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Archive for November 6th, 2006

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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From the Vice-President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

Kim Muncie, SGA Chief of Staff, and I recently had the opportunity to attend the IU Board of Trustees meeting at IPFW. For those of you who don’t know, the Board of Trustees is Indiana University’s governing board, its legal owner and final authority. The board holds the university’s financial, physical, and human assets and operations in trust for future generations.

At the meeting on Friday, two new majors for IUSB were approved, a B.S. in Dental Hygiene and a B.S. in Medical Imaging Technology. Pending approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, both majors could be available by the fall of 2007. Thanks to the diligent work of administration and faculty, these two new degree options continue show how the future of IUSB is forever promising.

A new era is being ushered in for both IUSB and Indiana University as a whole. The potential for expansion at IU South Bend is phenomenal. I have seen student life become increasingly diverse and multifaceted. With student housing only a year away and the obvious growth in student life this will bring, I believe the students of this university are ready to start taking an active role in IU South Bend’s growth. In the spring of 2007, the General Assembly of Indiana will set the budget for university building projects. IU South Bend has one project in particular that is crucial to our development- the renovation of the Associates Building. This $27 million dollar project is 5th in the list of 7 items on the IU capital projects list. Between now and May, I would encourage the student body to do three things: 1) call your state representatives and ask for their financial support of higher education at IUSB; 2.) attend the Hoosiers for Higher Education Statehouse Visit/ Get on the Bus event February 20, 2007 where students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of IU pack the Statehouse to visit with elected officials about Indiana University and higher education; and, 3.) attend the Board of Trustees meeting that will be held at IUSB on April 5-6. Students and alumni are truly the voice of this university. We are the future of this state. Let’s work together to ensure IUSB’s  promising future.

Joanna Reusser

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“Erase the Hate”

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

Candle Light Vigil 2006, organized by the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and the Office of Campus Diversity, was held October 29, and was designed to spotlight hate crimes and the discrimination that cause them. It attracted some 40 people of all ages, as well as of all sexual orientations, including married heterosexual couples with their children, and at least one canine companion. Half a dozen speakers from various segments of the campus population – student, faculty and administration – began the event. Participants holding lit candles then proceeded to a walk through a designated area where smaller candles lit up the pavement.

GSA President Teresa Santos began the evening noting that, “Having differences is beautiful, they are defining, they are normal, it gives us uniqueness, and they are worth celebrating.”

Half of the invited speakers did focus on discrimination of sexual orientation. Of these, the prominent seemed to be a freshman student introduced as Ryan who spoke of the murder of his partner earlier this year by a Nazi-supremacist who went home bragging that he had “killed another fag.” Said Ryan, “Most of us have heard of the more publicized crimes such as the murder of Matthew Shepherd but this is a crime that touches us right here in South Bend. The murder could have been your friend, your son or daughter, your brother and sister… Joe had a sister and a brother who had heard those same, well-publicized stories but never thought it would happen to them.”

Other speakers engaged in widening the scope of discrimination that lead to hate crimes. Director of the Office of Campus Diversity Charlotte Pfeiffer drew parallels to the plight of women and the black community through history. When interviewed after the event, she noted that the challenge faced on a campus was the transition of a high-school culture with its evident discriminations to the adult world of a university environment where greater understanding is expected. “We are either all God’s children or we’re not”, said Pfeiffer.

Other speakers, while spotlighting discrimination based on sexual orientation, noted its wider implications of attitudes in society. Martha Carroll, who is Minister of Southside Church, observed that people are “scared into believing that certain people don’t have rights”, and that “this world is for all of us”.

Daniel Ford, a sophomore in Mass Communication who attended the event noted the need to work against subtler forms of discrimination such as the right to being able to walk around campus without offensive jokes. She emphasized that it was not as much about gay rights as it was a unity of gay and straight people. Her hopes for the rest of the course of her university education? That people would go above and beyond the issue of sexual orientation and defining people on that basis.

Andrew Filmer
Graphics Editor

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