My Visit to the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room

Recently, I visited the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room here on campus. I was initially surprised AS I thought it would just be the small space of the tea room but that space was actually on display in a larger room. It reminded me of a stage because of the raised platform and it being on display for the rest of the room.

The one idea I would associate my visit with is Time. When you first enter and sit down, you are given time to quiet your mind. We sat in silence, to let the rest of the world and anything that might be floating in our minds, fade away. One of the major thing discussed was the idea of the “natural clock.” They talked about how, for the tea ceremony, one thing that might be done beforehand is picking a flower. They pick a flower that is very close to blooming and then display the flower.

Sometimes, the flower will bloom during the ceremony or it will wilt during the ceremony. Both outcomes showcase this idea of time, of everything having a natural clock. We talked about how we, ourselves, are a natural clock. A 10-year old boy, in attendance with us, did a great job of explaining the idea that people are a natural clock. The woman who talked to the crowd made him repeat it so all the adults could hear him. He said that all of our senses can work together to keep track of time. For instance, our eyes can see the light from the position of the sun.

Another thing we talked about, relating to time, is being mentally present in the time you are in. We were told that one of the lessons of the tea ceremony is not to have your mind thinking about another place and time. Instead, we should make our mind be present in the moment we are in and, if we can accomplish this, studying would be a lot easier. Personally, I’m still working on that last part.

I would definitely recommend this to other people as it not only is a free experience, but you also get to learn something about another culture. You can volunteer to be a more active participant in the ceremony and actually go inside the tea room setup as well as try some of their tea. It was fun.

For more information on visiting the Sokiku Nakatani tea room, go to their website here.

You can also listen to my show, Poli-Psycho with DJ Traysquat, every Wednesday from 4-5pm on KSSU.COM.


Written by Tracy Jordan a.k.a. DJ Traysquat

KSSU’s Study Tips for Finals

Hey Readers! Read below for some study tips from everyone here at KSSU and ace those finals. 🙂

  1. Listen to what your body is telling you! If your eyelids feel heavy, take a power nap. Studying is pointless if you and your body are not in a position to retain the information you need to learn.
  2. Get out of the space that you’re most comfortable in! Go to a nice coffee shop (Philz Coffee, Identity, Tupelo) or to the 4th floor of the library. Just get out of that bed.
  3. Make sure you keep snacks with you (that you will actually eat) and that you’re hydrating. Opt for water before anything else.
  4. Give yourself breaks and don’t overwhelm yourself. You deserve that 15 minute walk, 45 minute nap or 30 minutes of your favorite TV show.
  5. Speak out loud instead of reading in your head. This improves your memory and you’re 50% more likely to remember important information.
  6. Use the SelfControl app to block distracting apps and sites. Create boundaries for yourself!
  7. Don’t stay up all night before your exams, study as much as possible but make sure you’re getting enough beautyrest.
  8. Lastly, listen to KSSU’s Picks on Spotify! Updated bi-weekly every Thursday. Motivational tracks, R&B and lowkey instrumentals included.

Everyone here at KSSU hopes you have a relaxing, enjoyable and inspiring break. See you next semester!

CSUS v. Weber State Recap


Did you all catch the game today? We started off with a good game, but in the end we lost unfortunately. A score of 31-24. The score was so close which made me upset. We were so close to winning. Of course we are going to have loses during the season, but we have to make more wins. Luckily it is only the beginning of the season. Last week we won our first home game and we all celebrated. But I believe that we were so wrapped up in last week that the players forgot that we are in a new week. The team we played this week, Weber State, is a great team. Yet, Sac State is an awesome team as well. So hopefully we can make a come back next week.

I would like to give a shout out to a few players. Andre Lindsey, Jaelin Ratliff, and Isiah Hennie were doing a great job this game. They put in a lot of effort and tried their best. Andre Lindsey made a lot of great moves on the field, and there was a lot of team work to make touch downs. Last semester we were making a lot of progress, so hopefully this could be a game that will motivate the players to make a come back for this semester. I was honestly impressed with the team work that our team gave today. The third quarter things were looking good, but around the last quarter I was getting nervous. Weber players were making some great moves on the field as well. The best thing our team can do is be okay with their loss and move pass it positively. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s the beginning of the season as I mentioned before. We have time to make a come back so let’s make this season a good season for the player and audience.

I’m looking forward to attending the game next week. For me it is not just about winning. It is about two great teams going head to head to see who will win. If the other team was not good then it will not be a good game. That is what makes our players so amazing. They can go against any team and still play without any fear of being defeated. I am unsure about how well the team is that we are up against next week. But I cannot wait for that game. I want to see action and competition against the two teams. It’s our last home game for a while so I am ready to see the outcome. I’m sure the players will bring their “A Game” from both teams. Let us all hope for another win from the Hornets of course. Either way it goes we are not going down without a fight.So everyone get prepared for next Saturday at 6:05pm for the Hornets to play another home game. I will be in attendance and ready for another great game. See you all next week. Go Hornets!

Senior Year!


It’s been two weeks since school started, and I’ve begun my Senior year. Finally! I‘ve been waiting for this day ever since I was accepted to Sacramento State. I can admit that I’ve already begun having “Senior-itus”, and, honestly, why wouldn’t I? It’s my last year of school! No more getting up at 6 in the morning to go to class, no more looking for a parking spot on the 5th floor of the parking structure because, apparently, faculty and staff need the first three. I’ll be done with all of it!

It’s a shame that the position I’m looking at for work requires a Master’s Degree or higher, so I guess I can’t be too happy with my BA in Journalism. Damn, you, Pixar Animation Studios Story Board Writers (shakes fist angrily at the sky)!

Though I’m looking forward to graduation in the next few semesters, I’ll miss having the luxury of picking my classes before everyone else who isn’t a student-athlete. As well as walking past NARPs. Which- I literally found this out yesterday- means, “Normal Ass Regular Person”. I had no idea that was even a thing, and it has to be the best acronym I’ve ever head.

Other than dreading over the bittersweet feelings I won’t have until Spring semester, I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I’ll be doing as a career. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between wanting to be a journalist for a news station, or working on-board as a story board writer for Disney, Pixar, or DreamWorks. All of which are big company names, and I understand they won’t be easy to get into.

Nonetheless, I try!

I sent an email to one of the director’s at Pixar- or, so I thought it was Pixar-asking about internships over the summer of 2018. I wanted to know if there was anything I could do coming right out of college. Little ‘Ol me, just strolling up to Pixar like, ‘Hey! Gimme a job so I can eat tomorrow! Thanks, man!”

After sending the email, I didn’t realize I accidentally sent it to Disney.

Yeah, I don’t think I’m going to be hearing back from either of them. Which really blows because DreamWorks is last on my list of “good-paying-jobs-I-don’t-really-want-but-I-need-in-order-to-live-a-decent-life.”

Hopefully I can give them the old “razzle-dazzle” and send another email…with a different mailing address.

Surviving The Devil’s Anvil: Staying Motivated & Healthy Until Graduation

As of April 12th, 2017, spring graduates are just about a month away from graduating from Sac State and either entering entering the job market or heading to graduate school. It seems like just yesterday, we were entering our freshman year here at Sac State or just transferring from our community college. Now, we’re just about to call ourselves alumni of this great university.


But don’t get too ahead of yourself, fellow graduate as we got a almost a month or so left to survive. That means that final or that late in the semester midterm could still make its mark on those final grades and if those final grades aren’t good enough, you may be having an extended stay at good ol’ 6000 J Street. Do not fear for you are not alone! For you, I have some advice on how you can survive what will possibly be the longest four or so weeks of our lives.


  1. Stay On Top Of Your Assignments & Study Well


You’re probably feeling the same senioritis that you were feeling in high school some time ago. Your motivation is probably slowly dwindling and your mind seems to float away in those early morning lectures. It may seem that your body and mind can’t take anymore of these factors and just wants to break down, but you’re a strong person and have the ability to keep pushing on. Allow yourself an hour or two each day to keep up on your reading and homework each night. I know having work, meetings, or a social life can interfere with this time, but even the smallest of commitment to some studying can make your grades survive the final push through the semester.


  1. Get Some Sleep & Eat Well


It may be hard to not stay up so late, but to feel revitalized for the upcoming commencement and summer season, it may be a good thing to get some adequate sleep and some good nutrition along the way. Instead of all of those all-nighters and sleepless nights (less than five hours of sleep), jump into the sheets and count some more sheep and shoot for six to eight hours of shut eye. It will allow your body to get that energy it deserves and keep you going strong through the day.


To accompany that sleep, try to get some healthier grub into your stomach as well. I understand that as college students, we don’t have the capital that can get us the freshest foods and healthiest ingredients, but it is still possible to make it work. Try to get some fruits and vegetables into your system and get some of those key vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Try to skip out on a panda bowl in the union and enjoy a delicious whole wheat sandwich with an apple as a lunch. Your body will feel more energized as you make your way through these last few weeks of classes.


  1. Get Some Exercise


Something some of us dread is a nice workout; something to get us off of our behinds and making our hearts pump a little bit. However, getting a little exercise can be therapeutic and serve as a break from the stress of exams, homework, and big term papers. Exercise doesn’t mean lifting heavy weights or running miles on end, but even a stroll through the park, a midtown bike ride, or even a swim can count as some exercise. Just 15-60 minutes of exercise a day can make the case and as someone who exercises on the daily, it contributes to my days being a little less stressful. Though it may sound dreadful, take the stairs, take a stroll around campus, or get your gym clothes and head for the Well.


  1. Enjoy Yourself


We’re in the twilight of our college careers and that time is quickly coming to an end as our final semesters is coming close to ending. Enjoy it while you can. Gather your closest friends and take some time to appreciate the moment. Go one a night out on the town and enjoy the company of your friends. Go on a hike, to a ballgame, or enjoy a board game night in your apartment, house, or dorm. We won’t get this time back so make the best of it all while you can.
As graduation looms, we will be leaving the comfort of our fellow Hornets and try to find a career or opportunity for higher education. We will join fellow alumni into making a difference in the world. However, until we walk the commencement floors and earn our final grades, we must stay strong, stay healthy, stay on track, and enjoy life. Congratulations on reaching this point and good luck with the rest of your semester! Stingers, up


allnbateamsThe MLB regular season is long over, the NHL just began a few weeks ago, the NFL is in mid-season and college football is about to release the playoff polls. That can only mean the NBA season is back! After one of the most dramatic off-seasons and just four months removed from one of the most eventful NBA Finals in NBA history, the season is finally here. Recently on “Double Coverage”, show host Noah Alvarez invited new KSSU DJ Chris Bullock and myself to his show to do a full season NBA predictions with former sports director Andrew Pasquini sending in his picks to the show as well. The season predictions and playoffs picks go top to bottom in the order of my myself, Andrew, Noah and Chris.



1. Cleveland Cavaliers: 56-26

The defending NBA champions are back, are we looking at another Warriors-Cavaliers matchup in June?

2. Toronto Raptors: 54-28

Lost Bismack Biyombo but were able to keep Demar Derozan. They’re barely a playoff team if they played in the West but luckily for them they play in the East 

3. Charlotte Hornets: 52-30

Kemba Walker and Nicholas Batum are the future for this team. 

4. Boston Celtics: 46-36

Big 3 days are over, Rondo is gone but they have rebuilt well 

5. Atlanta Hawks: 43-41

Taking a big chance on Dwight Howard. What happened to the team that took first place in the East back in 2015? 

6. Chicago Bulls: 42-40

From Rose and Noah to Wade and Rondo. Time for Chicago to get back in the playoffs  

7. Washington Wizards: 41-41

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr. and John Wall. Just give it a year or two and watch out for these guys. 

8. Indiana Pacers: 39-43

They have enough with Teague, Ellis and George to sneak into the playoffs again. 


9. Detroit Pistons: 38-44

Andre Drummond led the league in rebounding and double-doubles last year. He has some premier shooters around him now, they’ll barely miss the playoffs.

10. New York Knicks: 36-46

I said it on the air and I’ll say it again. This is a very overrated basketball team! 

11. Miami Heat: 35-47

Time to bring in or draft rebuilding talents to south beach 

12. Orlando Magic: 32-50

This team basically disappeared themselves after Dwight Howard was traded in 2012. 

13. Milwaukee Bucks: 29-53

The O.J. Mayo era didn’t work and they traded away Michael Carter-Williams. At-least you have Wisconsin basketball.  

14. Philadelphia 76ers: 24-58

Ben Simmons is probably out for the year, Joel Embiid is finally starting to play two years after he was drafted and who hears about Jahlil Okafor anymore?

15. Brooklyn Nets: 17-65

Hey New York, at-least you have the Islanders and Rangers right?



1. Golden State Warriors: 67-15

Lost some key pieces from their bench last year which will stop them from repeating their record breaking season last year, however they averaged 115 points a game last year and now add in KD’s 28 PPG he had last year in Oklahoma City.

2. San Antonio Spurs: 59-23

Now that Tim Duncan is gone it is becoming a new era with Kawhi Leonard. He will finish second in MVP and win defensive player of the years. 

3. Utah Jazz: 51-31

Good head coach and new players such as George Hill. I don’t know why but I see this team being a contender in the West this season. 

4. Minnesota Timberwolves: 49-35

They’re going to be the most improved team in the NBA this season. They were the laughing stock of the NBA for awhile now that have rebuilt with Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach Lavine and Andrew Wiggins, they’ll be laughing at the NBA for years to come. 

5. Los Angeles Clippers: 48-34

Can’t talk about getting to the NBA Finals if you can’t make the Western Conference Finals

6. Portland Trail Blazers: 46-26

Lillard keeps getting better and they added Festus Ezeli, Shabazz Napier and Evan Turner. Look for them to keep it up all season.  

7. Oklahoma City Thunder: 45-38

Westbrook is the MVP if the Thunder make the playoffs. He is all in for Oklahoma City despite everything that happened in the offseason. 

8. Memphis Grizzlies: 42-40

Still have the core of Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol since 2010, but they lost nine players, added nine players and they have a new head coach. 


9. Dallas Mavericks: 41-41

Dirk Nowitzki and who else? 

10 .Denver Nuggets: 40-42

They need a superstar to get into the playoffs. No one has taken on that role in Denver since Carmelo Anthony and he was traded almost six years ago. 

11. Houston Rockets: 37-45

They lost not only Howard but Michael Beasley, Terrence Jones and Josh Smith. James Harden will have more points but it’ll be similar to Demarcus Cousins who averaged 27 PPG and the Kings are terrible. 

12. New Orleans Pelicans: 36-46

Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson are gone. They have to build around Anthony Davis who has a great shot at winning MVP this year. 

13. Sacramento Kings: 27-55

One of the best arenas in American sports for one of the worst teams in American sports. 

14. Phoenix Suns: 26-56

The Steve Nash days have been done for a long time. Has the front office realized that yet? 

15. Los Angeles Lakers: 25-57

Great draft pick on Brandon Ingram from Duke University. He’ll probably win rookie of the year and the Lakers will improve, but we have to remember this team only won 17 games last year. 



Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers in 5 

Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

Toronto Raptors in 6 

Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls in 7 

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks

Boston Celtics in 7 



Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Golden State Warriors in 5 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

San Antonio Spurs in 6 

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers in 7 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Los Angeles Clippers in 5 



Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers in 6 

Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls

Toronto Raptors in 7 



Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Golden State Warriors in 7 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers in 7 


EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Cleveland Cavaliers over Toronto Raptors in 5


WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Golden State Warriors over Portland Trail Blazers in 6


NBA FINALS: Golden State Warriors over Cleveland Cavaliers in 7





  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Atlanta Hawks
  5. Indiana Pacers
  6. Chicago Bulls
  7. Milwaukee Bucks
  8. Washington Wizards
  9. Miami Heat
  10. Detroit Pistons
  11. New York Knicks
  12. Philadelphia 76ers
  13. Charlotte Hornets
  14. Orlando Magic
  15. Brooklyn Nets



  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Los Angeles Clippers
  3. Memphis Grizzlies
  4. San Antonio Spurs
  5. Portland Trail Blazers
  6. Houston Rockets
  7. Oklahoma City Thunder
  8. Utah Jazz
  9. Dallas Mavericks
  10. Minnesota Timberwolves
  11. New Orleans Pelicans
  12. Sacramento Kings
  13. Phoenix Suns
  14. Denver Nuggets
  15. Los Angeles Lakers



Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards: Cleveland Cavaliers 

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Boston Celtics 

Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls: Chicago Bulls 

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers: Indiana Pacers 



Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz: Golden State Warriors

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Los Angles Clippers 

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets: Memphis Grizzlies 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Portland Trail Blazers 



Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers: Cleveland Cavaliers 

Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls: Boston Celtics 



Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Golden State Warriors 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Los Angeles Clippers 


EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics: Cleveland Cavaliers 


EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Golden State Warriors


NBA FINALS: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Golden State Warriors 





  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Toronto Raptors
  3. Boston Celtics
  4. Indiana Pacers
  5. New York Knicks
  6. Chicago Bulls
  7. Charlotte Hornets
  8. Milwaukee Bucks
  9. Atlanta Hawks
  10. Washington Wizards
  11. Detroit Pistons
  12. Miami Heat
  13. Orlando Magic
  14. Philadelphia 76ers
  15. Brooklyn Nets



  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. San Antonio Spurs
  3. Los Angeles Clippers
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. Memphis Grizzlies
  6. Portland Trail Blazers
  7. Houston Rockets
  8. Utah Jazz
  9. Dallas Mavericks
  10. Phoenix Suns
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves
  12. New Orleans Pelicans
  13. Sacramento Kings
  14. Los Angeles Lakers
  15. Denver Nuggets



Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Cleveland Cavaliers 

Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets: Toronto Raptors 

Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls: Boston Celtics 

Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks: Indiana Pacers 



Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz: Golden State Warriors 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets: San Antonio Spurs 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Portland Trail Blazers 

Oklahoma City Thunders vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Oklahoma City Thunder 



Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers: Cleveland Cavaliers 

Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics: Boston Celtics 



Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Golden State Warriors 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Portland Trail Blazers 


EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics: Cleveland Cavaliers 


EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Golden State Warriors


NBA FINALS: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Golden State Warriors






  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Indiana Pacers
  3. Boston Celtics
  4. Toronto Raptors
  5. Charlotte Hornets
  6. Chicago Bulls
  7. Atlanta Hawks
  8. New York Knicks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Detroit Pistons
  11. Milwaukee Bucks
  12. Orlando Magic
  13. Miami Heat
  14. Philadelphia 76ers
  15. Brooklyn Nets



  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. San Antonio Spurs
  3. Portland Trail Blazers
  4. Los Angeles Clippers
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves
  6. Oklahoma City Thunder
  7. Utah Jazz
  8. Memphis Grizzlies
  9. Dallas Mavericks
  10. Houston Rockets
  11. New Orleans Pelicans
  12. Los Angeles Lakers
  13. Phoenix Suns
  14. Sacramento Kings
  15. Denver Nuggets



Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks: Cleveland Cavaliers 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks: Indiana Pacers 

Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls: Boston Celtics 

Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets: Toronto Raptors 



Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies Golden State Warriors

San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz: San Antonio Spurs 

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Portland Trail Blazers 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Los Angeles Clippers 



Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors: Cleveland Cavaliers 

Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics: Indiana Pacers 



Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Golden State Warriors 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Portland Trail Blazers


EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers: Indiana Pacers 


EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Golden State Warriors


NBA FINALS: Golden State Warriors vs. Indiana Pacers: Golden State Warriors 

Board on the Blog: Meet Randy Chen!

randy-1-web-180x270Paying it forward. This phrase is most appropriate when describing Randy Chen, a senior Finance major at Sacramento State. Each and everyday, Randy works hard to lead a bright future not only for his family, but his friends and peers. Randy wears many hats as a student leader on campus. He serves the brotherhood of the co-ed professional business fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi as the Pledge Educator, and he represents over 30,000 students as the ASI Vice President of Finance.

To this lighthearted, ambitious, and slightly germophobic libra, the quote, “Faith can move mountains,” means that you can achieve much more than you think you could if you believe in yourself. As Randy put it himself, “The possibilities are endless if you have faith in yourself.” This statement is a true reflection of the mindset that Randy brings to the table in everything he aims to accomplish. Whether it’s through juggling his positional responsibilities and his academic demands, or through presenting to student leaders on how they can optimize their Dollars for Organizations and Clubs resources, Randy is able to stay focused on what is most important to him–leaving a good example for others while giving back.

As Randy describes, “I feel very fortunate to be where I am today and I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. I hope to make everyone who believes in me proud.” This is a key component in the goals that he hopes to achieve during his term as an executive on the ASI board. He aims to make Sac State students proud by serving them to the best of his ability. The legacy that he hopes to leave behind is to be a role model for future student leaders on campus. If he could make an impact on at least a handful students’ lives by inspiring them to lead in their own ways, he would achieve his ultimate positional goal.

In Randy’s role as Vice President of Finance for ASI, he acts as the ultimate steward of student dollars that are being spent on behalf of ASI related activity. His objective is to make students across the entire campus aware of the all the scholarship opportunities that ASI provides so that students an obtain monetary resources to help elimate financial stress while complimenting their academic progress. He has seen first hand how the power of giving back to students can impact their lives academically and personally.

Randy is a driven and caring student that truly cares about students and his family. “My goal in life is to be able to care for my parents and family when I am older. They have sacrificed everything to provide me with the life that I live. They have supported and pushed me to be the person that I am today. I plan to provide them with all the opportunities that they have provided for me.” I guess you could say that paying it forward is Randy’s bread and butter. 

Get to know Randy better by stopping in the ASI Government Office during his office hours which can be found at If you are interested in getting involved in the work that Randy is doing as ASI Vice President of Finance contact him at!

Stay tuned for the next Board on the Blog!


Board on the Blog: Meet Andrew Michaud!

andrew-1-web-180x270As Sophocles stated, “If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: ‘Thou shalt not ration justice.’” The meaning of this quote plays a large role in the life of Andrew Michaud. As a student pursuing his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Sacramento State, Andrew is passionate about making positive changes in the world around him, but most importantly, he strives to make the necessary changes to benefit the whole. Not only does he dedicate his work to helping those in need, but he also serves graduate students as the ASI Director of Graduate Studies.

This East Coast Swing dancer, jazz music lover, and Jitterbug groover, is much more than just an exceptionally hard worker–he’s also a terrific friend. He tends to welcome each new person he meets with genuine kindness and care. When working on projects in the ASI Government Office, Andrew is known to provide invaluable advice and thoughtfulness when a board member needs assistance or a second opinion on a topic. Andrew is always there to lift up a friend.

As the Director of Graduate Studies, Andrew’s main goal is to continue to build the connectedness that graduate students feel to one another and the campus community. He has been working towards this goal in many aspects including his contributions in improving institutional policies that govern the graduate studies program at Sac State as well as working to cultivate a sense of belonging among graduate students in various campus settings. The work that Andrew has been dedicating himself to stems from his ultimate goal of positively impacting individuals and contributing to the equity of peoples.

Aside from being a rock star student advocate, Andrew changes lives of ex-convicts each and every day. He helps introduce a brighter future to formerly incarcerated individuals as an instructor and mentor in the Ascend re-entry program. This program helps stop the cycle of crime by giving these adults the tools and the drive to connect to a productive and lifestyle. This work takes patience, perseverance, and compassion towards other human beings. It has been proven to change people’s lives and give them hope that they might not have known existed. These are all of the traits that Andrew exemplifies.

This Gemini is a strong ally to students, and an inspiration to so many of his friends and colleagues. When asked what legacy he would like to leave behind at Sacramento State, his comment was, “A legacy? I wouldn’t want to leave one. A legacy implies being remembered; strangely enough, I don’t want to be remembered. I want to ensure graduates are never overlooked, but I don’t need credit for that. When credit is given, people see that achievement as beyond their abilities. I want people who come after me to try harder and go beyond what I’ve done.”

Andrew is a person worth getting to know by any and all means. He sheds bundles of happiness, wisdom, and strength on the world. Visit the ASI Government Office during his weekly office hours to get to know him better yourself, and for him to get to know you!

Feel free to email him at or visit to see when his office hours are!

Stay tuned for next week’s Board on the Blog!


Interesting classes?

theaterEvery semester is always the time of my life that gives me anxiety. There are breakdowns of showing up for class to get in or to see if the professor / course is the one. However, sometimes there are not too many choices for us all. Some class my only being taught by one professor, which really gives no choice. This semester, for me, has been an interesting start because I am beginning my theatre classes.

For the past three semesters I’ve been here, I haven’t taken any theatre classes until now. All four classes are theatre courses except for one that count towards my G.E. Now after weeks since fall semester began, I can finally make judgements of which class is interesting or not. I believe that each classes are somehow interesting because there are skills for me to improve and learn. However, only a few that stood out to me the most.

I can already say that Theatre 14, Stage Makeup and Costume, is my favorite. The atmosphere of the class is relaxing and challenging. I always have everything being pushed away whenever I am in there. The relaxation comes in after the instructor has finish her demonstration of a specific task such as sewing as a stitch on a fabric. That is when the students in class has their own turn to self-apply the steps. Interaction happens, questions are being ask. It’s always easy to see the instructor and my peers do the work but when I do it, it’s really hard to process the steps. But if I need the help, I can ask others and look at how they do it. I will then teach myself how to do it. I get nervous sometimes if I cannot apply the same skills like how others do but I ask to make sure I am following the steps or not. I take time to understand the concept and would have to quickly write it down for myself to understand. It’s all about skills for the hand sewing style and the sewing machine is about control. Once I get used to the sewing machine and how to control it, the relaxation will return and I will end my day well. At the same time, this is how tough it is and relaxed this class is. The environment is a workable and cooperative that brings me to ask questions if need. Other students, whether if they are experienced in sewing/make-up, do not hesitate to ask their neighbors for clarification or assistant. You can learn a lot of new tricks or ways to do things from peers.

In addition to this course, it also focuses on make-up as well. The class is going to start soon on the makeup so at the moment, we are only learning about shades and highlights. But I am interested to see how make-up are different when it comes to specific ages. It gives that perspective of why does that specific age person looked this old or young which would look cool. Things like that would be discovered and compared, which I look forward to delve into later this semester.

One of another interesting class (but not too much of my favorite) that I am taking this semester is Theatre 16 Stagecraft. This class has two sessions: lecture and shop. The lecture is based off of theatre safety rules, tools, stage designs, directions, etc. All theatrical stages and scenic involved. The other class session is shop which is about the students being responsible about going into the Theatre shop in the department to get their hours done. These hours count towards the class grade and it also have students to help build scenic for the upcoming production plays on campus. In a long run, all of the students’ commitments to the shop hours are a help of creating the props and scenes in the plays that occurs in the semester.

I had my first shop hours and I found it was fun. Hard work because of all the physical work that has to be put in for the effort is tough. Especially when I am not tall enough for most of the assigned works, I have to put twice my body to complete a task. Besides the heavy, physical work, I’ve always been interested in the behind-the-scenes in any production rather that is on stage, on film, on the street, etc. It’s just me naturally. I like witnessing and participating into the magic of a show. It’s always impressed me to see the reactions and feedback. This is a chance for me to be a part of the building. Right now, I may not know what scene or what am I building but when the results come out at the end (when the run of the show), it would be a reaction like, “Wow, I struggled to make that and it ended up being a piece of entrance?” That was what I first built during my shop hours.

Theatre 14 and Theatre 16 courses both are opposite and at the same time, they are so similar. Skills that will be helpful. Make over and repair things are these two classes combines together to create something at the end. It’s pretty cool. These two, however, are the classes that I found interesting. The makeup and costume and the stage building.

The other two classes the classes that I have to research and read things closely to get the hang of it. (That doesn’t mean that these three classes I’ve mentioned above means no research or academic work.) Yet, I still learn many interested things. If I do discuss them, it would take me to another fat paragraphs that would be too overwhelming to read. However, all theatre classes and one general education class. The classes aren’t too bad but the only struggle is the schedule has been really awkward for this semester.


May you enjoy and have a cool semester too!

Get the Most out of Sac State

The first week of the fall semester has come and gone and is now in full swing. If you’re like me you’re juggling school life, work life, and your personal life; and finding the balance has proven trickier than running simple planning in your mind. Just a quick tip: use the calendar widget on your smart device to set reminders! But however busy you may be, at least make your time on campus worth while to make for a great semester. Whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer student, or on your way out as a senior, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved with an organization on campus. Using community organizations as networking platforms increases your chances of landing a career in the field that you’re most interested in, and regardless of what major you’re in, there is a group, club or society that is just right for you! If you were too busy to catch up with a club in the quad for the first week, Associated Students Inc. is a great way to get involved on campus, or just to obtain information on the wide variety of clubs on campus. ASI programs include Safe Rides and KSSU radio, but as mentioned earlier, most majors have a group to join. For instance, the Sacramento Anthropological Society (SAS), the Hornet Film Society, The State Hornet Newspaper, or you can venture off campus to groups at the aquatic center, like the Sac State Rowing Club, or contact the friendly folks at The Well sports complex to see what sporting clubs are currently offered. Whatever you might be interested in, whether it involves your major or not, seek out the opportunities to get involved and make new friends on and off campus, because your future really does depend on it.