The Oak Leaf

Get your apples ready

Get your apples ready

Charlotte Maxwell and Grant Wetmore

December 12, 2017


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Sarah Lesson, Philosophy   Q: What do you hope to accomplish here? A: More than anything, I hope to be a small part of the story my students tell about how they fulfilled their dreams. It's hard to say how grateful I am to join the community here at Santa Rosa Junior College and for the chance to share my...

From low GPA to President of SGA

From low GPA to President of SGA

Julia Modell, Contributing Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Profiles

There is a common misconception that successful Santa Rosa Junior College students follow a linear academic path straight from high school. Student president Evelyn Navarro, 24, seeks to challenge more than one convention in her role at SRJC. “The norm is not a woman of color in a position of leadership....

Annexation’s rose-colored glasses

Annexation’s rose-colored glasses

Michael Barnes, Co-Features Editor

December 3, 2017


Filed under Features, News

There’s a neighborhood in Santa Rosa that once existed within a bureaucratic purgatory realm. The neighborhood is part of a 715 acre, concrete chain of five islands, situated inside Sonoma County yet outside of any city limits. It’s an area considered to be more urban than its surroundings, with a h...

SRJC student cooks up a “SO-CO STRONG” effort

SRJC student cooks up a “SO-CO STRONG” effort

Michael Barnes, Co-Features Editor

November 30, 2017


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Anamaria Morales is a busy woman. The 19-year-old, full-time SRJC student is a math tutor to seventh and eighth graders and an assistant women's soccer coach for Healdsburg High school. And she somehow manages to find the time to run her own business, moonlighting as a homemade cheesecake baker for h...

Food insecurity: the worst crisis you can’t see

Food insecurity: the worst crisis you can’t see

Brandon McCapes, News Editor

November 16, 2017


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Santa Rosa Junior College running back John Mumphrey’s week isn’t easy. Mumphrey moved to Santa Rosa from Anaheim to play football for the Bear Cubs last summer and he commits at least 30 hours each week to practice, work-outs, team meetings and games. That’s in addition to his regular academic w...

Trimmigrants: workers return for seasonal jobs

Trimmigrants: workers return for seasonal jobs

Chelsea Wood, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


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As fall continues, you’re bound to see more hitchhikers waiting with outstretched thumbs at freeway entrances headed north in search of harvest work. Many are young adults with a lust for green of both kinds. One plant in particular draws people from all over the globe to three counties i...

Millennials normalize marijuana in a changing culture

Millennials normalize marijuana in a changing culture

Chelsea Wood, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


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With the expansion of legalized marijuana throughout the nation comes the challenge of making cannabis more acceptable in a society that has long been against drugs. In the 2016 election, seven states legalized either recreational or medicinal cannabis. California was among those states to ...

Meet the new SRJC faculty

Meet the new SRJC faculty

Charlotte Maxwell, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


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John Stover, Sociology:   Q: What do you hope to accomplish here? A: In these early days of my new career here at SRJC Petaluma, I am focused on developing my students' newfound sociological imaginations and helping them understand how they can address the racial, social and eco...

Canevari’s off the menu special

Canevari’s off the menu special

Michael Barnes, Co-Features Editor

November 14, 2017


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It’s Friday at Canevari’s Deli, which means it’s Italian cheesesteak day. Canevari’s cheesesteak is a construction of gooey cheese, finely sliced beef and fresh peppers. It’s one of the best sandwiches in Santa Rosa and it’s only available on Fridays. Canevari’s offers another special on Fridays...

Feeling the loss

Feeling the loss

Charlotte Maxwell and Rachel Edelstein

October 31, 2017


Filed under Features, Fire, Profiles

A day of celebration turned into a nightmare for a Santa Rosa Junior College communications major. Alex Simms, 21, lived in the Upper Brush Creek neighborhood of Santa Rosa. On Sunday night, Oct. 8, she returned from shopping for her dad’s upcoming birthday on Monday. She wrapped the gifts she bou...

In the knick of time

In the knick of time

Rachel Edestein, Web Editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Features, Fire, Multimedia, Profiles

Santa Rosa Junior College student Kiani Bush’s next-door neighbor pounded on her aunt’s door at 1 a.m. on Oct. 9. Moments later her aunt burst into her room, telling her to pack a bag; they had to leave now. The power was out so Bush, 20, used the flashlight on her phone to pack. “My mi...

Memories: What can never be recovered will never be forgotten

Memories: What can never be recovered will never be forgotten

Albert Gregory, Managing Editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Features, Fire, Profiles

Metal, ceramic and ash are all that remain at the site of a Coffey Park lot someone once called home. For Michelle Poggi, Santa Rosa Junior College director of student outreach, the memory of times spent in her family’s 28-year home on Astaire Court will be what she’ll miss most after the Tubbs ...

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