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IU South Bend School of Business and Economics honored in Princeton Review By: RASONDA CLARK Staff Writer
U South Bend School of Business and Economics is an outstanding business school, according to the “Princeton Review” for its fifth consecutive year. The education services company features the school in the new 2011 edition of its book, “The Best 300 Business Schools.” According to Robert Frank, Vice President and publisher, “We select schools for the book based on several criteria covering three areas: our regard for their academic programs and other offerings, institutional data we collect about them, and opinions of students attending the schools.” Students who were surveyed stated that they appreciated the “high level of professorstudent interaction” and the “integrating (of) actual work environment with the classroom experience.” According to the surveys, professors were “committed” and “accessible,” which are obviously significant characteristics for a college professor to have. Student also said, “Many clubs on campus meet a wide variety of academic and social wants and needs.” Other students noted that the campus was friendly, safe, and there is “an excellent library and reasonably priced food services.” The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 300 or name one school best overall. As much as this Princeton Review feature is an honor, it is extremely important to get an official top rating. According to P.N. Saksena, PHD, the assistant dean, and professor of accounting, the department is working hard to get that recognition that it deserves. The School of Business at IU South Bend is one of the best schools in its region due to its AACSB accreditation and quality of education. Currently they are in the process of attempting to get a top ranking in Business Week.
COURTESY OF: WWW.BUSINESS.MISSOURI.EDU The School is extremely excited about their status in the Princeton Review and feels that all their hard work is being recognized and honored.
While the Business and Economics school has some amazing qualifications, unfortunately students do not pay as much attention to accreditations as they do an actual number or ranking. “Given our quality and qualifications we are confident that we will attract a top ranking and good students from all over Michiana,” Saksena stated. The School is extremely excited about their status in the Princeton Review and feels that all their hard work is being recognized and honored. “Students and alumni are extremely satisfied with their education, and the quality of the School of Business has been building over time,” Saksena said, “we are moving in the right direction.”
IUSB students finalists in Honda challenge By JEFF TATAY Staff Writer
team of students from the M415 Advertising and Marketing class has passed the checkered flag and into the finals of the American Honda Motor Co. CR-Z Media Challenge. The team is not actually in a real race, but they are racing to get the word out about the new Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid. The IU South Bend CR-Z marketing team was one of ten teams chosen out of the 24 schools nation wide that submitted marketing proposals for the challenge. The competition began when professor Monle Lee decided to have her students organize and create a marketing project, for the CR-Z challenge. “The project started off as just your normal class project where groups of 3 were to create a marketing PR plan for the new Honda CR-Z,” said team member Justin Matthews. “Only one team of three could be selected by our marketing teachers to have their plan sent to Honda. We were chosen but also we were combined with the runner up group in our class because they also had a good plan.” The runner up group is Kelsi Clark, Michael Lochmondy and Amanda Wells who have joined the original team consisting of Matthews, C. J. Hollenkamp and Marina Sato. Together, the IUSB CR-Z marketing team will be cruising around the Michiana area getting people enthused about the new CR-Z. “We have all been able to drive the car and it drives very smooth. It’s a sports hybrid that runs on a battery when at a stop and has three different modes of driving: Econ,
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Normal, and Sport,” said Matthews. “The MPG ranges from 35 to 39 for automatic and 34 to 37 for manual and the prices range from 18,000 to 23,000.” After a visit to Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Discount Tire in Elkhart the CR-Z will be back at IUSB on Nov. 18 for the final showdown. The team has been successful at getting people interested in the CR-Z and has made a few converts along the way. “People are responding really well to the car and enjoying all of the features and modes of driving. Even people who haven’t liked Honda in the past really like this car,” said Matthews.
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Modern communication: IUSB email By JESSICA STUTTS Staff Writer
ommunication has greatly changed in the last few years. The traditional forms of communicating, such as calling on the telephone and sending a letter by ‘snail mail,’ are falling to the wayside. These older forms have given way to a more recent medium known as email. Email is easily the top tool for communicating among today’s college students. The convenience of typing up a quick note to friends or family members, or sending that midterm exam essay to a professor just five minutes before it is due is perfect for an on-the-go and always busy student. So it’s no wonder that email is such an important part of life for students at IU South Bend. Email is so popular in fact, that IUSB has five different versions of it available for the masses. First, IUSB has imail. Imail is a basic email system ran by Microsoft. IU partnered with Microsoft in order to provide this email service to its members. This system is best suited to individuals who are used to Microsoft products, or who have had a Microsoft email before. IUSB also has an email system called umail. Umail is another basic email system, this time powered by Google. Since many individuals have experience with Google in some form, umail is pretty user friendly. IU Webmail is the simplest form of email offered at IUSB. It provides a very basic email, with access to the Cyrus mail system. Webmail gives the added benefits of reading email easily on it’s simple web interface; the ability to send or attach files directly from the desktop, and the capability to read email from anywhere in the world without having to reconfigure the browser. Another email offered is Outlook Web Access (OWA). This email is for students with an exchange account at IUSB. Through OWA, students can access their exchange account from anywhere in the world without reconfiguring a browser or email client software. It also provides a basic email system, through a secure website. The last email offered at IUSB is one that all students probably have to use at some point. It is the Oncourse email that every student automatically has when they acquire an Oncourse account. The convenience of Oncourse email is perfect when a student needs to get ahold of someone in one of their classes or needs to reach one of their professors because it automatically links you up to every individual in your current and previous courses. However, this does bring about a question: why does IUSB have so many different forms of email? The IT department had a combination of reasons for the multiple accounts available to students. It seems that the need for so many different email systems stems from their popularity
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and accessibility; the same reasons that students use email to begin with. The popularity of email would cause a huge technical issue if only one or two possible emails existed. The email system could become too busy, causing the system to run slow, or possibly even a complete stoppage of emails. Clearly, this would be a tremendous problem for students who rely so heavily on email as a means of communicating. Multiple email accounts also allow greater accessibility to individual students. Not all IUSB students come from a background where a specific type of email, or email at all, was available to them. Having different versions of email accounts allows these students with less technical savvy the ability to participate in this modern communication. Email is an important tool for college students in today’s fast-paced world. It is a great way to communicate with professors, peers, and family members. It’s even a great tool for helping to get a job by providing a simple and efficient way to communicate with potential employers. Just make sure that when giving out your email address on a resume, it is accurate and up-to-date.
THEO looking for club representatives
By KRYSTAL VIVIAN Staff Writer
U South Bend social clubs looking to expand their scope and open communications with other clubs should look no further than The Human Element Organizations initiative. THEO is a new multi-club union started by junior Jason Moreno. He is also the president of the Sociology club and the treasurer for the Civil Rights Heritage Club. “We found ourselves looking at similar volunteer efforts, similar issues, and similar obstacles,” said Moreno. “I was trying to find a way to overcome all of these and join these two social clubs unofficially. The concept of a union came together and THEO itself was a result.” Clubs that are interested in the betterment of human kind would benefit the most from THEO, according to Moreno. Whether the club’s purpose is from helping students come together to protecting the rights or personal property of students, there are numerous clubs on campus that can benefit.
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Each club participating in THEO would need to designate a THEO representative. This can be a new position or be someone who already holds a position in the club. This representative would need to be open to communication with other clubs and act as a liaison between their club and other clubs involved in THEO. A student may be a THEO representative for more than one club. THEO’s main goal is to provide communication for clubs so that other clubs are aware of the events that other clubs are holding. “It expands their financial reach, because if they’re wanting to do a cooperative event with another club, they’ve already got the structure in place to implement it and communicate,” said Moreno. “Then they can expand their financial resources to the extent of the people of all the other groups involved in THEO.” To get involved with the THEO club, contact your club president and see if the club is interested in getting involved. Interested club presidents can contact Jason Moreno at email@example.com.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow: How to keep motivated after the midterm slump By REBECCA GIBSON Columnist
ith all the talk about the ‘senior slump’ another significant school event has been ignored: the ‘midterm slump.’ You know what I mean. You have made it through midterms (more or less successfully) and you are halfway through the semester (more or less depending on when your tests were scheduled) and now you just want to relax. Whatever form that relaxation takes, it does not involve typing papers or reading interminable articles or book chapters. But wait! Even though that first hurdle is cleared, the semester is not over yet, and you need to stay motivated to do your best. Here are some ways to do just that. First and foremost, stay in contact with your professors. Resist the urge to get your midterm grade, stick it in your folder, and forget about it. Talking to your professor can clarify what you need to work on to raise a poor grade, or even help you formulate a strategy to improve a good grade. Things can be improved right after midterms that may be hopeless a month later. Secondly, do take some personal time. Not too much, you do not want to lose momentum, but enough that you lose the feeling of being stretched too tight, like a badly made drum. Go to a party, or go to a movie, or read a book that has nothing to do with your class work. Have a girl’s night or a guy’s night, or treat yourself to a favorite food or drink. Third, take a deep breath, let it out, and repeat like a mantra: it’s almost over, it’s almost over, it’s almost over. This realization holds true not just for the semester, but for your whole college career. Whether you are a first semester freshman or a ninth semester senior, college goes by so quickly. Taking time to verbalize the fact helps you slow down and appreciate the time you spend here, even the stressful or unhappy parts. Next, allow yourself to be stressed and unhappy. IU South Bend is a wonderful place, and is providing you with a quality education, but there are parts of the process which are miserable and very hard. Whether you end up pitching old dishes at your basement wall, or quietly weeping in a friendly professor’s office, acknowledging your own feelings is a healthy way to deal with them and let them go. There is no profit in attempting to be Superman, only to realize at some point that you cannot keep up the act.
COURTESY OF: WWW.PEOPLE.RIT.EDU Even though that first hurdle is cleared, the semester is not over yet, and you need to stay motivated to do your best
Finally, realize that no matter what your experience level in other things, all of us are in some way novices at what we are doing in college. There is no need to be perfect the first time. There is no need to hide from mistakes, to shrink from finding and using a support network, or use age or experience to raise others’ expectation, or our own expectations, about our level of ability. We will all try, we will all, to some extent, screw up a bit, but if we focus on tomorrow and the new chance for success that the next day brings, we can all keep motivated to push on through to the end of the semester.
Does bullying happen in college?
By Mandi Steffey Staff Writer t is an easy assumption to say that bullying is something that kids do. When we hear the word “bullying,” we typically associate it with images of a big kid asking somebody half their size for his or her lunch money. While this can be quite correct, bullying knows no age. A bully can exist wherever boredom and ignorance are found—those factors are a bully’s motivation. Many of us are familiar with the damaging effects of high school bullying, but what about college-age harassment? Bullying can take many forms on a college campus: intimidation, hazing, and even cyber-bullying. While the methods differ slightly, the results are all the same. Studies show that as victims of bullying get older, their self-esteem is less likely to bounce back after an encounter with a bully. When this occurs, it sometimes has a devastating result: suicide. In light of the recent suicides as a result of LGBT bullying we, as a college community, are becoming aware of what can happen if action is not taken. Recently, the IU South Bend Campus Ally Network (CAN) organized a candlelight vigil in order to remember those who took their own lives due to bullying. The vigil included various members of the IUSB community speaking out against the harmful effects of taunting and harassment. In IUSB’s attempt to educate unaware students and faculty, the movie “Bullied” will be shown in the Community Building at River Crossing Apartments on November 11 at 8:30 pm. Immediately following this, a discussion on how to prevent bullying will be led by Marsha Heck from the School of Education. With this in mind, it is easier to realize how bullying can effect anyone—it could be someone you know, someone you love, or it could even be you. While bullying has existed for centuries, the effects of it seem to be coming into play now more than ever. It seems as if we can’t turn on the television without hearing a sad story about the harmful consequences of it, and some are seeing it as a plan to take action. There have been many attempts across the country to stop bullying, however it always finds a way to manifest itself. It is only through learning and understanding why bullying
PHOTO BY JOHNATHAN BATLINER With this in mind, it is easier to realize how bullying can effect anyone—it could be someone you know, someone you love, or it could even be you.
happens that we are able to do anything about it. It helps to understand why a bully chooses to harass others. According to statecollege.com, most bullies act out because they feel the need to be powerful. The typical “power bully” belittles others in order to feel better—they feed on their own insecurity to cut down the confidence of their victims. While it might not be in the near future, the cessation of bullying can happen with everyone’s effort. There are support groups everywhere, and you can do your part to help. Realizing the importance of bullying is the only way we can put it to an end.
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Age vs. Controversy By LYSA WINSTON Staff Writer
he recent craze over “sexting” has gravitated to professional sports lately. From Tiger Woods’ scandal that reached the media in November of 2009, to the new scandal evolving NFL 20-year veteran Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Many believe in the future that he should most definitely be in the Hall of Fame. He tries to play in every game and is known to not miss games. Due to recent negative publicity, many may have altered their thoughts on him as a player. Alleged nude photos, text and voicemail messages For complete ofﬁcial rules, visit www.53.com/students. No purchase necessary. Fifth Third Bank, Member FDIC. were sent to sports columnist and model Jenn Sterger while Favre played for the New York Jets in 2008. Currently the Minnesota Vikings have won two games and lost five in their regular season. Some feel the controversy could play a factor in their losing season. Some feel that his age could be playing a huge factor as well. “He’s getting old and banged up,” said Chris Brown, sophomore majoring in design technology. “Some still think he has gas in the tank and can pull it together if he gets healthy,” said Brown. The pressure from the media seeking the truth about this scandal could definitely play a factor when it comes to the performance of Favre. “Of course it’s [the scandal] is affecting him,” said Brown. “It’s time for him to give it up,” said Michelle Hairston, senior, majoring in speech communication. “He wants to produce the same numbers he did last year and he can’t. But what can I say; I’m a Pittsburgh Steelers fan,” said Hairston. Many fans of sports take scandals lightly. “That just comes with being famous and having money,” said Brown. “It’ll eventually blow over just like the whole Tiger Woods scandal did.” The thought of many football fans is what led Sterger to come out with this news two years after it happened. “She waited too long to come out about it,” said Hairston. “I think she’s after money and attention. Within two years she never told anybody until now, sounds like a con artist to me.” Football fans will just have to wait and see what facts and accusations are to come out of this scandal. Sterger was supposed to meet with the NFL commissioners Monday, but the meeting was cancelled.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
IU South Bend Sports All-Tourney Team Selections Courtesy of: Gary Demski Executive Director of Athletics and Activities &SID
Congratulations to IU South Bend’s Steven Heatherly and Alanzo Bass for being named to the Maple City Hoop Fest All-Tournament Team. Heatherly continues to scorch the nets early in the season as he connected on 10-18 field goals in the two games. Point Guard Alanzo Bass tallied 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the tourney. Great job Zo and Steven! The Titans will be back in action on November 9th when they travel to Purdue North Central to take on the Panthers. Tip time is scheduled for 7:00 pm CST. The game will be played at the LaPorte Civic Center. -Check out the Preface website for up-to-date information on Men and Women’s Basketball Games PHOTO BY JEFF TATAY
Titans Fall in Overtime to #3 Indiana Wesleyan By: MATT ZAKROWSKI Staff Writer
he IU South Bend Titans took on Indiana Wesleyan this Saturday in the Student Activity Center, and despite forcing the #3 ranked Wildcats into overtime, lost 48-44. The Titans were behind for the majority of regulation, coming back from a 14-point deficit in the second half to take the game into overtime. The Titans were down 35-21 with 10:40 remaining in the second half, before capping off a 15-1 run with two Ashley Hummer free throws to force the game into overtime. In the OT, the Wildcats sank a pair of three pointers and went 6-6 from the free throw line to seal the victory. The Titans’ were strong defensively, holding the Wildcats to 30.8% shooting from the field, and just 23.5% shooting in the second half, but Indiana Wesleyan shot 81.8% from the free throw line, while poor free throw shooting hampered IU South Bend. “We were 14-22 from the Free Throw line, and if we get a couple more free throws or one or two fewer turnovers, this is a whole different game, but that’s what basketball is,” head Coach Steve Bruce said after the game, “We played the game exactly the way we wanted to play it. We wanted to keep the score in the low forties. They (Indiana Wesleyan) have a chance to win the National Championship.” Leading contributors for the Titans were Katie Hacker, who led the Titans in scoring and rebounding with 11 points and 8 boards, and Lizzie Stapke, who contributed 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. The 1-1 Titans will play their next game November 9th at home against Grace College. You can find coverage of that game on our website at IUSBpreface.com.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
In each others’ way By REBECCA GIBSON Columnist
hile most of you do not know me, take my word for it, I am short. At just under 5’2” I am dwarfed by most people, both men and women. I am also disinclined to make a fuss. Both of these things mean that when I walk the school halls, I try to develop Jedi mind powers to move people out of the way. My legs do not stretch very far, and in order to get around large groups of people sometimes I need to jog. So I try to nudge them out of the way with my mind, more polite and more circumspect than elbows. Naturally, it does not work. Perhaps it is senior year cynicism, but this semester seems particularly bad for groups, knots, roadblocks, and bottlenecks of people in the halls, barring access to classrooms, bathrooms and cafes alike. The need to bunch up is inbuilt, after all humans are social creatures, but how that translates into blocking a ten foot wide hallway defies explanation. That and walking out of a classroom and stopping right in the doorway, but that is an entirely different column… One could even understand if these were temporary gatherings on the way to finding a more permanent perching place in one of IU South Bend’s numerous lounges, benched or seated areas, or outdoor seating areas. However, it is possible to watch these hall-blocking groups form and then swirl around their center, like a flock of birds or a school of fish. To be sure, this kind of group movement has its own beauty, but so does making it to class without having to hover one’s drink over the heads of one’s peers because there is no room to carry it any other way. As always, the answer to this type of stress is to keep our fellow students in mind. If you find yourself in a group, and it is spreading out to take up all the available space in the area, do not hesitate to suggest moving closer to the edge of the area, or going somewhere better placed for large numbers. Something not discussed nearly enough is empathy. I am sure we have all been in the situation where someone or something blocks our path. And surely, the ‘excuse me’ of the person trying to get by should be enough to remind us of that experience, leading us to give way graciously, and to keep the concerns of others in mind.
By Mandi Steffey Staff Writer
t’s no secret that there is money to be made in the entertainment industry. With all the attention big stars like Oprah and Lady Gaga are getting, it is no wonder that they rake in millions with all their hard work. Some celebrities, however, are making a cool buck without even breaking a sweat. Names like John Lennon, Charles Schulz, and Elvis Presley are among some of the top-earning stars of all time—and they all have one thing in common: they’re dead. Every year, Forbes magazine creates a list of thirteen of the top-earning dead celebrities. Some of the names on the list are powerful personas like Albert Einstein and J.R.R. Tolkien, but it doesn’t require a list to take a stab at which deceased superstar earned the most this year—does Michael Jackson ring a bell? After his death in the summer of 2009, the “King of Pop” has earned a staggering amount of money totaling $275 million. While this seems impressive, Jackson never made it on a “top earning” list of any magazine in his lifetime. According to forbes.com, most of his post-mortem money came from various estate items and rights, including the rights to the film This Is It. Even though he is no longer with us, Jackson now has the bragging rights to the highest salary paid to any musician, dead or alive. While no dead celebrity earned more than Michael Jackson this year (in fact, he made more than anyone on the list did combined), there are many others who earned substantial salaries we’d be proud to call our own. Some of these people include Stieg Larsson, author of the Millennium Trilogy series, who made a reported $15 million this year, and Theodore Geisel (more commonly known as Dr. Seuss), whose estate collected $11 million. Though some still-famous names didn’t make the Forbes list this year, there are some that are still making some residual amounts. Classic movie stars and artists like James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and Andy Warhol are making an impact to this day—and still being compensated for it. This all just goes to show that there is decent money to be made anywhere. However, this doesn’t mean that in order to make money, one must be dead. All of the deceased stars were hugely famous during their lives, so these earnings are just a (really) nice reminder to those they left behind that being successful and working hard pays off.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tornado Season: How to get by
By: KELSIE FERGUSON Staff Writer
Indiana is notorious for being part of a strip of land called ‘Tornado Alley.’ This strip houses over 80 percent of all the tornados in the United States. Being caught unaware during Tornado Season can be highly dangerous. Not only that, but tornados have the potential to occur at any point that the weather conditions permit them to – not just during the ‘season.’ Luckily there are some typical warning signs faculty, staff, and students can be aware of. Furthermore, campus offers several safe places for students to go to in case of a tornado near or on campus. First things first, students need to be up to par on tornado weather lingo. There are two different types of notice that authorities will give in case of bad weather. One is a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning; this means there is a possibility of a tornado, or the weather conditions could possibly develop into severe storms. The second, and most important, is a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning. This means severe storms have begun, or a tornado has touched down and is in sight. Another handy tip for coping with the severe weather season is to know the signs before a tornado or storm could occur. Dark clouds, greenish-black sky’s, and hail are typical before tornadoes. Also, cloud movement will increase - generally they will all be moving rapidly toward the same area. These can all be parts of a severe storm, but funnel clouds are a direct indicator of a tornado trying to form. If you see one of these, seek shelter immediately. Remember, tornados have the ability to travel in any direction, cause destruction not only at their point of touchdown, but all around them, as well as turn around and backtrack. It’s always best to stay in a secure place until the all clear is given. IUSB campus offers several secure areas within each building on campus for students to go to in case of severe weather. If you’re unsure of where to go, below this article is a list of secure buildings taken from the IUSB official website. It’s a good idea to know exactly where to go not only for your sake, but so you can aid others who may be unaware.
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Secure Buildings Administration Building—Basement halls Fine Arts Building—Bathrooms located in the center of the building Greenlawn Hall—Bathrooms and room 143 Northside Hall—Basement halls Purdue Technology Building—Bathrooms and interior hallways Riverside Hall—Dental dressing area Schurz Library—Ground floor tunnel and lounge area Wiekamp Hall—First floor bathroom and auditorium Student Activity Center—Lower level locker rooms
Call of Duty: Black Ops release By MANDI STEFFEY Staff Writer
th the recent releases of popular games like “Halo: Reach” and “Fable III”, video-gamers have plenty to do this fall. Sales for gaming systems like Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 have risen steadily since their releases, and they will probably be on the holiday wish-lists of kids and adults alike. The perfect game to go with the new console will be on that list too. Many games have come out recently, but there is one that people just can’t wait until Christmas for—“Call of Duty: Black Ops”. The new “Call of Duty” game came out on Tuesday, November 9. If you’re a fan, you could have waited in line at GameStop all night, anticipating the midnight release. Although this may have been the quickest way to get it, most diehard fans pre-ordered it through a company like Best Buy or Wal-Mart. Either way the hype for this game has been huge ever since the producers of the COD games announced its release. For people who don’t usually “game,” it might seem odd that so many people are willing to spend a good chunk of cash to buy this game. For those of us who aren’t familiar with the game, COD is a first and third-person shooter video game that is set during a time of war. Most of the early versions were set
during WWII, and the new games, including “Call of Duty: Black Ops”, are set during modern times and the Cold War era. The objective of the game is to shoot people who aren’t on your team. Sounds simple, right? COD fans don’t see it that way. Gamers spend their time completing operations, earning new weapons, and “killing” other players. Overall, it is usually highly enjoyable for those playing or watching the game. “Call of Duty: Black Ops” doesn’t differ much from the last COD game (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2). According to GameStop.com, the new game takes you behind enemy lines as a member of an elite special-forces unit; it also has new and improved operations and weapons. The new game features deeper character levels and new equipment. In multiplayer mode, the game offers new and improved “killstreaks” and other perks. Another option has been brought back to the game as well—Zombie mode—which is available in either solo or co-op versions. Call of Duty: Black Ops certainly offers enough to entertain experienced players and newcomers alike. With new options, weapons, and equipment, gamers will have just enough time to master the game before the [supposed] next Call of Duty game is released. For more information on the game, visit www.callofduty.com.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sustaining the Army
By KRISTINE BAILEY Columnist
f all the accomplishments of the U.S. Army, being “green” doesn’t usually come to mind, but now it should. The motivating factors for implementing sustainable projects such as natural resoruces management, energy efficiency, and working with local communities to improve their abilities to meet their own needs are not altogether altruistic. Doing right by the people, planet, and profit margins serve the Army well, too. In the Army, energy efficiency is known as “energy security.” The goals include reducing use of energy, increasing efficiency, and by using more renewable and energy alternatives. Additionally, being able to access energy supplies makes for safer fighting forces and safer bases, and results in reduced environmental impacts. In promotional videos, these changes towards energy security could “reshape the way the Army fights and operates.” If they were adapted to civilian life, these changes, and the innovative developments that come along with them, could reshape the way we live and interact. Currently, the military is experiencing an upsurge in construction. According to United States Army Environmental Command (USAEC), new buildings will have to meet “high standards for energy efficiency, water conservation, materials selection, health and comfort.” Expected savings will come from the estimated 26 percent less energy use, 13 percent lower aggregate maintenance costs, 27 percent higher occupant satisfaction, and 33 percent fewer CO2 emissions. Not only will the buildings repay the investment in a few years, it will also provide an important service to the women and men serving. By building healthy buildings that model energy efficiency and sustainable home innovations, it will allow the Army to “provide Soldiers a quality of life measuring up to the quality of their service.” Improving the quality of life and working on regional solutions have become key points for the Army when it comes to their conservation efforts. Major General Howard Bromburg knows first hand that energy needs can be met in very different ways at a base in Afghanistan versus one in Iceland. “When it comes to energy,” he said in a video interview on the USAEC website, “I think you do have to look regionally.” By looking for regional solutions, the Army hopes to be a national leader in energy security and by finding regional solutions in concert with local communities.
COURTESY OF AEC.ARMY.MIL In the Army, energy efficiency is known as “energy security.” The goals include reducing use of energy, increasing efficiency, and by using more renewable and energy alternatives.
A final example of the Army’s sustainability steps is their approach to developing new weapon systems. While conservation and efficiency don’t usually top the list when thinking about weapons, by looking at the life cycle of the systems from “concept to disposal” the materials can be repurposed into new items. This approach, known as cradle-to-cradle, allows things to have a longer or perhaps unending life as their parts can continually be new parts and new pieces. A waste free construction process could serve the Army, and the rest of society, extremely well in terms of conserving cost as well as resources. What will serve us all well is if the rest of the country will embrace and implement the innovative approaches the Army has taken to managing natural and human resources.
Thanks to our veterans By: SARAH NIXON Staff Writer
eterans Day is among the numerous federal holidays which mark most wall calendars, but it is not like the other federal holidays, celebrated every year on some Monday marking a three day weekend from school or work. This day, while celebrated in a different manner, is wrought with history and signifi-
cance. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect. Although this was not the official end of World War I, this day marks the official end of hostilities between the conflicting nations. In order to honor this day, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 to be Armistice Day, a day to honor “the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.” In 1954 after World War II, Armistice Day was officially changed to Veterans Day, in order to honor all American veterans of all wars. Because of the historical significance of the 11th of November, it was decided to celebrate this day every year regardless of what day of the week it fell on. Every year on Veterans Day a ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery beginning with the laying of a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier followed by a parade and speeches to thank those who served in the armed forces. Communities across the nation hold their own celebrations with parades, the playing of taps at local cemeteries, and Veterans dinners. The Veterans Day National Committee states that every veteran has a story, and it is important that one take the time to listen to these stories. Many times the bravery of those serving in our military, past and present, is overlooked. November 11th is a great day to honor the veteran’s in our community whether that is by volunteering, listening, or just saying thank you. These brave souls fought for the safety and freedom of the nation and deserve to be thanked for their service to America.
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