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Sonoma State Star

Leaked Supreme Court draft raises concern around abortion laws

Rachel Yetso, Staff Writer May 11, 2022

For years, lawmakers and political parties have controversially debated the issue of women’s rights, specifically their right to an abortion and control over their own bodies. According to a leaked copy of an official Supreme Court draft, the Justices are ready to put the argument to rest.

Roe v. Wade, the federal case from 1973, states that under the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause, women have a constitutional right to choose whether or not to get an abortion before the third trimester of pregnancy. In 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey specifically identified the age of fetus viability as 24 - 28 weeks into the gestational period, and put in place the undue burden standard for abortion restriction. These two cases have been the basis of regulating abortions in America for years. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, there is no prior laws on abortion set in place for a nationwide standard.

SSU students victimized in new form of online sexual harassment

Rachel Yetso, Staff Writer April 27, 2022

Last month, one Sonoma State alumna and one student fell victim to the internet’s newest sexual harassment trend: “cum tributing”. This alarming new trend has caused new concern to arise within the SSU community surrounding internet safety.

Tributing is a form of online sexual harassment where predators screenshot a photo of their victim from their social media account, photoshop the photo to make the figures look nude, and send videos to their victims of themselves masturbating to the photo. The name comes from the harasser’s belief that doing this is a form of tributing their attraction to the victims

Ukrainian president labels Russian war crimes as genocide

Rachel Yetso, Staff Writer April 13, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is now calling Russia’s war crimes a genocide after finding more than 400 civilians shot dead in Bucha, a small town northwest of Kyiv. Bodies were scattered in the streets, many with their hands tied behind their back. Gunshot wounds show that they were shot at close range.

Russia claims no one was harmed, and that troops withdrew from the city completely by March 30, saying the bodies were intentionally set up to make it look like Russian troops opened fire on Ukrainians inhabiting Bucha.

CSUEU shows support for student assistants

Rachel Yetso, Staff Writer April 5, 2022

On Thurs., March 17, The California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) hosted a “Pizza for Parity” event at Sonoma State in the Seawolf Plaza. This event was mostly aimed towards Student Assistants, as they partnered with United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), working on the Good Jobs for the Future campaign, a new campaign within the CSUEU.

According to their website, the CSUEU is a “union representing the largest block of non-faculty employees at the California State Universities.” CSUEU's 16,000 members support academics and operations, working at 23 campuses as well as the Office of the Chancellor. It was created in 1982 as part of the California State Employees Association (CSEA), and is now an independent affiliate of the CSEA.

Give back to the community through upcoming events

Rachel Yetso, Staff Writer March 29, 2022

On Thursday, April 7, Sonoma State University will be giving back to the community through Giving Day, a 24-hour online event with the sole purpose of raising money and creating a stronger sense of community. This will be the second annual giving day at Sonoma State. All funds raised on Giving Day go directly to Sonoma State students through scholarship money and increased funding for programs and initiatives that assist students and the future of Sonoma State.

There are currently 75 different programs, clubs, sports teams, scholarships, departments, and other organizations accepting donations through Giving Day.


Seawolves SPEAK!: “What are your plans over spring break?”

Rachel Yetso, Staff Writer March 15, 2022

When the cherry blossoms start to bloom outside the Green Music Center, all Seawolves know that spring has sprung! With spring just around the corner, students are getting more and more excited about their plans for spring break, and getting much needed relaxation time before their last couple months of the semester.


Seawolves shine at Open Mic Night

Rachel Yetso, Staff Writer March 8, 2022

Last Friday, March 4, a collection of talented Sonoma State students all gathered center stage of Ballroom A in the Student Center from 8-10 p.m. for Open Mic Night.

As an event designed to give recognition to creative and talented Seawolves, the show attracted lots of support and interest from the surrounding Sonoma State community. The event was open to the public and was also available to stream live via Zoom.


Lobo’s Pizza & Pub reopens on campus

Rachel Yetso, Staff Writer March 1, 2022

Lobo’s, Sonoma State’s very own on-campus pub, has reopened after nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grand reopening took place on Monday Feb. 28. As one of campus’ most popular restaurants and hang out spots, Lobo’s attracted a large crowd of students on opening day.


Seawolves SPEAK!: “What is your favorite thing about being back on campus?”

Rachel Yetso, Staff Writer February 24, 2022

Since the start of the 2021-2022 school year, Seawolves of all grades and majors have been excited to return to a familiar in-person learning experience on campus. With looser COVID-19 regulations, and other campuses across the country returning to the classroom, Sonoma State decided to follow suit.


Sonoma State hosts annual Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

Rachel Yetso, Staff Writer February 15, 2022

The 39th Annual Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series is starting back up again this semester at Sonoma State as a way to remember and pay tribute to those that lost their life. This lecture series has been recognized by the the genocide studies community as indispensable and has attracted the attention of local and national media outlets.

The Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide was created at Sonoma State in 1983. The event is hosted by Professor Diane L. Parness, Ph. D., who has been the Academic Director of the series since 2014. This years theme is “Persecution As A Political Weapon: Genocide Through the Ages” and the lectures are scheduled to take place virtually on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.


Internship and volunteer opportunities available through CALPIRG

Rachel Yetso, Staff Writer February 9, 2022

If you are passionate about the environment and social justice, then students are welcomed to take a stand for what you believe in with the California Public Interest Research Group.

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