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Hailey Valdivia

Hailey Valdivia, A&E Editor

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Hailey Valdivia serves as the Arts and Entertainment Editor for The State Hornet. She is currently a graduating senior and has been a part of The State Hornet for four semesters. Additionally, this fall, Hailey was elected as the Vice President of the Society of Professional Journalists chapter at Sacramento State. Hailey aspires to be a journalist serving the community around her.
All content by Hailey Valdivia
Anime is one of the fastest growing mediums of entertainment worldwide. Its vibrant characters and imaginative worlds attract fans of all ages, contributing to its ever-expanding popularity on both traditional and digital platforms. (Photos Courtesy of J.C. Staff, Ufotable studios, and Production I.G. and Graphic made in Canva by Hailey Valdivia and Ismael Martinez Castillo)

[Photo] Best beginner-friendly anime shows to kickstart your new addiction

Ismael Martinez Castillo, Staffer
February 19, 2024

Anime is one of the fastest growing mediums of entertainment worldwide. Its vibrant characters and imaginative worlds attract fans of all ages, contributing to its ever-expanding popularity on both traditional...

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick decided to sit down during the national anthem and later kneeled in support of the fight against police brutality, discrimination and racial inequality. His legacy serves as a powerful reminder of the intersection between sports and social change. (Graphic made in Canva by Hailey Valdivia)

[Photo] OPINION: The NFL blackballed Colin Kaepernick and never apologized

Ismael Martinez Castillo, staffer
February 11, 2024

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick decided to sit down during the national anthem and later kneeled in support of the fight against police brutality, discrimination and racial inequality. His legacy serves as a...

Figuring out what to bring to the Friendsgiving table can be difficult, but The State Hornet has you covered. With these three easy recipes, you will be the hit of the party. (Graphic created in Canva by Hailey Valdivia)

[Photo] Three easy Friendsgiving recipes that will surprise your college besties

Isis Alvarez, Staffer
November 22, 2023

Figuring out what to bring to the Friendsgiving table can be difficult, but The State Hornet has you covered. With these three easy recipes, you will be the hit of the party. (Graphic created in Canva...

Last year’s Dia De Los Muertos communal gathering held in the library quad Wednesday Nov. 2nd. Over 120 students were involved and 25 altars were built for last year’s event. (Canva graphic made by Hailey Valdivia and Image Courtesy of Luis Garcia).

Celebrate life at the Día De Los Muertos Communal Gathering

A vibrant celebration of culture, art and community at Sac State
Hailey Valdivia, Arts & Entertainment Editor
October 27, 2023
Join Barrio Arts, the ethnic studies department and Chicanx/Latinx studies department in gathering for Día de los Muertos on Nov. 2 in the Sacramento State library quad.
Maren Morris performing on the Visit Sacramento stage at GoldenSky Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023. GoldenSky was a two-day country music festival hosted at Discovery Park. (Photo by Nathan Zucker)

Country acts reflect on their GoldenSky experience

Musicians heat up the stage with rootin' tootin' music
Hailey Valdivia and Chris Woodard
October 17, 2023
Country music took over Discovery Park in Sacramento for the second annual GoldenSky festival with acts like Eric Church, Marren Morris, Jon Pardi and more.
The Farm House at the GoldenSky music festival in 2022. GoldenSky returns to Discovery Park for the second consecutive year this weekend.

Get your cowboy hats and boots ready for the return of GoldenSky

Dance the weekend away with these hidden gems
Hailey Valdivia and Chris Woodard
October 12, 2023
GoldenSky returns to Discovery Park this weekend with big names such as Jon Pardi and Lainey Wilson, and some hidden gems that you must see.
GUTS is the second studio album by Olivia Rodrigo, produced again by Dan Nigro, who produced her first album, SOUR. The pre-release single vampire, was released on June 30, 2023. It debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100. (Photo courtesy of Geffen Records)

REVIEW: Olivia Rodrigo spills her ‘GUTS’ on second album

Rodrigo has her finger on the pulse of girlhood angst
Hailey Valdivia, Arts & Entertainment Editor
September 11, 2023
After the success of “SOUR,” Olivia Rodrigo follows up with her sophomore album, “GUTS,” adding another successful album underneath her belt.
Get ready to shine this summer with these stunning makeup looks! These recommendations will take the personal beauty game to the next level. (Graphic created in Canva by Hailey Valdivia)

Sweat-Proof Summer Saviors: Must-Have Makeup Essentials!

Hailey Valdivia
July 3, 2023
From lightweight foundations to sun-kissed bronzers, we've got you covered.
Graphic created in Canva.

Cinema Obscura S2 Ep.3: ‘9’ vs. ‘Frankenthumb’

Which animation will take the award for darkest movie? “9” or “Frankenthumb?”
Business marketing major Stacy Sei modeled an earth-inspired outfit at the Forces of Nature fashion show Sunday, April 23, 2023. An overarching theme of the show was sustainability in clothing.

GALLERY: Fashion on an elemental mission

Sac State Student Fashion Association brings the forces of nature to the runway
Hailey Valdivia and Sonia Pagán
April 25, 2023
The Fashion Club presents their spring fashion show
Anees Mokhiber is a singer and songwriter from Washington D.C. He released his album “Landscapes” in 2011 and is most known for his song “Sun and Moon.” (Photo courtesy of ANEES and Canva graphic by Hailey Valdivia)

PREVIEW: UNiQUE brings Anees to Sac State

The program’s staff prepare to host the singer
Hailey Valdivia and Madelaine Church
April 11, 2023
Anees, on his rise to fame, is performing at the University Union Thursday
Spring into reading with these titles that will put you in the perfect mood to celebrate the season. From thrillers to essays there is a book for everyone. (Graphic made in Canva by Hailey Valdivia)

Start a fresh chapter with these spring book recommendations

Ten book recommendations to kickstart your spring reading
Hailey Valdivia
April 9, 2023
From gripping thrillers to heartwarming stories of self-discovery, there's a book for all your literary needs this season.
Midterm season is right around the corner for Sac State students. The State Hornet shares its tips and tricks. (Graphic made in Canva by Hailey Valdivia).

[Photo] The State Hornet’s 2023 midterm survival guide

Hailey Valdivia
March 15, 2023

Midterm season is right around the corner for Sac State students. The State Hornet shares its tips and tricks. (Graphic made in Canva by Hailey Valdivia).

(L-R) Antonio Hernandez, Victoria Chung, Brenna Dunivan, Isabella Ignacio, Anthony Tran, Ella Acosta and Mia Kaanapu in “Everybody” at Playwrights Theatre inside Shasta Hall Wednesday, March 8, 2023. They all play multiple characters in this production.

This production is for ‘Everybody’

Actors and staff are excited for new production in Playwrights Theater
Hailey Valdivia
March 13, 2023
Sac State theater department prepares for “Everybody,” running at Playwrights Theatre
Director of Educational Equity Access and Equity Strategist Dr. Chao Vang (left) shaking hands with Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Center coordinator Andrew Yang in the APIDA Center during its grand opening on Tuesday, Feb.28, 2023.

Celebrating community: Sac State APIDA Center opens, MLK Center expands

Hailey Valdivia
March 2, 2023
Students celebrate the grand opening of the APIDA center and the MLk center expansion.
(L–R) Jacqueline Sandoval, Josue Sanchez and Andrea Obando stomp their feet in unison on the dance floor of Solano Hall during their performance Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. Their set, “Suhu (Life’s Ritual)” showcases a Chinese ritual dance with choreography by Philip Agayapong.

GALLERY: The dance that connects your mind, body and soul

Sacramento/Black Art Of Dance hosts “Vessels” for 31st annual show
Madelaine Church and Hailey Valdivia
March 2, 2023
Sacramento State presents Vessels for its spring dance performance.
(L-R) Ellie (Bella Ramsey) and Joel (Pedro Pascal) looking out at post-apocalyptic Boston. They are about set out for an adventure that will change both of their lives (Photo courtesy, Sony Pictures)

‘The Last Of Us’ stands among the best game to-screen adaptations

HBO’s new show is a breath of fresh air for video game fans
Hailey Valdivia
February 11, 2023
HBO ‘The Last Of Us’ is the blueprint for future video game adaptations

[Video] State Hornet Broadcast: Sac State celebrates Lunar New Year and mourners remember Tyre Nichols at candlelit vigil

February 6, 2023
Welcome back to campus Sac State. Catch up with the APIDA Center’s Lunar New Year paint night, the opening of the ‘Cloth as Community’ gallery in the library and Tyre Nichols’ candlelit vigil in North Sacramento.
A group of models posed together in front of the “Cloth as Community” sign in the Library Gallery on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. The varied ensembles express Hmong culture through textiles.

Diaspora, resilience and common ground: Library Gallery celebrates Hmong culture in latest exhibit

‘Cloth as Community’ on display through May 19
Hailey Valdivia and Jasmine Ascencio
February 4, 2023
Project HMONG’s ‘Cloth as Community’ exhibit had its opening reception on Thursday at Sac State’s University Library Gallery. It showcases the Hmong community’s historical use of textiles to record stories and folklore.
Vendedores en exposición conocida como “Worlds Worst Expo” en la calle I de Sacramento montando sus quioscos el domingo 20 de noviembre de 2022. La exposición cuenta con muchos negocios y empresarios locales que venden ropa, accesorios y alimentos hechos a mano.

Si crees que es genial, deberías coleccionarlo’: World’s Worst Expo

La exposición de Sacramento atrae a vendedores estudiantiles
Hailey Valdivia and Alexis Pedroza
January 31, 2023
Dos estudiantes venden su ropa en la exposición “World's Worst”
These are some of the best books to get you in the winter mood, so grab your warm blanket and hot chocolate for some cozy reading. Graphic made in Canva by Hailey Valdivia.

The Hornets’ top ten books for winter

These wondrous books will keep you entertained throughout winter break!
Hailey Valdivia
December 14, 2022
The days are shorter and the nights are longer which means winter is here. Here are the top ten books that will get you through the chilly season.
Vendors at the World’s Worst Expo on I St. in Sacramento setting up their kiosks on Sunday, Nov. 20 2022. The expo features many local businesses and entrepreneurs selling handcrafted clothes, accessories and food.

‘If you think it’s cool, you should collect it’: World’s Worst Expo

Sacramento exhibition brings out student vendors
Hailey Valdivia
November 25, 2022
Two students sell their clothes at the World’s Worst Expo
Tali Rosenberg afuera del Riverfront Center el Miércoles 19 de octubre de 2022. Rosenberg dijo que estaba herida pero no sorprendida por los incidentes en el campus.

‘No creo que los correos electrónicos sean suficientes.’: Estudiantes denuncian actos de antisemitismo en el campus

Sacramento State envió correos electrónicos a todo el campus sobre múltiples esvásticas encontradas cerca de y en el campus este semestre. Algunos estudiantes reaccionaron, mientras otros todavía no sabían de la situación.

Sac State Says: Students reveal their essentials for Thanksgiving

Hailey Valdivia, Arts and Entertainment Reporter
November 23, 2022
Thanksgiving is about more than stuffing and cranberry sauce. Students on campus divulge their interests and hopes for turkey day.
Sac State students are excited to see their favorite dishes on Thanksgiving. (Graphic made in Canva)

Sac State students dish out their Thanksgiving favorites

Hornets reveal their essential dishes for the upcoming holiday
Hailey Valdivia
November 23, 2022
The end of November is coming up fast, which means Thanksgiving is almost here and students and family will be coming together to get their feast on. The Hornet found what they’re craving.
Diary of a Bookworm presents a special edition for Native American Heritage Month. Reading books such as “Bad Indians” and “Moonshot” can help educate people on Indigenous experiences and break stereotypes towards Native Americans. (Graphic created in Canva by Julie Blunt)

Diary of a Bookworm: Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by reading these Indigenous novels

Julie Blunt and Hailey Valdivia
November 23, 2022
Reading Indigenous stories and supporting Native authors is crucial to breaking stereotypes.

[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.
Multiple looks debut down the fashion show runway in celebration of Hmong New Year on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. Models are dressed head to toe in different ensembles that represent the culture. (Visual made on Canva by Alyssa Branum)

Happy Hmong New Year: A celebration of fashion, culture and community

Elizabeth Meza and Hailey Valdivia
November 19, 2022

Helping Mentor Our Next Generation, a program supporting Hmong student success at Sacramento State, hosted a cultural celebration in appreciation of the Hmong New Year at the University Ballroom on Monday,...

 First-year social work major Keana Quintero outside of River Front Center on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Quintero said she has become more aware of her surroundings since the reporting of the sexual assaults.

Students are more cautious after multiple sexual assaults on campus

‘It kind of made me feel uneasy about being here’
Jacob Peterson and Hailey Valdivia
November 16, 2022
Students said they would like to see more security and lighting on campus.
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The State Hornet Podcast: Antisemitism Town Hall, One Card discounts and some immigrant stories

Nathan Uebelhoer, Hailey Valdivia, and James Fife
November 15, 2022
Hosts Nathan Uebelhoer and Hailey Valdivia recap the week’s news, including an antisemitism town hall, student reactions to the elections, another football win and much more!
Tali Rosenberg outside the Riverfront Center on Wednesday, Oct.19, 2022. Rosenberg said she was hurt but not surprised about the incidents on campus.

‘I don’t think emails are enough’: Students denounce acts of campus antisemitism

Hailey Valdivia
November 9, 2022
Sacramento State sent out campus-wide emails about multiple swastikas found nearby and on campus this semester. Some students reacted, while some were still unaware.
The cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in Playwrights’ Theatre  Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. The performance will feature multiple musical numbers.

Can you spell: T-H-E-A-T-E-R? The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee comes to stage at Sac State

The actors prepare for the upcoming show
Hailey Valdivia
November 1, 2022
The Sac State theater department prepares for upcoming show “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
These are some of the best books to get you in the Halloween spirit. Get your cozy blanket and light that autumn candle for some spooky reading time (Graphic made in Canva)

Top ten books for fall

These pics will get you ready for the spooky season
Hailey Valdivia
October 20, 2022
The leaves are changing colors and pumpkin spice is in the air. Here are some books to get you in the fall mood.

[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
Guests are drawing using crayons on Sept. 24, 2022. This room gives guests an opportunity to draw or color in Van Gogh’s work.

Art comes to life at West Sacramento exhibit

Immersive experience showcases Van Gogh’s wide range of works
Raymond Purscell and Hailey Valdivia
September 29, 2022
Van Gogh’s artwork comes to life in new immersive exhibit
(L-R): Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma DArcy), Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best). The three female characters are all fully complexed and all suffer greatly for a chance to sit on the Iron Throne. (Photo: House of the Dragon, HBO, 2022)

OPINION: ‘House of the Dragon’ corrects ‘Games of Thrones’ biggest problem

Can the HBO series beat the misogyny claims?
Hailey Valdivia
September 21, 2022
HBO’s new show attempts to overcome the criticisms of its predecessor
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