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Banned Books Week features read-outs, professor panel

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor In Chief 

The LRC will be hosting student read-outs during Banned Books week from Oct. 2-5. Oct. 1 is the first read-out at 10:30 a.m. in front of the LRC and the second one is at noon on Oct. 2 also in front of the LRC. These read-outs feature students reading excerpts from their favorite challenged book in a circle of peers, as well as faculty and staff participants.  Each day features different books and readers.

Throughout the week, a display of banned books in the RSC library will be up in the LRC on the first floor.

For more info on Banned Books Week, visit the American Library Association website.

Graphic by Melissa Bednarek

One of the events for the Banned Books week occurring from Oct. 1-5 is a professor panel discussion.

Held Oct. 3 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in LRC Room 109/110, the panel will feature different points of view on the topic of banning books.

The panel features three RSC faculty members, Dr. John Wood, Dr. Jim Hochtritt and Michael Grady, and is moderated by Ben Fenwick.

This event is free to the public.

Professor Michael Grady

Prof. Grady will be on the pro-side of banning books for the Banned Books Panel. He is playing the devil’s advocate for the sake of the panel, alongside Dr. Hochtritt.

“I am taking a side for which I am not truly behind, but when asked, I thought it would be a good challenge, and I plan to come out on the winning side,” said Grady.

Grady is an adjunct professor and teaches Fundamentals of English, Comp I and II.

He holds a B.A in speech and in religion from Baylor University, Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters of English, traditional studies from UCO.

Grady is in his sixth year as a professor at RSC.

Dr. James Hochtritt

Dr. Hochtritt will be taking the pro-banning side on the Banned Books Panel. He is playing the devil’s advocate, alongside Prof. Grady, for the sake of the panel.

Dr. Hochtritt earned a B.A. in American Studies, a B.A. in History from California State University Chico and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Oklahoma. He is a cultural and social historian whose main area of focus is ethnicity and race in the 20th century American West.

He is in his 12th year at RSC and is a tenured, full-time faculty member.

Dr. John Wood

Dr. Wood is taking the anti-banning stance on the Banned Books Panel. He has expressed that book burning is symbolic and pure censorship, leading toward extremism. In an example given by Dr. Wood, the radical views of Christian Johann Heinrich Heine led to German authorities banning many of his works and forcing him to live in Paris for 25 years as an expatriate. He once said, “Where books are burned, people will next be burned.”

Dr. Wood is currently in his eighth year as an RSC professor and is the faculty adviser for VOICE/OIL, Go Green Club, and the Veteran’s Club.

Dr. Wood holds a B.S. in Journalism, an M.A. in Political Science and a Ph.D. in environmental policy and conflict management all from OSU.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment, Multimedia, Raider Life Tagged ala, anti, banned book, devils advocate, dr. wood, grady, hochtritt, panel, pro, read out

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.

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Pegasus Unveiling

Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor

The revealing of the 32nd annual Pegasus publication was held in the Communications Center on April 25. The competition and subsequent book showcases original poetry, writing and artwork of Rose State students, staff and faculty. Susan Dawson-O’Brien and Theresa-Ann Walther are the contacts for the program and submissions.
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Showers soak Spring Fest

By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief

Spring is officially here! Spring into Campus and Spring Fest took place April 11 and 12. Dante and the Hawks were the featured bands, and voting for Student Senate Executive Positions took place online.

The rainy weather that fell April 11 forced Spring Fest activities into the Student Center. As a result, several events were canceled, including live performances and booths representing the diverse organizations and clubs on campus.

The damp weather failed to dampen spirits as organizers made the best of the situation. Due to the Community Health Fair taking place at the same time, Spring Fest was localized in the Student Activities offices. From there, food and drinks were handed out, with food being provided by Jersey Mike’s and Chick-fil-a on Thursday.
Spring Fest also helped raise awareness for Student Senate Executive elections. Tables and computers were set up where students could vote for their respective candidates.
Students were also encouraged to sign up for summer and fall classes. For more coverage and photos of the event, visit 15thstreetnews.com.

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Stereotype snubbed at personhood protest

Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor

It seems that this election cycle has brought a number of social issues to the forefront. One that has been heavily debated is the issue of “personhood” and the ramifications of such bills within government. Is it an overreach of the state or federal government to determine when life begins? Or is it simply the moral responsibility of these elected officials to determine such, for the good of the unborn child?
On Feb. 28, the “Stop the Personhood Act March” was held at the Oklahoma State Capitol on the North Plaza. The march was in reaction to two measures that were currently circulating in the Oklahoma legislature.
Senate Bill 1433, or the “Personhood Bill” would determine that life begins at conception. This could present many problems in terms of birth control, in-vitro fertilizations, and the ever-controversial availability of abortion. After passing the Senate with a vote of 34-8, the bill still awaits action from the House.
The second measure that circulated in the halls of Congress is House Joint Resolution 1067. This resolution also determines that life begins at conception and, had it passed, would have been presented to the Oklahoma public for a vote. HJR 1067 was tabled this year, after a refusal from Rep Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, who said the House Rules Committee would not hear the measure.
The text of this bill is more extreme than SB 1433. The more controversial text of the measure includes prohibiting birth control that would kill a person, person being applied to “every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.”
It would also affect in-vitro and assisted reproduction services, because, according to the bill, once an egg has been fertilized, it is a human being. Thus, should an embryo not survive in the lab, the doctor or lab tech could be held on charges.
The march was organized through Facebook, and had approximately 1300 people RSVP as attending. A theme was chosen, “Back to the 50s,” and women were asked to wear aprons and a pair of shoes they could lose, to represent the “barefoot and pregnant ideal of the radical right.”
The event began at noon, and featured many speakers, as well as an open mike session for attendees to come and voice their reason for opposing the measures.
One notable speaker was Dr. Eli Rashef, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. The bill would affect him by making him responsible for any embryos that do not survive in the IVF process (according to statistics provided by Dr. Rashef, only 30 percent of embryos survive).
In his speech to the crowd, he offered his feelings on the laws. “Personhood laws make me think twice about offering IVF for fear of criminal prosecution,” he said. When asked later why he, as a doctor, opposes this, he said, “one of the greatest dreams in life is having children and to think you can snuff it out with a stroke of a pen, because you think you are protecting life, is asinine.”

Another notable speaker was Bruce Prescott, a minister and executive director for Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists. He was there speaking out against the bill, and cited biblical history to the crowd.

He cites the modern Catholic law of personhood beginning at fertilization as “prompted by the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to contraception and family planning as well as by a concern to protect the sanctity of human life in the face of advances in modern science and technology.” He compared this to the Protestant views on the matter and said they view these as a matter of personal conscience as opposed to being determined by ecclesiastical or government decree.

One of his closing remarks on the governments attempted involvement in this area drew strong cheers from the crowd. “[The government] is infringing upon one of the most basic and inalienable human rights, the right of fully conscious and sentient persons to make vital decisions regarding their own life.”

After the scheduled speakers ended, an open mike session was held. Many attendees lined up to voice their own concerns and their reasons why they oppose these measures. Many women were mothers through IVF, and others simply passionate for the cause. Tiffany Phillips expressed the deep-seated fear that most women in attendance feel in the face of these bills. “It scares me to death that today, in 2012, we are still debating whether or not we can use contraceptives. I thought that debate was long over, but for some reason, this year, it is suddenly on the table again,” she said.

By 15th Street News Posted in Multimedia, News Tagged aprons, Baptist, bill, doctor, march, minister, personhood, right, rights, shoes, women

Semester in photos

The Fall 2011 semester is at its end, so here are some pics for a quick look back!

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DC Universe joins the free to play world

 

 

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor


Sony Entertainment Online
announced Sept. 19 that DC Universe Online (DCUO) would be moving to the free-to-play business model.  “We’ve listened to our community, and we’ve determined that the free-to-play model is the best fit for DC Universe Online,” said John Smedly, president, Sony Entertainment Online.

 

Free-to-play will begin late October, with gamers being able to download the game for free on both the PC and PS3 game system.

 

The free-to-play phenomena has become ever more popular because it gives gamers on a budget, a chance to play.  Games that use this model are generally those that are unpopular but have enough of a fan base to continue being profitable.

 

The catch is, it’s not completely free. To encourage players to pay for additional bonuses, the model utilizes a package deal system that allows players to purchase in-game items from the game store.

 

The different packages offer players more character slots, and more storage space for their items.  A premium content package includes additional maps, raids, and instances for players to explore and battle. This system enables developers to profit on a player-to-player basis instead of relying on a massive subscriber base in order to maintain a profit.

 

It’s a chancy move for investment companies to continue investing in a game after it does not achieve the expected profit margins. However, as Lord of the Rings Online has proven, the model works with publicity and open-mindedness on behalf of the gamers.

 

DCUO has the feel of City of Heroes (COH), with the edge of World of Warcraft (WoW). It lets gamers create the looks of their characters from scratch.  The character creation system encompasses a huge variety of costume customization choices from skirts for females to ancient Roman battle armor. Costume choices are limited only to the gamer’s imagination.

 

Gamers in DCUO can collect gear/armor to improve the stats of the their characters.  Whether a gamer wants to have the high tech armor of Batman, or the villainous look of the Joker, depends on the gamer’s faction choice at the beginning of their character creation.

 

DCUO faction system has the heroes of the Justice League and the villains of the Legion of Doom fighting it out over superiority, and everyone fighting to keep Brainiac from taking over the Earth’s population.

 

 

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment, Multimedia, News Tagged Batman, Catwoman, DC Comics, DC universe, Free-to-play, Joker, Lex Luther, Sony, Sony Entertainment, Superman, The Flash, WoW

Reminder: Sharon Isbin in concert Thursday, September 29 at 8 p.m.

Information provided by: Rose State Live
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time”.  She has given sold-out performances throughout the world in the greatest halls including New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Châtelet, Vienna’s Musikverein, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and many others. She has served as Artistic Director/Soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and the Ordway Music Theatre (St. Paul), her own series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam. She is a frequent guest on national radio programs including All Things Considered and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. She has been profiled on television throughout the world, including CBS Sunday Morning and the A&E Network, and was a featured guest on Showtime Television’s international hit series The L Word. On September 11, 2002, Ms. Isbin performed at Ground Zero for the internationally televised memorial. In November 2009, she performed a concert at the White House by invitation of the President and First Lady. She performed as featured soloist in the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning film, The Departed. She has been profiled in periodicals from People to Elle, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, as well as on the cover of more than 40 magazines.Sharon Isbin

Rose State College faculty/staff/students can purchase $15 discount tickets at the cashier’s window in the Administration building or at the Communications Center box office the evening of the concert beginning two hours before show time.

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DC gives comic fans a reboot to the head

By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief


With the rise in popularity of comic book movies, more people are turning to the source material. In an attempt to win over potential comic readers, DC comics plans to make the mythos of their characters more easily accessible to new fans by rebooting the DC universe.

On Aug. 31, DC released the final issue of “Flashpoint;” the last comic prior to DC’s universal relaunch. Starting with the “Justice League,” DC is launching 52 new 1st issues from their most popular franchises.According to DC’s Source blog, the premiere of “Justice League” will also mark the beginning of same-day digital releases for all current comic series, “making DC Comics the first of the two major American publishers to release all of its superhero comic book titles digitally the same day as in print.”

The changes to the DC universe would include costume redesigns for more than 50 superheroes, intended “to make characters more identifiable and accessible to comic fans new and old.” Jim Lee, DC comic illustrator, said.

The sincerest form of flattery

This is not the first time a “reimagining” of super heroes has occurred in comics. DC’s biggest comic rival, Marvel, launched the “Ultimate Marvel” universe in 2000. The intent was to attract new readers beyond the existing Marvel fan base. The Ultimate universe allowed new fans to start with premier issues, which included new origins and stories.The difference between these two attempts to garner new fans is that Marvel still continues to publish their established storylines, with 50 years of continuity. Following the reboot of the DC universe, all old storylines, with their years of continuity, have been put on hold. This has upset some longtime comic fans, whose collections have become separate entities; cut off from the new adventures of their favorite superheroes.

History is made of epic stories

 Professional comic book reviewer, Lewis Lovhaug said, “You don’t get new readers by pretending that nothing ever happened before. You get new readers by telling good stories and making them want to know more about the history. You embrace your history; use it as the platform to tell good stories.”

Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” showed the world that great films could be based off comic books, and in the process, revitalized a whole genre of movies. Comic fans are optimistic that the new DC universe will have a similar transformative effect on comic books.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment, Multimedia, News Tagged characters, Christopher Nolan, comic, Comic book, DC Comics, DC universe, Jim Lee, Linkara, Marvel, premier issue, The Dark Knight, universal relaunch