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Period pains: how menstruation still holds women back

Period pains: how menstruation still holds women back

February 27, 2020

When I was in grade school I remember being separated from the boys in my class to learn about my body. Soon my female classmates and I would begin transitioning into womanhood so my fifth-grade teacher warned us about the impending changes to our body. ...

10 iconic films from the 2010s

10 iconic films from the 2010s

December 12, 2019

In the 2010s, we saw many new classics by directors ranging from old masters to emerging talent. From the rise of commercial LGBTQ films to the wider acceptance of minority-directed films, it’s never been easier to see yourself on the silver screen. H...

Firefighters, police officers and Healdsburg city staff gather Friday, Nov. 8 at the Healdsburg Plaza on the night of

Evacuating Healdsburg: My experience fleeing home during the Kincade Fire

December 12, 2019

I had tears streaming down my face and my hands were shaking — I feared what would come next. Healdsburg was under mandatory evacuation. I wondered if it would burst into flames and if I would return to a pile of ash instead of my hometown. The Kinc...

The challenge is to go 24 hours without digital devices and internet access to test capacity for a disconnected life.

The digital detox diary: My 24-hour device-free diet

December 12, 2019

The rules: my digital diet will last 24 hours, during which time I will forgo cell phone, laptop, internet, debit/credit card and electronic key-fob usage. I will, however, use analog technology as usual, including clocks, my truck and a pay phone — ...

Kincade Fire Gallery

Kincade Fire Gallery

December 12, 2019

Overview by Zane Zinkl High winds, dry brittle ground and low humidity combined on the evening of Oct. 23 to ignite the Kincade Fire in northeastern Sonoma County near Alexander Valley. During the next two weeks, the fire burned 77,758 acres, destroyed 360 structur...

Fake reality: SRJC students unprepared for a fake news world

Fake reality: SRJC students unprepared for a fake news world

December 12, 2019

Only one of the following stories is true. Can you pick which one?   A. Decatur man discovers bride is ‘his own granddaughter’; no plans for divorce A 68-year-old man from Decatur in Northern Alabama has reportedly had a “terrible shock” a...

“That’s just how it is”: Trials and tribulations of modern day dating

“That’s just how it is”: Trials and tribulations of modern day dating

December 12, 2019

The dim light from her phone screen highlighted Solangel Rostran’s face as she scrolled through her Tinder feed. Sitting in the comfort of her living room, her face changed as she read messages from her matches. “So fine wishing I could kiss you L...

When we post the past: How social media shapes identity

When we post the past: How social media shapes identity

December 12, 2019

When Isaac Young opens Instagram, he scrolls through the daily feed perfectly tailored for him by his following list and the app’s own algorithm. He views the pages of artists he follows, stays up-to-date on the happenings of friends and tries to ki...

Double life: Classes by day, jokes by night

Double life: Classes by day, jokes by night

December 12, 2019

Winning was the last thing on Gina Stahl-Haven’s mind as she stepped on stage for the finals of the San Francisco Comedy Competition. In her mind, she had already won. “Once I was in, I was like, ‘I’m in. I got the Ph.D. now. Who cares?’...

Baseball players at all levels are hitting more home runs than ever before, leading players, coaches and managers to ask why.

Juiced players vs. juiced balls: Experts debate reasons for home run highs

December 12, 2019

Baseball was once known as America’s national pastime, yet the once innocent sport has become known for performance-enhancing drugs (PED) and most recently, questions about juiced baseballs. The juiced baseball theory suggests Major League Baseball (...

SRJC safety Kasey Kikuyama demonstrates a perfect form tackle against Fresno College Sept. 7. Though there is slight helmet to helmet contact, Kikuyama leads with his shoulder and wraps up nicely.

Tackling adversity: Bear Cubs change with the game

December 12, 2019

Football constantly changes on both sides of the ball. Tackling mechanics have changed how defenses play, and a shift away from the run game has changed offensive philosophy. As the game evolves, players and coaches are forced to adapt or get out. Rese...

Dr. German Ascani prescribes and administers ketamine for psychotherapy at his West Sonoma County office.

Changing Minds: Psychedelic psychotherapy in Sonoma County

December 12, 2019

A psychedelic retreat. A 75-milligram dose of ketamine. Intramuscular injections. Eve laid on her mat with her trip-sitter beside her. She felt it coming on. Then, whoosh. “I don’t know if there was a windy noise, or it was just inside my head. T...

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