Staff photos by Alisha Loyd
Staff photos by Alisha Loyd
By Chrissy Dill, Staff writer
Southeastern Oklahoma State University Counseling Services is providing a new opportunity that will significantly better the health of students, faculty and staff. The Freedom from Smoking Group at SE is an eight-week program that provides a supportive group setting to help participants break their smoking habit for good.
The first meeting of the Freedom from Smoking Group, organized by SE clinical counselors Debra Fulenchek and Jane McMillan, was held Jan. 25. Health and Counseling Services decided to hold this meeting at the beginning of January, hoping to help everyone with their quit-smoking New Year’s resolutions, according to Fulenchek.
There is no cost to join the Freedom from Smoking Group. According to Fulenchek, the only expense needed is $32 for the participant’s workbook, which includes relaxation CDs as well.
The next meeting is scheduled to take place in March, approximately the week after spring break. “Our goal is to continue to offer it,” said Fulenchek. “We know there are people who want to quit smoking, just like there are people who want to lose weight or any other health-related goal.”
For years the university has stressed the importance of good health to students and faculty, said Fulenchek, but the Freedom from Smoking Group is fairly new to SE. “We tried to do it in the fall,” said Fulenchek. “But we didn’t have enough participants turn out.”
SE Student Health Services are a great help to Counseling Services with their referrals for their group, said Fulenchek.
Director April Lehrling says the group will help students a great deal with their bad habit.
“The more variety and opportunity we can offer students, the more opportunities they have to succeed,” said Lehrling. “We hope it will have a positive impact.”
Though the group is currently offered to students and faculty, Fulenchek said they are hoping to spread throughout the community in the summer or fall of this year.
It began by being only offered to students, but was made available to faculty in the fall. “Everybody that’s on campus could benefit,” said Fulenchek.
The Freedom from Smoking Group provides individuals with eight sessions over eight weeks that will prepare them to quit smoking. Fulenchek and McMillan have been trained through the American Lung Association.
These eight sessions address many problems of smoking and inform the participants of the benefits of quitting. “We’re not trying to push values,” said Fulenchek. “We’re trying to meet needs.”
Group members will learn to identify the triggers for smoking and keep “pack tracks” that allow them to know how many cigarettes they have smoked throughout the day. This activity helps teach them to become aware of their habit and monitor triggers. “It resembles Weight Watchers,” explained Fulenchek.
According to the group’s session schedule provided by Fulenchek, during the first session participants are informed of the group’s agenda for the next eight weeks so they are fully aware of the program’s activities. Before anything else, the group will evaluate themselves to see if they are ready to quit. Then they will continue to keep track of their quitting process throughout the program.
After participants have completed three sessions, they will experience Quit Day in session four. They have the opportunity to visit with a panel of ex-smokers participate in a quitting ceremony and will receive awards for their efforts.
Following Quit Day, sessions five through eight are all about “the new you” and teach group members how to manage their stress, what to do if they slip and coping strategies. The group will discuss lifestyle changes and changing their self-image, as well as assess social situations.
Both Fulenchek and Lehrling believe the Freedom from Smoking Group will prove to be very effective for those who wish to quit. “The group setting and social support help reinforce the goal of quitting,” said Fulenchek. Lehrling added “Interacting with others trying to quit can have a very positive impact on someone.”
If you would like any information regarding the Freedom from Smoking Group, or would like to join, call Fulenchek at 745-2762 or Lehrling at 745-2867.
By Samantha Perera, Staff writer
Recruitment for SE sororities kicked off on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. on the second floor loft of the Student Union.
Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Sigma Sigma, the two sororities at Southeastern, have been hosting events that began on Feb. 16 and will continue until March 4 when bids will be assigned, said Kristalena Buchanan, member of Alpha Sigma Tau.
Buchanan stated that after kickoff, each of the sororities would host its own events for the girls. “Any girl can show up to kickoff” or attend any party, said Buchanan. “At kickoff we just play games and get to know one another.”
The Alpha Sigma Tau had its first official party on Feb. 17, and the next event was on on Feb. 23. The final event will be on March 1, said Buchanan, and the girls were informed of the details on Feb. 23.
According to Buchanan, there is an initial participation fee of $5 and, “once a girl has accepted a bid from either sorority, there will be a financial obligation.” This would include an initiation and badge fee.
“Cost-wise each sorority is different and any girl is more than welcome to ask the treasurer of either sorority,” said Buchanan.
“Our open motto is active, self – reliant, trustworthy,” said Buchanan. Alpha Sigma Tau currently has 28 members and can have a total of 40, she stated.
“I had a rough semester last semester, and the sorority led me through,” said Laura Tomah, a member of Alpha Sigma Tau. “They’re a family away from home.”
“We do a lot of work service projects, especially for Habitat for Humanity.” Habitat for Humanity is a “Nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry,” according to its website. “We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.”
“Every spring we help build a house for the Grayson County Habitat for Humanity,” said Tomah. As the philanthropy chair for Alpha Sigma Tau, Tomah went on to state that the sorority also works with Pine Mountain Settlement School.
Recruitment events following kickoff for Sigma Sigma Sigma began on Feb. 18, according to Kayla Potts, president of Tri Sigma. The girls then met on Feb. 22 for dinner at Chili’s, followed by game night on Feb. 24.
The last event to be held will be a movie night on Feb. 28, said Potts.
“Our sorority’s philanthropy is the Robbie Page Memorial, which benefits child life and play therapy for critically ill and hospitalized children,” said Potts. “We also do community service events with the Madill girls’ home.”
According to Potts, Tri Sigma has a National Headquarters in Virginia, “where our rules and guidelines come from.”
The Tri Sigma open motto is “Faithful Unto Death” and is represented by skulls and crossbones, said Potts.
The membership fee for Tri Sigma is $100 with a badge fee of $50, stated Potts, and is due every semester.
“The women who are going through recruitment will go to the Dean’s office and find out if they received a bid from either sorority March 3 or 4,” said Potts.
By Laura Tomah, Contributing writer
Photo by Dan Hoke
The Office of Freshman Programs hosted the 10th annual Freshman Success Reception in the Ballroom on Monday, Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m.
The reception honored all first-time, full-time incoming freshman who earned a 3.25 GPA or higher during the fall 2010 semester.
Students, parents and faculty attended the event. Associate Dean for Academic Service Tim Boatmun, Recruitment Coordinator Elizabeth Stidham and University President Dr. Larry Minks were all present to congratulate students on their academic success.
Each student also received a special gift.
After being included in the Freshman Success Reception, Abbey Moore stated, “Being a freshman success is a real honor because it just proves all my hard work paid off.”
Student Ashley Hayes also said “Being awarded makes me feel like I can really accomplish something, that my hard work really meant something.”
We are not responsible for what happens if you take this seriously
By Steven Dixon, Advertising Director
Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)
Today you will discover the original version of the nursery rhyme: “Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon. The little dog laughed to see such fun, because he was easily amused.”
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You will soon need to look older than you actually are. Bushy eyebrows generally do the trick. You’ll find that a little rubber cement and a pair of sleepy hamsters are just what you need.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You will be forced to re-evaluate your boss’ IQ, when you discover that he is looking forward to the release of “Titanic II.”
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
A good time to learn to laugh at yourself. Or, develop multiple personalities! That way you won’t be laughing at you, you’ll be laughing with you.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Good time to get your finances in order. Luckily, in your case that simply means putting the one dollar bills in front of the fives in your wallet.
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
You will discover, today, that you can whistle and hum at the same time. This will entertain you for hours.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sep. 22)
A careless delivery person will drop an entire case of pills when you are in a pharmacy today. Did you know that nitroglycerin is still used, sometimes, in the treatment of heart disease?
Libra (Sep. 23 – Oct. 22)
You come to find that you are at a turning point in your life. Turn, uh, right!
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
Make up for Valentine’s Day; buy enough Dove dark chocolates for every person you know and find a way to leave one on their pillows.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
Try to keep your life in balance – 20 percent fun, 20 percent study, 20 percent school , 20 percent work, 10 percent commuting, 10 percent making excuses.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 20)
That car-tagging didn’t go so well last week? Try using Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter icons.
Aquarius (Jan. 21- Feb. 18)
You will discover that you can raise one eyebrow by itself, but not the other. This will aggravate you, and you’ll spend the majority of the day in front of the bathroom mirror, trying to correct the situation.
By Brittani Young, Contributing writer
Photo by Jerreck McWilliams
Snow days can be relaxing, but also boring. During the time off I managed to get nothing done. I enjoyed the first few days, but for the most part it was boring.
The first day, I lounged around the house thinking of all the things I could have been doing. To no surprise, I only succeeded in laying in bed and watching Disney movies.
Day two, I adventured out of the house to my cousin’s house, which is just a block away, to work. I slid past a stop sign and barely made it to her driveway. I watched her little boy while she worked on taxes for her business.
When 5 p.m. rolled around, I headed for home. I backed out of the driveway slowly. I didn’t hit another car or tree, which kind of surprised me since I was sliding all over the place.
I made it back to my driveway and I kept on going, my car deciding that it didn’t particularly feel like turning. I left my car on the side of the road, not wanting to take a chance of being stuck in a ditch, then went inside and curled up under a blanket.
Day three, I was really starting to get cabin fever. I wanted to go to school, work, Wal-Mart or anywhere other than my house. I managed to make it back to my cousin’s house safely, but getting back was, once again, tricky.
I wanted in my driveway, so I turned my car around, still sliding everywhere. The second attempt didn’t work, but I finally made it on the third. So, I got out of my car, celebrating my accomplishment, and before I know it I’m face down in the snow and ice. I was fine, thankfully, even though my stomach hurt from laughing so hard. That is the last time I celebrate anything on ice.
Day four, my cousin decided it was time to get out of the house too. My uncle drives us to town to go to Wal-Mart and get a few groceries. We spent about two hours driving around town just to stay out of the house a little longer.
The weekend finally arrived, and brought fun with it. My boyfriend and I went to his parents’ house and played the Wii. Needless to say, I kicked his butt at Frisbee golf.
The next week began, with Monday and Tuesday clear enough to go to school and work. I have never been more excited about school. In fact, I was downright eager to return to class.
My excitement didn’t last long. Tuesday night brought another deluge of snow, burying me in either my house or my cousin’s for the next few days.
Fortunately, Friday was clear and I headed to school, and then returned to work. I couldn’t be happier about it. Here’s hoping the snow leaves us alone for a while.
By Chrissy Dill, Staff writer
Photo from Forever21.com
Now that we’ve said goodbye to the chills of winter, it’s time to look at this spring season’s great fashion trends. Spring fashion is all about floral patterns, the brightest colors possible and cute wedges on your feet.
The military jacket was a great addition to the winter wardrobe, and it’s not going anywhere. A light cargo jacket or a military-inspired vest is the item to purchase for this spring. Pair this style of vest with a bold, solid-color top and a flirty skirt or rolled skinny jeans for a great spring outfit.
Photo from glamour.com
The mixing and pairing of different floral prints is a popular trend this spring. Though most of us have been taught that one bold pattern is enough, designers are opting for “anything goes” this season. However, there is one rule if you choose to brave this look: stick to one common color or color family to avoid looking too messy.
Spring and summer are fun seasons for your feet, and I don’t mean your favorite pair of flip flops. Wedge heels are a cute addition to any spring outfit. This type of shoe comes in countless different styles and colors, so there’s plenty to choose from and lots of opportunity to have fun. Wedges are an essential to have this spring, and will transfer very nicely to your summer wardrobe.
Photo from forever21.com
Spring 2011’s coolest piece is a simple, rust-colored blouse or dress. This is an everyday look that can be casual, yet chic and sophisticated. Keep this outfit low-key and choose a desert-inspired color like
sand or a super-dark orange. This piece would work great paired with a lively pair of wedges.
While floral patterns are popular this spring, nude and beige-colored pieces are as well. The runways are filled with barely-there pales. If you feel this color scheme washes you out, try pairing it with a single bright item. Put a sand-colored skirt with an always chic black or flattering red top.
An inexpensive way to brighten up a solid-colored spring dress is to throw on several big bangles. Two or three huge, crazy-colored or patterned bangle bracelets will pull your spring look together and are fun, affordable accessories.
Photo from blog.newsok.com
There are many fashion possibilities for this spring 2011 season. I hope I’ve provided some good tips to get you started on your spring shopping, and have a blast stocking up on bright colors, fun wedges and floral patterns.
By David Reagan, Contributing writer
Jan. 27 had a special feeling of importance this year. It had about it a specific air of solemn remembrance and quizzical intrigue for me. This was felt in the way that the beginning of a good mystery book makes a man want to flip straight to the ending and then go back to read the whole story.
I had only encountered this sort of puzzling urge a few times before: after a famous actor had died, I and seemingly the entire public, immediately rushed to read a bit of his or her biography and watch his movies. No matter that we were not personally related to or even friends with this person, it still aroused a respectful curiosity within that person’s followers. This is true for authors as well.
On Jan. 27, 2010 Jerome David Salinger, better known as J.D. Salinger, passed away at the age of 91 due to natural causes at his home in New Hampshire. This January marked the one-year anniversary of his death.
His death is significant because he was not only hailed as one of the greatest literary fiction writers of his day, but also because it left many to wonder what would happen to the rights of his books, specifically his most famous work “Catcher in the Rye.” Some of his other best known pieces are “Franny and Zooey,” “Raise the Roof Beam” and, of course, the short story collection “9 stories” which includes the well-known work “A Perfect Day for Bananafish.”
So what exactly did Salinger do to become this acclaimed hero of fiction writing? To understand that, you have to also understand that he accomplished more than just writing books. He shaped an entire decade, perhaps even an entire culture.
Today’s youth and readers of Salinger’s books may not fully understand why Salinger would be such an influential character in literature. To understand this, an appreciation for the time period in which it was written, not read, must be had. One must keep in mind that this book came out in 1951, only a few years before the young women and men alike began to worship James Dean in his famous Hollywood film “Rebel Without a Cause.” It was the age of rebellion – a complete transition from the way that previous generations had matured in society. Their parents, reserved and respectful, did not listen to that “devil” rock music and most certainly did not condone the growing normalcy of teenage drinking, smoking and cursing in society.
So now our confused youth are asking, “Teacher, why is this an important book?” Critics of the most recent decades have and will accuse the book “Catcher in the Rye” of a complete lack of literary value. I believe that if the magnifying glass is put down and the meaning of the bigger picture is looked at, one aspect of his writing will transcend all generations – his honesty. This is not only portrayed by how he writes, but what he writes.
Yes, today, any man can see the brutal honesty of the language used, but one must reflect upon the idea that its truthfulness was really in the content. Sure, the alcohol, profanity and sexual references are still jaw-dropping to us, but only to an extent these days. I have to imagine how it was a much bigger deal in the ’50s. Until the’90s, it was banned in many schools across the country throughout the decades. Some English teachers, who taught the book against school policy, were even fired. The most frequently censored book then is now one of the most often read classic books among high school students.
Salinger was, in a sense, considered the first person who actually stood up and admitted that this kind of behavior was happening and represented a voice for the rebellion which didn’t yet have a face. He finally put an abrupt end to all feigning of ignorance. He simply said it out loud. Apparently, it worked. “Catcher in the Rye” has sold over 65 million copies.
Other than his popularity for the previously mentioned book, the only other thing society remembers Salinger for is his hermit-like quality as he grew older. He bought an estate in Cornish, N.H. and built a tall fence around it. It is not currently known whether he continued writing after that. Nobody, even his family, could clearly say why his progression to reclusion happened. He became a mysterious personality, and the public took turns making their own guesses at his reasoning for withdrawing from society. Ironically, it seemed that, despite his distaste for public attention and this attempt to escape it, fans simply turned him into a famous enigma.
The J.D. Salinger Literary Trust was created in 2008 and the rights were “handed over” in the event of his death. Many have in the past wondered what exactly will become of his work in the case of his death, but even now the question has been met with vague answers from the publishers. This has been a commonly repeated question for both film producers and patrons in a quest to make a movie adaption of “Catcher in the Rye” and the elusive biography. Many attempts have been made, but a very offended Salinger always put a very swift end to any such idea because he thought each would only serve as a disgrace to the original content. In his swearing to never showcase any poor imitations which would never do justice to his work “Catcher in the Rye,” he once said that he would never fathom allowing anyone to play the main character other than himself.
Many have also attempted to make a biography of his life but were unsuccessful in this as well, including a man who tried to without permission and later lost in a U.S. Supreme Court case after Salinger sued him. Other than his daughter and an old lover’s informal account, no scholarly biography was ever made about Salinger’s life until Jan. 25 of this year, in a writing by Kenneth Slawenski.
There are many others in the making but undoubtedly must go through all the red tape first. It is unclear whether his trust will eventually ease up on the strict rules that the proclaimed “Father of Fiction,” imposed but it safe to say that it will be no easy battle, perhaps only attained by a “rebellion” of the people, ironically. According to conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Salinger’s agent, Phyllis Westberg, declined to divulge the identity of the successor trustee(s), but she did indicate that the trust would continue to honor Salinger’s wishes.
Galvanized forever as an iconic figure in the literary world, the irony is not missed in the fact that his eccentric need to remain obscure is what finally procured his eternal popularity, multiplied by his final act of alienation in his death. His reclusion in his personal life finally leaves us with no other option other than to celebrate his works rather than him, a fact I believe was sought after and intended in every sense. If this is true, his death then is truly his last rebellion.
By Tiffany Logue, Contributing writer
Photo from darkfairytales.com
Becca Fitzpatrick’s novel “Hush, Hush” made its way to number 10 on the New York Times Bestseller list, became a best-seller in England, France and Brazil, as well as being a Publisher’s Weekly best-seller.
These accolades may not mean much to readers until they find out that “Hush, Hush” is Fitzpatrick’s first novel.
The novel starts with an oath between a human and “one of the Devil’s brood” being sworn. After this promise is made, Fitzpatrick takes her readers to the novel’s present time.
The book then becomes about a girl’s high school biology assignment, or rather the boy with whom she is forced to work to complete it.
Nora Grey is a promising sophomore in high school at 16 years of age, living in a small farmhouse with her widowed mother and focusing only on getting a good scholarship for college.
Her life is somewhat interrupted when her biology assignment pairs her with the moody, prototypical bad boy, Patch.
Nora must go out of her way to interview Patch for the assignment. As she starts getting answers, Patch makes sure that Nora knows he is interested in being more than friends with her. He embarrasses, chases, and tricks his way into Nora’s heart.
As Nora spends more time with Patch, she finds out that he has many more secrets in his past than she could imagine. She has to keep secrets, confront Patch, run from his past and learn to trust him to survive the mysteries he holds.
The book holds romance, an unexpected ending and foreshadowing that is easy to overlook but incredibly meaningful once it kicks in. It will keep you wondering until the end.
I enjoyed the book because of the story’s plot. Nora’s love for the secondary character, Vee, reminded me of how strong the bonds of friendship are.
These bonds take Nora to many places she would not have been if her friend were not in danger and in need her help.
After I made it to the last page of “Hush, Hush,” I wanted to know what happened next, like other readers. Fitzpatrick answered the curiosity of those readers by releasing the next book in the series, “Crescendo” (released on Oct. 19, 2010).
While still firmly entrenched in the new generation of paranormal romance, “Hush, Hush” is a welcome relief from the glut of vampires and werewolves running around. If you’re tired of pale, glittery and furry, you might enjoy picking this one up.
By Brandi Bunch, Managing editor
Photo from amazon.com
A word of caution: If you are easily offended or dislike sarcasm, you will not like this review, and you will definitely dislike this book. Go play in the sunshine, pet a kitten and pretend you never saw this.
Have you ever wanted to insult someone for a superficial and wholly ridiculous reason, but weren’t sure how to do so properly? Well then, this is your lucky day!
The esteemed C.H. Dalton’s 2008 “A Practical Guide to Racism” will handily inform you of exactly what to be aware when encountering a person of another race. You may send thank you letters to publisher Gotham Books.
This exemplary treatise on the reasons why you should dislike anyone who isn’t you includes highlights on all the major races: Hispanics, Jews, Whites, Indians (and Injuns), Blacks, Asians, Merpeople, Arabs, Gypsies and Women.
The book offers numerous insights as to the facts surrounding these races, several of which I will now present here as a preview of sorts (Fair warning: The easily offended should turn back while they still can. I’m serious. Run.).
Hispanics are generally a friendly people, though they are “prone to narcolepsy in the afternoon hours” and “all practice either voodoo or Catholicism.”
The Jews are a hard-working, intelligent people who would be much more beloved by the world were it not for their unfortunate habit of “drinking the blood of Christian babies.”
Whites are tremendously insecure because White people are made up of all races in much the same way that white light is made of all colors, and thus possess the worst qualities of them all. This is why you never see emo kids of any other color. Also, they exhibit “a crippling inability to jump”. They just can’t do it.
Indians are a swarthy, bendy set of people whose scientists are renowned for “developing a wide range of spicy, delicious laxatives.” Indians are not to be confused with Injuns, a secretive, mysterious race who only leave their reservations to attack wagon trains and build fabulous casinos.
The Blacks are a race blessed with natural athleticism and strength, which makes their males extraordinarily attractive to White women. Culturally prominent Black males often dress up as “a big momma or a mad Black woman” in order to escape these succubae. Also, every other race has stolen something from them, from Air Jordans to cornrows.
Asians are known for their perfectly trimmed facial hair, awe-inspiring skills in hand to hand combat and bizarre fetishes. Also, they stole fortune cookies from the Blacks. True story.
Merpeople are often depicted as wearing clamshell bikinis, but this stereotype could not be more false; clamshells cause a great deal of chafing, which is why many Merpeople prefer to wear sports bras instead.
Arabs are often depicted as a cruel, intolerant people. This is false; Arabs are actually “extremely sensitive.” In fact, they are so sensitive that “under stressful conditions, they are liable to spontaneously combust.” This frequently happens in crowded areas, like cafes and Israel.
Gypsies are considered the most brilliant scam artists the world has ever known, which is actually true. One of the more common Gypsy scams in known as “Marriage,” in which a beautiful Gypsy woman convinces a man to enter into a civil contract with her and slowly drains his bank account over the course of many years.
Most anthropologists do not classify Women as a separate species, but they really should. Not only are they different from normal human beings, but they become dangerous and volatile on a regular basis. It should also be noted that some women can occasionally manage to look like men, but “Hillary Clinton [is] the exception, not the rule.”
See? You cannot afford not to know this stuff.
Okay, I’ll be serious. This book will make you laugh, and you will feel terrible for it.
I should also note that it has a glossary of racial epithets at the back, which I found unnecessary since the most amusing aspect of the book is the dry, textbook-ish way in which it is written. Seeing it all cut up like that sucked the funny out of it and made it very uncomfortable, and once it stops being funny, you’re just the horrible person reading off a list of racial slurs. No one wants to be that person.
There is a fair bit of language sprinkled throughout the text, but I would imagine that anyone considering reading this particular work would have a pretty thick skin. There are also some drawings that would definitely be deemed tasteless, a couple of which were actual editorial cartoons at one point. Apparently, mocking the Irish was a hobby once upon a time.
In spite of my deep and profound affection for satire, this book was occasionally uncomfortable. However, I did appreciate the effort put into mocking everything and everyone. Many of the stereotypes the author names were actual beliefs at one point, and laughing at them only makes you realize how painfully ridiculous they really are.
The existence of this book is a good sign in that regard; laughing about something is the universal sign of putting it behind you. I can only hope that no one spontaneously combusted upon reading it.