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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

Sonoma State mourns the loss of freshman student

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer January 7, 2020

While many questions remain, details are emerging regarding the death of a student on campus that happened on November 17.

According to Sonoma State University Associate Vice President Strategic Communications, Paul Gullixson, 18-year old freshman Trevor London Leopold was identified as the person found unresponsive in his dorm room located in Zinfandel Village. 

Future of PG&E uncertain following fires and power outages

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer January 7, 2020

Northern California residents are suffering after another tragic fire season, as countless homes and lives were lost, and millions endured rounds of power blackouts. Pacific Gas & Electric, PG&E, has admitted some responsibility, and now critics are becoming more vocal and proactive in their attempts to dismantle the organization.

SSU students arrested in connection with dorm room burglaries

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer January 7, 2020

As if the fires, evacuations, and current college course load weren't enough to stress about, some students returned to their dorms to find windows forced open, their rooms ransacked and items were stolen. 

Graduate Early with Winter Intersession Registration

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer January 7, 2020

Graduating in the shortest amount of time possible is a goal for many Sonoma State University students, but enrollment rates indicate that many do not know that they can save time and graduate early by registering for winter intersession courses.

PG&E facing widespread criticism after a power outage

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer October 23, 2019

Anger is mounting after power was cut off to 800,000 customers living in 35 counties of northern California in early October, disrupting economic activity and leading to auto accidents and injuries. According to CNBC, “the economic impact of...the preventative power outages could be upwards of $2 billion.”


University Professor Leading Fire-Recovery Efforts

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer October 16, 2019

Students on campus know Erica Tom as a brilliant lecturer in American Multicultural Studies for the Hutchins School of Liberal Arts, and beginning in January 2020 she will be the Director of Native American Studies, but what many don't know is that she is a fire survivor dedicated to community-based fire recovery efforts.  


2017 Fires Still Affecting Local Community

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer October 9, 2019

The forecast this week is for beautiful blue skies with moderate temperatures and light, variable winds, but this is in stark contrast to the near 70 mph gusts and firestorm conditions that Sonoma County residents faced in 2017. Tuesday, Oct. 8 marks the two-year anniversary of the devastating Tubbs Fire that ripped through the Santa Rosa area, burning 36,807 acres, destroying 5,636 buildings in the process, and taking the lives of at least 23 individuals.  


Important Deadlines Loom for Business Administration Majors

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer October 2, 2019

Students across campus are rushing to fulfill obligations in time to meet a hard deadline for business administration majors and those looking to declare pre-business.  All steps must be completed and all documents filed by Friday, October 11.

Local Father and His 13 Month-Old Son Dead, Victims of Opioid Crisis

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer September 25, 2019

A 29-year-old local Santa Rosa man, Patrick O’Neill, was found unresponsive lying next to his 13 month-old son on Saturday, Sept. 14 in a back bedroom of a house on Derek Lane. Despite the heroic efforts of emergency personnel, the child was pronounced dead at the scene.


University Suffers Second Water Disruption in Six Months

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer September 18, 2019

Sonoma State University suffered its second water disruption in six months after a mainline water eruption occurred on Thursday, Sept. 5.  The incident led to a drop in water pressure which triggered State Water Resources Control Board protocols that require boil water notices to be in effect until two rounds of water testing prove that drinking water is safe.


Heirloom Expo Celebrates Sustainable Living, Real Food

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer September 10, 2019

The National Heirloom Expo and World’s Pure Food Fair, features the world’s most extensive collection of heirloom fruits and vegetables -- over 4,000 varieties, 100 plus speakers, 300 vendors, and 150 exhibitors, will take place Tuesday through Thursday, September 10-12 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.  


Wine Business Institute and Somm Digital Collaboration Reveals Market Opportunities

Travis Gillmore, Staff Writer September 4, 2019

The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University recently joined forces with Pierre Lincoln’s Somm Digital, a specialist digital marketing consulting agency located in Napa, to survey wineries about their digital marketing experiences

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