Seawolves Speak!: What are you doing to help with the stress of finals?

Seawolves Speak!: What are you doing to help with the stress of finals?

Finals can be extremely stressful for college students everywhere. Whether you have to write  papers, take exams, or prepare and deliver presentations in your classes, this can be a lot of work all at once. Finals can be the final straw for many, only adding to the regular stress of college life. According to an article by the American Psychology Association, “About one-third of U.S. college students had difficulty functioning in the last 12 months due to depression, and almost half said they felt overwhelming anxiety in the last year, according to the 2013 National College Health Assessment.” 

The addition of even more stress makes the end of the semester a college student’s worst nightmare. 

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ASP hosts festive bowling night

ASP hosts festive bowling night

Taking a break from the stress and anxieties of finals is important for students and their mental health. Fortunately, Associate Student Productions (ASP) held their last free bowling night of the semester at Double Decker Lanes, on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. 

The theme of the night was “Ugly Sweater,” which celebrated the holiday season and gave students the chance to look their best while wearing their worst. 

ASP hosts free bowling on the first Thursday of every month. The only thing students need to participate is their SSU Student ID.

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Red Flags sparks awareness on campus

Red Flags sparks awareness on campus

While the front of the library can be seen with students scurrying to their final or entering the building for their long night studying escapade, many took a moment to bring their attention to the 1,824 little red flags that had been placed in front of the library in the Darwin quad. The little red flags are not for landscaping or as a holiday decoration, but as a representation of the 1,824 college aged students that die each year from alcohol related incidents.

This display was one of many events throughout Sonoma State University’s “Save A Seawolf” Alcohol Awareness week. This is the week of awareness that is hosted by the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week for the past 15 years in various forms. The Arrive Alive Simulator was something new that administration was able to have come to campus in December, which allowed administration to promote positive behaviors around the holidays.

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Free and anonymous HIV testing protects students

Free and anonymous HIV testing protects students

The Student Health Center located on the west side of campus directly across the Zinfandel Residence Halls recently held a free and anonymous HIV testing for all students encompassing Sonoma State campus. The event was on Dec. 4 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. with the hopes and intentions to bring a large number of students to come and get tested. 

With being located on a college campus, the Student Health Center knew with the year wrapping up it would be smart for Seawolves to come in and make sure they are healthy going into the holiday season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Youth aged 13 to 24 made up 21% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States.” With many students attending Sonoma State within the age range, HIV is a disease that can happen to anyone, especially on a college campus. 

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Holiday cards for incarcerated queer folk

Holiday cards for incarcerated queer folk

With the holidays arriving this month, the usual holiday preparations and actions can be seen all around. Present’s are being bought, lights are being strung, and the holiday cards are sent out for delivery. They are sent to those that are loved and made to keep up the holiday spirit. But not everyone receives cards this time of year, especially those who are incarcerated. 

To remedy this, the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) recently held an event at The HUB on Wednesday, Nov. 28, called “Letters to Queer Incarcerated Folks”. Their purpose was to invite every person to send holiday cards to members of the LGBTQ community that are currently incarcerated through the online site blackandpink.org.

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Annual Xi Man brings laughs and donations

Annual Xi Man brings laughs and donations

Friday night was filled with laughter and cheers as the sorority Alpha Xi Delta - the Theta Beta chapter,  supported the organization Autism Speaks by holding their annual Xi Man event. 

Xi Man is a male pageant where one male represents each participating fraternity. Alpha Epsilon Pi was the proud winning chapter in last year’s competition. This year’s Xi Man pageant was hosted in the Cooperage on Friday Nov. 30. All of the proceeds were donated to Autism Speaks. 

Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to promoting solutions and offers advocacy and support to families who have member with Autism. They work to increase acceptance and understanding of people on the Autism spectrum. 

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“Diversity, Equity and Exclusivity” brings SSU up to date

“Diversity, Equity and Exclusivity” brings SSU up to date

Campus change is important for every university to become better. Because of this, Sonoma State University welcomed back Reverend Dr. Jamie Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 20 to give a talk about what we can do as a campus to be more inclusive. 

Washington has played an active role in higher education for roughly forty years and has been speaking at different universities for twenty years. 

He has previously spoken at Sonoma State University, but this new program, “Navigating Diversity, Equity and Exclusivity at a 21st century Public  University”, focuses on how we can create a better, more diverse learning environment.

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QSA holds candlelight vigil for transgender community

With the transgender community experiencing strong feelings of hardship and a disconnect with society, the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) has teamed up with the HUB to hold an event remembering those who have been killed for being transgender. 

Violence against the transgender community has been an ongoing issue and the statistics continue to rise with each year that passes. According to the organization Human Rights Campaign, “In 2017 advocates tracked at least 29 deaths of transgender people in the United States due to fatal violence”. According to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) article, a survey done by the National Center for Transgender Equality found that “one in four transgender people have been assaulted for being trans.” 

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Seawolves Lead hidden gem at SSU

Seawolves Lead hidden gem at SSU

Seawolves Lead is a workshop hosted by Student Involvements very own Joanie Ly. 

This workshop brings working through conflict to the Erin Fisher room on the second floor of the student center on Nov. 7. 

Each month, this workshop focuses on different topics designed to build and develop clubs and organizations, although the program encourages any students who wish to participate as well with open arms.

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Paulette Quiba remembered in Lobo’s Pantry plaque

Paulette Quiba remembered in Lobo’s Pantry plaque

It’s been just over a year since Sonoma State University lost one of their very own. 

Sonoma State Junior Paulette Quiba was tragically killed on Nov. 5, 2017 when a drunk driver crossed into her lane on Lakeville Highway and caused a head-on collision. The 21-year-old Business Major was a well-known leader on campus and contributed much to the school.

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Ride share saftey a growing concern

Ride share saftey a growing concern

The idea of ordering a car ride with a complete stranger went from a weary application to a nationwide phenomenon. 

Uber was founded in 2009 as a transportation network company that began in San Francisco. To get a ride, all one has to do is download the Uber application onto your phone, enter your destination, and then you’re given a price with your driver’s detail and location. It seems simple enough. 

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