The Oak Leaf

Summer cuts or ulterior motives?

Summer cuts or ulterior motives?

Chelsea Wood, Opinion Editor

April 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Editor’s note: To receive updates on stories like this, please download the Oak Leaf mobile app for Apple or Android. For many Santa Rosa Junior College students, the recent announcement of proposed summer class cuts serves a massive halt to the progression of their college paths. The proposal and its si...

‘Vegans grind my gears’ grinds my gears

‘Vegans grind my gears’ grinds my gears

Taylor Marek Seprish, Staff Writer

March 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

A quick disclaimer before we start: I am not fully-vegan. I’m vegetarian, though I avoid dairy and make sure that the few dairy products I do eat are sustainably sourced.  This response talks about both vegan and vegetarian beliefs. I’m sure by now most of you have read “Vegans grind my gears,” an i...

Ask Willow: Scared for a suicidal friend

Ask Willow: Scared for a suicidal friend

The Oak Leaf Staff

March 27, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Opinion, Top Stories

Dear Willow, How do I help a suicidal friend? -Scared   If you or a friend are experiencing suicidal tendencies, please seek professional advice immediately.   Dear Scared, Helping a suicidal friend is not an easy situation to maneuver. There are different degrees of suicidal ideation...

Sacrifice convenience for sustainability

Sacrifice convenience for sustainability

Adeira Sherpa, Co-Photo Editor

March 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

What do we want? Coffee. When do we want it? Now. Starbucks churns through 4 billion disposable cups globally per year. Fast food restaurants feed 50 million Americans daily. Twenty percent of all American meals are eaten in cars. This paints a grim picture of the American diet and our environmental a...

Ask Willow: Frustrated Group Worker

Ask Willow: Frustrated Group Worker

The Oak Leaf Staff

March 15, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Opinion

Dear Willow, How do I get through group work without losing it over my lazy partners?  -Frustrated group worker Dear “Frustrated group worker,” Group assignments are the bane of many a college student’s existence. It seems like in every group, there is at least one person who is well p...

Marvel’s ‘blackbuster’ is off the hook

Marvel’s ‘blackbuster’ is off the hook

Lenita Marie Johnson, Staff Writer

March 6, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Opinion

It will come as no surprise to me if every African-American in this country goes to see Marvel’s new “Blackbuster” film, “The Black Panther,” which has a nearly complete black cast. That’s if they haven’t seen it already. Virtually all my friends, black and white, have invited me...

Diversity of opinion

Diversity of opinion

Andrés Pimentel, Staff Writer

March 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Our ability to debate and defend, argue and counter argue has boiled down to a tribalistic extremism. Like so many issues today, there’s a general consensus to disagree based on political affiliation. We agree to disagree. The general consensus, makes diversity of opinion offensive. It breaks ...

Ask Willow: Alone

Ask Willow: Alone

The Oak Leaf Staff

March 6, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, Opinion

Dear Willow, I don’t like online dating, but I’m trying to find someone. How do people meet each other in real life these days? -Alone   Dear Alone, Although online dating is convenient and simple, it can also be shallow and emotionally draining. People get into online datin...

Hollywood says ‘Time’s Up’ to sexual harassment

Hollywood says ‘Time’s Up’ to sexual harassment

Dakota McGranahan, Photo Editor

March 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The #metoo movement was a full-fledged storm in 2017 and fueled a new fire in 2018 with just two simple words: Time’s Up. However, the fiery passion and determination that was prominent at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards and Emmys was silenced during the Grammys, after a laughably large num...

Israeli Arab love

Israeli Arab love

Gabriel Guptill, Staff Writer

March 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

During last year’s winter break I went on a mind-bending trip to Israel to discover perspectives of life. One of the many places I visited was an Arab village about 45 minutes outside of Jerusalem. The group of American-Jewish students I was traveling with were invited to lunch in a local home-ki...

Vegans grind my gears

Vegans grind my gears

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The vegan diet is similar to a vegetarian diet, but excludes dairy products and any animal by-product. Veganism has been marked as the animal-friendly diet, as it’s made up of plant-based products. The vegan diet can help cut fat intake and may help avoid some types of cancers. As someone who ...

Bullying: It’s more complicated than you think

Bullying: It’s more complicated than you think

Luke Benson, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Two months ago, Keaton Jones brought bullying into the national spotlight. His heartbreaking video went viral and his words were shared by thousands across the country. Many celebrities spoke on the subject, including Chris Evans and Cardi B. Keaton was even covered on national TV. Finally, it seemed...

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Opinion