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College student votes doubled in last year By Jacqueline Gutierrez Reporter More college students came out to vote in the 2018 midterm elections than the 2014 midterms, according to a news release from Jen McAndrew, a source from Tufts University. “The turnout gap between students over 30 and those under 22 narrowed from 22.3 percent points to 16.9 points,” according to McAndrew. During the 2018 midterm elections, the voting rate of all Americans increased 13 percent, but the college voting rate increased 21 percent, according to the U.S. Elections Project. The largest increase in voting was Hispanic students and the most active voters among college students was black women, according to McAndrew. Older Americans tend to vote more in midterm elections because they may be more educated, but today’s young Americans are more diverse and politically engaged which caused an increase in political efficacy, according to Allen Bolar, a political science professor at Bakersfield College. “Turnout among students in STEM fields, as well as those majoring in business, lag behind students studying the humanities, social sciences, and education,” stated McAndrew in the news release. In the 2018 midterm elections, more women in college voted than men, but black women hold the highest rates at the polls and Hispanic women showed the largest in-

crease in votes. Most Americans vote in the presidential election however not many vote in the midterm elections. The participation in the 2018 midterm election was closer to a presidential election, according to McAndrew. During midterm elections, there are different propositions on the ballot and local officials may run for office. “Your entire house of representatives is up for elections, every two years... as well as many local races that are often decided during the off years, the nonpresidential years,” stated Professor Bolar. In Bolar’s opinion, the increase in female votes was due to women voting more democratically causing them to oppose the president’s views. “More people voted in the midterm elections because of the different propositions, such as healthcare,” said Liliana Linares, a student at Bakersfield College. Some of the propositions in the California 2018 midterm elections were the California Proposition 8 which would put limits on dialysis clinic’s revenue and the California Proposition 6 which would approve more taxes on the sale of gasoline and diesel, according to Ballotpedia. “While more work remains to fulfill higher education’s mission to educate for democracy, it is clear that colleges and universities provide a valuable space for political learning, civic engagement and electoral participation,” stated Nancy Thomas, a director from Tufts University.

AB 705 bill affects community colleges By Isabel Enciso Reporter AB 705 bill is fixing some problems, but also creating new ones in the California Community College District. This bill requires community colleges to maximize student success in math or English and complete transfer-level courses within a one-year timeframe. Meaning, community colleges will be using high school performance data as a primary measure on where students should be placed in transfer-level classes. Colleges would have to use one or more of the following measures: the overall high school GPA, high school courses taken, and the high school course grade. This led to the removal of Academic Development (ACDV) classes that had previously been offered to help students achieve their degrees and goals faster instead of taking more remedial class. “It’s good that the intentions were to give more equality to college students, but many minority students need and depend on those Academic Development classes. I believe the results of the AB 705 bill will do more damage to students rather than help,” BC student Hunter Moore said. AB 705 has catalyzed tremendous changes in colleges in Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and Central Valley areas by doubling the proportion of transfer-level courses they offered. These transfer-courses

have increased in English from 44 percent to 88 percent and math at 33 percent to 71 percent between 2018 and 2019. Even with the transfer-level course offered, many students can have an eleventh grade education, but have no idea on how to do math or English work, at the transfer-level class or college. “It’s important to have Academic Development in order to understand the next level on where a student wants to go next. To have reading and math fundamentals to move on and to stay up with their classmates is a big part in a student’s life in college,” said Claire Lahorque, a BC mathematics professor. Going directly into a transfer-level course would take a toll on many incoming or returning students who need a refresher on English and math. Not all students can handle immediately going in a college-level course, especially in a community college. “Overall I think it’s good for people who would like to get ahead in their degree and not want to be stuck in remedial courses that aren’t necessary for them,” BC student Ethan Williford said. This new bill was created to help students who wanted to get their degree and achieve the goals they had set. With having one out of five students ever to complete a degree, some believe that the AB 705 will help increase graduation rates and lower dropout rates.

Parkland school shooting survivor set to visit Cal State Bakersfield as part of lecture series By Miranda Defoor Editor-in-Chief

Hogg hopes to inspire his generation to engage in change and register to vote, educate themselves, and become activists. Hogg said on APB’s site, “Everything that affects your life is on that ballot. Free college is on the ballot. The Survivor of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, David Hogg will be visit- draft is on the ballot. Universal health care is on the ballot. Abortion is on the ing Cal State Bakersfield (CSUB). The young activist will be a part of the 34th ballot. The Supreme Court is on the ballot. Your inaction today will affect annual lecture series at the Kegley Institute of Ethics at CSUB. Hogg’s speech your tomorrow.” is scheduled in spring 2020, however no exact date has been set. After the Parkland shooting, Hogg and other students from the shooting Hogg’s lecture will becalled “Engage in Change: Our Generation Must created the March For Our Lives. He also wrote a book with his sister about Own Democracy.” According to American Program Bureau Speakers, the the event.

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Walk Like MADD holds sixth annual event

PAIGE ATKISON / THE RIP Runners at Bakersfield’s Riverwalk Park taking part in the Walk Like MADD annual event in which participants signed up to run or walk a set number of miles.

By Paige Atkison Senior Digital Editor

The event, presented by the local law firm, Chain Cohn and Stiles, drew a crowd of hundreds of people. Walk Like MADD was a somber event for Gina The event seeks to raise awareness of the growFarnsworth, a mother whose daughter was in her ing problem of drunk driving in Kern County and thoughts all morning.  provide resources for families affected by it.  Farnsworth’s daughter was killed by a drunk Since its launch in 2013, Walk Like MADD and driver in Dec. 2016.  MADD Dash has grown to be one of Bakersfield’s To her, events like Walk Like MADD and largest events.  MADD Dash are essential for raising awareness Farnsworth was relieved to see so many people about drunk driving in Kern County. turn out for the event to take a stand against drunk Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash held its driving. She believes the rates of drunk driving are sixth annual event on Sept. 28 at Riverwalk Park. so high that each person may eventually be affect-

ed by drunk driving or the accidents it can cause. In this year alone, there have been 288 drunk driving related collisions, with 11 resulting in death, according to a press release by Chain Cohn and Stiles. Kern County currently ranks as the worst in the state for drunk driving incidents resulting in injuries.  “Eventually this is going to happen to a member of your family,” Farnsworth said. “Kern County has one of the highest rates of drunk driving accidents, fatalities, and arrests in the state. Just don’t drink and drive.”

United Nations climate summit led to strikes By Jocelyn Sandusky Reporter The United Nations held a special climate summit amid their annual general assembly, on Sept. 23. Secretary-General António Guterres organized the conference in an attempt to bring leaders from government, business, and civil society together to confront climate change. According to the UN’s opening press release, it is imperative to stop temperatures from climbing another 1.5 degrees celsius to prevent irreparable damage across the world. The summit allowed countries to pledge their commitment toward becoming more environmentally friendly and showcase their plans to take action. According to the UN, “Many countries used the Summit to demonstrate next steps on how by 2020 they will update their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) with the aim to collectively reduce emissions by at least 45 percent by 2030 and prepare national strategies to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century.” Businesses followed suit and proved they are also committed to the fight for planet conservation. “Over 100 business leaders delivered concrete actions to align with the Paris Agreement targets, and speed up the transition from the grey to green economy, including asset-owners holding over $2 trillion in assets and leading companies with combined value also over $2 trillion,” according to the UN. The summit took place days after the largest climate protest in history, according to USA Today. The global strike was a call on leaders to take substantial steps toward protecting and conserving the planet.

A local strike took place in front of the Chevron corporate office in Bakersfield on Camino Media. Central California Environmental Justice Network’s Bakersfield branch organized the protest. According to Cesar Aguirre, the community organizer, the protest was a call on Gavin Newsom to create and implement a setback distance of at least 2,500 feet for oil and gas from residential areas.  According to Aguirre, Chevron has been under investigation for two active spills, one of which has spilled over 80 million gallons since 2003, since June of this year. People of all ages attended the protest, and there was a large number of young people among the 60 to 100 people in the crowd, according to Aguirre. The United States, however, was not represented at the summit. President Trump made an unexpected appearance at the conference but was not invited to speak at the event. According to Business Insider, “Countries like the US, Japan, Australia, and South Africa were not invited to speak at the event because of their continued investment in fossil fuels like coal that produce greenhouse-gas emissions.” Despite absences from a few key countries, “70 countries announced they will either boost their national action plans by 2020 or have started the process of doing so,” according to the UN. Even China, one of the world’s biggest emissions polluters said it would “cut emissions by over 12 billion tons annually, and would pursue a path of high quality growth and low carbon development,” according to the UN.  Despite the momentum and excitement that spurred from the event, there are almost 200 countries in the UN, and not even half promised to do more to combat climate change.

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Reading coaches Horror flims play at help young kids Reading Cinemas By Luis Rojas Reporter

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools office announced in September that they are looking for volunteers for the annual Kern County Community Reading Project. This project recruits and trains community volunteers to become reading coaches for local second grade students. According to Teressa Twisselman, coordinator English/Language Arts at KCSOS, “The program is a perfect opportunity for community members who would like to make a positive impact in the lives of young students who are experiencing challenges in learning how to read. One hour a week is all it takes four children become successful readers.”

The Annie E. Casey Foundation performed a study where they found out that students who were not proficient in reading by the end of third grade were four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers. The National Conference of State Legislatures also states that 88 percent of students who failed to earn a high school diploma were struggling students in the third grade. The Reading Project started back in 1999, having the Bakersfield Californian employees placed in classrooms at the Bakersfield City School District reading to students. The project was later expanded to include more than 200 volunteers and more than 20 school sites. Volunteers attend a two-hour training ses-

sion to learn the guide reading technique, then then they dedicate one hour, one day a week for at least one semester. This program runs from September through December and from January through May. In each visit, a volunteer coaches four students individually for 15 minutes. A different participant is present in the classroom every day, assuring daily guided practice for the selected students. In 2018-2019 school year, 250 volunteers participated at 24 different schools. There is also data collected on 155 students showing that made a progress of up to eight months in growth for the 2018 fall semester. In the spring semester 2019 data from 180 students, showed that they made close to seven moths average in growth.

By David Portillo Reporter

Reading Cinemas is hosting an array of classic horror films throughout the month for its second annual “horror fest” which began on Oct. 2. Every Wednesday will host a new horror movie all starting at 7 p.m. The only exception will be on Oct. 30, will show the movie “Psycho” on Halloween night.

Oct. 9 will be showing the dark horror-comedy “Shaun of the Dead”. Oct. 16 will have the cult classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. Oct. 23 is going to be showing “The Thing”. And finally, Oct. 31 will be showing Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece “Psycho” on Halloween night. This is reading cinemas second year putting on its horror fest for all the die-hard hor-

ror movie fanatics. Last year had horror fest focusing on the author Stephen King and his adaptations of movies. This year however is primarily focused on the classics. Horror fest itself is a dedication to all horror fans and is put on to show them some love and hopes to be a recurring event for years to come. The Horror Fest is a perfect fit for horror fans everywhere.


Children at risk for Peanut allergy drug heatstroke in cars potentially in works By Laura Lanfray Senior Features Editor As the weather begins to cool down, parents and childcare providers need to be aware that the threat of heatstroke still lies within the sealed interiors of vehicles regardless of the outside temperature. Since 1998, 844 children in the United States have died from heatstroke while locked inside a car, or Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PVH). As of Oct. 1, the most recent instance of PVH is the case of 4-monthold Samora Cousin, an infant from Phoenix, Arizona. According to reports, the Phoenix fire department found Samora in the backseat of a van in a parking lot, unresponsive; she was pronounced dead at the scene. Two days prior, reports from Georgia mourned the deaths of Raelynn and Payton Keyes, 3, a pair of twins found dead in a car in Hinesville. The death toll from PVH so far this year is 47;

2018 saw the deaths of 53 children, the highest number recorded since 2010. Jan Null, of the Department of Meteorology & Climate Science at San Jose State University, began his study of internal car temperatures in 2001. His research found that within 30 minutes, the air inside a car can reach up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit on an 80-degree day. These temperatures can differ depending on the temperature outside, but they rise quickly and can become a medical hazard for young children within minutes. While healthy adults can regulate their body temperature, conditions, such as those in a hot vehicle, can make it hard to do so; add in a child's sensitivity to heat and the risk surges. According to Mayo Clinic, heatstroke occurs when the internal body temperature reaches 104 degrees or higher. If their temperature rises over 107 degrees, they risk damage to

the brain, heart, and eventually death if not subdued. Heatstroke symptoms include high body temperature, confusion, nausea, rapid breathing, and headache, among others. Heatstroke is considered a medical emergency and must be treated as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the body. In most of the cases of PVH deaths this year, the children were forgotten or left in the hot vehicles for several hours only to be found unresponsive and beyond the help from aid. Null suggests for child caretakers to develop new habits while traveling with a child, "Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat, and when the child is in the seat, place the animal in the front with the driver. Or, place your purse, briefcase, or cell phone in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car. Make 'look before you leave' a routine whenever you get out of the car."

By Tiarra McCormick Reporter

The Allergenic Products Advisory Committee (APAC) convened by the FDA, voted in favor of the use of the new drug AR101, an oral immunotherapy for peanut allergies. AR101, also referred to as Palforzia, was voted 7-2 in favor of the efficacy of the drug by APAC. According to the Food Allergy Research & Education a food allergy is a medical condition in which food exposure can trigger a harmful immune response called an allergic reaction causing a person’s body to produce allergens that activate symptoms like itchy mouth, hives, throat tightening, and difficulty breathing. Research shows that 32 million people have food allergies and 5.6 million children under the age of 18 have food allergies. The medicine Palforzia is made from peanut flour and is the first medicine to be used orally as an im-

munotherapy but carries side effects. This therapy will help to reduce people’s reactions to peanuts allergies. It is for ages 4 to 17 who have a been diagnosed with a peanut allergy. Paliforzia is not a cure, but is designed to help those with peanut allergies cope. The drug is meant to be taken over time to help the immune system tolerate consuming peanuts after a period of time. Palforzia must be prescribed by a doctor and has side effects like vomiting, nausea, and itchy throat. In an NPR article written by Alex Smith, he interviewed several doctors with various opinions on the new medication. Dr. Ira Finegold, a professor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York said “I thought the data was quite clear, and I would actually compliment the sponsor on the extent and caliber of the studies,” while other doctors felt differently. Dr. John Kelso, an allergy specialist at

Scripps Clinic in San Diego said “I also want my patients to have a lower risk of having reactions, but I think from the data that we have had presented to us that neither the safety nor efficacy have been demonstrated.” Erica Brittain, mathematical statistician and deputy branch chief at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland states “To be consistent with your primary analysis, where people who don’t make it are considered failures, I think to be consistent, you can’t censor them. I think this might be a bit misleading.” The data from the study, with the help of a doctor and board-certified allergist, lets people have the option to pursue treatment and research if this as an option for them. There are other treatments being considered from scientists at Aimmune Therapeutics to treat peanut, egg, and other allergies.

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Erin Gruwell visits BC campus By Jacqueline Gutierrez Reporter

Gruwell spoke about they weren’t supposed During Gruwell’s the “Freedom Writers” to be touched,” Gruwell speech she introduced a movie and how she felt said. freedom writer, Narada The author of the like it was important to Gruwell explained Comans. Gruwell in“Freedom Writers” hire real people. that once she noticed troduced him by calling book visited Bakers“We interviewed over that her students were him a superhero. field College and spoke 1,000 teenagers 14, 15, tired of the challenges “By writing his story about the challenges 16, and 17 year olds, in in their everyday lives so somehow someway he her students faced and fact the kid that got the she helped her students was like a superhero. A how she helped them lead was living in a car,” by using the red line tac- superhero without that overcome those chal- Gruwell said. tic, a method in which suit. But a superhero lenges on Oct. 3. Gruwell felt motivat- she would separate the that survived,” Gruwell Erin Gruwell said. spoke in the crowdNarada spoke ed Indoor Theatre to the audience that was occupied and talked about with high school how the red line students, commugame was not a nity members, and game for him it college students. was real, because Gruwell is an he lived through education activist, it. “Now I’m she is the founder stuck, I was stuck of the Freedom at a situation to Writers Foundathe point [that] it’s tion, and helped like if I hold this change the lives in, I’m holding of 150 high school onto the depresstudents, accordsion, the sadness, ing to Premiere the shame. My Speakers Bureau. self-esteem was A few of the aualready low so dience members what do I have to went to the speech lose if I just stand JACQUELINE GUTIERREZ / THE RIP because they were here? So, I start fans of the book Erin Gruwell speaking to the audience about the look to my left and movie and “Freedom Writers” book she authored. there are students were inspired by there and I look her work. ed to change the per- students and stick a red to my right there are “I love the movie, I spective of her students, strip of tape on the floor other students there,” have watched it sever- because she realized and she would call out Comans said. al times. I am a retired that they were tired. challenges and the stuGruwell, Comans, law enforcement and I “They were tired. dents would step on the and the other freedom worked with the youth They were tired of be- line if they have faced writers came together and while working with ing poor. They were that challenge. to write a book, which the youth I modeled a tired of being picked “Every one of my includes their own stolot of what she did,” Jo- on. They were tired of kids stood on that line, ries, to help motivate seph Garcia, a Bakers- eating that government because every single students who are strugfield College student, cheese. They were tired one of my kids was gling with their everysaid. of being touched in that someone,” Gruwell day challenges. During her speech places where they knew said.

Kern County crime impact By Bianca Cacciola Reporter Law enforcement agencies in Kern County have proposed a new systematic way to keep misdemeanor drug offenders off the streets. Sheriff Donny Youngblood and District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer teamed up, along with local judges, in an effort to control the growing homeless epidemic. Kern County’s policy would implement stricter consequences of selected low-level crimes. Instead of receiving multiple citations for the possession of drugs and theft, they could be arrested and held in jail with no-bail warrants until their scheduled trial date. If the suspect is convicted guilty, they would face up to one year of jail time.

“We’d like to be able to not give someone a ticket who has possession of drugs, a ticket to someone who has vandalized, a ticket for someone with a promise to go to court. They don’t go to court. They don’t go to court because they are high and they can’t make these kinds of decisions. They have to go to jail,” said Zimmer in a Board of Supervisors meeting. Kern County and the City of Bakersfield anticipate that drug offenders will take advantage of the opportunity of rehab programs after time in jail. Youngblood and Zimmer’s call to action comes five years after proposition 47 was passed in California by voters. Prop 47 is “a law that changed certain low-level crimes from potential felo-

nies to misdemeanors. The savings from reduced incarceration costs will be invested into drug and mental health treatment, programs for at-risk students in K-12 schools, and victim services,” according to the Prop 47 website. Along with the battle to enact the policy, more detention deputies are in need to facilitate Kern County jails as there are about 600 empty beds that could be filled. Negotiations are in process for Bakersfield to help the county staff more deputies, which would enable the beds to house more of those who are convicted. “Those empty beds, it’s not because crime has gone down, it’s because we’re letting them prey on our citizens. If we let this grow any more, we’re not

going to be able to contain this,” said Youngblood at the meeting. Assuming the policy will help decrease some of the crime in Bakersfield, it would also provide a chance for the drug offenders to get clean and be off the streets. “When they’re on the street, they’re lining up to find drugs, not get into programs. I get phone calls every single day. Our citizens are done, they’re through,” said Youngblood at the Board of Supervisors meeting. “They want something done and they want law enforcement to do it.” The proposed policy is in response to vocal concerns and problems of local residents. They say it is overpowering criminal activity that has occurred daily.

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Renegade Events Campus Events

Oct. 10: Things that Will Make You a Man, in the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery (inside library), from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Oct. 10: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Oct. 10: 35th Annual Kern Shakespeare Festival, in the Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center (Indoor Theater), from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 11: 35th Annual Kern Shakespeare Festival, in the Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center (Indoor Theater), from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 12: 35th Annual Kern Shakespeare Festival, in the Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center (Indoor Theater), from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 13: 35th Annual Kern Shakespeare Festival, in the Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center (Indoor Theater), from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 14: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Oct. 15: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Oct. 15: New Student Orientation Fall 2019, in the Welcome Center, 1801 Panorama Dr. Administration Building, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Oct. 16: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Oct. 16: Destination Mars: The New Frontier, in the Planetarium, Math-Science 112, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17: Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, at Campus-Wide, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Oct. 17: Active Shooter Response Training, in the Levan Center, 1801 Panorama Dr., from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Oct. 17: Active Shooter Response Training, in the Levan Center, 1801 Panorama Dr., from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Oct. 17: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Oct. 19: Renegades Football and Homecoming, at Memorial Stadium, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Oct. 21: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Oct. 22: Daily Bread, Levinson Hall, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Oct. 23: Agriculture Career Exploration Day, located throughout the Panorama Campus, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Campus Arun Gandhi visits Delano High School and Bakersfield By Miranda Defoor Editor-In-Chief As part of Bakersfield College’s Distinguished Speaker Series and celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday, his grandson, Arun Gandhi spoke to BC and Delano High students about lessons learned from his grandfather. The Sept. 30th event took place at the Delano High School auditorium and was livestreamed in the Levan Center on BC’s main campus. Before Arun Gandhi took the stage, Sonya Christian led an introduction. Christian said the Delano event was to offer opportunity to those in Northern Kern County, including BC’s satellite campuses. Christian explained that the Gandhi Celebration Committee and the Ravi and Naina Patel Foundation are helping to put on the Celebration of Gandhi events. “His power was that of compassion, was that of love,” Christian said about Mahatma Gandhi before introducing his grandson Arun Gandhi, a former journalist for the Times of India and a prolific writer, with 13

published books. Arun Gandhi began by saying, “In Bakersfield, I have found so many new friends.” He explained how he has been warmly welcomed into Bakersfield and the community during his visit. Arun Gandhi challenged the audience to turn to the person next to them and make a fist, imagining that they were holding a diamond in that hand. He then told the other person to try to open their hand, and the audience members struggled to get the others hand open. He used this struggle to explain that violence is a part of everyday life - and while each audience member struggled physically to get the other’s hand open, they could have communicated and asked for the person to open their hand. “We have to recognize the violence within us,” Arun Gandhi said. Mahatma Gandhi was married to Kasturba Gandhi when he was only 13 years old and she was 14 years old. Arun Gandhi said arranged marriages at young ages were common during his grand-

father’s lifetime, and though his grandparents were young, they were able to teach each other. “It was through [my] grandmother that [my] grandfather learned nonviolence,” Arun Gandhi said. He described the beginning of his grandparents marriage and his grandfather’s struggle to be in charge of the marriage. He explained that Mahatma Gandhi had read books about marriage, many of which were written by “male chauvinists,” according to Arun Gandhi. He said these books led his grandfather to tell his grandmother she couldn’t leave the house without his permission and when she continued to do so and live normally, he confronted her. During this confrontation, Kasturba Gandhi quietly said she was brought up to believe in obeying her elders and Mahatma Gandhi’s parents were her elders. Her calm approach and simple explanation were Mahatma Gandhi’s first experience and the most profound lesson with nonviolent resolution, according to Arun

Gandhi. His book, “The Gift of Anger and Other Lessons From My Grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi,” explores many of the topics he discussed in his talk. His grandfather helped him learn to understand his anger and come to peaceful solutions. Arun Gandhi explained that when he lived with Mahatma Gandhi at 12 years old, he was able to learn how non-physical violence affects the world even more than physical violence. “There is passive violence,” Arun Gandhi said, like violence against nature or waste, and violence against humanity, like overconsumption. “Passive violence fuels the fire of physical violence,” Mahatma Gandhi once told Arun Gandhi, along with his famous quote, “We must become the change we wish to see in the world.” Arun ended his talk by calling on his audience to keep an open mind to enhance their lives before saying, “Every day, every person I meet is a learning experience.”

Bello talks about time he spent in ICE detention By Paige Atkison Senior Digital Editor

Bakersfield College student and activist Jose Bello visited campus to share his story of detention and arrests by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with an eager classroom. Bello, a pre-law student and business major, was first detained by ICE in May of 2018. Just hours after his arrest, BC students and faculty rallied around him in support. Representatives from M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Atlan), LUPE (Latinos Unidos Por Educacion), and the Student Government Association protested his arrest outside of the Mesa

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Verde detention center in Bakersfield. Though Bello made bail with the help of his fellow community members, he was arrested and detained by ICE again in May less than two days after reading a poem at a local Truth Act Forum, an event that requires law enforcement to release data regarding ICE collaborations.  Bello garnered national attention for his poem and subsequent arrest.  He made headlines once more after being bailed out of Mesa Verde by two NFL players, Josh Norman and Demario Davis.  Since his release, Bello has returned to BC and continued his work as an activist, including

sharing his story with fellow classmates. Bello described his detention to Professor (BLANK)’s class in vivid detail, calling the Mesa Verde detention center unsanitary and corrupt.  According to Bello, detainees had to purchase sanitary items and if they could not afford it, they went without items such as toothpaste and soap. He added that the lack of hygiene lead to an outbreak of disease during his detention.  “It was really sad to see,” Bello said. “It’s inhumane. That doesn’t happen in places like county jails.” Bello is currently working with organizations to combat the spread of private prisons and detention

centers, including Bakersfield’s own Mesa Verde. “These centers aren’t state or county entities so they don’t have to be transparent in their treatment [of detainees].” Since his detention in a private facility, Bello has taken it upon himself to increase awareness about private prisons and detention centers, hoping that Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign AB32, a bill that would ban private detention centers, into law.   Though Bello feels he has been changed by both of his stints in Mesa Verde, he remains hopeful that he will become a lawyer and continue as an advocate for social justice.

Veganism and the environment Veganism By Haley Duval Senior Photo Editor Go vegan to save the planet. It turns out what goes on a person’s plate matters a lot to the environment. Here are two reasons how veganism and other plant-based diets can help the environment. Veganism helps prevents climate change. According to Ben Houlton, Director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment, about 25 percent of all global climate change problems can be attributed back to the food and the choices that people make about what they eat daily. “This is greater than all of the cars on the planet. It’s about twice as much global warming pollution as the cars,” Houlton states. Researchers show that personal decisions truly do have a big impact. For instance, if you look at everything that went into a single serving of beef, it emits about 330 grams of carbon. That’s like driving a car for three miles. If twitch the beef to veggies, the 330 grams of carbon drops to 14 grams. Livestock is the cause for 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The greenhouse effect is the reason why the Earth is so comfortable to live on, without it the earth’s atmosphere would be much warmer. The Earth needs to protect the atmosphere from Carbon Dixon. But 14 percent don’t seem much? Compare its transportation. It’s equally the same. All the use of cars, trains, planes, subways in the world combines into one. A part of the reason is that cows, sheep, and other ruminant animals are just very gassy and it takes about one million tons of grain to feed all of the livestock animals. If people were directly eating that grain for themselves, 3.5 million people could have been fed and it would eliminate Carbon Dixon from cattle production. Also, the more vegans there are, the fewer livestock animals would be produced to

Haley Duval be slaughtered. Not everyone needs to completely go vegan or vegetarian right off the bat, but the fewer meat people intake the better for the climate. Veganism saves wildlife. Most vegans choose their diet because it’s simply ethical. Animals are intelligent living creatures, despite what anyone believes, they don’t deserve to be born into a world to be suffering from birth to death. It’s clear that veganism saves countless animals from the slaughterhouse but what about non-farm animals? Millions of wild animals have been killed because of the use of animal agriculture. According to the World Animal Foundation, animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, habitat destruction, and ocean dead zones. Animal agriculture covers about 45% of earth’s landmass and it continues to increase every year. Because of this, one to two of rainforests are cleared every second and are the cause of 91% of the Amazon Rainforest distortion. If there are no rainforests means no habitation for wildlife creatures and if there’s no habitat means a higher chance at extinction for these animals in the future. 137 creatures are lost every day because of these clearings. By going vegan, about 11,000 square ft of forest land are saved every year and saves hundreds of animals each year. Top Trends in Prepared Food reports, 6% of the U.S. population are vegans, a significant increase compared to the one percent in a 2014 study. If not already and have the resources to start, be that part of 6 percent.

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Gandhi’s 150th birthday celebration of five BC faculty members, Jeff Newby, Helen Acosta, Jennifer Johnson, Ronnie Wrest, and Rosa Garza. All shared different thoughts and ideas of how the influence of Gandhi’s teachings has shaped the world. Newby started the panel by overviewing the life of Gandhi. Religion heavily shaped the person GandJACQUELINE GUTIERREZ / THE RIP hi was, coming parents Jeff Newby speaking about Gandhi’s life and upbring- from of differing reing in the Levan Center, Sept. 23. ligious backBy Bianca Cacciola spired by the actions of grounds, he Reporter Gandhi with social jus- grew fascinated and tice on Sept. 23 in the open to religious pluIn celebration of Levan Center. ralism. Gandhi was inGandhi’s 150th birthThis was one of the fluenced primarily by day, Bakersfield College events in the ongoing Jainism and Buddhism, hosted a panel discus- series of activities to along with an upbringsion to commemorate honor of Gandhi. ing of Hinduism. the legacy that was inThe panel consisted “Both of these reli-

gions are heavily focused on right, doing right, right actions, right speech, right relationship with the world, right relationship with himself, right relationship with others,” Newby said. As result of how Gandhi lived by the belief of doing the right things in life, he paved the way of nonviolence activism. “[Activism hashtags] makes space for women, especially women of color, to reframe and redirect public discourse,” Helen Acosta said. Twitter has made social justice movements more accessible for participation. Modern day hashtag movements include, #MeToo, #YesAllWomen, #ClimateStrike, and #BlackLivesMatter. Most activists are thought of as powerful leaders that have possessed a charismatic

presence. With modern day times, people are activists behind a screen, sharing opinions through hashtags in a nonviolent manner. Alongside publicly fighting for social justice, healthcare is battled time-and-time again. Nurses have advocated for their patients’ health and the challenges faced. In less populated areas, food deserts are more common than not. “When we talk about a food desert, we are talking about where is your closest grocery store, full-service grocery store,” Johnson said. Advocating for people who are not in the position to do so themselves is driven from Gandhi’s selfless nature. His ideals and focus inspired people such as Delores Huerta and Cesar Chavez.

Huerta and Chavez successfully passed laws to protect farmers and the ability to form farmers labor unions. Garza talked about the embodiment these two activists showed as powerful, charismatic leaders. They were heroes to many while facing personal challenges behind the scene, Huerta passed laws for protection while lugging her children with her to the court houses. As times began to change and social justice was being fought for, the artwork reflected the social climate. Graffiti arose as an outlet to express the opinions people had, and the industry shifted into inclusivity. “The spirit behind street art and graffiti really do stem from a lot of the same ideas around social justice,” Wrest said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signs Bill 206 By Bianca Cacciola Reporter

Starting in 2023, California college athletes will profit from endorsements and have the ability to hire agents to assist in negotiations. California state governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act, or Bill 206, on Sept. 30 in a Los Angeles barbershop. “Every single student in the university can market their name, image and likeness; they can go and get a YouTube channel, and they can monetize that,” Newsom said in an interview with The New York Times. “The only group that can’t are athletes. Why is that?” For the signing, Newsom made an appearance on LeBron James’ “The Shop: Uninterrupted” HBO show.

Many other athletes, including Ed O’Bannon a former UCLA basketball and NBA player, were alongside Newsom and James as the California governor signed the Act. O’Bannon had a case against the NCAA fighting the denial of endorsements or sponsorships of Division One (D1) college athletes. The U.S. Court of Appeals ordered that the NCAA allow “colleges to offer the full cost of attendance, an annual stipend worth several thousand dollars,” according to an article on the Sports Illustrated website. Bill 206 does not allow college athletes to be paid by the colleges, the act allows college athletes to benefit from their talent as others do, including commercials, video games, summer camps, etc. One limitation the act faces is that

the college athletes cannot accept an endorsement with a conflicting company that the college is contracted to. The Fair Pay to Play Act, inspired by the O’Bannon case, has not only been supported by numerous athletes, the California Assembly and California Senate gave it approval as well. Other states are following California’s lead and have proposed similar bills allowing college athletes to earn benefits. “In New York, State Senator Kevin Parker has proposed Senate Bill S6722A. It would provide the same basic rights as California’s Act, plus compel colleges to establish a fund for injured athletes that would pay out to athletes who suffer career-ending or long-term injuries. In South Carolina, State Senator Marlon Kimpson

and Representative Justin Bamberg intend to propose a similar bill to California’s,” according to an article Michael McCann wrote for Sports Illustrated. The NCAA have given signals that they might challenge the law and attempt to have the courts block it. The organization has deemed the bill unconstitutional as it renders the playing-field for all college athletes uneven. Any event that is under the NCAA name will not allow anyone benefiting from the act to participate once the act goes into effect. Events such as NCAA Pac 12 Football, NCAA March Madness, and more would no longer include California, or any states that follow, collegiate athletes.

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Renegades falter in BC women’s soccer last minutes of game ends with a draw By Bianca Cacciola Reporter

The Bakersfield College women’s soccer team hosted the College of the Canyons on Oct. 5 ending in a score of 0-0. The game was the first home league game, and after four extra minutes added to the clock for overtime, the game resulted in a draw. In the first half of the match, both teams held on defensively and ended with no score. Early in the game a Renegade went down and was sidelined by an injury, but the Renegades kept fighting and saving two attempted goals. After the halftime break, both teams

HALEY DUVAL / THE RIP Chris Romero (44) during the first quarter of the Renegades’ host game with Golden Valley at Memorial Stadium, on Sept. 28. Bakersfield College lost their lead in the third quarter and failed to take back the lead, finishing the game with a loss of 20-19.

regained focus and increased the possessions of the ball. Even though both teams made an effort to score, and with the extra time added, the game ended scoreless. The goalkeeper for the renegades, sophomore Aurora Fernandez, achieved a season high of 13 saves and helped keep the Renegades from losing the game against the Cougars. The Renegades end the night with a record of 1-52 for the season so far. The Renegades will take the field on Oct. 8 for a home game against the Citrus College Owls, before they head out on the road for a game away.

BIANCA CACCIOLA / THE RIP Renegade Katherine Rodriguez defends the ball from the opposing team, the College of the Canyons Cougars at Bakersfield College on Oct. 5.

Bakersfield College men’s soccer beats Santa Monica

JACQUELINE GUITIERREZ / THE RIP Renegade Victor Murillo attempts to kick the ball for a goal during a game against the Santa Monica Corsairs at Bakersfield College. By Jacqueline Gutierrez Reporter

HALEY DUVAL / THE RIP Daniel Kraskey (18) in the defensive end during the third quarter of the Renegades’ host game against Golden Valley at Memorial Stadium, on Sept. 28. The Bakersfield College Renegades finished the game with a loss of 20-19. Bakersfield College is now 2-2 after this loss.

The Bakersfield College men’s soccer team took a victory over the Santa Monica Corsairs with a score of 2-1 on Oct. 4. Mublele Mhango, a freshman at Bakersfield College, made both goals against the Corsairs in the first half of the game. From the Corsairs, Kyler Sorber scored a goal in the second half of the game. The first goal by Mhango was made in the 14th minute of the first half and was assisted by defender Edgar Gonzalez, a sophomore at Bakersfield College. The second goal scored by Mhango was in

the 19th minute of the first half and was assisted by Christian Gonzalez, a BC sophomore. The goal made by Sorber for the Corsairs was in the 52nd minute of the second half and was unassisted. There were also four attempted goals, including the ones made by Mhango. The other were made by Miguel Ceja and Edgar Gonzalez. During the game, the Corsairs attempted six goals on Armando Alvares, the goalkeeper, but only one goal was made. The men’s soccer team’s next game will be Oct. 18th at Bakersfield College against the Antelope Valley Marauders.

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Renedages win again By Bianca Cacciola Reporter The Bakersfield College Women’s Volleyball team swept the Citrus College Owls, 3-0, on Oct. 2. BC remains undefeated in the Western State Conference (WSC). Winning three straight matches with the scores of 25-13, 25-21, and 25-17, the

Renegades are currently on a three-game winning streak, and go 11-2 with overall wins. The crowd roared as the Renegades gained each point and triumphed over the Owls. “We are always ecstatic to play and to get out there. Wasn’t our best game but we got through it…when you are at a C level it’s tough to get to an

A level, but we tried to do that every game,” said Carl Ferreira, Head Coach of the volleyball team, in an article for the BC athletics website. Sophomore Penelope Zepeda led the Renegades in kills with a total of 17 for all three games, while Jessica Merante, sophomore, recorded 18 digs for the night. Team-

mates Alyson Dees, freshman, and Lanie Camarillo, sophomore and one of Kern Schools’ Renegade of the week, tied with three blocks against Citrus College. The Renegades head out on a two-game road trip, but will return for their next home game on Wednesday, Oct. 16 as they face Antelope Valley College.


Emily Clark, Renegade freshman, attempting a block against the opposing team, Citrus College.


The Lady Renegades huddle in anticipation for their home game before their upcoming away games.

Condors return to the ice By Tiarra McCormick Reporter

Colonel Claw’d, Baby Cal, and Riggs are used to help keep the momentum going when there is a break during the game. The Bakersfield, Condors There are thirty-eight players owned by the Edmonton Oil- on the team that play in various ers, hosted their preseason game positions. The team is run by on Sept. 27 against the Stock- head coach Jay Woodcroft, the ton Heat. The home game took 8th coach the team. He was previplace at the Mechanics Bank ously the assistant coach with the Arena. The Condors mascots Edmonton Oilers and coached

the San Jose Sharks. The 20192020 season will have 34 games. The Condors hold 42 wins and the second-longest American Hockey winning streak running, a 17-game win. The teams first home game is scheduled for Oct.4 against the San Diego Gulls at the Mechanics Bank Arena.

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Brown leaves the NFL NFL By Tyler Frost Reporter Antonio Brown is still making headlines, and we should not be surprised. My NFL Column on the last edition of the Rip featured a story about Antonio Brown forcing his way out of Oakland to join the New England Patriots. After 11 short days, the Patriots released the troubled wide receiver after two allegations of sexual misconduct were placed on Brown. Following his release, Brown went on a grammatical error-filled Twitter tirade stating he will no longer be playing in the NFL. Brown is leaving the game on his terms, naming his contract guarantees being voided as the primary reason. Despite this, we can be certain that the league’s biggest diva would have trouble finding a job with charges pending against him. Antonio Brown’s former trainer accused him of sexual acts of misconduct dating back to 2017, and was followed by a second woman accusing Brown just a week later. His second accuser released threatening messages that Brown sent to her after the accusations were made public. The gravity of the threats proved to be the final straw that the Patriots would tolerate. Brown was released so early into his contract, that his guarantees were lost as he didn’t meet game requirements. He feels that this is an issue the NFL Player’s Association should investigate, but AB has nobody to blame but himself, and much larger investigations to worry about. The helmet controversy seems like it took place a thousand years ago and is miniscule in comparison to what has transpired since AB signed with New England. As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I was willing to accept the baggage Brown carried in order to watch the AllPro wideout play on Sundays, but his conduct has become toxic and unbearable. No. 84 for the Pittsburgh Steelers was once considered to be

Tyler Frost a n idol in the eyes of fans, myself included. He is one of the most skilled receivers we’ve ever seen. From 2012-2017, Brown dominated the stat sheet with a fiveyear statistical run comparable to the great Jerry Rice. There are no ceilings when it comes to Antonio Brown’s talent, but his lack of good character has managed to contaminate the room. Brief stints with the Raiders and Patriots are reminiscent of short Kardashian marriages, and Antonio Brown’s behavior during that time frame will likely tarnish his legacy. We would like to remember him for his elite play, but it has been overshadowed by the fact that he turned himself into an unpredictable ticking-timebomb. Though the NFL’s investigation of Brown is not yet concluded, we can expect that he will not be in the NFL anytime soon. The downfall of Antonio Brown has been an ugly saga to watch unfold. Brown is one of the greatest pass catchers to ever touch the turf. Unfortunately, his terrible actions have added an asterisk next to his name on a fading Hall of Fame resume. Though we miss the acrobatic sideline receptions and the elite route running abilities AB possessed, the National Football League will be better off without his antics. Antonio Brown once had a Hall of Fame case, but became the biggest head-case football has ever seen. READ MORE

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It’s good to be the king By Jocelyn Sandusky Reporter

Stars Theatre Restaurant put on a production of “Camelot” on Sept. 29. The musical tells the story of a young King who dreams of a better kingdom. He and his wife make his ambitions become a reality, but it all begins to unravel when she falls in love with someone else.  The theatre was filled with community members, most of whom were older, as they enjoyed a lunch prepared by the venue. Prior to the start of the show at 2 p.m., the restaurant staff served lunch and refreshments to the packed crowd. Just as everyone was finishing their meals,

the lights dimmed a few minutes after the anticipated start time. The stage, decorated with faux stone, was simple and only housed a few props and set pieces. As the musical carried on, the lights changed the ambiance and emphasized the mood of the scene. The orchestra was located to the right of the stage in a small, sectioned off area. The music was live and filled the whole room.  The cast of nine sang alongside the classical music and stayed on pitch throughout the entire production, even while dancing. They were all equipped with a mic to ensure all three levels of seating could hear them clearly. 

The production lived up to its description as a musical because there were more musical numbers than there was dialogue. After every song, the audience responded with applause. Though there was a lot of singing, there was not much dancing, and the small amount of choreography was simple. The greatest amount of movement came toward the end of the play when a set of characters engaged in a stage combat sequence. The first act lasted a little more than an hour and a half, and a 30-minute intermission followed. During that time, waiters cleared the tables, brought out desserts and boxes, and settled the bills for the

lunch. The second act moved much more swiftly and held the audience’s attention much better than the previous act. The production seemed to be well-received as the audience enthusiastically cheered the cast on as they gave their final bows. Monique Polk brought her daughter Claire Michael, a child actor at the Empty Space, to the show. They see productions at Stars sporadically and thought the cast did a very nice job. Their friend Maria Martin, an avid theatre-goer, was equally impressed with the show even though she had already seen it once before.


Ambera Williams (left) and Whitney Herbst (right) prepare to introduce the cast in the opening number.

CSUB hosts ethics seminar By Isabel Enciso Reporter Cal State Bakersfield president Lynnette Zelezny shared her views and thoughts on ethics in leadership on Sept. 26 at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) in the Walter Stiern library. Before starting the discussion, Michael Burroughs gave an explain an introduction, he stated that this event is a center piece of ethics in leadership and the series of events highlighted ethics in life and work during the week. Starting the discussion, Burroughs asked Zelezny for examples that formed her idea of ethics. Zelezny then answered Henry David Thoreau and gave

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a brief explanation on why. “Civil Disobedience chapter that he wrote, was such an inspiration to me and was such an important writing that was done. He stepped up, none the less and he would have hiccups before he would to deliver the amazing inspirational words, he wrote himself Zelezny said. The discussion continued about how those examples translate into being an effective leader at a university and the effects of being a university leader for others. Zelezny also explained that an ethical leader should move forward and be thinking about the values in ethics. It is important to be ethical because the position involves leading others

to the best option. She said a leader should show ethical values, which should be abided by others, and the leader will be held accountable, for them to have a value system. Zelezny also added that in all the decision that need to be made as a leader, not everyone will agree with the decisions that are made. Making decisions as a leader is hard for one person, but working with the right team to provide help and support makes the decision a bit easier. “As a leader, one of the most challenging things is making sure that you realize that the only way that the heavy lifting can get done, is that you must have the right team to push with

you,” Zelezny said. As the discussion continues Zelezny talked about her team and the hard work throughout the day, and how her staff helps with what she needs. A team should be able to work with and around their leader, with the leader doing the same with them, she explained. Having an ethical and effective leader along with a team that will follow makes the working better because each person has a job that is just as important as the leader’s position. This discussion continued and ended with questions from the audience who wanted to learn more about ethical leadership and how much work it takes to be one.

Crisis Resources Mental Health By Paige Atkison Senior Digital Editor Mental illness is incredibly common and with mental illness often comes times of crisis. Though not all crises involve suicide or suicidal ideation, it is important to know where to turn if you or a loved one are feeling suicidal. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 34 in the United States, according to the National Institute on Mental Health. Suicide is also the tenth leading cause of death in the United States overall. Suicide and suicidal ideation (the thoughts or planning of suicide) is incredibly painful for both the suicidal person and their friends and family involved. This is why it is imperative that if you or a loved one is suicidal, you seek help immediately. Luckily, help is available for nearly every demographic. General Suicide Hotlines There are suicide hotlines that offer specialized services, but there is also a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that can be utilized by anyone and everyone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides a tollfree hotline that you can call at any time to speak to a crisis counselor. This hotline also provides resources for the deaf and hard of hearing community, as well as Spanish-speaking counselors. To utilize this resource, call 1-800-2738255. LGBTQ Resources Though anyone can experience suicidal ideation, certain populations have higher rates of suicide. The LGBTQ+ population is disproportionately at risk for suicide. The Trevor Project is the leading organization in providing crisis resources to LGBTQ+ youth in the United States. Founded in 1998, the Trevor Project has been working constantly to prevent suicide among LGBTQ+ youth. The Trevor Project provides a telephone crisis line, a text crisis line, and an online instant messaging line for people in need. To utilize this resource, call 1-866-488-

Paige Atkison 7386 or text START to 678678. Veterans Resources Like the LGBTQ+ population, veterans are also disproportionately affected by suicide. There are on average 125 suicides per day in the United States, and around 15 are veterans or active-duty military personnel. The Veterans Crisis Line, launched in 2007, has accepted over three million calls since its inception. It provides a telephone crisis line, text crisis line, and an online chat line for all veterans and military personnel at any time. To utilize this resource, call 1-800-2738255 or text 838255. Native Americans and Alaska Native Native Americans and Alaska Natives are another population that is at higher risk for suicide than the general population. Though there is no specific hotline for people of Native Americans and Alaska Natives, there are resources available through the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline has trained counselors for multiple demographics and resources specifically geared towards the Native population. To utilize this resource, call 1-800-2738255 Attempt Survivors Suicide attempt survivors are likely to attempt again within the first three months of recovery. This makes it all the more necessary that survivors have resources readily available to them. Like the Native American demographic, there is no specific hotline for suicide attempt survivors, but there are websites dedicated to providing them with resources. Attempt survivors can call the Suicide Prevention Hotline. To utilize this resource, call 1-800-273-8255.

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Bako Taco and Beer Festival returns By Luis Rojas Reporter Bakersfield held the Bako Taco and Beer Festival Sept. 28, at Stramler Park for the second year in a row. People had the chance to experience more than 65 different types of beer, from local to regional breweries as well as access to many vendors selling their best tacos in town and other items in their menu. Beer, tacos, games, and a sunny day are the best ingredients for a good time. Among locals, the event had some outside visitors, like Citlalli Mejia, a Northridge resident, who assisted with the festival along with four of her local friends. Mejia said she enjoyed the event because people in Bakersfield are more welcoming. “We enjoyed the beer fest, different type of beers, different kinds of tacos, and even though the lines for the food were pretty long, we had a good time. I like Bakersfield and their people because they are more down to earth,” Mejia said. She also suggested that the tacos should be in one area and beer in another to facilitate access to both. Attendees had access to food trucks and stands that offered multiple kinds of tacos. The

most popular were the salsa verde chicken tacos, and the asada tacos. Jim Columbia who assisted with a friend revealed that he is a big fan of tacos and Mexican food. “Bakersfield has amazing Mexican food, it’s one of the good things of living here. I can go anywhere and get amazing tacos for couple dollars a taco. There is a good variety of tacos and food to pick from, they just need to bring more to this event.” Columbia said. Columbia also mentioned that he drinks according to the weather. “Depends on the weather, […] when it’s hot I want a lighter beer. It is about 80 degrees right now so I can have any of these IPA’s.” Some of the most favored beers and IPA’s were Dos Equis, Firestone 805, Modelo, Stone, Rebel, Mas Agave and Estrella Jalisco. The Bar Room Riot, a local band that plays alternative and blues were in charge of putting people on the dance floor. Body Soul and Mind were next, offering some good punk and R&B and finally Dubs Seeds to seal the deal. Dub Seeds and Mind Body and Soul travel together on tour to different places in California. Chris Taylor, Dub Seeds guitarist

and vocalist said that he likes these events because he gets to eat and drink all he wants, plus he gets to work with friends. “We are like a family. We travel together to different places and I really enjoy this type of events, it’s really fun,” Taylor added. In addition to the beer and tacos, the event also offered some Lucha Libre, which is professional Mexican wrestling. On one side of the park, a wrestling ring was installed where there were at least 8 wrestling matches to entertain the crowd. LUIS ROJAS / THE RIP “It was fun to watch People wait in line to have a chance to try their favorite beers at the Bako these guys fight and do all kinds of funny Taco and Beer Fest at Stramler Park, Sept. 28. things. I don’t know if it was real, but it was fun,” Ben Kitchen said. Some of the attendees said that this is not what they expected because beer ran out fast and tacos were expensive but would try it next year. “I wish I could have enjoyed more of the beers I usually drink but I couldn’t. Beer ran out fast and some of the stands were giving only half of cup, but overall it was good,” said Suki Mahal, who had the chance to try new beers. Despite the long lines, prices and shortage of beer, people had a good time and some of them LUIS ROJAS / THE RIP look forward to a better Oaxaca On Wheels food truck at the Bako Taco and Beer Fest at Stramler experience next year. Park, Sept. 28.

Upcoming Boo-at-the-Zoo at CALM By David Portillo Reporter

A frightfully fun time awaits you at CALM (California Living Museum), Oct. 19 and 20 as they prepare for their annual Boo-at-

the-Zoo event. It kicks off at 9 a.m 4 p.m. Tons of activities and spooky surprises await guests of all ages. Children under 12 years old get in for free but must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Ghouls and gooblins of all ages who attend the event are encouraged to wear their best costumes and outfits. Trick-or-treating will be all day during the event, along with many more surprises such as

games and festive decorations throughout the zoo. Not only will the guests be treated to treats and sweets, but the bears and condors will be given a huge treat-filled jack-o-lan-

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Downtown Murals delight Bakersfield locals By Alex Gutierrez Reporter Downtown Bakersfield featured new murals in the arts district, an area that offers structures, statues, and paintings that contribute to the fine art. The point of these displays is to not only provide a sense of community but to also indulge ourselves in what Bakersfield artists can present. Rio Acai Bowls hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil their own mural. The mural is in the alley on the side of their building but it is fully visible from Chester Ave. for commuters to see. The message behind this mural is open to interpretation, although there may be religious attribution since Jesus Christ is placed almost at the center

of the mural. Near Dagny’s Coffee Co. there is a mural for all veterans, meant to be a perception of courageousness, bravery and willing sacrifice. It is called the “Statue of Liberty” because it shows Lady Liberty holding a real-life torch in hand and an American flag featured as a part of the mural. The murals and artwork around town are primarily Bakersfield based artists, which means viewers are not only taking in the aesthetics, but also supporting local artists. The Bakersfield community offers fine arts from murals, statues, and productions all over town. It’s easy to find art and that’s what many do when visiting the downtown art district. Murals and displays often don’t make it to museums or shows, but it’s possibale to just look up at any downtown building for an art experience.


Mural by local Bakersfield artists Jennifer Williams-Cordova & Naomi Carrizales on display on the exterior wall of the Rio Acai building on Chester Ave. in Bakersfield Downtown Arts District.

Open Barn showcases rescue animals


A donkey and zebra together looking and at children at the Open Barn, Sept. 2019. By Jacqueline Aquian Reporter

Everyone involved in the organization are mainly volunteers, Ashley Hernandez, has been volunteering at The Open Barn is a monthly event the open barn for two months. hosted by the non-profit organiza“I feel like the animals help me tion, All Seated in a Barn, which was more than I help them.” Hernandez established in 2018. The organiza- said. tion is an animal rescue for larger She loves to volunteer there. She critters such as, horses, donkeys and discovered it when visiting them a few more. They feed, provide and take months ago at their Open Barn, went care of them until they are ready to to see all the animals, and that is how be adopted. she decided to help. The animals coming in are checked Volunteers, from young to old, are into the veterinary hospital to see if there for the animals and for the peothey are well and healthy, or if they ple. At the event, they have an hour need special treatments. There are just for families that have children many animals to see from bunnies to with disabilities. These kids can interchickens. act with the animals before the rush


Ana Aquian feeding a donkey at the Open Barn on Sept. 2019. The Open Barn is a monthly event hosted by All Seated in a Barn. of others arrive. Sarah Larson, has come to the event more than once with her son. She enjoys the animals and staff. “It’s handicap and disability friendly because my son is in a wheelchair,” Larson said. She likes how they allow the kids to learn about the animals and pet them in a calm environment. At the September Open Barn she also brought her sister and niece for the first time and said, “They love it.” The Open Barn was packed, with children and families petting, feeding, riding and looking at the animals. Miracle Mutts was there with several dogs to pet and even a dog kissing

booth. Many attractions to see such as goats and ponies, could feed and pet; there were also horses big enough to ride, food to enjoy with music and even a zebra to see enjoy life with a donkey. Many interactions for a family. With the Open Barn many people see and bring in their own animals to see if they would like to adopt any of them. The event had many volunteers to make sure it all went smoothly. The Open Barn of September was well enjoyed by all the families and their children.

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Kern County Fair returns for the 59th year By Tyler Frost Reporter

This year’s fair put an extra emphasis on sanitization and caution against The 2019 Kern disease and germs than County Fair has come in years past. It is always and gone, giving locals a blast to attend the fair, many things to cheer but especially important about. It was highlightthat visitors do their best ed by musical perforto take precaution against mances from Bell Biv valley fever and other poDevoe, Nelly, and Scottential sicknesses. ty McCreery among Many guests attend the other talented artists. fair to watch the rodeo’s, Many were enthused or even participate in the to see the ride Big Top, wild ride. similiar to one that was The Kern County Fair featured in the latest was jam packed with famseason of “Stranger ilies, friends, and couples Things”. These attracalike. It is undoubtedly tions added excitement more enjoyable to attend to an already fun Kern the fair with a great group County tradition. of people. There are limThe 59th Annual itless things to do at the Kern County Fair hostfair regardless of age. First ed many visitors. The time fair visitor Jose Felix fair featured incredible said, “The fair outdid my food. The barbecue exexpectations. In my first ceeded its already high time, I had a lot of fun standards with great and really enjoyed the attri-tip, pulled pork, ribs, mosphere.” Every year and the sweetest barbethe fair gives its attendees cue sauce. The desserts something to look forward were amazing, and the to. fried foods were mouthThe opportunity to sit TYLER FROST / THE RIP atop a ferris wheel, catch a watering. Though the food can be pricey, it is worth the Big Top funhouse at the Kern County that is like one from the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” rodeo, and eat a giant corn buy knowing that this may dog does not present itself evbe the one chance per year ery day. Some go for the food, to pig out on food that isn’t easy to make at home. have put plenty of time into raising. The petting and others for the music. All who attend the Kern Another huge part of the Kern County Fair is zoos and livestock events at the Kern County Fair County Fair would agree it is an environment that livestock. People gathered to show the animals they are the best places to see cattle, swine, goats, sheep, every person should experience in their lifetime. and more.

TYLER FROST / THE RIP A funnel cake and lemonade stand at the fair. Funnel cakes are a must-try dessert for anyone who attends the Kern County Fair.

TYLER FROST / THE RIP The ferris wheel is a classic tradition for families attending the fair.

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