About Roughnecks

                   Bakersfield College stands on bluffs overlooking the Kern River Oil
          Fields, the fifth largest producer of oil in the United States.  Since 1899,
          when oil was discovered, these fields have yielded an estimated two billion
          barrels of crude.

                  The city of Bakersfield--and by extension Bakersfield College--owes a
          great debt to the determination and ingenuity of the men and women of
          the oil industry.  In recognition of their contribution, this journal is named
          for that category of oil field worker who provided the muscle, blood, and
          sweat of the endeavor:  the roughneck.  Without these strong, persevering
          American workers, Bakersfield College would not exist.