Alberto Ledesma discusses grad school preparation at SSU

Alberto Ledesma discusses grad school preparation at SSU

On Nov. 9, UC Berkeley’s own Alberto Ledesma visited Sonoma State University to speak to students about the preparation process of applying to graduate school. 

Ledesma, who is the graduate diversity director for the Arts and Humanities Division of UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Science, discussed the logistics of applying, selecting schools, and maintaining an acceptable GPA. 

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Queer studies minor welcomes LGBTQ community

Queer studies minor welcomes LGBTQ community

Last Tuesday’s elections brought a new wave of hope and progress for the transgender community when, according to ThinkProgress, eight openly transgender candidates won their positions. 

Max Luque, a senior English major, described his initial reaction to the election results as a “pleasant surprise,” given ongoing bigotry and misunderstandings about trans identities. 

Luque said he saw the results as a message that the community will not reinforce hate and looks to promote progressive thinking. 

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Alternative Breaks return in spring 2018

Alternative Breaks return in spring 2018

Although spring break 2018 is months away, many college students prepare and plan for that week well in advance. Some may want to take a trip somewhere, while others might consider volunteer work.  

Alternative Breaks, a program organized by JUMP, offers Sonoma State University students a chance to combine the two.  It provides students the opportunity to take part in community service while learning about sustainable living and other environmental issues.

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Fire-Impact Scholarship helps affected students pay for Winter Intersession classes

Fire-Impact Scholarship helps affected students pay for Winter Intersession classes

The School of Extended and International Education is teaming up with NomaCares to provide a Fire-Impact Scholarship, which will help Sonoma State University students affected by the North Bay fires to further their education.

According to Jamie Zamjahn, the head of NomaCares, full scholarships for Winter Intersession 2018 are being offered to students who lost homes to the fires. 

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Greek community raises funds for fire relief

Greek community raises funds for fire relief

Those affected by the North Bay fires may experience the aftermath for an unforeseeable amount of time. However, there has been a significant outpour of aid from several people in the surrounding areas. 

Students and staff have had their homes destroyed and their lives uprooted. In response to this, Sonoma State University created the #NomaNeeds Facebook group, which facilitates carpooling, temporary housing and other outlets needed for those affected to get back on their feet. 

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Workshop prepares SSU students for grad school

Workshop prepares SSU students for grad school

Deciding whether to prepare and apply for graduate school could be considered one of the toughest decisions in a student’s education. Many students may wonder how to prepare for this process.  

On Thursday, a workshop provided insight into the grad school dilemma. Speakers like McNair Scholars Program Director Daniel Smith, writing specialist Brianna Bjarnson, and Instruction and Reference Librarian Marjorie Lear answered Sonoma State University students’ questions and concerns about life after graduation.

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Sonoma State participates in national campaign to welcome international students

Sonoma State participates in national campaign to welcome international students

“You are welcome here.” 

With a simple sentence providing a strong message, Sonoma State University students, faculty and staff welcome international students to attend not only Sonoma State, but CSU campuses nationwide.

The “You Are Welcome Here” campaign aims to affirm that CSU “institutions are diverse, friendly, safe and committed to student development,” with the hope of encouraging international students to study abroad in the United States, according to the campaign. 

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YouTube sensation promotes Latinx culture at SSU

YouTube sensation promotes Latinx culture at SSU

Culy Velasquez, creator of the ‘Pero Like’ YouTube channel and longtime team member of Buzzfeed, spoke about his experiences with diversity issues during a recent visit to Sonoma State University.

On Sept. 28 in the HUB, Velasquez addressed a predominantly Latina crowd about his experiences as an entertainer and the message he intends to send through his YouTube channel. According to Velasquez, the goal of “Pero Like” is to create a place where he can show the world who Latinos really are, along with their beautiful culture.

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Round table encourages clubs to work together

Round table encourages clubs to work together

With over 160 clubs at Sonoma State University, each one is bound to offer something different to students. 

Academic clubs, sports clubs, fraternities and sororities and other niche organizations all have their own ways of conducting themselves. 

All these clubs were accounted for on Sept. 27, when the Student Involvement office held a round table event to hear the clubs’ needs so they could determine how to best serve them.

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