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Corey Davis, criminal justice major, earns his service-learning credit volunteering for Habitat for Humanity Saturday, Oct. 30.

Students help build community through Habitat for Humanity By: Brittany McDaniel News Editor

needed an event to do and decided to come out here.” Corey Davis, criminal justice major, said Volunteers from RSC gathered at the south the construction site offered a different Oklahoma City Habitat for Humanity center opportunity to to build cabinets and get involved in other house essentials community service. “Learning responsibility is part Saturday, Oct. 30. added that the of the college experience, part Davis Cindy Brown, event was really “a new s e r v i c e - l e a r n i n g of the community experience, learning experience.” coordinator, said this Logistics Manager and also a personal was the first time Jason Arambula, who experience.” -Cindy Brown Habitat for Humanity has worked for the volunteers were able organization for over to use their volunteer five years, said the hours towards service learning. local office had only four staff members. Among the volunteers was Roy Baggett, He stressed the importance of volunteers, cyber security major. “I woke up today and I saying, “Volunteers are our key component to building these houses. We rely heavily on our volunteers for our labor force to construct the homes.” Brown pointed out the opportunity for community service was not about simply obtaining service-learning credit hours, but also added levels of responsibility. “Learning responsibility is part of the college experience, part of the community experience, and also a personal experience,” Brown said. Individuals interested in volunteering for Habitat for Humanity as part of their service-learning component are asked to Bryan Beard, biosciences major, earns contact Cindy Brown at 733-7346. his service-learning credit volunteering For more information on Habitat for for Habitat for Humanity Saturday, Humanity, visit www.cohfh.org. Habitat Oct. 30. Beard, and fellow volunteers, for Humanity, a non-profit organization, donated their time to make cabinets focuses their time and donations on building that will be installed in homes built by Habitat for Humanity for Oklahomans in housing for those in need. need. (Photos by Miranda Liming)

Novel depicts hardships, tribulations of young immigrant during World War II By: Brittany McDaniel News Editor Friday, Oct. 29, students and faculty met to discuss Carol Joyce Oates novel, “The Gravedigger’s daughter.” The Intercultural Committee, along with Sharon Saulmon, dean of the learning resources center, chooses a novel every semester for a campus-wide discussion. This particular novel was chosen in respect to domestic violence awareness for the month of October. The discussion, led by Sherri Mussatto, professor of humanities, asked questions about the text to start topic discussions. “I loved the participation! Everyone was so eager to contribute, and that’s what makes any discussion enjoyable,” Mussatto said. The tale follows the story of Rebecca Schwart and her life as an immigrant to the U.S. during World War II. The book highlights the major moments in Rebecca’s life from early childhood to her adult years. In the novel, Rebecca suffers a terrible

family tragedy and deals with countless other dramatic episodes, including assuming a fake identity. Participants at the discussion explored the meaning of the book, analyzed certain themes, characters and situations. Jill Ferrell, physical therapy major, said the discussion was “ certainly interesting,” adding, “I really like how people viewed things, how some people got something different from [the book].” Ferrell felt that the book was not all one-note in its sad overtones. She viewed the overall theme as “sad but hopeful in the same effect.” The next book discussion is scheduled for April 2011 with the book “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Individuals interested in participating in the discussion may retrieve a free copy of the book beginning in January. (Photo provided HarperCollins publishers)

Communication Center hosts Transcend: An African-American art exhibit and film

what it is.” Continuing to say, “It’s something very near and dear to my heart. Being female, a After the closing of the 40-4-40 art director, I don’t think people should be put exhibit, RSC has opened another, but for into a box.” African-American art, opening with a Nathan Lee, who co-produced the film reception and film by director, writer and with Brantly, described the art in the exhibit co-producer J. Leigh Brantly. as “really diverse” “Transcend: Part 1 saying, “I think it & 2 Five Black Artists “I think it shows we’re unified in our ideas as far as our art brings more exposure by Five Black Artists” community. It shows we’re dedicated to expanding in our art to the Africanfeatures works from community.” -Nathan Lee American artists.” Skip Hill, Nathan Lee He added, “I think it and Suzanne Thomas, shows we’re unified who is also a professor of art at RSC. The use as a vehicle for community outreach. in our ideas as far as our art community. It exhibit, which opened Monday, Oct. 18 in Perhaps we’ll be an inspiration to minority shows we’re dedicated to expanding in our the Communications Center Lobby, will be children, but ideally all children.” art community.” available until Friday, Nov. 19. Brantley explained that, with the film, “The common theme is that we’re all Brantly’s film includes interviews of they are hoping to address “hot button African-American artists,” Suzanne artists conducted by artists. “It is a nonissues,” such as sexual identity and Thomas said. “I think it’s important that fiction art film about a community of black political issues. “It’s not heavy handed,” we all— African-American or European artists,” Brantly said. “We really tried to she said. “I personally want to see people [among others]—see that. We know we’re expose [the] African-American experience talk about these issues… of prejudice. It’s good at singing and dancing, but we can here in [Oklahoma].” called Transcend because it transcends make pretty pictures too.” She described the film as a quilt made By: Adriana Valtinson Editor-in-Chief

up of different chapters that represent the patches. “I wanted us to be invited into their experiences,” Brantly said. Skip Hill said the title, “Transcend,” is a reference to art transcending ethnicities and cultures. “Our mission is to educate everyone,” Hill explained. “Ideally it’s to

Oklahoma 2010 Election Re-Cap

Governor Mary Fallin (R)...... 60 % Jari Askins (D)....... 40% Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb (R) ...........63% Kenneth Corn (D) ......34% R. Prawdzienski (I) ......3% Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) ...........65% Jim Priest (D) ..............35% Treasurer Ken Miller (R) .............66% Stephen Covert (D) ...34% Insurance Commissioner John Doak (R).............54% Kim Holland (D)--.......46% Superintendent Public Instruction Janet Barresi (R) ........55% Susan Paddack (D) ....38% Richard Cooper (I) .......6% Labor Commissioner Mark Costello (R) .....63% Lloyd Fields (D)--.......36% U.S. Senate Tom Coburn (R)--.... 70% Jim Rogers (D) ......... 26% Stephen Wallace (I) ... 2% Ronald Dwyer (I) .........1% State Question 744 No .......................... 81% Yes......................... 19% State Question 746 Yes.......................... 74% No......................... 26% State Question 747 Yes.......................... 70% No......................... 30% State Question 748 Yes.......................... 58% No......................... 42% State Question 750 Yes.......................... 50.4% No......................... 49.6% State Question 751 Yes.......................... 76% No......................... 24% State Question 752 Yes.......................... 63% No......................... 37% State Question 754 No......................... 63% Yes.......................... 37% State Question 755 Yes.......................... 70% No......................... 30% State Question 756 Yes.......................... 65% No......................... 35% State Question 757 Yes.......................... 51% No......................... 49%


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Opinion

Editorial

Oklahoma voters fall for Fallin

Nov. 2 was a historical date for Oklahomans, regardless if their candidate won or lost. Our state has elected its first woman as governor. Now, with good news aside, what will Fallin do with her new position? This is the question on many minds of the Oklahoma territory. Let’s recap Fallin’s past government experience so we may see what to expect from here in the years to come. According to maryfallin.org and fallin. house.gov, Fallin started her government career in 1990, where she was elected as an Oklahoma state representative. She later became the first woman and Republican lieutenant governor in 1994, where she sat for 12 years. In 2006 and 2008, Fallin was elected to Congress as the first woman to represent Oklahoma since 1920. It seems that Ms. Fallin has quite the resume. She also has quite the list on what she has voted for and against while seated in the House. April 2007- voted no on granting

Washington, D.C. an electoral vote and vote in Congress. Oct. 2007- voted No on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. Nov. 2007- voted no on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. Feb. 2008- voted no on tax incentives for renewable energy. June 2008- voted no on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. June 2008- voted yes on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. Sept. 2008- voted no on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. Jan. 2009- agreed on prohibiting the return of the Fairness

Doctrine. April 2009- voted no on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (According to www.ontheissue.org/ house/mary_fallin) And all of this from the woman who believes that being a mother and wife is her best qualification to become Oklahoma’s governor. Is running a household comparable to running a state government? And what about Fallin’s view on gay marriage? As a Christian, its understandable her beliefs do not support same sex couples. But many Christians do not support divorce either, which Fallin has extensive personal knowledge about. One of the biggest questions is on Fallin’s vote to give more funding to

Mexico to fight drugs. Yes, drugs are a strong hold in Mexico, responsible for countless deaths of innocent people and unnecessary violence. Fallin should be supported for her role in international affairs. As a leading country in the world, the US should have a hand in these things and offer help or advice to counties needing guidance. But what about the war on drugs in our own backyard? Oklahoma is a leading state in the country for meth production and distribution. Our jails are riddled with addicts, our foster systems overrun with children taken from drug dependent parents. So whom should Fallin have voted for? The country she represents, or the state she lives in? Many Oklahomans would say Oklahoma. Many Mexicans would say Mexico. We say congratulations and good luck Governor Fallin. But we’ll take someone who believes in gay rights, lower textbook prices, and free candy for all any day. (Photo by MCT Campus)

Music Stand: Resurrecting original groundbreakers By: Miranda Liming Assistant Editor I was introduced to a song recently that has been stuck in my head for weeks. But, more importantly and less annoyingly, it has started to make me think about where music has gone and where it is bound to go. The Limousines made a video for their song “Internet Killed The Video Star,” featuring two adorable, paper-gun toting children, and a slew of zombies. This concept goes in hand with the lyric, “Did you hear what they said? That rock ‘n’ roll is dead? Yeah, it’s like a zombie it will dig itself back up again.” Aside from the fun zombie puns and greatly directed video, The Limousines have captured what I believe is the real deal in

today’s music industry. Rock ‘n’ Roll started as a craze, a fad. The kids loved it, the parents not so much. It was dirty, disgusting, and immoral. But, God knows, we love our sex, drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll. But through the evolution of rock, splinter cells were created: disco, Hall & Oates, rock-a-billy. Yet, throughout the 60odd years of rock, there has always been a common factor tying all together: soul. The lyric, “The kids are disco dancing, they’re tired of rock and roll. I try to tell them ‘hey that drum machine ain’t got no soul’” captures the splinters of rock, but in an eerie way, reminds all of us that it’s bound to change again. What we’re comfortable with now will be skewed by the next generation.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to find your roots in music. If you like rap and hip hop, go back to the glory days. Download (legally, of course) some Salt N Pepa, Sugar Hill Gang, and NWA. For my rockers, get some original rocka-billy. Elvis Presley (“Hound Dog” and “That’s All Right [Mama]”), Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. And for R&B and those who like their slow jams, get in touch with Johnny Otis, Ruth Brown and Fats Domino. And if you’re feeling those rhythms, get yourself some Bo Diddly. After completion of this mission, you’ll be handsomely rewarded. Not monetarily, but personally. As the great proverb reads, you don’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.

(Photo by MCT Campus)

Briefly Speaking Great Issues Lecture Series

Every year, RSC hosts a lecture series covering a specific topic. The 2010-2011 Great Issues Lecture Series will examine the democratization of information. “Who has control? Who makes decisions? How does access to information connect to power?” Professor Toni Castillo, honors program coordinator, said. The lecture series will conclude with a speech by Dr. James Hochtritt, professor of history, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Lecture Hall. Lectures are open to all students and local community. For more information, contact Professor Castillo at tcastillo@rose.edu.

“Transcend: Part 1 &2” Art Exhibit: The African American art exhibit,

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“Transcend: Part 1 & 2,” opened Monday, Oct. 18 in the Communications Center and features art from Suzanne Thomas, Skip Hill and Nathan Lee. The exhibit will be open until Friday, Nov. 19.

Veteran of the Year Scholarship Award

Student Senate is proud to present the Second Annual Veteran of the Year scholarship award to recognize an outstanding veteran that is currently attending RSC. The veteran must have a 2.5 GPA, be a current RSC student, and be involved in at least one campus or community organization. Please fill out and return the attached form to nominate a veteran or yourself. The winner will be presented with a $200 book scholarship at the Veteran’s Day

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ceremony, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Student Center Main Dining Room. Nominations must be turned in to the Student Activities office no later than 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8.  For more information, contact Emily Fisher or Kirby Harzman at 733-7376.

Project Success Week

RSC is hosting Project Success Week Nov. 8 to 11 in the Main Dining Room, helping students learn skills necessary for academic success. Each session will include speakers, prizes and free lunch. The event begins 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 8 with “Financial Success in College and Beyond,” presented by Melissa Ryburn, outreach coordinator of Oklahoma Money Matters with lunch provided by Big Truck

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Tacos. Brian Davis, voice of the OKC Thunder, will present “Discover the Road to Success” 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9 with lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A. Amber Mitchell, director of Student Support Services, and Jason Charlow, director of Student Success/Retention Initiatives, will present “How can we help you? Student Support Services” 11a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, with pizza provided for lunch. The series ends with “Honor Our Veterans,” presented by Retired Major General William P. Bowden, 12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11. Students can enter to win a free Apple iPad, but must provide a Spring 2011 class schedule and Student ID to enter. For more information, contact the Office of Student Success at 733-7334.

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Scary fun CIA officer speaks on Iraq war failures for adopted schools at Spooktastic Scholastic By: Bryan Trude Feature Editor VOICE (Vocal Oklahomans In Civic Engagement) hosted an open campus lecture featuring Donald Hughes of the CIA Wednesday, Oct. 27 in the Main Dining Room. The lecture, entitled “Iraq 2002: Where Are The Weapons,” was Hughes analysis over “the intelligence community’s failures in its assessment of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) capabilities prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom.” “How did we get to this point?” Hughes asked. “We were wrong about WMDs in Iraq, how did we mess that up?” According to Hughes, who referred to the lecture as “an entire [college] course compressed into an hour,” attributed

American intelligence failures in Iraq to several factors. “After the [Berlin Wall] fell, the CIA’s job didn’t get any easier, instead it got a whole lot harder,” Hughes said. “Instead of trying to figure out what the Soviet Union was doing, we had to figure out what a bunch of smaller states and groups were doing.” Hughes also cited an overreliance on second hand information from other countries, which he said was “often old or dated,” and was therefore unreliable. He additionally cited a lack of direct CIA presence in Iraq following the departure of the United Nations Special Commission, who was responsible for inspecting Iraqi weapons programs and was disbanded in 1999. Hughes is the CIA Officer in Residence

at the University of Oklahoma. The OIR program is “designed to contribute to the study of national security issues while providing a real world practical prospective on intelligence-related matters.” Prior to joining the CIA in 2000, Hughes was an officer in the U.S. Army, and spent three years in Brazil to improve the nation’s ability to “exert its sovereignty over the Brazilian Amazon,” according to the VOICE club. VOICE, established to get students more involved in politics and the democratic process, holds meetings on the first and third Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. in the Learning Resources Center. For more information on VOICE, e-mail advisor Dr. John Wood at jwood@rose.edu or by calling 405-733-7413.

Fall 2010 musical production By: Michael Runyan Contributing Writer

Senator DJ Ross emulates his inner zombie Saturday, Oct. 29 during Spooktastic Scholastic’s indoor haunted house. Students from area-adopted schools participate in Halloween games, pumpkin painting, and an indoor haunted house, presented by RSC student leaders and senate members. (Photo by Miranda Liming)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed at the Performing Arts Theatre as the fall musical by RSC students, Nov. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the box office or call 405-297-2264. In this hilarious musical, the story of Joseph is retold in an amazing and innovative way. Joseph, the biblical figure, has dreams

that greatly disturb his family, especially his brother, who sell him into slavery. Once the slave traders bring him into Egypt, the young Joseph is sold again to Potiphar. After refusing an advance from his master’s wife, he is thrown in jail, but is elevated to second in the land when he interprets the Pharaoh’s dreams. He then spares his brothers from death when he has the power to kill them or let them starve. At the end it is revealed how God intended this all for good even though his brothers meant evil. With musical styles ranging from rock to country, this musical is sure to be fun for all ages.

TEACH Club plans campus tour of UCO readies scholars for future endeavors By: Bryan Trude Feature Editor Members of the RSC TEACH Club will be taking part in a tour and question-andanswer session at the University of Central Oklahoma at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 12. According to Rebecca Armstrong, TEACH Club President, the tour is intended to give RSC education majors a tour of UCO, and to assist them with transfer requirements and

procedures. “I think the tour is important as it allows [students] to see the campus, meet the advisors, essentially know where to go for the basics and see the facility,” Armstrong said. “I hope [students] will also get to meet a couple of the professors.” Armstrong said that education majors interested in attending the tour need to meet at UCO’s Nigh University Center, on the

south end of UCO’s campus, by 9:45 a.m., and to make sure a release form is filled out and turned in to Rebecca Burkala in Room 120 of the Engineering and Technology building. There is no cost for the tour, and lunch will be provided. Armstrong also stressed how education majors should access the TEACH Club’s D2L site for up-to-date information and events.

“The D2L site is really important,” Armstrong said. “It has information on how to apply for admission to the Teachers Education program at UCO, as well as questions and answers from Misty Engelbrecht about their graduation from RSC.” Students who wish to access the TEACH D2L site should contact Engelbrecht by e-mail at mengelbrecht@rose.edu.

Spotlight Shawn McCreary

By: Danielle Finnegan Graphic Artist

Meet Shawn McCreary, president of Student Senate. McCreary’s main goal for the senate this year is to promote more student life on campus. “It is difficult because it is a two year college, but we are trying to get more student activities here on campus,” McCreary said. McCreary was a former senator and floor leader in senate before becoming president. A psychology major here at RSC, he is planning to continue his education at either OU or UCO. Age: 19 Hometown: Harrah Siblings: 2 sisters, Rebeckah and Samanthah Pets: A dog named Snicker and a cat named Baby Were you involved in student politics in high school? Nope. I was too busy with other groups. Heroes: Probably my Dad or Jesus. They both manage a lot. Hobbies: Is Senate a hobby? Probably driving. That’s when I do my best thinking. Most life-changing book ever read: The Bible What is your favorite form

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of exercise? Swimming. I was on the swim team in high school. Drink you would recommend to someone having a bad day and why: Dr. Pepper, it makes the world taste better. Proudest moment: When I got voted in as swim team captain in high school. What is your most eccentric behavior? I love to debate. Even if I’m wrong I enjoy debating it. What Web site would you recommend to someone else? www. icanhascheezburger.com Most desirable place to visit: why? Area 51. Why not? If you were stranded on a desert island and all of your basic needs were met, what three things would you take with you and why? A fully charged satellite phone (to call for a helicopter), one hammock (to chill until the helicopter gets there), and a bag of money (so I can be rich when I’m back) . Quotes that most amuse or inspire you: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain

the whole world, and lose his own soul?” First half of Matthew 16:26, my favorite [Bible] scripture. One adjective a loved one would use to describe you: Caring If you did a major change, what would be your alternate major: Political Science Superhero or super villain? What would your super power be? Super Hero. I’ll just take the Superman setup. Would you rather skip Christmas or your birthday? Birthday. I love the feeling of Christmas. Which would you prefer to do: Scuba diving or sky diving? Sky diving. I work at a pool, so water isn’t as fun anymore. What’s the best advice you have ever been given? Communication is the key. If you could live in a different time period, what would it be and why? The Future. Why not? How do you get your reality TV fix? Pawn Stars and American Pickers. Sometimes,

Hell’s Kitchen What cartoon character would you be and why? Ash Ketchum, so I can ask everyone how new Pokemon just randomly appear after a few years. If you could invent anything, what would it be and why? A Light Saber. Who wouldn’t want a light saber? What do you do when you get nervous? Calm down Who was your favorite

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teacher (at any point in your life) and why? My high school band director, he taught me a lot of life lessons What is your favorite genre of music, why? Music is like candy, is all good after you throw away the rappers. If you could invite three famous people to dinner, who would they be and why? Anyone. As long as the food is good. How would you say you have changed from high school to college? I’ve matured a bit.


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Entertainment

Reviewer embraces Anime, hides from politicos By: Bryan Trude Feature Editor There is a lot of pretentiousness amongst Hollywood types. A deep seeded belief that because they are “talented,” and surgically-enhanced enough to earn millions doing things I do in my car when I’m bored, that they somehow know better than the rest of us pee-ons. Case in point, Jenny McCarthy, whose claim to fame is taking her clothes off for Playboy and dating a man who got famous for talking out of his butt, started going on the talk show circuit telling people that vaccines cause autism. Since then, over 600 people have died from

diseases we have vaccines for. Sometimes, I wonder why I even follow the exploits of these selfimportant morons. Oh yeah, because it distracts me from politics. Even without the recent slapfight election, movies and TV shows serve not only to entertain me, but to give me a place to hide from all the mind-numbing silliness of politics that seem to coat the news channels like icing on a cake. Unfortunately, these two worlds collided not too long ago when childlike funnyman Zach Galifianakis toked up a joint of (fake) weed on “Real Time with Bill Maher” during his Oct. 29

appearance, pushing California’s (failed) Prop 19, the California initiative to legalize marijuana. Politics and self-important, socalled “movie stars” in one place? That’s it, I can’t take it anymore. I’m going to crawl under a rock and watch a cartoon with people I’ve never heard of. Yeah, that’ll keep me safe from the big bad politi-tainment monsters. Xenosaga: The Animation (2005) Not Rated Director: Tsuyoshi Koga, Shigeyasu Yamauchi Starring the voices of: Stephanie Wittels, Luci Christian, Brittney

Karbowski, Greg Ayers “Xenosaga” is the Japanese animated telling of the story of the PS2 game “Xenosaga Episode 1: Der Will zur Macht.” In the series, humanity has left Earth and settled the stars, losing the location of our home planet to the mists of time and space, and is locked in a deadly war for survival against the alien Gnosis. To fight back against the alien aggressors, engineer Shion Uzuki (Wittels) develops the battle android KOS-MOS (Christian), however, KOS-MOS turns out to have functions and a mission Uzuki did not know about, and winds up drawing Uzuki into a tale

of political intrigue and a battle for survival to uncover the past. The animation is top notch and intricately produced, something I find unusual in modern anime. The English voice acting is passable, though some parts still lack an appropriate emotional inflection that plagues the genre. The story can be hard to follow, and suffers a little from “Star Wars prequel” syndrome if you’ve played the game before, in that you already know what’s going to happen. Chances are, if you weren’t excited about the series when you saw the title, this is going to be hard to get into and stay with for all 12 episodes.

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Last Weeks Puzzles Solved

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On Nov. 8, 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen became the first individual to observe an X-ray. Rontgen stumbled upon this discovery while testing cathode rays and their ability to pass through glass. In 1897 the X-ray was first medically used during the Balkan War, to find broken bones and bullets inside troops. Although the medical community was quick to seize the idea of seeing previously “invisible” things, little was known about the harmful radiation emitted from doing X-rays. (Photo by MCT Campus)

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