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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Madeleine Beck

Madeleine Beck, managing editor

Madeleine Beck is the managing editor for The State Hornet, where she previously worked as a news reporter and deputy copy editor. She was born and raised in Sacramento and has done freelance work for Comstock's Magazine, as well as audience engagement for the CalMatters College Journalism Network.
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The university union pictured during the COVID-19 pandemic Oct. 25, 2020. Sacramento State announced the Spring 2022 semester would begin virtually during a surge of cases in Sacramento County. (Madeleine Beck)

[Photo] Sac State announces virtual instruction for first two weeks of spring semester

January 4, 2022

The university union pictured during the COVID-19 pandemic Oct. 25, 2020. Sacramento State announced the Spring 2022 semester would begin virtually during a surge of cases in Sacramento County. (Madeleine...

The University Union remains closed due to the campus shutdown prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic on Oct. 25, 2020. The CSU announced that it will require boosters for staff, faculty, and students accessing campus by Feb. 28, 2022.

[Photo] Boost up! CSU to require an additional COVID-19 shot by February

December 22, 2021

The University Union remains closed due to the campus shutdown prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic on Oct. 25, 2020. The CSU announced that it will require boosters for staff, faculty, and students accessing...

PODCAST: Updates given on police budget, Black students react to talent show incident

PODCAST: Updates given on police budget, Black students react to talent show incident

December 14, 2020
On the final episode of The State Hornet Podcast for this semester, investigative reporter Michael Pacheco shares details and updates on a story posted about the Sac State Police Department’s budget for this semester and the next, arts and entertainment editor Nijzel Dotson and staff writer Brandon Bailey discuss their story about Black students’ reactions to anti-Black racial slurs sent by ‘Zoombombers’ during UNIQUE’s talent show and more.
Students attending the Spring 2018 commencement ceremony held at Golden 1 Center join Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen in a ‘Stingers up’ salute after his address on May 18, 2018.  Nelsen announced an on-campus, drive-through commencement for the 2020 and 2021 graduating classes Monday in a SacSend email.

Sac State considering option for on-campus spring commencement

Drive-thru and virtual ceremony were other options given to seniors
December 2, 2020
Sacramento State sent an email survey to graduating seniors and the class of 2020 Wednesday, giving them the option to choose how likely they would be to attend each of three graduation possibilities: on campus, drive-thru or virtual commencement.
PODCAST: Credit/no credit grading might be too late, ASI official resigns

PODCAST: Credit/no credit grading might be too late, ASI official resigns

December 1, 2020
This week on The State Hornet Podcast: provost says it may be too late for credit/no credit grading, Associated Students, Inc. executive vice president announces resignation and more.
PODCAST: Protestors clash at Capitol, Sac State football player tests positive for COVID-19

PODCAST: Protestors clash at Capitol, Sac State football player tests positive for COVID-19

November 16, 2020
Trump supporters protest at the Capitol in favor of an election recount, recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom and against lockdown, Sac State President Robert Nelsen testifies to the State Assembly about the impact of COVID-19 on campus, a Sac State football player tests positive for COVID-19 and more.
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STATE HORNET BUZZED: Drinks we could live off and superpowers we’d have

November 13, 2020
In the second, grab bag episode of State Hornet: Buzzed, broadcast staffer Garry Singh, managing editor Maddie Beck, web editor Chris Wong and tech writer Kylie Robison discuss Thanksgiving vs. Christmas, the one drink they could live off of and the one superpower they would have.
PODCAST: Ballot measures explained, columnists talk tech and dating

PODCAST: Ballot measures explained, columnists talk tech and dating

October 26, 2020
This week on The State Hornet Podcast: Sacramento ballot measures, Sac State hires saxophonist Brian Landrus, former Sac State basketball guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa goes pro in New Zealand and State Hornet columnists talk tech and dating.
PODCAST: New details on former ASI president’s resignation, Sac State opts out of spring football

PODCAST: New details on former ASI president’s resignation, Sac State opts out of spring football

October 19, 2020

This week on The State Hornet Podcast, podcast editor Robbie Pierce and managing editor Madeleine Beck are joined by staffer Camryn Dadey to discuss new information regarding former ASI President Christian...

PODCAST: Dolores Huerta speaks to students, students quarantined during first month

PODCAST: Dolores Huerta speaks to students, students quarantined during first month

October 12, 2020

This week on The State Hornet Podcast, podcast editor Robbie Pierce, editor-in-chief Max Connor and managing editor Maddie Beck discuss Dolores Huerta’s virtual lecture, the quarantine of eight students...

PODCAST: Anti-racism at Sac State: Fall Convocation hosted, student athletes speak out

PODCAST: Anti-racism at Sac State: Fall Convocation hosted, student athletes speak out

October 5, 2020

This week on The State Hornet Podcast, podcast editor Robbie Pierce, managing editor Maddie Beck and editor-in-chief Max Connor discuss the Fall Convocation anti-racism conference at Sacramento State,...

PODCAST: Trump visits Sacramento, WELL reopening delayed

PODCAST: Trump visits Sacramento, WELL reopening delayed

September 21, 2020

This week on The State Hornet Podcast, Podcast Editor Robbie Pierce, Editor-in-Chief Max Connor and Managing Editor Maddie Beck bring you the latest news including President Trump’s visit to Sacramento...

PODCAST: Spring 2021 confirmed virtual, Sac State employees paid to resign

PODCAST: Spring 2021 confirmed virtual, Sac State employees paid to resign

September 14, 2020

On this week’s episode of The State Hornet Podcast, Podcast Editor Robbie Pierce, Managing Editor Maddie Beck and Editor-in-Chief Max Connor go over major stories since the back-to-school episode uploaded...

PODCAST: How coronavirus will affect the campus this fall

PODCAST: How coronavirus will affect the campus this fall

September 3, 2020

Welcome back! On this State Hornet podcast special, editors Robbie Pierce, Maddie Beck and Max Connor take you through key events over the summer and developments from the past week related to the state...

BROADCAST: Summer news you may have missed

August 31, 2020

The first episode of the State Hornet News broadcast for the fall 2020 semester covers stories from the summer, including Sacramento State students struggling to get out of leases at off-campus apartment...

Joseph DeAngelo stands as he apologizes to the survivors of his crimes and the families of his victims. Sacramento States University Union acted as a makeshift courtroom for the sentencing trial of DeAngelo, dubbed the Golden State Killer, on Friday, August 21, 2020.

Golden State Killer sentenced to life without parole in historic hearing at Sac State

August 21, 2020
Joseph DeAngelo will serve life in prison following a historic hearing Friday at Sacramento State.

CSU Chancellor addresses pandemic protocol, anti-racism in virtual event

August 20, 2020
Tim White answered students’ questions about the upcoming fall semester, including questions about COVID-19 safety on campuses and systemic racism.

El canciller de Cal State responde preguntas de los estudiantes sobre el regreso a clases en vivo miércoles

CalMatters será el anfitrión de Tim White para hablar de la pandemia y semestre otoño
August 19, 2020

La Universidad del Estado de California Canciller Timothy White abordará preguntas de estudiantes sobre el semestre otoño y su regreso a la escuela durante una pandemia en un ayuntamiento virtual el...

CSU Chancellor to answer students’ back-to-school questions live Wednesday

CalMatters to host Tim White to talk pandemic, fall semester
August 18, 2020

California State University Chancellor Timothy White addressed students’ questions about the fall semester and their return to school during a pandemic at a virtual town hall Wednesday at noon hosted...

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Recent Sac State graduate dies in I-80 collision

22-year-old Ashley Ramos was passenger in fatal car crash
July 28, 2020

A recent Sacramento State graduate died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday in Placer County according to a CHP press release.  22-year-old Ashley Ramos died when the driver of the vehicle she was in went...

First year Sac State student killed in drive-by shooting at cemetery

First year Sac State student killed in drive-by shooting at cemetery

Zarrie Allen was 18 years old
July 23, 2020

A Sacramento State student was killed in a drive-by shooting at Sacramento Memorial Lawn Cemetery on Monday, according to an email sent out by Sac State President Robert Nelsen. Zarrie Allen was 18...

A man points a gun out of frame in a screenshot from a video of a shooting that took place at The Crossings Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The man was shot by the Sacramento police, and later transported to the hospital.

Man shot and killed by police officer at The Crossings apartment complex

July 21, 2020

A man was shot and killed by a Sacramento Police Department officer at The Crossings student living complex Tuesday, according to the Sacramento Police Department.  The man who died was identified...

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Sac State will help enroll international students in hybrid or in-person course

July 8, 2020

International students will be assisted in enrolling in an in-person or hybrid course to avoid losing their student visa, according to an email from Sacramento State International Programs and Global Engagement...

Flags hang in Sacramento State’s Global Studies Lounge on March 11, 2020. ICE announced Monday that international students will have to take at least one in-person class in the fall to be able to stay in the U.S., putting Sac State international students at risk of being deported.

‘What happened yesterday was such a sick betrayal’: Sac State international students react to ICE announcement

Students must take at least one in-person class to stay in US
July 7, 2020

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday that international students cannot take online-only courses in the fall if they want to stay in the U.S., putting Sacramento State international...

Golden State Killer suspect pleads guilty in hearing at Sac State

Golden State Killer suspect pleads guilty in hearing at Sac State

Sac State alumnus Joseph DeAngelo to serve life in prison for murders
June 29, 2020

The Golden State Killer suspect pleaded guilty to multiple murders in a makeshift courtroom in the Sacramento State University Union ballroom on Monday.  Joseph DeAngelo, a Sac State alumnus, pleaded...

Provost Steve Perez and Sac State President Robert Nelsen will serve as panelists along with vice president for inclusive excellence Diana Tate Vermeire at a virtual town hall on May 19, 2020, in response to a viral video where a Sac State professors wife used a racial slur. Screenshot via Facebook. Photos by Rahul Lal and Joseph Daniels. Graphic made in Canva.

VIRTUAL TOWN HALL PREVIEW: Students prepare to voice their opinions about viral professor video

May 17, 2020

Sacramento State will hold a virtual town hall Tuesday in response to a viral video of a Sac State professor and his wife in an argument with their neighbors, in which the wife used a racial slur.  “The...

A Facebook video posted Friday, May 1 went viral, showing a Sac State professor and a woman arguing with their neighbors. The man in the video was identified as Tim Ford by university administrators.

Sac State professor apologizes for video featuring racial slurs, petition circulates for his removal

University to hold virtual town hall addressing incident
May 8, 2020

On the heels of an official university response condemning the incident, the Sacramento State professor seen in a viral video confrontation with his neighbors apologized for his wife’s use of a racial...

A Facebook video posted Friday, May 1 went viral, showing a Sac State professor and a woman arguing with their neighbors. The man in the video was identified as Tim Ford by university administrators.

Sac State professor seen in viral video where wife uses racial slur against neighbors

Video sent to campus authorities for review, university says
May 5, 2020

A since-deleted Facebook video posted May 1 showing a Sacramento State professor and his wife arguing with their neighbors — with the wife using racial slurs — went viral, accumulating over 6,000 views...

CORONAVIRUS BRIEFS E4: Lawsuit over campus fees, emergency financial aid

CORONAVIRUS BRIEFS E4: Lawsuit over campus fees, emergency financial aid

April 30, 2020

On this episode of our Coronavirus Briefs series, editor-in-chief Margherita Beale, deputy copy editor Maddie Beck and podcast editor Robbie Pierce discuss a class-action lawsuit against the California...

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Sac State to use tool that records students to proctor online exams

Respondus Monitor records feed from webcam to verify testing conditions
April 24, 2020

Sacramento State will implement browser extension Respondus Monitor to proctor online exams, according to an email to students sent Friday by Steve Perez, Sac State provost and vice president of academic...

Sac State Students can now choose their preferred grading systems on a class-by-class basis. Screenshot via student center.

Credit/no credit, ABC/no credit options opened for Sac State students

Grading systems optional for most classes
April 23, 2020

The different grading systems Sacramento State previously announced are now available for students to select, according to an email sent to students by the Division of Student Affairs Thursday.  To...

Sac State to implement optional credit/no credit system for most undergraduate courses

Sac State to implement optional credit/no credit system for most undergraduate courses

Students will be able to opt in on course-by-course basis
April 10, 2020

Sacramento State will make most undergraduate courses optional credit/no credit, according to an email to instructors obtained by The State Hornet.  Students will be able to choose between three grading...

Graduating Sac State students watch themselves on a giant screen inside Golden 1 Center during the commencement procession May 18, 2018. Sac State administration is proposing a virtual commencement in addition to allowing spring 2020 graduates to walk at the spring 2021 commencement.

Sac State virtual commencement ceremony proposed at Faculty Senate meeting

Proposal will go to the ASI Board of Directors Wednesday
April 9, 2020

A virtual commencement ceremony for spring 2020 graduates was proposed by Sacramento State administration at a Faculty Senate Zoom meeting Thursday. Spring 2020 graduates could be able to walk at the...

Sac State ASI, admin discussing credit/no credit course expansion

Sac State ASI, admin discussing credit/no credit course expansion

April 3, 2020

Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. and administration are discussing potential options for expanding credit/no credit courses in light of classes being moved online due to the COVID-19 outbreak,...

TIMELINE: The State Hornet’s coverage of COVID-19

TIMELINE: The State Hornet’s coverage of COVID-19

March 30, 2020

The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Sacramento County on Feb. 21. Less than a month later the county issued a stay-at-home directive to ensure residents only leave their homes for essential chores,...

STATE HORNET NEWS BROADCAST: 3/28 Weekly Update

March 28, 2020

The State Hornet has switched to weekly broadcast updates. Our fifth broadcast includes updates about the Associated Students, Inc. president and vice president, the Sacramento State Placer Center and...

The WELL at Sacramento State. According to an email obtained by The State Hornet, they are offering refunds to faculty, staff, alumni and sponsored members.

The WELL offers partial refunds to Sac State faculty, staff, alumni

FAQ says students cannot receive refunds, contradicting cited CSU policy
March 27, 2020

The WELL at Sacramento State will offer refunds to faculty, staff, alumni and sponsored members according to an email obtained by the State Hornet.  “We are emailing all of our Monthly-EFT Faculty,...

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BROOKE’S UHLENBOPS S1E4: The Kanye West/Taylor Swift ‘Feud’

March 25, 2020

Web Story/Transistor Summary: Amidst all the other chaos happening this month (March 2020), the full and unedited phone call between Kanye West and Taylor Swift pertaining to a certain line in West’s...

Sac State closes Union, library, dining services to mitigate coronavirus spread

Sac State closes Union, library, dining services to mitigate coronavirus spread

School looks to ‘significantly lower’ campus population
March 17, 2020

The Sacramento State University Union, library and food services, other than those in the residence halls, are set to close to stop the spread of COVID-19 according to a SacSend email from President Robert...

The Store in the University Union at Sacramento State laid off all student employees in an email sent out Thursday, stating their last day of employment would be Friday. The email cited the shift to online classes due to coronavirus fears.

The Store in the University Union lays off all Sac State student employees

Employees received email with 1 day’s notice
March 14, 2020

The Store in Sacramento State’s University Union laid off all student employees Friday citing shift to online classes, according to an email sent to them Thursday obtained by The State Hornet.  “Not...

STATE HORNET CORONAVIRUS PODCAST: What we know so far

STATE HORNET CORONAVIRUS PODCAST: What we know so far

March 13, 2020

The State Hornet is launching a new series of podcast briefs to keep you up-to-date on the latest news and developments concerning the new coronavirus in regard to Sacramento State and the surrounding...

Jennifer Gross and Christian Miguel Landaverde after hearing the results of the Associated Students, Inc. elections on April 10, 2019, at the elections party. On Friday March 13, 2020 ASI announced that both Landaverde and Gross had resigned effective immediately citing personal reasons.

Sac State ASI president, vice president resign

Christian Landaverde and Jennifer Gross cited personal reasons
March 13, 2020

Sacramento State's Associated Students, Inc. president and executive vice president have stepped down from their positions, according to a press release from ASI. Story continues below Instagram post.     View...

Students wait in line at the Sac State UTAPS office on Thursday, March 12. UTAPS extended the last date to get a 50% refund on spring parking permits to March 20 after initially stating it was March 13.

Deadline for 50% refund of Sac State spring parking permit extended

Express permit drop-off will be available Monday, Tuesday at Parking Lot 7
March 12, 2020

Sacramento State students will be able to return their spring parking permits for a 50% refund until March 20 following classes being moved online for the remainder of the semester according to Tony Lucas,...

Note left on door of computer science associate professors Weide Chang office in Riverside Hall, alerting students of his leave of absence. The university said he was intercepted on his way to class Wednesday, Feb 19.

NEWS PODCAST S2E6: Reviewing the Weide Chang story

March 12, 2020

For this week’s episode of The State Hornet News Podcast, podcast editor Robbie Pierce and news writer Maddie Beck spoke to Kaleb Bello, a fourth-year computer science major who was in Professor Weide...

Sac State to suspend all in-person classes over coronavirus concerns

Sac State to suspend all in-person classes over coronavirus concerns

Campus will remain open
March 12, 2020

Sacramento State is discontinuing in-person classes and moving instruction completely online due to concerns about the new coronavirus, according to a SacSend email send Thursday.  Classes were suspended...

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Sacramento County confirms first coronavirus-related death

Deceased individual was in their 90s and a resident at an assisted living facility
March 10, 2020

The Sacramento County Department of Public Health confirmed Sacramento County’s first death related to COVID-19 Tuesday evening, according to a press release.  The deceased individual was in their...

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BROOKE’S UHLENBOPS S1E1: Taylor Swift changed my life

March 4, 2020

In the first episode of our new music and pop culture podcast Brooke’s UhlenBops, host and resident Taylor Swift correspondent for The State Hornet, Brooke Uhlenhop is joined by news writer Maddie Beck...

Sac State film production major Dylan Peshek records his peers senior project at the Library Quad while his friend Matthew Behnam operates the boom microphone on Monday, Feb. 24. Sac State already claims authority to halt any filming that it finds interfering with normal campus operations according to recently implemented policy.

‘What does the campus expect us to make?’: Sac State students, faculty express concerns over proposed visual content restrictions

Drafted policy requires pre-approval of some student, third-party content
March 3, 2020

Sacramento State film student Heather Uroff has been working on her film “Reflections” since she wrote the script last spring. It is implied in “Reflections” that the main character was sexually...

The first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Sacramento according to Sacramento Countys Public Health officials. Pictured is, Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by NIAID. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Sac State suspends study abroad in South Korea due to coronavirus

University says arrangements being made for students’ return
February 27, 2020

Sacramento State suspended all study abroad programs in South Korea Wednesday evening due to the 2019 novel coronavirus’s spread there, according to a press release. “Sacramento State has made the...

Note left on door of computer science associate professors Weide Chang office in Riverside Hall, alerting students of his leave of absence. The university said he was intercepted on his way to class Wednesday, Feb 19.

Sac State computer science associate professor ‘held by the shoulders and escorted’ from Calaveras Hall

Weide Chang on leave, university says
February 20, 2020

Sacramento State computer science associate professor Weide Chang is on leave after being escorted out by two men on his way to class Wednesday, sources said.   “Wednesday afternoon a faculty member...

A branch fell and struck a Sac State student on the head on Monday, Feb. 17. The unidentified student was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Sacramento Fire Captain Keith Wade.

Sac State student injured on campus by falling tree branch

February 17, 2020

A branch fell and struck a Sac State student on the head on Monday, Feb. 17. The unidentified student was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Sacramento Fire Captain Keith Wade.

Kaitlin St. Croix, a Sac State child development major and resident assistant, smiles for a photo in Desmond Hall following an interview with The State Hornet on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. St. Croix died in a head-on collision in Stanislaus County on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, according to Sac State university communications.

‘Her memory will live on with everyone’: Friends and family remember Kaitlin St. Croix

Sac State student died in a head-on collision Jan. 9
January 30, 2020

Kaitlin St. Croix’s friends remember a tradition that most of them experienced with her at least once: going to Dutch Bros on the first of every month to get the coffee shop's new sticker of the month. “It...

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