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Nancy Sulok

The Niles Haunted House is now open! See story on page 6.

Academic Workshops

The Preface says goodbye to its lontime advisor. See story on page 4.

Get help before it’s too late. See story on page 7.


SEPTEMBER 23, 2009

The official student newspaper of IU South Bend.

Former IU president Brand passes away By SHAUN CHRISTENSEN The IU community is mourning the loss of former IU president Myles Brand, who passed away on Sep. 16 at the age of 67. Brand had disclosed in January that he was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. Brand was born on May 17, 1942 and held a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Rochester. He is survived by Peg Zeglin Brand, associate pro-

fessor in the “Myles Department Brand had the of Philosorare and wonphy at Indiana derful conUniversityvergence of Purdue Uniwisdom, leadversity Indiaership, ethical napolis, and behavior and by son, Joshwarm humanua. ity within He led Inhim,” said diana UniverFormer IU President Myles Brand John Walda, sity from 1994former president 2002, a very prosperous period in of the IU Board of Trustees, acthe university’s history. During cording to a press release. his time at IU the university grew In eight years under his leadtremendously in many ways. ership, according to Walda, the


universities research funding doubled and also tripled the number of endowed chairs and professorships. This solidified IU’s leadership in life sciences such as creating Clarian Health Partners. During his presidency the University also established the nation’s first School of Informatics, doubled research grants and contract, and in 2001, IU was named by Time magazine as College of the Year among research universities, based on the quality of its programs to help incoming see BRAND page 8

The Preface gets new advisor, other changes Over the summer, The Preface was moved from the Office of Student Life to the Raclin School of the Arts. The main purpose of the paper remains the same in bringing coverage of campus and events around the area. Ken Klimek has been selected as the new advisor to the paper. Klimek is a former Assistant Managing Editor at the South Bend Tribune and is a lecturer in several journalism classes at IU South Bend. For a profile on the former advisor Nancy Sulok, see page 5.

Bike security eliminates threat opportunity By BRASKEY EVANS The increased bike activity by students is evident by the heavily occupied bike racks located around campus. But with that comes some added risks as some bike riders have found out over the past few months. “It is getting a little more difficult to park bikes near Northside Hall because of the full racks, but it is better than dealing with the parking lot,” student Clifton Ryder said. “I have seen bikes chained to trees and light poles when there isn’t room in the bike racks.” This increased biking activity will inevitably create a greater opportunity for more theft occurrences, but exercising simple theft prevention tactics can reduce the probability of this happening. Recently, there have been several bikes reported stolen on campus. “Whoever is doing these bike thefts are using a bolt cutter,” IU South Bend Campus Police Lieutenant Curtis Walton said. WED

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“This is not only occurring on our campus, but at Notre Dame and throughout the city,” Walton said, The time periods for the recent bike thefts on campus were between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. according to Walton. While it is difficult to speculate about the motives for stealing bikes on campus and around the community, it is easy to recognize the risk associated with opportunity. Eliminating unnecessary opportunity ultimately reduces these risks. Some precautions that you can take to prevent a bike theft are common sense. Park your bike in a well-lit area where suspicious activity is more likely to be noticed and reported. Use designated bike racks when they are available. If that is not an option, find a tree, light pole, steel guard rail, or something immovable to park beside. This will give you something secure to chain or lock your bike to. Regardless of how long you are going to be away from your SUN

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Student Clifton Ryder unlocks his bike outside Northside Hall. Bike racks across campus are full as students look toward cheaper alternatives to driving to and from campus.

bike, it is a good idea to lock it up to reduce the opportunity for theft. Lock your bike using a cable, chain, shackle or U-Bolt style lock. The U-Bolt style lock offers better protection as it is more difficult to cut through with a bolt cutter. When using this style be sure to place it through the front tire and the frame of the bike.

Position the key opening toward the ground or the object you are locking it to. This makes it more difficult to pick the lock with a screwdriver or access it easily. “Students should invest more in a heavy duty type of locking system for their bikes,” Walton said. “It is really easy to cut through cable locks and thin

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chains with a bolt cutter.” Other ways to protect your investment would be to register your bike when you purchase it, record the Serial number of your bike in the event of a theft and mark the bike in several locations with identification numbers. “This allows police to list the see BIKE page 7 INDEX Page Two........................................... 2 News................................................... 4 Arts & Entertainment....................... 6 Academics/Life................................ 7 The Back Page.................................. 8


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THE PREFACE The Preface is the official weekly student newspaper of IU South Bend and is published every Wednesday during the Fall and Spring semesters. The paper receives funding from the Student Government Association and through advertisting revenue. EDITORS Brandi Miller Jenn Zellers DESIGN/WEB EDITOR Jenn Zellers STAFF WRITERS Kristine Bailey April Buck Shaun Christensen Braskey Evans Rebecca Gibson Dani Molnar Terrie Phillips Andrew Sheneman Jeff Tatay Meagen Thompson ADVERTISING Bryce Hardesty LETTERS & GUEST COLUMNS Got something to say about an article or something on campus, or want to alert the campus to an event, submit letters and guest columns to the Preface. Letters to the editor must be fewer than 200 words and include university affiliation. Guest columns must be fewer than 600 words. All submissions become property of the Preface and are subject to editing for style, clarity and space concerns. Anonymous letters will be read, but not printed. The Preface will only print one letter per author per month. Direct all correspondence to: The Preface PO Box 7111 1700 Mishawaka Ave South Bend, IN 46634 Phone: 574-520-4553 Letters must be received by noon Friday prior to publication. CORRECTIONS POLICY The Preface welcomes comments, questions or complaints about the fairness or accuracy of stories that appear in the Preface and its website. Send an e-mail to or call 574-520-4553. Office Location: Student Activities Center Room 220 Phone: 574-520-4553 Advisor Ken Klimek The Preface reseves the right to publish or reject all submissions. The deadline for advertising and copy is noon Thrusday prior to publication. The Preface is an independent student press, not the official voice of the student body, administration, or faculty of IU South Bend.

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Preventing college burnout   Set realistic goals, take care of yourself among advice offered. By REBECCA GIBSON So, here you are, in college. Everything is going so well. Your grades are up, your instructors are happy with you and you decide to take on more challenges. Yet all of a sudden, you just stop. You stop being enthusiastic, you stop being interested in your classes, you stop going to class at all. Why have you suddenly morphed into what seems like a bad student? You may be experiencing a case of burnout. With brochures on many topics, including burnout, and trained professionals to help you, IU South Bend’s Student Counseling Center (SCC) can help.

Factors leading to burnout First, take a look at your life for stress factors. Your advisor may ask how many credit hours you are taking and remind you that there is a reason 12 credit hours is considered a full load. Another question is if you work while going to college or if you are able to fit social activities in to your schedule. Balancing your schedule is important to minimizing stress. They may ask if you are dealing with a major change, good or bad, in your life. Getting married, moving to a new house or apartment, having a child, moving away from your parents for the first time are all causes of stress. Also, be aware of positive stresses. A promotion, a new

Know your limits when it comes to your class schedule. Don’t fill it up leaving little time for social activities.

baby, a new job, and holidays can all be stressful, though fun, times. Positive stress can wear you out just as quickly as negative stress.

How to de-stress “Set goals realistically, meditate daily, play, take a nap/vacation, make your environment comfortable, stop talking about your miseries, do something you really like to do for yourself, spend time alone, dance, give people a break,” said Trisha Baldwin, an intern counselor at IUSB’s SCC. Baldwin referenced a list from the University of Minnesota’s website which is linked on IUSB’s SCC website along with a database of helpful pamphlets. “The U of M’s website has a great list of 101 strategies for coping with stress,” said Baldwin. Another question to ask yourself, especially if this is your first time on a college campus, is how well you are acclimating to the freedom and responsibility. While being on campus comes with the responsibility of classes and homework, it also comes

with the freedom of being an adult, out on your own for possibly the first time. Drinking too much, not eating healthy and not getting enough sleep are three very real problems encountered by college students, and are all contributing factors to burnout. According to an online pamphlet from the University of Florida, one way to guard against burnout is to make sure that you are taking care of your body. Having a mind that functions well enough to deal with the mental stresses of classes depends on having a body that is functioning properly too. Be realistic and schedule your classes for when you know you will be awake. That may take some maneuvering, but that is why you have an academic advisor, to help you make your schedule work for you. IUSB’s Student Activities Center has well set up athletic facilities and its known that exercise brings blood to the brain, and gives the mind a chance to slow down and concentrate on something other than school work.

What exactly are you being sold? BY REBECCA GIBSON “When someone says, ‘I’m not a feminist, but…’ what they really mean is that they are,” said Susan Douglas, at the annual Ana Plamondon Lecture at St. Mary’s College. Douglas, Chair of the University Of Michigan Department Of Communication Studies, gave a funny, stirring and sometimes

poignant speech on gender bias in the media. Dougl a s ’ point, t h a t SUSAN DOUGLAS mainstream media especially commercials and prime time television, make, “feminism seem

passé and sexism fun,” was evident by some of her examples. “Have you ever seen the Man Show?” asked Douglas. “We all know that it’s sexist for them to show young women jumping on a trampoline so men can watch their breasts bounce up and down, but the show makes it look ‘silly’ like the joke is on the men.” According to Douglas, this see TALK page 8

LETTER to the EDITOR Dear Editor, I would like to begin by thanking you for the article on the re-organization that lead to the establishment of the College of Health Sciences at IU South Bend. I appreciate your interest and attention to the health professions, particularly since there is such strong interest among students in these disciplines. However, I do need to point out that the head line for the article is a bit misleading. The School of Nursing is not changing it’s name. There is still a School of Nursing on our campus! It is now housed within the new College of Health Sciences, rather than in the Division of Nursing and Health Professions. It is the Division that has been renamed as the College of Health Sciences. And, we have been receiving phone calls and inquires, particularly in Radiography, about the phase-out of associate degrees and the movement of such programs to community colleges. (These calls indicate that students have read the column!) That statement is accurate, but it should be noted that this move is not imminent - rather, it is part of a global plan for higher education in the state of Indiana. We do have and will continue to offer Associate of Science degrees in Radiography and in Dental Hygiene. That being said, we hope that students in those programs will continue their education and complete the appropriate baccalaureate degree. As stated in the article about our name change: “With more education, healthcare providers raise the standard of care for everyone”. In these days when debates about health care reform are so prominent, it is a good thing for each of us to stop and think about the future and the quality of the health care available in our community. Thank you, Dean Regan-Kubinski

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By TERRIE PHILLIPS They say change is good. For the Preface and its long time advisor it has been a good change. Recent changes to the Preface have also meant that change also means saying goodbye to its long time advisor, Nancy Sulok. Sulok was born in South Bend attended Riley High School. It was In high school where she got her first taste of journalism. “I had no idea what I wanted to be,” said Sulok. A teacher wanted her to be a reporter for Riley’s Next Generation page in the South Bend Tribune. After high school she attended IU South Bend. “All things were going on in the world and IUSB,” said Sulok. “But you wouldn’t have known by looking at the paper.” It was the lack of student news in the official paper that spawned the idea for the Preface. Sulok’s cousin came up the idea for the Preface and got her to report for it. “The Preface was so good,” said Sulok. “The next year it became official.” At that time there were only a few journalism classes. The name for the Preface was coined from the idea of coming before the original paper in quality of stories, writing and campus relativity. When Walt Collins came from

the South Bend Tribune to work at University Relations, he took interest in the Preface. He also started more classes for journalism students, making the paper a class credit. “Everyone working for the Preface was volunteer,” said Sulok. He used the paper as a way to teach students what they could improve in to make them a stronger reporter and writer. “I always thought that was helpful,” said Sulok. It was while she was a student in 1969 that she began working for the South Bend Tribune. Her first position was parttime and involved reading the classifieds after they were released to find errors and correct them for the next print. “Did that for three years,” said Sulok. In the summer 1972 she was hired as an intern reporter in the news room. At the end of the summer, an editor approached Sulok and offered her a part time editor position for the Next Generation page. During this time she was also the editor of the Preface and was still going to school part-time. “It took me five years to graduate,” said Sulok. In early January 1973, Sulok was offered a reporting position at the South Bend Tribune. “I started working as a reporter full-time while going to school,” said Sulok.

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Former Preface editor and advisor Nancy Sulok doing a Preface paste-up at the print shop around 1972.

Sulok remained at the Tribune until November 2008 when she retired. She had been advisor to the Preface since 1998. This summer, it was decided to put the Preface under Communication Arts. “To me that makes a lot of sense,” said Sulok. “I think the changes they are making are all positive,” said Sulok. The year she started advising for the Preface she said, was pretty bad. They started the academic

year with no advisor and very few reporters. “Every year after that the paper has evolved in a way that is gratifying to me,” said Sulok. She also doesn’t want to take the credit but wants to give it to the editors. To current journalism students Sulok advises to “hang in there, as you know journalism is changing, it’s evolving.” Sulok also believes, “there will always be a place and a need for good journalism.” The chal-

lenge will be in how people get their information and if it is nonbiased, accurate, and fair. “The challenge for journalism students is to kind of walk the middle line,” said Sulok, “to give non-biased news.” Sulok has been a big part of the Preface since its inception. She has written and edited for the Preface and has helped advise editors when in need. A life of journalism found accidently and embraced.

Record enrollment offers IUSB more opportunities rocketed, especially this year to 8,394 students. Many are traditional, but some are nontraditional. “There aren’t as many jobs out there and people are coming back in greater numbers,” Jones said. Even some of the traditional

By DANI MOLNAR It’s no secret that IU South Bend has had a sizable increase in students this year. With that increase, more classes have been added to help with the number of students. “There’s also an increase in student life,” said Jeff Jones, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. With new clubs popping up

in various fields, clubs and organizations, along with the new degrees offered over recent years, more students are choosing to come to IUSB full-time. “We used to offer a lot more associate degrees,” Jones said. “I think we’re more appealing to traditional students now.” With an increase of 9.2% (2,420 students total) in the freshman class this year, the total number of students at IUSB has sky-

There have been many things done to help students at IUSB. “We also have more tutoring services [this year],” Jones said. The university offers tutoring services in math, writing and science in the Academic Center for Excellence, ACE.

“There aren’t as many jobs out there and people are coming back in greater numbers,” — Jeff Jones students this year have found that their financial situations have changed. Special Circumstances for this semester were up by 20% according to Jones. Not only have there been new majors added complementing the increase, but there have also been increases in classes offered.

More classes like U100, which is designed to introduce students to the college experience, have been opened to new students. There are nearly 400 students enrolled in the class this semester alone. “We know a student who takes U100 has a 14% better chance of

being retained,” Jones said. The retention rate at IUSB has been low for quite a few years. From fall 2008 to fall 2009, however, it was up to 67.89%, 5.79% higher than the previous year. While Jones would like it to be closer to 75% or 80%, the increase is still something to be noted. “With enrollment growth comes budget funding,” Jones said. The main struggles with the number of new students, aside from the parking situation (which Jones assures will calm down and is being dealt with for the upcoming years), is the student-teacher ratio. “We had to get more part-time professors to accommodate for that,” Jones said.


SGA @ Work By Kristine Bailey The search for a 24-hour study space on campus, club registration and plans for town hall style meetings were among the topics under discussion at last week’s SGA meeting. Student organization registration is currently taking place. Director of Student Life Sam Centellas reported that so far, 21 clubs have registered. Of those clubs, four are new this year. Last year, there were 72 clubs registered for the whole school year, so he expressed optimism of the numbers thus far. Trainings will be held for clubs at the end of September, prior to the registration deadline of Oct. 1. SGA funds for clubs were set once again at $50 per club. Additional funds totaling approximately $30,000 are available for request throughout the school year for club related events, outreach and programs. The quest continues to secure a 24-hour work space on campus for students. While not possible in the library due to staffing and safety challenges, a 24-hour computer lab may be possible in Greenlawn Hall. The search for such a space has been going on since at least the 2008-09 academic year, said SGA Vice President Robyn Black. Parking continues to be an issue on campus. It was confirmed that parking is available in the residential lot at River Crossing as long as an A, D, H, or R parking permit is displayed.

TOWN HALL MEETINGS Parking, residential life, the smoking ban and security will be topics covered during the SGA Town Hall meetings this semester. • Wed., Sep., 30 at 7 p.m. in DW1001 • Wed. Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in DW1001 • Wed. Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in The Grille.

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Workshops offer tips for success By APRIL BUCK The Learning Center (LC) is offering several workshops over the course of the semester to help new students transition to college courses, or to help those who’ve been around awhile but need help in achieving collegiate success.

The LC will be offering students workshops on note-taking, time management, concentration, memory or test preparation. The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) also offers services to help students in certain subject areas. The ACE is seeing an increase in the amount of students taking advantage of their services. “I have the best team of tutors

ever.” Lynne Branham of Tutorial Services said. “They’re out there in the classrooms working with faculty. It’s not like we’re working in isolation, everything is integrated. We’re here to serve as a cocurricular resource for all of students’ learning needs.” This workshop series is a way for ACE to reach out to stu-

dents, provide helpful information and encourage s t u d e n t s to take advantage of their services. The initial best practices for

Upcoming Workshops September 09/25 1 p.m. Memory 09/30 6 p.m. Test Preparation October 10/05 3 p.m. Test Preparation 10/07 5 p.m. Concentration 10/09 10 a.m. Memory 10/22 10 a.m. Note Taking

note-taking are those that are a simple recipe for success in class. Students should attend class regularly, read the assigned materials prior to class, and be alert, orderly, systematic, and up to date. According to Branham, some of the ideas for improving note-taking skills include leaving your binder at home and only bring enough loose leaf paper to keep track of the lecture. Also mentioned was keeping focused on the moment, recording specific examples and playing close attention at the end of a lecture when professors are squeezing in a lot of information before the class ends. Another suggestion is to avoid the use of shorthand, as it might not be remembered later and to

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maximize the learning style that works best. Learning what works for you is an ongoing process but if you need help figuring it out, visit the ACE. They can administer a test that will help you find your learning style and give you tips on how to make that work to your best advantage. It’s best to have a systematic method of taking notes that allows you to go back for study time without trying to decipher your notes. The primary goals of note-taking are simplicity, efficiency, and ability to be used as an effective study tool. Most importantly your notes need to work for you and your study habits. If you need help finding the best method for you, take advantage of the resources at ACE.

A rubber duck for everyone BY TERRIE PHILLIPS A favorite bath time toy is lending a helpful hand to various charities supported by the Student Education Association (SEA). The SEA held a rubber duck sale in Greenlawn (GR) last week. The proceeds went to help fund SEA activities, charities, and members. There were 25 different themed ducks to choose from including nurse, sports, zoo animals, pets, fairytale and bikers. The duck sale was held on Sep. 15 and 16 in the lobby for Greenlawn. The SEA will continue to sell the ducks throughout the year in Education Resource Center in GR 111. “We have already ordered a couple more sets because they are going so well,” said Advisor Marilyn Nash. Each duck is sold for a dollar,


A sampling of a few of the duck varieties available for sale by the Student Education Association, proceeds from the sale will go to the SEA activities, charites and members.

giving the group a fifty cent profit “[Last spring we] made a doper duck. nation of toys Nash states, and books,” said every year the Nash. SEA makes a Other past donation to one charities have — Kim Parker local organizaincluded collecttion. ing over 1,000 books for children

“They make people happy,”

affected by Hurricane Katrina. “This year [we will] be collecting winter clothing for the homeless center,” said Nash. Some of this year’s proceeds will also go to send students to a state education conference. “Students meet other SEA students around the state,” said Nash. “it’s a real great networking event.” This is the first year for the duck sale. Last year’s fundraiser was selling educational packets which included pens, pencils, ruler and notepad. “One of the largest fundraisers of the year,” said Nash, “[we will] raise about $300 – $400.” The idea for the duck sale came when we saw ducks in a catalog, said Kim Parker, supervisor of Educational Resource Center. “They make people happy,” said Parker.

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A different type of Greek life on campus BY REBECCA GIBSON

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Niles Haunted House now open   Newest attaction is ‘London Screams... After Midnight. By DANI MOLNAR It’s all about fun at the Niles Haunted House Scream Park. The scream park is constructed and operated by volunteer workers for all 21 days that it is open. It takes nearly 500 people to staff the park and the profits go to more than 80 local non-profit groups. Rodney York spends his volunteer time in the Niles Haunted House. He works with the Makea-Wish foundation, and follows unsuspecting visitors around in a terrifying clown costume. “Everybody likes to do good for kids and that’s what we do

here.” York said, “It’s so much fun.” Some attractions this year include Dark Terror-tory Haunted Hayride, House on a Hill, Field of Screams with Maniac Maze, Zendor Presents: Contacting the Dead, Midway of the Macabre, Howlin’ Fun Food Concessions, Gore Store, and Psychic Readings. Denise Seiess, owner of The Realm of Darkness in Pontiac, Michigan, formed an attraction for Niles Haunted House Scream Park this year entitled “London Screams, After Midnight.” This terrifying house includes members from horror films that take place in London; Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper, the Phantom of the Opera, and even the American Werewolf of London get their recognitions in her

building this year. “Every year, we try to make it different,” Roger Harris of Edwardsburg, MI, said. The House on a Hill Exhibit this year, for example, is now themed “Redneck Revenge,” and includes beer cans, coonskin caps and junk yard dogs, as well as plenty of other comical yet, somehow, terrifying circumstances. By far the prime attraction at the park, the Niles Haunted House attracted 37,283 visitors last year. The number of total sales for the entire Niles Haunted House Scream Park since 1981, is roughly 1,167,157 according to Harris. The park’s profit for last year was nearly $104,000, all of which goes to charities in the community.

If you plan to go: The Niles Haunted House Scream Park, 855 Mayflower Road, Niles, MI. The park will be open Sep. 25 and 26. Hours are 8 – 11 p.m. In October, Friday and Saturday hours will be 7 – 11 p.m. Sunday hours are 7 – 10 p.m. The park will also be open those same hours on Oct. 22, 28 and 29.

Lately there has been a big push to recognize Greek life, fraternities and sororities IU South Bend. However, some fraternities have been missed, most notably the Honors societies. Currently IUSB has active chapters of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology, and Phi Delta Beta, the National Honor Society for Political Science, each of which may be joined through their respective departments. The Honors department website also lists a chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the National Honor Society for Freshmen, but this has largely gone dormant. “Only one student in three years has shown interest,” said Professor Frank Fujita, Honors Department Head. If there were to be campus interest in reviving Phi Eta Sigma, or in beginning a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the National Honor Society for Four Year Universities, Fujita would be the person to contact as a potential facultyadvisor. “It is my understanding that there would be scholarships available, but they are a subset of the dues paid,” said Fujita. Also, even if there were interest on campus, the interest would have to be substantial. According to the Phi Beta Kappa website, in order to be see HONORS page 8

Get your fit on at the Student Activities Center By SAMANTHA HUNSBERGER Preface contributor IU South Bend is staying fitness trendy this fall with the addition of new classes and new exercising equipment at the Student Activities Center (SAC) on campus. Indoor cycling and Bosu Training are the latest to be offered alongside an already extensive list. One reason for the new additions was to bring the fitness trend to IUSB said Amy Henkelman the assistant director at the SAC. From dance lessons and kickboxing to indoor cycling and Pi-

lates, the SAC programs cover a broad area of fitness. “They do a good job keeping classes very up to date and modern,” said student Stephanie King. “You are doing something fun plus getting a good workout.” With the wide range of classes offered this fall it is easy for people of all skill levels and experience to find the right fit for them. The school’s recent increase in enrollment has also increased the enrollment of the fitness classes. The aerobics classroom stays busy throughout the week with 12 different programs taking place this fall on top of its use for club sports.

They have also added two classes on Saturday to make the schedule more flexible for IUSB’s students and staff to attend. With the purchase of a $15 punch pass, SAC members can attend eight classes of their choice, which averages out to less than $2 per class. All classes take place in a group atmosphere with a trained or certified instructor leading the way. “You are getting a personal trainer in a group setting,” said Henkelman. Many of the instructors are well known around the community for their involvement with fitness and exercise, and IUSB

makes sure that they too stay up with the trends in order to provide their classes with a fun fitness and learning experience. “The group setting keeps you motivated,” said King before attending Cycle Express Indiana. On top of an extra dose of cardio, the benefits of staying fit far exceed a flat belly. “Studies have shown that it can relieve stress, improve your academics, and build your level of confidence, “ said Henkelman. “You also learn new exercises to use on your own and how to push yourself a little bit more.” Henkelman hopes the school will eventually be able to expand the group fitness program by add-

ing additional classes and aerobics rooms. The school’s goal is to always look for opportunities of improvement and to remain up to date with the many fitness trends that constantly sweep the country, but for right now she is satisfied with the new equipment and classes that are now available to the members of the SAC. A few more of the health benefits and a full description list and schedule of classes can be found on the SAC’s website, http:// shtml.


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Discovering the truth on life around us   2009/2010 Campus

Theme: The Urban and the Rural. By JEFF TATAY What does it mean to be American? The answer to this question varies dramatically from person to person. The dividing line for differing answers to this question is often drawn by geographical location. There tends to be two distinctive points of view: the urban, and the rural. The 2009/2010 Campus Theme, The Urban and the Rural, and One Book, One Campus (OBOC) is an effort to connect many disciplines and campus events across the university with a central theme. What it means to be American is often oversimplified by such stereotypes as the “small town

Sarah Palin” and the “big city Barack Obama.” The simplifications drawn from these stereotypes tend to be far from the truth. “I think it’s a great theme and it is good for us to study because it helps us understand the important functions of urban and rural lifestyles in society,” said Erica Wood, an elementary education major. The IUSB Campus Theme focuses on uncovering and investigating the true differences between rural and urban life. The intent of the Campus Theme is to promote an investigation, through various disciplines, to arrive at a more meaningful understanding of the different experiences of urban and rural life, not only in America, but all around the world. “We are trying to understand what people are doing around campus and how we can connect various disciplines into a common focus,” said Steven Gerenc-

ser, Campus Theme coordinator and associate professor of political science. The definitive means by which the university promotes discussion on the Campus Theme, is by the use of the One Book, One Campus (OBOC) program. This year’s OBOC is There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz. Professor Gail Hadley nominated the book with the encouragement of Professor Angela Huettl. The book was then selected by a campus wide vote that takes place every year at the end of the spring semester. Kotlowitz tells the story of two boys growing up in a Chicago public housing project in the late 1980s. Kotlowitz focuses on the urban perspective of life in America. “I nominated There Are No Children Here for the urban/rural campus theme book because it’s a great story told by an award

winning journalist,” said Hadley. “It’s also about the real lives of real people with issues still relevant to all of us today.” The School of Education uses Kotlowitz’s book in all eight sections of Education X101 and in Techniques of Textbook Reading. Huettl also uses his book in her writing classes, two of which are linked to two of Hadley’s college reading classes. Kotlowitz will be speaking at IUSB on Monday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in Northside 158. A reception and book signing will follow the event. He will also be visiting two classrooms and giving a podcasted interview. “The students are very excited about the story of the Rivers family and are excited to meet the author,” said Campus Theme Coordinator and Senior English Lecturer Nancy Botkin. Botkin also teaches from Kotlowitz’s book in her writing classes.

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Alex Kotlowitz’s book, There Are No Children Here was the book chosen for this year’s One Book, One Campus. Kotlowitz will be speaking on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Norhside 158.

If you have ideas or want to get involved with the Campus Theme contact Nancy Botkin at and Dr. Steven Gerencser at

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bike on the NCIC list and if the bike is found in another location… police will know who the bike belongs to and it can be returned,” Walton said. Bikes can also be insured by placing a personal article rider on most renter’s and home owner’s insurance policies at very little cost. Your insurance agent might request an appraisal of the bike, so save your purchase receipt or they can determine its value if you do not have the receipt. If your bike is stolen, file a report with campus police. Unless you are reporting a crime in progress call the campus security line at 574-520-4239. This avoids tying up the 911 emergency lines. Campus police will be dispatched to file an incident report for you and make description notes about your bike for future identification in the event that it is recovered.

If you notice a theft in progress or see suspicious activity, dial 911 immediately, write down or make a mental note of the description of the suspect in as much detail as possible, and wait for authorities to arrive. It is important to report any suspicious activity to protect yourself and others. Although it may be determined by police to be immaterial, your alertness may prevent a crime from happening or interrupt the opportunity for one to occur. While some people may see suspicious activities and dismiss it to avoid getting involved, it may be the one thing that helps the police. “It may be that one single tip that helps us to catch the person responsible for stealing these bikes on campus and possibly at Notre Dame and in the city,” Walton said.

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The good, the bad and the green: Drink (water) locally By KRISTINE BAILEY Once upon a time, people drank water right out of the faucet. It’s true! Just by turning the handle and opening the pipes into the sink, perhaps letting it run a bit to clear any loose lead particles from the predominantly (once-upon-a-time) lead pipes, or bringing up the cooler water from deeper in the plumbing, what landed in the glass went into the mouth. No worries. Well, perhaps there were worries that weren’t worried about, but even so most folks 15-20 years ago would have laughed at the thought of paying more, ounce per ounce, for a water than fuel for their car. The lead pipes were once a widespread concern, but now most pipes are not made of lead, but PVC plastic. Although there may be some lead in tap water, it “usually comes from the corrosion of older fixtures or from the solder that connects pipes,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is in relatively small amounts. Despite the increased technology to treat and provide clean and safe water, most people today would not think of placing a waHONORS from page 6 granted an official charter, the local chapter would need to have three years of membership at or above 25 people. They would need to hold at least one general meeting, and sponsor a major social event each year, before they could even think about applying for a charter. However, while there are only from BRAND page 1 students adjust to college life. In addition to serving as president of IU he previously served as president at the University of Oregon from 1989-1994, and served as many other administrative positions at institutions across the country during his lifetime.

ter glass or bottle under a stream of South Bend’s finest and then drinking it. Why not? Purchasing something in a package from a brightly lit vending machine does not necessarily mean it is good to consume. In the United States, bottled water is regulated much less than tap water. At least with tap water, consumers know what they are getting. With bottled water, trucked in from miles away, it is not so easy to find out what it under the label. It may be encouraging to know that, according to the San Francisco Chronicle and lawsuits from The Environmental Law Foundation, 40% of bottled water is really just re-packaged tap water. So why pay for the water from a tap from far away when it can be savored by sipping from South Bend’s sources? At approximately the same cost of soda or juice from a vending machine, buying water bottles can add up. One bottle purchased on campus each day could total hundreds of dollars over the course of a school year. There are drinking fountains located throughout buildings across campus that do not charge anything for a sip, no matter how often the two active honors organizations on campus now, Fujita would be open to students speaking to their department heads about the individual department societies. He also would be open to reviving Phi Eta Sigma or investigating beginning a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. “I’m open to the idea if there’s interest,” said Fujita. “He shared the core values of faculty members, and his achievements are ones that reflect the best of the American university tradition.” said Robert Eno, associate professor and former chair of IU’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and former president of the Bloomington Faculty Council in 2001-2003.

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they are visited throughout the day. Despite what has come to be known as false recommendations to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, people get thirsty. Society’s addiction to purchasing single use plastic bottles is taking a toll on more than wallets. Nearly 28 billion plastic water bottles are produced each year in the U.S. Their production uses 17 million barrels of oil. Add in the energy needed to transport the bottles, and to refrigerate them, and the total number reaches about 50 million, according to Lester R. Brown, author of Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. Bottled water is oily. In fact, according to data released by the Community Environmental Council, “the total amount of energy required for every singleuse plastic bottle is equivalent to filling a plastic bottle one-quarter full with oil.” The bottled water industry’s oil use is equal to the oil consumption of 100,000 cars, and it produces one billion pounds of carbon dioxide, according to

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reports compiled in a recent Organic Consumers Association Newsletter. Clearly, by not buying bottled water an individual can make a large, positive, environmental impact through one small but meaningful action. For a relatively small monetary investment, and comparably low use of natural resources, a reusable water bottle can be purchased and refilled again and again. A variety of water bottles are available at area stores such as Walgreens, a national chain store,

and Just Goods, a local store focusing on organic and fair trade goods. Both are within walking distance from campus. The choices of material and size vary, so everyone can adjust their water needs and packing capabilities to their bottle size and shape. Stainless steel and heavy duty plastic bottles tend to be the most popular, sturdy and userfriendly. Do the planet, and your bank account a favor. Invest in a reusable, sustainable choice for hydration. Now about those Styrofoam pop and coffee cups…

TALK: Fight status quo with laughter, suggests Douglas TALK from page 2 is enlightened sexism where the women are asked to view shows ironically. Its counterpart is embedded feminism where shows such as “Law and Order”, “Commander in Chief”, and “Gray’s Anatomy” show women in powerful positions, above men. However in life, many of those positions are still male dominated, and women who attempt to fill them are actively discouraged from doing so. Embedded feminism, according to Douglas, perpetuates the myth that the feminist revolution is over and has been completely successful. While she admits that progress has been made, she decries the stereotype that is being fed to

young women today; that of the superficial, catty, materialistic teen without a thought in her head except how to get a man. “These ads and shows, they make patriarchy pleasurable for girls,” said Douglas. “And it reinforces the feminist problem, being caught between wanting power and dreading power.” Douglas is referring to the fact that society forces a choice on women. If a woman wants power, she has to give up the ability to stay home with her children. If she wants children, she has to give up the ability to rise to power. Douglas calls the American way, “…the flimsiest support network for mothers and children of any developed nation.” St. Mary’s professor of Com-

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munication Studies, Terri Russ, brought many of her advisees to hear Douglas speak. “She’s an amazing scholar and the reason I went back to grad school,” said Russ. “I used to be a lawyer, and I read her books and knew this was what I needed to be doing.” Russ’ level of enthusiasm was typical among the audience, which reached standing room only several minutes before Douglas took the stage. One of Douglas’ main suggestions for fighting the status quo was laughter. Laughter, she said, can be a powerful weapon against media bias, especially if the prospective audiences talk to their children and teach them how to not take what they see too seriously.

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