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Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star


Flynn memo provides another tease before Mueller report

Nina Lopez, Staff Writer December 11, 2018

President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, receives a slap on the wrist after lying to FBI investigators about his involvement with Russia and the 2016 election campaign.

Due to Flynn’s cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller, Flynn will receive no jail time due to the “substantial assistance” he has provided. Such information is now being used as evidence to solve three ongoing investigations, two of which are unknown to the public.


Migrant caravn reaches US border . . . now what?

Nina Lopez, Staff Writer December 5, 2018

After months of heated conversation over the Central American caravan traveling North towards the United States border, the mass amount of Guatemalan, Honduran and Salvadoran citizens have finally neared the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana, Mexico.

With what little time Mexico and the U.S. had to effectively handle this dilemma, the migrants who’ve been traveling since October are now occupying space in El Chaparral plaza, waiting for the U.S. to open their borders.


CNN reporter banned from White House amid “assault”

Nina Lopez, Staff Writer November 13, 2018

CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, has been accused of physically assaulting a White House intern during a press conference last week, resulting in the removal of his press pass and banning access to him into the White House. 

After the supposed altercation aired on national television, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that the White House will “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job.”


Race and culture are not excuses for costume ideas

Nina Lopez, Staff Writer November 7, 2018

The only thing better than devouring leftover candy the day after Halloween, is scrolling through Twitter and looking at pictures of offensive costumes.

Surprisingly, there weren’t many problematic costumes reported this year as opposed to others. However, as a second generation Mexican-American, it is rather offensive to see people dress in Mexican garb.


Migrant caravan continues their march for salvation

Nina Lopez, Staff Writer October 31, 2018

As the migrant caravan of approximately 7,000 Central Americans continues the treacherous journey north towards the U.S. border, President Trump has declared our country in a state of national emergency as a ploy to instill fear into the American people about immigration.

The President took to Twitter last week to report false claims about the migrants.


Creative outlet for filmakers returns to SSU

Nina Lopez, Staff Writer October 24, 2018

Although Sonoma State University is considered a liberal arts college, the university doesn’t offer many classes for students pursuing careers in cinema. Since the school doesn’t have the proper resources to accommodate up-and-coming filmmakers or students who would like to dabble in the world of filmmaking, the week of Campus Movie Fest (CMF) has become a vital opportunity for students interested in film production.

Campus MovieFest started back in 2001 and is now the largest student film festival in the world. It all began at Emory University when four students devised an idea to provide their classmates with all the equipment they would need to make a five minute video in one week. With the help of sponsorships, CMF was able to expand and become what it is today. 


Heather Matarazzo connects with students during “Real Talk”

Nina Lopez, Staff Writer October 17, 2018

In honor of World Mental Health Day, actress and writer Heather Matarazzo, most famously known for her role as Lily Matzkevich in “The Princess Diaries,” arrived at Sonoma State University to share her insight about mental health and the simplistic importance of allowing yourself to be seen and the active involvement of seeing others.


FAASSU prepares for gold at annual games

Nina Lopez, Staff Writer October 10, 2018

Sonoma State University’s largest multicultural club, the Filipino American Association of Sonoma State University, otherwise known as FAASSU, is currently training for the 33rd annual Friendship Games taking place on Oct. 20. This year, our seawolves are aiming for gold. 

The Friendship Games are held at California State University Fullerton where over 40 Filipino American Student organizations across California, Nevada and Arizona come together to celebrate culture, diversity, friendship, fun and the adrenaline of some good-old-fashioned competition. 

Quarter-life crises hit SSU students

Nina Lopez, Staff Writer October 3, 2018

It’s nearly halfway through the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year and Sonoma State University seawolves graduating in the spring are starting to feel the pressure and anxiety that comes with the idea of the future.

With their time at Sonoma State coming to a close, many students have begun speculating about whether or not their schooling and internships have been enough to show employers that they’re qualified to delve into their professions.


Facing backlash from her own movement

Nina Lopez, Staff Writer September 26, 2018

Former allies Asia Argento and Rose McGowan, who’d previously come forth to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and misconduct in 2017, are now engaged in a public feud that’s damaging their...



Nina Lopez, Staff Writer September 19, 2018

In a brilliant effort to show the strikingly horrific parallels between past and present-day racism, legendary film director Spike Lee returns to tell the remarkable true story of the first African-American...

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