The Renegade Rip

Cops of the corn

Ben Oliver

October 24, 2002

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Abandon all hope ye who enter here. As you make your way up the path through a pumpkin patch where there are many lovely dangling paper ghosts and things of the sort for you to be frightened of, you spy a sign written in marker that reads "Welcome to Pumpkinville." You see the pumpkins are on sale for $2 to $4, depending on size. Next you catch site of a wooden arch in the...

Fear Factory: This scary place isn’t for the kids

Ben Oliver

October 24, 2002

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When you hear the phrase haunted house, you often remember back to being a child, visiting Scream in the Dark, or some other fun place like that. You'd scream halfway fearful, and halfway laughing as you raced through the rooms dodging the spooky clowns, masked teenagers, and pop culture icons with a humorous horror-twist. When you left, you had a good laugh, a good scare,...

Holiday is busy time for shops

Tami Olivares

October 24, 2002

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If there ever was a time to dress to impress, now is the time. Halloween is here once again, and while people are anticipating the holiday, some local costume owners are almost dreading it. Philip and Stephanie Haskell, owners of Haskell's Costume Shop, 919 Ming Ave., have just celebrated their 54th year in business. "We've been located at this building for 45 years," Stephanie...

Full of Bull

Tracy Hostmyer

October 3, 2002

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Climbing off of his horse after roping a calf at the PRCA Rodeo at the fair Sept. 27, Luke Garrett said he understands why some people would think that rodeos are cruel to animals. "I can see if you don't know anything about it," the 19-year-old Bakersfield native said. "But if you realize a lot of us are giving $30,000 or $40,000 for some of these horses and we're going to...

Splashing into showbusiness

Tami Olivares

October 3, 2002

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Some girls will do anything for applause. It is even more gratifying if you throw in some sardines, as in the case of three female sea lions at the Kern County fair. Two Argentinean sea lions and one California sea lion are the attractions of Squalis, a traveling aquatic act. Sammy, a California sea lion, the spunkiest of the bunch, stole the show with her playful and mischievous...

Fair-time means having to spend the day with your family

Amber Garcia

October 3, 2002

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When I think of family fun, three words come to mind: Chinese water torture. But since none of that is on hand, I guess the Kern County Fair will suffice. Yes, that's right, the only place where you can blow an entire paycheck on failed attempts to win your girlfriend a stuffed toy gorilla holding a heart that says "I love Pookie" on it and purchase a funnel cake that takes...

Vendor brings ministry to campus

Kimi Ramos

September 26, 2002

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Want somewhere you can find some reasonably cheap coffee on campus rather going off campus? River Oaks Espresso offers coffee, espresso, and smoothie drinks along with blended drinks to the student body. In addition, the business offers a Christian presence through prayer and a desire to serve. Located in the back of the cafeteria, the business has been operated by Gary Wallace,...

Gallery features cultural art

Ben Oliver

September 26, 2002

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As you enter the May Louise Jones Gallery, you are greeted by a family of skeletons, each dressed as they did in life. You round a corner and you see strange animals, like a blue sloth, and an even stranger creature with wheels. As you pass, you catch sight of a small metallic monster, sitting on a small pedestal in the center of the floor. Americans might be taken aback...

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Stealing Harvard’ is dumb fun

Ben Oliver

September 19, 2002

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"Stealing Harvard," the newest of Tom Green's attempts at making a great movie, is a bit of departure from his previous efforts. That is to say, it's good. The movie is seen through the eyes of John Plummer (Jason Lee). He has it all: a good job at Homespital, a store that sells hospital equipment for the home, a girlfriend Elaine (Leslie Mann), who has a strange lovemaking...

God’s Place

Ben Oliver

September 19, 2002

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The Rev. Ron Vietti imagined a place where Christians could go to feel relaxed without the pressures of a church, escape the negative influences of the outside world and get a good sandwich. But for years his dream never became a reality. That was until three years ago when the Valley Bible Fellowship's senior pastor's idea for such a cafe started to become realized. A building...

Creed calls

Anissa Candelaria and Roger Hornback

September 12, 2002

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Kim Blair was excited to be in line for Creed concert tickets, but became a little discouraged when she found out about the lottery drawing set up to kick off the sale. "I've been going to concerts for years and you know, you get out here and you wait and you earn your place in line," she said. "This one kind of makes me nervous. I didn't know anything about (the lottery)....

BC opens new child care center

Anissa Segovia

September 12, 2002

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Selica Garcia had a great time trying to pedal and pull her friends on new buggy bicycles while playing outside the new Bakersfield College Child Care Center. The new bikes, along with the new slides and the bouncy floor landing, are just some of the improvements that are offered at the new facility. "What makes this facility particularly special is that we are able to...

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