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IUSB removes Chick-Fil-A from campus By KRYSTAL VIVIAN Staff Writer


tudents missing Chick-Fil-A from the Courtside Café on Wednesdays should not expect the fast food restaurant’s sandwiches to be made available any longer. IU South Bend has officially removed Chick-Fil-A as a vendor for the university. The decision comes as a result of recent news that a Chick-Fil-A franchise restaurant in Pennsylvania will be donating food to the Pennsylvania Family Institute and Family Life for The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Design event. This event is a day and a half long event that promotes family and marriage. The PFI and Family Life organizations are both “against the homosexual lifestyle,” according to their websites. Linda Young, Director of Student Teaching and Clinical Practice in the School of Education at IUSB, brought the issue to the attention of fellow Campus Ally Network member Dr. Bruce Spitzer. The Campus Ally Network is an organization on campus that involves students, faculty, and staff. Its mission is to promote acceptance and support to the LGBTQ community at IUSB. “Because I believe in the Campus Ally Network purpose statement and the IU South Bend campus mission statement, I forwarded information to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dr. Jeff Jones,” said Spitzer. “My email included a request that the university initiate steps to stop this company from having a presence on our campus.” Jones forwarded the email to Bill O’Donnell, Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, who also oversees campus dining services. After working with Steve Rose, Director of Dining Services, O’Donnell brought the issue to the attention of the Academic Senate, who then made the decision to remove Chick-Fil-A from IUSB. This means that Chick-Fil-A will no longer be sold on

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campus or passed out for free during events such as Welcome Week during the fall semester. O’Donnell said that there will “probably not” be another vendor brought to campus to replace Chick-Fil-A. “The IU South Bend Campus Ally Network is happy to be able to have this kind of collaborative conversation on our campus,” said Spitzer, “and we appreciate the fact that people are listening to each other and demonstrating respect for each other.” Since the news spread throughout the media, Chick-FilA president Dan Cathy published a video on the internet addressing the issue. “The operators simply agreed to provide sandwiches and brownies for the events, as many Chick-fil-A franchises have done over the years for community events, businesses, and civic groups,” said Cathy. “Let me be clear: Chickfil-A serves all people, and values all people.”

Cathy continued on to say that because one locallyowned restaurant in the franchise donated food for an event does not mean that the company endorses “the mission, political stance, or motives of this or any other organization.” Chick-Fil-A is normally served on Wednesdays in the Courtside Café. It has been absent the past two weeks, and there has not been much question about the lack of this item. Freshman Luke Beyler is proud of IUSB for its decision to remove Chick-Fil-A. “I didn’t think that IUSB would make any stand, but honestly I am very proud of my school for doing so,” he said. “It’s comforting to know that I am receiving my education from a school that supports all of its students regardless of their race, gender, beliefs, or sexual orientation.”

Individual Artist Program Grant available to students of the arts By: Joseph Graf Staff Writer


here is good news for artists looking for a little extra help with the cost of tuition; the Individual Artist Program Grant is available to help out with the college costs of Indiana artists. The Individual Artist Program (IAP) is still available for the fiscal year of 2012. Artists involved in theater, music, literature, folk arts, and dance have until February 14, 2011 to apply for the grant. IUSB students in the arts programs or high school students considering applying for an art program are encouraged to apply for the grants. The Indiana Arts Commis-

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sion has already selected IU South Bend as the site to host their Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards in the fall of 2011. Grant guidelines and more information on the IAP program are available at the Indiana Arts Commission website The Indiana Arts Commission is also looking for qualified Indiana residents to be considered as panelists to help review entries for the IAP grants. Panels are expected to assemble on April 12 for theater, April 14 for music, April 19 for dance, and April 21 for literature. Anyone interested in becoming a panelist should email Susan Britsch at Resumes may be required for consideration.

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2 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 advertising revenue. The Preface is a student written, edited, and designed newspaper. JESSICA FARRELL Editor-in-Chief SAMANTHA HUNSBERGER Managing Editor COURTNEY SEANOR Design Editor HANNAH TROYER Web Editor COLUMNISTS Rebecca Gibson Kristine Bailey STAFF WRITERS April Buck Rasonda Clark Kelsie Ferguson Joe Graph Doug Hubbard Sarah Nixon Mandi Steffey Jeff Tatay Krystal Vivian Allysa Winston AD MANAGER Tim Barrick PHOTOGRAPHERS Direct all correspondence to: Email is the preferred contact method. The Preface PO Box 7111 1700 Mishawaka Ave South Bend, IN 46634 Phone: 574-520-4553 Office Location: Student Activities Center Room 220 Phone: 574/520-4553 Advisor Ken Klimek

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

IU Credit Union right around the corner BY RASONDA CLARK Staff Writer


usy IU South Bend students can make their hectic lives a little bit easier by utilizing the campus’s on-site credit union located in the Administration building. For today’s college student, having their banking needs right next to the dining hall can provide a much needed convenience. The bank is in room 183 and there is an ATM located in Wiekamp Hall. The branch hours are from 9a.m. – 3p.m. Monday through Friday. There is also a co-op credit union center on Hickory where members can go to deposit or withdraw cash for no charge. However, be wary of fees at the campus ATM. Any IU Credit union member has free access to all IU Credit Union ATM’s, but IU Credit Union does not own the automatic teller machine located next to the service branch. According to branch manager Bob Schell, IU Credit Union “offers all of the financial products that any bank or credit union offers such as checking, savings, and loans.” The IU Credit Union frequently offers specials,

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reductions, and incentives to its members, and always has free checking. There are no monthly service fees and they offer essential online and over the phone banking. As with most Credit Unions, it offers com-

petitive rates and that extra special service. “In today’s world we would be a convenient benefit to any IU student or faculty member,” Schell states.

IUSB Gospel Ensemble to North Carolina Mandi Steffey Staff Writer he newly-founded IU South Bend Gospel Ensemble has been selected to be included in a church celebration in North Carolina this March. According to production coordinator Moira Dyczko, the group will travel to the Holy Trinity United Holy Church in Greenville, N.C. to perform at the 90th Anniversary Celebration of the church’s opening. The IUSB Gospel Ensemble, which is comprised of both students and community members, has been around since 2008, and has been going strong ever since; growing from just eight members in the beginning to twenty-five presently. Director CreAnne Mwale has been busy at IUSB and off campus, playing parts in musicals and directing another gospel group in Niles, Michigan, so the IUSB Gospel Ensemble will undoubtedly be prepared for this honor of performing at the event this March. The ensemble will be hosting a benefit concert to prepare and obtain extra funds for this trip. The concert will take place at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 30. More information may be obtained from Moira Dyczko at 574-520-4203.


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

230 scholarships at IUSB: Get paid to go to college By JEFF TATAY Staff Writer here are over 230 student scholarships offered by the IU Foundation and IU South Bend each year, as well as many outside resources to help fund your college education. The general scholarship process is done by filling out an online application on the IUSB website. To fill out the online application: Log in to OneStart and click on “IU South Bend and IU Foundation Scholarship Application” under the “Services & Information” tab on the left side near the bottom of the page. The online application gives students access to most of the scholarships provided through IUSB. The rest of the scholarships provided through IUSB require a paper application. A list of the scholarships that require paper applications is located on the IUSB website at Most of both the online and paper application scholarships are due by March 1. Here are a few notable scholarships that are offered through IUSB: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 153, Scholarship: This scholarship funds the biological or dependent children of an active union member who contribute to the Electrical Industry Advancement Fund. Application deadline is March 15. Helen F. Pope Memorial Scholarship: Participation in the Civil Rights Heritage Center is encouraged through this scholarship. Preference is given to African American/ Black, Hispanic and female students and requires a 2.5 GPA for undergraduate applicants and a 3.0 for graduate applicants. Application deadline is April 1 for the fall semester and Oct. 4 for the spring semester. David Starr Jordan Foreign Studies Scholarship: This scholarship encourages undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad. All majors are accepted. Application deadline is Feb. 1 IU South Bend Alumni Association Nontraditional Student Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who have been out of high school for at least three years and are enrolled in a minimum of six


PHOTO BY JEFF TATAY There are over 230 student scholarships offered by the IU Foundation and IU South Bend each year

credit hours. Financial need, GPA and community service is considered. Application deadline is April 1. Bloss Scholars Scholarship: This scholarship is provided to U.S. citizens with at least a 3.0 GPA. Financial need is considered. The scholarship is provided for three additional years if the student meets specific criteria. Civil Rights Heritage Center Community Service Award for Undergraduates: The Civil Rights Heritage Center

Monologues Tickets on Sale NOW Tickets for the fourth annual performance of the Michiana Monologues are on sale now! This year’s performance, subtitled “Band of Sisters,” will have entirely new material, and will be accompanied by a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction, button and tee-shirt sales, and ticket sales go to benefit the YWCA of St. Joseph County, SOS crisis center, St. Margaret’s House, and the Elkhart County Women’s Shelter. New feminist slogans are being added to this year’s button collection and may be sent to Monologues sponsor April Lidinsky at, and the Monologues are also accepting donations for the silent auction in the form of services, gift certificates, artwork, and other products. Offers of donations should be sent to Tickets are $10.00, and always go quickly. You can find them at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts box office, at a Michiana Monologues table, or by contacting Dr. Lidinsky.

scholarship is awarded to IUSB students that demonstrate the values of community service. Application deadlines are April 1 for fall semester and Oct. 15 for spring semester. All paper application scholarships should be addressed to: Office of Student Scholarships Administration Building 166 1700 Mishawaka Avenue P.O. Box 7111 South Bend, IN 46634-7111.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

PHOTO BY JEFF TATAY Julieann Perry, a nursing major buries herself in books for a chemistry exam.

New University of Chicago study reveals: writing can improve test anxiety

PHOTO BY JOHNATHAN BATLINER Even so, I found “Whose Improv” to be one of the funniest live shows I have ever seen, and the fact that the subject matter caught the audience off guard made it even more hilarious.

By Carissa Aznar-Beane Staff Writer


est anxiety is a common occurrence amongst students who feel pressure and in return get anxious, freeze up or blank out when it comes time to answer test questions. Exams are difficult enough by themselves without anxiety playing a role, and for some finding a solution to the unwanted nerves can be the difference between a decent or a lousy grade. An associate professor from the University of Chicago, Sian Beilock, authored a study published recently in the journal Science that called for writing off test anxiety worries to boost exam scores. The study Writing About Testing Worries Boosts Exam Performance in the Classroom claims that a brief writing assignment expressing ones anxiety and fears of failing before taking an important test significantly improved students’ exam scores. The study also found that those who did not write before a test or those who wrote about an unrelated topic didn’t score as high as the ones who wrote about their worries related to the test. Being able to face your fears, and understanding test anxiety all the more can help someone perform better especially when one feels a lot of pressure weighing down upon them during an exam. Dealing with test anxiety can be gut-wrenching but there are a few tips and tricks that may help alleviate this problem. Studying the night before an exam might not be a very good idea to avoid test anxiety, perhaps scanning through the textbook and studying one day at a time can help prepare you for the big day ahead. Also, 10 minutes before the exam take a piece of paper and write down your concerns and fears regarding the exam that is about to take place once you acknowledge your fears it may not be so hard facing them anymore.

“Whose Improv” follow-up By: Joseph Graf Staff Writer


had an idea it was going to be crazy. But I had no idea it would get this crazy. In what I thought was going to be a family friendly night of mild jokes, Titan Productions put on an uncensored show full of risqué but hilarious subject matter that was meant for a college age audience only. “I thought it was great,” said student Austin Ahskin. “They actually did very good acting, and worked well with the scenery.” Due to a last-minute cancellation, Joel Stockton replaced Jeremy Weyer in the lineup. The other contestants were Allie Wheaton, Marlon Burnley, and Victor Kamwendo. Alicia Cox, Executive Producer at Titan Productions, was the host. The first performance was called “Questions Only” where the contestants were only allowed to converse in questions. If a contestant failed to answer in a question form or couldn’t come up with a question, the next contestant stepped up. Among the funniest comments were “do you want to make out?”

A skit called “Party Works” had Joel guessing the characters that the other contestants where acting as during a party. The contestants were “an athlete on steroids,” a “leprechaun trying to find a pot of gold,” and a “retired stripper.” Joel got 2 of the 3 right after endless clues and nagging. At one point in the show, audience members gave props to the contestants, and each prop resembled a different attitude in which a contestant was supposed to take a role. The props were a giant playing card, a hula hoop, a giant soccer ball, and a flower boa. Just like the real “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” the show ended with a four person hoedown song based on a topic chosen from the audience. The topic chosen was a sexchange. Now, while these skits may not seem too risqué, keep in mind that I have omitted a great deal of the skits’ subject matter for the sake of the article. Even so, I found “Whose Improv” to be one of the funniest live shows I have ever seen, and the fact that the subject matter caught the audience off guard made it even more hilarious.

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SAC useful for New Year’s goals By: Joseph Graf Staff Writer


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No crusade for the Holy Cross Saints By: Joseph Graf Staff Writer


here was no crusade for the Saints of Holy Cross College, as the Titan men pulled off a 58-52 thriller at McKenna Arena on Saturday. The Saints dropped to a lowly 2-20 record while the Titans improved to 8-12. The game started off as a defensive struggle, with both teams going scoreless for the first 4 minutes of the game. After the scoring opened up, the Titan men unleashed an offensive fury and would never trail at any point in the second half.

At one point in the second half the Titans led by as much as 14 points. But with close to four minutes left in regulation the Saints pulled within three points of tying the game. However, IUSB sophomore Alanzo Bass turned up the heat, and finished the game with 15 points and a perfect 8 of 8 from the free throw line to help lead the men to a victory. Kyle Heatherly led the Titans in scoring with 16 points, while his brother Steven Heatherly cleaned up with 10 points on the day. The Titan offense shot a solid 43.5% from the field, and 74% of their free throws. The Saints played a tough game, but their offense seemed

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to miss easy shots when they needed them most, though their final shooting percentage was still an impressive 43%. Turnovers caused by the Titans’ fast-paced play and Brad Kunce’s 9 defensive rebounds (out of 10 rebounds total) helped keep the ball in the hands of IUSB and prevented the Saints from having many opportunities to score. The game marked the last of the Titans’ in-town rivalry showdowns this season. The Titans will be on the road for their next three games against Roosevelt University, St. Xavier, and Olivet Nazarene. The next time the Titans will return home will be February 5 for a match up against St. Francis College.


Mike Stines, an IUSB student and frequent gym user, has another theory. “I’m not sure if it’s just because of New Year’s resolutions as much as people just being sick of being stuck inside all winter,” says Stines. The gym does offer a place to exercise in a town where not many people favor outside activity in the winter weather. Stines himself uses the gym much more than the average person seeking to fulfill a New Year’s resolution. “I use it almost every day of the week,” says Stines, “I’ve used it ever since I’ve been a student here, even since when I was in high school.” Stines is a graduate of Penn High School. “I definitely see a change in gym attendance at the beginning of every semester, especially winter, since people want to be inside,” says Stines. “It always seems to be big at the beginning of a semester and then less people show up as the semester goes on.” The recreational facilities at the SAC offer a chance for students to work out and socialize with other IUSB students and faculty. Each student may also bring one nonstudent friend to the facilities with them for a five dollar fee. For students who are not as interested in grueling exercises, the SAC facilities also offer pool and ping pong as a way to stay active without breaking a sweat. If you would like to contact the SAC for any information about their facilities or hours, you can reach the Office of Student Life at (574) 520-4587.




osing weight is usually a popular New Year’s resolution in America, which should come as no surprise considering the amount of unhealthy food Americans consume. In fact, according to Morgan Spurlock, the author of “Don’t Eat This Book,” french fries are the most commonly eaten vegetable in America, which says a lot about our country’s diet. For IUSB, the popularity of the resolution of weight loss is apparent for the workers and users of the gym and other recreation facilities in the Student Activity Center. “I’ve seen a lot of change in attendance since the New Year,” says Cynthia Sterling, a worker at the front desk of the SAC. “I’m assuming a lot of it is people wanting to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. During the first few weeks before classes start, there aren’t really that many more people than normal. But as soon as classes start, we get slammed.” But like most resolutions, it isn’t uncommon for people to give up before the year is over. “For the first month, I see people come in all the time,” says Sterling, “but then it fades away. I guess people don’t stick with it.” Perhaps people lose as much weight as they wanted to in a short amount of time, or perhaps they just become unmotivated to continue their commitment to weight loss.

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Laughing, Crying, Standing Still By REBECCA GIBSON Columnist


hile I usually try very hard to link my column’s topic to something campus relevant, there are occasions when I am merely grateful to be able to pontificate to a large audience about my observations of human nature. This is one of those times. This winter has been a sad one for me and for so many of my friends. I can no longer count on all of my digits the number of people I know, myself included, who have lost someone they loved, received dire medical news, or seen their loved ones sick, dying, helpless. I have friends who have come to grips with terminal cancer, friends who have had to tell their families that the antibiotics won’t work anymore and there’s nothing the doctors can do, friends who have gone into the hospital for something routine, and haven’t come out again. This has been a winter of tears, heartbreak, and the unexpected dissolution of families.

Yet it has also been the winter of hope, strength, and against all odds, laughter. This winter I have seen people who know the remaining length of their lives strive to live each day to the fullest, enjoying family, friends and familiar activities with every part of themselves. I have seen people pick themselves up and try again, and again, and again, hoping that the next medication, the next treatment will be the one that works. I have seen people who have every excuse to become dour, humorless and bitter instead lift themselves and those around them up with their charm and sense of humor, and who have caused rooms to shake with laughter. It is sometimes easy, too easy in fact, to look down at our own shoes, to tune out those around us, to become insular and isolated, and to close ourselves off from friends and the joy and beauty they can bring to our lives. It is easy to do this even if we are perfectly healthy, or perhaps especially if we are perfectly healthy.

This winter, and all the days that follow, I am going to try to value my friends and to let them know that I do. I will try to stand still in the midst of my busy schedule, in the midst of the chaos that swirls around me, and let them give me the most precious gift we as humans can give each other, our time. I will try to give them my time as well. Although it is a timeworn cliché, I will try to remember that they may not be there tomorrow, and that the time with them now may be all I have. It becomes a whole lot less of a cliché when someone you love is gone, and the memory of their laughter is all that is left. This column is dedicated to Tom, Ruth, Kim, Janey and Scott, Kevin and Becky, Linda and Larry, Josh, Steve, Kristopher, Kristen, Marilyn, Claire, Carol, Dana, Kathy, Andrea, and a woman I know only by her blog name, FreedomSmith, and to the many friends of theirs who have felt each loss or illness as their own.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ridgeway tutors guitar students By: Joseph Graf Staff Writer echel Ridgeway is a student pursuing music education at IU South Bend. The unique thing about her is that she gained experience by giving music lessons in her first year in college. During a class she took last semester called “Beginning Guitar,” Ridgeway found herself to be a little more experienced than most of the other students in her musical abilities. To get the class more interested in guitar, she took it upon herself to start tutoring her fellow classmates for free. “There were about 12 students in the class,” said Ridgeway, “and out of those 12, I tutored about seven out of that class. I’ve also tutored about 2 or 3 students who weren’t in that class. I can’t remember the exact numbers; I just love to play guitar with people.” Ridgeway is known by her friends and her classmates as one of the most generous and approachable individuals you could ever meet. The fact that she tutors for no cost is just a small indication of how much she loves to help people, especially in music. “I’m in love with people and with music,” said Ridgeway. She also plays frequently at open mic nights at certain pubs and venues in the area, her favorite being “Fiddler’s Hearth” in downtown South Bend. “Fiddler’s is my main stage,” said Ridgeway. “The type of crowds I love to play for are just the ones that love to listen, and Fiddler‘s has that.” Ridgeway’s music is best labeled as acoustic alternative rock, but she admits like many artists that any label doesn’t really do justice. “A lot of people say I sound like alternative rock, and a lot of people say I sound like new age folk. Someone even told me my music sounded Egyptian, so I can’t really label it to one thing.” Ridgeway has about 13 original songs that she wrote, but only performs about seven of them in front of audiences. “My favorite song I wrote is called ‘Out to Survive.’ That’s like my trademark song. It’s like everything I stand for.” Ridgeway tributes her interest to teach music to her personal philosophy of musical communication. “Music is the best form of communication in my eyes,” said Ridgeway. “One of my friends saw me play at Fiddler’s and actually said she understood me better as a person through my music, which is one of the best compliments I feel I could get as a musician.” Perhaps Ridgeway’s most interesting connection to her love of music is her ability to attribute certain human characteristics and moods to the instruments and songs themselves. “I find myself telling people that every instrument has its own personality, and when they play that instrument it releases it. Then the instrument comes to life.”


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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOHNATHAN BATLINER Ridgeway tributes her interest to teach music to her personal philosophy of musical communication. “Music is the best form of communication in my eyes,” said Ridgeway. “One of my friends saw me play at Fiddler’s and actually said she understood me better as a person through my music, which is one of the best compliments I feel I could get as a musician.”



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Green Gem in Our Midst By KRISTINE BAILEY Columnist


here was a green gem quietly released into the IU South Bend community at the end of last semester. In the middle of finals week, the official word went out that campus had received a mark of distinction. It has been a long time coming. The community building at River Crossing was awarded LEED Silver Certification. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system used by the U.S. Green Building Council. Earning the award required forethought, planning, attention to conservation and efficiency, and evidence. “IU South Bend is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. What makes us so great? It’s simple. Looking at the building, the special features have become a normal part of how the building looks and acts. Learning about what they have done and will continue to do, it is easy to ounderstand because it all makes sense. During construction, care was taken to reclaim and recycle 90 percent of the construction waste. Makes sense – if it can be reused and recycled, why not do it? If you’ve ever wondered what happens to the stuff that gets recycled, here is one answer: buildings are built with it. Not only did the construction process focus on recycling, it also incorporated recycled products, and locally sourced materials, into the building. Incorporating daylighting in the building’s most commonly used areas has helped to reduce the total energy cost by more than 19 percent. Lighting consumes 20 percent of the total electric output in the U.S., using more energy than cooling in residential structures. According to the Department of Energy Buildings Energy Databook 2009, buildings use 40 percent of all the energy in the U.S. Most of the energy in this country is from non-renewable sources, such as coal and oil, which produce greenhouse gases which have been shown to contribute to global warming. Daylighting, taking advantage of the natural light through multiple strategic window placements, is a simple way to cut costs and our reduce energy dependence. Again, this simple concept – using the sun for light – just makes sense. The energy that is used for heating and cooling the building, another huge cost and potential contributor to climate change, is geothermal. (see side bar for more on geothermal) This system utilizes the steady underground temperature to keep fluid, pumped through pipes buried underground, around 50 degrees. In summer, the liquid moves heat from the building into the ground, and brings warmed air into the system in the winter. Keeping it at a regular temperature means a more enrgy-efficient heating and cooling system. Geothermal is, in fact, the most efficient system for regions such as Michiana which experience temperature extremes over the course of a year. Yes, campus is saving green by going green. It is truly something worth bragging about. Chancellor Una Mae Reck said in a news release, “The LEED certification demonstrates the commitment IU South Bend has made to sustainability on campus.” This indicates that more greening is yet to come. Hopefully, the next time IUSB gets recognized for being smartly, simply, and splendidly green, it won’t slip past the attenion of a campus focused on exams and papers and end of semester plans. Next time, perhaps we can proudly recognize our own acheivements in our campus’ walk towards sustainability.


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