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Noble Folks: Entrepreneurs invest in their community through baked goods and good deeds

Noble Folks: Entrepreneurs invest in their community through baked goods and good deeds

Abraham Fuentes, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


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Ozzy Jimenez and Christian Sullberg started their first business in 2011 when they were in their early 20s and have since opened three more Sonoma County-based establishments. Their first was Moustache Baked Goods on Healdsburg Avenue; now they also own and run Pastry Annex, a Noble Folk location...

From Germany to the JC

From Germany to the JC

Edgar Soria Garcia and Abraham Fuentes

December 13, 2018


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International students come from all over the world to further their education at Santa Rosa Junior College, but the learning curve isn’t limited to the classroom; customs and culture vary greatly between countries. Juliane Riegel, 23, from Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany, is part of the SRJC Internation...

Open borders, open minds: SRJC welcomes international students

Open borders, open minds: SRJC welcomes international students

Jose Gonzalez and David Sekiranda

December 13, 2018


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It was the early ‘80s when Santa Rosa Junior College opened up to the international community, but it wasn’t until 2014 that outreach efforts gained momentum. When SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong took office, the school had about 50 international students who had found their way here by word-of-m...

Turning over a new leaf

Turning over a new leaf

Seamus Reed, News Editor

December 13, 2018


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Jane Saldaña-Talley begins every morning with meditation. Using a phone app, she dedicates part of her morning routine to collecting her thoughts and finding peace. Meditation allows her to be more present in the moment and furthers her ability to listen. She’s committed to the ritual and believes her con...

Finding tranquility in chaos

Finding tranquility in chaos

Lauren A. Spates, Features Editor

December 13, 2018


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He flips down his welding helmet and focuses on the task at hand. The air around him feels thick, the heat in the classroom oppressive from his latest assignment. He lights his torch and watches a flame dance from its tip, a flame he’ll use to melt multiple metals during his latest welding class. B...

Lifelong lessons in learning

Lifelong lessons in learning

Jordan, Allums

December 13, 2018


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Student success is paramount at Santa Rosa Junior College Children’s Center — and not just for the infants toddling around the center’s play area. SRJC students partially staff the center, caring for the children as part of their coursework. This means that both the children in the center’s car...

Why spend the big bucks? Digital media program delivers for less

Why spend the big bucks? Digital media program delivers for less

La Reva Myles, Reporter

December 13, 2018


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Tanya Sierra’s day starts much earlier than the beginning of the three digital media classes in which she serves as Peer Assisted Learning Specialist for Santa Rosa Junior College Film and Journalism Instructor Brian Antonson. As a PALS assistant, Sierra is responsible for helping Antonson teach studen...

Finding purpose and peace on the Pacific Crest

Finding purpose and peace on the Pacific Crest

Adeira Sherpa, Editor in Chief

December 13, 2018


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Jacob Beal will wake early along the Mexican border and make his way to the Pacific Crest Trail, staring down 2,650 miles of wilderness linking the trailhead with its final destination at the Canadian border. Completing the trail will take roughly six months hiking 30- to-40-mile days while forgoing cre...

Daisy Garnica: A real life phoenix

Daisy Garnica: A real life phoenix

Dakota McGranahan, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2018


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Dakota McGranahan Daisy Garnica turned on the faucet of her aunt’s glass-doored shower and stepped inside. Adjusting the temperature, she sat under the showerhead, letting the water beat against her skin. Then she burst into tears. “I remember sitting and thinking how things would be easier if I just disappeared,” Garnica said. “I tried so hard not to think li...

Book by book: Rebuilding a post-fire identity

Book by book: Rebuilding a post-fire identity

Lauren A. Spates and Zena Bounsall

December 13, 2018


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Photographs captured the fires’ unsparing destruction: suburban homes reduced to dust, cars twisted into metal frames teetering on broken axles, smoke still rising from the ash heaps. Readers from around the world marveled at the horror and devastation; they wondered how Santa Rosa residents would...

Four damn good Santa Rosa campus perks you never knew you had

Four damn good Santa Rosa campus perks you never knew you had

Mark Fernquest, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018


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Life in sunny Sonoma County might be golden, but it’s expensive, especially if you’re a student. Nothing beats a really good deal, particularly when it’s a perk you can use as often as you want. Here are four Santa Rosa campus perks you never knew you had: Child Care: Let’s just acknow...

Tension in Tijuana: SRJC student documents the “migrant caravan”

Tension in Tijuana: SRJC student documents the “migrant caravan”

Séamus Reed, News Editor

December 13, 2018


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Santa Rosa Junior College student Joshua Torres saw a tractor-trailer arrive and start to unload passengers. The container had been modified to hold a second deck of people, and he counted around 75 climb out of the truck. They had come to Tijuana from Mexicali, more than 90 miles away, in the back ...

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