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

New Costume Designer gets swept to Oz

By: Narges Taghavi

Feature Editor


Rose State College theatre department puts on a variety of productions each year and time and hard work go into making these shows spectacular. Many elements go into putting on a great show, such as talented actors who can bring characters to life and a script that captivates the audience.

However, there is one major part of a production that is rarely acknowledged, the costumes, and Brenda Nelson has stepped in as the new costume designer for these shows. Also offering low cost service from contactors4garage


Although, she has an interest in the fashion world, costume design is uncharted territory for her.

Brenda Nelson faces the organized chaos of the theatre department closet. Photo Narges Taghavi.

“I was always more interested in fashion, and did not come to costume design for the theatre until much later. I was around the theatre community while at the University of Oklahoma, and, although not a theatre major, I did meet with the OU Costume Designer to discuss my interest in fashion history, and was invited to take his costume history class the next semester,” Nelson said.


Nelson’s first job will be designing the costume for the upcoming production of the “Wizard of Oz”, opening in November.


“Large cast shows such as this start out to be rather nerve-racking, but exhilarating at the same time.  As I move through the process, step-by-step, I find that there’s too much to be done and there’s really no time to be nervous.  The most important thing for me is to stay calm, focused, and above all, organized,” Nelson said.


The process that Nelson goes through is to start by reading the script, making a list of characters, studying the time period of the play and then deciding the specific costumes for each scene.


“A lot of questions follow, such as how many changes are needed for each character, are there any quick changes, are there any unusual or possibly hard to find pieces needed and can the show be pulled from the stock on hand, rented or borrowed from another theatre, or is it reasonable to build the costumes from scratch,” Nelson said, “In most cases the larger cast shows are a combination of these, and it’s up to the designer to ensure that it’s all-cohesive and works together on stage.”

By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged Brenda Nelson, , Costume Designer, OU, Production Acting, , University of Oklahoma

Writing Course Broadens and Inspires students minds

Jennifer Byrd

Volunteer Writer


There were approximately 150 attendees who heard more than 20 speakers at the first annual Short Course on Writing held Sept15 and 16 in the Tom Steed Community Learning Center.


William Bernhardt successful in helping to plan and coordinate short course on writing. Photo courtesy of Jim Ward

Executive Director William Bernhardt said the turnout was more than twice what was anticipated when planning started last year.


Courses on Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, and Magazine writing were offered to those in attendance. As well as presentations from New York Literary Agents on what they are and are not, looking to publish in today’s rapidly changing market. Authors also gave their personal insights into the current market and valuable education on the writing process.


Keynote speaker Phillip Margolin, a New York Times Bestseller 16 times over, gave an inspiring speech on how he became a novelist and received the Rose State Distinguished Author Award. Michael Wallis was awarded the Oklahoma Writer of the Year Award for his numerous contributions to Oklahoma Literature. Some of Wallis’ books include “The Wild West: 365 Days,” “David Crockett: The Lion of the West,” and “Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride.”


Lauren Zuniga, voted 2012’s Best Local Artist by the Oklahoma Gazette, recited a few of her lively and thought provoking poems during the Saturday evening program. When asked about writing and whether or not someone is on the right track she replied, “When you read your work out-loud, if you get goose bumps, if your tear up you’re doing something right.” Many people that night looked to be teary eyed and many had goose bumps as she spoke.


William Bernhardt repeatedly expressed his immense appreciation to the RSC faculty and staff for making the event possible. “Rose State has been great. We’ve been planning this event for over a year and I think it shows.” From the quality and quantity of speakers to the flawless audio/video service and great catering, this program has raised the bar for writers’ conferences in Oklahoma.


When asked if anyone had learned anything over the weekend, every hand in the room rose. Aspiring writers don’t want to miss next year’s event which is anticipated to be even bigger and better. Stay tuned to the website for upcoming announcements about 2013’s Short Course on Writing.

By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged Authors, First Annual, literature, Novice Writer, Oklahoma Authors, Oklahoma Writers, Oklahoma Writers Conferences, , Short Writing Course, , Writing Course

Families get a chance to cheer on their players

Chelsea Ratterman


Girls are showing off their pride and skills going head to head with each other at family night. Photo by Amber Stafford

The RSC baseball and softball teams hosted a family night on Sept. 21 at the fields.

According to softball coach Nickie Williams, both teams had an event filled night.

The softball team had an intrasquad scrimmage from 3-5 p.m. while the baseball team had its regular practice.

Both teams and their guests were then invited to participate in a homerun derby. There were a total of 15 participants, of all ages. Each participant was given ten swings to see how many they could hit out. Assistant softball coach Travis Murie won by a score of six out of ten.

The evening ended with snacks for everyone who attended.

“It was a great turnout and everyone had a great time,” said Coach Williams.

The softball team has three upcoming games in October. Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. sees them face East Central University in Ada. On Oct. 12 they play Cameron University in Lawton at 2 p.m. and on Oct. 13 they play St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee at 2 p.m.

iPhone 5 set sales records, stocks sink

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor-In- Chief


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Sales for the new Apple iPhone 5 skyrocketed past its predecessor’s sales with ease during the Aug. 21 weekend.


The iPhone 5 set sales records, selling 5 million iPhones within 3 days. The iPhone 4S sold 4 million its opening weekend.


Sales followed a pre-order marathon from consumers, who preordered two million phones within the 24-hour period after pre-sales opened. This also beat the numbers from the iPhone 4S debut, which only saw an estimated one million pre-orders in the same 24-hour time frame. Estimated dates for consumers who pre-ordered the phone was three to four weeks.


Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement released by Apple that “demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.”


According to Cook, Apple sold out of its initial shipment of iPhones, but stores are still receiving regular shipments to meet demand and customers who order online will receive an estimated delivery date, averaging near the four week mark.


Campus response

Students on campus have been favorable toward the new phone.


“It is literally the lightest phone I have ever held, and with the A6 chip the Internet works so much faster. The better battery life, I don’t have to stress about how much of it I use,” Sarah Smith, an international business major, said, “with the built in qualities it literally makes me feel like I’m holding a Stark device. It’s that super!”


Market effects


Despite the large number, Apple stock fell slightly Aug. 24, due to the five million sales not reaching predictions by analysts of seven to eight million units. The high for Aug. 28 was at $695.12, and the US market closed with Apple at $690.79.


The sales number released by Apple did not include shipments that had not been signed for. Apple requires a signature on shipments for it to be considered a sale.


Foxconn Riots


One event that marred the end of Apple’s big weekend was the riots, involving some 79,000 workers, in the Chinese Foxconn manufacturing facility, which supplies parts for Apple and other electronic companies.

This plant, among others, has been under the microscope for its work practices, potentially involving 60- hour workweeks.


The cause of the riots is still under investigation. Rumors persisting say that the riots were caused by tension between workers from different provinces or a tiff with security guards.


The plant re-opened Tuesday after police calmed the area down.




“innocence of Muslims” inflames countries

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor in Chief

The late U.S Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens is seen dring an interview with a team of Libya Hurra TV., July 4, 2012. Photo courtesy of


A film released online over the summer has set the world afire in recent months. “The Innocence of Muslims” film, which portrays the prophet Muhammad as a womanizing child abuser, has sent countries around the world into an uproar, resulting in deaths, most notably that of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, former Navy SEAL’s Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty and Air Force veteran Sean Smith.


The global death toll as of Sept. 24 reached a total of 51.

ansfer cases are carried into a hangar during the Transfer of Remains Ceremony marking the return to the United States of the remains of the four Americans killed this week in Benghazi, Libya, at Joint Base Andrews, Friday, September 14, 2012.
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The backlash of the film reached its precipice on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks when militants attacked the lightly defended U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and protesters stormed the embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

As anti-Western protests continued in the Middle East, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been speaking with leaders of those countries to lessen the blow.

The response from these leaders has been mixed.

When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, he denounced the film but spoke for the solution to be in a human atmosphere, as “we do not like anyone losing their lives or being killed for any reason, anywhere in the world.”

Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, a Pakistan government minster has personally offered a $100,000 reward for the death of the director of the film. He said that he has invited the Taliban and al-Qaida to carry out the attacks, as well as making clear he was speaking for himself, not for the Pakistani government and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf condemned the bounty offer.

The repercussions have been felt outside the political world. The Iranian culture minister has said his country would be boycotting this year’s Academy Awards. Iran won an Oscar in the foreign film category at the event in February 2012, the first for Iran, and the minister said they would not put forth an entry to the category for the 2013 ceremony.

Internet users have also reported Google blackouts in Tehran and other Iranian cities over the Sept. 21 weekend, after Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, a member of the body responsible for Internet oversight, reported they would block use to Google, who owns YouTube, where the video was posted.


By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged Black Outs, Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Google, iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad, Libya, , Sean Smith, The Innocence of Muslims, Tyrone Woods,

Rose State College helps to provide a caring and safe environment for children

Narges Taghavi

Feature Editor 


Rose State College helps to provide a caring and safe environment for children.


According to the website, the Child Development Laboratory Center, located just north of the student center, serves the community as a child care facility and provides a laboratory setting for RSC students enrolled in the Family Services/Child Development Program. The main objective is to provide a positive atmosphere, which will promote the social, physical, intellectual and emotional growth of children.


Children experiment with hand painting and making a fun mess, under supervision of laboratory students.

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Catering to a changing civilization

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

As the United States of America becomes a centralized hub of a world civilization, many people from all around the world will go to colleges both big and small looking to expand their lives toward a better tomorrow.

Such as, RSC has developed a course to accommodate students whose first language is something other than English.

The courses will be the same as the traditional writing classes to include Development Writing, Writing Composition I, and Writing Composition II. Continue reading

By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged , Developmental writing, English Comp I, English Comp II, Multicultural

OMG! Shoes!

By: Narges Taghavi, Feature Editor

OMG! Shoes!

Although, the heat might not be gone the truth of the matter is that summer is coming to an end, so that means it is time to put up those flip-flops and slip on your fall footwear. Like clothes and accessories, with each new season come new shoe trends dying to be rocked.

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RSC staple wins CSA award

By: Narges Taghavi, Feature Editor

RSC staple wins CSA award

The Classified Staff Achievement Award is a prize given to a Rose State College employee that goes above and beyond their job duties. The winner of the CSA award receives an honorable mention at the September CSA meeting and $1,000 in cash.

Tammy Martin keeps payroll on track with a smile.

This year’s winner is Tammy Martin who works in the Payroll office. Martin has worked at RSC for24 years, “I’ve worked in several different places on campus, but I’ve been in payroll for over ten years,” Martin said, “I love [my job]. I’ve got the best boss and the best area.”

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By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged payroll, CSA, Achievement, , , Nominate, Relay For Life, Mid-Del Youth and Family Center