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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor

Storm Ray, Author

All content by Storm Ray
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech about racial inequality in front of approximately
7,000 students at Sacramento State College, now named Sacramento State, on Oct. 16, 1967.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: MLK Jr., Cesar Chavez and more important speakers in Sac State’s history

Storm Ray and Will Coburn
April 23, 2019

Dr. King Martin Luther King Jr. visited Sacramento State in October 1967, where 7,000 students gathered in the football stadium to hear the words of the most influential man in the history of the...

Attendees unable to enter City Hall meeting watch the proceedings from a television outside Tuesday. Large crowds arrived at city hall to express their frustration with the District Attorneys choice to not press charges against the two officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark and Sacramento PDs handling of Monday nights demonstrations.

Sacramento expresses outrage at City Hall over 84 arrests

Day after East Sacramento march, police overreach, brutality on everyone's mind
Storm Ray, news editor
March 6, 2019

Sacramento and surrounding area residents expressed their feelings at a city council meeting held on Tuesday evening. Story continues below tweet   Tensions increased at 8 p.m. during public comment...

Khalil Ferguson, a Sac State international relations major, chants outside of Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento Sunday. He helped plan the teach in held at the mall that started Saturday and lasted through Sunday.

Sac State to host week of events following Stephon Clark decision

Storm Ray, news editor
March 4, 2019

Sacramento State will have "spaces for healing and discussion" available throughout the week where students can seek support following the Sacramento District Attorney’s announcement Saturday that charges...

Stevante Clark, Stephon Clarks brother, speaks on behalf of his family at a press conference being held at at Genesis Church on Sunday. Stevante announced a weekend-long Stephon Clark legacy celebration that will feature brunches, socials and community ceremonies.

‘It was like he was killed again’: Stephon Clark’s family speaks out

Stevante announces weekend-long Stephon Clark legacy celebration
Claire Morgan and Storm Ray
March 3, 2019

The Clark family held a press conference Sunday in response to the decision not to file charges against the officers who shot and killed unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark in 2018. The family held a...

Sac State President Robert Nelsen speaks at the Fall Address in August 2017. Nelsen announced in a SacSend that his Spring 2019 address will be replaced with an event to honor Stephon Clark.

President Nelsen’s town hall meeting replaced with Stephon Clark event

Anniversary of Clark’s high-profile death is approaching
Storm Ray, news editor
March 1, 2019

In a SacSend email sent Thursday, President Nelsen announced he will not be holding his town hall meeting. The meeting, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 17, was canceled due to Nelsen being sick...

Not one but two Jump Bikes were parked in front of the Sacramento State University Library in an area that bicycle parking is prohibited. Sac State updated its wheeled device policy to account for the introduction of electric scooters in Sacramento on Tuesday.

Sac State makes changes to wheeled device policy

Policy change to include electric scooter rules
Storm Ray, news editor
February 14, 2019

Sacramento State announced Tuesday that it will be implementing some new changes to its policies for wheeled personal transportation due to the introduction of electric scooters in Sacramento. Although...

Ariana Grande performs at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire on Feb. 19, 2017. Grande releases her new album thank u, next just six months after her previous album Sweetener.

REVIEW: Ariana Grande drops fifth studio album and new music video

Storm Ray, News editor
February 8, 2019

Pop sensation Ariana Grande dropped her fifth studio album ‘thank u, next” on Friday and I just about lost my mind. Not only does Grande give us her heavenly vocals on this full-length album, but...

The firefighters who will be participating in the 2019 Guns and Hoses Pig Bowl. The charity football game will honor both law enforcement officers and firefighters of Sacramento County.

Sac State to host 45th annual Pig Bowl between cops and firefighters

Storm Ray, news editor
January 25, 2019

Sacramento State will host the 45th annual Gun and Hoses Pig Bowl, a charity football game between local firefighters and law enforcement officers Saturday. This year, the game will honor the recent...

Seniors Tender Cooksie, left, and Yosan Zeweldi look at sashes to wear for graduation at Grad Fest on March 28, 2018.

Sac State ‘Finish in Four’ graduates to receive free regalia

Storm Ray, news editor
January 19, 2019

Debuting in the summer of 2016, the “Finish in Four” and “Through in Two” programs were created to help incoming freshmen and transfers earn their undergraduate degrees in four years. As an...

Gaw Vang Williams sings the National Anthem at Governor Gavin Newsoms inauguration in Sacramento, California on Jan. 7. Williams is the vocal jazz director for the Sac State School of Music.

Sac State vocal jazz director performs national anthem at inauguration

Storm Ray, news editor
January 11, 2019

Gaw Vang Williams, director of vocal jazz at Sacramento State, sang the national anthem at Governor Gavin Newsom’s inauguration Monday. Williams said she received a text Dec. 14 from her friend Jason...

Tarana Burke speaks at the TedWomen 2018: Showing Up conference in Palm Springs, California on Nov. 30, 2018. Burke will speak at Sac State on Feb. 7 in the University Union.

#MeToo founder to speak at Sac State

Sac State will honor Black History Month starting with a lecture by Tarana Burke
Storm Ray, news editor
January 9, 2019

Civil rights activist and founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke will speak at Sacramento State on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Union. The lecture is free for both Sac State students...

The skyline of Perth in Western Australia. Australia is currently a part of the Sac State study abroad program.

Sac State study abroad program increases travel options

Short term trips are being added to hopefully increase the amount of students that can study abroad
Storm Ray, news editor
January 7, 2019

The study abroad program at Sacramento State will revive the short-term options for students to earn credits while traveling during academic breaks. These “faculty-led” short-term travel options...

Recent phishing emails have infiltrated the email inboxes of the Sac State community. These emails have included gift card scams, Bitcoin demands and bomb threats.

Email phishing scams sent to Sac State community

Bitcoin extortion and bomb threat scam infiltrates Sac State emails
Storm Ray, news editor
December 17, 2018

Emails demanding $20,000 in bitcoin as ransom for not deleting a bomb were confirmed to have been part of a cyber attack in a SacSend email sent on Friday, Dec. 14. As of yet, there has been no credible...

A Sacramento State Police vehicle sits in front of The WELL. Sacramento State released its 2018 Annual Safety Plan Friday, Dec. 14.

Sac State releases annual safety plan report

The annual safety plan report for 2018 details new action plan for the years to come
Storm Ray, news editor
December 17, 2018

Sacramento State has released its annual safety plan report for 2018 detailing a plan of action to ensure more campus safety for 2019. In a SacSend email sent Friday evening, the safety plan report...

Ariana Grande performs at the SNHU Arena on Feb. 19, 2017 for her Dangerous Woman tour. Grande released the highly anticipated video for her new single thank u, next Friday.

REVIEW: Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ video is everything we ever needed

Storm Ray
November 30, 2018

The wait is over, and after weeks of teasing on social media, Ariana Grande has finally released the video for her new-chart topping single, “thank u, next” and yes, it’s as amazing as we thought...

Sacramento States newest vice president of administration, Jonathan Bowman, will begin January of next year.

Sac State to welcome new vice president in January

Jonathan Bowman will take over as vice president and chief financial officer in 2019
Storm Ray
November 29, 2018

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen announced Wednesday that the university has hired a new vice president for administration and chief financial officer. Jonathan Bowman will replace Stacy Hayano,...

Voting center at Modoc Hall near the intersection of College Town Drive and State University Drive. Pizza to the Polls will deliver pizzas to voting locations with long lines Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Hungry while voting? This organization will send pizza to your polling place.

Storm Ray
November 5, 2018

Pizza to the Polls is a nonprofit organization that delivers pizza directly to polling stations that Sacramento State students can take advantage of Monday and Tuesday. The organization was founded...

Jesse McCartney performing live at The Citadel Outlets 12th Annual Tree Lighting Concert in Commerce CA Nov. 9th, 2013.

Jesse McCartney to perform at Sac State

The millennial teen heartthrob will perform at the University Union Nov. 8
Storm Ray
October 23, 2018

It’s concert season and Sacramento State students are waiting for 2000s teen heartthrob Jesse McCartney to perform at Sac State Nov. 8 in the University Union Ballroom. McCartney’s music career...

Sac State sophomore midfielder Skylar Littlefield dribbles up the field in a 1-0 loss to Weber State on Sunday at Hornet Field.

Women’s soccer team takes loss against Weber State University

The Hornets fell with a 1-0 loss in the fourth match of the Big Sky Conference
Storm Ray
September 30, 2018

The Sacramento State women’s soccer team walked away with a 1-0 loss against Weber State University on Sunday at Hornet Field. After a 3-0 win Sept. 23 against Idaho State, the Hornets fell short...

Sacramento States Dreamer Resource Center policy briefing held on Friday, Sept. 14 in the Hinde Auditorium of the University Union. The discussion consisted of four panelists to give state and city updates on what is currently being done for DACA recipients.

Panel discusses updates on DACA from both city and state

On-campus policy briefing provides students an overview of state and federal proposals for DACA
Storm Ray
September 15, 2018

Sacramento State’s Dreamer Resource Center hosted a panel on Friday to discuss current state and city policy updates regarding DACA recipients. The panel featured deputy director of federal policy...

Associated Students banner at the WELL. ASI recently changed their Safe Ride program from a ride share service to offering reimbursements when students use other ride share services.

ASI makes major change to Safe Rides program

New ‘Cash Back’ program replaces drivers with reimbursements
Storm Ray
September 14, 2018

Sacramento State Associated Students, Inc. is making significant changes to the Safe Rides program due to issues with liabilities and effectiveness. The newly dubbed Safe Rides Cash Back Program is...

The corner of State University Ave. and J Street on Tuesday morning. Cyclist Shane Neal was struck by a truck this morning while headed to campus.

Man hit by truck while riding his bike to campus

The cyclist only suffered from minor injuries
Storm Ray
September 11, 2018

A man said he was hit by a truck this morning while riding his bike to campus at the intersection of J Street and State University Drive. Shane Neal said he was biking to campus when he was suddenly...

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. DeVos is possibly rescinding policies put in place by the Obama administration to require a higher amount of evidence to be provided in order to prove that sexual misconduct occurred.

DeVos prepares new policies regarding college sexual misconduct

The Secretary of Education plans to make significant changes to Title IX policies on college campuses
Storm Ray
September 3, 2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing to implement new policies that may change the way college campuses deal with sexual misconduct. DeVos’s rules would undo policies set by the Obama administration...

The American River Courtyard was voted ‘Best on-campus housing’ in The State Hornet’s Best of Sac State poll.

American River Courtyard voted 2018 ‘Best on-campus housing’ at Sac State

Storm Ray
May 8, 2018

The American River Courtyard was voted ‘Best on-campus housing’ in The State Hornet’s Best of Sac State poll. The housing is for any students who are sophomores or older, including transfer, international...

The American River bike trail is a great place to clear your head and relax after a stressful day of classes.

5 ways to de-stress before finals

Finals are important, but your mental health should come first
Storm Ray and Alexis Roberts
May 2, 2018

Finals are coming fast and it’s probably safe to say that just about everyone is stressed out. Exams, papers, presentations and projects are just a few of the many factors that continue to make us want...

Sacramento State students represented the non-governmental organization Oxfam International at the National Model United Nations conference in New York in March. The students won nine awards during the conference, which lasted from March 18-March 22.

Sac State Model United Nations students return from conference, win 9 awards

Model United Nations students participate in five-day conference debating issues such as women's rights and agriculture
Storm Ray
April 2, 2018

The Sacramento State Model United Nations Program won nine awards on the final day of the National Model United Nations conference in New York City, which was held from Mar. 18- Mar. 22. Sac State attended...

Students of the vocal jazz groups C-Sus Voices and Vox Now rehearse together in preparation for their upcoming performance. The groups will be performing at the Third Annual MOSAIC: Gala Concert on Sunday, March 4.

Sac State School of Music to host MOSAIC: Gala Concert

Storm Ray
February 27, 2018

The Sacramento State School of Music will be hosting the Third Annual MOSAIC: Gala Concert on March 4 in the Capistrano Concert Hall. The hour-long showcase will feature all the different parts of the...

Members of the Sacramento State STUNT team finish a routine during practice at Solano Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Last season, Sac State placed second in the NCAA Division I Nationals.

STUNT team shoots for No. 1 spot at NCAA Nationals

Storm Ray
February 27, 2018

The Sacramento State STUNT team is looking to grab the top spot in the NCAA Division I Nationals after placing third at another national competition. The team had its best finish of the season at the...

#SacStateSays: How do you feel about university executives taking pay raises while students face tuition hikes?

#SacStateSays: How do you feel about university executives taking pay raises while students face tuition hikes?

Emily Rabasto and Storm Ray
February 8, 2018

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