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Tougher academic requirements may result in fewer applicants By: Racheal Price Editor-in-chief

New student senate by-laws may decrease the number of eligible applicants. These provisions were implemented Monday, Aug. 24. Starting with fall elections, students will be required to meet 6 eligibility requirments. These changes were made by the executive council after two student senate presidents and several senators had to vacate their positions after failing to meet the minimum requirements. “We are trying to do what is right, and we can’t continue on this realm of replacing presidents and people not meeting their academic criteria first. We have to be looking at that. If you can’t meet that, student senate or student clubs are a privilege. It is not your life, for any of us,” Dr. Jeanie Webb, vice president of Student Affairs, said. Some students blame their student senate ac-

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tivities for their failure to meet required coursework, Webb said. “Our number one goal [for students] is to graduate,” Webb said. “Academics comes first.” The major point of contention with students seems to be the zero-level course requirements. “The only people really impacted are people who have not completed their zero-level requirements by 45 hours and the people that don’t meet the GPA

or hours requirements,” Dr. Jeanie Webb, vice president of Student Affairs said. According to the college catalog, “students admitted to the College who are pursuing Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees must meet all high school curricular requirements within the first twenty-four (24) credit hours, or their enrollment will be limited to deficiency removal courses only.” This is generally referred

Student Senate Requirements

Senators/DMAs Executive Board • Six credit hours • Nine credit hours • 2.5 GPA • 3.0 GPA • Zero-level courses will not be included in total credit hours • Must have completed at least two-thirds of prior coursework attempted • Any student that has accumulated more than 45 hours of coursework AND still needs to complete zero-level coursework is ineligible to run • No student may serve on student senate for more than 3 years See page 2 for the complete changes

to as the 12/24 rule. The student senate rule allows students that have exceeded 24 credit hours and are still enrolling in college level courses to continue to be a part of the organization until they reach 45 credit hours, an additional 21 credit hours over the rule. Despite the 12/24 rule, the administration has looked “for a way to allow students [more time to complete] zero-level courses,” Webb said. This is because they “want to see students succeed.” Students are reminded that zero-level courses are not college level courses and do not count toward any other student leadership position, most scholarships, or admittance into organizations that require academic standing, Dr. Kent Lashley, associate vice president of Student Life said. Another point of confusion according to Lashley and Webb is students misunderstanding the Student Senate Constitution and

By-laws and the authority the administration has over those documents. The constitution is the framework for the organization and how it will be governed. The by-laws are the operating rules of senate. This is analogous to the U.S. Constitution and federal regulations. “The by-laws are the internal operating rules for the organization and are an expansion of the terms set forth in the constitution,” Lashley said. In other words, the bylaws cannot contradict the constitution, but a student senate vote is not always necessary for a change in those by-laws if the administration sees a need to intervene. In this case, student senate cannot supersede any school rules or reject the authority of the administration. The senate executive board that was elected last spring, before the current rules went into effect, will be exempt from these changes until the end of their current terms.

The prize fight of the decade: Shirazi vs. Poverty By: Bryan Mangieri Features Editor

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Senate T o Y ou ?

Sam Shirazi wants to do whatever is within his power to assist RSC’s adopted schools. Shirazi serves as the face for the Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) program. The AmeriCorps VISTA program battles the effects of poverty in communities across the U.S. Over the next three years, pending renewal of contract, Shirazi will build a database of Telstar and Willow Brook volunteers. Dr. Joanne Stafford, director of student outreach,

called upon help with the VISTA program to reach out to the students for the two adopted schools. “The adopted school program operates primarily with volunteer efforts,” Stafford said. “This experience supports the development of students in the adopted schools, as well as… experience for the VISTA. We all benefit with the help of the VISTA program.” Shirazi and Stafford hope to boost volunteerism amongst students and the community. Shirazi said in the database as

Origins of Vista

John F. Kennedy called for a program in 1963 to help fight for the impoverished in the US. He wanted a corps “to help provide urgently needed services in urban and rural poverty areas.” Lyndon B. Johnson forged the “War on Poverty” approximately two years later. With the “war” came the first group of VISTA members, a handful of volunteers numbering 20. Johnson welcomed them with these words: “Your pay will be low; the conditions of your labor often will be difficult. But you will have the satisfaction of leading a great national effort and you will have the ultimate reward which comes to those who serve their fellow man.” Today the AmeriCorps VISTA program now enlists 6,500 members. Information from

with RSC are United Way, Tinker Air Force Base and the Midwest City Fire Department volunteers. “The gloves are off,” Shirazi said. “We’re just going to get after it.” Another of Shirazi’s projects concentrates on soliciting a grant from the “Leader in Me,” sponsored by Franklin Covey, an organization dedicated to time management. Shirazi explained the Leader in Me is derived from the seven habits for highly effective people, except it’s geared toward children. “The data I have looked at [indicates] when it does work, it works flawlessly,” Shirazi said. “There’s been a 200 percent increase in test scores. Attendance rates go through the roof. Behavioral reprimands pretty much stop. “These are the kind of results that are long lasting and self sustaining.” Shirazi graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008 with a degree in history. Shirazi said he became involved with AmeriCorps VISTA

SERIOUS CLOWNING- Sam Shirazi stops at nothing for the adopted schools program. Shirazi hopes his endeavors will grow the number of volunteers for Telstar and Willow Brook. He spends most of his time as a VISTA working on the campuses of these two schools. (Photo by J.L. Morrissey)

when he learned the goal How can you help? of the organization is to By volunteering. eliminate poverty. He said If interesting, contact poverty is the main issue Shirazi at 733-7311, ext. affecting society negatively. 6346.


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PLENTY OF BLAME TO GO AROUND IN CURRENT SENATE FIASCO Recent changes to the student senate by-laws have raised controversy on campus. The news office is divided evenly on the situation; therefore, we are encouraging you to share your opinion on the matter. Consider the following when you do. The Situation Our administration has a legitimate concern about losing student senators who fail to meet their eligibility requirements. These standards are not that stringent. A student must be a part-time student and maintain a “C” average. Student senate has many responsibilities. Student senators need to be dedicated and able to manage their time effectively. It is possible to be one without the other, but as student leaders, the senate should be providing a positive example of both. Shame on the students Obviously, RSC is a community college and many students are juggling a job, a family, and class work. If done right, student senate must be considered a JOB. In spite of barriers to a successful

education, students can flourish without exceptions being made for them. It appears that students are asking for exceptions to be made to the rules that allow them to run for senate. Our school has a 12/24 rule, which states if a student needs developmental courses (zero-level) to prepare them for a college level course, the student can earn only 24 college credit hours before being restricted to zero-level courses. Once the deficiency is met, the 12/24 rule no longer applies to them. Yet it seems the new provision that would allow students an additional 21 hours to complete high school coursework is a means of circumventing this rule. When any organization, institution, or community bends the rules for a group, it makes having rules meaningless. This is a travesty and every student who has been prevented from enrolling due to the 12/24 rule should be furious that some student senators have been allowed to get

RSC established the Student Senate in order to afford the Student Body the opportunity to experience a limited form of self-government and to learn about legislative and parliamentary processes. The Student Senate is comprised of a limited number of offices and seats. Election or appointment to the body is an achievement to be highly esteemed and the performance of the requisite duties in conjunction with one’s academic coursework is highly demanding. As a result, minimum academic requirements for candidacy or appointment to the body have been established. Such academic standards must be maintained while in office or removal from the body will occur. Over the past year, the Student Senate has experienced several problems which have raised concerns regarding academic standing and continued degree progression. To address these concerns, the Office of the President of Rose State College, with further recommendation from the Executive Council, has issued the following changes to the Student Senate Constitution and its By-Laws: 1) Zero-level coursework will no longer be included when calculating the minimum number of hours required for any Senate office or position. 2) After any student has accumulated more than forty-five hours of coursework, then that student must have completed all zero-level coursework or the student will not be eligible for Student Senate. 3) All Senators and Officers must have completed two-thirds of all prior coursework. The foregoing changes are effective August 24, 2009. Any officer or member which has been elected or appointed for the current term prior to August 24th shall be exempt from new requirements in regard to obtaining their respective positions until the next term.

aware that senate membership requires grade checks – both to run initially and while serving. Obviously those responsible for enforcement of this rule are negligent. When someone is allowed to circumvent the rules once, it makes it difficult to enforce them later. In essence, a policy by precedent is created. Where were the academic advisors? Is it not a breach of an advisors responsibility to let students slip through the cracks? We would like to believe they enforce the rules, but obviously we can’t be sure. And what about students that enroll online? The system is supposed to prevent online enrolling if a student falls into the 12/24 rule, but does it always work? We doubt it. As we see it, the problem stems less from discrimination and an attempt to exclude students and more from a failure of everyone involved to responsibly follow the existing rules. This solution is bogus. When the previous restrictions were not enforced, what’s going to make these new ones any different?

Do you agree or disagree with the release of the Lockerbie, Scotland bomber? Why?

THE OFFICIAL WORD A reprint of the memorandum revising the Student Senate By-Laws effective Monday, Aug. 24

around this. However, the administration wants to see students succeed and avoid unnecessarily discriminating against any group. It is an unfortunate reality that minority students and returning adult students will be disproportionately affected by the rule. It does not do anyone any favors to manipulate school policy in their favor. The solution is simple! Students should take the initiative to remove any barriers to taking their college level education. This means making completing remedial coursework priority one. Shame on the administration Students do not bear sole blame for this situation. Administrators who have failed to enforce the rules – whether it is GPA, credit hour requirements, or the 12/24 rule – have not served the students well. How could this have happened? When an organization allows a student to participate who doesn’t meet the required criteria, it has failed in its duties to enforce the rules equally and fairly. Most students are


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By: Bryan Mangieri Features Editor

President Terry Britton acknowledged strong enrollment numbers in RSC’s fortieth year during his State of the College address Aug. 20. Britton said to a crowd of staff and faculty in the Professional Training and Education Center, “I know we’ll be looking back as we plan for the future.” Britton said like last spring, the college saw an increase in enrollment. He stated three possible causes: “a weak economy,” “increased financial aid,” and the “Ticket to Rose initiative.” “The strong enrollment continued with a 10 percent increase for summer and currently 20 percent increase for fall in both numbers of students and credit hours produced,” Britton said. “Of special note is the 30 percent increase in new students, a number that typically stays static.” Ticket to Rose helps fund the college careers of graduates from the three area high schools, Carl Albert, Del City, and Midwest City. These students who want to attend RSC must have a 2.5 GPA upon high school graduation and apply for all financial aid available before Ticket to Rose will pick up remaining fees incurred. “To amplify the Ticket to Rose program briefly, we did receive applications from a third of the graduating classes at the three local high schools, a three-fold increase over the typical year,” he said. “We are receiving story after story of student who were almost in disbelief that they would have a college opportunity, one actually in tears.” Britton said overall, the relationship with the Mid-Del district has “never been better.” Entering its fortieth year, RSC will “surely” see a change in function PROFESSOR SHINES- Dr. Jamie Graham wins the Outstanding Honors Mentor to prepare students for “a new economy,” Britton pointed out. Award, which includes a $250.00 cash award. The award was presented to her by Toni Castillo and Lisa Pitsiri. Graham mentored 12 students including Kimberly Near the end of his speech, Britton reminded the professors and Compton, who won the Outstanding Honors Contract Award for the Engineering staff that they possess “great reservoirs of arcane knowledge and a and Science Division. (Photo by Amber Loyd) mysterious mastery of your subject.” The crowd gave Britton a standing ovation upon completion of his speech. house in fall” Progress at RSC: • bridge leading to Tom Steed Center • new bus, “to be paid out over ten years” • indoor practice facility for baseball and softball • renovation of labs in Engineering Sciences division, “open • call for patience in finishing of “new Health Sciences building” 26 Acela Express operator 29 Mottled T-shirt 30 Broadway’s George M. 31 Barbie and Ken 32 Wall St. takeover 35 __ & Chandon champagne 36 Fully exposed 37 National symbol 38 Goof 39 Wavy dos 40 Bugs’s pursuer 41 Noble’s home 43 Hay fever symptom 44 Deteriorate, slangily 46 Chopped liver spread 47 Group together 48 Dover fish dish 49 The LPGA’s Michelle 52 At the apex of 53 *”Give me another sec!” 56 Filly’s father 57 Menthol cigarette 58 Author Zola 59 Garden planting 60 Cries out loud 61 Indulged, with “on”

ACROSS 1 Potato holders 6 Wide-eyed 10 Kids’ party occasion, briefly 14 Andean beast 15 Actress Gershon 16 Tug-of-war gear

17 *”We aren’t finished here” 19 Tolstoy’s Karenina 20 Sun. follower 21 Solstice month 22 Encourage 24 In use, as a phone line 25 Cinco de Mayo celebrations

9 President after Hayes 10 Sounding like marching bands 11 *”It’s on the tip of my tongue” 12 Nighttime breathing disorder 13 Many months 18 Walrus’s weapon 23 Multivolume Brit. references 24 Spoiled kid 25 “The X-__” 26 Very top 27 Drop anchor 28 *”I haven’t told you everything yet!” 29 Silky-voiced Mel 31 Vader in “Star Wars” 33 Woodstock singer Joan 34 Fairy tale meany 36 Bongo-playing ‘50s-’60s stereotypes 37 Get out of Dodge 39 Spitter’s sound 40 Stepped inside 42 __ up (absorbed, as gravy) 43 Pretzel topper 44 Cinderella’s slipper material 45 Protruding navel 46 They often have deep ends 48 Nose-in-the-air sort 49 Bide one’s time, and a word that may precede the answers to starred clues 50 Just sitting around 51 Watched warily 54 Bovine bellow 55 Comedian Philips

DOWN 1 __ to none: poor odds 2 Choir voice 3 Eve’s oldest 4 Canada hwy. distances 5 Puerto Rico’s capital 6 Extreme pain 7 Telethon catchword 8 Washington’s bill

Spotlight Spotlight A year ago, Debbie Williams heard an advertisement on the radio about adults returning to school. She asked Dr. Britton about it, and he sat down at his desk and pulled up the Web site for the Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education and helped her find the information on returning back to school. Thanks to his encouragement, Williams started in the Reach Higher program last year and is working on a Bachelor of Organizational Leadership degree at UCO. All of the classes are offered online or here at RSC. Williams is actually in a contest with her oldest daughter, Kathy Konen, who is also a student at UCO. They are planning on graduating together next May. “I am so excited to finally have the chance to return to school. I am thankful for the $500 PASA scholarship that I received for this fall, because it is helping my dreams come true. I want to thank the Professional and Ad-

ministrative Staff at the College for providing the scholarship, Williams said.” “I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Debbie through our offices when I worked in Academic Affairs. We became fast friends and started working out in the Wellness Center together. Debbie is an amazingly busy and determined woman with steady devotion for her family, work and school. She very rarely takes time for herself and is constantly doing something for others. I’m proud Debbie has the opportunity of receiving a scholarship that will help her accomplish her goal,” Sharon Motley, secretary, said. “I have been so blessed to have a job here at Rose State College,” Williams said.


The academic advisement office will extend its hours of operation for enrollment to 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 4.

Login Jamboree

The Learning Resources Center will host a Login Jamboree to assist students with logging into the multiple systems available on the campus. Thirty-minute sessions will be offered 9:30 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 and Tuesday, Sept. 1 in room 204D in the LRC. Students may sign up for any of these sessions at the LRC’s Information Desk.

Blood Drive

The RSC Blood Drive will be held 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 in the Red Cross Bus by the Wellness Center. Those interested may sign up at with the password “rosestate.”

Service-Learning Fair

A Service-Learning Fair will be held 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 and Thursday, Sept. 10 outside of the Social Sciences building. The fair is designed to acquaint students with possible service-learning opportunities in the community. For more information call the new service-learning coordinator Cindy Brown at 733-7346 or visit her office in Fine Arts 115. Teams are forming now for flag football. Teams must be signed up by Friday, Sept. 11 and games will begin Wednesday, Sept. 16. Interested teams may sign up at the Wellness Center Lobby front desk. The winning team will be awarded championship t-shirts and a $10 gas card per player. For more information, call 7337350.

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4-on-4 Flag Football

Debbie Williams By: Samantha Maloy

Campus Corner

Future of the campus looks bright

Performing Arts Box Office

Debbie Williams (Photo by Danetta Butler)

Most life-changing book ever read: The Bible Personal motto: “Never give up on your dreams, no matter your age.” Forms of exercise: “I love to go to the Wellness Center on my lunch break.” Favorite food: Anything chocoHometown: Newalla, OK late Spouse: Bert Proudest moment: “When I Kids: Three grown daughters graduated from Rose State.” Position at RSC: Administra- What is your most eccentric tive assistant to the President behavior: “I love collecting reciHeroes: My parents, Dr. Terry pes!” Britton, Carol Gregory, and Sue Where in the world would you Holmes like to be stranded? “At home

with my family.” What do you wish you would have known in college? “It is so much easier when you are younger and don’t have children OR grandchildren.” Quote that most amuses or inspires you: “Live to learn and you will learn to live.” One adjective a loved one would use to describe you: Clumsy! If you did a career change, what would be your alternate career? Teach adults Phobias: Spiders, snakes, and teenage drivers

Rose State Live’s annual season is about to begin. This year’s lineup includes Drum Engine, Go for Baroque, Hartel Dance, Horseshoe Road, Margaret Cho, and Reliant K. Tickets may be purchased at the box office in the Communications Center Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Prices and restrictions vary. See this publication for information on upcoming shows or visit the Rose State Live! Web site at students/calendars/rsclive. asp for more information. The box office can also sell tickets to any Civic Center show happening in the Performing Arts Center including Rose State Live! and UCO’s Broadway Tonight.

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ter Sue Holmes Howard Koerth Karen Mills Jerry Pickering 20 Year Awards Tim Campbell Vickie Gregory Alan Neitzel Jackee Owens Linda Reichelt Gerry Sheppard

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25 Year Awards Marian Benner Norma Cole Laurie York 30 Year Awards Les Berryhill Lachelle Hunt Judy Shaw

Charlie Weaver receives his commemorative plate for 35 years of service to the institution. (Photos Danetta Butler)

35 Year Award Charlie Weaver

New Student Orientation: Bigger and better than before By: Samantha Maloy

Club Events Movie Night

The Nontraditional Students Organization (NTSO) will sponsor a Family Movie Night 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 in the Student Center. The featured movie will be Inkheart starring Brendan Fraser and Eliza Bennett. Meggie (Bennet) must rescue her father Mo “Silvertongue Folchart (Fraser) from the clutches of Capricorn (Andy Serkis) who wishes to exploit Mo’s ability to bring characters to life by reading their stories out loud.


The Black Students Association will hold auditions for its annual talent competition 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 in the Student Center main dining room. If selected for the event, a $15 registration fee will apply. The competition will be held 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 in the Student Center main dining room and will feature cash prizes and trophies for first, second, and third place. For more information, contact Tracy McDade at 243-4701 or Tina Price at 549-2043.

Hot Dog Cookout

The Wesley Student Fellowship will host a hot dog cookout on the campus lawn 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. This event is free to all faculty, staff and students. Join the student Wesley Student Fellowship every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. for a bible study and lunch in the Student Center, room 123.

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New RSC students and their parents converged on the campus for the annual family orientation Friday, Aug. 21. Guests were invited to learn more about the campus and what commuter college life is like. A representative from Saratta Reeves Flanagan was the keynote speaker for the event. She went over tips and tricks with the students to help them adjust to college life. Flanagan also discussed the importance of GPA and extra-curricular activities in getting good internships and jobs. “[A good GPA] gets you the interview, but what you’re doing on campus [involvement in clubs and organizations] gets you hired,” Flanagan said. Afterward, students were divided into groups and toured various parts of the campus. They were inundated with brief presentations of services offered at school by various campus groups. In the afternoon, lunch was offered. “Everyone was very welcoming and made me feel right at home,” Whitney Tener, incoming freshman from Mount St. Mary’s, said. Students from the various leadership groups assisted the faculty in staffing the event. “We’re all just excited for this new beginning and I think we’re going to have a great year,” Mallory Maloy, Legacy scholar sophomore, said. Parents were just as excited about the event. “[Family Orientation] has gone fantastic; the whole setup was great,” Mike Loyd, father of Amber Loyd, said. Campus administrators also felt the event was a success. There

Which college should I transfer to? After graduating from RSC, deciding where to go next can be a daunting decision. Well, never fear dear readers, we devised a short quiz to help make your choice easier. 1) The Hogwart’s Sorting Hat is waffling between two houses to place you in and has turned to you for a decision. Would you want to go to _______? a. Gryffindor, it’s the only house that really matters. b. Ravenclaw, sometimes it is good to be less noticeable. c. I’d start my own house. 2) Your last name is being changed to the same as your dorm room. You choose a. Adams – if it was good enough for a president, it is good enough for me. b. Murdaugh – I like names that are difficult for others to spell. c. Stout – because it represents the kind of beer I like to drink. 3) When you think of a good library you look for a. the number of types of beer you can buy. b. the distance you have to walk to get there. You don’t want your friends to know you spend time studying, so the further the walk the better.

INFORMATION OVERLOAD- A large group of students is informed of parking and campus security. This is one of the many stations the new students visited to learn about Rose State. (Photo by Danetta Butler)

were a total of 642 participants this year, with 289 students and 353 family members. “It is so exciting to have so many new faces on campus. I am looking forward to a new year at RSC!” Kirby Harzman, coordinator of Student Activities, said.

c. specialized branches. If you need a book for your architecture class, you don’t want to have to leave the building to get it. 4) How useful do you want the campus Web site to be? a. Not very – you won’t be on it that much. b. Pretty small in size – You don’t want to spend much time looking for something that is probably out of date on the Web site anyway. c. Huge, but lots of dead links – You love the idea of being frustrated by links that either don’t respond or are dead. 5) When called to battle, your herald shouts a. We’ll fight with all our might. b. Fight today. c. Proud and immortal. Scoring: Mostly As: Hurry up and fill out that application for the University of Oklahoma. You are definitely “sooner born, sooner bred, and when [you] die [you’ll] be sooner dead.” Mostly Bs: You’ll need a letter of recommendation, a strong backside, and a lasso because you’re going to the University of Central Oklahoma. Get ready for a wild ride as you break in your degree. Mostly Cs: Oklahoma State University has a place for you in the bunkhouse. The horse is not included in your acceptance packet, but a six-shooting pencil dispenser is.

Clothing Exchange

NTSO will host a Clothing Exchange 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in the Student Center Raider Room. They will accept both children and adult clothing. Participants may bring clothes to trade, donate, or take clothes they may need. Everything that is left at the end of the day will be donated to local charities.

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The RSC Competitive Cheer Club will offer a tryout 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at Oklahoma Twisters in Norman. Anyone interested in trying out or desiring more information regarding the club may contact Alex Funston at 822-6627.

By: Racheal Price Editor-in-chief

By: Bryan Mangieri Features Editor

Ladies and gentlemen, we are one week closer to the end of the semester; and one week closer to the premier of James Cameron’s “Avatar.” All I can say so far is it looks weird. Some are saying it is the future of film, but my eyes just see more advanced Lord of the Rings stuff going on. My opinion is out on whether this is a theatre movie or a renter – need to see plot and trailers especially after “Inglourious Basterds.” In fact, “Basterds” is going on the list. Movies I would rather

on bleach my eyelashes than see again. 1. King Kong 2. No Country for Old Men 3. Secret Window 4. Sweeney Todd 5. Inglourious Basterds Now for this weeks’ picks: On TV: The Simpson’s were surprisingly funny and I haven’t watched it in 15 years or so. Plus, it was the only TV I watched busy week. In Music: Halestorm’s debut album is actually very good. Very reminiscent of great 80s female rockers

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Edition” by Sylvia Plath. Also Worth a Listen: Deerhunter. Also Worth Flipping Through: “Can We Steer Best Movie: Sigh, I rented my This Rudderless World? Kant, brains out and even went to a Rorschach, Retributivism, and new movie and all were disap- Honor” by Jacob M. Held bepointing. So I popped in “Blade,” cause it was philosophically and all was well with the world AWESOME. again. Games Playing: “Star Ocean: Looking Forward To: “9” – The Last Hope” – very fun, even three more weeks! if one of your party members is a 6 year old who only says ‘kay Best Book Read: “White way too often. Also, “WatchNight” by Jim Butcher – pretty men: The End is Nigh Part 2”, interesting light read from the this is by far the best downloadDresden Files. For those who able game I have ever played. want to be more intellectual and depressed read, “Ariel: Restored

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On TV: Lauren Rippetoe, concurrent enrollment student, recommends, “Psyche is my favorite show because it combines comedy with mystery.” Also recommended: “The Misadventures of Flapjack,” “The Office,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “Weeds,” says Lindy Wolfley, major undecided and from Matthew Webb, criminal justice major, “CSI: New York,” “CSI: Miami,” and “NCIS” because “it is very interesting to see how people work in those areas.”

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In Music: “Skillet is my favorite band because they’re Christian hard rock. People would love it,” said Rippetoe. Also Worth A Listen: “Breakup” by Mario – “every needs to hear it once,” Rosalind Evans, psychology major said. Best Movie: Madeline Miller suggests others see “500 Days of Summer.” “I adore Zooey Deschanel. She’s an amazing singer/actress,” she says.

DIVORCE NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD! Jon & Kate Gosselin and their kids of the television show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” are among the stars that satisfy the voyeuristic cravings of many viewers who tune into reality shows. (Laura Pedrick/ Discovery Communications/MCT)

Also Worth Seeing: “The Hangover” “It’s pretty much everything Games Playing: “I enjoy occasionally playing Wii Fit,” Wolfley that can go wrong if you are careless and stupid. It’s down right said. funny too,” Matthew Webb said. Tired Of: From the responses we received we found students are Best Book Read: Miller praises The Bible for “people who want tired of the death of Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton, health care reto learn the word of God.” form, “Jon and Kate, Plus 8,” celebrities, people who obsess over the “Twilight” movie and third world babies. Also Worth Flipping Through: Webb lauded Dante’s “Inferno” as a “classic novel about the human condition.” Thank you to all who participated in our weekly roundup of good stuff to enjoy. Everyone else send us your suggestions.

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Wacky Word of the Week #2 By: Sharon Motley Staff Writer

“Post Grad” offers a romantic comedy done in a style that hasn’t been seen in years with a combination of slapstick/ Disney/National Lampoon, even an Irene Dunne and Cary Grant “Awful Truth” style of comedy that keeps your attention throughout the story. The opening is cleverly done with cinematography that helps set the mood for what follows. Veteran actors Carol Burnett and Michael Keaton make this movie work with their impeccable comedic timing. As an excellent choice in casting, Alexis Bledel, of “Gilmore Girls,” portrays an idealistic, naïve, hopeful fresh graduate who tries to survive the realities of life after college. With her heart on her sleeve, she takes her dreams and carefully laid out plans to New York to apply for a job she thinks she has always wanted

at Happerman and Browning Publishing House. To remind viewers to keep their eyes open to what is really important in life, Ryden (Bledel) has to choose between a lopsided love interest of a childhood friend or a mysterious, sensual stranger. The comedic antics of Burnett as Ryden’s grandmother trying out different coffins for size and Keaton’s constant fight with the neighbor’s cat saves the film from being sugary. In the end, what plays out before you is an encouragement to never give up in the midst of disillusionment. You must embrace reality and be willing to take a chance to re-route destiny. With Ryden’s eccentric family, the message of loving your family for who they are has got to be in there somewhere! It is refreshing to be entertained and hear the sound of your own laughter as a stressful day melts into the theater seat.

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referred to, as at last coming to be linked with the White Whale in the minds of the superstitiously inclined, was the unearthly conceit that Moby Dick was ubiquitous; that he had actually been encountered in opposite latitudes at one and the same instant of time,” from Moby Dick by Herman Melville


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Upcoming Shows Go For Baroque Go for Baroque is an eclectic jazz/classical ensemble featuring seven accomplished Oklahoma musicians. Go For Baroque will perform their new program, “Route 66: El Camino a la Fiesta” Monday, Sept. 14. The program is a musical exploration of Latino rhythms found along Route 66, for people of all ages and all backgrounds. Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 for faculty, staff and students from schools other than Rose and $5 for Rose State students. For the Rose State College box office call 733-7960. Tickets may also be purchased at all Civic Center Box Office locations, 297-2264 and 1-800364-7111, Margaret Cho Actress, singer and comedian Margaret Cho will headline at Rose State Live! at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at the performing arts center. Cho’s show is for mature audiences only. Tickets are $45 for general public, $15 for RSC faculty, staff and students. For the RSC box office call 733-7960. The box office is in the RSC Performing Arts Center will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday so tickets may be purchased on campus. Tickets may also be purchased at all Civic Center Box Office locations, 297-2264 and 1-800364-7111, Horseshoe Road Horseshoe Road will perform thier eclectic music at 8 p.m., November 5 in the performing arts center. The group blends Blues, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Western Swing, Country, Rock and Gospel into an earthy genre of music they call, Heartland Acoustic. World-renowned fiddle sensation and Oklahoma Musical Ambassador, Kyle Dillingham, heads the band. The band will perform music from their latest CD, “Reel-to-Reel.” Tickets can be purchased for $15 for general public, $10 for faculty, staff and students from schools other than Rose and $5 for Rose State students. The RSC box office number is 7337960. Tickets may also be purchased at all Civic Center Box Office locations, 297-2264 or by calling 1-800-364-7111, www.

Music Stand: Vote for the audiophile By: J.L. Morrissey Assistant Editor

Imagine if politicians were forced to disclose their musical taste before being elected to office. How would this personal insight swing or sway your vote? Ah, but the discriminating public rarely gets the chance to peer into a politician’s musical mind without the Executive P.R. person getting in the way of truth. The carefully crafted iPod list of established artists seasoned with a few edgy pop songs just to keep it interesting screams manufactured cool. Last summer we had Obama’s iPod list laid out in Rolling Stone Magazine. This summer we get something meatier and homegrown. We get musical insight into Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Drew Edmondson who incidentally is running for governor in 2010. Through honest happenstance and without slick P.R. peeps, Edmondson reveals his eclectic vinyl record collection and, yes it’s juicy enough to sink your teeth into. Dean Avants, a local record collector had his name and number passed onto the Edmondsons’. Shortly thereafter, Avants found himself at campaign headquarters flipping through an astonishing, albeit eyebrow-raising assortment of vinyl records that otherwise were destined for the trash. Avants recalls walking in without a solid opinion of Edmondson, but after viewing the remarkable collection there was a feeling of kindred sprits and he exclaimed, “He’ gets my vote!” Avants managed to score notable albums from The Animals, The Byrds, Woody Guthrie, and strangely Tiny Tim. There was a random instructional LP, “Tennis with John Newcombe”, the soundtrack for “To Kill A Mockingbird”, and a smidgen of political LP’s – such as “Senator

VINYL SCORE – Dean Avants – a dozen, Drew Edmondson – a handful. Well-respected record collector, Avants (pictured) spends time in his converted garage spinning records and enjoying true quality sound. (Photo by J.L. Morrissey)

Sam At Home”, which purges the anecdotal musings from liberal Senator Sam Ervin, best remembered for his heavy hand in crushing McCarthyism. These were interesting. But for Avants, the real gems were Edmondson’s psychedelic rock records. Yes, I said psychedelic rock. The late 60’s mind-blowing genre best known for its dreamy, but drugged-out guitar rhythms, modal melodies, tripped out vocals, exotic instrumentation - ohso-heavy on sitars and hypnotizing tablas, with African beats that pulsed primal life force. Yeah, it simply didn’t get cooler. Edmondson took pride in ownership and penned his name on albums such as The Zombies, “Odyssey and the Oracle” and the Rolling Stones, “Flowers” and “Their Satanic Majesties Request.” Nevertheless, Avants didn’t leave with everything. “Even though Edmondson didn’t have a turntable” he squirreled aside “all of his The Beach Boys, oth-

er Rolling Stones LPs and a handful of “folkie records” said Avants. Either Edmondson was feeling sentimental or he knew the face value of The Beach Boys records. At any rate, Avants gathered up what Edmondson was willing to part with and noted that Edmondson’s wife Linda willingly gave him all the records for free. “She was a real nice lady,” said Avants. Avants was impressed with Edmondson’s unusual collection and shared his experience with close friends through a private note placed on his Facebook page, which included photographs to silence the naysayers. Avants wrote a rave review of the collection and poked fun at Edmondson’s opposition. He wrote, “Jari Askins and Mary Fallin were probably humming along” to the more mainstream “James Taylor and Dionne Warwick” whereas “Drew was cool.” Personally, I shudder to think at what artists grace the collections of some of our local politicians.

Just imagine what Sally Kern gets down to when she showers. Oh that imagery was foulmouthed. Drew Edmondson is the exception and appears as honest, unmanufactured hope. His musical tastes are superb as are his environmental thoughtfulness. After all, instead of tossing the records, he chose to recycle his tunes. So very cool. If he’s elected Governor, I will personally present him with a record player so that he can once again experience the pleasure of hearing the needle hit the record just before the speaker blasts into a Beach Boys tune. I dig it, Drew, and just like you, “I wish they all could be California girls.” Dean Avants is always on the lookout for record collections and related sound components. He can be reached at or at Larsen Music off Northwest Expressway where he gives guitar instruction.

‘Basterd’ or a ‘Nazi:’ Editors duke it out By: Racheal Price Editor-in-chief

Well, Quentin Tarantino does it again. He bills his movie as an ultraviolent action movie and then performs a bait and switch. Instead, he delivers a movie heavy on dialogue, not as cleverly written as would be expected from him, and bores viewers to tears while waiting for SOMETHING, anything to happen. What promises to be a Nazi killing flick turns out to have a total of two Nazi killing scenes. Wee! Divided into five chapters, the film follows the parallel stories of Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), a Jewish woman whose family was murdered by Nazis and of Lt. Aldo Raine’s (Brad Pitt) overly-zealous “Inglourious Basterds” as they plot seperately to kill several high-ranking Nazi officials. As the film is named after the second group, one would expect to see them appear in the film. However, most of the

scenes are given to Shosanna as she is menaced by Nazi Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). This wouldn’t be a problem if viewers weren’t drowning in the mise-en-scene. A prime example of this is in Chapter One, when Landa creepily manipulates a farmer into giving up the Jews he is hiding. The audience knows by every mannerism, action, and word that Landa is a very unpleasant guy, but Tarantino beats the audience over the head with it for at least 10 minutes (honestly it felt like 30). At varying parts of the movie, we get tight close ups of the man smoking, drinking, and eating. The effect is unsettling and uncomfortable, but Tarantino delights in torturing the audience with this feeling for far too long. The movie wasn’t all bad though. Waltz is excellent – I just had to see too much of him. The dialogue in the “basterds’”

By: Bryan Mangieri Features Editor

Yes, Quentin Tarantino does it again. Indeed. “Inglourious Basterds,” a tale of Nazi-occupied France, gives dialogue so crisp you won’t mind the subtitles, well-orchestrated action scenes, and an ending that will leave you haunted for the next few days following your viewing of Tarantino’s film. Brad Pitt makes his case as a character actor in the role of Lt. Aldo Raine. Raine may be nothing more than a one-note joke, a parody of John Wayne, but he provides the levity the movie needed. The plot following Raine, leader of the troupe—known as the Inglourious Basterds—draws a distinct parallel between the plot following Shosanna Dreyfus, a Jewish woman who disguises herself as a French theater owner to escape the clutchRATS GOT YOUR TONGUE? Christopher Waltz, who portrays Col. Hans Landa, speaks German, English, French and Italian fluently. All four languages were utilized in the film “Inglourious Basterds.” (©The Weinstein Company, 2009)

es of the Nazis, especially Col. Hans Landa, brilliantly played by Christoph Waltz. What unites the threads in storytelling separating the Basterds and Dreyfus? The penchant to kill Nazis. Pretty much the point of the flick. While the Basterds hunt and scalp the prey, Dreyfus hatches a scheme much more diabolical. After her theater is chosen by Joseph Goebbels, minister of propaganda, to premier the film to be deemed his “masterpiece,” Dreyfus decides to try to kill as many Nazis as possible since the opportunity has fallen into her lap. The momentum, for the most part, keeps on rolling in scene after scene, each one usually examining some facet of the customs human nature abide by, a theme Tarantino handles with expertise. Chapter One gives insight with this nuance: Before shooting up the refugees beneath the floorboards, Landa engages in polite conversation to manipulate the farmer hiding the Jews into giving them up. However, until this despicable act, Lancha appears the gentleman, opting to drink milk instead of liquor. But is the movie perfect? Well, no. It drags at times. The climax could have come sooner. But in the end, this critic doesn’t mind. Why? Because this movie is 100 percent fun, making up for any flaws Tarantino didn’t catch in the execution—pun intended—of this flick.


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