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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


International Education Exchange Council encourages global awareness

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer May 10, 2017

Sonoma State University students travel both to and from foreign countries. The college hosts international students from places as varied as China, Japan and Germany, while local students flock overseas to study abroad in Europe and beyond.


French election candidate Le Pen raises global concerns

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer May 2, 2017

The people of France will vote on May 7 in the second round to determine their next president, and the circumstances are a bit different than usual.

What started as a lineup of 11 nominees from multiple parties was narrowed down on April 23 to the final two presidential candidates, according to BBC. Emmanuel Macron, of the non-partisan En Marche movement, narrowly received more votes than far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, but both candidates beat out candidates from France’s typically dominant Socialist and center-right Republican parties. 


Judy Sakaki formally sworn in as president of Sonoma State at university ceremony

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer April 25, 2017

After around nine months of service for the students and faculty of Sonoma State University, Judy K. Sakaki officially became the school’s president at an Investiture Ceremony on April 20 at Weill Hall.


Olympic gold medalist speaks on social justice

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer April 18, 2017

After winning a gold medal, a record-breaking sprinter also broke cultural norms at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, making U.S. citizens more aware of their country’s flawed racial relations in the process.

Tommie Smith, the sprinter who broke the 20-second record for the 200-meter race that year, shared his life story and experiences with a crowd of Sonoma State University students on April 11 in the Student Center. He was the last featured speaker in the 2017 Sonoma State Sport and Social Justice Lecture Series.

Sonoma State University will now require its faculty to hold specific office hours

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer April 11, 2017

Under a newly passed policy, Sonoma State University will require its faculty to have consistent office hours available for students in need. Sonoma State’s Academic Senate recently recommended a policy regarding “Instructional Faculty Office Hours and Availability,” according to a document summarizing talking points from a previous Senate meeting. 


Latino Family Summit entices future SSU students

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer March 28, 2017

Recently immigrated Latino parents and their high school children saw the plethora of Sonoma State University’s academic opportunities during the 2017 Latino Family Summit.

New probation policy clarifies path back to SSU

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer March 7, 2017

For years, students who were disqualified from Sonoma State University for poor academic performance have been in a fog about what they are required to do to be re-admitted. Thanks to a policy change recently proposed by the Academic Senate and confirmed by President Judy K. Sakaki, now they will know.


President Sakaki meets with Alianza for Equity

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer February 28, 2017

In a Jan. 31 statement, Sonoma State University President Judy Sakaki declared her support for undocumented and immigrant students in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s executive orders.


Sonoma County supervisors pledge to defend undocumented citizens

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer February 21, 2017

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has joined the chorus of public agencies and organizations opposing President Donald Trump’s plans for a crackdown on undocumented workers which could mean deporting contributing members of society.


Wine Business announces courses for this spring

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer February 14, 2017

Within Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics, there exists a program for students who wish to work with the famous wines of Sonoma and Napa Counties —  the Wine Business Institute. From seminars this spring to a new building in the fall, business is booming.


Sakaki’s statement opens diversity discussion

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer February 7, 2017

President Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order to ban immigration from seven countries, and his earlier crackdown on undocumented residents has cast uncertainty on the future and well-being of Muslim, Latino and Latina citizens in the U.S., including those who attend Sonoma State University.


Sonoma State stands with undocumented students

Tyler Heberle, Staff Writer January 31, 2017

After only his first week in office, President Donald Trump is proceeding with executive orders to build a border wall and block immigration opportunities for citizens of several other countries.

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