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Suspect in custody after fatal stabbing at Sonoma State dorms ETHAN HELMS
uthorities reported a male victim was dead at the scene after an apparent homicide at Sonoma State University on Sunday. Just before 6 p.m., emergency dispatchers sent two ambulances to the Sonoma State campus in response to a reported stabbing in Sauvignon Village, according to university officials. Authorities were able to take a suspect into custody and the campus remained open. “There is no risk to students,” SSU spokesman Paul Gullixson said. “We have somebody we believe is the potential suspect.” University officials described both the victim and the one in custody as “student-aged” males, but according to Lt. Tim Lyons of the Petaluma Police Department neither the victim nor the subject in custody are enrolled at Sonoma State. “All of us at Sonoma State are shocked and saddened by this tragic event,” said university President Judy K. Sakaki “Our hearts go out to all of those who have been impacted.” The victim is a 26-year-old Sonoma County man, but his identity has yet to be released pending notification of family members. The individual arrested has been identified as 19-year-old Tyler J. Bratton of Santa Rosa. Bratton was booked into the Sonoma County Jail and is being held without bail. “At no point were other students at risk, but we are asking any individuals who maybe witnessed something to contact the Petaluma Police Department,” Ly-
STAR // Diego Acevedo (Left) Rohnert Park police barricade Sauvignon Village, not letting any students enter or leave the area after the homicide of a 26-year-old Sonoma County resident. ons said. The university announced via email that finals will continue as scheduled. Any students looking for sup-
port are encouraged to visit the NomaCares Center, which will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the University Library.
Former AS President takes his next step SAMMY SINATRA STAFF WRITER
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Over 3,000 students set to graduate at Commencement
JENNIFER DE LA TORRE STAFF WRITER
he hard work, late nights and deadlines come to a satisfying and rewarding end in this year’s commencement ceremonies for many Sonoma State graduating seniors. The ceremonies will be separated into different times and days throughout the week. Scheduled ticketing distribution is now complete. However, tickets are not required for the outdoor seating area. There is unlimited seating outside Weill Lawn for commencement ceremonies. According to the SSU Commencement website, tickets are only needed for inside Weill Hall. Each student is allowed two tickets inside Weill Hall for friends and family. All guests attending commencement ceremonies must be in their seats 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony Parking is free on commencement day. There will also be extended parking areas for vehicles with disabled placards. Graduates should arrive one hour before the start of their ceremony, and are expected to line up by Schroeder Hall. The commencement map is available on Sonoma State’s commencement website. The school requires graduating se-
niors to wear the academic regalia. The event is one of celebration, so some seniors may want to decorate their cap. It’s important to note that according to SSU, decorations should be safe and respectful. Glitter on caps are not permitted inside Weill Hall. Sonoma State also has cultural graduation ceremonies. There will be ceremonies for Raza Grad, Rainbow Grad, Black Grad and Asian/ Pacific Islander Grad. There will be a reception for all four cultural graduation groups to come together and celebrate with food and entertainment on May 18 at the Grand Ballroom. Raza Grad celebrates Latinx students with a ceremony that will have entertainment and keynote speakers that are Latinx Sonoma State alumni. They inspire the graduates as they continue their life outside of Sonoma State. The Raza Grad ceremony is a Spanish-only event. According to Raza Grad officials, there are 222 students participating in the ceremony and are expecting 1,500 people in attendance. Raza Grad’s event celebrates the Latinx culture and gives students the opportunity to share their moment with their family on a more intimate level. see COMMENCEMENT on pg. 4
t was a very life-changing experience, being able to be the face of the students of Sonoma State and all the experiences and challenges that came with it,” said former Associated Students president Wilson Hall. “I feel like I learned a lot. I feel like I was able to utilize my understanding and knowledge of Sonoma State and what the students wanted to best represent them.” As Hall’s AS presidency came to a close at Sonoma State University, a new chapter opens up for him as he enters his senior year as VP of University Affairs for the California State Student Association. The CSSA was created by student body presidents and is a nonpartisan, nonprofit student organization. Hall’s position as VP of University Affairs falls under one of five officer positions that serve as volunteer representatives of the association, doing work each day to carry out the vision of the board of directors. “I’m the voting member for Sonoma State on the board…this is something that I go to every month, at a different CSU campus and we discuss
different issues pertaining to higher education,” Hall said. “There’s different committees to the board that work to support students in the CSU as a whole; my constituents were the 23 AS campuses.” With Hall just recently finding out about his new position, he said it felt great to see student leaders he has worked with believed in his advocacy and what he could do to support students in the CSU. “I’m really looking forward to working on issues that support students systemwide,” he said. According to Hall, this new position will be a lot less of a time commitment in the sense that he won’t be going to meetings day to day, either within AS, or university-wide commitments. Expanding on that, he said being a part of CSSA is more of working with the CSSA staff. Alongside this change in leadership for Hall, is ref lection on the past year as AS president. “I do feel like I made a lot of contributions. I felt like we had an effective voice with administration this year,” Hall said. see HALL on pg. 4
Courtesy // CSSA Wilson Hall will serve as the VP of Student Affairs for the Cal State Student Association
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Reasonable safety concerns surrounding stabbing
n the midst of finals week, Sonoma State University students are on edge after an altercation broke out in the Sauvignon village of Alicante, a freshman living community on campus, that ended in a residential guest being fatally stabbed by another guest. Sonoma State University is known for its beautiful campus and unparalleled student housing options, but the news of this homicide brings up questions of student safety and their residential guests. Currently, guests of dorm residents are free to enter residential villages as they please; a guest check-in isn’t required. Sonoma State University prides itself on the open and inviting environment created by the campus villages. This atmosphere is part of the campus culture that makes walking through residential housing an enjoyable experience. Campus housing regulations and guidelines states that, “[Residents] are responsible for the behavior of [their] guests, both attended and unattended.” It is also noted in the campus housing regulations and guidelines that residents will be held accountable for any viola-
tions of guests. Weapons are also prohibited in residential communities with the guidelines stating that, “any knife...with a blade that exceeds 2.5 inches” are not allowed. Although, this precautionary guideline excludes culinary knives. A guests can become a ‘Non-Approved Guest’ if their behavior violates campus policies. If a guest is declared a NonApproved Guest by Residential Life, they will not be allowed in any area of the living communities for at least a year. However, there are no precautionary measures for residential guests who may exhibit inappropriate or aggressive behavior. In light of this recent event, is it impossible for Sonoma State Residential Life and University Police to ignore the necessary need for better regulation of which guests are coming and going from campus dorms. The continued safety of campus is dependant upon new housing regulations and guidelines; measures must be put in place to assure that a similar act of violence is prevented in the future. With this incident being isolated to a specific area of cam-
pus, it would be challenging and impractical to reschedule finals for all Sonoma State University students. With less than half of the population of students living on campus, finals should continue as planned in order to avoid prolonging the semester. In a statement released Monday morning, President Judy K. Sakaki said that, “Our campus remains open as usual. Finals are taking place this week with accommodations for any students who were impacted.” The decision to carry on as scheduled is important to the campus community during such a stressful week, but the university is sensitive to those impacted by Sunday’s events. Students who feel “unable or unprepared” for finals week are encouraged to request accommodations by contacting their instructors or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The campus community is no doubt rattled by Sunday’s events, but we must remember that this isn’t a new occurance on college campuses. Sonoma State is, and will continue be, a safe sanctuary for students and should be treated as such.
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Dear white women; stop calling 911 on people of color
DANIELLE FACTOR STAFF WRITER
rom one white woman to another; please stop calling the police on people of color for being people of color. Every week, we hear a new story about someone calling the police on a person of color for no apparent reason other than because they are a person of color. The country became outraged when it learned that police arrested two
African-American men at a Starbucks in Philadelphia for simply waiting to meet with someone. Soon after, a woman called the cops on two Native American boys who were touring Colorado State University, because they made her feel nervous due to their “black clothing.” The most recent story involving cops being called on someone for no reason is the Yale University incident. A woman called police on an AfricanAmerican woman and grad student at the university who was taking a nap in a dormitory common area. The issue was not her napping. It is almost a sure thing to assume that the woman calling the police had seen people nap in the common area. Being a college campus, students tend to take naps often. The issue was her assumption that the African-American woman did not belong there. The napping girl is a student and has every right to be there as the white woman calling in. According to Time, the victim of the situation said, “None of this is really
GPS tracked scooters prove a nuisance to public safety
hen it comes to transportation, travelers have many options. From cars, buses, trains, airplanes or even our own two feet, we are always looking for a new way to pull up in style. Bird is the newest form of transit based in Santa Monica, that allows users to instantaneously rent an electric scooter to get to their next destination. The company created an app to make the renting process quick and accessible for anyone using it. The app allows users to locate a Bird parking rack, scan the bike code to track your trip, enter a credit card and scoot to the next destination. Once the user has arrived to their destination, they park it at another Bird location and lock the bike. Each ride costs one dollar plus 15 cents per minute of usage. The Bird scooters have a range of about 15 miles at one time and can travel up to about 15 miles per hour. According to Bird’s official website, they pride their work on making transportation better and more environmentally friendly. Bird has created their “Save Our Sidewalks” pledge, where they share their perspective on this new revolution in transportation. The pledge and these electric scooters are the company’s way of solving problems commonly seen in busy cities, such as reducing traffic, congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. But is there a way we can insure these scooters don’t create a liability issues for the users and those around them? Both the Bird app and website promote its top priority to safe riding. They reinforce the law by plastering the words “Bring your own helmet to stay safe while you ride” all over the instructions. But let’s be real – those people walking down the street on their way to dinner are not going to carry a helmet with them. People do not carry helmets as if they were purses; if they did the world would be a lot safer place. Although there is another option for users where they can request a free helmet from the safety section of the app. Once again, this does not insure that the riders are taking these necessary safety precautions seriously. The individual scooters are GPS tracked, which allows the company to easily locate them at the end of each night to recharge them. According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, the company is working hand-and-hand with the city’s rules regarding public right of way, but are still trying to convince officials that leaving their scooters on the sidewalks is the best idea. Bird scooters have received some unpopular reviews in big cities across the country. According to Nashville’s News Channel 5, both San Francisco and Nashville had the reoccurring issue that the riders are leaving the scooters in the middle of the sidewalk. This problem is both a concern and violation of the Metro code, by violating the public’s right of way. A safety nightmare has risen from an idea that the creators had the full intentions of being a ton of fun. Whether people are trying to prevent themselves from getting run over or tripping on the piled up scooters, that is no way to start a nice stroll through the neighborhood. Depending on the way viewers see the idea, the Bird fleet is exhilarating, environmentally friendly and inexpensive for those who actually step foot on them. But to those pedestrians walking on the same sidewalks, it’s both annoying and hazardous to dodge them. Will the Birds continue to fly to new cities, or will officials put a halt to this trend?
new. None of it is shocking. Every day someone is treated with racial bias.” There are many issues with calling the police on people of color. First and foremost, calling the police on someone for simply being a person of color is extremely racist. Assuming someone is “bad” based solely on their skin color is blatant profiling and it is extremely disheartening that this still happens in our country. On top of the blatant racism, police brutality is very real and calling the cops on a person of color can put their life at risk. We are constantly hearing stories about police mistreating and even killing African-Americans. According to an organization called Mapping Out Police Violence, AfricanAmericans are three times more likely to be killed by police, and most people police killed in 2017 were of color. According to data collected from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report, 31 percent of all those killed by police were African-Americans. This is a
ridiculously high number if you consider the fact that African-Americans only make up 13 percent of the U.S. population. Calling the police on a person of color who is simply living their life is not only wrong, it is also very dangerous for them. Calling the cops on someone over something that isn’t actually an issue is illegal, and it’s time we start prosecuting those who call the cops on people waiting for their friend at Starbucks, or taking a nap at their own college campus. America is not a “whites only” country. America is full of people with different variations of skin color, and assuming someone is dangerous or doing something illegal based solely on their skin is wrong. White women, if you are calling the police on someone for simply being a person of color, then you need to reevaluate yourself to figure out why you are acting so racist. Do not waste the police’s time over your racism.
Geneology programs questioned by solved murders AARON WASKOWIAK STAFF WRITER
Navy and Vietnam veteran with a degree in criminal justice and a background in law enforcement, Joseph DeAngelo should in theory be a shining example of service to one’s country and the pursuit of justice. Instead, the 72-year-old retiree now stands to be the face of a wave of terror, rape and murder that swept both Southern and Northern California from 1974 to 1986. Known to many as the “East Area Rapist,” the “Original Night Stalker,” and now most notably, the “Golden State Killer,” DeAngelo marks the resolution of many years of work by law enforcement with answers for the many families affected by his horrific crimes, and a landmark case for its usage of DNA evidence. The Washington Post reported via the one remaining rape kit, that the killer’s DNA was uploaded to the genealogy website GEDmatch in hopes of getting a hit on a suspect. With a DNA match to a distant relative, investigators narrowed down the matches to a single family
and then to a match with DeAngelo from evidence discarded outside his Sacramento home. While an impressive feat of detective work, especially so many years later, this method of police work sparks an understandable amount of controversy. “This was a shot in the dark, definitely,” said Ruth Dickover, director of the UC Davis forensic science program. “If that’s what they did, that approach is very new and innovative and explains how they were able to crack a case when the more traditional types of DNA testing couldn’t.” A shot in the dark, on a database filled with the willingly given compilation of millions of Americans genetic markers. Seems almost dystopian, right? Big Brother isn’t just watching, he’s building your family tree and collecting trash from outside your house to make sure you’re not a notorious serial killer. “You allow that low-quality potential evidence to start being searched in these unregulated databases, you’re casting a wide net of suspicion over many, many people.” This is what Stephen Mercer, an opponent of familiar searches
and former public defender told the Washington Post. As someone who has participated in Ancestry.com, a very popular genealogy website, with interest in my distant relative, I have to agree. The idea of investigators combing through data that shows who I am as a person at the most basic genetic level feels very uncomfortable. An article by The New York Times cited a study in which the ACLU voiced concerns over the effectiveness of this practice. With a success rate of about 10 percent in the UK, they claimed these genetic searches are even less effective in California when it comes to arrestees. I see this becoming a more common method of conviction, especially as technology and our understanding of genomics advances. Alongside this forensic growth, we need an equal increase of restriction and regulation when it comes to the information available and how one can use it. With the risk of sounding paranoid, I would prefer to know how they are using my genetic data before it ends up in some X-Filesesque underground bunker. I want to believe that’s possible.
Met Gala theme of dominant religion sparks controversy
he Met Gala raised more than just millions of dollars this year. Eyebrows across the country and the world shot so high above hairlines last Monday night, some may be lost forever. The extravaganza did not waste any time trying to avoid controversial statements. Aside from the event raising money for a nonessential organization, the theme - “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” - simply added to the controversy of the night. Let’s jump right into the deep end. When someone says ‘fundraiser’ or ‘for a good cause,’ minds immediately race to concerns of those in need. Organizations fighting hunger, for example, or supporting medical research or even assisting in the prevention of animal abuse are all things that qualify as ‘good causes.’ The fashion world, as indicated by the Met Gala, cares about one thing, and one thing only: itself. All the money goes to the Met-
ropolitan Museum of Art to support the Costume Institute (a.k.a. the fashion department). The New York Times said this is only because “it is the only one of the Met’s curatorial departments that has to fund itself, fashion having been an iffy proposition as an art form when the Costume Institute was established.” Tickets this year cost $30,000 per person, leave the average American’s mouth agape. The cost of one ticket alone is more than half of what the average American makes in an entire year. It is not ethical to spend that massive an amount of money for the sake of fashion. Fashion is without a doubt a beautiful and articulated art form, but so is humanity. It is hard to imagine that in preparation for the Met Gala, hundreds if not thousands of homeless individuals struggling in New York City were kicked to the curb to make way for the red carpet. Instead of propping up old musty dresses in glass boxes, we should help fellow humans buy a new, clean outfit and a warm meal. So many Americans are left without such minor privileges, it hurts to see so much money being thrown at seemingly frivolous organizations. It is clear the money should have been sent towards those fighting to gain any type of footing in life. But if this is the case, then why do so many celebrities, who carry so much influence and prestige, participate in such an event? Of course parties are exciting and everyone who is anyone just has to attend, but at what cost. Social media
is ablaze with backlash against the theme of this year’s gala. The National Review described the night as “a stark reminder of who has the power in our culture and who does not.” Choosing a theme as controversial as religion was the first mistake. In a world where politics and society are in a turmoil about controversial issues, one would think an event as influential as the Met Gala would know better than to stir the pot. Apparently not. This mistake has caused an uproar in conversations about the double standard surrounding cultural appropriation and the brutal history Catholicism has in regards to colonization and forced religious conversion. The decision to make the theme not only religious, but overwhelmingly Catholic was distasteful and easily could have been performed better. While the cultural appropriation side of things is a bit of a stretch, the double standard surrounding the event stared everyone right in the face. In an article by the Huffington Post, Piers Morgan said, “if it was any other religion, all hell would be breaking loose,” which is exactly why people are upset. It is not the celebrities following dress code, but the insensitivity weaved into the theme of this year’s event. With so much leverage and influence, the Met Gala has left massive amounts of followers and admirers disappointed, hurt and lost in looking for their sociopolitical savior.
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COMMENCEMENT: Guests must be in their seats 15 minutes prior continued from pg. 1
Shannon Zorn, a Single Subject Credential candidate graduating for the teaching credential program is looking forward to the ceremony. “I feel great about graduating from SSU,” he said. “Just thinking about being done with school makes me so excited to finally make a start in my career as a math teacher.” Commencement ceremonies are a way to celebrate the hard work of all of the
SSU students. It’s a time to look towards the future but to also look back at memories. Zorn recalls her favorite SSU memory when she first moved into campus and felt shy and scared. “The CSA’s and my freshman year roommates were so helpful with my transition and I just remember all the good times and laughs I had with them and still have with them now five years later. They will be my friends for life,” said Zorn. Any questions about commencement e-mail email@example.com. The Sonoma State Commencement website page also has information about times and locations for each ceremony, information on parking, tickets, and maps.
Sonoma State Star (right) A graduating student carries a flag to begin Commencement in 2016. (Left) Students await graduation at the 2016 Commencement ceremony.
HALL: New AS president should ‘enjoy the experience’ continued from pg. 1
He said he feels the student voice was represented through the boards and committees he has worked on, along with his relationship with the Sonoma State’s president, vice president of student affairs and other administrators. “I am very proud of Wilson for being elected to this important statewide student leadership position,” said Sonoma State President Judy K. Sakaki. “I worked closely with Wilson during this past year as he served as AS president, and he will be a strong advocate for the needs of all CSU students.”
In Hall’s year of running for AS president, well over 2,000 students voted, with Hall receiving 70 percent of the votes. This past year, only 1,019 students participated in voting, and Manny Ojdea was elected the winner. The low voter turnout rate was of concern to many, especially compared to previous years. “It’s unfortunate, we always hope to have a big voter turnout, or at least one that matches or exceeds the previous years, but it kinda depends on how much students pay attention to the elections,” Hall said. “I think campaigning has a lot to do with it too. This year we didn't see as strong as campaigning as we saw previous years and it was reflected in the voter turnout.”
As Hall departs from his position, he said he came into many realizations from this past year. He said there were many goals he wanted to fulfill coming in to the position, but day by day there were things that had to get done being the president of the association and that sometimes convoluted the initial goals. “I would say to him [Ojdea] to take it day by day, trust the process and enjoy the experience. You learn a lot along the way,” Hall said. “Just do the best you can, and as long as you feel like you are making decisions that are beneficial and the best decisions for the students, then you should have a clear conscious.”
Sonoma County The U.S. Geological Survey reported four small quakes were centered in Sonoma County on Wednesday night. The quakes ranged from a magnitude of 2.7 to a magnitude of 4.1. These quakes struck between 7:58 p.m. and 8:11 p.m., according to the U.S.G.S. These quakes were located along the Collayomi Fault Zone, near The Geysers.
Around noon, deputies went to the Jolly Washer gas station/car wash off of state Highway 12 after the manager called about his 19-year-old employee that was acting strange. The manager also said the employee appeared to have a BB gun. Two deputies went to the car wash and found the employee standing behind a gray pickup truck in the carwash line acting suspicious. The suspect pulled out a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and fired at the deputies and hit one of them. One of the deputies returned fire but didn’t hit the suspect. The suspect ducked down behind the truck because apparently his handgun jammed. The suspect threw his gun down after this and the deputies took him into custody. The shots fired had multiple pellets, commonly referred to as a “snake shot,” which is very small lead shot comparable to a shotgun. Due to the nature of this shot the deputy was struck in several places on his body. The deputy was then flown to the hospital although he is in good condition and expected to survive, sheriff’s officials said.
The United States Embassy in Israel was formally moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, coinciding with mass protests by Palestinians. Israeli soldiers killed at least 58 people and injured hundreds more when they responded to Palestinians trying to cross the Israel-Gaza border with rifle fire. These events are the culmination of seven weeks of protests by tens of thousands of Palestinians who are against the idea of the United States embassy being relocated to Jerusalem.
Washington D.C. The Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing states to legalize sports betting, which should lead to a sweeping movement by states to legalize the practice. Since 1992, sports betting has been illegal, except for a few exceptions.
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Wine Spectator Learning Center opening on May 29; classes offered in the fall
The Wine Spectator Learning Center, located north of Salazar Hall, features state-of-the-art classrooms, offices, kitchens, and common areas. On May 29, there will be a ribbon-cutting open to the press and public. The event will be attended by several administrators, SSU President Judy K. Sakaki, many members of the local wine industry, and Congressman Mike Thompson. Some classes have already started, and a full slate of courses will be available in the fall. The building represents a partnership between Sonoma State and the surrounding Wine Country.
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imdb.com With a current score of 14 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, “Truth or Dare” has earned $48.4 million since its release on April 13.
Blumhouse production truly plays into predictability Review
EMILY JENKEL STAFF WRITER
ruth or Dare” feels like a half-attempted paper written 30 minutes before class. Released on April 13, the recent thriller, from start to finish, progressively gets worse with a terrible plot, bad acting and an even worse conclusion. The writers make a mediocre attempt at relating to millennials with the use of social media in the film; while the characters contradict themselves throughout, dying off like f lies with little care from anyone around them. The writers use Snapchat stories to show the group’s trip to Mexico in the movie’s opening and use YouTube videos in the film’s conclusion. Notable actors from our favorite high school shows, including Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey, add to the nostalgia that is the game of the movie. But the familiarity diminished the opportunity for a fresh take. A group of college students vacationing in Mexico find themselves sucked into a haunted version of truth or dare that follows them wherever they go in life. As we all do, each player has secrets that come out, one by one, as the game goes on. If they play along, the game continues. If a player fails to comply, the game has a mind of its own to keep it progressing. For those its been a while for, the game is simple: when it’s their turn, characters must either tell their truth or do a dare. In this twisted version, if they do neither, they lose their life. The movie then becomes predictable: 103 minutes of characters dying off, revealing secrets and doing dares until Hale’s character, who is a supposed humanitarian, tries to find the source of the haunted game to end it for good. Once she gets to the source, she makes an unethical decision which puts more people in harm than saves them. The movie is an embarrassing piece of work for the actors involved and is a definite low point in their careers. There were no jump scares, scary moments or moments of mystery in this film. It will join other bad horror movies on Netf lix in a few months.
Donald Glover paints his portrait of today’s America Commentary
RENEE RODGERS STAFF WRITER
ctor, singer and producer Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover, has just about done it all. Balancing the production and writing of his FX comedy “Atlanta,” filming his Lando Calrissian role in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” while hosting and performing his new music on Saturday Night Live is enough to tire out anyone. But Glover isn’t just anyone. In his recent music video for the single “This is America,” Glover symbolizes the chaos and gun violence that has increased in America; specifically Black America. From the beginning, Glover is the focal point, entertaining and distracting the audience as social symbols pass and murderous acts carry out one after the other. The transition from the peaceful melody to an intense gunshot creates the most humanized feeling. Throughout the video, Gambino dances with school kids while violence occurs around them and he shoots at multiple people. The video uses dancing to distract from the center focal point, Gambino, the same way America uses black art to distract people from real discrimination problems. When shooting people, he had no emotion on his face and simply walked away from the crime scene as police showed up. He is showing how realistic, and abundant, these settings are in America. White privilege is in major motion when the shooter’s only consequence is some prison time with the excuse of mental health issues. If it was a person of color, the consequences would be in full effect. The amount of gun violence occuring in America is unsettling, but people are not doing enough about it. Parkland survivors reignited the force necessary to make changes but they can’t end it alone. Artists like Gambino are necessary to successfully portray the issues that aren’t getting their justice. Audiences who believe the issues are not pressing, or aren’t as relatable to an audience as big as suggested, can’t ignore the impact, and total views, content like this has made. Last week, a white female student called the police on Lolade Siyonbola, a black, female student at Yale, for napping in the common area of campus housing. Campus police were quick to arrive to verify if the school permitted her there. Using Facebook Live, Siyonbola streamed the encounter, a near 12 minutes of three cops asking for different versions of her identification and Siyonbola explaining the ridiculousness of the situation. Many of these stories have gone viral after
nytimes.com “This is America” is currently the number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. being posted on social media as well as the hashtag, #ExistingWhileBlack. The outcomes all quite similar: questioned significantly, psychological coercion and an enormous waste of time. It is unbelievable daily routines for people of color include constant verification from others on their legitimacy. The line in the song “This is America, don’t catch you slippin’ though” eludes to the eggshells people of color walk on daily to avoid the inhumane, common “consequences” they could recieve for carrying out their day. Open for interpretation, Glover refuses to give the public reasons behind the direct symbolism. As we do in our daily lives, we must take it with a grain of salt, ref lect and analyze rather than accept what’s given at face value. Ref lect yourself by watching the video that’s been streamed over 109 million times since its release on May 6. The single “This Is America” can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music.
‘Defense of the Ancients’ pool crosses the $8 million mark
CASEY HERRMANN STAFF WRITER
he eSport scene is thriving, and “Defense of the Ancients 2” is one of the greatest testaments to that fact. As the game crowdfunds its much-anticipated international competition, players have helped in raising more than $8 million in the first week. For the unaware, “DOTA’s” free-to-play competitive video game brings teams of five players together to select from a pool of over 100 unique characters to destroy the enemies’ base, or Ancient. About to celebrate its 15 birthday, the original game began as a mod to “Warcraft III,” the prequel to the world-famous “World of Warcraft.” For the past eight years, Valve, the production studio behind the game, has put together an annual tournament, crowdfunding the prize pool through in-game cosmetics. Free-to-play, the game itself only requires a compatible operating system; which currently processes on Windows, Mac OS and Steam OS + Linux. Customizing is another story, and where costs can add up. Cosmetics, visual modifications that do not affect the way game characters play, can change the experience of the game. From loading screens, terrain items and weather effects, to equipment, taunts, music and even pets, every item varies in price and come in bundles for consumer convenience. Last year, the enormously successful model raised more than $24.5 million over the course of 100 days internationally. To put the money raised into perspective, the US Masters, a major championship in professional golf, had a prize pool of $11 million in 2017, according to ESPN. “DOTA 2” managed to double that just on the backs of its fans dedication and cosmetic additions to the game. All this is especially impressive since Valve says only 25 percent of all relevant cosmetic sales go directly to The International 2018 prize pool, “as is tradition,” according to Valve. They said this shows the sheer passion of the game’s fans, or perhaps the volume of them. Valve said more than 10 million unique players have logged into the game in the past month, easily making “DOTA 2” the most popular game on Steam, the Valve-owned digital distribution store. The game is so large that a small economy has propped itself up just around the game, from individuals streaming themselves playing the game on sites like Twitch to game guides written by former professional players on other sites. But “DOTA 2” is not the only game in the market. Titles like “Counter-Strike” and “League of Legends” have also made multi-million dollar tournaments in the past few years. This all coincides with the phenomena that has made competitive online video games possible: the internet. The web allowed competition to grow from local feuds to defending titles internationally. With more people logging on to play online than are in most countries, the gaming world can’t afford to go anywhere.
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Circulated election propoganda released to the public
KATHLEEN PERRY STAFF WRITER
t has been over a year since Trump won the 2016 election. For months following his win, many officials pointed their fingers, saying Russia influenced the election to help Trump win. Now, after months of investigating, Democrats of the House Intelligence Committee released about 3,500 ads, giving users an idea how, and to what extent, Russia used them to influence the election. The Kremlin-sponsored Internet Research Agency, according to the New York Times, bought numerous ads and ran them from mid-2015 to mid-2017. Continuing their flow months after the election was over, these ads were specific in their influence by focusing on different societal, cultural and political divides within America. Some of their topics focused on LGBT rights, police brutality, immigration, gun rights, Islam, Black Lives Matter and the candidates themselves. Furthermore, many of the Russian-created pages had thousands of organic posts that were not ads, but written statuses and updates that would also show up throughout social media feeds. Most of these ads were unique compared to previous political propaganda, because many of the ads did not mention actual presidential candidates, but focused on the things that were dividing America. According to a graph published by USAToday, 24.8 million ads were race related, followed by 8.8 million ads on police and crime, 2.6 million on immigration, 2.1 million on guns, and 1.3 million promoting an upcoming event like a rally or protest. As a result, the ads provoked outrage among viewers, putting blame on political leaders and amplifying political accord across the country. The Russian propaganda group that purchased the ads
used Facebook’s targeting tools to reach specific users based on things like their race, location or sexual orientation. By using Facebook’s platform, the ads were able to reach at least 146 million users, according to the Washington Post. Furthermore, many of the ads pitted users against each other, having an ad for both sides of the different hot-topics. As well as using Facebook to reach voters, the ads were also seen in Instagram, YouTube and Twitter posts. Page recommendations or friends sharing and passing them along exposed users to ads on their newsfeeds either through pages recommended for them to join or through friends sharing and passing them along. In releasing the ads, the Democrats answered some questions about how the ads could have held so much power. According to The Wire, one page created by the IRA called “Black Lives Matter” targeted cities that historically held a lot of racial injustice, such as Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, Missouri. These ads would encourage the groups to show up and protest in a certain location while at the same time, another ad that targeted police officers and vets would encourage a rally at the same location and time. The posts specifically pitted groups of people against each other, rallying people up and tearing the country apart. As midterms approach, Facebook and other media sites plan to do more to protect against a repeat incident. According to CNN, some of Facebook’s new policies would include disclaimers on any political ad as well to enhance its automated ad review systems to catch these ads earlier and more often.
nytimes.com One of many Russian ads displayed on Facebook accounts pitted opposite sides of issues against each other, using edited photos, fake rally events and other candidates as fuel. More often than not, posts unfavored Hillary Clinton.
Where do you draw the moral line between appropriation and celebration? SIERRA SORRENTINO STAFF WRITER
very year, the Met Gala gives celebrities yet another occasion to dress to the nines to a specific, typically extravagant, theme. Since 1948, this event and its ever-changing themes have produced some major fashion moments with icons like Jackie Kennedy, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé and Sarah Jessica Parker leaving their fashionista mark on the red carpet. With the theme of this year’s Met Gala being Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, there was no shortage of red carpet wow-moments and controversy. Blake Lively, Rihanna, Chadwick Boseman and Zendaya are only a handful of names off the elite celebrity guest list whose outfits reached sainthood for their dedication to and respect of the theme. However, due to its heavily religious and Catholic nature, people were quick to claim cultural appropriation of Catholicism. As defined by the Cambridge Dictionary,
“The key idea behind cultural celebration is being respectful of one another’s religions and beliefs; especially knowing the meaning behind whatever you are wearing or doing. If you know something may be considered disrespectful, you should not be doing it.” Justin Brasil, sophomore biology major “The intention behind our reasoning is where we draw the line. If your intent is to hurt, harm or to make fun of a culture just because it is different from your own, it is not okay. However, if the intent is to learn or celebrate the beauty of the culture for what it is, then that is okay.”
Megan Coble, senior Kinesiology major
“Celebration of one’s culture would be celebrating the entirety of another’s culture to its fullest, not just wearing a headdress, or a single aspect that you enjoy.” Tyler Powell, junior Kinesiology major
cultural appropriation is “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture.” This led people to debate on whether the gala encouraged this kind of attitude; however, those offended overlooked a couple major details. For one, the Vatican was very supportive of the gala by donating over 40 artifacts for the event; the co-chairs of the gala also received the Vatican’s blessing. Also, in order for cultural appropriation to occur, the dominant culture must exploit the minority for a benefit of some sort. Catholicism is not a minority and celebrities are in no way dominant over the church. Due to the uncertainty of others’ intentions and miscommunication, the event asked Seawolves, how do you differentiate or draw the line between cultural appropriation and celebration?
“Personally, I believe cultural appropriation is picking and choosing things about a culture that you like while refusing to acknowledge the parts of if that you do not like or agree with. On the other hand, appreciation is truly learning and educating yourself about a culture and accepting it in its entirety.” Hayley Kinion, junior psychology major “I know that at the gala there was a lot of people wearing expressive, almost questionable outfits, and for some who don’t understand the culture, that can come off as offensive. You can appreciate it by wearing things that represent the culture, but you do not want to go over the top because there are boundaries. Davis Boyd, junior marketing major
“The permission and endorsement directly from people of the culture are what defines the theme as one of celebration. I try to draw the line from an objective stance by looking at the story as a whole, and not picking and choosing what I feel affects me and my beliefs.” Katie Hunt, junior early childhood development major
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Congratulations to the class of 2018
De Rosas, Cedric
Vargas Hurtado, Karina
Vasquez Garnica, Cristina
Mahlaku, Sipho David
Lopez, Belen De Jesus
Park, Jun Young
Portillo , Cierra
Novero , Jennifer
Rivas Miranda, Pamela
De Boise, Sarah
Ait djebara, Meriem
Lopez Gonzalez, Jose
Pereira , Jessica
Andersen, Victoria Ann
Serrato , Rosamaria
Aquino , Alyssa
Prado Espino, Juana
Galletti , Franchesca
Houser , Cullen
Ayala Macias, Patricia
Garcia Avalos, Omar
Sanchez Larios, Edgar
Gebele , Andrew
Barbier , Michael
Martin Del Campo, Anabell
Barrett , Brian
Ayala Macias, Patricia
Goodin , Matthew
Rodriguez Quintanilla, Karely
Guido Paz, Bianca
Thornquist Stumpf, Lauren
Mestas , Richard
Del Carlo, Malaina
Di Nocco, Monica
Carbajal Segura, Francisco
Navarro, Desiree Rose
Chavez , Ivette
Daniels , Alexandra
Chavez , Jonathan
De Amaral, Rene
Nunez Solorio, Rodrigo
Del Rosario, Faythe
Long Abdallah, Shani
Cooper , Jason
Jenkins , Jabri
Grogan , Briana
da Silva, Ryder
Flores Celestino, Rosa
De Leon, Isabella
Del Valle, Giovanni
Pierrenoel Merilos, Jasen
Garnica Lopez, Rocio
Gutierrez Sibaja, Gabriela
Denawakage Dona, Hashani
Houser , Samuel
Diaz Mateus, Juan
Orellana Cantarero, Katherine
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Martinez Pamatz, Alma
Aguilar Villicana, Juliana
Moyles , John
Rojas Gutierrez, Yareli
Ruiz Gonzalez, Ana
Arcos Ramos, Arturo
Santizo , Eric
Santos Cruz, Alexandra
Hernandez Ruiz, Edson
Safford , Rocchina
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Roohian, Hassan Ali
Basco, Paulynn Marie
Simons , Jacob
Stamps , Mark
Venegas Pruitt, Cora
Boquiren, Kaitlyn Nicole
Geohega Poe, Jasmine
Onofre Leon, Saul
Zepeda , Jorge
Arcos Ramos, Arturo
Cruz, Michael Richard
De Leon, Jennifer
Calvillo Ojeda, Ma
Estigoy , Andrew
De La Torre, Patricia
Fortuna, Jasmine Darryl
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Ortiz Zavala, Lilia
Lozano Pelayo, Alicia
Delos Santos, Cody
Nolasco Ramirez, Maria
Van Wagoner, Sara
Noriega Barraza, Diana
Hoover , Scott
Brester , Zachary
Dizon, Christian Jay
Allen, Jacqueline Anne
Estrella , Rodrigo
Wilfert , Mason
Campos Salas, Leslie
Orozco , Cesar
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Gascon , Adriana
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Chavez , Elena
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Mosley , Sarah
Moreno Gil, Karina
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Zach Guardino’s childhood passion leads to promising collegiate career
JESSICA BENNETT STAFF WRITER
ince starting baseball at the age of 5, Zach Guardino knew he had found the game that would forever change his life. As a Diablo Valley College transfer starting his first season with Sonoma State University baseball, Guardino has performed remarkably well for the Seawolves. Throughout his time playing ball, his biggest motivator is his dad. “He is always been there for me and always makes me strive to be the best,” he said. “I know how happy it makes him to be able to watch me play and I just want to keep giving him that herosports.com satisfaction.” Junior outfielder Zach Guardino makes a play, throwing the ball infield. This past season Guardino played exceptionally well, with a batting Guardino motivates his team by transfer, he really contributed a lot average of .336. His favorite season playing his hardest and always giving to the team and won a spot based on memory was during one of the last his all on and off the ball field. He is those contributions,” Byerline said. games the Seawolves played against currently not on a scholarship with “He played a big part in the success San Francisco State. During the home Sonoma State baseball, but hopes that we had as a team as he regularly progame, Guardino hit a walkoff double. will change for the upcoming 2019 duced runs and got on base, and was a “It just felt great to be able to give season. really good defender.” the seniors a win on their last game on Junior player Michael Byerline Aside from baseball, Byerline talked about his teammate off the field. the Sonoma State field,” he said. says he is fortunate to play on a team During the game Sonoma State de- with Guardino. “Zach quickly became friends feated San Francisco in game two, 5-4. “Even though he came in as a with everyone on the team. No one
dislikes him, he’s a great guy to be around. It’ll be fun to see what he’s going to do next year as a senior with a year at Sonoma under his belt,” he said. At Sonoma State, Guardino is working towards a bachelors in business marketing. After he graduates in spring 2019, Guardino hopes to still play baseball. If that isn’t in his cards, he plans to learn the family business and to follow in his dad’s footsteps. Guardino looks up to Major League Baseball’s Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays. “He’s been my favorite player for a while, I just love the way he plays the game,” he said. As Sonoma State’s baseball team ended their 2018 season without a playoff berth, Guardino already has high hopes for next year. “Next year I am looking forward to the team we are going to have. We have a ton of returning juniors that will be seniors and I look forward to winning games and making the playoffs hopefully,” he said.
Young talent found in players like Joshua Medina prove Seawolf baseball is in good hands
sonomaseawolves.com Freshman utility Joshua Medina.
TATIANA SERRANO STAFF WRITER
s the Sonoma State University men’s baseball team says goodbye to its seniors, it’s time for them to hand off their responsibilities to the younger classes. Fortunately, the Seawolves’ baseball team does not have much to worry as their freshmen class is full of talent. One player on the rise to become the new face for the team is freshman Joshua Medina.
Medina is from Woodland Hills in Southern California. He did not only enter college with the obstacle of being a student-athlete, but also traveled across the state to begin his college career. Even though every parent would not prefer being over 500 miles from their child, they “were willing to help achieve [his] goals,” Medina said. Maintaining a strong, balanced relationship between both of his parents has helped push him to be the well-rounded player he is today. Receiving the call from Sonoma State University was “a dream come true; all my hard work is finally beginning to pay off,” Medina said. According to Medina, baseball had engraved itself in his mind since he was a baby. “The first things in my crib were a baseball and a glove,” he said. As Medina grew up he formed a passion for baseball from the lessons he learned on the field and the new friendships he built. He officially began playing baseball at the age of three at a recreational park. He then transitioned from little leagues to traveling teams and then played for his high school team at Chatsworth High School. According to Medina, the adjustment from senior year high school baseball to college baseball gave him a sense of relief. He did not feel the pressure of the team on his shoulders as he did senior year. “They were a new group of guys to contribute to their wins,” Medina said of the Seawolves in his premier season. In his first season he learned about time management and has built new friendships with seniors. Medina became really close with senior Joshua Montelongo. He described Montelongo as a kind guy and strong competitor – the two players formed their bond from having their lockers together. This friendship inspired Medina to improve as a player and person. “He’s special and will go far in the game,” Montelongo said about his young teammate. Medina’s other teammates have all acknowledged his passion for the game. “He is not a normal freshman,” Montelongo said.
“Usually freshmen can be shy or timid...but he would show up with us early to hit before practice.” Comparing Medina’s beginning months on the team to the ending of his freshman year, “He was already good and well-developed when he showed up, but now he’s just an all around better player,” Montelongo said. Montelongo has formed a bond with Medina because he sees him as a younger version of himself. They have the same passion for the game, aspiration to win and will to be the best so they can provide the best for their team. There is one fundamental difference, however: Montelongo acknowledges that Medina contains more talent at his age. As Medina finds time to study for his last finals of his freshman year, he said how the team encourages the importance of putting studies first. Looking back at his freshman year he acknowledged many things to admire about it, from the genuine people he has met, his first homerun and the helpful teachers along the way. Being a student-athlete is a struggle, but Medina understands his degree is his true purpose for attending Sonoma State. The freshman is a Kinesiology major. “We’re here for an education too, not only for sports,” Medina said. He said he admires Sonoma State for their many tutoring opportunities and great ways to do well in school. Medina wishes to get drafted into the MLB, but also realizes it is one of the most difficult things to accomplish. He said he will still be satisfied to have a stable career and family by his side. Medina plans on graduating with his degree in Kinesiology to become an athletic director, head coach or chiropractor. Sonoma State’s baseball team is lucky to have an eager passionate fresh face to be a part of it. As for future student-athletes, Medina says, “Stay hungry: if you want something, go get it.” He said building his career and future within his next three years excites him.
Seawolves finish last in regional tournament JENO VELTRI
he Sonoma State University women’s golf team traveled down to Durango to compete in the NCAA Super Region Four Tournament, which took place from May 7-9 at the Hillcrest Golf Club. Overall, the Seawolves found themselves in 12th place after shooting a 341 (53) during the opening round on Monday afternoon. The leader of the Seawolves during the opening round was Jasmine Monas, who shot an 82 (10) and tied for 43rd in the tournament after round one. Other notable players who shot for the Seawolves were Lexi Nielsen, Cristina Picariello and Julia Peters. Nielsen shot a 13-over-par to place in 56th, Picariello shot for a score of 86 (14) to place in 62nd, and Peters shot a score of 88 (16), which placed her at 64th place after round one. Going into the second round on Tuesday morning, the Seawolves hoped to improve on their shot and come out stronger. The Seawolves unfortunately still placed last out of 12 teams after round two of play on Tuesday morning. Monas lead her team with a 16-over 160, which brought her overall performance to 36th place on the overall leaderboard. Other notable players were Nielsen and Sabrina Virtusio; Nielsen scored a 163 (+19) to tie for 47th place while Virtusio was in 65th place after bringing in a round of 78 during round two. Peters shot a 36-hole score of 165 (+21) to place 54th , and Picariello shot a 165 (+22) 36hole score, which placed her in 59th place. Overall, the Seawolves as a team shot a score of 652 after the first two rounds, which kept them back behind Cal State Monterey Bay who hold 11th place.
The Seawolves couldn’t battle back enough as they finished in overall 12th place at the NCAA Division 11 Super Region Four Tournament. As a team it combined and shot a total score of 955, which only brought it within three shots back of 11th place St. Edwards in competition. The winner of the overall tournament ended up being Dallas Baptist (901; +37) who took the victory over runner-up West Texas A&M, who came up with a score of (907; +43).
sonomaseawolves.com Freshman Jasmine Monas leads the Seawolves during their tournament appearance.
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2017-2018 Countdown: top seven moments in sports ROLAND SCHMIDT STAFF WRITER
In an academic year packed with standout performances from an array of Sonoma State University athletic programs, unpacking the top seven best moments presents challenges beyond the field or the court. With so many outstanding individual efforts and team performances to choose from, only one can earn the crown as the best moment of the 2017-18 season.
No. 7: “Double-digit Mania” Feb. 23, 2018 vs Humboldt State
Following a seven-game slide toward the end its season, the Sonoma State men’s basketball team emphatically bludgeoned Humboldt State with a 100-point effort that witnessed four players score in double-digit figures. Armani Nicolis, the newest member of Sonoma State selected to the All-CCAA Team, led the way with 21 points over 36 minutes of action, while Isaac Davidson, Jackson Gion and Lewayne Grant followed with 20, 15 and 14 points respectively. For a squad that missed a couple of catalyst post defenders and a few key scorers from last year, the 101-83 drubbing is a bright side to an otherwise bleak season.
No. 6: “Seawolves Drown Otters in the 10th” April 22, 2018 vs CSU Monterey Bay
Sweet revenge is best served in extra innings. After an 11-2 thumping at the hands of the no. 13 ranked Otters two days prior, Sonoma State’s baseball squad responded to the divisional beast with vengeance. For the majority of the afternoon both teams remained in striking distance until Monterey Bay took a one-run lead in the top of the ninth courtesy of a Kyle Guerra wild pitch. From there, Sonoma State answered back with a run of its own, manufacturing the tying run in the bottom half of the inning on a Rayson Romero sacrifice fly that scored Bryce Nagata from third. Then came the fateful 10th inning, and as the old saying goes, anything can happen in extras. At this juncture, the Otters once again grabbed the lead on a single that knocked home the go-ahead run from second. However, the lead wouldn’t last long, as Nathan Mann cracked a line drive to center field to bring home the tying run, Nicco Toni, and winning run, Mitch West. Defeating a team as tough as the Otters on a walk-off served as one of best moments of the four-game series and the season as a whole.
No. 5: “Wrath of the Sara(h)s” Nov. 3, 2017 V.S CSU Los Angeles
In a game where Sonoma State needed to win the most, Sarah Lindborg and Sara Van Wagoner of the Seawolves’ women’s soccer team answered the call, imposing their wrath on their opponents. With the chips down and a CCAA Final appearance at stake, Lindborg and Van Wagoner carried their team to glory over CSU Los Angeles with their two strikes in the first and second half. The first, a header from Lindborg, put the Seawolves up 1-0 with four minutes to go until halftime. With just over 15 minutes remaining in the game, Van Wagoner found space across midfield and piped a shot from her right foot that found the left side of the twine, climatically icing the Golden Eagles with little time to jump back into the game. The 2-0 effort drove the Seawolves to the finals, and without goals from Lindborg and Van Wagoner, a CCAA Final appearance would have been tougher to earn.
No. 4: “Who would’ve Seda she’d pass 3,000?” Oct. 27, 2017 vs CSU Dominguez Hills
In a season encapsulated by tremendous collective achievement, Sonoma State senior setter Courtney Seda obtained one of the best individual accomplishments of all – 3,000 career assists. A feat with incredible difficulty, Seda grabbed her milestone during the third set of the Seawolves’ match against CSU Dominguez Hills. With over 3,000 assists to cap off her illustrious career, Seda is now only one of three women’s volleyball players to reach the 3,000 plateau, accompanying former Sonoma State legends Lindsay Brown (2008-09) and more recently Hayley Ross (2010-13) atop the leaderboard.
No. 3: “Virtusio the Virtuoso”
Oct. 3, 2017 at Dixie State Invitational; Oct. 31, 2017 at CSUSM Fall Classic An unmistakable golf virtuoso, Sabrina Virtusio logged back-to-back first-place finishes in the Dixie State Invitational and CSUSM Fall Classic to take home CCAA golfer of the week honors in consecutive weeks. To begin the Dixie State Invitational, Virtusio opened the tournament scorching, firing a two-under-par 70, followed by a twoover-par 74 to finish at the top of the leaderboard. Her 144 total was three strokes better than the next competitor, Katie Ford of host Dixie State. In the following tournament, Virtusio navigated the narrow fairways and quick greens of Twin Oaks Golf Club with ease to further establish herself as a favorite to finish as a medalist. Her two-day total of 147 left her tied atop the leaderboard with two other CSU San Marcos players. Despite finishing tied, the Antioch native notched her second conference golfer of the week award and further confirmed her knack as a virtuoso in being selected to the All-CCAA Team with two of her teammates, Samantha Oliva and Cristina Picariello.
No. 2: “Burroughs Buries No. 1000” Feb. 3, 2018 vs CSU San Marcos
Career milestones are difficult to come by, especially in a sport like basketball. However, with her 1000th career point scored against CSU San Marcos, Madison Burroughs etched herself into Sonoma State lore as one of five players to reach the exclusive 1,000-point club. During her team’s 75-69 victory, Burroughs kissed a layup off the glass with a minute and a half remaining in the first quarter, burying her 1,000th point from inside the paint. With the milestone, No. 23 sits fifth on the all-time scoring board and joins former Seawolf greats Jann Thorpe, Tara Whiteside, Nicole Fischer and Genny Anderson as one of the elite scorers in Sonoma State history.
No. 1: “What Drought?” March 27, 2018 vs UC San Diego
Move over Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros, you’re not the only ones to exorcise your drought demons. On March 27, the Sonoma State men’s tennis team expelled one of its longest losing streaks against any single team in school history, defeating UC San Diego 5-4 in a combination of singles and doubles matches, ultimately halting the Triton’s lengthy 18-year winning streak against Sonoma State. After surrendering the first two doubles matches and earning a victory in the third, the Seawolves needed four singles wins out of the final six matches in order to stave off the Triton brigade. Triumphs from Alec Wong, Sean Alves and Igor Pissarenko, along with losses from Allan Lock and Max Nudell, left the fate of the streak on the racket of team anchor Nate Oppenheim. Despite a minor set-back in the opening set, Oppenheim dispatched of Eric Tseng in the next two – finally resolving one of the worst streaks in school history.
Men’s golf team places fifth in NCAA Division II West/South Central Regional KAYTLIN ABAD STAFF WRITER
he Sonoma State University men’s golf team concluded its season on Wednesday in their 12th run in the NCAA Regional Tournament in Amarillo, Texas. The tournament started off strong with junior Ian Hofmann shooting a 72(+1) in the first round followed by his teammate, junior Dexter Simonds, shooting a 73(+2). These strong strokes placed Hofmann in 13th and Simonds in the 23rd slot for the opening round of the tournament. Just under Simonds was junior Spencer Clapp and sophomore Devin Gregg, both of whom shot 75 (+4). Freshman Armand Melendez ended the day tied for 94th, with a shot of 81(+10). The tournament continued on Tuesday, with Hofmann moving up to fourth place after his round of 68 and a two-round score of 140(-2). Simonds also moved up the leaderboard with a 144(+2) score, placing him as a tie for 19th, and Gregg ended the day with a 148(+6) at a tie for 40th. Clapp and Melendez rounded out the afternoon with a 149th(+7) and a 155(+13), putting them tied at 49th and 92nd respectively. In a three-way tie for fifth place, Sonoma State started off the final round to battle for its spot in the national tournament scheduled to take place on May 21-25 in Muscle Shoals, Ala, against UC Colorado Springs and Holy Names.
Going into the 18th hole, the Seawolves fell short of Colorado Christian University in a one-hole playoff of 18-16, pushing Sonoma State out of the national tournament. “We are not happy with the way the season ended,” head coach Val Verhunce said. “We never seem to get all five players playing to their potential for all three rounds at the same time.” “My first season as a Seawolf was fantastic,” Simonds said. “I didn’t quite know what to expect coming in as a transfer this year. Everyone involved in the program is amazing and everything turned out to be great in the end.” Hofmann, one of the leaders of the tournament, followed with a 72-68-83 (223). Clapp had ended the tournament with 75-74-76 (225), Gregg with a 75-7377 (225), and closing Melendez with a 81-74-74 (229). Despite not qualifying for the national tournament, the Seawolves postseason remains bittersweet. “We were able to make the postseason for I believe the 13th time in the last 14 seasons. But we fell short of making it to Nationals by losing in a playoff for the final spot, which definitely was very heartbreaking for all of us,” Simonds said. Already moving into preparations for the next season, Verhunce has developed a game plan that he believes will push the competition. “We are going to revise our practices by including more concentrated efforts to look at strength and weaknesses on and off the course so we can develop a more comprehensive plan for success for each athlete,” he said.
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