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Smoking ban plan advances

Megan Fenwick, Reporter

May 2, 2017

A procedure to make Bakersfield College tobacco-free has been approved by the College Council and will be added to the District Consultation Council’s agenda in the next few weeks. BC currently adheres to state law, which does not allow smoking within 20 feet of any entrance, exit, or window of a public building. If the tobacco-free procedure is approved, all smoking, tobacco...

A student smokes while posing near “BCTobaccoFree” ad.

New policy would make BC tobacco-free by next fall

April 20, 2017

Bakersfield College may be on track to implement a tobacco-free policy by the Fall 2017 semester, according to Cindy Collier, the dean of Allied Health....

Smoking issue still unsettled

Marcus Castro, Contributing Editor

May 3, 2016

The ongoing discussion of a smoking policy being implemented at Bakersfield College may be very near its end. The policy was supposed to be finalized in March of 2016, but due to questions of individuals of the District Consultation Council they are not able to be answered yet. Dean of Allied Health Cindy Collier said, “The last time I was informed, it went to what...

Smoking policy: Is it a good idea or a bad idea? (Con)

Smoking policy: Is it a good idea or a bad idea? (Con)

Joe Bergman, Photo Editor

March 1, 2016

It is important to know where one is coming from before you read their opinion on something as unique as a smoking policy. I was medically retired after...

Smoking policy: Is it a good idea or a bad idea? (Pro)

Smoking policy: Is it a good idea or a bad idea? (Pro)

AK Pachla, Copy Editor

March 1, 2016

By now, you’ve likely heard about the smoking ban on campus. It isn’t set in stone yet, but the way everything is looking, it seems all but a done...

Smoking policy possible

Crystal Valdez, Features Editor

February 17, 2016

Smoking on campus has been a topic of deliberation at Bakersfield College for years. By the start of March 2016, it is possible that BC will officially be tobacco free. Last year, the Kern Community College District Board of Trustees ruled that every college within the district has the right to decide whether or not its students would be allowed to smoke on campus. BC...

Tobacco policy up in smoke

Staff Editorial

March 19, 2015

In the past several years, we have sat wondering exactly what the smoking policy was on campus, but up until March 11 it had seemed even SGA couldn’t make up its mind. During one of SGA’s most recent meetings, it was made to seem that they, as the student government, knew better then what we do as far as what we do to our bodies. But as luck would have it, SGA President...

BC works on new policy for smoking

Amber Hayden, Online Editor

March 5, 2015

For the past few years, there have been conversations on campus about where Bakersfield College stood on the smoking policy. Although, there seems to be some disagreements between SGA President Alex Dominguez and other members of SGA on how strict the policy should be. SGA and the dean of Allied Health, Cindy Collier, held a meeting Feb. 20 to discuss what seems to be a...

A no-smoking campus policy might be put in place soon

Darla Mangrum, Reporter

February 4, 2015

Once again, the No Smoking Policy has been introduced to the Kern Community College District Board of Trustees. There has been a change to the paperwork and the changes were on First Reading in December’s meeting. The paperwork has been changed to allow each individual college campus – Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso and Porterville – the authority to decide which...

Bakersfield College’s smoking policy still a work in progress

Darlene Mangrum, Reporter

October 8, 2014

  The smoking policy is still pending a decision by the Kern Community College District board. In spring of 2013, Bakersfield College’s students and staff members voted on a designated-smoking campus or a tobacco-free campus. The tobacco-free campus won the vote by both students and staff. Last year the paperwork was filed and taken to the district board of...

When the smoke clears, what will be left in BC’s new smoking policy?

Graham C Wheat, Editor in Chief

September 25, 2013

The perpetual carousel that is the smoking issue has once again entered the spotlight of school administrators and the student body. This turn of the gears promises to have a resolution by next semester, whether it will be an outright ban or designated areas, remains to be seen. Most likely, due to union difficulties, designated areas will emerge soon. This action is nothing...

There was more to the smoking story

Jason Stratton, Associate Professor

February 13, 2013

Editor: I always appreciate the overall quality of the articles in The Renegade Rip. From having taught at multiple colleges, I can see the professionalism that is being developed with your paper. I read the most recent edition with my normal interest and read one article that seemed to have missed an important component, whether by intent or accident. Specifically, I...

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