The 411 on Club Recharter and Charter

By: Narges Taghavi, Feature Editor 

 The 411 on Club Recharter and Charter 

The deadline for clubs on campus who wish to receive points for rechartering is quickly approaching. All clubs have until Oct. 12 to submit the club recharter form for their club to receive 50 points.

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Students seek scholarship success

By: Logan Pierce, Editor-in-Chief

On Feb. 8, Kelli Kelnar, outreach specialist, Oklahoma College Assistance Program, held a Scholarship workshop in the Tinker Terrace room. 25 students attended the presentation.

Kelnar began by offering some general advice when applying for scholarships. “February through April is the peak time for scholarship application,” Kelnar said, “That’s free money to help pay for your education.”

Volunteers finish first

Applicants with several volunteer hours stand out amongst the competition. Maintaining a high GPA also ensures greater consideration from prospective employers.

Scholarships are offered to students from many different sources, including local organizations, churches and the YMCA. Knowing where to start looking can feel daunting. Kelnar cautioned against using websites that charge for scholarship help. The service they provide is available online for free. Libraries may also be able to provide further scholarship information.

When filling out scholarship application forms, make sure they’re complete for those who will see them. “Don’t rush. Read through all the information,” Kelnar said, “If one space is left blank, they’ll through it out.”

This spells disaster

In addition to blank space, spelling errors can make or break an application. The form should be free of grammatical errors. Kelnar said, “90 percent of scholarships are eliminated after the first review.”

Prior to submitting a scholarship form, applicants should make sure their social media accounts reflect a positive image. Facebook and Twitter accounts are checked and allow for the character of applicants to be assessed.

When a reply is received, the applicant should write a thank you letter. This shows a level of professionalism that conveys ones gratitude for being considered.

This spells disaster

On Mar. 1, the campus Foundation Scholarships will be made available. Applicants must maintain a 2.5 GPA, and be an Oklahoma resident enrolled in six credit hours.

Below are some of the scholarships available.

  • President’s Leadership Class – Only available to graduating high school or home school seniors.
  • Legacy Scholars – Only available to graduating high school or home school seniors.
  • Student Ambassadors – Available to all students.
  • Tinker Federal Civic Leaders – Military spouses (E1-E6) and adult civilians (ages 24 and older) may apply.
  • Frances White Hughes Scholars – Available to students major in one of the fine arts, arts management, or art librarian areas.
  •  Hudiburg Scholars – Available to all students.

For more information, go to http://www.rose.edu/scholarships. Applicants may also contact Carla Robison at crobison@rose.edu. (Graphic courtesy of mctcampus.com)

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Legislation aims to chain cyberspace

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Power hungry politicians start off the year with a slap in the face

At the end of last semester we published an article about legislation aimed at changing the fabric of the U.S. and the Internet. Why should the beginning of this year be any different? Legislators in the U.S. Capitol have once again shocked many of their constituents by attempting to pass outrageous and unconstitutional laws to prohibit the flow of information within the Internet. The absurd rationale within the confines of the congressional halls is astounding and perplexing. Are they working for the people or for themselves?

SOPA/PIPA it’s more than just a name

The most recent attempts to seize control of the Internet happened with the introduction of the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act of 2011) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act of 2011) bills. These bills would essentially disallow anyone from viewing, linking to or otherwise using other website information (both foreign and domestic) as a resource in their own website because of conflicting issues of copyright legality.

These bills would affect websites like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Wikipedia and YouTube. While this is troubling, the greater problem lies with the subtle threat it poses. Schools across the country use other websites and their information as resources to help in educating students of all grade levels.

What Representative Lamar Smith had to say

“Current law protects the rights of American innovators by prohibiting the illegal sale and distribution of their products by domestic websites. But there is no equivalent protection for American companies from foreign online criminals who steal and sell American goods to consumers around the world. Congress must address the widespread problem of online theft of America’s technology and products from foreign thieves.” – Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, said in defense of SOPA.

Those who oppose the bills ratification, Is it another NDAA?

Those who oppose SOPA and PIPA ratification take issue with the vague language of the bill. It seems innocent enough, but like the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012) people could be targeted without cause or reason and subjugated to jail time and major court hearings.

Like a hydra, the more heads you cut off a bill the more heads there will be to take their place. Even though the SOPA bill has been temporarily shelved, PIPA is still before the Senate. Like any other freedom, Internet freedom can only be maintained by being vigilant. That requires recognizing and stopping anything that seeks to infringe or restrict those freedoms.

15th Street News adds QR codes

By: Narges Taghavi, feature editor

Smart phone carriers will be happy to know that the 15th Street News will be including QR (quick response) codes in each issue, so we can share with readers links to polls and other information.

QR scanners are popping up everywhere from magazines to the tables of fast food chains. While we may not link you to McDonald’s website, these scanners are becoming very popular and a fresh way of distributing news.

All you have to do is download any QR scanner app from your smart phone’s market, and when you see a square barcode in any issue of the 15th Street News:

  1. Open your QR Scanner App
  2. From “Scan” tab, select “From camera”
  3. Make sure to center the QR code in your camera’s viewfinder
  4. The scanned information should be shown immediately

The addition of QR Codes is something the 15th Street News is excited about, and hopes that everyone enjoys this new feature to the paper.

However, if you do not own a smart phone you can vote in our polls online at Opinion Polls. The polls are open to everyone.  Let your voice be heard.

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