The Renegade Rip

Airports need improved safety

Maria Eutsler

December 6, 2001

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Two news reporters recently investigated just how easy it is it to get by airline security with such items as knives, razor blades and scissors after Sept. 11. They got past checkpoints at 10 U.S. major airports. Just how safe are we? With airplanes being used as terrorist weapons and anthrax-o-grams being sent, it all seems surreal. A woman named Linda Uptegrove was walking...

An Afghan government needs careful thought

Jessica C. Millman

December 6, 2001

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Flash forward 10 years from now. Sept. 11 is now a national day of remembrance. The former Taliban government is a short mark in history. The name Osama bin Laden has faded, but it is certainly not forgotten. The country of Afghanistan is once again in turmoil. It has terrible poverty, orphans, famines and warlords fighting for control. Women are still oppressed, can't go to...

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 7, 2001

December 6, 2001

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Dirty restrooms, graffiti disgust campus visitors I am 36 years old and have been a student at Bakersfield College for a year now and I am shocked at the conduct and lack of courtesy, cleanliness and work ethics of people working and attending this college. I have noticed, on a daily basis, that the woman's restrooms are in an almost constant state of filth. I usually vis...

LETTER TO THE EDITORStaffer criticizes district layoffs

November 29, 2001

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The Kern Community College District is only going to lay off five people. That is five people too many and that is ludicrous. These people need their jobs like the rest of us. Classified people did not cause the financial problem, the district did. Therefore, the district should bear the brunt of the layoffs. Why are there no administrators being asked to leave or cut back...

FROM THE ONLINE EDITORSell books online at The Rip

Jarrod M. Graham

November 29, 2001

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Books. Those handy little tomes of information popularized by Gutenberg's printing press. As college students, we all need them. But for some, they aren't easily obtained. Every four months when a new semester rolls around, we students are faced with a plethora of new classes requiring new textbooks, and those often don't come cheap, sometimes going for as much as $70 to...

CONSelling booze at games is not appropriate

Rachel Cribbs

November 29, 2001

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Bakersfield College does not officially sell alcohol at its home football games, but the Helmet Club does. At every game in the BC football season, the Helmet Club, a BC alumni organization, obtains a permit to sell beer outside the BC stadium to tailgaters. They shut down all beer sales a half an hour before the game starts, said Pat Coyle, the director of food services...

PROAlcohol would attract more fans to football games

Henry Franco

November 29, 2001

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Attendance at Bakersfield College football games is on the decline, so it's time to rethink the strategy for increasing those ticket sales. If BC sold beer during all its football games throughout the year, attendance would be higher. Currently, the Helmet Club, a campus alumni organization, sells beer before home games, but sales stops one half hour before games begin. ...

STAFF EDITORIALThreats to lay off classified employees must end

November 29, 2001

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How many times have we read this headline: "Bakersfield College classified staff to be laid off," a story that strikes fear into the hearts of those people who keep the campus running. It seems that every year, the administration, the district, or both get themselves and BC into a financial hock. Every time it happens, you can be sure of one thing: the threat of a classified...

EDITORIALHoliday cheer is way too near

Rachel Cribbs

November 15, 2001

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The holidays come earlier and earlier every year. We just barely finish Halloween and suddenly the populace is hit with a barrage of commericals of Christmas music, Christmas sales and Christmas memories. What is the fascination with shoving Christmas down our throats almost two months before the actual holiday? In reality, Christmas is just another consumer-driven holdiay...

SIMPLY PUTSobriety checkpoints fail at stopping those sly drunken drivers

Daniel F. Hunt

November 15, 2001

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If you're not 16, you can't drive. If you're under 21 you can't drink alcohol — in public anyway. But no matter what age you may be, drinking and driving is not allowed anywhere in the U.S. It may be law, but it's not the case. Hundreds of thousands of people, and I'm not being conservative when I say this, drink alcohol and then proceed to drive home or to another...

LETTER TO THE EDITORRip review of movie misleads readers about film’s content

November 15, 2001

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First of all let me say that I am a big fan of The Rip. Every Friday when it comes out I like to read it. But I was really disappointed to read the movie review about "Mulholland Drive." Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of freedom of speech, but not a fan of misrepresentation and misinformation. Mr. Knaggs talks about the plot of the movie and then moves on to what s...

‘Gade Feedback for Nov. 16, 2001

Todd E. Swenson

November 15, 2001

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What historical figure do you admire most? Why? Kari Neal, Psychology: "Chris Farley because, beside the whole OD'ing on drugs and stuff, he was a super cool, funny guy." James Lunsford, Undeclared: "Martin Luther. He decided to separate from the Catholic church when he felt that they were doing something wrong." Necole Chatter, Child Development: "Rosa Parks. I believe that s...

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