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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
Casey Rafter

Casey Rafter, copy editor


Casey Rafter joined The State Hornet in spring 2022 as a newswriter. As of fall 2022, he is the website’s copy editor. He also writes for Sacramento News & Review and has experience as a writer, editor-in-chief and student adviser for The Express at Sac City College.
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Cinema Obscura S2 Ep.3: ‘9’ vs. ‘Frankenthumb’

Which animation will take the award for darkest movie? “9” or “Frankenthumb?”

The State Hornet Podcast: Take Back the Night, theft on campus and the Middle Class Scholarship

Lawrence Charles and Casey Rafter
May 5, 2023
Sac State looks to expand to Placer County while Survivors proceed to Take Back the Night.
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Cinema Obscura Episode 1: “Next” and “Leprechaun 5”

Cinema Obscura is here with hosts James Fife and Steven Gutierrez! Listen to this first episode guest starring Keyshawn Davis and Casey Rafter and their thoughts on obscure movies such as “Leprechaun 5: In The Hood” and “Next.”
(L-R) Pat and Bill Dorman, June 1990. The two met as students at Sacramento State in the early 60s. (Photo courtesy, Jan Haag)

‘He thought that journalism was a sacred calling’: Remembering late Sacramento State professor

Former students, family celebrate life of Bill Dorman
Casey Rafter
May 16, 2022

With a career as a journalism and government instructor at Sacramento State that spanned over four decades, Bill Dorman’s impact on students and the university reverberates across demographics.  When...

Graduating hospitality major Hannah Rowles dons her graduation gear outside of the Athletic Center on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Following commencement guidelines, Rowles has decorated her cap to read “And so the planning begins,” with a line of sports balls to line up with her future career plans, she said.

FAQ: Get informed on the first in-person commencement in 3 years

The ceremony is returning to the Golden One Center
Casey Rafter
May 9, 2022

Graduates, grab your caps and gowns and get ready to kiss Sac State goodbye! With just 11 days left until the first ceremony, The State Hornet has all of the most important information you’ll need...

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....

Sarah Budean, a junior with an undeclared major, sits in front of the University Union on Monday, April 4, 2022. Though she said she didn’t know much about the upcoming ASI board elections, Budean offered her thoughts on what an ideal candidate should do to earn more votes.

Rock the vote? Students know little to nothing about ASI elections

Hornets to ASI board: Turn up the volume
Casey Rafter and Tyra Green
April 5, 2022

On cracked asphalt paths leading from Amador Hall to the University Union, few of the passing students notice the hand-painted campaign plywood signage. With voting opening Wednesday, the 21 candidates...

How to vote in ASI elections, State Hornet diversity audit and more: STATE HORNET PODCAST

How to vote in ASI elections, State Hornet diversity audit and more: STATE HORNET PODCAST

Nijzel Dotson and Casey Rafter
April 4, 2022
On the latest episode of The State Hornet Podcast, deputy podcast editor Nijzel Dotson talks to news staff writer Casey Rafter about the upcoming Sac State ASI elections and briefly recaps recent State Hornet coverage
Open mic host Otto Hall welcomes the crowd on Feb. 28 at Tower Brewing. Hall began hosting Monday night open mic nights for the brewery in 2018 and said they were excited about the return of the event.

Sac State-adjacent Tower Brewing’s open mic night ends two-year hiatus

A quick trek from Hornet Crossing leads to a welcoming space for creatives
Casey Rafter, staff writer
March 5, 2022
After a two year hiatus due to COVID-19, Hornets can once again grab a mic at Tower Brewery.
Sac State Junior Zaid Darwish never got a chance to use any of the Spin scooters that were on campus in previous semesters due to an expired license. For now, the closest he’ll get on campus is the unused charging station he’s shown by here at the racks near Guy West bridge on Feb. 27. (Photo by Casey Rafter)

Spin scooters make a quick and quiet exit from Sac State

Ford’s e-scooter company announces withdrawal from most markets, leaving students hoofing it to class
Casey Rafter
March 4, 2022

The Spin app only took a few seconds to download to business major Zaid Darwish’s phone on the day he planned to rent one of the motorized scooters on campus.  As he made his way through the signup...

Andrew Stoner, Michele Sponsler and Jonathan Swain reunited at Mesh restaurant in Indianapolis in Dec. 2017. Sponsler, Swain’s sister, was a former colleague of Stoner’s. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Swain)

A mentor and friend: Dr. Andrew Stoner remembered by students and colleagues

Sac State professor died Feb. 9
Casey Rafter, staff writer
February 18, 2022
Sac State professor of communications if remembered by former students and friends after his death on Feb. 9.
Painter Aliyah Sidqe stands before “Baby Hairs,” “Assessing the Damages” and “Motherly Love” at “the Babymama Effect” exhibit in the Union Gallery at Sac State on Jan. 24. An audio file narrated by Sidqe explains the story behind the pieces features in the exhibit. Photo courtesy of Aliyah Sidqe.

Aliyah Sidqe’s visual and audio journey into single motherhood

Award winning muralist and painter brings her work to Union gallery through Feb. 17
Casey Rafter
February 15, 2022
Through art and narration, Aliyah Sidqe shares her transformation in “Babymama Effect” at the University Union. See the exhibit now though Feb. 17.
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