, Sonoma State University faculty, staff and students held their collective breath at the prospect of a strike that was scheduled to start on Wednesday and would include all 23 campuses in theCalifornia State University system. But thanks to a last-minute agreement announced on Friday, the strike has been called off and classes will be held as usual this week. The California Faculty Association and the CSU Chancellor’s Office have reached a tentative agreement for a faculty pay raise. Originally, faculty members were asking for a 5 percent increase. The new agreement calls for a 10.5 percent raise overthe next three years.

Veterans Affairs relocated, renamed

Nicole Detmers, Staff Writer April 12, 2016

Sonoma State University’s Veterans Services has supported roughly 300 student veterans and military dependents this semester alone, according to retired Veterans Affairs Director Peter Neville.  As of April 4, the office has been renamed to Veterans Services, and relocated to Salazar 1000 due to Neville’s recent retirement.


Ride along gives student insight on the day in the life of campus police

Nicole Detmers, Staff Writer March 10, 2016

Sonoma State University’s Campus Police Corporal Neal MacKenzie is a Sonoma State Alumni who has been an officer at the school for ten years.  He works a 12-hour shift, the night shift that goes from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.  Two officers are on shift at all times to cover Sonoma State’s 9,408 students.

Police identify suspect in recent campus break-ins

Nicole Detmers, Staff Writer February 24, 2016

Sonoma State University police intend to charge an individual suspected to have committed one of two burglaries that occurred on campus this semester.  

The case is still open and the burglaries are still under investigation, though police have identified an individual whom they believe is responsible for a car burglary that occurred earlier this semester. Because the case is still under investigation, Police Services could not disclose the suspect’s name.


Campus welcomes Zipcar, a transportation alternative

Nicole Detmers, Staff Writer February 24, 2016

The car-share company, Zipcar is now available at Sonoma State.  Students and staff can use the cars by registering online, paying a fee to reserve the cars and using them for a day – or seven.  According to Zipcar, the company provides members with all of the freedoms of owning a car, without the hassle.  The company provides the gas, insurance, allowing renters to drive a maximum of 180 miles per day.  


Dorm, cars burglarized

Nicole Detmers, Staff Writer February 2, 2016

Residents were still asleep in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, Jan. 26 as a burglar broke into a Tuscany Village dorm room, stealing a laptop and other personal property. 

The Hummingbird Wars play

Nicole Detmers, Staff Writer November 10, 2015

The Hummingbird Wars play full gallery.


The little, local coffee shop

Nicole Detmers, Staff Writer September 29, 2015

Wall to wall wood combined with the smell of fresh coffee wafting through the air, the little shop in downtown Cotati teleports you to a cabin near the north coast beach.  


Farmster promotes local sustainable farming

Nicole Detmers, Staff Writer September 15, 2015

There is only so much school can teach you about the trials and triumph in taking on a start up.  Allison Jenks graduated last year from Sonoma State University with a degree in Environmental Science and is now a cofounder of the local startup, Farmster.

 “Running a startup feels a little bit like spending a month at Disneyland, you are having an a ton of fun but you are also extremely exhausted,” Jenks said.


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