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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor


Jordan Parker smiles from ear to ear in his graduation garb on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at Sacramento State. Parker’s grin has lifted the spirits of The State Hornet for the past three years as we determined our role during the pandemic, according to several of its staff and editors.

Opinion: A tearful farewell from The State Hornet’s editor in chief

Jordan Parker, Editor in Chief May 18, 2022
After a tenure lasting six semesters, Editor in Chief Jordan Parker says goodbye to The State Hornet. Parker graduates this week at the spring 2022 Commencement ceremony, and will go on to work as an intern for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Freshman shortstop Nikki Barboza posing at Shea Stadium on Monday, May 16, 2022. Barboza has a batting average of .316 this season.

Sac State softball shortstop thrived in her first season despite the positional switch

Spencer Fielding May 16, 2022
Nikki Barboza’s confidence as a freshman grew all season long. Through the various changes in her game, she still strives to get better.
Students take a break in between classes to paint on a long roll of paper in the Kadema Hall Courtyard on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Professors would stop by and draw as well or just look at the drawings the students had made.

Sac State’s first Pause & Paint provides a creative break from school stressors

Priscilla Garcia-Pargas, staff writer May 5, 2022
Sac State Arts and Letters Ambassadors held the event last week to help students destress between classes.
Jorja Smith performs on the Blume stage at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Smith is an English singer-songwriter who was one of four women headliners at Sol Blume festival this year. (Photo by Laura De la Garza Garcia)

GALLERY: Music for the soul to blossom

Sol Blume music festival makes a comeback to Discovery Park attracting large crowds and loud music. This year, Sol Blume featured four women headliners and Sacramento native artists Victoria Monet and Yelly.
Esti Kovalchuk, a business admin major at Sac State, takes a break from her studies to enjoy a moment in the sun in front of the library on Monday, April 11, 2022. After leaving the country four years ago, Kovalchuk said the news of recent Russian attacks on Ukraine have been scary to witness second-hand.

‘People being killed left and right’: Ukrainian student’s social media fills with troubling scenes from home

Casey Rafter April 28, 2022

It was just after 5 a.m. in Ukraine when the Russian army launched its first attacks on the country on Feb. 24, 2022.   Business Administration major Esti Kovalchuk, who has only been in the U.S....

20-year-old Criminal Justice major Chi Meng Vang stands in front of the Sacramento State Library on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Vang is an international refugee and a peer leader for the Asian Pacific-Islander and Desi-American campus community. (Photo by Michael Pacheco)

From poverty to peer leader: a refugee student finds success

Michael Pacheco April 25, 2022

When the United States military withdrew from Vietnam in 1975, many Hmong refugees migrated from Laos and Vietnam to refugee camps in Thailand and other countries in order to avoid the conflict.  The...

Mujeres Ayudando La Raza co-coordinator and third-year anthropology major Lexi Bravo poses in front of a tree outside of the Sac State Library on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Bravo said MAR helps Latinx students become more involved in their community. (Photo by Alexis Perales)

Latina non-profit supplies feminine products and scholarships to students

Alexis Perales April 22, 2022

In some bathrooms around campus, there are little boxes full of women’s products with an Instagram logo imprinted on them. The contents include pads and tampons that are up for grabs for anyone who may...

Sophomore infielder Gunner Gouldsmith (middle) and senior infielder Steven Moretto(second from right) greet senior Keith Torres(far right) with fist bumps as he takes the field at Klein Family Field against University of the Pacific on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Stockton, California.,Everybody contributed and did their part to get the win tonight, said Torres, who finished the game 4-4.

GALLERY: Swipe through our best shots of Sac State’s UOP baseball win

Dylan McNeill and Dominique Williams April 20, 2022
PHOTO GALLERY: Sac State baseball goes on the road and take a 13-6 win over the University of the Pacific
Youth advocate Leander Loh stands outside of the WEAVE office on Thursday April 13, 2022. Loh will be the keynote speaker of the “Breaking out of the Box” seminar that will be held at the University Union on Tuesday, April 19.

Who said real men don’t cry? Seminar aims to break toxic masculinity

Dominique Williams April 16, 2022

Sexual assault awareness month might be confined to 30 days, but for advocates like Laura Swartzen and Leander Loh, raising awareness of sexual violence is a never-ending effort. Swartzen and Loh both...

Alejandra Santiago, a second-year child development major stands outside the WELL before heading in for her workout on March 17, 2022. Santiago said  she was having trouble making a reservation through the app which made it difficult to enter the facility.

Sac State’s the WELL’s mobile app discourages students from using facility

Stacy Hanson April 9, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic brought on many unique challenges for Sacramento State students but perhaps the least expected change to campus were complications in accessing the WELL, the university’s premier...

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