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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Ismael Martinez Castillo

Ismael Martinez Castillo, A&E Staffer


Ismael is a transfer student from Sacramento City College and currently majoring in English. This is his first semester at The State Hornet. He has no prior experience in journalism, but is eager to learn and grow on his journey here. In his free time, Ismael enjoys watching anime, working out, and playing sports.

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“Shogun” is based on James Clavell’s best-selling novel that is set at the end of Japan’s Sengoku Period in the year 1600. The FX show adapted the book within a 10 hour episodic series. (photo courtesy of FX Networks)

Fx’s ‘Shogun’ emerges as the trailblazer among 2024’s hit shows

This samurai tale conveys traditional Japanese ideals of honor and sacrifice
Ismael Martinez Castillo, Staffer
May 16, 2024
The FX hit historical drama known as “Shogun,” featuring Hiroyuki Sanada, Anna Sawai and Cosmo Jarvis, recently reached its episodic conclusion and was truly a sight to behold as the show left viewers astonished, on Tuesday, April 23.

[Video] The State Hornet Broadcast: Fatal shooting and carjacking, TPUSA protest and sports

A fatal shooting and carjacking, new ASI government and sports coverage on baseball and tennis.

[Video] Sac State Says: The ‘Becoming’ campus murals are more than just paintings

Students feels right at home with the newly unveiled murals
In honor of Sacramento State’s “Becoming” murals being revealed on April 10, students discussed the significance of the university’s plan to become a more diverse, inclusive and anti-racist oriented campus.
Japan Day setup with tables and activities in the Library Quad Sunday, April 21, 2024. The event is to celebrate the Festival of Arts and spring coming into bloom for the season.

Sac State blossoms into spring with 17th-annual Japan Day

Attendants celebrate Japanese language and culture through performances and activities
Ismael Martinez Castillo, Staffer
May 3, 2024
The Sac State Japanese Program and Japan Club hosted its 17th-annual Japan Day by celebrating the language and culture through various performances and activities.
Students, administration, faculty and members of the campus community came together to participate in Sacramento State’s 13th annual Out of Darkness walk at The WELL Thursday, April 11, 2024. The Out of Darkness Walk Campus Walks Greater Sacramento Area chapter and Pacific Clinic members led participants around campus.

GALLERY: Sac State hosts 13th-annual Out of the Darkness Walk

‘It’s okay to not be okay’: Students march for suicide prevention
Ismael Martinez Castillo, Staffer
April 16, 2024
Sac State’s 13th Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk makes its return as participants march for the raised awareness of mental health and suicide prevention
Women’s Resource Center program coordinator Stephanie Alcala stands outside the entrance to the center’s room Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Alcala is a student at Sacramento State, mother and has been working at the resource center for just under a year.

The Women’s Resource Center provides students a sanctuary

The center empowers students through various resources and discussions
The Women’s Resource Center has been at Sac State for over 40 years providing women on campus access to basic necessities and creating a safe space for encouragement, advice and open discussion.

Sac State Says: The most significant women in our lives

For every famous woman there is an underrated hero in students' lives
Ismael Martinez Castillo
March 31, 2024
In recognition of Women’s History Month, we asked Sac State students about who they think is the most important woman in their lives.
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)

Best beginner-friendly anime shows to kickstart your new addiction

Whether you’re a romcom fan or athlete there’s an anime for you
Ismael Martinez Castillo, Staffer
February 19, 2024
If you’ve always wanted to try watching an anime then these five beginner-friendly shows are for you!
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)

OPINION: The NFL blackballed Colin Kaepernick and never apologized

Taking a knee that changed everything
Ismael Martinez Castillo, staffer
February 11, 2024
As Super Bowl 58 approaches, fans have questioned the political agenda of a Taylor Swift game and have forgotten Colin Kaepernick taking a knee.
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