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Kern County 2020 Elections


BC Undocumented Student

Action Week series

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Vol. 95 ∙ No. 5

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020

Bakersfield College

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Kern County 2020 election results. Beyond the presidential

contest, some Kern County local races and Califor-

nia propositions have been official.


The Padrinos de Bakersfield College hosted a

Dia de Muertos celebration, curbside event at

BC’s main campus, Oct. 30.

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Kern County 2020 election results

By Haley Duval


The United States presidential

election of 2020 was

held on Nov. 3.

Ballots still being counted,

and no winner has been declared


Beyond the presidential

contest, some Kern County

local races and California

propositions have been official.

Although, according

to Kern County Elections

Department, there are still

results unofficially and still

being counted, but of early

Nov. 4 these are the results so


Results for United

States House of Representatives:

In California's 23rd Congressional

District, Kevin

McCarthy (R) has officially

defeated challenger Kim

Mangone (D). McCarthy was

also was elected Republican

Leader in the House in 2014.

In California's 21st Congressional

District, the results

for D-Incumbent, TJ Cox

and David Valadao are too

close to call, as of early Nov.

4. Valadao has a narrow lead

with about 57% of precincts

reporting, while within Kern

County, Cox secured the majority,

61.74%, the vote.

Results for California's

State Assembly Districts:

For State Assembly 34th

District, Vince Fong (R) has

defeated challenger Julie Solis

(D). Fong got 66,676 votes

compare to Solis’s 37,308,

within Kern County.

For State Assembly 32nd

District, Rudy Salas (D) has

defeated challenger Todd

Cotta (R). Salas has been

California's 32nd State Assembly

district since 2012.

Results for the Kern

Community College

Board Member:

Jovani Jimenez has defeated

Jack Lavers for Kern

Community College Board

Member by 1,128 votes,

Kern County Elections Department


Results for the Bakersfield

City School Board:

Bakersfield College

COMM professor Christine

Cruz-Boone won a seat on

the Bakersfield City School

Board Trustee Area 3 for a

4-year full-term. Cruz-Boone

won 54.75% of the vote


A curbside ballot drop off at Bakersfield College’s

main campus.

against Ralph Anthony.

Results for the statewide


Only six of the 12 California

state ballot measures

have been determined as of

early Nov. 4. with about 71%

of precincts reporting, LA

Times reported. Four props

have officially failed, while

two has officially passed.

They include:

Prop 16 has failed, which

would have reinstated affirmative


Prop 17 has passed,

which will allow voting rights

to people on parole in California.

Also, allow parolees to

run for office if they are registered

to vote and have not

been convicted of perjury or


Prop 23 has failed, which

means there would be no increase

in penalties for people

who commit certain theft-related


Prop 21 has failed,

which means the state would

remain the same maintain

current limits on rent control

laws cities and counties can


Prop 22 has passed,

which means app-based rideshare

and delivery companies

(like Uber and Lyft) could

hire drivers as independent


Prop 23 has failed, which

means dialysis patients would

not require having at least

one doctor present during all

the patient’s treatment hours.

Community College Chancellor

discusses how to improve diversity

and equity on college campuses


Construction progess of BC’s new Campus

Center. The topic of budgeting was

brought up by BC President, Sonya Christian,

in regard to the rebuilding and remodeling

of the campus.

By Mariah Arviso

Digital Editor

Bakersfield College hosted a

webinar with the Chancellor of

Community Colleges, Eloy Oakley,

on Oct. 26.

Oakley discussed topics of diversity

and student success.

The Chancellor has a few goals

in mind that he believes will help

increase student interactions

with community colleges as well

as their success.

Some of those goals include

increasing transfer rates to UC’s

and CSU’s by 35 percent, decrease

average unit obtainment

for a degree to 79, and reducing

and erasing equity gaps in the

college workplace.

“You know we have the great

pleasure of serving the top 100

percent of students.

That means we have to put equity

at the center of everything

we do because it is so low-income

students and students that come

from communities of color that

have not had access to the kind

of opportunity that many people

throughout the state have, can

have the same opportunities as

everyone else.

It is our privileged to be able to

focus on this issue,” Oakley said.

According to Oakley, about 72

percent of students are POC or

Black, 72% of the academic senate

committee are white, 61 percent

of the tenured faculty are

white, 60 percent of non-tenured

faculty are white, and 59 percent

of the college leadership is white.

Oakley recognized that no matter

the race of each employee, he

knows that they all are working

to make sure that students will

succeed in anything they are

studying for.

“However, it’s also critically

important that we recognize.

We recognize that having greater

diversity in the classroom and

in the leadership of the campus,

improves student success for all

students,” Oakley said. “We have

to take this moment to make

progress in that direction to improve

the culture on our campuses,

to look at our curriculum, to

ensure that it speaks to all of our


The Chancellor’s main goal is

to break down the structures of

discrimination as they have seen

in higher education.

In order to do so, his team created

a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Task Force.

Soon after the death of Gorge

Floyd, Oakley and his team started

to focus their attention on predominantly

Black communities.

They did research and spoke to

the leaders of other community

colleges and concluded that this

was the best thing to do.

“With the reality of what has

been happening… we felt we

had to make the future of our

students by taking on structural

racism, head-on. We’ve asked for

a system-wide review of police

in first responding training, recognizing

some of our finest law

enforcement professionals have

a responsibility and a direct role

in improving the instruction and

being held responsible for the

kind of policing that’s happening

in the community,” he said.

The topic of budgeting was

brought up by BC President,

Sonya Christian, in regard to the

rebuilding and remodeling of

the campus.

Although there has been no set

funding from the state of California’s

budget, Oakley hopes

that the federal government will

be able to help out at least until

after the election.

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Know Your Rights Movement coordinators

provided tips for undocumented BC students

By Thalia Pimentel


The Know Your Rights

Movement was a virtual

Zoom meeting hosted by

the UFW Foundation, on

Oct. 19, for local Bakersfield

College students who are immigrants

or have friends or

family that are undocumented.

They provided ways to prepare

themselves and inform

others what they can do if

they are detained or questioned

about their immigration


Claudia Lopez, who is a

staff attorney, wants to make

sure everyone is aware of

the many ways you can work

with the system.

“We just want the community

to be prepared, send

your friends and family to

our system because we are

here to help all DACA recipients,”

Lopez said.

Sofia Corona, director of

the staff attorney, discusses

how to protect yourself regarding

an expedited


“It’s crucial that

you have proof or

copies of the documents

of your

diploma, papers,

lease everything. If

you have any questions

about yourself

being at risk

that’s where I and

Claudia come in to

help.” Corona said.

Both Lopez and

Corona informed

everyone that living

in California has its

benefits with passing

a CA Values Act

(Jan. 2018). Local

law enforcement

cannot arrest you,

enforce, or ask for

your personal information.

This act protects

California Databases

from immigration enforcement


“ We just want the

community to

be prepared, send


friends and family

to our system


we are here to

help all



- Claudia Lopez

Other measures include

the prohibition of court arrests

and E-verify is

not mandatory for

private employers.

In their Power-

Point, they presented

immigration services

and appointments

that are available, Legal

Rights that these

individuals carry,

tips if they were approached

by ICE, or

and how to protect

yourself if found in

police custody.

They informed Bakersfield

College students

that their rights

on campus are protected


The Family Educational

Rights and Privacy

Act is a federal

law enacted in 1974

to protect the privacy

of student education


Generally, a person

must have written permission

to receive information

and the law applies to every

school that receives funds

from the U.S Department of


Lopez and Corona provided

information and contacts

of Immigration services for

CA Community Colleges

such as their UFW Foundation

which serves 4 regional

areas in California including

Bakersfield, Salinas, Fresno,

and Oxnard.

The services are staffed by

attorneys and accredited representatives.

All services are confidential.


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about BC Undocumented

Student Action

Week at

CSUB panel with

DACA students

What the Monarch

butterfly symbolizes

By Logan Odneal


As part of Bakersfield College’s

Undocumented Student Action

Week, Educational Advisor, Rafael

Centeno, hosted a panel discussion

with three undocumented students

from California State University,


The panelists included former

Bakersfield College graduates, Karen

Cid, a psychology major, Pedro

Costa-Meza, a future assistant

physical therapist, and Audrey Fu,

a student who is learning to become

a teacher.

Centeno asked the students how

their experience was when transferring

to a CSU. Meza shared it was a

smooth process.

Centeno then asked the panelists

what the workload is like.

Cid shared that there was a lot

of reading, and she has had to do

a six to seven-page research paper

in addition to writing 300 words a

week on a discussion board. It was

a struggle because Cid lacks writing

skills, but she is proud of the

improvement in her writing. She

also said that it is critical to manage


Meza said the expectations at

CSU Bakersfield are higher than

at BC. But that his experience is

limited because he only took classes

there for a month before realizing

his goals can be better achieved


Sanchez said that it depends on

the professor and the class, she has

had two research papers so far as

she has a more writing-focused program.

Centeno asked if they are part of

any clubs or student organizations.

Cid replied that she is a member

of United Now for Immigrant

Rights, a club that stands up for the

rights of undocumented students

and DACA recipients. Her desire

to be part of that club came from

her involvement in Latinos Unidos

Por Education (L.U.P.E.), a club encouraging

undocumented students

to get a higher education regardless

of obstacles related to their documented


Before handing the event over

to the audience for Q&A Centeno

asked the panelists if they have any

advice for people looking to go to a


Cid said to not get discouraged,

if a student has a firm mind and

knows what they want to do, nothing

can stop them.

Meza said students should do

what they love to do, while Sanchez

agreed and added don’t give up, ask

for help, and organize yourself.

During the audience Q&A, Meza

was asked about what he is currently


He said that because he wants to

be a physical therapist assistant, he

doesn’t need an advanced degree

and that most programs for being

a physical therapist assistant are

through community colleges. He is

now at College of the Sequoias.

By Victoria Meza


Bakersfield College held a virtual

workshop to support immigrants with

their monarch butterfly symbol.

The meeting for one of the virtual

workshops, virtual painting, and

dreamer stories was held on Oct. 21

with the company of some advisors

from Bakersfield College. One of

them was Rafael Centeno.

The meeting started with the host

explaining that the participants were

going to use online software to draw

a monarch butterfly. Before he explained

the significance of the monarch

butterfly, he taught everyone

how to use the painting software,

which was called Kleki.

He explained that the monarch

butterfly represents the beauty of immigration,

and the activity was made

to help students relax.

In effect, the monarch butterfly

is known for its migratory patterns;

they move from Mexico to U.S and

vice versa, depending on the season.

According to the web page, Make

the Road Nevada, the monarch butterfly

is the perfect symbol for immigrants.

“Since being adopted by 11

million undocumented immigrants,

the symbol’s meaning has changed to

symbolize the resilience and hope in

the immigrant community”.

The monarch butterfly has to make

a long journey to reach its destination,

whether it is moving from Mexico to

the U.S or backward. They asked to

use a butterfly in their social media to

show support to the immigrants who,

as the same as the monarch butterfly,

need to make a long journey to immigrate.

The butterfly represents all immigrants,

regarding their country of

origin. All immigrants are supported

by the campaign made by Make

the Road Nevada, which is to put


to put a monarch butterfly in social


Later on, Centeno explained that

the activity was made to help students

relax and to show support to the immigrants

by putting a butterfly in the

people’s social media pages, which is

part of the campaign made to help


Illinois’ official insect since 1975 is

featured on dozens of storefronts in

the Back of the Yards neighborhood,

in Chicago, signaling support for the

local immigrant community at a time

when fear of deportation appears to

be on the rise. More than 10 percent

of the neighborhood‘s residents are

undocumented, according to a press


The monarch butterfly is a very

important symbol for immigrants for

it to represent the long journey that

most immigrants must do to immigrate

to the U.S.

“Showing immigration is a beautiful

thing,” Centeno said.

The activity made by BC was supposed

to be relaxing and helpful, but

also to show support for immigrant

students that have a dream to achieve.


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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Kern Shakespeare Festival goes virtual

By Amaya Lawton


The Kern Shakespeare Festival

(KSF) is being recorded this year and

then available to those who purchase

a ticket for 24 hours.

This production is titled

“The Comedy of


This is a play by William

Shakespeare that is

focused around two men

who figure out that they

each have a twin brother,

according to Eventbrite.

“This slapstick Shakespearean

comedy is reimagined

for the golden

age of silent movies, as

the characters (and actors)

follow strict protocols

to keep themselves,

and each other, safe for a

global pandemic!”

The Shakespeare Festival

productions are usually

performed in front

of an audience, but due

to protocols and safety

measures enforced by

COVID, the show moves

online. According to Brian

Sivesind, professor of

Theater Arts, “Nothing

is the same!”

If we would have recorded

a live performance

of the actors

and then shown that as a

video it would have been


Emma Scott, who

plays the character Nell

the Kitchen Wench, explained,

“COVID forced

us to present Shakespeare

in a completely different

way and in a new medium.” Having

to make this a silent film was surprising,

she explained, but it is a part of

the theater.

Vanessa Beltran is an actress in the

performance and plays the character

Dromio. She explains that there is a


The cast of “The Comedy of Errors” group photo. From left to right, Angelo (Madison

Schuck), Courtesan (Holly Rockwood), Nell (Emma Jordan-Scott), Dromio (Vanessa

Beltran), Abess (Cory Geurtsen), Antipholes (Nancee Steiger), Adriana (Lindsay

Pearson), Luciana (Shelbe McClain), and Pinch (Angela Caffee).

difference between filming and a live

show. According to Beltran, “…We

have to create our own energy. On a

stage, we often feed on the energy the

audience is giving off. While being in

front of a camera, all you’re relying

on is your director, crew, and castmates.”

To prepare for this production, the

cast had to rehearse through zoom

and only met to record the film, “The

Comedy of Errors”, Sivesind stated.

“The actors for the silent film had

to learn an entirely different form

of acting,” he explained.

“For the other two plays,

the voice acting is so

different from stage acting

or camera acting.”

Beltran supported the

claim on the challenge to

rehearse through zoom

stating, “We had to use

our bodies to tell the story


“When it was finalized

that we would be

filming, we began using

masks in rehearsals to

practice using our eyes

and eyebrows to convey

our words,” according

to Beltran. “We set the

story during the Spanish

Influenza outbreak of

1918. This way it made

sense for masks.”

Sivesind also mentioned

that, when the

cast had to meet, they

followed all safety precautions

such as temperature

checks, wellness

checks, social distancing,

and wearing their masks.

“Usually theater is a

very collaborative environment

where people

hang out and get to know

each other,” Sivesind

explained. “We really

couldn’t do that in person,

so it was much more

professional and to the


BC professors experience on Zoom

By Amaya Lawton


BC has been conducting classes

on Zoom since the beginning of the

pandemic in March.

Students are feeling the challenges

and struggles of online learning, but

so are the professors.

All professors have different experiences

with Zoom and the technical

issues that go along with it.

Kristopher Stallworth is an art professor

at BC and has shared some difficulties

with Zooms’ technical issues

during class.

Stallworth shared that he upgraded

his internet router in order to minimize

his issues and it has been a good


Even though there could be technical

issues, he brought up surrounding

distractions such as construction

that was happening last week near his


Like students who have noisy

homes, teachers may as well especially

when younger kids are virtually

learning too.

Stallworth teaches a variety of art

classes involving photography.

In his Black and White photography

class description, the students

would be able to have lab days in a

dark room or develop the film.

However, since COVID prevents

in-person meetings with groups of

people, he decided to get more into

the terms of photography and wellknown


He stated that he felt this helps the

students better understand and gain

more knowledge around photography.

Most who take Stallworth’s classes

are not required to, which means that

they may be more engaged out of curiosity.

Steven Holmes is a political science

professor at BC and shares a different

experience with online learning.

Holmes shared that the Academic

Senate department decided to make

their courses flexible.

This meant that there were prerecorded

lectures for students to watch

on their own and then take a midterm


He explained that the decision was

made because they took into account

the students’ requests that were in

the spring and summer. However, fall

students have shown that having flexibility

has been difficult.

Holmes doesn’t have the technical

issue that many have with Zoom

since his classes did not consist of live


He does share the same aspect of

teaching with Professor Stallworth.

They both try to bring the live classroom

setting to record the home lecture.

As for their students, both claimed

that they see their students doing exceptionally


Although Holmes explained that

he is seeing more of a bimodal distribution

when looking at grades.

Both professors love what they do

and express how they miss the connection

that they have when meeting

with students face-to-face.

Professor Stallworth understands

that the aspect of Zoom is awkward

and uncomfortable at times.

He describes being on camera feeling

“more like a performance” when

he is teaching a class full of blank


But notes that he understands why

most students do not turn their cameras


Overall, Zoom is challenging for

most that are not used to online

learning and that includes the professors

as well.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Bakersfield College celebrates

Dia De Los Muertos


A display of a traditional Dia de Muertos altar, on BC main campus, Oct. 30.

By Hugo Maldonado Garcia


The Padrinos de Bakersfield

College hosted a day of the dead

celebration, curbside event at

BC’s main campus. This event

was on Oct. 30 where they had

given out free coffee and sweet

bread for those who stopped by

the Administration office.

Executive Director of BC’s

Abel Guzman and also co-leader

for the Padrinos de Bakersfield

College said the group was started

years ago by BC’s recently retired

dean of Instruction, Corny

Rodriguez, to support BC’s Latino

staff and students on campus.

“Now that [Rodriguez] has

retried we want keep his legacy

going and this [event] is the pickup,”

Guzman said.

Guzman said Padrinos de Bakersfield

College is the first event

for Dia de Muertos and will announce

more virtual events soon.

According to the Padrinos de

Bakersfield College Instagram,

they are “committed to the success

and professional development

of our Latinx students and

personnel.” This organization

has been around at BC before,

but it is making a comeback to

re-establish itself to help the


This event took place between

8-10 am, the day before Halloween,

and with some of the

COVID-19 restrictions many of

the faculty and staff present were

wearing Padrinos de Bakersfield

College face masks and shirts. At

the curbside they were giving out

free café and pan dulce, the coffee

was from Starbucks and they

were also handing out many traditional

Mexican sweet breads

like conchas and puerquitos.

At the event, those involved

with the organization had set

up a traditional Dia de Muertos

altar. Where they place certain

objects and items that have belong

to a family who have died to

honor them with things like old

photos, or personal belongings.

The Dia de Muertos is always on

Nov. 2 and is majorly celebrated

throughout Mexico, the same

way Halloween is a big deal here

in the United States.

Every altar is different because

it is up to the family to decide

how they choose to be creative

setting it up. One of the many

traditional items’ altars have are

the Marigolds which they had

placed around at the event. This

is a type of flower that is bright

orange and can sometimes be referred

to as “flowers of the dead”

because in Mexico it is believed

that these flowers attract the

souls of those who have died.

Another traditional item is the

Catrina which is a fake skeleton

dressed up in colorful clothes

with painted skulls and sometimes

fancy hats or flower crowns.

These altars have been associated

with Mexican, Hispanic, and

Latino cultures for generations

because the Dia de Muertos is

a celebration that honors the

memories of loved ones.

Renegade Events

Campus Events

Nov. 04: The Effects of Colorism on Latina

and Black Youth Panel, from 5:30 pm to 6:30

pm on Zoom - Must Register

Nov. 04: Panorama Creative Music Summit

2020 - Heidi Trefethen, from 4:30 pm to 5:30

pm on

Nov. 06: Inter-Club Council (ICC) Meeting

for StudOrgs, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on-


Nov. 10: Distinguished Speaker David French

10AM, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Zoom

and BCSGA Facebook

Nov. 10: Distinguished Speaker David French

2PM, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Zoom and

BCSGA Facebook

Nov. 18: Panorama Creative Music Summit

2020 - Scotty Barnhart, from 4:30 pm to 5:30

pm on

Nov. 18: Deep Cuts and Conversations #3,

from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on Zoom.

Nov. 19: Theatre performance: Love and Information,

from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm on Zoom.

Nov. 20: Inter-Club Council (ICC) Meeting

for StudOrgs, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on


Nov. 20: CPR, AED & First Aid Certification

Courses, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Levinson

Hall Building Room 40

Nov. 20: Theatre performance: Love and Information,

from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm on Zoom

- register for link

Nov. 21: Theatre performance: Love and Information,

from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm on Zoom

- register for link

Nov. 25: Panorama Creative Music Summit

2020 - Nate Wood, from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on

Dec. 02: Panorama Creative Music Summit

2020 - Jamaaladeen Tacuma, from 2:30 pm to

3:30 pm at


Padrinos de Bakersfield College group waiting for guest, Oct. 30.


One of the participate at BC’s Dia de Muertos curside, Oct. 30.


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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Bakersfield College hosts a panel on the

experiences of interracial couples

By Mark Armendariz-Gonzalez


BC hosted a Zoom panel,

where three women discussed

the positive and negative experiences,

they’ve dealt with

being in an interracial relationship

on Oct. 21.

The online panel was organized

by the Latina Leaders

of Kern County and the BC

student organization Latinas


The panel was moderated

by BC Director of Communications

and Community

Relations Norma Rojas-Mora

Ṫhe three women who

took part in the panel discussion

were Sandy Woo-Carter,

Maria Wright, and Carla

Barrientos. All three women

spent the panel answering

questions and telling stories

of how being in an interracial

relationship has affected

them both good and bad.

Woo-Carter is a Chinese

woman who comes from immigrant

parents and married

a white man.

Racism is something she

has dealt with her entire life.

Over time, she has learned

that it is okay to relax and set

up boundaries.

She says she has experienced

racism everywhere.

Whenever she is out with

her husband, she says they

are constantly being stared at

by other people. With these

stares, Woo-Carter can feel

and sense their critics and


“Can we see two people

of different races as equal?,”

Woo-Carter asked.

2020 has brought a lot of

pain on a national scale for

her, due to the treatment

of Asian Americans. Many

Asian Americans are being

targeted and blamed for the


This type of treatment has

made her afraid to go buy

groceries with her family or

even just go walk outside.

Even though 2020 has

been hard for her, she is happy

that this year has brought

racism and many other issues

to light.

“We have progressed, but

we still have many miles to

go,” Woo-Carter said.

Barrientos is an African

American woman who is

married to a Mexican man.

The couple has been married

for 10 years and in this

time have experienced racism

from others.

When the couple bought

their home, they were told by

a neighbor that they should

have checked the neighborhood

demographics before

moving in.

Although Barrientos has

faced her share of racism,

this has not stopped her in

life. She has an incredible

support group of family and

friends that support diversity.

“You need to filter noise

and know you are there for a

reason,” Barrientos said.

The biggest hurdle in her

relationship has been the language


The majority of her husband’s

family speaks Spanish

and although she can speak a

little, she can’t hold deep conversations

with them.

This hurdle has made her

even more motivated to learn

to speak Spanish.

Barrientos’s advice to

young interracial couples is

to be open with one another.

It is important to share your

culture and learn a new one.

“They can face whatever

comes their way due to the

love they have,” Barrientos


Wright is a Mexican woman

and is married to an African

American man.

The couple met during

high school and have been

married for almost eight


She was asked once by a

coworker what did her father

think of her husband due to

the fact that he was African

American. Wright thinks it is

unfortunate that people still

have this type of mentality.

Wright is a former undocumented

citizen and racial

tension is something she has

experienced throughout her

life. She knows that there will

come a day when she will

have to have a conversation

about racial tension with her

own son.

“I feel like I’m fighting an

uphill battle to change the

status quo,” Wright said.

One positive though is that

she sees more interracial couples

now than she saw in the


All three women did express

the faith they have in

future generations and these

generations need to keep the

conversation going.

Activist discusses domestic violence

By Sydney McClanahan


Bakersfield College Student Government Association

(BCSGA) hosted a webinar with distinguished

guest speaker Beverly Gooden, on Oct 27.

Gooden is a social activist best known for creating

a movement against domestic violence on Twitter,

back in 2014, with the viral #WhyIStayed hashtag

after escaping an abusive relationship.

Alyssa Olivera, BC’s campus advocate and the

prevention education services supervisor for the Alliance

Against Family Violence, said, “Gooden simultaneously

increased awareness while providing

a role model for victims and survivors.”

Gooden shared her story of domestic violence

and the difficulties of escaping the toxic environment

she experienced.

She described a morning where her then-husband

got excessively violent and she started to fear

for her life.

“This time I realized something for the first time,

which was that he could kill me. It never crossed

my mind that I could die in this marriage,” Gooden

said. “I decided that I wanted to live more than

I wanted to be with him.”

As a survivor, she explained how difficult it was

to come to terms and discuss the emotional and

physical abuse she had gone through.

“At the time, I carried a lot of guilt that I had

placed on myself and that I think society places on

people who survive these types of relationships,”

she said.

That guilt she felt lead her to tweet about the reason

for staying with her abuser, following with the

hashtag #WhyIStayed.

Unexpectedly, it created an entire movement to

bring awareness to on a topic that was not often


“Issues often trended, but domestic violence

wasn’t one of them,” she said. “It was kind of one

of those things that happened, you heard about it,

you got your victim blamed again and then you

went on about your day.”

Gooden highlighted some of the key reasons why

victims often stay in these types of relationships

based on the responses she read from on Twitter.

These include dependence, fear or threats, and


“I knew who he was the first few months of our

relationship and who he had been to me. I believed

that person was the real person who could come

back, so I was waiting on that.”

She explained that most experience dating violence

before the age of 25 and how many do not

report the violence and abuse that occurs.

“One thing we do know for certain is that 57%

of college students who report experiencing dating

violence said it occurred in college,” she said.

She encourages people to keep and save the Alliance

Against Family Violence and Sexual Abuse

24-hour Crisis Hotline: (661) 327-1091

“We don’t live in a just world. I believe we can

work to make the world just, but as it stands it’s not.

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The Renegade Rip

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

A talk with music professors

By Hector Morales


Kris Tiner, the music director

at Bakersfield college, and Josh

Ottum, the professor in commercial

hosted the second Deep Cuts

and Conversations, on Oct. 21.

Ottum and Tiner hold these

conversations every third Thursday

of each month.

The event started two in half

years ago, so students can have

educated conversations on music

Ėvery conversation has a

theme and for this conversation,

the theme was “So corny, it’s


The genre of music Ottum

and Tiner mentioned in this conversation

was Exotica.

Exotica first made its appearance

in the 1950s. Both professors

discussed how Exotica isn’t

taken very seriously academically.

Exotica is a genre of music

that only relies on instruments to

make the song.

“There are artists who are

hired to watch edited, or almost

edited movies, and create songs

for certain moments in the film,”

Kris Tiner said.

He said there’s a big chance

everyone have heard a song from

this certain genre.

Exotica is also scattered around

many playlists made for studying

across many music streaming

platforms. “Exotica can be stimulating

to the brain and is functional,”

he said.

The professors also pointed

out that we can hear some influences

of Exotica and many new

age artists albums.

For example, The Weekend, a

well-known R&B artist, invited

Kenny G to work on his song “In

Your Eyes”.

Kenny G is a well-known artist

in the Exotica genre and has

been making music for the past

30 years.

He released his first album

back in 1986 and has released

many studio albums.

Kris Tiner also said, “It’s used

as an escape of the real depressing

reality of the world.”

The next Deep Cuts and Conversation

is on Nov. 18 over


Stat Philips speaks to

BC students about art

By Nicholas Covello


Seattle based artist Stat Phillips

spoke at Bakersfield College’s

second inclusivity lab and shared

about his passion for art and his

rise in popularity as an artist on

social media on Wednesday, Oct.


Ṫhe event was hosted

by art professors

Ronnie Wrest and Joseph


The event started

with Phillips recounting

how he fell in love

with art. At a young

age, Phillips first began

drawing the cartoons

he saw on TV. Years

later, he was playing

football at the University

of Alabama.

Playing football for

one of the country’s

top programs was not

easy for Philips, who

had trouble balancing

the workload of a

student-athlete. After

he stopped playing

football, Phillips took

a product design class

and his love for art returned

as he learned

how to take his work

to the next level.

After his time in

Alabama came to an

end, Phillips moved to

Texas and his creative

drive was moving more

than ever before. His

first project as an artist

was to create a version

of the app “Heads Up”

centered around the African

American culture called “For the


Phillips programmed the

game and created the graphics

by scratch. Creating this game

started out as a hobby, but after

encouragement from a friend, he

decided to follow through with

his passion for art.

“At the time, I didn’t consider

myself an artist. I was just trying

to make content,” Phillips said.

When Phillips first started releasing

his art online, he wanted

to be a “virtual Banksy” and never

reveal his identity. He started

off by putting out pictures that


Stat Phillips is known for his artwork related to

the Black Lives Matter movement, such as this

one of George Floyd.

he made on Adobe Illustrator of

iconic African Americans such as

Martin Luther King Jr., Barack

Obama, LeBron James, Tupac

Shakur, and various household

items that African Americans

would be able to relate to. Luckily,

Phillips had the tech knowledge

and social media prowess

needed to gain a following online.

This year, COVID-19 caused

people all over the world to quarantine

at home, and this helped

Phillips put more time into his


“That extra time I got from

not having to commute to work

every day made

a huge difference

and allowed me to

connect with myself

a bit more,”

Phillips said.

The Black Lives

Matter movement

is another thing

that Phillips said

really helped him

figure out what

kind of art he

wanted to make.

In June, Phillips,

along with 16 other

artists, helped

paint “Black Lives

Matter” on an entire

street in Seattle.

Phillips cited

that day as one of

his most memorable

projects and

working on it even

helped him get

back into painting.

He has since focused

on using his

artwork to spread

the message of the

Black Lives Matter

movement, creating

art of various different

African Americans

such as George

Floyd and Breonna


As for the future, Phillips is

currently working with some

clothing brands, with plans on

donating proceeds to a children’s

hospital in Seattle.


When I originally

came up with an idea

to do a dating column,

I never knew it would

turn into what I am

doing now.

At the time, I just

thought it was a funny

subject to talk about

with your friends, but

now I see it as a spectrum.

A spectrum of a

complex and confusing

part of our lives.

There are highs,

and there are lows.

This week we will talk

about the lows, and

ways to help. Maybe

you can help yourself

or a friend.

This is the Bakersfield

College school

newspaper, so mostly

everyone reading this

is young. If you are

not maybe you have

seen or heard of similarities

and differences

about this dating subject,

but anyway, most

of us here are young.

Maybe we are more

naive since we tend to

trust strangers more

because, I mean, we

are in college, and

making new friends is

a close option.

Maybe we want to

make some friends,

but we must remind

ourselves not everyone

is a good person.

What I mean by this

is set your boundaries.

Do not settle for

less than you deserve,

make the right decisions,

and do not let

people waste your

time or take advantage

of you.

No, I did not just go

through a breakup. I

have been single for

two years remember;

coaches don’t play

the game. I am simply

here to educate you

about a recent thing

that has come across

my fellow friends

who are Bakersfield

College students,

and myself. It’s called


Love-Bombing is

the practice of showering

a person with

excessive affection and

attention to gain control

or significantly influence

their behavior.

The love bomber’s

attention might feel

good, but the motive

is all about manipulation.

That took a wild

turn I know, but let us

rip the band-aid off


People who lovebomb

want to win

your heart right away,

and they are so smooth


ByThalia Pimental


Thalia Pimental

with it!

Your first thought is

probably “Wow this

person is so nice and

respectful? Is this how

I am supposed to be

treated?” Yes and no.

The answer is yes

you are supposed to be

treated with love and

respect, but not being

showered with gifts

right away at least.

For example, Bakersfield

College student

Sophia Gonzalez

met someone online,

and he proceeded to

message her and ask

her out on a date.

He did everything

right in the books.

Opened every door

for her, bought her

gifts, paid for dinner,

he took her on a walk

to the beach, and they

hung out all night and

day. That went on for

a couple of days.

You hit it off with

someone and discover

an instant connection,

so you want to

be with them all the

time, right? Wrong, do

not do it, take things

slowly, but we live and


Anyway, he ended

up ghosting her for

five days after he committed

to taking her

out again.

When he finally responded

to Sophia he

begged, apologized,

promised her the next

time they would see

each other he would

buy her anything

she wanted. He even

asked her to go to Aspen

with him for the

weekend after knowing

her for just a few


Sophia proceeded

to let him know she

wants to part ways,

but he didn’t take no

for an answer, we will

just leave it off there.

The point is, keep

things casual when

you meet people at

first, especially if you

just met somebody online

for the first time.

One thing can lead to

another and you can

end up in a dangerous



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The Renegade Rip

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Maya Cinemas Bakersfield

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Surviving a lonely place


By Mariah Arviso

Digital Editor

By Amaya Lawton


Maya Cinemas, in

Bakersfield, recently

opened again on, Oct.


Ṁaya Cinemas has

implemented various

safety rules to keep their

guests safe in each theater.

“We have instituted

an automated system

that will place empty

seats on each side

of you or your party,”

according to Maya

Cinemas’ website. “Enhanced

cleaning and

disinfecting solutions

will be used that meet

or exceed standards put

forth by the CDC.”

The theater also requires

that each guest

wear a face-covering

throughout the theater

until they are seated in

the auditorium, as stated

on the Maya Cinemas


Even though the theaters

have opened, the

movies that were set to

release at the start of

the pandemic are still

not being shown. “Since

new releases have been

pushed back due to the

pandemic, we will have

a diverse mix of movies,”

according to Maya

Cinemas’ website. “We

will feature new films

as they are released but

will also play Flashback

Cinema classics as well

as anime, independent,

and foreign-language


The Cinemas’ website

explained when

purchasing a ticket, one

can either go to the ticket

booth and see which

times are available or

have a contactless purchase

by using their

online app. However,

there are select times for

each method.

When going online,

you see two times for all

the movies. Those times

range from the evening

to night. When calling

to hear a list of showtimes,

you are given two

other times, which are

morning to midday.

I went to see a movie

and bought my tickets

online. Through the

website, I was given two

times, which were either

4 or 7 p.m. Once I selected

the movie and

the time I wanted, I was

directed to a page that

showed a limited number

of seats.

The ones that were in

grey were not available

and the ones that had

been crossed out were

classified as the empty

seats, to maintain social

distancing. Once purchased,

the tickets are

Op-Ed: Classic Rock

then sent to your email

and can be shown inside

to redeem.

The ticket pricing was

still the same and everything

was still being sold

at the concession. The

Cinemas’ website also

mentioned that the Energy

Gaming center inside

the theater will still

be open as well.

“Some games that are

more difficult to sanitize

will not be available,”

as stated by Maya Cinemas.

“A powerful antimicrobial

coating called

Bioprotect has been

applied to all games

control and frequently

touched surfaces.”

The theater still offers

the same services but

they added various safety

measures to ensure

the safety and health of

their guest as their number

one priority.

Music remains popular

for the right reasons

By Marina Gonzalez

News Editor

Classic rock music is the type of music that many people from the older generation have listened to for

many years.

According to media marketing firm Hubbard Chicago, people from the age groups of 35-65 and almost

half of the 25-34 group consider classic rock as their favorite genre.

As a young person, I did not know much about classic rock music until I took a class called History of

Rock and Roll.

I learned about rock music and many famous artists from the past from Professor Robert Martinez,

who teaches the course at Bakersfield College.

Taking that class and learning about classic rock was what made me start listening to this music in the

first place and I have been listening to it ever since.

I have learned to really appreciate this genre of music.

How young people have learned to appreciate classic rock is from their parents listening or playing this

music to their kids, which means that kids will eventually start listening to this music, according to an

article in Psychology Today.

I remember the times when my mom would always play some songs by Queen such as “Bohemian

Rhapsody” and “Another One Bites the Dust” in her car when we went on our road trips out of town.

Those were times that made me start listening to Queen more often.

Classic rock music is also known for having some of the most legendary bands from the past that have

incredible music such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Black Sabbath, and

many more.

As I continued listening to classic rock more, bands like KISS, Queen, and AC/DC have become my

favorites to listen to all the time.

These bands have made some of the best songs that I love listening to.

KISS has become my number one favorite band and some of my favorite songs of theirs are “Detroit

Rock City”, “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”, “Forever”, and “Modern Day Delilah”.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, there were some big bands such as Aerosmith, Def Leppard,

Joan Jett, and KISS with David Lee Roth were doing some big tours to perform everywhere, according

to the Live for Live Music website. However, those tours have been put on hold and rescheduled because

of the pandemic.

My mom and I went and saw my favorite band KISS perform in concert at a local concert venue, and

it was the best concert we had ever seen.

Classic rock music has and always will be the most popular genre of music.

Of course, what constitutes classic will continue to change as time passes and contemporary music

becomes oldies. Whether young or old people listen to it, it will live on forever.

Mariah Arviso

TW // mention of

abuse, suicide, and


I have talked about

this briefly before, but

I felt like this needed

to be readdressed.

When I moved back in

with my father, at the

age of 15, I put myself

back into the metaphorical

closet. That

was the only thing I

could do considering

he turned into an extreme

Christian while

I was away.

I was happy to be living

with him again because,

prior to that, I

was verbally and physically

abused for being

gay by my guardian at

the time. I was always

told that what I was

feeling was not real,

and if I tried to argue

with my guardian, she

would hit me or do

anything to assert her


When that first started,

I would fight back,

but it got to a point

where I did not see the

point of trying to win.

I became extremely

depressed, my anxiety

started up, and I just

felt worthless. I experienced

two different

failed attempts at suicide.

I do not want to

trigger myself or anyone

reading this, so

I will not go into too

much detail. My sister

found me both times

passed out in my room

because of what I did.

When I woke up

and realized it did not

work, I broke down.

Not because I was

happy to be alive, but

more so because of

disappointment that

it did not work. Surprisingly,

I never put

myself back into the

closet no matter how

much trauma I experienced

until I was

with my father. When

I moved in with him,

I came with a busted

lip, a black eye, and

cuts on my arm.

Of course, he asked

me what happened,

but I only told him

part of the story. Honestly,

as time passed

and I knew living with

him was the safest and

best decision, I started

to be fine with hiding

the fact that I was gay

from him and everyone

I surrounded myself

with. I was openly

gay at my school as

well as on social media.

I was so happy

to have friends that

supported me, but

I trusted the wrong

person and that was

my downfall. That

“friend” outed me to

an adult that I was

very close to from

the church we attend

when I was 18. I have

discussed this situation

before so I will not

bore you with details

again. Even though

I was outed by someone

else again a few

months ago, I did not

ask for help to change

who I am.

I still struggle with

depression and anxiety,

but I am more

myself now than I

have ever been in my

life. I realize now how

fortunate I am to be

alive because a lot of

the young LGBTQ+

see suicide as the only

way out. I am 19 years

old and althought I do

not have eveything figured

out, I am slowly

started to love who I

am unconditionally.

“Without giving patient

information out,

a lot of my clients

have been in similar

situations as yourself.

About 75% of my

young LGBT clients

suffer from depression

and anxiety. It is more

common to my LGBT

clients than it is my

heterosexual clients,”

licensed psychologist,

Gina M. Garbell, said.

I know things may

seem hard, and the

number of times that

I wanted to give up on

myself was a lot.

Just know that you

have a whole community

of people who

will help you and support.

You are worthy, you

are valid, and you are


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