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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

Technology showcase educates

Tara Funk, Staff Writer December 10, 2013

Any event that allows guests to play Pac-Man using Play-Doh controllers and interact with robotic vehicles spinning around the room is sure to bring a crowd.  

Cosmologist concludes spring ‘Physicists’ series

Tara Funk, Staff Writer November 19, 2013

Sonoma State University concluded its final lecture of this semester’s series, What Physicists Do, on Nov. 18 with Deborah Bard. She is a cosmologist from Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC).

Motivational speaker breaks through SSU

Tara Funk, Staff Writer November 19, 2013

It isn’t every day that a person can mix a love of breaking things and encouraging others to becoming a motivational speaker, but that is exactly what Dean Johnson did. On Nov. 13, Johnson came and spoke to a group of students at Athletes in Action (AIA), an on-campus Christian group.


Former soldier voices military distress

Tara Funk, Staff Writer November 12, 2013

Academy Awards nominee “The Invisible War,” a 2012 documentary on rape victims in the U.S. military, now hits a lot closer to home. With one of the women in the film living here in Rohnert Park, the Feminist Lecture Series at Sonoma State invited her to speak about the traumatic personal experiences she encountered and those of other females in the military.

Alumna helps community with medical degree

Tara Funk, Staff Writer November 5, 2013

Besides raising a family and going to school full time, recent Sonoma State graduate Jackie Anderson has a story that would surprise many.

Ethnic studies expands

Tara Funk, Staff Writer October 29, 2013

Recently, statewide cuts to many ethnic studies programs throughout the California University System have threatened many schools’ programs. Sonoma State has so far avoided any cuts, and is actually expanding its two majors.


School of Business and Economics hires new executive director

Tara Funk, Staff Writer October 22, 2013

This week John Stayton will step in as the new executive director of graduate and executive education for both the executive and evening MBA programs in Sonoma’s School of Business and Economics. Although he is new to Sonoma State, Stayton has already made a big splash both in Sonoma County and at Dominican University in San Rafael.


Athletics raise support through Homecoming Hospitality

Tara Funk, Staff Writer October 15, 2013

For a university of roughly 8,500 people, support for athletics may be somewhat lacking, especially since SSU athletic teams continue to rise above many teams from larger, more spirited schools. The Sports Management Group in association with the Athletics Association are working to bring a more cohesive school spirit to SSU. 

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