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Donald Laird of SRJC's Computer Studies department testing the new college drone out.

Ready for take off

April 4, 2017

Donald Laird, chair of Santa Rosa Junior College’s computer studies department, specializes in teaching what he likes to call “the fun stuff”—3D printing, social media, photoshop, and soon, a new course for fall 2017 on piloting drones. Yes, drones. Laird...

The origins of SRJC’s BSU

Olivia Wray, Staff Writer

February 28, 2017

Current Black Student Union president Bat-el Silimon, an 18-year-old first-year student, is ready to meet people who share the same goal to strive for a better society, starting with black students on the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College. The BSU was founded by former student Damion Square, who was determined to start the club because of the lack of black culture and awareness at SRJC. Now Silimon is dedicated to coordinating events for the SRJC and organizing meetings,...

de Los Angeles' boldly colored artwork brings awareness to situations many immigrants experience.

Take a second glance

February 7, 2017

Take a second glance by The Oak Leaf News on Exposure The year is starting off in a way that’s keeping the people of America on their toes. In our current divisive political climate, Maria de Los Angeles, a Santa Rosa Junior College alumna now livi...

Snip, cut and decorate your own paper ornaments.

DIY holidays

December 15, 2016

In this issues center spread we laid out for you a number of craft projects to make your holidays all the more magical. Check out our digital issue at  to see the projects...

Sculptors Christy Lucas and Greer Upton won a design competition to place their work, “Umbrella Tree,” in the play yard at SRJC’s Call Child Development Center.  It’s painted with dichroic paint, which shimmers and shifts colors in natural light.

Art among the oaks: Public installations on campus

September 29, 2016

Santa Rosa Junior College is home not only to an exuberant student body but a surprisingly vast art collection.  Roaming the campus, you may have already spotted a cleverly placed art piece here or a sculpture there, without realizing that those works h...

Bring up your grades; put down the phone

Bring up your grades; put down the phone

May 17, 2016

Headphones on, cell phone by her side. As she works on her essay, she has several tabs open, including Facebook. Not a minute goes by after she starts writing before she picks up her cell phone. It beeps with a notification. She purposely puts the phone f...

Finals week survival guide

Finals week survival guide

May 17, 2016

Her eyes slowly open. She realizes her alarm hasn’t gone off. She flies out of bed with her study guides sliding off her. No time to brush her teeth or eat breakfast as she trips down the stairs and out the door. Santa Rosa Junior College student ...

Mannequins in SRJC fashion department classroom shows off the artwork of students both past and present.

Stitching with style

April 25, 2016

Buttons, bustles and bustier. Clothing construction can seem impossible when looking at something off the rack. Instructors at Santa Rosa Junior College show that making clothes isn’t as hard as it “seams.” The instructors teach students that...

Meet the Candidates

Meet the Candidates

April 12, 2016

As the momentous 2016 presidential elections rapidly approach, Santa Rosa Junior College students can start exercising their constitutional rights to vote in the college’s spring student elections April 18-22. Billy Oertel, SRJC elections coordinator, sa...

Brian Antonson works and instructs students during an onsite shoot for his introduction to filmmaking class.

Brian Antonson: media instructor’s life behind the camera

March 7, 2016

Nudists walking around in broad daylight, Jersey Shore cast members getting their spray tan on and spirits lurking in the distance. What do they all have in common? They were all filmed by cinematographer Brian Antonson. From filming TV series like...

I love feeling and being strong,” says Gigi Disidoro as she flexes on campus in between classes at SRJC.

Witness Fitness

February 23, 2016

The alarm went off at 5 a.m. Tired, Gigi “Muscles” Disidoro got up and grabbed her bag to head to the gym for her early morning workout before sunrise. Waking up in the morning to go to the gym may not sound appealing to some Santa Rosa Junior College...

An SRJC student takes a break from  taking notes  to look  for  potential love matches during a classroom lecture.

Love in the millennial age

February 7, 2016

Love at first swipe. Meeting in plain sight. With an abundance of phone applications, dating websites and social stigma about commitment, Santa Rosa Junior College students are swiping away during class or meeting love matches in person and rethinking ...

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