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Christmas Eve Waffles

Christmas Eve Waffles

Andrew McQuiddy, Features Editor

December 11, 2012


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Most families create traditions around Christmas Day meals, but I’ve rarely heard friends wax nostalgic over a Christmas Eve dinner that can rival our family’s choice of waffles. My mother was nine years old when her mother, who we called Gammy, asked the perennial question, “What would you ...

Bourbon Balls

William Rohrs, Managing Editor and Staff Writer

December 11, 2012


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My fondest Christmas tradition involves driving two days northward to Mount Vernon, Washington and spending Christmas with my grandparents. My sister would lean on my shoulder the entire ride over, staking three quarters of the back portion of the car for her own (clearly crossing the demilitarized zone,...

Homemade Horchata

Homemade Horchata

Erik Ramirez, Photo Editor

December 11, 2012


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As the winter months start to settle in, friends and family all await for my mother’s homemade horchata. It becomes the drink of choice for everyone young and old. And we all know we’re getting close to Christmas when we hear my mom is making a big batch. It’s the drink that as I grow olde...

Kahula Chocolate Bundt Cake

Kahula Chocolate Bundt Cake

Nadav Soroker, Layout Manager

December 11, 2012


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Sometimes you meet a group of people. You work together, you get stuff done. Jokes are cracked and friendships are made. Even if it only lasts a day or lasts two years you leave with good friends. The theater is just such a place. I got a call while sitting around on summer break. “Hey Nada...

SRJC program seeks to bolster foster youth at school and life

Isabel Baskerville, Co-Editor in Chief

December 11, 2012


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Starting college can be overwhelming for anyone, especially now that the budget is tight and extra pressure is put on students to choose a major and get through as quickly as possible. Choosing classes, finding time to study, working to make rent and bills and juggling family life can be enough to exhaust...

John McCallum, Creative Welder

John McCallum, Creative Welder

Andrew McQuiddy, Features Editor

November 19, 2012


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“When I’m shaping or forming something, it’s about how it feels,” said John McCallum of his sculptures recycled from scrap metal and machine parts. “I’m trying to make something new no one else has seen, a new idea. ” McCallum’s fresh approach is plain for all to see at his home on...

Hurricane Sandy ravages East Coast, students greatly affected

Hurricane Sandy ravages East Coast, students greatly affected

Thomas De Alba, Sports Editor

November 9, 2012


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Broken trees and yellow caution tape outline the thrashed Abington campus of Penn State University during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. This is an uncommon sight to SRJC students who are preparing for the Dec. 1 college application deadline, but natural disasters and Hurricane recovery have become...

Student Voters: Despite Public Opinion, Participation Makes a Difference in 2012 Election

Peter Njoroge, Opinion Editor

November 1, 2012


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In the middle of campus on Monday Oct. 15 at SRJC, some students sat, some relaxed and others rushed to class. There was a voting registration booth near Bertolini but no one ran in to ask questions, register or gain election information. “I don’t think voting really counts,” said SRJC student...

Proposition 33

Danette Ellsworth, Contributing Writer

November 1, 2012


Filed under Election, Features

What is it? Proposition 33 is the auto insurance industry’s initiative statute that bases prices on the history of a driver’s insurance coverage. It changes the current law and allows insurance companies to set prices based on whether the driver previously carried auto insurance coverage with...

Proposition 34

Darcy Fracolli, Contributing Writer

November 1, 2012


Filed under Election, Features

What is it? When California voters decide the fate of Proposition 34 this fall, they will also decide the fate of current and future death row inmates. Proposition 34 repeals the death penalty as the strictest punishment for convicted murderers and, according to the 2012 California official voter...

Proposition 37

Julia Somers, Contributing Writer

November 1, 2012


Filed under Election, Features

What is it? Californians will cast their votes next month on Proposition 37, a ballot initiative that would require labeling on food made from genetically modified organisms. In the past months, Proposition 37 has gained national media recognition. The Huffington Post called the measure “a closely...

Proposition 32

Jeremy Hoskins, Contributing Writer

November 1, 2012


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What is it? Proposition 32 will halt union garnishing of wages to support political campaigns, ban donations to candidates and candidate-controlled committees by unions and corporations and halt corporations with government contracts from donating to the politicians who award them the contracts. There...

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