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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor


Andrew Yang, Sac State’s first coordinator for the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Center, hanging out in the APIDA Center lounge in Lassen Hall on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. Yang aims to encourage students to join the APIDA Center and offer support services such as scholarships and internships.

‘We are the product of everyone who has supported us’

Jasmine Ascencio March 15, 2023
Andrew Yang, a first-generation Hmong-American, is Sac State’s first APIDA Center Coordinator.
Students, faculty, and community members posing for a  group photo in The Engrained Restaurant Thursday, March 9, 2023 in honor of Native American Culture Week.  Native American students make less than one percent of Sacramento State’s student population, according to Native American Studies professor Nia Gregory. These events are pathways for everyone to connect to one another.

Community gathers to commemorate Native American Culture Week

Jasleen Kaur and Eric Davis March 14, 2023
“We feel like a little fish in a big pond. Events like this help us find out where our students are and form connections with them.”
Mic in hand in the Sac State University Ballroom, one woman chokes back tears opening up about experiences with ongoing violence against people of color by police during the Ending the Epidemic of Racial Violence Forum Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. Few attendees are seen in the crowd at the forum, set up to provide healing and discussion for those triggered by Tyre Nichols’ death at the hands of Memphis police.

Sac State students mourn and react to loss of Tyre Nichols

Eric Davis, Tobi Fakunle, and Jasleen Kaur February 27, 2023
Sac State students said they want change and accountability from police officers following the death of Tyre Nichols.
The Martin Luther King Jr center and the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Center will open their doors to students Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. The MLK Center, originally established in 2015, will be reopening as part of a relaunch, while Tuesday will mark the grand opening for the new APIDA Center. (Graphic created on Canva by Jacob Peterson)

Sac State launching two student centers in dedication to educational equality

Jourdan Jackson February 26, 2023
Sac State concludes Black History Month with grand opening of APIDA and MLK Center
PRIDE Center Coordinator candidate Brittney Dinelli on the third floor of the University Union Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. Dinelli’s open forum was the first of three to highlight potential candidates to fill the space left by the previous coordinator, Tranh Pham.

PREVIEW: PRIDE Center in search of a new coordinator

Jourdan Jackson and Alyssa Branum February 26, 2023
PRIDE Center candidate forum introduces potential coordinator to Sac State community.
(L - R) Dr. Bena Arao, the senior director for resource management of Business and Administrative Services, and speaker Jerry L. Blake, Education Opportunity Program senior lead and male empowerment coordinator, at the Black Professional Speed Mixer hosted in Sacramento State’s University Union Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023. The Male Empowerment Collaborative is designed to work with other support and academic enhancement programs, rather than compete with them.

The Male Empowerment Collaborative tackles Sac State’s low minority graduation rates

Eric Davis February 23, 2023
The Male Empowerment Collective has taken on a new challenge of improving graduation rates among Black American students
Members of the National Society of Black Engineers during a club meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. NSBE is a networking opportunity for Black Engineering students, according to its members.

Black engineering students create a space for themselves at Sac State

Justine Chahal February 21, 2023
The National Society of Black Engineers allows students to find a community in a predominately non-black field. The organization strives to boost student confidence.
Fourth-year civil engineering major and President of National Society of Black Engineers Aissatou Fall speaking with attendees of Little Africa in front of the Library quad Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. Event organizers said they hope for more support from the university in promoting similar events.

Little Africa: Rebuilding connection and success within the Black student body

Jasmine Ascencio February 17, 2023
Honoring a legacy and building connection within the Black student body, “Little Africa” re-emerges as a collaboration between Black student-led organizations to build unity and visibility.
California Secretary of State Shirley Weber speaking about reparations to a crowd of people in the University Union Ballroom on Feb. 7, 2023. Weber was the first Black woman in the position and spoke on topics of history, reparations and the continued effects of slavery today.

Shirley Weber advocates for reparations at Sac State

Tobi Fakunle February 8, 2023
“If African Americans helped bring almost every monument, It won’t take too much to give back for all that work that was done,” Shirley Weber said.
A Sacramento resident and friend of Tyre Nichols kneels down in front of a heart made of candles during a vigil in North Natomas Monday, Jan 30, 2023. Nichols’ death has resulted in protests regarding police brutality nationwide.

Mourning family, friends hold candlelight vigil for late Tyre Nichols

Justine Chahal and Alyssa Branum January 31, 2023
A candlelight vigil was held for Tyre Nichols at Regency Parkway. Nichols’s family and friends spoke about his life and their desire for change.
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