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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor

Dominique Walker, Author

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Student parking permits will be increasing to $178 a semester next school year. The price increase is part of an annual 2% price increase to fund UTAPS.

Sac State parking permit costs increase by 2% next year

May 10, 2019

Student parking permits will be increasing to $178 a semester and $231 for resident permits for the 2019 school year to pay for maintenance and operation. This increase is part of an annual 2% increase...

Students walk through the Sacramento State library quad. Campus individuals will now be able to use preferred names for any university related business.

Sac State expands access to students using preferred names

May 8, 2019

The process for Sacramento State students to use a preferred name during their time on campus has been improved, according to a SacSend email from Sac State President Robert Nelsen sent on Tuesday. In...

Sac State senior guard Marcus Graves looks towards the hoop in the Hornets 78-67 win over Portland State Saturday. Graves was selected to represent the Big Sky Conference in the 2019 Dos Equis 3x3U National Championship for a chance to win $100,000.

Marcus Graves will represent Sac State in 3x3u National Championship

Graves will be 1 of 4 players on the Big Sky Conference basketball team
April 5, 2019

Sacramento State men’s basketball senior point guard Marcus Graves was selected to represent the Big Sky Conference in the 2019 Dos Equis 3x3U National Championship for a chance to win $100,000. The...

Lupita Nyong’o playing Adelaide Wilson in Jordan Peeles recent movie Us. Peeles movie premiered on Mar. 22.

REVIEW: ‘Us’ lives up to the horror movie hype

April 3, 2019

This review contains spoilers. The horror movie “Us” is a must-watch film that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the night. The movie is enjoyable because it is unusual for a “horror”...

Sac State senior guard Marcus Graves dribbles in a 70-67 win against Montana State March 7 at the Nest.

Sac State men’s basketball team loses regular season finale to Montana

Hornets finish season 14-15 overall and 8-12 in Big Sky conference
March 13, 2019

In its final regular season game March 9, the Sacramento State men’s basketball team lost to the University of Montana 86-68, finishing regular season play with a record of 14-15 and 8-12 in the Big...

The Sac State mens basketball team listens to head coach Brian Katz during a timeout on Thursday. The Hornets defeated Montana State 70-67 to improve its record to 14-14.

Sac State men’s basketball team defeats Montana State 70-67

Hornets improve conference record to 8-11
March 8, 2019

Sacramento State men’s basketball team defeated Montana State at the Nest 70-67 bringing its record to 14-14 overall and 8-11 in Big Sky Conference play. The Hornets overcame a slow start as they...

Sac State sophomore Ethan Esposito shoots a free throw during the Hornets 69-48 win over University of Idaho on Jan. 24. The Hornets are currently 13-14 overall and 7-11 in the Big Sky Conference.

Sacramento State men’s basketball team goes 1-2 on road trip

The Hornets are now 7-11 in conference
March 7, 2019

After losing 2 out of 3 games on a road trip, the Sacramento State men’s basketball team is now 13-14 overall and 7-11 in the Big Sky Conference. Sac State lost to Portland State and University of...

Sac State junior center Joshua Patton drives towards the basket in the Hornets 78-76 win over Weber State on Thursday.

Sac State men’s basketball team defeats Weber State, 78-76

Hornets improve to 6-9 in conference after last second win
February 22, 2019

Sacramento State men’s basketball team defeated Weber State at home, 78-76 to improve its record to 12-12 overall and 6-9 in Big Sky Conference play. Weber State (16-11,10-6) played without their...

Sac State head coach Brian Katz talks to the Hornets during a timeout. Sac State lost to Northern Arizona 78-66.

Sac State men’s basketball defeated at home by Northern Arizona

Hornets fall to 5-9 in conference play
February 17, 2019

Sacramento State men’s basketball lost at home against Northern Arizona 78-66 bringing its record to 11-12 overall and 5-9 in conference play. Sac State trailed the whole game and this loss brings...

Sac State senior guard Marcus Graves shoots during the Hornets 84-73 win over Southern Utah on Thursday.

Sac State men’s basketball defeats Southern Utah 84-73

Hornets improve to 5-8 in conference play
February 15, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team defeated Southern Utah University 84-73 Thursday, improving its overall record to 11-11 and 5-8 in the Big Sky Conference. Hornets trailed by 14 points...

Sac State junior center Joshua Patton prepares to go up for a basket during the Hornets 78-67 win over Portland State on Monday.

Sac State men’s basketball defeats Portland State 78-67

Hornets improve to 4-8 in conference play
February 12, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team defeated Portland State University 78-67, improving its overall record to 10-11 and 4-8 in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets led throughout the whole...

Sac State senior guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Leafa shoots in the first half of the Hornets 69-48 win against University of Idaho on Jan. 24 at the Nest. The senior currently leads the team in 3-point shot attempts and makes.

Sac State men’s basketball lose 2 out of 3 on road trip

Hornets fall to 3-8 in Big Sky Conference play
February 11, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team lost two of its last three games on the road in Big Sky Conference play after being outrebounded and now has a 9-11 overall record, including 3-8 in conference....

Senior guard Marcus Graves had 29 points and 9 assists in the Hornets 94-92 overtime loss to Eastern Washington on Saturday.

Sac State men’s basketball can’t complete comeback against EWU

Hornets fall to 2-6 in conference after losing in overtime 94-92
January 27, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team lost in overtime to Eastern Washington 94-92 Saturday, and the Hornets are now 8-9 overall and 2-6 in Big Sky Conference play. The Hornets have now lost...

Sac State junior center Joshua Patton dives for the ball during the Hornets 69-48 win over the University of Idaho on Thursday. Patton finished the game with 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Graves double-double leads Sac State basketball to 21-point win

January 25, 2019

Sacramento State senior point guard Marcus Graves recorded a double-double as the Hornets defeated the University of Idaho 69-48 and improved their record to 8-8 overall and 2-5 in the Big Sky Conference....

Students share meanings, stories behind their tattoos

January 24, 2019

For some students, tattoos focus on their spirituality but for others, tattoos represent a meaningful moment in their lives. Several Sac State students shared their stories behind their tattoos and what...

Sac State junior guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Leafa scored 16 points in the Hornets 72-70 loss against Idaho State on Saturday.

Hornets lose in final seconds against Idaho State

After starting 6-2, Sac State basketball now (6-7) and winless in Big Sky
January 13, 2019

Sacramento State men’s basketball team was leading 60-55 with 4:50 left in the game on Saturday before losing the lead and the game to Idaho State 72-70. With the score tied, Idaho State guard Brandon...

Sac State athletic director Mark Orr (left) and Sac State President Robert Nelsen (right) listen while Troy Taylor speaks during his introductory press conference Dec. 18 at Broad Fieldhouse.

Troy Taylor introduced as next head football coach at Sac State

Sacramento native and former NFL draft pick speaks at press conference
December 18, 2018

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen was told at a Big Sky Conference meeting that convincing University of Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor to be the Hornets next head coach wouldn’t be possible....

Michael B. Jordan speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International for Black Panther at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

REVIEW: ‘Creed II’ is predictable, but still a must-watch

‘Creed II’ adds to the greatest boxing series of all time
November 27, 2018

SPOILERS! Usually, sequel movies are flops, but “Creed II” is an action-packed film with awesome fighting scenes and a great storyline that ties to the original Rocky series. Protagonist Adonis...

Sac State guard Marcus Graves looks to pass during the Hornets 87-82 overtime win over Cal State Fullerton Saturday.

Sac State men’s basketball beats Cal State Fullerton in overtime

Graves’ double-double lead Hornets to first 3-0 season start since 2015-16 season
November 25, 2018

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team led by 18 points in the second half and eventually defeated California State University, Fullerton 87-82 in overtime Saturday at the Nest. With the...

Anderson .Paak performing with the Free Nationals at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Jan. 27, 2017.  Anderson .Paak released his new album Oxnard on Nov. 16.

REVIEW: ‘Oxnard’ by Anderson .Paak is a disappointment

Newest album is only half good
November 20, 2018

Anderson .Paak released his new album “Oxnard” Nov. 16, and it is not as impressive as his last album “Malibu.” Anderson .Paak is known for his soul, urban contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, Funk...

UC Davis wide receiver Keelan Doss breaks away from Sac State defensive tackle Dariyn Choates in the Aggies 56-13 win over the Hornets.

Sac State football blown out in Causeway Classic 56-13

The Hornets end their season with 7 straight losses bringing their overall season record to 2-8
November 17, 2018

In the Causeway Classic against University of California, Davis, the Sacramento State football team finished its season with another loss [56-13,] and finished with a 2-8 overall season record. The...

Sac State head coach Brian Katz talks to the team during a timeout in the second half of the Hornets 76-52 win over Simpson University on Friday.

Marcus Graves records first triple-double in Sac State history

Sac State men’s basketball starts season with 76-52 win against Simpson University
November 10, 2018

A triple-double by senior point guard Marcus Graves helped lead the Sacramento State men’s basketball team to a 76-52 win over Simpson University on Friday in the season opener. The Hornets struggled...

Sac State head coach Brian Katz is entering his 11th season as the head coach of the Hornets. The team returns 10 players and opens the season at home tonight against Simpson University.

Preview: Graves and Patton lead a now-healthy men’s basketball team

After a disappointing season, Hornets return 10 players
November 9, 2018

The Sacramento State men’s basketball program looks to rebound off the disappointing record of 7-25 in the 2017-18 injury-filled season. The team is bringing back 10 players and head coach Brian Katz,...

Sac State quarterback Wyatt Clapper looks to pass the ball in the Hornets 41-14 loss to Portland State Saturday, Oct. 27.

Sac State football loses to Weber State 26-14

Hornets remain winless in Big Sky Conference
November 3, 2018

Sacramento State’s football team lost on the road against Weber State University 26-14 and the team remains winless in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets offense struggled, only gaining a total of...

Sac State quarterback Wyatt Clapper runs on a scramble in the Hornets 41-14 loss to Portland State on Saturday.

Hornets football struggles continue, losing 41-14

Still winless in conference, the Hornets lose to Portland State
October 28, 2018

The Sacramento State football team continues to struggle this season and fell to Portland State at home 41-14 on Saturday. The Hornets (2-6) have yet to win a Big Sky Conference game and have lost...

Sac State senior quarterback Kevin Thomson looks to pass during the Hornets 41-27 loss to Cal Poly on Oct. 6. The Hornets head to Southern Utah to continue Big Sky Conference play on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Sac State football takes on Southern Utah Saturday

Hornets aim to win first game in conference
October 12, 2018

The Sacramento State football team lost their second game in a row against Cal Poly on Oct. 6 and they look to get their first win in the Big Sky Conference against Southern Utah. The Hornets are looking...

Senior defensive back Mister Harriel missed most of the first half of Saturdays game due to an undisclosed injury. The Hornets currently have an overall record of 2-3.

Losing record leaves Sac State football program in disarray

Hornets are 2-3 with six conference games remaining
October 9, 2018

The Sacramento State football team has started the season struggling with a 2-3 overall record and an 0-2 Big Sky record after falling to Cal Poly on Saturday. The Hornets two wins were obtained against...

Barry Bonds waiting for the start of a game on April, 6, 2006 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Bonds, along with many other MLB players, are unfairly kept out of the Hall of Fame, making the honor not as prestigious.

OPINION: Baseball needs another look at its Hall of Fame process

Hall of Fame isn’t credible without its best players
October 2, 2018

With Major League Baseball postseason beginning Tuesday, it’s just a reminder that the best players to ever play baseball are unfairly being kept out of the Hall of Fame. I remember when I first...

Sacramento State sophomore running back Elijah Dotson is tackled by Rio Strama of University of St. Francis (IL) during the Hornets first home game of the season on Sept. 1, 2018.

Sac State loses in a shootout against Montana

Hornets continue to get dominated by Grizzlies
September 22, 2018

In the first game of Big Sky Conference play this season, Sacramento State traveled to No. 20 University of Montana and was defeated 41-34, making its record 2-2 on the year. Out of 21 games played...

University of Northern Colorado plays Sacramento State Saturday September 15, 2018 at Nottingham Field in Greeley, CO.

Sac State football holds on to beat Northern Colorado

Turnover battle helps Sac State improve its record to 2-1
September 16, 2018

After losing for the first time this season last week against San Diego State, Sacramento State bounced back with a 28-25 victory over the University of Northern Colorado. The Hornets gave up a total...

Don Newman was the head basketball coach at Sacramento State from 1992-1997. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 60.

Former Sac State basketball head coach loses battle to cancer at age 60

September 13, 2018

Former Sacramento State basketball head coach Don Newman died from cancer on Tuesday at the age of 60, according to My San Antonio. Newman was the head coach at Sac State from 1992-1997 and his overall...

Mac Miller in Pittsburgh, PA. Miller died Friday of an overdose, TMZ reported.

Remembering Mac Miller: 10 of his best songs

“Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza,” “Rain” and “2009” make this list of Mac Miller hits
September 9, 2018

Mac Miller’s death Friday left some fans to reminisce on the legacy the artist left behind. If you haven’t listened to Mac Miller, here are ten of his greatest songs to get you started. 10....

Mac Miller died Friday morning of an overdose, TMZ reported.

Rapper Mac Miller found dead after overdose, TMZ reports

September 7, 2018

Mac Miller died of an overdose Friday, according to a TMZ report. His body was found by a friend Friday around noon in his home in the San Fernando Valley, according to TMZ. Mac Miller gained popularity...

Sacramento State sophomore, Shay Valenzano, holds her custom Adidas Alphabounce on Friday, Aug. 31.

Students show off their fall sneakers

Because no outfit is complete without the right pair of complementary kicks
September 4, 2018

For decades, people have been able to express themselves by wearing and collecting an item of clothing that has been a staple in fashion: sneakers. Sneaker popularity ranged from Converse Chuck Taylors...

Sacramento State sophomore Daron Bland and Saint Francis wide receiver Ray Vallot watch a pass hit the ground during the first quarter of the Hornets 55-7 win on Sept.1 at Hornets Stadium.

Sac State defense dominates but still has room for improvement

Sac State defense nearly shuts out St. Francis in 55-7 win
September 2, 2018

Sacramento State football opened the season against St. Francis University by winning 55-7. The talent on the field was overwhelming for St. Francis, a school which plays at the National Association...

RCAF members Juanishi Orosco, left, Stan Padilla, and Esteban Villa pose in front of the lower panel of their mural.

“Flight” celebrates Chicano culture

April 24, 2018

Members of the Royal Chicano Air Force art collective will be discussing their mural “Flight” during a presentation on May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Mendocino Hall. “Flight” was the latest major art...

J. Cole performs at London Music Hall on Jan. 21 2014. His new album “KOD” was released on April 20 and has a powerful message about drug abuse.

REVIEW: ‘KOD’ by J. Cole is storytelling at its finest

April 20, 2018

J. Cole dropped his new album “KOD,” and people — including me — are thrilled about the return of the Fayetteville, North Carolina hip-hop legend. If the music you want to hear is music you...

Sacramento State senior defensive lineman Ben Sorensen completes his 40-yard dash during his Pro Day at UC Davis on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Sorensen was one of six Sac State players that participated in the Pro Day in front of scouts from NFL teams such as the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.

Sac State football players showcase talents at Pro Day

April 5, 2018

Six Sacramento State senior football players performed a variety of drills and tests in front of NFL and CFL scouts in their Pro Day at UC Davis on Wednesday. The list of soon-to-be Sac State graduates...

Louisville point guard Peyton Siva holds up the winning trophy after his team won the Division I NCAA mens basketball championship in 2013. The title has since been vacated after the program was discovered to have committed multiple recruitment violations.

OPINION: Reform needed to end not-so-secret cheating in NCAA

April 3, 2018

March Madness is over, and it is now time for college sports fans, basketball fans in particular, to prepare for a turbulent offseason. When games start next fall, we may know a lot more about our...

Sacramento State students Monica Linhthasack (closest) and Vanessa Trejo creating posters on Thursday March 29 in preparation for the event Linhthasack organized that will take place on April 3. Linhthasacks goal is demanding justice for Stephon Clark.

Sac State student organizes protest in response to Stephon Clark shooting

April 3, 2018

UPDATE: April 3 at 10:35 a.m. — This story has been updated to reflect that the protesters plan to move the demonstration to Sacramento City Hall by 5 p.m. Tuesday. In response to the police shooting...

Former Sacramento Kings player Matt Barnes holds one of the children of Stephon Clark, who was recently shot and killed by police, during the March and Rally for Action on March 31, 2018. Barnes created the event to spread awareness of the shooting and preach change.

Ex-King Matt Barnes leads protest involving families of Stephon Clark and Joseph Mann

April 1, 2018

Leaders from Sacramento and the National Action Network, along with the families of Stephon Clark and Joseph Mann, were at Cesar E. Chavez Plaza speaking about long-term goals and policy demands on Saturday...

Freshman business major Daveion Hammond performs lateral drills at the instruction of running backs coach James Montgomery during walk-on tryouts for the Sacramento State football team at Hornet Stadium on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Hammond and 12 other hopefuls were weighed, measured and displayed their skills in front of the coaching staff for the chance to be recruited and train with the possibility of joining the team in the fall.

Sac State football program hosts walk-on tryouts

March 7, 2018

The Sacramento State football team hosted its annual tryouts for potential walk-ons on Tuesday at Hornet Stadium to coincide with the beginning of the 2018 spring practice season. The 13 would-be walk-ons...

TESTIMONIAL: Spending my first week at Sac State homeless

TESTIMONIAL: Spending my first week at Sac State homeless

The CSU estimates that 1 in 10 students have been homeless at some point within the past 12 months. On the State Hornet staff, that number is closer to 15 percent. These are some of our stories.
February 28, 2018

n my first week at Sacramento State, I found myself homeless; however, a helpful stranger made me feel like I was family. On my flight to Sacramento from LAX, the only thing I had with me was my luggage,...

LeBron James is the biggest star in the NBA, and has used his public platform to be more politically outspoken than his predecessors. Anyone who criticizes him for speaking — rather than what he is saying — needs to understand how large of a role model he is for a new generation.

OPINION: LeBron James is too important to ‘Shut Up and Dribble’

The Fox News anchor who insulted LeBron James must not have been aware of the impact he has made in his time as the NBA’s most high-profile player.
February 21, 2018

Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham made comments about LeBron James that were not only offensive but show that she fails to see how important his role to society is. 'Shut up and dribble' — Fox News's...

Student rap artist Consci8us aims to promote change

Student rap artist Consci8us aims to promote change

February 20, 2018

Consci8us, otherwise known as DeWayne Ewing Jr., is a Sacramento State student and rapper who said his Oakland upbringing led him to become a self-described “conscious rapper.” Consci8us aims...

KRS-One lecture ends with impromptu performance

KRS-One lecture ends with impromptu performance

February 9, 2018

Hip-hop artist KRS-One held a lecture in the Redwood Room of The University Union on Feb. 8, discussing his thoughts on race, colonialism and the public education system. “According to European...

Sacramento State sophomore midfielder Christian Webb fights off UC Santa Barbara freshman defender Adrian Adames on Oct. 18 at Hornet Field. The men’s and women’s soccer programs will begin their spring preseason on March 3 and March 10, respectively, at Sac State.

Soccer programs prepare for spring preseason

February 5, 2018

After the announcement of their spring schedules on Jan. 23, the Sacramento State men's and women’s soccer programs have started to practice and prepare. The women’s team — which will compete...

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