SSU ranks fifth in U.S. for study abroad program

SSU ranks fifth in U.S. for study abroad program

Australia. Spain. The United Kingdom. These are only a few destinations that Sonoma State University’s study abroad program offers its participants.

Studying abroad as a college student is a once-in-a-lifetime, life-changing opportunity—one Sonoma State has recently gained acclaim for providing.

The Institute of International Education, a leading nonprofit educational and cultural exchange group, has ranked Sonoma State as one of the nation’s top five universities for studying abroad, giving it the number five spot among colleges that provide master’s degrees. 

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Spring into the new semester: SSU students prepare to shift gears for spring 2018

Spring into the new semester: SSU students prepare to shift gears for spring 2018

As one semester ends, the last thing college students want to think about is the beginning of the next. 

During “dead week,” more commonly known as the week before finals, many Sonoma State University students focus on how they can finish the semester strong and soon won’t have to worry about impending tests, essays or research projects. 

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Leonard Bernstein’s life in music comes to SSU

Leonard Bernstein’s life in music comes to SSU

Composer, conductor, and insomniac are a few titles commonly used to describe the artist Leonard Bernstein. 

Despite his inability to get a decent night’s rest, he thrived and became a renowned individual in the orchestral music community. 

According to Jamie Bernstein, Bernstein’s daughter, “While most of the world was asleep, he would be awake composing.”

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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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