A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

Staff Profile
Nick Vides

Nick Vides

2020-2021, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Spring 2021, Spring 2022

Nicholas “Nick” Vides (he/him) is majoring in photojournalism. He is a seasoned breaking news reporter dedicated to making sure every shutter click of his camera captures a moment worth sharing. Nick's itch for chasing fires has kept him busy over the past five years, covering every major fire event...

May 17, 2022
Jared Huffman, left, and Mike Thompson have both won their respected congressional districts.

The Oak Leaf election blog: November 2022 edition

Oak Leaf Staff November 8, 2022

California Ballot Proposition status with 35 days left until the results will be certified, Dec. 16, according to the California Secretary of State’s website. Prop 1- Abortion Rights Yes 64.7%...

Running Back Adrian Torres hurdles an American River defender on a 44-yard kickoff return to potentially set up the Bear Cubs for a game-winning drive on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 in Santa Rosa.

Bear Cubs lose nail-biter against American River College

Christian Vieyra, Sports Editor October 29, 2022

The Santa Rosa Junior College football team lost a heartbreaker to American River 16-15 after giving up a last-minute touchdown. With four minutes left to play, the Bear Cubs possessed a 15-10 lead...

Bob Tasca III celebrates his victory at the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday July 24, 2022.

Tasca III topples Hight, John Force in finals; Brittany Force nabs first Sonoma win

Nick Vides, Photographer July 25, 2022

It was a series of firsts Sunday afternoon as all four winners in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle picked up their first Sonoma wins. Bob Tasca III had a challenging path...

Funny Car Driver Robert Hight qualifies for first in his category at the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Saturday July 23, 2022.

Hight spoils near-historic all-female qualifying sweep at Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Nick Vides, Photographer July 23, 2022

The Sears Point hills roared back to life as the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returned to Sonoma Raceway July 22. The cold and breezy conditions helped Funny Car driver Robert Hight secure...

With the overwhelmingly positive reception of his short film Under the Lights, former Santa Rosa Junior College student Miles Levin has his sights set on a feature-length production.

Big screen Bear Cubs: Four SRJC alumni producing feature length films

Aryk Copley, Photographer May 25, 2022

Former Santa Rosa Junior College student and lifelong epileptic Miles Levin is using his filmmaking talents to bring awareness and representation to the epilepsy community. With the success of his recent...

Bear Cubs infielder Noah Rabin celebrates his three-run homerun in the bottom of the 1st against the Sierra College Wolverines at Cook Sypher Field in Santa Rosa, Calif., March 8, 2022.

SRJC baseball routs Sierra College 10-4

Tony Moeckel, Reporter March 8, 2022

SRJC Bear Cubs baseball snapped its losing streak with an explosive first two innings that garnered 8 runs in a 10-4 victory over Sierra College on March 8 at Cook Sypher Field. Sierra College starting...

A beige and brown sign reads Welcome to Sebastopol and features blue and yellow ribbons next to Chihirin, Ukraine, one of Sebastopols two sister cities.

Students and instructors react in wake of Russia’s unprovoked attack

Ava Domenichelli, Reporter March 3, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College students and instructors are fearful and frustrated after Russia invaded Ukraine Feb. 24.  A mixture of confusion and anxiety crossed the campus as students questioned the...

The Oak Leaf staff, pictured here with Santa Rosa Junior College President Dr. Frank Chong (center, blue sweater), won two on-the-spot awards and 12 publication awards at the 2021 JACC Virtual Fall Conference Nov. 5–7.

The Oak Leaf brings home 14 JACC awards

James Domizio, Managing Editor November 18, 2021

The Oak Leaf won 14 awards including first place in three categories and second place in two on-the-spot contests at the Journalism Association of Community College’s 2021 Virtual Fall Conference Nov....

A woman sits behind a safety monitor check-in station in a white tent

Check-in checkup: SRJC students and staff react to first weeks of vaccine mandate

James Domizio, Alex Fuller, and The Oak Leaf Staff November 1, 2021

The first two weeks of Santa Rosa Junior College’s in-person coronavirus vaccination mandate were largely a success, despite some technical difficulties and the occasional angry student. “Overall,...

The Oak Leaf adds national syndication to its list of accomplishments after the work of current and former Oak Leafers Lauren Spates, Maritza Camacho, Nick Vides and Rebecca Bell was recognized by NPR.

The Oak Leaf’s “Chronic Catastrophe” podcast picked up by NPR

Cass Stewart, Editor October 24, 2021

NPR recognized the work of four Santa Rosa Junior College journalists by publishing their podcast “Chronic Catastrophe” to NPR.org Monday, making it The Oak Leaf’s first nationally syndicated podcast. Current...

This Oak Leaf explainer will catch you up on SRJCs new vaccine mandate, how to get a CLEARED4 access pass and changes in campus attendance coming this October.

Everything you need to know about SRJC’s vaccine mandate and CLEARED4 access passes

James Domizio, Managing Editor October 11, 2021

Starting Oct. 18, Santa Rosa Junior College will require all students taking in-person classes to obtain virtual CLEARED4 access passes confirming their coronavirus vaccination or negative test status...

Chronic Catastrophe: Episode 3, The Spirit

Chronic Catastrophe: Episode 3, The Spirit

Part 3: The Spirit Episode 3 examines how losing everything — or packing and preparing to lose it all — affects the spirit and identities of individuals, families and the community. In this episode,...

Chronic Catastrophe: A California Humanities + The Oak Leaf production

“Chronic Catastrophe”: A California Humanities + The Oak Leaf production

The Podcast Chronic Catastrophe is an NPR-syndicated four-episode podcast about the impacts of cumulative climate change-induced disasters on our minds, bodies and spirits. Ultimately, we ask the question:...

A slide from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges 2021 spring awards ceremony in which The Oak Leaf won the Online General Excellence award.

The Oak Leaf wins 16 awards for 2020 work

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief April 2, 2021

The Oak Leaf won 14 state awards and two national awards, including first place in two publication categories and two on-the-spot contests at the Connect2021 Spring National College Media Convention March...

For every click on this article, I will take a bite out of my hat!

For every click on this article, I will take a bite out of my hat!

Nick Vides and Tucker Lang April 1, 2021

Yes, this may read as if it is a click-bait article, and if you thought that, you are correct.  As former Editor-in-Chief Zane Zinkl's “Top 10 cigarettes I smoked in Europe” hits over 93,000 views,...

Rep. Mike Thompsons remarks on mob at U.S. Capitol

Rep. Mike Thompson’s remarks on mob at U.S. Capitol

Nick Vides, Editor-in-Chief January 6, 2021

Editor-in-Chief Nick Vides interviews Congressman Mike Thompson (D-5) about the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol today at the behest of President Trump.

The Oak Leaf Editorial Board Predicts Joe Biden winning 284-254.

The Oak Leaf election blog 2020

Oak Leaf Staff November 3, 2020

This is The Oak Leaf Editorial Board's rolling coverage of election night 2020. Check here for updates. 9:13 a.m. Saturday Vice President Joseph R. Biden crossed the 270-vote threshold to beat President...

Debris of a house that once stood on the 5800 block of Mountain Hawk Road in Santa Rosa.

Glass Incident Fire forces SRJC closure through Friday

Oak Leaf Staff September 28, 2020

4:50 p.m. Thursday As the Glass Fire continues to rage in Sonoma and Napa counties, residents are urged to stay prepared for evacuation. A lot of students feel anxious, triggered from past fires...

Father Alvin Villaruel of the St. Francis Solano Catholic Church in Sonoma performs a special mass in the time of a pandemic that was suggested by the Order of the United States Catholic Bishops.

A valley of faith in the pandemic

Nick Vides, Staff Writer May 14, 2020

It’s a quiet church with empty pews. Father Alvin Villaruel sets up his laptop camera and lights with the help of his aide. He logs into Facebook and starts the stream. It is time for Mass to begin....

Truist Park home of the Atlanta Braves is one of the many stadiums across the country that sit empty thanks to fallout from the novel coronavirus.

“Tired of rewatching old games”: Life without sports

Kayla Beaton, Sports Writer April 22, 2020

The pre-game excitement, anticipated strategies, roaring and booing crowds, play-by-play commentary and high-fiving players is what watching sports competitions is all about. Like most of the world, I...

Governor Gavin Newsom announced Sunday afternoon a call for bars, wineries, and brewpubs to close, and restaurants to cut occupancy in half in response to the coronavirus outbreak, as Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt confirmed the countys first locally spread case.

“The Invisible Fire”: Life during the coronavirus pandemic

The Oak Leaf Staff March 15, 2020

The following musings from The Oak Leaf staff describe life in Sonoma County during the coronavirus outbreak. Check back for rolling updates. Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:30 p.m. Kayla Beaton: I...

Santa Rosa Junior College students received notices for class cancellation in response to Coronavirus beginning Thursday at 5 p.m via email and text.

Coronavirus and SRJC: Continued Updates

Oak Leaf Staff March 12, 2020

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) announced Thursday the remainder of the 2020...

Abrea Tillman, Santa Rosa Junior College Student Wine Club president and student body president-elect, is excited that a new wave of vitculture and oenology students are changing the approach to wine making.

New vibes, same vines: How young wine aficionados are revamping a traditional industry

Nick Vides, Reporter May 17, 2022

While breweries up the hops and booze companies add carbonation to appeal to a younger crowd, Sonoma County winemakers aren’t doctoring their wine to appeal to younger drinkers. They’re banking on...

Softie is a revolutionary documentary about Kenyan photojournalist Boniface Mwangi and his subsequent turns as an activist and political candidate.

“Softie”: A film all hopeful activists must watch

Liam Vinueza, Staff Writer December 8, 2020

For all those hopeful activists longing for change, in a year where our current systems are being questioned, one need not look further than Sam Soko’s documentary “Softie.” In collaboration with...

SRJC Umoja and Student Success program cordinator, Byron Reaves, explains the deep connections between hip-hop and the voice of black America in his presentation It Was All a Dream, Tuesday afternoon in the Bertolini Student Center.

Hip-hop: the 21st century vehicle of the black voice

Lenita Marie Johnson and Luke Morrow March 3, 2019

A Santa Rosa Junior College Umoja coordinator captured the attention of a packed house while he passionately engaged them during a Black History Month presentation where he spoke about the rebellious and...

Pedro Avila, SRJCs new vice president of student services.

New Kid in Town: Santa Rosa Junior College names VP of student services

Tom Rivas, Features Editor April 25, 2017

New student services director inspires first generation students Pedro Avila, Santa Rosa Junior College’s newly appointed assistant superintendent and vice president of student services, is proof...

Half of the Santa Rosa Junior College interviewees said experiencing were not an important part of the college experience.

Community vs. four-year colleges: Realities and impressions of college life

Michael Tran, Contributing Writer December 8, 2015

The music is so loud you can’t hear yourself think. Not that it matters because the room is a blur and the sounds aren’t arranged in chronological order. Dozens of people surround you, constantly bumping...

Student Senate gears up for SRJC elections

Luke Heslip, Assistant Opinion Editor April 7, 2015

Election preparations and drafting of a new student constitution dominated the agenda of the Santa Rosa Junior College Associated Students Senate’s March sessions.  The April 20-24 elections determine...

The Gramercy Trio earns standing O

The Gramercy Trio earns standing O

Drue Dunn October 16, 2013

The Gramercy Trio set a high standard as the Santa Rosa Junior College Chamber Concert Series kicked off Oct.11in Petaluma.Ellis Auditorium: Three-quarters full of distinguished patrons who murmur amongst...

Craft beer enthusiasts crowd the bar as Heritage staff take orders from the 24 rotating California breweries on tap, mapped on the wall at left.

Establishing Heritage: Gastropub Brews Up Faithful Following

Andrew McQuiddy, Features Editor May 13, 2013

The D’Argenzio family believes in heritage right down to the roots and that extends to their latest project, the Heritage Public House. “You can come down here, have a beer and a meal with a friend...

SRJC signs Talloires Declaration

Jerome Janairo, News Editor April 24, 2011

SRJC president Dr. Robert Agrella signed the Talloires Declaration at this year's SRJC celebration of Earth Day, committing the college to operate in an environmentally sustainable fashion. April 20 was...

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