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The Civil Rights Heritage Group Make History Come Alive

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stacy Rummel

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Celebrating Black History

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

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

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

http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00016431.html
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/robinson_jackie.htm

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

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

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

http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/powell-bio.html

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

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

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Thomas

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

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

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

http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Dictionary/BLUFORD/DI194.htm

Carlie Barr

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Graphic Credits for 3.4

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

The Dreaded Oil change

http://www.cowart.com/outreach/Celebrating Black History MonthJackie Robinson: www.ballparkwatch.com

Colin Powell: www.quest.com

Clareance Thomas: www.freerepublic.com

Guion Bluford Jr.: www.spacetoday.org

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Graphic Credits for 3.3

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

Club Showcase: English Club
 
http://www.oregonconservatory.org
   
Creationist/Evolution Articles
   
Monkey:  http://www.monkey-island.demon.co.uk/
   
Magician:  http://www.cityofbeaumont.com/magician.jpg

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

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

If you would like to submit a general letter to the editor just click the ‘comments’ link below.  Thank you for your continued readership!

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The Administration Seemed Paralyzed in the Cold

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chuck Norton

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The Case for Evolution

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

Max Maternowski
Guest Writer

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The Case for Intelligent Design

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jarrod Brigham

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Student Life Budget Crunch

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rashida Vindic
with additional reporting by:
Jarrod Brigham

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Club Showcase: English Club

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tess Chandler

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Debate Continues After Judicial Ruling

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Filmer

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From the Presidents Pen

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

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

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

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

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

I’ll see you there!

Marcus Vigil

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Club Showcase: English Club

Posted by iusbvision on February 10, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tess Chandler

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Graphic Credits for 3.2

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

Recent Report Gives Hope for Global Warming 

Planet: http://www.notinourname.net/graphics/globes/earth_graphics.html
Flame: http://www.bravo.co.uk/blade/
    

Indiana University Presidential Search
http://www.indiana.edu/

The Single Life
http://pescefuordacqua.blog.kataweb.it/ 
        

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Submit General Letters to the Editor (Volume 3, Issue 2)

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

If you would like to submit a general letter to the editor just click the ‘comments’ link below.  Thank you for your continued readership!

The IUSB Vision Staff

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

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

With one semester complete, watching our Student Government Association has proven to be interesting. Before I get going on another semester, I want to take a minute to set the record straight on a few issues regarding myself. While I do have a critical eye of what is going on, and I am obviously not afraid to call out the actions of individual SGA members, I do want to go on record as saying the SGA is a valuable organization, with members that make sacrifices and work extremely hard. There have been many new senators who have had to quickly step up, a former Senator, Joanna Reusser, was called upon to step-up as the Vice President and help guide a very young Senate through some tough challenges, and of course a Judicial branch that according to some inside of the SGA has seen more action than any other time in its history. The SGA is full of stories of future leaders from IUSB.

With that being said, I want to continue my analysis in the hopes that my articles would encourage response and debate over issues that still need to be addressed. The easiest way for a good organization to falter is to see it become complacent, and with a sharp analysis, hopefully that will not become an issue.

An organization like the student government has many resources at its disposal; power and influence with the administration, budgeting authority, and the power to govern to name a few. I honestly believe that the greatest resource for the government is its student leaders. For any campus, especially a commuter campus such as ours, building and maintaining student leaders is difficult, and the SGA is not exempt from that challenge.

Over Christmas break the SGA President signed two executive orders relieving two SGA Senators of their positions for failure to follow attendance guidelines set forth in the SGA Constitution and a third Senator was impeached.  Add into the mix that the former president and a few senators did not even make it through the summer; you have a significant question as to what is happening to the student leaders in the SGA?

I think this is a question the current government needs to ask itself, as this semester closes in on elections in April. After looking at the history of the SGA it does have a track record of chewing people up and spitting them out. It seems that for an SGA over the last 4 years to lose 30%-40% of its members it is having a good year. On the other hand, there are also cases of individuals who have lasted a significant amount of time.  While there are not many multi term members this year outside of the executive branch, in the past there has been quite a few and in one case a Senator Tatyana Anokhina served the Senate for three straight years.

So what are the questions that need to be asked? First off the SGA pays all of its members. Which in theory sounds good, but in a budget crunch time, I think it is good to ask the question, are people joining the SGA for a paycheck and leaving when it proves to not be worth the time? Could the SGA actually get more committed members by cutting its pay? Another point that needs to be looked at is the election style.  I did talk about the whole way the system was set up early this semester but what about the simple question of election timing? If many students are lost over the summer should elections be held the first week of the fall semester?

These are just a few questions, but I hope anyone with thoughts and ideas about this subject would weigh in on our weblog, especially our elected leaders. The amount of time and headache that could be saved by not needing to find mid-semester replacements could benefit everyone. In addition, consistency and continuity is vital for an effective student government. Increasing that would be a winning situation for all involved.
   
Rashida Vindic
SGA Analyst

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Democrat Blasts Condi for Being Childless

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

The American people have been bombarded with three themes from the Democrats since they took power in Congress; namely the empowerment of women, a new era of bi-partisanship, and the new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has promised that she would run the most ethical Congress in history.

The new Congress has been seated less than a month and all three of those themes have already been shattered.

During a Senate hearing about the Iraq War, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) blasted Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice saying, “Who pays the price? I’m not going to pay a personal price,” Boxer said. “My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young.” Then Boxer says to Rice, “You’re not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family.”

Truly breathtaking.

An attack like that has all sorts of insinuations and angles with the first being the obvious implication that Sec. Rice is homosexual. John Kerry pulled the homosexual card by dropping Dick Cheney’s daughters name during the 2004 presidential campaign in hopes that those “meanies” on the Christian right would never vote for someone who had a homosexual child. It didn’t work.

There have been childless men who have commanded troops during wartime, even generals and presidents, and yet they were never faced with an attack such as this. So now if women sacrifice a family to climb to the top as Rice has done she is suddenly not qualified to be Secretary of State? Perhaps it is not women who should stay home and get pregnant but rather it is black women like Dr. Rice who should keep their place. Is that what you are trying to tell us Senator Boxer?

It has been my experience that these tactics are typical of the far left. They cannot beat Rice in a fair argument so it is better to just disqualify her from having an opinion and from being Secretary of State with a sleazy attack. Hateful left wing hyper-partisans use such tactics against me almost every day in hate mail and in the Vision blog.

The House is not doing any better. After much pomp and circumstance heralding in the first female Speaker of the House, Speaker Pelosi gave speech after speech telling us about the empowerment of women, a new era of bi-partisanship, and a special focus on ethics.

One of the first acts of our new female Speaker was to remove Representative Jane Harman who was the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and replace her with a less qualified man and why? Rep. Harman was actually bi-partisan. Harman didn’t just talk the talk she walked the walk and was able to work with members from both parties in an honest spirit of cooperation. The Intelligence Committee is supposed to be non-partisan anyway.

Ethics? Rep. William Jefferson (D-La) was caught red handed with $90,000 in illegal cash contributions that he tried to recover from his freezer after hurricane Katrina and the Democrats have still taken no action against him.

Remember that minimum wage bill that the Democrats have drawn up? The bill exempts the new minimum wage from some companies in Speaker Pelosi’s district and the Democrats are ruling any discussion out of order so as to censor this from being discussed on the House floor.

We are not even one month into this new Congress.

Chuck Norton

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Naxos Music Library

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

One of the hidden gems of the IUSB Schurz Library is its subscription to the Naxos Music Library, an online collection of thousands of recordings. While based mostly in classical music, the collection also includes five other genres of music, including pop/rock. It is accessible to all IUSB students and faculty for research, or simply as an introduction to lesser known genres of music.

“The new service will assist music students and professors who wish to listen to music from home, taking advantage of the ‘Play List’ service,” said Schurz Library administrator Julie Elliot on the IUSB Library blog in 2002, when the Library first signed on to service. “Naxos can be accessed on and off-campus.”

Access to the Naxos Music Library can be made through the IUSB Website, by first clicking the Library link, then Reference and Research, and finally Music, where the Naxos link is available by scrolling down that page. Users will have to enable pop-ups, then click on the tracks they choose to listen to, and press play. Those looking for something in particular can use the search engine embedded in the site, while newcomers can browse through the various categories of music in the sidebar, or click on sections like Repertoire Highlights and New Releases.

The Naxos Music Library is particularly useful for music students in doing research for academic assignments, or for performance ideas, as well as for faculty in providing audio examples during lectures. It can also be useful for students in other areas, such as those studying the linguistic meter in lyrics, or the effects of rock music in popular culture, or even to those studying Chinese language and culture with a dedicated Chinese music section. Julie Elliot added another such example: “The ‘moods’ option in the Advanced Search section of Naxos will be helpful for theater students looking for a pieces to convey the moods they are presenting.”

Back when IUSB first subscribed, the Naxos Music Library had a collection of some 75,000 recordings. Today, according to Naxos, the total is around 170,000 tracks on 11,500 CDs. In 2006, there was an average of 39 new releases per month.

IUSB currently has a subscription that allows for sound at “Near-CD” quality also includes associated labels like White Cloud and BIS. These recordings are run by an embedded Windows Media Player and are not available for download.

Genres other than classical music include jazz contemporary, world/folk, pop/rock and adult contemporary music. Hold on a second… adult contemporary? Before you ask (and I know I did), it doesn’t mean that particular sub-genre with “explicit lyrics” labels. Quite the opposite actually, this category includes modern ambient music like pan-pipes and Gaelic-inspired music.

The Naxos Music Library is not without its share of complications. On occasion the page will fail to upload, sometimes requiring all browsers to be closed and the whole process restarted. Sometimes the page will load, but the automatic signing-in via the library website does not occur. Enabling pop-ups can become a complicated process especially for those using the Advanced Search option, or those who have a Google toolbar on their computers. Also, due to “the uncertain legal situation regarding pre-1972 sound recordings”, some of the older selections are unavailable.

Nevertheless, the Naxos Music Library’s benefits go beyond its limitations, and it serves as a helpful academic resource, as well as to those who want to take their time checking out particular recordings before going off to the store. While educational institutions receive special rates, the regular user would have to pay $150 a year for the same service.

For further information or assistance, the IUSB community can musically contact the Schurz Library, or leave questions at the Vision’s Weblog.

Andrew Filmer

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From the Vice-President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

With the year in full swing, this semester offers many exciting changes for IUSB and the SGA.  Several weeks ago, the SGA had a day long retreat where we formalized a plan of action to accomplish several things for this campus. At the end of the day, we finalized four top goals that we consider crucial for campus growth. First, we would like to address the manor in which the SGA funds student clubs and organizations.  By that, we would like to see some form of fund matching program initiated where clubs would be given greater control of how they use their money.

Second, the SGA is currently working with the Arts department to help form policy that will enable faculty members to individually set the rules governing the events attendance cards. In this, faculty will have the academic freedom to pick and choose what events are truly relevant to the classes they teach.

Third, the SGA hopes to present to the student body a final revision of the SGA constitution for ratification in April during the SGA elections. A concern with the current Constitution is that it is not fully equipped to handle the challenges that a continually diversified student body brings.  In particular we would like to address how student representation, in student housing, will impact the way the SGA serves the student body.

Lastly, and most important of the goals, the SGA wants to ensure the implementation of a Health and Wellness fee. This fee will enable our campus to offer the growing student body health care options that might otherwise be unavailable to them. A special thanks on this project goes to several individuals in the School of Nursing for their tireless work to see this dream accomplished.   

With groundbreaking on student housing fast approaching (Fall 2007), a full service Health and Wellness Center is no longer a luxury, but a vital necessity. A Health and Wellness fee will finance the center’s growth. It will also provide students built in health options, including a yearly check-up. Clarification on this will come at a later point in time.

If after reading these plans the SGA has set for this semester, you wish to be a part of this growth at IUSB, I would encourage you to apply for one of the open Senator positions. This growth is possible, but a lot of work will be needed to see its fruition. Good luck to everyone this semester, I am so excited to see what is ahead for IUSB.

Joanna Reusser

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The Single Life

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

Being single is not the end of the world and can be the beginning of an entirely new world. A world where you can be yourself and discover who you are without being defined by a significant other. After being dumped, things can look pretty bleak. This is not a good reason to jump right back on the dating horse. It may be healthier to stop dating for a while, as ludicrous as that  sounds.      So many women and men feel the need to always be in a relationship. Downtime is not really an option and there is not a lot of focus on who you as an individual. If you can not live with yourself, then no one else should be expected to live with you either. It is important to be content with who you are—without having that assurance of someone being romantically involved with you. If you know about you, then you know what you want, and can look for the same qualities in someone else.

As cliché as this is; all good things come to he who waits.  You will discover that you can be independent and find that you have the self-confidence that only you can give. Don’t let your self-confidence depend on whether or not you have a boyfriend or girlfriend to show off. Focus more on what you have discovered about yourself instead. Figuring out who you are and what you really want is worth the wait.

Carlie Barr

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Dealing with PMS

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

Most college-age women have experienced some form of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) during their lives, and some deal with symptoms such as cramps, fluid retention, and mood swings on a monthly basis.

While PMS is an uncomfortable issue for some people to discuss, it is important that women know what they can do to decrease these symptoms and better her quality of life. There are many steps women can take to deal with the feelings they experience during PMS.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on their womenshealth.gov website, has compiled the following list of ways to ease symptoms of PMS:

1) Take a daily multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid, as well as a calcium supplement with Vitamin D.

2) Exercise regularly.

3) Eat healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

4) Avoid salt, sugary foods, caffeine, and alcohol, especially when experiencing symptoms.

5) Get enough sleep. Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night.

6) Find healthy ways to cope with stress, such as talking to friends, exercising, or writing in a journal.

7) Don’t smoke.

While this list may seem next to impossible for a college student to maintain (for example, there are some days when we just can’t get 8 hours of sleep, and we absolutely must have caffeine), it is crucial to both the physical and mental health of women that we get regular exercise and learn to cope with stress in healthy ways.

In this pursuit, IUSB students are lucky to have access to the Health and Wellness Center and exercise facilities. While it can be uncomfortable at first to work out in front of other students, the positives far outweigh the negatives for female IUSB students. If we join together as women and create an atmosphere of support and friendliness, we can all benefit from better physical and mental health, and decrease our symptoms of PMS.

Surely that is a worthy goal.

Rachel Custer

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Indiana University Presidential Speech

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

The Indiana University Board of Trustees are looking for your help to select the 18th president of our university.

Since Trustee Sue Talbot officially announced the search on Sept. 13th, the Presidential Search Committee has interviewed nearly a dozen possible candidates.

Vision readers may recall the controversy stirred up on the Bloomington campus after  former IUSB SGA President, Mike Renfrow was placed as the student representative on that committee.

The search committee is now asking for advice and suggestions from the students.  “The Trustees of Indiana University are interested in hearing from all constituencies… They would value your advice on the characteristics, qualifications, and skills that the new IU president should possess, and they would be pleased to receive the names of any individuals deserving of serious consideration.”

The committee has not set a deadline for a successor to be named, but President Herbert has announced his desire to leave the position by July 31st.

Mike Renfrow told the Vision, “We are progressing nicely and hope to finish the process without any major glitches.  I think the students and the state will be happy with the outcome.”

Students can leave their comments for the board by sending an email to nextpres@indiana.edu.

Jarrod Brigham

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This Week in History

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

Since the early origins of the City, the South Bend Fire Department has held a reputation as one of the finest Departments in the Midwest.  The area’s first organized fire protection commenced operations on January 29, 1853.  Twelve years before the incorporation of the city, the group consisted of a unpaid volunteers in two companies.  The Department grew to include three engines, three hose companies, and one hook and ladder and bucket company by 1868, and in 1887 became a full time paid fire department. 

The Department continued to evolve along with South Bend rapidly growing, and by 1919 boasted to sixty-seven men in twelve companies.

The Department presently employees 248 full time Firefighters in four divisions, and service a population of approximately 107,700.  Each division provides specialized functions to the effectiveness of the Department.

Article and Graphic Source:http://www.southbendin.gov/city/departments/fire/history.asp 

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Club Showcase: International Student Organization

Posted by iusbvision on January 25, 2007

Home can be anywhere ranging from a city block up to 10,000  miles or more and round-trip airfare away from campus.  These people are better known as the exchange students at IUSB and the answer to their accommodating needs is the International Student Organization (ISO).

Through the ISO students of various countries can submerge themselves in American culture at IUSB as well as teach the campus about their own culture in the process.

The ISO collaborates with a number of clubs on campus—making them an active club with numerous campus and community events.  Such events include Potlucks throughout the year as well as the popular community-recognized International Food Fest held in the spring.

For those students who are miles away from family and friends, the ISO is there to help everyone feel welcome.  Club President, Felix Marquez states that “the purpose of [the ISO] is to help international students participate in campus activities and create opportunities to show their different cultures to fellow students at IUSB and the South Bend community”.

The ISO is open to all students at IUSB. To contact the ISO, email Club President, Felix Marquez, at iso@iusb.edu, or stop by the office located in the Gunther and Barbara Jordan International Center at 1722 Hildreth St. (5 houses from Schurz Library).

Stacy Rummel

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Graphic credits for 3.1

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

Judcial Council Ruling Removes Senator

SGA Logo from: http://www.iusb.edu/~stuassoc/logo.shtml

   Gavel from: http://www.gerritsenauction.com/   

Going Where No Lover Has Gone Before
 

  Rapier: http://pcbabysunribbon.blogspot.com/
  Masks:http://www.wscc.cc.tn.us/humanities/theatre/
  Rose:http://www.tauromaquia.de/html/2005/mai.html

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Submit General Letters to the Editor (Volume 3, Issue 1)

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

If you would like to submit a general letter to the editor just click the ‘comments’ link below.  Thank you for your continued readership!

The IUSB Vision Staff

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Judicial Council Ruling Removes Senator

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

Technically the score is SGA: 1, Erkki KochKetola: 1. Unfortunately for the defendant, a Judicial Council trial tends to be more like boxing than any other sport, and the sole legal blow has led to KochKetola’s  knockout from the ring of the Senate.

Two charges were filed in the case of the Student Government Association versus Senator Erkki KochKetola. The first charge of the violation of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct via harassment of Chief Justice Charles F. Norton resulted in an acquittal under the reasoning that the IUSB Office of Judicial Affairs – as opposed to the SGA’s Judicial Council – holds the authority to decide on such matters. The second charge of failure to follow the spirit of the IUSB SGA Constitution resulted in a conviction by the Judicial Council, resulting in the dismissal of Senator KochKetola from the SGA.

In the ruling of the Judicial Council, two specific sections comprised the conviction on this charge of failure to follow the spirit of the Constitution. The first of these sections was the clause in the constitution that “All decisions of the Judicial Council shall be final and go into effect immediately”. In this context, the charge was that Mr KochKetola dissented with a previous ruling, in a manner that undermined the authority of the Judicial Council.

Statements from the IUSB Vision Weblog by Mr KochKetola were quoted in the trial and in the ruling, disputing the ruling of the previous case of KochKetola v. Vigil. In addition, an email to the Judicial Council by Mr KochKetola stated that the decision was “null and void”, which was specifically quoted as part of the reasoning for the conviction.

The second section of the conviction revolved around accusations that Mr KochKetola voted against the appointment of Chief Justice Norton in a manner which constituted discrimination based on political beliefs. The ruling was based on a combination of testimony from an unnamed witness and Mr KochKetola’s voting in opposition to Chief Justice Norton and Justice Sherin Raval. The witness stated that Mr KochKetola was against Chief Justice Norton’s appointment “because of his mind games and political beliefs” and that he was of the opinion that Mr Norton’s political stance could affect his decisions.

Mr KochKetola disputes the ruling, considering it an attempt by the SGA to limit his right to free speech. In an e-mail interview with the Vision, he said, “I believe the ruling was intended to muzzle me. I have been outspokenly critical of the Judicial Council and of other SGA officers… I believe this sets a very dangerous precedent.” Chief Prosecutor Teresa Santos and President Marcus Vigil in interviews said that the actions of the defendant crossed the boundaries of how a senator can dissent.  “It does demonstrate that it is possible to take things too far,” said President Vigil.

The charges were filed following an email to members of the SGA from an IUSB alumnus stating that then Senator KochKetola’s statements about the Judicial Council could undermine the employment opportunities of an IUSB alumnus. While no further information is available as to whether this risk was eventually realized, 7 of the 12 senators signed a petition on 31 October 2006 requesting the Judicial Council to determine if charges should be filed. The trial was held the 8 December 2006, with Senator Teresa Santos as Head Prosecutor, and Mr Cole Belt as counsel for the defendant. Justice Joe Spencer was appointed Acting Chief Justice when Chief Justice Norton recused himself from the case.

While the case has resulted in his dismissal as a senator, Mr KochKetola said to the Vision that he will “seek whatever remedies that are available”, and a rematch in the ring of university politics may indeed be in IUSB’s future.

Dissent or the nature of dissent?

The ruling, especially in the area of Mr KochKetola’s comments on the IUSB Weblog, bring questions of the limitations of freedom of speech in the context of disagreements with the SGA. Acting Chief Justice Spencer, in an e-mail interview, said that while there would never be action taken that would limit freedom of speech of students, the role of a senator creates certain limitations.  Calling Mr KochKetola’s stance a “childish position when representing the view points of the student body”, he said that this was behavior unfit for the role of a senator. “Though (Senator KochKetola) claims to want separation of powers and a stricter due process, here he is also demanding that his view points, as a member of the legislative body, be used to make law through the Judiciary, and he would not rest until this happened.”

Erkki KochKetola seemed to have the same opinion of the Judicial Council, that “The student body should be alert that they (the Judicial Council) consider themselves a law unto themselves.”  describing his comments as being “outspokenly critical” of the Judicial Council and other SGA officers, said that the decision of the Judicial Council limited the right of freedom of speech of senators. “I believe that this sets a very dangerous precedent, in that it allows future SGA members to be removed from office for being outspoken about their disagreements”.

Head Prosecutor Santos, in an interview with the Vision, said that it was not only the existence of dissent, but the nature of the dissent which resulted in charges being filed. In the ruling of the Judicial Council, Mr KochKetola was quoted as using words such as “I have little patience for bull****”, and that the Judicial Council “botched” the previous decision. Prosecutor Santos said, “If he had spoken in a reasonable way, the charges may not have been filed. There is a reasonable way to handle things and an unreasonable way to handle things.”
Mr KochKetola stated that while the tone of his statements may have been strident, he asserted his right to free speech. “It likely exacerbated the problem, and I think that it was unnecessarily harsh, but I stand by my right to express these opinions.” He added that he was given no warning that his actions would lead to legal repercussions. “I believed I was legitimately exercising my rights to free speech and due process.”

The arena of politics

While the SGA is inherently a political system, the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities holds political beliefs as a protected class.  When asked about whether a distinction should be made between discrimination on the basis of political beliefs and basing a vote on a person’s ability to set aside political beliefs, Acting Chief Justice Joe Spencer replied, “Yes… the nondiscrimination policy does not apply to someone’s character. Where we disagree is what kind of character Chief Justice Charles Norton has. I have seen him only act in a professional manner while acting as a justice.”

To the same question, Mr KochKetola replied, “My decision to vote against the appointment of Chuck Norton was not based on discrimination of political beliefs. If that had been the case, then I would have voted against Ms. Reusser’s elevation to Vice President, Mrs Renfrow’s appointment to the fifth Justice seat, and Ms Muncie’s appointment to the Senate. I have a clear voting record of voting for people whose political beliefs I know to differ from my own.”

A conservative bias?

When asked whether the decision could be construed as an example of a conservative bias, Mr KochKetola replied instead, “I believe that it’s an example of a Student Government which has been poorly led and poorly supervised and which… has abridged the rights of one of its members.” Acting Chief Justice Spencer said that he is personally not a conservative, and that the politics was not a factor in the decision of the Council.  He said, “Though there may be a conservative bias on campus… we would never make a decision based on a political bias. Individuals may err, but that is why there were four justices, who came together and made a unanimous decision.”

Constitutional grey areas

Chief Prosecutor Teresa Santos, in relating the chronology of the events leading to this ruling, said that Acting Chief Justice was appointed by Chief Justice Norton who recused himself from the proceedings. The question which arises is if the person who is recusing himself appoints the successor, what is the point of recusing oneself? Addressing this apparent conflict of interest, SGA President Marcus Vigil in a telephone interview said that no specific provisions exist for this situation, and that “in moments of ambiguity, it is up to the branch itself how to handle it.” President Vigil also mentioned that the key factor was that Chief Justice Norton removed himself from a voting capacity, and that the main role of the Acting Chief Justice was keeping an order to the proceedings, while the decision was made by majority vote of the remaining justices.

President Vigil was also asked whether instances like this demonstrate constitutional uncertainty. He replied, “Overall, the Constitution does need some refining” and said that it was a goal of 2007 to settle those constitutional grey areas.

Andrew Filmer

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Clinton Top Man at National Security Stole Documents to Thwart 9/11 Commission

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

Sandy Berger was Bill Clinton’s National Security Advisor and was the national security campaign advisor for the Kerry campaign in 2004. The story broke in 2004 that Berger had been caught taking documents from the National Security Archive and that some were never returned even after his home was searched.

So why is this news today… keep reading.

Berger pleaded guilty under a deal where he told the court that his actions were unintentional and that he accidentally discarded some of the documents. Berger had made statements to the press such as “I deeply regret the sloppiness involved, but I had no intention of withholding documents from the commission, and to the contrary, to my knowledge, every document requested by the commission from the Clinton administration was produced,” and “When I was informed by the Archives that there were documents missing, I immediately returned everything I had except for a few documents that I apparently had accidentally discarded” (AP July 19, 2004).

All of this was a pack of lies and Berger was let go with a small fine.

The Inspector General of the National Security Archive has released a report just before Christmas explaining Berger’s actions in detail.

Berger had taken documents and memos that concerned the Millennium Bombing After Action Report that was written by Richard Clarke who worked for Berger on the National Security Council. Berger took those documents by shoving them down his pants and in his pockets, told the people at the National Security Archive that he was going out for a break and took the documents and put them under a nearby construction trailer and later went back to retrieve them – so much for unintentional.

So what was in this report that was so damning that Berger risked jail for which to destroy?  Former Attorney General John Ashcroft referenced parts of this report in his testimony to the 9/11 Commission. Ashcroft said in his testimony “This National Security Council Millennium After Action Review declares that the United States barely missed major terrorist attacks in 1999 and cites luck as playing a major role, according to Ashcroft’s testimony. It’s clear from the review that actions taken in the millennium period, Y2K should not be the operating model for the US government.”

What is known of the report tells of “glaring weaknesses” in national security that are too lengthy to report here but suffice it to say the Clinton Administration knew about substantial Al-Qaeda cells in the United States a full 17 months before the September 11 attacks, and did not make begin to implement the recommendations made by Richard Clarke and the rest of the National Security Council staff and that is what they wanted to keep from the 9/11 Commission and the press.

Bill Clinton himself lied about the Millennium Bomb Plot when he said, “Well, we did a great job on that. Our plan really worked well. We got it. We got it”. The Millennium After Action Report refutes that statement because it makes it clear that there was no plan.

This also helps to shed light on why leading Democrats were strong-arming ABC Television to not air their 9/11 movie which criticized the Clinton Administration for just such lapses.

Berger lied to the courts, to government investigators, and to the press. He lied in his plea deal and got off with a fine. So why did Martha Stewart go to jail for allegedly lying to investigators? Oh that’s right; Berger is a leading Democrat so that’s different.

Chuck Norton

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Super Bowl XLI?

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

The holiday season is behind us and the football season is at its peak. Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to watch the Indianapolis Colts (12-4) play an unbelievable game against the Kansas City Chiefs (9-7), raising concerns for those of us Bears (13-3) fans hoping for a Bears victory over the Colts in this year’s super bowl.

Although many know it is far too early to anticipate a Colts vs. Bears super bowl, I am definitely one of wishful thinking. Although if the Bears quarterback Rex Grossman keeps playing the way he has been, the Bears are definitely in trouble in their upcoming game this weekend.  Right now, many Bears fans are struck with a miniature panic attack every time they see the ball leave Grossman’s hand. In their last game against the Green Bay Packers (8-8), Grossman threw four interceptions in the first half.  In the second, they brought out their backup, Brian Griese, who managed to throw two more interceptions before the end of the game.  Most feel the Bears would have a better chance if their renowned defense had the ball the whole game. One fan stated in his frustration, “When Evil Grossman shows up we should take a page from Coach Red Beaulieu’s [The Waterboy (1998)] play book and just have the offense take a knee for three plays and punt it back, at least then we’d have a chance.”

However, last night the Colts defense was very much looking like the Bears. The Kansas City Chief weren’t allowed a first down until the end of the third quarter.  Meanwhile, the Colt’s Peyton Manning had already instigated a number of drives accumulating over twenty first downs.  Overall Manning didn’t have a par game; he threw three interceptions and failed two very important drives at the beginning of the game. In fact, he was looking much like the Bears Rex Grossman when he’s having a bad, dare I say normal, day.

The buzz around town right now is a Colts vs. Bears super bowl. If Rex Grossman can pull himself together for the playoffs and the Colts defense keeps playing the way they played last night, there is a good chance for it to happen.  Although if the Colts defense plays the way they did last night, I’m afraid the Bears will not stand a chance against the Colts in the end game. Now if somehow Rex Grossman gets as good as Peyton Manning, Bears fans like myself don’t have anything to worry about.  Hoping for something like this would be living in absolute denial. Then again, many said the same thing about the Colts defense about two weeks ago.

Craig Chamberlin

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Pregnancy Scares

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

Ever ponder that feeling of whether or not you’re pregnant before you have or miss your period? It’s like that two week worry in limbo of what to do. You kinda want to find out, but then you are too much in denial about buying a test to be sure. They do make pregnancy tests that read positive or negative less than two weeks after conception. Plus, you’re period’s due in two weeks anyway, so you’ll just hold tight until then. Right?

Since the female mind over-analyzes everything she encounters, this two week standby can be excruciating. Every aspect of your day points to a neon sign saying “PREGNANT”. Breast tenderness for normal PMS morphs into milk ducts filling up. Craving sweets or excessive food intake is “for the baby”. Any nausea or sickness is automatically linked to morning sickness. For a challenge, tampons go on sale the same week as diapers. Anything is open for interpretation.

I’m assuming many of you have had your share of pregnancy scares, denials, or worries when all along it was due to over-active imagination. I am wondering if any of you changed your lifestyle over this scare (i.e. didn’t drink, smoke, etc.) just in case you were with child. After your period, you are reassured, and life goes back to normal again. Does anyone actually learn from these pregnancy scares? Normally, we say “I’m glad that’s over” and the next month or six months from now—it’s the same thing.

I’m not promoting unprotected sex because even in protected sex, things can go wrong. Conception is conception regardless of what measures were taken for prevention. I am just baffled at how worked up women get over pregnancy scares. I’m not sure what triggers them. From my own experiences, I am trying to figure out if the scares are fed by sincerely wanting a baby or for other reasons like a guilt trip for the father (yes I am that malicious, and yes, I am better than that to actually do it).

Whatever the reason, we girls can be just stupid and we think we know our own bodies inside and out thanks to the sexual revolution. What we don’t know is whether or not we are pregnant and how to deal in that pre-test/pre-period phase. We over-analyze to the point we start to believe we are carrying, or worse, we fall into denial and ignore symptoms until it may be too late. My advice is to go get tested the minute you have that scary feeling you might be pregnant. That way you will know for sure and stop worrying over every discomfort your body encounters.

Stacey Rummel

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Going Where No Lover Has Executed Before

Posted by iusbvision on January 14, 2007

Lovers and Executioners by the IUSB Theatre Company

Lovers and Executioners by John Strand, was staged in six performances last December by the IUSB Theatre Company.  The seven-character play was entirely in verse, and included a blend of comedy and drama.

Two characters of particular note were the extravagant conquistador Don Lope played by Abbey L. Frick, and the avenging wife Julie, played by Crystal S. Ryan. Both of these performers carried powerful voices that filled the theatre, and brought out the comedic lines of the script effectively. “What is this, conquistador humor?” was made particularly humorous by the exaggerated accent and motions of Don Lope, complete with an exuberant costume.

Their swordplay scenes, together with Zachary Hickle’s Octavius – with the amount of rehearsal effort so often underestimated – were exciting to watch. Bernard, played by Michael Kennel, was somewhat better as a jealous suitor in the comedic sections than as a remorseful husband later, but held a strong presence throughout.

Guzman and Constance, played by Brittany Gardener and Cassandra E. Nwokah, showcased some of the most impressive acting, with visual nuances and maximizing the full use of the stage floor being their fortes. Their shared main weakness was in enunciation.

The only other matters of concern were missing areas of repose and overall pace that lacked dramatic variety.

The stage effects, though few in number, added additional flavor to the play. Of particular note are the water in the fountain (in which Bernard is dunked several times) and the dramatic execution scene towards the end.

The script carried many parallels to works of Shakespeare; however, the overall tone of the play mirrored Mozart’s Don Giovanni, with the dark drama of the second half standing well away from the comedy of the first.

Any Trekkie in the hall would have quickly drawn a comparison of Julie’s magistrate robes with Q as judge in Star Trek. Despite some setbacks, it looks like the stage careers of IUSB theatre majors will indeed “live long and prosper”. Yes, my geek is showing…

Andrew Filmer

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