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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor

The State Hornet Editorial Board

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According to the CDC, people ages 18-29 are responsible for 22.4% of COVID-19 cases in the United States as of March 4. That is 4,836,514 cases, the highest of any age group in the U.S.

EDITORIAL: Please, get the COVID vaccine

It’s not too late to start caring about those around you
March 9, 2021
“We eat from the Taco Bell drive-thru or microwave ramen how many nights a week, and you’re worried about taking a vaccine authorized by two ideologically separate administrations?”
California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro said he anticipates at least 50% of classes across the CSU system will be in-person this fall semester at a news conference on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Graphic made in Canva.

EDITORIAL: CSU backtracking on in-person instruction is nothing short of betrayal

In Zoom math class we learned that 50% in-person is not the same as ‘primarily’ in-person
February 10, 2021
California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro said Monday that he anticipates at least 50% of classes across the CSU system will be in-person this fall semester. What happened to “majority in-person instruction” and a return to normalcy?
EDITORIAL: Give us back our damn money, Sac State

EDITORIAL: Give us back our damn money, Sac State

We need refunds, not virtual workout classes we won’t use
April 9, 2020

On Wednesday, The WELL at Sacramento State dug its heels into anti-student ground, reiterating what we already knew — there will be no refund of the $393 University Union/WELL Fee that over 30,000 students...

EDITORIAL: Sac State students are asking for transparency and safety, not a vacation

EDITORIAL: Sac State students are asking for transparency and safety, not a vacation

We don’t want to ‘just get out of school’
March 11, 2020

On Tuesday evening, Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen’s liked the following since-deleted tweet from Sacramento Bee reporter Joe Davidson. Story continues below tweets. gif form as well...

EDITORIAL: It’s better to get it right than to get it first

EDITORIAL: It’s better to get it right than to get it first

Immediate coverage of Kobe Bryant’s death was irresponsible
January 28, 2020

Sunday’s news of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others’ deaths in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California sent ripples through not only the sports community, but the world. As...

Photo illustration. Following the announcement of Timothy P. Whites retirement, the CSU has begun a search for its next chancellor. A listening forum was held at Sac State Tuesday, the first of six planned across the CSU system.

EDITORIAL: 6 action items the next CSU chancellor must address

November 13, 2019

The students of the California State University system deserve a chancellor that will champion the cause of affordable and honest education for every student, following the retirement of current CSU Chancellor...

Cal Fire firefighter Xavier Chavez shoots pictures with his phone while helping fight the Kincade Fire in Sonoma county. The fire destroyed 374 structure and on Monday a federal judge ordered an investigation as to whether a transmission line malfunction reported by PG&E was the cause of the fire.

EDITORIAL: Death, destruction and darkness: It’s time for PG&E to go

EDITORIAL: PG&E shut off power to 1.3 million people in the month of October and their CEO said customers should expect this strategy for the next 10 years. The State Hornet editorial board weighs in on whether it’s time to move on from the public utility company:
November 9, 2019

Live in darkness or risk losing everything in a wildfire?  This was the choice given to Pacific Gas & Electric customers during much of the month of October.  Except it wasn’t even a choice,...

From left to right, in this photo illustration are DACA recipients Israel Flores, Denisse Garcia and Erik Ramirez. The California State University recently granted funds for schools in their system to offer legal services to DACA recipients.

EDITORIAL: Dreamers at Sac State and nationwide deserve better

October 18, 2019

Dreamers are all among us, even at Sacramento State.  The State Hornet recently spoke to and wrote about three DACA recipients at Sac State — two student representatives of Associated Students, Inc....

The American River Courtyard, one of the residence halls located at Sac State. In the universitys 2019 Clery Act Report, 31 instances of sexual assault were reported at on-campus housing, an increase of 21 incidents from last years report.

EDITORIAL: Sac State must be more transparent about Clery Act Report increases

The 2018 report noted 30 instances of sexual assault, up by 26 since 2017
October 7, 2019

In its most recent Clery Act Report, Sacramento State reported 30 instances of rape at on-campus housing in 2018, up from four instances in 2017.  The increase is staggering. The tepid explanation...

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson prepares to throw a pass against Northern Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Hornet Stadium. If Gov. Gavin Newsom signs SB 206, players like Thomson will be able to profit off their likeness.

EDITORIAL: College athletes should be allowed to profit from endorsements

September 19, 2019

Senate Bill 206, the Fair Pay to Play act, is currently on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk for signing after blazing through the California Legislature last week with unanimous votes in both the Assembly and...

Sac State students crowd the walkway near Placer Hall during the fall 2019 semester. The California State University system has suspended all international and non-essential domestic travel for all campuses and auxiliary organizations until May 31.

EDITORIAL: Sac State’s over-enrollment problem should have been avoided

September 13, 2019

At Sacramento State this semester, 700 extra students originally meant to be waitlisted were accidentally accepted and then enrolled at Sacramento State this semester. In addition, 3,000 other students...

Construction at Academy65. The apartment complexs delay is irresponsible.

EDITORIAL: Academy65’s delay is irresponsible and unacceptable

September 9, 2019

Academy65 brands itself as the “best location for Sac State students.” And yet it left 286 residents, many of which were Sacramento State students, without a home for nearly three weeks. The original...

EDITORIAL: Goodbye, print

EDITORIAL: Goodbye, print

The next 70 years of coverage, and beyond, will be entirely online
April 23, 2019

2019 marks a big change for The State Hornet — we’re celebrating the 70th anniversary of our formation as Sacramento State’s campus news organization, and as the school year draws to a close, we...

EDITORIAL: Celebrating the best — and worst — of Sac State

EDITORIAL: Celebrating the best — and worst — of Sac State

April 11, 2019

It’s spring at Sacramento State, and that means it’s our favorite time of year — when we ask our readers to celebrate what defines our campus in our annual Best of Sac State poll. And though we...

The Sacramento State softball team celebrates with sophomore outfielder Suzy Brookshire, right, after she hit a home run against the University of North Dakota at Shea Stadium on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The Hornets defeated North Dakota 4-1.

EDITORIAL: Women need better representation in Sac State athletics

Only 2 out of 11 women’s teams are coached by women
March 27, 2019

While women are nearly equally represented with men across administration, faculty and staff according to the 2018 Sacramento State Campus Climate Survey, the same cannot be said for women’s athletics. Sac...

EDITORIAL: To improve, Greeks must be held accountable

EDITORIAL: To improve, Greeks must be held accountable

February 20, 2019

In the weeks since an anonymous person claiming to be a member of Greek life accused Sacramento State fraternities and sororities of systemic misconduct, it’s been made clear that not enough effort is...

Campus crime logs revealed that an alleged act of sexual assault occurred in the American River Courtyard on Sept. 15. Sac State did not send out a timely warning, but students deserved to be alerted.

EDITORIAL: Campus crime incident notification lacks urgency or care for students

Students should be made aware of campus sexual assaults
October 2, 2018

It is imperative that Sacramento State students be aware of the dangers they face in terms of sexual assault, and that need requires the university to let the campus know when something as serious as a...

Mayor Darrel Steinberg, second from right, joins others in ceremonially breaking ground at The Crossings in May 2017. The Crossings are now open, joining other student living communities surrounding campus.

EDITORIAL: New housing near Sac State needs to be inclusive for all students

In a time where housing insecurity is commonplace for CSU students, $800 rent prices are not feasible or inclusive
September 19, 2018

Seven new housing projects are set to be built in areas adjacent to Sacramento State’s campus in a time where housing insecurity is commonplace for CSU students. This sounds like good news, but developers...

Editorial board’s favorite podcast choices

Editorial board’s favorite podcast choices

From sports to cults to sex, there’s a podcast out there for everyone
September 17, 2018

Sick of listening to the same playlists while commuting or walking to class? The State Hornet Editorial Board chose 11 podcasts covering everything from sports to cults to sex to help you find your next...

The victim being treated by paramedics.

EDITORIAL: Hey Sac State, wake the hell up

September 5, 2018

With one week of the semester completed, one thing is apparent that cannot be ignored: Sacramento State is still in summer mode. It is normal for the semester to start out slow as things begin to transition...

Mason Ramsey, known as the Yodeling Kid, yodels in his well-known video taken at Walmart.

11 of the best music projects that were released this summer

August 23, 2018

Throughout this summer, artist throughout a wide range of genres released music projects that brought us into our feelings. Whether you’re into Travis Scott or you’re into the “Yodeling Kid”,...

EDITORIAL: Summer’s over, and fall brings change

EDITORIAL: Summer’s over, and fall brings change

August 22, 2018

Ah, another year at Sacramento State begins. Welcome, new Hornets, and welcome back, old Hornets. It’s still hot, there’s still construction, and Herky is still thicc. But there are some new, exciting...

EDITORIAL: The Best (And Worst) of Sac State

EDITORIAL: The Best (And Worst) of Sac State

May 9, 2018

As we celebrate the Best of Sac State and as another class of graduates commemorate their laudable achievements at this year’s commencement, there is less to be celebrated in the year the University...

Water fountains in Placer Hall, as well as six other Sacramento State buildings, are currently shut off after a research project over winter break found excess levels of lead.

EDITORIAL: University can’t just do bare minimum for students

May 2, 2018

Over and over (and over and over), different branches of Sacramento State’s leadership have done the bare minimum to serve the students who justify the University’s existence. Sometimes, they don’t...

Eight covers of The State Hornet from the last three semesters show just some of the scope of coverage that a small group of student reporters and editors have published.

EDITORIAL: Now is the time to #SaveStudentNewsrooms

April 25, 2018

In an era of decreased local journalism, the proliferation of the term “fake news” to refer to legitimate organizations, and more information shared on the internet than can be consumed, student newsrooms...

From left, fromer Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and current Ghanian President Nana Akufo-Addo have all been invited to give keynote speeches at the Africa Peace Awards annually held at Sacramento State and organized by the University’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution.

EDITORIAL: Sac State shouldn’t break bread with repressive leaders

Persecution of LGBTQ, disabled and the mentally ill not important enough to Nelsen
April 18, 2018

President Robert Nelsen would probably never invite Donald Trump to Sacramento State to speak at a banquet. But if he did, it would be very hard for campus community leaders to keep silent or shrug it...

Students who wish to have their chosen name read by the normal, professional reader at the May graduation ceremonies have to inform Cely Smart, the presidents chief communications officer, of their chosen name by April 25 via email. That the school did not want this widely publicized has concerned some LGBTQ members of the campus community.

EDITORIAL: Students have a right to know naming protocol

Sac State shouldn't risk letting a student be incorrectly named at commencement
April 12, 2018

Graduating students have a lot on their plates — passing their final round of classes, managing their allotted tickets between family and friends, planning graduation photos and a celebratory dinner,...

Sacramento State Associated Students, Inc. Election Officer Isaac Curtis talks during a presentation in the Walnut Room in the second floor of the University Union on Feb. 23, 2017. Last year’s elections were short on candidates, and this year’s elections have even fewer students running.

EDITORIAL: 5 ways ASI can start spending our money

April 3, 2018

A multi-million dollar organization on campus that gives students massive discounts on tuition and training in a multitude of skills is being categorically underutilized by the campus. It’s called...

Five-year-old Elias Taylor sits upon his mother Teriah Taylors shoulders as he holds a sign in a demonstration that took place around downtown Sacramento on Friday, March 23, 2018. Teriah said that she attended the march and brought her son to the demonstration, held in response to the shooting of Stephon Clark by Sacramento Police, because. My sons life matters. I dont want him to end up like so many others, with their lives cut short.

EDITORIAL: Stephon Clark’s death needs to be watershed moment of change

March 29, 2018

Of the graduates walking the stage at the end of this semester, many will be 22 years old, looking forward to what their lives after earning their degrees hold for them. Late on March 18, Stephon Clark’s...

10 Binge-worthy shows to watch over spring break

10 Binge-worthy shows to watch over spring break

March 17, 2018

Whether you're planning on seeking out new activities and adventures here in Sacramento or traveling to a nearby city for a change of pace, you’ll hopefully end up with some downtime at home this spring...

Sacramento State has removed a comment making light of tuition increases left on a post made by Instagram user @csus_memes. The post depicts Sac State welcoming tuition increases.

EDITORIAL: Sac State should leave the memes to the masses

March 14, 2018

It is an offensive and disturbing pattern of behavior that Sacramento State continues to shove its stinger in its own mouth when serious issues are raised. The most recent example is almost laughable,...

Sacramento State social work major Helen Quiej wakes up in her dorm in Sierra Hall, which she shares with a roommate, on Friday, Feb. 23.

EDITORIAL: Student housing and food insecurities need creative solutions

February 28, 2018

The number of students facing housing and food insecurity within the California State University system is staggering, jaw-dropping and upsetting — but anyone within the system calling the rates surprising...

As it’s currently written, Sacramento States policy, which was announced on Feb. 8 via SacSend, outlines rules that can apply to anyone who wishes to create visual and audio content on campus, including students filming on their smartphones, according to Student Press Law Center Senior Legal Fellow Frank LoMonte.

EDITORIAL: Unwise recording policy shows Sac State’s cards

February 22, 2018

It appears that before writing, codifying and ratifying an entire set of regulatory rules on recording any kind of audio or video on the Sacramento State campus, the school’s University Advancement office...

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen and Associated Students, Inc. President Mia Kagianas answer questions during the tuition forum Feb. 8.

EDITORIAL: Shoot straight with students, Nelsen

February 14, 2018

Last week, The State Hornet called into question why the highest-paid leaders in the California State University system are paid so much, and said it was an insult to students for those administrators...

The California State University has announced it will not raise tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year.

EDITORIAL: A betrayal of the true mission

February 6, 2018

There is a serious injustice when university executives are taking pay raises while students are struggling to pay rising tuition and thousands more are denied an education because of funding woes. If...

If passed by the State Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate Bill 320 would require all UC and CSU to offer abortion by medication, starting Jan. 1, 2022.

EDITORIAL: Schools need to ensure women’s constitutional rights are protected

January 31, 2018

If Senate Bill 320 is approved by the State Assembly and becomes law, all California State University and University of California campuses would be required to provide medication abortions starting in...

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