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Vol. 1 Archives (PDF)

Posted by iusbvision on August 8, 2007

The Following are the Volume 1 Archived issues of IUSB Vision in PDF Format:

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Volume 1, Issue 1

Volume 1, Issue 2

Volume 1, Issue 3

Volume 1, Issue 4

Volume 1, Issue 5

Volume 1, Issue 6

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Going the Distance

Posted by iusbvision on August 8, 2007

Everyone knows a couple of the clichés of a great relationship: trust, communication, and honesty. For the longest time, I assumed if you had these three I already mentioned, everything would somehow fit into place. My dad constantly has reminded me since I was little and even today that “patience is a virtue”. It wasn’t until I began dating someone in the military that I understood patience doesn’t apply to a long line at the bank anymore.

Looking back, there are a few things I know I took for granted. The main two are him calling everyday or the fact I actually had the opportunity to see him when I wanted to.  Now that he is on the Coast and is property of the United States Government, I can’t see him everyday or even talk to him on a daily basis. What I do get is a week’s notice of when he is going to be on leave. Then I have to share him with his family and friends.

So quality time for us is spent in fragments from what could be a couple hours to maybe a few days along with the family and friends. I need to get into the habit of making the most of that time instead of complaining how he’s spending what seems like more time with everyone else rather than with me. You’ve got to figure out if this relationship is something you want to invest in and try to look at the big picture.

What I should be doing (easier said than done) is enjoying our time together—regardless of how much time we actually spend together. Not only does this make his time at home less stressful in making everyone happy, but also lets the two of us focus more on each other rather than arguing over something as trivial as what seems as his “poor time management” skills that he in real life has no control over.

When he is on leave, it should be like his vacation. I’m not saying you should be catering to him, but rather stay away from nagging and whining about unnecessary things that are out of his control and make the most of the time you two have. Gaining patience is a great way to cope with this difficult time in relationship. After all, he doesn’t really need to come home at all on leave. Would you want to give up 14 days of coastal sunshine for South Bend weather only to be tormented the whole time you were here?

Stacy Rummel

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Club Showcase: The IUSB Vision

Posted by iusbvision on August 8, 2007

     Here we go again with another semester at Indiana University South Bend.  So which club should you join? When is the first basketball game?  Were do you “fit in” at this crazy world of higher learning?  This is why the IUSB Vision is here to help you with information about on campus events, clubs, and politics at IUSB compressed into this publication in your hand.

     The Vision will be placing various clubs in the spotlight known as the “Club Showcase”.  This front page coverage of your club not only allows solicitation, but raises awareness of the lesser-known clubs on campus.  With such information anyone can find what he or she is looking for based on his or her interests.

     If you would like to showcase your on club on campus, just contact us at  We’d love to write a “Club Showcase” for your club on a first come, first serve basis.

     Don’t belong to a club or a sport, but know of an event on campus that everyone should know about?  Tell us so we can tell everyone.  Comments, debates, and letters to the editor are always welcome.

     New this semester at the Vision is not only more pages of coverage and entertainment, but we have welcomed more staff members aboard including 2005-2006 Student of the Year Shannon Renfrow, the notorious Chuck Norton, as well as SGA President  Marcus Vigil.

     With our new staff and more room for news coverage, we here at the Vision hope you enjoy reading this publication as we are excited in creating it.

     For those who enjoy debating, join us on the weblog page to voice your opinions.  Log onto with your comments.

Stacy Rummel

Managing Editor

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Analyzing the Arguments: IUSB Gay Marriage Debate

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

Argument # 1:  Can society force what it believes the definition of marriage is onto the homosexual community?

Many in society are under the impression that those against gay marriage  are attempting to force a religious belief onto the homosexual community.  In reality, there are many of different faiths, beliefs, and political groups who are against gay marriage for practical reasons.  That being said, is it okay for the state to define marriage between a man and woman?  Well, only if the outcome of the definition is in the best interest of the country, and this is where most disagree on the gay marriage debate.

The problem is no one puts the conceptualization of creating ‘oppressing’ laws into perspective.  After all, our states already deny rights to minorities; in fact, they deny rights to every individual in the United States.  If laws ban killing or stealing, it is quite obvious that we no longer have the freedom to kill or steal – therefore our rights to kill and steal are taken from us.  In an ‘absolutely free’ society, are we allowed to do this?  Obviously we can, because we are not an ‘absolutely free’ society and denying these rights are in the best interest of our country.

The difference between the law banning killing or stealing and a law banning gay marriage is that banning killing or stealing is universally accepted by society as a whole, and many do not believe gay marriage will have a detrimental effect on our society in the long run.

Or we could look at this question another way.  In either case, someone’s forcing their beliefs onto another.  If gay marriage is passed, the heterosexual community is being forced to accept the definition of marriage as between a man and another man, or a woman and another woman. Whereas if gay marriage is not passed, the homosexual community is forced to accept it is between a man and a woman.

Argument # 2:  Just like slavery and women’s rights, isn’t society simply taking away the human rights of homosexuals to marry?

After researching countless articles, I have found some studies conclude individuals may be born with a pre-disposition to homosexuality.  Now it is important to differentiate between a pre-disposition and a genetic absolute, because this is what the above argument claims.  A person is born African American or a woman, this is an absolute.  Since it is an absolute, it means they have absolutely no control over it, a woman cannot will herself into a man – therefore we cannot deny her rights as a woman, because she has no control over it.

If someone were born pre-disposed to being a woman, which is a silly thought, it means they have the ability to change it on their own.  Just as a person born with a pre-disposition to becoming an alcoholic or being intelligent has the ability to change it.  If I am born with a pre-disposition to intelligence, it does not mean I will be intelligent, it will all depend on the choices I make.  Also, demanding rights as a result of my pre-disposition to intelligence would be frowned upon, should I have different rights because I am pre-disposed to intelligence?  This is the fundamental difference between slavery, women’s rights, and homosexual human rights – it’s like comparing apples to oranges.

This argument can only be valid if the ‘gay gene’ existed – with this gene one can prove, beyond a doubt, an individual is born homosexual, just as one can prove, by more obvious methods, a person is born a woman or African American.  However, according to and many other studies, “Time and time again, scientists have claimed that particular genes or chromosomal regions are associated with behavioral traits, only to withdraw their findings when they were not replicated.”  This is one of those issues I strongly encourage others to research on their own, as there are many ideas floating around out there.

Argument # 3:  So why are people so afraid of gay marriage?

I would not say the majorities of individuals are ‘afraid’ of gay marriage, although I do know some people who are.  The reason they have concern over this debate is the potential consequences of re-defining marriage based upon behavioral choice.  If you notice, as I have stated above, homosexuality has not been proven purely genetic, since this is true, if marriage is re-defined based upon these circumstances, it must always be re-defined on these circumstances.

In other words, twenty years from now, when marriage between four men or four women is considered, our society will be forced to allow it – and one can rest assured, the gay marriage case will be cited within that courtroom.

It puts the conceptualization of marriage at danger of having a definition that will eventually become nothing more than a bundle of legal rights with no reference to a family unit.  Gay marriage may not destroy the family unit, but future marriages required to pass as a result of it will.

Argument # 4:  Since we do not know what the future holds, isn’t the slippery slope argument a weak one?

Should we do everything in our power to prevent terrorist attacks? Or should we do nothing on the assumption everything will be fine?  The concept is to protect the family unit for society as a whole, as it is essential to maintain financial and social health in society.

Of course no one knows the future, but this does not mean it is unintelligent to create laws to protect it.  When our founding fathers created the constitution, one of their primary concerns was to ensure a secure longevity of their documents and laws – and they strongly took into consideration the long-term consequences of each law that was written.  This is all I am attempting to do here.

Argument # 5:  Why do you care what choices these individuals make?  It has no effect on you.

I’d argue everything we do affects those around us.  When someone insults you, it puts you in a bad mood, does it not?  If someone drives drunk, it puts you in danger.  If someone compliments you, it may put you in a good mood, unless you are a strange person.  If a complete stranger cuts you off, you get angry. Many of the things we do throughout our day have a large impact on others.  Most of us do not realize the impact we have.

However, my argument is not against their individual behavioral choices.  I love that everyone in our society has the freedom to make both good and bad decisions. Freedom of choice is what being American is about.  The primary concern is the legal and societal consequences of gay marriage, nothing more.  This is not an attempt to discredit them based upon the choices they make.

Feel Free to Debate Me on this Issue! 

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor

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Wisdom From Hollywood (Saving Private Ryan)

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

My dear Mrs. Ryan: It’s with the most profound sense of joy that I write to inform you that your son Private James Ryan, is well and, at this very moment, on his way home from European battlefields. Reports from the front indicate James did his duty in combat with great courage and steadfast dedication, even after he was informed of the tragic loss your family has suffered in this great campaign to rid the world of tyranny and oppression. I take great pleasure in joining the Secretary of War, the men and women of the U.S. Army, and the citizens of a grateful nation in wishing you good health and many years of happiness with James at your side. Nothing, not even the safe return of a beloved son, can compensate you, or the thousands of other American families, who have suffered great loss in this tragic war. I might share with you some words which have sustained me through long, dark nights of peril, loss, and heartache. And I quote: ‘I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the alter of freedom.’ -Abraham Lincoln.”

– Harve Presnell as General George C. Marshall in Saving Private Ryan


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Camp Ray Bird

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

The mission of Ray Bird Ministries, Inc. is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the “at-risk” children and teens of the Michiana area, nurture those believers through memorable camping experiences and prepare them for participation in local churches.   Ray Bird Ministries serves the economically disadvantaged children and teens of the greater South Bend area.

On December 8th 1914, Mr. Ray Bird backed by a few concerned citizens opened the doors of the City Rescue Mission to South Bend’s homeless and needy citizens.  As years passed the camp evolved to meet the needs of each passing generation of needy children.  The need continues and the program has continued to change and grow to meet today’s needs. Camp Ray Bird is looking for summer staff workers to be counselor, lifeguard and cooks. 

Volunteers are always appreciated for  kitchen work, grounds maintenance, new building projects and they are always looking for help to maintain and upgrade the grounds and facilities.  Work groups stay for free in exchange for the work.  This is an excellent way to build teamwork and teach service.  For more information or to fill out an application, go online to

Carlie Barr


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What is your opinion on the Immigrant Reform Act of 2006?

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

“Don’t care as long as they learn English”

– Clayton Celmer (Junior)

“Don’t care unless they pay federal taxes and are not a drain on the system”

– Dale Bucklin (Junior)

“What Reform?”

– Kyle Means (Freshman)

“Don’t know yet. It sounds like in the long run these new immigrants may get more respect because they are now being Americanized instead of inferior”

– Jayme Cousins (Senior)



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Will the New Immigrant Reform Act Reform America?

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

Over the past couple of weeks, many people have come forward about their views on the “Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2006”. This new Reform Act can be both helpful, yet hurtful to those illegal immigrants in the United States. Because this is such a touchy debate right now, I will give both pros and cons of this delicate issue.

The bill’s highlights include the ability of legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., reducing family backlog, temporary employment programs, the DREAM Act, and a modified version of the AgJOBS bill. By providing information about these main points of the bill, I am hoping those who don’t really know what is sparking debates will have the background information and are not voicing his or her opinions out of ignorance.

The first matter of the bill is that illegal immigrants who work in the US must reach certain new criteria in order to become a legal citizen. The immigrant needs to pay a fee of $1,000, meet tax filing requirements, be felony-free, and must either understand or learn to speak English, U.S civics and history. During this time, the immigrant is given a temporary six year legal status. After the six years expired, the applicant has to pay another $1,000 fee and is able to apply for his or her lawful permanent resident (LPR). Workers will be allowed to enter the U.S. with proof that they do in fact have a job waiting for them once they have entered the country. This work visa is valid for three years. The Immigrant Reform Act also allows undocumented farm workers who worked in agriculture within the previous two years of December 2005 to apply for a “blue card”. They must pay a fine, then they must show payment of taxes, and prove they are free of felonies.

The bill also ensures families of a U.S citizen who have applied for a visa will be able to continue applying if the legal family member should die before the visa is issued. Immediate relatives of the citizen are no longer penalized due to the limit of visas. The DREAM Act allows those immigrants who have grown up in the U.S. and have graduated high school can apply for a conditional LPR that lasts six years. During the six years, the applicant must either graduate from a 2-year college, attend two years toward a 4-year degree, or serve 2 years in the military. After completing one of these prerequisites, the immigrant can apply for citizenship with no hassles.

Along with the positive aspect of The Immigration Reform Act there are many down sides that can be a burden to immigrants that don’t want to play by the rules. These new provisions effect homeland security, the workplace, and how Americans view this Patriarchy.

Some provisions for homeland security ensures 700 miles of fencing along the U.S/Mexico border where high illegal crossing occur. Another safety factor is the requirement of the Department of Homeland Security to report to Congress on the number of illegal immigrants caught, deported, or from countries that is a threat to the U.S. Homeland Security will also be enforced by checking criminal records and terrorist watch lists before being granted a visa.

These provisions also tie into the immigrant’s home and work. Any child that is born to illegal immigrants become wards of the State. The bill will also illuminate the Green Card Lottery. For employers who employ illegal immigrants, the fines have increased. Fines have also increased for those who house or smuggle illegal immigrants and are slapped with a longer prison time.

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 has raised many debates over the weeks. Many businesses and schools have exercised their rights of free speech since this act began. In Denver Colorado, flags were banned at Longmont’s Skyline High School in Denver as students were at war with the each other between the American and Mexican flags. Protesters gathered here in town to give their points of view to the Legislature while others marched in hopes others would follow.

I’m not sure how effective this act will be a month, year, or decade from now. It is still early and the public has not seen the Reform Act in action. Many people hold predictions, prejudices, or promises in this new bill that can either help or hurt this country.

Stacey Rummel


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Things You Ought to Know: IUSB Daycare Center

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

Jennifer Taylor is the director of the Day Care on IUSB Campus. She has a Bachelor’s degree in early/preschool/kinder-garten and she is one class away from a master’s degree. The other teachers that work there mostly have Bachelor degrees also. The hours of the Day Care are 7:30-5:30 Monday through Friday. Anyone can use the facility but the cost differs if you are a student, faculty/staff, or community members and how old your children are. In the fall and spring they accept children from 1 year to 5 years. And in the summer they have a special program for ages 6-9 years. There is a $15 registration fee and a contract that must be signed. They provide the children with chances to work together and separate. They also provide a chance for art work or to experiment with music. They also get a chance to go outside and roam the campus.

They also have work opportunities. To be a lead teacher you must have a bachelor’s degree. But students can work there also preferably with the work-study program. The day care is funded by the university, student government, and private grants and also their customers. Jennifer wanted everyone to know that their day care is different from the rest because their lead teachers have Bachelor’s degrees. And their already enrolled costumers get first preference for reenrollment. The day care has already filled up for the summer and almost filled for the fall, so you better hurry if want to join your kids. The day care is located in the Administration Building room U-120.

Download this issue in PDF to see the IUSB Daycare weekly fees

Sandy Brigham
Copy Editor


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Did You Know? (Easter)

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

With the Easter season just behind us, it may be a good idea to examine some of the holiday’s symbols.  The day itself began as a pagan holiday, which early Christian missionaries superimposed their celebration of the resurrection of Christ.  It is from those pagan traditions that the “Easter Rabbit” comes from.  The rabbit was the Earthly representation of the Anglo Saxon goddess, Eastre.  She was the goddess of offspring.  (Ah!!, now it makes perfect sense why a rabbit would be chosen…) 

This fluffy creature continues to this day to be associated with the holiday.  As for the Easter egg, that is an easy one.  The egg has long been a symbol of rebirth, and life.  The Christians used it to give a representation of the resurrection.  From the earliest times, eggs were wrapped in gold leaf.  Those who could not afford the gold often boiled their eggs with colorful plants in order to dye them.  (Hence, the tradition of Easter egg coloring.)  Put the rabbit and egg together, and you have the goddess of offspring delivering a symbol of rebirth.  At least this makes more sense than a baby being delivered by a stork.

Bo Lowman
Business Manager



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A Memoir from Bo Lowman

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

As this will be the last article that I write for “The Vision”, Jarrod has given me permission to write whatever I want.  Since I have so many friends at IUSB and Notre Dame University, I wanted to say goodbye before leaving.  I did not want to forget anyone, so I decided to do it this way.  I would like to end with a poem, by Grace E. Easley

* A Place For Me *

“There is a special place in life,

That needs my humble skill,

A certain job I’m meant to do,

Nobody else can fill.

The hours are demanding,

And the pay is not too good,

And yet I wouldn’t change it

For a moment if I could.

There is a special place in life,

A goal I must attain,

A dream that I must follow,

For I won’t be back again.

There is a mark that I must leave,

However small it be,

A Legacy of love for those,

Who follow after me.

There is a special place in life,

That only I may share,

A little path that bears my name,

Awaiting me somewhere.

There is a hand that I must hold,

A word that I must say,

A smile that I must give, for there

Are tears to blot away.

There is a special place in life,

That I was meant to fill,

A sunny spot where flowers grow,

Upon a windy hill.

There’s always a tomorrow,

And the best is yet to be,

And somewhere in this world I know,

There is a place for me!”

~Grace E. Easley~

May God continue to bless you throughout your lives. 


Bo Lowman 
Business Manager

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A Memoir from Rachel Wesner

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

Every student has his own standard for success, but sometimes students give up on themselves and their own goals by blaming outside causes.  Freshmen may be particularly prone to get discouraged with their classes early on because they are not familiar with the college system.  Students who take the “victim” mentality will likely find themselves at a loss often in various periods of their lives.  Students can aim to re-think this natural point-of-view and determine that they will make the most of every class, no matter how terrible it is.  After five years of studies, this student has found the following pointers, given by several professors throughout the campus, to be very useful in reaching and even exceeding the mark for success.

Successful students must attend class faithfully and be prepared by keeping up with reading and doing all the homework.  Professor Neovi Karakatsanis of the Political Science department says, “Procrastination is a huge problem for many students!  Once behind in a course or two, it can be very difficult for even the very best students to catch up.”  Students can get off on the right foot by opening the book before the first day of class to get a feel for what they will be learning the next four months.  Professor Lester Lamon of the History department says, “Think about what the class is about and what you want to learn from it before you ever attend the first session.  Have a focus upon the subject being studied so that it has some meaning or purpose for you.”  As the semester progresses, students can continue to stay on top of their studies by habitually checking their syllabi.  Dr. Lamon says, “Prepare before each class.  Instructors usually put a lot of time into their syllabi, and there is no excuse for not being prepared.  Still many, if not most, fail to do this.”

Students can get much more from each class by actively participating, than if they did nothing more than listen to the lecture or discussion.  Professor Henry Scott of the Astronomy department says, “Contribute to class discussions and ask questions.  This is probably the easiest thing to do to make the class more enjoyable for everyone involved, and active engagement makes comprehension much easier.”

One common problem, particularly with classes that are just “requirements,” is simply lack of interest.  Dr. Scott suggests the “feigning” approach: “If initially not interested in the material, fake it!  I’m somewhat serious with this.  I found in my own studies that by pretending to be interested in material that would otherwise not catch my attention, I would soon see why the material was indeed worth my while and develop a sincere interest.”  By determining a lack of interest from the start, students are basically giving up before they’ve even begun.  By “forcing” themselves to be interested, students may eventually find aspects of the material that catch their attention.  But even if they never do develop any sincere interest in the subject, the deliberate effort to act enthusiastic will result in better grades.

Take time to study for an exam.  Students should never wait until the day before an exam to begin studying.  Dr. Karakatsanis says, “I would recommend that students begin to prepare for exams at least one week before the test.  This gives them ample time to seek help from their instructors or the tutoring center on campus when a problem crops up.”  The same principle applies to assignments and papers.  Dr. Lamon says, “Start work on outside assignment well in advance of their due date.  Work a bit along on the project so that you have time to think about it, rather than just dump a lot of information together in a rush.”

A good relationship with your professor is very important for success.  Professor Abigail Tañón of the Spanish department says, “Know your professor and make sure he/she knows you.  Good relationships always take us to good places.”  Where should students begin in cultivating a good relationship with their professors?  Respect.  Students should respect not only the position of their professors, but also their expertise and their teaching philosophy, even if it appears unintelligent to you.  Professor Tañón says, “College professors are in love with what they do.  Show respect for this individual who spent his young years in a library or laboratory!  He/she will definitely appreciate your effort even if she/he knows the class is a requirement.”

Students should practice professionalism beginning in the classroom.  Professor Tañón says, “Think about the word ‘behavior.’  Success in college equals good behavior in all the senses of the word.  Think of each class as a community you will live in for one semester.”  Practicing respect for both students and professors in college will help students form good habits for the outside world.

Rachel Wesner


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Japanese Club Opens the Door to Japanese Culture and History

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

Nihongo no kurabu…this is Japanese Club in Japanese, and we’re always ready to learn or teach something new about Japan and/or the Japanese culture. We are a club that discusses and enjoys events that cover a wide range of the aspects of Japan, from culture, to history, to current events.

The Japanese Club has been on campus and active since 2002, and continues this year with President Joe Spencer, Vice President Adam Rummage, Secretary Kristen Pritchett, and Treasurer Kathryn Fountain.  Professor Yoshiko Green is the Japanese Club’s advisor and our resident sensei *teacher* for Japanese.

You can find any one of our members in the Club Room in the Student Activities Center, and most of the time at least one officer is there, so if you’re interested in joining, just come on up; we’ll be happy to get you signed up.

We have meetings every Thursday in the Club Room, at 6:30 pm.  We look forward to this year’s annual trip to Anime Central, a Japanese culture and animation convention held in Chicago, as well as a presentation that the Japanese Club is doing on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with English translated memoirs received from the Hiroshima National Peace Project.

For more information on this or other Japanese Club events, students can always contact the president or secretary via email:

Joe Spencer:
Kristen Pritchett:

Kristen Pritchett 
Article Contributed  
Edited by: Rachel Wesner

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Wanted: Single Parents Looking to Help Each Other

Posted by iusbvision on April 18, 2006

In sight of a recent adventure hosted at IUSB by Goodwill of Michiana, I had an opportunity to go through a simulation of something I have addressed myself in real life. I was surprised that a simulation was even created for such drama of impoverished families are subjected to in order to get their basic needs met. In a country so wealthy with opportunities and great riches, why has such poverty been so over looked and for so long. The segregation between rich and poor has become a distinct line yet inside we are all the same. What prevents us from reaching out to those in great need during life’s traumas? The fact is, life is hard. We are all at some point in our life going to endure some sort of major heart ache whether it is great financial distress or great grief at the trials of life. The cries of those enduring great lack have been silenced for too long.

What was once a rare case is now so common. What you will not see on a woman’s face when she is enduring these hard times is the look of sadness because she has been pushed down to far that she has learned to hide it. What we don’t know is that she cries herself to sleep at night because she is not sure if she is going to have a roof over here head tomorrow for her and her children. What we don’t see is that she hasn’t eaten in 3 days because she is saving the food for her children not knowing when she will have food again. We don’t see the humiliation she is brought when a person in a governmental office talks down to her as though she is a horrible mother and incompetent of rebuilding her life. All the while, society has neglected that she secretly was raped, abused and misused by her spouse and that’s why she is in college and needs assistance. That’s why her life is in shambles and she is forced to try to pick up the pieces all alone and carry on. This is a cry that needs to be heard. I was stirred into action when I found that other parents have endured this and the comfort of others struggling along with me was a great relief. A relief emotionally that is. What has still not been settled is the financial relief. What has still not been settled is the “how do I rebuild my life” relief. The ability and opportunity to lean on each others shoulders during these trying times. The chance to make lasting relationships out of life’s most desperate times is a bond that will not be easily broken. A group is needed to start the rebuilding and I propose that on Wednesday April 26th at 7:00 p.m. I would like to have a meeting to bridge this gap. All those wanting to support or are enduring this are welcome.

In celebration of what I believe will be a great healing for these families and hopefully our country, we can start discussing the rebuilding of these families lives. The meeting will start with an introduction of the idea of the group. The vision is to restore these families to better than new conditions with not just meeting financial needs but the emotional, mental and physical needs of the families. We will discuss a strategy of healing whether we have small groups or large discussion groups. Our next discussion will be on the raising of finances from those who are interested in contributing to this cause. This will be a community, a family. The intentions are that the group is not a band-aid to these families but a means to an ending of the suffering.

Please join with me in the restoration of these families and reap the eternal rewards of walking others out of the never ending cycle of destruction.

Kelly Thrall
Letter to the Editor

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Analyzing the Arguments: Abortion

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

Argument # 1: Regular people have a right to their bodies as long as they do not hurt others.

This is an extremely valid argument, only it depends solely on the assumption that the fetus is not a separate human being. Fundamentally, this is where the core of the abortion debate exists. Most people believe one of three concepts; [1] a fetus isn’t a child until it is born and takes its first breath, [2] it isn’t a child until it is ‘self-aware’, or where there is some gauged timeframe or [3] it is a child from the moment of conception. Regarding concept one, most individuals agree abortions shouldn’t be legal in every case up until birth. This is why many frown on partial-birth abortions.

The majorities of individuals usually fall under concept two, but do not see where the logic behind this concept fails. There is no definitive line between concepts two and three, in other words, how does one draw a clear line as to when a baby is self-aware and becomes human?

Let us say one ‘can’ draw this clear line when the baby begins brain activity, or its heart starts beating. Then there is another problem, children did not have a heart beat before it started beating, and did not have brain activity until it became active. In other words, from its conception, it can be assumed that a baby ‘will’ eventually have a beating heart and brain activity.

If this is true, however, if one is to hinder these activities even ‘before’ they start – then it is no different than hindering them ‘after’ they start because in either case, it was going to happen.

For example, stopping a car at the beginning or end of an assembly line does not change the fact it was going to be a car. It forces the machine to stop its creation process. So whether one stops the birth process at the beginning or the end of pregnancy, it does not change the fact it was going to be a baby.

This is all relevant because if individuals believe a fetus is human from conception, then the argument above holds no merit, as the mother’s decision is having a direct effect on another human being. However, if one believes one of the other two concepts, this argument will hold no validity to them.

Argument # 2: If a child is born into a low income or adoptive situation, isn’t it just as bad, or worse than aborting it?

There are many statistics out there backing up this argument, but one has to analyze the question being asked. This concept is attempting to justify abortion based upon financial situations and impracticalities of keeping the child. Only these arguments fail to see they are actually saying, “A child is better off dead than in poverty or in an institution designed to raise children.”

Well, perhaps we should do the same to those individuals who are already born under these circumstances. In other words, we can assume that a 5 year old who grew up in an abusive family won’t stand much of a chance in society – so let us simply kill her, after all, her life would have been miserable anyways.

This pre-judgment cannot exist in our society, how is it one can claim a child is ‘better off dead’ on the assumption the family is not well-off or the child will not know his biological parents? If anything, this argument judges those who have been raised in these situations by saying “You didn’t turn out normal” or “You didn’t live a happy life worth living”.

Argument # 3: It Is The Mothers Choice, Illegalizing It Would Violate That Choice.

It is understood that freedom of choice is one of the fundamental building blocks of a democracy. The argument against this concept is going to be based upon the previous one, whereas if a child is considered to be a human being from conception, then the child has just as many human rights as the mother.

If this was not the case, then a mother should have supremacy over her child at any age including after he is born. If we allow a mother to have superior human rights over a child during conception, then she must also possess those rights after birth. If this is the case, the mother would have the choice to abort her child up to the age of 18. I know it sounds extreme, and it probably would not happen, but I am implying the consistency of logic. Human rights are human rights, no matter the age.

However, we could differentiate between human rights and fetus rights; this seems redundant though, as a fetus would not have rights unless it is human, and if it ‘is’ human, it should have the same rights as any other. So once again, it comes down to whether or not one believes a fetus is a human being or not. As I said before, this is where the core of the abortion debate exists.

Argument # 4: What About The Tragic Cases In Which An Abortion Could Save The Life Of The Mother?

There is no doubt there are many tragic cases in which the issue of abortion becomes controversial. Most know an absolute law will not be able to solve the problem, or make everyone happy. According to, “3.3% of women have an abortion due to a risk to fetal health.” and “2.8% of women have an abortion due to a risk to maternal health.” You will find on this website that the other 93.9% of cases are due to money, relationships, and family. This means out of the annual 1,370,000 abortions that occur within the United States, 1,286,430 are performed mostly out of circumstances and not out of life threatening or highly controversial situations.

The website also shows “47% of abortions are performed on women who have already had one or more abortions.” The ultimate question becomes “is universal abortion the answer?” Should society allow such daunting numbers for the 6.1% who have controversial situations, or should we create a method for handling such cases if it were to be illegalized? Although it is understood creating a law to handle these cases is not easy, and another issue all together. The complexity does not disqualify creating a law from being attempted.

I have only scratched the surface of the abortion issue. Unfortunately, abortion exists because individuals are getting pregnant when they had not planned too. With the combination of teaching (as unpopular as it is) abstinence and proper use of contraceptives, many of these cases could have, and can be prevented. For example, I bet most individuals didn’t know the website above also states “90% of women who are at risk for unplanned pregnancies are using contraception”

For more information on practicality of abstinence, birth control, and sex visit: Epigree Women’s Health

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor

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Club Showcase: Accounting Association An Important Bridge to Business World

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

The Accounting Association serves as a wonderful means of transition from the world of education to the world of business.  President Sharon Busenbark says, “My goal this year has been to increase communication about job opportunities to the members.”

Anyone can attend the meetings.  One can become a member by completing a membership form and paying a $12 fee.

Students find that the diverse membership is very beneficial in exposing them to many minds within their field.  According to the association’s written documents, “The objective of the IU South Bend Accounting Association is to compliment its members’ formal education with exposure to ‘real-world’ issues within the field of accounting.”

A key benefit to joining the association is the contact it provides early on between students and potential employers.  First, there are often CFOs or partners in CPA firms that speak at the meetings, often, according to Busenbark, “regarding their career path, what their company is looking for in an accounting graduate, what employment potential is like, etc.”

Sometimes the speakers are IUSB graduates, enabling them to thoroughly direct students in their education path to successfully reach their goals.  “To me,” says Busenbark, “these meetings are invaluable for gathering information about potential employers.”

Busenbark carries a very active role in attempting to help students with career success.  “I am in contact with many of the local (and not so local) companies and I pass along job and internship opportunities to those in attendance at the meetings and through our Website,” she said.  “I send out a weekly ‘joke of the week’ that I call The Lighter Side, and along with this I pass along timely information about job opportunities or important events happening on campus.”

The Accounting Association not only provides members with contact to the outside world, but also opens a forum for students to feel a sense of community with fellow students in the School of Business and Economics.

The opportunity for comradeship is invaluable, particularly when freshman are searching for advice and assistance from seniors and juniors.  “Students generally are not accepted into the School of Business and Economics until approximately their junior year,” said Busenbark.  “The accounting program is a very rigorous program, perhaps the most difficult of the ten concentrations offered in the School of Business and Economics.  Any kind of information or support one can get from those who have preceded us, is priceless.”

Students also have access to Accounting Association-only scholarships which include $500, $250, $250, and $150 awards.  The chances of winning one of these scholarships are very good.

Membership incentives can also include extra credit in classes, according to Busenbark.  “Most accounting professors offer extra credit or bonus points for affiliation with various accounting organizations, including the AICPA, the Indiana CPA Society, and also our Accounting Association.”

Membership forms are located on the two Accounting Association bulletin boards (one in Northside near Room 101 and one across from the Grille in the Administration Building).  A form is also posted on the website at

Rachel Wesner


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Wis-dumb From Hollywood (The Day After Tomorrow)

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

“Our climate is fragile, at the rate we are burning fossil fuels and polluting the environment, the ice caps will soon disappear.”

– Dennis Quaid as Professor Jack Hall in The Day After Tomorrow


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IUSB Dental Hygiene Program

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

The dental hygiene clinic located here at IU South Bend (Riverside Hall) offers many services for children and adults ranging from simple teeth cleaning, oral cancer screening, dental hygiene instruction, fluoride treatments, and sealants.

Because of class being in session, scheduling an appointment is necessary.  Appointments can be scheduled through June during the week for morning, daytime, and evening appointments.  Since treatments are supervised and need to be checked by an instructor, the actual appointment takes hours longer than a visit to the local dental clinic.  Unlike a regular dentist, insurance is not needed for the services at the IUSB clinic.

Dental Clinic Fees:

Teeth Cleaning (bitewings included)

  • Adult                                      $20
  • Seniors (62+)                         $10
  • Children (5+)                         $10
  • IUSB students,
  • staff,
  • faculty                                  $10


  • Full mouth                            $20
  • Bitewings                              $5
  • Single Film                            $1


  • Up to 4 teeth                         $10
  • Additional teeth                      $5

For further information or to schedule an appointment contact Riverside Hall:


Stacey Rummel
Guest Writer: Angela Brothers


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The Student Art Exhibition

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

For those of you who are looking for something to do on campus between classes and want to break away from studying should stop by The Gallery and check out the Student Art Exhibition.  The Gallery is located south of the Administration Building off of Ruskin Street.  Patrons enter through the door facing Ruskin Street.

The Student Art Exhibit not only allows students to view other students’ artwork in many different mediums like sculpture or paintings, but allows recognition of the artist with the award given to a particular piece of work.  Some student art is also up for sale.  If one were to go, he or she can see a price under the title of the work.

Don’t feel like spending any money that day?  Don’t worry. The Student Art Exhibition is free of charge and is a hop/skip away from anything on campus, so gas for driving isn’t even an option.

Gallery Hours:

12:00 p.m.-5:00p.m.

11:00 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information contact the Arts Box Office at (574)520-4203

Stacey Rummel


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Afghani Man Gets Asylum in Italy

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

Abdul Rahman faced a sentence of death in Afghanistan after seeking custody of his two children.  Rahman, who has spent the last nine years of his life living in Germany, returned to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban seeking to reunite with his daughters, now 13 and 14.

The grandparents who have raised the children fought Rahman’s request and a custody battle ensued.  During the investigation, Rahman was exposed as a Christian and was arrested for carrying a Bible.  Sixteen years ago, Rahman renounced Islam and converted to Christianity.  According to Islamic law, this is called apostasy and carries a penalty of torture and public execution.

This issue strained relations between western allies and the fledgling Afghan government over freedom of worship in a democracy.  President Bush and Secretary of State Condi Rice previously spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about the importance of protecting personal freedoms.  Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Pope Benedict XVI have also sent letters of concern over Rahman.

The Afghani Parliament, on the other hand, does not see the importance of religious freedom.  Rahman was released after a court found him mentally ill, but the parliament sought to keep him in the country because many Muslim clerics continue to call for his death.

Italy has given Rahman asylum the same way they gave former Afghani King Mohammed Zaher Shah asylum in Rome for the past thirty years, assuming he can safely leave the country.  Many Muslim clerics have threatened violence in response to the expedition of Rahman.  “This is a betrayal of Islam and the entire Afghan nation by our government,” a senior cleric in Kabul named Hamiddullah told Reuters. “This will have very dangerous consequences for the government. Muslim leaders will react very strongly.”

So far, all demonstrations have been peaceful with no casualties reported.  Most recently, over 700 clerics demonstrated in northern Afghanistan.  No protests have since been scheduled.

Jarrod Brigham


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Student Government Election Guide

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

Presidential Candidates (1 position)

Mike Renfrow
Quote: “I will continue my efforts to ensure an effective government working to protect students rights, represent student interest, and push for the expansion of our campus and student life through the acquisition of state and private funding for the Associates building and dorms.”

Running Mate: Marcus Vigil

Teresa Santos
Quote: “I stand for promoting diversity within the campus and community.  I will work to create an environment where all clubs and organizations are afforded equal visibility in the Student Government and the Administration.“

Running Mate: Frank Fotia

Vice – Presidential Candidates (1 position)

  • Marcus Vigil
  • Frank Fotia
  • Thomas Warfel

Treasurer Candidates (1 position)

  • Crissy Counsellor

Secretary Candidates (1 position)

  • Heather White

Senate Candidates (12 positions)

  • Jessica Atkins
  • Amanda Anglin
  • Lori Bryant
  • Isabel Dieppa
  • Alma Galicia
  • Teresa Granados
  • Vince Huseynli
  • Erkki KochKetopela
  • Ben Peak
  • Misty Perrin
  • Joanna Reusser
  • Mitch Royer

For candidate and voting information visit:

Voting is on April 11th and April 12th

The IUSB Vision Encourages You to Participate!



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Letter to the Editor

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

“Was The Port Decision a Racist One?”

The uproar over the failed attempt by Dubai Ports World to purchase control of some operations at some American ports is already fading from the America public’s memory. Unfortunately for America, the people of the United Arab Emirates will not forget so soon.

The conflict did more than reveal the hypocrisy of politicians on both side of the aisle who once labeled the FBI’s focus on young Arab males at airports as “racial profiling” but then saw no problem with suggesting that a company’s workers might be terrorists for no other reason than “they are Arab.” It insulted and alienated the closest thing America has to an ally in the Arab world.

Yet now the American government has treated our best friends as no different from the terrorists. Is that any way to keep old friends or make new ones? This problem is compounded by the humiliation inflicted on UAE. Arab culture highly values saving face. The least the politicians could have done was to provide the UAE an honorable way out. Sadly, Congress chose to maximize, rather than minimize, the humiliation.

Rest assured that the next time an Arab nation or company considers working with us or adopting some kind of reforms, the Islamic fundamentalists will point to the ports debacle. They will tell the more moderate Arabs that since the Americans do not want them, they might as well join the terrorists. Thanks to many politicians, the moderate Arabs are likely to listen.

David Mathues



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“WalkAmerica”, Help Save Lives

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

Every year half a million babies are born prematurely; that’s one in every eight births! Premature birth is an epidemic that has been on the rise, and as the leading cause of infant mortality and many lifelong disabilities, should be reason for your concern.

As stated on their website, the mission of the March of Dimes is to “improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.” By being a part of    WalkAmerica on Saturday, April 29th, you could help in this mission.

The IUSB Biology Chemistry Club is forming a team to walk, and anyone is welcome to join. According to club president, Shannon Renfrow, “WalkAmerica is an opportunity for us as a campus to reach out and do something for our community that can have a tremendous impact.” She goes on to emphasize that, “Although this effort was initiated by our club, our team will welcome anyone who has a heart for helping the cause. Students, faculty, staff or family members are all encouraged to join.”

In addition to the contributions raised by individual walkers, the IUSB WalkAmerica team is excited to have gained the support of the SGA, who made a donation to the March of Dimes and will be sponsoring a checkpoint at the event. If you too would like to be a part of the efforts, more information can be found at, where you can find links to join the team or make a donation.

Please consider helping…you could be a hero to the smallest of someones! 

Shannon Renfrow
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Did You Know? (Cargo Cults)

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

Most Christian based religions preach against the evils of materialism, but there are those whose beliefs center around material affects.  Thanks to WWII cargo planes, there are some religious cults that worship cargo planes, control towers, and the cargo itself. 

These cults, ranging from Northern Australia to Indonesia, actually build exact replicas of the cargo planes out of bamboo.  These peoples have religious relics that range from plane cargo, nuts and bolts, Zippo lighters, eyeglasses, ballpoint pens, and the like.  Each time a plane passes over, they pray for a release of the holy cargo. 

This makes one wonder how they would treat jet fuel; would it be considered holy water?

Bo Lowman
Business Manager



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Club Showcase: The Spanish Club is Helping Our Worldwide Community

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

Membership in the Spanish Club is a culturally enriching experience for the students, faculty, and staff of IUSB.  Participants with the club can immerse themselves in the culture of the Spanish-speaking world while still living in the U.S.A.

Among the other clubs on campus, the Spanish Club helps to enrich the variety of the IUSB student culture.  Teresa Santos, Co-President of the Spanish Club says, “We are proud to be among the many clubs and organizations at IUSB which help to enrich our campus environment.”

The Spanish Club seeks to introduce its members to cultural venues such as food, dance, Spanish/Latin American films, and art.   Santos says, “We promote the Spanish language and culture among native speakers as well as individuals learning Spanish as a second language.”

Beyond the cultural enrichment the club seeks to bring to the campus community, the Spanish Club also has a vision that reaches outside the borders of IUSB.  The club promotes community and worldwide engagement, supported by introducing students to other customs and worldviews outside their own: “We like to have fun and socialize as well as look for ways to put the information we gather towards the development of engaging ourselves on a community as well as on a global basis,” said Santos.  “Right now we are exploring a way to involve ourselves within the local Hispanic community.”

The club is involved in some very practical ways of impacting the worldwide community: “We are committed to raising funds for an orphanage in Cuernavaca, Mexico, which will again be visited by study-abroad participants in the Summer in Mexico program,” said Santos.  “We are also discussing the possibilities of establishing a Scholarship Fund to assist students who want to study in Cuernavaca, Costa Rica, Spain, or one of the other Study Abroad programs.”

Throughout the year, the Spanish club has had about 200-250 participants for their combined year’s events.  The club welcomes future participants, who can check out their web site calendar for information on upcoming events.  The web address is  Regular meetings will be held on April 4th and 18th at 6:30p.m. in SAC 206.

Rachel Wesner

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Protests at Military Funerals Abuse Freedom of Speech

Posted by iusbvision on March 21, 2006

The United States troops have been taking a beating over that last few years from pacifists to Bush-haters and nearly everyone in between. Americans have seen Code Pink screaming at wounded veterans outside Walter Reed Hospital, Cindy Sheehan gallivanting around, and the New York Times run 32 consecutive front page articles about Abu Ghraib. Now it may appear that the troops are being attacked by some of the Christian right, a traditional supporter of U.S. troops.

The Westboro Baptist Church out of Topeka, Kansas has been protesting all over the country at the funerals of servicemen killed in action. The church is ran by “Reverend” Fred Phelps and consists of nearly 100 members, most of which are members of his large family (13 children and 54 grandchildren). The Westboro Baptist Church has a history of being a far cry from the mainstream Christian faith.

The reason for all the protests is not because they are pacifists, but rather they believe that God is punishing our soldiers because homosexuals are allowed to live in America. The extremist group’s websites and explain why the church cheers for more deaths among our soldiers. The website includes hate speech directed at President Bush, American soldiers, Coretta Scott King, even Mr. Rogers!

The group gained notoriety after picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Since then, they have picketed outside James Dopson’s Focus on the Family program for their support of the Love One Out Crusade. Even in the tragedies, the group cheers for more carnage. Phelps proudly proclaims “We’ve been up there three times since September 11th, picketing with big signs saying ‘Thank God for 9/11’.” The group also seeks to “Thank God for Katrina” and to “Thank God for dead coal miners” in reference to the West Virginia coal miners buried alive.

This group, which can only truly be described as a cult gets to spread their message of hate and treason because groups such as the ACLU stand up for their freedom of speech. When states try to pass laws keeping this group away from mourners, they wave the first amendment around and eventually sue the lawmakers. Phelps claims, “A federal judge gave us $175,000 in fees for having to sue so many of the people over the laws they passed who were trying to run around the First Amendment.” Because the first Amendment has been abused for so long, this group gets to continue screaming things like “Pray for more American bodies blown to smithereens by cheap home made Iraqi IEDs”.

On March, 2nd, Indiana became one of the first states to pass legislation making protests within 500 feet of the funeral, viewing, or processional a felony offense. Republican senator Brent Steele authored the bill as a pre-emptive strike against a protest scheduled for March 6th in Kokomo. The new law punishes disorderly conduct with a $10,000 fine and up to three years in prison. Gov. Mitch Daniels was excited about passing the bill into law stating, “We’re determined to protect the bereavement and honor the sacrifices of those who’ve done the most important public service [of] all. That bill’s not going to reach my desk — I’m going to sign it at the front door.”

Missouri, Wisconsin, and South Dakota have already passed similar laws with Ohio, Illinois, and a dozen other states pursuing the same legislation. Kansas had their law struck down in the state’s supreme court.

Jarrod Brigham

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Things You Ought To Know: Learning Resource Center

Posted by iusbvision on March 21, 2006

The Learning Resource Center, or the LRC, is a place YOU ought to know about.  The LRC is located in Greenlawn, room 111 and is the place to let your creative juices flow.  The LRC is a branch of the IU South Bend Library.  A common misconception among students is that since they are in Greenlawn that it is just for education majors.

The LRC can be used by anyone who is looking to make projects for school, work or just for fun. Kim Parker, supervisor, says “If you can’t figure out how to make it, we will.”  They are fully stocked with poster board, construction paper, backing paper, Ellison cut outs, poster printer, lamination, binding, dry mount, transparences, foamboard, tagboard and much much more.  If you are unfamiliar with these materials come in and see what you have been missing.  Clubs utilize the LRC to make their club bulletin boards.

Students can use the mini computer lab to print black and white or color for just a small fee.  They also have a mini library that consists of books that you would find in the local schools and also books that can give you great ideas.  They contain anything from subjects of schools to child development to special education.

The normal hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm, Friday 8 am to 4 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 1 pm.  However, their hours can vary during finals, between semesters and during summer sessions.  The staff is very helpful and courteous and will be glad to answer any questions.  For more information and pricing you can contact Kim Parker, Supervisor, at 574-520-4120 or find them online at and check out their Blog.

Sandy Brigham
Copy Editor

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Did You Know? (Tomb of the Unknown Soldier)

Posted by iusbvision on March 21, 2006

To be selected to be a guard of the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb is one of this nation’s greatest honors.  But the fact remains that few know of the intricacies of the position.  For example, to even be considered for the position, a solider must be between 5’10” and 6’2” and have a waistline of less than 30”.  After being selected, the men are no longer allowed to drink or swear in public.  This is for the rest of their lives.  After serving for two years they are given a wreath pin, which is to be worn on the lapel.  If they disgrace the uniform in any way, the pin will be taken away.  Currently, there are 400 pins in circulation.  May God Bless these men and all they do.

The following are interesting facts about the Tomb and its guards:

  • Currently there are 175 souls laid to rest in the Tomb
  • The Tomb has been guarded 24/7 since 1930.
  • On his march across the Tomb’s front, a solder takes 21 steps in representation of the 21 gun salute.
  • There is a 21 second pause before an about face for the same reason.
  • The guards spend five hours a day getting their uniform ready for their half-hour shift.
  • Their gloves are moistened to prevent slippage of the rifle that they are holding.
  • The gun is always to be on the shoulder that is not facing the Tomb.
  • When Isabelle hit D.C. in 2003, permission was given for the guards to temporarily abandon their post.  They respectfully declined, and continued the honor, soaked to the bone!

Bo Lowman
Business Manager

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Google Stands For Integrity If The Money Is Right

Posted by iusbvision on March 21, 2006

“Do no evil” is the motto of one of the most trusted internet search engine sites on the internet today.  From the beginning, Google had my loyalties, and when many people come to me with questions, my response almost 10% of the time is “Google it.”

Google has a great track record for doing what is ‘morally’ correct. However,

the US Justice Department recently requested that Google, AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo hand over 1 million random search requests to help create a filtering system designed to keep children from being exposed to pornography.   Google was the only one who denied them the information on the grounds of future potential government intrusions.

On these grounds, it is understandable why Google might be discouraged from giving up information.  Although in China, Google does not have a problem allowing the Chinese government to interfere with potential search results.  Google has given the Chinese government power to censor many different kinds of search requests.  Microsoft has done a similar thing with its own search engine site.  The types of search requests that are filtered by the Chinese authorities include daunting words such as “freedom”, “democracy”, and “U.S. Constitution”.

So it appears that when it is not financially beneficial to Google, you can rest assured they will not be willing to give up their ‘moral’ stances on important issues of privacy and freedom of speech.  However, if it becomes financially feasible for them to do otherwise, you may find them reasoning that it is better for us to get limited access to search engine results than no access at all.  I’ll have some integrity with a side order of selective-morality please.

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor

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SGA Approves 50% Of Discretionary Fund To A Single Club

Posted by iusbvision on March 21, 2006

The Student Government Association strives to protect the rights of students, assist student clubs and generally work to provide a better atmosphere for students on campus.

The SGA receives nearly $30,000 each year to use at their discretion.  This money goes for all sorts of projects and clubs such as helping fund the Porn Nation speaker for Campus Crusade or helping the Society of Physics Students attend a seminar.  However, on March 10th, the SGA voted 8-2 in favor of providing $7,350.00 for 21 students for the Freedom Summer class.

To put this into perspective, students who went on the Biloxi, Mississippi trip received $1,300.00 in January.  The political science club received $555.00 in August and the Theatre Guild was given $867.00 to go to a theatre conference in January.  No single club has received over two thousand dollars in over two years and that request was vetoed by then president Audra Ammerman.

The bill was brought to the floor by Senator Kim Muncie and was approved by an 8-2 vote.  The only no vote came from Marcus Vigil who stated “This is a great cause, and I support funding this group, just not 50% of our semester’s allocation budget.”  Diana de Guzman was not present, but expressed similar concerns stating “I voted against this proposal partly by default since I left early. But even if I didn’t, I would have voted against it.”

Giving $350.00 per person would require seven students to use their entire activity fee to pay for one person to attend this trip which includes course credit.  The only senator who approved the funding and responded to questions was Isabel Dieppa who states, “No we are not paying for classes, or for their class supplies we are simply helping them out.  The same way as the SGA helped those on the trip to Biloxi, which could count as credit as well.  The students must pay for their tuition, as well as many or their expenses making each student pay 1300 dollars.”

SGA President Mike Renfrow vetoed the spending on March 16th citing “While I wish I could fund this trip in it entirety and I believe the Civil Rights Heritage Center is an organization of the highest caliber, a shinning example of our best and brightest, my position as President is responsible to the student body as a whole, all 7,000.”  He also pointed out “the total is an amount 3.5 times higher then [any amount] given to any club/organization from the SGA support budget previously in my two year term.”

At the March 17th meeting, some members of the senate tried to override the veto.  The override fell well short of the 8 votes needed as it went down to defeat 4-5.  The senators who voted to override were Isabel Dieppa, Kim Muncie, Shadreck Kamwendo, and Ivan Blount.  The senate did vote to approve $250.00 per person bringing the total to $5,250.00 saving the SGA $2,100.00 which can now go to work for other clubs.

Jarrod Brigham

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Club Council Gives Students Opportunity to Realize a Vision

Posted by iusbvision on March 21, 2006

The Club Council is every IUSB club’s best friend.  It is a forum for student clubs and organizations in which officers of their perspective clubs can come together, share ideas, promote events, fundraise.

The goals of club council are to promote student unity, encourage communication, and build strong student clubs and organizations at IUSB.  It is furthermore a step toward building a strong student culture at IUSB, offering students a viable alternative to Bloomington.

As an extension of the SGA, Club Council is a grass roots student effort to communicate and build strong student organizations.  Coupled with administration’s plan to build the bridge and dorms across the river, increased student unity is moving IUSB away from being primarily a commuter campus to a university with student culture.

The club council receives an annual budget of $6000 and is divided between the fall and spring semesters ($3000 each).  Clubs can request funds for various projects and are encouraged to fundraise.

The club council consists of roughly sixty clubs and organizations.  It has about twelve active clubs at this point, but is expanding as more students become involved in student life and clubs at IUSB.  There are numerous active clubs and organizations at IUSB, but not all are active in Club Council.  Club activity in the council is growing, however, as clubs recognize the council’s benefits.

Soon there will be a club council website that has information available about and to all clubs.  It will have budget information, activities, upcoming events, and club news.  All students will have instant access to club information.

The Club Council is made up of an executive and legislative branch.  The legislature consists of all the officers of perspective clubs and organizations.  The executive branch is made up of the Chair, treasurer, secretary, and student life advisor.  All requests for funds will be approved at the biweekly meetings by the legislature.  Funds requested for under $50 will be approved by the executive board.  In the future there will be a need to fill all these positions so students are asked to get involved.

Club Council meets the second and last Friday of every month at 10 AM in the Club Room of the SAC.  Meetings usually last for one hour.

Article Contributed by
Derek Webb
Edited By: Rachel Wesner

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Letters To The Editor

Posted by iusbvision on March 21, 2006

Commenting on “Television and the Desirable Woman”

If you would like to view this Letter, visit the link below:

Comments on Television and the Desirable Woman 

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Letters To The Editor

Posted by iusbvision on March 21, 2006

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Wisdom From Hollywood (Air Force One)

Posted by iusbvision on March 21, 2006

“Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons. And to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate and we will no longer be afraid. It’s your turn to be afraid.”
– Harrison Ford as President James Marshall in Air Force One

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Club Showcase: Campus Bible Fellowship

Posted by iusbvision on March 21, 2006

Students of IUSB have likely noticed the Campus Bible Fellowship literature table in Weikamp Hall, with at least one club member at the table every day ready to engage in conversation with passing students.  Although it might appear that the club’s full energy goes into the literature table, it is actually just a small fraction of CBF’s activities.

Steve Giegerich and his wife Charlene are continually busy coordinating various activities for students from IUSB and other surrounding campuses.  Steve leads a regular Bible study on campus in the Administration Building cafeteria with the following schedule: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Steve has been a staff worker for CBF since 1990.  He says that he has been motivated to continue in this ministry by the love of Christ, summarized in the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 5:14: “For Christ’s love compels us…”  “Students need to be reached, and I’m willing to do that,” Steve said.  “I’ve given my life to the Lord to use me in the way He sees fit.”  Steve hopes that by ministering God’s Word to students on campus, that God’s truth might counterbalance some of the anti-Biblical university teachings.  Steve feels that many of the local churches have neglected the universities in their ministry, and he feels compelled to attempt to fill some of that void.

Steve’s wife Charlene holds one-on-one Bible studies on campus with some of the women who have expressed interest.  She also teaches English as a Second Language and holds American cooking classes every other Wednesday at the campus house.  If anyone is interested in meeting with Charlene or joining the cooking class, students may contact the campus house at 272-8890 or e-mail Charlene at

The Giegerich’s home known as the “Campus House” is open every Friday evening for events, games, fellowship, and Bible studies.  On March 31st, the campus house will be hosting a cookout at 6pm.  For directions to the campus house, students can visit the CBF web site at and go to the “Maps” page.

The prime event for the month of April is the CBF presentation of Steve Giegerich in Concert.  Steve has a master’s degree in piano and will be performing on campus in the Northside Recital Hall on April 1 at 7pm.  The Recital Hall is located in room 158, across from the bookstore.  The event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.  CBF encourages everyone to invite as many people as they can.

The CBF web site’s schedule page contains detailed information on upcoming events following April 1.

Why does CBF exist?  The club’s web site reads, “The Campus Bible Fellowship club is a student organization that encourages the understanding of the historic Christian faith. We do not discriminate against anyone from other faiths, beliefs, races, sexual orientation, or ethnic groups. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings and activities.”

In a nutshell, CBF summarizes their mission on their website in an acrostic entitled “What We Offer:”

For more information:
Contact: Steve Giegerich at

Rachel Wesner

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