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Happy Fall / Transfer Admission Guarantee Deadline

Hello Renegades!

Hope you’ve all had a great first-month back at school!

October is right around the corner, and with that comes Fall! My favorite part of Fall is that it stops feeling like an oven outside. But, a lot of other fun stuff comes along with it:

  • Pumpkin things (Jack-o-Lanterns, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Spice Lattes 😉 )
  • Coats, Boots, Scarves
  • HALLOWEEN
  • etc.

Share your favorite thing about Fall in the comments!


Something I wanted to talk to you all about that also concerns the end of September is the deadline to submit a “Transfer Admission Guarantee” (or, TAG) Application is September 30!

What is TAG?

According to the University of California—

Six University of California (UC) campuses offer guaranteed admission to students from all California community colleges (CCC). By participating in a TAG program, students can ensure their admission to a specific UC campus.

UC TAG

Which UC universities offer TAG?

The six UC universities that have TAG agreements with CCCs are:

  1. Davis
  2. Irvine
  3. Merced
  4. Riverside
  5. Santa Barbara
  6. Santa Cruz

What are the requirements to TAG?

  • 30 semester/45 quarter units by submission deadline, 60 semester/90 quarter by admission
  • Full-time enrollment at a CCC from Spring 2015 through Spring 2016
  • Minimum GPA ranging from 3.0 to 3.5, depending on Major (see here)
  • Complete English Composition & Math courses by Fall 2015

Apply for TAG here:

UC Transfer Admission Planner

Whoa, this is a lot of information! Where can I get some help?

There will be a workshop called UC TAG— You’re In! on Tuesday, September 29 in SS 151 (the lab classroom located on the second floor of the Student Services building, across from the Financial Aid counter).  The Director of Transfer Services & Counseling, Marisa Marquez, will go over all the requirements for your TAG application and review them, and answer any questions you might have.


I strongly encourage students who are planning to apply to University of California for Fall 2016 admission to submit a TAG application. Even if the university you want to attend isn’t one of the six, it’s a valuable thing to do! The great thing about TAG is that it guarantees your admission to that campus as long as you fulfill all of the minimum requirements. It can be a great peace of mind, even if it is not your first-choice campus.

Students and Faculty Rally Behind President

Bakersfield College President, Dr Sonya Christian, has not had her contract renewed (it is set to expire in February, 2016) by the Kern Community College District.

Current and former Bakersfield College students and faculty have come together to show their support for Dr. Christian and make it clear to the District— “we want a renewed contract, and we want it to be fair”.

Informational Pre-Board Meeting Rally

SGA Vice President Janell Orozco

Highlights from Special Board Meeting

We Are BC!

Jackie’s Blog: Countdown to Finals Week: Five Days till Finals

Imagine the day near the end of the semester when all of your assignments are finally done.  Every quiz and test is finished as well.  You’re finally free from all the work that was required for you to finish in your syllabus.

Yesterday was that day for me.  My final assignment was turned in, and my final lecture was done.

Starting today, it’s finally time to study for finals for me!  This is the moment I dread the most, because I’m never sure how well I am going to perform, as much as I prepared.  Taking tests and exams has always been my academic weakness.

However, there is a way I’ve been able to keep up in the end.

In my first semester in college, I wasn’t sure how to prepare for finals, nor did I know what was the best strategy to excel on them.  In high school, studying for finals was hardly necessary.  Whatever your teachers had taught you through the semester was to be included in the final.

In college however, the curriculum was way different.  I started to have three to five hours of class lectures per week and had to read textbooks as well in order to prepare.

My professors hardly pointed out what was to be included in tests or in the final either.  Therefore, I was not sure how I was supposed to prepare.  The final thing I had figured out to do was to stuff everything I had learned throughout the semester in my head and hope that I remembered it later.

Later on, I would find out, that wasn’t the way to go.

A week before our finals, I had met my English professor’s assistant, Daniella.  She was a college senior, about to graduate the same semester when I finished my first semester.

Since all of us in our English class were newbies in college, she decided to give to us a sheet filled with advice on how to survive throughout finals week.

Three years later, I still have her advice sheet and follow it till this day.

So Renegades, what she passed to me, I’d like to pass to you.  It’s a lifesaver for these two last weeks of school!

Daniella’s Tips to Successfully Survive Finals

  • SLEEP!  Avoid puling all-nighters; you need to sleep to perform well on your exams.
  • Eat a balanced diet!  Sugar and coffee will make you crash.
  • Make sure you triple check the location and time of your final.  You’d be surprised; people miss their exam because they look at the wrong time and location.
  • Make sure you turn in the right final paper for the right class.  I turned in a final Music paper for my History class; it was not a fun experience.
  • Do not procrastinate!  Spread out your studying and do it in increments.
  • Flashcards can be your best friend for memorizing terms.
  • If you need a scantron, BUY ONE!  The professor will not provide you with one if you forgot to buy it.
  • Don’t stress out too much; easier said than done, but if you let your stress get the best of you, you most likely will not perform to your maximum potential.
  • Make time for yourself!  You need downtime to relax and clear your head.
  • Never rush through your exams; you don’t get extra credit if you finish first, so take your time!
  • Remember, finals can be a large portion of your grade; try your best!  It’s your last chance to make your grade higher!
  • Treat yourself after finals!  You deserve it.

I wish everyone a happy and successful finals study week!  Good luck to you all!

Bakersfield College Hosts ‘Renegade Talks’– One Of The Best School Event Experiences I’ve Ever Had!

Good afternoon Renegades!

For those of you that browse the internet constantly, I am quite sure that at least once throughout your time you have caught a glimpse of the website that hosts Ted Talks, TED.com.

For those of you that don’t now, TED is a non-profit organization that is devoted to share “Ideas Worth Spreading”.  Every weekday, this organization shares a TED Talks video, which is a 15 minute (more or less) speech about a topic that is worth sharing to the world.

I discovered Ted Talks in late 2012 when a professor of mine shared a Ted Talks video in class.  That same year, I had my very first laptop.  Since then, I had been an avid fan of the Ted Talks series and every day, I check out the newly posted videos on their website or on Facebook, just to get my daily dose of “wisdom and understanding”.

About a week ago, when I entered onto BC’s main page, I saw a slide of a school event coming soon by the name of Renegade Talks.  Now, by seeing the word “talks” after Renegade, I sure was curious!  I clicked on the slide and read that it was Bakersfield College’s version of TED Talks, with some of our professors sharing ideas to the audience.  Immediately, I set the date on my calendar to attend the event.  To me, this was an event I could not miss.

Yesterday, the day finally came.  I arrived at 6:15 PM, took a pamphlet, and sat in the theater.  As, I was waiting, I had no idea what to expect.

You see, I literally, and I repeat, literally hail TED Talks, therefore, I didn’t know how I would perceive this event or how much I would enjoy it.  I was not being cynical in any way, it’s the fact that I had the original form up in a platform and I did not know where our school’s version would end up in the end.  I was so anxious for the event to begin.

Eventually, the lights dimmed, and our school President, Sonya Christian, comes up to the front of the stage.  She was greeted with a warm applause from the audience.  She welcomed visitors and spoke about how important this event was to our school, and then exclaimed, “This is our first ever Renegade Talks!”

In that moment, I recognized that not only was this event special, but was a significant part of our history as a college.

After President Christian’s welcoming introduction, our first speaker comes to the stage–Lisa Harding from the nursing department at Bakersfield College.  She spoke about how everyone in the world wants to matter, and why being a Renegade really mattered.  She supported her idea by sharing a story about a trip she had to Romania, and how that experience taught her how one person that does not adjust to social norms, negative ones to be exact, can make a difference.

She then brought up the definition of our mascot, Renegades, and its true definition, that we do not often see.  The definition of “Renegades” according to her is “someone who abandons a set of principles”.  Now, say everyone is quite mean to each other here at BC.  A true “renegade” would reject meanness and instead, be nice to others.  Her story made me end up in tears.  Lisa Harding’s speech was very inspiration and a great start to the night!

Next, Todd Coston came out to present the second speech.  He put the audience at ease by making them laugh, thus leading to his topic on how “Laughter is more than a sound…it’s a whole body experience!”  He proved his point through data and of course, making the audience laugh over and over again throughout his speech.

Third up was Oliver Rosales, who spoke about how history matters and how finding yourself throughout history matters.  He shared his story on how he found himself by researching on his ancestors through the civil rights movement era.  Not only did it help him figure out who he was and how he could relate to his family, but also helped him prove Walter Stern’s quote about Cesar Chavez and Buck Owens being the only people remembered in Kern County historically.  Through his mission, he found out that there is more marked in history that we think.

Next was Talliah Pruett, who spoke about Resilience and Culture.  She focused on intercultural relations, how we always strive for success but we hardly prepare for failure and pitfalls in life, and how that can be damaging.

She shared how through her experiences, she learned about emotional resilience, and spoke about three ways to get back on your feet after failure.  Empathy, Patience, and Non-defensive Communication, are all keys to survive, according to her.  Pruett finished by stating that it is our choice to “challenge ourselves to practice this mindset”.

Fifth in line was biology professor Joe Saldivar, or as us students call him “Dr. Joe”, with his presentation titled “Who Should We Blame for Being Obese?”  Dr. Joe went through his 10 minutes speech by disproving several main reasons that people blame for obesity to occur.  By the end of his last sentence he brought up the solution—it’s moderation!  His presentation is certainly one of the speeches from last night that cannot be argued with.

Finally, Andrea Throson, came up on stage to give the final presentation.  She spoke about the power of language, and how we do not seem to recognize its capability.  She started off with everyday phrases such as “hey, you guys” and “boys will be boys” that ironically, are oppressive language.  By breaking down these phrases, she proved how hurtful they can truly be, and how our society can change by removing those phrases and communicating correctly.

Professor Throson’s presentation is what I would call a “true feminism” presentation.  She explains this exactly as it should be.  Her speech is a must see!

By the end of the event, I was amazed and so grateful to have been there that night.  Our staff did a fantastic job in preparing this event.

When I walked out of the stadium I said to myself, “Renegade Talks is just as amazing as TED Talks”.  And I feel so grateful that our school is doing its best to inform and teach us not only in the classroom, but also outside of it.
Renegade Talks is an event that cannot be missed.  I recommend all of you to attend the next one to come.  You won’t regret it!

If you are interested in seeing last night’s Renegade Talks, you can go to www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/employees/renegade-talks to view the videos.  Later on, there will be more to come, so stay connected Renegades!

Jackie’s Blog: So, I Got Selected to Go to Jury Duty During the Semester…Again.

Two weeks ago, I got a letter from the Superior Court of the State of California.  As it yearly happens to me, I got selected to go to jury duty during school season.

Once I read the letter, I rolled my eyes. “Not again!” I said.  Every time I have jury duty, there’s a list of things I have to do.  I have to email my professors for an excuse and ask them how in the world am I going to get my lecture notes.  Then I have to face the unfortunate case of missing classwork, which some professors don’t allow you to turn in afterwards since you missed class, making this situation even more frustrating.

A day before jury duty while I was emailing my professors, I was extremely discouraged.  I had planned out my whole week already.  Not only did I already have it all sorted out, but it was an extremely important one full of deadlines.  Now, thanks to jury duty getting in between my schedule, my plans were, and still are, scattered over the place.

A few days before the date I kept on feeling upset about having to do jury duty, but the night before while I was preparing for the busy morning, I was thinking about why I was so upset and ultimately, how would I decide to feel in the morning.

I had two options, either I was going to be willing to do my job and be patient, or be upset and complaining about being there all day.

I sat down and asked myself, “Why am I going to jury duty?  Well first of all”, I thought, “I am a U.S. citizen.  It’s a citizen’s duty to be part of a jury for the sake of incorrupt justice.”  Then I wondered, if I were ever in court, would I want a judge only judging me or would I rather a group of people who could discuss the situation and hopefully come up with an unbiased judgment to judge me instead?  Without a doubt, I would want the jury, of course.

After mediating for a while, I finally concluded something I hadn’t before.  “I’m a U.S. citizen”, I said to myself.  “It’s my job to do this.  And not only is it a responsibility since I am a citizen, but I’m very proud to be one”.

Suddenly, that lead to another thought.  So many people of my race and ethnicity wish they were U.S. citizens, and would do anything to be one.  I had the blessing to be born here in the United States, so why not be glad of what my country has put upon me to do?

After that I wasn’t upset anymore.  I came to understand that doing jury duty is an honor, not a burden, no matter at what time I get called to fulfill my duties.  And a burden it shall never be to me again.  That’s a promise.

Jackie’s Blog: FCC Has Approved Net Neutrality Rules— How Does This Affect Students?

About nine months ago, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) released a plan that would block Net Neutrality and give permission to ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) to discriminate speech and content providers online, such as Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook, to pay for fast lanes, or so to say, “faster service”.

Right now you might be asking, “What is net neutrality?”  Net neutrality basically means “open internet”.  Having open internet allows us to view whatever content we want, express ourselves all we want, and continue to have the fast or steady service we have online.

When I heard about this plan in May 2014, I was absolutely shocked.  Not only were these regulations going to make the internet hard to use, but also cut free expression and hurt students, especially those who want to open businesses and create technology in their careers in the future.

So how can it hurt careers?  Say, for instance, a business student today has a strategy planned out to start a certain website and app providing every single TV show, movie, and film that has ever existed.  If it competed with ISP’s in any way possible, they would have the power to make the service extra slow, thus making people who tried to use their program turn back on them due to the lack of speed. Basically, with net neutrality gone, their dream could be impossible to pursue.

How would this hurt free speech?  If someone wrote an article or even said the smallest thing online that went against what ISP’s would want to hear, they can delete it and make it invisible to the public.  That’s killing free speech in America in an instant, since most of us practice free speech and gather information online almost all the time.

Or how about those who rather watch TV content and movies online provided by Netflix or Hulu, for example?  If Net Neutrality would be overturned, the ISP’s would have the power to make the websites or apps stream really, really slow— if they had anything against Netflix or Hulu.  Or what if the ISP’s didn’t like the show Nashville or Game of Thrones because it was competing with their content provider?  They could make the show super slow or even shut them down and make them unavailable.  There is A LOT of people who catch up on movies and TV shows online now a days. Who wouldn’t be mad about that?

Today, however, thanks to the protest of approximately 4 million Americans, myself included, the FCC has heard our protest to keep Net Neutrality alive.  Today, we won the vote by 3-2.

This was a close one.  Let’s be grateful, Renegades, let’s be grateful.

Jackie’s Blog: Ever Missed One or Several Classes During A Week? Here’s How to Get Back on Track.

This spring semester has been one of the toughest I’ve ever had.  Since school began, I’ve gone through four consecutive flu cases causing me to miss several days of school.  I was weak to the point where I was lying in bed up to four day weekends waiting for Monday to come when I would feel a bit better and drag myself to school.  Thankfully, I didn’t miss my biology course, but I ended up missing up to four psychology and journalism classes.  It was enough to give me a major scare.

In college, missing one class is enough to get you behind.  The thought of how to get back on track is an overwhelming one as well.  It’s hard to figure out where to start.  However, though a series of steps, it’s simple to get back to where you’re supposed to be.  This week, I was able to get back on track by following them.  Thanks to these steps, that scare I had at the beginning is definitely gone.  When you experience a situation that makes you miss a class or several of them, here’s what to do in order to get back on track.

First off, you need to set your mind in place and figure out where you are.  You need to program your mind.  Think about where you left off during the semester, and where you are supposed to be now. In order to check this off the next best thing to do is to check your syllabus.  The majority of professors add assignments and their due dates on the syllabus that they handed to you at the beginning of the semester.  Make a list of the assignments you missed and chapters you need to catch up on.

After you have checked what you need to complete, go speak to your professor about your missed assignments and your goal to catch up.  As easy as this sounds, this is the part that students consider the toughest.  When it’s time to do this, there is always second thoughts crossing your mind, such as, “Is my professor going to listen to me?  Will he/she give me a chance to catch up?  Will he/she even help me catch up?”

Although these second thoughts might make you uneager to ask your professor for help, never EVER be hesitant to do this.  Remember, that’s what your professors are here for.  They get paid for it.  As a student, you have full right to ask questions and make sure that you continue to succeed in college.  Remember, it’s up to you now.  They’re only there to help.  You have the authority to make yourself succeed in college.  It’s not high school anymore.

Finally, after gathering all your information, go and do your work!  As previously mentioned, it’s up to you to get your grade back where it belongs!