Humanities Department wins Jail and Bail


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


Joshua Robison poses for a mug shot for the hail and bail fundraiser. Photo by: Marisa Caban

Joshua Robison poses for a mug shot like the participants of the jail and bail fundraiser. Photo by Marisa Caban



The second annual March of Dimes fundraiser, Jail and Bail, ended in the detainment of Dr. Bret Wood, Dr. Wayne Jones and Mr. Chris Meyer.  Ms. Lori Morrow, the Humanities Department’s representative, avoided jail time by raising bail before the event.


Throughout the month of March, each department was asked to raise money for the March of Dimes. The goal was to raise $100 per department. If the funds weren’t raised in time, a jail sentence of fifteen minutes had to be served in the Wellness Center’s makeshift cellblock.


For added fun, this year’s prisoners were also required to wear orange jumpsuits while they served their time behind bars.


The Humanities Department won this year’s competition, raising over $300 of the $550 total.


The March of Dimes is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide prenatal support to women at risk of pre-term deliveries and fund research programs that combat birth defects and infant mortality.


All proceeds from the Jail and Bail event will go straight to the March of Dimes, where 77 cents of every donated dollar is used for research and support programs.


The next metro area March of Dimes event, “March for Babies”, will be in Norman on May 4. Registration starts at 9am and the march begins at 10am.


By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged Fundraising, Jail And Bail, March for Babies, March of Dimes,

RSC prepares staff for possible Active Shooter


Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

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In 2012, cities throughout the U.S. saw what police refer to as “Active Shooter” events.


To help faculty and staff make preparations in case of an Active Shooter, Richard Andrews, interim campus safety and security specialist, introduced Midwest City Police Department Lt. Jerry Kennedy, to speak on ways in which police respond to an Active Shooter event, and what faculty and staff should do in case of such an event.


In case of an Active Shooter event the following steps are advisable:

  • Run, get out of the area and call 9-1-1
  • Find a safe place to hide, turn off the lights, and reduce visibility and outline of silhouette by getting behind or under something.
  • Barricade any door that is helping you remain unnoticed and unseen.


This is not the first “active shooter” session held on the RSC campus. In 2011, an exercise was held involving emergency response teams like fire, police, Homeland Security and civil emergency officials, to demonstrate the response to such an event. Students were involved in this drill as well, as simulated victims, and gave the campus an opportunity to test its response skills and warning notifications on Facebook, the college campus warning system and the new texting systems.

By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged 911, Active Shooter, Campus Safety, LT. Jerry Kennedy, Midwest City Police Department, Prepare, Richard Andrews, security

Spring up for workshops


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

The Student Success Center has two upcoming Financial Literacy Program workshops.

The “Wise Use of Credit Cards” workshop will be held March 28 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm and will discuss how to use credit responsibly.

The “Couponing 101” workshop is April 2 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm and will teach novice spendthrifts the ins and outs of coupon mastery. This is one of the most popular Student Success events, so get there early.

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Both workshops will be held in the Business Building, room 209. All attendees will be entered into the drawing for a free t-shirt. They can also register for the Apple iPad drawing that will take place in May.

The Student Success Center and its workshops are part of the Achieving the Dream Initiative, which focuses on student retention and success rates through various programs.

To learn more about the Student Success Center or other Achieving the Dream resources, like academic success contracts or mentoring programs, stop by the office in the Student Center, room 111, Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm or email them at


The Aquatic Center will be receiving part of a $2 million allotment for upgrades. Photo by Marisa Caban

Bond passage secures funds for campus improvements

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor In Chief 


The $22 million bond that Rose State sought passed on March 5 with a 64 percent approval rate. This means that RSC will be able to remodel the LRC, Aquatic Center and upgrade the IT systems equipment. Project start dates have yet to be set.

The Aquatic Center will be receiving part of a $2 million allotment for upgrades. Photo by Marisa Caban

The Aquatic Center will be receiving part of a $2 million allotment for upgrades. Photo by Marisa Caban

The most visible updates will be to the LRC, which has grown to house many services within the two-story building. According to Chris Meyer, dean of the LRC, with the new construction they will be able to offer more conducive spaces to the needs of Academic Testing, Tutoring, Disability Services, Distance Education and Instructional Support. Meyer also said he hopes to see the LRC lobby host more cultural events, guest speakers and community events.

“We are preparing to have a building that is a place where visitors find an inviting and welcoming environment to study, train, work, research, relax, and gather in clusters,” Meyer said.

In the opinion of many students and staff on campus, the most needed update will be to the equipment that provides the campus with Internet services. According to John Primo, vice president of Information Technology Services, the targeted areas will be the replacement of fiber optic infrastructure and the installation of a backup generator to keep campus resources running in the event of a power outage.

“The ability to provide robust, production-level quality wireless Internet access to faculty and students is going to improve their accessibility to online resources and course materials using their mobile devices,” Primo said.

Finally, the Aquatic Center will be receive updates to the infrastructure around it. Holes and wood rot have been found in the exterior walls, and these will be fixed alongside other upgrades.

Other projects in the bond election are for a Student Union lounge renovation, replacing ceiling tiles, flooring, lighting and exterior doors of various buildings, a sign on the S.E. 15th Street entrance and restroom renovations across campus to bring them up to ADA standards.

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged ADA, americans with disabilities act, Aquatic Center, Bond Election, Disability, distance education, , IT, , LRC, student union, testing, Tutoring

Raiders determined to have winning season

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

Raider baseball players take a break from rigorous practice.    Photo by Marisa Caban

Raider baseball players take a break from rigorous practice. Photo by Marisa Caban

The men’s baseball team is in the middle of the 2013 spring season. The Raiders have played nineteen of their games with a record of ten wins and nine loses. The season has proved challenging, but the team is confident the stats will continue to improve.

At the last faceoff against Hutchinson County, the final score of 0-7 did not accurately reflect the team’s ability and hard work. Raider Pitcher Chris Joiner led the stats with seventeen first pitch strikes and five strikeouts. The sophomore from Woodbridge, VA played a total of five innings.

The double-header, March 12, against Seward County proved the team has what it takes to win. They dominated both games, which ended in final scores of 6-1 and 9-4. “We are really starting to play better now,” Head Coach Coty Cooper said.

Cooper also announced two commitments from new players for the 2013-2014 season. Landon Eason, an outfielder from Yukon High School, and Jeremy Katz, an infielder from Fairview High School in Boulder Colorado. The team has fifteen sophomores on the roster this year, so more player commitments are expected soon.

Rose State’s Garrett Crain, a sophomore infielder, has signed a commitment with NCAA Division I Texas Christian University.  Crain came from Edmond Santa Fe High School and has played with Rose State for two years.

The next home game is Tuesday, March 26 at 1:00 pm against Carl Albert State College. Admission is free to all students who show their valid student ID at the gate.


By 15th Street News Posted in Sports Tagged Athletics, , Edmond Santa Fe High School, Game, Garrett Crain, Healthy, , Home game, Hutchinson County, NCAA, NCAA Division I, raider baseball, , , , Texas Christian University
Dr. Jeanie Webb will step into the position as president on July 1.

Dr. Jeanie Webb named new RSC President

Dr. Jeanie Webb will step into the position as president on July 1.

Dr. Jeanie Webb will step into the position as president on July 1.

 Chelsea Ratterman

Editor in chief 

Rose State College Board of Regents elected a new president on March 8. The Board announced the selection of Dr. Jeanie Webb, the current vice president of Student Affairs, to succeed Dr. Terry Britton when he retires, effective July 1.

She will be the college’s seventh president and has served as the VP of Student Affair for 13 years.

On becoming the next president, Webb said she is “honored that the board would select [me], and humbled at the same time. It says a lot if they have the confidence to select you. But excited too, because [I’m] ready to go.”

Until then, Webb wants the focus to be on Britton and for him to have these months of celebration about his future in retirement.

“It’s really important to me that Dr. Britton be honored and have the excitement and enthusiasm for him,” she said.

In the next few months she will be working alongside Britton as they begin to transition, wanting it to be as seamless as possible, according to Webb.

Webb has been visiting with faculty, staff and students around campus to hear ideas on what they hope this new era at RSC will bring. She placed emphasis on the integration of technology into the education experience, with the next generations coming to college being groups that have grown up with it.

Rose State serves eastern Oklahoma County, as well as a wide base in Oklahoma City and Webb hopes her time as president will see Rose State emerge as the premier community college for central Oklahoma.

Her support base features her daughter, Anna Grace Webb, and husband Roger Webb, who served as the President of the University of Central Oklahoma for 14 years.

On if her husband was giving her any tips to leading a college, Webb said, “I know the expectations of a president going into this and its helpful to know what to expect.”

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Lady Raiders knock it out of the park


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


Sophomore Lady Raiders (Left to Right) Nikki Brandt, Tanner Moody,Sam D'Alessandro and Ashley Sanferd. Photo By Marisa Caban

Sophomore Lady Raiders (Left to Right) Nikki Brandt, Tanner Moody,Sam D’Alessandro and Ashley Sanferd. Photo By Marisa Caban

The RSC Softball Team played two double-headers March 2 and 3.

On Saturday, the Lady Raiders faced Eastern Oklahoma State College. They won the first game 9-1. The second game was slightly more challenging. The final score ended in a 5-6 loss.

The team didn’t let that loss get them down and played Sunday’s double-header brilliantly. They won the first game 6-5 and the second game was a shut out with a final score of 7-0.

“Cassidy Hart & Sherrena McPherson both had an exceptional weekend, both hitting 1 double and 2 homeruns apiece.  Sherrena also pitched 12 innings, only allowing 6 hits, 1 run and she had 15 strikeouts,” said Head Coach Nickie Williams.

The next home games are March 14 when the Lady Raiders take on Seminole State College and March 16 against Conners State College. The Lady Raiders will play double-headers both days with games starting at 2pm and 4pm.

Admission is free to all RSC students who show their valid student ID at the gate.

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged Athletics, , Double Header, Lady Raiders, , Softball hall of fame,

Department heads in need of bail money

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


Have you ever wanted the chance to bail your Dean out of jail? The March of Dimes event “Jail and Bail” is a great opportunity to spring the powers that be from the pokey and raise money for a good cause.


This friendly fundraising competition between departments will provide much needed funds to the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health of mothers and babies.


Each department has a donation jar to collect money and they have until March 27 to raise at least $100.


The “prisoners” this year are Dr. Bret Wood, Dr. Wayne Jones, Mr. Chris Meyer and Ms. Lori Morrow. They will report to the Wellness Center gym floor on the last day of the competition. If their department has not raised enough funds, they must serve their prison sentence, 15 minutes in “jail”.



This year the campaign hopes to add some more fun to the FUNdraiser by having orange jumpsuits on hand for any “prisoners” that are unable to post bail.


All proceeds from this event go directly to the March of Dimes, where 77 cents of every dollar raised is used to support research and programs that combat birth defects and infant mortality.


By 15th Street News Posted in Health, Raider Life Tagged Birth Defects, Birth Nonprofit, Fundraising, Infant, Infant Mortality, Jail And Bail, March of Dimes