The Oak Leaf

Student finds solace at work in her family’s business, Mary’s Pizza Shack

Natasha Borowicz, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2010


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Pizza, pasta and amore may be the slogan for the popular local chain, Mary's Pizza Shack, but it's also the way JC student Emily Meals was raised. Emily, or known to her friends as Emmy, keeps the restaurant literally in the family. The restaurant's founder, Mary Fazio, was her great-aunt. Both of h...

Video Game addiction leads to lawsuit against game manufacturer

Lance Smothermon, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2010


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Do we need video gamers anonymous? Youths around the world are becoming hooked on MMOG's, massive multiplayer online games, and some are wondering if video game addiction is real. Craig Smallwood of Hawaii filed a lawsuit against NCSoft Corporation for failing to warn him of the dangers of video game...

Toufiq Khan is like any other SRJC student, he just also happens to be a Muslim

Jerome Janairo, Features Editor

December 6, 2010


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Toufiq Khan calls himself an average American who sticks to his culture and religion. When not studying for classes, he likes to hang out with his friends, work out at the gym, and surf the Internet. But every Friday at noon, he trades his urban-style clothing for Islamic white garb as he enters the Isla...

Beyond first impressions

Robert Townsend, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2010


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No matter how fitting the use of a word or short phrase can be in describing a person, the true essence of that individual cannot be captured with such simplicity. Is it enough to call Barack Obama or George W. Bush Presidents of the United States and expect that to reveal who they are as individuals or how t...

Lost in technology

Armando Torres-Garcia, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2010


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As one student walks under the towering oak tree between Emeritus and Plover Halls on the chilly morning of Nov. 30, 2010, he occasionally slows down while his eyes are focused on his palms. He occasionally lifts his gaze to steer around the crowd of oncoming students and adjusts his route by cutti...

Multimedia: The road to fame

Haley Branigin and Krysten Copeland, Contributing Writers

December 5, 2010


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SRJC student and aspiring model Missy Copeland, aka Missy Cooper, discusses not only the struggles of being a model but the toughness of breaking into the vastly changing modeling industry. ...

Exploring human sexuality

Armando Torres-Garcia, Contributing Writer

November 13, 2010


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A "Made in Brooklyn" sticker decorates Dr. Joseph Davis Mannino's office door. As if you couldn't tell by his thick accent, the man is from New York and proud of it. However, Dr. Mannino is a cultured man, especially when it comes to the topic of sex. "I like to joke that I'm so good at sex that I wr...

SRJC campus alive with art

Quinn Conklin, Opinion Editor

November 13, 2010


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On the site where the Doyle Library now stands there used to be an oak tree. When construction started the tree was removed to make room for the new building. That old oak has not left us. Artist Bruce Johnston has transformed the tree into four pieces of sculpture, distributed across the floors of the l...

From student to soldier

Jess Rosenstein, Contributing Writer

November 13, 2010


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 Not feeling as though his life was unfolding the way he thought it would, Teygan Mason decided to leave the secure surroundings of academia and replace it with .50 caliber machine guns, 115 degree heat and warfare. Mason, 27, of Santa Rosa didn't feel content with the average route a lot of studen...

Professor Shafer brings life lessons to the classroom

Art Dickinson, Contributing Writer

November 13, 2010


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For SRJC instructor Cassandra Schafer, teaching communications is a means to an end: world peace. "I fundamentally believe that if people could communicate better, in all the ways that we mean ‘communicate better,' that the world would be a more peaceful place," explained Schafer. It is a bold endea...

Student volunteer aims for the sky

Andrew Cameron, Co-Editor in Chief

October 24, 2010


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Flying in an I-28 airplane would get most people's hearts pounding but, that was not enough for full-time SRJC student Rose Pattenaude. She wanted to fly upside down, and she did so earlier this year at the Sonoma County Air Show. This is one of several exciting events Pattenaude has come across since sh...

Students overcome “eek factor” to use rare tools: cadavers

Jerome Janairo, Features Editor

October 24, 2010


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Cadaver 10-191 is the center of attention in instructor Danielle King's Anatomy 1 class. In the classroom's anatomy lab, a group of students in lab coats crowd around 10-191 and watch intently as Jason de Guzman and his partner point out important features of the cardiovascular system. They expose t...

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