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The <strong>Renegade</strong> <strong>Rip</strong><br />

Vol. 99 ∙ No. 6 Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Bakersfield College<br />

Roundtable talks<br />

about CRT<br />

Veterans matter at<br />

BC<br />

“Wendell & Wild”<br />

represents<br />

News, Page # 2 News, Page # 3 Opinion, Page # 8<br />

AMANDA HERNANDEZ/ THE RIPP<br />

BC gaurd Rahmel Davis lays up the ball<br />

against Reedley College on <strong>Nov</strong>. 12.<br />

COURTESY OF DAVE SEY-<br />

MOUR<br />

Drone footage from BC’s<br />

first Light up the night on<br />

BLAKE BURTON/ THE RIP<br />

BC Jazz combos move and grove<br />

with original compositions.<br />

JASPREET MULTANI/ THE RIPP<br />

Cheryl Scott, director of the Bakersfield<br />

College Foundation, talks about the new<br />

edible garden<br />

The <strong>Renegade</strong> <strong>Rip</strong> @bc_rip @bc_rip Follow us online at www.therip.com


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News<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Fliers question proposed BC<br />

housing before midterms<br />

By Anthony Vasquez<br />

Editor-in-cheif<br />

During the events of the <strong>2022</strong> Midterm elections, a dispute<br />

between BC faculty occurred over the coalition for housing<br />

security for students.<br />

During the recent disputes, fliers were distributed around<br />

the neighborhoods near the main campus which included<br />

some negative remarks against the plan. The flier presents<br />

a picture of a run-down apartment complex, a title that<br />

states “Bakersfield College is building LOW INCOME<br />

HOUSING next to your home,” which is then followed by a<br />

statement that says “220 beds for low income residents (not<br />

student dorms).”<br />

The flier also claims that the student housing is a current<br />

plan that is under the current KCCD Chancellor Sonya<br />

Christain, dubbing it the “Sonya Christain Projects.”<br />

Trustee Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg was also negatively called<br />

out on the flier by mentioning her support of the project,<br />

“This Project is supported by your KCCD Board Area 3<br />

Trustee Nan Gomez-Heitzenberg. Good luck changing her<br />

mind.” The statement views her support in a negative way<br />

through the fact that they are falsely presenting the project<br />

to be something that could be a harm to the neighborhood.<br />

A bullet list of negative aspects of the idea is also in the<br />

flier. A few of them include:<br />

• “loud Parties”<br />

• “safety <strong>issue</strong>s”<br />

• “crime”<br />

• “crowded daily parking <strong>issue</strong>s”<br />

• “overflow of parking for events”<br />

• “decrease in property values”<br />

Communications professor, Christine Cruz-Boone stated<br />

in a press release that was sent out on <strong>Nov</strong>. 7, “Bringing<br />

back the residence halls to BC appeared to be supported by<br />

the Bakersfield community until the appearance of the inflammatory<br />

flyers this weekend.” Cruz-Boone also included<br />

a statement made by English Professor Andrew Bond that<br />

stated his support for the project and for the students at BC,<br />

“fake news tactics like the ad circulated this weekend are all<br />

too common in the Central Valley and often students are<br />

cannon fodder for dirty political tactics, but we want them to<br />

know their teachers stand with them.”<br />

When asked about what the goals are for promoting the<br />

student housing projects, and the support that they have<br />

so far received, Cruz-Boone stated, “Our long term goal<br />

is to help people understand why BC students need access<br />

to housing security. Our short term goal is to counter any<br />

misinformation about student centered development at our<br />

college. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and<br />

we have become a great hub for sharing questions and information<br />

about why dorms are a huge gain for our students<br />

and community”<br />

BC Roundtable tackles CRT<br />

By Nicolas Watson<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College hosted its final<br />

session of The <strong>Renegade</strong> Roundtable<br />

this semester, where a panel discussed<br />

and debated timely political and social<br />

<strong>issue</strong>s amongst themselves and the audience.<br />

This <strong>Nov</strong>. 9 installment tackled<br />

Critical Race Theory – what it means,<br />

what purpose it serves, and the myths<br />

surrounding it. It was headlined by panelists<br />

Savannah Andrasian from the English<br />

department, Javier Llamas from<br />

History, Dave Moton from English, and<br />

Joe Saldivar from Biology and hosted<br />

by Reggie Williams from Philosophy.<br />

The panelists spent much of their<br />

time trying to pin down exactly what<br />

the highly publicized and controversial<br />

Critical Race Theory exactly was, and<br />

how its rise to the spotlight began.<br />

They were generally in agreement on<br />

where it came from, though Saldivar<br />

did express his concern for the inability<br />

to find the ‘principle’ paper, like in<br />

other scientific fields. Overall, though,<br />

a consensus was reached pretty quickly<br />

that Critical Race Theory was the<br />

study of historical racial injustices and<br />

inequalities and how they continue to<br />

impact the United States today.<br />

The focus of the conversation then<br />

turned to the dispelling of the various<br />

myths that surround Critical Race<br />

Theory, such as its confusion with other<br />

similar programs, such as The New<br />

York Times Magazine’s ‘<strong>16</strong>19 Project.’<br />

This led to the panelists discussing<br />

among themselves on how Critical<br />

Race Theory, or the study of race itself<br />

in school, should be handled in America.<br />

While it was agreed upon that learning<br />

about America’s history in regard<br />

to race was vital, how exactly it should<br />

be tackled was a point of divergence<br />

for some of the panelists, where they<br />

weren’t sure how it could be taught in a<br />

digestible but also ‘child-friendly’ manner,<br />

especially for younger children,<br />

with one of the primary questions being<br />

raised was “At what point do we educate<br />

children on these topics?”<br />

Those looking for more <strong>Renegade</strong><br />

Roundtable Events, however, will have<br />

to wait for next semester, as this marked<br />

the final talk of the semester.


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News<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Veterans matter at BC<br />

By Jocelynn Landon<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College hosted a veterans resource fair on <strong>Nov</strong>.<br />

9th. This event was all to showcase the amount of support<br />

that Bakersfield College and the community has for veterans<br />

and their families.<br />

“Take advantage of the resources… don’t wait, go get<br />

help” stated one of the panel speakers.<br />

Because of measure J, passed in <strong>Nov</strong>ember 20<strong>16</strong> that allocated<br />

$502 million bonds to provide funding on the Bakersfield<br />

College campus, the main campus resulted in the<br />

Veterans Resource Center.<br />

Veterans and their dependents can go alongside people<br />

who understand them and are out there trying to help them<br />

every step of the way.<br />

Faculty member Paul Beck was a major help in launching<br />

the program. President Dr. Zav Dadabhoy spoke about<br />

how he was one of the first faculty members to speak up<br />

about how we can be more supportive of the veterans at Bakersfield<br />

College. He understood and knew what they would<br />

need to be more successful.<br />

At the veterans resource center they provide an ample<br />

amount of support from counseling, tuition assistance, peer<br />

tutors, computers, and book vouchers. They are fostering a<br />

community to make sure that they have what they need to<br />

succeed. “Democracy needs to be protected and nurtured<br />

and the veterans give their life limb and soul to protect our<br />

democracy” stated Jenny Frank the centers manger. They<br />

then went on to say that because of all the work that they do<br />

for our country, it’s time they seek out the resources that are<br />

available so that we can help them succeed. There were also<br />

outside partners such as CSUB Veterans Center, American<br />

Job Center, Bakersfield Behavioral Health, and CapK there<br />

as well to talk about services and how they could help.<br />

“Veterans, thank you for your service” states Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg,<br />

the KCCD vice president of area 3. BC really<br />

showed their praise for veterans by informing all of them<br />

about the support from faculty, programs, and the community.<br />

They thanked them and showed them how much they<br />

have for them to have a more supportive and successful college<br />

experience.<br />

JOCELYNN LANDON/<br />

THE RIP<br />

(Left) Jenny Frank<br />

speaking at the Veterans<br />

Resource Fair<br />

about the resources<br />

that BC offers.<br />

JOCELYNN LANDON/<br />

THE RIP<br />

(Right) Marines listening<br />

to the guest<br />

speakers thanking<br />

them for their service.<br />

JOCELYNN LANDON/THE RIP<br />

Students asking recruiters how to get<br />

involved in the military.


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Sportss<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Basketball falls to Reedley<br />

By Amanda Hernandez<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College’s <strong>Renegade</strong>s<br />

basketball team lost to<br />

Reedley College with a score<br />

of 71-75 on <strong>Nov</strong>. 12.<br />

In the beginning, Reedley<br />

took the lead against Bakersfield<br />

College, as they struggled<br />

to defend the court.<br />

Though many shots were<br />

made by the <strong>Renegade</strong>s,<br />

Reedley had speed in their<br />

favor.<br />

As halftime approached,<br />

Bakersfield College was<br />

down by ten points with a<br />

score of 25-35, still able to<br />

make a comeback.<br />

In the second half of the<br />

game, the <strong>Renegade</strong>s fought<br />

hard while going back and<br />

forth with their opponent.<br />

The score was up and down<br />

rapidly as both teams attempted<br />

to take the win.<br />

Andrew Townson had multiple<br />

lay ups. His teammates,<br />

Dusten Henderson Tyler<br />

Silva and London Taylor all<br />

contributed to the score with<br />

their shots.<br />

However, in the last minute<br />

of the game, Reedley came<br />

back fast and strong, scoring<br />

four points on Bakersfield<br />

College, finishing the game<br />

and taking the win.<br />

AMANDA HERNANDEZ/THE RIP<br />

Sean Fry scores a free throw shot after being<br />

fouled by Reedley.<br />

AMANDA HERNANDEZ/THE RIP<br />

Ipreye Egbe drives the ball toward the basket<br />

before passing off to a teammate.<br />

AMANDA HERNANDEZ/THE RIP<br />

Sean Fry thinks smart against Reedley when attempting to<br />

put a lay up in the basket.


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Features<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2022</strong><br />

BC celebrates opening of the<br />

Edible Education Garden<br />

By Jaspreet Multani<br />

Reporter and Designer<br />

Bakersfield College celebrated the<br />

grand opening of the Edible Education<br />

Garden on <strong>Nov</strong>. 3. This garden<br />

will provide a learning space for students<br />

in the culinary arts, nutrition,<br />

and agriculture programs at BC. This<br />

will benefit students through the BC<br />

food Assistance program.<br />

Executive Director for the Bakersfield<br />

College Foundation Cheryl Scott<br />

says the garden will also serve as a<br />

learning space for the community.<br />

“Students will learn the process of<br />

growing their own fresh food as they<br />

grow up, and then instilling those ideas<br />

in their families as they go back home,”<br />

Scott explained.<br />

Scott says the garden will make a difference<br />

for BC students to get handson<br />

agriculture<br />

training.<br />

She also mentioned<br />

that the<br />

edible garden will<br />

produce fresh food<br />

for the <strong>Renegade</strong><br />

Pantry.<br />

Scott concluded<br />

by saying, “You<br />

can’t learn everything<br />

you need to<br />

know about agriculture<br />

by reading<br />

it in a book, watching<br />

videos, and<br />

hearing people talk<br />

about it, you need<br />

to have hands-on.<br />

That’s what this<br />

project is for our<br />

students.”<br />

JASPREET MULTANI/THE RIP<br />

BC president Zav Dadabhoy speaks at Edible Garden<br />

ribbon cutting on <strong>Nov</strong>. 3<br />

Binge-worthy for Turkey Day<br />

By Jocelynn Landon<br />

Reporter<br />

“Love is Blind”<br />

It’s your classical love show… except<br />

they never see each other until after the<br />

proposal. Love is blind is currently on<br />

season 3 and is streaming on Netflix.<br />

Is love really blind? Well in this show<br />

you really see love get tested. They have<br />

to fall in love with who they are on the<br />

inside and not the outside.<br />

There are ring conversations that<br />

should have not happened, wine given<br />

to dogs, squinty eyes, and blind men<br />

who can’t see beauty that makes this<br />

show captivating and entertaining to<br />

say the least.<br />

I recommend this show because it<br />

really does dive deep into serious questions<br />

and creates lots of good conversations.<br />

“Elite”<br />

Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery?<br />

Elite, is based in Madrid at an exclusive<br />

boarding school. I do watch the<br />

dubbed version in English, rather than<br />

Spanish and there are rarely times that<br />

the voices don’t match.<br />

Okay let’s get into it, there are questions<br />

of morals, murderer, friends covering<br />

up for murders, swimming pools,<br />

fancy restaurants, fakes, LGBTQ+ representation,<br />

and so much more. With<br />

every season there is something fresh<br />

making you want to solve the mystery<br />

before they do. This show is drama<br />

packed and there is always something<br />

new to keep you entertained. Currently<br />

they have five seasons, with season six<br />

coming out mid <strong>Nov</strong>ember and can be<br />

watched on Netflix.<br />

“Gilmore Girls”<br />

This one is perfect for curling up on<br />

the couch, coffee, and watching with<br />

your friends or family. This mother<br />

daughter duo is the talk of the small<br />

town Stars Hollow in Connecticut. As<br />

Rory, a high school student, needs to go<br />

to a private school in order to have a<br />

better opportunity in getting into Harvard,<br />

Lorelei, Rory’s mom, navigates<br />

the <strong>issue</strong> of money with the help of<br />

their grandparents. Throughout the<br />

show there are boyfriends, 1,000 yellow<br />

daisies, candy shops, and so so so much<br />

coffee. I like Gilmore girls because of<br />

how much each character grows and<br />

the storyline of not only the main characters,<br />

but side characters such as Paris,<br />

Jess, and Lane. It has a total of seven<br />

seasons, with an additional spin off<br />

called Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life<br />

and can be watched on Netflix.


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Campus<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2022</strong><br />

BC hosts pathway event for<br />

Kern high school seniors<br />

By Jason Mena<br />

Reporter<br />

High school students swarmed<br />

campus on Friday <strong>Nov</strong>. 4 as The<br />

Kern High School District partnered<br />

with Bakersfield College<br />

to host the Early College Pathways<br />

Program. A few faculty<br />

put the event together including<br />

Stephanie Baltazar, the lead<br />

Program Director, and Ashley<br />

Wagner, the Director of Outreach.<br />

“We’re providing long- and<br />

short-term certificates for full<br />

time graduates and those looking<br />

to transfer.” Says Director<br />

Baltazar.<br />

With over 1000 high school<br />

students in attendance, 95% of<br />

them being seniors, many BC<br />

Staff members came to campus<br />

and set up booths and helped<br />

educate some of the future <strong>Renegade</strong>s<br />

in the fields of study they<br />

teach.<br />

SGA officials lead tours<br />

throughout the campus, highlighting<br />

key features of our institution,<br />

and some staff even held<br />

interactive labs for students to<br />

First place nationally for two year college Websites at<br />

the Associated Collegiate Press 2020 midwinter conference.<br />

Fifth place newspapers. First place for newspaper<br />

in 2011, third place in 2013, 2014, 2015 for CNPA General<br />

Excellence<br />

Fourth place nationally in 2019 for website publication<br />

by Associated Collegiate Press<br />

The <strong>Renegade</strong> <strong>Rip</strong> is produced by Bakersfield College<br />

journalism classes and is circulated on Thursdays<br />

during the fall and spring semesters. The newspaper is<br />

published under the auspices of the Kern Community<br />

College District Board of Trustees, but sole responsibility<br />

for its content rests with student editors. The <strong>Rip</strong> is<br />

a member of the California Newspaper Publishers Association,<br />

Associated Collegiate Press, and California<br />

Colleges Media Association.<br />

engage with. The tech lab provided<br />

some of their robots that<br />

had been engineered by previous<br />

BC graduates to talk and<br />

put on a show.<br />

The campus Starbucks provided<br />

free coffee to the students<br />

and teachers while the “Folkloric<br />

club” played festive music<br />

and staged cultural dances<br />

that some high school students<br />

decided to participate in. Free<br />

lunches were also provided with<br />

complimentary BC backpacks<br />

and other <strong>Renegade</strong> merchandise.<br />

When students were interviewed<br />

about their thoughts<br />

about BC, most came to the<br />

conclusion that they would<br />

be planning to enroll. Uzziel<br />

Roque, a MiraMonte student,<br />

stated that he wanted to go to<br />

BC and major in Astronomy,<br />

“I’ve always wanted to work<br />

with telescopes.” Says Roque,”<br />

But I’m going to transfer to UC<br />

San Diego to finish my major.”<br />

Most of the other students<br />

shared the same sentiment in<br />

wanting to finish their education<br />

at a UC or CSU.<br />

The <strong>Renegade</strong> <strong>Rip</strong><br />

EDITORIAL BOARD<br />

Editor-in-Chief..............Anthony Vasquez<br />

Jaspreet Multani........................Designer<br />

Adviser.........................................Erin Auerbach<br />

JASON MENA/THE RIP<br />

High school students observe Industrial Automation<br />

robots in BC’s STEM building on <strong>Nov</strong>. 4.<br />

STAFF<br />

Reporters/photographers:<br />

Blake Burton<br />

Amanda Hernandez<br />

Jocelynn Landon<br />

Eduardo “E.J.” Martinez<br />

Jason Mena<br />

Jaspreet Multani<br />

Nicolas Watson<br />

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Opinion<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2022</strong><br />

“Till” is a<br />

movie not to<br />

be forgotten<br />

By Blake Burton<br />

Reporter<br />

“Till” tells the true story<br />

through the eyes of Mamie<br />

Till (played by Danielle<br />

Deadwyler), the mother of<br />

Emmett Till, who was brutally<br />

murdered in a 1955<br />

lynching. It is a very emotional<br />

movie for the audience<br />

to watch at the horror that<br />

can occur in this world.<br />

This movie was directed by<br />

Chinonye Chukwu, mostly<br />

known for her films in drama<br />

such as her 2019 film “Clemency.”<br />

This movie will have you<br />

crying, angry and astonished<br />

at some of the things that are<br />

happening in the movie and<br />

in real life.<br />

Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall),<br />

a 14-year-old boy got<br />

lynched out of malice. He<br />

was a young boy visiting<br />

his aunt’s house to see his<br />

cousins. During the trip to<br />

his cousins’ house, he saw<br />

a woman in the store and<br />

called her beautiful and<br />

said that she looked like a<br />

movie star. In that time period,<br />

Black people weren’t<br />

allowed to talk to white<br />

women in that way, so both<br />

of his cousins pulled him<br />

back and told him that he<br />

might get into some trouble<br />

for talking to white people<br />

like that.<br />

A few days later a few<br />

men came by his aunt’s<br />

house and Emmet got<br />

called up to the door. They<br />

took him to an abandoned<br />

shed, and a few weeks later<br />

he was pronounced dead.<br />

This movie is very heart<br />

wrenching. Imagine a mother<br />

sending her only child to<br />

his aunt’s house for a fun<br />

time only to return home in<br />

a coffin.<br />

This ugly piece of American<br />

history is shown well in<br />

a movie should be seen by<br />

all ages to educate people on<br />

what happened to this child<br />

and how something like this<br />

should never happen to future<br />

generations of people.<br />

The crazy thing is that this<br />

story took place 67 years<br />

ago, but it took until March<br />

29, <strong>2022</strong>, for the Emmett<br />

Till Antilynching Act, which<br />

makes lynching a federal<br />

hate crime, to become law.<br />

GOOGLE IMAGES<br />

Monters are heroes<br />

The Horror Files<br />

While, they may bring up<br />

thoughts of terror and shivers;<br />

there no one that capture<br />

the hearts of the public<br />

other than monsters. Monsters<br />

are beloved around the<br />

world for how they terrorize<br />

and fill people with fear but,<br />

there might be more to this<br />

love than scares.Our love for<br />

monster draws from a feeling<br />

of sympathy. Monsters<br />

from their very formation<br />

are sympathetic creatures<br />

with most of them being the<br />

victim of bad luck or tragedy<br />

compared to any actions<br />

they actually committed.<br />

Monsters such as Frankenstein’s<br />

monster, Jason Voorhees<br />

and Leatherface are<br />

victims of happenstance<br />

with their formation of becoming<br />

horror icons were<br />

out of their control due to<br />

their environment. Therefore,<br />

audiences shed tear<br />

when Frankenstein’s monster<br />

is chase by pitchforks<br />

and torches when all he<br />

wanted was to be accepted.<br />

The audience have a sense<br />

of heartbreak when the<br />

camera flashback to Jason<br />

Voorhees being bullied as a<br />

child because of his deformity.<br />

Movie goers are filled<br />

with pity when Leatherface<br />

is ridicule by his brother and<br />

father. Monsters provide a<br />

sense of vicarious freedom.<br />

Monsters are unique as they<br />

are unconstrained by laws<br />

of nature or man-made<br />

laws allowing them to have<br />

superhuman ability and<br />

to enact any activity they<br />

choose to partake in even<br />

murder. While most people<br />

are unwilling to partake in<br />

By Eduardo Jr. Martinez<br />

Reporter<br />

Eduardo, Jr. Martinez<br />

such activities in real life<br />

monsters allow viewers to<br />

participate in the dark side<br />

of their imagination. These<br />

monsters allow us to explore<br />

the dark side of ourselves in a<br />

safe and secure environment<br />

without the fear of hurting<br />

anyone by doing so. Monsters<br />

allow for the redressing<br />

of injustices. Although, the<br />

often cliché about horror<br />

movie monsters is that they<br />

attack innocent individuals,<br />

in some films monsters attack<br />

those who deserve it.<br />

Films such as Basket Case,<br />

Leprechaun franchise, Dolls<br />

are perfect examples of<br />

monster redistributing their<br />

own sense of justice taking<br />

out their violent tendencies<br />

on greedy, cruel and sexual<br />

predators that well deserve<br />

it. Monsters are very much<br />

the dark and gore version<br />

superheroes, before there<br />

were superheroes, pulling<br />

on our heartstrings with<br />

their tragic origin stories,<br />

dispensing their own sense<br />

of justice and allow us to<br />

live out our wildness imaginations<br />

through them.


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Opinion<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. <strong>16</strong>, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Representation<br />

in stop motion<br />

animation<br />

By Eduardo Jr. Martinez<br />

Reporter<br />

This girl has demons and<br />

their names are Wendell and<br />

Wild. “Wendell & Wild” is the<br />

new stop motion film on Netflix<br />

directed by Henry Selick with a<br />

screenplay by Henry Selick and<br />

Jordan Peele.<br />

After the death of her parents,<br />

Koniqua Elliot, or Kat (voiced<br />

by Lyric Ross), has to go to Rust<br />

Bank Catholic School while two<br />

demons enlist her help to be<br />

summoned to the land of the<br />

living.<br />

The stop motion animation<br />

keeps the movie going at a very<br />

fast pace, which works to its advantage<br />

as it keeps the audience<br />

participating in the movie while<br />

being quite enjoyable. The film<br />

also carries much of Jordan<br />

Peele’s sense of humor in the<br />

subversion of expectations.<br />

Selick’s design of characters<br />

and direction of stop motion<br />

still remain as hallmarks. As<br />

well, this film is not afraid to<br />

use its PG-13 rating with many<br />

of the scenes coming outside<br />

of left field for a supposed children’s<br />

film.<br />

The film has excellent representation,<br />

with characters and a<br />

cast that represents a variety of<br />

people of color.<br />

This includes Asians, Native<br />

Indigenous and Hispanics<br />

within the film, especially with<br />

the main Black lead and having<br />

a trans character represented<br />

within a stop motion film. Ross<br />

really sells herself as a 13-yearold<br />

punk girl and Keegan-Michael<br />

Key and Jordan Peele<br />

perform spectacularly as a comedic<br />

duo of demonic brothers.<br />

The movie soundtrack is<br />

amazing, using punk and soul<br />

to set the vibe for the rest of the<br />

film and using it for comedic<br />

elements and symbolizing characters.<br />

The film gets heavy handed<br />

in its themes surrounding the<br />

prison industrial complex and<br />

trauma. The flick uses the demons’<br />

position in hell and the<br />

school plans to Kat dealing with<br />

the trauma of the death of her<br />

parents help explore the school<br />

to prison pipeline and children<br />

that are dealing with trauma.<br />

Still, the movie is very much<br />

heartfelt with the theme family,<br />

with Kat and her parents and<br />

the demonic brothers, Wendell<br />

and Wild, with their father<br />

teaching the importance of the<br />

parents’ role in protecting one’s<br />

own child.<br />

This film, while not in the<br />

same league with Henry Selick’s<br />

other works such as “Coraline”<br />

and “The Nightmare Before<br />

Christmas,” at least deserves a<br />

watch for Jordan Peele’s writing<br />

and wonderful representation<br />

of characters.<br />

It is also great to watch Henry<br />

Selick return to stop motion after<br />

13 years.<br />

Jazz moves<br />

and grooves<br />

By Blake Burton<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College’s<br />

Jazz program presented<br />

“The Old and The<br />

New” on <strong>Nov</strong>. 7. The<br />

Audience members<br />

were on the edge of<br />

their seats to hear some<br />

old and new jazz from<br />

the performers.<br />

This event was held<br />

at BC’s outdoor theater<br />

and was directed<br />

by Professor Kris Tiner.<br />

The concert featured<br />

BC student musicians<br />

playing works by Mary<br />

Lou Williams, Billy<br />

Strayhorn, and Count<br />

Basie alongside new<br />

classics by Pat Metheny.<br />

This was a show you<br />

didn’t want to miss. The<br />

music that was played at<br />

the theater was amazing.<br />

This reviewer was<br />

moving and grooving in<br />

his seat all night.<br />

One of the songs<br />

that really stood out<br />

was “Superstitious” by<br />

BC jazz studies student<br />

Andrea Sotelo. It was a<br />

very good song and the<br />

fact that it’s an original<br />

composition she created<br />

made the song even<br />

more special.<br />

Another song that<br />

shined was “Starlight”<br />

by Gina Fields. It had<br />

this reviewer mesmerized<br />

by the music and<br />

the sound of her voice.<br />

This was all in all was<br />

a very good concert and<br />

makes you want to go<br />

to future events to enjoy<br />

BC Jazz Combos’ music.<br />

<strong>Renegade</strong> Events<br />

Campus Events<br />

<strong>Nov</strong>. 17-19: “Celestials: The Chiness Question.”<br />

a play directed by Professor Kimberly<br />

Chin, Edward Simonsen Indoor Theatre<br />

<strong>Nov</strong>. 29: BC Concert Band, Classical, Contemporary<br />

and Holiday Favorites, Edward Simonsen<br />

Indoor Theatre, 7 p.m.<br />

<strong>Nov</strong>. 30: BC/CSUB Orchestra, Classic and<br />

Contemporary String Music, Edward Simonsen<br />

Indoor Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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