The Oak Leaf

While the Golden State is well-loved for its temperate weather, living in California is akin to playing with fire.

California: Waiting in heaven for hell to arrive

September 1, 2020

When it comes to pursuing education after high school, everyone wants to be in California. The state is home to a broad assortment of college options both public and private, and California graduates are highly valued in job markets. Even internatio...

A forgotten stuffed animal sits alone at a gas station during floods that crippled Guernville in February of 2019.

Climate Changed: Time to change our habits

September 29, 2019

It’s in the back of our brains, omnipresent as we walk from building to building, the unusually torrid October breeze slapping against our skin. Climate change is real. It’s happening all around us and Sonoma County is one of the first places to g...

Gun control is once again in the national spotlight, but other related issues deserve recognition.

Gun control: Not the only solution

April 3, 2018

Guns are an easy target for activists. They’re loud, scary-looking and they account for just over 70 percent of multiple homicides. But the issue of school shootings stems less from guns, and more from a lack of resources for students struggling with m...

Allegations: why we published

Allegations: why we published

December 12, 2017

Even Santa Rosa Junior College has not escaped the ongoing cultural reckoning in America. Since the news broke around allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein this fall, women (and men) have been coming forward around the country to name per...

The list of sexual predators is long and distinguished.

Individuals can stop sexual predation

November 16, 2017

Do egotistical people seek power? Or do powerful people become egotistical? When people use their position of power to leverage unwanted touch or an unwilling audience to a sexual encounter, the victims have little recourse.  We inherited a culture that...

Hunger Pangs, Bear Cub stomachs growl for a palatable solution

Hunger Pangs, Bear Cub stomachs growl for a palatable solution

November 13, 2017

The administration responded admirably to last month’s wildfires for at least one of the following reasons: it was the right thing to do and/or to prevent mass disenrollment that would devastate the school’s budget. Santa Rosa Junior College was overwhelmingly...

Will the love in the air remain thick once the smoke clears?

Will the love in the air remain thick once the smoke clears?

October 31, 2017

Remember the week following 9/11? When it seemed like every car you saw proudly displayed an American flag decal on the bumper? Or how every house had a flag planted in the front lawn? The entire country rallied together and unified as one red, white and blu...

Let’s make a joint effort to be aware

Let’s make a joint effort to be aware

June 29, 2017

What you want may not be what Sonoma County needs, especially when it comes to uncertain cannabis laws. While California celebrated the legalization of cannabis, many voters are unaware they opened a door for big businesses to take shortcuts in production,...

Ten bucks, brighter future

April 26, 2017

The first step to significant change is unifying Santa Rosa Junior College—but it comes at a price. Bernie Sanders’ demonstration of an effective grassroots campaign with his average $27 donation to fund his campaign showed how a similar effort can be used at SRJC to leverage the power of our student population of 26,000 if they could agree on how to appropriate funds to affect change. One way of doing this would be to tax ourselves. Forget waiting on the administration...

Editorial: Oak Leaf endorse Martinez for SGA president

April 11, 2017

Down to earth. Practical. Experienced. Robert Martinez is the best choice for SGA President of Santa Rosa Junior College. In order to pick the best candidate to endorse, the Oak Leaf asked for the three Student Government Assembly presidential candidates to come in and meet with us for a Q&A. We gave them 20 minutes each and asked each candidate the same questions with a few exceptions for each. Videos of each candidate’s interview is available online at theoakl...

Women’s equality starts with seven

March 14, 2017

Women’s issues are undeniable. Women aren’t equal and continue to be marginalized politically, economically, culturally and socially. In the United States, Latina women—the most underpaid demographic in the country—make 55 cents for every do...

Quit your day job

Quit your day job

February 28, 2017

It doesn’t matter if you've never cared about politics in the past. It doesn't matter if this your first time voting. It doesn’t matter if you're a professional athlete, an Uber driver or work at McDonalds. If you have something to say about politics,...

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