The Renegade Rip

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 still caught up in flames

AK Pachla, Copy Editor

February 3, 2016

The smoking policy on the Bakersfield College campus continues to be a matter of contention. Confusion and misinformation abound as to what, exactly, the hard and fast rules regarding what and where is acceptable for smokers on campus, or even if smoking on campus is still permitted, not just on the BC campus, but on any California college campus. On Feb. 1, the Bakersfield...

Smoking policy at BC moves forward

AK Pachla, Reporter

November 18, 2015

  The Student Advancement Committee, assembled by the Student Government Association, held a regular meeting on Nov. 10 to discuss the topic of Bakersfield College’s erstwhile campus-wide smoking ban. The topic of smoking on campus has also been brought up in a recent Academic Senate meeting. At present, the only policy enforced on campus is the one provided by...

Smoking issue ongoing

Kennedy Thomas, Reporter

November 6, 2013

Student Government Association President Travis Tillis has confirmed that the discussion regarding whether to proceed with a full tobacco ban on the Bakersfield College campus or implement designated smoking areas will continue during the Kern Community College District Consultation Council’s meeting on Nov. 26.  Tillis said that designated smoking areas, which KCCD is pushing...

Smoking issue at BC not forgotten as new semester underway

Kennedy Thomas, Reporter

September 25, 2013

Initially intended to go into effect this semester, Bakersfield College’s smoking ban has been delayed due to administrative conflict between the Student Government Association and the Kern Community College District. The policy, originally overseen by last semester’s Student Government General Counsel Nick Acosta, was a result of a campus-wide online poll for students,...

Smoking policy is left up in the air

Graham C Wheat, Features Editor

May 1, 2013

By Graham C Wheat Features Editor The proposed smoking policy at Bakersfield College is still in administrative limbo, and the ultimate fate of the policy may not be resolved until over the summer break. This policy may also become a district-wide policy if the legislation approves it. According to Nick Acosta, SGA general counsel and spearhead behind the tobacco-free cam...

New steps are being taken to ban smoking on campus

Graham C Wheat, Features Editor

April 3, 2013

By Graham C Wheat Features Editor   The proposed smoking policy at Bakersfield College has taken yet another step on its journey to the Board of Trustees and becoming an enforceable policy campus wide. The spearhead behind the policy, Student Government General Counsel Nick Acosta, said his meeting with Faculty and Department Chairs on March 22 went well, gaini...

Overwhelming support for the smoke free ban

Graham C Wheat, Features Editor

March 14, 2013

The policy to make Bakersfield College a tobacco free campus has cleared the next hurdle in the administrative process, although two more committees still must support it before being considered by the BC Board of Trustees. On Feb. 27, the Academic Senate, the voice of faculty in matters concerning local and statewide policies, showed their support for the 100 percent tobacco-free...

Benefits from smoking ban

Benefits from smoking ban

Robin Shin, Online Editor

February 13, 2013

As a student who dislikes smoking, when I heard about the vote on whether they will make the Bakersfield College a smoking free or smoking designated c...



February 13, 2013

The vote for a tobacco free campus has taken place and the next step is a stance from the Academic Senate, an organization that serves as the voice of...

Smoking Ban vote passed

Smoking Ban vote passed

January 30, 2013

The Bakersfield College student body and staff has voted for banning smoking and all tobacco products on campus. 2,680 students voted for a tobacco...

Smokeout promotes smoke-free lifestyle

Merritt Holloway, Reporter

November 15, 2012

Bakersfield College’s Mentoring and Peer Services, and the Student Health and Wellness Center will host the 37th annual Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15, said Richard Heath, the Student Government Association treasurer and lead MAPS mentor. This is Heath’s second year participating in the Smokeout. “When we did it last year it was pretty successful,” he said. “We...

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