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Editorial Jan. 26

Editorial Jan. 26

January 26, 2015

Santa Rosa Junior College students responded to evangelical Christian radicals Jan. 15 with a small counter-protest, echoing an international debate about the interaction between free speech and religious extremism. Evangelical Christian radicals from...

Editorial Dec. 8: Make a stand against the ‘police vs. minorities’ fear cycle

December 8, 2014

You’re walking down the sidewalk of in an unfamiliar neighborhood when you see a man approaching you. You turn to avoid him, but he also alters his course, clearly intending to meet up with you. As he gets closer, panic rises in your mind. You’ve heard stories about people like him, what “they” have done: violent, frightening things. But who, exactly, inspires this fear in you? A young black or brown man in a hooded sweatshirt, or a white police officer carrying...

Editorial Nov. 17: Stop Black Friday from eating into Thanksgiving

Editorial Nov. 17: Stop Black Friday from eating into Thanksgiving

November 17, 2014

Sale! Sale! The year’s best deals, the lowest prices, the biggest crowds — all encroaching on a holiday near you! Since its earliest usage by police officers dealing with traffic jams in 1960s Philadelphia, the name “Black Friday” has carried...

Jared Huffman: Incumbent Congressman 2nd District

Oak Leaf guide to endorsements

October 30, 2014

The editorial board's opinion of the candidates, propositions and measures on the Nov. 4 ballot Dorothy Battenfeld One of the most important questions the Oak Leaf editorial board asked each candidate was to describe in their own words the issue...

Editorial Oct. 27: Students deserve a voice

Editorial Oct. 27: Students deserve a voice

October 30, 2014

Representation in government: it’s the foundation of the United States of America, it’s the principal core of democracy – and for Santa Rosa Junior College students, it’s sorely lacking at the Board of Trustees level. Of the eight members of the S...

Board of Trustees endorsement: Jordan Burns

Board of Trustees endorsement: Jordan Burns

October 9, 2014

Challenger: Jordan Burns Although he is a new candidate for SRJC's Board of Trustees, Jordan Burns is by no means a new face. Burns graduated as valedictorian from the college in 2009 before moving on to get his bachelor's degree in political science from UC Berkeley. During his time at...

Editorial Oct. 6: The future of Measure H

Editorial Oct. 6: The future of Measure H

October 8, 2014

Sonoma County’s Nov. 4 ballot includes a bond measure proposal from Santa Rosa Junior College, and any objection to receiving $410 million seems nonsensical, considering the college’s needs – and the fact that Measure H is only the second bond pro...

Editorial Sept. 22: A community with questions

Editorial Sept. 22: A community with questions

September 23, 2014

Andy Lopez died at age 13. Six seconds, seven 9 mm bullets, fired from the gun of a 24-year veteran of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. The community’s anguish poured out in rallies and protests. A week after Lopez’s death, more than ...

Editorial Sept. 8: Earthquake preparedness a must

September 8, 2014

As one walks around the Santa Rosa Junior College campus, one can’t help taking in its history. The brick-and-mortar architecture holds the level of dignity found more often at an Ivy League school than a community college. The same bricks giving SRJC’s buildings their charm make them vulnerable during an earthquake. SRJC needs to prioritize retrofitting these older buildings to preserve their historical value and the protect the students and faculty who use them...

Editorial, Issue 7: Affirmative action slipping away

May 14, 2014

The end of May is a time of pride and accomplishment. Many Santa Rosa Junior College students will graduate May 24, ready to move on, whether to pursue careers with their associate’s degree or transfer to another university. There’s another landmark occasion just a week prior to graduation: the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. This Supreme Court decision is widely credited with giving underrepresented minorities an opportunity to receive a quality state-school...

Editorial, Issue 6: Keep SRJC’s heritage oaks healthy

May 1, 2014

When two trees, weakened by disease, fell down in inclement weather earlier this year, the Santa Rosa Junior College administration decided to remove four more trees due to safety concerns. Planting more oaks, which SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong says the administration plans to do, is a great idea, but it will be a long time before those trees reach maturity. The removed oaks suffered from an oak-root fungus that severely compromised their overall health. Time and...

Editorial, Issue 5: A pickpot with a pension

Editorial, Issue 5: A pickpot with a pension

April 17, 2014

It’s been nearly a year and a half since the Oak Leaf’s first coverage of the Holzworth investigation, and the former Santa Rosa Junior College District Police officer remains on our newsroom’s radar. From the first news of Holzworth’s arrest...

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