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

Vol. 99 ∙ No. 1 Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. 1, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Bakersfield College<br />

Men’s basketball<br />

wins a thriller<br />

Evan Austin speaks<br />

at BC<br />

“M3GAN” is mean<br />

Sports, Page 3 Campus, Page 6 Opinion, Page 8<br />


Folklorico dancers perform one of their<br />

traditional dances during Ariba Norte event<br />

at BC on Jan. 28.<br />


MOUR<br />

Drone footage from BC’s<br />

first Light up the night on<br />


Golden Empire Transit (GET) gives students free<br />

rides for spring <strong>2023</strong> semester<br />


Paralympian gold medalist Evan Austin speaks at BC<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>Feb</strong>. 1, <strong>2023</strong><br />

GET free bus services for all<br />

By Nicolas “Peter” Chavaria<br />

Reporter<br />

Following a recent grant, Golden Empire Transit is now<br />

providing a free pass for students to use for the Spring <strong>2023</strong><br />

semester.<br />

The pass can be used by students from kindergarten through<br />

college, including private and vocational schools. The pass<br />

is valid for any GET Bus Fixed route and the On-Demand<br />

Paratransit; it lasts from January until the end of May, and<br />

isn’t limited to only traveling to and from a student’s campus.<br />

In order to receive this pass, students have to go to their respective<br />

offices of administration. For students of Bakersfield<br />

Colleges’ main campus, head to the Office of Student Life,<br />

take a quick survey, and receive your pass from the front desk.<br />

The pass works like any other GET transit card by swiping<br />

the free pass into the fare box. Something worth noting for<br />

students in 7th grade and over, whenever they go to use a<br />

route, they need to present their student ID card.<br />

Interestingly enough, this free pass comes at the perfect<br />

time for students who rely on GET busses for transportation.<br />

Usual GET Bus patrons would know the regular 31-day<br />

passes are $45, and the express passes are $60. But now, as of<br />

January 1st, the amount has been increased to $57 and $70,<br />

respectively. This followed a public hearing held by Golden<br />

Empire Transit back in early November of last year.<br />

Bakersfield College student, Adam Biezad, said how he felt<br />

about this, and his response echoed a common feeling shared<br />

by other students.<br />

“That’s insanity; while I don’t use the bus myself, I can definitely<br />

see how this can affect someone a lot. $57 can almost<br />

pay for two tanks of gas for my car. If you aren’t on financial<br />

aid, 60-70 dollars is the same for a textbook, if you’re lucky.”<br />

While the price increase is very unfortunate for bus users<br />

not in school, this goes to show just how invaluable this free<br />

price is for students, especially those in situations where every<br />

dollar matters.<br />

The Bakersfield Art Museum<br />

celebrates social themes<br />

By Amanda Hernandez<br />

Digital and Sports Editor<br />

The Bakersfield Museum of Art held a<br />

winter exhibition, which opened on Jan.<br />

26 for public viewing.<br />

The exhibition featured many different<br />

works of art including abstract, and<br />

a special collection titled “Of Rope and<br />

Chains her Bones are Made,” which will<br />

be on display until May 6.<br />

This was created by artists Lavialle<br />

Campbell, Sydney Croskery, Pamela<br />

Smith Hudson, Taylor Kibby, Christy<br />

Mason, Blue McRight, Brittany Mojo,<br />

Claudia Parducci and Diane Silver.<br />

The collection used ropes, chains, vessels,<br />

and fabrics, which signified and<br />

represented identity, femininity and sociopolitical<br />

concerns.<br />

The gallery was a hit amongst the community<br />

as people gathered with friends<br />

and family to view the different pieces<br />

of art that were creatively made and displayed.<br />

Most visitors spent about an hour viewing<br />

the art.<br />

This is a smaller gallery compared to<br />

others located in other parts of the world;<br />

however, it houses some of the most creative<br />

pieces by local artists.<br />

There was also quite a bit of fascination<br />

occurring in the abstract room.<br />

Families and friends gathered together<br />

to take photos in front of the hanging abstract<br />

art.<br />

There were complimentary drinks offered,<br />

and those working the event extended<br />

kindness toward the guests.<br />

Art is becoming more discovered as<br />

time passes, and more individuals are<br />

learning how to understand and view art<br />

regardless of the way some pieces are first<br />

perceived.<br />

The museum holds many events<br />

throughout the year and you can find<br />

more information related to your interests<br />

on the website at bmoa.org.<br />


An extremely unique art piece<br />

located at the Bakersfield Museum<br />

of Art winter exhibition.

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Sports<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. 1, <strong>2023</strong><br />

BC wins thriller vs LA valley<br />

By Steven Kertis<br />

Reporter<br />

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

won an incredible double overtime<br />

thriller against the Los Angeles Valley<br />

Monarchs 75-71 on Jan. 25.<br />

The <strong>Renegade</strong>s started out slow and<br />

flat footed as the Monarchs jumped<br />

out to an early 17-12 lead in the first<br />

10 minutes of the first half. The <strong>Renegade</strong>s<br />

then kicked it up a notch by going<br />

on a 22-4 run of dominance that lasted<br />

for nine minutes.<br />

That run was led by Eloy Medina<br />

and Terrin Dickey who scored 20 of<br />

the <strong>Renegade</strong>s 36 points in the first half<br />

as they led by nine over the Monarchs<br />

at halftime.<br />

The Monarchs made adjustments in<br />

the second half and held the <strong>Renegade</strong>s<br />

to just 21 points in the second half. The<br />

<strong>Renegade</strong>s got into foul trouble early in<br />

the second half which let the Monarchs<br />

come back to tie the game with five<br />

minutes to go. Back and forth the lead<br />

swapped between the two teams however,<br />

no one could get an edge to claim<br />

the victory in regulation so we headed<br />

into overtime with the score all tied up<br />

at 57.<br />

Overtime began and the lead continued<br />

to swap between the Monarchs and<br />

the <strong>Renegade</strong>s. As soon as the <strong>Renegade</strong>s<br />

would score, the Monarchs would<br />

answer back very quickly. Less than a<br />

minute to go when the shot clock was<br />

winding down, Eloy Medina knocked<br />

down an incredible 3-pointer to put the<br />

<strong>Renegade</strong>s up 68-63 with 50 seconds to<br />

go in overtime.<br />

The Monarchs would not go away<br />

quietly as they made a quick jump shot<br />

to put them down 68-65. The Monarchs<br />

would have one more opportunity<br />

to tie the game and they did not let<br />

that chance go to waste as Nikko Rodriguez<br />

made an incredible buzzer beater<br />

to tie the game at 68 and force double<br />

overtime.<br />

The <strong>Renegade</strong>s jumped out to an<br />

early five point lead thanks to Eloy<br />

Medina making his eighth 3-pointer<br />

of the game that put him at a total of<br />

24 points on the night as the Monarchs<br />

never took the lead again for the rest of<br />

the game.<br />

“This game should have been finished<br />

in regulation,” Bakersfield College<br />

assistant coach Jonathan Glover<br />

said after the victory.<br />


<strong>Renegade</strong>s Guard Sean Fry lays the ball in the<br />

net after a fast break opportunity.<br />


<strong>Renegade</strong>s Guard Eloy Medina attempts to pass the<br />

ball to a teammate

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Sportss<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. 1, <strong>2023</strong><br />

BC Women’s<br />

team falls to<br />

Valley College,<br />

64-33 on Jan. 25<br />

By Amanda Hernandez<br />

Digital and Sports Editor<br />

The Bakersfield College Women’s Basketball lost to LA Valley<br />

Jan. 25 night in a home game with a score of 64-33.<br />

LA Valley began the game in motion scoring 20 points within<br />

the first couple of minutes of the game, putting themselves in a<br />

good position of taking the win against Bakersfield College.<br />

During the first half of the game, the <strong>Renegade</strong>s struggled to<br />

get the ball down low as LA Valley dominated them on defense.<br />

Cynia Scott, from Bakersfield College led her team throughout<br />

the game, attempting to make a comeback before fouling out<br />

in the fourth quarter.<br />

The <strong>Renegade</strong>s<br />

fell short by 31<br />

points and they now<br />

stand 8-15.<br />

The team plans<br />

to put more methods<br />

into play during<br />

practice to make a<br />

turn around and<br />

change the rhythm<br />

of their season.<br />

Coaches Paula<br />

Dahl, Kel Dean,<br />

Emre Ozoral, and<br />

Rosebrooke Check<br />

are working together<br />

to prepare the<br />

girls for what the<br />

rest of the season<br />

has to offer.<br />

The team’s next<br />

home game is <strong>Feb</strong>. 4<br />

where they will face<br />

West LA .<br />


Womens Basketball player Tori Robertson looks for a clear<br />

path to the basket.<br />

Controversies<br />

All Things Sports<br />

By Steven Kertis<br />

Reporter<br />

This week of sports led to<br />

some very critical ref calls<br />

that won and lost games<br />

for certain teams. Also, we<br />

now know the two NFL<br />

teams who will be playing<br />

in Super Bowl 57.<br />

NFL<br />

It was Championship<br />

Sunday in the NFL as we<br />

had our final four teams<br />

left with a trip to the Super<br />

Bowl on the line.<br />

In the afternoon game,<br />

it was a cold sight out in<br />

Philadelphia as the Philadelphia<br />

Eagles took on the<br />

San Francisco 49ers in the<br />

NFC Championship game.<br />

49ers quarterback Brock<br />

Purdy was hit on the first<br />

possession of the game for<br />

the 49ers and was knocked<br />

out for most of the game.<br />

The Philadelphia Eagles<br />

offense absolutely bullied<br />

the 49ers top defense<br />

scoring four touchdowns<br />

running the football and<br />

cruising to a 31-7 trouncing<br />

victory.<br />

In the evening game, it<br />

was a rematch of last season’s<br />

AFC Championship<br />

game between the Cincinnati<br />

Bengals and the Kansas<br />

City Chiefs. The Chiefs<br />

and Bengals went back and<br />

forth for much of the game.<br />

With 15 seconds left to play,<br />

Chiefs quarterback Patrick<br />

Mahomes scrambled to the<br />

sideline and got pushed out<br />

of bounds by Bengals defensive<br />

end Joseph Ossai<br />

late on the play, which resulted<br />

in a 15-yard penalty<br />

for unnecessary roughness.<br />

The Chiefs would go on to<br />

win the game with a field<br />

goal 23-20.<br />

Steven Kertis<br />

The two teams that will<br />

play in Super Bowl 57 will<br />

be the Kansas City Chiefs<br />

and the Philadelphia Eagles.<br />

NBA<br />

Controversy was the<br />

main topic in the NBA on<br />

Saturday night as the Los<br />

Angeles Lakers played the<br />

Boston Celtics.<br />

The game was tied at<br />

105 when Lakers shooting<br />

forward LeBron James<br />

drove the ball towards<br />

Celtics power forward<br />

Jayson Tatum. James<br />

missed the layup and time<br />

expired sending the game<br />

into overtime however,<br />

James was clearly fouled<br />

by Tatum as Tatum’s hand<br />

hit LeBron James’s wrist.<br />

James expressed his reaction<br />

as he was enraged by<br />

the no call on the court.<br />

Lakers guard Patrick<br />

Beverley grabbed a camera<br />

to show the ref to get the<br />

foul called, instead he was<br />

called for a technical foul at<br />

the beginning of overtime<br />

which let the Celtics shoot<br />

free throws to take the lead<br />

in overtime. The Celtics<br />

won the game 125-121.

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Campus<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. 1, <strong>2023</strong><br />

“Ritmo y Sabor” brings fresh<br />

folklorico to BC’s campus<br />

By Anthony<br />

Vasquez<br />

Editor-in-Chief<br />

Bakersfield College<br />

has expanded<br />

more programs on<br />

the campus in recent<br />

years, and one<br />

of these programs is<br />

known as the Folklorico<br />

program Ritmo<br />

y Sabor. The<br />

program was created<br />

back in September<br />

2022, by advisor<br />

Cynthia Zamora,<br />

but it wasn’t until<br />

last year that they<br />

were able to introduce<br />

themselves to<br />

BC and the rest of<br />

Kern County.<br />

Ritmo y Sabor<br />

aims on expanding<br />

the art of traditional<br />

dance that Folklorico<br />

is known for.<br />

The group focuses<br />

on representing the<br />

culture that lives<br />

through the history<br />

of Mexico, and several<br />

other regions of<br />

the world. Through<br />

their representation,<br />

they also hope<br />

that they could become<br />

a safe space<br />

of culture for BC<br />

students. Their most<br />

recent event, Arriba<br />

Norte, occurred on<br />

Saturday night, Jan.<br />

28, and presented a<br />

show that had over<br />

80 dancers perform<br />

their choreographed<br />

dances alongside<br />

other partnered<br />

groups that are similar<br />

to theirs from<br />

Kern County.<br />

These different<br />

groups of performers<br />

ranged from<br />

presenting cultural<br />

dances and cultural<br />

music.<br />

One of the groups<br />

that were present<br />

at the event was<br />

a three-girl band,<br />

known as “Las<br />

Damas Del Valle.”<br />

They opened up<br />

the event with a few<br />

songs that originated<br />

from the region of<br />

Northern Mexico,<br />

that ranged from<br />

traditional cumbias<br />

to romantic classics,<br />

and more.<br />

The three band<br />

members ranged<br />

from the ages of<br />

17 to 19, and they<br />

came to support<br />

Ritmo y Sabor with<br />

their event that night<br />

by coming in from<br />

Porterville. Yadria<br />

Lucatero had said,<br />

“We’re here to support<br />

Cynthia, with<br />

this big, beautiful<br />

event, and her colleagues.”<br />

Other groups such<br />

as Teocalli Culture<br />

Academy from Fresno,<br />

Calif., who came<br />

to perform several<br />

cultural dances, had<br />

also come in to support<br />

Zamora and<br />

the Arriba Norte<br />

event that night.<br />


A folklorico dancer performs during the opening dance at the Ariba<br />

Norte show at BC on Jan. 28.

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Campus<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. 1, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Paralympic gold medalist<br />

speakes about perseverance<br />

By Madeline Ruebush<br />

Reporter<br />

The first Distinguished Speaker<br />

event of the spring semester, hosted<br />

by BC’s Office Student of Life took<br />

place on Jan. 19 where paralympic<br />

gold and bronze medalist speaker,<br />

Evan Austin spoke about his disability<br />

and how he was able to “get back<br />

up” and become the accomplished<br />

swimmer he is today.Austin’s number<br />

one message to the crowd was<br />

to “get back up” just as he had to.<br />

According to him, Austin was diagnosed<br />

with spastic paraplegia, a<br />

neurological and genetic disorder<br />

affecting his legs, at age 3. He spoke<br />

of how, at such a young age, he had<br />

to learn the lesson that “getting back<br />

up” was not a measure of motivation,<br />

but of discipline saying, “You<br />

have to get up, both metaphorically<br />

and physically.”<br />

He also spoke of his able-bodied<br />

brother, Adam. He explained<br />

that both he and his brother were<br />

“born with a competitive spirit”, but<br />

Adam was able to be good at everything<br />

Austin could not do. Austin<br />

expressed how much this irked him<br />

as a kid, that his brother was able to<br />

be good at all the things he wished<br />

he could be good at. At 10 though,<br />

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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 />

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Colleges Media Association.<br />

Austin revealed, that he found the<br />

one thing his brother was not good<br />

at; swimming. He had found his passion<br />

he explained saying it was,” the<br />

first environment I ever felt safe”.<br />

And he noted that he had decided<br />

that swimming would become his<br />

whole life.<br />

Austin went on to describe how he<br />

started trying out for the US team in<br />

high school. The first time he tried<br />

out he explained, he did not make<br />

it. He said that he never wanted to<br />

feel that way again, like a failure. He<br />

finally revealed that in 2012, his senior<br />

year he made the team and later<br />

noted that “failure is fuel – it is like<br />

gold”. He said that he would go on<br />

to compete in the paralympic and<br />

eventually he won both a gold and<br />

bronze medal. He said that “comfort<br />

is the enemy of success” and that is<br />

how he is where he is today.<br />

Austin now is a coach and a<br />

philanthropist as well as an accomplished<br />

athlete. He wants people to<br />

understand that his success came<br />

from perseverance and those that<br />

surrounded him. He ended the talk<br />

by letting everyone know that they<br />

could also achieve success, just as he<br />

did.<br />

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


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

Editor........................................Blake Burton<br />

Digital &Sports Editor..Amanda Hernandez<br />

Opinion Editor.......Eduardo “E.J.” Martinez<br />

STAFF<br />

Reporters/photographers:<br />

Samantha Britt<br />

Nicolas “Peter”Chavaria<br />

Steven Kertis<br />

AJ Manalili<br />

Nadeen Maniord<br />

Madeline Ruebush<br />

Essiah Torres<br />

Emily Urias<br />

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


Evan Austin tells audience at BC how he<br />

was able to “get back up” and become<br />

an accomplished swimmer despite his<br />

disability.<br />

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Opinion<br />

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Wednesday,<strong>Feb</strong>. 1, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Bakersfield’s<br />

chewable air<br />

<strong>issue</strong><br />

By Nadeen Maniord<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield Calif– Due to the recent flooding in California,<br />

Bakersfield residents have been given a chance to breathe<br />

the air rather than chew it. Unfortunately, most residents are<br />

used to wheezing through the hazardous air, and it doesn’t<br />

seem to be improving anytime soon despite the efforts to create<br />

clean energy.<br />

According to the Bakersfield Air Quality Index, “Bakersfield<br />

is frequently reputed to be the most polluted city in the<br />

United States.” Finally, Bakersfield is number one at something.<br />

Bakersfield continues to dominate in their poor air<br />

quality, by continuing to add to fuel emissions.<br />

There is no doubt that location should be taken into consideration,<br />

when thinking of the poor quality. Bakersfield, located<br />

within the Central Valley of California, has the Sierra<br />

mountains that surround it. Therefore, when industries such<br />

as oil or crop burning, emit chemicals like nitrogen oxide,<br />

a chemical that harms the ozone layer in the Earth’s atmosphere,<br />

it continues to swirl around like a vacuum seal, according<br />

to the AQI.<br />

This is not just applicable to major companies, however,<br />

but how residents also add to the poor quality. Accountability<br />

should be held to those who reside in Bakersfield. For example,<br />

according to Data for Portal Cities, residents who take<br />

any type of transportation create up to 49% of emissions.<br />

This can be thanks to the lack of efficient transportation.<br />

Bakersfield has also been ranked an F multiple times because<br />

of the amount of smoking that occurs, according to<br />

KGET. Having these types of ranks should be alarming to all<br />

residents inhaling smoke, whether first or secondhand.<br />

People of all ages should be worried about the poor conditions<br />

of their city. According to Spare the Air, poor air quality<br />

like Bakersfield’s, can aggravate asthma, cause itching in<br />

sinuses, affect the cardiovascular system, etc. Despite known<br />

causes of health problems, not much has been done to help.<br />

There is no easy solution to fixing the current state of Bakersfield’s<br />

air. However, there are things that can be done<br />

to perhaps lessen the gravity of the <strong>issue</strong>. For example, one<br />

could not drive, and instead ride their bike to things that are<br />

close by. Another solution would be for residents, who do<br />

smoke to quit it or even take baby steps toward smoking less.<br />

Residents of Bakersfield, although it isn’t easy, creating a<br />

better environment can not only help us breathe resulting in<br />

better quality of life, but also to sustain our planet. If not for<br />

yourself, think of others, let’s stop chewing air for <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Bookworm talk<br />

An Instant New York<br />

Times Bestseller “The Stories<br />

We Tell” by Joanna<br />

Gaines made headlines on<br />

the Today show in 2022.<br />

The book is a memoir detailing<br />

Gaines’ experiences<br />

and how important each<br />

piece was to create the story<br />

that she tells today.<br />

Throughout the book, she<br />

speaks boldly about memories<br />

from her past and how<br />

those moments created fear<br />

within her while growing up.<br />

This is a relatable concept<br />

for most individuals.<br />

I think we can all say that<br />

there were moments in our<br />

childhood so profound that<br />

we still deal with the internal<br />

messages they left behind.<br />

For some, this book can<br />

spark a sense of self-awareness<br />

and motivate them to<br />

begin healing parts of the<br />

past to come to terms with<br />

their own story.<br />

Significantly, Gaines normalized<br />

what adulthood,<br />

growth, and change are like.<br />

She wrote “I certainly<br />

don’t have all the answers.”<br />

That statement highlights<br />

her authenticity as an author.<br />

It allows readers to connect<br />

with her and understand<br />

that even though she<br />

embarked on a journey of<br />

change, self-discovery, and<br />

healing, she still does not<br />

have all the answers.<br />

That is the most important<br />

takeaway of the memoir.<br />

You don’t have to be perfect,<br />

have all the answers, or<br />

even pretend as though the<br />

past didn’t occur because it<br />

is all part of the story that<br />

The Bookworm<br />

By Amanda Hernandez<br />

Digital and Sports Editor<br />

Amanda Hernandez<br />

you will one day tell.<br />

Throughout the book, she<br />

emphasizes fear, bridges,<br />

paying attention, holding<br />

on, letting go, your roots,<br />

growing, untethering, piecing<br />

things together, and just<br />

having fun.<br />

You’ll likely begin uncovering<br />

your strengths, weaknesses,<br />

lies you’ve been told,<br />

hurts, pains, things that anger<br />

you and so much more.<br />

Regardless of your own<br />

experiences ,and how different<br />

they may be from<br />

Gaines’, there is something<br />

you can relate to on just<br />

about every page.<br />

In addition, her style of<br />

writing is very easy to comprehend<br />

and so conversational,<br />

you’ll feel like she’s<br />

speaking directly to you.<br />

This is a memoir that<br />

sparks ideas, understanding,<br />

and a whole lot of conversation.<br />

If you haven’t already, go<br />

grab yours today, so you can<br />

begin piecing together each<br />

part of your own story.

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Opinion<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. 1, <strong>2023</strong><br />

“M3GAN,” The<br />

new killer doll in<br />

stores now<br />

By EJ Martinez<br />

Opinion Editor<br />

Watch out Chucky, there is a new<br />

killer doll entering cinema and her<br />

name is “M3gan” directed by Gerard<br />

Johnstone and starring Allison<br />

Williams, Violet McGraw and<br />

Amie Donald.<br />

This movie succeeds in everything<br />

that other artificial intelligence<br />

and doll horror films have<br />

failed to achieve in recent years<br />

exploring themes surrounding the<br />

evolution of tech upon future generations.<br />

The flick centers on the character<br />

Cady (McGraw) after being gifted a<br />

protype A.I. doll, M3gan, from her<br />

aunt, Gemma (Williams), while the<br />

doll takes every measure to make<br />

sure Cady will never be hurt again.<br />

The movie is an interesting take<br />

on toys and artificial intelligence<br />

within children’s devices.<br />

The flick questions the dangers<br />

that come from children being<br />

raised on technology that is actively<br />

replacing the role of parents and is<br />

damaging to the emotional development<br />

within children.<br />

While the film is rated PG-13, it<br />

does have interesting deaths that<br />

sadly never have a chance to play<br />

out often having the camera panning<br />

away or cutting to something<br />

else beforehand which may be a<br />

turn off for audience members<br />

accustom to more graphic horror<br />

scenes from other films.<br />

However, that does not detract<br />

from the danger that M3gan imposes<br />

on the characters within the<br />

film with her titanium body, voice<br />

mimicry and her connections she<br />

has with smart devices presenting<br />

her as an unkillable killing machine.<br />

This flick has a clear understanding<br />

of its goals and what it seeks<br />

out to do for its audience with its<br />

campy tone surrounding the commercialization<br />

of toys and products<br />

for kids and the difficulties faced by<br />

Silicon Valley engineers and higher-ups.<br />

The effects and makeup for the<br />

film were spectacular, especially for<br />

M3gan design and graphic scenes;<br />

some scenes appear to have fun<br />

with the prosthetics and props used<br />

during horrific scenes.<br />

Overall, while the film may not fill<br />

in the need for blood and gore for<br />

some audience members “M3gan”<br />

does provide an interesting take on<br />

A.I. horror genre that was gladly<br />

needed.<br />


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

Campus Events<br />

.<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 1: Deadline to apply for scholarships:<br />

https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/finaid/<br />

scholarships<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 8: The Gadfly Cafe, Topic: Artificial Intelligence,<br />

Levan Center,12:30 - 1:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 9: Dr. Eddie Cole Jr. , Professor of<br />

Higher Education and Organizational Change<br />

at UCLA, speaking at the Levan Center at 2:00<br />

p.m., and at the Indoor Theater, PAC building<br />

at 7:00 p.m.<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 14: Deep Cuts and Conversations: an<br />

informal discussion of music, with Josh Ottum,<br />

Kris Tiner, and Reggie Williams, Levan Center,<br />

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 17 & 20: BC will be closed on Friday<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 17 and Monday <strong>Feb</strong>. 20 in observance of<br />

Presidents’ Day weekend<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 22: Art, Architecture, and Archetypes:<br />

a faculty panel on art, architecture, and mythology,<br />

featuring Rae Ann Kumelos, Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg,<br />

Krista Moreland, and Ronnie<br />

Wrest, Levan Center, 6 - 7:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>. 22: Kwame Anthony Appiah, NYU<br />

Professor of Law and Philosophy, speaking on<br />

Race and Cultural Criticism., Ball Room, 3rd<br />

floor of Campus Center, 6:00-7:30 p.m.<br />

March 2: Dr. Rosemarie Zagarri, author,<br />

historian, and professor speaking at BC at the<br />

Levan Center at 2:00 p.m., and at the Indoor<br />

Theater, PAC building at 7:00 p.m.<br />

March 23: Will Gadd, professional top adventure<br />

sports athlete speaking at BC at the<br />

Levan Center at 2:00 p.m., and at the Indoor<br />

Theater, PAC building at 7:00 p.m.<br />

March 13: Dr. Melanie Lundquist, philanthropist<br />

speaking at BC at the Ball Room, 3rd<br />

floor of Campus Center, 2:00 P.M. & 7:00 p.m.

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