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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
James Fife

James Fife, podcast editor

James Fife is the podcast editor for The State Hornet. He is a Modesto native that moved to Sacramento in 2019 to continue his education in film. He is currently a senior.

All content by James Fife

[Video] Shamelessly Relevant Episode 2: Coming Out

December 18, 2022
An honest discussion about the challenges and nuances of coming out as queer to family, friends and community members.
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Cinema Obscura ep 6: Holiday Special

December 15, 2022
With Christmas nearing, Steven and James talk with Kris about holiday themed movies on this week’s episode of Cinema Obscura.
(L-R) Sophomore wideouts Devin Gandy and Jared Gipson sit solemnly reflecting on the final scoreboard, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. After an undefeated regular season, Sac State’s season ended 66-63 to Incarnate Word in the FCS Quarterfinal.

[Photo] RECAP: Sac State football’s dream season ends in the FCS Quarterfinals

December 10, 2022

(L-R) Sophomore wideouts Devin Gandy and Jared Gipson sit solemnly reflecting on the final scoreboard, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. After an undefeated regular season, Sac State’s season ended 66-63 to Incarnate...

Freshman linebacker Oge Feo, junior linebacker Jeremy Harris and junior tight end Charlie McBride congratulate redshirt freshman running back Eljiah Tau-Tolliver after his 95-yard kick return touchdown Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Hornet Stadium. Tau-Tolliver’s return was instrumental in the Hornets comeback for their first FCS playoff win in school history.

[Photo] Sac State football storms back for first FCS Playoff win

December 3, 2022

Freshman linebacker Oge Feo, junior linebacker Jeremy Harris and junior tight end Charlie McBride congratulate redshirt freshman running back Eljiah Tau-Tolliver after his 95-yard kick return touchdown...

Sac State offense lines up for a first down play against UC Davis at Hornet Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. The Hornets will need their offense to have a big day as they seek their first FCS playoff win.

[Photo] PREVIEW: Sac State football continues hunt for first FCS Playoff win

December 1, 2022

Sac State offense lines up for a first down play against UC Davis at Hornet Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. The Hornets will need their offense to have a big day as they seek their first FCS playoff...

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Cinema Obscura Episode 5: The Black Hole, Event Horizon

November 30, 2022
Cinema Obscura Hosts James and Steven talk with Jacob and Michael about movies “The Black Hole” and “Event Horizon” and what happens when evil scientists stay on starships for a little too long.
The State Hornet Podcast: Sexual assault suspect identified, Hmong heritage celebration, archaeological artifacts recovered

The State Hornet Podcast: Sexual assault suspect identified, Hmong heritage celebration, archaeological artifacts recovered

November 23, 2022

Welcome back to The State Hornet Podcast! This week, sports staffer Nathan Uebelhoer and podcast editor James Fife discuss the police identification of an alleged sexual assault suspect, the big football...

Senior linebacker Armon Bailey running across the field gainst UC Davis Saturday, Nov.19, 2022, at Hornet Field in the 68th annual causeway classic. The Hornets also clinched home-field advantage throughout the 2202 FCS playoffs with the defeat of the Aggies.

[Photo] ‘Job’s not finished’: Sac State football holds off Aggies in 68th Causeway Classic victory

November 19, 2022

Senior linebacker Armon Bailey running across the field gainst UC Davis Saturday, Nov.19, 2022, at Hornet Field in the 68th annual causeway classic. The Hornets also clinched home-field advantage throughout...

The State Hornet Podcast: Antisemitism Town Hall, One Card discounts and some immigrant stories

The State Hornet Podcast: Antisemitism Town Hall, One Card discounts and some immigrant stories

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!
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Cinema Obscura Ep. 4: “Barton Fink” and “Moonrise Kingdom”

November 10, 2022
Cinema Obscura is back with another themed episode. This time, cult classics! Listen to James, Steven, Alyssa, and Johnathan’s thoughts about “Barton Fink'' and “Moonrise Kingdom.”
The State Hornet Podcast: President Nelsens retirement, election day and some great reads

The State Hornet Podcast: President Nelsen’s retirement, election day and some great reads

November 8, 2022
Hosts Nathan Uebelhoer and Ray Purscell discuss President’s Nelsen’s retirement, the upcoming basketball season and election day news Tune in for more!
The State Hornet Podcast: Shots fired near campus, sexual assault on campus, and more

The State Hornet Podcast: Shots fired near campus, sexual assault on campus, and more

November 1, 2022
Hosts James Fife and Nathan Uebelhoer break down the week in news with shots being fired near campus, a sexual assault at a computer lab and the California Assembly’s attempt to curb hate speech on public properties.

Not Just A Fad Episode 2

Comparing Gossip Girl and its reboot’s fashion choices
October 31, 2022
Listen to the second episode of Not Just A Fad, hosted by Hannah Asuncion with guest Mercy Sosa and learn what they think about the character’s styles in “Gossip Girl!”
Senior Sac State quarterback Asher O’Hara twisting mid-air into the endzone to score the Hornets game-winning touchdown over Idaho Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 at Hornet Stadium. Sacramento State held off an upset-hungry Vandals team Saturday with a 31-28 victory.

[Photo] RECAP: Sac State football staves off hungry Vandals in thrilling victory

October 29, 2022

Senior Sac State quarterback Asher O’Hara twisting mid-air into the endzone to score the Hornets game-winning touchdown over Idaho Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 at Hornet Stadium. Sacramento State held off...

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Cinema Obscura Episode 3: The Lighthouse and Mulholland Drive

October 27, 2022
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.”
The State Hornet Podcast: Stabbing near campus, abuse allegations against softball coach and more

The State Hornet Podcast: Stabbing near campus, abuse allegations against softball coach and more

October 26, 2022
Hosts James Fife and Nathan Uebelhoer discuss the stabbing at Academy 65 near campus, the allegations of abuse against softball coach Lori Perez, sexual assault on campus and the big overtime football win.
Montana redshirt sophomore quarterback Kris Brown slips away from a tackle attempt at Hornet Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2022. Brown stepped up in relief of the injured redshirt sophomore Lucas Johnson, completing 16/31 attempts and one touchdown.

[Photo] RECAP: Sac State storms back against Montana in overtime thriller

October 23, 2022

Montana redshirt sophomore quarterback Kris Brown slips away from a tackle attempt at Hornet Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2022. Brown stepped up in relief of the injured redshirt sophomore Lucas Johnson,...

The State Hornet Podcast: Sac state police take measures on student safety, Hornet football continues to dominate and more.

The State Hornet Podcast: Sac state police take measures on student safety, Hornet football continues to dominate and more.

October 18, 2022
Podcast editor James Fife and editor-in-chief Tony Rodriguez talk about student safety measures, Student health and counseling services “It’s Okay to Not be Okay” day and more.
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Cinema Obscura Episode 2: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and “27 Dresses”

October 14, 2022

Hosts James Fife and Steven Gutierrez are joined by arts and entertainment editor Jenelle Lum and managing editor Dominique Williams to give their thoughts on movies “27 Dresses” and “The Ballad...

Junior tight end Marshel Martin (16) celebrates a fourth down conversion by signaling for a new set of downs Saturday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento. Sacramento State has a 5-19 lifetime record against Eastern Washington, with only one win on the road.

[Photo] PREVIEW: Sac State football prepares for shootout against Eastern Washington

October 13, 2022

Junior tight end Marshel Martin (16) celebrates a fourth down conversion by signaling for a new set of downs Saturday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento. Sacramento State has a 5-19 lifetime...

The State Hornet Podcast - Breaking news, LGBTQ+ History Month and another State Hornet football win

The State Hornet Podcast – Breaking news, LGBTQ+ History Month and another State Hornet football win

October 11, 2022
Podcast editor James Fife and editor-in-chief Tony Rodriguez talk about the breaking news over the weekend, LGBTQ+ History Month and more.
Junior Sac State running back Marcus Fulcher leaping over the Northern Colorado defensive line Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets took down the Bears 55-7 to move to 5-0 on the season.

[Photo] RECAP: Sac State dismantles Northern Colorado to move to 5-0

October 8, 2022

Junior Sac State running back Marcus Fulcher leaping over the Northern Colorado defensive line Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets took down the Bears 55-7 to move to 5-0 on the season.

The State Hornet Podcast - Nelsen’s Reaction to More Hate Speech, Skip Bishop Returns to Sacramento State

The State Hornet Podcast – Nelsen’s Reaction to More Hate Speech, Skip Bishop Returns to Sacramento State

October 4, 2022
Podcast Editor James Fife and Editor-in-Chief Tony Rodriguez discuss President Nelsen’s reaction to hate speech found on campus and Skip Bishop making his return to Sacramento State.
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Cinema Obscura Episode 1: “Next” and “Leprechaun 5”

September 29, 2022
Cinema Obscura is here with hosts James Fife and Steven Gutierrez! Listen to this first episode guest starring Keyshawn Davis and Casey Rafter and their thoughts on obscure movies such as “Leprechaun 5: In The Hood” and “Next.”
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
The State Hornet Podcast - On campus voting registration and Flu vaccine mandate

The State Hornet Podcast – On campus voting registration and Flu vaccine mandate

September 20, 2022
Podcast Editor James Fife and Editor-in-Chief Tony Rodriguez, round up week two at The State Hornet
The State Hornet Podcast- Heat wave and troubling findings on campus

The State Hornet Podcast- Heat wave and troubling findings on campus

September 10, 2022
Podcast Editor and Editor-in-chief, James Fife and Tony Rodriguez round up week 1 at Sac State.

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.

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...

Not Just a Fad: Rihanna: the epitome of maternity fashion, Euphoria’s ‘Y2K’ aesthetic, and more (Ft. Diana Gonzalez)

April 20, 2022
Diversity, equity and inclusion staff writer Hannah Asuncion talks with Diana Gonzalez about controversial fashion trends, Pinterest and an intro to the fashion weeks.

Keys ’N D Minor EP. 4 – Reactions to The Weeknd ft. Doja Cat, and writing “good” love songs with Nataya Rule

April 4, 2022
Key and Nij are joined by A&E editor Marin Perego and song artist Nataya Rule to talk about The Weeknd’s tour with Doja Cat and what makes a good love song.

State Hornet Broadcast: Women’s History Month Special

April 1, 2022
This week on The State Hornet Broadcast, Staffers Nadia Sabbaghian, Erick Amaya and Alexis Hunt highlight Women’s History Month

Keys ‘N D Minor- The Kanye West special with Special Guest DonKingdom

March 9, 2022
Key and Nij talk about all things Kanye West with the release of Donda 2 exclusively on the Stem player. Later, they have a sit-down with local rapper DonKingdom.

Keys ‘n D Minor: Prince Washington- Sac State’s Football player/rapper dual threat

March 1, 2022

In this episode of Keys N’ D Minor: Key and Nij talk about Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Baby’s collaboration album and debate if collab albums are good for the industry. The duo also hypothesize which...

State Hornet Broadcast: Black History Month Special

February 28, 2022
This week on The State Hornet Broadcast, Staffers Nadia Sabbaghian and Erick Amaya highlight Black History Month from the perspectives of students and a Black Sacramento artist, Aliyah Sidqe.

State Hornet Spotlight: Dr. Alma Flores talks about the importance of HSI funding and hiring more Latinx faculty.

February 9, 2022

On this episode of State Hornet Spotlight: Digital Editor Mercy Sosa talks to Dr. Alma Flores, an assistant professor of Education at Sacramento State, about the funding Sac State receives for being...

Native American heritage month, end of semester coverage: STATE HORNET NEWS

December 17, 2021
In this special edition of State Hornet News, we celebrate and talk about the latest coverage to come during Native American heritage month and other top stories from the end of the fall 2021 semester.
New Native student center, basketball updates and more: STATE HORNET PODCAST

New Native student center, basketball updates and more: STATE HORNET PODCAST

November 29, 2021

Multimedia editor James Fife hosts this week's episode of The State Hornet Podcast and brings you the biggest stories from the penultimate week of classes. This week’s major highlights include a Native...

Debating our cultures’ superstitions and beliefs: SIN FILTRO

November 29, 2021

On the very first videocast of Sin Filtro, The State Hornet’s first Latin-based podcast, features managing editor Magaly Muñoz, digital editor Mercy Sosa and Spanish editor Erick Salgado. They discuss...

Sacramento women’s basketball senior guard Summer Menke stands at the freethrow after being fouled by UC Davis. Sacramento State women’s basketball lost to UC Davis 75-46 on Nov. 23, 2021, at the Golden 1 Center.

[Photo] Sac State women’s basketball struggles against UC Davis in 75-46 loss

November 24, 2021

Sacramento women’s basketball senior guard Summer Menke stands at the freethrow after being fouled by UC Davis. Sacramento State women’s basketball lost to UC Davis 75-46 on Nov. 23, 2021, at the Golden...

Junior center Johnathan Komagum (21) lays up past UC Davis sophomore guard Kane Milling (0) on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at Golden 1 Center. Komagum had 12 rebounds, a block and a steal in the Hornets decisive 75-63 victory against the Aggies.

[Photo] Sac State men’s basketball dominates UC Davis in 75-63 victory

November 24, 2021

Junior center Johnathan Komagum (21) lays up past UC Davis sophomore guard Kane Milling (0) on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at Golden 1 Center. Komagum had 12 rebounds, a block and a steal in the Hornets decisive...

Sac State junior quarterback Jake Dunniway (12) hands off to sophomore running back Marcus Fulcher (9) in the first half at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Dunniway and his teammate O’Hara would share snaps throughout the game.

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Junior quarterback Jake Dunniway’s road to greatness at Sac State

November 19, 2021

Sac State junior quarterback Jake Dunniway (12) hands off to sophomore running back Marcus Fulcher (9) in the first half at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Dunniway and his teammate...

State Hornet Spotlight: Former basketball player Samaad Hector chooses mental health over basketball

November 15, 2021

Managing editor Magaly Muñoz and sports beat writer Jordan Latimore sit down and talk to Samaad Hector, who left the Sacramento State men’s basketball team before the fall 2021 semester. Hector talks...

Best and worst cheesecake flavors?!: State Hornet BUZZED

November 7, 2021

On this episode of BUZZED: Editor-In-Chief Jordan Parker, visuals editor Ayaana Williams, audience engagement editor Kaylin Flatland and sports editor John Cabales discuss cheesecake. Parker, who calls...

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...

Sac State Says: Sac State students thoughts on Skip Bishop and anti-racism plan

October 28, 2021

On this episode of “Sac State Says,” news staffer Dominique Williams asks students their thoughts on Skip Bishop, the fourth Black administrator to leave office within a year, as well as their thoughts...

STATE HORNET BUZZED: Astrology Signs

October 27, 2021

On this episode of Buzzed: Editor-in-Chief Jordan Parker, managing editor Magaly Muñoz, digital editor Mercy Sosa, audience engagement editor Kaylin Flatland and news editor Camryn Dadey discuss and debate...

STATE HORNET NEWS: COVID-19 accessibility, anti-racism efforts in theatre department and more

October 5, 2021

Welcome back to State Hornet News. In this episode we talk about campus accessibility for uncertified students, Hornet Football, issues in the theatre department and more!    

Sac State Police Chief Chet Madison Jr. responds to anti-racism, police brutality

September 21, 2021
New Sac State Police Chief Chet Madison Jr. sat down with The State Hornet to discuss student concerns and issues surrounding campus police. Watch the full video here:
Sac State junior wideout Pierre Willams (84) catches a pass from junior quarterback Jake Dunniway for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. The Hornets fell to the Bears 42-30, dropping their record on the season to 1-2.

[Photo] Cal’s offensive attack too much for Sac State football to overcome in second consecutive loss

September 18, 2021

Sac State junior wideout Pierre Willams (84) catches a pass from junior quarterback Jake Dunniway for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021....

Sac State Says: The Recall Election

Students discuss the recall election and voice their opinions on who should win
September 12, 2021
With the recall election around the corner, Hornets discuss their opinions on who should win and what their reactions would be to each scenario

Will students need masks in the fall? Police chief candidate town halls: STATE HORNET NEWS

May 19, 2021
On this edition of State Hornet News, we talk to Sac State’s chief risk officer for risk management services about potential COVID-19 restrictions in the fall, Sac State will hold town hall meetings with the final candidates for police chief, there is a new virtual art exhibit, and more.
The State Hornet talked to internship coordinators, professors and other faculty from several departments who are very aware of the difficulty of finding jobs, especially during the times we are living through. Graphic made in Canva.

Graduating during a pandemic…what now?

A guide to networking and finding a job from Sac State faculty
May 18, 2021
We talked to internship coordinators, professors and other faculty from several departments about the next steps graduates should take to find jobs and build their network.

[Video] Job advice for graduates from the Sacramento State music department

May 18, 2021
Professor of guitar Richard Savino discusses life after graduation, tips for jobs and musician jobs during the pandemic.
(File photo) Martin Vincelli-Simard crosses home plate following a home run against Texas State on February 28, 2021. The Hornets split their series against California Baptist University despite hitting six home runs over the weekend.

[Photo] Sac State baseball splits road series with California Baptist University

May 9, 2021

(File photo) Martin Vincelli-Simard crosses home plate following a home run against Texas State on February 28, 2021. The Hornets split their series against California Baptist University despite hitting...

[Video] STATE HORNET BROADCAST: Sac State police chief retires, Women’s Studies Department has 50th anniversary

April 5, 2021

On this edition of State Hornet news, Sac State Police Chief Mark Iwasa announces retirement effective this summer and Dr. Sujatha Moni sits down with us to talk about the 50th anniversary of the Women’s...

FILE PHOTO: Hornet baseball team pitcher Scott Randall pitches against Texas State on February 27. Randall leads the team in wins and innings pitched and is tied for first in strikeouts.

[Photo] Hornet baseball sweeps Utah Valley, continues winning on the road

March 21, 2021

FILE PHOTO: Hornet baseball team pitcher Scott Randall pitches against Texas State on February 27. Randall leads the team in wins and innings pitched and is tied for first in strikeouts.

Designated hitter Logan Denholm takes his lead at first base at John Smith Stadium Saturday Feb. 27, 2021.The Hornets lost 5-0 to Santa Clara to snap their four game winning streak.

[Photo] Swarm Report Mar. 4th: Sac State softball breaks even in doubleheader, baseball sees 4 game win streak end

March 4, 2021

Designated hitter Logan Denholm takes his lead at first base at John Smith Stadium Saturday Feb. 27, 2021.The Hornets lost 5-0 to Santa Clara to snap their four game winning streak.

Right fielder Trevor Doyle steals third after stealing second on a Texas State error in the bottom of the second. The Hornets beat the Texas State Bobcats 4-8 in the first game out of a doubleheader at John Smith Field Saturday February 27 2021.

[Photo] Weekend Swarm Report: Baseball completes sweep and track starts strong

March 1, 2021

Right fielder Trevor Doyle steals third after stealing second on a Texas State error in the bottom of the second. The Hornets beat the Texas State Bobcats 4-8 in the first game out of a doubleheader at...

Sacramento State sprinters Patrick Dean, Devonn Johnson, and Jabari Reyonlds II run the 100m sprint where Reynolds finished first followed by Johnson then Dean at the Tri-meet against UC Davis, Nevada, and Sacramento State at Hornet Stadium February 27th, 2021.

[Photo] High school ultimatum leads Sac State track star to scholarship

March 1, 2021

Sacramento State sprinters Patrick Dean, Devonn Johnson, and Jabari Reyonlds II run the 100m sprint where Reynolds finished first followed by Johnson then Dean at the Tri-meet against UC Davis, Nevada,...

Sacramento State football and track and field athlete Elijah Dotson runs at a track and field practice at Hornet Stadium on February 13, 2021. “I just want to be that guy, and me working everyday is the best way for me to do it,” Dotson said.

[Photo] Sac State’s two-sport athlete chases greatness

February 24, 2021

Sacramento State football and track and field athlete Elijah Dotson runs at a track and field practice at Hornet Stadium on February 13, 2021. “I just want to be that guy, and me working everyday is...

 Sophomore pitcher Marissa Bertuccio (15) winds up for the pitch in game 1 against Saint Mary’s College. Bertuccio is 2-0 in starts so far in the season. The Hornets beat the Gael at Hornet Field 8-0 in 6 innings on February 13th, 2021

[Photo] Swarm Report Feb. 13: Women’s soccer team still undefeated, both basketball teams lose

February 15, 2021

Sophomore pitcher Marissa Bertuccio (15) winds up for the pitch in game 1 against Saint Mary’s College. Bertuccio is 2-0 in starts so far in the season. The Hornets beat the Gael at Hornet Field 8-0...

[Video] Preview: Sac State women’s soccer prepares for first game of season

Sac State women’s soccer hosts St. Mary’s in their first matchup of the season
February 11, 2021
Sac State women’s soccer is back on the field Thursday after COVID-19 postponed their 2020 season.
Junior guard Jazmin Carrasco (#4) defends the ball near the sideline during Sac State’s game against Eastern Washington Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 at the Nest. The Eagles lead The Hornets 39-24 at halftime.

[Photo] Sac State women’s basketball can’t keep momentum after first win

January 30, 2021

Junior guard Jazmin Carrasco (#4) defends the ball near the sideline during Sac State’s game against Eastern Washington Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 at the Nest. The Eagles lead The Hornets 39-24 at halftime.

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