The Renegade Rip

New SGA president excited for his term

Elizabeth Fernandez, Reporter

April 23, 2014

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Just a regular Bakersfield College Student with some political background, Alex Dominguez, a political science major, prepares to take on the role of student body president and plans to “get things done.” After polls closed on March 27, over half of the students who had voted chose Dominguez. “I was really happy about the outcome. I woke up, I checked my email and...

Training looks to help prevent suicides

Sharida Rejon, Features Editor

April 23, 2014

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The Bakersfield College Student Health and Wellness Center hosted its first suicide prevention training session on April 2. The method used in the session, referred to as QPR, is designed to train attendees to recognize the early warning signs of suicidal crisis and provides information on the appropriate steps to take when these signs are perceived. Leigh Collins, the...

Longtime librarians retire

Myrissa Johns, News Editor

April 23, 2014

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Two familiar faces on campus, Marci Lingo and Dawn Dobie, Bakersfield College reference librarians, will both be gone after the end of June. Despite the usual focus of retirement being on one’s own future, Dobie and Lingo have stayed true to their reputations of being student-centered by voicing mainly concerns for the future of the library and students. “We’ve worked...

SAM construction continues forward

March 19, 2014

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Despite problems in the beginning with asbestos and lead paint, construction on the Simonsen Performing Arts Center at Bakersfield College is on schedule, according to a lead supervisor from S.C. Anderson, Inc. There have been some changes to the original plan, creating more work for the construction crew, but the completion date remains the same. The supervisor said work...

SGA is ready for upcoming elections

Elizabeth Fernandez, Reporter

March 19, 2014

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Bakersfield College Student Government Association voted and approved to push the spring 2014 elections to March 24-27 in order to increase student involvement and awareness. Interim Director of Student Life Elizabeth Peisner said the elections were not only pushed in order to allow more students to apply for candidacy, but also to give the student body an opportunity to...

Pet Food Pantry helps owners in need

Sharida Rejon, Features Editor

March 5, 2014

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The Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, totaling an approximate 150,000 pounds of pet food donated to the community. Cindy Frye, president of the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry, was inspired to found this organization after seeing the vast amount of animals in need. “I started this organization by my church, the Bridge Bible Church, partnered...

Former AD Herb Loken passes away

Robert Mullen, Sorts Editor

February 20, 2014

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Herb Loken, former Bakersfield College athletic director and gymnastics coach, passed away on Feb. 14. Loken was hired as BC’s athletic director in 1968 to replace Gil Bishop who was the AD from 1954-68. Loken was also the gymnastics coach from 1957-70 except during the 1960 season. Bob Covey, who taught at BC and was the track and field coach from 1963-2005, was office m...

Students react to current activity of Free Speech area’s religious activist

Students react to current activity of Free Speech area’s religious activist

Robert Mullen, Sports Editor

February 20, 2014

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From day one of this semester, former Bakersfield College student Nathaniel Runels has stood in the campus Free Speech area on Wednesdays and preached...

Uncertainty surrounds student’s death

Sharida Rejon, Features Editor

February 20, 2014

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“This might seem a bit morbid, but I am curious. So don’t be mad that I’m asking. And don’t read too much into my question. If someone dies, what happens to their Facebook account?” This is one of the last posts that Hunter LeBaron, a transgender student at Bakersfield College, published on his personal Facebook account before committing suicide. According to Blake...

Employees march for a raise

Myrissa Johns, News Editor

February 5, 2014

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Bakersfield College classified employees held a rally on Jan. 21 protesting against Kern Community College District for fair wages. The changes in the salary were brought on by a state-funded cost of living adjustment, according to Tina Johnson, president of chapter 336 of the California School Employees Association. According to Johnson, KCCD human resources department’s...

Sward steps in as new SGA president

Myrissa Johns, News Editor

February 5, 2014

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After former Student Government Association President Travis Tillis’ sudden resignation, Shelby Sward has stepped in as acting president. Sward said that SGA plans to “muscle through,” and she is excited to take on this role. She explained that the reason she has taken “acting” in front of her title is to show that she was not elected for that position by student...

BC volleyball comes up short

Jason Reed, Reporter

December 4, 2013

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With a tough conference championship loss at home to College of the Canyons, Bakersfield College failed to secure homecourt and was forced to play on the road in the opening round of the volleyball playoffs tournament. BC traveled to El Camino College and was defeated in four sets. BC split the first two sets with El Camino before dropping the final two. BC lost the first...

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