The Oak Leaf

The life of an SRJC digital media major

The life of an SRJC digital media major

Zena Bounsall, Writer

December 13, 2018


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For Kiet Tran, 19, computers and web design were always a subject of interest. Now he finds himself at Santa Rosa Junior College majoring in web and multimedia with a focus on web design. “I enjoy the Internet community, so I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in it,” Tran said. “I think i...

Between papers and parenting

Between papers and parenting

Jasmine Benigno-Hall, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018


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Jasmine Benigno-Hall Being a single mom in college is like being Wonder Woman: when the odds are stacked against them, they still prevail. College life isn’t easy; it’s a constant balancing act between classes, work, health and a social life, and for single mothers, they must stack the daily duties...

From teething to teaching

From teething to teaching

Aria Quinn, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018


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Like many who have large families, Paul Moosman began taking care of kids at 13, when he became an uncle for the first time. Babysitting started him down a path that led to a career in early childhood education as an instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College. Moosman attended U.C. Davis after high schoo...

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-mo...

“All that education for nothing”: One reporter recounts his path to the Pulitzer

“All that education for nothing”: One reporter recounts his path to the Pulitzer

Lauren A. Spates, Features Editor

October 30, 2018


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When your true profession calls, you must go. So says a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former mechanical engineer who felt the call of the written word so strongly he quit a lucrative, well-defined career path for the underpaid and unpredictable world of freelance writing.   Martin Espinoza ...

After the embers: growth from loss

After the embers: growth from loss

Zena Bounsall, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018


Filed under Features, Fire

A year ago, Chelsea Connors, 22, escaped the Nuns Fire with little more than her pets and her life.  The Santa Rosa Junior College student, like many Glen Ellen residents, lost her home and her belongings in the blaze, but those losses amounted to something far greater: the loss of her identity. ...

Petaluma Games Club offers opportunity for on campus competition and friendship

Petaluma Games Club offers opportunity for on campus competition and friendship

Eileen Rodriguez, Staff Writer

October 23, 2018


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Four students sit slouched on a pair of reddish-brown leather couches parked to the side of the Petaluma campus cafeteria, their eyes squinted in focus on two flat-panel TVs. The delicate jingles of two video games cut through the sizzle of hamburgers on the grill and the murmur of other students do...

One fire, three stories

One fire, three stories

Riley Palmer and Miranda McCann

October 18, 2018


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Santa Rosa Junior College business major Jason Do has worked at his parents’ restaurant since the age of 10. Nine years later he has transformed into a successful manager, well-versed in his parents’ finances. Do’s family was one of thousands in Sonoma County that lost their home in the Tubbs’...

Behind the yellow tape with Robert Brownlee

Behind the yellow tape with Robert Brownlee

Miranda McCann, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


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As a kid, Robert Brownlee used to roam his neighborhood to arrange pick-up basketball and baseball games. Forty years later, Brownlee still roams his neighborhood, but now he's on a mission to help the public. A member of the Santa Rosa Junior College District Police force for the past 13 years,...

Reflecting on last October’s fires

Eileen Rodriguez, Tom Miller, and Kirk Tiestsort

October 11, 2018


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  A year after the fires struck Sonoma County, Santa Rosa Junior College students find themselves reflecting on how they have changed due to these tragedies. Kai Suter How has the fire changed you? “It was scary because my dad’s a firefighter, and I was really stressed out the entire time. ...

Santa Rosa Junior College trash: Where it goes and where it’s headed

Santa Rosa Junior College trash: Where it goes and where it’s headed

Riley Palmer, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


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Waste Diversion Technician and self-proclaimed janitor Guy Tillotson spends his whole day thinking about Santa Rosa Junior College’s garbage. In addition to processing all campus waste after it lands in trash cans, Tillotson’s team manages the resale of scrap metal, handle compost for the ...

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