Mariana Raschke


Location icon United States of America

Don't measure soccer's popularity by the World Cup

Some analysts deemed soccer popular in the U.S. after the World Cup's record-breaking viewer ratings this summer, but it is unlikely the attention for the sport will transcend beyond cultural interest because American soccer lacks appeal. Soccer is the "beautiful game."

Grant brings the world to SRJC

Santa Rosa Junior College's growing international student program received a federal grant to host 13 students from eight developing countries through the Community College Initiative (CCI) program. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) led the initiative, which promotes intercultural exchange by sponsoring foreign students to study in American community colleges.

Lawsuit victor files new $15 mil suit

Santa Rosa Junior College faces a $15 million lawsuit from a former nursing program faculty member alleging charges of defamation and sexual discrimination. SRJC hired the plaintiff, Dr. Daniel Doolan, as an adjunct faculty member for the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program in 2001.

Profiling the board candidates

Burdo runs against challenger Jordan Burns for West County. He has served in key positions like president of the Board and chairman of the facilities committee. Throughout his tenure, he's provided educational opportunities to countless students by keeping SRJC affordable and accessible.

No Measure H means no new computers

SRJC could soon run out of technology funding. If Measure H doesn't pass, the college will run out of money to spend on technology in two to three years, according to Santa Rosa Junior College's Information Technology (IT) Director Scott Conrad. Conrad said SRJC's IT team updates the college's computer lab software at least once a year.

New candidates oust current trustees

Voters elected all three challengers running for seats in Santa Rosa Junior College's Board of Trustees on Nov. 4. The trustees relied heavily on their incumbency and experience to campaign for re-election, but challengers Dorothy Battenfeld, Jordan Burns and Maggie Fishman won their seats.

UC tuition on the rise: Increase causes grief, ignites protests across state

First year college students entering the University of California system could see their tuition rise by 5 percent in the next five years. On Nov. 20, the UC Board of Regents approved UC President Janet Napolitano's plan to raise tuition, sparking disagreement from state lawmakers and students.