Five year grant offers financial security

By: Brittany McDaniel, feature editor

Cyber Security majors and professor have been awarded a grant totaling over $500,000, effective Feb. 1, 2001 until Jan. 31, 2016.

Ken Dewey, director of networking and cyber security, said that “lofty objectives and high standards” outlined for the program was just the edge that made the grant application successful. The previous grant issued to cyber security was over $400,000, but expired in Jan. 2011.

With this new batch of money, Dewey said there was a definite need for more students to apply.

In addition to majoring in one of the cyber security programs, the criteria for the grant include:

  • Being ready for college algebra
  • Successful OSBI background check
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Submission for FAFSA

The grant is to assist applicants in paying for tuition, books and fees. Any money leftover is for the student to keep. Those who are eligible for the award can receive up to $10,000 in aid.

Unlike many RSC Foundation scholarships, this award can also be stacked with other awards.

With the financial boost comes some community involvement. Dewey said grant recipients are asked to study on campus two hours per week and perform at least three acts of community service per month.

Those students who are enrolled in the grant are also invited to participate in fellowship events, such as movie night. “We want to make them succeed,” Dewey said. “We want them to be part of a group and not be alone.”

Dewey also added that the field of Cyber security is constantly growing and that the need for trained and qualified professionals comes with some big advantages. Students who have successfully completed a degree in this major have received job offers for government entities, such as the FBI and DISA, but also with corporate partners like Dell and Devon.

One thing Dewey stated is that in order to be successful in the field, one must possess more than technical skills. “You’ve got to like computers,” he said, adding, “It’s a great career field. There are a lot of opportunities out there.”

Spotlight: Brandy Mathews

For Brandy Mathews, who attends RSC, in addition to being a wife and mother of five, time is a precious commodity. Well into her second semester, Brandy is working towards her nursing degree, gaining experience as a practicum nurse at Deaconess Hospital.

After obtaining her nursing degree, Brandy will work towards getting a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Eventually, Brandy wants to be either a nurse’s practitioner or a physician’s assistant.

 

15th Street News: Where were you born?

Brandy Mathews: I was born in Wash., but moved to Antlers, Okla. when I was 8 years old.

15th St.: Who makes up your family?

BM: My husband Bryan and I have been married 16 years. We have five children: Caleb, 14, Tanner, 13, Fallon, 8, Dalton, 6, and Evadne, 4.

15th St.: Do you own any pets?

BM: We have six cats.

15th St.: Where do you want to go with your schooling?

BM: I want to become a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant.

15th St.: Who would you say is one of your heroes?

BM: My heroes are the professors here at RSC. They contributed so much to my desire to learn. Leanne May is an awesome professor. It was hard, but I learned so much in her physiology class.

15th St.: In addition to being a student and mom, how do you spend your time? What are your hobbies?

BM: I spend my time following politics, sleeping, or going to church.

15th St.: What’s a web site you would recommend everyone to visit?

BM: Weatherbug.com is a great resource. I like to know what’s coming.

15th St.: What’s one of the most influential books you’ve ever read?

BM: “The Grapes of Wrath.” The people there never quit. Even when things got bad, they were still willing to help each other.

15th St.: What’s your proudest moment?

BM: Being a mom. My kids are always trying to improve from day to day.

15th St.: What is one of your favorite bands?

BM: I love all songs by the group Jars of Clay.

15th St.:  Where have you never been before, but always wanted to visit?

BM: Ireland. I’ve always felt that one of the greatest joys we can know in this life comes from meeting new people.

15th St.: What’s a quote that you live by?

BM: “Laissez-faire.” It’s a French expression that means “Let the people do as they want.”

15th St.: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

BM: Keep your head up. Don’t let anything get in your way.  Have a purpose-driven life.

15th St.: If you could live in a different time period, when would it be?

BM: I’d like to live in the future, 100 years from now. The medical advancements alone would be amazing.

15th St.: Which writer inspires you the most?

BM: I like Glenn Beck and Mark Levin. Levin’s latest book, “Liberty and Tyranny,” is really good.

15th St.: What’s one of your favorite movies?

BM: I love Pixar’s movie “Up.” It’s very touching.

 

Editorial: Empty pockets fuel broken promises

By now, students should be feeling the emptiness in their pockets, pulling out nothing more than bits of lint and gum wrappers where money was once abundant.

These things happen. College students are no strangers to being broke. We’ve all been there, done that. But, with the state’s most recent declaration of budget cuts, where will students stand if their institutions can’t afford to teach them?

Governor Mary Fallen recently revealed her budget plans for the state of Oklahoma during an Oklahoma Press Association conference, and then again during the State of the State Address.

Fallen, whom is still trying to gain confidence and support from the Oklahoma public, declared her plan to cut the higher education budget 3% this year. This comes as a shocking blow after a 3.5% cut in 2010, and similar cuts in 2009 and 2008.

So what does this mean for Oklahoma students? Colleges who cannot make up the funds themselves will turn toward tuition and fees charged to students, raising them to make up for any loss.

Sections of colleges could see an even worse fate, being cut down staff wise, until there is no reason to have a staff at all. Consolidation will be key to saving money during this higher education crisis.

Worse of all, some students are already feeling the budget blow in their studies. It ‘s known that at least one class on campus was unable to start their course work for two weeks this semester.

Because the classroom software has not been updated, the students were required to purchase the older textbooks. These textbooks could not be found by the campus bookstore because the publisher stopped creating a text used for a software program not in general use anymore.

After two weeks, many questions, and countless calls, this lecture was able to begin. But, one student was unsure why this happened in the first place.

According to the student, the college owes her $23.92 for missing four lecture sessions in the two weeks that it took to acquire the correct books in our bookstore. “It’s not Radcliff’s fault and it’s not the publishers fault,” she said. “It’s our administrations fault for not providing the students with up-to-date learning resources.”

“And it’s our state government’s fault for not providing the adequate funds to higher education. Without proper education, graduates will not be able to become a prime candidate for jobs in their futures.”

This student’s words personify what many students worry about daily: “Will I be able to get a job after graduation?”

Of all the things that should be taken care of, the government’s first thoughts should be with students. If our students cannot be trained in their institutions, and then are thrown to the working-world wolves, where do the priorities of our institutional leaders lie? Who – if not the governing bodies we trust – will provide for us, guide us and watch over us?

In an age where fast food restaurants refuse to hire applicants not holding at least a high school diploma, how will the future stock brokers, health care physicians and instructors fare in a world that regards education in the highest, but will do nothing to provide that education to the people?

It’s time to take your hands out of your empty pockets, students, and put them out for collections. You’re future is at stake, and your money is non-existent.

By 15th Street News Posted in Editorial

Music Stand: Columnist lives out teenage dream, angst

By: Miranda Liming, editor-in-chief

During the ages of 13 to 17, many adolescents begin forming their strong music opinions and expand from what their parents listened to, to what they want to listen to.

Everyone has gone, or will go, through this essential growing up phase. Mine was at 13, when I threw out my parent’s 1980s punk rock, anti-establishment mentality and opted for a softer side of the late 90’s punk-pop scene.

My inspiration: The Ataris, mainly from the lead singer, and band creator, Kristopher Roe.

Since the beginning, on the 1998 EP Look Forward to Failure, I become enamored with the musician who seemed to write songs directly related to my life experiences.

A year later, with their release of Blue Skies, Broken Hearts… Next 12 Exits, I had completely divulged into another side of music that I had known existed, but never recognized as an art form.

Blue Skies had become a personal soapbox for my small group of friends in junior high, with Roe leading us through the trials and tribulations, heartbreaks and hurt of the teenage experience.

Like all good things, those teenage years and friendships eventually ended. As if he was recognizing and paying tribute to our end though, Roe released So long, Astoria in 2003, an album in which the most popular song was “In This Diary,” the culmination of friendships established and then destroyed.

Although Roe and band mate John Collura continued to make music together, the end result was never what the Ataris had once meant to a group of kids in southern Mississippi. The end of the Ataris was the end of an era for those kids.

The music, and friendships, may have ended, but the mark left by Roe was eternal. This week I was able to finally live out one of my childhood dreams and witnessed an influential individual in my life perform live. It was acoustic, intimate, and the most nostalgic experience of my adult life thus far.

After the show I was able to meet Roe, and explain to him in words horribly formulated how he changed my musical tastes, and many views in my adolescence. He signed a limited edition poster for me; I spilled my beer on him.

But it wasn’t until this time, almost 13 years later, I realized that Kris Roe didn’t just change my small group. Everyone in that measly bar felt the same as I.

When we walked in the door, we were all strangers; but when Roe sang, and we sang back, we become the group of friends that we had all forgotten. We were once again the angst filled, awkward teenagers of a time past.

And for that one unmistakable hour, we gave no apologies.

As for Roe, well, he shared in those old feelings with us. But you could see in his eyes, looking out into a crowd that had traded their dyed hair and punk rock T-shirts for an adult life, he remembered being that shining beacon of hope, the spokesperson for the disquiet, rowdy and peons.

In his eyes, you could see the past, and the love.


New on Netflix

Columnist Takes Pleasure in Hardship of CEOs

“Undercover Boss” Strikes Balance Between Heartwarming Fluff and Sadistic Pleasure

After a long month of sitting somewhere in the mountains while on break, staring at snow, it dawned on me that there was so much to be seen that I could watch, between getting licked awake by my mom’s dog and getting smacked in the face by a frozen salmon.

It was this revelation that led me to rediscover a rare reality TV gem that I had previously forgotten.

Undercover Boss

Originally airing on British television in 2009, the American version of “Undercover Boss” first aired following the 2010 Super Bowl.

The premise is simple: Take the top suit at X-Corporation, have him put on some overalls, adopt a fake name, and spend a week pulling sludge-covered towels out of bathtub pipes.

Each 45-minute episode features the President/CEO of a different company performing common jobs within their own company. For example, the (male) CEO of Hooters was a Hooters “Girl” in one episode. The corporate head uses their experience to make decisions to improve the lives of their workers. Often, this involved bestowing their low-tier coworkers with gifts, benefits or raises during an emotional end-of-the-week reveal meeting.

While the second season is currently airing on CBS, episodes available for streaming from the first season features such companies as Waste Management Inc., Hooters, 7-Eleven, White Castle and Roto Rooter.

I will not lie, there is a certain sadistic satisfaction of seeing a man who makes more in a year than I will in my lifetime get in trouble from a 50-year-old fast food manager for messing up an order.

However, between all the week-old gas station hot dogs and theme park restrooms, “Undercover Boss” always strives to find employees with some terrible streak of misfortune, chronic malady or everyday hardship of life, that the CEO can come to appreciate and do something to help at the end of their experience.

“Undercover Boss,” even with the inspirational fluff, is a great watch, especially if the thought of multi-millionaires hauling garbage brings a smile to your face.

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By 15th Street News Posted in News

New Student’s Voice Act passes, changes bylaws

By: Logan Pierce, assignment editor

The extent of students’ voting rights was one of many issues debated by Senate during the Tues., Feb. 15 meeting.

Bill 001, the “Student’s Voice Act,” authored by Treasurer Sederis, President Phillips and Senator Johnson, it reads “An act relating to the addition of section 111 to the Rose State Student Senate Bylaws, any bill passed by the [RSC] Student Senate passes that change the [RSC] … bylaws, after being approved by the administration, will then be voted on by the student body of [RSC].”

Those in favor of the bill proposed that a minimum of 100 students would be needed for each voting process.

Those opposed were skeptical as to the support for the bill. “How many students want this,” Senator Robbie Barthel asked. “We should be the voice of the students.”

Bill 001 passed with a majority for, and only three abstaining.

Senate also voted on four resolutions during Tuesday’s meeting. Resolution 001, authored by Senators Lesser, Buchanan, Pickard and Secretary Bertolasio, pertained to the repairing of a door handle in the Social Sciences building. This resolution passed by a majority vote.

Resolution 002, authored by Senator Ray, Liaison Ulloa and Treasurer Sederis, was concerned with the installation of a safety net on the baseball field’s outer fence, which was passed.

Resolution 003, authored by Senators Cary and Atkinson read, “pertaining to the installation of automatic soap dispensers in the bathrooms.” During questioning, Senator Barthel reminded the group that “people pull the handle to get the soap,” before they wash their hands. This resolution also passed.

Resolution 004, authored by Senators Atkinson and Cary, read, “pertaining to the tennis courts and how they reflect the college campus as a whole.” This resolution hoped to refurbish the courts “with new nets, tarps, and the fencing, and cracking of each court be fixed.” Resolution 004 passed by a majority vote.


Virtual face-lift of rose.edu asks for students, faculty participation in order for more growth, effectiveness

By: Bryan Trude, assistant editor

The RSC website, www.rose.edu, is scheduled to undergo a major facelift.

The Office of Marketing and Public Relations, with the help of design firm Element Fusions of OKC, will be debuting a new, more interactive version of the school’s website by the end of February 2011.

“We started looking at replacing the current site in the summer of 2010,” John Cain, director of marketing and public relations, said. “Since that time, we have evaluated a vendor to help provide the structure and content management system, and we are now in the process of finishing out the design.”

The new site, which features a more streamlined and simplified layout, will also feature an increased multimedia function, including student-submitted video.

“[RSC] is trying to make the content a little more dynamic and relevant to the students than what is going on currently [on the site,]” Ken Beachler, official RSC photographer, said.

“We would love to have students create videos that we could post on the website,” Cain said. “Of course, they would have to be subject to approval, but we want students to be able to submit videos about their experiences at RSC.”

According to Cain, faculty and staff will benefit from the site’s Content Management System, or CMS. The CMS, Cain says, will allow clubs and teachers to easily update content on the site without the need to know coding or go through the Office of Information Technology.

Cain believes that the CMS “will make it easier for non-technical people to keep the site current.”

“With more and more people looking to a website as a principle means of getting information, it is important that RSC have a more robust web presence,” Cain said.

The new website will replace the current rose.edu website. The address will remain the same.

Students or faculty interested in submitting video for the new website should contact Ben Fenwick, news coordinator of public relations, at 733-7962, or by e-mail at bfenwick@rose.edu


New on Netflix: “7 words” in one place leaves columnist reminiscent

By: Bryan Trude, assistant editor

Do you know what they don’t talk about anymore?

George Carlin.

Ok, so I couldn’t quote the exact line, at least not without flooding the office with angry letters and spend a very nice visit with my boss behind a closed door.

Despite his death in 2008 from heart failure, Carlin remains the grandfather of black humor standup comedy with liberal tendencies, giving rise to figures such as Bill Mahar and Lewis Black.

Much to my delight a large number of HBO Specials released over Carlin’s five-decade career in radio and comedy is now available for streaming.

Twelve specials, including “Doin’ It Again,” “You Are All Diseased” and his final special, “It’s Bad For Ya,” represent segments of Carlin’s career from the late 1970s to the modern day.

Carlin, often remembered for his foul mouth and somewhat crass outlook on society in general, is also known for keying the infamous seven words you can’t say on television, which I will not repeat for that rule also applies to print.

Carlin’s sour view on events and people around him, which hilarious in their own right, also provide a unique insight into issues and concerns that are still relevant today, more than two years after his death.

In fact, some of today’s most popular and influential entertainers, including Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby and Kevin Smith, all cite Carlin as an influence in their careers and personal lives.

And now you can see why, straight from the source.

However, I would suggest against repeating anything heard in these titles during work or class times. Those seven words are banned by the FCC and many other organizations for a good reason.

Music Stand: Originality best for love and shallow pockets

By: Miranda Liming, editor-in-chief

Did you all watch the Super Bowl this year, my dear readers?

Wait, don’t tell me, cause I’m not interested. I refuse to write about the Super Bowl, the Half-Time Show, or the atrocities the NFL lovingly calls the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburg Steelers.

You may be asking yourself, “Oh great and wondrous Miranda. Why would you not watch the Super Bowl?” I have two reasons: one, hockey is a way better sport than any pansy football league; and two, I’m a born-and-raised Philadelphia Eagles fan. If they don’t play, I don’t watch.

So, instead of recapping what failures attended the premiere sporting event of the season, we will be taking a look at presents. Yes, Valentine’s Day presents, and please, don’t turn the page.

Now, I understand that this season is the most expensive of all. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and then Valentine’s Day, if you’re pockets are desert dry by now, give me a call.

For those of you who are dating or married, it’s hard to think up new and inspiring gifts for a holiday that was started because of a beheading (see page four).

Diamonds? Too expensive. Chocolate? Not if you want to be accused of ruining a diet. Flowers? If you buy too cheap she’ll laugh; too expensive you can’t afford. So what are we supposed to do?

Mix tape. That’s correct, I said it. For those of you who remember what cassette tapes are, congratulations, you’re a step ahead in the game.

Remember the feeling you had when you made a mix tape? The painstaking process of pushing the record and play button simultaneously while hoping you depressed them in time to catch the whole song. Then giving them to someone after you spent hours in your room recording, deciding, decorating, and then re-recording.

It was a pure, natural, perfect way to show someone how you felt. Why tell them yourself when you can hand over a fantastic piece of technology and let Pat Benatar or The Smiths reveal the undying love for you.

This is your challenge dear reader: make a gift this year, and make it count. Don’t buy flowers, candy, or a stupid stuffed bear. Don’t buy anything. Make your special someone something by hand that showcases their interests, not your bank account.

By doing this they will be thrilled and actually cherish your gift, and you’ll be happy that you looked thoughtful and loving, not like a cheap skate.


Editorial: Chicken combo please, hold the hate

Being situated squarely in the Bible Belt, RSC and the surrounding community is not often exposed to religious controversy. What would be considered controversial elsewhere often draws little more than a second mention in our neck of the woods.

Chick-fil-A, the fast food restaurant chain ubiquitous with cows whom have poor spelling, recently made a donation of food to the Pennsylvania Family Institute, one of the latest of several food donations to groups with anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transvestite (LGBT) stances and agendas. Other groups sponsored by Chick-fil-A include the Citizens for Community Values, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.

Pro-LGBT groups and universities have reacted negatively to this latest donation to a gay-bashing organization, with the University of Indiana – South Bend going so far as to suspend Chick-fil-A operations on their campus.

Chick-fil-A has never made any attempt to hide the part of Christian beliefs that plays in their business practice, so it should really come as no surprise that the company supports other Christian-centric groups through donations.

So, the question is, is it appropriate to punish a company financially because of their philanthropic decisions?

The University of Indiana’s decision to suspend the company’s operations is a bit of a black eye on Chick-fil-A’s efforts to expand out of the South. With over 1,500 locations, Chick-fil-A has been spending the past decade moving the brand beyond its Deep South comfort locations.

RSC also regularly receives catering from Chick-fil-A for school events, and is usually a popular draw amongst students and faculty. Should the fact that Chick-fil-A actively supports groups built around intolerance, hatred and bigotry change the school’s relationship with the company?

The college’s already has a background with allowing different groups to practice what they preach on the campus. The newest club on campus, Spectrum Alliance, supports member who are, or know, people in an LGBT background, while the veteran club Baptist Collegiate Ministry brings their religion to others interested.

These two conflicting ideologies have not been questioned or turned against here at Rose.

In the end, as with any restaurant chain, the thing that matters most is what comes on that tray when someone orders food. So if supporting gay-bashers is your thing, then please, enjoy that chicken sandwich.

 

By 15th Street News Posted in Editorial