In this week's 'In Summary' newsletter, a Sacramento State professor is calling for the resignation of Sac State President Robert Nelsen amid systemic racism issues on campus. The Sac State community is calling on the California State University to defund campus police. Plus, the CSU chancellor shares details about the upcoming fall semester. For all this and more, continue reading below.

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Professor calls for President Nelsen’s resignation amid systemic racism at Sac State
On Sept. 10, 2018, a Sac State finance professor called Sac State’s police department on the only Black professor in the College of Business Administration, David Moore, for refusing to leave during a Student Investment Fund club meeting.

Three years later, nothing has come of the incident, and political science professor Robert Oden is calling for Nelsen's resignation for what Oden says is Nelsen's failed leadership in addressing systemic racism on campus. 

Read more about Oden's call for Nelsen to resign.
Sac State community calls for CSU to defund university police at caravan
A car caravan in support of defunding university police across all California State Universities was held at Sac State on Saturday. The demonstration began at the Sac State Police Department and continued around the entire campus.

“I think that the biggest thing for us is that we see Sac State investing significantly more in our police than they are in faculty and student resources,” said English major Carmen Martinez.

Read more about the call to defund university police.
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CSU chancellor shares new details about fall 2021 campus return
The Cal State Student Association hosted CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro in a town hall to answer student questions about the upcoming fall semester. 

Castro discussed the safety of minority groups on campus, social distancing requirements in the classroom and protocol for unvaccinated students.

Find out more about the fall 2021 campus return.

Arts & Entertainment

Sac State graduation photographers provide inspiration for upcoming graduation shoots
Graduation season is upon us! For many, taking photos is one of the best ways to remember the event. Need some help picking the best locations at Sac State and in Sacramento? 

The State Hornet got the scoop with local photographers on how to have the best photoshoot possible. Check out their tips and tricks in this video. 

Find out how to make the best of your graduation photos!


Sac State women’s rowing team back in action
After a year-long hiatus, the Sac State women's rowing team was back on the water April 10. In the Hornets' first competition back, the team beat Saint Mary's College by 20 seconds.

However, building team chemistry was not as easy as it seems. During the off-year, the team practiced in pods of ten women, decreasing the time the entire team spent together.

Learn more about the return of women's rowing.
Training, sacrifice and camaraderie have shaped Sac State softball team’s pitching ace
Marissa Bertuccio has already thrown three shutout games this season while also leading the team in almost every pitching statistic possible. 

Bertuccio maintains a team-oriented approach to life and sports. She said the support of her family has been incredibly critical to her development as a player and as a student, with their involvement helping keep her focused.

Learn more about the softball team's leader in wins.
More sports news:
  • On April 25, senior baseball player Matt Smith broke the school record for all-time hits and runs batted in. The previous record was 244 hits. Check out more about Smith's record here.
  • The Sac State Valorant team claimed the championship in the Eastern College Athletic Conference after defeating Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2-1 April 27. Read more about the win here.
  • The softball team played a three-game series against Idaho State last weekend. Final scores were 1-3, 4-2 and 3-5. The team opens a series against Southern Utah this Friday at noon. 


Khalil’s Virtual Venue: A Post-Vaccine Posse Cut Playlist
More and more Californians are being vaccinated against COVID-19. Music writer Khalil Bourgoub created a playlist for when vaccinated friends meet in-person for the first time since the pandemic began.

Songs include "SWEET" by BROCKHAMPTON, "1Train" by A$AP Rocky and "Don't Hit Me Right Now" by Dreamville.

Check out Khalil's post-vaccine playlist here.


Sportswriter Tony Harvey on his career, Sacramento Kings: NO LIMITS PODCAST
No Limits is The State Hornet's weekly professional sports discussion podcast, with hosts Garry Singh and Mack Ervin III.

This week, Mack and Garry are joined by freelance sports writer and journalist Tony Harvey who discusses his career in both sports and news reporting, his “The Machine” work philosophy, his opinion on the current Sacramento Kings season and more.

Check out the latest episode of No Limits on Spotify.
Students call for university police defunding at May Day caravan: STATE HORNET PODCAST
Don't have time to read all the articles on The State Hornet website? No worries, podcast staffers Rose Vega and Gavin Rock are here to break it all down!

On this episode, Rose and Gavin talk about students' call for the California State University system to defund university police departments at a caravan demonstration at Sac State’s campus.

Listen to The State Hornet Podcast on Spotify!

What you need to know this week

  • The State Hornet has began the annual "Best of Sac State" competition. We need your help to narrow down some of the best things about Sac State! Check our Instagram @statehornet and Twitter @TheStateHornet to vote!
Stay safe and have a great week!
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