OK Regents Raise Tuition

by: Chelsea Ratterman, assistant editor

Tuition costs are raised once again. On June 23, the Oklahoma Board of Regents voted 8-1 to raise tuition costs by an average of 5.9%, along with 729 changes in fees to generate an estimated $13.6 million dollars. Before the vote, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs held a conference call, where the hike was soundly denounced. Those participating in the call say that Oklahoma colleges need to cut their overall expenditures, not hike the cost of tuition.

“They say that you will get a better paying job if you get a degree. How are they supposed to do that if tuition keeps getting higher,” Tracie Bullen, photography major said.

comic by: Leland Peirce

The hike resulted from a cut in state appropriations to colleges, a cut of around 5.8% because of the state budget shortfalls. This is not the first time tuition has been raised in Oklahoma. Over the past 20 years, tuition costs have jumped 130% in the United States.  Just here at RSC, in the past 10 years, costs have risen exponentially. In 2001 the cost of one hour of class cost $33.70, and now here in 2011, the cost of one hour is $75.00.  The recent hike has affected the tuition here by 6.6%, raising the cost of 30 credit hours, a typical one-year schedule, by nearly $180.

By 15th Street News Posted in News, Raider Life Tagged - Oklahoma State Board of Regents, costs, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Tuition, tuition hike

The Vampire Bites Back: Fright Night (2011) Review

By: Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor

Vampire fans can finally rejoice. The toothed terrors finally burn in the sun again, a good old wooden stake or holy water will do them in and they actually have fangs (although at one point they had rows of them). The remake of the 1986 cult classic Fright Night arrived in theaters Friday, August 19, starring Colin Farrell as the fanged guy next door.

Colin Farrell provides a fairly menacing turn as a Jerry the vampire. (photo courtesy of mctcampus.com)

Coming in at number five on the weekend box office, bringing in $8.1 million dollars in the USA box office, the remake was obscured by another movie with a cult following, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and a book to film adaptation of the Help.
Fright Night serves the vampire frenzy of today’s culture with performances by Colin Farrell, Anton Yelch and David Tennant. The story takes place in a suburb of Las Vegas, when Jerry (Farrell) moves into the house next door and seems to obsess with renovations. When the high school kids

start disappearing, people start to get suspicious.
Charley Brewster is the kid next door who gets drawn into the hunt of his life by his classmate, “Evil” Ed Thompson. As events and plans fall into place, Charley must stand up to big, bad, and fanged Jerry to protect those he loves.
This movie has received great ratings across the board, and Roger Ebert

said, “as vampire movies go, it was a pretty good one.” For the vampire fans out there, some parts may be a little ridiculous at times, such as the said rows of teeth or their crazy behavior when staked unsuccessfully.
For those who are not fans, the movie is an enjoyable trip into the dark side of nature. Vampires are the elegant, sinister creatures of the night again, and humans and undead alike are finally hot blooded creatures once more, rather than the cool and reserved behavior of relationships introduced in the latter half of the past decade. Overall, the movie was a well thought out remake. It stuck to the basic structure of the original, with some updates and, excuse the pun, revamped for the 21st century.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment Tagged Anton Yelch, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Fright Night, Las Vegas, McLovin, movie review, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help, Vampires

Today’s Techno Savvy vs Yesterday’s Old School Habits

By: Dennis Gosnell   Assignment Editor

In an era of Internet revolution the online classroom presents an alternative learning solution for students that may find it difficult to attend normal classroom education.
The RSC online course program utilizes the Desire to Learn (D2L) classroom management tool. This allows students twenty-four hour access to classroom information, course work, and exam dates.
In the Instructional Support Center, Dr. Dana Lindon-Burgett, instruction design coordinator, knows what it takes to succeed in online classes. “The students that do well in this program are the ones that feel they belong to a community.” Lindon said, “Most students that do not do well, are those with limited time, personal struggles, or the program doesn’t match a person’s learning style.”
Online classes can save students money by limiting the cost of transportation and potentially, childcare. Angele Fahay, RSC student, described her experience as interesting, convenient, and pretty good. “It’s great if you have kids and no child care.” Fahay said.
To achieve higher quality in online classes and classroom education, the Instruction Support Center uses an online quality assistance system called Quality Matters. Peer reviews are performed to gather appropriate information on the quality of an online course.
There are 11 Quality Matters certified Instructors on campus who use an eight-stage assessment platform to perform their peer review. This involves a course overview and introduction, learning objectives (competencies), assessment and measurement, learner engagement, course technology, learner support, and accessibility.
This program helps both the online course and classroom instruction students by providing the educational institution with assessments of its online courses.
The Internet seems to be the next stage in education. With many students flocking in to participate and seek a higher education, the benefits of online education give people more room to excel. According to the Instructional Support Center 20% of the student population of RSC takes an online course or courses. With the growing participation in online courses, the sky is not the limit but an opportunity to a wider world.

To find what courses are available online, a student just needs to go to the Rose State Oasis website and follow these steps:

1.  Select the semester of attendance and click the Go tab.

2.  On the next page select the Additional Search Criteria tab.

3.  Select Computer Based in the Mode of Education field and click on the Search tab.

4.  Choose course from the list of possible online courses and submit.

 

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged , , Oasis, Online Classes Rose State College, online classroom,

Movie Review for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

by: Dennis Gosnell, assignment editor

For many who go to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the subtle technique of blending a meaningful plot with lots of computer graphics and action may be a bit overwhelming.

The movie trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes is filled with action and mayhem in an all out battle for freedom.  This action however, is only an end result of a far greater plot.

Beneath the story of rampaging Apes in downtown San Francisco, is a tale of a Chimpanzee lost in a human world that is neither chimp nor human and the subsequent result of animal testing and drug experimentation.

Caesar (Andy Serkis) born in the Gyn Sys lab comes to know the world through Will Rodman’s (James Franco) attic window and later through the Ape sanctuary in the outskirts of San Francisco.

The trouble starts when Caesar begins to question his existence as a free being.  When Will explains to Caesar how his mother Bright Eyes came to die, he begins to transition from an experiment to a free being.

Caesar’s tragic role as hero is brought to life by Andy Serkis, who portrays the fierce resolve of the impromptu Ape leader Caesar with great skill and emotion.

“It’s a great journey of this innocent who has a profound moment of self-recognition that he’s not part of the species he’s been brought up and loved by, and so he’s this outsider, this freak who has yet to really find out who he is,’ Serkis added, in an interview with Rebecca Keegan during San Diego’s Comic-Con International.”

While Serkis’ performance was animated through the use of computer graphics, he still managed to bring to human eyes the pain and crisis of animal cruelty throughout the world.

In the film’s trailer, viewers can see the apes jumping through trees, throwing steel fencing as spears, and see the ape Buck jump onto a helicopter from The Golden Gate Bridge.

The action in this movie yields high expectation, yet the action is limited and most scenes are driven by the emotional character development. Though the action scenes do offer top-notch computer graphics that give the audience a look at astounding feats of acrobatics, speed, and strength.

Andy Serkis’ cohort in bringing to life the time of genesis for the apes, is James Franco who plays as a desperate son looking for a cure for his father’s, Charles Rodman (John Lithgo), Alzheimer disease.  If there is any fault in Franco’s acting, it is his laid-back smile that plays odds with the hyper-tense sincerity of his character Will.

Franco’s strength in this movie is ability to perform the innocent and tense sincerity of Will, while Will tries to overcome the trials that block his road to finding a cure for Alzheimer disease.

While Rise of Planet of the Apes has some flaws, it offsets its over-publicized trailers with its meaningful story and call for awareness in animal cruelty and pharmaceutical experimentation.

On the surface it might just be a bunch of apes running wild through San Francisco, but for the discerning viewer there is always more to the story beneath the flashy computer graphics.

 

By 15th Street News Posted in News

PepsiCo Dream Machines

By: Chelsea Ratterman, assistant editor
If you have taken a look around campus lately, you would notice a few conveniently placed blue machines. These are a part of the PepsiCo Dream Machine Rally, a recycling program to support a greener planet and wounded 9/11 veterans with disabilities. The support of the veterans comes in the form of free, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business practices. Those wishing to use the machine can pick up a scan card with their first recycling, and register this card at greenopolis.com. This card enables you to accumulate points and create a user profile. Users are eligible for rewards after 100 points. PepsiCo has committed to donate $500,000 a year to the program and more will be donated, as more material is recycled.
“We are so pleased that Rose State College has partnered with the Dream Machine program to make recycling kiosks and bins available to students,” Jeremy Cage, head of the Dream Machine initiative said, “By recycling in a Dream Machine, students can earn rewards and help make a difference for our planet and in the lives of disabled veterans.”
The movement is a result of a partnership between PepsiCo, Waste Management, Keep America Beautiful, and Greenopolis. There are nearly 2,500 machines in more than 20 states. The campus has been involved in the program since this spring, with the instillation of the first machine in April. Three machines have been installed on the campus, the most recent being between the Engineering and Technology Building and the Social Sciences building, along with simple bins to be as convenient as possible for students.
“The PepsiCo Dream Machine recycling initiative is the first of many initiatives Rose State College is doing to help reduce the environmental impact on our planet,” Bill Clark, Environmental Coordinator said.
The campus averaged 866 pounds of recycled material in August. They are hoping the numbers will jump as full classes have resumed on campus.

By 15th Street News Posted in Features

Overreaching pump stump speech


With the political upheaval in Libya, speculators are predicting the price of oil to keep dropping. Even with that news, many Americans continue to feel the pain at the pump.
Oklahoma’s gas prices since August of 2009 have gone from an average of $2.60 a gallon to the current price of roughly $3.51 a gallon.
America’s rising cost of gas is still rivaled by most Europeans, including the British, the Irish, the Germans, the Italians and the French, who pay somewhere between $7.50 and $8 per gallon, according to the International Energy Administration.
On January 17, 2008, Obama told The San Francisco Chronicle he opposes coal-fired plants, which supply half of the nation’s electricity needs.
“If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can,” Obama said, “It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
It may be important to invest in the energy of tomorrow, the fact is, we cannot get to that point without addressing the current energy crisis. We must take steps to ensure our nation is not held hostage to the prices set by the Middle East.
That means we need to look for sources of oil in Alaska. We shouldn’t abandon coal. America is to coal reserves what the Middle East is to oil. It’s not productive to discourage companies from utilizing this abundant natural resource. We need to accelerate technology that burns coal in a cleaner way because it is an abundant energy source in our country.
Over the long run, I believe we need to develop and implement new alternative energy sources and technologies; but for the short term, let’s work with what we have.

By 15th Street News Posted in Editorial Tagged Alternative energy, Coal plants, Gas prices,

Senator Inhofe Challenges Obama Policies

By: Logan Pierce, Editor-in-Chief

“Banning congressional earmarks won’t save taxpayers one dime.” Senator Inhofe said at a breakfest meeting in the Professional Training and Education Center. (Photo by Logan Pierce)

Oklahoma’s senior U.S. senator, Jim Inhofe, spoke to Midwest City leaders and constituents 8 a.m. Mon. Aug. 22 in the Professional Training and Education Center.
Inhofe’s message focused on four areas of government, described as “pretty serious problems.” Inhofe scrutinized the Obama administration’s policies regarding the military, excessive spending, regulation, and energy production.

Military
Inhofe affirmed Guantánamo Bay role as a great asset. “There’s never been any torturing at Gitmo.” Inhofe said, “The prisoners there are getting better treatment than they’ve ever had before.” While President Obama’s pledge to close Guantánamo Bay  failed to happen, he’s not allowed any new detainees to be sent there, and is working on sending them to U.S. prisons. Inhofe took issue with the President’s notion of a “pull out date” from the Middle East. “[Terrorists] don’t think in days and weeks.” Inhofe said, “They think in years and decades. You present a ‘pull out date’ and they’ll just wait it out.”

Excessive Spending
“Conservatives think we have too much government involvement and liberals think we need more government involvement.” Inhofe said, “The next president will be overcoming a hollow course, similar to the end of the Carter administration.” Regulation
“Businesses are going overseas to avoid U.S. regulations.” Inhofe said.

Energy Production
Inhofe referenced a remark Energy Secretary Steven Chu made in the Wall Street Journal, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Inhofe said America’s focus should be energy independence. “We don’t have to depend on the Middle East for one barrel of oil.” Inhofe said.

Earmarks
“The president has total control on all spending.” Inhofe said. The current ban on congressional earmarks gives the Obama administration even greater power and authority to spend taxpayer funds. “Banning congressional earmarks won’t save taxpayers a dime.” Inhofe said. Instead of saving money, the spending authority is shifted from Congress to the Executive Branch. In this case, the money is put into the hands of President Obama, to spend how he sees fit.
“To correct this problem,” Inhofe said, “we need to define earmarks as: ‘an appropriation that has not been authorized.’ That will solve the problem completely.”
Concluding his remarks, Inhofe announced his support for 2012 Presidential Candidate Rick Perry; a man he feels is qualified to overcome this “hollow course.”

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged , Rick Perry, Senator Inhofe, Steven Chu

Class room changes at RSC

 

RSC Student Senate establishing new leaders

By: Narges Taghavi, feature editor

The Rose State Student Senate offers students the chance to be heard. Any student who is part of the Student Senate receives not only an opportunity for leadership experience, but also a 12-hour tuition waiver and the ability to make a difference. Every candidate must be enrolled in six credit hours and is required to have a 2.5 GPA. The responsibilities of the Student Senate include the disbursement of Student Activity funds.

Be the Voice of Rose State

Kirby Harzman, coordinator of student activities commented on how the Student Senate helps establish a group of new leaders. “The purpose of Student Senate is to give the student body an outlet to provide recommendations to the administration regarding our campus.” Harzman said,  “Being involved in student senate provides opportunities to develop leadership skills such as collaboration, presentation, parliamentary procedure, event planning and awareness. It gives our student body a voice.”

RSC Student Become Leaders

Friday, September 2nd is the deadline for students interested in running for Student Senate. Candidate applications must be dropped off at the Student Activities Office by 5:00pm. Senate elections will be held September 7th and 8th on D2L.

For more information on the Student Senate call 733-7376 and they shall be happy to answer any of your questions.