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Op-ed: Why fat is not a bad word

Haley Duval, Senior Photo Editor

October 21, 2019

Fat. The scary f-word to society's beauty standards. Much too often, people associate the word fat with ugliness, being unlovable, worthlessness, and a feeling of disgust. On social media, I constantly hear phrases like, “Ugh, I feel so fat today,” “I can't believe I ate like a fatty today,” or “Do I look fat?” and almost every time these phrases are said by non...

March for Equality Rallies in Response to U.S. Court Case on Discrimination in the Workforce

Bianca Cacciola, Reporter

October 17, 2019

The March for Equality was held on Oct. 8 at the corner of Gosford and Stockdale Hwy sponsored by Bakersfield LGBTQ and Stonewall Democrats of Kern. The march ended at California State University Bakersfield, who is also holding Pride Week on campus. In response to the U.S. Supreme Court case hearing for LGBTQ+ discrimination in the workforce, a march and rally were held...

Op-Ed: How to believe women in the era of the #MeToo movement

Haley Duval, Reporter

October 15, 2018

The testimony of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford captured many people’s attention around the country through social media. Ford appeared at the Senate hearing to address her allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Ford alleges the assault took place in 1982, at the hands of Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge. Upon watching and following the h...

It’s okay to be you

Samantha Briggs, Reporter

May 1, 2013

By Samantha Briggs Reporter Scars tell a story, they are like battle wounds. I have so many scars and bruises from my childhood, not from abuse or neglect, but from pure clumsiness. As a child my nickname was the klutzy queen. It’s not a very creative name but it was fitting. I was the girl who fell on stage during a recital or graduation. In the fifth grade I was in my...

Sharing the dark past to help others

Hannah Breeland, Opinions Editor

May 1, 2013

By Hannah Breeland Opinions Editor I slowly started to shake, my hand being the main culprit. My mouth was open but I had forgotten how to speak. So I continued to open and close my mouth. The lump in my throat was making it impossible to talk. With every second that pasted in silence, my heart beat faster. “He’s been arrested,” I repeated. “Yes Hannah I know, but why what h...

Finding relief through music

Martin Chang, Editor in Chief

May 1, 2013

By Martin Chang Editor in Chief When I decided to write about my songwriting process for this page, I originally was going to tell you, the audience, that writing songs is not that big of a deal. That it’s really just putting a few chords together and singing a melody on top. That still is true, and it’s how I write songs, but sometimes the stars align and those simp...

Acceptance comes with loss

Ruben A. Perez, Reporter

May 1, 2013

By Ruben A. Perez Reporter I feel that I’m a very fortunate person.  As a gay person in a conservative town, for the most part, I’ve never really felt that uncomfortable being who I am. There’s only two times that I’ve really felt weird being gay, and that all began with me coming out. The first person I came out to ended up doing me wrong.  For all intents and purposes we...

Time to finally be who I want to be

Time to finally be who I want to be

Robin Shin, Online Editor

April 17, 2013

By Robin Shin Online Editor “All of you people born here, if you had to take that (citizenship) test — well, Canada would be building a fence ...

Tattoos have become more than just a trend

Priscilla Dauven, Photographer

April 17, 2013

By Priscilla Dauven Reporter Tattoos are a form of expression; our bodies are like an empty canvas waiting to be turned into a beautiful masterpiece. Many people get tattoos to represent something or someone important in their lives. Tattoos are a beautiful form of expression that seem to be a huge trend among the younger generations nowadays. Unless you have a tattoo,...

Easy to be inspired by the comedy of Norm Macdonald

Martin Chang, Editor in Chief

April 17, 2013

By Martin Chang Editor in Chief Norm Macdonald is the funniest talker in America. It’s not really about the jokes he tells, but it’s how he tells them that makes me laugh like no other. He has a way of putting emphasis on words. His deadpan delivery isn’t so dead. He always seems gleeful when telling his jokes to Howard Stern or Conan O’Brien. He gives his jok...

Admiring the adventurous

Hannah Breeland, Opinions Editor

April 17, 2013

By Hannah Breeland Opinions Editor I have a tendency to admire strong independent women, and who wouldn’t. I guess to be proper, I would say my idols are girls. One of my idols is Arya Stark, a fictional character from “Game of Thrones.” In the beginning of the series, she’s 9 years old.  For those who don’t know, the show is about several noble families fi...

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