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Petaluma Cinema Series celebrates 10th anniversary

Petaluma Cinema Series celebrates 10th anniversary

Julia Modell, Features Editor

February 13, 2018


Filed under Features

The Petaluma campus isn’t the cultural epicenter of the Santa Rosa Junior College experience. The Santa Rosa campus boasts the brick buildings, the sports, the art and theater productions. And while the “community feel” of the main campus is sparse, it is almost non-existent in Petaluma. But t...

Roseland’s Street Soldier

Roseland’s Street Soldier

Michael Barnes, Co-Editor-In-Chief

February 13, 2018


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The Roseland Community Village shopping center is a flurry of activity on a Saturday morning. The heart of this culturally diverse yet civically insulated neighborhood awakens with its residents. Eritrean, Latine, homeless – there’s a unique cross section of life operating within the neighborhood’s cen...

Club day 2018

Club day 2018

Dakota McGranahan, Photo Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Features, News

3859 Crestview Drive

3859 Crestview Drive

Vince Ferrari, Contributing Writer

January 3, 2018


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Brittany Barlett stares through her cell phone, almost as if it is invisible. She’s recounting major milestones as her fingers frantically swipe photographs on the screen.  They range from the positive, like the first night she got to hold her newborn daughter. She also recalls exactly what sh...

Flames still burn evacuees two months later

Flames still burn evacuees two months later

Michael Barnes, Co-Editor-In-Chief

December 24, 2017


Filed under Features, Fire, Multimedia

Two months. For most of us, our lives remain the same over the course of two months. For victims of the North Bay Wildfires, their lives are forever changed from what they resembled two months ago, prior to an unprecedented blaze that engulfed much of Sonoma County. The flames held an entire populatio...

The sunrise ceremony

The sunrise ceremony

Rachel Edelstein, Web Editor

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Profiles

Angelica root. Sweet grass. Pepperwood leaves. White mountain sage. Thanksgiving morning smells different for Rose Hammock, 21, a SRJC student studying early childhood education and behavioral sciences. At 4:30 a.m. Hammock lights each plant and drops it into a clay pot, emitting smoke. She takes a turkey...

Sonoma county strong

Sonoma county strong

Brandon Pham, Contributing Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Multimedia

As she drove home, she saw the fires of hell rage in the distance. Meliza Bustos, a Santa Rosa Junior College nursing student who works at a health clinic, did not know how to process the whole scene. Heading home to Rohnert Park from San Francisco during the onset of the fires, she witnessed the hi...

Teachers and students fight for Net Neutrality

Teachers and students fight for Net Neutrality

Robbie Pleasant, Contributing Writer

December 12, 2017


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Imagine you’re studying for a test and need to find information online. You go to Google, enter the search terms, and suddenly the Internet slows to a crawl. As you wait for the page to load, you see a message from your Internet service provider saying you can upgrade to the Search Engine Package fo...

Latinx: Does “X” mark the spot for those of Latin descent?

Latinx: Does “X” mark the spot for those of Latin descent?

Bryan Chavez Castro, Contributing Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Multimedia

One of Ellen Valazquez’s maternal ancestors was raped by a Spaniard. The scars have been passed on for generations. “I am Latina,” Velazquez said without hesitating. “But I don’t like ‘Hispanic;’ it’s in regards to being of Spanish descent. It’s a touchy subject in my family;...

Fires affect academics

Fires affect academics

Arlo David, Contributing Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Top Stories

After the wildfires that burned through Sonoma County in October, SRJC Communications Studies instructor Karen Cornwell realized she had to make changes to keep students engaged and moving forward. For the first few weeks, students were in shock and had “frozen faces,” Cornwell said. It was a hard t...

Student job loss due to October fires

Student job loss due to October fires

Charlotte Maxwell, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017


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When the Trader Joe’s on Cleveland Avenue was damaged by the Tubbs Fire and consequently closed, a majority of the store’s employees were transferred to the Santa Rosa Avenue location. Santa Rosa Junior College student Seamus Reed, 18, was one Cleveland Avenue employee who moved to the Santa Ros...

Antisocial Media: Risk of suicide is tied to increased screen time

Antisocial Media: Risk of suicide is tied to increased screen time

Taylor Marek Seprish, Contributing Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features

Parents often tell their children that too much screen time will fry their brains, but new research suggests consequences may be more severe than burning eyes and lack of sleep. They could face increased risk for suicide. Between 2005 and 2012, a nationwide study found that depression symptoms in teen...

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