Thank you for 37 years, Dr. Hendrix
Edited by Bailey Bussell
Student Union to Provide ‘one-stop shop’
Rose State’s Student Center will undergo major construction soon. Since 2011, a $22 million bond issue has covered the costs of renovating bathrooms, 11 buildings on campus and the Learning Resources Center. However, the upcoming renovation is not part of the same bond issue that Mid-Del voters approved in 2011; rather, it is part of a master lease program from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. According to Senior Director for Renovations Richard Andrews, the multimillion-dollar project is tentatively scheduled to begin in August, once the old building is removed.
Flu threat declines, risk remains
Story by Reginal Fields
Additional Reporting by Haley Humphrey
Photo JaNae Williams
The number of flu-related deaths in Oklahoma this season has risen to 173 since September 2017, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Feb. 22 flu update. With classes back in session, Rose State students, faculty and staff are more susceptible to the virus.
Criminal Justice - Police Science
Story by Bailey Bussell
There are more than 60 degree programs at Rose State, and with so many options at one’s disposal, it can be overwhelming.
The Criminal Justice - Police Science program has been around for at least 20 years, and for the last 15 years it has been managed by Professor of Criminal Justice Arnold R. Waggoner. The program is geared toward students who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Faculty step up to fill tutoring void
Rose State’s Tutoring Center is continuing its search to find English tutors to help students. In the meantime, several English professors have stepped forward to devote their time by stationing themselves in the Writing Lab, located in Humanities, Room 137.
Vroom, Vroom! Here Comes The Rowdy Rover
Professor Talks: Terry Byers
Story by Kat Tabak
Photo by JaNae Williams
Students are likely to hear numerous professor names mentioned during advisement, in classes or when asking about who teaches what classes. However, many students may not know anything else about the professor aside from their name and the subject they teach.
This monthly spotlight will feature Q&A-style interviews with professors from different divisions so students can learn more about educators.
Professor Terry Byers teaches Computer Information Technology classes.
Income Inequality: Experts weigh in
Story by Bailey Walker
Photo Illustration by JaNae Williams
Social Sciences Professor James Davenport’s fourth installment of the Great Debates: Power, Politics, and People featured intellectuals of Oklahoma discussing income inequality in the United States. Panelists included Gene Perry, communications and strategy director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, a center-left, Tulsa-based think tank; Craig Dawkins, Rose State professor of economics and personal finance; and Dr. John Wood, political science professor at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Hot Spots in Oklahoma
A deeper look at religious stereotypes
Story by Mina Onar
As humans, feeling connected to something or someone greater than ourselves makes us feel secure and like we have a goal in life. This is why religion plays such a big role in people’s lives. However, even if someone has beliefs on a specific religion, as we all know, that does not mean that there is only one true religion. There are roughly 4,200 religions in the world, but the most common religions are Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. Since people do not feel the need do further research on things that they hear on a daily basis, it is easy to assume things are true without doing any kind of fact checking. There are many misconceptions about every religion which can be offensive to the believers of those religions. Dec. 25 is celebrated by many people as Jesus Christ’s birthday; however, other countries who do not celebrate Christmas think it is the celebration of the New Year. And even though we think they are, atheists are not necessarily anti-religious. So how educated are we, really?
A brighter future … at a long delay
A look inside Higher Education Day 2018
Story by Haley Humphrey
Photo courtesy of Rose State College
The budget cuts in Oklahoma education have created a crisis, which has continued to escalate each year. Higher Education Day 2018 was thought to involve the groundbreaking monetary changes for which higher education officials have been searching. Gov. Mary Fallin and Chancellor Glen Johnson shared their optimism of the future of higher education to media outlets and educators statewide.
Annual summit celebrates ‘difference makers’
Story & Photo by Shaun Beck
Freedom Oklahoma’s sixth annual LGBTQ College Leadership Summit was hosted Feb. 3 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The event brought many college students together to learn about LGBTQ rights and how to further LGBTQ inclusion in colleges around the state. The Summit showed LGBTQ individuals how their voices can be heard on their campuses and how allies’ voices can help promote inclusion.
Athlete Spotlight: Baseball
You haven’t played baseball competitively since your senior year at Carl Albert High School. What made you take a break from the game? What made you want to come back to baseball?
At the beginning of my senior year, my dad passed away. That made playing baseball hard, seeing as he was my biggest fan. He went to every game and called me after each game to talk with me. After all, he was my original coach. But not having him at the games or being able to talk to him after the games made baseball a lot harder. After my senior year, I walked away from the game and never had an urge to go back and play. I joined a softball league a year and a half later and one of the players on the team was a former player at Rose. Throughout the summer, he kept telling me to try out for Rose. I kept putting it off because I had already started a life past high school, and I wouldn’t be able just to drop everything and play ball again. I finally gave in and decided to try out and ended up making the team. I had to move back home, give up my full-time job, and cut ties with all of the extra activities I did. It wasn’t easy to just drop everything, but it was very much worth it. This second chance has changed my attitude towards almost everything in my life.
December 2017 Local Restaurant Guide
Oklahoma City has many unique dining locations to offer locals and tourists, alike, though not everyone knows exactly where to find them straight away. We've compiled a few of our favorite fine restaurants and cafes in restaurant guide below.
It's a Wonderful Life: Radio Play
The holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” will soon come alive on Rose State’s H.B. Atkinson Theatre stage—and in more ways than one. Set in a 1946 New York City radio studio, the cast will perform a production similar to Jimmy Stewart’s live radio play that followed the film’s release in the ‘40s.
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“Not only are they playing the characters from the story, but they’re also playing actors from 1946,” explained Rose State Professor of Theatre Rick Nelson.
Written by Joe Landry, the radio play will follow the same basic storyline as the beloved film: George Bailey of Bedford Falls wishes he had never been born, so an angel is sent to make his wish come true, ultimately changing his perspective on life for the better.
Nelson, who is also the production’s director, said the school has never done this story before, even as a traditional version. “It’s the classic story except we’re gonna recreate a radio studio onstage, so you’ll kind of get the feel of a 1946 radio studio, and they’ll be in costumes that evoke the period of 1946,” Nelson said.
Even the stage props will reflect the broadcast era. The mics will be old-fashioned, and the audience will periodically see “on-air” and “applause” signs light up, to let them take part in the action. Additionally, the actors will be carrying loose-leaf scripts in their hands, just like they did in the old radio dramas.
Rehearsals began Nov. 6. Most of the cast members—and there are only 10—are Rose State students.
Nelson chose this story because it’s well-known and because it’s interesting for the actors. Most of the them did not audition for a specific character. This is because each member of the cast will play the voices of several characters. Theatre major Dylan Andrews said hearing the diversity of voices from other actors is the best part of this production.
Connor Robison, also a theatre major, will play the angel Clarence Odbody as his primary voice role. “My favorite part about this classic is the moral of the story, telling you to appreciate what you have even if it is getting bad, and just know[ing] that your life is not all that bad compared to some other people,” he said.
Most of the sound effects for this radio play will be done live by one unique member of the cast, not playing as a character from Bedford Falls, but as a Foley artist—the person who physically recreates the sounds needed for each scene. For example, to simulate the sound of shoes walking on snow, a Foley artist might crunch corn flakes in a box set near a microphone. Christopher McClary, a theatre major, will take this role.
As cast members testified, being part of a Rose State production brings special rewards. McClary said it has helped him not only academically, but also socially, bringing him out of his shell and allowing him to interact with people he would not get a chance to otherwise. Musical theatre major Cydnie Looper was also grateful for the opportunities presented by the program. Looper will be voicing Mary Bailey as her main character. The best part of being in theatre, she said, is the friends she has made.
“It’s nice to come into an area where you know everybody has the same kind of ambitions and goals as you,” she said.
Performances are scheduled for Dec. 1, 2 and 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. Admission is free for senior citizens, Rose State students and staff, $3 for other students and $5 for the general public. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 733-7430 or go to showtix4u.com. Tickets can be picked up at the box office on the night of the performance, paid for by cash, card or check. Bring the whole family.
November 2017 Gratitude is an emotion that allows individuals to express appreciation for what they have. Thanksgiving is the time of year when people reflect on what they have to be grateful for and gather with family and loved ones.
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However, for those who are less fortunate, the holidays can be sometimes be less than joyous. They can be lonely and depressing.
Fortunately, for those struggling this holiday season, there are local resources to reach out to for a warm dinner and a human connection
The City Rescue Mission, located in downtown Oklahoma City, offers a Thanksgiving meal for the homeless and nearly homeless.
“Many that we serve have damaged relationships and the holidays can isolate people that may already be wrestling with feeling alone,” said Adam Jones, Vice President of the City Rescue Mission. “Approximately 1,000 meals- breakfast and lunch combined- are served.”
The City Rescue Mission and Jones offer a sense of hopefulness to those they serve.
“I’m inspired by so many here, because overcoming bad circumstances in your life can be overwhelming most of the time and seem impossible to get through and yet so many find the strength in themselves and through their relationship with Jesus to overcome,” Jones said. “The City Rescue Mission receives more help during the holidays because many are acutely aware of the human condition, which is to connect. To be seen. To be heard.”
While volunteerism increases during the holiday season, it is important to remember this is not a holiday issue for those in need.
“I’ve realized we are all the same, human beings longing for connection and purpose,” Jones said.” We’re not always in control of what happens to us, but we are in control of how we respond … There is always room for the community to connect with CRM and help end poverty. They can do this through volunteering or participating in a drive with family/friends/coworkers and donate clothing, food or toys.”
In addition to the City Rescue Mission, Eastside Church of Christ of Midwest City, University of Central Oklahoma Nigh Center in Edmond, Jesus House and Salvation Army in Oklahoma City are all serving Thanksgiving meals.
The Bethany Library will host a Free Apple Pie Time where kids age 9 and up can practice following directions and putting together a delicious apple pie to take home and bake.
If you are interested in volunteering at the City Rescue Mission for the holidays, click the button below, for more information.