Congressman Mike Thompson addresses Sonoma State

Congressman Mike Thompson addresses Sonoma State

Thompson spoke about the student loan crisis and how the average student graduates with $25,000 in student loan debt. Thompson, a member of the blue dog coalition -- a caucus that was formed for fiscal responsibility -- said that congress needs to discover new ways to keep college tuition costs down while increasing government grants. “I think how they are handling the student loan crisis is despicable. It affects our community and our economy,” Thompson said.

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SSU lands on multiple college rankings lists

Sonoma State University has recently found itself on various college rankings lists across the internet. The school ranks 20 in “party schools” on the Princeton Review, 88 in Forbes Magazine’s top colleges in the West, and 20 on Student Loan Hero’s list of places where students can work and pay their way through college

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New cafe opens in wine building

New cafe opens in wine building

Stomping Grounds, the new cafe inside the Wine Spectator Learning Center opens its’ doors to students and visitors of the university for the first time this semester. This project was initiated, “Through conversations with the School of Business, there was a desire to create a social space within the facility. Stomping Grounds is really a joint venture between the School of Business and University Culinary Services.” Nancy Keller, the Director of University Culinary Services said. Since the beginning of the semester, this new cafe on campus has generated buzz, with many students posting on social media about visiting the place.

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“Thicker Than Smoke” event raises $189,000 for fire victims

“Thicker Than Smoke” event raises $189,000 for fire victims

Over 2,300 people attended the “Thicker Than Smoke: An Evening of Community Storytelling” event during the weekend of Aug. 3 here at the Green Music Center.  This was a two-night event that showcased the stories of those affected by the fires that raised $189,000, which was donated in support of fire victims. Sonoma County is still attempting to recover from the blazes; families are still searching for living arrangements and looking to piece their lives back together.

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