The Oak Leaf

It’s time to take the tax burden off the middle class

Parris Mazer, Contributing writer

May 16, 2011

While there is a debate over whether we're in a recession or a depression, there is little debate that we are in hard times. High unemployment, falling wages and the rising cost of living are just several issues facing the middle and working classes. In the face of mounting state and federal budget deficits,...

Editorial: Agrella’s song remains the same, luckily it’s a good one

The Oak Leaf

April 24, 2011

The SRJC Board of Trustees' choice to halt the selection process for a replacement for longtime president Dr. Robert Agrella, and his generous decision to continue helming the college through the rough seas of the California budget crisis was the correct decision for SRJC. The last thing we needed w...

“Like”: just a communication cop-out

Tristan Geiger, Contributing Writer

April 24, 2011

I just got into a relationship. Like. The sun is out. Like. I just got into a bike accident and broke my arm. Like. If you know Facebook you know what this means. Clicking "Like" on a friend's post can show support. The creator of the post can then see who "Liked" them and contact that user if desire...

His name was Kris

Armando Torres-Garcia, Opinion Editor

April 24, 2011

When people asked who he was, I said his name was Kris. I hate saying that phrase. Names have a way of turning people into nouns. Although the function of a name is to help us create pictures of people in our minds, it is devoid of the characteristics that actually define that person. A name is just ...

Eating healthy creates healthy living

Claire Tillinghast, Staff Writer

April 24, 2011

We live in a country that loves meat. When In-N-Out burger opened in Santa Rosa, people could not scramble fast enough to get their daily meat fix. I won't even go into the repulsion I feel when I see the line of cars in front of the place at 8 a.m. There's nothing like a steaming ground beef patty an...

In a post-consumer economy, you are the product

Quinn Conklin , Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2011

Welcome to the post-consumer economy where everything is given away for free. The vision of the post-consumerist movement says that things should have value other than their price tag and purchases should be made based on need rather than vanity. The reality of post-consumerism looks more like a way...

Our musical legacy lacks substance

Armando Torres-Garcia, Opinion Editor

April 3, 2011

Through music, our minds gain the power to transcend. Through beats and vibes a song rattles your eardrum, sends vibrations through your limbs, and introduces you to imaginative realms that help you recall moments that you may have never had. Musical pioneers such as Marvin Gaye, The Grateful Dead and...

“Hot” Top 40 dub-steps on the grave of The Fox

Jerome Janairo , New Editor

April 3, 2011

I will never forget the look of absolute horror on my younger brother's face one rainy Thursday night as he tried to listen to his favorite radio station on his MP3 player. I asked him what was wrong, and he replied by giving me his headphones. The song "Blow" by Ke$ha was playing. Why would my broth...

Editorial: Presidential forums interesting, but have little impact

The Oak Leaf

April 3, 2011

The candidates for superintendent-president of SRJC recently engaged in a series of open forums in which students and faculty had the opportunity to ask each candidate questions about leadership style, experience and vision for the future of the college. While the forums were a great opportunity for SRJC...

Specialization is the future in browser wars

Quinn Conklin, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2011

The browser wars are starting to heat up again. In the last three years, it has been a three-way race between Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. But there is a new contender entering the race: RockMelt. IE sees a lot of use at the corporate level these days, however it is not the browser of choice...

Widening Highway 101 is stupid and shortsighted

Lee Sandwina, Staff Writer

March 14, 2011

How does Sonoma County feel about the extra lane added to Highway 101? If you feel good about it, you might pat yourself on the shoulder now, but in 15 years when you are sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic again, you'll want to punch yourself in the face. The project is shortsighted. The planning...

Some teachers forget the purpose of community education

Craig Couden, Co-Editor-In-Chief

March 14, 2011

I'm an intelligent guy. I spent four years at UC Santa Barbara getting an English degree, so I'm not a rookie when it comes to succeeding at college level classes. I came to SRJC to augment my education with interesting subjects that I didn't get a chance to study the first time. I stumbled onto...

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