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#Defend DACA

#Defend DACA

Jose Gonzalez, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Did you know there are close to 11.3 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States? An estimated 7,000 to 13,000 are enrolled in colleges throughout the U.S. Whether you believe DACA should continue or not, it’s important to consider what undocumented students are facing and what th...

Allegations: why we published

Allegations: why we published

December 12, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Even Santa Rosa Junior College has not escaped the ongoing cultural reckoning in America. Since the news broke around allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein this fall, women (and men) have been coming forward around the country to name perpetrators of sexual misconduct. In November, a for...

Breaking the chains of oppression

Breaking the chains of oppression

Chelsea Wood, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In the era we live in, it’s important to continue on a path of progression rather than one of regression. It’s time to change gender roles and expectations so men no longer expect to get whatever they want from women simply because they’re men. Women can’t be owned and we don’t owe men an...

Net Neutrality: The internet under attack

Net Neutrality: The internet under attack

Grant Wetmore and Reina Underwood, Opinion Editor and Staff Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The internet is a marvelous place. With it, access to all human knowledge is at our fingertips. We can express our thoughts and ideas, good or bad, to thousands, if not millions, across the globe. However, the internet and the freedom it represents is under attack. The Federal Communications Commission plans ...

BSU: where are Y-O-U?

BSU: where are Y-O-U?

Lenita Marie Johnson, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The history of the Black Student Union (BSU) on campus is a story of ups and downs. In the past few years, the group was active with a very significant presence among black students. Now there is only a mere handful of members and very few activities. This leaves me wondering, why is this so? I...

What do you consider a culture vulture?

Ali Benzerara, Co Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Opinion

What do you consider a “culture vulture?” Is it someone who merely partakes in the culture around them? Or is it someone who forms parts of their identity from cultures other than their own? Is it based on the color of their skin? Their family background? The area where they were raised? Acc...

Why there aren’t “Basic Boys”

Why there aren’t “Basic Boys”
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Rachel Edelstein, Web Editor

November 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It finally feels like fall in Sonoma County. The leaves have changed colors, the temperature has dropped and the word “basic” has resurfaced as pumpkin-flavored-everything season is in full swing. For those who don’t know, “basic” is millennial vernacular often ascribed to women who maint...

Rape culture

Rape culture

Reina Underwood-Mironoff, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Sexual assault and rape are severe problems. Statistics show one in every four women are sexually assaulted in college, women and men between the ages of 12 and 34 are at the highest risk of sexual assault and rape. In many cases, the assailants are convinced that the victim in some way asked for...

After the fire

After the fire

Lenita Marie Johnson, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Fire, Opinion

For more than a month my life has been consumed by the Tubbs Fire here in California, Wine Country. The initial shock and fear were poignant and soon morphed into disbelief and horror. Many people I know locally shared these same feelings based on this unbelievable experience. I was one of many forced...

Individuals can stop sexual predation

Individuals can stop sexual predation

Editorial

November 16, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Do egotistical people seek power? Or do powerful people become egotistical? When people use their position of power to leverage unwanted touch or an unwilling audience to a sexual encounter, the victims have little recourse.  We inherited a culture that teaches us to blame ourselves if we experience...

#metoo

#metoo

Anonymous

November 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I’m in my second year at Santa Rosa Junior College. I see people laughing and playing around in front of the library. Everyone looks normal and comfortable, the same way I looked when I first arrived from Hong Kong. New to America, I thought people would be as pure as my classmates in Hong Kong. Americans...

From the ashes we will capitalize

From the ashes we will capitalize

Michael Barnes, Co-Features Editor

November 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Like every major Hollywood disaster movie, every major natural disaster isn’t complete without an effective tagline. The tagline must be equal parts inspirational rallying cry and shrewdly marketed advertising catchphrase. After Hurricane Harvey drowned the city of Houston, the country was flooded...

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