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Signals NEWS URG/RGCC 1876/1976

Volume 104 Issue 3

Signals wishes you a

very Merry Christmas!


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Student Life

2011 Movie Releases If you want to start planning your 2011 entertainment early, here’s a look at some of the movies set to be released next year: Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules- March 25 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides- May 20 The Hangover 2- May 26 Kung Fu Panda 2- May 27 X-Men: First Class- June 3 Cars 2- June 24 Transformers: Dark of the Moon- July 1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- July 15 The Smurfs 3D- August 3 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- November 18 Happy Feet 2 in 3D- November 18


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The Freshman Interviews Commuter vs.Resident

By: Jeremiah Shaver Co-Editor/Staff Writer Commuter Student

Nathan Slaven

Shaver: Your first semester is coming to a close, what did you think? Slaven: It was not bad until the end, it all came flying all at me at once. Britton: It was fine until the last month of the semester, I feel like Chuck Norris hit me in the face. Shaver: Are you going to stick with your majors? Slaven: Yes. Britton: Yes. Shaver: This semester who was your favorite Proferssor? Slaven: Its a tie between Mrs. Downard and Dr. Dean. Britton: It would have to be Mrs. Perry.

"It was not bad until the end, it all came flying all at me at once." -Freshman -Nathan Slaven

Resident Student

Martin Britton

"It was fine until the last month of the semester, I feel like Chuck Norris hit me in the face." -Freshman -Martin Britton

Shaver: Nathan, so with the winter months coming up how do you think commuting will be? Slaven: I think that it will be okay even though there will be snow and ice on the roads. Shaver: Nathan, being a commuter student and with the semester coming to a close do you feel like you received the entire college experience? Slaven: No, because I don't live on campus.

Student Life

Shaver: Martin, so now that the semester is coming to a close how do you like being a resident student? Britton: It has gay moments and good moments. Shaver: Martin, being a resident student do you get involed with activities on campus? Britton: Yes, I am little brother (KOX). My big sis is Allyson Mooreman (ZOX). Shaver: So, is college what you pictured it to be so far? Slaven: Yes, it is because I get to sleep in now. Britton: Yes, because I knew that the work was going to be harder, but you have a lot of down time. Shaver: So, how was class scheduling for spring semester for you guys? Slaven: It went smoothly. Britton: It only took 5 minutes, instead of hour the first time.

Shaver: Thank you for your time. Slaven and Martin: You’re welcome. As you can see, both students have changed their views over the course of the semester. I chose to interview two freshmen instead of one because I wanted two points of view one from a commuter student and one from a resident student.

Above: Martin & Nathan


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Student Life Athletes Dance to Show True Character

By: Ashli Cooper Editor/ Staff Writer

Students gathered for a true sign of character on Sunday November 21, 2010 for Rio’s 9TH Annual Champions of Character Lip Sync. Rio’s athletes showed true school spirit as they danced their way through some of the most popular songs in American pop culture. Judging the event were ‘celebrity’ judges from Rio’s faculty and staff. Holly Motheral (Volleyball Assistant Coach), Doug Dunn (Director of Resident Life), Terra Gerlach (Athletic Trainer), Paul Harrison (Vice President of Student Services) and Phyllis Mason (Vice President of Human Resources) critiqued the athletes on dance, appearance, accuracy, originality, and overall appeal for a total of 50 possible points. The order was selected at random.

Softball graced the gym floor with their interpretation of “Roses” by Outkast. The group of four girls used props such as a car, roses and a microphone and scored 38 points. Girl’s Basketball cleverly remade the title theme from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, the judges graciously granted the team 43 points. Track and Field thrilled the audience by dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Beat it”. The judges awarded the group 41.5 points no doubt based on the appearance of flashy clothing and fishnets shirts. The competition was moved to a higher level by the Baseball team and Men’s Basketball team. Men’s Basketball showed no shame while “Yesing” their way into the hearts of the judges and the audience by shedding their metro clothing and displaying a less manly side of the sport during “The Yes Dance”. The Basketball team scored 43 points. The Baseball team showed impressive dance skills and use of wigs during the “Holzer Boy Mix”. The

team also shed clothing and showed that they too can embrace their feminine side. The highlight of the night was, no doubt, the mix provided by the Men’s Soccer team. The seven freshmen provided humor and sex appeal during their performance. The team delivered excellent dancing, bribery, drag, humor, lack of clothing, and generous amounts of pelvic thrusting. With a total score of 44 points the Men’s Soccer team danced their way to victory. The Lip Sync was a magnificent show for the Rio community. All of the teams that participated showed great strength and self confidence as they proved that Rio is truly filled with Champions of Character.


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Sports

Rio Player Profile: Doug Campbell

Untamed Fitness- Fitness and Alcohol By: David Croom Staff Writer

If you work hard at being fit and gaining muscle mass think twice before going out and drinking for the night. Drinking alcohol in large quantities has a direct effect on your metabolism, and it causes fat to be stored instead of being used up as an energy source. Alcohol has seven empty calories per gram. Empty calories don’t provide you with any essential nutrient your body needs to put on that muscle. Alcohol has two major effects on your body. Alcohol reduces the blood flow to your muscles and this causes weakness because it eats away at your muscles. It also affects your hormones, because it reduces your testosterone levels and turns it in to estrogen. This causes fat deposits and fluid retention. Alcohol limits the brain's ability to function. Therefore,

it reduces your physical performance. Alcohol is a diuretic that will result in dehydration and dehydration is known to decrease physical performance. Every athlete needs to be hydrated, and dehydration always carries over to, at least, the next day making physical activity that much harder. In conclusion, if you want to increase muscle mass, decrease fat or improve general health make sure you leave alcohol out of your diet. Next time your friends ask you to go out, be the designated driver. Your friends will love you forever, your will be safer, and you will be another step closer to your fitness dreams.

12 ounces of beer = ~150 calories 5 ounces of wine = ~100 calories ***National Institutes of Health— Alcohol Consumption: www.health.nih.gov/topic/ AlcoholConsumption -

By: David Croom Staff Writer

The season has started and the tension is greater than ever in the Redstorm men’s basketball team locker room. After a disappointing season last year, with no wins in the conference, the Redstorm men are working harder than ever. The Redstorm are lead by, Senior Captain, Doug Campbell. Campbell is from Salisbury, North Carolina and a Business Technical Studies major. Campbell has high expectations for this year and won’t settle for mediocrity. “I want to have a good winning season with an above 500 record. I want to finish top 5 in the MSC, and make the national tournament”. The team this year is a lot different than last years. Half of the team was not on the team last year. When asked about the team Campbell said, “I feel we have a very athletic team with good

character guys, and we really bond and mesh as a team. We can and will be special." Be on the lookout for this new and improved team in November. By the sound of it this will be an exciting and action packed season.

Doug Campbell- Senior Captain


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CHRISTMAS SONG PICTURE GAME

Answers 1. Jingle Bells 2. Walking in a Winter Wonderland 3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town 4. Joy to the World 5. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 6. O’ Come All Ye Faithful 7. I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas 8. Oh, Christmas Tree 9. What Child is This? 10. We Three Kings 11. Deck the Halls 12. I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In 13. O’ Holy Night 14. Noel 15. Away In a Manger 16. The Twelve Days of Christmas 17. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 18. All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth 19. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire 20. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear 21. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! 22. Silent Night 23. O’ Little Town of Bethlehem 24. Silver Bells

Happy Holidays


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Happy Holidays

Christmas Lights Displays By:Loretta Shepherd Staff Writer A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE ADMISSION: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children ages 7-12, free for kids under 7. WHEN: Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. WHERE: 3159 W. 11th Street, Cleveland, OH 44109 LEGENDARY LIGHTS AT THE CLIFTON MILL ADMISSION: $7, kids under 6 are free. WHEN: Day after Thanksgiving through January 1st WHERE: 75 Water Street, Clifton, OH 45316 LIGHT UP MIDDLETOWN AND BALLOON GLOW ADMISSION: Free for Balloon Glow and cash donation for Light Up Middletown drive-through light display WHEN: Light Up Middletown - Day after Thanksgiving and runs through December. The Balloon Glow – first Tuesday in December from 6 – 8 p.m. WHERE: Smith Park, 500 Tytus Avenue – Middletown, OH 45042 OHIO STATEHOUSE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ADMISSION: free WHEN: Month of December WHERE: Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS ADMISSION: $ 10 – 15/car WHEN: December Mondays through Thursdays 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Alum Creek State Park in Delaware, Ohio OGLEBAY WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS ADMISSION: A per car donation is requested, visitors making a $20.00 donation will receive a DVD of the Festival of Lights and Oglebay story. WHEN: November 12, 2010 – January 2, 2011 WHERE: Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV ASHLAND, KENTUCKY’S WINTER WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS FESTIVAL ADMISSION: free to look at lights. $3 to ride the train. WHEN: November 15, 2010 – January 6, 2011, Dusk – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, Dusk – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday WHERE: Central Park and downtown Ashland, Kentucky


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The Candy Cane Legend Look at the Candy Cane What do you see? Stripes that are red, Like the blood shed for me White is for my Savior, Who’s sinless and pure! “J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure! Turn it around And a staff you will see Jesus my shepherd Was born for Me! -Unknown

Happy Holidays Christmas Movies If you are looking for some entertainment this holiday season, here are some of the Signal’s Staff favorite holiday movies: - It’s a Wonderful Life - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Elf - A Christmas Story - A Charlie Brown Christmas - White Christmas - National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - The Santa Claus movies - Jingle all the Way - Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Fred Claus - How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Home Alone - The Christmas Carol - The Nightmare Before Christmas - Miracle on 34th Street

Holiday Giving By: Tabitha Carter Staff Writer The season of giving is upon us again, and there are plenty of opportunities to help those less fortunate. With the “Great Recession” ongoing in our country, there are many people who will be going without this holiday season unless others step up and help. Secret Santa organizations have set up many collection areas; local libraries, McDonald’s of Wellston, Jackson, and Oak Hill, WesBanco branches in Jackson, some local retailers such as Big Lots and Peebles, local newspaper offices, Holzer Medical Centers, Milton Banks, and other locations. Donations can be made to Secret Santa make checks payable to Secret Santa P.O. Box 386 Jackson, Ohio 45640 or donations can be dropped off at the radio building in Jackson, Ohio during business hours. It’s also important to keep local food pantries in mind during the holiday season. In a recent report that the U.S. Department of Agriculture released, Ohio has moved from the 12th to the 10th state in the nation in food insecurity for families.


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Happy Holidays What is your favorite part about the holiday season? “Break from school” – April Oiler “My grandma’s sugar cookies with icing” – Jeremiah Shaver “Snow!” – Loretta Shepherd “Hanging out with family and friends” – Tabby Carter “Spending time with family, all the food, and no classes” – Brandi Ray “I like my birthday, because my birthday is 12 days before Christmas” – Autumn Smith “No school” – Matt Tedford “Christmas break and reading any book I want for fun!” – Meagan McCain “No classes!” – Jamie Mosley “Looking at the twinkling decorations and the smell of pine.” – Professor Leslie Dotson “Playing the annual football game with the family” – Ashli Cooper “Spending time with all my family members.” – Brittany Park “Spending time with family” – Teri Clagg “Watching Elf” – Sonya Adams “Getting a break from class” - Erin Sturgill “Spending time with my family and friends” – Amanda Adkins “Spending the holiday time with family.” – Krystle Clemens “Family, friends, food, Christmas movies and St. Nick’s spectacular beard” – Nathan Slaven “All the lights and just remembering why we celebrate CHRISTmas, and beautiful scenery! (snow) – Joe Rosler “Being with my children and watching old Christmas movies, baking cookies, rolls, and pizza.” – Rebecca Conley “I love the general atmosphere of it all! Being with my family, having the Christmas tree up and filling the house with a pine smell, drinking hot chocolate, bundling up with cozy blankets and most of all celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! I love Christmas” – Elisha Ratcliff

“How families come together and try to get along! The other is the focus on Christ, He is the reason for everything, for Thanksgiving, a New Year, and Celebrating His birthday on a day He was not born on, that everyone calls Christmas, so we may share things with our family because we love them!” – Billie Shepherd “My favorite things are spending time with my family and putting up all the Christmas decorations (:” – Brittany Brown

Holiday Song Favorites All I Want for Christmas Is You O Holy Night Jingle Bell Rock Baby, It’s Cold Outside Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Last Christmas Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Santa Baby Do You Hear What I Hear? Baby, It’s Cold Outside Frosty the Snowman Hallelujah


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Christmas Crafts

Happy Holidays Reindeer Craft

Penguin Craft

Items Needed: - Brown Paper Bag - Black Pom-Pom - Construction Paper - Jingle Bells - Pen Materials: Toothpicks 2 small white gumdrops 2 large white gumdrops 2 orange jelly beans, halved Royal icing 2 purple necco wafers, halved 2 orange M&M’, halved Scissors Black shoestring licorice Instructions: 1. To make each penguin, use a toothpick to attach the small gumdrop (the penguins head) on the top of the large gumdrop (the body). Snap a toothpick in half and use the same technique to attach the jellybean halves to the penguins body as feet. 2. Using small dabs of royal icing, glue the Necco wafer halves in place as wings and the M&M’s half as a beak. 3. Snip off two tiny lengths of shoestring licorice and affix them with royal icing to make the eyes.

Material: Strips of paper ½” by 6” Styrofoam cone Pins Instructions: Working from the bottom up gently fold the strips in half without creasing the center fold, just pin the strips to the cone, then be creative and add “ornaments”, and add a star.

Instructions: - Attach black pom-pom to the flap of the bag - Cut out eyes for the reindeer and attach them over the black pom-pom. - Cut a strip of black paper the width of the bag and glue it below the flap. - Attach jingle bells to the flap to make the reindeer’s collar. - Trace hands on brown/black/tan construction paper and attach to the top of the bag to make the antlers. *If desired, make a nametag for the collar using a milk jug cap and a pen to write the reindeer’s name.

Christmas Tree


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Crafts under $10

Happy Holidays

Colorful Candle Tin Decorate your kitchen by intermixing cherries and votive candles in a muffin tin. What you’ll need: Votive candles, miniature-muffin pan, artificial cherChristmas Jokes and Riddles ries,1 yard of ¼-inch-wide ribbon Enjoy these Christmas related jokes. Funny, clean Xmas Jokes for kids Here’s how: and adults. 1. place votive candles as desired into the muffin pan. Arrange artificial Q. What kind of bird can write? cherries between the candles. Be careful to space fruit safely away from A. A pen-guin candlewicks. Q. What do you get if you cross Santa with a detective ? 2. Tie a bow with ribbon ends. Arrange the ribbon around the pan. A. Santa Clues! NOTE: Never leave burning candles unattended. Q. What did Adam say on the day before Christmas? Total Cost: $6.97 A. It’s Christmas, Eve. SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL ORNAMENTS Q. Why does Santa Claus like to work in the garden? Make dancing stars in minutes using ordinary ball ornaments and metallic A. Because he like to hoe, hoe, hoe! paint pens. Q. What happened when the snowwoman got angry at the snowman? What you’ll need: soft cloth, matte-finish glass ornaments in desired color. A. She gave him the cold shoulder. Here’s how: Q. How is the Christmas alphabet different from the ordinary alpha1. Using a soft cloth, gently wipe any dust from the ornaments. If using bet? glass balls, handle them with care as some glass ornaments are fragile and A. The Christmas alphabet has NO EL. break easily. While working, place each ball in a drinking glass to prevent Q. What do the elves sing to Santa Claus on his birthday? rolling. A. Freeze a jolly good fellow . . . 2. Draw a design on the balls using a paint pen. Draw stars, scallops, small Q. What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmastime? dots, zigzags, words, or curlicues. Work on one side at a time. Let dry. A. Sandy Claws! 3. Turn the balls over in the glasses and finish the other sides. Let dry. Q. Why are Christmas trees such bad knitters? Total Cost: $6.39 A. They are always dropping their needles. JINGLE-JANGLE TRIMS Q. What did the bald man say when he got a comb for Christmas? A twist on the traditional red and white, jingle bells make these trims A. Thanks, I’ll never part with it! sparkle with silver and golden tones. Q. Why did they let the turkey join the band? What you’ll need: crafts wire; ruler; wire cutters; needle-nose pliers, A. Because he had the drum sticks. assorted sizes of jingle bells in gold and silver, beaded wire; ½-inch-wide Q. What do you when if you cross an apple with a Christmas tree? ribbon in gold and silver A. A pineapple. Here’s how: Q. What did the big candle say to the little candle? 1. Measure crafts wire to the desired length for ornament and cut the wire A. I’m going out tonight. cutters. Using needle-nose pliers, pinch one end of the wire and twist to Q. Why wasn’t the turkey hungry at Christmas time? create small loop. A. He was stuffed! 2. Thread different sizes and colors of bells onto the wire is left at the end. Q. Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney on Christmas Eve? Use pliers to shape a small loop in the wire end. A. Because it soots him. 3. Bend one end of the ornament so the shape resembles a candy cane. Q. What kind of ball doesn’t bounce? Measure approximately 6 inches of beaded wire and loop it around the top A. A snowball! curve of the ornament. Secure it with needle-nose pliers. Q. What’s the best thing to put into Christmas pie? 4. Tie a ribbon bow around the middle of the cane. A. Your teeth! Total cost: $5.34 Q. What do you get when you eat the Christmas decorations? A. Tinsel-itus. Q. Why does Scrooge love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? A. Because every buck is dear to him. Q. If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get? A. Missletoe! Q. What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? A. Claustrophobic Q. What does Santa like to eat? A. A jolly roll. Q. How does Santa take pictures? A. With his North Pole-aroid.


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Signals Staff

"The best way to spead Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!" Ashli Cooper Editor

Tabitha Carter Staff Reporter

Arnold Cox Staff Reporter

Taylor Fabian Graphics/Reporter

Jordan Hammond Staff Reporter

Dylan Perego Staff Reporter

Jeremiah Shaver Co-Editor

Loretta Shepherd Staff Reporter

Kali Walley Staff Reporter

David Croom Staff Reporter

Elizabeth Clary Graphics

Brittany Dunlap Graphics

Robbie Jackson Graphics

Joy Ramey Graphics

Leslie Dotson Advisor

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