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rose state college: A Golden Opportunity By: Logan Pierce Editor-in-Chief

A rainbow was seen over the campus as RSC faculty and staff attended a semester commencement breakfast on Wednesday. To add to the cheerful atmosphere, Dr. Britton presented awards to more than 30 RSC faculty and staff, who had each reached personal milestones in their RSC service. Acknowledging the good omen, Dr. Britton said, “Steve Carano wanted to take credit for the beautiful rainbow over Rose State. I suppose that makes this the pot of gold.” Dr. Britton reminded those in attendance of the upcoming bond election. “On September 13, the Mid-Del School District will hold a special Bond Election to build, renovate, and equip schools throughout the District.” Dr. Britton said, “Rose State College will be well served in the future if the bonds pass.” Dr. Britton encouraged those that live in District I-52 to vote. “Go out, willing to

“Public education is necessary to maintain a democracy.”

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vote ‘yes’ on the 13th,” Dr. Britton said, “If you’re going to vote ‘no,’ go on the 14th.” The last bond election did not pass, falling 16 votes shy of the 60 percent super majority required in school elections. “A vocal minority has a strong anti-education bias, …” Dr. Britton said, “… but we have some new ideas, and as we apply them, they will work.” In the face of budget cuts, Dr. Britton stressed the need for slow and steady enrollment growth. “We need to find one thousand new students …” Dr. Britton said,

The Ticket to Rose program utilizes gap funding, which covers the part of tuition and fees that federal financial aid may not cover. Experimented with previously, the Ticket to Rose program launched at RSC two years ago, allowing Mid-Del high school seniors an easy transition to college. The three high schools eligible from the beginning were Carl Albert, Del City, and Midwest City. One year later, the program was expanded to include Choctaw High School.

“Many of them will come from the Ticket to Rose program.” The program is being expanded to include, not only Mid-Del high schools, but also all home school students and private schools within the Mid-Del districts. In addition, there are plans to reach out to the Native American population. “You have students with young dreams, but you have more students who’ve had their dreams deferred.” Dr. Britton said, “Public education is necessary to maintain a democracy.”

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Achieving the Dream Initiative : Five safeguards for student success

1. The Student Success Center is the first line of de- 4. Individual case management is tied closely to the success plans and several different opfense in resolving issues students may have. Peekoffers into “9,” ... page 4 tions for students. 2. Early alerts from faculty feedback allow for 5. Mentoring programsMUSIC provide students with perproblems to be caught early. sonalized guidance. STAND: Dy3. An academic success plan empowers students ing Art, with the resources needed to rise above aca... page 4 demic shortcomings. Office of Job Placement and Career Services, ... page 5

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Opinion

August 19, 2011

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Record heat breaks Oklahoma This summer has been one of the hottest on record. The heat index has registered temperatures as high as 110 degrees, and there may be more to come. Since weather recording began in 1895, only one other month in Oklahoma’s history, ( July 1954), has come close to these temperatures, and we broke it this year. This summer there has been 16 heat-related deaths in Oklahoma. Is this the result of global warming, or just a freak surge in climate? Meteorologists are saying that the “heat dome” as its come to be called is an effect of the La Nina system, which often results in drier weather in the central US. In the first week of August, the average high was 107 and the average low was 77 degrees, with no sign of relief of the horizon. The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is predicting the drought will last through the end of October, or later. While the drought affecting crops is an issue for many farmers, is the hot temperature itself such a bad thing? To put things in perspective, does anyone remember winter 2010-2011? Oklahoma set a new state record for cold, when Bartlesville’s temperature dropped to -28 degrees in February. Within hours Nowata reported a low of -31. Many complaints were voiced over the subzero conditions, but that’s hardly abnormal. Each season complaints are heard over the weather conditions, “It’s too hot,” “It’s too cold,” it’s always “too something.” Let’s pose this question to students, would you rather it be hot and sunny, where shorts and tees are standard attire, or cold and snowy, where layer upon layer is required in order to maintain a reasonable amount of warmth? Personally, the heat is a good thing. It’s a hot, dry heat and not a humid heat that makes the air sticky and hair frizz out. It’s a good heat. Staff Members Editor in Chief Logan Pierce (lpierce@rose.edu) Assistant Editor Chelsea Ratterman (cratterman@rose.edu) Features Editor Narges Taghavi (ntaghavi@rose.edu) Assignment Editor D.J. Gosnell (dgosnell@rose.edu) Online Editor Melissa Strout (mstrout@rose.edu) News Editor Melissa Lam (mlam@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-bishop2rose.edu) Secretary

Graphic courtesy of Gary McManus , Associate State Climatologist of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey

The pool is a welcome sight, with water at an enjoyable temperature. Another added benefit of the sun and heat is alternative, clean energy. Solar power is a renewable resource. “Snow-lar” power is not. Solar energy does not generate CO2 emissions, therefore is not damaging our environment… with the exception of the drought. Noise pollution is also reduced. Solar panels are easy to maintain, and in the long run, money is saved and recouped. They are also reasonably easy to install, as they don’t require all the wires and power sources that are required for many other products. Just make sure to keep snow away, as the wintery precipitation doesn’t mix well with solar panels. On the other hand, the heat has affected many aspects of the local economy and community. When Oklahoma City Public Schools

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started school on August 1, nearly 200 air conditioners throughout the district were not working. Farmers throughout the state are butchering their livestock due to the drought; there is simply not enough food to feed their animals. Crops are also being counted as a loss. Expect the cost of food to be raised in the near future, especially meat prices. Heat detractors will argue that the cold weather is preferable because when it’s cold, you can always “put on a coat.” Whereas with hot weather, there are only so many layers that can be removed before you run out of options. Whether you prefer colder or warmer weather, with 2011 being a record-breaking year on both end of the spectrum, it’s apparent that the weather in Oklahoma has something to offer for everyone.

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Entertainment

August 19, 2011

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Movie Review Caesar, the film’s primate protagonist, is played by Andy Serkis through motion capture. Similar special effects were used for Serkis’ portrayal of the title character in Peter Jackson’s “King Kong.” (photo provided). Will Rodman (James Franco) coming to terms with the cancellation of ALZ112; the hopeful cure for his father’s alzheimer disease. (photo provided below)

render unto caesar... rise of the planet of the apes review By: Dennis Gosnell Assignment Editor

For many who go to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the subtle technique of blending a meaningful plot with lots of computer graphics and action may be a bit overwhelming. The movie trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes is filled with action and mayhem in an all out battle for freedom. This action however, is only an end result of a far greater plot. Beneath the story of rampaging Apes in downtown San Francisco, is a tale of a Chimpanzee lost in a human world that is neither chimp nor human and the subsequent result of animal testing and drug experimentation. Caesar (Andy Serkis) born in the Gyn Sys lab comes to know the world through Will Rodman’s ( James Franco) attic window and later through the Ape sanctuary in the outskirts of San Francisco. The trouble starts when Caesar begins to question his existence as a free being. When Will explains to Caesar how his mother Bright Eyes came to die, he begins to transition from an experiment to a free being. Caesar’s tragic role as hero is brought to life by Andy Serkis, who portrays the fierce resolve of the impromptu Ape leader Caesar with great skill and emotion. “It’s a great journey of this innocent who has a profound moment of self-recognition that he’s not part of the species he’s been brought up and loved by, and so he’s this outsider, this freak who has yet to really find out who he is,’ Serkis added, in an interview with Rebecca Keegan during San Diego’s Comic-Con

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International.” While Serkis’ performance was animated through the use of computer graphics, he still managed to bring to human eyes the pain and crisis of animal cruelty throughout the world. In the film’s trailer, viewers can see the apes jumping through trees, throwing steel fencing as spears, and see the ape Buck jump onto a helicopter from The Golden Gate Bridge. The action in this movie yields high expectation, yet the action is limited and most scenes are driven by the emotional character development. Though the action scenes do offer top-notch computer graphics that give the audience a look at astounding feats of acrobatics, speed, and strength. Andy Serkis’ cohort in bringing to life the time of genesis for the apes, is James Franco who plays as a desperate son looking for a cure for his father’s, Charles Rodman ( John Lithgo), Alzheimer disease. If there is any fault in Franco’s acting, it is his laidback smile that plays odds with the hyper-tense sincerity of his character Will. Franco’s strength in this movie is ability to perform the innocent and tense sincerity of Will, while Will tries to overcome the trials that block his road to finding a cure for Alzheimer disease. While Rise of Planet of the Apes has some flaws, it offsets its over-publicized trailers with its meaningful story and call for awareness in animal cruelty and pharmaceutical experimentation. On the surface it might just be a bunch of apes running wild through San Francisco, but for the discerning viewer there is always more to the story beneath the flashy computer graphics.

RSC Student Senate Seeking New Leaders By: Narges Taghavi Feature Editor

The Rose State Student Senate offers students the chance to be heard. Any student who is part of the Student Senate receives not only an opportunity for leadership experience, but also a 12-hour tuition waiver and the ability to make a difference. Every candidate must be enrolled in six credit hours and is required to have a 2.5 GPA. The responsibilities of the Student Senate include the disbursement of Student Activity funds.

“Being involved in student senate provides opportunities to develop leadership skills such as collaboration, presentation, parliamentary procedure, event planning and awareness. It gives our student body a voice.”

Kirby Harzman, coordinator of student activities commented on how the Student Senate helps establish a group of new leaders. “The purpose of Student Senate is to give the student body an outlet to provide recommendations to the administration regarding our campus.” Harzman said, “Being involved in student senate provides opportunities to develop leadership skills such as collaboration, presentation, parliamentary procedure, event planning and awareness. It gives our student body a voice.” Friday, September 2nd is the deadline for students interested in running for Student Senate. Candidate applications must be dropped off at the Student Activities Office by 5:00pm. Senate elections will be held September 7th and 8th on D2L. For more information on the Student Senate call 733-7376 and they shall be happy to answer any of your questions.


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Honors Program raises the bar Students seeking support should search By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor

Located in the Fine Arts building is the new office for the Honors Program offered on campus. Students who display motivation and a desire for enriched curriculum can apply for the Program. Requirements are: High school cumulative GPA 3.5 or higher on 4.0 scale ACT of 27 or higher, SAT of 1200 or higher, or equivalent COMPASS score certified by the Honors Director. Completion of six credit hours of honors coursework with A or B. Demonstration of special skills, which provides evidence of ability for honors-level coursework. “Of most importance is that any student can contract with a professor for honors credit in any class the student is taking if that student wants additional intellectual or creative challenge,” Prof. Antoinette Castillo said. Students may earn honors credit in a class in three ways: 1) Enroll in a class that is noted in the course schedule as an honors section, 2) At the beginning of the semester fill out an Honors Contract with a professor in which the student commits to complete a project for the course that goes significantly beyond the regular course content, or 3) At the beginning of the semester sign a Great Issues Honors contract in which the student would work with the Honors Program director to view a series of films and lectures and write six short critical essays in response to them.  The 3.5 GPA must be retained in order to graduate with Honors Designation. The GPA is checked upon admittance and application for graduation. Scholarships are offered for fall and spring terms. They are based on GPA, and first applicants receive some priority. They are tuition wavers, not cash awards. They must be resubmitted each year. Students may also apply for the Honors Program Book Loan

Program. The Program will buy a specific book and loan it to the student for a semester. Honors hours are transferrable to a four-year institution upon admittance to the institutions Honors Program. The Honors Program also funds at least two students in attending and presenting their work each at the seven state regions Great Plains Honors Council Conference. Awards are given each year based on selection of the RSC Honors Committee, so long as the student is eligible. The awards available are: • Outstanding Honors Contract Award • Outstanding Honors Mentor Award • Outstanding Honors Program Student Award. • Over $1500 dollars in cash awards to students and professors doing honors work.  The Honors Program will host two casual receptions for students to visit the Honors Program offices at the beginning of the semester. This allows students to talk with experienced Honors Program students and look at samples of some of the work done for honors credit last year.  The receptions  will be held from 2-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 29 and 30.  Complete information about the Honors Program can also be found at http://www.rose. edu/honors-program  or by contacting Toni Castillo at 733-7512 or tcastillo@rose.edu.

The Honors Program bulletin board calls out to the honor students in each of us (Photo by Tracie Bullen)

the Success Center

Fine tune your RSC experience at the Student Success Center (Photo by Tracie Bullen)

By: Dennis Gosnell Assignment Editor

As new and old students begin the fall semester, many may find themselves looking for help, or in need of some assistance. The RSC Student Success Center is here to help. Every semester the Student Success Center puts out flyers for all students with information about upcoming workshops and other student needs programs. For example, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. on August 30th, there will be a College Survival 101 workshop for students that may need help with instruction on how to efficiently navigate through the Rose State D2L system, how to use the Oasis enroll/drop system, and how to check and maintain the Rose State student email system, which are all key components to being a successful student at Rose State College. When asked about the different programs the Student Success Center uses, Philip Troutman, Student Success Center staff member said, “Students come in for help, and our program gives them a chance to build up their test scores.” Troutman also said the Student Success Center, “is a place for students with low ACT or Compass test scores to come for help, while also providing tutoring for students who may be struggling with a class.” Carla Robinson explained that

there are 3 programs that the Student Success Center uses to help students with their test scores and learning enhancement. The first and most commonly used is P.L.A.T.O., which is a program, designed to help students with their COMPASS test scores and ACT test scores. P.L.A.T.O utilizes reading, writing, and math software to help with a student’s improvement. The next program is Rosetta Stone to help students learn Spanish or English. Lastly is the Mavis Beacon to help students learn to type, or to help improve typing skills. When asked about the effectiveness of the Student Success program, Melissa Aguigui, director of student success said, “Students who use the Student Success Center tend to have higher GPA’s, continue with their academics and qualify for scholarships, than those who don’t.” One of the ways the Success Center provides study help for students is to try and develop a system that lessens the complexity of the higher education process. Through individual contacts the Student Success Center has in the past provided services for 5,414 students, and 13,645 students through its outreach contacts. When asked what kind of programs were available for students who are having trouble or problems outside of school Aguigui said, “We offer workshops to help students deal with life-skills like note taking strategies, test taking strategies, stress management, and college survival.” For students who may be having difficulties with addictions there is help. Students with these dilemmas can be referred to Dr. Joanne Stafford for counseling and advice. To find the RSC Student Success Center, walk down the hall of the Student Services building and find room 106. There, friendly staff members wait to help students anyway they can. Also in the Student Center there are more advisors to talk with, just look for the Student Success signs.


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LRC provides many resources for students By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor

The Learning Resource Center is a valuable asset on campus. Faculty and students utilize the various services of the LRC to enhance teaching and learning experiences. Everything from the library to video viewing services is contained within the building on the east end of the campus. The LRC issues a biannual newsletter, “LRC Connections,” to inform faculty and staff of new resources available to them. A main attraction of the LRC is its Library, which spans both floors. It contains more than 98,000 items, which can be accessed within the library, or checked out with a valid student ID. Magazines and e-books are also available. Some textbooks are on reserve for students who need them. Reference, audiovisual materials and periodicals are available, but may not be checked out. Fines for late books are 5 cents a day. LRC patrons can use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL), where a book, that isn’t available here, can be requested from another library. The Library Club also meets here twice a month, to promote the library and its services. “The LRC has a variety of resources for you to be a success-

ful college student. Please let us know how we can help you. Stop by the reference desk on the LRC first floor for assistance,” Sharon Saulmon, LRC dean said. When the LRC is closed, there are still resources available to students. Students can email a reference librarian at refdesk@rose. edu. The Ask-A-Librarian feature is available online, where students can join a chat room that is open 24/7 and is linked from the LRC website at lrc.rose.edu Contained on the 1st Floor of the LRC is the Testing Center, where exams from various classes can be taken. Bring your photo ID, class name, instructor’s name, and test number. Major exams such as CLEP, ACT and COMPASS can also be taken here. Tutoring Services are available for general education classes. After signing up, students will be matched with a live tutor for such classes as English and Algebra, two of our more popular courses. Online tutoring is also available 24/7; where students may upload specific math problems or paragraph drafts for their tutor to review. The most popular online subjects are physics and chemistry. Also contained here is the Reference Computer Lab, with Microsoft Office products and a

Vacant tables will soon fill with students, eager to utilize the LRC’s many services (Photo by Tracie Bullen)

reference librarian close by to assist with research needs. The Audiovisual Services and Computer Lab, located at the north end of the 2nd Floor, contains 41 computers for student use. Students can also view over 1500 different videotapes. The circulation desk for the library is located on this floor. This is where you can apply for the OK-Share card that allows you to checkout books from any participating library. The Distance Learning Offices are located here, where you can find information on Internet courses and telecourses. For more information and other numbers, check out www.rose. edu/LRC or the LRC website,

http://lrc.rose.edu. You may access many different databases for research, find out more about LRC services, as well as have quick links to all of your log-ins--D2L, Student eMail, and OASIS (student information system). You must log into a campus computer once each semester to be able to access databases from off campus. If you need assistance with the learning management system, D2L, please stop by an LRC computer lab or LRC206. LRC Hours 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. MondayThursday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday

Raider Life

Information & live music to usher in new semester & new students By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor

With the school year getting ready to begin, new students will be introduced to the campus for the first time. In order to help familiarize them with the campus and student life a Student/Family Orientation Session, or “Raider Rush,” is to be held from 9 a.m.12 p.m., Friday, August 19, at the Communication Center. Topics discussed will include a range of services offered on campus and general college information. After the sessions, lunch will be provided in the Student Center Main Dining Room, as well as inflatables and live music by Dante and the Hawks in the Campus Mall from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Dante and the Hawks, Tulsa based pop/rock band has played here before, when they headlined the Rose State Spring Fest on April 14. Dante and the Hawks is comprised of Dante Schmitz, vocalist; Teddy Scott, guitarist; Promo Dave, bassist and Matt Thompson, drummer. A self-titled EP was released in 2008, and their new EP, “Into the Wild,” was released in May. “The Hawks have played for several student events at Rose State and we always seem to have a lot of fun,” Dante Schmitz said, when asked via e-mail about their experiences. To RSVP for Raider Rush, call 733-7409

Get a free copy of their new EP when you mention this article to the band!

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Rose blooms from the ashes Rose by any other name would smell tobacco free By: Logan Pierce Editor-in-Chief

During the 2010 fall semester it was announced that RSC would be tobacco free as of August 1st, 2011. Chris Leland, director of the health and wellness center, emphasized that the campus will be tobacco free; not merely smoke free. “Any tobacco or simulated tobacco product is not allowed,” Leland said. Signs posted around campus raise awareness of the new policy. The tobacco ban is all encompassing. No ashtrays will remain on campus. Individuals in the parking lots found using tobacco products in their cars will be subject to fines. “If you smoke anywhere on campus property, you’re violating the policy,” Leland said. Within the last five years, electronic cigarettes have risen to prominence as an alternative for those who want tobacco where smoking is not allowed. These “e-cigarettes” use liquid cartridges containing various levels of nicotine and release water vapor into the air instead of smoke.

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Studies on the effects of secondhand water vapor are ongoing. Leland said that artificial tobacco devices go against school policy. “No electronic cigarettes.” Leland said, “They’re like Splenda cigarettes.” By becoming a tobacco free school, Rose State College qualifies for government grants, Leland said. The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (OTSET) receives funds from the government to help reduce the effects of tobacco on society. The money is funneled to different local organizations; one of which is the Oklahoma County Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition (OCTUPC). They allocate these funds to compliant public entities wishing to support smoking cessation programs. “Tobacco use is detrimental to your health and the health of others.” Leland said, “It’s an addiction; an addiction to chemicals. We’re not telling you that you can’t smoke, but you can’t do it here; and if you’d like to quit, we’re here to help.” To aid smokers who want to

Students can breathe easier knowing their campus is Tobacco free (Photo by Tracie Bullen)

“kick the habit,” the Health and Wellness Center is offering a tobacco cessation resource guide that includes activities to help conquer cravings and information about a “stop smoking” iPhone app. Leland said that the cessation resource guide is only one of many options available. “No one thing works for everybody.” Leland said, “You have to keep trying. For most, it takes multiple times to quit smoking. If something doesn’t work, try a different approach.” Working in conjuncture with the American Lung Association, the Health and Wellness Center will provide classes for students

on smoking cessation. “This isn’t a one-time workshop.” Leland said, “This is a year-long class that’s free for current students.“ Leland said that to succeed in this class you need to be able to say, “I want to do everything within my power to become tobacco free.” Regarding public opinion for the new policy, Leland said that most feedback has been positive. “I’d like students to think ‘I’m going to college to better my life, so maybe quitting smoking is part of that’.” For more information visit American Lung Association at www.lungusa.org.

A better life within reach for students

By: Melissa Lam News Editor

The Wellness Center is weighting for you. The tredmills are a great way to exercise when not walking to classes. (Photos by Tracie Bullen)

The RSC Health and Wellness Center is committed to the idea that exercise and proper nutrition is the key to achieving overall good health. Chris Leland, health and wellness activities director said, “Come on in and play, equipment is only good if it is used.” Various types of exercise equipment are provided in the Center including, Cardiovascular, Strength Training, and Stretch Equipment. Other equipment includes dumbbell weights, medicine balls, mats, elliptical and treadmill machines. The Wellness Center also features a basketball court, access to the Aquatic Center Open

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Swim, and group classes (up to room capacity) to students and faculty. For current credit students (six credit hours or more), faculty and full-time staff to register: 1. Go to the Wellness Center Information Desk and complete a Membership Application, a Participant Information Form, and a Waiver of Liability. 2.  Students, faculty and staff must have a valid Rose State College I.D. Card. For Individual Community Membership Registration: 1. Go to the Continuing Education Office and enroll in the class titled Individual Community Wellness Center Membership. 2. Pay your enrollment fees and receive your parking permit. 3.  While there, you will be provided a Membership Ap-

plication, a Participant Information Form and a Waiver of Liability that you must complete. 4. Next, go to the Student Services Building, Room 100 and get your I.D. Card. 5. Finally, take the completed Membership Application Form, Waiver of Liability, and your I.D. Card to the Wellness Center Information Desk. The RSC Wellness Center is open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. The Center is closed Sundays and all other days that the campus is closed, including federal holidays and in the event of inclement weather. For more information check RSC’s homepage at www.rose.edu, and click on Student Services, and then click on the link, “Wellness.”


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eteria’s stock, are energy drinks, a wide variety of sodas, and sports drinks. Viers said there are still a variety of mixed opinions from students There is a sign of change in the RSC Food and faculty as to the prices and quality of food Services. Red neon signs glow softly in each but she is optimistic about the changes and of the food and beverage serving areas. The thinks they are better for both the students and new signs were picked to bring in an aesthetic look the students would appreciate. However, faculty. students may find the signs hard to read and Regarding the new food services, Mark be unsure where to go to in order to find the Smith, manager of the Campus Bookstore said, kind of food they are looking for. In front of the “The prices are fair and reasonable; if you were register is the Fresh Market Salads venue where to go anywhere else off campus the prices would students and faculty members can purchase a The refurbished cafeteria and Java Rose are the hot be about the same.” Smith also said that the made-to-order salad. Further up is the Chef ’s new things on campus, but leave some patrons cold. quality of the food, cleanliness, and professional(Photo by Tracie Bullen) Specialty area where a taste of the food services ism of the staff has greatly improved, remarking daily special can be found. After the Chef ’s Specialty counter is the Fit that, “it will get better as time goes on, but it’s good right now.” and Lite counter that offers an assortment of yogurts and healthy foods. Some students and faculty are less optimistic regarding the new To the right of the check out register is the Markets Grill where food services. Their complaints include the length of time it takes to ,students and faculty can order a wide variety of different sandwiches, be served, the difference in pricing, and their inability to decipher the edeep-fried foods, and hamburgers. Just to the right of the Markets Grill signage. During the fall semester the length of time a student or staff is the International Special counter where any lunch or breakfast goer member has between classes is roughly 15 minutes. One anonymous ucan get an exotic taste of another country. To add to the convenience, RSC employee said, “There was no line and it still took 15 minutes to omenus are included in the check out area and include a wide variety of get my food and it was more expensive.” ofood choices available. The changes made by the new food services managing staff are not When asked about the new changes made to the RSC Cafeteria, A.J. well received by some, though with the times changing and prices skyrViers, manager, said, “We have broadened our food selections to include rocketing around the world, some of these changes may be necessary to ta daily special, international special, yogurt and other light foods, such help keep the services alive. How RSC students feel about these changes .as salads for those students that are in a hurry.” Also added to the caf- will be what makes or breaks RSC’s new food services. Assignment Editor

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Across 1 Cookie quantity 6 Partner of a mani, salonwise 10 “Dancing Queen” group 14 Hawaiian hi 15 Neural conductor 16 Area outside the city, briefly 17 Rhetorical question on a sultry day 20 Appear to be 21 Illness suffix 22 Blood lines 23 Enjoy a chaise longue, say 25 Subtlety 26 Shellfish order 31 Striped cat 32 __ polloi 33 Deck swabbers 37 Cavity fillers’ org. 38 Pitcher’s malady 42 Tennis doover 43 “Sexual Healing” singer Marvin 45 Meaning of a wd.

Calendar of Events for week of August 22- 26 August 22 First day of Fall Semester Raider Dayz Inhofe Breakfast 8 a.m. August 23 Raider Dayz August 24 Wii Wednesday- Wellness Center 3– 8 p.m.

46 Shrek’s love 48 Off one’s rocker 52 Boutonniere spots 55 Striped fish 56 Earthy tone 57 Lion’s den 59 West Point, e.g.: Abbr. 63 What you’re solving (in more ways than one, based on the starts of 17-, 26-, 38and 48-Across) 66 Lottery-like game 67 Look at leeringly 68 Italian white wine 69 Original sin site 70 Carpenter’s supply 71 U.S.-Canada defense acronym Down 1 Scroogean outbursts 2 Natural balm 3 Shopping bag 4 Class with flasks and beakers 5 Solo in “Star Wars” 6 Stopped briefly

7 Vet 8 Homer Simpson outbursts 9 Having one flat, musically 10 How lovers walk 11 Poker tournament entrance fee 12 Rodeo bucker 13 Nasty treatment 18 Slimy stuff 19 Latin egg 24 Writers Lowell and Tan 25 Neet rival 26 Party without women Exclamation with a flourish 28 Cybermarketplace 29 Master slicers and dicers 30 Hawaii’s Mauna __ 34 Scads 35 Russo of “Get Shorty” 36 Marquee luminary 39 Las Vegas numbers 40 “The Crying Game” actor Stephen 41 Advanced degs. for writ-

ers 44 “Nature” author 47 “What craziness!” 49 Brewpub pints 50 Tolerated 51 Heavenly music maker 52 “Social contract” philosopher John 53 Like a big landowner 54 Call up 57 Nike’s Swoosh, e.g. 58 Folk singer Guthrie 60 Drug kingpin 61 Edison’s middle name 62 Ownership document 64 “Golly!” 65 Mil. branch with ships

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