Sonoma State University students and faculty were left stunned late last week by the discovery of a body near the Green Music Center. The remains turned out to be that of an 18-year-old missing Cotati man who was believed to be the victim of a homicide. Full Story.
An SSU student’s journey to Standing Rock
There is an ancient Native American prophecy that speaks of a great black snake that will one day run through all the valleys and rivers, desecrating life in its path. From east to west, tribal elders have warned for generations this monster was coming. And today it seems it is finally upon us. Full Story.
Alcohol Awareness Week fights drunk driving
There are 1,825 red flags placed on the lawn outside of Stevenson-Darwin quad. Each flag represents a student who has died as a result of drunk driving. Full Story.
Men's soccer team earn playoff bid
The Sonoma State Men’s Soccer team came into the week seeking a spot in the California Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs. Their toughest opponent this week may have very well not been the teams they played, but the weather that forced them off their home field. Full Story.
Homelessness is a legitimate issue throughout California, and Sonoma County is no exception. The 2011 Sonoma County Homeless Count Survey found 4,539 homeless people in the county’s population that year, according to the Sonoma County Community Development Commission.
Well over 300 Sonoma State students marched in protest Wednesday, joining thousands of Americans throughout the United States who are angry and disappointed at the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
Being a college student isn’t always an easy task, but are some students who go above and beyond to make their college years memorable. Jenna Valle-Riestra is in her third year as a Communication Studies major. In those three years she has been involved with many organizations on campus.
This year’s election has been filled with tears of anger, fear and even joy. With elections officially over and Donald Trump being the chosen president-elect, the STAR caught up with students to hear their thoughts on the results. Students that we spoke to were asked: What are your thoughts on, or reaction to, the results of this election?
Throughout her life Analilia Gonzaga pursued her passions and accomplished her dreams; little did her friends and the rest the world know, that she was keeping a secret.
As an undocumented hispanic woman from Cholula Puebla, Mexico, Gonzaga shared with the students at Sonoma State University her and her family’s sacrifices, and the struggles she has overcome in becoming the leader and mentor she is today.
Poetry is characterized as a creative, rhythmical and imaginative way to express certain thoughts, ideas or feelings. It’s a compelling display of emotion that evokes a certain amount of empathy from an audience. Poetry is a form of creative writing that allows people to express their ideas in a thought provoking way that may draw on positive, negative, angry or happy emotions.The HUB, an integral center for diversity and and creativity located in Sonoma State University’s student center, hosted a poetry workshop last Wednesday, led by successful poet and hip-hop artist Dahlak Brathwaite.
As a Seawolf I will commit myself to the highest ethical standards. I will conduct myself with integrity in my dealings with students, staff and faculty. I will strive for excellence in my academic work and relationships. I will respect the rights and dignity of others. I will accept the responsibility to conduct myself as an ethical member of my community.”
These words represent the Seawolf Commitment, a motto which promotes safety and unity as well as excellence and responsibility on Sonoma State’s campus, not just amongst students but faculty and staff as well.
Jim Liebich was 25 and in his last year at Sonoma State University when his youngest brother Bill invited him to a fencing class. Thinking it might be fun, Liebich decided to try it out. Twenty years later, he’s the biggest proponent of fencing in the Bay Area.
A fencing instructor since 2001, Liebich started his own fencing club in Santa Rosa in 2008 called En Garde Fencing, after the club he used to teach at closed down.
After a season of ups and downs, the women of the Sonoma State University golf team finished strong with a second place finish at California State University San Marcos. This finish has helped secure their placement as 21 nationally ranking.
As the season is coming down to the wire and every win matters, Sonoma State Volleyball had a paramount weekend against Stanislaus State and Chico State, clinching a secured spot for the CCAA playoffs.
Jason Easton went to visit his girlfriend Wendy Sabatini at her home in Indiana last week with the intent on proposing to her, but instead, he ended up killing her. Easton murdered his girlfriend because she rejected his proposal.
At last, the final votes are being cast. No longer will the presidential election dominate national news as it has for the past several months. America has reached the conclusion of its seemingly everlasting election season.
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.
If you passed by Cali Calmecac Language Academy early Wednesday morning, you would’ve seen a group of community members crowded around the school entrance holding signs reading “have a great day at school” or” Windsor loves Cali.” This wasn’t a protest, it was a heartwarming gesture demonstrated by Windsor community members as a response to the awful vandalism which took place earlier that week.
Last year on Nov. 13, A Tribe Called Quest members Q-Tip, Jarobi, Ali and Phife performed on the Tonight Show together. It was their first TV performance in 18 years. This performance sparked what Q-Tip called “an energy that we hadn’t experienced on stage together in some time” and a mutual desire to “get back to the studio and start that cookup!” This year on Nov. 11, the group released their new and final album titled “We Got It From Here… Thank you 4 Your Service” through Epic Records.
It’s been four long years since the release of the first critically acclaimed “Dishonored” game, making things look bleak for fans of the action/stealth franchise. But Friday delivered the long awaited sequel in a well-conceived, steadily improved upon follow-up to the intriguing story that unfolds within the shadowy realm of Dunwall.
The life of a professional musician is rarely an easy one. Unfortunately, the classic stereotype of the starving artist is often an accurate representation of the financial struggles that many artists face in today’s society. When professional drummer and trombone player Matt Smith was asked how he and his jazz band, The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio, were able to fund a tour up the West Coast, he said, “Sleep on floors. Buy a big loaf of bread, a big tub of peanut butter, and a big tub of jelly.”
For many “Mass Effect” fans, Nov. 7 or N7 day, is a day of celebration for one of the most iconic video games series released in the last 10 years. “Mass Effect 3” was released in 2012, and since then there has been talk of a new game. In past years, the “Mass Effect” series developer Bioware has used N7 day to reward fans with concept art or possible hints for the new game. In 2015, Bioware released a teaser trailer for their new game “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” Another trailer was released at this year’s E3 convention, showcasing more of the game and its development. But those trailers were nothing compared to the new cinematic trailer released on this year’s N7 day.
Melanie Hernandez, a senior at Sonoma State University, is a painter who discovered her artistic talents at a young age. “I have always loved art and been intrigued by every part of it,” said Hernandez. Ever since she was a little girl, she was constantly dabbling in the arts. Whether it was crayons, paint or even nail polish, Hernandez could not stop her imagination. She recalls a time where she used nail polish in a coloring book, which did not please her parents.
In a time where racism and sexism have taken ahold of America, hip-hop steps in to offer strength. Hip-hop has always been a window into the lives of those less fortunate, of the disenfranchised and of those in need. As of late, hip-hop has been a driving force in promoting social equality in America. It’s been molded into a medium that wants to offer hope to people of color and women, letting them know that their voices should and will be heard. With dark times approaching, Common’s “Black America Again” aims to offer faith and hope in a moment where everything seems lost.