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SRJC student-workers continue to push for increased 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 will again lobby college officials at Monday’s MEChA meeting for a $3 per hour raise. Thi...

New and improved: SRJC Dream Center to re-open

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 expanded features. This February SRJC’s Dream Center went under expansion and will begin a n...

Come hell or high water; Santa Rosa floods close roads

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 and a county-wide flood warning. Click through the gallery above to see the conditions many residents en...

Photojournalist documents local homeless couple’s journey

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, as part of the Santa Rosa Junior College arts and lectures series, which illustrated turning poi...

Board of Trustees approves early retirement incentive among other business

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, deemed controversial by many students and faculty, was met with little fanfare by those in attendance....

SRJC reconfigures student store, offers more merchandise, improved layout

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 behalf. The redesign features expanded shelving for textbooks, almost doubling the size of the origi...

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

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 flood warning today until 8:45 p.m. Thursday for urban areas and streams in Sonoma County and of...

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

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 around Latino children who don’t finish high school. Rather than label these students “dropouts...

Virtual reality comes to 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 math equations to 3D printed models and more. The virtual reality (VR) room is just one of...

SRJC instructor discusses legacy of resistance to slavery

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 Feb. 4 as part of the Works of Literary Merit series. The series was held as part of Black History...

SRJC President holds listening session with campus’ black community

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 Girvin Family Student Activities Center. “Without diversity, there is no excellence,” he said...

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

$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 to be in violation of parole for an earlier sex crime conviction and booked him into the Sonoma Coun...

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