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Plagiarism: The aftermath of a nightmare

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer December 9, 2014

Is taking the easy way out worth getting kicked out?

In the academic world, plagiarism is not only frowned upon but is also considered to be a large legal issue that can compromise both the student and the faculty of the school. Although some students don’t understand the severity of the punishments attributed with plagiarism, I got a good taste of how scary the reality of lying really was.

Local restaurant shares dance culture

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer December 9, 2014

Being from Ireland, Michael Minihane knows all about Irish set dancing. Events held at the Redwood Cafe bring him great joy as he has the opportunity to show newcomers how acceptable it can be to grab a stranger by the hand and swing them around. Irish set dancing continues to be vastly popular in Ireland, and spread across America through classes and gatherings.


‘Phantom of the Opera’: Jaw-dropping performance

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer December 9, 2014

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Burbank Auditorium celebrated their 75th anniversary by putting on their largest production to date. The chairwoman of the college’s theatre arts department, Laura Downing-Lee, considered this production to be a landmark event for their theater. “The Phantom of the Opera” transformed the auditorium stage to Paris 1881, where the classic story was told.


Thanksgiving: More than just a feast

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer November 18, 2014

Families and friends of all ages gathered together on Saturday at the Charles M. Schulz Museum for a “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” This event began last year as a dedication to the 40th anniversary of the short film’s first airing. Since then, the volunteers and staff for the Charles M. Schulz Museum decided the event should continue for the nostalgic joy it brought to a wide demographic.


Kochergin’s natural art

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer November 18, 2014

What began as a gloomy, foggy morning brightened into a sunny, warm afternoon full of wine and art of the natural world. The sun parted through the clouds and shined right into the big wooden windows of the Dutton-Goldfield Winery, lighting up the entire tasting room.


Gift inspiration for holiday season

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer November 12, 2014

Gifts, food, entertainment and Santa. Just in time for the holidays, the Petaluma Holiday Craft Fair took place Saturday and Sunday. 

This annual artisan event is held every year at the Petaluma Community Center and presented by Petaluma Parks and Recreation. It allowed local venders to present their homemade gifts for the public to purchase and admire. This year celebrated their 26th year as part of the community. Admission was free for all who wanted to join in on the fun.


Wildlife professional showcases adventurous lifestyle

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer November 11, 2014

Lemurs, eagles and kangaroos, oh my.

Wildlife expert Peter Gros shared a variety of exotic animals to a crowd full of creature lovers at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Friday evening.


ParaNoma: The disguised ‘dance’

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer November 4, 2014

It’s the night before Halloween. The sky is dark, drizzly and the air feels chilly. All is quiet and ominous, as a hint of mystery and surprise awaits. 


Reeves’ killer new movie

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer October 28, 2014

“John Wick” is a greatly gratifying feature of violent reprisal. In the film, Keanu Reeves discharges bullets copious amounts of times, leaving the audience at awe with the raw retaliation that this whole film embodies. 


Comedy party animals visit Sally Tomatoes

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer September 16, 2014

It’s important to take a night off and laugh every once in awhile. 


‘The King’ meets his twin

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer September 9, 2014

Little to people’s knowledge, Elvis Presley, “The King,” was actually a twin, and his brother was stillborn. He always wondered what his life would have been like had his brother actually survived. That’s where the movie “The Identical” comes in—by fulfilling the fantasy that Elvis’ twin was alive and well—giving viewers a “what if” scenario of “The King’s” life to fame with a brother he never knew existed.


‘Flemenco’ music brought to Sonoma State

Natalie Bergman, Staff Writer September 2, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, the Gipsy Kings captured the hearts of many with their self-titled debut album that was certified gold and platinum around the globe. Creative and brilliant, the Gipsy Kings introduced millions of listeners to a unique blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. 

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