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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
Margherita Beale

Margherita Beale, Editor-in-Chief

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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...

CORONAVIRUS BRIEFS E3: Coronavirus case at Lark Sacramento, virtual commencement proposed

CORONAVIRUS BRIEFS E3: Coronavirus case at Lark Sacramento, virtual commencement proposed

April 14, 2020

On this episode of our Coronavirus Briefs podcast, editor-in-chief Margherita Beale, deputy news editor Chris Wong and podcast editor Robbie Pierce break down the most important COVID-19-related developments...

CORONAVIRUS BRIEFS E2: Sac State commencement postponed, campus closures and more

CORONAVIRUS BRIEFS E2: Sac State commencement postponed, campus closures and more

March 17, 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...

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...

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.

Men who escorted Sac State associate professor out of Calaveras Hall identified as university administrators

Weide Chang on leave, university says
February 24, 2020

The two men who escorted Sacramento State computer science associate professor Weide Chang out of Calaveras Hall Wednesday were identified as university administrators, according to an email from University...

Members of the Miwok tribe guiding marchers to the state Capitol on Saturday morning at the Womens March Sacramento on January 18, 2020. Photo by Kendra L. Rivera.

NEWS PODCAST: Recapping the Women’s March, previewing the semester

January 23, 2020

Thousands rallied Saturday as part of the fourth annual Sacramento Women’s March, and news editor Kendra Rivera-Molina was there to cover the event for The State Hornet. On this episode of The State...

A Cal Fit building on Zinfadel Road in Rancho Cordova. Cal Fit has tabled at Sac State, but SO&L announced Friday that they are no longer allowed to table on campus as a vendor.

NEWS PODCAST: What happened to get Cal Fit removed from campus?

December 13, 2019

Last Friday, Sacramento State’s Student Organizations and Leadership announced it was removing fitness company Cal Fit’s rights to table on campus. State Hornet editor-in-chief Margherita Beale was...

A Cal Fit building on Zinfadel Road in Rancho Cordova. Cal Fit has tabled at Sac State, but SO&L announced Friday that they are no longer allowed to table on campus as a vendor.

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

Cal Fit no longer allowed to table on campus, SO&L said
December 7, 2019

Sacramento State computer science major Alex Nguyen was catching up on his emails after a late night of homework when he received a notification that he says is still branded in his mind. Nguyen had...

The American River Courtyard, one of the residence halls located at Sac State. In the universitys 2019 Clery Act Report, 31 instances of sexual assault were reported at on-campus housing, an increase of 21 incidents from last years report.

Clery Report shows 31 instances of sexual assault at Sac State student housing in 2018

Number of reported incidents of rape increased by 26 from 2017
September 20, 2019

Sacramento State reported 30 instances of rape in 2018 in its annual Clery Act Report, an increase of 26 from the year before.  According to Sac State University Communications, while the number of...

Police responding to a man having a seizure outside of Sequoia hall on Wednesday. The man was taken to the hospital and later died, according to Jeannie Wong, vice president of University Communications.

Sac State student dies following apparent seizure on campus

Devin Ryan DeVore was a transfer student in his first year at the university
September 19, 2019

A Sacramento State student died after being rushed to the hospital following an apparent seizure in front of Sequoia Hall Wednesday, university officials said. According to Ed Mills, vice president...

Construction at Academy 65. The housing complex, located on 65th St. Across from Elvas Ave., has had to delay move-in dates by over three weeks.

‘Situational homelessness’: 286 residents still awaiting move-in at apartments near Sac State

Lawyer says residents could pursue class action lawsuit
August 30, 2019

The 286 residents who are still awaiting move-in at Academy65, an apartment complex near Sacramento State primarily aimed at students, were asked to sign a lease addendum and general release Thursday,...

CSUS Career Center Director Melissa Repa talks about Tara O’Sullivan at a press conference in front of Sacramento Hall on Thursday, June 20. OSullivan was a Sacramento Police officer and Sac State alumna was killed in the line of duty Wednesday night while responding to a domestic violence call.

26-year-old police officer killed in North Sacramento was Sac State alumna

June 20, 2019

Tara O’Sullivan, a 26-year-old Sacramento State alumna and Sacramento Police Department officer, was shot and killed Wednesday night while on a domestic disturbance call in North Sacramento. O’Sullivan...

Large Greek letters are visible next to a backyard pool over the fence of the home where 21-year-old Sac State business major and Pi Kappa Alpha member William Molina died after being shot by a pellet gun Friday, April 12. Members of the universitys chapter refer to the home as The Fratican.

Sac State not investigating fraternity aspect of student’s death

April 16, 2019

Large Greek letters are visible next to a backyard pool over the fence of the home where 21-year-old Sac State business major and Pi Kappa Alpha member William Molina died after being shot by a pellet...

Sac State’s Delta Chi chapter removed for three years following investigation

Sac State’s Delta Chi chapter removed for three years following investigation

March 16, 2019

After a rejected appeal on March 20, Sacramento State’s Delta Chi fraternity is officially unrecognized by the university for three years, following an investigation prompted by anonymous hazing allegations....

Taryn Patton points at a copy of the State Hornet in a crowd of people in the Library Quad Thursday. A fight broke out at Sac State after a group of men wearing Make America Great Again hats with a Blue Lives Matter flag accused The State Hornet of inciting violence in its latest print issue.

Crowd gathers around Sac State Trump supporters protesting Stephon Clark coverage

Students wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hats called The State Hornet ‘fascist’
March 7, 2019

A fight among students at Sacramento State occurred Thursday as a group of men wearing red Make America Great Again hats with a Blue Lives Matter flag accused The State Hornet of inciting violence in its...

Protesters marched through Sacramentos Fab 40s neighborhood, a collection of upscale homes. The protest was organized in response in the Sacramento District Attorneys decision not to charge the officers involved in the fatal shooting of unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark.

Stephon Clark protest in East Sac ends with 84 arrests

Sac State Black Student Union members, State Hornet reporter among those detained
March 5, 2019

Sacramento State students, journalists and religious leaders were among the confirmed 84 arrested at Monday night’s protest in response to the recent decision not to charge the two police officers who...

Tanya Faison, Sacramentos Chapter Leader for Black Lives Matter chants with 
a group of protestors on March 2 outside the Sacramento Police Department headquarters on Freeport Boulevard. The Sacramento County District Attorneys decision not to charge the officers responsible for shooting and killing unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark has sparked multiple protests and other events to be planned in Sacramento and Sac State.

MAP: Protests and events in Sacramento following Stephon Clark decision

March 4, 2019

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s announcement Saturday that charges will not be filed against the officers who shot and killed unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark has sparked protests and other...

Sacramento State student Manushi Weerasinghe and other protesters hold up a sign protesting the death of Stephon Clark on March 27, 2018 outside of the Golden 1 Center before the Sacramento Kings hosted the Dallas Mavericks.

Possible Stephon Clark protests lead to enhanced security at Golden 1 Center

Protests in 2018 led to ticket-holding fans being kept from entering
March 4, 2019

UPDATE: In a press release Wednesday the Sacramento Kings said the Golden 1 Center will continue to have heightened security limiting parts of the Downtown Commons to ticket holders for Wednesday’s game. According...

From right, Starr Leverette-James, a 19-year-old Sac State Spanish major, holds a sign with two other protesters outside of BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse at the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento. The shopping center was closed Sunday due to high potential for unsafe numbers to gather (Sunday), mall officials said.

Arden Fair Mall closed Sunday after overnight Stephon Clark protests

Community responds to DA’s decision to not charge officers
March 3, 2019

Arden Fair Mall was closed to the public Sunday as a crowd gathered in protest of the decision not to charge the two policemen who shot and killed 22-year-old, unarmed Stephon Clark. Protests in the...

From left, Adam Jordan, Sonia Lewis and Patrick Durant wait outside the Sacramento District Attorneys office Saturday, March 2 as they watch a live video feed of the announcement regarding the fate of the officers involved in the shooting death of Stephon Clark last March. The officers will not be criminally charged for fatally shooting Clark, according to Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.

No charges filed against officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark

Sacramento County District Attorney says no crime was committed during incident
March 2, 2019

The Sacramento District Attorney’s office announced Saturday that no charges will be filed against two officers who shot and killed unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark on March 18, 2018. The announcement...

Sacramento State is investigating a potential hazing incident after an anonymous person emailed The State Hornet and President Nelsens interim chief of staff Cely Smart. The sender described the photo as depicting an imitation of the elephant walk, a hazing practice where members stand in a line or circle and walk while holding the genitals of the person behind them.

2019 Sac State Greek troubles continue

A timeline of anonymous allegations and ongoing investigations
February 20, 2019

Sparked by an anonymous email and others that followed, Sacramento State’s Greek life has faced investigation, scrutiny and even international attention since late January. Fraternities and sororities...

Sac State Pi Kappa Alpha chapter no longer under investigation

2018 video of vomiting pledge was beginning of temporary removal from university recognition
February 13, 2019

Sacramento State’s Pi Kappa Alpha chapter is no longer under investigation after university officials discovered the video sent to The State Hornet Tuesday was part of a previous investigation. The...

Anonymous video shows alleged Sac State Greek pledge vomiting

Third anonymous email says student did not receive proper medical care after house party
February 12, 2019

In the wake of allegations of misconduct in university Greek life, a second anonymous video was sent to The State Hornet showing a man said to be a pledge of Sacramento State’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity...

Sac State orders Delta Chi fraternity to ‘cease and desist all activity’

Hazing investigation continues after second anonymous email claims to provide video evidence
February 9, 2019

Sacramento State’s Delta Chi chapter has been ordered to cease and desist all activity as of Friday in the midst of a university investigation into allegations of hazing. The decision came from Student...

Sacramento State is investigating a potential hazing incident after an anonymous person emailed The State Hornet and President Nelsens interim chief of staff Cely Smart. The sender described the photo as depicting an imitation of the elephant walk, a hazing practice where members stand in a line or circle and walk while holding the genitals of the person behind them.

Investigation into Sac State fraternity continues

Former Delta Chi member denies any hazing, records show otherwise
February 7, 2019

After an anonymous email was sent to university officials, Sacramento State's investigation into allegations of hazing against the university’s chapter of the Delta Chi fraternity is ongoing. The...

Olli travels down Moraga Way during its initial testing phase. The autonomous vehicles will being transporting students in late February.

Driverless shuttles named ‘Olli’ coming to Sac State

Electric shuttles are ‘cute,’ says campus admin
February 6, 2019

Soon, Sacramento State students and the community will have the opportunity to be shuttled through campus via two autonomous shuttles called Olli. The electric shuttle, on loan from Local Motors, started...

A Sacramento State Police vehicle sits in front of The WELL. Sacramento State released its 2018 Annual Safety Plan Friday, Dec. 14.

CRIME LOGS: 10 most notable crimes over winter break

January 29, 2019

In an effort to increase transparency on campus, the State Hornet is taking a record of the 10 most notable crimes that occurred each week. The description of the crimes were gathered based on information...

Sacramento State is investigating a potential hazing incident after an anonymous person emailed The State Hornet and President Nelsens interim chief of staff Cely Smart. The sender described the photo as depicting an imitation of the elephant walk, a hazing practice where members stand in a line or circle and walk while holding the genitals of the person behind them.

Sac State investigating fraternity after anonymous hazing tip

Delta Chi under review after anonymously sent photo depicts alleged hazing
January 28, 2019

After an anonymous email was sent to both university administration and The State Hornet, Sacramento State is investigating an alleged hazing incident with the university’s chapter of the Delta Chi fraternity....

10 can’t miss Sac State events this spring

10 can’t miss Sac State events this spring

January 23, 2019

Here’s your State Hornet approved guide to having a good time on campus this semester.  

Three subjects reportedly stole a golf cart on Dec. 29 at approximately 7:30 p.m., driving it onto the Hornet Stadium track and football field. The suspects caused damage to the track, turf and fencing.

Suspects identified in Sac State golf cart theft

Three subjects reportedly caused damage to Hornet Stadium track and football field
January 19, 2019

Three suspects were identified in a Dec. 29 golf cart theft that caused damage to Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium track and football field. According to a Friday tweet from the Sacramento State...

Annie Mantsch reads an in memoriam speech in honor of nursing instructor Clay Abajian at Sacramento States School of Nursing pinning ceremony Thursday in the University Union Ballroom. Abajian was one of two fatalities in a Nov. 15 plane crash in Redding, California.

Sac State instructor remembered at pinning ceremony

Speech was given in memory of Clay Abajian at School of Nursing’s graduation ceremony
December 15, 2018

There was a notable absence as graduating nursing students gathered Thursday in the University Union Ballroom for Sacramento State’s School of Nursing pinning ceremony. Nursing pins are worn by nurses...

More than 7,000 N95 masks were given to the city of Sacramento and handed out by local fire stations with an additional 200,000 being sent Friday. Sacramento Fire Station No. 8 had people coming in and out to pick up masks all day.

Sacramento to distribute an additional 200,000 N95 masks

The city was near to ending the program as their initial supply dwindled
November 17, 2018

As air quality remains “very unhealthy” due to smoke from the Butte County Camp Fire, Sacramento has received an additional 200,000 N95 masks from the California Department of Public Health. Mask...

A female biker stops in front of the Sacramento State library to take photos of the smoke-filled closed campus on Nov. 14.

Sac State cancels classes through Thanksgiving break

UPDATE: Campus will stay closed through Thanksgiving, will reopen Friday
November 16, 2018

Sacramento State has canceled classes through Nov. 26 due to poor air quality caused by the Camp Fire in Butte County, according to a news release from the university. The university was scheduled to...

Sac State cancelled its game against Northern Arizona on Saturday after the air quality index reached 218. Sac State does not allow athletic events to take place if the air quality index is recorded above 200.

Sacramento distributing masks due to poor air quality

Specific masks are available at nearly all operational fire stations in the city
November 11, 2018

As air quality spiked at “very unhealthy” levels in Sacramento county today, the city is distributing respiratory masks for residents to use. Heavy wildfire smoke from the Camp Fire continues to...

Demonstrators raise signs on the Capitol steps Thursday. Though the rally was officially about the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, many demonstrators supporting different causes came out.

Protesters gather at Capitol in support of Mueller investigation

Hundreds stood on the Capitol steps Thursday rallying against Matthew Whitaker’s appointment.
November 8, 2018

Hundreds of protesters gathered Thursday at the California Capitol as part of a nationwide protest in response to the forced resignation of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Donald Trump. The...

Savannah Edgeworth is a 23-year-old art education major at Sac State. Edgeworth said she draws inspiration for her abstract expressionist paintings from life experiences.

Student’s life changed after accidentally finding passion for art

November 7, 2018

Savannah Edgeworth, a Sacramento State art education major, said that her favorite part of creating art is the process itself. She said that in the same way that a person may experience a “runner’s...

Ashlyn Palmero, president of Sac States rock climbing club, took first place in the USA Climbing Collegiate Local Season competition for northern California and Nevada.

Climbing her way to the top

Sac State’s rock climbing club president Ashlyn Palmero places first in competition
October 30, 2018

On the heels of winning the first two in a series of regional competitions, Ashlyn Palmero said what she likes most about rock climbing is the community and the culture. For Palmero, a graphic design...

Surviving emotional abuse: Emily Phipps

One Sac State student said her support system helped her through a toxic relationship
October 17, 2018

Emily Phipps said one of the moments she realized her relationship was toxic was while playing paintball. As Phipps and her boyfriend at the time, Justin, were playing paintball one day, she saw another...

Amy Alejandro dances her own choreographed routine to Justin Biebers Life is Worth Living at Yosemite Hall on Friday Oct. 12, 2018. Alejandro is a sexual assault survivor who uses dance as an outlet.

Dancer uses her craft as a healing mechanism

A Sac State student tells the story of how she came to express herself through dancing
October 16, 2018

For Sacramento State student Amy Alejandro, dancing is more than just a passion, but rather a means of distraction, expression, a coping mechanism and ultimately, a form of salvation. “Once I’m...

Sac State Alumna and Rwandan opposition leader Diane Shima Rwigara was released, along with her mother Adeline Rwigara, from a Rwandan jail Friday. Rwigara was arrested last year following an attempted presidential run against long-standing president Paul Kagame.

Sac State alumna released from Rwandan jail

Diane Rwigara was arrested last year following a presidential run against long-standing Rwandan President Paul Kagame
October 6, 2018

Sacramento State alumna Diane Shima Rwigara and her mother were released on bail Friday from a Rwandan prison after being arrested last September on charges of tax evasion, forgery and inciting “insurrection.” According...

Ethnic studies major Elizabeth Winn holds a box containing free menstrual products outside of a fourth floor bathroom in the Library. Winn and child development major Cassandra Lopez started Mother Natures Gift together.

Sac State students supply free menstrual products on campus

Through student-run initiative ‘Mother Nature’s ‘Gift,’’ students placed boxes supplying free tampons across campus.
October 2, 2018
Through student-run initiative ‘Mother Nature’s ‘Gift,’’ students placed boxes supplying free tampons across campus.
Sacramento resident Milton Alcantara, 26, was identified as the suspect in the Sept. 19 shooting at Stingers Sports Pub. The bar is popular among Sac State students and is less than a mile away from campus.

Sacramento man arrested Sept. 19 after shooting at Stingers

The suspect fired multiple rounds into Stingers Sports Pub after a reported fight occurred
September 30, 2018

The name of the Sacramento man who was arrested in connection with the Sept. 19 shooting at Stingers Sports Pub — a bar popular among students — has been made public. Milton Alcantara, 26, was...

Artists such as Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky and more will perform at this years Treasure Island Music Festival in Oakland. The lineup features 25 artists that will perform over the course of two days on Oct. 13 and 14.

A$AP Rocky, Tame Impala and more to perform at Oakland festival

Hip-hop, rock and electronic artists will be featured at the annual Treasure Island Music Festival in Oakland
September 27, 2018

Chart-topping and up-and-coming artists alike will perform in the eleventh annual Treasure Island Music Festival Oct. 13 and 14 at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland. The two-day music festival...

Chris Webber will speak to Sacramento State students about achieving success during the Student Academic Success Day at noon on Monday, Sept. 24 in the University Union. Webber is a five-time NBA All-Star and former power forward for the Sacramento Kings.

Kings legend set to speak at Sac State

Chris Webber’s keynote speech will address Sac State students about achieving success
September 22, 2018

Five-time NBA All-Star and former Sacramento Kings power forward Chris Webber will speak at Sacramento State about achieving success on Monday at noon in the University Union. Webber will address Sac...

An arrest was made after shots were fired at Stingers Sports Pub Wednesday. The sports bar is popular among Sac State students and is less than a mile away from campus.

Shots fired at sports bar popular among Sac State students

Sacramento Police Department conducted a follow up investigation and an arrest was made Wednesday
September 19, 2018

An arrest was made after shots were fired early Wednesday morning at Stingers Sports Pub, a bar popular among Sacramento State Students. Officers responded to a report of a shooting at approximately...

Contemporary dancer and choreographer, Liselle Yap, performs at CONNECT, a RAW artists showcase held at Ace of Spades on Thursday in Sacramento, CA. Yap was one of three dancers who performed.

Sac State students and local artists display at RAW showcase

Ace of Spades venue featured a variety of artists and live demonstrations
September 15, 2018

In celebration of local Sacramento artists, nearly a thousand people gathered for CONNECT, an artists showcase held at Ace of Spades on Thursday, Sept. 13, which included students from Sacramento State. The...

Banda Rorros performing at a past concert. The band will be performing at Sac State to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 13.

Banda groups will perform traditional Mexican music at Sac State

A concert celebrating Mexican Independence Day will be held Thursday, Sept. 13
September 7, 2018

Showcasing Mexican culture and heritage, Sacramento State’s UNIQUE program will host a concert featuring two Sacramento banda groups in honor of Mexican Independence Day. Banda Rorros and Los Guaraches...

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