Renegade Rip, issue 5, April 10, 2024

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

Vol. <strong>10</strong>1∙ No. 5 Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>10</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Bakersfield College<br />

BCSGA candidate<br />

debate<br />

News, Page 2<br />

Women’s final four<br />

Sports, Page 4<br />

Opinion, Page 7<br />

Second chance<br />

month “Noises Off” full of<br />

fabulous chaos<br />

Campus, Page 6<br />


Outfielder Luis Fuentes (#2) swinging at the ball as<br />

it rapidly approaches.<br />


Adrianna Oceguera, the event’s organizer, sharing<br />

information about the Consent Fair.<br />


BC Professors Brian Sivesind, Reggie Williams and new gadfly<br />

conversations Daniel Gomes (Left to Right) speaking to attendees.<br />

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News<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>10</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Candidates go head-to-head<br />

By Kaley Soren<br />

Reporter<br />

It’s that time of year again for Bakersfield<br />

College’s Student Government Association<br />

election (BCSGA).<br />

This year’s election was preceded<br />

by a debate held in the Levan Center,<br />

where students had a chance to meet<br />

several candidates, including BCSGA<br />

President and Kern Community College<br />

District Trustee candidate Cindy<br />

Ceja Miranda, BCSGA Vice President<br />

candidates Raya Arafah and Randy<br />

Arevalo, and the Director of Student<br />

Organizations candidates Johana Solis<br />

and Abigail Tamayo.<br />

The debate was moderated by Leonardo<br />

Ayala, Assistant Director of the<br />

Office of Student Life.<br />

There were a variety of campus topics<br />

discussed, but the talks didn’t just<br />

encompass Bakersfield College, but<br />

KCCD as a whole. Miranda said as<br />

trustee, she would encourage “conversations<br />

with each college.”<br />

Another topic Miranda brought up<br />

were the reported cracks in the Science<br />

and Engineering building, saying, “Students<br />

need to know about these <strong>issue</strong>s.”<br />

Tamayo said in her campaign statement<br />

that her ultimate goal “is to eliminate<br />

any delays, ensuring that student<br />

organizations receive immediate support<br />

and have a seamless start.”<br />


From left: Cindy Ceja Miranda, Raya Arafah,<br />

Abigail Tamayo, Johana Solis and Randy Arevalo<br />

participating in the debate.<br />

Solis was the only candidate who, in<br />

addition to English, introduced herself<br />

in Spanish and American Sign<br />

Language. Solis also gave a land acknowledgement<br />

at the beginning of<br />

Thursday’s debate.<br />

“I just want to be an advocate, to be<br />

an ally,” Solis said in her closing statement.<br />

“It may be seen like a job to<br />

some… but it doesn’t feel like a job to<br />

me.”<br />

Arafah, an international student,<br />

currently serves as a senator and said<br />

in her campaign statement that “she<br />

brings a global perspective and promotes<br />

diversity and inclusivity.”<br />

“Being on BCSGA means not only<br />

addressing the concerns they have, but<br />

also standing up for their voices,” Arafah<br />

said in her closing statement.<br />

The debate finished with Arevalo,<br />

whose top concerns are safety and accessibility,<br />

according to his campaign<br />

statement.<br />

“I want to be proactive, not reactive,”<br />

said Arevalo. “I’m not afraid<br />

of failure, but I do dream of success.<br />

I want other students to feel the same<br />

way.”<br />

Voting for BCSGA elections will begin<br />

Monday, <strong>April</strong> 8 at 8 a.m. and will<br />

close on Thursday, <strong>April</strong> 11 at 4 p.m.<br />

BC Hosts L.E.T.S Teach Expo!<br />

By Jacqueline Villatoro<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College (BC) Education<br />

and Career Education departments organized<br />

the first-ever Leaders and Educators<br />

of Tomorrow’s Student (L.E.T.S)<br />

Teach Expo on Mar. 19.<br />

This event was organized with the<br />

goal that child development and education<br />

majors’ students can learn more<br />

about their careers and the different<br />

employers who can help them. There<br />

are also several universities with which<br />

they can talk and learn about the programs<br />

they offer so that they can know<br />

which university to transfer to after BC.<br />

“We organize this type of event every<br />

semester, although this semester we did<br />

it a little differently because it was a fair<br />

and it is always done as a conference”<br />

Jasmine Guitierrez Development Specialist.<br />

At this event, students could also create<br />

meaningful connections in their future<br />

careers and learn more about how<br />

they can develop in their careers and<br />

explore potential career opportunities.<br />

On this occasion, many people from<br />

different organizations attended the<br />

event and were able to provide information<br />

about the many opportunities that<br />

they have which include; part-time jobs<br />

so that students can grow in the educational<br />

environment, as well as the different<br />

organizations for work throughout<br />

the year that suit school schedules.<br />

The universities that were also present<br />

at this event, were the University of<br />

La Verde (ULV), California State University<br />

Bakersfield (CSUB), and Grand<br />

Canyon University (GCU), which provided<br />

valuable information to the students<br />

and explained what the next step<br />

could be after Bakersfield College (BC).<br />

Students at this event also had the opportunity<br />

to try VR Headsets, a virtual<br />

reality experience that helps students<br />

have an experience of what their careers<br />

will be like in the future and know<br />

how to react in different situations.<br />

“Virtual reality headsets are really<br />

cool, I like them, and I think it is a<br />

great experience for students to also see<br />

what happens in the real world.” Jonny<br />

Márquez of Elevo Learning said.

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News<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>10</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Art for artists’ make<br />

By Julian Caro<br />

Editor-in-Chief<br />

The school of the renegades produced an art exhibit that<br />

followed in line with its mascot and not being fond of conventions<br />

did an art exhibit in its own way.<br />

The exhibition<br />

opening reception<br />

was held<br />

on Thursday<br />

Mar. 21 at BC’s<br />

very own Wylie<br />

and May Louise<br />

Jones art gallery,<br />

displaying over<br />

80 different student<br />

artists. An<br />

assortment of<br />


art was featured,<br />

Bakersfield College’s student art show<br />

reception which took place on Mar. 21.<br />

stemming from<br />

traditional pencil<br />

drawings, painting,<br />

sculptures, ceramics, 3D designs, photography, graphic<br />

design, and video production. All submissions were judged<br />

by previously featured Venezuelan artist, Jaime Gili.<br />

Artists varying in skill and experience were displayed,<br />

which created an ease within the event’s prestige that showed<br />

it didn’t take itself too seriously.<br />

Three-time featured artist, Eric Eaton cited his father’s art<br />

as being a key inspiration into wanting to become an artist<br />

himself. However, he attributes his start to his grandma who,<br />

“...when I was five years old was giving me colored pencils”<br />

and expressed his gratitude for his family for always pushing<br />

him and supporting him as an artist.<br />

Other artists that were featured for their drawings were<br />

Safiyah Holguín and Christian Rodriguez who individually<br />

created “Crushed Can” and “Death of me.” Rodriguez<br />

who was influenced by Vincent Van Gogh acknowledged the<br />

freeing act of creating art, “[I] get the inner child out of me,<br />

I finally get to express myself.”<br />

The piece, “Bus Stop Menace” was also featured which<br />

according to the artist Teagan Faulkenburg, the subject attends<br />

“music school and plays drums with her horns” as for<br />

the menace part, she explained that she was in trouble for<br />

“setting her chemistry teacher on fire” due to discovering a<br />

plot of animal reanimation.<br />

The event allowed itself to be a training ground for students<br />

to learn to appreciate the displays, mingle, and attend<br />

a high-class event in a relaxed environment full of peers,<br />

friends, and family, without the feeling of being out of place.<br />

The current display will be up for viewing until Apr. 18,<br />

Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11 a.m. and Tuesdays<br />

and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.<br />

R.A.D. training held at BC<br />

By Kenya Rice<br />

Reporter<br />

The Department of College Safety hosted the first Rape<br />

Aggression Defense training of the <strong>2024</strong> Spring Semester<br />

on March 29, <strong>2024</strong>. The training was held on the BC main<br />

Campus in the Fireside Room and was spearheaded by college<br />

safety officers Cynthia Ladoano, Francisco Salazar, and<br />

Ricardo Orozco.<br />

The R.A.D. Training program was founded by campus<br />

police officer Lawrence Nadeau in 1989 and was originally<br />

established to train women in basic self-defense and non-lethal<br />

escape tactics.<br />

The training held by the Department of College Safety was<br />

held specifically for woman identifying BC students and faculty<br />

members and lasted approximately four hours. The first<br />

two hours covered the history behind the program as well as<br />

gave helpful tips about staying calm, assessing a threat, and<br />

the proper course of action after assessing the threat level.<br />

The last two hours of the training allowed for the participating<br />

women to get hands on self-defense training from the<br />

military trained college safety officers. The physical training<br />

consisted of moves such as the shin scrape, a move where the<br />

attacked uses the heel or side of their foot to forcefully scrape<br />

down along the assailant’s shin giving the victim enough time<br />

to get to safety.<br />

College safety officer Francisco<br />

Salazar wore bright red pads on<br />

his arms and legs and played the<br />

role of assailant while attendees<br />

carefully practiced each learned<br />

maneuver. After the training, each<br />

student in attendance was emailed<br />

a detailed manual that thoroughly<br />

discussed each self-defense tactics<br />

taught at the training as well as<br />

many additional self-defense tactics<br />

and maneuvers that were not<br />

covered during the March 29th<br />

training session.<br />

According to the department<br />

of College Safety at BC, another<br />

R.A.D. Training sessions will be<br />

offered on the BC main campus<br />

on <strong>April</strong> 19, <strong>2024</strong>. This training<br />

will again be held in the Fireside<br />

Room right next to the Dining<br />


College safety officers<br />

Francisco Salazar<br />

and Ricardo Orozco<br />

demonstrating a kick<br />

maneuver.<br />

Commons and will be held from 8am-5pm. The training is<br />

free for any female BC student and faculty member. Registration<br />

for the upcoming R.A.D. training program is now<br />


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Sportss<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>10</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

BC baseball loses<br />

By Mario Saldana<br />

Reporter<br />

Bakersfield College’s baseball<br />

team faced off against<br />

Los Angeles Mission College<br />

on Mar.19 to begin a threegame<br />

series, with the next<br />

two to be held on Mar. 21<br />

and 22.<br />

After going down 9-3 in the<br />

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

baseball team rallied to score<br />

five in the last three innings,<br />

bringing the crowd to their<br />

feet. Despite that, they fell<br />

short in a 9-8 defeat, bringing<br />

their record to 5-17 (winloss).<br />

It was their fourth loss<br />

in the last five games.<br />

Looking to make a statement,<br />

the <strong>Renegade</strong>s started<br />

off the scoring with a strong<br />

first inning, as an Adan Rivera<br />

single and a Luke Shaw hit<br />

by pitch put the home team<br />

up 2-0.<br />

John Alderete (1-3) was<br />

the starting pitcher for BC.<br />

While Alderete started the<br />

outing with two scoreless innings,<br />

everything unraveled<br />

afterwards.<br />

However, L.A. Mission<br />

came to play, as they scored<br />

four in the third inning to<br />

take the lead for good. They<br />

added three in the fifth,<br />

which chased Alderete out of<br />

the game. He ended up taking<br />

the loss, giving up six in<br />

four innings, striking out six<br />

and walking four.<br />

While the rally turned out<br />

to fall short, BC did not give<br />

up after that 9-3 deficit. BC’s<br />

Adan Rivera, who finished<br />

the game with two runs batted<br />

in, started the rally late in<br />

the seventh inning.<br />

“That whole feeling was<br />

pretty electrifying, especially<br />

the way we got to that point,”<br />

Rivera said about the final<br />

three innings that hyped up<br />

the home crowd.<br />

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

continues to go on a downward<br />

spiral, as they now sit<br />

17 games behind .500. The<br />

second game of this series is<br />

to be played at L.A. Mission<br />

on Mar. 21, before returning<br />

for the finale on the following<br />

day.<br />


Infielder Adan Rivera up to bat as his team watches<br />

from the dugout.<br />

Women’s Final Four<br />

Sports Buzz<br />

By Gesus Garcia<br />

Sports Editor<br />

South Carolina women’s<br />

basketball team completed<br />

their perfect season by defeating<br />

Iowa 87-75 in the<br />

<strong>2024</strong> NCAA championship<br />

game on Apr. 7.<br />

The Gamecocks (38-0)<br />

were coming off a convincing<br />

win over NC State in the<br />

national semifinal game on<br />

Apr. 5. It was the latest of<br />

dominating victories for a<br />

team that was beating their<br />

opponents by an average of<br />

27 points in the NCAA tournament.<br />

While the Hawkeyes (34-5)<br />

were the underdog coming<br />

into the championship, they<br />

knew they could rely on their<br />

generational talent in sharpshooter<br />

Caitlin Clark. Clark<br />

broke numerous records in<br />

her senior year, including becoming<br />

the all-time leading<br />

scorer in Division I.<br />

Iowa began the game on a<br />

<strong>10</strong>-0 run, and Clark scored<br />

18 points alone in the first<br />

quarter. After struggling in<br />

the previous game, Clark was<br />

making it look easy against a<br />

South Carolina defense that<br />

looked overmatched for the<br />

first time all season.<br />

However, South Carolina<br />

coach Dawn Staley adjusted<br />

her game plan, and it kept<br />

Clark in check to only three<br />

points in the second quarter.<br />

While Iowa forward Hannah<br />

Stuelke provided some<br />

offense with Clark going<br />

cold, the Gamecocks’ lineup<br />

began to heat up. South<br />

Carolina’s domination in the<br />

rebounding department allowed<br />

them to take a 49-46<br />

lead into the half.<br />

The second half was all<br />

Gesus Garcia<br />

about freshman Tessa<br />

Johnson and the relentless<br />

Gamecocks defense. Coming<br />

off the bench, Johnson<br />

led all South Carolina<br />

scorers with 19 points, including<br />

a couple of key<br />

three-pointers that extended<br />

their lead.<br />

With four minutes left,<br />

Iowa looked for one last<br />

push as they cut the deficit<br />

to five. However, they<br />

wouldn’t score a single<br />

point the rest of the way, as<br />

sophomore guard Raven<br />

Johnson & Co. continued<br />

to frustrate Clark and the<br />

Hawkeyes.<br />

Brazilian center Kamilla<br />

Cardoso played a crucial<br />

role in the glass, as her 6’7”<br />

presence was too much to<br />

overcome for the smaller<br />

Iowa team. She finished<br />

the game with 15 points<br />

and 17 rebounds which<br />

was capped off with the<br />

Most Outstanding Player<br />

award.<br />

With the win, South Carolina<br />

clinched its third national<br />

title, all under Staley.<br />

With most players expected<br />

to return next year, the<br />

Gamecocks will have a big<br />

opportunity to repeat their<br />

title in 2025.

Campus<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>10</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

BC hosts Consent Fair<br />

By Joscelyn Martinez<br />

Reporter<br />

Consent Fair welcomed students with a lively and bustling<br />

atmosphere on Apr. 3. This was Bakersfield College’s fourth<br />

annual Consent Fair, held in the Breezeway.<br />

Organizations and clubs came together to help students<br />

and faculty explore the vastness and deep meaning of consent<br />

and boundaries. Vendors at the fair provided games,<br />

food, and lectures for people to immerse themselves in.<br />

The Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Club (SAGA) partook<br />

in the fair for a third year in a row and demonstrated<br />

a puppet show on consent. They also handed out flyers to<br />

invite students to join their club.<br />

“We wanted to convey the importance of communication,<br />

especially in dangerous situations,” said SAGA club president<br />

and BC student Lance Mack. “It’s important to understand<br />

consent, even in or out of romantic/sexual relationships.”<br />

SAGA club meets every Wednesday from 4:<strong>10</strong>-5:30 p.m.<br />

Other cubs/organizations that contributed to the fair were<br />

BC Campus Safety, BC Student Life, National Alliance on<br />

Mental Illness (NAMI), Dolores Huerta Foundation, and<br />

Kern County Public Health (KCPH).<br />

Disease Investigator for KCPH, Luis Castro, spoke on why<br />

they came to Consent Fair. “We wanted to Promote the importance<br />

of public health and safety,” said Castro. “We also<br />

wanted to highlight HIV awareness and staying safe.”<br />

Event organizer and coordinator Adrianna Oceguare<br />

deeply rooted herself within the college community over the<br />

years to build connections with others. Overtime, she has<br />

built a strong and supportive foundation in order to spread<br />

awareness on Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and<br />

information for students to apply to their lives in regard to<br />

their own safety.<br />

“It’s important to learn statistics and tips so that we can<br />

protect our own boundaries and others can do so as well,”<br />

said Oceguera. “We can prevent it before it happens.”<br />

Overall, the fair served a great purpose for students and<br />

faculty to learn more about an overlooked topic. It allowed<br />

them to get informed about how to maintain safe relationships<br />

with the people around them.<br />


BC’s Consent Fair was held on <strong>April</strong> 3,<br />

<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

‘To be or not to be,’ Gadfly Café<br />

By Mario Saldana<br />

Reporter<br />

“To enjoy theatre, should one understand it to enjoy it?”<br />

was a question asked by BC student Cesar Lopez, which<br />

kicked off the the discussion between professors and a variety<br />

of students about theatre and about the purpose theatre has,<br />

whether it be for personal reasons or for society in the third<br />

and final gadfly meeting held at the Levison center.<br />

BC Professors Brian Sivesind and Reggie Williams hosted<br />

the roundtable talk, and both made sure that “everyone<br />

walked out with a sense of thinking differently and being able<br />

to live in a world with multiple perspective.” Reggie Williams<br />

said.<br />

They both brought up many different points to engage the<br />

conversation to the students, like should theatre be pushing<br />

the comfort zone on the audience, or how an actor/actress<br />

feels about being in a production, feeling a sense of belonging<br />

and being more than just yourself, and the inevitable rise<br />

of A.I. and how it will change the landscape for future live<br />

performances or plays, whether it will be positive or not.<br />

Brian Sivesind, a professor of theater speaks about why he<br />

feels these conversations are important not only for the purpose<br />

of theatre, but for students to be able to share their own<br />

viewpoints, and listen to other student’s viewpoints, which<br />

they might have never thought about, opening up moments<br />

of critical thinking between the roundtable.<br />

Students from all different degrees and viewpoints all gave<br />

their thoughts on why they feel theatre has a purpose, from<br />

actors/actress, a wrestler, and even an engineer student who<br />

found his love for plays joining a theatre class.<br />

Cesar Lopez, an engineer student at BC, joined a theatre<br />

class on accident thinking it might have been something different,<br />

not knowing what he signed up for, though as he spent<br />

time in the class, he started to really engage with the plays he<br />

worked with.<br />

“As an engineer who joined theater class thinking it was<br />

something else, it was new. though as time passed and understanding<br />

and reading the plays, and once I got into Hamlet,<br />

that’s why I love plays and understand the purpose of it.”<br />

said Lopez.

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Rising Scholars celebrates<br />

Second Chance Month<br />

By Angela Medina<br />

Reporter<br />

Everyone deserves a second chance<br />

in life as our past mistakes do not define<br />

us and that’s exactly what Bakersfield<br />

College’s program, “The Rising<br />

Scholars,” embody.<br />

<strong>April</strong> is recognized as Second<br />

Chance Month and with that, Rising<br />

Scholars is dedicated to providing incarcerated<br />

and formerly incarcerated<br />

individuals opportunities for personal<br />

and academic growth.<br />

The Rising Scholars currently operate<br />

in five prisons in Kern and Kings<br />

Counties, One Community Transitional<br />

Reentry Program, and two juvenile<br />

hall facilities.<br />

With their involvement in the system,<br />

they have also expanded their focus to<br />

on-campus students as well.<br />

Rising Scholars provide resources<br />

that guide them through every step of<br />

their college journey such as enrollment,<br />

accessing financial aid, using<br />

student services, and advocating for<br />

all-inclusive opportunities.<br />

Second Chance Month holds special<br />

importance for The Rising Scholars<br />

Program because it recognizes that<br />

these individuals are more than their<br />

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mistakes and serve support for them as<br />

well.<br />

The Rising Scholars hosted a clothing<br />

drive on <strong>April</strong> 2, at BC’s main<br />

campus near The Welcome Center<br />

Building. The Rising Scholars Program<br />

will also be hosting events all<br />

month during every week of <strong>April</strong>,<br />


Program Director Angelica Perez and Rising Scholars<br />

member Israel Cota at the event table<br />

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Editor-in-Chief...........................Julian Caro<br />

Digital Editor......Breana “Honey” Crowder<br />

News Editor..................... Mason Almaguer<br />

Sports Editor............................Gesus Garcia<br />

A & E Editor..........................Trevor Glenn<br />

Features Editor..............................Ari Montez<br />

STAFF<br />

Reporters/ Photographers::<br />

Andrea De Leon<br />

Carmen Gallegos<br />

Natalie Macias<br />

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


Reporters/photographers:<br />

Joscelyn Martinez<br />

Angela Medina<br />

Brandon Pearce<br />

JRR Lopez-Olmos<br />

Kenya Rice<br />

Mario Saldana<br />

Kaley Soren<br />

Evelyn Verdejo<br />

Jacqueline Villatoro<br />

Ace Warren<br />

Mia Washington<br />

Jonathan Wheelock<br />

which include an Open House, Garden<br />

Fest, four more clothing drives, a<br />

Resource Fair, a panel and two fundraisers<br />

hosted by Chipotle and Krispy<br />

Kreme Donuts<br />

The Rising Scholars Program Director,<br />

Angelica Perez stated, “Our<br />

proceeds are donated to men’s and<br />

women’s housing, with donations for<br />

kids being donated to The Family<br />

Center.” Perez also stated, “With it being<br />

Second Chance Month we are giving<br />

back to our community and Rising<br />

Scholars provides general acceptance<br />

and support for our members.”<br />

Fellow Rising Scholars member and<br />

formerly incarcerated BC student,<br />

Israel Cota stated, “Despite making<br />

mistakes, I was given a second chance<br />

and I encourage people to seek a higher<br />

education the way it’s helped me.”<br />

If interested in joining The Rising<br />

Scholars Program or just getting the<br />

word out to individuals that can benefit<br />

from their opportunities, be sure to<br />

visit their sessions located at The Center<br />

for Student Success (CSS) Room<br />

168 on the 2nd floor at BC’s main<br />

campus.<br />

Everyone is encouraged to come<br />

out and support their fellow BC classmates.<br />

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Ready to “glow”<br />

with an acai bowl<br />

By Natalie Macias<br />

Reporter<br />

Glow Bowls Açai &<br />

Boba recently opened in<br />

downtown Bakersfield<br />

earlier this year. The<br />

place, located at 1201<br />

24th Street, is home to<br />

a variety of house açai<br />

bowls plus a mix of other<br />

dessert options.<br />

In the shop, you have<br />

the choice of creating<br />

your personal açai bowl,<br />

as you can choose the base<br />

& toppings. The shop also<br />

serves various beverages,<br />

including fruit smoothies,<br />

iced teas, lemonades,<br />

frappes, milk tea, and iced<br />

coffee.<br />

The dessert section is<br />

also home to mochi ice<br />

cream. Mochi ice cream<br />

is a Japanese dessert<br />

made of rice flour. Here<br />

there are seven flavors to<br />

choose from, such as matcha<br />

green tea, strawberry,<br />

cake batter, purple sweet<br />

potato, passion fruit, to go<br />

along with coconut and<br />

mango as vegan options.<br />

Glow Bowls also has<br />

baked protein vegan oatmeal<br />

bars & muffins. The<br />

shop intends to implement<br />

a variety of new<br />

products often as owner<br />

Liz Gomez states “Each<br />

week for additional desserts<br />

they make a new<br />

protein snack.”<br />

Their one scoop açai<br />

bowl is a well portion<br />

size, with fruits including<br />

strawberries & peaches<br />

which makes for a very<br />

refreshing snack. Glow<br />

Bowls offers one, two and<br />

three-scoop bowls. The<br />

one-scoop bowl was $7,<br />

which includes honey &<br />

granola as its base, to go<br />

along with a choice of<br />

three toppings with many<br />

options to choose from.<br />

Mochi comes individually<br />

as a piece, costing<br />

$2 individually with the<br />

vegan options being mango<br />

& coconut. There is a<br />

unique flavor on the mango<br />

mochi compared to the<br />

coconut, which was more<br />

intense in flavor and texture.<br />

The business has a decoration<br />

that serves as a<br />

background drop where<br />

photos can be taken, giving<br />

great vibes and a place<br />

where one can come to<br />

relax.<br />

Gomez spoke about the<br />

inspiration behind this<br />

local business, “My inspiration<br />

came from my husband’s<br />

old business with<br />

the gym we had and had a<br />

small kitchen in place and<br />

was doing acai business<br />

and wanted health fitness.”<br />

The inspiration for<br />

the business name came<br />

from “wanting a female<br />

gym & compared to this<br />

business.”<br />

As a first-time customer,<br />

I had a great experience,<br />

as there’s a relaxing vibe<br />

and the shop seems like<br />

it’s ready to showcase a<br />

nice spot to come out.<br />

If you’re looking for a<br />

healthy choice of snack,<br />

make sure to check out<br />

Glow Bowls!<br />

Opinion<br />

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

By Trevor Glenn<br />

Arts & Entertainment Editor<br />

Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>10</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Artist Spotlight: Rosé<br />

Music Notes<br />

Roseanne Park, better<br />

known as Rosé, is a member<br />

of the international sensation<br />

K-Pop group BLACKPINK.<br />

Born in New Zealand, she<br />

moved to Australia when she<br />

was eight. Rosé trained under<br />

YG Entertainment for four<br />

years until she debuted alongside<br />

Jennie, Lisa, and Jisoo in<br />

2016.<br />

BLACKPINK has achieved<br />

many accolades in their seven<br />

years together. Their hit song<br />

“DDU-DU DDU-DU” has<br />

the most views for a K-pop<br />

group, with a whopping 2.1<br />

billion views. They were the<br />

first ever K-Pop girl group to<br />

perform at Coachella in 2019,<br />

and would later be personally<br />

invited back to headline the<br />

festival four years later.<br />

In 2021, Rosé made her<br />

solo debut with “R.” The single<br />

album featured two songs.<br />

Though BLACKPINK is<br />

known for hard-hitting beats<br />

and sassy tongue-and-cheek<br />

lyrics, Rosé strays from this<br />

throughout her solo work.<br />

“Gone” is a soft rock/indie<br />

pop record that is about reminiscing<br />

on past heartbreak<br />

and the fear of being lonely.<br />

It features a soft electric guitar<br />

melody and a beautiful chorus.<br />

Though the song is quite simple,<br />

it’s still very dynamic and<br />

personal.<br />

The song that marked Rosé’s<br />

solo debut is her lead single,<br />

“On the Ground.” The song<br />

is electropop and pop rock<br />

inspired. “On the Ground”<br />

focuses on the struggles of<br />

finding the meaning and purpose<br />

of life. Rosé said in an<br />

interview with YouTube RE-<br />

LEASED, “You kind of forget<br />

Trevor Glenn<br />

to take care of what actually<br />

matters to you most, and it’s<br />

just a song that says everything<br />

we need is already within us.”<br />

Rosé has seen great success<br />

as a solo artist. She spoke at<br />

a mental health awareness<br />

conference hosted by First<br />

Lady Jill Biden. Along with<br />

other BLACKPINK members,<br />

they were honored by<br />

Prince Charles III as honorary<br />

members of the Order of the<br />

British Empire following the<br />

groups’ advocation against climate<br />

change.<br />

BLACKPINK is seemingly<br />

all going their separate ways<br />

as the other members have all<br />

started their own entertainment<br />

labels to venture into<br />

continuing their solo work.<br />

Rosé has teased a new song<br />

via Instagram Channels and is<br />

gearing up to release her own<br />

full-length solo album.

Opinion<br />

Page 8<br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>10</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Two Kings and a<br />

Volkswagen<br />

By Ace Warren<br />

Reporter<br />

The newest entry into the “MonsterVerse”<br />

franchise “Godzilla X<br />

Kong: The New Empire” hit theaters<br />

Mar. 29 and follows where<br />

we last left off in “Godzilla Vs.<br />

Kong” where the world has now<br />

been balanced out after the fight<br />

of The King of the Monsters and<br />

King Kong.<br />

This movie follows Kong in his<br />

new home of Hollow Earth as<br />

he still struggles to fit in with his<br />

surroundings constantly hoping to<br />

find family, while on the surface<br />

world Godzilla starts to become<br />

erratic in his behavior becoming<br />

very violent instead of the protector<br />

he usually is. This is due to<br />

the biggest threat yet that lies deep<br />

within Hollow Earth so big that it<br />

will take both Kings to team up to<br />

beat it.<br />

As always with most Monster-<br />

Verse movies the best parts of<br />

the film are the fight scenes. This<br />

movie did not disappoint fans with<br />

the amazing fights that happened<br />

at the end of the movie with “Skar<br />

King”, the film’s villain. Though<br />

the final fight is amazing, it is not<br />

enough to look past all the terrible<br />

parts of the movie.<br />

In one of the scenes, a mother<br />

is talking to her adopted daughter<br />

who tells her mom that she feels<br />

like she doesn’t fit in anywhere<br />

due to being from an extinct tribe<br />

of people. The scene is meant to<br />

be emotional but 2 seconds after<br />

the scene moviegoers get hit with<br />

the least subtle car ad in any movie<br />

ever as the camera immediately<br />

pans out to a shot of a Volkswagen<br />

car, this sums up the acting in the<br />

movie.<br />

Though acting from the human<br />

cast fails to deliver, the film<br />

is supported by the good parts<br />

like Kong finally finding family in<br />

a young ape of a similar species.<br />

The young ape Suko and Kong<br />

share a very cute father and son<br />

relationship throughout the movie<br />

Ṫhe movie does nothing new for<br />

the genre and is a pretty cookie<br />

cutter MonsterVerse movie, but it<br />

is still worth watching for any fans<br />

of the genre. Though one thing is<br />

certain as always, Godzilla is awesome.<br />

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

Campus Events<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>10</strong>: Student Town Hall with President<br />

Dr. Fliger, located at the Fireside room from<br />

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>10</strong>: Pickup Pickleball located at the<br />

Tennis Courts, from 12 - 2 p.m.<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>10</strong>: Deep Cuts and Conversation located<br />

at the Levan Center, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>10</strong>: <strong>Renegade</strong> Roundtable located at<br />

the Leven Center, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11: 7th Annual KCMEA Jazz Day located<br />

at the Indoor Theater, from <strong>10</strong>:00 a.m<br />

- 5:00 p.m.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11: The Mentalist located at the Dining<br />

Commons , from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11: Financial Aid Workshop located<br />

at the Welcome Center RM 118, from 2 - 4<br />

p.m.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11: Student Leadership & Involvement<br />

Awards located at the Renagade Event<br />

Center; 3rd Floor from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 13: Garden Fest <strong>2024</strong> located at the<br />

<strong>Renegade</strong> Park, P4 Parking lot, from 9:00 a.m<br />

- 4:00 p.m.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16: Sexual Health Workshop located<br />

at the cc 223, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.<br />

Now - <strong>April</strong> 18: Art Student Exhibition<br />

<strong>2024</strong>, located at the Jones Art Gallery, Hours<br />

are Monday - Thursday from 12:30 - 5:00 p.m<br />


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