Men’s soccer falls to UC Irvine 3-0. Page 6
Whitaker shines in Daniel’s new movie, ‘The Butler’
Vol. 39, No. 2
Oct. 2, 2013
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The anticipated film, Lee Daniel’s “The Butler,” follows a young man’s journey from a cotton picker in the 1930s to a respectable butler at the White House. The audience has an opportunity to witness his struggles to keep his life and family structured at a time when the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Beginning in the 1930s and ending in the early 2000s, the film centers on different historical events and the eight presidents the butler served. While the timeline is sometimes difficult to follow, subtitles and costume changes help depict the time period in which the action occurs. Forest Whitaker excels in his role as leading man, Cecil Gaines. We first see him as a valet in a luxurious hotel where he implements everything he’s learned about tending to whites; he’s careful not to show his presence in the room while he serves, avoiding eye contact and not letting his feelings show. When asked a question, he answers diplomatically and makes sure to use a wide vocabulary, so that he doesn’t scare the white people. We can appreciate Whitaker’s portrayal of Gaines as a family man. His wife Gloria (Oprah Winfrey) and his family were extremely happy when he got the job at the White House. Gloria, however, grew envious of all the time he spent away [See BUTLER, Page 4]
Kern County Fair spotlights local animal exhibitors
Elyse Rivas/The Runner The Kern Count Fair, lasting from Sept. 18 to Sept. 29, provided a number of attractions, including carnival rides, animal showings and animal races.
By Jacquie Russo Staff Writer
For many people, the Kern County Fair means food, rides and fun. For agriculture students, the fair means many long and crazy days. That was certainly the case for 18-year-old Rae Brown and her family. Life at the fair can be so timeconsuming and chaotic that the Brown family decided to bring their trailer to the fair instead of
driving home and back multiple times each day. A Bakersfield College freshman, Brown raised a steer this year, the fifth animal she has shown in the past five years. In addition to three steer, she has shown two goats. She has won first place in the California Junior Livestock Association’s English Steer Division twice. Brown’s favorite part of raising an animal is the “overall experience itself; showing it, getting that hands-on activity
that you’re not going to get doing anything else,” she said. Brown also said there are “moments in time when we (agriculture students) are at barn duty, where we stay at the barn all day. That gets really boring. Then on show days it’s super hectic.” For two weeks, those showing their animals have to get used to drastically changing environments and it’s almost necessary to have a trailer on the fairgrounds. For Rae’s sister,
DeNaé Brown, a CSUB senior theater and English major, a trailer at the fair is a luxury. DeNaé said having a trailer there “was nice because you felt a lot less rushed, you could take your time and walk around … and then we could always go back to our trailer and sit and have a soda that we brought ourselves, that we did not have to pay four bucks for … and sit in the air conditioning.”
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CSUB’s new dorms are expected to be completed by January 2015. They are expected to house 500 students initially and 1,500 by full completion.
CSUB’s food producers should provide options for vegan students. OPINION
Drake’s new CD lives up to the hype. ENTERTAINMENT
California State University, Bakersfield’s College Assistance Migrant Program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Migrant Education as one of the 10 highest performing programs during the 20112012 school year. This marks the third in CAMP’s 13-year history in which the program has received such recognition. Of the 80 students admitted into CAMP in 2011, 99 percent completed their first academic year of college, while 98 percent of those students continued their studies in college, whether at CSUB or another university. Both accomplishments exceeded the program’s target of 86 percent in both categories. Since receiving a federal grant in 2000, CAMP has worked with migrant-identified students in completing their first year of college. In order to qualify for CAMP, students must meet a range of requirements, including having a parent that has worked as a seasonal farmworker for 75 days or more and receiving a certificate of eligibility from a local Regional Migrant Education Office. However, despite the program’s successes, CAMP still faces a possible discontinuation. Dr. Maria Escobedo, CAMP’s program director at CSUB, suggested that, because CAMP is in the final year of its $425,000 federal grant and that the program competes with others nationwide, the program [See CAMP, Page 5]
Campus construction continues as planned By Bailey Torres Staff Writer
What about vegans?
Animal shelter finds new home. Page 5
[See FAIR, Page 4]
The construction is obvious in every corner of campus this fall. Contractors are working on a new art building in the northwest part of campus behind the Doré Theatre, new dormitories are being built in the northeast near the soccer fields, and there is new construction in the southwest corner near Camino Media. In his September update, CSUB President Horace Mitchell said the 15,000-square-foot art building is in progress, and a hotel and a conference center are planned for the southwest corner of campus. Though Mitchell’s update said they are still reviewing firm qualifications for the hotel and conference center, early parts of the construction are under way. According to the article, “CSUB breaks ground on new student housing complex,” on the CSUB Public Affairs website, the groundbreaking for the new dorms was held in May 2013. When this first phase of construction is complete, the dormi-
Pumpkin and spice
Seasonal treats return to Starbucks. ENTERTAINMENT
tories will house 500 students. But at the project’s completion, the dorms are expected to house 1,500 students. Patrick Jacobs, head of facilities at CSUB, said that the first 500-bed phase of the dorms “will be ready for occupancy January 2015.” According to Eloise Dalpe, a senior marketing and communications major, the addition of new dormitories is a “necessary” improvement. She added that she is “excited about the new dorms.” Dalpe said the current dorms are “very packed,” and there is no “privacy or storage.” The current dorms house 350 students, and the school continues to grow at a rapid pace with 1,400 new freshman students this quarter. According to the CSUB Public Affairs website, the new dorms will “promote energy conservation and sustainable building practices.” Jacobs, head of facilities at CSUB, confirmed that there have been no set backs, and the project is moving forward smoothly. He said, “Everything is on schedule for completion.” [See CONSTRUCTION, Page 5]
Season in review
Women’s volleyball splits games in different tournaments. SPORTS
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“I think so, now we are hearing people shoot people with no probable cause.”
“I’m on the fence.”
Drop the stigma against mental illness By Alex Ripepi Senior Staff Writer
Washington D.C. experienced a tragedy when a shooter now identified as Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist and current contractor, opened fire on the Washington Navy Yard. Sadly, the possibility exists that the entire scenario could have been avoided. After the news reports trying to get proper information out to the public had calmed, multiple investigations into the shooter’s background discovered that Alexis had experienced a history of mental problems in the past. According to an article by National Public Radio, the Navy had been warned previously that Alexis was “hearing voices” and feared that “some sort of microwave machine” was being used to track him and keep him from sleeping. Alexis’ clearance to enter the naval base was a standard one. Labeled a “secret” clearance (markedly differing from a “top secret” clearance in that secret clearances are much more common) it involves a
rudimentary background check. The subcontractor that conducted the checks reported that nothing was found aside from a small traffic violation. More than one post investigation however, found multiple arrests since 2004, one of which included Alexis’ admittance to hearing voices. While the apparent incomplete nature of the background checks is one problem on its own, the at least partial dismissal of the warning given by Rhode Island police is unacceptable. Psychological trauma is something that needs to be addressed in order to make progress. “People don’t take it seriously enough,” said psychology major Hayley Roach on the subject. “If someone is that obviously in mental distress, they need to see a mental health professional. Ignoring obvious signs like his leads to tragedies like this one.” Whether the psychological issue is minimal or extremely grave, a lack of proper treatment, or lack of admittance that there even is a problem can push a person over the
line. Junior pre-med student Archna Patel is slightly more hopeful though. “As far as our ‘current social view,’ I think we’re getting better. But for certain high risk areas with high risk people like this man in the Navy, we need to be more cautious because this is a disease that can’t be seen, but can be very dangerous for everyone around the affected person.” The point that psychological illness is less visible than oth-
ers holds especially true after this tragedy. Only in extremely dire cases are the individual’s problems telegraphed through actions, and by that point, they are most likely past the point of social acceptance. The common practice when somebody sees another person showing symptoms of a psychological disorder is to completely ignore that person, sometimes to the point of acting as though they don’t exist. This promotes not taking psychological issues seriously. If
question I didn’t think to ask about was, “Are there any vegetarian lunch options available?” I’m a vegan, so my food ethic (read as “Is it grown locally?” and “Did it suffer for me to eat it?”) is a lot different than many of the students on campus. However, I had expected some kind of vegetarian or vegan option for lunch. But there was no food available for me. Instead, all I got was a pickle. There were white bread hot dog buns available as well, so I thought I might try to make a chili dog. The only problem was that when I asked the catering chef if there was any meat in the beans, she said yes. This left me with nothing
to eat but a pickle and a plain bun with a side of lemonade. I wasn’t biting. Needless to say, I was not happy about this. Donna Noce, a biology graduate student on campus, says that if she had been at this orientation she would have felt left out, frustrated and hungry. “It’s unfortunate that meat is viewed as such a staple part of the human diet that people who choose not to eat it are not even considered at events like that.” Therese Elmore, the Orientation Program Coordinator, apologized for the oversight in the menu. She said that Aramark, the catering company for the lunch, had forgot-
ten to provide that option at this event. Savannah Andrews, who was working for University Outreach Services, said that Aramark would provide vegetarian options at all other orientations this summer. Elmore has also said that CSUB was charged based on the amount of people that were estimated to attend, and there was no consideration for their negligence to bring a vegetarian option to orientation. This is not fair to any of the students on this campus,
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Alexis killed 13 in the Navy yard shooting on Mon., Sept. 16.
we hope to have any positive effect on the state of psychological illness in our country though, stigmas about these public health issues need to stop, or at the very bare minimum, become less severe. If somebody says they’re having violent thoughts, the first course of action should not be to end the conversation and ignore them entirely. Encouraging them to get professional help, or at least talk about it with another person should be the utmost priority. Only then can we prevent further tragedies like this shooting from happening again. We live in a world where everyone is constantly under stress, and as college students, sometimes those pressures do take their toll psychologically, do not hesitate to talk to somebody if you just feel “off” or if you feel you have a serious problem, seek help. Our campus does have counselors and a student health center where any of your problems can be addressed with the help of a professional.
CSUB lacks vegan options at orientation By Josh Lofy Staff Writer
Orientation is a busy day for many incoming freshmen and transfer students. People get lost trying to find out where their ID pictures are supposed to be taken, trouble finding parking in the overcrowded lots, don’t know what their major is and a whole slew of other small but day-ruining problems. However, there are some accommodations, like lunch, that should come from simply showing up. I like to take my time to find a parking spot, find out where to go, and mingle with those who are hosting the event. One
or to those who were not able to eat a lunch on July 30th. With more student involvement in our food options, we would have an honest and equal representation of our student’s diets. Students for Sustainability, the primary vegetarian interest group on campus, have not yet renewed its charter for the year. It’s effects showed while I starved because of this corporate negligence. It is well past time for this to change.
“Itʼs unfortunate that meat is viewed as such a staple part of the human diet...”
The season of pumpkin spice is upon us Oct. 2, 2013
By Shelby Parker Staff Writer
Mocha and Peppermint White Mocha to their drinks around this time of year. Fall is officially here, which “The store is busier during the means the leaves are changing holidays. Everyone is happy and colors, cooler weather is comStarbucks is also the perfect ing, and for a lot of college stuplace to spend time with their dents, it means that magical loved ones. Starbucks invest a time of year when all the festive lot in the atmosphere of the coffee drinks are back at place,” Medina says. The franStarbucks. chise does a great job of capturDesirae Cathirell, a freshman ing the essence of fall and all of on campus, says she likes the the most important elements, Pumpkin Spice Latte and also which explains why it’s busiest enjoys the cake pops. Cathirell during the colder months. added that what she loves about Rene Chow, a junior in the Starbucks is you can taste the communications department, espresso in their drinks, which says that though she doesn’t is something you don’t always spend very much time in the get at other coffee stores. store, she does pick up a drink A barista at Starbucks for eight “a lot more” during those years, Febe Medina says that months, usually before class or during these months the most whenever one happens to sound popular drinks are the Pumpkin good. She said her favorite seaSpice Latte and Caramel sonal drink is the Salted Brulee. In addition to fall Caramel. favorites this year, the famous Also, back on the fall menu, coffeehouse has come out with according to the Starbucks webnew drinks and treats. site, is the famous pumpkin The Pumpkin Spice Latte is an bread, along with the pumpkin espresso drink with the popular scone, pumpkin cream cCheese spices of fall, including cinnamuffin, which are all made with mon, nutmeg and clove. It's real pumpkin. Starbucks has Juana Martinez/The Runner topped with whipped cream and even partnered with the San Starbucks offers a wide variety of pumpkin flavored drinks and treats to satisfy autumn taste buds. pumpkin spices for decoration. Francisco bakery, La Boulange, The Salted Caramel Mocha is which will now be providing the perfect combination of sweet and salty. It is tea, creamy mocha, steamed milk and the famous popular drinks, are high quality ingredients,” and another variety of pastries and treats, like scones, drizzled with buttery caramel, whipped cream, spices. Just like any other Starbucks drink, it’s they try not to use artificial flavoring in any of the muffins, Danishes and, more appropriate for the topped with whipped cream. drinks they make. and a sprinkle of premium sea salt and sugar. season, Pumpkin sugar cookies. Medina also adds, “our syrups, especially in our She also says that people like to add White The Chocolate Chai Tea Latte is a blend of black
Drake releases his album ʻNothing Was The Sameʼ
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Drakeʼs “Nothing Was The Same” album cover depicts him as a child gazing at his adult self.
By Ryan Barrera Staff Writer
Canadian-born rapper Drake released his third studio album on Sept. 24 titled “Nothing Was the Same” by OVO Sound, Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. It sold more then 700,000 copies on opening day, according to Hits Daily Double. Drake’s new album joins other rapping heavy weights, such as Kanye West with his album “Yeezus” and Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” “I’ve never been part of a year when so many legends are dropping projects,” said Drake in a Time magazine interview. Whether “Nothing Was the Same” does better than both “Yeezus” and “Magna Carta Holy Grail” has yet to be seen. It is, however, better than his first two studio albums. “Nothing Was the Same” continues on with the emotional trailblazing that has been portrayed in his previous albums. Though his sound doesn’t conform to the “always masculine all the time,” rapping that the rappers before him portray, Drakes lyrics resonate with most of his listeners because they’re about love, or an ode to a past relationship. The album opens with “Tuscan Leather,” with Drake proclaiming how he is “on a mission trying to shift the culture.” With this song he’s practically lamenting himself as the top dog in the industry, with a catchy beat and rap lyrics that remind us all why Drake and “Nothing Was the Same” is in a class of its own. “Nothing Was the Same bristles with epiphanies, absurdities, and plenty of bluster,” said Entertainment Weekly.
This album is a definite change of pace for the genre because of Drake’s lyrical content. His lyrics are different from his competition only because Drake is willing to take his songs to a more emotional level. It’s because of this that makes his third studio album truly more confusing. In one song, “Started from the Bottom,” he proclaims he started from the “bottom” when in reality he grew up in the suburbs of Canada and went on to play a paraplegic in the Teen Nick show “Degrassi.” It’s certainly not the bottom according to most rappers in the same industry whose past include selling or doing drugs, and being in gangs. Drake obviously can’t rap about gang life, but he can rap. That’s why his new album is so confusing. Drake is well aware of this and addresses it in the song “Wu-Tang Forever.” In the song Drake says, “I find peace knowing that it’s harder in the streets, I know. Luckily I didn’t have to grow there.” Drake’s past doesn’t make his raps any less valid, cause if they did he wouldn’t be on his third album. All 15 songs have the lyrical content that Drake can dish out and also a beat that forces the audience to sit and listen. The bottom line is, with the confusing lyrics aside, “Nothing Was the Same” cements Drake as the top dog in the Hip-Hop industry with his willingness to show emotion and dish out radio-ready hits. “At his rawest, which is to say his best, Drake cuts close to the bone. His songs are in your face, meant to get under your skin by expressing exactly what he’s feeling,” wrote James Reed of the The Boston Globe.
Eureka! Burgers galore and so much more By Jessica Martinez Staff Writer
When I first visited Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer about a year ago, my experience was disappointing, so I was very excited, though a little hesitant, to go back to try it again. My parents, boyfriend and I went on a Wednesday night. The restaurant was almost full, but there was no wait for our table. The restaurant had a cool, fun vibe, and was filled with people of all different ages. The staff wore T-shirts with funny sayings on them, such as “Respect Beer.” The music played was catchy and loud enough to sing along to, but the conversations were even louder. Although Eureka! is known for the burgers, they offer a variety of dishes. Our server was extremely patient and gave us ample time to thoroughly look over the menu. We settled on the truffle fries as an appetizer. These were my least favorite part of the meal. While they were topped with truffle oil, cheese and green onions, the fries themselves were bland. We all took turns passing around the salt and pepper shakers, which made a significant difference in the flavor. Although there were many dishes on the menu that we wanted to try, we all decided to sample the burgers. Of the 11 burgers on the menu, we ordered four: The Original Eureka! Burger, the cowboy burger, the Catalina bison burger and the vodka burger. We chose original fries, onion rings and sweet potato fries as our sides to try them all. I had the Cowboy Burger paired with onion rings, and was pleasantly surprised by how good the burger was. I ordered this burger on my first visit to Eureka! and was not impressed by it. The buns had been soaked in oil, the patty was bland and overcooked, and the onion rings also dripped in oil. I could practically feel my arteries clog up
after just a few bites. This time, the buns were fluffy, lightly toasted and smothered in a sweet, smoky barbecue sauce. While the beef patty was very juicy, cooked perfectly and generously topped with cheese, bacon, and shoestring onion rings, I was disappointed by my side of panko crusted onion rings; the crust was crispy and well-seasoned, but the onions weren’t fully cooked through. The sweet potato fries were a delightful treat: they were glazed with cinnamon and honey. We all enjoyed our meals, as was indicated by the four clean plates we left in front of us. My dad said, “I really liked the uniqueness of their ingredients. It makes it different from all the places I know in Bakersfield.” Next time, we’ll have to save room to sample the desserts. What impressed me the most about Eureka! was the service. On my first visit to Eureka!, the service was slow and neglectful. This time, our server was extremely patient, knowledgeable and genuinely kind. Our drinks never reached the halfway mark, as they were constantly refilled, and all of the food was brought out in a timely manner. My mom said, “The coffee and food were good, but the service was great. I would definitely recommend it to my friends.” My boyfriend, who works in the restaurant industry, said that the service “made sure our time there was definitely not our last.” The entire staff worked well with one another to help meet the needs of each table. Overall, Eureka! is a great addition to the Bakersfield restaurant scene. It’s a place where people of all ages can hang out and enjoy terrific food and resonant music with great company. I look forward to visiting again soon to try out more exciting dishes.
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Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer offers Bakersfield new twists on the usual burger.
A change of weather means itʼs time for leather Oct. 2, 2013
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CSUB students gather near the Business Development Center to show off their fashionable autumn-inspired ensembles, complete with infinity scarves and dark-washed skinny jeans.
By Selene Sorto Staff Writer
We’re officially into the fall season, which can mean only one thing: it’s time to add some new fashion pieces to your wardrobe. If you’ve been around campus, then I’m sure you’ve spotted some fall trends already, but even so, picking out a few essentials for your wardrobe can be difficult. With so many new fashion trends, many girls often have a favorite. Jennifer Muñoz, a 20-year-old Bakersfield resident, said, “I love knee-high boots and infinity scarves.” If we go back to February, when the fall preview Fashion Week took place, tall boots were extremely popular on the runway, especially over-the-knee boots. They can add a certain sex appeal to any outfit while still being flattering and fashion forward. Pair them off with thigh high socks and/or solid tights under a skater skirt, along with a cute bowler hat for an unforgettable look. As for the infinity scarves, they can be great for layering or adding a little flare to a simple outfit. When purchasing a scarf, although solids can be used variously, I’d say it’s best
Lee Danielʼs ʻThe Butlerʼ touches on life struggles
[BUTLER, Page 1] from the house and found refuge in drinking. In addition to his marital problems, Cecil is anxious about their oldest son, Louis (David Oyelowo), leaving to college in the South, where he knows racism still occurs. “The Butler” is a great film, which should not be missed. It reminds the audience about the challenges blacks faced only a few decades ago through the eyes of a handful of people witnessing drastic life changing events.
“I love knee-high boots and infinity scarves.”
to stick to a classic print. Classic prints like hound’s-tooth, leopard and plaids were popular on the runway. These prints can add a little fun to an otherwise plain outfit, while remaining variable. A perfect example would be adding a leopard print scarf to a black long sleeve sweater and black skinny jeans. Although great with black, you can easily use it with colors like deep blues or reds.
Other girls, such as 16-year-old Andrea Cabello and Natalie Barrientos, are looking forward to trends such as beanies, leather jackets and oversized sweaters. I have to say, I’m a fan of beanies. They’ve been around, but even so, in the fall Fashion Week, beanies were seen on many different designers’ runways. Jewel tones were also big popular, so a garnet, emerald or sapphire beanie can work perfect with many outfits. Leather jackets have also been around for some time, but they’re definitely still big in the fashion scene. As great as they are, it would also be a good idea to try different types of leather pieces. Instead of a jacket, you can do a vest. You can easily wear this with a flared skirt, adding a little edge to an otherwise girly outfit. Other pieces that are also popular right now are slouchy pants (narrower towards the bottom), statement outerwear (from anoraks to parkas), portfolio clutches and shooties (booties with cutouts). Folk inspired prints, animal prints and animal graphics were seen often too. This fashion season is sure to be a playful one.
The Kern County Fair is a fun time for kids and their animals
[FAIR, page 1] Many people love the fair and the excitement that surrounds the whole event. Rae finds that in the end that she too looks forward to the fair, as a year’s worth of work comes to a close. “Show days are really hectic and really long and stressful but in the end it’s worth it,” she said. Even with all the work it takes, some students start at a young age. For example, 12-year-old Hannah Garcia participated in her second
fair. Hannah is showing a pig at the fair and she said she likes “hanging with the animal.” Garcia also won an Independent Swine Showmanship award this year. The work is very time consuming and even though she is not able to spend all her time on the rides like most kids her age, she said she is glad she does it and looks forward to raising another pig next year.
Oct. 2, 2013
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A dog waiting for adoption paws at its cage at the Kern County Animal Serviceʼs former location.
Animal shelter makes a move Elizabeth Cortez Staff Writer
Kern County Animal Services Department, formerly Kern County Animal has moved. Control, According to Maggie Kalar, marketing and promotions and public information officer, “We (KCASD) are preparing to move 350 to 400 animals on Sunday with our staff and volunteers. Any animals that don’t get adopted or rescued out Sept. 27 which is our last day of open business to the public, will
be transported and relocated to our new facility at 3951 Fruitvale Avenue on Sunday, and we’ll be open [Oct. 1st] for normal operations.” “One of the reasons that we see so many animals coming into the shelter everyday every day, and sometimes we can see as many as 50 to a hundred animals coming to the shelter every day is because we don’t have people spaying and neutering their pets,” Kalar added “If people want to spay and neuter their pets we have
some resources available that they can log onto our website and find.” With the separation of the county and city shelters, the animals were moved on September the 27th. In response to the change, volunteer Jacqueline Cameron felt mixed emotions. “I feel like it’s a two sided story,” said Cameron. “I feel like in one way it’s going to eliminate of having both shelters connected, and a city and county overflow here. It’ll split it up to where the county has more space for their dogs, and the city does as well; but, I feel like they went about this the wrong way, and that is putting a lot of pressure on the community to pull the dogs faster.” As the last day of the facility being open, it was packed with people. On the way out, Steven Grins brought over a stray dog. Grins said, “Amanda (Steven’s girlfriend) and I found the dog. I was getting my car fixed on 19th and Baker. I found him on the side of the street and Amanda has a really big heart for dogs so I just pulled over and he came right back to us.” Grins added, “He was really well behaved, and we took him back to our house, so we could find him a home.” The overwhelming advice of KCASD was to spay and neuter the animals in an effort to stop putting them to sleep. In an effort to help the animals, Kalar and Cameron encouraged the public to foster animals because they are either too young, ill, or injured. For more information, the public can call (661) 321-3000.
CSUB program prepares children of migrant workers for college
[from CAMP, Page 1] the program could be denied a renewal of its funding. “It would be a great loss for CSUB if they lost the CAMP program,” said Melissa Larios, a sophomore theater and psychology major. “This program is essential for first-time students. CAMP is not only a place where a student can learn how to adjust to a whole new form of education, but it is also a place where the student can feel at home. The advisors make you their priority and help you through the transition step by step.”
cess lies in the academic support and services provided for its students, according to the program’s director. “We start out with an early intervention with the summer program, hitting remediation needs in the subjects of math and English,” Escobedo said. “Our 80 students are enrolled in a course in the fall which is taught by us, so there’s a lot of one-onone. Each quarter, we also have the academic progress report, which we use to track our students, how they’re doing, and that gives us the idea ‘Hey,
Nanse Mendoza, a CSUB alumna and former CAMP student, agreed, adding, “Without CAMP, I fear that many students might not have a vital support system that is needed as first-generation college students. Part of the program’s suc-
you should be going to tutoring.’” CAMP also provides students with job preparation. “In the winter, we have a required course, the career course,” development Escobedo added. “We prepare students for job interviews. We take them any-
“It would be a great loss for CSUB if they lost the CAMP program,” said Melissa Larios. “This program is essential for first-time students.”
where from résumés to email etiquette and cover letters to the culminating project – the actual interview with community members.” For some students, however, CAMP’s services extend beyond the preparations for class and exams. Since a majority of CAMP’s students come from similar backgrounds and have similar stories, the students can build camaraderie with similar people. “Living with the 20092010 CAMP cohort for one month, I was able to develop a strong camaraderie with this group of people,” said Mendoza. “I made life-long friendships that I truly value and I definitely became more comfortable with the idea of starting college knowing that I would recognize some friendly faces amidst the sea of students.” “This whole experience was amazing and I hope more students are fortunate enough to be in the CAMP program,” Larios said.
ʼRunners struggle on offense, fall at home Sports
By Josh Bennett Staff Writer
The ’Runner men’s soccer team had plenty of opportunities to get on the board against UC Irvine, but eventually was outmastered by a score of 3-0. Despite outshooting the Anteaters 12-10, CSUB was unable to score with any of their possessions, and was unable to play the kind of soccer they wanted to play, due to Irvine controlling the ball for most of the game, which led to three goals. Late in the first half, UC Irvine regained possession from the Runners, forcing them to abandon the game plan and play defensively. This took away a large chunk of valuable time from the Runners, and eventually led to the first UC Irvine goal of the night at 32 minutes into the game. “It was hard because they worked us for that time instead of us controlling the game” said sophomore midfielder Dante Niño. “We’re not a good defensive team. Irvine was dominant. Even though we are a young team, Irvine should have been worked harder,” said Head Coach Simon Tobin. Entering the second half, Irvine maintained control of the game and scored another goal at 51 minutes and 16 seconds in the game to increase their lead by two.
Oct. 2, 2013
Menʼs basketball team talks new conference at first practice By Nate Sanchez Sports Editor
The Icardo Center rang with the wellloved squeak of sneakers on the court on Friday, September 27 as the ’Runners came together for their first official practice as members of the Western Athletic Conference. “I’m really pleased with the guys we have on the roster,” Head Coach Rod Barnes told the media. “In the end, I think we’ve got a chance to make the NCAA Tournament.” The concept of going to the prestigious NCAA Tournament isn’t out of reach for the ’Runners, who are now members of the WAC, a conference with an automatic qualification into the tournament. The team that wins the conference tourCSUB nament after the regular season will advance onto the Big Dance. “It’s one of the reasons you play division I basketball,” said junior guard Brandon Barnes.”You come to make it to the NCAA Tournament.” “It’s gonna come down to one weekend where if we play well, we’re going to the Big Dance,” Coach Barnes said. The ’Runners look to improve on last year’s 14-16 record. Now boasting improved size and depth, the ’Runners are also welcoming back players such as Zach Lamb and Issiah Grayson, both of whom are poised to return from knee injuries that sidelined them for most or all of last season. “I’m no good if I’m not at 100 percent,” Grayson, the senior guard said. Grayson made the decision to sit out last season with a knee injury. “I’ve been waiting out a year. It was tough
for me to sit and watch my team lose in battle and I couldn’t help them.” Last season, the ’Runners’ offensive identity was heavily reliant upon the performance of their all-time scoring leader, Stephon Carter. This year, the team boasts added depth in the backcourt and a revamped offense more evenly distributed among the players. “We don’t have just one guy that they can shut down, we have five guys that we can go to on any given night,” said Barnes. “We have a solid team where any guy can go for 20 points on any given night. We have bigs, we have guards and we have point guards. Everyone can play their role.” CSUB Athletic Director Jeff Konya was also at practice to his express enthusiasm about this year’s squad. Jeff Konya “We won’t rest we’ve Athletic Director until brought an N C A A Championship to Bakersfield,” Konya said. “I’d like to see this team cutting down the nets at the Final Four. Our goal is to be the only sports property in Bakersfield that attracts national attention.” Konya likens this ’Runner team to schools like Butler and Gonzaga, lesser known teams whose incredible success has taken them from unknowns to perennial contenders. “Smaller schools who’ve gained success don’t fly under the radar anymore,” Konya said. “Their formula is out there.” The ’Runners play their first exhibition game against Occidental College on Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Icardo Center. The regular season starts in Washington as the ’Runners face Washington State on November 8.
“We wonʼt rest until weʼve brought an NCAA Championship to Bakersfield,”
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Senior defender Scott Luedtke marks an Irvine player during the ʼRunnersʼ 3-0 loss on Friday, September 27.
Following a yellow card on junior midfielder Lucas Dall’Orso, Irvine scored for a third time, sealing the victory for the Anteaters. “Irvine was the better team. They were in control. We have six or seven guys playing their first season of collegiate ball, so Irvine was more experienced than us and deserved to win. This is a learning year for us,” added Tobin. “We need to learn from our mistakes,” added Niño. “If we don’t work hard enough, it will be like this every game.” To add to the loss, senior
defender Scott Luedtke was removed with a hamstring injury 15 minutes into the match and never returned. Sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Perez also went down with an apparent right shoulder injury, but recovered and stayed in the game. “It hurts to lose the senior leadership Scott has for this young team,” said Tobin. The Runners fall to 2-4-1 on the year, and fall to 0-11 on their home field. The all-time series with UC Irvine is now 6-1 in
favor of the Anteaters. CSUB will then begin conference play when they travel to Las Vegas to face UNLV on the sixth. They will also face Seattle University on the 13th before finally returning home to face San Jose State again on the 18th. Tobin also added that he purposely gave the team a tough non-conference schedule, not only to help his young team quickly gain experience, but to help prepare the team for the conference play in hopes of advancing to the postseason.
Roadtrip recap: Womenʼs volleyball splits games
With the 2013-2014 season already underway, and the ’Runners are looking to make a name for themselves within the Western Athletic Conference. “With everyone contributing in our well distributed offense, we are a hard team to defend,” said head coach Jolene Shepardson.
By David Aliaga Staff Writer
The team opened up the season with two straight wins against Charlotte and Charleston Southern in the Davidson Wildcat Classic. Following the Davidson tournament, the ’Runners traveled to Harrisonburg, VA where they took on Presbyterian College, James Madison, and Wyoming. The team won all three of their matches. The ’Runners then traveled to Fresno where they faced their toughest opponent, Oregon, in the Fresno State Classic. CSUB began the tournament with two straight losses to Oregon and their longtime rival, Fresno. Following the loss to Fresno, the ’Runners ended the tournament on a positive note by beating Belmont. Following the Belmont win, the ’Runners headed to the final tournament before the regular season, the Long Beach State Baiden Classic. CSUB suffered their first loss of the tournament to Long Beach State, but bounced back by beating Prairie View A&M. CSUB faced UC Davis on Sept. 22 when the ’Runners lost before heading into WAC play. After the loss, the team recorded a win against Seattle on September 26. As the ’Runners moved forward with WAC play, they failed to keep consistency by losing to Idaho on Saturday, September 28th. With an 8-7 overall record and a 1-1 WAC record, the ’Runners have more to prove than a winning record this season. As new members of the WAC, they look to prove that they are worthy of elite competition.