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SRJC is offering three virtual graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus pandemic, rather than an in-person event on the quad.

SRJC graduates walk — at home

May 21, 2020

The end of May is typically a time when parents and supporters gather on the quad under a bright blue sky to watch Santa Rosa Junior College students walk across the graduation stage, sometimes as the first in their family to don a cap and gown and earn...

The fall 2019 Oak Leaf staff take a breather from their award-winning newsroom endeavors.

SRJC’s Oak Leaf newspaper wins multiple awards

April 27, 2020

The Oak Leaf News and Oak Leaf Magazine won a lucky 13 state awards, including a first place statewide in Online General Excellence and a first-time award for Magazine General Excellence from three journalism organizations for work students completed in 2019.   ...

Carceral state: The prison industrial complex wasn’t the solution for my mom

Carceral state: The prison industrial complex wasn’t the solution for my mom

December 12, 2019

The first time my mom was incarcerated — for vandalizing public property — I counted the approximately 730 days until she’d get out. Every weekend I got used to the dehumanizing routine. I checked my pockets for contraband, made sure my clothe...

Director Boon Joon-Ho's latest film reflecting on themes on classism and socio-economic inequality has become one of the most praised and well-known foreign films of the year.

“Parasite”: an outstanding depiction of class struggle

November 24, 2019

Although director Boon Joon-Ho isn’t a household name in the United States, his latest film “Parasite” is praised internationally by moviegoers for its masterful portrayal of socioeconomic inequality and classism through gorgeous cinematography...

Students from Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University have come together for their production of the broadway play

“The Sound of Music” arrives at Sonoma State

November 22, 2019

The hills of Sonoma County will be alive with “The Sound of Music” from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8! Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department students will perform the classic Broadway musical “The Sound of Music” beginning this weekend at Sonom...

JPEGMAFIA promotes the release of his newest album

JPEGMAFIA brings “All My Heroes Are Cornballs” to Oakland

October 17, 2019

It goes without saying that the world of live shows, especially among contemporary rap artists, has become all too lifeless and overrated, with artists just lip-syncing over the instrumentals and vocals on their records. However, Baltimore’s experime...

Todd Philips' bleak and twisted portrait of the infamous Joker character's backstory and ultimate descent into madness is as compelling as it is tragic. Joaquin Phoenix's performace will stand as one of his best.

Gotham City’s beautiful dark twisted fantasy

October 9, 2019

Out of all the portrayals of Batman’s villain in the last 50 years, Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the Joker is the best yet; it’s heartbreaking, bittersweet and sad, but in the best way possible.  Director Todd Phillips mentioned how this fi...

JPEGMAFIA comes through with one of the most futuristic and compelling singles of the year.

JPEGMAFIA’s Soul Escapes Temptation on Newest Single

September 5, 2019

“Jesus Forgive Me I Am A Thot” is the latest single from up-and-coming artist Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks, better known as JPEGMAFIA or Peggy. In a musical landscape where popular rap production has begun to sound all too similar, JPEGMAFIA’s...

Fighting Words: Musicians respond to white nationalism in Trump’s America

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

When Janelle Monae sings “Just love me baby, love me for who I am” in her song “Americans,” she’s not asking for the romantic love of any single partner. Instead, Monae is begging for the respect of her fellow man or, more specifically, white men who identify as white nationalists. It’s not uncommon for musicians to wade into sociopolitical waters when tensions run high. Musicians have always responded to unjust regimes and advocated for social change. During the ‘...

A 2015 study published in “Kinesiology and Exercise” showed success in improving sleep quality in test subjects that received 6 milligrams of melatonin before bed.

How sleep deprivation impacts SRJC students

April 30, 2019

Life as a Santa Rosa Junior College student lends itself to sleepless nights. Lacking enough time to fulfill daily obligations at school and work can leave you feeling like you have no other option but to sacrifice your rest. According to a 201...

Conductor Jerome Fleg will be leading the SRJC orchestra and band in a concert combining music and visuals.

SRJC orchestra presents the second annual “Circadian Rhythms”

April 30, 2019

The Santa Rosa Junior College Orchestra and Symphonic Band will present a multimedia concert with visual projections this May called: Circadian Rhythms. Tenured music instructor Dr. Jerome Fleg will conduct the show. Last year, the concert laste...

Cage The Elephant re-invents themselves and delivers one of their best albums to date.

Cage the Elephant overcomes self-loathing with new album “Social Cues”

April 23, 2019

The future of Nashville-based alt-rockers Cage the Elephant seemed uncertain in recent years when their lead singer’s life fell apart in the aftermath of his divorce, however the band members managed to come together and craft one of their best alb...

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