The Oak Leaf

Perplexing toy part of lifelong ambition

Phyllis Heagney, Contributing Writer

April 24, 2011

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Michael McGinnis is a sculptor, SRJC instructor, pastel artist, home builder, woodworker, furniture designer, husband, father and the inventor of one of the coolest toys in the world, the Superplexus. The Superplexus is a han...

Swedish exchange students enjoy sunny Calif.

Isabel Johnson, Features Editor

April 24, 2011

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California natives might not understand the draw that the Golden State has for a group of Swedish students. Then they talk to tourists from some place cold and are reminded that everybody and their pet poodle wants to visit an...

“Anon(ymous)” sound designer ready for D.C. competition

Sophia Schear Ferar, Staff Writer

April 3, 2011

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Sound designer Jared Newman's favorite scene from SRJC Theatre Arts' production of "Anon(ymous)" last semester was when the main character, an immigrant to the U.S. named Anon, and his guardian angel, the goddess Naja, were at ...

Forget the field, these athletes compete in the virtual world

Isabel Johnson , Features Editor and Isabel Johnson, Features Editor

April 3, 2011

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A popular opinion expressed by the less tech-savvy, older generations seems to be that relying on computers and other technology creates a gap between reality and the user; that having entire friendships or partnerships that nev...

Explore Pepperwood Preserve, SRJC’s secret wilderness

Michael Shufro, Staff Writer

April 3, 2011

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Large, white vans full of SRJC students pass Michael Gillogly on the private drive leading to Three Tree Hill, one of Pepperwood Preserve's mountain peaks. Up ahead beef cows from a local rancher feed on the grasslands and help...

Cars rule the road, but bike lanes even the odds

Tristan Geiger, Contributing Writer

March 16, 2011

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SRJC student cyclists think that more bike lanes in Sonoma County will reduce the probability of being injured by cars. Some students say they only ride on streets that have bike lanes because there is an area that separates them fro...

Locals help native birds get back on the wing

David Anderson, Staff Writer

March 14, 2011

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The vast expanse of wooded land below Fountain Grove serves as more than just a beautiful piece of Santa Rosa wilderness. Nestled away in the trees and brush is a sanctuary for ill and injured birds, and it's a perfect location...

Former SRJC instructor and founder of Women’s History Month celebrates 24th year

Michael Shufro, Staff Writer

March 7, 2011

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Women's History Month, recognized in every major U.S. city today, first started when a small, inspired group of Santa Rosa women came together to make history. In 1977 Molly MacGregor, then a women's history instructor for...

Budget cuts, retirement and larger classes add to teacher workload

Isabel Johnson, Features Editor

February 28, 2011

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Picture a classroom with about forty desks. Put a college student in each of those desks, then stick a few more along the wall by the door. Some of them will be sitting on the floor, others leaning back against the whiteboard, trying n...

Pass up pesky pre-reqs

Heather Frendo, Staff Writer

February 28, 2011

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Planning your course schedule and mapping your education at SRJC takes time, fine tuning and the help of the counseling department, especially if your goal is to finish your general education at SRJC and transfer to a univer...

Study Abroad offers opportunity for teachers and students

Isabel Johnson, Features Writer

February 28, 2011

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Many people share the dream of living abroad and experiencing a foreign culture from the inside. The Study Abroad program at SRJC allows students and faculty to experience this dream, which many have held dear for years. "When I graduat...

SRJC teacher runs marathons for health and bragging rights

Claire Tillinghast, Staff Writer

February 28, 2011

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Growing up, SRJC teacher Carole Bennett never took much of an interest in sports, until she competed in her first marathon. Now having completed her 10th marathon in January, she has no intention of quitting. Along with teaching...

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