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Archive for November 21st, 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
Writer

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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 (www.history.com), 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
Writer

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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