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Best of Sac State 2022


Best of Sac State

Continuing a six-year-old annual tradition, The State Hornet conducted an extensive poll of the Sacramento State community about their likes regarding campus sports, food, pop culture and more.

The Spring 2022 semester marked the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that most Sac State students were able to return to campus. No, things aren’t completely back to normal but as students, we’ve done the best we could to adapt to the changing circumstances in our community.

The return to campus meant some of our top categories for Best of Sac state returned this year alongside a few new categories. We at The State Hornet would like to thank you for making this year a record-breaking year of BOSS voting, the most votes we’ve tabulated since our switch to digital in 2019.

As we look forward to finals (maybe not) and graduation returning to Golden 1 Center for our 2022 graduates, The State Hornet is proud to present the Best of Sac State winners below!

— Jordan Parker, editor in chief

Make sure to click on every category to see more about the winners!

Panda Express

Communication Studies

SOUR - Olivia Rodrigo

Biological Sciences

Kai Eder, Biology professor for Human Anatomy and Physiology, was voted as “Best Professor” in The State Hornet's Best of Sac State poll. Professor Eder said that he’s glad that students like his class and he hopes they vote for him again next time as Best Professor for the Best of Sac State. Watch this video to learn more about Eder and hear what some of his students say.

Once again taking the crown!

Sarah Putirka, a second year studio art major, sits outside of the university theatre on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Putirka says she is not surprised that Arts and Letters won best college for Best of Sac State. Read what she and other students say about the Arts and Letters department on campus.

Best Female Athlete

On the court, Lianna Tillman is crafty, gritty, and relentless but how much do we actually know about her? Here are 10 questions that hopefully give some insight into her personality.

Best Male Athlete

Sac State football quarterback Jake Dunniway was voted male athlete of the year. Checkout this Q&A to get insight on who Dunniway is on and off the field.

Best Female Sport

After a historically successful season under first-year head coach Mark Campbell, the Sacramento State women’s basketball team was voted best team under the best women’s team category for the Best of Sac State poll. Read more about the team and listen to what a few of the players had to say about winning!

Best Male Sport

This year’s Best Of Sac State winner for best male sports team was awarded to the Sac State football team. The Hornets are 18-5 in their last two seasons and have one goal in mind as they finish up their spring ball period. Check out this story and video package to learn more about the winning sport!

All 6 floors were voted for!

The sun shines on the main entrance to the Sacramento State library, which students voted as their favorite study spot on campus. “I chose the library because of its overall vibe; it puts my mind in the study mood.” Freshman electrical and electronics engineering major Armann Randhawa said. Check out this photo gallery of students using their favorite facility to study, relax and get ready for finals.

Est. 1990

Listen to this special audio story by Alexis Perales to congratulate Mujeres Aydando la Raza! It features third-year anthropology major and MAR co-coordinator Lexi Bravo who gives thanks to those who voted for the club, a bit of history and her experience being a part of MAR. Board members (L-R) Breana Fabian, Conny Morales, Karina Balthazar, Kim Salgado, Noelia Barron, Maria Amador and Lexi Bravo pose in front of the mural on the Studio Theatre on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Best Movie

Sac State voted the crossover-filled “Spider-Man: No Way Home” as the best movie for this 2022’s Best of Sac State. Staff writer Priscilla Garcia-Pargas took to campus to ask Hornets who their favorite portrayal of Spider-Man is.

Best Video Game

"Elden Ring" is only the second game to earn the title of best video game. The extremely popular game is the first open world title produced by “Dark Souls” developer Fromsoftware. Watch this video to see why Sac State students voted it as the best.

TV Show

The series is part of Marvel’s phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the franchise’s first show to be released on the Disney+ streaming service. Check out what Sac State students say about the show and why they voted for it.

Best COVID-19 Vaccine: Pfizer

Won with 72% of the vote!

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was voted ‘Best COVID-19 Vaccine’ by the Sac State community in this year’s Best of Sac State poll, beating both the Moderna vaccine and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Sac State originally administered its first doses of the Pfizer vaccine to faculty in late January 2021 and eventually began offering the vaccine to students in April 2021 at the on-site vaccination clinic at the University Union. According to Statista, in the United States, almost 340 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered compared to almost 217 million doses of Moderna.

Thank you for participating in this years Best of Sac State. See you next year!

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