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By Veronica Renaker

GOLDEN VOICE PRESENTS: DESERT TRIP
A rock n’ roll music festival

Weekend 1: October 7th, 8th, & 9th
Weekend 2: October 14th, 15th, & 16th

“Two Weekends, Six Iconic Bands, Six Nights of Rock and Roll.”

The time is nearing where the heat of the desert doesn’t stop fans from rocking out to their favorite artists.
Due to an overwhelming demand Goldenvoice, the promoters of Desert Trip, have announced that they’ve added an identical second weekend.
Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, iconic artists such as Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, the Who, and Bob Dylan will be putting on a show.
Weekend 1 is Oct. 7 through the 9th and Weekend 2 is Oct. 14 through the 16th. Each weekend will include more than 30 culinary masterminds if you need a bite to eat and a break from the rockstar lifestyle.

For tickets and/or information: http://ww2.deserttrip.com/



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By Jonathan Celiz

 

On May 6th, the ASB Club had their annual spring trip to the Disneyland Resort. Headed by lead chaperone Myisha Cutrona, it was a 2 night trip: Friday afternoon to the LA Farmer’s Market and the next day to the Disneyland Park.

During this time, the park is celebrating its 60th Diamond Anniversary with festive decorations throughout both parks especially Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It also marked the premiere of their latest nighttime shows, an updated variation of Disney’s California Adventure’s World of Color water fountain show titled “World of Color: Celebrate,” celebrating the legacy of Walt Disney as well as a new nighttime parade “Paint the Night,” a spiritual successor to Disneyland’s famous Main Street Electrical Parade and a fireworks spectacular called “Disneyland Forever” which utilizes mapping projections throughout the castle and main street to create the most technologically lavish fireworks show to date.

Another seasonal event going on in the park was a Star Wars-themed event in Tomorrowland titled “Season of the Force” which hosts a ton of new additions and overlays to the land such as the Star Wars Launch Bay which offers exhibits, merchandise, and meet-and-greets with famous Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader and Kylo Ren.

The new “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” movie offers a montage of famous clips from all the Star Wars movies. A new overlay for Space Mountain, now re-themed as “Hyperspace Mountain,” puts you in the middle of a space dogfight between X-wings and TIE fighters, and a new segment in Star Tours is based on the desert planet Jakku from the latest film The Force Awaken.

Now doubt it is a most exciting time to visit the park with the summer season coming up; the ASB Club has had their fill of excitement to finish off the semester at the happiest place on earth.

 

 

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Hannah and Emily

By Emily Davis

 

In August of 2015, I got with one of my good friends and we decided to get Annual Passports to the Disney parks. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.

The decision to purchase an AP was almost a no-brainer for me. I have loved the Disney parks for my entire life and no matter how many times I go to the parks, it’s never enough!

The only thing that almost stopped me from purchasing an AP was the cost. I chose to purchase the least expensive AP which, at the time, cost $299. Since I purchased my AP the prices have gone up.

The link to the prices, payment plans, and different types of AP’s is: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/passes/

I have the Southern California Select Passport. This pass allows me access into both parks Monday – Friday for a majority of the year. Holidays, weekends, and other peak dates are blocked out for me.  Since I purchased my pass I have been able to visit the parks at least once a month and sometimes even more.

The link to blackout dates for all annual passports is: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/passes/blockout-dates/

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Thor with Haylee and Emily

Overall, having an AP to the Disney parks has been a great decision. If you are a fan of Disney and have a way to get to the parks often, I encourage you to save up your money and get yourself an AP. It is a great way to get out of town and have some fun.

If you do end up with an AP, allow me to give you a little advice.

  1. Go with the flow. If you have an AP you most likely know that you’ll be back to the parks pretty soon. If your favorite attractions line is 60+minutes just go on to something else. It’ll be there for your next visit.
  2. Try something new. There are so many things that you can experience at the Disney Parks. Whether it’s trying a new food or going into a store that I’ve never been in, I always try something new each time I go into the parks.
  3. HAVE FUN!

 

 



By Alberto Muro & Sandra Merino

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The Historic Fort

Taft Abilities Partnership Team and The Fort Preservation Society hosted its annual wine and jazz festival at The Historic Fort on April 28.

wine selection for patrons.

wine selection for patrons.

Hors d’oeuvres, barbeque ribs, and pot stickers were one of many special dishes that Chef Geoff Dunham cooked up for the people at the wine and jazz festival.

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Chef Geoff

The proceeds generated from the wine and jazz festival will benefit the TIL department’s goal of building an accessible playground equipment for students with disabilities. The rest of the earnings will go towards preservation of the Historic Fort.

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The Taft High School Jazz Band performed for the crowd at the festival. For over a year and a half, the Jazz Band have been raising funds for a trip to Washington, D.C., and with the help of TIL and Fort, they are getting closer to their goal.

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TUHS Jazz band providing entertainment

Comedic favorite Miguel Lugo made his way to the stage and provided comedic relief for the audience. Despite having a disability, the people listening to Mr. Lugo’s comedy found themselves intrigued about his daily routine.

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Miguel Lugo bringing the laughs

There were two types of auctions occurring at the Wine and Jazz Festival; one auction took place indoors, and it was considered a silent auction meaning guests would purchase their tickets and place them into the container of the desired item.

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selection of goods for the silent auction

The outdoor auction was action packed and filled with accessories for wine lovers and family orientated prizes. As the auction continued, more prizes were revealed and the bidding wars escalated. Overall, the Wine and Jazz Festival was a success thanks to the cooperative actions of the TIL department and the Historic Fort.

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Chef Geoff delicious creations



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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2016

 

Taft College Announces Four Finalists in Presidential Search

Campus Forum Scheduled

 

 

Four finalist candidates for the Taft College Superintendent/President position have been identified through the presidential search process and will be interviewed by the West Kern Community College District Board of Trustees on May 26, 2016.  They are Dr. Jeremy Brown, former President of Portland Community College in Oregon, as well as Dowling College in New York and Edinboro University in Pennsylvania; Dr. Debra Daniels, former President of Joliet Junior College in Illinois and San Bernardino Valley College in California; Mr. Tim Karas, Vice President of Instruction at the College of Alameda in California; and Mr. Brock McMurray, Executive Vice President of Administrative Services (CFO) and Interim Superintendent/President of Taft College.

 

The Board of Trustees will host a Campus Forum event to provide members of the College staff and Taft community the opportunity to meet and speak with all four candidates on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Each candidate will be assigned to a separate classroom in the Technical Arts Building (T-12, T-13, T-14 & the Art Gallery) to be available to answer questions and engage in casual conversation with members of the College staff and the Community.  Survey forms will be provided so that the Board can collect comments regarding each candidate.

 

Questions can be directed to Dr. Roe Darnell at (209) 499-1118, or Judy Wade, Human Resources Specialist, at (661) 763-7765.



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Cougie the Cougar, Alexia Gonzalez, Arielle Stoyanow, Breeze Rivers, Sierra Sagasta with their coach Myisha Cutrona and assistant coaches Kevin Lundy and John Delaney

By Ashley Renteria

On Thursday, April 14th, four female soccer players signed their lives away. Well, just to a university to play soccer.

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Lady Cougars signing forms

Held in the quad, these four women prepared to sign themselves up for a future school to continue their soccer careers.

Alexia Gonzalez, Arielle Stoyanow and Breeze Rivers all signed to Cal State University, San Bernardino and Sierra Sagasta signed to San Francisco State University. These women are graduating this spring and transferring in fall of 2016.

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Lady Cougars showing their contracts

Fellow students, coaches, and even Cougie the Cougar made an appearance to cheer these women on as they prepared to start a new chapter in their life.



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By Ellie Hilliard

The months of April and May mark the season of college admissions decisions. This point in time can be an exceedingly joyful yet stressful occasion for several junior college students eager to transfer to a four year university in the fall. Having spent the past two years working extremely hard toward their academic goals, many Taft College students are filled with pent up anxiety and excitement when college letters begin to arrive in the mail. These letters will ultimately spell out their fate. “Will I be accepted or rejected,” this statement seems to exist as the running theme throughout these next two months.

Within Taft College alone, there are numerous transfer students who have already received admissions to several different four year universities. These four year universities include California State University of Bakersfield, California State University of Fullerton, California State University of Northridge, San Francisco State, San Jose State, Emery Riddle Aeronautical University, University California Santa Barbara, University California Davis, Cal Berkeley and several others. Taft College has produced quite a reputable list of college acceptances from the hard work of its transfer students.

For those students whose future still hangs in the balance, it is important to remember that if you’ve put in the hard work, you will see the results desired. Even though the waiting game is a long and tedious one, don’t lose hope that you will get into your dream school. To the students who have already received admissions and will be moving forward with their education at a four year in the fall, best of luck and congratulations on your acceptance!



By Nick Kawano
On April 29th, 2016, the Taft College Cougars baseball season came to an end. It is easy to say that it was an up and down season for the Cougars.
Finishing the season with a 14-22 overall record and a (7-17) conference record, the Cougars came into the season with high hopes but immediately ran into trouble  in the early going.
The Cougars lost 4 of there first 6 games. They were 6-14 when they were on the road and 8-8 when they played at home.

The first nine games of conference play the Cougars went 1-8, getting swept by Merced,  Reedley, and losing 2 out of 3 from West Hills Coalinga.

On a positive note, the Cougars went 9-10 after starting conference 1-8. They played much better towards the end of the season, but it was too little too late to get into the postseason.
Luke Lubiniecki, a freshmen on the TC baseball team said, “It wasn’t the season we were hoping for, but it was good to see us play well towards the end of the season. I think that will give us some confidence and momentum going into next season.”
Even though the Cougars did not meet there expectations as a team, they still had some individuals accomplish some great thing this season.
Fabian Gutierrez led the team with a .351 batting average; Brendan Halstrom lead the team in rbi’s (31) and home runs (4).
For pitching, Robby Brewster led the way with 7 wins, 93 innings pitched, and 70 strikeouts. Caleb Newman had the best era on the team with a 2.84 earned run average.

“The freshmen who will be returning next year will come back bigger, faster, stronger, and better than ever.” Said Travis Turner.

It will be interesting to see how the Cougars respond next year.
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