Confederate flag: One nation under racism

Catherine Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Without a doubt we take the American flag very seriously. There’s a reason why there are  rules to guide the display and care of the flag. It’s not because it is a piece of cloth, but rather the values and beliefs it represents. ... Read more »

Make or break life changing moments

Make or break life changing moments

Haley Elizabeth Bollinger, A&E Editor
February 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion

I woke up midafternoon at Azure Acres, an old hunting lodge turned into a rehabilitation center, hidden in the serene nature of Sebastopol. It was March of 2008.  I was 19. “OH f--k,” I cursed.  I sat numb all morning in a single room looking out into the forest... Read more »

Sinister leanings: The plight and glory of the southpaw

Sinister leanings: The plight and glory of the southpaw

Luke Heslip, Staff Writer
February 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Persecuted for centuries and widely suppressed until this day, the left-handed have displayed remarkable fortitude and brilliance throughout our history. Counting the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and Alexander the Great among our... Read more »

Editorial Feb. 23

Editorial Feb. 23

February 24, 2015
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Last semester the Oak Leaf class interviewed Santa Rosa Junior College president Dr. Frank Chong about his life and issues of the day. It was an open-ended interview in which Dr. Chong took time to tell us about his experience as an Asian American in a position of power. He also spoke about... Read more »

Texting and driving: Consequences that kill

DeAnna Hettinger, Staff Writer
February 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion

I have no patience for texting and driving. Period. I am not immune to the temptation, but I immediately tell myself, “NO,” and do so out loud. Always ask yourself before you get behind the wheel and begin texting, “What is so damn important that I am willing to... Read more »

Syriza’s victory signals new future for Greece

Syriza’s victory signals new future for Greece

Luke Heslip, Staff Writer
February 10, 2015
Filed under Opinion

The political landscape of the eurozone shifted on Jan. 25 when the anti-austerity party Syriza seized the majority position in the Greek Parliament. The reform-oriented Leftist party rose on a wave of populist resentment over Greece’s harsh bailout terms exerted by its... Read more »

Bugaboos, creepers, stalkers and scrubs

Domanique Crawford, Opinion Editor
February 10, 2015
Filed under Opinion

My spidey senses are tingling. The hairs on my neck begin to rise. My palms start to sweat and I can feel the intensity of eyes burning into my back. At first, I feel paranoid.  A casual... Read more »

Editorial Feb. 9

Editorial Feb. 9

February 10, 2015
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Proposed legislation could require all college students in California to receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination in 2017. Of the 103 measles cases to hit California during the 2014/15 outbreak, three are college students in Southern... Read more »

Gotta get out of here ASAP

Estefany Gonzalez, Features Editor
February 10, 2015
Filed under Opinion

In the classroom five days a week, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. One instructor per 30 students and a 35-minute lunch break. Public education is largely uniform for American students. This format may work for a large portion of Santa Rosa Junior College students, but this was not... Read more »

Editorial Jan. 26

Editorial Jan. 26

January 26, 2015
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Santa Rosa Junior College students responded to evangelical Christian radicals Jan. 15 with a small counter-protest, echoing an international debate about the interaction between free speech and religious extremism. Evangelical Christian radicals from the group ‘Cry to God’ arrived on the SRJC... Read more »

Caregiver career chronically underpaid

DeAnna Hettinger, Staff Writer
January 26, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

In-home caregiving is a rapidly expanding industry and one of the fastest-growing occupations in Sonoma County. This increase is due partly to the large percentage of the retirement age population. Demographically, Sonoma County is a popular destination for many seniors and boasts an abundance... Read more »

To be or not to be Charlie: A question of freedom of speech

To be or not to be Charlie: A question of freedom of speech

Anne-Elisabeth Cavarec, Staff Writer
January 26, 2015
Filed under Opinion

A corridor of blood leads to the newsroom of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. There, on Jan. 7, 2015, in the heart of Paris, the deafening noise of Kalashnikovs blasts preceded the silence of the deaths. The victims were Charb, Cabu, Honoré, Wolinski and Tignous. They were killed for being... Read more »