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Volume XLII, Issue 8

December 10, 2012

Holiday Lighting brightens the campus

Raider Life Dr. Britton’s Luncheon and Holiday Bazaar Pg 2 Raider Life PTK project feeds hungry students Pg 5 Raider Life Semester retrospective collage Pg 6-7

Dr. Britton speaks to the crowd after Student Senate President Elizabeth Larios (not pictured) lit the traditional President’s Christmas Tree. Photo by Chelsea Ratterman

By: Chelsea Ratterman

Elizabeth Larios opened the event with the lighting of the President’s The RSC holiday season officially Christmas Tree, which can be seen to kicked off with the Holiday Lighting the south and east of the logo tower. Ceremony on Dec. 6. Dr. Britton spoke to the crowd As the more than 100 attendees and then, along with President arrived, Santa’s elves wandered Larios, lit the lights along the around the campus directing them campus. Immediately afterward, a to the various attractions. The choir of first through third-graders Gingerbread Man and the Nutcracker from Destiny Christian Elementary walked around taking pictures while sang Christmas carols. the crowd waited on Santa to make Dr. Britton then announced the his appearance. arrival of a “special guest” who was Student Senate President here for a Christmas “preemptive Editor in Chief

strike,” and Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way leading the crowd toward the Student Center for pictures and refreshments. Hot cocoa, apple cider and s’mores were served, as well as crafts for the kids, and a horse drawn carriage in the parking lots. The line for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus stretched throughout the Main Dining Hall, as the Tinker Flying High Jazz Band entertained guests with Christmas tunes. See more at

Entertainment Oscar predictions and movie schedule Pg 6 Opinion Why we’re about to go off the cliff Pg 7

Program brings adopted schools holiday cheer By: Narges Taghavi Feature Editor

The Adopted School’s Party for Telstar and Willowbrook Elementary Schools will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 12 The event “is an opportunity to provide Christmas cheer for the first-grade students of [RSC’s adopted schools],” Kirby Harzman, Coordinator of Student Activities said. There will be different activities for kids to participate in, to help them get

into the spirit of the holidays. “The children will rotate stations by class. The stations consist of different arts and crafts, cookie decorating, story time, and a visit with Santa Claus where they will take their picture and get a gift and stocking filled with school supplies,” Harzman said, “It is a very special and fun way to kick off the Holiday Season. “ Students can volunteer to help out during the event by contacting Student Activities at 733-7376.

Student Senate President Elizabeth Larios helps students with crafts at last years Adopted Schools Party. Photo by Tracie Bullen

It’s so weird, It’s so bazaar, No it’s Christmas

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Raider Life

By: Narges Taghavi Feature Editor

Rose State College began its holiday festivities on Dec. 6, with the annual Employee Craft Bazaar and Dr. and Mrs. Britton’s Holiday Luncheon, which shared the Main Dining Hall for much of the day. Pres. Britton’s last luncheon Dr. and Mrs. Britton’s annual Holiday Luncheon was held Dec. 6 in the Main Dining Room of the Student Center. The lunch was in conjunction the Christmas Bazaar and marks President Britton’s last luncheon. Britton announced, during the start of fall semester, that he will retire in June 2013, handing over the reins to a new president. However, Dr. Britton is hopeful that the holiday lunch will continue, “I’m the third person to do it. Larry Nutter started it, and James Cook continued It,” Britton said, “It’ll probably go on, but he or she, whoever is president, may want to do something different.” The luncheon began at 11 a.m. Dr. Britton and his wife, Kay, greeted attendees as they arrived. Employee bazaar keeps going strong The sixth Annual Christmas Bazaar was held in the Main Dining Room of the Student Center Dec. 6th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.. The Bazaar gives RSC employees or employee’s relatives a chance to display and sell their crafts. There were jewelry booths, holiday wreaths, duct tape pens and more

on display. Melissa Jones, whose mother works in the Child Development Center, had a both selling “ T-Shirt Scarves.” Jones said that the scarfs are not particularly hard to make and began making them using her husbands old t-shirts. LRC employee Janet Griffith sold photographs she had taken with inspirational messages on them, mentioning that it was a terrific way to share her photography. The event was a fun way to start the holiday season at RSC and a display of various fascinating and original crafts for visitors.


Top, left: Visitors to the Bazaar check out the crafts available for sale as potential Christmas gifts. Above: Dr. Britton and his wife Kay greeted attendees as they arrived. This will be Britton’s last luncheon as RSC President. Photos by Jennifer Byrd

Wellness Center wraps semester up in mustaches By: Skyler Wright

Judges compare the end result facial hair to preliminary photos. Winners: Angus Smith (1st, Best Beard), Ken Dewey (2nd, Best Beard), Collin McCartney (3rd, Best Beard), Mike Driskill (Best Mustache), Mike Rucker (Worst Growth), Ryan Melton (Best Effort), Gerrod Coney and Michael Vinson (Best Overall Looks with a Beard). Photo Chelsea Ratterman

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Volunteer Writer

The Wellness Center holds many events throughout the school year for faculty and students including the Treadmill-athon and Wii Wednesdays. November featured Movember and Cycle Out Cancer, to raise awareness for cancer. Movember The Second Annual RSC Movember event was conducted in November to raise awareness for prostate cancer; there were a total of 34 participants. At noon on Nov. 29, the winners were announced along with refreshments and a photo booth in the lobby of the Wellness Center. Participants had a picture of their freshly-shaven faces taken at the start of November, and these were compared to their facial hair at the judging. Each man participating received free shaving cream as a prize, “I did it for myself at first but when I learned what it was all about, it made it that much better,” said participant Byron Gutierrez. The panel of judges

named the best mustache, best effort and who looked best with a beard. Chris Leland, Director of Health and Wellness Activities, said that this is a bigger turn out than last year and he expects the contest to continue to grow. “The event will get bigger each year, but I don’t know if we can top this years T-shirts,” said Leland, in reference to the neon yellow mustache shirts given out to participants. Cycle Out Cancer Cycle Out Cancer lasted the month of November, and students and faculty were encouraged to cycle ten miles in the RSC Wellness Center. In turn, participants received a towel for just signing up and the first 100 received a water bottle. The campus goal was set at 1,000 miles. With the help of 143 participants, the campus surpassed this goal with 1,602.51 miles, which is the equivalent of cycling to Olympic National Forrest in the Washington State.

Community Learning Center hosts holiday events By: Jennifer Byrd News Editor

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Children are give the opportunity for pictures with Santa at the Community Learning Center’s Breakfast with Santa event. Photo by Tracie Bullen

The Community Learning Center will host two fun holiday events on Saturday, Dec. 15th: the annual “Breakfast with Santa” and the first ever “Holiday Movie and Chili Cook Off.” Both events request an RSVP. For those who wish to attend stop by the Tom Steed Community Learning Center or call 733-7392. “Breakfast with Santa” is from 10 a.m. to noon bring the kids and come enjoy breakfast with the jolly guy in the red suit who will also be available for pictures. Food is $5 per person and everyone is welcome to come and have fun. There will be reindeer games, a story read by Mrs. Claus, and arts and crafts for the kids. The “Holiday Movie and Chili Cook-Off is a free event that takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The chili feast starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 6 p.m. After the movie, the chili cook off winners and prizes will be announced.

Student Senate ends a productive semester Raider Life

By: Dennis Gosnell Assistant Editor

Students have a right to know what those representing them to the administration are doing to represent them. The responsibility of representation falls to the Student Senate, a board of elected students who seek to better the campus for those they represent. Purpose of the Student Senate Members of the Student Senate are the voice of college students to those of the administration and college. Throughout the semester, each senator must submit bill of legislation to put forth to the administration. This gives the senators the tools and knowledge of how the legislative system works, as well as a way to improve their campus. “What the Student Senate does is to give the student body a voice to the higher ups of the college. When students have issues they can come to us and tell us about it, we write the legislation and put it to vote and send it to the higher ups for a final decision. You could say we are the

voice of the student body,” Elizabeth Larios, 2012-2013 Student Senate president, said. This semester has seen 21 bills put forth. The Senate also organizes events for the campus. One of these was the campus ghost hunt with Patrick Burns and they also have a hand in the Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Legislative pieces The legislative pieces presented this semester have ranged from the food options on campus to the availability of information. RSC Student Senate Resolution No. 0011 pertained to reinstatement of the college’s intramural basketball league. The only sports on campus are the baseball and softball teams. The reason for this is to build campus morale around a sports team and increase campus involvement. RSC Student Senate Resolution No. 002 pertained to the D2L Grades tab. It requested that professors be required to post in their gradebook, so students can see their updated grade as they go through the semester. A major project placed forward

by the Senate was the creation of a Student Union. They believe campus participation would increase if students had a more inviting place to congregate. Should a student have issues or

concerns they wish to present to the Student Senate, they can be found in the Student Center, Student Activities office. The Student Activities office phone number is 405-733-7376.

Senate president Elizabeth Larios and Senator Justin Scrimshire promote the Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Photo by Tracie Bullen

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Softball Girls Gear up for Spring Season

Softball girls practice with dedication.

By: Amber Stafford


Assignment Editor

The Rose State College softball team is prepping to start their upcoming spring season Feb. 2013. The team is lead by head coach and Wellness Coordinator Nickie Williams and assistant coach Travis

1998 – 2001 at TWU. TWU Athletics presented her with the Kitty Magee Award for dedication. She also received the President’s Award, one of the highest awards from the Department of Athletics. After graduating from TWU in May 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She continued her academic pursuits at the University of Oklahoma and after receiving an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship; she became the director of softball operations at the University of Oklahoma for five years, and then came to RSC as head coach. Williams is entering her second year as head coach for RSC. The softball team is a member of the Photo by Amber Stafford National Junior College Athletic Murie. Association, Region 2, and Division Williams was born in South 1 Conference. The team consists Africa and came to the U.S. at the of 20 women, with 14 freshmen. age of 19 on a softball scholarship The spring schedule involves sixty to the Texas Woman’s University in double-header games. the fall of 1996. She is a member of “The team has young and strong the TWU Hall of Fame as the most athletes, but we still have a need to highly honored shortstop softball grow to be mature,” Williams said, player over her four seasons from “My goal is to push for 30 wins for

this season.” All the women on the team are on scholarships, and have to maintain above a C-average GPA to be able to play. They have team practices Monday through Thursday and on Friday individual practice with study hall to stay current on their homework. “My goal is teaching them work ethics, to treat this like a job, and to come to work everyday with goals in mind, to get better at something and to see the results from that,” said Coach Williams. It’s not all about softball. In the fall, the team gave back to the community by helping paint a house for Habit for Humanity. The current project for Christmas is to donate toys to children in need. In the future, Coach Williams would like to have a mentoring program for the school to reach out to the community. The first game of the schedule is Feb. 8 – 9 in Ft. Worth, Texas in the Cow Town Tournament. For more information on supporting the girl’s softball team go to

The best winter coats and how to spot a knockoff

PTK project feeds needy students By: Amber Stafford, Assignment Editor

By: Narges Taghavi Feature Editor

By: Jennifer Byrd, News Editor The Student Success Center drew for the TV that was offered as a prize to those who enrolled early for the spring semester and submitted their schedules as entry forms. The winner of the Magnavox 32-inch flat screen TV was Jessica Goodlow. The Student Success Center is a valuable asset for students. Throughout their career, the center is designed to help students with professional development, personal growth, and academic progress. Their mission is to provide resources and guidance by offering student workshops for financial

literacy, study skills as well as learning style assessments and other valuable tools to help make the most of the college experience. The Student Success Center offers great prizes and incentives for participating in their programs and services. There is a drawing for a t-shirt at every workshop and everyone who attended a December workshop was entered into the drawing for a free iPad 2. Check back at 15thstreetnews. com for the iPad winner, announced later in December, and the spring Student Success workshops schedule, published in January.

The fall Raider Relaxation day was held in the Wellness Center on Dec. 5. The spring event will be on May 9. Photo by Chelsea Ratterman

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buttons come loose or worse fall off.

Student Success Center delivers big prizes


Fall has come and gone all too soon, and the weather is going from breezy high 70’s to chillier temperatures, meaning coat season has begun. Now is the time to find what coats are stylish and will keep out the cold. • The Classic Camel Coat: Invest in a coat that will be forever stylish. These coats are timeless, and will be a notable transition coat for fall to winter. Double breast buttons are a stylish way to keep the coat nice and secure, ensuring warmth. • Sweater Trim Coat: A new addition to the land of coats, that is quickly becoming popular. These are essentially a coat and sweater in one. These styles of coats look just like regular coats, but are lighter to give a person a feeling of free movement while allowing them the warmth of a coat. • Canvas Parka Jacket: These types of outerwear are good for the winter months. Made with canvas, a heavy fabric that gives the wearer protection from wind and frostier temperatures. Many of these chic coats include fur around the hood and fur padding on the inside. Spotting a knock-off • When buying a designer version of a coat, beware of knockoffs. Taking the time to inspect an item before purchasing it might seem unnecessary, but can save you from buying a fake. Here are some tips to help spot the real designer products from the replicas. • The material: Always examine fabric, because it can say a lot. Fakes are made cheaply, so if an item does not have that designer fabric feel then it probably is not real. Know the feel of a material like cashmere and platinum, and check the tags too. If the material percentage differs between coats that are the same brand, chances are the one with the cheaper material is the knock-off. • The Sewing: This is probably a no brainier, but if the stitching and lining of the item are obvious, keep walking. Designers try to hide the seams by making them blend in with the cloth. • The Buttons: Lastly, if an item contains buttons then make sure they are good quality. Fake pieces typically have bad buttons. Try the item on and button it up, see if any of the

Members of Phi Theta Kappa, such as Deneise Cooley, Maryann Scroggins, Scott Owens and Cheri deFonteny, were on hand Nov. 30 to help prepare food packages as a service project for RSC students in need. “The purpose of our Honors in Action Raider Care packages is to provide students a nutritional meal that will feed up to a family of four,” Maryann Scroggins, PTK chapter president, said. “We want to ensure each recipient can focus on academic excellence rather than having to worry about where their next family meal will come from.” The packages are being made by referral. To make a referral for a student in need, contact Phi Theta Kappa.

Student Senate Swear-in Wizard of Oz Social Sciences Mural

RSC Blood Drive

Breast Cancer Awareness

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Faculty Halloween Party

Honored Veterans

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Honor Flights

Banned Books Readout

Photos by Staff

Agnes of God

Global Oklahoma, Rwandan Dancers



Knight Fight at Global Oklahoma


Metro Holiday events provide family fun By: Amber Stafford Assignment Editor

Whether you are looking for something to do outside or inside, celebrate the magic of the season around the metro with different events available through the New Year. Midwest City Events Midwest City presents Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, S.E. 15th and Century Blvd. Hearts of all ages will be warmed while experiencing the glow of the season in this marvelous production of holiday lights. Holiday Lights Spectacular hours of operation: Nov. 16 – Dec. 30 Sunday – Thursday 6 - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 6 -11 p.m. Oklahoma City Events Visit the Downtown Oklahoma City area for plenty of events offered now through the New Year. The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is offering free admission everyday from: Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, Sunday 6 - 9 p.m.

The Oklahoma Water Taxi is offering free rides: Dec. 1 – Dec. 31 Thursday – Sunday 6 - 9:30 p.m. Check out the Devon Ice Rink located downtown by the Myriad Gardens. For more information on hours and pricing please call 405297-3423. Devon Ice Rink hours of operation: Nov. 23 - Feb. 3 Monday & Tuesday: 3 - 8 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday: 3 - 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Cruise down the man-made snow tubing slopes at the Chesapeake Energy Snow Tubing at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. People can purchase tickets online at or call the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark at 405-218-1000. Sessions and hours of operations: Nov. 24 – Dec. 20 Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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Dec. 20 – Jan. 5 snow tubing will be open daily Last session on Christmas Eve will start at 4 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day. Something new being offered this year is Santa’s Adventures in the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River. People can zip

Speedy gifts for busy lives By: Amber Stafford


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By: Chelsea Ratterman Editor in Chief

During the Christmas season, a popular gift for children is a pet. Although many pets are bought from breeders, the preferred form is adoption from local shelters. With overcrowding in these shelters, the request is made to have pets spayed and neutered to keep the populations of potential strays down. The cost of this operation can reach into the hundreds, but there are many low cost alternatives to going to a clinic or vet. The OKC Animal Welfare Division is offering the Animal

Birth Control Program which offers free spay and neutering to OKC residents, as well as a free rabies vaccination. The funding comes as a portion of the adoption fees as well as donations made to the division. The surgeries are performed on animals eight weeks or older on Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call the OKC Animal Welfare at 316-3663 and leave a message with a name and phone number.

cross 200-foot zip line and surf on a mechanical surfing machine. For more information call 405-5524040. For a list of all the events happening in the Downtown area during the month of December go for more information.

Our lives as adults are busy enough with work and school, but add to that the Christmas season and life can get a little hectic. Finding a memorable and enjoyable gift might prove difficult for shoppers with the massive variety of available options open to them. For those with fast moving lives and little time, gift cards might be the way to go. Gift cards are available at most establishments and businesses. Another tip for shoppers this year is check yahoo, and other similar sites to see which products are trending and most popular, there might just be something on there a shopper didn’t consider. Ready or not, Christmas is

coming and it’s time to buy gifts for all the special people on your list. Here is a top 5 list to make peoples Christmas shopping easier. The Most Popular Gifts Ideas for Men 1. Gadgets 2. Sporting Events Tickets 3. iTunes Gift Card 4. Cologne 5. Fitness equipment or membership to fitness centers The Most Popular Gift Ideas for Women 1. Electronic gadgets 2. iTunes cards 3. Perfume 4. Spa Day Gift Card 5. High end products like soaps and bags

By: Chelsea Ratterman Editor in Chief

The Academy Award nominees will be announced Jan. 10, 2013, but the predictions have been going strong for a year. With the awards on February 24, 2013, we don’t have much longer to wait until film’s biggest awards are handed out. The 15th Street News has looked at all the possible contenders and we are going to give our predictions for the biggest categories. For Best Picture, only the traditional five will be listed here, the ones we believe are the shoo-ins, although up to 10 can be nominated. Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty Argo

Les Miserables Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Wish list: Skyfall Best Actor: Ben Affleck - Argo Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook Denzel Washington- Flight Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence - Silver  Linings Playbook Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark  Thirty Rachel Weisz - The Deep Blue Sea Emmanuella Riva - Amour Helen Mirren - Hitchcock

Best Supporting Actress: Judi Dench - Skyfall Sally Field - Lincoln Amy Adams - The Master Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables Helen Hunt - The Sessions Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem - Skyfall Matthew McConaughey - Magic Mike Alan Arkin - Argo Phillip Seymour Hoffman - The Master Robert de Niro - Silver Linings Playbook Best Director: Ben Affleck- Argo Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty Steven Spielberg - Lincoln

 om Hooper T Les Miserables David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook Best Animated: Wreck- it Ralph Brave Frankenweenie ParaNorman Rise of the Guardian


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Assassin’s Creed III, the ending of a new beginning By: Dennis Gosnell Assistant Editor

In Assassin’s Creed 3 disaster is eminent, the species of earth threatened, and the quest for truth comes to an end. Each version of the game has had elements of game play added, modified, or otherwise enhanced. In AC3 however, the blending of the game’s previous mechanics give birth to an altogether different style. Before diving into the changes made to the game play the story line needs to be addressed, and discussed. If players remember, the game started out with Desmond Miles being kidnapped by Abstergo Industries, where he learned it was a front for the Templar Order. In the following sequels, the story line twists and turns and becomes a confusing, although interesting, story. AC3 does not make the story line any more fluid, and may leave players confused as to where the franchise is headed. The story line of AC3 tells the story of a young American Indian boy Conner. Who, through his actions inadvertently fuels the fire for the American Revolution. It was a relief to finally get to play as Desmond as he is the main and all-important heroine of the series. Figuring out the multiple twists of the game; such as why the producers started the game with Desmond needing to keep the Templars from launching their satellite to him

destroying civilization in order to save the species of earth, can be slightly confusing in a “wow this is confusing kind of way.” Game Play AC3’s game mechanics is a combination of methods used from previous games. Likes: The introduction of animal hunting was perhaps genius; it is one ability other games lack or attempt without success. Hunting is challenging and gives players an idea of how it would be to traverse the wilderness, as well as a means to make money. The trading system is rather confusing at first, but is smooth and enjoyable once the mechanics are figured out. Do not underestimate the value of fur and ammunition to the peoples of the colonies. The new Assassins menu is questionable, with positives and negatives to it. The best part of the system was the different ways to use the player’s assassins. The new Assassin skills include bodyguards, distractions, assassinations, gunmen, rioting, and prisoner. The homestead missions give the game a bit of depth and add more hours of gameplay, as did the brawling missions and wilderness missions. Dislikes: Perhaps the most useless part of the game is the pick pocketing

The majority of Assassin’s Creed 3 takes place in colonial Boston during the American Revolution. Graphic courtesy of

ability. Except for a few side missions where it was needed, the ability was completely unneeded. The weapon selection menu can be annoying and slow. Players that get into the moment of the game and want to switch from their gun to their bow might find that it takes a little longer than they’d like. A menu that can use some work is the trading menu. One issue that should be fixed is the need to buy

supplies for an invention or other piece of equipment from the stockpile instead of being able to have a buy now option in the inventions window where the majority of the stockpile assets are used. The addition of the Assassins recruit was limited and rather disappointing. They were unavailable outside of major cities; some of the skills seemed lacking.

“Rise of the Guardians” is motivating, family fun By: Chelsea Ratterman Editor in Chief

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The family friendly movie of the holiday season arrived in November, but should make it through to entertain children come Christmas time. “The Rise of the Guardians” has Santa Claus a.k.a. North, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman and Jack Frost squaring off against Pitch, the boogeyman. The movie opens to Jack Frost becoming Jack Frost and Santa gathering the Guardians together after a warning from the Man on the Moon that Pitch is making his move against the children of the world. The Man has chosen a new Guardian and Jack Frost is brought into the circle, not without resistance.

The Guardians depend on the belief of the children of the world to give them their powers, reminiscent of another holiday movie, “Elf.” When Pitch begins his assault on the beliefs of the children, the Guardians begin to lose power. It is left to Jack Frost to find the last believing child and convince him to believe, to defeat Pitch. The movie is a heartwarming search for self. Jack Frost spends the movie trying to find his center, and who he was before he was Jack Frost. After he finds himself and who he is, he is able to help defeat Pitch and save the world. The 3D effects in this movie are worth the money. As snow falls on the audience and Jack Frost flies above them, the 3D is a treat.

The entire family can enjoy this movie during the holiday season, as the classic characters are reimagined as battle-seasoned warriors ready to fight for the world. The simple theme presents itself early in the hour and a half movie, and the action and emotion grabs everyone for a ride. The film is quickly paced and gives the good vs. evil battle familiar faces and voices, with Hugh Jackman as the Australian accented Easter Bunny, Alec Baldwin as a Russian sounding Santa Claus, Chris Pine as Jack Frost and Jude Law as Pitch. It stands to be a new addition to DreamWorks Animations’ roster of beloved movies. “Rise of the Guardians” is rated PG for thematic elements and mildly scary action.


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America is heading up a blind alley. Actions speak louder than words. Both of these have something to do with taking responsibility or choosing the wise course of action over the easy course of action. The 15th Street News has previously written about what is being called the “fiscal cliff,” which is a result of a feud between Democrats and Republicans over the 2013 National Budget. The question is: how did they get here? Leadership of the nation President Theodore Roosevelt (19331945) created a program and philosophy dedicated to creating a better life for everyone. “It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control over government itself. They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction. In its service new mercenaries sought to regiment the people, their labor, and their property. And as a result the average man once more confronts the problem that faced the Minute Man,”

said President Roosevelt in his 1936 Democratic Convention speech. The average man’s voice became heard. Something to consider is this: are the people of the U.S. separated by their struggles, or are they a country brought together by their struggles? The question can only be determined by the action and support of the people who represent the people. While the U.S. may not be

suffering from a great depression, there are still major issues facing our country. The biggest is the in fighting within our nation’s capitol. The ideals of the two groups clash, directing energy away from the real and true problems of the nation. Many previously employed adults have to go back to school to be successful in another career; education needs go unmet; the inefficiency of corporate America

diminishes the overall availability of jobs. What is education? What is healthcare? What is a women’s right to choose? What is immigration? And what is security? There is a central theme to these questions, regardless of their ethical or moral quandaries. They are questions of responsibility. There are those opposed to giving women the choice to choose, there are those that think education needs less of a focus, there are those opposed to giving people free-access to information, there are even those opposed to allowing the expression of free speech. If the people do not hold those who are elected responsible for their inaction, immaturity, and neglectful ways, can anyone blame them for not taking responsibility of their mistakes? One way to fix this issue is to limit the number of terms the congressmen and women, and senators serve. This would enable a constant change in the ideas presented to address critical issues, and perhaps keep fanatical group philosophies from dragging down the entire system.

Mayan Calendar may end in a “no-brainer” By: Dennis Gosnell Assistant Editor

of slow and silent. Guns might work in a sticky situation where speed is a necessity, but it is still advisable to use something that won’t announce a person’s location to a horde of hungry zombies. Here is a quick zombie biology lesson. A zombie is created when a virus infects the cerebral cortex of the brain, robbing it of independent thought. Then it behaves like all viruses by looking for a way to survive by forcing the body to look for the most compatible food source, in most cases, human flesh. The most effective way to kill a zombie is to remove the defunct brain from the body, thus separating the original virus from its vehicle, the body. In other words, behead the sucker.


For the past few years, the popular apocalypse theory has been about the end of the Mayan Calendar, which ends on Dec. 21 of this year. Two of the most popular scenarios are global catastrophe or a zombie epidemic caused by a virus outbreak. For any disaster there are a few essentials, like shelter, food and water. Without these, it doesn’t matter if a person escapes the zombies or survives the initial natural disaster. Shelter should be secured against intruders, whether zombies or regular people. Without a good night’s sleep, eventually a person is going to hit the limits of their bodies. Canned foods are best, as they

will not perish as quickly. When it comes to fresh foods such as berries, certain kinds of herbs and leafs, check to make sure they are edible and make sure to clean them. Once the stock of familiar fresh foods dries up, people may have to find foods that need close scrutiny to avoid being poisoned. The most important survival essential is water, without it a person can only last a few days. Knowing how to purify it is a must and the easiest way is to boil the water, which ensures the removal of harmful bacteria. Beyond the necessary essentials, the acquisition of protection is a must. When thinking defense it is sometimes better to think in terms

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movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” RSVP at 733-7392 RSC Community Learning Center Winter Break Dec. 17 - Jan. 22 Jan. 21- Campus Closed Jan. 22- Applications Available for open Student Senate seats and Auditions for Rose Review open Jan. 22-23 Raider Dayz Free food and music for the kickoff of the spring semester, Student Center

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Heinrich 61 Genetic letters 62 Substitute player 64 Soho sir 65 Philanderer 66 Syrian’s neighbor 67 Suffix with infant 68 Pitcher’s stat 69 Beats, and how


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9 Deep roar 10 Gobbled down 11 China’s Zhou __ 12 Salute with a raised glass 13 La-di-da 18 “Un momento, __ favor” 22 Signs of healing 24 Grant with an Honorary Award statuette 25 Caution to a game show audience 27 Mount McKinley’s national park 29 Jammies 30 Mauna __ 31 Resistance unit 33 Shoo-__: easy winners 35 Make up one’s mind 36 __ goo gai pan

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