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News 15th Street

Volume XXXVIII, Issue 23

Rose State College

Summer School changes in store for 2009,

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Inside Single mom climbs to major general

Aragon encourages women to empower themselves BY NICOLE FORD Assignment Editor

Oklahoma political health care imbalances,

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Spotlight: John Chandler, ... page 3

Cheerleading returns to RSC with a shout, ... page 4

Wonder Woman makes a comeback! A room filled with over one hundred women and three men witnessed Wonder Woman, also known as Major General LaRita Aragon, return to speak with other “wonder women” in the RSC Professional Training and Education Center Friday, March 27. From a single mom and an elementary teacher to the first female Major General, LaRita Aragon made an uplifting speech to promising leaders about the challenges she faced and how she surpassed her male counter parts in the military. Aragon, who enlisted in the Oklahoma Air National Guard (ANG) in 1979, did not always have it easy or have things handed to her; she willingly gave the audience some useful advice and tactics. As the people looked at the officer, dressed in civilian clothing, some may have been astonished that her table displayed the comic book character Wonder Woman, along with a poster over 4’ of the hero. General Aragon explained to the audience the powerful image of Wonder Woman and how even though she wears skimpy clothing, she should be an inspiration to women living in a man’s world. After all, Diana, Princess of the Amazons, was the equal of her male superhero friends, Superman and Batman because she empowered women and proved women could defend the American way of life and combat wrong just as well as the men. Aragon said, “I have been given so much, with a journey that began as a desperate step to save my children.”

She looked to Wonder Woman as a model that got women prepared to take on bigger roles. She added, “if you are going to be in a male dominated job, women should think like a woman and behave like a man.” The statement was intended to get women to realize that they should not get too emotional when dealing with difficult work related issues. “Don’t allow yourself to get drawn into some of the petty things that happens,” she said. Aragon was also recently inducted into the Oklahoma’s Women’s Hall of Fame. Aragon said, although she retired as an ANG Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff Manpower and Personnel the odds may have been against her, and even in their daily lives if women find themselves in the same situation individuals have to keep trying. After all, even though she possessed the education and degree required to become an officer, she was only allowed to try after the interested males in her unit failed. Only then was she commissioned at the Academy of Military Science at Knoxville Tenn. Even after making officer she was told the highest rank she could expect to attain was that of Lieutenant. Eventually, she served as the senior ANG officer responsible for comprehensive plans and policies. She was the first woman commander in the Oklahoma Air National Guard. Aragon ended her speech with “no minority has ever received equality, without the consent of the majority.” Referring to the fact that she could not have become the first female general in Oklahoma without the consent of them. Further, women could not

Major General LaRita Aragon demonstrates the proper way to speak to jet fighter pilots. “Shoulders back, chest up, hand on hip, and feet firmly planted.” (Photo by Chelsea McIntire)

have received the right to vote without their consent. This conference was considered a special global event used to better the lives of women in Oklahoma, and was given a Proclamation by Gov. Brad Henry. All through the session, women were urge to work together and stop bringing each other down. However, appreciation was rendered to women who have shown progress. Attendees looked at the leadership roles that some women have taken within the past years. Individuals were also asked to continue to move up and not be afraid

to ask for help. Many great women were showcased including “Rosie the Riveter”, Maggie Walker and Susan B. Anthony. After Aragon’s speech the attendees were broken into classes that were developed to help them become better leaders and women. Individuals had their choices of attending two of four sessions: Taming the Good Girl presented by Pam Emmons, director of Empower; Body Image and Pop Culture led by Yaisa Mann, Phd candidate and adjunct instructor at OU; Shaping Your College See Leadership, Page 3

Party like it’s 1998, Communications Center turns 10 BY RYAN CHILD Staff Writer

The tenth anniversary of the communications center is now underway. The completion of the Communications Center March 4, 1998 provided Midwest City with new opportunities for education, the arts and job skills needed in today’s society. RSC has used its partnership with the Civic Center, which manages the building, to assist in bringing entertainers, theatre and musical events to the community. In its early history, the Communications Center was home to the Oklahoma Philharmonic. Entertainers such as Bill Cosby known for his standup comedy and television shows, 1950s pop star Frankie Avalon, Hee Haw’s Buck Owens and Roy Clark, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night and Hal Holbrook have all been featured performers. The Outlaw Willie Nelson and actress/vocalist Shirley Jones have also passed through along with the former vice president Dick Cheney. According to a press release by the RSC sales and marketing group, “the community has used the center for various events such as beauty pageants, science fairs, graduations, inaugurations, political debates, musical theater, dance recitals, band concerts, seminars, career fairs, dinners, award presentations, dramatic plays, and art exhibits. [RSC] has of course hosted many of its own events in the theater as well, including Global Oklahoma, the Miss Rose State College/ Miss Black Rose State College pageants, and its recent theatrical production of Big River. It also hosts the annual Oklahoma Student Invention Exposition which brings together inspiring young inventors from around the state.” Rose State College’s Communications Center began with former RSC president Larry Nutter. With the help of Oklahoma voters, a state capitol bond issue in 1992 passed and a portion of the bond’s proceeds were allocated to the college. This gave the college the majority of the funds necessary to begin the 80,000 square foot instructional and performance theater. However, lacking the money to construct a building that matched the community’s needs, the college asked the Rose State College Technical Area Educational District to pass an

additional local bond issue to provide the remaining funds. The voters of Eastern Oklahoma County supported the needs of the college and community to make the communications center a reality. The center’s massive lobby now provides a nice gathering area for students and guests and a place for special occasions for groups of up to 350 people. The center of the facility contains the 1,400 seats in the Performing Arts Theater. The outside of the building features a 336 seat amphitheater designed to host various outdoor events. Curtis Love, a freshman at RSC happens to hold the recording studio as his favorite part of the building. “You can actually hear yourself if you have a lot on your mind or you are stress- RSC’s Communications Center marks its tenth anniversary this year. (Photo by Andrew Wynn) ing about something. With music as your “Practice makes permanent. If you do not practice passion you can get a lot out. Hearing correctly, you will not learn correctly.” yourself is just amazing. You may feel skeptical at first, Andrew Wynn, a naturalist, a photographer and RSC but confidence is key.” student, is currently enrolled in ceramics with Howard He recently signed to a label and has no plans of Koerth, which is taught in the Communications Center. leaving the studio anytime soon. Wynn loves clay as it is a forgiving medium. Craig White, a musical faculty member since 1980 “I have lived in many places, seen more things than is very happy about the 10th anniversary. He said the the average person. From what I can tell, the average communication center boasts four separate lab rooms person sees what they have always seen, and does what for recording, five more computers in the multimedia they always have done, sometimes without even reallab that allow students to try out assignments before izing it. The Communications Center offers a way to they are due. While White mainly plays the guitar and bass, he has shake up everyday life. See things you normally don’t see or even hear about.” a working knowledge of the piano and has a passion In addition to providing performing arts and classfor music that is enhanced by his ability to use the room space for music, art and photography classes, Communications Center RSC’s journalism department makes its home there. “When I was 13, I thought it would be great to be “Today the Rose State College Communications in a band, I helped put one together and I haven’t quit Center and Performing Arts Theater stands as a tribute since,” White said. to the hardworking Mid-Del community and the vision He cites his influence as Jimi Hendrix. Rose State College and Eastern Oklahoma County White did fully understand how to read sheet music made into reality. RSC invites everyone to watch for for the first six to seven years he played. Coincidentally, Hendrix was not able to read sheet music until the great new events for many more years to come,” the RSC sales and marketing department said. last years of his life. However he does not recommend that path.


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OPINION

Oklahoma reproductive rights unbalanced

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At the recent Women’s Leadership Conference, Sen. Constance N. Johnson spoke about her passion for women and children’s issues ranging from “birth to death.” She revealed to the audience that Oklahoma Legislators have no interest in a fair and equitable system when it comes to health care for men and women. Regardless of how an individual may fall on the abortion issue, it is imperative that everyone pay attention to how the Oklahoma Legislature, as a group, handles the issue and more specifically, how they handle contraceptives. In short, the men matter more than the women involved. It is disgusting, regardless of where one falls on the issue, that many Oklahoma Legislators seek to limit women’s access to abortion and birth con-

trol (literally, birth control such as the pill and condoms), but will willingly provide Viagra to men. Johnson said at the conference (and in the Tulsa World March 27), “Why is it that we don’t provide coverage for contraceptives in order to balance the impact to providing coverage for Viagra?” “Why do we think a man’s ability to get an erection is more important than a woman’s right to manage her choices about when to have a baby?” she said. Viagra is not, by itself, a bad thing, but it is not usually used for health reasons (there are some reports it can treat meningitis, but that is still being tested). Birth control, on the other hand, can treat legitimate feminine problems regarding menstruation and it can help prevent a pregnancy, if used properly. It seems reasonable that preventing pregnancy among MCT Campus poor mothers would be good for the state. It would cut down

on the number of new births each Oklahoma would rather fund year that need to be added to more ways to restrict abortion Medicaid. – as in the Statistical Abortion According to the Sooner Plan Reporting Act or a measure that Web site, some failed that would family planhave made aborWhy do we think a ning methods tion illegal in man’s ability to get an are currently Oklahoma. erection is more impor- Preventing uncovered. However, the wanted pregnantant than a woman’s Web site is cies from even right to manage her vague about occurring would choices about when to what family lessen the state’s have a baby? planning opfinancial burden tions and birth in raising the Sen. Constance control are children and for available and Johnson those who would information is like to see aboronly available tion further reto patients. stricted, it would lessen the need However, according to Johnson for the services. birth control is extremely restrictFor some citizens of Oklaed, but Viagra is not. This is an homa, it is time to quit thinkinequity that can only be rectified ing of birth control as giving if people in Oklahoma stand up the people that need it a how-to and say something. manual to sex. It isn’t, the people The state should be providing that would benefit from being funds for both or neither. Why dispensed birth control already is it that the Puritan politics of know all about having sex. It is Oklahoma only prevents the sub- time for the people of Oklahoma sidization of the one that can stop to call their senators and repunwanted pregnancy for women resentatives and say the sexual and the other can be described health of men and women are as an aid to sex for men? Both equally important. Demand acconcern citizen’s sexual health tion that will equalize the system and should be given equal impor- regardless of the direction voters tance. feel it should go – prolife or proYet, Oklahoma does not do choice. this. Instead, the legislators of

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The Rich Zone By Professor Rich Wedemeyer The sound of a thousand words clamoring to be released from their domed prison has finally caused me to throw them the key. I asked the 15th Street News if I might use their venue as a halfway house for my simple pictures, and they agreed. At first, I considered writing about how we are becoming so awfully detached from each other in spite of, or perhaps because of, our countless communication devices. You know: e-mailing, cell phoning, texting, blogging, twittering, and God knows what’s coming next. Despite the prom-

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ises of the commercials, these gadgets really don’t help you stay connected. Written words pale in comparison to a warm embrace. You can’t watch tears role down a puffed-red cheek or share a milk shake through a phone. Not yet, anyway. Ok, I admit it, I’m a sentimental softy. Anyway, this topic as an opening gambit might be destined for dullsville, so I threw it out. Then, I thought gosh (I actually thought that very word) maybe I could discuss our soon to be fluttering butterfly garden and how it will serve as a metaphor to all of us starting from more humble beginnings, and then through the metamorphosis that education engenders taking flight on wings spread wide by skill and knowledge. Yipes, I thought, there would rise up a crescendo of yawns across the mall. Besides,

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there’s no humor in that (except ogy about that long. I can’t guarmaybe for an old joke: What’s a antee that I’ll have all the answers, metaphor? Cows to graze in). So, but I will I promise one thing: I I had to discard this, too. won’t give you any advice. Advice Yup, I mulled over many topisn’t worth much, life has taught ics and several formats, but each me, so I’ll stick to providing inseemed to fit no better than a big formation and encouraging you to hat on a small head. Consequently, make your own decisions. Deal? I want this to be your column, not mine. I want to answer your questions, not pose my own. I want to consider your ideas. This means you are invited to have a seat next to me at the Rose Café and we’ll chat. If you absolutely must, shoot me an e-mail (rwedemeyer@rose.edu). Tell me what you want to know more about and what you think. I’ll gather up my posse, corral a few responses and you can read ‘em here. Now, my expertise has bounds. I have been a counselor for twenty years, specializing in relationship and sexuality counseling, and I’ve taught psychol- (Graphic provided by MCT Campus)

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CAMPUS CORNER Spotlight on ...

Briefly Speaking

John Chandler

BY J.L. MORRISSEY Assistant Editor

John Chandler prefers his coffee hot, strong and in his hand as he zigzags through the Student Center solving issues as they arise. He oversees more than a dozen fulltime employees in various areas of the Student Center. Chandler is supervisor of Auxiliary Enterprises and Services and is charged with the assuring the smooth operation of the mail room and food services including the cafeteria and Rose Café. Chandler is an Oklahoma native and grew up on his family farm in Slaughterville. After high school Chandler “went to work in the oil fields, roughnecking” and he continued to “work off and on” in the industry for six years.” He also spent three years as a helicopter

mechanic for the National Guard. “If I didn’t like something, I’d quit. I was single and I could do what I wanted,” Chandler said. However in 1980, Chandler married and his wife, Pam told him “that he needed to get a real job.” “I didn’t know that the two had to go together,” Chandler joked of a marriage and a job. The year of 1980 turned out to be a pivotal year for Chandler because in addition to marriage he also began his career at RSC. He began as a maintenance worker, and then worked as a woodworker for the physical plant. He spent time in shipping and receiving and supervised the aquatic center before finally making Auxiliary Enterprises and Services home in 2001. When Chandler isn’t making the rounds within the Student Cen-

Habitat for Humanity The student senate is seeking volunteers to help with their annual Habitat for Humanity project 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, April 24. The deadline to sign up is 5 p.m. Friday, April 3. For more information or to volunteer call Student Activities at 733-7376.

(Photo by J.L. Morrissey)

ter he likes to “go fishing.” If time permits he will take his lunch hour to drive over to Lake Draper and just relax. It doesn’t matter what’s biting or even if he catches anything. “It’s my chill out time. It’s my time and I can do what I want and then I can come back to reality,” Chandler said.

Leadership - CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Image facilitated by Connie Myrick, coordinator of Career Services and Job Placement, Dr. Sally Cohea, Student Success Specialist, Carla Robinson, coordinator for Student Success and Erica Alvarez, coordinator for Special Populations; and Keeping It All Together presented by RSC Professors Monique Bruner and Michelle Yelle. Women’s issues-themed booths were sponsored by REI Women’s Business Center OKC; RSC Wellness Center; ALPHA Business Solutions, LLC; YMCA; the LRC; ZONTA; and OU Women’s Studies Program. After a potato bar lunch, Senator Constance N. Johnson, who was concerned with women’s issues “from birth to death,” closed the conference by emphasizing the need for women to take an active role in politics by “lobbying your local politicians.” She stressed to the members of the audience the importance of registering to vote and then actually voting each time an election presented. She said the only people that care about women’s issues and will do something about them are other women or men who have been encouraged by women.

RSC women leaders, Monique Bruner and Michelle Yelle explain in thier breakout session that women need to “claim their space.” (Photo by Chelsea McIntire)

Student Senate coordinates successful blood drive Student senate sponsored a blood drive in cooperation with the Oklahoma Blood Institute on March 25. The event took more than three weeks to plan and over 75 people donated blood. Twelve donors passed out. “It was the largest turnout for the student senate sponsored blood drive,” said senator Phillip Cox, vice chair of the blood drive. “I was surprised by the number of staff that turned out for the event. I also found it interesting that the most popular reason noted on the sign in sheet for donating blood was love,” Cox said.

By Alan P. Olschwang

ACROSS 1 Lanterns 6 Elicit 11 Fathers 14 Numbskull 15 Animal toxin 16 Sales agt. 17 “West Side Story” heroine 18 Slur over 19 Raw mineral 20 Start of a quip 22 Triumph

23 Fox chaser? 24 Ocean speck 26 Of poor quality 29 Spoiled kids 32 Blaze the trail 33 Part 2 of quip 37 Bobby of the Bruins 38 DOA sites 40 Coffee server 41 Part 3 of quip 43 Manitoba tribe 44 Gray and Moran

45 Lists of candidates 47 Donkey calls 50 Long, narrow inlets 51 Set the pace 52 End of quip 59 Publishing grp. 60 Concerning bees 61 City on Baranof Island 62 Dine 63 Doggie catcher 64 Range of the Rockies 65 Superlative ending 66 Martin of “Apocalypse Now” 67 Borneo ape, briefly DOWN 1 Peru’s capital 2 First grandfather 3 Actress Sorvino 4 Fingered, in a way 5 One way up 6 Special occasion 7 Mark for removal 8 Part of UNLV 9 Morse message 10 Honorable retirement title 11 Slink about 12 Eagle’s nest 13 Exhausted 21 Tofu source 25 Draft org. 26 Coagulate 27 Queen of Olympus 28 Justice Warren 29 False 30 Decisive defeat 31 Vigoda or Burrows

The senate conducts drives twice a year, once in fall and once in spring semesters.

(Photos provided by Phillip Cox and Alex Funston)

33 Disney sci-fi flick 34 Mongol’s tent 35 Shade source 36 Persons 38 Western lawmen 39 Kyoto sash 42 Vocal pitch 43 Register operator 45 Female sib 46 Stops in open water 47 Above it all 48 Picture puzzle 49 Alter to fit 50 Talk and talk 53 Moonfish 54 Sage 55 Foundation 56 Blues singer James 57 Sacred image: var. 58 Caroled

Solution from 3/27/09

SIFE Students in Free Enterprise will host “Discussion of Ethics in Job Searching” noon - 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8 in the Professional Education and Training Center Room 108. Refreshments will be provided. Identity Theft The FAA Credit Union will host a free Identity Theft Seminar 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at 10201 S. Western in Oklahoma City. The credit union will share information on how to prevent identity theft and the warning signs. Space is limited to 50 attendees. To reserve a place call 682-1990 extension 1102 or email jamie@ faaecu.org. Brighton Beach Memoirs RSC’s theater department will perform Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19 in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre. Dinner theater will be offered 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16. To make reservations for dinner theatre call 736-0313. Tickets to show can be purchased at the door. Seniors 62 and older, students, faculty and staff are free with ID. NonRSC students with ID are $2 and general admission is $3. For more information about the production call 7337430. Visual Arts Series RSC will host a Student Art Exhibit April 20 May 7. For more information call 736-0313. 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 736-0313. PTK Phi Theta Kappa will host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to raise awareness about climate change, poverty and hunger 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in the Student Center main dining room. The students will also be collecting donations for Oxfam America. In conjunction with the event, PTK and BSA will be collecting canned goods for the local food bank. To reserve a place at the table or make donations contact Kristin Hahn at khahn@rose.edu or Racheal Price at rprice@ rose.edu.


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COLLEGE LIFE

Cool changes for HOT summer schedule Summer, fall enrollment begins April 6, see advisor now

nient and flexible for the student,” Associate Vice President for Academic AfAssistant Editor fairs, Dr. Jeff Caldwell said. Summer school is no longer a summer “We’ve taken our morning classes and bummer. have converted them from four days a Recent changes made to the summer week to two days a week. Instead of schedule will allow students greater flex- Monday thru Thursday, students can ibility, convenience and may potentially take a Monday, Wednesday class or cut travel costs and time for students. Tuesday, Thursday class, [or both],” In a typical sixteen week course ofCaldwell said. fering, students generally take a course Start times for summer classes have twice a week. However, summer school also been streamlined. For instance, courses differed from this pattern in that morning classes will start either at 9:00 morning students would attend classes a.m. or 12:00 p.m. and evening classes four days a week whereas evening will start either at 4:15 p.m. or 7:15 p.m. classes were offered twice a week. The This change is particularly important morning classes lasted an hour and fifto evening students who experienced teen minutes whereas evening classes “disjointed schedules across divisions,” lasted two and half hours. Caldwell said. Now summer classes have been By standardizing the start times of streamlined and are “far more conveclasses, students will be able to take BY J.L. MORRISSEY

Rendon Chambers gears up for summer school and play. (Photo by Chelsea McIntire)

Local students invade Wellness Center for science fair competition BY NICOLE FORD Assignment Editor

RSC succeeded at helping elementary and middle school students explore their scientific side. Children stood inside the Wellness Center on March 25 – 26 to explain their projects to judges, parents and viewers. RSC Professor Steve Howard coordinated the science fair along with the help of other professors to judge the competition. The young students were orderly and eager to take their seats to hear the decisions of the judges. Although Dr. Terry Britton could not be present, support and thanks came from the Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Frances Hendrix. She made her presence known as she stood in front of the crowd handing out trophies, smiling and thanking the participants. There were several different categories that were judged like engineering, zoology, earth and space science, physics, environmental science, consumer product comparison, medicine and health, behavioral and social science, biochemistry, microbiology, botany, chemistry, mathematics and computers. Professor Clint Porter stated, “I was excited,” this was his first time judging a science fair at RSC. He was moved to be able to walk around and interview the participants. He said that I had to make sure that the students did the work and not the parents. He laughed at the fact that when he interviewed what seemed to be a timid child, the child whipped out a cell phone to answer a call. “I was encouraged by the turnout, the enthusiasm of the students and I was proud of the support from RSC faculty and staff,” Porter said. The look on parents’ faces, when their child was awarded or just to see children so involved was breathtaking. A count of 100 projects was put on view. Students from Good Shepherd, James Griffith, Telstar, Nicoma Park, Parkview Adventist Academy, St. Philip Neri, and Soon-

er Rose schools entered the science fair. The place table consisted of 1st, nd 2 , 3rd, 4th, 5th honorable mention and 6th contestant. The overall school winner was James Griffith. Many awards were dispersed according to the categories; recipients were Michaela Kennedy, Morgan Montgomery, Meghan Mickle, Bruce Powell, Merisa Lesneski, David Payne, Isabel Govett, Erin Barnes, Emilie Ritz, Mackinsey Archer, Nolan Jones, Alexa Sheppard, Grant Haynes, Baylee Haynes, Ariana Polach, Mathew Leyland, Braden Hicks, Alexa Pham, Jenna Jacobs, Shaylee Joshlin, Catalina Childress, Tiffany Doan, Paige Garshing, Richard Anderson, Carter Stephens, Emery Clifford, Daussin Afonso, Katie Hull, Vincent Marino, Alexis Henry, Jeffry Hall, Calista Walker, Kayla Thompson, Lauren Clark, Mya Paxton, Kennedy Humphrey, Tyler Gray, Alyssa Lowe, Katie Symes, Alicia Lally, Dana Jones, Trenton James Morgan, Jessica Slavick, Mikhal Vegh, Alexis Brooks, Samuel Trujillo, Danica Caddell, Samuel Linscott, Tyler Nelson, Nikolaus Strom, Ryan Richardson, Trysten Thompson, Joshua Irwin, Ryan Harris, Mackenzie Stewart, Soren Orosco, Keith Leistner, Kaylie Mitchell, Breana Murphy, Clayton Heuser, Terri Baham, Nicole Farmer, Rachel Harris, Samuel Wilton, Morgan Smith, Abi Arani, Logan Graham, Sterlyn Orosco, Valerie Holzbaugh, Andrew Nquyen, Sarah Cunningham, Kalob Blackwell, Amanda Payne, Briana Swafford,Adrianna Limon, Alex Blair, Mikayla Kwitowski, Austin Greenwood,Casey Hartleroad, Emmanuel Calfe, Kyleigh Willis, Kali Hutton, Rebecca Dahl, Cheyenne Martin, Benjaman Custer, Sarah Thai, Chase McMillan, Christy Rene Edwards, Robert Styers, Victoria Jones, Cherokee Summers, Seth Chesnut, Joshua Burnett, Katey Sosenko, Phillip Hildebrand, Andrew Wagner, Elizabeth Weeks, Mikaela Stine, Becca Kahl, William Rice and Deontray Stevenson.

multiple summer classes, which previously was not always possible. Caldwell feels that the changes to the summer school schedule “will offer students’ convenience, flexibility, cost savings and will result in a schedule that is pedagogically advantageous to faculty and staff.” “Now a student can come up to campus two days a week for a course and have a day in-between to process the information and synthesize what they learned,” Caldwell said. Enrollment for summer and fall courses begins April 6, 2009. For more information regarding course schedules students are encouraged to visit their academic advisors or can choose to independently enroll if they are in good academic standing and are prepared to self-advise.

RSC Cheerleading Club wins ‘Nationals’

The RSC Cheerleaders, along with 115 other teams, competed at the COA Cheer and Dance Mid-America National Championship in Kansas City, Missouri on March 29th, 2009. The team placed first in their division as well as scored the highest out of all the College squads who attended. They were awarded with the National Championship and Grand COA and received a bid to the US Finals, which will be held at the Cox Convention Center on April 17th and 18th. The team is the first all female competitive cheerleading squad in the history of RSC. The team’s coach is Chuck Seltzer and is sponsored by Towry Bernard and Kirby Harzman. Alex Funston heads the squad. 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. (Photo provided)

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Solution from 3/27/09

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.

the Name Game Music Stand BY BRYAN MANGIERI Entertainment Editor

Picking out a name for the new band you started is as important as starting the band in the first place. A name defines who you are as a band and who you will possibly become. If you choose a terrible name, you have to live with it. Of course, you could always change it later, but that’s the same as starting over, and starting over sucks. Perhaps, more important than what to do when mulling over a moniker is what not to do. While volumes could be written on the subject of what not to do, we condensed the information you need into one handy dandy article. 1.) Forget choosing an offensive band name. Yeah, you may have already come up with a clever pun involving John Wilkes Booth, but it’s not worth it in the long run. If you pick something offensive—let’s say the Grassy Knolls, for example—it could scar your reputation for life, or at least as long

as your career as a band member. And your career won’t be long if you pick a name like the Grassy Knolls. I’m just saying. Trust me. I’ve tried that name out before, and the public shot us down. 2.) Be absolutely positive that the band name doesn’t exist before using it. Sure, it may not matter now when that band, the Mopes, from Connecticut sends you an e-mail informing you that hey!—you sort of stole our band name. But it could mean millions of dollars when you make it big, which undoubtedly will happen. 3.) Don’t go with something that could easily be made fun of. See How They Run would be a stupid band name because it prompts the joke that the band members, well, “run like girls.” Not that there’s anything wrong with running like a girl. Especially if you are a girl. At times, I wish I could run like the girls I see in the health and wellness center. Oh man. Fast. But back to the topic at hand. 4.) That’s How We Do It in America. You shouldn’t choose that band name because it’s already been taken. By me and my friend Bret. Refer to rule two.

4-3-09  

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