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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Michael Pepper

Michael Pepper, News Staffer


Michael Pepper is a senior transfer student majoring in journalism. He previously attended Cosumnes River College where he was a staff writer and sports editor for The Connection. This is his second semester with The State Hornet.

All content by Michael Pepper
Election signage setup outside Modoc Hall Saturday, March 2, 2024. Voters can return their mail-in ballots, file a conditional voter registration and vote in person inside through Election Day.

FAQ: Voting in the California primary election

Michael Pepper, Staffer
March 4, 2024
With the California presidential primary approaching quickly, here are Sac State students' frequently asked questions about voting and other information about the election.
Chair of the World Languages and Literatures department Curtis Smith, junior kinesiology major Ozzie Garcia, and senior sociology major DJ Johnson pictured outside of Eureka hall Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, with art professor Joy Bertinuson pictured outside Mendocino hall. (Photo by Michael Pepper, Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

Sac State staff and students discuss opinions on CFA tentative agreement

Michael Pepper, Staffer
February 2, 2024
Sacramento State students and faculty express their feelings about the CFA’s tentative agreement with the CSU, the strike, missed classes and inflation.

[Video] STINGER SOUND SESSIONS: Angry Aztecs delivers Bay Area streetpunk to Sacramento

Clear some space for a pit in this hardcore punk installment
Cristian Gonzalez
January 29, 2024
The Latino punk group, Angry Aztecs, consumes the newsroom with thrash rhythms and guttural guitars.
The weeklong statewide California Faculty Association strike ending after just one day leaves the California State University and Sac State communities with questions. (Photo by Alyssa Branum, graphic created in Canva by Analah Wallace)

FAQ: What’s next for Sac State after the CFA cancels its strike

Classes have resumed, but many questions remain
Michael Pepper, Staffer
January 26, 2024
The weeklong statewide California Faculty Association strike ending after just one day leaves the California State University and Sac State communities with questions.
President Luke Wood takes the University Ballroom stage at his first fall address at Sac State Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. Wood returned to the ballroom stage for his first spring address Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, to go over concerns and continued goals to achieve in his first year as president. (File photo and graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

President Luke Wood’s spring address outlines campus goals

Wood’s office is pursuing 23 action items this semester
Michael Pepper, Staffer
January 20, 2024
President Luke Wood’s spring 2024 address celebrates the success of Sacramento State while acknowledging areas for improvement.
Faculty picketing in front of Sac State at the intersection of J Street and State University Drive during a strike Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. If no deal is reached between the CSU and CFA during the next round of negotiations the planned strike would impact all 23 campuses.

BREAKING: CFA announces potential statewide strike for late January

First week of spring instruction may be impacted
Michael Pepper, Staffer
December 20, 2023
The CFA union Board of Directors called for potential strikes with the teamsters at all California State University campuses to begin at the start of the spring semester, the union is asking for increased pay and better working conditions.
The Sacramento State Police Department has identified a person of interest in relation to a series of vandalisms around campus Sunday Dec. 10, 2023. Anyone with information should reach out to them at (916) 278-6000, or email (Photos courtesy of Sac State Police, graphic created in Canva by Chris Woodard)

BREAKING: Reports of vandalism and possible arson on campus

Sac State PD asks for assistance in investigation
Michael Pepper, Staffer
December 11, 2023
Vandalism and possible arson occurred at Sacramento State Sunday evening. A rock was thrown through one of the doors of the University Union, as well as a fire near the Hornet Stadium.
California Faculty Association protesters outside of Sacramento State marching on J Street Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. The CFA strike at Sac State was the final day of the four day strike across California State University campuses.

Sac State faculty strikes on campus to demand better pay and working conditions

Demonstrators at Sac State participate in the final day of statewide organized CFA strikes at CSU campuses on Thursday.
Mixed canned fruit and veggies on the shelves of the Associated Students, Inc. Food Pantry, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. The food pantry provides both fresh produce and groceries, according to its website.

ASI Food Pantry provides resources for students with low food security

The pantry offers weekly access to fresh produce and groceries
Michael Pepper and Analah Wallace
November 30, 2023
ASI Food Pantry welcomes Sacramento State students facing financial struggles and low food security.
The ‘Red Zone’ is the time on college campuses between dorm move-in and Thanksgiving break when sexual assaults are more likely to occur. Sacramento State has multiple resources to support survivors. (Graphic created in Canva by Analah Wallace)

Continued vigilance: campus safety challenges beyond the ‘Red Zone’

Students ask for more education on available resources
Michael Pepper, Staffer
November 21, 2023
“Are you safe on this campus?” is a question Sac State needs to answer during the ‘Red Zone’ timeframe
The contents of the grocery bags being handed out for the inaugural Hornet Harvest event near the Library Quad, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023. The event was sponsored by the Aramark Regional and looked to distribute up to 500 bags to Sacramento State students.

Sac State hosts inaugural Hornet Harvest Gathering

The event provided healthy food and dialogue with campus services
Michael Pepper, Staffer
November 9, 2023
Aramark partnered with Sac State to offer build-a-meal kits to students to help combat food insecurity on campus.
The large display of a judge put up by demonstrators in the library quad near Santa Clara Hall Oct. 11, 2023. Members of the Carpenters Local Union 46 handed out flyers alleging wage theft by contractors being considered for Student Housing Project III.

Carpenters’ union expresses concerns with upcoming student housing project’s contractor

Union alleges selected contractor has a past of wage theft
Michael Pepper and Analah Wallace
November 8, 2023
The Carpenters’ Local Union 46 alleges wage theft against Brown Construction amidst Sacramento State’s selection of a contractor for the housing department’s Student Housing Project III.
Associated Students Inc. Director of Arts & Letters Christian Hernandez-Hunter poses for his election candidate photo for the board position earlier in the spring semester. Hernandez-Hunter has since resigned from his position after continuous hardships with others led to the decision. (Photo courtesy of ASI, Graphic created in Canva by Alyssa Branum)

ASI director resigns from the board

The resignation leaves the position of Director of Arts & Letters vacant
Michael Pepper, Staffer
October 21, 2023
The Sac State ASI Director of Arts & Letters Christian Hernandez-Hunter has resigned from his position at the student led organization.
Protestors gathered in the Library Quad as part of a march in support of Palestinians, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. Those speaking at the march expressed a need for support for those being affected by the violence taking place in Gaza.

Students rally at Sac State in support of Palestine

Supporters of Palestine come together to speak against violence
Michael Pepper and Analah Wallace
October 12, 2023
Students at Sac State come together to rally in support of Palestine’s freedom.
Adult learners networking at the Mature Students Meet & Greet Lunch, Tuesday, Sept. 19. The event was the fourth in a series with the intent of helping mature students build connections on campus.  (Photo courtesy of Catheryn Koss)

Mature Learner Meet & Greet series caters to older students

'They don't really feel connected socially to other students’
Michael Pepper, Staffer
October 6, 2023
The University Union hosts Older Students event series to create a space for adult learners to connect on Sacramento State’s campus.
In collaboration with ASI, Sac State President Luke Wood conducts a listening forum on Zoom to hear out student concerns with the campus Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. The next sessions will be similar to town halls previously conducted, but will take place at the University Union Ballroom.

President Luke Wood gleans students’ concerns at ‘100 days of listening’

Grievances include mental health, unresponsive staff, financial aid and campus safety
Michael Pepper and Jacob Peterson
September 26, 2023
President Luke Wood speaks on his action plan at ‘100 days of listening’ student forum; an opportunity for students to share perspectives with university leadership.
A blue emergency light on the pathway to the Library Quad on campus Thursday, Sept. 12, 2023. The blue lights are used to alert the Sacramento Police Department of incidents occurring on campus.

In the ‘Red Zone’: what resources does the campus offer survivors?

Help available for all Sac State students, ‘there’s so many at your disposal’
Michael Pepper, Staffer
September 25, 2023
With Sac State in the “Red Zone” what services does the school offer sexual assault survivors?
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