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According to CBS News, over 215,000 people attended Saturday’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, held in Washington D.C.


IUSB at Rally to Restore Sanity, Fear



here was music, comedy, myth busting, and cheers. But most importantly, there was fear and sanity, and 56 Michiana residents who rode a bus from IU South Bend to watch it all happen. It was a sunny day at the National Mall in Washington D.C. at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, a comedic entertainment festival mixed in with a political rally held by Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was a mergence of two originally planned rallies, Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive. It has been said by The Washington Post, that the Rally and March were satirical responses to Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally and Al Sharpton’s Reclaim the Dream march, both held in August. Stewart’s Rally was aimed at the 70-85% of voters who do not vote straight-ticket left or right, but who have moderate views and whose voice is lost amidst the radical minority group of voters on both sides of the debates constantly aired on television. Jake Jones, Student Government Association President for IUSB, organized a charter bus from Cardinal busses and sold tickets to IUSB students and other Michiana residents to transport 56 people from IUSB to Washington D.C. and back. “I planned the trip not just because of the fact that I liked Stewart and Colbert but because I suspected many others did as well and that they would benefit from the experience of going to D.C. for something of social significance,” said Jones. Jones started preparing for the event by creating a Facebook group entitled “IUSB Trip to the Rally to Restore Sanity” and inviting as many students as he could to see how interested other students would be in going. Over 100

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people joined the group and expressed interest. Jones’s next step was to look into ways of transporting students to the rally. While flying and taking a train were both very expensive, a mass carpool seemed to be “too difficult logistically,” said Jones. To him, the most logical option was to take a bus. Jones began working with an outside group in attempts to procure a school bus, which would provide a cheap means of transportation for students. Unfortunately, that option fell through with only two weeks until the Rally. His only option was to look into a charter bus. “I realized I was going to have to sell tickets and raise money,” said Jones. “Initially the tickets would have cost $100 a person. I figured that most college students would balk at such a high cost and wouldn’t go forward with the trip until the ticket price was at least below $80.” After donations from Jones Blueberries and Jones himself, the charter bus would still cost around $5000. Jones went to the SGA on October 16, and asked them to support the trip by putting forward $1500, making the tickets $70 a seat. Without this money, Jones didn’t think the trip would go through. Though the SGA wasn’t sold on the idea at first, Chad Kissinger suggested that a required 30 students sign up and pay by October 20 for the trip to go through. The motion was passed, and Jones began advertising the trip. While the task seemed difficult at first, the word got out about the trip and students began signing up rapidly. With the help of students spreading the word and the Sociology Club buying four tickets, the trip was set and approved. After those initial 30 students signed up, Jones began getting numerous calls about tickets. All 56 tickets sold out the day before the bus left for D.C. CBS News estimated that over 215,000 people attended the Rally, which was set up with a clear view of the Capitol Building in the background.

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The event started out with a live performance by legendary band The Roots accompanied by John Legend. In between the satirical comedic and politically-charged banter between Stewart and Colbert, other special guests including Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Foley, and Mythbusters stars Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. As per character, Colbert sided with fear and attempted to prove Stewart’s call for sanity to be ridiculous and unnecessary, as there are many things about daily life in America to fear. But, in true Daily Show style, Stewart responded with logic and reason, and eventually won over the fearful Colbert by convincing him that fear is normal, but one must be informed and reasonable too. Stewart closed with a monologue in which he cited problems with the news media and credited Americans with working together day in and day out to get through life, despite what is said on the morning news. “This was not a rally to ridicule people of faith, or people of activism, or look down our noses at the heartland, or passionate argument, or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear--they are, and we do,” said Stewart. “But we live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus, and not be enemies.” He spoke of the importance to be skeptical of the news, while still listening and reading, and how working together is the core of daily American life – except in Washington and on TV, and the images of Americans seen on TV isn’t accurate to what America actually looks like. “Most Americans don’t live their lives solely as Democrats, Republicans, liberals or conservatives. Americans live their lives more as people that are just a little bit late for something they have to do,” said Stewart. “Often something they do not want to do! But they do it. Impossible things, every day, that are only made possible through the little, reasonable compromises we all make.”

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The importance of academic advising BY: MANDI STEFFEY Staff Writer


t’s that time of year again! Fall brings us many wonderful things: beautiful trees, awesome festivals, and… academic advising? Yes, whether we like it or not, the time for academic advising is upon us. While many students dread signing up for advising, there are several reasons why it is a good idea not to put it off to the last minute. There are many benefits to getting advising done as soon as possible. Tami Martinez, an advisor here at IU South Bend, has good reasons why it’s good to “get on the ball” when it comes to seeing your advisor. “Academic advising provides an opportunity for you to establish a relationship with a faculty member outside of classroom interaction,” said Martinez. Since some students and professors don’t take the time to get to know one another, talking with your advisor one-on-one can help bridge the gap from faculty to students. In many cases, an advising appointment can be laid back and helpful at the same time; allowing students to walk away worry-free. With this in mind, students can rest assured that advisors have only high hopes for the future of each student they help out. “Your academic advisor may be able to direct you to additional learning opportunities that you may not be aware of,” said Martinez. From extra classes to internships, your advisor can show you different avenues to take in order to complete your ultimate career goal. This can only be executed through effective planning and communication between you and your advisor. “[Advising] helps with the logistics of choosing classes and making sure that you (as a student) are ‘on track’ as you work toward the completion of your degree,” Martinez said. Being on track in terms of your classes not only can give you peace of mind, but other potentially useful benefits. “Certainly, making sure that you are taking the classes you need for your degree is important because it can save time, money, and potential stress,” said Martinez. Time and money are always important factors in any college student’s life. Eliminating some of the stress will lead to a brighter, better semester. With less stress on the mind, this enables the student to do more on campus and get more out of their college experience. According to sheeo. org, students that are more involved on campus they are more likely to develop habits that promise to stand them in good stead for a lifetime of continuous learning. “It’s important to make that ‘advising connection’. Advisors are there to help you navigate the educational process,” Martinez added.

PHOTO BY MANDI STEFFEY Don’t let paperwork and courses overwhelm you. Your advisor is here to help.

Now that you have a good reason to go sign up with an advisor, what are you waiting for? Academic advising started on Monday, October 25, and runs through Friday, November 12. It’s important to get this done as soon as possible; waiting until the last minute will only decrease your chances of getting into certain classes, especially if you’re an underclassman. After meeting with your advisor, be sure to sign up for classes! Registration begins Monday, November 1 and open enrollment starts the following week on November 8.

IUSB’s Silent Samaritans taking a stand against campus crime By: KELSIE FERGUSON Staff Writer


ccording to the 2010 Campus Clery Security Report, 56 cases of theft were reported on campus last year alone. There were also 10 reported cases of burglary. Furthermore, 10 arrests were made with 45 students having judicial referrals. Campus crime has been on a steady rise at IU South Bend and students are ready for something to change. A crew of five students in Professor Bennion’s Y200 class has taken it upon themselves to raise campus awareness of these problems, as well as present solutions to handling this rise in crime. They call themselves the Silent Samaritans. “It’s our goal to make students’ experience at IUSB better.” states Shawn Caskey, a member of the Silent Samaritan group. “When crime happens it ruptures that experience.” Since their start at the beginning of this year’s Fall semester the group has issued over 150 surveys to faculty and students on campus. They’ve gathered that the majority of the students are willing to contribute to the

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cost on the installation of more security cameras on campus via their tuition. Caskey states “The group calculated that to install 25 more cameras on campus would cost IUSB students one dollar more per credit hour. With those funds we could have all the cameras paid off in two semesters.” Their problem now is convincing the security department to make it happen. In a public forum hosted by the Silent Samaritan group, IUSB Senior Chloe Lawrence stated, “As far as money goes, why not spend less on landscaping? The school digs up the flowers every fall and replants new ones every spring - annuals! Why does the grass have to be perfectly golf-course length? Let it grow!” After speaking with IUSB’s Chief of Police, Martin Gersey, Caskey discovered that there are no cameras in the parking lots, outside the campus housing, or near the bike racks. This increases the opportunity for theft on campus exponentially.

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By REBECCA GIBSON Columnist (This column will not be funny or gentle. My apologies).


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

True equality stems from compassion

ecently, many people on this campus wore purple in remembrance of the recent deaths by suicide of several gay men and women—really more like girls and boys, as they were uniformly younger than I am—they were all students, on campuses other than our own. IU South Bend is, for the most part, a progressive and tolerant campus, where equality is visibly practiced as well as preached. There are many groups here which promote the concept that everyone, no matter their orientation, is a person, and should be treated as such. In addition to groups that encourage openness about sexuality, there is also the Campus Ally Network, a system where students and faculty display a symbol on their backpacks or office doors—anywhere you see that symbol is a designated safe place. The people displaying it are trained to talk to GLBTQ individuals about the parts of living an alternate life which many feel, for safety reasons, must remain hidden. “For safety reasons.” Let’s think about that for a minute. Here at IUSB, I have not seen the outright discrimination or hatred or bullying that we hear about on other campuses. I have a large community of ‘out’ friends, and they are neither teased, nor tormented in their daily IUSB centered lives.

What I have seen is worse than that. It is the insidious narrow-mindedness, the dogmatically based patterns of thought which create ‘others’ out of people who are just like everyone else. The niggling and persistent flame of doubt that the people around us are in some way ‘wrong’ because of the difference in the way that they love. That’s right, I said the way that they love. It is not sex, or sexuality, that I see being put down, it is love. You might ask how this relates to safety. After all, no one is being hit. No one is being physically harmed. This case is the safety of self worth. When one is told, day after day, month after month, that one’s life style, that who one loves, is wrong, it is so psychologically damaging that one starts to believe that something is wrong with the self. That damage can be worse than bruises. That damage lasts a lifetime. What needs to happen is to approach all situations, all people, with compassion. If we are compassionate to everyone, whether or not we agree with their choices, then our actions will not run the risk of producing the type of psychological damage that caused the recent suicides. I am not better than you. You are not better than me. We are both people, equally flawed, equally lovable, equally human, and we deserved to be treated that way. If you don’t know what compassion means, look it up.

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The Diet Pill: Effective? By KRYSTAL VIVIAN Staff Writer


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or many people, losing weight can be a struggle, even with dieting and exercising. Whether they are seeing little to no results, or have hit a plateau, many people looking to lose weight are turning to dieting pills for that extra push to help shed the extra pounds. There are many diet pills that are available over-the-counter, from Hydroxycut to Acai Power. The over-the-counter diet pills are appetite suppressors, which means that they work to keep the person taking the pills from getting as hungry as they normally would. “They are designed for two things: to slow the excretion of serotonin in your brain as to cause you to become mildly depressed in the hopes of decreasing your appetite. Secondly, diet pills are used as a cheap ‘speed’/upper to increase your production speed in the hopes of making you more active,” said Ross Ford, senior. Ford used diet pills, including Stacker 2 and Xenadrine, from age 12 to 16. He said he began in hopes of losing weight, but in the long run the pills did not work for him. “I’ve been anorexic, obese, obsessive exercising,” said Ford. “I do not believe [diet pills] work.” In order to suppress appetites, diet pills affect levels of serotonin or catecholamine in the user’s brain that directly affects mood and appetite. However, disrupting levels of serotonin can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts. Ford knows these feelings well, and experienced many negative side effects while using diet pills. “They made me feel depressed, paranoid, suicidal, shaky, nauseous, anxious, and unable to relax,” For complete official rules, visit No purchase necessary. Fifth Third Bank, Member FDIC. he said. Not all diet pills are appetite suppressors, though. Xenical is a weight loss drug formerly used as a prescription that is now marketed under the name Alli. This pill blocks 30% of dietary fat from being absorbed by the body, and acts as a control for a low-fat diet, which is necessary when using Alli. Xenical has been proven to work, according to, but has only lead to a 12-13 pound weight loss average amongst users in a year, with most weight being lost in the first six months. For people who struggle with obesity, prescription weight loss medications may be prescribed by doctors and dieticians. While these affect the body differently than over-the-counter options, they still have numerous side-effects that range from mild cold symptoms to insomnia, constipation, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and excessive thirst. These diet pills have also been shown to work for short-term use, but still have not been shown to work or remain effective for long-term use. Before beginning a diet regiment or beginning to take diet pills, recommends always consulting a doctor and getting a physical to learn what is best for your individual body.


This pill blocks 30% of dietary fat from being absorbed by the body, and acts as a control for a low-fat diet, which is necessary when using Alli.


Ford used diet pills, including Stacker 2 and Xenadrine, from age 12 to 16.




Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New hours at Health and Wellness Center



he Health and Wellness Center is temporarily reducing their hours, effective immediately. A temporary staff reduction is the cause of the change. The new hours are Mondays from 9am to 4pm, Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm, Wednesdays from 9am to 4pm, and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. The Health and Wellness Center is located in the Student Activities Center behind the front desk. The Center offers health services and prescription medication at a discounted price for students. Services offered include but are not limited to physical exams, sexual health exams, treatment of illnesses and injuries, immunization, TB screening, x-rays, and referrals to outside healthcare sources. The Health and Wellness Center also offers HIV/AIDs oral testing provided by the AIDS ministries twice a month. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments have preference. Students may contact the Health and Wellness Center to schedule an appointment or for more information by calling 520-5557.


Animal Farm performed by IUSB students BY: MANDI STEFFEY Staff Writer


n Halloween weekend, IU South Bend’s theatre company and director Randy Colborn, put on the production Animal Farm. This musical featured the book Animal Farm by George Orwell, which involves the story of a barnyard and the animals that live there. This story, a famous allegory representing the once-communist Soviet Russia, was turned into an entertaining and enjoyable sing-song musical without sacrificing the importance or the meaning of the original book. The show ran from Thursday, October 28 through Sunday, October 31 and had a substantial turn out for each show. The storyline followed various animals, including pigs, horses, cows, and chickens as they overthrew a farmer and took over the farm. The pigs, including one of the main characters, Napoleon (played by IUSB sophomore Jeremy Wayer), eventually took over the farm, making all of the other animals work for cash as a profit. The struggle between the “low class” animals and the pigs made for a very interesting concept and a fantastic show. If the story itself wasn’t enough to captivate you, there was much more to appreciate, as it was very apparent that the artistic crew, running crew, production crew, and live pit put a lot of time and thought into this PHOTO BY JOHNATHAN BATLINER production, making everything very visually oleon raises his arm in power as he proposes the building of a windmill appealing and sounding perfect. The set of the show was an abstract farm scene, while the ever-changing colorful lights lit up everything according to the mood of the scene. The costumes were also somewhat abstract—some of them involved kitchen utensils. Everything flowed together which added to the effect. The live pit also did their part in making the play come alive. Musical Director Omar Cherry conducted a pit orchestra including instruments like piano, tuba, euphonium, trumpet, clarinet, and various percussion instruments. These instruments helped to aid the actors onstage with their singing. Overall, Animal Farm was an extremely entertaining way for anyone to spend an evening. Beautiful artistic detail, wonderful music, and impressive acting and singing helped to drive this story into the spotlight it deserves.


Students are willing to contribute to the cost on the installation of more security cameras on campus via their tuition.

CRIME/ From Page 2 “There are no exterior cameras on campus. All of them are interior in places and most are near high value property or where money is being handled,” says Caskey. “I can’t understand why there are no cameras in the first place. Why is this even an issue?” stated IUSB Sophomore Muhammad Shabazz in the forum, “If you wait to put cameras in, and something major happens, we will say ’If we had cameras here, we could have caught these criminals.’” If all this talk of crime and security has you feeling insecure on campus, the IUSB Clery Security Report states, “Officers will provide personal escorts on campus and will provide other assistance as needed at anytime.” All a student needs to do is call the department’s number (4239). The campus also offers a bicycle and laptop registration for faculty and students. The Silent Samaritans are encouraging feedback from IUSB students in countless ways. They have bulletins posted throughout campus, at least three forums scheduled for this semester, and a regularly checked email address for students to utilize Jason Moreno, Silent Samaritan group member stated at the forum, “If we‘re concerned for student safety, we‘re also concerned for student feedback.” For more information or to find out how to get involved with your campus’s safety, contact the Silent Samaritans group at silentsamaritans@



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

PHOTO BY REBECCA GIBSON Dr. Elizabeth Bennion (center) with IU South Bend Political Science students, and 2nd district congressional candidates Donnelly and Walorski.

Act Politically, Think Locally: 2nd District Debate at IU South Bend By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer


he October 27 debate between current 2nd district congressman Joe Donnelly (D), Indiana state representative Jackie Walorski (R), and Mark Vogel (L), was a triumph for IU South Bend students and staff. Several Political Science Club students participated not only in the organization of the debate, but in directing the debaters through the process. These students, led by this year’s American Democracy Project Intern, club treasurer Angela Johnson, have organized the entire series of ADP sponsored debates this political season, under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Bennion, a Political Science professor here at IUSB. “They are the most polite, skilled, and professional student leadership team I have worked with in over a decade of advising the club,” said Bennion. “Whether in charge of set up, clean up, question collection, flyer posting, ushering, program distribution, reception hosting, or other tasks, this student leadership team always delivers!” The debate, which was televised, covered such issues as taxes, unemployment, the Indiana economy, energy policy, and gay rights. Each candidate was given 90 seconds per question, and then allowed a rebuttal to each question. “I worked as the assistant moderator [to] Jim Wensits, the moderator of last night’s debate, [who] asked me to be his ‘backup,’” said Johnson. “With a debate of three candidates, it can be difficult to keep track of who is supposed to answer the next question first, second, third. [That was] my role…. Since the event was live, there’s no room for error.” Despite the astute questions posed by the four person panel, not much new information was added to the canon of statements by the politicians. It is entirely possible to find out all three candidates stance on the issues by reading various parts of their websites, which contain the exact same wording with which they answered the questions. However, Johnson points out an advantage of the debate, and the debate format. “Our debates…allow attendees to see the candidates side-by-side and often even submit questions to the note cards,” said Johnson. “Having this candid comparison really helps voters understand the platforms and concerns of each candidate…” Both Bennion and Johnson would love to see more students involved in events of this nature, making the national political scene very important on a local level. “Congressman Donnelly mentioned how proud of the students I must be. He is absolutely right. They are a credit to Indiana University and a role model to other students hoping to become more civically and politically engaged,” said Bennion. Johnson went on to say, “it seems a large portion of our events are attended by local community members. While this is a great way for IUSB to reach out to local citizens, I do wish that my classmates would take advantage of the opportunities I’m working to provide them.” Additionally, the debate process went quite smoothly for the IUSB representatives, despite being a large amount of work. “The campaign managers were a pleasure to work with during debate preparations. The members of the studio audience all maintained appropriate decorum. I was pleased with every aspect of this debate from planning through execution,” said Bennion

The contributions of other IUSB students were also much appreciated by Bennion. “Hannah Dill, club vice president, did a wonderful job providing time cues to the candidates, while club president Donald McGowan worked with club volunteers Luis Hernandez, Henry Lowry to check in guests and make sure that all people entering the studio were properly authorized and had signed release forms,” said Bennion. “These students have attended debate after debate this election season, volunteering their Wednesday evenings to serve the club, the campus, and the community.” The debate was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, and the questioning panel was made up of representatives of IUSB, the League, and local newspapers.

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COURTESY OF:WWW.NWOSU.EDU Indiana University South Bend was recognized as one of the institutions to receive this prestigious recognition for displaying positive character on and off the court.

IUSB recognized by NAIA


his past week the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced colleges and universities named to the list of Champions of Character institutions during the 2009-10 school year. Indiana University South Bend was recognized as one of the institutions to receive this prestigious recognition for displaying positive character on and off the court. The NAIA, which boasts a proud reputation as an arena that promotes competitive athletics, academic excellence and character values simultaneously, will recognize 204 colleges and universities and 20 conferences with the Champions of Character Five Star Award. To receive the award members scored 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard and conferences named to the list had at least 60% of its member schools making the grade with 60 or more points. “It is rewarding to see NAIA colleges, universities and conferences taking a leadership role in the NAIA’s mission to advance character-driven athletics,” said Jim Carr, NAIA president and CEO. “With significant focus on using athletics as a vehicle to teach life lessons there is no doubt we will have a positive impact on our 60,000 student-athletes. Encompassing efforts from across the association signals important differences in how the NAIA conducts athletic competition. That distinction sets us apart and I’m very proud of that.” IU South Bend Athletic Director Gary Demski is extremely pleased with receiving this recognition and knows the importance of displaying integrity at all times. “We know that it is important to win championships, but it is more important to build champions. A great deal of credit is owed to our coaches, administrators, faculty and staff for being Champions of Character at all times. The main goal is to recruit, retain, educate and graduate high character student-athletes to IU South Bend,” said Demski. The Scorecard was crafted to convert the NAIA’s vision and strategy into measurable goals and to monitor progress towards advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics. The initiative supports performance-driven athletics while defining expectations and standards that drive successful teams and athletics departments. Institutions were measured based on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in each of the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year. The Scorecard process is based on the NAIA’s flagship program Champions of Character, which emphasizes the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Girls Basketball welcomes a SBT Player of the Year onto the team By: Danny Robertson Contributor iles (MI) High School standout and 2009-2010 South Bend Tribune AllArea Player of the Year Nichole Sly has elected to continue her basketball career at IU South Bend, head coach Steve Bruce announced. “I chose IU South Bend because I felt like it was a place where I would be cared for on a personal level, not just as a basketball player,” said Sly. “I want to be a major part and a leader of the team someday - someone who will be remembered for what I accomplish on the court.” In being honored as the SBT Player of the Year, the 5’9” guard averaged 15.5 points, nine rebounds, six assists and 3.2 steals during her junior season, while leading the Vikings to a 15-7 mark. “I really feel that IU South Bend is a place where I can be successful,” she said. “I will have the chance to meet lifelong friends and be prepared for what comes next. IU South Bend will help me achieve that.” In addition to basketball, Sly will study predental at IU South Bend. Sly joins an already stellar class of 2011, where she will play alongside Elkhart Christian’s Kayley Baughman and Emily Peppers of Northridge. The Titans open their season on October 30, when they travel to cross-town rival Bethel. The contest is slated for a 1:00 PM tip.




Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Triple RRR Dare



verybody knows about it. Most of us like to do it regularly. It can make you feel good when you do it. Sometimes, though, it may leave you feeling a bit empty, wondering if there isn’t something more, something different you could do. When you are feeling green, there are times when you may need some new approaches. Before you try and give it a new life, rethink what you are doing. After all, there is more to living a green life than recycling. The mantra reduce-reuse-recycle is said in that order for a reason. Although recycling is effective at curbing the need for freshly mined natural resources and creates new life for quality materials, it is a last resort for any item. Before deciding that you will recycle the plastic water bottle you are about to buy – think. Do you need to buy it? What about those water fountains in all the hallways and in the gym? Must you have water on hand at all times, or will you survive the walk to the water fountain? Reducing consumption of everything, beginning with plastic water bottles, is a start. Already bought the water bottle? Instead of buying another, refill it from those handy water fountains. Even better, invest in a sturdy, non-plastic-leaching stainless steel bottle that can be recycled in a cleaner fashion than plastics. They emit dioxins when melted into new plastic items and leak hormone disrupting chemicals into the water within

them and ultimately into the water system. Challenge yourself: Feel good by doing good, and do good in new ways. Challenge a friend or professor to see who can use the least stuff: fewest water bottles, fewest disposable coffee cups, the least amount of paper (saving Go Print dollars, too!). The result could mean not only winning the wager but saving money while looking and doing good.

Three R Challenge

*Reduce Consumption: Consuming less is part of rethinking the good you can do in the world by simply not doing anything, that is, not buying what isn’t needed or using more than necessary. Print on both sides of the paper. In the print dialogue box, click on Properties. Chang the highlighted words from Factory Defaults to Eco-Print by clicking once on EcoPrint. Click OK. Double siding, printing two pages per sheet, turning in electronic papers, and reading assignments on the computer will all reduce the amount of paper used. The Challenge: how few pieces of paper can you use when you need to print off reading and assignments? Who will save the most Go Print money? *Reuse Materials: Although society is still more geared towards using up and moving on (think fashion, politics, books and films), find out how much you can get out of the things you have. Bring your own water bottle. Challenge yourself and your friends, instructors and family to see who can go the longest without buying a single use plastic water bottle. Bring your own coffee mug. Filling it at the Courtside Café will get you a discounted price. The Challenge: Who will save the most money buy getting it refilled? Who will buy the least amount of disposable coffee cups? *Recycle As Jack Johnson sings, “if you’ve got to make some trash/ Don’t throw it out/ Recycle…” This is your last resort, the last challenge in the series. If you aren’t already recycling, try it for a week. How much less trash goes from you to the landfill? Your challenge may be finding out who can create the least trash. Go ahead - I triple RRR dare you!

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