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Different holiday traditions

Rian Edignton

December 11, 2014

Every family has different traditions to bring in the holidays. Some cook specific meals, others sing songs or go to church. Here are some traditions that Sacramento State students enjoy with their families during the holiday season.“Every Christmas we eat dinner together and read the bible,” said ...

Light up your holiday season

Priya McCluskey

December 11, 2014

Nothing says holidays quite like a house all decked out in twinkly lights and decorations. But when you do not live near a Clark Griswold-type from the classic holiday film, “Christmas Vacation”, it can be overwhelming to guess where the best holiday light displays are. Rather than driving aimlessly around ...

Decorating homes on a budget

Marisa Hildebrand

December 8, 2014

Many family traditions include some variation of a pricy tree piled high with ornaments, garland strung from the staircase and miles of extension cords to light the house at night; but many students starting out with their first place don’t have that kind of budget.Decorating for the holidays does ...

A pagan kind of Christmas

Jaime Carrillo

December 10, 2013

Santa Claus, Charlie Brown and Bing Crosby wouldn’t have a place to hang their festive Christmas hats if it weren’t for Pagans. And despite it’s grizzly origins, Christmas has never been better than it is today. Way before Joseph and Mary were Jerusalem bound, the Romans celebrated Saturnalia...

Winter break is great, unless you work retail

State Hornet Staff

December 10, 2013

Christmas time is finally here and us college students are looking forward to graduation, celebrating the holidays with the family and a five week break to recover from the semester and prepare for the next. Unless, of course, you work in retail. Working retail over the break is something people look fo...

Associated Students Inc. Farmers Market allows for fresh choices

Associated Students Inc. Farmers Market  allows for fresh choices

Cesar Alexander

November 6, 2013

Located in Serna Plaza, the Associated Students Inc. Farmers Market is continuing to help students become aware of healthy choices available to them as winter begins.Among the main vendors are Loving Nature Pesticide-Free Farms, Thimbleberry Cottage Preserves and Edith’s Gourmet Baking Co. Students h...

Make gift bags out of newspaper

Make gift bags out of newspaper

Kaitlin Bruce

December 5, 2012

It’s that time of year again - full of trees, shopping, gift-giving and, of course, the dreaded gift-wrapping. But we’ve been thinking of you starving Sacramento State students, and have come up with an idea to save some money that you can spend on those you love instead. Gift bags made from news...

Santa Memories

Janice Daniels

December 5, 2012

When I was 12 years old, I was the oldest person I knew who still believed in Santa Claus. Most of my friends had parents who took them aside at 5 years old and happily told them the truth, but for some reason my parents waited forever to cut the cord. Just when I was getting close to the “I don’t...

Necessary roughness

State Hornet

November 7, 2012

Russell PrestonWhile most fans would assume Sacramento State’s fall sport with the largest fan base, in the largest venue, gathering the most attention would be poised for the most success in 2012 (I’m looking at you, football), the sport with the real threat for a conference title should be women’s volleyball.After finishing the 2011 season with an overall record of 17-15 and a 10-6 Big Sky conference record, finishing third for the Hornets was a step in the right direction after failing to finish above fifth place since 2007.Women’s volleyball has been one of the strengths of Sac State’s athletic program in the last 15 years. Since joining the Big Sky Conference in 1996, Sac State has made the Div. 1 NCAA tournament 10 times (six more than any other member of their conference).Last year, under the leadership of Head Coach Ruben Volta, the team was one of the best in the conference when it came to home-court advantage (8-5 record). In fact, since 1996 the team has posted a 175-48 record on its home court.What made them so good last year was their team defense. In 2011, the team was ninth in the nation in digs per set (18.39) and 13th in blocks per set (2.76). They were the only team in the nation to rank in the top 35 in both categories.As for the offense, they finished in the bottom half of the Big Sky conference in kills per set (11.93) and hitting percentage (.171). With Coach Volta implementing a new 6-2 offense, it will allow the setter to stay in the back while three attackers up front can get aggressive.Although the team lost four of its top players to graduation last spring, there are still doses of optimism with the nine returning players and six newcomers (including two transfer students coming from Div. 1 teams).It’ll be interesting how the team chemistry develops, but rest assured, this team will be competing for another Big Sky conference title in 2012.Russell Preston can be reached at asports@statehornet.com.Jillian KwellerFall sports are under way and the Sacramento State women’s soccer team has the most potential and promise to take home a conference championship.After missing the Big Sky conference championships by two places last season, women’s soccer is back with a 30-player roster and the intensity to win.The women of Hornet soccer have already shown improvements by winning the first game of the season to University of Nevada Reno, which they lost to last year by a score of 2-1.The players have the agility, strength and endurance to beat every team in the conference as long as they stay consistent, which should not be too hard considering the lengthy roster.The depth in the roster will allow the players more efficient playing time. If someone is winded and needs a break, the bench is full of fresh bodies to put on the field.To make the long list of players even more impressive, nine of them are incoming freshman, meaning they are younger, fresher and less injured.One of the freshmen is Hannah Gendron, a goalkeeper out of Davis. She is replacing 2011 senior Savannah Abercrombie, who gave up 22 goals during the last season.Gendron gave up only six goals during her varsity season last year in high school and not one goal her 2010 26-game junior varsity season.Senior forward and team captain Jordan Carlberg will also be a huge contribution to the team this year by looking at last season’s records. She led the team in shots and shots on goal, was second in assists, third in points and fourth in goals.Overall, Sac State women’s soccer is secure with a variety of diverse players and will be a dominant force in the Big Sky conference this 2012 season.Jillian Kweller can be reached at asports@statehornet.com.James Heck The 2011 Sacramento State football team finished with a 4-7 record, but there are reasons to believe a winning season is around the corner. Regardless of the team’s record the previous year, it can adopt a winning mentality if they focus on becoming better today than they were yesterday.At the start of training camp, there were more than 40 new players vying for a spot on the 2012 Sac State football team.With the addition of new players comes the question of how they will mesh with the returning members of the team. Football is a team sport, one composed of three facets: offense, defense and special teams.After losing team leaders such as quarterback Jeff Fleming to graduation, some may view the abundance of new players as a question in regards to building team chemistry and cohesion.Perhaps it is this new element that will spark a surge in production.After all, the team is led by Marshall Sperbeck, the sixth-year head coach who led the Hornets to a stunning 29-28 win over the Oregon State Beavers last season. This win marked the first against a Football Bowl Subdivision team in 11 attempts, arguably making it the Hornets’ biggest victory in school history.The overtime victory against Oregon State gained nationwide attention, and the sense of pride and hope that resulted should be remembered and carried over into this season.Last season, the Hornets lost three games by seven or fewer points. If the team can work out the kinks of last season, there is reason to believe they can be a winning team this season.A fuel to light their fire could come from the recent preseason polls released predicting their success, or lack thereof. The Hornets were picked to finish ninth in the Big Sky Conference by the coaches and 10th by the media.For the players on the football team, a sense of “us against the world” would certainly be an acceptable feeling. And it is this feeling that has often lifted teams out of seeming obscurity and into the spotlight.James Heck can be reached at asports@statehornet.com. 

More holidays deserve federal recognition

Marwa Diaf

November 30, 2011

The holidays are the time of the year people look forward to. It's a time where families, friends and loved ones get together to celebrate. For people who celebrate Christmas, getting together with their loved ones does not have to come second to a busy schedule. There's no school and a lot of busine...