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

Vol. 99 ∙ No. 2 Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. <strong>15</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Bakersfield College<br />

Levan class about<br />

coming out movies<br />

Gadfly Cafe talks<br />

about A.I.<br />

BC students crave<br />

more food choices<br />

News, Page 2 Campus, Page 5 Campus, Page 5<br />


Starting pitcher Tim Ruiz throws a key strikeout, his second of<br />

10, during the <strong>Feb</strong>. 9 game.<br />


MOUR<br />

Drone footage from BC’s<br />

first Light up the night on<br />


Marcia Overturf, Edgar Rodriquez, & Noah Rodriquez<br />

deliver lunch to the <strong>Renegade</strong> <strong>Rip</strong> room on <strong>Feb</strong>. 8.<br />


Distinguished speaker, Dr. Eddie R. Cole presents<br />

“The Campus Challenge: Race, History, and the<br />

Urge of Action Now” on <strong>Feb</strong>. 9.<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>. <strong>15</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

“Coming Out” movie class<br />

premires at the Levan Center<br />

By EJ Martinez<br />

Editor<br />

Levan Institute presents a course on<br />

“Coming Out” in the movies.<br />

The course will require students to<br />

stream the movies on their own time<br />

and view the listed films stated here,<br />

such as In and Out, Love Simon, But<br />

I’m A Cheerleader, and Straight Up<br />

and join discussions on Zoom.<br />

The class fee is $25 and will have<br />

classes for Jan. 30, <strong>Feb</strong>. 6, 13, and 20 at<br />

4-5pm. The course will be headed by<br />

Conni Rush and Michelle Zamanian.<br />

Zamanian states that she hopes that<br />

people will get out of this course is how<br />

coming out has changed throughout<br />

film and how it helps paved the way to<br />

tell other LGBTQ+ stories as well as,<br />

why coming out is important in film.<br />

Zamanian says that the movies were<br />

specifically picked chronically to show<br />

the transition of coming out throughout<br />

the movies between 20 years and to<br />

explore the cultural situations that the<br />

characters were in and where the situation<br />

of “coming out” is now at in our<br />

modern age.<br />

The movies that have been picked are<br />

limited due to the scope of the course,<br />

explaining why they will not be able to<br />

show more films by more prominent<br />

gay filmmakers such as John Waters,<br />

Joel Schumacher, or Kimberley Peirce.<br />

However, Zamanian says that the movies<br />

that have been picked for the course<br />

either have been casted, directed, or<br />

were written by someone who is part<br />

of the LGBTQ+ community. Rush<br />

states that if there was a large demand<br />

for certain flicks, they would be glad<br />

to open another course on exploring<br />

queer coding or other film themes.<br />

Although there is a fee in order to take<br />

the course, Zamanian says that they are<br />

will to make adjustments in order help<br />

students who want to take the course.<br />

As well, she will be willing to suggest<br />

ways for students to easily access these<br />

movies.<br />

Rush has stated that if there is any<br />

group that is interested in another selected<br />

theme of films, they are willing<br />

to do either a presentation or course<br />

surrounding it.<br />

If you are interested in the course,<br />

please visit Levan Institute for Lifelong<br />

Learning course and registration page<br />

through the Bakersfield college website.<br />

HBCUs Visit BC Campus<br />

By Blake Burton<br />

Editor<br />

Bakersfield College held the HBCU Caravan on Jan. 30<br />

with 29 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the<br />

Panorama Campus ballroom. The room was filled to the<br />

max with students wishing to be accepted into their favorite<br />

HBCU.<br />

Universities in attendance included Florida Memorial University,<br />

Benedict College and Central State University, just to<br />

name a few. A lot of the colleges were giving out scholarships<br />

and even giving out full rides.<br />

The different groups of students who were there expressed<br />

their ecstatic reactions to being accepted into their future colleges<br />

and most of them being able to get scholarships and the<br />

different resources they had to offer.<br />

Recruiters from different universities and colleges explained<br />

that they were there to inform students about opportunities<br />

at their schools, and some even incentives of going to their<br />

college or university.<br />

BC student Alexis Brown explained that It was a great experience<br />

and that she got accepted on the spot at three different<br />

HBCUs: Talladega College, Florida Memorial, and<br />

Harris-State-Stone University. She also said that it was a<br />

great opportunity that both high school and college students<br />

can benefit from.<br />

Another student, Aaron Beal, said that he was very excited<br />

about how many HBCUs there were at BC. He was also accepted<br />

into some HBCUs at the event as well.<br />

Hortense Taylor shared that it was an “amazing experience<br />

seeing all the HBCUs here at Bakersfield College” and<br />

that there were so many opportunities for students.<br />


Students getting accepted into HBCUs on Jan 30.

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Sports<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. <strong>15</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

BC Tennis: Love the Game,<br />

hate the loss<br />

Nadeen Maniord<br />

Reporter<br />

The Girl’s tennis team for Bakersfield College, had a home<br />

match against their second team on <strong>Feb</strong>. 4 and unfortunately<br />

was met with a loss 7-2.<br />

The beginning of the season started for spring sports, and<br />

Girl’s tennis is no different for the <strong>Renegade</strong>s. Unlike the<br />

Kern High Schools, Tennis for the girls occurs in the springtime<br />

for college students. Making this the second match of<br />

the season for the girls. This would be labeled as a non-conference<br />

match.<br />

Swinging into things, the doubles pairs went ahead, and<br />

had top three ranked pairs play off against Orange Coast’s<br />

top three pairs. Greta Kruesar and Abby Reimer were the<br />

#1 doubles. Hannah Puruis and Kiana Lua are the #2 doubles.<br />

While Aleah Gisineros and Grecia de La Cruz is the #3<br />

pairing.<br />

All the girls attacked the ball and fought hard to get that win<br />

they needed. However, the top two teams lost their matches.<br />

Meaning that the <strong>Renegade</strong>s would need to win 4 matches<br />

in singles matches in order to take home a win.<br />

Singles was the next to play after the conclusion of all the<br />

doubles matches. There were top six players that were designated<br />

to play with the top six of Orange Coast. Once again,<br />

Greta Kruesar would represent as the #1 player for singles.<br />

Out of the six matches, an unfortunate score of 1 would<br />

only go to the <strong>Renegade</strong>s. Making the final score 2-7 for the<br />

match against Orange Coast. Although the girls didn’t win,<br />

they are still eager to compete and have a good season.<br />

NA-<br />


(Above) Greta Krueger returning the ball back to<br />

Orange Coast.<br />


(Left) Doubles Match between number 1 doubles,<br />

showing Abigail ready for the serve.

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Sportss<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. <strong>15</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

BC wins with<br />

strong pitching<br />

What if ?<br />

All Things Sports<br />

By Steven Kertis<br />

Reporter<br />

Steven Kertis<br />

Reporter<br />

The Bakersfield College<br />

<strong>Renegade</strong>s won a tight game<br />

against the El Camino Warriors<br />

7-4 on Thursday night<br />

(<strong>Feb</strong>. 9).<br />

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

at the bottom of the first inning<br />

when first baseman Alex<br />

Martinez hit an RBI single on<br />

a fielder’s choice to put the<br />

<strong>Renegade</strong>s up 1-0 early.<br />

The Warriors would answer<br />

back quickly thanks to<br />

an RBI single from left fielder<br />

Brendan McAndrews as third<br />

baseman Patrick Stark would<br />

score the run to tie the game<br />

at one after the top of the second<br />

inning.<br />

The <strong>Renegade</strong>s wouldn’t let<br />

that slide however as the hitters<br />

got busy in the bottom of<br />

the second scoring three runs<br />

to put them up 4-1 and chased<br />

Warriors starting pitcher Travis<br />

Connelly out of the game<br />

not even two innings into the<br />

game.<br />

Things didn’t change until<br />

the bottom of the fifth inning<br />

when Warriors right fielder<br />

Daniel Murillo blasted a<br />

rocket that went into left field,<br />

which led to the scoring of<br />

two runs to put El Camino behind<br />

by one run.<br />

The crucial point in the<br />

game was during the top<br />

of the sixth inning when El<br />

Camino had runners in scoring<br />

position. <strong>Renegade</strong>s starting<br />

pitcher Tim Ruiz gets a<br />

key strikeout which ends the<br />

inning and leaves the runners<br />

stranded for the inning. Ruiz<br />

said after that crucial play<br />

“Just being able to execute every<br />

pitch and to control what<br />

I can control.” That would be<br />

Ruiz’s tenth strikeout and last<br />

pitch of the night.<br />

In the bottom of the eighth<br />

inning, <strong>Renegade</strong>s had the<br />

bases loaded with one out<br />

when shortstop Andrew<br />

Townson hit a rocket into the<br />

left-center which led to two<br />

runs scoring on the play to put<br />

the <strong>Renegade</strong>s up 7-4.<br />

In the top of the ninth, <strong>Renegade</strong>s<br />

relief pitcher Austin<br />

Miller took care of business as<br />

he came in for relief for Tim<br />

Ruiz in the top of the seventh<br />

and only allowed one run as<br />

he was superb leading to the<br />

<strong>Renegade</strong>s getting a 7-4 victory<br />

over the Warriors in the<br />

first of three games at Bakersfield<br />

College.<br />


<strong>Renegade</strong>s Shortstop Andrew<br />

Townson is up to bat in the<br />

bottom of the eighth where<br />

he hits a double.<br />

What If ? A question<br />

anyone has been associated<br />

with in sports has pondered<br />

all throughout sports<br />

history. The importance of<br />

already knowing the outcome<br />

has happened, but<br />

what if the outcome went<br />

the other way.<br />

What if the Seattle Seahawks<br />

ran the football at<br />

the goal line of Super Bowl<br />

49? The Seahawks are<br />

coming off a Super Bowl<br />

48 dominant victory over<br />

the Denver Broncos and<br />

were on pace to be back-toback<br />

Super Bowl Champions.<br />

They had superstar<br />

running back Marshawn<br />

Lynch in their backfield<br />

and head coach Pete Carroll<br />

calls a play for quarterback<br />

Russell Wilson<br />

to throw the ball on the<br />

1-yard line and it was intercepted<br />

by New England<br />

Patriots cornerback Malcolm<br />

Butler and the Patriots<br />

would win the game.<br />

The play call goes down<br />

as one of the worst calls in<br />

NFL history.<br />

What if Pete Carroll<br />

decides to call a running<br />

play and give it to the best<br />

running back in the NFL?<br />

The Seahawks would score<br />

a touchdown to put them<br />

up 31-28. That gave minimal<br />

time for Tom Brady<br />

and the Patriots to try and<br />

get a field goal with twenty<br />

seconds to go in the game<br />

along with two timeouts.<br />

What if the 2013 Auburn<br />

vs Alabama Kick<br />

Steven Kertis<br />

Six never happened? This<br />

game would have gone<br />

into overtime between two<br />

of the top four teams in the<br />

country.<br />

What if Dallas Cowboys<br />

wide receiver Dez Bryant<br />

catches the ball against<br />

the Green Bay Packers in<br />

the 2014 NFC Divisional<br />

Round. The Cowboys<br />

would score, giving the<br />

Cowboys the lead with<br />

four minutes to go and giving<br />

the Green Bay offense<br />

a chance to win the game.<br />

What if New England<br />

Patriots quarterback Drew<br />

Bledsoe never got hurt?<br />

Tom Brady was the backup<br />

quarterback at the time.<br />

Would Tom Brady be traded?<br />

Would he have the career<br />

he had today?<br />

Other notable questions:<br />

What if the Tuck Rule<br />

never happened and it was<br />

ruled a fumble? What if<br />

quarterback Patrick Mahomes<br />

was drafted by the<br />

Chicago Bears? What if<br />

Butler power forward Gordon<br />

Hayward makes the<br />

half-court shot in the 2010<br />

National Championship?

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Campus<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. <strong>15</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Gadfly Cafe tackles A.I.<br />

By Nadeen Maniord<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College hosted its first Gadfly Cafe for the<br />

Spring Semester at the Levan Center on <strong>Feb</strong>. 8.<br />

A Gadfly, is a round table discussion between students, to<br />

discuss a specific point and perhaps debate it. It allows students<br />

to expand their thinking and go more into a philosophical<br />

idea.<br />

For this specific discussion, students would talk about Artificial<br />

Intelligence, and how far it would go. Specifically, diving<br />

into the robot named Sophia. The discussion began watching<br />

a video on this Robot, called “Sophia Awakens Episode<br />

1”. After the video, this would open the floor for students to<br />

present their thoughts.<br />

Joseph Melgor, would be the first to speak, stating, “It<br />

sounded like she was in pain.” Referring to how Sophia<br />

looked in the video. Reggie Williams would ask follow up<br />

questions in order to keep the conversation going.<br />

As the Gadfly would continue, students would present<br />

questions and points of how exactly far we can go with Artificial<br />

Intelligence would go, and what should Sophia the<br />

robot be considered. Ben Poirere would say that it seemed as<br />

though humans are naturally alienated, which is why it seems<br />

like Sophia is discomforted.<br />

Points like these would allow students to expand their thinking,<br />

perhaps even change their minds on the idea of Artificial<br />

Intelligence, exactly the point of having a Gadfly.<br />

Opinion: More food choices<br />

By Madeline Ruebush<br />

Reporter<br />

Burgers, pizza, fries and so much more are available for BC<br />

students at the Dining Hall cafeteria. But there’s something<br />

that is missing from their menu: food that accommodates all<br />

students at BC.<br />

The cafeteria food, though tasty, is greasy, meat-centric,<br />

and sometimes unhealthy, which can create barriers for some<br />

of the students who rely on the food here.<br />

Lydia Herrera has attended BC on and off since 2012.<br />

She’s a full-time mom, works and is in the process of getting<br />

her degree in Early Childhood Education. She also suffers<br />

from many health conditions. She said that the grease-filled<br />

options at the cafeteria would “put me into a diabetic coma.”<br />

When asked what the cafeteria could do to accommodate<br />

her better, Herrera said that having more vegetables and<br />

fruits, lean meat options such as grilled chicken instead of<br />

fried or turkey sausage, and alternative bread options, as well<br />

as a salad bar for more salad options would all benefit her<br />

immensely.<br />

More choices would save her time. “My day is full of things<br />

I have to do, from sun-up to sun-down,” she said.<br />

She wishes that she didn’t have to worry about packing<br />

herself a lunch along with everything else.<br />

Herrera is often in the cafeteria with her friend Anthony<br />

Villines who also mentioned that they have problems with<br />

the cafeteria food.<br />

Villiness suffers from Congestive Heart Failure and must<br />

watch what he eats. He said that the cafeteria food options<br />

are not healthy enough for him to eat. They are too greasy<br />

and there aren’t enough salad options. He also mentioned<br />

that the unhealthy food is often less expensive than the salads.<br />

The menu also doesn’t accommodate students who don’t<br />

eat meat. Cord Swanson works as a tutor at BC and is a vegetarian.<br />

They said that they “don’t ever eat at the cafeteria”<br />

because there just aren’t very many options for them. Besides<br />

the cheese pizza, salad, and sometimes soup, there is just not<br />

enough choices for them to justify paying for the cafeteria<br />

food. Cord said that they would like to see a vegetarian pizza<br />

option and mentioned also wanting a salad bar. They said<br />

that if some of these changes were implemented, they would<br />

stop by the cafeteria more often.<br />

The cafeteria has also been dealing with a staffing shortage<br />

this semester, but luckily this has been addressed, said Mirian<br />

Fuentes who works at the cafeteria as Assistant Three. She<br />

said that management has already brought in 10 new student<br />

workers and that because of that, they have been able<br />

to open until 5 p.m. recently.<br />

When asked about food options at BC, she said that they<br />

are expanding – in reference to the new Starbucks – and that<br />

they are trying to bring in different cultural offerince, specifically<br />

with their daily specials.<br />

She also stated that the cafeteria tries not to waste food, so<br />

they prefer making not enough food than too much food. She<br />

emphasized that they never put out day-old food; it’s always<br />

fresh. They also don’t have a lot of storage, Fuentes said.<br />

This makes it hard to create too wide a range of selections.<br />

But it still seems like there is room to improve. Students<br />

with health problems are specially hit hard with the lack of<br />

healthy food options. Hopefully BC can remedy this <strong>issue</strong><br />

in the coming years, because the <strong>issue</strong> is hurting their most<br />

vulnerable students.

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Campus<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. <strong>15</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Speaker: UCLA Professor<br />

talks about racial <strong>issue</strong>s<br />

By Anthony Vasquez<br />

Editor-in-Chief<br />

Eddie R. Cole, an Associate professor of higher education<br />

and organizational change at UCLA, came to speak<br />

at BC <strong>Feb</strong>. 10. His presentation, “The Campus Challenge:<br />

Race, History, and the Urge of Action Now” pursued the<br />

topic of race within a college campus, the historical struggles<br />

that are engraved in each college’s background, and how<br />

that background has influenced the educational experience<br />

of many black students.<br />

Cole opened his presentation by asking the audience,<br />

“If historians from 50 years from now studied you and your<br />

work, what do you hope they would file and report?” He<br />

then stated that “History shapes the way that we operate today,<br />

this history is important,” and how it could also shape<br />

how students could potentially experience college today, and<br />

with their own communities.<br />

He mentioned a case of racial discrimination on a college<br />

campus that dated back to when WWll had ended. “As college<br />

enrollment was also increasing after WWll, that wasn’t<br />

the case at a number of colleges, including the University of<br />

Chicago. The enrollment had actually decreased than it had<br />

been since 1919.” He elaborated on this by adding that there<br />

had been multiple black communities surrounding the college<br />

area, which made the campus unappealing for any students,<br />

families, and staff members who were predominantly<br />

white.<br />

The situation became worse afterward according to Cole.<br />

He mentioned that presidents of universities such as Harvard,<br />

Yale, MIT, Pennsylvania, and Columbia had joined<br />

each other in a meeting held in 1957 that had brought up<br />

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

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

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

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

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

potential plans that they had in order to get rid of the large<br />

numbers of Black communities that surrounded each of the<br />

campus areas.<br />

Cole also explained to the audience that each of the<br />

schools had begun to change the narrative that had been<br />

going on, by claiming that they were saving America from<br />

any black students. The narrative had been harmful to many<br />

black communities as it began to silence many black voices<br />

within the areas.<br />

The history of these schools silencing many black student<br />

voices allowed Cole to bring up the fact that there is now a<br />

legacy for people today to decide what their role is in making<br />

sure people’s legacies are acknowledged now, so that voices<br />

can be heard and that a college experience can be given to<br />

anyone.<br />


Dr. Eddie R. Cole speaks at the <strong>Renegade</strong> ballroom<br />

on <strong>Feb</strong> 9<br />

STAFF<br />

Reporters/photographers:<br />

Samantha Britt<br />

Nicolas Chavaria<br />

Steven Kertis<br />

Allan Manalili<br />

Nadeen Maniord<br />

Madeline Ruebush<br />

Essiah Torres<br />

Emily Urias<br />

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Opinion<br />

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Wednesday,<strong>Feb</strong>. <strong>15</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Feeding the campus press<br />

with the <strong>Renegade</strong> Express<br />

By Emily Urias<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College Culinary Arts lab technician, Marcia<br />

Overturf, announced via email, the <strong>Renegade</strong> Room<br />

will now deliver lunch on campus starting <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 1st!<br />

These fresh meals are only delivered on Wednesdays from<br />

11:30am to 12pm and 12pm to 12:30. However, they only<br />

accept cash or checks but you may pay online if you call in.<br />

With a menu that is diverse and changes every week, they<br />

have a variety of delicious meals, it was difficult for me to<br />

choose! I decided on the spaghetti and meatballs with a Sierra<br />

mist.<br />

Upon arrival the RIP room was greeted with welcoming<br />

smiles from Marcia Overturf along with two BC culinary<br />

arts students, Noah Rodriquez and Edgar Rodriquez.They<br />

surprised me with an additional two sourdough bread slices<br />

and butter. Taking my first bite, my mouth melted with<br />

flavor. The spaghetti itself was amazing and it wasn’t under<br />

or overbearing with flavor. They had a giant meatball in the<br />

middle that I, at first, found odd but later on I found it practical<br />

to cut parts of it based on how much meat I wanted to<br />

eat.<br />

I would have to say that it was one of the best spaghetti<br />

dishes I have eaten in my recent days. After I finished eating<br />

I was left with a full stomach and happiness that it was worth<br />

every penny for the $<strong>15</strong> dollars I had spent on the meal.<br />

These lunches are a great way to eat and have a chit chat<br />

with your friends, fellow classmates, and even professors<br />

without having to lift a foot. This meal helped cure my hunger<br />

pangs especially when I didn’t have the chance to grab<br />

breakfast.<br />

Thank you to our <strong>Renegade</strong> Room for going above and<br />

beyond by taking on a new delivery system throughout the<br />

campus. The BC appreciates your service and all that you<br />

do for staff, students, and faculty!<br />


Left: BC culinary student Noah Rodriquez, Marcia<br />

Overturf Lab Technician for Culinary program and<br />

culinary student Edgar Rodriquez delivers spaghetti<br />

with one jumbo meatball and Sierra mist to<br />

<strong>Renegade</strong> <strong>Rip</strong> room on <strong>Feb</strong>. 8.<br />


Right: Spaghetti and meatballs with bread<br />

delivered and prepared by the <strong>Renegade</strong><br />


Page 8<br />

Opinion<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. <strong>15</strong>, <strong>2023</strong><br />

“Knock at the<br />

Cabin” is now a<br />

refreshing take<br />

on tired tropes<br />

By Nicolas “Peter” Chavaria<br />

Reporter<br />

With <strong>2023</strong> just beginning for the<br />

film world, M. Night Shyamalan’s<br />

“Knock at the Cabin” is a great<br />

sign of things to come, no pun intended.<br />

Starring Dave Bautista,<br />

Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, and<br />

Kristen Cui, the film tells a very<br />

simple but effective story of “Could<br />

you sacrifice someone in your family,<br />

to save the world?”<br />

Based on the novel “The Cabin<br />

at the End of the World” by Paul<br />

Tremblay, we follow a small family<br />

of three enjoying their vacation,<br />

before being held hostage by 4 people<br />

stating they either sacrifice one<br />

member of their family or let the<br />

rest of the world die by a prophecy<br />

already in motion.<br />

What starts as a routine home-invasion<br />

movie, quickly turns itself on<br />

its head with stellar characters and<br />

performances from Dave Bautista’s<br />

Leonard, Abby Quinn’s Adriane,<br />

Nikki Amuka-Bird’s Sabrina, and<br />

Rupert Grint’s Redmond. Not<br />

only do they humanize the mystery<br />

group, but show us all sides of<br />

humanity, good and bad, and have<br />

us questioning if they’re telling the<br />

truth at the same time our main<br />

characters are.<br />

That transitions us nicely into<br />

the film’s strongest aspect, the family.<br />

Jonathan Groff’s Eric, Ben Aldridge’s<br />

Andrew, and Kristen Cui’s<br />

Wen portray a loving family and<br />

diverse family amazingly. Not one<br />

character is portrayed as one-dimensional.<br />

Aldridge gives the best<br />

performance in the entire movie,<br />

going through so many emotions<br />

and arcs that if he weren’t in the<br />

movie, it would be much worse off.<br />

9-year-old Kristen Cui also gives<br />

one of the best debut roles in recent<br />

years.<br />

Cinematographers Jarin Blaschke<br />

and Lowell A. Meyer also make this<br />

film stand out visually with many<br />

unique and interesting shots, as well<br />

as beautiful frames and moments.<br />

The score by Herdís Stefánsdóttir<br />

is easily one of this movie’s biggest<br />

highlights, with “Breaking in,”<br />

“Diner,” and “Prologue” being<br />

key examples as to why. Multiple<br />

times throughout the film we feel<br />

spine-chilling uneasiness, catharsis,<br />

and bittersweet tug-on-your-heartstrings<br />

moments within mere seconds<br />

without tonal whiplash.<br />

Don’t let the 60% or 6/10’s fool<br />

you. This film easily keeps <strong>2023</strong><br />

going strong with excellent movie<br />

releases, and hopefully sets the<br />

standard for upcoming releases as<br />

well.<br />


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

Campus Events<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 2-5: Noises off by Micheal Frayn, directed<br />

by Cody Ganger, at the Edward Simonsen<br />

Indoor Theater<br />

March 8: Gadfly Cafe, the controversy of<br />

Tenure in High Schools and Colleges, at the<br />

Levan Center from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.<br />

March 14: Deep Cuts and Conversations:<br />

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

Ottum, Kris Tiner, and Reggie Williams, via<br />

Zoom from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.<br />

March 12: Gadfy Cafe, Diversity and the<br />

Purpose of Higher Education, at the Levan<br />

Center at 12:30 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.<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 />

April 12: Gadfly Cafe, Diversity and the<br />

purpose of higher education, at the Levan<br />

Center from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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