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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


Is Sonoma State violating state law by not posting signs when spraying pesticides?

Sam Evans, Staff Writer May 16, 2017

Over the past two years, Sonoma State University Landscape Services has used a total of 18 different pesticides on campus. Among them is a glyphosate-based herbicide called Ranger Pro, which some experts say causes cancer.


Join Us Making Progress will conclude Earth Week with a lawn renovation

Sam Evans, Staff Writer April 18, 2017

The large lawn area across from G. Edward Rudloff pool near Parking Lot G will be getting a transformation on Saturday as part of Earth Week.


Sonoma State’s parking policy gets revamped

Sam Evans, Staff Writer April 11, 2017

President Judy K. Sakaki has approved several changes to Sonoma State University’s parking policy in response to popular complaints among students.


SMART train expected by the end of spring

Sam Evans, Staff Writer April 4, 2017

The Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit authorities predicts the SMART train will be fully operational and open to the public by the end of spring. When service begins, rides will be free - at least for the first several weeks.


Decision reached in asbestos lawsuit; jury decides in favor of whistle-blower

Sam Evans, Staff Writer March 28, 2017

The trial of Thomas Sargent versus the California State University Board of Trustees reached a verdict on March 15. Supporting the claims of the plaintiff, the jury found that Sargent’s peers pressured himto leave his job at Sonoma State University due to harassment after bringing attention to potentially dangerous levels of airborne asbestos in Stevenson Hall.


Sonoma State faculty showcase talents at the Green Music Center

Sam Evans, Staff Writer March 7, 2017

The Faculty Composers Concert was held in Schroeder Hall andfeatured original compositions from three different faculty members at Sonoma State University. Brian S. Wilson is the professor chair for the Department of Music Theory and Composition, Doug Leibinger is the director of jazz studies and Kasey Knudsen is a teacher of jazz saxophone. Together with guest Composers John Mayrose and Ben Allison, these five musicians were given a chance to showcase their original compositions.


Too much hype, generic lyrics abound

Sam Evans, Staff Writer February 28, 2017

f there’s one thing Future is good at, it’s building hype. He knows the best way to get listeners excited about his music in this day and age is to juxtapose four to eight bars of a quiet, minimal introduction against a loud and heavy bass drop. It’s tried, it’s true and it’s been dominating popular electronic music in the United States ever since Skrillex picked up a synthesizer and released “Scary Monsters” in 2010. Unfortunately, Future’s talents as a rapper and musician don’t extend much further than his ability to foster a fleeting excitement in his listeners. And even this becomes less impressive after noting that he has done this by repeating the exact same Trap Rap formula for nearly every song he has released thus far. Predictably, his self-titled album that was released on Feb. 17 is no different.


“Screenagers” explores relationship between teens and technology

Sam Evans, Staff Writer February 20, 2017

There was an unmistakable irony in the sea of digitally illuminated faces filling the seats in Schroeder Hall at the Sonoma State University Green Music Center Friday night. Students, parents and children alike fidgeted with their smartphones waiting for the scheduled showing of “Screenagers” to begin.


It takes two to tango; Guitar duo visits the GMC

Sam Evans, Staff Writer February 14, 2017

The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments in modern music. Its use spans a wide array of musical styles from classical, to jazz, to rock and its various offshoots. It isn’t often that one instrument can appeal equally to both dignified classical musicians and greasy punk rockers, but it’s the cultural diversity of the guitar that fostered the distinctive experience of the Duo Deloro concert in Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center on Friday.


“Adventure Time” releases new mini-series

Sam Evans, Staff Writer February 7, 2017

A party of devoted sailors makes a treacherous voyage across uncharted oceans facing sea monsters, whirlpools, hallucinogenic jellyfish and a giant Cyclops. The brave explorers risk everything to find a hidden civilization that has supposedly been separated from the developed world for untold centuries. No, this isn’t the description of a recently discovered Homer Epic. It’s actually the plot of the newest installment of “Adventure Time.”


Another rock legend gone too soon

Sam Evans, Staff Writer February 1, 2017

Jaki Liebezeit, drummer and founding member of Can, died Jan. 22 at the age of 78. Liebezeit came down with a sudden case of pneumonia, and according to the band’s official Facebook page, “He fell asleep peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones.”


Student pursues lifelong artistic passion

Sam Evans, Staff Writer December 6, 2016

Most young children don’t have a clear idea of what they want to do when they grow up. If they do, their plans for the future rarely reflect what they actually end up doing. There are however, the occasional people who discover their passion at a young age and actively pursue it all the way into adulthood. Sonoma State University student Sophia Larsen was one such child.
Larsen is a fourth-year art studio major and she has known about her love for art since her youth.

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