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Archive for January 26th, 2007

Graphic Credits for 3.2

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

Recent Report Gives Hope for Global Warming 

Planet: http://www.notinourname.net/graphics/globes/earth_graphics.html
Flame: http://www.bravo.co.uk/blade/
    

Indiana University Presidential Search
http://www.indiana.edu/

The Single Life
http://pescefuordacqua.blog.kataweb.it/ 
        

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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 womenshealth.gov 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 nextpres@indiana.edu.

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.

Article and Graphic Source:http://www.southbendin.gov/city/departments/fire/history.asp 

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