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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 Williams

Dominique Williams, managing editor

Dominique Williams is the managing editor for The State Hornet. She is a fourth-year journalism major who also covers breaking news as an intern for The Sacramento Bee.
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[FILE] Senior Sac State quarterback Asher O’Hara passes during a drill in practice Tuesday, Sept. 27th, 2022, at the Hornets practice field. The Hornets got out to their second 4-0 start in school history with a commanding 49-21 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs Saturday at Alex G. Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo, California.

[Photo] RECAP: Sac State advances to 4-0 for second time in program history

October 1, 2022

[FILE] Senior Sac State quarterback Asher O’Hara passes during a drill in practice Tuesday, Sept. 27th, 2022, at the Hornets practice field. The Hornets got out to their second 4-0 start in school history...

A symbol of hate speech graffitied on a tunnel ceiling near the campus Arboretum on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. State Hornet staffers discovered the graffiti during an investigation of a separate hate speech symbol announced by President Nelsen.

BREAKING: State Hornet discovers unseen Nazi symbols found in university Arboretum

September 29, 2022
More Nazi hate speech has been found at Sacramento State.
Senior quarterback Jake Dunniway calls for the snap at practice on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Sacramento State opens Big Sky Conference play against Cal Poly at 5 p.m. PST. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

[Photo] PREVIEW: Sac State Football opens Big Sky Conference play against Cal Poly

September 28, 2022

Senior quarterback Jake Dunniway calls for the snap at practice on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Sacramento State opens Big Sky Conference play against Cal Poly at 5 p.m. PST. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

Junior Sac State Cornerback Dillon Juniel flips the ball in celebration after picking off a Utah Tech pass for the Hornets third interception in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, against the Trail Blazers at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets started their season off 1-0 after their 56-33 win against Utah Tech Saturday.

[Photo] Sac State cruises to 56-33 victory over Utah Tech in season opener

September 4, 2022

Junior Sac State Cornerback Dillon Juniel flips the ball in celebration after picking off a Utah Tech pass for the Hornets' third interception in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, against the...

Multiple swastikas found on Sac State’s campus

Multiple swastikas found on Sac State’s campus

September 2, 2022

Multiple swastikas were found at Sacramento State, according to a campus-wide email sent Friday afternoon. The first swastika was found on a classroom wall Thursday, while the other was found Friday morning...

Jordan Parker smiles from ear to ear in his graduation garb on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at Sacramento State. Parker’s grin has lifted the spirits of The State Hornet for the past three years as we determined our role during the pandemic, according to several of its staff and editors.

[Photo] Opinion: A tearful farewell from The State Hornet’s editor in chief

May 18, 2022

Jordan Parker smiles from ear to ear in his graduation garb on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at Sacramento State. Parker’s grin has lifted the spirits of The State Hornet for the past three years as we determined...

Senior Dylan McPhillips and team manager Reggie Christansen embrace on the field for  senior day at John Smith Field on Sunday, May 15, 2022. McPhillips has thrown out 27 baserunners in his Sac State career.

[Photo] SERIES RECAP: Hornets take three from Utah Valley in first conference sweep

May 16, 2022

Senior Dylan McPhillips and team manager Reggie Christansen embrace on the field for senior day at John Smith Field on Sunday, May 15, 2022. McPhillips has thrown out 27 baserunners in his Sac State career.

Sophomore Cesar Valero dives into second base at John Smith Field on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in a 5-2 loss to University of the Pacific. Valero has 38 runs batted in in 39 games played.

[Photo] Sac State baseball sparks friendship for two slugging sophomores

May 15, 2022

Sophomore Cesar Valero dives into second base at John Smith Field on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in a 5-2 loss to University of the Pacific. Valero has 38 runs batted in in 39 games played.

Dawson Bacho slides safely into base during a game against Seattle University. The Hornets played the Redhawks in a three-game series in Sacramento from Apr.15-17.

[Photo] Living The Dream: How baseball impacted Dawsen Bacho and his family

May 11, 2022

Dawson Bacho slides safely into base during a game against Seattle University. The Hornets played the Redhawks in a three-game series in Sacramento from Apr.15-17.

Votes are in: See which players have the best and worst walk-up songs

Sac State baseball team has almost unanimous decision for worst
May 6, 2022
The baseball team leaves no question for which player’s walk-up song is the worst.
The State Hornet’s newsletter editor Odin Rasco stands outside at Sacramento State’s campus on April 21, 2022. “We are living in a time that asks so much, too much of us mentally and emotionally, just to exist.”

[Photo] TESTIMONIAL: My hard road back to ‘normal’

May 9, 2022

The State Hornet’s newsletter editor Odin Rasco stands outside at Sacramento State’s campus on April 21, 2022. “We are living in a time that asks so much, too much of us mentally and emotionally,...

Students in the University Union in line waiting to order from Panda Express on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. The fast-food restaurant was voted best food on campus at Sac State. (Photo by Collin Houck)

Best of Sac State 2022: Panda Express wins best food on campus

How to make one of Hornets' favorite meals from the on-campus eatery, at home
May 5, 2022
Panda Express was voted best food at Sac State in the sixth annual Best of Sac State poll. Here’s what students said their go-to order is, and how to make the most popular Panda Express meal at home.

Best of Sac State 2022: Jake Dunniway wins best male athlete of the year

May 5, 2022

In this year’s Best of Sac State competition where students vote on their favorite teams, majors, and athletes on campus. Sac State football quarterback Jake Dunniway was voted male athlete of the year....

Best of Sac State 2022: Sac State football wins best male sports team

May 5, 2022

Sacramento State football has turned the corner in its last two seasons winning back-to-back Big Sky titles and has secured their second consecutive victory as the school’s favorite sports team in the...

LaTrouchka Duke warms up for practice m Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Hornet Stadium. Duke said she aims to “take every record” this season.

[Photo] Sac State Track and Field sophomore sprinter makes strong return

April 26, 2022

LaTrouchka Duke warms up for practice m Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Hornet Stadium. Duke said she aims to “take every record” this season.

[FILE PHOTO]Sac State junior outfielder Trevor Doyle connects on a ball Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Klein Family Field in Stockton, California in a 13-6 Hornet win. Doyle hit his first homer of the year this weekend against Dixie State as the Hornets moved above .500 in WAC play.

[Photo] SERIES RECAP: Sac State wins another series, taking 2 of 3 from Dixie State

April 25, 2022

[FILE PHOTO]Sac State junior outfielder Trevor Doyle connects on a ball Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Klein Family Field in Stockton, California in a 13-6 Hornet win. Doyle hit his first homer of the year...

Kiara Janecek, 19, holds their piece “Untitled” depicting the effects and aftermath of sexual assault Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Janecek talks about their experience with sexual assault and artistic contribution in Sacramento State’s University Union art exhibit, “Our Voices Will Be Heard.”

[Photo] Sac State art exhibit gives new voice to sexual assault survivors

April 25, 2022

Kiara Janecek, 19, holds their piece “Untitled” depicting the effects and aftermath of sexual assault Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Janecek talks about their experience with sexual assault and artistic...

Sophomore infielder Gunner Gouldsmith (middle) and senior infielder Steven Moretto(second from right) greet senior Keith Torres(far right) with fist bumps as he takes the field at Klein Family Field against University of the Pacific on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Stockton, California.,Everybody contributed and did their part to get the win tonight, said Torres, who finished the game 4-4.

GALLERY: Swipe through our best shots of Sac State’s UOP baseball win

Hornets take 13-6 win over the Tigers
April 20, 2022
PHOTO GALLERY: Sac State baseball goes on the road and take a 13-6 win over the University of the Pacific
Hornet fielders get set to take the field as senior shortstop Keith Torres gives a thumbs up to the dugout Friday April 15, 2022 at John Smith Field. Sacramento State sits in third place in the WAC conference at 9-9.

[Photo] SERIES RECAP: Sac State baseball wins third straight conference series

April 18, 2022

Hornet fielders get set to take the field as senior shortstop Keith Torres gives a thumbs up to the dugout Friday April 15, 2022 at John Smith Field. Sacramento State sits in third place in the WAC conference...

Youth advocate Leander Loh stands outside of the WEAVE office on Thursday April 13, 2022. Loh will be the keynote speaker of the “Breaking out of the Box” seminar that will be held at the University Union on Tuesday, April 19.

Who said real men don’t cry? Seminar aims to break toxic masculinity

‘Breaking out of the Box’ to be held on April 19
April 16, 2022

Sexual assault awareness month might be confined to 30 days, but for advocates like Laura Swartzen and Leander Loh, raising awareness of sexual violence is a never-ending effort. Swartzen and Loh both...

(FILE PHOTO) Sophomore Cesar Valero celebrates a home run with his teammates at John Smith Field Sunday, March 27, 2022 against Grand Canyon University. Valero tallied four home runs over the weekend and now leads the WAC with 12 this season.

[Photo] SERIES RECAP: Sac State rides offensive onslaught to series win over New Mexico State

April 12, 2022

(FILE PHOTO) Sophomore Cesar Valero celebrates a home run with his teammates at John Smith Field Sunday, March 27, 2022 against Grand Canyon University. Valero tallied four home runs over the weekend and...

Andrew Cervantes from the Yemaya Salsa Dance Company performing at the Multi-Cultural Fair in the Housing Quad on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Cervantes said Yamaya hosts Salsa & Bachata at Mango’s on K Street every Wednesday. (Photo by Dominique Williams)

Sac State’s Multi-Cultural Fair celebrates campus diversity with dance, food and activities

The event paid homage to various ethnic heritages through cultural performances by local artists
April 6, 2022

Sacramento State’s fifth annual Multi-Cultural Fair returned to campus Tuesday afternoon to promote cultural harmony between the campus’ diverse ethnic groups, according to program coordinators.  Multi-Cultural...

[File Photo] Freshman outfielder Jeffrey Heard (left) celebrates a home run with teammate sophomore infielder Gunner Gouldsmith (right) on Friday, March 11, 2022 against Saint Mary’s in an 8-2 Hornets loss. Heard hit his fourth home run of the season over the weekend as the Hornets won their first WAC series.

[Photo] SERIES RECAP: Sac State baseball earns first series win since February against Utah Valley

April 3, 2022

[File Photo] Freshman outfielder Jeffrey Heard (left) celebrates a home run with teammate sophomore infielder Gunner Gouldsmith (right) on Friday, March 11, 2022 against Saint Mary’s in an 8-2 Hornets...

Lum enjoys collecting Marvel themed figurines like this Groot “Tsum Tsum” (tiny stuffed animal). She wishes they would sell the discontinued plushies again.

[Photo] Avengers, assemble! Why the MCU is one of the greatest movie franchises

March 30, 2022

Lum enjoys collecting Marvel themed figurines like this Groot “Tsum Tsum” (tiny stuffed animal). She wishes they would sell the discontinued plushies again.

Lianna Tillman’s clothing brand 333 club. 333 are angel numbers meant to inspire people to wait their turn, keep grinding and not give up on themselves, according to Tillman.

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

March 14, 2022

Lianna Tillman’s clothing brand 333 club. 333 are angel numbers meant to inspire people to wait their turn, keep grinding and not give up on themselves, according to Tillman.

Sac State senior first baseman Steven Moretto attempts to pick a ball out of the dirt at John Smith Field March 12th, 2022 against Dixie State in a 18-7 loss. The Hornets have committed 19 errors in 16 games thus far in the 2022 season.

[Photo] SERIES RECAP: Sac State baseball opens conference play with series loss to Dixie State

March 14, 2022

Sac State senior first baseman Steven Moretto attempts to pick a ball out of the dirt at John Smith Field March 12th, 2022 against Dixie State in a 18-7 loss. The Hornets have committed 19 errors in 16...

: Sacramento State baseball is all smiles after Cesar Valero’s second home run of the game  Friday, March 4,2022 at John Smith Field.The Hornets earned a 21-4 win over Houston Baptist University and Valero’s ten RBIs set a new school record as he went 5-5 with three home runs.

[Photo] SERIES RECAP: Hornets suffer first series loss of 2022 against Houston Baptist

March 7, 2022

: Sacramento State baseball is all smiles after Cesar Valero’s second home run of the game Friday, March 4,2022 at John Smith Field.The Hornets earned a 21-4 win over Houston Baptist University and...

Sophomore outfielder Cesar Valero celebrates with teammates freshman outfielder Jeffrey Heard and senior infielder Nick Iwasa in a 21-4 win over Houston Baptist University at John Smith Field on March 4. 2022. Valero’s 10 RBIs was a school record for Sac State.

[Photo] Cesar Valero sets Sac State record with 10 RBIs

March 6, 2022

Sophomore outfielder Cesar Valero celebrates with teammates freshman outfielder Jeffrey Heard and senior infielder Nick Iwasa in a 21-4 win over Houston Baptist University at John Smith Field on March...

Hornets infielders meet around sophomore pitcher Eli Saul on the mound at John Smith Field Feb. 18, 2022. Saul pitched Friday night to a line of 7.2 innings pitched, zero runs, four hits, and nine strikeouts against Long Beach State.

[Photo] HOW SWEEP IT IS : Sac State ranked #20 following sweep of Long Beach State

March 1, 2022

Hornets infielders meet around sophomore pitcher Eli Saul on the mound at John Smith Field Feb. 18, 2022. Saul pitched Friday night to a line of 7.2 innings pitched, zero runs, four hits, and nine strikeouts...

How Sac State students can receive confidential support for sexual violence: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT

How Sac State students can receive confidential support for sexual violence: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT

February 28, 2022
Sac State’s confidential campus advocate talks about confidential support and resources for students who are survivors of past or present sexual violence.
Senior third baseman Steven Moretto(left) and sophomore outfielder Cesar Valero(right) tap helmets to celebrate Valero’s homerun on Feb. 18, 2022 against Northern Illinois University at John Smith Field. in a 11-7 Sac State victory. Both Moretto and Valero homered in the Hornets’ opening day of the 2022 season, which helped them achieve an 11-7 victory.

[Photo] SERIES RECAP: Hornets’ baseball sweeps Northern Illinois in four-game series to open season

February 23, 2022

Senior third baseman Steven Moretto(left) and sophomore outfielder Cesar Valero(right) tap helmets to celebrate Valero’s homerun on Feb. 18, 2022 against Northern Illinois University at John Smith Field....

The Black History Month Arts & Crafters Event at The Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, California on Sunday. Black artists and crafters appear at the show, as well as food vendors and wine tasting.

Celebrating Black History Month with arts, food and music at the Mill

Old Sugar Mill’s Arts & Crafters event featured Black creators
February 23, 2022
For the third year, Old Sugar Mill hosted its Black History Month Arts & Crafters event in collaboration with Cain Event Planning and Brick House Gallery & Art Complex on Sunday. The event featured established and emerging Black artists.
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.

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

December 13, 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. Here’s what you need to know:
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