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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
Gavin Hudson

Gavin Hudson, newsletter editor

(he/him)

Gavin Hudson holds high aspirations to be a film critic. Writing about film gives him purpose and passion for the future. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's in journalism while working for assorted publications like IGN and Solving Sacramento.
All content by Gavin Hudson
Graphic created in Canva by Elena Burgé and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Disney.

The Big Picture – ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

Marvel’s best effort since “Avengers: Infinity War”
Gavin Hudson
May 7, 2023
As superhero fatigue sets in, newsletter editor Gavin S. Hudson recommends director James Gunn’s latest as a return to form for Marvel fans.
Graphic created in Canva by Elena Burgé and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of A24.

The Big Picture – ‘Beau is Afraid’

Ari Aster’s anxious epic is confusing, eye-opening
Gavin Hudson
May 1, 2023
Newsletter editor Gavin S. Hudson reviews horror director Ari Aster’s panic-inducing epic, “Beau is Afraid.”
Graphic created in Canva by Elena Burgé and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Big Picture – ‘The Batman’

A refreshing live-action take on the “world's greatest detective”
Gavin Hudson
April 24, 2023
HBO’s “The Penguin” is the horizon, newsletter editor Gavin Hudson goes back to review the first chapter
(L-R) Associated Students, Inc. presidential candidates Adoreil Ayoubgoulan, Emilie Jocson Nataly Andrade-Dominguez  in The State Hornet studio March 31, 2023. The candidates have been campaigning since March 28 and Sacramento State students can vote in the University Union or the ASI website April 12-13. (Photos and graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

State Hornet Series: Q&A with ASI presidential candidates

Voting continues through Thursday
Gavin Hudson, Newsletter Editor
April 12, 2023
Newsletter editor Gavin Hudson hosts a Q&A with all candidates running for the ASI presidential ticket.
Graphic created in Canva by Elena Burgé and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Universal Studios.

The Big Picture – The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Gaming’s greatest plumber returns in style
Gavin Hudson
April 8, 2023
Newsletter editor Gavin Hudson dissects gaming’s largest icon as he returns to the big screen.

The Big Picture – John Wick 4

The fourth installment brings new highs to the franchise
Gavin Hudson, Newsletter Editor
April 1, 2023
The cult-classic action franchise is back and better than ever with new characters packing a big punch.
Campus Victory Project, a third-party Republican organization, has attempted to contact potential candidates for the upcoming ASI elections, according to Michael Lee-Chang. Candidate announcements and campaigning begins after spring break on March 27, 2023, followed by a two-day election in April. (Photo and Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

Student representatives say conservative organization attempting to influence Sac State ASI elections

Activism project searching for student candidates to endorse, sources say
Gavin Hudson and Chris Woodard
March 28, 2023
With ASI elections around the corner, reports of Campus Victory Project reaching out to student government associates surfaces.
The 95th annual Academy Awards will be hosted on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Graphic created in Canva by Elena Burgé and Gavin Hudson.

The Big Picture – Oscars 2023 Preview

The 95th Oscars air Sunday; who should win ‘Best Picture?’
Gavin Hudson
March 9, 2023
Only a few days away, newsletter editor Gavin Hudson gives some insight into the biggest nominees with predictions to boot.
Newsletter editor and film critic Gavin S. Hudson has been reviewing movies since high school. “The Whale” has been nominated for three Oscars; is it worthy? Graphic created in Canva by Elena Burgé and Gavin S. Hudson | movie posters courtesy of A24.

The Big Picture – ‘The Whale’

Brendan Fraser’s Oscar nominated performance shines through dull screenplay
Gavin Hudson, Newsletter Editor
March 4, 2023
Has Bredan Fraser’s Oscar buzz signaled his return as a star?
Graphic created in Canva by Elena Burgé and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Universal Pictures.

The Big Picture – ‘The Fabelmans’

Steven Spielberg’s childhood tale culminates in an interesting, one-time watch
Gavin Hudson
February 25, 2023
The Oscars are quickly approaching, and writer Gavin S. Hudson has a few “Big Picture” nominees left to see.
A sign from Project Truth claiming their truth sounds like hate to others. One student is debating with two members of the group behind the sign.

Argument without purpose is argument for argument’s sake

After two days of students engaging anti-abortion groups, what was the point?
Gavin Hudson
February 23, 2023
With the anti-abortion protests of Monday and Tuesday causing distress, newsletter editor Gavin S. Hudson asks: was there a point?
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Disney.

The Big Picture – ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’

Bad writing can completely dismantle a movie
Gavin Hudson
February 18, 2023

I’m not mad, I’m disappointed.  Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the 31st Marvel movie in the MCU and features the next Avengers adversary: Kang, the Conqueror. Scott Lang (Ant-Man) and Hope...

Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Universal Pictures.

The Big Picture – ‘Knock at the Cabin’

Gavin Hudson
February 12, 2023
M. Night Shyamalan’s newest adaptation aims to illustrate the sacrifices made during the pandemic, when it all felt like the world was ending.
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Big Picture – ‘The Dark Knight’

Gavin Hudson
February 4, 2023
As the world of comic book movies begins to grow stale, we can always return to the classic Nolan film, “The Dark Knight.”
jKaiLord cantando Sin justicia, no hay paz mientras marchaba por Sacramento el viernes 27 de enero de 2023. jKaiLord estuvo entre varios manifestantes que pidieron justicia después de la muerte de Tyre Nichols, quien murió días después de ser golpeado por agentes de policía de Memphis.

‘Estoy harto y cansado de estar harto y cansado’: La comunidad de Sacramento lamentan la muerte de Tyre Nichols

Manifestantes se acercan al Capitolio para protestar contra la brutalidad policial
Un conjunto de residentes de Sacramento llenaron los escalones occidentales del edificio del Capitolio del Estado de California mientras observaban en silencio las imágenes de la cámara corporal recién publicadas de la golpiza y el arresto de Tyre Nichols, nativo de Sacramento de 29 años.
Twitter users respond to the news of 343 Industries head of creative, Joseph Staten being reassigned to Microsoft’s publishing division. The thread was flooded with disappointment and melancholy memes. Graphic created in Adobe Photoshop by Gavin S. Hudson.

OPINION: Halo doesn’t deserve this

Microsoft’s flagship gaming IP has been poorly managed for too long
Gavin Hudson
January 30, 2023
The series all about humanity's last hope is starting to see fans lose hope. Writer Gavin S. Hudson pleads his case for keeping Xbox’s flagship IP alive.

[Video] Social justice activists in Sacramento persist in calls for institutional change to policing

Cristian Gonzalez
January 29, 2023
Videos released by the Memphis Police Department in connection with the arrest and death of Tyre Nichols inspired Sacramento activists to take to the streets in protest of police brutality.
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Dreamworks Animation.

The Big Picture – ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’

Gavin Hudson
January 28, 2023
The legend lives on in the sequel to the “Shrek” spinoff. Writer Gavin S. Hudson dives into the thrilling roller coaster “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.”
jKaiLord chanting “No justice, no peace” while marching throughout Sacramento on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. jKaiLord was among several protesters to call for justice after the death of Tyre Nichols, who died days after being beaten by Memphis police officers.

‘I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired’: Sacramento community mourns death of Tyre Nichols

Demonstrators approach Capitol to protest police brutality
Sacramento residents took to the Capitol to call for legislative change.
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of A24.

The Big Picture – ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’

Gavin Hudson
January 21, 2023
An instant cult classic from 2022, this week's feature on The Big Picture has been taking award shows by storm in a competitive year for film.
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Blumhouse Productions.

The Big Picture – ‘M3GAN’

Gavin Hudson
January 15, 2023
Somewhere between “The Terminator” and “Child’s Play” describes 2023’s first big horror. Writer Gavin S. Hudson examines “M3GAN” in this week’s The Big Picture.
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Focus Features.

The Big Picture – ‘Tár’

Gavin Hudson
January 8, 2023
An incredible year for cinema has come to a wrap, but writer Gavin S. Hudson has a few loose ends. Cate Blanchett’s brilliant performance in Todd Field’s “Tár” is one of them.
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

The Big Picture – Babylon

Gavin Hudson
December 31, 2022
Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon” sheds light on the magic of movies and the illusion of happiness in Hollywood in this week’s The Big Picture from Gavin Hudson.
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of 20th Century Studios.

The Big Picture – Avatar: The Way of Water

Gavin Hudson
December 17, 2022
James Cameron’s highly anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water falls short of expectation in this week’s The Big Picture from writer Gavin Hudson
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of Universal Pictures.

The Big Picture: Nope

Gavin Hudson
December 10, 2022
Did Jordan Peele and Daniel Kaluuya under-deliver? Nope. Writer Gavin Hudson brings sci-fi horror into the spotlight.
Content creator John Rusanov and his cameraman, second-year business major Eric Shambra, interact with fourth-year biological science student Audrey Dakis while filming a TikTok video outside the Bookstore on Nov. 18. Rusanov has been filming his videos at Sacramento State for about six months.

[Video] Sac State students and campus spotlighted in successful TikTok account

‘I think I started TikTok at a really good time’: Creator builds a social media presence on campus
Chris Woodard and Gavin Hudson
December 10, 2022
Rising TikTok star John Rusanov amassed over one million followers inviting Sac State students for skits.
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie posters courtesy of A24.

The Big Picture: Pearl and X

Gavin Hudson
December 3, 2022
This week’s The Big Picture with Gavin Hudson is a double feature of Ti West and Mia Goth’s “X’ and “Pearl”
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie poster courtesy of Warner Brothers Bros. Pictures.

The Big Picture: ‘Elvis’

Gavin Hudson
November 26, 2022
Writer Gavin S. Hudson breaks down the faults of Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis”

[Video] State Hornet Broadcast: November update

November 21, 2022
Professors make art, Hmong fashion show honors Hmong new year and students demand action at a student-led town hall addressing sexual assault.
Senior guard Kahlaijah Dean comes off a screen set by freshman guard Madison Butcher against the Gaucho defense at The Nest Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 in a 70-68 overtime win. Dean currently averages 22.7 points and 6.7 assists a game.

Sac State women’s basketball picks up come-from-behind win over Santa Barbara

Hornets move to 2-1 in 70-68 overtime win
Dylan McNeill and Gavin Hudson
November 21, 2022
Kahlaijah Dean puts Hornets on top with go-ahead layup in the final two seconds of play, finishes with 27 in overtime win.
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie poster courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.

The Big Picture: ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

Gavin Hudson
November 19, 2022
Staffer Gavin S. Hudson takes a look at writer/ director Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin”
(De izq. a der.) El Dr. Kengo Akiyama, la Dra. Rita Cameron-Wedding, la rabina Nancy Wechsler, Morgan Beatty y el profesor Harvey Stark forman parte del primer panel en la reunión de la asamblea en la Unión Universitaria el miércoles 9 de noviembre de 2022. Los panelistas discutieron temas para proporcionar un espacio para la curación colectiva y la conciencia comunitaria.

Sac State tuvo una asamblea en respuesta al antisemitismo en el campus

Los estudiantes que asistieron no se sintieron decepcionados por el evento
Gavin Hudson, Chris Woodard, and Alexis Pedroza
November 19, 2022

Este artículo también está disponible en Inglés. El miércoles por la noche, Sacramento State organizó una asamblea pública, compuesta de profesores y líderes de la comunidad, para dar a luz...

The Sacramento Police department released this photo of Nida Muhammad Niazy, also known as ‘Zayn’, on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2022. Niazy is the suspect of two sexual assaults that occurred on and off campus and is not enrolled at Sac State. (Photo courtesy of Sac State PD).

BREAKING: Sexual assault suspect ‘Zayn’ identified by Sacramento State Police

A warrant has been issued for 31-year-old Nida Muhammad Niazy
Jacob Peterson and Gavin Hudson
November 16, 2022
Nida Muhammad Niazy, 31, has not yet been located by police.
Graphic created in Canva by Dominique Williams and Gavin S. Hudson. Movie poster courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

The Big Picture: ‘Thank You for Smoking’

Gavin Hudson
November 12, 2022
Staffer Gavin S. Hudson examines director Jason Reitman’s political satire “Thank You for Smoking” (2005). Though controversial for its subject matter, not one cigarette is lit in the entire film.
(L-R) Dr. Kengo Akiyama, Dr. Rita Cameron-Wedding, Rabbi Nancy Wechsler, Morgan Beatty and professor Harvey Stark serving as the first panel in the town hall meeting in the University Union on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. Panelists discussed topics to provide space for collective healing and communal awareness.

Sacramento State holds town hall in response to antisemitism on campus

Students in attendance underwhelmed by the event
Gavin Hudson and Chris Woodard
November 9, 2022
Sacramento State holds community forum to bring awareness to antisemitic activity around campus and beyond.

[Video] A comprehensive timeline of antisemitism on Sacramento State’s Campus

November 9, 2022
Anchors Chris Woodard and Gavin Hudson give a comprehensive breakdown of the antisemitism found on Sacramento State’s campus over the last five years.

[Video] State Hornet Broadcast: Midterm Election Preview

November 7, 2022
Watch The State Hornet Broadcast before you vote to find out where you can cast your in person ballot for the midterms on Nov. 8.
The State Capitol on Friday, Oct. 21. Assembly Bill 2282 was first read on Feb. 16, and had to  go through committees and amendments before making its way to the governors desk. (Graphic created in Canva by Mercy Sosa)

Recent legislation looks to deter antisemitic vandalism

Assembly Bill 2282 levies criminal punishments and fines up to $10,000
Jacob Peterson and Gavin Hudson
October 29, 2022
Assembly Bill 2282 expands the list of locations where hate symbols can be criminalized.
Original photo from “Kanye West 09” by Super 45 | Música Independiente, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Graphic designed in Adobe Photoshop by Gavin S. Hudson.

OPINION: Wake Up Mr. West

Formerly Kanye West, Ye’s actions cannot be ignored anymore
Gavin Hudson
October 28, 2022
This is a wake-up call from a devoted fan.
Graphic created in Canva.

Cinema Obscura Episode 3: The Lighthouse and Mulholland Drive

A special horror themed episode of Cinema Obscura has arrived, on which James and Steven talk with staffers Lawrence Charles and Gavin Hudson about psychological and surreal horror movies “The Lighthouse” and “Mulholland Drive.”

[Video] State Hornet Broadcast: Spooky edition

October 24, 2022
Kris Hall and Chris Woodard present the Halloween Broadcast; get spooky with the State Hornet.

[Video] State Hornet Broadcast: October update

October 11, 2022
Two art galleries and a pro-union win at the capital, The State Hornet fills you in on what you might have missed: feat. artist and activist Xico Gonzalez and Rage Against the Machine Guitarist Tom Morello
BREAKING: Sexual assault reported at Sac State near Eureka Hall

BREAKING: Sexual assault reported at Sac State near Eureka Hall

Suspect released “pending further action” according to university communications
Emma Hall and Gavin Hudson
October 10, 2022
Sexual battery reported at 5:30 p.m on Saturday.

State Hornet Broadcast en Español: Mes de la Herencia Hispana 2022

Este es el primer broadcast del semestre en Español. En esta edición, los reporteros Alexis Pedroza y Itzel Espinosa hablan sobre eventos, remedios y deportes en Español. Lo pueden ver aquí:

[Video] Vaporub, te de manzanilla y yerbabuena, los remedios caseros esenciales para curar cualquier malestar

Estudiantes de Sacramento State comparten los remedios de infancia
Nancy Rodriguez Bonilla, Spanish Reporter
October 3, 2022
Conmemorando el mes de la Herencia Hispana, estudiantes de Sacramento State comparten los remedios caseros con los que ellos crecieron y aun practican al dia.
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

Julie Blunt, Gavin Hudson, and Dominique Williams
September 29, 2022
More Nazi hate speech has been found at Sacramento State.

[Video] State Hornet Broadcast: Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

September 26, 2022
Check out the first fall semester broadcast featuring concerts, ice cream and VapoRub.
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