Student Beehive for October 15

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Visit “The Daily Buzz” today to stay up to date on all the RCTC information and events.  Don’t Forget!  No Classes Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17

Study Tips
SHHHH…Meditation Room
Initial RCTC Theatre Efforts Yield Documentary on Bullying
Ecology Club Meeting

RCTC Theatre Presents: “Sleepy Hollow”
“Countering Hegemonic Masculinity”

Study Tips
We all have the ability to concentrate — sometimes. Think of the times when you were “lost” in something you enjoy: a sport, playing music, a good game, a movie. Total concentration.

But at other times,

  • Your mind wanders from one thing to another
  • Your worries distract you
  • Outside distractions take you away before you know it
  • The material is boring, difficult, and/or not interesting to you.

You can prepare yourself to succeed in your studies by developing and appreciating the following habits:

  • Take responsibility for yourself
    • Recognize that in order to succeed you need to make decisions about your priorities, your time, and your resources
  • Center yourself around your values and principles
    • Don’t let friends and acquaintances dictate what you consider important
  • Put first things first
    • Follow up on the priorities you have set for yourself, and don’t let others, or other interests, distract you from your goals
    • Avoid your cell phone or telephone
  • Discover your key productivity periods and places
    • Morning, afternoon, or evening?
    • Find spaces where you can be the most focused and productive. Prioritize these for your most difficult study challenges
  • First understand others, then attempt to be understood
    • When you have an issue with an instructor (a questionable grade, an assignment deadline, etc.) put yourself in the instructor’s place.
    • Now ask yourself how you can best make your argument given his/her situation
  • Look for better solutions to problems
    • For example, if you don’t understand the course material, don’t just re-read it. Try making flashcards and take them with you wherever you go. When you have free time…study them!
    • Try something else! Consult with the professor, a tutor, an academic advisor, a classmate, a study group, or the Learning Center
  • Focus
    • Before you begin studying, take a few minutes to summarize a few objectives, gather what you will need, and think of a general strategy of accomplishment
  • Take notes as you study
    • Write notes in the margins of your notebook/textbook, etc.
    • Read captions, footnotes, graphs, charts, maps, pictures, etc. They are often on exams or quizzes
    • Answer study questions at the end of chapters
    • Know the vocabulary
    • Summarize the material in the chapter
    • Draw pictures, charts, diagrams, and highlight with various colors if it will help you remember the material
    • Refer to your syllabus
  • Change topics
    • Change the subject you study every one to two hours for variety
  • Vary your study activities
    • Alternate reading with more active learning exercises
    • If you have a lot of reading, try the SQ3R method
    • Ask yourself how you could increase your activity level while studying. Perhaps a group will be best? Creating study questions?
    • Ask your teacher for alternative strategies for learning. The more active your learning, the better.
  • Take regular, scheduled breaks that fit you
    • Do something different from what you’ve been doing (e.g., walk around if you’ve been sitting), and in a different area
  • Consider yourself in a win-win situation
    • When you contribute your best to a class, you, your fellow students, and even your teacher will benefit. Your grade can then be one additional check on your performance

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Did you know that RCTC has set aside a room for quiet meditation? It is located in Memorial Hall (MH212). Students are invited to use the Meditation Room whenever they’d like according to the following guidelines:

  • This space is intended for meditation or quiet reflection.
  • Respect that this is a quiet space. Please take conversation, music, game playing, electronics and any noisemakers to other locations on campus.
  • This is a cell phone and electronics free zone.
  • Bring in what you need, but leave nothing behind.
  • Please keep this area clear and free of messages. There are appropriate message boards for your use located on campus.
  • Study space is available in the library. Please do not study in the Meditation Room.
  • So that all may have access to the Meditation Room, please limit your visit to no more than 30 minutes at a time.
  • General capacity should be limited to ten (10) individuals
  • Please respect each individual who uses this space.
  • Please communicate any questions or concerns via the comment cards.

If you haven’t already visited the Meditation Room, come check it out.

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Two years ago Jerry Casper, an RCTC UFT faculty in Theatre, and Denise Ruemping, an RCTC alumni and Civic Center Theatre Education Director, worked with the Rochester Civic Theatre and helped organize, write, and direct a program about bullying called AWARE. Used in this creative process was a mix of 9 RCTC students, high school students, and middle school students who created a variety of scenarios about bullying. These efforts grew into a production later entitled Beyond the Bully which will air as a documentary in late October.

Beyond the Bully is a one hour documentary created by Emmy award winning producer Eric Olson of KSMQ Public Television. It is a positive look at how southeast Minnesota is tackling the issue of bullying in the schools. It focuses on Kasson-Mantorville school system, the Rochester Diversity Council, The Boys and Girls Club, and AWARE. It will be shown for the first time on Channel 13 October 22, at 7:00 PM.

Congratulations to Jerry, Denise, and to their group of RCTC actors and actresses for bringing further attention to this concern.

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First meeting: Friday Oct 24
1:00pm in ST211
All students are welcome!


  • To serve as an official organization for students interested in ecology and the environmental sciences.
  • To promote the Environmental Science program on campus and in the community and to increase interest in this field of study among potential students and other interested students and community members.
  • To create a social group that will encourage students to get involved with events on campus, in the community, and volunteering for the good of all.

Contact information:
Cory Rubin                 
Jennifer Rubin          

See you on the 24th!

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RCTC Theatre cordially invites you to attend our Fall Young People’s Theatre Production of “Sleepy Hollow”.  While based on the classic tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, this version is written and directed by our very own Jerry Casper, theatre director extraordinaire! He has added an element of humor and fun that the whole family can enjoy.  If you’re looking for a good family activity on a Saturday, look no further! Get ready for Halloween with RCTC Theatre…..Have a scream, have a laugh, have some fun! J  Ticket details and plot outline follows…..

Sleepy Hollow
Based on the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving Written and Directed by Jerry Casper

Saturday, October 25 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Saturday, November 1 at 2:00pm
Hill Theatre

General Admission. Get your tickets in advance or at the door. $5.00 Adults $3.00 Senior Citizens 65 and over //  Children 13 and under // non-RCTC Students
RCTC Students receive one free ticket with valid student ID
Cash or Check Only Please.
Meet the cast/crew in the lobby after the show. Cookies and punch provided.
Call, email or stop by the Hill Theatre Box Office to get your tickets!
Box Office Hours: Monday—Friday, 8:30am—4:30pm* (*and one hour prior to each performance)

Plot Outline:
“We live with ghosts…It is a rare day that someone in Sleepy Hollow doesn’t encounter a spirit”, says Ida Dankee to Ichabod Crane, the new schoolmaster of the small village of Sleepy Hollow. The very strange people of Sleepy Hollow seem to be entangled in their own legends of ghosts from the Revolutionary War. It seems to be all anyone, young and old, ever really talks about. The main ghost is the Headless Horseman, a specter of a Hessian soldier who comes out of his grave at night in search of his head which was lost to a cannon ball. But are these stories and sightings real, or are they merely pranks played by the village’s heroic bully Brom Bones, a man who likes to keep people on edge?  Many young male teachers have disappeared from Sleepy Hollow under unexplained circumstances. Every one of those teachers had their eye on the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of the richest man in Sleepy Hollow. Will Ichabod Crane be next?”….  Note: Some parts of this show could possibly frighten very young children. Recommended for viewers 7 and up.

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From early ages, young boys are socialized to act out normative masculine scripts.  They are taught (both directly and indirectly) that being a ‘man’ means to be competitive, controlling, tough, and emotionally restrictive.  Research has also shown that many men are socialized to perceive sexual promiscuity as a marker of personal success and self-worth.  The pursuit of this masculine ideal can result in actions that marginalize and objectify women.  In recent years, colleges and universities have become increasingly scrutinized for sexual abuse and violence towards women.  Given this context this interactive presentation will focus on examining the role of hegemonic masculinity in producing that culture of sexual violence.  The audience will be engaged in critical reflection of how men can proactively advocate against sexual violence and the identity-related challenges associated with such interventions.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
7:00pm-7:45pm Keynote Speaker
7:45pm-8:30pm Panel Discussion

Stark Hall – SLC 120, Winona State University, Winona, MN

Sponsored by:  Winona State University’s Inclusion and Diversity Office, KEAP Diversity Resource Center

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