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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


The “shadow pandemic” women face during COVID-19

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer April 28, 2020

COVID-19 has presented obstacles left and right. From shortages of medical equipment, a crashing economy, the requirement to adapt to an entirely different way of life--we’ve all been put to the test. Yet, some obstacles might not be as obvious. COVID-19 has not-so-subtly impacted the lives of women in a very serious way.


Travis Scott performs an “Astronomical” concert on Fortnite

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer April 28, 2020

As we face unprecedented times, our world is certainly adapting. The shelter-in place has led the creative minds behind the battle royale game, Fortnite, to bring remote entertainment to the next level.


Student Spotlight: Emily Hicks

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer April 21, 2020

All students leave their mark on campus one way or another, but the mark that Associated Student (AS) Director of Traditions and Orientation Leader, Emily Hicks has left is something truly unique. Hicks is a third year hutchins liberal arts major with a concentration in human development. Hicks has used her leadership roles to impact the lives of students on campus in more than a few ways.


Study abroad amidst the pandemic

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer April 14, 2020

Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students. It's a time for youth to immerse themselves in another culture in a very unique way. With the current global crisis at hand, this opportunity seems to be quickly fleeting from the hands of eager students. Although most universities are not requiring that their students come home, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is strongly advising that students make a swift and safe return home if possible.


Student Involvement keeps Seawolves entertained with online Trivia Nights

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer April 7, 2020

As our generation faces unprecedented times, Sonoma State University (SSU) is adapting to online resources to bring as much activity to the Seawolf community as possible. Since March 31, Student Involvement has partnered with College Trivia Nerds from Rebellevents to host Trivia Nights every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM.


Some unique ways to kill time during the quarantine

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer March 31, 2020

According to an article posted by the Mercury News, California state Governor, Gavin Newsom, states that the shelter-in-place will remain “until further notice.” With experts uncertain of how long the shelter-in-place will last, it’s time for people to get creative when it comes to keeping busy and staying sane. Thankfully, our world is adapting to the situation at hand and there are plenty of resources available.


COVID-19 halts campus events

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer March 24, 2020

With COVID-19 quickly spreading across the world, Sonoma State University (SSU) is doing its part to flatten the exponential curve of the virus. Since Tues. March 10, nearly all events at SSU have been cancelled in accordance with the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) orders to put a hold on events exceeding the amount of 150 people. Since then, the CDC has urged that less than 10 people should attend an event.


AS elections are right around the corner for SSU students

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer March 11, 2020

As the Seawolf community reels in another year, the time to vote for Sonoma State’s Associated Student (AS) Government rolls around. AS elections will be taking place this week, Wed. March 11- Thurs. March 12. Students can submit their votes online by visiting the AS homepage and signing into the “engage” link with their Seawolf login.


Sonoma State raises awareness about human trafficking with “Chosen” documentary

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer March 4, 2020

A two-part documentary, “Chosen,” was screened in Ballroom A of the Student Center on the evening of Feb. 26. The documentary follows the stories of human trafficking survivors who were coerced into the sex ring.


Students celebrate Sonoma’s first Snowma Globe

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer February 26, 2020

Saturday, Feb. 21, Seawolves got to witness a truly unusual sight--snow at Sonoma State University. Sonoma State’s first annual “Snowma Globe” brought live music, delicious free food, massive games, and real authentic snow to its students, thanks to the Associated Student Production (ASP).


Teachers’ unions call for end to drills

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer February 19, 2020

Haste for preparedness and a ready-mindset has swept the nation as school shootings are on the rise. With the implementation of realistic active shooter drills, K-12 campuses everywhere are going to great lengths to make sure their students are ready for an attack. However, the effectiveness of these drills over the observable trauma they are causing amongst participating students and faculty are currently under major speculation.

At the forefront of this controversy are the two biggest education associations; the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Education Association. The unions are joined by the group Everytown for Gun Safety. Together, these associations gathered stories of drills that overstepped the boundaries of participants from across the country, and they are calling for an end to live drills that involve student participation.


CSU receives record-breaking support

Taya Andrade, Staff Writer February 12, 2020

Throughout 2018 and 2019, the California State University system broke records for donations and philanthropic support. The CSU system received $569 million in gifts from more than 286,000 donors across the state.

In the Donor Support report, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White stated, “These champions of higher education recognize the life-changing opportunities provided by a CSU degree, and they share our commitment to ensuring that these opportunities are available to students from all walks of life. Our donors are confident that their support is a worthy, valued and consequential investment in the future of California and the betterment of the world we live in.”

According to the Donor report, only 2% of charitable gifts are “unrestricted,” meaning that the remaining 98% are designated to go toward scholarships, student research opportunities, programs that support student success, and awards that recognize student and faculty excellence. This support provides integral funding for student scholarships across the CSU system.

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