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COLUMN: Hipsters add to fashion

Patricia Rocha, Features Editor

February 29, 2012

Filed under Opinion

Depending on who you ask, past decades and eras can be defined by many things. Some people will say it’s all about the politics, wars and diplomatic relations. Others will go straight to saying that just the names Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and Cyndi Lauper help define multiple generations. But to me, when someone names a famous historical event or genre of music from a certain...

COLUMN: City Lights enlightens your mind

Martin Chang, Opinions Editor

February 29, 2012

Filed under Opinion

When I visit City Lights, a bookstore and publisher located in the North Beach area of San Francisco opened by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953, I feel a power. I feel the power of the hundreds of ideas and words, the power of the artistic dreams that fill the store. This power is undeniable for me and many of the people that visit. When I leave the store into the bustling...

Political truths shadowed by marketing

Keith Kaczmarek, Reporter

February 29, 2012

Filed under Opinion

In the Republican Party, there is an idea popularized by Reagan known as “The Eleventh Commandment,” and it states “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” This is not a gentlemen’s agreement, but a simple marketing strategy. Most importantly, this rule can be seen as a representative sample of the way that conservative thought works. Conservative...

STAFF ED: Let’s be realistic, two years isn’t enough for most BC students

February 15, 2012

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Grow and go. It’s a phrase that is being used by many faculty members and administrators at Bakersfield College. They want us students, as they should, to do our two years here and move on, which, in a perfect world, would be the case for everyone. There is one problem with this: it’s not a perfect world, and our school is not an exception. Classes are being cut across...

COLUMN: Right wing full of hate

Martin Chang, Opinions Editor

February 15, 2012

Filed under Opinion

When did the Republican Party become the party of hate? Because that is what it has become. At one time they stood for low taxes, small government, and representing morals in an increasingly hedonistic culture. But now it’s a party whose top priority is to spew a completely unreasonable amount of hate toward our president for no other reason than the color of his skin. Now,...

The music we love in our lives

Staff

February 15, 2012

Filed under Opinion

These three albums changed the lives of these three staff members and helped them through good and not-so-good times   Leftoverture by Kanas by Gregory D. Cook The album, and in particular the song “The Wall,” helped get me through one of the lowest parts of my life. Admittedly, 1990 was a tough year for me. I had been in the U.S. Army since 1985, serving...

Two years long enough for students

Keith Kaczmarek, Reporter

February 1, 2012

Filed under Opinion

In a recent interview, Bakersfield College President Greg Chamberlain said, “Register early and carefully. Take only what you need to grow and go.” To add to that sentiment, I’d like to say: “Don’t let anything here tie you down.” Coming to community college can be a frightening and exhilarating experience for some. It’s their first exposure to college-level...

Ideas emerge from political parties outside of Republican-Democrat paradigm

Keith Kaczmarek, Reporter

February 1, 2012

Filed under Opinion

In this recent debate, Libertarian politics have been discussed in an open and serious way by the nation, and that’s good even if you don’t like the Libertarian position. It means that for the first time, people are actually looking beyond the two party monopoly of the Republicans and Democrats and are trying to find some new ideas. Ron Paul has done quite well in...

COLUMN: Here’s to a generation of, well.. nothing

Martin Chang, Opinions Editor

February 1, 2012

Filed under Opinion

During the 2000s, when I was growing in junior high and high school I looked at the kids around me and saw a startling inauthenticity. The things people said and the way people acted seemed a silly imitation of what they saw on television, or read in a magazine. The core of people seemed to be based on one-dimensional popular culture. They were defining themselves with throwaway...

STAFF EDITORIAL: SOPA could lead to scary outcome if passed

Staff

February 1, 2012

Filed under Opinion

nate and the House of Representatives pulled their support for SOPA and PIPA, it was a victory regardless of what you believe about the bills. At a time when people are more cynical about politics than ever, a group of people made their voices heard and the politicians actually listened. According to Sen. Ron Wyden, lawmakers found over 14 million people who opposed the...

Hardcore show led by ‘moshing ninjas,’ and some brutal metal

R. A. Perez, Reporter

February 1, 2012

Filed under Opinion

On Jan. 22, five metal bands came and rocked the house at The Dome. The first band to perform was Lifeforms from Sacramento.  About two songs in, a few people started to feel the music and began “hardcore dancing.” They were pretty good, but as with most opening bands, a lot of people stayed outside during their set. The next band, Under City Skies, was from Arvin....

Poisoning pests on campus isn’t bad, it’s necessary

Poisoning pests on campus isn’t bad, it’s necessary

November 30, 2011

Anyone who happens to find themselves on campus in the twilight hours of the day can’t help but notice that a good number of six and eight-legged beings...

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