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  • Santa Rosa march for transgender students

    Santa Rosa march for transgender students

    Chris Ludlow and Simon Isaksson

    March 19, 2017

    Almost one month after the federal ruling on transgender bathroom rights, a crowd of several hundred people gathered at Santa Rosa City Hall this Saturday to march against President Donald Trump and his administration's new policy towards transgender citizens. https://www.facebook.com/oakleafnews/videos/1271187699644721/   The organizers of this rally and march for trans youth specifically point towards Trump’s Feb. 22 removal of federal...

  • Islamophobia on the rise

    Islamophobia on the rise

    Chris Ludlow, James Wyatt, and Simon Isaksson

    March 14, 2017

    The best way to break stigmas is education. Accordingly, Santa Rosa Junior College hosted a seminar March 8 on the growing issue of fear towards Islam in the United States. The seminar, titled “Islamophobia: Islam in the American Imagination” and led by author May Kosba, came in response to President Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and the rise of hate crimes against Muslims in this country. In 2015, the FBI reported a 67 percent increase...

  • Rugby bulldozes competition

    Rugby bulldozes competition

    Frank Sumrall, Contributing Editor

    March 14, 2017

    Santa Rosa Junior College rugby head coach, Steve Wren, has once again led his squad to a near-perfect season despite the changing roster mirroring a revolving door for student athletes. The SRJC rugby squad [4-1] continues to reign supreme in the NorCal Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCCRC) alongside American River College, Cal Maritime Academy and University of San Francisco. SRJC faces USF and ARC to round out the regular season before the playoffs...

    Santa Rosa Junior College rugby team start practice with scrumming drills with the forwards and second rows.

    Albert Gregory

  • Race issues main focus in Black Student Union panel discussion

    Race issues main focus in Black Student Union panel discussion

    Lenita Marie Johnson, Contributing Writer

    March 14, 2017

    “What serves black and chicano students serves all students,” according to Thomas Brown. “Have there been bumps in the road? Absolutely. I’m not your ‘typical Negro.’ Like Malcolm X said, ‘if you’re black and not angry, you’re crazy!” Brown, an educator and consultant for nearly 500 institutions in Napa & St. Helena as well as in the U.S. and abroad, was a panelist in a discussion on “Race, Ethnicity & Gender in ...

  • Swim and dive cleans up at Cuesta Invitational

    Swim and dive cleans up at Cuesta Invitational

    Luke Straub, Staff Writer

    March 14, 2017

    The men’s and women’s swim and dive teams took a two-day trip to the Cuesta Invitational in San Luis Obispo and it was more than worth their time. Santa Rosa Junior College solidified its state rankings at Cuesta College March 10-11 with 17 total first-place finishes. Halfway through the season, SRJC ranks top five in the state for 15 different events. Bradley-John Erickson and Taylor Sargis led the way and won three individual events each....

    SRJC swimmer Taylor Sargis leaps out of the water mid butterfly stroke during the Cuesta Invitational March 11.

    Celine Sargis

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Classic Italian play with modern twist

Classic Italian play with modern twist

Grant Wetmore, Opinion Editor

“The Servant of Two Master’s” can be summed up as pure comedy. Every tried and true trick in the joke book is in this classic play. You’ll see sla...

March 16No Comments

Trailblazers: Female rappers fight for their voices in hip-hop culture

Trailblazers: Female rappers fight for their voices in hip-hop culture

Ali Benzerara, Sports Editor

Trick. Babygirl. Bitch. Boo. Girl. Ho. Thot. Bae. These are just a few names men call women in hip-hop and rap music. No doubt there is an issue wit...

March 14No Comments

Blood and Gore: March is horror month at the Roxy 14 Stadium

Blood and Gore: March is horror month at the Roxy 14 Stadium

Olivia Wray, Staff Writer

With a bag of popcorn, some snacks and a Coca-Cola, it feels like going back in time as the beginning credits start to show while a classic, creepy soundt...

March 14No Comments

SRJC’s secret gem opens latest show

SRJC’s secret gem opens latest show

Ruby Zhang, Staff Writer

On the ground floor of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Doyle Library in the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery, the display “Forgotten Words” shows the work of six...

March 14No Comments

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Women of the stars

Women of the stars

Tom Rivas, Features Editor

It’s easy to forget that we live on a planet spinning in outer space. A glance into the evening sky reminds us how small we are, and how much we don’t know about the universe. If...

March 16No Comments

African prints influence new fitness wear

African prints influence new fitness wear

Rachel Genthe, A&E Editor

Fitness apparel is not just for the gym. Women have been on the yoga pants train for quite some time and the trend continues to grow. Fashion icons Kylie Jenner and Kayne West gl...

March 15No Comments

Watch your back or else: Helpful online security tips

Watch your back or else: Helpful online security tips

Tom Rivas, Features Editor

These days, almost everybody owns a device capable of accessing the internet. People are constantly interacting with one another, sharing sensitive information 24/7. Many...

February 28No Comments

The origins of SRJC’s BSU

Olivia Wray, Staff Writer

Current Black Student Union president Bat-el Silimon, an 18-year-old first-year student, is ready to meet people who share the same goal to strive for a better society, starting...

February 28No Comments

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Women’s equality starts with seven

Women’s equality starts with seven

Women’s issues are undeniable. Women aren’t equal and continue to be marginalized politically, economically, culturally and socially. In the United ...

March 14

Fear the unknown: The unwelcoming faces of America

Beatriz Verneaux, A&E Editor

As long as people become entitled to a land, there’s no room for newcomers. Since I emigrated from Brazil, I have been harassed by several demographics...

March 14

May we live in interesting times

May we live in interesting times

Ali Benzerara, Sports Editor

Fake news, alternative facts and presidential Twitter wars. It’s an interesting time to be alive in the United States. As the truth becomes scarce, it’...

March 14

Environmental ignorance: Big Oil controls Trump’s America

Chris Ludlow, Co-News Editor

If the United States is meant to represent liberty, democracy and freedom, then why are private oil corporations able to hold influence on government p...

March 14

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Track and Field season begins to heat up

Ali Benzerara, Sports Editor

The Bear Cubs men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up their fourth invitational meet of the season against Beaver College in Sacramento on March 4. Team members...

March 16No Comments

Nearly Swept: SRJC baseball wins final game in the Sac City Series

Nearly Swept: SRJC baseball wins final game in the Sac City Series

The Santa Rosa Junior College baseball team avoided a devastating three-game sweep by the Sacramento City College Panthers with a 4-1 away win Feb. 11. SRJC lost 7-2 Feb....

March 14No Comments

Rocky day in Rocklin: Softball goes 0-2 in double header against league leader

Rocky day in Rocklin: Softball goes 0-2 in double header against league leader

Luke Straub, Staff Writer

It was a picturesque day for softball on March 11 in Rocklin, California, but Santa Rosa Junior College couldn’t capture a victory. The Bear Cubs struggled with fundamentals...

March 14No Comments

Rugby bulldozes competition

Rugby bulldozes competition

Frank Sumrall, Contributing Editor

Santa Rosa Junior College rugby head coach, Steve Wren, has once again led his squad to a near-perfect season despite the changing roster mirroring a revolving door for student...

March 14No Comments

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