The Renegade Rip

Bad music can have swagger like Mick Jagger

Patricia Rocha, Copy Editor

April 18, 2012

Filed under Opinion

The world owes a lot to music. It has comforted broken hearts, rebelled against society, uplifted the weary. It defines generations and provides the soundtrack to our lives. However, there are times music can take a tragic turn and make people cringe instead of smile. There are songs with lyrics that rhyme “swagger” with “Mick Jagger” out there for goodness sakes. But...

COLUMN: Women have a spirit strong and powerful

Martin Chang, Opinions Editor

April 18, 2012

Filed under Opinion

There’s a force in my life that propels me out of the deepest depressions, that sparks my creative spirit when it’s at its most dead. The feminine spirit and how it expresses itself will be a friend, something that guides my path, for my entire life. As cheesy as her music can be, I first discovered this spirit in the music of Vanessa Carlton. When I heard her first...

Budget problems will limit students’ learning

Omar Oseguera, Reporter

April 18, 2012

Filed under Opinion

Bakersfield College, as well as all the other colleges in the Kern Community College District, is going to be facing a budget reduction of $17.8 million. This situation should strike a nerve with every student continuing at BC next year, as well as future newcomers to BC. Most students come here to eventually transfer out, but with the budget cuts coming, classes will be...

COLUMN: Molded by the city around me

Martin Chang, Opinions Editor

March 28, 2012

Filed under Opinion

There’s a unique beauty to this town, and it has shaped the person that I am. In between the dusty air, the cracked streets of downtown, the brown vista of oil derricks looking over Panorama Drive, the orange and purple sky distorted by pollution, a mood emerges. A mood that is not necessarily happy or picturesque, but it’s a landscape that creates a lyrical, bittersweet...

Candidate’s faith affects decisions

Candidate’s faith affects decisions

Keith Kaczmarek, Reporter

March 28, 2012

Filed under Opinion

Religion needs to be a part of politics for the simple reason that we need to know which issues a candidate is going to be irrational about. For example,...

COLUMN: ‘Mad Men’ fashion gets too cliche

Patricia Rocha, Copy Editor

March 28, 2012

Filed under Opinion

Being in love is hard. You find absolute perfection, commit yourself completely, and then just when you think you’ll be in love forever, change happens and it breaks your heart. I am, of course, talking about the fashion of the AMC show “Mad Men.” Since the first time I saw the trailer for season one, I was intrigued. There were full skirts, gingham prints and perfectly-applied...

COLUMN: Check into this musician to get your fix

Martin Chang, Opinions Editor

March 14, 2012

Filed under Opinion

Daniel Johnston’s music has an undeniable quality. He’s the reason I write music, so if you ever hear me wailing one of my songs, it’s his fault. He’s influenced musicians such as Conor Orberst, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, and Kurt Cobain, so I’m not the only one that finds his music to be extraordinary. His most powerful music was not recorded in a studio,...

STAFF EDITORIAL: Let the success carry over SGA

Staff

March 14, 2012

Filed under Opinion

With the spring semester comes sunshine, allergy attacks and Student Government Association elections. While students (and the Rip) may criticize SGA, they’ve also done some great things for Bakersfield College. Like most things in life, the SGA seems to have positive and negative elements. With the incoming officers, there are some changes that need to be made and a few...

Slash still Relevant

Breanna Fields, Reporter

March 14, 2012

Filed under Opinion

Slash’s new single, “You’re A Lie,” has set the standards high for his second solo album titled, “Apocalyptic Love” due to release on May 22. His self-titled debut in 2011 was well-received by fans further confirming his relevance to the modern music scene. As an Ex member of Guns N’ Roses, Slash demonstrated his phenomenal skill of taking rock music to...

COLUMN: Tights are not pants

Patricia Rocha, Features Editor

March 14, 2012

Filed under Opinion

The naked emperor called and he wants his pants back. Tights are not pants. I find it highly disappointing that I will repeat this sentence multiple times in the following column, but as spring approaches and everyone starts adjusting their wardrobes, I just know I will see someone trying to wear tights as pants. Let’s get something straight first of all, I am not against...

STAFF ED:The Renegades rip you a new president

February 29, 2012

Filed under Opinion

Bakersfield College will have a new president in the near future, and the Rip has decided to give the suits at the top our opinion on who should be selected for the much-esteemed position. There is obviously an assortment of candidates to consider for the job, and it was mightily hard to narrow it down. Let us start at the top of the totem pole. Because of his position...

Reformed primary should become a nationwide day

Gregory D. Cook, Photographer

February 29, 2012

Filed under Uncategorized

Unless you actually have been living under a rock – a rock without television, newspaper or internet service – you must know that later this year, the people of this great land will be asked to once again enter the election booths to make their choice for America’s front man. To that end, “Primary Fever” is also sweeping the land, as the Republican Party scrambles...

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