The Renegade Rip

Packing heat in dangerous skies

Jarrod M. Graham

September 26, 2002

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Bakersfield College political science professor Steve Holmes has no objections to airline pilots being granted the ability to defend themselves and their passengers against hijackers, but he's uncertain about the best way to do it. "I would have no problem with pilots having some ability to subdue passengers that want to disrupt the flight," he said. "Whether or not a gun...

Airport workers, travelers share their views on armed pilots

Tracy Hostmyer

September 26, 2002

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Pilots carrying guns creates a "double-edged sword" for airports, according to Ray Bishop, Kern County airports director. While he said he personally is neutral about the idea, such proposals create challenges for airport administrators. "It's easy to say, 'Oh, pilots with guns makes sense,' because when you get hijacked, you've got guys with guns. Easy to say. In practice...

Students walk out in protest

Anissa Segovia

September 19, 2002

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Advocates for creating a Chicano Studies Department at Bakersfield College were upset that BC President Dr. Sandra Serrano did not attend their student protest Monday. "Where is Mrs. Serrano? Why isn't the president of the college out here? Why doesn't she see this as a need or as an important thing to address?" Patrick McKendry, president of BC's M.E.Ch.A. chapter, told the...

Worker gets probation for vandalism

Tami Olivares

September 19, 2002

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A Bakersfield College employee pleaded no contest to vandalism charges filed by the Kern County District Attorney's Office in Superior Court, according to court records. Pamela Jane Miller, a food service employee, appeared in court accompanied by her attorney, John Tello, where she pleaded no contest to charges that she intentionally scratched a 1993 green Toyota Camry belonging...

A grand fiesta

Rudy Llamas

September 19, 2002

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Mariachi music is something Bakersfield College student Laurel Higuera has in her blood. "This is something I enjoy doing because it comes from the heart," said Higuera, 22, who began singing publicly three years ago. She finished a show in front of a crowd of about 600 people Friday at the 10th annual Mariachi Night Festival at the BC Outdoor Theater to help benefit the...

Transfer Day teaches students about options after BC

Roger Hornback

September 19, 2002

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At least 50 representatives from several universities came to Bakersfield College on Sept. 10 to talk to students who might be interested in transferring to a four-year college to further their education. Students wanting to transfer learned about admission requirements, financial aid, housing and other useful information they will need to make the transition. "I want to...

ASBC brings back Fall Welcome event

Courtney Ross

September 12, 2002

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The Associated Students of Bakersfield College welcomed students back to school with bands, barbecue, cheerleaders and club booths. It has been two years since the last Fall Welcome, according to ASBC President Rafael Galvan. "Fall Welcome is to give students information on the activities that will go on here," he said. "Also, to let students know what services Bakersfield...

M.E.Ch.A. plans Monday student walkout

Tracy Hostmyer

September 12, 2002

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Bakersfield College students who support the creation of a Chicano Studies Department are being asked by a campus club to walk out of their classes at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The staged protest, which is being organized by M.E.Ch.A.(Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), will be the group's latest attempt to draw the attention to the need for more Chicano studies classes. The...

Celebration of unity

Amber Garcia

September 12, 2002

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American flags clasped in the hands of small, laughing children. Countless people sitting in lawn chairs wearing shirts that say "United we Stand" or "I LOVE NY." The feeling of patriotism and unity still fresh in the air and a huge American flag being used as a backdrop. The 2002 Bakersfield Unites For the Stars and Stripes, held at the Marketplace Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.,...

For some, 9/11 created new attitudes

Tracy Hostmyer

September 12, 2002

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Since the terrorist attacks last year, Willie Wilson has had an attitude change. The Renegade football player said he doesn't judge other cultures now and is "more friendly to every culture." Wilson said he had been in an environment where people believed that differences among cultures were strange. But that changed on Sept. 11. "We all should come together," he said. Wilson...

TOP STORYOfficials debate aquatics center

Anne Kleinsasser
Bakersfield High School

June 26, 2002

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In an attempt to better and beautify Bakersfield, plans are in the works for a new ice rink and aquatics center downtown. The proposed site is the same area that had been designated for the City Center Complex's baseball stadium. That project fell through. The proposal raises several questions in Bakersfield residents' minds. Is this just a new project to superficially improve...

Centers offer peace of mind to mental health patients

Cathleen Wang
Liberty High School

June 26, 2002

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More than 15,000 people are mentally ill in Kern County and one-third of them are minors, according to Bill Walker, crisis services administrator for the Mary K. Shell Mental Health Center. "Teen illnesses are different from adults," he said. "Their hormones are developing, not like adults. So you would feel even more depressed." Mental illness is defined by how a person...

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