The Renegade Rip

‘Miracle’ a fun bit of nostalgic escapism

Seth Nidever

February 17, 2004

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I had an interesting reaction to "Miracle." It may be critical heresy to say this, but knowing the ending was a pleasure. It's the principle Shakespearean tragedy inverted: instead of watching characters march to their doom, we watch them march toward victory in a seemingly unstoppable way. Like the Olympic gods, we have the divine pleasure of knowing the characters' fate as...

Life’s a stage for theater aficionado

Anissa Segovia

February 17, 2004

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While most students are in class writing and listening to boring lectures, other students are performing their way through college. Andrea Soler, 22, has been performing at Bakersfield College and receiving college credits since she was 12 years old, she said. Soler's passion for the theater started when her mother, Pamela Soler, the director of "Richard III" in last semester's...

Event celebrates American Indian culture

Julianna Crisalli

February 17, 2004

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The sound of pulsing drums along with tables displaying native pottery, arrowheads and beaded bags provided the atmosphere for Native American Culture Day at Bakersfield College on Feb. 9. BC's Native American Cultural Awareness Club put together a day of tradition and history to allow students to discover the charisma and charm of native peoples. "We did this to help educate...

THE COLLEGE CURMUDGEONAn Erectile Education

Seth Nidever

February 17, 2004

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Things are looking good for the Big Three. Product sales have been going up recently and show no signs of flagging. If you guessed Ford, Chrysler, and GM, think again. I'm talking Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. Unless you've been living in a cave, you know about Viagra. Now, if you were one of the 100 million or so Americans watching the Super Bowl, you will have seen several...

MOVIE REVIEWTrio of movie mediocrity

Erik Klassen

December 4, 2003

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Movies do many things. They can make the strongest person cry or the sternest person laugh. All it takes is a couple of hours. Knowing the greatness films can achieve, it pains me to know how many average and emotionless films have been released in recent times. This is a short review of three such films. Let's start with a little film called "Gothika" about a psychiatrist...

MOVIE REVIEW’Bad Santa’ revels in its naughtiness

Barry Lipson

December 4, 2003

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Mix "Leaving Las Vegas" with "Miracle on 34th Street," add a touch of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and you have the recipe for "Bad Santa," a film so gleefully perverse and politically incorrect that it will have you bellying up for more. Billy Bob Thornton plays Willie T. Stokes, a rude and crude alcoholic department store Santa who along with Marcus, the foul-mouthed...

Librarians see their work as labor of love

Julianna Crisalli

December 4, 2003

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A quiet bustle of busy students generates the comfortable atmosphere surrounding the librarians at Bakersfield College. The reference librarians at the top floor of the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library have years of experience helping students, the public and occasionally, even local lawyers. Anna Agenjo, library director at BC, has worked at the school for 13 years. Her time...

CONCERT REVIEW’The Mac is back’

Julianna Crisalli

December 4, 2003

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Fleetwood Mac played to perfection during their 70th show on their "Say You Will" tour at Centennial Garden in October. The audience was filled with Stevie Nicks look-alikes. I joined in and dressed in my "Steviest" attire. Walking onto the floor of the Garden gave me an immediate natural high. As you look up to the stage, the microphone was dressed to match its singer with...

MOVIE REVIEW’Matrix Revolutions’ lacks heart of the original

Ian Hamilton

December 4, 2003

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One of the things that makes movies fun is the feeling of goose bumps, when the emotion and action of a scene is conveyed with such force that the hair stands up on the back of your head. These moments were plentiful in "The Matrix" -- like the famous bullet-time fight on the rooftop or Neo's revival. Times when this should happen during "The Matrix Revolutions," an empty feeling...

MOVIE REVIEW’Master and Commander’ sets sail on character-driven adventure

Seth Nidever

December 4, 2003

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"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" is the kind of rousing movie epic that makes you glad you went to the theater and leaves you hungry for more. Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany, who you might remember as Crowe's imaginary roommate in "A Beautiful Mind," come together again for a character study so penetrating you wonder that Hollywood still remembers how to do...

Medical majors network at social event

Janessica Sanchez

December 4, 2003

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The Bakersfield College Pre-Med Club hosted their first Pre-Med Dinner and Social Event on Nov. 19 in the BC cafeteria. The evening consisted of a wonderful lasagna dinner, followed by a raffle, an insight by various speakers, and a fun game of "Dirty Bingo" to end the evening. The evening was a chance for any BC students interested in careers in the medical field to come...

CONCERT REVIEWZZ Top kicks ‘Tush’ at Garden

Jeff Eagan

November 20, 2003

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Hours before the trio of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard of ZZ Top graced the stage at Centennial Garden, their arrival was celebrated by the myriad of beer-drinking and hell-raising fans roaming the halls of Centennial Garden. Though their music has always spoken for itself, ZZ Top was no less demure when making their entrance. They paraded onstage in maroon and...

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