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Taft College STEM is hosting a Star Party!


This Friday, November 7th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm in the TC parking lot

Telescopes! Robots! 3D Printing! And MORE!

Come see the stars at Taft College!
Bring the whole family! Bring your lawn chairs!
FREE activities and fun for all!

Help us spread the word about this fun and exciting event for Taft College and the entire Taft community!

This event and all other TC STEM activities are made possible by US Department of Education grants, the Taft College Foundation, and donations from the STEM Corporate Circle of Sponsors including Chevron, Oxy, Sempra Energy, Synagro, and Wells Fargo.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rachel Belden at (661) 763-7912 or

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Veterans honored at cookout

By Bruce Gray

On October 16th the Taft College foundation held a rib-eye cookout to honor local veterans at it’s fifth annual Cougar Alumni Friends & Family event. The event happens every year and is the foundation’s way of giving back to local heros that fought for our country.

Over 150 free tickets were presented to former military members from Taft. The night was full of fun and excitement from the music of local rockabilly band ” The Fruit Tramps” to the climax of the ceremony where John and Betty Miller were honored with the Taft College Foundation’s Community spirit award for their years of hard work to make the city of Taft a better place.

With the successful combination of great food, music and honoring local hero’s, the Rib-eye cookout will be a staple at Taft College for years to come.

By Lisa Ybarra

Lu Chi Fa visited Taft College Monday, October 20th for his ninth year. He shared highlights from his book Double Luck: Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan. His book tells his incredible life story and how he went from living in poverty in China to living the American Dream. His lack of education motivated him to work hard so that he could better his life. He is a perfect example of hard work pays off. Students were served Chinese food while they listened to him speak. Lu Chi Fa was also kind enough to sign books.

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Signing copies of Double Luck

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Lu Chi Fa tells his life story


By Jessica Guillien

Everyday, people lose their possessions, and they end up in the lost and found. Officer Altenhofel rules the lost and found. There are an abundance of items found daily, but some items are much more important than others, for example, USB drives, cell phones (smart phones), and sometimes, wedding rings!

It is pretty crazy to think that people can lose such valuable things. But, the number one item Officer Altenhofel receives are students’ ID’s. “If I lost something, I would want somebody to turn it in, but unfortunately a lot of people would rather steal things than turn them in,” says Altenhofel after being asked what his thoughts are on lost and found items.

If you would like to know more information or read the policies on the lost and found items, visit the lost and found page found on the Taft College homepage under the link “About Us.”


The Contestants

The Judges

The Judges

More Contestants

More Contestants

On October 30th, ASB sponsored the costume contest held right here at the Taft College Quad. It was thrilling and a bit humorous to see everyone in their costumes and stay in character. A mighty brave ninja won for the singles, and Gotham’s Finest won for groups! Congratulations to both contestants and a big “good job!” on the other contestants.


The spectators


Volunteers Wanted!
The Historic Fort in Taft is seeking creative volunteers to help out with social events. The non-profit landmark is host to community events, weddings, parties etc. Volunteers will play a critical role in the set up for these exciting events. Remember, volunteer work looks great on college applications so stop by the fort located directly across the street from the Children’s Center on North 10th street or contact Executive Director Edith Laurin at (661)765-7371

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Wasco Clown Instagram


What started as a part of a year long photo project by a Wasco couple has made national headlines. The “Wasco Clown” Instagram page has nearly 56,000 followers  which is twice the amount of people living in the town known for it’s production of roses. The original clown said that it all started as a part of a nonviolent social media photo project by him and his wife, and now his actions are being copied by pranksters in Bakersfield and all over the nation.

The nonthreatening nature of the prank has changed with each repetition with reports coming from all over the nation of clowns doing things such as posing for photos with weapons, and a copycat clown was arrested in Bakersfield for chasing middle school students.

The legend of the Wasco Clown has been talked about all over the globe and was even featured on Good Morning America. The popularity of the pranks has brought out many Taft College students Coulrophobia (fear of clowns), and with Halloween just around the corner, the clown sightings may continue.




Are you ready to Transfer to UC


By Jessica Guillen
One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern has been a very successful program since 2001. This year, the program held an event right here at Taft College in the Cougar Room.

This year’s book was Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. The people who attended asked questions based on the main topics in the book: gangs, familial bonds, immigration, and disease. The discussion was very broad and robust, but it was exciting for everyone.

The panelists had a lot to talk about as well. This event’s panelists included Liane Young, Bianca Cavazos, Dr. Greg Golling, Flardel Hayo, and Marta Maya. It was a unique event and something to really challenge people in their opinions.


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Ibarra playing for Taft College

By Michael Clites

Imagine being one of the most versatile athletes with the best athletic abilities. Imagine having talents so good that any college would kill to have you a part of their athletic team. Now imagine having these athletic talents and going so under the radar, that no college recruiting scout even offers you anything to be a part of their squad. These scenarios are all to real for former Taft College Men’s Soccer star, Miguel Ibarra.

Ibarra is a California native born in Lancaster. He had played soccer his whole life but was never a part of a major or notable soccer program which made it difficult for college scouts to notice this secret talent. But there was one coach who noticed his athletic abilities and was extremely eager to bring this him to his program. This coach being none other than Angelo Cutrona, Taft College’s men’s soccer coach.

Coach Cutrona was first exposed to Ibarra’s talents while attending one of his PDL club soccer games against Cal State Fullerton. “Miguel, he was dominant in that game. He was blowing past players and hit a couple of absolute 20-25 yard bombs, upper 90. After that game, I figured there’s no way I had a chance to get him because surely this kid must have Division I offers. And if he doesn’t then Fullerton is going to be all over him” says Coach Cutrona.

“But they never approached him,” Cutrona said. “They just missed him. Not just Fullerton, I don‘t want to single those coaches out. He probably would have gotten seen more if he lived some place more populated or played on a bigger club. But it’s not like coaches didn’t see him. They saw him and they missed him.” This being the case, Cutrona got the steal of all steals which resulted in Ibarra joining the Taft College soccer program.

Cutrona’s recruit did not disappoint as he exceeded expectations and helped Taft to a state championship in 2008. After his years at Taft, Ibarra was picked up by UC Irvine. At Irvine, Ibarra instantly flashed his play making ability, scoring a goal with 10 assists as a junior. As a senior, in 2011, Ibarra added goal-scoring to his attributes, finishing with nine goals and eight assists and being named the Big West Conference offensive player of the year.

It was accomplishments like this that helped Ibarra take his talents to the next level, professional soccer. After college, Ibarra was drafted by the Minnesota Timbers soccer team where he played mid attacker. His speed, agility, and drive is what made him stand out more than others.

In September 2014, Ibarra received a call from the U.S National team saying they want him to be a part of their squad this fall. Ibarra will be a part of the team in the U.S friendly match-ups against Honduras and Ecuador. Now there is no say whether Ibarra will get the start, but one thing is for certain and that’s that he is making his former college of Taft proud. The buzz about Ibarra is intriguing to students and faculty because he is representing his alma mater. Taft doesn’t get much recognition and the fact that one of their former student athletes is a part of the United States soccer team is pretty uplifting. No matter what happens, the former Taft College alumni has brought inspiration and smiles to the students, teachers, and athletes across the campus.

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Ibarra recently playing in the pros.

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