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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Shelby Tolly

Shelby Tolly, diversity, equity and inclusion writer

Shelby Tolly joined The State Hornet in spring 2021 as an opinion beat writer. She is now a staff writer for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion beat. She was previously a staff writer for Sacramento City College’s Express news site. Shelby is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in LGBTQ+ studies. She is an avid gamer, is new to streaming and a die-hard horror movie fan!

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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.

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

Ezra Cabrera’s effort to help LGBTQ+ students
October 13, 2021
Cabrera said he is determined to help LGBTQ+ students feel safe and comfortable on campus.
Tranh Pham, interim coordinator at the PRIDE Center, pictured in  the PRIDE Center’s Queer Welcome annual event via zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. There, she educated attendees on PRIDE Centers emotional, social, physical and academic resources and services to students. Screenshot by Shelby Tolly

Sac State PRIDE spotlights community partnerships at annual event

Center hosts virtual ‘Queer Welcome’
September 22, 2021
PRIDE Center hosted its annual Queer Welcome to celebrate LGBTQ+ students, faculty and allies on Tuesday. It is the PRIDE Center’s second year hosting the event virtually.
The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) office is located in Lassen Hall with students entering and exiting. SSWD has set up a computer lab where staff are helping disabled students familiarize with the new Clockwork program for the SSWD Portal — no longer needing their all-paper format.

Sac State’s Services for Students with Disabilities transitions to campus

Paperless program accommodates the fall 2021 semester
September 15, 2021
Services for Students with Disabilities is throwing out anything in paper format for a new all-online system called Clockwork to help give disabled students a smooth transition to
Level Up with Shelby: EA’s botched vow against racism

Level Up with Shelby: EA’s botched vow against racism

May 5, 2021
“Level Up with Shelby” comes with another hot take segment, but on EA’s “vow” to stop racism in their gaming community with FIFA 21.
The State Hornet’s 2021 March Madness picks for most binge-worthy TV shows. Categories were made up from streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+ and more. Graphic made in Canva.

STATE HORNET SPECIAL: Reacting to how you voted in State Hornet March Madness

Game of Thrones deserved better(?)
April 26, 2021
Thank you all for voting in last month’s State Hornet March Madness TV show event - now listen to arts & entertainment editor Nijzel Dotson and opinion editor Magaly Muñoz react to the results in today’s special edition of the State Hornet Podcast.
Level Up with Shelby: The gaming community is still as toxic as ever

Level Up with Shelby: The gaming community is still as toxic as ever

April 20, 2021
“Level Up with Shelby” starts off with a discussion on how the gaming community is still toxic to women and if the community can mend this.
OPINION: Spongebob’s top 5 most underrated songs

OPINION: Spongebob’s top 5 most underrated songs

April 1, 2021
Opinion writer Shelby Tolly argues that SpongeBob is the best singer of our generation and shares what she thinks are his top five songs — it’s hard to prove her wrong.
Graphic made in Canva

STATE HORNET BUZZED: The video game episode

March 5, 2021
This week on State Hornet: Buzzed, podcast editor Robbie Pierce talks first, favorite and most underrated video games with opinion staffer Shelby Tolly, esports beat reporter Colby Case and multimedia reporter Blynn Beltran.
Xbox One, left, and Playstation 4, right, both released within a week of each other in November of 2013. I would play Call of Duty and Overwatch with friends via online on the Playstation 4. Gaming Consoles by tandemsystemsltd is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

OPINION: Video games have saved quarantine

March 2, 2021
Opinion writer Shelby Tolly and Sac State students talk about what video games have helped them get through the pandemic.
Companies like Pepsi or Monster have always found novel ways to advertise in video games, but do these advertisements break player immersion? Opinion writer Shelby Tolly talked to Sac State students to get their views on product placement in video games. Graphic by Hannah Quijas.

OPINION: Can advertisements be added to video games without ruining immersion?

February 17, 2021
Are advertisements in video games breaking immersion, or are gamers not bothered by it?
Opinion writer Shelby Tolly said writing about video games helped her gain confidence and to find her place in life before her diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 21.

TESTIMONIAL: How journalism helped me find my voice

Nonverbal and diagnosed with autism, I still found a way to have a voice
February 4, 2021
Opinion writer Shelby Tolly shares her story on finding her voice and coming to terms with her autism diagnosis.
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