The Oak Leaf

The Federal Reserve’s record of oppression

Drew Sheets, Opinion Editor

January 31, 2012


Filed under Opinion

About five years ago I heard a troubling claim. The claim was that our central bank was oppressive to American workers and needed to be dismantled. After a little homework, I found the claim to be correct. There is no mention of a central bank in any of America’s founding documents. The founders...

I did not consent to tea bagging him

Benjamin "Brutus" Gruey, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 29, 2012


Filed under Opinion

I can now somewhat understand how my ex-girlfriend felt to be raped while comatose on Klonopin (a prescription pill in the benzodiazepine family prescribed for symptoms like anxiety and epilepsy). All I got was an older man, my friend Frank, sticking my balls in his mouth while I was teetering on the...

How to be a successful student-athlete

Dalton Johnson, Contributing Writer

January 19, 2012


Filed under Opinion, Sports

Alex Sasloff, sophomore catcher for the SRJC baseball team, starts his busy week off with a jam-packed day. Sasloff wakes up at 8 a.m. eats breakfast, showers and is out the door around 8:30. His first class, Speech 3A, starts at 9 a.m. and after that he goes to Political Science until noon, and is off...

Take a moment to smell the apps

Quinn Conklin, web editor

December 15, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The future is happening around us every day. Think about this: five years ago there was no iPhone, and the first Android phone just turned four years old a few months ago. Today smart phones can replace cameras, mobile broadcasting trucks, calendars, Game Boys, digital recorders and to some extent our...

Why Greece Matters to all of us

Drew Sheets, Contributing Writer

December 15, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Why should you care about Greece’s debt issue? It’s simple really: Goldman Sachs bought up billions of dollars of Greece’s debt in a lot of small deals that paid derivatives, adding up to millions of dollars of profit. Goldman Sachs is one of America’s largest publicly traded investment banks...

Culture Shock for SRJC to Berkeley transfer student

Shelby Pope, Contributing Writer

December 15, 2011


Filed under Opinion

There are some things you learn when you transfer to UC Berkeley in the fall of 2011. You learn the signs of a protest: chalk written calls to action on the pavement, the sound of hovering helicopters, police that grow in numbers the closer you get to Sproul Plaza. You learn the correct answer to “whose...

Aristotle would oppose the SSTF, and so do we

Aristotle would oppose the SSTF, and so do we

December 15, 2011


Filed under Editorial, Opinion, Top Stories

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 education comes from a mentor and a student sitting...

I am not your shill

Quinn Conklin, Online Editor

November 22, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Google launched its music service last week and it is the worst of the bunch for turning users into shills. It is adequate, and still my choice for streaming music to my phone, but it is one thing to offer a free service to the “customer” and turn around selling his or her attention to advertisers....

Stage-poets need more than words

Michael Shufro, co-editor-in-chife

November 22, 2011


Filed under Opinion

For a time I’ve had mixed feelings about poetry readings, and public readings in general.  Not that live readings are necessarily bad in any sense, but the delivery and stage-presence of many readers can be too slow and quiet for the modern American stage, or at least for viewers and listeners attuned...

Seeking balance between the land and the machines

Armando Torres-Garcia, Contributing Writer

November 22, 2011


Filed under Opinion

There is a truth that can only be found in landscapes untouched by Wi-Fi signals. Beyond the murmur of computer engines and the clicking sounds of text messages being shipped off into space, a silent whisper reveals life’s secret: nature reminds you how to live. Last summer I heard the whisper when...

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

November 22, 2011


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

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,...

Handling the holidays, or not…

Isabel Johson, Opinion Editor

November 22, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Holiday movies are some of the cruelest mockeries of reality ever created. The happy family overcoming their usual petty squabbles to gather around a delicious meal and exchange heartfelt mush is a lie. Who the hell does that? My family doesn’t put aside our issues during the holidays. We get worse....

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