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Jesse Kapukui


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I’m a second-year Santa Rosa Junior College student working toward a B.A. in Journalism, and since 2018, I’ve been a staff writer/editor at the college’s student-operated publication The Oak Leaf. To me, being a journalist provides a unique opportunity to humanize folx behind statistics and inspire readers to take action.

Although my earlier articles focused on honing my voice as a music critic and reviewing lesser-known artists, I discovered my passion was for covering social justice issues and using my voice to shine a light on the problems of the unheard.

Moving forward, I want to focus on transforming abstract systematic problems in society like the intersection of issues around the prison industrial complex and higher education, and make them concrete through the experiences of marginalized community members.

The Oak Leaf
The Oak Leaf Climate Week Coverage

Coverage of Santa Rosa Junior College students' participation in the 2019 Global Climate Strike, taking place September 20-27.

The Oak Leaf
When people say "Reform is the answer"

All I see are police officers taking away my mom Each time she emerged from your prisons Each time worse than the last All I see is the violence of "correctional" officers against her when she needed the most support. The violence she felt from officers thinking she was unfit to live in the...

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Gotham City's beautiful dark twisted fantasy

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 film was inspired by others such as "Taxi Driver," "The King of Comedy" and "A...

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

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.

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

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 managed to come together and craft one of their best albums to date: "Social Cues." Band members Daniel Tichenor, Jared Champion and Matt and Brad Shultz...

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How sleep deprivation impacts SRJC students

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 2019 Washington Post article, sleep researchers at Harvard Medical School and UC Berkeley...

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10 lesser-known love songs for you and your bae this Valentine's Day

Love is a central theme in music, and since music speaks to people and evokes certain emotions in ways normal speech can't alone, it's a great medium to talk about such feelings. However, when it comes to what we hear on the radio, there is an irrefutable cycle of tropes and expressions in relatively popular...