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The 43 Mexican college students who disappeared last fall during a police assault on their demonstration in remembrance of a 1968 student massacre, have been declared dead by government officials, but their families dispute that. They’re now touring the United States to publicize the unresolved disappearance, and a group of them visited Sonoma County Tuesday.

50th Anniversary Anti-War Teach-Ins

Mar 25, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

 

  American involvement in Viet Nam was gearing up 50 years ago, and programs to recall that history are likewise increasing now. At Sonoma State yesterday, that included a series of “teach-ins” that reviewed some of the opposition to that war—and the others that have followed it.

  It was a matter of conscience for many young men to submit to the draft while also opposing it, recalls activist Lee Swenson. These non-violent actions, taken voluntarily by draftees who could have used other resources to avoid conscription, gave moral weight to their stance.

CSU Faculty Ratify New 3-Year Contract

Nov 12, 2014
CFA

  The California Faculty Association, the union that represents professors and instructors for all the California State University campuses, has approved a new contract, following ratification vote by their members last week. That capped a bargaining process that was far less contentious than others over the past decade. Today we take a closer look at the process, and what resulted from it.

The CSU Board of Trustees is expected to also ratify the agreement at their meeting in Long Beach.

Project Censored Releases 2015 Volume

Oct 3, 2014

  Project Censored is out with its latest collection of under-covered news, which includes stories about climate change, corporate corruption, mainstream media errors and omissions, and a nationwide analysis of police-involved shootings.

See KRCB's independent reporting on ocean acidificiation, a two-part story from 2011 that can be found here and here.

Schroeder Hall's Organ Set to Debut

Aug 21, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The boy pianist from Peanuts gave Schroeder Hall its name, but the intimate new concert space at the Green Music Center is more notably the new home of a remarkable and historic pipe organ.

Opus 9 is a baroque organ, in the style of instruments three centuries older. That’s not a factor in its size, says Sonoma Bach Music Director Bob Worth—it’s descriptive of the sound it produces.

An Opportunity for Children with Autism

Aug 14, 2014

  

  Autism is a mystifying and growing issue for children worldwide. Here in Sonoma County, a unique partnership between the California State University and a local family-oriented non-profit is educating parents, caregivers, and future professionals about the many facets of autism. And they are looking for some additional children to include in the program.

Decoding Malware at Sonoma State

Jul 10, 2014

  To combat computer viruses and other malware, computer science students learn to make their own as part of a rare and controversial class at Sonoma State. We get a peek inside in this archival North Bay Report from May 2007.

Young Chamber Musicians Gather, Perform at SSU

Jul 6, 2014

 For a seventh consecutive year, young musicians and composers from across the country have convened on the Sonoma State University campus for an intensive three-week session of chamber music study and performance. It’s called California Summer Music, and includes a public invitation to attend their concerts, free of change.

Simulating Cuba at the International Model UN

Apr 30, 2014

  Every spring, a group of students from Sonoma State take part in a global simulation of the United Nations, but representing a country very different from their own. The 26 delegates have just returned, bringing back a few honors with them. To get a debriefing on their trip, we hear today from their faculty advisor.

Analyzing 'The Good Company'

Apr 29, 2014

When a Sonoma State economics professor set out to identify and profile examples of honorable and successful businesses, he first had to assess the qualities necessary to be a “good company.”

  While size  and growth do not disqualify a company from being "good,"  SSU business professor Robert Girling notes that some laudable businesses do choose, quite consciously, not to grow beyond a certain point.

Entreprenoma's Market Day Debuts

Apr 8, 2014

  A first-time event debuts on the Sonoma State campus today. It’s  a showcase for student-developed products, services and businesses, called Market Day. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson talks with the man behind the event.

Market Day is being held in the Student Recreation Center on the Sonoma State campus, 10 am to 2 pm today.

Historical Context for Occupy's Tents

Mar 13, 2014

  The most visible and enduring images of the Occupy protests were the communities of tents that sprang up in public spaces across the county, including the lawn outside Santa Rosa’s City Hall.  Whether by design or out of necessity, those encampments were part of a much longer history of outdoor protests in America, as we’re about to hear.

University of Colorado history professor Phoebe Young will be speaking at Sonoma State Friday at noon on “The Occupy Movement, Outdoor Politics and the History of American Camping.” More details here.

An Upbeat Economic Forecast for 2014

Feb 20, 2014

On today’s North Bay Report, we heard from California State University Chancellor Timothy White, who was the keynote speaker at Sonoma State’s annual Economic Outlook Conference yesterday. Another regular feature at the event is the regional economic analysis and forecast delivered by Economics professor Rob Eyler. He predicted solid growth for California in 2014, with North Bay counties doing a bit better than the state as a whole.

New Chancellor Shares Vision for CSU Schools

Feb 19, 2014

The new head of the California State University system is out to boost access for students, and increase the number of degrees conferred, but he isn’t counting on a big surge in additional funding from the state to do so.

Despite the jump in tuition costs for CSU schools over the past few years, Chancellor Timothy White says it remains a highly affordable avenue of higher education for many students and their families.

SSU Tables "Success Fee" Idea

Feb 19, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Sonoma State University’s top administrators have dropped a proposal to charge students a new, $500 per year “Success Fee.” The decision was announced by SSU President Ruben Armiñana in a memo to the University’s student, faculty and staff this afternoon which stated that the idea would not be pursued “at this time.” [See the full memo text below]

$1M Gift Boosts SSU's Wine Business Institute

Jan 9, 2014
Wine Business Institute

  Since it was created in 1995, the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State has grown to be a busy part of the University’s Business School. It now has more than 150 full-time students and many more participating in specialized professional development programs. This week, the Institute announced a financial boost that will help it grow further, and that’s the subject of today’s Exchange.  

Natural Sounds Inspire SSU Fall Dance Concert

Nov 21, 2013
Photo courtesy of SSU Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance

The Sonoma State University Fall Dance Concert, "Soundscape Project," features natural sounds collected from SSU's Fairfield Osborn Preserve, a 411 acre nature reserve on Sonoma Mountain, and movement largely inspired by dancer improvisation. KRCB speaks with choreographer Kristen Daley and dancer Vanessa McCormick.

All Eyes Up for Comet ISON

Nov 3, 2013
Image courtesy of NASA

With the days getting shorter and the nights longer, it’s a good time to look up into the night sky. Astronomers are growing excited about the appearance of a new comet – Comet ISON – which will soon be passing within an astronomical whisker’s distance of the sun. 

Entrepreneurship at Sonoma State

Jun 3, 2013

The new Entrepreneur in Residence at Sonoma State University hasn’t been residing there long, but he’s hoping to make his presence felt in short order. He spoke with KRCB's Bruce Robinson.

  Not everyone thinks they are entrepreneurial, yet Mark Nelson believes the seeds for that approach to life lie in each of us—and is it more necessary now than ever to nurture them.

 

A key part of the entrepreneurial spirit is a willingness to take chances, says Nelson, and in the new economy, that’s becoming increasingly essential.

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