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Archive for October 9th, 2006

Addressing Recent Issues with The IUSB Vision

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

In light of recent criticisms, I am inclined to address some of the controversial issues revolving around the IUSB Vision. When this publication made its debut in spring of 2006, the staff consisted primarily of only four writers, a self-budget and a single paged double-sided issue.  Our mission was to showcase clubs and campus events as well as address important issues going on in the news. The Vision continues to put forth effort to adhere to this mission. Now, thanks to our readers, the Vision has grown into a staff of over 10 individuals and an astounding eight page double-sided issue.

However, the Vision has been undergoing many criticisms regarding articles suggestive to ideological viewpoints and conservatism. There is no arguing some of the staff has strong viewpoints regarding many divisive issues in the world today. Also, there is no arguing that many on our staff fall conservative on many issues. This does not imply we are attempting to create a propagandist machine to portray one viewpoint. Our writers, quite coincidentally, tend to fall conservative on issues. The Vision has attempted numerous times to bring on writers who hold of a more liberalist viewpoint. In each scenario, these writers have declined to work for us.  The one person willing to work with us is Ryan Hill, the president of the College Democrats. 

The challenge continues, we are taking these criticisms to heart and are currently working on a mechanism by which the Vision can bring on more writers with diverse perspectives. This is an effort to allow our readers to make more informed decisions on many important issues. However, the Vision will not censor its current writing staff in an attempt to portray an artificial sense of balance.  Nor will the Vision censor articles written by its staff that are considered unpopular. If you are interested in becoming a part of the staff, feel free to contact us.

The original intent of the online Weblog was to offer an opportunity for anyone to argue with staff writers with whom they may disagree. Using this system, each writer can be held accountable for their viewpoint by the Vision audience. This has been most successful, and we have received very useful feedback.  Looking to the future, starting with this issue, the format of Vision has changed to differentiate and disassociate campus clubs or events and political coverage. I hope you will find this change comfortable, thank you for your continued readership.

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor

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General Letters to the Editor (Volume 2, Issue 4)

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

To Submit a General Letter / Post to the Editor, simply click ‘Comments’ below this post!

Thank you for your readership!

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Going the Distance

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

Everyone knows a couple of the clichés of a great relationship: trust, communication, and honesty. For the longest time, I assumed if you had these three I already mentioned, everything would somehow fit into place. My dad constantly has reminded me since I was little and even today that “patience is a virtue”. It wasn’t until I began dating someone in the military that I understood patience doesn’t apply to a long line at the bank anymore.

Looking back, there are a few things I know I took for granted. The main two are him calling everyday or the fact I actually had the opportunity to see him when I wanted to.  Now that he is on the Coast and is property of the United States Government, I can’t see him everyday or even talk to him on a daily basis. What I do get is a week’s notice of when he is going to be on leave. Then I have to share him with his family and friends.

So quality time for us is spent in fragments from what could be a couple hours to maybe a few days along with the family and friends. I need to get into the habit of making the most of that time instead of complaining how he’s spending what seems like more time with everyone else rather than with me. You’ve got to figure out if this relationship is something you want to invest in and try to look at the big picture.

What I should be doing (easier said than done) is enjoying our time together—regardless of how much time we actually spend together. Not only does this make his time at home less stressful in making everyone happy, but also lets the two of us focus more on each other rather than arguing over something as trivial as what seems as his “poor time management” skills that he in real life has no control over.

When he is on leave, it should be like his vacation. I’m not saying you should be catering to him, but rather stay away from nagging and whining about unnecessary things that are out of his control and make the most of the time you two have. Gaining patience is a great way to cope with this difficult time in relationship. After all, he doesn’t really need to come home at all on leave. Would you want to give up 14 days of coastal sunshine for South Bend weather only to be tormented the whole time you were here?

Stacy Rummel
Writer

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Top Colleges Rank Lowest on Civics Exams

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

I was having a nice chat with one of my favorite professors the other day about the state of academia. I mentioned that I have noticed that professors from some of the most prestigious schools tend to be more like blind ideologues and have weaker critical thinking skills than professors that hail from smaller schools. Now before everyone throws a fit, I can think of a couple of professors who I know that buck that trend, this was just a general observation I have noticed over time. Now I have some empirical evidence to back up that observation.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute with the University of Connecticut tested 14,094 students at 50 universities with a 60 question civics exam with half of the students being freshman and the other half being seniors. The results were not encouraging. Not a single university’s seniors, based on an average score, passed the exam with what we at IUSB would consider a passing grade. Rhodes College of Memphis Tennessee scored the best with an average improvement of test score between freshman and seniors of 116 percent.

The most interesting results came from the list of universities where the freshman consistently out scored the seniors, meaning that the longer the students stayed at that university more ignorant of civics they became. Here are some of the results taken directly from the study:

– Seniors lack basic knowledge of America’s history. More than half, 53.4 percent, could not identify the correct century when the first American colony was established at Jamestown. And 55.4 percent could not recognize Yorktown as the battle that brought the American Revolution to an end (28 percent even thought the Civil War battle at Gettysburg was the correct answer).

– College seniors are also ignorant of America’s founding documents. Fewer than half, 47.9 percent, recognized that the line “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” is from the Declaration of Independence. And an overwhelming majority, 72.8 percent, could not correctly identify the source of the idea of “a wall of separation” between church and state.

– More than half of college seniors did not know that the Bill of Rights explicitly prohibits the establishment of an official religion for the United States.

– Nearly half of all college seniors, 49.4 percent, did not know that The Federalist Papers—foundational texts of America’s constitutional order—were written in support of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Seniors actually scored lower than freshmen on this question by 5.7 percentage points, illustrating negative learning while at college

– More than 75 percent of college seniors could not identify that the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine was to prevent foreign expansion in the Western Hemisphere.

– Even with their country at war in Iraq, fewer than half of seniors, 45.2 percent, could identify the Baath party as the main source of Saddam Hussein’s political support. In fact, 12.2 percent believed that Saddam Hussein found his most reliable supporters in the Communist Party. Almost 5.7 percent chose Israel.

I know that you are all eager to know what colleges did the worst when it comes to negative learning. Dartmouth actually showed an improvement of .1 percent of seniors over freshman. Johns Hopkins, University of California at Berkeley, Cornell, Brown, Duke, Yale, Georgetown, M. I. T., University of Chicago, and this one strikes close to home, University of Michigan, all displayed negative learning.

Students don’t learn what colleges don’t teach or teach poorly. Having done much research into the culture of academia at large, in my view this is no accident. What better way to destroy the ideas that America was founded upon than to forget them.

Chuck Norton
News Analyst

 

 

Related:

Heather Wilson: Our superficial scholars

The Chronicle: Students are failing to learn at college

Top Colleges Rank Lowest on Civics Exams

The “DUH” Generation

 

 

 

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Talking Points: Is Torture an Acceptable Means to Gather Information?

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

One of the most common practical reasons for why torture is not considered effective is that information gathered that way is often unreliable. Most people will confess to anything under enough pressure or pain. The concern is then that one could be undermining all of ones moral authority by resorting to methods that may not even work. Torture will get a person to say something, but depending on the scope of the investigation that could be as wide as a contrived plot in London or as narrow as naming the person behind attacks in a suburb of Baghdad. If the subject gets an idea what the torturer wants, they will make up an answer to end the pain. On the off chance the person actually has information; it can be distorted due to the pain and disorientation often resultant from such interrogation tactics.

Movies and TV like to present the image of the smoking gun situation. The FBI with a captive and two hours to prevent a catastrophic situation; however this has never been known to happen. Such a situation is different from the idea of randomly torturing those captured through uncertain means in Iraq or Afghanistan. Many of those detained from these areas are captured through random dragnet operations or by informants, who may have just been trying to get rid of a business rival.

The other big practical concern is that by using torture techniques, a nation loses the main fight of any conflict, that of the hearts of the people. The President’s reckless struggle to gain the right to use torture has made it clear to the world and to Iraqis that we are no longer fighting for freedom, liberty, and human dignity. We are fighting for selfish reasons, using people as pawns instead of people. So an attack might be stopped, but the method used guarantees five more will follow. As King Pyrrhus once said, ‘Another such victory and we shall be ruined.’ 

Ryan Hill
Writer 

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. This is what I think when someone asks if torture is necessary for war. A great philosopher once said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who curse you.” This concept implies committing evil on evil merely spreads the concept of evil throughout the world. This raises a hard question in my mind, when is evil actually evil? On one hand, a person may argue torture is an attempt to save thousands of lives by deriding information from those who are planning evil. This appears logical. On the other hand, one may argue torture is committing evil in the attempt of thwarting another evil, and in the process, merely recreating the concept of evil in another form.

Sanctioning torture is explicitly stating “The government has the power to inflict psychological or physical pain on those who are helpless and it deems threatening to society in order to procure information for national security.” Would a government of conscience ever pass such legislation? In reality, the sanctioning of torture simply tells the rest of the world America has become what it is attempting to stop. Committing evil to thwart evil is not a means to an end. In fact, it is the very definition of terrorism.

One may ask, “But what about the war, is this not the same thing?” The primary difference is context. When one is at war, they are attempting to thwart a currently existing threat to impede the death of innocents. It is an attempt to “throw ones-self in front of the bullet”. Torture is committing evil on helpless individuals to discover who is going to shoot the bullet before it is shot. Such acts will not help create alliances in the war on terror.

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor
 

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Weblog Submission to the Editor (Paul Roma)

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

What has the GOP ever done for the working class?

As we go to the polls this November, this will be our last chance to stop the irresponsible and unfair economic policies of the Bush administration.  As the working class continue to vote against their best economic interests, and instead vote on “wedge issues” please ask yourself what has the GOP ever done for the working class. 

But you may also ask, what have democrats done.  I am glad you asked.  How about Social Security; Medicare-Medicaid; Peace Corps; unemployment insurance; welfare (for the poor and corporate); civil rights; student grant and loan programs; safety laws (OSHA); environmental laws; prevailing wage laws; right to collective bargaining (which brought about paid medical insurance, paid vacations, pensions, etc.); workers’ compensation; Marshall Plan; flood-disaster insurance; School Lunch Program; women’s rights.

Need more, how about the Fair Labor Standards Act, which established a minimum wage, instituted child labor laws, and set up time-and-a-half pay for over a 40-hour week. FHA-HUD with its public housing, urban renewal and 44 million residential homes (before WWII almost 70 percent of our nation were renters; by the 1970s this had been reversed). And farm-conservation subsidies –USDA programs, Farmers Home Administration (the bankers didn’t make rural loans), small flood-control lakes (more than 3,000 in Oklahoma alone), rural water districts, rural electricity (REA).

The GI Bill was passed by democrats, which the Republicans at the time bitterly opposed. They were salivating over millions of returning veterans to hire as cheap labor. More than 80 million vets have used college benefits (including myself) creating millions of entrepreneurs; most of them had never dreamed of college. For the unemployed GI, there was $20 a week for 52 weeks to help get started (a lot of money in those days). The Veterans Administration provided more than 2 million home loans.

For the bankers, the Democratic Party saved their industry with the creation of FDIC and FSLIC, insuring their deposits, and saved Wall Street with the establishment of the Securities Exchange Commission.

The oil men came on bended knees to FDR at a time when East Texas oil was 4 cents a barrel and begged him to save their industry. He did; prorationing overturned the rule of capture and the days of flush production were over. Prorating has served this great industry (and nation) well.

What it boils down to is this: the Democratic Party dragged the Republicans into the 20th century scratching and screaming with their heels in the mud, fighting anything that’s progressive, everything that’s made this country great. Republicans have never understood that the spending power of blue-collar workers, obtained through Democrats and unions, is what really made this country great. They believe “The Good Life” was obtained from their own endeavors. They cloak greed in religion and patriotism, railing against any form of tax, never comprehending that these programs have benefited all of us and our country.”

Paul Roma

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Movie Line Competition (October 9th, 2006)

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

“I want all of you to take a good look at these people on the risers behind me. These people have been here up to five years and done absolutely nothing. These people are drug dealers and drug users. They have taken up space. They have disrupted this school. They have harassed your teachers. And they have intimidated you. Well, times are about to change. You will not be bothered in Joe Clark’s school. These people are incorrigible. And since none of them could graduate anyway, you are all expurgated. You are dismissed! You are out of here, forever. I wish you well!”

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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Weblog Submission to the Editor (Chad Davis)

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

Recently, extreme writers in this paper have insinuated that because President Clinton missed Osama Bin Laden in 1998, that Clinton allowed 9/11 to happen. This is clearly revisionist history that I think needs correction. 

There is no evidence that Bin Laden’s capture would have stopped 9/11. Also, to claim Clinton’s mistake of not capturing him was the cause of 9/11 is ridiculous. What about the 20 plus years of American presidents supporting this guy with arms and money? What about our supporting tyrannical regimes in the Middle East just so we could get cheap oil? What about our unqualified support for Israel? Don’t you think that had anything to do with it?

Secondly, if you want to believe this garbage, and blame Clinton, there is plenty of blame to go around. What was going on in 1998? Republicans were trying to impeach Clinton because of a personal issue that had nothing to do with his job as President, and did not meet the Constitutional requirement for Impeachment. Republicans were more concerned about overturning the 1996 election, and not about his job as Commander-in-Chief. They tried to impeach him because they disagreed with him. So again, Republicans are to blame also. In addition Republicans blocked anti-terror legislation and funding in counter-terrorism activities during the 1990’s. So, if you want to point blame, look at Republicans too.

Lastly, the contention that we should have fought the war on terror as a military one rather than a police one is wrong too. I would like to quote from the 9/11 commission, “Since the terrorists were understood as loosely affiliated sets of individuals, the correct approach for dealing with them was that of law enforcement. This had been U.S policy since 1983.”  Did you see that? Since 1983! Who was President in 1983? Ronald Reagan, the hero of the radical right wing.
 
Chad Davis
 

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

All women, no matter your race, ethnicity, or anything else that separates us, can relate to the fear of breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and many places are raising support for these women.

Walmart’s hair place is giving $10 haircuts if you donate it to American Cancer Society. The Lifetime television network is showing movies about women who have survived breast cancer. They also have a new movie out that features a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer, has surgery but wears lipstick to make her feel like a woman.

IUSB is doing a couple of things also.  On Saturday, October 14, you can join IUSB with their second annual 5K walk or run.  You can join in a fun walk or competitive run. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m.  To get involved you can call 574-257-9789 or go to www.cancer.org/stridesonline.  Sponsoring the run/walk are American Cancer Society, 1st Source Bank, WNDU and 95.3 WAOR.  Also the Psychology club, is trying to collect $300 for the American Cancer Society.  If you are interested in donating you can find their table in Wiekemp Hall. 

You can also donate your time at the run/walk by working at t-shirt stations, food and water stands, and registration stands.  The shifts last from 2 to 5 hours, as early as 7 am to as late as 12:30 pm.  You can also help set up or tear down tables.  If you are interested in helping, call Joyce Columbo at 574-257-9789.
 
Sandy Brigham
Writer

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A Lesson on Talking to Yourself

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

We are in full and utter control of our feelings. This is because our feelings are simply manifestations of our own thoughts. With this said, to change our feelings we must change our inner dialogues. Whether we are aware of it or not, we have conversations with ourselves on a regular basis. In fact, I believe that we talk to ourselves so often, that it is time we learn more about what we should be saying.

We should treat ourselves internally as well as externally, just as we would treat anyone else.  Our self image and feelings come from the reactions and feedback that we receive from those around us, and particularly from ourselves. I believe that too many people, especially women, are extremely and unnecessarily hard on themselves.

Phrases not uncommon to many of our inner dialogues may include, “I can never do anything right”, “I am so ugly”, or “I have nothing”. We would never verbalize such harsh words to a friend or even a stranger, and to go a step further, if these callous words were ever uttered towards us by another we would most certainly take offense. If we allow our inner dialogues to be disrespectful towards ourselves, how can we expect any more from other people? The fact that no one can hear our inner dialogues does not justify being disrespectful towards ourselves. 

Changing the way we think requires a re-training process called thought replacement. Thought replacement requires recognizing negative thoughts and correcting them by replacing them with constructive ones. When we find ourselves thinking, “I have nothing”, we can recognize the fact that we are being derogatory towards ourselves and replace that harmful thought with a positive one, such as, “I am thankful for everything that I have in my life”. We do not have to be prisoners to our own thoughts, we are in control.

Life is what we think it should be and for a more positive life, it is imperative that we start thinking in a positive manner.  A positive attitude can help us overcome the daily toil of every day life. Positive thinking may be viewed as too simplistic to some, but I believe that incorporating this philosophy into our lives will bring constructive changes that will make us happier and more successful individuals.

Erica Vicsek
Writer

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Searching for the Wellness Center

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

As the school year excitement seems to settle to calm, the promotion for certain student services offered at IUSB are beginning to settle as well. Although clubs still claim tables in some of the halls, a majority of clubs are minding their own. While some students may find this a relief, students at IUSB might also be losing out on resources that are meant to help ease college life.

One such organization that is under the radar is the Health and Wellness Center. In essence, this can be compared to the school nurse in grade school. However, the services do not stop with taking your temperature.

Certain services are offered especially for women. Women can go to the Wellness Center and receive birth control or breast exams as well as other services.

However, this may soon come to an end. The former Director of the Health and Wellness Center, Patti Nietch, recently was offered another position elsewhere and accepted the offer. However, because of the low budget set for a replacement, no such replacement has been found.

Why would such a valuable service receive budget cuts?
Funding for the Health and Wellness Center comes from Students Government Association. The budget set for the Director of the Health and Wellness Center comes from the Division of Nursing and Health Professions. Currently, IUSB is looking for a Certified Nurse Practitioner to replace Niech. However, the salary set in the budget does not cover the necessary funds required to hire someone with such qualifications.

Mary Jo Regan-Kubinski, PhD, RN, Dean of the Division of Nursing and Health Professions, commented on the budget cuts and the search for a new director. “Salary is an issue because what we have in the budget is not what a nurse practitioner can make in the health care ‘market’. We have permission to continue the search. I do not have an expected time for hiring a new director. Suffice it to say: the sooner, the better!”

Regan-Kubinski was unaware of any new budget cuts. It seems the problem does not involve budget cuts, but a need for budget increases.

Stacie Jensen
Assistant Business Manager

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This Week in History (Origin of South Bend)

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

On October 18, 1830, the name of “Southold” was changed to South Bend. The town’s name was derived from its trading post, which was called “The Bend,” and noted its southerly location on the St. Joseph River. A Colonel Lathrop M. Taylor renamed the settlement St. Joseph in 1827 and then Southold. The U.S. Post Office officially named it South Bend.

Also, this week in history, on the evening of October 12, 1933 ,Harry Pierpont, Charles Makley, and Russell Clark paid a visit to the Lima jail.  Before they left they had freed John Dillinger and murdered the Sheriff, Jess Sarber. The murder of the Sheriff had upset Dillinger. Contrary to most stories on Dillinger, he was not a cold blooded killer and felt Pierpont didn’t have to kill Sarber.

Before Dillinger was paroled on May 22, 1933, he had one thing on his mind….to earn back the nine years that were taken from him when he was arrested for assault on a grocer. He was going to make a name for himself in a very short time span. The golden era of bank robbery was coming to a close and Dillinger knew that his time was limited. He and Pierpont masterminded a mass prison escape, robbing several banks and businesses to raise the money to smuggle guns to Pierpont in Michigan City.

On September 22, 1933, Dillinger was arrested there while visiting a girlfriend. The
Michigan City prison escape still took place though, on September 26, with the guns
smuggled in by Dillinger. After he admitted to a bank robbery in Bluffton, Ohio, Dillinger was transferred to the Allen County Jail in Lima. Dillinger most likely thought Pierpont could break him out of the smaller jail if he happened to come looking for him. Which, undoubtedly, Harry did.

Carlie Barr
Writer

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

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

I want to take sometime in this slow period of Student Government news to analyze the Student Government structure as a whole and give some thoughts on the legislative branch.  I think as we look at the future of student housing and the changes that will bring, I think we need to look at our government to ensure a proper representative structure is in place.

The major concern I see looking at the records is that the participation in the elections, specifically the amount of senatorial candidates, has severely decreased over the last three years.  With twelve seats chosen at-large, three years ago there were over 30 candidates which shrunk to 16 two years ago and down to 11 last year, the trend is definitely disconcerting, because you no longer have an elected legislative body.  It is now a Senate of those who showed up, since everyone who ran in May automatically was given a seat. 

While there are definitely some great Senators, friends of mine who were around last years stated how frustrating it was to not have any options, especially when they questioned the credentials of some of the candidates that would automatically win seats.

So we have defined the problem, now let us look at how to fix it.  My sister in-law is involved as a Senator at a similar university to ours and when talking to her about how things work with her government, I think there are some ideas that could be used here.  First of all every seat in our Senate is an at-large seat, meaning anyone can run for the spot.  Her university uses a style of Senate that is more representative. They divide the Senate up into 6 specific seats and 6 at-large seats. What are specific seats? These would be seats that are designated to represent each school.  So in order to qualify for the seat a student must have a major in that school.  They must still be elected but in our case this would ensure we have at least one student from each of the departments like the School of Education, the Division of Healthcare, the Raclin School of the Arts, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the College of Liberal Arts and Science. They also throw in a graduate student seat for a total of six.  The other six seats would continue to be open to students from any area. While all these numbers and groups could be adjusted, the point is a more holistic representative body.  Then by communicating to the senior administration of each school or division, qualified candidates from each unit could be identified and encouraged to run.

While no plan is perfect, I believe it is time to look at a truly representative system of government that encourages the assistance of the administration.  Of course, the students need to be careful to what level they involve the administration, but one thing the faculty does well is identify first class students, and we can always use more of those in our government, if for nothing else than to give us options come election day.

Rashida Vindic
SGA Analyst

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From the Vice-President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

Only six weeks into the 2005-2006 school year and IU South Bend is buzzing with excitement. What seemed to be the vague hopes and dreams of my freshman year have finally come true- IUSB has its bridge and student housing. Several more critical projects are to be decided this academic year. Not only will the campus appearance change, but these renovations will play a vital role in the growth of student life. Indeed, the transformation has already begun. I am thrilled to be playing a role in this change.

Now more than ever, IUSB students are choosing to become actively involved on campus. It was so exciting to see more than 40 student leaders participate in Leadership Training Day (LTD). Not only did students have an opportunity to bond with fellow club members, but they also had the opportunity to meet other members of the 50 clubs on campus.

As some of you may be aware, this year’s SGA has been working diligently to ensure campus growth by many mechanisms, particularly the reimplementation of Club Council. I had the opportunity to present some of our work at LTD. The response from club leaders was overwhelmingly positive. Club Council is set to begin by the end of October. If you are interested in something like this, I would welcome any inquiries.

I have also been encouraged by the number of students interested in SGA this year. The SGA recently held a search and screen to fill four vacant Senator positions. The number of highly qualified applicants was phenomenal. The SGA is proud to welcome David Romero, Mphatso Jumbe, Ngaatendwe Mantiziba and Teresa Santos as Senators. I am confident we will see great things from them.

This year also marks the second year of the joint collaboration between IU South Bend and the University of Notre Dame in organizing the Gulu Walk. Students participate to raise awareness of the children who are kidnapped to fight as child soldiers in the war in northern Uganda. This event promises to have an even bigger turnout than last year. I would encourage every student to participate in this event to increase knowledge about the humanitarian crisis in Uganda.

In closing, I would encourage the students of this campus to get involved. It can be the most rewarding experience of your life. Through my experiences on this campus, I can truly say that my life is forever changed for the better. One of the presenters at Leadership Training Day challenged the students with a quote from Ghandi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Joanna Reusser

Advice for All Club Members
It is crucial that once you join a club that you attend the meetings.  Regular attendance of club meetings not only shows you are dedicated and committed, but also most clubs need you there to participate in such things like electing officers, planning events, and creating the overall community for that club.  Failure to do so disappoints other club members. Dwindling numbers of participants can knock club morale possibly disbanding the club as a whole. 

– Stacy Rummel

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Professor Profile: Dr. Deb Marr

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

It could certainly be said of Dr. Deb Marr that she has found a niche for herself in the biology department here at IU South Bend. As a professor of ecology and evolution, she enjoys both a department full of supportive colleagues and her students, whom she says “bring a diversity of interests and experiences to the classroom.”

It is that diversity in interest that she’d like to encourage in her students. She says that often students get frustrated with courses that may not seem to bring them closer to their career goals, but students should instead embrace their undergraduate years as a time to explore their interests, and that is advice from someone who should know.

At Binghamton University in New York, Dr. Marr studied music as an underclassman, playing piano for chamber choirs and theatre courses. While she didn’t realize a graduate degree in biology is what she wanted until her junior or senior year, she by no means feels her time in the music department was wasted. “Any subject you study to mastery will help you in the future,” she says. She elaborates, “Studying music taught me self-motivation, how to study individually, and how to work towards mastering a subject for performance, not just to pass an exam.” All of these became very useful as she went onto graduate school at IU Bloomington and then post-doctoral work at Vanderbilt University.

So take the advice of someone who’s arrived in her chosen career. Your undergraduate years are a time to explore your interests and to embrace the diversity of opportunities you’ve been afforded. Enjoy them, and don’t be afraid to try something outside the box.

Shannon Renfrow
Writer

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Club Showcase: Environmental Justice League

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

WANTED:  Looking for a superhero that lacks superhuman strength, nifty gadgets and gizmos, and who cannot fly. Only superpowers needed are interests and knowledge in global and environmental issues with the need to save the world!

The Environmental Justice League here at Indiana University South Bend is a club that offers its members a chance to become aware of as well as informing about issues pertaining to our environment and how that affects all life on our planet. The group’s proactive approaches to such issues range anything from the air we breathe to the ground pollution and how that affects our overall health.

Like the clubs mentioned in the past, you don’t need to be major in this area to join this club. Candidates just need the drive to make a difference in the community and world.

Whether you want to become aware of the quality of the water you are drinking or just want to be heard on your views of environmental issues, there is always room to grow in the Environmental Justice League.

Some duties of the Environmental Justice League are contacting officials, recycling, and distributing pamphlets. The goal of the club is to educate the public in order to reduce and maintain pollutants in our environment to prepare for a better, healthier future for our community and planet.

For more information about Environmental Justice League, log on to http://mypage.iusb.edu/~arzeszut/ and find out how you can contribute to various organizations regarding awareness and safety of our surroundings.

To find out more about environmental issues in St. Joseph County or if you wish to have a job dealing with such issues, visit http://www.citact.org/newsite/

To contact the Environmental Justice League email EJL President Lucy Rzeszutek at arzeszut@iusb.edu  or the EJL Advisor Dr. Marr at dmarr@iusb.edu .

Stacy Rummel
Managing Editor

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IU Credit Union Makes Getting Cash Easier

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

After five years of working, the IU Credit Union has been able to put a new cash station on campus, specifically in Wiekamp Hall, outside DW1001.  The station benefits students utilizing the Credit Union by allowing them to bypass the $3.00 charge for using the 1st Source Bank ATMs on campus.

The Credit Union serves students, faculty, staff, and alumni with more than just a new ATM. It takes only $5.00 to open an account.  With that account, they offer free checking, free debit card transactions, and they will buy your first box of checks for you.  Family members and roommates of credit union members are also eligible for membership.

Laurie Ferrell, the branch managers states “as a full service credit union we can handle all financial needs such as consumer loans and  mortgages; basically everything any other bank can do, we can do too.”

The Credit Union is having a new promotion to send one student packing for paradise.  Starting October 9th and running through November, the Credit Union will be entering students for a trip to Florida, Hawaii, or Mexico.

For every deposit of $500.00 or more, you get a stamp on a passport.  Six stamps fills the passport.  Each full passport will be put into a drawing which will send someone to paradise.
    
Jarrod Brigham
Editor

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