Don’t let the stress of math let you feel discouraged

Amber Stafford

Assignment Editor

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Professors of Mathematics Jack Moeller and Andrea Xeriland held a workshop on Sept. 20 to give students tips on how to avoid math anxiety.

The professors began the workshop with a “math quiz” made up of two questions. Students had to list the best adjective to describe math and brief an explanation of why they chose that particular adjective.

“Math anxiety needs to be talked about, given students overall common problems, and overtime give students a desire to deal with it,” said Professor Moeller.

Over forty people attended the workshop, filling the room past capacity. With such high attendance, many students are recognizing that math anxiety is common, and come to these kinds of workshops.

“The workshop was one the best turnouts since school started,” said the Director of Student Success and Retention Initiatives, Melissa Leon Guerrero.

Some of the key points in the presentation were math myths and a discussion about the math gene. The fact is, there is no “math gene”. Math takes practice and training just like any other skill.

“There is no math gene, it is a skill you have to learn,” said Professor Xeriland.

A few steps for overcoming math anxiety, is to acknowledge and understand your anxiety, learn the language of mathematics, learn from your mistakes, stay on top of your homework, and go to class every day. Lastly, the most important step is to be positive!

The next Student Success workshop will be Note Taking. It will take place 3-4 p.m. on Oct. 3 in Student Center, Tinker Terrace room


What’s your level of math anxiety? Not sure? Try this test.

Italy and Greece tours offer worldly sites

Dennis Gosnell

Assignment Editor

Italy and Greece tours offer worldly sites

: 30 people visited the U.K. and Paris in May 2012. Already the 2013 trip to Italy has 25 people signed up.

Every spring students get the chance to visit and tour another country. The Study Abroad Club has already started enrollment for the next two trips, to Italy in 2013 and Greece and Turkey in 2014.

It might be on some student’s minds that it would be too expensive to visit another country, with the nearly $3500 price tags. “Students can make payments, they don’t have to pay all at once,” Theresa Walther, professor of English said.

The all-inclusive packages are worth the price.

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Rotary sponsors former Governor visit

By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief
Former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh was on hand to speak during Law Day, April 30. The event was presented in partnership with Midwest City Rotary.
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By 15th Street News Posted in News, Raider Life Tagged China, compromise, consensus, , George Nigh, Jim Howell, Law Day, Midwest City Rotary, , OSU, President of the United States, professional politician, , Yokahama

Health fair educates public

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor
For many, spring is a time of rejuvenation and animation. The air fills with warm scents as flowers bloom, and lawns are trimmed. It is also a time to get a check up and make sure the body stays healthy.

Offering the public awareness information

Midwest Regional Medical Center and RSC held their annual health fair April 11 to educate the public about health and wellness.

“We provide this service in conjunction with Rose State to give important health information to the community. We provide free blood work and cholesterol screening,” Marilyn Flinchum, marketing/special events coordinator of Midwest Regional Medical Center, said.

Kids and Senior Citizens can find something to do at Rose State too

Rose State offered participants information on wellness courses aimed at keeping people fit and healthy as well as providing information for the summer Kids College program.

“The most popular courses seem to be the 50 plus program. The water aerobics class seems to be the favorite course, as well the trips the group takes throughout Oklahoma,” Tiffany Farmer, work-study office aide, said.

The group visits Enid, Tulsa, and Stillwater. They get a chance to visit the local museums, gardens, and restaurants that help to make these areas popular.

Mark Doolen talks about sleeping disorders and how sleep apnea has affected his life

Another health issue that affects the public is sleep disorders.

“There are nearly 100 different sleep disorders that affect people throughout the world,” Mark Doolen, manager of the Midwest Regional Medical Sleep Diagnostics Center, said “What we do when people come in with a complaint of being tired is hook them up to a polysomnography and have the patient sleep through the night.”

The polysomnography test monitors the patient’s brain waves, muscle tension, eye movement, respiration, oxygen level in the blood and audio monitoring.

The first test at the sleep lab was done in 1999 on Doolen, who ended up having 58 events per hour with each event lasting for 15 seconds each. What this meant for Doolen was that for two hours during his eight-hour sleep cycle he was not breathing. Imagine not breathing for two hours each night while asleep.

“A person who suffers from sleep apnea (most common sleeping disorder) can sleep for 10 hours, however if they are having trouble breathing or having other issues during this time,” Doolen said, “they will be more tired when they wake up in the morning because their body is working harder to regulate itself.”

For more information on sleeping disorders call the Midwest Regional Medical Center, Sleep Diagnostics Center at 405-610-8039.

Other information provided to participants included how to quit smoking, rehabilitation, giving blood, community senior centers that help the elderly stay fit, and a variety of other health information. Central State Academy of Massage also provided free massages to participants.

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged Central State Massage Academy, kids college, Mark Doolen, Midwest Regional Medical Center, Midwest Regional Medical Sleep Diagnostic Center, , Sleep Apnea, Water Aerobics

March of Dimes inmates bail from jail

Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor
The Health and Wellness Center served as the detention center for the March of Dimes Jail and Bail, on Wednesday, March 23. Dr. Bret Wood, Dr. Wayne Jones Edmund Gert & Mr. Chris Meyer all agreed to be the inmate representatives for their departments, and had to raise $100 each for bail money.
March of Dimes originally started as an organization to fight polio. After becoming one of the only organizations to meet their goal of nearly eradicating the disease, they turned to babies as their new cause. Their goal is to reduce birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality rates through research and education.
Division Director Kelli Null, from the Oklahoma Chapter, was on hand to oversee the event. She set up a table of information for those interested in March of Dimes and their cause.
“March of Dimes is here to help moms have healthier babies and pregnancies,” said Null,” I became involved through a friend who had gestational diabetes during her pregnancy. The baby was born 7 weeks early with an underveloped lung. He is healthy now, but suffers from asthma as a result.”
This case, like many others, drives the March of Dimes in its cause. Their advocay has led to the passage of many acts within Congress, such as the PREEMIE Act, which brought together experts to speed the development of prevention strategies for premature labor and delivery.
Rose State joined forces with this organization by imprisoning some of their department heads in the Wellness Center Jail, which was set up on the east side of the basketball court, along with the March of Dimes table. Dr. Bret Wood and Edmund Gert achieved their bail amount before the kickoff of the event, which left Dr. Wayne Jones and Chris Meyer to serve time until they were bonded out. The department that raised the most bail money retained bragging rights for a year. The overall total of the event came to $647.52.
The Oklahoma City 2 mile March will be 9:00 a.m. May 5 at the State Fairgrounds.

Photo by Chelsea Ratterman
Chris Meyer serves his time for the March of Dimes: Jail and Bail.

Parking Wars spark controversy

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Handicap parking thieves take disabled parking spaces away from those with actual disabilities.

Betsy Sparks, sociology major, pulled into the Rose State parking lot looking for a place to park. What Sparks witnessed was someone pulling into a handicap parking space and running off into a building.

“When people without disabilities take up these places, it makes it hard for people with disabilities to get to their classes on time,” Sparks said.

Sparks disability requires her to use crutches to get from place to place around campus.

“I am going to be getting a wheelchair soon, and having to pull it out of the car from a regular space is going to be difficult,” Sparks said.

There are various techniques for getting in and out of a vehicle with a wheelchair.  Some people find it easier to get into the passenger side of the vehicle, then slide into the driver seat, and then pull in their wheel chair. This difficulty is compounded when attempting to do it within a regular, narrow parking space.

“When students with disabilities enroll into the college I think the school should put a handicap symbol on their parking hang tag or give them a sticker to put in the window,” Sparks said, “So that the campus police can distinguish between who really has a handicap and those who don’t.”

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
Parking spaces required to be accessible:
Accessible parking spaces serving a particular 
building shall be located on the shortest accessible
 route of travel from adjacent parking to an 
accessible entrance.

Accessible parking spaces shall be at
least 96 in (2440 mm) wide. 
Parking access aisles shall be part
 of an accessible route to the building or
facility entrance.

Parked vehicle overhangs shall not reduce
the clear width of an accessible route. 
Parking spaces and access aisles shall be level
 with surface slopes not exceeding 2% 
in all directions.

Accessible parking spaces shall be designated 
as reserved by a sign showing the symbol of 
accessibility. For vans a "Van-Accessible" mounted
 below the symbol of accessibility is required.

Talent review unifies students

Dennis Gosnell, assignment editor

The second annual Rose Talent Review will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Atkinson Theatre.

“[It is] an opportunity for students to showcase their talents,” Kirby Harzman, coordinator, student activities said.

There’s still a chance to be heard and seen

Open auditions closed Feb. 2. However, auditions are still available by appointment through Feb 7. There is nothing specific that the audition judges are looking for, the only qualification students need is to be enrolled in the spring semester.

“We had a variety last year, a pretty diverse group of talents,” Harzman said.

Last year, the number one winner was a Polynesian dance group. “They wore the traditional skirts and beautiful headdresses,” Emily Fisher, assistant coordinator, student activities, said, “They were awesome.”

If you win you get scholarship money

Student Activities is giving participants who win up to $500 in scholarship money. The talent show will include first, second, third, and the people’s choice awards. The first place prize is $500, second place prize is $300, third place prize is $200, and the people’s choice prize will be $100.

“The way participants [will] place is by a panel of judges judging competitors stage appearance, originality, personality, audience response and overall performance,” Harzman said.

She also said that judges have yet to be selected for the competition.

Importance of the competition

Competitions like this help bring students, faculty, and staff together to create a positive school environment.

Jondi Dyer, audio engineering major, will be reciting his poetry in this year’s Talent Review. “This is a great outlet for people,” Dyer said, “I think they should do it more often.”

“I like to sing so I auditioned for the talent show to see if I could make it into the competition,” Jatalia Lopez, pre-education major said, “If I won, it’d mean a lot and prove to me that I can do something I set my mind to accomplish.”

The review serves not only as a friendly competition, but also as a way to help the RSC community reinforce solidarity and unification.

Online answers to campus questions

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Rose State’s website has many tools to give their students the chance to succeed and fulfill their educational dreams.

RSC combines the digital with the physical to give students an edge in learning

The LRC (Learning Resources Center) database utilizes a multitude of different search engines to help individualize a student’s search. If the LRC does not have a particular book, it can be borrowed through the college loan book program.

The faculty and staff directory gives students accessibility to the RSC faculty and staff community. In most cases all a student needs to do is type a faculty or staff members name into the search engine to find them.

Find a club that fits you

The Club page shows the RSC club list. This database  gives students the basic information about the clubs, and who to contact for further information. The Calendar of Events page shows the events that each of the clubs may be participating in.

When students look at the degree programs directory, they can find additional resources from places outside of the college to help them make a decision about their present or future educational needs.

Confused where to find student email or d2l login information? Click the Student login link.

There is also a student login link that takes you to a page that lists the available places a student can go to view their school email, current course schedule, or class assignments. The student email, D2L, and Oasis pages are available to give students full accessibility to their professors, advisors, and school email accounts.

Counselors help students find the right groove to accomplish their educational dreams

For those that need help with life difficulties or who have trouble with accomplishing their educational dreams, there is the campus counselors’ site. These professionals are here to listen, offer additional resources, and help students with their academic troubles.

Today’s Techno Savvy vs Yesterday’s Old School Habits

By: Dennis Gosnell   Assignment Editor

In an era of Internet revolution the online classroom presents an alternative learning solution for students that may find it difficult to attend normal classroom education.
The RSC online course program utilizes the Desire to Learn (D2L) classroom management tool. This allows students twenty-four hour access to classroom information, course work, and exam dates.
In the Instructional Support Center, Dr. Dana Lindon-Burgett, instruction design coordinator, knows what it takes to succeed in online classes. “The students that do well in this program are the ones that feel they belong to a community.” Lindon said, “Most students that do not do well, are those with limited time, personal struggles, or the program doesn’t match a person’s learning style.”
Online classes can save students money by limiting the cost of transportation and potentially, childcare. Angele Fahay, RSC student, described her experience as interesting, convenient, and pretty good. “It’s great if you have kids and no child care.” Fahay said.
To achieve higher quality in online classes and classroom education, the Instruction Support Center uses an online quality assistance system called Quality Matters. Peer reviews are performed to gather appropriate information on the quality of an online course.
There are 11 Quality Matters certified Instructors on campus who use an eight-stage assessment platform to perform their peer review. This involves a course overview and introduction, learning objectives (competencies), assessment and measurement, learner engagement, course technology, learner support, and accessibility.
This program helps both the online course and classroom instruction students by providing the educational institution with assessments of its online courses.
The Internet seems to be the next stage in education. With many students flocking in to participate and seek a higher education, the benefits of online education give people more room to excel. According to the Instructional Support Center 20% of the student population of RSC takes an online course or courses. With the growing participation in online courses, the sky is not the limit but an opportunity to a wider world.

To find what courses are available online, a student just needs to go to the Rose State Oasis website and follow these steps:

1.  Select the semester of attendance and click the Go tab.

2.  On the next page select the Additional Search Criteria tab.

3.  Select Computer Based in the Mode of Education field and click on the Search tab.

4.  Choose course from the list of possible online courses and submit.


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Class room changes at RSC