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Praising poetic pioneers I, Too by Langston Hughes

Derrick Sumral shares his experiences on the path to publication with students, faculty and staff at the second annual Black History Month spoken word poetry recital. Photo by Logan Pierce

I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then. Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed I, too, am America.

By: Logan Pierce Editor-in-Chief

In honor of Black History Month, a Spoken Word poetry recital was held in the Raider Room Tuesday, Feb. 21. The works of famous black poets were featured, including Langston Hughes and Rita Dove. Monique Bruner, professor of federal government, conducted the event. Students, faculty and staff took turns at the podium reciting their favorite poems or original compositions, and reflected on the sacrifices made in the lives of black poets. James Langston Hughes was born in 1902, this prolific poet gained notoriety for his insightful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties. In 1930 his first novel, “Not Without Laughter,” won the Harmon gold medal for literature. In his later years, Hughes was deemed the “Poet Laureate of the Negro Race,” a title he encouraged.

When Hughes died in 1967, he left behind a legacy of poetry. In addition to poems, he penned 11 plays and an acclaimed autobiography, “The Big Sea.” Born in 1952, Rita Dove was the daughter of the first black research chemist who, in the 1950s, broke the race barrier in the tire industry. In 1993 Dove was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, making her the youngest person, and the first black poet, to receive the highest official honor in American letters. Dove held this position for two years. In 1994, she read her poem “Lady Freedom Among Us” at the ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Capitol and restoration of the capital dome. In 1993, Dove joined the faculty at the University of Virginia, where she holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English.

There were also local authors at the event that gave presentations on the required steps to become a published author. Derrick Sumral, a local author, spoke on the joys of self-expression, through the written word. In his book, “The Voyage of Cultivation,” Sumral presents an autobiography through poetry, exploring his emotions and feelings regarding a wide variety of everyday experiences as they affect him. Sumral talked about publishing, book selling and book signing. He listed several steps for success. 1. You need to be prepared in all aspects. You have to be prepared financially, so start saving now. 2. You have to be strategic. What are publishing companies offering you, and for how much? More often than not, you get what you pay for. Be cautious with contracts. It’s not good to give up the rights to your work. These are your words. Don’t give them up.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

...Page 2 • Truly Blind Justice • News Briefs ...Page 3 • SOS Support means help • Campus Chat ...Page 4 • Macbeth Drama • Criminal Justice ...Page 5 • Talent Show • Dr. Britton reads ...Page 6 • Spotlight: Tinker • Spotlight: Legacy ...Page 7 • Movie Review: Ghost Rider • Trends: Academy’s Opinion ...Page 8 • Weekly Event Calendar • Weekly Puzzles

3. You need to network. One of the most effective practices is word of mouth. 4. Be free, personal and approachable. People are attracted to smiles and good attitudes. Don’t be stone-faced. If your body language includes folded arms that tells people you’re unapproachable. 5. Always be yourself. Don’t try to be anybody else. The event concluded with words of advice for aspiring writers. “Read a book every day,” Bruner said. In addition to events throughout the month of February, a Black History Month quiz was posted on D2L. More than 375 students took the quiz, with 17 answering all questions correctly. The names of all those with perfect scores were put in a drawing for an Amazon Kindle, with Jeremiah Vaughn winning the prize.


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Opinion

February 24, 2012

EDITORIAL

Justice is truly deaf, dumb, and blind It has been said that in order for justice to be fair she must be blind. This has never been truer. Consider for a moment that a young woman is murdered and potentially raped by a young man who tries to cover it up with his friend’s help. This young man is then convicted of her murder but not rape. He is sentenced to 20 years in prison. Consider also that a man goes and pirates movies, music, TV shows and other pieces of entertainment. He makes millions of dollars from his piracy by sharing his collection with others throughout the world. This man is sentenced to 50 years in prison for his crime. Who would imagine that acts of piracy would outweigh an act of murder? For 17-year-old Marta de Castillo, who was murdered in 2009, the sad reality is that her selfconfessed killer, now 21-year-old Miguel Carcano, will spend a mere 20 years in prison for her murder. While this is not a U.S. case, it

is still a devastating truth when one considers that German native Kim Schmitz, who legally changed his name to Kim Dotcom in 2005, will receive 50 years after having been tried and found guilty of digital piracy against U.S. corporations. Justice is truly blind if such crimes are weighed based on monetary gains and losses. As individuals we each have an identity that, while similar to others, is unique to ourselves. Being sent to prison is supposed to illicit a sense of fear of retribution for crimes against fellow beings, yet the stealing of a life is taken for granted when compared to the theft of material monetary gains and losses that have a split second shelf life. Money passes between people’s hands so quickly and frequently that a dollar given in one state today can pass through someone else’s hands in another state tomorrow. Every day acts of violence occur; every day someone is stealing

If the “Fence” Could Talk 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. March 7, Lecture Hall Brad Robison, Rose State College Special Projects Librarian will speak about his time working with the Alfred. P. Murrah Federal Building National Memorial. Mr. Robison has a unique understanding of the site to share with students, faculty and staff.

Staff Members Editor in Chief Logan Pierce (lpierce@rose.edu) Assistant Editor Chelsea Ratterman (cratterman@rose.edu) Feature Editor Katie Johnston (katie-johnston@stu.rose.edu) Assignment Editor D.J. Gosnell (dgosnell@rose.edu) Online Editor Melissa Strout (mstrout@rose.edu) Graphic Artist Michele Penix (mpenix@rose.edu) Photographer Tracie Bullen (tbullen@rose.edu) Circulation Manager Amber Stafford (astafford@rose.edu) Coordinator of Student Publications Julie Lesko-Bishop (jlesko-bishop@rose.edu)

something from someone else. If these scales remain unbalanced with the theft of monetary possessions or ideas outweighing the theft of a life, where will humanity be left in the future?

A world where people turn their backs on their fellow humans is an act of grave injustice that dooms the future of humanity. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

3-Point Shootout Competition 2 – 5 p.m. March 5 – 8, Wellness Center This is a chance for faculty, staff, or students with a Wellness Center membership, to participate in a basketball 3-Point Shootout. The first prize winner will receive a T-shirt and $25 Walmart gift card, while second place will win a $10 Walmart gift card.

OK Job Match https://www.okjobmatch.com/ If you are seeking a job, create your resume in the latest job bank recently announced by the Governor of the State of Oklahoma. This website is designed to match the right people with the right jobs. With new business coming to Oklahoma, now is the time to prepare and see what is available.

23rd annual Oklahoma Student Inventors Expo 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Communications Center Entries consist of students from kindergarten through grade 12. Putnam City North’s barbershop quartet and singer Frenchesca Thomas will perform at the event, while Taylor will create an invention out of simple objects. Admission is free. For more information, call 367-7385.

Computer Guru Scottie Seger (sseger@rose.edu) Volunteers Victoria Beechum (staff writer) Leiden Pierce (cartoonist)

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News

February 24, 2012

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SOS helps support people who have lost loved ones to suicide By: Dennis Gosnell Assignment Editor

Death falls upon us humans like that of a raindrop, it is a solemn time for family and friends, a time when grief changes the mind and body. Having family or friends stripped before their time is even harder to deal with; yet having a loved one commit suicide, can be an even more difficult tragedy to deal with. The SOS suicide support group offers help for those family and friends who have suffered such a loss. “Suicide grief is very complicated, and a peer support group can offer the comfort and support that is needed. In March 2008, four years ago I lost my son to suicide, these groups really helped me get through it,” Janet Turley, director, dental assisting program said. SOS stands for Survivor of Suicide, it is a support group that works throughout Oklahoma and other states to bring together people who have a shared pain of losing someone

6:30 – 7:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month in the Tom Steed building, Rm. 108. There are also meetings from 6:30-7:45 p.m. every Monday at Crossings Community Church, Room 225, 14600 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, OK, 73134. The groups have lots of reading materials that help when people are in the first stages of grief and have trouble interacting with others. The group also does a home visit for the newly bereaved so that they do not have to be alone and can find comfort in others who have been where they are. Sheila Tranzow of Macomb Township, Michigan, poses on a quilt on Cathy Bates started the SOS Wednesday, March 22, 2006, that she made in Survivor’s of Suicide Support Oklahoma chapter, and can be Group honoring her mother Patricia Holzer, who committed suicide four years contacted at 405-213-5061 for more ago. Photo courtesy of mctcampus.com to suicide. we can estimate that the number of information. Janet Turley can also be “Although the number of survivors survivors in the U.S. is approximately contacted at 405-733-7598 for more is difficult to calculate, conservative 4.6 million. An estimated 207,588 information. Rose State also has its estimates indicate that there are six survivors of suicide were added in own certified counselors who can help survivors for every completed suicide. 2007.” – sosoklahoma.org with finding resources, or to talk, they Based on data from 1983 to 2007, The RSC SOS group meets at can be contacted at 405-733-7373.

In Focus

Campus Chat: Which Black History month figure inspires you, and why? By: Maria Boyle

“Thomas N. Barnes. He was the first Black Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. He also promoted education for all enlisted members of the Air Force.”

“My mother. Without her, I wouldn’t dream as big as I do and have the confidence to get out in the world and do it. She has always believed in me and made sacrifices for me to do what I’m doing now.”

Antonio Montgomery, Unknown Major Loretta Luck, Political Science Major “Colin Powell. The way he carried himself and his charisma helped our foreign relations between other nations and bridge the way for us currently.”

Gabrielle Menser, Unknown Major Ali Sexton, Director of Prospective Student Services “Benjamin Quarles. He was a teacher who provided a bridge between the work of historians in historically black colleges and the black history that is now well established at colleges and universities across the country.”


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Raider Life

February 24, 2012

Drama students bring Macbeth to life

Shakespeare’s Macbeth comes to our town. Graphic courtesy of mctcampus. com and Michele Penix

By: Katie Johnston Feature Editor

Students are set to perform the famous William Shakespeare play “Macbeth” Mar. 7-11, in the HB Atkinson Theatre. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The dinner theater starts at

6 p.m. Thursday, in the main dining room. Macbeth, also known as “The Scottish Play” or “The Bard’s Play,” has been famous for the superstitions attached to it for centuries. Throughout history, performances have been riddled with mishaps, often fatally wounding cast members or

stage crews. It has become a theater tradition to not even mention the name of the play inside of a theater for fear of accident. Cast members, crew or patrons must not utter the name “Macbeth” or even recite lines from the play, except in performance or dress rehearsal. Those who make the cursed mistake are required to perform a cleansing ritual. Rituals vary from theater to theater, but often involve running around outside the theater, spitting over one’s left shoulder, cursing, and knocking on the theater door to be admitted back in to the building. These superstitions stem from the opening night of the play, in April 1611, where it is rumored that the prop knife used to kill “Duncan” was replaced by a real dagger and a murder was committed on set. Equally popular folklore is the story of the prop cauldron missing and the crew stealing a cursed cauldron from a witch’s coven. Also, history has spun a tale of using actual witches reciting a real incantation that has cursed the play.

It has long been a tradition of financially struggling theater companies to put on “The Scottish Play” in an attempt to draw a crowd. All of the sensation has brought patrons in droves to experience the play, wondering if they might witness an unexpected real-life drama. Macbeth, lord of a small area and trusted warrior receives a prophecy from three witches saying that he will become king. He does not put much stock into this, until the prophesies begin coming true. He tells his wife, Lady Macbeth, the prophecy and that he wants to be king. Through her encouragement, they devise a plan together to murder the king and frame the King’s staff. Macbeth becomes king, blinded by his lust for power and greed, he begins murdering those he deems a threat to the crown. The scene with the witches has provided one of the most memorable lines in history. The witches refrain of “double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble” is used throughout pop culture today.

Criminal justice majors aspire to take a bite out of crime By: Dennis Gosnell Assignment Editor

From the late 1970s to present, McGruff the Crime Dog has told the public to “Take a bite out of crime.” Potential criminal justice majors aim to do exactly that. Those who study criminal justice have a wide variety of jobs to choose from. They can be police officers, correction officers, parole officers, DEA agents, border patrol officers, or they can enter into numerous other criminal justice professions. Rose State offers students two options for the criminal justice program. First is the criminal justice option and the second is the criminal justice, police science option (COP). The purpose of the criminal justice option is to prepare students who are interested in a career in the criminal justice field for the job ahead. The program is also designed to transfer to a college or university baccalaureate degree program in the criminal justice field. The COP option is for students that are interested in jumping right into the

field. It gives students the information they need to take the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) certification exam, and in order to pass they must receive at least a score of 70 percent. Upon completing the program and passing the CLEET exam, students are considered Certified Peace Officers. Once students are certified they can get entry-level jobs within the criminal justice field. “The COP option is really popular, 10 students [from Rose State] took and passed the exam,” Arnold Waggoner, professor of criminal justice/corrections said. One way in which students gain knowledge is through exposure to the people who are out working in the field. This gives students unique insight and knowledge into the criminal justice field. Students who choose to major in criminal justice get the opportunity to intern with other criminal justice practitioners throughout Oklahoma. “Students get the chance to go out and work with professionals in the

CCBI Deputy Director Andy Parker explains the identification of shoe-prints on a pillow cover during Jason Young’s retrial on February 16, 2012, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Young is accused of murdering his wife Michelle on November 3, 2006, in their Wake County home. Photo courtesy of mctcampus.com

field which allows them to learn about the job and see if it is something they really want to do,” Waggoner said, “We’ve had one student go and work in a crime lab, and another work in a funeral home.” There is also the Future Criminal Justice Professionals club that meets at 1 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month in SS112. The first meeting on March 1 is scheduled

as a planning meeting in which the club will elect new officers and set an agenda for the semester. One of the projects the club is working on is the collection of old cellphones that police officers and emergency personnel refurbish and hand out to senior citizens and domestic violence victims. These cellphones will be given for (911) emergency assistance. For more information call 736-0238.


News

February 24, 2012

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Performers shine at Second Annual Rose Review By: Logan Pierce

director of admissions and records, and Dustin Orrell, assistant director The second annual Rose Review of admissions and records, were on Talent Show took place Feb. 16 in the hand to monitor the acts, . H.B. Atkinson Theatre. There were The students performed their acts 10 performances, ranging from singing in turn. The energy level remained to poetry recitals to stand-up comedy. high, as a majority of students moved Kirby Harzman, coordinator of around while performing, with all student activities, was master of acts exhibiting a commanding stage ceremonies for the evening, announcing presence. each act prior to performing. Jack Smith, RSC, psychology major, A panel of three judges, Dr. Kent and Chris Wilson, Mid-America Lashley, associate vice president for Christian University, music and student life, Mechelle Aitson-Roessler, worship ministry major, were set to perform their act. As they started to play their guitar and piano, a microphone malfunction occurred. After several unsuccessful attempts at fixing the problem, Wilson took it upon himself to entertain the audience Editor-in-Chief

by playing requests on his piano. Eventually, there was a 10-minute break to fix the microphones, after which the show continued without incident. After the Talent Show, the judges handed out awards. Princess Arnold, criminal justice major, received $100 in scholarship money for being the fan favorite. Smith and Wilson took third place and received $200 in scholarship money. Elizabeth Larios, sociology major, and Legacy Leadership Scholar, took second place and received $300 in scholarship money. Shannetta Williams, paralegal program student won first place and received $500 in scholarship money.

Right: Jack Smith (left) and Chris Wilson (right) share the stage while playing Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me”. Middle: Renee Bliss performed Jewel’s “You Were Meant For Me”. Left: Dominique Smith entertains with one of his original raps. Photos by Tracie Bullen

Dr. Britton hosts CDLC students for President’s Day

CDLC students identify presidents (Washington and Lincoln) pictures on the one dollar and five dollar bills, respectively. Photos by Tracie Bullen

Top-left: Robin Nelson’s book “President’s Way” is shared with the CDLC visitors. Top-right: President Britton looks on while children enjoy multicultural songs. Bottom: Preschoolers are welcomed to the President’s office to learn more about the American Presidents.


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Raider Life

February 24, 2012

Leadership spotlight: Tinker

By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor

Of the six available Leadership Scholarships, the one that provides money for military spouses and adults enrolling in college beyond the enrollment age for other scholarships is the Tinker Federal Civic Leaders Scholarship. This is for military spouses (E1E6) and adult civilians (24 or older). While there is a deadline applied to all Leadership Scholarships, military spouses who wish to apply are exempt from the deadline and Oklahoma residency requirements if the military member is stationed in Oklahoma. The advisors for Tinker Federal Civic Leaders are Dr. Kent Lashley and Lisa Will. This scholarship began in the 2008 Fall Semester, and was due to an annual commitment from the Tinker Federal Credit Union. This was the first program to offer scholarship opportunities to military spouses and adult civilian students, and requires its members to participate and complete

Tinker Federal Civic Leadership Scholarship Recipients, both past and present, gather for group photo. Photo by Ken Beachler

a leadership project in conjunction with Tinker Air Force Base. While in the scholarship program, the members are instructed in four leadership qualities that include character training, communication

skills, teamwork and civic engagement. Scholarships are an important resource during college. All Leadership scholarships provide a tuition waiver as well as money toward books and fees. The deadline to apply for these

scholarships is March 5. Applications are online at rose.edu, or pick up the Admissions Application and Leadership Scholarship Packet in the Student Welcome Center.

Leadership spotlight: Legacy

By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor

The Legacy scholarship is one of the six Leadership Scholarships offered at Rose State. This was one of the first scholarships established, after the President’s Leadership Class. As with all Leadership scholarships, the recipient is entitled to a tuition waiver and a monetary amount to help with books and fees. This group provides workshops and mentoring on topics such as student success, activities, leadership and financial aid and scholarship initiatives. Advisors include Dr. Jeannie Webb, Dean Fisher, Melissa Aguigui, and Kirby Harzman. The Legacy Scholarship is divided into two “clusters.” The Student Success Cluster serves in the Student Success Center where they develop student-led workshops for the student body. They also provide mentoring services in a variety of areas. The Student Activities Cluster serves in the Student Activities office and are in charge of student clubs and events. They perform many duties for the

scholarships provide a tuition waiver as well as money toward books and fees. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 5. Applications are online at www.rose.edu, or pick up the Admissions Application and Leadership Scholarship Packet in the Student Welcome Center.

The Legacy Scholarship cohorts, both past and present, share experiences at the retreat. Photo by Ken Beachler

clubs and organizations on campus, including making room reservations for meetings and events, as well as booking speakers for events. They determine the type of activities that are on campus, based on how much they will benefit the student body. Among the requirements upon receiving the scholarship is to be in

at least one club. As with the PLC, many choose to utilize participation within the Student Senate to fulfill this requirement. They also attend the mandatory events along with the PLC and Ambassadors Scholarship Groups. Scholarships are an important resource during college. All Leadership

For information and details, on other Leadership Scholarships please reference previous editions of the 15th Street News, the Admissions Application and Leadership Scholarship Packet, or the Welcome Center. Leadership Spotlight Editions: December 12: Francis White Hughes Scholars January 27: Student Ambassadors February 3: Hudiburg Scholars February 10: Presidents Leadership Class February 24: Legacy Scholars February 24: Tinker Federal Civic Scholars The Admissions Application and Leadership Scholarship Packet is available online at www. rose.edu or in the Welcome Center. To reach the Welcome Center, call 733-7400.


Entertainment

February 24, 2012

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Ghost Rider sequel flames across the screen By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor

According to the Saturday Night Live skit “Get in the Cage, with Nicolas Cage,” “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” has the two classic elements of a Nicolas Cage movie. First, all the lines in the movie are either whispered or screamed, and second, everything in the movie is on fire. The sequel takes place five years after the first, and Johnny Blaze is still attempting to control the curse placed upon him by the devil. Blaze is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is contacted by a secret sect of the Church asks him to help save a boy from the devil. As it turns out, the boy is actually the son of the devil and is being hunted to be a part of a ritual to ensure the devil’s continuing presence on earth. When Johnny Blaze encounters the mother of the boy, they set out to find the boy and save the world. On their tails is a group of bounty hunters hired by the devil to retrieve the boy. What they didn’t count on

Nicholas Cage, protagonist in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengence, roars through the flames. Photo courtesy of mctcampus.com

was the Ghost Rider presence. When Blaze’s greatest wish comes true, he comes to terms with what earth could be like without the Rider. Throughout the film, the true nature of the Rider is revealed, that he is actually the Angel of Justice, who

came to earth and became corrupted. Having realized the Rider’s necessity, Blaze attempts to reach the angel within the demon. The movie was directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who also directed “Crank” and “Crank: High

Voltage.” The effects of those two movies are reflected in “Spirit” and one aspect of the film that left some audience members puzzled was the use of cartoons at the beginning of the movie to introduce the story (and Idris Elba’s character Moreau being stuck in a tree). The CGI is good enough, with the Rider’s head and his slinging people around on his chain providing some of the best action. When the Rider commandeers a giant piece of mining equipment and turns the scene into a fiery game of “Whack a Mole,” his weird laughter provides a kick as well. Nicolas Cage has been in some terrible movies lately, and “Spirit” is no different. The supporting cast was decent enough and it sure was fun to see Christopher Lambert of “Highlander” fame running around on the big screen again. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” is a movie where thinking provides a headache when trying to follow the story too closely. All in all, this was not Marvel’s best investment compared to the “Avengers” set up.

Awards represent the Academy’s opinion only By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the poster for the 84th Academy Awards®. The art features the iconic Oscar statuette alongside memorable images from eight films spanning eight decades. Graphic courtesy of mctcampus.com

This Sunday is the 84th Annual Academy Awards. It is a night to honor the best films of the year and a night for fashion at its best. But, how many of the Best Picture nominations have a majority of the public seen, or even heard of? Only a few of them were hyped enough to have been widely known, but not even that, or the nomination itself, helped their box office. “The Help” grossed barely $26 million in its opening weekend and that is one of the best hauls of the nominee pool. Sometime over the last decade, the audience has become irrelevant in picking nominees. The movies that bring in the highest gross are no longer considered artistic enough to be considered for a nomination, possibly due to the fact that most of the movies with the highest box office are comic book movies or something similar. When “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” won for Best Picture and pretty much cleaned up at the Oscars in 2003, it broke the idea that a bookend of a series

could win anything in the Academy. This provided high hopes for “Harry Potter” fans that hoped that the multibillion dollar franchise that was beloved around the world could win an Oscar for its legions of fans. But the end of the series has come, and it was nominated for a few categories, but none as prestigious as a Best Picture nomination. Why has the audience become irrelevant? Is it not the audience that makes or breaks the movie industry? Movie fans determine what fails or succeeds at the box office, yet their opinion does not matter when awarding the biggest awards available in the industry. “Avatar” received a nomination in 2009, but lost out to “The Hurt Locker” in the final race to the win. ‘The Social Network” was nominated and won a few of its categories, but the “Best Picture” win eluded it when it lost out to “The King’s Speech.” The black horse of the 2012 awards season has been “The Artist.” Perhaps we can count on Uggie the dog to win the Academy over for a Best Picture win.


Puzzles & Events Crossword Puzzle 8

Across

1 Altar constellation 4 Picked locks? 8 Where to see Goyas 13 Translating computer program 15 Had pizza delivered, say 16 Rikishi’s contest 18 Vice __ 19 DFW airport home 20 Lei presenter 22 Bit for the dog bowl 23 Tapped-out character 24 Popping up all over 25 Plaintive wind, perhaps 26 First-year law student 28 City known as the political

capital of Africa 30 Battlefield display 32 King’s problem in “The King’s Speech” 33 Polo Grounds #4 34 Place to see bull horns 35 Reorganize, and then some 39 Thrill 43 Pacific Northwest cedar monuments 45 NYC neighborhood 46 Make __ dash 47 Scandinavian saint 48 Rascal 49 Like Gen. McChrystal 50 Quite soon 52 Bearded beast 53 What a case may go to

55 The three in this grid are a hint to the starts of 16-, 28- and 43-Across 58 Gravy no-no 59 Billie Holiday’s real first name 60 El primer mes 61 Houston MLBer 62 “Just kidding!”

Down

1 Rm. coolers 2 Stand-up performance 3 Current contraption 4 Align the cross hairs 5 Fly in the ointment 6 Slows 7 Prom corsage 8 Work on the street

February 24, 2012 9 MapQuest output: Abbr. 10 Pilot in a show 11 Prepare for the hot tub 12 Painting the town red 14 “A __ upon thee!” 17 Oldies players 21 Gets cozy 23 [Facepalm!] 25 Lay one’s hands on 27 Undid the blindfold 28 Do more than just consider 29 “The Clan of the Cave Bear” writer 31 Tabloid pair 35 Scare 36 Jeter’s 3,000th hit, e.g. 37 Unit by unit, in succession 38 Coral component 39 Foreclosure cause 40 In progress 41 Author better known as Saki 42 Word with seed or banana 44 Tureen utensils 50 Besides 51 Strategic WWI river 52 Gibson need 54 Spring mo. 56 Common word on Brazilian maps 57 Watched the kids

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