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Volume XXXVIII, Issue 25


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Friday, April 24, 2009

Phi Theta Kappans ‘lead the way’ Rose State College

International; Robert Kennedy, Jr., environmental activist and atEditor torney; and Rod Risley, executive The annual Phi Theta Kappa director of Phi Theta Kappa. International Convention drew Rosalind Evans and Professor together over 3,400 students from Kristin Hahn, Phi Theta Kappa around the world including 9 advisor, received scholarships from RSC. The convention was to attend the Honors in Action held April 15 – 19 at the Texan Academy, which took place April Gaylord Convention Center in 15 – 16 prior to the official openGrapevine, Texas. ing of the convention. Honors Representing the Alpha Eta in Action is the society’s effort Alpha chapter were Elexandria to combine scholarship, leaderMurchinson and Lesa Logue, co- ship, service and fellowship into presidents; Rosalind Evans, vice each project they undertake. president of scholarship; Racheal The organization gave back to Price, vice president of leaderthe community of Grapevine ship; Jessica Garrett, recording by restoring, cleaning up and secretary; Adriana Valtinson, his- beautifying the city’s Grapevine torian; Rose Taylor, public relaPark – a huge park district spantions officer; Mary Watson, Web ning Grapevine Lake. Evans and master and; Spencer Harris, D2L Hahn were tasked with scraping officer. and painting exterior buildings. The convention was divided Five hundred Phi Theta Kappans into many sections including an contributed over 1,500 hours of Honors in Action Academy, edu- work to the city: the equivalent cational forums on a wide variety of a year’s work for a single city of topics, elections of the 2009 employee saving the city over international officers, scholarship $30,000. presentations, a college transfer “We actually finished cleanfair, announcements regarding ing and painting the whole park Phi Theta Kappa 2008 accomin 3 hours. There were over 500 plishments, and keynote address- people who came out and helped. es by William D. Tate, Mayor of People from all over the world Grapevine; Fareed Zakaria, CNN with different backgrounds and host and editor of Newsweek beliefs pulled together as one and got the job done,” Evans said. The mayor of Grapevine “saluted” the society for their volunteerism, leadership, and dedication to bettering the lives of others. Phi Theta Kappans Rose Taylor, Elexandria Murchin- Zakaria son and Rosalind Evans prepare for the general sessions cheering by acting silly. (Photo by Racheal Price) addressed BY RACHEAL PRICE

Senate executive board inauguration, ... page 4

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students with hope and optimism for the future financial world and explained his beliefs in how the economy got into the current situation. Kennedy shared his vision of an environmental future where all American homes are “power plants” through the “use of renewable energies and free market capitalism.” Risley shared the successes of Phi Theta Kappa over the previous year including record growth for the Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. explains his view on paying organization in millions of dollars a day to foreign oil companies that new members “do not share our values or our beliefs.” and explained (Photo by Racheal Price) how the society learned a lot of from the convenis “Leading the Way” into the tion experience and understand future echoing the conventions the mission of Phi Theta Kappa theme. better after attending the event. “During times like these our “I learned that Phi Theta closely held values, beliefs and Kappa is a lot bigger than I origiprinciples as an organization will nally thought. When I first joined be challenged. It these times that I thought it was a relatively small reveal the relevancy of our misgroup and only in this country sion, the measure of our stewbut by going to the convention I ardship and the strength of our realized that it’s filled with many vision. Phi Theta Kappa will not different types of people from survive these challenging times, different places. It’s great to be but it will emerge from this storm a part of something so huge and in a position of greater strength than ever before.” See CONVENTION, RSC’s representatives felt they Page 4

Bricktown celebrates success


Future bright despite economic woes BY NICOLE FORD Assignment Editor

BY J.L. MORRISSEY Assistant Editor

On April 18, the RSC Cheerleaders competed in the U.S. Finals at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The cheerleaders competed as a Collegiate All Girl Cheer Team and took first place. The cheerleaders continue to ride high after their recent win at the National Championship and Grand COA in Kansas City, Missouri where they placed first in their division, which gained them entrance to compete at the U.S. Finals. The team is the first all female competitive cheerleading squad in the history of RSC and is coached by Chuck Seltzer and is advised by Towry Bernard and Kirby Harzman. Alex Funston heads the squad, but prior to competition at the U.S. Finals

she tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her knee and was unable to compete. Funston was undeterred by the injury and cheered her teammates on as they competed. “They did really good except for that stunt that fell,” Funston said. According to Funston, all first place teams from the four competitions held across the country will be reviewed by videotape in order to determine the U.S. Champions. Results should be known sometime in May, Funston said. Members of the team include Aimee Gore, Stephany Johnson, Leslie Sneed, Kimberly Greiner, Skyler Mahia, Lyndzee Vieweg, Courtney Sutton, Taylor Towry, Aretha Grant, Deonne King, Brissa Burbank, Hailey Moore, Taylor Henthorn, Lauren Gray and Shelby Gentry. The team also has a Little Raider, Tatum Barnard.

Future plans drew prominent people to Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante and Bar Wednesday, April 15. First Lady Kim Henry, Mayor Mick Cornett, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Dir. Jim Cowan stood on the patio and spoke amongst the press regarding the vision that they see for the Bricktown area. Bricktown’s traffic increased 45 percent; tourism increased to approximately 2.9 million people from 2007 to 2008. The visionaries expect nothing, but more growth to the area. Tourism is a $5 billion industry statewide and Bricktown is a major contributor. Results in surveys by AAA, rated Oklahoma as the 4th inexpensive travel spot. The survey also proved that a family of four could spend $179 a day on lodging and food; compared to a national average of $244. However, according to the speakers more businesses such as retail shops are needed. Their focus is to continue to move Bricktown from just restaurants and clubs, to a more diverse setting, which will attract people of all ages whether they are local residents or tourists. Henry related the district’s history to the crowd, “From the district’s beginning as home to railroad loading docks and Douglass High School in the early 1900’s to where it is today.” She added, “As one of the state’s top tourist destinations, Bricktown is once again a commerce crossroads. And as the core of excellence for downtown, Bricktown is now a crossroads for the renewal and growth for Oklahoma City.” Expectations for Bricktown came from Askins who serves as chair of Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission. She expects the area to thrive even through the economic

struggle. “A slower economy typically results in people staying close to home for shorter weekend trips, instead of taking long distance vacations. That means more Oklahomans and residents of surrounding states will look to Bricktown as their getaway destination.” According to Cornett, the area is attracting conventions and all types of business. This summer it will host the National Harley Owners Group convention, and has been selected to host the Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2010. But the big talk and excitement was mostly on the nation’s first School of Rock (Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma) and the American Banjo Museum. This is a drastic turn from performance to teaching. Acknowledgments were made to Oklahoma residents, Oklahoma Chambers of Commerce and the MAPS program for helping build the area to what it is now. The Bricktown Association operates Bricktown, where Cowan is the executive director. For more information visit the new virtual Web site partnered with Griffin Marketing Solutions to create and grow traffic throughout the district at or call (405) 236-8666. In addition to the Web site Bricktown is interacting with visitors through Facebook and Twitter. New Bricktown businesses consist of Hampton Inn & Suites, Bolero Spanish Grill, In the Raw Sushi, America’s Pub, Paralogia Ultra Lounge, Brix, Michael Murphy’s Dueling Pianos, Put A Cork In It, LIT Clothing, Envy, The Store and McDonald’s. Upcoming businesses include Coyote Ugly, The American Banjo Museum and the School of Rock.

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Leadership: The few, proud and determined

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RSC is a great institution and to keep it that way during the turbulent economic times that are upon the world, it will take strong students to serve as servant leaders. The idea of servant leaders is not new. Chanakya of ancient India said, “the king shall consider as good, not what pleases himself, but what please his subjects.” And more familiar to those attending the college is perhaps Mark 10:43-45, “But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;/whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all./ For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Essentially both texts are saying the same thing, to be an effective leader the person will put others needs before their

own. Leadership is not about power or possessing the most toys or people. It is truly about serving others in a positive manner that reflects their needs and desires. This college offers many opportunities for students to serve. Some require students to apply in March to the leadership groups and have varying requirements to be eligible. These students are interviewed and then selected to serve the college. The fact is most students at RSC will never have the opportunity to join them. However, hope for leadership development is not lost. Two organizations offer students the chance to lead and will be open in the fall to many. Now is the time to start considering them and planning. First, student senate is an excellent opportunity for students to serve each other. Student senators brainstorm and bring ideas forward that are discussed and voted on. If they pass, the ideas are sent up a chain of adminis-

tration to be considered. If the administrators think it is a good idea, it can be implemented. In this way, senate represents students, but only if students interested in serving the student body are interested, apply and campaign for election. And once elected continue to solicit student ideas. This will enable them to serve others and not just go after what will look fabulous on their college transcript and resume. The standards for Student Senate membership include a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and enrollment in 6 credit hours. The next group students can join is the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. The society’s standards may be considered high since it requires a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum of 12 credit hours. However, once a student has been inducted into the organization the GPA standard lowers to 3.0 and the benefits are endless. There is no set number of students who can join the society

each semester. In an effort to develop servant leaders, Phi Theta Kappa participates in Honors in Action. A service model that fosters development of service related projects that incorporate a number of the society’s values. The students are encouraged to lead through service. Through developing the leaders in Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa and the other leadership groups RSC will continue to provide outstanding education, excellence, service and integrity. Finally in a related note, representing the Student Senate excutive board in the coming academic year, congratulations to Phillip Cox, Amanda Walters, Tracy McDade and Christina McDade. These four individuals will represent students’ interest and have said they will actively listen to student input to facilitate a positive relationship with the students they represent. If you see any of them tell them what they can do for you.

Photojournalist invites others to ‘Come and See’ BY BRYAN MANGIERI Features Editor

Linda Schaefer, an instructor at East Central University in Ada, visited RSC to share memories of her two trips to India. During her first trip, she photographed Mother Teresa. Schaefer’s photography made up the contents of a book, “Come and See: A Photojournalist’s Journey into the World of Mother Teresa.” She spoke about it April 14 during a meeting of the Library Club. “One thinks of Mother Teresa as this diminutive woman who’s so tiny, but she led so many people through a journey of sacrifice, devotion and service, which is what we’re all called to do, which is why I entitled my book ‘Come and See.’” Schaefer said. “None of us are ordered to do anything. It’s all an invitation, and the invitation is open and extended to all of us,” Schaefer said. “And we have to be in a place very often to be able to hear that, to be able to hear those words ‘come and see.” Schaefer said the current crisis in the

world makes many people question their place in the world, forcing them to come out of their “materialistic slump.” “It’s kind of making a lot of people stop in their tracks,” she said. “I think there’s a great sense of hope in the midst of some despair that perhaps people will reevaluate what’s important in life.” During her second trip to India Schaefer brought along students to photograph the country includLocal photojournalist and author Linda Shaefer of ECU exing Jarrod Doyal, who also hibits her photography and student photography including spoke about his experithe work of graduate student Jarrod Doyal of ECU. ences. (Photo by Chelsea McIntire) RSC student and netmany lectures as I can. Obviously, I can’t go working major William Cochran attended the to all of them. This is one I did have the opevent. portunity to attend. Given the subject matter, “I heard about this lecture through the LiI thought it a good use of my time.” brary Club,” Cochran said. “And I go to as

Reader asks, ‘What is love?’


In my first column I invited you to submit questions. I have not been disappointed. Several fascinating questions found their way to me, including Susan’s, who asked, “What’s love?” Simple, yet exceptionally multilayered. I’m not sure where to begin, but let’s give it a go. We humans are never distant from our deepest desires, and none is more compelling than to create a consummate connection with a fellow traveler, a spiritual partner on a train bound for bliss, with whom we share a life of treasures as well as a blanket when the wind blows cold. We require profound connections with others, Psychology informs us, to preserve our emotional and physical

Editor in Chief Racheal Price (rprice@ Assistant Editor J.L. Morrissey ( Features Editor Bryan Mangieri ( Staff Writers Nicole Ford

health. Before describing what love is, let’s declare what love is not. Mature love is not dependency. Dependency occurs when someone requires the caretaking of another in order to function, to feel whole. This bargain strikes a balance wherein one feels powerful and needed while the other is esteemed because they are “cared” for. Because of these shackles, neither can grow emotionally, so dependent love is a form of mutual indentured servitude. Love is not cruel. Some have learned to demonstrate their “love” with emotional or physical meanness. While its origins may be understood, such behavior is absolutely incompatible with love, and ought never to be tolerated, not for a second. Unfortunately, it is possible to be accustomed to anything, even misery. Love is not lust. Contrary to the longstanding adage, lust is the blind condition, not love. The hormonal and neurochemical

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storm we call infatuation is nature’s way of promoting pair-bonding and procreation. Alas, it blinds us to the “true” nature of our partner. This snowstorm does not subside immediately, so it’s wise to not make commitments early in the game. Think of it this way: if infatuation is the appetizer, then love is the sevencourse meal. Hors d’oeuvres MCT Campus may be tasty and easy to consume, but the main course is ultimately filling, even if it does require some effort to accommodate. So what is love? Love appears when your partner’s growth, development and well-being are as important to you as your own. In your commitment toward this goal, you are obliged to exhibit effort. Love is not an emotion; it is ultimately a set of decisions you make. As partners weave their love into fabric, kindness must prevail over being right, and impulsivity must give way to perseverance. Hope this answers the question, Susan.




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ARIES (March 21-April 20) Start to look up and the world will seem brighter. TAURUS (April 21-May 20) Playtime is over. It is time to knuckle down and act like an adult - at least for a couple of days. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Generosity will get you far in life; just know when you are being taken advantage of. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Life can be difficult and trying at times, but perseverance and optimism can pay off. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) When the next person approaches you for help. You should agree, it will be rewarding for both of you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) With finals coming up it is time to lay off the laziness and kick it into high gear. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Lousy excuses make terrible bedmates. Consider your responsibilities and you will sleep better. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Children make excuses; adults honor their commitments. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) We laugh, we cry, and sometimes we merely exist. All of those are fine ways to be as long as no one emotion dominates your life. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) Friends will be there for you no matter what. Fair weather acquaintances won’t be there through troubled times. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) Arrogance is an insult to both your integrity and spirit. Consider toning down to just be confident. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) You’re relaxing more now and that is great. Continue the positive mental health.


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CAMPUS CORNER New Student Senate President potlight on ... S Phillip Cox III Corps in 2004. While stationed in Hawaii, Cox began attending Assistant Editor classes at Hawaii Pacific University The gavel has been passed to in Honolulu but ultimately duty Phillip Cox III, who was recently called and he was “deployed to Al elected RSC Student Senate Presi- Asad [Airfield] in Iraq for seven dent for the 2009-10 school year. months.” Cox is a newcomer to Oklahoma “That was a learning experience. having arrived less than a year ago I was introduced to a completely from Bridgeton, New Jersey where different culture on the other side he spent “half his life,” although he of the world. It definitely matured calls Louisville, Kentucky the place me,” Cox said. “where he was raised” his homeAfter his service in the Marine town. Corps, Cox moved to Oklahoma. Shortly after high school, Cox He then joined the Oklahoma Najoined the United State Marine tional Guard and was determined to finish what he started in Hawaii and enrolled in classes at RSC last fall. “[RSC] is unlike any college that I have had the pleasure of visiting or being in. It is diverse, which is a great thing because I’m used to diversity. It really is a home away from home in some aspects,” Cox said. As a new student Cox frequently picked up the 15th Street News to gain insights into campus events. He learned of openings on student senate through the paper and decided to apply for a senate position. “I remember sitting in the library and waiting for a class to start and I picked up the 15th Street Newspaper. I read an article that men(Photo by Chelsea McIntire) tioned how the next session was short six senators. I was interested BY J.L. MORRISSEY

and read a bit more and then went down to Student Activities and got an application to be a senator. After that it just kind of took off from there,” Cox said. Cox credits his quick rise in RSC student senate to his strong family traits and their collective military service. “When I was in the military, I rose pretty fast because I always give 110 percent. Everyone in my family is military oriented. We all share the zeal to want to be better. We want to help and serve people. I feel that service is instilled in me and wrapped around my DNA,” Cox said. Initially Cox was a business major, but his experiences in student senate have caused him to lean more toward political science. Cox maintains that he still holds an “interest in business” and feels that he is still “business oriented” but wants to pursue an education in political science more fully. “Being involved in the student government is something I wish every student to experience. I encourage more students to attend meetings and get involved in what is going on at the campus. My experiences in student government have had a profound effect on my view of RSC and also have helped me discover new ways to tackle different issues,” Cox said.

Springfest brings warm weather, fellowship, elections BY J.L. MORRISSEY Assistant Editor

Springfest, which was held on April 14-15, gave RSC students an opportunity to unwind prior to final exams. The event featured interactive events such as rock wall climbing, volleyball intramurals and plenty of free pizza. The event also coincided with the Student Senate Executive Officer elections. Several candidates set up a two day camp in front of the Student Center to campaign for the election. Many students took time to investigate candidates’ individual platforms as they sought out the best match for the positions. Several of the candidates waited

By Josiah Breward

ACROSS 1 Military units 9 Blue and funny 15 Friendless 16 Dinner pick 17 Suffered anguish 18 Dollar bill artist 19 Gesture of respect 20 Rubberneck

around late Wednesday night for the election results. Christina McDade a Multi-Media/Web Design major was selected as the new Secretary. Tracy McDade, a Criminal Justice major was selected as the new treasurer. Amanda Walters, a Nursing Science major was selected as the new Vice-President and Phillip Cox III, a Political Science major was selected as the new President of the RSC Student Senate. Collectively, they were elected to represent the school for the 2009-10 school year, but were officially sworn into duty on Tuesday April 21 during the regularly scheduled senate meeting.

Sami Cravens and Trena Byas participate in the ever popular pizza giveaway.

RSC maintenance workers enjoy the spring fest activities with a little basketball as Dominique Flowers shoots a lay up over Dewayne Johnson’s back. (Photos by Chelsea McIntire) Kelsie Tucker serves a “wallop of fun.”

22 Shout to surprise 23 Beer buys 24 Unit of magnetic flux 25 Sides of a cube 26 “Little Women” author’s initials 27 Brit. quartermaster 29 B.C. fuzz 31 Writer Fleming 32 Letters on a GI’s letter 33 Suffered humiliation 37 Like peekaboo fashions 39 Source of hyoscyamine 40 Computer mavens 41 Knack 42 CEO’s degree 43 Hebrew letter 44 Pub. submissions

45 Karachi’s nat. 46 PC pic 49 Aage __ Bohr 51 Jonas of bacteriology 52 Long time 53 Singer Gibb 54 “The Kid” star Jackie 56 Possible to accomplish 58 Canonical hour 60 Spots 61 Warm, cheerful brightness 62 Flip do-over 63 Put in order DOWN 1 Exclude 2 Household novel 3 Like noncarbon-based compounds 4 Chaps 5 Sale-tag notation 6 Half asleep 7 Suffix in linguistics 8 Grasslike plant 9 Those showing deferential esteem 10 Burials 11 Air-conditioner meas. 12 U.A.E. populace 13 The king of France 14 Start of a rehab program

21 Lincoln and others 24 Fuel storage building 27 Fundamental grounds 28 Haste 30 Dangerous insulation mtl. 34 Out of control 35 All in all 36 About to swoon 38 Your of yore 46 Yielder 47 Gander’s partner 48 Ill-chosen 50 Spandex brand 51 Gannet goose 54 Letters for Spock or Riker 55 Eye defect: suff. 57 Short life story 59 Dinghy mover

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Briefly Speaking Visual Arts Series RSC will host a Student Art Exhibit April 20 - May 7. For more information call 7360313. Pegasus RSC’s annual literary and art magazine, Pegasus, will be unveiled Tuesday, April 28. A reception honoring the students will be held as well. For more information call 7360313. Law Day Chief Judge Robert H. Henry, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Court will be speaking at the eighth annual James F. Howell “Country Lawyer” Lectureship. Judge Henry’s lecture is given in recognition of “National Law Day,” a day set aside each year for people across the country to celebrate the law and the legal system. This year’s Law Day theme is “A Legacy of Liberty-Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial.” The event will be held 12:15 p.m. Monday, April 27 in the RSC Student Center Main Dining Room. Dental Hygiene The 2009 RSC Dental Hygiene Program graduates are in search of patients who will qualify for their regional clinical board exam. The exam for state licensure consists approximately a four hour commitment from the patient on May 30, May 31, June 1 or June 2 to have their teeth cleaned. To qualify patients must be 18 years of age and should not have had their teeth cleaned in less than 3 years. For more information call 733-7337. Great Issues Lecture Series Professor Karen Holt will speak on Existential Choices in a Material World: Is Poverty of the Spirit a Result of Human Freedom 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 in the RSC Lecture Hall. This is the last Great Issues Lecture to be presented this semester. Oxfam Banquet Phi Theta Kappa invites the community, faculty, staff, and students of RSC to “share a meal at their table” to learn about climate change and poverty. The event is free to attend, but donations to Oxfam will be accepted. To reserve a place contact Kristin Hahn at khahn@rose. edu or Racheal Price at or 922-8014.

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2009-2010 Student Senate executive board inaugurated

Rod Risley speaks with students from the Oklahoma/Arkansas region during the international convention. (Photo by Racheal Price)


RSC Student Senate’s new excutive board: Christina McDade, secretary; Amanda Walters, vice president; Phillip Cox, president and; Tracy McDade, treasurer. (Photo by Chelsea McIntire

important,” said Valtinson. A favorite moment shared by them was a moment when the entire congregation was on their feet and cheering wildly when challenged to raise a million dollars this year and the hotel suddenly lost power. Upon the return of power Risley said, “When we were going through rehearsals I had a conversation with Mr. Ray Hites, he said ‘what if the students don’t react to the second challenge?’ I’ve seen a lot of things in my thirty years [as executive director], but I have never seen so much electricity from a group that you blow the power out. What an amazing group.” Watson was amazed by the diversity of students in nationalities and age. “I thought that it was quite an eye opening experience in several ways. I now know that there are students my age in other schools around the country.

Phi Theta Kappa is more than just in our country, I may have known that before, but it really hit home. I also learned that Phi Theta Kappa is a lifetime membership, I thought that once you left the school that was the end of Phi Theta Kappa, but it is not, Watson said. Evans summed up the feelings of all members when she said, “I was truly honored to attend the convention. I was very honored and proud to be able to represent Rose State College. I would just like to thank Dr. Britton, Dr. Hendrix, Dr. Edwards, and Professor Hahn for giving me the opportunity.” For more information about the Phi Theta Kappa experience or joining the organization contact Hahn at 733-7519 or speak with any of the society’s officers. Highlights from the 91st annual Phi Theta Kappa International Convention can be viewed at

S U D O K U Honors courses return to the college’s core curriculum Solution from 4/10/09

Each smaller square, called a cell, is to be filled in with a numerical figure from 1-9. These numerals are not to be repeated within horizontal or vertical rows or within a large square.


For the first time in many years, RSC will offer core courses with the honors designation. Previously, students desiring to earn honors credit would contract with professors and complete an honors project or the Honors Lecture Series. Starting with the fall semester all three options will be available. However, enrollment in the three programs differs. In the fall English Composition I and American History since 1877 will be offered to students enrolled in the Honors Program. Prior to enrollment in one of the classes students will be required to have been accepted into the Honors Program. Toni Castillo, program director for the Honors Program, explained the class work would be set up as a seminar instead of a traditional lecture to emphasize critical thinking, cross-disciplinary studies, and student-professor interactions. “I want to stress the classes are not more work, but different work. These classes will better prepare students for university and graduate level work,” Castillo said. The courses will be held in the UCO University Center to utilize their state of the art classrooms. The Honors Lecture Series and honors contract aspects of the program will remain the same. Students will contract with willing pro-

fessors to complete additional projects that are not part of the typical classroom work. The lecture series students will attend prescheduled lectures throughout the semester and write essays regarding their experiences. Castillo will oversee their progress. Students who wish to complete honors contracts will approach an instructor about completing an additional project for the class. The students design these projects with the professor’s assistance and the professor will oversee the student’s progress. The lecture series and the honors projects do not require current enrollment in the Honors Program. Students enrolled in the program are eligible for Honors Program Scholarships, awarded over the summer semester to outstanding students. Finally, beginning next semester the honors students will be able to participate in the book loan program. Students on honors scholarships and participating in the honors designated classes will receive preference, but any student enrolled in the Honors Program will be eligible. For more information regarding the Honors Program contact Castillo at 733-7512 or visit Fine Arts 115. Additional information can be obtained at the Honors Program Web site

RSC’s Honors Program is an “invitation to excellence” for students looking for an academic challenge in college coursework. Students accepted to the program will demonstrate the following: • Further develop critical thinking skills • Enhance awareness of college and community organizations • Broaden academic achievement Benefits of the program: • Opportunity to graduate with honors • Gain access to scholarship opportunities • Transfer opportunities into university honors programs • Ability to work closely with professors • Study areas of interest in depth Eligibility Students will have attained one or more of the following: • 3.5 cumulative high school GPA (include transcript) • Composite ACT score of 27 or SAT of 1200 or equivalent CPT or COMPASS (must be certified by Honors Director) • Completion of two RSC Honors classes with an A or B • Demonstration of a special skill or award, which provides evidence of an ability to do Honors work. Interested students must also write a letter to the Honors Committee explaining why the student wishes to participate in the Honors Program and a copy of their RSC transcript.

Drive-By Truckers Music Stand BY BRYAN MANGIERI Entertainment Editor

Rockers from Athens, Georgia, by way of Alabama, the Drive-By Truckers crank out southern rock with a passion that is a spit in the face to anyone who claims to be punk rock. Why it serves as a spit in the face is because the band proves rebellion is an attitude, a state of mind, not a trend. Rebellion doesn’t have to be hip. It can even have a twang. During the band’s live album “Drive-By Truckers: Live at the

40 Watt,” the band tears through a song list at the 40 Watt, an Athens based club whose name derives from the fact that the only lighting in the venue is a 40 watt light bulb dangling from the ceiling. Still, the band brings the heat by opening up with the standout track, “The Day John Henry Died,” country as it should be, with a downtrodden tale put to a beat that teeter-totters back and forth. On “Sinkhole,” the song’s guitar ascends and descends during the intro before singer Patterson Hood rambles off, “Always been a religious man, I’ve always been a religious man.” The ascending and descending carry out the story of

a destitute man, down on his luck with the bank, the church and virtually everyone in town. “We ain’t never gonna change/ we ain’t doing nothing wrong/we ain’t never gonna change/so shut your mouth and play along,” Hood delivers into the mic, beaming with southern pride while the band takes a ride on “Never Gonna Change.” “Lookout Mountain” opens much like Jimi Hendrix’s version of “All Along the Watchtower”— with a burst of psychedelic guitar—before skidding into palm muted chord changes where the narrator battles thoughts of suicide. The fortitude of the message

could reawaken even the most jaded to all that’s sad in the world. The rest of the riffs are mean, as well. Hood snarls just when he should and ever so endearingly hiccups notes in between the points when his vocals soar. The band is a sight to see live, but this collection is perhaps more indicative of the band’s songwriting skills than the previously released “Alabama Ass Whuppin,’” primarily sold at the Drive-By Truckers’ tours earlier in the decade. If you want to get into a new band and need a place to start, the Drive-By Truckers might be for you. MCT Campus