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Smoke-free Oklahoma campuses:

• Oklahoma Christian University • Oklahoma City University • Oklahoma State University – all

campuses • Southern Oklahoma Technology Center By: Samantha Maloy Assistant Editor

In this day and age, smoking has an influence on nearly everyone in some way or another. Maybe you personally are a smoker or someone you know is. Smoking (or the lack thereof ) affects where you stay in hotels and whether you ultimately buy certain used cars. Whether you want to admit it or not, smoking and its costs, its effects and its legislation reach deeply into American lives. When we say tobacco, what are we including? ALL forms of tobacco – chewing which causes mouth cancer, but does not affect others - and smoking including cigarettes, cigars and cigarellos. In a time where money weighs so heavily on people’s minds, it is interesting to note the amount of money that is poured into cigarettes and other tobacco-related issues each year. According to the Oklahoma State Plan for Tobacco Use- Prevention and Cessation, it costs each Oklahoman approximately $750 a year for tobacco use, “whether they use tobacco products or not.” Contrasting with this number is the figure of $6,

which the state approximately spends per year per person to “reduce and prevent tobacco addiction.” As a whole, it costs the state of Oklahoma over $1 billion in health care costs directly related to smoking. Imagine how those funds might be appropriated in our state if they were not tied up in smoking health care costs. Moving along from the monetary aspect, we come to the tobacco and its ingredients. But perhaps the news of all the bad ingredients and the effects of second-hand smoke is just old news? Maybe people just tune it out? Below are some ingredients in cigarettes, according to www.

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son N Arsenic: used in rat poison N Methane: a component of rocket fuel N Ammonia: found in floor cleaner N Cadmium: used in batteries N Carbon Monoxide: part of car exhaust N Formaldehyde: used to preserve body tissue N Butane: lighter fluid N Hydrogen Cyanide: gas chamber poison

Granted, in small amounts they are not harmful, unless you use them everyday. But still, the body can’t enjoy taking in rat poison, lighter fluid or car exhaust, no matter how small the amounts. One initiative that is growing in popularity is that of converting college and university campuses around the nation to tobacco-free campuses. As of January 2010, there are 381 campuses nationwide that are completely smoke-free. Oklahoma itself has 10 campuses that are 100 percent smokefree. The important thing to remember in achieving the goal of a tobacco-free campus is that it does not happen overnight. Just like any other drug, nicotine is an addiction and requires help to overcome it. It needs to be a gradual change, giving current student smokers time to seek whatever aid they need to abandon the habit. In the case of Gainesville State College (north of Atlanta, Ga.), when they were seeking to make Gainesville a tobacco-free campus in 2007, “campus coordinators [held] competitions and [distributed] survival kits that [included] gum and support information,” according to

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a article. More locally, the University of Central Oklahoma will officially become smoke-free on July 1, 2010 following a five-year program “which consisted of education, cessation, and policy. During this time, both student leaders and employees worked tirelessly on assessment and environmental scans, reviewing and researching tobacco policies, educating the campus, building momentum for change, and ensuring stakeholder adoption of a tobacco free policy,” according to the UCO Web site. We wanted to know what are the sentiments of students here on campus regarding a tobacco-free campus. Would they support it or not? This poll consisted of a D2L e-mail sent to students and staff from class roles from classes of two staff members and should not be mistaken as scientific. A majority of the students and staff that responded would support a smokefree campus, but some expressed concerns. One student commented, “There are so many people here that smoke, it would be hard to make people agree to a smokefree campus and might

also turn prospective students away.” Another student, who is a smoker, said, “One of the things I have used as a crutch not to quit is how hard it would be at school when I walk past all the smokers. I would totally be for a smoke-free campus.” In the course of gathering student feedback regarding making RSC a smoke-free campus, Student Senate President Amanda Walters added the Senate is looking into presenting new legislation at making the campus smoke-free. Previously, the Senate has tried to implement littering fines for smoking and fines for violating the smoking policy. Additionally, the 20082009 Senate body tried to ban smoking outright in the fall of 2008. None of these efforts have made it past the administrative level. Currently, the only smoking policy on campus is that smokers must be at least 25 feet from the entrance of any building on campus.

‘But my Facebook is private’ Dewey dispels cyber privacy myths Assignment Editor

Rich Zone: Philosophical ponderings, page 2

How much does tobacco actually cost the user?


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Each semester, Ken Dewey shares information regarding Internet security with various classes and campus organization. At a recent event, Dewey offered several suggestions that can make your online experience safer. During the presentation, Dewey demonstrated how easily people can obtain information about others off the Internet by using a PowerPoint featuring pictures and personal information of various people at the event — all from social networking sites. Dewey commented, “Some people put all kinds of stuff. You really don’t need to put every relative, every place you’ve worked, every place you’ve [gone], your birthday… do you really need to supply that much information?” Dewey suggested only

allowing friends the ability see your information on social networking sites and avoiding accepting friends requests simply because somebody wrote a message saying, “I’m in your class.” He said to be aware of the pictures and information you put on your Myspace and Facebook pages — and those your friends are posting as well — because employers often look at them when considering people for jobs. “People give away all kinds of information,” Dewey said. Sometimes this is because “people don’t know any better.” He explained the importance of saying no when people call and claim they are from the bank or you have won a contest and request information. He also said it’s best to shred important papers and documents, such as prescription labels and credit card statements, before throwing them

out. Even then, the pieces could be reassembled, but as Dewey said, “Anything is better than nothing. Any little thing you can do will slow [them] down.” Some information regarding other types of security was provided as well, for example, if a window pops up on your computer claiming you have viruses, the task should be deleted because clicking anything can give the computer a virus. Many antivirus software programs that suddenly pop up saying the computer has been infected are in themselves viruses that try to scare the user into downloading them. Dewey said in his opinion, the best (real) antivirus program is Microsoft Security Central because “it’s totally, 100 percent free and it works great.”

Other tips for a safer online experience:

1. When asked security questions: Lie. Your spouse’s middle name, the street you grew up on, or your mother’s maiden name are all information that can be obtained if the person already knows your name. “Donkey drinks milkshakes” or other illogical nonsense is a perfectly acceptable answer to these questions. 2. If purchasing products online, check to make sure that the URL starts with https, make sure your browser (and not the window) has a lock icon at the top or bottom depending on the browser, that the URL matches the URL of the business you are purchasing from, and that the site’s trust mark can be verified. 3. Make sure your Web site screen names

do not give away too much information about you 4. Anything you post online – or someone else posts about you – is permanent. Even if it gets deleted, it may exist somewhere. Check out the “Wayback Machine” at to see how much stuff gets saved 5. Never access Internet banking or shopping sites from an email link. Instead, type the address into your browser. 6. When making a secure password, try an anagram or mnemonic device and add random numbers and symbols. Such as Eleanor’s Amazon experience in March was wonderful, yay! Could convert to EAEIMWW!21.

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You don’t have to marry the smoker A word about the poll appearing in this week’s issue: Overwhelmingly the students and faculty surveyed said they would like to see a smoke-free campus. Keep in mind this was not a scientific poll. Care was given to make sure each student and faculty member who responded only got one vote, but the people who received the question were not chosen randomly. Instead, they were students and professors who were members of Phi Theta Kappa, the Honors Program, members of the Student Activities group, and various classes from two staff members of the last four semesters. Additionally to receive notice of the poll, a student or professor would have had to check D2L, and once receiving notice taken the time to send a response. A careful, precise count was not kept as to who received notice either. So you can see many students would have been excluded and others may have been in

two or more of the groups or classes listed previously. Also the professors were clearly in the minority of those questioned – of those who responded less than 1 percent were faculty. But the poll was intended as a bellwether and not anything to bind the school or be an administrative record of the feelings of students. What the informal survey does show is of those who responded this group would like to see the campus become smoke free. This isn’t a pipedream, and we believe most people accept that inevitably smoking in public will become a thing of the past. However that does not mean we should begin the process of banning smoking with impunity next year. We need to handle the elimination of smoking in public places with compassion and realize two important facts. First, smoking is an addiction. Second, tobacco is not illegal. As smoking is an addic-

tion, it needs to be treated as such. Congratulations to all those who have successfully quit smoking cold turkey, but for others, it isn’t going to be as easy. Cessation programs and medications, if you can afford them, are only just the tip of the iceberg. Quitting smoking is a lot like quitting alcohol or illegal drugs or even losing weight. It takes hard work and sometimes it is going to take years. It can take therapy to get to the root cause of why someone smokes. Telling smokers they can’t smoke on campus one day with no support is just like kicking the puppy. And you don’t want to be that guy. Smoking isn’t illegal – at least not yet. And since it is not an illegal drug, we shouldn’t regulate it like it is. If a person over the age of 18 wants to smoke, enjoys smoking, and is not rude to others while smoking this shouldn’t be an issue. And the majority of smokers on our campus are not only polite, but they

follow the rules regarding where they can smoke. Keep in mind it is becoming less socially acceptable to smoke in public. As the climate for smoking continues to deteriorate fewer people will start smoking. According to the Center for Disease Control, smoking has decreased steadily, with only a stall in the 1990s, since the surgeon general warned that smoking is dangerous. As of 2007, the most recent report, smoking was down to 19.8 percent of the adult population. When they started keeping track of the percentage in 1965, 42.4 percent of adults smoked. The lower numbers of smokers is largely due to better education, campaigns

to promote cessation, and according to some the decrease of smoking advertising. In other words, it is no longer cool to smoke. For some on the nonsmoking side, it doesn’t matter how far we have come and how well we really are doing. They wrap it up in public health forgetting what is most important about dealing with an addiction: compassion. We realize some people suffer lung disorders that make cigarette smoke dangerous or deadly. However, how do these

people handle going shopping or to dinner? The din of smoke is much heavier outside Cheddar’s on Friday than it is at the campus. It is unrealistic to expect everyone who smokes to stop because you have a problem. At the end of the day, you have to take care of yourself. That means being extra cautious or if you can’t do that, then following a compassionate route that will ultimately make smoking in public a thing of the past.

Aging calls for meaning of life check

By: Rich Wedemeyer Guest Columnist

Every year, about the time of my birthday, I am drawn to big questions; you know, ones about the significance of life, the meaning of it all. Maybe I’m getting older, or just a tad too neurotic, but I do like to consider what it means to be alive in this world. Here’s my list of questions that stir my mind and even my soul: 10. Are we alone in the universe? I hope we are not alone. I bet at some point we will confirm the existence of life elsewhere, in some form. That discovery may

at first shake us up a bit, but it might also generate humility. 9. Is there a purpose in suffering? The Buddhists say that once you realize that life is suffering mixed with moments of joy, then life can be ecstatic. 8. What are the things that make you smile? What tickles you? These may be your passions. 7. What are your core values, and how are you supporting them in your actions? I know one thing: behaving in ways that are consistent with your values improves your self-esteem. 6. Which are better, cats or dogs? There is an answer to this one: hands down, dogs. They may not keep themselves as clean, may not use a box to poop in, but they show love and affection in doses no cat can muster. 5. What happens after death? Will this always be a matter of faith, or will

tangible fact emerge? I hope we never decide this, because belief in the mysterious is always more compelling than belief in a fact. 4. Why am I here? What purposes can I serve? To whom will I offer my personhood? I love that the responses I give these questions constantly change. 3. Is the physical universe infinite? As we look further back in time with larger and more sophisticated instrumentation, this question may soon be answered by empirical evidence, but we may not believe what we see. 2. Are there absolute truths? Maybe. I am here. You are here. We can interact and can influence each other. We can choose what things we can accomplish. We are responsible for preserving each other’s dignity. 1. Why do we think about and worry about the meaning of life? Perhaps be-

cause we can. Our brains allow us, if not command us, to consider the meaning of past events and our possible futures. Likely other animals cannot do these things in the vast ways we are capable of we have a thick, juicy neocortex! I think life is a series of paradoxes that we are drawn to consider. Maybe life has no meaning. Maybe it’s inherently chaotic, random, and external. But life is also filled with significance – the meaning we give it and the place we have as a thread in nature’s immense fabric. Perhaps we can consider our futures without trepidation or inhibition. Maybe we can simply enjoy asking these questions even though no solid answers appear. Maybe all we need to do is look out for each other. How wonderful!

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Money’s tight: Apply now for Foundation scholarships By: Bryan Mangieri Features Editor

Who doesn’t need money to finish school? That’s why the RSC Foundation gives the opportunity for scholarships for students through the school’s Web site. The process is fairly easy and almost paperless. “All applications are completely online,” Lisa Pitsiri, executive director for the RSC Foundation, said. So to begin, go to and click on the link “Money For College,” Pitsiri said. From there you will be directed to a catchall application form. “When you apply for both the summer and fall scholarships, you’re not applying for a particular scholarship,” Pitsiri said. “You’re filling out a generic form, so it’s not like you have to fill out multiple applications for multiple scholarships.” What happens is based on the criteria for the different scholarships, you are considered for all the scholarships you are eligible for,” Pitsiri said. One scholarship, the Foundation scholarship, however, requires a one-page essay

with your application for the fall semester. Students applying for summer scholarships from the Foundation do not need to write an essay. The Web site will open Foundation scholarships for summer and fall semesters beginning March 1 and ending Mar. ch 31. “The one thing you cannot submit electronically is your transcript,” Pitsiri said. Pitsiri said students may submit their scholarships by mail, or students may hand deliver an official or unofficial transcript. Students cannot fax transcripts.

Top 10 Tips for Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay, provided by Connie Myrick, coordinator Job Placement and Career Services.

1. “Follow Directions:” Read the instructions provided on the scholarship application very carefully and ensure that your essay meets the desired requirements. 2. “Sell Yourself:” The scholarship essay is sometimes the first and only impression the committee receives. Highlight your skills and accomplishments.

SPOTLIGHT By: Adriana Valtinson

3. “Early Bird Gets the Worm:” Turn your application in with all of the correct documents prior to the deadline. Also, if you need letters of recommendation, ask your references early and provide them with a copy of your resume. 4. “You’ve Got Style:” Always type your essay in an easy to read font such as Times New Roman. Twelve-point font is the standard size, unless the guidelines indicate otherwise. 5. “Be Extra Prepared:” Print off extra copies and keep them in a safe place. 6. “Honesty is the Best Policy:” Highlighting your accomplishments is what you want to do. However, be truthful. 7. “Wash Your Mouth with Soap:” Don’t use foul language, off-color comments, or slang. Be appropriate and professional. 8. “Express Gratitude:” If you are chosen to receive a scholarship, don’t forget to send a thank you note to the committee. 9. “Proofread, Proofread, Proof-

More advice for writing a knock out scholarship essay.

“First of all, academic departments are interested in academic performance and practical application (such as cumulative GPA, Honors affiliation, and “real world experience” with the field), but beyond that, they are interested in the reference’s impression of the student’s level of dedication and interest in his or her work… The world over, those who are self-starters, highly skilled and consistently creative, cannot be less than greatly valued.” Dr. Debbie Ingle, English and philosophy professor said. read:” Make sure that your essay is free of spelling and grammar mistakes. 10. “Extra Pair of Eyes:” Have friends, family members, or mentors review your essay. The more people who read it before submission, the better!

Suzanne Thomas Professor of Art

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Suzanne Thomas became an adjunct at RSC in 1997 and has been working full time as a professor of art since 2005. She says she teaches all the art classes: history, drawing I and II, Painting I and II, Color I, sometimes Fundamentals of Arts and Art Appreciation. Thomas majored in art at Oklahoma State University and received her MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. “I really, really love my job,” Thomas said. “I do believe I was put on this earth to make and teach art.” She explained, “What I enjoy about art [is]… everything. It is my life’s work so what I enjoy most about art is that it has definitely helped to define me. I may not always be able to create art, but I have found other ways to support the arts as a patron and educator. And I hope I can continue to share with students the passion I feel for the arts.” Thomas said she also enjoys “seeing students grow in their education. I tell my students that they are responsible for their education, their growth and seeing a student take control, so to speak, of that education with tools that I know I have [helped] to provide for them gives me a real sense of accomplishments.” Susan Dawson-O’Brien, Journalism Professor in the Mass Communications Program, described Thomas as “a favorite among students.” She went on to say, “Her classes are lively and interactive, and she’s always looking for new ways to reach students. She never shies away from a  challenge, and greets it with a smile on her face. I’m glad to call her my friend as well as my colleague.” Heroes: Lena Horne, Josephine Baker, Harriet Tubman and Dolly Parton Drink you would recommend to someone having a bad day and why: “Any hot cup of tea… something about sipping on tea and enjoying its warmth can be really soothing”

Proudest moment: “Is when any of my students – former or present – are recognized by others as talented” What is your most eccentric behavior? “My pens must have lids.” What is your favorite song and why? “There are so many it would be hard. I love old music like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Johnny Mathis.” Most desirable place to visit: “Belize, I went there a few years ago and fell in love with it.” 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? “Sketch book, pencil, my mp3 player. I have to draw, I figure on a desert island should be plenty to inspire me, and music because I like to listen to music when I work.” Epitaph: “Well done good and faithful servant.” What do you wish you would have known in college? “That volunteering my time and talent to organizations would have a more long lasting impact on my career.” Quote that most amuses or inspires you: “From Doc Hollywood: ‘I could do something with that.’” One adjective a loved one would use to describe you: “Bizarre” If you did a career change, what would your alternate career be? “Fashion stylist.” What is your favorite type of art and why? “I like mixed media, but lately I have been enjoying film, I hope to maybe do some film making myself.” Would you rather be loved or respected? “I believe that one cannot truly experience one without the other.” Which would you rather discover, a cure to the common cold or the flu? Why? “Common cold, because colds are just annoying.” Would you prefer to end hunger or hatred? “End hunger and people will be satisfied. And therefore no need to envy others, and hate them for what they have.”

Superhero or super villain? What would your super power be? “Hero, who could fly.” Would you rather skip Christmas or your birthday? “Don’t know, probably Christmas. But I think Jesus would be all right with that…Favorite holiday is Easter anyway.” Which would you prefer to do: Scuba diving or sky diving? “Scuba diving…I cannot swim, but I ain’t jumping out no plane!” What’s the best advice you have ever been given? “Do what you love!” If you could live in a different time period, what would it be and why? “Probably the late 50s – early 60s because the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford) are and always will be the epitome of cool.” How do you get your reality TV fix? “Biggest Loser…I have lost quite a bit a weight and watching this show helps me stay motivated to keep weight off. Also, I only want to lose 10lbs, and Biggest Loser helps me to keep my feelings about my weight in perspective.” What cartoon character would you be and why? “Bugs Bunny, because he is a smart***!” How do you top your baked potato? “Very little butter and non-

Fast Facts

Hometown: Spencer, Oklahoma Spouse: Working on it Kids: None Pets: 2 cats; Christo and Kubuki Hobbies: “Reading, going to the movies, playing on the computer” Forms of exercise: “Circuit training” Favorite Food: “Anything fried”

fat plain yogurt.” If you could invent anything, what would it be and why? “A weather machine that would tell me exactly when and where winter would hit…I hate ice and snow!” What do you do when you get nervous? “Talk and fidget! “ Who was your favorite teacher? “Marty Avrett at OSU, because he really worked with me in Drawing II. He gave me a stick with some ink and told me to draw with that…it was for me like the heavens opened up and I knew I was an artist for sure!!!”

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College Life

GATHERING INFO- Nancy Wolff, Kristy Gamez, Jeremy Wolff, Denise Brogden, Rachel Reed, and Marsha Reed discuss goals for the Feb. 17 Home School Symposium. 27 parents and students attended sessions about preparing for college. (Photo by Danetta Butler)

College shares tips with homeschoolers By: Adriana Valtinson Assignment Editor

RSC held a Home School Symposium to help students learn what the college has to offer Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the Professional Training Center. According to Lisa Kerr, director of student success and retention initiatives, the symposium is held every year so home school students and their families can learn about the opportunities the college has to offer. Lisa Will, Coordinator of High School Relations, said it is a way for the college to reach the community about post-secondary education by answering questions about admissions and concurrent enrollment. The symposium included several speak-

Belize Field Studies Dr. Jamie Graham will be teaching a field studies course in Belize during May. There are only have a few spots left for the trip. The course is 10 days/9 nights and will take place May 14-23. No prior knowledge is necessary and students will be visiting tropical moist forest, tropical palm forest, tropical savannah, barrier reef, and other environments. Additionally, students will learn some of the medicinal value of tropical forest plants and have an opportunity to visit Mayan ruins and experience cave tubing. Any student/staff member who is interested should contact Dr. Graham for more details at jgraham@ or at ext. 7589. Razzle Dazzle Your Resume Razzle Dazzle Your Resume returns at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 1 in the Tinker Terrace Room of the Student Center. The event is sponsored by the Office of Job Placement and Career Services and will offer tips on writing a spectacular resume.

ers, beginning with Kerr who welcomed the students by saying RSC is a great institution and, “I believe in what RSC has to offer. However, recognize that RSC may not be the right place for every student. That does not take away from our philosophical belief that we are here to support every student in the community.” Kerr later stated she always tries to make sure there is a staff member at the Office of Prospective Student Services who has personal experience with homeschooling and they intentionally find people who have either been home schooled or who have home schooled their own children. She went on, “I would love to be able to say [each and every one of your students] are a tie in to our community and that there is a strong connection.”

Let’s keep it brief

Everyone is encouraged to attend. Character First!: Tolerance The Frances Hughes Scholarship group will present a Character First lesson on tolerance at 12:15 Thursday, March 4 in the Tinker Terrace Room.

Poetry at Rose The 22nd annual Poetry at Rose event will be held 7 p.m. Friday, March 5 in the H.B. Atkinson Theater. The event will feature poetry read by the U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan and will feature a book signed by the author in a reception following the event. Other readers will include Dr. Terry Britton, Carl Sennhenn, Karen Holt, Theresa-Ann Walther, Kristin Hahn and Noelle Burr. The RSC Jazz Combo will provide musical entertainment. Seating is limited. Contact Dianne Krob at dkrob@ or 736-0323. Great Issues Lecture Affluence Issues in Oklahoma’s Native

American Culture will be the topic in the next Great Issues Lecture to be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 in the Lecture Hall. Gena Timberman will address these issues and questions as the Honors Program continues to explore the Paradox of Affluence. Women’s Leadership Conference The fourth annual Women’s Leadership Conference will be held 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, March 26. This year’s topic will be “Women Count – 90 Years of Women’s Suffrage.” Preregistration is required. Visit for registration form and instructions or call 733-7373 for more information. Death of Vishnu Get your free book now for the book discussion of “Death of Vishnu” to be held 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Friday, April 9 in the Tinker Terrace Room of the Student Center. The book follows the philosophical journey of a man as he lies dying and

offers commentary on the social and religious divisions of contemporary India. Preregistration is required. Call 733-7373 to sign up and receive your copy of the novel. Hartel Dance Group
 Hartel Dance Group will entertain audiences at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13 in the Performing Arts Theater. The group’s enthralling choreography has captured audiences with its hypnotic and enticing movements and shapes. The group’s performance will showcase the joy and passion of the contemporary American art form. To purchase tickets visit the Civic Center box office at 201 N. Walker Ave., call 405-297-2264 or 1-800-364-7111 or purchase online at www.myticketoffice. com. Faculty, staff and students can get two free tickets to the show. Staff and students must present a valid I.D. to receive the free tickets.

Time Management Strategies By: Samantha Maloy Assistant Editor

The Student Success Center offers a variety of workshops to students throughout the semester that help with everything from time management to personal finance. All the workshops are held at 3:00 p.m. in the Tinker Terrace Room in the Student Center. Upcoming workshops Learning Styles: Tuesday, March 2 and Wednesday, April 28 Test Taking Strategies: Wednesday, March 10 and Tuesday, May 4

(Illustration by Samantha Maloy and photo by Jennifer Wimer)

Stress Management/ Memory: Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday, May 5 Time Management Strategies: Wednesday, April 7 Personal Finance: Tuesday, April 20

Time Management Strategies Re-cap:

Everyone has the same 168 hours per week, but how often does that seem like enough time? Here are some tips to help you better manage your greatest resource, time: • Find some method of organization that works for YOU, be it a daily or monthly planner, in book or electronic form. You are better off with something rather than nothing. • Take time to plan your time. A little planning goes a long way. • Big priorities must fit in first, otherwise they will never fit. • Always build flexibility into your schedule.




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Strike One! Pitcher Jeremy Hey gives his all during a game versus Coffeyville on Tuesday, Feb. 23. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)

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Jeremy Guest

Raider Baseball 2010

Raiders Nate Morrison

Let’s play ball! The baseball season is underway and will continue through May. Games are free to attend and schedules can be found at the RSC Web site. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)


Joey Koebelen

Jake Ring Harriso Endez

Cody Hudson





Dillon Streber


Taylor Guson

Ryan Dunlavy

Tyler McComas

Dalton Bernardi

Romus Cezar


Coach Cooper



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Mini health fair for pint-sized audience

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Me voy a España. Sounds fun, how can I go too?

Rosie and Mitchell are joining the Study Abroad Club, family, and friends in a 10-day trip to Spain sponsored by EF Tours. For approximately $3,000, guests will receive airfare, lodging, transportation, scheduled sightseeing tours, all breakfasts, and most dinners. You do NOT have to be an RSC student or employee to travel with the school. Sign up by March 31, and save $200!

Reginald Snoddy: Phone: 733-7927 Email: rsnoddy@ Room: HUM 133B

BREATHE IN/BREATHE OUT- Nicole Collins learns how lungs inflate and deflate Feb. 17 in the CDLC. In addition to providing information about the lungs, Engineering Professor Leanna Mays taught the children how the heart pumps blood and has four rooms. (Photo by Danetta Butler)

Lori Morrow: Phone: 733-7507 Email: lmorrow@ Room: HUM 114

If you would like to be a part of the Study Abroad Club to help raise money for your trip and learn move about the places you’ll travel, come join one of the next SAC meetings at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 in Humanities building, Room 207. The club meets every other Tuesday.

THUMP THUMP THUMP- Engineering Professor Leanna Mays helps Kenadee and Easton, children at the CDLC, listen to their heartbeats through a stethoscope. Professor Mays went to the CDLC to teach the children about their lungs and heart. (Photo by Danetta Butler)

Last week’s solutions

Battery Recycling Go Green at Rose will be collecting used batteries Monday, March 1 – Friday, March 5. Drop off boxes will be located downstairs in the Social Sciences and Science and Math buildings. The batteries will then be recycled at Batteries Plus in Midwest City

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Clothing Swap The Non-Traditional Student Association will hold a clothing swap Tuesday, March 23 – Thursday, March 25 in the Raider Room. Anyone who has clothes to donate can bring them to the Raider Room Tuesday, March 23. The clothes will be placed on tables according to size and gender. Then com-


munity members will be able to select clothing to “swap.” The swap is open to anyone. According to Nancy Graham, whatever clothing is left will be donated to charities such as Habitat for Humanity, unless the donor requests otherwise.

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Can You Dance? The Paralegal Association is hosting a “Best of the Best Dance Contest” 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre. Tryouts will be held 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 3. Rehearsals for the show will be held

Friday, March 5. An entry fee of $10 will be required for each group performing. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. For additional information call Delicia Reed at 607-6223 or email her at

44 Math class, briefly 45 Service providers? 46 Its gradual loss leads to baldness 47 Depend (on) 48 Shrewd 50 Convenes 51 Org. with the Chicago Sky and Seattle Storm 54 Paris article 55 Utter 56 Pal 57 “May I help you?”

Wacky Word

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The Club Beat Mu Rho Alpha Mu Rho Alpha meetings will be held 11:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month in the new Health Sciences Center, Room 137 throughout the spring semester. Future meetings will be March 3, April 7 and May 5.

25 Boring boss? 26 Wash. title 28 More delicate 29 Andy Roddick, at times 31 Data measure 33 Tiny quantities 34 A conductor might pick it up 36 Subject to contradiction 37 Tattered duds 41 Achieve a piloting milestone 43 Suffix with Mao


Down 1 Position 2 Wright wing, maybe 3 Break fluid? 4 Old West badge 5 Low sock 6 Take for one’s own use 7 French friar

8 Catches 9 East Ender’s flat 10 Pendant pair 11 Perform a sheepish hip-hop number? 12 Boston College athlete 13 Whistle sounds 18 American Beauty, e.g. 22 Agua, across the Pyrenees 23 Collectible print, briefly 24 Fossilized resin


52 Stop 53 Singer who loves flashy jewelry? 58 Bartender’s concern 59 Leave alone 60 Piercing look 61 “__ Rosenkavalier”: Strauss opera 62 “The Federalist” component 63 Ninnies

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paratus 31 Curl beneficiary, informally 32 Solution for a bad hair day 35 Rooster’s mate 36 Moisturizer target 38 Printemps follower 39 Traffic reg. 40 Miss Muffet, before the spider showed up 41 E-mail heading word 42 Stay a while 44 Viselike device 46 Future doctor’s project 48 Caribbean music genre 49 Oater prop 50 Low areas


Across 1 Golf relative? 6 Camp sight 11 A favorite is a good one 14 Liquid fat 15 “The Audacity of Hope” author 16 Language of Southeast Asia 17 Scrabble cheat? 19 Cause of star wars? 20 Isn’t on the level 21 Put one’s cards on the table 23 Doctor’s order 26 Babbles 27 White Rabbit’s cry 28 “Like, wow!” 30 Antiquated alpine ap-

of the week Phantasmagoria (noun): An exhibition of optical illusions produced chiefly by the use of a magic lantern, first exhibited in London in 1802 (now hist.); any optical exhibition, esp. one in which preternatural phenomena are represented using artificial light; an apparatus for creating such illusions. SOURCE: OED

Literary Reference:

“The man was a phantasmagoria in Himself he was so volatile and thin.” The Vision of Judgment by Lord Byron, 1822.

And now we use the word as an adjective:

“While the carvings of the ceilings, the sombre tapestries of the walls, the ebon blackness of the floors, and the phantasmagoric armorial trophies which rattled as I strode, were but matters to which, or to such as which, I had been accustomed from my infancy,” The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe.


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