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The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Ayaana Williams

Ayaana Williams, visuals editor

Ayaana Williams (she/her) is the visuals editor for The State Hornet. She is a multimedia journalist with a background in writing, broadcast, radio, film, photography and more. This is her first semester on The State Hornet staff. She was previously the features editor for The Collegian and editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. She plans on graduating in spring 2022 and pursuing a career in broadcast media.
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Graduate guard Lianna Tillman vs UC Davis at the Golden 1 Center on November 23, 2021. Tillman led the Big Sky in points with 20.4 points per game.

[Photo] Sac State women’s basketball guard bets on herself and it pays off

March 14, 2022

Graduate guard Lianna Tillman vs UC Davis at the Golden 1 Center on November 23, 2021. Tillman led the Big Sky in points with 20.4 points per game.

Graduate guard Lianna Tillman handles the ball at the top of the key in a 75-46 loss against UC Davis at the Golden 1 Center on Nov. 23, 2021. Tillman was a key player in Sac State’s defeat of Portland State University 70-58 on Saturday, Jan 15, 2021.

[Photo] Sac State women’s basketball earns first Big Sky win: 70-58 against Portland State

January 19, 2022

Graduate guard Lianna Tillman handles the ball at the top of the key in a 75-46 loss against UC Davis at the Golden 1 Center on Nov. 23, 2021. Tillman was a key player in Sac State’s defeat of Portland...

Black Student Union Board members Kameya Turner, Leila Cormier, Chiemena Agbakwuru and Ken Wilson during a board meeting on Oct. 11. BSU will be hosting this year’s Afrikan Black Coalition conference where BSU clubs from all over California will visit. Photo by Keyshawn Davis. Photo illustration by Ayaana Williams.

[Photo] To be Black and free: Black Student Union to host 19th annual Afrikan Black Coalition Conference

December 23, 2021

Black Student Union Board members Kameya Turner, Leila Cormier, Chiemena Agbakwuru and Ken Wilson during a board meeting on Oct. 11. BSU will be hosting this year’s Afrikan Black Coalition conference...

An empty view of tables near the Riverfront Center at Sacramento State on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. The State Hornet spoke with Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills and Provost Steve Perez to answer questions about the COVID-19 protocols and percentage of in-person classes in spring 2022.

[Photo] FAQ: What to know about Sac State’s spring 2022 classes, COVID-19 protocols

December 13, 2021

An empty view of tables near the Riverfront Center at Sacramento State on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. The State Hornet spoke with Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills and Provost Steve Perez to answer...

Sacramento State women’s basketball senior guard Summer Menke drives to the basket in a 75-46 loss to UC Davis on Nov. 23, 2021. The Hornets brought their record to 4-6 with a 60-50 road win over CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday.

[Photo] Sac State women’s basketball conquers CSU Bakersfield 60-50 after dominant third quarter

December 11, 2021

Sacramento State women’s basketball senior guard Summer Menke drives to the basket in a 75-46 loss to UC Davis on Nov. 23, 2021. The Hornets brought their record to 4-6 with a 60-50 road win over CSU...

California Assembly Bill 367, entitled “Menstrual Equity for All,” requires public schools to maintain an adequate supply of menstrual hygiene products, such as pads and tampons, in an accessible location before or beginning fall 2022. Sacramento State plans to distribute menstrual products in a number of restrooms across campus as well as other high-traffic locations for student convenience. Graphic made in Canva by Ayaana Williams.

CSU system to enforce menstrual product distribution in 2022-2023 school year

New California bill requires public schools to provide menstrual products on campus
December 8, 2021
Assembly Bill 367, entitled “Menstrual Equity for All,” states that each college must maintain an adequate supply of menstrual hygiene products, such as pads and tampons, in a centralized and accessible location on campus before or beginning fall 2022.
Sacramento State’s anti-racism and inclusion convocation was moved to Feb. 14, 2022, to discuss anti-racism on campus. The convocation was supposedly moved  due to “scheduling conflicts” according to President Robert Nelsen. Photo in background taken by Patrick Posuniak. Graphic made in Canva by Ayaana Williams.

[Photo] Sac State president announces new date for anti-racism and inclusion convocation

December 6, 2021

Sacramento State’s anti-racism and inclusion convocation was moved to Feb. 14, 2022, to discuss anti-racism on campus. The convocation was supposedly moved due to “scheduling conflicts” according...

Senior guard Summer Menke drives to the basket against UC Davis  freshman Sydney Burns. Sacramento State women’s basketball played the worst game of its season so far in a 75-46 loss to UC Davis on Nov. 23, 2021, at the Golden 1 Center.

[Photo] Sac State women’s basketball struggles against UC Davis in 75-46 loss

November 24, 2021

Senior guard Summer Menke drives to the basket against UC Davis freshman Sydney Burns. Sacramento State women’s basketball played the worst game of its season so far in a 75-46 loss to UC Davis on Nov....

Senior guard Bryce Fowler (23) hangs off the hoop after a dunk on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2021 at Golden 1 Center. Fowler scored 21 points and had 10 total rebounds in the Hornets 75-63 win against the UC Davis Aggies in the Causeway Classic.

[Photo] Sac State men’s basketball dominates UC Davis in 75-63 victory

November 24, 2021

Senior guard Bryce Fowler (23) hangs off the hoop after a dunk on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2021 at Golden 1 Center. Fowler scored 21 points and had 10 total rebounds in the Hornets 75-63 win against the UC Davis...

The floor plan for the Native student center set to open in fall 2022 in Lassen Hall. The center will include a computer lab, counselor office, break room and more. (Photo courtesy of Jose Mejia, graphic by Ayaana Williams).

[Photo] Sac State to open Native American student center

November 23, 2021

The floor plan for the Native student center set to open in fall 2022 in Lassen Hall. The center will include a computer lab, counselor office, break room and more. (Photo courtesy of Jose Mejia, graphic...

Provost Steve Perez speaks to the Faculty Senate in the University Union at Sacramento State on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Perez is departing Sac State to become interim president at San José State University, according to a SacSend from President Robert Nelsen. Photo of Perez taken by Rahul Lal. Graphic made in Canva by Ayaana Williams.

[Photo] Sac State provost to depart university, serve as San José State interim president

November 22, 2021

Provost Steve Perez speaks to the Faculty Senate in the University Union at Sacramento State on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Perez is departing Sac State to become interim president at San José State University,...

Josiah Nelson poses underneath the autumn leaves at Sacramento State. Having grown up on the Hoopa Valley reservation in Humboldt County, Nelson says he struggles to find a group on campus where he belongs.

[Photo] ‘Existence is resistance’: the reality of being Indigenous students at Sac State

November 10, 2021

Josiah Nelson poses underneath the autumn leaves at Sacramento State. Having grown up on the Hoopa Valley reservation in Humboldt County, Nelson says he struggles to find a group on campus where he belongs....

Sac State sophomore tight end Marshel Martin (16) prepares to defend Southern Utah freshman safety Treyson Johnson (40) Oct. 9, 2021, at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets totaled 173 yards in the air against Southern Utah, defeating them 41-20.

[Photo] Wherever they need him: Sac State tight end Marshel Martin proves there are no limits

November 9, 2021

Sac State sophomore tight end Marshel Martin (16) prepares to defend Southern Utah freshman safety Treyson Johnson (40) Oct. 9, 2021, at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets totaled 173 yards in the air against...

Shuga Cain from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” returns to Sac State’s University Union Ballroom stage with a performance Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. Cain is a drag queen who came in seventh place during season 11 of the show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2019.

GALLERY: Shuga Cain drag show returns to Sac State with energetic event

November 9, 2021
Drag queen Shuga Cain from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” returned to Sac State Thursday night with a performance filled with jokes, stories about herself and other drag queens, and lip-syncing.
Sac State running back Elijah Tau-Tolliver (25) gets tackled after a run against Cal Poly at Hornet Stadium on Nov. 6, 2021. The Hornets’ offense rushed for 195 yards on the night en-route to a blowout 41-9 victory over the Mustangs.

[Photo] Sac State football cruises to 41-9 victory over Cal Poly

November 6, 2021

Sac State running back Elijah Tau-Tolliver (25) gets tackled after a run against Cal Poly at Hornet Stadium on Nov. 6, 2021. The Hornets’ offense rushed for 195 yards on the night en-route to a blowout...

Best and worst cheesecake flavors?!: State Hornet BUZZED

November 7, 2021

On this episode of BUZZED: Editor-In-Chief Jordan Parker, visuals editor Ayaana Williams, audience engagement editor Kaylin Flatland and sports editor John Cabales discuss cheesecake. Parker, who calls...

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The best and worst cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Factory: STATE HORNET BUZZED

November 2, 2021

On today’s episode of Buzzed, four editors debate the best and worst cheesecake options you can get from The Cheesecake Factory. With John’s expertise as an employee at The Cheesecake Factory, along...

In an Associated Students Inc. survey, Sacramento State students and faculty shared mixed opinions on the Sacramento State Police Department and its role on campus. The Sacramento State Police Department is located on the southern edge of campus, between Parking Structure 3 and the Associated Students Inc. Children’s Center. Photo  by Kris Hall. Graphic made in Canva by Ayaana Williams.

[Photo] Sac State community has conflicting opinions on campus police, according to ASI survey

November 2, 2021

In an Associated Students Inc. survey, Sacramento State students and faculty shared mixed opinions on the Sacramento State Police Department and its role on campus. The Sacramento State Police Department...

STATE HORNET BUZZED: Halloween Special

October 30, 2021

On this episode of Buzzed:    News editor Camryn Dadey, Newsletter editor Isabelle Juarez, DEI editor Emma Hall, and A&E staffer Zach Cimaglio discuss, debate and rank popular Halloween...

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Horror films galore: THE FANATIC FULCRUM

October 30, 2021

Welcome to the Halloween special of “The Fanatic Fulcrum.” This podcast was made exclusively for fans to express themselves. Oftentimes in journalism a source might be a professional in a field....

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Is your favorite Halloween candy good, bad, inedible or just ‘mid’?: STATE HORNET BUZZED

October 27, 2021

On this week’s spooky episode of Buzzed, we rank the most popular Halloween candies on a tier list to see which treats are the best and which ones are inedible. This week’s panel argues over how...

J.J. Jones stands outside of the University Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Jones plays the lead character Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Sac State’s “The Rocky Horror Show” production that opens on Oct. 20, 2021.

[Photo] Sac State’s lead in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ shares experiences being Two-Spirit, drag artist

October 25, 2021

J.J. Jones stands outside of the University Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Jones plays the lead character Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Sac State’s “The Rocky Horror Show” production that opens on...

Herky and cheerleaders pose with Sacramento State alum and Super Bowl 50 champion Todd Davis on Oct. 23, 2021, at Hornet Stadium. Sac State hosted Northern Arizona for their homecoming game, shutting them out 44-0.

[Photo] Sac State football routs Northern Arizona in 44-0 blowout victory

October 23, 2021

Herky and cheerleaders pose with Sacramento State alum and Super Bowl 50 champion Todd Davis on Oct. 23, 2021, at Hornet Stadium. Sac State hosted Northern Arizona for their homecoming game, shutting them...

Sac State sophomore nickelback Marte Mapu (15) intercepts the ball from Southern Utah quarterback Justin Miller on Oct. 9, 2021, at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets beat the Montana Grizzlies 28-21 on Saturday Oct. 16, 2021 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

[Photo] Sac State football steamrolls Southern Utah 41-20

October 9, 2021

Sac State sophomore nickelback Marte Mapu (15) intercepts the ball from Southern Utah quarterback Justin Miller on Oct. 9, 2021, at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets beat the Montana Grizzlies 28-21 on Saturday...

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[Photo] TIMELINE: A look at the recent history of racism at Sac State

October 7, 2021

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STATE HORNET NEWS: COVID-19 accessibility, anti-racism efforts in theatre department and more

October 5, 2021

Welcome back to State Hornet News. In this episode we talk about campus accessibility for uncertified students, Hornet Football, issues in the theatre department and more!    

Documenting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s political career since his landslide victory in 2018, The State Hornet highlights key events that lead to the Sept. 14 recall election.
“Gavin Newsom” by Gage Skidmore licenced by CC BY-SA 2.0.

TIMELINE: Major events that led to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall election

September 9, 2021
From his landslide victory, to his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, The State Hornet highlights some key events in the recall election facing California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
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