The Oak Leaf

SRJC Philosophy instructor searches for music of the soul

Craig Couden, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2011


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SRJC Philosophy Professor Joel Rudinow combines the seriousness of academia with the self-expression embodied in the traditions of American pop culture. In a guest lecture Feb. 23, Rudinow presented his new book, "Soul Music: From Plato to Motown," which explores the relationship between the traditio...

Theatre Arts stresses “Importance” of being “Wilde” in classic play

Craig Couden, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2011


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For a play written in 1895 by a dead white guy, the humor and farce of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" still resonate with audiences today. SRJC Theatre Arts department plans to highlight Wilde's absurdist treatment of Victorian values with its new production of the popular play, op...

Circus dreams in the digital age

Michael Shufro, Staff Writer

February 28, 2011


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Whoever you are, digital culture in some way shapes the world you're in and how you see it. When cell phones, television and computers filter every human thing imaginable, how much we experience untouched by technology becomes a complicated question. Do we all see the human imagination, the wellspring...

Does online dating work?

Craig Couden, C0-Editor-in-Chief

February 9, 2011


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Hi, my name's Craig. I'm an English student and I work for a catering company on the side. Ultimately, I'd like to get into book editing, and I'm trying to do anything that I can to get experience, including co-editing the SRJC school newspaper, interning with a book publisher and dabbling in a little ...

Seven great ideas and one terrible idea for singles this Valentine’s Day

Craig Couden, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2011


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1. Watch the least romantic movie possible - Get away from all that lovey-dovey nonsense with a straight-up action or horror movie. Dollar for dollar, it's hard to beat the powerhouse of action movie giants in "The Expendables." Dolph Lundgren AND Sylvester Stallone in one movie! 2. Watch the most ...

Top five best and worst date DVDs

Craig Couden, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2011


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Top five best date DVDs 1. "Sleepless in Seattle" - For a movie where the leads rarely share screen time, it's hard to deny the charm of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan together. Just ignore the stalker premise. 2. "Amélie" - Show some class with this French charmer about a quirky Parisian girl who finds...

Ten inexpensive ideas for Valentine’s Day

Olivia Smith, Contributing Writer

February 7, 2011


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  Valentine's Day is right around the corner! How can you make this Valentine's Day awesome and memorable without having to spend a ton? Read on. 1. Pack some BBQ supplies and a bottle of wine (if you're of age) and go camping! What's more romantic than sitting by a fire and talking about senti...

History and environment highlight “Printmaking” show

Quinn Conklin, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 4, 2011


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"Prints by Northwest Artists" opened Friday afternoon at the SRJC art gallery located on the first floor of the Frank P. Doyle Library. This show, subtitled "Significant Impressions in Printmaking from Oregon, Washington and Montana," drew a crowd of about 40 art teachers, art students and art love...

What is MLG?

Jeremy Hoskins, Contributing Writer

February 4, 2011


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David Walsh and his team, Final Boss, make $60,000 each year for playing videogames. This is no game of luck, all of the players who compete in Major League Gaming, rely on hours of practice and pure skill. Competitive play has existed since the beginning of the videogame era, but Major League Gami...

Review: SRJC’s “Voice of the Prairie” enthralls with turn of the century magic

Heather Frendo, Staff Writer

February 4, 2011


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I'm not going to lie. I wasn't excited about "The Voice of the Prairie" at first. Knowing little about it, I read the synopsis which basically described it as a down home folk tale complete with live blue grass music. Honestly, the promise of folk tales and Blue Grass together at any one time make me ...

Cinema series connects students with filmmakers

Lee Sandwina, Staff Writer

February 4, 2011


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Foreign, classic and new independent films featuring several guest filmmakers and Oscar nominees take over Carole L. Ellis Auditorium Wednesday nights at the SRJC Petaluma campus in the Petaluma Film Alliance's (PFA) fourth Cinema Series season. The first month of the 15-week season is aimed at developi...

Film explores hate and hope

Quinn Conklin, Opinion Editor

December 7, 2010


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More than 150 people turned out in the rain and cold for the Napa Valley premiere of Michael Ramsdell's, "The Anatomy of Hate, a Dialog for Hope" on Thursday night. This documentary looks at the sources of hate, the manipulation of the fear response in humans and people who have overcome fear to ident...

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