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Egg Hunters! State representative Anastasia Pittman gives a inspiring and energetic speech to women leaders. She encouraged attendees to realize they are all ready leaders and powerful if they work hard and chose to own it. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer)

Women’s rights celebrated By: Samantha Maloy Assistant Editor

The 4th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference was held Friday, March 26 in the Professional Training and Education Center. The theme for this year’s conference was “Women Count! 90 Years of Influence,” as it has been 90 years since women were given the right to vote with the ratification of the 20th Amendment. Dr. Jeanie Webb, vice president of student affairs, commented that this is “one of the premier events RSC has. “Men have to support women, women have to support men. Even more so, women have to support each other,” Webb added. Michelle Yelle, professor of history and the Wom-

en’s Studies Coordinator, spoke briefly on the history of the conference itself before diving into an overview of the history of women’s rights. The conference has grown in its size and influence. The first year the event was held, the committee planned for 25 attendees and got 53. This year about 130 registered for the event. Yelle encouraged the women (and a handful of men) who were there “to come out of this positive” and to examine “how do these workshops affect my voice?” “Ninety years – what have we done [with our vote]?” According to Yelle, women comprise over onehalf of the population in the United States, but that

Mentoring professors Jim Gilbert and Caryl Gibbs support their students Alaina Sprague and Racheal Price at the Great Plains Honors Conference. The RSC students competed with other honor students by submitting papers to a blind judging and competing with other freshmen and sophomore students. Price and Sprague presented their work to a standing room only crowd. (Photo by Lesa Logue)

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said that women should not completely forget about themselves. “I want you to feel celebrated- don’t give up, don’t give in. You are the bridge to help people get across.” Across to whatever goal that may be. She encouraged those in the audience to “rechannel, revise and renew.” She then asked “how many of you are walking through life with eyes wide shut?” Pittman’s three main points were to not waste time, realize you have the same equipment as great leaders before you, and to have a dream – live like you know you are here for a purpose. “Because you are alive – someone is blessed,” Pittman said.

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they tend to be a silent majority. Yelle said that as the consumers, women have more power than they realize and hoped that they would be inspired by the end of the day to better use that power. She offered an example of calling or emailing Congresspeople to let opinions be heard. After Yelle’s introductory speech, the breakout sessions began. There were five that people could choose from, ranging from “The Art of Being Assertive” to “Body Image and the Price of Beauty.” Following [egg] lunch, District 99 state Rep. Anastasia Pittman (D) delivered the keynote address. She acknowledged that a woman’s natural instincts were to care for and give to others first. However, she

We are sure many of our dear readers can think of better things to do for Easter than go on an Easter egg hunt, but that is precisely what we are asking you to do. Scattered throughout this issue of the 15th Street News are many eggs for you to find. Some will be obvious, some will not. So have fun and see how many you can find. Post your answer at the 15th Street News group on Facebook for a chance to win a “speggtacular” prize.

The Boe Awards recognized honors students for their hard work Friday, March 26. The awards recognize outstanding honors work within a six state district, including Oklahoma, Toni Castillo said. She explained Honors Program directors elect two students from each community college and four year university. There are two divisions: one for freshmen and sophomores who have completed less than 60 credit hours and one for students with more than 60 hours. Two RSC students, Alaina Sprague, physics major, and Racheal Price, English major, won Boe Awards for their Honors projects. Winners had to present their work at the ceremony in order to receive their awards. Castillo said, “Our students did splendidly in their presentations.” Winners received $200 in addition to a plaque. Sprague received her award for a project she did in her modern physics class where she proved Albert Einstein’s photoelectric effect by finding Planck’s constant and recreating the original experiment conducted by Einstein. Sprague said she was shocked when she found out she won and that it was very nerve wracking but also exciting to make her presentation. She added, “It’s very rewarding. It’s recognized in Hon-

ors, but to be recognized for an award… it justifies hard work.” Jim Gilbert, Sprague’s mentoring professor, said he was “immensely proud” to find out she won the award. He also said he was “proud and honored” to see her accept the award and that, “She was a great representative, not only of science, but of the college.” Price received her award for an original comic book that explored how superhero comics mirror American culture and the influence their content has on readers. She created her project for her American Humanities. Price said, “I was amazed that I won for my project. When I started it I had no idea where it could go. I just had an idea that it would be interesting to explore the relationship between comic books and culture.” Caryl Gibbs, Price’s mentoring professor, said, “I felt so proud for her. Her work was extremely scholarly.” Gibbs explained they worked on the project in the spring of 2009, and that when she first saw Price’s completed work she thought it was “absolutely brilliant.” Castillo said this award can, among other things, help students with scholarships and allow them to apply for national travel grants. She added, “It’ll give them so much more professional confidence.”

Steve Carano visits with pre-schoolers at the Child Development Labratory Center Friday, March 26. Carano covered weather topics and emergency storm preparations. The children enjoyed his demonstrations and listened intently while he shared his knowledge. As Oklahoma heads into tornado season keep these ideas in mind: • Pay attention to weather alerts and local broadcasting • Research tornadoes at the library • Know where to go! When a tornado warning is issued, go at once to a windowless, interior room such as a bathroom, storm cellar, basement or lowest level of the building. • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event a tornado watch is issued. Don’t forget your pets. • Trim diseased or damaged limbs from trees and shrubs and remove debris from your yard. • Have a plan for shelter and an out-of-state family contact in case you must relocate after a disaster. • Build a safe room. • Don’t lose your roof to high winds! Install strapping to keep the roof attached to the walls. Tips from (Photo by Danetta Butler)

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Easter story teaches secular lessons for today’s world We love happy endings – the happier the ending the better. In our stories, we want a hero who is tall and strong. One who triumphs over overwhelming odds and overcomes obstacles that would crush most people. It is part of the human condition to revel in these tales, and we have been telling them for thousands of years through our myths, legends, and religious beliefs. So where does Easter fit into this? The Christian story of Easter in some ways contradicts our natural order. The hero dies – horrifically. And in that death is the ultimate victory for mankind…or so people of the Christian faith say. For some, it is

merely another day – not worth celebrating religiously, but it makes for a great time of year to reward children with candyfilled eggs. For others, it is the culmination of Holy Week – the great liturgical time of year. Others are not aware or don’t celebrate Holy Week, it’s all about the day; Easter. It is also the time of year when Judaism commemorates the escape of the Jews from Egypt. For the cynical or even the pragmatic, it is evidence that Christianity was very effective at assimilating the religious beliefs of those they were trying to convert. Ever heard of the Germanic mother goddess variously spelled Ostara, Eostre, Easter, and

Eastre? Anyway, it is all fascinating stuff. We aren’t actually going to discuss the religious implications of this time of year. Instead, we want to talk about the lessons that can be learned from this time of year. D u r i n g spring, what we typically associate as the g o o d things about life is renewed. Animals are born, trees flower, and flowers and weeds permeate our lawns and gardens. Easter can teach people about renewal: For the religious this is a given, you

will renew your faith, but what about everyone else? It is the time of year to renew the earth, your friendships, and your love of one another. Take time for this. We can learn what it means to struggle against oppressive governments. If we look back a t hist o r y, life is riddled with the minority in power trying to keep the citizenry in check. Look at the revolutions all over the world, and you will find a small minority of people who do

not fear the elite minority and rise up to try to change the world. Often, the first line of fighters is executed or assassinated, but it provides the catalyst for legitimate change. And in the end, they overcome. Just as the Jews overcame the Romans, and if you are the religious sort, man has overcome death through Christ. Good can triumph over evil. Even the most cynical regarding the origins and historicity of Jesus can see that fundamentally this story is about good surpassing the powers of evil. Easter teaches us to anticipate. Think about it, Easter is the last major milestone before summer. It officially ends dreary

winter and welcomes warm weather and high spirits. Easter shares the power of positive thought. Even the most tragic event can be turned to one of joy and excitement with the right attitude or PR department. So whether you will be commemorating Easter in a church, at home, or not at all, we hope that you can reflect on what this time of year means to you and the life lessons you can take from it. For our part, we will be doing a little of all and continue our personal quest to find the perfect peep. (Graphic provided by MCT Campus)

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‘Eggciting’ show comes to college April 13 A modern dance group brings an innovative performance to the stage 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 in the Performing Arts Theatre. Founded by dancer Austin Hartel, the troupe will showcase the joy and passion of this contemporary American art form. Hartel’s enthralling choreography has captured audiences around the world with its hypnotic and enticing movements and shapes. He has created works for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for his compositions. He danced for five years with the legendary Pilobolus Dance Theater. Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times effuses, “a dose of pure revivifying oxygen” and Il Tirreno, from Italy ex-

claims: “Austin Hartel’s choreography is without a doubt, one of the most captivating examples of new choreography.” Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Civic Center box office located at 201 N. Walker Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City, by phone at 405-297-2264 and online at Tickets are also available two hours before show time at the Rose State Performing Arts Theater box office. 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. Information and photo provided by RSC Public Relations

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Ray of light in environmental issues By: Adriana Valtinson Assignment Editor

Dan Ratcliff, program coordinator for environmental sciences, presented his speech, “Fate of Our Environment, It’s Not All Doom and Gloom,” for his Great Issues Lecture Wednesday, March 24. His discussion focused on the problems with the environment, how they are perceived and how our resources and affluence affect it. Ratcliff used a PowerPoint to “break down” the main problems the environment has including pollution. He explained that while problems faced by the environment are important, some of them are sensationalized. According to his presentation, 73 kinds of hazards have been found in potential drinking water. Statements such as these are often made, but Ratcliff asked, “What [are] the levels of pesticide? And it says ‘potential drinking wa-

ter.’ Is it drinking water or not?” According to one source, 40 percent of deaths are caused by pollution each year, but Ratcliff argued that we have been reducing the number of pollution-caused deaths annually because of technology. He also argued that the pollution is caused by industry and said, “Yes, we’re going to have to pollute the environment, but we have laws… we deal with this hazardous waste, and we dispose of it, we track it.” He went on to say pollution is causing problems, but not huge problems because it has improved over the years. Another problem he named was resource use. He said, “Without a doubt… U.S. citizens and developing countries use way more resources than we should. So the simple statement ‘Use less stuff ’ is very profound.” Another environmental challenge he mentioned is a loss of biodiversity. He

explained things such as habitat loss and overexploitation cause the loss. According to the PowerPoint, the extinction rate may be as high as 30,000 species per year. Some of the solutions he offered for this were having protected sanctuaries for the animals and keeping some in zoos. “I’m not saying that’s the best answer,” he added, “but I’m saying it’s a possible solution.” After going through some of the biggest problems, Ratcliff asked, “Have I understated the issues?” He explained, “I don’t believe I have understated the issues. I believe I have presented it [as] how it is now, and I have leveled the playing field of this sensationalizing issue.” He added that we can benefit by sensationalism because it is important to “get it in the public light,” but through means such as technology and affluence, “we can solve these difficult global problems and achieve sustainability.”

Dan Ratcliff shares the realities regarding the environment at the Great Issues Lecture series. After the intense lecture Ratcliff joked with the audience that there will be nothing to worry about after 2012, a reference to the Mayan calendar “doom’s day” craze. (Photo by Danetta Butler)

Picnic season fast approaching: Meal ideas shared own favorites, and if you are so inclined, take pictures of your creations and send them to us at, and we can upload them to our Facebook page.

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Ingredients: 3 1/2 to 4 lbs. chicken pieces 1/2 cup honey 2 tbsp. raspberry or cider vinegar 2/3 cup flour 2 tbsp. fine dry bread crumbs 2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper 2 eggs 1/4 cup buttermilk 1 cup vegetable oil salt and freshly ground black pepper Preparation: Stir the honey and vinegar together and pour over the chicken; marinate for 2 to 4 hours in refrigerator, stirring occasionally. In a bowl, combine flour, bread crumbs, and cayenne pepper; set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk. In a large heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat to 300 degrees, (higher temperatures could burn honey). Remove the chicken from the marinade and drain on paper towels. Dip the

Ingredients: 1 Oreo crust 1 cup Oreo pudding 8 Oreo cookies 1- 8oz. tub of whipped topping 2 cups vanilla ice cream

Directions: 1. Mix pudding, ice cream and cookies in mixer. 2. Pour into pie shell and freeze for four hours. 3. Frost with whipped topping. -Danetta Butler, photographer

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chicken in beaten egg mixture, season with salt and pepper, and dredge in the flour mixture, coating thoroughly. Strain the marinade; reserve 1 tablespoon for the sauce. Gently drop the legs, wings, and thighs into the pan for 5 to 6 minutes on the first side until browned. Turn, add the breast halves and continue cooking, adjusting the heat so the chicken browns evenly on both sides and is tender when pierced with a fork, 15 to 18 minutes for dark meat and 10 to 12 minutes for the breast halves. Serves 4 to 6.

Sopapilla Cheesecake Ingredients: 6. Pour butter and cinnamon 2 cans crescent rolls topping over rolls Filling: 7. Bake for 25 minutes 2- 8 oz. boxes of cream cheese -Samantha Maloy, assistant 3/4 cup of sugar editor 1 tsp. of vanilla Topping: 3/4 stick of butter 1 tsp. of cinnamon 3/4 cup of sugar Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 365 deg. (this is important) 2. Mix cream cheese with sugar and vanilla 3. Line pan with one can of crescent rolls 4. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough- edge to edge 5. Top with other can of dough

Succotash Salad

Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges

Ingredients: 6-8 medium potatoes
 2 tbsp. oil
 1 tsp. garlic salt
 1 tsp. garlic powder
 2 tsp. onion powder
 2 tsp. chili powder Directions:  1. Scrub potatoes and rinse under cold water. Pat dry. 2. Cut potatoes into wedges or thin steak fries (about 6-8 wedges per potato). 3. Using a large mixing bowl,

Oreo Ice Cream Pie-Appetizer

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We here at the 15th Street News have been thinking of our readers yet again. As spring is on its way (we hope, at least) we thought what better way to get in the mood than whipping up a yummy spring picnic! Please enjoy these dishes, or your

toss potatoes in oil. 4. In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients thoroughly. Pour over potatoes and toss to coat. 5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread potatoes in a single layer on an ungreased non-stick* baking sheet. 6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until potatoes test done with a fork. Sprinkle with salt to taste. 7. Serves 4-6

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Ingredients (measurements approximate): 1-cup lima beans 8 oz. green beans 16 oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 2 cups corn kernels Chopped sweet onion Fresh basil ½ cup plain yogurt ¼ cup mayo 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar Tomatoes (3 large or pint grape) Directions: 1. Cook lima beans for 2 min utes before adding the green beans for 4 minutes

2. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Drain well. 3. Put in large bowl and combine with kidney beans, corn and onion. 4. Combine about ¾ cup of basil with yogurt, mayo and vinegar in a blender. Puree. 5. Add dressing to the bowl and mix well. 6. Surround salad with tomatoes (whole if using grape and sliced if using large). Sprinkle with basil. 7. Serve cold. -Racheal Price, editor

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Miss Black RSC Miss Black RSC will be held 6 p.m. Friday, April 9 in the H.B. Atkinson Theater. Students will be competing for scholarships.

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Student Success Workshops The next Student Success Workshop will feature Time Management Strategies 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 in the Tinker Terrace Room.


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.

Go to Spain Information meetings will be held for the trip to Spain in May of 2011 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 27 in the Humanities building, Room 208. More information regarding the trip can be found at http://www. Enter tour # 506277 when prompted. Additional information is available through Reginald Snoddy at 7337427 or Lori Morrow 733-7507.

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Razzle Dazzle Your Resume Razzle Dazzle Your Resume returns 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 5 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. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Mental Health Discussion A panel of “heroes” from the North Care Unity House will discuss the diagnosis of their mental health issues and journey to recovery in the “Struggles and Triumphs of Living with a Mental Health Diagnosis” presentation. The event will be held 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 in the Student Center Main Dining Room.


Great Issues Lecture The final Great Issues Lecture of the semester will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 in the Lecture Hall. Steve Burrage, CPA, will present “The Federal Stimulus in Oklahoma” as the Honors Program concludes its exploration of the Paradox of Affluence.


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Wacky Word

of the week Transubstantiation (noun): The changing of one substance into another. SOURCE: OED

Literary Reference: “The Gentiles..might excuse their Idolatry, by pretending..a transubstantiation of their Wood, and Stone into God Almighty..” ~ Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651.

Satirical Reference:

“It is by far the most elegant worship, hardly excepting the Greek mythology. What with incense, pictures, statues, altars, shrines, relics, and the real presence, confession, absolution, -there is something sensible to grasp at. Besides, it leaves no possibility of doubt; for those who swallow their Deity, really and truly, in transubstantiation, can hardly find any thing else otherwise than easy of digestion.”~ Lord Byron

Across 1 Cool one 4 Overused 9 Drink with a “generation” 14 Kitchen catchphrase 15 Implied 16 Betting everything, in poker 17 Food made from 35Down 18 Where yearbooks are made? 20 Uncaptured 22 Spring celebration 23 Surrender 24 Beam 25 That, in Monterrey 26 Where Hershey’s makes new discoveries? 31 Long, on Lanai 32 Broods 33 What some tickets are for 37 Russian-born Deco designer 39 Anger 40 Bare-bones subj.? 41 Some religious observances 43 Rub out 46 College sr.’s test 47 Where astronauts worship? 50 Prof’s helpers 53 Bullring cry

54 It will come back to you 55 Esoteric 57 Maddened 60 Where littlenecks try their luck? 63 Living cell constituent: Abbr. 64 Prefix with tropic 65 Unwise homebuilder’s material, so the story goes 66 Put together 67 Lip-curling look 68 Early five-and-dime entrepreneur 69 Howard of the Three Stooges Down 1 Bit of bullring gear 2 Loads 3 Men’s formalwear 4 Made-it-big status 5 Hybrid fruit 6 Teen’s concern 7 Actress Lucy 8 Two after epsilon 9 Melonlike fruits 10 Wings with blueprints 11 Likely spot for dinner? 12 Trig functions 13 Words about a speaker, briefly 19 Sharon of “Boston

Public” 21 Post-WWII nuclear org. 24 Stitch over 26 Staff symbol 27 Romanian dance 28 Individually 29 Lafayette’s land 30 Arthur who played Maude 34 Cardiologist’s request 35 Source of 17-Across 36 Early submachine gun 38 “The War of the Worlds” invaders, e.g. 42 One buying time, perhaps 44 Raw or burnt pigments 45 Typical home-loan contract obligations 48 Actor Baldwin 49 __ Na Na 50 Dash instruments 51 Senator Specter 52 Model proportion 56 Friend in France 57 Pierce Brosnan’s homeland 58 Prefix meaning “within” 59 Miami-__ County 61 Invite 62 Narrow channel: Abbr.

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