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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


CDC updates outdoor mask mandate for vaccinated individuals

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a statement that lowered mask mandates for citizens who have been fully vaccinated. The health officials released a new mask guideline for outdoor activities involving fully vaccinated people.


SSU Women’s Golf excels despite pandemic

Vincent Spence, Staff Writer April 28, 2021

Sonoma State Women’s Golf has taken every advantage of being able to play through COVID-19. In three out of the four matches they have been able to compete in, the ladies came in first place.


In-person sporting events slowly return

Vincent Spence, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

The return of in person sporting events has been one of the most anticipated moments of the entire reopening process. With rising vaccination rates and falling case numbers, athletes can strap their gear on again and practice in person, and fans can dust off their favorite jerseys in preparation for stadiums to open back up in the near future.


UK now conducting COVID-19 human trials

Vincent Spence, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

The United Kingdom (UK) has been authorized to start the world's first human trials for COVID-19.


Sonoma County organizations working to vaccinate the homeless

Vincent Spence, Staff Writer April 6, 2021

As California moves forward with their plans to vaccinate everyone 16 and older, the state’s next step is to provide vaccines to arguably the most at-risk population: the homeless.


Newsom announces COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for all California adults starting in April

Vincent Spence, Staff Writer March 31, 2021

Starting on April 15, Californians who are 16 years or older can receive a COVID-19 vaccine and California residents 50 or older will all be eligible to receive a vaccine on April 1.


ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Two California volunteering opportunities offer vaccines to participants

Vincent Spence, Staff Writer March 16, 2021

Americans have watched frontline workers and elderly folks get vaccinated for months, and now California is offering two opportunities for its citizens to get vaccinated through means unrelated to their age or employment.


‘Chamber Music Society’ captivates the Green Music Center

Vincent Spence, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

On March 6, ‘The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Front Row: National’ played at Sonoma State University Green Music Center. This was a free event for all Sonoma students and was able to see virtually via Zoom that was put on by directors David Finckel and Wu Han.


Black History Month ends with closing ceremony

Vincent Spence, Staff Writer March 3, 2021

On Feb. 25, the closing ceremony begun for Black History Month here at Sonoma State University. It was tremendously led by students and faculty of the school, in specific Mendal Murray, William Haering, and Olivia Chilton with the keynote speaker for the night being Dr. WM. Gregory Sawyer. Throughout the month African American organizations on campus have invited all to join Zoom meetings to learn more about the culture, hardships and triumphs faced in the African American communities. Each week there was a new event for students and community members to attend centered around Black history and experiences.


‘Kronos Quartet’ hits the virtual stage

Vincent Spence, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

On Saturday Feb. 20, the Kronos Quartet performed at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. The group has been to the university many times and this performance was just as extraordinary as the rest.

The show was a great success, because of Covid-19 the show had to be on zoom but that did not stop the band. They adapted to their surroundings and still made it a great performance. Kronos Quartet played multiple sets of different genres and an informative number in mystery and wonder out of space.


Faculty Spotlight of the Week: Scott Horstein

Vincent Spence, Staff Writer February 16, 2021

Scott Horstein has been a professor at Sonoma State University for over 12 years as the Director of Theater Studies Program, and many more things such as THAR 160 Learning Community: Theatre, Dance, the Artistic Process, and You, and SSU Arts Dramaturg leading the creation of the campus Arts Integration Program (AIP). Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Horstein has had to make adjustments to his profession. Instead of work on live plays and performances, he is now developing plays online.


Sonoma State celebrates 25 years with the Wine Institute

Vincent Spence, Staff Writer February 3, 2021

Sonoma State University is in the heart of wine country, right outside of Napa and Sonoma County. This year, the University celebrates its 25-year anniversary for having its very own wine business education. The Wine Business Institute or commonly known as WBI has flourished here at SSU. In the 25 short years of existence over 1,000 students have graduated with an undergraduate or graduate degree from the Wine Institute.

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