The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

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


Students weigh post-graduation options

Peter Gatembu May 17, 2017

Earn a university degree and get a job. This formula has always worked with relative success for many graduates. Many graduates go further in their studies and earn master’s degrees while others take time off completely for a little break before venturing in job hunting. 


Vegan options available on campus; just ask

Peter Gatembu May 10, 2017

Students have one area that presents us with a greater challenge than most individuals face in their daily livelihoods, and that’s eating healthy. For instance, some lunchtimes I walk into the Sonoma State University cafeterias and leave without finding anything suitable. As a vegan student, there simply aren’t many options to choose from on campus. Healthy eating nowadays has become an obsession to many people, hence leading them to be more cautious about what they are eating or drinking.


New York passes free college tuition, will California follow?

Peter Gatembu April 26, 2017

Last month my rent was increased by over $100, and a few weeks ago the California State University board of governors voted in favor of an increased annual tuition for students in California by $275; raising the annual tuition cost for residents to $5,742 per year. As a student in one of the 23 California State Universities, I have no option but to also tighten my budget and expenditure. 


Technology in the classroom: friend or foe?

Peter Gatembu April 13, 2017

It goes without question that cellphone popularity has increased over the years and so has their functionality. According to a Pew Research study, more than 90 percent of college students have cell phones. A similar study by the University of New Hampshire showed that college students check their phones between one and five times during class.


Demand for diverse demographics

Peter Gatembu April 4, 2017

“You have an accent, where are you from? Are you a student here? Can I see your School I.D then?” These are the questions that I encounter almost everyday while on campus, and they make me feel stereotyped as a black student of a different background.

The California State University system takes pride in being the most ethnically, economically and academically diverse student body in the nation. The CSU website states that 60 percent of students in the state are students of color, including 160,000 Hispanic/Latinos, 76,000 Asians and 20,000 African-Americans.


County buses give students safer travel

Peter Gatembu March 28, 2017

With the cost of tuition and living expenses on the rise, public transportation is becoming a more dependable option for Sonoma State University students. Computer science major and Rohnert Park resident Shelby Munsch prefers using the bus because he finds it safer. 

“I have totalled more cars than I should have already, and I can’t afford to buy a car,” Munsch said, “Being in the car with me isn’t safe, but taking the bus is safe.” 


Justin Trudeau makes broad immigration promises

Peter Gatembu February 28, 2017

The Canadian Border Services Agency reported a 63 percent increase in the number of asylum seekers this year in Canada compared to last year.


Combating fake news

Peter Gatembu February 14, 2017

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg is sticking to his words after he stated a few months ago that Facebook is taking efforts in combating fake news. In it’s newest efforts, Facebook has made recognizable changes ahead of the French presidential election expected later this year.

Drug abuse too common in college

Peter Gatembu February 8, 2017

A New Jersey Institute of Technology student was found dead in his dormitory in Newark, New Jersey last Sunday. According to authorities, the student died of a drug overdose.

Don’t turn a blind eye to sexual assualt

Peter Gatembu February 2, 2017

According to Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds.

On average, there are 321,500 victims of sexual assault each year in the United States. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18. It’s distressful to see these numbers and taking on a silent stance on the issue will only increase these numbers.

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