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STAFF EDITORIALBudget cuts ax student opportunities

April 18, 2002

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The budget ax is back, this time cutting and splintering services for students like never before at Bakersfield College. BC is faced with major budget cuts due to a shortage in state funds. Students will be affected because counseling, cultural centers and CalWORKS are expected to be reduced or eliminated. Hours for counseling services will be reduced significantly, creating...

LETTERS TO THE EDITORStudents maintain college should keep Don Turney

April 18, 2002

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This letter is being written with a shaky hand and a pained heart. Ever since Ronald Reagan's half-hearted governing of California, the public education system has been quite a joke. Tuition costs have risen, professors have been conditioned to streamline classes and see their students as numbers, and administrations have worried about nothing but dollars. It is rare to find...

LETTERS TO THE EDITORCampus officers criticize comments of former colleague

April 11, 2002

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Johnson's views aren't shared by everyone During negotiations with the Board of Trustees over the changes in the Security Department, I was one of the most outspoken against Dr. Serrano's recommendations. Over the two years that this took place, I spoke on numerous occasions with Dr. Serrano and the Board of Trustees. These meetings were always professional, courteous and resp...

COMMENTARYJudge teacher’s ability, not lifestyle choices

Amber Garcia

March 7, 2002

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Being a teacher is a personal career. Teachers interact with children and teen-agers and inadvertently set themselves up to be both instructors and role models. However, there is a distinction between how they choose to live their personal lives and how they conduct themselves in the classroom. Recently, The Bakersfield Californian ran a story on Jason Oliver, a 23-year-old former...

COMMENTARYPearl was kidnapped, murdered in pursuit of truth

Demethrasis Blackmon

March 7, 2002

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The kidnapping, torture and subsequent execution of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has some eerie undertones that dwell far beyond most people's comprehension. His kidnapping and brutal videotaped slaying show how far terrorists will go to attack Americans. It also reflects the dangers that journalists face when they cover news from an unstable part of the world. Pearl...

SIMPLY PUTThink carefully when deciding whether or not you should leave home

Daniel F. Hunt

March 7, 2002

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For anyone who thinks that living on your own would be the best thing in the world, this is your wake-up call. This month marks the two-year anniversary of when I moved out of the house. Although I would never, ever, go back to living under the tyranny of my mom, it'd be nice not to have to worry about my rent, my car payment, my health insurance, my tuition (which I think...

LETTER TO THE EDITORLindh has not been found guilty

February 28, 2002

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I am writing in response to the article titled "Lindh is no longer American." I was appalled to read Jessica C. Millman's article and see the prominence it was given. Bakersfield College is an institute of higher learning and, as such, should encourage critical thinking. Instead, we are given the rhetoric of the radical right, thinly disguised as patriotism. John Walker...

COMMENTARYBlame Game

Rachel Cribbs

February 28, 2002

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The collapse of the energy provider Enron has left people in Washington scrambling to find someone to blame. But no one seems to know anything about the crisis, or better yet, what was happening before the complete collapse of the business. No one knows anything about a multimillion dollar company going under. But isn't it interesting that in 2001, those who ran the company,...

ASBC NEWSLearn about campus clubs on Internet

Melissa Errecalde
Special to The Rip

February 28, 2002

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Students will soon be able to get ASBC and campus club meeting dates, times and information online from the library or your home computer. The Associated Students of Bakersfield College will have a Web site full of useful information. You can read the biographies of the associated students that represent you, the students, your ideas and concerns regarding Bakersfield College. Are...

SIMPLY PUTHave you seen Osama? Neither have the Feds

Daniel F. Hunt

February 28, 2002

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Have you seen Osama bin Laden? Neither have I. More importantly, neither has anyone trying to find him. After pondering what the federal government and the military are doing to find the leader of al-Qaeda and the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, I figured it out - they've been alerting the public. Once a week, Attorney General John Ashcroft or Defense Secretary...

COMMENTARYGold suddenly lost its value

Rachel Cribbs

February 21, 2002

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Olympic gold medals are for sale now in Salt Lake City. All you have to do to buy one is to perform a "technically harder program" and not perform it perfectly. The Russian pairs figure skating couple of Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze were awarded the gold medal after skating a program that was deemed "technically harder" than the Canadian pair of David Pelletier...

COMMENTARYStudents need to be educated about plagiarism

Lorenzo Miranda

February 21, 2002

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Students are found guilty of plagiarism every semester at Bakersfield College, yet it seems amazing to students when they are accused of it. Some professors touch briefly upon the subject of plagiarism within the confines of their class orientations, leaving the issue far behind until grades come back, much to the dismay of students. A Rutgers University study of high school...

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