The Oak Leaf

Editorial, Issue 4: Controversial nominations deserve more attention

March 10, 2014

American pop culture makes much ado about nothing, giving awards to the rich and famous. Actors, singers and celebrities have their Tonys, their Grammys, their Oscars. There’s another annual honor, a prize given to those who ignite global change through their efforts in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature – and the most difficult to define category, peace. The Nobel Prize nominees won’t get the experience of walking down a red carpet. They pass by without...

Editorial, Issue 3: Interim Board endorsements: Renée and Peyton

February 25, 2014

In the first editorial of the spring 2014 semester, the Oak Leaf outlined a few attributes we felt the soon-to-be appointed Board of Trustees member should possess. Rather than rehashing those, let’s have the Board speak for itself. The Sonoma County Junior College District Policy Manual, accessible via SRJC’s website, contains the philosophy, mission and goals to which the Board of Trustees holds itself. Among these values lies a call for diversity that supports...

Editorial, Issue 2: State of the Union promises education reform

February 10, 2014

President Obama has always been impressively articulate, and of course the 2014 State of the Union address was no exception. The president touched on several politically relevant issues in his speech, including minimum wage, equal pay, tax reform and the wars in the Middle East. All excellent topics, but here at the Oak Leaf we’re most interested in his points on improving education. Fortunately, Santa Rosa Junior College is ahead of the curve on many of the promises...

Illustration by Deborah San Angelo

Editorial, Issue 1: Homogeneous white males need not apply

February 4, 2014

When Onita Pellegrini announced her resignation at the Jan. 14 Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees meeting, students and faculty alike turned their attention to replacing our Board’s only female member. With calls for increasing diversity...

Editorial Issue 6

Editorial Issue 6

December 10, 2013

The end of the fall semester is a stressful time for students, a problem exacerbated by the long semester. Thanksgiving break makes them relax and yearn for the end. When it’s darker sooner and longer, everyone just wants to sleep. When December rolls...

Editorial Issue 5

Editorial Issue 5

December 10, 2013

As finals approach, some Santa Rosa Junior College students have to come to terms with the fact that they might fail some of their classes. Lack of motivation, trouble at home and the stress of working and going to school can all be contributing factors...

Editorial Issue 4: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Editorial Issue 4: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

December 10, 2013

As October comes to a close, we say goodbye not only to the omnipresent commercialism of Halloween, but also to the omnipresent commercialism of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is a terrible problem for women in America, but so is Breast...

Editorial Issue 3

Editorial Issue 3

December 10, 2013

It’s a difficult scenario to imagine, but the possibility of a shooting here at SRJC is all too real. We live our lives under the shadow of gun violence, but there is a very real disconnect between theory and reality when it comes to gun control...

Editorial Issue 2

Editorial Issue 2

December 10, 2013

We the people. Three very simple words, yet they introduce the most important document in our nation’s history, the document that forms the very foundation upon which this country was built. But we the people are shockingly deficient in the basics...

Editorial Issue 1: Parking

December 10, 2013

Ah, fall. The smell of fresh leaves and crackling pencils. Pumpkin spice lattes and the slow, circular motion of SRJC students searching for parking in an endless loop, doomed to wander the lots like so many vultures until they find their prey or give...

Editorial: 2013 Student Elections

April 30, 2013

Our nation is six months removed from a heated election process that pitted fellow Americans against one another in parliamentary free-for-all of red versus blue. Big money was spent, things got personal and ultimately everybody in the country tuned in to watch the punches fly. Fast-forward to the present, and you find our own Santa Rosa Junior College in a similar situation where we stand in the midst of our own student-body elections. The only differences worth...

Editorial – Holzworth

February 25, 2013

After months of investigations into the Jeffrey Holzworth embezzlement case, this week brought new revelations, an admission of guilt and the potential of a settlement deal. The 28-year veteran SRJC District Police officer was arrested and  charged with embezzling more than $287,000 from Santa Rosa Junior College and new information from officers close to the case believe he may have stolen more than $1 million. The district attorney and detectives say he spent the...

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