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Joshua Livingston (left) playing a tournament match of Smash Brothers Ultimate against Jorge Costilla (right) at the games room on Friday Sept. 16, 2022. Few players were remaining as the competition was winding down.

Sac State’s Games Room tournaments are back in action!

17-year-old Julian Cazarez wins the Smash Brothers tournament with only one game loss.
September 21, 2022
Sacramento State students swarm the University Union Games Room for the return of the video game tournaments!
FILE: Sophomore defender Alejandro Padilla defends against Loyola Marymounts graduate student midfielder Leo Zulli at the Hornet field on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Hornets went down a man against LMU but still secured the win at home.

[Photo] Sac State men’s soccer draws 2-2 against UNLV in Vegas

September 20, 2022

FILE: Sophomore defender Alejandro Padilla defends against Loyola Marymount's graduate student midfielder Leo Zulli at the Hornet field on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Hornets went down a man against LMU but...

Students line up for lunch at Chando’s Tacos in the University Union on Thursday, Sept. 16. Chando’s opened  in the beginning of the fall semester, adding the local Sacramento-born taco chain to the on-campus eateries.

[Photo] Chando’s Tacos now open in University Union, prepare for taco Tuesdays

September 20, 2022

Students line up for lunch at Chando’s Tacos in the University Union on Thursday, Sept. 16. Chando’s opened in the beginning of the fall semester, adding the local Sacramento-born taco chain to the...

Junior forward Michael Gonzales takes a shot on LMU goal at the Hornet field on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Gonzales took the first shot of the game for the Hornets in their 2-1 victory.

[Photo] Sac State men’s soccer wins 2-1 over LMU

September 9, 2022

Junior forward Michael Gonzales takes a shot on LMU goal at the Hornet field on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Gonzales took the first shot of the game for the Hornets in their 2-1 victory.

20-year-old Criminal Justice major Chi Meng Vang stands in front of the Sacramento State Library on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Vang is an international refugee and a peer leader for the Asian Pacific-Islander and Desi-American campus community. (Photo by Michael Pacheco)

From poverty to peer leader: a refugee student finds success

20-year-old criminal justice major Chi Meng Vang works to lead the way for other struggling students
April 25, 2022

When the United States military withdrew from Vietnam in 1975, many Hmong refugees migrated from Laos and Vietnam to refugee camps in Thailand and other countries in order to avoid the conflict.  The...

Business administration major Maanvee Mehrotra at Sacramento State on March16, 2022. Mehrotra is an Indian international student and a peer mentor for the Asian
Pacific-Islander and Desi-American Center. Photo by Michael Pacheco

Dedication and Sacrifice: An international student’s educational journey

APIDA student leader Maanvee Mehrotra talks of her experience of culture shock and finding her voice at Sac State
March 30, 2022

At home in India where she was born, Maanvee Mehrotra lived in the village of Hatod. She had to be dropped off at school 30 minutes away every day until the age of 10.  “It doesn’t seem like a...

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Maiko Xiong gave a presentation about the myth of the “model minority” towards Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American community during a Zoom webinar on Feb. 4. She discussed coping strategies as well as a collective call to action against racism.

Sac State webinar breaks down stereotypes and the “model minority” mythos.

Sac State Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American students share their stories of discrimination and adversity
February 8, 2022

With racial tensions toward Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American Community members on the rise, four Sacramento State students stepped up and spoke out during a Zoom webinar titled “To be Seen is...

Graphic created in Canva by Zachary Cimaglio and Mercy Sosa.

Culture Club: The top five songs that should have been singles

The State Hornet discusses their favorite non-single tracks
December 13, 2021
Sometimes the most popular track is not the best one on the album. Here are five songs that the State Hornet’s A&E section thinks were deserving of their own individual releases:
Graphic created in Canva by Zachary Cimaglio and Mercy Sosa

OPINION: Top 5 underappreciated movie sequels

November 15, 2021
The first one is probably still better, but this list of underappreciated movie sequels from The State Hornet’s A&E section is still worth checking out:
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.

Top 5 strangest horror films you’ll ever see.

October 30, 2021

With Halloween coming up on us faster than Michael Myers, the time is now for some spooky movies. That’s why the arts & entertainment section at The State Hornet has compiled a list of the weirdest,...

Sacramento State’s UNIQUE program hosted Jayson Angove as part of their “nooner” on Wednesday, Sept. 8 to showcase music talent. Angove is an indie alternative rock artist who is also part of the Roseville-based band Humble Wolf

[Photo] Indie artist Jayson Angove rocks Serna Plaza at Sac State

September 10, 2021

Sacramento State’s UNIQUE program hosted Jayson Angove as part of their “nooner” on Wednesday, Sept. 8 to showcase music talent. Angove is an indie alternative rock artist who is also part of the...

New and returning students may feel overwhelmed coming back to campus for the first time in 18 months. The State Hornet has created a guide and virtual map to assist students in navigating  important landmarks around campus. Graphic created in Canva.

Back on-campus: A guide to navigating Sac State

Where to find some of Sac State’s most notable buildings and resources
September 8, 2021
To help new and returning students navigate Sac State for the first time in 18 months, we at The State Hornet created a guide to help new and returning students find the most important places and services on campus.
Estudiantes nuevos y regresando se podrán sentir agobiados por regresar al campus por primera vez en 18 meses. El State Hornet ha creado una guía y mapa virtual para asistir estudiantes en navegar lugares importantes alrededor de campus. Gráfico creado en Canva.

Regreso en-campus: Un guia para navegar Sac State

Donde encontrar los edificios y recursos más notables de Sac State
September 8, 2021

This article is also available in English. Después de 18 meses de lecturas virtuales, nuevos y regresando estudiantes de Sac State no han podido tomar una excursión o explorado el campus extensamente. ...

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.

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

Students seek $1,850 in summer expenses
May 14, 2021
Nursing students at Sacramento State sent a letter addressed to Sac State President Robert Nelsen on Wednesday asking for the university to pay for their $1,850 worth of summer tuition for classes the cohort was previously unable to take due to COVID-19.
Sacramento State’s ASI Vice President of Finance Prabhjyot Shinh discussed the new social justice scholarship with the Board of Directors during a board meeting Wednesday, May 12. The scholarship is geared towards students that advocate for social justice, anti-racism and diversity. Screenshot taken via Zoom.

Sac State ASI approves addition of social justice scholarship

Aid geared towards student advocates for social justice and anti-racism
May 12, 2021
Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. approved the addition of a social justice scholarship geared towards student advocates for social justice and anti-racism.
Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen announced stimulus funds will be distributed to students in the fall during an Associated Students, Inc. working board meeting Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Nelsen said $50 million in federal funds has been allocated in total to help students with their basic needs. Screenshot taken via Zoom.

Nelsen announces another round of direct payments to Sac State students in fall

Estimated $50 million in funds allocated aimed at helping students’ basic needs
May 5, 2021
Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen announced stimulus funds will be distributed to students in the fall as $50 million in federal funds is allocated to help students with their basic needs.
A “Caps > Cops” sign was taped to a protester’s car at a caravan in support of defunding university police in front of Sacramento State’s police department on Saturday May 1, 2021. “Caps” is in reference to an acronym of “Counseling And Psychology Services.”

[Photo] Sac State community calls for CSU to defund university police at caravan

May 1, 2021

A “Caps > Cops” sign was taped to a protester’s car at a caravan in support of defunding university police in front of Sacramento State’s police department on Saturday May 1, 2021. “Caps” is...

(File photo) ASI President Noah Marty discusses the merits of supporting undocumented students for being eligible for federal aid during its Zoom meeting Wednesday, March 17, 2021. ASI passed a resolution in support of a medical amnesty policy towards students who are affected by substance abuse during its board meeting on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

ASI calls on Sac State to amend alcohol and drug policy to include medical amnesty

Resolution calls for removal of sanctions against students seeking substance abuse assistance
April 29, 2021
Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. passed a resolution in support of a medical amnesty policy towards students affected by substance abuse.
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).

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

April 21, 2021
Sacramento State students share their thoughts on the verdict of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of murdering George Floyd on Tuesday.
Mark Montalvo, Sac State’s ASI financial and administrative director, discusses the budget for Sac State going into the 2021-2022 school year during an ASI meeting on Thursday, April 14, 2021. Montalvo said the budget projects ASI will face a $690,308 net loss. Screenshot taken via Zoom by Michael Pacheco.

Sac State ASI budget projects $690K loss amid campus return, lost revenue

April 15, 2021
Sac State Associated Students, Inc. is projected to lose $690,000 next school year as it plans increases in student employment spending but predicts an over $200,000 hit to revenues.
File photo: Samantha Elizalde discusses her platform centered on recovering from the pandemic on Friday, April 2, 2021. Elizalde was elected ASI president for the 2021-2022 school year Thursday. Photo taken via Zoom.

Samantha Elizalde wins Sac State ASI presidency

2021-2022 Board of Directors election draws 9% turnout
April 8, 2021
Sacramento State’s Associated Student’s Inc. announced the winners of its election for the 2021-2022 Board of Directors. Samantha Elizalde was elected ASI president alongside running mate Joseph Sais who won the role of executive vice president.
(Left to right) Samantha Elizalde and Michael Beller are both running to be Associated Students, Inc. President for the 2021-2022 school year. Voting in ASI elections takes place April 7 and 8 on the ASI website. Background photo by Shaun Holkko. Candidate photos by Michael Pacheco.

ASI Board of Directors candidates share platforms ahead of elections

Voting for 2021-2022 positions opens today
April 7, 2021
Voting in Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. elections for the 2021-2022 Board of Directors opened today at 8.a.m. Read about the candidates running for each position and learn how to vote here.
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.

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

Voting will take place on ASI website
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 on its website.
Student graduates react to Sac State’s CARmencement

Student graduates react to Sac State’s CARmencement

‘I didn't feel like 100% effort was being put into the student's graduation’
April 5, 2021
Graduating students of 2020 and 2021 react to Sac State’s decision to hold a CARmencement rather than an in-person commencement.
ASI President Noah Marty discusses the merits of supporting undocumented students for being eligible for federal aid during its Zoom meeting Wednesday, March 17, 2021. ASI passed a resolution in support of making undocumented students eligible for federal aid.

ASI passes resolution supporting undocumented students being eligible for federal scholarships

March 17, 2021
Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. passed a resolution to support making undocumented students eligible for federal scholarships in its meeting Wednesday.
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.

FAQ: Everything you need to know about CARmencement

March 6, 2021
Sacramento State hosted a Zoom information session on Friday to answer questions and address comments and a viral petition regarding CARmencement. Read more on CARmencement in The State Hornet’s FAQ here.
Noah Marty, ASI president, announces new ASI scholarships for Sac State students during ASI’s meeting Wednesday, March 3, 2021 over Zoom. Marty said a SacSend email will be sent to students Monday to inform them about the scholarships. Screenshot taken via Zoom.

ASI provides details on CARmencement, doubles amount of available scholarships

March 4, 2021
Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. provided more details about the CARmencement ceremony and doubled the amount of available ASI scholarships at its meeting Wednesday.
Wayne Cheung, left, and Francisco De La Torre III, right, were sworn in to the Sacramento State Associated Students, Inc. Board of Directors on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Cheung and De La Torre filled the two remaining vacancies on the board. Screenshots taken by Michael Pacheco via Zoom.

ASI appoints two new members to fill out remaining board vacancies

Board allocates $50k to fund transfer peer coach wages
February 17, 2021
Sacramento State’s Associated Students Inc. appointed two new board members to fill out the remaining board vacancies.
The Sacramento State Hornets League of Legends team engages the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds in a team fight behind the dragon pit in the first game of the series on February 13. Screenshot taken by Michael Pacheco

Sac State League of Legends team dominates Southern Utah in 2-0 series

Third win in the Big Sky Conference season
February 15, 2021
Sacramento State’s Hornets League of Legends team secured a dominating victory over Southern Utah University’s Thunderbirds in a 2-0 series.
ASI President Noah Marty speaks to the Board of Directors on Jan. 20, 2021. Students interested in running for the ASI Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 school year can begin applications now. Screenshot taken via Zoom.

ASI seeking out potential candidates to run for student government

Campaign workshop on election process will be held Friday
February 5, 2021
Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. is looking for more potential candidates to run for office for the 2021-2022 school year. A workshop discussing ASI’s election process will take place Friday.
Sacramento State’s Associated Students’, Inc. President Noah Marty presents a resolution in support of assistance for college students that have been unemployed due to COVID-19 in a board meeting on Wednesday. Screenshot taken via Zoom.

ASI supports unemployment insurance for students

ASI’s United States Armed Forces Scholarship changed to include student veterans
February 3, 2021
Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc. passed a resolution supporting unemployment insurance for college students who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every week The State Hornet compiles crimes recorded in the campus crime log into a map detailing their location and current status.

CRIME MAP: One theft on campus occured in the first 2 weeks of December

Sac State crime from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12
December 16, 2020
One theft occurred at Sac State over the last two weeks.
PODCAST: Updates given on police budget, Black students react to talent show incident

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

December 14, 2020
On the final episode of The State Hornet Podcast for this semester, investigative reporter Michael Pacheco shares details and updates on a story posted about the Sac State Police Department’s budget for this semester and the next, arts and entertainment editor Nijzel Dotson and staff writer Brandon Bailey discuss their story about Black students’ reactions to anti-Black racial slurs sent by ‘Zoombombers’ during UNIQUE’s talent show and more.
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.

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

5 to 7 crimes reported per month during campus closure
December 10, 2020
Sacramento State Police Department continues operating during the campus closure with a $6.6 million budget, despite university budget cuts and lower reported crimes this semester.
Every week The State Hornet compiles crimes recorded in the campus crime log into a map detailing their location and current status.

CRIME MAP: 4 non-violent crimes on campus during first 2 weeks of November

Campus crime map from Nov. 1-14
November 18, 2020
Four non-violent crimes occurred at Sac State over the last two weeks. Crime on campus stays low during quarantine.
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.

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

Reports of restlessness and loss of sleep among students due to the stressful environment
November 5, 2020
Sac State Division of Student Affairs and other counselors discussed coping strategies to deal with the stress of a post-2020 election environment.
Sac State Political Science Professors Kim Nalder, Kristina Flores Victor, Danielle Martin and Andrea Terry hold a question and answer section at the end of a webinar hosted by Friends of the Library on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. They discussed strategies on avoiding misinformation during an election season. Screenshot taken by Michael Pacheco via Zoom.

Sac State professors discuss misinformation in the 2020 election

‘The actual president of the United States is engaging in this disinformation’
October 30, 2020
Sac State’s Friends of the Library hosted a webinar led by political science professors to help with making sense of the 2020 election on Zoom.
Former ASI president Christian Landaverde and executive vice president Jennifer Gross resigned from their positions on March 13, 2020. Landaverde said he decided to step down due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down campus and his desire to focus on other opportunities.

Former ASI president Christian Landaverde says resignation was due to COVID-19 campus closure

‘I was approaching the lame duck months of the presidency’
October 12, 2020
Former ASI president Christian Landaverde details the reasons for his resignation last semester, saying it was due to the campus closure caused by COVID-19 occurring during the “lame duck” months of his presidency.
Mulwa James Sumbi poses in front of the Sacramento State Police Department in his graduation robe. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adorno.

Friends remember the life of Sac State grad Mulwa James Sumbi

‘He was the joy of Sac State’
September 22, 2020

Mulwa James Sumbi’s friends are all able to recount similar experiences with him: “He had a way to become friends with anyone and make everyone feel like they could open up to him,” childhood...

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