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Street News Friday, September 3, 2010
Another round for Tom Steed Renovated, renamed, revitalized By: Adriana Valtison Editor-in-Chief
Faculty, staff and regents gathered at the Tom Steed Center for Career Development for the rededication, renovation, and renaming to Tom Steed Community Learning Center. President Terry Britton explained, “This building has not been renovated simply because it got 30 years old. This building was renovated because we wore it out.” He said the constant use of the building gave need to have it redone. “This has been an incredibly active and successful building,” he said. Britton explained that when it was opened, it was used for programs for the United States Air Force and it helped to “kick off ” the Senior Citizen Program. It has also served universities such as OU and OSU and “Tinker in general.” “[The building] was opened and then they said, ‘Don’t teach any credit classes there. That was for career development and continuing education,’” Britton explained. The money given to the college to build the Tom Steed Center was meant to provide a building for Tinker and the community, so there were restrictions put onto the money.
“Well that changed over the years,” he added, “and we were able to take the Air Force classes and give the people credit for that. A lot of that is just the shrewdness of Tom Steed.” Britton went on to describe Steed, saying Steed had served under every president from Harry Truman to Jimmy Carter and had a close relationship with each of them. “For a big part of his career he was in charge of the White House budget.” Britton described the renovations as “wonderful, more efficient.” Stan Greil, vice president of workforce development, agreed, “It really exemplifies the community. That’s what we’re all about.” Joey De Vault, director of community learning, said the building is there to provide training, enrichment and lifelong learning for students. He explained that there have been over 41, 000 continuing education enrollments since 2004. Robbie Squires, district scheduler for Congressman Tom Cole, spoke at the event in his place; Cole was absent because he is currently in Afghanistan. Squires described the building as a beautiful area, and added, “[It is] definitely fulfilling its purpose if it’s got to be renovated in 30 years. Hopefully it will need to be renovated in 30 more.”
Dr. Terry Britton, Chairwoman Aarone Corwin, Joe B. Barnes, Regent Betty J.C. Wright, Vice Chairman Robert H. Croak, Larry Payne and Director Joey DaVauit prepared to cut the ribbon for the re-dedication of the Tom Steed Community Learning Center Aug. 31. (Photo by Miranda Liming) Joe B. Barnes and Regent Betty J.C. Wright share a moment during the re-dedication of the Tom Steed Community Learning Center, Tues. Aug. 31. (Photo by Miranda Liming)
Recovering from neck surgery, Dr. Britton speaks on behalf of the Tom Steed rededication. (Photo by Miranda Liming)
Steady flow of supporters help save lives Blood drive turnout renders a success By: Brittany McDaniel News Editor
Amongst the organized hum of progress lies a spirit of giving at the Health and Physical Education/Wellness Center, RSC faculty and Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) workers gathered to collect donor blood and tissue samples used to test for bone marrow matches. Participants who donated blood were gifted in return with food, a free T-shirt, and
Danielle Finnegan, criminal justice major, swabs the inside of her cheek to become a bone marrow donor. Swabs are mailed off to a facility to get tested. The results are put on an international donor list.
two passes to the Oklahoma City Zoo. Ryan Simon, physical therapy major, said he was more than willing to donate. “It’s not hard. Everything is spelled out for you in black and white.” A sample for bone marrow consists of only a mouth swab. OBI requests background paperwork that takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The swab is sent to labs for testing and becomes part of an international database. If a sample becomes a match, donors will be notified and a
sample will be taken in their hometown. Bone marrow samples, once extracted, can be shipped anywhere in the world. Audrey Womack, OBI coordinator, dispelled any myths associated with this process. “Nobody’s hip gets drilled into,” Womack said. Mindy Moman, secretary, added, “It’s not as bad as people think.” Moman’s father, Tom Hill, was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. A condition that often times requires a bone marrow transplant. The event was held in his honor, and to raise
awareness of a growing need for donors. Moman appreciated the show of support from participants. “It really restores your faith in people [when they] come out and support people [you] care about,” Moman said. If the thought of a needle summons overwhelming feelings of terror, monetary donations can be made on the OBI website, www.obi.org. A few moments could save a life.
Phlebotomist Tiffany Negron coaches Finnegan through the process of donating blood. The process takes around thirty minutes total and leaves the donor with a sense of satisfaction.
While donating blood, a pint of blood is removed from the donor who then loses a pound, which is regained in about three days.
Negron bandages and wraps Finnegan’s arm after the donation procedure is complete. After donating, the bandage should be left on for two hours. (Photos by Miranda Liming)
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Take a deep breath; the sky isn’t falling Dear Readers, So there you are. Class is going to start in about five minutes and you are already in your seat waiting for your teacher to arrive. But then as you look around you begin to think that maybe you’re not in the right classroom. It’s not until the teacher actually does arrive that you find out that no, you are definitely not in the right classroom. Now, not only do you have to hope you didn’t embarrass yourself in front of someone you know, but you have to figure out what room you were supposed to be in. The only thing that can make this situation worse is if you happen to make a wrong turn and you don’t know where you are at all. Oh wait, one other thing can make it worse—if the right classroom happens to be well on the other side of campus. That might sound strange, but yes, it can happen. Whereas you would have been on time,
you end up being 10 minutes late and have to come in during the middle of the lecture. You’re tired and angry and you feel bad for the guy who has to sit next to you after you have been walking around in the heat leftover from summer. A situation such as this can make anyone stressed out; a more sensitive person might even be close to tears. It doesn’t help that this sort of unforeseen circumstance doesn’t just happen to new students, it can happen at any point in the year no matter how long a person has been attending the school. The trick is to not get stressed out about those situations any more than necessary. Yes, that is a lot easier said than done, but when you really think about it, stressing isn’t going to get you anywhere. When these things happen, there are certain things you need to remember. First, getting upset isn’t going to help you fix things any faster. Though it has been said
time and time again, taking a deep breath and looking at the situation calmly will do a world of good. Remember to tell yourself that these things happen. Instead of sitting in the class not paying attention to the instructor because you’re fuming about whatever made you late, remember that there is no sense in worrying about anything you cannot control and that in the long run it will cease to matter, and you might even forget it happened. If you do happen to remember, it might actually help you because you will know how to respond the next time you suffer a terrible experience. If you end up fuming about whatever it was that ruined your day regardless of how unimportant it will seem in the future, there is one thing you should always keep in mind: chances are you just earned yourself a funny story to tell your friends. You could have gone home with nothing to say about your day, but now, good or
bad, you have a story to tell. (Photo provided by MCT Campus)
Costa Rica Field Studies Trip Do you know the way to San Jose? The Life Sciences division is sponsoring a field studies trip to Costa Rica that could count as your life sciences credit. Activities include kayaking in Lake Arenal, hot springs lounging, and waterfall watching at La Fortuna. Looking for something a little hotter? The trip also offers admission to see Poas Volcano. Travel to Costa Rica will cost $2,172 dollars, which includes roundtrip airfare Oklahoma City, all meals and hotel accommodations, admission to five national parks, and all sponsored activities. The cost does not include the cost of tuition. Dr. Amy Hurst, professor of life sciences, said, “Getting information from a book versus real life is very different. You don’t forget hands on knowledge.” Think about it: the flora, the fauna, and the fun! For more information, contact Professor Ruben Murcia at email@example.com.
Celeberity hosts D.C. rally, fundraiser Spirit of American values championed
By: Logan Pierce Contributing Writer
On the morning of August 28, half a million people gathered between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. for the Restoring Honor rally. A main objective was to raise money for the Special Operations Warriors Foundation (SOWF). The organization provides a
four-year college education to dependants of military personnel who’ve died during combat. Speaker and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin focused on the American troops and restoring the principles America was founded upon. “We must not fundamentally transform America as some would want,” Palin said. “We must restore America.” Glenn Beck, author, Fox News host and
radio host, connected the day’s events with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic speech 47 years prior. Video clips of the speech were shown on screens angled toward the crowd. King’s niece, Dr. Aveda King, spoke about the mission her uncle led. Beck spoke on the nine principals he believed American’s should adopt into their everyday lives, three in specific: faith, hope, and charity. Beck also asked rally participants
to leave their political signs at home. “This country has spent far too long worried about scars,” said Beck. “Today we are going to concentrate on the good things in America. The things that we have accomplished and the things we can do tomorrow.” According to the SOWF Web site specialops.org, over five million dollars was raised during the rally for their charity. (Photo by Logan Pierce)
Glenn Beck’s nine principals for the American public as published on glennbeck. com. 1. America is good. 2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life. 3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday. 4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government. 5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it. 6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results. 7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable. 8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion. 9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
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Music Stand: Break-ups and comebacks fuel industry By: Miranda Liming Assistant Editor There are times in our lives when we feel sadness, anger, and despair. People in bands are not immune to these feelings. In fact, they express them through music. But sometimes these feelings can become the end of a musical legacy. This is what happened to a local band last week that was scheduled to be our next Music Stand debut. I’m not releasing any names out of respect that the members are not yet ready to announce their disengagement. Freddy Mercury said it best. “Another one bites the dust.” So, instead, we’re going to talk about breaking news in the music industry, or what’s breaking news to me. While watching the Emmys this past Sunday, I’ve learned that Seal will be dropping his new album on Sept. 28 in the U.S. After a seven-year hiatus from
stardom, and marriage to super model Heidi Klum, my first thought was “Was “Batman Forever” not enough?” Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, or Mr. Heidi Klum, rose to exponential fame with his 1994 hit “Kiss From A Rose” which was featured on the summer blockbuster Batman Forever soundtrack. Seal’s hit won three Grammy’s in 1996, milking the money even farther. David Foster (a 37 year music scene veteran) is producing the new album SOUL. This will be Seal’s sixth album. According to seal.com, “The songs each evoke an era when soul music vividly captured emotion, drama and romance.” I highly doubt this will happen. It’s not that I don’t support Seal. I support every artist in his or her search for music inner peace and guidance. I just don’t believe he can do it. Seal solo was a struggle. The music was drab, the artist unrelatable. Then, he married Klum. If it wasn’t hard
enough to form and maintain a career in the extremely flucuating music industry, becoming the partner of an international superstar definitely made it an almost impossible task. I just wonder who Seal’s fan base is. Music popular in the ‘90’s has become overshadowed by artists of the millennium. Not because there is new technology, but the ‘90’s was a spin-off of the ‘80’s. Artists currently have taken a piece of 2001 and run with it. Will Seal do the same? Or will he be stuck in a time-warped rose bed between NWA’s glock and Alanis Morrissette’s dictionary? I will set down my nose and put aside my grievances to listen to Seal’s new album. I vow to hold my fire while I listen, and will evaluate this piece free of previous emotion of his earlier works. But, is it mathematically possible to wish for the separation of a band if there is only one member? (Photo provided by MCT Campus)
Briefly Speaking Tryouts The RSC Competitive Cheer Club will hold a tryout 8 – 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at Oklahoma Twisters in Norman. Anyone interested in trying out or more information regarding the club may contact Alex Funston at 822-6627. 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’s and adults 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. EF Tours RSC’s Study Abroad Club has joined with EF Tours to provide community members, students, faculty and staff the
opportunity to travel abroad in several upcoming trips. The club will host several fundraising events to help pay for travel.An information meeting regarding the trip to Spain will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the Humanities Building, Room 130. For more information call Morrow at 733-7507 or e-mail email@example.com. The cost of the trip to Ireland is approximately $3,600. An information meeting regarding the trip will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 in the Humanities Building, Room 130. 40 Year Anniversary RSC is commemorating its 40th Anniversary with a birthday celebration Sept 21. The celebration includes a variety of activities such as a Birthday Bash with contests, games located in the Campus Mall and 40 Artists for the 40th, an
art exhibit in the Communication Center 5-7 p.m. Events are open to the public. Honors Program It’s not too late to join the Honors Program. Contracts must be filled out and given to Toni Castillo, Honors Program Director, located in Fine Arts Room 117, by Sept 10. Wesley Student Fellowship The Wesley Student Fellowship, a religious club open to all faiths, will be holding meetings every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in LRC Room 110. Free lunch is provided at the meetings. 70’s Soul Jam and Jazz Pianist Tickets are on sale for the ‘70’s Soul Jam on Sept 21 at 7:30 p.m., and jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis on October 29. RSC faculty, staff and students receive discounts on tickets. A valid Rose
State I.D. must be presented to receive the discount. Discount tickets may be purchased at the Civic Center box office located at 201 N. Walker in downtown Oklahoma City, or purchased at the Communications Center box office the night of the show beginning two hours before show time. V.O.I.C.E. Club The power of the people gets no more representative than the right to vote. The V.O.I.C.E. Club is sponsoring a voter registration drive from Sept. 1317. Students can get voter registration cards from Dr. John Wood, Professor Monique Bruner and Professor Joe Campbell. The student who registers the most people on campus wins a $75 dollar gift card, second place receives a $25 dollar gift card. For more information contact Dr. John Wood at jwood@rose. edu.
Spotlight By: Brittany McDaniel News Editor Dr. Amy Hurst has been a professor of life sciences at RSC for five years. She is an enthusiastic presence in her department, easily identifiable with her beaming smile and friendly demeanor. When asked what she loves most about teaching, Hurst replies, “Having new faces every semester. [These] new faces with new questions makes me look at things from a different way that allows me to learn.” From her early days in Waurika, Okla., Hurst knew science was a love worthy of pursuit. Her earliest memory of this passion came in the form of a school project. “In sixth grade, I did a science fair project and [made] ice cream.” The idea of science applying to everything spoke to Hurst. However, the love for life sciences snuck up on her. “When I started I thought I wanted to be a vet. I decided I was going to have a back up plan.” That back up plan happened to be biochemistry. Hurst continued, “I got into the molecular side of things and got lured into the dark side. [Life sciences] made
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more sense. That natural side of things and the fine details fascinated me.” For students interested in pursuing science related majors, Hurst offers her advice. “Always ask why. No matter how much detail you get, keep asking why.” Hurst not only relays advice for the inquisitive science majors, but also wise words for any college student exploring the large habitat surrounding them. Family: Married with two children. Pets: Several. Job Title: Professor of Life Sciences. Heroes: My Mom. Hobbies: Mostly Reading. Most life-changing book ever read: “Call of the Wild” by Jack London. Favorite Food: Japanese, sushi. Drink you would recommend to someone having a bad day: White Chocolate Mocha. Proudest moment: Getting my doctorial degree. Adjective to describe yourself: Laid back. Favorite type of literature: Chick Lit.
Favorite TV show: Survivor. What is your favorite song? “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas. It makes me think of my kids, and life, and how everything turns out. Most desirable place to visit: I really like the Pacific Northwest. They get a lot of rain and cool weather. The green and geology is just really great. If you were stranded on a desert island with all your basic needs met, what three things would you take with you? My family, reading material, and coffee. Maybe a Starbucks. What do you wish you would have known in college? Time management. I wish I had listened better when they say [studying] takes time. If you did a career change, what would be your alternate career? I would go into early childhood or psychology. The psychology of how young children interact with each other is just fascinating. Would you rather cure the
cold or the flu? The flu, it kills more people. If you were a super hero, what would your super power be? Matrix analysis. Being able to find the patterns in things.
If you could live in a different time period, what would it be? I’d rather live in the future. I have that hope that it would be better, there would be cures for cancer, there will be less poverty, and that humanity would be better along. What writer do you draw the most inspiration from? Jack London. [He puts the story] into another person or animal’s eyes.
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Comedy reminds columnist of good old days Bryan Trude Feature Editor I would like to think that I’m not old enough to feel nostalgic about things yet. I’m 26-years-old, nowhere near old enough to care about the local kids, much less their proximity to my lawn. However, while watching a movie released in 1994, I’m disturbed to find myself remembering a simpler time. The good old days, when Brendan Fraser was funny and Adam Sandler wasn’t yet considered a serious dramatic actor. If this
makes me an old man, so be it. Let me share this movie with you before I go see if I can get myself the senior’s discount at IHOP. Airheads (1994) Rated: PG-13 Director: Michael Lehmann Starring: Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler I’ll be the first to admit that comedy is one of my favorite genres, and I’m pleased to see that time has not worn down this unsung parody of all things rock ‘n’ roll in the ‘90’s. Fraser plays Chester “Chazz” Darvey, whose one goal in life is
to obtain that teenage American dream of a life of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Despite a rocky relationship with his inexplicably hot girlfriend (Amy Locane), Darvey and friends, Rex (Buscemi) and Pip (Sandler), devote all their time and effort to making it big with the band, “The Lone Rangers.” Hold on, they pluralized “The Lone Ranger”? You can’t pluralize “The Lone Ranger”! It’s just not right. Despite their idiotic choice of band name, Darvey and crew are willing to do anything and
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everything to make their dream come true, even if it means taking a radio station hostage. Admittedly, if you are not familiar with the various rock and mid-90s social references that pervade this movie like books at a library, this may come across as just stupid. I, on the other hand, appreciate a good moronic comedy. It’s nice to see some of my favorite stars from when I was growing up doing the kind of things that made me like them, rather than get into fights with animatronic forest critters. Fraser and company bungling
around is always entertaining to watch. Sandler’s childlike naïveté that defined his early career is in full effect, and it’s nice to see Buscemi in a role that doesn’t make him look like he belongs on a sex offender registry. Solid supporting performances by Chris Farley, Ernie Hudson and Judd Nelson help solidify “Airheads” as good, imbecilic fun. Just remember, when someone asks you who would win in a fight, Lemmy or God, it’s a trick question. Lemmy is God.
This Week in History s i r a P f o y t a e r T e h T
TREATY OF PARIS SIGNED
The Treaty of Paris was signed on September 3, 1783, signifying the end to the American Revolution. Representatives from the U.S., Great Britain, Spain and France declared the Americas a separate nation with the boundaries of Florida north into the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic coast west to the Mississippi River. The Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1884.
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