Seven Psychopaths

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor In Chief

Coming out on Oct. 12 is the black comedy film “Seven Psychopaths,” from the Academy Award winning director of “In Bruges,” Martin McDonagh.

The film stars Colin Farrell, as Marty, a screenwriter in deep need of inspiration who is writing a movie called “Seven Psychopaths.” All he needs now is his psychopaths.

Enter Marty’s friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) and Hans(Christopher Walken), a pair of dog kidnappers. They snatch the dogs and return them to their owners for the reward. On a dognapping expedition they grab the dog of a local gangster, Charlie (Woody Harrelson).

Madness ensues as Marty is pulled into the troubles of Billy and Hans and finds more inspiration for his psychopaths than he garnered.

Interspersed throughout the movie are side stories as the trio starts to come up with characters in the film. Tom Waits makes an appearance to inspire a psychopath who is particularly fond of bunnies.

The final showdown between the group and the gangster occurs in the desert, setting up the scene for Marty’s movie. The audience sees pieces acted out as the trio wait for Charlie.

The movie is just as funny as trailers have promised. What the trailers did not promise, was the amount of blood in the movie. For viewers of a sensitive stomach, there are a few moments that invoke sheer squeamishness. A woman sawing into a man’s neck, throat slitting and exploding heads are the least of it as one can only imagine the amount of money spent on fake blood.

The film invokes memories of Quentin Tarantino movies in their sudden violence and humor mixed within.

“Seven Psychopaths” won the Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness award and could potentially see some awards love come nomination time. The movie moves quickly and is smartly written, which is what we can expect from the fall movies as we move ever closer to the Academy Awards.

College Days With Mid-Del

Have a peek at what the Mid-Del students are up to as they come to Rose State to learn about college.

College days will be running until the 18th.

By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged College Days, Elementary, Highschool, , Middle school,

Spirit of freedom shines through with reading of challenged and banned books

Dennis Gosnell

Assignment Editor

Students, faculty, and staff assembled outside of the LRC Oct. 1 to participate in a banned books readout.

“Freedom to read” is the motto of Banned Books Week, a week in which individuals nationwide gather and participate in events that celebrate the First Amendment.

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Books that were read during the Readout and why they are challenged:

  • “The White Mans Bible by Ben Klassen” – “There are only 19 copies worldwide,” Brad Robison said.  Book talks about the eventual ascension of the supreme race, and the origination of the Church of Creation.
  • “A wrinkle in time” by Madeleine L’Engle- Accused of containing offensive language, and that it undermines religious beliefs and challenges individual’s idea of God.
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee– For it’s depiction of racist content, and other inappropriate imagery.
  • “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank – Contains passages that were considered “sexually offensive,” as well as for the tragic nature of the book, which some felt might be “depressing” for young readers.
  • “The Giver” by Lois Lowry – Some of the most common objections were over violent and sexual scenes, infanticide, euthanasia, and “sexual awakening.”
  • “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss – For being an allegorical political commentary. Specifically, it was banned in the Laytonville, California School District on grounds that this book “criminalizes the forestry industry.”
  • “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl – Banned for being too scary for the targeted age group, mysticism, sexual inferences, profanity, racism, references to tobacco and alcohol, and claims that it promotes disobedience, drugs, and communism.
  • “Bridge to Terabitha” by Katherine Paterson – Challenged because children build an imaginary kingdom, promotes secular humanism and New Age religion.
  • “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson – Content promotes homosexuality.
  • “A Light in the Attic” by Shel Silverstein – “How Not To Have To Dry The Dishes” encourages kids to break the dishes so that they don’t have to wash them. “Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony” was considered too morbid for children since it discusses death. And was criticized for mentioning supernatural themes, including demons, devils, and ghosts.
  • “Oh, The Places You Go” by Dr. Seuss – Inappropriate content for age group.

There will be another readout 12 p.m. Oct. 2 in front of the LRC, and it is another chance for students, faculty, and staff to participate in keeping the “Freedom to Read” alive.

By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged A Light in the attic, A wrinkle in Time, And a Tango Makes Three, Anne Frank, , , Ben Klassen, Bridge To Terabitha, , Dr. Seuss, , Harper Lee, James and the Giant Peach, Katherine Paterson, , Madeleine L''Engle, Oh, Peter Parnell, read out, Ronald Dahl, Shel Silverstien, The Diary Of A Young Girl, , The Lorax, The Places you go, To Kill A Mockingbird, White mans Bible

Prominence of masculinity in medieval times

Dennis Gosnell

Assignment Editor

In the eyes of society, romancing something that is awful and gruesome can create social acceptance and create a trend.

This was the topic of the first Great Lecture Series for the Fall/Spring 2012 – 2013 school year. This years lecture series topic is “Culture of Competition.”

Professor of English and Honors Program Coordinator, Kevin Caliendo is the first lecturer with “Masculinity on Display: The Knight’s Tale as Public Spectacle.”

Caliendo’s hour-long summation and analysis on “The Knight’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer examined the relationship between literature and social trends and actions.

The main points of the lecture distinguished the import of the romanticization of the knight in medieval times and the structures of social status in which different persons of the time interacted. In modern times movies like “Rocky,” “Rambo,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Cinderella,” and many others exhibit the same type of romanticized view of warrior persona deemed to be perfect by society and is the same type of picture writers in the medieval times would use to depict what it meant to be a warrior or other status reflection.

Everyone has heard the saying “knight in shining armor.” According to Caliendo, this is when the idea of the “knight in shining armor” became prominent and romanticized.

“Before Arthurian times, people, if they had the money, would go buy armor and weapons, and call themselves knights. It was only when literature painted the knight as a being of honor, ethics, and captivating social grace did society become infatuated with the idea of a knight,” Caliendo said.

In many ways, literature captured the imaginations of the people so thoroughly that society modeled their culture after the literature trying to recreate the ideals of perfection in order to be perfect beings.

To characterize the importance of the influence of literature, Caliendo used Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Knights Tale” as means to show just how much influence the social ideals of knights were influenced.

A short summation of the story is:

Two men fall madly in love with a woman at first glance and must have her no matter the cost. Both men are knights, throughout the story neither tells the woman that they are after affections and heart. In doing so fail to live up to the standard of being a knight. So impassioned to have the woman that both men lose all sense of social obligation and attempt to determine amongst themselves, only who is most worthy to wed the woman. However, the king, his wife, and the woman who they are both fighting for ride through the woods and find the two men fighting.

So enraged is the king at the broach of protocol, that he wants the two men killed straightway.  The women however, object and convince the king to make the men fight like proper gentlemen and knights. The two knights must have their fight in a public setting so that the nobles, fellow knights, and peasants of the country can all view the fight.

This is the premise of the lecture. A knight must act in accordance with the rules set down by society so that they may be viewed as worthy of their honor and masculinity. The public display of it all helped in numerous ways. First it enabled the king to keep people from committing acts of murder. Two it helped promote a sense of pride and community with the country. Third it also helped to create economic growth within the country, as those in attendance of such tournaments would naturally spend money at the various vendors. And lastly, it gave the knights a reason to constantly work towards improving and refining their skills as warriors.

In modern times, books and movies often use and romanticize the small man making it big theme in an attempt to inspire people with the hope that perhaps life isn’t that bad and that they can really make it in life if they just work hard enough.  “The Pursuit of Happyness,” a 2006 film featuring Will Smith looked at the beginnings of a man’s rise to the top and his unwavering conviction to work harder and smarter than everyone else.

Whether it is Arthurian literature or modern films, one thing still remains true.  Cultures are always in constant competition. By finding ways in which to hold peaceful and challenging competitions, the different cultures have a way to show off their pride and skills.

 

 

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged "Culture of Competition", caliendo, Geoffrey Chaucer, Great Lecture Series, Knight, knight in shining armor, Medieval, public spectacle, Romanticize, The Knight's Tale
Lyra+Will

What was the real message behind the “His Dark Materials” trilogy

Dennis Gosnell

Assignment Editor


For those who have read “The Golden Compass,” “The Subtle Knife,” and the “Amber Spyglass” it would come as no surprise that they have been challenged as inappropriate for schools and public libraries.

Posted on a “Library Thing” thread, user Atomicmutant posted that the series was the “anti-Narnia” of book series.

A little about the books

The central theme of the books revolves around the idea of sin. Throughout the books you hear mention of the main character Lyra Belacqua, otherwise known as Lyra Silvertongue, being important to the survival of not only her world but of all worlds. Lyra has a special destiny, or so many believe.

In book one of the series, Lyra is attempting to run from the Magisterium and a woman she later discovers is her mother.  Lyra wishes to reunite with her uncle, which she later learns is really her father, in order to give him the Golden Compass. Through her travels Lyra learns that the Magisterium is afraid of dust, and afraid of anyone who wishes to experiment with it. Yet, that is exactly what her father Lord Asriel is doing.

The Magisterium’s fear of dust originates with the story of Adam and Eve. They believe that dust was created from the Original Sin. Lord Asriel lies to them and tells them that he wishes to destroy or get rid of the dust and thus obliterate the punishment God put on all beings.

This is where things get tricky for the series, and perhaps causes the most trouble. Lord Asriel formulates a plan to battle the angels of heaven and The Authority aka God. The concepts of heaven become a little skewed in “His Dark Instruments”. It is the place that the angels and the Authority inhabit, and that the place the dead inhabit.

The “Fortress” as it is known in the book is the city of heaven. It is essentially an inter-dimensional floating city that houses the angels and The Authority.

The place where the dead go would be reminiscent of the Greek idea of the “Underworld” and it is policed by harpies who have to feed off of negative emotions in order to survive, at least until Lyra arrives and forces things to change.

Essentially Lyra and Will Perry, wielder of the Subtle Knife, are the Adam and Eve of their generation and must choose to between their love and righting the imbalances between the parallel worlds.

This summation does not do credit to the depth and ingenuity of Philip Pullmans combination of science and religious story telling.

Of course they are angry

There are multiple reasons for outrage from religious organizations.

It is has hard to pin point just which part of the story causes the most outrage. So in no specific order here are the topics that would perhaps cause the most issues:

  • There are homosexual angels who have been banished from their home due to their lifestyle choice.
  • There is the idea that The Authority was not the creator of the angels, but the first and most powerful of the angels. The Authority supposedly lied to all the angels and told them that he created them. The Authority is also so old that he abdicated his place in heaven to Metatron and The Authority must be sustained in a contraption to keep his essence from returning to the source of dust.
  • There is also the underworld-like area in which the dead do not experience a happiness or contentment. And would be a place where miseary and nothingness lasts forever.
  • The portrayal of Lyra and Will, as the reborn Adam and Eve, would be considered blasphemy in certain circles.
  • The idea of parallel worlds, and mixture of science and religion.

There are many more examples of anti-religious thoughts in the book.

Why they shouldn’t be angry

 

While the book does go about portraying religious organizations, angels, and God in a vilified manner there is also a message of acceptance or rather that all people need is a little understanding of the conflicts between individuals.

Lord Asriel throughout the book talks of overthrowing heaven to find the source of dust, but in reality he is trying to correct an imbalance of power between beings. All the while there is a hole in the fabric of existence in which all the dust or life force is escaping. No one knows this however, and are to busy squabbling over petty ideologies to realize that the real danger is indifference to the use and abuse of such power.

Whether or not this is the message Pullman was trying to convey to his readers, his books are certainly thought provoking and an imaginative collaboration of theologies, philosophies, and sciences.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment Tagged Amber Spyglass, , banned book, Banned Book Week, , Challenged Book, His Dark Materials. Trilogy, Library Thing, Lyra, Pan, Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife

“Looper” send audiences for a wild ride

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor in Chief

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as “Joe” in TriStar Pictures, Film District, and End Game Entertainment’s action thriller “Looper.” (Courtesy of Alan Markfield/MCT)

Looper” raced into the box office for the Sept.28 weekend among high expectations, bringing a new take on the sci-fi, time travel genre.

The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe, whose job is to kill those sent back from the future. In 2044, time travel has not been invented, but it has been 30 years in the future. It has also become impossible to hide a body in the future, so a business venture is set up for hired killers, or loopers, in 2044 to kill victims sent back from the future. The one catch is that when their contract is up, they must close the loop by killing their future self, and is then is released for 30 years.

Bruce Willis plays future Joe, 30 years later, where all the loops are being closed by a mysterious threat. He is sent back but escapes from his younger self, putting both their lives at risk as older Joe attempts to prevent the threat from reaching the future.

As well as loopers, in society there are those who have developed telekinetic (TK) abilities, in small amounts. When younger Joe is on the run, he encounters the future threat and faces the strongest TK in the world.

The film starts off slow, as the complicated plot line is established and all the characters are brought to their appropriate place. When this happens, the pace picks up dramatically as the stakes increase between the younger and older Joe.

The time travel plot is well thought out, with small details lending it credibility, such as when younger Joe carves a message into his arm, and we see it appear as a scar on older Joe.

The film is bloody at its worst. The most astounding scene of the movie is when the TK threat causes the blood to bloom out of a man as he is suspended in mid-air.

They did a decent job on JGL’s makeup and prosthetics to widen his jaw, to lend more reality to the idea of him being a younger Bruce Willis.

At the end of the movie, when younger Joe sees the loop that creates the threat, he takes measures to stop it. The ending was shocking and not one particularly seen coming.

In all, “Looper” is a film well worth the wait and hype that preceded it.

Upcoming box office

Sony Pictures managed to hold the one and two spot for the Sept. 28 weekend, but faces competition in the Oct. 2 releases. “Taken 2” and “Frankenweenie” make their wide release debut, and the awaited “Perks of Being a Wallflower” adaptation expands to wide release after positive results in its limited release run. October is looking to be a redeeming month for Hollywood after a sad end to the summer season.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment Tagged 2044, : joseph Gordon levitt, bruce willis, celebrities, , , frankenweenie, future, killer, looper, perks of being a wallflower, sci fi, taken 2, Thriller, time travel
CatcherInTheRye

Staff Banned Book Pick: The Catcher in the Rye

: The Catcher in the Rye

By: Narges Taghavi

Feature Editor

 

J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” is an exceptional story. Although, it might not be something you’ll find the modern day teenager reading and parents might be startled by the novels unrefined content; the story is one that is timeless.  The story follows sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield; a New Yorker that is unlike most teenage boys. He not interested in pop culture or fitting, because he finds that being real is better than going through life as a copy. Although, he has been kicked out of many schools and does not like learning, he is quite knowledgeable an unorthodox sort of way. Throughout the whole story Holden is a very blunt and honest person that doesn’t fabricate the world and is all about what is real.

 

One of the greatest things about the book is it’s relatable. The character of Holden is much like J.D. Salinger, but he could just as easily convey the reader or someone in his or her life. The book is a “coming of age” tale, its matter rings true still today. It depicts the un-talked about rubbish of the adolescent genre.

 

Caulfield is at the crossroads between adolescences and adulthood, and though he very mature for his age, he longs for the innocence of youth and is disgusted that nearly half of society is filled with “phoniness.” Many people find that because of its subject matter the book should be banned, but the content is why the book is considered a work of genius.

 

Many coming-of-age novels touch on subjects like sexuality and religion, but J.D. Salinger brings these issues into light full force, and shows the complexity of them. He paints a very realistic picture of puberty for the reader. It is a wonderful reader for adults and teens a like. Holden questions lots of things about the world and deals with norms of society and breaking down the walls and guidelines present in the world today.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment, Features Tagged Adolescences, , Classic, Holden Caulfield, J.D. Salinger, Realistic, The Catcher in the Rye, Unrefined Content
Graphic by Melissa Bednarek

Banned Books Week features read-outs, professor panel

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor In Chief 

The LRC will be hosting student read-outs during Banned Books week from Oct. 2-5. Oct. 1 is the first read-out at 10:30 a.m. in front of the LRC and the second one is at noon on Oct. 2 also in front of the LRC. These read-outs feature students reading excerpts from their favorite challenged book in a circle of peers, as well as faculty and staff participants.  Each day features different books and readers.

Throughout the week, a display of banned books in the RSC library will be up in the LRC on the first floor.

For more info on Banned Books Week, visit the American Library Association website.

Graphic by Melissa Bednarek

One of the events for the Banned Books week occurring from Oct. 1-5 is a professor panel discussion.

Held Oct. 3 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in LRC Room 109/110, the panel will feature different points of view on the topic of banning books.

The panel features three RSC faculty members, Dr. John Wood, Dr. Jim Hochtritt and Michael Grady, and is moderated by Ben Fenwick.

This event is free to the public.

Professor Michael Grady

Prof. Grady will be on the pro-side of banning books for the Banned Books Panel. He is playing the devil’s advocate for the sake of the panel, alongside Dr. Hochtritt.

“I am taking a side for which I am not truly behind, but when asked, I thought it would be a good challenge, and I plan to come out on the winning side,” said Grady.

Grady is an adjunct professor and teaches Fundamentals of English, Comp I and II.

He holds a B.A in speech and in religion from Baylor University, Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters of English, traditional studies from UCO.

Grady is in his sixth year as a professor at RSC.

Dr. James Hochtritt

Dr. Hochtritt will be taking the pro-banning side on the Banned Books Panel. He is playing the devil’s advocate, alongside Prof. Grady, for the sake of the panel.

Dr. Hochtritt earned a B.A. in American Studies, a B.A. in History from California State University Chico and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Oklahoma. He is a cultural and social historian whose main area of focus is ethnicity and race in the 20th century American West.

He is in his 12th year at RSC and is a tenured, full-time faculty member.

Dr. John Wood

Dr. Wood is taking the anti-banning stance on the Banned Books Panel. He has expressed that book burning is symbolic and pure censorship, leading toward extremism. In an example given by Dr. Wood, the radical views of Christian Johann Heinrich Heine led to German authorities banning many of his works and forcing him to live in Paris for 25 years as an expatriate. He once said, “Where books are burned, people will next be burned.”

Dr. Wood is currently in his eighth year as an RSC professor and is the faculty adviser for VOICE/OIL, Go Green Club, and the Veteran’s Club.

Dr. Wood holds a B.S. in Journalism, an M.A. in Political Science and a Ph.D. in environmental policy and conflict management all from OSU.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment, Multimedia, Raider Life Tagged ala, anti, banned book, devils advocate, dr. wood, grady, hochtritt, panel, pro, read out
Rose State Higher One Debit/ MasterCard smoothes refunds for colleges and students.
Photo By Michele Penix

College debit cards risk for students

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

Rose State Higher One Debit/ MasterCard smoothes refunds for colleges and students.
Photo By Michele Penix

 

In recent years banks have partnered with colleges to provide students with debit cards. These debit cards allow colleges to ensure easy and smooth transactions with students. However, students might find that the transaction fees are little more than they would choose to pay.

On Sept. 18, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, PIRG for short, held a national student news teleconference to share its findings from a report that examined whether students got a fair deal when banks partnered with colleges to give students debit cards.

Three presenters’ Rich Williams, Higher Education Advocate with U.S. PIRG, Anne Johnson, Director of Campus Progress, and Rohit Chopra, Private Student Loan Ombudsman with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gave reporters a breakdown of the sort of problems found when colleges partnered with banks.

“Nine-million students are potentially at risk for increased educational debt due to bank-affiliated campus debit cards that come with high fees, insufficient consumer protection and few options,” Williams said.

According to PIRG there are 900 campuses nation wide “grafting bank products onto student IDs and other campus cards” to ensure banks receive a healthy profit.

RSC is partnered with Higher One financial services, and according to the F.A.Q. handout available in SSB room 200, three college students started the company in 2000 to provide students with a better way to receive and manage money. The card allows the college to give students refunds.

Williams also referred to colleges as a gateway for financial savvy banks to take advantage of the younger generation by giving students cards issued by colleges.

“Students think they are getting a fair deal and unbiased advice when they see a college logo on these cards, when in reality colleges are getting financial perks while students are getting stuck with high bank fees,” Williams said.

According, the U.S. PIRG report there are currently 32 of the 50 largest public 4-year universities, 26 of the largest 50 community colleges, and 6 of the largest 20 private not-for-profit schools have debit or prepaid card contracts with a bank or a financial firm.

Eighty percent of Higher Ones revenue is made through siphoning fees from student aid disbursement cards.  Based off of SEC filings that is a total of $142.5 million of its $176.3 million total revenues.

In part two of this article there will be tips on how to avoid what U.S. PIRG calls the “The Campus Debit Card Trap”. 

By 15th Street News Posted in News, Raider Life Tagged Banks, campus cards, , Consumer, Debit, Debt, , Fees, Finance, Higher Education, Higher One, PIRG,