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Women’s equality starts with seven

Women’s equality starts with seven

March 14

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

Fear the unknown: The unwelcoming faces of America

Beatriz Verneaux, A&E Editor

March 14

Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

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 in this country. Recently, a coworker asked me what is the difference between racism and xenophobia. Not too long after that, a Swedish coworker received a comment on his social media telling him to go back to his country,...

May we live in interesting times

May we live in interesting times

March 14

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’...

Environmental ignorance: Big Oil controls Trump’s America

Chris Ludlow, Co-News Editor

March 14

Filed under Opinion

If the United States is meant to represent liberty, democracy and freedom, then why are private oil corporations able to hold influence on government positions of power? In the century since climate change was theorized in 1896, very little has been done to reverse the harmful effects humanity has inflicted on the planet despite recent advances in renewable energy and clean tran...

Behind the Wheel: Working for Uber and Lyft

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Photographer

February 28

Filed under Opinion

A few semesters ago, I saw a booth on campus offering free cell phone chargers and wristbands in exchange for learning about a new ride-sharing app. The presenters were also trying to get students to sign up to be Uber drivers, talking about the advantages of being your own boss and earning your own wages. This was my introduction to the on-demand, freelance micro-economy. It...

Quit your day job

Quit your day job

February 28

It doesn’t matter if you've never cared about politics in the past. It doesn't matter if this your first time voting. It doesn’t matter if you're...

Self love: A guide to spending Valentine’s Day alone

Molly Scott, Contributing Columnist

February 14

Filed under Opinion

Valentine’s Day. A holiday that is both dreaded and adored comes around again, causing emotions ranging from anxiety to hope and love. When some hear those words they cackle like a giddy fifth-grade girl. For others, well let’s just say it’s another type of seasonal affective disorder. For a day so focused on loving others, how about some talk on self-love, especially...

Transferring woes: Miscommunication between counselors equals confusion for students

Olivia Wray, Staff Writer

February 7

Filed under Opinion

Every student has a different background, story and pathway. Those who graduated from high school and immediately attended a four-year university typically have their educational goals figured out. Those of us here at Santa Rosa Junior College often have many interesting stories about why we are here. I am one of those students who started in junior college because I did...

Editorial: Divided states of America

Editorial: Divided states of America

February 7

Intolerance is the greatest threat facing our country. Violent protests broke out in Berkeley Feb. 1 forcing Milo Yiannopoulos to cancel his planned...

The “Black Friday” experiment

Erin George, Web Editor

December 15

Filed under Opinion

Thanksgiving is a time to give, to be grateful and spend the beginning of the holiday season with loved ones. Not anymore it seems. I decided to do an experiment: Go to the mall at 6 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving when doors open on Black Friday and subject myself to the masses of crowds that runneth over for 50 percent off a frying pan. I have never wanted, nor needed...

Just the tip: Let me be me

Carin McKenna Huber, Opinion Editor

December 15

Filed under Opinion

  The holiday season is stressful, especially when you’re young. It seems every member of your family has expectations of you: “How’s that job search going?” “When are you planning on getting married?” “You’ve put on a few pounds - should you be having seconds?” They mean well, and their comments are coming from a place of love, but that doesn’t...

Rethink the vote

Tommy Dennen, Staff Writer

December 15

Filed under Opinion

Santa Rosa Junior College is an institution of nearly 28,000 students currently taking a plethora of different majors. The college gives people of Sonoma County the opportunity to attain affordable associates degrees and certificates for trades, attend classes to transfer to a four-year university and much more. SRJC interacts with the surround in so many different ways, making...

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