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REVIEW: Sam Smith’s new album describes every relationship you’ve ever been in

REVIEW: Sam Smith’s new album describes every relationship you’ve ever been in

Sharlene Phou
November 6, 2017

Sam Smith's sophomore album, “The Thrill of It All,” offers a collection of 10 songs that takes listeners on a “thrill” ride through the different stages of love and life. While his last album,...

10 movies to watch this Halloween

10 movies to watch this Halloween

Liam Braddy and Sharlene Phou
October 28, 2017

When it comes to Halloween, everyone has their own traditions. Whether it’s dressing up for costume parties or going trick-or-treating, one thing you can always count on is watching a great scary movie....

10 can’t-miss campus events in October

10 can’t-miss campus events in October

Sharlene Phou and Rin Carbin
October 3, 2017

Let us know in the comments which event you're planning to attend.

Tatianna, left, and Adriana Diamond, right, don matching red ensembles for a Christmas Day show at Faces Nightclub in 2016. The event was a benefit held for LGBTQ+ families in the community who did not have a place to go to during the holiday.

Diamond Duo of Faces Nightclub makes Sac State drag show debut

Sharlene Phou
September 11, 2017

Sacramento State fraternity Delta Lambda Phi will present its semi-annual “Life is a Drag” show that will feature seven drag queens, including Sacramento’s own “Diamond Duo” Tatianna and Adriana...

One of Berroterans art pieces being shown in the University Union Gallery.

[Photo] From shooting to shredding: New photography professor fronts metal band

Molly Berg
September 9, 2017

One of Berroteran's art pieces being shown in the University Union Gallery.

Yaneli Manzo performs her work duties at The Bagel Place in the River Front Center on Sept. 5. The Bagel Place replaced RF Greens, which specialized in customizable salads, with custom bagels featuring special toppings and schmears.

The Bagel Place: a place for bagels

Sharlene Phou
September 6, 2017

Sacramento State students have a new place to line up for breakfast this semester with the arrival of The Bagel Place, a new dining option developed by University Enterprises, Inc. True to its name,...

Diners raise their glasses during the first Farm-to-Fork dinner on the Guy West Bridge on Sept. 14, 2016. This years dinner will be held on Sept. 13.

Second annual Farm-to-Fork Festival to celebrate local farmers

Sharlene Phou
September 5, 2017

The Farm-to-Fork Festival is back for its second run at Sacramento State, with this year to focus on the lives of farm laborers and their work that brings fresh produce to their communities. Farm-to-Fork...

The University Union embraces the chaos of construction and uses it as a theme to this years 18th annual Phlagleblast open house on Sept. 6.

Phlagleblast celebrates 18th year with construction-themed open house

Sharlene Phou
September 3, 2017

A little rubble and dust won’t stop the University Union from throwing its annual open house celebration, in fact, it has embraced the construction as its new theme for the year. Phlagleblast has...

Hottest upcoming events in September

Hottest upcoming events in September

Sharlene Phou
September 1, 2017

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ICYMI: 5 culture stories you might have missed over summer break

ICYMI: 5 culture stories you might have missed over summer break

Sharlene Phou
August 29, 2017

The 2017 Great American Eclipse:  Sac State’s physics department held an eclipse viewing party on Aug. 21 at the American River levee near the Hornet Bookstore. Special welding lenses...

From left to right, band-members Will Scharff, Todd Perez, Cesar Mena, Curtis Blakenship, Sam Miranda, Kenny Rego, Mario Bonilla, Richard Gonzalez and Marti Sarigul-Klijn of Latin reggae band Sol Peligro will perform their last performance of the year at the Nooner concert Sacramento States Serna Plaza on Wednesday.

Sol Peligro to play final scheduled show of the year at Nooner

Sharlene Phou
August 28, 2017

Latin reggae band Sol Peligro will make its last stop of the year at Sacramento State, where it will bring infectious melodies and Latin grooves to the Nooner stage. The 9-piece ensemble consists of...

Sophomore criminal justice major Matthew Smith lies on a hammock he hung between two trees in the pathway of Alpine and Calaveras halls.
(Photo by Joel Boland)

MAP: Students find campus hideaways to take catnaps

Sharlene Phou
May 15, 2017

(Follow the map below for specific locations) As the semester begins to wind down, students’ stress levels heighten. During this time of the year, students tend to be tired and worn out from...

Students embrace each other during a memorial service held for Isaiah Alexander on May 3 in the University Union Orchard Suite. (Photo by Nicole Fowler)

Friends remember beloved student at campus tribute

Sharlene Phou
May 7, 2017

Members of the campus community came together Wednesday evening to pay tribute to one of their own, Isaiah Alexander, who died Saturday of renal medullary carcinoma. Alexander was diagnosed with the...

Attendees and staff members of the PRIDE Center dance and celebrate the centers 10th anniversary in the University Union Ballroom on April 28. (Photo by Khanlin Rodgers)

PRIDE Center celebrates 10th anniversary with party

Sharlene Phou
May 1, 2017

The PRIDE Center celebrated its 10th anniversary with a birthday party filled with party favors, music, dancing and staff members old and new sharing their stories and experiences. Chris Kent, the program...

Sacramento State senior Tristan Church scores the quaffle past senior Josue Garcia during practice Friday on the South Green Lawn by The WELL. Each time the quaffle is scored through the rings, it is worth 10 points. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Quidditch club flies high after first-ever victory

Sharlene Phou
April 27, 2017

Those who pass by The WELL on Friday afternoons often stop to stare quizzically at students fighting over balls while running around with sticks between their legs. The students are members...

(Photo by Itzel Ponce)

Faces of PRIDE at Sac State

Sharlene Phou
April 13, 2017

Sacramento State’s LGBT community is large and always growing, as is the same for universities across the U.S. and the world. In the ten years since its opening, the PRIDE Center on campus...

Jody Nelsen leads a crowd of supporters during the Out of the Darkness awareness event April 6, 2017. The walk is held annually to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health. (Photo by Nicole Fowler)

Students walk ‘Out of the Darkness’ in solidarity for survivors and victims of suicide

Sharlene Phou
April 8, 2017

Despite the rain on Thursday evening, a crowd of people came to show their support for increasing awareness about suicide by walking the two-mile round trip from the The WELL to the residence halls. According...

Sacramento State students collect condoms and other items at the condom cart in The WELL on Thursday while workers provide extra information about the cart. (Photo by Matthew Nobert)

Weekly condom cart has got you covered

Sharlene Phou
March 14, 2017

Student Health and Counseling Services at Sacramento State are pushing forward the condom cart, a mobile service that provides students with the education and resources needed to engage in...

As Jason Fong slowly changes into a dog, he is checked out by veterinarian Monique Crawford, left, and wife McKenzie Lopez, in Stories to be Told, which runs at the Playwrights Theatre in Shasta Hall from March 8 to 19. (Photo courtesy of Craig Koscho / Sacramento State)

Sac State play explores stories of human exploitation

Sharlene Phou
March 8, 2017

“Stories to be Told,” a play directed by Roberto Dario Pomo and Lisa Carmen Ross, will be performed at the Playwrights’ Theatre in Shasta Hall on Wednesdays through Sundays until March...

Sac State alumna Theresa Truong joins her models in their final walk of the show on Friday, Feb. 24 at Sacramento Fashion Week. (Photo by Sami Soto)

Spring, summer trends blossom at Sacramento Fashion Week

Sharlene Phou
February 27, 2017

Sacramento Fashion Week held its Spring and Summer Showcase on Feb. 24 at the Sacramento Railyards, featuring seven local designers — one of which is a Sacramento State alumna. Each collection from...

Sacramento State alumna Theresa Truong designs clothes for Sacramento Fashion Week at her home studio. On the mannequin at her side stands The Cait Jacket, a faux fur piece she crafted after feeling the need to make something pink and furry. (Photo by Sharlene Phou)

High school hopes take alumna to Sacramento Fashion Week

Sharlene Phou
February 16, 2017

During her junior year of high school, Sacramento State alumna Theresa Truong stitched together a prom dress from scratch — a green satin and chiffon garment that the aspiring fashion designer...

Two jars were marked boy and girl to allow attendees to decide which jar to put images like cars, makeup and superheroes in.
(Photo by Sharlene Phou)

PRIDE Center hosts discussion on gender stereotypes, transgender issues

Sharlene Phou
February 16, 2017

The PRIDE Center kicked off “Love Your Body” week on Tuesday with “Love Your Trans Body,” an interactive workshop that discussed body image and gender classification in society. Alex Beskeen,...

Heres how to do this Valentines Day right

Here’s how to do this Valentine’s Day right

Sharlene Phou
February 9, 2017

We've put together some gift and date ideas that are sure to impress your significant other. Also, check out our Valentine's Day Spotify playlist to get you in the mood this Feb. 14. [su_carousel...

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg delivers the keynote speech at the annual Interlude to the Season awards gala at Sacramento State University Union Ballroom Wednesday, Jan. 25.
(Photo by Itzel Ponce)

Leaders in arts honored at Sac State’s annual gala

Sharlene Phou
January 29, 2017

Sacramento State hosted Interlude to the Season, an annual arts awards gala held by Blue Line Arts, on Wednesday night to honor individuals and organizations for their artistic contributions to the local...

Alumnus and owner of EcoFit Jose Avina points to the inverter on the ECO_POWR cycle that has the potential to produce enough energy to power surrounding businesses on L Street.
(Photo by Diana Rykun)

New gym brings energy to surrounding businesses through fitness power

Sharlene Phou
December 6, 2016

While running on a treadmill machine a few years back, Jose Avina, a recent Sacramento State alumnus, received an electric shock that prompted him to think of an idea to use the energy exerted to give...

Lecture Capture — which allows professors to live stream class sessions — is one of the forms of technology students said they wanted more of in a recent Information Resources and Technology survey. (Screenshot from Sacramento State tutorial video)

IRT releases student feedback on academic technology

Sharlene Phou
December 5, 2016

Information Resources and Technology held a presentation on Wednesday to go over the findings of its technology and academic success survey. The 2016 Educause Student Technology Survey was conducted...

Members Allan Bona, left, and Alex Blanco, right, play the Super Smash Bros. Melee game on their pink TV on the third floor of the AIRC, Thursday, Nov. 3.
(Photo by Harold Williams Jr.)

Super Smash Bros. Club members share a love for the classic game

Sharlene Phou
November 10, 2016

Three years ago, after losing a game of “Super Smash Bros. Melee,” then-sophomore graphic design major Ray Burgess discovered that there was an active community around the game upon online research...

(Photo by Pexels)

‘Tis the season: ‘Cuffing season’ has students looking for winter flings

Sharlene Phou
November 2, 2016

As the weather grows cold, people are beginning to seek warmth and comfort from another person by participating in a dating phenomenon called “cuffing season.”   Cuffing season typically emerges...

Paris police reported that Kim Kardashian West was robbed of $11 million worth of jewelry at gunpoint in her luxury private apartment after the robbers tracked the reality star’s extreme public life on social media. Because of this high-profile case, many people began to wonder if oversharing on social media can possibly be a personal safety hazard.

How safe is sharing on social media?

Sharlene Phou
October 19, 2016

Pop culture followers were shocked on Oct. 3 when it was reported that reality star Kim Kardashian West was robbed of 11 million dollars of jewelry at gunpoint in her luxury Paris apartment. Local police...

Senior English major Ian Kappos is the lead vocalist of Sacramento-based hardcore punk band Cross Class, whose other members include bassist Ian Boalt, guitarist Mitch Seaman and drummer Craig Hancock.
(Courtesy of Bryan Bickel)

Cross Class crosses social conscience with hardcore punk

Sharlene Phou
October 14, 2016

When English major Ian Kappos approached the then 35-year-old California Labor Federation lobbyist Mitch Seaman in 2013 to form a band, the typical alternative, pop or classic rock genres were nowhere...

John Cao, senior communication studies major, break dances during the Asian Pacific Islander Fest Day on Wednesday, April 27 in the Library Quad.

Campus to unite for first Cultural Clubs Fair

Sharlene Phou
October 6, 2016

Student Organizations and Leadership will host its first Cultural Clubs Fair in the Library Quad on Oct. 11 to showcase over 20 campus clubs and organizations and to introduce students to different cultures...

Viridiana Diaz,
filmmaker John Valadez
Norma Mendoza, 
Denise Barajas and
Erica Perez pose for a photo after the panel discussion at the Forest Suite of the University Union on Sept. 23.
(Courtesy of Serna Plaza)

Filmmaker discusses his short documentary on legendary Mexican outlaw during Hispanic Heritage Month

Sharlene Phou
September 24, 2016

Emmy-nominated filmmaker John Valadez came to Sacramento State during Hispanic Heritage Month on Friday to discuss his latest short documentary, “The Head of Joaquin Murrieta,” which revolves around...

Two students zip line through the Residence Hall squad at the ASI Block Party, Sept. 17, 2015.

High-flying block party closes out ASI’s weeklong celebration

Sharlene Phou
September 15, 2016

Associated Students, Inc. will throw its annual Block Party on Sept. 15 at the Residence Hall quad, which is set to welcome new and returning students to explore the numerous campus programs and interact...

Sacramento will host its inaugural Farm-to-Fork Festival in the Library Quad on Sept. 14, to celebrate the campus fresh food and healthy eating tradition by showcasing free cooking demonstrations and other educational activities.
[Photo courtesy of Farm-to-Fork Festival at Sac State]

Farm-to-Fork Festival debuts at Sac State

Sharlene Phou
September 12, 2016

Sacramento State will launch its inaugural Farm-to-Fork Festival and Dinner on Sept. 14 to help  increase food-insecurity awareness and educate students on healthy eating habits. Farm-to-fork is a...

Sacramento States medieval literature professor Kim Zarinss signs copies of her new novel, Sometimes We Tell the Truth, Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Library Gallery.
[Photo Marivel Guzman]

English professor introduces new novel at campus event

Sharlene Phou
September 9, 2016

Sacramento State English professor Kim Zarins held a book signing session Thursday at the Library Gallery for Sometimes We Tell the Truth, her latest novel that puts a modern twist on the father of the...

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