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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

SSU President Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee spoke at the opening ceremony for Black History Month

Month-long celebration of Black art: “For Us by Us” kicks off at the HUB Cultural Center

Ernesto Macias, Staff Reporter February 13, 2024

On Feb. 1, The Black Student Union held an opening ceremony for Black History Month, kicking off a month of events celebrating Black art on campus. The theme of the month is Black Art: For Us By Us or...

Student Assistants from the CSU campuses will vote to form their union with the CSU Employees Union

Student assistants across CSU System vote to Unionize

Albert Levine, Staff Reporter February 12, 2024

On Thursday Jan. 25, student assistants across all 23 CSU campuses received an email for a Union authorization vote. According to , the “Student Assistants from California State University...

An empty Sonoma State computer lab.

Layoffs in the tech industry continue, students face a shrinking job market

Tess Wilkinson, Staff Reporter February 12, 2024

Science and Technology made up 20 percent of undergraduate degrees awarded for the 2022-2023 school year according to the Sonoma State website. The tech industry saw record profits during the height of...

Strikers walking in the East Cotati entrance crosswalk.

Striking faculty assaulted with pepper spray

Olivia Keeler, Editor-in-Chief February 10, 2024

“My eyes were burning. My eyes and lips were burning,” is how Sonoma State University associate professor in counseling Silvio Machado described the aftermath of an assault with pepper spray that took...

Strikers at the Green Music Center entrance.

SSU faculty strike early in semester for better working conditions, more support for students

Ally Valiente, News Editor February 10, 2024

For many students and faculty, Monday, Jan. 22 was supposed to mark the beginning of the spring semester. Instead, the California Faculty Association held a day of striking  to call for demands such as...

Loretta Esparza on the picket lines in Solidarity. Esparza is a librarian at the Santa Rosa Junior College.

CFA and CSU reach a tentative agreement

Albert Levine, Staff Writer February 10, 2024

“Faculty working conditions are student learning conditions.” Many on campus might have heard or seen the phrase by the California Faculty Association, the union that led the strike at Sonoma State...

CSU faculty strike for better working conditions

Albert Levine, Staff Writer January 23, 2024

The CFA strike took place on Monday, Jan. 22 and marked the only day of the planned five day strike as the CFA and CSU have reached a tentative agreement.

Protesters in the Santa Rosa Plaza on Nov. 17.

SSU workers and alumni march for Palestine in Courtyard Square

Albert Levine, Staff Writer December 6, 2023

On Tuesday Nov. 17 roughly 100 protestors gathered in the Downtown Santa Rosa Courtyard Square to protest the ongoing bombing in Gaza and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. “We’re calling...

SSU students learn budgeting basics at a financial workshop

Lena Coonen, Staff Writer December 5, 2023

On Thursday Nov. 30, the Associated Students and the CalFresh outreach team hosted a financial planning workshop, which aimed to teach students how to budget and manage their finances responsibly. Jason...

Spring registration causes some frustration

Jenna Beament, Staff Writer December 5, 2023

With the fall semester coming to an end and finals creeping up on students, stress is increasing and the addition of challenges presented with registration could increase the frustration felt by the student...

CSU Trustee Douglas Faigin.

Conversation with CSU Trustee Faigin

Veda Dean, Staff Writer December 4, 2023

The California State University is the largest public university system in the U.S., and one of it’s trustees visited Sonoma State on Nov. 15. The CSU Board of Trustees is a group that votes...

Kevin Dahlstedt, painter (left) and Celestino Martinez (right), protesting in front of SSU.

Local labor union Teamsters hold one day strike

Albert Levine, Staff Writer November 28, 2023

On Tuesday, Nov. 14th, the Teamsters Local 2010 Labor Union held a one-day strike across all CSU Campuses, advocating for better working conditions, a fair contract, and higher wages. Labor movements seem...

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