By Selena Williams - Senior Editor
Before the spread of the COVID-19, most college students looked forward to walking the stage with their diploma in hand, but now that might not happen.
Think about it, a person goes to grade school for about 13 years and college for about four, all to walk across a stage to accept a diploma. And now, due to the health and safety regulations the nation, as well as the world is under, that moment might not come for the Class of 2020.
As of now, students will not return to class for the remainder of the school year, meaning they might not see some of their classmates again.
Rose State President Jeanie Webb sent a statement via email March 21. The statement read as follows.
“Rose State College Commencement Ceremonies scheduled for May 8, 2020 are postponed and unfortunately may ultimately have to be cancelled. We are looking for appropriate ways we can honor our graduates by considering alternatives to our traditional spring graduation events.”
This is unsettling news for students graduating this spring, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the safest way to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread.
According to Lance Newbold, vice president of student affairs, Rose State is not eliminating the possibilities of a graduation ceremony just yet.
“We have not categorically ruled out anything yet,” he said. “We are working diligently to continue to provide instruction and student services during this challenging time and will look at all options in the coming weeks.”
Although the possibility of having a graduation ceremony sounds wonderful, it is unlikely to happen at the moment.
School might be out for a bit, but the class of 2020 graduates can still hold a memorable graduation ceremony.
So, here is a way to celebrate your achievements while under quarantine.
Get together family members already in your same household and stage a graduation. Set up chairs, a makeshift stage, put on a cap and gown, choose an announcer. And for those family members that are under quarantine in a separate household, FaceTime, Zoom and Google Hangouts is an option for them not to miss out on the special occasion.
By Tanner Pipins - Entertainment Editor
“Enough is enough:” Gov. Stitt bans state travel to California
In January, Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an executive order to prohibit all state-funded “non-essential” travel to California. This decision was in response to California’s own ban on travel. California added Oklahoma to their travel ban in 2018 after it put in place a policy to grant private adoption agencies the right to deny placing children with certain families based on religious and moral grounds. The state of California sees this law as an anti-LGBTQ policy. California is taking their stance in support of “those that will be harmed by this prejudice policy”. In response, Stitt wants to emphasize the financial toll this policy will have on Oklahoma. “This is something
that they banned because of our values in Oklahoma,” Stitt said. “And so we’re proud of our pro-life stance, and I don’t want to spend state dollars back in California if that state is going to refuse to spend dollars in our state.”
The “Friends” reunion we have all been waiting for.
HBO is set to launch their new streaming service (HBOMax) in May 2020, and what better way to draw attention to their upstart than promising a reunion to the TV juggernaut that is “Friends.” Just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ‘90s sitcom, the original cast is coming back to provide HBO Max streamers an exclusive, unscripted special.
After streaming exclusively on Netflix for the last four years, WarnerMedia reclaimed its streaming rights to “Friends” for a total of $425 million at the end of 2019. The special, as well as all 236 episodes, will be available upon the streaming service’s debut. According to Variety.com, the six stars will be paid “between $2.5 million and $3 million apiece for participating in the special.” This essentially triples the then-historic $1 million per episode the cast had originally agreed to for seasons 9 and 10 of the comedy.
By Payton Hayes - Staff Writer
Rose State prides itself on celebrating the STEM majors a well as the Fine Arts majors and everyone in between and this value is represented in the newest addition to the school’s collection of student murals, Humanities, located in the upstairs, back hallway of the Humanities building. This mural is the second of two choices presented to RSC’s Humanities Building Mural Committee and will be one of the first few painted in a series of murals set to cover the hallways in student-led artwork.
Initially, the mural class was created as a Special Topics in Art course that served to teach students about the ins and outs of getting a mural up on a wall, whilst re-imagining the familiar space students see daily. The project was intended to liven up the hallways and make the dull, quite upstairs back hallway a more inspiring and inviting place.
Art Professor Suzanne Thomas shared her thoughts on the finished project.
“This mural class was more about the process and procedures that an artist must go through before they create artwork, especially artwork that is meant to be viewed in public,” Thomas said. “I think a lot of art students have
public art, i.e. like murals, are about reflecting the values within the community at large. This class was different in that there was more research that had to be done, more collaboration among the students, and Humanities faculty. I am really proud of the mural and their work.”
However, what was supposed to be a one-time project quickly evolved into a broader, longer-term vision since the Humanities Building Mural Committee agreed both murals represented the Humanities division.
Thomas explained prior to the formal presentation that the committee would likely have a hard time deciding on just one mural concept. The committee chose Ashley Gilliland’s “No Limitations” mural idea and agreed the second mural could be done later.
Dean of Humanities Toni Castillo said she loved both mural concepts and wondered why the class could not do both after all. After talking with Thomas and the students, it was settled that the second mural would be completed in the spring as an honors project.
“The mural project is a perfect opportunity for the Humanities Division Art Program to showcase the exceptional talents of Rose State students,” Castillo said.
Castillo described her vision for the murals and how the art-work will impact upcoming RSC students.
“I am particularly gratified that the project is completely student driven—their vision, their presentation, their implementation—so eventually that entire upstairs corridor of our building will be a legacy of their values left for all who come here,” she said. “Professor Suzanne Thomas, who has headed the project, has shown particularly strong leadership in the way she has structured the class and worked with dedicated Honors Program students to complete the project, as those students have in turn reached out to involve area high school students. The project in that corridor will be ongoing for several years until we finally have a true venue for experiential art here at Rose.”
It is speculated that the U.S could have spent up to $7.5 billion in 2019. Once the ransom is paid, a passcode is sent to return stolen data.
The threat of someone accessing data in order to hold it for ransom increases when you receive an email with either a URL link or an attachment. Once the URL or attachment is clicked on, it opens up the door for someone to come in and take over.
The first line of defense is being cautious with emails.
Make sure you know who the email is from before you open anything you are sent.
This can be difficult especially at a place like Rose State College because so many people have access to college computers and devices. This increases the risk because more people are likely to click on something they should not.
OKC Public Schools were held ransom on May 13, 2019, which forced them to shut down the network temporarily.
The good news is that Rose State uses security software that helps stop any threats.
Rose State has many different layers of protection on the human side and the software side.
“Think of it like an onion,” said John Primo, Rose State vice president of information technology. “It takes a while to get to the center of an onion because of all the layers.”
Rose State has the ability to warn its staff and students of possible threats that may occur throughout the semester (through email) and educate them on what to look for so they are not attacked.
“One of the best defenses is education,” Primo said.
Rose State makes sure to back up their system regularly. So if the school is hacked; they can plug the hole, delete
the encrypted data and upload what has been backed up.
This is something experts recommend individuals do as well to make sure users never have to buy back their own
The key is education and caution. Do not be afraid to be skeptical.
If you are unsure the email you received is from who it says it is from, then double check. Take control of your
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