Renegade Rip, issue 2, Sept. 21, 2022

Bakersfield College campus news

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News<br />

The <strong>Renegade</strong> <strong>Rip</strong> www.therip.com<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Sept</strong>. <strong>21</strong>, <strong>2022</strong><br />

BC celebrates STEM building<br />

By Amanda Hernandez<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College held a public<br />

ribbon cutting event <strong>Sept</strong>. 7 to celebrate<br />

the new Science and Engineering<br />

building.<br />

The idea for the project began in<br />

2016, and the entire process took over<br />

six years to complete. The full cost of<br />

the new structure was well over $40<br />

million and paid for with bond funding<br />

made possible with the passage of Measure<br />

J.<br />

Bakersfield College president Zav<br />

Dadabhoy speaking on <strong>Sept</strong>ember 7<br />

BC president Zav Dadabhoy speaks at<br />

ribbon cutting ceremony for BC’s new<br />

STEM building on <strong>Sept</strong>. 7. (Amanda<br />

Hernandez)<br />

During the ribbon cutting event, BC<br />

President Zav Dadabhoy stated that<br />

former Congressman Bill Thomas was<br />

really the one who pushed to make the<br />

building idea become a reality.<br />

The creation of the building was part<br />

of an effort to give students more opportunities<br />

to expand their knowledge,<br />

increase essential career skills and graduate<br />

from BC with hands-on experience.<br />

The overall design of the building<br />

has gained a lot of attention because of<br />

its unique structure, filled with secrets.<br />

There is a tree design that is made to<br />

absorb sounds, and it follows a famous<br />

math sequence found in nature.<br />

It has bricks that look like all of the<br />

other BC buildings, however, they are<br />

different. To crack the code, you have<br />

to learn about orbitals.<br />

The windows that represent the blueprint<br />

of life and how scientists decode<br />

the blueprint. It also has a peg board<br />

also known as a binary board that codes<br />

words following the language of computers.<br />

Christina from HMC architects said<br />

of designing the project, “It wasn’t hard<br />

at all, it was actually really fun. The design<br />

took us two years and then the construction<br />

was an additional two years.<br />

As the architects we stay throughout the<br />

entire process and help the construction<br />

team if they have questions or when<br />

things need to be changed.”<br />

Professors who were on hand shared<br />

their point of view, and how effective<br />

the new building makes the process of<br />

teaching students.<br />

Timothy Plett, who teaches physics in<br />

the new<br />

building stated, “I have mostly been<br />

using the new building for labs and conducting<br />

office hours. The students have<br />

more space to learn, are able to interact<br />

with state-of-the-art equipment, and it<br />

definitely makes a difference in them<br />

being able to fully grasp what I am trying<br />

to teach them.”<br />


Stephen Waller, Executive Dean of<br />

Instruction, Math, Science and Engineering,<br />

speaks <strong>Sept</strong>. 7 at the ribbon cutting<br />

ceremony for BC’s new STEM building.<br />

Ag webinar and water crisis<br />

By Nicholas Watson<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College hosted the first<br />

of a series of webinars on water policy<br />

in the Central Valley on <strong>Sept</strong>. 13 as<br />

part of their partnership with the National<br />

Renewable Energy Laboratory<br />

and Valley Strong Credit Union.<br />

It featured three speakers representing<br />

different organizations and institutions<br />

that have partnered with the<br />

Valley Strong Energy Institute, all of<br />

whom touched on different aspects of<br />

the ongoing water crisis that is gripping<br />

the Central Valley.<br />

Alivar Escriva-Bou, a senior fellow<br />

from the Public Policy Institute of California<br />

Water Policy Center, explained<br />

the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of the<br />

recent Sustainable Groundwater Management<br />

Act, or SGMA.<br />

He was then followed by Thomas<br />

Ott, an assistant research hydrologist<br />

with the Desert Research Institute,<br />

who has been working on openET, a<br />

public database for water management<br />

data funded and worked in part by<br />

organizations such as NASA, the Department<br />

of Agriculture, the Desert<br />

Research Institute, and Google, among<br />

many others.<br />

Following this, Josué Medellín-Azuara,<br />

an associate professor<br />

of environmental engineering at the<br />

University of California Merced, gave<br />

a general rundown of the severity of<br />

the ongoing severe drought in the Central<br />

Valley, with specifics on the data<br />

behind the severity of the water crisis.<br />

The webinar concluded with a Q&A<br />

session, where members of the public<br />

were able to ask the panelists questions<br />

regarding the things they discussed or<br />

just general questions regarding water<br />

conservation and management in California.<br />

The key takeaway from the webinar<br />

as a whole was that, while the situation<br />

is certainly dire, there is still action that<br />

can be taken, along with the new tools<br />

that are emerging through continued<br />

dedicated research, that will allow the<br />

Central Valley to mitigate and manage<br />

this crisis. While the webinar’s topic<br />

was one of crisis, the main theme was<br />

one of hope – something that all three<br />

guest speakers wanted to drive home.

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