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The State Hornet

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The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor

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Sacramento State senior setter Kennedy Kurtz, middle, celebrates with teammates after a kill by senior outside hitter Shannon Boyle in set five against North Dakota at Colberg Court in the Nest on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

[Photo] Sac State alumni drafted to minor league teams, goalkeeper records 200 saves

September 28, 2020

Sacramento State senior setter Kennedy Kurtz, middle, celebrates with teammates after a kill by senior outside hitter Shannon Boyle in set five against North Dakota at Colberg Court in the Nest on Thursday,...

Sacramento State senior setter Kennedy Kurtz celebrates a 3-1 victory in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament Thursday, Nov. 16 2017 at Colberg Court. Kurtz led the nation in assists for the Hornets.

[Photo] This week in Hornet sports history: Week of 9/14

September 18, 2020

Sacramento State senior setter Kennedy Kurtz celebrates a 3-1 victory in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament Thursday, Nov. 16 2017 at Colberg Court. Kurtz led the nation in assists for the Hornets.

Senior center Joshua Patton goes up for a shot against UC Davis on Nov. 21, 2017. Patton averaged 13 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game as a junior.

[Photo] Sac State’s high-flying center stays grounded with long walks

October 7, 2019

Senior center Joshua Patton goes up for a shot against UC Davis on Nov. 21, 2017. Patton averaged 13 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game as a junior.

Sac State senior right-handed pitcher Savanna Corr threw her second no-hitter of the season in a 15-0 win over Idaho State in the Big Sky Conference tournament.

Sac State softball pitcher throws first no-hitter in Big Sky Conference championship history

Senior Savanna Corr helped Hornets beat Idaho State in five innings
May 10, 2019

Facing elimination in the 2019 Big Sky Conference softball tournament, Sacramento State senior pitcher Savanna Corr threw a no-hitter as the Hornets defeated Idaho State 15-0 in five innings. The game...

Sacramento State wide receiver Andre Lindsey (7) celebrates with Jaelin Ratliff during the 2018 season. Lindsey signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft.

Sac State football athlete Andre Lindsey signs with Kansas City Chiefs

April 27, 2019

Former Sacramento State wide receiver Andre Lindsey was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday after the 2019 NFL Draft. Lindsey came to Sac State after transferring...

Former Sac State gymnast Dallas Smith is now the director of ticket operations and fan engagement at her alma mater. Along with running all of the athletic ticket accounts, she steps in to help wherever she is needed and sometimes scans tickets at sports events.

Former Sac State gymnast Dallas Smith wears many hats

Smith runs tickets, gymnastics commentary at alma mater
April 19, 2019

Everything was prepped for the 6 p.m. kickoff between Sacramento State football and Northern Arizona University on Nov. 10 of last year. Sac State Director of Ticket Operations and Fan Engagement Dallas...

Sac State graduate student Samantha Mapes skates at Skatetown Ice Arena in Roseville. Mapes, who was in Disney on Ice for three years, shows off one of her favorite moves.

Sac State student’s dreams come true as Disney on Ice performer

April 2, 2019

The lights were out at TD Garden in Boston as fans waited anxiously to see their favorite Disney characters and stories brought to life on ice. The night before, the Boston Celtics, making their playoff...

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaking during a forum hosted by the Campaign for College Opportunity as he runs for governor of California. Newsom declared a state of emergency on March 4 in response to the coronavirus.

[Photo] Gov. Gavin Newsom makes high increases to his proposed budget

February 11, 2019

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaking during a forum hosted by the Campaign for College Opportunity as he runs for governor of California. Newsom declared a state of emergency on March 4 in response...

New Sac State head coach Troy Taylor vowed to recruit locally and he did by receiving commitments from five Folsom Bulldogs, the California State Champions.

Sac State football receives commitments from local high schoolers

Folsom players become Hornets in droves
February 6, 2019

Folsom High School football went 14-1 and won a California State championship in 2018. Now, five of those players have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers at Sacramento State. This...

Taylor takes major pay cut to coach football at Sac State

Taylor takes major pay cut to coach football at Sac State

New coach made $525,000 as Utah’s offensive coordinator last season
February 6, 2019

In 2018, Troy Taylor was one of 146 assistant football coaches at Division 1-A schools who, according to USA Today, earned at least $500,000 per season. On Dec. 17, 2018, Taylor agreed to a seven-year...

Sac State gymnastics will soon practice at this location on Folsom Blvd less than one mile from school. The gymnastics team currently practices in Elk Grove.

Sac State gymnastics moving to newly-purchased $4.5 million facility

New gymnastics sports facility on Folsom Blvd.
February 5, 2019

Sacramento State has bought a building on Folsom Blvd. for $4.5 million that will become the gymnastics team’s new training facility. For the past seven years, the Hornets have practiced nearly 19...

From left Jordyn Brent, Lauren Schmeiss and Jackie Sampson pose at the Nest after a meet. The three will be counted on for at least three routines each this season.

Young gymnastics team has hurdles to overcome

5 seniors with postseason experience graduated in 2018
January 24, 2019

Sacramento State gymnastics lost five seniors with postseason experience to graduation after the 2018 season. When the team opened the 2019 season Jan. 6, they stepped up to the uneven bars and it became...

Sac State football coach Troy Taylor overlooks the football stadium he will be coaching in. Taylor was named head coach on Dec. 17, 2018 after the Hornets fired Jody Sears.

Q&A: Head football coach Troy Taylor has ‘clear vision’ in new role

January 22, 2019

When Troy Taylor was hired as the head football coach of Sacramento State on Dec. 17, 2018, he knew he would be coaching in a stadium where he had championship wins as the head football coach at Folsom...

Sac State junior Alexis Belkoff speaks with head coach Randy Solorio after she performed a career high 9.800 on the event Friday night in a tri-meet at the Nest against Stanford and Seattle Pacific.

Junior shines as young Hornet gymnasts finish second behind Stanford

Sac State gymnastics working out early season inexperience
January 13, 2019

Junior Alexis Belkoff set career highs on bars and beam while nearly setting a career high on vault as the Sacramento State gymnastics team finished with a score of 189.950. While Belkoff performed...

Sac State Athletic Director Mark Orr (left) and new Sac State football coach Troy Taylor hold up a jersey at Taylors introductory press conference Dec. 18 at Broad Fieldhouse.

Football coach Troy Taylor’s first season at Sac State taking shape

Taylor hires new coaching staff, NCAA grants player extensions
January 10, 2019

Less than a month after Troy Taylor was named the head football coach at Sacramento State, questions that surrounded the 2019 season are starting to be answered. Taylor has set his coaching staff and...

Sac State athletic director Mark Orr (left) and Sac State President Robert Nelsen (right) listen while Troy Taylor speaks during his introductory press conference Dec. 18 at Broad Fieldhouse.

Troy Taylor introduced as next head football coach at Sac State

Sacramento native and former NFL draft pick speaks at press conference
December 18, 2018

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen was told at a Big Sky Conference meeting that convincing University of Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor to be the Hornets next head coach wouldn’t be possible....

Troy Taylor to replace Jody Sears as Sac State head football coach

Troy Taylor to replace Jody Sears as Sac State head football coach

December 17, 2018

Sacramento State football named former University of Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor head coach on Monday. Taylor will replace Jody Sears, Sac State’s former head football coach, who lost...

Sacramento State head football coach Jody Sears instructs his players during practice Sept. 20 at the Sac State practice field. After defeating North Dakota 34-27 on Oct. 22, 2017. Sears was fired Monday.

Key stats from 5 years of Jody Sears as head football coach

Team was unable to win on road, against elite opponents
November 28, 2018

Sacramento State fired Jody Sears on Monday after he went 20-35 in five seasons with the Hornets. In three of those seasons, the Hornets won just two games. RELATED: Sac State fires head football coach...

Sacramento State head football coach Jody Sears stands on the sidelines during a 52-47 win over UC Davis Saturday, Nov. 18 at Hornet Stadium. Sears was fired Monday following a 2-8 season.

Sac State fires head football coach Jody Sears after 2-8 season

November 26, 2018
Sears went 20-35 in five years at Sac State
Sac State junior point guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Leafa dribbles during the Hornets 58-55 win over UC Davis Tuesday at Golden 1 Center.

Sac State men’s basketball defeats UC Davis 58-55

Graves hits layup with 10 seconds left to lift Hornets over Aggies
November 21, 2018

Sacramento State senior point guard Marcus Graves hit a game-winning basket with 10.1 seconds to give Sac State a 58-55 win over University of California, Davis Tuesday at the Golden 1 Center. Sac State...

UC Davis announced that the 65th Causeway Classic against Sac State will be moved to University of Nevada, Reno on Saturday due to air quality concerns.

Causeway Classic football game moved to Reno

UC Davis announces game to be moved instead of canceled
November 16, 2018

The University of California, Davis athletic department announced Friday that the 65th Causeway Classic has relocated to Mackay Stadium at University of Nevada, Reno on Saturday due to poor air quality....

The Hornets huddle and go over defensive schemes with 13.5 seconds left and a 87-82 lead against Cal Poly Nov. 11.

Sac State postpones basketball doubleheader

Both games postponed over air quality concerns
November 15, 2018

Due to air quality concerns, Sacramento State has postponed both men’s and women’s basketball games planned for Friday.   The women’s basketball game was postponed by Ohio State at 1 p.m. Thursday....

Sac State cancelled its game against Northern Arizona on Saturday after the air quality index reached 218. Sac State does not allow athletic events to take place if the air quality index is recorded above 200.

Sac State cancels football game due to poor air quality

Hornets senior night cancelled
November 10, 2018

Sacramento State has cancelled its football game against Northern Arizona Saturday night due to poor air quality, caused by smoke from the Camp Fire near Chico. The air quality index was recorded at...

President George W. Bush throws out the first pitch during game three of the World Series game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Yankees at Yankee Stadium Oct. 30, 2001.

OPINION: 2001 Halloween World Series game is the best sporting event, ever

Everyone in my neighborhood had on the Yankees versus Diamondbacks game
October 31, 2018

My favorite sporting event ever happened on Halloween in 2001. It was the fourth game of the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks. I was trick-or-treating dressed...

Room 131 in Calaveras Hall was remodeled over last summer and opened this semester with 36 new Dell laptops, 35 of which were stolen in Oct. 2017.

Suspect identified in 2017 Sac State laptop thefts

University Police detective said suspect has not been apprehended
October 30, 2018

A suspect has been identified in the 2017 theft of 35 Dell Latitude laptops out of a Sacramento State classroom. The suspect, Nicholas MacKenzie, 39, has not been apprehended and currently has three...

Former Sac State gymnast Megan Kyle experienced sexual assault starting at the age of six. She competed at Sac State from 2014-2017.

Self harm, depression: one former gymnast’s struggle

Megan Kyle's experiences with sexual assault started at six years old
October 16, 2018

When Megan Kyle stuck her landing on the balance beam on Jan. 29, 2017, she did something she had never done before. It was Kyle’s third season competing for Sacramento State gymnastics and her first...

Cal Poly junior J.J. Koski returned a punt for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Mustangs a 21-14 lead on Saturday at Hornet Stadium. The Mustangs defeated Sac State 41-27.

Triple-option too much in Hornets 41-27 loss to Cal Poly

Sac State football lost early lead and never came back
October 7, 2018

Sacramento State had trouble stopping Cal Poly’s triple-option offense, losing 41-27 to the Mustang’s on Saturday at Hornet Stadium. While the Hornets (2-3, 0-2 Big Sky Conference) scored touchdowns...

Sophomore Nate Ketteringham throws the ball against Western Oregon, Sept. 3, 2016. Ketteringham is one of many football players that transferred from Sac State soon after Jody Sears took over as head coach.

28 football players left Sac State after 2016 — here’s why

Since 2014, 72 players have left the program
October 3, 2018

Since Jody Sears arrived at Sacramento State in 2014, 72 players have left the Sac State football program — with most leaving after the 2016 season. A total of 28 players who were underclassmen in...

Sacramento State junior outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti records a kill in the second set against Southern Utah Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at Colberg Court.

Southern Utah’s van broken into at Chili’s before volleyball game at Sac State

September 27, 2018

While eating at Chili’s before their game against Sacramento State on Thursday, the van that belongs to Southern Utah University’s volleyball team was broken in to, according to Hornet Athletics. The...

VIDEO: Sac State volleyball player Mikaela Nocetti

September 25, 2018

Mikaela Nocetti talks about recording her 1,000th career kill on Saturday, her injury and the team's home matchups this weekend against Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. RELATED: Hornet Volleyball...

VIDEO: Sophomore running back Elijah Dotson

September 19, 2018

Sacramento State sophomore running back Elijah Dotson talks about averaging more than five yards per carry, the game against Northern Colorado and the upcoming game against Montana on Saturday. RELATED:...

VIDEO: Senior defensive back Mister Harriel

September 11, 2018

Sacramento State senior defensive back Mister Harriel talks about the San Diego State game, the defense as a unit, and his second interception of the game in the fourth quarter against SDSU. RELATED:...

Assistant head coach Paul Wulff speaks with his offensive line during Sacramento States opener against Saint Francis on Sept. 1. The Hornets fell to San Diego State in their second game 28-14 on Sept. 8.

Sac State can’t keep lead against SDSU

Hornets led 14-13 with less than five minutes to play
September 8, 2018

Despite leading 14-13 against San Diego State, Sacramento State allowed a touchdown with 4:05 to play and lost 28-14. The Hornets (1-1) had a chance to put the game away when the Aztecs (1-1) went for...

Sac State freshman setter Ashton Olin talks to head coach Ruben Volta during a timeout in the fourth set of the Hornets four-set loss to UC Davis on Tuesday at Colberg Court.

Sac State volleyball plays sloppy, falls to UC Davis in four games

Hornets make too many mistakes and fall to (3-5) record
September 5, 2018

Sacramento State volleyball fell to UC Davis in four sets Tuesday at Colberg Court in the Causeway Classic. The Hornets (3-5) played three games over the weekend and failed to come out with the same...

Senior quarterback Kevin Thomson hands the ball off to sophomore running back Elijah Dotson (33) who scored a 73-yard touchdown to open the scoring for Sacramento State in its 55-7 win over St. Francis (IL.) on Sept. 1 at Hornet Stadium.

Hornets stomp on St. Francis with head coach suspended

Even with head coach Jody Sears suspended, Sac State was prepared to open season
September 1, 2018

Without Sacramento State head coach Jody Sears, the Hornets still rolled their way to a 55-7 win over St. Francis (IL.) to open the season Saturday at Hornet Stadium. Assistant head coach Paul Wulff...

VIDEO: Hornet Invitational — Sac State women’s volleyball

August 28, 2018

Sac State finishes second in the Hornet Invitational. They took a set against University of Arizona. RELATED: Sac State volleyball finishes second in Hornet Invitational

Sacramento State freshman Ashtin Olin (10) and senior Brie Gathright (12) attempt to block an Arizona shot on Aug. 25 in the Hornet Invitational at Colberg Court.

Sac State volleyball finishes second in Hornet Invitational

Hornets defeat Utah State and take a set against Arizona
August 28, 2018

The Sacramento State volleyball team finished second in the Hornet Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Colberg Court to open its season. The Hornets won their opener against Utah State in four sets...

President Robert Nelsen spoke about Graduation Initiative 2025, the audit and infrastructure during part of his fall address Thursday in the University Ballroom at Sacramento State.

President Nelsen says Graduation Initiative 2025 top funding priority

Largest donation in school history to be announced soon
August 23, 2018

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen gave his fall address on Thursday in the University Union ballroom. In his address, he said that the Graduation Initiative 2025 is still the school’s “top funding...

VIDEO: Sac State football coach, seniors have high hopes for 2018

August 22, 2018

Jody Sears, George Obinna and Kevin Thomson give their thoughts on the upcoming season. The Hornets are coming off a 7-4 season in 2017. RELATED: Senior-heavy Sac State football team begins season...

Sacramento State returns (from left to right) Brie Gathright, Mikaela Nocetti Nocetti, Sarah Davis and Lana Brown from a its Big Sky regular season championship team a season ago. The Hornets begin the season August 24 against Utah State.

Sac State volleyball returns four starters from 15-1 team a season ago

New players expected to fill big shoes
August 22, 2018

Losing to North Dakota in the Big Sky Conference Tournament championship game in five sets was not how the Sacramento State volleyball team wanted to end the 2017 volleyball season. The heartbreak from...

Sacramento State senior quarterback Kevin Thomson throwing a pass during practice Aug. 15. Thomson scored 26 touchdowns while turning the ball over just three times a season ago.

Senior-heavy Sac State football team begins season with spectrum of talent

Hornets return 14 starters and receive votes in preseason poll
August 22, 2018

Winning wasn’t something the Sacramento State football team was used to — but now, winning is expected. After consecutive 2-9 seasons in 2015 and 2016, the team came together and won seven games...

An email that a student received in a phishing attempt in April 2018.

Phishing email compromises more than 600 accounts, Sac State says

Malicious links sent to more than 600 accounts according to the Office of Information Resources and Technology
August 20, 2018

In an email sent to all students and faculty on Tuesday, the Office of Information Resources and Technology reported that “there were approximately 600+ compromised accounts between Friday afternoon...

Sophomore Jordyn Brent competing on the uneven bars on March 9 at the Nest. Cal and Stanford headline the teams coming to Sacramento this season.

Washington, Iowa, Denver highlight Sac State 2019 gymnastics schedule

Hornets to meet Cal, UC Davis three times a piece
July 12, 2018

Six gymnastics teams coming off postseason appearances in April will compete against Sacramento State in the upcoming 2018-2019 season, according to head coach Randy Solorio. The Hornets will open...

Activists gather with signs at Crocker Park on O Street in downtown Sacramento before the start of the Black Womens March on Saturday June 9, 2018.This is the second annual Black Womens March hosted by Black Women United.

Black Women’s March calls for unity

Sacramento Senator and other advocates among speakers
June 10, 2018

Black Women United led a group of almost all black women from Crocker Park to the west steps of the State Capitol Saturday June 9 in support of black women. The theme of the march “Can I Live?”...

Parking Structure V will open on Thursday after the structure passed the Office of the State Fire Marshall inspection. PS5 was originally supposed to open in January.

Parking Structure V to open Thursday

Structure originally supposed to open in January
May 16, 2018

Parking Structure V will open Thursday after it was originally set to open at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester. An email sent out to all students by the Office of the Vice President of Administration...

Marco Bonanni (left) and Lauren Rice (right) show how the camera tracks cars through the camera and on to the computer display with their mini-model at the Senior Design Showcase on May 11 in the Santa Clara Hall Breezeway at Sacramento State.

Parking tracker created by students needs OK from UTAPS

Getting the OK from UTAPS is final step
May 15, 2018

Parking Lots 9 and 10 could utilize a parking tracker, created by five mechanical engineering students, in the upcoming fall semester at Sacramento State. The group has worked on this project since...

Sacramento State senior gymnast Annie Juarez poses after competing against the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Minnesota and Cal at the Nest on Friday, March 9, 2018. Juarez was one of four Hornets to qualify for an NCAA Regional.

Annie Juarez voted 2018 ‘Best Female Athlete’ at Sac State

May 9, 2018

Heading into the 2018 season, senior gymnast Annie Juarez never imagined she would have a campaign that would lead her to being named ‘Best female athlete’ in The State Hornet’s Best of Sac State...

Sacramento State sophomore outside hitter Sarah Davis celebrates a kill during the 2017 Big Sky Conference tournament. The Hornets won the Big Sky regular season and were voted as the best team in The State Hornet’s “Best of Sac State” category.

Volleyball team voted 2018 ‘Best Team’ at Sac State

May 9, 2018

The Sacramento State volleyball team won its first Big Sky Conference regular-season title since 2007 and was voted as the “Best team” in The State Hornet’s Best of Sac State poll. Sac State coach...

The site of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. The Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to picket at Sacramento State on Tuesday over the University’s support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Westboro Baptist Church announces plans to picket at Sac State

May 6, 2018

The Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to picket at Sacramento State on Tuesday over the University’s support for the LGBTQ+ community. A news release sent out by the Westboro Baptist Church...

Sacramento Chief of Police Daniel Hahn will not be attending a banquet at Sacramento State where he was originally going to be honored. The Sacramento Police Department has been under scrutiny following the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, in March.

Sacramento Chief of Police will not attend Sac State banquet in wake of Clark shooting

Decision made to “avoid disrupting the campus”
May 2, 2018

Sacramento Chief of Police Daniel Hahn will not attend the May 9 awards banquet where he was to be honored by Sacramento State’s College of Business Administration. Hahn has received push back from...

Sacramento State senior setter Kennedy Kurtz, middle, celebrates with teammates after a kill by senior outside hitter Shannon Boyle in set five against North Dakota at Colberg Court in the Nest on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. After defeating Portland State on Oct. 7, Sac State clinched its first Big Sky Conference regular season championship since 2007.

Former MVP prepares for life after volleyball with Bleacher Report internship

May 1, 2018

Nearly eight years ago, University of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford walked across the stage at Radio City Music Hall to shake NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand after being chosen as the No. 1...

Sacramento State freshman running back BJ Perkinson sprints away from a UC Davis defender in the 64th annual Causeway Classic at Hornet Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Sac State defeated the Aggies 52-47.

Sac State football schedule highlighted with matchup versus Aztecs

April 30, 2018

The Sacramento State football schedule includes a trip to compete against San Diego State on Sept. 8, five home games and a short trip across the Yolo Causeway to close out the regular season against UC...

There are 12.5 billion game pieces for the Safeway Monopoly game. Prizes range in value from $5 to $1 million.

Your Safeway Monopoly piece could be a winner

April 30, 2018

Have a stack of unopened Monopoly game pieces from Safeway that keeps growing higher before it topples over to consume the entire table? Is the thought of going through each piece daunting? Well, you...

Republic of Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo delivers his keynote speech following his acceptance of the African Peace Leadership Award in the University Union Ballroom on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Ghanaian president receives peace leadership award at Sac State, despite human rights issues

Akufo-Addo honored for values, commitment to peace work
April 29, 2018

Nana Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana, received the African Peace Leadership Award at the 27th annual Africa Awards dinner on April 28 at Sacramento State. The award is annually given to someone who...

Sacramento State sophomore Sofie Babic competes in the Sacramento State Invitational on Monday, March 19, 2018. The Hornets finished in second place the Big Sky Conference Championships from Friday to Sunday in Boulder City, Nevada.

Women’s golf team falls at Big Sky Championships

April 24, 2018

The Sacramento State women’s golf team entered the season as reigning Big Sky Conference champions with four of its five starters returning, but now it appears as if the season has come to an end. The...

After a hazardous chemical spill, the fourth and fifth floor chemical storage rooms in Sequoia Hall were part of the subject of a state health and safety audit of four California State University campuses. The audit, released Tuesday, found that the campuses have not complied with health and safety policies, training and proper laboratory inspection.

BREAKING: Audit of CSU finds health and safety oversight inadequate

April 24, 2018

An audit by the California State Auditor’s office has found that the California State University system has not provided acceptable safety measures for students and employees working with unsafe chemicals....

Three Sacramento State alumni were part of the Pulitzer Prize winning team at The Press Democrat for the work covering at fires that started on Oct. 8, 2017.

3 Sac State alumni win Pulitzer Prize for wildfire coverage

April 19, 2018

Three Sacramento State alumni were awarded the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for their work covering the wildfires in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County at The Press Democrat. Derek Moore, Jim Sweeney and Martin...

Sacramento State senior gymnast Caitlin Soliwoda celebrates after competing on the uneven bars at the Nest on Friday, March 9, 2018. Soliwoda was one of four Hornets to qualify for an NCAA Regional.

Hornets avert disastrous season to finish with 4 gymnasts in regionals

April 17, 2018

As the Sacramento State gymnastics team left the University of Alaska Anchorage and its negative-nine degree weather on Feb. 3, it seemed like the Hornets’ season was completely turned around. Sac...

Sacramento State junior safety Immanuel Anderson said he is happy with the seven wins the football program had a season ago, but says the goal is to make the playoffs this year. The Elk Grove High School alumnus was fourth on the team in tackles as a junior.

Safety lifts weights, opposing offensive players off the ground

April 16, 2018

With the spring football season finished and fall approaching, Sacramento State junior safety Immanuel Anderson thinks about the trio of current running backs on the roster who are entering their sophomore...

#SacStateSays: Can students graduate in four years with a bachelor’s degree?

#SacStateSays: Can students graduate in four years with a bachelor’s degree?

April 16, 2018

With Sacramento State pushing its 2025 Graduation Initiative, which is aimed at helping students graduate in four years, we asked students if they think graduating in four years is a realistic goal....

An email that a student received in a phishing attempt in April 2018.

Sac State cautions against phishing attempt

April 12, 2018

The Sacramento State Office of Information Resources and Technology sent an email on Thursday warning students of a potential phishing attempt through Sacramento State’s email platform. “We are...

The University Union renovation project is now projected to be completed in the middle of December according to Todd McComb, a project manager in Facilities Management. The union was originally expected to open in time for the spring 2018 semester.

Union expansion joins the list of campus construction projects not opening on time

April 11, 2018

While the Science II construction project is still on track to open on time for the fall 2019 semester, the University Union renovation project now joins Parking Structure V among Sacramento State construction...

From left to right, Sacramento State senior gymnasts Annie Juarez, Courtney Soliwoda, Jennifer Brenner and Caitlin Soliwoda pose after practice at Byers Gymnastics in Elk Grove on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The four seniors will compete in an NCAA Regional on Saturday, April 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

4 senior gymnasts prepare for NCAA Regional

April 6, 2018

Four Sacramento State senior gymnasts will perform for what is likely to be the final performances of their careers at the NCAA Regional on Saturday at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. Annie Juarez...

Sacramento State senior gymnast Annie Juarez, middle, celebrates after performing her uneven bars routine at the Nest on Friday, March 16, 2018. Juarez scored a 9.775 in the event and recorded a career-high 39.275 in all four events as an all-arounder on senior night.

Senior gymnast conquers overthinking, years of foot injuries en route to postseason

April 4, 2018

All that stood between a trip to the NCAA Regional in front of more than 15,000 fans and Sacramento State senior Annie Juarez’s career ending was a score of 9.150 or above on the uneven bars in her last...

#SacStateSays: Are you surprised that Parking Structure V has been delayed until May 8?

#SacStateSays: Are you surprised that Parking Structure V has been delayed until May 8?

March 28, 2018

After the announcement that Parking Structure V won’t be completed until at least May 8, we asked students how surprised they were that this project has been delayed multiple times after originally...

Sacramento State senior gymnast Annie Juarez competes on the uneven bars at the Nest on Friday, March 9, 2018. Juarez was one of four Hornets to qualify for an NCAA Regional.

Trio of Sac State gymnasts qualify for NCAA Regional

March 25, 2018

Sacramento State senior gymnasts Annie Juarez, Caitlin Soliwoda and Courtney Soliwoda all qualified for a spot in an NCAA Regional after the regular season ended at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation...

Some call for Sac State to cancel banquet honoring Sacramento Chief of Police

Some call for Sac State to cancel banquet honoring Sacramento Chief of Police

March 24, 2018

Some social media users are calling for an upcoming awards banquet honoring Sacramento Chief of Police Daniel Hahn to be canceled until the officers responsible for the shooting death of 22-year-old Stephon...

The completion of Parking Structure V has been delayed after it was projected by University Transportation and Parking Services Senior Director Tony Lucas that the structure would be completed by March 26. The contract with contractor Clark Pacific expires April 5.

Parking Structure V completion delayed again with contract expiring April 5

May 8 earliest day it will open
March 22, 2018

The completion of Parking Structure V, which will house 1,750 parking spaces, has been delayed until at least May 8, according to Sacramento State. “Basically all they have to do is pour concrete...

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaking during a forum hosted by the Campaign for College Opportunity as he runs for governor of California. Newsom spoke about a range of topics including transfer students, tuition and childcare.

Gavin Newsom speaks about higher education in run for governor at Sac State

March 22, 2018

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke about higher education in a forum at Sacramento State on Thursday in a series hosted by the Campaign for College Opportunity. Newsom, who is running for governor,...

Sacramento State senior gymnast Annie Juarez, middle, celebrates after performing her uneven bars routine at the Nest on Friday, March 16, 2018. Juarez scored a 9.775 in the event and recorded a career-high 39.275 in all four events as an all-arounder on senior night.

All 6 seniors have nights to remember in final gymnastics home meet

March 17, 2018

There was hardly a dry eye on the floor or in the crowd as senior night wrapped up for the six Sacramento State gymnastics seniors performing for the final time at the Nest on Friday. The Hornets recorded...

VIDEO: 3 major violations required second health inspection at The Servery

VIDEO: 3 major violations required second health inspection at The Servery

March 14, 2018

On Feb. 16, the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department discovered three major health code violations among a total of 14 violations while performing an official health inspection of...

The Servery at the Dining Commons is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. In a Feb. 16 health inspection, three major violations were observed by a health inspector.

3 major violations required second health inspection at The Servery

Violations dealt with food temperature, sanitation
March 13, 2018

On Feb. 16, the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department discovered three major health code violations among a total of 14 violations while performing an official health inspection of The...

From left to right, Sacramento State senior gymnasts Courteney Ng, Caitlin Soliwoda, Lauren Rice, Courtney Soliwoda, Jennifer Brenner and Annie Juarez will be honored for their contributions to the gymnastics team during senior night at the Nest on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Gymnasts prepare for senior-day finale against ranked opponents

March 13, 2018

Six seniors will compete in their final home meet as the Sacramento State gymnastics team hosts No. 13 Oregon State, No. 17 Arizona State and UC Davis on Friday at the Nest. Seniors Jennifer Brenner,...

Sacramento State junior gymnast Jackie Sampson performs her floor routine at the Nest on Fri., March 9, 2018. Sampson set a career high of 9.825 in the event and the Hornets scored a 195.175 as a team.

4 gymnasts set career highs as Hornets put together a fall-free meet

March 10, 2018

Sacramento State gymnastics didn’t record a fall in any of its 24 routines and had its second highest score of the season in front of a loud crowd on Friday at the Nest. This positive energy helped...

ASI President Mia Kagianas on potential CSU tuition increase

ASI President Mia Kagianas on potential CSU tuition increase

February 28, 2018

Sacramento State Associated Students, Inc. President Mia Kagianas discussed the potential tuition increase of $228 per semester. ASI will host a forum on Feb. 8 to discuss the possible changes.

Nolan Jolly spent the fall 2017 semester living in a travel trailer and dealing with a commute of nearly two hours. He struggled with car issues and fell into hard times financially.

Sac State student goes into debt with long commute to campus

While we are all affected by the cost of housing, some Sacramento State students are bearing the brunt of the state housing crisis more than others — often interfering with their ability to meet basic needs, let alone their ability to give their academics the needed time and energy. Here is one of their stories.
February 28, 2018

olan Jolly’s day started early and it started with stress. From waking up in a trailer that didn’t always have heat, he would then fight traffic through his 40-mile commute to campus that began in...

Sacramento State junior Lauren Schmeiss competes on the balance beam at UC Davis on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Schmeiss recorded a 9.700 and has also finished with scores of 9.700 or higher in five of her seven events this season.

Gymnastics team finds success after difficult start to season

February 26, 2018

Sacramento State gymnastics has competed in eight meets this season and that story can be told in two parts. In the first four meets of their turbulent season, the Hornets struggled with injuries —...

Sacramento State announced Tuesday it would turn the McAuliffe Baseball Fields into a $150 million on-campus housing project that would hold 1,100 students. Construction is set to begin in the middle of 2019.

Baseball fields to be turned into $150 million on-campus housing

February 20, 2018

The McAuliffe Baseball Fields, located at the corner of College Town Drive and State University Drive, will be turned into on-campus housing for approximately 1,100 students beginning in mid-2019, according...

Sacramento State senior gymnast Annie Juarez performs her uneven bars routine Friday, Feb. 16 at the Nest. Juarez recorded a 9.800 on the routine and scored a career-high 39.200 as an all-arounder.

Gymnastics team records season high, wins tri-meet with 195.400 score

February 17, 2018

The Sacramento State gymnastics team recorded a season-high 195.400 in a win over San Jose State (194.050) and Seattle Pacific (189.200) on Friday night at the Nest. The Hornets have now scored 194.400...

Sacramento State senior forward Justin Strings shoots a layup against Idaho State Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Nest. Strings finished with 24 points in a 67-64 loss to the Bengals.

Men’s basketball loses in final minute against Idaho State

February 16, 2018

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team held a late 64-63 lead before ultimately falling 67-64 to Idaho State on Thursday night at the Nest. The Hornets (6-20, 3-10 Big Sky Conference) trailed...

Sacramento State sophomore Sofie Babic averaged the lowest score on the team in the fall season and earned Big Sky Player of the Week honors on Sept. 20.

Defending Big Sky women’s golf champions wasted little time preparing for season

February 14, 2018

Although it’s been nearly 3 1/2 months since the Sacramento State women’s golf team played its last round of golf in a competition, the Hornets — which were projected on Jan. 30 to win the Big Sky...

Sacramento State senior gymnast Caitlin Soliwoda finishes her floor routine Friday, Feb. 9 at UC Davis. Soliwoda recorded a 9.725 in the event and a 39.125 as an all-arounder.

Gymnastics team records highest score of the season at UC Davis

February 10, 2018

All it took was a short trip across the Causeway for the Sacramento State gymnastics team to get its season back on track in a tri-meet against Utah State and the host, UC Davis. Not only did the Hornets...

California State University Chancellor Timothy Whites base salary will increase 2.5 percent to $450,345, according to the CSU’s 2018 executive compensation summary. After the across-the-board raise, the average CSU executive will make $333,447 per year in salary for a total of $9.6 million.

CSU executives to get pay raises despite potential tuition hike, funding gap

February 6, 2018

California State University Chancellor Timothy White and 22 out of 23 CSU presidents will be receiving a raise in 2018, according to documents obtained by The State Hornet — even as students face a potential...

In three seasons at Sacramento State, senior gymnast Lauren Rice has secured two trips to the NCAA Regional as an all-arounder.

Senior gymnast’s flair on floor leads to national following

January 29, 2018

On a cold night in April not only was the sky pouring in Seattle, but an ovation also rained down from the rafters as Sacramento State senior gymnast Lauren Rice twisted through the air to finish her floor...

Sacramento State senior gymnast Annie Juarez competes on the floor event on Dec. 8 at Flip Fest.

Schmeiss’ ‘outstanding’ performance isn’t enough to lift gymnastics over San Jose State

January 27, 2018

Although the Sacramento State gymnastics team posted its lowest score of the season in a 194.425-191.775 loss to San Jose State on Friday night, the team’s performance had some bright spots. Balance...

After playing her first season at the University of Delaware, Sacramento State sophomore guard Hannah Friend is leading the team with 17.3 points per game in her first year with the Hornets.

Despite multiple moves, sophomore guard still lives on the basketball court

January 24, 2018

On a hot summer day as a 14-year-old in New York, Hannah Friend prepared to head to the YMCA for another day of basketball. Friend, who is currently a sophomore guard for the Sacramento State women’s...

Following delays to the project, Parking Structure V is projected to open in March. An adjacent University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) welcome center will move from Folsom Hall and open for the fall 2019 semester.

Construction update: Parking Structure V slated for completion in March

January 23, 2018

For at least the first two months of school this semester, Parking Structure V will remain under construction. The construction was delayed last semester and is now projected to be completed in March according...

Sacramento State senior gymnast Caitlin Soliwoda prepares to start her uneven bars routine in the NorCal Classic Monday, Jan. 8 at Stanford. Soliwoda injured her heels on the landing which caused her to leave the event early and miss the next event on Jan. 12, but she made her return on Jan. 19 and scored a 38.975 in the all-around.

Injuries headline Sac State gymnastics season through 3 meets

January 23, 2018

Through three meets this season, the Sacramento State gymnastics team hasn’t gotten off to the start that it visualized due in large part to the injuries of seniors Lauren Rice, Caitlin Soliwoda and...

ICYMI: 10 stories you may have missed this winter

ICYMI: 10 stories you may have missed this winter

January 21, 2018

Whether you spent the winter intersession with family, hard at work or taking courses and wandering the frigid, desolate Sacramento State campus — here are some stories you might have missed since final...

Faculty being advised no doctor’s note needed to miss class with flu

Faculty being advised no doctor’s note needed to miss class with flu

January 21, 2018

Faculty are being asked to make several classroom accommodations in light of this year’s flu epidemic, according to a list of directives sent to faculty by Sacramento State Student Health and Counseling...

Sacramento State sophomore guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa dribbles the ball in the first half of the Hornets’ 78-66 loss to Montana at the Nest on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Sac State men’s basketball team beats Bobcats 87-68

January 13, 2018

After trailing 9-2 to start the game, the Sacramento State men’s basketball team got into gear and defeated Montana State 87-68 on Saturday night at the Nest. The Hornets (5-13, 2-3 Big Sky Conference)...

Sacramento State gymnast Lauren Rice performs her balance beam routine in a 195.350-191.500 loss to the University of Washington Friday, Jan. 12 at the Nest. Rice was helped off the floor after suffering an ankle injury during her floor routine.

Rice injured as Sac State gymnastics team falls to Washington

January 12, 2018

The injuries continue to mount for the Sacramento State gymnastics team after senior Lauren Rice wasn’t able to put any pressure on her right leg at the end of the Hornets’ 195.350-191.500 loss to...

A $170.9 million funding gap between California Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2018-2019 budget and the California State University Board of Trustees’ budget may lead to more prospective students being turned away, not enough staff and a $228 increase in tuition per semester.

Governor’s budget proposal may lead to $228 tuition increase for CSU students

Funding gap may also lead to lower acceptance rates and reduced staff funding
January 10, 2018

Updated on Jan. 19 at 12:53 p.m. A $170.9 million funding gap between California Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2018-2019 budget and the California State University Board of Trustees’ budget may lead...

Sacramento State senior gymnast Caitlin Soliwoda performs her floor routine at Flip Fest Dec. 8 at the Nest. Soliwoda performed on bars and beam at the NorCal Classic before exiting with an apparent ankle injury.

Sac State gymnastics opens with disappointing finish at NorCal Classic

January 9, 2018

The NorCal Classic did not go the way that Sacramento State gymnastics coach Randy Solorio expected it to on Monday at Stanford. The Hornets had low scores on the uneven bars and on-vault finishing...

Sacramento State senior gymnast Annie Juarez competes on the floor event on Dec. 8 at Flip Fest.

PREVIEW: Sac State gymnastics looks to prove worth in NorCal Classic

January 8, 2018

The Sacramento State gymnastics team kicks off its season as underdogs in the NorCal Classic on Monday at 6 p.m. at Stanford. Cal, San Jose State and UC Davis will join the Hornets and Cardinals in...

Sacramento State freshman guard 	Dana DeGraffenreid looks to pass the ball against Antelope Valley junior guard 	Samantha Earl Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Nest. The Hornets defeated the Pioneers 95-62 in their home opener.

Sac State women’s basketball splits homestand against Idaho, Eastern Washington

January 6, 2018

The Sacramento State women’s basketball team lost its second Big Sky Conference game of the season against Eastern Washington 83-72 on Saturday after picking up its first league win versus Idaho 79-64...

Sacramento State junior guard Jordan Tolbert dribbles the ball down the court in a 64-47 loss against UC Davis at the Golden 1 Center on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.

Hornets defeat Portland State 80-75 in Big Sky basketball opener

December 30, 2017

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team roared back from a 16-point deficit in the first half to defeat Portland State 80-75 in the Big Sky Conference opener Saturday at the Nest. It took time...

Room 131 in Calaveras Hall was remodeled over last summer and opened this semester with 36 new Dell laptops, 35 of which were stolen in Oct. 2017.

Detective ‘confident’ eBay listing is connected to 35 computers stolen from Calaveras lab

December 22, 2017

Sacramento State police said Tuesday that they are “pretty confident” that an eBay listing of 35 Dell Latitude laptops is related to the October theft of 35 of the same laptops from a Calaveras Hall...

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