The Oak Leaf

Editorial

Editorial

December 10, 2015

Surprise! Sometimes college students drink alcohol when they’re not supposed to. In what amounts to predictable circumstances, an inappropriate use of alcohol embroiled four student representatives in misconduct hearings, which have already justly result...

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Editorial

November 16, 2015

A paradox hangs over this country. The United States, the wealthiest nation on Earth, has more capital in its economy than any point in history, yet income inequality now parallels the Great Depression. The wealthy hoard America’s riches while the majority...

Bill Means speaks of new interpretations of the “discovery” of America, which are upcoming in social consciousness.

Editorial

October 27, 2015

Every fall, Columbus Day controversy stirs a national conversation about the ugly legacy of European colonization. This evaluation does more than address past injustices, it underscores how elusive the American identity has become and how necessary fur...

Editorial

Editorial

October 13, 2015

Any morning visit Monday through Thursday will expose a glaring transportation problem at this college. Thousands of students from the reaches of the North Bay and Wine Country flock to the Santa Rosa campus in a frenzied grab for parking, the deficit ...

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Editorial

September 29, 2015

It comes down to one day every four years, the first Tuesday of November. Election Day. In one simple exercise, millions cast their preference for the presidency of the U.S. That’s all; one day, one vote and it’s over. The nation elects a president ...

Editorial Sept.14

Editorial Sept.14

September 15, 2015

American college culture is at a critical point where adherence to political correctness threatens to undermine the sanctity of free speech, a supreme value of higher education. This conflict intensifies in a period where “trigger words” and “microaggressions”...

Editorial May 11

Editorial May 11

May 11, 2015

When Governor Jerry Brown signed the California DREAM Act in 2011, it was a step forward for the U.S. in terms of immigration reform. In 2012, the Obama Administration enacted Deferred Action, designed to give children of immigrants a temporary stay in U.S. ...

Editorial April 27

Editorial April 27

April 27, 2015

Do you think America is the greatest country in the world? For today’s politicians, the answer to this question doesn’t reveal their reflections on American history; it falsely validates their patriotism. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani recent...

Editorial April 6

April 14, 2015

The Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees oversee everything at the college, from hiring the president to planning construction projects. Each of the seven board members represent a district in Sonoma County of about 70,000 people — except the Santa Rosa 3, 4 and 5 district, where three “at large” board members represent the district of 207,132 people collectively. Candidates from this area have to campaign to more constituents, pay more fees and, hypothetically,...

Editorial March 9

Editorial March 9

March 10, 2015

Most Californians are aware of the drought. Most people don’t like their local water agency telling them how to use water on their property. Yet most people in Santa Rosa probably weren’t aware in August of 2014 that the city implemented mandatory...

Editorial Feb. 23

Editorial Feb. 23

February 24, 2015

Last semester the Oak Leaf class interviewed Santa Rosa Junior College president Dr. Frank Chong about his life and issues of the day. It was an open-ended interview in which Dr. Chong took time to tell us about his experience as an Asian American in a...

Editorial Feb. 9

Editorial Feb. 9

February 10, 2015

Proposed legislation could require all college students in California to receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination in 2017. Of the 103 measles cases to hit California during the 2014/15 outbreak, three are college students in Souther...

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