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Street News Friday, March 4, 2011

Controversial WikiLeaks cables provide fuel to the fire for protesters demanding reform By: Brittany McDaniel News Editor Ben Fenwick, coordinator of public affairs, discussed the significant impacts technology has on democracy, Feb. 23, during the Great Issues Lecture Series, posing the question, “Does technology help democracy?” At the heart of the discussion was the current uprising of protestors in the Middle East. The highly publicized release of U.S. classified documents sparked the discussion of corruption within government. These discussions hit certain countries hardest, where democracy runs low on the list of priorities. Autocracies, monarchies and dictators of the Arab world took a hard hit from an angry public. The government in Tunisia was the first to tumble from the combined efforts of the people. U.S. Embassy cables described the Tunisian regime with regard to Ben Fenwick, public relations coordinator, speaks to attendees during the Great Issues Lecture Series Wed., Feb. 23, titled Democratizing Through Technology. (Photo by Chasitie Martin)

Campus leaders host area high school seniors, help advance leadership skills By: Bryan Trude Assistant Editor

Around 150 high school seniors from about the Oklahoma City metro area attended the 2011 Leadership Boot Camp, hosted by the RSC Ambassadors and Leadership students Fri., Feb. 25, in the Professional Training and Education Center. “[We do this] to prepare the students for college, to help them with that transition,” Erica Alvarez, coordinator for recruitment of special populations, said. “We have break out sessions to help them develop their leadership skills and to get them thinking [about] leadership scholarships, or any kind of scholarships really.” Students rotated during their break out sessions covering topics

including time management and academic honesty. Presiding over the sessions were members of the RSC Ambassadors, the Frances White Hughes Scholars and the Presidents’ Leadership Class. Also speaking to the students were President Dr. Terry Britton and Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Jeanie Webb, with a special appearance from Rumble the Bison, mascot of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Students were given the opportunity to have photos taken with Rumble and the RSC mascot, Rowdy the Raider. Attendees also were presented with a motivational presentation by Adjunct Professor John Keilty, a former Navy pilot and coach of baseball and football at Mount

problems with corruption in its form of government. The cable read, “Tunisia is a police state, with little freedom of expression…and serious human rights problems.” It went on to read that the problem was with the fact that one president ruled the nation for over 20 years. This same ruler used police force as a form of damage control and lost touch with the Tunisian people. In essence, the cable publicly stated something the Tunisian people already new problem. In releasing this information to the public, WikiLeaks allowed for a sort of conversation to take place among the citizens. Information such as this was released through several other cables relating to similar countries. This in turn began a revolution that made its way through Tunisia, spilling into Egypt, Libya and Bahrain. Other countries such as Jordan, Yemen, Iran, Algeria and Iraq also began talking of regime reform on the social media site Twitter. Fenwick showed an interactive map with recent tweets from journalists concerning protests in the Arab world and the Middle East. This technology worked not

only to sound off the events going on, but also to connect people with information instantaneously. Likeminded people were able to connect and form an organized front with the aid of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Fenwick reminded the audience that the uprising abroad affected not just the people of the nations undergoing democracy in action. Jenan El-Bakoush, secretary of public relations and marketing, spoke of family members living in Libya. Her uncle was taken to a police station and questioned, then later released as protestors overtook the station. She remarked that seeing democracy in action was both inspiring and frightening when she thought of how this affected the people in a country her own family once called home. The Middle Eastern protests are not an isolated incident. The U.S. too is facing an era of change, and with it, citizens utilizing their individual rights to protest. Fenwick ended his lecture with the question, “So what comes next? Are we at the two percent mark of what is to come?”

St. Mary Catholic high school in Oklahoma City. “It is a competitive world,” Towry Barnard, director of prospective student services, said. “Upon graduation, students will be competing with people from around the world.” “We are preparing our students to have the academic knowledge and leadership skills to succeed in the workforce. When our students leave, hopefully they have grown as an individual.” Rowdy the Raider and the Thunder’s Rumble the Bison take snapshots with fans from Southeast High School during the 4th annual Leadership Boot Camp. Oklahoma City metro high school seniors are invited yearly to learn how to adjust to college life. (Photo by Bryan Trude)

Talent in abundence at Rose Review annual event showcases variety of acts By: Byan Trude Assistant Editor A multitude of performances were showcased during the first Rose Review Talent Show, Thurs., Feb. 24, in the Student Center’s Main Dining Room.

The free-of-cost show featured 14 acts ranging from musical, dance, sign language, poetry and cheer routines. “[The show] was great,” President Britton said, who attended with wife Kay. “We have tons of talent

on this campus.” The musical acts featured both original compositions as well as songs by well-known artists such as Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and the Dixie Chicks. The contestants competed for

various scholarship amounts: first place with $500, second place with $300 and third place with $200. The audience was also asked to vote for a fan favorite, who would receive a scholarship in the amount of $100. “We like to give a show, and we also want the scholarship,” Ritchel Schultz, nursing major, said. “We want to be able to compete.” Schultz, along with backup dancers Hsiaowei Liu, nursing major, and Megan Morris, fitness and nutrition major, received the first place and fan favorite prizes for their Tahitian dancing routine. Second place was awarded to Joshua Silsby, criminal justice major, for his vocal and dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Third place was awarded to Jack Contestants in the first Rose Review gather together for congratulations after the awarding, Thurs., Feb. 24, in the Student Center’s Main Dining room. First place winner, the Tahitian dancers, walked away with $600 in scholarhips.

Smith, psychology major, who performed an acoustic version of “Drops of Jupiter” by Train. “I thought I did a pretty awesome moonwalk for a carpet stage,” Silsby said, whom dressed the part of Jackson, all the way down to a single glittering, white glove. Britton expressed optimism that the Rose Review will not only be continued, but will start to be held “more than once a year.”

Jack Smith, psychology major, performs a rendition of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” during the first Rose Review, Thurs., Feb. 24, in the Student Center’s Main Dining room. (Photos by Miranda Liming)

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Bleak future to come from budget cuts Teachers get a bad rap, and not just from students. Many parents, community members and average Joe’s have had their own experiences with teachers in the past, arguing over bad grades and missed assignments. But there are many teachers that can be recalled after a 20-year gap in relationship from former, and some present, students. Many of these teachers deserve special recognition for their commitment to service, but rarely see any. Even more so, many of these individuals also deserve pay raises and benefits that can substantially uphold their families, and they see neither of these either. Lately, in the media, we have seen a growth in people exercising their rights. From Egypt to Libya and now the United States, citizens have gone to battle with their government for their freedoms and rights, not just as citizens of their country, but also as human beings. Some have even died for

their beliefs, never to see the day when their Feb. 28, where their decision to shut down peers are granted the meager askings they so two elementary schools and an office deserve. building set parents into a rage. Teachers in Wisconsin have been Approximately 803 students and 50 exercising those civil rights granted to instructors will be “moved” according to us by our Founding Fathers, asking for board officials. Moved where? Well, they’ve the repairing of an $800 million cut in yet to figure that one out. education funding. During this time of rearrangement in And it’s not just the teacher’s who are our school systems, people have been worried about their bringing up the positions. With a of deserving. Some have even died for their subject decrease in instructors Do teachers deserve in Wisconsin public beliefs, never to see the day when benefits that support schools, there will their peers are granted the meager their whole family? be an increase in Do teachers deserve askings they so deserve. classroom size, more pay for working where one-on-one more than 8 hours a specialization with students will be lost. day with students in just a classroom setting? Wisconsin isn’t the only state that is Who is allowed to make these dealing with public school problems. decisions concerning people’s jobs: the Oklahoma’s own Mid-Del school district superintendents, school district boards, or presented a vote during their last meeting the mayor?

Regardless of who holds the responsiblility for changing the lives of our nation’s youth, we need to think back on the instructors who made a difference in our educational career. Who helped you read your first book in first grade? Who taught you the colors of the rainbow and then asked you to draw one? Who taught you the algebra that you’re destined to use at some point in your life? We challenge you RSC. Remember who changed your life during your most impressionable years, and then find them. Whether using Facebook, Linked-In, or the good old fashioned Pony Express, thank them for all they did for you; for the nights they missed their own kid’s soccer practice to grade your papers. It may be the smallest gesture, but it will pack the most impact for it’s recipient.

Music Stand A Rolling Stone gathers no moss, future writers By: Miranda Liming Editor-in-Chief My career goals have just come to an abrupt end. My dreams have been shattered, and my face is moist with the shedding of a thousand tears. Snooki is on the cover of Rolling Stone, going to stands today. Now, Rolling Stone is my bible, so to speak. Every since I was little, and I picked up my first glossy, soft, vibrantly colored RS, I have dreamed of writing for them. I would be interviewing the greatest artists of our time; the movers and the shakers of our world would be sharing a cup of coffee with me, telling me all about their sexual exploits on the road, their drug addictions, and how the become family men, or why they disappeared off the music scene altogether. I would be traveling to distant lands, writing editorials on the underground liquor houses in Iraq and Afghanistan, wondering if I would be a victim in the

next car bombing or American journalist assassination. My dream has disintegrated all thanks to a four foot, overtly tan “party girl.” Snooki, who also is a best selling author, gets paid $20,000 for personal appearances and a line of jewelry, speaks on her drunkenness and future reality show dreams in this RS article. “When Jersey Shore ends I’m going to do more spinoffs,” she stated. As if America needs another juicehead epidemic, she will supply us with them whether MTV wants it or not. “Another network will be, like, ‘What does Snooki do now’?” Oh, Snooki, I’m sure by the time they’re asking what your next move is you will have already appeared on Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab, been diagnosed with skin cancer and look 35 years older than you really are, with the lovely smoker’s cough to top it off. But, I can’t completely crucify Snooki for her popularity, nor can I condemn RS for actually publicizing it. Snooki is just who she is, which just happens to be crazy; and RS is just making money off what America

wants to see, a complete train-wreck of a life. So who is to blame? America is 100 percent at fault for this travesty. Yes, all of you who tune into Jersey Shore, who GTL (gym-tan-laundry) and think club music is amazing. This is all of your faults. The American public has single-handedly ruined my childhood dreams of working for a respectable publication. Now what am I going to do? I could work for the New York Times, but then I’d be shanked on the way to work. I could work for the Washington Post, but then I’d be fired for accepting awesome gifts from corrupt politicians. Or, as a last resort, I could work for Cosmo, selling my soul for a pair patent leather, midnight-blue Jimmy Choo’s. What’s left? I guess I could go down to the shore, get melanoma and drink myself into a reality show. Yeah, that’s my plan. I’m sure my parents would be real proud.

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Scholarship Application Attention RSC scholarships have extended their deadlines for the Spring 2011 semester, changing from March 7 to March 15. Scholarships now due by March 15 are: President’s Leadership Class; Regent’s Legacy Scholars; Student Ambassadors; Reconnections Scholars; Tinker Federal Civic Leaders; Francis White Hughes Scholars; Academic Success; and Academic Distinguished. More information about scholarships and their application process’ can be found by visiting the web site or by calling 405-733-7673.

One Fish, Two Fish The Watonga Trout Derby will be held Friday March 4th, Saturday, March 5th & Sunday March 6th, 2011 at Roman Nose State Park and is being co-sponsored this year by the Friends of Roman Nose State Park and the Watonga Chamber of Commerce. Pre-registration will be available this year in

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Tinker Federal Civic Leaders Join the Tinker Federal Civic Leaders on Friday, March 25, to plant trees in honor of Arbor Week. Volunteers will meet at the Student Services building at 7:30 a.m. and depart for Tinker Air Force Base at 7:45, and return to campus by 12:30 p.m. All supplies and transportation will be provided. Volunteers must complete releases forms prior to March 4. For more information, contact Tina Unten at tina-unten@stu. Clubs interested in participating for club points may contact Kirby Harzman at

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Spotlight: Tina Uten By: Brittany McDaniel News Editor Tina Unten is a non-traditional student who works as a full-time mother, wife and part-time student. She is also part of a campus leadership program, the Tinker Federal Civic Leaders. In addition to volunteering her time to helping the Tinker community, Tina also juggles having a five-year old daughter, Everli. She looks forward to getting her degree in health information, a career she feels compelled to dive into. Hometown: Dededo, Guam Job/Jobs currently held: I’m a full time mom while attending part-time classes. When did you start going to Rose State College (RSC)? Last year, 2010 What is your major, and why did you choose it? [My major] came about as I was googling the top [paying] jobs, and health information technician was on the list. After reading the description of the job, I thought it pertained to me, and I chose that career. It is more like an office background but within the medical field. How has being a non-traditional student worked in your favor? How has it worked against you? Well, being away from school is like starting from scratch again. It’s really difficult because I have to start from square one. Being away from it for a while gave me the drive to get a degree. Tell us about your life outside of school: Basically my family is on top of my list. I take care of them, make sure the house is clean…other than that I just lead a typical life. I go out on the weekends and travel if I have the time. I like travelling whenever the opportunity comes. Tell us about your family. Basically I consider everyone family. I don’t have an extended family nearby, so I consider anybody that I can get a long with and have a connection with is my family. Everli [my daughter] has a lot of energy. She is a lot like

her dad and likes to joke around. She’s pretty smart. She just lights up my world. How would you describe your experience at RSC? It’s been a great experience. I’m glad a dear friend introduced me to [RSC]. If I hadn’t been introduced to [RSC], I would not have gone back to school. It’s a great feeling to go back to school and take classes again. What struggles have you overcome during your time at RSC? One of the struggles is the fast-track program on the weekends. I took it last semester, and I had to get myself motivated to go on my days off from work. What advice would you give to students? There are ways to go to school if you aren’t financially capable of doing so. Don’t feel that even if you aren’t financially able to go to school, you can’t. There are ways you can still make it work. Don’t let that be a downer. Describe your work as a student leader: I’m under the Tinker Federal Civic Leadership Program. When I started off, I had no volunteer experience. Being in that program helped me to see that there are a lot of people looking for volunteers. The Tinker Federal Civic Leaders Program made me realize that there are organizations out there that need help. Being a leader helped me realize that I could do much more without doubting myself. Being a leader has taught me to become a better person by having more trust in myself. I can go a lot further when I put my mind to things. I recently organized a tree planting event for the entire campus to get involved in. The tree planting is going to be on March 25, and we will be planting trees at Tinker Air Force Base. It is a yearly project that the Tinker Federal Civic Leaders host. We get together for a really good cause. Tell us some of the major accomplishments in your life that make you most proud: Being in the leadership program. Having a family, traveling to a lot of different

places, and going back to school. What is your favorite... Song: When the World Comes Down Music Genre: All sorts. I listen to about everything. I don’t really have a favorite type of music. I open to all music if it sounds good. Musical Artist: All-American Rejects Color: Purple Food: Asian food. I like plate lunch; it’s a Guam thing. Movie: Tangled TV Show(s): First 48 Who is/was your favorite teacher of all time? There are so many. The one that comes to mind is Jillene Ward. She’s a former ambulance medic, and she’s very friendly and very awesome. She makes the class a lot of fun and exciting. What is a drink you would recommend to a friend having a bad day? Melon soda!

That is my favorite. I love it. What is your dream job? My dream job is a job where I can be happy and love what I’m doing. I don’t know what it is yet, but I hope that I find it. If you could invite three famous people (dead or alive) to dinner, who would they be and why? Mattie Stephanek. He was born with a rare disease, wrote eight books and is very inspirational. I would also invite BJ Penn and Anderson Silva, the UFC fighters. BJ Penn and Anderson Silva are both great UFC fighters, and they have this humbleness to them. They seem like really cool people to invite to dinner. One adjective you’d use to describe yourself: Friendly and easygoing. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? I have two places: I like Japan and Hawaii. It’s a toss up between those two. (Photo provided)

Seminar provides insight into better time managment By: Brittany McDaniel News Editor Amber Mitchell, director of student support services, hosted the Time Management workshop Tues., Feb. 24, helping students to learn the basic principles of managing a busy schedule. Mitchell started out by giving attendees a tangible example. “Imagine there is a bank that credits your account with $86,400 each morning, but doesn’t carry the balance over the next day. What would you do if that happened?” “You’d spend it all,” Mitchell rationalized. In the scenario, the account balance represents the 86,400 seconds people are allotted in one day. “The first step,” Mitchell said, “is knowing if you manage your time well.”

Adjunt’s family reunites after long deployment

An emotional homecoming for 12 TAFB employees, Michael Davis reunites with his two young, twin daughters and wife, Nancy, adjunct English professor at Rose State College. Service men and women from the 72nd Security Forces Squadron returned home Thurs., Feb. 24, following an eight-month deployment concentrated mostly at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. According to Lt. Col. Troy Roberts, commander of the 72nd Security Forces squadron, the returning service men and women served as “police officers,” performing routine police jobs, including investigation of on-base crime, traffic accidents and other law enforcementrelated duties. Photo by Miranda Liming)

Setting priorities is the next step. Mitchell She used a ringing phone as an example of suggested pinpointing the things that are something that is urgent, but not necessarily important, and deciding what needs to be important. Tasks that are important but accomplished, adding that writing priorities not urgent are items like final exams or and goals down can make them seem tests. They are planned in advance, but are more real. “Once not in the immediate you identify your future, and may be put “Imagine there is a bank that credits off until they become priorities, you need to your account with $86,400 each make a plan to reach more urgent. morning, but doesn’t carry the balance those goals.” Knowing when you When planning over the next day. What would you do if are the most productive tasks, consider three during the day can that happened?” types of objectives: not be a helpful tool in important but urgent, setting up a schedule. important but not urgent and important Mitchell discussed how to allocate time in a and urgent. “This may seem a little strange schedule for different tasks. “Evaluate how because as a society, when something is much time you spend doing each thing. urgent we consider it important,” Mitchell Determine how long you are going to study,” said. Mitchell explained.

She advised trying not to cram too much into one activity. “Allow yourself to take small breaks. Study for one hour, then take a quick break, and then go back to studying. This will make your studying more efficient.” Mitchell provided a list of “timewasters” to avoid. Things like poor planning, television and the Internet were the main sources of time wasting Mitchell discussed, saying the Internet is one activity where people lose a significant amount of time. Learning how to organize daily activities is paramount to successful time management. Mitchell ended the workshop saying, “Organization is key. It really comes down to being organized and committing yourself to the things you planned.”

Eliminating test anxiety By: Logan Pierce Assignment Editor

After being snowed out of classes for nearly two weeks, many students feel underprepared for upcoming exams and midterms being tossed their way. The Test Taking Strategies: Overcoming Test Anxiety workshop, held by Carla Robison, helps students cope with testing woes and finding strategies that work for them. Robison spoke with attendees about the two types of test anxiety many students experience. “There’s anticipatory, which occurs during test preparation,” Robinson said, “and there’s situational, which occurs while taking the exam itself.” She indicated that test-related anxiety isn’t only emotional, that there are also

negative physical aspects including increased heartbeat, tensed muscles and perspiration. For those wanting to rid themselves of the anxiety, Robison had several suggestions. “Visualize yourself succeeding,” she said. “Review your lecture notes and come prepared. Focus your efforts on the stuff you don’t know.” “Another way to avoid anxiety is by joining a study group,” Robison said. “Studying with other students clears your understanding of confusing and difficult concepts.” “And finally, when it’s time to take the test, don’t stay stuck on one problem. Solve the problems that come easiest first.” Any student interested in more information, or needing help with academic difficulties, can contact Carla Robison at

Daily tasks inspire young inventors to innovate By: Bryan Trude Assistant Editor RSC was host to the 22nd annual Oklahoma Student Inventor’s Exposition, Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Communications Center. Over 100 elementary students from around Oklahoma set up displays of their original inventions in the Communication Center’s front lobby. “I really like [the expo]” Ryan Sherlock of Wayland Bonds Elementary said. “You get to see everybody else’s’ inventions.”

Competitors were divided up into divisions based on grade level, with each division winner receiving a $100 cash prize and trophy. Many competitors drew upon life experiences for inspiration. Makayla Morris of Poteau Upper Elementary invented a food allergy label reader, winning first place for Division One. “Since I have a lot of allergies, I always had to read the label before I could try [food],” Makayla Morris of Poteau Upper Elementary said. “I just decided reading was hard for my head, so why not have something that does it for me?”

The event was sponsored by RSC, the Oklahoma Legislature, RSC Regent Betty J.C. Wright, Entrepreneur Julian Taylor, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, Taylor Valve Technology of OKC, Rupture Pin Technology of OKC and Buckling Pin Technology of OKC. Final judging was done by a panel of patent attorneys and agents, including representatives from the firms of Fellers, Snider Et al; Head, Johnson and Kachigian; Crowe & Dunlevy; and McAfee & Taft, all of Oklahoma City.

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Columnist shows soft side, ending the cynicism

By: Bryan Trude Assistant Editor I have to admit, dear readers, that I find myself in a quandary. While anyone who ever achieved space in a publication to write reviews will tell you writing negative ones are much more fun than positive ones, it’s not that I go out of my way to watch things I would hate. I try to like what I watch so I can write some good things. Unfortunately, sometimes it just

doesn’t work out that way. Tapped (2009) This biting expose by Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey examines the impact of the bottled water industry on the environment and local water supplies. As bottled water steadily becomes…you know what? No. No, no, no, absolutely not. Besides being horribly biased and slanted, this is incredibly boring. Hold on and I’ll try to find something I can write good things about.

Cats Don’t Dance Yes, much better. “Cats Don’t Dance” is the lone legacy of Turner Entertainment’s feature animation unit. As the studio’s only full length animated feature - their only other work was the animated sequences from “The Pagemaster” - the film is a musical, fanciful homage to the MGM musicals of the early 20th century. This film, which bombed at the theaters, stars the vocal talents of Scott Bakula. Bakula is best

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known for two roles: one where he often played a man trapped in a woman’s body (Quantum Leap); and singlehandedly ruining a great science-fiction franchise (Star Trek: Enterprise). As a “song and dance cat” intent on becoming a Hollywood star in the face of discrimination and racism from humans against animals, Bakula’s character is almost sickeningly positive and upbeat, which is all right every now and again. The film is also chock full

of references, with the primary antagonist (Darla Dimple, voiced by Ashley Peldon) being an evil spoof of Shirley Temple. Other classic actors seen in the film include Joan Crawford, Mae West, Clark Gable and W.C. Fields. “Cats Don’t Dance” is a great time waster for people who like musicals or have kids. At least it’s better than a preachy documentary about bottled water.


America’s sweetheart, Barbie, is first debuted at the American Toy Fair, in New York City. She was the first mass produced doll in the United States, standing 11 inches tall with long blonde locks. Barbie’s looks were modeled after Lilli, a German cartoon character, mostly popular as a gag gift with adult men. (Photo by MCT Campus)


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Politburo members 18 Comet Hale-__ 23 Bush seen in Florida 25 Dateless 26 Hurt 27 Incantation beginning 28 Milk: Pref. 30 Singer Paul and family 31 “Finally!” 32 Slightly eccentric 36 Worked up 37 Art film theater 38 Driver’s gadget, for short 39 “May I __ favor?” 40 Magic, at one time 44 Hang back 45 Soak 46 Trillionth: Pref. 47 Ultimate purpose 50 Shiny, in product names 51 Bring upon oneself 52 Directors’ units 54 Some underwear 58 Notable period 59 Mai tai ingredient 60 Cardinal’s letters 61 Pinch

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