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Kern Education Justice Collaborative rallys for equality.
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Construction continues at Bakersfield College By Marina Gonzalez Reporter Bakersfield College has closed off certain routes and access to the campus due to the Measure J construction of a new Science and Engineering building at the beginning of spring semester. The Science and Engineering Building is a new three-story building that will have offices, labs, and classroom for those who are in the Science and Engineering department. This project costs $65 million program value and is currently in design, according to the Bakersfield College website. “We are breaking ground on the Science and Engineering building in March, along with the gym and field house in May,” Bakersfield College program manager Tamara Baker said. While that project is being built, more projects like the Campus Center is currently on schedule with its construction. This building will include food services, Bakersfield College foundation,
Student Government, and provide a new conference center with flexible room arrangements, according to the Bakersfield College website. “All of our projects are currently on schedule,” Tamara Baker said. “The new unveiling Vernon Valenzuela Veterans Resource Center was finished ahead of schedule.” With the current construction happening, normal routes like the parking lot to the SE and IT buildings (P5) was closed off. The new ways of access to the SE building are the south side of the building, and the hallway with the large lecture rooms will be through the SE courtyard and breezeway from the biology lab side of the building, according to the press release. Additional areas on campus have also been closed off, like the Solar Parking Lot, because a sewer line is being relocated as part of the infrastructure work, according to the press release. Students and staff can use updated con-
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Current construction happening for the new campus center on Bakersfield College’s main campus, January 2020.
struction maps with the paths of travel in order to help find their locations on campus, which are on the “A Better BC website.” However, it has become difficult for some of the disabled students to use the new routes on campus because it can be dangerous for them to travel. “The Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) department and the construction have made communications to our disabled students and staff a priority as these
construction projects break ground,” Baker said. “Bakersfield College wants to ensure that safety is always at the forefront for all of our students and staff.” All of the construction has impacted the way some students have to plan their daily schedules at BC’s main campus. “It takes us a longtime to get to class, so we have to come way early.” Bakersfield College Criminal Justice major Yanet Soviano said.
Teaching on the inside By Angel Magdaleno Reporter
For Bakersfield College English professors Jennifer Craig and Sara Wallace, teaching in the prison system is not a sacrifice, it’s a privilege. Craig and Wallace are instructors for BC’s Inmate Scholars Program, and the experience has exceeded their expectations. “I had this belief that they are human beings, they want to change, and I’m on board […] It surprised me. I can’t even imagine how some of them got there. They’re so articulate, so calm, and well read,” Craig said. Professor Wallace explained that many other professors questioned her safety when she first started, but for her that is of zero concern. Craig added, “They are more protective than anything else. They’re
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looking out for us.” Both professors sometimes have to remind themselves that they are in a prison. Even though they go into the prison with a nice, warm learning environment, they face still some difficulties. “The biggest difficulties we face is more logistical,” Craig said. They both noted that getting their technology approved, which is rare, is one of the difficulties they have. “The needs of the prison completely supersede the needs of us,” Craig said. If the prison is on lock down for any reason, they have to cancel class, they added that they never know why they are on lockdown or how long the lockdown lasts. Sometimes something as little as fog can cause the cancellation of class. Professor Craig explained, “At the end
of the last semester, during finals, they cancelled my class seven minutes into the final, due to fog.” No matter how organized they are, their plans always seem to change. Professor Craig laughed, “By the end of last semester I was like on syllabus version seven.” The troubles and difficulties of scheduling and rescheduling and the processing don’t phase them, however. They both admitted that they are not the types to roll with the punches, but they enjoy what they do. Professor Wallace said, “I’m having a good time and I’m enjoying it. People come up to me and tell me ‘That’s so amazing, and it’s such a sacrifice,’ and [I respond to them with,] ‘It’s the best classes I've ever had’.” They both agreed that the students that
they have are some of the best students they’ve ever had. It is a rewarding feeling for them. They added that the students are engaged and in the class that they show their gratitude at the end of every class with a thank you, which is something that they really enjoy hearing. That is one of their rewards. BC’s Inmate Scholars Program started in 2015, when BC partnered with Kern Valley State Prison. The program only offered one course in one prison when it first started. Now the program has extended to more than 10 prisons and offer more than 20 transferable courses and Basic Skills courses. In August 2019, BC witnessed their first graduating class of the Inmate Scholar Program with 17 graduates.
Grown and at home Don’t feel ashamed By Jocelyn Sandusky Features Editor After reaching major life milestones like graduating high school and turning 18, there is a societal pressure to immediately start an adult life and quickly transition out of childhood. For a lot of us, that means gaining independence from our parents by moving out of the family home. At 22, I am still living there. Even though living at home makes me feel inadequate, embarrassed and ashamed at times because I am comparing myself to what I think is normal, there are many reasons why I think people shouldn’t be ashamed of living with their parents while attending college. When I went away to college in Los Angeles, I cried when my dad dropped me off at my dorm. I was able to adjust to my new life after some time, but when my family dropped me off at my new apartment the following year, it wasn’t as easy. Disrupting the schedule and routine I had become accustomed to over the summer rattled me. I even stopped taking my medications for my Gen-eralized Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder. I quickly spiraled out of control. I had no social life, and I never left my apartment. I cried all day and hardly left my bed. I even tried to kill myself because I felt so alone, lost and isolated. A combination of those things caused my studies to take a major hit. I felt so stupid because I wasn’t able to concentrate or process anything because I had no en-ergy to focus on anything other than my disastrous home life. I think I would have had a much better chance of being successful in going away to school if there had been some sort of transition period. I went from living with my parents for 18 years to living on my own in one of the biggest cities in the world. I wasn’t close to my family, but I relied on them when I faced a problem. Some people are self-reliant and others are dependent and need to be comforted by others. There is no shame in being the latter. Saying goodbye so suddenly af-ter 18 years can be hard, and if you need more time, take it.
Living in California is expensive, and I doubt any college student is making much more than minimum wage. Obviously, there are students who work and attend school full-time, but I like to sleep nine hours every night. Sure it’s possible, but making enough money to be financially inde-pendent while attending school is outside the realm of possibility and too stressful for most. If you feel the need to contribute to your household because you feel like a free-loader, pay rent and do chores. Or be like me and don’t do either. Ride the wave or train as long as you can. College is a time to focus on school to make sure you’re as equipped as possible for the workforce, and you shouldn’t be ashamed or feel pressured to undertake a life-altering commitment just because you think you have to. I know that in the eyes of society and the law, I’m an adult. It’s too bad I don’t feel or act like one. I still feel like a kid and I still feel like I need to use my family as a crutch. I don’t know how to handle my money, cook, clean or do anything else that comes with being a self-sufficient adult. I’m choosing to use this time as a transition to mature into adulthood without being thrown into it. I’ve had to accept the fact that I’m a little immature and a bit of a baby. I know that if it weren’t for the generosity of my parents, I probably would have killed myself because I’m just not capable of completely taking care of myself at this point in my life. Live on your own when you are mentally and financially capable able of doing so. Don’t compare yourself to others. Focus on where you are now and how you can use it to your advantage to get you where you’d like to be.
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Brian’s Beard improv at BC
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Kamala Boeck (left) improvises as a guidance counselor while two BC improv actors (right) play the role of two WWE fighters on Jan. 30 in the Black Box Theatre. By Jacqueline Gutierrez Digital Editor Brian’s Beard, the improv group from Bakersfield College, performed at the Black Box Theatre on Jan. 30. During the show, the performers acted on improv suggestions given to them by the audience members. The Black Box Theatre was full of BC students, faculty members, and CSUB students who joined together and enjoyed the mature content provided by Brian’s Beard. The suggestions given to the performers by the audience varied from the Titanic to WWE and
Mucha Lucha. When an audience member shouted out Titanic, Kamala Boeck, a CSUB professor, started to tell a story about a group of middle school students who the school took to see Titanic. During the performance the actors played roles ranging from romantic partners, to a son who came back from the dead and proceeded to disturb his father. All the funds from the show went straight to the American College Theater Festival (ACTF). BC students were selected to go to Fullerton and participate in the theater festival, according to one of the improv actors.
Football coach arrives By Jacqueline Gutierrez Digital Editor Bakersfield College welcomed R. Todd Littlejohn, former Bakersfield High School Driller and BC Renegade, as the new head coach for football at the beginning of the spring 2020 semester. During, Littlejohn’s time as a Renegade he majored in sociology and later transferred to West Texas State [where he had a great career] and Fresno State. While Littlejohn finished up his degree at Fresno State he played baseball and once he graduated, he immediately started coaching. He then later coached at Porterville College and then he attended Missouri State to earn his Master’s degree. “That [his degree in sociology] has also helped so much, because as a coach you wear so many different hats, and counseling is one of them and I have been an at risk counselor as
well,” Littlejohn said. During, Littlejohn’s time as an at risk counselor he said that he enjoyed being able to help at risk boys, both on and off the field and helping the boys also helped him. Throughout Littlejohn’s career he moved throughout the country and coached several different teams and helped many great athletes throughout the years. Before Littlejohn accepted his offer to be head coach at BC, he coached several university teams and helped coach NFL teams such as the New York Giants and the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to the BC Athletics website. Littlejohn also helped coach the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football league. “It’s so cool [being able to work with NFL teams], now you can take some of those things and implement them to where you are now. Like in this case, both organizationally and with the players to become more effi-
cient,” Littlejohn said. Jeff Chudy was Littlejohn’s predecessor and he served as BC’s head football coach for 15 years. Carl Dean, the team’s current offensive coordinator, coached alongside Chudy for his time at BC. “Chudy was very direct, in terms of his expectations and what he wanted to see us do offensively. He was a good guy to work for and he took a chance on me as a young coach and throughout the years I have learned from him,” Dean said. During, the 2020 football season Dean expects some changes, because of the new coaching staff, but he stated that with Littlejohn there is a certain energy and excitement. “Each head coach brings a different type of leadership style and coach Littlejohn has got a lot of energy and excitement about the program and I am excited about his passion,” Dean said.
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Renegade Events Campus Events
Feb. 6: Distinguished Speaker Patrisse KhanCullors (10 AM), Indoor Theater, 1801 Panorama Dr., from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6: Distinguished Speaker Patrisse KhanCullors (2 PM), Indoor Theater, Panorama Dr., from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Feb.6: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6: Theater Showcase Fundraiser, Black Box Theater (PAC 107), from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6: Distinguished Speaker Patrisse KhanCullors (7 PM), Indoor Theatre, 1801 Panorama Dr., from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6: File to run for BCSGA, file on BC website. Feb. 7: Inter-Club Council (ICC) Meeting for StudOrgs, Levinson Hall (LEV40), from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Feb. 7: Black History Month Conference, Indoor Theater, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Feb. 7: File to run for BCSGA, file online Feb. 8: Theater Showcase Fundraiser, Black Box Theater (PAC 107), from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10: File to run for BCSGA, file on the BC website. Feb. 11: Renegade Pantry: Fruits & Veggies, Levinson Hall, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Feb. 11: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11: New Student Orientation Spring 2020, Administration building, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Feb. 11: File to run for BCSGA, file online. Feb. 12: Financial Aid Fest, CSS Lawn Area, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Feb. 12: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12: BCSGA Senate Meeting, Levinson Hall (LEV 40), from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Feb. 12: File to run for BCSGA, file on the BC website. Feb. 13: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13: File to run for BCSGA, file on the BC website. Feb. 14: File to run for BCSGA, file on the BC website.
“Littlejohn has got a lot of energy and excitement about this program,” - Carl Dean
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Renegades fail to make a comeback Jocelyn Sandusky Features Editor Bakersfield College Men’s basketball team fell short in a close home game against Santa Monica College on Feb. 1, with a final score of 69-63. The Renegades struggled at the start of the game with frequent misfires from several players. They were able to recover quickly, and for the first quarter of the half, the teams played and scored comparably. But soon after, the Corsairs were able to pull away easily with a significant lead. The Renegades were unable to shake the Corsairs’
defense, and they were often left with no place to go to make a play. By the end of the half, the Renegades were at a large deficit, trailing 33-22. The Renegades slowly put themselves back into contention for the game, thanks to a strong offensive push and hustle, and a weakened Corsairs defense. But each time BC closed the gap, Santa Monica would experience a surge and pull away. The game marked The Renegades eight loss of the season. They are currently 14-8 overall, and 2-6 in their conference.
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The Renegades were able to decrease their large score deficit in the second half, but they were unable to come out on top.
Basketball comes down to the wire
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The Corsairs’ offense held off the Renegades, who struggled to make significant plays when the scores were so close, at bay. Jocelyn Sandusky Features Editor
Bakersfield College Women’s basketball team was unable to defeat the Santa Monica Corsairs in a close game at the Gil Bishop Sports Center on Feb. 2. They finished the night with a final score of 68-65. Both teams played at an equal level, and the first two quarters of the game were consistently headto-head. When one team scored, the other quickly answered back with their own set of winning plays. BC, however, gave up a lot of plays
and points because of their constant and overwhelming number of personal fouls. The Renegades went into halftime with a small, 2 point advantage. The Corsairs were able to pull away from the Renegades in the second half of the game and gained the first sizable lead of the game, 9 points ahead of BC. BC was able to get within close distance to tie the game, but each time they gained momentum, the Corsairs responded to BC’s winning streak with their own. The loss puts Bakersfield College at a 9-13 record overall, and JOCELYN SANDUSKY/ THE RIP 3-5 in their conference. The Renegades struggled to take the lead in the second half of the game and lost to the Corsairs with a final score of 68-65.
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Bakersfield College baseball wins By Humberto Chairez Reporter The Bakersfield Renegades baseball team fought their way to their first win of the season during a home game against Taft College (SAC). Starting the game off Sunday afternoon, the Renegades came out cold in the first inning with pitching, giving up a couple of runs. The defense was not able to help out much with multiple errors, giving Taft a two-run lead. The Renegades answered back quickly within the same inning with a run batted in (RBI) by Will Reynolds, 4, turning the game into a one-run deficit. The team held on defensively by making outstanding effort plays, making it very difficult for Taft to get on base. Even when Taft was able to get on base, they were systematically being picked off and taken out of plays, leaving no one from Taft in scoring positions. Once the Renegade defense starting picking off Taft batters, the same en-
ergy came into Bakersfield’s offense. Constant singles and doubles were piled onto Taft, and runners tested Taft’s catcher and stole bases at will. Bakersfield lead the score, and came in 5-3 at the top of the eighth inning. Relieving pitcher for Bakersfield College, Brock Barron, 27, came in laser focused and sealed the first win for the Renegades by striking out four batters in the last two innings. “I was nervous. I was only looking for strike outs and keeping the win,” Brock Barron said about his thoughts going into the eighth inning. But the poise he held on the field told a much different story. Then later that inning Bakersfield ran up five more runs, leaving Taft College togo home with a final score of 10-3. After the Renegade baseball team win, Head Coach Painton said, “It’s the first weekend of baseball and we’re continuing to work on improving and getting better. They play every pitch better than they did Friday and it’s most of the guys first weekend playing. Hope to settle down soon.”
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Grant Holleman, 14, batting against Taft College. This was BC’s first victory of the season.
BC softball season opening ends in disaster By Humberto Chairez Reporter It was the first home game of the softball season for the Bakersfield College Renegades, and they were given the task to face off against the defending State Champions Mount San Antonio College (SAC) from Walnut California. The Renegades are coming off a back to back Conference Championships seasons, which leaves a lot of high hopes going into this season and many more expectations for this group of young ball players. Pitching Coach Tiffany Dennison commented about the team for the upcoming season, “we’re aiming for consistency and playing with a lot of heart.” The game started on the Bakersfield College softball field against state champions Mount San Antonio College. Mount SAC played like they are aiming for back-
to-back titles. Mount SAC came in with aggressive pitching and an air-tight defense the entire game, and the Renegade softball team had no answer for this style of play. With constant strikeouts and groundouts, not much offense could be produced against Mount SAC. Mount SAC tested every aspect of the Renegade’s capability. In the first inning, BC held them to only one run, but an explosion of hits came into the second inning, with Mount SAC ending the inning in a 0-8 score, leaving the Renegades in a hole they could not come out of. One of the highlights for the Renegades was a pop fly Mount SAC hit, causing second baseman Alexis Gutierrez and shortstop Alex Venegas to crash into each other to make a play. Gutierrez came up with the out, but it was clear the girls were not communicating much on defense. The Bakersfield College Renegades softball
team came out slow and played with little communication. The offense had a lot of trouble against Mount SAC pitching, but during the times they did get on base, there was more trouble in advancing players to scoring positions. They did not many attempts on stealing bases, playing very conservatively throughout the game and failed to take many chances against an air tight Mount SAC defense. In the final inning, the score ran up to 0-15, and with only one out left in the game, the Renegades had a girl on first and another on third base. Natilee Parrish came up to bat and hit the season’s first run batted in (RBI) for Bakersfield College, ending the game with a 1-15 season opener score. After the end of the game, Assistant Coach said, “Rough start to the season but they played with a lot of grit, good pitching, and need to clean up all around.”
Natilee Parrish, 17, batting against Mount San Antonio College. The team ended the game trailing 15-1.
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Bernie Sanders opens local campaign office By Jocelyn Sandusky Features Editor
A campaign office for Sen. Bernie Sanders opened in downtown Bakersfield on Jan. 25, ahead of next month’s Iowa caucus. Close to 100 people from all over Kern County stuffed into the small space to buy merchandise, donate to the campaign, meet with local campaign leaders and fellow supporters, learn where Sanders stands on the country’s issues, and most importantly, sign up to support the campaign by volunteering to canvass neighbors and man the phones to encourage non-party and registered democratic voters to pledge their vote to Sanders. The event featured a line-up of speakers that included community leaders such as Delano Councilman Bryan Osorio, experienced and high-ranking campaign leaders and politically active youth. They led the crowd in chants, explained why Bernie is the answer to many of their concerns on various issues and encouraged everyone to volunteer so
that he gets the votes he needs to win the presidency and represent them in the White House. According to the campaign’s California deputy state director, and Bakersfield native, Shelli Jackson, “He can’t do it alone.” According to two polls, Sanders is leading in campaign contributions among democratic candidates. Because Kern County is largely conservative, democratic campaigns often overlook the area, but according to the emcee of the event, it needs to be paid attention to. Bakersfield College student Gabriela Facio also addressed the crowd and revealed that she will canvass the Bakersfield College campus on behalf of her undocumented mother, who is the reason why she became involved with the campaign. Facio said that she used to stand on the sidelines. This election, however, she will use her second language to her advantage to be a proactive part of change instead of watching it happen. “I get a better reaction because I’m able to speak Spanish. We target a lot of Hispanic people.
We have such a big population of people who don’t care, who don’t vote,” she said. According to State Field director Jorrel Verella, there is a reason for the lack of political participation. “A lot of people don’t vote because they’ve never been taught to,” he said. Following everyone’s opening remarks, area field director Alex Ramos encouraged attendees to sign up to canvass neighborhoods in the hours following the opening, or provide their personal information to get information on how to volunteer at a later time and date. Bakersfield College student Elizabeth Bernasconi decided to devote her day to support the campaign by canvassing the neighborhoods. She came to the event in hopes of meeting other BC students who also like and support Sanders, and not President Trump. As a socialist democrat, she said she will vote for Sanders in the primary election because he will “create the foundation for a place that I would be proud to raise my kids.”
Coronavirus crisis escalates By Humberto Chairez Reporter According to Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC), the number of individuals infected by the coronavirus has grown into the thousands with hundreds of deaths reported in the Republic of China. The coronavirus typically stems from animals, but this current epidemic of coronavirus is a mutation that passed from animals to humans. The first known cases were reported in December 2019. This particular virus originated from an animal market in Wuhan, China, which is 500 miles west of the major airport in Shanghai. It is believed that the coronavirus is passed through the exchange of bodily fluids through person to person. Recent evidence from Wuhan, China suggests that the disease spreads just as the flu does, from person to person, multiple times. There is no cure for this virus, but over 100 people have been successfully treated, according to the National Health Commission. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed official symptoms of the coronavirus are runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, and a general feeling of being unwell. Laura Sabedra, Manager of
Marketing and Communications for Bakersfield Heart Hospital, explained what steps are being taken to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. “We are only following the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) online guidelines on the current coronavirus,” Sabedra said. The current CDC guidance regarding the coronavirus is to identify and isolate patients with coronavirus and inform key facility staff and public health authorities, outline plans for internal and external communications, care for patients with known or suspected coronavirus as part of routine operations and monitor and manage healthcare personnel with potential for exposure to coronavirus. Some key highlights from the CDC checklists on hospital guidelines include assessing the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other infection prevention and control supplies that would be used for both healthcare personnel (HCP) protection and source control for infected patients. Additionally, they should ensure that appropriate HCP have been medically cleared, fit-tested, and trained for respirator use. And finally, confirm the local or state health department contact for reporting coronavirus cases and confirm reporting requirements. According to a source from
San Joaquin Hospital who wishes to remain anonymous, “There are practice drills for quarantines outside the hospital and designated roles have been established.” According to USA Today, there have been numerous airlines that have taken precautions on flights coming in and out of China. American Airlines is suspending flights from LAX to Shanghai and Beijing, China from Feb. 9 to March 27. United Airlines has also claimed to cut flights between the United States and China. Delta Airlines is currently the only major airline to continue flights in and out of China. Large overseas airlines, such as British Airways, have suspended all flights to and from China. “Air Seoul, a budget airline, became the first South Korean airline to suspend its fights to mainland Chinese destinations,” USA Today said. “Health officials have confirmed the first two cases of the new strain of coronavirus in Los Angeles and Orange counties, brought by travelers who came from the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, China,” according to an article published by the LA Times. This only brings more concern of the possibility of infection spreading throughout California but “The risk of local transmission remains low,” LA public health officials said.
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Types of exercise Fitness By Jocelyn Perez Reporter
Most people can recall a time where they’ve found themselves persistently wanting to be more active, whether it’s to maintain a certain physique, become healthier, more flexible, or to avoid diseases. All exercises fall into four basic categories: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. A lot of people are misinformed that they can just do one exercise and it will address all of their physical and health concerns, but that is not the case. For example, weight training such as bicep curls can help build strength but it won’t help you with endurance for that 5k mile run you planned on conquering. If you mix all four categories, it is known to help reduce the boredom of working out and prevent the risk of injuries due to the repetitive exercises that were hurting that same muscle group. Endurance, also known as aerobic exercises, increase heart rate. This type of exercise is important for many bodily functions like your heart and lungs. If you find yourself walking at an incline and catch yourself out of breath in a matter of 30 seconds, this a sign that you need to do more aerobics. This also helps to get the blood flowing through your body. Popular aerobic exercises are fast walking, running, swimming, jump rope, cycling, dancing, and much more. Strength training not only helps with muscle growth, but also stimulates bone growth, lowers blood sugar, assists with weight control and improves balance and posture. Many people believe they’ll only find the most effective weight loss exercises in aerobics, but strength training has been found to be very efficient for those on a weight loss journey. “If you want to build muscle mass effectively then you need to be willing to adding on resistance eventually if it’s from picking up a heavier dumbbell, band, or weight machine,” Paul Rodriguez, In-shape trainer, said. Some strength exercises include squats, push-ups, deadlifts, lunges and other exercises involving
Jocelyn Perez resistance. Flexibility can be enhanced through stretching. The benefits of stretching are often taken for granted by a lot of younger people because it is already there for most, but as people age with time, flexibility is lost in the muscles and tendons. Neglecting stretching can leave the muscles and tendons not functioning efficiently like they once did. Stretching can lessen the risk of muscle cramps, muscle damage, strains, joint pain, and falling. Stretches should be done before working out to increase endurance. It can also be done after your workout to support faster muscle recovery the following day. If your goal is to do the splits as a beginner, it's not likely to be achieved the first time it is attempted. Flexibility grows with time and consistency. Balance exercises can help with becoming more steady on your feet and can prevent falling. As people age, balance will help in the long run with vision, hearing, as well as leg muscles and joints. Balance training is very effective for those who have injured their ankles. For example, with ankle sprains, it is important to get the ankle to re-adapt to mobility. By practicing balance, it can be restored. A common and typical balance technique is keeping your hands on your hips while standing on one leg. While it may not concern the youth, if you care about your health and well-being in the long run, it’s never too early to practice balance training. One of the pros that come from this exercise, unlike the other categories, is balance can be practiced whenever and wherever you please and you don’t need any special equipment. other categories, is balance can be practiced whenever and wherever you please and you don’t need any special equipment.
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Red Cross stays ahead of disaster By Shawn Collins Reporter In response to the recent chemical spill, the American Red Cross opened an emergency evacuation center at First Baptist Church in Taft. The center closed the same day it opened, but was able to provide free services to a handful of Taft residents. According to Red Cross Regional Communications Manager, Nicole Maul, the goal of the Red Cross’ emergency evacuation centers is to ensure that all members of a community are provided free access to disaster relief, regardless of citizenship status. The Red Cross also emphasized the importance of building a kit, making a plan, and being informed. A go-bag should be stocked in preparation of an evacuation event, and should contain flashlights and extra batteries, battery-powered radio and cellphone with charger, first aid kit, seven-day supply of medications, products for sanitation and
personal hygiene, copies of deeds, passports and other important documents, emergency contact information, extra clothing, pillows and blankets. As another way to prepare for future disaster, the Red Cross recommends discussing potential disaster scenarios with members of your household, coming up with a response plan for each, and knowing how to contact family members after a disaster has occurred. Individual members of the household should be assigned different responsibilities in order to allow you all to coordinate your efforts as a team. When making plan, consideration should also be made to learn the different kinds of emergency situations that are more likely to occur in your area. The Red Cross advised to learn the methods for how you will be notified by authorities in the event of a future disaster, and how you will receive news updates thereafter. Furthermore, it can be important to become informed of the differences between various alerts and weather watches. If you are new to an area, or travelling through
a region that you’re are unfamiliar with, the website notes that you should learn what actions are needed in those regions in order to keep yourself safe. While the evacuation center in Taft was only operational for one day, its task to provide the community with the resources it needed were considered a success. “When responding to a disaster or emergency, it’s important to remain calm. Disasters and emergencies are difficult, but knowing there are resources available is the key,” according to Maul. Disaster can strike for anyone at any time. Not only was January’s collaboration between the Red Cross and the Fire department a successful operation, it also managed to accomplish the added goal of ensuring that the community received as much information as possible that would allow households to stay safe, alert and prepared for future crises.
Social justice in Kern high schools By Jocelyn Perez Reporter The Dolores Huerta Foundation, which is part of the Kern Education Justice Collaborative (KEJC) marched to demand social justice in schools on Jan. 30. Cecilia Castro, Education Policy Director, led the march and encouraged protestors to chant, “What do we want?! Justice! When do we want it? Now!” The march began near on Ming Ave. and ended at West High School where the press conference was held shortly after. Prior to the conference, a few protestors gave speeches about how the Kern High School District (KHSD), has neglected their own personal situations. They said they encountered social inequity in schools. “The district has failed to adequately meet the demands of the community and has fallen short on the terms of the settlement,” Castro said. Protestors also stated their demands and expectations for improvement in schools. Kialee Arias, a student at Foothill Highschool, witnessed what she explains an unfortunate event that occurred at the school that could’ve been avoided had there been more reJOCELYN PEREZ / THE RIP sources to turn to. She also stated that there’s not enough awareness brought to the importance of diversity at school. Attendees march to rally for social justice in the KHSD system on Jan. 30. “A lot of Hispanics don’t know that Kern High School District is supposed to be promoting heritage month and a lot of African suspensions and expulsions and we are working towards that, so say that we Americans don’t know they’re supposed to provide resources for black history have work to do, yes, but please don’t say we endorse discrimination or racism on any level against any student because it is not true and that kind of narramonth,” Arias said. The main issue that was announced to be addressed was the concern from tive is divisive,” Speaker Brenda Lewis, KHSD Associate Superintendent of the community over is disproportionate pushout of black and brown students Destruction, said. Each member of the KHSD had a chance to speak to the audience on beto continuation schools rather than their white peers. According to KEJC, there are disproportionate rates for black people in voluntary, and involuntary half of the statements made against the institution. Community members in the audience were not allowed to make direct questions or statements to the transfer and are facing suspensions 2-3 more times than their white peers. In response to heavy criticism, KHSD addressed that there has been social speakers during the conference, however, they were instructed to write down any comments they had on cards that were handed out and were addressed inequity. “We realize that there’s a fierce urgency to make larger strides in reducing towards the end of the event.
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Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020
King Princess performs at The Wiltern By Dunia Cantu
King Princess brought her “Cheap Queen” Tour to The Wiltern in Los Angeles on Jan 25. She was set to perform twice at the venue, on Jan. 24 and 25, and both days where sold out. The Wiltern holds up to 1,850 people, leaving people to imagine what the packed venue looked like. Before King Princess took the stage, performer Kilo Kish would open for her. Kish performed her music on for about 30 minutes before King Princess came on. After 30 minutes had passed, the lights went
off and the crowd began screaming and cheering, but who appeared on stage was not King Princess, they were some amazing drag queens. The crowd yelled with excitement as the drag queens were getting the crowd ready for the show that was ahead. After the second opening act finished, the crowd was ready for King Princess to start the show. Her band came out first, then the lights started flashing. There was a big, landscape mural on the stage with two hands holding a mirror, then King Princess appeared on the stage. She
headed to a piano and opened the show with “Isabel’s Moment,” which is a ballad. As the show progressed, she showed off her instrumental talents. Though she did have technical difficulties with her guitar at one point, the problem was quickly resolved. Fans threw flowers on stage for her, although they did not last long, in certain songs she would destroy them by smashing them to the ground. She interacted with her fans and she truly is her own kind of rock star. Before she played the fan favorite song, “1950”, she jok-
ingly mocked the crowd by saying, “you guys really need to get me another single because I am tired of playing this song.” She then proceeded to play her song “1950.” To end the show, she played a new song that was being filmed for a music video. Everyone who attended her shows on Jan. 24 and 25 would be a part of that video. She went into total rock star mode by destroying her guitar, the drum set, and even flashed everyone in the venue. Overall seeing King Princess live was an amazing experience.
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Singer King Princess performing a song of hers on Jan. 25 while playing the guitar during one of two sold out shows at The Wiltern in Los Angeles for her “Cheap Queens” tour.
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