Seawolves Speak: Students react to the results of the 2016 election

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?

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Undocumented student accomplishes the unexpected

Undocumented student accomplishes the unexpected

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. 

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Poetry workshop encourages student expression

Poetry workshop encourages student expression

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.

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Seawolf Commitment motto encourages student unity

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. 

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Professor aims to bring fencing to the spotlight

Professor aims to bring fencing to the spotlight

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.

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Rohnert Park Sergeant addresses common student concerns

Rohnert Park Sergeant addresses common student concerns

Sergeant Dave Sutter is one of the many police officers in Rohnert Park who are constantly trying to improve the relationship between the students and the community. Sutter is a long time police officer in Rohnert Park so he is well equipped to deal with situations that arise. The STAR was able to interview Sutter to ask him questions about himself and some questions that students may be too afraid to ask.

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Cultural club encourages diverse particpation

Cultural club encourages diverse particpation

The Filipino American Association of Sonoma State University, or FAASSU, has been an organization at Sonoma State since 1995 and initially was created strictly for students of Filipino descent to speak on issues affecting Filipino-Americans everywhere. This initial goal is exercised today however, FAASSU has grown into something much larger than the original founders could have ever imagined.

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