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Vol. 101∙ No. 4 Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> <strong>20</strong>, <strong>20</strong>24<br />

Bakersfield College<br />

BC Election Season<br />

News, Page 2<br />

DSPS Coffee &<br />

Convo<br />

Campus, Page 6<br />

Opinion, Page 7<br />

Ariana Grande<br />

album “Noises review Off” full of<br />

fabulous chaos<br />

Opinion, Page 7<br />


Pi Day was held on <strong>March</strong> 14 in the GS courtyard.<br />


A line gathers for free pizza and pie that stretches<br />

through the courtyard.<br />


Pi Day was held on <strong>March</strong> 14 in the GS courtyard.<br />

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BCSGA Election<br />

Sessions<br />

Journalism Day<br />

held at BC<br />

By Mario Saldana<br />

Reporter<br />

Election time is just around the corner for open BCSGA positions<br />

at Bakersfield College, such as Director of Student Organization,<br />

Fund Manager, and other vacant senator-at-large<br />

positions. Candidate information sessions are being held until<br />

Mar. 14. They are providing any ideas for any students<br />

looking to run, like where to start and how to grow a healthy<br />

campaign on campus.<br />

Students, such as Hugo Garcia, were one of many students<br />

who have been visiting the sessions to get information on how<br />

to become a candidate.<br />

When asked if he had any experience in student organizations<br />

or if he’d been in any student governments during his<br />

time at school, Garcia stated, “No I haven’t, to be honest I<br />

never had any experience. But I’m looking to run now because<br />

I’m looking to get more involved, and I want to be part<br />

of the school’s events and community. Of course, it’s something<br />

new but it seems interesting, and I’m excited to start my<br />

campaign, I just hope people vote for me.” Hugo responds.<br />

Lily Linares and Julianna Mullen were two of the BCSGA<br />

members who hosted the session. They answered questions<br />

for anyone that needed advice on how to run a clean and<br />

healthy campaign, without resulting in disqualification.<br />

Some of the topics covered were about how to become a<br />

qualifying candidate, the rules you must follow (including the<br />

dos and don’ts when running for elections), being approved<br />

to start campaigning, how donations work, and the important<br />

dates through the election cycle.<br />

Though sessions are starting to wind down, Linares and<br />

Mullen feel like this is an event one must attend, not only to<br />

start your campaigning career, but because it’s also mandatory<br />

for anyone trying to run. This is because not attending one<br />

of the sessions will automatically disqualify you.<br />

Linares is impressed by the student turnout, as she said,<br />

“We have been getting a lot of students coming into the info<br />

sessions, and they’re coming into the physical session more<br />

than the zoom ones, which is always a positive thing to see!”<br />


BCSGA members Lily<br />

Linares and Julianna<br />

Mullen hosted an session<br />

for BC students<br />

looking to campaign<br />

for vacant election<br />

spots<br />

By Joscelyn Martinez<br />

Reporter<br />

On Mar. 8, aspiring journalists<br />

from different high<br />

schools in Bakersfield came<br />

to BC’s Journalism Day to<br />

learn more about what the<br />

profession has to offer.<br />

Speakers from different<br />

branches of journalism contributed<br />

to the event by sharing<br />

advice and ideas. Staff<br />

also provided baked goods<br />

and water for students.<br />

However, before the<br />

event began, maintenance<br />

and operations attempted<br />

to close off the front of the<br />

building, making it inaccessible<br />

for disabled students.<br />

Justice was swift to action<br />

when Professor Erin Auerbach<br />

was able to push the<br />

construction date to a later<br />

time, allowing the event to<br />

continue.<br />

“A lot of what people<br />

want to know is behind the<br />

scenes,” said multimedia<br />

journalist for 23 ABC News<br />

Ava Kershner. “They see<br />

the 2-minute shot but not<br />

the work that goes into it.”<br />

Kershner along with co<br />

reporter Dominique Lavigne<br />

and former broadcast<br />

reporter, Brian Atawater<br />

held a seminar on broadcast<br />

journalism. They both<br />

discussed their journey to<br />

become reporters along<br />

with the skills they’ve gained<br />

overtime.<br />

Lavigne and Kershner<br />

detailed their journey to becoming<br />

multimedia journalist<br />

by painting a thoughtful<br />

and optimistic storyline for<br />

future journalists.<br />

Atawater concluded the<br />

seminar by showing comparison<br />

between past and<br />

modern journalism.<br />

Students were also given<br />

the opinion to explore public<br />

relations (PR) Jorge Barientas,<br />

director of marketing<br />

and PR at film Chain Cohn<br />

and Clark.<br />

Then Barientas expressed<br />

how useful journalism can<br />

be for other jobs.<br />

“You gain the ability to<br />

communicate better and<br />

build positive relationships<br />

with different groups as people,”<br />

said Barientas.<br />

Press Photographer, Mark<br />

Nessia, held a seminar for<br />

those interested in photography.<br />

He discussed how<br />

variety is important when<br />

taking photos, and how capturing<br />

emotion can add to<br />

the readers or viewers experience.<br />

Concluding the event students<br />

were given awards<br />

for excellent writing and<br />

broadcasts and were sent<br />

home with ambition and he<br />

around and skills.<br />


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Condor’s photographer<br />

Mark Nessia<br />

explaining how anyone<br />

can be a photographer.

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Pi (3.141592653589), not pie<br />

By Jonathan Wheelock<br />

Reporter<br />

Pi Day was on Mar. 14 with an event<br />

held in the GS courtyard. Nearly a hundred<br />

different people passed through to<br />

check out all the different activities that<br />

the event had in store.<br />

“We’ve just come to have some fun<br />

and learn a little about math,” said<br />

Claire Lahorgue, the event organizer,<br />

“This is my favorite day of the year.”<br />

The event had games and activities,<br />

a raffle, pizza, and, of course, pie. All<br />

students would have to do to get a slice<br />

of pizza or pie was to sign in on a signin<br />

sheet.<br />

Lahorgue explained the event was<br />

able to get this food due to their Title<br />

III grant, which funded the pizza, and<br />

the BC Culinary Department, which<br />

made all the pies.<br />

Students were able to obtain raffle<br />

tickets by participating in different activities<br />

that were set up. There was a<br />

table where you could make your very<br />

own Pi-themed necklace, another that<br />

challenged your trivia skills, and one in<br />

which you would be able to test a hypothesis.<br />

“If you were able to throw arrows at<br />

a board [with a circle on it] the amount<br />

inside the circle and outside the circle<br />

will come closer to Pi with the equation<br />

4 x a/(a+b)” said Arianna Perez, a newly<br />

joined member of the of the Math<br />

Club, as she explained her activity.<br />

About halfway through the event, the<br />

Pi Recitation contest started. For every<br />

three digits of Pi that were correctly<br />


Arianna Perez, a new member of the<br />

Math Club, explaining her activity to<br />

a group of BC students.<br />

stated, the contestant would get a raffle<br />

ticket.<br />

The competition escalated quite<br />

quickly as, by round six, Stella Black recited<br />

110 digits of Pi. Soon after Black,<br />

Santiago Martinez would say 103 digits<br />

before he made a mistake. After a few<br />

more rounds, a new record was set by<br />

Greg Jimenez with 118. However, this<br />

record didn’t stand for long as Joseph<br />

Lara went next, reciting 155 digits of<br />

Pi. As one of the final contestants got<br />

up on stage, Johan Degante recited 159<br />

digits, which made him the new record<br />

holder.<br />

Towards the end of the event, the raffle<br />

was drawn and four students were<br />

chosen to throw pies made of shaving<br />

cream at their professors.<br />

Other contestants of the Pi Recitation<br />

include Alexander Wilson, Jack<br />

Evans (35 digits), Ananda Pidatala (60<br />

digits), Dembo Baldeh (66 digits), Juan<br />

Torrez (21 digits), Osiel Bahena (11<br />

digits), Luis Morales (18 digits), Francisco<br />

Gomez (33 digits) and Monserrat<br />

Mencilla (21 digits).<br />

Latinas in leadership speak<br />

By Angela Medina<br />

Reporter<br />

A panel on Latinas in Business and<br />

Leadership was hosted via Zoom on<br />

<strong>March</strong> 7th by Bakersfield College’s<br />

Women’s History and More Committee<br />

(WHAM) and Kern County Hispanic<br />

Chamber of Commerce (KCHCC). In<br />

honor of celebrating Women’s History<br />

Month, BC’s WHAM committee has<br />

curated a series of events celebrating<br />

women throughout history.<br />

This was the first event to shed light<br />

on women’s accomplishments. It included<br />

guest speakers, Nicole Alvarez,<br />

BC’s Program Director of Student<br />

Life. Sonia Arreguin, Clinical Director<br />

of SJET Clinical Services. Dr.<br />

Olga Meave, Chief Executive Officer<br />

of Clinica Sierra Vista. Beatriz Trejo,<br />

Lawyer and Certified Legal Specialist<br />

at Chain|Cohn|Clark and Gabriella<br />

Mello, VP. Community Development<br />

Officer at Citizens Business Bank. The<br />

panel was hosted and created by faculty<br />

coordinator, Olivia Garcia, Professor of<br />

History and Chairwomen of the KCH-<br />

CC. It was also hosted by President/<br />

CEO of KCHCC, Jay Tamsi.<br />

Professor Garcia asked the panelists a<br />

series of questions followed by a Q & A<br />

from the viewers.<br />

When asked what challenges one<br />

faces as a Latina in any profession, Gabriella<br />

Mello stated, “In the corporate<br />

world, its male dominated and it can be<br />

intimidating, but regardless of where<br />

you come from, be proud and have<br />

confidence.” Sonia Arreguin added,<br />

“Failure can never be an option.”<br />

Beatriz Trejo encouraged viewers and<br />

stated, “I was such a minority attending<br />

school in Ohio, but I took that as<br />

an opportunity to learn. You can only<br />

miss the shots you don’t take.” Dr. Olga<br />

Meave also stated, “You have to love<br />

whatever you do and enjoy your work.”<br />

The panels’ Q & A was flooded with<br />

numerous questions from viewers. Nicole<br />

Alvarez encouraged students to<br />

take care of their mental health and<br />

never be afraid to take advantage of<br />

the resources provided by BC’s Student<br />

Health and Wellness Center.<br />

As BC celebrates women breaking<br />

barriers all month long, be sure to view<br />

WHAM’s library book display at BC’s<br />

Grace Van Dyke Library all month<br />

long and attend their next event at the<br />

Levan Center on <strong>March</strong> 12th as they<br />

celebrate Voices of Female Scholars at<br />

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BC Track & Field<br />

By Natalie Macias<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College hosted<br />

its second home meet, as the<br />

BC relays were held on Mar.<br />

15 & 16. Several schools<br />

participated in the Bakersfield<br />

College meet.<br />

The first day consisted<br />

of the heptathlon, which is<br />

made up of seven events.<br />

The seven events include<br />

the 100-meter hurdles, high<br />

jump, shot put, <strong>20</strong>0 m, long<br />

jump, javelin, 800 meters.<br />

The first four events were<br />

held on day one.<br />

Track & field also consists<br />

of jumping events, as<br />

athletes participated in the<br />

high jump, long jump & triple<br />

jump. There were also<br />

throwing events, such as<br />

the shot put and the javelin<br />

throw.<br />

On the track, there were<br />

two types of running events,<br />

sprints & distance. Different<br />

heats for both male &<br />

female categories were held<br />

depending on their time for<br />

events.<br />

Because of the big number<br />

of events, both track<br />

and field events go on at the<br />

same time with individuals<br />

competing in various heats.<br />

On day two, the track<br />

events continue, starting<br />

with the rest of<br />

the heptathlon,<br />

followed by the<br />

steeplechase.<br />

The first track<br />

event that concluded<br />

was the<br />

4 x 400 meter<br />

relay. Overall,<br />

BC was doing<br />

well in each of<br />

its events.<br />

Three athletes<br />

competed<br />

in pole vault,<br />

including BC’s<br />

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Melany Franco. In the<br />

men’s side, BC was represented<br />

by Jack Evans and<br />

Miles Schmidt. Each athlete<br />

had three attempts at each<br />

height jumped before moving<br />

up inches.<br />

Back to the track, where<br />

the first men’s 1500 meter<br />

heat has five BC runners, including<br />

three BC athletes in<br />

the top five. Abraham Castro<br />

came in second, Atzin<br />

Anguiano was fourth, and<br />

Ishmael Nungaray came in<br />

fifth in what was a very tight<br />

race.<br />

BC freshman Jacob Perez<br />

talked about his goals for<br />

the season, including a “sub<br />

9:25 on steeplechase & 4:08<br />

for the 1500.” Additionally,<br />

Perez said, “improving time<br />

for the season and pacing”<br />

was crucial for season goals.<br />

Afterwards, BC’s Gabrielle<br />

Espinosa spoke on how<br />

the training is “mentally<br />

and physically challenging,<br />

because not just focusing<br />

on one event but all the<br />

heptathlon is just mentality.<br />

Asking her about what<br />

she does to help herself focus<br />

before a meet, Espinosa<br />

said that “giving words of<br />

affirmation & motivating<br />

myself ” are huge towards<br />

making her feel better and<br />

confident.<br />


Mar.16 BC Track &amp; Field Jack<br />

Evans Bc Men’s pole vault<br />

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NCAA Tournament<br />

Sports Buzz<br />

The <strong>20</strong>24 NCAA men’s<br />

basketball tournament<br />

bracket was unveiled on<br />

Mar. 17, as fans gathered<br />

on ‘Selection Sunday’ to<br />

see where their team was<br />

heading. After two weeks<br />

of conference tournaments<br />

that served as an appetizer<br />

for the upcoming weeks, we<br />

are down to 68 teams left<br />

competing for the national<br />

championship.<br />

In the East regional, defending<br />

champion Connecticut<br />

earned the #1<br />

overall seed. Yet, the metrics<br />

and stats show they may<br />

have the hardest path to the<br />

title out of the four #1 seeds.<br />

That is because the next<br />

three highest seeds (Iowa<br />

State, Auburn and Illinois)<br />

won their conference tournaments<br />

in the past week.<br />

Moving to the South regional,<br />

where Houston got<br />

the second #1 seed despite<br />

losing to Iowa State by 28 in<br />

the Big 12 tournament on<br />

Mar. 16. Despite that, the<br />

selection committee could<br />

not ignore their overall body<br />

of work, which includes a<br />

30-4 record to go along with<br />

a top three defense in the<br />

country. Their biggest challengers<br />

to the Final Four will<br />

be #3 Kentucky and #4<br />

Duke, although potential<br />

upset teams in #11 North<br />

Carolina State and #12<br />

James Madison loom large.<br />

The Midwest regional<br />

is headlined by #1 Purdue.<br />

Last year, they lost to<br />

Fairleigh Dickinson, becoming<br />

the second ever #1<br />

seed to lose to #16 in the<br />

process. This is the region<br />

where many upsets will be<br />

By Gesus Garcia<br />

Sports Editor<br />

Gesus Garcia<br />

picked, as #12 McNeese<br />

State and #13 Samford<br />

are two mid-major teams<br />

with great offenses that<br />

can score on anyone. On<br />

the flip side, two favorites<br />

include Creighton and #2<br />

Tennessee, who is led by<br />

player of the year candidate<br />

Dalton Knecht.<br />

On paper, the West regional<br />

may be the weakest,<br />

which could lead to chaos.<br />

North Carolina is the #1<br />

seed here, but their defense<br />

may stop them from going<br />

far. #2 Arizona was on the<br />

wrong end of an upset last<br />

year, when they lost to #15<br />

Princeton. #3 Baylor is an<br />

underrated pick, as this<br />

squad is great defensively,<br />

and their offense doesn’t<br />

rely on one player to carry<br />

them, allowing anyone to<br />

go off on any given night.<br />

Who will cut down the<br />

nets in Phoenix come Apr.<br />

8? The next three weeks<br />

promise to deliver thrills<br />

and heartbreaks; now it’s<br />

time to sit back and see<br />

who gets their ‘One Shining<br />


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Facing the music<br />

By Kaley Soren<br />

Reporter<br />

“Deep Cuts and Conversations” —<br />

that is the name of an event held at the<br />

Norman Levan Center three times a semester.<br />

But what does it entail? It may<br />

not be what you expect.<br />

“Deep Cuts and Conversations” provides<br />

an environment for people to listen<br />

to and talk about different pieces of<br />

music.<br />

Reggie Williams, director of the Levan<br />

Center and a philosophy professor,<br />

was joined by Kyle Burnham and Timothy<br />

Heasley of the school’s music department<br />

for this gathering.<br />

“I’m just trying to help students and<br />

community members, for that matter,<br />

love music the way we do,” said<br />

Williams. “And also to help them understand<br />

music, not just in terms of<br />

background noise, if you will, but also<br />

to dabble a little bit and appreciate a<br />

little bit of the cultural significance of<br />

music.”<br />

Williams said each “Deep Cuts and<br />

Conversations” session involves listening<br />

to music, and talking in depth about<br />

the piece afterwards.<br />

“In my opinion, these sessions are at<br />

their best when we talk at least as much<br />

as we listen,” said Williams. “There’s<br />

so much I can say about these artforms<br />

about their cultural significance.”<br />

According to Williams, the topic of<br />

each “Deep Cuts and Conversations”<br />

session can vary between guilty pleasures,<br />

protest songs, controversial songs<br />

and fusion songs that encompass different<br />

cultures.<br />

“It’s ultimately an attempt to try to<br />

help students realize the significance of<br />

music, and so the more we can get them<br />

into it, the happier I am,” said Williams.<br />

“Deep Cuts and Conversations” isn’t<br />

just open to students either. Like all Levan<br />

Center events, the session is open to<br />

the public.<br />

“It’s open to everyone and I love all<br />

of that,” said Williams. “One of my<br />

real goals has been to try to break down<br />

barriers… I am always trying to be inclusive<br />

in all senses.”<br />

If you are interested in attending a<br />

“Deep Cuts and Conversations” session,<br />

Williams said sessions are held<br />

three times during the spring semester<br />

in February, <strong>March</strong>, and April, and in<br />

September, October and November<br />

during the fall semester.<br />

The next session will be held Wednesday,<br />

April 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30<br />

p.m.<br />

KALEY<br />

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FOTO Club Hygiene Drive<br />

By Angela Medina<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College’s student organization,<br />

Free On The Outside (FOTO)<br />

hosted a hygiene drive dedicated to<br />

helping those less fortunate in the community.<br />

The event took place at the<br />

roundabout by the Performing Arts<br />

Center from <strong>March</strong> 11th-14th.<br />

The FOTO Club is dedicated to supporting<br />

previously incarcerated individuals<br />

and their allies. They also aide<br />

students and their peers in succeeding<br />

academically and developing tools to be<br />

a productive citizen in the community<br />

and in college.<br />

While the club provides resources to<br />

help peers succeed in all areas, the drive<br />

was intended to further their presence<br />

and help in the community, not just intended<br />

for students.<br />

FOTO’s hygiene drive was accepting<br />

items such as new toothbrushes, deodorant,<br />

body wash and other hygiene<br />

and body care products.<br />

FOTO will then package and distribute<br />

the donated items to the less<br />

fortunate in the community. FOTO<br />

volunteer and BC student, Alejandro<br />

Rocha stated, “We will package every<br />

item and put positive affirmations in<br />

the bags and let them know everything<br />

will be okay.”<br />

Although not many items were donated,<br />

it is encouraged to donate any<br />

items no matter how big or small next<br />

time FOTO has another hygiene drive.<br />

“It wasn’t the best turnout, but it<br />

wasn’t super bad either,” added Rocha.<br />

Fellow BC student Anissa Martinez<br />

stated, “I donated what I could, but<br />

they definitely could have more donations<br />

as it wraps up the last day of the<br />

drive.” “I hope they receive more items<br />

because they are a really positive club<br />

here at BC,” added Martinez.<br />

FOTO continues to provide support<br />

and tools to its members with their<br />

drives, class sessions and planned future<br />

events.<br />

With the final day of the drive and<br />

acceptance of donated items, keep an<br />

eye out for The FOTO Club and their<br />

next representation of BC in serving<br />

the community.<br />

If interested in visiting or helping The<br />

FOTO Club, be sure to watch for future<br />

events and drives. You can also attend<br />

their meetings in the SE Building<br />

every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month<br />

at 11:00 a.m.<br />

ANGELA<br />

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FOTO<br />

Drive volunteers<br />

at<br />

the table

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DSPS hosts coffee & convo<br />

By Jacqueline Villatoro<br />

Reporter<br />

The Department of Programs and<br />

Services for Disabled Students (DSPS)<br />

at Bakersfield College (BC) held their<br />

“coffee/convo” event at Mar. 6, after 4<br />

years without doing so.<br />

The conversation began with two<br />

guest speakers, Nicole Alvarez, the<br />

Program Director and student Organization<br />

Advisor, and Abigail Tamayo,<br />

the Director of Student Organizations;<br />

discussing how students with disabilities<br />

can both feel welcome at BC and<br />

where they can go to get help.<br />

Tamayo began her presentation and<br />

explained the different benefits of student’s<br />

professional, personal, and academic<br />

growth. At BC it is not only<br />

important that students grow academically<br />

but also that they grow personally,<br />

and that people are willing to step out<br />

of their conformity zone.<br />

Further showing the different clubs<br />

that BC has, and how each of them<br />

helps students in different areas; not<br />

only academically, but also socially.<br />

She also mentioned the office of<br />

student life who organize events like:<br />

Campus Rush, Veteran’s Festivals,<br />

Welcome week events, Trunk or Treats<br />

Events, workshops and much more.<br />

Tamayo also explained to the students<br />

in attendance what the requirements<br />

are to obtain help from the<br />

school to start a new club.<br />

Afterwards, Victoria Cortez spoke,<br />

explaining the functions of DSPS and<br />

how it helps students who have different<br />

disabilities so that they can also<br />

achieve their goals in BC.<br />

Cortez also explained that before<br />

Covid-19 started, the DSPS office had<br />

a club where students could come and<br />

do fun things in which they would find<br />

out about the help that BC has for<br />

them and is starting again.<br />

She mentioned that many times, students<br />

only come to their classes and go<br />

home and thus do not get involved in<br />

school activities every day. She believes<br />

that it is important that students also<br />

do extracurricular things to have more<br />

experience.<br />

If you are interested in knowing more<br />

about this club, they are meeting Mar.<br />

<strong>20</strong> at CSS 3A from 1:30 to 2:30. For<br />

more information email at bernanette.<br />

madrid@bakersfieldcollege.edu or call<br />

at (661) 395-3526.<br />


Abigail Tamayo, director of the student organization<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> <strong>20</strong>, <strong>20</strong>24<br />

Eating healthy<br />

By Joscelyn Martinez<br />

Reporter<br />

Over the past few decades,<br />

food and grocery<br />

prices have skyrocketed,<br />

making it almost impossible<br />

for some families to eat,<br />

let alone live.<br />

According to the United<br />

States Department of<br />

Agriculture (USDA) “all<br />

food prices are expected to<br />

increase by 2.9 percent in<br />

<strong>20</strong>24, due to inflation and<br />

labor costs.”<br />

Getting food on the table<br />

is already a struggle<br />

for many, and that’s before<br />

you factor in other costs<br />

such as gas, electric, water<br />

or mortgage. Many people<br />

are barely able to get by.<br />

With this ongoing problem,<br />

what has the government<br />

done when it comes<br />

to providing aid for these<br />

families?<br />

The government has<br />

multiple programs and<br />

organizations to aid struggling<br />

families like Cal-<br />

Fresh, food assistance, or<br />

the Supplemental Nutrition<br />

Assistance Program<br />

(SNAP).<br />

In a study done by SoFi,<br />

the annual average cost<br />

of living for a four-person<br />

family is $53,076, or<br />

$4,423 per month. This<br />

doesn’t include the miscellaneous<br />

expenses that<br />

come with having a home.<br />

Even with government<br />

assistance, it is almost impossible<br />

for families to stay<br />

afloat in this difficult time.<br />

With such high prices, it<br />

makes it difficult for low<br />

income or the middle class<br />

to acquire high quality<br />

food.<br />

So why are we so insentient<br />

in eating healthy<br />

when food is barely affordable?<br />

Food programs can only<br />

get you so far. They can’t<br />

pay for rent or get you a<br />

high paying job. Pushing<br />

a healthy lifestyle and diet<br />

would be acceptable if it<br />

was affordable and accessible<br />

to everyone.<br />

No one should have to<br />

worry about being able to<br />

provide for themselves or<br />

let alone their families. We<br />

are living in a time where<br />

we are being forced to survive<br />

instead of thriving.<br />

With every new year,<br />

prices have only continued<br />

to increase. The future is<br />

still uncertain for upcoming<br />

generations.<br />

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“Eternal Sunshine”<br />

Music Notes<br />

By Trevor Glenn<br />

Arts & Entertainment Editor<br />

Vocal acrobat Ariana<br />

Grande has released her long<br />

awaited seventh studio album,<br />

“Eternal Sunshine.” The record,<br />

released on Mar. 8, includes<br />

13 tracks.<br />

Upon first listen, the album<br />

sounded underwhelming.<br />

Some of Grande’s lyrics lack<br />

depth and inspiration, and<br />

most tracks felt forgettable.<br />

However, after letting the album<br />

really marinate, “Eternal<br />

Sunshine” might be one of<br />

Grande’s best.<br />

As one may expect from<br />

the title, “Eternal Sunshine”<br />

is a reference to the <strong>20</strong>04 film<br />

“Eternal Sunshine of The<br />

Spotless Mind.” There are little<br />

nods to the film throughout<br />

the album and its corresponding<br />

music videos.<br />

The production on this record<br />

is beautiful. Production<br />

legend Max Marten, ILYA,<br />

and Grande herself all have<br />

production credits.<br />

The first single “yes, and?”<br />

was not good. The lyrics felt<br />

inauthentic, like any made for<br />

radio empowerment song. The<br />

production in the bridge was<br />

strange and out of place.<br />

“bye” was the song that worried<br />

me that the rest of the<br />

project would also fall flat, and<br />

it was only the second track.<br />

“bye” lyrically is extremely<br />

basic. “Bye bye/ boy bye/ bye<br />

bye/ it’s over it’s over oh yeah”<br />

being the hook was jarring. It<br />

felt like an unfinished demo<br />

had somehow made its way<br />

onto the tracklist.<br />

Eternal Sunshine, like any album<br />

has its lows, but the highs<br />

are wonderful. “We can’t be<br />

friends (wait for your love)” is a<br />

Trevor Glenn<br />

very emotional track. This is<br />

what this album needed. Real<br />

authentic lyrics with great vocal<br />

delivery. Grande has never<br />

sounded so healthy vocally. She<br />

has a beautiful technique, and<br />

her enunciation has improved<br />

greatly. “true story” seems<br />

to put an end to the homewrecking<br />

allegations plaguing<br />

Grande. “i wish i hated you” is<br />

such an impactful song. Even<br />

just from the title alone, you<br />

know this track will be a heavy<br />

hitter. The twinkling sound in<br />

the back adds a nice ambiance<br />

to the track, almost sounding<br />

like a distant memory.<br />

In all, “Eternal Sunshine”<br />

is a great R&B/Pop record.<br />

Grande shows an elevated<br />

more mature side of her sound.

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Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> <strong>20</strong>, <strong>20</strong>24<br />

Netflix Original<br />

‘Damsel’ a damsel<br />

in distress?!<br />

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

Campus Events<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>20</strong>: Guest Speaker Mary Ziegler,<br />

UC Davis Professor of Law discussing abortion,<br />

located at Campus Center Ball Room,<br />

from 6 - 7:30 p.m.<br />

By Kenya Rice<br />

Reporter<br />

Millie Bobby Brown is not your<br />

average damsel in distress as seen<br />

in the <strong>20</strong>24 Netflix original film<br />

“Damsel”. The “Stranger Things”<br />

and “Enola Holmes” actress plays<br />

Elodie, a princess from a poor<br />

kingdom who gets married off to<br />

a wealthy prince to save her struggling<br />

lands. On her wedding day<br />

immediately after the ceremony<br />

her new husband sacrifices her in a<br />

ritual and throws her off a cliff into<br />

the lair of a dragon. The dragon is<br />

out for the blood of the royal family<br />

because years ago the king of this<br />

land killed the dragon’s offspring<br />

which ended the dragon’s bloodline.<br />

In an act of revenge and stricken<br />

with grief the dragon proclaims<br />

that the king’s punishment for killing<br />

its daughters is to sacrifice three<br />

of the royal<br />

daughters for<br />

three generations.<br />

This film<br />

had potential<br />

to be<br />

great and<br />

many viewers<br />

thought<br />

it would be<br />

judging by the<br />

thrilling trailer<br />

that Netflix<br />

put out before<br />

the release<br />

of the film.<br />

It featured a<br />

star-studded<br />

cast of Angela<br />

Bassett who<br />

played Lady<br />

Bayford, Robin<br />

Wright who played Queen Isabelle,<br />

and Shohreh Aghdashloo<br />

who voiced the dragon, but their<br />

talents were wasted on a subpar<br />

film.<br />

The film lasted over an hour and<br />

though it focused mostly on the survival<br />

of the main character the suspense<br />

building in some parts lasted<br />

so long that it was difficult to stay<br />

interested.<br />

It was however refreshing to<br />

see Brown play the role of such a<br />

powerful woman and even though<br />

the story itself was not particularly<br />

good she delivered an amazing<br />

performance especially considering<br />

that for most of the film she acted<br />

alone in front of a green screen.<br />

“Damsel” was not a terrible film<br />

but contained many aspects that<br />

could have just been done better.<br />

For instance, the first 30 minutes<br />

of the film were spent introducing<br />


the characters,<br />

but it gave no<br />

real backstory<br />

to what was in<br />

store and frankly<br />

was boring. The<br />

rest of the film,<br />

up until the final<br />

ten minutes,<br />

was repetitive<br />

and finally the<br />

last ten minutes<br />

were completely<br />

rushed and<br />

made no sense.<br />

This is the type<br />

of film that you<br />

watch once for<br />

the novelty of it<br />

and then never<br />

watch again.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 21 - 23: BC Theatre presents: The<br />

Lilies of the Field, located at the Edward Simonsen<br />

Black Box Theatre, starting at 7:30<br />

p.m. and at 2 p.m on <strong>March</strong> 23<br />

<strong>March</strong> 23: MESA Stem and Pre-Health<br />

Conference, located at the <strong>Renegade</strong> Events<br />

Center, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 25 - 29: Spring Break, Campus is<br />

closed<br />

<strong>March</strong> 29-30: Rape Agression Defense<br />

(RAD) Training, at the Fireside Room, from 12<br />

p.m. - 4 p.m on the 29, and 8 a.m - 5 p.m on<br />

the 30<br />

April 3: Gadfly Cafe: The purpose of theater,<br />

located at the Levan Center, from 12:30<br />

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

April 3: Guest Speaker Olivia LaVoice, Investigative<br />

Reporter, located at the Levan Center<br />

from 6 - 7:30 p.m.<br />

April 4: The Planetarium presents: Black<br />

Holes, The Other Side of Infinity, located at<br />

the William M. Thomas Planetarium, from<br />

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.<br />

April 10: Deep Cuts and Conversations<br />

located at the Levan Center, from 1:30 - 2:30<br />


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