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What is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?

Life after stimulus

Steve Burrage, CPA and Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector, speaks with the Honors Program regarding the stimulus money in Oklahoma. His speech outlined how the money is being spent and what it will take to keep Oklahoma in the black. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)

By: Racheal Price Editor-in-chief

Steve Burrage, CPA and Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector, spoke with the Honors program regarding the Paradox of Affluence in the final Great Issues lecture of the spring semester. “The history of our nation would certainly support that we are a land of plenty; while others would argue that plenty go hungry, live paycheck-to-paycheck, or require government assistance to just live day-to-day,” Burrage said in his opening remarks. Burrage explained that while America is a “land of opportunity” and “rich” in compassion, resources and economy, it is also facing becoming a “land of scarcity” in terms of jobs. Burrage showed the iconic photo “No way like the American way” by Margaret Bourke-White to illustrate the theme of his presentation. “Some are wondering if this is where we’re heading,” Burrage said in reference to the polarization between rich and poor made complete with breadlines like those in the photo. The rest of Burrage’s pre-

“By the way, the liability per citizen was about $350,000 [as of April 6].” ~ Steve Burrage, CPA and Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector sentation showed charts to show how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding has been spent in Oklahoma and the steps Oklahoma will need to take to remain economically viable once the stimulus money runs out. “ The White House has made it clear that the money is to be spent as quickly as possible. Public entities, rightly so, will be expected to be able to account for every penny – every penny,” Burrage said. As part of his responsibilities Burrage is overseeing how the money is spent in Oklahoma and accounting for those pennies. As such, he said Oklahomans will have to take responsibility in reporting waste if they see any in this state. So far Oklahoma has “awarded $1.5 billion” to state agencies and has created 6,861 jobs in the government sector, Burrage said. Burrage explained that the government has not suffered the job loss that the private sector has. “The

private sector drives the economy… with 15 million unemployed in the private sector, it tells me that companies are not looking to expand…it tells me their uncertainty about the future is resulting in less risk-taking and more caution.” While stimulus dollars have made an impact in Oklahoma, the money is expected to “dry up by fiscal year 2012.” A year ago Oklahoma was termed “recession proof,” but it has begun to feel the “impact of rising unemployment, slumping natural gas prices and falling income tax revenues.” Federal dollars are paying for 49 percent of the state budget, Burrage said. While the Oklahoma state constitution requires a balanced budget, Burrage said the state budget is not balanced due to unfunded liabilities, like pension accounts. He said Oklahoma, due to these unfunded liabilities, actually owes $1 billion. Burrage said according to the Institute for Truth

in Accounting, “each Oklahoma family’s share of its unfunded liabilities is $14,600.” This number is compared to the amount of each citizen’s liability in federal debt of about $350,000. To give the audience a feeling of how Oklahoma voters would like to handle the budget crisis, Burrage cited a poll from It found Oklahomans would rather have a smaller government with fewer services, spending cuts to make budget shortfalls, and support a decrease to maintain a balanced budget. “As a public servant, that tells me we need to do a lot better at those programs funded with tax dollars. We need to be more efficient. We need to be more effective. We need to deliver services in a more cost-effective manner. We need to be more accountable.” Burrage concluded that the state budget will not be able to continue to be funded at current levels and predicted that state budgets and workforce would have to be returned to 2005 levels and education would not be spared.

• State budget at FY05/06 funding levels • State workers at FY05/06 staffing levels • Smaller state/local government • Increasing share of federal dollars to fund state governments • Astronomical federal deficit • Larger federal government Oklahomans interested in how stimulus monies have been spent in Oklahoma can visit recovery.

Information is according to Steve Burrage’s presentation.

“No way like the American way” “No way like the American way” by Margaret Bourke-Williams depicts Americans standing in a breadline with an advertisement stating America’s economy is the best in the world billboard. To see this photograph and others by the artist, check out http://www.mastersof-photography. com/B/bourke-white/ b-w.html.

O’Donnell recognized Week of the Young Child comes with fun activities for commitment to military spouses part of her work is briefing military spouses on deDebra O’Donnell was ployment in order to help recognized for her contri- them psychologically and butions to military spous- emotionally. The military es with the Joan Orr Air spouses are often in need of help coping Force Spouse with the reof the Year turn of their Award. Acloved ones as cording to the well. “It’s like nomination having a new announceperson all ment for over again,” this year, the she said. “You award “honwant to see ors the signifthem as a icant contrifamily when butions made they come by nonmiliback. You tary spouses want them to of Air Force be whole. Too m i l i t a r y Debra O’Donnell shows off her Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of many people members.” during a recep- split up.” O’Donnell the Year awardtion in her honor. me, is on call 24/7 (Photo by Jennifer Wimer) “For it was a big for families with deployed spouses. honor,” she said of winShe was the first to cre- ning the award. “You don’t ate this call-roster, now in do it for awards. You do it its third year, for military for passion for people. We spouses in need of help. help our own, we have to.” O’Donnell is a part of She also does volunteer the 34th Combat Commuwork, helping out with Easter egg hunts and a nications Squadron, TinChristmas party and other ker Air Force Base. She is now in competition with morale-boosting events. She explained that a 10 other military units. By: Adriana Valtinson Assignment Editor

Spotlight: Jean McKinney, ... page 3

Rich Zone: Random questions, page 2 Student Senate Executive Offices page 4

Sharon Saulmon, LRC dean, shares “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” with the three and four year olds from the Child Development Laboratory Center. The kids listened intently to find out the fate of Sylvester the donkey after he uses a magic pebble to turn himself into a rock to escape a lion. Don’t worry this story has a happy ending. (Photos by Jennifer Wimer)

The CDLC celebrated “character day” Friday, April 16 where they dressed up as their favorite storybook characters. (Left to right) Cat in the Hat, Bray, 4; Pretty Princess, Nicole, 3; The Big Red Ripe Strawberry and Little Mouse, Melodie Beauchamp, teacher; Cinderella, Taylor, 3; and Fancy Nancy, Georgia, 3. Beauchamp’s shows the book that inspired her outfit.

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‘Wishful thinking’ leads to ideas for improvement Let’s face it, last week sucked. When was the last time you woke up and didn’t resent the fact that you are still going to college? Yes, dear readers, spring is here and boy are we tired of school nonsense. So to cheer us, and hopefully you, up we have included a list of six things we need by next week to make the rest of the semester endurable. A McAlister’s Deli on Air Depot – Two words: SWEET TEA. Their sweet tea is the best around and is a necessity for getting through a day of class and work. With all the improvement in this part of Midwest City, surely the mayor and his planning committees could see a way to build this restaurant. Who has the mayor’s phone number? A Starbucks on campus – Speaking of restaurants, we deserve a Starbucks somewhere on the RSC campus. Getting some caffeine and maybe a pastry would make a world of difference while we’re trying to deal with homework and upcoming finals. If the student senate room can be remodeled and new furniture be put in all the breeze ways, then surely the school could entice Starbucks to put in a kiosk.

Less end of the semester homework – Since we don’t have that caffeine right now, how do our teachers expect us to finish the pile of homework they’re putting on us? This is the end of the semester and we’re not only worrying about finals, but, let’s be honest, after spring break we’ve basically shut down. It doesn’t help that most professors seem to think their students are

only taking one class and don’t have jobs. How about they give us a little less stress before we start on finals by having major homework due before spring break while we’re still fresh? We don’t want to do the homework and the professors don’t want to grade it, do they? Surveillance cameras in the classrooms – We already have to deal with professors piling the home-

work on us, we don’t want to have to deal with keeping our eyes on all the other students in the classroom too. There are already cameras in some of the halls, why don’t we get some in the classrooms too? Then maybe we won’t have to worry so much about the other students stealing our iPods during the three seconds we have our backs turned. Someone in a chicken suit – Once we have more cameras around campus we can use them to film somebody walking around in a chicken suit. This doesn’t give us energy or help us with our work load, but it would certainly alleviate some stress if we had someone to point and laugh at. All we need is someone desperate enough for attention to give us a reason to smile next week. A video game coma – Since all of these other things are fantasy, we may as well live in fantasy land and go into a video game coma .hack style. Wishful thinking is a valued member in the communities of our brains, so instead of pretending any of these things will actually happen next week, somebody should invent the technology that allows us to live in the video game of our choice. (Photos provided by MCT Campus)

Rich answers students’ bold questions By: Rich Wedemeyer Guest Columnist

This past year students have asked me a number of questions over a wide range of subjects and issues. These are good questions, ones you may have asked yourself. I have collected three of these and offered some responses: Why does every professor have a different attendance policy? Wouldn’t it be easier to just have the same one for every class? At first glance, one would think this is


a logical solution. But it isn’t that simple. The reasons that each class has a different set of rules about things like attendance include the nature of the course and the professor’s style of teaching. Many courses are lecture-based while others are skill acquisition and participation-based, for example. In some courses the material builds systematically upon previous topics and activities, making attendance more crucial. Professors each create a unique classroom atmosphere that permits them to make the most of their teaching style and which are simpatico with their own personalities. In general, we might all agree, attending class regularly is part of the contract the student makes with the teacher and the course requirements. At its core, attending class regularly is part of

the formula for your success at RSC. Why would someone want to be a professor? Most of us probably didn’t start out wanting to be “a professor”, but I’ll bet most of us fell in love with the classroom and then later, teaching. I love how I feel when I learn new things, and I like being informed. To come to understand the world more fully, or at least a small part of it, is a delicious adventure. Teaching is a skill that is born of the excitement of this process and the deep desire to share it with others directly. Here at RSC we take being the best teachers we can be very seriously: RSC offers the Teaching in Community program each year so that professors can reflect upon and improve their teaching methods and skills. We’re working hard up there in front of you,


you may have noticed. Our greatest reward? That you succeed! Are all professors “doctors?” How should they be addressed? In the United States, the title “professor” simply denotes someone who teaches at a two- or four-year college or university. The most basic meaning implies that a “professor” professes to be an expert in some art or science, so he or she has special training and knowledge. Many have doctoral-level degrees, and so the title “doctor” is fitting for them. Others have Master’s degrees and some have Bachelor’s degrees and they can be called Mr., Ms., or “Professor.” Although the title “professor” fits for all degrees, your professor will tell you how they wish to be addressed. Ask more good questions!


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Campus Corner

New executive officers sworn in; Senate gets down to new business By: Miranda Liming News Editor

A new league of Senate executive officers were sworn in on Tuesday, April 20. Senator Shawn McCreary took over as new Senate President. “I would like to thank the students and faculty that got me here. I am very excited to serve RSC as Senate President,” McCreary said about his new position. “I will use the best of my abilities to make RSC a better place for everyone.” Former Secretary Myka Phillips stepped into the Senate Vice President position. “I’m really excited to be the new vice president,” Phillips said. “I will be working with great people who all have the college’s best interest in mind. This is going to be a great year.” Myka Sederis will be keeping her position of Senate Treasurer. “I’m so excited to be re-elected as Treasurer. I get to work with the people again… we’re working toward getting more attractions and things for our students,” Sederis said. One of the newer senators, Andrew Bertolasio, has taken over duties of Senate Secretary. “Getting secretary is one of the best things to happen to me, and I’m grateful to be able to serve RSC and its students,” Bertolasio said. Chad Valentine, member of the Music Club, spoke in hopes of a $500 donation for the RSC Music Club’s “Music Festival” event to be held 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30. This money would go toward event food, advertising and prizes to be distributed. Senate voted unanimously to approve the $500 donation. Treasurer Sederis reported $9,270.96 in the Senate account as of Monday, April

Let’s keep it brief

SIFE Wins The RSC SIFE team went to a Regional Competition in Rogers, Arkansas and received 2nd Runner-up! The RSC SIFE team competed against 2- and 4-year colleges and universities.

Midwest Choral Society Spring Concert The Midwest Choral Society will hold a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 14 at Wickline United Method Church located at 417 Mid America Blvd.

Short and Sweet: A Ten-Minute Play Festival An evening of ten-minute plays will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23 – Saturday, April 24 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25 in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre. The plays will feature a variety of themes and genres from comedy to drama. There will be something for all. This show has been rated for mature audiences. All of the plays will be directed and performed by RSC students, faculty and staff. For more information, call Rick Nelson at 736-0364.

Summer VISTA Position available A summer VISTA position is available for a qualified applicant from June 4 – July 30. The mission behind this position is to serve Oklahoma’s low-income and at-risk students. The RSC VISTA will initiate or expand tutoring, mentoring or related academic support programs for students at Telstar Elementary during their summer school session. This support will close knowledge and skill gaps between low-income or at-risk students and their peers, leaving them better prepared for success in postsecondary education, with improved chances for escaping the cycle of poverty. Successful applicants will need the following qualifications: Have an associate or bachelor’s degree (or some college credit); Be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; Be fulltime (enrollment in education and/or outside employment are prohibited); Demonstrate commitment to and experience in community service or service-learning; Have experience and/or interest in working with college students, faculty, and community partners; Have strong organizational and leadership skills and ability to manage multiple projects; Have strong verbal and written communication skills, including conflict resolution and public speaking; Have computer proficiency, including database management; Have a valid driver license and access to a vehicle The benefits of being a VISTA can include: Monthly subsistence living allowance of $833; Post-service $1,000 Education Award for tuition or student loans, or end-of-term $200 cash award; Health coverage, student loan forbearance and child care assistance when applicable. For more information contact Dr. Joanne Stafford at 733-7373 or e-mail her at

Student Art Show The reception for the Student Art Show, as well as the unveiling of Pegasus, will be from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27 in the Communications Center lobby.

Shawn McCreary, Myka Phillips, Myka Sederis and Andrew Bertolasio emerged victorious in the recent Student Senate executive officer elections. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)

19. Resolution 023, authored by Senator Robert Ray, was presented Tuesday and states: “A resolution pertaining to the updating of the RSC Student Senate committee lists.” This resolution would make it mandatory to update the senate committee lists as needed throughout the semester, and would make senators who don’t currently hold a committee position obtain one immediately. As stated in the resolution, “This act of negligence reflects poorly on the RSC Student Senate.” Resolution 023 was passed unanimously in Senate and will be sent to President Terry Britton for administration approval.

SPOTLIGHT By: Michael Runyan Contributing Writer

Professor Jean McKinney will be retiring after this semester in order to spend more time with her family in Houston. Professor McKinney has always believed in teaching applicable knowledge before academic filler. She makes learning entertaining, and is always willing to take time to discuss an issue with a confused student. She will be missed by her colleagues and students. How long have you taught? “Ten years of high school. Eighteen years of college.” How has teaching changed over the years you have taught? “It has acquired more technology than I ever imagined existed.” What was your best April Fool’s Day prank? “Telling my students that they had a test.” What is your favorite color? “Purple… you know, it is the color of royalty.” What is your favorite quote? “Do unto other as you would have them do unto you.” What is your favorite childhood memory? “The snowstorm of ’58, the drifts were so tall, we could climb on the roof at Country Estates. We made the biggest snowman ever!” What is your current vehicle and how does it relate to how you feel about life in general? “A Silverado truck. Life is big!” What is your advice to new and pro-

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Rose State College holds Music Fest 2010 Rose State College’s will hold its first all-day music festival at the college’s outdoor amphitheater from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30. The event will feature more than a dozen live acts, with some complimentary snacks and drinks. Organizer Monique Weaver RSC music professor, said the Music Fest performers are local, featuring well-known name like Edgar Cruz, along with college musicians, local talent and newer acts. The action takes place at the Henry Croak Plaza amphitheater, located adjacent to the college’s Communication Center, near the intersection of Interstate 40 and Hudiburg Drive. Parking for the event is plentiful, convenient and free. For more information, call or text Kelsey Molina at (405) 596-0717, or email Character First!: Discretion The Legacy Scholars will present a Character First! lesson on Discretion at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, May 6 in the Student Services Building, Room 105. Cheerleading Tryouts RSC competitive Cheerleading Club will hold auditions for next year’s squad at 3 p.m. Friday, May 14 in the Wellness Center. For more information or to sign up for tryouts, call Towry Barnard at 733-7379.

Go to Spain Information meetings will be held for the trip to Spain in May of 2011 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 27 in the Humanities building, Room 208. More information regarding the trip can be found at http://www. Enter tour # 506277 when prompted. Additional information is available through Reginald Snoddy at 733-7427 or Lori Morrow 733-7507.

Jean McKinney Professor of Political Science spective teachers? “Respect yourself, your students, your subject matter and you will be a good teacher.” Is there anything that you would change about your life if you had it to do over? “I’d have become a vet instead of getting a teaching certificate in science. I wish I could have followed that dream.” What is the most annoying distraction? “Cell phones.” What do you think is the essence of your teaching? “I think my students can trust me to be fair.” If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? “I sound like the ‘Miss Congeniality’ movie: world peace.” What are your hobbies? “Fishing, hunting, poetry writing…and my grandson Logan.” Who do you feel has had the most impact on your life and why? “My mother. She helped mold the best of me; the screw-ups are my own.” What or who will you miss most? “Colleagues in my division who have always been supportive of me no matter what. We are like family. The Social Sciences division has been my home away from home.” You have a reputation for telling personal stories in class to illustrate points. What is your favorite? “My favorite one to tell is that my uncle (by marriage!) was a Nazi spy, which I use to demon(Photo by Danetta Butler)

strate the state of international relations at that time.” What do you like about college teaching? “I enjoy being able to relate personal events in my life to subject matter, and my students seem to like that. I enjoy the quality of my college students. I would rather teach community college than any other level and I would rather teach at RSC than any place of which I know.” Turn to page 6 for a special tribute to Mckinney.

BSA crowns a new queen Miss Jillian Whitaker shows off her crown and sash after the completion of the scholarship pageant. Whitaker was crowned the first Black Student Association Queen.

Emcees Tina Price and Shunu Tehu get the pageant started with a welcome to the audience. Price is the current president of the BSA and Tehu is the current treasurer. (Photo by Danetta Butler)

Business major, Sharmaine Rainge shows her musical talent with a song entitled “The Battle is Not Yours “ at the 2010 Black Student Association Scholarship Pageant. (Photo by Danetta Butler) Sharmaine Rainge and Tina Aniebok try to discharge some of the building nerves before the pageant starts. The contestants first performed a parade as an opening number to introduce themselves to the audience and the judges. (Photo by Danetta Butler)

Mass Communication major, Jillian Blair Whitaker, performs a skit entitled ”Losing Isaiah.” Whitaker’s platform was a smoke free campus. (Photo by Danetta Butler)

By: Samantha Maloy Assistant Editor

Four contestants competed for the title of Black Student Association Queen, sponsored by the BSA on the evening of Friday, April 9. Friends, family and faculty members gathered in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre to watch as the ladies proclaimed, “I’m Coming Out.” The evening’s activities consisted of an opening number, modeling of elegant pant wear, talent competition and evening gown/onstage questions. The onstage interview was in addition to private interviews with the judges held Tuesday, April 6. The judges for the evening were Loria Phillips (head judge) from Guthrie; Angela Russell from Edmond; Phillip Jones, Latoya Cooper and Kanika Davis, from Oklahoma City. The contestants were Tina Aniebok, Mass Communications major; Sharmaine Rainge, Business major; Tasha Watson, Social Science major; and Jillian Whitaker, Mass Communications major. Tina Price and Shunu Tehu, president and treasurer of the BSA, respectively, emceed the pageant. Dr. Kent Lashley, associate vice president for stu-

Tina Aniebok, presented a monologue entitled “Child Abuse” proving her talent in speech. Aniebok, contestant number two, said her platform was to “Stop the pain and break the silence, bringing sexual abuse and domestic violence awareness to the African American Community .” (Photo by Danetta Butler)

dent life, said at the beginning of the evening, “This pageant is one of the best examples of student enrichment- students wanted this to happen.” And so it has; the BSA has sponsored this pageant since 1999. Whitaker was crowned 2010 Black Student Association Queen and received $400 in scholarship money. Whitaker was also named Betty J.C. Wright Business Woman of the Year and received $100. First Runner-Up was Rainge who received $200. Second Runner-Up and Third Runner-Up, Aniebok and Watson each received $100. Watson was also named People’s Choice and Miss Congeniality and received $100 for each award. The scholarship money that the runner-ups received can be applied toward tuition or books at RSC only. Whitaker’s money can be put towards that, or if she chooses to go onto the next level at either the Miss Black Oklahoma or Miss Black Oklahoma USA pageant, the money can be used for those expenses. Virginia Thomas, executive director of the pageant board, said the neatest part about being involved with the pageant was “seeing the girls transform from just being students to elegant young ladies.”

Social Science Major, Tasha’ Watson proudly displays her evening gown for the BSA pageant judges. Watson’s platform was RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network). (Photo by Danetta Butler)

Tina Aniebok impresses the judges and audience with her evening gown. The evening gown and onstage questions were the final competition in the pageant. (Photo by Danetta Butler)

Contestants and guest queens join in a prayer minutes before the Black Students Association Scholarship Pageant. The prayer helped calm their nerves and encourage the contestants that they are all winners. (Photo by Danetta Butler)

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Dalton Stuart, criminal justice major, and Will Cummings, music major, duke it out in the inflatable jousting pit, which was available Wednesday and Thursday for the entire campus. The jousting pit was a popular place to relieve stress. Springfest is an annual event held to celebrate spring and hold the Student Senate executive officer elections. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)

Michael Thompson followed the sound of music and smell of free Chick-Fil-A right to one of the voting areas. Elections for RSC’s Student Senate executive officers took place during Springfest inside and out of the Student Center. Candidates offered up their laptops for students to vote online through D2L. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)

Executive officer candidate Shawn McCreary shows student Melissa Alferos how to cast her vote electronically. Don’t worry Shawn walked away before she began to submit her decisions. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)

“There shall only be one!” Will Cummings comes out victorious in a duel with fellow student Dalton Stuart. While he didn’t take Dalton’s head, he felt like a captain as he pinned his opponent for the win. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)

Max Townsend, Mary Khammahivong, and Natalie Greuel hang out between classes enjoying the free food and music. They took the opportunity to experience the beautiful weather during RSC’s Springfest. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer) It took courage for some to attempt the 50 ft. inflatable slide, but for Ashley Henderson, Tamika McCollum, Janet Hanna, and Essence DeVonne it was too fun to pass up. The Student Activities fee helped pay for the event including the attractions. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)

Student Senate Vice President Gavin Hart lends a hand with passing out free Chick-Fil-A sandwiches to RSC students like Ashton Hicks. Eight hundred sandwiches in total were distributed both days alongside 220 hotdogs on Thursday. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer) Dante Schmitz, lead Singer for Dante and the Hawks, provided the campus with his bands upbeat tunes to keep Springfest patrons entertained. The group featured covers from various genres. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)

Some students opted to avoid the hot sun by playing video game inside the Student Center Main Dining Room. “Mario Kart” and “Super Smash Brothers” were two of the choices. A “Call of Duty” tournament was sponsored by the Student Senate during the event. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)

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Entertainment EmPower Program moves into new home

provide a certification program for working in a professional office. This includes The EmPower Works program has re- the expectation of behaving like a person ceived a new home in the second floor of would in a work environment. For exthe old Health Sciences building, Room ample, students are expected to remove all 208. Utilizing nearly the entire second facial piercings and are not allowed to use floor of the building, the program now their cell phones during class time. The curriculum includes has several classan interdisciplinary rooms, administraapproach that seeks tive offices and comto build on each unit puter labs that will be that is taught. Stuutilized to help lowdents learn to emincome workers bepower themselves come more competiand strive to betive in the workforce. come self-sufficient These students are through the training referred to the proand internships the gram through DHS. program provides. The program, lead Sherry Alexander shares with guests how to use Finally, the program by Director Pam the “Oreo concept” to make a request. Alexander Emmons, seeks to explained that it involves figuring out what you can help support stuhelp those who have want - the gooey center of the Oreo - and then dents with college re“given up on them- finding a way to sandwich it in between the wants sources and earning of the other party. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer) college credit. selves” because those For more informainvolved in the program will “never give up on them.” The program lasts 8 weeks tion call Pam Emmons at 736-0360. The and is taught in a business environment EmPower Program is funded through and is intended to mentor and support DHS and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. the student. The mission of the EmPower office is to By: Racheal Price Editor-in-chief

Cartoon submitted by student Logan Pierce in honor of the retirement of Jean McKinney.

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east Asia 17 Scrabble cheat? 19 Cause of star wars? 20 Isn’t on the level 21 Put one’s cards on the table 23 Doctor’s order 26 Babbles 27 White Rabbit’s cry 28 “Like, wow!” 30 Antiquated alpine apparatus 31 Curl beneficiary, informally 32 Solution for a bad hair day 35 Rooster’s mate 36 Moisturizer target 38 Printemps follower 39 Traffic reg. 40 Miss Muffet, before the spider showed up 41 E-mail heading word 42 Stay a while 44 Viselike device 46 Future doctor’s project 48 Caribbean music genre 49 Oater prop 50 Low areas 52 Stop 53 Singer who loves

flashy jewelry? 58 Bartender’s concern 59 Leave alone 60 Piercing look 61 “__ Rosenkavalier”: Strauss opera 62 “The Federalist” component 63 Ninnies Down 1 Position 2 Wright wing, maybe 3 Break fluid? 4 Old West badge 5 Low sock 6 Take for one’s own use 7 French friar 8 Catches 9 East Ender’s flat 10 Pendant pair 11 Perform a sheepish hip-hop number? 12 Boston College athlete 13 Whistle sounds 18 American Beauty, e.g. 22 Agua, across the Pyrenees 23 Collectible print, briefly

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