Safety precautions for severe weather
RSC’s student newspaper since 1972
ay, April 9, 201
Vo lum eX
‘Clash of the Titans’ take two, ... page 4
Spotlight: Lesa Logue, ... page 3
Where has all the print gone?, page 2 Finals are on the way. Check out stress management tips, page 3
Texas Wins! Oklahoma is number two, behind Texas, when it comes to tornadoes per year in the United States. While these destructive storms can strike anywhere in the U.S. or the world, the area known as “tornado alley” is more likely to experience tornadoes every year. Under the right conditions, tornadoes can occur anytime throughout the year. In Oklahoma, April, May and June statistically experience the wildest weather. Knowing the facts in advance will keep you safe.(Photo by Amber Loyd)
By: Samantha Maloy Assistant Editor
With the coming of April and May comes tornado season. Severe weather demands that we deal with it, so here are some helpful hints from the RSC Web site on what to do on campus if severe weather should occur.
Severe Weather and Lightning
All thunderstorms produce lightning that can strike as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. On average, 20 percent of strike victims die; 70 percent of survivors suffer serious long-term effects. Lightning kills more people than tornadoes do.
Postpone activities promptly if you hear thunder and go to a safe shelter immediately. Get out of the water and don’t stand in puddles of water, even if you are wearing rubber boots. Sturdy buildings are the safest place to be. Avoid sheds, picnic shelters, baseball dugouts, and bleachers. If no sturdy building is nearby, get in a hardtop vehicle with the windows closed. The steel frame of the vehicle provides some protection if you are not touching metal. If you can’t get to a shelter, avoid trees. Crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from
a tree as it is tall. Coaches and leaders should monitor the weather during practice sessions or games. Avoid metal! Drop metal backpacks, stay away from clotheslines, fences, exposed sheds and electrically-conductive elevated objects. Don’t hold on to metal items such golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets or tools. Stay several yards away from other people. Don’t share a bleacher bench or huddle in a group.
4 5 6
Severe Weather and Tornado Safety: The City of Midwest City maintains a citywide
civil defense warning siren that will be sounded in the event of a tornado warning. If severe weather is imminent and you are outdoors, move indoors as quickly as possible. Consider obtaining a flashlight and weather radio for your department. Shut off any equipment that might be affected by a temporary loss of electricity. Stay away from electrical appliances. Close hallway doors as you leave to shield the corridors from flying debris. Move to any of the designated shelters in each building. Become familiar with the location of the shelter in your build-
1 2 3 4
ing before a storm occurs. The locations of the specific shelters are posted near the exit doors of each building. When you are off campus or in buildings without designated shelters, move to a small room on lower levels, an interior hallway or basement. Avoid upper floors, large glassed areas, auditoriums,and windows. Stay out of parking lots and exterior walkways. Use the telephone for emergency calls ONLY. Call 911 to report any injuries. STAY CALM AND ALERT.
5 6 7 8 9
Counseling available to help with stressful situations By: Adriana Valtinson Assignment Editor
The Office of Special Services and Student Outreach offers free oneon-one counseling to any student or faculty member who needs someone to talk to about mental health issues. Joanne Stafford, director of Special Services and Student Outreach, and Janet Griffith, counselor of Services to Students with Disabilities, provide these services for the college. Both are licensed professionals and, according to the Counsel-
ing Services brochure, all files are kept confidential. They offer services for a range of concerns from coping with anxiety to abusive situations, Stafford said. She explained they are not the police and they do not have a safe house, but they can help students and faculty understand their situations. They seldom do marriage counseling because one spouse is usually not involved with the school, but for those occasions and for abusive situations, they can provide off-campus referrals to other non-profit mental
health care professionals. “Psychology is a young science,” Stafford said. She explained that we have gone from fearing those with mental issues to caring for them within the past 100 years. Some of them have severe diagnosis, but “they don’t have to be shooed away.” “We work with any concern,” she said. Stafford added that most of what she does is short term and that someone may need counseling from the school because of a situation that just came up or because they are dealing with anxi-
ety or depression and don’t know what is normal. To make an appointLife got you down? Need some assistance? ment, stuRSC offers counseling services that may be able dents and to assist you. The school has two counselors availfaculty can able to help. (Photo by Jennifer Wimer) call Special 1:45-2:45 p.m. WednesServices and Student Out- day, April 14 in the Stureach at 733-7373. dent Center Dining Area. According to the RSC The panel includes “HeIntercultural Schedule of roes” from North Care Events for spring 2010, Unity House who will there will be a “Struggles “discuss their diagnosis and Triumphs of Living of their mental issues and with a Mental Health Di- journey to recovery.” agnosis” panel presentation
Who’s Who: Your Student Senate executive officer candidates
Shawn McCreary, Senator Running for President “I’m running because I feel I am best suited for this job; I am one of the most dedicated people to Senate and I will not give up when things get rough. I am also very open to new ideas. I spend a lot of time at RSC, and try my hardest to be approachable. I am not running for president because I feel obligated; I truly want this, and will do everything I can to make everyone’s experience here at RSC simple and enjoyable.”
Josh Dan Running for President “I am running because I believe that I can be an effective voice for the student body and [I want to] help propose and adopt legislation that is pertinent to the issues that students face today.”
Myka Phillips, Secretary Running for Vice President “I am running because I work on campus, and I know some of the problems we have with the way that we operate. I believe that I can make a difference to better the overall experience for students. Students should vote for me because I am a dedicated hard worker and I will thoughtfully consider other students’ opinions and ideas and work with them in making RSC a better learning environment.”
Deric Ross, Senator Running for Vice President “I want to serve RSC and its students. I feel deeply obligated to give back to the college and its community, which has given me so many opportunities. Also, I would like to make Student Senate the best that it could possibly be, so it can better serve the students.”
(Left) Andrew Bertolasio Running for Secretary Did not respond for comment
(Above) Camilo Ulloa Running for Secretary Did not respond for comment (Left) Robbie Barthel Running for President Did not respond for comment
Myka Sederis, Treasurer Running for Treasurer “I’m running for treasurer because I love the work that I do as the current treasurer. I enjoy keeping the budget in line, and working with the financial review committee to help out the clubs with funding. I find the office of treasurer the best fit for me.” (Not pictured) Josh Franzoni Running for Treasurer “I am running because I believe I can be a voice for the students at Rose State. I am very involved on campus and at the Wellness Center regularly. You should vote for me because I will do my best to make myself available to hear out the students at Rose and help make sure their voices are heard.”
Remember to vote for your candidates Thursday, April 15 through the D2L system or inside the Student Center lobby. This listing may not be reflective of all students on the final ballot. The 15th Street News made an effort to contact every student that had been approved for candidacy prior to press time. (Photos by Jennifer Wimer)
Page 2 April 9, 2010
Staff Members Editor in Chief Racheal Price (email@example.com) Assistant Editor Samantha Maloy (firstname.lastname@example.org) Features Editor Bryan Mangieri (email@example.com)
News Editor Miranda Liming (miranda-liming@stu. rose.edu)
Graphic Artist Brian Allen
Tech Support Scottie Seger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assignment Editor Adriana Valtinson
Volunteers Jonathan Dyer Danielle Finnegan
Secretary Sharon Motley (email@example.com)
Photographers Danetta Butler Jennifer Wimer
Circulation Manager Elexandria Murchinson
Coordinator of Student Publications Julie Lesko-Bishop (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Format wars! Print media suffers as digital technology rises The imminent scientist Dr. Egon Spengler once said, “Print is dead.” That was back in 1984. While, we believe he was off by about 20 years, it is not shocking anymore to see the slow decline of newspapers, but now magazines are on the decline as well. Will other written media be next? Will purchasing books soon be a thing of the past? At one time, it was said to remain viable print would need to diversify and provide instant gratification through Internet features, but with the advent of technology like the iPad and Wi-Fi access everywhere, this may no longer be true. According to the Vic-
tor Navasky and Evan Lerner, some magazines are banking on devices such as Apple’s iPad taking off and spurring consumers to pay for magazine content delivered directly to the device. Who wouldn’t want their news delivered on such a sleek, stylish, and interactive manner? On a recent episode of “Attack of the Show,” Rod Roddenberry echoed similar sentiments as he and other comic artists look to put their content online. This is already a reality for comic publisher IDW, which releases some comics on iTunes two-three weeks prior to the print copy will be available. While some would contend the baby boomers
would fight that change to online formats, a Pew Research Center poll found that less than 33 percent would miss reading local newspapers if they were no longer available. Let’s forget about the iPad craze for a moment and look at the Kindle and Sony Reader type devices that allow consumers to read digital books. According to the Web site openebook.org they are tracking the sales of e-books through time and found that in 2002 e-book revenue was about $4 million and has risen steadily to the first quarter of 2010 total of almost $32 million. Print, while still grossing more than e-books, has begun to level off and is pre-
dicted to continue to fall as the popularity of digital devices grow. So would anyone really miss the tactile sensation of holding paper in their hands? While it would be nicer for the environment, we believe that some part of the human experience would be lost if one could no longer curl up with print and read. So, we for one would miss print. However, starting next year, look for your 15th Street News to move toward a more digital format. All right, we fess up, for those of you not in the know; Spengler was a character in Ghostbuster’s and not a great scientist.
With the introduction of the iPad and other digital devices, what will be the impact on print media? Consumers? (Graph provided by MCT Campus)
Looking for something to do? Professor to share poetic stylings with club
WHO: The Library Club WHAT: Poetry Reading. Students, faculty and staff may bring their
original or favorite poem to read. Professor of English Kristin Hahn will be the guest poet. WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15. WHERE: LRC reference area WHY: This is an annual event during National Library Week and National Poetry Month. What is National Poetry Month? National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated. The goals of National Poetry Month are to: • Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets • Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry • Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways • Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum • Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media • Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books • Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry From The Academy of American Poets -- http://www.poets.org/page.php/ prmID/41
Annual science fair allows kids to showcase their research talents Engineering and Science professor Steve Howard listens to a presentation at the Science Fair by Morgan Lane, a fourth grader at St. Philip Neri. Lane’s project was titled “Effects of Exercise on Blood Glucose.” Howard was a judge in both the initial and final rounds of the fair held Thursday, March 30. There were 69 entries from four different schools: Nicoma Park Intermediate, Sooner Rose Elementary, Good Shepherd School and St. Philip Neri. (Photo by Danetta Butler)
Policies and Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor
The 15th Street News welcomes and encourages letters to the editor. Letters should be no more than 300 words and may be edited for clarity, length, or to avoid obscenity, libel and invasion of privacy but ideas will not be altered. Student submissions must include the student’s name, ID number, and major. The ID number will not be printed. Faculty and staff letters must include the writer’s name, title, and extension. The extension will not be printed. Anonymous letters will be read, but not printed. Letters to the editor may be hand delivered to FA110; sent by mail to 15th Street News, Rose State College, 6420 SE 15, Midwest City, 73110; e-mailed to the
secretary, [email@example.com] or recorded nights on PhoneMail at 733-7400 between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Columns, commentaries and letters to the editor are personal opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of 15th Street News or other students, faculty or administrators of the college. Editorials are written by the editorial staff. Publication of all materials is at the discretion of the editor. Anyone having a complaint may call the editor in chief, 733-7400, or the Student Publications Board chairperson, Dr. Kent Lashley, 733-7490. 15th Street News, a student newspaper serving the
RSC community, is published weekly, except school holidays, on Fridays during the fall and spring semesters by the Office of Student Publications, 6420 SE 15, Midwest City, OK 73110. 15th Street News is a member of Oklahoma Collegiate Press Association, which has designated this paper top junior college newspaper six years, and Associated Collegiate Press, which has rated it All American 30 semesters. This publication is printed by Edmond Sun, Inc., issued by RSC and authorized by the Coordinator of Student Publications. Cost to the state taxpayers is $301.81 for 4,000 copies per issue and $56.40 for spot color. This paper is recyclable.
RSC, in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Executive Order 11246, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services.
3-Day Weather Outlook SAT Windy High: 75 Low: 48
SUN Windy High: 77 Low: 52
Provided by Jonathan Dyer, meteorology student
Let’s keep it brief
Management By: Samantha Maloy Assistant Editor
The Student Success Center offers a variety of workshops to students throughout the semester that help with everything from time management to personal finance. All the workshops are held at 3:00 p.m. in the Tinker Terrace Room in the Student Center. (See calendar below) Upcoming workshops: Personal Finance: Tuesday, April 20 Learning Styles: Wednesday, April 28 Test Taking Strategies: Tuesday, May 4
Stress Management Re-cap: a While some stress is good, it has the power to destroy your health and mental well-being, so don’t ignore it! a Realize that you only have control over yourself, some
Page 3 April 9, 2010
FRI Windy High: 73 Low: 42
As part of her presentation Carla Robison offers students stress stars. These stars can be squeezed to relieve stress. (Photo by Danetta Butler)
Stress Management/ Memory: Wednesday, May 5 control over your environment, but no real control over others. a Take time to exercise or do something creative to help fight the effects of stress. a Take a mental health day.
Folds of Honors Foundation Scholarship Folds of Honor Foundation (FHF) provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving the U.S. Scholarships are to be used to subsidize the costs of tuition, school books, fees, room and board, special tools and equipment necessary for coursework, school-approved tutoring, and any other expense that the school in which the student is enrolled may deem appropriate and unmet. To be eligible, an applicant must be the spouse or dependant of: An active duty or Reserve Component soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, or Coast Guardsman killed or disabled in the Global War on Terror or other unique applications presented to and approved by the FHF board in writing on a case-by-case basis; An active duty or Reserve Component soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman who is currently classified as a POW or MIA; A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence; A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force; A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power; A service member who received a Purple Heart Medal. Please visit www.foldsofhonor.org/ scholarships.php for more information regarding scholarships or to download scholarship applications. Scholarship applications must be received by April 15.
Student Senate Election Student Senate executive officer elections will be held Thursday, April 15 through the D2L system and inside the Student Center. 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. Character First! Discretion The Legacy Scholars will present a Character First! lesson on discretion at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, May 6 in the Student Services Building, Room 105. Short and Sweet: A Ten-Minute Play Festival An evening of ten-minute plays will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22 – Saturday, April 24 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25 in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre. The plays will feature a variety of themes and genres from comedy to drama. There will be something for all. This show has been rated for mature audiences. All of the plays will be directed and performed by RSC students, faculty and staff. For more information call Rick Nelson at 736-0364.
‘Laughing at Our Differences’ inspires diversity, hope, understanding “Laughing at Our Differences,” the standup comedy concert featuring disabled comedian Josh Sundquist, will be playing 12:20 – 1:45 p.m. Thursday, April 22 in the Student Center’s Raider Room. The movie is a live recording of the 24-year-old’s routine about the humorous aspects of having one leg. “I like to use laughter to give people a different perspective on what it means to be disabled,” Sundquist said. “People have stereotypes about what it means to be disabled. By joking about my amputation, I think it makes people rethink those stereotypes and reframe their understanding of diversity in general.” Sundquist, who lost his leg to cancer at
age 9, also spent several years as a professional ski racer. He went to Turino, Italy in 2006 as a member of the United States Paralympic Ski Team. “Going to the Paralympics was an incredible experience,” Sundquist says. “It gave me the chance to meet so many people with different types of disabilities. It’s also given me the platform to travel the country sharing my story.” Sundquist’s movie “Laughing at Our Differences” was recorded in front of a live audience of over 600 college students. In
SPOTLIGHT By: Adriana Valtinson Assignment Editor
Lesa Logue is a Liberal Arts major at RSC and will begin to earn a B.A. in Psychology with Forensic Science at UCO next fall. Logue, who also has a paralegal degree, said she wanted to go into forensic science but needed another BA for it, and found psychology the most interesting. She said she went into this field because, “It helps to have knowledge of breaking down evidence for a crime.” Logue also plans to get a master’s degree in Forensic
it, Sundquist relates his story and shows the lessons he has learned about appreciating diversity. He shows students how to recognize things we all have in common, how to break through harmful stereotypes, and how to approach other people with humility. Sundquist is in demand as a comedian and motivational speaker across the country. He has performed for groups ranging from inner city public schools, to Fortune 500 companies like Wal-Mart and Rite Aid to the White House in
Washington, DC. His comedy videos on YouTube have been viewed over a halfmillion times. The screening of “Laughing at Our Differences” is free and open to members of the local community. It is sponsored by RSC Intercultural Events. After the event, there will be a discussion panel that will share their experiences with diversity on campus. For more information, contact Janet Griffith, coordinator of the event at 7337407 or check out the film’s official Web site at http://www.laughingatourdifferences.com/index.html. Information provided by Janet Griffith
Honors Program Work Study Psychology from UCO. Logue has been the work study student in the Honors Department doing “executive secretarial work” under Toni Castillo, Honors Program coordinator, for the past two semesters. She said her job involves things such as working with and helping Honors students and preparing lectures. She said that because Castillo works with diverse students, such as Honors and developmental students, she can also work with a wide range of people.
She enjoys attending RSC because, “I enjoy learning and expanding my mind, but even more than that, I enjoy the camaraderie and being accepted for who I am and what I want to accomplish. I’m going to miss it.” Age: 42 Hometown: Luther Spouse: Bill Logue, true inspiration and love of my life Kids: 3 kids, 2 grandsons, 2 granddaughters Hobbies: Oil Painting Forms of exercise: I enjoy the Wellness Center as much as anyone can enjoy working out Drink you would recommend to someone having a bad day and why: A tall glass of sweet tea, no sense of clouding your mind with alcohol Proudest moment: I’ve had many, however, one of my proudest moments was graduating with my paralegal degree last spring. It was not the degree so much as the accomplishment of finishing what I started 15 years earlier. What is your favorite song and why? Amazing Grace—it’s beautiful and it is a song that my daughter Laura and I sing a capella at church and at home. It is a special song and special feeling singing with my wonderful daughter and friend.
Most desirable place to visit: I enjoy traveling, but I enjoy it more when my husband is with me. If you were stranded on a desert island and all of you basic needs were met, what three things would you take with you and why? I would have to know your definition of basic needs. Yours may be very different from mine. What kind of tipper are you? My tips can be very generous or very small depending on the service. Would you rather be loved or respected? To be loved one must encounter close personal relationships. Respect does not require a relationship, only knowledge of that person. Would you rather skip Christmas or your birthday? Neither Which would you prefer to do: scuba diving or sky diving? Scuba, no sudden stops How do you get your reality TV fix? Amazing Race junky How do you top your baked potato? Sour cream, cheese and butter Who was your favorite teacher (at any point in your life)? Why? Toni Castillo—she goes the extra mile for her students, she is the most approachable professor I’ve had. I have seen her interaction with a number of students and I am always, always impressed with her patience and understanding.
Page 4 April 9, 2010
Entertainment ‘Titans’ features shakey camera syndrome Take quiz to see if you should see this film
y nice choos
to shake the camera to cover up their ineptness. The 3-D was added after the film was made and frankly falls flat. Iron Man 2 looks incredibly awesome and our anticipation for it equals what we felt for “Clash.” The extended preview for Iron Man made the experience a little better. Hopefully, it isn’t an EPIC fail as well.
Gemma Arterton and Sam Worthington star in “Clash of the Titans.” The looks of anguish on the actors’ faces mirrored ours when we saw the film. (Warner Bros./MCT)
By: Racheal Price & Jennifer Wimer You may be wondering, “Should I see the new ‘Clash of the Titans’? “It was No. 1 at the box office, after all. To help answer this question, we devised an easy quiz to make that decision easier. 1. Do you know the story of Perseus? 2. Do you like Greek mythology? 3. Do you enjoy fluid action sequences? 4. Did you enjoy the 3-D effect in “Avatar” or “Alice in Wonderland”? 5. Are you looking forward to “Iron Man 2”? If you answered yes to any of the first four questions, you should definitely avoid this movie. The storyline is nothing like true Greek mythology, compares Perseus to Jesus and develops a conflict that is unnecessary. Bungee monkey cam is in full use in this film. Rather than teach the actors to fight, the filmmakers elected
of the week Persnickety (adj.) and (adv.): N. Amer. Colloquialism meaning snobbish, snooty. SOURCE: OED
Media Reference: “The nominee should have adequate professional and academic qualifications to withstand the persnickety sniffing of bar groups.” ~ ABA Journal from Nov. 1991.
Earliest Written Reference:
“Jack is so thundering honest and persnickety, and would squeal or spoil the job.”~ Lima (Ohio) Daily Times from March 16, 1892.
Last week’s solutions
Across 1 Mil. awards 5 Pro’s employee 10 Keyboardist Hess 14 Colorful deepwater fish 15 Sylvester’s “Rocky” co-star 16 Like The Citadel, today 17 High-tech unit 18 Cool body shop specialist? 20 Destructive spree 22 Perrier rival 23 Apple shipping vehicles? 26 Ottoman officer 27 E-mail endings, at times 28 Staff 29 Inexperienced one 31 Coffee-flavored liqueur 36 Like overcrowded medical clinics? 40 Toot consequence 41 Car with a bar 42 __-80: old RadioShack computer 43 Lee side: Abbr. 46 Palindromic diarist 47 Short, fat pen filler?
52 Important peninsula in the Six-Day War, 1967 53 Pursue 54 Laundry security device? 57 Much more than tickle 59 “The __ lama, he’s a priest ...”: Nash 60 Arigato : Japan :: __ : Germany 61 Pal 62 Evening spread? 63 Hardly a miniature gulf 64 Regards Down 1 Baseball card stat 2 Pop-jazz band named for an algae genus 3 Twin-hulled boat 4 Curly’s predecessor and successor 5 Turns to swing 6 Measuring instruments 7 Cartoon hunter 8 Snort 9 __ Bo 10 Early 15th century year 11 Dealer’s query 12 __ a beet
13 City SSE of Sana’a 19 Text file with program instructions 21 __ tent 23 Call during a toss 24 The Supremes, e.g. 25 Engine sound 30 Texter’s “Yikes!” 31 Mil. request 32 Rose of rock 33 Result of an ump’s decision, maybe 34 Come to a new land 35 Together 37 Crusty entrée 38 “Climb __ Mountain”: “The Sound of Music” song 39 Invoice column hdg. 43 Stew holders 44 They may be raised during a game 45 Pound sound 47 Grammy winner Krall 48 Not yet fulfilled 49 Sugar source 50 Torment 51 Bell ringer’s reply 52 Artisan’s work area 55 Food no. usually shown in milligrams 56 Chemist’s work area 58 “Amen!”