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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
Magaly Muñoz

Magaly Muñoz, managing editor (features)

Magaly Muñoz joined The State Hornet as an opinion writer in fall 2019 and went on to run the opinion section as editor for the 2020-2021 school year. Magaly is the fall 2021 managing editor and will graduate with her bachelors degree in journalism in spring 2022. After graduation, she hopes to delve into magazine writing or publishing.

All content by Magaly Muñoz

Debating our cultures’ superstitions and beliefs: SIN FILTRO

November 29, 2021

On the very first videocast of Sin Filtro, The State Hornet’s first Latin-based podcast, features managing editor Magaly Muñoz, digital editor Mercy Sosa and Spanish editor Erick Salgado. They discuss...

Provost departs Sac State, football team Big Sky champs and more: STATE HORNET PODCAST

Provost departs Sac State, football team Big Sky champs and more: STATE HORNET PODCAST

November 22, 2021

On this week’s episode of The State Hornet Podcast, features managing editor Magaly Muñoz brings you the biggest stories you should know about Sacramento State and the Sacramento community. The biggest...

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Album of the Year 2021

November 19, 2021
The time has come to vote on the 2021 Album of the Year. Read more to see what albums are featured, how you can follow along and where to vote for your favorites.

State Hornet Spotlight: Former basketball player Samaad Hector chooses mental health over basketball

November 15, 2021

Managing editor Magaly Muñoz and sports beat writer Jordan Latimore sit down and talk to Samaad Hector, who left the Sacramento State men’s basketball team before the fall 2021 semester. Hector talks...

Former Sac State basketball player discusses prioritizing mental health: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT

Former Sac State basketball player discusses prioritizing mental health: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT

November 15, 2021

On this episode of State Hornet Spotlight, managing editor Magaly Muñoz and sports beat writer Jordan Latimore sit down with former Sacramento State basketball player Samaad Hector about his decision...

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Religion, beliefs and superstitions growing up in Latino communities: SIN FILTRO

November 10, 2021

On this week’s episode of “Sin Filtro,” editors Mercy Sosa, Magaly Muñoz and Erick Salgado talk about their views on religion, beliefs and superstitions they grew up with in Latino communities.  Now...

The State Hornet’s Arts & Entertainment section present their top five choices on what they think are the weirdest Halloween movies. Graphic created in Canva.

[Photo] Top 5 strangest horror films you’ll ever see.

October 30, 2021

The State Hornet’s Arts & Entertainment section present their top five choices on what they think are the weirdest Halloween movies. Graphic created in Canva.

STATE HORNET BUZZED: Astrology Signs

October 27, 2021

On this episode of Buzzed: Editor-in-Chief Jordan Parker, managing editor Magaly Muñoz, digital editor Mercy Sosa, audience engagement editor Kaylin Flatland and news editor Camryn Dadey discuss and debate...

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The impact of music in our festivities and culture: SIN FILTRO

October 27, 2021

In the second episode of “Sin Filtro,” editors Mercy Sosa, Magaly Muñoz and Erick Salgado discuss the music they grew up listening to and how it has had an impact on their culture and festivities.  The...

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Astrology signs — a fun way to connect with friends or completely pointless?: STATE HORNET BUZZED

October 18, 2021

Buzzed, The State Hornet’s variety show, returns for a third semester, and allows rotating panelists the opportunity to debate and discuss any topic, from food, to Marvel to Halloween stories. It's time...

State Hornet alumna Aranza Mora at Univision’s Despierta Sacramento on Oct. 5, 2021. Mora talked to managing editor Magaly Muñoz about her struggles with being a Hispanic woman in broadcast media.

Alumna shares her experience being a Hispanic woman in media: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT

October 11, 2021

On this edition of State Hornet Spotlight, State Hornet alumna Aranza Mora talks to managing editor Magaly Muñoz about her experience with being a Latina woman in media and how her love for being Hispanic...

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Introducing ourselves and the significance of our culture’s food: Sin Filtro

October 6, 2021

In the first episode of “Sin Filtro,” editors Erick Salgado, Mercy Sosa and Magaly Muñoz introduce themselves and from which Latin country their family heritage originates.  The trio shares how...

Right photo: Managing editor Magaly Muñoz and her mom after her pre-K graduation. Left photo: Muñoz and her dad at an award ceremony from her elementary school. In her latest testimony, Magaly talks about her experience with being embarrassed by her Hispanic heritage at a young age.

TESTIMONIAL: I had to learn to love my Hispanic heritage

October 4, 2021
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, managing editor Magaly Muñoz talks about learning to love being Hispanic after years of growing up in an environment that looked nothing like her everyday life.
Gavin Newsom retains his position as Governor of California after 63 percent voted no to the recall on Tuesday. Photo of Gavin Newsom by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Newsom survives recall, editor roundtable reacts: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT

September 16, 2021

A follow-up episode of the State Hornet Spotlight podcast features podcast editor Mack Ervin III, Editor-in-Chief Jordan Parker and managing editor Magaly Muñoz giving their immediate reaction following...

Editor roundtable discussion about historic recall election: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT

Editor roundtable discussion about historic recall election: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT

September 10, 2021

A special episode of the State Hornet Spotlight podcast features a roundtable discussion with podcast editor Mack Ervin III, Editor-in-Chief Jordan Parker and features editor Magaly Muñoz where they talk...

The early move-outs prompted by the coronavirus leave the Riverview Hall plaza empty aside from two people pushing a wheeled moving cart on March 18, 2020. Samuel Jones, executive director of University Housing Services, said he is working to get the Residence Halls back to full occupancy for fall 2021.

[Photo] FAQ: Everything you need to know about Sac State’s return to campus in fall 2021

May 17, 2021

The early move-outs prompted by the coronavirus leave the Riverview Hall plaza empty aside from two people pushing a wheeled moving cart on March 18, 2020. Samuel Jones, executive director of University...

‘Bridgerton’ wins Best TV Show in 2021 Sac State poll

‘Bridgerton’ wins ‘Best TV Show’ in 2021 Sac State poll

Try to not talk in a British accent after watching
May 10, 2021

Netflix has seen better days with its recent lackluster original content, but “Bridgerton” might’ve saved them from this pitiful fall. As a co-creator for the 2021 March Madness bracket, I...

The State Hornet’s 2021 March Madness picks for most binge-worthy TV shows. Categories were made up from streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+ and more. Graphic made in Canva.

STATE HORNET SPECIAL: Reacting to how you voted in State Hornet March Madness

Game of Thrones deserved better(?)
April 26, 2021
Thank you all for voting in last month’s State Hornet March Madness TV show event - now listen to arts & entertainment editor Nijzel Dotson and opinion editor Magaly Muñoz react to the results in today’s special edition of the State Hornet Podcast.
PODCAST: Breaking Down the Walls: Future of ‘The Bachelor’ amid racism in franchise

PODCAST: Breaking Down the Walls: Future of ‘The Bachelor’ amid racism in franchise

March 19, 2021
This episode of opinion editor Magaly Muñoz’s chat podcast “Breaking Down the Walls” features co-news editors Mercy Sosa and Camryn Dadey reacting to the most recent season of “The Bachelor” and discussing the future of the franchise.
In celebration of Womens History Month, opinion writer Bradley Hinkson shares his favorite actress performances. Graphic made in Canva.

[Photo] OPINION: Some of the best actress performances of all time

March 17, 2021

In celebration of Women's History Month, opinion writer Bradley Hinkson shares his favorite actress performances. Graphic made in Canva.

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STATE HORNET BUZZED: The best and worst of a four-hour Grammys

March 16, 2021
Opinion editor Magaly Muñoz, arts & entertainment editor Nijzel Dotson, sports editor Ian Edwards and music writer Khalil Bourgoub react to the 2021 Grammys in this episode of our Buzzed podcast.
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STATE HORNET BUZZED: ‘WandaVision’ and the next MCU Phase

March 12, 2021
Podcast staffer Gavin Rock, opinion editor Magaly Muñoz, diversity & identity beat writer Estefany Nuñez and arts & entertainment editor Nijzel Dotson get together to talk about “WandaVision” and all things MCU.
PODCAST: Breaking Down the Walls: Looking back on a year of COVID-19

PODCAST: Breaking Down the Walls: Looking back on a year of COVID-19

March 12, 2021
Opinion editor Magaly Muñoz is the host of Breaking Down the Walls, a brand-new chat podcast focused on current events and roundtable discussions. For episode one, Magaly and three of her fellow journalists look back on one whole year of COVID-19.
The State Hornet’s 2021 March Madness picks for most binge-worthy TV shows. Categories were made up from streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+ and more. Graphic made in Canva.

March Madness 2021: Most binge-worthy TV shows

32 shows, but there can only be one winner
March 10, 2021
A March Madness bracket made up of 32 different shows you can binge during quarantine. Vote for your favorites!
According to the CDC, people ages 18-29 are responsible for 22.4% of COVID-19 cases in the United States as of March 4. That is 4,836,514 cases, the highest of any age group in the U.S.

[Photo] EDITORIAL: Please, get the COVID vaccine

March 9, 2021

According to the CDC, people ages 18-29 are responsible for 22.4% of COVID-19 cases in the United States as of March 4. That is 4,836,514 cases, the highest of any age group in the U.S.

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STATE HORNET BUZZED: Valentine’s Day bests, worsts and traditions

February 14, 2021
Happy Valentine’s Day! Lauren Vannucci, Magaly Muñoz, Anila Lijo and Rose Vega feature on this episode of our variety chat podcast, Buzzed, to talk their favorite and least favorite parts of the holiday and romance culture in general.
Rest in peace to the many lives that have been taken too soon. They’re gone, but never forgotten.

TESTIMONIAL: I’m no stranger to death

Sometimes you lose the people you care about the most
January 27, 2021
“Unfortunately, in my short 20 years, I’ve been around it more times then I would like to, and it’s taken its rightful toll on me.” Read more as opinion editor Magaly Muñoz shares her experience with loss and death at a young age.
Shiavon Chatman in the State Hornet newsroom recording studio last semester. Chatman is now graduated and has a published book available on Gumroad.

PODCAST SPOTLIGHT: State Hornet alumna Shiavon Chatman on being a young Black author

December 2, 2020
Podcast editor Robbie Pierce and opinion editor Magaly Munoz talk with former State Hornet columnist and podcaster Shiavon Chatman about her book written about Biggie Smalls’ “Life After Death,” being a young Black author and the state of hip-hop.
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OPINION: Joe Biden was not my first choice for president- I settled

Some Sac State students say Biden was the lesser of two evils
November 16, 2020
Opinion editor Magaly Muñoz went to social media to ask students whether Joe Biden was their first choice as president, or if they settled like she did.
Financial barriers put low-income students at more of a disadvantage than those with a higher income during COVID-19. Graphic made in Canva.

OPINION: Low-income students are the most disadvantaged in online learning

The pandemic is deepening the educational gap
September 24, 2020
Opinion editor Magaly Muñoz explains some of the struggles low-income students are facing with online education.
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OPINION: A passive aggressive guide for going to restaurants during a pandemic

Drinking game: Take a shot every time a Karen yells at me
September 8, 2020

Being a manager at a restaurant means I already deal with my fair share of rude and picky people, so I’m not sure why I thought people were going to be smart and mindful during a worldwide health crisis....

Former KSSU Sports Director Anthony Rifenburg (left) and Keith Jouganatos broadcast a mens basketball game on Nov. 11, 2018 at the Nest. The KSSU sports departments agreement with the Athletics Department has expired, and will not be renewed.

Sac State Athletics Department will no longer broadcast games with student radio station

Athletics Director Mark Orr said it no longer fit financial needs
May 11, 2020

With the cancellation of spring athletics at Sacramento State due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lull in sports broadcasting, and there will continue to be one indefinitely. In April, the...

Sac State football team wins 2020 ‘Best Men’s Sports Team’ and ‘Best Campus Event’

Sac State football team wins 2020 ‘Best Men’s Sports Team’ and ‘Best Campus Event’

Hornets saw first trip to FCS playoffs last season
May 4, 2020

The Sacramento State football team won this year’s “Best Men’s Sports Team” and “Best Campus Event” in The State Hornet’s fourth annual Best of Sac State poll. The team ended their 2019...

Professors advocate for the best for their students while fulfilling their original course objectives before coronavirus concerns struck campus. Graphic in Canva.

‘It’s important to be flexible during this time’: Sac State professors on moving to online-only instruction

Professors remain positive despite shelter-at-home orders
April 30, 2020

As students try to find their momentum with online-only classes, Sacramento State professors are attempting to do the same. While there was worry that professors would not be able to smoothly transition...

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OPINION: Seasonal depression mixed with a pandemic is a recipe for disaster

But I know the pain will ease soon
April 21, 2020

What would you do if I told you that for three months out of the year you were stuck in a dark, empty space, no motivation to do anything and you had absolutely nowhere to go? What if I also told you...

Supporters of AB1460 who were told to leave the University Unions Green & Gold Room and stand outside as Sacramento States Faculty Senate converse about the bill on March 5, 2020 prior to stay-at-home orders and school moving online. Sac State students, faculty and admin share their thoughts on if the COVID-19 vaccine should be required to return to campus in fall 2021.

FAQ: What you need to know about the ethnic studies bill, AB 1460

Bill would implement new CSU course requirement
April 18, 2020

Discussions on AB 1460 have been temporarily halted by the Sacramento State Faculty Senate due to the impact of COVID-19 on campus. The State Hornet put together an FAQ on what students need to know about...

Students struggle to find consistency to stay on task as they continue their transition to online-only classes. Many fear their grades will not reflect their strength as students in regular sessions

‘I lose focus a lot more than I usually do’: Sac State students share their struggles with virtual classes

Most courses moved online amid coronavirus pandemic
April 8, 2020

In Sacramento State’s second week of online-only classes due to the coronavirus outbreak, students are struggling with academics in a virtual format. Students like Hannah Rowles, a recreation, parks...

The outside of the residence halls at Sac State on Wednesday, March 18. A man was detained and released outside of the American River Courtyard on Friday, March 27 for casing cars.

[Photo] Police detain man casing cars outside Sac State dorms

April 3, 2020

The outside of the residence halls at Sac State on Wednesday, March 18. A man was detained and released outside of the American River Courtyard on Friday, March 27 for casing cars.

The early move-outs prompted by the coronavirus leave the Riverview Hall plaza empty aside from two people pushing a wheeled moving cart on March 18, 2020. President Nelsen said 10% of residence hall students per week will undergo random COVID-19 surveillance tests in his spring address Thursday, and Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills said it will be voluntary.

[Photo] Sac State to consolidate dorm residents amid COVID-19 outbreak

March 23, 2020

The early move-outs prompted by the coronavirus leave the Riverview Hall plaza empty aside from two people pushing a wheeled moving cart on March 18, 2020. President Nelsen said 10% of residence hall students...

The outside of the residence halls at Sac State on Wednesday, March 18. The university is considering moving student residents into one living hall to consolidate space amid coronavirus effects on the campus.

Sac State considers moving student residents to single hall amid coronavirus outbreak

‘I think it would be a smarter idea to just move all of them in one’
March 18, 2020

Sacramento State announced in a video update by Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills Tuesday that the university is considering the consolidation of students in on-campus housing into one dorm hall...

Provost Steve Perez in the University Union at Sac State on Thursday, March 12, 2020. He fielded questions from the Faculty Senate on the handling of future virtual instruction, as the university shifts to online courses due to COVID-19 concerns.

Sac State Faculty Senate meets to discuss online class transition amid coronavirus concerns

March 12, 2020

Hours after Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen sent out a SacSend email suspending next week’s classes and transitioning most courses to online only, the Faculty Senate held a meeting with faculty...

Criminal Justice major Neelam Bandhu advocates for the passing of AB 1460, a bill which will require CSU students to complete an ethnic studies as part of their GE on Thursday, Feb. 27.

New bill may require CSU students to take ethnic studies class

Faculty Senate meeting discusses the effects of proposed AB 1460
February 27, 2020

Assembly Bill 1460 would require all California State Universities to implement an undergraduate requirement of a 3-unit course in ethnic studies.  The bill would apply to students graduating in the...

Boots Riley talks socioeconomic struggles, discrimination and the impact from his first feature film Sorry to Bother You at the University Union at Sacramento State, Feb. 13, 2020.

Sac State hosts lecture with filmmaker Boots Riley in honor of Black History Month

‘Sorry to Bother You’ director speaks on social change
February 14, 2020

Boots Riley, writer and director of the fantasy/sci-fi movie “Sorry to Bother You,” spoke to Sacramento State students at a lecture in the University Union Ballroom hosted by the UNIQUE Programs Feb....

Photo illustration. Sorry to Bother You director Boots Riley will hold a free lecture hosted by Sac State’s UNIQUE Programs in the University Union Ballroom Thursday, Feb. 13.

Q&A: How activism inspired Boots Riley’s first film

‘Sorry to Bother You’ director will speak at Sac State Thursday
February 11, 2020

Boots Riley, an American activist, rapper, screenwriter and filmmaker, will hold a free lecture hosted by Sacramento State’s UNIQUE Programs in the University Union Ballroom on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  Riley...

6 hot spots perfect for students to visit near Sac State

6 hot spots perfect for students to visit near Sac State

February 4, 2020

The semester has started, class is in session and stress levels are starting to skyrocket. To ease some of that stress, here is a list of local Sacramento hot spots perfect for after class relaxation. Temple...

Graphic by Eucario Calderon

OPINION: Top 10 most annoying songs of the decade

Hits that got really annoying, really quickly
December 10, 2019

Music is an extremely vital art that brings everyone together, even if it’s to rant about how excruciatingly annoying certain songs are. These are the top 10 songs of the past decade that got on my...

Your shitty day isnt a reason to treat your server terribly. Opinion writer Magaly Munoz lays down the issue of being rude to wait staff.

OPINION: Treat waitresses the way you want to be treated

Don’t even walk into a restaurant if you’re in a bad mood
November 19, 2019

Let me be plain and simple with you: The way some people treat servers is disgusting and unacceptable.   Prior to my current job at a local restaurant in my hometown, I never fully understood the...

An inclusive term to replace Latino and Latina. 
Latinx is seen as a gender neutral term that separates itself from the gendering of labels. Graphic by Shiavon Chatman

OPINION: If you don’t already use ‘Latinx,’ now is the time to do so

November 14, 2019

There are so many ethnic labels to keep up with that it can be hard to distinguish why any of them are important, but with the rise of “Latinx” in day-to-day dialogue, the significance of all these...

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a two-day celebration in Latin American countries, primarily Mexico, that honors the souls of those who have passed on from this life to the other.

OPINION: Stop using my culture as your costume

It should go without saying, but let’s appreciate, not appropriate
November 7, 2019

After Día de los Muertos every year, I always reflect on the morbid and nostalgic thinking the day brings, what I’ve noticed in recent years is that my culture’s holiday has been turned into a costume.  Día...

TESTIMONIAL: Mental illness needs to be taken more seriously in the Mexican community

TESTIMONIAL: Mental illness needs to be taken more seriously in the Mexican community

October 26, 2019

A subject that I try to ignore, yet always gets brought up in my day-to-day life, is mental illness. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I avoid all of my very obvious depressive and anxious symptoms...

Picture courtesy of Magaly Munoz. Tattoo done by Valerie Partida, who has performed stick and poke tattoos for over two years from her home.

OPINION: Stick and poke tattoos are the next best painfully beautiful trend

October 14, 2019

In an effort to get as many tattoos as I can before my parents find out, I went on a bit of a quest to get my next piece.  Both of my previous tattoos are relatively small and, for the most part, undetectable...

A Forever 21 storefront. The business recently declared bankruptcy, with mass closures of stores imminent.

OPINION: Forever 21, more like Temporary 21

What do post-grad students and Forever 21 have in common? They’re both broke as hell
September 24, 2019

It’s the end of the week and you get invited to a party super last minute. You have one of two options: be known as an outfit repeater or speed your way to the closest Forever 21 and buy something...

REVIEW: Did Dave Chappelle’s new special go too far?

REVIEW: Did Dave Chappelle’s new special go too far?

September 8, 2019

If you keep up with any comedy specials on your streaming services, then you might know that Dave Chappelle recently came out with his fifth comedy special on Netflix, “Sticks and Stones.”  He...

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