Little robots make big differences

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor


It has been said that the small things in life are what make life worth living; Larry Johnson, Engineering Major, explained just how far technology has come in creating very small things to make life better.


What exactly is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology can be described as the study in the manipulation of properties and functions of materials on an atomic level. These devices are on a scale smaller than 100 nanometers.


Richard Feynman, a theoretical physicist who lived from 1918 to 1988, helped revolutionize the scientific community with his work in the field and development of nanotechnology.

“The behavior of things on a small scale is so fantastic, so wonderfully different than anything that behaves on a large scale. You can say, ‘electrons act like waves’…‘they act like particles’…‘they act like a kind of fog around a nucleus’ – no, they don’t, exactly,” Feynman was quoted as saying in “No Ordinary Genius: The Illustrated Richard Feynman.”


Nano Technology can affect everything.

The study of nanotechnology has a hand in all technologies from medical to military and from energy and product production to information technology.


“The world is quickly changing in terms of scientific discovery,” Johnson said. With the applications of nanotechnology in such areas as cell phones, they become so much more than just phones and take the place of multiple devices.  They are computers, information resources, portable libraries, and MP3 players.


In medical science, nanotechnology is being used to clear arteries and to identify and destroy cancer cells.


In product production, clothes are being synthesized to be water resistant, batteries are being created that will last more than 50 years and companies are experimenting with clothing that produce and recharge Bluetooth enabled devices.

Other companies are creating super-conducting materials that use natural forces such as wind that makes a flag move and create and transfer energy to other sources.


“Imagine being able to put the entire series of the Encyclopedia Britannica on a disk the size of the tip of a pen. We are not that far away from being able to do that,” Johnson said.


According to Johnson, with the world almost literally at our fingertips, there does not seem to be any place that humans could not visit or create.




Rose State College Blood Drive

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


Thirty volunteers are needed to give blood and help saves lives. The American Red Cross will be in the Wellness Center on Tuesday, November 27, from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm for the RSC Blood Drive. All donors will receive a scratch code-card with a unique pin to redeem online for a prize.


Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event, but it is recommended you make an appointment with Nickie Williams at 405-733-7330 or to ensure all qualifications are met ahead of time. You can also sign up online at .


There are certain eligibility requirements that must be met before blood can be donated. You must be healthy, at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 lbs. Additional requirements also apply to people with certain health conditions or people that have lived or traveled outside the U.S. to areas with diseases like malaria and Leishmanaisis.


On donation day be sure to drink plenty of water, wear comfortable clothing and have a healthy level of iron in your diet. Donors will also need to bring a list of current medications and a photo ID with their birthdate on it. Student IDs will not be accepted.


The blood most requested by hospitals is type O negative because it is the universal donor. While type O is needed the most, other types of blood are needed too. Don’t hesitate to donate just because you have types A or B. All blood donations are crucial.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and a pint of blood can save up to three lives. Approximately 40,000 blood donations are needed everyday, which makes blood drives vital in resupplying the nations blood banks. It only takes about an hour for the entire donation process and you could be saving the life of someone you know.

Chillin’ in style

By: Narges Taghavi

Feature Editor

Winter is upon us and it’s time to bring out the sweaters, boots, mittens and coats. But when deciding on a winter wardrobe, see if any of these winter fashion staples are already in your closet.

One of the biggest must-haves for those dress days is knit tights. Unlike ordinary tights, which are shear and thin, knit tights are thick and will keep your legs warm, which makes wearing skirts and dresses all the more comfy in the winter months.

Another must-have is a wool coats. Last year, it was all about the pea coat, but this winter is all about wool. Many of these coats lay somewhere between pea coats and windbreakers, and are heavy enough for those snowy days, while still being stylish.

Model Shows off a wool coat during fashion week.
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A winter staple for your shoe collection is knee-high boots. Sure, ankle boots are cute and combat boots were big in the fall, but it seems that this winter, the higher the better. Boots that hit right at the knee are simply timeless and complement almost any leg shape.

This last winter essential will shock you, but put those rules aside by wearing white. Pack away the colorful or patterned skinny jeans and get out those beautiful winter white pants you’ve been dying to wear, because now, white pants are in, and the myth about rocking white after Labor Day is out.

This time of year, sure it might be cold and dressing in layers is required, but it’s possible to still remain fashionable by incorporating these staples into the wardrobe.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment, Fashion Tagged Ankle Boots, Boots, Coat, Essentials, , Jeans, Knee High Boots, Must-Haves, Pea Coat, Seasonal Clothing, Skinny Jeans, Styles, , Winter, Wool

Keeping track of a credit score pays off

By: Narges Taghavi

Feature Editor

A workshop to help students understand their credit score was held on campus at the start of November. The event was beneficial by helping participants learn the ins and outs of their credit score, while teaching them the importance of maintaining good credit. The FICO score, the leading credit score standard in the US, was a major topic.

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By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged Accounts, Credit Cards, Credit Score, FICO, Finances, Loans, Payments

Campus campaign raises money for United Way efforts

Jennifer Byrd,

News Editor


The annual United Way Campus Campaign is running through the end of November, with this year’s goal set at $7,000.  Last year, $6,139 was raised, exceeding the $6,000 target.

Although the bar has been raised for 2012, students and faculty are committed to surpassing the goal once again.  There are many ways to contribute to United Way, but the easiest is to drop by the Payroll Office in the Administration Building and donate a couple of­­ dollars. It’s a quick way to help make a big impact in the community.

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By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged Community Involvement, Disaster Relief, FEMA, United Way, United Way of Central Oklahoma

Cycle Out Cancer participants bike the road to health

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

Cycle Out Caner participants have powered through to this years goal.
Photo by Josi Weaver

It’s not too late to “Cycle Out Cancer” in the Wellness Center.  All month long two stationary bikes have been dedicated to promoting cancer awareness through physical activity. As of Nov. 13, ninety-seven people had accumulated 611 miles.

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Curtains close on the Twilight Saga

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor In Chief 

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattiinson star in the “Breaking Dawn” from Summit Entertainment
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“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” is the end of another book to film era. Only a year after the “Harry Potter” books left theatres, Bella and Edward faced their final challenge and depart from the big screen.

Picking up where the last movie picked up, Bella Swan has finally made her transition to vampire life. The film quickly moves through her taking her place amongst the Cullen’s and meeting her daughter, Renesmee for the first time. It is during this time that the Cullen’s garner the less than friendly attention of the Volturi, led by the deliciously crazed Michael Sheen as Aro.

The race against time sets in as the Cullen’s gather friends as witnesses to the danger presented by the uncertainty Renesmee presents to the vampire community. The many characters introduced in the book are brought to life, from the Amazons to the creepy Romanians.

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By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment Tagged Breaking Dawn, Kristen stewart, Renesmee. Movie, Robert Pattinson, Stephenie meyer,
Election Day

2012 Election results

Election season is over! No more TV ads, phone calls or emails asking for support or donations. President Barack Obama was re-elected, but that wasn’t the biggest news of the night.

 The presidential race was tight at the beginning and then widened at the end in the presidents favor. President Obama took home 303 electoral votes compared to Romney’s 206, although Florida has yet to report their numbers and award their 29 electoral votes. Obama also took 50 percent of the popular vote, with Romney winning 48 percent, again without Florida in the mix.

A record 20 women took seats in the U.S. Senate, with three of them defeating Republican controversy makers, who made comments on cases of rape that drew fire from both sides, such as Sen. Murdoch (R-IN) and Sen. Akin (R-Mo). The status in Congress will remain unchanged, with the House under Republican control and the Senate under Democratic control.

 There were six state ballot measures that addressed the use of marijuana in state. Some were for medicinal marijuana while others for recreational. Arkansas, Montana and Oregon voted to not allow marijuana legalization, while Washington and Colorado voted to allow recreational marijuana and Massachusetts voted to allow medicinal marijuana sales.

 It was also a big night for marriage equality. Maine and Maryland have voted to allow same-sex marriages, while Minnesota voters did not uphold the proposed ban on same-sex marriage, which would define marriage between a man and a woman. As of 2:00 p.m. Central Time, the Washington measure to allow same-sex marriage was still being tallied, although numbers are in favor of marriage equality in the state.

 Florida took on the controversial abortion issue with a proposed ban on public funds for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or the mothers’ health. This did not pass.

 Four states sought to limit the effects of the Affordable Care Act in state. Montana, Wyoming and Alabama all passed the measure, that all read to prohibit the federal and state government from compelling businesses and individuals to participate in any health care system and restrict the government from imposing taxes or fees on those who do not participate. Florida did not pass the measure.

By 15th Street News Posted in News, Politics Tagged 2012 election, affordable care act, , florida, gay marriage, marijuana, marriage equality, montana, , presidential election, , Senate, wyoming

Kick the habit, start a car

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

Respiratory Therapy students brief students on lung health. Photo by Kenneth Beachler

During the annual Stop Smoking event held Oct. 24, students received a packet containing information, such as a list of the chemicals used in the production of cigarettes that could help them quit smoking.

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By 15th Street News Posted in Events, Raider Life Tagged Chemicals, Hazards, , Quit Smoking, Respiratory, tobacco, Wellness