The Oak Leaf

The fall 2019 Oak Leaf staff take a breather from their award-winning newsroom endeavors.

SRJC’s Oak Leaf newspaper wins multiple awards

April 27, 2020

The Oak Leaf News and Oak Leaf Magazine won a lucky 13 state awards, including a first place statewide in Online General Excellence and a first-time award for Magazine General Excellence from three journalism organizations for work students completed in 2019.   ...

2020 Census data will determine federal funding and congressional representation for our state; an undercount could cause the state to lose federal funding for a number of social programs that benefit low-income families and communities of color.

Census 2020: A primer

March 5, 2020

The 2020 U.S. Census is coming up, and it can be difficult to participate in a democracy that you don’t fully understand. This Oak Leaf guide explains the U.S. Census, held every 10 years. What is a census? A census is a count of residents wit...

The San Francisco 49ers' Katie Sowers is the first female to coach in the Super Bowl, taking the field against the Kansas City Chiefs as an offensive assistant.

Why female coaches matter in male professional leagues

February 25, 2020

History was made earlier this year when women made headlines on  coaching staffs in two professional sporting leagues. On Jan. 9, Alyssa Nakken took her place as the first female full-time coach in Major League Baseball, for the San Francisco Giants; o...

Pliny the Younger's 2020 release, in addition to being available at both the brewery's Santa Rosa and Windsor taprooms, offered something new: the coveted beer in bottles available to take home.

Pliny the Younger: Well worth the wait

February 25, 2020

For two weeks every year, the Russian River Brewing Company releases one of the nation’s most sought after beers: Pliny the Younger. This Triple IPA is only available to consume at the brewery’s taprooms, that is, until this year. After 16 years of br...

“Birds of Prey”: A comic book movie made by and for women

February 11, 2020

“Birds of Prey” is a visually stunning thrill ride that revitalizes the comic book genre with kinetic and captivating fight scenes, inclusive and innovative political views and a killer soundtrack featuring mostly female artists.  Cathy Yan’s sec...

The novel coronavirus is a zoonotic virus originating in animals. The virus is believed to have been transmitted to humans at an open-air market in China towards the end of 2019. Sonoma County Department of Health and SRJC Student Health Services are advising precautions despite the

Risk of coronavirus spread low in California among seven confirmed cases

February 11, 2020

Sonoma County Department of Health (SCDH) officials said Feb. 5 that the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in California is low, while SRJC Student Health Services (SHS) continue to monitor the situation. There are 13 confirmed cases in the US, seven of which are in California: two...

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho won big at the 2020 Academy Awards, with his film

The Oscars: More than an awards show

February 11, 2020

When I think of my childhood, one thing that comes to mind is the Oscars.  Growing up, I would watch them while crammed on the couch with my mom. She loves movies. When I was younger, the famous actors and their pretty dresses fascinated me. As I got old...

I’ve been a Swiftie for most of my life, and I loved “Miss Americana”

February 5, 2020

Miss Americana herself, Taylor Swift, is the subject of a highly anticipated documentary that premiered Jan. 31 in theaters and on Netflix.  The documentary premiered at Sundance on Jan. 23, but came out on Netflix Jan. 31. It gives fans a look at S...

An SRJC student with a sparkling Guayaki relaxes along the fences of the Analy village on Jan 28.

Is caffeine the new water?

February 5, 2020

Tired eyes. Headache. Mental fogginess.  These are only some of the things that students feel daily because of the flurry of homework and exams combined with having a social life, resulting in high stress and little sleep.  Fortunately, there’s...

Protesters hold a sign toward police on the other side of Stony Point Road. No one is sure what the future holds for the residents of the Joe Rodota Trail, but the county is certain they will be gone from that specific location by Jan. 31.

Planned removal of homeless on Joe Rodota Trail delayed

January 29, 2020

Protesters from the North Bay Socialists of America coupled with Sonoma County bureaucracy and the realities on the trail brought plans to remove residents of the Joe Rodota Trail Jan. 29 to a screeching halt.  When armed officers of the Santa Rosa Police...

After Bailey showed up on Nikki's doorstep in Nebraska, the two moved to California and now live on the Joe Rodota Trail.

Owning a house pet — without the house

January 29, 2020

Nikki and Bailey have known each other for four years, and they are best friends. Bailey showed up on Nikki’s doorstep while she was living in the Midwest, and Nikki has taken care of her ever since. After moving in together, they road-tripped cross country...

A two-story structure on the trail has taken its resident months to perfect.

Carefully Constructed: Trail residents build meaning into their shelters

January 29, 2020

On the Joe Rodota trail, a strong shelter makes all the difference in the world. In Sonoma County’s largest unofficial homeless encampment, there are dozens of different styles of shelter. Though the primary goal is to build a safe and comfortable st...

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