The Renegade Rip

Draft dodging is not the answer

Archer Sierra

October 24, 2002

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As the United States prepares for conflict in Iraq a question should be crossing everyone's mind now: "Are college students prepared for war?" While the Selective Service System remains in a standby "caretaker" status, according to their Web site, the possibility of a draft is remote and many students have mixed feelings about the situation with Iraq. According to a June...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Student criticizes editing of her essay

September 26, 2002

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Kudos to the Eclectica staff for producing another issue of collections created by Bakersfield College students. The task must seem ominous, at times, when considering the sizable body of essays, poems, short stories, plays and photographs that must be sorted, read and judged by so few. However, the duty should never be so burdensome that the integrity of an author's work...

OPINION: Arming pilots may create new security problems

Jennifer Hubbell

September 26, 2002

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The U.S. Senate has voted for a bill that would allow pilots to be taught defense tactics that would include the possession of firearms on airplanes. Is post-Sept 11 security really worth the risk of a gun falling into the wrong hands on a flight? There are so many things that can go wrong with having an authorized gun onboard a flight. If a hijacker on a flight had a gun,...

OPINION: Minors who murder should not face death penalty

Jennifer Hubbell

September 26, 2002

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Anyone following the local news lately has probably noticed a rash of youths committing murder. Although it is not anyone's right to take the life of another, these children are just children and no matter how horrific their crimes are, they should not be faced with the death penalty. One of the most horrific crimes in this county recently was the case of 17-year-old Ruben...

OPINION: Good Ol’ Boys

Jennifer Hubbell

September 19, 2002

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The Augusta National Golf Club acts like a bunch of boys who have built a fort with a sign on the ladder saying, "No Girls Allowed." It's time to bring the club, and the Masters, into the 21st century. The club, which allows women to play as guests on their courses but will not let them become members, won't allow female golfers to compete in the Masters. William "Hootie"...

STAFF EDITORIALBudget cuts limit classes, hurt students

September 19, 2002

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It's been said that money is the root of all evil. But when it comes to the state budget, legislators who can't make timely decisions are the root of a problem that affects everyone. Because of the state budget crisis, numerous classes in Bakersfield College's curriculum have been canceled. These were classes that were full. They did not lack enrollment, instructors or student...

Letters to the Editor / Sept. 20, 2002

September 19, 2002

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Marine claims some players lack integrity I find it refreshing that after a 20-year hiatus from college campus life, not much has changed. I retired from the Marine Corps about a year ago. I am completing my last three-unit math requirement here at BC so I can graduate from the University of Maryland (with honors). The first day of school the bookstore lines are long; unl...

A time for reflection

Liliana Fahel, Special to The Rip

September 12, 2002

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On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, the entire world was thrown off track. Amazement, shock, horror and sheer terror spread throughout the world. The twin towers of the World Trade Center, in all their splendor, crumbled to the ground after hijacked airliners slammed into them. As if the destruction of two of the world's tallest skyscrapers wasn't enough, less than an hour later,...

Protesters attempt to force religious views on others

Archer Sierra

September 12, 2002

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I believe we live in a society that has become liberal enough that individuals should not be shoving their personal preferences down each other's throats. According to the office manager of the Family Planning Clinic located at 2500 H St., protesters are consistently in front of the clinic every Monday and Tuesdays on a weekly basis. This is an invasion of privacy. The women...

Letters to the Editor / Sept. 13, 2002

September 12, 2002

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M.E.Ch.A. leader announces plan for student walkout Hello, my name is Hector Leonzo, a Bakersfield College student and a Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan, or M.E.Ch.A., for its initials in Spanish) member. BC M.E.Ch.A. has been asking for a Chicano Studies Department for the last three years. Unfortunately, the president of our c...

Taking a stand against hate

Ashley Owens
Bakersfield High School

June 26, 2002

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Hate is a thing that many people believe has diminished in the world, but actually it's rearing its ugly head in new fashions. A young child sits down to research his history project on Martin Luther King Jr., and types in the name as a keyword for an Internet search. Instantly, numerous sites pop up. He randomly chooses one that reads, "The truth about Martin Luther King...

U.S. should suspend right of young people to vote

Ian Hamilton
Tehachapi High School

June 26, 2002

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There is a teen out there who cherishes his democratic rights. On his 18th birthday, John Hash, a senior from Tehachapi High School, will register to vote. However, he is apalled at the lack of participation in the democratic process. On his bookshelf at home sit stories of historic battles for the rights of men, but he said he was dumbfounded when it seems the Revolutionary...

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