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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


Sonoma State Star wins top award at statewide CNPA journalism competition

The STAR Editorial Board April 15, 2018

The Sonoma State Star, the university’s student-run newspaper, was honored Saturday by the California Newspaper Publishers Association with two first-place awards in the college division, including a First Place award for General Excellence.

Gun control an issue for American children

The STAR Editorial Board February 27, 2018

After Sept. 11, airports prohibited welcoming committees from entering gates and TSA required shoe removal during screenings. After a 1996 shooting in Tasmania that claimed the lives of 35 people, Australia passed the three-part National Firearm Agreement that placed control on semi and fully automatic weapons, created a registry for owners and implemented a buyback program where owners could sell their firearms back to the government.


Best Happy Hour: Jaded Toad

The STAR Editorial Board May 15, 2017

For the second year in a row, Cotati’s Jaded Toad have taken home the honors of “Best happy hour” and it’s easy to see why. It has an inviting cool, backyard feeling, an outdoor spot with an awesome selection of beer. Jaded Toad is concept type restaurant with fire pits and picnic tables to setting a casual ambiance. The music sets the tone with some upbeat tunes, making you just want to sit back and enjoy a game on one of the many TV’s or take in a game or two of corn-hole.


Intro to 420: legalize learning

The STAR Editorial Board February 20, 2017

On March 11, our campus will host a medical cannabis symposium. But before we get into that, let’s rewind to Nov. 8, 2016 -- election day. The United States got a new president and California got marijuana. 

Sonoma State stands with students

The STAR Editorial Board February 7, 2017

With the stroke of a pen on Jan. 27 at 4:42 p.m. EST, Donald Trump’s ill thought-out executive order to bar immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries - Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen - took effect.


One president, millions of opinions

The STAR Editorial Board January 31, 2017

Truth, credibility, integrity and the Trump administration. One of these words doesn’t belong, and it’s no secret to a majority of the population as to which one. Thousands of news sites, millions of words, billions of people and one president. In a matter of a week, media have turned into a guessing game of the truth. 


No home for the holidays

The STAR Editorial Board December 7, 2016

The sweet relief of finishing classes, loading up the car and driving home for the holidays is something many college students look forward to at the end of every fall semester. The only thing that keeps them sane during finals is the thoughts of their parents’ cooking and their childhood bed. 


Marijuana legalization could turn ugly

The STAR Editorial Board November 1, 2016

If the election were held today, some 55percent of California voters would likely cast their ballots in support of Proposition 64, according to a recent poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California.  That means Calfornia could potentially join Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana; but voters should be wary.


Law enforcement not above the law

The STAR Editorial Board October 26, 2016

According to a recent Gallup poll, 48 percent of Americans have “some,” “very little” or no trust in law enforcement. This is the lowest rate of confidence in law enforcement the United States has seen in 22 years. 


Green Music Center refocuses on students

The STAR Editorial Board October 4, 2016

At first glance, the cancellation of an amphitheater that would cater to more student-focused performances might sound like an injustice, but surprisingly it’s in the student’s best interests.


The highs and lows of rave culture

The STAR Editorial Board September 27, 2016

Strobe lights flashing, bass pounding, the crowd is pulsing and your best friend is lying on the floor. 

This alarming scenario has become a regular occurrence at raves and music festivals, especially with the elevated misuse of MDMA-based drugs like ecstasy and molly. 


Does no home games equal no school spirit?

The STAR Editorial Board September 27, 2016

For a senior on the basketball team, playing on your home court can be one of the most special memories you have in college. 

The roar of the students cheering, their energy fueling the team to push forward and win. For students and players alike, basketball games in the Wolves’ Den are a school spirit staple.

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