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Archive for February, 2007

Double Dribble in Budgeting?

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

When the assessments are in come next month, the student government and the athletics department face tough issues and pressing questions. Is there a serious problem of fiscal discipline in IUSB athletics – or does the SGA need to change its expectations of the price tag of a strong university program?

The activity fee that comes on every student’s bill comes up to more than most might realize. This current year’s total is a two-dollar bill short of six hundred and sixty thousand dollars – considered low compared to previous years. To put it in perspective, that’s about the cost of twenty low-end Hummers, or twenty thousand copies of the upcoming Harry Potter novel. The SGA is entrusted with handling these funds and arranging budgets for the Chancellor to confirm, and of these various financial plans, the athletics budget takes up some 23%, second only to the running of the Student Activities Center.

The issue of budgetary concerns of the athletics department dates back to September 2005 when an overrun of some $44,000 was highlighted. The SGA financed the deficit, but considered $8,900 written off in support for a women’s basketball event. As to the remaining amount, a plan was constructed by Executive Director Jeffrey Walker to finance its return from the athletics department to the student fund over a four-year period. Last year was, according to this plan, when the first installment of $10,000 was due to be returned – instead, a further deficit of $24,000 was recorded, this time covered through the office of Vice Chancellor Caul.

According to Mr Walker, the amount provided to athletics is unrealistic, with the starting point necessitating the athletics department to raise between six to fifteen thousand dollars through its own fundraising. “Something has to happen – we have to start with a zero balance,” he said in an interview with the Vision. In detailing the department’s management of funds, he asserted, “There’s no fat in this budget.”

Nevertheless, even the high end of $15,000 was still less than the deficit of the past year, even more so considering that the first installment was not covered. According to Mr Walker, the contributing factors to the deficit included an unavoidable increase in student insurance of some $20,000, and prior restrictions by IU Vice President Clapacs on fundraising efforts, who “made the final determination that we cannot raise banners” on railings as a form of sponsorship. He added that other forms of income revenue had their own limitations. “Ticket sales are relatively insignificant – it’s a different kind of campus,” Mr Walker said, adding that things may change with the advent of further student housing.

In efforts to take forward-moving financial strides, a new arrangement for sponsorships has been approved. Instead of banners, official sponsorship boards would be provided for support of $2,000 to the IUSB Titans. Two such boards are currently on a wall of the SAC. Mr Walker noted other possibilities such as camps, golf outings and a benefit run, and was cautious about the additional option of marketing the SAC due to displacing students. He resisted both setting a time table in putting these options into effect, as well as more stringent suggestions such as staff reduction, and arranging games with larger schools which would provide financial support but would likely overwhelm the IUSB athletes on the court.

SGA President Marcus Vigil was contacted to assess the options the student government could consider. He noted that the financial situation of the athletics budget has been a matter of concern, seen in the previous budgetary SGA meeting of April 28, 2006 when strong opinions were voiced to Mr Walker. The further deficit became a matter of additional concern, according to Mr Vigil, noting that though the overrun was not covered by the SGA, the overall financial direction was negative. “There’s concern, absolutely,” he said, “that’s why it’s important to stay focused.”

When asked if the $10,000 that was not returned could be forced via a cut into the future budget by the same figure, Mr Vigil responded, “In no way does the SGA want to cripple the athletics department or the growth of the athletics department.”

Nevertheless, he noted that the situation could call for the students to voice their concern over the situation. “A lot of the student government’s ability is to vocalize and to spotlight certain issues… That’s usually enough pressure to force a solution.” Mr Vigil added that an example of what the SGA could decide is to pass to resolution, which would then lead to further action and meetings with the IUSB administration.

Come next month, there are two likely possibilities. Option 1 is that SGA will accept Mr Walker’s position that a good athletics program, which is essential for campus identity, has a price tag to it, and provide further leeway in fundraising. Option 2 is that the student government will dispute the Executive Director’s view that the 2005 “Back to Black” presentation was a plan but not necessarily a commitment, and find less than comfortable ways to redefine what really constitutes budgetary “fat”.

Andrew Filmer

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An Open Letter to the Bulletin Board Committee

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

The new bulletin board policy has several problems that the bulletin board committee needs to address.

First, allowing the administration to take bulletin boards away from all clubs and then dole them out per their discretion can be seen as viewpoint discrimination. It is a violation of freedom of speech to take away the bulletin boards of clubs that already have them and give them out as the director sees fit. 

If the director takes away all bulletin boards, then to be fair, if one club receives a board from the director, then all clubs should be given a board from the director.  If one viewpoint is going be given a board by the director, thereby being endorsed by the university, then all viewpoints must be given a board.

Requiring approval for postings by a single person hinders the abilities of clubs to  market their activities.

The problem with this is the turn around time the Office of Student Life requires. It is well documented that requests sent to the office of student life require excessive time to be addressed. If a club has to submit a request and wait for the director to review it and then wait for a response, clubs will not be able to market impromptu events. The current procedure of making flyers and getting them stamped and immediately being able to market the event is much more efficient and club friendly.  This new policy is restrictive and hinders the clubs ability to invite non-members to their events.

Giving the Director of Student Life the ability to withhold approval of club’s postings if he deems them “potentially offensive” violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  It was designed to protect potentially offensive speech. This also violates the purpose of a university. Campuses are supposed to be a medium for the free exchange of ideas. All speech is potentially offensive to someone. When Campus Bible Fellowship posts a gospel message proclaiming the teachings of Jesus Christ, it can be offensive. When the GSA advertises a drag show, it can be offensive. When the biology department promotes evolution, it can be offensive.  A multitude of other student clubs are by definition offensive to a portion of the student body, i.e. College Republicans, College Democrats, Students for Common Sense, etc. 

By giving the director authority to decide whose views can be shown on campus, it creates an environment for viewpoint discrimination.

The committee needs to address the absence of reimbursement of funds to clubs who paid for their bulletin boards. There are clubs on campus that needed to purchase a bulletin board in order to market their events. This policy confiscates their boards and only allows them to petition the Office of Student Life for the board that they paid for. This is theft!

If there is a problem with not having enough boards for clubs, then those clubs can either purchase a board or wait their turn. If there is to be a new policy, it must address these concerns.

Jarrod Brigham

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Inconvenient Questions Global Warming Alarmists Don’t Want You to Ask.

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

Global Warming alarmists like to tell people that the Earth is warming and that man is the primary cause. They point to us, not evidence that has been verified over and over using the scientific method, but instead they show us “computer models” and claim that there is a “consensus” that man is the primary cause of global warming. So below are some of the questions that such alarmists do not want to answer.

If man is the primary cause of global warming please explain what man did to warm us out of the last five known ice ages.

According to NASA, 2004 was the fourth warmest year on records since the 1800’s. If man has caused the Earth to continually warm why were the 1800’s warmer than today, especially considering that the world was far less populated and industrialized than it has been since 1930?

According to the BBC, China’s factories and homes burn 40% more coal than the United States, yet proposed treaties that are alleged to address global warming focus on regulations in the United States and give China a pass. Why?

According to the Illinois State Museum there have been 20 known glacial advances and retreats in the last two million years. So why is this one man’s fault?

Why is Al Gore’s name not on his own movie poster? Take a look.

Why did Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia say that “Gore’s circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention”

According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies solar output has been increasing by .05% per decade since the 1970’s. How can you be certain that solar output has an effect that is far less than man? (Update: Solar output noticably started decreasing in the last few years and according to some data sets global warming has leveled off and is now showing a slight reduction)

If man is the primary cause of global warming why is it that NASA has a study on their web site that shows how solar activity increases and decreases actually correlate to North-American temperature changes since 1700? Why did the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, publish a study by Turkish physicist Ali Kilcik that demonstrated a parallel between solar activity change and variations in the Earth’s climate?

Why is it that in the years between 1645-1715, which was the middle of what is called “The Little Ice Age” with the coldest average European temperatures known, coincide with what astronomers call the Maunder Minimum, the lowest period of sun spot and solar activity recorded?

According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology the moons of Neptune and the former planet Pluto are warming. What has man does to cause this global warming?

Why have leading astronomers such as Philip Marcus of the University of California at Berkeley published studies that show that Jupiter is warming?

If consensus creates such a scientific certainty, explain why a study done by the University of Ioannina School of Medicine in Greece and published in the Public Library of Science Medicine, shows that more than 50% of published studies are later proven to be false; saying that small sample sizes, poor study design, researcher bias, and selective reporting and other problems combine to make most research findings false?

After Hurricane Katrina, the global warming alarmists said that because of global warming the following hurricane seasons would continue to grow more harsh and destructive, only to  be followed by one  the mildest hurricane seasons on record. Why?

Why did the Senate vote down the Kyoto Treaty unanimously in 1998? Why has Canada also pulled out of the treaty?

According to the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, not only is solar output rising, but the polar ice caps on Mars are melting. Could it be that this is happening because the Mars Rover is an SUV?

How can any causes of global warming be tabulated accurately when, according to the Journal of Science, “A confusing array of new and recent studies reveals that scientists know very little about how much sunlight is absorbed by Earth versus how much the planet reflects, how all this alters temperatures, and why any of it changes from one decade to the next”?

Why has the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia measured global temperatures decreasing from 1998-2005?

Why does Dr. Richard M. Lindzen of the School of Atmospheric Science at MIT say that “Global-warming alarmists intimidate dissenting scientists into silence”? If Dr. Lindzen is wrong why did global warming alarmists stage a protest calling for the resignation of the heads of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for saying that Hurricane Katrina was a part of the natural hurricane cycle and had nothing to do with global warming?

Why has the popular U. S. based environmental magazine Grist called for Nuremberg-style trials for global warming skeptics?

According to the Associated Press, “First-of-its-kind core samples dug up from deep beneath the Arctic Ocean floor show that 55 million years ago an area near the North Pole was practically a subtropical paradise, three new studies show.” So how can man be the primary cause of global warming?

Why did Carleton University paleo-climatologist Professor Tim Patterson testify, “There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and Earth’s temperature over this [geologic] time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels were over ten times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half billion years. On the basis of this evidence, how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 levels would be the major cause of the past century’s modest warming”?

Why have three studies from universities in Norway and one in Russia shown that the glacial ice sheet in Greenland is growing? One Danish study says that the Greenland Glacial sheet has been shrinking for 100 years so where is the consensus?

Why does a study published in Science Express tell us that “satellite radar altimetry measurements indicate that the East Antarctic ice-sheet increased in mass by 45 ± 7 billion metric tons per year from 1992 to 2003”?

An article from Newsweek, “The Cooling World”, April 28, 1975 told us that if global cooling continues “The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now.” Why?

The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, a part of the Department of Energy, has studies that show that global carbon-dioxide levels have spiked every 100,000 years. How can man possibly be the primary cause of increased CO2 in the atmosphere?

Why have the hottest summers on record occurred in the 1930’s?

If the burning of fossil fuels by man is the primary cause of global warming, why did a recent United Nations report tell us that livestock are responsible for 18 percent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming; more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together?

Could you explain why from 1940-1970 global temperatures decreased while CO2 increased?

Of all of the possible causes of global warming (if it is indeed happening) please list for me in order of importance, what percentage each is responsible for in order and back it up with verifiable evidence that can be duplicated repeatedly. Fossil fuels, changes in solar activity, animal flatulence, the cyclical changing in the Earths rotational axis, ocean current changes, etc.

Are ethical scientists testing the scientific hypothesis with sound methods and quantifiable observations? The goal of the tests is to DISPROVE the hypothesis. It is the duty of the scientist to try their absolute best to disprove the hypothesis. If it cannot be disproved, it becomes theory, and over time, with more studies, is accepted as fact. To be responsible, don’t you have to look for evidence that disproves the theory and not ridicule or ignore those who publish it (because there is plenty out there)? Why do global warming alarmists do this and attack people so often?

Two new books about global warming have just been released, Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years, by physicist Fred Singer and The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change, by Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark and former BBC science writer Nigel Calder, which is due out in March. Both books say that global warming is a part of a natural cycle and give evidence to support the claim; do you intend to read the books?

Chuck Norton

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From the Vice – President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

At the last Board of Trustees meeting February 2, 2007, the Board made several decisions that will have direct impact on the IU South Bend campus. The University has the intention of implementing a university-wide no smoking policy. This is not an uncommon policy. IUPUI already has such a policy in effect. Currently, IUSB’s smoking policy bans smoking within 20 feet of all entrances and inside buildings. The SGA welcomes your comments on this matter.  Chief of Staff Kimberley Muncie will be attending the next AUSA (All University Student Association) meeting March 1-2 to give IUSB feedback. The meeting will be held at IUPUI. The goal of AUSA, an association of all of the leaders of the various IU campus student governments, is to be the central voice of the entire student body to the IU Board of Trustees.

Also announced at the last Board of Trustee meeting was a policy change in the car rental policy of IU. After the latest contract negotiations, IU students, over the age of 18 years, can now rent cars from Enterprise at the reduced IU rate. This policy change also allows rental without purchasing additional insurance for being a young driver.

While this is a very exciting time for IUSB’s growth and development, it is also a sad time as some of the individuals that have helped to shape this institution are leaving us. I wanted to take this moment to thank four individuals who have devoted countless hours to the students of IUSB.

After three and a half years as the Director of Development, Jan Halperin will be leaving for a position in Chicago at American Friends for Hebrew University.  Her last day was February 15. In addition to serving in an administrative capacity, Jan also devoted herself to causes such as the Chad Pearson Scholarship Dinner.  

Patty Dees, Director of Affirmative has announced she will be retiring. Her last day is May 8, 2007. Thanks Patty for all your hard work for the student body.

For the past twenty years, Rose Marie Hengesbach has tirelessly served the students of IUSB. Past positions include Career and Placement advisor, Financial Aid Director, and her current position as Director of Student Scholarships. Rose Marie was also the first recipient of the Mike Wargo Distinguished Alumnus Award that honors active IUSB alumni.  From personal experience, I know that Rose Marie is always willing to take time out of her busy schedule to help students in whatever way she can. Her contribution to the student body will never be forgotten. A retirement for Rose Marie will be held on February 28 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Alumni Room (AI 251B).  Her last day at IUSB is March 9, 2007. Thank-you for everything you’ve done! 

Jacquie Caul will be retiring July 1, 2007 from her current position as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Jacquie has been at IUSB for 20 years, serving in numerous positions. In her time at IUSB, Jacquie has been a huge proponent of student life and organizations. Thanks for all of your commitment to student growth Jacquie. Your “shoes” will be very, very hard to fill.

Please thank these ladies for their years of dedicated service.

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American Flag Trumped by City Council

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

Last month Donald Trump was confronted by the citizens of West Palm Beach, Florida for flying a 15 by 25 foot flag on top of an 80 foot flagpole at his newest hot spot club. The citizens of West Palm Beach argue he was violating zoning guidelines with a flagpole taller than 42 feet.  In order to fly a flag on a pole taller than 42 feet, Trump should have got a permit.

In an interview with Trump by Tom Gibson on Fox News, Trump stated, “I’m very proud of the country, and I don’t want to take down the American flag. And I don’t believe you need permits to put up the American flag.” This is an interesting issue as it raises an age old issue involving freedom of speech and expression. The constitution states “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech” and yet the restriction in height appears to offend Trump’s expression of his patriotism. In his lawsuit, Trump defends himself “A smaller flag and pole on Mar-A-Lago’s property would be lost given its massive size, look silly instead of make a statement, and most importantly would fail to appropriately express the magnitude of Donald J. Trump’s and the Club’s members’ patriotism.”

According to an article by USA today, Trump’s accumulated fine totals $17,500, which is $250 for each day of his permit violation. Interestingly, there appears no strong rationale behind the law regarding no height taller than 42 feet – and the most common defense against Trumps expression is “He should have obeyed the law and got a permit.”  In an interview with CNN’s Nancy Grace, Trump states, “I inquired about a permit, but they told me they would deny my request, so why should I waste my time applying”?   However, if there is no rationale behind the requirement of a permit in this situation, then it appears logical to allow him the expression his own speech on his property. This excludes potentially harmful or damaging speech.

There has yet to be a clear explanation as to why the size of the flag and pole has such stringent zoning policies. Until this is made clear, Trump has a very strong case involving his freedom to express his patriotism. It does not appear that Trump was simply trying to avoid paying for a permit, as per his previous statements. As per the premise of the constitution one should applaud Trump’s convictions to stand up for what he believes in despite legal pressures even if he turns out to be in the wrong.

Trump summarized his stance on this issue very well, “The day you need a permit to put up the American flag; that will be a sad day for this country.”

Craig Chamberlin

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Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

As I struggle to meet my varied commitments in a timely and efficient manner, I can’t help but think about those female college students who succeed in juggling so much more.

I admire these women, who work full-time jobs, raise children, organize a household, and still manage to get their homework done. However, I also find myself looking at these “superwomen” and feeling a distinct sense of uneasiness.

Sometimes I wonder if I will ever measure up, if I will ever be able to juggle all the commitments and responsibilities that make one, in our society, a “good” woman. It seems to me that a society’s successful woman is very different from its successful man.

A successful man excels at his job. A successful woman not only excels at her job, she excels at raising her children, keeping her house, and, not least in the eyes of the world, maintaining herself. And I must admit, to women like me, who struggle to find balance, those expectations are overwhelming.

Superwoman, of course, is a myth. But why, to be termed “good” by society, must women struggle to excel in so many areas, while men can focus on one. Perhaps the way for women to find balance is for society to begin to define men’s excellence, as well as women’s, by the way their children are raised, or the way their house is kept.

Speaking for myself, it would relieve some of the pressure if I knew that I would not be expected to be a Superwoman without the additional help of a Superman.

Rachel Custer

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The Dreaded Oil Change

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

Winter’s finally here and we all are making preparations for the new season. For most women, this is the opportunity to buy boots, coat, scarves, gloves, matching purse, and … an oil change???

There is nothing I despise more in this world than sitting in a waiting room leafing through Better Homes and Gardens  and Popular Mechanics magazines while waiting for a half hour for my car to be lubed up for the next 3,000 miles. This isn’t the worst of the torture.

After waiting for a while, a guy in overalls walks into the office and brings me outside to my car and asks me what kind of oil I want and to show me my air filter. Just when I think everything is fine, he pulls up on his screen that my car needs its tires rotated every X miles and that for the price of Y they could do that today as well as put weather-protected windshield wipers or something for an extra fee. I become annoyed and tune him out after he asked asks me what type of oil I preferred.

I understand this man was probably just trying to do his job.  If he was providing maintenance to me like a doctor would, I would want to know all of my options. I guess if I was more knowledgeable and confident about cars, then I wouldn’t feel inferior at the garages. It’s like the mechanics pick up on the uncertainty and thrive on it.

I know my oil needed to be changed. To me, oil is just oil even if the label proclaims to be “high performance” or for “3,000+” (this is where my ignorance shines). I also know when I say, “I would like an oil change, please” does not translate to “Change my oil, rotate my tires, give me new headlights, wipers, underbody, tune-up, and your complementary cups of coffee”.

Stacy Rummel

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IUSB Newman Catholic Student Association to Receive the Diocesan Jubilee Pilgrim Cross

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

The Diocese of Ft. Wayne/South Bend is celebrating its Sesquicentennial Jubilee Year! Yes, 150 years of Catholic presence in Northern Indiana.  (Indiana celebrated its statehood in 1816!)  The Diocesan boundaries stretch east from South Bend to Fort Wayne and includes cities on its southern borders like Huntington, Plymouth, Bremen, Walkerton and Culver.

The Jubilee Cross has been traveling from parish to parish throughout the diocese and has made stops at high schools, colleges and universities as well. There are over 80 parishes in the Diocese.  The cross is 9 feet tall and is made of plain wood.

The cross is a reminder of the great love Jesus has for all of us…that he emptied himself, gave himself completely so that we could have life in abundance. Let us pray for a strengthening of acceptance and love among our faith communities and that bonds within the entire diocese be further strengthened through Christ’s love poured out for us on the Cross. May His steadfast love endure forever in our hearts.

IUSB will receive the Cross on Wed, Feb 28, please join us for an ecumenical prayer service at 11 a.m. at the Peace Pole near the library–snow, rain or shine! After the short service, the cross will travel to Wiekamp and rest there during the 12 noon mass. A Pizza luncheon will follow for all those who attend. 

The purpose of the Jubilee Year dates back to the Old Testament; lands were returned to original owners, debts were pardoned, and slaves were freed. (Lev. 25:8-54)

In the New Testament, Jesus presents himself as the One who brings the old Jubilee to completion because He has come “to bring good news to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to announce release to captives and freedom to those in prison.”

In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II announced the Jubilee as the ‘Year of the Lord’s favor’, a year of remission of sins and of the punishment due to them…a year of reconciliation between disputing parties and a year of conversions and sacramental penance. In 2007, Bishop D’Arcy encourages us to challenge the “status quo” in each of us; to acknowledge the need to forgive and to be forgiven. Our personal sins are reflected or amplified on the corporate level causing, violence, poverty, injustice and discrimination. All of us are called to reconciliation.

A Jubilee is a year of reconciliation with ourselves, our God, our families and loved ones, our friends, colleagues and those who are not yet our friends. It is a year of Jesus Christ, who came to bring life and grace to all of humanity. The Jubilee Year will culminate at the University of Notre Dame on August 18, 2007, where a Eucharistic Congress will be held. 

Please join us on Wed, Feb 28, at the Peace Pole and at Holy Mass!  All are welcome!

Maria Pirrie

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IUSB Students go to Washington DC to Protest War

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

On January 27, under and supported by the IUSB club Students for Common Sense, five students joined in the “March for Peace” in Washington to voice a protest against the war in Iraq. IUSB students Andres Paz, Jennifer Hlawacz, Matthew Lopez, Erkki KochKetola, and Kevin Fuchs spent almost 12 hours on buses, a weekend of time and their own funds to join in the event.

Andres Paz, in speaking with the Vision, noted that participants at the March included celebrities, veterans and members of Congress.   According to Paz, the event began with representatives of various faiths including Islam, Christianity and Judaism praying for peace. The March also included various speakers including Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Jane Fonda.

“I participated to make my voice heard,” said Andres Paz. “In my opinion, this war has to stop and I wanted congress to hear that message.”

He also noted that the cost of travel was a considerable amount for full-time students. “The bus ride cost was $100 per passenger,” he said, ”but we were still willing to go.”

Andrew Filmer

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The Civil Rights Heritage Group Make History Come Alive

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

Located on the third floor of Wiekamp Hall, room 3210, is a small office called the Civil Rights Heritage Center. Please do not be misled by the size of those four walls as it does not do justice to the magnitude this powerhouse gives to the community and campus.

The goal of the Civil Rights Heritage Center is to revive and educate the commitment of the Civil Rights Movement to those living in today’s community. Members of this club do so by volunteering in activities like the Diversity Reading Program at area public schools, participating in the 21st Century Scholars Citizenship Enhancement Program, IUSB Summer Leadership Academy, as well as reliving history through Freedom Summer Tour.

The Civil Rights Heritage Center also contributes to the Natatorium at Adams High School to help promote and celebrate the study of the Civil Rights Movement in the North. A fraction of the goals the Civil Rights Heritage Center has for the future of the Natatorium includes having various community speakers, internships for IUSB students, and more exposure to the community.

In their free time, the Civil Rights Heritage Center takes field trips and does leisure activities. A recent trip taken this past year was to Chicago to visit the DuSable Museum of African-American history. Leisurely activities include the skating party and the potluck dinners.

One event that I had the opportunity to join was the trip to the Northern Indiana Center for History for the exhibit on the northern Civil Rights Movement that took place here in South Bend. With Dr. Tetzlaff and Stephanie McCune guiding us through the exhibit, I forgot about being on assignment, and enjoyed learning the rich history that is right out our front doors.

The Civil Rights Heritage Center is open to any students.  For more information please contact the Civil Rights Heritage Center at

Stacy Rummel

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Celebrating Black History

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

Jackie Robinson began his professional baseball career with the Kansas City Monarchs of he Negro league in 1945. He burst onto the Major League Baseball scene in 1947, breaking baseball’s color barrier and bringing his exciting style of play to the majors. In 1947, Robinson won the Rookie of the Year award. Behind the bat and legs of Robinson , the Dodgers won six pennants in his ten seasons. Robinson was named National League MVP in 1949, leading the league in hitting and steals, while knocking in 124 runs.

No athlete has had the impact on sports that Jackie Robinson did. Robinson opened the door for several generations of African-American athletes. In 1962, Jackie was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Sadly, Robinson died prematurely ten years later. Many feel his life was shortened due to the tremendous stress he underwent breaking the color barrier. To honor his memory, his number, 42, has been retired all across major league baseball.

Colin Powell served in the United States military for 35 years, rising to the rank of Four-star General. From 1989 to1993, Gen. Powell was as the first African American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense. While in this position, he oversaw 28 crises, including Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Powell served as the chairman of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, an organization dedicated to building the character and competence of young people. It was this experience that led many to believe he could become the Secretary of Education for the Bush administration.

President Bush nominated Colin L. Powell in December, 2000 as Secretary of State. After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he was sworn in as the first African American Secretary of State on January 20, 2001.

Clarence Thomas attended College of the Holy Cross, where he co-founded the school’s Black Student Union. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1974.

In 1981, he began his rise through the Reagan administration. He served as Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office of Civil Rights in the US Department of Education, and as Chairman of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush appointed Thomas to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 1991 President George H. W. Bush nominated Thomas to replace Thurgood Marshall after he announced his retirement. The Senate, in the closest confirmation vote for a Justice, confirmed Thomas as the first African American Supreme Court Justice. Thomas took his seat on October 23, 1991.

Guion Bluford Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1942. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State University in 1964. He then attended pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, and received his pilot wings in 1966. Following his training, he served his country in the Vietnam War, flying 144 combat missions.

After the end of the war, he returned to school and earned a Master of Science degree with distinction in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1974; a doctor of philosophy in aerospace engineering with a minor in laser physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1978.

Bluford became a NASA astronaut in August 1979. He became the first African American astronaut to fly in space on August 30, 1983. Bluford logged over 650 hours in space before retiring in 1993.

Carlie Barr

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Graphic Credits for 3.4

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

The Dreaded Oil change Black History MonthJackie Robinson:

Colin Powell:

Clareance Thomas:

Guion Bluford Jr.:

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Graphic Credits for 3.3

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

Club Showcase: English Club
Creationist/Evolution Articles

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

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 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!

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The Administration Seemed Paralyzed in the Cold

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

I slid through the intersection at Ironwood and Ewing sideways on Tuesday morning on the way to IUSB. I was traveling north on Ironwood and as the road dipped to the intersection I hit the brake. I was going less than 20mph but it made no difference. I slid down the hill while my anti-lock brakes chattered away. They had no effect. I was fortunate that the light was green or I would have been another casualty of that storm. In idle conversation that day I learned of three of my fellow students who had been in car accidents as a result of the weather, including SGA Justice Joe Spencer whose accident without injury.

The snow storm last week made travel difficult and dangerous. The city had completely dropped the ball on keeping the roads clear and/or salted. I saw cars that were off the road many times. A professor told me that she was too scared to drive do she took the bus and that the buss was sliding so much that it was scary. The bypass was barely passable. An 18 wheeled truck had flipped over on the bypass blocking traffic and the conditions were so bad that the truck could not be lifted and moved until late the next day. Several professors closed morning class.

I was still angry about the university being open under these conditions. SGA President Marcus Vigil said that he could not believe that they did not cancel class in these conditions. I asked myself how the administration could be so irresponsible and as if it was a minor miracle in timing I ran into an administration official who is one of the people that is tasked with advising the chancellor on whether or not to cancel classes. The conversation I had with this official was casual and happened before I realized that I would be writing a story on this issue. Since the conversation was not part of a proper interview so I cannot use this person’s name. This is how the conversation went.

Administration Official:  South Bend Schools are open aren’t they?

Answer: The students here at IUSB do not pay a six figure salary to some of our top administrators so they can shuffle off responsibility to someone in South Bend Schools who is not accountable to us. Most kids that go to South Bend Schools live close to bus routes that are plowed first. Several area school districts closed school early due to the conditions.

Administration Official: You are an adult, you can make a decision to come to class or not based on your best judgment so don’t try to make us responsible.

Answer: That is easy for you to say. You are on salary and get paid the same if you can make it in or not. You also don’t have classes where you could have missed lecture time or an exam if you could not get here. Some professors have ridiculous attendance policies so that any missed class has the potential of putting a dent in your GPA.

Administration Official: Look at all the people who made it here today, they all made it so what is the problem.

Answer: Lots of students did not make it here, several were in car accidents and several professors could not make it here, but that is not the point. If a series or tornadoes had ripped through the area like what happened in Florida this week and IUSB was still open, a majority of students and professors would still be able to make it in, but some wouldn’t and could end up dead and that IS the point.

Administration official: Once it gets passed 7:30 in the morning it is too late to close down.

Answer: It is never too late to announce that the remaining days classes are cancelled when the road conditions are so dangerous. Several area school districts closed early for this reason. Perhaps our administrators should call theirs and ask them how they amassed such courage.

Notice how each objection is an attempt to push responsibility off of themselves? Perhaps we all would have been safer if we could all have driven a massive 4-wheel drive urban assault vehicle to school such as a Hummer, a Cadillac Escalade or a Lincoln Navigator, but it takes more than money and toys to get a bureaucracy to make a wise decision. 

Is the bureaucratic mentality is the only constant in the universe?

Chuck Norton

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The Case for Evolution

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

Evolution is the process that explains how generations of organisms change in response to their environment.  This is also known as “natural selection,” and the main reason I believe it occurs is because I can see the proof in ancient fossils. The remains of plants and animals from the past are found to share common features with species alive today. A perfect example is the correlation between the bone structures of the “hands” in marine and terrestrial mammals. Both appendages share five “fingers,” which suggests a common origin.

Another example is the giraffe. Over millions of years the giraffe’s neck has grown longer in order for it to reach high into trees for scarce food.  Giraffes with short necks would have to find other sources of food or they would die. The offspring of giraffes that had a slight height advantage were successful in the environment and produced their own calves that also carried the gene for extra height.  The process continues over generations, resulting in the animal we see today. This supports natural selection.

You can also look at humans evolving. Consider the hair on humans. It must have once served a purpose or we would not have any hair at all.  It could be that the hair was used to protect us from the sun or to keep us warm. Or it could have been a vestige of our ancestry. Yet humans do not have the same amount as other animals. According to some evolutionary models the amount of hair on humans has lessened as time went on, perhaps as a reaction to clothing or domesticated living. One interesting hypothesis is that hair was lost in response to danger caused by mites and lice. Less hair meant less disease. Regardless of the reason, hair textures and amounts differ significantly between populations of people, but we are all human beneath that hair. 

Finally, I believe the theory of evolution is correct is because of the way my parents raised me. I was not brought up with religion so I had to find another way to explain who and why I am. Darwin’s theory of evolution offered me a way to see why we humans are on this planet, and the theory also helped explain why people are different. I am a “proof is in the pudding” kind of guy: if I can’t see it then I don’t believe it. To me it is obvious the process of evolution has occurred because of what scientists have found in the ground. Anthropologists are able to watch, in a sense, creatures that once shared an ancestor with monkeys slowly stand up and begin to walk.  These animals later grow a large brain with which to make tools and succeed in their environment. They eventually became what we are now – humans.

Soon the theory of evolution will also evolve and the truth will be known about the origin of life, and I for one cannot wait! THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING!

Max Maternowski
Guest Writer

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The Case for Intelligent Design

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

Why do I believe in Intelligent Design? The simple answer is of course that the Bible says so. However, for someone who does not accept the Bible as the source of absolute truth, that statement does not carry much weight.  So instead of explaining what the Bible says about creation, I will take this opportunity to share why I believe the Bible is the source of absolute truth, thus validating its statements about creation.

There are two particular reasons that I accept the Bible as God’s Word and thereby absolute truth. The first is its continuity. The Bible is the only book that was written over a 1500 year span, by over forty different writers from all walks of life, in different times and places, and in three different languages.  With all that diversity, it tells one story that all the authors agree upon. This is a phenomenon. I cannot find two people to completely agree upon a single subject, let alone forty! This is truly evidence that deserves attention.

The second is the fulfillment of prophecy. There are over 700 prophecies in the Old Testament that were fulfilled in the New Testament. At least 175 of them deal with the first coming of Jesus Christ. Many prophecies would be easy for Christ fulfill Himself, as many critics have pointed out, such as praying for his enemies (Psalm 109:4) and remaining silent before his accusers (Isaiah 53:7). It is the prophecies that Christ had no control over which drive the point home, such as being born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) and  not having his bones broken during the crucifixion (Psalm 34:20), (a mandatory practice for those crucified).

These two examples are just two of many reasons that I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. As far as science is involved, the Bible has always been on the cutting edge of scientific fact, even before scientists made their discoveries. For example, Aristarchus (310 B.C. – 230 B.C.) is the earliest scientist believed to have theorized that the Earth had a set orbit. However, 600 years earlier, the Book of Psalms records that the Earth has been established so that it cannot be moved.  This is talking about the Earth’s orbit. It has an established orbit so it does not float into space.

It is also commonly believed that the Greeks discovered that the Earth was round.  Pythagarus, in 500 B.C. is commonly credited with this discovery. However, again, the Bible was on the scene first. In 800 B.C., the prophet Isaiah recorded that God “sits above the circle of the Earth”.  The Hebrew Bible taught this scientific fact hundreds of years before science “discovered” it.

There are many other examples that I would be happy to debate on our Weblog. I encourage both creationists and evolutionists to visit our Weblog for the free exchange of ideas.

Jarrod Brigham

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Student Life Budget Crunch

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

It is that time of year when attention shifts to budget issues, and in the world of the student government there are two budgets that are particularly important. The first and more far reaching of the two is the Indiana state budget.  Here is where in one small way the fate of students’ tuition will be decided. Over the past five years the state has averaged an increase of 1.7% to the IU budget. This is far below the inflation rate. At the same time, the state put a cap on tuition increases, limiting any increase to 4.9%. While many are for tuition caps, with no additional support from the state it has caused a fiscal tension in our institutes of higher education statewide.

The future could be bright, though. According to the budget presentation from the Governor’s office, he looks to be pushing forward an increase in funding of 5% which would help to bridge the gap in any project budget shortfalls for the campus over the next two years. The real question is how that 5% will be divided. Is it going to be an across the board raise, or will it go to things like the IU Life Science initiative, or to projects that more directly affect our campus, like the renovation of the Associates Building?

However the budget turns out this year, you can make a difference by actively lobbying your legislature during this year’s “Get On the Bus” trip to the statehouse, a free trip to Indy. It is a chance to play a part in the government and it is organized by the Alumni Association and the Student Government. In addition, clubs can earn money by attending the event. For more details contact the Alumni Office in Room 100 of the administration building or the SGA in Room 202 of the SAC.

The next budget in question is the Student Activity Fee budget. This fee is located on students’ bills every semester and is a slightly exceeding $50 for a full time student. Perhaps only a few students completely understand what that fee entails and how it is administered. On this issue, a member of the student government spoke to the Vision on the condition of anonymity. The source explained that this year’s budget is going to be tight. According to the source the fee has generated around $670,000 which was scaled back about $50,000 from the previous year. This money covers everything from the athletics program, free student tickets to arts events, subsidized childcare for students, funding for the publication board, and the actual funding of the SGA itself. The Senate determines how much goes into these various accounts, under the approval of the Chancellor. “Last year’s cut in the activity fee budget was extremely hard on all the departments. Some were completely cut out such as the counseling center and club counsel, while most everyone else took around a 10% hit,” the source stated.

The source added that there is no new money for this year’s budget so the financial belts will remain tight. “One of the biggest problems facing this administration is the issue that inside of this stagnant budget are many full time salaries. These salaries have mandatory increases every year and that is eating away at the actual expendable amount of money. It basically equates to less programs.” According to another source, the tightening of the budgetary belt can be seen in the reduced hours of the SAC this year. That change also came with an increase in the SAC membership fees that the facility charges faculty, staff, and alumni.

If past records are an indication, the SGA will hold its open budget hearings sometime in March. Here they allow all the departments that receive funding from the fee, plus anyone new who wishes to start receiving funding, to present their proposed budget. The SGA will then compile these budgets and vote on the lot as a whole. This approved budget is then passed up the chain till final approval is given by Chancellor Reck.

This year’s hot topic items are said to include the current SGA members stipends and whether or not they should be lowered, the creation of a health fee to support the under funded Wellness Center, and a follow up of the athletics department. The athletics department, according to a presentation by Executive Director Jeff Walker in the September 2, 2005 SGA minutes (located online), ran $44,000 over budget and made a promise to repay the money over the course of four years.

Rashida Vindic
with additional reporting by:
Jarrod Brigham

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Club Showcase: English Club

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

Language is one of our primary methods of communication. It is how we articulate and share our inner thoughts, feelings and perceptions of the world. It is how we learn to understand each other and the diversity of life and culture that exists in our world.

The love of language and the desire to facilitate and encourage communication between students and the community at large is the basis of the IU South Bend English Club.

Formed during the fall semester 2006 with only a few members, the club has grown to 31 and counting. Club events for the spring 2007 semester include a One Book, One Campus discussion at Barnes & Noble at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 6th. This is a discussion of the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman.

Scheduled on Thursday, February 15th, is a Writer’s Workshop on the Wiekamp Bridge at 6:00 p.m. Writers are encouraged to attend with 1-3 samples of poetry. Also scheduled is a movie night on Thursday, February 8th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Wiekamp Auditorium (DW 1001). This event is only open to members, but people can join at the door.

Future events may include a visit to the Lilly Library at Bloomington (they have a large rare books collection), the Shakespeare Festival in Canada, attending Notre Dame performances by the Actors of the London Stage, and a trip to Navy Pier in Chicago.

Membership in the club is open to anyone expressing interest in literature and creative writing. There are no dues to join. If you are interested, please send an email to The club meets twice a month, normally on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in room 206 in the SAC. Meetings are announced on the IU South Bend bulletin board. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Tess Chandler

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Debate Continues After Judicial Ruling

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

The leading article in the first issue of the Vision this semester, covering the Judicial Council’s ruling in the case of the Student Government Association v. Erkki KochKetola, generated considerable debate. This included including disputes as to the accuracy of statements made to the press by both sides of the case.    

35 comments were made on the IUSB Vision’s Weblog from the 15th to the 19th of January. This is no record for the online discussion board, with almost three times as many comments in the article on a Roger Waters concert and which somehow came to involve topics ranging from sexuality to censorship.

However, the debates on the article Judicial Council Ruling Removes Senator were of a different tone, and included comments by former SGA President Mike Renfrow, the defendant, Erkki KochKetola, someone claiming to be a former member of the SGA, and the Vision’s SGA Analyst Rashida Vindic.

Renfrow challenged the accuracy of KochKetola, who had been quoted in the Vision as saying that his voting record in regards to Joanna Reusser, Shannon Renfrow and Kimberly Muncie indicated that his vote against Chief Justice Norton was not of the nature of political discrimination. Renfrow, who later confirmed the authenticity of the comments on the Weblog under his name, had written, “If you go back and look at what is in the SGA minutes you voted against Shannon, and abstained in the vote on Kim… Just thought I would make the point that (of) the two people I could verify, you misrepresented yourself.”

KochKetola admitted the factual error both in a response on the Weblog, and personally to the Vision. His response was that he confused his voting record with his personal estimation of the then candidates in question. “I believe that the source of my confusion was the fact that I respect both Mrs. Renfrow and Ms. Muncie highly,” said KochKetola. He added that the vote against Shannon Renfrow to her current position as a SGA Justice was made due to the inability to investigate her qualifications for the role, and the choice to abstain in the election of Kimberly Muncie was based on a disagreement with the position of Chief of Staff in its relation to the role of the President.

The accuracy of a statement from the Prosecution were also disputed, specifically with the appointment of Joseph Spencer as Acting Chief Justice. Chief Prosecutor Teresa Santos was quoted in the Vision as stating that the appointment was made by Chief Justice Norton, who had recused himself from the proceedings. This brought forward the question of a possible conflict of interest, to which SGA President Marcus Vigil weighed in. Norton, who was unavailable for comment at the time of the writing of the Vision article, later disputed the accuracy of the description of events. He stated that Spencer was the “ranking justice” and that the appointment was thus not a personal decision of the Chief Justice.

Chief Prosecutor Santos was contacted by the Vision, and said that the error was due to a “mutual understanding” with Spencer, with whom she had given a joint press interview with the IUSB Preface earlier. Spencer, in an email interview, said, “I chose the wrong wording… [Chief Justice Norton] said that an Acting Chief Justice would need to be placed and mentioned that I have the most experience on the Judicial Council. Everyone agreed at the time that I would be the Acting Chief Justice.”

Comments were also raised by readers as to why there was a lack of direct reporting of the trial, to which the Vision responded that there was no audio recording of the trial. Acting Chief Justice Spencer said that it due to “technical difficulties that we were not aware of until it was too late.”

Ironically, the one factual error made not by the involved parties but by the Vision reporter seemed to pass by unnoticed. The article had stated, “While the SGA is inherently a political system, the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities holds political beliefs as a protected class.” In actuality, the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct in Part 1 Section B holds the following as specifically stated protected classes: “age, color, disability, ehtnicity, sex or gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status”. The inclusion of political beliefs is not in the Code, but rather the sole addition to the SGA Constitution in Article III, Section 1.

Andrew Filmer

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From the Presidents Pen

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

Fellow Students:
February 20th is our annual “Get on the Bus”.  This is a time for all those of IU to meet and speak with the State Legislators in Indianapolis.  Everyone one who is in the IU system is encouraged to come together and lobby for major projects, such as the renovation of the Associates building.
The day starts at starts at 9AM, as we all gather on campus before making our way to Indianapolis.  After having some coffee, we load the buses and begin our trip.  Once we arrive at the State House, we register and listen to the speakers. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Bater, and there will be presentations by HHE (Hoosiers for Higher Education) as well.  After the speakers are finished, we break into groups and speak with our Representatives.  Each group has their own Representative.  After speaking about the importance of funding to IU, the day is wrapped up and everyone goes to dinner. When the dinner festivities are wrapped up we all get together and board the buses to head home.

There are many benefits to this one-day event.  First, getting the funding we need for the projects like the Associates building is crucial. The networking, either on the bus, or in Indianapolis is beneficial to everyone involved.  Finally, just to have a great day of fun, and to be apart of the political process and getting involved in government will be personally rewarding. This will be a time of fellowship with your peers, faculty, and other IU administration.

On a side note; all of IU campuses participate in this event, and starting last year, there is a formal competition to see which campus can get the most students to attend. We are the defending champions; we must and will win again!

I will close by urging everyone to join us as we head to the State House on February 20th.  You can register by signing up at any of the tables by the Alumni Office, the SAC, and in Weikamp; or by e-mailing Jeannie Metzger at JMETZGER@IUSB.EDU.

I’ll see you there!

Marcus Vigil

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Club Showcase: English Club

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

Language is one of our primary methods of communication. It is how we articulate and share our inner thoughts, feelings and perceptions of the world. It is how we learn to understand each other and the diversity of life and culture that exists in our world.

The love of language and the desire to facilitate and encourage communication between students and the community at large is the basis of the IU South Bend English Club.

Formed during the fall semester 2006 with only a few members, the club has grown to 31 and counting. Club events for the spring 2007 semester include a One Book, One Campus discussion at Barnes & Noble at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 6th. This is a discussion of the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman.

Scheduled on Thursday, February 15th, is a Writer’s Workshop on the Wiekamp Bridge at 6:00 p.m. Writers are encouraged to attend with 1-3 samples of poetry. Also scheduled is a movie night on Thursday, February 8th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Wiekamp Auditorium (DW 1001). This event is only open to members, but people can join at the door.

Future events may include a visit to the Lilly Library at Bloomington (they have a large rare books collection), the Shakespeare Festival in Canada, attending Notre Dame performances by the Actors of the London Stage, and a trip to Navy Pier in Chicago.

Membership in the club is open to anyone expressing interest in literature and creative writing. There are no dues to join. If you are interested, please send an email to The club meets twice a month, normally on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in room 206 in the SAC. Meetings are announced on the IU South Bend bulletin board. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Tess Chandler

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