The Oak Leaf

A connected disconnect

A connected disconnect

Chelsea Wood, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Dating isn’t the same as it once was. In a generation wrapped up with technology and fast-paced lives, it’s no wonder relationships for millennials have morphed. With new apps and dating sites available for download every day, it has become easier for young people to meet others for dates, sex...

Just the Tip: Sexual Assault

Amoura Deering, Co-Features-Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under Multimedia, Opinion

“She was asking for it.” This is a phrase we hear all too often when the topic of sexual assault comes up. In America we live in a male-dominated, hypermasculine culture where we try to protect men more than women. Sexual assault is an umbrella term used by most to include unwanted sexual contact,...

Hunger Pangs, Bear Cub stomachs growl for a palatable solution

Hunger Pangs, Bear Cub stomachs growl for a palatable solution

Oak Leaf Staff

November 13, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The administration responded admirably to last month’s wildfires for at least one of the following reasons: it was the right thing to do and/or to prevent mass disenrollment that would devastate the school’s budget. Santa Rosa Junior College was overwhelmingly successful in preventing drop-outs by...

Wayward winds of October

Kyle Torr, Contributing Poet

October 31, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fire, Guest Writers, Opinion

It was tryin’ times when the red skies came Over the hills, those black ridges of shame And the houses were stripped past their skeletal frames A disaster unprecedented ‘Twas not one hour into Monday morn When the winds turned heavy and swelled with scorn Before even the firemen could arri...

Trial by fire

Trial by fire

Brandon McCapes, News Editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Fire, Opinion

I didn’t believe my roommates when they woke me to tell me we were advised to evacuate on the morning of Oct. 9. When reality set in, I was torn between the desire to follow my friends to safety and the compulsion to grab my camera and enter the fray. I knew whatever was happening was big, and I’...

Two fires in one night, constantly on the run

Two fires in one night, constantly on the run

Reina Underwood-Mironoff, Staff Writer

October 31, 2017


Filed under Fire, Opinion

It started out as any other normal Sunday. On Oct. 8, I woke up at a reasonable time, ran my normal errands and started my scheduled shift at Hooters in Rohnert Park. Little did I know this would be the last normal Sunday I’d have for quite some time. As another stressful football Sunday shift came to an end,...

Braving the storm: Junior college journalists thrust into historic event, learn on the fly

Braving the storm: Junior college journalists thrust into historic event, learn on the fly

October 31, 2017


Filed under Fire, Opinion

When the Tubbs Fire struck the city of Santa Rosa late on the night of Oct. 8, the city was literally torn apart, thrusting its citizens into peril. The Oak Leaf staff was not spared this terror. Many of our staff were evacuated from the fire, including one of our co-editors-in-chiefs, James Wyatt, who lives in the W...

A week of worry, fire and fear

A week of worry, fire and fear

Dakota McGranahan, Photo Editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Fire, Opinion

I watched in horror as the fire rolled over the hills, ripped through trees and devoured everything in sight. It left nothing but a skeleton behind, the ashen bark, stark against the flames. Sitting in my car, I felt nauseous. Just hours before, I was sitting in my friend’s home laughing and talking over ...

Will the love in the air remain thick once the smoke clears?

Will the love in the air remain thick once the smoke clears?

October 31, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Fire

Remember the week following 9/11? When it seemed like every car you saw proudly displayed an American flag decal on the bumper? Or how every house had a flag planted in the front lawn? The entire country rallied together and unified as one red, white and blue force of stars and stripes. Remember how lo...

The fire guided me through the dark

The fire guided me through the dark

James Wyatt, Co-Editor-In-Chief

October 27, 2017


Filed under Fire, Opinion

I was depressed with my life before the wildfires reduced a vast majority of Santa Rosa to scorched earth. I questioned whether studying journalism was the right career path for me. My parents are both public servants, and it felt like anything less than heroism or helping the community wouldn’t...

Is The Counseling Department Actually That Bad?

Is The Counseling Department Actually That Bad?

Charlotte Maxwell, Staff Writer

October 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Many students at Santa Rosa Junior College feel their needs are not being met by the counseling department. I’ve had my fair share of bad experiences with counselors, but the department overall is not as bad as everyone says it is. The mission statement of the counseling department at SRJC is ...

Dodger blues

Dodger blues

Michael Barnes, Deputy Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports, Sports Opinion

Congratulations Los Angeles. Your Dodgers finally made it back to the World Series after a 29-year hiatus from Major League Baseball’s fall classic. The same Dodgers franchise that jettisoned their Brooklyn home in 1957 in favor of La La Land; enticed by the glitz, the glamour and the promise of in...

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