The Renegade Rip

Pro-Con, Medical marijuana stirs up the community or not

Bertin Rodriguez, Sharida Rejon

May 7, 2014

Filed under Commentary

Pro- With medical marijuana being such a hot topic nowadays, is it really as bad as most people say it is? When most people think about medical marijuana, they think about things tied to it, not the actual medicinal perks that it holds. It is not the medical marijuana’s fault that people rob dispensaries, or that crime rates go up in neighborhoods where dispensaries are...

Food Review- Ruben’s grows with same great food, but in a new location

May 7, 2014

Filed under Commentary, Uncategorized

Nestled in the Rosedale Village shopping center located in the corner of Calloway Drive and Rosedale Highway, is Ruben’s Mexican and Seafood Restaurant, a newly relocated restaurant that has a lot to offer. From the moment guests walk in, they are greeted by the courteous staff who seem eager and genuinely happy to assist them. Upon seating, the server brought the standard...

Relay For Life raises more than a million

Sharida Rejon, Features editor

May 7, 2014

Filed under Front Page, News

299 teams and approximately 4,069 participants were able to raise $1,135,485.50 at the 23rd annual Bakersfield Relay For Life, which took place on a 24-hour span beginning on May 3. The Bakersfield Relay For Life, hosted by the American Cancer Society, has successfully raised over $1 million annually for the past 11 years, making it one of the largest relay events in the...

Coyle to retire from culinary arts department

Sharida Rejon, Features Editor

May 7, 2014

Filed under News

  After being on staff for 35 years at Bakersfield College, Chef Patrick Coyle, the Culinary Arts department chair, is retiring. Coyle, whose journey at BC started in 1969 as a nursing student, later determined that his calling was actually in the culinary arts, so he changed his major and graduated from the culinary arts program. Subsequently, he joined the staff...

Bakersfield’s first taco and beer fest

Sharida Rejon, Features Editor

May 7, 2014

Filed under Spotlight

An array of taco trucks, food and drink stands, music, and games decorated the Bakersfield College soccer field on May 4 to give way to the first-ever Tacos, Margaritas, & Beer Festival. According to Quin Miller, owner of Q-Event Management and the coordinator of the event, the concept of the festival was born after noticing the abundance of taco trucks and stands in...

BC GSA hosts the Triwizard Tournament games

Sharida Rejon, Features editor

May 7, 2014

Filed under Features

The Bakersfield College Gay Straight Association hosted their second GSA Fun Night on May 2. The Triwizard Tournament, which consisted of an evening of games and dancing, was themed around the Harry Potter films. Alex Delgado, president of the BC GSA, said that although the event is open to the community and numerous BC students attend, it is mainly intended to send a message...

Student reveals Dream Act’s impact

Sharida Rejon, Features editor

May 7, 2014

Filed under Front Page, News

“Since I started school I knew that I didn’t have the same opportunities as everyone else, and when I was in high school it was very hard for me because everyone was talking about college, but I didn’t know what was going on back then,” said 19-year-old Adelaida Hernandez, an undocumented student at Bakersfield College, about some of the fears she faced while her educational...

Festival spreads more than just cheese

Sharida Rejon, Features editor

April 23, 2014

Filed under Spotlight

The Mac and Cheese Festival kicked off its annual tour on April 12, making its first stop at Cal State Bakersfield. The festival, which opened its gates to a sold out crowd, was the first-ever event of its kind in Bakersfield. The tour, hosted by American General Media, benefits 170 hospitals across the nation through the Children’s Miracle Network. A portion of the proceeds...

Training looks to help prevent suicides

Sharida Rejon, Features Editor

April 23, 2014

Filed under Front Page, News

The Bakersfield College Student Health and Wellness Center hosted its first suicide prevention training session on April 2. The method used in the session, referred to as QPR, is designed to train attendees to recognize the early warning signs of suicidal crisis and provides information on the appropriate steps to take when these signs are perceived. Leigh Collins, the...

Improvements on the way for music majors

Sharida Rejon, Features editor

April 23, 2014

Filed under News

For the first time in Bakersfield College history, students who are music majors will have the opportunity to improve their skills with the help of a new curriculum and a completely renovated facility. The newly established Associate of Arts for Transfer in Music degree is part of the changes that BC is offering to help current music students who are planning to transfer...

Stepanovich bids adieu to festival

Sharida Rejon, Features Editor

April 23, 2014

Filed under Features

Bakersfield College hosted the annual Red and White Wine and Food Festival on April 11, making it the last festival for Mike Stepanovich, director of the Bakersfield College Foundation, who will be retiring this year. Stepanovich, who created the event for Bakersfield College seven years ago, said that it is time for him to move on to the next chapter of his life, and he...

Imagine celebrates anniversary

Sharida Rejon, Features editor

April 2, 2014

Filed under Spotlight

Dance performances, cake, and country music were all a part of the 20th anniversary celebration for Imagine Ballet Company, a pre-professional ballet company in Kern County. The celebration took place on March 22, in which the company offered a birthday themed show titled “Imagine That!” which incorporated a variety of dances including classical pointe ballet, contemporary...

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