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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


Stress Free Zone for students during finals week

Sonoma State will be offering a Stress Free Zone on campus for students to unwind after dealing with the overwhelming tasks of moving out and studying for finals. The Stress Free Zone will take place in Weyden + Brewster from May 15-18 where students can relax, play games and make crafts all while enjoying the company of others. All events will take place from 8:30-10 p.m.


SSU celebrates AAPI month in April

The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) month. However, Sonoma State has a tradition of celebrating in April so that students, faculty and staff can truly appreciate all this month has to offer. SSU also recognizes the importance of providng a full month to acknowledge the Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander communities we have on our campus.


Queer Student Alliance hosts Queer Prom 2022

Payton Mullaney, staff writer April 27, 2022

This past Friday, Sonoma State University’s Queer Student Alliance (QSA) hosted Queer Prom 2022. This was a night designed for fostering community among queer students, complete with food, dancing and wearing their own unique attire. Students and their guests gathered together in the Russian River Valley room from 7-10 p.m. to indulge in a special evening of celebrating themselves and their community, completely free of judgment.


Students participate in human rights workshop

Payton Mullaney, staff writer April 20, 2022

With events designed to create spaces for faculty and students to be able to grow and educate themselves, the Social Sciences department presented The Oxford Consortium for Human Rights (OCHR) workshop for this sole purpose. Held in Healdsburg, 10 SSU Social Sciences attended the event from March 31 to April 3.


POWER LINES festival features student-written plays

Payton Mullaney, staff writer April 12, 2022

Sonoma State’s Department of Theater Arts and Dance aims to “offer students a home where they can seek their potential and develop their voices as artists, through the study and collaborative creation of live performance”, according to their home page. This weekend, students' were able to share their passion for theater and performing arts through POWER LINES, a play festival here on campus.


Social Justice Week encourages involvement on campus

Payton Mullaney, staff writer April 5, 2022

Sonoma State University’s eighth annual Social Justice Week began on Monday and there are several events for students to attend as a way to get involved on campus. SSU is offering in-person and virtual events from April 4-8 for students to attend as a way to honor Social Justice Week and to educate themselves about the equality gaps that still persist. The theme for this year is “Empowerment Through Social Justice.”


Seawolf Living is looking to hire students

Payton Mullaney, staff writer March 29, 2022

Social media, marketing and photography are all such important skills to have in a world consumed by media. Having an outlet to teach and expand one’s knowledge on these resources is crucial, which is exactly what Seawolf Living aims to do for Sonoma State University’s students.


Internship graduation requirements suffocate student

Payton Mullaney, staff writer March 16, 2022

Many students at Sonoma State University are required to complete a certain number of hours as an intern in order to graduate. It may look good on a resume, but on top of school, jobs, social life, and maintaining a good mental state, are internships worth sacrificing students’ sanity?


‘Love is Blind’ contestant stirs up trouble

Payton Mullaney, staff writer March 8, 2022

One of Netflix's reality dating shows, “Love is Blind”, runs on the idea that love is not solely based on looks. The show is run like a psychological experiment, and the goal is to have each contestant find love without knowing what their partner looks like until they propose. In the show’s newly released second season, one contestant, Abhishek “Shake” Chatterjee, entered the experiment knowing all he cared about was looks, causing quite the controversy.


Black Student Union weighs in on Black History Month

Payton Mullaney, staff writer March 1, 2022

Black students celebrated their culture on campus and were able to freely embrace what it means to be Black. As Black History Month comes to an end, conversations took place about whether Black students felt represented on Sonoma State University’s campus this February.


Inglewood prioritizes Super Bowl over homeless

Payton Mullaney, staff writer February 22, 2022

Inglewood, Calif. has an ever-growing homeless population, and instead of funding housing or aid programs for these citizens, the city chose to host and sponsor Super Bowl LVI.


Horror films desensitize viewers to gore

Payton Mullaney, staff writer February 15, 2022

As new innovations in horror films continue to emerge, audiences are beginning to grow accustomed to images of gore and death. With directors like Jordan Peele and Ari Aster revolutionizing the genre, horror films are more popular than ever, thus making blood and guts a normal occurance on the big screen.

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