Speech from Dr. Britton prompts high note exit

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor In Chief 

Dr. Terry Britton addresses the gathered faculty and staff January 18 on the second day of the planned convocation program.

Dr. Terry Britton addresses the gathered faculty and staff January 18 on the second day of the planned convocation program.

Dr. Terry Britton gave his last convocation speech as President of Rose State College on Jan. 18.

The speech kicked off the second day of the convocation program organized for faculty that included a motivational speaker and workshops.

Dr. Britton addressed many topics in his nearly hour long speech. The first topic was to recognize long standing employees of the college, and those who had left the college. Prof. Gwendolyn Loftis has taught at Rose State for nearly 42 years, being sworn in with Dr. Britton by the first president, Dr. Jacob Johnson. It was announced that Lisa Price, the director of special events, would retire Feb. 8 after 35 years. A moment of silence followed for Prof. Fredric Bassett, a professor of Anatomy and Physiology for over 40 years, who passed away before the start of term.

The largest announcement was the proposed $22 million bond election, scheduled for March 5. The bond will pay for critical upgrades to the Learning Resource Center, Aquatics Center and the fiber optic system, among other items.

Britton cited the outsourcing of resources from Tinker Air Force Base as a major motivator behind the updates. Rose State provides services to the community such as access to the Aquatics and Wellness Center and the use of the Learning Resource Center. A courtesy card is provided to all servicemen stationed at the base, and with half the TAFB base library staff and hours being cut, Britton emphasized these services may prove increasingly vital to the airmen stationed there.

The other large issue addressed by Britton was the guidelines by which funding is allotted from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. These updated guidelines include a more comprehensive list, rather than simply looking at a college completion rate of first time full-time students, which Rose State runs about 10%. The movement “Finish What You Start” has been in place on campus to improve completion rates, but many students still transfer to four-year universities before completing their Associate’s degree.

Britton believes where RSC may benefit from these guidelines the most is in its teaching and learning resources provided on campus. RSC offers many software and computer classes to teach the basics of technology both to the community and to the faculty and staff as the online learning community evolves.

Last year 880 students graduated from Rose State College. Dr. Britton encouraged faculty and staff to shoot for 1,000 and “make the new president proud of you.” He also emphasized the importance of community colleges and how they are the second and, in many cases, the last chance for many students.

New Year’s resolutions


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

Kari Barczak shows medals from previous marathons and other runs in Redford Township, Michigan, in December 2011, as she works to keep her goal of remaining fit in the coming year. (Regina H. Boone/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

Kari Barczak shows medals from previous marathons and other runs in Redford Township, Michigan, in December 2011, as she works to keep her goal of remaining fit in the coming year. (Regina H. Boone/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

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February is here and those New Year’s resolutions may have already faded from our minds. Many people start out with tons of motivation and truly intend on making permanent lifestyle changes. But now that the semester is underway and homework is quickly piling up, it may seem hard to stick with those lofty goals.


Statistics show that 45% of Americans make resolutions, but only 8% are successful in achieving them. The most common resolutions are to loose weight, quit smoking, get organized, and stop procrastinating. Here are a few ways to stay motivated, keep on track, and follow through with your commitments.

1.set attainable goals. If loosing 20 pounds or writing a 25-page paper sounds overwhelming, then break those goals down into smaller chunks. Start out with a goal to loose 5 pounds or write the first 5 pages of your paper, and then steadily work towards the larger goal.

2.    Recruit support. Friends, family and mentors help keep us focused and motivated, so create a network of support. This is especially crucial for quitting smoking or adopting a new health regimen. With a strong support network in place we have someone to talk to and keep us on track when temptation rears its ugly head.

3.    Take a different approach. If you are not able to stay on track, then adjust your method. If quitting smoking cold turkey doesn’t work for you, then try the patch or gum. If you aren’t a morning person, then exercise or study in the afternoon when you are more alert. If you really want to accomplish your goals, there is always a way. And there is probably more than one way.   Trying a different approach is not giving up, it’s finding a routine that works for you, which will lead to long-term success.

4.    Relax. Sleep and meditation are two essential ingredients for success. Nothing zaps motivation faster than being tired, rushed and stressed out. It is during times of heightened anxiety that we are more likely to throw our goals out the window. If getting 8 hours of sleep each night is simply not an option for you, then consider blocking out 15 minutes each day to sit in a quiet place and clear your mind. You will emerge refreshed and ready to face your challenges once again.

5.    Recognize your progress. No matter how small the accomplishment, be proud of yourself. Tracking your progress is good, but don’t forget to pat yourself on the back at the same time. If you quit smoking 2 days ago, tell yourself how awesome you are. If you walked a mile or ordered the grilled chicken instead of the fried version, remember to congratulate yourself on making progress.

6.    Reward yourself. The more you reward yourself for your successes, the more likely you are to stay motivated and obtain your next goal. Rewards need to be decided ahead and must not sabotage your efforts. If you’re dieting, don’t get a double dip hot fudge sundae. Opt for the fat free vanilla yogurt instead.

7.    Never accept defeat! If you falter along the way, don’t give up. Burnout is a formidable foe; it can grip you and hold you back for a while, but that doesn’t mean you are defeated. If you had a bad day or week, then accept it and move on. Don’t give up everything because of temporary weakness. You are stronger than a small setback and you can achieve your goals!


New Year’s resolutions are often major lifestyle changes, which are hard to implement. Humans are creatures of habit and changing those habits can be some of the hardest things we do in life. However, when we are successful in adopting our new ways, it can be a wonderfully rewarding experience that opens up new opportunities we would have missed if we had continued our old behaviors.


AIA to serve Indian Tacos Thursday, after 12 year hiatus


Bryan Mangieri


Remember when you first heard the Beatles?

Or the first time you fell in love?

Or the birth of your child?

What happens Jan. 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Social Sciences kitchen could possibly change the lives of students.

After a 12 year moratorium, the American Indian Association serves Indian Tacos for the cost of six dollars. Proceeds benefit the RSC Pow-Wow, to be held April 13.

Leaving a tip upon a six dollar purchase would not offend the AIA. In fact, according to the flier, tips are welcomed.

As per the concept of supply and demand, these Indian Tacos very well could run out before students know it! For the sake of everyone involved, it’s encouraged, on the flier of course, “Novice eaters need not attend.”

This opportunity could be the paradigm shift students need.

This is serious.


New nail trends arrive for the New Year

Skylar Wright

Features Editor

Minx #1, now available at Ulta stores, was designed by minx creators for at home use of their solid nail coating. Photo courtesy of mctcampus.com

Minx #1, now available at Ulta stores, was designed by minx creators for at home use of their solid nail coating. Photo courtesy of mctcampus.com

2012 saw reverse French manicures with dark tips, instead of the traditional white on the bottom, but for the New Year and beyond, expect French manicures with a new, different twist.

The sideways French mani, a vertical split, will be popular as well as pale nails with a striking diagonal tip, half moon accent or other graphic shape in a contrasting shade.

Color blocking is in as well, seeing tans, nudes or peaches paired with a bold bright color. It consists of wearing large, bright blocks of seemingly disparate colors that will compliment each other.

If you love your nail polish to be bold but not overwhelming, you’ll adore the Dior Vernis Cruise Collection 2013. All three shades — Lime, Mango and Pasteque are vivid with a fresh and sexy flair.

The Mariah Carey by OPI Spring 2013 Nail Polish Collection, which was released at the start of 2013, features eight new limited edition shades inspired and hand-selected by Mariah Carey. What’s totally cool is that four of them feature a new technology, OPI Liquid Sand, which features a textured matte mixed with glitter. My favorite color of the collection? Stay the Night — a matte black with red glitter accents. You can find the collection at OPI retailers with each lacquer priced at $9.

Black nail polish isn’t just for the gothic style scene. Dark nail polish is usually hot for winter, but this trend will even carry into spring this year. At Spring-Summer 2013 Fashion Week, there were plenty of dark nails at the New York shows.

Whatever nail polish you are wearing in 2013, make sure you touch up your nails often. Chipped nail polish is definitely not in style for the New Year.

Rose State a technology frontier


Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

Technology has, since the caveman, been a much-contested battlefield with those who hold the most accomplishments being at the top in the world’s economy and power structure.

President Barack Obama and his administrators, along with those in Congress, are pushing for more education in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  RSC participates year-round in helping to advance interest in STEM.

Every year the Engineering and Science division, lead by Dean Dr. Wayne Jones, hosts various events and lectures promoting STEM.

“We host science and engineering fairs for elementary students.  We host a yearly Science and Engineering Festival in the spring to celebrate STEM.  This year the fair and festival will be on April 4th,” Jones said.

The E and S division works with elementary, middle, and high schools to increase early interest in STEM.

We also hosted Mid-Del Middle school students during the Fall 2012 semester in a STEM event.  There were 1,000 6th graders, 1,000 7th graders, and 1,000 8th graders that attended,” Jones said.

Destnee Walton, 12, from left, Martayllia Copes, 10, and Jordan Miller, 11, all of Kansas City, assemble a robot, July 20, at Science City in Kansas City's Union Station. Courtesy of mctcampus.com

Destnee Walton, 12, from left, Martayllia Copes, 10, and Jordan Miller, 11, all of Kansas City, assemble a robot, July 20, at Science City in Kansas City’s Union Station. Courtesy of mctcampus.com

With the world market being lead generally by those in the STEM field, it is important for the U.S. and smaller communities, such as RSC and its surroundings communities, to look toward producing qualified individuals to work in STEM fields, and to increase both the economic standing and employment opportunities for those in the community.

Toward this goal, a group of students created the RSC Engineering and Science Club.

“This will be a significant organization and help to promote STEM both on campus and in the community,” Jones said.

For information pertaining to club activities and meeting times contact Kristy Thompson kristy-thompson@stu.rose.edu or Larry Johnson larry-johnson@stu.rose.edu.

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged Elementary School, Engineering, High School, mathematics, Mid-Del School, Middle school, , STEM,

LRC Seeking Materials for benefit sale

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

The Friends of the Library at RSC and the Library Club are asking for book donations for the book sale that will be hosted 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Feb 13 and 14.

All types of book donations are needed to make the sale a success. The LRC will accept fiction, non-fiction, paperback, hard back, children’s, young adults, textbooks and picture books.

Any type of periodical or encyclopedia as well as music CD’s and DVD’s are also requested.


All materials can be brought to the LRC office. The book sale is open to the public, and all proceeds will be used to benefit the LRC.

For more information on the book sale, or to join the Friends of the Library at RSC contact the LRC office at 405-733-7370 or email Barb Pfrehm at bpfrehm@rose.edu.


The Spectacular Now Sparkles at Sundance

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

A24 Films, one of the newest and most active distribution companies on the Independent film scene, has acquired the rights to “The Spectacular Now,” the movie based on RSC Professor Tim Tharp’s book.

The novel was a Finalist in 2008 for the National Book Award. It was adapted for the silver screen by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, and premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

This young adult love story mixed with a coming of age drama is set for a Summer release. With all the attention the movie has received over the last week, it may be one of the films to receive a wide theatrical release by its young distributor.  A24 Films was formed less than six months ago in Aug 2012.

Movie still of Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in the adaptations of Tim Tharp's book "The Spectacular Now."  Photo courtesy of theplaylist.com

Movie still of Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in the adaptations of Tim Tharp’s book “The Spectacular Now.” Photo courtesy of theplaylist.com

The breakout performances by Miles Teller, as Sutter, and Shailene Woodley, as Aimee have been heavily praised since last Friday’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The movie was featured in the U.S. dramatic competition.

Regarding their newest acquisition, A24 said, “we fell in love with this film the minute that we watched it and we know the rest of the country will embrace this timeless love story.”

A24 principals David Fenkel, John Hodges and Daniel Katz also praised the film’s Director. “James [Ponsoldt] has directed a wonderful film that depicts young love with complete authenticity and has two young stars giving incredible performances…”

The production crew seemed pleased with the purchase as well. In a press release Producer Andrew Lauren said, “I am so thrilled that the film has found a home with a company that has such passion for it. It’s been an amazing Sundance and we are so gratified by the incredibly warm response here.”

Book author, Tim Tharp, made an appearance at the film festival where he was able to view the movie twice and participated in a question and answer session with the audience.

When asked about his thoughts about the film he said, “I absolutely loved what they did with my characters and story. Every performance was beautifully executed. ”

Tharp’s latest young adult novel, Mojo, the story of a young slacker trying to turn his life around, is slated for release this April.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment, Features Tagged A24 films, Knoof, Miles Teller., Novel, Shailee Woodley, Spectacular Now, Sundance, Sundance Film Festival, Tim Thrap, Yound Adult

Obama Inaugural speech hits controversial points

President Barack Obama took his second Oath of Office on January 21, the celebration falling on the same day the nation was honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Obama took his oath upon both the Lincoln Bible and MLK Jr.’s bible, to honor men he has cited as influences upon his term as President.

President Obama Inauguration Parade

In a day of speeches, song and poetry, the most analyzed speech was bound to be the president’s. His speech lays out, perhaps vaguely, what direction he plans to take with his second term. Continue reading

By 15th Street News Posted in Politics Tagged climate change, debt ceiling, entitlements, gay rights, gun rights, , inauguration, medicaid, medicare, mitch mcconnell, , , socia security

LRC Book Sale seeking donations

The Learning Resource Center is having a book sale in February! If you have books, any books at all, they are looking for donations for the sale, that is sponsored by the Friends of the Library at RSC. Sounds like a great opportunity for some spring cleaning!


To donate, take books to the LRC office.


The sale will be held February 13 and 14 in Room 109/110 of the LRC from 8 am to 9 pm. Stay tuned for more details!

By 15th Street News Posted in Briefs