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Khanlin Rodgers, Author

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The exterior of the Sac State Library. For months, Cal Fit has tabled near the entrance of the building, but SO&L announced Friday that they are no longer allowed to table on campus as a vendor.

[Photo] Sac State students say Cal Fit tricked them with aggressive sales tactics

Margherita Beale, editor-in-chief
December 7, 2019

The exterior of the Sac State Library. For months, Cal Fit has tabled near the entrance of the building, but SO&L announced Friday that they are no longer allowed to table on campus as a vendor.

The exterior of the Sac State University Library. The library faced two issues Wednesday, Nov. 20, when a report on the Wildfire app said that a threat was made and a fire alarm caused the building to be evacuated.

[Photo] Sac State police say library evacuation and Wildfire report of threat unrelated

Max Connor, news editor
November 21, 2019

The exterior of the Sac State University Library. The library faced two issues Wednesday, Nov. 20, when a report on the Wildfire app said that a threat was made and a fire alarm caused the building to...

#SacStateSays: Have you ever watched an ASMR video?

#SacStateSays: “Have you ever watched an ASMR video?”

Khanlin Rodgers
November 9, 2018

The popularity of ASMR videos have been on a steady rise over the last few years. The videos are meant to provide a relaxing and immersive experience that relies on audio more than visuals, but not everyone...

#SacStateSays: Do you think the sexual assault refresher videos were effective?

#SacStateSays: Do you think the sexual assault refresher videos were effective?

Khanlin Rodgers
October 20, 2018

When new students enroll at Sacramento State, they are required to watch a refresher video about sexual assault and drinking that may take place at parties.  We asked students if they think the videos...

VIDEO: #SacStateSays: Sexual assault refresher videos

Khanlin Rodgers
October 17, 2018

"Do you think the sexual assault refresher videos were effective? Why or why not?" RELATED: How Sac State helps survivors of sexual assault

The University Library and Union are popular places for students to work and study during the day. With enough support, the student-led petition could result in both buildings being accessible 24/7.

Student starts petition to make the library and Union available 24/7

Khanlin Rodgers
September 26, 2018

A Sacramento State student is gathering signatures on a self-started petition with a goal of keeping both the University Union and the University Library open 24 hours a day. Michael Demos, a history...

My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny wins 2018 ‘Best Musician’ at Sac State

The local artist specializes in Latin music with electronic beats
Khanlin Rodgers
May 17, 2018

As soon as he graduated from high school, Vincent Miranda set out to make his dream of creating music a reality. He had already been practicing since he was 13, but he decided it was finally time to let...

JMSEY perfoms in his loft at the Warehouse Artist Lofts on March 25. The artist opened his home to 40 fans eager to hear his new music.

JMSEY inspires other Sacramento artists with his alternative R&B sound

Khanlin Rodgers
March 29, 2018

Originally from London, James Cavern — who performs under the stage name JMSEY — aims to evolve his rhythm and blues sound while making simple, relatable music. (Story continues below video) The...

Maren Conrad signs posters for fans on Sunday, March 11. The mural is a part of Wide Open Walls, a mural festival that celebrates the diversity of street art. Photo by Khanlin Rodgers.

Maren Conrad brings female perspective to Sacramento mural festival

Khanlin Rodgers
March 29, 2018

Sacramento State alumna Maren Conrad is almost finished with her latest mural, “The Wishing Well.” Her koi fish mural from Wide Open Walls 2017 is on display at the Midtown Art Retail Restaurant Scene...

12 Ways to enjoy spring break without going spring broke

12 Ways to enjoy spring break without going spring broke

Khanlin Rodgers and Claire Morgan
March 15, 2018

Spring break isn’t always about going out of town — staying here and relaxing can be just as exciting if you know where to look. If you’re looking to explore Sacramento without spending too much,...

‘Black Panther’ brings relevance and new ideas to stagnant genre

‘Black Panther’ brings relevance and new ideas to stagnant genre

Khanlin Rodgers, Culture editor
February 16, 2018

“Black Panther”, director Ryan Coogler’s Marvel debut, breaks from the traditional mold of superhero films and establishes a convincing fantasy/sci-fi universe that’s brimming with cultural pride...

Black Panther soundtrack review

Black Panther soundtrack review

Khanlin Rodgers, Culture editor
February 15, 2018

“Batman,” the soundtrack that Prince created to accompany Tim Burton’s 1989 film, is the only movie soundtrack I had ever enjoyed listening to — that is, until the soundtrack to “Black Panther”...

Last-minute Valentine’s gifts you can order right now

Last-minute Valentine’s gifts you can order right now

Khanlin Rodgers, Culture editor
February 13, 2018

It’s Valentine’s Day, and you forgot ... again. But don’t worry! The State Hornet has you covered with a few fast gift ideas you can grab on the way home or order online with an Amazon Prime student...

Four books to read this Black History Month

Four books to read this Black History Month

Khanlin Rodgers, Culture editor
February 7, 2018

Black History Month is upon us once again. The recurrence of the month dedicated to African-American history in addition to the current state of racial and political tension in this country make now the...

Hip-hop artist and philosopher KRS-One will give a lecture in the University Union Redwood Room on Feb. 8. The event has been sold out for weeks.

KRS-One to take break from touring to give lecture

Khanlin Rodgers, Culture editor
February 7, 2018

East coast hip-hop artist and philosopher KRS-One will be speaking in The University Union’s Redwood Room on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The artist, who you may recognize from ‘Sound of da police,’ will...

3 playlists to beat those back-to-school blues

3 playlists to beat those back-to-school blues

Khanlin Rodgers, Culture editor
January 30, 2018

It’s that time of year again. Students are settling for subpar coffee just to stay awake, seniors are trying to crash classes they swear they were waitlisted for, and parking spots are becoming harder...

More apps usually means more notifications. If you delete apps from your phone, you’ll be able to limit your social media use to a laptop or PC.

4 ways to spend less time on social media

Khanlin Rodgers, Culture editor
January 30, 2018

Over the last few years, it has become an increasingly popular trend for people to go cold-turkey on social media. Chances are, if you’ve spent any time on Facebook, you’ve probably seen a few friends...

Brian Chris Rogers writes and practices a new song at Weatherstone Coffee. The cafes back patio is a frequent spot for Rogers during his writing process.

Brian Chris Rogers to headline first Nooner of the semester

Khanlin Rodgers, Culture editor
January 23, 2018

Brian Chris Rogers is a local musician whose sound has evolved to become a hybrid of jazz and funk with influences from Prince, George Michael and Michael Jackson. His unique sounds have kept him heavily...

ICYMI: 10 stories you may have missed this winter

ICYMI: 10 stories you may have missed this winter

Whether you spent the winter intersession with family, hard at work or taking courses and wandering the frigid, desolate Sacramento State campus — here are some stories you might have missed since final...

OPINION: Congress fails students with tax reform

OPINION: Congress fails students with tax reform

Khanlin Rodgers
December 6, 2017

Congratulations to the U.S. Congress on its impending fundamental change to federal tax laws! It is warmly reassuring to know that finally, deep into my college career, that someone in Washington D.C....

OPINION: ‘The Punisher’ provides less substance than audiences deserve

OPINION: ‘The Punisher’ provides less substance than audiences deserve

Khanlin Rodgers
November 23, 2017

Now may not have been a great time for Netflix to debut “The Punisher,” but truth be told, I’m not quite sure when the “right time” may have been. “The Punisher” is the most recent attempt...

The Golden 1 Center, pictured, is the planned location for Sacramento State’s December 2017 graduation ceremonies. After this year, graduation ceremonies will only be held after the Spring semester.

OPINION: Ceasing winter commencement a lose-lose for students

Khanlin Rodgers
November 7, 2017

Last week, President Robert Nelsen announced that the graduation ceremony taking place at the end of this semester will be the last winter commencement held by Sacramento State. He cited our campus...

Although online video games are meant to be a means of escape and entertainment, many players are subjected to unwanted language and harassment at the hands of their online competitors.

OPINION: Toxic gaming communities must face real consequences if we expect to see change

Khanlin Rodgers
November 1, 2017

I was 11 years old the first time that I managed to secure an internet connection fast enough for me to play my Playstation 2 online. The brown-skinned character I had created to represent myself in the...

4 TV shows you shouldnt miss this fall

4 TV shows you shouldn’t miss this fall

Khanlin Rodgers
October 10, 2017

This fall semester has a lot of students scrambling to get everything done for school and work. Fortunately, fall season also means the return of your favorite TV shows, as well as new series making their...

Fifty-nine people were killed and 527 were injured Sunday night in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

OPINION: White terrorists are still terrorists

Khanlin Rodgers
October 4, 2017

On Sunday night, 59 people were killed and 527 were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The attack took place in Las Vegas at a music festival with approximately 22,000 attendees....

OPINION: Having Spicer at the Emmys was a terrible idea

OPINION: Having Spicer at the Emmys was a terrible idea

Absolving political figures of lying to make a joke about lying is a joke itself
Khanlin Rodgers
September 20, 2017

There is no justification for Sean Spicer’s appearance at the Emmys on Sunday night. Spicer’s appearance onstage was met with gasps of disbelief from the audience. It was clear from the reactions...

REVIEW: Standalone soundtrack of Insecure fails to capture the shows emotion

REVIEW: Standalone soundtrack of ‘Insecure’ fails to capture the show’s emotion

Khanlin Rodgers
September 12, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Review contains spoilers for Season 1 and the first half of Season 2. Season 2 of the HBO Original Series “Insecure” opens with the main character, Issa Dee, reeling from the events...

The Buzz, a restaurant that was closed due to the construction at the University Union, passes the flame to a new eatery, The Bagel Place. The Bagel Place replaced RF Greens in the River Front Center.

OPINION: The Bagel Place fills in hole that was left behind by The Buzz

Khanlin Rodgers
September 6, 2017

On Dec. 16, 2016, Sacramento State lost a dear friend. The Buzz, which was owned and operated by Java City, closed its doors in order to make room for construction and renovations on the north end of...

Sacramento State junior outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti goes for a spike against two blockers from the University of the Pacific Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Colberg Court. Sac Sate lost 3-1 for its second loss of the season.

[Photo] Hornets fall in volleyball home opener against Pacific

Sami Soto
August 31, 2017

Sacramento State junior outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti goes for a spike against two blockers from the University of the Pacific Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Colberg Court. Sac Sate lost 3-1 for its second loss...

The “Unite the Right” rally initially took place at this statue in an effort by various far-right groups to prevent the sculpture from being torn down and preserve Confederate heritage.

Opinion: Please get your incitement out of my First Amendment

Khanlin Rodgers
August 29, 2017

Riots and rallies are nothing new, and in today’s social and political climate gatherings like the ones we saw in Berkeley and here on our own campus are becoming more commonplace. While both are...

(Graphic by Vu Chau)

Business voted ‘Best Major’ at Sac State

Khanlin Rodgers
May 11, 2017

Click here for full results. Business was voted as the best major Sacramento State has to offer in The State Hornet’s Best of Sac State poll. The program has seen many goal-oriented entrepreneurs...

The Sacramento State Hornet Racing team will showcase its vehicle this Saturday for the 2017 Formula Society of Automotive Engineers international competition from June 21-24. (Photo by Sami Soto)

Hornet Racing speeds toward Formula SAE competition

Khanlin Rodgers
April 28, 2017

The Sacramento State Hornet Racing team will showcase its vehicle creation — almost a year in the making — this Saturday for the 2017 Formula Society of Automotive Engineers international competition...

Sacramento State intends to replace its current online classroom website, Blackboard, with either Instructure Canvas or D2L Brightspace. (Logos courtesy of Instructure Canvas and D2L Brightspace)

SacCT to be replaced by new learning management system

Khanlin Rodgers
April 5, 2017

A new learning management system will soon be provided for students and faculty to take the place of Blackboard, the Sacramento State iteration of which is called SacCT. After nearly a year of trials...

Mustafa Shaheen, right, receives the first prize award from Rebecca Voorhees, left, at the 42nd Student Purchase Awards reception. (Photo by Khanlin Rodgers)

Student artists honored at the 42nd Annual Student Purchase Awards

Khanlin Rodgers
April 3, 2017

Every spring semester, students of all majors apply to have their artworks purchased and displayed in the University Union, and out of this year’s 73 submissions, only two were chosen. On Thursday,...

From left to right, panelists Noor Mashal, Hemza Salem, Riad Morrar and Mohammad JD tell their stories of their time in Greece for the Through the Eyes of Refugees panel on March 14. (Photo by Khanlin Rodgers)

Overseas volunteers speak at ‘Through the Eyes of Refugees’ panel

Khanlin Rodgers
March 16, 2017

Sacramento State’s Students for Justice in Palestine hosted the “Through the Eyes of Refugees” panel in the Union on Tuesday evening. The panel allowed local volunteers who had traveled to Greece...

Nolan Kawanami, Kyle Bolla and Trent Tanzi of post-hardcore band Anxious Arms perform at Cafe Colonial on March 10. (Photo by Khanlin Rodgers)

Sac State, UC Davis students find musical alliance through Craigslist ad

Khanlin Rodgers
March 16, 2017

Thanks to Craigslist and a few months of work, Anxious Arms has found its sound through a collaborative process and released its first demo, “A Walk in the Dark.” The band, comprised of Sacramento...

‘Alternative Break’ offers a different spring break experience

Khanlin Rodgers
March 7, 2017

The Community Engagement Center is urging students who do not have plans for spring break to give back to their community as part of Sacramento State’s Alternative Break from March 20 to 23. The goal...

(Photo courtesy of Lazare / Pixabay)

Five ways to love your body

Khanlin Rodgers
March 1, 2017

February marked the eighth annual "Love Your Body" week at Sac State. The goal of the week-long event was to promote self-love and encourage students to celebrate their unique characteristics. Some students...

Sac Modern grooves at Sac State

Sac Modern grooves at Sac State

Khanlin Rodgers
February 21, 2017

(Video by Khanlin Rodgers and Sami Soto)

Sacramento State junior Ana Loaiza Esquivias, who has been named Big Sky Player of the Week three times in a four-week span, holds an 8-1 singles record at the No. 1 spot this season. (Photo by Khanlin Rodgers)

[Photo] Women’s tennis team falls 4-3 to Nevada for sixth-straight loss

Will Moon
February 12, 2017

Sacramento State junior Ana Loaiza Esquivias, who has been named Big Sky Player of the Week three times in a four-week span, holds an 8-1 singles record at the No. 1 spot this season. (Photo by Khanlin...

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