New Years Revolutions 2011

People around the world make New Year’s resolutions at the close of each year. In December of 2010, the Middle East set a course of New Year’s revolutions, which directly affected more than 15 different countries in that region throughout 2011. While not desirable, history has shown time and again that revolution is essential to the preservation of freedom and liberty.

Arab Spring forward, regimes fall back

What came to be known as the “Arab Spring”, resulted in protests throughout the Middle East; with revolutions occurred in both Tunisia and Egypt and a bloody civil war in Libya, all of which resulted in the fall of their respective governments.

While these three countries are considered “success stories” of the Arab Spring, other countries that saw civil uprisings, such as Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen, are still unstable.

Major protests occurred in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman, with minor protests occurring in Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Western Sahara.

Taking it to the streets

Inspired in part by the Arab Spring, American protestors took to the streets, specifically Wall Street. Beginning in September, Occupy Wall Street protests occurred from coast to coast.

Do people have a right to be angry in this country? Yes. But if changes need to be made, as many believe they do, then let those changes be made through the proper channels. Some will decry and say, “The system is broken. What other recourse do we have?” Things must be kept in perspective.

Say what you will about America, but right now a whole section of the world is engaged in a bloody revolution to eke out a standard of living which will still be leagues below what the average American takes for granted. What constitutes poverty in this country compared to the rest of the world is laughable.

For many, 2011 will be remembered as the year of revolution. The world needs to change, but it has to start with us; how we live our lives and how we treat others. Let us make 2012 the year in which resolutions are remembered. We are nothing but the promises we keep.

EXTENDED HOURS FOR SPRING ENROLLMENT

As in the past Rose State College will extend hours of operation for the two weeks prior to and the first two weeks of the 2012 Spring Session.  This will provide extended service hours during the busiest time of enrollment and during the “drop and add” period.

Monday, January 9, 2012 through Friday, February 3, 2012
Monday through Thursday – 8am to 8pm
Friday – 8am to 6pm
Special Saturday Enrollment Date:  January 21st  (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

OTHER DATES TO REMEMBER:
Campus Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – January 16th
Classes Begin – Monday, January 23rd

By 15th Street News Posted in News

Semester in photos

The Fall 2011 semester is at its end, so here are some pics for a quick look back!

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MoVember for men’s health

MoVember ended on Nov. 30 and the winners were named. The charity event was  held to help raise awareness for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer. The organization MoVember, in partnership with the Lance Armstrong Association, LIVESTRONG, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation provides money to be used in programs for research and education on the diseases. In 2010, over 64,500 people participated and raised more than $7.5 million dollars. All participants that entered the contest were dubbed “Mo Bros” and were unable to shave for the duration of MoVember. Chris Leland headed up the panel of judges who decided the winners and presented the prizes. Angus Smith took home first place receiving a complete shaving kit.  Runners up received either shaving kits or iTunes or Applebees gift cards.

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Midwest City opens new Ice Skating Rink

Those interested in a unique wintertime experience, may want to try Midwest City’s newest fun spot: the ice skating rink. The rink is officially named “Chick-fil-A at Midwest City presents Holiday Ice” and is located in the Midwest City Town Square.

While technically not made of ice, the rink is actually made of a plastic polymer (similar to a cutting board) and then sprayed with a friction reducing spray. This will make skating possible in all types of weather.

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The rink opened Nov. 25, and will stay open until Jan. 8. It is open seven days a week, but will be closed Christmas Day. The hours of operation are 4 – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 – 10 p.m. on Fridays, and 12 – 10 p.m. on weekends.

Cost for General Admission is $6, which includes skate rental or $3 without. Tickets for the military are $5 and children ages 5 and under are $3.

For more information about the rink, please contact the Midwest City Parks and Recreation Department at (405) 739-1293.

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged , Ice Skating, Midwest City Parks and Recreation

What’s your favorite doomsday theory?

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Government heavy handedness rings in a new year

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

This year the legislative powers that be have been busy trying to put extreme emergency measures of authority into the hands of a few.

If passed these powers grant the government the ability to take control of any and all systems of information or news, which could isolate people’s ability to gather news or information from outside the community.

Changing Legislation

The first piece of legislation to consider is the S. 1867 Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, which went to the Senate floor Nov. 28.

The President, and those that serve under his authority, would gain the power to detain and imprison suspected terrorist indefinitely or until the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

These people would be considered a threat to national security or the continuation of normal proceedings of daily life. The wording is full of loopholes though, as anyone displaying dissident or radical anti-government behavior, that protest against the government, or who acts against the government may come to be considered a threat to national security.

The limited wording of the bill does not guarantee safety though.  In one clause, a waiver can be filed so that anyone may be detained if determined a threat to National Security.  Such waivers would need to be approved first by Congress so that no unconstitutional arrest may occur.

Cyber-space beware

The second piece of legislation to consider is the Cybersecurity and Information Freedom Act of 2011 or CIFA. The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs met May 23 to hold hearings regarding the bill.

CIFA outlines the government’s agenda regarding the improper use of the Internet by actions of individuals, whose aim is to disrupt normal procedures or take advantage of weak cyber security.

In short, the President can give administrative powers to a National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications (NCCC) department within the Department of Homeland Security. This power gives them, during a “Cyber Emergency”, the ability to shut down “covered critical infrastructures” that are prevalent to governmental operations.

According to the HSGAC, the NCCC will work with the private sector to establish risk-based security requirements that strengthen the cybersecurity for the nation’s most critical infrastructure.

These vital components are described as being the electric grid, telecommunications networks, and control systems in other critical infrastructure that, if disrupted, would result in a national or regional catastrophe.

And while the bill has not yet to be passed onto the Senate or House of Representatives, it is still in wait with no major decision having been reached about it’s contents or policies.

Is it the National Emergency Alert System or the Government Communications Shutdown System?

The subsequent administrative action to check up on is that of the National EAS or Emergency Alert System.

“The EAS is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to provide the communications capability to the President to address the American public during a national emergency.”  – Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

If used improperly the government, with an application of the CIFA bill, could control the output of information and vital news.

The strategy implemented in pushing these bills through is reminiscent of the way in which Emperor Palpatine created his empire in the famous Star Wars movies.  For those who are not avid Star Wars fans, Emperor Palpatine created a war against a group of separatist who were supposedly a threat to Galactic peace.

The Emperor played each side against one another, in order to create outrageous emergency powers that allowed him to eventually take over the Galactic Senate.

Emperor Palpatine’s rise to power inspires Government politics?

For those who see a correlation here, it may be time to pick up the phone and call your Senators and Representatives.  The Internet group Anonymous has put out a call to all voters to ask for help in stopping these unconstitutional powers from being passed.

The information Anonymous provided was a little outdated however.  Be sure to research information thoroughly before heeding a call to action, so that the information that is gained is not wholly wrong or in some sense, a half-truth.

From the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC):

“The Act establishes the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications (NCCC) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to elevate and strengthen the Department’s cyber security capabilities and authorities. The NCCC will be led by a Senate-confirmed Director, who will report to the Secretary. The Director will regularly advise the President regarding the exercise of authorities relating to the security of federal networks. The NCCC will include the United States Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT), and will lead federal efforts to protect public and private sector cyber and communications networks. The NCCC will detect, prevent, analyze, and warn of cyber threats to these networks.”

By 15th Street News Posted in Features, News Tagged , Cybersecurity, DoD Authorization Act Fiscal 2012, Homeland Security, HSGAC, National EAS, NCCC, Palpatine, S.1867, Senate,

A romance for the ages; Jewish Songwriters of America

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

From 1910 – 1965 the Jewish community of America pulled together and created a collection of musical artistry that helped create a

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lasting and strong community.

Songwriters such as Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and George Gershwin, created a legacy of American entertainment with culture and grace.

The travelling exhibit “A fine romance” says “the American song book is ‘Jewish’ in the broad sense that it favors the minor key, bent notes, and altered chords.”

Another Musician of note is Jerome Kern.  “[Kern's] melodies will live in our voices and warm our hearts for many years to come. … The man who gave them to us earned a lasting place in his nation’s history,” President Harry Truman said in a quote for David Ewen’s book, COMPOSERS FOR THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE.

At the foundations of any culture or any future culture it is important to remember and give thanks to those that came before us.  Take a little time to share the past with those who will become the future.

By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged A Fine Romance, , George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jewish, Music, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Songwriters

Safety announcement

Attention students, faculty, staff, and guests. Half of the overflow parking lot lights are not working due to a burned up underground line. An OG&E representative said he would try to expedite the repair. Also, some of the lights in the parking area around the Children’s Development and Learning Center (CDLC) are temporarily down.
For this reason, take extra precautions when walking to your vehicles in the evenings. In case of emergency, dial 911. Campus Security can also be reached by dialing 733-7313.
Let’s all have a safe and happy holiday season!

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“Hugo” uses 3D to depict the magic of movies

By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief

“Hugo” is Martin Scorsese’s first PG-rated film in 18 years, and while appealing to general audiences, Scorsese has made one of his most personal films to date.

The opening scene of “Hugo” evokes memories of Scorsese’s iconic “steady cam” shot from “Goodfellas.” The camera is at eye level, as it briskly pans through a 1930s Parisian train station, with everyone milling about.

Asa Butterfield portrays the film’s protagonist, Hugo, an orphan who lives in the cavernous station; by accessing a maze of hidden passages, Hugo remains unnoticed by the public, while stealing food from the various shops to survive.

Several minor characters have their stories play out with few words, as Hugo observes them from the safety of his clock tower.

Characters with depth

With few exceptions, each character in the film has a story arc. All the characters are relatable. Even the train station inspector who, on the surface, appeared to be mere comic relief, is given some pathos and depth of character.

The inspector is played by Sacha Baron Cohen, of “Borat” fame; and serves as the antagonistic comic foil. His inabilities prevent him from being a believable threat to Hugo. This works out for the best, because as the film progresses the inspector’s story is fleshed out and we empathize with him.

No extra parts

After the death of his father, played by Jude Law in a flashback, Hugo is left with a rusted clockwork automaton found by his father. It being their last project together, Hugo is driven to repair and refurbish the robot.

“Machines never come with any extra parts in them,” Hugo said, “They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world is one big machine; I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason.”

“Hugo” is a treat for anyone who appreciates the efforts of early filmmakers. Ben Kingsley plays Georges Méliès, a pioneer of film special effects. Kingsley delivers a powerful performance that elicits both fear and empathy.

A blast from the past

“Hugo” features scenes from Méliès various films. Watching the iconic scene from “The Journey to the Moon,” where the rocket hits the man in the moon is something best experienced in 3D. The film emphasizes the need for movie preservation and delivers a message that one is never obsolete when they know their purpose.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter regarding “Hugo,” James Cameron said, “It is magical to watch. This is absolutely the best 3D cinematography I’ve ever seen.” Scorsese uses 3D, not as a gimmick, but as a means of enhancing the magic of movies.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment Tagged Asa Butterfield, automaton, Ben Kingsley, Borat, George Melies, Goodfellas, James Cameron, Jude Law, Keywords: Martin Scorsese, Sacha Baron Cohen, special effects, The Journey to the Moon