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Chick-Fil-A flap at IUSB. Once again admins, if you followed your own rules this would not have happened.

Posted by iusbvision on February 2, 2011

We have been through this before. People with an agenda abandon the rules and try to impose their values on others by some sort of coercion. This is not just a problem at IUSB, it is epidemic in academia as a whole.

[Editor’s Note – As some of you may know I was the page two columnist for The Preface (IUSB’s official student paper) for two years. After that I was Chief Justice of IUSB Student Government for two years. I would like the IUSB GLBT community to know that I used my influence as Chief Justice to stop an administrator from taking down advertisements for your club meetings in a certain building. I also led the effort to stop the administration from enacting a policy to censor student club bulletin boards from “messages that were potentially offensive”. In that effort SGA President Marcus Vigil and myself made it clear to the administration that such a policy would likely result in a federal civil rights lawsuit against the university filed by President Vigil and myself on behalf of the students. ]

Once again the actions of IUSB administrators and faculty have made national news and brought shame to my alma-mater. I am none too pleased about this and it would seem by the community reaction neither is much of the state. Unfortunately this will not be the only scandal that will make news this year at IUSB.

This is how it all started, via The Preface:

The decision comes as a result of recent news that a Chick-Fil-A franchise restaurant in Pennsylvania will be donating food to the Pennsylvania Family Institute and Family Life for The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Design event.  This event is a day and a half long event that promotes family and marriage.  The PFI and Family Life organizations are both “against the homosexual lifestyle,” according to their websites.

Linda Young, Director of Student Teaching and Clinical Practice in the School of Education at IUSB, brought the issue to the attention of fellow Campus Ally Network member Dr. Bruce Spitzer.

The Campus Ally Network is an organization on campus that involves students, faculty, and staff.  Its mission is to promote acceptance and support to the LGBTQ community at IUSB.

“Because I believe in the Campus Ally Network purpose statement and the IU South Bend campus mission statement, I forwarded information to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dr. Jeff Jones,” said Spitzer.  “My email included a request that the university initiate steps to stop this company from having a presence on our campus.”

Jones forwarded the email to Bill O’Donnell, Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, who also oversees campus dining services.

After working with Steve Rose, Director of Dining Services, O’Donnell brought the issue to the attention of the Academic Senate, who then made the decision to remove Chick-Fil-A from IUSB. [The Preface corrected the record and stated that the Academic Senate did not make the final decision, it was the Administration – Editor]

This means that Chick-Fil-A will no longer be sold on campus or passed out for free during events such as Welcome Week during the fall semester.

So, Linda Young, Bruce Spitzer, Steve Rose, Bill O’Donnell, Jeff Jones and the entire Academic Senate… Do any of you bother to read the IU Code of Conduct and the IU Academic Handbook? The IU Code of Conduct is clear that it should be interpreted in line with federal and state law. There are First Amendment case-law scholars on campus who can advise you when you have a question, but a little commonsense was all that was needed.

The Pennsylvania Family Institute is largely a coalition of church groups. Traditionalists and religious people tend to be against homosexuality, that does not mean that they are against homosexuals. There is a huge difference. No where does PFA advocate denying economic, educational, or political rights to homosexuals. And before someone brings marriage up in ignorance let me settle that argument early; no one has a right to get married, not heterosexuals, not polygamists, and not homosexuals.

So, Linda Young, Bruce Spitzer, Steve Rose, Bill O’Donnell, Jeff Jones and the entire Academic Senate I hate to give you a lecture because I have always been on friendly terms with several of you, but someone needs to say this in a way that stings a little bit, so I will. IUSB is school for big boys and girls. Grown ups understand that just because you may want something it doesn’t make it a right. And just because you do not get something that you want, it does not mean that you have been illegally discriminated against. For example: I had a 3.8 GPA, was dirt poor and I could not get scholarships largely because of the color of my skin (white), but you didn’t see me crying “racism and discrimination” because I am mature enough to understand that I do not have a right to other people’s money.

Punishing a vendor economically because that vendor’s leadership holds the mainstream cultural view and/or the mainstream religious view that traditional marriage is best is likely a violation of the nondiscrimination policy and is certainly a violation of the spirit of it. The act sent a clear message that the administration and faculty hold a hostile view of traditional American culture and the religious heritage/Divine Providence which made the United States possible.

When this issue was brought before the Academic Senate, did even a single one of you stand up and say something against that foolish move? I would like to see the minutes.

IUSB ideally should take the same view that IUSB Student Government took while I was a student. It was clear under President Renfrow, President Vigil, President Blount and with this Chief Justice that just because some in student government do not support changing the definition of marriage and while some may believe that the homosexual lifestyle is not the ideal and may even be saddening; the rights of every student would be protected and measured equally, the rules would be enforced equitably and there was no room for selective enforcement/recognition of due process for partisan or any illegal reason. Every student who followed the rules would be made to feel welcome to participate and we did just that.

If student government could set such a fine example how is it that so many of you administrators who earn six figures have so much trouble? When I was appointed and confirmed to serve as Chief Justice I took that seriously enough to make certain that I understood the rules. It did not take long to realize that I understood them better than anyone on the faculty and the administration. I see that after my many battles with the administration, of which I won all of them, I would have thought that administrators would have taken the time to learn them better, but this incident seems to indicate otherwise.  This flap has garnered IUSB attention in the Statehouse. If you who are paid generously to follow the rules and exercise superior stewardship cannot do so without outside pressure perhaps Indianapolis might find some who will.

Besides it’s good chicken.

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Penn & Teller on the First and Second Amendment

Posted by iusbvision on December 28, 2010

With a special guest appearances from the founder of FIRE Dr. Alan Kors and some obscure pinhead no one has ever heard of named Noam Chomsky.

Warning adult language!

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Pro-Life student group banned by Carlton University sues

Posted by iusbvision on November 21, 2010

You remember our friend Ruth Lobo?

Well welcome to lawsuit number two that Carleton University is likely to lose. The rub here is that like in Canada, it will not be the lawbreaking, totalitarian administrators who pay the fines when they lose, it will be the taxpayers. This is why there needs to be real changes made to sovereign immunity laws.  Here in the United States I intend to push the new Congress for those laws after it is seated January 20th.

James Shaw and Ruth Lobo

James Shaw and Ruth Lobo

National Post:

The lawyer for an anti-abortion group just decertified at Carleton University said Friday he will take the school’s student association to court unless the ban is reversed. Albertos Polizogopoulos called the decision to decertify Carleton Lifeline by the Carleton University Student Association (CUSA) “totalitarian”  and “ludicrous.”

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association, meanwhile, has sent a letter to CUSA asking it to behave more responsibly and protect minority opinion.

“You can be pro-choice and for free speech,’’ said Nathalie DesRosiers, general counsel of the civil liberties group. ‘‘Student governments must act like a government and represent all students, not just the ones who think like them. They have a duty to protect minority views. We have told them that what they are doing is not proper and they should respect the right of dissent.”

The student association says it banned Carleton Lifeline because its anti-abortion stance violates CUSA’s anti-discrimination policy, which “respects and affirms a woman’s right to choose her options in case of pregnancy.”

Mr. Polizogopoulos wants the Ontario Superior Court to decide whether CUSA acted in accord with its own constitution.

“Their own constitution states they will not discriminate on the basis of political affiliation or belief,” Mr. Polizogopoulos said. “They’ve enacted a policy that is clearly in violation of their own constitution. And just the fact they would attempt to enact such a policy is ludicrous.”

Mr. Polizogopoulos’s said CUSA’s constitution trumps all policies and bylaws and so the anti-abortion group should be allowed to stay.

The club was officially decertified Thursday by CUSA. Carleton Life line had been told earlier in the week that to avoid being kicked off campus they would have to adopt a pro-abortion policy, something that would be anathema to the group.

That’s right folks, in violation of the law, and their own rules, they actually put in their non-discrimination policy that all student groups must have a written pro-abortion position to be recognized for status and student funding. How delightfully Stalinist of them.

To examine the legal nastygrams and to donate to their legal defense fund please visit – http://carletonlifeline.wordpress.com/

Donate today!

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From the Vice-President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on September 12, 2007

Hi all- I hope classes are going well for you so far and welcome new students! I’m Jessica Jackson. I’m from Mishawaka and went to Mishawaka High School. I attended Purdue my freshman year for Aerospace Engineering before coming here. I’m a junior and Criminal Justice/Psychology double major and I plan to go to law school when I graduate to be a prosecutor.

I am also interested in politics. I work at the Student Activity Center (SAC) in the mornings and have already met many of you there as well as through my job at the bookstore during “Rush.” I hope I’ll meet the rest of you around campus.

Last year was my first at IUSB and I confess I had no idea IUSB had a Student Government Association (SGA) until right before Spring Break when I saw a table asking for applications to fill empty Senate seats. I was embarrassed by my ignorance of the organization’s existence until I found that the majority of students don’t know the SGA exists and many who do don’t know what the SGA does. Only 475 of 7,420 students this year voted for the student leaders who represent you.

So what does the SGA do? Students are automatically charged a Student Activity Fee that goes to the SGA’s budget committee to allocate to, for example, Athletics, the SAC, Titan Productions, the Preface, the Health and Wellness Center, and every club on campus, including the Vision. Any student organization can request funds.

The SGA has three branches. The Executive branch consists of a President, Vice President (me), Secretary, and Treasurer. The Legislative branch is made up of 12 Senators and chaired by me, as I am also the President of the Senate. The judicial branch handles legal concerns, disputes within the SGA, etc. Funding and judicial requests can be submitted via forms outside the office or on the webpage.

Besides funding organizations, Executive and Senate members serve on academic committees such as Academic Personnel, Athletics, Budget, Curriculum, Facilities, Technology, and Student Affairs with faculty and administrators. If you have concerns or suggestions the SGA can present your ideas.

We also do things within the community like joining Notre Dame for the Gulu Walk, representing IUSB in AUSA (All University Student Association) and helping prepare for the Higher Learning Commission’s visit that will determine our university’s re-accreditation. I’m also the captain of the IUSB team in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 6th. The website (http://main.acsevents.org/goto/iusb) is available to donate or join the team and I have a Facebook group.

These are but a few examples of what your virtually untapped SGA can do for you. To ask for assistance, request funds, or present ideas or concerns, visit us in our office on the second floor of the SAC, room 202 or visit our website at iusb.edu/~stuassoc. The SGA e-mail is iusbsga@iusb.edu and my       e-mail is jacksojs@iusb.edu. We’re here for you but we can only be truly effective with your participation.

Jessica Jackson
SGA Vice President

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From the President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on August 27, 2007

IUSB Family,

I would like to take this time to introduce myself to the IUSB Family. My name is Ivan D. Blount and I’m a non-traditional student. My degree of study is Organizational Leadership & Supervision.  South Bend is my home and I am a graduate of George Washington High School.  During this election I asked myself what this campus needed most from a student leader. I also pondered if elected, can I provide the leadership needed for the student body. In my assessment, I have concluded that my tenure  in the Student Government Association as a justice and senator were fertile training experiences; as a result my leadership abilities have grown as well as my desire to continue to contribute by forming deliberate relationships to benefit the IUSB student body.

As your president, deliberate relationships have been forged with a variety of Student Services departments.  For example, I have met with the Director of Career Services, Jeff Jackson, to inquire how his office will benefit our students. I concluded as students enter college with one goal in mind, which is to obtain their degrees, the Career Services office can be a vehicle that helps lead students to secure a degree by assisting them in a number of ways; such as, help with choosing a major, obtaining an internship, resume writing and assistance with finding employment, just to name a few. I strongly suggest that you visit the Career Services Office and inquire about how the office may serve you during your personal journey towards a successful tenure at IU South Bend. Additional Student Services departments I recommend you visit are the following: Education Resource Commons “ERC” Tutoring/Writing Center “TC”, Making the Academic Connection “MAC”, and Disabled Student Services “DSS” as well as the One Stop Information Center “Gateway to Excellence”.

Furthermore, a relationship has been established with the Director of Off-Campus Programs, as well as the Elkhart Center’s staff and faculty under the direction of Ms. Jackie Neuman. I’m extremely proud of this bond made with the Elkhart Center. I believe that it is imperative that we reach out to our IU South Bend students who attend our surrounding sites and help them understand that the SGA of IUSB also serves them.

Moreover, this administration will make deliberate strides to connect with community partners on a number of projects. For example, it is my goal to make frequent visits to local high schools in an attempt to create a “pipeline” for students to transition from high school to IU South Bend. Equally important, the establishment of these needed links in the community will become a viable tool to help students better understand the purpose and goals of the SGA.

Lastly, administrators are key components in the higher education system. I believe it is prudent that I establish a working and respectful relationship with them; I am convinced that a working relationship will help me in my advocacy for IUSB student body.

Have a Great year and live out your dreams through your educational endeavors. If you have any concerns or issues, please contact me via email at:
iusbsga@iusb.edu or 520-5064. GO TITANS!!!

Ivan Blount
SGA President

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