Story by Camryn Sturgill
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is held once a year in honor of those who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.
This year, Rose State is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is by organizing a team of 50 Rose State full-time employees to participate in the events at the marathon. The marathon is being held in Oklahoma City on April 26, 2020.
Chris Leland, director of health and wellness Rose State, along with Coty Cooper, executive athletic director Rose State, are responsible for organizing the 50th Anniversary team.
Employees who decide to sign up for the marathon will have the option of receiving 50% off whatever event they register for. This offer is valid until all of the sponsorship money is gone. The first 50 employees to sign up will also receive a $100 gift certificate to Red Coyote Running in Oklahoma City or Edmond.
Leland said he was intentional about partnering with Red Coyote Running as an incentive.
“The reason I teamed up with Red Coyote is because they do one thing-running. (I know of the people that run it and their purpose for starting it). A lot of it was because people sometimes go out and start running and don’t put any planning into it. You can actually buy shoes that make your feet, knees, hips and lower back hurt, so they custom fit you to the right shoe for your running pattern.”
Both Leland and Cooper call Oklahoma home. The two are passionate about Oklahoma and all of its history. This is one of the reasons they wanted to get involved in the Memorial Marathon.
“I think you’ll see this in Oklahoma, and this is not just a cliché, that any time there has been a tragedy or anything happens in this state, the people of this state take care of each other. From the tornadoes in Moore, to the bombing, to the wildfires we had a few years ago. Oklahoma is just that way. That’s why I love it here. You know, this is just a way of recognizing what happened that day.”
Leland and Cooper said they are over halfway on their goal of 50 full-time Rose State employees.
“We have 35 people signed up right now. Our goal is to have 50 people for the 50th anniversary,” Leland said.
Although the goal is to get 50 runners to participate, Leland mentioned that they might be able to help sponsor more than that.
“The thing is, even if we get over 50 [people to sign up], we will still be able to help sponsor because the majority of the people who are signing up are signing up for the 5K which is less expensive. We may be able to sponsor 55 or 60 people,” Leland said.
Employees can choose to sign up for any of the four following races, the 5K, the relay, the half-marathon or the full marathon.
Lance Newbold, Vice President for Student Affairs Rose State is already registered to run the 5K.
“The OKC Memorial Marathon is a special event,” Newbold said. I am not much of a runner, but I want to be a part of this city’s annual event so I chose the 5K. This year being the 25th anniversary of the bombing and the 20th year of the marathon make it that much more special to me.”
Those who are interested in participating can sign up by contacting Leland at 733-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story by Caleb Betterton & Photos courtesy of Bob Whitaker and sportspix
Junior college athletes or “Juco athletes,” face unique challenges and have a different approach and view of college life than students at four year universities.
For most college athletes, the focus is on becoming a professional athlete or using their degree to pursue a career. For Juco athletes the focus is different. Juco athletes are taking a shot at going to a four year university and trying to get a chance at becoming a professional athlete.
This is the reality the athletes at Rose State are experiencing, aiming high and going for a chance at pursuing their dreams. This journey is not an easy one, but it is a worthy one.
“Grind” is how Rose State outfielder Alex Eddinger defines being a Juco Athlete. With tough practices twice a day and classes in between it is an absolute grind. “But it is a grind that never gets old,” Eddinger said.
It is all a part of the journey for these athletes even though it is hard work and most athletes would prefer to go straight to a four-year university. Starting at a Junior college can be very beneficial especially, when transitioning from high school to the college environment. “While it was work, the smaller environment helped make it easier.” said Madison Zick, defensive midfielder for Texas A&M University-Commerce.
The junior college experience helps with the growth of these athletes not only as a player, but as an individual. Players get the chance to work on their skills and learn about themselves while getting opportunities to show they have what it takes to go the next level. “I loved my time at Rose State, it really helped me grow as a person and a player.” Zick said.
Another aspect of Juco athletics is the relationships these athletes make that continue on after their time in college is over. Junior colleges also provide opportunities for international athletes to come to America and get a chance at an opportunity to play at a four-year school.
One of those athletes is Aristides Batista who is an infielder on Rose State’s baseball team. Batista is from Puerto Rico. Not being able to see friends and family for so much of the year is one of his biggest challenges. However, it is worth the sacrifice for Batista because it has been his dream to study and play at the collegiate level in the United States.
This is really what being a Juco athlete is all about; following your dreams and working on making them become a reality. It is all about the journey.
One athlete that has made the most of this journey is Jake Hamilton. Hamilton started his journey at Rose as a pitcher. He struggled his freshman year on the field but turned it around in a major way his sophomore year. He went 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA (Earned Run Average) with all American honors.
“You have to love it.” said, Hamilton. That’s what drives these athletes to do the work through adversity and fulfill their dreams.
One thing every one of these athletes mentioned was the work it takes to go after their dreams.
“You get a better perspective on what it’s like to have to work for what you get,” Hamilton said.
The biggest thing these athletes get out of their time at junior college is perspective. They see what it takes to get to the next level and are thankful for the opportunities they are given to make it there.
This approach and the perspective they have is something anyone could benefit from.
The road they take is not a popular one, but it is a worthwhile one.
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado by Grayson Gregory
Two professional photographers give their insight on photography
Story by Camryn Sturgill - Features Editor
Grayson Gregory, a senior at the University of Tennessee, is a self-taught photographer. Gregory says he has always enjoyed taking pictures and making videos with his family, but his knack for photography did not turn into a hobby until 2017, when he bought a professional camera.
“There was nothing that specifically got me into photography or cameras in general,” Gregory said. Over time, I just had a desire to capture moments of my life at a higher quality than I had before. Something about the whole creative process was just extremely entertaining to me and it still is.”
Although Gregory experiments with many different types of photography, he mostly enjoys taking landscapes.
“I usually like to be outside taking pictures and videos in nature. I get such a desire to go out and see the world from nature photos, especially in the mountains. I don’t hate doing portraits or more professional photos, but it definitely doesn’t bring very much excitement to me,” Gregory said.
Gregory now uses a Sony A7-III to capture his masterpieces. The Sony A7-III is a professional camera often used by travel photographers because of its compact size.
Gregory enjoys taking photos and videos when he travels. He said his best memories and photos are from a trip he took with friends in August 2019. They visited the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado where they looked up at the tallest dune and decided they would not leave until they made it to the top.
“It took so much longer than we thought, and I felt like just falling over and passing out,” Gregory said.We eventually made it to the top and the wind was blowing insanely hard, like seriously hard. We were there for a long time and watched the sunset there, which was incredible. The whole trip was amazing for us and it was definitely the best trip I’ve taken so far.”
Gregory credits his friends and family for supporting his photography and video skills in a way that builds him up and allows him to make more creative decisions.
As far as inspiration goes, Gregory named Ryan Resatka, Garrett King, Josiah Gordon, Stevin Tuchiwsky and Daniel Ernst as people who have insired him.
Gregory does not consider himself to be a professional photographer, but others may disagree when looking at his work. Either way, Gregory remains humble and admits that he still has a lot to learn.
Gregory’s advice to those who are interested in photography is lighthearted, yet motivational.
“Just get out there and do it,” Gregory said. “No matter what you use for your camera, just go take some pictures. Nobody picks up a camera and is a pro from the start. It takes some time and the only way to really do that is by taking a lot of pictures or videos.”
At the other end of the table, some people decide to take their love for photography to the next level and turn it into a career. Kenneth Beachler has done just that.
Beachler is a professional photographer as well as Rose State’s official photographer, he also went to Rose State. He has been in the photography field for 26 years. Beachler attended a vocational school for photography and eventually graduated from the graphic design program at University of Central Oklahoma in the Beachler’s job as a photographer has opened the door for many opportunities.
“Photography has afforded me travel to places I may have not had a chance to go,” he said. “For instance, I was flown to Hawaii to photograph a wedding. Also, I’ve been able to photograph people like Lewis Black, Martina McBride, Rex Linn, Shirley Jones, Anthony Bourdain, Brian Regan, and more.”
Beachler uses a Nikon D810 DSLR camera at work, but for his personal projects he uses a Nikon D7500.
“I used to use Canon DSLRs. I switched because using Nikon cameras over the last 11 years with Rose State has made them more comfortable to me. Canon and other brands are great, I just simply feel at home with Nikon now,” Beachler said.
Throughout Beachler’s 26 years of experience, he has learned many useful tips and wanted to give a bit of advice to beginners.
“Have fun,” he said. “Utilize your own personal imagination and creativity, and then learn how to make that image in your mind coalesce through traditional or digital means. You’ll have fun, learn more about the craft, and have a final image that is uniquely you.”
Story & photos by Zaviana James - Social Media Coordinator
The holidays are all about family; unfortunately, there are some families that are not able to spend the season together. Even worse, some are unable to see each other during the rest of the year.
Families tend to get separated for many different reasons such as child abuse, child neglect and other problems. These children get taken away from their parents and are placed into state custody. In many cases they are put into a group home or foster care until their parents can regain custody. Many times these children can see their parents at the Child Welfare services office only under supervised visits. Being under direct state supervision can make both the child and parent feel uncomfortable.
Fortunately, there is a local nonprofit organization that is bringing families back together in a home-like environment until children can be placed back in their homes.
This particular organization is called Hope for the Future, founded by Clotiel Howard.
“HFTF provides an environment that allows families to connect safely, following their temporary separation due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect,” Howard said.
Hope For The Future serves an average of 50 children a month and has served at least 440 children since it opened.
What makes Hope For The Future so different from Child Welfare Services is that this organization has set up 5 visitation rooms to resemble a home living area. Also, they offer a party room so that families can celebrate birthday parties. There are toys, televisions and even a kitchen located on site so children and parents can feel more accomodated.
“After a couple of visits, parents are comfortable, children are comfortable, the anger from both sides appears to cease and visitations are a lot better,” Howard said.
The families are still supervised but by cameras, so they can feel more comfortable than if someone were to be in the room.
“The greatest impact is when I see families interacting, laughing, talking, eating, doing homework or most importantly, when a family is ordered unsupervised visits because visitations have been going extremely well- that is the greatest impact of them all,” Howard said.
Each visit parents have with their children gets them a step closer to putting their families back together, and because children who are taken away from their families at such a young age can experience longlasting psychological effects, speed matters.
Howard, a former Court Appointed Special Advocates Training Manager for Oklahoma County, encountered a young juvenile girl who she says helped inspire Hope For The Future.
This young girl was angry and waiting for a judge when Howard asked about her five younger siblings and when she last seen them.
“She could not remember the exact time she had seen her siblings last, but she said they visited ‘in that stinky room upstairs’ and that ‘everyone always lied to her,’” Howard said.
Howard asked the girl what she wanted for her future. “Her face filled with sadness. The girl replied with obvious remorse, ‘I don’t have a future’. I immediately responded, ‘Yes, there is always hope for the future!’’’ Howard said.
Howard is one of the many people running a non-profit in Oklahoma City, which on top of daily life and careers can tend to be a lot. Howard welcomes volunteers and donations from anyone who shares the same passion for social work as she does.
Hope For The Future has received no federal or state funding. For more information about Hope For The Future or to donate call 535-2279.
States that have accepted and rejected expansion, by Kurykh (Wikimedia Commons), edited by Bailey Walker, licensed CC3.0
Story by Bailey Walker - Previous staff member
SQ 802’s petition signatures were submitted Oct. 24 in aims to bring Medicaid expansion to Oklahoma in a vote scheduled for Nov. 3, 2020.
Medicaid expansion began in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, and Oklahoma is one of 14 states that has refused the measure. An expansion would allow people ages 18 to 65, making under 133% of the poverty line (around 16,600), to be Medicaid-eligible in a population of about 200,000 in Oklahoma according to the OK Policy Institute. The federal government would foot 90% of Medicaid costs, leaving 10% for the state to cover itself. Depending on the number of people in a given household, that income level can vary from $12,490 for an individual to $43,430 for eight people. Above that add an extra $4,420 per person.
Many major medical organizations in the state came out in support of the measure, citing various benefits it could bring to average Oklahomans. A statement from the Oklahoma Hospital Association said, “Medicaid expansion will make families healthier and our economy stronger. In addition to providing health care to nearly 200,000 hardworking Oklahomans, it will create thousands of new jobs, keep rural hospitals open, and boost our economy.”
The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association said, “In addition to Oklahoma’s health being ranked 47th in the United States, our state also has the second highest uninsured rate. We must seek out every opportunity to improve the health of Oklahomans, and providing access to insurance has been shown to improve healthcare outcomes.” Other notable medical groups in support of the measure include the Oklahoma State Medical Association, Saint Francis Health System and the Oklahoma Nurses Association.
House Rep. Melissa Provenzano wrote “For every dollar Oklahoma spends on Medicaid expansion, the Federal government will match that with 9 dollars. If you were running a business, wouldn’t you take that deal? Expanding Medicaid will provide the funding to bring critical health care jobs to our state, help keep our rural hospitals open and improve the overall health and well-being of our workforce, leading to greater productivity, less time off work and a positive economic impact for our state.” This one to nine ratio is cited by other supporters in the legislature including House Rep. Colin Walke and Jacob Rosecrants.
It is possible that, although these organizations and data do support the fact that more people will be insured and have better health outcomes, professionals and organizations working in this field have a financial incentive in seeing more insured people and more money invested into their services.
There have been groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council that publish reports claiming Medicaid expansion has actually increased prices for those who use private insurance. The argument is: as more people use the cheaper government program, insurance companies and hospitals will shift extra cost to private plan holders. Conservative organizations point to this as a reason to cut the whole program; Medicaid causes prices to be low for those who use it, and high for those who do not.
Progressives like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez point to this as a reason to expand a government system fully, like Medicare for All, to eliminate private insurance all together and spread those low costs, similar to the UK’s National Health System which is entirely free at the point of use.
There’s only been one major organization to make a move against SQ 802, The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs- a conservative think tank. In June the group made a legal challenge against SQ 802 calling its ballot summary misleading. The group also called it unconstitutional as Medicaid expansion would be written into the Oklahoma constitution. And though 90% of funding is supposed to be from the federal government, the federal government may defund the program leaving Oklahoma to fill the gap. The challenge was denied by the Oklahoma Supreme Court on June 18 this year.
Representative Jim Olsen published an article on the matter on Aug. 19, 2019, claiming Medicaid expansion is “too good to be true.” He explained his reasoning as distrust in the federal government to continue funding the program. He also cites Health Affairs and the New England Journal of Medicine that said the majority of doctors (69%) accept Medicaid and Medicaid recipients were six times more likely to be turned down. These are people who otherwise would not have been able to see a doctor, though Olsen omits that fact. Olsen thinks healthcare should be a “free market” so that one can shop around for cancer treatment or immediate medical emergencies. Olsen also claims that prices increase under Medicaid expansion, which isn’t supported by the vast majority of available data.
What Does the Data Say?
One of the largest meta-analyses available is from the Kaiser Family Foundation which incorporated 324 studies between Jan. 2014 and June 2019. The three main takeaways from the study were: first, that coverage of uninsured and low-income people increased, second, access to care, health outcomes, and financial stability among low-income people largely improved, and third, economic effects of budget saving, economic growth and employment gains were largely positive.
Medicaid expansion would disproportionately benefit rural areas, which in 2010 held about 40% of Oklahoma’s population according to census data. Something pointed out by Jane Nelson, CEO of the Oklahoma Nurses Association, is that Medicaid expansion would bring money back into the state, “The Oklahoma Nurses Association supports returning Oklahomans’ own hard-earned federal tax dollars back to our state to provide health coverage for low-income working Oklahomans, to reduce the uninsured rate, to ease the costly burden of healthcare, and to protect the health care infrastructure and the well-being of all Oklahomans,” she said.
Between insurance providers, hospital administration, government services and political obfuscation healthcare policy is incredibly complicated. If SQ 802 passes, like most policies, it is going to require monitoring and backup plans in case federal funding falls through. The benefits are clear and proven, and the drawback of federal funding is a real concern. Whether an emergency funding plan is cooked up or not is up to policy makers, while Medicaid expansion is up to the voters.
By Selena Williams
Rose State since 2001. He wants his students to understand the weather and not fear it, so he teaches the way he wants to be taught.
“I want an instructor that is not a robot, somebody that’s not unattainable, I don’t want to talk over my students head,” Carano said. “I don’t want to sound like a know it all, that’s not my intention to walk in with an ascot and a pipe and they call me professor. That’s not me, it’s kind of the same way I was on the air. What you see is what you get on and off the camera.”
Carano had an excellent 5.0 rating on rate my professor. Here is what one student had to say about his Earth Science class.
“Prof. Carano is an incredible instructor. He really is there for the benefit of his students. Show up, take notes, and you will receive an A. Lectures are very straightforward, video heavy, and very interesting. Great man, great teacher.”
Carano’s faith and religion:
Carano is devout in his Christianity and considered devoting his life to the cloth.
“I thought about being a Catholic Priest,” he said. “I probably would go that route if something happened to my wife. I probably wouldn’t remarry. It’s not a knock on my wife at all, that’s not what I’m saying, it’s not like marriage is a bad institution. I just don’t think I could have what I have now, again.”
Where it all began:
Carano’s interest in the weather began back in high school.
“Everyone knew that I was going to be a weather guy in high school and in college they really knew because my little 1988 chevy beretta looked like a porcupine, it had antennas all over it because I was always storm chasing in it.”
Carano interned for Gary England in the summer of 1993.
“I had gone to KOCO, I think first and they said no we don’t need an intern, then I went to KFOR and they didn’t need an intern,” he said. “My thought was my hopes were dashed, I thought, you know KWTV, I saved the best for
last. I went and Gary England said yes. I was floored because Gary England is known nationally, I mean he’s known and not just in the Oklahoma community.”
He loved interning for KWTV and they were going to hire him, but they wanted him to gain some experience from a small station first. So that is exactly what he did, he went to Texas KTEN, a small station in Denison Texas.
He worked there for a year. Carano had a rough time at KTEN because their team was unkind toward him, but he said that unkindness toughened him up.
“They told me I sucked, that I was never going to be anything and that I would never be in Oklahoma City. And within a year in a half I was,” he said.
After KTEN, Carano went on to work for KFOR for three years, then took a break for a year because of a non compete clause. Carano’s next move was KOCO, where he worked on the weekends.
Becoming a professor:
He was told by KFOR Dan Threlkeld that Rose State was looking for somebody to teach, he went on to work for Rose State Monday-Thursday.
“I thought well, that sounds fun, adjunct professor, that sounds kind of cool,” he said. “Just teach one class and see
how it goes. It was like, it got in my blood and that was fun for me, and now it’s flipped flopped. I was full-time TV weatherman and now I’m full-time professor, so you never know what is going to happen.”
Although Carano is no longer a weatherman, he got the chance to work this past summer at KSWO, a TV station in Lawton. They had a couple of meteorologist leave and asked Carano if he could do some contract labor.
In doing this, he had to spend some time away from his family. But his ten-year-old son Sam Carano got a chance to visit his dad and see him in action.
“It may be the last time I’m ever on the air,” Carano said. “What was cool about it was I got to take my son down there. He got to see it. It gave me a bit of family time so I wasn’t quite so home sick. I don’t know if my wife missed me a lot. She was probably glad that she got rid of me for six weeks.”
Sam Carano enjoyed his time with his father.
“I was happy because I had to wake up at 2 a.m. and then I had to wait there which was kind of fun,” he said.
Steve Carano’s biggest inspiration is his father Steve Joe Carano, but he is actually named after his grandfather Steve Anothony Carano.
“My dad is probably my number one inspiration. I told him, if I could be half the father that he was to me I’d be okay,” he said.
Fun facts about Carano:
Some interesting things about Carano is that he is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, and was a trombonist for the OU band. He loves to cook, one of his favorite meals is squirrel and potatoes.
Also, he had a chance to go to the Olympics to be an Olympian for target shooting. He was so good that he could shoot the stems from underneath dandelions with a bb gun from 33 feet away.
Carano’s favorite television:
As for movies and tv shows, Carano is a fan of Star Wars and Star Trek.
“I watched the science channel a lot, I like how the universe works on the science channel just because it keeps me on my game here,” he said. “I got into Disney plus the other day and I watched the Mandalorian, I’m a big Star
Wars and Star Trek fan.”
As for music, he is definitely a fan of the 80s .
“I’m not a big rap fan. I loved the Fat boys growing up and Run DMC that’s about as Hip Hop as I get.”
He is a fan of classical, rock and country music.
"Merle Haggard is one of my favorites, George Jones, those old timey country guys and that’s real country for me,” Carano said. “I’m definitely am an 80s guy. I love Def Leppard, Dokken all of the 80s hair bands, Cinderella, Poison and Alice Cooper. I’ve actually seen Alice Cooper four times now in concert. I don’t mind 70s music either. A little Beegees.”
Sam shared some more interesting things about his dad.
“He can actually throw a football,” he said. “He forecast the weather and he’s a weather chaser.”
If Sam could describe his dad in three words, they would be “best dad ever.”
plans to visit are Galway, Bunratty Castle, Dublin, Belfastand many more locations.
“Here’s your chance to see the world through multiple perspectives of diverse people. These tours enable students to appreciate the values, customs and social systems of various cultures and ultimately, function more effectively as members of an increasingly multicultural society.” You can read more about the Program’s
goal on the Rose State website.
“I love castles, so Blarney Castle is one of my favorite highlights,” said Sheri Mussatto. “We are also going to Northern Ireland (Belfast) this time, so I’m looking forward to that. There is a wonderful Titanic museum there since that’s where it was built. Lori Morrow is looking forward to Giant’s Causeway.”
The Global and Cultural Learning Program has taken many trips before this one and plan for two other trips. One to Costa Rica in the spring of 2020 and another in Spain, Portugal and Morocco in the summer of 2021.
“We try to go where students would want to go, but we also want to go on study trips that relate to curriculum. For example, a trip to Italy would relate to Humanities classes, especially with a focus on the Renaissance. The Costa Rica trip coming up in March has a direct connection to science,” said Mussatto.
So far fifteen people have signed up for the trip to Ireland, but Mussatto says their trips range from fifteen to thirty-five people.
While the trip costs in total $3,904, the Global and Cultural Learning Program has a payment plan set up where after paying an initial payment of $158, one can pay $936.50 for four months. This expense will pay for the majority of the trip, including breakfasts and dinners. The only thing those attending will have to pay for lunch and souvenirs.
“There are too many favorite memories to name. I think climbing around Mt. Vesuvius is a super memory. Also, Toledo, Spain was a spectacular place. Lori Morrow’s favorite memory is watching the dogs herd sheep in Ireland and watching the Flamenco dancers in Spain.” Said Mussatto.
Even if you are unable to participate in this trip, make sure to keep an eye out on the Passport Program which holds many trips to nearby locations.
For more information on the Ireland trip, the Global and Cultural Learning Program, or the Passport Program, contact Sheri Mussatto email@example.com or call her at 733-7503. You can also find the trip’s information by going to the Global and Cultural Learning Program page on the Rose State website and clicking the Explorica link for Ireland.
Story by Brayden Conover
The Arnold Palmer Cup is a collegiate golf event hosted by the Golf Coaches Association of America, in conjunction with Arnie’s Army. The Ryder Cup-esqe event features 48 of the best American and International collegiate golfers. Along with the growing popularity of collegiate golf, the event is growing too, but it still flies under the radar of even the most hardcore golf fans.
In 1997, the GCAA approached Arnold Palmer about creating an event that showcased the best collegiate golfers. The event originally took eight of the best male golfers from the United States against eight of the best from Great Britain & Ireland. The inaugural Arnold Palmer Cup was hosted at Bay Hill Club, Mr. Palmer’s home golf course. In 2003, the event expanded to encompass not just GB&I but the entire continent of Europe. In 2010, the Arnold Palmer Cup expanded to 10 American men vs 10 European men. Last year, the event grew once more to include the best collegiate women and broadened to include the entire world.
Former APC participant, University of Oklahoma and 2018 Team USA head coach, Ryan Hybl said, “I had a phenomenal squad… If you fast forward 10 years from now there will probably be some Ryder Cuppers, President Cup guys and potentially some of the same pairings that we used (in 2018).”
The list of alumnus from the event are long and prestigious. Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, the list goes on. 122 competitors have gone on to earn their PGA, European or LPGA tour cards. 57 Arnold Cup players have tallied 228 victories worldwide on the PGA and European Tours including seven Major winners. 28 APC players have been selected to Ryder Cup teams.
Although women were introduced into the event just last year, the impact that the 24 women have made over the past year is awe-in-spiring .
Jennifer Kupcho, a Wake Forest senior and 2018 APC Team USA member, won the inaugural Augusta Women’s Amateur Championship held at Augusta National (the site of The Masters). Runner up at the ANWA, Maria Fassi was a member of the International team in 2018.
In the LPGA’s first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, a total of four APC alum made the cut with Kristen Gillman finishing tied for sixth.
Susan Rosenstiel, University of Alabama Assistant Women’s Golf Coach, said ,“It’s an exciting time in women’s amateur golf... The addition of some television coverage is now drawing viewers from all over the globe to see what the future of golf holds.”
The inclusion of women into the event proves as a win-win to all parties involved.
Ireland native and Arizona State junior, Olivia Mehaffey says that the APC is, “ ...a huge moment for female amateur golf... It really puts our sport on a higher podium.”
With the event playing mixed matches, both the men and women get to compete with each other, often for the first time in a tournament setting.
“Playing mixed matches was such a fun experience. I know who many of the girls were on my team but I don’t think I had ever been able to play with any of them before. It was fun to see to get to play with some of the best women’s golfers in the world,” said Brad Dalke, an Oklahoma senior and a 2018 Team USA member.
“We don’t get to play with the men very much,” Mehaffey said, “getting to see their game was very cool and very impressive!”
The selection process of the teams is based off World Amateur Golf Rankings as well as two coaches’ picks. This allows the APC to be one of the most elite golf events in the world, showcasing 48 of the best amateur golfers worldwide. There is simply no other golf event at the amateur level like it. The most comparable of golf events would be the PGA Tour’s World Golf Championships. There are four WGC events a year and exclusive to golfers ranked in the top 64-100 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Although, the competition is what grabs the public’s attention, the core of the Arnold Palmer Cup is to carry on Mr. Palmer’s legacy and keep the values that he brought to the game of golf alive. Since Mr. Palmer’s passing in 2016, the event has ensured that each golfer chosen understands what they must do to live up to Mr. Palmer’s expectations that he held himself and others to.
Three-time APC participant and Texas A&M senior, Chandler Phillips said, “Mr. Palmer’s legacy means so much to how I go about everything in life. Everything he said was most important in life and how people to remember you.”
Mr. Palmer’s legacy is paramount to the event as the event continues to share the values he carried on and off the course throughout his life. The sentiment of what it means to be named a part of the APC resonates with everyone chosen.
“I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Palmer a few times at Bay Hill and for what he represents, the love of the game and the love of people, I would always cherish those moments . So, being part of his legacy at the APC in Evian was one of the highlights of my career,” TCU assistant and 2018 International assistant coach, Adrien Mork said.
Oklahoma State sophomore and 2018 APC Team USA member, Matthew Wolff shares the same opinion: “Mr. Palmer’s
legacy is something that very few golfers can even come close to. We all look up to him as a role model and someone that
you should try to be like on and off the course.”
This years Arnold Palmer Cup will be hosted by The Alotian Club, just 30 minutes Northwest of Little Rock,Arkansas June 7-9. The event will feature competitors from six continents and 20 countries. USA will look to improve upon their 12-9-1 record and retain the Cup for a second straight year.
For more information and tickets go to arnoldpalmercup.com
Story by Michelle Rojano
Social media has become a daily hobby in many people’s lives. About 77 percent of the U.S. population was active on social media in 2018, according to Statista, and around 92 percent of teens access the internet daily. Although social media can be a useful tool for many, there is a risk of exposing young children and teens to content and attention they may not be mentally prepared for.
Similar to school experience, kids and teens strive to fit in and be liked on social media. Except now, there is a measurable amount of “likes” and attention.
“For younger people, likes are really important to the popular people because they have to have a certain number of likes or they aren’t good enough,” high school senior Tapangia Richardson said. Forty-three percent of teens ages 13-17 delete posts because they have not received enough likes and even feel negatively about themselves when no one likes or comments on the posts according to Common Sense Media.
Copying trends for likes and shares
People of all ages can quickly immerse themselves in viral trends. The Harlem Shake, Ice Bucket Challenge, Baby Shark, Kiki Challenge, Duck-face Photo, Tide Pod, California Reaper Challenge, Cinnamon Challenge are just a few examples of viral videos that influenced many. Some of these trends can be positive, like giving food and money to the less fortunate, but the majority are strictly for entertainment. “Social media is not healthy for young adults because one person does something stupid, like eating a tide pod, and it’s now the thing to do and is the latest challenge,” said Richardson.
Influenced content does not strictly stop at video challenges; it also includes fashion, makeup, photos and body trends. According to Shareablee, seven out of pthe top 10 social media influencers are female celebrities, including Kylie Jenner as number one, Kim Kardashian as number five and Nicki Minaj as number eight.
According to Dr. Elizabeth Boger, professor of psychology, research has proven consumers are in fact impacted by media. She also mentioned how younger audiences are more vulnerable to fads, diets and fasts endorsed by celebrities. “Adolescence is a period where a person's appearance becomes more important to them--for a variety of reasons. Given the increased importance of a person's perceived appearance and the ease of access to celebrity images, it's pretty easy to see why celebrities can have such an impact,” Boger said.
Social media influencer’s lips and bodies have been the cause of many girl’s photos, poses and purchases. From posting selfies almost identical to the influencer’s to overlining lips, it is obvious these celebrities have led and contributed to photo, makeup and body trends. “Celebrities do have an impact on young followers … a lot of celebrities are really skinny and almost so skinny it’s not healthy and they are considered beautiful. Also, celebrities help inspire young kids to become the next celebrity, or just like the celebrity,” Richardson said.
Body image is referring to how people view themselves. Body Dysmorphic Disorder is when someone has a consistent issue with an imagined or minor flaw, according to Mental Health America.
“Research varies on the percentage of the population with BDD, due to the potential for underreporting,”, Dr. Broger said. “It is a disorder where people seek to be less noticeable, as opposed to more noticeable, and how marked the disorder is changes over time and may be more or less intrusive at different points in a person’s life. The most recent statistics I've seen indicate around 2.4% of the population has it, but again there may be many more people who don't realize that's what they're suffering.”
Constantly comparing one’s body to others is a symptom of the disorder. Social media is an easy way for ordinary people to compare themselves to celebrities and people in their own lives. This explains the trend of portraying the body and look of popular people on social media.
Most women will use makeup to look better and hide flaws. Recently, the feature of plump lips and perfectly shaped eyebrows has overtaken the internet. Women have quickly fallen into the trend by showing off their makeup looks of dark, similarly shaped eyebrows and by viewing tutorials on how to overline lips to appear larger thousands of times.
Illusion of Social Media
Not only can social media be taxing for users comparing themselves to Instagram models, but it can also be exhausting for influencers. Many YouTubers and Instagram models have fallen off the map or begun to change their content to real life content. Evenlina, Youtuber and influencer, has recently shared a video describing her experience in keeping up the lifestyle she portrayed in social media and how the industry is full of people living double lives for likes and views.
“I spent a couple of hours getting ready, doing my makeup, doing my hair, setting up the lighting and everything and I look in the camera and it doesn’t look right... In my heart, I know that I am not ugly or a super insecure person but for [making content] I get so much anxiety, so much stress over how I look on camera as I am filming and I am doing it right now, I am already running all of the negative comments…”
According to Dr. Boger, it is easy for people to confuse a person’s looks with their expertise about a subject. If someone loses weight easily and is considered beautiful, it is easy for people to consider them experts on the subjects of beauty and health. People will be more likely to trust their advice. “A celebrity who lost a lot of weight after an illness, pregnancy, or other situation may mention their favorite fast/cleanse/diet… but they may not mention the personal trainer, the many hours each day spent working out, the expensive food prepared by someone else and many other factors that allow them to lose weight quickly,” said Dr. Boger.
Social media can make vulnerable people an easy target for bullying. It is widely known that young users have gone as far as taking their lives due to online bullying. Even adult users fall prey to wide scale ridicule; characters like Sweet Brown, Walmart yodeling boy and many others have turned into internet jokes. Although the attention can turn positive in many of cases, for others, it can push them to extreme actions.
Social media is not the sole cause for bulimia, depression or anorexia, but it can trigger those who are vulnerable.
“Of American elementary school girls who read magazines, 69 percent say that the pictures influence their concept of the ideal body shape, 47 percent say the pictures make them want to lose weight,” according to National Eating Disorders Association. Americans have now replaced written media with online websites and social media, meaning young people have the same content at higher volumes and readily available. Although less prominent, National Eating Disorders Association also linked photos and media to men’s body image.
Despite the risks, social media has begun to make a push into body positivity and natural beauty. Victoria Edmond, Owner of Burden Free Cosmetics, focuses her brand on not making people not only look beautiful, but also feel beautiful, “ [Our goals] are to encourage women to radiate their unique beauty from the inside out.” As a young woman herself, she is no stranger to the challenges social media poses to self-love. “When we try to be like each other we are missing that gold mine of diversity,” Edmond said.
Worldwide brands have also begun to support body positivity and diverse beauty. Aerie has recently launched a campaign featuring models of all weight,sizes and disabilities. Dove has also joined the movement, featuring women and children of all sizes and backgrounds into their advertisements. Brands like Fenty by Rihanna have added to the otherwise limited range of makeup for women of darker skin tones. From true nude lip shades for darker complexions to foundations that match a wider range of darker skin tones. Nike has even begun selling its first ever sports hijab.
The support of brands in diversity campaigns helps people embrace individuality.
Healthy Use of Social Media
It is important for adults to take steps to monitor children’s and teens social media use. Parents should have an idea of their children’s online activity without reading absolutely everything that is posted or read by their children. Boger recommends avoiding intrusive behavior since it could lead to hostility. She also recommended limiting social media use. The average teen uses social media eight hours a day. Limiting the use could help teach them time management skills.
It is also important to lead by example. “Children, including teens, are acutely aware of their parents’ behavior, including hypocrisy,” said Boger. She explained parents who use social media in a positive way are likely to have better results in how their kids use social media vs parents who are on social media eight hours a day and use their social media in a negative way.
Social media has proven to have the power to kick-start change. Activist movements like Black Lives Matter movement, Me Too movement and many fundraisers have began online. Besides political movements, people have been able to find true love, support groups, keep up with news or learn about cultures from around the world through social media. Thanks to the massive reach of social media, the world has had a chance to change for the better.
Story & Photos by Courtney Carpenter
Erin Logan, the chief conduct and Service Learning officer, came to Rose State in May 2017. She is currently a full-time employee and is enrolled at West Chester University where she will receive her doctorate in public administration. Logan and her husband adopted their son, Henry, a year ago and she loves watching him learn and grow. She has a busy life and the items in her bag are evident of that. Here is a peek at the items typically found in Logan’s bag:
Wallet: “I’m old, so I still carry a checkbook. My wallet is also Kate Spade, which I love. My husband actually gave me this wallet when I started here as a ‘congratulations on your new job.”
Textbook: “I had a chapter I needed to read today so I kept my book with me to read during my lunch.”
Snacks: “Applesauce and an orange. I’m a mom. I have a 13-month-old so I have to have snacks at all times. The orange is for me though.”
Lip Gloss: “It is kind of ridiculous how much lip gloss I carry with me. I even have some on my desk.”
Pens: “They have to be this exact kind.”
Gloves: “I never use them.”
Business cards: “When I’m out, I ask people where they go to school and I try to convince them to come to Rose State.”
Junior League name tag: “I never know when I’ll need to represent the League.”
Journal: “Also Kate Spade.”
Ear buds: “I didn’t even know those were in there.”