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How sleep deprivation impacts SRJC students

How sleep deprivation impacts SRJC students

Jesse Kapukui and Kyle Jordan

April 30, 2019


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Life as a Santa Rosa Junior College student lends itself to sleepless nights. Lacking enough time to fulfill daily obligations at school and work can leave you feeling like you have no other option but to sacrifice your rest. According to a 2019 Washington Post article, sleep researchers at Harvard Medical S...

Political science and pizza margherita: SRJC Study Abroad Program

Political science and pizza margherita: SRJC Study Abroad Program

Riley Palmer, Staff Writer

April 26, 2019


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Cross international waters. Stroll down cobblestone pathways at dusk. Clink wine glasses as your eyes wander onto the Ponte Vecchio while the sun takes its final bow. Many college students see international travel as an item on their post-education bucket list, but for Santa Rosa Junior College st...

Financial aid is accessible and available

Financial aid is accessible and available

Leslie M. Levy, Staff Writer

April 21, 2019


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Santa Rosa Junior College recently overhauled its financial aid website, complete with the new Financial Aid Television (FATV) video library and Rosco the chatbot. From checklists to application preparation to information for veterans and undocumented students, the new website more accessible and si...

CBD: A natural remedy for today’s ills?

CBD: A natural remedy for today’s ills?

Mark Fernquest and Michaella Peake

April 3, 2019


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Anxiety. Insomnia. Depression. Headaches. As the pressures of survival in present day Sonoma County mount for local students, so, too, do the health consequences. For some students, the negative effects of stress can lead to the abuse of alcohol and recreational drugs. For others, it results in exp...

An SRJC art history instructor’s new novel explores 1960s Chicago

An SRJC art history instructor’s new novel explores 1960s Chicago

Zane Zinkl, Staff Writer

March 24, 2019


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Mark Wilson, an adjunct art history instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, recently published the novel “South Side Story,” his sixth work and first foray into fiction. The novel, available on Amazon Kindle, centers on the story of a young teen navigating through personal struggles in Chica...

Adjunct instructors make big sacrifices to deliver students an education

Adjunct instructors make big sacrifices to deliver students an education

Marilyn Santos, Staff Writer

March 14, 2019


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John Smith, a Santa Rosa Junior College mathematics instructor, is a “Freeway Flyer.” He is an adjunct professor who teaches at not one, but three colleges each semester — SRJC, Diablo Valley College and Solano Community College — all while living in San Francisco. It’s his dreaded daily co...

Elliott Avenue’s Garden Makeover

Elliott Avenue’s Garden Makeover

Riley Palmer, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019


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For Santa Rosa Junior College students, walking down Elliott Avenue isn’t exactly a scenic path. Overgrown weeds, invasive shrubbery and brittle blades of yellow grass grimace at students meandering between classes. Not only are the front yards of these SRJC-owned faculty houses unpleasant, the...

“Miss Sonoma County: it’s not a pageant, it’s a scholarship program

“Miss Sonoma County: it’s not a pageant, it’s a scholarship program

Grace Evans and Kristina Schmuhl

March 2, 2019


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The Miss America and Miss Sonoma County competitions are Scholarship Programs first-- and in a decision that has pleased some and disappointed others, they have just gotten rid of their swimsuit contest to make that more clear. At the national level, the changes came after a 2018 email scandal that f...

Miss Sonoma County profile: Daniela Rodas

Miss Sonoma County profile: Daniela Rodas

Aria Quinn, Features Editor

March 2, 2019


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Watching Sonoma County residents come together during the fires inspired Santa Rosa Junior College third-year student Daniela Rodas to run for Miss Sonoma County and advocate for volunteering locally.   Originally from Novato, the 20-year-old anthropology major felt more empowered and encouraged...

Miss Sonoma County profile: Lyndsey Burcina

Miss Sonoma County profile: Lyndsey Burcina

Aria Quinn, Features Editor

March 2, 2019


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Lyndsey Burcina celebrated her 19th birthday the day before she competes in this year’s Miss Sonoma County competition. The young politician hopes to bring awareness to creating a safe school climate by reducing bullying.   Burcina is majoring in political science at Santa Rosa Junior College...

Miss Sonoma County profile: Elita Damron

Miss Sonoma County profile: Elita Damron

Aria Quinn, Features Editor

March 2, 2019


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Santa Rosa Junior College sophomore Elita Damron believes she has what it takes to become Miss Sonoma County. She’s personally invested in her platform and is a successful student despite any adversity she's faced. The 19-year-old mathematics major was born in China, adopted as a toddler, and has liv...

5 unknown benefits of the SRJC libraries

5 unknown benefits of the SRJC libraries

Kaila Cotherman-Bohler, Co-Web and Social Media editor

February 23, 2019


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A student will spend most of their college career studying outside of class, and the best place to study without distraction is the library. Of course Santa Rosa Junior College’s libraries offer a quiet space for students to study, but they also provide valuable resources to help students make ...

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