Students experience impaired driving, courtesy of OHP

Amber Stafford

Assignment Editor

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol offered the Simulated Impaired Driving Experience to students on Wed. Sept. 25 in the Wellness Center parking lot.

SIDNE’s is a special battery-powered, remote controlled vehicle that provides an actual experience with normal versus impaired driving. The vehicle has special features that delay the reaction of the brakes and gas pedals.  Drivers were given instructions on how to operate and drive through the pre-set course. After drivers got the feel for the course, SIDNE then is switched on to impaired mode. The drivers were given goggles to wear to impair their vision, just like driving under the influence.

“It was good, but with goggles on it was like driving [with] 3-D things coming at you,” Skylie Hurt, Pre-Medicine major, said.

The combined consensus of students said that driving normally was fine, but with the simulator the students felt that the experience of driving while the impaired was very dangerous and would not recommend it.

SIDNE is provided through Innocorp, Ltd. and is being used for demonstrations in the fight against drunk driving throughout Oklahoma.

By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged Driving, Impaired, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, , SIDNE,

STEM programs crucial to the future

Jennifer Byrd

Volunteer Writer 

Logan Brown shows off this physics project concerning electro-magnetic energy. Photo by Dennis Gosnell


Cell phones, computers, automobiles, and the energy that powers them are just a few of the products that are produced that require Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) knowledge.

STEM fields are crucial in our rapidly advancing technological world. Without the students, educators and employees that work in these areas, we would not have any of the luxuries we have today.

The problem currently being addressed by educators and politicians is the rapid decline in the U.S., standing as a STEM leader. According to the World Economic Forum, the U.S. is currently 52nd in the world for quality of Science and Math Education, and a declining seventh in overall global competiveness. In stark contrast, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects STEM jobs to grow 17 percent between 2011 and 2021, with seven of the ten fastest growing occupations being STEM related.

To combat this issue, RSC Science and Engineering Dean, Dr. Wayne Jones, along with advisor Nick Bastani, have become active in creating STEM awareness in Oklahoma. According to Jones, to resume our role as technological leaders society as a whole needs a background in STEM.

Some of the ways RSC is involved with such an initiative include the 19 degrees in STEM related fields, on campus workshops, and reaching out to the younger generation that will one day become STEM leaders.

Some past projects include Teacher Workshops, the First Annual Central Oklahoma Science and Engineering Festival, and the annual summer event, Kids College. This summer over 1,600 students attended 135 classes, with many of those classes being STEM related.

It is crucial to get the future leaders of America interested in STEM at a young age. Many children love their video games, but not as many understand the technology that makes them function. To help spark their interest, RSC holds a Science Fair every year during the Spring semester for grades K-12. Jones and Bastani, also serve on the Boards at Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering, working closely with a group of young people that are about to enter college in STEM programs.

The coming decade appears to be a make or break it time for the U.S. in reference to our global impact in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It is up to every single American to become active and encourage the youth around them to participate in these subjects.

Mr. Bastani realizes the importance of each individual in making a difference.

“As a nation we can no longer afford to be just an end user,” Bastani said.

By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged Central Oklahoma Science And Engineering Festival, Engineering, global competiveness, kids college, , , , STEM,

Writing Course Broadens and Inspires students minds

Jennifer Byrd

Volunteer Writer


There were approximately 150 attendees who heard more than 20 speakers at the first annual Short Course on Writing held Sept15 and 16 in the Tom Steed Community Learning Center.


William Bernhardt successful in helping to plan and coordinate short course on writing. Photo courtesy of Jim Ward

Executive Director William Bernhardt said the turnout was more than twice what was anticipated when planning started last year.


Courses on Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, and Magazine writing were offered to those in attendance. As well as presentations from New York Literary Agents on what they are and are not, looking to publish in today’s rapidly changing market. Authors also gave their personal insights into the current market and valuable education on the writing process.


Keynote speaker Phillip Margolin, a New York Times Bestseller 16 times over, gave an inspiring speech on how he became a novelist and received the Rose State Distinguished Author Award. Michael Wallis was awarded the Oklahoma Writer of the Year Award for his numerous contributions to Oklahoma Literature. Some of Wallis’ books include “The Wild West: 365 Days,” “David Crockett: The Lion of the West,” and “Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride.”


Lauren Zuniga, voted 2012’s Best Local Artist by the Oklahoma Gazette, recited a few of her lively and thought provoking poems during the Saturday evening program. When asked about writing and whether or not someone is on the right track she replied, “When you read your work out-loud, if you get goose bumps, if your tear up you’re doing something right.” Many people that night looked to be teary eyed and many had goose bumps as she spoke.


William Bernhardt repeatedly expressed his immense appreciation to the RSC faculty and staff for making the event possible. “Rose State has been great. We’ve been planning this event for over a year and I think it shows.” From the quality and quantity of speakers to the flawless audio/video service and great catering, this program has raised the bar for writers’ conferences in Oklahoma.


When asked if anyone had learned anything over the weekend, every hand in the room rose. Aspiring writers don’t want to miss next year’s event which is anticipated to be even bigger and better. Stay tuned to the website for upcoming announcements about 2013’s Short Course on Writing.

By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged Authors, First Annual, literature, Novice Writer, Oklahoma Authors, Oklahoma Writers, Oklahoma Writers Conferences, , Short Writing Course, , Writing Course

Families get a chance to cheer on their players

Chelsea Ratterman


Girls are showing off their pride and skills going head to head with each other at family night. Photo by Amber Stafford

The RSC baseball and softball teams hosted a family night on Sept. 21 at the fields.

According to softball coach Nickie Williams, both teams had an event filled night.

The softball team had an intrasquad scrimmage from 3-5 p.m. while the baseball team had its regular practice.

Both teams and their guests were then invited to participate in a homerun derby. There were a total of 15 participants, of all ages. Each participant was given ten swings to see how many they could hit out. Assistant softball coach Travis Murie won by a score of six out of ten.

The evening ended with snacks for everyone who attended.

“It was a great turnout and everyone had a great time,” said Coach Williams.

The softball team has three upcoming games in October. Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. sees them face East Central University in Ada. On Oct. 12 they play Cameron University in Lawton at 2 p.m. and on Oct. 13 they play St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee at 2 p.m.

Carson’s Catering clears the plate

Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

Carson’s Catering clears the plate

Students, faculty, and staff have at one time or another entered the Student Center, gotten in the cafeteria line, and sat down in the dining area to eat. Carson’s Catering and Food Concepts (CCFC) has had the opportunity the last couple of years to integrate into the Rose State family, by feeding it. However, like any family there are sometimes disagreements.


Carson’s Catering and Food Concepts provides pastries, Starbucks and lunches to students and faculty in the Java Rose.
Photo by Josi Weaver

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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

Meeting of Minds…. or not

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

To start off “Banned Books” week, RSC held a panel to discuss the concept of government control over the censorship of books.

KOCO Eyewitness News Anchor Wendell Edwards moderated the panel; which consisted of Rep. Jason Nelson, Former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth, and Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Press Association Mark Thomas.

The panel discussed the need for caution in deciding to ban a book and the ways that Oklahoma has dealt with this issue. The central question remains, is it right or wrong for government to decide what is banned or what is not.

One issue discussed was the King and King book by Linda de Haan, which became the focus of removal attempts by politicians to ensure that young children had no access to it.  Some community members found the book offensive because it teaches acceptance of people’s choice in life partners which differ from societal norms.

“When deciding what to do about this situation we came to a compromise, with the book and other books of sensitivity being added to a ‘parental’ section,” Roth said. This was done to allow the books to remain accessible to all.

An audience member questioned the policy of selecting and segregating books to the parental section based on their content. “We wanted to allow books to be accessible to everyone, but to appease some there needed to be a compromise,” Roth said.

The panel went on to discuss the difference between censorship and self-censorship. The two are considerably different. Censorship, by law-making entities, reflects the banning or limiting of accessibility of selected books for everyone.

Self-censorship is an individual taking the responsibility to maintain their ethics by limiting access specifically for themselves and their children without compromising the greater accessibility of others.

“’Offense is subjective and becomes the responsibility of those parents who should be aware of what a child reads,” Roth said. On this issue the panel agreed that forcing others to limit their access to knowledge is wrong and that individuals who take offense to a book should ignore it, so that others don’t lose accessibility.

When Edwards questioned the panel about whether the government had a right to control access of information. The panel agreed that such control would diminish human rights and would create a frightening environment.

Laws to restrict accessibility of books infringe on rights granted in the Bill of Rights. “Government does not represent an individual but the majority and minority equally,” Thomas said. To ensure that the community has input in their library collections, community library boards are formed to determine which books reflect the neighborhood values.

When the panel adjourned, they agreed that banning a book limits the forward progress of a democratic society and hinders intellectual development.

Attendees watch as Wendell Edwards, KOCO Eyewitness Anchor, moderates banning books debate with Rep. Jason Nelson, Jim Roth, former Corporation Commissioner, and Mark Thomas, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Press Association. Photo by Dennis Gosnell

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged , Bill of Rights, , Democracy, King and King, KOCO, Oklahoma Press Association, , Values