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Archive for November, 2006

Submit General Letters to the Editor (Volume 2, Issue 7)

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

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When Freedom Meets Responsibility

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

In light of issues raised with policies of writing and of journalism in campus publications, the IUSB Vision is extending an invitation to the IUSB Preface, to work together to create a Campus Charter of News Publications. The Vision also invites the advice of the Journalism program at the Raclin School of the Arts. This charter will be a cooperative effort at determining what we should write and the balance between freedom of speech, and responsibilities of publishing.

The start of this debate was news of an alleged rape on campus. This was reported both on campus as well as in a off-campus publication. Here are the facts that merited coverage: The identities of the parties involved were not released, the suspect is known by the authorities but is not in custody, the campus investigation is complete, but no formal charges have been filed. Neither the accused nor the accuser has made comments to the press, the case has been known for a month but no crime alert has been released. It was decided – and not disputed – that there is no risk to anyone else on campus. Finally, there has been news that rumors have been floating around campus.

In a conversation with the IUSB Vision, the Director of IUSB Safety and Security said, “In this case, for reasons I can’t really go into, I do not feel that anyone on campus was at risk. Consequently no crime alert was issued because given the nature of the case, the situation, no one else is at risk.”

In light of this, the IUSB Vision intends to not focus its attention to the unidentified, the un-filed, and the unknown.  Of the utmost importance should be respecting the privacy of those involved. Instead, this publication will focus on a wider issue – a discussion raising the issue of the breach the privacy of the two involved parties. At this point comes a legitimate question: if the identities of the parties were not disclosed, would privacy be an issue? Basically, the answer comes to the inflammation of the very rumors mentioned in the news article – rumors that could affect not only the actual parties involved, but any student to whom the rumor could apply.

Two high-ranking members of the Vision had known about the case for the past month. While not instructed by the authorities to keep the case private, it would have violated the right to privacy of the involved parties. The editorial leadership of the Vision strongly supports the decision of these members not to break this story.

This is a time for campus publications, and campus readers to look closely in the mirror to see whether certain information should be released if it takes away the rights of individuals, while having no real facts to present. At the same time, what this publication does not want to do is make this another polarized debate. We are inspired by Vice Chancellor Dr Ilene Sheffer whose own mission is to “inherit something that isn’t perfect, with the true desire to make it better by the time you leave.” (Women in Prominent Positions, page 4) The Vision does not imagine itself to be perfect – Page 5 will acknowledge one of our own errors. It is our hope that as a whole, campus publications will move forward together as well, in this only time will tell.

The Editorial Board of the Vision

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NYT Admits Saddam Preserved Nuclear and Chemical Weapons Programs

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

How many times did we hear it from the antique media that “Saddam had no WMD or programs to make them” which translated into the whole “Bush lied people died” nonsense? I have many articles in my archive (and our friends at Google have them cashed) that tell us over and over again that not only did Saddam not have WMD, but that he did not have the programs for them either. Those of us who actually read the inspection team reports knew better.

The David Kay inspection team and the Charles Duelfer inspection team found labs, equipment, personnel and documents that demonstrated Saddam was preserving some WMD programs in static for the purpose of waiting until the heat was off so he could start producing them again. These were programs that Hans Blix and his team were unable to find using the old inspection regime.

Here are some excerpts from Kay Inspection Team Report:

We have discovered dozens of WMD-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations during the inspections that began in late 2002. The discovery of these deliberate concealment efforts have come about both through the admissions of Iraqi scientists and officials concerning information they deliberately withheld and through physical evidence of equipment and activities that ISG has discovered that should have been declared to the UN.

With regard to Iraq’s nuclear program, the testimony we have obtained from Iraqi scientists and senior government officials should clear up any doubts about whether Saddam still wanted to obtain nuclear weapons. They have told ISG that Saddam Hussein remained firmly committed to acquiring nuclear weapons.

A clandestine network of laboratories and safehouses within the Iraqi Intelligence Service that contained equipment subject to UN monitoring and suitable for continuing CBW research.

New research on BW-applicable agents, Brucella and Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), and continuing work on ricin and aflatoxin were not declared to the UN.

Documents and equipment, hidden in scientists’ homes, that would have been useful in resuming uranium enrichment by centrifuge and electromagnetic isotope separation (EMIS).

According to the Duelfer Inspection Team Report while Saddam’s nuclear program was somewhat degraded by the loss of personnel over the years “Saddam preserved the intellectual capital of his old nuclear program” and “was only six months away from producing mustard gas” and had the “capability to produce nerve agents in significant quantities within two years.” The Iraq Survey Group Report also states that development of long-range missiles, banned under the 17 UN resolutions passed between 1991 and 2003, continued unabated.

So this brings us to the New York Times. The Times published an article on November 3, 2006 (just in time for election day but I am sure that is just a total coincidence) that was intended to slam the Bush Administration for releasing Iraqi intelligence documents on the internet that included plans for nuclear and chemical weapons that were so advanced that most any country, including Iran, could have used them.

New York Times:

On Sept. 20, the site posted a much larger document, “Summary of technical achievements of Iraq’s former nuclear program.” It runs to 51 pages, 18 focusing on the development of Iraq’s bomb design. Topics included physical theory, the atomic core and high-explosive experiments. By early October, diplomats and officials said, United Nations arms inspectors in New York and their counterparts in Vienna were alarmed and discussing what to do.

The government had received earlier warnings about the contents of the Web site. Last spring, after the site began posting old Iraqi documents about chemical weapons, United Nations arms-control officials in New York won the withdrawal of a report that gave information on how to make tabun and sarin, nerve agents that kill by causing respiratory failure.

The documents, he added, could perhaps help Iran or other nations making a serious effort to develop nuclear arms, but probably not terrorists or poorly equipped states. The official, who requested anonymity because of his agency’s rules against public comment, called the papers “a road map that helps you get from point A to point B, but only if you already have a car.”

Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990’s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.

Weren’t we told that the Saddam being a year away from building a nuke was just another lie cooked up by the sinister Bush Administration? Weren’t we told that Saddam had no WMD programs? Weren’t we told that Hans Blix had made sure that there were no more programs and that Clinton had destroyed the last of Saddam’s WMD?

I have article after article that appeared prominently in most of the major newspapers in the country that said that the Kay and Duelfer inspection teams indicated that Saddam not only had no WMD, but no programs as well. USAToday even reported that the inspection teams said that Iraq had no facilities to produce WMD. Those of us that actually read the inspection team reports know that the antique media was not telling us the whole truth, but was actively painting a false picture.

The New York Times had to let the cat out of the bag so that they could take a pre-election shot at the Bush Administration.

Chuck Norton
News Analyst

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Is There a Moral Justification For Abortion?

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

One of the biggest problems in society today is the arguments over reproductive rights.  It is an issue that has been taken and used by members of the neo-conservative right in order to hijack the vote of citizens of faith. The difficulty of this issue is it is an easy knee-jerk reaction issue. No thought is needed, all a person hears is ‘killing babies’ and they suddenly become Republican.  Little consideration is given to the mother, society, or the Bible these leaders supposedly take their inspiration from. I’d like to take a moment to show why it’s not a clear cut issue in the most basic argument used, the religious one.

Biblically there is more than enough support for the idea that some passages may actually support the idea of abortion under extreme circumstances.  In Ecclesiastes 6 while discussing the circumstances of “a man who fathers a hundred children” the comment is made “Better the miscarriage than he, for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity.  It never sees the sun and it never knows anything, it is better off than he.” This is a fairly clear instance of it being said better that one was never born, for a life of misery awaited. How is this different than the circumstances today where a child may be born to a family that hates it, but refuses to give it up? It suffers beatings and abuse until it grows old enough to strike back?  It is far better to allow those who wish children to raise them, and those who do not wish children to avoid having them. 

There is also a passage in Leviticus 27 giving the value of certain groups for judicial reasons. Most interesting is that the child is not assigned a monetary value until it has passed a month in life. In Ezekiel 37 a soldier is being reformed and reanimated by God, but it is clear that no life exists without breath. The same is true for Adam when he is created, and in Genesis a pregnant women is burned at the stake.  Wouldn’t it be appropriate for the innocent fetus’s killers to then be burned under the old law, if indeed that fetus were considered a person?

These are just a few examples where Biblical passages approach a definition of life. In no way are they absolute arguments for (or against) abortion.  As always, I encourage people to look them up and read the context, for most anti-choice passages are quoted incorrectly.  Out of context, I could show you why the Bible supports the mauling of children for mocking a bald man. So always look it up.

The point though is that the passages cited cast some suspicion on the life at conception idea, and each person should make their own decision.  When they come to that decision, it is equally important that they allow others to do the same. It is not a clear cut issue.  Either way, some bad happens. It’s drastically worse though to force someone to have a child when they aren’t ready, potentially ruining the lives of both and damaging the other family around them. Our society is supposed to be free though. So let people make the choices necessary to find fulfillment when the time is right. When abortion was illegal, women were beaten to death by men who didn’t want to be fathers. The desperation at not having a child often translated into dangerous back ally operations that could scar them for life, if they survived. Most importantly, women were subject to their bodies, not the other way around. In a society where we strive for equality, none of that is acceptable.

Ryan Hill

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Videogame Systems to Die For

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

Last weekend eager gamers waited in line of their local retail stores for anywhere from 5 to 48 hours for a chance to get a Playstation 3 or a Nintendo Wii videogame system. The $500.00 to $600.00 Playstation 3 was released on Friday November 17th and the $250.00 Nintendo Wii on Sunday November 19th. 

In Putnam Connecticut, gamer’s excitement turned to tragedy when a man was shot while camping for his Playstation 3 system. At 3:00 A.M. three men with a weapon and ski masks approached the 15 – 20 people waiting in line outside of Wal-mart and demanded their money. When one man refused, he was shot and the alleged teenage gunman ran away empty handed.  His condition is unknown.

It is common knowledge amongst the gaming community that the large gaming developers such as Microsoft and Sony are more notorious than others such as Nintendo for deliberately under-shipping the first wave of consoles to build hype. 

There were 400,000 Playstation 3 systems distributed on the initial release and there is no saying when the next shipment will come in. Rumors suggest anywhere from mid-December to March of next year. Meanwhile, Nintendo is expected to ship 4,000,000 units before Christmas of this year, allowing most gamers interested in their system an opportunity to have one for Christmas and the holidays. Microsoft had released its X-Box 360 system over the previous holiday.

I had an opportunity to participate in the excitement. On Saturday night, I waited in line at Wal-mart for over 6 hours to receive a Nintendo Wii.  One other gamer stated in his excitement, “I’ve been waiting for this system to come out for two years. I just hope I don’t get shot on my way out of here.” Most coined the now highly popular innuendo involving Nintendo’s interesting selection of the console name, “When we’re done here, who wants to come to my house and play with my Wii?”

At 10:00 P.M., Wal-mart faculty handed tickets out to the first twenty individuals in line who would receive the system. One disappointed middle-aged man, who believed he was cut in line yelled angrily to the front of the line “Thanks for line jumping fellas, I really appreciate it.” He then stormed away from the area. Dead silence came over those of us waiting, and excitement turned into fear when we realized some people meant serious business.

After the incident, other gamers and I approached the Wal-mart security asking if they were going to have escorts for those who purchase the system. The gentleman behind the counter stated, “Most definitely, believe me, your safety is our number one concern.” This alleviated most of our fears. 

At the end of the night, gamers were watched diligently as they headed to their cars. Overall, I was impressed with how the situation was handled at the Wal-mart in Goshen. I have had only a small opportunity to try out the Nintendo Wii system, and have been thoroughly impressed with it. This experienced showed me one thing; gamers have a different breed of dedication, and are willing to go through the risk to get what they want. I don’t know whether to be proud or terrified.

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor

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Campus Security Working to Ensure Campus Safety

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

With the news of the recent alleged rape leaking out to the IU South Bend student body, many students have begun to wonder if our school is safe. Students are beginning to wonder, “What if?  What if something were to happen to me? Am I at risk?”

According to Martin Gersey, Director of Campus Security, the answer is no. Whatever happened, or didn’t, in Northside Hall is considered an isolated incident, and the students of IU South Bend should not be alarmed. In fact, if students are still worried, they can feel secure knowing the Campus Security will provide services whenever a student feels frightened or just wants to be precautious.

If a student loses track of time, and realizes he or she will have to walk a long distance alone in the dark to reach their car, all they need to do is call Campus Security, and an escort will be provided.  Safety is a high priority on campus.

If your car is stalled, or you are in need of a jump or some minor help, just call Campus Security and they can offer some services to help you start your vehicle.

If anyone you know is in need of medical attention immediately, feel secure knowing that all of Campus Security has been trained in CPR, and some can even provide EMT services minutes before an ambulance arrives, possibly saving a life in those precious minutes. There is even a special hotline from any school phone, 9-9-1-1 (yes, remember the extra 9), and it will get you in contact with emergency personnel immediately.

And, even if the unimaginable happens, and you are a victim of some crime, take this advice: contact Campus Security or some emergency personnel IMMEDIATELY, and they will put you in contact with the right medical and police professionals who will give you the service you need promptly. Remember, in these cases, time is crucial. But rest assured knowing that there has never been a rape reported on this campus before the recent allegation.

Campus Security provides manuals with information describing what to do if you are in need of assistance.  Every student and staff member should have one of these, but if you have somehow slipped through the cracks, they are available on IU South Bend’s Campus Security webpage.
Stacie Jensen
Assistant Business Manager

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Conversation On Race Hits Ten Year Milestone

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

At a quarter till seven on Thursday, November 16, 2006 a full house of people from all walks of life can be heard mingling together while finding an empty seat to hear Manning Marable speak out about race.    

An interesting factor about this year’s conversation is that this year marks the tenth anniversary for “Conversations on Race”.

The night started off with Charlotte Pfeifer congratulating students and staff for their contribution and participation to make this community event actually happen. Following Pfeifer, honorary member, Dr. Alfred Guillaume Jr. took the podium to discuss the idea of racism and the needs to help solve such problems.

After Guillaume’s short introduction of the speaker, Manning Marable took the stage and pushed the subject matter deeper.  Marable discussed topics regarding the relationship between democracy and diversity.  Marable states that “we’re turning on a light in a dark room.  We’re in this together”. By acknowledging our differences and the pros and cons that incorporate diversity, we are able to come together and learn more about each other on an individual level as well as a nation. At the end of the speeches, Marable’s books were available for purchase and signatures.

This speech was just beginning. The “Conversation on Race” was a three day event that discussed these topics. Small workshops were set up around campus for more specific topics on race.  It was estimated that over 200 area high school students would participate in the conversations.

With the “Conversations on Race” hitting their tenth anniversary and going strong, the future looks not only secure for more conversations, but they will surely continue to secure the new education about race for those who attend.
Stacy Rummel
Managing Editor

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Response from the Senator

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

Each time I pick up a copy of the Vision’s latest edition, I am fascinated by its clarity, organization, and good substance. I wish each time my fellow students approached our vending machines on campus, they would feel the same about the quality of vending machine services. Unfortunately, that is not always the case (Please see letter to the Editor).

As the chairman of Vending Machines Committee, I’d like to address this issue. I have contacted both Mr. Steve Rose (Director of Dining Services) and Ms. Debbie Richards (director’s assistant), to discuss what we could do to enhance the quality of services and to add new features to the vending machines. I specifically asked them whether we could take part in upcoming contract negotiations with “Coke.” Unfortunately, as of now, for reasons unclear to me, negotiations must be private.

Another issue is the lack of nutritional info outside the machines. Ms. Richard’s response was that even if we had info booklets attached to machines, they most likely would be vandalized. She also pointed out that the vending companies might charge higher prices in that case.

With all due respect, I do not agree with Ms. Richards; if we had student participation during contract negotiations, companies providing services would be willing to be more flexible and more responsible. Let us not forget that our campus is an enormous market for the vending companies; if our students had enough power, we could get rid of mediocre companies and invite high-quality ones. I am still in contact with the Dining Services department, and I hope our committee achieves at least some positive results.

Senator Vince Huseynli

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Letter to the Editor

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

I was wondering if anyone out there has any idea on how to replace the vending machines in Greenlawn (and campus wide)? There are always problems with them. I know in a perfect world, they would all work all the time. They are machines and I expect problems, but not all the time. 

In Greenlawn, for example, one machine cannot accept dollar bills (it has the capability but that function is broken), another machine normally has outdated food, another just does not work most of the time, and still another likes to take students money but will not dispense any products or even give change back! I am sure the other vending machines on campus have problems also. Who exactly is in charge of these things? What needs to be done or who needs to be contacted in order to replace the old/worn out machines with ones that work? How many students need to complain before something is done? 

To me, it seems like a simple fix….replace the vending machines with ones that work consistently. This has been an ongoing problem for several years….what does it take to finally fix the problem? 

Lisa Marek

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Poker Club Showcase

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

When you look at the list of clubs to get involved with at IU South Bend there are many of interesting clubs, but one might jump out jump out at you to say “really, we have a Poker Club?”  Yes it’s true.

The IUSB Poker Club is in its second year in existence and as you can imagine they have had quite a few hoops to jump through. The club focuses mostly on the game of Texas Hold’em and bringing the fun and challenge that the game offers to the students on campus.  The club has a strict no gambling policy and all the events that the club holds, like their upcoming Tournament on December 1, are completely free. But the association of Texas Hold’em with gambling has been an issue for understanding the club.

The real goal of the club is simple: providing fun, safe, and legal entertainment for the students on campus, no different then the basketball team. 

The club has raised around $1500 through fundraisers and sponsorships. All of the money has been reinvested back into the club to provide a better experience for students at the tournaments.  In the most recent acquisition the club will be providing 2 brand new 84” authentic Texas Hold’em tables giving the players the chance for that real game experience. Where else can you match your current skills, try  the game for the first time, or just have fun with over 100 other from the area? Thanks to the IUSB Poker Club, you can do it right here on campus.

Article Contributed by:
Mike Renfrow

Poker Club President

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Women in Prominent Positions: Vice Chancellor Dr. Ilene Sheffer

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

Do you think an event where students get to meet and address their concerns directly to the Chancellor is a black-tie event, packed to the brim with formalities? Not under Dr Ilene Sheffer’s watch, where it is called “Chow with the Chancellor” – inspired from a like event, created at her previous university, called “Pizza with the President”. “As you can see, I like alliteration,” she says, chuckling. In Dr Sheffer there is that very combination of serious issues and an informal flair that puts people at ease, vital for her role as the Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and University Advancement.

Currently in her fourth year at IUSB, Dr Sheffer has a two-fold mission. In the arena of Public Affairs she addresses criticisms, as well as the individual needs of the students. As for University Advancement her efforts are to promote the institution to continue to garner funds for the development of IUSB.  In her own words, her mission is to “put the campus’s best foot forward… and putting forward the university’s story.”

A picture may be worth a million words, but in this case, words – in way of stories we can be proud of – can be worth millions too, for the benefit of further education. In the twenty years prior to the creation of the Division of Public Affairs and University Advancement, 9.9 million dollars was raised, but in the mere three and a half years the Division has been around, the figure adds up to an additional 7.8 million dollars raised.

Where does this money go? Some of it goes to the general development of the university – people may be surprised to know that tuition and state funds do not completely cover the costs of running an institution like IUSB. Other parts of it have far more visible results, like the Elkhart Center, an IUSB university center that covers some 24,000 square feet and is due to be open next fall.

Efforts and achievements such as these come from Dr Sheffer’s career in education spanning some 30 years – starting as a kindergarten teacher, then later a secondary school principal, followed by being Vice President at Southwestern Michigan College before arriving here at IUSB. When asked about the uniqueness and characteristics of women in prominent positions, Dr Sheffer says that to women, multi-tasking is second nature. “We can juggle family, and job, and civic work, with great aplomb” she says.

The shelves in her office are some indication of that very multitasking; rows of thick official binders of university work are neighbors with pictures of family (as well as one with donor, Muhammad Ali)… and shoes.  Lining two shelves are half a dozen decorated shoes, some miniature and some life-sized, with glitter and sparkle and small American flags. Collecting shoes is one of her passions, and these are among gifts from people at her previous institution. When she came here, Dr Sheffer ensured she brought to her office the ones which had IUSB colors, crimson and cream.

Dr Sheffer and Chancellor Reck share a similar vision, to be open to criticism and “inherit something that may not be perfect, with the true desire to make it better by the time you leave.” A prominent plan uniquely unfolds myriad multitasking… apparently alliteration’s addictive!

Andrew Filmer
Graphics Editor

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This Week in History (Mythbuster)

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

This week in history will be a little different since everyone, not just people in Indiana can appreciate these historical facts. I will now become the “mythbuster” of the
IUSB Vision. Any youngster of any American elementary school could give you a pretty good rendition of the first Thanksgiving. It is well known that Pilgrims and Indians came together to celebrate the settlers’ first harvest in the New World with a feast of turkey and mashed potatoes. Actually, the holiday itself wasn’t created until 1863, and the Thanksgiving story was later developed as a way to teach immigrants about “Americanism.” Here are some of the myths and how they are busted.

The myth states that the English settlers at Plymouth Plantation  hosted the First Thanksgiving, a holiday the Pilgrims brought with them from England in 1621, and it
has been celebrated ever since. The fact is, according to the History
Channel Web site (, both the English and the Wampanoag tribe celebrated the harvest with feasts and festivals before the First Thanksgiving. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a National holiday after the Civil War, as an attempt to bolster national unity.

Yet another myth states that the Pilgrims invited the Indians to share their harvest. In fact, they did share, but the reason that both groups had a harvest was due to the
kindness of the Wampanoag Indians. The English settlers were ill prepared for their errand into the wilderness and would likely have starved without help, according to many scholars. As we were all told the Pilgrims and Indians worked together in the wild environment of the New World. This is also not entirely true. Even with the rocky land cleared for them, the Pilgrims still had to be taught how to sustain themselves by the Native Americans in the area.  So there it is…Myth Busted! 

Carlie Barr

Edited by:
Jarrod Brigham

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From the President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

First off, I’d like to start by wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving. I know that I’m looking forward to sleeping in for a day and eating way too much meat. Speaking of meat, the SGA is moving to make a big difference at this campus. A few weeks ago I asked that every senator research and submit at least one thing that they would like to work on, to help make our campus better.

Here is what they have submitted to me thus far in a nutshell: Senator Romero would like to work on the issue of smoking areas on campus. Although he knows it is a sensitive subject, he would like to see a designated place for smokers to puff, so that those who don’t smoke will not be bothered as they walk around campus. Senator Peak would like to work on finding a qualified Director of Health and Wellness.
Senator KochKetola would like to work on issues including preserving and restoring legislative processes, and increasing access for students to study more on campus.

Senator Santos would like to see the SGA be a more representative government. She suggested having a senator from each school at IUSB, plus six senators-at-large. Senator Bryant would like to work on adjusting the absence policy for the working students.
Senator Huseynli would like to work on many things, including vending machine nutritional awareness and sports supplements in the gym. Senator Perrin would like to see what can be done about keeping the library open twenty-four hours a day.

Senator Granados would like to increase awareness of all the opportunities that are not fully utilized by students on campus.
Senator Mantiziba would like to improve the communication between advisors, professors and the counseling department, among many other ideas.

I look forward to hearing the ideas and suggestions of senators Jumbe, Royer, and Galicia.

Our Treasurer, Crissy Counsellor, would like to address the graduation ceremony, so that students get an academic mention for their achievements. My Chief of Staff, Kim Muncie, would like to instate her idea call “Junior Reorientation”. This would mean that once students achieve Junior status they are reminded of things they might forget, like searching for internships, buying a class ring, etc.

I have several thoughts myself, including: Helping to get funding for the Associates building, addressing the issues with the Arts department; in terms of student attendance to art functions, introducing RUCKUS (a program to allow students to download free music/media) to our campus, working with the future development of the library (have a new coffee shop/study area put in) in reaction to campus housing, and doing my part in the ground being broken for student housing.

There is a lot to be done at our university, and I am excited about being in a position to get these ideas looked at and accomplished!

Marcus Vigil

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Heart and Sold: The Scholarship Art Sale

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2006

The Scholarship Art Sale, co-sponsored by the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts and the Visual Arts League, was held November 16-18 at the Arts Gallery. Approximately 600 pieces of art by students, faculty and alumni were showcased, priced from a dollar to 800 dollars. Twenty percent of the proceeds went towards scholarships in the visual arts, and 5 percent to the Visual Arts League to further promote such events. The Student Government Association also provided support for the Art Sale.

Some 50 artists were featured in a large variety of art. Items included large paintings in the style of stamps, and a mixed media work based on a plant, complete with bulbs – light bulbs, that is. Within the first hour and a half, over 60 people had attended the event, and empty spaces on walls indicated their financial support.

Artist Jason Cytacki’s oil painting of a penguin and a clay hand graced the promotional posters and postcards. For him, a benefit of the event was  presenting art in a proper setting and a different environment from that which the art was created. Visual arts lecturer Ron Monsma’s view was similar. “It is not only for the students but for the department,” he said. “Students get the experience of displaying and selling their work. It’s a lot of fun and the department benefits greater for it.”

“Each year builds a little bit more,” said Teresa Santos, President of the Visual Arts League and student coordinator for the event. She also noted that for student artists, having work displayed next to nationally and internationally recognized artists takes the intimidation out of presentation, and moves them into a professional position.

Andrew Filmer
Graphics Editor

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Thank Your Campus Veterans

Posted by iusbvision on November 8, 2006

If you would like to leave a message to the campus veterans just click the ‘comments’ link below. 

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General Letters to the Editor (Volume 2, Issue 6)

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

To submit a general letter to the editor simply click the ‘comments’ link below this post. Thank you for your continued readership!

The IUSB Vision Staff

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Responding to: From the Beltway of the SGA (Issue 5)

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

Dear Rashida,

I’d like to take a minute to thank you for your commentary on me in the Sept. 12th issue of Vision, and I’d also like to respond. You mention that instead of abstaining from voting, I should have voted for the issues or against them. Well, briefly here is why I abstained.

Unfortunately, I had employment problems and missed some initial meetings. I thought abstaining because of that would be my best option. I did not want to resign, because we were short four senators; my resignation would have exacerbated our SGA’s situation even further.

Having said that, I’d like to add that there is more to me and my SGA work than those two instances of abstention. I have been elected to serve my fellow students, and I am precisely fulfilling that idea. I have been bringing up some interesting issues and, in cooperation with my fellow officers, trying to work on them. Here are just a few of them:
I chair a “Vending Machines Issues” committee whose goal is to make the administration and vending companies to place product-related info outside the machines so our fellow students know what they pay for “pre-purchase.” Unprecedented.

I was uneasy with the idea of having a “social security” related question on job applications on campus. No employer needs that info prior to hiring. After contacting the HR department I was assured that our school is gradually doing away with this practice.
I intend to set up and chair a “Sports Supplements” committee that will make it possible to sell sports supplements in the gym.

I chair an “Electronic Student Polling” committee to work with the IT department and the administration to set up an online polling feature to gain feedback from students. Currently we have none.

I intend to chair an “Academic Policies and Grading” committee that will seek to homogenize policies of all the departments so we can have across-the-board policies, as opposed to individual policies.

I hope that we can keep it real for the students (thanks Senator Ben) and that our SGA can achieve unprecedented goals this year.

Senator Vince Huseynli

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From the Beltway of the SGA

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

At Friday’s Student Government meeting, President Vigil followed up his State of the SGA address where he called on the Senate to bring forth student issues for the government to tackle. Senators went around the room bringing up the issues they would like to engage in during the upcoming months. This is a good move for the government as it puts the focus back on solving student issues instead of internal issues that seemed to be distracting the government recently. 

On a historical note, minutes from years past indicate that former President Mike Renfrow made the same call on the Senate last spring, calling for ideas and giving a timeline, but then he never followed through to bring the Senate back to the table, as President Vigil has done. So I congratulate the current President on his perseverance in keeping the government moving forward.

New Senator David Romero talked about working to enforce the smoking policy on campus.  This is a great idea and was presented in a diplomatic manner by saying he wanted to work on enforcing the policy without attacking smokers. His goals were given direct verbal support from Senators Mitch Royer and Misty Perrin. Bravo Senators.

Senator Erkki Kochketola brought up exploring options to bring back a 24 hour study facility on campus, something lost when Greenlawn hall started closing at midnight. Chief of Staff Kim Muncie brought up an idea about a “junior re-orientation” to help students transition out of the university and Treasurer Crissy Counsellor brought up some interesting ideas for changes during the actual graduation ceremony.   

These are all very interesting ideas which directly affect students and merit the governments’ efforts.

I want to say congratulations to the government for their efforts to come together as a whole to hit some issues of substance and of interest to the average student. I wish you all good luck in implementing these ideas and I hope you would feel free to share your ideas in more depth on our weblog,

Rashida Vindic
SGA Analyst

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NYT Admits It Was Wrong To Leak Terror Surveillance Program

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

When the New York Times published articles about top-secret terror surveillance programs they were greatly criticized by those who wanted us to win the war on terror. Hyper-partisans praised the Times for leaking what they called an illegal program. They also made claims that in order to monitor terror suspect’s overseas conversations and transactions that the President needed warrants from civilian courts. This was in spite of the fact that the US Supreme Court (Katz 1967 and restricting it to foreign threats in US v. District Court in 1972) and the FISA Court of Appeals (2002) have both ruled that the President has the authority to gather foreign intelligence information without a warrant.

The simple truth is that the surveillance either affected non “U.S. persons” or international transactions or conversations. Those who said that this was an “illegal domestic surveillance program” were spinning. If Johnny bin-Laden is calling you from Pakistan, or if you are calling him in Pakistan, you do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Hence this brings us to the October 22 New York Times admission of wrong-doing in leaking one of these secret surveillance programs. This particular mea culpa involves the intentional leaking of the SWIFT program that monitored the financial transactions of terror suspects overseas. This was a program that President Bush, some Democratic members of Congress, and Lee Hamilton, the co-chair of the 9/11 Commission asked the Times not to publish.

Here is a part of what the Times had to say in that article:

Since the job of public editor requires me to probe and question the published work and wisdom of Times journalists, there’s a special responsibility for me to acknowledge my own flawed assessments.

My July 2 column strongly supported The Times’s decision to publish its June 23 article on a once-secret banking-data surveillance program. After pondering for several months, I have decided I was off base. There were reasons to publish the controversial article, but they were slightly outweighed by two factors to which I gave too little emphasis. While it’s a close call now, as it was then, I don’t think the article should have been published.

Those two factors are really what bring me to this corrective commentary: the apparent legality of the program in the United States, and the absence of any evidence that anyone’s private data had actually been misused.

I haven’t found any evidence in the intervening months that the surveillance program was illegal under United States laws.

I am amazed that the Times had the courage to admit this (even though it was buried) and I hope that it is a sign that the newspaper will start to act more responsibly. It seems that all the rhetoric from the hyper-partisans about how Bush was trashing the Constitution with these programs was just that – rhetoric.

What amazes me the most from the Times was this final admission as to why they chose to leak a top-secret program that had helped us stop terrorists:

What kept me from seeing these matters more clearly earlier in what admittedly was a close call? I fear I allowed the vicious criticism of The Times by the Bush administration to trigger my instinctive affinity for the underdog and enduring faith in a free press…

In plain old Indiana talk this adds up to revenge. How dare that evil Bush Administration critique the New York Times; who do they think they are anyway? Well the Times sure showed us didn’t they?

Chuck Norton
News Analyst

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Democrats Strong on National Defence

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

Democrats have taken a lot of fire from the GOP lately. The biggest concern on many people’s minds has been national security. Unfortunately, many have bought the GOP line that Democrats are weak on terror and have no plan to secure the United States against threats. With mid-term elections this week, and Presidential in two years, I feel it’s necessary to take a look at the plans the Democrats have, instead of dwelling any more on the abysmal failure that has come from the Republicans.

The Democratic plan is fairly straight forward. Catch Osama Bin Laden, destroy terrorist groups, destroy the conditions that create them, and securing loose nuclear materials to prevent potential WMD’s from getting into terrorist hands. This is fairly straightforward; but how do they plan on achieving this? As listed at in the security plan, Democrats will double the size of U.S. Special Forces units, the forces best trained to deal with terrorists and insurgent groups in urban areas. The plan also calls for extensive funding of human intelligence capabilities.

That’s how the terrorists will be found and destroyed.  However, as has (hopefully) been learned in the last few years, that’s only a fraction of the battle. The Democratic plan, unlike the Republican, has a focus on eliminating the reasons for terrorism. It calls for combating the economic, social, and political conditions that have left people easy prey for extremist leaders. This is a stark contrast of the Republican plan that has been deliberately provoking these conditions.

National security relies on the men and women of our military, and it’s time we started respecting that. The Democratic plan also calls for a G.I. Bills of Rights that would guarantee all active, reserve, and veteran troops the benefits they deserve. This is in contrast to the Republican plan to slash VA benefits by restricting the Post Traumatic Stress allowances, and even going as far as to investigate “whether a disability or death of a veteran should be compensated.”*

It is also vital we secure avenues of entry into the nation, and to this end the Democratic plan calls for screening of 100% of cargo entering the nation, as well as better security at food supplies and nuclear power stations. This was a major demand of the 9/11 commission, but has gone largely neglected. While we send soldiers overseas to fight on foreign grounds, we have left a door wide open for attacks on our nation.   The Democratic plan has called for fixing this gross oversight.

So here is a plan for national security. Unlike the Republicans, the Democrats have spelled out what the priorities are with a competent plan to deal with extremists in Iraq and elsewhere. This is followed by the changes needed to secure our nation from future attacks, likely caused by GOP irresponsibility abroad. The GOP wants to stay the course and continue destroying our credibility, using torture, and as always, ignoring the symptoms of the conflicts this country faces.

Ryan Hill

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Roger Waters Speaks Out Against the War

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

Last month, I had the privilege of seeing Pink Floyd’s legendary Roger Waters perform songs from both his new album To Kill The Child / Leaving Beirut and the famous Dark Side of the Moon. One could imagine the excitement of the previous months leading up to the concert. After a four hour drive and a half an hour wait in line, the show began. Within the first hour, my excitement turned to utter disappointment, when Roger began to sing Leaving Beirut from his new album, which I had not yet heard. Roger Waters has always been known for his open disapproval for violence, conformity and war. His previous albums were littered with these concepts, and it is what made them so famous.  However, never did I expect the advocator of peace to become an instigator for hate. 

Leaving Beirut brings people back to a hitch-hiking excursion Waters had made in Lebanon back in the 1960s where he was taken in by a family. Touched by the generosity, Waters creates an emotionally powered sympathized message towards the middle-east: “Are these the people that we should bomb? Are we so sure they mean us harm?”  Around me stood hundreds of people, inhibited by alcohol, becoming emotionally attached to Water’s message.  He continues: “Don’t let the might, the Christian right, <explicit> it all up for you and the rest of the world.” Immediately, cheering ensues from the crowd. They had made their decision, the war had become the direct responsibility of the Christian Right.

Ironically, Waters fails to grasp the reality of the message he preaches. While claiming to be advocating peace, he advocates hatred towards both the Bush administration and towards the Christian right. He also fails to grasp it is not only Christians on the right who stand for the war, but individuals of all denominations, political parties and faiths. In fact, many Christians on the right are against the war. Leaving Beirut is a testament to the hypocrisy of the entertainment industry. If you are not with them, you are against them and deserve to be put down.

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor

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A Day On Board… Veterans’ Day

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006


Operations Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Gil Martin served in the military for over twenty years.  After being drafted in 1971, Martin enlisted in the Air Force.

Martin was stationed  in Vietnam, Iceland, Germany, Arizona, Florida, Alaska, and New Mexico before leaving in 1981.

In 1985, Martin, reenlisted in the Navy.  As an Operations Specialist, he worked as an Air Intercept Controller which meant he was in charge of guiding aircraft into positions to shoot down enemy fighters and missiles.

In 1988 Martin served in the Persian Gulf on a fast boat escorting oil tankers and assisting Navy SEAL missions.  During Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Martin was stationed only 80 miles outside of Kuwait.

From 1994-1996, Martin was stationed on the USS Roosevelt off the coast of Bosnia when the conflict started.

Martin adds “I’ve been around the world 7 times and would do it all again”.

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A Day On Board… Veterans’ Day

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006


Specialist Mike Renfrow graduated from Bluffton High School in the spring of 1996 and enlisted in the Army by June of that year.  He spent 8 weeks in basic training at Ft. Leonardwood, MO.  Then it was on to the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, CA where he spent 1 year learning Persian Farsi, which is the language spoken in Iran.

Renfrow continued training in Texas and Arizona before being stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA.  While there, Renfrow served as a Signal Intercept Analyst for military intelligence.

While at Ft. Gordon, Specialist Renfrow translated and analyzed intercepted radio communications from Iraq and Iran.

Renfrow was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal while at Ft. Gordon and twice received the Commander’s Coin.  He also designed a brigade sized training regiment for military intelligence.

In 2000, Specialist Renfrow received an honorable discharge.

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A Day On Board… Veterans’ Day

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006


Master Sergeant Jeff Johnston enrolled in the Army in 1985 as a military policeman stationed at Fort McClellan, AL.  Between 1986 and 1987 Johnston was stationed at Sierra Army Depot and the Oakland Army Base.

In 1987 he enlisted in Army Reserves and was promoted to Sergeant in 1988 and Staff Sergeant two years later.  In 1990, he took a voluntary active duty assignment in support of Operation Desert Storm with the 361st MP Company.  There he oversaw 40 soldiers charged with the processing of Iraqi detainees/ enemy prisoners of war.

Johnston transferred in 1993 to the Army Reserve School as an MP Instructor.  In 1996, he was reassigned with the 3rd MP Batallion/ 84th Institutional Training School.  It was at this post tat Johnston was in charge of the training of all military police in the state of Indiana.

On April 1st, 2006, Johnston retired from the army after serving his country for over 20 years.

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A Day On Board… Veterans’ Day

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006


E-5 Hospital Corpsman Scott Gorney graduated from South Bend Riley High School in 1989 and immediately enlisted in the Navy over that summer.  He was stationed in Yokuska, Japan on the USS Bunker Hill, an Aegis class guided missile cruiser.

Scott served his country on two continents during his time in the Navy.  First, Gorney served in the Middle East in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.  He also served in Somalia in 1993 during Operation Restore Hope.

After serving our country in the Navy for six years, Gorney returned home to South Bend in 1995.  He married his wife Becky in 2000, and now they have two sons, Alex, 3 years old, and William, 1 year old.

Gorney is currently enrolled here at Indiana University South Bend as a Public affairs major.  After graduation, Gorney hopes to work in the public or non-profit sector.

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A Day On Board… Veterans’ Day

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006


Vice Chancellor Alfred Guillaume served his country in Vietnam.  As a graduate student in 1969, he was drafted into the Army.  Although offered a chance to avoid military service and in disagreement with the war, “I felt strongly my responsibility and duty as an American citizen to serve in the Armed Forces”.

After saying goodbye to his classmates at Vanderbilt University, he took the oath to defend the flag and boarded a bus for Ft. Campbell, KY for basic training.

After advanced training in teletype communications at Ft. Gordon, GA, he was sent to Vietnam as a Private First Class.  He was stationed at Da Nang in the northern part of the country and Phu Lamn in the southern part.

Upon completion of his tour, Guillaume finished grad school at Brown University in RI.  He mentions, “In the army, I learned discipline, teamwork, tolerance, and gained a clearer identity of self and of my place in this world”. 

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A Day On Board… Veterans’ Day

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006


After graduating from Culver Military Academy, Corporal Brandon Kucharski enlisted in the Marines in Feb. 2000.  He served for 4 1/2 years in the infantry as a gunner for 1st light armor Recon, Bravo Company.

When 9/11 hit, Kucharski was training with the Australian army.  As a member of the 15th Marine Expedition Unit, he was one of the first ground troops deployed in Afghanistan.  His unit captured members of the Taliban and took over Kandahar International Airport.

After returning home in 2002, he redeployed to Iraq with the 13th MEU.  There he conducted patrols with the British in Basrah and kept the insurgency from entering Iraq from Iran.

When his tour was up, he  deployed again for half a year to go back to Iraq.  Throughout his career, Kucharski has trained with the Australian, Kenyan, and Emirate armies.

Currently, he serves with a Long Range Surveillance Unit with attending IUSB working toward a degree in public affairs.

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A Day On Board… Veterans’ Day

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006


E-4 Senior Airman, Aaron Kasza began his tenure in the Air Force in July 2001 at Lacklund Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.

Kasza spent four years as a contract specialist stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL.  As a contract specialist, Kasza was charged with overseeing buying supplies for the base.  He continued his work at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.  He deployed in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2005.

After returning to the states, Kasza joined the Base Honor Guard performing military funerals and ceremonies for fallen heroes.  He also served as a security forces augmenter two months out of the year as an MP.

As a senior airman, Kasza served in many NCOIC roles and even worked with the Dept. of Defense to improve the computer systems.

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This Weeks Movie Line (November 7th, 2006)

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

“Excuse me, sir.  Seeing as how the V.P. is such a V.I.P., shouldn’t we keep the P.C. on the Q.T.?  ‘Cause if it leaks to the V.C. he could end up M.I.A., and then we’d all be put in the K.P.”

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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Letter to the Editor (Dr. Thomas J. Miranda)

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

Dear Sir,

I recently received a number of issues of the VISION and I must congratulate you and your staff on this publication. I have been a strong critic of The Preface and its contents over the years and I am impressed with the maturity of your publication. The articles by Chuck Norton are required reading and provide a very thorough perspective on critical issues facing this country. Thank you.

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Timely Lessons Brave the Stage

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

I was recently inspired by a play that I saw at the South Bend Civic Theatre called “The Story” by Tracey Scott Wilson, which was loosely based on a true story about a reporter who falsified information to get an award-winning story. The play featured a diverse cast and a discussion at the end about race, gender, and class. In the play a Caucasian teacher was shot by what his wife described as a black gang member. 

This murder, which had gone unsolved, had taken the interest of a young African American reporter who claimed that she met up with a young African American girl who confessed to the murder. Yvonne, the reporter, wrote the story ascended in the reporting world until it was discovered that the young gang member who confessed to the murder did not actually exist. The head of the small paper for minorities, Pat, was outraged that this woman would represent her race in that way, performed a background check on Yvonne. 

After finding out that she lied on her resume, Pat was reluctant to turn Yvonne in, afraid that it would give her paper and race a bad name. This play looked at so many diverse and difficult views that it touched everyone in the audience, especially when a young girl was arrested and pointed out in a line up by Yvonne. 

The timely discussion followed the one-hour play.  The discussion by a very diverse audience weaved from inter-racial relationships to equality, to a perfect color-blind world that we will never know. One of the things that stuck out the most was a quote from the play, “I was ridiculed by the same things that you (white people) were praised for”. The audience and cast members discussed this, and one of the young women who played a gang member reflected that this was true at her school. She, a very bright ‘A’ student, had been ridiculed by her friends saying that she wasn’t “black” enough and didn’t fit in. There are so many assumptions of what black and white people should be and act like.

If one doesn’t fit into that category then they are an “Oreo” as one of the cast members stated. An audience member observed that as human beings, despite our physical differences, we have much more in common than most people realize. When we get cut we all bleed red. Another reflected on a child she knew that didn’t identify people by the color of their skin, but the color of their clothes. A lady with a red sweater would be “the red lady”. 

To the child this was the only significant difference.
In 1970, a teacher did a study on prejudice on her white elementary class, saying that blue-eyed people were better than brown-eyed people, and was amazed at how the children transformed once these differences were focused on. Normally quick students performed poorly, and the “blue eyes” teased and segregated the “brown eyes”. 

The next day she switched it saying that brown-eyed people were better and got the same results. The children’s performance failed where it had succeeded the day before. She then told them the truth, and they were so happy and embraced their blue and brown eyed friends once again. The children learned a valuable lesson; to be judged by color, eye or skin, was ridiculous, and did not reflect on who you were.

Carlie Barr

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Campus Clubs Come Together

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

On November 1st, eight clubs and organizations came together to put on an event for students and community members. Students for Common Sense, Student Government Association, Titan Productions, Environmental Justice Advocates, Biology Chemistry Club, IUSB Recycling Committee, IUSB Films Studies Committee, and  American Democracy Project all jointly sponsored the viewing of An Inconvenient Truth. The event was wildly popular, so popular in fact, movie-viewers needed to stand or sit on the floor after DW1001 ran out of seating capacity.

The film is a documentary depicting the issue of global warming. Directed by David Guggenheim and narrated by Al Gore, the documentary presents Gore’s campaign to make the issue of global warming a cause recognized by the entire world.

Jarrod Brigham

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Club Showcase: Criminal Justice Association

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

The Criminal Justice Association is a chance for those interested in the Fine Arts (just kidding). That is, the fine art of law enforcement and criminal justice. The Criminal Justice Association is a chance for those who want to learn and educate themselves and the public about criminal justice issues. The CJA also is a chance for those to come together as a group both regional and national. The regional chapter here at IUSB is the Phi Sigma and is located in the sixth region of the entire United States.

The main objective for the CJA is to promote greater awareness of this field. The club is willing to help students prepare for the future with speakers, conferences, as well as what is to be expected in this field as a whole. Not only do CJA members benefit from a few things just mentioned, but they can also receive scholarships to accompany their involvement.

So whether you want to build your resume with something pertaining to your field, or just want to check out what can be offered in the market of criminal justice, check out the CJA. The first couple of meetings are going to be held Monday, November 13th at 4 pm and Tuesday, November at 10 am.

Stacey Rummel
Managing Editor

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This Week in History (Raising of the Standpipe)

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

This week in History highlights the raising of the standpipe, which would provide the city of South Bend with water that could be piped directly into homes and provide water for fighting fires. Production began on Friday, November 14, 1873.  The plan of constructing a standpipe (or water tower) was set by the Holly Water Works Company.

When the standpipe was pumped full of water the pressure (or weight) on the water mains throughout the city would be equal (there would be equal water pressure throughout the city).  The leader in support of the standpipe was Leighton Pine, the superintendent of Singer Sewing Machine Company (which had just recently moved to the East Race on Mr. Pine’s invitation). A huge debate between Mr. Pine and supporters of a reservoir-type water system raged for months. The standpipe finally won majority support in 1872 and Mr. Pine’s plan would be put into action. After the construction of the standpipe it had to be lifted into place. The undertaking of lifting this mass of iron from the ground to a perpendicular was the greatest engineering feat ever attempted in this part of the country. A similar attempt in Toledo, Ohio resulted in the falling and breaking of the stand pipe when it had been lifted half way up.

On Saturday, November 15, the raising continued until 4 p.m. when the standpipe reached an elevation of 70 degrees. The standpipe was left in that position all of that night. Rising continued throughout the day on Sunday and finally the standpipe was placed into its footing at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 17, 1873.  The great standpipe never cracked or bent and stood 200 feet perpendicular from its rocky base.  The standpipe was torn down in the 1920s.

Carlie Barr

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They Got That Swing

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

The IUSB Jazz ensemble under its director Jerry Lackey provided a spirited performance on the evening of Wednesday, November 1. With ten tunes ranging from the charming Angel Eyes to a foot-tapping Brass Machine, the audience filling the Campus Auditorium Hall to capacity applauded both for each piece, as well as for each improvising soloist.

The highlight of the evening was It Don’t Mean a Thing, where the band answered the completion of that line, “if you don’t got that swing”, proving that swing they certainly had. Beyond the band, it was also a family affair – the vocalists Kelli, Kaitlin, Kortney and Krintin being the wife and daughters of saxophonist Wade Armentrout – and based on their sole performance of the evening, accomplished musicians in their own right.

The concert was filled with moments which classical musicians could envy: the ability to perform in a bright blue full-length coat, or in Dennis Gamble, to leisurely stroll up to the front of the stage to perform a trumpet solo, then walk to back of the stage to play percussion, and soon after back to the front to conduct his own arrangement.

As Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fictional character Bertram Wooster would say, the only flies in an otherwise unsullied stew, were the relative lack of stability and clarity in the trumpets, and the Box Office’s unusual instructions to this reporter that permission to take non-flash press photos required a prior paperwork application.

Though every performer seemed at ease on the stage, anyone who might have been able to watch their rehearsals would see that all that energy and spontaneity came with – or perhaps came from – dedicated and disciplined practice.

Andrew Filmer
Graphics Editor

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