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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
Emma Hall

Emma Hall, newsletter editor

Emma Hall is the newsletter editor for The State Hornet. Previously, Hall was the inaugural diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) editor. She also led The Inquirer at Diablo Valley College and has worked with The Advocate at Contra Costa College, The CalMatters College Journalism Network and NPR. She is currently a senior.
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The State Hornet Podcast - Hate speech update and Sac State’s 75th Anniversary

The State Hornet Podcast – Hate speech update and Sac State’s 75th Anniversary

September 27, 2022
Podcast Editor James Fife and Editor-in-Chief Tony Rodriguez get an update from Newsletter Editor Emma Hall on hate speech on campus
Mendocino Hall is located on the east side of campus of Sacramento State as pictured on Sept. 22, 2022. In an interview with The State Hornet, Shelly Zalezniak, president of the Israeli-Jewish Association, said one of the two swastikas found on Sacramento State’s campus was close to her club table during club week.

Past swastika on campus found nearby Jewish student club table

Club president believes incidents are connected
September 23, 2022
Club president says administration did not meet with Jewish student club after incident.
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...

The State Hornet compiled the results of our fall 2021 audit. Our audit found that each section had over half of stories focused or centered on underrepresented communities. (Graphic by Emma Hall).

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: fall 2021 audit results, mission for the spring

State Hornet meets semester goals
December 17, 2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion editor Emma Hall closes off the section’s first semester of content with final audit results.
New anti-racism and inclusion convocation date, spring 2022 FAQ and more: STATE HORNET PODCAST

New anti-racism and inclusion convocation date, spring 2022 FAQ and more: STATE HORNET PODCAST

December 13, 2021

On the semester’s last episode of The State Hornet Podcast, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion editor Emma Hall brings you the top stories entering the final week of fall 2021. This week’s highlights...

The State Hornet surveyed our staff’s demographics in order to analyze where we stand on diverse representation. This semester, The State Hornet had 34 students enrolled either as staffers or editors. Graphic by Emma Hall

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: The State Hornet’s fall 2021 diversity report

Staff demographics and midway audit results
December 11, 2021
With the introduction of The State Hornet’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion section, editor Emma Hall releases staff demographics and our midway audit results.
David Moore parado fuera del Salón Tahoe de Sacramento State el viernes, Nov. 12, 2021. Como uno de los único profesores Afro-Americano en la administración de negocio en Sac State, Moore dijo que él ha experienciado más “frío en aislamiento” después de hablar sobre su experiencia siendo perfilado racialmente.

‘Dejen de tener miedo’: Facultad Afro-Americano urge a Sac State a llamar al racismo en campus

December 2, 2021

David Moore, un profesor del colegio de administración de negocios en Sacramento State, termina una junta por Zoom en su oficina estrecha en el Salón Tahoe rodeado por papeles amontonados y vasos vacíos...

Pauline Ghost-Perez with her daughter, Wynonna. Ghost-Perez, Miwok and Oglala Sioux, says her daughter changed her life after she survived sexual abuse in foster care and susbtance abuse throughout her adult life. Now, Ghost-Perez hopes to make a difference and help children in foster care.

A Native student’s survival story turned academic journey: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT

November 24, 2021

Content warning: this episode of State Hornet Spotlight features mentions of sexual abuse, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and substance abuse  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion...

David Moore stands outside of Sacramento State’s Tahoe Hall on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. As one of the only Black professors in business administration at Sac State, Moore said he has experienced more “coldness in isolation” after speaking out about his experience being racially profiled.

‘Stop being afraid’: Black faculty urge Sac State to call out campus racism

November 18, 2021

David Moore stands outside of Sacramento State’s Tahoe Hall on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. As one of the only Black professors in business administration at Sac State, Moore said he has experienced more “coldness...

(From left to right) Amanda Croteau, Josiah Nelson, and María Elena Pulido-Sepulveda are all Indigenous students attending Sacramento State. For them, being a part of the smallest ethnic group at Sac State means facing a lack of representation, feeling no sense of belonging and having to navigate a space that doesn’t support them.

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

November 10, 2021
The State Hornet spoke with three Indigenous students about their journeys at Sac State and beyond.
“Reservation Dogs (2021, left) takes the extra time to show Native communities in the modern day to demonstrate the fact that they do still exist, whereas “Dances With Wolves” (1990, right) portrays Native Americans plays off of the “white savior” trope while simultaneously perpetuating the erasure of modern Native people that has become so common. (Images courtesy of FX/Hulu and Orion Pictures)

Native Americans in entertainment: the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’

November 4, 2021

With the commencement of Native American Heritage Month , it’s important to consider ways to learn about Native American history in ways that depict Native people  accurately without prejudice.  From...

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion editor Emma Hall writes about her experience being a Native student at Sacramento State. One of 73 Native students in total, Hall says Native students often experience isolation. (Photo courtesy of Hall).

TESTIMONIAL: Sac State needs to recognize the visibility of Native students on campus

November 1, 2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion editor editor Emma Hall shares her experiences on how being Native American impacted her career as a journalist and a student.

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...

Graphic made in Canva

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...

William ‘Skip’ Bishop, Interim Vice President of Inclusive Excellence and Director of Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at Sacramento State, is leaving the university at the end of October, according to a SacSend email from President Robert Nelsen. Bishop is leaving to work as San Jose State’s Title IX and gender equity officer, according to the email. Photo courtesy of Sac State.

[Photo] Skip Bishop becomes fourth Black administrator to leave Sac State in the last year

October 6, 2021

William ‘Skip’ Bishop, Interim Vice President of Inclusive Excellence and Director of Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at Sacramento State, is leaving the university at the end of October, according...

Stephany Rose Spaulding, Mia Settles-Tidwell and Josephine Moreno were the three candidates for Sacramento State’s next vice president of inclusive excellence. Each was interviewed and shared their ideas on Sept. 21, 22 and 23, 2021 respectively. (Photo courtesy of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, UC Berkeley and UC Davis Graduate Studies). (Canva graphic by Emma Hall).

Candidates for Sac State’s vice president of inclusive excellence share goals in open forum

Next VP will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion at university
September 23, 2021
Three candidates for Sac State’s vice president of inclusive excellence spoke to the campus community this week about their plans for the university if they are hired.
Aladria Brown stands outside of the university theater on Saturday, May 8, 2021. As ASI’s next director of arts and letters, she plans to collaborate with all departments and bring new ideas to Sac State.

Sac State theatre students call for change, reflect on department’s past with systemic racism

Community seeks dialogue about racism and anti-racist action
September 9, 2021
Theatre students at Sac State push for department change rather than performative statements.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion editor, Emma Hall, pens an open letter detailing the section’s mission and goals for the fall semester. Hall also shares the results of our summer audit and The State Hornet’s goal of having half of each story’s section focused on underrepresented communities. Graphic created in Canva.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Welcome to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion section

The State Hornet’s equity mission, goals for the fall
September 3, 2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion editor, Emma Hall, introduces our newest section with goals for increasing diversity in The State Hornet’s coverage.
(Left to right) Deputy Chief of Rutgers University police Michael Rein, Sacramento County Sheriff Captain Todd Henry and Sacramento County Sheriff Chief Deputy Chet Madison Jr. speak at virtual town halls discussing their candidacies for Sacramento State Chief of Police. Current Chief Mark Iwasa announced in March that he would be retiring over the summer. Photos taken via Zoom by Erick Salgado, Emma Hall and Alec Ramey. Graphic made in Canva.

3 Sac State Chief of Police candidates selected, speak at town halls

University chose two officers from Sac County Sheriff’s Office after nationwide search
May 21, 2021
After the announcement about Chief Mark Iwasa’s retirement, Sacramento State has selected three candidates to potentially replace him in the fall. This week, members of the university community met Deputy Chief of Rutgers University police Michael Rein, Sacramento County Sheriff Captain Todd Henry and Sacramento County Sheriff Deputy Chet Madison Jr.
Nursing students at Sacramento State sent a letter addressed to Sac State President Robert Nelsen on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, asking for the university to pay for their summer tuition for classes the cohort was previously unable to take due to COVID-19. In order to take the courses this summer, each student will have to pay $1,850 in tuition “out of our own pockets,” the students wrote. Graphic created in Canva.

Nursing students urge Sac State to cover tuition for classes missed in pandemic

Students seek $1,850 in summer expenses
May 14, 2021
Nursing students at Sacramento State sent a letter addressed to Sac State President Robert Nelsen on Wednesday asking for the university to pay for their $1,850 worth of summer tuition for classes the cohort was previously unable to take due to COVID-19.
Sacramento State received $63.8 million in the second installment of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds. This money was allocated toward different departments at Sac State with a focus on benefiting students and departments affected by COVID-19. Graphic made in Canva.

Where did all that money go?: A breakdown of $63.8 million HEERF II funds

Funds allocated to IRT, virtual teaching and student direct deposits
May 7, 2021

President Robert Nelsen announced Wednesday that Sacramento State will be receiving $20 million in the third installment of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III) funds with an additional...

Sacramento State released their official reopening schedule for fall 2021 via a SacSend email by President Robert Nelsen on Monday. According to the schedule, all those returning to campus must be approved through OnBase and have an approved safety plan. Graphic created in Canva/Photo by Shaun Holkko.

54% of Sac State classes scheduled to have in-person components

Official reopening schedule for fall 2021 released
April 26, 2021
Sacramento State released their official reopening schedule for fall 2021 through a SacSend email by President Robert Nelsen on Monday.
Annette Reed, Tolowa Dee-ni, sits as chair of Ethnic Studies at Sacramento State. Working at the university since 1998, Reed previously served as director of Native American studies at Sac State. Photo courtesy of Annette Reed.

Native American ethnic studies chair recounts higher education journey

Truly a Tolowa woman
April 13, 2021
Annette Reed, one of 18 Native American faculty members at Sacramento State, has become a mentor and inspiration for Native American students at Sac State.
(Left to right) Jeannie Wong, Chi Vang, Seunghee Wie and Yee Thao spoke about the surge of anti-Asian attacks at Sac State’s virtual Stop AAPI Hate event on March 30. This event comes after the mass shooting in Atlanta on March 16 that killed 6 Asian women, which also provoked national dialogue about anti-Asian racism. Screenshots by Emma Hall.

Sac State AAPI community members respond to nationwide anti-Asian attacks

'We do not stay quiet in a time of abuse'
March 30, 2021
Asian American and Pacific Islander faculty, staff and students are calling for change following the Atlanta shooting on March 16 that killed six Asian women, as well as the increase in anti-Asian attacks.

Woman with BB gun spotted at Lark Sacramento apartment complex

No charges or arrest made, BB gun surrendered
March 9, 2021
A female resident of the Lark Sacramento entered the apartment complex’s clubhouse with a non-lethal weapon Tuesday evening, according to the Lark’s management.
Students exit The WELL at Sacramento State on April 17, 2020. After temporarily closing due to COVID-19 in March 2020, the vision center, located in the WELL, was permanently closed December 2020.

Sac State permanently closes vision center, optometry services eliminated

Students petition for services to reopen
February 18, 2021
With the vision center’s closure in December 2020, students are left to rely on outside services in lieu of low-cost eye exams.
Author Feminista Jones speaks about Black liberation during a virtual Zoom event hosted by Sac State’s Unique on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Jones’ event accompanies the university’s celebration of Black History Month.  Photo taken via Zoom by Emma Hall.

Author Feminista Jones talks social media activism at Sac State virtual event

‘Black liberation is about us fighting for our rights’
February 17, 2021
Feminista Jones, author of “Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists are Changing the World from Tweets to the Streets,” spoke at a virtual Sac State event about Black liberation and social media activism.
(File photo) Rachel McMichael, nurse practitioner at the WELL, verifies the identity of Rica Co, second semester nursing student, before injecting her with the COVID-19 vaccine in the Brown Bag room in the Union on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

FAQ: What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine at Sac State

Sac State students should be able to start getting the vaccine in March or April, says Ed Mills
February 4, 2021
Sac State is administering the Pfizer vaccine to healthcare students, faculty and staff in the Brown Bag Room in the Student Union, alongside getting ready to vaccinate the general population of the university community by March or April.
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