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Archive for September, 2006

Weblog Submission to the Editor (Paul Roma)

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

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Talking Points: Do we Have a Crisis on our Borders?

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Editor’s Website Picks (September 26th, 2006)

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

Jarrod’s Pick

http://www.elite.net/~gurpal/tv1.htm

This is a fun site if you are into TV and movie theme songs.  It has hundreds of theme songs that you can download onto your computer or use as ring tones for your mobile phone.

Craig’s Pick

www.wikipedia.com

The famous Wikipedia.  You will find a user-based collaboration of facts and history on almost any subject you type in.  Guess what!  The IUSB Vision is on there too! Check it out!

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Submit Letters to the Editor (Volume 2, Issue 3)

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

Thank you for reading The IUSB Vision!

To submit a general letter to the editor, just add a comment below.

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Women’s Roles Changing With the Times

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

Women are subject to being labeled with expectations of what we are supposed to look and act like.  We even label ourselves when we dress with private parts hanging out everywhere and still expect to be treated like ladies.  We must first act and present ourselves appropriately if we want to be treated fairly.

Women in previous generations worked very hard to change the “little obedient housewife” image that used to be true of so many women. 

There is, of course, nothing wrong with being a stay-at-home mom or housewife; but it is not our only choice anymore and it is not for everyone. 

Equality in the work place is still a long time coming since men make a lot more money on average than women, but we can be our best and worst representatives when it comes to earning that equality.

There is definitely something to be said for femininity, but there is a balance between being seen as a meek damsel in distress and a capable, independent woman.  It is a tricky balancing act because we want to be girly sometimes and womanly others.  Other choices for women have grown very tough, especially at the college age.  It is not easy to choose between having and caring for a family or getting and cultivating a career. 

Then there are those super women that juggle both career and family, to whom we tip our hats.  So fellas be nice to us, we have a lot on our plates.

Carlie Barr
Writer

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Commenting on: Is Chivalry a Lost Art?

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

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Women in Prominent Positions: Charlotte Pfeifer

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

Charlotte Pfeifer, Director of Campus Diversity, knows very well the needs of a student at IUSB.  After all, she is an IUSB graduate herself.  Pfeifer has a Bachelor’s degree in History and an MBA in Public Administration, with a specialty in Criminal Justice.  In 2005 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni award for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Pfeifer originally wanted to be a history teacher.  “I was born right after WWII.  I grew up ‘History, history, history.’  I was fascinated by it.  I always thought history teachers were interesting people.”

Although Pfeifer originally thought history was her path in life, she quickly learned she would not become a history teacher.  While a student at IUSB, she took a course on the Criminal Justice System, and eventually led a path towards working with Juvenile Delinquency.

She held a successful career in the Criminal Justice system for over twenty years, but she fully believes her history degree helped her understand the thoughts and feelings of the people she interacted with at work.

She’s led a life of helping others, including opening and directing several treatment centers in the community.  She learned not to become judgmental.  She feels that society today is shy about meeting others.

“Getting to know and help other people does not change your value system.  People are isolating ourselves to preserve our values,” Pfeifer said, adding, “When you are secure in who you are, meeting other people doesn’t change your values.  We lack respect for other human beings.”

Pfeifer did not seeks her master’s degree until after a divorce.  She found herself a single mother, who needed more money.  She left her position as the director of a treatment center to go back to school.

Pfeifer discovered a growing problem in society: lack of respect for diversity.  Pfeifer, an African American woman, bonded with a Caucasian male, who together decided to raise awareness about diversity.  Together, they started working in the community as well as running workshops to raise awareness for the problem.  One of those workshops was at IUSB.  After watching the workshop, the Chancellor of IUSB at the time offered Pfeifer the position of Director of Campus Diversity, as well as the Director of Women’s Studies.  Pfeifer also serves as a Council member for District 2.  She is a former Council President.

Pfeifer’s advice for others?  “I encourage people, especially Midwesterners, to get out, read, travel, watch movies.  Get to know and understand people who are different.  We aren’t here by accident.  Connect with everyone of a human level.  Every human being has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Pfeifer added, “That is my life’s work.  God put everything on this earth for man and moderation.”  Diversity isn’t Pfeifer’s only life work.  She is also a proud grandmother.

Stacie Jensen
Writer

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Talking Points: Can Homeowners Park Cars During ND Games?

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

The recent ban of lawn parking for Notre Dame’s football games undermines city economic growth.  To bring up the controversial issue again, the city’s most recent claim is lawn parking creates ‘emergency risks’.  If a fire truck or an ambulance needs to reach its destination, parking on lawns would hinder their ability to do so.  But if this is true, then Notre Dame’s games create this very same risk when traffic comes into town.

The city blocks off roadways, attempts to regulate traffic and jumps through many hoops to ensure outside visitors make it into the city.  Try to get an emergency vehicle through that mess.  The city has many valid reasons for regulating traffic. After all, Notre Dame’s games are great for our local economy and one of the primary causes for city growth.

However, if they are worried about fire hydrants, they can create a law stating individuals parking cars within 5 feet of a fire hydrant will be ticketed.  It is interesting to see the city jump through hoops to ensure Notre Dame gets the traffic it needs, but turn away from citizens by not creating legal safety restrictions for allowing lawn parking.  When parking money comes into the hands of local citizens it enters the local economy, this is good for the city.  If parking money enters the hands of Notre Dame, it will stay within the confines of Notre Dame.

This is no attempt to discredit Notre Dame.  Their very existence helps out our local economy and brings many interesting people to our city.  The city’s leniency on helping Notre Dame earn extra money for parking instead of the local economy and using excuses to enforce such laws simply raises a red flag to me.  Does Notre Dame have too much pull in this town?  Let me know what you think.

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor

In 2004 the city codes in regards to parking on lawns were re-written.  The rewrite caused unintended changes making it legal to for people to park cars on their lawn.  Some were upset about this, claiming it leads to lower property values and allows for junkyards on the lawn.  Since the change, the practice has become common in some areas, particularly during Notre Dame games.  However the common council is looking to return the practice to illegal status.  Some are upset about this, claiming they should have the right to do whatever they wish with their lawn.

No one has the right to do whatever they like with their lawn.  We live in a community in close proximity, and any city requires code enforcement to make sure people don’t do things to the detriment of all of their neighbors.  You cannot deposit large amounts of sewage on your front lawn as it’s a health hazard and lowers property values.   

The parking issue follows a similar line of thinking, without the foul odor.  Scrap heaps parked on blocks on a city lawn are also not allowed, for property value reasons.  This issue has both safety and property value issues, as having cars parked all over your lawn trying to leave at once can cause accidents.  That’s disregarding the issue of emergency workers trying to find homes with the address blocked out.  If you choose to live within city limits, you choose to abide by the recognized rules of the city.  It has always been the intention for this practice to be illegal, and once the city code is returned to a recognizable state it will be illegal again.

The issue of charging for parking is a different matter entirely.  That is illegal for the time-honored reason of zoning restrictions.  You cannot run a business in a residential area.  The usual response to this is: it’s only a little bit of money, however the amount of money does not enter into consideration.  A business is the purchase and sale of goods to make a profit.  When one charges for parking, one is selling space and making a profit.  Until a law is passed to make an exception for this, it is and will remain illegal to charge to park on your lawn.

Ryan Hill
Writer

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Clinton Administration Turned Down 10 Chances to Get Osama

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

The last issue of the Vision featured a column by this writer that told how the Democratic Leadership in the Senate threatened the broadcast license of ABC if it showed the mini-series The Path to 9/11. The movie demonstrated that the Clinton Administration did not have the will to pull the trigger on Osama bin Laden. The administration was also reluctant because they did not believe that they could make a rock solid criminal case against Osama. The Democratic leadership and Bill Clinton himself, vehemently deny this in spite of the evidence released in the 9/11 Commission Report. 

Should we all be proud that not a single one of the liberal to leftist professors and students I talked to about this threat to ABC denounced the behavior of those senators in the name of free speech, instead what I got was an attempt to justify government censorship with a defense of “but Chuck, the movie isn’t true.”

I hate to break the news to you hyper-partisans, it is true and a cadre of administration and CIA insiders say so, and you are about to see the proof. 

Michael Scheuer, the CIA agent in charge of hunting bin Laden in Afghanistan told CBS News:

The CIA had more opportunities to capture or kill bin Laden that has been reported previously. He says there were 10 such chances between May 1998 and May 1999. It was not clear who decided not to take those chances.

In May of 1998, after months of planning, officials called off a CIA plan to have Afghan allies capture bin Laden and send him out of Afghanistan for trial. The plan was apparently scrapped because of worries about the chance of killing bystanders, and even bin Laden himself, as well as concerns over the strength of the legal evidence against bin Laden. (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/08/10/terror/main635038.shtml)

CIA field agent Gary Bernsten told ABC News that the “CIA provided an American president, first Bill Clinton, multiple opportunities to capture or kill bin Laden,” Bernsten said. “We provided those opportunities, tactical opportunities which were not taken.” Bernsten said that CIA Director George Tenet gave the word to stop three opportunities to kill bin Laden. (ABC News The Blotter, September 10, 2006)

Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger also refused to authorize several strikes against bin Laden according to documents released by the 9/11 Commission. A document dated December 4, 1999, the National Security Council’s counterterrorism coordinator, Richard Clarke, sent Mr. Berger a memo suggesting a strike in the last week of 1999 against Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. Reports the commission: “In the margin next to Clarke’s suggestion to attack Al Qaeda facilities in the week before January 1, 2000, Berger wrote, ‘no.’ ” (NY Sun July 23, 2004)

So was it President Clinton who refused to authorize Tenet, Clarke and Berger to give the go ahead to nix bin Laden? Dick Morris, Clinton’s chief political strategist, said that there were at least three times that Clinton refused to give that authorization that he knows of. The military officer who carries the nuclear football (who also carries the presidential mobile phone), Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson, who wrote a book about this very subject titled Dereliction of Duty, said in television interviews that “in December 1996 with bombers and fighters in the air, Berger called the President through me and the president, knowing what the call was about, refused to take Berger’s call. Berger was getting angry at me because I couldn’t get an answer out of the president.”

Patterson spoke of another time in 1998 “a cruise missile strike was planned against bin Laden and we had a two hour window. Berger was in the situation room, in the first hour after Berger called the president, Clinton refused to talk to him or return his call. In the second hour Clinton decided to debate the issue with Berger, Madeline Albright and Secretary Cohen. … I saw this situation happen over and over and over again. The president didn’t like making decisions like that,” says Patterson.

According to former Democratic fund raiser Mansoor Ijaz:

From 1996 to 1998, I opened unofficial channels between Sudan and the Clinton administration. I met with officials in both countries, including Clinton, U.S. National Security Advisor Samuel R. “Sandy” Berger and Sudan’s president and intelligence chief. President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir offered the arrest and extradition of Bin Laden and detailed intelligence data about the global networks constructed by Egypt’s Islamic Jihad, Iran’s Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas. Among those in the networks were the two hijackers who piloted commercial airliners into the World Trade Center. The silence of the Clinton administration in responding to these offers was deafening. As an American Muslim and a political supporter of Clinton, I feel now, as I argued with Clinton and Berger then, that their counter-terrorism policies fueled the rise of Bin Laden from an ordinary man to a Hydra-like monster. (LA Times December 5 2001)

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said in his book, “My FBI”, and in multiple interviews, that after the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, Clinton refused to ask Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to allow the FBI to interrogate bombing suspects the Saudi’s had in custody. Freeh writes, “Bill Clinton raised the subject only to tell the crown prince that he understood the Saudis’ reluctance to cooperate and then he hit Abdullah up for a contribution to the Clinton Presidential Library.” Says Freeh, “That’s a fact that I am reporting.”

Chuck Norton
News Analyst

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This Week’s Movie Line (September 26th, 2006)

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

“Look, mister, there’s two kinds of dumb, uh, guy that gets naked and runs out in the snow and barks at the moon, and, uh, guy who does the same thing in my living room. First one don’t matter, the second one you’re kinda forced to deal with.”

Winners must be the first to submit the name of the movie, the name of the actor and the name of the character on our weblog.
Contestants may only win one time per semester

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Commenting On: Inside the Beltway of the SGA

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

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Weblog Submission to the Editor (John Ratkiewics)

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

The letter by Mr. J. Walls alerting Preface readers to a sort of “cultural Condition Orange” seems to make a much stronger display of confused thinking. He offers congratulations to the IUSB Vision staff for their dedication and calls their efforts “excellent”. This praise however, is immediately followed by a warning to students and staff that these same dedicated people are out to subvert (a pejorative substitute for the word ‘change’) the entire IUSB student culture (no small task?) and soon and suddenly enough that he must offer his warning. All this, he adds, is so obvious that a single glance at their “excellent efforts” tells the tale.

Even though making such assessments usually requires more than Mr. Walls’ single glance, I suspect the readers of both publications are able to walk away with their culture, if not intact, at least no worse for wear; via single glance or otherwise.  Further, any “free thinker” (Mr. Walls’ term), who needs to be told that they are being treated disdainfully, either is not really regarded as such by the person offering the remark, or else possesses a curious freedom.  By issuing his warning about the IUSB Vision, and stating that Vision writers “preach to the choir”, he simultaneously implies that students and staff need not fear any such challenges from the Preface. This may surprise Mr. Walls, but he has just used other words to tell his readers that he believes the Preface has a choir of its own.  And further, that he doesn’t want any of them resigning!

Further, the suggestion is ludicrous that a good debate is ruined because it involves more than one publication. Does the fact that the IUSB Vision now carries articles by a former Preface contributor become a prohibition for those who would read follow-ups on the topic wherever they may occur?

Finally, a good debate is made so by advancing and applying clear and ordered reasoning along with the voluntary participation of all involved. It seems to me that articles relying on what is often styled “shock value” to impress and persuade the reader are little more than literary terrorism.

John Ratkiewicz

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From the President’s Pen (September 26th, 2006)

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

Only hours ago, a historic achievement has taken place for IU South Bend. At a meeting held Sept. 22 at 1:45pm on the Bloomington campus, the board of trustees’ unanimously passed approval for a two phased housing project for our campus.  IU South Bend is officially the first regional campus that will have student housing.  This is not a housing plan of words but a firm commitment from the board with an aggressive time line.  It is very likely that those of you who are freshman and sophomores will have the chance to be some of the first to live in the new student housing. 

I have seen housing on a variety of different IU campuses, and I am convinced you will have the most scenic and serine housing, making IU South Bend housing the envy of the IU system.  Imagine as you sit on your balcony, calculating homework, studying for a test, just as the stress starts to get to you, you look up and are calmed by the scenic view of the St. Joseph River, and the busy lights of the IU South Bend campus.  Where else can you get a stunning riverside apartment, and a first class education?   

The housing plan will go in two phases.  Phase one consisting of 402 beds, with the second phase finishing off a grand total of 800! The location for the project is on the south side of the St. Joseph River, where the University own 26.5 acres.  The completion of the pedestrian bridge was the final key element moving this housing project into a reality.  We are not talking about long residential halls of fifty people and communal bathrooms, but one, two and four bedroom apartment style living arrangements.  There will be multiple apartment buildings, two and three stories tall, complimented by beautiful walking paths, and plenty of open grassy areas. 

Ready to socialize? It will include a new 10,000 square foot community center that will serve as a hub for residential activity, on the south side of the river.  While details of this building are still sketchy, the hopes are to include the housing mailboxes, study and computer rooms, laundry facilities, and other aspects to build the community feeling.

As you can tell this is an exciting time for our school.  While there are still are a few other steps to the finalization of this project, major hurdles have been overcome.  With any luck we will keep with the aggressive timeline that was presented to the trustees, and start construction with in the next year culminating this housing project and opening fall 2008. 

Student President Marcus Vigil

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Graduation Dates

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

The month of May seems like an awful long time from today’s date.  However you spend the next four days will either help or hurt you to prepare for this important event that takes place in May at IUSB.  The big event is the long awaited commencement ceremony that ensures us that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

October 1, 2006 is the date that should be circled and starred with a red permanent marker on every senior’s calendar.  This date is the deadline for graduation applications.  A visit to your Academic Advisor would also be a great idea to plan ahead to get portfolios, job searches, graduate school applications, and everything else in order for life outside of IUSB.

If you have time to click around online, some departments offer applications to be downloaded online.  The easiest way is just stop by your department’s main office and fill out an application on the spot.  Filling out an application doesn’t take very long—unless you are shaking in your excitement since this is what you have been waiting for all these years and you can almost taste your degree. (An English degree tastes like Wheat Thins® and Pepper jack Cheese).

Failure to complete the application by October 1, 2006 will result in no festivities in May.  The next deadline for the graduation applications will be March 1, 2007 for August/December 2007 graduation.

Stacy Rummel
Managing Editor

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Meet Your IUSB Titans (September 26th, 2006)

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

# 23 Janee Covington
5’3 Sophomore Guard

Hometown
Indianapolis, IN
Arlington High School

Transfer from
Earlham College

2005-06 Stats
Averaged 12.4 points and 3.2 assists per game
at Earlham

“Goals are dreams
with deadlines.”

# 24 Dewey Brown
6’0 Junior Guard

Hometown
Monticello, IN
Twin Lakes High School

Transfer from Elgin Community College

2005-06  Stats
Averaged 18.5 points per game at Elgin

Selected First Team
All-Region 2005-06
Region IV

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Professor Profile: Dr. Gretchen Anderson

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

Dr. Gretchen Anderson acknowledges that she took the long road when it came to choosing a profession, but she now happily reports that she has landed her “dream job” here at IU South Bend, as a professor of Biological Chemistry.

I stopped by her office last week and saw “Leo’s Law” written on her white board. When I inquired, she explained that a teacher she knows had recently introduced her to his finding that, in general, you can only please two out of three students in a classroom. When I asked her if she found “Leo’s Law” to be true, she smiled and told me she seems to do a little better than that, a modest reply. Dr. Anderson has won numerous awards for her teaching, including an IU South Bend Teaching Award, two Trustees’ Teaching Awards, and two Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards. She has also been elected to the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET).

Her innovation in pedagogy is unmistakable in the classroom. How many exams have you taken that position you as the point man of a CSI team, using the concepts you’ve learned in class to crack a murder case? Dr. Anderson works hard to help her students move past memorization and on to critical thinking, and not just in the classroom. An ardent advocate of undergraduate research, she routinely invites undergraduates into her laboratory to engage in her ongoing research, many of whom have received research grants and presented their findings at national conferences.

The wearer of many hats—professor, research mentor and club advisor to name a few—Dr. Anderson has found her niche here at IU South Bend, very much to the benefit of her students.

Shannon Renfrow
Writer

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The Analecta

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

The new semester is well underway and its time to get those creative juices flowing.  The Analecta gives students at IUSB the opportunity to publish original works of fiction, creative non-fiction and personal essays, poetry, drama, photography, and artwork. This year’s edition is being helmed by senior Talia Reed; who is bringing a fresh perspective to the only publication committed in showcasing the best of IUSB’s creative forces.

The Analecta is also connected to the Wolfson Literary Award.  All submissions to the Analecta will be considered for this prestigious award.  The Analecta will be published in the spring and makes its debut at the Wolfson Awards ceremony in April.

Submissions will be accepted beginning October 18th for all categories.   Deadlines for submitting work will be December 15th at 5:00pm.  So whether you want to be known for your creativeness with a Wolfson to prove it, or simply want to build your portfolio and share your creations with the world, the Analecta wants to hear from you!  Please visit the website soon at http://www.iusb.edu/~analecta or email them at analecta@iusb.edu

Article Contributed by:
Robert White

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This Week In History (Studebaker)

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

This Week in History is marked by the death of Clement Studebaker on October first 1934.  John Mohler Studebaker was born in 1833, the third of five sons. His two older brothers, Henry and Clement, opened a blacksmith shop in South Bend, Indiana, in 1852. The name of the company: H&C Studebaker. The first day they shoed a horse in 30 minutes and the customer paid them 25 cents. Days went by without another customer.

A few weeks later, a customer came to the shop and asked the brothers to build him a wagon. This they did, in seven days, and earned $175. It was constructed of oak, with iron hinges and wheels made of hickory. In an era when most wagons were painted black,
the boys painted theirs red and green – and on the sides, painted in large yellow letters, the name “STUDEBAKER.” Thus was the first of many millions of vehicles to carry the Studebaker name.

Ironically enough the Studebaker-Packard merger became final on October first as well in 1954.  Packard actually acquired Studebaker in the transaction. While Studebaker was the larger of the two companies, Packard’s balance sheet and executive team were seen in the eyes of many to be stronger than the South Bend company’s.

It was hoped that Packard would benefit from Studebaker’s larger dealer network.
Studebaker hoped to gain through the additional strength that Packard’s cash position could provide.  Sadly though, Studebaker closed the plant here in South Bend in December 1963, and closed its final plant in 1966.

Carlie Barr
Writer

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Club Showcase: Bio-chem Club

Posted by iusbvision on September 25, 2006

Mole Day Party. Excursions to Chicago’s museums. Giving back to the community.  Helpful tools for graduation.  All of these can be seen through the eyes of a Biology Chemistry Club member at IUSB. The purpose of the Bio-Chem Club is for those who are passionate about the sciences to come together and find a common ground for his or her interests.  The club is open to all majors and tries to offer something for everyone whether it is educational or just plain out fun.

In the past, the Bio-Chem Club has sponsored speakers to discuss topics from academic research to projects of biotechnology companies.  Such sponsorship is beneficial to applicants seeking admittance into Medical and Graduate School and looks good on the application.  Discussions by IUSB Alumni in a science related field also provides club members advice and teaches how to relate the material in the world.

The club also offers workshops to help students write cover letters, writing personal statement, as well as resume tweaking to help out all students from freshmen to seniors.  This service also prepares us for life in the real world.

The Bio-Chem Club also takes science on the road to Chicago as well as other places in the area.  Past trips include the Body Works! exhibit at the Field Museum, Shedd’s Aquarium, and a nanotechnology symposium at Northwestern University.

The club also gives back to the community by pairing with the Biology and Chemistry departments and visits local grade school students.  Here, the Club gives “kiddie experiments” to have a younger generation introduced in the sciences.  The experiments include freezing a popsicle in liquid nitrogen within seconds. 

But if you work hard, you tend to play hard.  Everything is not always scientific in the Bio-Chem Club.  There is also the annual bowling party of the Chemists versus the Biologists not to be outdone by the ever intriguing Mole Day Party that on October 23 at 6:02 pm. To contact the Bio-Chem Club, email Club President, David Alexander at daaalexa@iusb.edu or Bio-Chem Club Advisor, Gretchen Anderson at ganderso@iusb.edu.

Stacy Rummel
Managing Editor

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Submit Letters to the Editor (Volume 2, Issue 2)

Posted by iusbvision on September 13, 2006

Hello and thank you for visiting!

If you wish to post a letter to the editor simply add a comment below.

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Democrats Threaten Broadcast License of ABC Over Path to 9/11 Film

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

Democrats have issued a thinly veiled threat against ABC’s broadcast license over their 9/11 miniseries, The Path to 9/11, set to air last Saturday night, in a press release issued by the Office of the Senate Democratic Leader last Thursday. Bill Clinton contacted ABC CEO Robert Iger in an effort to yank the film. Cyrus Nowrasteh, the writer and producer of the film, said in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity that political pressure from Democrats is causing edits to the film.

So partisan Democrats I have a question for you. Where is all the squawking about oppressing free speech now? Allow me to refresh your memory. When The Department of Defense issued a press release saying that they were hiring a public relations team to help counter enemy propaganda it was called an “assault on free speech.”

When the Justice Department investigated a series of classified leaks from the CIA to the New York Times it was called a “witch hunt” and a violation of the free speech rights of the Times. The leaker, Mary O’Neil, was appointed to Clinton’s National Security Council by former NSC Chief Sandy Berger, who later went to work for the Inspector General’s office in the CIA. Her job was to find leakers. Democrat talking heads in the media said that it would violate O’Neil’s free speech rights if she were prosecuted for leaking classified information….. no kidding. Let us not forget that Sandy Berger pleaded guilty to stealing and altering secret documents from the National Security Archive in preparation for the 9/11 Commission’s investigation.

The film compresses the nine years leading up to 9/11 in a five hour mini-series based on the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report and the Democrats are having a collective fit over it. The biggest complaint is that the conversations depicted in the film never actually happened say President Clinton and former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger. The film was never designed to be an exact transcript of events.  Rather it is a dramatization to show that the government had multiple chances to capture or kill Osama bin-Laden, but the will to pull the trigger just wasn’t there. One such opportunity was given to President Clinton by former “friend of Bill” Mansoor Ijaz, who had arranged with the Sudanese Government to have bin-Laden delivered into US custody. The Clinton Administration rebuffed the offer.

The film was made in consultation with 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean, “which praised the film’s ‘commitment to accuracy’ and ‘sincere respect for the subject’ ‘I worked closely with the filmmakers and the network to ensure the mini-series accurately reflects both the facts and the spirit of the Commission’s findings,’ wrote Kean” (http://www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20060908-045948-7634r).

Clinton attorney Bruce R. Lindsey, who runs Clinton’s foundation, “wrote Kean last night that he was ‘shocked’ by the former New Jersey governor’s role, saying: ‘Your defense of the outright lies in this film is destroying the bipartisan aura of the 9/11 Commission and tarnishing the hard work of your fellow commissioners.'”

“Kean said the filmmakers have made changes — in one case, re-shooting an entire scene — based in part on his recommendations. ‘The suggestion that this is some right-wing group in Hollywood is absurd,’ he said” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/07/AR2006090701454.html).

So it boils down to this, who are we to believe: Bill Clinton, whose propensity to tell lies has not only been proven, but is renown in the American political lexicon; Sandy Berger, who stands convicted of stealing and altering documents from the National Security Archive to “prepare” for the 9/11 Commission investigation; or Thomas Kean, the Chairman of the 9/11 Commission? Even an NEA lobbyist knows the answer to this.

Now I know I am going to hear the following objection so I might as well deal with it in advance. What about the CBS mini-series, “The Reagans” that was made when President Reagan was near death and couldn’t defend himself: the one that was made by out of the closet partisans, the one that showed Ronald Reagan cussing at his wife when everyone around Reagan said that he never cussed at his wife, the one that CBS producer and broadcast legend, Merv Griffin, called a “hit piece”, the one that CBS pulled from its broadcast network and moved over to Showtime (unedited by the way) due to public pressure?

That’s right, I said public pressure, not Stalinistic government pressure. “CBS officials say they received virtually no inquiries from government officials about the program. FCC Chairman Michael Powell, said contacting the net[work] over the show is ‘absolutely not’ something he would have considered.” Senate Minority leader Tom Daschle [D-SD] later called the decision to pull the show ‘appalling.’ CBS ‘totally collapsed,’ he told National Public Radio”
(www.broadcastingcable.com/CA334711.html).

UPDATE:

The Path to Hysteria
My sin was to write a screenplay accurately depicting Bill Clinton’s record on terrorism. by CYRUS NOWRASTEH
Monday, September 18, 2006 12:01 A.M. EDT

http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110008958

Chuck Norton
News Analyst

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Talking Points: Do We Have a Crisis on Our Borders?

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

If border security is going to happen in our lifetime, America needs a change.  Everyone knows the obvious corruption existing in the media and politicians today.  Neither can be trusted.  Neither can take a moral stand against what is an obvious risk to America.  Can they be blamed for their own actions? Edward R. Murrow once quoted, “Cassius was right, the fault dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”  The people hold the power of accountability, those who are not held accountable are not entirely responsible for their own actions because the governed failed themselves.  Can you blame a criminal for continuing to commit a crime because he wasn’t punished initially?

To solve the border issue bring down the National Guard to the border and build a wall.  Afterwards, immigration laws can be enforced and illegal immigrants will be deported.  It is not fair to those who worked and are working long and hard to become legal immigrants of America to watch drugs and gangs pour across the borders of their country.  Sound financially unfeasible?  Nothing is, we are the most powerful nation in the world – don’t tell me it can’t be done.  We could even start a citizen donation fund if we had too and many would participate.  Also, out of principal, for every illegal we deport we’ll send Vicente Fox an invoice and put how much he owes us on the news.  Until we the people break our apathy and get off of our, as Mr. Murrow put it, “huge surpluses”, I do not foresee this happening in our lifetime.

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor

There are several issues involved in illegal immigration.  Security is always the first.  There is an understandable concern that each year we have many illegals slipping into U.S. borders, undocumented.  However this fear that terrorists are among them isn’t logical.  The U.S. Mexican border is very difficult to cross illegally, contrary to popular myth.  In 2005 over 450 people died in the deserts trying to enter the U.S. .  It is a dangerous crossing due to the intense heat.  Most of the safer areas are well secured.  A terrorist with a mission to penetrate the U.S. would be far more likely to do so with false documents, as each and every one of the 9-11 attackers did.  If they truly believe in a mission to strike the U.S., illegal border crossing is simply too much of a risk.  If they don’t have the financial resources to get false documents, then they probably aren’t much of a threat.

The second issue is the strain on our economy.  It is always the case that illegal immigrants do low-paying jobs the few if any U.S. workers would want to do.  They occasionally compete with high school dropouts, but the impact on wages for drop-outs is between 3 and 8% .  That’s estimated to be less than a $25 a week drop.  Not much, and really just incentive to finish school.  So illegal immigrants fill out needed jobs, which helps the economy.  It doesn’t stop there though.  Employers are required to withhold taxes, so what often happens is that these workers use false social security numbers so they can pay without being caught, this means extra money for the government that will never be claimed .  The workers will eventually return to their own nation, having used false numbers they can’t claim anything with anyways, and the government will happily use it’s extra cash on others who need social security. 

So what do we do about it?  The more we know the better, so getting immigrants to become documented workers is needed.  It is not the crucial end of the country though that many would have you believe.  The reason this is needed is one small part security, but mainly for their protection from corrupt employers.  No legal status makes it easy for an employer to not pay them, or violate labor laws.  Entry into the nation illegally is hazardous and sometimes fatal.  These are the main reasons it is an issue. National security should not be the problem, as the majority of known terrorists who entered the nation in the last 10 years have done so legally.  This is not likely to change anytime soon. 

This new law Congress is debating is unconscionable.  It will make illegals felons which leads to prison, which is a far larger drain on the economy than anything else they could have done.  It also makes it a felony to give any aid to illegals.  So if a starving alien shows up at a soup kitchen the workers could go to jail if they don’t do an ID check.  How many homeless people do you know that carry ID?  We need to push illegals to legalize their status, but this is not the way to do it. 

Ryan Hill
Writer 

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Movie Line Contest (September 12th, 2006)

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

“How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.”

Winners must be the first to submit the name of the movie, the name of the actor and the name of the character on our weblog. Contestants may only win one time per semester

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Editor’s Website Picks

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

www.weatherwars.info

This is a most entertaining site that claims President Bush can control the weather.  He used this tool on New Orleans with hurricane Katrina.  Politics aside, the site does have some amazing pictures of weather phenomena.

www.despair.com

Remember the motivation posters with the large word and a quip designed to motivate you?  Well, these are the complete opposite, such as ADVERSITY: That which does not kill me postpones the inevitable.

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Women in Prominent Positions: Dr. Pat Ames

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

Dr. Pat Ames, the Vice Chancellor for Information Technologies, keeps the campus connected. She is responsible for all the computing and telecommunications at the university, handling all desktop computing for staff, students and faculty. She also handles the infrastructure that facilitates communication, including wireless internet, the telephones, and campus websites, and technology in classrooms.

Dr. Ames holds and Associates degree in Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as an MBA and an MS in Information Systems and a Ph.D. in Information Systems and Higher Education.

She says she owes her success to several factors, including several mentors who, she says, saw potential in her and supported her, as well as a hard work ethic.

“I’m a very determined person,” says Ames. “I don’t accept failure.”

These factors led Dr. Ames to success at home, where she raised a family, and at school, when she returned as an adult. She got her doctorate three years ago, and took her career in a different direction.

“I didn’t finish my education until 2003,” says Dr. Ames. “Don’t ever feel like you’re too old to start over. My family’s grown and gone, and I wanted to do something with my life, so I went back to school and started a whole new career.

“Don’t ever give up – you need a dream. I can’t overemphasize the value of an education, not just for career advancement, but for personal growth.

I think the only limitations for women will be those they set for themselves. The student population in higher education has gone from majority male to majority female –  same in law – women are finally realizing if they want something, they can go get it. The world’s their oyster, we are not defined by our gender anymore.”

Rachel Custer
Business Manager

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Is Chivalry a Lost Art?

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

I wonder how many people understand the word “chivalry”. “Chivalry is a lost art” according to senior, Scott Gorney and I would definitely agree. 

Women are not treated with the respect that they deserve.  There are some men out there that show some respect but they are far and few between.  Just walking around campus, you will see many doors being shut on women, unless, unfortunately these women are dressed skimpy or showing off body parts.

Back in the day, all women were treated with respect.  Men would watch what language they would use around women but now you hear the worse of language being spoken to and by women.  Men would hold umbrellas over women when it was pouring rain.   Men would offer coats to women who were cold. 

Now to be fair to men, I can understand why men don’t try to do this for women.  Ever since the women’s movement, which convinced women that we are to be treated like men in ALL aspects, telling men that women are to be treated like their guy friends. 

There are men that still show some respect to women but I don’t think most men really know what it’s all about.   Derek, a junior, says “I’m old fashion, it’s just polite.”  So don’t give up ladies, there are guys out there.  I asked junior Kerri and freshmen Denise and they both concurred that it’s definitely something that needs to be taught and done.  So what can we do to get our guys to treat us with some respect?

We need to start acting like women.  Women are supposed to be delicate and fragile like a flower but we don’t act like it when we swear like sailors or when we start dressing like men with horrible loose clothes and our hair horrible short like men. 

I’m sorry if this upsets some of you women but when you can be mistaken for a guy and want to be treated like “guy pal” then you can’t blame men when they treat you like men.

Sandy Brigham
Writer

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From the Beltway of the SGA: In-depth Analysis of Your Student Government Association

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

Before I get started I would like to say great job to the SGA for appointing two new, top notch justices, Chuck Norton as Chief Justice, a fellow writer for the Vision, and an excellent student leader in Sherin Ravel.  Congratulations to them both.

Next order of business.  The Student Government Association is an essential entity to us students on campus and the typical reports about the government are normally statistic in nature, non-analytical. 

My column will touch on those statistically important issues but attempt to reach deeper in the analysis.  Dive in and ask the tough questions, look at the voting records.  To these questions I encourage a reply, especially from our elected officials. 

When Senators are deciding how to vote on legislation they have three options available, For, Against, or Abstain.  While the first two are self explanatory, abstaining is a little more difficult to understand, even to some senators it would seem.  Abstaining is set up to allow a senator to not vote on an issue that they are personally involved in, like if they are an officer of a club that is being considered for funding, or a friend is being appointed to a judicial seat.

So explain to me why a senator would abstain for no apparent reason?  Senators are paid to make decisions and abstaining can be used as a legal way of not picking sides.  It’s a  method for skirting the issue, and is especially heinous when used to avoid tough issues.  Abstaining should happen very seldom and with definite good reason only.

Looking at the minutes from the last two meetings I see a pattern in two senators that is disturbing.  In the latest meeting held September 1, Senator Erkki Kochkotola abstained twice, the first on the yearly office budget.  This is normally not controversial which is why everyone present voted in favor.  If you do not have enough information to make the decision, as a senator you should ask more questions.

This is the office budget for the year, a decision needs to be made!  The second vote of abstention was in the appointment of returning Cabinet member Mindy Troxel.  Unless he is a close personal friend of Director Troxel, this is again a wasted abstention.

In the August 24th meeting, Senator Vince Huseylini, abstained from two of three funding bills.  The only thing that can be assumed is that he did not have enough information to be comfortable in making a decision.  It would seem that if parliamentarian procedure is being followed, there should be no reason for indecisive abstentions from the senate.  Cast your vote and stand behind it!

While none of the issues that were abstained from were what I considered “tough issues”, the pattern of over using abstentions is starting early.  Hopefully the senate will take its voting record serious this year and stand up to make the tough decisions.  After all why have senators if they don’t vote.

Rashida Vindic
SGA Analyst

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The Book Bag Ban

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

Book bags are everywhere on campus.  They can be seen dragging behind students or be seen as temporary growths attached to backs and hips.  It is nearly impossible without the aids of book bags to keep track of school supplies and books.  Many people prefer to carry a bag around instead of shifting books from arm to arm all day going to classes.

With book bags being so useful in toting around the academic necessities such as those wonderful textbooks and a plethora of mechanical pencils, an ironic twist would be not allowing them in the Indiana University South Bend Bookstore—where the supplies and books are actually sold.

Sadly, this is a true statement.  New this year to the Bookstore’s bright and shiny look is the shelving unit that holds students’ book bags while they are in search of last minute odds and ends to complete their semester.

The decors of book bags are not only adding a nice collage of color to the front of the store, but are also serving a greater purpose: to cut down on theft.  By keeping book bags in front of the store guarded by staff, it allows a few students to join the rest of the student body in toting their $275 armload up to the cashier instead of stuffing the precious cargo out of sight in the book bag.

Over the years, many things have been stolen from our IUSB Bookstore from simple floppy disks, to the more extravagant, like a computer monitor.  With stolen merchandise, prices overall increase; making affordable items outrageous. The next remodeling project might be bars on the windows and a walk up window complete with retina scan.

So the next time you find yourself having to leave your book bag at the front of our bookstore and feel kind of hesitant for leaving something that may contain valuables; just think of those people who made your job of finding books and supplies a hassle by trying to cut corners by shoplifting.

Stacy Rummel
Managing Editor

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Meet Your IUSB Titans

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

# 21 Abbey Freeman
5’7 Junior  Shooting Guard

Favorite Pro Team
L.A. Lakers

Favorite Player
Kobe Bryant

Favorite Quote
“Live everyday like it is your last.”

2005-06 Stats
Averaged 6.0 points per game

Season high 13 points against Goshen College

# 40 Jeremy Herring
6’7 Senior Forward

Favorite Pro Team
Cleveland Cavs

Favorite Player
Lebron James

Favorite Quote
“Failure to prepare is
preparing to fail.”

2004-05  Stats
Led team with 287
rebounds

Led team with 15.3 points & 8.3 rebounds per game.

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Does the World Revolve Around Bloomington?

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

In June of 2006, Adam Herbert stepped down from his position as the main guy for Indiana University’s President.  In order to find a new IU President, he or she must be appointed by a committee made up of various student representatives from the different IU campuses.  So far this committee lacks a member from their flagship campus: Bloomington.

Instead of having someone from Bloomington, the Board of Trustees has chosen our former IUSB President Mike Renfrow.  Bloomington, being the center of the Indiana University universe, is upset and students there are  now trying to fight the Board of Trustees in hopes of adding another seat on the committee so they can have a representative from their student body.

Either Bloomington is feeling ignored and would like to have a say so, or they are just a bunch of bed-wetters.  Any correlations?  IU Bloomington student Betsy Henke expresses her ideas about the criteria more or less why IUB should have a seat on the committee in Bloomington’s Indiana Daily Student’s August 29, 2006 opinion.  She states that: “a seat on the committee would ensure that 38,000 undergraduate and graduate voices representing traditional, flagship-campus students, who have lived in residence halls, participated in or attended Division I athletic events, involved themselves in Greek life, lived in a college town, had the opportunity to participate in more than 200 organizations and more, are heard”.

But what can a student from IUSB bring the committee?

Balancing work, school, and a family as a graduate student, Mike Renfrow seems on the far end of the spectrum from Bloomington’s point of view of a suitable representative.  So we don’t have dorms or have the traditional college campus.  We all commute; enhance our road rage skills finding a parking spot, and take pride in our diversity of students.  What is being lost in this hot topic of debate should not be a competition of which school should be represented and why.  The focus should be Indiana University as a whole and seeing what is best for all the student bodies from all campuses.

Mike Renfrow is a great candidate for this spot on the committee in choosing the new IU President.  Being our previous IUSB President, Mike Renfrow can address issues he oversaw from our non-traditional campus and tie them into a new light that can challenge the up-coming new IU President with different expectations that Bloomington can not.

Stacy Rummel
Managing Editor

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Will You Use the Northside Cafe?

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

“Yes, I had a turkey wrap and I think it is a great idea that they opened it back up.”

Kira Stepchenko, Senior 

“I haven’t tried it because I work and don’t get here until it is closed, but I would try it if I came on campus when they are open.”

Tonya Leininger, Senior

“I like that they reopened, but I wish they offered everything they used to.”

Tina Shepherd, Senior

“I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m glad its reopened and I plan on trying it.”

Vince Bauters, Sophomore 

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Professor Profile: Dr. Henry Scott

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

Having  completed his undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Applied Physics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Scott said that as an underclassman, he was not sure what he wanted to do, but physics was the first class that he found truly challenging yet also enjoyable. He continued his education at UC Santa Cruz, where he earned his PhD. in Earth Science / Geophysics, and working as a teaching assistant, discovered his passion for teaching.

Dr. Scott did his postdoctoral fellowship at the Carnegie endowed research lab in Washington D.C., and while most of the fellows in his lab sought positions in larger, more research oriented campuses, Dr. Scott was intentional in his search to find a balance between both research and teaching. He has happily found for himself such a balance here at IUSB.

When asked what Dr. Scott most enjoys about IUSB, he excitedly spoke of visiting our campus during his interview and finding faculty who shared his ambition to pursue research while actively engaging in their teaching. He enjoys having that opportunity to connect with students, and says the best advice he has for students is the same advice his oldest brother gave him. “Attend every single class.” It may sound simple, but now as a professor, he stands by that statement as the best advice he could pass on to us. “The professors here are excited about what they do,” he explained. “You may not expect to find a class particularly interesting, but if you give it a chance, you may discover what it is they are so excited about.”

Shannon Renfrow
Writer

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From the Vice President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

With classes now in session, I would like to welcome everyone back.  As the new Vice President of Student Government, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and thank the student body for allowing me the opportunity to represent their interests on campus.

My name is Joanna Reusser.  I am a fifth year senior majoring in Biological Sciences.  This is my third year in the SGA, but my first as a member of the executive branch.  As a Senator over the past two years, I have been involved in various clubs, committees, and activities on campus.  I have had the privilege and honor of serving as the student representative on the Academic Affairs Committee and the Higher Learning Commission Taskforce.

I am very excited about the growth I have seen and experienced in the past few years here at IUSB.  Last year was a milestone year with a huge increase in student participation and the number of events on campus, including ADP table talks and Point of View films, Community Links brown bag lunches, the Alternative Spring Break Trip for Hurricane Katrina relief, and Get on the Bus.  While I have seen immense growth in the last few years on campus, this year, with the campus theme of “Diversity and Dialogue”, is promising to be an even more exciting year.

For those who have not gotten involved on campus yet, I would encourage you to seriously investigate some of the wonderful organizations we have here.  I have learned almost as much in my involvement with extracurricular activities as I have in my classes.  Club Council is an example of one of the new and exciting groups on campus.  A conglomeration of over 60 diverse campus clubs, Club Council brings club leaders together for collaboration in exchanging ideas, planning events, and having a more visible role in the workings of IUSB.  If your style is more fun and activities rather than clubs, I would encourage you to take part in some of the Titan Production (TP) events.  Titan Productions is responsible for free campus events such as Family Movie Night, Battle of the Bands, Acoustic Café, and Open Mic. 

Their events are a wonderful opportunity to relax and experience the more casual side of university life.  Beginning this year, T.P. has paired with the Music Club to bring better, improved Open Mic nights (starting September 20).  For the arts-minded person, art events on campus are continuing to grow.  This year has some wonderful upcoming events including the faculty/student art show, the Visual Arts League art sale, as well as all the wonderful musical and dance performances.  Whatever your taste, IUSB offers a wide range of extracurricular activities.  As President Vigil so wisely put it, college is indeed more than class and books.    

In closing, I would like to publicly thank former SGA President Mike Renfrow for all of his guidance and expertise and the IUSB Vision for this opportunity to address the student body.  Good luck to everyone during this year.

Joanna Reusser
SGA Vice President

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This Week in History: Birth of the Toll Road

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

Groundbreaking for the east-west Indiana Toll Road began on September 21, 1954.  It now extends 157 miles across northern Indiana.  The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Toll Road district’s 500 employees ensure that the toll road remains one of the safest and best maintained interstate highway facility in the nation.

It opened in stages, between August and November, 1956, with user tolls paying for its cost and maintenance.  However, the Indiana Toll Road no longer pays for itself.  Funds currently cover operating expenses, but not road and bridge maintenance into the future.  Tolls were last increased 20 years ago, but the current rate schedule is significantly below that of neighboring states.  The state of Indiana is purposing an increase in tolls that will take effect in the second quarter of 2006. 

In 2005, a plan was introduced  to privatize the toll road.  On January 23, 2006, it was announced that a partnership between Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte SA and Macquarie Infrastructure Group was the top bidder for a 75 year lease to operate and maintain the toll road, offering a lump sum of 3.85 billion dollars.  The same partnership already operates and maintains the adjoining Chicago Skyway in Illinois. 

The Centra-Macquarie joint-venture assumed operation of the toll road from INDOT on June 30, 2006, after the Indiana Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge by opponents attempting to derail the deal. 

It looks like Indiana has reached an agreement to lease the Indiana Toll Road to a consortium of Cintra and the Macquarie, two firms with a history of such investments (they were the obvious winners in the lease of the Chicago Skyway Toll Road).

Carlie Barr
Writer

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Club Showcase: Society of Physics Students

Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006

A train leaves Denver heading east at 60 mph.  Another train leaves at the same time heading westbound out of Chicago at 70 mph.  At what time would you like me to stop this word problem and begin talking about the Society of Physics Students, more commonly known as SPS at IUSB?

The Society of Physics Students offers students at IUSB a place for those who enjoy the sciences and allows those who share the same interest on this subject matter to come together through the appreciation of Physics. 

Those who are not physics majors do not have to worry.  Those who wish to be a part of the SPS can come from any discipline of academics to join this society.

Some of the events that the Society of Physics Students involve themselves in is both leisurely and educational fieldtrips.  A couple examples of these excursions can be from the Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium to the Field Museum in Chicago.  The Society of Physics Students of South Bend also attends regional meetings of SPS (there are over 600 SPS chapters around the nation).

The Society of Physics Students also serves in helping those active in the club with retaining information regarding this difficult science.  With regular club attendance, students can finally “get it” and share his or her experiences in this field from a new perspective that may or may not have been discussed a regular classroom or lab; not to mention networking with fellow classmates, colleagues, and professors.

The Society of Physics Students also encourages students to be included in scientific research.  Such opportunities not only look great on a resume, but also receive recognition through publications such as the Undergraduate Research Journal.  Undergraduate research can be done with the help of Indiana University through the S.M.A.R.T program or from an outside source.

For more information about the Society of Physic Students, log on to http://www.iusb.edu/~physclub/ or look at the whole realm of SPS at http://www.aip.org/education/sps/index.html .

To contact the Society of Physics at IUSB email SPS President Saran Kharel at skharel@iusb.edu or SPS Advisor Dr. Scott at hpscott@iusb.edu .

Stacy Rummel
Managing Editor

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