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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
Kris Hall

Kris Hall, multimedia editor

Former opinion editor Kris Hall is now the multimedia editor of The State Hornet. He is a transfer student from Fresno City College. This is his third semester at this publication and will graduate in spring 2023.
All content by Kris Hall
Sac State alumna Emmerald Evans was one of several students who went through the foster system. She said her ultimate goal was to become an attorney for foster youth, inspired by her own experience. (Profile photo: courtesy of Emmerald Evans. Background photo: Jacob Peterson. Graphic made in Canva by Kamelia Varasteh)

[Video] ‘They’re going through higher education by themselves’ : The foster student experience

Only 3-5% of foster students are estimated to complete undergraduate studies
December 3, 2022
Foster students represent an often ignored section of the campus community, facing unique challenges.

[Video] State Hornet Broadcast: November update

November 21, 2022
Professors make art, Hmong fashion show honors Hmong new year and students demand action at a student-led town hall addressing sexual assault.

[Video] State Hornet Broadcast: Midterm Election Preview

November 7, 2022
Watch The State Hornet Broadcast before you vote to find out where you can cast your in person ballot for the midterms on Nov. 8.

[Video] State Hornet Broadcast: Spooky edition

October 24, 2022
Kris Hall and Chris Woodard present the Halloween Broadcast; get spooky with the State Hornet.

[Video] State Hornet Broadcast: October update

October 11, 2022
Two art galleries and a pro-union win at the capital, The State Hornet fills you in on what you might have missed: feat. artist and activist Xico Gonzalez and Rage Against the Machine Guitarist Tom Morello

State Hornet Broadcast en Español: Mes de la Herencia Hispana 2022

October 8, 2022
Este es el primer broadcast del semestre en Español. En esta edición, los reporteros Alexis Pedroza y Itzel Espinosa hablan sobre eventos, remedios y deportes en Español. Lo pueden ver aquí:

[Video] State Hornet Broadcast: Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

September 26, 2022
Check out the first fall semester broadcast featuring concerts, ice cream and VapoRub.

[Video] !Si se puede!’ trabajadores agrícolas concluyen la marcha hacia la capital del Estado

September 10, 2022
Trabajadores agrícolas del grupo UFW realizaron una marcha hacia la capital del Estado el pasado Viernes 26 de Agosto. El grupo marchó urgiendo que el Gob. Gavin Newsom firme la ley 2183 que les otorgara derechos de votar y de poder formar sindicatos.

[Video] Pro agricultural union pressure reaches Newsom’s office

Activists marched 23 days and 335 miles to the California Capitol
September 10, 2022
United Farm Workers organized a 335 mile march that reached the California State Capital on August 26. UFW hopes to convince Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign Assembly Bill 2183 which would guarantee safer unionization efforts for California farm workers.
Lisa Cook was cleared out of the encampment on Howe and Fair Oaks on Monday, April 11, 2022 and is still lingering around the intersection on Friday, April 15, 2022. She said she lost pictures of her family and all of her reserves of food.

OPINION: Homeless people are people first

An unfortunately necessary reminder to have a conscience
May 19, 2022
Housing insecurity affects thousands in Sacramento. Camps keep getting cleared out before solutions can be certified.

Best Of Sac State 2022: Elden Ring wins best video game

May 5, 2022

“Elden Ring” won Best Video Game at Sac State for 2022, only the second game to earn the title. The extremely popular game is the first open world title produced by “Dark Souls” developer Fromsoftware. Gameplay...

Steven Grant stares into his own reflection in a three part mirror which, in the series, allows conversations to happen between personalities. It’s possible that this shot of three reflections represents the three personalities: Marc Spector, Steven Grant and Jake Lockley. (Photo courtesy of Disney)

Opinion: What to expect from ‘Moon Knight’ finale

Marvel teases a third personality for the show
May 2, 2022
Disney’s MCU franchise has been just one huge tease after another. What will they actually give us for the “Moon Knight” finale?
Newsletter editor Odin Rasco, opinion editor Kris Hall and audience engagement staffer Krys Shahin debate the worthiness of Scooby-Doo being named the best movie franchise in the 2022 edition of State Hornet March Madness. Scooby-Doo beat out the MCU in the finals by a wide margin. (Graphic made in Photoshop by Mack Ervin III)

Ruh Roh? Recapping the madness of State Hornet March Madness 2022: STATE HORNET BUZZED

April 19, 2022
This week’s hosts break down the results of the 2022 State Hornet March Madness tournament and the somewhat surprising results on this special episode of State Hornet Buzzed.
Scooby-Doo was voted the number one movie franchise for The State Hornet’s 2022 March Madness. The final results show that Scooby-Doo beat the MCU by more than 2:1.
Graphic by Jennah Booth

State Hornet’s March Madness season is over

Scooby-Doo conquers all
April 19, 2022
The State Hornet’s second annual March Madness comes to a close. It’s no mystery, Scooby-Doo is an unrivaled champion.
Students were invited for food and games on the ASI election night hosted KSSU DJs and card games on April 7. Hosting events like this needs to be more common for ASI if they want to accomplish their student outreach goals.

OPINION: Sac State’s student government committed to student outreach unsuccessfully

Directors should make better efforts connecting with student body
April 13, 2022
ASI announced their election results with games and food. If they want Sac State to know who they are, they need to host events like these all the time.
 (From left to right) Pride Center coordinator Tranh Pham (they/them), sociology major Ky Hervey (she/her), undeclared major Jamie Nielsen (they/he) and international relations major Emilie Jocson (she/they) denounce the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, in the Pride Center on April 6.

OPINION: Florida Gov. DeSantis passes ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, but who asked?

April 12, 2022
The Florida bill nicknamed the ‘don’t say gay’ bill gives parents the authority to manage children’s exposure to the LGBTQ+ community. The move is offensive to the existence of LGBTQ+ people, insinuating that children must be protected from knowledge of their existence.
Staffer Laura De la Garza Garcia, opinion editor Kris Hall and newsletter editor Odin Rasco talk to students in the library quad during a live podcast on March 30. The second State Hornet Quadcast focused on students readjusting to live after two years of COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo by Alexis Hunt. Graphic made in Photoshop by Mack Ervin III)

Hornets appreciate being in person after two years of being locked inside: STATE HORNET QUADCAST

April 8, 2022
This week’s two-part episode of State Hornet Spotlight is from our “Quadcast” podcast event focusing on how two years of COVID-19 has affected student life and routines.
Women at Sacramento State walk around campus, their rights in the hands of a majority male US Senate, protected by a pro-choice California State Senate. Women at Sac State have more jurisdiction over their bodies than women in Texas, who have very little time to decide what’s best for them when they discover they are pregnant. Graphic made in Canva.

[Photo] EDITORIAL: ‘Liberty and Justice for All’ means women, too

March 15, 2022

Women at Sacramento State walk around campus, their rights in the hands of a majority male US Senate, protected by a pro-choice California State Senate. Women at Sac State have more jurisdiction over their...

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March Madness 2022: Top movie franchise edition

Out of these 32 movie franchises, only one can reign supreme
March 9, 2022
The best movie franchises face off this month to see which will come out on top.
 Kinesiology major Malia Tuitavuki sits at a dining table in front of the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Feb. 9. She will be graduating at the arena in May for the first in-person graduation commencement since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

What to know about Sac State’s 2021-2022 commencement ceremony

February 18, 2022

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen announced on Nov. 29 that Sac State will host its first in-person commencement in two years for fall 2021 and spring and summer 2022 graduates. The State Hornet...

Sacramento Fire Department stands outside the Sac State Library with Community Service officers and staff members after the library was suddenly evacuated Wednesday, Feb. 9. The fire department arrived on the scene quickly and gave the all clear after just a few minutes for students and staff to return to the building.

Fire alarms set off in Sac State Library during Club Days event

February 9, 2022

Fire alarms went off in the Sac State Library this afternoon, followed by the Sacramento Fire Department arriving to assess the situation. Students and faculty were reportedly evacuated from the library...

Sacramento State Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills discusses grants for students in the spring 2022 semester at an Associated Students Inc. meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. The university will be disbursing $20 million total to students after the fourth week of the semester.

Sac State students will receive another HEERF grant in spring 2022

December 13, 2021
Sacramento State Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills told Associated Students Inc. Wednesday that the university would be disbursing $20 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funds in the spring 2022 semester.

SAC STATE SAYS: Students react to in-person commencement announcement

December 8, 2021
Graduating Sac State students share their thoughts on the 2022 commencement being at the Golden 1 Center for the first time in two years.
Sacramento State is getting $2.2 million dollars from California to go toward the university’s Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) and Crisis Assistance & Resource Education Support (CARES) office respectively, according to Associate Vice President of SHCS Joy Stewart-James and Associated Students Inc. director of natural sciences and mathematics Isha Bindal.

Sac State to receive $2.2 million in state funding for mental health services, basic needs

Money to fund hiring of counselors, medical expenses
December 6, 2021
Sacramento State is getting $2.2 million dollars from California to go toward the university’s Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) and Crisis Assistance & Resource Education Support (CARES) office respectively, according to Associate Vice President of SHCS Joy Stewart-James and Associated Students Inc. director of natural sciences and mathematics Isha Bindal.
(From left to right) Desiree McFarland, Mia Settles-Tidwell and Alan Figueroa-Camarena discuss Sacramento State’s anti-racism plan at a Zoom panel hosted by Associated Students Inc. Student Social Justice and Equity Council on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Panelists talked about the implementation of the plan and the importance of creating an anti-racist campus. Photo in background by Max Connor. Photos of panelists by Kris Hall.

Sac State ASI committee hosts forum discussing anti-racism plan, convocation delay

‘To keep delaying it, I know there are reasons behind that. It’s tiring’
December 1, 2021
Sacramento State Associated Students Inc. Student Social Justice and Equity Council hosted a Zoom panel on Monday for students to talk about the anti-racism plan and the importance of making Sac State an anti-racist campus.
(Izquierda a derecha) Teniente del Departamento Policial de Sacramento State Christina Lofthouse, Capitán Chet Madison Jr. y Teniente Harvey Woo hablan en el evento del departamento “conozcan el capitán evento” en la Unión Universitario de Sac State el Martes, Nov. 9, 2021. Madison habló sobre incidentes de esfuerzo excesivo en campus y habló sobre estar accesible a la comunidad del campus. Foto de Lofthouse, Madison y Woo de Kris Hall. Foto de fondo por Mercy Sosa. Gráfico creado en Canva por Ayaana Williams.

Sac State Jefe Policial Chet Madison habla sobre preocupaciones en diálogo público en forum

Madison abierto a trabajadores sociales, psicólogos trabajando con el departamento
November 12, 2021

El Departamento Policial de Sacramento State alojó un lugar para sus miembros de la comunidad de Sac State para hablar con el Capitán Policial Chet Madison Jr. y dos de sus Tenientes, Harvey Woo y Christina...

 (Left to right) Sacramento State Police Department Lieutenant Christina Lofthouse, Chief Chet Madison Jr. and Lieutenant Harvey Woo speak at the department’s “meet the chief event” in Sac State’s University Union on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Madison discussed incidents of excessive force on campus and talked about being accessible to the campus community. Photo of Lofthouse, Madison and Woo by Kris Hall. Background photo by Mercy Sosa. Graphic created in Canva by Ayaana Williams.

Sac State police Chief Chet Madison addresses concerns in public dialogue at forum

Madison open to social workers, psychologists working with department
November 9, 2021
Sac State police Chief Chet Madison Jr. hosted a forum talking to the campus community Tuesday where students were able to talk to Madison about their concerns with police on campus.
Mary Lee Vance, Sacramento State’s current director of Services for Students with Disabilities, will now work as interim director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, President Robert Nelsen announced Wednesday. Vance will work in the position as the search for a permanent director continues. Photo of Vance courtesy of Vance. Photo in background by Shaun Holkko. Graphic made in Canva by Mercy Sosa.

New interim director of Sac State’s Office of Equal Opportunity announced

Search continues for a permanent appointment
November 5, 2021
Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen announced a new interim director for the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity as the search continues for a permanent appointment to the position.
In an Associated Students Inc. survey, Sacramento State students and faculty shared mixed opinions on the Sacramento State Police Department and its role on campus. The Sacramento State Police Department is located on the southern edge of campus, between Parking Structure 3 and the Associated Students Inc. Children’s Center. Photo  by Kris Hall. Graphic made in Canva by Ayaana Williams.

Sac State community has conflicting opinions on campus police, according to ASI survey

Police chief plans meet and greet with community on Nov. 9
November 2, 2021
A survey of over 200 participants conducted by Sacramento State’s Associated Students Inc. suggests that students are conflicted about the role of police on campus.
ASIs Childrens Center playground is empty on Oct. 5, 2021,  after the center closes for the day. The playground is only available to a limited number of children due to the pandemic.

ASI programs work to combat $2.9 million loss in revenue since pandemic

October 11, 2021
Sacramento State ASI has been working through significant revenue losses since the beginning of the pandemic, and now that students have returned to campus, ASI’s programs are returning to more normal operations.
Associated Students, Inc.’s Board of Directors unanimously votes to call for Sac State to remove the mention of Columbus Day from the academic calendar on Oct. 6, 2021. Sac State’s Ensuring Native Indian Traditions club also called for the removal of Columbus Day from the calendar.

ASI asks Sac State administration to remove Columbus Day from academic calendar

October 11, 2021
For Indigenous Peoples Day, Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. and Sac State’s Ensuring Native Indian Traditions club have called for the university to remove the mention of Columbus Day from the academic calendar.
All members of Associated Students, Inc. board of directors gather for its weekly meeting on Wednesday, Sept 15, 2021. The board finalized its strategic priorities for the 2021-2022 school year.

ASI to share survey results on campus police department with Sac State administration

ASI confirms annual goals in support of diversity initiatives
September 17, 2021
Sac State ASI finalized their annual goals, including upholding the university’s anti-racism plan and meeting with campus police to discuss their presence on campus.
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