Campus celebrates culture and costume competitions

Campus was spooktastic on Halloween this year. Students, faculty and staff got in the spirit of the holiday, wandering around campus in costume, with many events held during the course of the day.  The Hispanic Student Association conducted an event that explained “Dia de los Muertos” or the Day of the Dead, as well as a costume contest.

Reginald Snoddy, professor of Spanish, gave the presentation. Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated around the world to remember family and friends who have died. This includes building private altars and leaving gifts on the graves of the deceased, such as candy and “Pan de Muerto” or bread of the dead.

The school provided food for the event, and a costume contest was held for a $25 dollar gift card. Characters in the contest included the Mario Bros., Princess Peach, Robin Hood, an angel, The Undertaker, and a vampire priest. Samantha Powell won the gift card with her angel costume.

Later, faculty and staff had their own Halloween party in the Business building. Doctors greeted party attendants, giving free checkups and prescribing medicinal Smarties. “Take your medicine and go see the doctor in a few days,” Brian Perryman, director of Professional Training Center said.

Perryman was one of the many doctor costumes on campus. Other costumes included Michael Jackson, Princess Leia, with a Darth Vader Mr. Potato Head, a witch, scarecrow, and the fictional serial killer Dexter even made an appearance.

There were cookies and candy throughout the room, as staff members mingled at the event. A costume contest for faculty was also held. The winners were announced Tuesday afternoon with Debbie McIntire as John Carl taking first place, a tie for second between Dustin Orrell as Michael Jackson and Crystal Myers as a scarecrow and taking third place was Chris Leland as Dexter.

Safety first on Halloween night

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Oct. 31 is right around the corner and with it comes Halloween. Trick-or-treater’s will be wandering through the streets in search of that sugary goodness, candy. With trick-or-treating happening in the nighttime hours, safety and caution is important. Here are some tips for prowling the streets for candy safely from Oklahoma’s Own News on 6:

Dracula enjoys his Type A Blood Juicebox.

• Carry a flashlight while trick-or-treating.
• Don’t cut through alleys, across yards or driveways.
• Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
• Face paint is better than a mask so you can see your surroundings better. If you must wear a mask, don’t wear it between houses.
• If there’s not a sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
• Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.
• Kids should have some type of identification on them, even if it’s a note in their pocket with their name, address and phone number.
• Don’t accept a ride from anyone you don’t know, even if they call you by name.
• Have a family code word, so if someone tells you they’ve been sent by your parent, if that person doesn’t know the family code word, never go. Run away and get help.
• Never go into a home to get the candy. Stay outside on the porch.
• A parent should accompany children, but, if that’s not possible, kids should trick-or-treat in groups with other children they know.
• Remember that QuikTrip stores and fire stations are safe places you can go if you’re in any kind of trouble.
Midwest City Events Press Release (
On Oct. 28, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. the annual Special Needs Trick or Treat City will be held at the Nick Harroz Community Center. Attendees will enjoy the Candy Village and Carnival.

Viking Moose falls prey to sweet gluttony.

Finally, on Sat. Oct. 29, from 2 – 4:30 p.m., the annual Trick or Treat City will be held. In its 33rd year, the Parks and Recreation Department will transform a part of the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park into a Halloween Candy Village and Carnival. The Spirit of Midwest City playground becomes a fantasyland from which children can wander through to collect candy from their favorite characters and enjoy crafts, games and inflatable activities.

Campus Chat: Who are you dressing up as this Halloween?

I am going as Sally from a Nightmare before Christmas, because she’s awesome and I couldn’t go as Jack.
Kalan O’Dell, criminal justice major



I am going as Luigi, so I can find the Princess.
Christopher Doiron, liberal studies major



I’m going as Fiona, a French maid. My friend didn’t want to dress up on her own.
Jillian Whitaker, LRC receptionist



I’m going as Mr. Fantastic, because I’m fantastic.
Jeremiah Clubb, cyber security major

Calendar of Events for week of Oct. 28 – Nov. 4

10 a.m. Oct. 28, Spooktastic Scholastic Party, Main Dining Room

Nov 1, Hispanic Club Free Food, outside cafeteria

Nov. 2 – 6 National Conference on Student Leadership, student senate executive board

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nov. 3, Business Networking Luncheon, Chamber Office 5905 Trosper Road R.S.V.P. required

By 15th Street News Posted in News

A night at the occupation

By Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor

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Occupy Wall Street, or OWS as it’s more fondly called, has spawned more than 250 movements across the country, with one hitting fairly close to home. Actually, it’s right in the heart of it. Occupy OKC was officially kicked off on October 10, with the acceptance of the Declaration, a list of grievances directed toward the corporations that “place profit over people,” and the government that allows it, that was set forth by the NYC Occupation.

The reoccurring theme of the protests is that, although each individual comes with a different idea of what the movement is about, there is a 99 to 1 ratio, in terms of economic power. This represents what is thought to be the widening gap between the 99%, the working class, and the richest 1% of the population, referring to those that hold monetary sway over Washington and its policies.

Occupy OKC became organized in a short time. The management group broke the occupation down into groups to take care of the occupants. The groups include Compassion, Infrastructure, Medical, Legal, Message/PR, and Action. At the October 7 General Assembly, the groups went over specifics with protesters from dealing with the media to how to identify the Medical group, and a list of attorneys able to represent them should they find themselves incarcerated.

The Compassion group, marked by blue bands around their arms, is there for emotional and spiritual support of the group. “We are here to keep the atmosphere positive, by sharing good news about other Occupy groups to those here. There is such a sense of community here, and that keeps it positive too. People who may not be able to occupy overnight have offered blankets and rides to those that are,” said Heidi Owens, representative from the Compassion group. The group had set up an area where those wishing to pray or meditate can do so freely and without prejudice. Social workers have volunteered their time and are on location to provide assistance.

The occupation began on October 10, after the group received a permit for overnight camping as well as amplified sound and an unlimited number of protesters. The lighthearted feel was obvious, with occupants playing ball, making signs and even doing homework. The protesting had not quite begun, as the first march was not scheduled until October 11.

After the General Assembly, occupants began setting up tents and even a makeshift kitchen, the “Boots and Barefoot Kitchen,” that served spring rolls, hot tea and water to the masses. It was not run by any particular person, but was a group effort set up by the occupations’ coordinators, and run by the Infrastructure group. The kitchen was prepared for the long haul, and the increasing numbers. “It’s a peaceful protest, and that’s what draws people. Occupy OKC is going to get progressively bigger, just as the other occupations have,” said Cody Ricketts, the representative from the Infrastructure group, and an Accounting major at Rose State.

Those who planned to occupy overnight were obvious as they arrived. They brought in sleeping bags, tents, and their signs. Some of the signs brought in asked things such as “What will you do when you run out of our money?” One group planning on camping for 2 days, and who refused to give names, wishing to be quoted as the 99%, believe the movement got its root in Oklahoma because of word of mouth and social media. There were signs referring to groups as a part of the 99% as well, such as Veterans and the OKCPD. “The movement has created open, relevant discussion everywhere, for everyone,” said the 99%.

Some did not plan on staying overnight, but supported the cause nonetheless. Many get involved through friends who are a part of the movement.

“I care about the cause because it’s really about the future generations that will be affected. It’s important to get our voice out there among the thousands already there,” said Sabria Luster, a Geoscience major at Rose State College, who marched to help show the unity of the group and keep the expression of the meaning of the movement alive.

While the movement seems to have a general cause, the reality of it is that the cause means something different to each participant.  Education is even one of the big issues at hand.

“America is the first country to have compulsory education, based on the belief that in order to make an informed decision, one must first be educated. The corporate control has resulted in a country where the common good is no longer important, but rather profit is,” said Patrick Edwards, a PR specialist attending the event.

Whatever the reason, the cause has a place for every belief and welcomes the differing opinions on the state of the country. Open discussion is fostered, and awareness of the multiple views encouraged.

Student Lecture Series; Down Syndrome.

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Summer Fields, pre-nursing major, presented the first lecture for the Engineering and Sciences lecture series.  Once a month, the Engineering and Science division will have a student whose course works shows significant meaning and which also provides awareness for their given topic, give a lecture on their work.

Fields topic of choice involved researching the genetic condition known as Down Syndrome.  According to the national down syndrome society (ndss), one in every 691 babies, is born with this genetic condition.  The most common condition of Down Syndrome according to the ndss is Trisomy 21, because in the 21st chromosome there is an extra chromosome (ordinarily there are two, and in Trisomy 21 there are 3).

“These children can grow up to be healthy and active; it is important to keep a child active, to develop specific behavior development, and it is essential for parents to seek support programs that offer help in dealing with children who suffer from genetic conditions like Down Syndrome,” Fields said.

Fields says that 5 – 6% of children who are diagnosed with Down Syndrome are also diagnosed with autism.  According to down syndrome education online (dseo), there are no ways to medically check for autism at present, so any determination of actual numbers is hard to determine.

According to the dseo, doctors depend on visual and behavioral patterns that children display to make a diagnosis, and when there is already a pre-existing disability it is hard to make any association with another condition.

“Some authors argue that the diagnosis is missed because children with Down syndrome are thought to be sociable and, if this is true, some children and their families could be missing out on treatment and services they might benefit from.” – Sue Buckley, down syndrome education online, Autism and Down Syndrome

The lecture provided great information on what Trisomy 21 is, how it affects a child or adult’s life, and the ways in which to screen for Down Syndrome, which is to get regular check ups and ultrasounds.  If there is a chance the growing infant has Down Syndrome there are blood test that can be done before both to check their chromosome count prior to birth.

“Physical features that are disproportionate, is an early detection of Down Syndrome.  Another early detection method is to check chromosome counts,” Fields said.

The lecture provided a healthy environment in which the student(s) can show off their hard-work and give other students, faculty, or staff a lecture on something they may have not encountered or thought about before.

“This is a good chance for students to show the college what they have done, and it helps encourage students do the best they can.” Dr. Adjoa Ahedor, life science professor, said.

By 15th Street News Posted in News

Chili Cook-Off and Fun!

By: Narges Taghavi, feature editor

Chile awaits taste test. Photo by Tracie Bullen

Rose State’s 2nd annual Chili Cook-off was held on Oct.13, in the Student Center.

Students and staff put their cooking skills to use by entering their own original chili for a chance to win prizes, and some student organizations even enter and gained points towards their club, which will go towards their chance to be the “2012 Club of the Year.”

There were 14 different chilis made and out of those 14 the judges (Chris Leland, Coty Cooper, Kent Lashley and Julie Lesko-Bishop) had the difficult task of narrowing it down to five winners.

Nevertheless, there where chilis that prove to be the tastiest and surpassed the competition.

Student Chili Cook-Off Winners

1st Place: Hispanic Students Association

2nd Place: Spectrum Alliance

3rd Place: Sew Savvy

Staff Chili Cook-Off Winners

1st Place: Kristen Combs

2nd Place: Mary Scott

In addition to the cook-off there were many other fun things to participate in such as a chili eating contest, decorate a pumpkin, volleyball, pie a professor, and more.

Clubs even sat up both and sold soda and other beverages to raise money for their groups. The “Pie a Professor” game was part of the “Chili Challenge” that was organized by the Lessons in Leadership class and was a hit with student.

All the proceeds from the game went towards RSC’s “Adopted School Party.

It was an event full of fun, laughter, and we can’t forget chili!

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged Chili, Cooking, Pie, Prizes, Win

Protect your money

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

With current economic conditions in the United States, learning to bank properly becomes essential to surviving in the free market.  Rose State recently held a workshop called “e-Banking 101.”  Javon Johnson, member service officer for Tinker Federal Credit Union presented ways in which to bank safely, securely and smartly.

“Money management can be fun and easy.” – Javon Johnson

Workshop to bank responsibly

The workshop helped to explain some of the basic functions used in banking, and what advantages and disadvantages there are in bank provided services.

“In maintaining a bank account, it is important to realize that banking is the responsibility of the individual and the bank,” said Johnson.  From May 2009 to May 2010 the rise in Bankruptcy was up 24% from the previous year, because of this financial education becomes ever more important to the future of citizens of the U.S.

Credit card fraud was another major issue discussed, because it is important to know when, where, and how you or your loved ones is spending money.  People don’t want others stealing their cards and going on a spending spree taking everything they have.

According to the U.S. Secret Service, in 2008 at least $1 billion in funds were accredited to debit fraud nationwide.  Of the $1 billion, 80% was in some way due to card skimming.

Card skimming involves thieves using electronic means to copy and save debit or credit card data so that they can use it to steal personal funds later on.  As a consumer at a restaurant, pay close attention to how long your card is away, and who handles the card.  Restaurants have had a high rate of these kinds of crimes.  This is due to new technologies and smart phones that enable thieves a faster and easier way to copy personal credit card information.

Watch out for credit card fraud

It becomes doubly important to know what is being done with your card when it leaves its owners hands.  Johnson advised that individuals check their balances and spending daily online (if this option is available) to make sure that there have been no fraudulent charges put to personal bank accounts.

Christmas credit card safety tips

As many students, faculty, and staff may know Christmas is right around the corner.  The U.S. Secret Service has this tip for shoppers, “This time of year, counterfeiters prey on both cashiers distracted by long lines, and consumers juggling purchases and shopping lists. Shoppers should always visually inspect their currency before walking away from store registers or bank tellers.”

Banking has its brighter spots.  Newer, faster ways to transfer money, make payments to businesses, and check account balances or purchases allows individuals to quickly and accurately maintain their bank accounts.  Direct deposit also gives people a fast and hands free means of depositing money into their accounts without having to visit their bank.

“Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation, every possession, a duty.” – John D. Rockefeller

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged Banking, , Credit Union, Direct Deposit U.S, Secret Service, TFCU, Tinker, United States

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Becoming strong, over coming domestic violence

With October being domestic violence awareness month, the Rose State Domestic Violence Committee and the Special Services Office held a special viewing of “Telling Amy’s Story.”

Telling Amy’s Story is a documentary about the tragic end result of one particular abusive relationship.  Amy Homan McGee lived in Centre County Pennsylvania. She was the wife of Vincent McGee, and the mother of two children.  In November 2001, Vincent murdered Amy after she attempted to put an end to their relationship.

Every year women, children and in some cases men, report being the victim of Domestic Violence. For those that don’t report it, fear is the ruling emotion.

The documentary examines the tale of Amy and Vincent’s relationship.  From the first time they met to the last day of Amy’s life.  The footage captures the viewer’s attention and shows the steps taken to end the abuse.

As a viewer watching the film, it’s possible to grasp the sheer impossibility of the situation.  The feeling of hopelessness described, the fear Vincent instilled in Amy, the control he had over her, caused her to seek escape.

When Amy attempted to leave the place of abuse, Vincent would just follow her.  Watching the movie, a sense of trepidation wraps around the idea of what is right.

The documentary shows how a victim’s individuality is erased, and how the path they were on is changed. They become encased in the toxic nature of abuse.

Women, children, and in some cases men, suffer abuse everyday throughout the world.  “One of four women regardless of age, will at sometime in their life, be a victim of domestic violence,” Janet Griffith Counselor for Students with Disabilities said.

When considering the millions of women that live in the U.S., a quarter of that population is abused. The numbers are mind-boggling.  Yet the most anyone can do for those abuse victims is to open their arms and hope to give some form of support to enable and help them escape.

According to the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (OCADVSA) the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Brochure, in 2008 there were 51 murders, 547 sex crimes, 3,387 assaults, and 19,869 assault and batteries.  The brochure also says that between 1999 and 2008 there was a 12.5% rise in abuse reports. In 2009 there were 25 women murdered by their husbands or significant other.

At the end of Telling Amy’s Story, Detective Deirdri Fishel said, “every time I tell this, I think to myself, make it end differently, make it end with a happy ending, and I can’t because it really happened.”

Domestic violence abuse, whether physical or emotional, takes a toll on a persons will to live.  If anyone reading this story needs help, or wishes to help someone else, know that there is help at hand.  There is a Domestic Violence hotline (1-800-799-SAFE), or contact OCADVSA at 405-524-0700.

There are two certified counselors available to students who can help find resources for those suffering from domestic violence. They can be reached at 405-733-7373 or visited at the Special Services Office in the Student Center, room 101.

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged abuse, Domestic Violence, tragic