D2L Makes Changes

By: Narges Taghavi

Feature Editor

D2L Makes Changes

Most Rose State College Students know what D2L is but if they are new to the school, here is a brief description of it; according to the Rose State web site “Desire2Learn, abbreviated D2L, is a learning management system which allows participants to engage in online classroom and community activities through a web browser.” Students can get in touch with their teachers and classmates through the site as well.


This past spring there were some minor changes to the site. However now d2l has gone under some major transformations. When students first login at the top of screen users will see a “My Home”. When selected, students will be taken to their D2L home page. The envelope icon allows students to check messages, there is also an updates icon, and a discussion alerts icon.


Chris Meyer, dean of the Learning Resources Center said the following in an email; “The new system includes several enhancements to make the online learning experience more friendly and efficient for all users. For those used to the old system, the layout has changed and may take a few days to adjust. The overall layout is cleaner and provides more direct access to commonly used areas within the platform. The new mini-toolbar across the top of all D2L pages is one example where access has been consolidated for quicker access.


“Some of the most useful enhancements occur in the Notifications tool which allows users to receive email or text messages anytime an instructor posts a new announcement on the course home page, when a Dropbox assignment or quiz is due within two days, when a message is posted to a subscribed discussion topic, or when grades are released. Be sure to set up notifications at the beginning of the semester so you won’t miss any important announcements.


“We encourage all users to practice using D2L by exploring the online orientation in the Fall 2012  Student Community available on the D2L My Home page. Additionally, the online User Guide is available in the navigation bar at the top of all D2L pages for online assistance. Questions not answered by the online resources may be directed toward the Rose D2L Helpdesk by clicking the Help link in the navigation bar or by visiting helpdesk staff in the Learning Resources Center, Room 206.”

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Contentious groups in government

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

Contentious groups in government

On Feb. 3, 1984 Charlie Reese, a former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, wrote an article called, “545 vs. 300,000,000”. In this article, Reese expressed his views concerning the dispersion of accountability in government.

Reese tries to convey that no one man or woman in the U.S. has the single say so to put words into action.  A proposition is made, a committee is formed, and all elected congressmen and women and senators who have been given the power to make and create laws must vote. The people of the U.S. have put these individuals into seats of power and given them license to create the laws of the land as they see fit. No one person is at fault, they all are.  They either succeed or fail together.

“One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices – 545 human beings out of 238 million- are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.” – Excerpt from 545 vs. 300,000,000

When two contentious groups are both fighting for the ideals of their respective groups, and place more value on their own perceptions of right and wrong, the outcome leads to citizens being pulled one way or another, or leads to them becoming under-represented.

“Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They and they alone have the power, they and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses – provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.” – Excerpt from 545 vs. 300,000,000

Idealizations of right and wrong create illusionary falsehoods

Arguing right and wrong is essential and beneficial for philosophers who have the freedom to do so. However, right and wrong becomes irrelevant in the normal sense of what right and wrong is, when a greater number of people are involved.

The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Governments should not have a stance on religion, on personal choices concerning what to do or not to do with their bodies, or on the stance of how people should choose to love another being.

All these issues involve how a person makes a deeply significant choice concerning their lives.  Whether it is right or wrong is irrelevant, people must have the freedom to make their own choices. Right or wrong is a perspective that is not static; it is fluid and ever changing.

An appointed official of the people has a responsibility and duty to the people who have given their vote, and also to those who voted for someone else or did not vote. Once elected it should not matter that a person did or did not vote. That official has a duty to represent all the peoples of their respective represented areas equally.

As the 2012 Presidential elections near, take the time to look at how the government that is paid for by people has given its support to the people.



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Back to School!

The fall semester is now officially in full swing.

Raider Rush kicked the year off for the new students on campus. The orientation sessions included how to survive college and a visit from a Monster representative, with tips on how to make students more marketable after college and how to be successful in college.

Raider Dayz occurred August 20 and 21. Attica State played live music Monday with pizza being served in the campus mall. Tuesday saw a return of Dante and the Hawks and the Big Truck Taco truck made its return to campus with free tacos.

Campus clubs and local businesses had booths set up during the two days, with weather that started the semester off with a good start.

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Dental Hygiene – Brief




The Rose State College Dental Hygiene Clinic is now accepting appointments for children 3 – 12 years old. This appointment may include prophylaxis (teeth cleaning), examination and fluoride treatment. Additional services, oral radiographs (x-rays) and sealant placement may be scheduled at a later time. There is a fee of $5.00 and appointments are limited. Contact us as soon as possible at 733-7337 for available dates and appointment scheduling for the fall semester.

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Dr. Britton’s convocation speech addresses faculty concerns

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

Dr. Britton’s convocation speech addresses faculty concerns

08172012 12:46 p.m.

As this new school year starts, and new students wander throughout the campus, one person’s long career will come to an end.  The beginning of this semester marks the 40th year of Dr. Terry Britton’s educational career. It however, will also be his last.


When is the right time to retire?

“When a friend asked when I’d know it was time to retire I said, ‘One of these days, I will arrive at the campus, step out of the truck, and know the time has come for me to retire,’” Britton said during his bi-annual convocation address to the faculty.

In 2006, Britton became the president of Rose State College, and has held that position for the last six years.  Like any establishment the college has seen its ups and downs, its trials and tribulations, seen many students go on to graduate and obtain careers in their field of study.


Life is full of good and bad

For good or bad, Britton has led our school through difficult times and helped to enable the school to keep its head above water. “It’s a mixed bag, how well we’ve done these last six years,” he said.

During Dr. Britton’s address, he talked about issues the school is facing, and also points of concern the faculty had expressed in the first ever Leadership Assessment Survey. Some of these concerns were focused on faculty employment issues, enrollment issues, technical issues, and degree program issues.


Reaching out to the community through communication

He also spoke on ways in which to utilize the Communications Center. “Anyone who has been to the communications center on weekends in the spring knows that six months out of the year it is filled with dancers,” Britton said. The Communications Center is known throughout the community for its dance recitals. There is however, a lot more going on in the building than just dance.

Article will be updated as more information is gathered.

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Get Involved


Phi Theta Kappa

Advisors:  Caryl Gibbs  (733-7508) Suzanne Thomas (733-7515)

Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society based on GPA. The Rose State Chapter’s name is Alpha Eta Alpha. To qualify, students must have completed 12 hours of coursework and achieved a 3.5 GPA.  The qualifying student will receive an invitation to join. Benefits of joining include access to potential scholarships and graduation regalia.

 Student Senate Participation

One of the best ways to get involved on campus and with the inner workings of campus activities, Student Senate elections are open to students each semester. To apply for fall semester candidacy, contact the Student Activities office. The deadline to apply is August 31 and elections will be on D2L September 5 and 6. Student Senators receive a 12- hour tuition waiver and a one-hour college credit for participation. This year’s executive officers are Elizabeth Larios (Pres.), Zach Lewallen (V.P.), Carson Stramski (Treasurer) and Austin Davis (Secretary). A spring election will fill the four executive positions for the 2013-2014 school year.

Wellness Center

Hours:  Monday – Friday (6 am – 8 pm)     Saturday (8 am – 4 pm)

Closed Sundays and Campus Holidays

The Wellness Center provides students and staff with free facility access. When on campus, students can utilize a variety of areas, from free weights to treadmills, from recreational activities such as basketball to volleyball, from an aquatic center with its indoor heated pool (open swim hours posted at aquatics desk) to its whirlpool and sauna. Additionally, a wellness assessment lab offers screenings for body fat and overall physical health. The Center also offers personal training classes that address the common goals of weight loss and body toning. For info, call 733-7350.

Student Clubs

A comprehensive list of clubs is available through student activities. Clubs are a great way to make connections with people of similar interests on campus. If you do not see a club for you, start your own! All it takes is three prospective members and an advisor. If you can’t find an advisor, Student Activities can help with that too. Once all that is done, the club needs to submit the documents for chartering to Student Activities. The documents must include a list of prospective members, advisor and membership requirements. For more information, contact Student Activities in Student Center Room 114 or 733-7376.

  • American Indian Association Advisor, Mechelle Aitson-Roessler @ 733-7308.
  • Baptist Collegiate Ministry Contact John Wilkerson @ 473-4478.
  • Black Students Association Advisor, Monique Bruner @ 733-7316.
  • Cheerleading Club Contact Student Activities @ 733-7376
  • Chess Club Advisor, Steven Fowler @ 733-7595.
  • CLT Club (Clinical Laboratory Technology) Advisor, Evelyn Paxton @ 733-7577.
  • Club Trio Advisor, Amber Mitchell @ 733-7379
  • Cyber Security Club Advisor, Ken Dewey 733-7977.
  • Drama Club Advisor, Rick Nelson @ 736- 0364
  • Future Criminal Justice Professionals Club Advisor, Arnold Waggoner @ 736-0238.
  • Go Green Club Advisor, Dr. John Wood @ 733-7922.
  • Hispanic Students Association Advisor, Erica Alvarez @ 736-0271
  • Imagination in Motion. Advisor, Terrance Byers @ 733-7573.
  • Latter Day Saint Student Association Advisor, Brent Fisher @ 736-0265
  • Library Club Advisor, Brad Robison @ 733-7402.
  • Mass Communications Club Advisor, Skip Leckness @ 736-0272.
  • Mu Rho Alpha Club Advisor, Linda Whaley @ 733-7548.
  • Music Club Advisor, Emily Robinson @ 733-7427
  • NSBE (Nat’l Society of Black Engineers) Advisor, Dr. Wayne Jones @ 733-7316.
  • NTSO (Non-Traditional Students Organization) Advisor, Pam Reynolds @ 733-7418.
  • Nurses Christian Fellowship Advisor, Genia Wilson @ 736-0335.
  • Paralegal Association Advisor, Judy Shaw @ 733-7460.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Suzanne Thomas @ 733-7515 or Caryl Gibbs @ 733-7508.
  • Recreational Sports Assoc. Chris Leland @ 736-0304.
  • Republicans Club Advisor, Dean Fisher @ 736-0223
  • Sew Savvy Club Advisor, Pam Reynolds @ 733-7418
  • Sigma Alpha Mu (Science & Math) Advisor, Dr. Adjoa Richardson Ahedor @ 733-7551.
  • Spectrum Alliance Advisor, Elizabeth Boger @ 733-7521.
  • Student Nurses Association Advisor, Velmarie Swing @ 733-7352.
  • Student Senate Advisors Kirby Harzman or Emily Fisher @ 733-7376.
  • Study Abroad Club Advisor, Reginald Snoddy @ 733-7927.
  • TEACH Club (Tomorrow’s Educators Advancing Careers Here) Advisor, Linda Tucker @ 736-0219
  • VOICE/OIL Club Advisor, Dr. John Wood @ 733-7413.
  • Veterans Club Advisor, Dr. John Wood @ 733-7922.
  • Wellness Club Advisor, Liz Brown @733-7353
  • Wesley Student Fellowship Advisor Dianne Goodloe @ 733-7332.
  • Student Activities Kirby Harzman, 733-7376
  • Wellness Center Chris Leland 733-7350
  • Student Center Melissa Aguigui 733-7334
  • LRC Chris Meyer, 733-7913

Rose State Student Theatre Productions

The Rose State Theatre Department has released the 2012-2013 season. Auditions for all plays are open to all RSC students.

Agnes of God  (September 13 – 16) @ H.B. Atkinson Theatre

The Wizard of Oz  (November 2 – 4) @ Performing Arts Theatre

Barefoot in the Park (February 14 – 17) @ H.B. Atkinson Theatre

Short and Sweet: A Ten Minute Play Festival (April 18 – 21)

@ Performing Arts Theatre

All plays are open to the general public for a $5 admission. Admission is free for senior citizens, RSC students and staff.

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Student Checklist

Student Checklist 

[] Get your student ID- Student Services Room 100

[] Get your parking pass- Administration Building; Cashiers window

[] Find a major or career path- Visit Career Services in the Professional Training Center and utilize their Discover program to help find your path.

[] Find your department advisor

  •    Business: Steve Johnson; BS 107; 736-0348; sjohnson@rose.edu
  •    Engineering/Science: Nick Bastani; SM 104-A; 736-0280;    gbastani@rose.edu
  •    Health Sciences: Linda Reichelt; HSC 101; 733-7545;   lreichekt@rose.edu
  •    Humanities: Rick Woodard; HU 107; 733-7999; rwoodard@rose.edu
  •    Social Services: Nick Clayton; SS 127; 733-7409; nclayton@rose.edu

[] Get Wellness Center access- Front Desk Physical Education and Recreation Building

[] Join a club- Student Activities has a list! Or start your own!

[] Sign up for tutoring- Student Success can help you or visit the tutoring office, first floor of the Learning Resources Center.

[] Volunteer your time: run for Senate or tutor someone!

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August 20, 2012, when students return for the first day of classes, is the most exciting day of the year for the faculty and staff at Rose State College.  Teaching and learning is our primary focus; students are our primary concern.  The noise, the hubbub, the excitement permeate the campus.  Many of you may be confused about where to go and what to do.  If so, stop and ask any staff member—faculty, administrator, clerk, receptionist—and you will get assistance.  We pride ourselves on friendly service and good information.

As many already know, I am retiring at the end of this academic year; thus, I have my last chance to give advice to students.  The rules are simple: put classroom learning on your list each day as the first priority and mark it off at the end of each day as completed.  Last week I told the leadership students (who had to report a week early) that no one was more surprised than I when I succeeded in my first semester.  As a first member of my family to become a college student, I was not sure what to expect.  Many of you are in the same situation and have the same trepidation.  The secret I discovered for my success is that I did not get behind schedule in any class.  I attended every day, I took notes, I read the assignments, and I asked for clarification when in doubt.  Try the method; it works!

You have available excellent faculty, advisors, counselors, and administrators, who have your best interests at heart.  Your best efforts plus their best efforts add up to success.  Be responsible to the rules of the classroom; pay attention to college communications about financial aid; avail yourselves of the free tutoring in the Learning Resource Center and the Math Lab.  Take joy in learning.  Your years in higher education should be some of the best you will ever experience.

My best wishes for your success,

Terry Britton, President

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Welcome to Campus!

Hello Raiders!

A few events are upcoming on the campus to get the semester kicked off.

First, for freshman and first timers to campus, is Raider Rush!

Raider Rush is the orientation to the campus. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, go here.

This event will cover topics such as general college information, Student Support Services, tutoring services, and finances. Tours of the campus are available. Also, look for us during this event! We will be providing quick guides for the campus, and we are always looking for volunteer writers and photographers!

Next, is Raider Dayz. This is the annual two day event offers free food and music to the students, and booths for information and local vendors.

Again, look for us here for information and to volunteer!

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