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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
Odin Rasco

Odin Rasco, newsletter editor

Odin Rasco (he/him) covers news for The State Hornet. He has written for the Sacramento News and Review and the Mountain Democrat. He is the manager of KSSU, Sac State’s student-run radio station and a stand-up comedian.

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Graduation FAQ, Best of Sac State, mental health and more: STATE HORNET PODCAST

May 9, 2022
Newsletter editor Odin Rasco talks about graduation, post-graduation employment concerns, the Best of Sac State polls in this episode of The State Hornet Podcast.
The State Hornet’s newsletter editor Odin Rasco stands outside at Sacramento State’s campus on April 21, 2022. “We are living in a time that asks so much, too much of us mentally and emotionally, just to exist.”

TESTIMONIAL: My hard road back to ‘normal’

Newsletter editor Odin Rasco talks facing challenges reentering the world after two years of COVID-19 isolation
May 9, 2022
As mask mandates end and the world returns to ‘normal,’ newsletter editor Odin Rasco opens up about the mental health challenges he’s faced while trying to adapt. Read here:
Newsletter editor Odin Rasco, opinion editor Kris Hall and audience engagement staffer Krys Shahin debate the worthiness of Scooby-Doo being named the best movie franchise in the 2022 edition of State Hornet March Madness. Scooby-Doo beat out the MCU in the finals by a wide margin. (Graphic made in Photoshop by Mack Ervin III)

Ruh Roh? Recapping the madness of State Hornet March Madness 2022: STATE HORNET BUZZED

April 19, 2022
This week’s hosts break down the results of the 2022 State Hornet March Madness tournament and the somewhat surprising results on this special episode of State Hornet Buzzed.
Staffer Laura De la Garza Garcia, opinion editor Kris Hall and newsletter editor Odin Rasco talk to students in the library quad during a live podcast on March 30. The second State Hornet Quadcast focused on students readjusting to live after two years of COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo by Alexis Hunt. Graphic made in Photoshop by Mack Ervin III)

Hornets appreciate being in person after two years of being locked inside: STATE HORNET QUADCAST

April 8, 2022
This week’s two-part episode of State Hornet Spotlight is from our “Quadcast” podcast event focusing on how two years of COVID-19 has affected student life and routines.
Sac State mask mandate lifted, a profile on the Pride Center coordinator, and more: STATE HORNET PODCAST

Sac State mask mandate lifted, a profile on the Pride Center coordinator, and more: STATE HORNET PODCAST

March 18, 2022
Newsletter editor Odin Rasco hosts this week’s edition of The State Hornet Podcast and provides updates on the lifting of Sac State’s mask mandate, a review of Elden Ring and a profile on the Pride Center coordinator.
The tone of the scene shifts early into ‘The Best Man’ when Former President Art Hocksteader (Stephen Kauffman, right) announces he is dying to presidential candidate Bill Russel (Tom Loeprich, left). Russel struggles to pursue political success while still staying true to his ethical principles.

Review: Gore Vidal’s ‘The Best Man’ at Sutter Street Theatre

A pleasant evening of theatre seated near a loud fan
March 18, 2022
Odin Rasco reviews Sutter Street Theatre’s production of Gore Vidal’s play ‘The Best Man.'
The first view of the open world after emerging from the tutorial cave. What is seen on screen is only a fraction of the game’s beautiful and sizable playable area. Screenshot taken on Playstation 5

REVIEW: The early hours of FromSoftware’s beautiful, deadly masterpiece, Elden Ring

If at first you don’t succeed, die, die again
March 16, 2022
Newsletter editor Odin Rasco presents a first impressions review of the new FromSoftware game, Elden Ring.
Gabriel (Anthony M. Person) calls on St. Peter to open the pearly gates at the close of ‘Fences’. Left to Right: Cathleen Riddley, Anthony M. Person, J’cyn Crawley, Sincee J. Daniels. (Photo courtesy of Cindy Lawton)

REVIEW: August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ at Sacramento Theatre Company

A powerful rendition of a masterpiece play
March 7, 2022
Odin Rasco reviews Sacramento Theatre Company’s production August Wilson’s play ‘Fences.'
Sacramento State University President Robert Nelsen addresses students in the University Union about COVID-19 policies on campus on Sept. 3, 2020. In his address on Jan. 21, 2022, Nelsen discussed continuing COVID-related issues and plans to change the culture of the campus to fight systemic racism.

Nelsen’s 2022 Spring Address: Anti-Racism, COVID and a “Healing Campus”

January 22, 2022
Sacramento State University’s President Nelsen gave his Spring Address Friday, covering COVID, anti-racism, graduation rates, and more.
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.

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

December 2, 2021
Members of the many Native communities at Sacramento State, in Sacramento and beyond 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.
Graphic created in Canva. Edit of Zach Cimaglio made in Picsart. (Mercy Sosa)

Marvel video games universe (Part 2): THE USUAL SPOT

November 17, 2021

Come hang out at “The Usual Spot” from The State Hornet podcast network for gaming news, discussion, critical analysis and just general geek talk.  Hosted by A&E staffer Zach Cimaglio,...

Graphic created in Canva. Edit of Zach Cimaglio made in Picsart. (Mercy Sosa)

Marvel video games universe with Odin Rasco (Part 1): THE USUAL SPOT

November 9, 2021

Come hang out at “The Usual Spot,” from The State Hornet podcast network for gaming news, discussion, critical analysis and just general geek talk.  Hosted by A&E staffer Zach Cimaglio, episodes...

Members from the California Faculty Association protested California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro’s visit to Sacramento State on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, advocating for fair contracts for faculty. In the event’s open forum, students advocated for removing police from campus and for further anti-racism initiatives on campus.

CSU Chancellor faces faculty protests, anti-racism questions at Sac State during visit

California Faculty Association asks Joseph Castro for fair pay for faculty
November 4, 2021
The California Faculty Association protested California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro’s visit to Sacramento State on Wednesday, advocating for a fair contract for faculty as well as anti-racism initiatives.
More HEERF grants, 88 students run afoul of vaccination policy & more : STATE HORNET PODCAST

More HEERF grants, 88 students run afoul of vaccination policy & more : STATE HORNET PODCAST

October 1, 2021

During a new episode of The State Hornet Podcast, news reporter Odin Rasco highlights some of the biggest stories from the newsroom this week. This week’s main stories include the third round of HEERF...

Estudiantes y organizaciones en Sacramento State tienen sus propias ideas en como el nuevo jefe de policía del campus Chet Madison y la policía de un entero pueden trabajar a lo mejor para servir la comunidad. Freshman Ryan Sorenson, quien está enfocando su carrera en justicia criminal, dijo que ella cree que la policía debe enfocar en prevenir acoso sexual y asalto en el campus. Foto del fondo tomada por Mercy Sosa. Gráfico creado en Canva por Mercy Sosa.

Comunidad de Sac State comparte pensamientos sobre la policía del campus y el nuevo jefe

September 25, 2021

Al principio del semestre de otoño 2021, ex diputado jefe de la oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Sacramento Chet Madison, Jr. empezó como el jefe de policía para Sacramento State.  Madison está...

Stephany Rose Spaulding, Mia Settles-Tidwell and Josephine Moreno were the three candidates for Sacramento State’s next vice president of inclusive excellence. Each was interviewed and shared their ideas on Sept. 21, 22 and 23, 2021 respectively. (Photo courtesy of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, UC Berkeley and UC Davis Graduate Studies). (Canva graphic by Emma Hall).

Candidates for Sac State’s vice president of inclusive excellence share goals in open forum

Next VP will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion at university
September 23, 2021
Three candidates for Sac State’s vice president of inclusive excellence spoke to the campus community this week about their plans for the university if they are hired.
Students and organizations at Sacramento State have their own ideas about how the campus’ new police chief Chet Madison and campus police as a whole could work best to serve the community. Freshman Ryan Sorenson, who is majoring in criminal justice, said she thinks the police should focus on preventing sexual harassment and assault on campus. Photo in background taken by Mercy Sosa. Graphic created in Canva by Mercy Sosa.

Sac State community shares thoughts, expectations for campus police and new chief

September 20, 2021
Sacramento State students share their thoughts on campus police and new Sac State police chief Chet Madison Jr.
Provost Steve Perez speaking to the Sacramento State Faculty Senate about COVID-19 policies and the upcoming anti-racism convocation via Zoom on Thursday. Perez emphasized a need for faculty to be flexible and ready to teach even if classes or campus were to close. (Photo taken via Zoom by Odin Rasco.)

Sac State Faculty Senate talks changes on campus

Administration officials cover subjects from COVID to campus police
September 10, 2021

Sacramento State’s first Faculty Senate meeting for the fall 2021 semester highlighted multiple upcoming changes and updates about the return to campus on Thursday. Provost and Vice President of Academic...

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