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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor

Joe Davis, Author

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New budget proposal could affect labor union negotiations

January 28, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown allocated a $142.2 million increase to the California State University’s proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, but the mark fell short of the $237.6 million the CSU asked for...

An unidentified man was taken to a local hospital after being involved in a fight that broke out in the student section. 

A fight breaks out in the stands at the Causeway Classic.

November 24, 2013

During the 60th Causeway Classic Saturday, a fight broke out in the student section that left one man injured and as many as two people arrested. “It was initially an argument about some of the players,”...

Long snapping: an underrated position on the football field

November 20, 2013

Before the fans can cheer after a place kicker splits the uprights on a game-winning field goal or a punter pins the return team deep in its own territory, it all starts with one man – the long snapper.“Being...

Sac State to take on UC Davis in 60th Causeway Classic

November 19, 2013

In the 60th edition of the Causeway Classic, Sacramento State will look to snap a three-game losing skid against rival UC Davis.Overall, the Aggies have dominated the regular season series 42-17, dating...

Sacramento State to host 2014 USA Track and Field championships

November 13, 2013

Sacramento State Athletics has once again struck a landmark deal to upgrade its facilities with outside financing, this time by partnering with the Sacramento Sports Commission.The project will resurface...

Junior forward No. 34 Alex Tiffin scores against the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs on Friday at the Nest.

Men’s basketball cruises to a 30-point route over UC Santa Cruz.

November 9, 2013

Behind a strong defensive display and an efficient offense, the Sacramento State men’s basketball team tipped its season off Friday with a win against Division III UC Santa Cruz.The 73-43 victory helped...

DeAndre Carter (2) breaks free from his defender as he looks for the ball to haul in his second touchdown reception. 

Hornet wide receiver spotlighted with national honor after clutch performance.

September 16, 2013

Sacramento State football wide receiver DeAndre Carter was named the Co-FCS Offensive National Player of the Week Monday after a record-breaking performance against Southern Oregon. After being held to...

Former Hornet power forward participates in Sacramento Kings pre-draft workout

June 25, 2013

Sacramento State men’s basketball senior John Dickson took another step on Saturday toward his childhood dream of playing in the NBA when he took part in the Sacramento Kings pre-draft workout.  Dickson’s...

Sac State professor arrested under suspicion of vehicular manslaughter

Sac State professor arrested under suspicion of vehicular manslaughter

May 7, 2013

Sacramento State associate Professor Jordan Peters was arrested at the scene of an accident in Roseville April 30 on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, according...

Alpha Chi Omega President Katie Dillen waits to be dunked as sophomore civil engineer Jason Estrella makes a throw on Wednesday for the Earth Day events in the Library Quad.

Sac State celebrates Earth Day with recycling bins and dunk tanks

April 17, 2013

Sacramento State Facilities Services hosted the university’s premiere Earth Week event Wednesday in the Library Quad. The celebration included PG&E, SMUD and other vendors from the Sacramento area, each...

Hornets showcase talent at NFL Pro Days

March 21, 2013

Sacramento State Football seniors came one step closer to living their dream of playing professional football as the university hosted its NFL Pro Day on Wednesday.  Among the NFL teams represented at...

Seats remain empty even during the more popular sports.

Lack of school pride shows in attendance

February 6, 2013

It does not take a headcount to figure out Sac State students are not getting involved in events on campus.With a student body of more than 28,000, it is perplexing going to The Nest for an athletic event,...

Dumpster-diving: Long days, low pay

February 6, 2013

Unkempt and seemingly nameless, people can be seen rummaging through trash receptacles all throughout the Sacramento State campus on a daily basis.These trash-bin diving, can-collecting freegans have become...

Sacramento State: An easy target during a school shooting

Sacramento State: An easy target during a school shooting

January 30, 2013

Since 1980 there have been 137 fatal school shootings that saw 297 human lives snatched away with the pull of a trigger.  With untrained students and undertrained faculty and staff, the wide-open campus...

One of more than 150 Blue Phone emergency telephones, this one near the Library Quad acts as a direct line to Sac State police.

Blue emergency phones just one piece of the puzzle

January 30, 2013

Short of placing armed guards around campus, Sacramento State has been able to implement a network of systems that help to limit crime and increase the safety of students and faculty. The systems include...

Women’s basketball sneaks past North Dakota

January 25, 2013

The Sacramento State women's basketball team improved to 5-3 in the Big Sky Conference after a road win against University of North Dakota.  The 79-77 victory marked the fourth win out of the last five...

Turnovers costly for Hornets at NAU

January 3, 2013

The Sacramento State men's basketball team lost  a Big Sky Conference game on the road at Northern Arizona tonight.  The 57-50 loss drops the Hornets' record to 6-5 overall. After opening the conference...

Montana defeats Hornets in final seconds

December 22, 2012

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team fell short in a loss to the University of Montana tonight at  home, despite some last second heroics from nationally acclaimed point guard Dylan Garrity.  A...

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Men’s basketball falls short in San Jose

December 9, 2012

The Sacramento State men's basketball team dropped a contest on the road against San Jose State tonight. The Hornets 62-57 loss came in the final game before conference play begins next week. Despite San...

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Sac State teaching credential program sees large number of graduates become coaches

December 5, 2012

Greatness does not always have to be an innate quality. In the right environment, greatness is a trait that can be learned. Top-notch coaches and athletes can oftentimes be traced back to a particular...

Men’s basketball signs two newbies

December 5, 2012

When Sacramento State men’s basketball head coach Brian Katz took the job at Sac State he envisioned building a winning program which all Hornets, past and present, could be proud of. Five years in,...

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Men’s basketball falls to Pac-12 Arizona State

December 2, 2012

The Sacramento State men's basketball team fell on the road against Arizona State on Saturday. In its second matchup of the season against Pac-12 completion, the Hornets dropped the contest 90-70. Senior...

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Dickson leads men’s basketball in strong win over Dominican

November 28, 2012

The Sacramento State men's basketball team defeated Dominican University tonight 77-68. With the win, the Hornets improve to 5-1. The team is off to its best start in 13 seasons. The Sac State attack was...

Men’s basketball takes down Central Arkansas

November 25, 2012

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team proved to be cool under pressure as it pulled out a come-from-behind road victory against Central Arkansas. Central Arkansas was led by head coach Corliss Williamson....

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Men’s basketball takes loss as Dickson claims 1,000th point

November 21, 2012

An opportunity to start 4-0 for the first time in 13 seasons slipped away from the Sacramento State men’s basketball team (3-1) when it fell to UC Davis (1-2) tonight. In the 111th meeting between the...

Freshman point guard Dylan Garrity tries to run past his defender during the first half of Saturday nights game against Montana.

Men’s basketball remains undefeated after a Pac-12 upset in Utah

November 17, 2012

Another Sacramento State athletic program has shown it can hang with the big dogs of the Pac-12 after the Hornet men’s basketball team knocked off Utah on the road tonight. The Hornets trailed by as...

Men’s basketball cruises to an 85-67 win over Bakersfield

November 15, 2012

As the competition was elevated, the Sacramento State men’s basketball team stepped its game up with an 85-67 victory over CSU Bakersfield Wednesday. CSU Bakersfield is the first Division I opponent...

A house divided: Causeway Classic splits relationships

November 14, 2012

All is fair in love and Causeway Classic. Although overused, this sentiment certainly holds true for some Sacramento State athletes. For Hornets like defensive lineman Matt Lawrence, linebacker Jeff Badger...

Locally grown coach Katz plans to build Sac State basketball program from bottom

November 14, 2012

Sacramento State men’s basketball head coach Brian Katz is a homegrown talent who bleeds green and gold. Katz was born and raised in Sacramento, attended Casa Robles High School and always had his eyes...

Men’s basketball scores big in season opener

November 10, 2012

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team started the season off with a bang after a 34-point lopsided victory over UC Merced tonight. The Hornets ran away with the game in the second-half and cruised...

New players turn heads going into season

November 9, 2012

Sac State men’s basketball is back on the court prepping for the season opener tonight against UC Merced. Some of the usual suspects are back. Sophomore Dylan Garrity will be at the point, senior Joe...

College basketball creates opportunities for smaller schools to make big upsets with fair tournament style

November 7, 2012

Looking back at what are considered the greatest moments in college athletics, you might find none of them belong to Sacramento State. From Christian Laettner hitting an improbable last-second shot against...

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Football drops to No. 3 Montana State

November 3, 2012

With high expectations come big letdowns, a lesson the Sacramento State Hornets learned today in a Big Sky Conference loss to No. 3 Montana State University. The Hornets had been riding an emotional upswing...

Hornet senior outside hitter Janelle Currey serves the ball in The Nest. 

Volleyball remains one spot out of postseason contention

November 1, 2012

The Sacramento State women's volleyball team lost in five sets to Northern Colorado tonight. The Hornets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match, but they could not hold on and were overtaken by Northern...

Sophomore point guard Dylan Garrity participates in basketball practice on Sept. 24. Last year Garrity was named Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year and tied a Sacramento State single-season record by averaging 6.9 assists per game.

Men’s basketball star point guard attempts to avoid sophomore slump

October 31, 2012

How will Sacramento State men’s basketball point guard and 2011 Big Sky Conference Freshman Player of the Year Dylan Garrity avoid a sophomore slump? Garrity will get it done with hard work and a lack...

Senior outside hitter Jessie Genger returns the volleyball during the game on Saturday afternoon.

Volleyball picks up the pace as postseason approaches

October 29, 2012

On Saturday, the Sacramento State women's volleyball team knocked off the Big Sky's third place team Northern Arizona at The Nest. The Hornets battled back after being down 2-0 to stretch the match to...

The Sac State Womens Volleyball team rallies around each other before game at Colberg Court.

Volleyball breaks losing streak for a win over SUU

October 25, 2012

The Sacramento State women's volleyball team defeated Southern Utah University with a three-set sweep tonight. The much needed win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Hornets. Senior co-captain...

No. 11 Jeff Badger has shown his teammates his leadership this season and is third on the team in tackles (60).

Linebacker Badger leads by example

October 24, 2012

Jeff Badger is a senior leader on a Sacramento State team off to its best start in 20 years. The linebacker out of Windsor, Calif., a small town near Santa Rosa, played high school football at an all-boys...

UFL postpones season until spring

UFL postpones season until spring

October 21, 2012

On Saturday, the United Football League announced the suspension of the 2012 season. League founder William Hambrecht made the announcement in the morning. League spokesman Paul F. Pelosi attributed the...

Volleyball falls to Portland State in both matches this season

Volleyball falls to Portland State in both matches this season

October 20, 2012

Tonight, the Sacramento State women’s volleyball team fell short in a road match against Portland State after dropping 3 of 4 sets. The Sac State loss gives Portland State the season series sweep and...

Hornet senior outside hitter Janelle Currey serves the ball in The Nest. 

Volleyball slips before big conference matchup

October 17, 2012

The Sacramento State women's volleyball team dropped a non-conference match against Santa Clara Tuesday night 3-1. Senior Janelle Currey led the Hornets with 10 kills. The Hornets will look to bounce back...

The Sac State Womens Volleyball team rallies around each other before game at Colberg Court.

Volleyball turns to second half of season

October 17, 2012

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball team will look to put together the lessons learned in the first half of the season in order to improve as it heads into the second half of what has been a rough...

Football teammates support Bloomfield

October 17, 2012

The Sacramento State football team has been playing inspired with heavy hearts as thoughts of fallen teammate John Bloomfield loom. Bloomfield sustained a collapsed lung in a game against New Mexico State...

Hornet senior outside hitter Janelle Currey serves the ball in The Nest. 

Volleyball spends the weekend in Montana

October 14, 2012

On Friday, the Sacramento State women's volleyball team dropped its match against the University of Montana 3-1. Senior captain Jessie Genger had 16 kills in her first game back after missing seven games...

Recruiting process brings scholarship opportunities

October 10, 2012

To the novice fan, building a powerhouse football program may seem simple. The thought is recruiters need to go out and get the best players in the country, hand out a scholarship and bang, Sacramento...

What’s with the cannon?

October 10, 2012

A loud bang from the corner of the end zone alerts fans in the stadium and surrounding neighborhoods that the Sacramento State Hornets football team has scored a touchdown. The cannon has no name but it...

Sac State sophomore Sloan Lovett steps in to fill offensive void against Weber State during the 2012 season. 

Volleyball makes its way out of a six-game losing streak

October 6, 2012

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball team capped off a two-game home stand with a 3-1 victory over Weber State at The Nest on Friday. The Hornets extended a season-high six-game losing streak when...

Sacramento State senior offensive lineman Clay DePauw prepares to snap the ball to sophomore starting quarterback Garrett Safron during practice on Sept. 25. Linemen like DePauw play an integral role protecting the offensive backfield during games, but their labors often go unsung.

Offensive line protects team

October 3, 2012

They are big, strong and sometimes mean. These fierce competitors are accustomed to sacrificing it all for the good of the team while doing battle in the trenches to protect the men behind them. These...

Volleyball transfer returns after injury

October 3, 2012

Standing at 6-feet-2-inches tall, sophomore right-side hitter for the Sacramento State women’s volleyball team Kiley Mansfield has all the physical tools required to be dominant on the court. Mansfield...

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Volleyball makes it five consecutive losses as it drops to North Dakota

September 29, 2012

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball team fell 1-3 to first-year Big Sky Conference foe North Dakota at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Saturday. The match marked the first time the two teams have...

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Former conference champion sweeps Sac State women’s volleyball

September 27, 2012

The Sacramento State women's volleyball team was swept tonight 3-0 by the Big Sky Conference defending champion Northern Colorado Bears at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The Hornets entered the game in...

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Volleyball is ready for Northern Colorado

September 26, 2012

On Thursday, the Sacramento State women’s volleyball team will travel to Greeley, Colo. to battle the Big Sky Conference defending champions the Northern Colorado Bears in the third game of a four-game...

Northern Arizona gives volleyball its second conference loss of the season

Northern Arizona gives volleyball its second conference loss of the season

September 20, 2012

Tonight the Sacramento State women’s volleyball team dropped its second consecutive Big Sky conference match when it traveled to the Rolle Activity Center to take on Northern Arizona. The loss leaves...

Mens soccer is stripped from a win by San Jose State

Men’s soccer is stripped from a win by San Jose State

September 16, 2012

Today, The Sacramento State men’s soccer team dropped a match at home against San Jose State on a goal in the 88th minute. San Jose State’s senior forward Dylan Murphy opened the scoring early in the...

Volleyball falls after forcing five sets upon Portland State

Volleyball falls after forcing five sets upon Portland State

September 15, 2012

Today, the Sacramento State women’s volleyball team fell to its conference rival Portland State University in five sets. This was a rematch of last season’s Big Sky conference tournament semi-final,...

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Women’s volleyball sweeps first Big Sky matchup against Eastern Washington

September 13, 2012

On Thursday, the Sacramento State women’s volleyball team opened conference play with a decisive victory over Eastern Washington in three straight sets at The Nest. The start of the first set was back...

Edgar Casteneda (#58) won the starting kicker position this season.

Heroic Sac State football kicker offered scholarship

September 12, 2012

When Edgar Castaneda hit a 30-yard game-winning field goal to help his team beat the Pac-12’s University of Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday, he earned more than a victory and the respect of his teammates...

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Men’s golf opens season with a ninth place finish

September 11, 2012

Today, the Sacramento State men’s golf team wrapped up its third and final round at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate with a ninth place finish in the season opening tournament at Palouse Ridge Golf...

Volleyball falls to Davis in the final round

Volleyball falls to Davis in the final round

September 8, 2012

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball team traveled to the Save Mart Center on Friday to take part in the Fresno State Invitational before opening up Big Sky Conference play next week. In the first...

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Volleyball prepares for tourney in Fresno

September 5, 2012

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball team is set to hit the road again as it travels to the Save Mart Center at Fresno State to take part in the Fresno State Invitational tournament marking the first...

Saint Marys defeats the Hornets in final round of Sac State Invitational

Saint Mary’s defeats the Hornets in final round of Sac State Invitational

September 2, 2012

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball team entered Saturday night’s Sac State Invitational championship against Saint Mary’s College on a three-match win streak. To reach the final, the Hornets...

Edward Ruhnke
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Bayville, NJ
Previous college: Moorpark Junior College
Last season statistics: 12-15 field goals, 63 total points

Kickers set goal for new kicking unit

August 29, 2012

Sometimes the butt of jokes and often overlooked, the kicker position is a hot topic surrounding the Sacramento State Hornet football team heading into the 2012 season. After last year’s woeful performance...

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Hornet Volleyball sweeps Jacksonville in season opener

August 28, 2012

The Sacramento State Women’s Volleyball team opened the season Aug. 24 winning 1-of-3 matches in the College of Charleston Tournament at TD Arena, which included North Carolina State, Jacksonville University...

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