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Op-ed: To vaccinate or not

Olivia Patterson, Reporter

May 11, 2020

Will there be a cure for the coronavirus disease within the next few months? When they do discover the cure, will everyone be required to get vaccinated? What about those that don’t want to be vaccinated? Will they be forced? These are questions many of us are thinking about. But what will the cure for the coronavirus disease entail?  “Vaccinations are Injections of a killed m...

Red Cross searches for volunteers

Humberto Chairez, Reporter

April 29, 2020

The local Red Cross held its spring Virtual Volunteer Fair on April 22 and 23 to reach out to people looking to help their communities and abroad. “The work we do here impacts lives every day,” Taylor Poisall, Senior Volunteer Recruitment Specialist for the Central Valley American Red Cross, said. “Every 60 seconds, 63 people are assisted.” The Central Valley Red...

Sports returning

Collin Koch, Reporter

April 29, 2020

NASCAR, and several other motorsports, introduced virtual racing to keep fans entertained throughout the COVID-19 racing drought.  Since the start of COVID-19, race fans have been able to watch replays of past races presented by Fox Sports and NBC Sports network. Fans have also gotten to see a virtual kind of racing with the premier drivers tuning in to compete in the vi...

Homeless shelters overcoming COVID-19

Dunia Cantu, Reporter

April 29, 2020

Two shelters in Bakersfield have been affected by COVID-19, but they are not letting it stop them from giving back and keeping the homeless community safe.  The meal services and programs at The Mission at Kern County remain open because it is defined as an essential service to the community. According to The Mission at Kern County’s website, it has increased handwashing and ...

Women and self-defense

Marina Gonzalez, Reporter

April 27, 2020

Self-defense has been known to be a great way to stay fit and help people learn how to defend themselves in dangerous situations, especially for women. I’ve been planning on taking different types of self-defense, so I can defend myself if I get caught up in a dangerous situation. Over 60 thousand women have graduated from self-defense courses worldwide, according to...

Valley Plaza closed during COVID-19 pandemic

Dunia Cantu, Reporter

April 2, 2020

On March 23, Valley Plaza closed its doors to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The closure will affect the 142 shops inside the mall and their respective employees.  The Valley Plaza website states that they are temporarily closed, but that stores and restaurants with exterior-facing entrances may be open, though hours may vary.  But most of the store...

Op-ed: How to cope with mental illness during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dunia Cantu, Reporter

April 2, 2020

Being stuck in quarantine isn’t as ideal as it seems, especially if you suffer from mental illness. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, and I haven’t had an attack in so long, but being in quarantine caused a trigger.  Work and school kept me busy. Now that I don’t have either of those, what do I do now? At first, it was hard to control myself, but I foun...

BC Faculty shares their experience on working from home

Adeli Arvizu, Reporter

April 2, 2020

Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian held an online seminar on April 2 to discuss faculty updates and challenges encountered while providing student services.  Christian briefly informed participants on the latest COVID-19 news, such as Kern County only having one known death from COVID-19. Christian also acknowledged the remembrance of former Kern County resi...

2020 Census

Mariah Arviso, Reporter

March 31, 2020

The 2020 California Census count started on March 12 and will conclude on April 1.   Every ten years, the Census count happens to ensure that enough state funding is given based on the number of citizens in each state. Previous Census counts have determined the amount of funding California has gotten for health care, emergency services, and public schools. Some ...

Op-ed: Quarantine birthdays

Priscilla Carballo, Reporter

March 31, 2020

Quarantine has not been a fun time at all, but it especially sucks if you are quarantined on your birthday. Sadly, instead of blowing out candles the alternative to be safe was to fan out candles during quarantine. I thought having a birthday during quarantine would suck but that’s not all true. For quarantine birthday babies it could be fun.  For one, most don’t...

Businesses that are remaining open during the coronavirus pandemic

Jocelyn Perez, Reporter

March 31, 2020

As the streets of Bakersfield continue to look more uninhabited, some businesses persevere through times of struggle. Most services that are known as essential, proceed in remaining open.  All Sno Shack locations will continue to remain open. Their hours of operation are starting from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Services are also available on GrubHub and doordash. Nearly all restau...

How COVID-19 may be transmitted

Jocelyn Perez, Reporter

March 31, 2020

There are still a number of unanswered questions that many have about COVID-19. The virus is fairly new and information is limited to even experts on how the virus is spread as they continue to conduct data.  According to health experts, the health measures that have begun to take place during late January have affected the transmission rate of COVID-19 to drop drastically. N...

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