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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

Joel Boland, Author

All content by Joel Boland
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Farewell, 2016: See you in heck

Joel Boland
January 30, 2017

It was the night before New Year's Eve, the end of what social media had unanimously declared as "The Worst Year Ever," and I was out to dinner with some friends, and one of the friend's parents had tagged...

Sac State student becomes internet famous for being in meme

Sac State student becomes internet famous for being in meme

Joel Boland
January 24, 2017

Everyone has seen a meme so relatable that they laughed out loud in public. Or they’ve seen text over a picture of Kermit the Frog, scratched their head and wondered what was wrong with today’s youth. But...

The new iPhone is not my phone

The new iPhone is not my phone

Joel Boland
November 8, 2016

The lights are dimmed just right.  The microphones are all leveled perfectly.  The laptop PCs are queued up and running those end-of-the-year numbers in stunning clarity on that ultra-high lumen projector....

Panelists prepare for the Voter Education Forum hosted by the Hornet Debate Team in Del Norte Hall on Thursday, Oct. 12. From left, Heather Ditty from the Sacramento County department of Voter Registration and Elections, James Schwab from the Secretary of State’s Office and Carol Moon Goldberg from the League of Women Voters. (Photo by Joel Boland)

Sac State debate team hosts nonpartisan voter education forum

Joel Boland
October 14, 2016

More than 100 students gathered in Del Norte Hall Thursday night to hear a panel discussion organized by Sacramento State’s Hornet Debate Team intended to demystify the voter registration process and...

It takes two to Tinder

It takes two to Tinder

Joel Boland
September 28, 2016

I was sitting outside Temple Coffee with my friend — who asked that I use a fake name for this article to maintain her anonymity — on a sunny Saturday afternoon last spring when I broached the topic...

Hundreds gathered outside Sacramento nightclub in solidarity with those affected by Orlando mass shooting

Hundreds gathered outside Sacramento nightclub in solidarity with those affected by Orlando mass shooting

Joel Boland
June 12, 2016

Hundreds gathered in Sacramento Sunday afternoon to mourn the deaths of 50 people killed in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. Speeches from...

Sac State alum braves the heat to support Clinton

Joel Boland
June 5, 2016

John Vigna, who studied history at Sacramento State and graduated in 2006, said he was blown away by the turnout at Sunday’s Hillary Clinton rally at Sacramento City College.   “No one's...

Sac State alums supporting Hillary

Joel Boland
June 5, 2016

(From left to right) Annelise Batten, Cathy Robledo and Laura Stainforth — all of whom graduated from Sacramento State in 2012 — do the “Stingers Up” waiting in line at the Hillary Clinton rally...

CSU salary agreement gets final approval from Board of Trustees

CSU salary agreement gets final approval from Board of Trustees

Joel Boland
May 25, 2016

Closing the book on a contentious salary negotiation that began in 2014, the California State University Board of Trustees voted yesterday to ratify a multi-year contract agreement with the California...

Update on library closure: $1.2 million for asbestos removal over summer

Joel Boland
May 19, 2016

The Sacramento State Library’s main building will be closing for the summer on Friday so that a $1.2 million project to remove and contain asbestos can take place. Library Dean Amy Kautzman said she...

Sac State purchases downtown building for $5.4 million

Joel Boland
May 17, 2016

University Enterprises, Inc., an auxiliary nonprofit corporation of Sacramento State, has purchased a building downtown at 304 S street to house a new School of Public Affairs.The three-story, 30,610 square-feet...

Sac State Library to close for summer for asbestos removal

Sac State Library to close for summer for asbestos removal

Joel Boland
May 11, 2016

The Sacramento State University Library will be closing for the summer on Friday, May 20 for asbestos removal. According to Library Dean Amy Kautzman, the asbestos is being removed to prepare for future...

CFA Communications Specialist Niesha Gates; CFA President Jennifer Eagan; CFA Sacramento Chapter President Kevin Wehr; and CFA Chief Negotiator Kathy Sheffield hold a telephone press conference with CSU Chancellor Timothy White, Friday, April 8. The CFA and the CSU reached a three-year salary agreement, calling off the five-day strike that was to occur.

CFA strike averted, salary vote set for May

Joel Boland
April 14, 2016

After months of deliberating, negotiating and agitating, the California Faculty Association has made a tentative agreement with the California State University administration and called off what would...

Panelists speak on issues regarding water, fire and fish in California during the second day of the Water and Fire conference in the University Union, Monday, April 11.

Climate change conference comes to campus

Joel Boland
April 11, 2016

Sacramento State hosted a conference this week to debate and find solutions to adapt to climate change in California. “Water and Fire: Impacts of Climate Change” took place over two days on Sunday...

Scientists convene at Sac State for “Water and Fire: Impacts of Climate Change”

Joel Boland
April 11, 2016

[<a href="//storify.com/kittlechristine/climate-change-confernece-comes-to-sac-state" target="_blank">View the story "Water, fire, fish — it's all connected" on Storify</a>]

Jennifer Eagan, CFA president and CSU East Bay professor speaking at a press conference in the University Union, Monday, March 28.

Faculty union in ongoing salary dispute with CSU system

Joel Boland
April 7, 2016

Since the time this article was written, the CSU and CFA have reached a tentative agreement, possibly averting the upcoming strike. They will hold a joint press phone conference on Friday at 10 a.m....

Pornography. Murder. James Franco.

Pornography. Murder. James Franco.

Joel Boland
April 7, 2016

Pornography. Greed. Murder. Arson. Those are the ingredients, in order, of a Sacramento State professor’s riveting true crime book that is being turned into a film produced by and starring the sexually...

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CFA and CSU to announce tentative agreement Friday

Joel Boland
April 7, 2016

The California State University administration released a statement citing a “tentative agreement” to postpone the upcoming California Faculty Association strike for consideration of a reopened contract...

Batman v Superman: Kryptonite to critics, box office gold

“Batman v Superman”: Kryptonite to critics, box office gold

Joel Boland
April 6, 2016

I’ll skip to the part of this review that all of you probably care about the most: No, there is no post-credits scene in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” There. I just saved you from having...

Students take to the Capitol to advocate for funding

Joel Boland
March 31, 2016

Sacramento State students went to the Capitol on Tuesday, March 29 to speak with legislators to advocate for an additional $101 million in funding for the California State University system.The five Sac...

The California Faculty Association leadership speaking at a press conference in the University Union to announce the release of a third party fact finding panels recommendations about the pay dispute with the California State University Administration, Monday, March 28. 

CFA report goes public with recommendations

Joel Boland
March 28, 2016

The California Faculty Association announced the recommendations of the third party fact finding panel in the pay dispute with the California State University administration this morning.After a ten day...

Environmental studies and biological science majors practice for a climate change conference in the Forest Suite of the University Union, Wednesday, March 9.

Sac State looks forward to Water and Fire conference

Joel Boland
March 10, 2016

Sacramento State environmental studies and biological science majors gathered on Wednesday to hold a mock conference in preparation for an April event titled “Water and Fire: Impacts of Climate Change.” The...

Fact checking comes to campus

Fact checking comes to campus

Joel Boland
February 10, 2016

[View the story "Political Fact-Checker Explains his Job at Sac State" on Storify]

Kevin Wehr, president of the Sacramento chapter of the CFA, reads a statement during a press conference on Monday, Feb. 8 in Sacramento to announce the upcoming strike dates.

Strike dates on CSU campuses announced

Joel Boland
February 8, 2016

In a press conference Monday morning, the California Faculty Association announced the dates of a five-day strike if negotiations with the California State University administration do not yield results. If...

Faculty Senate addresses looming CFA strike

Joel Boland
February 5, 2016

Sacramento State’s Faculty Senate reconvened for the first time this semester addressing the impending faculty strike and a proposed Duplicate Graduate Degrees Policy. The Thursday meeting in...

Shooting survivor shares advice

Joel Boland
January 23, 2016

On Friday, Jan. 22, Virginia Tech shooting survivor Kristina Anderson gave a presentation on her story, active shooter preparedness, and violence prevention in schools.The presentation took place in The...

Jim Bowie pointing to measure being addressed at the Faculty Senate meeting Thursday, December 3, 2015 in the University Union.

Revisions were made in policies at the Faculty Senate

Joel Boland
December 12, 2015

Major topics covered at Faculty Senate on Thursday, Dec. 3 included revisions to the academic internship, faculty office hours and academic repeat policies. The Senate meeting ran for two hours,...

Students exposed to STEM careers

Joel Boland
November 23, 2015

The Career Center at Sacramento State organized the first STEMposium: Career Awareness and Exploration event on Monday, Nov. 23 in the University Union. Students rotated between tables to have small...

Board of Trustees meeting considers alternate outcomes for CFA

Board of Trustees meeting considers alternate outcomes for CFA

Joel Boland
November 18, 2015

The California State University Board of Trustees met in Long Beach on Tuesday and Wednesday this week while the California Faculty Association organized a protest rally outside. Members of the...

Sacramento State Faculty Senate in the discussing the wording of a new Academic Internships and Service Learning Policy on Nov. 12, 2015.

Faculty Senate discusses internship policy

Joel Boland
November 18, 2015

Sacramento State’s Faculty Senate met on Nov. 12 in the lower level of the library to discuss student internship and faculty office hour policies. The Senate was unable to reach an agreement on...

Sociology degrees discussed at Faculty Senate

Joel Boland
November 12, 2015

In a Faculty Senate meeting on Nov. 5, President Robert Nelsen responded to concerns about comments he had made about sociology degrees in an interview for a Sacramento News & Review article. The...

CFA announces results for strike

Joel Boland
November 4, 2015

The California Faculty Association vote results came in on Nov. 4 with 94.4 percent of members voting to authorize a strike for a 5 percent salary increase. CFA President Jennifer Eagan announced...

Sac State had a candidate forum for new position in President Nelsen’s office

Joel Boland
November 3, 2015

Susan O'Hara, a candidate for the Graduation “Czarina” position in President Robert Nelsen’s office, gave a presentation and answered questions from the campus community Tuesday, Nov. 3 in the...

Campus holds Pathways to Public Service event

Joel Boland
November 2, 2015

The Career Center organized a workshop Thursday, Oct. 29 in the University Union for Sacramento State students interested in getting government jobs. The event, called Pathways to Public Service:...

CFA signs have been posted around Sacramento States campus, including this one located by the library.

Potential faculty strike is approaching for higher wages

Joel Boland
October 26, 2015

Voting is now taking place to decide whether the California Faculty Association will go on strike for higher wages. CFA is a union of 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches...

Faculty senate honored Anthony Sadler

Joel Boland
October 16, 2015

At the Sacramento State Faculty Senate's meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15, Anthony Sadler was presented with a plaque thanking him for his bravery. President Robert Nelsen also attended to introduce...

Sue Escobar, pictured at center, arofessor in the Criminal Justice Division and Chair of the Academic Policies Committee presided over a question and answer  session about the grade appeal process at the Thursday, September 17 Faculty Senate meeting.

Major impaction brought up at Faculty Senate meeting

Joel Boland
September 18, 2015

Sacramento State’s Faculty Senate meeting on Sept. 18 talked about how to approach major impaction and improving the student grade appeal process.Ted Lascher, a professor in the Public Policy & Administration...

Food Pantry fills up at Sac State

Joel Boland
September 15, 2015

Associated Students, Inc. held a donation drive called Fill up the Food Pantry from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 in the University Union lobby at Sacramento State.Donation drives for the Food...

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