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Campus political scene: What is your SGA, and why should you care? By REBECCA GIBSON Columnist

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f you are in a club here at IU South Bend, if you have concerns over how decisions are made, if you are interested in changes in IUSB policy, you should care about your Student Government Association. Beginning after spring break and running until the end of the semester, this column will provide background on two or three SGA members per week, and highlight important decisions they have made or worked on that impact the campus. However, this first week I will give you an overview of the SGA and their function in the running of the university. The varying parts of the SGA control various aspects of administration and legislation of the student body. The legislative branch, the senators, produce and vote on legislation concerning student rights and responsibilities. In some cases, the vice president serves as a tie breaker to the 12 member senate. This legislation is then passed or vetoed by the president. If vetoed, the senate can vote to override with a ¾ majority. The judicial council, appointed by the president of the SGA, consists of one chief justice and four associate justices. They arbitrate matters of club constitutions, and make decisions about the fitness of SGA members, if such decisions are asked for. Additionally, there exists a presidential cabinet, which members serve as advisors and assistants to the president of the SGA, providing advice and liaising with various members of campus life and administration. Connecting this to your life on campus is actually very simple: The student government votes on all funding for clubs not directly raised by the clubs themselves, and enacts policies that regulate how students may use campus resources, including the ways in which they must reserve rooms in the Student Activities Center, in addition to ruling on larger university issues, such as changing how secu-

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If you are in a club here at IU South Bend, if you have concerns over how decisions are made, if you are interested in changes in IUSB policy, you should care about your Student Government Association.

rity information is displayed around campus. This, and other issues, are done in consultation with the relevant parts of the administration, and in the case of club funding decisions, with petitions from the clubs themselves. At the most recent meeting on Friday March 4, reports on the various senatorial committees were given, and included information about selections for potential One Book/One Campus books, a new scholarship for out of state students, and a report on the status of this year’s election committee. Also decided were funding proposals for two student groups, the Latino Student Union and the Physics club, and a proposal to put SGA support behind the drafting of

a letter to the administration concerning the recently raised issue with Chick-fil-A and other vendors on campus. Both funding proposals were carried, though as the LSU proposal has previously been vetoed by SGA president Jake Jones, it is possible this new proposal may be as well. The proposal to draft and present a letter about vendor issues on campus also passed, with a unanimous vote and one abstaining. If you want to be a participant in the SGA, you must submit your application to the Director of Student Life, Sam Centellas, on or before April 1.

Twitter: a reliable source? The answer depends on who’s “tweeting” By: JOSEPH GRAF Staff Writer

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witter is so popular that its use isn’t limited to just individual people. Like Facebook, many companies and university groups use it as a medium to relay information to multiple people at once. Even IU South Bend and its different organizations have a few Twitter accounts, including @IUSouthBend, @iusbtitans, @iusbtitanpro, @IUSBHousing, and @iusbpreface. But how reliable are Twitter accounts as far as being an accurate source of truthful information? First, let’s take a second to consider how popular this whole Twitter thing has become. In a world already full of text messaging, you would think that it would be hard to become an iconic messaging service in a world that al-

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ready included Facebook, MySpace, and unlimited texting available with most phone plans. But that is just what Twitter has accomplished. Twitter is currently one of the largest and fastest-growing text messaging services in the world. One of its major appeals include the vast array of celebrities, professional athletes, news channels, and other companies that you can “follow.” For most accounts, you do not need to be approved by the user to follow their “tweets” (which is what messages posted via Twitter are called). So if you can set up your phone to receive text messages from people like Charlie Sheen and LeBron James in a matter of a couple mouse clicks, it’s easy to see why Twitter has an appeal to the masses. Who wouldn’t want the latest information and updates from their favorite people, including their own

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friends? The problem is, like all social networking on the internet, the information you are receiving is not always accurate, or even true. Many of the accounts, especially those of famous figures, are fake and have no affiliation with the person they claim to be. For example, if you look up Peyton Manning on Twitter, you will see a long list of accounts claiming to be Manning. In reality, Peyton doesn’t have a Twitter account (at least not one listed under his name). Even for celebrities that do have a Twitter account, there may be many other accounts posing to be that celebrity. The authentic account of most celebrities is usually listed at the top of the search list and will have the most follow-

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Educating the campus in the faith of Islam: Muslim Student Association to sponsor guest speaker Sheikh Ibrahim Zidan

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he Muslim Student Association (MSA) of IU South Bend, dedicated to educating people about the faith of Islam, will be hosting a guest speaker event on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30am in room DW 1001 of Wiekamp Hall. The guest speaker is renowned Islamic scholar Sheikh Ibrahim Zidan who will be giving a lecture on “The Status of Jesus in Islam.” Sh. Ibrahim Zidan studied under many of the greatest Islamic scholars of the twentieth-century, including Sheikh ibn ‘Uthaymeen, who was one of the most knowledgeable scholars in Islam. Sh. Ibrahim Zidan was born in Egypt but now lives in the U.S. where he

teaches the Islamic religion at Mosques around the world and has a TV program called “The Qur’an in Depth.” Sh. Ibrahim Zidan has a Bachelor in Islamic Studies and Arabic Language from Dar-Ul-Uloom University of Cairo, Egypt, a Masters in Business Administration with MIS Specialty and Bachelor in Physics from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor in Chemistry from University of Alexandria, Egypt. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. For more information about the MSA or to get involved with the club contact msa@iusb.edu or visit the MSA website at www.iusb.edu/~msa/

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Getting down to business with a new campus club The Business Club at IUSB By JEFF TATAY Staff Writer

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new club on campus is looking for business-minded individuals or anyone who is interested in business to join them in The Business Club at IUSB and in an exploration into the many facets of the business world. “We have two really good advisers; Dean and professor of Marketing Rob Ducoffe and Christine Pochert who is an adjunct faculty advisor and head of the fall lecture series on business,” said club founder Jason Quimby. The club had its first meeting on February 24 and is ready to begin appointing officers and making progress. “I am looking for innovative people with good ideas who are willing to help out and make the club happen,” said Quimby. The club has several interesting and innovative ideas to raise money, help out the local community and spread the knowledge of local and global business ideas and opportunities. “I have an idea for putting together a periodical where we would get local businesses involved in sponsoring us in return for advertisement in our periodical,” said Quimby. “The periodical would contain articles that discuss local business topics and give local businesses an opportunity to advertise. It would give a student view into the world of business.” Along with the idea of putting together a periodical, the club plans to reach out to the community with the help of fundraisers and community service. “We want to get involved with the local community and discuss how we can come up with ideas to give back to the community,” said Quimby. “We have thought about doing a golf outing, a food drive and possibly a silent action.” The club will be focused on the many aspects of business, but they are all about having fun along the way. “We want to set up some spring break, summer and weekend trips to visit business related places of interest,” said Quimby. “Some of our trip ideas are to go to Chicago and visit the Chicago Stock Exchange, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and to go to Indy to visit governor Mitch Daniels.” The Business Club at IUSB is open to all majors and all business related ideas. For more information contact Jason Quimby at businessclubiusb@ gmail.com.

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Be relaxed.

Before studying, and especially before taking the test it’s important to relax yourself. If you’re anxious or dwelling on your stress levels it will only make things worse. Sometimes you might need to take a break between studying and the exam to do something for yourself that calms you.

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Be prepared.

Cramming never helps, just ask anyone in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). Instead, find your notes and your previous exams and organize what you need to study. Sit down in a quiet, well lit room and allow yourself to focus. According to the ACE handouts on concentration, the biggest external causes of poor concentration are, “TV/Stereo in the background, too comfortable chairs, food nearby, friends and family nearby, pets, and telephones.” Some solutions they offer are to go someplace away from all that, like the library, or just rearrange the room you’re in to accommodate studying conditions. The ACE also offers Study Smarter sessions where you can sign up for an appointment and sit down with a peer tutor to help you develop countless learning skills, some of which are better test taking strategies. It’s a good learning environment, and it’s free! To set up an appointment either walk in or go to www.iusb.edu/~sbtutor.

Be energized.

You’re going to need to stay awake while studying, so no, you can’t study on your bed. Also, caffeine isn’t always the solution, and neither are sugary foods. You want to be awake, not hyper. Being hyper will make it difficult or impossible to focus. Instead, eat apples or peanut butter to help you stay awake. Once you start studying, put the food away so it’s not a distraction. The day before the test, get a good night’s sleep.

Be focused. Last of all you need to be able to hone in on what you’re doing. Sometimes personal problems or outside issues can

cause you to lose focus. Taking a walk to clear your head, or doing something fun for yourself is important to clear your mind before studying, as well as before exams. If you’re hungry, you’re going to be distracted, so eat. If you’re tired, sleep. These are simple solutions to keep you on track for your midterms, or any exam you may have.

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How Libya is affecting the United States By: JOSEPH GRAF Staff Writer

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uammar Gaddafi has been the “leader” of Libya since 1969. The term “leader” should be used loosely because an overwhelming number of citizens have launched riots and town takeovers against him, especially within the last month. His regime has been accused of acts of terrorism on the citizens of Libya in every decade since the beginning of his control of the country. During riots that many say were inspired by the recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, citizens have took control of much of the country from the Libyan government. During these riots, Gaddafi has allegedly paid mercenaries to murder protesters, and his military faithful have dropped missiles and bombs on towns that are currently under rebellion control. Geographically, Libya is 4894 miles away from the United States. On the political spectrum, its’ military regime is also far away from the democracy we often take for granted in America. So why should we care about what happens in Libya? Well for starters, human rights are being violated. Where in America we have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” the people of Libya aren’t even guaranteed the right to life, much less being free or happy. The US involvement in the Libya issue is very limited, and it is apparent that the US government wants to stay out of a confrontation with Libya, if possible. However, the Obama administration is under pressure right now to intervene, but not for just the reasons of protecting human rights and saving the citizens from the turmoil of a heartless dictator. Which brings us to the next reason we should care about what’s happening in Libya. Gas prices. Anyone who drives on a regular basis should be well aware of the soaring gas prices in recent weeks. One of the main reasons these prices are so high is due to Libya’s membership with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, better known as OPEC. As the largest provider of oil worldwide, and one of the key

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providers for America, OPEC is the global standard for oil. So when OPEC raises their prices, everyone raises their prices, and everyone who drives ends up paying for it. When a member country is involved in a civil war, many factors including oil workers fighting instead of working and military costs soaring can affect both the amount of oil produced and how much the country charges for its oil. So now the Obama administration is facing a dilemma; to get involved in the situation or to sit back and let it play out. An interesting note to consider is that if Obama did get involved in Libya, his administration would be vulnerable to the same political attacks that “they are

using the military to fight for oil” that the Bush administration was accused of, and that the democrats used heavily in their own political campaigns. As of March 3, the United States has not declared for any large scale military involvement in Libya. But with more recent air strikes on rebel-controlled towns, and gas prices seeming to go nowhere but north, the situation may only continue to get worse if no one intervenes. Do you think that the US should get involved with the situation in Libya? Go to iusbpreface.com to vote in our online poll.

Now Hiring Editors for 2011-12 Student Publications: New Views on Gender, Analecta, Undergraduate Research Journal, History Journal The Publications Board is now accepting applications for the position of Editor for each of our student journals: New Views on Gender, Analecta, the Undergraduate Research Journal, and the History Journal. Duties include: advertising for submissions, reading and deciding on submitted work to be included in the issue, finding and working with an artist on the cover and design, creating a file of the final issue to send to the publisher, working with the publisher to make sure the journal is available in April, etc. This is a paid position: $600 stipend. Deadline to apply: March 23, 2011. To apply, please submit a formal letter of application that describes your interest and experience. Email the letter to the faculty advisor of the appropriate journal: For New Views on Gender, please contact Prof. Christina Gerken at: cgerken@iusb.edu For Analecta, please contact Prof. Kelcey Parker at: parkerk@iusb.edu For the Undergraduate Research Journal, please contact Prof. Peter Bushnell at: pbushnel@iusb.edu For the History Journal, please contact Prof. Lisa Zwicker at: zwicker@iusb.edu


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Men’s Athlete of the Month - Alanzo Bass Down but not done, Alanzo will return to IUSB next year By: JOSEPH GRAF Staff Writer

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lanzo Bass, the six foot tall point guard from Indianapolis, is one of the many Titan men who will be returning to the courts for IU South Bend next season. After a slow building year with a particularly bad ending for Bass, who was injured during the February 22 match up against Olivet Nazarene University, the sophomore plans to help turn the Titans into a dominant force next season. “In regards to this year, it was more of a building year, where everyone was kind of getting the feel for everything with the coach being new and the whole player roster being new,” said Bass. “But going into next year, I know the expectations, and I know what it’s supposed to be like, so it will be more of a ‘keep the culture going’ type year.” Bass is well aware that basketball is a team sport, and despite his individual success on the court, he never lets his own stats get in the way of the true team objective- a victory. “A team is bigger than what any one player can do,” said Bass. “One person’s stats aren’t as big as a team win over somebody. I would rather have a big victory over somebody than score 20 points in a game.” Even though Bass understands the importance of a team, doesn‘t mean he doesn‘t have a favorite player to practice with. “Shane Cook!” Bass quickly answered. “We’re always guarding each other in practice, and within the seriousness of practice, we always have our little fun. We only have 10 players so we’re always on the floor practicing together.” Bass’ love of sports goes beyond the basketball courts. What many people may not know about him is that he loves to spend times knocking down pins at the lanes. “I’m a big time bowler. I love bowling,” said Bass. “I always bowl when I’m home (Indianapolis). I just haven’t found a cheap bowling alley around here so I can’t bowl as much as I would like to. So South Bend, I need a cheap bowling alley!” Even though it’s a few years away, Bass has a good idea of what he would like to accomplish after his graduation. “I want to coach, but one of my dreams has always been to play overseas so I want to work towards going there,” said Bass. “But then after that, I’ll probably come back here and coach at IUSB.” These big dreams show the type of hard work Bass is ready to endure to accomplish his goals. But for now, Alanzo Bass will continue to be a Titan at IUSB.

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“Two and a Half Men” ceases production CBS cuts it short after Charlie’s episode By MANDI STEFFEY Staff Writer

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here has been a lot of buzz in the past about Charlie Sheen’s reputation as an alcoholic, drug addict, and womanizer. Whether or not any of this is true, recent behaviors on the behalf of Sheen have alarmed CBS, resulting in a possible cancellation of the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. Sheen reportedly told TMZ.com that his boss (Chuck Lorre) was a “contaminated little maggot” and made it clear that he wanted to fight him. As more and more remarks from Sheen started to pop up on the internet and in interviews, CBS got involved and shut it down. The statement released by CBS said that “based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of Two and a Half Men for the remainder of the season.”

As for Sheen’s long relationship with alcoholism, he has been quoted saying that he cured it with his “mind” and then went on to say that Alcoholics Anonymous is a “bootleg cult.” While CBS probably halted production of the show for damage control, Sheen has continued to fire back with accusations that CBS executives are trying to ruin his family and his image. It is likely, though, that Two and a Half Men will resume production on the next season as scheduled. CBS is rumored to serve Sheen with a buyout, but Sheen has always expressed his “willingness to work” and will likely return to the show, as he is under contract. There are even rumors stating that CBS may just replace Sheen in the show. Alternatively, though, Sheen claims that he might be going to the HBO network to do a show allegedly called Sheen’s Corner, which will pay him $5 million per episode, a vast inflation from his Two and a Half Men paycheck, which is $1.2 million per show.


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Setting the Record Straight By REBECCA GIBSON Columnist

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onfession time: though married, the first thing I do when meeting someone is assess their attractiveness. I’m sure we all do it. The question, “Would I…?” rings through our minds sometimes without our permission, and the next question is “Would they…?” A component of the second question is an evaluation of the person’s sexuality. As a two on the Kinsey scale, (predominantly heterosexual, but more than incidentally homosexual), I consider myself mildly bisexual. However, I’m guilty of a mental pattern that we should all guard against. I’m guilty of assuming that the people I meet are, for the most part, heterosexual. Heterosexist little me. Why should I assume that? And further, unless there really is a chance for a relationship, why should it matter at all? This assumption creates the possibility of many uncomfortable interactions. Sometimes we ask after their husband/wife, or girlfriend/boyfriend, assuming that they must have one of the opposite sex. Sometimes we mistake the use of the word ‘partner’ and think they are talking about a business partner, not a life partner. You can no more tell a person’s sexuality from their face than you can tell their social class, their education level, or in many cases, their ethnicity. Looks can be deceiving, and what we see in another before we get to know them in many ways comes more from what is within us than from what is within them. We should also ask ourselves the question, why do we automatically think this? When examining my own prejudices on the subject, I think that we assume people are heterosexual because in many situations they are forced to act as if they are. How many homosexual people do we see putting up their loved ones’ pictures on their desks or walls at work? How many do we see openly holding hands or walking with arms around each other? And if we see that, how often do we assume that they’re ‘just friends’? This lack of openness is certainly not always from disinclination. Our society tends to come to a full stop at anything it considers outside the norm, and the norm embraces the appearance of heterosexuality. The norm uses this appearance to feel comfortable, as though that feeling of comfort is all that matters. Never mind the fact that many people live with the discomfort of actively or passively concealing their sexuality from a disapproving world. See, there’s closeted—actively choosing to not inform people about your sexuality, and then there’s just none of your damned business. The fact is, although we do evaluate people for their attractiveness, ask ‘would I?’ and ‘would they?,’ none of that matters more than whether or not they, and we, are good people. Who I love, who the people around you love, and how, is none of our damned business. And not making the assumption in the first place saves them from having to set the record straight, or not so straight, as the case may be.

By KELSIE FERGUSON Staff Writer hile counseling centers across the nation are becoming more and more in demand, IU South Bend is also seeing a significant increase in student interest. What many students may not know about is the wide range of opportunities the Student Counseling Center offers. Students can participate in services ranging from counseling to life skills and personal development workshops. Worried about midterms? The Counseling center offers a weekly non-appointment workshop for students every Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in Room A130D. Students are allowed to attend as many or as few times as they wish. Dr. Jim Hurst, Director of the Student counseling center stated, “We offer individual counseling, and also group counseling, but we have a lot of difficulty getting groups going because of scheduling conflicts between the students participating.” With only eight staff members, two of which are psychologists, three of which are counselors, and three graduate interns the Center’s counselors and psychologists are in high demand. As a result, some students wishing to sign up for counseling may be required to be put on a waiting list first. “It doesn’t’ happen every semester, but in the fall or spring we reach a point where we have to run a waiting list for individual counseling.” Dr. Hurst explains. “We will probably be running a waiting list by late March or so, and students will be screened accordingly. This means students with serious issues (i.e. serious depression and/or para-suicidal issues) get services sooner. If you don’t have serious issues the wait could be two weeks or more.” New York Times writer, Trip Gabriel considers the origins of this increase in counseling demand in an article titled, Mental Health Needs Seen Growing at Colleges. Gabriel states, “There is greater awareness of traumas

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scarcely recognized a generation ago and a willingness to seek help for those problems, including bulimia, self-cutting and childhood sexual abuse.” One service the counseling center here offers for raising awareness is a program called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer). This program is a training designed to help people who are not suicidal understand how to handle situations in which suicidal comments or actions are made. Dr. Hurst states, “We are trying to de-stigmatize the process of dealing with a student making suicidal statements. We teach people what to do when suicidal comments are made instead of them laughing it off or pretending like it didn‘t happen.” According to Gabriel, “ A recent survey by the American College Counseling Association found that a majority of students seek help for normal post-adolescent trouble like romantic heartbreak, and identity crisis, but 44% in counseling have severe psychological disorders….The most common disorders today: anxiety, suicidal thoughts, alcohol abuse, attention disorders, self-injury and eating disorders.” So whether your issues be time management or more serious feelings of depression the IUSB Student Counseling Center offers free confidential help for you or your friends. Students can receive up to 10 free sessions after which, they can be referred to an off campus center for further help. For more information, or to set up an appointment either drop by the Administration Building room 130 or call the office at 1-574520-4125. Hours are 9 to 5 Monday through Thursday, and Fridays by appointment only. To take a free online mental health screening which provides immediate feedback and information on how to get help, visit www. iusb.edu/~sbscc and click on the ‘Online Mental Health Screenings’ selection on the top of the options list at the left hand side of the page.

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

By MANDI STEFFEY Staff Writer

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e’ve entered the 80s this week: big hair, big shoulders, and big music. Yes, the 80s was a glittery decade full of excess. However, through all the hairspray and TransAms, a few legendary musicians arose. There were a lot of really big bands that carried on from the 70s into the 80s—like Queen and Journey. However, a few artists actually made names for themselves in this decade alone. The artists under the scope this week, with today’s artists, are Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi.

“Bruno Mars VS Bon Jovi”

Chances are if you listen to the radio at all today, you’ll hear a Bruno Mars song. His most popular ones as of late are “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade” from his latest album DooWops and Hooligans. According to his website, Mars was born into a musical family in Honolulu, Hawaii and was practically raised on the stage. His musical interest and influence is solid—it includes old-school doo-wop and even Elvis Presley tunes. Bruno Mars is huge these days, as he’s made it to the Billboard Top 10 many times since the debut of his first singles. Conversely, if you listened to the radio any time before Bruno Mars got famous, you’ve probably heard a Bon Jovi song. Bon Jovi consisted of not only Bon Jovi, but other musicians including guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, bassist Hugh McDonald, and drummer Tico Torres. Many people think that Bon Jovi serves as an epitome for the music scene of the 80s. Women loved the lead singer, men loved the band, and the radio stations loved their songs. Some of their famous songs like “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 Chart in the 80s. After a while, though, Bon Jovi broke apart from his group, pursuing an extremely successful solo career. So, while Bruno Mars might be the next Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi got there first. Both artists are still recording today, so only the future will tell.

“Michael VS Minaj”

No doubt, when you think of the 80s, you think of Michael Jackson. It’s almost inevitable. Also, when you think about hits on the radio today, it’s likely that you’ll think of Nicki Minaj. She’s pretty big these days—like Drake and many other rappers, she was signed to Lil’ Wayne’s label, Young Money. She has risen to huge success, and keeps on growing more and more. Even though these two stars are from different eras, they have more in common than you would think. Both Michael Jackson and Nicki Minaj come from troubled backgrounds and used their childhoods as inspiration to make it big. In fact, Nicki Minaj is also actually rumored to have thought of Michael Jackson as an influence. Either way, she’s one of today’s fastest rising stars. Michael Jackson, on the other hand, is a legend. He popularized many songs in the 80s like “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller” (like they need to be named). As if he wasn’t big enough in the 80s, he continued to record into the 90s and the 2000s. After his death in 2009, Jackson’s estate exploded. His net worth went through the roof and his songs started gaining much more popularity. Around the time of his death, Jackson was recognized by the Guiness book of World Records as the most successful artist of all time. Now that is an accomplishment. Jackson was also a very famous dancer, popularizing dance moves like the robot and the moonwalk. No matter what talent you could name, Jackson probably had it. Even though Minaj is huge right now, Jackson has touched the lives of many and has left his mark on the world as the original King of Pop. Vote for your favorites at www.iusbpreface.com.


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sustainability and Democracy? W By KRISTINE BAILEY Columnist

hat happens politically affects us all personally, whether we are aware of it or not. Recently, there have been some interesting changes in the House of Representatives. Since taking office, this new class of our elected representatives acted fast - to stop using biodegradable food and beverage packaging in the House cafeteria. Another change: no more cafeteria composting. Biodegradable waste and composting are supposed to be good things, right? From cleaner production to less waste at the end - and even a helpful end product from the compost - all lead me to believe that less waste and less toxic production of throwaway items were good choices. However, former House Leader Nancy Pelosi led the “Green the Capital” program which started reducing the waste produced at the cafeteria. Dismantling her project is, at the very least, a political snub to her efforts to change the ways things work on Capital Hill. At its worst, it is a blatant disregard for the health of the planet and ultimately the health of all people and beings on it. Sound extreme? I wish it was. (Incidentally, the new Congress, where 50% of new elected officials do not believe climate change is real, is closing down the Select Committee on Global Warming in what it claims is a money-saving move. Even though it seems like investing in a healthy future with less reliance on fossil fuels serves the country extremely well in terms of economic security, homeland security, and energy independence, there must be other priorities at work.) Sadly, deciding to change what the thousands of items used each day in one cafeteria are made of has resulted in environmental and human health being held hostage to political posturing and power plays. In the cafeteria, where the cups were once made of bioplastic and the cutlery and straws were made from corn or sugarcane, they are now made from Styrofoam and plastic. Styrofoam, or “foamed polystyrene,” has an almost eternal life, resisting complete biodegradation even as it splits into smaller and smaller pieces. Made from petroleum, which is largely imported from the Middle East, the toxic “styrene oligomers” in it leach into the

food and drink it holds. It is then taken into our bodies where it can wreak havoc on our endocrine (hormone) systems as it settles into fat cells for a nice long stay. When burned, it creates a poisonous smoke which pollutes the air and sends the chemicals into each breath. Once used (normally, used once), the cup joins 25 billion other polystyrene cups in landfills. There they will rest for at least 500 years. This switch is evidence of a failure in our democracy. It has become one driven by political posturing, careless consumption, and a focus on economic benefits in lieu of a focus on growing a truly vibrant economy: one that benefits people, planet, and our national pocketbook. Allowing and encouraging waste, even after solutions to remove and mediate it had already been implemented, is a backwards step. The fact that it happened in the very place I expect examples to be set and lived is a sad statement on what is and will be happening in Congress. To propel us forward, I must agree with Sara Parkin, the Founder and Director of Forum for the Future, and author of the essay, “Sustainability and Democracy.” In it she writes: “Societal and economic change needs a more dynamic, inclusive, participative and values-driven democracy.” She is not just talking about including more corporations, lobbyists, special interest groups, not-for-profits, or friends of our elected officials in nationally and internationally significant decisions. She is talking about you, and me, and all of us who have ideas, values, and an interest in a healthy, wealthy, and wise future.

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ers, but occasionally a faux account will do such a convincing job that it will get more followers and be considered by many to be the real account. However, Twitter itself is often used as a source of information for many news networks. Programs often quote the tweets of politicians, athletes, and other prominent figures in stories, especially when the messages of the tweets are controversial or confrontational. In the digital age, there are still many people who do not realize that the messages they put out on the internet will be used against them if they are inappropriate. The media loves when these “clean-cut” politicians and celebrities aren’t cautious and tweet brags about their unethical behavior. EPSN is known to use tweet quotes in almost every edition of Sportscenter, especially when players from opposing teams have “tweet wars,” spitting venomous claims at each other before or after a game. As for most Twitter accounts, the reliability of information is about the same as Facebook. It’s essentially a bunch of people posting what they are doing, quoting funny or inspirational lines, posting links to websites and videos that interest them, and writing random thoughts. Twitter is meant to be just another outlet for social networking, and the subject matter is usually not taken very seriously by most. Still, if CNN and ESPN think that Twitter is a reliable quote machine, then maybe there is some reliability, if not much. So when it comes down to it, the dependability of the information depends entirely on the person who is posting it, and whether or not that person really is who they say they are. Though you can use Twitter as a tool to find links and interesting facts, it is not nearly as reliable as an actual news article or an educational peer review. If you’re on Twitter and want to find something out, I would suggest opening a new tab on the internet and searching for a source that contains more than 140 characters.

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