A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

There are many ways to get involved with community organizing, from donations to volunteer work.

How to get involved with community organizing

Albert Levine, Reporter May 26, 2022

Interested in social and climate justice? Grassroots activism is one of the most direct ways to contribute to the effort. Here are four local organizations, their missions, and how you can connect with...

SGA President Delashay Carmona Benson (left) and SGA Vice President of Diversity Athena Weathers (right) formed the SRJC Disabled Student Union to support disabled students who feel excluded from campus life.

SGA leaders start Disabled Student Union to support SRJC’s disabled community

Michael Combs, Editor May 18, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College students Delashay Carmona Benson and Athena Weathers recently formed a disabled students union, which will become official in Fall 2022, to bolster the disabled community on campus. Both...

Members of The Oak Leaf staff pose with awards won at the 2022 ACP Spring National College Media Convention on March 5 in Long Beach.

The Oak Leaf recognized by professional press with 28 state and national awards

James Domizio, Magazine Editor May 17, 2022

Four professional journalism associations recognized The Oak Leaf with one national, three Western-region and 24 state-level awards for articles and photos covering a range of topics including climate...

Former SRJC student Tate Barend created the Lift-Off scholarship to support students with learning disabilities through college and allow them to showcase their unique abilities, which may be hampered by traditional education.

Former SRJC student gives back to disabled community with Lift-Off Scholarship

Michael Combs, Editor May 15, 2022

Tate Barend challenged himself with Advanced Placement classes at Petaluma High School, but he didn’t feel prepared for college. Reading and writing were particularly hard for him, due to his dyslexia. It...

A white sculpture depicting a humanoid deer rests near the window of the art gallery.

Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery sees its first student show since 2019

Aryk Copley, Photographer May 12, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College’s annual Student Art Show is on display at the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery in Doyle Library for the first time since 2019. The show hosts the top five selections of work from...

Many people marching in a protest. One person is in the foreground with a white sign that says Keep abortion safe. Legal. and Accessible!

Pro-Choice rally held in Old Courthouse Square in response to leaked Supreme Court draft overturning Roe v. Wade

Aryk Copley and Ava Domenichelli May 5, 2022

A modest crowd of more than 50 people gathered in Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square Tuesday to voice opposition to a recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that could potentially overturn the landmark...

Painters finishing their design for their Youth Engagement Model mural created   on Earth Day

A mural of monarchs: Students paint Elliott Avenue for Earth Day

Sam Guzman, Special to The Oak Leaf April 23, 2022

Students, families and volunteers came together to paint murals that spanned the whole of Elliott Avenue for Santa Rosa Junior College’s Earth Day event Friday. The event started at 9 a.m. April 22...

Levin, whos attended the JC on and off since 2014, wrote and directed the short film as a way to represent epilepsy in cinema.

SRJC alumnus’ short film to screen with panel on disability representation at Monte Rio Theater

Aryk Copley, Photographer April 19, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College alumnus Miles Levin’s short film, “Under the Lights,” will screen at 5 p.m. on April 30 at the historic Monte Rio Theater, followed by a panel discussion on disability representation...

Eric J. Adams (left) and director Amitabh Reza Chowdhury’s (third from left) latest film “Rickshaw Girl,” set in Bangladesh, screened at Carole L. Ellis Auditorium on April 6.

From Star Wars to sloths: The Spring Cinema Series returns to Petaluma campus on Wednesdays

Ava Domenichelli, Reporter April 7, 2022

After a two-year hiatus, the Petaluma Cinema Series is back with six diverse films, interviews with industry celebrities — including a “Star Wars” legend — and a visit by sloths in the Carole L....

SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong announced March 16 that students will no longer need to wear masks indoors after May 28, unless they have an exemption.

Indoor mask mandate lifts May 28, some students and faculty unhappy

Stephen Howe and Francisco Vargas April 7, 2022

Mask wearing will be optional indoors at Santa Rosa Junior College as of May 28, and students, faculty and staff have mixed opinions about whether the administration made a wise choice.  SRJC President...

Gas prices have skyrocketed over the past few months and continue to be a problem for students.

Inflation: Prices in Sonoma County soar, force lifestyle choices for students

Tony Moeckel, Blair McTaggart, and Bryan Fructuoso April 6, 2022

Inflation is on a dramatic rise, and for Santa Rosa Junior College students, the increase in prices is forcing them to make difficult budgetary decisions.  Inflation rose 7.5% over the past 12 months...

Hilleary Zarate smiles at the camera as her lawyer walks behind her in the Sonoma County Superior Court

Suspended SRJC student support manager pleads not guilty to all charges

Aryk Copley and Nick Vides March 29, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Support Manager Hilleary Zarate pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance for sale and an enhancement charge for the quantity at the Sonoma...

A poster for the Women and Disability in America talk at SRJC.

The little known history of the women behind the disability rights movement in America

Michael Combs, Editor March 19, 2022

Content warning: this story contains brief mention of sexual assault. A Stanford University assistant dean spoke to Santa Rosa Junior College students about the women behind the disability rights movement...

Ukraine Consul General Dmytro Kushneruk delivers a vigorous speech to a supportive crowd in front of City Hall in Sonoma, Calif. March 17, 2022.

Hundreds gather in Sonoma to hear Ukraine Consul General speak

Aryk Copley, Nick Vides, and Sean Young March 17, 2022

Hundreds of blue-and-yellow-clad supporters swarmed Sonoma City Hall March 17 to witness Consul General of Ukraine Dmytro Kushneruk speak about the plight of the Ukrainian people and receive a key to the...

SGA appointed an English major to a hiring committee, discussed the continued development of the ethnic studies department, and allotted $7500 to send JC SGA representatives to a state student government conference.

SGA approves new hiring committee member for new English department faculty

Aryk Copley, Reporter March 17, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly selected Monday English major Maria Ponomarenko to join the committee that will hire two new English department faculty. “This is one of the...

Three wine glasses filled with tasting portions of red wine. The middle glass is being poured into.

SRJC Student Wine Club hosts in-person tasting event

Sean Young, Reporter March 17, 2022

The Santa Rosa Junior College Student Wine Club hosted its first wine tasting event at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at SRJC’s Shone Farm Campus, highlighting local wines from Shone Farm and other wineries.  The...

Students interested in shaping the future of SRJC should consider running for office for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Applications open for Student Government Assembly

Sean Young, Reporter March 16, 2022

Students who want to run for 2022-2023 Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly can now submit applications after attending a virtual meeting to learn about the election rules and process. Candidate...

14 Santa Rosa Junior College choir and chamber singers and there instructor stand on the front steps of Burbank Auditorium in black formal wear.

Help SRJC choir students get to Carnegie Hall

Michael Combs, Editor March 15, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College concert choir and chamber singers will perform live at Burbank Auditorium on March 16 to help financially support their Carnegie Hall concert on April 17 in New York City. The...

A poster for the Black Student Unions What is Black seminar.

Black Student Union holds “What is Black?” seminar to discuss the African American Community in Sonoma County

Liam Vinueza, Social Media Manager March 15, 2022

Speakers at the Black Student Union presented “What is Black: A Leadership Perspective Seminar” on Feb. 28 which gave insight into the life of Sonoma County’s Black Community and expressed the need...

The Guerneville Pedestrian Bridge at dusk with yellow and blue lighting to show support for Ukraine.

Strong community presence at Russian River Rally for Ukraine

Aryk Copley, Photographer March 12, 2022

A spirited crowd gathered Friday evening to show support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s invasion and to watch Guerneville’s Pedestrian Bridge light up blue and yellow, the colors of Ukraine’s...

SRJC PEERS Coalitions Wellbeing Wednesday  encourages students to practice authentic speaking and listening to support mental health.

PEERS Coalition hosted its 6th Wellbeing Wednesday event Feb. 2

Albert Levine, Reporter March 8, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College’s student-to-student counseling and mental health service hosted its sixth Wellbeing Wednesday on Feb. 2 to encourage students to practice authentic speaking and listening.  The...

Eric Atkinson teaches African-American literature at Santa Rosa Junior College.

SRJC African-American literature specialist inspires students to learn through life experience

La Reva Myles, Reporter March 8, 2022

James Baldwin. E.E. Cummings. Jackson Brown’s “The Pretender.” Colored People’s Time. Comics. Science Fiction. These subjects are diverse, but Santa Rosa Junior College’s new African-American...

Construction underway at SRJC includes new

DRD to implement campus “walking tours” before Summer and Fall semesters

Liam Vinueza, Editor March 3, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College's Disability Resources Department plans to host campus tours to help disabled students navigate the campus before the Summer and Fall semesters, according to DRD Dean Kim Starke.   The...

A beige and brown sign reads Welcome to Sebastopol and features blue and yellow ribbons next to Chihirin, Ukraine, one of Sebastopols two sister cities.

Students and instructors react in wake of Russia’s unprovoked attack

Ava Domenichelli, Reporter March 3, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College students and instructors are fearful and frustrated after Russia invaded Ukraine Feb. 24.  A mixture of confusion and anxiety crossed the campus as students questioned the...

In-person graduation ceremonies will finally be returning for SRJC graduates this May.

SRJC will hold in-person commencement ceremony for first time since 2019

Garrett Ashton, Reporter February 23, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College is planning to host an in-person commencement ceremony for the Spring 2022 graduating class for the first time since 2019, SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong confirmed in an email...

A Black History Month flyer detailing the various BHM events happening at SRJC.

SRJC Sawubona Black Support Center presents “Black Yoga Series” for Black History Month

Michael Combs, Editor February 15, 2022

Learn to tap into your inner strength with the “Black Yoga Series” presented by Santa Rosa Junior College Sawubona Black Student Support Center to celebrate Black History Month this Feb. 21 and 28.  The...

The frame of the new SRJC dorm building with a white sky nearing sunset in the background.

State funding could drop new student housing rent as low as $700

Aryk Copley, Photographer February 10, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College applied for $15 million in state funding that could drop rent prices as low as $700 per month for the new student dormitory housing project on Elliot Avenue. If approved, the...

A photo of a sign that says Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf Guide to SRJC, Spring 2022: Online and Santa Rosa campus edition

The Oak Leaf Staff February 9, 2022

Another semester has begun, and COVID-19 is still complicating the school experience, so The Oak Leaf staff prepared this guide to the Santa Rosa campus and online-only classes. Petaluma, Shone Farm...

Former SRJC Student Support Manager Hilleary Zarates smiling headshot on a dark grey background.

SRJC community caught off-guard by Hilleary Zarate’s arrest for possession of meth for sale

Alex Fuller and James Domizio February 9, 2022

In the aftermath of Santa Rosa Junior College Student Support Manager Hilleary Zarate’s arrest on Jan. 10, SRJC community members feel shocked and confused. Zarate was arrested with her son Darrick...

Santa Rosa Junior College in-person services will remain online until Feb. 14 at least, with the exception of the SRJC Bookstore and Student Health Services, due to the severity of Omicron infections in Sonoma County.

Santa Rosa Junior College in-person services remain closed through Feb. 14

Michael Combs, Editor February 1, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College President Dr. Frank Chong postponed the reopening of in-person services until at least Feb. 14, except student study spaces, the SRJC bookstore and Student Health Services, due...

SRJC student support manager Hilleary Zarate, 44, was arrested Jan. 10 on charges of possession for sale of methamphetamine, according to authorities. She has been placed on leave until further notice, according to Erin Bricker, SRJC director of district and community relations.

SRJC student support manager Hilleary Zarate arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale

James Domizio, Managing Editor January 11, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Support Manager Hilleary Zarate was arrested Monday on drug trafficking charges with her son and a man suspected to be her boyfriend, according to a Santa Rosa police...

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Student Government Assembly discussed plans to rename Thanksgiving break and worked on creating representative positions for each of SRJC’s five campuses at its Dec. 6 meeting.

SGA discusses Fall Break proposition and more campus representation

Jenna McGovern, Reporter December 17, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Student Government Assembly discussed plans to rename Thanksgiving break and worked on creating representative positions for each of SRJC’s five campuses at its Dec. 6 meeting. Vice...

SGA asked representatives from 15 Santa Rosa Junior College student groups how supportive campus administration and culture was for them over Zoom Dec. 6.

SGA asks SRJC student groups if the campus is student-ready

Michael Combs, Editor December 11, 2021

Representatives from 15 Santa Rosa Junior College student groups weighed in on how supportive campus culture is for them at the Student Government Assembly’s “Is SRJC Ready For Me?” event Dec. 6...

Students attend SRJC PEERS Coalitions You are Not Alone: Reflecting Together on Well-Being During Distance Learning.

PEERS Coalition and “You Are Not Alone”: The troubles of distance learning and mental health

Stephen Howe, Reporter December 9, 2021

The Santa Rosa Junior College PEERS Coalition hosted an event Nov. 17 that discussed the mental health pros and cons of remote learning. The Zoom session, titled “You are Not Alone: Reflecting Together...

Student Government Assembly logo

SGA promotes upcoming events, announces vacancy

Cass Stewart, Editor December 1, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s student body president encouraged attendance at two upcoming student events and the Student Government Assembly’s vice president of finance stepped down at Monday’s SGA...

SGA officers unanimously appointed Zavier Rodrigues Santa Rosa vice president of clubs and discussed new B-CARE response team at their Nov. 15 Zoom meeting.

SGA appoints a new vice president of clubs and discusses B-CARE response team

Cass Stewart, Editor November 22, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly officers and assembly members unanimously voted for a new Santa Rosa vice president of clubs and received a B-CARE update from the dean of students...

The Oak Leaf staff, pictured here with Santa Rosa Junior College President Dr. Frank Chong (center, blue sweater), won two on-the-spot awards and 12 publication awards at the 2021 JACC Virtual Fall Conference Nov. 5–7.

The Oak Leaf brings home 14 JACC awards

James Domizio, Managing Editor November 18, 2021

The Oak Leaf won 14 awards including first place in three categories and second place in two on-the-spot contests at the Journalism Association of Community College’s 2021 Virtual Fall Conference Nov....

The logo for Santa Rosa Junior Colleges Student Government Assembly.

SGA approves $1,000 for giveaways at upcoming Sleep Out event

Aryk Copley, Photographer November 14, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Student Government Assembly approved at it’s Nov. 1 meeting $1,000 for giveaways at its upcoming Sleep Out event.  To bring awareness to increasing homelessness in Sonoma...

The SRJC Foundation and professional artist Maria De Los Angelos want to represent SRJC community values  for the new mural at 707 Elliot Ave.

SRJC Foundation seeks student and faculty input for new on-campus mural

Michael Combs, Editor November 8, 2021

The Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation is inviting members of the SRJC community to provide input on a new campus mural in a virtual conversation with the artist from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 10. John...

For the first time since 2020, students can use the study spaces located on every SRJC campus, including the tutorial center at Doyle Library.

SRJC opens three on-campus study spaces for first time since 2020

Aryk Copley, Reporter November 8, 2021

For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, Santa Rosa Junior College opened study spaces for limited hours. Starting Oct. 25 and through Dec. 17, students can use indoor study spaces with...

Director of SRJCs Early Childhood Education departments Childrens Centers Maleese Warner presents at the 2021 Indigenous Peoples Day celebration.

Native American Center Coordinator position announced at Indigenous Peoples’ Day Gathering

La Reva Myles, Reporter November 2, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College President Dr. Frank Chong and retired, returning adjunct instructor Dr. Brenda Flyswithhawks announced during SRJC’s Indigenous People’s Day celebration Oct. 11 that the JC...

A woman sits behind a safety monitor check-in station in a white tent

Check-in checkup: SRJC students and staff react to first weeks of vaccine mandate

James Domizio, Alex Fuller, and The Oak Leaf Staff November 1, 2021

The first two weeks of Santa Rosa Junior College’s in-person coronavirus vaccination mandate were largely a success, despite some technical difficulties and the occasional angry student. “Overall,...

A man in a suit, Jordan Burns, sits at a desk and speaks into a small microphone.

Former SRJC trustee Jordan Burns accused of child sex abuse

James Domizio, Managing Editor November 1, 2021

Content warning: this story contains discussion of child sexual abuse allegations. Santa Rosa Junior College President Dr. Frank Chong responded in an email Saturday to allegations that a Board of Trustees...

Six people standing with shovels during the groundbreaking ceremony for new on-campus housing.

SRJC celebrates new student housing project with groundbreaking ceremony

Michael Combs, Editor October 25, 2021

Nearly twenty years after demolishing its first student housing, Santa Rosa Junior College broke ground for construction of new and affordable on-campus dorms able to house 352 students on the southeast...

A sign for Santa Rosa Junior College stands on a green lawn backed by large oak trees and a blue sky.

Shone Farm closed due to weather conditions, food distribution postponed

Stephen Howe, Reporter October 24, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s outdoor learning lab Shone Farm will remain closed through Monday Oct. 25 due to weather conditions and increased risk of flooding, according to an email SRJC President Dr....

The Oak Leaf adds national syndication to its list of accomplishments after the work of current and former Oak Leafers Lauren Spates, Maritza Camacho, Nick Vides and Rebecca Bell was recognized by NPR.

The Oak Leaf’s “Chronic Catastrophe” podcast picked up by NPR

Cass Stewart, Editor October 24, 2021

NPR recognized the work of four Santa Rosa Junior College journalists by publishing their podcast “Chronic Catastrophe” to NPR.org Monday, making it The Oak Leaf’s first nationally syndicated podcast. Current...

SGA approved two hiring committee positions for advisor of student affairs accounting and marketing positions and one  supervisor for COVID safety hiring committee position at their meeting Oct. 18.

SGA approves three new hiring committee positions 

Michael Combs, Editor October 19, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Student Government Assembly approved three new hiring committee positions, two for advisor of student affairs accounting and marketing and one supervisor for COVID safety,...

A photo of Santa Rosa Junior Colleges front lawn and sign displaying the schools name.

SRJC students attend Academic Senate meeting to support student involvement in faculty hiring committees

Michael Combs, Editor October 16, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College students spoke in favor of the Student Government Assembly resolution to include students on faculty hiring committees, and the Academic Senate approved a new executive committee...

Students attend SRJC PEERS coalitions Well-Being Wednesday where they talk about positivity and mental health. Clockwise rom top left is Abby Miranda, Stephen Howe, Jeane Erlenborn, Quinn and Matti.

SRJC PEERS’ Well-Being Wednesday kicks-off for Fall semester

Stephen Howe, Reporter October 14, 2021

The Santa Rosa Junior College PEERS coalition hosted this semester’s first Well-Being Wednesday on Zoom on Oct. 6 to talk about positivity, thankfulness and good memories of 2021. At one point, the...

This Oak Leaf explainer will catch you up on SRJCs new vaccine mandate, how to get a CLEARED4 access pass and changes in campus attendance coming this October.

Everything you need to know about SRJC’s vaccine mandate and CLEARED4 access passes

James Domizio, Managing Editor October 11, 2021

Starting Oct. 18, Santa Rosa Junior College will require all students taking in-person classes to obtain virtual CLEARED4 access passes confirming their coronavirus vaccination or negative test status...

Chronic Catastrophe: Trailer

Chronic Catastrophe: Trailer

Chronic Catastrophe is a four-episode podcast about the impacts of cumulative climate change-induced disasters on our minds, bodies and spirits. Ultimately, we ask the question: Is it worth the risk to...

Michael Kemp took his winning photo of Bodega Head on a Canon 5DSR with a 35mm lens.

First SoCo Clicks photo competition brings Sonoma photographers together

Aryk Copley, Assistant Editor October 5, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College's Photo Club announced the winners of its first annual "SoCo Clicks" photo competition, with $1,000 awarded to Michael Kemp, an SRJC student who won Best in Show for his stunning...

Chronic Catastrophe: Episode 4, Is it worth it?

Chronic Catastrophe: Episode 4, Is it worth it?

Part 4: Is it worth it? In our final episode, host Rebecca Bell asks some important questions: Given the fact that climate change is affecting our minds, bodies and spirits, is it worth it to live here?...

Chronic Catastrophe: Episode 3, The Spirit

Chronic Catastrophe: Episode 3, The Spirit

Part 3: The Spirit Episode 3 examines how losing everything — or packing and preparing to lose it all — affects the spirit and identities of individuals, families and the community. In this episode,...

Chronic Catastrophe: Episode 2, The Body

Chronic Catastrophe: Episode 2, The Body

Part 2: The Body Hosted by Lauren Spates, episode 2 looks at the impact of more-fierce fire and flood on our immune system, our lungs and our brain. We talk to scientists, doctors and other experts...

Chronic Catastrophe: Episode 1, The Mind

Chronic Catastrophe: Episode 1, The Mind

Part 1: The Mind Our first episode looks at the impact of repeat catastrophes on our mental health. Hosted by Maritza Camacho, our first episode asks whether PTSD is the most accurate diagnosis for...

Santa Rosa medical professionals assured SRJC students and faculty that development of the COVID-19 vaccine followed the same testing and approval processes as the other 14 vaccines used in the U.S.

SRJC hosts Q&A to share COVID vaccine information and dispel misinformation

Michael Combs, Editor October 4, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Health Services and Santa Rosa Intercultural Center co-sponsored a COVID-19 vaccine Q&A webinar with multicultural medical professionals for students and faculty Sept....

Dr. Michael Valdovinos sits for a professional portrait in a black V-neck sweater

Board of Trustees selects Latinx psychologist, JC alumnus to fill board vacancy

Lauren A. Spates, PALS October 4, 2021

The Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Guerneville native, board-certified psychologist and former SRJC student Dr. Michael Valdovinos as provisional trustee...

The logo for Santa Rosa Junior Colleges Student Government Assembly.

SGA approves resolution supporting student participation in faculty hiring committees

James Domizio, Managing Editor September 30, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Student Government Assembly approved a resolution supporting students’ presence on faculty hiring committees and appointed a new officer and new honorary member at its Sept....

The entrance to SRJCs Petaluma campus is quiet thanks to COVID-19 protocols and reduced enrollment.

The Oak Leaf Guide to SRJC, Fall 2021: Petaluma campus edition

Stephen Howe, Reporter September 30, 2021

Whether you’re taking classes on campus or online, COVID-19 has complicated the back-to-school experience. To continue your smooth transition into the semester, The Oak Leaf staff prepared this guide...

A photo of a graphic titled On-Campus Employees/Volunteers - Vaccination verification & Covid 19 Testing Process. Step 1: Vaccination verification submitted online or in-person. Step 2: Vaccination record verified by HR and recorded in Escape Portal. OR Test Weekly with SRJC (Positive tests will be reported to COVID Response Team. Step 3: Weekly report on employees allowed on campus.

SRJC Board of Trustees approves on-campus vaccine mandate

Michael Combs and Liam Vinueza September 16, 2021

The Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees unanimously voted Sept. 14 to enact a vaccine mandate for students and employees on SRJC’s campuses for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Students...

Jill Ravitch defeats her recall efforts with over 80% of the votes being no.

With a resounding “no,” both Newsom and Sonoma County DA Jill Ravitch defeat their recalls

Nick Vides and Lauren A. Spates September 14, 2021

With approximately 61% of ballots counted, Gov. Gavin Newsom will remain in California’s governor’s mansion, according to the Associated Press. Newsom beat the recall handily, with nearly 70% of...

The logo of Santa Rosa Junior Colleges Student Government Assembly.

SGA supports on-campus vaccine mandate

Audrey Fry, Editor-in-Chief September 14, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly officers voted 6-1 in support of a vaccine mandate for everyone on SRJC’s campuses after discussion of safety and ethics at its Sept. 13 virtual...

SRJC’s Plan for a Safe Return to Campus outlines COVID-19 protocols such as indoor mask mandates, building check-ins and symptom self-checks in accordance with CDC, state, county and Cal/OSHA requirements according to SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong.

The Oak Leaf Guide to SRJC, Fall 2021: Online and Santa Rosa campus edition

The Oak Leaf Staff September 3, 2021

Whether you’re taking classes on campus or online, COVID-19 has complicated the back-to-school experience. To continue your smooth transition into the semester, The Oak Leaf staff prepared this guide...

Chronic Catastrophe: A California Humanities + The Oak Leaf production

“Chronic Catastrophe”: A California Humanities + The Oak Leaf production

The Podcast Chronic Catastrophe is an NPR-syndicated four-episode podcast about the impacts of cumulative climate change-induced disasters on our minds, bodies and spirits. Ultimately, we ask the question:...

Sign on the lawn of the SRJC that says SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE.

More than 800 Fall 2021 SRJC classes will be in-person

Audrey Fry, Editor-in-Chief August 12, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College will offer 806 in–person sections this Fall 2021 semester after offering about 100 in spring, according to SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong. The remaining 1,635 sections will...

A picture of a group of Pomo dancers performing under a read canopy.

Unity Through Community: SRJC clubs share support and solidarity

Emma Molloy and Michael Combs May 20, 2021

A diverse coalition of Santa Rosa Junior College student groups gathered Saturday on the Santa Rosa campus front lawn at Unity Through Community, an event designed to unite students of diverse cultural...

A photo of Black Panther Legacy Keepers cofounder Amin Cooley.

Black Panther Legacy Keepers co-founder Amin Cooley on starting anew while building on the old

Michael Combs, Editor May 19, 2021

Watching Derek Chauvin murder George Floyd lit a revolutionary fire in many Americans, but not all were immediately prepared to take to the streets. Musician-turned-activist Amin Cooley was one who...

A photograph of a wooden boat at sea, carrying dozens of Vietnamese refugees.

“Finding the Virgo” screening and Q&A with Barre Fong and Lauren Vuong

Emily Hewitt, Reporter May 19, 2021

Lauren Vuong promoted empathy towards refugees by sharing her journey of finding the captain who rescued her family after they escaped Vietnam in a screening of her film, “Finding the Virgo,” April...

A flyer for a hapa event at Santa Rosa Junior College.

SRJC Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association hosts panel for hapa students and faculty

Emma Molloy, Editor May 19, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association hosted a panel where mixed race students and faculty shared their experiences in light of Asian American Pacific Islander History...

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SGA officers express gratitude at last Spring meeting

Audrey Fry, Reporter May 19, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly closed the semester May 17 with a reminder for self care during finals week, approval of revised bylaws and an appointment to the hiring committee...

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SRJC hosts native and diaspora poetry reading

Sophia Serrano, Reporter May 19, 2021

Now is the time to be a revolutionary, agreed three poets who spoke at an SRJC Libraries online poetry reading April 16.  The three poets, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Angel Dominguez and Tongo Eisen-Martin,...

The logo for SRJC HackJam 2021.

“AI Spy” wins first place at SRJC HackJam 2021

Blair McTaggart, Reporter May 19, 2021

Students spent the first weekend of May creating video games from scratch and promoting creative thinking at Santa Rosa Junior College’s HackJam 2021. This year's theme was to create a new game or...

A photo of the Santa Rosa Junior College front-lawn sign depicting the schools name.

Board of Trustees schedules listening session in response to BLAC’s protest against listening sessions

Michael Combs, Editor May 16, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees addressed the Black Leadership Association Collective and the need for updated virtual teaching for Fall at its May 11 Zoom meeting. Leaders from BLAC and...

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assemblys logo.

SGA discusses campus reopening logistics and concerns

Audrey Fry, Reporter May 12, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly discussed how to balance campus reopening and safety with President of Student Affairs Jane Saldana-Talley, approved next year’s budget and continued...

A photo of former SRJC theatre arts employee Ari Eden Poppers that he used as his Facebook profile picture before he deleted his account.

Ari Poppers resigns from SRJC theatre arts department, SRPD investigation wraps up

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief May 5, 2021

Theatre Arts Production Specialist Ari Eden Poppers resigned from Santa Rosa Junior College’s theatre arts department, according to an email from SRJC Interim Vice President of Human Resources Sarah...

A photo of musician and filmmaker Boots Riley.

Boots Riley illustrates students’ power in numbers

Malcolm Bess, Reporter May 4, 2021

Acclaimed musician and film director Boots Riley spoke to Santa Rosa Junior College students about how labor strikes add teeth to protests March 16 over Zoom.  Riley, frontman of Oakland based hip-hop...

A photo of the front gates of Santa Rosa Junior College.

Dr. Chong says some on-campus classes will return Fall 2021, follow CDC guidelines

Jonathan Bigall, Editor May 4, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College will offer as many in-person classes as possible for the Fall 2021 semester, according to SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong and Jane Saldana-Talley. This represents an expansion...

A photo of a person carrying a sign that says Defund the police. Behind them is a group of people holding up a Black Lives Matter flag.

BLAC, BSU and Black students and faculty to stage “BlackOut” walkout May 5

Michael Combs, Editor May 4, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Black Leadership Association Collective (BLAC) is staging a "BlackOut" walkout during the Academic Senate meeting at 3:15 p.m. May 5 on the front lawn of Santa Rosa Junior College...

SRJC Student Government Assembly logo.

More calls for racial justice on campus at SGA meeting

Audrey Fry, Reporter May 4, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly invited speakers to discuss the May 5 racial justice walkout, appointed members to hiring committees, discussed next year’s budget and shared their...

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Mondays with Mary: How SRJC is taking care of students’ mental and physical health during remote learning

Blair McTaggart, Reporter May 4, 2021

“Enrollment fee, $920.” Expensive, but seems important. “Parking fee, $60.” Overpriced, but I need to park. “Textbooks and materials, $400.” Ridiculous, but necessary to pass the class. "Health...

Climate Action Night drew a crowd of almost 200 April 29 to hear 12 presentations on as many ordinances and bills working their way through California’s legislative process

Climate Action Night spurs students to push for political change

Lauren A. Spates, Editor May 4, 2021

Student presenters at Santa Rosa Junior College’s third annual Climate Action Night called on attendees to channel their climate-related anger and anxiety into action by pressuring state and local officials...

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Three SRJC students’ films to play at Alexander Valley Film Festival Student Film Competition

Liam Vinueza, Editor May 1, 2021

Alexander Valley Film Society hosts its annual student film competition at 8:30 p.m. May 1 at the Healdsburg Community Center in partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education, Film Fest Petaluma...

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SGA approves May 15 Unity Walk and discusses campus reopening

Audrey Fry, Reporter April 29, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly approved a May 15 Unity Walk, collected student concerns about campus reopening for SRJC leadership and hosted community members who spoke about social...

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Healing through remembrance: Herbalism in Chicanx culture

Audrey Fry, Reporter April 27, 2021

Chicanx educators encouraged the 50-plus attendees at April 8’s “Última: La Curandera” Zoom event to reconnect with the traditional healing knowledge of Chicanx and indigenous elders in their lives. “In...

A photo of a grey-haired middle-aged man smirking, that was sent to a person he believed to be a 16-year-old girl.

Nearly a dozen current and former SRJC students accuse Ari Poppers of lewd behavior, harassment over 10-year period

Alex Fuller and James Domizio April 23, 2021

More than a dozen current and former Santa Rosa Junior College students claim embattled theatre arts staff member Ari Eden Poppers harassed them or their peers on and off campus dating back almost a decade. In...

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Newsom makes official Sonoma County drought

Zach Jaffe, Special to The Oak Leaf April 23, 2021

Standing in the dry lakebed of Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday to improve the state's drought preparedness and declare a drought-caused state of emergency in Sonoma...

Climate activists hang banners on Highway 101 overpasses to call attention to the climate crisis.

Activists hang banners across Sonoma County in the “fight for a livable future”

Jennifer Sawhney, Reporter April 23, 2021

Sonoma County climate activists hung banners in various locations across the county Thursday morning to mark Earth Day and push for immediate reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Activists from Sonoma...

The Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly logo.

SGA student election results are in

Audrey Fry, Reporter April 22, 2021

Student Government Programs Coordinator Zack Miranda announced results from last week’s Student Government Assembly elections and the student body president previewed a unity event to close out a challenging...

The SRJC museum surrounded by trees.

Board of Trustees renames on-campus museum and supports climate change policies

Jennifer Sawhney, Reporter April 20, 2021

The Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees passed resolutions to eliminate a Petaluma managerial position, renamed an on-campus museum and supported policies to reduce climate change at its April...

A photo of use-of-force expert Barry Brodd, who spoke in defense of Derek Chauvins murder trial.

SRJC distances itself from Chauvin trial use-of-force defense expert

Nick Vides, Editor April 19, 2021

Barry Brodd, the use-of-force expert who testified for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s defense in the George Floyd murder trial, taught a variety of police training courses at Santa...

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SRPD investigates SRJC theatre arts employee Ari Poppers

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief April 18, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Technical Director Ari Eden Poppers is on administrative leave and under investigation by the Santa Rosa Police Department for allegedly engaging in sexual communication...

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SGA highlights mental health

Audrey Fry, Reporter April 15, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly introduced diverse new therapists from Student Health Services (SHS), appointed an executive vice president of legislation and approved a letter supporting...

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Students and faculty react to SRJC remaining mostly online through 2021

Michael Combs, Editor April 12, 2021

The announcement that online instruction will continue into the Fall 2021 semester on April 8 evoked another round of mixed reactions by Santa Rosa Junior College faculty and students. SRJC President...

A poster for Santa Rosa Junior College Our Houses We the Future 2021 conference on April 16.

SRJC to host annual We The Future social justice conference April 16

Malcolm Bess, Reporter April 12, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Our House hosts its annual We The Future virtual conference 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 16 on Zoom. This year’s keynote speaker is Boots Riley, acclaimed musician...

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SRJC will remain mostly online for Fall 2021

Jonathan Bigall, Editor April 8, 2021

Fall 2021 courses will mostly be held remotely with some in-person labs and courses, Santa Rosa Junior College President Dr. Frank Chong announced today in an email to students and faculty. Student...

The Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly logo.

SGA debates letter supporting racial minorities, announces upcoming events

Audrey Fry, Reporter April 8, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Student Government Association discussed how to support racial minorities, announced a new mental health service and rejected a proposed change to SGA bylaws. Sitting members...

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The Oak Leaf wins 16 awards for 2020 work

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief April 2, 2021

The Oak Leaf won 14 state awards and two national awards, including first place in two publication categories and two on-the-spot contests at the Connect2021 Spring National College Media Convention March...

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For every click on this article, I will take a bite out of my hat!

Nick Vides and Tucker Lang April 1, 2021

Yes, this may read as if it is a click-bait article, and if you thought that, you are correct.  As former Editor-in-Chief Zane Zinkl's “Top 10 cigarettes I smoked in Europe” hits over 93,000 views,...

A photo of the opening paragraphs from The Declaration of Sentiments.

Religious radicalism and change

Liam Vinueza, Editor March 31, 2021

During her talk “Radical Women in the Burned Over District: Antebellum Religious, Racial and Gender Challenges Along the Erie Canal,” esteemed historian Anne Donegan lectured attendees on the power...

A young Black woman raises her fist in this screenshot from Ciani Rey Walkers Misfits.

Ciani Rey Walker’s “Misfits” invites viewers to understand the Black Panther Party

Emily Hewitt, Reporter March 31, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College hosted a screening of Ciani Rey Walker’s “Misfits,” a short film that celebrates the Black female voice and promotes an understanding of the Black Panther Party, in a Zoom...

A sign for Sonoma County state beach Gleason Beach on the Sonoma coast.

How to celebrate spring break without breaking COVID-19 protocols

Jennifer Sawhney, Reporter March 21, 2021

While COVID-19 has limited spring break again this year, there is plenty to explore in the vicinity of Santa Rosa Junior College or in the safety of your home. Sonoma County is a natural playground with...

A slide about the disadvantages of colorblindness with regard to young children.

Colorblindness is not the goal: Anti-racism in the preschool classroom

Audrey Fry, Reporter March 18, 2021

Early childhood education researcher Michelle DeJohnette called on teachers to be anti-racist and acknowledge the diversity of their students rather than taking a “colorblind” approach that treats...

A sign reading Hard hat area adorns a fence surrounds the remains of the demolished Shuhaw Hall.

Campus construction: What SRJC students have missed since last March

Jonathan Bigall and Hannah Cunha March 18, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College students will be shocked when they return to campus after more than a year away. Every JC campus is undergoing a makeover of varying degrees, with some Santa Rosa campus buildings...

A poster for Stephanie Robillards Telling Her Story event about the importance of diverse literature.

“Telling Her Story”: Stephanie Robillard presents study on multicultural literature

Cass Stewart, Editor March 18, 2021

Stanford University doctoral candidate Stephanie Robillard explored the importance of students being exposed to Young Adult Multicultural Literature (YAML), held space for inclusive stories told by members...

A flyer for the event featuring Dr. Jessica Esquivel

Where physics and life collide: Jessica Esquivel, Afro-Latina physicist and activist

Jennifer Sawhney, Reporter March 17, 2021

Jessica Esquivel encouraged inclusivity in the sciences and drew parallels between her life as an Afro-Latina physicist and the transformation of particles in a particle accelerator during her speech Feb....

Poster for Legacy of the Blues panel sponsored by the Black Students Union.

Sage wisdom from a lifetime of blues

Michael Combs and Jessica Johnson March 17, 2021

Children of legendary blues musicians gave advice to Santa Rosa Junior College students about becoming successful Black artists in a white-dominant society at the “Legacy of the Blues” panel Feb. 23.  SRJC...

Construction underway at SRJC includes new

Board of Trustees approves transition toward in-person athletics, denounces anti-Asian violence and updates land acknowledgement

Jennifer Sawhney, Reporter March 17, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College President Dr. Frank Chong announced the Sonoma County Health Department approved the SRJC’s athletics department’s transition plan at the Board of Trustees meeting on March...

A banner for Dr. Cecilia Ballis lecture on Latinx voting trends.

Real talk: Understanding Latinx voters, a lecture with Dr. Cecilia Balli

Sophia Ginsberg, Reporter March 17, 2021

After immersing herself in the Latinx populations of Texas for over a year, PhD anthropologist, journalist and professor Dr. Cecilia Balli revealed how Latinx voter patterns are tied to deeper social and...

A poster for the three part Black Lives More Than Matter! workshop by Dr. Abdimalik Buul.

Black lives more than matter: Viewing the SRJC vision statement through an anti-racist lens

Michael Combs, Editor March 17, 2021

Dr. Abdimalik Buul, an anti-racist activist, spoke with Santa Rosa Junior College students about the lack of a model of equity for students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in SRJC's vision statement...

A birds eye view of planned student housing.

SRJC postpones affordable student housing project by one year

Emma Molloy, Editor March 15, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s student housing project intended to accommodate 352 students with affordable and sustainable on campus housing was delayed one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with an expected...

The SRJC Student Government Assembly logo.

SGA creates committee to address virtual learning concerns

Audrey Fry, Reporter March 14, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Association created an ad-hoc committee of students and faculty Monday to discuss the challenges of virtual learning, the budget timeline and upcoming events. The...

An image of SRJCs Luther Burbank Auditorium, home to SRJCs theatre programs.

Summer Repertory Theatre 2021 season canceled

Jessica Johnson, Reporter March 14, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College officially canceled Summer Repertory Theatre for the second straight year, but some digital content is in the works. In an email to colleagues, SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong...

SRJC now offers CubCards virtually, giving students access to dozens of discounts and promotions.

Santa Rosa Junior College offering virtual CubCards

Malcolm Bess, Reporter March 10, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College CubCard student IDs are now available virtually, the Office of Student Life announced via Bearfacts March 7. The CubCard virtual ID gives students free bus rides within Sonoma...

Governor Gavin Newsom stands at a podium in Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. A screen behind him shows multiple public officials and an ASL interpreter is shown on the bottom right.

Newsom describes “our brighter future” in State of the State address

Nick Vides, Editor March 10, 2021

With a recall looming in the distance, California Gov. Gavin Newsom committed to opening schools safely, tackling COVID-19 and provided a plan for a brighter California during his State of the State speech...

A pile of various pieces of unrecyclable plastic including shopping bags, water bottles and a comb.

“The Story of Plastic” panel rethinks how to reduce, reuse, recycle and rot

Audrey Fry, Reporter March 9, 2021

A panel of zero waste experts discussed personal actions that can affect plastic pollution and climate change while offering hope for the future with 50 Santa Rosa Junior College students and community...

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SGA announces budget, food drive success, election updates and progress on remote learning concerns

Audrey Fry, Reporter March 6, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Association announced the budgeting timeline for next school year, celebrated a successful food drive, reviewed opportunities to run for SGA as a group and...

Multimedia artist Mildred Howard spoke with SRJC students about art as cultural celebration, highlighting the importance of creativity and individual expression.

Art as activism and cultural inclusivity: A lecture with Mildred Howard

Sophia Ginsberg, Reporter March 4, 2021

Artist Mildred Howard shared her passion for juxtaposition and showcased her diverse art pieces to Santa Rosa Junior College students for Black History Month Feb. 22 over Zoom. Embracing the diversity...

Attendance at one of the last two meetings is required for any student interested in running for elected office.

Interested in student government? Attend one of two mandatory meetings before applying

Nick Vides, Editor March 2, 2021

Students who want to run for Student Government Assembly positions can now submit applications for the 2021-2022 academic year, but only after attending a mandatory Zoom meeting explaining the election...

SRJC is offering loaner laptops, hotspots and calculators for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The items are available via contactless curbside pickup.

SRJC still offering loaner laptops and hotspots for remote learning

Malcolm Bess, Reporter February 28, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College is offering laptops, hotspots and calculators through the library to help students with remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can request a loaner item at SRJC...

Read on for 10 good habits for achieving financial security that will get you through the pandemic and set you on a stable course in the future.

10 ways to find your financial footing for the future

Blair McTaggart, Reporter February 28, 2021

As if saving money wasn’t hard enough in the before-times, the coronavirus pandemic and its shaky economy have made it even tougher. Here are 10 good habits for achieving financial security that will...

SRJC Intercultural Center to present “Misfits” screening and Q&A

The Oak Leaf Staff February 27, 2021

Ushering students into Women’s History Month, the Santa Rosa Junior College Intercultural Center will present the short film "Misfits" followed by a conversation with its creator Ciani Rey Walker 11...

SRJC continues its effort to support students through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feed The Bears to provide SRJC students with free groceries and gift cards

Jonathan Bigall, Editor February 25, 2021

The Feed The Bears food program has partnered with Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) to give away free groceries and a $50 grocery gift card to Santa Rosa Junior College students on the first Monday of March...

The SRJC SGA addressed concerns about online test proctoring software and reviewed details for a variety of upcoming health and cultural events over Zoom 2/22.

SGA examines online test proctoring and previews student health, cultural events

Audrey Fry, Reporter February 25, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly cautioned against online test proctoring software before reviewing student elections, health resources and Black History Month events at Monday’s...

As part of Black History Month, SRJC BLAC will present Creating Black Equity, an event focused on combating institutional racism.

SRJC BLAC to present summit on combating racism Feb. 26

Jessica Johnson, Reporter February 25, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Black Leaders Association Collective (BLAC) presents "Creating Black Equity: Action Beyond Solidarity Statements," a summit about creating and maintaining an anti-racist campus...

“Resistance is more than just fighting back; it is also about creating other avenues to express ourselves,” activist Leroy F. Moore Jr. said in a Zoom presentation Feb. 9 entitled Black Disability in Resistance and Creating.

Krip-Hop Nation: Creating art to resist oppression

Fay Rasmuson and Malcolm Bess February 23, 2021

Black disabled individuals have historically turned to art and music because it was the only way to make a living, and it soon became a rich part of cultural history, Leroy F. Moore Jr. shared in his presentation...

SRJC Foundation offers awards ranging from $200 to $4000 from one application.

SRJC Foundation opens scholarship applications for 2020-21

Jessica Johnson, Reporter February 23, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Foundation will accept scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year until March 2. The SRJC Foundation offers students an easy way to apply to hundreds of scholarships...

After receiving her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, Stephanie Stone (left) sets her appointment for her second dose with nurses assistant Angel Rodgers (right).

Petaluma SRJC campus becomes one of three new vaccination sites

Jonathan Bigall and Hannah Cunha February 22, 2021

The Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus became a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Feb. 9 with nurses traveling from out of state to help administer doses. The Petaluma campus’ fitness center was...

The federally recognized celebration of Black History Month continues with strong support, even during quarantine.

Four ways to celebrate Black History Month at home

Tucker Lang, Editor February 17, 2021

This year, it's easier than ever to celebrate Black History Month from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few ways to give back to and learn more from the Black community this month. Take a virtual...

SRJC Petaluma Our House hosts the Welcome Back Kickback 12–1 p.m. Feb. 18 on Zoom.

SRJC Petaluma Our House hosts Welcome Back Kickback

Ashley Luna, Staff Writer February 17, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma’s inclusive space Our House hosts its Welcome Back Kickback noon–1 p.m. Feb. 18 on Zoom. Students looking for virtual coziness can share their online learning...

Santa Rosa Junior College opened two vaccination clinics last week. The SRJC clinic is for students only, while the Petaluma clinic is open to the public by appointment.

Board of Trustees announces new vaccination sites and emergency funding for students 

Michael Combs and Jennifer Sawhney February 17, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees announced emergency funding and the opening of vaccination sites at the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses at a Zoom meeting Feb. 9. The Santa Rosa clinic offers...

The SRJC Student Health Services continues to provide support for those struggling psychologically during remote instruction.

SRJC PEERS Coalition hosts Well-Being Wednesday

Jonathan Bigall, Editor February 15, 2021

The Santa Rosa Junior College PEERS Coalition will be holding “Well-Being Wednesday,” a themed mental health discussion and workshop on the 2nd Wednesday of each month this Spring semester. The...

Dr. Abdimalik Buul spoke Feb. 5 over Zoom about the types of racism, how to be an agent of change and how racism affects us all.

Black lives more than matter: Being an agent of change against structural racism

Michael Combs, Editor February 11, 2021

Dr. Abdimalik Buul, an award-winning professor at San Diego City College, spoke with 65 Santa Rosa Junior College students and faculty Feb. 5 over Zoom about becoming an anti-racist.  Dr. Buul is a...

Prospective and current club members gathered on Zoom Wednesday in the first ICC Club Day of the semester.

SRJC clubs present online in semester’s first Club Day

Ashley Luna, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Inter-Club Council showcased a multitude of clubs eager to inform and recruit new members over Zoom Wednesday.  The event featured representatives from the ASL Club, Baha’i...

The SRJC SGA met to promote upcoming events over Zoom Monday. During the meeting, Student Body President Delashay Carmona Benson was appointed to aid in the hiring process for the schools new Vice President of Human Resources.

SGA prepares for upcoming elections and encourages student participation

Cass Stewart, Editor February 10, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly discussed this week’s upcoming events and appointed Student Body President Delashay Carmona Benson as Vice President of Human Resources Hiring Committee...

The SRJC SGA met to fill the vacant Santa Rosa vice president of marketing seat and discuss online-education-induced anxiety over Zoom Monday.

SGA appoints new vice president of marketing and discusses Zoom fears

Cass Stewart, Editor February 2, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly appointed a new vice president of marketing for the Santa Rosa campus, voiced concerns about educators requiring students to keep their cameras on...

SRJC student Kay Trieseberg is hosting a donation drive collection on Friday, Dec. 5, and a distribution on Friday, Dec. 12.

SRJC student to host winter donation drive Saturday

Emma Molloy, Staff Writer December 4, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College student Kay Trieseberg is hosting a donation drive drop-off for those without homes in Sonoma County from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at 3275 Dutton Ave. She will then distribute...

The last food distribution and grocery card giveaway of the semester will take place 9–10 a.m. Dec. 7 on Santa Rosa campus

SJRC to host final food giveaway of the semester Friday

Cass Stewart, Staff Writer December 1, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Life, Equity and Engagement has partnered with Redwood Empire Food Bank to host the last free food distribution and grocery card giveaway of the year from 9–10 a.m....

The SRJC BSU will host an open Zoom meeting Friday to discuss justice, racism and law enforcement within Sonoma County.

SRJC BSU hosts online “Justice Speaks” event

Lilia Epstein, Staff Writer November 19, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College Black Student Union (BSU) will host an open Zoom meeting Friday, Nov. 20 of “honest and difficult community conversations” surrounding justice, racism and law enforcement...

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SRJC LGBTQ Committee hosts online Transgender Day of Remembrance event

Alex Fuller, Editor November 19, 2020

The Santa Rosa Junior College LGBTQ Presidential Advisory Committee will host a free online event Friday, Nov. 20 honoring lost transgender lives in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance.  The...

Cat Brooks, leader of Black Lives Matter and self-described “radical activist” with a national profile, spoke to more than 100 Santa Rosa Junior College students Nov. 2 about defunding the police and her history fighting racial injustice.

Cat Brooks: What is radical reform?

Priscilla Navas and Michael Combs November 17, 2020

Cat Brooks, leader of Black Lives Matter and self-described “radical activist” with a national profile, spoke to more than 100 Santa Rosa Junior College students Nov. 2 about defunding the police and...

Stressed about transferring? Heres what you should be doing now.

Transferring? Here’s what you should do right now

Willow Ornellas, Staff Writer November 7, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College's Transfer Center hosted its annual transfer workshop Nov. 4, where Daisy Cardenas, Candy Owens and Tony Vasquez offered two hour's worth of information to help demystify the...

Dr. Brenda Flyswithhawks feels that Native American appreciation at SRJC began when ceremonies were performed on campus in response to sacred oak trees being cut down.

Board of Trustees formally recognizes SRJC sits on Pomo land 

Michael Combs, Editor November 5, 2020

The Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees acknowledged that SRJC lies on territorial Pomo land by unanimously approving an SRJC land acknowledgement on Oct. 13.  This land acknowledgement is...

Free produce, plus $50 grocery card for SRJC students

Free produce, plus $50 grocery card for SRJC students

Cass Stewart, Staff Writer November 1, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Student Life, Equity and Engagement group joins forces with Redwood Empire Food Bank to host a free food distribution and grocery card giveaway from 9-10 a.m. Nov. 16 at Burbank...

Poster for the Buddhist perspective on racism & civil unrest event.

Students for World Peace hold “enlightening” Buddhist event on racism and civil unrest

Cass Stewart, Staff Writer October 29, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Students for World Peace spoke with a group of 46 students and faculty about peaceful solutions to the violent cycle of racism and civil unrest through the lens of Nichiren...

Local artist and SRJC alum Amanda Ayala will “Altars and Ancestors” from 2:30-4 p.m. Oct. 29. Ayala encourages people from all backgrounds to participate even if you have limited experience or knowledge of the Día de los Muertos traditions.

“Altars and Ancestors”: Free, digital Día de los Muertos altar-building workshop

Peyton Krzyzek, Staff Writer October 28, 2020

Día de los Muertos is a time to celebrate and pay respects to deceased loved ones, and this year Santa Rosa Junior College is hosting a Zoom Altar-making workshop for anyone who would like to participate.  Local...

Smoke and haze over the Skyhawk neighborhood.

Fires force SRJC students to evacuate mid-semester for the third consecutive year

Cass Stewart, Staff Writer October 13, 2020

The evacuation call came at 7:47 p.m. Sunday evening Sept. 27 for Sophia Ginsberg, 18, an environmental science major at SRJC. The Shady Fire had erupted and was approaching the back of her family’s...

Protestors march on Washington Street carrying signs for the BLM movement.

“No good cops in a racist system”: Protestors march for Breonna Taylor in Petaluma

Jonathan Bigall, Editor October 12, 2020

Roughly 100 people marched from Putnam Plaza through downtown Petaluma Saturday, Oct. 3 in support of Breonna Taylor and the Black Lives Matter movement. The march began in Putnam Plaza and moved through...

The Oak Leaf interviews Rep. Jared Huffman

The Oak Leaf interviews Rep. Jared Huffman

Oak Leaf Staff October 8, 2020

U.S. House Rep. Jared Huffman visited The Oak Leaf Oct. 6 to answer questions about his platform for reelection to California's 2nd Congressional District. He spent 2 hours with the staff sharing his perspective...

SRJC logo and Santa Rosa junior college on a white background

SRJC awarded $3 million HSI grant for Latinx and low-income students

Michael Combs, Editor October 7, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Santa Rosa Junior College a nearly $3 million grant with goals of increasing academic preparedness and degree and certification completion among Latinx and low-income...

Debris of a house that once stood on the 5800 block of Mountain Hawk Road in Santa Rosa.

Glass Incident Fire forces SRJC closure through Friday

Oak Leaf Staff September 28, 2020

4:50 p.m. Thursday As the Glass Fire continues to rage in Sonoma and Napa counties, residents are urged to stay prepared for evacuation. A lot of students feel anxious, triggered from past fires...

Dakota McGranahan, recently ousted student body president, has alleged impropriety in the colleges decision to remove them and replace them with runner-up Delashay Carmona Benson.

Former SGA President Dakota McGranahan alleges “illegal” conduct by SRJC

Alex Fuller and James Domizio September 26, 2020

Dakota McGranahan, the recently ousted Santa Rosa Junior College student body president, fought back Monday in a Student Government Assembly (SGA) meeting, alleging the college conducted a flawed investigation...

Welcome to Zoom University: Student and staff reaction

Welcome to Zoom University: Student and staff reaction

Willow Ornellas, Staff Writer September 23, 2020

SRJC officials announced on Aug. 27 that the school would be continuing remote instruction through the Spring 2021 semester, which has evoked strong reactions from students and staff. Several students...

Q&A with West Below, president of SRJC’S Young Americans For Liberty chapter

Q&A with West Below, president of SRJC’S Young Americans For Liberty chapter

Priscilla Terry, Staff Writer September 21, 2020

The Oak Leaf: Hi West, thanks for joining us. Can you tell us about yourself and Young Americans for Liberty?  West Below: I am SRJC chapter president and free speech coordinator for Young Americans...

Young Americans for Liberty President West Below introduces speakers Antony Davies, James R. Harrigan and Alex Tokarev at the groups Lockdowns vs. Liberty Q&A session that questioned the benefits of shutting down the economy.

“More lives could have been saved elsewhere”: Young Americans for Liberty Q&A and forum

Priscilla Terry and Jonathan Bigall September 17, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College’s libertarian student group hosted a Q&A session Sept. 7 discussing the federal and state coronavirus response and whether the restrictions represented governmental overreach...

Store important survival supplies and low-tech entertainment in a stout backpack you can grab at a moment’s notice.

Evacuation preparation: What you need when it’s time to leave

Priscilla Navas September 17, 2020

Fire season is upon us, so it is important to be prepared for what lies ahead.  A lot of students feel anxious, triggered from past fires and the threat of new ones. Having a plan may help alleviate...

SRJC staff were shocked Tuesday when an English instructors email invitation to an online diversity seminar was met with a hateful email from a former SRJC adult education instructor.

Faculty and staff furious at menacing response to diversity, inclusion workgroup

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief September 2, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College faculty and staff were outraged Tuesday at an incendiary response sent to English instructor Lauren Servais’s invitation to a justice, equity, diversity and inclusion-centered...

SRJC extends online-only classes through Spring 2021

SRJC extends online-only classes through Spring 2021

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief August 27, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College announced that classes will continue online only through the Spring 2021 semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong said in an email Thursday.  Dr....

A fire burns Tuesday night as part of the LNU Lightning Complex, a series of wildfires raging in Sonoma and Napa counties.

Shone Farm closed due to Walbridge Fire evacuations

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief August 19, 2020

The Oak Leaf will provide ongoing updates related to the Lightning Complex fires in Sonoma and Napa counties. Check back here for new information.  Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2:20 p.m. Santa Rosa Junior...

SRJC records first COVID-19 case on campus

SRJC records first COVID-19 case on campus

Lauren A. Spates, Managing Editor June 11, 2020

A student in one of Santa Rosa Junior College’s public health and safety programs tested positive for COVID-19, the first positive case confirmed on the Santa Rosa campus, SRJC authorities said Thursday...

At 2 p.m. nearly every day,  cardiac nurse Maddison Jones* leaves home for the unknown to a Sonoma County hospital. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones focuses on self-care, so she can continue to take the best care of her patients at work. I am staying healthy so they can stay healthy by extension, she says.

The new normal: Three front-line workers describe their lives during the coronavirus emergency

Luke Morrow, News Editor June 2, 2020

A restaurant worker, class valedictorian and a nurse all come from different worlds, but are brought together by one thing: how the reality of their lives and jobs changed during the COVID-19 health and...

SRJC is offering three virtual graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus pandemic, rather than an in-person event on the quad.

SRJC graduates walk — at home

Alden Nichols, Staff Writer May 21, 2020

The end of May is typically a time when parents and supporters gather on the quad under a bright blue sky to watch Santa Rosa Junior College students walk across the graduation stage, sometimes as the...

SRJCs Summer Repertory Theater program is postponed until 2021.

Summer Rep Theater Postponed

Stephen Howe, Staff Writer May 14, 2020

The Santa Rosa Junior College Summer Repertory Theater Festival is one of the many programs affected by the pandemic, and although we won’t be getting to see any plays this summer, SRT is not gone for...

Online-only decision exposes range of faculty emotions

Online-only decision exposes range of faculty emotions

Nick Vides, Staff Writer April 30, 2020

In the aftermath of the news Thursday afternoon that Santa Rosa Junior College will be online only through fall 2020, faculty and staff appeared just as blindsided as students by the decision, though their...

SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong announced on Thursday afternoon that, “SRJC will continue to operate the instructional program and student services remotely through the end of the Fall 2020 semester.”

Students dismayed by decision to continue classes online through Fall 2020

Rebecca Bell, Staff Writer April 30, 2020

Student responses to the announcement that Santa Rosa Junior College classes will be held entirely online for the fall 2020 semester ranged from disappointed to furious. SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong...

SRJC will receive $3 million in federal aid from the CARES Act. The money will be distributed to eligible students after they fill out the form that can be found at https://financialaid.santarosa.edu/srjc-student-emergency-grant.

SRJC receives $3 million from CARES Act for students in need

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief April 30, 2020

As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the federal government awarded Santa Rosa Junior College $3 million in emergency aid for students in need, SRJC President Dr....

Treat yourself to a relaxing mindfulness meditation session this weekend and support SRJC students in the process.

Dance and meditate to benefit SRJC students in crisis

Alex Fuller, Staff Writer April 30, 2020

Students with free time this weekend can support SRJC students and other community college students during this pandemic by joining a meditation session or a dance party on Zoom. The next meeting times,...

Santa Rosa Junior College will continue to operate online through the end of the Fall 2020 semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong announced Thursday.

SRJC to stay online through 2020

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief April 30, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College will continue to operate online through the end of the Fall 2020 semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong announced Thursday. With fall scheduling...

Dakota McGranahan, current vice president of student life, was elected as the next student body president with 418 out of the 646 total votes cast.

Student government election results announced

Kayla Beaton, Sports Writer April 28, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College students voted in a new slate of student government representatives  through remote online voting. Dakota McGranahan, current vice president of student life, was elected as...

The fall 2019 Oak Leaf staff take a breather from their award-winning newsroom endeavors.

SRJC’s Oak Leaf newspaper wins multiple awards

Oak Leaf Staff April 27, 2020

The Oak Leaf News and Oak Leaf Magazine won a lucky 13 state awards, including a first place statewide in Online General Excellence and a first-time award for Magazine General Excellence from three journalism...

One of Guy Tillotsons demonstrations to enlighten students about the total cost of single-use plastic bottles.

Student Senate resolves to ban single-use plastics on campuses statewide

Lauren A. Spates, PALS and Managing Editor April 23, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College’s districtwide movement to ban single use plastics took another step forward April 5 when the Student Senate representing 115 California Community Colleges approved a resolution...

The Student Senate voted to include pronoun preference as an input field at registration, meaning  students will be able to add their preferred gender pronouns in the same way as they now add their preferred name.

Statewide Student Senate votes to include pronoun preference at registration

Lauren A. Spates, PALS and Managing Editor April 19, 2020

In a nod to gender inclusivity, the Student Senate representing all 115 California Community Colleges adopted last month a resolution encouraging colleges to provide space in student registration portals...

Santa Rosa Junior Colleges Board of Trustees held its first ever virtual board meeting where it voted to allow pass or no pass grading for up to 12 credits in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

SRJC Board expands ‘pass or no-pass’ grading throughout pandemic

Luke Morrow and Marilyn Santos April 16, 2020

In its first ever virtual board meeting, the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to allow students to switch from letter grades to “pass or no pass” at any time during the...

SRJC students can  visit their student portal and click SGA Spring 2020 Election to vote for their representatives.

SRJC student government elections open through midnight April 17

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer April 15, 2020

Now through midnight Friday, Santa Rosa Junior College students can log into their student portals to vote for the college’s 2020-2021 student government representatives.  The election will decide...

Santa Rosa Junior Colleges Student Health Services is among the 18 campus groups offering free services online in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

SRJC student health, counseling and other services now available online

Alden Nichols, Staff Writer April 14, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College health services, academic counseling and tutoring, career guidance, financial aid, emergency assistance and more than a dozen other student services as they adapt to online learning.  These...

The California Community Colleges chancellor announced Tuesday that CSUs and UCs will accept for transfer both pass/no pass grading and incomplete credits and that the state will make an additional $300 million in student aid available in light of the hardship students are facing during the coronavirus pandemic.

CSUs and UCs to accept pass/no pass, incomplete credits for transfer

Zane Zinkl, Editor-in-Chief April 14, 2020

The California Community Colleges chancellor announced Tuesday that CSUs and UCs will accept for transfer both pass/no pass grading and incomplete credits and that the state will make an additional $300...

California Governor Gavin Newsom details the states multiphase plan for combatting the projected COVID-19 peak in mid-May when cases requiring acute care will spike.

Newsom details multiphase plan to manage mid-May COVID-19 spike

Mike Combs, Staff Writer April 8, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom discussed the state's multiphase plan to handle the expected peak of COVID-19 cases in mid-May at a press conference in Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena on April 6.  “Phase...

SRJC and others are providing resources for students to help with online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Loaner laptops and free internet for students

Alden Nichols, Staff Writer April 8, 2020

Need a laptop or Wi-Fi? Santa Rosa Junior College and other organizations are providing free resources for students to help with online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  SRJC officials announced...

Students of all ages across the North Bay report Zoomboming, the digital hijacking of their online learning sessions, with varying degrees of severity ranging from irritating mischief to offensive, racist diatribes.

North Bay Zoombombing: From hateful actions to harmless antics

Lauren A. Spates, Staff Writer April 6, 2020

The students sat in class — or what constitutes class these days — with laptops open on kitchen counters and socked feet propped on coffee tables. Their instructor, a recognizable figure in the North...

Long-time SRJC English instructor and force on campus remembered for her energy, scholarship, integrity and way with words, Melissa Kort died after a two-year battle with cancer.

Retired English instructor and campus “force” Melissa Kort dies of cancer

Lauren A. Spates, Staff Writer April 3, 2020

A beloved English instructor and influential force at Santa Rosa Junior College whose last name was transformed into a verb describing the effective yet beautiful use of language died after a two-year...

SRJC will remain online through May 23 and has canceled all events through the end of the semester, and possibly beyond. Alternative options are being considered for major events like graduation.

SRJC cancels remaining spring semester events, in-person classes

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief April 2, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Santa Rosa Junior College will stay online through the end of the semester on May 23 and has canceled all events through that date, SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong announced...

Due to coronavirus, SRJC will continue online for the foreseeable future starting March 30. The decision was made after Gov. Newsom ordered all Californians to stay home.

SRJC to begin remote instruction March 30

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief March 21, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College will switch to remote instruction indefinitely starting March 30, SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong announced in a press release Friday. SRJC will support the switch to online...

Spring sports cancelled indefinitely; Athletes given another season of eligibility

Spring sports cancelled indefinitely; Athletes given another season of eligibility

Kayla Beaton, Sports Writer March 19, 2020

The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) announced Thursday the remainder of the 2020 spring sports season will be canceled, and athletes on spring sports teams will be eligible to...

Students, faculty and alumni gather at Burbank Auditorium to celebrate the unveiling after an over one-year long process.

Refurbished Burbank Auditorium opens after two-year closure

Edgar Soria Garcia, Magazine Editor March 19, 2020

The grand reopening of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Burbank Auditorium brought students, faculty and alumni alike through inviting doors to celebrate the updated building. “We’re really here, aren’t...

Governor Gavin Newsom announced Sunday afternoon a call for bars, wineries, and brewpubs to close, and restaurants to cut occupancy in half in response to the coronavirus outbreak, as Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt confirmed the countys first locally spread case.

“The Invisible Fire”: Life during the coronavirus pandemic

The Oak Leaf Staff March 15, 2020

The following musings from The Oak Leaf staff describe life in Sonoma County during the coronavirus outbreak. Check back for rolling updates. Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:30 p.m. Kayla Beaton: I...

SRJC joins hundreds of schools that are now closed during the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. In a letter to the college community about the virus SRJC President Sr. Chong said, We will be assessing the situation and engaging in planning over the spring break and will inform the community of possible future closures.

Dr. Frank Chong discusses SRJC temporary closure as a result of Coronavirus

Luke Morrow, News Editor March 12, 2020

In an interview today, SRJC president Dr. Frank Chong discussed the college’s decision to temporarily close the campus and shut down all school-affiliated activities through the end of this weekend and...

Students and faculty come together in the Bertolini Rotary Center for a presentation on body image and mental health held by the SRJC PEERS Coalition

PEERS Coalition holds body image and mental health presentation at SRJC

Jonathan Bigall, Staff Writer March 12, 2020

How you think about your own body may affect your mental health, according to a March 5 presentation and panel discussion held by the SRJC PEERS Coalition. The PEERS Coalition is a Student Health Services...

The Swedish exchange students were expected to arrive March 25, but the plans were canceled this semester due to fears of COVID-19.

Another coronavirus casualty: SRJC’s Swedish program

Alden Nichols, Staff Writer March 12, 2020

The Swedish Entrepreneurship program that brings Swedish exchange students to Santa Rosa Junior College each year has been put on hiatus this spring semester due to rising concerns over the novel coronavirus.  Nineteen...

Santa Rosa Junior College students received notices for class cancellation in response to Coronavirus beginning Thursday at 5 p.m via email and text.

Coronavirus and SRJC: Continued Updates

Oak Leaf Staff March 12, 2020

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) announced Thursday the remainder of the 2020...

This is the last group picture taken of the fateful Spring 2020 Florence program. Given all that has happened, it is a trip that none of them are soon to forget.

SRJC strongly recommends study abroad students self-quarantine

March 5, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College informed students and faculty about to return home from the terminated study abroad program in Florence, Italy, that they would be prohibited from returning to campus for two...

2020 Census data will determine federal funding and congressional representation for our state; an undercount could cause the state to lose federal funding for a number of social programs that benefit low-income families and communities of color.

Census 2020: A primer

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief March 5, 2020

The 2020 U.S. Census is coming up, and it can be difficult to participate in a democracy that you don’t fully understand. This Oak Leaf guide explains the U.S. Census, held every 10 years. What is...

To limit sales, Staples customers in Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sonoma are no longer able to buy hand sanitizer without speaking to a manager first.

Masks in short supply amid coronavirus concerns, but are they helpful?

Nick Vides, Staff Reporter March 5, 2020

Shelves are barren of masks and disinfectants as the ever-growing fear of COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, has started spreading here in the North Bay. At the Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sonoma...

Coronavirus threatens to upend the spring semester at SRJC and the possibility of students missing more school this year looms large.

SRJC prepares for coronavirus after Sonoma County declares public health emergency

Luke Morrow, News Editor March 4, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College officials updated the school’s response to a potential coronavirus outbreak within the community Tuesday, a day after Sonoma County Department of Health Services declared a...

SRJC students pose alongside their fellow Spring 2020 AIFS students in front of the Roman Forum, blissfully unaware that it would be their last trip together before contagious disease would cause the programs termination on March 3.

SRJC study abroad cancelled due to coronavirus fears

Zane Zinkl, Editor-in-Chief March 3, 2020

Despite assurances last week that the program would continue, Santa Rosa Junior College study abroad students and faculty in Florence, Italy, woke up this morning to the unexpected news that their program...

Milan, Italy is the epicenter of the Italian coronavirus outbreak. Milan, where hundreds of cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed, is only 160 miles from Florence and an hour or two by train.

Coronavirus fears threaten SRJC study abroad program in Florence

Zane Zinkl, Editor-in-Chief February 26, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College students studying abroad in Florence, Italy learned Tuesday that many of their planned activities, such as museum tours and weekend trips to Venice and Milan, have been cancelled...

The novel coronavirus is a zoonotic virus originating in animals. The virus is believed to have been transmitted to humans at an open-air market in China towards the end of 2019. Sonoma County Department of Health and SRJC Student Health Services are advising precautions despite the low risk of the virus spreading from the seven confirmed cases in California.

Risk of coronavirus spread low in California among seven confirmed cases

Luke Morrow, News Editor February 11, 2020

Sonoma County Department of Health (SCDH) officials said Feb. 5 that the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in California is low, while SRJC Student Health Services (SHS) continue to monitor the...

Zayin and Aurora, thought to be the youngest campers on the Joe Rodota Trail, sit outside their tent with their pitbulls Hitty and Fawn while fellow residents check on the couple, thought to be the youngest on the trail.

“It’s not terrible out here, but it sucks”: The youngest couple on the Joe Rodota Trail 

Edgar Soria Garcia, Magazine Editor January 31, 2020

Among the homeless residents of the Joe Rodota Trail are a variety of characters; there’s the bike fixer, the guitar player, the runner and the lounger. And among those 260 residents, each their own...

A Joe Rodota Trail resident makes his opinion of the noise pollution known with this message facing passing traffic: PEOPLE WHO HONK HAVE LITTLE DICKS.

The sounds of the Joe Rodota Trail

James Domizio and Alex Fuller, Oak Leaf Staff January 30, 2020

Imagine you’re settling down for a night’s rest after a long day. Your body aches. A foul stench permeates your tent. You’re yearning for a moment of peace. “VROOM!” roars a semi as it barrels...

Protesters hold a sign toward police on the other side of Stony Point Road. No one is sure what the future holds for the residents of the Joe Rodota Trail, but the county is certain they will be gone from that specific location by Jan. 31.

Planned removal of homeless on Joe Rodota Trail delayed

Zane Zinkl, Editor-in-Chief January 29, 2020

Protesters from the North Bay Socialists of America coupled with Sonoma County bureaucracy and the realities on the trail brought plans to remove residents of the Joe Rodota Trail Jan. 29 to a screeching...

After Bailey showed up on Nikkis doorstep in Nebraska, the two moved to California and now live on the Joe Rodota Trail.

Owning a house pet — without the house

Kayla Beaton and Jonathan Bigall, Oak Leaf Staff January 29, 2020

Nikki and Bailey have known each other for four years, and they are best friends. Bailey showed up on Nikki’s doorstep while she was living in the Midwest, and Nikki has taken care of her ever since....

A two-story structure on the trail has taken its resident months to perfect.

Carefully Constructed: Trail residents build meaning into their shelters

Ian MacGregor, Sports Editor January 29, 2020

On the Joe Rodota trail, a strong shelter makes all the difference in the world. In Sonoma County’s largest unofficial homeless encampment, there are dozens of different styles of shelter. Though the...

Humans of the Joe Rodota Trail: Chayo

Humans of the Joe Rodota Trail: Chayo

Lauren A. Spates, Editor January 28, 2020

Chayo Avarez is not homeless, but spends enough time along the trail that residents recognize her. Wearing gloves and galoshes, Alvaro spends hours searching for pennies, with each coin tallying toward...

Seth Hagedon, the self-appointed comedian of the Joe Rodota Trail homeless community, admires the artistic spirit and energy along the trail and thinks many of the residents are happy to live on the street.

Humans of the Joe Rodota Trail: Seth

Mike Combs, Staff Writer January 28, 2020

Seth Hagedon, 58, walks up to strangers, puts his arm over the shoulder, and begins telling jokes. “What do you do with a cow with no legs?...Ground beef!” His outgoing demeanor becomes less surprising...

Steve, 33, surveys his camp in preparation for his move elsewhere on Jan. 31, the deadline for Joe Rodota residents to vacate the trail.

Humans of the Joe Rodota Trail: Steve

Oak Leaf Staff January 28, 2020

Steve, 33, is an addict. He says he’s tried AA but “doing crystal meth helped me stop drinking.” He has been to a couple of informational meetings about what to do about the Joe Rodota trail, but...

Tina, 50, sits with her chihuahua in her camp on the Joe Rodota Trail.

Humans of the Joe Rodota Trail: Tina

Jacqueline Gutierrez, Staff Writer January 28, 2020

Three years ago, feeling despondent, Tina, 50, planned to dress in black and walk in front of a semi truck that night. Fate intervened when a friend found a stray Chihuahua and gave it to her, saying,...

County Project Manager Bruce Overson and Pallet Shelter Founder and CEO Amy King  discuss the site Jan. 23 at the Los Guilicos Village in Santa Rosa.

County readies services, 60 temporary houses for homeless on Joe Rodota Trail

Luke Morrow, News Editor January 28, 2020

Sonoma County authorities and nonprofit St. Vincent de Paul are nearing completion of 60 temporary homes and a support system for the most vulnerable homeless living along the Joe Rodota Trail, according...

The Joe Rodota Trail homeless encampment is unofficial home to over 200 people.

Opinion: Let’s help the homeless

Mark Fernquest, Magazine Editor January 28, 2020

I went down to the homeless encampment on the Joe Rodota Trail yesterday and handed out a case of candy bars. It was a good excuse to get out of the house and do something worthwhile for a change. I talked...

A county bus sits idle waiting to ferry homeless residents, who acquiesce to the county’s requests, to their new outdoor camp at Los Guilicos.

Opinion: Los Guilicos is a lie

Zane Zinkl, Editor-in-Chief January 28, 2020

The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma are failing their homeless residents, again. Despite the “hunger for change” and a community that is “on board and invested in solutions,” as...

An encampment on Sonoma Countys Joe Rodota Trail off Highway 12 in Santa Rosa.

“Nobody asks us”: Stories from the Joe Rodota Trail

Oak Leaf Staff January 27, 2020

Coverage of Sonoma County's homelessness crisis and the people who live on the trail.

Latina protesters chant “si se puede,” which is Spanish for “yes we can, to show their support of the speakers in Old Courthouse square.

Santa Rosa Women’s March focuses on climate change

Luke Morrow, News Editor January 21, 2020

The third annual Santa Rosa Women’s March brought together a diverse group to rally for reproductive and equal rights for women, advocate for freeing asylum seekers and protest the Trump administration's...

U.S. Economic Development Administration Assistant Secretary Dr. John Fleming presents a $7.12 million check for a new North Bay Regional Construction and Building Trades Employment Training Center to SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong, who is joined by North Bay leaders and California House Reps. Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman.

Trump administration grants SRJC $7.2 million for new Construction and Building Trades Employment Training Center

Zane Zinkl and James Domizio January 6, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College received $7.12 million from the Department of Commerce Monday morning to build a vocational training center for careers in construction and related trades on the JC's Petaluma...

Trustee Don Edgar battles sleep during Tuesdays Board of Trustees meeting.

Board of Trustees investigates one of its own

Dakota McGranahan, Co-Features Editor December 10, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Board of Trustees formed an ad-hoc committee Dec. 10 to investigate the conduct of Trustee Don Edgar after the California Bar Association charged him with 14 counts of misappropriation...

Power went out for the majority of SRJCs Santa Rosa campus at 4:56 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Power out for most of SRJC’s Santa Rosa campus

James Domizio, News Writer November 26, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College's Santa Rosa campus and Southwest Center are closed for the remainder of Tuesday, Nov. 26, after the power went out due to a heavy rainstorm blanketing Santa Rosa. The power...

SRJC Southwest Center will be closed from 3:30-10 p.m. today due to an underground vault rupture that occurred 2:26 p.m. Tuesday in Southwest Santa Rosa.

SRJC Southwest Center closed due to underground vault rupture

James Domizio, Staff Writer November 26, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College Southwest Center was closed 3:30 p.m. Tuesday until the end of the day due to an underground vault rupture in southwest Santa Rosa, according to campus authorities. All classes...

Students from Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University have come together for their production of the broadway play The Sound of Music from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8 at the Evert B. Peterson Theatre building in SSU.

“The Sound of Music” arrives at Sonoma State

Jesse Kapukui, Co-Features Editor November 22, 2019

The hills of Sonoma County will be alive with “The Sound of Music” from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8! Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department students will perform the classic Broadway musical “The...

Incoming SRJC Foundation Executive Director W. John J Mullineaux has over 30 years experience with fundraising, and will be taking over the role from departing Kate McClintock.

W. John Mullineaux hired as new Executive Director of the SRJC Foundation

James Domizio, Staff Writer November 20, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College hired W. John “J” Mullineaux as Executive Director of the SRJC Foundation beginning Tuesday. The SRJC Foundation holds over $64 million, including the $57 million SRJC...

SRJC will be hosting events for hunger and homeless awareness, including a clothing swap, a multicultural potluck and a burrito giveaway.

SRJC hosts Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week on campus

James Domizio, Staff Writer November 20, 2019

In the last year, 72% of Santa Rosa Junior College students have experienced some sort of basic needs insecurity. This week, SRJC will be hosting a series of events on our campus that aim to raise awareness...

Peeping tom in Emeritus Hall men’s room evades arrest

Peeping tom in Emeritus Hall men’s room evades arrest

Alex Nunez, Staff Writer November 5, 2019

A Santa Rosa Junior College student using an Emeritus Hall restroom Tuesday caught a peeping tom moaning while filming him through a hole in the stall’s door, but police were unable to find and arrest...

Most of the classrooms in Emeritus hall have broken or nonfunctioning locks that are safety hazards in lockdown events.

Lockdown raises old security concerns in SRJC classrooms; New tensions surface

Riley Palmer, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 5, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College students took shelter in some classrooms with malfunctioning, broken or non-existent locks during a campus lockdown Oct. 22, despite years of safety committees and administration...

Firefights huddle in the driveway of a house on Gloria Drive after putting out flames.

Gloria Drive fire alarms Santa Rosa residents

Edgar Soria Garcia, Managing Editor October 30, 2019

Santa Rosa Fire Department put out a garage fire started by a clothing dryer malfunction today on Gloria Drive in Santa Rosa.  Residents were scared when Santa Rosa Fire Department arrived on the scene...

Cal Fire responds to Kincade fire in Geyserville.

Kincade fire coverage gallery

Oak Leaf Staff October 24, 2019

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Smoke and steam rise from fire at the entrance to River Rock Casino after fire helicopters dropped gallons of water.

Possible hazardous materials in Kincade fire at River Rock Casino

Zane Zinkl, News Editor October 24, 2019

Firecrews struggled Thursday afternoon to contain the blazes that stretched along Alexander Valley Road all the way through Dry Creek Rancheria, including a possible hazardous materials fire outside River...

SRJC students respond to Kincade fire

SRJC students respond to Kincade fire

James Domizio and Marilyn Santos October 24, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College students share their thoughts about Kincade fire and its influence on student life. Extra footage by Téa Lindsey and Abraham Fuentes For more coverage of the Kincade...

SRJC students and friends Chris Morris, 19, and Duncan MacGregor, 19, connect on campus for the first time since the Kincade fire started. Morriss home and phone were without power, so they were grateful to meet on campus.

SRJC campus somber as fire rages in nearby Geyserville

Ian MacGregor, Jesse Kapukui, and Kayla Beaton October 24, 2019

As the Kincade fire rages in Geyserville, Santa Rosa Junior College students fear for their community yet again. “You can feel the vibe switch instantly,” said Joseph Astobiza. “Everyone goes...

The exterior of a Windsor tract home remains surrounded by the ashes of personal belongings and outside furniture on Brooks Road.

Kincade fire blog-style coverage

The Oak Leaf Staff October 24, 2019

The Oak Leaf will provide ongoing updates on Sonoma County’s Kincade fire. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1:49 p.m. Santa Rosa Junior College is unable to disburse financial aid funds to financial aid recipients...

Capt. John Cregan updates the public with information about the shooting on Oct.22 at Ridgway High School.

Ridgway shooting suspect arrested

Zane Zinkl and James Domizio October 22, 2019

The 17-year-old suspect in the Ridgway High School shooting this morning put the gun in a backpack, gave it to a fellow student and returned to class, Santa Rosa Police Department Captain John Cregan told...

SRJC students respond to lockdown after Ridgway shooting

SRJC students respond to lockdown after Ridgway shooting

Edgar Soria Garcia and Jose Gonzalez October 22, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior college student and faculty comment on Ridgway High School shooter after campus lockdown.

Local law enforcement huddles in front of Ridgway High to plan their entry into classrooms.

SRJC students, instructors react to lockdown

Téa Lindsey, Alex Nunez, and Riley Palmer October 22, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College locked down its Santa Rosa campus Tuesday morning after one student at neighboring Ridgway High School shot another, disposed of the weapon, then slid back into class where he...

Students often rely on online education to work school in their busy schedules.

SRJC awarded $460,000 for online career education

Zane Zinkl, News Editor October 17, 2019

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office awarded Santa Rosa Junior College $460,000 to expand online pathways for career and technical education and to help create more  fully-online courses...

SRJC students try their best to ignore the graphic images surrounding them. Music and games can be excellent distractions.

SRJC students respond to anti-abortion activists with games and music

Zane Zinkl, News Editor October 17, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College students responded to a second day of aborted fetal imagery by playing games and music in the quad right next to the pro-life activists from Project Truth.  Student Government...

Project Truth causes much stir at SRJC in two short days. With these events, violence is always a concern.

SRJC student attacks member of anti-abortion group

Zane Zinkl, News Editor October 17, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College District Police arrested a student Oct.15 on battery charges after he kicked a member of pro-life group Project Truth during a verbal encounter. Ethan Hunt, 19 is a Santa Rosa...

Anti-Abortion group Project Truth stirs up SRJC

Anti-Abortion group Project Truth stirs up SRJC

Zane Zinkl and Sam Mcminimy October 15, 2019

Anti-abortion group Project Truth spread their pro-life message and promoted free speech at  Santa Rosa Junior College Tuesday morning armed with posters, signs and literature featuring aborted fetal...

At every Shone Farm Fall Festival, the pumpkin patch attracts crowds of guests from all over Sonoma County and volunteers assist guests with cutting and carrying their pumpkins to the checkout stand.

SRJC kicks off 2019 Shone Farm Festival

Riley Palmer and Allison Khadoo, Co-Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer October 14, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College kicked off its seventh-annual Shone Farm Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, opening its doors at 10 a.m. with fun-filled rides, games and festivities for the local community.  Guests...

New SRJC art exhibit breaks stereotypes one piece at a time

New SRJC art exhibit breaks stereotypes one piece at a time

Sam Mcminimy, Staff Writer October 13, 2019

An exhibit at Santa Rosa Junior College, “Beyond Stereotypes: Native Americans Restyle the Comic Book Universe,” opens Oct. 15 at the Jesse Peter Multicultural Museum and will display a compilation...

Linda Lau discusses the cultural impacts of the films “A Simple Life” and “The Second Mother” as part of the Arts and Lectures series Sept. 30 in Newman Auditorium

Arts and Lectures Series Dives into the Lives of Domestic Workers

Allison Khadoo, Staff Writer October 12, 2019

Linda Lau, instructor of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Older Adult Program, looked deeply into the lives of domestic workers by examining the cultural impacts of the films “A Simple Life” and “The...

Flyer for Stress and Sleep Workshop.

Stress and sleep affects students

Alex Nunez, Staff Writer October 9, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College People Empowering others to Realize Success Coalition (PEERS) will conduct a stress and sleep workshop from 4–6 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Bertolini Student Center to help students...

SJRC announces power shut-offs and campus-wide closures on Tuesday Oct. 8, 2019.

SRJC power shutoffs

Zane Zinkl, News Editor October 8, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College announced an indefinite all-campus closure starting Wednesday Oct. 9 due to PG&E’s announcement of a multi-county power shut-off. The shut-offs start at midnight tonight...

The Fight for $15 wins a major victory in Santa Rosa on Oct. 1, 2019. Now Santa Rosa joins Petaluma and Sonoma in approving the wage increases.

Fight for $15

Zane Zinkl, News Editor October 7, 2019

The Santa Rosa City Council unanimously approved a $15 minimum wage that will go into effect for major employers July 1, 2020 within the jurisdiction of the city on Oct. 1 after Santa Rosa Junior College...

Image courtesy of Blind Scream

Blind Scream Haunted House comes back to haunt Sonoma County

Edgar Soria Garcia, Managing Editor October 4, 2019

Blind Scream Haunted House returns from the dead its tenth consecutive year on Oct. 11 with a new location by Santa Rosa Plaza.  Blind Scream will introduce a new haunted house this year. “Witch...

Thousands of strikers pause to partake in a national moment of silence, then join together for a song of climate action.

Fridays for Future: Youth climate strike in San Francisco

Téa Lindsey, Staff Writer September 21, 2019

Young people across the Bay Area skipped classes Sept. 20 and descended upon the streets of San Francisco as part of a global climate strike to demand a habitable Earth and livable future.  A crowd...

Approximately 2000 people gather for the Climate Strike Sept. 20 in downtown Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa Climate Strike

Zane Zinkl, News Editor September 20, 2019

Approximately 2,000 people marched at noon Friday on Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa in solidarity with students and activists across the country to demand serious action on climate change. The rally lasted...

Climate marchers will demonstrate nationwide on Sep. 20, 2019

SRJC students and faculty to march for action on climate crisis

Zane Zinkl, News Editor September 18, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College students and faculty will gather in the quad in solidarity with climate activists across the world Friday, Sept. 20 before marching to Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa. The...

Robert Ethington, dean of students, shows plans to attendees to open house Sept. 11. SRJC student services present the plans to new student housing building to neighbors.

SRJC welcomes neighbors to see new housing plans

Abraham Fuentes , Co-Editor-in-Chief September 17, 2019

A four-story student housing complex will finally be a reality for 378 Santa Rosa Junior College students campus officials revealed at a Sept. 11 open house.  The project is expected to break ground...

Analy Hall, where a female student initially reported a sexual assault.

District Police arrest man for sexual assault on campus

Alex Nunez, Staff Writer September 12, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College District Police arrested a Petaluma man who authorities say assaulted a female student in front of Analy Hall Thursday afternoon as she stood on the stairs with another student. Ernesto...

Robert F. Agrella Gallery art director and printmaking professor Hannah Skoonberg, stands with her own art during a printmaking exhibition called The Farthest Shore,” an installation she curated Hannah in February 2018.

New SRJC faculty art show to open at Agrella Gallery

Jill Newman, Staff Writer September 12, 2019

A special installation featuring the Santa Rosa Junior College art department faculty’s own work will  run from Sept. 16 to Oct. 17 at the Robert F. Agrella Gallery. The opening reception will take...

Students gather in Bertolini Quad for SRJCs annual Club Day.

SRJC’s Club Day popular with students

Alex Nunez, Staff Writer September 11, 2019

Free pizza and a live DJ attracted hundreds of Santa Rosa Junior College students to annual Club Day Wednesday afternoon, with over 20 clubs represented. Clubs with interests as diverse as economics and...

The SRJC Study Abroad program is a cooperative effort of multiple Northern California schools. This springs program will be in Florence, Italy.

SRJC Study Abroad: Florence 2020 meetings begin

Allison Khadoo, Staff Writer September 6, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College Professor Jeanette Ben Farhat held the first study abroad meeting for students interested in the Spring 2020 trip to Florence, Italy on Aug. 28.  Ben Farhat painted the vibrant...

What’s New: Bailey Field will be completely renovated with an all new track, bleachers, and artificial grass. Both an athletic and pedestrian pavilion will also be added to the surrounding area.

SRJC updates existing facilities, creates new math building

Dakota McGranahan and Riley Palmer September 3, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College is getting a facelift with four new and continuing projects for the Santa Rosa campus. Burbank Auditorium, Bailey Field and Zumwalt Parking Garage received upgrades while...

SRJC Dean of Public Safety April Chapman and President Frank Chong unveil Public Service Training Center on Windsor Calif. Aug 29, 2019. This building part of many other projects with help from the Measure H program.

Ready to train heroes of tomorrow: New SRJC Public Safety Center opens in Windsor

Riley Palmer, Co-Editor-in-Chief August 29, 2019

Faculty and students gathered to watch President Frank Chong and Dean of Public Safety April Chapman slice through red ribbon at the opening of a new multi-purpose building at the SRJC Public Safety Training...

Hemp plants being unloaded at Shone Farm.

Santa Rosa Junior College to develop state’s first hemp agriculture program

Zane Zinkl, News Editor August 27, 2019

Over the summer, Santa Rosa Junior College became the first community college in California to develop a CBD-focused hemp agriculture program on campus with the goal of launching the program for students...

Morgan Lewis Jr, 45, of Lake County, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and will serve four years in prison for the death of Hermilo Andrade, 55, in 2018.

Lake County man to serve four years for involuntary manslaughter in 2018 Graton Casino parking lot assault

Mark Fernquest, Magazine Editor July 18, 2019

Hidden Valley Lake resident Morgan Lewis, 45, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter during a hearing at the Sonoma County Superior Courthouse on July 9 and agreed to serve four years for his role...

A reunited mother and daughter embrace each other in front of Santa Rosa High School.

Suspected gunman puts Santa Rosa High on Lockdown

Dakota McGranahan, Features Editor May 31, 2019

Santa Rosa High School and Santa Rosa Junior College students were placed on lockdown around 10 a.m. Friday after reports that a student was on the high school campus with a gun. SRPD Lt. Ryan Corcoran...

You aced life, my friend’: A tribute to Oak Leafer Thomas de Alba

‘You aced life, my friend’: A tribute to Oak Leafer Thomas de Alba

Oak Leaf Staff May 9, 2019

Oak Leaf staff members past and present are mourning the loss of Thomas De Alba, former sports editor and co-editor-in-chief known for his huge heart, fearless reporting and bold, candid and confident...

Career Hub

SRJC helps students land jobs, internships

Celina Ocheltree, Staff Writer May 8, 2019

In a competitively driven workforce college students need as much exposure and experience as possible, but not all college campuses provide a large variety of tools to help their students land their ideal...

Assault and robbery at SRJC Southwest Campus

Assault and robbery at SRJC Southwest Campus

Zane Zinkl, Staff Writer May 7, 2019

Two men robbed and assaulted two Santa Rosa Junior College students last night in the southern parking lot of the SRJC Southwest Campus before fleeing the area in a dark colored SUV. Santa Rosa police...

The upstairs mens bathroom in Mahoney Library on Petaluma campus where the alleged incident took place.

SRJC sexual assault suspect released from custody

Zane Zinkl, Staff Writer May 2, 2019

The Sonoma County Jail released Santa Rosa Junior College student Brandon Cortes, arrested on charges of sexual assault, battery and sodomy on March 14, after prosecutors announced they would not file...

Carnival float in Viagreggio that takes place end of January through the beginning of March, a possible field trip opportunity for Florence Study Abroad 2020.

Political science and pizza margherita: SRJC Study Abroad Program

Riley Palmer, Staff Writer April 26, 2019

Cross international waters. Stroll down cobblestone pathways at dusk. Clink wine glasses as your eyes wander onto the Ponte Vecchio while the sun takes its final bow. Many college students see international...

Dolores Huerta calls the audience to chant her famous expression: Si, se puede!--Yes, we can!

Dolores Huerta steers students toward activism

Leslie M.Levy, Staff Writer April 25, 2019

Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta challenged people to step into action Monday, speaking to a standing-room-only audience in Newman Auditorium on the Santa Rosa campus. The...

SGA announces spring election results

SGA announces spring election results

Séamus Reed, Assistant News and A/E Editor April 22, 2019

The Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly announced the results of the spring 2019 election in a Bearfacts email to students on Monday. The online poll and in-person voting booths were...

Ian Sanborn (left) directs comically detailed ASL techniques for a rooster to four SRJC deaf studies students: Saadi Vega, 35; Dreena Edillor, 20; Marc Gonzalez and Tyler OBrien, 22 (left to right).

Professional creative sign-language performer brings ASL storytelling to SRJC

Luke W. Morrow, Staff Writer April 18, 2019

Hands spoke louder than words in the Newman Auditorium as a master American Sign Language (ASL) storyteller engaged the audience with poems and advanced signing techniques. National Theatre of the...

DR. Victor Rios is featured in the documentary The Pushouts which follows him as he helps lead a mentorship program in South Los Angeles.

Professor, award winning author speaks at “We the Future Social Justice Conference”

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer April 17, 2019

Students piled into Carole L. Ellis Auditorium to listen to UC Santa Barbara professor Dr. Victor Rios, a professor and award winning author, discuss Latinx students and community involvement issues during...

Structural characteristic shown in artist rendering highlights the similarity in design between current SRJC buildings.

Board of Trustees advances student housing

Luke W. Morrow and Mark Fernquest April 11, 2019

Housing developer Servitas presented to the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees Tuesday afternoon final plans for a 360-bed student housing building to be completed by August 2022. Representatives...

MEChA de SRJC members hold signs up toward the Board of Trustees to show their dissatisfaction in the boards current plan to increase student-employee wages before the April board meeting on Tuesday in the Student Activities Center.

Board approves student-employee wage increase, student housing

Luke W. Morrow, Staff Writer April 11, 2019

The Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees approved a 230-unit student housing building and an incremental wage increase to get student-employee wages to $15 by July 2020, Tuesday afternoon in...

Take Back the Night host Jocelyn Toscano prepares for a moment of silence during a candle light vigil in honor of sexual assault survivors, March 27 in the Student Activities Center.

Take Back the Night revitalized on SRJC’s Santa Rosa campus

Luke W. Morrow, Staff Writer April 9, 2019

Silence filled the room for a brief moment as a group of candle-bearing students and faculty revived Take Back the Night and paused to acknowledge the strength and suffering of survivors of sexual violence....

Digital filmmaking instructor Brian Antonsen shows off the one switch  lighting in the green screen room.

SRJC unveils new digital media creation and editing suites in the Doyle Library

Leslie M. Levy, Staff Writer April 5, 2019

Faculty across several overlapping departments are hoping the new Digital Media Suites at Doyle library on the Santa Rosa campus will become “sticky spaces”—places where students will hang around...

SGA votes against new position for Petaluma campus

SGA votes against new position for Petaluma campus

Séamus Reed, Assistant News and Arts & Entertainment Editor April 5, 2019

In a contentious 5-4 vote, the Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly chose not to pass a constitutional amendment April 1 that would have created a new SGA officer’s position and added...

Approximately 11 units of firefighters arrive on scene minutes after the 911 call was made.

140 evacuated from structure fire near Coddingtown mall

Dakota McGranahan and Zane Zinkl April 5, 2019

Not another one. This was the thought Samantha Rivas, 17, had as she first saw flames engulf the upper story of her apartment complex. Rivas has lived at the apartment complex for three-and-a-half...

Nathan Kinsey, Commercial Accounts Manager at Sonoma Clean Power stands with Jerry Miller., dean of Career Education.
The check is now in the Business office in Maggini Hall at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Sonoma Clean Power gives $50,000 to SRJC entrepreneurship program

Andres Pimentel, Staff Writer April 4, 2019

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) gave Santa Rosa Junior College $50,000 on Feb. 1 to start the Spirit of Entrepreneurship program for students who have taken the BMG 100 Entrepreneurial Business Plan class and...

MEChA co-chair Jocelyn Toscano (left) prepares her follow-up questions if administrators, Dean of Students Robbert Ethington (center), and Vice President of Student Services Pedro Avila, offer anything less than $15-per-hour on March 11 in the Bertolini Student Center.

MEChA declines the SRJC administration’s 15-month plan to increase student-employee wages

Luke W. Morrow, Staff Writer March 24, 2019

Update: According to MEChA advisor Rafael Vázquez, the SRJC Board of Trustees will seek to approve their proposal of an increase in student-employee wages, despite MEChA's declination to support the...

This is the second floor Mens bathroom where the alleged incident is believed to have taken place. Police closed it off Tuesday during their investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Police arrest SRJC student for alleged rape on Petaluma campus

Zane Zinkl, Staff Writer March 14, 2019

Petaluma police arrested a 19-year-old Santa Rosa Junior College student on felony charges of rape, sodomy and sexual battery in Petaluma as he was enroute to SRJC this morning. An SRJC student reported...

Police arrest suspect with gun near SRJC campus

Police arrest suspect with gun near SRJC campus

Dakota McGranahan, Managing Editor March 14, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College District Police alerted students and residents near Elliott Avenue of a suspected gunman at a home in the nearby neighborhood late Wednesday night.   SRPD Sgt. Christopher...

Sexual assault survivor, educator and victim advocate Becky Fein says consent is an enthusiastic and on-going agreement between all who are involved. Its affirmative, which means youre all at yes, not simply an absence of no during her presentation on sexual assault on March 5 in the Girvin Student Activities Center.

“You’re not alone”: Hope and support from a sexual assault survivor

Luke W. Morrow, Staff Writer March 9, 2019

A former Santa Rosa Junior College instructor and survivor of sexual assault discussed psychological practices to help victims recover from sexual assault and gave supportive ideas to those who might know...

SRJC officials answer on-going questions from MEChA. Seated left-to-right: Pedro Avilla, assistant superintendent and vice president of student services; Kate Jolley, interim vice president of finance and administrative services; Rachael Cutcher, manager of student financial services; Jana Cox, director of student financial services; Jordan Burns, president of the board of trustees.

MEChA continues its fight for 15

Luke Morrow, Staff Writer March 7, 2019

A  Santa Rosa Junior College’s administrator told Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) the cost to increase all student-employee wages would be too expensive due to current budget cuts. Kate...

Alvin Nguyen, director of Sonoma State University’s center for transfer and transition programs, designed the new intake advising program for transfer students.

SRJC students will see easier transfer process to SSU

Mark Fernquest, News Editor March 6, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College students can expect a smoother transfer to Sonoma State University thanks to its new reduction policies for impacted majors, SSU staff announced at a meeting Feb. 28 in Plover...

SRJC Umoja and Student Success program cordinator, Byron Reaves, explains the deep connections between hip-hop and the voice of black America in his presentation It Was All a Dream, Tuesday afternoon in the Bertolini Student Center.

Hip-hop: the 21st century vehicle of the black voice

Lenita Marie Johnson and Luke Morrow March 3, 2019

A Santa Rosa Junior College Umoja coordinator captured the attention of a packed house while he passionately engaged them during a Black History Month presentation where he spoke about the rebellious and...

Tuesdays board meeting on SRJCs Petaluma campus where MEChA again requested the administration approve a $3-an-hour raise to student-workers wages.

SRJC student-workers continue to push for increased wages

Mark Fernquest, News Editor February 24, 2019

A combination of high living expenses, low student-worker wages and a lack of financial aid threatens the academic future of many Santa Rosa Junior College students. To improve their prospects, student-workers...

A new partnership with the Dream Center and the Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services (VIDAS) will install one attorney and one paralegal that can provide immigration legal services at no cost to SRJC students.

New and improved: SRJC Dream Center to re-open

Riley Palmer, Staff Writer February 20, 2019

The Santa Rosa Junior College’s Dream Center is celebrating its re-opening from 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Santa Rosa campus in Plover Hall room 539 and will now offer free legal services as part its...

After 24 hours of pouring rain, a break in the storm on Feb. 15 reveals the flooded areas of Sonoma County.

Come hell or high water; Santa Rosa floods close roads

Dakota McGranahan and Abraham Fuentes February 20, 2019

Sonoma County residents experienced several road closures on Feb. 14 when a super-storm flooded the area. Many locals drove past road closure signs and braved the flooded roads despite Nixle alerts...

Erik Castro, photojournalist and presenter, answers questions about his 14-month project, Broken, noon Feb. 12 in the Newman Auditorium, with his photo of Steve and Michelle going for a late night ride in the background.

Photojournalist documents local homeless couple’s journey

Luke W. Morrow, Staff Writer February 19, 2019

A Santa Rosa based photojournalist shared his photos and experiences documenting the lives of a Santa Rosa homeless couple noon Monday in the Newman Auditorium. Fifty students attended the presentation,...

Tuesdays board meeting on SRJCs Petaluma campus where MEChA again requested the administration approve a $3-an-hour raise to student-workers wages.

Board of Trustees approves early retirement incentive among other business

Mark Fernquest and Luke W. Morrow, Staff Writers February 15, 2019

The Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees unanimously approved Tuesday an early retirement incentive (ERI) in an attempt to trim and balance the school’s budget in the coming year. The decision,...

The newly renovated student store features new food racks, shelving for SRJC gear, more space for textbooks and a complete relocation of the check-out area.

SRJC reconfigures student store, offers more merchandise, improved layout

Edgar Soria Garcia, Staff Writer February 14, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Santa Rosa student store unveiled an updated look this semester after undergoing its first renovation since 1978, according to the group that operates the store on the JC’s...

Several roads have been closed in Sonoma County due to flooding, including S. Wright Road and Miles Avenue. Both roads flooded at 12:30 p.m. on Feb 13.

County-wide floods; SRJC remains open, Shone Farm faces possible closure

Zane Zinkl, Staff writer February 13, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College informed students via email that all campuses will remain open today, despite multiple road closures and county-wide flooding. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office issued the...

Victor Rios mentors a group of “pushouts” who he says would be doomed to the school-to-prison pipeline if not for patience and education from programs like those in Watts.

SRJC screens “The Pushouts” and challenges perception of high school dropouts

Lauren Spates, Editor-in-Chief February 11, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College honored Black History Month by embracing intersectionality Wednesday at the Girvin Student Activity Center for a screening of “The Pushouts,” a documentary flipping the narrative...

Instructor Robert Grandmaison teaches student Vanessa Mondragon how to use the Virtual Reality gear, available for student use in the new Digital Media Suites on the 2nd floor of Doyle Library.

Virtual reality comes to Doyle Library

Leslie M. Levy, Staff Writer February 7, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College students have a broad spectrum of new opportunities for digital media creation available through the Doyle library: recording music, creating green screen composited videos, converting...

Santa Rosa Junior College social studies instructor Chris Collins speaks about the many forms of resistance toward slavery, in the Newman Auditorium at noon on Monday Feb. 4 2019.

SRJC instructor discusses legacy of resistance to slavery

Luke Morrow, Staff Writer February 7, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College social science instructor Chris Collins explored the connection between 19th century slaves’ resistance to bondage and what we can learn from those slaves during his lecture...

Left to right: Byron Reaves, Coordinator of Student Success Programs on Petaluma Campus; Tyler-Avery Lewis, 23, BSU President & Miss Sonoma County 2018; Regina Mahiri, Administrative Assistant III in the Student Life, Equity and Engagement Department; Dr. Frank Chong, President/Superintendent SRJC

SRJC President holds listening session with campus’ black community

Mark Fernquest, News Editor February 7, 2019

Dr. Frank Chong, President of Santa Rosa Junior College, stressed the importance of learning about one’s cultural identity during the “Porch Talk with the President” held at noon on Feb. 5 at the...

SJRC police arrested a former student for harassing female students in online classes.

$50,000 bail set for student jailed for harassment, violation of probation

Jordan Allums and Lauren A. Spates February 6, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College District Police arrested an SRJC student Wednesday afternoon after receiving reports he harassed female students in online classes he claimed to be auditing. Police found him...

SRJC administrative assistant in the communication studies department Jennifer OMahony and her dog Bochy, named after Giants manager Bruce Bochy, enjoy the rare snowfall outside her Glen Ellen home February 5, 2019.

Not quite a snow day

Aria Quinn, Features Editor February 5, 2019

Students of Santa Rosa Junior College were excited at the possibility of waking up to snow Tuesday morning, for the first time since early 2002, after checking the weather Monday night. Only a select...

Any Sonoma County student is welcome to submit an entry to the 11th Annual Sonoma County Student Film Festival.

Sonoma County Student Film Festival accepting entries

Séamus Reed, Assistant News Editor February 4, 2019

Student filmmakers are invited to show off their talent this spring at the 2019 Sonoma County Student Film Festival, hosted by Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Student Life. Open to students of all...

SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong announced new safety measures for both the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses one week after a report of a suspect with a gun on campus.

Dr. Chong announces new safety measures for both Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses

Lauren A. Spates, Editor-in-Chief January 25, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College President Dr. Frank Chong on Thursday announced new measures intended to protect the JC in the event of future armed-intruder incidents. The improvements include the installation...

The SRJC Alert system sent three messages Thursday, Jan. 17, to registered faculty, staff and students. The messages were concise, but multiple recipients felt they didnt provide enough instruction.

Report of gunman exposes weaknesses in SRJC emergency preparedness

Lauren A. Spates, Editor-in-Chief January 25, 2019

In the 25 minutes between an email that alerted Santa Rosa Junior College to a “subject with a gun on the Santa Rosa campus” and the district police’s issuance of an all-clear, students, faculty...

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