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S eptember 2, Wednesday

Megan Harris State Hornet

New start for the semester By Yessinia Molina

Nallelie Vega State Hornet

Sac State students moved into the new residence halls known as The American River Courtyard on Friday.

It was not too long ago that American River Courtyard residence hall was a completely different building. Now, it is the new home to 600 students who moved into the suite-style units on Friday. The new hall is part of a four-phase plan suggested by the Student Housing Advisory Committee to increase the quantity of students that reside on campus or nearby. In July 2005, Sacramento State enlisted the aid of Anderson Strickler, a national consulting firm, to conduct a study on the demand of more on-campus housing. The study confirmed the need for an additional 2,600 beds of on-campus housing with The American River Courtyard fulfilling the first step towards this goal. Edward Jones, associate vice president of Student Affairs, said the American River Courtyard Hall is approximately 80 percent full, while the neighboring traditional halls have all been filled to capacity. “There was a study done in which it was proven that there is a higher chance to graduation for those who reside on campus,” Jones said. This new hall will serve towards the goal of making Sac State less of a commuter school. “I think this will make it so that students can experience campus life in the classroom and outside of the classroom,” Jones said. Caitlin Kerwin, sophomore child development major, moved into the new residence hall and said she probably won’t be using her car anymore. “I’m right on campus and everything’s so close,” she said. “I think people will want to live here, especially since [the residence halls] are new and they’re so nice.” Julio Zuniga, sophomore

film and psychology major, also moved into American River Courtyard. He said he liked the new residence hall and thinks it is a great place for students. “It makes the school look better if more students actually live on campus,” Zuniga said. American River Courtyard is intended for students of sophomore status and higher, international, and graduate students. There will also be fewer resident advisors than the traditional halls. Rebecca Grupe, sophomore and resident adviser said the new halls are focusing on an older crowd, which is going to benefit Sac State a lot. “It is like having your own apartment, but right on campus for older students that wanted something like that,” she said. Brandon Anderson, an alumnus who spent a year in the traditional hall during his time at Sac State, compared his experience to those possible in the American River Courtyard. “The new hall, I think, might be a better learning environment versus the old traditional halls where your friends are right there and [you] are more easily distracted,” Anderson said. “Putting more students on campus where there is an abundance of resources, and having them connect with their campus can only foster pride and excellence.” Sylvan Mejia, senior communication studies major, believes the new hall will change the environment at Sac State. “Nobody stays on campus too much. They do what they have to do and leave. I think this will bring a more ‘homier’ feel to the campus,” Mejia said. Mejia is optimistic about Sac State’s future. “Some of the buildings around campus are outdated, so having this new modern residence hall, I can say the future looks better for Sac State,” Mejia said.

Textbook rentals Tips for freshmen By Kayla maciel

Being a college student, one must pay for rising tuition, monthly rent and books. Now with the economy in its current state, it is crucial to save a penny wherever possible. Saving money being on everyone’s mind, the Hornet Bookstore has presented a beneficial opportunity. For the first time, students will be permitted to rent textbooks. Starting this semester, students will find they can save over 50 percent on textbooks

by renting them either new or used. Pam Parsons, the bookstore director, said the economy has affected the schooling systems. She believes the idea of textbook rentals and its overall direction is a changing industry. “I think it is good that conversations are causing change,” Parsons said. “We really want this to be successful and we’re proud we’re doing it in a really big way.” There is a short process to be able to rent a textbook. Forms can be found at the front desk where purchases are made.

Contact information is filled out on the form and an agreement to terms and conditions is read and signed. After paying the price up front, students must promise to return the rented textbooks by Dec. 21. The bookstore will also send students three reminder e-mails. If the books are not returned by the due date, 75 percent of the book price is to be paid along with a processing fee. If students decide to drop the class they rented a textbook for, the book can be returned during the normal return see Rent | page B3

By Katrina tupper

Many stresses feed into freshmen anxieties. For example: finding and attending classes, building and maintaining friendships, and keeping up physical and mental well-being. These stresses are inevitable, but pointers from knowledgeable individuals can lessen the impact of stress on a student’s well-being. Robert Campagnone, freshman history major, is among these underclassmen that has to deal with the anxiety of a new campus this semester. When asked what he feared most

about the new school experience, Campagnone said that he was not looking forward to navigating the new campus. “I just do not enjoy looking lost and vulnerable; ruins my manly image,” Campagnone said. Amanda Proschold, student coordinator at New Student Orientation, emphasizes that freshmen need to get out there and make an effort to develop a social network. “Making friends is important because friends build confidence, the confidence to ask questions and be involved,” Proschold said. Kalyn Coppedge, health

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Features Section

Writer inspires others through novels By amber wertman

Perseverance pays off for a retired Sacramento State professor, formerly titled a professional writer-in-residence. Mary Mackey taught at Sac State where she was a professor and author-in-residence for 36 years in the English department. She retired in 2008. Writers in residence are resources for students interested in novels or poetry. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Ind., Mackey knew at a very young age that she wanted to be a storyteller. Mackey, 64, who is related to Mark Twain through her father’s side of the family, was read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” as a little girl. “At around age 5 or 6, I knew I wanted to be a storyteller and write books, but I got serious

about it at age 11,” she said. “I love telling a great story.” Mackey has written 11 novels and five books of poetry and has sold over a million and a half copies worldwide. These publications have been translated into 11 foreign languages, according to the biography on her official website She said her inspiration for writing comes from the most random places. “I’m always thinking about ideas; I get mugged by them, and they come out of nowhere,” Mackey said. She said she reads the newspaper often and keeps lists of her ideas, but admits she also gets her inspiration from other people. In addition to these inspirations, she said she is fascinated by the Civil War era and the idea of women in combat. Her latest work, “The Widow’s War,” released Tuesday, reflects both

of these concepts. “I was really fascinated with this Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble and it’s reflected in ‘The Widow’s War,’” Mackey said. “Part of the novel involves these religious traditions and then my heroin takes this background and sees it reflected in the slaves, free and oppressed.” Fellow novelist Dorothy Hearst said Mackey is a wellrounded, gifted writer. “She reaches a lot of audiences. She reaches the literal fiction widely. She reaches historical fiction,” she said. “She also has this wonderful female, strong and brave, which reaches a lot of women as well.” The strong female protagonist in Mackey’s novel is a reflection of her own unique life experiences. “I’ve dedicated my whole adult life to social justice and it’s something I truly believe in,” she said.

Her desire for justice is displayed through her female character Carolyn Vinton in the novel. Mackey said she expects her readers to be entertained. “I want my readers to be moved. I want it to be exciting for them. I want to take them out of their everyday life into another world,” she said. “I don’t want them to have to fight their way through it; I think it’s got something for both women and men.” Hearst, who was one of the first to read the novel, said there are a lot of surprises in the book. “I was surprised by the roles she had women playing. I was also surprised by the role the African American free slaves played,” she said. Friends of Mackey call her passionate, funny, perky and an overall joy to be around. Colleague Brad Buchanan, who has known her for eight years, said she is very cordial

and upbeat. “She is unfailingly delightful,” he said. As far as her writing abilities go, Buchanan looks to Mackey as a mentor. “She is amazingly accomplished. Her poems are my first love,” he said. “I’ve often told her she’s what I want to grow up to be.” Andrew Williamson, a former student of Mackey’s creative writing class, said her real masterpieces are her short stories because she has such great insight into characters and she is very good with language. “She can be very supportive and enthusiastic about people’s creativity,” he said. “She takes a lot of anxiety out of writing.” For Mackey, meeting her fans is a lot of fun. She is surprised at how big her fan base is overseas. “I have a lot of fans in Europe, oddly enough, particular-

Mary Mackey, author

ly in Germany. I love communicating with my fans and hearing their stories,” she said. For those interested in picking up a copy of her novel “The Widow’s War,” Mackey will be signing books at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Time Tested Books, located 1114 21st St. in midtown Sacramento.


Club redefining the hip-hop culture By jennifer siopongco

Photo courtesy of Robert Lim

Hip-hop is not just a name. It’s not just a vibe. It’s a culture. The Beats Rhymes and Culture club not only breaks hip-hop down into a dance, but exposes hip-hop culture’s original positive message to the public and brings communities together. “The main thing we do is hold events to help promote real hip-hop and sway it away from its commercial stereotype,” said Vince Horiuchi, senior business management major and club president. The Beats Rhymes and Culture club regularly has an

attendance of 30 to 50 Sacramento State students each semester. They meet once a month to plan events and usually have open practices from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., which rotate from Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Yosemite Hall. “We have disc jockeys, emcees, dancers, beat boys, poppers, graffiti artists and pretty much each element of hip-hop,” Horiuchi said. “We hold open practices for people at Sac State to go practice and work on their craft on a week-to-week basis. Anyone could come, there’s no experience necessary.” The club works closely with organizations such as North Star and Zulu Nation, which

promotes the same positive messages. The Beats Rhymes and Culture club also raises funds for charities such as the Sacramento Food Bank and Wind Youth, a homeless teen shelter. Money is raised through events the club sets up and a part of the ticket sales are collected for the charities. Canned food can also be collected, depending on the type of fundraiser. “We’re really communitybased and, whenever we throw events, we try to link the events to giving back to the community,” said Chris Cantos, senior business marketing major and club vice president. Their next event is “Vortex,” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept.

19 in the University Union Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased for $12 pre-sale on www. and $15 at the door. Part of the proceeds will go toward Wind Youth. “It’s going to be showcasing most of Northern California’s athletics and talents,” said Robert Lim, 28, senior business major and club treasurer. “We’re [also] doing fundraising for our club to raise awareness and fund events for our club in the future.” The event will consist of hiphop dancing, martial arts tricking (which includes performing flips), and break dance battling. Doey Rock, Boogie Monsters, Press Play and Second Nature are expected to make appear-

ances. “It’s a summer series and this is going to be the finals,” Horiuchi said. “There’s usually a Sacramento dance community that comes out which is the reason we did three different elements, so we could bring the three communities [hip-hop, tricking and break dancing] together at one event because everyone’s usually divided.” Those who are interested in joining the club may drop by any meeting or practice. Inquiries about the club may be sent by e-mail to Horiuchi at:

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Features Section



Keeping yourself safe this fall semester No one wants to be a victim of crime. The State Hornet had a chance to sit down and interview Lt. Daniel Davis from the Department of Public Safety on the University Police staff and discuss how students can protect themselves from being a victim of crime State Hornet: What are the most common crimes students fall victim to? Davis: Usually property crimes, whether they be auto theft, unattended property, auto burglary. Most of the crimes here at Sac[ramento] State are property-related. SH: Why are these so common? Davis: Because they’re crimes of opportunity, and when you leave unattended property in a vehicle or unattended property in a building and someone sees it, they tend to gravitate here for those types of crimes. SH: How can students prevent themselves from being a victim of crime?

Davis: When we’re talking about property crimes it’s mainly: don’t leave your property unattended, don’t bring your valuable property on campus, make sure you lock your vehicle, have a car alarm. A large part of our crime here at campus is vehiclerelated because there [are] a lot of cars here parked for long period[s] of time, giving people the opportunity to come here and commit auto burglary or theft of some sort. So, don’t leave anything in your car that’s unattended and, if you do leave valuables, lock them in your trunk or your glove box where they’re not visible from the outside. Have a car alarm and various types of security devices to prevent that. SH: Are these people that are taking things from others cars from campus, or are they random people that just come onto campus? Davis: Usually there are people from off-campus that come here and commit these types of crimes. It’s not the norm for

students to be the ones breaking into cars or stealing cars. SH: What about other crimes on campus? Davis: We do have an occasional sexual assault. There are crimes against persons that do occur. There are assaults that occur on campus, but they’re not as frequent as the property crimes. So just practice standard safety practices like walking in pairs, have your keys with you when you’re walking to your car, walk on the lit paths at night, know where the emergency phones are, have our phone number programmed into your cell phone because if you dial 911 from any of the campus phones you’ll get to our department. If you dial 911 from a cell phone you’ll get the highway patrol, so you should have our seven-digit number programmed into your cell phone. SH: Can you give students the number? Davis: It’s 278-6851.

SH: How can you tell if someone is more likely to be a victim of crime? Davis: Well, there [are] just ways of presenting yourself. Walk confidently with your head held high. SH: What can students do if they feel uncomfortable walking to the car at night? Davis: At night there is a night shuttle service on the campus. There’s also a thing called Safe Rides that’s mainly for people who have had too much to drink so they can get a ride home. If the night shuttle service isn’t available, they can call our department and we act as a backup to that. We will help people by giving them a ride to their vehicle.

device in your vehicle.

SH: So students can call the campus police if they are having trouble on campus? Davis: We provide vehicle lockout if you lock your keys in your car. We also provide backup to the Safe Ride and shuttle. SH: Do you have anything else to add about crime?

SH: If you could give students any one tip, what would you give them?

Davis: Well, Sacramento State is, in general, a pretty safe environment. However, we are situated in a large metropolitan area and there’s crime here like there is in the City of Sacramento. We do have our own police department here that patrols the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so it’s a relatively safe place to be just as long as you’re practicing safe awareness tactics and being conscious that property does get stolen.

Davis: Don’t leave your property unattended and make sure you have some kind of security

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Lt. Daniel Davis gives tips to students in Q&A

Important numbers to remember: Campus Police: (916) 278-6851 Night Shuttle: (916) 278-7260 Safe Rides: (916) 278-TAXI The State Hornet plans to run a regular feature that gives the campus community the opportunity to ask Sac State’s Police Department questions. To submit your questions to our “State Hornet ask a Cop” please e-mail the Features section at:

Rent: Bookstore offers cheaper prices period. Since this is such a great way to save money, why hasn’t renting textbooks always been an option? Parsons said this is the first year the Sacramento State campus has had the help of Follett Higher Education Group, Inc. aiding Sac State’s textbook inventory. With Follett giving the bookstore more titles to match up to, Parson said it’s much easier to rent a book now. But there are only certain titles that are being offered as a rental, determined by which textbooks the bookstore thinks will be rented most and which ones are bought most. Specifically, Parsons said, the book-

store makes its decisions based on what may be used most. “Titles are chosen based on what we think will be used four times, or four terms. It depends on the probability of it being readopted for two years,” Parsons said. Parsons said with the hopeful success of the program, more books will continue to be circulated, which will support further textbook renting. Without having to purchase more books for students to buy, the bookstore will save money. With a constant circulation, it might seem as if the bookstore might lose money, however, Parsons said with the huge

database at the Hornet Bookstore, more rents are bound to happen. “It may seem like a gamble at first,” Parsons said. “We want students to have the right option for them.” Sac State students seemed to have little or no knowledge of the rental option. Maria Jocovo, senior business and ethnic studies major, believes the rental process will help the economy as far as school goes and thinks it’s a good idea, especially for students. Maribel Dominquez, freshman psychology major, said she wasn’t familiar with renting textbooks, but thought

it sounded like a good idea and added that it would probably help the economy. Bookstore employee Rick Bose, junior engineering major, thinks that the cheaper prices of books through renting will ultimately save money. “Renting is cheaper because buy backs at the end of the semester isn’t a guarantee,” Bose said. Parsons really wants the textbook rentals to be successful and believes word of mouth will help. She also described Sac State as being “ground zero,” meaning our campus is the jumping-off point for this new trend.

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Wednesday - September 2

Features Section

Tips: Ways to keep students balanced educator of the Fitness, Healthy, Eating and Lifestyle Program, FitHELP, said to not be worried about making friends on the first day of school because you can’t force friendships. Coppedge reminds freshmen to focus on finding their classes the first day of school and that they shouldn’t be nervous if they don’t make a handful of friends. Larry Kay, reservations coordinator at New Student Orientation, believes that clubs are a great way to create a social network. “Being in a club places you with individuals who are in the

same position as yourself and are striving for similar goals. There are over 250 clubs on campus, so finding a group that fits your interests shouldn’t be hard,” Kay said. Coppedge said Club Rush will take place within the first two weeks of school. Coppedge mentioned that although students should strive to make new friends and to join clubs, it is important to remember that passing classes should come first. Nikki Rodriguez, student manager of FitHELP, warned that students should not get in the habit of ditching classes.

Even if attendance is not important in a specific class, Rodriguez said that regular attendance will keep you up-to-date with class assignments, which ultimately will save you from a ton of stress. Coppedge said that one efficient way of releasing stress is to develop a workout schedule that fits easily into your school schedule. To help you accomplish this feat, Sac State offers many recreational classes. “Signing up for one of these classes would automatically schedule your workout into your day; not to mention you will receive units upon passing

the class,” Coppedge said. She thinks a great way to stay in shape and create a social network would be to join Hornets on the Move. This is a club on campus that brings individuals together weekly to walk or jog. Coppedge said that at Phlagleblast, the University Union’s biannual open house on Sept. 9, FitHELP will be handing out free pedometers. Phlagleblast is an event held in the University Union every semester. Each of the companies established in the Union hand out free items to students. Students can pick up a pedometer and use it to

measure how many steps they take each day or in each of their workouts. One resource Rodriguez pointed out is every student has three free 15-minute massages at Mellow Me Out, in the Union. “Ultimately, it is very important to take advantage of your resources on campus,” Coppedge said. The Student Health Center and FitHELP are available for any student to utilize. At FitHELP, you can meet with an expert who will work in unison with you to establish a personalized workout plan.

Information regarding the clubs on campus can be found on the third floor of the University Union in the Student Activities Department.

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