Busy campus welcomes spring to Rose State

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor in Chief 


Student Activities is hosting its Spring Fest event April 9 to 11.

The event will kick off with speaker Stan Pearson at 2 p.m. April 9 in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre. Pearson is a di-versity and motivational speaker whose method S.A.L.S.A., or support, act, learn, strive and accept, engages audiences in interactive activities on topics such as stereotypes, self-esteem and leadership. The event will have free pizza.

 Last year’s Spring Fest ended up indoors due to rain. Event planners hope to see outdoor activities this year.

Last year’s Spring Fest ended up indoors due to rain. Event planners hope to see outdoor activities this year.


On April 10, the Community Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center and Wellness Center, in conjunction with Spring Fest. Free screenings for blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes and a posture analysis will be offered, as well as cholesterol testing from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The cholesterol screening requires participants to fast after midnight. Free Jersey Mike’s will be available, as well as music from Nicnos, a Moore based band.

April 11 will feature the band North Meets South, another Oklahoma based band, and free pizza in the campus mall. A self-defense class is also being held in the Wellness Center at 2 p.m. free of charge.

Clubs who would like to set up a table during Spring Fest need to contact Student Activities at 733-7376.

On April 10 and 11, Senate Executive officer elections will be held online on D2L.

Enrollment begins

Student Success and the Welcome Center are hosting their “Spring into Campus” event again this year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 and 11. This event will allow students to meet with an advisor and get enrolled in summer and fall classes. Free snacks will be provided. To RSVP a spot, call the Welcome Center at 733-7372.




AIA welcomes community members to traditional dance


Submitted by Alan Neitzel, AIA


Native American dancers travel from across the state to participate in the popular event.  Photo by D.J. Gosnell

Native American dancers travel from across the state to participate in the popular event. Photo by D.J. Gosnell

The Second Annual Contest Powwow will be held at 2 p.m. April 13 in the Student Center and is open to the campus.

Organizers are hoping to replicate the success of last year’s powwow that saw dancers from around the state and actors Eddie and Michael Spears.

The dinner of Indian tacos at 5 p.m. is free and open to the public. The Grand Entry at 7 p.m. will be led by the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Color Guard, with tribal princesses and dancers parading into the arena for the dance. The dance competition will follow and displays of jewelry and crafts will be up throughout the event.

“In just two short years, the American Indian Association has developed one of the most talked about events within the Native American community, and what sets Rose State apart is the kindness and service to our guests,” Alan Neitzel, a member of AIA, said.

Powwow organizers have some etiquette tips for attendees. Allow tribal elders and non-tribal seniors to get their food first. Assistance in getting food is available to seniors. Do not touch a dancer’s regalia, even if something falls off. There may be customs that exist when retrieving a fallen item. Photography of the event is welcome, but ask before photographing those outside of the circle.

AIA’s purpose is to increase RSC’s presence within the Native American community and be a positive reinforcement for students.


Sweet treats and awesome eats for the sweetheart

Skylar Wright 

Features Editor 

Gift ideas and date choices are always tricky in relationships, and no holiday makes that more obvious than Valentine’s Day. Standbys like jewelry, flowers, chocolates, cards, dinner and a movie will usually do the trick, but if you really want to impress the one you love, give them something a little more thoughtful than a heart-shaped box of sugary sweets.

Valentine proposal illustration

Valentine’s gifts can be even scarier if the date comes in the beginning stages of a relationship. If you’ve only been dating a short time, giving her a diamond necklace or him plane tickets six months in advance could get you in trouble, or you might have an awkward moment on your hands.

Local date ideas

Some date ideas for Bricktown would be to eat at “The Melting Pot” with some ice cream from “Marble Slab Creamery” afterward. If you want to go to a wine bar and bistro, “The Mantel” is a great choice. Italian food is always a great choice, so maybe “Zio’s Italian Kitchen” would fit your date’s expectations.

Know your date and if you don’t know what they like, ask! If they don’t like Mexican food, don’t eat Mexican.

A great way to make the night memorable would be with the horse and carriage rides available outside of “Spaghetti Warehouse.

Gift ideas

As for gift ideas, it’s good to know your date or loved one well. Keep your ear out for little things they might mention they want. The days of cassette tapes are long gone, so give the modern version with songs on a USB stick. Homemade thoughtful wall art almost always makes a great gift. Get quality square canvas prints of your favorite photos that they’ve snapped and arrange them on a canvas.

You can also make a romantic coupon book full of your ideas. You could have one coupon saying date night, then maybe one that says free back rub, to be used whenever they want. If you aren’t in touch with your creative side, the traditional flowers, card and teddy bear are still great.

By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged Bricktown, Carriage, chocolate, Date, DIY, DIY gifts, Flowers, , Gift, home, Mantle's, Marble Slab Creamery, Melting Pot, restaurants, sweetheart,

Rose Café morphs into the Java Rose

Investors seek coffee perks

By: Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Many of you may have noticed that the current Java Rose is distinctly different from the former Rose Café.  The transformation happened over the summer break as Carson’s Catering Services took over the management of the cafeteria and Rose Café.

The newly dubbed Java Rose serves Starbucks coffee and associated items such as muffins, salads, and pastries.  “We took what worked for OCCC and brought it to the Java Rose,” Kristen Starkz, manager of Java Rose, said.

The convenience of being able to get coffee and food seems to be a positive selling point for the night class students on campus. “I’ve had a lot of customers over the last couple of weeks and got a lot of positive feedback,” Starkz said.

Students, faculty, and staff may have noticed the high prices in Java Rose.  “The pricing of the Java Rose are the same as those on the OCCC campus which has been popular among students there,” Starkz said.

The difference in pricing is in the packaging of the food.  Before the transition, a customer would be able to get a basket deal where a hamburger and order of fries was offered together instead of separately.  Now there are no combined prices for the food.

The drawbacks for some students who visit Java Rose may be the price of the gourmet coffee. “Why would I buy a $5 dollar coffee from Starbucks when I can get a $10 dollar bag of Millstone and it tastes just as good,” Melissa Buchanan, Pre-education major said. The distinction in coffee comes from the type of coffee bean and its differing effects.

Espresso, which is used in much of the Starbucks and Java Rose coffees, is more stimulating than that of regular coffee.  The amount of espresso used in a cappuccino is less than the amount of milk used because of its potency.  Many cultures have differing versions of espresso, for instance Arabic coffee has ten times the jolt that espresso does and consequently is served in smaller portions.

Other negative responses to Java Rose have been attributed to the portions, or serving sizes, of its food.  An increase in cost of groceries is apparent throughout the state and the nation; and reflects Java Rose’s needed price increase.

While the trend of gourmet coffee may not suit some, avid coffee enthusiasts will help keep Java Rose profitable.

By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged Arabic Coffee, Carson Catering, Espresso, , Hamburger, OCCC, , Starbucks