Dream Act is hot topic at HSA event

Narges Taghavi

Feature Editor

Immigration attorney Giovanni Perry speaks to students during the HSA event. Photo Courtesy of Erica Alvarez

The Hispanic Student Association hosted their annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Sept. 27 in the Campus Mall. The event consisted of a taco bar, music from Alegria Real and a salsa cook-off, as well as a panel of those affected by the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act who discussed how it affected other’s lives.

The panel is made up of Giovanni Perry, an immigration attorney, Stephanie Peña, Judith Veronica Huerta-Morfin, a graduate from UCO and Fredy Valenica.

This year’s event focused on the DREAM Act, which offers conditional permanent residency to some undocumented residents based on four requirements consisting of good moral character, graduation from a U.S. high school, entrance to the U.S. before the age of 16 and five years of continued presence.

Contrary to popular belief, the DREAM Act has not been passed. President Obama announced, “deferred action” on June 15, 2012. Deferred action allows those benefitting from the act to remain in the country without threat of deportation, for the time being.

Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America”, HispanicHeritageMonth.gov.“

Photo courtesy of Erica Alvarez

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.


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.”

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Costumes get “super” treatment

Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor

As Halloween approaches, the biggest thing on the minds of kids, and even some adults, is what costume to buy for Halloween. As promised, Halloween each year can be seen as a reflection of the trends of that year. What controversies are the biggest, what star the brightest, and what TV show or movie had the biggest impact on everyone.

This year has seen Charlie Sheen winning, and this has inspired a rubber mask, as well as the infamous bowling shirts worn on his hit show “Two and a Half Men.” Michael Jackson remains popular, and this year will see the addition of Amy Winehouse to the star tribute costumes. With the tragic way they lost their lives, both stars are an influence on costumes for children and adults. 

The movie theater had a field day with the superhero theme this year, as Marvel continued its grand buildup to the superhero movie to end all superhero movies, “The Avengers.” Among the popular costumes will be the members of this group, such as Thor, Captain America, and The Hulk, along with their DC counterparts Green Lantern, Batman, Superman and Spiderman.

You can count on the superhero trend to extend into women’s costume as well, with the Batgirl, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and the Miss Green Lantern costumes. Popular artists who dress in costume are easy to find and imitate. Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj are among the most popular; all that’s needed is colored hair and a colorful outfit to finish the look. Prosthetics are a big Halloween market, since the introduction of cheap Hollywood imitations became available. A scar or a gash to finish off a particularly gory costume is always a fun way to go. You can count on costumes to follow trends in popular culture, as well as keep the timeless costumes such as vampires, Frankenstein and ghosts at the ready.