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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Chrissy Martinez

Chrissy Martinez, diversity, equity and inclusion staffer

Chrissy Martinez joined The State Hornet as a COVID-19 and higher education beat writer in spring 2021. A Tracy native, Chrissy advocates for the youth in Tracy and informs Tracy residents about local news. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting and run for local office to represent the Tracy community.

All content by Chrissy Martinez

Native American heritage month, end of semester coverage: STATE HORNET NEWS

December 17, 2021
In this special edition of State Hornet News, we celebrate and talk about the latest coverage to come during Native American heritage month and other top stories from the end of the fall 2021 semester.
Enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and president of Sac State’s Ensuring Native Indians Traditions Club, Amanda Croteau, as well as members of the Native community at Sacramento State and Sacramento, discuss how they feel about land acknowledgments and the Native lands that Sac State occupies. Sac State is located on Miwok, Maidu and Nisenan land. Photo of Croteau taken by Chrissy Martinez. Graphic created in Canva by Mercy Sosa.

Looking beyond land acknowledgements: Sac State’s history sitting on Native land

December 2, 2021
Members of the many Native communities at Sacramento State, in Sacramento and beyond discuss how they feel about land acknowledgments and the Native lands that Sac State occupies. Sac State is located on Miwok, Maidu and Nisenan land.

Sac State AAPI students and faculty call for more resources, representation

November 22, 2021
The State Hornet spoke with student and faculty members about AANAPISI and how Sacramento State can improve representation and allocate more funds for the AAPI community on campus.

Serna Center supports Sac State Latino and Hispanic students on campus

October 11, 2021

The Serna Center’s mission is to promote and enhance leadership among Latino and Hispanic students. Noel Mora, Sac State’s Serna Center coordinator, tells The State Hornet how Sac State’s Serna Center...

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!    

Sac State students celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 27, 2021
For Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, The State Hornet spoke with Hispanic and Latino students about what the month means to them.
San Francisco State University student Toshiar Green addresses a crowd at a Black Lives Matter rally at the California State Capitol steps in Sacramento, California on Friday, March 23, 2018. Sac State students reveal how police brutality and the massive media coverage reporting it has impacted and affected their mental health. Photo in background taken by Emily Rabasto. Graphic created in Canva.

Black Sac State community, therapist discuss psychological impacts of police brutality

‘We’re really not valued’
June 7, 2021
Ever since George Floyd was killed by now-convicted police officer Derek Chauvin, the conversation about police interactions with Black people has been prevalent in the U.S. Sacramento State students voiced their concerns regarding police brutality and how the media coverage affects their mental health.
It’s been over a year since all Sacramento State classes went remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students are planning on returning to campus for the first time in the fall 2021 semester. The State Hornet compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the fall semester’s COVID-19 regulations, on-campus services and more. Graphic created in Canva.

FAQ: Everything you need to know about Sac State’s return to campus in fall 2021

May 17, 2021
It’s been over a year since all Sacramento State classes went remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students are planning on returning to campus for the first time in the fall 2021 semester. The State Hornet compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the fall semester’s COVID-19 regulations, on-campus services and more.

Meditation, doodling, working out: how some students are coping with the pandemic

April 30, 2021

Mental health is one of the last things in a lot of students' minds during this pandemic, but it’s also one of the most important. News reporter Chrissy Martinez talked to several students earlier this...

Robert Gonzalez stands next to a t-shirt seller at a gas station during a George Floyd Protest in Fontana, California on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Gonzalez said he was shocked by the results of the Derek Chauvin trial. Background photos taken by Ian Ratliff (left) and Sara Nevis (right).

‘Justice is being served’: Sac State students react to Derek Chauvin verdict

April 21, 2021
Sacramento State students share their thoughts on the verdict of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of murdering George Floyd on Tuesday.

STATE HORNET NEWS: Sac State administers COVID-19 vaccine, new ASI president and more

April 19, 2021

On this edition of State Hornet news, Sac State begins COVID-19 vaccination to students on campus, and Samantha Elizalde wins election for ASI president with 55% of votes. As a result of the pandemic,...

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure of campus, Sacramento State students reflect on their mental health journey and reveal their experiences with mental health. Graphic created in Canva.

Isolation and grief: Sac State students cope with declining mental health during pandemic

Mental health services available around Sac State, Sacramento
April 5, 2021
A year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down campus, Sacramento State students reflect on their mental health journey and reveal their experiences with mental health, mental health services and more.
Sierra Ortiz, art major, puts on her face mask before she heads out to run errands on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Ortiz said she makes it a priority to wear her mask before she goes out in public to keep herself safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sac State’s immunocompromised community reflects on a year of COVID-19

‘For my husband and I, it could be life or death’
March 15, 2021
Sac State students and professors share their experiences as immunocompromised people or living with people who are immunocompromised during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PODCAST: Breaking Down the Walls: Looking back on a year of COVID-19

PODCAST: Breaking Down the Walls: Looking back on a year of COVID-19

March 12, 2021
Opinion editor Magaly Muñoz is the host of Breaking Down the Walls, a brand-new chat podcast focused on current events and roundtable discussions. For episode one, Magaly and three of her fellow journalists look back on one whole year of COVID-19.
Sacramento City Councilman Eric Guerra recalls his early years as a student at Sacramento State on Monday, March 1, 2021. Guerra announced he is running for California State Senate in 2022. Photo taken via Zoom.

Sacramento City Councilman Eric Guerra reflects on journey to state Senate candidacy

March 4, 2021
Sacramento State alumnus and five-year Sacramento City Councilman Eric Guerra announced his candidacy for the California State Senate District 6 seat.
Supporters of AB1460 who were told to leave the University Unions Green & Gold Room and stand outside as Sacramento States Faculty Senate converse about the bill on March 5, 2020 prior to stay-at-home orders and school moving online. Sac State students, faculty and admin share their thoughts on if the COVID-19 vaccine should be required to return to campus in fall 2021.

Sac State will not require COVID-19 vaccine — student, faculty react

‘We’re at the mercy of the school to keep us safe’
February 26, 2021
Sacramento State will not require the COVID-19 vaccine for returning students and faculty in the fall 2021. Students and faculty react to the decision.
(File photo) Students walk across the library quad in May 2019. Sac State revealed this week that students returning to campus for the fall 2021 will not be required to have taken the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sac State will not require COVID-19 vaccine – students, faculty react

‘We’re at the mercy of the school to keep us safe’
February 13, 2021
Sacramento State will not require the COVID-19 vaccine for returning students and faculty in the fall 2021. Students and faculty react to the decision.
California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro addresses student reporters in a virtual press conference Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. He said the CSU anticipates at least 50% of classes will be in-person in fall 2021.

CSU anticipates at least 50% of classes will be in-person for fall 2021

Fall 2021 will be different for all 23 CSU campuses, chancellor says
February 9, 2021
The California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro discussed his plans for the CSU’s fall 2021 in-person instruction and more priorities during a student press conference on Monday.
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