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“The Sharing of Infomration” closes 2011 Great Issues series By: Logan Pierce Assignment Editor
On Wed., April 6, the Lecture Hall hosted the latest of the Great Lectures Series with “The Sharing of Information: How its Evolved and What the Future Might Be,” presented by Sharon Saulmon, dean of the Learning Resources Center. “The only thing constant, I can tell you, is change,” Saulmon said. Information is the process of imparting knowledge, and the oldest practice used for this purpose was oral tradition. By word of mouth, people were able to share entertainment, comfort, instruction and religious and cultural customs. After the stationary nature of cave paintings, in 3100 BC, the Egyptian papyrus scrolls introduced the world to a new era of “mobile” communication. These scrolls were between five and nine feet long. While it was inexpensive to make, the material often cracked, and was so frail that it couldn’t be folded.
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Parchment made from animal skin was the next leap for printed media. Perfected in 158 BC, their durability made them the preferred medium over papyrus, and was used primarily for important documents. Even today, diplomas are also known affectionately as “sheepskins.” Paper was invented in China in 30 AD. It was used for record keeping and allowed the Chinese to pay their checks with paper currency. Plant fibers were used to create the paper. Materials obtained from rubber trees were abandoned after resulting in too many checks that bounced. Jump ahead 14 centuries, when Johannes Gutenberg brought moveable type to the world in 1439. For the first time, people could create and set type. Information could be reproduced at a rate never seen before. Over 1,000 books are published each day, Saulmon said; at present, the world generates as much information every two
days as it produced from the dawn of time to 2003. Information used to be localized to individual villages. Now, the world is one big global village. With all the advances in technology, people who suffer from information overload are not uncommon. Saulmon offered some simple suggestions to allow one to mentally decompress oneself: • Turn off your cell phone • Spend time daydreaming • Take a break and relax Some people worry about paper being phased out with all this digital technology, Saulmon said, “Books have been around for 500 years and will be around for probably another 500 years.” In closing, Saulmon had this counsel for students, “Keep learning and be open to finding new information. Stay up-todate and objective.”
Wellness Center begins first of many cessation programs Campus given opportunity to help themselves, others By: Bryan Trude Assistant Editor
The Health and Physical Education Wellness Center, in partnership with the Oklahoma County Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition (OCTUPC) and Smoke Free Oklahoma, hosted a Tobacco Free Campus Awareness Day Wed., April 6 on the Wellness Center basketball court. The goal was to raise awareness on the campus’ decision to go completely tobaccofree, and to help smokers get information and access resources available to help people quit, according to Chris Leland, Wellness Center director. RSC’s Board of Regents voted in 2010 to make the entire campus a no-smoking zone, which goes into full effect Aug. 1. “We’re just trying to get people to come in and see the options that they have if they are a smoker or know a smoker,” Leland said, “to spread the word and just raise awareness, that’s what it’s all about.” Displays and resources included the OCTUPC and the American Lung Association, as well as a table for “Tobacco Cessation Resource Guides,” available through the Wellness Center. The guide contains suggestions to help Volunteers help the morning session of 50 quit smoking, including information on kindergarteners in the Aquatic Center, Fri., available medications, support programs and April 1. (Photo by Miranda Liming) counseling, online resources and applications for the iPhone and iPad, and alternative By: Joshua O’Berg or holistic methods such as hypnosis or News Edtior acupuncture. 500 kindergarten students from eight “Because there are a lot of things people metro-area schools participated in the annual can do to quit smoking, I wanted to give Wee Water Wahoo, Fri., April 1, in the them ideas on things that they may not have Aquatic Center, to learn the basics of water thought of,” Leland said. “Nobody will quit safety and swimming. Buses from the schools arrived as early at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, packed with excited, apprehensive and energetic kindergarteners. “Most of these kids haven’t even seen the water,” Kim Query, professor and director of the Aquatics Center, said. Over 100 volunteers were on hand to By: Joshua O’Berg help from organizations such as Safe Kids News Editor Oklahoma, the American Red Cross and the Tinker Federal Credit Union hosted the Midwest City YMCA, assisting in swimming Anti-Identity Theft workshop Wed., April with the kids, teaching proper life-jacket 6, in the Tinker Terrace Room. technique and informing them on the safety JR Webster, TFCU financial educator, issues regarding swimming in all types of waters. spoke to attendees on the basics of “It was really rewarding,” Matt Franklin, obtaining and understanding credit director of the Midwest City YMCA and reports, and preventing identity theft. event volunteer, said. “It’s not a matter of ‘if’ for most Attendees where given 30-minutes sessions people,” Webster said, “but ‘when’.” in the pool, learning swimming techniques, According to Webster, identity thieves or just kicking water into the volunteers use many tactics to obtain access of faces to make “big splashes.” “A lot of kids were timid at first, but we victim’s personal information, like dumpster diving, mail theft and use of the got most of them in,” Franklin said. Lauren Farrah, coordinator for Safe Internet. Kids Oklahoma, spoke on the facts about Webster cautioned the crowd on swimming with children. “Kids drown watching their finances to detect quickly and quietly,” Farrah said. “A suspicious activity early. Many financial drowning child cannot cry or shout for institutions will compensate individuals help.” who have become victims of fraudulent According to the Safe Kids Oklahoma, drowning is the second highest cause of charges, but many account holders don’t unintentional death to children in Oklahoma. know until it’s too late. Webster estimated that 70 to 90 percent In a national study, around 830 children die of credit reports are inaccurate, whether each year in unintentional water deaths. accessed by the individual or when
Liz Atkinson, pysical therapy major, adds her message of hope to a wall, Wed., April 6, during the Tobacco Free Campus Awarness Day. Attendees thought on how becoming tobacco free could benefit their lives. (Photo by Bryan Trude) smoking unless they are ready to quit.” According to Leland, the Wellness Center has also purchased 40 memberships in the American Lung Association’s (ALA) Freedom from Smoking online program at www. ffsonline.org. The memberships, a $40 value per, are available free to students, faculty and staff on a first come, first serve basis. “I will also, through the ALA, be able to find out if someone is using their membership, and we will be able to pull it if they aren’t,” Leland said. “[Smokers] really just need to take the time to figure out what their triggers are,”
Michelle Terronez, coalition coordinator with OCTUPC, said. “They need to find ways to avoid those triggers and to alter their habits.” For more information, visit the Smoke Free Oklahoma at smokefreeoklahoma.org. For more information or to sign up for a membership in the Freedom from Smoking online program, visit the Wellness Center. “You need to never give up,” Terronez said. “It’s going to be an ongoing battle, an ongoing temptation to continue to smoke or to break those habits, but never give up, and just keep trying.”
applying for credit at various agencies. He urged the people pay close attention to their credit score and accounts that could affect it. According to ftc.gov, approximately nine million American citizens are victims of identity theft each year. “While some identity theft victims can resolve their problems quickly, other spend hundreds of dollars and many days repairing damage to their good name and credit record,” as stated on ftc.org. For more information on identity theft or how to protect yourself, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.ftc.org, or The US Department of Justice’s website at www.justice.gov.
Protecting yourself from identity theft • At least once a year check your credit report from all three major credit bureaus. If there is inaccurate information, dispute it. • Keep all forms of identification and financial documents in a secure, secret place
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Only provide personal information when: you know who will be using it and why; you know it wont be shared. Use Complex Passwords for email, and Computer (the most common is 1234 and thieves know this) Have someone you know pick up your mail, or put a hold on it if you are away and can’t get it. Memorize your social secutiry number rather than carry your card around. Update your virus protection software on your computer often. Keep your wallet or purse in a safe place at all times. Carry only ATM/debit/or credit cards with you that you are going to use. Check your bank account statement regularly for suspicious transactions. Cancel unused credit cards. Shred all bank statements preapproved credit offers. Be aware of people behind you at ATMs or any other card-swiping facilities.
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Editorial April: national month of STDs, transplants, poetry and math April is national poetry, organ donation, irritable bowel syndrome, STD awareness, child abuse awareness, stress awareness and mathematics awareness month. These are not all, but are the most celebrated throughout the country. With all the noble causes that rest upon April’s weary shoulders, we have picked organ donation for a reason: to reaffirm the fact that, although we may be separated by social class, race, religion, sex or miles of distance, as human beings, we are all one, and should care for each other as such. There is no gift more precious than the
gift of life; a gift that is taken advantage of so easily, and can be taken away in a split second. Life really constitutes the game of chance, leaving us all wondering which section of the game board we will land on during our roll, hoping it’s Community Chest and waiting for our next $200 when we pass go. And if this gift is so cherished by mankind, why are we forced to bare witness to beatings, homicides, suicides, nuclear disaster and war in far off lands? Why do we continue to support efforts to Americanize a country who continually kills
our military and its own civilians? These are the questions that go unanswered throughout the generations of our society. Our publication has been extremely fortunate this week to hear stories of survivors beating the odds, and of families who lost a loved one, but gained another through the act of donation. There are over 110,000 candidates on the national donation waiting list as of 4 p.m. Tues., April 5. 860 of those waitlisted are in Oklahoma. One cadaver donor can give life to eight recipients. One life donor
can donate a kidney, and parts of the lung, liver and pancreas, and still carry on a completely normal life, while saving a life in the process. While reading the themed spread this week, we are hoping that you may become inspired, educated, and ready to ask yourself, “Am I ready to become a donor?” With so many people in need, and that pesky extra kidney just hanging around, you may be the missing puzzle piece, the complete match that is the answer to saving someone’ child, husband, or parent.
Letters to the editor: Let your voice be heard I applaud the editorial in your Mar. 25th issue and almost feel embarrassed for the student body of RSC. There are many things going on in and around your campus. You would think these events would cause students or professors to respond to a call to arms, but alas, they do not. As the editor of the student newspaper at OCCC, there are no shortages of Letters to the Editor from students or professors. Whether it is about concealed carry on campus
to the actions of Rachel Ostenowski - a RSC student, who is valiantly speaking up against administrations and local government. There are tons going on in your world to have an opinion about. I personally thought the purpose of college was to gain perspective of the world around you and to try and fix it’s problems. Standing idle and not holding politicians or administrations accountable is simply inexcusable.
To readers of the 15th Street News, I challenge you to help by getting involved with your college newspaper. Students and faculty need to speak out and make your voices heard! RSC is a community college and by not speaking out, you are letting your community deteriorate. Joey Stipek, OCCC
I enjoyed reading the editorial titled “Discrimination through advertising poses question to RSC.” The editorial made some very trenchant points. However, the editorialist’s following observation, “The 40 and 50 year old employees of RSC, whose generation looked down upon radical hair color, homosexuality, and outspoken youth would say yes,” I found particularly amusing and ironic
given the overall theme of the editorial. Not only is it a historically inaccurate statement, it offers up a broad, narrowminded generalization of an entire generation. Dr. James Hochtritt, Professor of History
Music Stand Rappers and IRS: mo’ money mo’ problems By: Miranda Liming Editor-in-Chief In Oklahoma we call this season spring, or tornado season. The movie industry calls it the low season, and the government calls
it tax time. That’s right, it’s tax season, and if you haven’t gathered those forms and fake receipts, now is the time, for you only have 7 days left. If you’re thinking of what loopholes you can find to avoid paying taxes, or maybe getting a little more money back than you should, take Lil Wayne’s latest debacle as a lesson in tax season etiquette. Wayne was recently handed a federal tax lien for $5.6 million for unpaid income tax in 2008 and 2009. The address on the tax letter just happened to be Wayne’s Miami mansion, currently listed for sale around $13 million. This isn’t the first IRS battle with Wayne. In 2010 he was cited for unpaid income tax in years 2004, 2005 and 2007, totaling $1.1 million. Now, if you haven’t been living under a rock, you can guess how much Wayne, and
other artists of his caliber, makes in one year. Between album, concert, merchandising and other miscellaneous sales, let’s estimate his paycheck reads $58 million a year, for good measure, and also because I looked it up. You may be asking yourself, “Well, if he makes so much money, why is he evading his taxes Miranda?” That’s a good question readers, and my only answer is that he’s too busy bangin’ hoes and poppin’ crazy fools to balance his checkbook, or keep up with all those pesky tax documents. Or, maybe it’s just a celebrity thing. Wayne isn’t the only multi-million dollar recording artist to stick it to the IRS. Ja Rule pled guilty to tax evasion after being notified of a $4 million lapse of income tax payment from 2004 to 2006. I’m sure Ja walked out of court thinking, “Man, these damn taxes are murda.” Willie Nelson, quite possibly the most
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“gangsta,” hardcore marijuana smoker of all time, was given a kick in the pants by the IRS when he failed to pay a bill in the amount of $16.7 million in back taxes. I’m guessing he just forgot, no thanks to his best friend THC. Method Man, formerly of the Wu Tang Clan, turned himself in when he had a sudden epiphany, realizing he owed $33,000 in state income tax in 2005. Method Man dished out around $106,000 to avoid jail time. Nas was hit with an IRS lien over $2.5 million for unpaid taxes in 2006 and 2007. The judge should have given him a little leeway considering his ex-wife, singer Kelis, pulls $55,000 a month out of his wallet for alimony payments.
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Why should you be an organ donor? Colin McCartney - Sociology major “I think [organ transplants] are a good thing. When you’re a patient in a hospital, and you find out you need an organ transplant, they can get it and save your life.”
Shawn Ogle - Pre-Physical Therapy major “I think that if I die and there is something in my body that someone else can use, obviously I can’t use it, so why can’t they have it?”
Tara Wright - Respiratory Therapy major “I’m an organ donor, so I think if you’re in that situation, don’t be selfish. You’re not going to use them anyway.”
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Some Mid-Del teachers could lose jobs amid budget cuts By Tricia Pemberton The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City (MCT) April 06--MIDWEST CITY -- In addition to demoting 10 of its administrators at a special meeting Monday night, the Midwest City School Board voted to re-employ 53 of its school site administrators and 34 of its Central Office faculty for the 2011-12 school year. The district voted to reassign 10 of its superintendents to lower-paying positions next school year in an effort to save costs, said Pam Twidwell, deputy superintendent of transition. The remaining administrators will be given extra duties, Twidwell said.
Next Monday, the district will vote on rehiring its career teachers. Some temporary contracts may be in jeopardy, Twidwell said, though she did not provide specifics. The board has not started a search for a new superintendent, she said. “The board felt it needed to address these issues first,” she said. Bond election Twidwell was named to her position in March, less than a month after Superintendent Bill Scoggan announced he would retire June 30. Scoggan has not attended a school board meeting since his announcement. Twidwell, though, has been meeting with district faculty and said she will spend the month meeting with as many patrons of the
district as possible to discuss the district’s next bond election. In December, a $191 million bond election fell just short of the 60 percent needed to pass. The bond issue called for closure of six of the district’s schools and the rebuilding of four campuses. District officials said the measure would have saved operations costs and 200 teacher jobs. Twidwell said she’s gathering input before the board decides to put another bond issue before patrons, possibly in September. “The idea is to talk and discuss and hear as many ideas as possible before a new bond election,” she said. In the meantime, the board is moving forward with its plan to sell two of the district’s
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Briefly Recent changes affect GI Bill recipients Speaking Stay Close, Fly Far Career Services is hosting a Aerospace and Aviation Career Discovery Day, Thurs., April 21, in the Student Center from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Attendees will be able to learn about potential aerospace and aviation careers, and will have a chance to network with major aerospace professionals. Vendors for the day’s event include Tinker Air Force Base, Southeast Oklahoma State University, MidDel and the RSC Engineering Science division. A free lunch will be provided during the event. For more information or questions, please contact Career Services at 733-7488. Clean Teeth for a Clean Future The 2011 graduating class of the Dental Hygiene Program is looking for volunteer patients for a teeth cleaning. Exam dates are April 30 and May 1 and 2. Patients must be at least 10 years old and have not had their teeth cleaned in the past three years. Interested parties should contact 733-7337 to schedule a screening appointment. There is no cost to the patient for this procedure. 2011 Spring Fest Student Activities will be hosting the 2011 Spring Fest April 13 and 14 in the Campus Mall. Food, music and activities will be provided for attending students. Clubs will also be hosting booths for various activities and causes. The event is open to all RSC members at no cost. Clubs interested in hosting a booth should contact Student Activities at 7337379 for more information. “Curiouser and curiouser.” The RSC Theatre will be presenting their latest production, Alice in Wonderland, April 7 – 9 and April 14 – 16, at 7:30 p.m., and matinee performances Sunday, April 10 and 17 at 2 p.m., and April 15 at 10 a.m., in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre. For ticket information please call 405-736-0364. National Library Week The LRC will be hosting National Library Week activities Tuesday, April 12. Attendees are welcomed to video their favorite library memory or review their favorite book. Particpants are also encouraged to attend the annual Poetry reading, this year featuring a short story element, at 3:30 p.m. Prizes for entries include a Kindle Reader and various book on writing skills. “Everyday, libraries across the country are helping people create their own unique stories,” Brad Robison said, “whether its by opening a book and exploring distant lands, or by learning how to use new technologies to find a job.”
By: Bryan Trude Assistant Editor The Veterans Club and Veterans Affairs Office hosted a meeting and cookout Thurs., March 31 in the Lecture Hall, informing active and veteran military members about recent changes to the G.I. Bill. Originating in 1944 as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, the G.I. Bill establishes an allowance for current or former military service members to pursue higher education. The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Improvements Act of 2010, signed into law Jan. 4, 2011, have made the following changes to G.I. Bill benefits, all of which are effective Aug. 11, 2011, unless otherwise noted. Monthly Housing Allowance Benefits (BAH) Monthly housing allowance amounts will now be prorated based upon the rate of pursuit for the student’s degree, rounded to the nearest multiple of ten. For example, to receive the full allowable BAH, a student must be enrolled full time - 12 credit hours.
A student enrolled in 9 credit hours will only receive 80 percent of the BAH. Students enrolled only in distancelearning courses will be paid benefits at half the national average BAH. Limits on Active Duty, effective March 5, 2011 Active duty service members and their spouses are limited to receiving benefits for only the net cost for tuition and fees. This amount is prorated based on the length of service, with a minimum level of 40 percent of total eligibility. License, Certification and National Exam Testing Students may now be reimbursed for more than one test, including national admission exams such as the SAT, the ACT and the LSAT. Break Pay Break Pay will no longer be paid to any chapter. Originally, recipients would receive a full G.I. Bill payment for the period between the fall and spring semesters. Now, recipients will only receive partial payments in January and February. The first full
payment would be dispersed March 1. The only exception to this is by executive order of the President or in the case of emergency, such as a national disaster or strike. Chapter 31 Subsistence Allowance Students eligible for both Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 benefits may choose the Chapter 33 BAH instead of the Chapter 31 subsistence allowance. According to the Veterans Affairs Office, the current BAH for the RSC zip code at press time is $978. Tuition Fee Caps The tuition and fee rates for public schools for veterans and their transferees have been simplified, with the G.I. Bill paying for all public school in-state tuition and fees. Private and foreign school payable fees have been capped at $17,500 per year. Kickers Kicker payments – payments on top of the BAH – will be prorated monthly instead of a lump sum at the beginning of the term. For more information and a full list of changes, contact the Veteran Affairs Office in Student Services 100T, or visit the G.I. Bill website at gibill.va.gov.
By: Danielle Finnegan Graphic Artist Special Agent Dana West spoke on his experience Secret Service and the changes affecting US currency Tues., April 5, in the Raider Room. West, a 17-year Secret Service veteran, discussed his roles, including the assessment of domestic and international threats to those he was assigned to protect. “As soon as that shot goes out… the agents are covering his with their own bodies. Later that day, that same agent may go out and catch a counterfeiter and prosecute him,” West started. “That’s the movies, and like most movies, they dramatize what’s really going on.” In West’s Secret Service career, he was assigned to the Presidential Protective Division in Washington, D.C., safeguarding presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush, for five years. Afterward West was assigned to the Oklahoma City FBI office investigating financial crimes. “Unlike today where all the money comes from the Federal Reserve, each state had their own money,” West explained. “Those bills wouldn’t look alike. Other states would take your money, but they didn’t know exactly what it looked like, so it was easy to produce counterfeit [bills].”
West showed attendees examples of counterfeit bills and how to detect the difference between real and fake money. By holding a bill up to light, watermarks and security threads are better seen, or by viewing a bill under an ultraviolet light source. Depending on the denomination of a bill, the security threads will show a color under the UV light: $100 shows red or pink; $50 will show yellow; $20 shows as green; $10 will glow orange in color; and a $5 note will show blue.
West also explained the different marks on monetary bill that help determine its validity. On a $20 bill there will be microprinting, which changes location with denomination; a visible security thread visible through a light source; color-shifting ink that changes when bill is tilted; and a watermark image visible when held up toward light. More information on the Federal Reserve and determining the difference between real and fake bills can be accessed by visiting secretservice.gov or moneyfactory.gov.
By: Miranda Liming Editor in Chief After months of trying to navigate through the new maze of rose.edu, many students and faculty are still asking, “How do you check out email?” For your convenience, we have perfected the “how-to” on the new online face of RSC. The Home Page: After typing in rose.edu, the newest, most colorful update of the RSC website is shown in full. Here, visitors can read the latest RSC news (Rose State News), see what is coming up on the calendar (Calendar of Events), and learning about the college’s impact on Midwest City (Rose in Our Community). For RSC veterans, scrolling down to the bottom of the page is the Student Login and Faculty Resources options. Future Students: Students interested in attending RSC can find all their necessary information here. Videos from College President, Dr.
Terry Britton, as well as recruiters, degree programs, and an online tour are all exclusive to this page. Student Services: Clicking on the Student Services tab on the homepage will take you to the student homepage, showing links for logging onto D2L, Oasis, finding student services and even the campus life calendar. Also in this section are academic calendars, financial aid and scholarship links, and class enrollment. Oasis and D2L can be accessed under the Student Services tab, or by typing oasis.rose. edu or d2l.rose.edu into the address bar. Academics: The Academics tab will take you to the page where links to Academic Advisement, the course catalog and course of studies information can be found. Look on the right margin of the web page and find a contact list for the various academic departments, and a drop down
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menu for each section of study. RSC Foundation: This tab will take users to the main page for the RSC Foundation, showing upcoming events, recent photos and their mission statement. The right side margin presents a drop down menu featuring information about the foundation, how to become a part of it, and other useful information. Business and Community: This section of the new website is strictly for the business and community homepage, giving information on Career and Staffing services, environment training and community learning. Student email login: Students can still access their email from the main page of the website, or by typing stuwebmail.rose.edu in their address bar. Faculty email can also be accessed on the website, or by typing webmail.rose.edu into the address bar.
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Donee receives the precious gift of life, leaves mark on hospital, nursing staff By: Logan Pierce Assignment Editor According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), every 11 minutes a new name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. In addition, their studies show that on average 18 people in the United States die each day because of the shortage of organ donors. Working as a registered nurse for 17 years, Marianne Rawson has been extensively involved with organ donors and recipients. “Lives are changed on a daily basis because of organ failure,” Rawson said. A man she referred to as “A.J.” left a lasting impression not only with her, but with the entire dialysis plant as well. When only 12 years old, A.J. was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. As a result of increasing kidney problems, A.J. began hemodialysis* in his late 20s. While taking his treatments, a social worker encouraged A.J. to take vocational training classes. Pursuing his hobby of motorcycles. A.J. received an education in motorcycle repair and maintenance while
still on dialysis. can affect the lives of at least five people When A.J. lost the lower half of one leg waiting. in a motorcycle accident, he continued his Organ donation is here to help the living, treatments, undeterred. Shortly thereafter, he but the living can also donate. Rawson was at the top of the list to receive a kidney recounted a patient in her late 30s who had transplant. The operation was a success, and a hereditary disease, which caused kidney afterward A.J. worked at the dialysis plant. failure, putting her on hemodialysis. The “He had a deep empathy with the patients,” patient’s mother was a match and donated Rawson said. a kidney. This A.J. died “Organ donors unlock the door to allowed the last year at age the future of someone in need. It’s daughter to 42. His kidney live without t r a n s p l a n t one of the greatest gifts that can be treatment. given.” allowed him “A n y o n e to live dialysisconsidering free for 10 years. being an organ donor should make their Rawson said that with the sheer number wishes known to their family,” Rawson said. of adult onset diabetes, the need for organ “Organ donors unlock the door to the future donations would only intensify. “We’re of someone in need. It’s one of the greatest working with one young man who’s not gifts that can be given.” even 21,” Rawson said. “He has a wife and *Hemodialysis is a treatment, which a young son. High blood pressure destroyed compensates for kidney failure. In A.J.’s case, his kidneys and put him on dialysis. He’s on it required him to spend three days a week, the list, waiting for an organ donation.” four hours at a time, with needles in his arms. “When you’re on an organ donor list, it These needles removed his blood and ran it puts your future on hold,” Rawson said. through a filter before returning it to his body When one organ donor dies, their organs in a clean state.
By: Bryan Trude Assistant Editor For many, waiting for a long time is an inconvenience at most. However, for the over 72,000 patients actively waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, that long wait can have fatal consequences. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 110,615 people were on the waiting list for donated organs or
tissues as of April 5, with only 72,212 currently eligible. By comparison, only 2,406 transplants have been received in the past year. Locally, the process of receiving transplanted organs and tissues begins with an evaluation by a doctor, according to Daniel Kim, a registered nurse at Midwest Regional Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit. “The criteria [for getting on the list] depends on the patient’s status,” Kim said.
Midwest Regional plays its own role in giving life
The myths versus facts: the skinny on organ and tissue transplantation By: Danielle Finnegan Graphic Artist The donation of life can be a fulfilling experience for the donor, but many myths surround the process of giving and receiving the gift of life. No matter what religion, background, education or income level, organ donation can be given and received by all. Myth: Donating my organs or bone marrow is expensive. When donating organs or bone marrow, the person receiving the substance pays the cost. If you have to travel to donate, reimbursements are made. Myth: My organs are going to be sold. Selling organs is illegal, and removing your organs requires a lot of paperwork and many people making the chances nearly diminish. Myth: If I have to go to the hospital, the doctor will let me die if I am an organ donor. When you go to the hospital, the doctors and nurses are working to keep you alive. They aren’t working to save another life; in fact, it is a completely different team that takes your organs. Myth: I may not be truly dead when they pronounce it. The doctors do everything they can to revive you if you were to die in their care. Before they take your organs, they actually do more tests just to be sure. Myth: I won’t be able to have an open
casket at my funeral. The surgery they do on you only requires a small incision, then they stitch you back up. It won’t prohibit you from having an open casket funeral. Myth: I am too old or not in good enough health to donate. Many elderly people have donated their organs with out any problems. Many health problems are not serious enough to affect the organs. Health tests are performed on each person before determining if it is safe. Myth: If I donate umbilical cord blood, it will harm my baby. The procedure only removes blood from the umbilical cord not from you or your baby. Myth: Donating bone marrow is painful. For everyone that has seen the movie, “Seven Pounds”, and seeing Will Smith struggling in intense pain for days, that is not quite what it is like. The procedure is not very invasive, and usually does not require surgery. Myth: They remove parts of bone when marrow is donated. There is no bone removed, only liquid marrow. Myth: It is against my religion. The procedures do not go against most religions. For organ donation registration, or for more information, visit organdonor.gov and marrow.org.
“It depends on their lab work, whether or eligible or not to donate.” not they are in organ failure, and what their The decision on whether to donate is made medical history is.” by next of kin in the event the deceased did Once the patient is on the list, according not identify himself or herself as a donor or to the OPTN, the length of their wait leave written permission. According to Kim, depends on multiple factors, including there is a window of a few hours following blood type, tissue type, the patient’s height time of death for such a decision to be made, and weight, the size of the donated organ, depending on individual conditions at the medical urgency and time time of death. already spent on the waiting “People over 80 cannot be “To help your list. organ donors, though there are family understand “Some patients get sick more some exceptions,” Kim said. and carry out quickly than other patients,” “There are also certain diseases your wishes, sit the OPTN web site reads, such as [vancomycin-resistant down with your “[some] respond differently to enterococcus] and HIV that treatments. Patients may have loved ones and tell can disqualify a donor.” medical conditions that make For people interested in them about your it harder to find a good match being a donor, OPTN suggests decision to be an for them.” not only checking the “organ organ and tissue donor” box on their driver’s While Midwest Regional donor.” hands patient care over to license, but also registering INTEGRIS Baptist Medical with the state donor registery – Center in Oklahoma City once the patient Oklahoma’s can be found at lifeshareregistry. has been placed on the list, Kim said that org – and to discuss their decision with the hospital’s involvement in the organ family. transplant process does not end there. “To help your family understand and Under a statewide program called carry out your wishes, sit down with your Lifeshare, anyone who expires at Midwest loved ones and tell them about your decision Regional is automatically evaluated as a to be an organ and tissue donor,” the OPTN donor. web site reads. “They can serve as your “[Midwest Regional] goes through a advocate and may be asked to give consent screening process with LifeShare,” Kim said. for donation or provide information to the “Based on the information we give them, transplant team.” (Photo by Bryan Trude) [LifeShare] determines whether a patient is
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Organ donation concerns probed, options given By: Miranda Liming Editor-In-Chief As of April 1, 2011, over 110,000 people are awaiting organ or tissue transplants, 860 of which are from Oklahoma, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). Early scientific attempts to transplant organs and tissue weren’t completely safe and adequate. However in the early 1950s,
major medical breakthroughs allowed for accidentally receive a dirty organ or perhaps operations never thought possible in the the body may reject it. This is again highly medical field. Today, the process has become unlikely. In the U.S. alone, there are over more common and safe. 200 transplant hospitals devoted to the There are two types of possible donors: process. These facilities are linked by the cadavers and the passive. United Network of Organ Sharing, which Cadavers, the most common of the donor has developed a website used by medical category, must be completely lacking in professionals to screen donors and recipients brain function to be considered by medical for compatibility. Only specialized transplant professionals. The subject must be unable to professionals, who are members of the maintain normal function such as conscious OPTN are authorized to use its information. thought, breathing or movement without The last concern, and most important m e d i c a l to the relatives apparatus. The of a cadaver Humans are born with damage must donor, is two eyes, two kidneys, be irreversible the graphic and, contrary alteration or and two lungs, only one to popular disfigurement of each is absolutely belief, the of the necessary for survival. cadavers are deceased. The not dead; they We are also equipped with fact is that are kept on life organ and a regenerative liver that support until tissue donation can grow back the donated does the required not portion in about two transplant can affect funeral months. take place. arrangements. Passive, or Open casket living and willing, donors agreed to donate services are still possible for a deceased donor an organ or tissue not necessary for their without worry of disfigurement and notice own survival. of the procedure. Only certain organs and tissues can be Marking a driver’s license or obtaining a donated or recieved including kidneys, donor card does make anyone a complete hearts, live, lungs, the pancreas and the donor. Oklahoma House Bill 1183 prohibits intestines. Tissues can be heart valves, anyone from overruling a donor’s decision to corneas, bone, skin and connective tissues. share his or her organs/tissues if documented Many stigmas still plague the on a license or donor card. This bill, however, transplantation process. The most popular is only for those 21 years and older. Any being that if a person registers as an organ donors of lesser age will need to make their donor, the doctors will not try as hard to save wishes clear, for the next of kin must sign a them. The first priority for any doctor placed consent form upon death. in a situation so dire is to save lives. The Visit lifeshareoklahoma.org for worst-case scenario, being the patient will information on becoming a donor and never again function without life support, is stories about survivors here in Oklahoma. when the hospital staff considers donation. (Graphs provided by MCT Campus) Another is the idea that a patient many
Son who made wishes known eased donation process, gift of kidney turns loss into a new lifelong friendship
Carla Nickles understood her teenage son’s request of wanting to be an organ donor, through briefs, casual conversations, neither of them thinking the day would ever come when Nickles would have to make such a complicated, life or death decision. This is Nickles story, showcasing her love, loss and understanding of life beyond death after the decision to allow her son, Kyle Massey, to become a cadaver organ donor. On Friday, July 4, 2003, my son Kyle decided he would visit family and friends at Lake Eufaula for the Fourth of July celebrations. This was something he enjoyed doing every year. The weekend would consist of fireworks, playing a round or two of golf, staying up late talking, playing Capture the Flag with the little ones, volleyball, fishing, and riding Sea-Doos. A weekend full of the promise of adventure. He was 17. That evening around 7 p.m., Kyle called to tell me of a funny thing that happened on his drive to Eufaula. We laughed, talked about what he wanted to do when he got there. At the end of our conversation, I had a sense of urgency and my heart began to beat a little faster. “Kyle, please be careful. I need
you in my life. I love you son.” “I love you too mom. I’ll be careful.” That was the last time I spoke with my son. At approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, July 6, 2003, my phone rang. “Ma’am, this is a nurse at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa. Your son has been in a car accident.” My parents drove me the long two-hour trip from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. I walked into the ICU unit and saw my son lying there motionless with tubes, bandages and bruising all over him. I touched his right hand. It was ice cold. The evening was long waiting on a positive prognosis. That prognosis never came. At 7:15 a.m., July 7, 2003, the doctor pulled me aside telling me in medical detail the swelling of the brain, hemorrhage, the broken pelvis, the internal bleeding, and the brain stem failing at midnight. I was not registering any of it. All I saw was a man talking, but I heard nothing, until “We need your decision on whether to take your son off life support. There is no brain activity.” How does a mother answer this question? “Let him go.” I walked into his room to say my final goodbyes. The machine was keeping his heart beating. I laid my head on
his chest. Thump, thump, thump. I could feel and hear his heart pounding. They led my son out of the room and turned off the machines. A very kind man from LifeShare approached me about organ donation. I recalled Kyle mentioning that if anything happened to him, he would want to donate his organs. Kyle was able to save three people’s lives through organ donation: liver and both kidneys. In the months that followed I came to the realization that I would have no new memories of my son I would have to rely on the past. Then a letter arrived from a lady named Barbara. Such perfect timing. Many emotions surfaced as I read the words of a complete stranger. But the final emotions that settled were that of love and gratitude to a courageous woman I had never met. About a month before I received this letter, I was invited to attend a high school basketball game that was in honor of my son. I was approached by a woman that was the grandmother to one of the players. She asked me if I had heard from any of the organ recipients, to which my reply was no. She knew in her heart it had to be one of
her dear friends. As it turned out, this sweet grandmother was right. Barbara and I eventually met at a picnic sponsored by LifeShare. At the picnic I waited, looking around for a woman that I anxiously wanted to get to know. As I saw her walking toward me, I knew in an instant who she was. We both smiled as we approached one another. There in the middle of the park, two strangers – a mother who had lost her son and a woman who had promise of a new life – hugged, cried, laughed and rejoiced. She told me her story of struggles through the years with failure of both her kidneys. With tears streaming down her face, she thanked me over and over. Barbara received word of her new kidney just a few days before her birthday. We have kept in touch over the years. One Christmas I revieved a wonderful present from her. An ultrasound picture of Kyle’s kidney with typed words underneath, “Looking good Kyle.” Because of organ donation, I made a lifelong friend, and I received a new memory of my son.
By Danielle Altenburg Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, Texas (MCT) April 05--HARLINGEN -- The wind whipped a Donate Life flag as it was raised high on a flag pole outside Valley Baptist Medical Center Monday morning, part of a ceremony to honor organ, eye, and tissue donations in the Rio Grande Valley. Pat Palomo, whose husband has been waiting for a kidney for five years, participated in the flag-raising ceremony. She said people “really don’t know the impact of organ donation until it happens to you and your family. It is the most giving gift anyone can give.”
Palomo added, “Heaven does not need organs; we need them here on earth.” Also at the ceremony was Dr. Ruben Lopez, co-chairman of the Valley Baptist Health System Organ Donation Committee, who is an organ donor and recipient himself. Lopez, a cardiovascular surgeon at Valley Baptist, donated a kidney to his brother in 1996. He said his brother is doing great, and living a normal life. In 2007, Lopez became a tissue recipient following the removal of a tumor. He said that people should be aware of the need for donors in the Valley. “They need to step up, and see how this affects lives,” he said.
Tricia Barrera, of the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance located in South Texas, said that some 4,000 people in the Valley are on the waiting list for an organ. Of that number, more than 3,000 need a kidney. People on the waiting list range in age from babies to adults, and those are the same ages of people who can donate. Barrera said organ donation information is important in the Valley, that people don’t have the knowledge and are afraid to ask questions regarding organ donations. More information on organ donation is available at www.donatelifetexas.org or www. txorgansharing.org. To see more of the Valley Morning Star, or
to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http:// www.valleystar.com. Copyright (c) 2011, Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, Texas Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. For more information about the content services offered by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services (MCT), visit www. mctinfoservices.com, e-mail services@ mctinfoservices.com, or call 866-280-5210 (outside the United States, call +1 312-2224544)
Flag-raising ceremony honors organ donations
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Documentary leaves columnist with munchies
By: Bryan Trude Assistant Editor If you read our online issue last week - and if you haven’t, 15thstreetnews.com - you would know that I think Netflix producing its own content is a distinctly bad move. Unfortunately, I must offer a mea culpa to my corporate overlord. In the article, one of my reasons against Netflix producing it’s own content is that it was something they have never done before, a fact I now understand to be incorrect. Netflix’s in-house production company, Red Envelope Entertainment, already
had experience producing unique feature-length documentaries, independent films and comedy specials for the service. Red Envelope Entertainment was shut down in 2008. I plunged in, hopeful that what the company can do with their previous original programming would leave me with a new confidence for Netflix’s pending series production. Of course, my hope was dashed so fast it was like it was never there. Super High Me Why am I not surprised that my first choice of their domestic
content has to do with pot? “Super High Me” is a blatant parody of the award-winning documentary “Super Size Me” by Morgan Spurlock, which took a firm - if obviously biased - view of the effects of overconsumption of fast food and American obesity. From the title alone, it is obviously inferred that the subject matter this time around would be slightly different. In “Super High Me,” noted comedian and pothead Doug Benson, in his bid to both disprove Spurlock’s fallacious logic and make a quick buck off a production
company willing to pay for this mockumentrical farce, allows a camera to follow him around as he spends 30 days sober, followed by 30 days of smoking as much weed as he can. It should be noted that Benson can do all this legally - as resident of California, he holds a medical marijuana prescription for depression. “Super High Me,” despite the fun and lightheartedness common with stoner-related media, is an intrinsic look at the issue of medical marijuana, its’ benefits or lack thereof, and whether or not
medical pot in and of itself has enough value to garner nationwide legalization. The issue of legalization is also finding its’ way to Oklahoma. A rally in support of medical weed is currently scheduled for May 10, 2011 at the state capitol to support State Bill 573, which would legalize medical marijuana in our state. Despite the contentious issue and parodic ties to more highly regarded works, “Super High Me” is a bit of a wayward journey, that gets lost easily like, well, someone who spends 30 days getting really, really stoned.
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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in New York City on April 10, 1866. After being appointed as a diplomat in the Russian court of Czar Alexander II, and witnessing countless workhorses beaten to death, Henry Bergh founded the ASPCA after the British model, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). (Photo by MCT Campus)
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