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Step into the daylight and let it go: Title IX sheds light on the realities for sexual assault survivors

Step into the daylight and let it go: Title IX sheds light on the realities for sexual assault survivors

Dakota McGranahan, Managing Editor

May 16, 2019

Silence blankets a packed Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. Backstage, a nervous Rhiannon Jones prepares to recite her platform statement for the Miss Sonoma County competition. She stands, closes her eyes and collects her thoughts. The click-clack of her heels echoes as she approaches...

Go! Fight! Win! With Dori Elder

Go! Fight! Win! With Dori Elder

Jose Gonzalez, Multimedia Editor

May 15, 2019

Trust, stability and high expectations: Dori Elder plans to bring all three to the Santa Rosa Junior College cheerleading team. Elder is the new Bear Cubs cheer coach. She has 19 years’ coaching experience, from Pop Warner to high school teams around Sonoma County, including Analy and Casa Grande...

Resistance: Now and forever

Resistance: Now and forever

Zane Zinkl, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

It’s hard to imagine Laure Reichek, now a little old lady, weaving down the winding roads of Chateaumeillant, through the idyllic French countryside with a bicycle and a revolver. It’s harder to imagine the order she carried with her: put the barrel in her mouth and pull the trigger should she be...

This is my home: Three SRJC students share what it means to be undocumented

This is my home: Three SRJC students share what it means to be undocumented

Luke W. Morrow, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

A fractured identity. Unable to travel freely. Feeling unwelcome in the place they’ve made home. Such are the circumstances for millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. in search of a better life — and for three Santa Rosa Junior College students who immigrated from Mexico as todd...

How sleep deprivation impacts SRJC students

How sleep deprivation impacts SRJC students

Jesse Kapukui and Kyle Jordan

April 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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