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BC coaches and players remember beloved former BC wreslter unexpectly passes away in Augest.

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Bakersfield College plans for a possible virtual spring semester.

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Gary and Cathy White geared up and ready to start biking for the first Full Moon Bike Ride since the COVID-19 pandemic on Sept. 2.

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BC plans for virtual Spring semester By Amaya Lawton Reporter There is a possibility that the spring semester will continue virtually at BC, with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Kern County. Bakersfield College plans for the spring semester were based on the plans set by Governor Newson, the number of cases before the semester begins, and the decisions of various college campuses around the state. The spring semester was scheduled to begin in January 2021. “At this time, Bakersfield College is actively monitoring this situation in Kern and statewide and [remains] fully committed to complying with Governor Newson’s Resilience Roadmap,” Bill Potter, Executive Director of Facilities and Planning, and Cindy Collier, Interim Director of the Health Center. “According to Governor Newson’s Resilience Roadmap, higher education may not reopen until we are in stage 3.” There was a chance that there could be limited in-person interaction during the spring semester, according to the Bakersfield College website. If a plan occurred that allowed students to go on campus, various protocols would have to be followed to keep everyone safe. “BC requires health checks which include temperature checks and review for COVID-19 symptoms or exposures for any on-campus activities,” said Potter and Collier According to the California

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Bakersfield College campus, located 1801 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93305. website, the Resilience Roadmap was a plan involving stages that were set to help the state control the spread of COVID-19. As of Aug. 2020, Kern County is on stage 2 which allowed lower-risk workplaces to remain open. BC professors would like to teach face-to-face to have interaction in a classroom setting, but there are risks if that occurs too soon. BC’s Mathematics professor Tom Greenwood would like to be in the classroom again, but he also did not mind the spring semester continuing

virtually if it meant the safety of his students and himself are being considered. There was a chance that athletes would have an opportunity to continue their fall season in the spring with the semester continued online. The CCCAA was a sports association for the community college athletics in California and they created the Contingency Plan that had three different outcomes that can occur depending on the actions of COVID-19, according to the Athletics Communications Manager, Brandon Urry.Many athletes will also

see their season become shorter to have all sports offered at BC play in the spring. The fans of BC’s athletics will be able to attend virtually and support their favorite player, family member, or team. “The health and safety of our students and staff are of the utmost importance,” Potter and Collier said. “As long as the threat of COVID-19 remains in our community, we will continue to implement protocols that prioritize safety in line with public health guidance.” BC will follow the guidelines

given to them by the state to monitor if the college can allow in-person classes or virtual.

Upcoming virtual events for BC students By Hugo Maldonado Garcia Reporter Although the physical Bakersfield College campus is closed for the Fall semester, the Bakersfield College Student Government Association (BCSGA) still plans on creating virtual events that students can participate in. BCSGA has many free events planned for the semester so that students can get involved and participate. According to the Program Manager for Student Life at BC, Benjamin Balderrama explains how he helps oversee student organizations, plan activities, and events with BCSGA. He mentions what to except for upcoming future events to help get students involved such as hosting more video game streaming’s, Netflix watch parties, Virtual DSS distinguish speakers, and having more virtual fitness sessions to help keep students active during this quarantine. BCSGA is currently hosting a virtu-

al student involvement fair called the Student Activities Virtual Engagement (SAVE) Festival, in which students can participate through Zoom or Discord to gain some useful and helpful resources for the semester. BCSGA is currently giving away BC planners for free where any student can go and pick one up from The Office of Student Life where no student I.D. is required at this time. They plan to have a drive-in movie for October, where students and staff are more than welcomed to attend. Balderrama explains how many of the events were converted into a virtual setting, like the Distinguish speaker Series which will be happening via Zoom. Many more BCSGA events will be coming throughout this semester and they highly encourage BC students to follow the BCSGA social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to know what possible events are coming up. Another useful tip is to check the bot-

tom left of the BC website where an “Upcoming Events” box should be located. BCSGA also currently has many resources students can receive for free, according to the BCSGA President, Gian Gayatao, his position is to represent the student government where he wants to build a sense of connection with the students because every student should be successful from the comforts of their own home during this pandemic. Having a great college experience is important and BCSGA offers many free resources that can only help students. No one knew this pandemic was going to occur, and even though everyone has had to adapt to the situation, BCSGA will continue to provide for the student body. Gayatao also mentions when paid for registration, students have access to free mental health counseling and many more where students can get more information about the BC web-

site. Balderrama mentions how BCSGA has a weekly pantry for those who need food. They established a Chromebook loaner program that is being run by the I.T. department. They created the Discord server where students can join and interact with other students, to help or guide one another to find the answers to their questions. Although the campus is technically closed, the majority of the college departments are available at the “Virtual Student Information Desk” where students can have face to face services regarding admissions, counseling to help with finical aid and so much more. If any students have any questions regarding BC resources or want more information on future events, follow the BCSGA social media platforms or continue checking the BC website.


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BC Foundation receives gift for Agriculture Early College students By Victoria Meza Reporter

Early College Renegades will be provided the support to pursue their educational dreams is certainly a ray of light for the future of our agricultural community.” The Mettlers grew up in Kern County and both attended local schools. The physical and economic landscape of Kern County was impacted by the Mettlers, mostly due to Clifford farming operations in the Edison and Mettler areas, according to a news release. Now they are going to continue their legacy on agriculture students for the next generation of farmers in Kern county. The Clifford and Patricia Mettler State gift will help students from 120 high schools that are participating in the Agriculture Pathways Early College Program, which means 70 college students approximately are going to receive support in the academic year 2020. However, the BC Early Program plans to scale the support to help at least 120 students annually in incoming years. Students do not need to apply for the funds to get help. BC will use the funds to support students at-scale, which means that they will invest those funds to ensure every class has what they need to succeed.

The Bakersfield College Foundation program received a financial gift from the Clifford and Patricia Mettler State in early July. The gift was directed to support students from the Agriculture Pathways Early College Program. The Clifford and Patricia Mettler State financial gift will assist students that live in rural communities and are the first ones in their families to get a college degree. Since the distance is a challenge for most students to get campus resources, the gift will be used by the Bakersfield College Early Program to help students have expanded access to instructional materials like textbooks and supplies, and improved grammatic support while they are working toward an associate degree in agriculture and completing their high school coursework. “We are tremendously grateful for the generous gift offered through the Mettlers’ estate,” said Sonya Christian, Bakersfield College president. “This gift comes at a time when our community is experiencing uncertainty in many respects. Knowing that future generations of our rural

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BC professor runs for for the Bakersfield City School District Board of Trustees By Sydney McClanahan Reporter Bakersfield College communications professor, Dr. Christine Cruz-Boone, announced on July 27th that she will be running for the Bakersfield City School District Board of Trustees Area 3. “The primary reason I am running for the board is to be an advocate for my children and the other families in my community,” Cruz-Boone stated. “This is the moment for my candidacy because during this crisis we have an opportunity to shift focus away from keeping sick kids at schools for attendance dollars and testing.” Cruz-Boone was born in Bakersfield and raised by her mother who only had her as a young teen. After finishing high school, she became a first-generation college graduate and continued to earn her Doctorate in Education. She is also married to her husband of 18 years and they have two young children as well as their dog named Rupert Giles. Her decision to come to Bakersfield College in 2017 was driven by her passion for growth in the education system in rural areas of Kern County. She shared, “I am the faculty lead for Early College because I believe it is a program that cracks open the school to prison pipeline.” Not only did she teach at Bakersfield College’s

“I will fight for social justice. To date, I am the only candidate running for the BCSD school board that has identified social and racial justice as a core value of my platform,” - Dr. Christine Cruz-Boone

main campus, but she also taught courses all around Kern. “Over the last three years, I have taught college courses at Panorama Campus, Southwest, South Kern Job Spot, McFarland, Arvin, Shafter, and Delano,” she mentioned. Cruz-Boone also added, “Last year I completed a community college faculty fellowship at Stanford University and have served on state and national education boards including the CTA Early Childhood committee.” If elected, Cruz-Boone’s goal is to bring light to topics involving higher education, the importance of the arts, and especially social justice. This entails preparing students for not only their studies but the workforce, learning discipline, and taking action for equality. “I will fight for social justice. To date, I am the only candidate running for the BCSD school board that has identified social and racial justice as a core value of my platform,” Cruz-Boone stated. “That we will all say the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Ramiro Villegas, and more.” Dr. Cruz-Boone encourages fellow students to check their voting status online.


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Remembering former BC wrestler Keithen Estrada In a fall 2019 multimedia video from BC Athletics, Estrada shared his connection with his teammates, and his favorite highlight as a Renegade wrestler was winning 7th at state because it made him felt like he belonged. “With wrestling, I feel like it is a family. Because we all suffer the same, we all do the same workouts, the same stuff. Nobody is in a different position,” he said at the time. In the video, Estrada also shared how he got into wrestling because his close group of friends, who also where wrestlers convinced him to try it out and “the first day I went out for it, I fell in love with it from then on.” “Keithen was a great man, he would never fail to make you smile and full of laughter,” Estrada’s former teammate Emmett Kuntz said. Kuntz shared his favorite memory with Estrada was when he came to visit Chico state with him to help PHOTO COURTESY OF BC ATHLETICS COMMUNICTIONS his brother move out of his house. BC coaches and players remember beloved former BC “It was a great weekend. So wreslter unexpectly passes away in Augest. many good moments shared with him; wrestling, working, and just hanging out,” he By Haley Duval itive for his teammates,” Clark said. Editor-in-Chief said. “As a person, he cared about Clark said he will always reMany Renegades remembered member his positive attitude, people. He valued his family and friends,” Clark added. Keithen Estrada, the former BC and he will miss him. BC said Keithen is survived by athlete who died unexpectedly Estrada wrestled for BC in the his mom Angel McMahan, dad in August at age 21, for his smile Fall 2018 and 2019 seasons. and his love for wrestling. According to the Bakersfield Marc Estrada, sisters Ariah RusBC’s wrestling head coach College Athletics website, Estra- sel & Nyle Estrada, brother DanBrett Clark described Estrada da was a California Communi- gelo Estrada, and a niece Amaya as always a joy to be around and ty College Athletic Association Estrada. A GoFundMe account that how his smile made others who (CCCAA) state placer for both were around him smile. seasons and placed 7th both was set up by Estrada’s family has raised over $13,000 dollars. “He was such a good team- years. A funeral service for Estramate. He was the kind of guy Clark shared that when Estrathat would make a joke when da placed, it was one of his fa- da was held at Basham Funeral things were rough, to get every- vorite memories he had with him Care on Aug. 27. one’s mind turned the right way, because it was something Estraand get them laughing. To get da thought he never could have their mind off stuff and stay pos- done.

Opinions on remote learning By Victoria Meza Reporter Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, academic institutions in Kern County remains a virtual learning environment for the fall 2020 semester. Remote learning has been affecting students since the middle of the Spring term and keep affecting them through this fall semester 2020. According to the Kern County Public Health Services Department, as of Aug. 25, Kern County has reached 28,854 cases of COVID-19. Health officials are concerned that this number will grow to a higher rate if steps are not taken to slow the spread, therefore Kern County opted to keep the remote learning system for most schools. Although remote learning has allowed more students to keep a balance between studies and work, there are some BC students think that virtual learning is not better than in-person learning. “This new form of learning is very stressful for me,” said BC student, Amy Melton. She explained that she would prefer learning face-to-face because

it is hard to work on this virtual schedule and she also prefers to work in class with people around to talk to. She is not the only person that struggled with the lack of structure in the remote learning model. BC student, Jacob Amado contends that the biggest problem on remote learning is that ‘’you get too comfortable at home which makes you lose focus and procrastinate.’’ However, he also said that working from home is one of the things he likes the most about it. Some students do not feel odd about remote learning since they are already used to it. BC’s Veronica Prior is also from the Santa Barbara City College whose degree program is mostly online. Although she is used to a remote learning environment, she hoped to get into an in-person class this semester. Most of the students agree that remote learning was easier to work from home. However, some also believe that the work from home schedules can lead to losing focus on school.

Being gay in a conservative family LGBTQ+ By Mariah Arviso Digital Editor The fact that I built up the courage to write this is funny to me. If anyone that I know reads this, then this is my way of coming out to you. It has never been a secret that I identify as gay, but I guess it is not something that I express much, at least around my family. In the Kinsey scale, I would be considered a lesbian, but I do not like that word because of all the stereotypes that surround it. Growing up, I always struggled with my sexual identity. I would see a pretty actress on the T.V, and I never knew if I wanted to be her or if I wanted to be with her. Just writing that down made me laugh because of how true that statement is for others on the spectrum figuring themselves out. My family was never one to attend church or practice religion, but it was always made clear that I was to have a husband and basically strive for being a housewife. I started to normalize those teachings because of the fear of disappointing my father. Now, I would say that those ideals are still taught to me even at the age of 19. My father got married, and now we attend church every week which made my family very conservative. They follow the basic beliefs in the Bible with homosexuality being wrong as one. Pretty much anything I believe is the opposite of what my family believes. That is not because I want to be some rebellious person, trust me, I did that in my early teen years, but I feel that some of their beliefs are strict, to say the least. I had tried to come out to my father during my sophomore year of high school, but I was told to pray that it goes away. After that happened, I started to repress those feelings, or I at least tried to. At school, I was out,

Mariah Arviso but I identified as bisexual because I can see that people were uncomfortable with the fact that I could be gay. I eventually came out as a lesbian during my junior year. It is honestly hard trying to hide this side of me. I started to become active on social media where I was out and proud. I started doing activism work for those who were in the same situation as me, and I absolutely loved it. That all ended when someone from my church found one of my social media pages. I was devastated not because she found out, but because I truly cared about what she and everyone else thought about me. She offered to help me get rid of my homosexual tendencies. Reluctantly, I agreed, and I absolutely hated myself for asking for help. This was only the beginning of what I had to go through and still do now. I cannot help but think of all the other people that have to go through this as well. That is why I decided to go through with writing this.

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First Full Moon Bike Ride since COVID By Hector Morales Reporter Bike Bakersfield hosted their Full Moon Bike Ride on Sept. 2. This was the first ride since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Bakersfield and the nation. Few people attended the event, but the handful of people that did join were ready to ride the trail once again. The bikers started their ride on the bike trail starting at Beach Park and ended at the Marketplace. Though the trail was long, everyone was ready to take the ride. People from children to senior citizens were taking this path alongside the organizers of the event. There were even a few first-timers attending the ride such as Gary White, and his wife, Cathy White. “We bike ride often. This isn’t our first time going down this path, but it is our first time riding at this event,” Gary White said. “We heard about it through our son-inlaw. My family usually comes out and rides at these events, but they could not be here tonight. We are

out here riding for our family tonight.” More people tend to come out during the holidays because of the decorations and decorative lights. During the holidays, more bikers will participate in events such as the Christmas parade and the holiday lights parade. The scenery would usually bring more bikers in with their families. “We have been doing this ride for five years. We made lots of friends due to these bike rides.” Josh and Gina Thomas said. Bike Bakersfield is a non-profit organization that was established in 2005. Bike Bakersfield hosts a program called the bike kitchen. The bike kitchen allows community members to borrow tools to make repairs to their bikes and have mechanics show and help citizens how to repair a bike. It is free if you have a membership with Bike Bakersfield or just a $2 per hour donation. For more updates on future events such as the full moon bike ride, visit the Bike Bakersfield website.

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Gary and Cathy White are geared up and ready to start biking. They started at Beach Park and ended at the Market Place on Sept. 2.

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(Above and right) Bike riders riding through the bike trail at Beach Park for the Full Moon Bike Ride hosted by Bike Bakersfield, on Sept. 2. People from children to senior citizens were taking this path alongside the organizers of the event.

A racial discussion with Danny Morrison By Logan Odneal Reporter In a collaboration with Bakersfield College, the Danny Morrison Show went live on Facebook with Chain Cohn Stiles’s senior partner, Matt Clark and author of “A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation” and self-described rabble-rouser, Bob Prater, to discuss white people’s role in the ongoing racial conversation, on Aug. 25. Morrison presented “Seven Series” a list of questions for the panelists to give their opinions on. Followed by a discussion on Jacob Brown, scenarios, and then a quick game of word association. In the “Seven Series” Morrison asked several questions to the panelist; If the death of George Floyd has changed their opinion on the

Black Lives Matter moment, when the panelists became aware of their white identity, if the panelists believe white supremacy is systematic, if the panelists have seen something racist and not said anything, how are Black people exploited in American society, and if reverse racism is real. Prater answered that he became aware of white identity as a boy. “A phrase that I heard many times as a little boy was [that] I’m free, white and 21 and that is a dog whistle for racism and that’s how I grew up and so you’re white don’t act like that,” Prater said. Clark said he was raised in a different generation and was told as a child that everyone is equal and to respect differences. He said part of it is because of his sister who suffers from down syndrome.

When questioned about reverse racism, Prater said it is not a thing and while there can be racists African Americans, there are so many more racists white people. When asked if someone has to be in a position of power to be racist, Clark said, “You may have to be in a position of power to effectively exercise your racism if you have some objective in mind but no, I don’t buy that you [have] to be in a position of power to harbor racist feelings.” When talking about Jacob Blake, an African American man who was shot seven times in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Prater felt very strongly that the officers should fully be arrested and charged. Clark talked about how police officers are hard to discipline because of police unions. He mention a local event were a

police officer driving twice the speed limit with no lights or sirens, hit and killed two pedestrians in a crosswalk. Under oath, the officer said that he didn’t turn the lights and sirens on because the big gulp cup in the cup holder was in the way. It cost Kern County eight million dollars to settle and the officer still has his job. Morrison then presented Clark and Prater with a few scenarios asking what they handle racial issues. Both panelists answered had similar answers when presented in each scenario. The event concluded with a quick game of word association. Morrison asked the panelists to respond with their first thoughts to a racial political slogan or policy.


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Lajvardi: Improbable to unstoppable By Mark Armendariz-Gonzales Reporter BC hosted former teacher Fredi Lajvardi on a Zoom session on Sept. 3, where he discussed how he helped make an inner-city high school’s robotics team into nationwide champions. After graduating from Arizona State University, Lajvardi was persuaded by a former teacher of his to become a teacher himself. Lajvardi got a teaching job at Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, AZ. Carl Hayden Community High School was an inner-city school known for having low test grades and one of the highest Hispanic student rates. Even though the school had a negative reputation, this did not discourage Lajvardi. He pressed on with one goal in mind. “I wanted to make education fun,” Lajvardi said. He started by making an electric car club, where students would learn to build them and enter them in a competition. Sadly, the competition only lasted a few years, due to electric cars going out of style.

So, it was up to Lajvardi to find a new competition for his students to be a part of. It was important to Lajvardi to find a competition that would be yearround. The reason for this is that he didn’t want his students to get mixed up with the wrong crowd around town and instead focus their attention on something educational. After searching for a while, Lajvardi found his perfect option in “MATE’s Underwater Robotics Competition.” The best thing was that the competition started in the fall and ended in midsummer. Once he found the perfect competition, Lajvardi needed the right crew to join his team. He was able to get students Oscar Vazquez, Luis Aranda, Lorenzo Santillan, and Cristian Arcega to join the club. Another teacher by the name of Allan Cameron joined Lajvardi to help lead the club. While building the robot, the most difficult obstacle was not knowing how to build it but trying to get supplies to make it. “The hardest thing was finding materials due to lack of money,” Lajvardi said. After months of studying and building, the team was ready to compete. They even gave the robot a name

“Stinky,” due to the smelly glue they used to keep it together. The team traveled to UC Santa Barbra in CA, where the competition was being held. Upon arrival, the team major noticed differences in their robot compared to the rest. A big difference was that their robot had the battery on top of it, while the others had theirs on the surface. The team decided to enter the university category rather than the high school one because they thought it would look better to lose to a university than to another high school. After competing in a series of challenges, the team finished in 3rd place, with them still having to do an oral presentation. After completing the presentation, it was time for the judges to GOOGLE IMAGES announce the winner. Before they announced it though, Fredi Lajvardi hosted a Zoom sesthe judges granted Carl Hayden sion on Sept. 3. High School with a first-ever “special achievement award,” which the In 2008 the team was inducted into team thought was a pity award. After given the award, the team the US Robotics Hall of Fame and figured they had lost the competition they even had a feature film “Spare until the judges announced that they Parts,” released in 2015. “My motto is you can do whatever placed 1st. The team had even managed to you want to do, but it’s up to you if you fail or succeed,” Lajvardi said. beat MIT in the competition.

Students encourage to join BC’s Virtual Festival through Zoom By Mariah Arviso Digital Editor Bakersfield College hosted a virtual engagement festival, on Sept. 2, to allow students to get involved in different activities and clubs that BC has to offer. The festival was an all-day event that had separate zoom calls set up from 10 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Many of the events varied from administrators discussing the different legal services that BC offers to professors explaining the basics of their clubs. Some of the clubs that were involved were the math club, physics club, and the prelaw club. “Having everything virtual has been difficult to say the least. In person, you get to be hands on and learn things while online you are just doing some assignments,” BC student Ezperanza Contreras said. “I won’t be joining any clubs or any other virtual events, but it is good that BC is doing what they can to keep the students engaged and involved.” Some students discussed interruptions such as bad Wi-Fi connection or problems with zoom when trying to join a call. Many of the presentations lasted anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how smoothly the call went, but students remained engaged through all the difficulties.

“I was a few minutes late when I was trying to join one of the calls. I joined the EOP&S call because I wanted to learn more about the program and what they had to offer. I am glad that BC is doing virtual activities because I need something to get me through quarantine. I will, for sure, be joining future events whenever I can,” BC student Isabella Polanco said. Students are encouraged to join any virtual events that may be interested in. Staying involved in enjoyable activities and staying connected with others, even through social media, can help with maintain a positive mental state according to the CDC. Bakersfield College scheduled many virtual events for students to join. The events include Netflix watch parties, guest speakers, workshops, and gaming streams. Although the events were posted on the BC website, the BCSGA recommended students join the BC discord so that they can remain informed about upcoming events. The information for the virtual engagement festival was posted in the discord as well as the BC website.

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Baseball player on practice By Thalia Pimentel Reporter COVID-19 has cancelled sports worldwide as it did concerts, school, most jobs, and movie theatres. Games, practice, and big crowds stopped for most, but never the training and preparation for the athletes and coaches. Whether the students and coaches are off the field or not, genuine concern shows from every aspect to their student athletes who are also trying their best to handle their education, training, and health. Lalo Barraza, baseball player from Bakersfield College said they were given templates to follow after the pandemic hit. The two templates were different for the circumstances to the athletes whether they had access to a weight room or not. “We had summer ball which meant going to the field to practice but we showed up 30 minutes before to check in and sanitize our equipment then get our temperature checked. Our team doctor was out there everyday making sure everyone was social distancing and being safe. We also only shared one ball with one partner,” Barraza shared. The Bakersfield College baseball team agreed to hold each other accountable during the pandemic and developed methods to help each other out like staying in contact with each other through a messaging group. Barraza also stated that he was juggling school, baseball, and work altogether so he developed a routine for himself to wake up super early everyday and get his workouts and homework out of the way for the day just in time to get ready and drive to work. Wellness checks are accessible to every student in terms of establishing a relationship, zoom meetings do allow the coaches and students to talk on both an academic level and personal level.

The future of BC sports By Nicholas Covello Reporter With COVID-19 still running rampant around the country, something had to be done with sports in the Fall 2020 semester. Colleges around the whole country are shutting down their sports programs for the semester, but Reggie Bolton, Bakersfield College’s new Athletic Director, has a plan. After Sandi Taylor retired from her position as Athletic Director at Bakersfield College on May 26, it did not take long for Bolton to be named as her replacement. Bolton worked as the Associate Athletic Director for 18 months back in 2014-15 and as the Department Chair of kinesiology, health, and physical education for 6 years prior to taking the Athletic Director job back in July. Bolton was also the defensive coordinator of the Bakersfield College football team for 13 years, starting in 2007, before he stepped away at the end of the 2018 season, and before that, he was head football coach at Santa Barbara City College for five years. “Being a former football coach, I saw this position as a great opportunity to combine my passion for health & wellness and athletics to help develop student-athletes as a whole,” Bolton said. He also wants “to create a championship environment

which provides a first-class student-athlete experience; cultivate students who complete their academic and athletic goals in order to transfer to fouryear institutions; and serve as a source of pride for the college and community.” With the Fall 2020 semester being his first semester in the position, Bolton is in a unique situation compared to previous years: he has no “real” sports to work with just yet. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, college sports around the entire country PHOTO COURTESY OF REGGIE BOLTON have been shut down, with Bakersfield College named Reggie Bolton as many schools their Athletic Director on July 1. He has been canceling their with the school since 2007. seasons. Bolton has a plan, howevthe courses for stu- than ever. er, to keep Bakersfield dent-athletes, Bakers“I’ve been playing College’s athletes in field College’s Football football for 9 years and shape for when sports player Keenan Sulli- I can’t explain how do eventually make van said, “It’s a new much I miss being out their return. but welcome experi- on the field. It’s just a “Student-athletes are ence for me. What we feeling of love for the currently enrolled in do for class is meet on game and the love for Intercollegiate Sports Zoom and talk about your teammates too, Skills and Condition- workouts we can do who just become like ing courses for the se- independently and our brothers throughout mester. coaches’ kind of guide the course of the time We have a tentative us on a path to stay ac- you play with them,” plan to return to cam- tive and fit while not he said. pus on September 14 being together in perin small groups to be- son.” gin conditioning for the While Sullivan is welspring competition sea- coming to the idea of son,” Bolton said. these new courses, he When asked about misses the field more

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Renegade Events Campus Events Sept. 09: Panorama Creative Music Summit 2020 - Charlie Zanne Band, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at facebook.com/bakersfieldcollegejazz Sept. 16: Distinguished Speaker Louie Cruz Beltran, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Zoom and BCSGA Facebook Sept. 16: Distinguished Speaker Louie Cruz Beltran, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Zoom and BCSGA Facebook Sept. 18: CPR, AED & First Aid Certification Courses, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Levinson Hall Building Room 40. Sept. 21: Panorama Creative Music Summit 2020 - Bennie Maupin, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm on facebook.com/bakersfieldcollegejazz Sept. 30: Panorama Creative Music Summit 2020 - Gary Rink, from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on facebook.com/bakersfieldcollegejazz Oct. 05: Panorama Creative Music Summit 2020 - Dave Bazan, from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on facebook.com/bakersfieldcollegejazz Oct. 15: Panorama Creative Music Summit 2020 - Ronald Bazan, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm on facebook.com/bakersfieldcollegejazz Oct. 16: CPR, AED & First Aid Certification Courses, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Levinson Hall Building Room 40 Oct. 21: Panorama Creative Music Summit 2020 - The Appletons, from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on facebook.com/bakersfieldcollegejazz Oct. 28: Panorama Creative Music Summit 2020 - Mary Osborne at 100, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm on facebook.com/bakersfieldcollegejazz Nov. 04: Panorama Creative Music Summit 2020 - Heidi Trefethen, from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on facebook.com/bakersfieldcollegejazz Nov. 10: Distinguished Speaker David French 10AM, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Zoom and BCSGA Facebook Nov. 10: Distinguished Speaker David French 2PM, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm onZoom and BCSGA Facebook Nov. 18: Panorama Creative Music Summit 2020 - Scotty Barnhart, from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on facebook.com/bakersfieldcollegejazz Nov. 28: CPR, AED & First Aid Certification Courses, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Levinson Hall Building Room 40


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Crumbl worth the dough? By Sydney McClanahan Reporter Located on Stockdale Highway, Crumbl Cookies is the sweet new addition to Bakersfield. The chain cookie company made its mark in town earlier this month with its weekly rotating menu of cookies along with their Crumbl Cream ice cream selection. There are a handful of locations here in California, but my friend and I had never been and wanted to try it out. When you step inside, you’re immediately greeted by all of the staff and hit with the smell of fresh cookies. It was very crowded with a line out the door but rest assured standard COVID-19 guidelines were being followed. The selection consisted of six cookies; warm Biscoff, Reese’s peanut butter chip, lemon glaze, confetti cake, chilled sugar, and milk chocolate chip. We decided to skip the two classics, chilled sugar, and milk chocolate chip, and get the four specialties. Unfortunately, all the ice cream was out so we weren’t able to try any. You have the option of getting a single cookie for $4, a Crumbl box of four for $13, and a party box of a dozen for $33. They only have six cookies weekly, so it was disappointing to find out there was no half dozen box option, especially with how high the prices are. We only waited about five minutes for our cookies to come out. They were warm, looked amazing, and much bigger than the size of an average cookie. When we tried them, however, it was underwhelming. Though the cookies are a generous size, for my friend and I, it lacked in flavor for the price. It seemed as though you’re paying for the size of the

cookie rather than the actual quality. We both agreed the best flavor out of the four was Reese’s peanut butter chip. It was moist compared to the others and had a much better flavor, but still was not very mind-blowing to us. The lemon glaze as well as the warm Biscoff were both dry and a little tough to eat, but my least favorite was the confetti cake flavor. The frosting was very rich and too sweet for my liking. Overall, I prefer local places like Sweet Surrender or Smith bakery over Crumbl. I wouldn’t mind going back eventually to try the Crumbl cream and some new flavors to come, but with the size and price of the cookies, it will not be somewhere I visit frequently.

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The four specialty flavors from Crumbl: Warm Biscoff, Lemon Glaze, Reese’s Peanut Butter Chip and Confetti Cake.

Op-ed: Respect our essential workers By Amaya Lawton Reporter COVID-19 has affected many lives by creating financial and health burdens. Many businesses had to close temporarily to stop the spread of the virus, but many that stayed open were essential businesses. The employees that kept their jobs during the closures are now considered essential workers. Essential workers, according to the Congress website, were defined in 2013 as, “an employee that performs work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.” In 2020 an essential employee is being defined as someone who conducts services that are necessary to help the public’s needs, according to the NCSL website. When the pandemic occurred and the nation was sent into a lockdown phase in March 2020, the California Governor, Gavin Newsom, shut down businesses that were deemed nonessential. The stores that many saw remaining open were grocery stores and supermarkets that sold food as well as the wants of the public. These businesses saw an increase in sales and started to limit the number of people entering due to it being overcrowded and unsafe with COVID-19 still being high risk after a few months of the closures. The employees were deemed essential because of the services their store provided. Essential workers compared to the beginning of the pandemic and now are very different. In the beginning, it was health officials and grocery store clerks. The age ranges varied, and many risked their lives and their families by attending to the public’s needs and wants.

I work as a cashier at Walmart. I was classified as an essential worker and risked my life as well as my grandparents when attending work. Unlike health officials that received protection before entering the workplace, we did not. Walmart employees were not required to wear masks or gloves at the start of the pandemic. Protection shields were not implemented in the workplace as well. The only safety precaution we had were the disinfecting bottles that we could use after each transaction if we chose to. Today essential workers are the employees of the businesses that are still open depending on the restriction the country has implemented depending on the number of COVID-19 cases. However, are these employees still presented as essential? In my opinion no. I believe that the employees at clothing stores, restraints, and everyday leisure places are not as essential as grocery clerks or health officials. I do believe that they still risk their lives every day to help serve the wants of the public. Whether or not the business is essential, the employees still have to risk their safety as well as their families to continue to make an income. For an employee at Sephora, Laura states that it feels good to go back to work after being home for a long period. Laura feels that her work environment is safe and takes her health as well as their customers’ health very seriously. Sephora may not be an essential business, but in a time like this, these employees are emotional support for the public that have finally got to leave their homes knowing they will be safe with a mask.

Dating during COVID Dating By Thalia Pimentel Reporter We can all agree that dating is already difficult as it is. Whether it is us being very picky, stepping out of comfort zones, trust issues, you name it. Now imagine stepping into the dating scene in the middle of a global pandemic where you can’t leave your house without a mask, you must social distance 6 feet, and you can’t even see a movie or sit inside a restaurant. How the heck do I expect myself to approach someone when I can’t see their face and I have to stay 6 feet apart! Life is stressful okay and being ordered on a strict quarantine where we all have to stay at home with our thoughts and feelings is tense because we overthink our self-evaluation. Well, here is how social media has become our new wingman. Bumble, Tinder, Grindr, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter are all forms of social media and dating applications that have boomed in 2020. Why? Well, we are stressed, bored, and whether we like to admit it or not we’re lonely as well. Six months ago we were allowed to sit in a restaurant or bar and socialize, shoot our shot, get rejected, or left with 10 new digits on our phone. Now we have curbside pickup and we have to strictly stand on a sticker that screams 6 feet apart in all caps. As a woman myself, I don’t make the first move. Should I? Yeah, probably but I’ll admit I don’t like putting in the effort because I swear if I get rejected I’ll want to hide under a rock for two days. The most I will do is make eye contact and smile, but now they can only see half my face so what is there left to do, post a selfie and smile on the gram! Like I said earlier I don’t like making the first move, but that doesn’t mean I can’t throw the ball in your court. What I do is request a follow and like some pictures, sometimes I even throw some nice comments on your profile when they are appropriate. Messaging someone

Thalia Pimentel directly on social media or through your dating app is so difficult because you never want to say the wrong thing! Another struggle is the person on the other side of the screen can’t hear your tone, maybe they don’t even know you, and the last thing you want is to look like a weirdo. A good tip can be to complement their profile, or something cool they posted about what they are interested in. For example, their favorite music, food, and their hobbies. Asking questions is top tier too! Especially because you know asking questions can lead to a good conversation. Ask where they bought that t-shirt, that picture in front of a waterfall looks awesome, ask where they went and took it, and if they posted a good meal ask where they went and compliment how good it looks. People like to make things so complicated sometimes, all you have to do is be brave and take the first step. Social media and dating apps are so helpful, and not just because you can see someone’s face without a face mask, but because you get personal insight on a person’s hobbies, interests, and personality. Most people would prefer to approach someone in person or be approached by someone physically one on one, but we simply can’t! Be yourself, be brave, and don’t forget to have fun!

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