The Oak Leaf

And the next president should be…

November 10, 2011

There are three things SRJC needs from its next president/superintendent: an ability to lead, the capacity to be the face of the school and the willingness to look unflinchingly at the economic realities facing the college. While both final candidates showed an ability to be a strong leader, only one demonstrated everything needed to be our next leader: Dr. Frank Chong. While Dr. Joel Kinnamon may look good on paper, the two candidates were clearly not in the same league...

Shock and awe does not make your argument valid

October 25, 2011

Project Truth staged an assault on the minds and eyes of SRJC students last week. Members came with their posters, their flyers and their aborted fetuses to prove to the school that abortion is wrong. What they showed instead is that they are a bunch of inconsiderate bullies. Bullies? That seems a bit harsh. Perhaps you would prefer demagogues or agitators but bullies are what they are. Whether they’re shaking us down for lunch money or opinions, bullies only want to...

Occupy Wall Street will need conviction to succeed

October 11, 2011

The continued occupation of Wall Street has finally broken into mainstream media and now America is eager to see what will happen next. Will sweeping reform change how big business influences our politics? Will the rich be taxed and America’s funds be diverted from weapons to schools? That rests on the shoulders of the American populace. Will they place themselves in harm’s way, and let their protests get ugly enough to affect change? In 2003 the largest recorded anti-war...

Students smart enough to deal with controversy

Staff

September 27, 2011

The Arts and Lectures Committee is considering bringing Ward Connerly to speak at SRJC. Connerly, a former UC regent, is a controversial figure because he helped abolish affirmative action in California universities in 1996 as the key figure behind Proposition 209. Added to the controversy is Connerly’s own racial background, a mix of African American, Caucasian and Choctaw. But this is not about Ward Connerly. There are members of the faculty who feel that Connerly should...

When we are a community…

September 13, 2011

Google+ may not be for you. If you are looking for a place to share gossip about your real life friends, to post photos of the latest party or browbeat your “friends” into helping you work on your farms, stay on Facebook. If you want to see your favorite celebrities crack one liners, find photos of what people are eating or get unverified announcements of the latest celebrity death, stay on Twitter. If you want to do nothing, stay on LinkedIn. Google+ is not for you. On...

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