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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

The “new and improved” Stevenson?

Rosalee Padilla, Staff Writer March 21, 2023

It seems that the wonderment of the new Stevenson Hall on campus has faded just a few weeks into the spring semester. With cold, barren walls and bathrooms that have yet to be cleaned, it seems that Stevenson may have lost its comforting appeal.


‘Head West’ for the summer at The Barlow

Now that summer is swiftly approaching, it is the perfect time for the Seawolves to discover more of Sonoma County. The Barlow, which is located in Sebastopol, offers a variety of activities to partake in. On May 7, an event known as “Head West” welcomed small businesses and local organizations creating an outdoor marketplace. Patrons were able to browse freely through the market to discover what participating businesses had to offer at their own pace.


Seawolves travel to Oracle Park

Sonoma State students got the chance to watch the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s go head to head in the annual Battle of the Bay on April 26. The crowd was roaring in anticipation of the game while SSU students made their way to the bleachers to watch the action unfold from leftfield. This event, put on by Student Involvement, had a limited number of tickets for any Seawolves to purchase.


SSU hosts inaugural Native Fest through the HUB

Rosalee Padilla, Staff Writer April 26, 2022

On April 22, the HUB Cultural Center put on Native Fest, a celebration of Native

American and Indigenous culture. This event welcomed around 13 different Native

organizations to SSU to discuss their programs and what they do for the community.

There was also live music from Sonoma State’s own Paul Steward, who has been a Native

American Studies professor at SSU since 2016.


Student Involvement’s Getaway Trip crosses the Golden Gate

Rosalee Padilla, Staff Writer April 19, 2022

With finals slowly approaching, and students looking for ways to destress, Sonoma State’s getaway trips offer a way to do just that. On April 16, students had the opportunity to experience shopping in Union Square. This event was put on by Student Involvement at SSU.


Sebastopol’s Crooked Goat Brewing offers new opportunity for SSU students to get together

Rosalee Padilla, Staff Writer April 12, 2022

If you're looking for a new spot to chill and hangout with friends, Crooked Goat Brewing may be the place for you. They are located in Sebastopol, adjacent to the shopping mall called The Barlow. At Crooked Goat Brewing you can listen to some live music, enjoy some tasty foods and have drinks with family or friends if you're over 21.


The HUB highlights new perspectives on the untold story of the Compton Cafeteria Riot

Rosalee Padilla, Staff Writer April 5, 2022

In honor of Trans Week of Visibility the HUB Cultural Center screened the documentary “Screaming Queens”. This film discussed the very first transgender riot that took place in a part of San Francisco known as the Tenderloin in 1966. Many are unaware that the Compton Cafeteria riot took place three years prior to the widely known Stonewall riots. The HUB showed this film to educate students on this lesser known event, as it is integral to understanding the ongoing battle against trans discrimination.


Spreading Awareness through Comedy with Sasheer Zamata

Rosalee Padilla, Staff Writer March 29, 2022

On March 16, Sonoma State welcomed famous comedian Sasheer Zamata to campus. This event was put on by ASP, Associated Student Production, and was located on the third floor of the student center in Ballroom D. In honor of Women's History Month, Zamata’s set focused on feminism and female experiences in society.

Zamata is well known for writing and starring in shows like “Home Economics”, “Woke,” and “Saturday Night Live.”


‘Fresh’ rewrites the narrative for women in horror

Rosalee Padilla, Staff Writer March 16, 2022

The film “Fresh” is a highly dramaticized illustration of what it’s like to be a woman in the dating scene. The film paints a bleak picture of the potential dangers of online dating in an unexpected, borderline taboo manner. This new horror flick also offers a fresh new perspective of what it means to be a woman in film, both behind and in front of the camera. Director Mimi Cave makes sure to create female characters who are self-sufficient and determined to escape their circumstances on their own terms.


Online dating culture takes a dangerous turn

Rosalee Padilla, Staff Writer March 8, 2022

There are many pros and cons to online dating, and there will always be risks in meeting up with someone you met online. The recent uptick in dating app scandals in the media serve as a reminder to never let your guard down.


Gun safety issues on “Rust” set lead to lawsuits

Rosalee Padilla, Staff Writer March 1, 2022

On Oct.21, actor Alec Baldwin and renowned cinematographer Halyna Hutchins were involved in an incident during the filming of “Rust” that left Hutchins with a fatal gunshot wound. Since this horrific event, Baldwin has been under major scrutiny, and the entire situation presents the question: how did a live round end up in a prop gun?


In-person classes cause mixed emotions among students

Rosalee Padilla, Staff Writer February 22, 2022

It has been three long years of never ending Zoom calls and mundane conversations with black screens, courtesy of the dreaded breakout rooms. For many college students, this transition to in-person classes may be their first real experience on campus. There is so much to look forward to—a more engaging learning experience, face to face interaction or even just getting to sit in an actual classroom. On the other hand, this switch to in-person instruction brings anxiety and uncertainty along with it.

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