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Archive for December 6th, 2006

Submit General Letters to the Editor (Volume 2, Issue 8)

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2006

Thank you for staying with us this semester, feel free to add a comment or submit a letter to the editor by clicking the comments link below this post.

The IUSB Vision Editorial Staff

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Where Do We Stand?

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2006

December is here and almost as if on cue, it is snowing outside. Apt, somehow, for the atmosphere of journalism on campus – somewhere in between two rows of doors, with hints of snow and hints of central heating, all depending on which way you are going.

On one hand, the Preface has strongly opposed the Vision’s stand on whether it was correct to publish the news of the alleged rape on campus. In this arena, the Vision still feels it necessary to clarify its stand on some of the issues raised.

The emphasis of the Preface editorial was placed on their legal right to publish the article of an alleged rape on campus. The Vision never stated they did not have a legal right and it is unfortunate the Preface used so much space responding to an argument we never made. The request was to acknowledge whether they had the ethical  right. In this, the Preface defended itself on the grounds of holding the university accountable. This is understandable if there was something to hold the university accountable for, however, no claim ever held IUSB administration in any way deficient in conduct. 

Let us take just one page from the official campus newspaper, which states itself as being accredited by the Associated Collegiate Press, regulated by the Publications Board, and whose faculty advisor works in the field of journalism. The Preface wrote, “After allegations were filed, the university has [sic] installed deadbolt locks in the music rooms… If no one was informed, how would the university be held accountable for making the necessary safety precautions?”

The Vision agrees that both publications should hold people accountable for their actions, and yes, through this, positive action can be taken. However, the argument is this: the decision to take safety precautions was made before the Preface reported the incident.

As for the idea of journalistic principles: if the Preface is adamantly willing to hold others accountable, it appears they should respectfully – or is not the word here is laudably? –  accept those who attempt to hold them as accountable as well. Otherwise, they risk jeopardizing their own journalistic integrity – integrity which one can have with or without accreditation by the Associated Collegiate Press.

On the other hand, editor of the Preface Jason Cytacki has put forward a somewhat reconciliatory tone in comments on the weblog of the Vision. “This is just an idea, but what about two autonomous publications that worked together to cover create something greater than both separate parts?” he wrote, though making it a point to add that any charter would be advisory rather than binding.

To this, the Vision views some hope at moving forward with the Preface, but stands firm that a charter should have some real value. This real value can only stem from having a stand. Freedom of speech is one of them. The choice of self-restraint is another. Are these two not compatible? Jason Cytacki mentions the need to “engage in a thoughtful discussion”, and through this perhaps we shall move forward, and perhaps we may not. Once again, time will tell.

In the end, the real issue is this: when the Preface came out with its response to the IUSB Vision, Northside Hall’s stack of Vision copies all but disappeared. The IUSB community is reading, and people are discussing: though only a few do so publicly on the weblog. If nothing else, this debate has brought different ideas to the table. Above all else, ideas are what really move us forward, even – or especially – when they are ones you do not agree with.

When newspapers are not determined by sales figures, the quest to determine the way forward for campus journalists must include four very important words to our readers: Where do you stand?

Which of course, tags the question: Where are you going?

The Editorial Board of the Vision

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What Women Want Men to Know

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2006

Chivalry, heroism, macho-ness, these are all fine and dandy, but it is not all we want. Sometimes, it is really nice for us if you stop trying to impress people and just be yourself. There is nothing more annoying than a mask being put on when others are around. Alone, together, men can be real, and wonderful, but the romance grows stale real quick when they try to be all macho-manly, even it is not who they are. We are not impressed. Relax, don’t try so hard, we like you to be just who you are without all of the frills and showing off. Besides, it is more likely that you will jus end up humiliating yourself by trying to do something cool that you are unable to do right.

A real man can wear pink! Te he. In all seriousness though, we think that you are much more of a real man when you are logical, not muscle-headed, considerate, not  a show off, and strong, but not a bully. 

Bottom line, it pays to be real, and not to put on facades to impress the one you are smitten with.

Carlie Barr
Writer
    

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The Irish Miracle: How Ireland Went from Economic Basket Case to Masterpiece – UPDATE 2010!

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2006

[See our Nov. 2010 update below – Editor]

Of all the European Union, Ireland is now the place to be. In the 1970’s emigration from Ireland was at near record levels, but since 2000 over 50% of new immigrants are returning Irish citizens and 40% of its population is under 30 years old. According to the Seidman Research Institute of Arizona State University, Ireland’s GDP growth in 2003 is 136% higher than the EU 15 average; in 1987 it was 69% of the EU 15 average. Unemployment dropped from 17% in 1987 to 4% today, during the 1990’s Ireland’s economic growth averaged 6.9% (for those who don’t know economics well, that is an amazing growth rate) and after the tech bubble busted, Ireland’s growth rate still maintained over 4.5%. Government debt shrank as well, falling from 112% of GDP to 33%. Ireland’s standard of living has also surpassed most of Europe.

So how did Ireland do it? First, a warning, if you have Marxist leanings the facts I am about to present to you are going to prove to be tremendously inconvenient and may even put you into shock. You have been warned.

In 1987 the government started to embrace major reforms. The government realized that it could no longer be the people’s employer and enacted massive cuts in spending, slashing many government programs and agencies from 3-10%. According to The Economist Magazine, Ireland cut its capital spending by 16%.

The government created two highly aggressive and somewhat politically independent agencies that are made up of people from government and the private sector; one agency whose sole purpose is to encourage business and investment to stay in Ireland and the other is a go gettem’ agency that is designed to bring foreign investment and business into Ireland. These agencies have the authority to get tasks done. When Apple Computers was struggling in the late 1990’s it had threatened almost 2000 manufacturing jobs in Ireland. The agencies cut the taxes for the struggling Apple to help it deal with the competition and to prevent it from taking the jobs elsewhere.

The agencies act as a partner to private investment, they find the locations that meet the company’s needs and do much of that opening hard work for them. Locally, the City of Mishawaka has a similar program. Ever wonder why so much business has moved to Mishawaka? When the South Bend Tribune needed a new site to put its newspaper, radio and TV into one facility, the City of South Bend was not eager to help the Tribune out. Mishawaka on the other hand just asked the Tribune how much space they needed and what kind of infrastructure they needed in place to support the business. The city did the work to find and prepare a proper location, so the Tribune and its subsidiaries are moving to Mishawaka. It is amazing what can be accomplished when an ideologically based envy and resentment of wealth and the private sector do not get in the way of good government.

A business is not an island unto itself, it needs smart and talented people to hire and Ireland heard the call. Ireland built universities in 10 enterprise zones where they wanted foreign business to settle in. The private sector works with the universities to make sure that the educational needs of the local employers are met. Ireland also offers a special tax break for those with skills that are in demand and to those with exceptional talent such as many famed musicians and actors and other artists. This policy helps to attract talent from all over the world.

Ireland knew that they had to bring in foreign companies and investment fast to get the economic ball rolling so they created a tax haven. Ireland lowered the corporate income tax rate to 10% for manufacturing companies or companies that trade services internationally and would move into a selected enterprise zone. The EU had a fit over this move (winy socialist’s that they are) saying that Ireland’s tax policy was not fair. So Ireland agreed to no longer offer the 10% tax rate to selected business and opted to lower the corporate income tax top rate to 12.5% for everyone. By comparison, according to the Tax Foundation, our corporate income tax is 39.3% and American companies pay an effective rate of 37.7%. Even leftist politician John Kerry said in the 2004 campaign that our corporate income tax is too high and that we need to lower it to attract some business back that has gone over seas.

Over 1000 international companies have moved facilities into Ireland since 1987. Names like Motorola, Dell, Wyeth, Intel, Microsoft, Citigroup, IBM and pharmaceuticals such as Bristol-Myers Squibb all have major operations in Ireland. I am old enough to remember when big pharmaceuticals such as Bayer, Alka-Seltzer, Whitehall, and Miles all had their major manufacturing and R&D right here in Northern Indiana and now they are almost all gone. Ireland has embraced an aggressive, pro-growth, pro-innovation culture that we can learn from.

The last piece of the puzzle that has made Ireland such an economic success is that it has been steadily dropping personal income tax rates over the years; dropping from a 65% top marginal rate (for the ultra wealthy) in 1985, to 56% in 1989, to 46% in 2000, to 44% as of 2001. Aside from the top marginal rates, the standard income tax rate was dropped to 32% in 1989, to 24% in 2000, to 22% in 2001 and I expect all of these tax rates to keep falling. Ireland is trying to find the optimal tax rates that both promote and encourage investment and economic growth while still bringing in growing revenues to the government (for those of you who are economics majors I think we can say that Ireland is riding the Laffer Curve).

Should we demonize Ireland as a bunch of selfish and greedy consumers who sit idly by while their government engages in tax giveaways to the rich, or should we examine Ireland’s growing standard of living, top notch education, and low unemployment and admire them for the lightning fast turnaround from an economic basket case to a prosperous example that the world could follow?

Chuck Norton
News Analyst

UPDATE – After so many years of prosperity and doing it right what happened in Ireland?

What happened to Ireland is the danger that can result from  economic prosperity that lasts for a long time, namely, the people and the politicians become complacent. As the economic good times roll the government gets awash in money and the people stop keeping the government’s feet to the fire. When people become complacent it becomes easy to say yes to knew spending, the left who is driven mad by the prosperity driven by capitalism, adopt a new narrative, “As wealthy as we are and as good as the economy is cant we help XX and cant we do XX program and YY program”? The next thing you know government is going into debt, regulations begin to stifle wealth creation, and as the cost of government rose less wealth moved to Ireland.

This is an easy trap to fall into. This is why the people must have Tea Party like vigilance when it comes to economic policy and restraining government even when times are good.  Granted much of what has hit Ireland was due to the global economic collapse that was largely the fault of government manipulation of the mortgage and securities market in the United States, but Ireland had begun to forget what economic policies made them the envy of Europe in the first place.

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Christmas Charities Need Your Help

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2006

‘Tis the season to be jolly, yes, but ’tis also the season to be giving. Christmas gives us an excellent opportunity to show that we really indeed are interested in giving to those less fortunate.

Right here in South Bend there are very serious needs that can be met with just a little effort on our part.

Women’s shelters are always in need of clothing and bath towels. There are distribution points here on campus that you can use to help others.

Anyone who really understands what the Christmas season is all about, understands that it is about giving, not receiving.

Take the Hope Rescue Mission for example. Multiple times students have donated a Saturday afternoon and braved the cold to collect food for the mission. These students, from this campus, had a wonderful time knocking on doors and asking for food.  One might be surprised how generous the people of this town can be if someone just takes the initiative to ask them. For these students, there is no greater joy than seeing the expression on the faces of the people at the Hope Rescue Mission when they know that there are people out there who care about them.

When we arrived with a van full of food, many times the words “thank you” and “God bless you” are returned.  I truly hope this does not come across the wrong way, but my Christmas wish is that everyone can give just a little of their time to help others. The joy that comes over one is a magnificent reward in itself.

Many people ask, which is better: time or money? The answer is both. All the money in the world, cannot be put to use if there are not volunteers to staff the projects. Conversely, all the volunteers in the world cannot distribute food, clothing, and medicine if the funds are not there.

Even the U.S. Armed Forces are getting into the action.  Toys for Tots is a wonderful charity all about the children.  How many times as a child did you open up presents that you did not like?  Even the gift that was hated the most is more than what some children get.  When you are out shopping this Christmas season, stop by the dollar store and pick up a toy for a child in need. Contrasted to the hundreds spent on friends and family, that dollar for a stranger means so much.

There is also the Salvation Army. Remember those bell ringers at the entrances of the malls who too many usually try to avoid making eye contact with? Give them a few coins even if only to make yourself feel good. Imagine how tough it must be for them standing for eight hours ringing a bell in the face of apathy. Be a blessing them; it only costs fifty cents.

If you don’t have the funds to financially support one of the many local charities, a happy holiday attitude can make a difference. Opening doors for ladies, smiling at people when making eye contact and simply saying hello. Simple gestures can lift the spirits of someone else who may be able to then go on and do something wonderful for someone else.

No matter what your social, ethnic, economic, or political background, helping others is something we all can do.

Jarrod Brigham
Editor

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That’s What Christmas is All About, Charlie Brown

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2006

The Christmas season is upon us. Undoubtedly, many of you have already begun your Christmas shopping and are eager to receive the presents placed on your lists. In light of the season, I was feeling a little sappy, and thought we could warm up to some good old Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). Depressed by the commercialism infecting Christmas, Charlie Brown struggled bitterly to find happiness around the holiday season.  Sure he was getting gifts, his friends were excited and singing, and they were all working on their student play, but none of it could make him happy.

After a series of embarrassing events leading to more despair, Linus, with his security blanket in hand, explained to Charlie Brown the true meaning of Christmas he didn’t realize he needed to hear:

“And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid … And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord.

‘And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.’ 

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

I know it is sappy, it is cheesy, but sometimes, a cartoon child says things better than anyone else can.  Merry Christmas to everyone from The IUSB Vision, we are happy you stayed with us this semester.  Have a safe and happy holiday.

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor

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When is it Time to Make a Commitment?

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2006

Everyone gasps when I tell them how long I have been dating my boyfriend (on and off for the past nine years).  After the initial shock follows from everyone the question along the lines of why aren’t we married?  This normally doesn’t bother me until recently when I have stopped and realized that I am almost done with school as well as turning 25 next year.

Am I ready for that next phase in my life or do I feel like I’m not keeping up with my peers who are already married and starting families?  I don’t want to be 30 years old and in the delivery room with my first child.  I have this notion of enjoying my children while I’m still somewhat young.

I understand I have my whole life ahead of me to share with this person, but the other half feels like time is somehow slipping away.  In ways, I feel like I am missing out on some aspects of a married life instead of the boyfriend/girlfriend situation I’m in now.  Am I wrong for feeling this way?  I know many people are like “don’t ever get married”, but I’m finding I’m longing for it day by day.

Another factor that doesn’t help is wondering if I’m marriage material.  After people ask me why we’re not married makes me ask the same question.  Is it safer to just date someone for the rest of your life?  Right now in my life, this doesn’t seem too satisfying.  I guess I’m just tired of being the girlfriend and really ready put forth the commitment.
    
Stacy Rummel
Managing Editor

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Women in Prominent Positions: Maureen Muldoon

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2006

Upon hearing the title Special Events Coordinator, one might assume that the job consists of fun and games. That is not the case for Maureen Muldoon, the Special Events Coordinator for IU South Bend. The job involves a lot of hard work, organization, and a very dedicated committee.

Organizing and planning has been a major aspect of Muldoon’s career since the early 80’s. She worked as a Meeting Manager for a large association for five years, until she moved on the becoming the Vice President and Secretary of the Bonnie Doon Ice Cream Corporation.

After leaving Bonnie Doon in the early 90’s, Muldoon became a business owner in the community, where she continued to plan meetings and special events for area businesses.  She came to IU South Bend in June of 2000, and has been the Special Events Coordinator since.

As part of her job, Muldoon works hard to organize all aspects of a special event held at IU South Bend. This could range from a club event to an area business luncheon. She works hand in hand with the Dining Services department, since most events often contain snacks or lunch of some sort. She has meetings weekly with her committee, so as to not fall behind on any upcoming event and to make sure everybody involved is on the right page.

One of Muldoon’s goals when coming to IU South Bend was to create a campus-wide calendar listing of every event to be held on campus. Though there are many calendars around and bulletins sent out, no such calendar has been created with events across many departments.

She also edits the Campus Scheduling Guidelines & Policy Manual, which details regulations and ideas for holding certain events on campus.

IU South Bend was not new turf for Muldoon when she became Special Events Coordinator. She has two IU degrees: an Associates of General Studies degree, in addition to her Bachelor of General Studies with Dean’s List recognition.

She was also a board member for the IU General Studies Alumni Association and past President of the Women Business Owners of Michiana organization.

“Being a Special Events Coordinator involves many details to put an event together.  Anyone in this field needs to pay attention to details. “I have a wonderful events committee,” says Muldoon of her work. She has organized events with various attendances, from 20 up to 2000.

Stacie Jensen
Assistant Business Manager

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From the Vice President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2006

As the semester winds down, I wanted to address the student body about something that has been bothering me for some time now.  Before I offer any advice, I must first make my own confession.  When I first started college, I was absolutely terrified and really had no clue of what being a university student meant.  Being older (and hopefully wiser) now, there are a few things I have learned that I would like to pass on to IUSB freshman and sophomores.  Call them words of wisdom, but whatever they are, I hope they can at least help steer you clear of future troubles.

First, know your rights.  All too often, I hear stories of students who had a problem, yet didn’t know how to handle it or where to go.  You have a responsibility to yourself and your future to read the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.  If you are going to be held to a standard, you should know what that is.

Secondly, stay informed.  You are or will be a taxpayer at some point in time.  You should know what is going on with the university, how it operates, and any future endeavors being planned.  Stay on top of university happenings by reading the school paper, newsletter, and bulletin board.  Always remember to check your university email account.  Much university news is conferred to the student body through this channel.  It is the official means of communication between administration and the student and should be checked daily.

Finally, remember there is always help available if you need it.  You will never have to go through a situation by yourself.  IUSB offers free counseling, tutoring, and writing services to students.  If you ever have a concern or question, feel free to contact any member of the Student Government Association.  We are here to help you in whatever manner we are able.

In closing, I wish everyone the best of luck with finals.  I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and happy holiday season.

Joanna Reusser

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Titan Talent at Speech Night

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2006

At the end of the semester, Fine Arts students can be found gathered around the ticket office, scrambling to fulfill the Fine Arts Cultural Event attendance requirements. These events, which vary from course to course, are more often perceived by students at as requirements or extra credit, than as an asset to the School of the Arts.

One such event is Speech Night. This event connects with the S-121 course, Public Speaking. Speech Night has been a tradition at IU South Bend since 1982. The purpose of speech night is to profile the public speaking students as well as highlight the focus of Communications Arts in the school of the arts.

Speech Night comprises  three Speech Preliminaries, held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the 27, 28, and 29 of November, respectively. Each of the 23 finalists were chosen to speak on one of those nights. On each night, two finalists were chosen to move on to the Speech Finals, Monday December 4.

Public speaking of course is not all fun and games. Among the rules for the night were  time limits, and some speakers were disqualified for going too long.

The speeches had various themes, to which the audience usually reacted predictably.  Speeches varied from the dangers of drinking and driving, to the dangers of drinking soda, to even the existence of zombies (which gathered many chuckles from the audience). Breaks in between speeches were filled with spectators actively discussing what they liked or disliked about various speeches. By the end of the night, you could hear audience members debating whether their favorite speaker had been chosen to go on to finals.

The finalists on the Monday preliminary were:  Connie Sue Yost, Brittany Morgan, Erin Daren, Rahul Heberaj, Melinda Foster, Gabrielle Johnson, and Timothy J. Lies.

The finalists on the Tuesday Preliminary were:  Abbey Frick, Crystal Monnin, Lauren Curton, Jim Kollars, Ashley Dueringer, Michelle Flannery, Kevin L. Grainger, and Bobby G. King Jr.

The finalists on the Wednesday preliminary were: Danny Slott, Katrina Shoemaker, Samantha Crooks, Dani Clevenger, Kyle Hudak, Dawn Gleva, Heath Mendenhall, and Maya Watson.

Several students enrolled in Communication Arts classes also took part in Speech Night, as guest speakers, ushers, timekeeper, and as master of ceremonies.  The judges for the preliminaries consisted of IU South Bend’s Public Speaking professors.

Stacie Jensen
Assistant Business Manager

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