The Oak Leaf

Suzanne Papa: Advisor Continues Providing Guidance to Students

Jessie De La O, A&E Editor

March 11, 2012

Many people aren’t willing to go the extra mile to help students achieve their career dreams and goals, especially when they work solo and once derailed their own college career. Suzanne Papa has been an advisor for SRJC’s Career Center for nearly two decades. She is the go-to person when it comes...

Not everyone has respect for the handicapped

Keshia Knight, Co-Editor-in-chief

February 28, 2012

The first thing you notice about Amber Hernandez is not the friendly smile on her face: it is the yellow Labrador retriever guiding her wheelchair around SRJC. Hernandez was born with optic atrophy and the slow scarring of the optic nerve caused her to go blind at age 16. After an accident six years...

DJ Broken Record breaks down age barriers for dance shows

Brutus Gruey, Co-Editor-in-chief

February 28, 2012

The dance floor was packed, hands flew in the air and hips swung with ecstatic energy in—a coffee shop full of kids? Yep, welcome to the burgeoning all-ages dance community of Sonoma County. The back room of My Friend Joe’s was cleared out, then repacked with dancers; high school aged to mid-20s....

SRJC: Which campus is more convienent?

Vinny Fausone, Staff Writter

February 14, 2012

SRJC Freshman Morgan Bladwin lives in Petaluma and wanted to take his classes at that campus, but since he plays water polo in Santa Rosa, he opted for the commute. “One day I had a huge paper to turn in, and I accidentally left it at home. I asked my teacher if I could go run and get it. She asked...

Bikram Yoga for our health and fitness

Drew Sheets, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2012

Yoga has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years. Its basic principles involve gaining flexibility and strength by breathing properly and controlling your body through a series of movements and postures. Since I’ve been an athlete all my life, Yoga sounded like a basic workout, boy was I in...

There’s an election this year?

Christiana Cobb, Assistant News Editor

February 14, 2012

The 2008 elections sparked feelings of hope and change causing students everywhere to eagerly rush to cast their ballot for the most historic presidential election America has ever seen. With Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama running against each other in the democratic race and John McCain for the...

“Glimpses: Eye-Witnessed, Remembered and Lived (History of African-Americans in Sonoma County)”

Jessie De La O, A&E Editor

February 13, 2012

Rev. Ann Gray Byrd is a civil rights and equality advocate, author, humanitarian and motivational speaker. Upon graduating from Santa Rosa High School in 1954, she became the first Secretary of the Santa Rosa NAACP branch her parents help establish. In celebration of Black History Month, SRJC held a...

How do you plan to pay for it?

Christina Cobb, Assistant News Editor

January 31, 2012

SRJC student Maddie Hillrigel supports the recent protests on campuses such as UC Davis against tuition hikes as she remains nervous while preparing to transfer to a four-year university. Hillrigel, who has been spending approximately $600 per semester with the help of her parents, will have to make...

The Struggle to Fit in

Christiana Cobb, Assistant News Editor

January 31, 2012

Crashing. Dropping. Needing. Lacking. Frustrating. These words describe the enrollment process at SRJC due to limited class availability. As budget cuts proceed, SRJC students are being hit hard with the closed sign blocking the way into the classes they need and want. With approximately 35,00...

SRJC family shines in Prop. 8 documentary

SRJC family shines in Prop. 8 documentary

Jessie De La O, A&E Editor

January 29, 2012

The informative and emotional documentary titled “The Right To Love: An American Family” profiles a Santa Rosa couple and their two children taking action in support of gay rights, is scheduled to premiere Monday, Feb. 6 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Jay and Bryan Leffew are a typical m...

Culinary Arts center facilitates careers for student cooks

Culinary Arts center facilitates careers for student cooks

Dan Nuebel, Contributing Writer

December 15, 2011

Google “Sonoma County” and “food & wine mecca.” It’s no surprise that there are thousands of results. Ask the students of the SRJC Culinary Arts Department about job opportunities in the local food and wine industry and there’s likely some happy campers. “I have many friends in the...

Culinary Queen Bee:

Culinary Queen Bee:

Dan Nuebel, Contributing Writer

December 15, 2011

Culinary instructor Betsy Fischer runs the hive of students, activities and fine cuisine at SRJC’s Bakery and Café   At 6:30 a.m., 18 student bakers-in-training busily blend, beat, and brew in SRJC’s student kitchen. By 7:30 a.m., 24 student cooks-in-training peel, cut and chop fruits a...

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