The Oak Leaf

The virtual world as an escape from the real world

The virtual world as an escape from the real world

Eileen Rodriguez, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under A - Home Page Slideshow, Features

A childhood marked by abuse and poverty. A lonely teenage passage from Puerto Rico to Northern California. An early adulthood devoid of relationships with blood relatives, marked by the struggle of a stressful academic career. How does 20-year-old Jonathan Hernandez cope? Video games. Despite social attitudes tow...

Bussing tables or hitting the books: The struggle of the working student

Bussing tables or hitting the books: The struggle of the working student

Riley Palmer, Staff Writer

September 24, 2018


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  Working three jobs at 15. Watching five-hour shifts morph into nine-hours in the blink of an eye. Bussing tables instead of busting out research papers. For 21-year-old Alexis Morgan, this story is all too familiar. Since she was a teenager, Morgan chipped in with bills and made sacrifices i...

SRJC alumnus uses films to change the message about epilepsy

SRJC alumnus uses films to change the message about epilepsy

Kaila Cotherman-Bohler, Co-Web and Social Media editor

September 20, 2018


Filed under A - Home Page Slideshow, Features

Movies, such as recent Academy Award winners “The Shape of Water,” “Get Out,” and “Moonlight,” have the ability to tell stories of the under-represented and marginalized, conveying powerful messages that cultivativate feelings of empathy and new points of view in their audiences. Santa R...

Miss Sonoma County: Volleyball Edition

Miss Sonoma County: Volleyball Edition

Zena Bounsall, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Features, Sports

For Ally Deal, volleyball and Sonoma County continue to go hand-in-hand. A local high school standout who crushed records at the college level, Deal is entering her first season as head coach of the Santa Rosa Junior College women's volleyball team. She hopes to leverage her well-recognized profile in ...

What’s the fuss about Fortnite?

What’s the fuss about Fortnite?

Kevin Johnson, News Editor

May 17, 2018


Filed under Features

While running through the grassy knolls of Greasy Grove with my rare pump shotgun, I realized something: Fortnite is a way of life. Yes, technically it’s a video game. But people aren’t playing Fortnite because it has the best storyline or graphics; people are flocking to the game because it...

Ms. Sonoma County Shines at SRJC

Ms. Sonoma County Shines at SRJC

Lenita Marie Johnson, Staff Writer

May 3, 2018


Filed under Features

Santa Rosa Junior College student and Black Student Union Vice President Tyler Avery Mary Mowana Lewis, won the 2018 Miss Sonoma County pageant, and now has her sights on winning the upcoming Miss America title. “I’m not a gambling person, yet I didn’t see this coming,” she said after win...

Centennial Series: SRJC crafts brewing program

Centennial Series: SRJC crafts brewing program

Kevin Johnson and David Tamayo, News Editor and Staff Writer

May 3, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Centennial, Features

Brewing beer sounds like a dream job. There’s so much room for creativity, like experimenting with flavors and ingredients, tweaking the fermentation process, tasting your creations and perfecting the formula. At Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College students learn this magical process step by st...

The years under the oaks

The years under the oaks

Jennifer Do, Staff Writer

May 3, 2018


Filed under Centennial, Features

Upward and onward, whether sticking to its roots or chopped like weeds, the valley oaks will form many more rings and take on many new forms. The evergreen backdrop of the campus branches out onto plush, green scenes providing a canopy of shade for re-energizing Bear Cubs. As Santa Rosa Junior College...

Bravery and the bladress

Bravery and the bladress

Adeira Sherpa, Co-Photo Editor

April 30, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Features, Multimedia

Aimless scrolling on social media pages isn’t always a waste of time. Catfishers and cyber stalkers aren’t the only ones lurking on the internet. Sometimes you can find someone truly inspiring or follow someone’s 6,000 mile journey that you might never have heard of if not for a women’s trave...

Route to recovery

Route to recovery

Jennifer Do, Staff Writer

April 25, 2018


Filed under Features, Multimedia

She recovered from drugs. She wanted to recover from being average. She is still recovering from herself. At 24, Nicolette Gottuso, a speaker at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Recovery Night, is nine years sober and was recently accepted into a graduate program at Pacifica Graduate Institute after spendi...

Puente y Connections: cerrar la brecha con la educación para estudiantes universitarios de primera generación

Puente y Connections: cerrar la brecha con la educación para estudiantes universitarios de primera generación

Jose Gonzalez, Multimedia/Spanish Editor

April 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Spanish, Weekend

Para los estudiantes de primera generación como Cristal López, de 21 años, estudiante de sociología en Santa Rosa Junior College, completar una carrera universitaria es una experiencia desafiante. "Mis padres no pudieron completar su educación básica y, como la mayor de tres, recalcaron la importan...

Centennial Series: International student population soars to all time high

Centennial Series: International student population soars to all time high

Pedro Braga, Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


Filed under Centennial, Features

Historically, financial limitations prevented most people from outside the United States from pursuing an education in the country. The range of international students who attend Santa Rosa Junior College has greatly expanded since the school’s first round of visitors. The first international students...

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