Millions of muggles man up for Quidditch

Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor

For over a decade, the wizarding world of Harry Potter has captivated billions of people.

The series concluded with the final film and the launch of Pottermore.com, an interactive website for fans. However, the series lives on in “muggle” society, (“muggle” being wizard slang for non-magical beings).

Quidditch has become a fast growing trend in colleges and around the world, with teams in the U.S.A., U.K., India and many other nations. The game has also caught on here in Oklahoma where a few colleges participate, such as OSU, and UCO, are garnering significant attendance and media coverage. The game created in J.K. Rowling’s books is a way for the phenomenon of Harry Potter to live on, long past the last DVD release.

The game reflects the wizard sport depicted in the movies. There is a Seeker, a Keeper, two Beaters and three Chasers. A slightly deflated volleyball serves as the Quaffle and dodgeballs are used for Bludgers. A person dressed in all gold or yellow serves as the Snitch, where the entire campus is open field.

Players must carry a broomstick between their legs at all times, with Chasers attempting to throw the Quaffle past the Keeper into the goals, and the Beaters keep the Bludgers from coming into contact with someone from their team. The game is concluded when the Snitch is caught.

This has become an international sport, with the International Quidditch Association formed in 2007 under the name Intercollegiate Quidditch Association. Currently there are more than 1000 teams in the IQA, with more prospective teams from around the world. The World Cup is hosted each year, with a World champion named in both the collegiate and the high school division. Middlebury College in Vermont has won the last four World Cups. The next World Cup will be held on Nov. 13 – 14 in New York.

Quidditch requires 15 players between the two teams, seven for each team and a neutral player to be the Snitch. With a minimum of two participants required to start a club, could Quidditch be the start of something magical on campus?

By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged harry potter, quidditch

Rotary sponsors former Governor visit

By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief
Former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh was on hand to speak during Law Day, April 30. The event was presented in partnership with Midwest City Rotary.
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By 15th Street News Posted in News, Raider Life Tagged China, compromise, consensus, , George Nigh, Jim Howell, Law Day, Midwest City Rotary, , OSU, President of the United States, professional politician, , Yokahama

Economic woes “double” for college students

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

With the U.S. government trying to figure out how to overcome 12 years of over spending, it seems that it will be the youth of America and their parents that will pay the price for seeking justice and the war against terror.

American youth to pay for parent’s mistakes
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By 15th Street News Posted in Editorial Tagged Budget Control Act of 2011, Stafford Student Loans, U.S. economy, U.S. goods, U.S. Government

Interpretation of Poe’s final days earns five stars

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

A ranting raven does spirit the haunting chill of horror, as Edgar Allen Poe must find a serial killer that has ghosted away his beloved Emily.

The newly released “The Raven” has taken on the challenge of explaining the final days leading up to the end of Edgar Allen Poe’s life.
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By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment Tagged Ben Livingston, Detective Story, Edgar Allen Poe, Hannah Shakespeare, John Cusack, Mystery, Raven, The Raven

Congratulations to RSC Radiologic Technology Students!

Congratulations to RSC Technologic Students!

RSC Radiologic Technology Students attended a two day seminar in Tulsa hosted by the Oklahoma Society of Radiologic Technologists. They competed in several events and placed in all of them.

Scientific Exhibits:

Computer Generated Category
1st – Kristi Bentkowski (Norman) and Michelle Ray(Choctaw)

Scholastic Category
2nd – Eric Dahl (OKC)
3rd – Marque Watson (OKC)  and Caitlin Glandon(Norman)

Radiographic Image Category
2nd – Hunter Meiki(Yukon)

OSRT Scholarships:
           Michelle Ray – $125

Scientific Essays:
            1st – Kristi Bentkowski
2nd – Kyle Compton(OKC)

Wilhem’s Trivia: ( Question and Answer competition)

3rd – Caitlin Glandon ‘s team

 

 

Marque Watson, Caitlin Glandon, Kristina Bentkowski, Michelle Ray, Eric Dahl, and Hunter Meiki

Kyle Compton

 

By 15th Street News Posted in News

Rex Linn shares his experiences

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor
There are few times in life when people get to meet an actor or get taught valuable acting life lessons from movie and television stars.

For students of Rose State College meeting Rex Linn who plays Sergeant Frank Triad on CSI: Miami, and hearing his story helped to not only give inspiration to their life, but also helped to provide them with an idea of what it means to make it in show biz.

Linn arrived on the stage of the H.B. Atkinson Theatre to a standing ovation, which offset the fact that he came in wearing a broom around his neck like a guitar.

He began the two-hour talk by giving the audience an idea about his life before getting a role in the movie “Cliffhanger”.

Originally from Texas, Linn and his family moved to Oklahoma where he graduated high school, college and eventually became a banker. Not happy with this profession he decided to make the life changing decision to devote himself to a life of acting.

There were a few times when audience members teared up with laughter from some of the stories Linn told.

For instance, he told the crowd about driving a U-Haul from Oklahoma to California. He was listening to his favorite song, thinking he was speeding across I-40 West to Arizona, when in actuality he was only doing about 50 mph.

Linn told many amusing stories of his rise to become the actor he is today. His advice for aspiring actors is to remember that nothing happens overnight, and that they must learn perseverance. He told the audience that acting classes weren’t a bad idea either.

For Linn, the changing moment in his career came from being able to be part of the “Cliffhanger” cast. In fact, he wasn’t sure he was going to get the part at all. He had a couple of auditions for the role of Richard Travis; Linn told the audience that he was a last minute change up, as the casting for his part had already been decided.

He said that the casting director and Sylvester Stallone asked him where he was from, and for whatever reason it seemed that being from Texas and Oklahoma helped him get his role.

Telling this story helped the audience understand just how fickle a process it is for actors to get a job. One minute you can be waiting tables or working construction, and the next, working next to someone like Sylvester Stallone.

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged C.S.I. Miami Rex Linn Sylvester Stallone Cliffhanger H.B. Atkinson Theatre

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim changes how MMO’s are played

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

A month ago a game commercial flashed on the television.  Dragons and a man fought to the death, an empire of men and mythical being collided.  Astounded, I had to buy this game.

Tamriel, The land of Skyrim
The game is set in the land of Tamriel, also known as Skyrim.  The High King of Skyrim has been killed and civil war has engulfed the people for control of the throne.

There are 10 character races available for gamers to choose from.  Unlike most games, choosing a race to play can be quite nerve racking as each race has unique abilities and backgrounds that give the player bonus’s to their stats.  Each race also has its own ability.

Skill set game mechanics enables players to develop their character their way
As far as character classes, Skyrim offers players the ability to mix and match their skills so that they can create their own class.  However, the game still uses the same references to classes like warrior, thief, and wizard (or spellcaster).

Throughout the massive map of Skyrim there are stones that give an XP (experience) bonus to whichever skillset you wish to boost.  Generally only one stone can be activated.

Skyrim is difficult and challenging without being overly difficult.  It leaves the player with enough frustration to want to continue and try different tactics.  It most definitely makes the player think about how they would like to proceed rather than just button mashing.

Positives: 

Game is lengthy, there is so much to do that it can not be finished in a single sitting, may a month or more depending on how much the player wishes to do.

The ability to buy homes and stock them with personal items such as rare armor and weapons can let players feel like are living the experience.

When climbing one of the various mountains throughout Skyrim the majesty of the graphics combined with sultry tone of the music leaves a player feeling as if they are in some epic journey.

There are limited cut scenes in which the player has no options but to watch.

Negatives:

Loading screens can get annoying especially if a player fast travels to multiple places on the map.

Some of the glitches in Skyrim are to the player’s benefits while others are not.  There can be instances in the game when important storyline NPCs (non-playable characters) go missing, or old quest items do not revert to ordinary items after completing the quest so that they can be stored.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment, Features Tagged http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8THFJ3siv0

Potter fans trade wands for mice

Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor 

Anxious Potterheads can finally take up their computer mice to begin the virtual journey through the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

The highly anticipated website “Pottermore” finally opened after a year of painstaking beta testing and delays. The companion to the “Harry Potter” books, announced around the time of the last movie, has been anxiously awaited by the legions of Potter fans the world over. When beta testing opened, a “search for the quill” was played, and those who won scored early entry into the site. In mid-April, the site announced it was open, and they would begin allowing players access in waves, so as to not overload the servers.

There are three steps to gaining entry into Pottermore, and all are nail biting at best. The first step is to enter one’s email into the website, and pick a username from one of the five randomly generated usernames, which was done by the site to better ensure user privacy. Some are better than others, and some are just plain weird. After that, you wait for an email, which will ask to verify your account through the email. Once that is done, wait for another email. This is where the anxiety really comes in. Some people who time it just right get in as they are doing the next wave of entries, while others wait for hours to get that email announcing entry.

Once inside Pottermore, players are able to go through each chapter of the books, which are interactive and contain backstory written by J.K.Rowling. The author said she wrote nearly 18,000 words of content just for the first book, which is the only one open at this time. Professor McGonagall’s backstory is here, among others, such as why the Dursleys live at number 4 Privet Drive.

Some of the most anticipated parts of the site come at the beginning. When shopping in Diagon Alley, users finally receive their wands. The process for choosing a wand (or the wand choosing you) is a short quiz on character traits. After that, the Sorting Hat is another quiz that is based on character trait questions. J.K.Rowling herself did the Sorting Quiz, and she sees the Sorting as one of the most important parts of the site, which allows the user to see more of the Houses than from in the books. “If you are sorted into Gryffindor you just follow Harry. But if you’re sorted into Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin, you go to your own common room, you meet your own prefect, who will tell you about famous people who were in your house and what the true nature of your house is,” she said during a press conference in 2011.

Once you have your wand and have been sorted, you have the ability to practice spells, potions and explore the books on your own, with the special content from J.K. Rowling. In the Great Hall, the house points are displayed for all users, and you collect House points by picking up items throughout the chapters. One of the site’s main attractions is the Wizards Duel, which allows you to challenge other users to a magical fight using spells you have practiced.

Only “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is available for exploration. Once new updates become available, more of the books will be open to users.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment, Features Tagged duel, Gryffindor, harry potter, houses, Hufflepuff, J.K. Rowling, personality, potions, Pottermore, quiz, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, sorting, wand, wizard, world

Hispanic Student Association aims to make a difference

Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor

HSA officers and sponsor Erica Alvarez pose with their well-earned throphy.

The annual Club of the Year award was given out at the Student Life Banquet on Monday, April 23. This year the honor went to the Hispanic Student Association.

The honor is awarded based on a point system, and a list of events that are eligible for points that school year, such as Global Oklahoma and community service in addition to a host of other opportunities.

“At the beginning of the year, we made it a point to go down the sheet of events, and attempt to do them all,” said Elizabeth Larios, an officer in HSA.

Their attempt paid off. They did numbers of events, such as a fundraiser that sold Aguas Frescas, a fruit flavored Latin drink, which was one of Dr. Lashley’s favorites, according to Larios.

They also passed out free food, made up of rice, chicken and beans, during the semester to those on campus.

“We did it to promote the club, and to give free food to students, since the stereotype of college students is that we’re all broke,” said Jorge Carrizales, HSA president.

In the fall semester, the group celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a presentation in Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and a game of Family Feud with Latin-inspired questions.

After these events, HSA took first place in the Student Activities Chili Cook-Off. During all of this, two members assisted at a daycare, volunteering their time to help with the kids.

The club also organized monthly meetings, and tried to ensure that there was a member at all Student Senate meetings, to have their voice heard.

Their next big event coming up is the Miss Rose State Latina Pageant. This is the club’s biggest event, and is the first ever Hispanic pageant at RSC.

“We want people to know we exist on campus, and that Rose State has a lot of diversity. As much as we want to embrace the Hispanic Culture, we also want to learn more about other clubs, such as the AIA and the BSA,” said Jorge Carrizales.

The Hispanic Student Association was awarded a trophy and $500 for their club’s use. The 1st runner up was Vocal Oklahoma in Civic Engagement (V.O.I.C.E.)/Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (O.I.L.) Club, receiving $300; 2nd runner up, Study Abroad, $200; and the 3rd runner up, Drama Club

was awarded $100.

By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged abroad, Civic, , , engagement, Hispanic, intercollegiate, legislature, , study, year