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A Day On Board… Veterans’ Day

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

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E-5 Hospital Corpsman Scott Gorney graduated from South Bend Riley High School in 1989 and immediately enlisted in the Navy over that summer.  He was stationed in Yokuska, Japan on the USS Bunker Hill, an Aegis class guided missile cruiser.

Scott served his country on two continents during his time in the Navy.  First, Gorney served in the Middle East in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.  He also served in Somalia in 1993 during Operation Restore Hope.

After serving our country in the Navy for six years, Gorney returned home to South Bend in 1995.  He married his wife Becky in 2000, and now they have two sons, Alex, 3 years old, and William, 1 year old.

Gorney is currently enrolled here at Indiana University South Bend as a Public affairs major.  After graduation, Gorney hopes to work in the public or non-profit sector.

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A Day On Board… Veterans’ Day

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

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Vice Chancellor Alfred Guillaume served his country in Vietnam.  As a graduate student in 1969, he was drafted into the Army.  Although offered a chance to avoid military service and in disagreement with the war, “I felt strongly my responsibility and duty as an American citizen to serve in the Armed Forces”.

After saying goodbye to his classmates at Vanderbilt University, he took the oath to defend the flag and boarded a bus for Ft. Campbell, KY for basic training.

After advanced training in teletype communications at Ft. Gordon, GA, he was sent to Vietnam as a Private First Class.  He was stationed at Da Nang in the northern part of the country and Phu Lamn in the southern part.

Upon completion of his tour, Guillaume finished grad school at Brown University in RI.  He mentions, “In the army, I learned discipline, teamwork, tolerance, and gained a clearer identity of self and of my place in this world”. 

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A Day On Board… Veterans’ Day

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

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After graduating from Culver Military Academy, Corporal Brandon Kucharski enlisted in the Marines in Feb. 2000.  He served for 4 1/2 years in the infantry as a gunner for 1st light armor Recon, Bravo Company.

When 9/11 hit, Kucharski was training with the Australian army.  As a member of the 15th Marine Expedition Unit, he was one of the first ground troops deployed in Afghanistan.  His unit captured members of the Taliban and took over Kandahar International Airport.

After returning home in 2002, he redeployed to Iraq with the 13th MEU.  There he conducted patrols with the British in Basrah and kept the insurgency from entering Iraq from Iran.

When his tour was up, he  deployed again for half a year to go back to Iraq.  Throughout his career, Kucharski has trained with the Australian, Kenyan, and Emirate armies.

Currently, he serves with a Long Range Surveillance Unit with attending IUSB working toward a degree in public affairs.

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A Day On Board… Veterans’ Day

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

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E-4 Senior Airman, Aaron Kasza began his tenure in the Air Force in July 2001 at Lacklund Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.

Kasza spent four years as a contract specialist stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL.  As a contract specialist, Kasza was charged with overseeing buying supplies for the base.  He continued his work at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.  He deployed in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2005.

After returning to the states, Kasza joined the Base Honor Guard performing military funerals and ceremonies for fallen heroes.  He also served as a security forces augmenter two months out of the year as an MP.

As a senior airman, Kasza served in many NCOIC roles and even worked with the Dept. of Defense to improve the computer systems.

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This Weeks Movie Line (November 7th, 2006)

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

“Excuse me, sir.  Seeing as how the V.P. is such a V.I.P., shouldn’t we keep the P.C. on the Q.T.?  ‘Cause if it leaks to the V.C. he could end up M.I.A., and then we’d all be put in the K.P.”

Winners must be the first to submit the name of the movie, the name of the actor and the name of the character on our weblog.
Contestants may only win one time per semester

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Letter to the Editor (Dr. Thomas J. Miranda)

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

Dear Sir,

I recently received a number of issues of the VISION and I must congratulate you and your staff on this publication. I have been a strong critic of The Preface and its contents over the years and I am impressed with the maturity of your publication. The articles by Chuck Norton are required reading and provide a very thorough perspective on critical issues facing this country. Thank you.

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Timely Lessons Brave the Stage

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

I was recently inspired by a play that I saw at the South Bend Civic Theatre called “The Story” by Tracey Scott Wilson, which was loosely based on a true story about a reporter who falsified information to get an award-winning story. The play featured a diverse cast and a discussion at the end about race, gender, and class. In the play a Caucasian teacher was shot by what his wife described as a black gang member. 

This murder, which had gone unsolved, had taken the interest of a young African American reporter who claimed that she met up with a young African American girl who confessed to the murder. Yvonne, the reporter, wrote the story ascended in the reporting world until it was discovered that the young gang member who confessed to the murder did not actually exist. The head of the small paper for minorities, Pat, was outraged that this woman would represent her race in that way, performed a background check on Yvonne. 

After finding out that she lied on her resume, Pat was reluctant to turn Yvonne in, afraid that it would give her paper and race a bad name. This play looked at so many diverse and difficult views that it touched everyone in the audience, especially when a young girl was arrested and pointed out in a line up by Yvonne. 

The timely discussion followed the one-hour play.  The discussion by a very diverse audience weaved from inter-racial relationships to equality, to a perfect color-blind world that we will never know. One of the things that stuck out the most was a quote from the play, “I was ridiculed by the same things that you (white people) were praised for”. The audience and cast members discussed this, and one of the young women who played a gang member reflected that this was true at her school. She, a very bright ‘A’ student, had been ridiculed by her friends saying that she wasn’t “black” enough and didn’t fit in. There are so many assumptions of what black and white people should be and act like.

If one doesn’t fit into that category then they are an “Oreo” as one of the cast members stated. An audience member observed that as human beings, despite our physical differences, we have much more in common than most people realize. When we get cut we all bleed red. Another reflected on a child she knew that didn’t identify people by the color of their skin, but the color of their clothes. A lady with a red sweater would be “the red lady”. 

To the child this was the only significant difference.
In 1970, a teacher did a study on prejudice on her white elementary class, saying that blue-eyed people were better than brown-eyed people, and was amazed at how the children transformed once these differences were focused on. Normally quick students performed poorly, and the “blue eyes” teased and segregated the “brown eyes”. 

The next day she switched it saying that brown-eyed people were better and got the same results. The children’s performance failed where it had succeeded the day before. She then told them the truth, and they were so happy and embraced their blue and brown eyed friends once again. The children learned a valuable lesson; to be judged by color, eye or skin, was ridiculous, and did not reflect on who you were.

Carlie Barr
Writer

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Campus Clubs Come Together

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

On November 1st, eight clubs and organizations came together to put on an event for students and community members. Students for Common Sense, Student Government Association, Titan Productions, Environmental Justice Advocates, Biology Chemistry Club, IUSB Recycling Committee, IUSB Films Studies Committee, and  American Democracy Project all jointly sponsored the viewing of An Inconvenient Truth. The event was wildly popular, so popular in fact, movie-viewers needed to stand or sit on the floor after DW1001 ran out of seating capacity.

The film is a documentary depicting the issue of global warming. Directed by David Guggenheim and narrated by Al Gore, the documentary presents Gore’s campaign to make the issue of global warming a cause recognized by the entire world.

Jarrod Brigham
Editor

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Club Showcase: Criminal Justice Association

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

The Criminal Justice Association is a chance for those interested in the Fine Arts (just kidding). That is, the fine art of law enforcement and criminal justice. The Criminal Justice Association is a chance for those who want to learn and educate themselves and the public about criminal justice issues. The CJA also is a chance for those to come together as a group both regional and national. The regional chapter here at IUSB is the Phi Sigma and is located in the sixth region of the entire United States.

The main objective for the CJA is to promote greater awareness of this field. The club is willing to help students prepare for the future with speakers, conferences, as well as what is to be expected in this field as a whole. Not only do CJA members benefit from a few things just mentioned, but they can also receive scholarships to accompany their involvement.

So whether you want to build your resume with something pertaining to your field, or just want to check out what can be offered in the market of criminal justice, check out the CJA. The first couple of meetings are going to be held Monday, November 13th at 4 pm and Tuesday, November at 10 am.

Stacey Rummel
Managing Editor

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This Week in History (Raising of the Standpipe)

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

This week in History highlights the raising of the standpipe, which would provide the city of South Bend with water that could be piped directly into homes and provide water for fighting fires. Production began on Friday, November 14, 1873.  The plan of constructing a standpipe (or water tower) was set by the Holly Water Works Company.

When the standpipe was pumped full of water the pressure (or weight) on the water mains throughout the city would be equal (there would be equal water pressure throughout the city).  The leader in support of the standpipe was Leighton Pine, the superintendent of Singer Sewing Machine Company (which had just recently moved to the East Race on Mr. Pine’s invitation). A huge debate between Mr. Pine and supporters of a reservoir-type water system raged for months. The standpipe finally won majority support in 1872 and Mr. Pine’s plan would be put into action. After the construction of the standpipe it had to be lifted into place. The undertaking of lifting this mass of iron from the ground to a perpendicular was the greatest engineering feat ever attempted in this part of the country. A similar attempt in Toledo, Ohio resulted in the falling and breaking of the stand pipe when it had been lifted half way up.

On Saturday, November 15, the raising continued until 4 p.m. when the standpipe reached an elevation of 70 degrees. The standpipe was left in that position all of that night. Rising continued throughout the day on Sunday and finally the standpipe was placed into its footing at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 17, 1873.  The great standpipe never cracked or bent and stood 200 feet perpendicular from its rocky base.  The standpipe was torn down in the 1920s.

Carlie Barr
Writer

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They Got That Swing

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

The IUSB Jazz ensemble under its director Jerry Lackey provided a spirited performance on the evening of Wednesday, November 1. With ten tunes ranging from the charming Angel Eyes to a foot-tapping Brass Machine, the audience filling the Campus Auditorium Hall to capacity applauded both for each piece, as well as for each improvising soloist.

The highlight of the evening was It Don’t Mean a Thing, where the band answered the completion of that line, “if you don’t got that swing”, proving that swing they certainly had. Beyond the band, it was also a family affair – the vocalists Kelli, Kaitlin, Kortney and Krintin being the wife and daughters of saxophonist Wade Armentrout – and based on their sole performance of the evening, accomplished musicians in their own right.

The concert was filled with moments which classical musicians could envy: the ability to perform in a bright blue full-length coat, or in Dennis Gamble, to leisurely stroll up to the front of the stage to perform a trumpet solo, then walk to back of the stage to play percussion, and soon after back to the front to conduct his own arrangement.

As Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fictional character Bertram Wooster would say, the only flies in an otherwise unsullied stew, were the relative lack of stability and clarity in the trumpets, and the Box Office’s unusual instructions to this reporter that permission to take non-flash press photos required a prior paperwork application.

Though every performer seemed at ease on the stage, anyone who might have been able to watch their rehearsals would see that all that energy and spontaneity came with – or perhaps came from – dedicated and disciplined practice.

Andrew Filmer
Graphics Editor

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From the Vice-President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

Kim Muncie, SGA Chief of Staff, and I recently had the opportunity to attend the IU Board of Trustees meeting at IPFW. For those of you who don’t know, the Board of Trustees is Indiana University’s governing board, its legal owner and final authority. The board holds the university’s financial, physical, and human assets and operations in trust for future generations.

At the meeting on Friday, two new majors for IUSB were approved, a B.S. in Dental Hygiene and a B.S. in Medical Imaging Technology. Pending approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, both majors could be available by the fall of 2007. Thanks to the diligent work of administration and faculty, these two new degree options continue show how the future of IUSB is forever promising.

A new era is being ushered in for both IUSB and Indiana University as a whole. The potential for expansion at IU South Bend is phenomenal. I have seen student life become increasingly diverse and multifaceted. With student housing only a year away and the obvious growth in student life this will bring, I believe the students of this university are ready to start taking an active role in IU South Bend’s growth. In the spring of 2007, the General Assembly of Indiana will set the budget for university building projects. IU South Bend has one project in particular that is crucial to our development- the renovation of the Associates Building. This $27 million dollar project is 5th in the list of 7 items on the IU capital projects list. Between now and May, I would encourage the student body to do three things: 1) call your state representatives and ask for their financial support of higher education at IUSB; 2.) attend the Hoosiers for Higher Education Statehouse Visit/ Get on the Bus event February 20, 2007 where students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of IU pack the Statehouse to visit with elected officials about Indiana University and higher education; and, 3.) attend the Board of Trustees meeting that will be held at IUSB on April 5-6. Students and alumni are truly the voice of this university. We are the future of this state. Let’s work together to ensure IUSB’s  promising future.

Joanna Reusser

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“Erase the Hate”

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2006

Candle Light Vigil 2006, organized by the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and the Office of Campus Diversity, was held October 29, and was designed to spotlight hate crimes and the discrimination that cause them. It attracted some 40 people of all ages, as well as of all sexual orientations, including married heterosexual couples with their children, and at least one canine companion. Half a dozen speakers from various segments of the campus population – student, faculty and administration – began the event. Participants holding lit candles then proceeded to a walk through a designated area where smaller candles lit up the pavement.

GSA President Teresa Santos began the evening noting that, “Having differences is beautiful, they are defining, they are normal, it gives us uniqueness, and they are worth celebrating.”

Half of the invited speakers did focus on discrimination of sexual orientation. Of these, the prominent seemed to be a freshman student introduced as Ryan who spoke of the murder of his partner earlier this year by a Nazi-supremacist who went home bragging that he had “killed another fag.” Said Ryan, “Most of us have heard of the more publicized crimes such as the murder of Matthew Shepherd but this is a crime that touches us right here in South Bend. The murder could have been your friend, your son or daughter, your brother and sister… Joe had a sister and a brother who had heard those same, well-publicized stories but never thought it would happen to them.”

Other speakers engaged in widening the scope of discrimination that lead to hate crimes. Director of the Office of Campus Diversity Charlotte Pfeiffer drew parallels to the plight of women and the black community through history. When interviewed after the event, she noted that the challenge faced on a campus was the transition of a high-school culture with its evident discriminations to the adult world of a university environment where greater understanding is expected. “We are either all God’s children or we’re not”, said Pfeiffer.

Other speakers, while spotlighting discrimination based on sexual orientation, noted its wider implications of attitudes in society. Martha Carroll, who is Minister of Southside Church, observed that people are “scared into believing that certain people don’t have rights”, and that “this world is for all of us”.

Daniel Ford, a sophomore in Mass Communication who attended the event noted the need to work against subtler forms of discrimination such as the right to being able to walk around campus without offensive jokes. She emphasized that it was not as much about gay rights as it was a unity of gay and straight people. Her hopes for the rest of the course of her university education? That people would go above and beyond the issue of sexual orientation and defining people on that basis.

Andrew Filmer
Graphics Editor

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The Vision Weblog Pushes the Envelope

Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

If you haven’t found your way to the IUSB Vision’s weblog you’re missing out on over 200 comments from IUSB students and Vision staff related to our articles. The weblog has seen enormous traffic, over six thousand three-hundred hits!

When the concept of the weblog first crossed our desk, we knew it would be revolutionary for the news format. Finally, a system by which writers can be held accountable for the information they publish. I feel one of the largest issues in our media today is the lack of accountability. In adopting this system, we are attempting to push the envelope with news media and get students involved.

Obviously, we are not alone in this respect. About a week ago, the Preface adopted the exact same system for getting reader feedback. This is truly the news format of the future.

Some of the most popular topics in discussion on the weblog include:

  • Addressing Recent Issues with The IUSB Vision (18 Comments)
  • Top Colleges Rank Lowest on Civics Exams (22 Comments)
  • Clinton Administration Turned Down 10 Chances to Get Osama (42 Comments)
  • John Ratkiewitcs Letter to the Editor (27 Comments)
  • Democrats Threaten Broadcast License of ABC over 9/11 (19 Comments)
  • Is Chivaly a Lost Art? (32 Comments)
  • How We Should Fight Terrorism (14 Comments)
  • IUSB Gay Marriage Debate (28 Comments)
  • Protests at Military Funerals Abuse Freedom of Speech (15 Comments)
  • Can Anyone be Found Guilty of Treason Anymore? (14 Comments)

Do not fear posting a comment, all students and professors are encouraged to participate. If you are afraid of repercussions, you are more than free to make these posts anonymously.

One of the primary reasons these issues are so divisive is due to our society not rationally discussing them. The weblog should allow individuals the freedom to do this. Theoretically, if more individuals take an active effort to understand opposing viewpoints, they should have less contempt for them. After all, individuals have reasons for their viewpoints. As always, thank you for your continued readership.

Craig Chamberlin
Assistant Editor
    

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Submit General Letters to the Editor

Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

To submit a general letter to the Editor, simply add a comment to this post by clicking ‘comments’ below.

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Economy Booming, Rich Paying More $$$ Since Tax Cuts!

Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

[We continue posting evidence in the comments section so read on! – Editor]

Today’s column will be presented in a different manner than what you would expect. It will be comprised of mostly the raw economic data with sources with a few comments from yours truly. If you are a hyper-partisan, the facts presented here may prove to be most inconvenient.

The Bush administration inherited a recession. After the tax cuts government revenue went up and we had 55 months of uninterupted job growth, which is a record.

  • Mr. Bush signed the most recent tax cuts into law in the spring of 2003. In the past 33 months the size of America’s entire economy has increased by 20%–or, as National Review Online’s Larry Kudlow put it, “In less than three years, the U.S. economic pie has expanded by $2.2 trillion, an output add-on that is roughly the same size as the total Chinese economy.”
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  • Reducing the capital gains tax rate from 20% to 15% increased capital gains tax receipts by 79% from 2000 to 2004. Cutting the dividend tax rate by more than half–from 39.6% to 15%–increased dividend tax receipts by 35% from 2002 to 2004. And corporate tax receipts have nearly tripled since 2003, reaching $250 billion for the past nine months, 26% higher than the same period last year.  (WSJ July 25, 2006)
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  • WASHINGTON — The federal deficit in the budget year that just ended fell to a four-year low of $247.7 billion _ a figure President Bush touted Wednesday as “proof that pro-growth policies work.” The deficit for the budget year that ended Sept. 30 was 22.3 percent lower than the $318.7 billion imbalance for 2005, handing Bush a welcome economic talking point as Republicans battle to hold onto control of Congress in the midterm elections. (AP Oct. 11, 2006)
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  • Tax collections have increased by $521 billion in the last two fiscal years, the largest two-year revenue increase — even after adjusting for inflation — in American history. If you’re surprised to hear that, it’s probably because inside Washington this is treated as the only secret no one wants to print. On the few occasions when the media pay attention to the rise in tax collections, they scratch their heads and wonder where this “surprise-ing” and “unexpected windfall” came from. (WSJ – Human Events)
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  • One place it has come from are corporations, whose tax collections have climbed by 76% over the past two years thanks to greater profitability. Personal income tax payments are up by 30.3% since 2004 too, despite the fact that the highest tax rate is down to 35% from 39.6%. The IRS tax-return data just released last month indicates that a near-record 37% of those income tax payments are received from the top 1% of earners — “the rich,” who are derided regularly in Washington for not paying their “fair share.” (WSJ Oct. 6 2006) The rich are paying more in real dollars since the tax cuts.
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  • A flood of income tax payments pushed up government receipts to the second-highest level in history in April, giving the country a sizable surplus for the month. In its monthly accounting of the government’s books, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that revenue for the month totaled $315.1 billion as Americans filed their tax returns by the April deadline. The gusher of tax revenue pushed total receipts up by 13.4 percent from April 2005. (AP May 10, 2006)
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  • The U.S. economy grew at a revised 5.6 percent annual rate in the first quarter, as the fastest pace of growth in 2-1/2 years generated robust corporate profits, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. (Reuters June 20, 2006)
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  • WASHINGTON, July 8 — An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief. (NYT July 9, 2006)
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  • Hiring perked up in August as employers added 128,000 jobs, pulling down the unemployment rate to 4.7 percent, sending a Labor Day message that the economic expansion still has staying power.  The latest snapshot, released by the Labor Department Friday, was a bit brighter than expected and should ease any fears that the expansion that began in late 2001 is not in danger of fizzling out.  (AP Sept. 1, 2006)
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  • In the 2 1/4 years before the 2003 tax cuts, economic growth averaged 1.1% annually; in the three years since it has averaged 4% per year, and in the first quarter of this year it was 5.6% on an annualized basis. Inflation-adjusted per capita GDP has grown 7.8% from 2003 through the first quarter of this year.
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  • According to the government’s establishment survey, in the 36 months since the tax cuts became law, 5.3 million new jobs have been added to the economy. According to its employment survey, 288,000 jobs were added in May and 387,000 in June. The unemployment rate dropped from 6.1% when the bills were signed to 5.4% at the end of 2004 and 4.6% today, and the rate has gone down for men, women, blacks and Hispanics. Hourly wage rates for workers are up 3.9% in the past year, and they increased at an annualized rate of 4.6% in the second quarter of this year, the highest quarterly rate in nearly 10 years.
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  • Incomes are up too. As Stephen Moore noted in The Wall Street Journal, “the percentage of Americans earning more than $50,000 a year rose from 40.8% to 44.2%” between 2002 and 2004. As for very wealthy families, the portion of total income “captured by the richest 1%, 5% and 10% of Americans is lower today than in the last year of the Clinton administration.”
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  • All this has been good news for the government. Federal tax receipts increased by 15%– $274 billion–last year and 13%– $206 billion–in the first nine months of this fiscal year, which, as the Journal points out, means the nine-month increases for the past two years represent the highest growth rates in 25 years. Looking ahead to the end of this fiscal year, total inflation-adjusted government receipts will likely be 23% above 2003 when the Bush tax cuts were signed into law.
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    Check out the Vision weblog for the numbers going even further back to 2004.

    Chuck Norton
    News Analyst

    UPDATE – More evidence –

    Many Leaving Welfare for Jobs

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/03/AR2006100301483_pf.html

    By Mary Otto
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, October 4, 2006; B06

    A decade after welfare reform, tens of thousands of poor families in Maryland have left the rolls of public assistance for jobs.

    “I’m making it. I’m doing okay,” said Melitta Fulton, 32, a mother of three in Baltimore who is now an administrative assistant in a child-care center and a nursing student.

    She doesn’t have much money after she pays her bills, but her children are thriving, and she is proud of her progress, she said. She is one of many former welfare recipients across the region climbing out of poverty, according to a detailed new report presented to state legislators yesterday.

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    US Treasury Sets New 1-Day Tax Receipt Record Of $85.8 Billion

    Tuesday September 19th, 2006 / 0h04

    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. government recorded record-high overall and corporate tax receipts on Sept. 15, which was a quarterly deadline for tax payments, the Treasury said Monday.

    Total tax receipts were $85.8 billion on Friday, compared with the previous one-day record of $71 billion on Sept. 15 of last year, the Treasury said.

    Within the overall figure, corporate tax receipts Friday were $71.8 billion, up from $63 billion in September of last year.
    Treasury Undersecretary for Domestic Finance Randal Quarles said Friday’s numbers provided a “continuing demonstration of the strength of the U.S. economy.”

    “In fact, Friday’s gross receipts were the largest in a single day in the nation’s history – 20% higher than receipts on the same quarterly tax payment date last year,” Quarles said in a statement.

    http://www.easybourse.com/Website/dynamic/News.php?NewsID=58170&lang=fra&NewsRubrique=2

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    Spending provides cheer on US economy
    By Daniel Pimlott in New York

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/d35dc740-390b-11db-a21d-0000779e2340.html

    Published: August 31 2006 17:27 | Last updated: August 31 2006 17:27

    US consumers delivered good news to the economy on Thursday, as data for July showed spending on goods and services was growing more quickly than at any time this year.

    Meanwhile, tame inflation over the month made an interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve in September increasingly unlikely.

    Personal spending rose by 0.8 per cent last month, twice the June rate, a report published by the Commerce Deparment said, boosted by incentives for car sales. Personal income grew by 0.5 per cent, with disposable income up 0.7 per cent. Inflation rose by a smaller-than-expected 0.1 per cent, or an annualised 2.4 per cent.

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    Jobless Rate Dips in August
    Sep 01 8:40 AM US/Eastern

    By JEANNINE AVERSA
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON

    http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/09/01/D8JS2KCO1.html

    Hiring perked up in August as employers added 128,000 jobs, pulling down the unemployment rate to 4.7 percent, sending a Labor Day message that the economic expansion still has staying power.
    The latest snapshot, released by the Labor Department Friday, was a bit brighter than expected and should ease any fears that the expansion that began in late 2001 is not in danger of fizzling out.

    The tally of new jobs last month was slightly stronger than the 125,000 that economists were forecasting. The nation’s unemployment rate dropped down a notch from a five-month high of 4.8 percent in July. Job gains for June and July also turned out to be better than previously estimated. In June, employers boosted payrolls by 134,000 positions and in July they added another 121,000.

    The report comes as the nation’s work force gets ready to the Labor Day holiday and as the election season looms.

    Economic conditions _ especially those where people live and work _ are likely to be on voters’ minds when they go to the polls in November.

    Workers’ average hourly earnings edged up to $16.79 in August, a 0.1 percent increase from July. Economists were forecasting a bigger, 0.3 percent advance. While workers welcome strong wage growth, economists worry that a rapid and prolonged pickup in wages can ignite inflation fears.

    Over the 12 months ending August, wages grew by a strong 3.9 percent. The last time this figure was higher was in June 2001.

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    Meet Joe Donnelly

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    The New York Times labeled the Indiana 2nd Congressional district “Ground Zero.” If you want to see the much needed change in Washington take place it is absolutely imperative that you vote for Joe Donnelly at the polls on Election Day. Our district has the ability to literally change our country and it just so happens that we have a great candidate to get the job done.

    Joe Donnelly, our next congressman, has the character of a great man. He’s one of those people who can walk into a room and have the ability to brighten your day by simply being nearby. There has never been a time when I volunteered for him that he didn’t personally pat me on the back and thank me for the help. If you have had the opportunity to meet him, you would have noticed the bright smile on his face, well, that smile never leaves.

    He’s been labeled a staunch liberal, Joe is anything but. He’s a pro-life democrat, against gay marriage, and in favor of our second amendment right to bear arms. He is in favor of President Bush’s tax cuts except for those that go to the top 1% of wage earners (those who make over $300,000 a year).

    All the while, Joe Donnelly believes in the strength of the working class and will be a man of his word when he fights for more affordable healthcare, a raise in the minimum wage, and expansion of fair trade policies. He will support no measures to privatize social security and supports full funding for veteran’s benefits. 

    Joe is a strong advocate in using alternative energy sources, feeling that by doing so we can reduce or eliminate dependency on foreign oil, create more jobs, and build a stronger economy by developing and expanding ethanol plants right here in Northern Indiana.
    Joe is an independent voice who will stand up for the real values and interests of us constituents here in our wonderful state of Indiana.

    Take part in changing the direction of your country. Vote for Joe Donnelly to be your next congressman on November 7th.

    Caitlin Worm
    Guest Writer

    Editor’s Note
    This is not an endorsement of Joe Donnelly.  The College Republicans agreed to write a similar piece for Congressman Chris Chocola.  However, after agreeing to write multiple times, they failed to submit their article.  We encourage supporters of this candidate to jump on the weblog and post election information.

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    Movie Line Competition (October 25th, 2006)

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    Last Weeks Movie Line:

    “I want all of you to take a good look at these people on the risers behind me. These people have been here up to five years and done absolutely nothing. These people are drug dealers and drug users. They have taken up space. They have disrupted this school. They have harassed your teachers. And they have intimidated you. Well, times are about to change. You will not be bothered in Joe Clark’s school. These people are incorrigible. And since none of them could graduate anyway, you are all expurgated. You are dismissed! You are out of here, forever. I wish you well!”

    Morgan Freeman as Joe Clark in “Lean on Me”

    This Weeks Movie Line:

    “The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.”

    Winners must be the first to submit the name of the movie, the name of the actor and the name of the character on our weblog.
    Contestants may only win one time per semester

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    Purple Ribbons Abound

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    Many students might have noticed the placement of purple ribbon on trees and poles last week on campus. These were placed on behalf of the Feminist Student Union in order to raise awareness for Domestic Violence.

    Because it is October, Beast Cancer Awareness Month, many people seem to be lost in a world of pink ribbons. Not that this is bad, but it often overshadows other causes. Many people might not know what the purple ribbons stand for and might have misunderstood them for the pink breast cancer ribbons.

    • Here are some facts to think about: 
      Almost four million women were physically abused last year by their husband or boyfriend.
    • A woman is abused every nine seconds in the United States.
    • Forty-two percent of women who are murdered were killed by their partner.
    • Two-thirds of attacks against women are from someone the victim knows.
    • Domestic violence knows no boundaries. Victims can be anyone. Likewise, anyone can get involved. Just wearing purple can get you involved in the movement.

    *Domestic Violence source: http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/Gazebo/1601/purpleribbon.html

    Stacie Jensen
    Assistant Business Manager
        

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    Human Papilloma Virus

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    With October being Breast Cancer Month, pink ribbons are everywhere. Cars, broaches, tied around trees, or even spotted as ink pens in the side pocket of a survivor’s purse. But this is not going to be another recreation of a breast cancer brochure found anywhere on campus.  This is the other sort of cancerous pink ribbons: the human papilloma virus. This is commonly known as HPV.

    I am assuming many of you already know about this. If this is a new term for you, I am worried. HPV is a sexually transmitted viral infection that will infect at least 50 percent of men and women in their lives. With over 100 types of HPV how could you not encounter this virus? The virus doesn’t really have any “warning signs” other than genital warts and cell changes of the cervix. The good news is that a mild case of this virus normally clears up on its own, but there are treatments out there for the more severe cases.

    Such severe cases are linked to cervical cancer and even infertility. It is estimated that cervical cancer is the number-two deadliest cancer among women in the United States. An annual Pap test will detect the HPV in all stages from the mild genital warts to the severe cancerous cells on the cervix or the lessen-known cancers of the vagina and vulva this infection is associated with.

    The best way to avoid this infection is, like any other virus and/or disease, to practice abstinence. The next best thing is to wear a condom when engaging in any sexual practices. Another thing to do about HPV and other icky things out there, is to learn about them more and become aware of not only the pros and cons, but to become aware of how to protect yourself from anything.

    For more information about HPV visit http://www.cdc.gov/HPV/  or http://humanpapillomavirus.hpv.com

    Stacy Rummel
    Writer

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    Women in Prominent Positions: Dr. Jackie Caul

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    Jackie Caul serves IUSB as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Her devotion for women’s rights are indeed evident when you look at her past. She attended the University of Michigan, also attending the University of Keele in Great Britain through their international studies program.

    Caul spoke highly of her foreign exchange experience. “I encourage all students to take advantage of international study programs if at all possible. My experience expanded my world view, fueled my interest in learning more about other cultures, and gave me the opportunity to meet, live with, and develop important friendships with British students attending the university.”  

    After graduating from the University of Michigan, she taught middle school at the same time as attending Michigan state University for her Master’s degree in education with a focus on Curriculum development. She earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1975, only the third woman to do so at her college.

    Caul knows the importance of that achievement. “Fortunately, since that time, more and more women have entered and been successful in administrative positions in higher education and other professions. As a result of being the “lone woman” in many of my early educational and professional experiences, I am dedicated to encouraging women to challenge perceived roadblocks to their personal growth.”

    Caul has served many positions at IUSB, including Director of Off-Campus programs, Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and handfuls of other positions.  As the current Vice chancellor for student Affairs and Enrollment management, Caul works with various people within the school. “I provide leadership, management, and administrative direction to student and enrollment services and athletics and recreation programs; including the offices of admissions, financial aid, the registrar, student scholarships, international student services, disabled student services, minority enhancement, campus diversity, career services, academic learning services, student life, athletics and recreation and other student support services such as new student placement testing and orientation. I serve as a member of the chancellor’s cabinet and provide leadership to university-wide enrollment management efforts” Caul said.

    Caul has an excellent support system to allow for her difficult job requirements. She pointed out all of the programs IUSB offers for students who face difficulties, including child care, night classes, and extended tutoring hours. All of these programs are made to help with the advancement of education for all people, especially women with children.

    Stacie Jensen
    Assistant Business Manager

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    This Week in History (St. Joseph County Historical Society)

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    On October 26, 1867, the St. Joseph County Historical Society was formed. Later it was renamed the Northern Indiana Center for History. The mission of the Center for History is to collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit and teach the heritage of this region and its diverse populations to enrich present and future generations. With the conservation of historical sites in the St. Joseph area, including the Oliver Mansion and its gardens, Northern Indiana Center for History is certainly a treasure.

    The Center holds different events each month displaying the passion for teaching and showing people the importance of history.  Travis Childs, Director of School Programs at the Center for History, will give a presentation about historic grave sites of individuals who were victims of or associated with crimes and misdemeanors that took place locally in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The program will take place on Wednesday, November 1, at the Center for History. 

    The Center’s school programs get kids to interact with and perhaps become genuinely interested in history. Civil War re-enactors meet with students to tell them about Civil War soldiers’ lives. Also students will have an opportunity to learn about the Civil War through an audio-visual presentation and be able to make a Civil War era craft. 

    At another of these, The Fur Trade Program, students will gain insight into the importance of the fur trade in northern Indiana during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. They will examine silver shaped into crosses and animal forms to learn how the European explorers bartered with Native Americans for goods.

    A view of axes, guns, traps and other household items such as a bone needle used in making clothing will help students understand the self-sufficiency of the fur traders.  Then classes will be taken to Riverview Cemetery to the landing site of French explorer LaSalle in 1679.  From that point, students will walk the portage used by LaSalle and countless numbers of Native Americans, explorers, voyagers and fur traders as they journeyed through this area. The Center for History is a great achievement which only continues to grow as it captivates people who never knew that they liked history before.

    Carlie Barr
    Writer

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    From the Beltway to the SGA: In-depth Analysis of Student Government

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    Over the last two weeks there has been some interesting action in the SGA. Let’s start off with the Judicial Council. Located on the SGA’s website, www.iusb.edu/~stuassoc, is the ruling and commentary of the case Kochketola v. Vigil. The six page ruling basically describes the complaint filed by Senator Erkki Kochketola regarding the appointment of the Chief Justice Chuck Norton to a constitution committee formed by President Marcus Vigil, a committee tasked with reviewing the constitution for needed changes.

    Now my first reaction to reading the six page ruling was that I was impressed with the professionalism of the ruling. From my research of the SGA there does not seem to be much of a record regarding the Judicial Council.  This ruling sets the standard for future Council rulings that demonstrate professionalism and a true understanding of law. I give a big thumbs up to new Chief Justice Norton for his direction and leadership with a new crop of Justices by his side.

    What makes the ruling impressive is that it was so detailed and professionally done when it dealt with an issue that was quite ridiculous in my opinion. If I understand everything correctly, and I like to think I do, the Senator does not believe the President has the right to establish committees to help advise him on issues with which the Office of the President deals. 

    Now I really hope that both the Senator and the President will respond with their comments on our weblog which can be found at www.iusb.edu/~sbvision, but really, does anyone expect the President to carry out all of his responsibilities without forming advisory committees, not to mention the fact that this particular one was created to provide counsel regarding the constitution?

    Now, everyone raise your hand if you think it would be a good idea for the Chief Justice, whose job it is to study, understand, and interpret the constitution, to be on a committee designed to advise about possible corrections that need to be made to the constitution.  Ok, go ahead and put your hands down.

    It seems that much of the debate over the issues seems to stem from the conflicting ideology of implied powers versus expressed powers stated in the constitution.  If you really want to understand this case I suggest reading the commentary pages from the website, but here is a quick excerpt that really sums up the issue.
        

    “Our SGA Constitution, like our Constitution of the United States, operates on expressed and implied powers. Just as the U.S. Constitution does not detail every act that the President or Senate can and cannot do the SGA Constitution does not either. If Constitutions did that they would be 500 pages long and would have to be amended almost daily to meet new unforeseen circumstances. It is a staple of constitutional law that the Senate and the President may take steps that are prudent or necessary to fulfill their constitutionally mandated duties whether they are specifically listed in the Constitution or not.”

    I think this is a well put summary, the rest you can read for yourself, but I think what really gets me in the whole process is the bureaucracy. How much time was wasted in this whole process?  Neither the President nor the Senate really needs to be dealing with these types of issues when there are things that affect us students in our day to day life—things that the government is now distracted from doing.

    But now here is what I get paid for, metaphorically speaking (I don’t really get paid). The interesting twist to it all! After this colossal waste of time by Senator Erkki Kochketola’s lawsuit, he had the audacity to introduce a new by-law for discussion into the Senate at Friday’s meeting. The purpose of the By-law was to create a senate research group in order to do background investigation on issues for the senate. The reasoning? There is not enough time for the senators to do the work. Senator, there seems to be enough time to be on the war path against the President and his attempt to move the government forward, but not enough time for student issues? I find that quite odd.

    Rashida Vindic
    SGA Analyst

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    The State of the SGA Address Fall 2006

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    The state of our government is promising, and I am excited for our future.  I felt the need to restate why we are here and what we mean to accomplish. We pledged to serve the student body, so let us focus on this goal.  Always keep in mind that our actions have a lasting affect on the student body.  That said; let us replace the animosity in our government with respect for one another and a common goal. Let us all leave our personal agendas at the door; there is no place for that in the Student Government. Let us now move forward as one.

    There are many issues that greatly affect our student body that we can address such as:

    • Student housing
    • Preparing for “get on the bus”
    • Helping to find a student trustee candidates from our campus
    • Addressing the failed search of the Director of Health and Wellness
    • Working on the future of Athletics
    • Helping to build a stronger IU South Bend / Notre Dame relationship
    • Assisting with student events, like the GULU walk
    • Student issues and concerns 

    I challenge every senator of this government to come back here in two weeks, bringing with you one student issue/idea that you would like to work on, and how you would start to address it.  We will then look at all of those issues and ideas, and decide as a whole what our priorities are. We will set our top goals as an organization together.  Again, it’s time that we concentrate on issues that most affect our student body.  Let’s make a lasting legacy for IU South Bend Student Government. We want the students, faculty, administration, and community to know that we are capable of making positive changes. This SGA has great potential, so let’s keep it real for the students.

    Marcus Vigil
    Student Government President

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    Club Showcase: Student Nursing Association

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    For those students who are already enrolled in the School of Nursing have to balance between regular classes, a regular life, and (GASP!) clinicals. With your hectic schedule, why not add another commitment to your life like joining the Student Nursing Association (SNA). Consider it a resume builder. Consider it a networking tool. Consider it group therapy.

    The Student Nursing Association is in search of new pre-nursing students. With low attendance records, the SNA is having limited campus and community events. If you are a nursing student already, you understand the impact of balancing regular school, clinicals, and family. For pre-nursing students, attending meetings would be a great chance to learn what is expected once admitted into the nursing program.

    The Student Nursing Association has also found a distributor how will sell nursing supplies at a discount price if he or she purchases through the SNA. Other benefits for joining the SNA is the ability to network with upperclassmen as well as having guest speakers share their experiences in the field.

    Past events include national attention such as Hurricane Katrina Relief to something more close to home like blood drives and various walks around the community like forming teams for March of Dimes Walk America. There will be a Blood Drive on Monday, November 6th at 10am until 4:30pm (appointment may be necessary).

    If you are in the nursing or pre-nursing programs here at IUSB, the Student Nursing Association can be a helpful move towards not only your future, but also in the lives of others.  In joining, you can meet with those who have experience in the field or those with a fresh start like you.

    For more information about the Student Nursing Association contact SNA President Bobbie Costigan at bcostiga@iusb.edu or Sue Anderson at sanderso@isub.edu .

    Stacy Rummel
    Managing Editor

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    Campus Bible Fellowship Entertains All

    Posted by iusbvision on October 25, 2006

    The IUSB Campus Bible fellowship Annual Fall Hayride went on without a hitch on Friday, October 20.  And boy, was it a fun night!

    The event took place at a quiet farm in Bremen, Indiana.  Sports such as indoor basketball (in a heated barn) and  (for the brave willing to weather the cold) volleyball. But my favorite activity was wrestling in a large truck of corn.

    There was also plenty of food to go around, with roasted hot dogs, chili, potato chips of every kind, and even hot and cold apple cider.

    As soon as it was evident that everybody who would attend was there, everybody sat around for a lesson in farming.  We were treated to lessons in how farming has changed over the year (and how it hasn’t), as well as learning about various crops and their uses. Prizes were awarded for guessing the number of kernels on a cob of corn (between 500-800 average size) and for guessing the number of pods on a soybean plant (about 50).

    A short bible lesson on farming was shared, and then everybody gathered at the wagon to get ready for the hayride. Many of the attendees had never even ridden on a hayride before.

    Though the air was cold outside, I was warm settled on the wagon, snuggling with my boyfriend, holding a cup of hot apple cider with caramel and whipped cream, surrounded with friends old and new, all together for a ride through the countryside, looking up at the endless sky.

    After the ride we all assembled for roasting marshmallows and sitting around the campfire, before the magical night soon came to an end. This was my first CBF sponsored event, and it surely will not be my last. CBF will be hosting an international dinner November 17th contact Steve at scgieg@worldnet.att.net for more details. 

    Stacie Jensen
    Assistant Business Manager

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    Addressing Recent Issues with The IUSB Vision

    Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

    In light of recent criticisms, I am inclined to address some of the controversial issues revolving around the IUSB Vision. When this publication made its debut in spring of 2006, the staff consisted primarily of only four writers, a self-budget and a single paged double-sided issue.  Our mission was to showcase clubs and campus events as well as address important issues going on in the news. The Vision continues to put forth effort to adhere to this mission. Now, thanks to our readers, the Vision has grown into a staff of over 10 individuals and an astounding eight page double-sided issue.

    However, the Vision has been undergoing many criticisms regarding articles suggestive to ideological viewpoints and conservatism. There is no arguing some of the staff has strong viewpoints regarding many divisive issues in the world today. Also, there is no arguing that many on our staff fall conservative on many issues. This does not imply we are attempting to create a propagandist machine to portray one viewpoint. Our writers, quite coincidentally, tend to fall conservative on issues. The Vision has attempted numerous times to bring on writers who hold of a more liberalist viewpoint. In each scenario, these writers have declined to work for us.  The one person willing to work with us is Ryan Hill, the president of the College Democrats. 

    The challenge continues, we are taking these criticisms to heart and are currently working on a mechanism by which the Vision can bring on more writers with diverse perspectives. This is an effort to allow our readers to make more informed decisions on many important issues. However, the Vision will not censor its current writing staff in an attempt to portray an artificial sense of balance.  Nor will the Vision censor articles written by its staff that are considered unpopular. If you are interested in becoming a part of the staff, feel free to contact us.

    The original intent of the online Weblog was to offer an opportunity for anyone to argue with staff writers with whom they may disagree. Using this system, each writer can be held accountable for their viewpoint by the Vision audience. This has been most successful, and we have received very useful feedback.  Looking to the future, starting with this issue, the format of Vision has changed to differentiate and disassociate campus clubs or events and political coverage. I hope you will find this change comfortable, thank you for your continued readership.

    Craig Chamberlin
    Assistant Editor

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    General Letters to the Editor (Volume 2, Issue 4)

    Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

    To Submit a General Letter / Post to the Editor, simply click ‘Comments’ below this post!

    Thank you for your readership!

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    Going the Distance

    Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

    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
    Writer

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    Top Colleges Rank Lowest on Civics Exams

    Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

    I was having a nice chat with one of my favorite professors the other day about the state of academia. I mentioned that I have noticed that professors from some of the most prestigious schools tend to be more like blind ideologues and have weaker critical thinking skills than professors that hail from smaller schools. Now before everyone throws a fit, I can think of a couple of professors who I know that buck that trend, this was just a general observation I have noticed over time. Now I have some empirical evidence to back up that observation.

    The Intercollegiate Studies Institute with the University of Connecticut tested 14,094 students at 50 universities with a 60 question civics exam with half of the students being freshman and the other half being seniors. The results were not encouraging. Not a single university’s seniors, based on an average score, passed the exam with what we at IUSB would consider a passing grade. Rhodes College of Memphis Tennessee scored the best with an average improvement of test score between freshman and seniors of 116 percent.

    The most interesting results came from the list of universities where the freshman consistently out scored the seniors, meaning that the longer the students stayed at that university more ignorant of civics they became. Here are some of the results taken directly from the study:

    – Seniors lack basic knowledge of America’s history. More than half, 53.4 percent, could not identify the correct century when the first American colony was established at Jamestown. And 55.4 percent could not recognize Yorktown as the battle that brought the American Revolution to an end (28 percent even thought the Civil War battle at Gettysburg was the correct answer).

    – College seniors are also ignorant of America’s founding documents. Fewer than half, 47.9 percent, recognized that the line “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” is from the Declaration of Independence. And an overwhelming majority, 72.8 percent, could not correctly identify the source of the idea of “a wall of separation” between church and state.

    – More than half of college seniors did not know that the Bill of Rights explicitly prohibits the establishment of an official religion for the United States.

    – Nearly half of all college seniors, 49.4 percent, did not know that The Federalist Papers—foundational texts of America’s constitutional order—were written in support of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Seniors actually scored lower than freshmen on this question by 5.7 percentage points, illustrating negative learning while at college

    – More than 75 percent of college seniors could not identify that the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine was to prevent foreign expansion in the Western Hemisphere.

    – Even with their country at war in Iraq, fewer than half of seniors, 45.2 percent, could identify the Baath party as the main source of Saddam Hussein’s political support. In fact, 12.2 percent believed that Saddam Hussein found his most reliable supporters in the Communist Party. Almost 5.7 percent chose Israel.

    I know that you are all eager to know what colleges did the worst when it comes to negative learning. Dartmouth actually showed an improvement of .1 percent of seniors over freshman. Johns Hopkins, University of California at Berkeley, Cornell, Brown, Duke, Yale, Georgetown, M. I. T., University of Chicago, and this one strikes close to home, University of Michigan, all displayed negative learning.

    Students don’t learn what colleges don’t teach or teach poorly. Having done much research into the culture of academia at large, in my view this is no accident. What better way to destroy the ideas that America was founded upon than to forget them.

    Chuck Norton
    News Analyst

     

     

    Related:

    Heather Wilson: Our superficial scholars

    The Chronicle: Students are failing to learn at college

    Top Colleges Rank Lowest on Civics Exams

    The “DUH” Generation

     

     

     

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    Talking Points: Is Torture an Acceptable Means to Gather Information?

    Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

    One of the most common practical reasons for why torture is not considered effective is that information gathered that way is often unreliable. Most people will confess to anything under enough pressure or pain. The concern is then that one could be undermining all of ones moral authority by resorting to methods that may not even work. Torture will get a person to say something, but depending on the scope of the investigation that could be as wide as a contrived plot in London or as narrow as naming the person behind attacks in a suburb of Baghdad. If the subject gets an idea what the torturer wants, they will make up an answer to end the pain. On the off chance the person actually has information; it can be distorted due to the pain and disorientation often resultant from such interrogation tactics.

    Movies and TV like to present the image of the smoking gun situation. The FBI with a captive and two hours to prevent a catastrophic situation; however this has never been known to happen. Such a situation is different from the idea of randomly torturing those captured through uncertain means in Iraq or Afghanistan. Many of those detained from these areas are captured through random dragnet operations or by informants, who may have just been trying to get rid of a business rival.

    The other big practical concern is that by using torture techniques, a nation loses the main fight of any conflict, that of the hearts of the people. The President’s reckless struggle to gain the right to use torture has made it clear to the world and to Iraqis that we are no longer fighting for freedom, liberty, and human dignity. We are fighting for selfish reasons, using people as pawns instead of people. So an attack might be stopped, but the method used guarantees five more will follow. As King Pyrrhus once said, ‘Another such victory and we shall be ruined.’ 

    Ryan Hill
    Writer 

    Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. This is what I think when someone asks if torture is necessary for war. A great philosopher once said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who curse you.” This concept implies committing evil on evil merely spreads the concept of evil throughout the world. This raises a hard question in my mind, when is evil actually evil? On one hand, a person may argue torture is an attempt to save thousands of lives by deriding information from those who are planning evil. This appears logical. On the other hand, one may argue torture is committing evil in the attempt of thwarting another evil, and in the process, merely recreating the concept of evil in another form.

    Sanctioning torture is explicitly stating “The government has the power to inflict psychological or physical pain on those who are helpless and it deems threatening to society in order to procure information for national security.” Would a government of conscience ever pass such legislation? In reality, the sanctioning of torture simply tells the rest of the world America has become what it is attempting to stop. Committing evil to thwart evil is not a means to an end. In fact, it is the very definition of terrorism.

    One may ask, “But what about the war, is this not the same thing?” The primary difference is context. When one is at war, they are attempting to thwart a currently existing threat to impede the death of innocents. It is an attempt to “throw ones-self in front of the bullet”. Torture is committing evil on helpless individuals to discover who is going to shoot the bullet before it is shot. Such acts will not help create alliances in the war on terror.

    Craig Chamberlin
    Assistant Editor
     

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    Weblog Submission to the Editor (Paul Roma)

    Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

    What has the GOP ever done for the working class?

    As we go to the polls this November, this will be our last chance to stop the irresponsible and unfair economic policies of the Bush administration.  As the working class continue to vote against their best economic interests, and instead vote on “wedge issues” please ask yourself what has the GOP ever done for the working class. 

    But you may also ask, what have democrats done.  I am glad you asked.  How about Social Security; Medicare-Medicaid; Peace Corps; unemployment insurance; welfare (for the poor and corporate); civil rights; student grant and loan programs; safety laws (OSHA); environmental laws; prevailing wage laws; right to collective bargaining (which brought about paid medical insurance, paid vacations, pensions, etc.); workers’ compensation; Marshall Plan; flood-disaster insurance; School Lunch Program; women’s rights.

    Need more, how about the Fair Labor Standards Act, which established a minimum wage, instituted child labor laws, and set up time-and-a-half pay for over a 40-hour week. FHA-HUD with its public housing, urban renewal and 44 million residential homes (before WWII almost 70 percent of our nation were renters; by the 1970s this had been reversed). And farm-conservation subsidies –USDA programs, Farmers Home Administration (the bankers didn’t make rural loans), small flood-control lakes (more than 3,000 in Oklahoma alone), rural water districts, rural electricity (REA).

    The GI Bill was passed by democrats, which the Republicans at the time bitterly opposed. They were salivating over millions of returning veterans to hire as cheap labor. More than 80 million vets have used college benefits (including myself) creating millions of entrepreneurs; most of them had never dreamed of college. For the unemployed GI, there was $20 a week for 52 weeks to help get started (a lot of money in those days). The Veterans Administration provided more than 2 million home loans.

    For the bankers, the Democratic Party saved their industry with the creation of FDIC and FSLIC, insuring their deposits, and saved Wall Street with the establishment of the Securities Exchange Commission.

    The oil men came on bended knees to FDR at a time when East Texas oil was 4 cents a barrel and begged him to save their industry. He did; prorationing overturned the rule of capture and the days of flush production were over. Prorating has served this great industry (and nation) well.

    What it boils down to is this: the Democratic Party dragged the Republicans into the 20th century scratching and screaming with their heels in the mud, fighting anything that’s progressive, everything that’s made this country great. Republicans have never understood that the spending power of blue-collar workers, obtained through Democrats and unions, is what really made this country great. They believe “The Good Life” was obtained from their own endeavors. They cloak greed in religion and patriotism, railing against any form of tax, never comprehending that these programs have benefited all of us and our country.”

    Paul Roma

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    Movie Line Competition (October 9th, 2006)

    Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

    “I want all of you to take a good look at these people on the risers behind me. These people have been here up to five years and done absolutely nothing. These people are drug dealers and drug users. They have taken up space. They have disrupted this school. They have harassed your teachers. And they have intimidated you. Well, times are about to change. You will not be bothered in Joe Clark’s school. These people are incorrigible. And since none of them could graduate anyway, you are all expurgated. You are dismissed! You are out of here, forever. I wish you well!”

    Winners must be the first to submit the name of the movie, the name of the actor and the name of the character on our weblog.
    Contestants may only win one time per semester

     

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    Weblog Submission to the Editor (Chad Davis)

    Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

    Recently, extreme writers in this paper have insinuated that because President Clinton missed Osama Bin Laden in 1998, that Clinton allowed 9/11 to happen. This is clearly revisionist history that I think needs correction. 

    There is no evidence that Bin Laden’s capture would have stopped 9/11. Also, to claim Clinton’s mistake of not capturing him was the cause of 9/11 is ridiculous. What about the 20 plus years of American presidents supporting this guy with arms and money? What about our supporting tyrannical regimes in the Middle East just so we could get cheap oil? What about our unqualified support for Israel? Don’t you think that had anything to do with it?

    Secondly, if you want to believe this garbage, and blame Clinton, there is plenty of blame to go around. What was going on in 1998? Republicans were trying to impeach Clinton because of a personal issue that had nothing to do with his job as President, and did not meet the Constitutional requirement for Impeachment. Republicans were more concerned about overturning the 1996 election, and not about his job as Commander-in-Chief. They tried to impeach him because they disagreed with him. So again, Republicans are to blame also. In addition Republicans blocked anti-terror legislation and funding in counter-terrorism activities during the 1990’s. So, if you want to point blame, look at Republicans too.

    Lastly, the contention that we should have fought the war on terror as a military one rather than a police one is wrong too. I would like to quote from the 9/11 commission, “Since the terrorists were understood as loosely affiliated sets of individuals, the correct approach for dealing with them was that of law enforcement. This had been U.S policy since 1983.”  Did you see that? Since 1983! Who was President in 1983? Ronald Reagan, the hero of the radical right wing.
     
    Chad Davis
     

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    Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

    Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2006

    All women, no matter your race, ethnicity, or anything else that separates us, can relate to the fear of breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and many places are raising support for these women.

    Walmart’s hair place is giving $10 haircuts if you donate it to American Cancer Society. The Lifetime television network is showing movies about women who have survived breast cancer. They also have a new movie out that features a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer, has surgery but wears lipstick to make her feel like a woman.

    IUSB is doing a couple of things also.  On Saturday, October 14, you can join IUSB with their second annual 5K walk or run.  You can join in a fun walk or competitive run. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m.  To get involved you can call 574-257-9789 or go to www.cancer.org/stridesonline.  Sponsoring the run/walk are American Cancer Society, 1st Source Bank, WNDU and 95.3 WAOR.  Also the Psychology club, is trying to collect $300 for the American Cancer Society.  If you are interested in donating you can find their table in Wiekemp Hall. 

    You can also donate your time at the run/walk by working at t-shirt stations, food and water stands, and registration stands.  The shifts last from 2 to 5 hours, as early as 7 am to as late as 12:30 pm.  You can also help set up or tear down tables.  If you are interested in helping, call Joyce Columbo at 574-257-9789.
     
    Sandy Brigham
    Writer

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