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Volleyball program to start in August

Coach Jamie Ashmore looks to build a solid team of local players COURTESY OF: WWW.IUSB.EDU

By: JOSEPH GRAF Staff Writer


n August 25, the Titans will play their first ever volleyball match in the inaugural 2011 season opener against Purdue University Calumet, right at home in the Student Activities Center. The game will take place over a year after Jamie Ashmore was named as the Titans first volleyball coach on May 13, 2010. Ashmore, a former four year starter on the volley-

ball team at Grand Valley State University, should be a good fit as a coach and role model for the upstart Titans volleyball program. As a player in college, she led her team to a Division II National Championship in her freshman year. The Titans hope that her experience as a player will bring insight and enthusiasm to the volleyball program. Back in November of 2010, coach Ashmore announced that four recruits committed to IU South Bend, including Krystle Troyer, Brittany Elsasser, Sierra Campbell, and Michelle Chupp. On March 9, 2011, coach Ashmore named

three more commitments from Christina Miller, Bethany Brewer, and Cassie Uitdenhowen. With players from Riley, Mishawka, Washington and Elkhart Memorial, the team consists of a highly recognizable group whose members are already known by much of the South Bend community. Though the final roster has not been set, the Titan volleyball program looks to be building off a solid base of talented student-athletes.

IU Dental Hygiene Students Act Out! is #1 in video contest Sarah Nixon Staff Writer


ndiana University dental hygiene students added some fun to their studies recently, creating and producing a video which won first place in a contest held by the dental supply company Sunstar Butler. The parameters of the contest were to create an innovative short video containing Gum Sunstar products being used around the dental office. “I basically presented this idea to the class and we all worked together to get it completed,” said Jena Rice, president of the 2011 dental hygiene class. “I asked Lauren Linback, the (class) vice-president, to head up the whole thing,” said Rice. According to the Office of Communications and Marketing Newsletter, Linback has had a long history of singing, beginning at the age of three. A member of the Indiana All State Honors choir, Linbeck has also sung the

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National Anthem for the Indiana Pacers and is an official singer for the Indiana State Republican Party. Before she went into Dental Hygiene, Linback was a Musical Theater major at IU Bloomington. “I knew it was right up her (Linback’s) alley. I helped write the song and then Lauren and Lindsey Chesterfield recorded it in Indianapolis,” Rice said. One of only 15 considered for the contest, the video “Go Sunstar,” sung to the tune and theme of “Greased Lightning” from the movie Grease, took one day to shoot and about 16 hours to edit. The end result is upbeat and catchy, with tricky words such as “periodontitis” and “gingivitis” sliding perfectly within the well known tune. Not only was the video well done, creating it helped bring the group closer together. “This was a great bonding experience for the whole class! We obviously wanted to win, but it was great fun no matter what.” said Rice.

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The students even got Dr. David Douglas, a clinical lecturer, to join in on the fun in a black jacket with “T-Bird” written across the back. “The best part of the video is that we convinced our doctor, Dr. Douglas to participate,” said Rice. The winning video was supposed to be announced mid February, but the contestants were kept in suspense for two weeks, not getting the results until the first week of March. “The whole class was very anxious.” said Rice. Along with a cash prize of $1000 the students were allowed to keep the Gum Sunstar products featured in the video for use in the clinic. The prize money will be going towards the students’ National Boards. The video can be found on YouTube under the keywords: “Go Sunstar” IUSB dental hygiene.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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A little more meeting, a little less column than promised By REBECCA GIBSON Columnist


uring the most recent meeting of the SGA, the issue captivating everyone’s attention did not come to a head: President Jake Jones did not choose to veto the Latino Student Union’s second funding proposal. Although that option remains open to him, presumably no action has been taken over spring break. Upcoming events were proposed, most interestingly the International Student Union’s annual food festival. This year, the ISU is incorporating a competition into its food and dance event, and petitioned the SGA for $3000. As this amount is over their immediately approvable limit, the representative from the ISU was asked to come back after spring break and give more detail on the breakdown of the requested funds, and the SGA will then vote on the funding. There will be eight countries represented at the food festival, all participating in the contest. Presentations were also given by the Dental Hygiene Association who wished to thank the SGA for funding their recently award winning video, and by the Accounting Association, who was petitioning for funding for their spring banquet. This banquet is free for association members, and ticketed for the rest of the community, and will be catered by Between the Buns. Their funding request, for $629.95, was unanimously approved. Further to their last meeting, a report on the letter to the Academic Senate regarding Chick-fil-A and the proposed vendor review board was given. The Academic Senate has requested an official resolution of support from the SGA, which unanimously voted to use the letter as the resolution. This will be presented at the next meeting of the Academic Senate, on March 25. Additionally, the Student Recognition Awards ceremony has been set for April 25, and will include two new awards, one for outstanding club advisor, and one for outstanding senior. Please continue to check the SGA and Student Life websites for more information about the process for nomination for those, and other awards.


Two further announcements were given before the SGA retired into executive session, that Muhammad Shabazz has resigned as the Director of Public Affairs and Special Events, which is a presidential cabinet position in the SGA, and that an amendment to the SGA constitution has been proposed which would allow students to propose and request funding for events outside of their declared club affiliations with the support of two or more independent faculty members. This would ensure that events on campus would reflect the interests of the students, regardless of available existing clubs, and also that proposed events would not be stymied by a resisting faculty advisor. Due to spring break, I was regrettably unable to procure the member profiles for this column, but I assure you that next week will contain interesting and vital information about your SGA representation. It is the goal of this column to make the political personal, so stay tuned.

Young IU South Bend Team looks to build for the future

Despite disappointing finish, titans’ women compile strong body of work


ByMATT ZAKROWSKI Staff Writer he IU South Bend Titans’ women’s basketball team put together another strong season in 2010-2011, compiling a 21-9 record, and going 5-5 in CCAC play. Building on a strong core that led the team to a winning record the season before, head coach Steve Bruce’s squad was especially dominant in non-conference play, earning a 16-4 record. The team was unaffected by venue, going 10-5 at home, 10-4 on the road, and 1-0 on neutral courts. The Titan’s record was buoyed by a period of 14 games from November 26th to January 25th where the team went 14-0. The Titans’ 5-5 record in conference play was good for a 4th place finish in the CCAC. The Titans faced disappointment in the CCAC Tournament, as they lost 52-48 to a University of Saint Francis team that they had defeated twice during the regular season. The Titans were the only team to beat Saint Francis in CCAC play in 2010-11. IU South Bend saw three players selected to All-CCAC teams in 201011, as Katie Hacker made her 3rd consecutive All-CCAC first team, and


he IU South Bend Titans 2010-2011 season was often trying. Injuries hurt the team, with only four players playing in all 31 games, and only six competing in more than 20. This Young Titans team played to a 11-20 record overall, with a 2-8 record in the CCAC, good for 5th in the conference. The Titans postseason run was cut short, however, as a 62-50 loss to Saint Xavier University in the First Round of the CCAC tournament closed the book on the team. The Titans did score some key victories, beating cross-town rivals Bethel College 54-53 at home on December 7th, and winning on the road at Holy Cross College 58-52 on January 26th. Kyle Heatherly and Alonzo Bass were named to the All-CCAC second team. Heatherly finished with 13 points and 2.5 assists per game, both good for second on the team. Bass finished with 8.2 ppg and a team leading 2.7 assists per contest. Steven Heatherly led the Titans in scoring with 13.29 ppg, while Brad Kunce led the team in rebounding, pulling down 5.61 boards per game. First year head coach Chad Tapp will be able to continue to develop this core of players, as the 2010-11 team consisted of no seniors, and only four juniors.

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he Titans’ 2010-2011 season was defined by stellar performances in both academics and athletics for the women‘s basketball team. Seven Titans were named as CCAC All-Academic athletes, and three were named to the All-CCAC teams. On the court, the Titan women had a successful 21-9 record for the season, highlighted by a 14-game winning streak that now holds the school record at IU South Bend. The Titans showed that they put as much effort into class as they do on the courts as half the women’s roster was awarded the status of All-Academic for the 2010-2011 season. The seven Titans named as CCAC All-Academic athletes are Katie Hacker, Betsy Grogan, Brooke Daugherty, Kayla George, Elyse Lefebvre, Courtney Simpson, and Leah Meyer. Hacker, Grogan, and Daugherty repeated the feat, as all three had also been named as CCAC AllAcademic players in the previous season. As a testament to another winning season, the Titan women also have three players that have been recognized and named to the All-CCAC teams for their athletic abilities; Katie Hacker, Kimmie Hummer, and Lizzie Stapke. Hacker was named to the All-CCAC First Team for a third consecutive year. Hummer made her first appearance on the All-CCAC teams being named to the Second Team. Stapke also received a Second Team spot, her second time being named to the All-CCAC squads since two seasons ago when she was named not only to the First Team but was also the CCAC Freshman of the Year. The recognition received by the Titans women’s basketball program this season is just one indication of the dedication and insight these players have in both their collegiate basketball careers and their class work habits.

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TITANS: From Page 3 For complete official rules, visit Kimmie Hummer and Lizzie Stapke were given No purchase necessary. Fifth Third Bank, Member FDIC. second team honors. Hacker led the Titans in scoring and rebounding with 14.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Hacker also led the team in 3pt field goal percentage, shooting 42% from long range. Hummer ended the season with 8.2 ppg and 2.3 assists per game, leading the team, while Stapke contributed 8.1 ppg and led the Titans with almost two steals per game. The Titans were also successful in the classroom, with Katie Hacker, Betsy Grogan, Brooke Daugherty, Kayla George, Elyse Lefebvre, Courtney Simpson, and Leah Meyer all being named CCAC All-Academic Scholar-Athletes. This Titans squad will be losing five seniors going into next year, including Brooke Daugherty, Katie Hacker, Ashley Hummer, Kimmie Hummer, and Betsy Grogan. Hacker leaves ranking second in school history in points, and first in rebounds. Grogan finishes her Titan career ranking fifth all time in steals, and eighth in assists.



By: JOSEPH GRAF Staff Writer


4 School of Business and Economics Degrees that is available through the School of Business and Economics:

• Accounting

• Advertising • Economics • Finance • Healthcare Management • Human Resource Management • Management Information Systems • Management and Administration • Marketing

Master programs are available in:

• Master of Business Administration (MBA) • Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)

• Master of Science in Management of Information Technologies (MS-MIT)

Growth Patterns and Current Size: In 2005, there were 1,274 students enrolled in the School of Business and Economics and in the fall of 2010 the enrollment slightly increased to 1,287. The growth pattern has been rather steady with no large increase or decrease in enrollment.

ACADEMIC GROUP Fall 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Chng. % Change Business & Economics 1,274 1,302 1,330 1,266 1,288 1,287 ‐0.1%

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Professor Profile Guiding Students towards the path of success

Anurag Pant is more than just a business professor but a mentor for all students By JESSICA FARRELL Editor in Chief

It’s just another day at IU South Bend and students are busy heading to their classes and doing their final touches on their last minute homework. Amidst these students are their professors. Sometimes they walk by unknown among the sea of students but there are those moments when you see a student talking to their professor in the hallway. Dr. Anurag Pant is one of those professors who encourages and welcomes his students to stop and talk with him. Not only his current students but also he enjoys keeping up to date with his students that he once had in class. “It’s the connections that you create,” he says about the importance of creating bonds with professors. Pant is the Assistant Professor of Marketing in the school of business. After 17 job interviews that were all bordering Canada, Pant chose IUSB in 2008 because “it was the best job offered and it had the right mix of teaching.” With IUSB’s school of business continually growing, Pant feels that students should embrace the school’s accreditation and quality that they receive. “The cost is so low (compared to other business schools) for how great of an education that they get,” Pant said. One of the more recent accomplishments that the school of business and economics has added to their list was one that Pant and Dr. Monle Lee had participated in. A new computer lab, located on the second floor of the Administration building, was created in February for business students to be able to let their imaginations run wild. It holds two touch screen Dell computers and two Apple computers. Also inside the computer lab, there are Ipads and video cameras for students to use to make their projects look more professional. “You need big ideas to win big battles. Big ideas do not have to cost much but they have to have someone to support them to push the idea,” Pant explained. “We have a good dean here (School of Business and Economics) to help support the new lab we have.” Giving the students the tools and technology that they will be using in the workforce will only help better prepare them. Many companies have and use these tools and it looks good if the students know how to use them. “When you actually look for a job, you’re going to have to learn it regardless,” Pant said. “Why not do it where you can make mistakes in college. That is what college is for; to make mistakes and learn from it.” Sometimes making mistakes can discourage students to try their best. Pant’s solution to when they make a mistake is to not give up and change degrees but to work harder at what challenges them. “In India, my high school use to have two math classes every day Monday through Saturday. Then on Sunday my mom put me with a tutor to learn more math,” Pant explains. “You think I was a natural in math? No, but I got a more solid background in math.” He encourages all students to work hard. “One mistake that many (students) think is that other courses are easy,” Pant said. “You’re going to work hard either way.” Working hard to get the grade a student may want or the GPA that they may feel they deserve shouldn’t be the only thing on a student’s mind. Students who are more active in their school will more likely have a better resume than the student who solely focuses on their grades. According to Pant, students can say, “I have something on my resume that is worth half of a GPA, at least”. Showing that you are involved in internships and student clubs will give the student more knowledge and experience after they graduate. Pant also encourages students to have more than one major and to also have a minor. Having more than one major will only make the student look more diverse and will be able to apply for a variety of jobs. “The ones who have a business degree and plus are going to do better than the ones who don’t,” Pant explains. “How do you do the (extra) activities? You participate in competitions, participate in internships, learn about companies, and doing charitable work.” Having professors that care about a student and their success makes the student feel more valuable to their school. Pant is one of those professors who care about all students, even the students who are not majoring in business. “You (students) need good guidance, good advising, and good mentoring from someone,” Pant said.

PHOTOS BY JESSICA FARRELL Professor Dr. Anurag Pant and Dr. Monle Lee are proud to have created the new business lab for students.

Professor Dr. Anurag Pant encourages his business students to take full use of the new computer lab.



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Student Profile

Reminiscing the past four years The past, the present, and entering into the future. By JESSICA FARRELL Editor in Chief


he first day of college is always an exciting time for new students. Coming in, they think to themselves, “What classes am I taking, where do I go, hope my professors are nice, how hard are my classes going to be,” and the most common question asked, “what am I going to do with my life?” Going to college is the first time a student is left to make their own decisions and achieving their own personal goals. Obadiah Counsellor knew the moment he came to IU South Bend what direction he wanted his life to go. He is currently majoring in accounting and management of information systems and will be graduating this coming May. Deciding what college to attend is a rather difficult decision to make for most students, but Counsellor had no problem deciding where he was going to go. His family has a lot of pride in IUSB, with his sister who graduated in 2009 and also having two younger brothers presently enrolled as well. “I had heard good things about the professors and it was close to home making it much more convenient,” he explains on why he came to IUSB. Making his time in college worth every penny, Counsellor became involved with a couple of student organizations. “I was Vice President and Senator of the Student Government Association and President of the Accounting Association,” he said. Getting engaged with school organizations and clubs looks great on a resume but it can also hinder students’ grades. With so many activities that are on and off campus, Counsellor was always interested in trying something new. “There always seemed to be extra-curricular activities that sparked my interest, yet I wanted to maintain good grades in all of my classes,” he said. “Balancing all of these

things was a challenge at times.” But taking part in Student Government and the Accounting Association, Counsellor still found time to apply for an accounting internship, at McGladrey, through the university’s career services. “IUSB has a very good program for helping students receive the opportunity to have an internship,” he said. With his personal experiences through the internship and participating in student organizations, Counsellor feels ready to start his future career. “The professors at the School of Business have taught me much of the textbook information of the business world and also the real world applications of that information,” he said. “I have also been able to build on that knowledge with my internship at a public accounting firm as well.” Many students go to their classes and barely speak to their professors. Counsellor, on the other hand, enjoyed his business professors and soaked in the information that was given to him. One professor that he created a “bond” with was Dr. P.N. Saksena, who is the Assistant Dean of the School of Business. Saksena is also the Director of Graduate Students and Professor of Accounting. “I think that it is very important for a student to build personal relationships with professors not only for academic purposes but also for advice on job opportunities,” Counsellor said. “IUSB is the perfect place for this because of the smaller classrooms and fewer amounts of professors.” Student Government, the Accounting Association, an internship, and having a mentor all helped Counsellor pursue his dream of being an accountant. After graduating this coming May, he will be working for Crowe Horwath in the fall. Counsellor encourages students to “build good relationships with professors, staff, and classmates because it will better prepare them for the working world.”

With only four years to soak in as much information possible, he still wished he had time to have a semester overseas. Even though he is close to completing his undergraduate degree does not mean he is done with school. “I have considered getting my MBA from IUSB as well,” Counsellor said. Even though his college career is coming to an end, he will always remember the triumphs and challenges he went through. “I will be carrying the memory of a lot of long nights of studying,” Counsellor said. “And the fun times I had with friends.”

Counsellor is greatly influenced by Dr. P.N. Saksena who is a professor in the School of Business.

Check out the video on our website of Dean Ducoffe who talks more about the school of business and economics and the new renovations

Obadiah Counsellor knew the moment he came to Indiana University South Bend what direction he wanted his life to go.



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Letting go By Rebecca Gibson Columnist Sometimes, usually right before my deadline when I’m trying to think up a topic, I ask myself why I do this. There are the normal reasons: writers need to write, and I like getting paid, but there is something more to this job than just writing, and when I leave, I’ll miss it. Missing things and letting go has been very much on my mind lately. For those of you who know me or have been following my plans, you will be happy to know that I have been accepted into graduate school, and I will be moving, and moving on, at the end of the summer. I will miss so many things and people here, it makes my throat close up just to think about it. I went into the year knowing that it would be the last time I saw IU South Bend in each beautiful season, but that did not make the realization that I am actually leaving any easier. And so I am trying to be Zen about the whole issue. To go with the flow. To let things happen as they happen, and to acknowledge the pain of separation while still anticipating happily the pleasure of the next step. It is a part of being human, and being an adult, that acknowledgement; this has been glorious, and now it’s over. That was then, this is now. Still, the human response is to instinctually hold on, to grab tight to what is about to be lost and try not to let it go. It has become so much a part of ourselves that letting go is less separation than amputation. I have become interdependent with IUSB in ways I never anticipated, and while I am losing it and all of you, I am also leaving parts of myself behind when I go. Now to relate this to you (as I sometimes struggle to do, just as I struggle to find a topic): If you are lucky, you will miss IUSB someday. You will have gone through your time here having found people to love and having made your indelible mark on the university in ways it will take you years to understand. And the university will miss you as much as you will miss it. If you are lucky, you will hurt. It seems a contradictory statement, as much of what we do in life is to avoid being hurt, but truly it makes a lot of sense. In order to feel this pain, there had to be something of value there to be lost in the first place. In order to feel this pain, there had to be something worth hanging on to, that you now need to let go of. In order to hurt, you need to have loved truly and deeply. And that love will stay with you, will carry you over difficult times for the rest of your life. Namaste.

Amy Jackson- “I went to Grand Rapids, MI and saw the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. They had a carnivorous and a butterfly room. I really liked the butterfly room; the Blue Morpho butterflies are my favorite. They had little quail hopping around in the butterfly room and I got to see some butterflies hatch from cocoons.”

Vickie Carter- “I worked all spring break. Also, I went to my sister’s high school play rehearsal of the musical Grease. Besides that, I didn’t do anything too interesting and exciting.”


Jeremy Ranstead- “I rebuilt the motor of my friend Brit Spencer’s car so she could make it to school.”

Tyler Loughridge- “I worked at 7-Eleven for 7 days out of the spring break week and didn’t touch a school book until Sunday night.”



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Old VS New: Comparing the music of yesterday and today

“The 90s”

By MANDI STEFFEY Staff Writer e have now reached the last section of “Old VS New.” This week, we move into the 90s. A lot happened with music in the 90s—stars came and went, but a new type of music left its mark on the world forever: grunge. Grunge, which is a loose term, generally is a type of unkempt alternative music. Most of the then-new type of music surfaced from the Pacific Northwest, most notably in Washington. However, many bands across America and even the world rose up to the occasion to make our country the grunge nation for the decade—and fans rejoiced. The 80s was a good decade, albeit, but people were ready for something new.


Rihanna VS Red Hot Chili Peppers

While the Chili Peppers don’t really fit into the “grunge” definition, they were definitely a huge part of the 90s alternative movement. Rihanna, on the other hand, has more of an R&B style, and her hits are the hottest things on the radio today. Like Rihanna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have had many hits. While the band did form in 1983 (before Rihanna was even born), they received commercial success in the 90s. Their first big album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, sold over 13 million copies. Rihanna’s record sales aren’t very far off, so these two contenders may have more to compete for than anyone would originally expect. Rihanna’s first big single in 2005, “Pon De Replay,” launched her into a very successful music career. However, it seems that Rihanna relies on things other than her music to keep her fame. Many people see Rihanna as being a fashion icon—which may play into to her record sales. Whatever she’s doing, she’s doing it well, because Rihanna only continues to grow. On the other hand, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have seemed to taper off since the 90s. While it seems like only yesterday “Give It Away” was on the radio, that single debuted in 1992, giving RHCP plenty of time to live out their fame. After the success of their beginning albums, they have changed many members in and out of the band and put out a few more records, none being as successful as the one they recorded in the early 90s. However, their newest album Stadium Arcadium has received very good reviews. Whether you’re into funky 90s alternative or Rihanna, these two artists deserve recognition, as they are still growing in the music industry.

Nickelback VS Nirvana

Now here are two bands that you might hear on the same radio station. However, they are very different from each other in the terms of style. Nickelback, an alternative popular band that formed in 1995, has been very successful post-2000. Their songs have been all over the radio and the Billboard charts, making them one of the most popular rock groups of today. Nirvana doesn’t have a dissimilar story, really. Nirvana formed in the late 80s, achieving huge commercial success in the early 90s. Their most famous album, Nevermind, to date, has sold 26 million copies worldwide. The biggest single from that album, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” has become one of the most well-recognized songs of all time. Nirvana went from being a small-time band to a very large success almost overnight. It is their history, though, that sets them apart from Nickelback. Nirvana’s frontman, Kurt Cobain, was famous during the band’s success for a very bad drug habit. Cobain was a very public addict up until his daughter’s birth—and then the weight of fame came crashing down on him, resulting in his suicide in 1994. Since then, Nirvana has been remembered as one of the founding bands of the commercial success of grunge. Their drummer, Dave Grohl, has gone on to form the band Foo Fighters, which is also a big success today. While now the Foo Fighters and Nickelback may be competing for slots on MTV, it might all be because of Nirvana—as they are one of the most influential bands of the 90s. As Nickelback keeps putting out singles, it is probably true that many people would agree that Nirvana should win this battle—they really put alternative music on the map. So there’s the 90s. With that decade, “Old VS New” wraps up. While not everyone can agree that older music has made a larger impact on the world, there certainly is a lot of evidence that supports that claim. Everyone has individual music tastes, and if the artists of today weren’t talented, they wouldn’t be as famous as they are. As scary as it is, older music is in fact being eschewed for newer, younger acts. Does that mean the mark that every artist of the past has left will be erased forever? No, but it does mean that new musicians have big shoes to fill. No matter what your musical preference is, it’s important to be informed on how music has evolved, especially in the past 60 years, because if it hadn’t been for all these older, legendary bands, some of the music you hear today might not have come to be. Influence from past years is what creates new ideas, not just in music, but in many areas of life. Without old, the new wouldn’t exist, so next time you pop a Justin Bieber CD in your stereo, try to remember the path that was paved for him and every other artist today.

Give It Away, Rudeboy

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What is left? What is right? COURTESY OF WWW.IUSB.EDU



fter being away from home, I am always astounded by how much stuff is waiting for me. I like to think I live pretty simply, only purchasing what I cannot borrow or what I need to replace what has worn out. I have numerous items of clothing that have mixed and matched their way through quite a few years, and a car that was once new but is now sagging a bit. It’s still running quite well, so I keep driving it. Extra clothes and a car are just some of the things I do without while away from home. Somehow I manage to get along without them - and plenty other things - while traveling. Every time I come home, though, I wonder: Why do I have so much? and, What if I never came back – what would happen to all of it? What brought these thoughts to the surface recently was watching footage of the tsunami sweep through Japanese streets as the videographer filmed in stunned silence. For the people who lived there, all of their life’s stuff was left behind - and then swept away. Where does it go? The contents of upturned dumpsters swirled around cars that floated like toys, leaving trails of swirling oil and muck in their wake; a house drifted down the street trailing the detritus of cooking and cleaning supplies, insulation, and stray pieces of paper and pillows. Seeing the flotsam and jetsam of modern life get washed away like lightweight meaningless fluff was startling. Our physical lives are so temporary, yet the stuff we surround ourselves with lasts so long. The oil, cleaners, pieces and parts that will never dissolve back into the earth make me wonder what sort of life the Japanese will rebuild in its place. Will it be one that seeks to balance the needs of their economy, their people, and the planet that we all share? Could we live a life that, when it is left behind or washed away, won’t pollute and persist? I was reminded of this again when reading about an upcoming art opening on campus featuring Ashley Gilbertson. His photographs of the abandoned bedrooms of soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan remind me of the left over items washing away in Japan. The items in the pictures aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, even though the owners are gone. In some of the pictures, there is a lot of stuff that could leave a toxic trail of trash and bad memories. In others, simple shrines stand guard over a place that once held life. What remains behind when we leave could be either treasured items and memories, or stuff that is toxic to the mental and physical health of the people who continue to house them. I wonder if anyone leaves home thinking about what they leave behind, and what it will mean to their loved ones if they never return to claim them. Will what I leave behind create problems for my friends, family, or the environment? Thinking this far ahead really makes me stop and think about what I keep around me and why it is there in the first place. What will be left? Will it be right to leave in terms of what my loved ones find, read, keep, student housinG and toss? Is it crazy to think about what is right to be left in ContraCts avaiLabLe terms of its long term environmental impact? It almost makes me want to clean off my desk. Almost… beGinninG feb. 21

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March 23, 2011  

March 23, 2011