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Bearded lady leads lifestlye less traveled

Joel R. Paramo

April 11, 2007

Filed under Features

Oddly enough on Tuesday morning of spring break, 58-year-old woman Vivian Wheeler, the world record-holder for having an 11-inch beard, wandered onto Bakersfield College's campus. "I'm a celebrity, nobody knows where I'll be tomorrow," she said. "Living the life of a bearded lady is a 24-hour job. It's a full-time job just being myself." After being examined by 30 doctors in... Read more »

Gettin’ it on to save the planet

Marcinda Coil

April 11, 2007

Filed under Features

Love is in the air, especially during the spring and summer months, and Greenpeace has a guide for all who are concerned about the environment: The Greenpeace Guide to Environmentally-Friendly Sex. According to "Getting it on for the good of the planet," there are 10 ways to have fun while being eco-friendly. One way is to "turn off the lights" or to engage in sexual activity... Read more »

Balls to the wall: cheerleading

Joel R. Paramo

April 11, 2007

Filed under Opinion

I never thought it could be so painful to train to be a cheerleader. I threw myself into four days of practice, putting in as much effort as I could from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day. I'd find myself practicing by myself at home or in class with fellow Rip reporter and cheerleader Crystal Roberts. Sure, people laughed at me when they saw me practicing the moves, but it was addicting,... Read more »

‘Starless and Bible Black’ album plays bi-polar music sounds

Chris Garza

April 11, 2007

Filed under Opinion

King Crimson released "Starless and Bible Black" on Atlantic Records in 1974 and features the line up of David Cross on viola, violin, and keyboards, Robert Fripp on guitar and mellotron, John Wetton singing and playing bass and Bill Bruford on percussion. The band moves in a lot of different directions with this release. The album starts off with "The Great Deceiver," which... Read more »

Invitro fertilizes The Dome

Gabino Vega

April 11, 2007

Filed under Opinion

On March 30, I went to a concert featuring Sevendust, Red, Diecast, and Invitro. The show began at 7:02 p.m. on a Friday evening with five band members walking on the stage with foil masks. The band Invitro began to play a weird mix of hard rock and punk. Full of energy, all members were rocking out with their foil masks and when they were done with the first two songs, they... Read more »

Cafe packs plate, pocket

Kyle Beall

April 11, 2007

Filed under Opinion

Reminiscent of old truck-stop eateries, Cope's Knotty Pines Cafe packs the plate, fills the gut, but doesn't break the bank. The old-fashioned, family style restaurant offers a variety of breakfast and lunch menu options. I had the opportunity to sample a bit of breakfast and lunch. The three-egg California omelet I ordered was delightfully tasty and definitely more than I... Read more »

‘Grindhouse’ plots contain no real substance

Lily Fahel

April 11, 2007

Filed under Opinion

The new double feature horror movie "Grindhouse," written by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, is provocative, gory, and, interestingly enough, it included tidbits of dry humor randomly throughout the dialogue. Amazingly however, you get two crappy movies for the price of one. The plots were stupid and contained absolutely no substance in my opinion. The first feature... Read more »

Sotheast Bakersfield

Crystal Roberts

April 11, 2007

Filed under Opinion

Southeast Bakersfield is filled with many shops and eateries that may go unnoticed to the regular person passing. Here are some of those locations and what they feature. Great Castle 410 Union Ave Off of the corner of East 5th St is a great place to stop by for lunch or dinner. The restaurant features Chinese and Mandarin Cusine and also a great authentic atmosphere, complete... Read more »

Buyer beware: what the labels don’t say

Katherine J. White

April 11, 2007

Filed under Opinion

Warning: Omissions on labeling issued by the FDA could be hazardous to your health. The consumer will notice that on cigarette packages that there is a warning stating that ingestion of the smoke of a tobacco product leads to emphysema, lung disease, birth defects, cardiovascular disease and the like. However, the consumer should also note that he or she never sees a similar... Read more »

Weighing possible GOP split

Staff Editorial

April 11, 2007

Filed under Opinion

For most any involved follower of politics, there are the occasional uncomfortable moments when one realizes that one of their beliefs does not conform to that of their chosen party's. The discomfort is the scraping as the person tries to fit his or her rounded peg of values in the square-shaped hole of their party's ideologies. No matter how contorted and ideal the person's... Read more »

There’s a fine line between sexy and sick

Lily Fahel

April 11, 2007

Filed under Opinion

I was reading about fetishes and sexual addictions on the Internet and I came across a number of extremely weird preferences I would have never imagined would get people off, like diaper fetishes, sock fetishes, fecal fetishes, emetophilia (vomiting), and believe it or not, choking turns people on. How do we distinguish between what's sexy, and what's simply sick? Some of these... Read more »

These days, hard to sense sincerity

Anna Robledo

April 11, 2007

Filed under Opinion

There seems to be a steady decline in social civility these days. It's gotten to the point where even a smile from a stranger can make a person feel uneasy. A few weeks ago my husband and I made an impulsive purchase at a store: We bought a TV stand and a bench. We conveniently forgot that we don't have a truck or some large SUV to bring these items home; we have a car. Without... Read more »

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