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The Vision Weblog Pushes the Envelope

Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

If you haven’t found your way to the IUSB Vision’s weblog you’re missing out on over 200 comments from IUSB students and Vision staff related to our articles. The weblog has seen enormous traffic, over six thousand three-hundred hits!

When the concept of the weblog first crossed our desk, we knew it would be revolutionary for the news format. Finally, a system by which writers can be held accountable for the information they publish. I feel one of the largest issues in our media today is the lack of accountability. In adopting this system, we are attempting to push the envelope with news media and get students involved.

Obviously, we are not alone in this respect. About a week ago, the Preface adopted the exact same system for getting reader feedback. This is truly the news format of the future.

Some of the most popular topics in discussion on the weblog include:

  • Addressing Recent Issues with The IUSB Vision (18 Comments)
  • Top Colleges Rank Lowest on Civics Exams (22 Comments)
  • Clinton Administration Turned Down 10 Chances to Get Osama (42 Comments)
  • John Ratkiewitcs Letter to the Editor (27 Comments)
  • Democrats Threaten Broadcast License of ABC over 9/11 (19 Comments)
  • Is Chivaly a Lost Art? (32 Comments)
  • How We Should Fight Terrorism (14 Comments)
  • IUSB Gay Marriage Debate (28 Comments)
  • Protests at Military Funerals Abuse Freedom of Speech (15 Comments)
  • Can Anyone be Found Guilty of Treason Anymore? (14 Comments)

Do not fear posting a comment, all students and professors are encouraged to participate. If you are afraid of repercussions, you are more than free to make these posts anonymously.

One of the primary reasons these issues are so divisive is due to our society not rationally discussing them. The weblog should allow individuals the freedom to do this. Theoretically, if more individuals take an active effort to understand opposing viewpoints, they should have less contempt for them. After all, individuals have reasons for their viewpoints. As always, thank you for your continued readership.

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor
    

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Submit General Letters to the Editor

Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

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Economy Booming, Rich Paying More $$$ Since Tax Cuts!

Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

[We continue posting evidence in the comments section so read on! – Editor]

Today’s column will be presented in a different manner than what you would expect. It will be comprised of mostly the raw economic data with sources with a few comments from yours truly. If you are a hyper-partisan, the facts presented here may prove to be most inconvenient.

The Bush administration inherited a recession. After the tax cuts government revenue went up and we had 55 months of uninterupted job growth, which is a record.

  • Mr. Bush signed the most recent tax cuts into law in the spring of 2003. In the past 33 months the size of America’s entire economy has increased by 20%–or, as National Review Online’s Larry Kudlow put it, “In less than three years, the U.S. economic pie has expanded by $2.2 trillion, an output add-on that is roughly the same size as the total Chinese economy.”
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  • Reducing the capital gains tax rate from 20% to 15% increased capital gains tax receipts by 79% from 2000 to 2004. Cutting the dividend tax rate by more than half–from 39.6% to 15%–increased dividend tax receipts by 35% from 2002 to 2004. And corporate tax receipts have nearly tripled since 2003, reaching $250 billion for the past nine months, 26% higher than the same period last year.  (WSJ July 25, 2006)
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  • WASHINGTON — The federal deficit in the budget year that just ended fell to a four-year low of $247.7 billion _ a figure President Bush touted Wednesday as “proof that pro-growth policies work.” The deficit for the budget year that ended Sept. 30 was 22.3 percent lower than the $318.7 billion imbalance for 2005, handing Bush a welcome economic talking point as Republicans battle to hold onto control of Congress in the midterm elections. (AP Oct. 11, 2006)
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  • Tax collections have increased by $521 billion in the last two fiscal years, the largest two-year revenue increase — even after adjusting for inflation — in American history. If you’re surprised to hear that, it’s probably because inside Washington this is treated as the only secret no one wants to print. On the few occasions when the media pay attention to the rise in tax collections, they scratch their heads and wonder where this “surprise-ing” and “unexpected windfall” came from. (WSJ – Human Events)
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  • One place it has come from are corporations, whose tax collections have climbed by 76% over the past two years thanks to greater profitability. Personal income tax payments are up by 30.3% since 2004 too, despite the fact that the highest tax rate is down to 35% from 39.6%. The IRS tax-return data just released last month indicates that a near-record 37% of those income tax payments are received from the top 1% of earners — “the rich,” who are derided regularly in Washington for not paying their “fair share.” (WSJ Oct. 6 2006) The rich are paying more in real dollars since the tax cuts.
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  • A flood of income tax payments pushed up government receipts to the second-highest level in history in April, giving the country a sizable surplus for the month. In its monthly accounting of the government’s books, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that revenue for the month totaled $315.1 billion as Americans filed their tax returns by the April deadline. The gusher of tax revenue pushed total receipts up by 13.4 percent from April 2005. (AP May 10, 2006)
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  • The U.S. economy grew at a revised 5.6 percent annual rate in the first quarter, as the fastest pace of growth in 2-1/2 years generated robust corporate profits, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. (Reuters June 20, 2006)
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  • WASHINGTON, July 8 — An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief. (NYT July 9, 2006)
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  • Hiring perked up in August as employers added 128,000 jobs, pulling down the unemployment rate to 4.7 percent, sending a Labor Day message that the economic expansion still has staying power.  The latest snapshot, released by the Labor Department Friday, was a bit brighter than expected and should ease any fears that the expansion that began in late 2001 is not in danger of fizzling out.  (AP Sept. 1, 2006)
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  • In the 2 1/4 years before the 2003 tax cuts, economic growth averaged 1.1% annually; in the three years since it has averaged 4% per year, and in the first quarter of this year it was 5.6% on an annualized basis. Inflation-adjusted per capita GDP has grown 7.8% from 2003 through the first quarter of this year.
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  • According to the government’s establishment survey, in the 36 months since the tax cuts became law, 5.3 million new jobs have been added to the economy. According to its employment survey, 288,000 jobs were added in May and 387,000 in June. The unemployment rate dropped from 6.1% when the bills were signed to 5.4% at the end of 2004 and 4.6% today, and the rate has gone down for men, women, blacks and Hispanics. Hourly wage rates for workers are up 3.9% in the past year, and they increased at an annualized rate of 4.6% in the second quarter of this year, the highest quarterly rate in nearly 10 years.
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  • Incomes are up too. As Stephen Moore noted in The Wall Street Journal, “the percentage of Americans earning more than $50,000 a year rose from 40.8% to 44.2%” between 2002 and 2004. As for very wealthy families, the portion of total income “captured by the richest 1%, 5% and 10% of Americans is lower today than in the last year of the Clinton administration.”
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  • All this has been good news for the government. Federal tax receipts increased by 15%– $274 billion–last year and 13%– $206 billion–in the first nine months of this fiscal year, which, as the Journal points out, means the nine-month increases for the past two years represent the highest growth rates in 25 years. Looking ahead to the end of this fiscal year, total inflation-adjusted government receipts will likely be 23% above 2003 when the Bush tax cuts were signed into law.
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    Check out the Vision weblog for the numbers going even further back to 2004.

    Chuck Norton
    News Analyst

    UPDATE – More evidence –

    Many Leaving Welfare for Jobs

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/03/AR2006100301483_pf.html

    By Mary Otto
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, October 4, 2006; B06

    A decade after welfare reform, tens of thousands of poor families in Maryland have left the rolls of public assistance for jobs.

    “I’m making it. I’m doing okay,” said Melitta Fulton, 32, a mother of three in Baltimore who is now an administrative assistant in a child-care center and a nursing student.

    She doesn’t have much money after she pays her bills, but her children are thriving, and she is proud of her progress, she said. She is one of many former welfare recipients across the region climbing out of poverty, according to a detailed new report presented to state legislators yesterday.

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    US Treasury Sets New 1-Day Tax Receipt Record Of $85.8 Billion

    Tuesday September 19th, 2006 / 0h04

    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. government recorded record-high overall and corporate tax receipts on Sept. 15, which was a quarterly deadline for tax payments, the Treasury said Monday.

    Total tax receipts were $85.8 billion on Friday, compared with the previous one-day record of $71 billion on Sept. 15 of last year, the Treasury said.

    Within the overall figure, corporate tax receipts Friday were $71.8 billion, up from $63 billion in September of last year.
    Treasury Undersecretary for Domestic Finance Randal Quarles said Friday’s numbers provided a “continuing demonstration of the strength of the U.S. economy.”

    “In fact, Friday’s gross receipts were the largest in a single day in the nation’s history – 20% higher than receipts on the same quarterly tax payment date last year,” Quarles said in a statement.

    http://www.easybourse.com/Website/dynamic/News.php?NewsID=58170&lang=fra&NewsRubrique=2

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    Spending provides cheer on US economy
    By Daniel Pimlott in New York

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/d35dc740-390b-11db-a21d-0000779e2340.html

    Published: August 31 2006 17:27 | Last updated: August 31 2006 17:27

    US consumers delivered good news to the economy on Thursday, as data for July showed spending on goods and services was growing more quickly than at any time this year.

    Meanwhile, tame inflation over the month made an interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve in September increasingly unlikely.

    Personal spending rose by 0.8 per cent last month, twice the June rate, a report published by the Commerce Deparment said, boosted by incentives for car sales. Personal income grew by 0.5 per cent, with disposable income up 0.7 per cent. Inflation rose by a smaller-than-expected 0.1 per cent, or an annualised 2.4 per cent.

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    Jobless Rate Dips in August
    Sep 01 8:40 AM US/Eastern

    By JEANNINE AVERSA
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON

    http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/09/01/D8JS2KCO1.html

    Hiring perked up in August as employers added 128,000 jobs, pulling down the unemployment rate to 4.7 percent, sending a Labor Day message that the economic expansion still has staying power.
    The latest snapshot, released by the Labor Department Friday, was a bit brighter than expected and should ease any fears that the expansion that began in late 2001 is not in danger of fizzling out.

    The tally of new jobs last month was slightly stronger than the 125,000 that economists were forecasting. The nation’s unemployment rate dropped down a notch from a five-month high of 4.8 percent in July. Job gains for June and July also turned out to be better than previously estimated. In June, employers boosted payrolls by 134,000 positions and in July they added another 121,000.

    The report comes as the nation’s work force gets ready to the Labor Day holiday and as the election season looms.

    Economic conditions _ especially those where people live and work _ are likely to be on voters’ minds when they go to the polls in November.

    Workers’ average hourly earnings edged up to $16.79 in August, a 0.1 percent increase from July. Economists were forecasting a bigger, 0.3 percent advance. While workers welcome strong wage growth, economists worry that a rapid and prolonged pickup in wages can ignite inflation fears.

    Over the 12 months ending August, wages grew by a strong 3.9 percent. The last time this figure was higher was in June 2001.

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    Meet Joe Donnelly

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    The New York Times labeled the Indiana 2nd Congressional district “Ground Zero.” If you want to see the much needed change in Washington take place it is absolutely imperative that you vote for Joe Donnelly at the polls on Election Day. Our district has the ability to literally change our country and it just so happens that we have a great candidate to get the job done.

    Joe Donnelly, our next congressman, has the character of a great man. He’s one of those people who can walk into a room and have the ability to brighten your day by simply being nearby. There has never been a time when I volunteered for him that he didn’t personally pat me on the back and thank me for the help. If you have had the opportunity to meet him, you would have noticed the bright smile on his face, well, that smile never leaves.

    He’s been labeled a staunch liberal, Joe is anything but. He’s a pro-life democrat, against gay marriage, and in favor of our second amendment right to bear arms. He is in favor of President Bush’s tax cuts except for those that go to the top 1% of wage earners (those who make over $300,000 a year).

    All the while, Joe Donnelly believes in the strength of the working class and will be a man of his word when he fights for more affordable healthcare, a raise in the minimum wage, and expansion of fair trade policies. He will support no measures to privatize social security and supports full funding for veteran’s benefits. 

    Joe is a strong advocate in using alternative energy sources, feeling that by doing so we can reduce or eliminate dependency on foreign oil, create more jobs, and build a stronger economy by developing and expanding ethanol plants right here in Northern Indiana.
    Joe is an independent voice who will stand up for the real values and interests of us constituents here in our wonderful state of Indiana.

    Take part in changing the direction of your country. Vote for Joe Donnelly to be your next congressman on November 7th.

    Caitlin Worm
    Guest Writer

    Editor’s Note
    This is not an endorsement of Joe Donnelly.  The College Republicans agreed to write a similar piece for Congressman Chris Chocola.  However, after agreeing to write multiple times, they failed to submit their article.  We encourage supporters of this candidate to jump on the weblog and post election information.

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    Movie Line Competition (October 25th, 2006)

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    Last Weeks Movie Line:

    “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!”

    Morgan Freeman as Joe Clark in “Lean on Me”

    This Weeks Movie Line:

    “The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.”

    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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    Purple Ribbons Abound

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    Many students might have noticed the placement of purple ribbon on trees and poles last week on campus. These were placed on behalf of the Feminist Student Union in order to raise awareness for Domestic Violence.

    Because it is October, Beast Cancer Awareness Month, many people seem to be lost in a world of pink ribbons. Not that this is bad, but it often overshadows other causes. Many people might not know what the purple ribbons stand for and might have misunderstood them for the pink breast cancer ribbons.

    • Here are some facts to think about: 
      Almost four million women were physically abused last year by their husband or boyfriend.
    • A woman is abused every nine seconds in the United States.
    • Forty-two percent of women who are murdered were killed by their partner.
    • Two-thirds of attacks against women are from someone the victim knows.
    • Domestic violence knows no boundaries. Victims can be anyone. Likewise, anyone can get involved. Just wearing purple can get you involved in the movement.

    *Domestic Violence source: http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/Gazebo/1601/purpleribbon.html

    Stacie Jensen
    Assistant Business Manager
        

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    Human Papilloma Virus

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    With October being Breast Cancer Month, pink ribbons are everywhere. Cars, broaches, tied around trees, or even spotted as ink pens in the side pocket of a survivor’s purse. But this is not going to be another recreation of a breast cancer brochure found anywhere on campus.  This is the other sort of cancerous pink ribbons: the human papilloma virus. This is commonly known as HPV.

    I am assuming many of you already know about this. If this is a new term for you, I am worried. HPV is a sexually transmitted viral infection that will infect at least 50 percent of men and women in their lives. With over 100 types of HPV how could you not encounter this virus? The virus doesn’t really have any “warning signs” other than genital warts and cell changes of the cervix. The good news is that a mild case of this virus normally clears up on its own, but there are treatments out there for the more severe cases.

    Such severe cases are linked to cervical cancer and even infertility. It is estimated that cervical cancer is the number-two deadliest cancer among women in the United States. An annual Pap test will detect the HPV in all stages from the mild genital warts to the severe cancerous cells on the cervix or the lessen-known cancers of the vagina and vulva this infection is associated with.

    The best way to avoid this infection is, like any other virus and/or disease, to practice abstinence. The next best thing is to wear a condom when engaging in any sexual practices. Another thing to do about HPV and other icky things out there, is to learn about them more and become aware of not only the pros and cons, but to become aware of how to protect yourself from anything.

    For more information about HPV visit http://www.cdc.gov/HPV/  or http://humanpapillomavirus.hpv.com

    Stacy Rummel
    Writer

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    Women in Prominent Positions: Dr. Jackie Caul

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    Jackie Caul serves IUSB as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Her devotion for women’s rights are indeed evident when you look at her past. She attended the University of Michigan, also attending the University of Keele in Great Britain through their international studies program.

    Caul spoke highly of her foreign exchange experience. “I encourage all students to take advantage of international study programs if at all possible. My experience expanded my world view, fueled my interest in learning more about other cultures, and gave me the opportunity to meet, live with, and develop important friendships with British students attending the university.”  

    After graduating from the University of Michigan, she taught middle school at the same time as attending Michigan state University for her Master’s degree in education with a focus on Curriculum development. She earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1975, only the third woman to do so at her college.

    Caul knows the importance of that achievement. “Fortunately, since that time, more and more women have entered and been successful in administrative positions in higher education and other professions. As a result of being the “lone woman” in many of my early educational and professional experiences, I am dedicated to encouraging women to challenge perceived roadblocks to their personal growth.”

    Caul has served many positions at IUSB, including Director of Off-Campus programs, Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and handfuls of other positions.  As the current Vice chancellor for student Affairs and Enrollment management, Caul works with various people within the school. “I provide leadership, management, and administrative direction to student and enrollment services and athletics and recreation programs; including the offices of admissions, financial aid, the registrar, student scholarships, international student services, disabled student services, minority enhancement, campus diversity, career services, academic learning services, student life, athletics and recreation and other student support services such as new student placement testing and orientation. I serve as a member of the chancellor’s cabinet and provide leadership to university-wide enrollment management efforts” Caul said.

    Caul has an excellent support system to allow for her difficult job requirements. She pointed out all of the programs IUSB offers for students who face difficulties, including child care, night classes, and extended tutoring hours. All of these programs are made to help with the advancement of education for all people, especially women with children.

    Stacie Jensen
    Assistant Business Manager

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    This Week in History (St. Joseph County Historical Society)

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    On October 26, 1867, the St. Joseph County Historical Society was formed. Later it was renamed the Northern Indiana Center for History. The mission of the Center for History is to collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit and teach the heritage of this region and its diverse populations to enrich present and future generations. With the conservation of historical sites in the St. Joseph area, including the Oliver Mansion and its gardens, Northern Indiana Center for History is certainly a treasure.

    The Center holds different events each month displaying the passion for teaching and showing people the importance of history.  Travis Childs, Director of School Programs at the Center for History, will give a presentation about historic grave sites of individuals who were victims of or associated with crimes and misdemeanors that took place locally in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The program will take place on Wednesday, November 1, at the Center for History. 

    The Center’s school programs get kids to interact with and perhaps become genuinely interested in history. Civil War re-enactors meet with students to tell them about Civil War soldiers’ lives. Also students will have an opportunity to learn about the Civil War through an audio-visual presentation and be able to make a Civil War era craft. 

    At another of these, The Fur Trade Program, students will gain insight into the importance of the fur trade in northern Indiana during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. They will examine silver shaped into crosses and animal forms to learn how the European explorers bartered with Native Americans for goods.

    A view of axes, guns, traps and other household items such as a bone needle used in making clothing will help students understand the self-sufficiency of the fur traders.  Then classes will be taken to Riverview Cemetery to the landing site of French explorer LaSalle in 1679.  From that point, students will walk the portage used by LaSalle and countless numbers of Native Americans, explorers, voyagers and fur traders as they journeyed through this area. The Center for History is a great achievement which only continues to grow as it captivates people who never knew that they liked history before.

    Carlie Barr
    Writer

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

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    Over the last two weeks there has been some interesting action in the SGA. Let’s start off with the Judicial Council. Located on the SGA’s website, www.iusb.edu/~stuassoc, is the ruling and commentary of the case Kochketola v. Vigil. The six page ruling basically describes the complaint filed by Senator Erkki Kochketola regarding the appointment of the Chief Justice Chuck Norton to a constitution committee formed by President Marcus Vigil, a committee tasked with reviewing the constitution for needed changes.

    Now my first reaction to reading the six page ruling was that I was impressed with the professionalism of the ruling. From my research of the SGA there does not seem to be much of a record regarding the Judicial Council.  This ruling sets the standard for future Council rulings that demonstrate professionalism and a true understanding of law. I give a big thumbs up to new Chief Justice Norton for his direction and leadership with a new crop of Justices by his side.

    What makes the ruling impressive is that it was so detailed and professionally done when it dealt with an issue that was quite ridiculous in my opinion. If I understand everything correctly, and I like to think I do, the Senator does not believe the President has the right to establish committees to help advise him on issues with which the Office of the President deals. 

    Now I really hope that both the Senator and the President will respond with their comments on our weblog which can be found at www.iusb.edu/~sbvision, but really, does anyone expect the President to carry out all of his responsibilities without forming advisory committees, not to mention the fact that this particular one was created to provide counsel regarding the constitution?

    Now, everyone raise your hand if you think it would be a good idea for the Chief Justice, whose job it is to study, understand, and interpret the constitution, to be on a committee designed to advise about possible corrections that need to be made to the constitution.  Ok, go ahead and put your hands down.

    It seems that much of the debate over the issues seems to stem from the conflicting ideology of implied powers versus expressed powers stated in the constitution.  If you really want to understand this case I suggest reading the commentary pages from the website, but here is a quick excerpt that really sums up the issue.
        

    “Our SGA Constitution, like our Constitution of the United States, operates on expressed and implied powers. Just as the U.S. Constitution does not detail every act that the President or Senate can and cannot do the SGA Constitution does not either. If Constitutions did that they would be 500 pages long and would have to be amended almost daily to meet new unforeseen circumstances. It is a staple of constitutional law that the Senate and the President may take steps that are prudent or necessary to fulfill their constitutionally mandated duties whether they are specifically listed in the Constitution or not.”

    I think this is a well put summary, the rest you can read for yourself, but I think what really gets me in the whole process is the bureaucracy. How much time was wasted in this whole process?  Neither the President nor the Senate really needs to be dealing with these types of issues when there are things that affect us students in our day to day life—things that the government is now distracted from doing.

    But now here is what I get paid for, metaphorically speaking (I don’t really get paid). The interesting twist to it all! After this colossal waste of time by Senator Erkki Kochketola’s lawsuit, he had the audacity to introduce a new by-law for discussion into the Senate at Friday’s meeting. The purpose of the By-law was to create a senate research group in order to do background investigation on issues for the senate. The reasoning? There is not enough time for the senators to do the work. Senator, there seems to be enough time to be on the war path against the President and his attempt to move the government forward, but not enough time for student issues? I find that quite odd.

    Rashida Vindic
    SGA Analyst

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    The State of the SGA Address Fall 2006

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    The state of our government is promising, and I am excited for our future.  I felt the need to restate why we are here and what we mean to accomplish. We pledged to serve the student body, so let us focus on this goal.  Always keep in mind that our actions have a lasting affect on the student body.  That said; let us replace the animosity in our government with respect for one another and a common goal. Let us all leave our personal agendas at the door; there is no place for that in the Student Government. Let us now move forward as one.

    There are many issues that greatly affect our student body that we can address such as:

    • Student housing
    • Preparing for “get on the bus”
    • Helping to find a student trustee candidates from our campus
    • Addressing the failed search of the Director of Health and Wellness
    • Working on the future of Athletics
    • Helping to build a stronger IU South Bend / Notre Dame relationship
    • Assisting with student events, like the GULU walk
    • Student issues and concerns 

    I challenge every senator of this government to come back here in two weeks, bringing with you one student issue/idea that you would like to work on, and how you would start to address it.  We will then look at all of those issues and ideas, and decide as a whole what our priorities are. We will set our top goals as an organization together.  Again, it’s time that we concentrate on issues that most affect our student body.  Let’s make a lasting legacy for IU South Bend Student Government. We want the students, faculty, administration, and community to know that we are capable of making positive changes. This SGA has great potential, so let’s keep it real for the students.

    Marcus Vigil
    Student Government President

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    Club Showcase: Student Nursing Association

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    For those students who are already enrolled in the School of Nursing have to balance between regular classes, a regular life, and (GASP!) clinicals. With your hectic schedule, why not add another commitment to your life like joining the Student Nursing Association (SNA). Consider it a resume builder. Consider it a networking tool. Consider it group therapy.

    The Student Nursing Association is in search of new pre-nursing students. With low attendance records, the SNA is having limited campus and community events. If you are a nursing student already, you understand the impact of balancing regular school, clinicals, and family. For pre-nursing students, attending meetings would be a great chance to learn what is expected once admitted into the nursing program.

    The Student Nursing Association has also found a distributor how will sell nursing supplies at a discount price if he or she purchases through the SNA. Other benefits for joining the SNA is the ability to network with upperclassmen as well as having guest speakers share their experiences in the field.

    Past events include national attention such as Hurricane Katrina Relief to something more close to home like blood drives and various walks around the community like forming teams for March of Dimes Walk America. There will be a Blood Drive on Monday, November 6th at 10am until 4:30pm (appointment may be necessary).

    If you are in the nursing or pre-nursing programs here at IUSB, the Student Nursing Association can be a helpful move towards not only your future, but also in the lives of others.  In joining, you can meet with those who have experience in the field or those with a fresh start like you.

    For more information about the Student Nursing Association contact SNA President Bobbie Costigan at bcostiga@iusb.edu or Sue Anderson at sanderso@isub.edu .

    Stacy Rummel
    Managing Editor

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    Campus Bible Fellowship Entertains All

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    The IUSB Campus Bible fellowship Annual Fall Hayride went on without a hitch on Friday, October 20.  And boy, was it a fun night!

    The event took place at a quiet farm in Bremen, Indiana.  Sports such as indoor basketball (in a heated barn) and  (for the brave willing to weather the cold) volleyball. But my favorite activity was wrestling in a large truck of corn.

    There was also plenty of food to go around, with roasted hot dogs, chili, potato chips of every kind, and even hot and cold apple cider.

    As soon as it was evident that everybody who would attend was there, everybody sat around for a lesson in farming.  We were treated to lessons in how farming has changed over the year (and how it hasn’t), as well as learning about various crops and their uses. Prizes were awarded for guessing the number of kernels on a cob of corn (between 500-800 average size) and for guessing the number of pods on a soybean plant (about 50).

    A short bible lesson on farming was shared, and then everybody gathered at the wagon to get ready for the hayride. Many of the attendees had never even ridden on a hayride before.

    Though the air was cold outside, I was warm settled on the wagon, snuggling with my boyfriend, holding a cup of hot apple cider with caramel and whipped cream, surrounded with friends old and new, all together for a ride through the countryside, looking up at the endless sky.

    After the ride we all assembled for roasting marshmallows and sitting around the campfire, before the magical night soon came to an end. This was my first CBF sponsored event, and it surely will not be my last. CBF will be hosting an international dinner November 17th contact Steve at scgieg@worldnet.att.net for more details. 

    Stacie Jensen
    Assistant Business Manager

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