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Student news without fear or favor
Alyssa Branum

Alyssa Branum, Visuals Editor

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Alyssa Branum, serving as visuals editor, is in her fourth semester working for The State Hornet and last semester at Sac State. Branum has won awards from the Associated Collegiate Press along with work published in the Sac Observer and SN&R. As a senior journalism major, Branum looks forward to utilizing creative outlets, working towards her photojournalism career and connecting with others on her journey.

 

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The movie poster of “Some Kind of Wonderful” which is a romantic film starring Lea Thompson, Mary Stuart Masterson and Eric Stoltz. (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures and graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Back to the 80s: ‘Some kind of wonderful’

Katelyn Marano, Copy Editor
April 18, 2024

The movie poster of “Some Kind of Wonderful” which is a romantic film starring Lea Thompson, Mary Stuart Masterson and Eric Stoltz. (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures and graphic created in Canva...

Anndrea Bachman and her family participate in the Out of the Darkness campus walk in honor of her dad, Matthew, whom she lost earlier this year Thursday, April 11, 2024. The family wanted to spread the message to others experiencing these struggles, “you are always worth the help you want.”

[Photo] GALLERY: Sac State hosts 13th-annual Out of the Darkness Walk

Ismael Martinez Castillo, Staffer
April 16, 2024

Anndrea Bachman and her family participate in the Out of the Darkness campus walk in honor of her dad, Matthew, whom she lost earlier this year Thursday, April 11, 2024. The family wanted to spread the...

 “The Lost Boys” original 80s movie poster. A traditional spin on vampire lore. (Photo Courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures and graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Back to the 80s: ‘Lost boys’

Katelyn Marano, Copy Editor
April 11, 2024

“The Lost Boys” original 80s movie poster. A traditional spin on vampire lore. (Photo Courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures and graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

The 1986 film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is a cult classic film based on the dream of every high school student, the perfect and most unforgettable ditch day. Ferris Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick does an unforgettable performance within the film.  (Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum and Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

[Photo] Back to the 80s: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

Katelyn Marano, Copy Editor
April 4, 2024

The 1986 film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is a cult classic film based on the dream of every high school student, the perfect and most unforgettable ditch day. Ferris Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick...

Sac State PRIDE Center’s main wall mural, welcoming students and faculty upon entry July 20, 2023.​ The center provides students with school support, mental health resources and off campus connections to programs in the greater Sacramento community.

[Photo] PRIDE Center coordinator and director positions remain vacant after both stepped down

Julianna Rodriguez, DEI Editor
April 2, 2024

Sac State PRIDE Center’s main wall mural, welcoming students and faculty upon entry July 20, 2023.​ The center provides students with school support, mental health resources and off campus connections...

The 1980 western romance film called “Urban Cowboy” takes toxic love to new heights. (Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum and photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

[Photo] Back to the 80s: ‘Urban Cowboy’

Katelyn Marano, Copy Editor
March 28, 2024

The 1980 western romance film called “Urban Cowboy” takes toxic love to new heights. (Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum and photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

Attendees to the Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan showcase discuss at a roundtable in the Union Ballroom Monday, March 25, 2024. The group was instructed to talk amongst the group to formulate ideas and address concerns from the action plan.

[Photo] Sac State hosts showcase for progress of Antiracism & Inclusive Campus Action Plan

Julianna Rodriguez, DEI Editor
March 27, 2024

Members of campus go over the activity worksheet provided to brainstorm ideas and curate discussions at the Antiracism and Inclusivity Campus Action Plan showcase in the Union Ballroom Monday, March 25,...

The 1983 film “Flashdance” is a poor portrayal of the 80s niche of dancing-themed movies. (Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum and photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

[Photo] Back to the 80s: ‘Flash Dance’

Katelyn Marano, Copy Editor
March 14, 2024

The 1983 film “Flashdance” is a poor portrayal of the 80s niche of dancing-themed movies. (Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum and photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

 The 1987 film “Mannequin” stars Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall in an unexpected romance of objectophilia love. McCarthy and Cattrall take quirky to new heights. (Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox, Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Back to the 80s: ‘Mannequin’

Katelyn Marano, Copy Editor
February 29, 2024

The 1987 film “Mannequin” stars Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall in an unexpected romance of objectophilia love. McCarthy and Cattrall take quirky to new heights. (Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox,...

A graduate salutes to family in a crowded Golden 1 Center during their commencement for Sac State, May 23, 2023. A goal of the Black Student Success Task Force is to offer numerous resources to increase the amount of Black students earning a degree.

[Photo] Sac State launches Black Success Initiative and Black Honors College

Mia Huss, Micah Yip, and Sharmarke Holif
February 29, 2024

Sac State professor Ernest Uwazie speaks Feb. 7, 2023, on a panel at the Ending Racial Violence Forum in the University Union Ballroom. Uwazi is the Director of the Center for African Peace and Conflict...

 The 1989 film “The Burbs’ movie poster starring actors Tom Hanks, Corey Feldman and Carrie Fisher in an 80s classic for all ages. (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Back to the 80s: ‘The Burbs’

Katelyn Marano, Copy Editor
February 22, 2024

The 1989 film “The Burbs'’ movie poster starring actors Tom Hanks, Corey Feldman and Carrie Fisher in an 80s classic for all ages. (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Graphic created in Canva by...

The Sacramento State sign covered with a banner at the on-campus CFA strike Jan. 22, 2024. The majority of CFA members voted in favor of the tentative agreement which extends into the upcoming academic term. (Photo by Alyssa Branum, Graphic created in Canva by Analah Wallace)

[Photo] CFA votes to ratify tentative agreement

Jenn Galinato, Staffer
February 19, 2024

The Sacramento State sign covered with a banner at the on-campus CFA strike Jan. 22, 2024. The majority of CFA members voted in favor of the tentative agreement which extends into the upcoming academic...

California Faculty Association President Anne Luna protests with colleagues at the west Sac State entrance Jan. 22, 2024. Luna sported a thrifted coat with a patch added to the back with the words, “Rights, Respect and Justice”

[Photo] CFA tentative agreement: A step in the right direction

Mia Huss and Usamah Hammour
February 16, 2024

California Faculty Association President Anne Luna protests with colleagues at the west Sac State entrance Jan. 22, 2024. Luna sported a thrifted coat with a patch added to the back with the words, “Rights,...

Movies of the 80s often feature nerds desperate for popularity and in the movie “Can’t Buy Me Love” Patrick Dempseys character Ronald, takes desperate to unbelievable heights. (Photo courtesy of Touchstone Pictures, Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Back to the 80s: ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’

Katelyn Marano, Copy Editor
February 15, 2024

Movies of the 80s often feature nerds desperate for popularity and in the movie “Can’t Buy Me Love” Patrick Dempseys character Ronald, takes desperate to unbelievable heights. (Photo courtesy of...

Students for Justice in Palestine and Arab Student Union’s inaugural banquet showcased flags throughout the evening in the Union Ballroom Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. One of the flags is the Palestinian flag in black, white and green stripes with a red triangle, which has been displayed by people around the world for over 120 days, as a protest against what is happening to the people of Gaza.

[Photo] Sac State hosts first SJP and ASU banquet

Micah Yip and Jocelyn Hill
February 13, 2024

Students involved with the event take a second to pose before jumping right back into the action at the Students for Justice in Palestine and Arab Student Union joint banquet in the Union Ballroom Saturday,...

Sacramento State Police Department released a timely warning notice today after the arsons committed Sunday, Feb. 11, around 9:45 pm. Sac State PD apprehended the suspects Wednesday, Feb. 14.(Graphic created in Canva by Analah Wallace)

[Photo] Two suspects spotted in arson incidents on campus

Alexander Musa, Staffer
February 12, 2024

Sacramento State Police Department released a timely warning notice today after the arsons committed Sunday, Feb. 11, around 9:45 pm. Sac State PD apprehended the suspects Wednesday, Feb. 14.(Graphic created...

“Teen Wolf” is a horror comedy based on the concept of a teenage boy struggling to fit in while going through the horrors of transitioning into a hairy and sharp-nailed werewolf. This film stars Michael J. Fox, in a true to 80s standard cult classic with a beyond goofy plot.  (Photo courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Atlantic Entertainment, Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Back to the 80s: ‘Teen Wolf’

Katelyn Marano, Copy Editor
February 8, 2024

“Teen Wolf” is a horror comedy based on the concept of a teenage boy struggling to fit in while going through the horrors of transitioning into a hairy and sharp-nailed werewolf. This film stars Michael...

Two students take an opportunity to start a circle on the dance floor at the Silent Disco event Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. As the circle grew more students joined in the middle, taking turns to show off favorite moves.

[Photo] UNiQUE presents a groovin’ silent disco

Delaney Joyce and Jada Portillo
February 6, 2024

Two students take an opportunity to start a circle on the dance floor at the Silent Disco event Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. As the circle grew more students joined in the middle, taking turns to show off favorite...

Chair of the World Languages and Literatures department Curtis Smith, junior kinesiology major Ozzie Garcia, and senior sociology major DJ Johnson pictured outside of Eureka hall Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, with art professor Joy Bertinuson pictured outside Mendocino hall. (Photo by Michael Pepper, Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Sac State staff and students discuss opinions on CFA tentative agreement

Michael Pepper, Staffer
February 2, 2024

Chair of the World Languages and Literatures department Curtis Smith, junior kinesiology major Ozzie Garcia, and senior sociology major DJ Johnson pictured outside of Eureka hall Monday, Jan. 29, 2024,...

Released in 1985, “Weird Science” features 80s icons Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Anthony Michael Hall in a comedic fantasy of bringing a doll to life. This movie is considered an 80s cult classic due to its comedic timing and John Hughes staple themes. (Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum and Katelyn Marano, photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

[Photo] Back to the 80s: ‘Weird Science’

Katelyn Marano, Copy Editor
February 1, 2024

Released in 1985, “Weird Science” features 80s icons Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Anthony Michael Hall in a comedic fantasy of bringing a doll to life. This movie is considered an 80s cult...

A Good Eats! worker makes a sandwich for a Sac State student at the University Union Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. Featured here is a chipotle chicken club on sourdough bread. (Photo by: Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] The University Union’s must-get food places

Asyah Zamani, Staffer
January 29, 2024

A Good Eats! worker makes a sandwich for a Sac State student at the University Union Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. Featured here is a chipotle chicken club on sourdough bread. (Photo by: Alyssa Branum)

A sign held up by one of the Sac State picketers on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. The CFA stated in an Instagram post that they have managed a tentative agreement with the CSU on equal pay and safer working conditions.

[Photo] BREAKING: California Faculty Association reaches tentative agreement with CSU

Analah Wallace, News Editor
January 22, 2024

A sign held up by one of the Sac State picketers on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. The CFA stated in an Instagram post that they have managed a tentative agreement with the CSU on equal pay and safer working conditions....

CFA Vice President and Sac State professor Margarita Berta-Ávila protests with faculty at the west campus entrance near Carlson and J St. Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. Strikes are set to continue all week long to urge the CSU to open up negotiations again.

[Photo] California Faculty Association starts off spring semester with on-campus strike

Analah Wallace, News Editor
January 22, 2024

CFA Vice President and Sac State professor Margarita Berta-Ávila protests with faculty at the west campus entrance near Carlson and J St. Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. Strikes are set to continue all week long...

President Luke Wood takes the University Ballroom stage at his first fall address at Sac State Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. Wood returned to the ballroom stage for his first spring address Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, to go over concerns and continued goals to achieve in his first year as president. (File photo and graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] President Luke Wood’s spring address outlines campus goals

Michael Pepper, Staffer
January 20, 2024

President Luke Wood takes the University Ballroom stage at his first fall address at Sac State Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. Wood returned to the ballroom stage for his first spring address Thursday, Jan. 18,...

(L-R) Lead Student Assistant at Student Health, Counseling and Wellness Services Lauren Batoon, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Jennifer Campbell and CalFresh Healthy Living Student Assistant Macey Briones in The Cove Kitchen on the first floor at The WELL Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. Campbell is the supervisor for the cooking demos in The Cove Kitchen. (Photo by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Cooking demos teach students to make budget friendly recipes

Asyah Zamani, Staffer
December 14, 2023

(L-R) Lead Student Assistant at Student Health, Counseling and Wellness Services Lauren Batoon, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Jennifer Campbell and CalFresh Healthy Living Student Assistant Macey Briones...

Vice President of Academic Affairs Carlos Nevarez leads the Hispanic Economic Report panel discussion in the Carlsen Center of the Sac State Library Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. The panel was held to highlight disparities within the report about the Latino community and ways to bridge gaps for incoming students.

[Photo] Sac State hosts panel discussion on recent Hispanic Economic Report findings

Julianna Rodriguez, Staffer
December 4, 2023

Vice President of Academic Affairs Carlos Nevarez leads the Hispanic Economic Report panel discussion in the Carlsen Center of the Sac State Library Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. The panel was held to highlight...

CFA announced a date for a strike in December on Thursday, Nov. 9th, 2023. For some students, the strike brings worry to both their academics and careers. (Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Higher stakes for higher education: Students worry about strike impact

Michaela Graves and Jenn Galinato
November 17, 2023

CFA announced a date for a strike in December on Thursday, Nov. 9th, 2023. For some students, the strike brings worry to both their academics and careers. (Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

Freshman quarterback Carson Conklin looks ahead to make a pass during the Hornets’ final home game in Hornet Stadium Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. This game marked Conklin’s first start as Sac State’s quarterback with 313 passing yards and a 65.4% completion rate.

[Photo] Hornets’ potent offense secures a win over Cal Poly

Joey Aguirre, Staffer
November 12, 2023

Senior running back Marcus Fulcher runs the ball away from sophomore Brian Dukes Jr. in Hornet Stadium Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. Fulcher rushed 121 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per attempt in tonight’s...

Students and faculty who attend the event hold up posters reading Free Palestine Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. They also chanted the same words alongside the event organizers in the library quad.

[Photo] Students for Justice in Palestine hold a walkout

Analah Wallace, Staffer
October 27, 2023

Students and faculty who attend the event hold up posters reading "Free Palestine" Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. They also chanted the same words alongside the event organizers in the library quad.

Associated Students Inc. Director of Arts & Letters Christian Hernandez-Hunter poses for his election candidate photo for the board position earlier in the spring semester. Hernandez-Hunter has since resigned from his position after continuous hardships with others led to the decision. (Photo courtesy of ASI, Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] ASI director resigns from the board

Michael Pepper, Staffer
October 21, 2023

Associated Students Inc. Director of Arts & Letters Christian Hernandez-Hunter poses for his election candidate photo for the board position earlier in the spring semester. Hernandez-Hunter has since resigned...

Korn takes the Jack Daniel’s stage Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023 at Discovery Park for their return to Aftershock since 2019. Lead singer Jonathan Davis brought out the iconic bagpipe solo toward the end of the set.

GALLERY: Electricity was in the air at Aftershock

Guns N’ Roses, Korn and more rockin’ bands
Alyssa Branum, Visuals Editor
October 11, 2023
Sacramento rock festival Aftershock kicks up the setlist with Limp Bizkit, Korn, Tool and Guns N’ Roses as the 2023 headliners.
Sacramento State President Luke Wood and Associated Students Inc. President Nataly Andrade-Dominguez pose together in the president’s office at Sacramento Hall, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. Andrade-Dominguez serves as a member of the taskforce committee and urged the need for student representation on it.

[Photo] Safety taskforce begins work to reach out to the campus community

Julianna Rodriguez and Eric Davis
October 11, 2023

Sacramento State President Luke Wood and Associated Students Inc. President Nataly Andrade-Dominguez pose together in the president’s office at Sacramento Hall, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. Andrade-Dominguez...

Headliner My Chemical Romance stuns the crowd as they close the festival at the Jack Daniels stage on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. After a six-year hiatus, My Chemical Romance played at Aftershock during the North America leg of their Reunion Tour.

[Photo] These bands will rock your socks off at Aftershock

Angie Kallas, staffer
October 5, 2023

Evanescence sings from the heart at the Jack Daniels stage on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Jack Daniels stage. The bands most recent album release, “The Bitter Truth,” had pandemic delays but they announced...

A sign held by one of the various union representatives gathering together in the Library Quad, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. Organizations involved in the demonstration included the California Faculty Association, CSU Employees Union, the Teamsters Local 2010, among others.

[Photo] BREAKING: CSU union representatives demonstrate ahead of potential strikes

Julianna Rodriguez and Analah Wallace
October 4, 2023

A sign held by one of the various union representatives gathering together in the Library Quad, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. Organizations involved in the demonstration included the California Faculty Association,...

Dr. Manuel Barajas addresses his Chicano Community class in the Academic Information Resource Center Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023. Barajas started with an introduction on some of his life experiences and how it relates to the class discussion.

[Photo] ‘We are very diverse’: Sac State professor reflects on migrant upbringing and overcoming adversity

Julianna Rodriguez, Staffer
October 3, 2023

Dr. Manuel Barajas addresses his Chicano Community class in the Academic Information Resource Center Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023. Barajas started with an introduction on some of his life experiences and how...

Sacramento County Sheriff deputies on the scene of an arrest following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle by Parking Structure 5, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. A deputy on the scene said the damage to the vehicle occurred due to it hitting a pole.

[Photo] BREAKING: Stolen vehicle pursuit ends with arrest on campus

Jenn Galinato, Staffer
September 25, 2023

Sacramento County Sheriff deputies on the scene of an arrest following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle by Parking Structure 5, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. A deputy on the scene said the damage to the vehicle...

A blue emergency light on the pathway to the Library Quad on campus Thursday, Sept. 12, 2023. The blue lights are used to alert the Sacramento Police Department of incidents occurring on campus.

[Photo] In the ‘Red Zone’: what resources does the campus offer survivors?

Michael Pepper, Staffer
September 25, 2023

A blue emergency light on the pathway to the Library Quad on campus Thursday, Sept. 12, 2023. The blue lights are used to alert the Sacramento Police Department of incidents occurring on campus.

New Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Aniesha Mitchell in her office at Lassen Hall, Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2023. Her appointment to the role was announced via SacSend on Sep. 8.

[Photo] Aniesha Mitchell appointed interim vice president of Student Affairs

Jenn Galinato, Staffer
September 20, 2023

New Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Aniesha Mitchell in her office at Lassen Hall, Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2023. Her appointment to the role was announced via SacSend on Sep. 8.

Jenkins Hall, a co-ed student residence on campus, Thursday, Sep. 7, 2023. A sexual assault was reported there on Aug. 31.

[Photo] BREAKING: Sexual assault at Jenkins Hall

Analah Wallace and Jenn Galinato
September 7, 2023

Jenkins Hall, a co-ed student residence on campus, Thursday, Sep. 7, 2023. A sexual assault was reported there on Aug. 31.

While swarms of students are back on campus, Sacramento State’s campus community saw significant news over the summer. Join The State Hornet in recapping some of the most important stories of the summer. (Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum, Photos by Jacob Peterson, Alyssa Branum and Cristian Gonzalez.)

[Photo] Summer Recap: An armed robbery and more news

Jacob Peterson
August 29, 2023

While swarms of students are back on campus, Sacramento State’s campus community saw significant news over the summer. Join The State Hornet in recapping some of the most important stories of the summer....

Two Sacramento State football players battle it out in a blocking drill at practice on Tuesday, August 22, 2023. Both the offensive and defensive lines will be critical in the continued success of the Hornets.

[Photo] Sac State looks to answer questions down south

Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
August 29, 2023

Two Sacramento State football players battle it out in a blocking drill at practice on Tuesday, August 22, 2023. Both the offensive and defensive lines will be critical in the continued success of the...

A state audit of the CSU found multiple concerning issues with the way the system handled harassment complaints Tuesday, July 18, 2023. This report follows an independent assessment from law firm Cozen OConnor, who also identified issues with system wide guidelines. (Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Back-to-back reports paint a troubling picture of Title IX programs

August 29, 2023

A state audit of the CSU found multiple concerning issues with the way the system handled harassment complaints Tuesday, July 18, 2023. This report follows an independent assessment from law firm Cozen...

Nida Muhummad Niazy speaks with his attorney while at his sentencing Friday, Aug. 25, 2023. Niazy was arrested in connection with two sexual assaults on and around Sac State, but was only sentenced to two years for assault after making a deal for a no-contest plea.

[Photo] Sexual assault suspect sentenced to two years in state prison

August 29, 2023

Nida Muhummad Niazy speaks with his attorney while at his sentencing Friday, Aug. 25, 2023. Niazy was arrested in connection with two sexual assaults on and around Sac State, but was only sentenced to...

Robert Gonzalez delivers his testimony to the Associated Students Inc. Elections Complaint Committee in the University Union Wednesday, May 10, 2023. The complaints led to Nikita Akhumov, director-elect of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, disqualification from his position.

[Photo] An ASI complaint leads to disqualification

August 29, 2023

Robert Gonzalez delivers his testimony to the Associated Students Inc. Elections Complaint Committee in the University Union Wednesday, May 10, 2023. The complaints led to Nikita Akhumov, director-elect...

Nida Niazy appears in court for sentencing at the Sacramento County Superior Court Friday Aug. 25, 2023. Niazy faces time in state prison for sexual assaults committed in 2022 before fleeing to Europe.

[Photo] BREAKING: Sac State sexual assault suspect sentenced to two-year prison sentence

Jacob Peterson
August 25, 2023

Nida Niazy appears in court for sentencing at the Sacramento County Superior Court Friday Aug. 25, 2023. Niazy faces time in state prison for sexual assaults committed in 2022 before fleeing to Europe.

Sacramento State President Luke Wood sits on the University Union Ballroom stage with wife, Idara Essien-Wood Thursday, Aug. 24, during his first fall address. This address is an opportunity for Wood to answer questions and set his expectations going into the new semester.

[Photo] Sac State President Luke Wood delivers first fall address

Jacob Peterson
August 24, 2023

Sacramento State President Luke Wood sits on the University Union Ballroom stage with wife, Idara Essien-Wood Thursday, Aug. 24, during his first fall address. This address is an opportunity for Wood to...

Junior quarterback Kaiden Bennett takes a snap during redzone drills in Sacramento on Aug. 23, 2023. Bennett is competing with junior quarterback Carson Camp for the starting job this season.

[Photo] PREVIEW: A new era dawns on Sac State football before 2023 season

Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
August 23, 2023

Junior quarterback Kaiden Bennett takes a snap during redzone drills in Sacramento on Aug. 23, 2023. Bennett is competing with junior quarterback Carson Camp for the starting job this season.

The California State Auditor releases a report on the California State University’s handling of sexual harassment allegations Tuesday, July 18, 2023. The report found the CSU had mishandled several investigations, including closing cases without formal investigations that warranted them. (Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] State audit finds CSU mishandled sexual harassment investigations

Jacob Peterson
July 18, 2023

The California State Auditor releases a report on the California State University’s handling of sexual harassment allegations Tuesday, July 18, 2023. The report found the CSU had mishandled several investigations,...

The hearing for complaints filed against Nikita Akhumov by Isabella Jimenez for the 2023 ASI elections in the University Union, Wednesday, May 10, 2023. The Committee released its decision regarding that hearing on Wednesday, May 24, recommending Akhumov be disqualified for campaign interference.

[Photo] Elections complaints committee recommends disqualification for ASI student candidate

Jacob Peterson
May 25, 2023

The hearing for complaints filed against Nikita Akhumov by Isabella Jimenez for the 2023 ASI elections in the University Union, Wednesday, May 10, 2023. The Committee released its decision regarding that...

Psychology major Evin Mueller and other participants create signs in the Library Quad in protest to religious demonstrator Daniel John Lee Wednesday, May 10, 2023. Many signs were against Lee’s beliefs and Sac State student Shaun Harris said they wanted to “spread positivity on campus.”

[Photo] Students engage in heated debates with self-proclaimed religious preacher

Madelaine Church
May 12, 2023

Psychology major Evin Mueller and other participants create signs in the Library Quad in protest to religious demonstrator Daniel John Lee Wednesday, May 10, 2023. Many signs were against Lee’s beliefs...

Photo by Alyssa Branum. Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum and Julie Blunt

TIMELINE: Sexual assault at Sac State

Following multiple sexual assaults on and off campus, safety has become a concern for many students.
Teamsters protest for contract negotiation awareness on Skilled Trades Day

Teamsters protest for contract negotiation awareness on Skilled Trades Day

Marchers prioritize steps for pay increase and keeping CSU contract work in-house
Alyssa Branum and Alesha Blaauw
May 3, 2023
Sacramento State teamsters protest for better pay from the CSU.
Students march together at the Take Back the Night event starting in the Library Quad at Sacramento State Wednesday, April 26, 2023. The event is put on annually to support survivors of sexual assault.

[Photo] ‘We have to take back Sac State’: Survivors march across campus

Justine Chahal
April 27, 2023

Ari Uzzle, a Student Health and Counseling Service staff member, joins participants in making posters for the Sacramento State campus march for sexual assault survivors in the Library Quad Wednesday, April...

(L-R) Associated Students, Inc. presidential candidates Adoreil Ayoubgoulan, Emilie Jocson Nataly Andrade-Dominguez  in The State Hornet studio March 31, 2023. The candidates have been campaigning since March 28 and Sacramento State students can vote in the University Union or the ASI website April 12-13. (Photos and graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] State Hornet Series: Q&A with ASI presidential candidates

Gavin Hudson, Newsletter Editor
April 12, 2023

(L-R) Associated Students, Inc. presidential candidates Adoreil Ayoubgoulan, Emilie Jocson Nataly Andrade-Dominguez in The State Hornet studio March 31, 2023. The candidates have been campaigning since...

Presidential candidates in The State Hornet Broadcast Studio Friday, March 31, 2023 voicing their priorities before the ASI elections begin on April 12. Candidates discussed who they are, their backgrounds, majors along with their priorities if they were to be elected during their interviews with The State Hornet. (Graphic by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] ASI presidential candidates voice their priorities ahead of election

Peyton Sorosinski
April 10, 2023

Presidential candidates in The State Hornet Broadcast Studio Friday, March 31, 2023 voicing their priorities before the ASI elections begin on April 12. Candidates discussed who they are, their backgrounds,...

The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk commences through the pathways at Sacramento State Thursday, April 6, 2023. Staff from Student Health Counseling Services in The WELL and Vice President of University Affairs, Alexandra Estrella lead the group.

GALLERY: Walk raises mental health awareness, remember victims of suicide

Sacramento State urges students to use mental health resources.
Alyssa Branum
April 9, 2023
Hornets swarmed to participate in the event.
Klamath Hall, located on Sacramento State’s campus Thursday, March 20, 2023. Klamath Hall houses over 200 first-year students and acts as a co-ed resident hall.

[Photo] Klamath Hall residents’ concerns for safety following sexual assaults

Tobi Fakunle
April 10, 2023

Klamath Hall, located on Sacramento State’s campus Thursday, March 20, 2023. Klamath Hall houses over 200 first-year students and acts as a co-ed resident hall.

Blue emergency phones near Eureka Hall, Del Norte Hall, Mariposa Hall and American River Courtyard. These lights are located across campus where several reported sexual assaults have taken place from last fall to this spring. (Photos by Lucas Monteros. Graphic by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Blue emergency towers: Students call for awareness and accessibility

Justine Chahal
April 11, 2023

Blue emergency phones near Eureka Hall, Del Norte Hall, Mariposa Hall and American River Courtyard. These lights are located across campus where several reported sexual assaults have taken place from last...

(L-R) Deputy Chief Christine Lofthouse, Police Chief Chet Madison and the President Office’s Chief of Staff Sarah Billingsley listening to students share their experience with sexual assault. Madison said Sac State is a “safe campus” adding that he’s dedicated to making students safe.

‘This campus is safe’: ASI holds town hall on multiple sexual assaults

Frustrations from students continue
Attendance was low as administrators went over the campus’s Sexual Violence Prevention, Safety and Support action Plan.
Committee members focus on the personal story of a survivor at the ASI Wellness, Safety and Sexual Assault Awareness Committee in the Union’s Summit Room Thursday, March 30, 2023. The meeting allowed for presenters to discuss sexual assault awareness and highlighted campus resources along with the process of reporting assault.

[Photo] Navigating the aftermath of a sexual assault, how to report

Anthony Dehzad
April 1, 2023

Committee members focus on the personal story of a survivor at the ASI Wellness, Safety and Sexual Assault Awareness Committee in the Union’s Summit Room Thursday, March 30, 2023. The meeting allowed...

Campus Victory Project, a third-party Republican organization, has attempted to contact potential candidates for the upcoming ASI elections, according to Michael Lee-Chang. Candidate announcements and campaigning begins after spring break on March 27, 2023, followed by a two-day election in April. (Photo and Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

[Photo] Student representatives say conservative organization attempting to influence Sac State ASI elections

Gavin Hudson and Chris Woodard
March 28, 2023

Campus Victory Project, a third-party Republican organization, has attempted to contact potential candidates for the upcoming ASI elections, according to Michael Lee-Chang. Candidate announcements and...

The police announced on Saturday, March 25, 2023 they are looking for a suspect in an attempted burglary. A suspect was caught on surveillance cameras pulling on a door in Amador Hall. (Photo from campus-wide email) (Graphic made in Canva): Alyssa Branum

[Photo] BREAKING: Reported burglary at Sac State’s Amador Hall

Isaac Streeter and Tony Rodriguez
March 25, 2023

The police announced on Saturday, March 25, 2023 they are looking for a suspect in an attempted burglary. A suspect was caught on surveillance cameras pulling on a door in Amador Hall. (Photo from campus-wide...

Grace Freeman, a third-year recreation, parks & tourism administration major, scales the rock climbing wall for the first time during the Mocktails and Open Climb event Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Freeman jokingly said they felt like mountain goats during the climb to the top.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mocktails and climbing

Open climb event encourages alcohol harm reduction
Alyssa Branum
March 19, 2023
Event allows students to engage with Peak Adventures Challenge Course and learn about campus mental health resources.
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