A web-slinging Christmas party By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor
Leadership students and staff participated in the Adopted Schools Christmas Party for Telstar and Willow Brook Elementary Students. An entire morning of events was planned for the children. When the kids arrived, the students assigned to their group greeted them and escorted them around the Main Dining Room to their different stations. Spiderman and Santa were also on hand to greet the kids and take pictures. A story time was arranged in the Fountain Room, where some of Santa’s elves read them various Christmas stories. Crafts were a big part of the event. The kids made cards for the troops, bookmarks for their favorite books, and replicas of Santa’s reindeer using candy canes and pipe cleaners. Snack time consisted of hand decorated sugar cookies. A game of Christmas Bingo was set up to be played when the time came, and prizes were all the different shapes of Silly Bands a kid could dream of. A tarp was set up for the kid’s snack times, and in between the waits for their next station, the students engaged them in conversation, and even a few games. Rock, Paper, Scissors did not seem to work out quite as well as the always popular I Spy game, which the kids participated in with gusto. After the kids visited with Santa, they got to unwrap the gifts they were given. The V-tech ABC Text and Go was the main gift given to all the kids, and the excitement on all their faces as they tore into the box was priceless. Spiderman even lent a webby hand to help the kids open their new toys. “I just loved seeing all the kids’ faces when they got to open their gifts and take a picture with Santa. I just loved it,” said Sarah Smith, a zoology major helping out at the party. When kids were asked about what they would ask Santa for Christmas, the answers varied. One kid hoped
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IN THIS ISSUE:
...Page 2 • 2011 revolutions • News Briefs ...Page 3 • Music Man • Campus Chat ...Page 4 • Students visit capitol • Ugly sweaters ...Page 5 • Hughes Scholars • Diabetes: Chronic condition ...Page 6 and 7 • Photos RSC events ...Page 8 • Dr. Britton Party • Hidden students discounts ...Page 9 • Yes, Oklahoma
for a remote control monster truck, while another wanted an Xbox. The overall favorite part voiced by most of the kids wasn’t the gifts they got, the visit with Santa, or even getting out of school. It was the visit from Spiderman, in jingly shoes in an elf hat, which captured the attention of all the kids.
...Page 10 • Game Review: Assassin’s Creed: Revaluations ...Page 11 • Trends: Sherlock Holmes ...Page 12 • Weekly Event Calendar • Weekly Puzzles Top: Spiderman takes a break from fighting crime to spread Holiday joy to the students of Telstar and Willow Brook Elementary Schools. Left: Some of the students take a break before returning to their arts and crafts. Photos by Tracie Bullen
December 12, 2011
The New Year’s revolutions of 2011 People around the world make New Year’s resolutions at the close of each year. In December of 2010, the Middle East set a course of New Year’s revolutions, which directly affected more than 15 different countries in that region throughout 2011. While not desirable, history has shown time and again that revolution is essential to the preservation of freedom and liberty.
What came to be known as the “Arab Spring,” resulted in protests throughout the Middle East; with revolutions occurred in both Tunisia and Egypt and a bloody civil war in Libya, all of which resulted in the fall of their respective governments. While these three countries are considered “success stories” of the Arab Spring, other countries that saw civil uprisings, such as Bahrain,
Syria, and Yemen, are still unstable. Major protests occurred in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman, with minor protests occurring in Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Western Sahara. Inspired in part by the Arab Spring, American protestors took to the streets, specifically Wall Street. Beginning in September, Occupy
Wall Street protests occurred from coast to coast. Do people have a right to be angry in this country? Yes. But if changes need to be made, as many believe they do, then let those changes be made through the proper channels. Some will decry and say, “The system is broken. What other recourse do we have?” Things must be kept in perspective. Say what you will about America, but right now a whole section of the world is engaged in a bloody revolution to eke out a standard of living which will still be leagues below what the average American takes for granted. What constitutes poverty in this country compared to the rest of the world is laughable. For many, 2011 will be remembered as the year of revolution. The world needs to change, but it has to start with us; how we live our lives and how we treat others. Let us make 2012 the year in which resolutions are remembered. We are nothing but the promises we keep.
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December 12, 2011
Music Man makes magical memories By:Sue Dawson-O’Brien Professor of Journalism
On Saturday night I witnessed an example of what makes Rose State College truly special: a spectacular collaboration of students, professors, staff, and administrators, live and on stage in the Communications Center. Kudos to all who participated, on stage and behind the scenes, in the RSC production of “The Music Man”. From the phenomenal opening set, to the heartwarming acting, to the singers and musicians whose notes I caught myself humming all weekend, it was truly a delightful evening. In spite of Bedlam, about 300 of us gathered to applaud the efforts of family, friends, and acquaintances – and we were not disappointed. We experienced the spirit of teamwork that makes RSC unique, and I am proud to be associated with such an institution. William Rogers plays the wily “professor’ Harold Hill opposite Chelsea Larsen’s portrayal of Marion the librarian in Meredith Wilson’s timeless tale of love and redemption: “The Music Man.” Bravo (and brava)! Photo by Kenneth Beachler
Campus Chat: What is your 2012 New Year’s resolution? By: Chelsea Ratterman, Tracie Bullen
Amanda Bonnett, Institutional Advancement Assistant
“To run a half marathon or not eat as much chocolate.”
“To have a New Year’s Resolution.”
“To continue having a 4.0 in college.”
Josh Wolfe, Psychology Major
Samantha Benton, Pre-Med/Zoology Major Melissa Aguigui, Director of Student Success
“Start training for the Memorial Marathon.”
December 12, 2011
RSC Students visit Capitol to learn congressional functions By: Dennis Gosnell Assignment Editor
OCU, and the “Energy Efficiency in time,” Scroggins said. Schools Act of 2011,” by Maryann When bills go before each of the Scroggins from RSC. bicameral chambers, they each have Scroggins received second their own responsibilities as far as runner up for best legislation in content goes. The bill Scroggins Senate. Her proposed to legislation “Attending session was the Senate had however nothing like what I had read incorporated an encountered about in books or what I article that dealt many trials seen on TV. I was able to with monetary during its time participate in the process of issues. Bills before the bills being written – debated that deal with Senate and – passed. The experience was monetary issues House. amazing! I had no idea how cannot originate “As the time much was actually involved in the Senate, came for my in passing a bill.” – Robin they must bill to be heard, Goodiron, Radiology Tech originate in the the Senate House and need Parliamentarian, Steve Sichterman, to be amended. informed the entire body that Scroggins’ bill was heard and Section four of my bill, which passed with a vote of 24 – 10, dealt with monetary issues, was after she and Back painstakingly not a Senate matter and, therefore, investigated, and amended the bill. my bill could not be heard at that When it came time to pass the bill
The Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislative/Vocal Oklahomans in Civic Engagement (O.I.L./ V.O.I.C.E.) club of RSC represented the campus at the State Capitol Nov. 9 – 13. During the bi-annual event, students from all across Oklahoma participated in learning the processes and procedures of the House of Representatives and Senate. Six RSC students RSC went to congressional sessions; Maryann Scroggins, Derek Paulsen, Timothy Back, Robin Goodiron, Shariah Brown, Andree Duckworth, and Destini Payne. On the first day of session the club was split into two groups. One group would participate in the Senate, and the other would go on to participate in the House. Scroggings, Back, Duckworh, and Payne were selected to participate in Senate, while Brown, Paulsen, and Goodiron went on to the House. Some of the legislative bills the group heard and dealt with were the “ Turner-Turn-Around Act of 2011,” by Jacob Daniel from OSU, the Food Stamp Program; Identification Act of 2011,” by Kali Roundy from OPSU, the “Oklahoma Election Transparency Act of 2011,” by Kara Evans from O.I.L. students went to the state capital to represent RSC amongst colleges from ORU, the “Under my Skin Act of all over Oklahoma. Photo by Dennis Gosnell. 2011” by Madi Alexander from
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on to the House, Scroggins needed to get a petition signed by at least 30 of the House members in order for the bill to be heard and voted on. Once that was accomplished, the bill was put onto the Consent Calendar, which means that because of the limited time left at session the bill was announced within the House and put to immediate vote based on the information given by the Secretary of House. The bill did not pass House however, as new attendees did not fully understand the process, the bill was rejected and would need further debate and consideration. Paulson said that the experience allowed him to witness the inside of the State Capitol for the first time and inspired him in his goal to becoming a dedicated civil servant. O.I.L. Members Derek Paulson, Political Science Major Shariah Brown, Business Major Mary Ann Scroggins, Political Science Major Robin Goodiron, Radiology Tech Timothy Buck, Political Science Major Not Pictured: Andree Duckworth and Destini Payne
2nd Place Jessica Lewallen
December 12, 2011
Hughes Scholars give back
The Hughes Scholars visited the Oklahoma History Center, (pictured here with Dr. Bob Blackburn, center) “They have been a really great group this year,” Elizabeth Edwards, dean of humanities said. Photo courtesy of Rick Woodard
By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor
There are six leadership scholarships available to students who wish to apply. Scholarship winners participate in events and programs throughout the school year. One is named after Francis White Hughes, an educator and community leader who also served as an RSC Regent. Full time students majoring in Art, Music, Theatre, Music Engineering and Art Librarian are eligible for this
scholarship, which focuses on the arts, and many of the projects they conduct throughout the year reflect that. One of their major events this year was the Bees Knees Art Show. It helped young adults with special needs develop entrepreneurial and business skills. It was a two-day event, and concluded with an auction of the artists’ paintings. The scholarship group also helped the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall prepare for their 75th
Chronic Condition incurable but treatable By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor
The American Diabetes Association was on campus, to answer questions about the disease. Free lunch was provided to the first 20 attendees, as well as activities that challenged their diabetes knowledge. Both type 1 and type 2 are chronic conditions that are incurable, but are treatable with insulin shots or medication. Insulin is a hormone produced by the body to convert sugar and fat to energy. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, where the body
does not produce enough insulin or the cells simply ignore the insulin produced, resulting in a high blood sugar. Symptoms of both types include extreme hunger and fatigue. Nearly 24 million people in the U.S. population have diabetes, with more than three quarters of that number having type 2. One question answered by the representative was that of diet. A person suffering from diabetes should eat fish two to three times a week, as well as whole grains and lots of fruits and vegetables.
Anniversary Gala. The Civic Center is operated in conjunction with Stage Center as well as the RSC Performing Arts Theatre. The Gala was held to celebrate the building that was built in 1937, and after renovations, was renamed the Civic Center Music Hall in 1966, and has been home to many events throughout the years. Leadership scholarships are a great way to be involved and get financial aid for school. The other five leadership scholarships are Presidents
Leadership Class, Regents Legacy Scholars, Student Ambassadors, Tinker Federal Civic Leaders and Hudiburg Scholars. Each scholarship has certain requirements that must be met to qualify, and the members of the groups serve RSC in different ways throughout the semester. Applications are available in the Student Services Building. For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at 405-733-7424.
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December 12, 2011
E v e n t s t h at e n r i c h e d o u r e d u c at i o n
Rose State goes tobacco free
By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor
The annual lighting ceremony was held Dec. 1, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., officially ushering in the holiday season on campus. Lights were placed all over the campus mall, as well as many snow men, nutcrackers and Santas, which light up when the sun goes down. A great many “elves” were on hand to help the flow of activities, from the s’more pit, to the carriage ride, and a ride in the White Witch’s sleigh, of Narnia fame. Regent Betty Wright was present to help open the ceremony. Santa and Mrs. Claus made their appearance after the lights had been lit, and carolers sang as they came out Holiday Lighting ceremony of the Wellness Center together, to a generous applause. Live music was played in the main dining hall, accompanying the long line to sit on Santa’s lap and deliver the letter containing all the Christmas wishes. Mo-vember
Storytelling with Bill Lepp
Global Oklahoma: Brazil
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Raider Rush with Dante & the Hawks
Commit to Complete
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Bees Knees Art Show PJ Parade
Photo by Kenneth Beachler: Holiday Lighting Ceremony Photo by Dennis Gosnell: Native Oklahoma Photos by Tracie Bullen: RSC Tobacco Free Raider Dayz Storytelling with Bill Lepp Leisure Diving Global Oklahoma: Brazil Commit to Complete Bees Knees Art Show PJ Parade Mo-vember Photo courtesy of Dante: Dante and the Hawks
December 12, 2011
Festive well wishing from Dr. Britton By: Chelsea Ratterman Assistant Editor
Hidden Savings for Rose Students By: Katie Johnston Staff Writer
Students at Rose may be eligible for special perks or discounts at some local businesses. Here are a few deals: * AT&T: 10 percent off cell phone plans for students (apply in stores, must show student ID and know student e-mail address) * T-Mobile: 12 percent off cell phone plans when you participate in their student advantage program * Verizon: 18 percent off cell phone plans. Available only to Oklahoma state employees (campus staff or professors, must prove with a recent paystub) * Apple: Savings on products with educational pricing. For example: $50 off the MacBook Air * Journeyed.com: Offers discounts on software, electronics, bags, books and more (must show student ID) * Willow Creek Apartments: $20 off monthly rent (must show student ID) * Woodside Village Apartments: $20 off monthly rent (must show student ID) * Orchard Springs Apartments: 5 percent off monthly rent (must show student ID) ***If you know of any businesses that offer a perk for students, please contact the 15th Street News at 733-4300 to be included in a future issue.
Dr. Britton and his wife Kay held their annual Christmas Party Dec. 1 in the Main Dining Room. Dr. Larry Nutter first established the event when he was President of Rose State College from 1986 to 2000. The purpose of the event is to show appreciation to the staff and faculty who work at RSC. The “Christmas Craft Bazaar” was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the front of the room. There were vendors selling Christmas related items, from jewelry to knit doilies and paintings by a local artist. The stage for Santa was set, and the main dining was decorated for the season, with a large wreath as well as massive amounts of ornaments hanging from the ceiling. Santa was not to make an appearance for the party, but everything was ready for the Holiday Lighting Ceremony’s events later that evening. The trees by the doors and posters around the hall announced good holiday wishes from the President and his wife to those in attendance. “Kay and I appreciated the attendance of the faculty and staff, and enjoyed visiting with them,” said Dr. Britton of the event. Dr. Britton and his wife Kay welcomed guests as they arrived, and made a circuit through the vendors in the hall. A buffet of food was set out by Carson’s in the dining hall for guests of the event to enjoy. In the midst of finals preparations, the event was a pleasant experience for busy faculty and staff members.
Top: Dr. Britton and his wife, Kay, wish everyone happy holidays with decorative cards. Above: Kay Britton visits with Janet Griffith, a photographer selling inspirational photos at the event. Photos by Chelsea Ratterman
December 12, 2011
Yes, Oklahoma, there is a Santa Claus By: Logan Pierce Editor-in-Chief
Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun during the summer of 1897, wanting to know whether Santa Claus existed or not. She waited months for a reply, which eventually appeared as an unsigned editorial in the Sept. 21, 1897 issue. Since its initial printing, the article by veteran reporter Francis Pharcellus Church has become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in dozens of languages throughout the world. The editorial has also been featured in everything from books and movies, to posters and postage stamps. This now iconic editorial was not quickly embraced by the Sun, who did not reprint
it until December 1902; and this would not have happened without the many requests from its readers. When they republished “Is There A Santa Claus?” in 1902, the Sun commented, “Since its original publication, the Sun has refrained from reprinting the article on Santa Claus which appeared several years ago, but this year requests for its reproduction have been so numerous that we yield.” Throughout the years, readers implored the Sun to continue to reprint the editorial. “It will neither be
“Yes, Virginia,” “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. “Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? “VIRGINIA O’HANLON. “115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.” VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Christmas nor the Sun without it,” said one reader in 1927. “Every year, as I grow a little older, I find added significance in its profound thoughts,” another reader said, in 1940. Church died April 1906, age 67; and while few correspondences had the impact of his famous editorial, Church and O’Hanlon never met in person. She earned master’s and doctoral degrees and for fortythree years was a teacher, and later, a principal in the New York City school system. Her marriage to Edward Douglas was
brief and ended with him leaving her shortly before their child, Laura, was born. O’Hanlon kept the “Douglas” surname, however. She came to embrace the recognition associated with the “Is There A Santa Claus” editorial. She occasionally read it at Christmas programs. O’Hanlon lived to be 81 and her death at a nursing home in upstate New York in May 1971 was reported on the front page of the New York Times. Her daughter, Laura Temple, worked in The Sun’s advertising office for two years in the 1930s. “They all knew who I was,” Temple said, talking about the Sun staff. “And we all had the same feeling about the editorial that my mother had—that it was a classic.”
editorial lives on
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
December 12, 2011
A s s a s s i n ’s C r e e d R e v e l a t i o n s By: Dennis Gosnell Assignment Editor
On Nov. 15 “Assassin’s Creed Revelations” (AC Revelations) hit the shelves of game stores nationwide. “AC Revelations,” takes players through what is to be Desmond’s last and most trying Animus encounter yet. In the ending scene of “AC Brotherhood,” Desmond’s body is taken over by a member of “ The First Civilization” called Juno whose consciousness or computerized consciousness is held within a piece of the “Apple of Eden.” From this encounter Desmond’s mind becomes broken and fragmented from being in the Animus too long. In order to save his consciousness Desmond must live through the last memories of
Ezio Auditore’s life. help the Constantinople Assassin’s Ezio in Revelations is an older build and protect their city. man, no longer in the springtime This dual role a player plays is of his youth. He must finish what that of mentor and wizened leader Altair started, and help Desmond who still has a few things to learn. learn the truth of his past, present The graphics were a little and future. disappointing. “Stay your blade The storyline The graphics of from the flesh of an takes on two the characters innocent. roles in this look unrefined, Hide in plain sight, game; there is likely due be one with the crowd. Ezio’s search to the 3D Never compromise for something overlay, which the Brotherhood.” – hidden in is designed to Assassin’s Creed Musyaf, and work with 3D the Assassin’s televisions. fight against Templars in Considering the game’s $60 price Constantinople. The reason Ezio is tag, it seems that players should be in Constantinople is to find books able to choose whether to have a 3D hidden by the Polo family that show overlay or not. where the keys to the library of The environment of the city Musyaf are hidden throughout the and its building were exquisite. city. Along the way however, you The beautiful and elegant rich
living spaces elicited a moment of awe in what man could accomplish with little-to-no help from the technologies that people take advantage in today’s day and age. The game play is excellent. Some may ask, “Why didn’t they use control scheme from the first, second, or third game?” Those players will be glad to know that each game of the franchise had its game mechanics incorporated into Revelations; or at least that’s how it appears. With the exception of the graphics, the game is well worth the money. Gamers who own 3D televisions will probably feel less disgruntled, as they are the only ones able to get the full effect from the visuals. Overall, this game rates a 3.75 out of 5. “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.” – Assassin’s Maxim “ To say that nothing is true is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic.” – Ezio Auditore in explanation of the Assassin’s Maxim. Enemies of the Assassins have gathered, fights for control of the streets of Constantinople; once again Ezio Auditore will take the fight to his enemies. Photo courtesy of ubisoft.com.
Changes in AC Revelations • The hook blade – It is a dual-purpose blade that has a greater extension than a regular hidden blade. It can be used to scale tall buildings, jump to buildings that are further away, and used to pull and roll over guards blocking a player’s way. • Assassin’s Den – Like in previous games, players can take control of various buildings, which are in the control of the Byzantine Templars. What is different however, is how the building can be used. They are now hideouts in which players Assassin Apprentices can be stationed within to keep it protected from incoming Templar attacks. • Faction Challenge Sets – The Faction Challenges takes on a new role. For example in the Assassin’s Faction Challenges there’s three sets of challenges to complete, finishing each set allows for three separate rewards. • Book Shop – Instead of an Art Shop that sells paintings and maps, the Book Shop allows players to buy literature and other types of books, as maps. • Health Meter – The health meter in AC Revelations is similar to that of the first AC game. The difference is that the rectangular design of the bars are vertical instead of horizontal and do not have the wrapping DNA effect. It is unremarkable and holds no elegance. • Dual Weapon Selection – No longer do players have to switch between a main hand weapon and projectile, you can have both easily accessible at the same time. If as a player you have ever wanted to throw a dagger and stab someone with a hidden without having to interchange weapons mid-battle its as easy as just selecting which main hand weapon and which projectile weapon a players wants ready. When a player runs out of ammunition for that type of projectile weapon, it will automatically switch to the next projectile weapon that has ammunition.
December 12, 2011
Movie magic; literature hits the silver screen By: Dennis Gosnell Assignment Editor
In the days of yesteryear, a century or more before modern technology, books served as a means of entertainment for people around the world; and as such, books became a trend cornerstone for previous generations. Sherlock Holmes, the master investigator and suave detective became an iconic name for many. The guile Holmes used to manipulate his enemies and extract their confession made it possible for him to catch his targets. Holmes’ character displayed the value of higher learning, working to understand and investigating the nature of a person’s environment. Movie producers in search of creative ideas decide to take what was popular in literature and turn it into blockbuster action films. These movies have a reputation for changing the ideals of a character in order to make money. While these movies can be exciting and thought provoking, that is not the main issue. Why take literature and twist its meaning to captivate an audience? Without audience approval and support, such movies would flop. They wouldn’t garner enough revenue to make up for the copious amounts of money spent to make the films. The popularity of a book or series of books, in one form or another, guarantees the success of a movie. People who are avid fans are more likely to go to a theater and see their favorite stories told on the silver screen. Holmes’ depiction in “Sherlock Holmes,” starring Robert Downey Jr., is that of a rough and tumble investigator who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. This is troublesome for many reasons. It’s not so much the action as it is his frivolousness and wanton actions of depravity that lessens Holmes impact as a proper role model. Kids watch this kind of movie and see the improper behavior. Children often idolize and become entranced by those that are strong. They may however, not understand the underlying current about character development and their struggles with various addictions.
This is dangerous, because children often repeat that which inspires them greatly. Another literature to film movie that comes to mind is “The Three Musketeers.” There are many movies about the Musketeers, but the 2011 adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers” takes an extreme action-packed look at the groups’ exploits. When it comes to “The Three Musketeers,” a bit of leniency toward action can be taken. However, the extremeness to which the films director, Paul W.S. Anderson, takes the action scenes mars any sense of adventure. Running down the sides of buildings, jumping onto flying airships, and pushing explosions to the max is all nice and dandy but it takes away from the epic story, the character development, and subtle intrigue that occurs within Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers.” What is action without plot, meaning and story?
Yes, it is exciting to see stuff blow the characters that is so prevalent up and people save the day, yet if when reading their struggles and people don’t stop and think about victories. the storyline, the development of characters, the whole point and Sir Arthur Conan process in which literature, movies, Doyle studied medicine at and entertainment are created the University of Edinburgh. becomes lost in the vagueness When he opened his of the action within film. own doctor’s office after There are exceptions graduating, business wasn’t to literature becoming too good, so he started movies though. Joe writing stories. Wright’s (2005) A Study in Scarlet – the adaptation first story to feature the of Pride and mystery-solving Sherlock Prejudice held Holmes character – was first all, or at least published in a Christmas nearly all, of book – Beeton’s Christmas the nuances Annual, in 1887. of Jane Sherlock Holmes was Austen’s a cocaine and morphine classic book. addict. Forensic psychologist The depth Dr. Thomas Dalby calls of intrigue, Holmes the “first popular character figure to abuse” cocaine. development, and visual drama portrayed well what the book conveyed to the world. The movie shows the back and forth love/hate relationship of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. It would be remiss to say that the movie is perfect, for it is not. Even with great understanding and deep knowledge of the characters; when moving from literature to film, people tend to lose the personal connection with
The classic Sherlock Holmes stories were written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle depicted here within the iconic Holmes profile, complete with pipe and his trademark deerstalker hat. Graphic courtesy of mctcampus.com
Watson not only directly addresses Holmes’ abuse of cocaine and morphine in two stories, and makes references in seven others, but he also tried to clean up Holmes by weaning him off coke. At the time, cocaine and morphine were both legal and available without a prescription. Doyle was friends with famous American escape artist and magician, Harry Houdini. They clashed repeatedly on the subject of spiritualism; Houdini used his knowledge of illusion to expose fraudulent psychics and mediums, while Doyle believed in séances and fairies. Houdini’s assertions were not accepted by Doyle, who devoted a whole chapter of his book “The Edge of the Unknown” to a detailed argument advocating that Houdini had genuine psychic power, but wouldn’t admit it. The Doyle/Houdini friendship is the subject of a new film in development, “Voices from the Dead;” slated for release in 2013. In addition to their creations, book authors are not exempt from the grasp of Hollywood.
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December 12, 2011
1. Alda or Rachins 5. “__: NY” 8. “The __ Boat”; series for Gavin MacLeod 9. Actor Tom __ 12. Liquid 13. Wild canine 14. Neckwear items for Don Ho 15. “__ & Mindy” 16. “America’s Next __ Model” 18. Yiddish laments 19. Late-night host Jay 20. Cried 21. “Let’s Make a __” 23. Becomes furious 24. Steiger and Serling
25. Actor Scott __ 26. General tendency 28. __ up; misbehaves 29. Rogers and Clark 30. Actress Tierney 32. “Voyage to the Bottom of the __” 35. Alien who visited the Tanner family 36. Rugged cliff 37. Throw stones at 38. Jerry Van Dyke’s character on “Coach” 40. Actress Reese 41. “What I Did on My Summer Vacation,” for
example 42. Nastase of tennis 43. Asner and Sullivan 44. Actor Sean __
1. Actress Kirstie 2. Julia __ 3. Car rental company 4. “__ and Stacey” 5. Flashy actress from Spain who’s famous for her “Cuchicuchi!” 6. Paper bag 7. Pen contents 10. Mother of twins and sextuplets 11. Skier’s hillside
12. Role for Polly Holliday 13. Actor Voight 15. Tillis and Blanc 17. Half-qts. 19. Cheryl __ of “Charlie’s Angels” 20. Bide one’s time 22. Long, long time periods 23. “The Amazing __” 25. “The Big __ Theory” 26. “The flowers that bloom in the spring, __...” 27. Esther of “Good Times” 30. “__ Anatomy” 31. Hearing organ 33. Oscarwinning actress __ Burstyn 34. “One Day __ Time” 36. Actor __ Everett 37. Outstanding Brazilian soccer player 39. Mao __tung 40. Short swim
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