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Find a College at Transfer Day

Fall 2012 Petaluma Cinema Series underway PAGE 16

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college may want to stop by the Bertolini Quad Sept. 11 for the annual Transfer Day. Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be on hand to talk with students and answer questions. The fair runs from 9:30 to 1 p.m.

features Meet the new SRJC faculty members PAGE 6 Photo courtesy of SRJC Hockey

SRJC hockey team aims for National Title Study in Florence

Keshia Knight

teams within the PCHA in addition to other ACHA teams. The Polar Bears will begin the season with two highly touted matches against UC Berkeley’s Division II (Sept. 14) and San Jose State University’s Division III squad (Sept. 15). After a seven month absence from the ice, the players are ready for the start of play at Snoopy’s Home Ice. “The excitement level so far has been very high,” said sophomore player David Horton. “The returning players as well as the new skaters are stoked for the season to start. I have a feeling the first two games coming up are going to be fast paced and high intensity on both sides of the ice.”

Business Manavger The Study Abroad program begins recruitment this week for a semester in Florence, Italy in Spring 2013. SRJC students can join students from three other community colleges and study in the birthplace of The Renaissance. English Professor Robert Duxbury will be the SRJC faculty member on the trip. He will teach Italian Life & Culture, English 1B (Literature and Composition), English 27 (Intro to Shakespeare) and Humanities 7 (Intro to Humanities). His colleagues from the College of San Mateo, Diablo Valley College and Consumnes River College will offer classes in the history of art, history and psychology. The program is open to students 18 and up who have a high school degree and have completed at least 12 units of college course work with a minimum 2.25 grade point average. The 13-week semester runs from Jan. 27 to April 26 with an optional pre-program tour. Informational meetings will be held on the Santa Rosa campus at noon Sept. 10, 5 p.m. Sept. 18 and noon Oct. 1 in 4245 Doyle. On the Petaluma campus, informational meetings are at noon Sept. 12, 5 p.m. Sept. 20 and noon Oct. 3 in PC 726. Interested students can also email Duxbury at

The SRJC hockey team’s 2011-12 season ended with a bitter playoff loss, but the Polar Bears are determined to get back on the ice and fight for a 201213 championship. Armed with a slew of returning and new players, the Polar Bears are ready to face the challenges awaiting them as a new participant in the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association (PCHA). Previously, SRJC was considered an independent team affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). Now as a Division III team, the Polar Bears will face six Northern California

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sports NBA legends to speak at SRJC PAGE 12

center spread Where to eat, sleep, study on and around campus PAGE 8

News Proposition 30: What happens if it doesn’t pass? PAGE 4

Sneak Preview: SRJC Theater Arts season Premiers Nadav Soroker Broadway play during the Civil Rights era and the prejudices the actors still faced in what was supposed to be a very liberal production. “It’s a race play in a race play. It was a bit too edgy in the ‘50s, but it’s fine now,” Shillington said. Opening mid-October, “Trust” is an empty-space production using minimal props and lighting in the intimate Student Activities Center in Bertolini Student Center. Produced as a cooperative effort between the Theater Arts Department

Staff Writer The SRJC Theater Arts Department is preparing for an exciting season of productions with themes of prejudice and appearance, featuring racism, monsters and preppy college coeds. One play is also produced in cooperation with the Student Theatre Guild, an SRJC club. The season opens Oct. 5 in Newman Auditorium with Alice Childress’ play “Trouble in Mind,” directed by John Shillington. Childress’ comedy-drama is about rehearsals for a progressive new

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Murdered Egyptian’s family discusses his death, egyptian revolution at SRJC Rashad was present during the events of the Egyptian Revolution, and said it is her goal to let people hear their story from the source: actual witnesses of the revolution. “It won’t be mainstream, but we can bring it to universities and raise the awareness we need them [western world citizens] to see,” Rashad said. Rashad told the story of Khaled, a computer technician murdered on the streets of Alexandria because he had video showing members of the Egyptian police force splitting profits on a drug deal. After being lured out of a cyber-café, Khaled was taken into custody on charges of drug possession. Police officials beat Khaled to death, and in an attempt to cover-up the murder, broke his teeth and forced drugs down his throat, stating that Khaled died of an overdose after trying to hide contraband. Police sent Khaled’s body to the morgue under heavy guard without an official autopsy. Days later, police allowed Khaled’s family to see his body, and a picture taken from his brother’s camera phone went viral, becoming the basis of the Egyptian Revolution. Khaled’s killers’ trials were postponed repeatedly until October 2011, when

Photo courtesy of Dr. Roshad Egyptian speakers, Dr. Hoda Rashad, Layla Marzouk and Zahara Saeed pose for a photo prior to their speech learn. William Rohrs “This is my first time hearing about the Egyptian Revolution,” SRJC Staff Writer student Cynthia Puntoja said. “But I want to learn more about it. Even if Broken teeth, blood gushing out extra credit wasn’t offered, I would’ve of his throat, body battered and still wanted to go.” broken on the streets of Alexandria, The students attending the Khaled Saeed died on June 6 at the presentation were from the hands of Egyptian police officers. geography and art departments. “It is Dr. Hoda Rashad, Khaled’s mother brought to you by the Art Department Layla Marzouk and his sister Zahra as a great example of how a single Saeed came to SRJC Aug. 28 to raise awareness about the state of fear that image can move and wake uvp an entire nation,” wrote the Art rules over Egypt. Department in an invitational email Students packed Lark Hall to to Geography 3 students. hear the presentation. Students who Rashad served as presenter came were offered extra credit for and translator for Marzouk and Saeed. attending, but were also eager to

judges sentenced two officers to seven years in prison. “The verdict was bogus,” Marzouk said. “His killer got seven years. If anyone could get seven years for murder, then everyone should go out and kill.” In a video presentation, Marzouk said, “There is no happiness here. Why should I be happy when life has taken my son [Khaled] from me? I just want him back.” While Egypt has not fully recovered from President Mubarak’s government, life has been improving. “Is there still police brutality, yes,” Saeed said. “But now we can walk on the streets without fear. During the revolution, snipers would shoot out our eyes and the government would cut off our electricity and water. But now, we are improving.” Egypt is still in turmoil. The Muslim Brotherhood replaced the old regime most effectively and supports the new government. SRJC student Greg Hughes said,“This really opened my eyes. Hearing the stories from the source is touching. We need to hear these stories, and spread awareness to those who don’t know.”

SRJC to expand international students program to generate more revenue Drew Sheets

their units. At SRJC it is an extra $29 a unit. Santa Monica used their News Editor revenues to support their English as a Second Language program. SRJC’s Board of Trustees vChong had another poll done Aug. 14 meeting focused on last semester and new data found a potential expansion of the that SRJC’s student body is more International Student Program (ISP). than 25 percent Hispanic. This The board is in favor of expanding sets SRJC up for federal funding SRJC’s ISP, which not only adds revenue as a Hispanic Serving Institution. to the table, but also diversifies the “We’re leaving campus and gives funding on the table. SRJC students more We need to step up worldly exposure. “It is a strategy that our game at the federal Open Doors: is working, but it is level,” Chong said. Institutev of Chong strongly important not to grow International Education advocated for the reported in 2010- too fast,” said SRJC presidevelopment of dent, Dr. Frank Chong. 2011 that when it an alumni program came to numbers to build revenue. of international Sara Legos came students, California from DePaul University in had 13 of the top 40 ranked Chicago to develop this program. community colleges in the country. The Board also commended its Santa Monica College has the same employee of the month, Hector Garcia. enrollment as SRJC, but makes $14 Garcia has worked at Shone Farms for million a year from their ISP compared more than 24 years and was described to SRJC’s $400,000 annual generation. by the Board as, “a positive person who This plan is not expected to displace looks at life as the glass being half full.” locals because the extra revenue The SRJC Board of Trustees will help to keep open more class announced that the time to register availability and more classes in general. as a candidate in the upcoming board “It is a strategy that is working, but elections has passed. In the words it is important not to grow too fast,” of Trustee Robert Burdo: “You’re said SRJC president, Dr. Frank Chong. stuck with us for another four years.” Foreign students pay more for




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SRJC prepares for Prop 30 - win or lose Domanique Crawford Staff Writer If Proposition 30 does not pass, SRJC could face additional cuts in administration and classes. Since the state began to cut funding the Sonoma County Junior College District has lost more than one- quarter of its students. Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 is a tax initiative designed to prevent deeper school cuts, guarantee public safety funding and help balance the budget. Governor Brown wants to increase sales taxes and provide higher taxable income brackets, which analyst predicted will stimulate approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. In the past four years the state has cut $20 billion in school funding. To accommodate these drawbacks community colleges have reduced staff and faculty members, tightened financial aid policies and offered fewer classes to students. In the last four years SRJC has suffered 20 percent of class cuts, 8 percent in 2011-12 alone, according to SRJC’s

President, Dr. Frank Chong. “We have a tremendous growing demand and a shrinking supply,” Chong said. Proposition 30 installs policies that will help prevent cuts in funding and community colleges will receive $210 million in additional funds in 2012-13. Money specifically raised for schools will be set into a new special fund for public schools called the Education Protection Account, which the legislature will not be allowed to touch. Annual audits will ensure that revenue generated from the initiative will be spent on schools. The initiative temporarily raises the state’s sales tax by a quarter cent from Jan. 1, 2013-Dec. 31, 2016 and creates three high-income tax brackets for taxpayers with an income over $250,000, $300,000 and $500,000 for seven years. Raising the tax brackets will help close the $15.7-billion state-budget shortfall and 11 percent of the revenues will go to California community colleges. SRJC cut classes in summer and fall 2012 semesters in anticipation of the initiative not passing on the November ballot. If the initiative passes Chong and SRJC’s Board of Trustees hope to bring

SRJC Library Implements Changes for Students and Community Danielle Foged Staff Writer Over the summer, SRJC’s information technology department made changes to the student login process, adding a layer of security to weed out the misuse of campus computers. The library is also pioneering a powerful new search engine on the library’s home page. Before the changes, students and community members could go into both Doyle and Mahoney libraries and have unlimited access to the computers and the web. Now, students must use their student login information (SID and PIN) to access the Internet and library databases on SRJC computers. Alumni members, Gold Card users and Sonoma State University students can log into the computers just like any regular student. Non-SRJC students are still granted computer use but are limited to one hour of computer access a day, similar to the Sonoma County library system. The Associated Students sought to improve access to library resources four years ago and it is now becoming finalized. “The atmosphere of this library has totally changed since the cross-over. It is now a more secure and safer place for students to study,”

said Library Department Chair Nancy Persons. Since the system changes there are more computers available for student use. “It is more collegestudent oriented. There is a tighter relationship between the students and staff/faculty members,” Persons said. Some students are against the login changes. “This is a very complicated system, and it doesn’t need to be. It has just made things more difficult,” said Sam Barnes, library employee. On the other hand, the new authentication system has supporters. “It gives us a clearer idea of who is using the resources,” said library technician Cathleen Cummings. “It’s very simple for students to access,

back the classes and “increase the funding base to meet the needs of the student body,” Chong said. With the passing of the initiative the District will be able to return to the level of service provided in 2011-12. However, if the bill does not pass, Dr. Chong and the board will have to resort to cutting more classes and may have to reduce the number of SRJC campuses. The JC will focus mainly on its transfer programs, which means that senior education, kinesiology and art classes will suffer the brunt of the cuts. Without the income generated from Prop. 30, the 2012-2013 budget requires state reductions of $6 billion. Roughly $5.4 billion will be cut from K-12 and community colleges. Another $500 million will be cut from higher education. The revenue loss for the Sonoma County Junior College district would be $5.2 million. This cut would have to come from classified and administration and would represent a staffing reduction of approximately 16 percent. To prepare for the failure of Proposition 30 the district is considering potential revenue enhancements in the

form of a parcel tax. “We want to prove to the community that there is a strong need and a parcel tax will help support it,” said Jessica Jones, SRJC Associated Students president. Assuming that voters reject the bill, both the University of California (UC) and California State University systems will face $250 million in budget reductions. The UC Board of Regents warns students hoping to transfer to the UC system that the tuition cost may increase by 20 percent if the proposition fails to pass. The failure of this initiative would cause a statewide ripple effect. Other programs in jeopardy of receiving cuts include; the Department of Development services, city police department grants, Cal Fire, Department of Water Resources flood control programs, local water safety patrol grants, Department of Fish and Game, Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Justice law enforcement programs, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office. On Sept. 19, SRJC will host an educational forum that will essentially be a rally to educate students on Proposition 30 and Proposition 38.

and we want to emphasize to students that if there are any problems, the staff and faculty will work to resolve any issues.” An anonymous source employed with the Doyle library said, “I think it’s a good change. There were a lot of inappropriate things going on, and now the school is becoming more like a university, where student login information is required for any computer access on campus.” The library has also adopted “Smart Search,”

located on the library’s home webpage. This search engine allows students to search books, articles and periodicals from all databases. The newer databases in the library can connect students to eBooks that are also available to download to an iPad or computer. SRJC is the first community college in California to pay to have Smart Search accessible for student use.

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Managing time to manage life Thomas De Alba Staff Writer SRJC student and EMT academy graduate Sam Loudon was the master of procrastination as a college freshman. “When I was younger, like in my first year, I would fall behind a lot after putting off my work, which would put me in a lot of difficult situations,” Loudon said. Unlike in high school, college students like Loudon can create their own class schedules and manage their time how they please. But unfortunately it can be easy to take advantage of this freedom and become lazy. Loudon began to make better use of his time as he got older. Not just as a student, but in his daily life. “Life just happens man, but it’s important to become multi-faceted so I could get my priorities straight. I felt life giving me three choices at times where I could only pick two. I wanted to be able to make time for school, work and my social life,” Loudon said. “Class attendance and time management equal success,” This motto, displayed across Filomena Avila’s whiteboard sums up her philosophy as head of counseling. “Time management is a critical aspect of being a student,” Avila said. Avila’s duty as both a teacher and counselor is to help students create “realistic” schedules. Avila wants students to progress in school with a manageable unit load, while also giving students the chance to accommodate their outside responsibilities. “It is important for students to be honest with themselves. Students who don’t waver from their schedules, get their priorities straight and make use of the school resources will have a much easier time finding success. Students who wait until the last minute to get help in a class they’re failing are not doing themselves any favors,” Avila said. While Avila emphasizes getting your priorities straight, she understands that students’ priorities are often situational. When you’ve got multiple things coming up at once, she believes it’s important that students identify which responsibilities are “nonnegotiable” and handle those first. “Time doesn’t stop for school. Students need to decide what’s important to them at the time, and handle it accordingly,” Avila said. SRJC student Samantha Faye balances a busy job on top of all of her schoolwork, and definitely understands the importance of this skill. “Time management is very important to me. Even if you’re someone who lacks ambition, I feel you need to have schedules in order to get things done. So I make sure to schedule my time in ways where I can get things done, and still have time to wind down,” Faye said. Like Loudon, Faye does her best to make efficient use of time management in her daily life. “I definitely put my schooling as my highest priority, however I make sure to give myself time to relax. I need the chill time because work is so exhausting. If I don’t take time to stop for a bit, it gets harder to stay motivated. It also works the other way where if I take too much relaxation time, I start to feel guilty and it makes me feel that I need to get my work done,” Faye said. But what happens to people who don’t manage their time? It’s probably not the end of the world, but Faye has noticed that people who don’t manage their time well make their lives a more difficult than needed. “I have a few friends and acquaintances who I believe don’t manage their time well. They’re usually late for things or they scramble for things last minute when it could have been avoided. It just makes their lives more difficult and it makes them harder to be around when they do this,” Faye said.

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Brian Antonson, Communication Studies Education: B.A. in film and video from University of Notre Dame; M.A. in media ecology from New York University. Experience:  Full-time teaching experience at DeSales University and filmmaking work with Paper Route Productions and CBS News. Shot last year’s Super Bowl, “Paranormal State” and “30 Days with Morgan Spurlock,” among other projects.  Most interesting thing about you that students wouldn’t suspect: “I’m a fourth-degree black belt in an Okinawa form of traditional martial arts, Shorin Ryu. I love to fight, even though I’m a pacifist. Unfortunately, I frequently pass out at the sight of my own blood – clearly a significant weakness.” Impression of SRJC/Santa Rosa: “Very nice people. The move out here from New York has been surprisingly easy, due in large part to the seemingly unending flow of patient and pleasant people. Must be the wine, or the water or something.” If you weren’t teaching at SRJC:  “I’d be back in New York working at CBS News and likely shooting some crummy new reality show.” Advice for students:  “You have to be excited at what you do. That excitement is the key to creativity, to hard work, to happiness.”

Jessica Campbell, English as a Second Language Education: B.A. in International Relations from UC Davis and units towards M.A. in TESL from San Diego State University. Experience:   Three years of full-time and part-time teaching experience at San Diego State University, International House, San Diego, Calif, and YBM Sisa-yong-o-sa Language Institute in Seoul, South Korea. Most interesting thing about you that students wouldn’t suspect:  I’m the heiress to the Campbell Soup Company. [Joke.]

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New Faculty Despite budget cuts and adjunct faculty downsizing, SRJC hired 23 fulltime faculty members this year to replace recent retirees. Santa Rosa Junior College is one of the most desirable community college campuses in the nation. That along with competitive salaries attracts some impressive applicants. Here is an introduction to a few of the new instructors. This is the first of a two-part series that will be continued in our next issue. Story by Andrew McQuiddy Features Editor & Peter Njoroge Impression of SRJC/Santa Rosa: “Well, to be honest, my first impressions of SRJC and Santa Rosa have brought me quite a bit of pain. The number of times I have to pinch myself on a daily basis to make sure that I’m not dreaming up this incredible campus and community has really taken a toll on my physical well-being. But in all seriousness, I honestly could not have invented a better school and community, and I feel unbelievably fortunate to be a part of it all. The faculty, staff, administration, students, campus, community, and atmosphere can all be summed in one word…WOW.”

Francisco State University. Most interesting thing about you that students wouldn’t suspect: “Probably that I am a graduate of SRJC. I grew up as a farm kid in Petaluma, raising sheep, and it wasn’t until the SRJC that I really came into my own academically. The math department here was critical to that.” Impression of SRJC/Santa Rosa: “Wonderfully friendly place. I have felt most welcome here at the SRJC.” Favorite Joke: “There are three kinds of mathematicians in the world, those who can count and those who can’t.”

If you weren’t teaching at SRJC: “I’d be on [a journalist] assignment or vagabonding … or perhaps in the jungles of Borneo as a primate biologist if my seven-year-old self had gotten the final say in my career.”

If you weren’t teaching at SRJC, you would be: “Teaching at both my old jobs in the South Bay, San Jose State and Foothill College, and still living in Santa Cruz.”

Advice for students: “For important life questions such as this, I usually defer to the experts… let’s hear what Dr. Ruth has to say: ‘My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out. There are going to be times in your life when you’re going to have to stick your neck out. There will be challenges and instead of hiding in a shell, you have to go out and meet them!’ So go forth and be turtles!”

Advice for students: “Have a positive attitude and be the most hardworking and reliable person you know. That will get you so much farther in life than anything else I can think of. Treating every job, including your job as a student, in a professional manner will also do you well in both the short and long run.”

Alexa Forrester, Interdisciplinary Studies in Philosophy, Humanities & Religion

Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg, Mathematics

Education: B.A. in philosophy from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, MFA in creative writing and Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Education: B.A. in mathematics from Sonoma State University, M.A. in mathematics from San Francisco State University and Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Santa Cruz.

Experience: Three years of full-time and part-time teaching experience at Portland Community College, Portland State University and Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa.

Experience: 10 years of part-time teaching and vocational experience at Foothill College, San Jose State University, UC Santa Cruz and San

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Most interesting thing about you that students wouldn’t suspect: “I once road my bike from Atlanta, Ga to the Grand Canyon.” Impression of SRJC/Santa Rosa:  “Beautiful and friendly.” If you weren’t teaching at SRJC, you would be: “Playing with my two sons (ages 4 and 1) on a foggy NorCal beach.”  Advice for students:  “I heard a Zen teacher say once, ‘You cannot achieve enlightenment by aiming for enlightenment.’ So, I offer the same advice to students (if they are listening): A’s are the byproduct of a genuine commitment to learn and improve yourself. Aim to learn as much as you possibly can from your instructors, classmates, textbooks and experiences here. Chances are, if you commit yourself to that goal, good grades will follow.”

Mark Ferguson, Mathematics Education: B.A. in mathematics and B.A. in business from Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Ore., and M.A. in mathematics from Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore. Experience:  15 years of full-time and part-time teaching experience at Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Ore. and Oregon State University, Corvallis. Most interesting thing about you that students wouldn’t suspect:  “I took a job posing for a (college) charcoal drawing class a long, long time ago...” Impression of SRJC/Santa Rosa:  “What a beautiful campus! The math faculty has made me feel welcome and has helped make the transition to my new home easy. Thank you!” Favorite joke: “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.” If you weren’t teaching at SRJC:  “I’d be in Prineville, Oregon, coming home from another day at work, nursing a sore back and bloody cuts on my hands from making truck tires all day long at the Les Schwab Tire Manufacturing Plant... (Good thing I got that education!)”

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profiles Advice for students: “It’s easy to get caught up in panic and worry too much about grades... this is really detrimental to you and your chances for success. Instead, devote your time and energy to your coursework -- give yourself a little wiggle room, though. Good grades will follow, along with a better understanding of mathematics, our world and yourself.”

Tracy Hamm, Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance; Women’s Soccer Coach Education: B.A. in mass communications from UC Berkeley and Ed.M. in counseling from Boston University. Experience:  Three years of full-time and part-time teaching experience at Boston University, UC Berkeley and Women’s Professional Soccer, Atlanta, Ga. Most interesting thing about you that students wouldn’t suspect: “I’ve visited every continent except Antarctica.” Impression of SRJC/Santa Rosa:  “From the weather to the natural landscapes, Santa Rosa is beautiful. The SRJC campus is incredible; it reminds me a of prestigious university setting.” Favorite Joke: “Mitt Romney.” If you weren’t teaching at SRJC, you would be:  “Playing soccer in Europe.” Advice for students:  “Control what you can control – what you put in, is what you get out.”

Rich Lehrer, Health Sciences Education: B.S. in education from East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pa and M.S. in radiologic science from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas. Experience:  22 years of full-time and part-time teaching and vocational experience at SRJC, Yuba College and UC Davis Medical Center. Most interesting thing about you that students wouldn’t suspect: “That I’m really a nice guy!”

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Impression of SRJC/Santa Rosa: “My thanks to the entire SRJC community for making me feel so welcome. Additionally, I am very pleased that it is much cooler in this area than the Sacramento area heat that I have endured over the past 25 years. So, first impression, I think I’ll stay…”

Angela Romagnoli, English

Advice for students: “The health care industry is a fulfilling and satisfying career path, but it is not everybody’s cup of tea. Think of the last time when you did not feel well, and how pleasant you were to be around. Now think of yourself having you as a patient! Take the time to determine what is your goal, and then pursue it. In the end you will be much happier having the education to allow you to practice in a discipline of healthcare that really interests you. That interest will mitigate the occasional patient who is not pleasant.”

Experience: Five years of part-time teaching experience at Mt. San Jacinto Community College, Norco Community College, Chaffey College and San Bernardino Valley College.

Education: B.A. in English from California Baptist University, Riverside, Calif., M.A. in higher education from University of Redlands and M.A. in English from California State University, San Bernardino.

Most interesting thing about you that students wouldn’t suspect: “Hhhhhmmmmm…students are going to have to take my classes to find this one out. I will tell you one thing that students might not suspect: I just moved from the hood to the forest.” Impression of SRJC/Santa Rosa:  “I fell in love with SRJC and the local community long before I was hired to work here. I am most excited about the people -- my students are bright and entertaining (even at 9 a.m.), and the entire SRJC faculty (particularly my department) has gone out of the way to make me feel incredibly welcome. I feel honored to be joining such a diverse and incredibly talented team.”

Theresa Molino, Behavioral Sciences Education: B.A. and M.A. anthropology from UC Berkeley.


Experience: Three years of part-time teaching experience at SRJC; and UC Berkeley. Most interesting thing about you that students wouldn’t suspect:  “I like pie for breakfast.”

If you weren’t teaching at SRJC: “I’d be a miserable soul trapped in a job that’s not for me. I have had just about every job in existence from bartender to college basketball coach -- so, I have done extensive research (or taken the scenic route) to find a job that I truly love (and that does not require me to be coherent before 9 a.m. This is it.”

Impression of SRJC/Santa Rosa: “As an alumna, it was like coming home!” Favorite Joke: “I can row, canoe?” If you weren’t teaching at SRJC:  “Without a doubt, I would be working on my dissertation research at the McCown Laboratory, UC Berkeley, processing botanical remains from Native American sites on the southern Oregon coast.”

Advice for students: “The most important advice that I have for students in writing classes (and in life) is to approach reading, writing, and thinking like really cool (and highly intellectual) collaborative processes. Practice often -- even on Facebook. Don’t be a passive recipient of information; ask questions. Engage. In order to get good at any of them (reading, writing, and thinking), you have to invest in all of them. Better yet, delight in them.”

Advice for students: “I highly recommend visiting your instructors during office hours! Drop by just to introduce yourself. It will make you stand out amongst your peers. It will also give the instructors an opportunity to know you better, which is vital for those letters of recommendations that many will need for their educational goals.”

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angela romagnoli

theresa molino


Jill Tarver, Consumer & Family Studies Education: B.S. in nutrition from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and M.S. in nutrition from UC Davis. Experience:  Three years of part-time teaching experience at Merritt College, City College of San Francisco, Las Positas College, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College. Most interesting thing about you that students wouldn’t suspect:  “That I was a professional triathlete for two years.” Impression of SRJC/Santa Rosa:  “Very pretty, lots of trees and nature, and happy, nice, smiling people.” If you weren’t teaching at SRJC, you’d be:  “Home with my 3-year-old, Elijah, my partner, Eric and my dog, Jack.” Advice for students:  “Be passionate!”

Karen Walker, English Education: A.A. in general studies from SRJC, B.A. in psychology and M.A. in English from Sonoma State University and Ph.D. in English from UC Davis. Experience:  10 years of part-time teaching and vocational experience at SRJC and UC Davis. Most interesting thing about you that students wouldn’t suspect: “Aside from teaching English, I create art. In fact, I invite anyone to visit my office hours and take a look at a set of tarot cards I made.” If you weren’t teaching at SRJC:  “I would probably be creating objects, paintings, books and cards for a business I’d recently invented, Bonehouse.” Advice for students:  “As someone who started here at SRJC – without the necessary academic preparation and as a single mother waiting-tables full time – I can tell you that it can be done, despite enormous obstacles. The magic ingredient for me was ‘hunger’: I wanted it.”

jill tarver


thE oak leaf • september 10, 2012

Places to study: 1. Doyle Library, particularly the third floor 2. Mahoney Library (Petaluma) 3. Home 4. Student Lounge in Analy Village

Places to Sleep: 5. Couches and Chairs in Doyle Library 6. Under the trees on campus 7. Third floor of Bertolini Student Center

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Places to Eat: 8. Boathouse Sushi 9. El Coqui (Puerto Rican Cuisine) 10. Perry’s 11. Ike’s Place


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14. La Palapa 15. Santa Rosa Taqueria

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16. Russian River Brew Co 17. Third Street Aleworks


18. Flipside 19. My Friend Joe’s 20. Aroma’s

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thE oak leaf • september 10, 2012 Opinion

process of grief Isabel Baskerville Co-Editor-in-Chief

Five years of built up dust coats my throat and hands. Repressed memories of Mom’s illness rise to the front of my mind as I throw her slippers in the giveaway pile. I hate slippers now; as she got sicker, her feet and ankles swelled and she couldn’t wear anything but slippers. I remember my mother’s body swollen with tumors when I see slippers. A ridiculous supply of knick-knacks, each with a special memory attached, wind up in the rejects as well. Most of her clothes go. We’ll eventually get rid of the bookshelves and the shoe bench. We’re not even half done sorting through her things and I can’t take anymore. Neither can my brother. Somehow we get through the long weekend of painful memories. Somehow we don’t fight and we don’t cry and we don’t break. It’s one of the most pathetic experiences in life; all of my mom’s vivacity, strength of will and intelligence are gone, leaving nothing but a seemingly endless pile of boxes five years later. Dad’s pile is worse. Instead of a pile of belongings, he died with nothing but the contents of his pick up truck. No furniture, no clothing. No real mark of who he was. Dad planned his death. He made a conscious decision to get rid of his things, to leave us behind. I’ll be watching a movie and the most ridiculously over-acted scene involving death or illness break me down to tears. Some girl will be eating lunch with her dad as he glows with pride. I want that back. I am tired of sorting through the remains of people’s lives. I don’t want to read any more wills, I don’t want to think about Power of Attorney and I don’t want to see anybody in a hospital bed. I can’t get the images of my mom sick out of my head. The way she didn’t seem to know me in the end. I was terrified of her. Her personality completely gone, drowned out by pain and cancer. In five months she went from a persistent stomach ache and a couple tumors in her liver to tumors everywhere. Cancer sucks, and neuroendocrine cancer sucks particularly hard. Seriously, Google it. She had the fast-growing kind. There isn’t some magic cure for grief. But grief becomes less noticeable. The edges of the hole start to heal and we learn to live with the wounds. I can go all day without thinking about my parents. I don’t sit around every day imagining what life would be with them still alive. I don’t fixate every other second on what should have been. It helps to focus on what I still have. I have the most amazing husband, I have an awesome brother, I have a loving (if crazy) family and I have good friends. The good thing about grief is that it gets easier and leaves us with a greater appreciation for what we have and what we can still do in our lives.

Necromancers secretly plot to turn Oak Leaf into undead army But seriously, we need a new room Good news: The Doyle is back, somebody gave $5 million to SRJC in an anonymous donation and Dr. Chong seems to be a good president for SRJC. Bad news: we are writing this editorial from a portable in Analy Village. The ceiling tiles are threatening to fall down, we get annual incursions of ants in the winter and we’re at least a seven-minute walk from the heart of campus. The room temperature goes up five degrees when the Oak Leaf staff is gathered, all 26 of us. We have one window for the main room, a narrow and depressing space that smells like feet. We’re fairly certain some necromancer placed a curse on the room and is slowly draining our souls from our bodies, which he will then use to form an undead army. We also suspect that some shadowy government scientists are piping hallucinogenic toxins in through the air vents and running tests on our

behavior, while cackling evilly. All joking aside, this room was not meant to be a classroom. It wasn’t meant to be used as a permanent place for any program or department. It is certainly not an appropriate location for a student newspaper with a staff of more than 15. We have crammed 20 chairs in here, many of which are lined against a wall without desk space. That leaves six of us standing or finding things like recycling bins or desks to sit on. Unlike other classes, The Oak Leaf newspaper has impact beyond its classroom hours. It has chronicled SRJC’s history since 1928, it’s the watchdog of the campus and it’s a community builder for the thousands of students who commute to campus from all over the North Bay. Imagine how much more community we could create if we were located near student government, the bookstore, Doyle and Bertolini

Student Center. Imagine how many more SRJC students could interact with The Oak Leaf – share letters, ideas and criticism – if they could actually find our office. Look, administrators: after Bertolini Student Center opened, plenty of offices on campus were rearranged. There’s no reason for the Oak Leaf to still be in a portable that’s falling apart at the seams. We pay for our paper through ads, we try our best to give an accurate account of campus news and we don’t hold ritual animal sacrifices on the weekend (usually). We just want a room that’s big enough to hold our staff and located somewhere near the heart of campus, like most newspaper offices at other community colleges and universities across the country. Please, help us with this.

The Doyle Scholarship is set to return in Fall 2013, If you were to receive the scholarship what would you do with the money?

Issac Wan

Ryan Phillips

Daniel Quinn

Clarissa Thomen

“It would help me pay for a car or bike to get to and from school.”

“I’d be able to buy all of my books at the beginning of the semester.”

“I would spend it all on books and it would help blalance out my budget.”

“It would help buy books and save me the time from having to buy them online.”

Clayton Chesnut

Brandon De Alba

Ryan Anderson

“It would help me pay for all the classes I need to transfer.”

“A few hundred could be the difference between having textbooks for a class and not.”

“I would take more classes if I got the Doyle.”


Vienne “OMG so much! I would use that extra money to pay for my rent and gas for my car.”

thE oak leaf • september 10, 2012 Opinion

kids are not computers: fun matters Deborah San Angelo Staff Writer

Now that a new semester is underway, it may feel like summer is over. It’s not. Not officially until Sept. 22. Setting the alarm and making a new schedule while the fish are still jumping can be a rude awakening. But there’s also that wonderful feeling of making a fresh start. Would it feel just as wonderful if we didn’t have a long, enjoyable downtime over the summer? Summer breaks from the school year are now on the chopping block in our national education discussion. Some districts have already enacted the new model of shorter, more frequent breaks throughout the school year. After decades of research, the consensus is that deprived of mental stimulation, students lose significant amounts of what they learned. It’s called the “summer slide.” The National Summer Learning Association and the Corporation for Research and Development (RAND) both assert summer learning loss is real. Taking time off for summer, they maintain, “creates an incredibly inefficient system of learning.” The RAND report says, “If students are not engaged in learning over the summer, they lose skills in math and reading. Summers off is one of the most important, yet least acknowledged causes of underachievement.”

This may sound good, and everyone to be a kid. Summer is the time for them knows our educational system needs to recalibrate their kidness. It’s the time rebuilding, but can’t these two research to scrap the schedules, do something giants come up with a suggestion other really messy outside, and engage in than banning kids’ summer downtime? cheap, imagination-driven fun. Fun: Educational research can be suspect. isn’t that also critical for development? It’s often carried out with an agenda. For the average kid, summertime This research reverberates a statement is a long-awaited reward that of the obvious: use it or lose it. What’s doesn’t ever seem to come soon the real danger in temporary set-backs enough. Even Tom Sawyer, carefree in academic performance? Those math and barefoot as he was, didn’t get and reading skills will be restored to summer break until chapter 22. when they’re Getting in sync with your dusted off. own natural rhythm, free from It’s only schedules, creates a kind of haven natural to in your life, one that likely won’t “The average person get rusty at be enjoyed again once childhood now does the equivathings when is over. A recent study by the lent of a month more of we stop University of Michigan determined work each year than in doing them that the average person now does the 1970s.” for awhile. the equivalent of a month more of Athletes and work each year than in the 1970s. musicians And free time for children in the k n o w United States has decreased by 16 this all too well. But we can percent within a single generation. always get back on track. Everyone seems to have less The agenda of this particular research time. Judging by how hard it is to find endeavors to shut down aspects of our seeded watermelons these days, it’s culture that breed individuality and clear we even feel there’s not enough independence. School isn’t the only time to spit out our watermelon seeds. place learning and developement occur. The notion that banning summer This agenda is fueled by an obsession break is going to make any difference in with competition and perfection. school performance is a misguided idea. Do you know any kids who would And as for test scores, learning loss and love to go to school in July and August? efforts to close the achievement gap, Children are not computers and too shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? much school suppresses their freedom

generation entitlement: A self-fulfilling prophecy Bertrand Johnson Contributing Writer

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Saul Tello, the graduating valedictorian from Orestimba High. He became locally famous after being discussed on The O’Reilly Factor. Unfortunately, his academic achievements didn’t earn him this dubious honor, but his graduation speech, delivered in Spanish. The esteemed Mr. O’Reilly saw this as leniency by school officials, whom he accused of being hell-bent on making every student feel “special” by indulging their every whim. He failed to mention the co-valedictorian’s speech in English or the many students and parents at the school who primarily speak Spanish. O’Reilly was echoing a hypothesis that has become increasingly popular in the national discourse: members of Generation Y are spoiled, lazy and emotionally fragile. One popular explanation for the overarching worthlessness of this age group which I have the bad fortune to belong to is that we were the “trophy kids,” whose parents and teachers swarmed us with ceaseless praise for every accomplishment, no matter how trivial. This is closely related to the

also-popular gripe about “self esteem” and its harmful effects on our fragile psyches. By failing to humiliate us every time we made a mistake, crotchety commentators argue, our parents made us into “teacup kids” who fall apart at the slightest hint of a bad vibe. Peter Bella offers a venomous example of elderly disapproval in his column for the Washington Times. His frantic diatribe “Occupy Movement is Generation Entitlement” pretty much says it all. When he thinks of someone my age, he pictures a shiftless lout who quit a promising career as a cashier to live in a grubby tent for three months and chant witty slogans at police officers. Bella himself is a retired Chicago police officer and many police departments had a tough time separating the concepts of “citizen” and “enemy combatant” during the pre-meditated murder of the Occupy Movement earlier this year. This slander targets anyone younger than 30 with legitimate complaints about the sorry state of affairs. The fact that many of us were forced to move back in with our parents is not seen as a consequence of a crippled economy, but our own laziness. Meanwhile, our fantastic amounts of student debt are not a result of public policy that de-

prioritized education in the name of profits, but our irresponsibility. Pundits and politicians whose increasingly skewed priorities have gotten us into real trouble as a nation, deflect criticism by blaming us for the problems they created. I hate to ruin the fun, but facts don’t support the “Generation Entitlement” fantasy. I have two jobs and I’m not alone; multiple jobs is common in our age group, made worse by the companies that hire new people as independent contractors. This removes the responsibility of providing benefits, fair warning before firing someone or any other act of courtesy or human kindness. Meanwhile college is increasingly described as a luxury while it becomes ever more crucial, a perfect storm of epic consequences. There are overindulged people in Generation Y, as in any age group, and soon they will be the only ones who can afford to study in increasingly exclusive universities. “Generation Entitlement” will be a self-fulfilling prophecy as a wave of spoiled children crowd Yale, Harvard and Cal to party and network on their parents’ dime while deserving kids from the newly eradicated middle class struggle to find jobs at Walmart.


College grads await sucker punch Benjamin Gruey Contributing Writer

When my brother and I bought our books in the bookstore, the clerk admonished our groans at the $500 bill with a chirpy, “But think of all the money you’ll make when you’re done!” Not only is that value devoid of humanity (what fun is a stack of Benjamin’s? It is what can be done with the stack that is fun), but that moneyladen future is economically false. A Rutgers’ University study released in May 2012 stated only 51 percent of college graduates since 2006 have full-time employment. That timeline started two years before the market crashed, companies across the U.S. went belly up in bankruptcy and our unemployment rate skyrocketed. Why are adults still lying about how screwed we are? A college degree is no longer the dolphin’s double backflip— you know, the one in the bright sun Pixar would slow down with some tearjerking music: the triumphant success. No, a college degree is that chance, again, not a guarantee, we will be able to tread water without breaking too much of a sweat. This is the mentality that screws a generation; the flat-out wrong belief there will be jobs, even though the markets and economists show there won’t be. What America gets is a whole generation of youth running full bore towards a college degree and a life of comfort: a well-paid, 9-to-5 career that will pay for their children’s education. What we will have in five years is a canyon filled with squirming, suffocating lemmings: today’s beloved and bright-eyed students. With the burst of the housing bubble, people flocked to school to escape the failing market. Now, for profit universities are buzzing all over the net like flies over road kill and we are about to witness the final explosion of the education bubble. Then what? America’s job force will be flooded with the over-qualified. Even another world war won’t get us out of this slump—remember the economic booms during and right after the last two world wars for the winners—because factory work is not the work college graduates feel entitled to get. Did you get a bachelor’s degree in Psychology to push a button for a munitions conveyor belt? I didn’t think so. This is our reality and rather than casting illusionary visions of a future working paradise for our students to saunter into, we need to be told the truth; we need to be prepared. Yeah, it sucks but that is the reality. I’d rather brace myself for the blow than get sucker-punched when I walk away from the podium with my diploma.

thE oak leaf • september 10, 2012 Sports

SRJC student wins national tennis award

NBa legends to speak on spirituality and sports

Photo courtesy of Tom Mitchell

Former SRJC coach Tom Mitchell will host NBA greats Phil Jackson and Chris Mullin in a discussion about the spiritual nature of sports Sept. 16 at SRJC.

being a member of the 1992 Dream Team. Kwong-roshi will speak last to share how he teaches Zen in everyday life. The night will finish with a lengthy Q and A with the audience. To some, the practice of Zen, spirituality and basketball might not mix, however the guest speakers would disagree. “Showing competitiveness while expressing compassion is a huge part of sports and a spiritual way of life. Being present and mindful in the moment all can help overcome challenges in life and sports,” Mitchell said. Jackson, nicknamed the Zen Master, coached Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and possesses more NBA championship rings than fingers. He has practiced the art of Zen for more than a decade and holds a strong connection with Kwong-roshi. Mitchell began his relationship with Jackson after reading his book “Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of

Spencer Harris Photo courtesy of Gienna Gonnella

Gienna Gonnella poses for a photo after winning the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Gonella was one of eight receipants in 2012 to receive the award for excelllence both on and off the tennis court. Thomas De Alba Staff Writer

When SRJC student Gienna Gonnella steps on the tennis court, she takes on her opponent with the same passion and tenacity that she has for school and life. These traits are what helped Gonnella win the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award in May 2012. “I was so shocked when I first found out I won. Being mentioned in the same sentence as Arthur Ashe is an incredible honor, and it’s been very humbling,” Gonnella said. The Arthur Ashe Award is a representation of everything Ashe stood for – academic excellence, promoting tennis and being the best person you can. This prestigious award is given to eight college recipients in the nation who demonstrate these Ashe-like standards. Gonnella has played tennis since she was 10 and was the number one singles player at Ursuline High School. She has also played two full seasons at the varsity level for SRJC. But it wasn’t just her tennis prowess that earned this award. Gonnella was a straight A student and has made great contributions to the community by organizing tennis camps for less fortunate kids. “I wanted to help give kids the opportunity to play tennis that don’t have access to the sport,” Gonnella said. “Whether it’s because they struggled financially, or they never really heard of tennis before, I thought it would be great to give kids a chance to get involved in the sport,” Gonnella was first nominated for the award by SRJC head tennis coach Jay Samonte who recognized Gonnella’s positive attitude and strong work ethic. Gonnella and the other recipients were joined by friends and family at the U.S. Open in New York. Continued on PAGE 14

Sports Editor

Former SRJC head basketball coach and best-selling author Tom Mitchell will host NBA legends Phil Jackson and Chris Mullin at SRJC for a discussion about the spiritual nature of sports. Jakusho Kwong-roshi, the spiritual leader at the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, will also speak at the event about his spiritual relationships with Jackson, Mullin and Mitchell. “There will be a lot of improv. None of the answers will be scripted in any way. I wanted the discussion to be authentic as possible,” Mitchell said. The event begins at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 in SRJC’s Haehl Pavilion with Mitchell scheduled to introduce the evening’s keynote Jackson and Mullin. Jackson will describe the spiritual nature of sports and how Zen has influenced his philosophies in coaching and in life. Mullin will share his experience of overcoming personal challenges and

a Hardwood Warrior” and presenting Jackson with a piece of cloth signed by the Dalai Lama. The local star, Mullin is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a five-time NBA All-Star. He has held an active and powerful friendship with Mitchell since 1995 after meeting at a local autograph signing. They immediately sparked a spiritual bond while sharing their personal experiences. Mitchell spent 20 years at SRJC as a sport psychology professor and basketball coach and then worked in the NBA for 14 years as a sports counselor. He also co-authored the best-selling book “The Winning Spirit: Sixteen Timeless Principles That Drive Performance Excellence” with NFL Hall of Fame member Joe Montana. Tickets are available at the ASP Center and at the door for $25 general admission and $15 for ASP students. All proceeds will benefit the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center.

Women’s water polo ready to make a splash in 2012 Jimmy Merrill Staff Writer

The women’s water polo team is determined to build and improve on a disappointing 2011 campaign. This year’s team is young with seven new players and four returning players, including Justine Filipello. However, Filipello is not just any returning player; she is a 1998 All-American who is making her return to the pool at Santa Rosa Junior College after nearly a 14-year hiatus. “I recruited goalies and they all fell through for different reasons,” head coach Jill McCormick said. “And then this summer I get an email from Justine. So that’s kinda of cool.” Filipello left after the 1998 season and McCormick took over as head coach in 2000, so this the first time McCormick will coach Filipello. McCormick knows for her team to be successful, it will truly have to be a team effort. The team has a different dynamic to work with: having only 11 players means only four subs. The average water polo team ranges from 18 to 21 players. “We had a lot of turnover from last year, we were very sophomore heavy,”

Photo courtesy of SRJC Women’s Water Polo

SRJC players shoot for a goal in women’s waterpolo. The women’s team will fight for a title in 2012.

McCormick said. “We have to keep everyone healthy. We can’t absorb season-ending injuries.” Brooke Woodford leads the team as captain this year, but McCormick and her coaching staff expect some new players to break out. “Holly Cloud is from Napa. She’s tall, she’s strong and she’s got a lot of experience. Also Becky Kremer. She is a freshman from Yosemite High School. She is quick, fast and has a lot of speed,” McCormick said. McCormick also described Megan


McGrath and Michelle Pollastrini as “the freshmen with the most experience.” With a young team and unlimited potential, the Bear Cub women’s water polo team will look to stay healthy and competitive all season long. The team will make their home debut in a water polo double header against conference foe Sierra College on Sept. 12 with women playing at 3:30 p.m. and men playing at 5 p.m.

thE oak leaf • september 10, 2012 Sports

WOMEN’s soccer ready to defend title with new coach Alex Campbell Staff Writer

Passion. That is the word that stands out when talking to Tracy Hamm, the newest addition to the SRJC coaching staff. Hamm was a standout player at Cal Berkeley where she was awarded the Pac-10 academic honorable mention three times. Actually, anything Hamm talks about is driven by a fiery passion. Whether playing, coaching soccer or discussing personal hobbies such as Bikram Yoga and hiking, the selfproclaimed fitness guru’s enthusiasm and excitement shine through. After college, Hamm played soccer for professional teams including the Santa Clara FC Gold Pride, and served as assistant coach at her alma mater for one year before leaving to play professionally for the Atlanta Beat. When Hamm’s professional playing career ended, she received her master’s degree in sports psychology in 2011 from Boston College and was eager to get back into coaching. “I was doing random jobs like coaching and camps while checking online for openings like the NCAA website until I stumbled across the SRJC position,” Hamm said. Hamm is ready to bring her experience and leadership to the Bear Cub family. During training camp this summer the squad began with doubledays from day one. “It was awesome! We had a really great training camp,” Hamm said. “They have been running their butts off and getting fit. It’s pretty demanding so far but I think they’ve handled it really well.” Last year’s women’s soccer coach Luke Oberkirch guided the team to a state title with the help of a few great players who have moved on. Laura and Cara Curtain, along with goalkeeper

Tara Funk, played key roles for the championship team and all three are currently playing at Sonoma State. “I have 26 on my roster right now and 11 returners, it’s a new team,” Hamm said. “I think we’re going to do very good. We have great incoming players and the returners are going to have a big role.” At the community college level there is often a dramatic change in the roster due to transfers and fresh crops of high school graduates. Laura Fenton, an AllEmpire second team selection at Ursuline High School red-shirted last season after breaking her leg summer 2011. She rebounded strong during Nadav Soroker / Oak Leaf the summer and is now the New SRJC women’s soccer coach Tracy Hamm splits her team into groups for a practice scrimmage. team captain. While playing at Casa Grande Luis progress based on how they perform. An important part of last year’s team, especially in the was selected All-League first team The schedule includes scrimmages playoff run was Kareli Rodriguez, also goalkeeper in the Sonoma County with Chico State who battled into the an All-Empire selection in high school League Conference. “Luis is a great final four last year for Division II and goalie and she wants to play after SRJC Los Angeles club, Fram FC, which is when she played for Montgomery. comprised of many players who will “Kareli Rodriguez is playing forward and I think she can,” Hamm said. Luis may benefit from Hamm’s play Division I soccer. and she is going to score a lot of goals connections in the soccer world. The “Women’s soccer is the biggest sport for us,” Hamm said. One freshman that may have an new assistant coach is former Santa for females in our country and the best early impact is forward Hollie Depina Rosa High School and Cal Berkeley thing people can do is come support us. The pro league failed because we from St. Helena. “I think Hollie and goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini. Pellegrini was an elite goalkeeper didn’t have enough support for it,” Kareli are going to be very good during her time at Cal (2006-09) and is Hamm said. “Just do anything you can together,” Hamm said. Taking over the reins at goalkeeper tied for fifth all-time in career shutouts to come out and be proud of the team. this season is former Casa Grande with 15. “Our keeper can definitely They won state last year and with fan standout Ashley Luis, who played in learn a lot from Pellegrini such as the support I think we can do it again.” Bear Cub fans will have a chance to the field last season for the Bear Cubs. tricks of the trade,” Hamm said. “It’s Funk was one of the top keepers in the huge having her with us, especially see the team in action during a three game pre-conference home stand. state last season with only 12 goals because she’s from the area.” Hamm has lined up some stiff The Bear Cub women play Napa Valley allowed in 2,010 minutes played and will be difficult to replace but Luis competition for the pre-conference College at 1 p.m. Sept. 14. schedule and will gauge her team’s should be up to the challenge.

SRJC football looks to build off season-opening win Jenna Burkman Staff Writer

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SRJC takes to the line to run kicking drills at a recent practice. Despite early challenges the team is 1-0 so far in the 2012 season.

The SRJC football team is off to a solid start, despite a first week filled with sidelining injuries. SRJC paved the way to a comfortable 51-20 win over Mendocino College in the season opener Sept. 1, giving the Bear Cubs their first victory. “We played an okay game and still scored 51 points,” said Bear Cub’s head coach Keith Simons. 2012 will mark Simons’ 17th season as head coach and he’s already faced a challenge: losing key players. “We lost three starting offensive linemen in the first week of practice, so we had to start three freshman in the game,” Simons said. Along with the three new


offensive linemen, freshman quarterback David Sowards made quite a debut in his first official collegiate game. He threw for 320 yards and 5 touchdowns before being pulled after two quarters. With 23 returning players and nine aggressive freshman starters, the Bear Cubs will only get better. An obvious team strength is its defense. With two returning AllConference defensive linemen, Chris Smith and Garrett Guanella, the Bear Cubs’ defense should be solid. “Our defense is probably our biggest strength right now,” said freshman receiver Mark Adams. “From the beginning, they were the ones who clicked together as a team first.” Starter Randy Harvey expressed a similar sentiment. “I’m very confident with our defense this season. We did a good job causing Mendocino to turn the ball over, and as long as everyone does their job at

each position, I know defense will continue to be our biggest strength,” he said. However, the second-year cornerback knows that if the Bear Cubs want to have a winning season, they must be strong on both sides of the ball, as well as focused in games and practice. “During practice we need to have high intensity and high energy,” Harvey said. “Not just one day, but every day.” When asked about their individual goals for this season, both Adams and Harvey had the same answer: win their conference and make it to a bowl game. “We want to put Santa Rosa on the map,” Harvey said. With excitement building amongst SRJC sports fans, the Bear Cubs hope this is the start of a long, successful season. The next game will be at 1p.m. Sept. 15 against DCV at home.

thE oak leaf • september 10, 2012


Men’s soccer confident as 2012 season gets underway at SRJC Staff Writer

As the 2012 season begins, the SRJC men’s soccer team looks to improve upon last year’s performance. At the end of the 2011 season, five SRJC players transferred to fouryear colleges across the nation, including Big 8 AllConference first team MVP Christian Reyes. Reyes earned a scholarship to play at Cal State LA, leaving a big role to fill for this year’s team. Coach Marty Kinahan expects returning sophomores Justin Fowler, Octavio Estupian, Cody Martin and goalie Christopher Kelley to lead. The freshmen have high hopes for the season after training all summer. Forward Jean Leon enjoyed the summer training session and looks forward to the season. “It was a tough summer but good. You have to do what it takes and I actually enjoyed it,” Leon said. Despite having more freshmen than sophomore players, Kinahan expects a great season. “We have a lot of freshman who will be starting games this year, but they are ready for the challenge,” he said. With the amount of change occuring this year, a leadership role will need to be filled, but the players do not feel pressure. “Right

now we’re still fighting for positions. It depends on what you give at practice,” Vasquez said. As far as filling in the roles of last year, Leon said, “It’s a new year; we start everything fresh. We all have the same goal in mind: win, so there won’t be too much head butting over team leaders.” At practice, the team shows chemistry and a lot of energy. This team is full of energy and communication between players and coach is astounding. Kinahan constantly tells players if they are taking too many touches with the ball before passing or if they are not taking enough. Warm-ups and drills are fluid and the constant chatter shows a high regard for Kinahan’s system. With Dimitri Nazarian / Oak Leaf many past teams nationally The SRJC men’s soccer team practices for the upcoming season. ranked, this year’s team is no Antonio College (Mt. Sac). The SRJC played Mt. Sac in Los exception. Bear Cubs lost to Mt. Sac 4-nil Angeles in the blazing heat. During the preseason the Aug. 27. On top of that one of the team lost both scrimmages “I gave them too much SRJC team vans broke down against Sonoma State and San respect and switched our on the Grapevine. Half the Francisco State and have used formation from a 4-5-1 to 4-4- team went to start the game it as a learning experience. 2 because of their success and the substitutes showed “Though not official season last year and our guys were up once the van was repaired. games,” Kinahan said. “The nervous and did not start This threw off the team’s games were great for giving out of the gate with a lot of concentration and made for a our young players experience confidence. In the second half hectic day in L.A. and getting them confident to we switched back to a 4-5-1 The games against Cabrillo play at this level.” and were able to play with and Skyline were both 1-nil The team had a couple them better,” Kinahan said. victories. With a 2-1 record games that count for state Early on Mt. Sac earned the SRJC men’s soccer team and NorCal rankings but two penalties and converted looks to excel into the rest of no conference games thus both. Mt. Sac scored twice the season. far. These includes Cabrillo, more, once off a volley and Skyline and last year’s CCCAA another on a penalty kick. state champions, Mt. San


AShe award winner... Continued from PAGE12 The recipients attended the opening ceremonies and the Arthur Ashe kids’ day. While in New York, the award winners received VIP tours of Arthur Ashe Stadium. There they walked down the hall of past champions and came within 10 feet of some pros in the players’ lounge. Gonnella said this gave her perspective on the importance of her achievement and a better understanding of what it means to be a tennis ambassador. “It was totally surreal. Seeing all of these past champions in the hall was a very humbling experience,” Gonnella said. “The kids’ day was also really cool because it gave the kids a chance to play with the pros, its something they will never forget.” Humble. This word alone could

Continued from PAGE 2 Horton, along with returning players that include Cam Davis, Blake Johnson, Alexi Kulikouskiy and John Keshishian, will face similar foes in teams such as UC Davis, Fresno State and Sacramento State University. This season highlights two important road trips for the Polar Bears, with games in Colorado (Sept. 28-29) and Idaho (Oct. 26-28). SRJC will face five teams that they rarely see in competition, including the University of Colorado, who the Polar Bears beat in the first round of the PCHA Regional Tournament last February. “It’s always exciting to play a team you don’t see often. It really brings up the intensity,” Davis said. “As long as we stick to our systems and play as a team we have a good chance of being successful.” Another exciting set of games on the Polar Bears’ schedule is the Wine Country Collegiate Classic. The second annual WCCC will showcase teams such as Northern Arizona University, Metro State University and Sacramento State at Snoopy’s Nov. 8-10. The Polar Bears will play a total of 30 games this season in hopes to return to playoff competition in February 2013. And this time SRJC will not go away quietly. “We have a team that can contend for a national championship,” Johnson said. “We’re going to work hard to fulfill our potential by winning that title.” With a team full of talented players and a high-energy game atmosphere, every Polar Bear’s home game is a can’t-miss event. Both the Sept. 14 and 15 games begin at 8:30 Snoopy’s Home Ice and as always, admission is free. For more information about the Hockey team, please visit


be the very definition of what Arthur Ashe was all about. That’s why it came as no surprise when Gonnella used the word “humbling” to summarize her experience as a whole. As both a tennis player and a student, she strived for excellence as an athlete, while putting education and humanitarianism at the highest point on the priority list. “Arthur Ashe was viewed as an ambassador to tennis. He believed tennis and education went hand in hand. Helping kids, raising awareness and promoting the sport is what made him who he is, and it’s an honor to receive an award in his name,” Gonnella said.

2012-2013 Home Schedule Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Nov. 2 Nov. 3 Nov. 8 Nov. 9 Nov. 10 Dec. 14 Jan. 11 Jan. 18 Jan. 19 Jan. 26

“It was totally surreal. Seeing all of these past champions in the hall was very humbling” - Gianna Gonella

UC Berkeley 8:30pm San Jose State 8:30pm Sacramento State 8:30pm UC Davis 8:30pm Santa Clara U. 8:30pm Fresno State 8:30pm Fresno State 8:30pm Metro State Denver 6:30pm Sacramento State 5:30pm Northern Arizona U. 5:30pm San Jose State 8:30pm UC Santa Barbara 8:30pm UC San Diego 8:30pm Santa Clara U. 8:30pm Stanford 8:30pm

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Comedy troupe’s roots at srjc Nathan Quast Staff Writer Some musicians start garage bands. Some humorists start improv groups. About five years ago, a group of SRJC students with quick minds and droll humor formed The World’s Biggest Comedy Duo (WBCD) in a Sonoma County garage. The WBCD is a local improvisation comedy group in the style of the “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” TV show. WBCD’s approach involves a fast-paced series of one-to-two minute sketches – with a twist. The comedians can only speak in questions, call on audience members to provide sound effects or use “dead” bodies as props for different scenes. The audience’s suggestions often provide the setting, characters and subjects for the sketches. Fans of the original U.K. or U.S. version of “Who’s Line” may remember the performers had a penchant for innuendos, but lacked freedom to fully express that edgier side of their talent. Without a TV network’s oversight, the WBCD has no qualms about going for the weird or risqué. “When the board is completely open, we will sometimes take a game or scene to almost shocking levels of indecency and silliness.” said founder Adam Aragon. “We don’t shy away from offensive or dark material.” The choice of venue can also supply themes for shows, such as the “Geek and Cosplay” themed show at the Outer Planes Comics and Games at 519 Mendocino Ave on Aug. 25. Audience members were encouraged to dress as characters from their favorite comic book, science fiction or fantasy genre. The night’s improv sketches also followed these lines, including Star Trek officers arguing over proper phaser settings

and audience-inspired super-hero “PMS Girl” fighting to save the world’s tampon factories. The WBCD’s strength lies in the camaraderie of the troupe, with friendships extending beyond the stage. Improvisation brings out something, “Between mind vomit and intellectual interpretation,” said member Matt Cadigan. Members quickly discover the inner workings of each other’s personalities, and through that, their strengths and weaknesses. This familiarity helps the players interpret actions and characters to keep the comedy rolling. “Improv is about staying one step ahead of the audience and on the same page as the person you’re playing with,” said WBCD cofounder Matlock Zumsteg. Several players honed their craft by taking SRJC theatre arts courses like Elliot Fintushel’s Theatre Movement & Improvisation class. It paid dividends for these players’ roles in the comedy troupe. “(Fintushel) is a Zen Master, an incredible mind and an incredible improvisationalist,” Zumsteg said. The class teaches students about creating stock characters to draw on, utilizing expressive physicality and listening to opposite performers. Improv acts work best when the players listen and react to one another, Cadigan said. Along with founder Adam Aragon, the WBCD lineup includes cofounder Matlock Zumsteg, Matt Cadigan, Brandon Wilson, Sean Beering, Marc Azevedo, Rachel Smith and Ben Aren’t. Zumsteg performed in SRJC’s 2010-11 Theatre Arts productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Willy Wonka. The WBCD will perform in the first annual Laugh Local Funny Fest on Sept. 29 at the 6th Street Playhouse on 52 West 6th Street. Tickets for students cost $10; regular admission is $14.

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The SRJC Theater Arts Department will showcase a variety of productions this season, including “A Few Good Men,” “Trouble in Mind” and musical adaptations of “Legally Blonde” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Information on all productions can be found online at

srjc Theater Arts... Continued from PAGE 2 and the Student Theatre Guild, “Trust” is recommended for mature audiences. “Beauty and the Beast” opens in November as the season’s fall musical. Directed by Laura DowningLee the play is a theatrical adaptation of the Disney movie of the same name. Downing-Lee said that the challenge with doing a play based on a movie is that the audience enters with a lot of expectations, but the cast has a few surprises in store. Downing-Lee will also direct “A Few Good Men,” in the spring. The play inspired the movie of the same name and is a military drama set in Washington D.C. “It is more timely today than when it was written in the 1980s. It deals with our civilization and what we ask

of those who protect us,” DowningLee said. The season closes with “Legally Blonde” directed by Leslie McCauley, a sharp contrast to its serious predecessor. Based on the movie starring Reese Witherspoon but with musical numbers, this fun and lighthearted musical is about a sorority girl who follows her former boyfriend to Harvard. McCauley said, “It is about learning to love who you are, which really applies to college students.” For more information on the Theater Arts department’s fall production please visit, www.

Ike’s brings classic San Francisco Sandwiches to SRJC Community Cassidy Mila A&E Editor It’s a throwback to when the neighborhood sandwich shop was a staple of the community, a place guaranteed to give you a meal of superior quality, served with a smile from an engaging employee. Ike’s Place brings its community spirit to a new Santa Rosa branch, just across the street from SRJC on Mendocino Avenue. Ike Shehadeh founded the original Ike’s on Halloween 2007, a hole-in-thewall on 16th street in the Castro district of San Francisco. Inexperienced yet determined, he created his initial menu with help from his mom. His shop did not succeed instantly: he didn’t sell a single sandwich the first day. Distraught and unsure of the future, he closed up shop for a whole week. He reopened Nov. 7, slowly gaining the loyal business of the community by handing out free drinks and chips while engaging his customers in friendly conversation. Regardless of location, customer service or pricing, the key to any restaurant is taste and Ike’s certainly delivers. Ike’s has a creative and expansive menu because of its founder’s experience in tasting new things. With

about 200 different sandwiches, there’s no way to put them all on the menu in the store, so a complete menu can be found online. The real strength of Ike’s lies in the ingredients. The hot, crispy bread is delicious as only fresh baked bread can be. They call it pan bread; partially baked bread which when put through the toaster comes back as fresh as if it were baked on site. It also gets covered with their special dirty sauce, a zesty garlic aioli which when paired with the pan bread lends every Ike’s sandwich an addicting zest and crunch. Ike’s has great deals for students on a budget. By joining the email list, students gain access to deals like the sandwich of the month. Ike’s recently had a Twitter special: when Ike’s reached 25,000 followers, everyone on their email list and Twitter got a for buy-one, get-two free coupon. Aside from online deals, everyone can enjoy the Starving Student specials, a set of four sandwiches at $5 each. If you want to feel like a kid again, get the Starving Student Ponch & John. A sandwich with American cheese and potato chips, it’s guaranteed to send you back to childhood; we all put chips in our sandwich at least once. I tried the Menage a Trois and the


Photo courtesy of Ike’s Ike’s, a must have for any San Francisco Giants fan, brings its cuisine to SRJC. Customers can choose a variety of sandwich’s including the sandwich seen above. Meatless Mike. The Menage a Trois was a barbecue chicken sandwich with cheddar, pepper jack and Swiss cheeses, slathered with barbecue sauce, honey mustard and real honey. It was hearty, different and delicious. Surprisingly, the vegetarian Meatless Mike was my favorite. A meatless meatball sub, it tasted like Santa Rosa’s Little Italy was on the corner of Mendocino Avenue and Dexter Street. The dirty sauce makes the bread taste like fresh baked garlic bread and the meatless meatballs more

than meet your expectations. For job seekers, Ike’s is looking for driven, inspired workers. Whether making sandwiches, dealing with people, or playing music, a passion for life is the main priority. Being a Giants fan can’t hurt either. Ike’s biggest passion besides sandwiches is the San Francisco Giants. The shop’s uniform is a black shirt with your favorite player’s number on the back.

thE oak leaf • september 10, 2012

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From Hitchcock to Hepburn: Petaluma Cinema Series presents a variety of Dark comedies and cult classics for fall 2012

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SRJC will show Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” Sept. 12 as the second installment of this season’s Petaluma Cinema Series. The Cinema Series presents one film each Wednesday through Dec. 12, 2012.

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Cassidy Mila A&E Editor The Fall 2012 Petaluma Cinema Series is underway with a variety of exciting films to appease movie buffs and novices alike. The Cinema Series began Sept. 5 with a showing of Academy Awardwinning film “The Artist” and will present one film each Wednesday through Dec. 12 in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium on SRJC’s Petaluma campus. Started by Film and Media Studies instructor Michael Traina more than three years ago, the Cinema Series has become a place for the community to gather, discuss movies and expand their understanding of the complex art of films. This season’s line-up includes films by famed directors Alfred Hitcock (Vertigo), the Coen brothers (Barton Fink) and Roman Polanski (Chinatown). Other commonly known films on the playbill include Guillermo del Toro’s adult fairytale masterpiece “Pan’s Labyinth,” cult classic “A Clockwork Orange” and possibly the greatest horror film of all-time, “The Exorcist.” Other films showing this season are “A Separation” Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 Acadamey Award winning film for best foreign language film; “He

Who Gets Slapped” a silent movie from 1924, which will feature live musical accompaniment by Los Angeles composer and musician Rick Friend; “Holiday,” the 1938 Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant collaboration; “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” a 2011 independent film about a girl escaping the clutches of an abusive cult; “Hair” the 1979 hippie flick and “cinema Language” a multimedia master class with award-winning film and sound editor Vivian Hillgrove. For the film festival’s 100th screening and the first replay of the series, the 1971 classic “Harold & Maude” will be shown Dec. 12. One of Traina’s favorite movies, he said, “It’s well crafted cinematography and intriguing storyline made it the perfect movie to replay for our series’ birthday.” The series’ next film will be “Vertigo” at 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Tickets are $5 for the community, $4 for students or free with an Associated Student membership. A presentation about the film will begin on hour prior to show time and all are invited to attend. For more information please visit

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