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Flight of the Living Dead

Flight of the Living Dead

Erik Jorgensen, Staff Writer

April 8, 2013


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A zombie apocalypse has arrived that may completely destroy civilization as we know it – and these zombies can fly. Apocephalus borealis, a tiny parasitoid fly, adds to the mystery of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) facing our nation’s honey bees. Fly eggs injected into the bee’s abdomen grow i...

Tudor Rose: High Time for Tea Time in Santa Rosa

Tudor Rose: High Time for Tea Time in Santa Rosa

William Rohrs, News Editor

April 8, 2013


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The silver bell echoes through the room like a mockingbird trilling its lungs for the first time. The entire room succumbs to the rings, snuffing out the quietest whisper during its cry for attention. All eyes focus on the hostess, beaming at her patrons with thinly concealed appreciation for the...

Cuba for All Americans: Bringing Cuban Culture to Santa Rosa

Cuba for All Americans: Bringing Cuban Culture to Santa Rosa

Andrew McQuiddy, Features Editor

March 11, 2013


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The relationship between the Cuban and the United States governments weaves a tangled tapestry through history, yet relations between the peoples of each country are smooth as silk. Professor Gino Muzzatti hopes more new connections beckon at the Santa Rosa Junior College Cuban Film & Music Festival,...

Legalizing Cannabis: Is California next?

Legalizing Cannabis: Is California next?

Houston Smothermon, Contributing Writer

March 11, 2013


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The voters of Colorado and Washington recently passed initiatives that legalize cannabis for recreational use, leaving many Californians wondering how they got left behind. After all, California led the country in cannabis policy reform in 1996 when voters passed Proposition 215, legalizing the plant...

New Facelift for “Wizard’s” Museum

Erik Jorgensen, Staff Writer

March 11, 2013


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They called him the “Wizard of Santa Rosa” and he changed the way the world ate.  Luther Burbank’s most famous invention, the Russet potato, is the most planted food crop in the world.  He sold his discovery to a seed company and used his profits to move to Santa Rosa in 1875.  The remodeled...

SRJC Alum “Preserves” Old Tradition in New Company

SRJC Alum “Preserves” Old Tradition in New Company

Cassidy Mila, Features Editor

March 11, 2013


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Wildbrine is bringing the age-old practice of live fermentation to the shelves of natural food stores across the country. Founded by former Santa Rosa Junior College student Chris Glab and his business partner Rick Goldberg, Wildbrine produces kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut. They offer food produced...

Students Play with Fire: Flammable, Friendly Freewheeling Fun

Students Play with Fire: Flammable, Friendly Freewheeling Fun

Cassidy Mila, Features Editor

February 26, 2013


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Fire Dancing began hundreds of years ago as a ritualistic practice. Over centuries, captivated onlookers watched the superhuman ability of performers to control the most destructive force in nature. To bend it to their will in ways that would leave the average person scarred and singed gave indigenous...

Taking the Leap on my 18th Birthday: Falling Beyond the Face of Fear

Taking the Leap on my 18th Birthday: Falling Beyond the Face of Fear

Tara Kaveh, Staff Writer

February 26, 2013


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The only way to conquer fear is to face it. As I stand on the edge of the plane, the instructor’s hands and feet gripping the edge are the only barriers between the safety of the plane and the danger of plunging 13,000 feet to the ground below—I am in the face of fear. Youth is the age of bliss....

Early Spring Changes Climate Debate

Early Spring Changes Climate Debate

Andrew McQuiddy, Features Editor

February 26, 2013


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Cherry blossoms burst forth, bluebirds and robins rejoice in song. Spring is here, but the month is January. Mother Nature is off her rocker. “I don’t know of data that support earlier spring flowering events,” said Santa Rosa Junior College biology professor Shawn Brumbaugh, “but my own anecdotal...

Pliny the Younger: World gathers in Santa Rosa for Beer

Pliny the Younger: World gathers in Santa Rosa for Beer

Erik Jorgensen, Staff Writer

February 12, 2013


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Hundreds from around the world made their annual pilgrimage to the Santa Rosa birthplace of Pliny the Younger on Feb. 1. More travelers and locals waited in line on Fourth Street than ever before as the Sonoma County Economic Development Board studied the event for its impact on the local economy. Russian...

Spotting SRJC’s Feral Side: Cats, Foxes and Raccoons Take Over When Students Leave

Spotting SRJC’s Feral Side: Cats, Foxes and Raccoons Take Over When Students Leave

Gary Baker, Staff Writer

February 12, 2013


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When it comes to the modern age nothing exemplifies it better than the numerous questions for Siri, yet behind those iPhones, iPods, Androids and portable computers, students of the Santa Rosa Junior College are missing something big. According to the Smithsonian Instituition, the Gray fox Urocyon cinereoa...

Research Improves Job Outlook

Research Improves Job Outlook

Jessie De La O, Contributing Writer

February 12, 2013


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For many graduating college students, searching for a job is a priority. But the last three to four years the U.S. economy has looked bleak. According to an article posted in The New York Daily News, based on a Rutgers University study released in May 2012, “Nearly 50 percent of graduates over the...

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