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Remembering 9/11: One decade later By: Narges Taghavi Feature Editor
A decade after the tragic events of September 11th, RSC performing arts theather presented “Remembering 9/11”. This event was held Sep. 9, 2011 and allowed people a chance to take a look back on that day and acknowledge the brave people who responded to the attack. The event was opened with the National Anthem sung by Jennifer Hogan. Followed by Joe Williams, FBI Chaplain, who read the poem titled “We’re Still Standing” and gave recognition to the 9-11 first responders. Oklahoma State Gov. Mary Fallin gave some opening remarks, recounting her 9-11 story and how we will always remember that September day. “Ceremonies like this are important, because we should never forget the tragedy that occurred. The response, the powerful response of our nation, after 9-11. “In our nation we believe in community. We believe in protecting things not destroying things. We
believe in protecting communities not destroying communities. We value life. We value our freedom. “We as a nation pulled together in a tremendous time of tragedy; in a tremendous time of need and uncertainty to fight for our nation. To stand up for the things that have made America great; and that is what happened that day.” Fallin said. Following the governor, retired Brig. Gen. David Wagie gave recognition to Oklahoma’s Contribution on 9-11, and then held a panel of guest that told how Tinker Air Force Base and the FAA responded and defended the country on the awful day and the days following. The panel included; • Air Traffic Division Manager Brian Harmelink, Federal Aviation Administration • R etired U.S. Navy Capt. Gary Foster • C ol. Mike Mahon • R etired Col. Patrick Sheets • R etired Brig. Gen. Ben Robinson • R etired Lt. Gen. Chuck Johnson, The panel was asked about how they were notified about the attack
on 9-11 and what actions they immediately took upon learning of the event; this included a small slideshow and discussion on how they concluded operations and their personal stories during the days and weeks following 9-11. The remembrance concludedwith a small Q&A from the panel and audience, Maj. Gen. David Gillett, Commander, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center gave the closing remarks. Services ended with Jennifer Hogan returning once more to sing “God Bless America.” The “Remembering 9/11” event paid tribute and offered a time of reflection back to that fateful day that changed America. In addition to the “Remembering 9/11” event, Rose State College has yet to include a permanent campus memorial to 9/11; such as planting a memorial tree or putting up statue honoring the victims, similar to the Oklahoma City Bombing memorial near the LRC. A permanent memorial would be something the campus could do to show that we will never forget 9/11.
Sept. 16, 2011
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IN this issue:
...Page 2 • Banned Books Week • News Briefs
...Page 3 Sworn in - Twenty-one stude • Service Learningceremony. FairStudents electe By: Samantha Maloy • Campus Chat News Editor By: Miranda Liming Contributing Writer
...Page 4 • Lincoln’s Slavery Views
Student senators prepa for new semester. “Let’s makes this the be student senate,” Preside Terry Britton said at th Student Senate Inaugur tion, Tuesday, Sept. 15 Sixteen new student sen tors were elected last wee to serve the RSC stude body. “We have a lot new senators coming in I’m really excited,” Sena President, Amanda Wa ters said. Along with ad ing the element of onlin voting through D2L, th year’s elections saw a r cord numbers of voter There were a total of 7,54 students who voted th
...Page 5 • Star Wars: Blu Ray Changes
...Page 6 • Trash Talk • Library Card Discounts
Social ne ...Page 7 or h • Movie Review: Help “Warrior” of c • Trends: Online realm Reviewers
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...Page 8 •Weekly Event Calendar •Weekly Puzzles Spotlight: Amanda Walters, ... page 3
Peek into “9,” ... page 4
The 21st century brou it an inundation of info Virtually any topic you co into is only a click of a mo on the Internet. However, in a world w are flooded with data— it relevant to us, some of much—how do you keep the people you don’t wan touch with ? Social ne sites provide the answer. The big three of t networking sites—F MySpace, and Twitter— opportunity to be aware our friends, family, and c are doing at any partic ment. Basically, social ne sites turn our local com into a “global” community Each of the following competing services, and you use all three or non above, they are changing
MUSIC STAND: Dying Art, ... page 4 Office of Job Placement and Career Services, ... page 5
From left to right. Air Traffic Division Manager Brian Harmelink, Retired Captain Gary Foster, Colonel Mike Mahon, Retired Colonel PatrickPuzzles, Sheets, Retired ... page 2 Brigadier General Ben Robinson, and Retired Lieutenant General Chuck Johnson recount their personal experiences of September 11th, 2001 at the Rose State (MCT Campus) “Remembering 9/11” event. Photo by Tracie Bullen
September 16, 2011
Ban a Book: Res trict Potential Learning
As literature has progressed through history to modern day, books have caused impacts on societal norms. Writers do not always write for readers who use polite language. Because of this, some books have been removed from shelves of libraries and banned from other similar institutions. Some of these books are full of strong sexual content, or use obscene language as a means of emotional expression. Other books have been targeted for banning by being racially insensitive or disrespectful to the social idea of decency. Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer”, has been contested and taken to court numerous times and banned from many libraries, being considered racially insensitive to people disempowered by slavery. During Twains life, he was an avid abolitionist fighting against the very idea of slavery. And in his own ways, used his stories as a means to make the plight of slaves more visible and the acts of slave masters more despicable. The English proverb “never judge a book by its cover” is the perfect
example when it comes to interpreting works of literature and art. In writing, there are specific story lines and character developments that deliver a stories meaning and message. To criticize classic literature by current standards, distorts the writing’s initial purpose and also contradicts that purpose. This recategorizes the story’s fundamental message as negative when it does not apply to current society. Understandable as it is to want negative word usage removed from a book so that it is politically correct, there is a factor many may not see in the use of those negative words. It causes a person to consider the effects of such words and may enable a positive move forward. This, for literature, allows writers to light a fire within the hearts of society by illustrating social wrongs, which enables and alerts them to the crisis. Giving them a chance to change hidden-under-the-rug social problems. For William Pynchon, who in 1650 wrote “The Meritorious Price Of Our
Redemption, Iustification, &c.,” the social response was instantaneous dislike. In the market place of Springfield, MA, judiciaries burned the book, attempting to obliterate its seemingly evil message. Pynchon’s religious arguments caused the puritans to discredit his work and put him on trial. This is an early example of the extent to which society can determine what subject matter is socially relevant. So why are books banned? Disagreements of the contents value and/or significance to enabling a strong and morally sound social being creates a dissolution of, at least in some ways, the First Amendment Free Speech Rights. There are some books that should perhaps be limited to specific age groups and/or establishments. These books are often too graphic for the average family. However, if an individual wants their voice to be heard, then being open to those voices is essential to maintaining an open society. So, by banning or limiting the
content in which people engage each other through means of literature and works of art, is to restrict disagreeable views. Which opposes the very idea of an open society. A wise man might say “he who does not consider the perspective of another, loses sight of himself by limiting himself to never knowing more than himself.”
This advertisement encourages readers to take part in Banned Books Week. Photo courtesy of www.ala.org
News Briefs September 22nd Free college student night The Oklahoma City Museum of Art 5 – 9 p.m. A free night especially for college students! The festivities include live music by Born on November (Featuring C-PLUS), shoe painting, and a chat with the curator about the current exhibitions. There will also be refreshments and free stuff. Staff Members Editor in Chief Logan Pierce (firstname.lastname@example.org) Assistant Editor Chelsea Ratterman (email@example.com) Features Editor Narges Taghavi (firstname.lastname@example.org) Assignment Editor D.J. Gosnell (email@example.com) Online Editor Melissa Strout (firstname.lastname@example.org) Graphic Artist Michele Penix (email@example.com) Photographer Tracie Bullen (firstname.lastname@example.org) Circulation Manager Amber Stafford (email@example.com) Coordinator of Student Publications Julie Lesko-Bishop (jlesko-bishop2rose.edu) Secretary
September 24th Study Abroad Club car wash 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Study Abroad Club will be holding a car wash to raise money for their 2012 trip to Ireland. If you would like your car washed, stop by Hunt Law Group on the corner of S.E. 15th St and Midwest Blvd in Midwest City.
Sharon Motley (firstname.lastname@example.org) Computer Guru Scottie Seger (email@example.com) Volunteers Victoria Beechum (staff writer) Leiden Pierce (cartoonist)
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September 26th Banned books panel debate 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. This will be a debate featuring Rep. Jason Nelson, former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, Jim Roth, and Exec. Director OK Press Assoc. Mark Thomas. The event will be moderated by KOCO Channel 5 news anchor, Wendell Edwards. The debate will be held in the LRC 109/110.
September 26th Lyric Theatre’s “Xanadu” and “Spring Awakening” auditions 2 – 7 p.m. with call backs on September 27th For all aspiring actors, singers, and dancer, the Lyric Theatre will be holding auditions for their spring 2012 plays “Xanadu” and “Spring Awakening.” The auditions will be conducted at the Lyric Production Center on 1801 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City.
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September 16, 2011
Storyteller Bil Lepp shares Santa’s big secret By: Logan Pierce Editor-in-Chief
On Sep. 8, nationally renowned storyteller Bil Lepp preformed for children and adults in the H. B. Atkinson Theater. For nearly 20 years, Lepp has traveled the country sharing his storytelling skills with everyone. Lepp lives in W.Va. with his wife and two young children, and is a five-time winner of the West Virginia State Liars’ Contest, an event that honors tellers of tall tales. Hearing Lepp describe his upbringing, it’s difficult to discern where the truth ends and the tale begins. Lou Harry of the Indianapolis Business Journal said, “Bil Lepp – think Jeff Foxworthy with the comedic patience of Bill Cosby… It would be very difficult… to discern the structural difference between Lepp’s antic hunting story and Woody Allen’s classic “I shot a moose once” tale.” One story Lepp shared involved driving with his children. It was winter, and they saw many Christmas decorations, one of which was a giant inflatable Santa Claus. This particular model worked on a timer, and only inflated at night. When Lepp’s children
saw the deflated Christmas icon, they asked, “Is Santa dead?” “Only during the day,” Lepp said, “Don’t worry, though. Santa comes back to life at night.” Breaking from the narrative, Lepp talked to the audience about parenting. “Have you ever asked your kids, ‘Why don’t you use the brains God gave you? Let’s be honest. As parents, that’s the last thing we want our kids to do. Because then we have to make up an answer.” Lepp said. Processing the knowledge that Santa died during the day and came to life at night, Lepp’s children asked their father, “Dad, is Santa a vampire?” Being a good parent, Lepp said yes. “There’s no better way to keep your kids in bed at night around Christmastime,” Lepp said, “Just have them believe that in the weeks leading up to Christmas, Vampire Santa prowls the world looking for naughty kids. I told my kids to sleep with garlic around their beds.” In 2011, Lepp’s comedic album, Vampire Santa, won a Storytelling World Award. Lepp is a man who has proved that it is possible to make a Bil Lepp entertains audiences young and old in the H.B. Atkinson Theathre with career out of lying without getting into his unique style of colloquial storytelling. Photo by Tracie Bullen politics.
Campus Chat: Who is your Favorite President and Why? By: Tracie Bullen, Photographer
Shawn McCreary – “Dr. Britton because he’s just plain awesome.”
Erica Alvarez – “President Barack Obama. He’s a non traditional president and a sign of the changing times.”
Dr. Terry Britton – “President Barack Obama for all the things he has done for the stature of community colleges, and President Abraham Lincoln. He had a lot of hardships to overcome to become educated. He became a better speaker and writer, and had the courage to change the system so that later, President Obama could become president.”
Olivia Jent – “John F. Kennedy. He started the Peace Corps and other humanitarian programs like AmeriCorps. He supported Civil Rights and racial integration, and he abolished the mandatory death for first degree murder.”
September 16, 2011
The exhibit is made up of a line of panels each detailing a pivotal time in Lincoln’s life. Exhibit on display at the LRC through October 1st. Photo by Chelsea Ratterman
Lincoln’s Changing V iews on Slaver y By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor
Through Oct. 3 the LRC will feature the “Forever Free” Abraham Lincoln Exhibit; which is touring the United States in honor of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. Events and lectures have been planned for the duration of the exhibit’s visit and after. Dr. Alan Ball presented one lecture on Sep. 7 in the LRC on “Lincoln’s Changing Views on Slavery.” Dr. Ball is an adjunct instructor on campus, teaching U.S. History. The lecture presented a
wealth of facts, which are not found in the general education. For example: 1. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln had a black valet who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery? His tombstone contains his name, date of birth and death as well as the word “Citizen.” This was to “stick it” to the judge who presided over the Dred Scott case, which ruled that African Americans are not citizens. 2. Lincoln held off on signing the Emancipation Proclamation because of a pain in his hand. He did not want
it to appear he hesitated if his signature looked shaky. 3. He started out as President without a course of action on slavery. He was actually against black soldiers in the army. His ultimate course changer was the war itself and its need for manpower. 4. The political parties we have today are not the parties of Lincoln’s day. The parties have actually done a complete 180. Republicans then are what we consider Democrats now. The switch was caused in 1936 by Franklin
D. Roosevelt. On Sep.15, professor Michelle Brockmier spoke on the Civil Wars effect on women. Michael Lasser, who has guest lectured around the country on popular music as social history, will be speaking on Sep. 22 on the songs of the Civil War. In association with Banned Books Week, (Sep. 25 to Oct. 1), books that were banned during Lincoln’s time will be showcased on Sep. 29 at 3:30 p.m. in front of the LRC.
September 16, 2011
Star Wars Blu Ray changes leaves fan feeling green By: Dennis Gosnell Assignment Editor
On September 16, 2011 George Lucas will be releasing the “Complete Star Wars Saga” onto Blu Ray. Lucas has already confirmed alterations, and leaked visuals have already appeared on YouTube.
If, as George Lucas passionately said before the U.S. Congress in 1988, that changes to original film material is barbaric and unwarranted, then why is he editing his own films without releasing the original? The only one that really knows the truth to that is Yoda, the diminutive Jedi Master, Lucas himself. has certainly changed for his Blu Ray Lucas’ speech to congress was in debut. In “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” Lucas removed response to Hollywood’s attempt to the Yoda puppet used in the original color black and white films. Due to the version and replaced it with a CGI invigorated and passionate outrage at Yoda to make him more animated and such indiscretion of original pieces of art, the “National Film Registry” was life like. established to protect original copies Other confirmed alterations include of historically significant films from adding an emotional outburst from being edited without preservation of Darth Vader, similar to his emotional the original. outburst at the end of “Episode III: Whether or not these changes Revenge of the Sith.” Now in “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” when Emperor make for better films, it will certainly Palpatine (Darth Sidious) zaps Luke be interesting to see if Lucas continues Skywalker with force lightning, Vader to change the face of movies. looks left to Palpatine, and back down at Luke. Vader softly says “No,” then launches himself at the emperor,
“People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society. In the future it will become even easier for old negatives to become lost and be “replaced” by new altered negatives. This would be a great loss to our society. Our cultural history must not be allowed to be rewritten. Attention should be paid to this question of our soul, and not simply to accounting procedures. Attention should be paid to the interest of those who are yet unborn, who should be able to see this generation as it saw itself, and the past generation as it saw itself.” -- George Lucas’s 1988 speech to the U.S. Congress
Comic based on fan reactions to the changes made by George Lucas. Photo courtesy of www.oimag.com
Illustration located in the Washington City Paper. Illustration by Brooke Hatfield of the Washington City Paper.
September 16, 2011
Trash Talk: Dirty career shows clean prospects By: Daniel Ratcliff
Environmental Science Professor
What happens to all our trash? Where does it all go? These and many other questions were answered on the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management class’ field trip. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, professor Ratcliff and 12 students took a trip to the Southeast OKC landfill to learn about the fate of municipal solid waste. The Operations Manager, Brian Sanders, took the class on a tour of the landfill. Sanders said that the general public has little-to-no knowledge of how landfills are managed. He added that most people think that landfills are just a big hole in the ground where we bury trash. The class learned about the operating practices of a sanitary landfill, which include: methane gas recovery systems, composite liner requirements, and leachate collection and removal systems. “The term ‘sanitary landfill’ may sound like an oxymoron,” Ratcliff said, “but landfills
are dirty by nature, yet designed to contain the trash in a small area and prevent harmful substances from being released into the environment.” Students learned about how the methane gas recovery system of the landfill, which is a system of more than 100 wells, drills into the landfill to remove and burn off the gas . One student observed that as we got closer to the flame (known as the candle stick), the temperature increased dramatically to the point where we had to move behind a wall to get away from the intense heat. By the end of the tour the students gained a great appreciation for sanitary municipal solid waste landfills and discovered that landfills are far more than just big holes in the ground. Oklahoma currently has 37 Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, three of which are in the OKC metro area. Rose State College offers an AS degree in environmental science. The environmental science program has three options for the different career
paths students wish to pursue. Those options are: Environmental Quality/ Safety, Natural Resources, and Science and Analytical. If you are interested in a career
in environmental sciences contact professor Ratcliff at extension 7566 or Nick Bastani, Engineering and Science Advisor at extension 6280.
Students in professor Ratcliff’s class get a birds-eye view from one of the highest elevation vantage points in the OKC metro area…a mountain of trash. (Photo by: Daniel Ratcliff)
Finally getting carded is a good thing
By: Narges Taghavi Feature Editor
In a world where people spend most of their time online or waiting for the newest Apple gadget to come out, reading a book is the last thing on their minds, let alone getting a library card. Now it seems that being a library cardholder is paying off. Many stores have united to give discounts to library card carriers as part of the Get Carded Campaign for the month of September in honor of Library Card Sign-Up Month. Participating businesses include: • Lakeshore Learning Materials (6300 N. May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73112): You can pick up a 20% off coupon at any
9th Street, Oklahoma City, OK Metropolitan Library System. 73102 and 17 E. 5th Street, N ew Leaf Florist, Inc. (2500 N. Edmond, OK 73034): Get $2 May Avenue, Oklahoma City, cupcake (1 per person)! OK 73107 and 9221 N. Penn • Studio Grand Salon (7612 N. Place, Oklahoma City, OK May Avenue, Oklahoma City, 73120): Show your Library Card OK 73116): You will be able and receive 15% off home decor to get a 25% off services with items. Aly Jones and 25% off products O klahoma Heritage Association (excluding Kevin Murphy & & Gaylord-Pickens Museum Pureology). (1400 Classen Drive, Oklahoma • Chile Mecado (4640 SE 15 City, OK 73106): Get 15% off St Del City, OK): When you any publications in the Gaylordpresent your Metropolitan Pickens Museum Store. Library System Library Card R ocktown Climbing Gym (200 then you will get 10% off on food SE 4th Street, Oklahoma City, order. Each person in a group OK 73129): Library Cardholders needs to show their library card. can get a great deal 25% off a All of these businesses were New Climbers Package. S ara Sara Cupcakes (7 NW nice enough to give library
cardholders the opportunity to get some extra discounts, and they couldn’t be happier to do so. “I know that education is very important to this family, so with no hesitation I mailed a yes back to Metropolitan Library System. I wanted Sara Sara to be apart of this for today’s young reading generation.” Lindsay Harkness, from Sara Sara Cupcakes said. There are many places offering discounts for the Get Carded Campaign this September. More information about the campaign, and numerous other subjects, can be found by contacting your local library. Who would have thought getting carded really does payoff!
September 16, 2011
Wa r r i o r h e a l s f a m i l y t h ro u g h f i g h t i n g
By: Dennis Gosnell Assignment Editor
In each persons heart there lays some great pain that defines whom they become. Warrior is a fierce emotional roller coaster with that curative touch of inspiration that comes from forming unbreakable bonds. In this movie the fight to save love and home comes to life. When all that stands between a person and their dream, is a dark past that creates the illusion of being abandoned to the world; the only way to escape, is to fight. Much like the older Rocky Balboa movies, Warrior has a similar feel that captivates the audience’s heart. It’s the fight to survive, to provide, and to heal. Brendan Conlon ( Joel Edgerton), Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy), and their father Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte) are the central characters in this all or nothing epic. Brendan is a physics teacher from Philadelphia that is two short steps from losing his families home. He follow’s his banks advice and takes up the refinancing offers that were available to him and his family. But the housing market takes a fall into the dumps, and finds out that his bank can do nothing to help them. Edgerton plays his character with
a tender care that presents the idea of calm and smarts. The means by which Edgerton’s character wins is through technical perseverance that uses intelligence rather than brawn. The tenderness of Brendan is visible in his almost casual expression of forgiveness and will to hold no harmful emotions toward anyone. Tommy spent much of his teenage years trying to be responsible for his mother after the two of them left Paddy and Brendan. His mother’s illness kept him with her until she died. After her death, Tommy joined the Marine Corps and found a family he never expected. Hardy’s character, however, is that up in your face “I’ll knock your head off if you look at me wrong,” kind of guy. He doesn’t care about what any one thinks of him, he’s just there to fight and get on with his day. Hardy presents Tommy’s emotional state with great skill and determination. Even at the end of the movie when the emotional climax reaches its apex, Hardy’s ability is still and calm and portrays the moment in a way that makes it believable. Paddy is an ex-alcoholic who wishes to re-establish his relationship with both of his sons whom he pushed away and hurt deeply. His fight to re-unite
with his children, and his constant fight against alcoholism deprive him of being able to move forward. Nolte is perfectly suited to his role as an ex-Marine/alcoholic. However, it’s not the hard and rough image that makes Nolte’s character believable; it’s the quiet vulnerability of years spent anguishing over past choices and actions that gives power to his character. In this way Nolte brings together the three characters and brings to life the hardships in which each of them is fighting. As these three stories comes together to form a brilliant display of the healing power of forgiveness and
the ultimate power of love, a viewer comes to feel it not only spiritually but also physically as the story engages in the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) setting of brutality and the will to survive. Warrior takes the violent nature of mankind and turns it inward to where the demons of the past burn furiously. Standing alone against the pressing wind screaming, “I will not yield!” into that vortex of emotional damage, and finding that calm center of relief that comes from facing those demons and winning. That is what this movie is about.
The still from the movie offers a glimpse into the kind of action offered to audiences. Photo courtesy of Chuck Zlotnick of Lionsgate
O n l i n e r e v i e w e r s : Ta k i n g a c r i t i c a l l o o k a t c r i t i c s By: Logan Pierce Editor-in-Chief
The Internet has changed the requirements for fame. Achieving celebrity status no longer involves working in a California diner, hoping to be discovered. No, all that is required is to inform the world, “Charlie bit me.” Viral videos on YouTube have allowed people to experience 15 minutes of fame without leaving the comforts of home. In a similar vein, critics and reviewers who appear exclusively online are able to make a name for themselves, and arguably more importantly, make money. Leonard Maltin, Gene Shalit, and Roger Ebert are renowned for their critical analysis of entertainment and popular culture. Today however, these giants of judicious journalism find themselves sharing the spotlight with online personalities who go by such names as The Nostalgia Critic, Linkara, and Harry Plinkett. The website thatguywiththeglasses. com was launched April 2008, with
Doug Walker (The Nostalgia Critic) as the flagship review show. Michael Michaud, CEO of the parent company Channel Awesome, founded the site after he and two others were laid off from their jobs at Circuit City in 2007. The review shows featured on the website update weekly, each show catering to a particular niche of popular culture. The Nostalgia Critic, who turns 30 this year, focuses his show on cartoons or movies from the 80s and 90s (i.e. what 30-yearolds would consider to be nostalgic). Linkara (Lewis Lovhaug) uses his show, Atop the Fouth Wall, to review comic books. There are more than 50 reviewers employed at Channel Awesome. The website makes its money from advertisers, who play one 20 second commercial at the beginning and end of each review. Once the website launched, the viewers started appearing; shows like The Nostalgia Critic began to average 100,000 to 200,000 viewers
per week. Thatguywiththeglasses.com also gained 14 million page views per month. The website earns roughly $10,000 per month thanks to ad revenue, and has gained upwards of 11,000 dollars through donations. On Jan. 6, 2011, Walker was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in Las Vegas at the 4th Annual Mashable Awards. Other Internet personalities have made names for themselves as reviewers. The website redlettermedia. com and the Plinkett Star Wars reviews made waves with their irreverent analysis of the Star Wars prequels. Some Star Wars fans denounce them, while others love them. Ebert is a fan of Plinkett. “I was pretty much sure I didn’t have it with me to endure another review of [Revenge of the Sith]. Mr. Plinkett demonstrates to me that I was mistaken.” Ebert said. What this modern excess of critics means for Hollywood is a constant widespread word-of–mouth campaign. The public can more easily
be made aware of the quality of a film before seeing it. While these new critics may not change the quality of films released by the movie industry, their presence has changed what it means to be a critic who entertains through analysis.
“Hello I’m the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it, so you don’t have to.” -Doug Walker Photo courtesy: imdb.com
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13 Remarks 18 Beach bird 19 Vanishing sounds 23 “Doubtful” 24 Dígito 25 He played Dillinger in “Public Enemies” (2009) 26 Great Plains natives 27 Swahili for “freedom” 28 “Got that right!” 29 One taking things wrong? 30 Dadaist Max 31 Jack of “The Great Dictator” 35 Batik artist 38 Show leniency toward 39 Red letters? 41 Prickly shrub 44 Person sometimes 9-Down 45 Biological ring 46 Gallivant 49 Part of DOS: Abbr. 50 Midwest university with 23 team wrestling championships 51 Bollix up 52 Grievance 53 Peculiar: Pref. 54 Strip under duress? 55 Cabinet dept. since 1977 56 Numbers on horses 58 PC core 59 Soil-moving tool
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Calendar of Events for week of September 17 - September 23 September 20th Lessons in Leadership, TH 102 9:30 A.M.–12:15 P.M. Student Senate Meeting, SC 123, 2 P.M. Education Etiquette Workshop, SS 205, 2 P.M.-3 P.M. College Fair, Student Ctr Main Dining Room, 5 P.M.7 P.M. September 21st - 22nd Financial Literacy Workshops, LRC 109 Sept. 21st 1 P.M.-2 P.M. Sept. 22nd 12:30 P.M.-1:30 P.M. September 22nd Speak Out Support Group, SC 151, 6 P.M. – 7 P.M. September 23rd Student Senate: Club Officers Retreat, 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.