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Archive for April, 2007

Random Thoughts On Don Imus and Others

Posted by iusbvision on April 22, 2007

Don Imus created quite a stir when he referred to the ladies of the Rutgers basketball team as “nappy-headed hos”. It is important to remember that Don Imus did not invent those revolting words. He borrowed them from those who are held up as the icons of popular culture. Imus is the symptom and few have their focus on the problem. Charles Van Doren, call your office.  

 

Dr. Diane Fleming is one of the greatest critical thinkers I have ever encountered. Her departure is our loss.  

 

What is so patriotic about losing? Note: It is treasonous to have no other contribution to the war effort other than to transform every difficulty of the war into a disaster.  

 

The left demands a date certain for our surrender…. so why don’t we just schedule all wars so that we publish a surrender date the very day the war starts? How about we set a date for the enemy to surrender, why don’t the lefties ever consider that? 

 

As a demonstration of how the Democratic leadership is only interested in fighting the President and not the war on terror, the Democrats in the House have voted to strike the words “Global War on Terror” from the defense budget appropriations bill.  

 

The Democrats wanted Rumsfeld replaced – they got it.

The Democrats wanted new generals – they got it.

The Democrats wanted a new strategy – they got it.

The Democrats wanted more troops – they got it.

The Democrats wanted the violence lowered – they got it; the surge is working well.

The Result: The Democrats are spreading the message that nothing has changed and they want a pull out. Victory will not be tolerated. 

 

Halliburton has exercised the John Galt option; if you don’t know what that means than your education has been lacking.  

 

The far left is unmoved by any contrary evidence no matter how strong. Their ideology is beyond reason. 

 

On being Chief Justice: It has provided an opportunity to protect the freedom of speech and conscience of a great many no matter who tries to abuse them.  

 

Ever noticed how the elites, the antique media, and the godfathers of mass culture theory try to marginalize the majority? 

 

The media is confederacy of dunces.  – Camille Paglia 

 

For the moonbat, every allegation is a fact. 

 

I would allow Iran to have nuclear weapons rather than go to war to stop it.  – Democrat strategist Ellis Hennikin 

 

Outside of a few old blue laws, what laws have Christians imposed upon you that makes you say “damn Christians” and just rue the day that Christians ever got into politics? The religious left, cultural Marxists and Earth worshipers have imposed a great many laws upon us that control so many aspects of our daily lives that they cannot all be counted. 

For Example: How many quarts of water can be in your toilet, where can you build your house and how can you build it, what kind of car you drive and what mileage it gets, what land can be used and what land that you own cannot be used, property taxes that prevent you from ever REALLY owning your home, what kind of joke you can tell at work without being sued, what opinions you can hold on  many college campuses without being sent to some star chamber, and in some parts of the country, whether or not you can use your fireplace or not. 

 

Germany will never break the peace.  – Neville Chamberlain

 

 Appeasement reflects the hope that the crocodile will eat you last. – Winston Churchill    

 

 

It’s always the same with these bogus equivalences: They start by pretending loftily to find no difference between aggressor and victim, and they end up by saying that it’s the victim of violence who is “really” inciting it.  – Chris Hitchens

 

 The far left screamed all through the cold war about our support for anti-communist dictators, so we remove one of the worst of them and they cry imperialism.  

 

The antique media did not show us the dead children at Waco, but they did show us the dead children of Hezbollah….anti-Semitism? 

 

To most journalists, the story they want to present is more important than the facts. 

 

When you turned 19, did your parents throw away your Encyclopedia Britannica’s because you already knew everything? 

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are Created…”  – Thomas Jefferson

 

 A “peaceful” nuclear reactor can generate enough plutonium to make a nuclear weapon every few months. 

 

After seeing the “arguments” made by the far left on the IUSB Vision web log, I have learned that the left doesn’t want to debate, they want to discredit so that a debate isn’t necessary. 

 

Somebody smart has HAD to have said this before me: People think or assume that the best of times and worst of times occur during their lifetime. This vanity is due in part to a public education that bequeaths a historical perspective that doesn’t go back much further than breakfast. 

 

Peace is good, freedom is better. 

 

Most campus speech codes were not designed to preserve our Judeo Christian heritage through an equitable application of the rules. They were designed to destroy our Judeo Christian heritage through a selected application of the rules.  – Dr. Michael S. Adams 

 

Fact: Democrats in the Senate said in their own leaked Judiciary Committee memo’s that Miguel Estrada should have his judge nomination filibustered because “he is Latino”. 

 

Those who have donned the Ph.D. cloak of infallibility should take this important piece of advice: the assumptions that you should always challenge first are your own.  

 

If you hold your fire until you see the whites of his eyes, you will never know what hit you. – President Franklin D. Roosevelt May 27, 1941.

 

 Academia has been suffering from an affliction of cultural Marxism. This is like radical political correctness with a Stalinist twist. Among the first to sing the praises of Mussolini and Hitler in the 1930’s were academia. Leftist academia sang the praises of the USSR throughout the Cold War, and still practices apologetics for Castro, Guevara, Ortega, and Chavez. What is it with academia’s love affair with authoritarianism? 

 

In a dazzling display of politically correct Stalinism 88 Duke University professors all but convicted the now proven innocent Duke lacrosse players in a public statement because they were white, rich and male. Is it a surprise that the result of these behaviors has been an epidemic of students attacking pro-America and conservative speakers with pies, rocks, and mass rushing of the podium to engage in a “heckler’s veto”? They point at people and scream or chant “fascist” to send a warning to others that it is dangerous to dare disagree with them.  

 

Chuck Norton 

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How Does It Feel to be an Uncle Tomas?

Posted by iusbvision on April 22, 2007

Readers may find the prospect of a legal Hispanic immigrant who is against illegal immigration a bit astonishing. There appears to be an unwritten law amidst Latinos from my perspective, more so than within other ethnic groups — that requires unquestioning and unbridled support of la raza when it comes to immigration. “Looking out for one another’, they say, “You don’t really know how bad it is back in the old country.”

 Well, I do. And I chose to come to this country legally.

The entire process began back in 1989. As millions of others who aspire to enter this country lawfully, we filled out the proper applications required by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now known as the USCIS – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) for the fifty thousand immigrant visas awarded by the Secretary of State each year, in what had become known as the ‘green card lottery’.

The application was a long, rather invasive documentation process that required several days to complete. Some of the steps in the process included disclosing bank account information (account numbers, balance, and origin of the deposits), proof of military service, and reference letters from relatives living in the United States.

That year, over four million applications were received by the INS. Through computerized random selection, fifty-thousand eligible applications were chosen from the pool of completed and qualified applications. My father’s application was one of those fifty thousand. By mid-1990, after two trips to the American embassy for fingerprinting, medical screenings that included chest X-rays and HIV tests for my entire family, and yet more documentation, it looked like we just might get the chance to come to the Land of Opportunity.

One thing that precluded us from feeling like it was a done deal was the embassy’s insistence on keeping things uncertain; despite over a year of applications, tests, and various other loops, they asserted that the final decision to either grant us the visas was going to be made by the clerk at the embassy at our final interview. 

Finally, in March of 1991, our visas were granted and we embarked in a journey that, in retrospective, was worth every hurdle and obstacle.

It is easy to see now why any legal immigrant would be justified by feeling contempt for those entering the country by circumventing the system. We were subjected to a long, frustrating process that took several months. And meanwhile, it takes no more than a coiote and five hundred bucks to achieve the same objective.

Except, the quandary is far more complex and multifaceted because it does not involve only the ambitions of thousand of immigrants crossing the Rio Grande every year in search of better living conditions for their families. It also encompasses thousands of companies across hundreds of different trades and industries that depend on migrant workers for their own survival, as well as the need to provide national security and our ability to fight terrorism and drug smuggling.

So, what can this country do? When it comes to business, every company has two choices when implementing a new strategy: do nothing and leave things status quo, or take the appropriate measures that will be conductive to succeeding in the development of said strategy.

The same applies to the problem of immigration. Our government can choose to do nothing as it has been the case from Carter to Bush in fear of losing the clout of the Latino vote under pressure from Hispanic civil organizations (which sometimes have the despicable attitude of suggesting that things should stay as they are, and even more so, the US government should grant 100% amnesty across the board); or it can put into motion a plan that makes the country safer and ensures economic viability for agricultural, construction, and other industries.

Such a plan could consist of a temporary worker visa that would be granted for a period of several months to up to a year, renewable for good behavior for another year as long as the application for renewal was granted at the worker’s country of origin. It could also include amnesty for otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants who have lived here for more than ten years without committing serious offenses or felonies (other than, obviously, entering the country illegally).

Regardless of what these measures would be, one thing is certain: our government would have to close the border between the US and Mexico. Otherwise, all of this would be for naught. What incentive would an immigrant have to go through the loops and hoops involved in acquiring a temporary work visa if he or she could avoid the hassle by crossing the border illegally?

The problem is dire and intricate, but the solution is surely attainable. Whether any president in my lifetime will have the guts to take the required measures to make it happen is another story altogether. Perhaps, it is because the government’s inertia and illegal immigration are more analogous than we are prepared to accept. In both camps, the overall theme seems to be “why bother”? 

Ed Hellig 

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From The President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on April 22, 2007

 Fellow Students:

This Tuesday and Wednesday will be the 2007 Student Government Elections. There will also be a referendum vote on a new constitution. It is more important than ever for every student to get out there and vote. Have your voice heard, and help decide the leaders of tomorrow. You will be able to vote from any computer. Also the SGA will have a laptop set-up in Weikamp Hall to be even more accessible and to raise awareness to the student body.

I wanted to write to you all about the many things the Student Government Association was able to accomplish this school year.  The first thing we were able to do was to continue to build a relationship with Notre Dame’s student life, through hosting the second annual GULU walk. This was an event to raise awareness for the humanitarian crisis involving children of Uganda. This relationship is something we have worked on for two years now. I really see this as laying the ground work for an even stronger student life coalition as we see student housing change our campus.

The next item is one that I am very proud of: the funding of the Vision. The SGA funded a lot of groups this year, but the Vision really stands out. The Vision is a symbol of excellent journalism, in their coverage of student life to the political arena, where students can write about issues and how they feel about them. It is also a great example of fiscal responsibility. I wanted to personally thank the Editor, Mr. Brigham as well as all of the Vision’s volunteer staff. You have given the leaders of the student government a great avenue to reach out to more students, a tradition I hope lasts for years to come.

During the budget process this year we reached many of our goals. The first was permanent funding of the Health and Wellness Center on campus. We have really seen the need and potential of this program and were glad to help. We also increased funding in other important areas, such as the counseling center and the child development center. Publications also received a funding increase as a huge step closer to their proper funding levels.

The student government also has shown fiscal leadership in the management of our own budget, through major stipend cuts. This will increase the money available to clubs, helping to keep up with out booming student life.

This year was also a great year for Get on the Bus. Once again we had the most students of any campus attend. This was a critical year to show our dedication to the projects of IU South Bend. Currently the Education Arts Building project is in conference committee of the state house. It is hoped that we will receive the funding needed to get this project started.

Next we have passed much needed changes to our Constitution. All of last week was spent educating the student body on these changes, and this week the constitution will be up for a referendum vote of the student body.

Finally we have been working on and will continue to address the many concerns with the Arts events attendance program. This year’s SGA leadership has worked hard to keep focused on this issue, and we have a plan that will help things move along: a plan to put success in the grasp of the next administration.

I think there is a lot of recognition deserved among student leaders, and I will start with thanking the leadership of my Executive cabinet Joanna, Ben, Heather and Kim. It has been a great year, and without your leadership, none of these accomplishments would have been possible. I also want to recognize the judicial branch. The development that this area of the government has seen has been amazing. All of the members have shown the needed leadership to take this group to the next level, and for that I thank you all.

I also wanted to recognize the Senate. In a year beginning with all new senators, I thought it was a good opportunity to help develop leadership skills in all of the Senators. It was a great year, but it was also more than that, the Senate this year helped me see so many different perspectives that I feel broadened and changed for life. In conclusion, I wanted to thank all of the members of the 2006-2007 student government association, we got a lot done this year, we should feel good about that, and I wish you all the best of luck in the future.  

Marcus Vigil, SGA President 

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A Memoir From Joanna Reusser

Posted by iusbvision on April 22, 2007

 I came to this university because of one woman Joanne Phillips. Her commitment to higher education and diligence in uncovering student financial support inspired people, such as my scholarship donor, to give generously to IUSB and its students. The scholarship that I received drew me to IUSB and ultimately affected the future of my life. I arrived at IUSB five years ago, a mere shadow of what I am today. In my time here, there have been seven individuals that have truly shaped me. I wanted to take this time to share a few of my experiences with these individuals.

First and foremost, I wanted to thank my academic advisor, Dr. Ann Grens in the Biology department, for everything she has done for me and all of her students. I know for a fact that she has spent countless hours going above and beyond the call of duty. Often times, she can be found on campus at the wee hours of the morning. Be it helping students with homework, advising the 300 plus biology major/pre-meds, teaching class, or just being available for her students, Dr. Grens continues to amaze me with her devotion to her students. On a personal note, I find that she exemplifies the true meaning of service. Thank-you Dr. Grens for everything you have done.

I also have to thank two individuals in the Chemistry department who have also played a large role in my life. After my freshman year at IUSB, I was pretty discouraged with my academic performance. It’s quite comical to reflect on it now, but I was absolutely dreading my sophomore year. I had discovered my strong distaste for chemistry and did not think that my preference for Organic chemistry would be much different. After the first day of class, my opinion on the subject of chemistry began to change. I found the professor of that class, Dr. McMillen, to be one of the funniest and most vivacious people I had ever met. If anyone could make Organic chemistry exciting, it would be him (and that is quite a feat indeed!).  He also carried his love for students and teaching outside the classroom. I always knew that I could talk to Dr. McMillen if I needed advice; he was always willing and able to help students; and his door was always open. Indeed, his assistance and advice were the main reasons I was able to study abroad in Northern Ireland, but more on that later. Success in his class motivated me to continue and to not give up. With this new-found passion for science, three years later, I found myself in Biochemistry. Yet again, the faculty of IUSB amazed me. With the help of Dr. Anderson, my eyes were opened to the wonders of the unseen world of biochemical reactions (and how much Nicholas Cage seems to know about such things). She also devotes much out-of-class time to her students. Her advice throughout the medical school admissions process has been invaluable. I was so touched when she agreed to proof my personal statement for medical school. I can proudly say that her help has played a large part in my acceptance into two medical schools.

I think it would be safe to say that we have some of the best faculty members here at IUSB (yes, I know I’m slightly biased). I do not believe that I would have had some of these opportunities had it not been for their continued involvement in my life.

Another opportunity that I had while attending IUSB wasn’t actually at IUSB. Second semester of my junior year, I had the privilege of studying abroad in Northern Ireland. My time there gave me a much broader view of the world around me and let me experience cultures other than my own. Much of this experience I owe to Rose Marie Hengesbach in the Office of Student Scholarships. If it had not been for the scholarship I received that enabled me to study overseas, I would not have been able to have that wonderful adventure. Rose Marie’s commitment to creating scholarships such as these enables students to travel abroad in such places as Northern Ireland, France, Germany, and Mexico.

Last but not least, I owe a huge thanks to Mike and Shannon Renfrow and Kim Muncie. Their support and friendship have been a huge blessing throughout my time at IUSB. My three years of work with the Student Government Association was made possible only after an introduction to the organization by Mike. With all of the political experiences over the years, these three individuals have always been there for me. Even outside the SGA, I owe all of them a great deal of thanks. Mike, you will always be the boss. Shannon, you have been my rock throughout everything! Kim, we’ve faced many fun times together and I will always remember them fondly. I appreciate all of you so much.

 If there’s one thing that I could say that has been my best experience at IUSB, it would be the people that I’ve met. I am blessed to have been at such an institution. I don’t believe that I could have a better educational experience elsewhere. As I prepare to graduate and leave for medical school, I know that I go from here a stronger person, ready to handle the challenges that are ahead. Thanks again to everyone who has played a part in my educational experience. There are many I’m unable to name, but I just wanted to offer a general thanks to the Biology and Chemistry departments, to my fellow colleagues in the Student Government Administration, and to the administration of IUSB for their true dedication to the IUSB student body. 

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A Memoir From Stacy Rummel

Posted by iusbvision on April 22, 2007

 It’s funny how I can usually find something to write about on cue… unless I am the subject matter. Why is this so difficult? Why did I start this paragraph with the forbidden word “IT”? I am a senior; I should know better and provide my fellow students with the wisdom seven years can accumulate.

I’d say the most important thing anyone can do for themselves is to have a plan and stick to that plan until goals are reached. For me, the idea of graduating was a long process. I took a semester off here and there, changed a major, and even went part-time for a while. Did I mention I worked full-time? The best thing that came out of this is that I never gave up. Every semester, I would memorize the IUSB Bulletin until I knew what I needed to do and how long it was going to take me. Then I would verify my plan with my advisor. You tend to get brownie points when you go into their office with everything planned out with alternatives.

The next thing that I found to be important was getting involved with the university and other organizations. I’m learning right now as I venture into the job market that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Cliché alert! Networking is the key for success. Professors are great for this. Just catch them before class and discuss last night’s reading—anything. Not only will they remember you when they are trying to decide if your 89% is a B+ or an A-, but professors also make stellar references on resumes.

 Those are the two things I have learned on how to be successful not only at IUSB, but also in the “real world”. Sure, there are other things I’ve learned along the way like how to use a semi-colon, that grooming is the number one affiliated primate behavior, and how much I loathe numbers with exponents, but there is more to the college experience that students learn from books. I think it has to do with preparation, time management, and achieving your goals. If that’s the case, I guess I did alright. 

Thanks IUSB. 

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Pollution’s Not Our Bag

Posted by iusbvision on April 22, 2007

When people go grocery shopping, they carry the groceries home in a handful of plastic bags. Yes, these plastic bags are very convenient to carry groceries, but what do they do with them after their usefulness is done?

They may lock up their collection of plastic bags – from Kroger, Meijer, Martin’s, Wal-Mart, – etc into a plastic container. Surprise! The container is overflowing with hundreds of these plastic bags, but they believe they can use the bags later – or they madly dump them into the trash can.

Scores of plastic bags are wasted instead of being recycled every day. These wasted bags cause serious damage to our environment. The once useful grocery bags turn into murderers—they destroy the natural environment and potentially have economic costs for consumers. Moreover, hundreds of wild animals are killed by pieces of the plastic bags.

Assistant professor of psychology, Michelle Verges, overlooked a project designed to keep the environment safe by recycling the plastic bags on April 14th at Indiana University South Bend. The event, the Bag Fest, was a public event to raise understanding of the environmental and economic effect of plastic bags. At the event, people donated their unnecessary plastic bags to her project. A representative from Wal-Mart also came to the Student Activity Center to discuss environmental issues.

Through her unique event and lectures, Professor Verges has discussed the importance of protecting our environment by recycling the plastic bags. She stated three project goals, “Raise public awareness on the consumption of plastic bags, apply students’ statistical training and knowledge to a real-world issue in our community, and instill a sense of personal responsibility that inspires behavioral, environmental, and economic changes. As part of this journey to conserve plastic bags, we are sharing our thoughts and personal experiences with you.”

In addition to these events, Professor Verges has also filmed a documentary about the plastic bag issues. The film will be available at the Franklin D. Schurz and St. Joseph County libraries. Moreover, she has also mentioned her interests in ecological fashion shows on her homepage. Fashion Junkie was held in the Ogstoun Theatre to aid the Thailand Water Project 2007 and student-models wore costumes designed with plastic bags, newspapers, and other recyclable materials. These dresses were as beautiful as those found in famous collections.

In the near future, most major grocery stores like Wal-Mart will launch their new projects for protecting our environment by reducing the consumption of plastic bags. The stores will charge you when you ask for the plastic bags, like Aldi’s, which is owned by a German company. In most European countries and some Asian countries, consumers need to bring their own shopping bags when they go grocery shopping. However, American companies still provides free plastic bags to consumers.

Save the environment or waste plastic bags—the decision is yours. 

Naoko Fujimoto 

    

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Bikini Season, No Problem

Posted by iusbvision on April 22, 2007

Spring is in the air and there is something in the back of every woman’s mind. Something that creeps up on you every year and you dread it. Bikini Season! Or for you more modest beach goers; Bathing Suit Season!  I don’t know about you, but I look in the mirror, after the food  filled Holiday Season, and wonder, once again, how I will look in my swim suit. Well, I do not have a universal solution for all you girls dreaming of the surf, sand, and that bronze skin you have been waiting for but I have a few suggestions. 

According to Wendy Bumgardner, a certified marathon coach, “your weight x distance = energy used walking. Time does not matter as much as distance. If you speed up to walking a mile in 13 minutes or less, you will be burning more calories per mile. But for most beginning walkers, it is best to increase the distance before working on speed. A simple rule of thumb is 100 calories per mile for a 160 pound person.” This and more information can be found at http://walking.about.com/cs/howtoloseweight/a/howcalburn.htm.

I am a runner myself, and at http://www.nutristrategy.com/activitylist3.htm, there is a wonderful graph that shows you how many calories you burn with your run. And who needs a gym when we have the SAC with weights, a track, and all kinds of body building opportunities? Even if you are not the exercising type there are always those swim suits with the cellulite covering skirt, which I am not to proud to admit that I am the owner of one such suit. Either way you go, it is healthy to get a bit of exercise now and then, even if you just use the stairs instead of the elevator. So don’t let the bikini blues overcome your desire to visit the beach this summer. Feel good about yourself with a little exercise. 

Carlie Barr 

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