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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
Justine Chahal

Justine Chahal, staff writer

Justine Chahal is a staff writer who joined The State Hornet in fall 2022. She is a fourth-year journalism major who transferred from San Joaquin Delta College in 2021. At The Collegian, she won awards for critical review and page layout.
All content by Justine Chahal
Derrold Barry, a first-year educational leadership and policy studies graduate student, and fifth-year criminal justice major Rashad Azim stand in front of the Project Rebound office located in Lassen Hall Thursday, Dec. 12, 2022. The program assists students previously affected by the criminal justice system.

Dismantling roadblocks: program provides second chance for previously incarcerated students

Project Rebound was established at Sac State in 2016
December 19, 2022
Sac State’s Project Rebound program helps formerly incarcerated students not only financially and academically, but provides a community for them as well.
In light of the recent incidents of sexual assaults this semester, The State Hornet has a FAQ to answer questions about what services are available to students on-campus, including services from WEAVE. Since September, there have been multiple sexual assaults on and off campus. (Graphic made in Canva by Justine Chahal.)

FAQ: What to know about Sac State’s sexual assault services

November 18, 2022
Read more here on how to file a report and how to receive other resources.
Alexis Jimenez, an anthropology student, addressing the panel of administrators regarding the recent sexual assaults on and near campus in the Redwood Room of the University Union on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. Jimenez voiced her criticisms about how the sexual assaults have been handled during a community forum organized by student leaders.

‘It is really starting to feel like no one is safe here’: Sac State students demand action at town hall

The student-led forum was in response to several sexual assaults on and near campus
November 17, 2022
Student leadership hosts forum in the University Union to discuss recent sexual assaults on and around campus.
Second-year economics major Jonathan Santiago stands outside Mendocino Hall on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. Santiago had worked as a migrant field worker for a summer like his mother but is now focused on his college education.

‘It’s my roots’: former migrant field worker becomes college student

Jonathan Santiago honors his family through education
November 16, 2022
Second-year economics major Jonathan Santiago had done migrant fieldwork prior to coming to Sac State. Now, he’s focused on obtaining a higher education to honor his family’s struggles.
 A voting poll center was hosted on campus at the Welcome Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Anybody registered to vote in Sacramento County, including students and faculty, was able to drop their ballot off or cast their vote at the center. Graphic created in Canva.

Student voters stress the importance of Midterm Elections

Sac State hosts polling center on Election Day
November 9, 2022
Sac State held a voting poll center on Election Day at the Welcome Center. A look at issues student voters are passionate about.
President Robert Nelsen (right) and his wife Jody (left) sitting at Hornet Stadium during Sac State homecoming football game against Northern Arizona University on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Nelsen, who announced his retirement in a video featuring him and his wife, said that nobody should serve in his position for longer than eight years.

‘It’s time to hang ‘em up’: President Nelsen’s descent into retirement

Student’s expectations for the future of Sac State
November 7, 2022
President Robert S. Nelsen retires from his role at Sac State after seven years. Students share their reactions to his departure and their hopes for how they want the next president to be.
Third-year computer science major Evan Cammack eats food from Panda Express in The University Union on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Many students eat unhealthy foods while studying for exams on campus.

Fuel for the brain: The struggle with nutritional health

What students can eat to be ready to take their exams
October 27, 2022
Some students are not eating healthy foods during midterms. The struggle of not eating well during this time can negatively impact mental and physical health.
Third-year political science major Lupita Rios sits on-campus on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. The recent incidents of sexual assault and battery over the past month have made Rios hesitant to make use of services on campus that she has in the past.

Students concerned about safety following sexual assaults at Sac State

Three cases have occurred on campus this semester
October 20, 2022
After the recent sexual assault and battery cases, students said they do not feel safe being on campus. Sac State has emergency resources available, but some students feel that these services could be better.
(L-R) Christopher Towler, Rose Soza War Soldier, Timothy Fong and Secretary of State Shirley Weber were sitting in Hinde Auditorium on Sept. 28, 2022 during the Voting Rights Town Hall. The panel discussed topics such as the history of voting and the importance of understanding voting as not only a right, but a responsibility.

Secretary of State educates students on voter suppression

Shirley Weber and doctoral panel discuss voting responsibility
September 29, 2022
The dangers of voter suppression. Secretary of State Shirley Weber visits the university to spread information on voting and encourage students to cast their ballots.
Sacramento State students, staff and faculty gather in the main quad on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the university’s founding. The campus community convenes in the grass to take the annual Swarm photo.

The diamond anniversary: Sac State celebrates 75 years

The campus community gathers for the milestone
September 22, 2022
Sac State celebrated its 75th diamond anniversary with entertainment, food and by taking the annual Swarm photo.
Third-year business administration major Felipe Carrillo stands in front of the Welcome Center on Sept. 16. The Welcome Center will have a voting center available from Nov. 5 through Election Day Nov. 8.

Preparing Sac State students to vote in the upcoming midterm election

What students need to know before hitting the polls
September 19, 2022
Sacramento State provides resources for students in preparation for the upcoming election. What students need to know about voting this fall.
Third-year photography student Cait Nelson reads in her American River Courtyard dorm on Sept. 14, 2022. Some waitlisted students remain in study lounges while awaiting a dorm to become available, but there are limited lounges.

Sac State students remain on housing waitlists longer than anticipated

Higher enrollment has led to residence halls exceeding housing capacities.
September 16, 2022
Sac State students remain on housing waitlists longer than anticipated due to a surge in enrollment for the Fall semester.
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