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  • BRUCE HARGREAVES: Trump's language was an insult to Africa ... - The Bakersfield CalifornianBRUCE HARGREAVES: Trump's language was an insult to Africa ... - The Bakersfield Californian

    The Bakersfield CalifornianBRUCE HARGREAVES: Trump's language was an insult to Africa ...The Bakersfield CalifornianI was shocked to hear what President Trump said about Africa in a meeting on immigration with legislators last week at the White House. Not so much because of the.and more »

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  • BRUCE HARGREAVES: Trump's language was an insult to AfricaBRUCE HARGREAVES: Trump's language was an insult to Africa

    I was shocked to hear what President Trump said about Africa in a meeting on immigration with legislators last week at the White House. Not so much because of the stupid language used (and denied), but because he managed to…

    Bakersfield.com / 9 h. 10 min. ago
  • Funeral services for January 16, 2018 - The Bakersfield CalifornianFuneral services for January 16, 2018 - The Bakersfield Californian

    Funeral services for January 16, 2018The Bakersfield CalifornianMontana Maurine O'Connor, 97, Bakersfield, Jan. 2. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Jan. 18, Greenlawn Funeral Home Northeast, 3700 River Blvd. Celebration of Life 11 a.m. Jan. 19, First United Methodist Church, 4600 Stockdale Highway. Greenlawn Funeral Home ...

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  • Woman killed in Union Avenue accident had fought her way back from homelessness, into service - The Bakersfield CalifornianWoman killed in Union Avenue accident had fought her way back from homelessness, into service - The Bakersfield Californian

    The Bakersfield CalifornianWoman killed in Union Avenue accident had fought her way back from homelessness, into serviceThe Bakersfield CalifornianNancy Clover's shoe lies on the northbound lanes of Union Avenue at the Truxtun Avenue overpass as Bakersfield Police officers investigate. Clover, a pedestrian, was hit by a vehicle while crossing Union Avenue on Jan. 10. Henry A. Barrios/The ...

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  • Gregory Porter concert in Bakersfield sold out; Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity - KERO 23ABC NewsGregory Porter concert in Bakersfield sold out; Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity - KERO 23ABC News

    KERO 23ABC NewsGregory Porter concert in Bakersfield sold out; Proceeds will benefit Habitat for HumanityKERO 23ABC NewsA fundraising concert featuring Grammy-award winning artist Gregory Porter in Bakersfield is sold out, according to the Eventbrite site. The concert scheduled for Jan. 20 at the Doré Theater on the CSUB campus will benefit Habitat for Humanity. The ...

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  • Bakersfield police on scene of a major injury crash in Northwest ... - KERO 23ABC NewsBakersfield police on scene of a major injury crash in Northwest ... - KERO 23ABC News

    KERO 23ABC NewsBakersfield police on scene of a major injury crash in Northwest ...KERO 23ABC NewsBAKERSFIELD, Calf. - UPDATE (12:45 p.m.) According to Bakersfield Police, they have told 23ABC that the passenger who died was 16-years-old not 15-years-old. The 16-year-old was a student at Centennial High School and played football at the school. BPD ...Teen who was hanging out window killed when thrown from alleged ...Bakersfield NowTeen dies after falling out of car window, driver arrested on ...The Bakersfield Californian16-year-old killed after being thrown from window of car, 17-yearKern Golden Empireall 5 news articles »

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  • Local black leader: King 'would be proud,' but there's much work to be doneLocal black leader: King 'would be proud,' but there's much work to be done

    To celebrate the life of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., scores of volunteers gathered at a central Bakersfield community center — his community center — to feed and clothe those less fortunate.

    Bakersfield.com / 12 h. 29 min. ago
  • Woman killed in Union Avenue accident had fought her way back from homelessness, into serviceWoman killed in Union Avenue accident had fought her way back from homelessness, into service

    Nancy Clover was feisty, stern and fearless.

    Bakersfield.com / 12 h. 43 min. ago
  • Motorcyclist killed in weekend crash identifiedMotorcyclist killed in weekend crash identified

    A 48-year-old man who suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle crash on Saturday has been identified.

    Bakersfield.com / 12 h. 48 min. ago
  • Kevin McCarthy relishes role as Trump’s fixer, friend and candy manKevin McCarthy relishes role as Trump’s fixer, friend and candy man

    President Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield were alone in the presidential suite on Air Force One, flying east toward Washington in early October, when the president reached for a handful of Starbursts, the fruit-flavored, box-shaped chewy…

    Bakersfield.com / 12 h. 56 min. ago
  • Two arrested in shooting of security guard at internet cafeTwo arrested in shooting of security guard at internet cafe

    Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a security guard during a robbery at a Bakersfield internet cafe over the weekend.

    Bakersfield.com / 13 h. 2 min. ago
  • HERB BENHAM: These diners dyed-in-the-Wool (Growers) supportersHERB BENHAM: These diners dyed-in-the-Wool (Growers) supporters

    Recently, it was Wool Growers for dinner. I assume most people in town have been to Wool Growers, but given that it is perched on East 19th Street, the East part may scare some off. If “East” deters, then they…

    Bakersfield.com / 13 h. 25 min. ago
  • Worth Noting: Barber Honda to hold bone marrow drive SaturdayWorth Noting: Barber Honda to hold bone marrow drive Saturday

    Barber Honda is organizing a bone marrow drive for an employee, Sal Rivera, who needs to find a donor to save his life. The drive will take place at the dealership, 4500 Wible Road, this Saturday from noon until 4…

    Bakersfield.com / 13 h. 42 min. ago
  • Tule fog has faded, but it hasn't gone away - The Bakersfield CalifornianTule fog has faded, but it hasn't gone away - The Bakersfield Californian

    Tule fog has faded, but it hasn't gone awayThe Bakersfield CalifornianAs sprawling urbanization has paved over more land, and drought has sucked moisture from the soil, the number of school fog delays and closures have been in serious decline — especially in urban Bakersfield. But don't start thinking that fog has gone ...

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  • Tule fog has faded, but it hasn't gone awayTule fog has faded, but it hasn't gone away

    Anyone who has lived a few decades in Bakersfield knows that the city's fog problem isn't what it used to be. As sprawling urbanization has paved over more land, and drought has sucked moisture from the soil, the number of…

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  • Hundreds show up for chance to be in 'Oildale' filmHundreds show up for chance to be in 'Oildale' film

    They lined up around the block for a chance to be in "Oildale."

    Bakersfield.com / 14 h. 53 min. ago
  • Masked men rob Harbor Freight in Northwest Bakersfield - Kern Golden EmpireMasked men rob Harbor Freight in Northwest Bakersfield - Kern Golden Empire

    Masked men rob Harbor Freight in Northwest BakersfieldKern Golden EmpireBAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Two masked robbers held a security guard at gunpoint over the weekend at Harbor Freight in Northwest Bakersfield. The incident happened just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday. One man held the security guard at gunpoint while the other ...

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  • Roadrunners fall to 0-3 in WAC for first time everRoadrunners fall to 0-3 in WAC for first time ever

    By Johnathan Wheatley Assistant Sports Editor In a matchup of last year’s Western Athletic Conference championship, CSU Bakersfield dropped its third straight to open conference play with a 66-53 loss against New Mexico State University on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Icardo Center. The Roadrunners (7-11, 0-3 WAC) came into its game against the Aggies (15-3, 3-0) on a 4-game losing streak and a 0-2 start to conference play. The game had the similar storyline as of recently, with the Roadrunners competing in the first half and being blown out in the second half. “I was proud, I thought the game was played the way it needed to be played,” said CSUB Head Coach Rod Barnes. CSUB opened the scoring with an alley-oop dunk by senior center Moataz Aly. Aly finished the game with seven points before fouling out in the second half. Junior guard Ricky Holden followed the dunk with a three-pointer and CSUB held a 5-0 lead to open the game. Holden added six points and two rebounds to the Roadrunners’ total. New Mexico State took its first lead of the game at 6-5, but it would be short lived as the Roadrunners went on a 7-0 run and took a 12-6 lead. CSUB held the lead over 15 minutes in the first half, but with 1:40 remaining in the first half, the Aggies re-took the lead and went into halftime ahead of the Roadrunners 26-25. The second half once again got away from the Roadrunners. It began with CSUB pulling ahead of the Aggies after a three-pointer by Holden put the Roadrunners up 32-30. A free throw shot by senior forward Shon Briggs gave the Roadrunners a 33-30 lead. Briggs added 3 points and 4 rebounds. CSUB went scoreless for the next 6:10 of the game. In that time, New Mexico State went on a 14-0 run to go ahead 44-33. The Aggies did not look back and lead the rest of the game. A three-pointer by freshman guard Jarkel Joiner shrunk the Aggies lead to 11, but that is the closest the Roadrunners would get to regaining the lead.  Joiner finished with five points and two steals. “Tonight we played more like us, we played better defense,” said senior guard Brett Wrapp on tonight’s game. Wrapp tallied eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. “We have to get wins, we keep saying we are taking steps but we have to take those steps into a win” said redshirt freshman forward Justin Davis on the upcoming road trip. Davis added 10 points and eight rebounds. CSUB will go on a three-game road trip that begins against the University of Missouri-Kansas City (5-14, 0-3 WAC) on Thursday, Jan. 18.. Its next home game will be Thursday, Feb. 1 against Chicago State University (2-18, 0-3 WAC). Freshman guard Jarkel Joiner splits a double team and drives into the paint against New Mexico State University on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Icardo Center. Photo by Peter Castillo/ The Runner

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  • Cricket, anyone? Fresno, Bakersfield clubs meet for practice ahead of 2018 season - Fresno BeeCricket, anyone? Fresno, Bakersfield clubs meet for practice ahead of 2018 season - Fresno Bee

    Cricket, anyone? Fresno, Bakersfield clubs meet for practice ahead of 2018 seasonFresno BeeMembers of the Central Valley Cricket Club of Fresno and the Bakersfield Lions met on a chilly Sunday at Sierra Bicentennial Park in Clovis for a friendly practice match. The teams are preparing for the start of the Northern California Cricket ...and more »

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  • One injured in east Bakersfield shooting - The Bakersfield CalifornianOne injured in east Bakersfield shooting - The Bakersfield Californian

    KERO 23ABC NewsOne injured in east Bakersfield shootingThe Bakersfield CalifornianAn internet cafe security guard was injured during an attempted robbery on Sunday morning, according to police. The Bakersfield Police Department arrived at 1221 Baker St. at approximately 7:42 a.m., regarding a report of an armed robbery and shooting ...Bakersfield Police looking for missing elderly man last seen in south ...KERO 23ABC NewsFour arrested after leading Bakersfield police on chaseBakersfield NowShooting leads to standoff in East Bakersfield - KernGoldenEmpireKern Golden Empireall 8 news articles »

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  • BPD looking for missing elderly manBPD looking for missing elderly man

    Bakersfield Police is asking for the public's help in find a missing elderly man who was last seen in south Bakersfield on Saturday. Police said Jose Santos Eustaquio was last seen on January 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the 4400 block of Hughes Lane near White Lane.

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  • Former deputy burglarized 3 times in 14 monthFormer deputy burglarized 3 times in 14 month

    A retired Kern County sheriff's deputy is speaking out about his northwest home being broken into three times in roughly the last year. 77-year-old Bernie Eckroth is now asking for the community's help to find the suspect.

    Bakersfield News / 3 d. 3 h. 17 min. ago
  • Tehachapi residents prepare to attend women's march in BakersfieldTehachapi residents prepare to attend women's march in Bakersfield

    As women gather to march and rally in solidarity at 20 locations throughout California on Saturday, Jan. 20 - including Kern County - residents from Tehachapi will be among the crowd in Bakersfield. Women's March Kern County could attract some 1,000 participants, including women, men and entire families.

    Bakersfield News / 3 d. 7 h. 41 min. ago
  • Free women's self-defense class on TuesdayFree women's self-defense class on Tuesday

    The class will be held on January 23, 2018 from 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault Outreach Center which is located at 1921 19th Street in Bakersfield. Space is limited and spots fill up fast.

    Bakersfield News / 3 d. 11 h. 59 min. ago
  • CSUB falls to UTRGV, drops fourth straightCSUB falls to UTRGV, drops fourth straight

    By Vincent Perez Sports Editor  Two missing stars and a lackluster second half was the deciding factor for the CSU Bakersfield men’s basketball team.  The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley defeated CSUB 87-74, Thursday, Jan. 11 in the Icardo Center in front of a crowd of 2,603.  In their second Western Athletic Conference game this season, CSUB (7-10, 0-3) could not defend shots that they usually do.   Senior guard Brent Wrapp did not play due to illness (flu), but was seen on the bench. Damiyne Durham, a redshirt-junior guard, was not seen in the Icardo Center.   Head Coach Rod Barnes stated in the post-game press conference that Durham is suspended indefinitely. Barnes said that Durham was disciplined because of his relationship with the team, but Durham did not do anything illegal or immoral.    UTRGV (10-8, 2-0) dominated the Roadrunners in second half of the game, after only leading by 3 at halftime. Four Vaqueros finished the game in double digits. They were led by senior guard Nick Dixon who scored 21 points.    The Roadrunners turned over the ball 16 times. However, they out rebounded the Vaqueros 39-to-28.    Despite the second conference loss, junior guard Rickey Holden and freshman guard/forward Justin McCall showed their ability to play well under pressure.    Holden finished with a season-high 18 points and was perfect at the foul line (8-for-8). McCall, who does not see much playing time, shot 3-for-5, had nine points and five rebounds. McCall played 28 minutes and had two steals in the loss.    The Vaqueros shot 52 percent from the floor, while the Roadrunners shot 41 percent in comparison.    With seven minutes left in the half, CSUB led 23-20. The Roadrunners never led the Vaqueros by more than 3 points for the rest of the game, as the team appeared lost on the court defensively and struggled to score on offense.    Barnes said that the team needs to improve on defense. “We got to rebound the ball. When we have opportunities to slow guys down, we’re not rebounding the ball well.”    However, Barnes said that team communicated better than the 75-42 loss at Utah Valley on Jan. 6.   Senior forward Shon Briggs said it was a tough loss to UTRGV. “We knew we were capable of this win, but we have to bounce back on Saturday [against New Mexico State],” said Briggs.    He fouled out with seven minutes left in the game and CSUB trailing by 13.    Holden said about the Vaqueros’ winning efforts, “They were hard on us … we’ve got to fix our mistakes.” Holden added that the Roadrunners are going to focus on defense.    After four consecutive losses, two of which were in conference, Holden remains optimistic.   “We can’t give up on ourselves. We were capable of winning those games,” said Holden.    Barnes said that he hopes Wrapp is healthy enough to play Saturday against New Mexico State University.   “As a coach, I went down there [to check on Wrapp],” said Barnes about the loss. According to Barnes, Wrapp was vomiting and felt weak before the game, so he sat Wrapp. Wrapp is day-to-day, according to Barnes.    The Roadrunners host defending WAC  tournament champion New Mexico State (14-3, 2-0) Saturday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Icardo Center.

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  • Grand Jury charges two alleged West Side CripsGrand Jury charges two alleged West Side Crips

    Jarvis Thomas, 32, has a warrant for sales of a controlled substance, conspiracy and participation in a criminal street gang. BAKERSFIELD, Calif.

    Bakersfield News / 4 d. 10 h. 50 min. ago
  • Worth Noting: Bike Bakersfield names new executive director - The Bakersfield CalifornianWorth Noting: Bike Bakersfield names new executive director - The Bakersfield Californian

    The Bakersfield CalifornianWorth Noting: Bike Bakersfield names new executive directorThe Bakersfield CalifornianBike Bakersfield has brought on a new executive director. Jack Becker, who previously served as program director for the organization, now heads up the organization. Becker grew up in Bakersfield and earned his bachelor's degree in environmental ...

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  • Man arrested in connection with deadly shootingMan arrested in connection with deadly shooting

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting that left two people dead over the weekend.

    Bakersfield News / 4 d. 17 h. 48 min. ago
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    A man who needed emergency surgery after a plastic baggie of drugs he had swallowed ruptured has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Federal prosecutors say Omar Vasques received a 30-month term Wednesday.

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  • Visit Friendly Bakersfield, the Southern Gateway To The Central ValleyVisit Friendly Bakersfield, the Southern Gateway To The Central Valley

    Huge for the economy of California, Bakersfield is significant in production of the nation's agriculture, as well as oil production. The County Seat of Kern County, Bakersfield is the ninth largest city in California and covers over 150 square miles in size and ranks as the 52nd largest city by size in the country, ahead of Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

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  • Bakersfield Judgment Day Half MarathonBakersfield Judgment Day Half Marathon

    You will start above Bakersfield at Lake Ming and run down Alfred Harrell Highway through Hart Park, then along the canyons and bluffs of Bakersfield.

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  • New option may bring new high school to areaNew option may bring new high school to area

    The Kern High School Board of Trustees approved a 30-day comment period on a report that could bring a new high school to a new area in Bakersfield. The comment period would be on the environmental assessment on a piece of land in northwest Bakersfield.

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  • Fight over Charles Manson's estate, remains in need of venueFight over Charles Manson's estate, remains in need of venue

    The battle brewing over the estate of Charles Manson entered court Monday, though it remains unclear where it will ultimately be fought or whether others will join a pen pal and purported grandson laying claim to the cult leader's possessions and body. The issue of venue is clouded because Manson, 83, died at a hospital in Kern County in November but was incarcerated in Corcoran State Prison in neighboring Kings County.

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  • Santa Maria Visitor Bureau Awards Tourism GrantsSanta Maria Visitor Bureau Awards Tourism Grants

    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau has announced the recipients for the first of two grant cycles happening in 2018. Nearly $22,000 was awarded to nine local nonprofit organizations that submitted applications.

    Bakersfield News / 7 d. 13 h. 30 min. ago
  • Country icon Marty Stuart brings Fabulous Superlatives to Bay AreaCountry icon Marty Stuart brings Fabulous Superlatives to Bay Area

    Growing up in Mississippi in the 1960s, Marty Stuart dreamed of lighting out for the West, seduced by the honky tonk Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens and Marty Robbins' cowboy crooning. A prodigy on mandolin and an accomplished guitarist by his early teens, Stuart finished high school on the road as a touring musician.

    Bakersfield News / 7 d. 17 h. 48 min. ago
  • Conference to be held for parents of special needs childrenConference to be held for parents of special needs children

    A conference for parents of children with special needs will be held Friday, Jan. 26 at Hodel's Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Drive in Bakersfield. The $10 admission includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

    Bakersfield News / 8 d. 0 h. 57 min. ago
  • Big changes for CSUB CAFS programBig changes for CSUB CAFS program

    By Mario Hernandez News Reporter The Department of Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies has several changes in store. Formerly under the Department of Teacher Education , the program has grown so rapidly that it had to become a separate department. Dr. Elaine Correa is the Chair of CAFS. The department has 3 other full time faculty members, Associate Professor Dr. Christie Howell, Assistant Professor Dr. April LaGue, and Lecturer Ms. Amanda Tumblin. Correa said the decision to become a separate department from the education department was directly due to the rapid growth of the program. “We have close to 300 majors and we are growing rapidly, both on the main campus as well as at Antelope Valley,” said Correa. Although the program has become its own department it will still work with the Department of Teacher Education. “With the increase in our student enrollments, the School of Social Sciences Dean, Academic Senate, and President all agreed that to better serve students, CAFS should be a separate Department,” said Correa. “We continue to develop programs, such as our new Integrated CAFS and Special Education Preparation Program which enables students to accelerate and complete a degree with a Preliminary Special Education Preparation in 4 years,” said Correa. “While CAFS remains a distinctive area of study, it is a critical area of learning for anyone interested in working with children and families.” Special education is a major that is expanding rapidly and is in great demand, due to the lack of special needs instructors in Bakersfield. Nubia Hernandez, a biology major and senior at CSUB was unaware that the CAFS program had become a department and of their easy process to become a special needs instructor. “I will be moving forward to a graduate program, but for those who wish to become instructors it’s comforting to see how the CAFS programs has a process of such easy access towards an area where there is a need for special need instructors,” said Hernandez. The department’s growth is expanding far beyond its student enrollment, and new changes are coming as well. “Absolutely, the department is expanding with the expectation of new teaching faculty to be hired for the next academic term (Fall 2018), and as we continue to grow, we anticipate more faculty will be hired,” said Correa. The department is located at the back of the School of Social Sciences and Education Building. Photo courtesy of Elaine Correa / CSUB CAFS Dept.From left to right: Mrs. Lisa Duncan-Purcell, Dr. Christie Howell, Dean Bacon, Provost Zorn, President Mitchell, Retired Dean,Front row,: Ms. Amanda Tumblin, Dr. April LaGue, Dr. Elaine Correa (Chair of CAFS), Mrs. Jamie Dwyer, and Mrs. Carolyn Lane

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  • CSUB student shares how breathe freely campaign helped herCSUB student shares how breathe freely campaign helped her

    By Chantel Varges Reporter Sarah Montano is one of CSU Bakersfield’s students who stopped smoking since the breathe freely campaign started in September 2017. Montano is a mother of two and a double major psychology and journalism student who will be graduating in the Spring of 2019. Montano, 33, began smoking when she was in high school. She had to quit at the age of 20 when she found out she was pregnant with her first son. Since then, she was smoke free for 10 years. In 2014, she got a divorce and it put her through a lot of stress and as a result she had a relapse. Montano smoked a little less than a pack a day for three years until the ban of smoking on campus. Montano admits that at first she was angry of the ban of smoking on campus. “I thought it was kind of discriminatory against older students because I never really saw younger students smoking on campus. After the first week though I realized it wasn’t a big deal. My two kids have been really on me about quitting and this gave me the extra push to stop,” said Montano. Montano shares that the hardest part about quitting has been looking for things to keep her busy. She has to stay away from social media because she would scroll through her feed while smoking. The other hard part about quitting is the withdrawals, cravings, and depression. Blake Tedder, Montano’s boyfriend, is very proud of Montano quitting smoking and has also inspired him to quit smoking. “My love for her and her children have inspired me to also quit smoking. To put my selfish habits aside and think of someone else feels better at the end of the day,” said Tedder. Allison Lechman is a communications senior who is in one of Montano’s classes. “One day in class she was having a bad day. She was stressed and started to cry. She said she was trying to quit smoking. I think she’s inspirational because she has children, is double majoring, and is trying to make herself better. I get stressed about school but when I heard her story I was humbled,” said Lechman. Montano is a wonderful mother who overcame her habit not just for her children but also to better herself. Montano’s smoke free story has inspired the people in her life. Although it is a constant battle for Tedder, he too has overcome this bad habit. As for Lechman and all other CSUB students, we at The Runner hope your winter break allows you to relax. Happy Holidays!

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  • Students snuggle with Marley’s MuttsStudents snuggle with Marley’s Mutts

    By Veronica Morley Features Editor   In the midst of finals week, the study strong campaign turned the area in front of the Student Union patio into a relaxing dog park. The Associated Students, Inc. invited the charity organization Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue to come on Dec. 14 and help students on campus unwind. The event was scheduled from noon until 1:15 but the pups hung around for a little while longer. The group of animals included a yellow lab named Luca, and chocolate lab, a chihuahua named Bella, a Terrier named Einstein and more. Students settled around on blankets and had the opportunity to pet and hold the animals. Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue was started by Tehachapi native Zach Skow. Skow will be featured as one of 13 inspirational men in the  2018 The Tails of RescueMen USA Charity Calendar for their efforts to support the #AdoptNeverShop for a companion animal campaign. Skow started the organization in honor of his experience with his own pet, Marley. Skow shared on the Marley’s Mutts website, “Marley is my rescue-dog and I am his rescue-human. Marley is a Rottweiler-Pit Bull who was rescued from the Mojave Shelter in 2002 at 8 weeks old. I used to carry him around in my back pack with just his head poking out. He is now nearly 15 years old and weighs about 90 pounds. When I was diagnosed with end stage liver disease and steadily losing my life, it was Marley who helped pull me from despair and towards the light and into the fight. It was his relentless love, omnipresent affection and “today can be the best day of our life” mentality which helped me live again. When I had no love for self, but rather great contempt, it was Marley who showed me I was worthy of love. Every morning I contemplated suicide, and every morning he looked at me with a blinding affection which simply could not be ignored. He would force me to love myself by showing me how much he loved me. And it worked. I was stubborn and held out as long as possible and nearly lost my life because of it, but it worked!” The organization hosts multiple campaigns throughout Kern County. You can read all about these campaigns and the stories of other rescue-dogs on their website. You can also learn how to get involved with the organization or information about rescue and adoption. For more information visit their website https://www.marleysmutts.org/. Photo by Veronica Morley/The Runner  

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  • Collision on Don Hart Drive WestCollision on Don Hart Drive West

    By Christopher Mateo Editor-in-Chief   Incoming student, Adam Marquez, 23,  is welcomed to CSU Bakersfield with a bang as his Chevrolet Colorado was T-boned by a Honda Accord on Thursday Dec. 14. “We are fine, but my mom was jolted,” said Marquez. Photos by Brenda Gonzalez/ The RunnerA Honda Accord collided with a Chevrolet Truck on the intersection of Don Hart Drive West and CSUB Way on Thursday Dec. 14. Marquez was turning in from Stockdale Highway onto campus when a woman named Olga, hit him on the passenger side of his truck after mistakenly stepping on the gas instead of the brakes. Olga was at the stop sign at the intersection of CSUB Way and Don Hart Drive West. Marquez’s vehicle was still able to be moved without a tow. However, the Honda Civic sustained damages that left the car unable to be moved. “The car [Honda Accord] was disabled that is why it had to be towed,” said Officer Scott Jelletich. Two officers including Jelletich were directing traffic as the tow truck moved the Honda Accord out of the way. According to Jelletich the accident was injury free. Photo by Brenda Gonzalez/The RunnerThe Chevrolet Colorado was left with a dent on the passenger side where Marquez’s mother was sitting at the time of the collision.  

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  • Crime LogCrime Log

    The following crimes occurred between Nov. 28 and Dec. 10, 2017 at CSU Bakersfield and are ongoing cases:   Battery on person (willful cruelty to child)   On Dec. 10 at 5:41 p.m. a battery incident occurred near Housing East. Complaint cleared this case.   Burglary: second degree   On Dec. 4 at 4:56 p.m. a burglary occurred in parking lot K1. This case is pending additional leads.   Burglary: second degree (vandalism)   On Dec. 10 at 10:37 p.m. a burglary with a vandalism over $400 occurred in parking lot K1. This case is pending further investigation.   Disturb by loud/unreasonable noise   On Nov. 28 at 8:12 p.m. a disturbance was reported in the Numenor Dorm building. Information only for this case.   Petty theft   On Nov. 29 at 9:33 p.m. a petty theft was reported in the Walter Stiern Library. Information only on this case.   With intent to annoy/harass   On Nov. 29 at 1:10 p.m. repeating calls were made because of a harassment incident that occurred in Dorothy Donohue Hall. This is pending additional leads. These cases affect students, staff, and faculty. Please take safety precautions on or off campus. Contact university police at 661-654-2111 or visit http://www.csub.edu/bas/police/ for any further information on the above pending cases.

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  • Students With Disabilities Are Not AccommodatedStudents With Disabilities Are Not Accommodated

    By Ola Iduma News Reporter CSU Bakersfield students with temporary disabilities said they are not aware that there are transportation and accommodation services for them on campus. Bianca Kristopher, a junior sociology major injured her ankle while doing gymnastics and said it’s difficult for her to move around campus. “I feel frustrated because my ankle hurts and I’m slow, walking to my classes. I usually end up being late to my next class whenever I have back-to-back classes, because I move like a snail. I wish there was some transportation on campus I can hop on,” said Kristopher. Students with injuries have help available on campus. Claudia Catota, assistant to the president for equity, inclusion, and compliance and title IX coordinator/DHR administrator said that there are services on campus for students who are temporarily disabled. “Students with disabilities would report to the Services for Students with Disabilities center on campus, and depending on what their disability is, the SSD will be able to help them,” said Catota. Catota said that accommodation within the classroom is provided for disabled students. For example, a student in a wheelchair can use a desk that would be comfortable and high enough to write on. “Concerning parking, students could take a doctor’s note to the DMV, where they would receive a disability placard that they can put on their cars, said Catota. “DMV, however, takes a couple of days to weeks to send this, so, students have the option of going to the health center on campus where placards for temporary disabled students are provided.” According to Catota, the SSD is currently working on a disability transportation system and has applied for six-passenger carts to be provided on campus for disabled students. These carts would accommodate students in crutches, wheelchairs, and so on. The carts would have ramps that can take on wheel chairs. Trevor Parks Jr., a senior criminal justice major, said that ever since he had a knee replacement surgery and has been going through recovery, it’s been difficult to walk more than a few meters at once. “Sometimes, I look around to see if there are any of those golf-cart things so that I can get a ride to my class buildings, but I don’t see any,” said Parks Jr. Parks Jr. said that he would love a system on campus that would help other students in similar conditions. “I want to see the campus take action and provide services for students like me, so that we would not have to walk long distances from the parking lot to the main campus in such physical state,” said Parks Jr. Students can contact the campus health center on (661) 654-2394 to obtain disability placards. The SSD center can be contacted on (661) 654-3360, and according to the CSUB website, “will provide appropriate accommodations and resources to students with verified permanent or temporary disabilities.”  

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  • Roadrunners struggle on recent road tripRoadrunners struggle on recent road trip

    By Vincent Perez Assistant Sports Editor The CSU Bakersfield women’s basketball team’s most recent road trip was not one to remember. The Roadrunners suffered two losses on the road, one at the University of South Dakota and one at UC Riverside.  On Dec. 9, at South Dakota, the Roadrunners (3-6) lost 66-50 to the Coyotes (6-4). CSUB did not shoot well from downtown, tallying up only 3-for-12 in the first half and 2-for-9 in the second. Senior forward Aja Williams led the squad with 16 points and was second on the team with two steals. She was the only Roadrunner in double digits. Williams also had three turnovers against the Coyotes. Jerice Fears, a junior forward, struggled in the Dec. 9 game. Fears shot 0-for-4 and committed a turnover.  She detailed the team’s issues against the Coyotes.  “We just had a lot of defensive break downs. They got open shots,” said Fears.  Fears said they weren’t making a lot of their shots. However, Fears said that the Roadrunners would be ready for Western Athletic Conference play in January. “[We’re going to] practice how we’re going to play,” said Fears. Redshirt-junior Jazmine Johnson, shot 2-for-8 at South Dakota, with nine points and two steals. Johnson said that she is not one for motivational speeches. “I’m more of do-er than a sayer. I just go out there and try my hardest.” She added, “I do whatever it takes to win.” To improve their record, Johnson said that everyone needs to take more shots. The grueling travel for non-conference opponents is tough said Johnson. Yet, she said the games allow the team to find their groove. “[We get to] see what works and doesn’t work,” said Johnson. “We learned valuable lessons on preparation,” added Johnson. Head Coach Greg McCall said on the 1-4 road trip, “They learned a lot on the road. The road can be brutal when you’re on someone else’s court.” CSUB is 1-6 on the road this season. McCall said the team didn’t get on the right track until late in the second half at South Dakota. “By that time, it was too late,” said McCall. Yet, he does not question his team. He said, “This is a different team. They’re really hungry.” McCall added, “I can never question effort. Mistakes cost us. We’re going to be okay.” Low assists and low scoring do not help the team said McCall. However, he said these problems can be fixed come WAC games in January. “There are teams [in WAC] that we feel good about. There’s opportunity for us to play extremely hard,” said McCall.  At UC Riverside, the Roadrunners lost 68-65 on Dec. 6 to the Highlanders (3-7). CSUB shot 39 percent in shooting compared to Riverside’s 42. Johnson led CSUB with 15 points, had an assist and two steals. Williams and junior guard Alexxus Gilbert each had 12 points. The Roadrunners return home for a double header with the men’s team, Dec. 16. They face Whittier College at 4 p.m. in the Icardo Center. The CSUB men face Georgia Southern University at 2 p.m. The Roadrunners face Omaha at home two nights later, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. After their home stand, CSUB hits the road again, taking on Boise State, Dec. 20 and Cal Poly, Dec. 29. CSUB Junior forward Jerice Fears defends South Dakota freshman guard Monica Arens in a game in Vermillion, S.D. Photo courtesy of the University of South Dakota Athletics.

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  • Finals Week Is Another HeadacheFinals Week Is Another Headache

    By Tanner Harris News Reporter   Finals week is here again. As unwanted as a doctor’s visit, we cannot avoid it forever. With finals, comes stress. Finals exams can negatively affect students’ health, sometimes detrimentally. According to an article from the University of Texas, 13  percent of college students use prescription drugs like Ritalin and Adderall for improved focus during final exams. In addition, sleep deprivation and poor eating habits are just some of the potential side effects of high stress. Priti Devaprakash, 21, a senior English major, has six finals lined up and said it would be better if students had a week off to prepare for their tests. “[My stress level is] very high, considering all my classes have term papers as well as finals. There are going to be more papers due next week and I have to study for finals on top of that, so not cool,” said Devaprakash. Many students had varying opinions on finals and how prepared they are. Lisa Fong, 24, a sixth year biochemistry major, said she wishes there was no such thing as finals. “I have two actual finals, a lab practical, and a paper due. My stress levels are very low…until the last minute. Right now it’s at a 30, in a couple hours it’ll be a 70, and by the end of tonight it’s definitely going to be a 90-100%,” said Fong. To some students, their stress for finals is not as bad as some other students. Grace Prall, 19, a sophomore psychology major, admits she’s in the minority of liking finals. “It means the year is wrapping up. I try to focus my studying on the final that’s closest…[but] I think the semester has prepared me for it. A smaller workload has led me to not be as stressed, but on a scale of 1-10, I’m maybe a 6,” said Prall. In addition to having to spend a large amount of time studying, many students also have other obligations to worry about such as work and family. Students also face additional detriments from stress. According to Kaptest.com, test-induced stress can lead to a compromised immune system, dropping out, emotional and cognitive problems, and depression. Christian Russell, 23, a senior Business major, had a rough experience with finals in the past. “[My stress was] through the roof… [and] a friend of mine killed himself because of it. He had two classes from the hardest teacher in the department…he posted on Facebook ‘I’m sorry guys, I’m super stressed with everything and I can’t do it anymore’ and that was it. I tried not to think about [my finals], though I picked up a nicotine addiction in response to having to stay up until four in the morning,” said Russell. Stephen Habgood, chairman of Papyrus, an organization dedicated to helping prevent suicide in people under 35, said that  the changes that could lead to young people taking their own lives. “We are particularly concerned about the pressures on young students. Transition from a settled home life to university, where young people feel a pressure to succeed, face changes in their circle of friends and feel the impact of financial difficulties, can put extreme pressure on a young person,” stated Habgood in an article from TheGuardian.com Students complained about their professors, many of whom felt that their methods were misguided. “Certain professors try to teach new material too close to the end of the semester, and it would be better if we had a review day instead of the last lecture being the last class meeting before going into finals,” said Devaprakash. “President Mitchell’s promise to us [going from quarter to semester system] was that it would be the exact same workload stretched out over a longer period of time. If [professors] add addition additional units to the course…it’s detrimental to student health,” said Russell. Students said they have different methods of relieving stress. “I’ll take breaks when I’m…studying [to relieve stress], and I’ll just come back to it later. I like to take naps too. Studies have shown that if you sleep after studying, then you’re more likely to retain that information. Just look for the light at the end of the tunnel. Look forward to it being over, do the best you can, and then you get Christmas vacation!” said Prall. Bailey Russell, 21, an English and psychology double major, reminded students that the most that can be done is their best. “One of the things to remember is that no matter how finals turn out…it’s okay. If you’re giving it everything you’ve got and you did the best you could possibly do, that’s something to be proud of. When you feel overwhelmed, be willing to take a step back.” The last official day on campus is December 14.

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  • BC student shares personal experience with criminal justice reform at annual conferenceBC student shares personal experience with criminal justice reform at annual conference

    Photo courtesy of Christian Romo Tara Hunt at CSACs 123rd Annual Conference speaking to audience about criminal justice reform policies Tara Hunt, a Bakersfield College student and a field representative aid for Supervisor Leticia Perez from the 5th District in Kern County, attended the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) 123rd Annual Conference on Nov. 29 at the Sacramento Convention Center to talk about criminal justice reform policies like AB109 and Prop. 47. Hunt traveled to Sacramento to speak about how criminal justice reform policies like AB109 and Prop. 47 helped her and others who were or are currently incarcerated. Both policies reduce felonies to misdemeanors for certain theft and drug possession offenses and authorized those who are serving sentences considered felony offences to be reduced to misdemeanors. They are also designed to decrease the overcrowded conditions in California’s prisons. Hunt also shared her own story at the conference about her difficulty in finding work because of her criminal record and how eventually she found employment. She spoke about how she had learned some valuable skill sets in prison though the benefits of AB109 and Prop. 47 and how this would eventually lead to an internship opportunity to work for Perez, which was facilitated through the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF). Her ability to land a job with Perez was based on one of those trade-offs that works in the bill for prison inmates. It’s something that Hunt likes. She feels that the educational opportunities and skill sets that are taught in the prisons equip people for a chance to lead productive lives once they leave. Although they provide a lot of help and hope for former inmates, there’s some work that could be done to help educate the public about employing those who have been previously incarcerated, according to Hunt. Beyond the prison walls, there exist barriers that prevent many from moving forward. Often the reality is not the employment they had hoped for, but homelessness and joblessness, even though they are qualified to fill positions in the awaiting job market, according to Hunt. As a result, recidivism is hard to avoid when a person is trying to survive, according to Hunt. As much as the state has created programs that work, Hunt would like to see further progress in the area of education and support from the community for the programs that offer hope to those who are incarcerated. Although there are programs designed to decrease recidivism through education, there isn’t a system that matches that on the outside that would make broad employment facilitation a reality. Even the programs that do exist, the public knows so little about. She feels that if the public, parole officers, employers knew about programs like MAOF existed to help facilitate employment it would create opportunities for change by leading to employment offers. It might change how previously incarcerated people are stigmatized which can reduce recidivism that perpetuates an endless prison cycle. It might also provide opportunity for dialogue as well. “Just because I’ve been in prison doesn’t make me a bad person, this applies to others. We just need to find hope and redemption,” Hunt said. Although Hunt believes that many people in the prison system have potential and lack support, she’s hopeful. She hopes people that don’t know what the struggle is like will take the opportunity to learn more about these people who are trying to turn their lives around, and ask themselves how they might be able to provide a solution to decrease recidivism through employment opportunities.

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  • Trans Remembrance Day remember those that have lost their livesTrans Remembrance Day remember those that have lost their lives

    Bakersfield College students gathered for Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) in the Fireside Room on Nov. 20. The SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance) club hosted the event from 12-1 p.m. to remember those who have been killed with malicious intent. President of SAGA, Juan Contreras, spoke about the history of the day. Contreras mentioned that TDOR was established in 1999 by a transgender woman named Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the murder of a transgender woman named Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. He also mentioned that typically a TDOR memorial may include candlelight vigils, art shows, food drives, film screenings, and marches. Adding, the memorial also includes the reading of those who have lost their lives the previous year. Shani December Smith, a local transgender activist spoke about her experience with the community. She mentioned that her experience here at BC has been really positive. Smith is an automotive technology student, who did not expect to be warmly welcomed due to the normal reputation of the automotive technology industry. She began her speech by asking a rhetorical question for audience members to ask themselves. “What is the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning?” Smith said. Audience members pondered as she gave examples of what we normally think about such as, taking our kids to school, or paying bills. Smith responded with what she thinks about. “The first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning every day, ‘Is today going to be the day that I die? Am I going to be murdered today? Is my fiancé going to die today? Is one of my friends going to die today? Is one of the kids I mentor going to be killed today?’,” Smith said. She added that “The last year before today, at least three people did, three people I had known have passed away due to suicide.” Smith explained that 27 transgender people in the United States were murdered between January and the beginning of November of this year.  She adds that she believes the number is a lot higher, but they can only confirm 27 due to the system relying on self-reporting and accurate reporting by families and police. Smith mentioned that the police and families will sometimes misreport someone’s gender. Soon after, the reading of the names began, followed with their pictures as audience and SAGA club members read about them. After the reading people went up to the podium to speak up about how they felt. Helen Acosta, Advisor of SAGA, voiced some advice to those who might not know much about the transgender community. “When someone tells you their name, don’t ask if it’s their real name, it’s their name. Anyone can change their name, so always accept someone for the name they give,” Acosta said. She included that if someone tells you their pronouns, you should use them, and do not make a big deal out of it if you make a mistake. Adding, just to correct yourself if it happens. The SAGA club welcomes everyone, and next semester will be having their first support group for anyone to join, according to Contreras. SAGA meets every other week on Wednesdays in the FA building in room 47 at 4:10 p.m.    

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  • My Struggle: Melissa PuryearMy Struggle: Melissa Puryear

    I decided to return to Bakersfield College to finish my journalism degree in the summer of 2015. I had only a year to use my GI benefits from having served in the Army, before they expired, and at the insistence of a former college advisor, I returned to college to finish what I had started years ago. I was confident about my future, and knew that I was passionate about news and writing. I could see myself doing this for the rest of my life. I didn’t realize at the time that that it would mean 55 years from now. My life was defined by only a few months and a few years at best, depending upon the choices that I made within those next few weeks to save it. I received the news by phone. It was in June 2016. I was sitting in my Argumentation and Rhetoric Class on campus when I received the call. So I stepped out of the classroom. My doctor said, “The tests came back positive for breast cancer. We need to schedule an operation as soon as we can.” It was pretty devastating to hear the word cancer. I felt betrayed by my body. What do you do when you have been diagnosed? You think of all of the worst pictures in your mind. I did. I thought about dying. Maybe because the doctor didn’t detail the exact the stage I was in, but that I needed to go to surgery as soon as they could schedule it. I began to look at all of the hard work I had done as a student at BC since the previous fall. I was angry that I had put all of those hours and months in. I was angry for the countless millions of people who get the same diagnosis as me. I blamed God because I could. I blamed myself. Maybe it was because I didn’t eat well enough. I drank too much coffee and soda. That’s a challenge to face something devastating without blaming yourself for the reason it happened. It’s also false, something I would find out in my road to recovery. The doctors wanted to schedule an operation. They were talking about mastectomy. I wanted to wait until graduation, which would be in the fall of 2018, but they said that my cancer was too aggressive to ignore. If I waited until even the following summer, in all likelihood I would be a cancer statistic, not a cancer survivor. It was a long road that I walked down that month. I had a lot of planning to do. I had to plan to live. I had to plan to die. I had to plan for surgery, recovery and in the midst of all of that, I had to plan to also succeed, in order to remain on track for graduation. It was a tough summer and a tough winter that I would face. The surgery was scheduled one week prior to the beginning of the fall semester. A few days after major surgery I was walking into my public speaking class and felt that everyone must know that I was not well, and maybe they could see evidence of my drain tubes. It was not a beautiful experience. I felt incomplete, powerless, less of a woman, my femininity was gone, and I did not know if what I had worked for would be lost, if I would be lost in all of this. But I persisted anyway. Although I was in and out of the hospital in emergency room after emergency room for complications, and rushed into emergency surgery after my last final exam for public speaking, I had maintained As. I went through six months of recovery and by June 2017, I was walking over a mile a day to and from campus to get my cardiovascular system conditioned again. I had more fight in me to live and to thrive. I am now a journalist at the Renegade Rip. I will be part of the editorial staff next semester, pursuing a summer internship next summer and graduating in the fall of next year. After everything that I have gone through as a student, as a cancer survivor, I know that I’m much stronger. I realize that success is in the day-to-day things, the climbing over obstacles and the stick-to-it spirit I have, even if I don’t know what tomorrow will look like. I can choose to give up or keep going. I am willing to have bad days, that are beyond my control, and then I just let it go. I am willing to fight for life because life is a pretty noble thing to fight for and win.

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  • BC’s Merritt Holloway performs at CSUBBC’s Merritt Holloway performs at CSUB

    The Music and Theater Department at California State University, Bakersfield held a senior recital on Nov. 18, with CSUB student Merritt Holloway performing the piano for the audience. Holloway, a CSUB student pursuing a Bachelor’s in Music Education and Bakersfield College alumnis, performed classical pieces from famous composers such as Franz Liszt, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Sergei Prokofiev. Following Holloway’s main performance, he finished the recital with “Destination Moon” by Marvin Fisher and Roy Alfred, featuring fellow CSUB students like vocalist Candace Freeman, Bob Townley on bass, and Pat Frase on drums. The recital, explained Holloway, was a requirement for the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree and was needed in order to fulfill his degree requirements. “I started at CSUB back in 2008, but had to take a step back and attend BC to fulfill my lower division courses before I could continue at CSUB” said Holloway, “It wasn’t until about six years ago that I came back to CSUB and really began working towards my degree in music education.” According to Holloway, his performance at his senior recital was one of the last things he needed in order to graduate CSUB. Playing the piano since he was 3 years old, Holloway saw music as a way of self-discipline and self-improvement. “Not anyone can pursue a degree in music and expect it to be easy, it takes time, hard work, and a lot of dedication in order to master your desired path” said Holloway. “You just can’t cram music; it doesn’t work like that” explained Holloway. “And you have to be persistent, if you miss a day of practice, you’ll know, if you miss two days, your teacher will know, but if you miss three days, everyone will know.” Among those in the audience of the Merritt Holloway Senior Recital was Soo-Yeon Park, the Co-Director of the CSUB Chamber of Music and the piano instructor at CSUB. For Park, the purpose of the music program at CSUB is to help students improve their skills technically and develop new skills throughout the learning process. Holloway, according to Park, has been her student since 2009 and has watched him improve tremendously. “He’s made huge progress since I first began teaching him” said Park. “To be able to watch your students grow and come to a point where they are performing in front of an audience, It’s very exciting to watch.”

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  • BC Planetarium hosts Dynamic Earth filmBC Planetarium hosts Dynamic Earth film

    A showing of “Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine,” a production made by Spitz Creative Media and NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, among others, was held in the William M Thomas Planetarium at Bakersfield College on Nov. 16. The show, which began at 7:30 p.m., was prefaced by an exploration of the constellations visible in the night sky at this time of year. BC astronomy professor Nick Strobel used a laser pointer to point out constellations like Taurus, Cassiopeia, and Perseus, which were projected onto the 36-foot dome using a Chronos star projector. The projector was rotated multiple times to allow the audience to gaze at the stars from different cardinal directions. Strobel also showed the audience how few stars were visible in Bakersfield due to light pollution. “If you were to get on outside of the city, go out in the country or even, better yet, would be to get up out of the valley and go camping in the mountains, then you would see a lot more stars,” said Strobel. Lastly, he showed the audience what the Milky Way looked like on the dome. “Dynamic Earth” was then played on the dome using a SciDome all-dome video system. The presentation, which is narrated by actor Liam Neeson, began by explaining how the Sun shields the planets in its orbit from dangerous cosmic waves, yet releases its own hazard in the form of coronal mass ejections, all while showing visuals of these solar winds. Then, the film explained how Earth’s magnetic field helps deflect solar winds, preventing it from becoming like Venus, which was described as being a, “witch’s brew of noxious chemicals, including thick sulfurous clouds,” with surface temperatures of almost 500 degrees Celsius due to the high amounts of carbon dioxide trapping the Sun’s heat. The film then showed a computer simulation of how wind currents affect surface ocean currents and how tropical heat extremes result in storms and hurricanes and how heat drawn from the ocean increases the speed of hurricane winds. The visuals then moved into the ocean to demonstrate how ocean life, like phytoplankton, contributes to the carbon cycle and reduces carbon dioxide. “… Earth has kept CO2 levels in balance by absorbing and releasing it in roughly equal amounts. Lately, that balance has been shifting. The amount of carbon dioxide from human activities, including cars, power plants, and factories, now exceeds volcanoes by over 200 times,” said Neeson, explaining how the increased carbon dioxide has led to climate change.

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  • BC brings puppies to her BC students stay stress free before finalsBC brings puppies to her BC students stay stress free before finals

    The Bakersfield College Library hosted a Miracle Mutts event, to help students de-stress before finals week on Nov. 27. The dogs were brought in courtesy of Marley’s Mutts and were placed in the library’s lobby allowing for students coming inside to see the dogs and interact with them. BC students Andrew Combs, 24, and Julian Moreno, 21, were entering the library in order to study for finals when they saw the visiting canines and decided they had to stop. Combs and Moreno both said they had adopted dogs and Moreno also shared he had taken in a stray cat, so stopping to pet dogs was something nice for them. When asked if these types of stress relieving events helped Combs said, “I mean, it makes me happy.” Torie Beck, who has worked with Marley’s Mutts for almost two years, was working the event and shared why they participate. “We come in to try to destress before finals [week] and break away some of the stress,” said Beck as she held on to Turtle, a brown Labrador, who seemed eager to greet the new students coming in. Beck also shared some history about the dogs present. She said that some of the dogs brought in were personal pets of the people working the event but others had originally been trained as service dogs, like Dex, a black Labrador. Dex had originally been trained to be a seeing-eye dog but did not seem to take too well to lessons and found “a better career change” with Dex’s owner, according to Beck. Other dogs had been rescued from abusive homes like Emily,a blonde terrier, who was saved from her situation and reunited with her sister Sadie, a grey terrier mix, who performed some tricks for treats for BC students. Another treat lover was Sully, a white Bichon Frise, who would walk to where other dogs were given commands in order to receive some treats. Sully, who is blind, would respond to snaps from students and approach them for a pet. The Miracle Mutts event has been held in past semesters to help students relax for finals. This Miracle Mutts event was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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  • Teddy Bear Toss collects 10,0549 stuffed toysTeddy Bear Toss collects 10,0549 stuffed toys

    Bakersfield came out to participate in the 19th Annual Teddy Bear Toss at Rabobank Arena Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25, where the Bakersfield Condors defeated the San Antonio Rampage 7-3, all while collecting stuffed toys for various organizations and charities. The crowd of 8,862 people who attended the Condors’ hockey game, the third largest crowd in Teddy Bear Toss history in Bakersfield, also broke the record for the most stuffed toys thrown onto the ice during a Condors’ game. A total of 10,549 stuffed toys were collected during the Teddy Bear Toss, with fans throwing their stuffed toys over the rink wall and onto the ice following the Condors’ first goal made early in the second period by Condors’ player Brad Malone. The tradition of the Teddy Bear Toss by the Bakersfield Condors dates back to 1999, with the first Teddy Bear Toss racking up 2,553 stuffed toys, which has only grown over the years. As of this last game, the Annual Teddy Bear Toss has collected 121,395 stuffed toys in the last 19 years. Vice President of Communications for the Bakersfield Condors, Kevin Bartl, explained that the minor-league hockey team has been involved in the Teddy Bear Toss since its formation almost 20 years ago. “We began the Teddy Bear Toss at the beginning of teams’ second season, and ever since it’s become one of the most anticipated games for the players and for the community,” said Bartl. According to Bartl, the toys that are collected following the first Condors’ goal are given over to the United Way of Kern County, who then distributes the stuffed toys to various local organizations and non-profits. On average, explained Bartl, around 40 to 50 different agencies reach out to United Ways to receive stuffed toys. “At the end of the night when we gather all the bears and finish counting them, we try and bless as many different organizations with as many stuffed toys as possible,” said Bartl. “Our goal since day one has been to be a good community partner and use the spotlight the Condors’ have as a vehicle to some good for our community.” Bartl shared his experience and thoughts about the Teddy Bear Toss saying, “It’s an amazing sight, it never gets old, and ours is one of the best out there.”

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  • Bakersfield College’s volleyball team loses to El Camino CollegeBakersfield College’s volleyball team loses to El Camino College

    The Bakersfield College women’s volleyball team lost 3-0 to El Camino College on Nov. 21 during the first round sweep of the South Regional Playoffs, putting them out of the running of the California Community College Athletics Association State Championship. In the first set, the Renegades lost to the warriors 25-20, although the BC team stayed close throughout the set. During the second set of the game, the Bakersfield volleyball team lost to El Camino with its largest gap, at 25-14. The teams remained neck to neck during most of the third and final set, but Bakersfield College still lost 25-21. Brooke Horack, a sophomore middle blocker, led the BC team in number of kills, of which she scored 10, while Jourdon Muro, a sophomore outside hitter, got 21 total attacks. The women’s volleyball team has done well overall this semester, winning 19 out of 25 of their games since August.

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  • BC basketball player Pablo Rebollo shares his storyBC basketball player Pablo Rebollo shares his story

    Pablo Rebollo, 20, has only been in the United States for four months, yet he has already become a valuable member of Bakersfield College Men’s Basketball team. Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Rebollo’s major is kinesiology, but he has been focusing on improving his English skills first. In fact, he said that his main reasons for moving to the U.S. were to practice basketball and English. He has been playing basketball since he was eight years old. When asked what drove him to the sport, he said that he remembers seeing his father play since he was little. He grew up surrounded by the sport and quickly became passionate about it. His parents are his biggest source of inspiration. He is also a big fan of Spanish NBA player, Pau Gasol, who is a six-time NBA All-Star and has won two NBA championships. Rebollo’s talents took him far in Spain. When he was 13 years old, he trained with Federacion Baloncesto Madrid, the basketball association of his home city, for a year. “When I was 16, I then played for Club Baloncesto Estudiantes, third division, for three years. They are one of the biggest basketball teams in Spain,” he added. At Bakersfield College, Rebollo is a point guard, and he has contributed to the renegade team’s four wins of the season. According to him, “what makes the team successful is teamwork and dedication.” He practices every day, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. He does not follow a specific diet, but he cooks traditional Spanish food whenever he can. “I try to eat as healthy as possible by preparing my own meals,” he said. In his spare time, he likes to read and hang out with friends. “I like reading poetry. I am currently reading ‘Con tal de verte volar,’ a book in Spanish,” Rebollo added. When asked about his experience as an international student and athlete, the basketball player shared that he was glad he made the decision to travel to the U.S. “It has been an unforgettable experience. It makes you grow, become more responsible, and it gives you a new perspective on life,” he mentioned. Having the support of his teammates and Coach Hughes has also helped him better adapt to the challenging aspects of leaving what one knows and moving to an entirely different place. Rebollo plans to move back to Spain in two years. There, he will continue to play basketball and work on his education. His dream is to play for a professional, third division or over, team.

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  • Break the stigma and offer helpBreak the stigma and offer help

    Suicide is a controversial topic. Even those who have never experienced it have a heavy opinion on the topic. I speak from my own experience of having suicidal thoughts due to depression, and will be discussing the signs you should be looking for within your peers to guide you toward suicide prevention. You might assume a person is doing fine because they appear so. People who are dealing with a mental illness will not always look sad; however, there are times when it is obvious that they are not doing well. Please do not be afraid to approach someone and ask how they are doing. A person who is considering suicide will behave differently. They might even speak differently around others, making comments about how they are better off not being around, or lose interest in things they are passionate about. I strongly believe that mental illness is a huge factor that leads to suicide. Anyone dealing with depression who behaves similarly to the signs I am giving you may not have suicidal thoughts, however these signs may lead to suicide if they are. It is important to always be safe rather than sorry. Reach out to people who need it. I have moments where I will not reach out simply because I do not know who to go to. Not everyone is understanding of those dealing with mental illness due to stigma surrounding it. We will not openly cry in your arms, and confess how bad we have been doing. An incident like this may occur, but often we will mostly keep it hidden. This is a reason why most people who do commit suicide are people no one would have ever guessed. Sometimes the signs are not recognizable. When I was in high school, a friend of mine committed suicide. I remember her battling mental illness, and some people thought she was “attention seeking” because they saw self-harm marks on her skin. Instead of people criticizing her, they could have helped her in any way they could. Although people knew she was dealing with mental illness, her death came unexpectedly to many of us. I recall seeing her a week before she passed away. She was the happiest I had ever seen her. I thought she was finally doing better, but the result proved us all wrong. She cannot be brought back, however with my experience, I have learned quite a few things. If someone is harming themselves, they are already in danger of dying each time they do. The signs are there in their school performance, behaviors, and personality. I am not asking you to analyze every person you meet in your lifetime. I am saying that you should try to recognize these signs. If you want to approach the person about it, you may in a non-judgmental way. Always trust your instincts. If someone appears to be doing terrible, be a good person and offer them a hand. You are not a mental health counselor, so please be careful when giving advice, unless you have experience with what they are going through. Mostly you should direct them to a mental health professional. If someone confides in you, and tells you they have attempted suicide, it is not wrong if you seek help for them. It is better to not take risks. Again, I speak from my own experience dealing with mental illness and suicidal thoughts. Not all signs are visible, but they can be recognizable if you know them. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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