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Centennial Series: SRJC photography faces a ‘Breth-less’ future

Centennial Series: SRJC photography faces a ‘Breth-less’ future

Adeira Sherpa, Co-Photo Editor

April 24, 2018


Filed under Centennial, Features, Profiles

For the past 31 years, Renata Breth passed on her passion for photography to Santa Rosa Junior College students. Breth now bids adieu to her position as the only full-time photography instructor at SRJC, and worries that the photography program she’s helped build for decades will suffer. “I hope...

Centennial Series: Puente and Connections: bridging the gap to education for first-generation college students

Centennial Series: Puente and Connections: bridging the gap to education for first-generation college students

Jose Gonzalez, Multimedia/Spanish Editor

April 19, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Centennial, Features

For first-generation students like Cristal Lopez, 21, a sociology major at Santa Rosa Junior College, completing a college career is a challenging experience. “Both my parents were unable to complete their basic education and as the oldest of three, they emphasized the importance of an education,”...

An afternoon with Frank Chong

An afternoon with Frank Chong

Kevin Johnson, News Editor

April 19, 2018


Filed under Features

Dr. Frank Chong is the first person of color to become president of Santa Rosa Junior College. He is a proud Chinese-American who broke the mold with his social influence. Chong sat down with The Oak Leaf, and shared his upbringing, ambitions, accomplishments and the projects SRJC has to look forward...

Centennial Series: Neo-Nazi wrote Oak Leaf’s worst column

Centennial Series: Neo-Nazi wrote Oak Leaf’s worst column

Dylan Kerzin, Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Centennial, Features, Top Stories

In journalism, ethical lines can blur when deciding what is suitable to publish under the guise of free speech. In spring of 2003 an extremely controversial article ran in the Santa Rosa Junior College student newspaper, The Oak Leaf. Kevin McGuire, an engineering student, authored a piece title...

Centennial Series: The BSU is alive, but is it growing?

Centennial Series: The BSU is alive, but is it growing?

Lenita Marie Johnson, Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Features

The Santa Rosa Junior College Black Student Union (BSU) has been in existence since the late 1960s. Throughout the years its mission has been to unite the African-American student body. According to an October 1968 Oak Leaf issue it wasn’t until after 1968 that the BSU was even started. Initially in...

Centennial Series: Brande Roderick’s success story

Centennial Series: Brande Roderick’s success story

Taylor Seprish, Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Centennial, Features, Top Stories

Of all Santa Rosa Junior College alumni, Brande Roderick’s story is one of the most extraordinary. But trying to reduce her career into a single title is a lost cause. She is an actress with numerous TV and film appearances, a former Playboy Playmate and an impressive business woman. She started mu...

The Educational Impact on Prison Lives

The Educational Impact on Prison Lives

Sarah Ali, Contributing Writer

April 6, 2018


Filed under Features

We believe that people have the power to transform, an SRJC advisor told the audience after a powerful film screening of the award-winning documentary “The IF Project” at the Bertolini Student Activity Center on March 28. The Second Chance Club held the screening, which was followed by a forum p...

Centennial Series: SRJC’s continuously changing cannabis culture

Centennial Series: SRJC’s continuously changing cannabis culture

Chelsea Wood, Opinion Editor

April 5, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Centennial, Features, Top Stories

Editor’s note: To receive updates on stories like this, please download the Oak Leaf mobile app for Apple or Android. Pot, dope, weed. Ganja, chronic, herb. All words used to describe a plant that has caused much debate over its medicinal value, legality and reputation. Harvesting past articles from the ...

Centennial Series: You can’t spell SRJC without ESL

Centennial Series: You can’t spell SRJC without ESL

Michael Barnes, Co-Editor-In-Chief

April 3, 2018


Filed under Centennial, Features, Top Stories

On the outskirts of Santa Rosa, the Santa Rosa Junior College Southwest Center campus serves a student population that exists on the outskirts of the traditional college experience. Erika Moreno-Pratt, 48, came to the U.S. from Mexico six years ago. In the summer of 2013 she enrolled in classes at...

Thank Sonoma County native Molly MacGregor for Women’s History Month

Thank Sonoma County native Molly MacGregor for Women’s History Month

Rachel Edelstein, Managing Editor

March 8, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Centennial, Features

Forty years ago on March 8, Molly MacGregor held the first Women’s History Day in Sonoma County. On Monday morning, MacGregor shared with SRJC students how her idea grew into the presidentially endorsed and congressionally approved Women’s History Month.   Students at the Petaluma campus quietly fill...

SRJC jazz student spotlight

SRJC jazz student spotlight

Lauren Knigge, Staff Writer

March 6, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Features

Engin Yesilyemis spent most of his time alone in hotel rooms. Rather than waste away with what he referred to as “terrifying garbage in and garbage out” cable television, the 43-year-old turkish immigrant cultivated a space of learning, teaching himself stand-up bass while traveling as a sales repr...

The analog revival

The analog revival

Abraham Fuentes, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Features

In the digital media age, we have access to virtually every song ever published and store thousands of pictures in a phone, yet a small and growing culture is going back in time. With high-profile artists publishing their albums on vinyl, Kodak reviving old film stock and more new movies filmed in 3...

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