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The Renegade Rip Bakersfield College

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Vol. 84 ∙ No. 1

Wednesday Februar y 1, 2012

Smoking takes center stage

Issues of the past

By Zak S. Cowan Editor in Chief

A poll to help decide the fate of on-campus smoking will be taking place in the coming weeks, and the Student Government Association is working to get the word out to achieve maximum participation. The polling, which will include students, faculty and administrators, was planned for the first week of school, but Derrick Kenner because of contractual issues between SGA and their online voting host, Votenet, the poll will happen at a later, unknown date. “We’re in the process of renewing the contract, and once that contract is renewed then we’ll be able to move forward with the vote,” said Derrick Kenner, SGA’s general counsel, who has been at the forefront of their smoking agenda while working with BCOUGH, an ad hoc committee created by California Youth Advocacy Network. “The goal for BCOUGH is to provide advocacy for students, administrators, staff and faculty, as well as the development [of] a policy that suites the campus as far as tobacco use is concerned,” Kenner said. The poll, according to Kenner, will provide accurate information about what the complete body of Bakersfield College wants for a policy regarding on-campus to-

bacco use. Students will choose from three different policies: a 100 percent tobacco free campus, designated smoking areas or leaving the policy as it stands now which allows tobacco use as long as it is 20 feet away from building entrances. The three policies were chosen from an original survey conducted during the fall that included seven total policies. This won’t be the first time BC students have been surveyed on the issue of on-campus tobacco use; it’s happened four times, in fact, between 2004-09, the latter of which led to a designated-area policy. After the polling is finished, SGA will look to president Greg Chamberlain to put the policy in place. Chamberlain said that the SGA and the participants of the poll will be able to count on him to enact whatever policy gets the most support. “I will support the wishes of the students,” Chamberlain said. “I, personally, am in support of limiting smoking, because second-hand smoking is a real issue. A lot of people are walking around campus smoking and it can be very uncomfortable for people, especially for those with allergies.” Enforcement of a policy has been a concern ever since tobacco use became an issue back Please see SMOKING, Page 4

The Rip conducted a poll of 250 participants on campus, 242 of which are current Bakersfield College students. The poll participants chose between three different policies directly from the poll that SGA will conduct in the coming weeks, which are: Policy A: 100 percent smokefree campus.

Policy B: Keeping with the state law.

Policy C: Designatedsmoking areas.

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Policy A (26.8 %)

Policy B (20.8 %)

Policy C (52.4 %)

By Zak S. Cowan Editor in Chief On-campus smoking is one of the most talked about issues at Bakersfield College, and has been for some time now, for probably longer than most students realize. The Student Government Association’s current smoking agenda, which will eventually lead to a poll deciding the ultimate policy, has been going on since the spring semester of 2004. But back in 1988, INSIDE there was a similar, SGA’s plans for the but fairly different semester and beyond. battle going on at BC regarding tobacco use. Page: 5 Until Jan. 1, 1988, smoking was allowed inside buildings on the BC campus, until SGA helped enact a new policy effectively ending indoor smoking. And so started the conflict. The only building on campus that allowed smoking was the teachers’ lounge, and student smokers used it to their advantage, but this led to a confrontation with the teachers that used the lounge, and the students going there to smoke. Lisa Martinez, who was the self-proclaimed leader of the “crusade to establish an indoor smoking area,” was at the forefront in many of the issues, including the September 1988 clash over the teachers’ lounge. “This is the teachers’ lounge, and they want their place just like anyone else,” Martinez said in a Sept. 12, 1988 issue of the Renegade Rip. “All we’re asking for is a little place to eat and smoke our cigarettes. We don’t want to cause trouble or infringe on the teachers.” Please see 1988, Page 4

Bus stop timetable pushed back By Keith Kaczmarek Reporter The GET bus stop construction on Panorama was not completed over the winter break as planned, and students and faculty are now wondering why the construction seems to never end. Scheduled to be finished last November by the GET construction crews, the project has run into a number of construction delays, and is tentatively expected to be completed sometime this spring semester, but no firm date has been set. Several issues were involved in getting

the new bus stop, such was the college needing to negotiate the terms of an easement, the strip of college land the city is allowed to use for the bus stop. Also, there was a need the preserve the trees on campus. “We do our best to protect the trees during any construction project. As we knew the trees were in the area where the GET bus stop would be, part of our agreement with GET was that they would not damage any of our trees during the construction process,” said Paula Bray, manager in Maintenance and Operations. The new bus stop is more conveniently Please see BUS STOP, Page 4


Over the winter break, Maintenance and Operations oversaw a number of construction projects across the campus. They are: % In response to a number of air quality complaints in the Admissions and Records building, an industrial hygienist was called in to perform air and sample testing and a high level of particulates was found. To correct this issue, all of the ductwork in the building was cleaned and the carpet and vinyl was replaced. % In FACE room 13, the home of Disabled Student Programs and Services, there was a carpet that pulled up from the floor and became a tripping hazard. It was replaced, and the asbestos under it was removed. The asbestos was non-friable. % In the Auto Technology Upper Lab it was discovered that a water leak ruining the floor tiles was coming from a drain that was plugged during the renovation. The drain was fixed and the flooring

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replaced. % After an annual required inspection by the government, several fire alarms strobes and horns were found to be not functioning. They were replaced. % The Emergency Access Phones, also known as the “Blue Phones,” were removed. Public Safety noticed that they were not being used at all for their intended purpose and instead pranksters were activating them. % The Forums are undergoing continuing renovation with seats, tables, and lights replaced. % The SAM building renovation project has been delayed, as the vendors’ bids were roughly $2 million over budget on the current plans last December. This means the plans will be redone and “value engineered” in the hopes of new bids being under budget.

Fee hike to take place for summer semester By Keith Kaczmarek Reporter

Major changes to the ‘W’ grade could affect your class schedule.


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Women’s basketball moves into first place in the Western State Conference.

Beginning in the summer session, fees at all California community colleges will change from $36 per unit to $46 per unit. This change was mandated by the 2011 Budget Act and was set off by California budget shortfalls that set off “triggers” in the budget approved in December and based on just how much money was missing from the budget this year. This lack of money set off the worse-case scenario triggers, known as the “Tier 1” and “Tier 2” triggers,

and all have been enacted except District chancellor, she stated, for K-12 revenue limit cuts. “KCCD remains on track with For the 17,034 students at BC, its financial plan, which includes these cuts to exercising rethe state’s edustraint. Our cation budget “Register early and carefully. p r i o r i t i e s will have little to Take only what you need to continue effect other be to educate than the statestudents and grow and go.” mandated fee retain our –Greg Chamberlain, increase as e m p l oy e e s . BC president KCCD has Together we already set its will protect own budget to account for the our mission to provide outstandworse-case scenario that has oc- ing educational programs and curred. services to our diverse students In an email from Sandra Ser- and communities.” rano, Kern Community College That being said, we have 13%

fewer students than we had last year, about 2,615 people as of Jan. 19. The fee increase was supposed to go into effect retroactively beginning in the Spring semester, but timely action by the state legislature deferred the fee increase until Summer semester. “There was no one that thought this would not happen,” said Amber Chiang, director of marketing and public relations for BC. “We needed to budget appropriately and we did that. Everything that has happened was planned for last May.” Please see BUDGET, Page 4


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Athletic department ready for cuts, reflects By Zak S. Cowan Editor in Chief With new details of the state budget coming out of Sacramento, and the Moorpark College baseball program disbanding after this season, members of the Bakersfield College athletic department are bracing for the likely cuts coming their way and reflecting on the loss of a member of the Western State Conference. BC athletic director Ryan Beckwith is preparing his department for the worst possible outcome. “With the situation that we have in the state, we’re going to have to be proactive in the way we do business,” Beckwith said. “We’re trying to cut costs everywhere, and we’re going to have to make adjustments and get out in front of this thing.” The news of the Legislative Analyst’s Office’s latest report has brought the budget issue to the forefront of every person involved with the California Community College Athletic Association.

CCCAA president Carlyle Carter has of between $13.2 and $17.8 million for encouraged athletic directors across the the 2013 and 2014 budget years,” Serrano wrote. “The $17.8 million reduction state to take the situation seriously. “Many still hold the opinion that the for KCCD assumes that the Governor’s economic situation and effect on sport tax proposition will fail in November. programs is ‘business as usual,’” Carter This projected decline represents the largest decrease said in an email in ongoing unreto all athletic directors of the stricted funding CCCAA. “Given ever encountered the recent situaby KCCD.” tion regarding the Beckwith and LAO recommenthe rest of the dation to disallow athletic departapportionment for ment are currently intercollegiate PE considering their courses … and this options and how –Ryan Beckwith, latest development, to handle the situI would hope all of ation. Athletic director us would view this “That is, right as a need to step up now, the big disour efforts [and] find more advocates on cussion that we’re contemplating right campus and around the system.” now,” he said. “How are we going to cut According to an email sent out by costs so that we don’t lose anything?” chancellor Sandra Serrano, the deficit Beckwith said that they are going could have a major impact on the Kern to accomplish this by doing their “due Community College District. diligence to make sure that we’re saving “The growing state deficit could re- our costs so that we are not costing the sult in a reduction in the KCCD budget college as much.”

“We’re trying to cut costs everywhere, and we’re going to have to make adjustments and get out in front of this thing.”

By Zak S. Cowan Editor in Chief The Western State Conference will be losing Moorpark College’s baseball program after this season due to financial issues and budget woes, forcing the Bakersfield College baseball team to say goodbye to a friendly and familiar foe. “Over the years, there is a friendship and a mutual respect that has been developed between the two programs,” BC coach Tim Painton said. “You hate to see that disappear.” Painton’s relationship with Moorpark coach Mario Porto dates back to when he took over to coach the Raiders 13 years ago after 10 as an assistant coach. Painton credits Porto with conducting a successful program that has consistently moved players on to four-year schools, as well as seen players move up to play professionally. “He’s done everything right,” Painton said. “And to have the carpet pulled out from underneath him is something that doesn’t seem fair.”

Moorpark, over the past few years, has become a constant presence on the BC campus. “This has really become their second home,” Painton said. “They play two tournaments here and usually come up and play us a single game as well.” Athletic director Ryan Beckwith is sad to see Moorpark’s program go. “To see any program or sport cut is sad all the way around, even if it’s not here,” Beckwith said. “It’s a great, historical and successful program.” BC second baseman Elijah Trail said that seeing such a familiar program go down “is kind of heartbreaking” after so many years of stability and success. “To see them shut down all of a sudden is unfortunate,” Trail said. “They’re a great group of guys and playing against them was fun. They have great class [and] they’re just true sportsmen.” Renegade outfielder Jake Verdugo said that seeing a program like Moorpark shut down should make BC put its own situation in perspective. “You just can’t take what you have for granted,” Verdugo said.

Trail setting the tone behind the plate for BC By Zak S. Cowan Editor in Chief

Painton said that working on swing mechanics and developing a proper routine has helped Trail Often overshadowed by his tremendously over the past year. teammates during his freshman “As he’s done that, we have year at Bakersfield College, sec- seen the benefit of his hard ond baseman Elijah Trail is now work,” he said. “He’s put in a the clear-cut leader of his team’s lot of hard work into making the offense in 2012. adjustments that needed to be Trail credits his turnaround made.” from last season to a conversaTrail agrees that maturity tion he had with played a big “I don’t know where I’m part in his disapoutfield coach going after this, but right Sean Alexander pointing freshnow I’m just focusing on before the year this team and what we man year. have to do to get to the started, in which “My matuultimate goal, and that’s rity level has Alexander told the Final Four.” him, “Regardless changed since –Elijah Trail of your stats, just Second baseman last season, but go out and have I’ve been able fun and do what to make the !"#$%&'(%#)*')(+*",-".#/0*' you can to help AB R H bi HR game easier on the team win.” March 1 Moorpark 4 0 2 0 0 myself,” Trail “That’s been March 3 West LA 4 1 2 0 0 said. “Because the only thing in March 6 at Canyons 6 2 3 6 2 the game is hard my sights since,” March 8 LA Valley 5 1 2 1 0 enough as it is.” Trail said. “I March 10 at Citrus 4 1 0 0 0 But now, Trail just realized that has his team on there are bigger things than just the fast track to the playoffs and myself.” to his ultimate goal for his team: Trail has lit up opposing pitch- the Final Four. ers so far this season and leads “I don’t know where I’m going his team in nearly every batting after this, but right now I’m just statistic, including a batting av- focusing on this team and what erage of .387 and a we have to do to get See conference-leading to the ultimate goal, For up-to-date results and that’s the Final four home runs. Coach Tim Painton and coverage of the BC Four. baseball team appreciated Trail’s “We’ve taken it consistent production upon ourselves,” he as the rest of the team’s offense said. “That’s where we want to went through growing pains to get to.” begin the season. Trail’s success has garnered his “He has been consistent since attention from Division-I scouts, day one,” Painton said. who can often be seen scattered Painton said that Trail showed around the crowd at BC home signs as a freshman of the domi- games, but Trail says he tries to nant player that he’s been so far not look ahead. this year, but an inadequate men“To be honest, it’s just a little tal approach toward the game confidence thing,” he said. “But hampered his production. at the same time you have to “We sat down and talked about think about the game like it’s a a mental approach and being new day and anything can hapconsistent on a day-to-day ba- pen. I just try to leave that behind sis,” Painton said. “He’s put a lot and focus on this team and what of time and effort into develop- we are doing, not really what is ing that.” going to happen next year.”

POWER | The Renegade offense explodes midway through season By Zak S. Cowan Editor in Chief


Elijah Trail, right, has lit up opposing pitchers so far this season, batting .387.

Men’s golf lagging behind in disappointing season By Esteban Ramirez Sports Editor The Bakersfield College men’s golf team continued to struggle in the Pt. ConCeption tournament at Valparaiso Golf Course on March 5-6. BC placed sixth out of seven teams with Santa Barbara taking first with a score of 388. Ventura took second with 390 and Glendale took third with 391. BC ended up with a score of 424. “We’ve struggled to play well,” said BC coach Bill Kalivas. “It has been a tough year because we’re kind of just giving away strokes. “We’re making small errors that are costing us on our score. “The scores aren’t as important as our play, but our play has been bad. “We need to keep the ball out of the hazards. I think for the most part we’re not used to playing in courses like these, and I think it has made it tough

for us,” he said. He added that he thinks the unfamiliarity with the courses has been a big problem for them. “Our team is good enough. We shouldn’t be 30 strokes off,” he said. “I think we just haven’t been exposed to these golf courses, while all these other teams are close to these courses so they have the opportunity to practice on these courses. “We’re very young so I know it’s going to take a while. I think we will start to do better in the second half of the season. Sometimes you just got to take your lumps,” he said. Freshman Jack Henneberry led the team with 79 on the first day, but had a big drop off on the second day with an 87. BC also struggled at the Western State Conference Meet on Feb. 27 at Rio Bravo Country Club. They fell to seventh place out of seven teams. BC’s next tournament will be the North/South Cup Invitational at Paso Robles on March 18-19.

Bakersfield College’s pitching staff dominated the first few weeks of the baseball season, but recently, the Renegades have come of age behind the plate, creating balance and stability across the roster and leading the state in home runs. To start the season, the pitching staff carried the load for BC at a time when the team’s offensive production was limited to just a few guys inconsistently stepping up in big moments. Lately, though, the team’s bats have come alive. “It’s baseball, and things come and go,” coach Tim Painton said. “We’ve felt since the beginning of the year that we have a very good offensive club, and at times haven’t produced. But that’s the game of baseball.” Painton points to the team’s March 6 win over College of the Canyons, when the offense put 18 runs on the board, as a stepping stone in the right direction. “Hopefully that will jump start our offense a little bit and get us going to where we can get a little bit more consistent,” he said. The team certainly got production when they needed it. Second baseman Elijah Trail has been the teams most consistent player, but is relieved to see his teammates find their strive. Trail said that his team leans on the long ball for the majority of their production “Most of our lineup can put the ball out of the yard at anytime during the game,” he said. BC’s offense is constantly swinging for the big hit. The offense is ranked 56th overall in the state with a mere 49 walks, but ranks first in the state with 15 home runs. “We’re just aggressive,” Trail said. “We want to hit. We don’t want to walk. “We get a lot of guys in 2-1 counts, 3-0 counts, but when we get a fastball, we rip our underwear trying to swing as fast as we can.”


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Breaking down the football playoffs

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BC wins to stay atop conference By Esteban Ramirez Sports Editor

RIPPING SPORTS | Taking on every sports issue It was incredible how in both conference championship games the two teams that lost had big special teams errors that played a big part in them losing. I’m not going to say that the whole blame should fall on punt reEsteban Ramirez turner Kyle Williams of the San Francisco 49ers or on the kicker Billy Cundiff of the Baltimore Ravens, but seriously I thought you guys were professionals. I know these guys are still human and no one is perfect, but all kickers are paid for is to make field goals. I would also understand if Kyle Williams only fumbled once, but he dropped the ball two times and both led to Giants scoring drives. I just hate seeing a team lose because of a muffed punt or a kicker missing a 30-yard field goal. This year has been the year of the quarterback in the NFL, and a perfect example of that has been the way Eli Manning has carried the New York Giants to the Super Bowl. Eli Manning has been on a tear this whole year, and now his statement at the beginning of the year, that he’s an elite quarterback, doesn’t sound crazy at all. Manning’s run has been great, whether it was rallying the Giants in a fourth quarter double-digit deficit against the Dallas Cowboys or leading the Giants to an upset victory over the Green Bay Packers. The guy who’s been known all his career as Peyton Manning’s little brother might end up having more Super Bowl rings than the brother he’s always been compared to. I’m really getting tired of the Pro Bowl, and other than them changing the week it’s played, it really hasn’t changed. I got so bored I actually chose watching something else over football. I understand that it’s a great honor for players to be selected to the Pro Bowl, but the game itself is just so boring. Really nothing about it keeps me interested. They need to have it mean something, like in baseball, or add skill competitions like they do for basketball. I really don’t care which, but they need to change it because it gets really boring watching this game. Just make it interesting so I won’t change the channel after just two minutes of a pointless game. On to a game that matters and is of actual importance. The Super Bowl will be Feb. 5, and it’s a rematch of Super Bowl 46 when the undefeated New England Patriots lost to the underdog New York Giants in one of the greatest upsets ever. The major difference this year has to be Manning, because this time he’s the quarterback coming in that’s on a tear. The Patriots have been on a great run themselves considering they have one of the worst defenses, but never count out Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. As for my Super Bowl pick, I like the Giants to take it 27-23 on a last minute touchdown drive by Eli Manning, and Victor Cruz will be salsa-dancing his way to the Super Bowl MVP.

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Renegades forward, Brittany Smith, drives past a defender during Bakersfield College’s game against Santa Monica College in the Gil Bishop Sports Center on Jan. 28.

them missing two of their starting post players. “She’s been practicing really hard. I Bakersfield College women’s basketball think she’s starting to get in her groove beat Santa Monica despite an injury to a after coming back from volleyball,” said starter and a player losing a contact lens Dahl. Behind Smith, BC was able to build a during the game. BC beat Santa Monica 79-65 on Jan. 28, comfortable lead, and were able to outin order to stay tied for first in the Western score Santa Monica 20-10 for the rest of State Conference. the game. BC coach Paula Dahl commented on Smith commented on the game. the game. “I thought we played as a team and we “I thought we did great because we had gave it our all. When we lost Gabi we a lot of adversity. Gabi [Morales] got hurt knew we lost a big post player, but instead and Jausecca [Cockeral] lost of giving up we just pushed ONLINE her contact lens, so she was harder,” she said. “Honestly, I More coverage of the can’t really depict my perforpretty blind. women’s team “We’ve had many troubles mance because we’re a team and tribulations this year, but and this was a team win. I still we never quit,” said Dahl. think we can grow from this BC got a great performance by doing a better job making from freshman forward Brittany Smith, our layups, and we won’t just settle here, who put up 30 points and 13 rebounds. BC there’s a level higher that we want to get also got 15 points and 14 rebounds from to.” freshman guard Andrea Harris and sophoCockeral also gave her thoughts on the more guard Cockeral chipped in with 11 game and playing without one contact points. Sophomore forward Morales also lens. had 16 points before getting injured in the “We did pretty good, considering we beginning of the second half. didn’t have our two post players. I do think Both teams were evenly matched to start we were a little tired to start the second of the game, and with BC just up 14-12, half, but it’s the halfway mark so everyone the Renegades were able to go on a 13-4 is a little tired. We just got to push hard run to build a 27-16 lead. BC continued to because every team is so close in the conadd to that lead as they went into the half ference,” she said. “It was difficult playing with a 39-26 lead. without the lens, but I still had one good BC started the second half slow as Santa eye. It could’ve been a lot worse.” Monica went on an eight to three run. Cockeral also said that they need to con“We came out flat in the second half. tinue to work hard, be consistent and be That’s always a coach’s biggest fear,” said ready for anything because like this game Dahl. anything can happen. With BC losing Morales to an injury, Dahl added that Morales has a high-anthe Renegades weren’t able to score as ef- kle sprain, but doesn’t think it’s anything ficient as they did in the first half. They serious. were just hanging onto a 59-55 lead, but BC’s next game is scheduled to be at Smith was able to give BC a boost with Glendale on Feb. 1.

Baseball ready for fresh start By Zak S. Cowan Editor in Chief

After a late-season collapse in 2011, the Bakersfield College baseball team is dusting off its cleats and getting ready for a fresh season. Invigorated by new faces and a determination to win, the Renegades look to best their first opponent, Golden West College, on Feb. 3 on Gerry Collis Field. Tied 2-2 in the sixth inning of their final game of the season, the Renegades allowed two runs in the seventh, then a grand slam in the eighth, ending their playoff hopes and wrapping up a fourgame losing streak to end the year. “It’s disappointing any time you miss the postseason,” said coach Tim Painton, who is entering his 17th season with BC. “We went

down to the last day of the season with a chance to win a piece of a championship and ended up losing late in the ballgame.” With the massive amount of turnover on the roster from year to year, Painton is reluctant to compare this team to that of 2011, but is confident that questions of pitching depth and balance along the lineup, that plagued last year’s team, will be answered as the season progresses. Among the new freshman on the team, Painton is looking at several that can make up for lost production that David Pennington took with him to the next level. “He carried more of the load offensively then he should have, and I think we’re a more balanced offense now,” he said. Blayne Ontiveros is one of those freshmen that Painton thinks can help them achieve the


Tyler Painton pitches during a scrimmage Jan. 26. Painton gets ready for the season ahead of the team by honing in his skills during a scrimmage. balance and consistency that he is looking for out of the lineup. Ontiveros was the player of the year in 2011 and batted .444 with 37 RBIs and 13 home runs when he led the Frontier High Titans to a 22-8 record. Starting pitchers Brad Lindsey and Ryan Stapp, according to Painton, are the most prom-

ising of the freshman class in terms of the pitching staff. Lindsey went 13-3 overall for Frontier with an ERA of 2.70. According to Painton, the team is mentally strong and has come together as a group over the fall, but he thinks that they will be tested once the season starts and progress. Until then,

it’s a guessing game. “We’re a little bit unique in that out of our 34 players on our roster, 30 of them are local kids,” Painton said. “They’re all in the same age bracket and they’ve grown up playing either with or against each other. They’re not afraid to push each other to get better each day.”

Track kicks off season quickly Softball starts sluggish By Nestor Fernandez Reporter The Bakersfield College men’s and women’s Track and Field season got under way on Jan. 28 at Antelope Valley College in the AVC All-Comers invitational meet. BC coach David Frickel discussed the meet. “This was the first opportunity to compete in track since they haven’t competed since last year,” said Frickel. “It was not a bad day, it was pretty breezy out there, it was kind of cool, kind of windy, kind of cold, so you’re not going to get super sprint times at the end of January when the weather is not very good.” He went on to discuss the fact that it was just an all-comers meet, and that it’s considered a low key type of event. He added, “We’re going to go back this week and do the same thing, so it’s kind of just an intro into competition, whoever shows up. “Some colleges were there, high schools, people that are out of college, so it’s just kind of an all-comers type of meet, what shows up, shows up. There were only two junior colleges there, ourselves and Antelope Valley.” When asked to name some of his standout athletes, he mentioned a mix from both the men and women’s side. BC’s Rachel Evans placed fourth in the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 28.16, and teammate Sarena Underwood finished fifth in the same event at 28.91. In the women’s 800, Tejera Dial took sec-

ond place with a time of 2:31.35, and in the women’s discus throw, Amanda Mosby got second place with a throw of 29.21 meters. On the men’s side, Myren Moore won the 200-meter dash with a 22.75 time, Justin Evans won the 400 in 51.78, Davis Looustalot captured the 800 in 2:01.80, and Christopher Schwartz won the 1500 meter run in 4:11.83. The Antelope Valley meet gave Frickel a good insight into where the squads are at as far as their overall progress to date. “It’s a good gauge progress wise right now, see where we need to go in the next couple of weeks before the real season begins,” he said. When asked about his expectations for the year, Frickel had this to say, “We just want to improve as the season goes. We want to get as many people as we can into the conference finals, and advance from there into post-season competition and into So Cal prelim finals, then state, so everything basically for us is a building block. “We only meet a couple of times as a conference during the season, so most of the stuff during the season, most of our meets are basically invitational.” Frickel summarized his expectations by saying, “Each week during the season in the next several months, we just want to see progress in everybody in terms of dropping their marks, on going farther or whatever. Each week is kind of a building block, kind of a continuum.” BC’s next meet will be on Feb. 4 at the same venue.

By Meisha McMurray and Nestor Fernandez Reporters

Bakersfield College softball traveled to Fullerton on Jan. 27 to play Cerritos College. According to BC Softball Head Coach Sandi Taylor, they lost 7-3. Sophomore catcher Kara PORTS Frankhouser hit a homerun, OUNDUP a single and freshman infielder Sara Smith hit a double in the loss. BC also played a doubleheader against Fullerton College on Jan. 28 in which they won the first game by a 13-10 score. Frankhouser had a homerun, two doubles and a single, and sophomore outfielder Brittany Messer hit a triple and also chipped in with a stolen base. BC lost the second game 4-3. During that game, Frankhouser got another homerun, and finished the three game stint with three homers. This season there will be six returning sophomores, and they will have 28 home games. The first home game will be Feb. 4.


Swimming The Bakersfield College men’s swimming team is set to start their season on Feb. 10 in the Western State

Conference John Joseph Relays at L.A. Valley College. The meet will feature all seven WSC teams, and will serve as a tuneup event for the Renegades. Coach Charlie Pike considers this meet to be low-key and without a lot of pressure. It gives him the chance to see how his swimmers are progressing. Considering the season is 16 weeks long, and they’ve been very busy with eight practices each week, Pike commented on where he thinks his team is at compared to last year. “In comparison to last year, the guys are right around the same, and the girls are probably just a little weaker than they were last year,” Pike said. He also mentioned the fact that the meet will give them a basic feel for where they’re at as far as conditioning. The coach went on to discuss his expectations about his team, and feels that the squad will perform well. “We’re hoping for two top-15 finishes for the men and the women at the state meet this year,” he said. He also mentioned his philosophy for the season, saying, “My whole thing is to train through the season and only worry about the end result.” The end result for Coach Pike and his swimmers will be at the California State Championships, to be held this year at East Los Angeles College, on Apr. 26 – Apr. 28.


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Wednesday, Februar y 1, 2012

The Renegade Rip

Playing for the love By Breanna Fields Reporter At first glance, the sight of two young men on a street corner may not appear to be anything out of the ordinary. It didn’t take long for those nearby to see their cardboard sign which read, “Help us get to DCI finals,” and realize that they were more than just a couple of kids busking on a street corner; they were part of something much bigger: a drum corps. Charismatic would be the best word to describe Dom Miller as he made an attempt to sing over the roaring engines of cars as they passed by. In the palm of each hand he held a wooden drumstick, worn from hours of use. These are the tools that enable him to be heard; the tools that fuel his musical creativity with each beat and allow him to entertain an audience with bursts of enthusiasm. “Gotta get the crowd goin’ man!” he shouted to Jesus Navarro, a friend and fellow member of Drum Corps International. Both Miller and Navarro belong to DCI, a non-profit organization created to entertain audiences through live performances and provide an outlet for young people to compete in drum corps. “Drum corps is pretty much the major leagues of marching band. Everything is taken up to a whole other level of competitiveness. “Everything is more intense, a lot more intense,” said Miller. Miller recently auditioned and was chosen to play the drum

of the beat

set for the Bluecoats Drum and explained that the reason for her Bugle Corps based out of Ohio. emergence was not to shut down The Bluecoats consist of 150 the street corner show, but to apmembers between the ages of 15 plaud them. Miller gracefully and 22. accepted the balloons, and went Navarro belongs to the Blue to work tying them on his black Devils, based out of Concord, drum kit. California. The Blue Devils are a There was a constant flow of successful corps sporting the title cash being tossed into the case of three time world champions. laying open on the sidewalk for Navarro also belongs to Bakers- donations. Many were happy field College’s to oblige, drum line and opening up “We’ve had people from the their walteaches Highland and Ba- other side of the street try lets, rolling kersfield High down their School drum to hand us money and we’re windows or line. out almost risking our lives in jumping “I’ve been of their car drumming for the middle of traffic trying to at a red light, almost my scrambling accept cash.” whole life,” to the side–Dom Miller, said Navarro. walk to make “I was in the a contribuBC student car with my tion before mom and she the streetlight said she wanted to sign me up for turned green. band class. I wanted to play gui“We’ve had people from the tar, and she said they don’t have other side of the street try to guitar. I was like, ‘well, then I’ll hand us money and we’re almost play drums!’” risking our lives in the middle of Navarro and Miller both plan traffic trying to accept cash,” said to gear up for a grueling three- Miller. month summertime tour across An elderly woman offered the nation from June to August. Miller a dollar if he would assist Tour fees cost a total of $2,500, her in crossing the street. though with fundraising Miller “I denied the money, and said that he has already accumu- helped her cross the street, but lated $500 over the course of two she insisted that I take the monmonths. ey,” he said. A recent street performance The intersection was crammed took place on the corner of Ming with cars trying to catch a and Stine, near an AT&T build- glimpse of the action. A number ing. Not long after they began of characters made their way to playing, an employee appeared the crosswalk with groceries and with a bouquet of blue balloons. handbags and pushed baskets “We’re not getting in trouble filled with their belongings. are we?” Miller teased. These Bakersfield residents The mood lightened as she had come from all walks of life,

though in that moment it was apparent that they shared the same love of music and expressed the same amount of excitement with each smile and passing glance. “In drum corps, each person is depending on each other to always be the best that person can be. Each member has a task they must do. Although everyone is responsible for their own part, at the end of the season everyone helps with delivering a great show. Performing in front of thousands of people is one of the best feelings. It can be nerve-wracking, but once you get used to it, it’s a feeling you can’t get anywhere else.”


Dom Miller plays in front of an AT&T store off Ming Avenue and Stine Road on Jan. 26.


For extended multimedia coverage on Dom and his drums.

Jesus Navarro plays his snare drum outside of AT&T on the corner of Ming Avenue and Stine Road.

Jesus Navarro plays his snare drum as Dom Miller keeps a soulful groove on the drums.


galore Photos by Omar Oseguera The agriculture department’s annual orange sale was held on Jan. 25-26. The sale, which occurs at the agriculture laboratory across from the Grace Van Dyke Bird library every year, raises money for the Agriculture department. The annual sale has been going on since the late ’70s when the trees were first planted by former professor Keith Haycock. Handpicked bags of the fruit cost $3, while pre-picked bags cost $5. The funds go toward supporting field trips, farm equipment, feeding the department’s animals, maintenance Jay Griggs attends the Bakersfield College Orange Harvest for the and other financial needs. first time Jan. 25.

Hawk-Eye, 60, a Chiricahua Apache, is a frequent volunteer of the agriculture department and graduated from BC twice with forestry and anthropology majors.

The Bakersfield College Agriculture Department picks and bags oranges to sell to the public Jan. 25.


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