Annual Career Fair invites companies from throughout Bay Area to talk with students

Students were given the opportunity to meet more than 40 different employers and recruiters this past Thursday at Sonoma State University’s Career Fair. 

Employers such as Korbel Champagne Cellars, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sonoma Canopy Tours joined the fair, providing students with information about what their company does. Some companies offered internships, jobs and informational interviews according to Career Services. Workshops were hosted by Career Services for several weeks in advance  before the career fair took place. From helping students improve their elevator speech and resume to preparing them when talking with employers. 

“Career Fair workshops have a long history here at Sonoma State,” said Heather Martin, the interim Lead Career Coordinator for Career Services. “We believe in giving our students the biggest advantage possible at the career fair and our workshops are just a part of that process.” 

The workshops had a high turnout with over 50 students attending. The Resume Fest was their best workshop, according to Martin, where students could get advice from professionals on their individual resumes. 

Becky Young, the interim Career Coordinator for Career Services, contacted human resources recruiters and used them to her advantage to provide students with the right information. Martin and Young both worked together with Career Services to plan and create the event along with two of their student staff since January to coordinate the event and reach out to local businesses in the area who were more than excited to recruit SSU students.

“I went through the school of Business and Economics department  here at Sonoma State,” said Chrissy Nelson, senior human resources representative at Korbel Champagne Cellars. ”Staying connected with Sonoma State means a lot to me personally and then also for Korbel in general since the owner, Gary Heck, has been a benefactor and chairman for the Wine Business Institute.” 

“We chose to participate because we are always looking for new people and  it’s always good to have people with new experiences and backgrounds,” said Lauren Sniffin an intern at Health and Commerce.

“We are a local employer, so we like to ensure that we are dipping into local talent and sharing of up and coming businesses,” said Christina Johnson, a recruiter at ExecRanks. “It was really important for us to be able to represent what we have to students in accessible areas.”  

According to Martin the event had more than 800 students in attendance. The fair has been continuously held at the university for the past five years and the staff who worked on the event hope to continue it for the upcoming years. 

“We hope that students can start to build their professional network now and that ultimately our students can find summer jobs, internships and full-time jobs,” said Martin. “We hope that all of the students who attended the fair are better able to understand the demands of the work world and can become successful Seawolves once they graduate.”


Peace and Justice Center encourages student voice

Social justice week at Sonoma State University aims to bring awareness to students on campus about many social justice issues happening around us, not just locally but globally. 

The Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County hosted a discussion for students who were interested in learning more about activism within the community and around the county.  

The Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma county is located in Santa Rosa and offers itself as a resource center to inform, support, and reenergize Sonoma County. The center provides a safe meeting place for affiliated groups and social justice, along with sending out weekly emails about events related to peace. They also publish the Sonoma County Peace Press six times a year. 

Shekeyna Black, the center coordinator for the Peace and Justice Center, was pleased with the turnout of the event and said that the younger generation has such an impact now because they “tend to voice their opinions more and stand up for what’s right.” 

Black went around the room and asked students how they are involved, and many students shared their work in the social justice field, bringing a smile to Black’s face. 

The students were seated in a circle, and in the middle of the circle was a stool with a few jars on it. Each jar represented a different social justice issue. A few of the issues that were represented on the jars were military spending, our environment, housing, education, and healthcare. 

Each student was given three pennies and then were asked to place their pennies in a jar that they felt was the most important issue to them. Most of the pennies were placed in the housing jar, healthcare jar, and education jar. 

“The penny activity was super effective,” said Jessica Ndiritu, a senior nursing major. “Having a hands on activity to show what was important to those in the community is a really effective way of getting discussions started.”

 Kimberly Elizondo, a sophomore sociology major, said she attended the event because she is taking a social justice class and found this discussion to be interesting. 

“It’s also a good place to meet people who also have the same interests as you,” said Elizondo. “It was really interesting to see what everyone values.” 

The event ended with students loaded up with different resources, such as the peace press magazine, the vision and mission statement of the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma county, and a card for the north bay rapid response number in case ICE is in the area. But above all, students left with a new understanding of social justice within the community. 


Rotaract club to take service trip to Brazil to assist hospitals

Sonoma State University’s Rotaract Club is a close-knit group of students passionate about making their community a better place.  The club holds two meetings per month, with one as a business meeting and the other as a social event. The club also meets as needed for their service projects and events.

As a club they engage in local and international service, both independently and working with local Rotary clubs. Members address their communities physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. 

The trip will be funded by the Rotary Club of Luthra as a gesture of gratitude for being assisted on the “Night of 1000 Coats” event by Sonoma State’s Rotaract Club. The event was designed to aid fire victims in accessing necessary things and to bring the community together, which is one of the many things Rotaract club takes pride on. 

Andrea Aviles, a senior political science major and treasurer of Rotaract,  said Rotaract wants to help countries like Brazil by talking to administrators to see if they would be interested in joining their telemedicine project, where doctors from around the globe join weekly education telemedicine rounds and can consult with any partner doctor for diagnosis assurance.

“The purpose for our trip to Brazil is partnering with the Rotary Club of Blumenau-Fortaleza in Brazil for their Cultural Broadcasting School Project,” said Aviles. “Our sponsoring Club, the Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati, helped obtain a grant for the school’s computer lab and  they will be sending two Rotarians along with two SSU Rotaract members.”  

Aviles is looking forward to potentially giving a presentation to the children while being able to mix the two cultures to see if they will continue to support in the future and she is excited to see what the grant has accomplished for the school’s computer lab and to see if they can have Brazil be telemedicine partner.     

According to Monica Morales, a senior biology major and the international chair of the club, Rotaract focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces, as well as being involved in community outreach and telemedicine.

Morales will be going  to Brazil to interview hospitals with the hopes of eventually setting up Telemedicine at their hospital. The club will also be attending a variety of Rotary meetings in Blumenau, Brazil.     

Katelyn Quinn,  a senior communications major and president of the Rotaract Club, said she originally joined the club because she has had a long time passion for volunteering. 

 “But this goes beyond simple volunteer work,” said Quinn. “I have been able to gain new skills, have built amazing connections and I have been able to become a leader and help others become leaders too.”  

According to Quinn, who will not be able to attend the service trip to Brazil, the club will be  helping out with various projects during their stay such as distributing vaccinations for certain diseases and helping build houses.  


Panel adreses importance of social justice

“Social justice is about doing what feels right and rectifying what feels wrong. It makes us sleep better at night and gives us long time peace”, said Chingling Wo, an english professor at Sonoma State University, during the Social Justice Without Borders lecture. 

Five professors from different departments gathered together in the Cooperage on Thursday night to enlighten many students and open up on their thoughts on social justice during the closing event on the fifth night of Social Justice Week and UndocuWeek. 

The professors that took part in the lecture were criminal justice professor Napoleon Reyes, Chicano and Latino studies  professor Ron Lopez, and English professors Chingling Wo and Timothy Wandling. 

The many topics that were uncovered during the night included Muslim bans, racial profiling, homelessness and displacement, lower-income families, the ideas of anti-capitalism, and the agreements with the teachings of Karl Marx.  The lecture was delivered using  powerpoint slides, comparisons, pop culture subjects of today such as Ellen DeGeneres, and the Pixar movies, Wall-E and Finding Dory. 

“When you want to learn about social justice, you need to start small,” said Wo. These five professors did not speak in hopes to force students to become activists, but more so encourage smaller acts that can accumulate to eventually contribute to society by making students and the community knowledgeable about the social injustice acts happening throughout our country. 

There were a variety of people in the audience including community members, children, students looking to receive extra credit or an extra unit, and student activists looking for ways to better their community and better their world. 

The Social Justice Week program is put on by the Sociology Social Justice Club. The purpose of the Social Justice Club is to promote social justice and to encourage community involvement and student activism. 

“The main reason I wanted to join the club was because they are in charge of preparing social justice week,” said Liz Aguilar, senior sociology major and treasurer for the club.  “When I joined I was interested in studying social justice and I feel like it’s important for not only sociology majors, but for all students to understand and be aware of the ongoing issues we see in society.”

One of the things discussed during the lecture was the goal of the Sociology Social Justice Club to improve their Social Justice Week. 

“We are looking to get an IRA grant for the next year”, said Peter Philips, sociology professor and Social Justice Club advisor.. “We need to be able to fund coordinators to plan these events and compensate guest speakers like Ralph Nader from Monday night’s event.”

Austin Barcus, a junior sociology major, was one of the students in attendance and was inspired by what the professors had to say. 

“The lecture had a lot of information”, said Barcus. “I got to learn what each of these professors are passionate about when it comes to social activism or social justice.”

“The change starts here,” said Ronald Lopez. “I encourage you to find a way in your community associations, your churches, your social organizations, to do something about it and make a difference.” 

Students find grieving place after Florida school shooting

Due to the most recent school shooting that occurred at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students at Sonoma State University have all reacted to this tragedy differently. 

Everyone grieves in their own way. Some community members and students have found comfort in connecting with others. On Wednesday, the on-campus event “School Shootings, Student Lives, and Well-Being” took place in the HUB to focus on healing and processing about the recent Florida shooting.

The HUB provided a safe and confidential place for students to come together to grieve or express their frustration regarding the massacre. A representative from SSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services was present at the social gathering to provide professional support to those that needed it. 

Due to the shooting being a sensitive topic, some students that attended the event asked that their names be left anonymous. 

According to a senior student in attendance, many students are ready to show the CSU system and each other solidarity, and they are not just going to let this go by.

“I definitely just felt completely numb,” the senior said. “Sandy Hook, Las Vegas; those things were so incredibly personal to me, and with this I just didn’t have the reservoir to do that and a lot of other people felt that way and that’s scary that literally no emotion happens whatsoever.”

In events like this, some students begin to question the safety of themselves and others on campus. Many feel this has triggered a reaction to do something about this problem.

A sophomore student said she thinks a lot of people are done with feeling unsafe and feeling uncomfortable; that the reaction from the students at Sonoma State has really skyrocketed a movement.

“I think that the discussion is happening on a lot of college campuses, a lot of high school campuses, a lot of policy makers are really starting to get to the root of it and discovering why it’s happening and how we can prevent this from happening,” the sophomore said. “I think we’re going to hear a lot more about it at Sonoma State too.”

President Sakaki sent out an email on Feb. 22, which said students’ safety and security was a top priority. She discussed how the shootings bring awareness and urgency to address mental health needs and gun control policies. At the bottom was an attached link to emergency procedures and emergency preparedness programs. 

Sonoma State’s Counseling and Psychological Services encourages students to take advantage of the counseling and psychological services offered to them if they feel affected by recent events. 

“I think people’s sense of safety has been adversely impacted by recent acts of violence, traumatic events like the Sonoma County fires, as well as by the general sociopolitical climate,” said Laura Williams, director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Sonoma State. “We are seeing an increase in levels of distress for folks coming into the CAPS office for services.”

In response to campus safety in the event of a shooting, Emily Ledford, a freshman, said, “I think that CSAs should discuss a plan of action for residential community members and that professors should be discussing a plan of action for in-classroom emergencies.” 

For students needing counseling regarding the recent shooting or any other crisis, CAPS has open walk-in hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

MGC talent showcase delivers an array of multicultural performances

On Thursday, the Multicultural Greek Council held its fifth annual talent showcase, offering an opportunity to any Seawolf interested in showcasing their talents. 

Senior Spanish and early childhood studies major Jennifer Bolanos and senior women and gender studies major Analesia Campos were the MCs for the night. Prior to introducing the first act, Campos shed some background information on her organization, Lambda Theta Nu, and the significance of the stepping and strolling act that took place later in the show. 

“We want to honor the organizations that started the tradition of stepping and strolling,” Campos said. “The Divine Nine took the time to invite us to learn and adapt their culture.”

According to campos, The Divine Nine are the first nine historical African-American organizations. 

“We respect everything they have done for us; they paved the road for all of the multicultural organizations today,” Campos said. “Tonight, when one of the MGC organizations is performing, just know that it is in honor of the Divine Nine.”

In addition to stepping and strolling, there were a variety of acts showcased throughout the night from different Greek organizations including Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Sigma Omega Nu and Kappa Alpha Psi, as well as individual non-Greek students like Tyler Perez and the Blue Baronz. 

“It was a wonderful first experience, especially since we used machetes during our performance,” said senior criminal justice major Elena Chavez. “As a first time experience, being in front of so many people, we are able to show everyone that there are multicultural Greek organizations, and being able to showcase our sororities’ culture here was really special to me.” 

The MGC Talent Showcase gave the opportunity for individuals to showcase their talents, as well as the ability for MGC organizations to spread knowledge of the culture of the organizations through their passionate performances onstage. 

“I think our organization is very special in that way, especially since in our culture only men dance with machetes, but our founding mothers wanted to break those barriers and promote women empowerment,” Chavez said.  “So for us to use the machetes during our performance was a very special thing for me and it was really exciting to be up there and show our strength.” 

Anyone interested in participating in the show had to sign up on Orgsync prior to the event. However, MGC allowed any last-minute audience members to step up on the stage the night of the show. 

There are seven MGC organizations at Sonoma State, including Epsilon Sigma Rho, Kappa Alpha Psi, Lambda Sigma Gamma, Lambda Theta Nu, Sigma Pi Alpha, Sigma Lambda Beta and Sigma Omega Nu, and everyone from any of these organizations all come from different backgrounds and ethnicities. 

MGC President Jennifer Bolanos explained one of the reasons MGC hosts this yearly talent show is to promote the MGC more, so the community knows there are multicultural Greek organizations that they can potentially join.

About 20 percent of  the campus population at Sonoma State University is involved with Greek Life, and despite the various amounts of fraternities and sororities that welcome students with open arms, many members within the Greek community agree that Sonoma State highly promotes and prides themselves on the strength of the Greek community.

“This is just another way to build Greek unity and unity among all Sonoma State students.” Bolanos said. “We advertise it out for all the students to showcase their talents.” 


Zipcars facilitate transporation for students

Students are now relying on an efficient and inexpensive transportation option provided by local car service Zip.  

A Zip member service director, Manuel, said Zipcars bring a lot of access to students to run errands and is a reliable source for transportation. 

“It’s not like a rental car service where you have to be 25 years old; most students aren’t that age but still need a car,” Manuel said. “Also, with everything being online you don’t even need to speak to anyone and the car is right on campus.” 

Zipcar has become a hit with major college campuses, and is now located all over the country. From John Hopkins University to the University of Texas, Zipcar has improved student life as well as contributed to a more sustainable campus. 

Maddie Flentie, a sophomore political science major, first heard about the car service through her freshman year roommate and decided to give it a try. 

“The process of signing up was pretty easy; they asked you the routine information of your driver’s license information and made you sign a basic insurance contract,” Flentie said. “It was really simple, but the difficult part was that once you signed up you had to wait until the card was sent to you, but no one had told us that.” 

Once students receive the card in the mail, it is quick and easy to use a car. Students can locate them right on the Sonoma State University campus in reserved lot D, and they are available 24/7. With only two cars to choose from, students must reserve them in advance.

Zipcar offers an hourly, daily or monthly payment, so students can choose the best option for their budget. Miles, gas and insurance are also included in the fees.

Bailey Oliver, an undeclared sophomore, felt as if it wasn’t really a struggle to get a car, although sometimes on the weekend they seemed to book up a bit faster.

“As a college student, personally I loved the idea of Zipcar, especially as a freshman when quite literally no one had cars,” Oliver said. “We didn’t really need to leave campus for too much anyways, but when we did Zipcar was a perfect form of communication.

“I think that they can do a better job of promoting it, though, because it didn’t seem like too many people knew about it,” Oliver said. “Truthfully, I’m not sure what I would have done if I didn’t have Zipcar for my first year away from home.”


Hunger banquet demonstrates what it’s like to dine in developing countries

About 795 million people around the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy and active life. That is about one in nine people. 

Last week, Join Us Making Progress hosted Hunger and Homelessness Week, bringing awareness on the issue through different on-campus events from a hunger banquet to a volunteer day at Redwood Empire Food Bank.

JUMP hosted the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet this past Tuesday, which allowed attendees to experience dining in a developing country.

“These events are important because it brings awareness and allows students to reflect on this issue,” said Casey Elbert, Human Services director. “This is something new to a lot of people so this event brings awareness in an interactive way.”

JUMP hosted the banquet in Ballroom A of the student center and featured two tables: one representing First World countries and the other representing Second World countries. They represented developing countries by seating on paper bags on the floor.

Students were given a piece of paper assigning them a name and country of origin that represented which country and status they would be in. Once everyone got sorted, a video presentation began, which gave attendees real life scenarios that guided them to move up or down in the world.

By the end of the video, four people were sitting at the First World table, which had a white tablecloth, different drink options on the table, nice silverware and plates and beautiful glasses. 

Six people were sitting at the Second World table, which had no tablecloth and no nice silverware or plates. The rest of the attendees sat on the floor.

“It feels really good to sit at the First World table but sitting here also makes me feel a little guilt,” Ashley Songer, a freshman, said as waiters served her appetizers, an entree and dessert.  Others at the table said they felt bad about being served so much food while the rest were not served very much.

Those sitting at the Second World table were given rice and beans along with a choice of water or tea. The meal was not served on dishes but rather on paper plates and waiters served beverages in plastic cups instead of glass ones.

Gio Castellanos, a junior, was sitting with the majority of students in the developing countries. He said it was really interesting to see the disparity displayed.

“You hear about hunger issues but you don’t really see it or understand it,”  Castellanos said. “This even gives you an understanding how a huge portion of the world lives and it’s very eye-opening.”


Sonoma Serves returns to aid community

Sonoma Serves is Join Us Making Progress’ annual one-day, large-scale service project where they send teams of students to several non-profit sites in Sonoma County to volunteer for the day. 

 Sonoma Serves was originally scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 14, but campus had closed and evacuated by that point. The event was rescheduled to take place on March 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This will be the second year that Angelena Perez, associate students director of days of service, participates in the service event, previously holding a coordinator position for JUMP.

 According to Perez, at a time of need like the recent fires, their first instinct was to help wherever they could, as community partners assessed the damage. 

“Their needs are, and were, overwhelmed with people wanting to help,” Perez said. “Also not knowing if our community partners were okay or if the vulnerable populations we work with were okay was very heartbreaking.” 

According to Perez, the goal of Sonoma Serves is to get students involved in the community and volunteer for the day to hopefully make a positive impact. With more than 200 student volunteers, she said it does so much work and the experience is one for the books.  

“You have incredibly grateful community partners and people whose lives just got a little better and students that walk away with life-changing experiences,” Perez said. “It’s so important for SSU students to know that there are these amazing non-profits in the area that work every day to help those in need and various opportunities to help them by volunteering with us.” 

According to Perez, JUMP hopes everyone has a positive experience and becomes aware of the issues that surround Sonoma County. 

“The best part of Sonoma Serves is when some of the students who volunteered for the event, begin volunteering more often within JUMP,” Perez said. “It only takes a few hours out of a Saturday and so much gets done.”

Associated Students Youth Programs Director Giovanna Castellanos, a junior English and women gender studies major, said Sonoma Serves is open to any SSU student or group and usually gets teams, clubs, Greek life, classes and a variety of Seawolves signing up as individuals. 

According to Castellanos, its goal is to make sure everyone who signed up last semester or has an interest now has a chance to participate in Sonoma Serves this spring, and to get as many people as possible out in the community. 

Castellanos said, “Our goal is to make sure everyone who signed up last semester or is interested now a chance to participate in Sonoma Serves this spring, and to get as many people as possible out in our community. The community need is greater than ever and we are looking forward to making a positive impact in our community and get Seawolves involved.

“If a group, sorority, fraternity, club, or class is interested in signing up as a team, they need one person to register as a team captain, and then everyone else in their team can register as an individual and select which team they want to be a part of,” Castellanos said. “If an individual wants to sign up, they can sign up as well and we will make sure everyone ends up at a site.”


“Vagina Monologues” performer inspired by show

With powerful performances, the “Vagina Monologues” closed their annual performance at Sonoma State last week. 

“The Vagina Monologues”, a theater production written by Eve Ensler, discusses the good and bad experiences women have with their vaginas and the experiences within the LGBTQ+ community and is an annual event on campus. 

This year, the cast and crew was composed of 74 people, most of whom are SSU students. Profits of the show were donated  to Verity, a non-profit that strives to end all forms of violence such as sexual assault and abuse.   

First time performer, Estephanie Ascencio, a junior communications major, was first inspired by the show during her freshman year as an extra credit assignment. 

“I decided I wanted to join and be a part of something so empowering and I finally found the courage to join as a third year,” Ascencio said. 

Julia Kistner, a junior communications major and director of the show, said that although it was Ascencio’s first time performing, she was a great a great addition to “The Vagina Monologues.”

“She’s such an easy going and positive person and she definitely brought her personality into her performance,” said Kistner.

Although she was nervous to perform in the show for the first time, Ascencio found immense support from her friends and her V supporters who are, “people in our lives who we feel empower and support us.”

According to Ascencio the overall themes of The Vagina Monologues, “range from the acceptance of women’s sexuality, to the end of rape and violence, to the understanding of transgender experiences.” 

This year the proceeds from ticket sales will be going towards Verity which is a crisis hotline and support system in Sonoma County for anyone who is a victim of sexual assault or abuse. They provide services such as counseling, intervention, and educate the community on prevention of sexual assault and abuse. 

“The importance of “Vagina Monologues” goes beyond just raising money,” said Ascencio. “The most important part is the conversations that come out of our show.” 

She hopes that by doing the show people will continue to talk about these issues and make a change. 

“Change happens when a spark is ignited within someone,” Ascencio said.  “‘Vagina Monologues” is that flame that ignites that spark, and we are the voices of everyone who can’t or won’t be heard.” 

With this being her first performance, Ascencio has made some amazing memories and she plans on participating next year during her senior year. 

Being part of the cast of  “The Vagina Monologues” has been an experience that Ascencio will never forget. She even hopes to carry the things that she has learned by integrating “The Vagina Monologues” into whatever career she decides to pursue after college. 

“It was so great to see how much being in The Vagina Monologues positively impacted her life,” said Kistner.  

Ascencio is very grateful to have been a part of something as special and empowering as “The Vagina Monologues” that she said, “works towards creating change for important ongoing issues in the world.”  

“Thank you to the directors of the Vagina Monologues 2018 production, and the amazing cast I got to be a part of for creating some amazing memories that I will cherish forever,” said Ascencio. “I love you all.”

SSU welcomes UndocuResource Center director

At the age of 16, Rosa Salamanca Moreira made her journey to the U.S, traveling from El Salvador to Los Angeles to join her family. 

Born and raised in El Salvador, Rosa came to the states with no prior knowledge of the English language nor did she know much about the lifestyle she would encounter in the U.S. Moving to Los Angeles was the first step in what would later create the pathway to her devotion for helping the needs and providing support for undocumented students. 

Her newly position as director of the Undocu Resource Center has given her the chance to recreate how the campus welcomes undocumented students and how resources will be made easily attainable. 

At her high school in Los Angeles, Rosa found a program called the Newcomer Center that helped students who had recently arrived to the United States from different parts of the world. This program offered a group of students the opportunity to meet others who were going through similar experiences and find the help needed to succeed in their education. 

“As a teenager, going through adolescence at the time, it was difficult being able to transition into a place I didn’t know, especially trying to understand the language and being able to succeed”, said Salamanca. 

At the beginning of her senior year in high school she had come across the Undocumented Students Club that had been formed and funded by two of her friends. At the end of that year she had been asked to take on the lead position for this organization, and regardless of her skepticism at the time, she decided to take the offer. 

“For me being able to be in a program that helped me transition made me realize how having a place where you are able to relate to others and feel that you aren’t alone was so important”, said Salamanca. 

Eventually she made her way to CSU Northridge where she helped fight for a Dream Center. Soon after, she continued to work for nonprofits and other organizations to provide support for undocumented populations. Her background and experience with undocumented students has provided her the tools and skills needed to implement new ideas for Sonoma State. 

“I see an opportunity at the university where I can create a place similar to the one I come from,” said Salamanca. “The place that I was able to benefit from, to create a space for students where they can go to, which is the main reason I came here.” 

Omar Santiago, a senior history major says, “She brings professionalism with the way she carries herself and the way she approaches students, but at the same time she is very welcoming.” 

With the power Rosa’s position holds she hopes to create a welcoming place for undocumented students and to create an immigrant friendly campus for all students. She wants to ensure that they are being heard and that at the end of the day those needs are being met. 

Her primary goal is to show the UndocuResource Center and its members that they have a place that will support them and provide the necessary information and tools to succeed in their college career. She believes that the barriers these students face can affect their success in all aspects of their lives, Rosa is determined to break these barriers and find opportunities for students. 

Maria Nolasco-Ramirez a senior anthropology and chicano latino studies major says, “Her job now is to make sure undocumented students aren’t thrown under the bus, she has to make sure that we are getting the resources that we need, not what the university thinks we need.”


Students compete in laser battles at Student Center

If you’re looking for new ways to meet people on campus, get involved in recreational activities or just have a good time, then you might want to look into the many activities hosted by Student Involvement.

 Lazer Battles was a free event in the Ballrooms of the Student Center where students played free rounds of laser tag. Student Involvement transformed the Ballrooms into a laser tag arena with bunkers for students to hide behind as they played. Student Involement desiged Lazer Battles to be a game of seven versus seven, but students could also come as individuals and play. 

Mo Phillips, director of Student Involvement, hopes to provide opportunities for students to get together, with Lobofest being one of the three involvement weeks that allow SSU students to participate in fun on-campus activities.

“Lobofest is one of three spirit weeks designed to promote community spirit and tradition on campus,” Phillips said. Laser Battles on Thursday night was the final event of the week of Lobofest. 

Student Involvement has also created a new program called Swipe2win where students can earn points for going to events and win prizes at the end of each month. 

“Swipe2win is an opportunity for students to come out to events like Lazer Battles,” said Rob Smith, Campus Life Advisor for sports clubs. “The more times they see us at events and swipe their ID cards that’s more entries they get to win prizes at the end of the month. 

“We also select grand prize winners at the end of the semester,” Smith said. “Last semester they had bluetooth headphones and visa gift cards.”

This semester Student Involvement is giving away prizes such as Warriors tickets. Prizes can be anything and everything.

Morgan Sterni, a senior political science major, is an employee of Student Involvement and attended the event on Thursday.

“Lazer Battles is a fun interactive game,” Sterni said. “Everything we put on for students is free, so this is a free fun event if they’re just hanging out on campus.” 

According to Mishelle Baltazar, a freshman liberal studies major, it was nice going to the event and being with friends since she is not from Sonoma County and can’t easily go home. 

Eliza Verlarde, a freshman and a pre-nursing major, enjoyed playing Laser Battles because she said it was the perfect way to have, “a good time with friends and not focus on school.”