The Oak Leaf

Editorial: SRJC Has Lost More Than Money

Editorial: SRJC Has Lost More Than Money

December 11, 2012

It’s all about trust. Over recent years, the SRJC community has weathered many storms. A revolving door of police chiefs, prolonged search for our new president, years of budget cuts and disappointing football seasons have all created obstacles to b...

Editorial: Obama Needs to Get Tough on Romney

October 11, 2012

The first presidential debate of 2012 between President Barack Obama and the Republican challenger Governor Mitt Romney was held on Wednesday evening and to everyone’s shock the wealthy Mormon businessman ended up looking like the wise professor. From the starting bell through the five rounds of debate the president struggled to give clear, concise and confident responses to Romney’s attacks, questions and proposals, let alone the highly intelligent responses delivered...

Editorial: The Doyle Scholarship is not for everyone

September 25, 2012

Many of you have heard of the elusive Doyle scholarship, but very few current students have received it. Well, it’s back. Starting next fall semester, the Doyle will be available to incoming students. Hold the applause, I said incoming students. Many current students are wondering why, after four years without the Doyle, we are not afforded the opportunity to receive funds from the scholarship. After all, SRJC students own 51 percent of Exchange Bank in the form of a...

School’s out for summer…

May 12, 2012

Ask any student how much more his or her brain can digest. Look in the faces of faculty members. All are tired, burned out and done. After 16 weeks of the semester, students and faculty alike are ready for summer. Unfortunately there are still two weeks until summer. Santa Rosa Junior College is considering changing to a “compressed calendar,” shorten each semester by one or two weeks. To do this, each class depending on its length would be five to 15 minutes longer. SRJC...

Vote Oak Leaf for every seat; we’ll get you a unicorn petting zoo

April 23, 2012

If you would like a brand new unicorn petting zoo on campus, vote for the Oak Leaf in the upcoming student elections. It will represent you, The Students. Citizen’s United vs. Federal Election Commission, the case that rendered corporations as people, might not actually affect SRJC student elections, but the Oak Leaf is United 4 Students anyway and will deliver the unicorns. Our promise is more or less the same promise the other candidates are making. The problem...

The Oak Leaf apologizes for inappropriate cartoon

April 11, 2012

During an unusually hectic Easter production weekend, the Oak Leaf included a graphic on the front cover that the entire staff believes to be inappropriate. The graphic, a cartoon in connection to the rape story, misrepresents the facts of the case and trivializes a very sensitive and serious issue. The graphic was intended for a different story that did not materialize, and the decision to use it in connection to the rape story was made on Sunday night after all but one...

Occupying the capitol is our next step

March 11, 2012

The Oak Leaf thanks the 68 students and supporters who were arrested after occupying the capitol for standing up for education. They showed courage and conviction, took a risk and put themselves in harm’s way for what they believed in: us, the students of California. Every year, thousands of students, faculty and supporters march in Sacramento to lobby legislators to re-fund education, and every year our budgets get cut even deeper. Clearly, more needs to be done and...

Faith and Santorum

February 28, 2012

It's known in the Rick Santorum campaign as "The Santorum Google problem." The problem is that if you Google “Santorum,” the first result is either extremely offensive or hilarious. Definition number one: "The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex." And therein lies the problem. Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is now the flavor of the week in the Republican Presidential primary. That is to say, in this election cycle,...

Editorial

February 14, 2012

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of the opposite-sex couples.” - Justice Stephen Reinhardt It's about time someone said Proposition 8 was an unconstitutional cover-up for homophobia; but it's a shame it was a federal court ruling and not the consensus of the American people. On...

All we have are the stories before death

January 31, 2012

All but Death, can be Adjusted— Dynasties repaired— Systems—settled in their Sockets— Citadels—Dissolved— Wastes of Lives—resown with Colors By Succeeding Springs— Death—unto itself—Exception— Is exempt from Change— -749, Emily Dickinson, 1863 Everything we ever do in the world will turn to dust, and that is our only guarantee. Our loved ones, friends and families will crumble along with any Trump Towers we wall ourselves in or the memo...

Aristotle would oppose the SSTF, and so do we

Aristotle would oppose the SSTF, and so do we

December 15, 2011

The following editorial was written in solidarity with 10 sister community college newspapers denouncing the Student Success Task Force’s recommendations. The Oak Leaf did its own investigation and came to the same conclusions. Aristotle said the best...

$150,000 later, and not a dime of improvement

November 22, 2011

While the 1917 Steinway grand piano --recently purchased by the Friends of Petaluma Campus--is more than impressive as a gift, the instrument valued at $150,000 plays more to the wants of a few and less to the needs of the many students and faculty battling the economic crunch. For more than a year, everyone from top administrators like Dr. Agrella to freshman just entering the school’s community have had to make tough financial decisions based around the school’s budgetary...

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