SE ΑΣΤ Rho Chapter Announcements for spring semester

From Staff reports

Alpha Sigma Tau Represents SOSU in Hawaii

Laura Tomah, a member of the SE Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, has been selected to go to Hawaii to represent the local Rho chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau and Southeastern at a service-immersion trip. While there Tomah will participate in service work on the island, and will be given the opportunity to learn from the women of the Leadership Institute by participating in a new curriculum called Project Impact.

 

SE Alpha Sigma Tau member Laura Tomah will represent the Rho Chapter in Hawaii service-immersion trip. (Courtesy photo)

80 Years and Counting

The lovely ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau will be celebrating their 80th anniversary of being a Greek organization on Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s campus. The celebration will be held Saturday, April 14. If you would like to help the lovely ladies celebrate 80 years and counting please feel free to contact the coordinator of AST‘s 80thcelebration Ashley Bowen at abowen83@student.se.edu.

 AST is participating in Relay for Life

The active ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau are going to have a team at the Bryan County Relay for Life event, Friday, April 27. If you would like to donate any funds to their walk please feel free to contact the philanthropy director of AST Chelsea Connel at chelsea_connel@hotmail.com.

 

Alpha Sigma Tau to participate in Bryan County Relay for Life on Friday, April 27. (Courtesy photo)

ISA helps international students adapt to a new culture

by Andreea Georgescu

Staff writer

 

According to Eri Nakamoto, a worker under Dean of Students, International Student Association (ISA) is an organization that provides the opportunity to enrich cultural differences and build true friendships through hosting cross-cultural events that contribute to the community. ISA has weekly meetings which can also be attended by any American students.

ISA has this semester 104 members at Southeastern from 43 countries. The organization has meetings every Monday at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Union. Any member is welcome to bring new ideas in to benefit of the organization. “I am in charge to find an agenda so we can have constructive meetings and also positive actions as an organization,” said Angelo Ndilou, the president of the ISA.

The main purpose of ISA is to help the international students adapt to the new environment when coming to the U.S. For that, members organize cultural awareness events such as Carnival of Cultures on campus, field trips to Oklahoma City or some other close areas and bowling or movie nights.

The ISA members also do community service and visit the local schools to present their cultures. “I think we can do more community service and make our organization better known on campus,” said Ndilou. ISA members discussed a couple of ideas and suggestions in the last meeting. One of the suggestions mentioned in the meeting was about a potential trip to other universities in the area, which also have international students. The central focus for this trip is to create the opportunity for the members to meet other international students from another school. The ISA will also have the chance to find out what other ISA groups are doing in their meeting to get ideas. “I am really excited to know more international students from other universities and also to see how they organize their meetings and activities,” said Masha Volokhova, a member of ISA from Russia. Some suggestions of universities were North Texas University, East Central University and University of Oklahoma.

Another suggestion was to attract American students to come to the meetings and maybe do some of the activities with the ISA members. The last suggestion was to find ways of raising money to provide scholarships for the international students. In order to do so ISA members can sell home-made sweets or try to work the concession stands at the sporting events.

“Being part of ISA helped me in more than one aspect; I feel no longer lonely in a different country. I found more friends that I have a lot in common with, and to always stay entertained and happy,” said Volokhova.

According to Volokhova it is hard for American students to understand exactly what an international student feels when first coming here. First, there is the language barrier. Some international students find it hard in the beginning to express themselves in English. Another aspect that a lot of people don’t take in consideration is the culture shock. “It was a big change for me when I first came to Southeastern from Russia but I managed to adapt faster by meeting people in the same situation as mine,” said Volokhova.

According to Volokhova all the activities that the ISA members are having together are entertaining. “I can’t choose something that I like the best about the time spent with my friends from ISA because everything is a good memory; bowling and movies nights, cooking at people’s houses and going to places like Oklahoma City or Dallas (Texas),” said Volokhova.

SE gazebo renovations

by Allison Roberts

Staff writer

The once condemned but now renovated gazebo behind North Hall is one of a few traditional locations at Southeastern undergoing a beautification process. Others include the Kissing Circle and the fountain on the front lawn, both of which have had flowers planted around them in recent months.

Student Senator Jerreck McWilliams said that, among other freshmen at the time, he took notice of the gazebo early on in the fall of 2008, not long before it was condemned.

When asked why the gazebo was condemned, director of the Physical Plant Eddie Harbin explained that it was considered unsafe by Southeastern’s Safety Department. “The exposed wooden walkway had weather damaged over the years, and some of the wood inside had deteriorated, causing hazards. There were also ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) issues with accessibility,” Harbin said.

McWilliams said that he and other student senators had the desire to fix it up. They didn’t know how to go about it, though.

He said that demolition of the gazebo was an idea. “Several people voiced their concerns at tearing it down, however, because it holds so much traditional sentiment to the students who remember it,” he explained. Tearing it down was no longer a consideration.

In the fall of 2011, Student Senate was able to start acting on its hopes to clean up the traditional location on campus. McWilliams said this was done in conjunction with the Safety and Beautification Committee.

Once Student Senate had the dedication and numbers to follow through with such a project, he said Safety and Beautification began to think of ways to improve the area without upsetting students or alumni.

He explained that the favorite solution of Safety and Beautification, one he described as “additive and mobile,” was to buy park furniture and a charcoal grill to add to the gazebo.

The gazebo renovations cost $1,055.87, which came from the general funds of Student Government Association, current president of SGA Matthew Sitton said. McWilliams explained that there was trouble with the shipping from Oklahoma Correctional Industries but that the furniture arrived over the winter break.

McWilliams explained, “We plan on having at least one more major beautification event this semester. This will most likely be at the gazebo because this is the area we feel needs the most attention on campus right now.”

Other than installation of the furniture and grill, renovations likely to take place during the next I Am SE event include building a flowerbed around the gazebo, McWilliams said. I Am SE is a series of campus-wide community service events intended to promote a better sense of campus ownership among students, Sitton explained.

Sitton said the gazebo renovation was not initially intended to be part of I Am SE; however, when the initiative was proposed, the renovation idea fit well enough with it to be included.

So far, the gazebo’s walkway has been removed, the seats renovated, the fire pit cleaned and its furniture purchased. He also said that much of this clean up was completed by the Physical Plant, which will also help install the park furniture.

McWilliams expressed appreciation to Eddy Harbin, director of the Physical Plant, who he described as “always a huge help to Safety and Beautification and a valuable asset to the university,” along with the Safety and Beautification Committee itself for the planning of furniture and projects.

According to McWilliams, Student Senate is determined to have the renovations done by the end of the year. He explained, “We wanted to fix the gazebo because it was one of the places we identified as being steeped in tradition and close to the heart of Southeastern.”

 

The SE gazebo amidst renovation efforts. (Staff photo by Tiffany Logue)

 

The fire pit within the gazebo received a facelift during the renovations made. (Photo by Tiffany Logue)

Card tournament a success on campus

by Allison Roberts

Staff writer

Magic: The Gathering is a popular card game regularly played by groups of people at Southeastern. On March 1, local players of the game participated in a tournament on campus.

Called Magic for short, the game combines card collecting with strategy gaming, as described on its website, www.Wizards.com/Magic/TCG.

The strategic aspect, as it turns out, is what one Southeastern student enjoys most about Magic. As explained by Ronald Fuquay, a senior graphic design major and member of Residence Life, “There are probably hundreds of thousands of cards, and you have to choose 60 to beat your opponent, so there’s a lot of strategy involved.”

The game also allows each player to build a completely unique deck of cards ideally based on the player’s battling strategy, according to Wizards.com.

Fuquay said that Magic could appeal to anyone interested in other card games, strategy board games or fantasy settings. Fans of poker, “Pokemon,” Risk, chess, “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings,” therefore, might also be interested in playing Magic.

On the evening of Thursday, March 1, Fuquay reserved the second floor loft of the Student Union to host a Magic: The Gathering tournament. He said that similar tournaments have been hosted by previous members of Residence Life before, but this was his first time being in charge.

Though not officially hosted by Residence Life, gatherings to play Magic are held in residence halls sometimes, said Fuquay. Thursday night’s tournament, however, had a larger turnout than the games normally do.

He said that 17 people signed the attendance sheet for the tournament, whereas up to six people show up for most casual games. Over the past couple of weeks, Fuquay said regular players of the game have encouraged him to organize the tournament.

Fuquay explained that a former member of Residence Life Aaron Skinner ran tournaments in the past. Fuquay also added that he plans on running at least one more tournament before the semester ends.

Flyers advertising Thursday night’s event were posted approximately two weeks in advance in the Student Union and throughout residence halls. Fuquay said that he plans to advertise the next tournament in the same manner.

Card shops are where most players attend tournaments of this kind, but Fuquay said he thought that holding one in the Union would make it more convenient for students to attend.

Fuquay said the final count of Thursday night’s individual games was 24. Packs of Magic: The Gathering cards were awarded to the winners of the tournament.

In first place was Micah Shultze; in second, Rocky Grant; and in third, Kayleb Koslowski.

Aside from prizes won in tournaments, community is a reason some people play Magic since it is interactive and encouraging of card trading. Fuquay said that it is a social game.

“Most of the people you play with on a regular occasion become good friends, and you always have conversation breakers for new people you meet that play Magic,” he explained.

The group focus of the Magic: The Gathering Tournament was shared by Fuquay: “It’s just run by a student for students.”

Kansas rodeo presents difficulty for the SE team

From Staff reports

The Southeastern Oklahoma State University rodeo team traveled to Garden City Community College in Kansas on March 2-4. This was not one of the best rodeos for the Southeastern team.

Placing for Southeastern was the team of Tyler McMinn a senior from Caddo Mills, Texas and Rhyder Nelson a sophomore from Doniphan, Neb. in the team-roping category. They were a 5.6 on their first run to place fourth in the long go. They were a 13.1 in the short go which included a five-second penalty for roping a leg, this also placed them fourth in the short go and gave them a fourth place finish in the average.

The only woman to score for Southeastern was Stormie Milne a junior from Oregon, Mo. in breakaway roping. She was a 2.8 in the long round for third place. She missed her calf in the short go but still placed fifth in the average.

The Southeastern rodeo team will travel to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas on Friday-Sunday, March 9-11.

Census Workshop at Southeastern

From Staff reports

The Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is hosting a Census workshop on learning how to use the American Factfinder.  It will take place on Saturday, April 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the computer lab on floor 2A.  Steve Beleu from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries in Oklahoma City is the presenter.  This workshop will teach you how to use the American FactFinder search engine on the Census Bureau’s website to find Census data.  You will also learn how to use the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.  It will give every city, town, and county new Census data every year.  As time allows, other features of the Census Bureau’s website will be looked at.  To register for the workshop, contact Brandon Burnette by email at bburnette@se.edu.