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The SRJC Forensics Team poses for a photo.

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SRJC Forensics Team becomes first two-year institution to win National Debate Collegiate Championship

March 27, 2018

The Santa Rosa Junior College Forensics Team won the National Collegiate Debate Championship on March 27, becoming the first two-year institution to do so. According to the SRJC Public Relations Department, 25 students competed in 9 tournaments and...

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Ask Willow: Scared for a suicidal friend

March 27, 2018

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 ...

Ashley Judd, Adama Iwu and Lindsay Meyer answered audience question during the

Silence breakers speak out at Women’s conversation

March 27, 2018

Three trailblazing women from three very different professions shared their experiences facing a misogynistic society and the unwanted, unwarranted, yet  normalized sexual advances that accompany such a climate. Acclaimed Golden Globe nominated actress Ash...

An abundance of love for Simon

An abundance of love for Simon

March 27, 2018

“Love, Simon” is as much a celebration of diversity as it is an idyllic and witty reimagination of the modern teenage experience. It’s a poem to gay youth across America; a sonnet that personifies and embodies the gay experience, cultivating...

Fires affect academics

Fires affect academics

December 12, 2017

After the wildfires that burned through Sonoma County in October, SRJC Communications Studies instructor Karen Cornwell realized she had to make changes to keep students engaged and moving forward. For the first few weeks, students were in shock and had “fr...

Jesus “Chuy” Valencia, SRJC student and chef, cooks for evacuees near Oakville.

Bear Cubs respond when tragedy hits

October 31, 2017

While the community rallied in support of SRJC, its students gave back as well. Numerous volunteers, including SRJC students, set out to work at the 15 local shelters that opened to house thousands of wildfire evacuees. Students assisting at shelters led tasks...

Sonoma County residents comfort each other through teary eyes during the Day of Remembrance ceremony.

A day of remembrance. A day of togetherness.

October 28, 2017

Additional Reporting by Ali Benzerara & Rachel Edelstein   Underneath a smoke-free, clear blue sky, community members assembled together at Santa Rosa Junior College's Bailey Field on Saturday for a day of remembrance following the Nort...

Governor Jerry Brown walks into the Santa Rosa High School gym to address the community with Senator Diane Feinstein and Senator Kamala Harris.

‘We are not out of the woods yet’

October 14, 2017

 Senator Diane Feinstein said this is the worst fire she has ever seen as she and Governor Jerry Brown addressed the press at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Santa Rosa High school about FEMA assistance and the work firefighters are doing. "There is a fire fig...

Over 60 active fires continue to destroy buildings, Oct. 9, in Santa Rosa like this house on Deer Park Lane.

SRJC campuses closed, fire engulfs city

October 14, 2017

Santa Rosa Junior College campuses will remain closed through Sunday Oct. 22 because of the active fires that continue to spread throughout Sonoma County, affecting hundreds of SRJC students, faculty and staff. SRJC will provide walk-in services as soon...

Evacuation buses roll into Sonoma State University as precautionary measures for students.

SSU closes dorms to students, entire campus closed

October 11, 2017

Several buses pulled into the E. Cotati entrance ready to haul students away as Sonoma State University shut down their dorms to all students 8 p.m. Wednesday. “We made the decision to close campus most of our students have left and we’re going...

A fire blazes in Annadel State Park east of Annadel Heights.

Nuns fire shifts away from Bennett Valley

October 11, 2017

Firefighters conducted a controlled burn along Skyline Dr. in Annadel Heights Wednesday, evening as winds, shifted to push the Nuns Fire northwestward and away from Bennett Valley homes. Emergency personnel expected winds to continue driving the fire towards the Annade...

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