The Preface Wednesday, January 13, 2010
No food and fuel for finals
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By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer
By JEFF TATAY Staff Writer
If you were planning to stop by The Grille or the Courtside Café during finals week last semester for a hot chocolate and a quick bite to eat before your last final you may have discovered that you were out of luck. The Grille in the Administration Building is normally open at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, but was closed during finals week. “History has proven that sales do not support those hours of operation for The Grille during finals week,” said Steve Rose, Director of Dining Services in an email. “We plan on the same hours next semester.” With The Grille closed, that left the other dining option on campus, the Courtside Café. Normally open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, the Café closed early during finals week at 2 p.m. Students with late afternoon finals found themselves with limited options. “I will look to maybe extend the Courtside Café hours during see DINING/4
Book swap available on campus
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Students make their way across campus to get their classes during the first day of the spring semester on Monday. Approximately 7,300 students registered for classes this semester
LIVING ON A BUDGET
STUDENT LOAN DEBT
Cuting the unnecessary items and buying in bulk are just a few suggestions to help live on a budget./PAGE 3
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DECADE IN REVIEW
Nearly two-thirds of graduating seniors will leave school with an average of $23,000 in student loan debt./PAGE 3
As sure as the snow falls in Northern Indiana, so too must IU South Bend students shell out big bucks for textbooks. Recently, however, a student group, Titan Advantage Book Swap, aims to make the beginning weeks of the semester less of a financial pain. TABS, organized by Tori Campbell and Jason Moreno, is a moderated group on Facebook that allows students to find each other with the intent of swapping textbooks, by trade or by cash. “Students are encouraged to post their books for sale at a price higher than what the bookstore will pay them, and lower than the bookstore’s retail,” said Moreno. “This means they will get more money for the books they sell, and they will also save money on the books they buy.” In this way, TABS allows IUSB students to advertise both what they have and what they want. Paid $105 for that biology text and the bookstore wants to give you ten dollars? Post it on TABS for $45 and make a profit while giving your fellow students a break. “The bookstore will always be a
The Preface looks back on the decade with some the more newsworthy stories from 2000 to 2009./PAGE 5
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New on-campus student housing at IU South Bend opened in the fall of 2008 in the form of the beautiful River Crossing residences. Ever since, the campus has been integrating student housing into student life activities and programs for academic success. Progress has been made and that is what makes the River Crossing residences different from other off-campus housing available to students (which was highlighted in the November 18 edition of The Preface). The River Crossing residences were designed and constructed to enhance the student experience at IU South Bend, not to compete with local landlords who rent apartments to an assortment of tenants at a wide range of prices with varying degrees of quality. The one, two and four-bedroom River Crossing residences are targeted at IU South Bend students who want to enjoy the full collegiate experience while living away from home, many for the first time. The full collegiate experience means living with other students who have a common goal of earning a college degree; meeting students from other towns, countries and backgrounds; taking advantage of close proximity and access to classes, professors, facilities, programs and activities on campus; gaining life experience by living independently in a collegiate environment; being comfortable in a living arrangement supported by resident assistants and campus police; studying and socializing with peers; and, having fun while
learning and growing. In addition to the full collegiate experience, amenities at the River Crossing residences can compete with any local apartment complex. The residences are fully furnished and include a dishwasher, stove/ oven, microwave, refrigerator, private bedrooms, wireless Internet, cable television, 24-hour maintenance, 24-hour security, heating, air conditioning and staff assistance with any issues that arise. The nearby Community Building features laundry facilities, mailboxes, exercise equipment, computer kiosks, study rooms, and a gathering space with a fireplace and big screen television. Residences are paid for through the student’s IU South Bend account as part of regular university academic fees and tuition. Four-bedroom residences are the most common, most available and the best value. The current cost is $2,600 per person per semester. When looked at on a monthly basis the cost amounts to about $520 a month with everything included. Consider the price of gasoline when doing the math and the River Crossing residences are an economically sound decision for a full-time college student. For more information about the River Crossing residences go to www.housing.iusb.edu<http:// www.housing.iusb.edu> or email live@iusb,edu or call 520-5800. Applications are being taken for fall 2010. — By KEN BAIERL Director of Communications and Marketing
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Student housing has announced that Michael Polcari has been named as the interim director of housing and residential life. In other changes, Vice Chancellor Jeff Jones is now responsible for student housing.
Changes at student housing Two new people are now involved with the operation of the River Crossing residences. On December 1, 2009, student housing at IU South Bend was transitioned from Administrative and Fiscal Affairs to Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The move creates a closer relationship between student housing and student life and student services. Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Jeff Jones is now responsible for student housing and is focusing on integrating residence life with student programs, activities and opportunities across the campus. Michael Polcari has been hired as the interim director of housing and residential life at IU South Bend and reports to Vice Chancellor Jones. He started his duties on De-
cember 3. Polcari has more than 15 years of management and student housing experience. He was assistant director for residence life at Northeastern University in Boston and served as assistant director of residence life for operations at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut. He has a master of Business Administration degree from Boston College, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Northeastern University, a Master of Education in Counseling from Providence College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. — By KEN BAIERL Director of Communications and Marketing
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Swimming in debt, options for graduating seniors By APRIL BUCK Staff Writer
Seniors graduating from college are finding the job market is bleak, and now the time to begin repaying student loans has arrived. What is a new graduate to do? Very few students can pay for college without some form of education financing. According to finaid.org, two-thirds of 4-year undergraduate students graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and an average debt of $23,186 in 2007-08. Knowledge is power and in this case that means avoiding fees and extra interest costs, keeping payments affordable, and protecting personal credit rating. These tips will help students manage student loans. Most importantly, students need to know about their loans. It is important to keep track of the lender, balance and repayment status for each of individual student loan. If a student is unsure, check with the lender, the school or nslds.ed.gov. One vital piece of information to know about student loans is the grace period. According to information provided by Project on Student Debt, different loans have different grace periods. For example, Perkins loans have a grace period of nine months, Stafford loans and most
other federal loans have a grace period of six months, and private student loans have varying grace periods. Check the paperwork or contact the lender to find out exactly how long before the loan the payments begin. Know the repayment options. If the payment for the standard 10-year repayment plan for federal loans is going to be difficult to cover, there are other options. According to finaid.org, the most significant new option is the Income-Based Repayment program. Part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, the Income-Based Repayment program provides relief to federal student loan borrowers by capping most borrowers’ monthly payments at less than 10% of their gross income for 25 years, after which any remaining debt will be forgiven. Another program, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness, allows borrowers to make income-based repayments and have their debt discharged after 10 years. If there is still trouble making payments, don’t panic. There are valid ways to postpone federal loan payments, such as deferments and forbearance. Communication is the key to success when dealing with the lender. It is important to keep per-
sonal information such as home address and phone number up to date with the lender. And talk to them if there is a problem with making payments. Not paying can lead to delinquency and default. According to Project on Student Debt, default kicks in after nine months of non-payment for federal loans. At the time of default, the total loan balance becomes due, the credit score is ruined, the total amount owed increases dramatically, and the government can garnish wages and seize tax refunds. In addition to the IncomeBased Repayment program, there are other legitimate loan forgiveness programs available. According to Project on Student Debt, Work in certain fields might forgive part or all of federal student loans. Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a new federal program that forgives any student debt remaining after 10 years of qualifying payments for people in government, nonprofit, and other public service jobs, additional programs are available for teachers, nurses, AmeriCorps and PeaceCorps volunteers, and other professions. Knowledge and communication will help manage student loan debt and maintain credit rating. Be proactive.
Taking Advantage of Loan Forgiveness Information Courtesy of FinAid. org. Volunteer Work AmeriCorps. Call 1-800-9422677. Peace Corps. Contact the Peace Corps at 1111 20th St., NW, Washington, DC 20526 or call 1-800-424-8580 or 1-202-6921845. Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). Call 1-800-942-2677 or 1-202-606-5000. Teaching The American Federation of Teachers maintains a list of other loan forgiveness programs for teachers. Legal and Medical Studies The American Bar Association (ABA) has a summary of Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP) and State Loan Repayment Assistance Programs. The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) maintains a database of state and other loan repayment programs for medical school students.
Federal Government Loan Forgiveness Programs The US Department of Education maintains a database of low-income schools eligible for teacher loan cancellation for Perkins and Stafford loans. Visit the HRSA web site for information on Nursing Education Loan Repayment The Federal Student Loan Repayment Program allows federal agencies to establish loan forgiveness programs to help recruit and retain employees. This is technically a loan repayment program and not a loan forgiveness program, as the agencies make payments directly to the loan holder and the payments represent taxable income to the employee. The agencies can repay up to $10,000 in Federal student loans per employee per calendar year, with a cumulative maximum of $60,000 per employee. Employees must agree to work for the agency for at least 3 years. The federal government's jobs site is located at www.usajobs.opm.gov. They also have a site focused on jobs for recent graduates.
Making dimes and spending dollars: living on a budget By TERRIE PHILLIPS Staff Writer
Your rent is due. The car payment is overdue and you got a final notice from the electric company. Living is expensive. Over half of all college students not only attend classes but also work full or part time jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. It is easy to spend money when you’re in college. With book fees, tuition and school supplies, what little cash you had is more than likely gone at this point of the semester. What’s the best way to make sure your bills get paid? Budget the money you have left. “A budget is a plan for how to spend your money,” according to pbs.org. To make a budget all you have to do is list your expenses, add them up and subtract what you’re spending from what you’re making. Once you have your budget. Cutting back on expenses is more than likely your next step.
One area where you can save some money is with your groceries. According to eatingonabudget. com, the best way to start saving money with your grocery bill is by planning out your meals ahead of time. Not only does this help you save money but also time. Going through your cabinets, freezer and refrigerator is a start, according to eatingonabudget. com. They also suggest taking an inventory to see what you already have. Then plan your meals for the week and make your grocery list according to what you now know you need. Eatingonabudget.com suggests making your meal plan around what meats are on sale. Buying meats in bulk, separating into portion sizes and freezing extras is another way to save money. You can also buy none perishable foods on sale that you normally use. Buying food you won’t eat is just a waste of money. Fruits and vegetables can be expensive but you can buy vegetables cheaper if you buy them frozen,
according to frugalliving.com. Frozen vegetables are usually flash frozen and are fresher than the ones in the fresh food isle. Farmers Markets are another source for buying fruits and vegetables cheaper and it’s local. There are many resources online for recipes, free downloadable coupons and advice on how to eat healthy and save money. Once you have your food budget under control, you can look at your other bills and spending. Credit cards, magazine subscriptions and clothing can be just as expensive as groceries. MSNBC.com contributor Laura Coffey advises to cancel any membership or subscriptions you do not use or read in her article “10 New Year’s Resolutions for Saving Money.” Calling and requesting a change in due date on some of your bills can help stop a late fee from being applied to your account, according to Coffey. You can also ask for your see BUDGET/4
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Learning how to live on a budget can help prevent the disconnection of utilities such as gas and electric.
Say goodbye to holiday weight gain By APRIL BUCK Staff Writer
Whether guilt over over-indulging during the holidays or a decision that the New Year is a perfect time to make some positive lifestyle changes has lead you to think about losing weight, a plan of action and some timely tips can help you reach those goals whatever the motivating factor is. First, take a reality check. How much weight has been gained? How much needs to be lost? Is it really a need to lose weight or a need to heighten physical fitness through exercise? With a firm grip on the situation, realistic goals can be set. One or two pounds a week maximum is a wholly possible and healthy target. One avenue to accomplish these goals would be joining Weight Watchers or another weight loss program. Some things cannot be done alone. The extra support and tools offered through such a program may make a world of difference. At this time of year, Weight Watchers and other programs are offering specials that make the cost of joining much lower or even free. Hiring a personal trainer is another way to spur weight loss and physical fitness goals. It can be expensive, but the motivation
and targeted workout regimen can have a profound impact. Some common sense weight loss tips include the following: Drink water. People often mistake thirst for hunger. Drinking water helps you feel full. Some experts suggest sipping water (or unsweetened iced tea) just before you sit down to a meal. Health Coach, Cindy Cohen, recommends this formula: one half body weight = ounces of water to drink daily. Learn how to measure. It’s easy to misjudge portion sizes. Pull out the measuring spoons, cups, and scales. Re-learn what a portion should look like on your plate. Some experts recommend using smaller plates to fool the brain into thinking you are having a larger meal. Make smart substitutions. Look for nutritious low-calorie alternatives to high sugar, high-fat treats. Try frozen grapes instead of candy. Use air-popped popcorn instead of oil-popped. Dip fresh strawberries in fat-free fudge sauce for a delectable chocolate treat. Keep track. Write down what you eat, even if you overdo it, no matter what goes into your mouth, write it down. This method of journaling allows you to see where you are going wrong and to make
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Shed those holiday pounds or extra weight by taking advantage of the facilities offered on campus. Students have access to a variety of exercise equipment, including three racquetball courts and basketball.
adjustments accordingly. Set weekly goals. Making too many changes at one time sets you up for failure. Instead, make one change at a time, such as eating at least one piece of fruit daily or drinking the recommended amount of water daily, every week. Add activity. How much and how well you move your body is just as important as the food you eat. According to the CDC website, adults need a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity weekly and muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups on
two or more days per week. “Ten minutes at a time is fine…150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but you don’t have to do it all at once. Not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day.” To aid in accomplishing this goal, the IU South Bend Student Activity Center is offering group fitness classes for free during the first two weeks of school from Jan. 11–24. Think positively. Low self-esteem is a common cause of over-
eating. Focusing on your best features instead of weak points will help build or maintain a positive self image. Buying clothes to fit and flatter at your current weight, updating your hairstyle and possibly even a makeup consultation can help you feel attractive today. Reward yourself. Find nonfood-related rewards that you can treat yourself to for every pound lost. With a firm goal, a good plan of action and some common sense, the battle of the bulge does not have to be quite so difficult.
DINING: Closure of Courtside left some students scrambling during finals
BUDGET: Finding ways to live on a budget
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finals week,” said Rose. The Franklin D. Schurz Library offers a good atmosphere and free coffee during finals week but does not offer the dining services that The Grille and the Courtside Café offers.
credit cards rates to be reduced. The worst thing that could happen is they say no. Quitting smoking can save money and lower insurance costs, according to Coffey. Ourfamilyplace.com suggests shopping around for cheaper car, home and renters insurance premiums. Buying clothes at the end of the season for next year, buy quality clothes and merchandise that holds up longer and to stay away from trendy fashions. IU South Bend offers other resources such as the health and wellness center and insurance for students that are taking more than six credit hours a semester. “The IU insurance is a basic policy which costs $391 quarterly for a year’s worth of coverage. This averages out to be about $130 dollars per month (the same as the average cost of a doctor’s appoint-
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The Courtside Cafe closed at 2 p.m. during finals week, which left some students with limited options before finals in the late afternoon.
ment),” according to the IUSB wellness center website. Another source for health insurance is the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) which, according the IUSB Wellness center website can cost anywhere from $17 to $85 a month. This all sounds good and easy on paper, but in reality you just may not have enough money to pay all those bills, eat healthy and pay for school. The best way to ensure you have some kind of assistance with paying for all this is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is through FAFSA, according to the IUSB financial aid website, that you can qualify for student loans, grants and work study. The FAFSA may also be required for certain scholarships. You can apply for scholarships from IUSB through the financial aid website, www.iusb.edu/~sbfinaid.
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2005, the supreme court lost Sandra Day O’Connor, and gained John Roberts, not what some people would call a fair trade. Both the resort town of Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, and the London Underground were attacked by terrorists. London police were later accused of using excessive force and of not confirming the identity of the man they shot prior to shooting him. 2005 also held two huge events both climactic and climatic; the death of Pope John Paul II and the arrival of Hurricane Katrina and all her devastation.
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Tthe attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 helped define a decade that saw two wars, the first black American president and the worst global recession since the Great Depression. By JENN ZELLERS & REBECCA GIBSON
Editor Jenn Zellers ( years 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008) and staff writer Rebecca Gibson (years 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009) compiled a stories that would define a decade.
2000 Without a doubt the number one story of 2000 was the presidential election. After several weeks of the public waited as election officials in Florida, lawyers and judges decided who would become next the president. It came down to just 537 votes. The next news story was the little Cuban boy castaway. The images of Elian Gonzalez being escorted away by federal officials from a south Florida home would serve as a reminder to Americans of the volatile relationship with Communist Cuba.
2001 The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11 created a “where were you when moment” much like the assassination of President Kennedy and Pearl Harbor. When the Twin Towers collapsed, killing thousands, it
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became clear that we were a nation at war with those responsible. The phrase “Let’s roll” echoed by Todd Beamer, a passenger aboard United Flight 93 became a rallying cry. The passengers would become the first heroes after trying to storm the cockpit to keep the hijackers from their intended target in Washington, D.C. The crash of American Airlines flight 587 in Queens, New York nearly two months after the Sept. 11 attacks, leaving many to wonder if there was another attack.
2002 America observed the first anniversary of an event that changed the course of history, ensuring that people would never look at air travel the same way again; 9/11. For those wishing to take comfort in their faith, that became a bit more difficult with the revelation that several Catholic priests had systematically molested children in their care. Economy=depressed, and politics=Republican according to cnn.com.
2003 In March, Shock and Awe would become two words in the American vocabulary as millions “Personally, I sold one of my books this week,” said Campbell. “I communicated on Facebook with the buyer on the TABS site and through messages, and then set up a good time to meet. We decided to meet on campus at the library because it was convenient for both of us and then we completed the transaction.” Also, TABS is unique to IUSB.
watched as hundreds of bombs fell on Baghdad, Iraq. NASA was rocked by the loss the Space Shuttle Columbia. It disintegrated over the southwest United States upon re-entry. It was later determined that missing tiles on the heat shield led the break-up. California saw the Terminator become the Governator after residents voted to recall then democratic governor Gray Davis.
According to the AP’s top ten list, 2006 was a year for political upheavals as Nancy Pelosi became America’s first female Speaker of the House, Senator’s Mark Foley and Randy Cunningham resigned in disgrace over sexual scandals. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigned in disgrace over mismanaging the Iraq war, and all politicians took heat over their non-response to the genocide in Darfur, Kenya. In the plus column, Saddam Hussein was captured and convicted of attempted ethnic cleansing. He was sentenced to hang.
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World Daily Net’s top ten funniest news stories included Idaho senator Larry Craig was indicted for soliciting a male prostitute in an airport men’s room, OJ Simpson was indicted for attempting to steal sports memorabilia (his own) from a hotel room, Hillary Clinton was lambasted for taking on a southern accent while campaigning in the south. Of all the top ten, this was perhaps the funniest, as it seems people forgot all those years during which she lived in Arkansas. Competing for the top spot were two other stories wherein Keith Richards claimed he snorted his father’s remains and the train wreck that was Miss South Carolina, Caitlin Upton. Upton was asked why most Americans cannot find the US on a map, and her answer became one of the most parodied film clips in existence. This is worth looking up on YouTube, though even the clearest video is still unintelligible due to her man-
However, Campbell is optimistic for the future. “Yes, for now at least, TABS is just an IUSB thing,” said Campbell. “If it really takes off and becomes as popular as we think it will be, then I could see the idea migrating to other campuses, with students there starting their own chapter or version of TABS.” Campbell emphasizes that pric-
es need to stay lower than bookstore prices, and encourages participants to check the bookstore first before posting prices for their books. Further benefits of joining the group include more space to advertise than on OneStart, and more convenience than using second party sources like Amazon, or Half.com.
2004 George W. Bush was elected to a second term after a brief delay in concession from the challenger, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. The election saw the rise of the 527s, as the Swift Boaters attacked Kerry’s Vietnam War record. The world was struck by tragedy after a 9.0 earthquake in the Indian Ocean spawned several tsunamis that claimed upwards of 150,000 lives. The 9/11 Commission Report was released and brought to light the red flags that were missed and the failed communication between several federal agencies that led to the 9/11 attacks.
2008 Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would make several stops in South Bend/Mishawaka during their bid to win the democratic nomination for president. Sen. Clinton’s arrival at Mishawaka High School was the first of many visits both candidates would make. Sen. Obama would go onto to secure the nomination as well as win Indiana, the first time for a presidential election since President Johnson. Sen. Obama would become first black president. Economic meltdown strikes the global economy as the United States financial market began to collapse leading to the worst recession since the Great Depression. The United States Congress would vote to give failing institutions billions of dollars as well as giving money to the American auto industry to keep it from going under. The words bailout, AIG and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would enter the American lexicon. Millions worldwide watched as Michael Phelps would go for gold in the Beijing Olympics. Phelps would go on to win eight gold medals. Terrorism would continue to leave a mark as armed gunmen killed at least 175 people in India’s largest city of Mumbai in a series of coordinated attacks.
2009 Topping the news, according to Slate.com, for 2009 is the inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. Since his inauguration, he has contributed some of the other top stories, the nomination and appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the attempt at health care reform, the climate change summit, and too recently to make the list, the appointment of the first openly transgendered woman to a government office. For those who actually think the president can control the economy, Obama has been alternately hailed as turning the tide of the recession, and demonized for contributing to the astronomical national debt.
This group may also benefit those students who need to wait for their financial aid disbursement before purchasing textbooks, who often find that the bookstore is out of certain books, and only has new copies of others. TABS can be found on Facebook by typing IUSB TABS into the search bar.
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Starz confident in Spartacus By JENN ZELLERS Editor-in-Chief
Next week the premium cable channel Starz will premiere its newest series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The new series from Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, the creative team behind the popular syndication hits Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and their newest hit, Legend of the Seeker, has already been picked up before its first episode has even aired. In a press release, the cable channel anticipates that the series will be a sure fire success. “We couldn’t be happier with the first season. Spartacus delivers on all levels - action, characters, intrigue, romance and excitement,” said Starz Entertainment EVP, Programming, Stephan Shelanski. “Spartacus is the most ambitious original project we’ve ever undertaken, and speaks to the commitment to our subscribers to provide truly original programming along with our unmatched lineup of theatrical features.” The early reviews and interviews given by the cast and crew behind the news series, offer up a promising venture that will definitely not fall into the campiness of the Kirk Douglas classic, or even a USA network movie from a few years ago. One wouldn’t think that blood and could act as a character. After viewing the first few episodes, viewers will understand that the blood and sand figure prominently into the series. Being on a premium cable channel allows the creative staff more freedom to explore the brutal nature of gladiator
The crowd screamed Lady Gaga on, and didn’t stop shouting and singing and dancing for the entire show. She touched on all her hits from both albums, doing “Alejandro,” “Paparazzi,” and “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich,” to hypnotic lights and energetic backup dancers. As with all her productions, there was bare flesh and sexual innuendo, and looking at her imagery one can see the influences she states that she follows; Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Queen. Many of the songs were projected in the background and Lady
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Lucy Lawless stars as Lucretia in the new Starz series: Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The series will premiere on Starz Friday, January 22 at 10 p.m. The series will also be available for viewing on Netflix. We’ll have a review of the first episode in the Jan. 20 issue of The Preface.
combat. The series tells the story of Spartacus, who was an auxiliary soldier in the Roman army, who then betrayed his commanding officer to save his small village and was captured and forced into slavery. Filling the shoes of Spartacus is the veteran actor from the U.K. and Australia, Andy Whitfield. This will be his first appearance on American television. The series also stars Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Lucretia and John Hannah (The Mummy movies) as Batiatus who own the Ludus, a gladiator training camp and Spartacus. The couple has fallen on hard times and
hope that Spartacus will lead them to prosperity both financially and in the gladiator circle. Rounding out the cast includes veterans of Xena, including Craig Parker as Glaber, a Roman Legate who holds a grudge toward Spartacus, Manu Bennett as Crixus, and Antonio Te Maioha as Barca. Erin Cummings (FOX’s Dollhouse) as Sura Spartacus’ wife; Peter Mensah (300, Avatar) as Barca, bodyguard to Batiatus and hitman; and Nick E. Tarabay (The Sopranos). Spartacus: Blood and Sand will premiere Friday, January 22 at 10 p.m. on Starz. The cable channel has also reached an agreement with Netflix to stream the series online.
The Gaga experience By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer
Gaga sang the counter harmony to them. However, the highlight of the program was a beautiful acoustic piano version of “Poker Face,” with Gaga playing and singing, no dancers, no background music, just her, the piano, and the microphone. Her wonderfully expressive voice slowed down the song and gave it a jazzy feel, making you realize that the flash of her show is only the face of the substance of her talent. Even if it is all about “The Fame,” there is a valid base for that fame, namely that her lyrics are apt, her melodies are bouncy and catchy, and her voice,
oh, her voice. This is no breathy, auto-toned pop-starlet. This is a creative artist with all the talent to take her as far as she wants to go. So the ultimate question is, “was it worth it?” For me, yes. I would have preferred to pay less and spend less time walking in the snow, but the total experience of feeling the same energy as Lady Gaga was very worth both the effort and the money. Even though her publicist was not able to give me press access or an interview at this time, I retain hope for the future, that this particular little monster will be able to get even closer to Lady Gaga.
really buys CDs anymore due to the availability of online music and piracy of free downloading,” The invention of iPods and she said in an email interview. MP3 players has changed the landWhen was the last time you scape of how people purchase their bought a CD or even walked into music. Where the music industry a record store? has seen hit from fire-sharing ser“If you come in here, you vices, they’ve also seen a change in can’t get that one song,” Zimmerhabit of how consumers purchase man said. “On music. iTunes, you can Doug Zim“The last time I went to a make your own merman has little mix tape.” owned Orbit record store to buy a CD was Even with for a birthday present.” Music in Mishhis sales down awaka for 20 over the recent —CJ Irelan years. With so years, he is not many years unupset. Years der his belt, he ago, he admits to being bitter. has seen many changes in the muNow, he accepts the changes in sic business, from LPs to tapes to the music business as reality. CDs and now iTunes.Many small “I think it’s a good thing,” he business owners like Zimmerman said. “[It’s] bad for my business, have had to face changes in the but I can’t stop progress.” way their costumers buy music. Like many other local business “I’m sure there hasn’t been a marowners, he is learning to live with ket in the world that hasn’t been it. However, he doesn’t want the affected by the internet,” Zimmerconvergence to change his store. man said. People have been buying prereSmartMoney.com has even incorded music for [nearly] a huncluded CDs to the “10 Things Not dred years,” Zimmerman said. to Buy in 2010” list. This decade As long as people keep selling has been one of the worst for the CDs, others will continue to buy music industry. Starting with Napthem. ster and trailing down to iTunes, While he is selling less CDs people just aren’t seeing a need to than before, vintage recordings are buy CDs anymore. becoming a popular buy for his “I never buy CDs for myself,” costumers. CJ Irelan said. “The last time I “I’m selling less CDs now, but went to a record store to buy a CD I’m selling more records,” he said. was for a birthday present.” Being a collector himself, the Brittany Kimbrough Orbit store owner sees the value in remembers the last time she CDs and records. bought a CD. It was when Sam “There will always be some Goody in the Concord Mall was kind of ‘physical CD’,” Zimmerclosing down- that was last June, man said. “It’s hard to kill.” “I don't think anyone my age
Getting there is half the job Last night I got closer to Lady Gaga than anyone I know. I was in her audience. And let me tell you, this was no small feat. Initially, when I purchased my ticket two months ago, I was merely excited to be going. Then the thought struck me, that I should try to get credentialed to cover her show. It was in fact, easier to get credentialed to cover President Obama, than it was to cover Lady Gaga. However, having seen that the press box dangles from the ceiling of Rosemont Theatre, I am fine with not having been in it. That being said, her staff was courteous and as prompt as they could be, never complaining about
my near constant pestering. Even with the ticket, I nearly didn’t go. See, I bought my ticket through a ticket broker, StubHub. com. Students, take note, do not do this. Due to a scheduling snafu, the concert was moved from the Chicago Theatre, a mere 50 feet from an el stop, to Rosemont Theatre, which is near the O’Hare airport and a good half mile from an el stop. Lucky me that it was near an el at all. Some places in Chicago, strange as it may seem, are not. When the venue change occurred, on Dec. 28, Ticketmaster canceled all the original issued see GETTING THERE/8
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The Greening of the New Year The Greening of the New Year: Campus source for school supplies save resources By KRISTINE BAILEY Staff Writer
Each semester, we use them and lose them—we need them! For the things in life that we need to buy, it can make a big difference what we buy, even when those things are small or get reused or recycled in the end. Those things are the dreaded budget drainers: school supplies. There is no avoiding the need to take notes or to write things down on paper with a pen. Making a few greener choices is possible, even at the campus bookstore.
Pens Did you know that each year in the U.S. 1.6 million pens are discarded? That is 151 miles of pens, or about the distance from IU South Bend to Ball State. Purchasing a refillable pen can help reduce that amount, and buying a pen (refillable or not) made of recycled plastic can reduce the amount of plastic created to make all those pens. The campus bookstore carries a variety of refillable pens but just one brand made primarily of post-consumer materials. The price is competitive (two for $3.98 is the same price as Bic refillables), but there is one hitch with all brands available. No refills are available at the bookstore. Paper
According to Green Seal, a non-profit organization which sets science-based environmental
certification standards on a variety of products, over 31 million tons of paper are used for printing and writing each year in the U.S. This uses over 535 million trees and over 12 billion gallons of oil to make. Their report on paper tells consumers to consider “Purchasing products that are chlorine-free and include post-consumer fibers” in order to “reduce the strain on natural resources, promote resource conservation and waste reduction, and minimize toxic emissions.” The EPA recommends a slightly softer approach, but still encourages purchasing paper that is at least 30% post-consumer fiber. Paper is available in the IUSB bookstore that meets at least the EPA recommendations, but it will cost a bit more green to be green. For example, a spiral-bound notebook with 80 recycled content pages is $3.98, while a similar one with 100 pages also costs $3.98. Filler paper that would make the EPA happy costs $5.98 for 170 sheets, but a non-green brand will provide 130 sheets for $2.98. How much paper do you need? How much will you use? Surely it will be recycled at the end of its use, right? Do you need a more pens? Spending less money usually results in a lower impact on the environment, or so the Union of Concerned Scientists will tell you. Consider voting – or not- with your school supply dollars to make a difference in the bookstore marketplace and beyond.
Getting there: Jacked up prices, empty seats from page 7 tickets, with the intent of reissuing them to the original ticketholders. Regrettably, I was not an original ticketholder, the person who sold my ticket to me on StubHub had that honor. I received an e-mail from StubHub informing me that my ticket was canceled. Then ensued a panicked race to find out why, and then to secure another ticket. Instead of offering to issue me a replacement, or offering me the right of first refusal as Ticketmaster did for them, they
simply issued a refund. Then, having re-bought their own tickets, they raised the prices and reposted them on StubHub. I obtained a replacement ticket for 30 dollars more than I paid in the first place, and my original ticket was almost three times the face value. That’s right, I paid $180 for my ticket. And the shame of it is that there were empty seats. Not just empty seats, but empty rows of seats. A damn shame. —Rebecca Gibson
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Coming soon to a Campus Bookstore near You? For those who are beyond pen and paper, there is a green alternative to help keep track of notes and projects. A recyclable USB drive, the EarthDrive™, is made from biodegradable materials. It is also waterproof, dustproof, shock proof, and ESD proof. An added bonus is that the company gives a portion of its profits to American Forests to plant trees, making this green product a bit greener. Other companies are touting drives that are certified not to contain lead, cadmium, mercury or other heavy metals, and drives housed in bamboo, a renewable resource.
Green Events Earth-Friendly Eating. Saturday, January 16, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. St. Joseph County Main Library - Lower Level (304 S. Main St., South Bend). For more information: www.libraryforlife.com Meet the Birder, Saturday, January 16, 8:30 a.m. South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society Sanctuary. For more information: www.sbeaudubon.org or contact Brian Miller at 547/291-0804 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. What’s Being Planned for Downtown South Bend? Tuesday, January 19, 7 p.m. Temple Beth-El. The Community Forum for Economic Development is hosting a public forum with Jeff Gibney, Executive Director of South Bend’s Department of Community and Economic Development. New Year’s Resolution - Exercise Workshop. Tuesday, January 19, 6 p.m. Elkhart Environmental Center. For more information: 574/293-5070. FREE.
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IU South Bend’s Environmental Justice League. Second Thursday of every month, 5:30 p.m. Jordan Int’l Center (5 houses west of the Schurz Library). For more information: Tony Trozzolo, President-Environmental Justice League, firstname.lastname@example.org. South Bend Green Drinks. Second Tuesday of the month. For more information, email@example.com Goshen Green Drinks. Last Thursday of every month. The Goshen chapter will meet at the Constant Spring, downtown Goshen at 219 S. Main Street from 5 –7 p.m., and include a speaker with a short 5-10 minute presentation. Sound of the Environment. First Wednesday of the month 12 p.m. Reith Interpretive Center in Goshen. For more information contact Melissa Kinsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 574/534-0501. Purple Porch Co-Op. Wednesdays 5:30.–7:30 p.m. Jefferson and Eddy Sts. (Good Shepherd Montessori), South Bend. For more information about the farmers, their products, and the co-op: www.purpleporchcoop. com.
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