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News 15th Street

Volume XXXVIII, Issue 9

Rose State College


In depth look at the dental hygiene program,

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Inside Artist inspires others to reach new heights By joshua pace Asssistant Editor

OFFICE AMBUSH: James Hochtritt, ... page 5

Two Tributes to the First Ladies, ... page 6

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He walked onto the stage in jeans and a red baseball cap, the spotlight following his progression. Nearby, a canvas sat, pristine and untouched. He calmly put on a painting jacket, adorned with splotches of color, and, without a word to the assembled crowd, he began to create a masterpiece with simple pieces of chalk. Music played over the loudspeaker — “Rockin’ in the U.S.A.” and “Born in the U.S.A.,” respectively — as his hands danced over the canvas, leaving trails of color in their wake. The crowd watched in silence for several moments before various murmurs began to rise above the music. “What is he drawing?” one woman asked. “I have no idea,” her friend replied. Three songs into the performance, the crowd, almost at once, recognized the image taking shape before their eyes: a proud eagle set against a backdrop of Old Glory — a striking image, bold and utterly American, stared back at them, almost as if it had always been there, waiting to get out. That was the scene when Richard Hight, an internationally renowned inspirational speaker who uses fine arts to creatively communicate positive, lifechanging messages, took the

stage Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the RSC Performing Arts Theatre as part of the Diamond Leadership Series. In Hight’s hands, art seemed to be used as a metaphor. The message? Those who are able to hone their own talents and skills are artists in their own right, and, if they apply their talents through hard work and dedication, they, too, can bring something wonderful into the world. In addition to his art, Hight offered vari- Richard Hight displays his astonishing American eagle artwork during his performance at the Performing Arts Theatre Oct. 29. (Photo by Eric Tatom) ous stories to drive his point home. ‘Go draw over the homework as- ‘yes!’ Then she quietly walks “I didn’t learn to draw in a signment.’ And when Jimmy said over to her desk and she doesn’t drawing class,” Hight said. “I that, I thought, ‘What a great say a word.” learned to draw in math class.” idea! [If I do that] then I won’t Hight said that as his class When Hight was in junior have to do any of the homewas dismissed that day, Mrs. high school in Shawnee, Okla., work!’ Wilmore had each student show he said that he always sat in the “And I went to that chalkher their hands as they left the middle of the classroom — he board and I grabbed that chalk room. It was obvious that she wasn’t smart enough to sit in the and I began to draw all over that was looking for telltale signs of front of the class, but he wasn’t board, from side to side. And as chalk dust, which would finger rowdy enough to sit in the back I drew, Jimmy stood by the door the culprit. of the class, either. Then one as a lookout … [until finally, he He was caught. But, surprisday, his teacher, Mrs. Wilmore, said] ‘Hey Richard, she’s comingly, she didn’t say a word to told the class to sit quietly while ing!’ him about it. His friends were she went down the hall. “I put the finishing touches on convinced that he would be in That’s when mischief overtook the board, and then I slipped into trouble the following day. him, Hight said. my chair … then Mrs. Wilmore He wasn’t. In fact, a few “Once that door shut behind opens that door and walks across weeks went by, and Mrs. Mrs. Wilmore, my best friend, that wooden floor, she gets about Wilmore never mentioned the Jimmy, stands up and points to halfway in, then she stops and incident at all. the board where Mrs. Wilmore looks at that board and sees that See HIGHT, put up a full week’s worth of I have successfully covered evPage 3 homework assignments and says, ery math problem, and I thought,

Police warn people to lock their vehicles in wake of recent thefts

Chevy Cavaliers have proven to be popular on campus recently — to a thief. According to Captain Joe Snodgrass of the RSC Police Department, three Chevy Cavaliers were broken into last week while they were parked on campus. According to police, one of the items taken included an Apple laptop, and

Snodgrass reminded students to make sure that their valuables are secure and hidden away when left in their vehicles. In some cases, thieves will even break into a vehicle to steal something as simple as small change, Snodgrass said. Some ways that students, faculty and staff can lessen the odds of being victimized in a robbery include: • Shopping bags and groceries

should locked in or removed from the vehicle; • Computers and electronics should not be left in the vehicle; • Make sure all doors are locked, windows are rolled up and the vehicle is secure; • Leave nothing, even small change, in plain sight;

• Those who are approached by a burglar or see someone burglarizing a vehicle should call the police. Do not seek to apprehend the perpetrator; and • When pumping gas, lock doors and do not leave a wallet or purse out in the open.

Coping with mental illness difficult, not impossible By bryan mangieri Entertainment Editor

One thing is certain for anyone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. “Everything changes,” Steve said. “Your hopes, your dreams, your way of life. It’s hard to feel normal.” Steve (whose name has been changed for the purposes of this article) is a 26-year-old Midwest City resident who was diagnosed with a mental illness in 2003. When he was first hospitalized for a mental disorder, Steve saw a milieu of psychiatrists for help. In all, he’s been hospitalized for mental illness approximately seven times. He describes the psychiatric ward as “very lonely.” Hate and selfloathing fill the rooms, he said. “Your feelings are always poked and prodded,” Steve said. Over the years, three

separate doctors diagnosed him with three different illnesses: schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder or schizo-affective disorder (a condition similar to schizophrenia but with symptoms less severe). Steve thinks that he has a slight case of schizo-affective disorder, he said. But the uncertainty of his prognosis frustrates him to this day. “I feel like the doctors ruined my life for nothing,” he said. Statistics show that Steve is far from being alone. According to Catherine Lewis, a licensed social worker who deals with inpatient psychiatry for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, approximately 26 percent of U.S. citizens age 18 and older live with a diagnosable mental disorder. In fact, of all disabilities in the U.S. and Canada for people ages 15 to 44, mental disability ranks at the top of the list, Lewis said. However, unlike physical disabilities, a mental illness

carries its own unique stigma. Dr. Joanne Stafford, director of Special Services and Student Outreach, said there has been a recent strong movement toward awareness of mental illness. Stafford explained — in simplest possible terms — the genetics of mental disorders: neurons in the brain misfire. “Psychology is little over 100 years old,” Stafford said. “Our understanding of mental health continues to evolve.” Before the practice of psychology, sometimes the mentally ill were burned at the stake or faced such treatment as having holes drilled in their heads, she said. Historically, those with a mental illness were also made to believe it was their fault. Stafford said that this type of persecution still exists to a lesser extent today. When he first became ill, Steve believed the government was “out to

get him.” He imagined a man’s voice telling him to “secure the perimeter.” He took it to mean that it was his duty to serve and protect the community, as a vigilante of sorts. Although he no longer entertains thoughts of paranoia or delusions of grandeur, that doesn’t mean his problems vanished altogether. “It’s a constant struggle,” he said. “It doesn’t seem fair.” Steve said his future was bright at one time. Since a very young age, Steve wanted nothing more than to serve on the police force. During his teenage years and early 20s, he worked in several positions as a security officer. But when he was diagnosed, he said his future in law enforcement was taken away from him because he could no longer legally carry a gun. Now he just wishes for a life of “normalcy.” And that is a goal shared by many in

Steve’s situation — as well as the psychiatric professionals who treat them. When battling mental illness, both patients and professionals should work together to achieve the common goal of a higher standard of living for the patient, Stafford said. “I think it’s important to realize, like anything else, our lives can change dramatically from day to day,” Stafford said. Therefore, it is beneficial to have a plan when coping with a life-long mental condition. Those suffering from mental illness must learn to change their behavior to manage complex emotions, such as grief and anger, as well as learn to develop better “control” and “discipline,” Stafford said. Medication — if needed — and physical exercise also go a long way toward the goal of improving mental health, Stafford said. Steve, who receives a

monthly check from Social Security for disability, said that “normal” for him would mean maintaining a steady job and not relying on the government to financially assist him. He feels that change would boost his confidence and self-esteem. He wants to be “able to achieve something like everybody else.” Steve said the medication his doctor prescribes helps. “The pills mellow me out,” he said. “I don’t have panic attacks. I feel more down to earth and halfway normal.” He copes by not only taking his medication, but also by attempting to stay busy and trying to succeed “with the cards he’s been dealt.” He plans to take his G.E.D. test at RSC in January. And from then, perhaps, his future might even hold the “normalcy” he strives for. (Graphic provided by MCT Campus)

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Diversity shows gains, still has way to go Editorial The general election is just days away and whether you care or not, this is an historic election. Whether America emerges with its first African-American president or first female vice president, things will change. The glass ceiling of keeping minorities out of our highest offices will be fractured. Fractured, not shattered. Fractured because people on both sides of the political aisle are going to be looking for the mistakes either of these people makes. Fractured because the pool of known, quality minority candidates is low. Understand what we are saying. We have many excellent women, African-American and Hispanic (and other minority groups) already in politics but they are not garnering national attention. At least, not the rock star attention that Senator Obama and Governor Palin generate. The dream of an egalitarian nation is still just a fantasy. Whoever is elected next Tuesday will not be perfect and any mistakes they make will be amplified by partisan politics, which is

predominately what will hamper attaining any solutions for our country. The new office holders, president or congressperson, must compromise and resolve their differences so that they can concentrate on fixin’ what’s broke. If they do not, then in two more years– when we will have another big election in Congress – nothing will have changed. Repeating the same dysfunctional behaviors will result in continuing the same dysfunctional outcomes. Intervening in the same ol’ same ol’ may rest with us, the electorate. That is, unless, we are all willing to become more involved and stay involved with the process during the next four years. We need to be ready to respond and continue voicing our strong opinions to our elected officials, not only locally but also nationally. Every one of us has the freedom to do this but it is a freedom that we seldom exercise. No matter who wins the election, a historical turnout on election day should be our beginning involvement not the ending of our involvement. We need to decide what is important to us and begin the search for elected officials, not politicians that will best reflect our views. Elected officials, after all, are in a constant state of interviewing for their job. Yet, we

the people, rarely exercise our right to fire them at the end of their “ temporary contract.” Instead, we allow the same politicians to keep their job year after year. Want a career with job security and no accountability? Become a politician. Jettison all those labels . . . conservative, liberal, Democrat, Republican, redneck, elitist . . Regardless of race, creed, gender, religion or political affiliation we are all complex members of the electorate. It is important that we acknowledge that and it is imperative that we voice our opinions not just on election days but every day of the year. Americans need to communicate with their elected officials. Hold the president AND congress responsible for not voting with their constituents. Tell the president AND congress that it is unacceptable to act like two year olds and refuse to cooperate. Everything they do that we agree with or disagree with should have a response from us. Then, when the time comes, vote. We stress that a lot but at the end of the day, new ideas and thoughts can only be realized when everyone eligible to vote does so and continues to be involved in the democratic process year in and year out.

Mail CallReaders disagree with editorial content

I would first like to address the fact that the 15th Street News contains a statement that clearly says that there will be no discrimination against sex, gender, religion, etc. After reading the editorial [titled “Gideon handout only favors one view,” published in the Oct. 24 edition of the 15th Street News], I soon realized that this statement had been violated. This editorial was offensive and served no purpose whatsoever but to say that Christians should not practice their

religion in any form on a public campus. As a Christian, I realize that I will be persecuted for my beliefs, and I praise the Gideons for their courage in spreading the Good News of God’s Word. This editorial portrayed the elderly man that was passing out the bibles to be forceful and rude. I was actually handed a bible from this man and he was very kind and gave me every opportunity to easily turn him away. The distribution of these bibles was from an

Just to make things clear from the start, before I am written off as a radical, I am in no way affiliated with or involved with the Gideon group. I find it shocking that you find it more offensive to have harmless books passed around campus, than you find having pieces of plastic you roll up one’s penis passed about. The bible promotes things like “thou shalt not kill,” “thou shalt not steal” and “honor thy father and mother.” These things, unless I am mistaken, have never harmed anyone. Unlike passing out condoms, that may prevent some diseases, but also promote sex. And sex can have severe conse-

organization. This organization is just like any other organization. They have their beliefs and their functions to attend. This man was simply doing this good deed out of the kindness of his heart. This is something that he is passionate about, and I never talked to one person who believed him to be rude and forceful. I thought his presence and passing out bibles would make a difference on campus. Obviously it did because there is an entire editorial about how wrong this man was in

quences on a young person’s life if they are not emotionally or mentally ready. Also, and correct me if I am wrong, we still have freedom of speech in this great nation. So, I feel safe to say that the Gideons also have freedom of speech. I have a question for you Mr. Editor, would you have written this article if a Muslim had been passing out the Koran. Or if an atheist would have been passing out their literature? Or would you been glad abut the diversity we were getting here on campus? Why are people so offended by the bible? In your article you assume the

his pursuit to simply try and bring others to God. A very shocking point to me in this article is the reference to condoms. The entire idea of this piece was to say that condoms are more effective than the bible. The fact that someone would discriminate against a highly respected organization as the Gideons simply to get their ideas on promoting the distribution of condoms on a public campus is shameful. If this person wants to promote the distribution of condoms, don’t conceal it

Gideons “probably” gained permission to walk around campus, but you’re not sure? So, maybe they were simply exercising their ability to walk around and no one asked them to leave? Even if they did ask permission and were granted it, what makes you think if another religious affiliation were to ask that they would not be allowed this same privilege? I don’t think it’s the administrators’ responsibility to ask other religious groups to be here at the same time as the Gideons. For one, they’d be criticized for asking a religious group to come. And second, if another religious group feels


within a religious article. This reference should be stated by itself as a separate idea. Spreading the bible throughout campus is truly promoting morals and is in no way harmful, the thing that distributing condoms promotes is indiscriminate sexual intercourse. Maybe, this is the reason that condoms are illegal to distribute throughout public campuses. Haley Brooke Giltner, pre-sonography major

their message is important and wants to share it – let them ask the adminstration too! Lastly, you said “you thought something fundamentally wrong with…having a bible thrust into your face…” I seriously doubt there was any bible thrusting into anyone’s face. If we are mature and (as you feel) should be able to accept condoms for sexual activity, don’t you think we can handle saying “No thanks” if we’re not interested in something? Brandie Moore, dental hygiene major

Counseling Tip No. 9

A lot of people think domestic violence is about anger, and it really isn’t. Batterers do tend to take their anger out on their intimate partner. But it’s not really about anger. It’s about trying to instill fear and wanting to have power and control in the relationship. You have a right to be safe. You are not alone with the problems you face and help is always as close as your telephone. For assistance with problems related to domestic violence, call 917-9922

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Solution from 10/24/08

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to the

ARIES (March 21-April 20) Family security and increased romantic intimacy are now an ongoing theme TAURUS (April 21-May 20) Romance and longterm friendship will now enter a phase of open discussion and newfound passion.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Workplace or financial demands will this week require a bold or expressive approach.

CANCER (June 22-July 22) Home relations and long-term romance will now enter a period of rapid actions or serious discussions. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Early this week a mood of business and romantic restlessness will fade.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Over the next few days an old friend or long-forgotten emotional issue between lovers may resurface.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Gather friends and trusted companions around this week.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Intensive romantic change will now be difficult to resist. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Quiet celebrations and gentle emotional encounters will bring romantic improvement over the next 8 days.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) Over the next few days family and romantic relationships will intensify. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) Business and romantic security is now on the rise.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Four weeks of business misinformation and disjointed work communications will fade over the next few days.

By Lasha Seniuk © 2008, Tribune Media Services Inc. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.


Midwest City, OK 73110. 15th Street News is a member of Oklahoma Collegiate Press Association, which has designated this paper top junior college newspaper six years, and Associated Collegiate Press, which has rated it All American 30 semesters. This publication is printed by Edmond Sun, Inc., issued by RSC and authorized by the Coordinator of Student Publications. Cost to the state taxpayers is $301.81 for 4,000 copies per issue and $56.40 for spot color. This paper is recyclable. RSC, in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Executive Order 11246, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services.

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Abbreviation Guide BS - Business building CC-PAT - Communications Center-Performing Arts Theatre FdR - Founders Room FR - Fountain Room HBAT - H.B. Atkinson Theatre HE - Health and Environmental Sciences building HPER - Health, Physical Education and Recreation building HSA - Health Sciences Annex

LRC - Learning Resources Center MDR - Main Dining Room PTEC - Professional Training and Education Center RR - Raider Room SC - Student Center SM - Science and Math building SSB - Student Services Building TSC - Tom Steed Center TTR - Tinker Terrace Room



Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony, SC MDR @ 2 p.m.; Physics Conference, PTEC Bldg. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nat ional Allied Healt h Pro fessio nals



Spring Enrollment Begins


Wesley Student Fellowship Bible Study, SC Rm. 123 @ 11:15 a.m.; Student Senate Meeting, SC Rm. 123 @ 2 p.m.


Baptist Collegiate Ministry Bible Study, SC Rm. 123@ 11:30 a.m.


Mu Rho Alpha meeting, HAS Rm. 138 @ 11 a.m.; Phi Theta Kappa Meeting, SC 123@ 2:30 p.m.


Last day to withdraw from a class (16-wk); Last day to pay tuition and fees with $20 penalty; Big River CC @ 7:30 p.m.; Cyber Security Club meeting, BS Rm. 200 @ 6 p.m.


Big River CC @ 7:30 p.m.

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RSC Soccer Club game @ 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Big River CC @ 2 p.m.

UCO recruitment booth SC Lobby 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.





Mid-America Christian University, SC Lobby 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Wesley Student Fellowship Bible Study, SC Rm. 123 @ 11:15 a.m.; Student Senate Meeting, SC Rm. 123 @ 2 p.m.

Baptist Collegiate Ministry Bible Study, SC Rm. 123 @ 11:30 a.m.; HIV Testing, Wellness Center Rm. 113A @ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; TEACH Club, SC Rm. 123 @ 2 p.m.

Wesley Student Fellowship Bible Study, SC Rm. 123 @ 11:15 a.m.; Student Senate Meeting, SC Rm. 123 @ 2 p.m.; Test Taking Strategies Seminar, SC Tinker Terrace Room @ 2 p.m.; Native American Indian Heritage Celebration, SC Fountain Room 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Baptist Collegiate Ministry Bible Study, SC Rm. 123@ 11:30 a.m.

American Indian Association Meeting, SC Rm. 123 @ 12 p.m.

Phi Theta Kappa Meeting, SC 123@ 2:30 p.m.

RSC Republicans Club meeting, SC Rm. 123 @ 12 p.m.; Paralegal Club meeting, BS Rm. 122 @ 12 p.m.

Cyber Security Club meeting, BS Rm. 200 @ 6 p.m.

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Wesley Student Fellowship Bible Study, SC Rm. 123 @ 11:15 a.m.; Student Senate Meeting, SC Rm. 123 @ 2 p.m.

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By J.L. Morrissey

“I brush my teeth everyday.”

Daonta Davis, major undecided

Zack Plog, major psychology

“I randomly brush my teeth and mouthwash all the time.”

Janet Turley (photo by Eric Tatom)

Staff Writer

By H. Alexander Shafer

Janet Turley has been the Program Director of the Denial Hygiene program since Aug. 1, 1987 and has been practicing dental hygiene since 1976. Turley is a mother of two and grandmother of four who graduated from Cushing High School in 1965. She earned her degree in dental hygiene in 1974 from the University of Oklahoma. After graduation, she worked in private practice from 1976-1985 in four states, including Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Kansas. Upon her return to Oklahoma in 1985, Turley worked as an adjunct

Janet Turley

Spotlight on ...

Think your teeth are invincible? Founding Father, George Washington did. Washington developed dental problems from using his teeth to crack walnuts. He had trouble eating and speaking because of it. At his inauguration, our first president had only a single tooth. He wore dentures made of human or animal teeth, ivory or lead, never wood. Source: Presidential Trivia by Richard Lederer

Tammy Seay, major pre-nursing

“I brush my teeth twice a day and use mouthwash.”

What does your oral care regimen look like?


professor at RSC from the fall of 1986 through the spring of 1987. Eventually she was hired as the program director in 1987. She then went on to achieve her Master’s Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1989. Turley began her academic career as a journalism major at Oklahoma State University and wrote for the Cushing Daily Citizen, the daily newspaper in Cushing, Okla., while she was in high school. She changed her career plan to dental hygiene as a way to help her family, while her husband worked on his degree. While her husband worked toward his degree, OU began a dental hygiene program. Turley enrolled in the program after deciding to begin her career in this field.

“I knew by working in dentistry, that [teaching dental hygiene] it is what I wanted to do,” Turley said. Turley said that the best part of her job is being able to work with the students and faculty in her department. The dental programs are challenging, with a reputation of producing highly qualified dental hygienists and assistants, she said. “[The students and faculty] are committed to professionalism,” Turley said. Turley is also involved with RSC’s Professional Administrative Staff Association and once served as the parliamentarian for the organization. The dental hygiene program makes Turley proud because of the efforts of everyone that is involved with it. “[RSC produces quality gradu-

ates from the dental hygiene program and] I do think that most people know that,” Turley said. Turley also enjoys photography as a hobby and is enrolled in Digital Imaging this semester. “I would like to be able to use Photoshop and Picture Maker,” said Turley. She said that she likes the challenge of photography and it is a fun way for her to interact with her grandchildren. In addition to allowing her to spend quality time with her grandchildren, photography also allows Turley to capture her students’ proudest moment; graduation. Though she said she enjoys her hobby and, especially, photographing the graduates, she is always ready to return to work the following semester to introduce her program to the next batch of students.

Natasha Brock, Dental Hygiene, practices her skills on Patricia Rowe Oct. 3rd at the Health Sciences Annex Building located on the south end of campus. (Photo by Eric Tatom)

When patients enter the Dental Hygiene Program at RSC, they might be hard-pressed to remember that they are entering a learning environment for students and not an actual dentist’s office. From the comfortably decorated waiting and reception area near the entrance to the facility — located inside the Health Science Annex Building at 6301 Tinker Diagonal— to the various dental equipment housed within a noticeably sterilized environment, RSC’s Dental Hygiene Program not only offers patients with a financially viable means to preventative and basic dental care, but also a program for students to learn, hone and practice their dental hygiene skills. Established in 1970, the RSC Dental Hygiene program operates a “modern, 12-chair community clinic” that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, according to information released by the program. Clinical services are provided to the community during the fall and spring academic semesters. Some of the services that are offered include prophylaxis (teeth cleaning), a topical fluoride treatment, dental radiograph (dental x-rays), preventative patient education, pit and fissure sealant, as well as a

Assistant Editor

By Joshua Pace

general and oral health assessment. “I think we serve a lot of people for basic dental care who would not have dental care otherwise,” Janet Turley, Dental Hygiene Program director, said. “While our services are not [designed] to replace dental care, in reality, we do for some people because that’s all they can afford. The college supports our program in that way, allowing us to keep our cost to the patients so low. [The patients] like the quality of the care [as well as] the time that is spent with them and that’s different than a faster-paced, private dental office.” One reason the clinic is able to keep the cost to patients so low is because the services are offered at a reduced fee since dental hygiene students provide the services, Turley said. This relationship is beneficial not only to the patients but also the students because they are able to learn the basic skills of their profession in the classroom and then apply what they’ve learned to patients sitting in the dental chair. The Dental Hygiene Program provides general education courses in the biological, behavioral and social sciences during the first year of study, and professional courses designed to coordinate classroom lectures and clinical and laboratory experiences during the last two years, according to information released by the program. The workload for stu-

dents is tremendous, often translating to approximately 14-16 credit hours a semester and 3538 combined clinical and classroom study hours per week. Though the hours and workload are demanding on the students, Turley said the graduates are aware of the potential rewards for their hard work. “I think [this program] is beneficial to students because dental hygiene is a much desired career,” she said. “Our program is usually small in the number of graduates, but what we offer here is a lot of clinical experience. We really offer [students] a clinical as well as a classroom opportunity, so they can be strong in both aspects of dental hygiene. “We’ve been over here doing our thing [since the program started] and graduating 12 hygienists each year, so we’ve provided hygienists to the state for a long, long time,” she said, adding that the RSC Dental Hygiene Program is both consistent and wellrespected throughout the community. A quick tour of the facility will reveal the dayto-day operation in which students have been learning the dental hygiene profession since the program’s inception. In addition to classrooms, the rooms are also aligned with various equipment, instruments, an x-ray machine and various computers with specialized software that allows everything from viewing x-rays to scheduling pa-

tients. In other words, the students are exposed to and become familiar with the very equipment they will be expected to understand and utilize when they graduate and enter the dental hygiene profession, Turley said. However, though the dental hygiene program is a resounding success in Turley’s opinion, she said she would like to see increased enrollment in the dental assisting program — something that’s often overlooked by potential students, but lauded by potential employers. “I think that’s our biggest secret,” she said. “The dental assisting program does not have the [same] visibility as the dental hygiene program, but among the dental community, again, if you say Rose State College dental assisting graduate, then they know what [kind of quality applicant they are getting].” Another increase Turley would like to see would be the number of patients from RSC — both students and faculty. “I think that the number of patients that we get from the college, itself — students and employees — is minimal,” she said. “So, I think that while we’re well-known in the community, I don’t think our own college’s employees and students utilize us enough.” For more information about the RSC Dental Hygiene/Assisting Program or to learn more about scheduling an appointment, call 733-7337.

Dental Hygiene Program

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Briefly Speaking

Senate vacancy The RSC Student Senate has one vacancy open to any student who would like to apply. Those interested in applying must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and must be enrolled in at least six credit hours. Also, all applicants must be able to attend senate meetings at 2 p.m. each Tuesday during the semester, if selected to fill the vacancy. Those who are interested can file an application with Student Activities by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7. Applications are available at the information desk inside the Student Center. The new senator will be selected at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11 during the Student Senate meeting. For more information, call 733-7376. Big River The RSC Theatre Department will present “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8 and 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9 in the RSC Performing Arts Theatre in the Communications Center. Tickets are free to RSC students, faculty, staff and senior citizens. Admission costs $10 for the general public and $5 for non-RSC students. For more information, call 736-0364. Oh, Dewey Laura Raphael, Tulsa City-County Library staff member, will present “Oh, Dewey,” a one-woman comedy show that will allow attendees to receive their own personalized Dewey Decimal Number before and after the show, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11 in the Tom Steed Center Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the RSC Learning Resources Center and is free and open to the public of all ages. For more information, call 736-0259. HIV Testing HIV testing will be offered to RSC students, faculty and staff 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12 in the Wellness Center (HPE) Room 113A. For more information, call 7337525. Overcoming Test Anxiety “Test Taking Strategies: Overcoming Test Anxiety” will be held 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Tinker Terrace Room in the Student Center. This workshop will offer attendees various methods to overcome the stress associated with taking tests and is free and open to all RSC students.

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‘Oklahoma!’ star raises funds for students By bryan mangieri Entertainment Editor

Many people think Shirley Jones, the former star of the musical “Oklahoma!” and the television series “The Partridge Family,” actually comes from Oklahoma. In fact, she hails from Pennsylvania — but when visiting RSC Friday, Oct. 24 for her 12th Oklahoma visit as part of the RSC Foundation’s “Lunch with the Stars,” Jones said she doesn’t mind. “I’m an honorary Oklahoman,” she said. “I’m thrilled to be here.” Jones is an Academy Award winner who starred in a number of well-known musicals such as “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel” and “The Music Man.” She is, perhaps, best known as the widowed mother of five in the TV series “The Partridge Family.” Jones and Cassidy were

the first mother-son combination to work together in a Broadway musical when they took the respective roles of “Julian Marsh” and “Dorothy Brock” in “42nd Street” in 2004. Lunch with the Stars is a fundraising event sponsored by the RSC Foundation. The event offered donors a chance to catch a glimpse of Jones and her stepson, actor Patrick Cassidy, over a threecourse meal. Individual tickets for the luncheon sold for $100 and all proceeds raised from the event will benefit student scholarships. Not only did the event offer attendees a chance to support a worthwhile cause, it also provided a chance to chat with Jones about the high points of her career. Despite winning an Academy Award for her role in “Elmer Gantry,” Jones said she received

the most pride from her family, which includes her husband, two sons, stepson and 11 grandchildren — with another grandchild on the way in December. Cassidy spoke highly of Jones during the event. “It’s hard to Dr. Terry Britton, RSC president, left, welcomes Shirley Jones, follow her, but right, to the campus. (Photo by Eric Tatom) I often do,” he Mayor Russell Smith ofwhich included Dr. Terry said. ficially declared Oct. 24 Britton, RSC president, As a youth, Cassidy as “Shirley Jones and who held up a giant postremembered much ado Patrick Cassidy Day.” In er for them to sign. around the household honor of this occasion, The luncheon preceded since his mother starred a performance of the muin “Oklahoma!,” in which both stars were awarded honorary plaques by RSC sical, “Carousel,” which she was the female lead. starred Jones and Cassidy Cassidy said he was hon- Foundation Board Chairman Clint Greenhaw on and was performed Oct. ored and privileged to behalf of Mayor Smith, 25 and Oct. 26 at the RSC pitch in and help RSC students during this fund- who was unable to attend. Performing Arts Theater. Toward the end of the The University of Cenraising event. event, Jones and Cassidy tral Oklahoma sponsored In conjunction with the performances. Jones’ visit, Midwest City gave autographs to fans,

to know campus personalities Office Ambush: Getting through clutter James Hochtritt, professor of history Social Sciences 230

By Chelsea McIntire Photographer

When entering history Professor James Hochtritt’s unique workspace — his cubicle — one might notice the vibrant colors and interesting art pieces displayed on the walls. “I like art, a lot, and I like color,” he said. “I’m always a little amazed when I go into someone’s office or even their home and there’s no art on the walls or no color.” To further express Hochtritt’s love of art and color, he adorns his walls with paintings and artwork of his own. The pieces have the fun and abstract look of a Basquiat piece, with the color twists of Native American colors. The influence of each piece of artwork gives the room a feeling of calm and excitement all at once. A vast array of crosses give depth to a whole wall seemingly dedicated to the symbol. “I like the iconography of crosses … I like the power of that symbol because you can interpret it

By Allan E. Parrish

in lots of different ways.” Each cross gives a powerful impression to the room and offers a certain comfort and respect to the symbol, itself. It may be interesting to note that each cross is much different than the next. A broad cross with a centered heart, a thin, off-centered wispy cross and a wavy cross with a melted look align the wall with many others. It seems as though each cross offers a new emotion, almost as though they represent different times throughout Hochtritt’s life. In a room filled with such powerful imagery, one photo appears to stand out above the rest. It is a very famous photo from the 1968 Olympics of African Americans Tommy Smith, gold medalist, John Carlos, bronze medalist, and Australian silver medalist, Peter Norman. The ’68 Olympics were filled with racial con-

troversy and the African American track members chose not to boycott the Olympics. As the national anthem played for the awards ceremony, Smith and Carlos bowed their heads and raised their fists in a formation of a black power salute protest. They wore black gloves and fashioned black socks to differentiate themselves. “They were two heroes of mine, just as track athletes. I used to ride my 10-speed down and watch them run on Saturday afternoons. When they did protest, because I was a little radical, I thought, ‘man, that was awesome’.” The bookshelves are filled with Nobel Prize

ACROSS 1 Put off 6 Metric wt. 10 Bridle strap 14 “Crazy” singer 15 Part of U.A.E. 16 Natural tone 17 Virtual certainty 18 Sound defeat 19 Voucher 20 Pilot’s gauge: abbr. 21 Carolyn Gold Heilbrun’s pen name 24 Favorite to win 26 Debt chit 27 Boondocks possessive 28 Own-kind feeder 33 Countenance 35 Satirist Mort 37 School collars 38 Tokyo, once 39 Resting place of the Edmund Fitzger-

winning novels. One of his favorites, however, he began reading after he grew weary of the average American author’s works as an effort to broaden his literary horizons. As he held up a book entitled, “Soul Mountain,” he said, “This is one of my favorite books by Gao Xingjian, a Chinese writer. It was just unbelievable. It was about the writer, who was diagnosed with cancer — in real life — and he did a life check, went on a travel by himself in China, and he wrote about his experiences. “I think Soul Mountain had much more to do with looking inside of yourself and wonder-

ald 41 Banned pesticide 42 Small crown 44 Statement of selfassurance 45 Author of “The Swiss Family Robinson” 46 Like some missiles 48 Delighted 50 High deg. 51 Gung-ho guys 54 Some time 59 Swiss canton 60 Bring to ruin 61 Greek letters 62 Circuit 64 Violinist Leopold 65 Savoir-faire 66 French city on the Deule 67 Crimebuster 68 Move to and fro 69 Skaters’ jumps

ing why am I here, who I am and what is life all about in a sense. It’s just a mind-blowing book.” Listening to the passionate way he described the novel, one might conclude that Hochtritt is open to different opinions and emotions conveyed through writing. Hochtritt’s office is filled with many elements that create a unique and wonderful atmosphere. With all of the art, novels and personality practically spilling out of his door, one can, perhaps, see that Hochtritt stampedes through the basic molding of an office cubicle.

DOWN 1 1983 Mr. T flick 2 Beethoven’s “Fur __” 3 Painter’s application 4 Bus. ltr. abbr. 5 12-step plans 6 24 __ gold 7 Press 8 Extol 9 Procure 10 New enlistee 11 Canyon reply 12 Writer Murdoch 13 Crazy ones 22 High-IQ crew 23 Funnel-shaped 25 Connect 28 Word after 21A, 39A, 54A, 3D and 30D 29 Actress Jessica 30 On-screen standin

31 No ifs, __ or buts 32 WWII vessels 33 Greek cheese 34 Tennis situation 36 Blood-related 39 Shop machine 40 Actress Georgia 43 Actor who is Sissy Spacek’s cousin 45 __-Mart 47 Converts as needed 49 “Deck the Halls” syllables 51 Piquant 52 Tremulous sound 53 Web locations 54 Bog 55 E pluribus __ 56 Fanciful notion 57 “Major Barbara” playwright 58 Printer’s measure 63 Shuffle

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Theater majors Beth Rollings as Grace Coolidge, Sami Cravens as Mamie Eisenhower, Tiffany Sebring as Helen Taft, former RSC student and now OBU theater major Katie Tyner as Florence Harding, and Alex Allred as Eleanor Roosevelt. Each student embodied each of the first ladies adding a modern touch to each.

5 Reasons why presidential wives rock By Bryan mangieri & H. Alexander Shafer Staff Writers

Seriously, we mean no disrespect. But rather we come to celebrate the beauty and eloquence of five hotties that have helped make America what it is today — the powerhouse of the galaxy and a shining city on a hill. These are women that you might not have heard of but they shine down upon the ages like a brilliant, blinding light from heaven, like a brightly burning comet, illuminating the night’s sky. (See? Respectful That’s what we are.) 5. Eleanor Roosevelt (wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt) How can you resist a girl who’s always had the same last name? We can’t. She stepped up what it meant to be a First Lady, by taking a proactive stance in dealing with the social dilemmas of her time. Her gracefully worn, curly hair and business attire accompanied by a pearl necklace with elegance and prestige, ever so stylishly, is the reason why Eleanor lands number five on our list.

4. Florence Harding (wife of Warren G. Harding) Florence stands like a wax figure made of gold, glimmering with valor and unhinging upbringing. Florence re-opened the White House mansion and grounds for visitors to come get a glance of how the executive branch of our government works. If that doesn’t make any sense, then you must not get it. She’s totally 100 percent sizzinging.

3. Helen Taft (wife of William H. Taft) Some of you might remember Taft from his bathtub incident, but who do think freed him from his porcelain chamber? Helen. That’s who. Helen possessed the charm and appeal to throw galas, which brought together politicians and friends on the grounds of the White House. And that’s why she definitely slides in as number three on our mega, extreme countdown, where we separate the hotties from the notties. 2. Mamie Eisenhower (wife of Dwight D. Eisenhower) If Bettie Page were a First Lady, she would be named Mamie. Mamie often accompanied Dwight during his trips and campaign travels. She was

kind and diplomatic and loved among the American people. Her highly curled bangs and bright red lipstick bring the meow out of the cat’s mouth. She comes in number two by virtue of a coin toss.

1. Grace Coolidge (wife of Calvin Coolidge) OK, we’re burnt out on this entire concept by now, yet we must carry on because our “Five things” wouldn’t be complete without the fifth. She set the itinerary for her husband’s social gatherings after the death of the preceding president, Warren Harding. Grace was a shimmering, thin angel with a taste for the finer things in life. Well-done, President “too cool for” Schoolidge. Some of this information was provided by www.whitehouse. gov/history/firstladies.

5 Better Reasons: By Racheal Price

While it shouldn’t be denied that the 5 first ladies featured above are fine examples of womanhood, there are better reasons to adore them than the curl of their hair, the color of their lipsticks or the curve of their breasts.

1. Eleanor Roosevelt (Anna) Eleanor Roosevelt facilitated the ascendance of the role of First Lady from mere entertainer and pleaser of the president to a political powerhouse in her own right. In “My Day,” a syndicated newspaper column, Roosevelt discussed her honest opinions on the issues of the day. She, also, held press conferences, travelled, gave lectures and radio broadcasts. 2. Florence Harding Florence Harding is proof that single mothers can persevere. At the age of 19 she found herself pregnant so she did what any pregnant teenager in 1880 would do, she eloped with the father. Unfortunately, no record of the marriage exists, leading to the belief that it was a common law marriage only. The father was a wastrel, so she dumped him before their son was 1 year old and moved back to Ohio. She could have allowed her wealthy father to care for her and the baby but she didn’t. She gave piano lessons instead to support herself 3. Helen Taft Helen Taft did not have the opportunity to shine as much

as some first ladies due to a stroke she suffered shortly after her husband became president. However, she did supervise the planting of the Washington cherry trees. They were a gift from the people of Tokyo and the ambassador of Japan’s wife assisted her. 4. Mamie Eisenhower Marie “Mamie” Geneva Doud-Eisenhower was an extremely outgoing first lady. However, she suffered from Meniere’s disease, a condition that throws equilibrium out of whack, which fueled rumors that she was an alcoholic.

5. Grace Coolidge Grace Coolidge was a responsible first lady who was very popular due to her fun-loving nature. Perhaps, the aspect of her life that best exemplifies this was her love of baseball. She was an avid listener and watcher of the sport. Attending opening days, regular season games at Fenway park and World Series games throughout her time in Washington and well afterward. In other good qualities, she was a saver instead of a spender and worked with both the poor and deaf.

Theater department promotes domestic violence awareness

RSC drama students performed a series of domestic violence awareness skits between the Humanities and Social Sciences buildings, Wednesday, Oct. 29. Theater majors Kindall McBride and Paul Kim wrote and directed the skits, respectively. “Domestic violence is something that’s been around for years, but it needs to stop,” McBride said. “I’m just praying that [this skit] made a difference, even if it’s a small difference.” The skits featured a variety

of scenarios involving different types of couples, including a lesbian relationship. McBride was also visible to students as a “human sign of domestic violence.” McBride was plastered with signs symbolizing different ways to abuse. She was blindfolded, bound and gagged with a sticker that read, “silence.” At the end of the performance, the actors freed her from her abusers, symbolizing “no more victimization” while pamphlets were distributed about the issue.


According to Kim, the short plays were designed to “break the silence, because most victims of abuse are embarrassed to admit that they are in that situation.” “Men are not vocal enough in protesting and opposing domestic violence,” Kim said. “They need to take a more active role in trying to stop the abuse.” Performers included Lizzet Annoh, Michael Glover, Ethan Guinn, Jeramie Holman, Chelsea McIntire, Hailey Moore, De’Aundra Smith, Rachel Ramsey and Nicholas Toscani.

— once again — ‘Richard, go draw over the homework assignment!’ Then, roughly three weeks later, Mrs. “You know what I thought? Probably Wilmore made yet another announceexactly what you would have thought. ment: ‘If I could get away with it once, I can “‘Children, I want you to sit there quiget away with it again!’ So, I walked to etly, I’ll be back in a few minutes.’ She the chalkboard and I got 10 feet away, gets up and walks through that door, then I stopped dead in my tracks. There, and as soon as it shuts behind her, my on that chalk tray, were 24 different best friend, Jimmy, stands up and says colors of chalk. There were reds and greens and purples, blues and oranges — it was like my birthday and Christmas and every holiday [rolled into one].” And with that, the budding young artist began to draw all over his homework assignment. “When I got tht chalk in my hands, I had found my place; I had found my gift; I had found my calling. Jimmy’s standing scout for me at the door, Richard Hight created this American eagle sketch in and I’m drawing over this mere minutes during his campus visit Oct. 29. chalkboard — SWISH! A (Photos by Eric Tatom)

LEFT: Kindall McBride spread awareness of domestic violence in a skit on campus Wednesday, Oct. 29. RIGHT: Rachel Ramsey and Jeramie Holman act out a typical arguement, one indicitave of an unhealthy relationship. (Photos by Eric Tatom)

few minutes later, Jimmy shouts, ‘She coming! She’s coming!’ So I put the finishing touches on and then I slip into my chair, where I always sit, right there in the middle. “She walks in and gets about halfway into the room, then she turns to look at the chalkboard and then turns to look right at me … but she never says a word.” Years pass. Eventually Hight became a professional artist and moved to Chicago, Ill. Then one day, roughly 20 years later while visiting his mother in Oklahoma, he found himself in the grocery store. And there, while standing in the produce aisle, he heard a familiar voice from his past call out. “I heard my name: ‘Richard! Richard Hight!’ A cold shiver ran down my back. I knew who it was. I recognized that voice, and I turned around and sure enough, it was Mrs. Wilmore.” And she said, “‘Do you remember when you drew over that homework assignment, Richard? I don’t know if you know this, but when I left that day, I walked down that hall … and I made

my way to the back window of that classroom and I watched you draw.’ And I said, ‘You … you were there?!’ And she said, ‘You’ve got talent, son. You’re no good at math, but you’ve got talent.’” Hight said that he had learned more from his teacher that day than he had ever learned in her classroom. It was only then that he realized the full extent of what she had done for him. “I thought, you know, I wasn’t the only artist in that room,” he said. “Mrs. Wilmore was an artist too. She didn’t paint with chalk, paintbrushes and oils, but she used words [and encouragement]. She was the one who got me that chalk. She had to get a special purchase order, and that’s why it took three weeks.” Through that story, Hight related to the audience how much esteem he places on people who are able to help others find their own talent and reach their full potential. And, besides leaving an array of artwork behind him, perhaps that is also the legacy that Hight will leave to the world, as well.


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