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The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Mercy Sosa

Mercy Sosa, digital editor

San Diego native Mercy Sosa (she/her) is the digital editor for The State Hornet. She is a junior who joined The Hornet in spring 2020 as a politics beat writer and afterwards served as their news editor for two semesters. Mercy is also the vice president of Sac State’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro addresses student reporters in a virtual press conference Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Castro announced his resignation as CSU Chancellor after just 13 months following a report that revealed he mishandled sexual harrassment claims against a Fresno State employee during his time as president of the university.

[Photo] BREAKING: CSU Chancellor resigns following mishandling of sexual harassment complaints

February 17, 2022

California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro addresses student reporters in a virtual press conference Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Castro announced his resignation as CSU Chancellor after just 13 months...

State Hornet Spotlight: Dr. Alma Flores talks about the importance of HSI funding and hiring more Latinx faculty.

February 9, 2022

On this episode of State Hornet Spotlight: Digital Editor Mercy Sosa talks to Dr. Alma Flores, an assistant professor of Education at Sacramento State, about the funding Sac State receives for being...

Dr. Alma Flores breaks down teaching as a Latinx professor, campus’ HSI funding: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT

Dr. Alma Flores breaks down teaching as a Latinx professor, campus’ HSI funding: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT

February 8, 2022
Former digital editor Mercy Sosa sat down with Dr. Alma Flores, an assistant professor of Education at Sacramento State, about the funding Sac State receives for being a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), the lack of Hispanic representation in the faculty as a whole and what it’s like teaching and working at Sac State.

Resumen del Semestre Otoño 2021: EL AVISPÓN DEL ESTADO BROADCAST

December 20, 2021

En esta edición de El Avispón del Estado, el reportero general de la Diversidad, Equidad y Identidad Erick Amaya y la editora digital Mercy Sosa dan un resumen sobre todas las noticias y cobertura del...

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen addresses students in the crowd of California Faculty Association protestors at the University Union on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Nelsen said he could not get involved in the bargaining of CFA’s contracts. Photo of Nelsen taken by John Cabales. Graphic created in Canva.

[Photo] EDITORIAL: President Nelsen, we don’t accept your apology — you should resign

December 10, 2021

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen addresses students in the crowd of California Faculty Association protestors at the University Union on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Nelsen said he could not get involved...

Enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and president of Sac State’s Ensuring Native Indians Traditions Club, Amanda Croteau, as well as members of the Native community at Sacramento State and Sacramento, discuss how they feel about land acknowledgments and the Native lands that Sac State occupies. Sac State is located on Miwok, Maidu and Nisenan land. Photo of Croteau taken by Chrissy Martinez. Graphic created in Canva by Mercy Sosa.

[Photo] Looking beyond land acknowledgements: Sac State’s history sitting on Native land

December 2, 2021

Enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and president of Sac State’s Ensuring Native Indians Traditions Club, Amanda Croteau, as well as members of the Native community at Sacramento State and Sacramento,...

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...

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Album of the Year 2021

November 19, 2021

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The State Hornet has compiled previous coverage on this page relating to the Native community in celebration of this month. Turtle Island (center element) is a Native term that refers to the American continent and various oral histories of a turtle that holds the world on his back, according to The Canadian Encyclopedia. The medicine wheel (background element) embodies four directions that are utilized in Native tribes for health and healing, according to the National Library of Medicine. Graphic created in Canva.

Native American Heritage Month 2021

November 17, 2021
The State Hornet has compiled previous coverage on this page relating to the Native American community in celebration of this month.
El foro del Jefe de Policía de Sac State Chet Madison Jr. y más: El Avispón Del Estado

El foro del Jefe de Policía de Sac State Chet Madison Jr. y más: El Avispón Del Estado

November 17, 2021

Este es el tercer episodio de “El Avispón del Estado” con la editora digital Mercy Sosa y el editor de cobertura en Español Erick Salgado.   Los resúmenes incluyen el foro del Jefe de Policía...

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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...

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.

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

November 5, 2021

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...

Music, candy and movies: All you need for Halloween 2021

Music, candy and movies: All you need for Halloween 2021

October 28, 2021
The State Hornet has compiled its best spooky content for this Halloween season.

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...

“Acid Wash” by IMPACT Club President Ember de Boer (left and right) and “A wall hanging sculpture made of glass, resin, wood, gold leaf, and metal,” as described by de Boer (center). The work will be displayed at the “Organic Flux” exhibit in the University Union’s Gallery at Sac State on Oct. 25. Image of “Acid Wash” and “A wall hanging sculpture made of glass, resin, wood, gold leaf, and metal” courtesy of de Boer. Graphic created in Canva.

[Photo] Sac State’s IMPACT Club hosts multimedia ‘Organic Flux’ exhibit

October 27, 2021

“Acid Wash” by IMPACT Club President Ember de Boer (left and right) and “A wall hanging sculpture made of glass, resin, wood, gold leaf, and metal,” as described by de Boer (center). The work will...

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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...

Ezra Cabrera joined Associated Students Inc. as director of graduate studies and is the first openly transgender ASI board member in eight years. Photo of Ezra Cabrera taken by Ayaana Williams. Photo in the background taken by Max Connor. Graphic created in Canva by Mercy Sosa.

[Photo] First openly transgender ASI board member in eight years strives for change

October 13, 2021

Ezra Cabrera joined Associated Students Inc. as director of graduate studies and is the first openly transgender ASI board member in eight years. Photo of Ezra Cabrera taken by Ayaana Williams. Photo in...

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[Photo] TIMELINE: A look at the recent history of racism at Sac State

October 7, 2021

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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...

Sacramento State education assistant professor Alma Flores stands by the Serna Fountain on Sept. 7, 2021. Flores said she had romanticized the CSU because demographically their students were diverse and thought the faculty would be somewhat diverse, but it was “very white.”

Sac State’s Latino community speaks on disproportionate ratios between faculty and students

October 5, 2021
Despite Sac State’s Hispanic Serving Institution status designated by the U.S. Department of Education due to the university’s 25% of undergraduate full-time Hispanic students, the Latino community at the university calls for representation amongst faculty.
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Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

September 30, 2021

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Sac State niega a 4,306 estudiantes acceso al campus: EL AVISPÓN DEL ESTADO

Sac State niega a 4,306 estudiantes acceso al campus: EL AVISPÓN DEL ESTADO

September 22, 2021

Este es el primer episodio del podcast “El Avispon del Estado”  con el editor de cobertura en Español Erick Salgado y la editora digital Mercy Sosa. Los resúmenes incluyen como el departamento...

California faces a gubernatorial recall election that decides the fate of Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Photo of Gavin Newsom (left) by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 and photo of Larry Elder (right) by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Graphic created in Canva by Mercy Sosa.

The State Hornet Voter Guide 2021: California Recall Edition

September 14, 2021
As a publication located in the capital of California, The State Hornet has a responsibility to compile resources to best inform its readers on the recall election on Tuesday that also decides the fate of millions. Check out all of our coverage here:
San Francisco State University student Toshiar Green addresses a crowd at a Black Lives Matter rally at the California State Capitol steps in Sacramento, California on Friday, March 23, 2018. Sac State students reveal how police brutality and the massive media coverage reporting it has impacted and affected their mental health. Photo in background taken by Emily Rabasto. Graphic created in Canva.

[Photo] Black Sac State community, therapist discuss psychological impacts of police brutality

June 7, 2021

San Francisco State University student Toshiar Green addresses a crowd at a Black Lives Matter rally at the California State Capitol steps in Sacramento, California on Friday, March 23, 2018. Sac State...

Sacramento State’s Division of Inclusive Excellence announced that Sac State students, employees, faculty and administration are allowed to choose their gender pronouns that are displayed on their Student Center and profile pages. The State Hornet compiled this FAQ about pronouns and LGBTQ+ inclusivity at Sac State. (Photo by Kayleen Carter.)

[Photo] FAQ: How to add your pronouns to your Student Center

May 19, 2021

Sacramento State’s Division of Inclusive Excellence announced that Sac State students, employees, faculty and administration are allowed to choose their gender pronouns that are displayed on their Student...

Sacramento State defines the HyFlex modality as a course format that combines face-to-face and online learning on their website. The website states that each class session or learning activity is offered in-person, synchronously online and asynchronously online.

[Photo] FAQ: HyFlex and HerkyFlex, what’s the difference?

May 18, 2021

Sacramento State defines the HyFlex modality as a course format that combines face-to-face and online learning on their website. The website states that each class session or learning activity is offered...

John Johnson, Sacramento State’s director of inclusive excellence learning, will be leaving the university on June 11. Johnson’s departure marks the third time this semester that a Black administrator has left Sac State. Photo courtesy of Sacramento State. Graphic made in Canva.

[Photo] Sac State director of inclusive excellence learning departing university

May 18, 2021

John Johnson, Sacramento State’s director of inclusive excellence learning, will be leaving the university on June 11. Johnson’s departure marks the third time this semester that a Black administrator...

Nursing students at Sacramento State sent a letter addressed to Sac State President Robert Nelsen on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, asking for the university to pay for their summer tuition for classes the cohort was previously unable to take due to COVID-19. In order to take the courses this summer, each student will have to pay $1,850 in tuition “out of our own pockets,” the students wrote. Graphic created in Canva.

[Photo] Nursing students urge Sac State to cover tuition for classes missed in pandemic

May 14, 2021

Nursing students at Sacramento State sent a letter addressed to Sac State President Robert Nelsen on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, asking for the university to pay for their summer tuition for classes the cohort...

William “Skip” Bishop and Melinda Wilson Ramey will serve as interim vice presidents for Sacramento State’s Division of Inclusive Excellence, according to a SacSend email sent by Sac State President Robert Nelsen on Friday, May 14, 2021. This announcement came two weeks after Nelsen announced current Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Diana Tate Vermeire is leaving the university as of May 21. Photos courtesy of Sacramento State. Graphic made in Canva.

[Photo] Nelsen chooses interim vice presidents to lead Division of Inclusive Excellence

May 14, 2021

William “Skip” Bishop and Melinda Wilson Ramey will serve as interim vice presidents for Sacramento State’s Division of Inclusive Excellence, according to a SacSend email sent by Sac State President...

Sacramento State is searching for the next chief of police after current chief Mark Iwasa announced his retirement. Vice President for Administration Jonathan Bowman said the search committee hopes to make a decision by the end of the spring semester or at the end of this coming summer.

[Photo] Sac State’s police chief search continues amid criticism of recruiting firm

May 5, 2021

Sacramento State is searching for the next chief of police after current chief Mark Iwasa announced his retirement. Vice President for Administration Jonathan Bowman said the search committee hopes to...

Sacramento States only Black professor in the college of business administration, David Moore (left), and political science professor Robert Oden (right) speak at a teach-in on systemic racism in higher education for the California Faculty Association on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. At the virtual event, Oden said President Robert Nelsen was negligent in not sanctioning the professor, Sanjay Varshney, for what he did to David Moore. Screenshot taken via Zoom.

Professor calls for President Nelsen’s resignation amid systemic racism at Sac State

California Faculty Association discusses systemic racism in higher education
April 30, 2021
Sacramento State's only Black professor in the college of business administration, David Moore, spoke at a teach-in on systemic racism in the university for the California Faculty Association on Tuesday.
Sacramento State released their official reopening schedule for fall 2021 via a SacSend email by President Robert Nelsen on Monday. According to the schedule, all those returning to campus must be approved through OnBase and have an approved safety plan. Graphic created in Canva/Photo by Shaun Holkko.

[Photo] 54% of Sac State classes scheduled to have in-person components

April 26, 2021

Sacramento State released their official reopening schedule for fall 2021 via a SacSend email by President Robert Nelsen on Monday. According to the schedule, all those returning to campus must be approved...

(File photo) Rachel McMichael, nurse practitioner at the WELL, verifies the identity of Rica Co, second semester nursing student, before injecting her with the COVID-19 vaccine in the Brown Bag room in the Union on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

Sac State students react to CSU decision to require COVID-19 vaccine

‘I don't want to feel like my health may be threatened’
April 23, 2021
The State Hornet spoke to students about the decision by the California State University system to require the COVID-19 vaccine for those on campus in fall 2021.
(Clockwise from top left) Sarah Miller, Robert Wiemer, Erin Wardle and Gao Thao share their thoughts on returning to in-person classes at Sacramento State in fall 2021. Sac State students should expect to take in-person classes in the fall, according to Provost Steve Perez. Photos taken via Zoom by Michael Eskridge.

[Photo] ‘Excited to go back’: Sac State students weigh in on fall 2021 teaching modalities

April 22, 2021

(Clockwise from top left) Sarah Miller, Robert Wiemer, Erin Wardle and Gao Thao share their thoughts on returning to in-person classes at Sacramento State in fall 2021. Sac State students should expect...

(File photo) Austin Friedheim, nursing student at Sacramento State, fills the needle up with the COVID-19 vaccine to inject patients in the Brown Bag room in the Union on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. The California State University system will require faculty, staff and students who will be accessing campus facilities in fall 2021 to receive the COVID-19 vaccination after the Food and Drug administration gives approval, according to an email announcement by the CSU on Thursday.

CSU to require COVID-19 vaccination for fall 2021 semester

Requirement will be established upon FDA approval
April 22, 2021
The California State University system will require faculty, staff and students who will be accessing campus facilities in fall 2021 to receive the COVID-19 vaccination after the Food and Drug administration gives approval, according to an announcement by the CSU Thursday.
Robert Gonzalez stands next to a t-shirt seller at a gas station during a George Floyd Protest in Fontana, California on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Gonzalez said he was shocked by the results of the Derek Chauvin trial. Background photos taken by Ian Ratliff (left) and Sara Nevis (right).

[Photo] ‘Justice is being served’: Sac State students react to Derek Chauvin verdict

April 21, 2021

Robert Gonzalez stands next to a t-shirt seller at a gas station during a George Floyd Protest in Fontana, California on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Gonzalez said he was shocked by the results of the Derek...

PODCAST: La salud mental de estudiantes y las elecciones de ASI

PODCAST: La salud mental de estudiantes y las elecciones de ASI

April 14, 2021
En este episodio del podcast El Avispón del Estado, Mercy Sosa y Erick Salgado repasan sobre la salud mental de estudiantes en en Sacramento State, las elecciones de Associated Students Inc., y más.
Assistant professor and registered nurse Stephanie Landers was among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Brown Bag room in the Union on Jan. 28, 2021.  Sacramento State students have begun to receive email invitations to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at the university’s vaccination site in the University Union, according to Sac State officials. 

COVID-19 vaccinations for Sac State students begins on campus Wednesday

Invitations sent to Sac State emails
April 13, 2021
Sacramento State students are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations on campus and have begun receiving invitations to the university’s vaccination site.
Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. will be holding elections for positions on its 2021-2022 Board of Directors starting Wednesday morning. Voting will take place on the ASI website.

[Photo] Sac State ASI elections for 2021-2022 Board of Directors starting Wednesday

April 6, 2021

Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. will be holding elections for positions on its 2021-2022 Board of Directors starting Wednesday morning. Voting will take place on the ASI website.

Sacramento State Police Chief Mark Iwasa has announced he will retire from Sac State in the summer. Iwasa has worked at Sac State for 10 years. Photo courtesy of Sacramento State.

Sac State Police Chief Mark Iwasa announces retirement

University seeks campus community feedback in search for next chief
March 23, 2021
Sacramento State Police Chief Mark Iwasa announced he will retire from the university after 10 years of service, according to a SacSend email from Jonathan Bowman, Sac State’s CFO and vice president for administration.
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.
Lorenzo Smith, the dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, delivers his keynote speech at Womens Shadow Day on March 2, 2018. Sac State provost Steve Perez announced Smith will leave the university after the spring semester on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Sac State dean of engineering and computer science will depart after the spring semester

Lorenzo Smith to become provost at Stephen F. Austin State University
March 18, 2021
Lorenzo Smith, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, is leaving Sacramento State after the spring semester to become the provost and executive vice president at Stephen F. Austin State University.
A year after the COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure of campus, Sacramento State students reflect on their mental health journey and reveal their experiences with mental health. Graphic created in Canva.

[Photo] Isolation and grief: Sac State students cope with declining mental health during pandemic

April 5, 2021

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure of campus, Sacramento State students reflect on their mental health journey and reveal their experiences with mental health. Graphic created in Canva.

Sacramento State could hold classes with at least 50% capacity in the fall 2021 semester Provost Steve Perez said in the faculty senate meeting Thursday, March 18, 2021. The Provost cited the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease director Anthony Fauci behind the reason Sac State could have a higher capacity in its classes come August. Background photo by Rahul Lal. Graphic created in Canva.

Sac State students should expect to return to campus in fall 2021, provost says

Several course options and plans for the semester provided by Sac State
March 15, 2021
Sacramento State provost Steve Perez said students should expect to return to campus in the fall 2021 semester.
Kizzie Anderson sits in a park watching her children play on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Anderson said she was homeless in 2019 and 2020, staying at a women’s shelter until she could afford to move into a home of her own. Photo taken by Robert J Hansen.

[Photo] Sacramento community shares experiences with homelessness, ways to help

March 15, 2021

Kizzie Anderson sits in a park watching her children play on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Anderson said she was homeless in 2019 and 2020, staying at a women’s shelter until she could afford to move into...

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.
Mary Maguire will serve as Sacramento States interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services, according to a SacSend email sent by Provost Steve Perez on Monday, March 8, 2021. Maguire will replace Robin Carter, who retired Feb. 8. Photo courtesy of Sacramento State’s website.

Sac State announces new interim dean of Health and Human Services

Mary Maguire replaces former dean who retired last month
March 8, 2021
Mary Maguire will serve as Sacramento State's interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services.
Sacramento State holds a CARmencement graduation ceremony in the illustration above. The celebration will take place on Friday, May 21, 2021 for student graduates of 2020 and 2021. Graphic created in Canva.

[Photo] FAQ: Everything you need to know about CARmencement

March 6, 2021

Sacramento State holds a CARmencement graduation ceremony in the illustration above. The celebration will take place on Friday, May 21, 2021 for student graduates of 2020 and 2021. Graphic created in Canva.

California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro said he anticipates at least 50% of classes across the CSU system will be in-person this fall semester at a news conference on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Graphic made in Canva.

[Photo] EDITORIAL: CSU backtracking on in-person instruction is nothing short of betrayal

February 10, 2021

California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro said he anticipates at least 50% of classes across the CSU system will be in-person this fall semester at a news conference on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021....

Montana Grizzlies guard Cameron Parker (11) attempts a layup over Sacramento State Hornets forward Samaad Hector (0) during the second half during the conference game at the Nest at Sac State Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Hector said he got sick and is awaiting COVID-19 test results.

Men’s basketball game canceled as player awaits COVID-19 test results

February 5, 2021
Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team cancelled their game on Saturday with UC San Diego after Sac State junior forward Samaad Hector said he got sick and is awaiting COVID-19 test results.
Sacramento State endured an outage for anyone who attempted a new connection to My Sac State accounts due to a configuration mistake by the university’s cloud service provider Wednesday, according to Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer Mark Hendricks. Graphic made in Canva.

90-minute ‘My Sac State’ outage not a result of the wind or weather

January 28, 2021
Sacramento State endured an outage for anyone who attempted a new connection to My Sac State accounts due to a configuration mistake by the university’s cloud service provider Wednesday, according to Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer Mark Hendricks.
Sacramento State students walking on campus by Mendocino Hall in September 2019. The California State University system’s chancellor Joseph Castro reaffirmed that the CSU plans to return to a majority in-person instruction for fall 2021 at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

CSU plans for in-person classes in fall 2021

Announcement reaffirmed a month later by chancellor Joseph Castro
January 26, 2021
The California State University System announced its plans to return to in-person instruction for fall 2021.
The Ernest E. Tschannen complex took out $18 million from Sac States general reserve fund. The 2019-2020 budget shows a lack of funding for urgent campus needs. Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen spoke about the administration of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine on campus and the university’s budget Thursday at his livestreamed spring address.

Pfizer vaccine expected to arrive this week at Sac State, Nelsen says

COVID-19 vaccine could be administered to healthcare staff and nursing students starting next week
January 21, 2021
Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen spoke about how COVID-19 testing will be implemented on campus and Sac State’s budget Thursday at his livestreamed spring address.
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.

Sac State residents will not be tested for COVID-19 weekly

10% of residents per week will undergo random surveillance testing
January 20, 2021
In an email to residents on Wednesday, Sacramento State University Housing Services will conduct mandatory no-cost COVID-19 testing for housing residents and weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing.
Arath Chavez, a Sacramento State men’s soccer player, died Tuesday in a motorcycle accident, according to Sac State mens soccer head coach Mike Linenberger. Photo courtesy of Sacramento States media relations office.

Sacramento State men’s soccer player dies in motorcycle accident

‘Arath was such a positive influence on everyone’
January 14, 2021
Arath Chavez, a Sacramento State men’s soccer player, died Tuesday in a motorcycle accident, according to Sac State men's soccer head coach Mike Linenberger.

Sac State responds to pro-Trump extremists storming the U.S. Capitol

Nelsen: 'We are witnessing terrorists trying to destroy the very foundations of our country'
January 7, 2021
A mob of domestic terrorists supporting President Donald Trump broke into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday while Congress convened to certify the presidential election declaring Joe Biden as a winner. Here’s what the Sac State community had to say.
PODCAST SPOTLIGHT: Legal advocate explains the situation for DACA and Dreamers

PODCAST SPOTLIGHT: Legal advocate explains the situation for DACA and Dreamers

December 17, 2020
DACA was fully reinstated this month but faces legal challenges such as an upcoming court case Dec. 22. In this bilingual podcast, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights advocate Andrés Guerra explains how to apply and what to watch for when applying.
PODCAST SPOTLIGHT: Defensor legal explica la situación de DACA y Dreamers

PODCAST SPOTLIGHT: Defensor legal explica la situación de DACA y Dreamers

December 17, 2020
DACA estaba completamente reinstalada al principio de este mes, pero hay desafíos legales como un juicio en Dec. 22. En este podcast bilingüe, el defensor legal para la Coalición por los Derechos Humanos de Inmigrantes Andrés Guerra explica como aplicar y lo que deberían vigilar para cuando apliquen.
The current spring break schedule for the spring 2021 semester will remain unchanged and occur from March 22-28, according to a SacSend email from Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen. Photo in background via Canva.

[Photo] Sac State announces no changes to spring break following discussion around its cancellation

December 15, 2020

The current spring break schedule for the spring 2021 semester will remain unchanged and occur from March 22-28, according to a SacSend email from Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen. Photo in background...

The Sacramento State Police Department continues to operate on campus despite the campus closure due to COVID-19. The police department’s current budget is estimated to be $6.6 million, according to Rose McAuliffe, associate vice president of budget planning and administration.

[Photo] Sac State Police Department continues operations during campus closure with $6.6 million budget

December 10, 2020

The Sacramento State Police Department continues to operate on campus despite the campus closure due to COVID-19. The police department’s current budget is estimated to be $6.6 million, according to...

Dining_Commons_Servery_Open_20161010_0129 by Sacramento State is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Two campus dining food service employees have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email sent by interim executive director for university housing services Samuel N. Jones Saturday.

2 campus dining food service employees test positive for COVID-19

Dining commons will be closed through Saturday
November 21, 2020
Two positive COVID-19 cases have been identified within Sacramento State’s Campus Dining, according to an email sent to students living in the residence halls from interim Executive Director for University Housing Services Samuel Jones Saturday.
Vice President of Finance Prabhjyot Shinh said that due to the lack of travel this year, the universitys travel funds are not being utilized in Sac States ASI meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 via Zoom. The Board of Directors discussed multiple ways to help students during the virtual semester, including its support for students to receive a credit/no credit option for their grades.

Sac State ASI in favor of credit/no credit option

97% of survey respondents in favor of credit/no credit
November 19, 2020
Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. announced that the board is in favor of offering a credit/no credit option for students in its meeting Wednesday via Zoom. 97% of respondents in an ASI survey were in favor of credit/no credit.
Lisa Dalton, ASIs executive and board associate, and Lexie Tesch, a civic engagement coordinator for ASIs Office of Governmental Affairs, discuss their roles in ASIs 2020 Buzz the Ballot campaign. ASI registered 1,767 students to vote in the 2020 election through its campaign, coming in third place in the statewide Ballot Bowl. Photos taken via Zoom by Jenna Cooper. Promotional graphics provided by ASI.

[Photo] ASI registers 1,767 students to vote in Buzz the Ballot campaign

November 19, 2020

Lisa Dalton, ASI's executive and board associate, and Lexie Tesch, a civic engagement coordinator for ASI's Office of Governmental Affairs, discuss their roles in ASI's 2020 Buzz the Ballot campaign. ASI...

Cara Shuman decided to dedicate her senior project to mental health awareness along with five classmates. The group is hosting a virtual event on Wednesday, Nov. 18 to talk about tips for mental wellness and services available at Sac State. Screenshot taken by Estefany Nuñez via Zoom. Graphic in the background courtesy of Strength In Numbers CSUS.

[Photo] Sac State students coordinate mental health talk for senior project

November 17, 2020

Cara Shuman decided to dedicate her senior project to mental health awareness along with five classmates. The group is hosting a virtual event on Wednesday, Nov. 18 to talk about tips for mental wellness...

A Sacramento State student was the victim of extortion via email by an unidentified foreign group, according to the Sacramento State Police Department. The crime was reported to Sac State PD Oct. 22.

[Photo] Sac State student victim of email extortion by unidentified foreign group

November 16, 2020

A Sacramento State student was the victim of extortion via email by an unidentified foreign group, according to the Sacramento State Police Department. The crime was reported to Sac State PD Oct. 22.

Pro-Trump protesters and counter-protesters clash outside Capitol

Antifa Sacramento calls for anti-racist demonstration, while Trump supporters protest election results and new COVID-19 restrictions
November 15, 2020
A “Recount America and Anti-Lockdown” protest was held by the Freedom Angels at California's State Capitol Saturday. A counter-protest was promoted by Antifa Sacramento that called for an anti-racist demonstration.
Hornet Stadium on Oct. 6, 2020. A Sacramento State football player has tested for COVID-19 causing him and 13 other players to be placed in quarantine. Assistant Athletic Director Brian Berger said the players are no longer in quarantine.

Sac State football player tests positive for COVID-19

13 other players were quarantined, tested negative
November 13, 2020
13 Sacramento State football players quarantined after a player tested positive for COVID-19 according to Brian Blomster, director of news and communications at Sac State.
Sacramento State’s Student Social Justice and Equity Council held a student forum to start a conversation about police brutality and to share student perspectives, experiences and thoughts concerning police violence Monday, Nov. 9 via Zoom. Screenshots taken by Gerardo Zavala via Zoom.

[Photo] Sac State students discuss the impact of police brutality on their communities

November 9, 2020

Sacramento State’s Student Social Justice and Equity Council held a student forum to start a conversation about police brutality and to share student perspectives, experiences and thoughts concerning...

Sacramento States Vice President of Student Affairs Edward Mills said, “It may take us a few more days, maybe even through the weekend, before anything is really finalized. Sacramento State’s Division of Student Affairs held a post- election community discussion for students with counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services available for one-on-one sessions over Zoom Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Screenshots taken by Michael Pacheco via Zoom.

[Photo] Sac State counselors discuss how to cope with a post-election environment

November 5, 2020

Sacramento State's Vice President of Student Affairs Edward Mills said, “It may take us a few more days, maybe even through the weekend, before anything is really finalized." Sacramento State’s Division...

Sacramento States Martin Luther King Jr. Center outreach coordinator Kaifa Yates said, “I voted for everything else but the president.” The Martin Luther King Jr. center held a voter dialogue that focused on the election and its impact on the Black community Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom. Screenshots taken by Gerardo Zavala via Zoom.

[Photo] Presidential dissatisfaction and election anxiety key topics of MLK Center’s voter dialogue

November 5, 2020

Sacramento State's Martin Luther King Jr. Center outreach coordinator Kaifa Yates said, “I voted for everything else but the president.” The Martin Luther King Jr. center held a voter dialogue that...

Sacramento State hosted a panel discussing the election with Rita Gallardo Good, Dr. Kimberly Nalder and Andres Guerra Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. The panel discussed the impacts of the presidential election as well as California propositions. Screenshot via Zoom taken by Colby Case.

[Photo] Sac State hosts panel discussing 2020 election results and impacts

November 4, 2020

Sacramento State hosted a panel discussing the election with Rita Gallardo Good, Dr. Kimberly Nalder and Andres Guerra Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. The panel discussed the impacts of the presidential election...

Rachel Renee, local Christian singer and song-writer, performs for dozens on the front lawn of the California State Capitol on Nov. 3, 2020. Sacramento State’s Division of Student Affairs is hosting a series of post-election day events beginning Wednesday Nov. 4, 2020 according to an email sent to students and faculty. Background photo taken by Patrick Posuniak.

[Photo] Post-election events planned for Sac State students this week

November 4, 2020

Rachel Renee, local Christian singer and song-writer, performs for dozens on the front lawn of the California State Capitol on Nov. 3, 2020. Sacramento State’s Division of Student Affairs is hosting...

PODCAST: Election Day coverage, an inside look at Open Mind Night at Taylor’d Mind Studios

PODCAST: Election Day coverage, an inside look at Open Mind Night at Taylor’d Mind Studios

November 2, 2020
This week on The State Hornet Podcast, co-news editor Mercy Sosa discusses how to access and contribute to our election coverage, multimedia editor Sara Nevis shares the fun she had covering the Sac State track team’s Halloween costume contest and staff writer Khalil Bourgoub talks about his insider experience covering indie band BAOBAB, which includes Sac State students Greo the Storyteller and Okumojia Best-Wilson, during their performance at Taylor’d Mind Studios’ Open Mind Night.
Voters fill out their ballots in the voting center in Sacramento States Modoc Hall on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2018. Sacramento State’s Modoc Hall and 65 more Vote Center locations will open across Sacramento County on Halloween Saturday Oct. 31, 2020. Photo in the background taken by Eucario Calderon.

[Photo] MAP: 66 Sacramento County voting centers open Saturday, including at Sac State

October 31, 2020

Voters fill out their ballots in the voting center in Sacramento State's Modoc Hall on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2018. Sacramento State’s Modoc Hall and 65 more Vote Center locations will open across Sacramento...

A car pulls into The Crossings apartment complex on Ramona Avenue in Sacramento, California, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Sacramento PD were notified of a bomb threat against The Crossings at 1:40 p.m., and nothing was found, according to Officer Karl Chan.

Former resident makes bomb threat against The Crossings

Police, K-9 units conduct search, find nothing suspicious
October 26, 2020
A former resident of The Crossings made a bomb threat against the student apartment complex through social media Monday afternoon, apartment management said.
Measure B on Sacramento’s Ballot this year, also called the Independent Redistricting Timeline Exception, focuses on the timeline of redistricting that the city follows after receiving population data from the 2020 census.

[Photo] FAQ: All about Measure B on Sacramento’s ballot

October 22, 2020

Measure B on Sacramento’s Ballot this year, also called the Independent Redistricting Timeline Exception, focuses on the timeline of redistricting that the city follows after receiving population data...

Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta speaks during a campaign rally with former President Bill Clinton on March 20, 2016 at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Huerta spoke on voting, the national census and anti-racism at a virtual event hosted by Sacramento States Serna Center Friday. Dolores Huerta by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta urges students to vote, condemns racism

Huerta spoke at virtual event hosted by Sac State Serna Center
October 9, 2020
Sacramento State’s Serna Center held a virtual event featuring civil rights icon Dolores Huerta on the importance of voting, the census and active anti-racism Friday via Zoom.
The American River Courtyard from above at Sacramento State Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Eight Sac State students were quarantined in the American River Courtyard residence hall in the first month of the semester, according to Sac State Student Affairs officials.

8 Sac State students quarantined in American River Courtyard in first month of school

‘I think it was bound to happen at some point’
October 7, 2020
Eight Sacramento State students were quarantined at the American River Courtyard residence hall in the first month of the semester. None are currently quarantined or in isolation.
The Early Exit Program will offer severance pay to employees who voluntarily resign, a “critical way to avoid layoffs and furloughs that may result from the budget crisis caused by COVID-19,” according to Sac State President Robert Nelsen. Photo via Canva.

Sac State will pay employees up to $70K — to quit

Severance program 'critical' to avoid layoffs, Nelsen says
September 10, 2020
The Early Exit Program, or EEP, will offer severance pay to employees who voluntarily resign, a “critical way to avoid layoffs and furloughs that may result from the budget crisis caused by COVID-19,” said Sac State President Robert Nelsen.
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