Wesley Fellowship brings Lifetree Café to RSC, Oklahoma


Amber Stafford

Assignment Editor

David Hanigar (left) and Brittney Arnold (right) talk to students about communication and faith.
Photo by – Dennis Gosnell



The Wesley Fellowship will be hosting the first Lifetree Café in Oklahoma Oct. 2 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. in LRC Room 110. A free lunch is provided to all who attend.


The Lifetree Café is coffee-shop-style discussion over current and relevant topics from a faith perspective.  The first trial run will be featuring the episode “Follow Your Dreams,” which highlights a singer who lost her hearing and her perseverance through the difficult time in her life.


“The Wesley [Fellowship] is a way for me to help [create] a sense of community for the people that don’t have that at Rose yet,” said President of Wesley Fellowship Brittney Arnold.


Lifetree Café is an hour-long experience in a casual environment for people to gather weekly to experience meeting new people and old ones too. Everyone is welcome no matter what their belief is. Each week there will be new episode of real life stories from fascinating people, and open discussion on the topic of the week.


The Wesley Fellowship is a combination of Wickline and St. Matthew United Methodist churches in Midwest City. For more information on the Wesley Fellowship or on Lifetree Café, contact David Hanigar from Wickline United Methodist Church at 732-0356 ext. 106.

Student Leaders build insight and connections

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor 

Students toss a question ball around during an ice breaker session at the senate and club retreat.
Photo by Kenneth Beachler

Every year clubs gather with participants of the elected student body to learn the process of requesting funding and permission to hold events.


During this year’s Senate and Club Retreat, club leaders and student senate representatives sat around in a giant circle getting to know each other.  To break the ice everyone had to introduce themselves and the club they represent. Next, everyone got to throw around a ball on which was written numerous questions meant to allow everyone a good laugh and help everyone gain insight into each other.


When all had caught and answered a question, the group moved on to listening to an explanation of how clubs can request money, club travel, club events, and receive club points.


Laser tag and Chelino’s

After the criteria info session for the clubs, the group went to Chelino’s for lunch. The last event of the day was a trip to Laser Quest laser tag and team building activities. In the dark arena of laser tag everyone was against everyone, with a determined winner each session. The last game was played as a team game and the nearly 40 participants were split up into two groups.


Winners of each round received a prize and a lottery pool of player names gave a lucky winner two complimentary games of laser tag.


Student Senate

Following the events on Friday, the Student Senate went to the UCO Bickham Ropes Course for practice in team support and facing challenges. Each senator went through the course to the cheers of their fellow senators.


Important club forms

The forms clubs need to use for requests are found on the Student Senate page on the Rose website.

Clubs must submit the “Application for Club Event” form 10 days prior to an event, and must be submitted before purchase requests can be processed.

There is a $500 limit per semester per club request.  Requests must be submitted to the Senate Treasurer using the “Student Senate Funding Request” form, and must include a detailed description of what the funds will be used for.

Clubs must submit the “Purchase Request Form” 10 days prior to purchase/event, and vendor must be set up in PeopleSoft prior to purchase request, which may add a minimum of 5 days prior notification.

The “Request for Cash Advance” form is for students’ food or cash requirements such as luggage fees. Travel must first be approved.

Clubs must submit “Application for Club Travel” request forms 30 days prior to in-state travel, and at least 45 days prior to out-of-state travel. See the application for needed documentation to include approved advisor travel, which can be obtained through club advisors division.

Clubs must re-charter each year by using the “Club Re-charter/Charter Form.” If the re-charter has not been completed, the club may not conduct any club business and the club must have at least one member.

These forms can also be obtained in the Student Activities office in the Student Center.

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.”

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

Characteristics and philosophy expected of the next Rose State president

Dennis Gosnell

Assignment Editor

Characteristics and philosophy expected of the next Rose State president

During the summer Dr. Terry Britton, president Rose State College, announced his retirement, and with this announcement came the need for the Board of Regents to find his replacement.

On Aug. 14, a town hall meeting was held between the Board of Regents and those of the RSC community. Faculty and staff stood up and gave the Board of Regents their perspectives and wishes on the type of personality, type of character, and type of philosophy they would like to see in the next president.

Much was said in the way of support for the needs of the students by the faculty and staff who presented ideas concerning the needs of the students to the Board of Regents.

Following are concerns set forth during the meeting.

  • Need a president with a short-term plan to renovate appearance of the campus. Students judge a school not only by its academic standing but also by its appearance and level of maintenance.
  • Need a president who will be supportive of those who need a remedial education, and who will see the importance of catering to their unique needs.
  • Need a president that recognizes the uniqueness of Rose State students and community college students.  It would be good to see a president who teaches a class and who is in touch with the students.
  • Need a president that instills a sense of pride in the RSC community, gives the students better facilities, and who focuses on best practices in which the level of academics at RSC becomes rich.
  • Need a president who promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The development of national and international science and technology requires students to have skills in STEM; RSC needs to meet these needs and have the technology and facilities needed to give students the skills required in the current and future world of science and technology.

Other faculty and staff talked about the need for a president who understands the need for external relations with not only the community but also those in the State legislature.  The next president needs to be up to date on current education legislation and be able to work with state legislatures to create a marked difference in student’s education.

It was the wish of some of the faculty and staff to have a president with an academic background as well as an administrative background. The president represents not only the administration of the college, but all areas, including the faculty, adjunct professors, and staff.

Adjunct professors are crucial to the everyday workings of the college. Without them, the number of courses offered would be limited to the number professors on payroll. The next president should recognize and promote their role in the continuing growth of the college’s various academic programs.

At the end of the town hall meeting Joe Cole, chairman of the Board of Regents told the faculty and staff that they would try to find the college a president that had the personality and character they described.

Sports serve as a study stress reliever

Hunter Hancock

Volunteer Writer

Sports serve as a study stress reliever

Students played volleyball at their first meeting on Aug 30.
Photo by: Chelsea Ratterman

With the new school year now in full swing, everyone needs a break from studying, and playing sports is a great outlet from the books. The Recreational Sports Association, RSA, is a great opportunity to get involved on campus and get active and is a lively club that offers a stress-free environment.

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The challenge of challenging books

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

The challenge of challenging books

Scrappy Doo protects popularly challenged books from being banned.
Photo by Chelsea Ratterman

There are those in the U.S. that would challenge what public libraries and similar institutions put on their shelves.

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Writing center solves essay woes

Amber Stafford

Assignment Editor

Writing center solves essay woes

Having trouble writing papers? The Writing Center is here to help.

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Beautification project brings art to campus

Amber Stafford

Assignment Editor

Beautification project brings art to campus

Have you seen the new mural in the west staircase of the Social Sciences building?

Dr. Bret wood and Professor Suzanne Thomas are featured alongside RSC students in the stairway mural.

During the summer, art students participated in a contest that would let them help paint a mural in the stairways around campus.  Students had to submit a proposal to a committee and a winner was determined from the entries.

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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.

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