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The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

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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