The Oak Leaf

Bikram Yoga for our health and fitness

Drew Sheets, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2012


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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


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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


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

Prosthesis enables SRJC coach to live out his dreams

Dalton Johnson, Contributing Writer

November 22, 2011


Filed under Features, Sports

With his crisp uniform, Tom Francois looks like any baseball coach ready to go into battle with an opponent. He wears his number 42 jersey  in respect of the great Jackie Robinson, straightens his SRJC baseball cap and shouts words of encouragement to his players. What doesn’t meet the eye test is...

Instructor’s book explores prolific architect

Keshia Knight, A&E Editor

November 22, 2011


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Walking through the magnificent open-air rotunda and around the mystical lagoon, it is hard to believe the Palace of Fine Arts’ grandeur was almost never envisioned as it stands today. Originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition to house large collections of art and...

SRJC club promotes sustainability

Alex Pozzi, Staff Writer

November 22, 2011


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When the new Bertolini Student Center opened, Students for Sustainable Communities (SSC) created the green squad to educate students and faculty about proper waste disposal. Last semester SSC conducted a trash audit to convince administrators to support the Talloires Declaration, which President Dr....

Beyond the classroom: Speech instructor Hal Sanford inspires students to speak in public

Beyond the classroom: Speech instructor Hal Sanford inspires students to speak in public

Craig Lifto, Contributing Writer

November 22, 2011


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He was a lawyer and then a miniature-model maker. Those careers for Hal Sanford were a good way to make a living, but they didn’t bring him the same happiness he experiences today. If you spend a class session or talk to him for a few minutes it is evident Sanford has a passion for teaching speech....

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