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The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
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
Kamelia Varasteh

Kamelia Varasteh, news editor

Kamelia Varasteh is the news editor for The State Hornet. She is a journalism major who is also studying for a minor in history. Currently, she is an associate producer at KCRA and aspires to be a news anchor in the future. In the past, she has written for Sierra College’s student paper Roundhouse News and Review where she received a second place award in broadcast news.
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Protesters gather outside the Westfield Galleria in Roseville on Oct. 9, 2022. They were chanting “down with dictator,” and “say her name, Mahsa Amini,” to raise awareness of the protests in Iran following the death of a 22-year-old woman in the country.

Protests for Iranian women: The fight for basic human rights

Sacramento community members spread hope for Iranians
October 12, 2022
People all over the world are coming together to protest the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran. Protestors want to give hope to the people– especially women– in Iran.
BREAKING: Police search for suspect following two reports of sexual assault

BREAKING: Police search for suspect following two reports of sexual assault

Sac State police say suspect is connected to two separate incidents
October 6, 2022
The Sac State Police Department is searching for a suspect who they believe is connected to two separate reports of sexual assault.
Second-year business major Shelly Zalezniak stands in front of the Riverfront Center on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. Zalezniak said students outside of her club reached out to her after the swastikas were found, showing support for the Jewish community on campus.

‘An attack on us is an attack on everybody’: Facing antisemitism in Sacramento

Jewish community leaders respond to recent hate crimes
September 20, 2022
Following the multiple swastikas that were found around the Sacramento area in recent weeks, organization leaders speak out about the impact the incidents have left on their communities.
President Joe Biden announced a student loan relief plan last week hoping to help borrowers across the nation by cutting down their student debt. Students at Sac State are uncertain if they will be recipients of this new plan. (Photo by Shane T. McCoy / CC BY 2.0 / Graphic created on Canva by Kamelia Varasteh).

Biden announces student loan relief plan, cancels up to $20,000

Students hope for help paying for college
September 3, 2022

It is no lie that college can become challenging to pay for, especially for low-income students. However, help could be on the way for students with student loans as President Joe Biden announced up to...

Student clubs and organizations gather on campus to celebrate the first two weeks of school with Club Days. Fourth-year human resources majors Deion Perry (left) and Anil Benoit (right) pose in front of the “Improve Your Tomorrow University” table in the library quad on Wednesday Aug. 31, 2022.

Club Days craze: Welcoming Hornets back to campus

September 2, 2022
Sacramento State’s Club Days welcomes students back to campus. Hundreds of clubs and organizations table on campus to encourage students to get involved on campus.
Sacramento State track and field throwers Shantel Nnaji (left) and Erin Whelan (right) pose in front of Tahoe Hall Friday, April 29, 2022. Both have made their names in Sac State track and field history through succeeding in record-breaking throws.

Breaking Sac State records two throwers at a time

Shantel Nnaji and Erin Whelan bounce back after COVID-19 pandemic halted competition
May 6, 2022
“I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing everything I could have accomplished”: Sac State throwers open up about returning to their sport following COVID-19 postponement
Sac State junior Ori Maior serving against Montana State Thursday, April 14th, 2022 at the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis Center. The Hornets dropped their regular-season finale against the Bobcats 7-0.

Sac State’s Men’s Tennis suffers massive loss at Montana State

Hornets close out regular season in 7- 0 defeat to Bobcats
April 16, 2022
Hornets end the regular season on a blowout road loss:
Fourth-year biological and archaeological anthropology major Charlotte Barna poses by the “on air” sign at the KSSU studio in the Sacramento State University Union on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. As a first-semester DJ, Barna hosts a show on Monday mornings where she shares music and personal insight into various songs.

Sac State’s student-run radio rewinds its way through 3 decades

KSSU will host a celebration show to commemorate their anniversary on Friday
April 7, 2022

Silence, a click and the on-air sign lights up. Friday, April 8, 2022, will mark the 30th year that DJs at Sac State’s radio station, KSSU, have walked into the studio to start the day’s show. Founders...

Fourth year economics major Daniel Kuffel stands in front of an Arco gas station on Thursday, March 17, 2022. He is one of many commuter students at Sacramento State University and says that the increase in gas prices within the state is a pain.

The struggle is real: Gas prices are getting too high

Students who commute suffer from the rise in gas prices in the state
March 30, 2022

Students at Sacramento State are having a difficult time paying for their commute to school as California gas prices reach new heights due to an increased price of imported crude oil.  Only a fraction...

Wendy Le, a third year computer science major (left), and Elisha Singh, a first year psychology major (right) walk down the stairs of the Student Union, on Thursday, March 10. Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen announced via mass email to students that masks can come down beginning Friday, March 18. (Photo by Kamelia Varasteh)

Masks off: Sac State’s face covering mandate will be lifted after March 18

March 12, 2022

President Robert S. Nelsen announced via a SacSend on Thursday afternoon that the school-wide mask mandate will be lifted on the majority of Sacramento State’s campus and at the downtown location after...

“Living Legend” Melissa Muganzo Murphy teaches an Afro hip hop dance class at the Sacramento State Union on Feb. 17. The Sac State alumna is the CEO and founder of Muganzo Entertainment, the first Black and queer entertainment company in Sacramento.

Embracing Black womanhood through local Black and queer entertainment company

Melissa Muganzo Murphy on becoming ‘The Living Legend’
March 4, 2022
‘Living Legend’ and Sac State alumna Melissa Muganzo Murphy created the first Black and queer entertainment company in Sacramento. She encourages individuals to embrace themselves through the world of entertainment.
California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro addresses student reporters in a virtual press conference Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Castro announced his resignation as CSU Chancellor after just 13 months following a report that revealed he mishandled sexual harrassment claims against a Fresno State employee during his time as president of the university.

BREAKING: CSU Chancellor resigns following mishandling of sexual harassment complaints

USA TODAY report revealed Joseph Castro mishandled complaints against a former employee while President at Fresno State
February 17, 2022
Joseph Castro resigned as chancellor of Cal State University after just 13 months in charge following complaints that he mishandled sexual harassment complaints during his tenure at Fresno State.
Erica Ambrin & the Eclectic Soul Project perform at the University Union on Feb. 9. Artists from left to right: Jayson Angove (electric guitar), Erica Ambrin (vocals and acoustic guitar), Jay Myers (drums), and Josh Krage (electric bass guitar).

Wednesday “nooner” concert features local band Erica Ambrin & The Eclectic Soul

February 11, 2022

The Union Network for Innovative & Quality University Entertainment (UNIQUE) hosted the first “nooner” concert of the semester Wednesday, Feb. 9, featuring local Sacramento group Erica Ambrin and...

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