Stories that rocked the 100th year


Courtesy of Sonoma County Sheriff Department.

Logologoa Tevaseu after his Nov. 5 arrest.

Brandon McCapes, Albert Gregory

SRJC football coach kills SSU student in DUI accident

Police arrested assistant football coach Logologoa “Logo” Tevaseu, 35, on suspicion of drunk driving and murder after he crossed into oncoming traffic and drove head on into a Sonoma State student’s sedan on Lakeville Highway, Nov. 5, 2017. She died on the scene.

Paulette Quiba, 21, was returning to Sonoma County after visiting her family in the East Bay, when Tevaseu’s passing attempt claimed her life. Quiba was a third-year business major.

Teveseu was convicted of drunk driving in 2012, and the second offense with a fatality qualifies him for a murder conviction.

“We’re all in shock right now,” head coach Lenny Wagner said. “Everybody involved needs prayers—the girl, her family, Logo and his family. It’s just tragic in every direction.”

Originally reported by Albert Gregory

Academic Senate president put on paid leave after sexual misconduct allegations

During a time when women were coming forward to accuse men in power of sexual misconduct and assault, a former SRJC student accused Academic Senate President Eric Thompson of beginning a relationship with her while she was his 16-year-old high- school student 25 years prior.

The college put Thompson on paid leave while it conducted an investigation.“While I was a student at Ursuline High School, my high school teacher, Eric Thompson, sexually assaulted me from age 16 to age 18,” Chavez said in a Nov. 15, 2017 Facebook post. “At age 15, the ‘grooming’ began. He was 35 at the time.” Thompson was also an adjunct instructor at SRJC at the time.

Though Thompson staunchly denied the allegations, friends and family members corroborated Chavez’s story. No official record of the alleged abuse existed.

The college’s investigation, which looked into the last four years of  Thompson’s conduct, found no reason to open disciplinary proceedings. He returned from leave over winter break and was a pivotal figure in the Spring 2018 political controversies.

Originally reported by Brandon McCapes

Guided Pathways threatens local autonomy

On Jan. 1, 2017, the Academic Senate consented to provide the final signature needed to adopt the statewide Guided Pathways program that pitted the faculty and student interests against each other.

After weeks of deliberation, a reluctant Senate approved the program and President Eric Thompson signed the document that would initiate changes in the internal structure of SRJC’s curriculum, and at the same time make it eligible for additional state funding.

Exactly what the program’s adoption means for SRJC remains unclear.

Originally reported by Brandon McCapes