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Archive for January, 2007

Graphic Credits for 3.2

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

Recent Report Gives Hope for Global Warming 


Indiana University Presidential Search

The Single Life 

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Submit General Letters to the Editor (Volume 3, Issue 2)

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

If you would like to submit a general letter to the editor just click the ‘comments’ link below.  Thank you for your continued readership!

The IUSB Vision Staff

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From the Beltway of the SGA: In-depth Analysis of your Student Government Association

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

With one semester complete, watching our Student Government Association has proven to be interesting. Before I get going on another semester, I want to take a minute to set the record straight on a few issues regarding myself. While I do have a critical eye of what is going on, and I am obviously not afraid to call out the actions of individual SGA members, I do want to go on record as saying the SGA is a valuable organization, with members that make sacrifices and work extremely hard. There have been many new senators who have had to quickly step up, a former Senator, Joanna Reusser, was called upon to step-up as the Vice President and help guide a very young Senate through some tough challenges, and of course a Judicial branch that according to some inside of the SGA has seen more action than any other time in its history. The SGA is full of stories of future leaders from IUSB.

With that being said, I want to continue my analysis in the hopes that my articles would encourage response and debate over issues that still need to be addressed. The easiest way for a good organization to falter is to see it become complacent, and with a sharp analysis, hopefully that will not become an issue.

An organization like the student government has many resources at its disposal; power and influence with the administration, budgeting authority, and the power to govern to name a few. I honestly believe that the greatest resource for the government is its student leaders. For any campus, especially a commuter campus such as ours, building and maintaining student leaders is difficult, and the SGA is not exempt from that challenge.

Over Christmas break the SGA President signed two executive orders relieving two SGA Senators of their positions for failure to follow attendance guidelines set forth in the SGA Constitution and a third Senator was impeached.  Add into the mix that the former president and a few senators did not even make it through the summer; you have a significant question as to what is happening to the student leaders in the SGA?

I think this is a question the current government needs to ask itself, as this semester closes in on elections in April. After looking at the history of the SGA it does have a track record of chewing people up and spitting them out. It seems that for an SGA over the last 4 years to lose 30%-40% of its members it is having a good year. On the other hand, there are also cases of individuals who have lasted a significant amount of time.  While there are not many multi term members this year outside of the executive branch, in the past there has been quite a few and in one case a Senator Tatyana Anokhina served the Senate for three straight years.

So what are the questions that need to be asked? First off the SGA pays all of its members. Which in theory sounds good, but in a budget crunch time, I think it is good to ask the question, are people joining the SGA for a paycheck and leaving when it proves to not be worth the time? Could the SGA actually get more committed members by cutting its pay? Another point that needs to be looked at is the election style.  I did talk about the whole way the system was set up early this semester but what about the simple question of election timing? If many students are lost over the summer should elections be held the first week of the fall semester?

These are just a few questions, but I hope anyone with thoughts and ideas about this subject would weigh in on our weblog, especially our elected leaders. The amount of time and headache that could be saved by not needing to find mid-semester replacements could benefit everyone. In addition, consistency and continuity is vital for an effective student government. Increasing that would be a winning situation for all involved.
Rashida Vindic
SGA Analyst

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Democrat Blasts Condi for Being Childless

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

The American people have been bombarded with three themes from the Democrats since they took power in Congress; namely the empowerment of women, a new era of bi-partisanship, and the new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has promised that she would run the most ethical Congress in history.

The new Congress has been seated less than a month and all three of those themes have already been shattered.

During a Senate hearing about the Iraq War, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) blasted Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice saying, “Who pays the price? I’m not going to pay a personal price,” Boxer said. “My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young.” Then Boxer says to Rice, “You’re not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family.”

Truly breathtaking.

An attack like that has all sorts of insinuations and angles with the first being the obvious implication that Sec. Rice is homosexual. John Kerry pulled the homosexual card by dropping Dick Cheney’s daughters name during the 2004 presidential campaign in hopes that those “meanies” on the Christian right would never vote for someone who had a homosexual child. It didn’t work.

There have been childless men who have commanded troops during wartime, even generals and presidents, and yet they were never faced with an attack such as this. So now if women sacrifice a family to climb to the top as Rice has done she is suddenly not qualified to be Secretary of State? Perhaps it is not women who should stay home and get pregnant but rather it is black women like Dr. Rice who should keep their place. Is that what you are trying to tell us Senator Boxer?

It has been my experience that these tactics are typical of the far left. They cannot beat Rice in a fair argument so it is better to just disqualify her from having an opinion and from being Secretary of State with a sleazy attack. Hateful left wing hyper-partisans use such tactics against me almost every day in hate mail and in the Vision blog.

The House is not doing any better. After much pomp and circumstance heralding in the first female Speaker of the House, Speaker Pelosi gave speech after speech telling us about the empowerment of women, a new era of bi-partisanship, and a special focus on ethics.

One of the first acts of our new female Speaker was to remove Representative Jane Harman who was the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and replace her with a less qualified man and why? Rep. Harman was actually bi-partisan. Harman didn’t just talk the talk she walked the walk and was able to work with members from both parties in an honest spirit of cooperation. The Intelligence Committee is supposed to be non-partisan anyway.

Ethics? Rep. William Jefferson (D-La) was caught red handed with $90,000 in illegal cash contributions that he tried to recover from his freezer after hurricane Katrina and the Democrats have still taken no action against him.

Remember that minimum wage bill that the Democrats have drawn up? The bill exempts the new minimum wage from some companies in Speaker Pelosi’s district and the Democrats are ruling any discussion out of order so as to censor this from being discussed on the House floor.

We are not even one month into this new Congress.

Chuck Norton

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Naxos Music Library

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

One of the hidden gems of the IUSB Schurz Library is its subscription to the Naxos Music Library, an online collection of thousands of recordings. While based mostly in classical music, the collection also includes five other genres of music, including pop/rock. It is accessible to all IUSB students and faculty for research, or simply as an introduction to lesser known genres of music.

“The new service will assist music students and professors who wish to listen to music from home, taking advantage of the ‘Play List’ service,” said Schurz Library administrator Julie Elliot on the IUSB Library blog in 2002, when the Library first signed on to service. “Naxos can be accessed on and off-campus.”

Access to the Naxos Music Library can be made through the IUSB Website, by first clicking the Library link, then Reference and Research, and finally Music, where the Naxos link is available by scrolling down that page. Users will have to enable pop-ups, then click on the tracks they choose to listen to, and press play. Those looking for something in particular can use the search engine embedded in the site, while newcomers can browse through the various categories of music in the sidebar, or click on sections like Repertoire Highlights and New Releases.

The Naxos Music Library is particularly useful for music students in doing research for academic assignments, or for performance ideas, as well as for faculty in providing audio examples during lectures. It can also be useful for students in other areas, such as those studying the linguistic meter in lyrics, or the effects of rock music in popular culture, or even to those studying Chinese language and culture with a dedicated Chinese music section. Julie Elliot added another such example: “The ‘moods’ option in the Advanced Search section of Naxos will be helpful for theater students looking for a pieces to convey the moods they are presenting.”

Back when IUSB first subscribed, the Naxos Music Library had a collection of some 75,000 recordings. Today, according to Naxos, the total is around 170,000 tracks on 11,500 CDs. In 2006, there was an average of 39 new releases per month.

IUSB currently has a subscription that allows for sound at “Near-CD” quality also includes associated labels like White Cloud and BIS. These recordings are run by an embedded Windows Media Player and are not available for download.

Genres other than classical music include jazz contemporary, world/folk, pop/rock and adult contemporary music. Hold on a second… adult contemporary? Before you ask (and I know I did), it doesn’t mean that particular sub-genre with “explicit lyrics” labels. Quite the opposite actually, this category includes modern ambient music like pan-pipes and Gaelic-inspired music.

The Naxos Music Library is not without its share of complications. On occasion the page will fail to upload, sometimes requiring all browsers to be closed and the whole process restarted. Sometimes the page will load, but the automatic signing-in via the library website does not occur. Enabling pop-ups can become a complicated process especially for those using the Advanced Search option, or those who have a Google toolbar on their computers. Also, due to “the uncertain legal situation regarding pre-1972 sound recordings”, some of the older selections are unavailable.

Nevertheless, the Naxos Music Library’s benefits go beyond its limitations, and it serves as a helpful academic resource, as well as to those who want to take their time checking out particular recordings before going off to the store. While educational institutions receive special rates, the regular user would have to pay $150 a year for the same service.

For further information or assistance, the IUSB community can musically contact the Schurz Library, or leave questions at the Vision’s Weblog.

Andrew Filmer

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From the Vice-President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

With the year in full swing, this semester offers many exciting changes for IUSB and the SGA.  Several weeks ago, the SGA had a day long retreat where we formalized a plan of action to accomplish several things for this campus. At the end of the day, we finalized four top goals that we consider crucial for campus growth. First, we would like to address the manor in which the SGA funds student clubs and organizations.  By that, we would like to see some form of fund matching program initiated where clubs would be given greater control of how they use their money.

Second, the SGA is currently working with the Arts department to help form policy that will enable faculty members to individually set the rules governing the events attendance cards. In this, faculty will have the academic freedom to pick and choose what events are truly relevant to the classes they teach.

Third, the SGA hopes to present to the student body a final revision of the SGA constitution for ratification in April during the SGA elections. A concern with the current Constitution is that it is not fully equipped to handle the challenges that a continually diversified student body brings.  In particular we would like to address how student representation, in student housing, will impact the way the SGA serves the student body.

Lastly, and most important of the goals, the SGA wants to ensure the implementation of a Health and Wellness fee. This fee will enable our campus to offer the growing student body health care options that might otherwise be unavailable to them. A special thanks on this project goes to several individuals in the School of Nursing for their tireless work to see this dream accomplished.   

With groundbreaking on student housing fast approaching (Fall 2007), a full service Health and Wellness Center is no longer a luxury, but a vital necessity. A Health and Wellness fee will finance the center’s growth. It will also provide students built in health options, including a yearly check-up. Clarification on this will come at a later point in time.

If after reading these plans the SGA has set for this semester, you wish to be a part of this growth at IUSB, I would encourage you to apply for one of the open Senator positions. This growth is possible, but a lot of work will be needed to see its fruition. Good luck to everyone this semester, I am so excited to see what is ahead for IUSB.

Joanna Reusser

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The Single Life

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

Being single is not the end of the world and can be the beginning of an entirely new world. A world where you can be yourself and discover who you are without being defined by a significant other. After being dumped, things can look pretty bleak. This is not a good reason to jump right back on the dating horse. It may be healthier to stop dating for a while, as ludicrous as that  sounds.      So many women and men feel the need to always be in a relationship. Downtime is not really an option and there is not a lot of focus on who you as an individual. If you can not live with yourself, then no one else should be expected to live with you either. It is important to be content with who you are—without having that assurance of someone being romantically involved with you. If you know about you, then you know what you want, and can look for the same qualities in someone else.

As cliché as this is; all good things come to he who waits.  You will discover that you can be independent and find that you have the self-confidence that only you can give. Don’t let your self-confidence depend on whether or not you have a boyfriend or girlfriend to show off. Focus more on what you have discovered about yourself instead. Figuring out who you are and what you really want is worth the wait.

Carlie Barr

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Dealing with PMS

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

Most college-age women have experienced some form of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) during their lives, and some deal with symptoms such as cramps, fluid retention, and mood swings on a monthly basis.

While PMS is an uncomfortable issue for some people to discuss, it is important that women know what they can do to decrease these symptoms and better her quality of life. There are many steps women can take to deal with the feelings they experience during PMS.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on their website, has compiled the following list of ways to ease symptoms of PMS:

1) Take a daily multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid, as well as a calcium supplement with Vitamin D.

2) Exercise regularly.

3) Eat healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

4) Avoid salt, sugary foods, caffeine, and alcohol, especially when experiencing symptoms.

5) Get enough sleep. Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night.

6) Find healthy ways to cope with stress, such as talking to friends, exercising, or writing in a journal.

7) Don’t smoke.

While this list may seem next to impossible for a college student to maintain (for example, there are some days when we just can’t get 8 hours of sleep, and we absolutely must have caffeine), it is crucial to both the physical and mental health of women that we get regular exercise and learn to cope with stress in healthy ways.

In this pursuit, IUSB students are lucky to have access to the Health and Wellness Center and exercise facilities. While it can be uncomfortable at first to work out in front of other students, the positives far outweigh the negatives for female IUSB students. If we join together as women and create an atmosphere of support and friendliness, we can all benefit from better physical and mental health, and decrease our symptoms of PMS.

Surely that is a worthy goal.

Rachel Custer

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Indiana University Presidential Speech

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

The Indiana University Board of Trustees are looking for your help to select the 18th president of our university.

Since Trustee Sue Talbot officially announced the search on Sept. 13th, the Presidential Search Committee has interviewed nearly a dozen possible candidates.

Vision readers may recall the controversy stirred up on the Bloomington campus after  former IUSB SGA President, Mike Renfrow was placed as the student representative on that committee.

The search committee is now asking for advice and suggestions from the students.  “The Trustees of Indiana University are interested in hearing from all constituencies… They would value your advice on the characteristics, qualifications, and skills that the new IU president should possess, and they would be pleased to receive the names of any individuals deserving of serious consideration.”

The committee has not set a deadline for a successor to be named, but President Herbert has announced his desire to leave the position by July 31st.

Mike Renfrow told the Vision, “We are progressing nicely and hope to finish the process without any major glitches.  I think the students and the state will be happy with the outcome.”

Students can leave their comments for the board by sending an email to

Jarrod Brigham

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This Week in History

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

Since the early origins of the City, the South Bend Fire Department has held a reputation as one of the finest Departments in the Midwest.  The area’s first organized fire protection commenced operations on January 29, 1853.  Twelve years before the incorporation of the city, the group consisted of a unpaid volunteers in two companies.  The Department grew to include three engines, three hose companies, and one hook and ladder and bucket company by 1868, and in 1887 became a full time paid fire department. 

The Department continued to evolve along with South Bend rapidly growing, and by 1919 boasted to sixty-seven men in twelve companies.

The Department presently employees 248 full time Firefighters in four divisions, and service a population of approximately 107,700.  Each division provides specialized functions to the effectiveness of the Department.

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Club Showcase: International Student Organization

Posted by iusbvision on January 25, 2007

Home can be anywhere ranging from a city block up to 10,000  miles or more and round-trip airfare away from campus.  These people are better known as the exchange students at IUSB and the answer to their accommodating needs is the International Student Organization (ISO).

Through the ISO students of various countries can submerge themselves in American culture at IUSB as well as teach the campus about their own culture in the process.

The ISO collaborates with a number of clubs on campus—making them an active club with numerous campus and community events.  Such events include Potlucks throughout the year as well as the popular community-recognized International Food Fest held in the spring.

For those students who are miles away from family and friends, the ISO is there to help everyone feel welcome.  Club President, Felix Marquez states that “the purpose of [the ISO] is to help international students participate in campus activities and create opportunities to show their different cultures to fellow students at IUSB and the South Bend community”.

The ISO is open to all students at IUSB. To contact the ISO, email Club President, Felix Marquez, at, or stop by the office located in the Gunther and Barbara Jordan International Center at 1722 Hildreth St. (5 houses from Schurz Library).

Stacy Rummel

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Graphic credits for 3.1

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

Judcial Council Ruling Removes Senator

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Going Where No Lover Has Gone Before


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Submit General Letters to the Editor (Volume 3, Issue 1)

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

If you would like to submit a general letter to the editor just click the ‘comments’ link below.  Thank you for your continued readership!

The IUSB Vision Staff

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Judicial Council Ruling Removes Senator

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

Technically the score is SGA: 1, Erkki KochKetola: 1. Unfortunately for the defendant, a Judicial Council trial tends to be more like boxing than any other sport, and the sole legal blow has led to KochKetola’s  knockout from the ring of the Senate.

Two charges were filed in the case of the Student Government Association versus Senator Erkki KochKetola. The first charge of the violation of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct via harassment of Chief Justice Charles F. Norton resulted in an acquittal under the reasoning that the IUSB Office of Judicial Affairs – as opposed to the SGA’s Judicial Council – holds the authority to decide on such matters. The second charge of failure to follow the spirit of the IUSB SGA Constitution resulted in a conviction by the Judicial Council, resulting in the dismissal of Senator KochKetola from the SGA.

In the ruling of the Judicial Council, two specific sections comprised the conviction on this charge of failure to follow the spirit of the Constitution. The first of these sections was the clause in the constitution that “All decisions of the Judicial Council shall be final and go into effect immediately”. In this context, the charge was that Mr KochKetola dissented with a previous ruling, in a manner that undermined the authority of the Judicial Council.

Statements from the IUSB Vision Weblog by Mr KochKetola were quoted in the trial and in the ruling, disputing the ruling of the previous case of KochKetola v. Vigil. In addition, an email to the Judicial Council by Mr KochKetola stated that the decision was “null and void”, which was specifically quoted as part of the reasoning for the conviction.

The second section of the conviction revolved around accusations that Mr KochKetola voted against the appointment of Chief Justice Norton in a manner which constituted discrimination based on political beliefs. The ruling was based on a combination of testimony from an unnamed witness and Mr KochKetola’s voting in opposition to Chief Justice Norton and Justice Sherin Raval. The witness stated that Mr KochKetola was against Chief Justice Norton’s appointment “because of his mind games and political beliefs” and that he was of the opinion that Mr Norton’s political stance could affect his decisions.

Mr KochKetola disputes the ruling, considering it an attempt by the SGA to limit his right to free speech. In an e-mail interview with the Vision, he said, “I believe the ruling was intended to muzzle me. I have been outspokenly critical of the Judicial Council and of other SGA officers… I believe this sets a very dangerous precedent.” Chief Prosecutor Teresa Santos and President Marcus Vigil in interviews said that the actions of the defendant crossed the boundaries of how a senator can dissent.  “It does demonstrate that it is possible to take things too far,” said President Vigil.

The charges were filed following an email to members of the SGA from an IUSB alumnus stating that then Senator KochKetola’s statements about the Judicial Council could undermine the employment opportunities of an IUSB alumnus. While no further information is available as to whether this risk was eventually realized, 7 of the 12 senators signed a petition on 31 October 2006 requesting the Judicial Council to determine if charges should be filed. The trial was held the 8 December 2006, with Senator Teresa Santos as Head Prosecutor, and Mr Cole Belt as counsel for the defendant. Justice Joe Spencer was appointed Acting Chief Justice when Chief Justice Norton recused himself from the case.

While the case has resulted in his dismissal as a senator, Mr KochKetola said to the Vision that he will “seek whatever remedies that are available”, and a rematch in the ring of university politics may indeed be in IUSB’s future.

Dissent or the nature of dissent?

The ruling, especially in the area of Mr KochKetola’s comments on the IUSB Weblog, bring questions of the limitations of freedom of speech in the context of disagreements with the SGA. Acting Chief Justice Spencer, in an e-mail interview, said that while there would never be action taken that would limit freedom of speech of students, the role of a senator creates certain limitations.  Calling Mr KochKetola’s stance a “childish position when representing the view points of the student body”, he said that this was behavior unfit for the role of a senator. “Though (Senator KochKetola) claims to want separation of powers and a stricter due process, here he is also demanding that his view points, as a member of the legislative body, be used to make law through the Judiciary, and he would not rest until this happened.”

Erkki KochKetola seemed to have the same opinion of the Judicial Council, that “The student body should be alert that they (the Judicial Council) consider themselves a law unto themselves.”  describing his comments as being “outspokenly critical” of the Judicial Council and other SGA officers, said that the decision of the Judicial Council limited the right of freedom of speech of senators. “I believe that this sets a very dangerous precedent, in that it allows future SGA members to be removed from office for being outspoken about their disagreements”.

Head Prosecutor Santos, in an interview with the Vision, said that it was not only the existence of dissent, but the nature of the dissent which resulted in charges being filed. In the ruling of the Judicial Council, Mr KochKetola was quoted as using words such as “I have little patience for bull****”, and that the Judicial Council “botched” the previous decision. Prosecutor Santos said, “If he had spoken in a reasonable way, the charges may not have been filed. There is a reasonable way to handle things and an unreasonable way to handle things.”
Mr KochKetola stated that while the tone of his statements may have been strident, he asserted his right to free speech. “It likely exacerbated the problem, and I think that it was unnecessarily harsh, but I stand by my right to express these opinions.” He added that he was given no warning that his actions would lead to legal repercussions. “I believed I was legitimately exercising my rights to free speech and due process.”

The arena of politics

While the SGA is inherently a political system, the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities holds political beliefs as a protected class.  When asked about whether a distinction should be made between discrimination on the basis of political beliefs and basing a vote on a person’s ability to set aside political beliefs, Acting Chief Justice Joe Spencer replied, “Yes… the nondiscrimination policy does not apply to someone’s character. Where we disagree is what kind of character Chief Justice Charles Norton has. I have seen him only act in a professional manner while acting as a justice.”

To the same question, Mr KochKetola replied, “My decision to vote against the appointment of Chuck Norton was not based on discrimination of political beliefs. If that had been the case, then I would have voted against Ms. Reusser’s elevation to Vice President, Mrs Renfrow’s appointment to the fifth Justice seat, and Ms Muncie’s appointment to the Senate. I have a clear voting record of voting for people whose political beliefs I know to differ from my own.”

A conservative bias?

When asked whether the decision could be construed as an example of a conservative bias, Mr KochKetola replied instead, “I believe that it’s an example of a Student Government which has been poorly led and poorly supervised and which… has abridged the rights of one of its members.” Acting Chief Justice Spencer said that he is personally not a conservative, and that the politics was not a factor in the decision of the Council.  He said, “Though there may be a conservative bias on campus… we would never make a decision based on a political bias. Individuals may err, but that is why there were four justices, who came together and made a unanimous decision.”

Constitutional grey areas

Chief Prosecutor Teresa Santos, in relating the chronology of the events leading to this ruling, said that Acting Chief Justice was appointed by Chief Justice Norton who recused himself from the proceedings. The question which arises is if the person who is recusing himself appoints the successor, what is the point of recusing oneself? Addressing this apparent conflict of interest, SGA President Marcus Vigil in a telephone interview said that no specific provisions exist for this situation, and that “in moments of ambiguity, it is up to the branch itself how to handle it.” President Vigil also mentioned that the key factor was that Chief Justice Norton removed himself from a voting capacity, and that the main role of the Acting Chief Justice was keeping an order to the proceedings, while the decision was made by majority vote of the remaining justices.

President Vigil was also asked whether instances like this demonstrate constitutional uncertainty. He replied, “Overall, the Constitution does need some refining” and said that it was a goal of 2007 to settle those constitutional grey areas.

Andrew Filmer

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Clinton Top Man at National Security Stole Documents to Thwart 9/11 Commission

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

Sandy Berger was Bill Clinton’s National Security Advisor and was the national security campaign advisor for the Kerry campaign in 2004. The story broke in 2004 that Berger had been caught taking documents from the National Security Archive and that some were never returned even after his home was searched.

So why is this news today… keep reading.

Berger pleaded guilty under a deal where he told the court that his actions were unintentional and that he accidentally discarded some of the documents. Berger had made statements to the press such as “I deeply regret the sloppiness involved, but I had no intention of withholding documents from the commission, and to the contrary, to my knowledge, every document requested by the commission from the Clinton administration was produced,” and “When I was informed by the Archives that there were documents missing, I immediately returned everything I had except for a few documents that I apparently had accidentally discarded” (AP July 19, 2004).

All of this was a pack of lies and Berger was let go with a small fine.

The Inspector General of the National Security Archive has released a report just before Christmas explaining Berger’s actions in detail.

Berger had taken documents and memos that concerned the Millennium Bombing After Action Report that was written by Richard Clarke who worked for Berger on the National Security Council. Berger took those documents by shoving them down his pants and in his pockets, told the people at the National Security Archive that he was going out for a break and took the documents and put them under a nearby construction trailer and later went back to retrieve them – so much for unintentional.

So what was in this report that was so damning that Berger risked jail for which to destroy?  Former Attorney General John Ashcroft referenced parts of this report in his testimony to the 9/11 Commission. Ashcroft said in his testimony “This National Security Council Millennium After Action Review declares that the United States barely missed major terrorist attacks in 1999 and cites luck as playing a major role, according to Ashcroft’s testimony. It’s clear from the review that actions taken in the millennium period, Y2K should not be the operating model for the US government.”

What is known of the report tells of “glaring weaknesses” in national security that are too lengthy to report here but suffice it to say the Clinton Administration knew about substantial Al-Qaeda cells in the United States a full 17 months before the September 11 attacks, and did not make begin to implement the recommendations made by Richard Clarke and the rest of the National Security Council staff and that is what they wanted to keep from the 9/11 Commission and the press.

Bill Clinton himself lied about the Millennium Bomb Plot when he said, “Well, we did a great job on that. Our plan really worked well. We got it. We got it”. The Millennium After Action Report refutes that statement because it makes it clear that there was no plan.

This also helps to shed light on why leading Democrats were strong-arming ABC Television to not air their 9/11 movie which criticized the Clinton Administration for just such lapses.

Berger lied to the courts, to government investigators, and to the press. He lied in his plea deal and got off with a fine. So why did Martha Stewart go to jail for allegedly lying to investigators? Oh that’s right; Berger is a leading Democrat so that’s different.

Chuck Norton

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Super Bowl XLI?

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

The holiday season is behind us and the football season is at its peak. Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to watch the Indianapolis Colts (12-4) play an unbelievable game against the Kansas City Chiefs (9-7), raising concerns for those of us Bears (13-3) fans hoping for a Bears victory over the Colts in this year’s super bowl.

Although many know it is far too early to anticipate a Colts vs. Bears super bowl, I am definitely one of wishful thinking. Although if the Bears quarterback Rex Grossman keeps playing the way he has been, the Bears are definitely in trouble in their upcoming game this weekend.  Right now, many Bears fans are struck with a miniature panic attack every time they see the ball leave Grossman’s hand. In their last game against the Green Bay Packers (8-8), Grossman threw four interceptions in the first half.  In the second, they brought out their backup, Brian Griese, who managed to throw two more interceptions before the end of the game.  Most feel the Bears would have a better chance if their renowned defense had the ball the whole game. One fan stated in his frustration, “When Evil Grossman shows up we should take a page from Coach Red Beaulieu’s [The Waterboy (1998)] play book and just have the offense take a knee for three plays and punt it back, at least then we’d have a chance.”

However, last night the Colts defense was very much looking like the Bears. The Kansas City Chief weren’t allowed a first down until the end of the third quarter.  Meanwhile, the Colt’s Peyton Manning had already instigated a number of drives accumulating over twenty first downs.  Overall Manning didn’t have a par game; he threw three interceptions and failed two very important drives at the beginning of the game. In fact, he was looking much like the Bears Rex Grossman when he’s having a bad, dare I say normal, day.

The buzz around town right now is a Colts vs. Bears super bowl. If Rex Grossman can pull himself together for the playoffs and the Colts defense keeps playing the way they played last night, there is a good chance for it to happen.  Although if the Colts defense plays the way they did last night, I’m afraid the Bears will not stand a chance against the Colts in the end game. Now if somehow Rex Grossman gets as good as Peyton Manning, Bears fans like myself don’t have anything to worry about.  Hoping for something like this would be living in absolute denial. Then again, many said the same thing about the Colts defense about two weeks ago.

Craig Chamberlin

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Pregnancy Scares

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

Ever ponder that feeling of whether or not you’re pregnant before you have or miss your period? It’s like that two week worry in limbo of what to do. You kinda want to find out, but then you are too much in denial about buying a test to be sure. They do make pregnancy tests that read positive or negative less than two weeks after conception. Plus, you’re period’s due in two weeks anyway, so you’ll just hold tight until then. Right?

Since the female mind over-analyzes everything she encounters, this two week standby can be excruciating. Every aspect of your day points to a neon sign saying “PREGNANT”. Breast tenderness for normal PMS morphs into milk ducts filling up. Craving sweets or excessive food intake is “for the baby”. Any nausea or sickness is automatically linked to morning sickness. For a challenge, tampons go on sale the same week as diapers. Anything is open for interpretation.

I’m assuming many of you have had your share of pregnancy scares, denials, or worries when all along it was due to over-active imagination. I am wondering if any of you changed your lifestyle over this scare (i.e. didn’t drink, smoke, etc.) just in case you were with child. After your period, you are reassured, and life goes back to normal again. Does anyone actually learn from these pregnancy scares? Normally, we say “I’m glad that’s over” and the next month or six months from now—it’s the same thing.

I’m not promoting unprotected sex because even in protected sex, things can go wrong. Conception is conception regardless of what measures were taken for prevention. I am just baffled at how worked up women get over pregnancy scares. I’m not sure what triggers them. From my own experiences, I am trying to figure out if the scares are fed by sincerely wanting a baby or for other reasons like a guilt trip for the father (yes I am that malicious, and yes, I am better than that to actually do it).

Whatever the reason, we girls can be just stupid and we think we know our own bodies inside and out thanks to the sexual revolution. What we don’t know is whether or not we are pregnant and how to deal in that pre-test/pre-period phase. We over-analyze to the point we start to believe we are carrying, or worse, we fall into denial and ignore symptoms until it may be too late. My advice is to go get tested the minute you have that scary feeling you might be pregnant. That way you will know for sure and stop worrying over every discomfort your body encounters.

Stacey Rummel

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Going Where No Lover Has Executed Before

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

Lovers and Executioners by the IUSB Theatre Company

Lovers and Executioners by John Strand, was staged in six performances last December by the IUSB Theatre Company.  The seven-character play was entirely in verse, and included a blend of comedy and drama.

Two characters of particular note were the extravagant conquistador Don Lope played by Abbey L. Frick, and the avenging wife Julie, played by Crystal S. Ryan. Both of these performers carried powerful voices that filled the theatre, and brought out the comedic lines of the script effectively. “What is this, conquistador humor?” was made particularly humorous by the exaggerated accent and motions of Don Lope, complete with an exuberant costume.

Their swordplay scenes, together with Zachary Hickle’s Octavius – with the amount of rehearsal effort so often underestimated – were exciting to watch. Bernard, played by Michael Kennel, was somewhat better as a jealous suitor in the comedic sections than as a remorseful husband later, but held a strong presence throughout.

Guzman and Constance, played by Brittany Gardener and Cassandra E. Nwokah, showcased some of the most impressive acting, with visual nuances and maximizing the full use of the stage floor being their fortes. Their shared main weakness was in enunciation.

The only other matters of concern were missing areas of repose and overall pace that lacked dramatic variety.

The stage effects, though few in number, added additional flavor to the play. Of particular note are the water in the fountain (in which Bernard is dunked several times) and the dramatic execution scene towards the end.

The script carried many parallels to works of Shakespeare; however, the overall tone of the play mirrored Mozart’s Don Giovanni, with the dark drama of the second half standing well away from the comedy of the first.

Any Trekkie in the hall would have quickly drawn a comparison of Julie’s magistrate robes with Q as judge in Star Trek. Despite some setbacks, it looks like the stage careers of IUSB theatre majors will indeed “live long and prosper”. Yes, my geek is showing…

Andrew Filmer

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