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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...

SRJC employee and former Democratic Republic of Congo judge weighs in on Congo

Benjamin Gruey, Staff Writer

October 4, 2010


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Jules Oyumbu was a judge for low-level criminal courts in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) until 2007 when he moved to the United States. He offered his view and history of the struggle Congolese people: They live in what could be a rich country because it produces 80 percent of the worl...

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative provides professional support

Michelle Peirano, Co-Editor in chief

October 4, 2010


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Diana Ruiz was a mother at 16, struggled with drugs and alcohol and was a victim of domestic violence. Now, in her forties, she is promoting women's leadership and trying to help young women overcome the obstacles they face. For women to form a successful professional community they have to move awa...

Anon(ymous) cast shares deep connections with characters

Bruttney Bailey, Staff Writer

October 3, 2010


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A particular draw toward acting for many actors is the electric emotional connection they feel when on stage enacting a role with which they truly connect. The lives of several cast members in the SRJC production "Anon(ymous)" parallel the stories of their culturally diverse characters. Naomi Iizuka's, "A...

Immigrant Dreams

Jerome Janairo, Features Editor

October 3, 2010


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Life was never easy for Pablo Ortiz, 29. Five years ago he left Michoacan, Mexico and undertook a long and perilous journey into the United States to seek a better life. However, as an undocumented immigrant, opportunities always seemed beyond his reach. After working a menial job as a dishwasher for a re...

Changes coming to SRJC Police Department

Haley Sansom, Layout Editor

September 29, 2010


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With every new semester comes changes, new faculty and new problems. Well, this semester is no exception, especially for the police department.  The first change to the department is the new Chief of Police, Christopher Wilkinson, and all of the changes he will bring with him. One thing student...

New group confronts racism in Sonoma County

Benjamin Gruey, Staff Writer

September 29, 2010


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The girl looked up at her mother and said, "We're regular." Her mother looked down and asked, "Regular? What do you mean by that?" "Well," the girl said, "Father and Bubba [grandfather] are not regular; we are." The 3-year-old girl was speaking about the color of her and her parents' skin. Her mother ...

Student faces challenges and develops new outlook on getting to campus

Spencer Harris, Staff Writer

September 19, 2010


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James Cope attended his second semester at SRJC, Spring 2010. All semester he had struggled to get to school because his Ford Explorer broke down. That semester he resorted to taking the bus, and in some instances, riding his bike. "I was pissed when my Explorer broke down, but this semester my bike...

New police chief makes sure “everything is OK”

Jerome Janairo, Features Editor

September 19, 2010


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Chief Christopher Wilkinson's calendar is full. On a certain Tuesday his schedule includes a succession of meetings with his supervisor, the parking committee and the Crisis Intervention Resource Team (CIRT). He also reviews reports, responds to calls and walks around the campus "just to make sure tha...

Screaming preachers garner little support

Jerome Janairo, Features Editor

September 19, 2010


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Carlin Fortkamp and Jim Semisch are on a mission. On a Tuesday morning near the Elliott Avenue near the crosswalk that connects Emeritus Hall and Doyle library, Semich stands on his stool, a Bible in his right hand, and begins to shout at students walking to and from their classes: "See, Jesus Christ c...

Time, place and manner

Quinn Conklin, Opinion Editor

September 19, 2010


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Since the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, including the First Amendment, we have fought over what we can say and where we can say it. At the same time, we hold dearly the idea that we have the right to speak our minds. This is a battle that rages across pages of history; and here on the S...

CalSERVES gives students opportunity to volunteer

Chris Jackson, Staff Writer

September 19, 2010


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Amidst the rabble-rousing and commands to repent, the Elliott Avenue crosswalk occasionally offers an actual opportunity to make a positive impact for yourself and someone else. CalSERVES, a branch of AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps, sets up a tent for a few weeks at Elliott Avenue. every semester...

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