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The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

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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