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Does E.T. really exist? SETI conference at Notre Dame

Student publications gearing up for submissions for publication.

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A review of South Bend Civic Theatre’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace See story page 7.


SEPTEMBER 16, 2009

The official student newspaper of IU South Bend.


Last faculty recital for Barton   Long

time professor set to retire in spring. By DANI MOLNAR David K. Barton, professor of music, has been playing music for over 34 years at IU South Bend. His specialty is electronic music. Using instruments such as thermines, sythnesizers, and electronic keyboards, Boyd Nutting and Barton perform improvization music. “Improvisation is scary at first. It’s something we’re not trained to do in music schools.” Barton said. Along with Boyd Nutting,

IUSB prepared for pandemic


Though H1N1 (Swine Flu) is still making the evening news, it is important to note that while there is cause for concern, it is definitely not time to panic. At this point, flu season has not really even started yet. H1N1 is mild, in fact its effects are largely similar to that of typical seasonal flu and most people who contract it recover without medical treatment. While H1N1 isn’t a severe form of the flu, the flu does kill people every year. In a recent report released by a U.S. Presidential Advisory Group, it is suggested that the virus may infect up to half of see H1N1 page 4

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For this final performance, Barton showed three pieces: Stone Flower Ritual, In Medio, and Modern Natur. The first two are from previous performances, while Modern Nature was a completely new piece. Being his last performance, he felt it was only fitting to show some of his older work. The first song played was entitled Stone Flower Ritualand was made in fall of 2003. Although the video used in the performance of this piece was prerecorded, the music was actually an improvization done by Barton and Nutting. Barton used the Cameilia flower as inspiration for the visuals, A native of California, the flower has significance

to him. In Medio, the second piece, was first performed at a concert just after the 9/11 tragedy. “It ended up being my memorial to 9/11,” Barton said. According to Barton, the title, basically, means “in the middle of the chruch we open our mouths to sing,” and is of Latin origin. The video was based on imagery by gothic artist Jan van Eyck of the 14th century. The sounds and visuals were prerecorded for the concert, although the music is from an improvization recording with Nutting in 1996. For his final piece at IUSB, Barton used a video by Nutting and Julie Soales with imagery from their gardens and other parts

of nature. Finished just a week before the recital, tt was called modern nature and using a Korg KAOS, the two men used on-thespot manipulation of the video, during the performance. Nutting and Barton also improvised the music for this piece. “The whole point of it was fun,” Barton said. “If you can’t have fun with it, why do it?” Although the turnout wasn’t huge, Barton wasn’t too concerned about it. “It’s always nice to have good crowds and that was a bigger crowd than I’ve had before,” Barton said. “But I’m not really worried too much about audiences. We’re really doing it for ourselves.”

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Barton p r e sented his last I U S B faculty recital on night in Barton the Recital Hall of Northside Hall. “I’ve got to step aside and let my younger collegues have their time,” Barton said. Barton is set to retire from IUSB next spring. “It feels a little odd. The whole process of gradually working towards retirement next spring is weird because I’ve spent a long time at this one place,” Barton said. “It’s very bittersweet.”


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Looking at the price of student housing here at IU South Bend may leave students with a sense of renter’s remorse. Comparing IUSB’s fee to the other schools in our area and to Bloomington’s could just make them feel a bit better. It will cost someone at IUSB, for a four bedroom apartment, $2,600 per semester. Cost may seem a bit higher than last year, mostly because it is. “Rates did increase slightly,” said Paula Smith, Director of Housing and Residential Life, “Housing operation rates were approved in October 2008.” Housing at Notre Dame (ND), starts at $5,184 (standard room) SUN

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per semester according ND’s website. At IU Bloomington (IUB), the cost of living starts at $2,327 per semester, according to IU’s website. IUSB is one of four IU campuses offering on campus housing. Cost is not the only thing to consider when it comes to housing. ND and IUB housing are more traditional. Mostly rooms with beds and public bathrooms, they have dining services, internet, cable, and are furnished. IUSB’s apartments are just that, apartments. With a four bedroom having four individual rooms, a kitchen, two bathrooms, a third sink, and a small living room. The campus apartments also include many amenities, “All fursee HOUSING page 8

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Finding E.T. by 2034 or bust By BRASKEY EVANS The search for Extra-Terrestrials Intelligence finds a forum in the Science Hall of Notre Dame. The College of Arts and Letters hosted an event on Notre Dame Campus last Tuesday to explore the topic of Extra – Terrestrial Intelligence. Senior Astronomer for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial IntelligenceInstitute (SETI) and Host of the NPR Program Are We Alone, Seth Shostak was joined by Dr. Philip J. Sakimoto, Dr. Michael Crowe, and Kenneth Filchak of Notre Dame for a panel discussion to explore the question, “Why do People Believe in Extra-Terrestrials?” Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence is a somewhat controversial topic that triggers boggling uncertainty about whether we are really alone in the vastness of the entire universe. The discussion panel considered biological occurrences necessary to create life, religious beliefs in relation to the idea of possible alien beings, and disappointing setbacks in previous research on the topic.

Each of the panelists offered intellectual ‘what if’ scenarios for the possibility of an existence of Extra Terrestrial Intelligence and life in the microbial stage. SETI Researchers consider the latter a “stupid” form of life. Dr. Sakimoto, Active Director of NASA’s Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program ended the discussion by asking Shostak: “If you had to bet your wad, what odds would you put on the bet that there is or not life out there?” This question and many others were answered in depth by Shostak in a speech given later that evening titled When Will We Find ET?. Many astronomers, scientists, students, and citizens believe in the possibility of life beyond Earth, when considering the immense vastness of the Universe. Some believe we are unique, special and an extraordinary miracle. Others simply find it a silly theory or an unexplainable need to believe that we are not alone. “We still have not found any compelling evidence of life beyond Earth, ” said Shostak in reluctant defense of those who

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The search for E.T.was on at the University of Notre Dame on Tue., Sep. 8 when Seth Shostak from SETI spoke at a forum discusing the search for other intelligent life in the universe.

disbelief in the probability of an existence of Extra-Terrestrial intelligence. To express a scientific rationale for believing why there might be intelligent life beyond our own isolation in the universe, Shostac explained the amount of Cosmic Real Estate in terms of viewable stars, galaxies, and planets. “The number of planets out there is about ten times the number of stars we can see with our

telescopes,” said Shostak. “That’s a one followed by 23 zeros. So, that’s a hundred thousand billion billion planets. That’s comparable to all the glasses of water in all the oceans on Earth.” “I am willing to bet all of you a cup of Starbuck’s coffee that we’ll find ET in the next couple dozen years,” said Shostak. Shostak went on to explain the theories and procedures being T:6” used to find radio wave signals

800 light years away and beyond. “It is either going to work in one generation or there is something fundamentally wrong with the basic idea” he said. “It isn’t to mean they aren’t out there, but something is wrong with the approach.” According to Shostak, within 24 years we will know whether or not they are out there. Stupid life may be a more probable discovery by then.

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What could be easier than hooking up to IU South Bend’s wireless network? Using IU Secure and letting your laptop do the work for you. IU Secure is IUSB’s newest wireless hookup option, and requires only one login. After logging in only one time on your laptop and the wireless detection capability should automatically detect and connect to IU Secure. However, convenience is not the only reason to use IU Secure. Having your computer hooked to a secure network carries advantages. First of all, network encryption protects your computer from random hacks. Visualize an open network as a bunch of strings going from each laptop on campus to the IUSB router. Hackers can grab a string, maybe yours, and tie it in

a knot by searching your outgoing content or adding content of their own. Secondly, options in your own network connection properties on your computer can make your computer harder to detect or understand. When you hook up to an unsecured network it is as though you are standing in a computer lab with a bunch of classmates a n d yelling your input to everyone else. By modifying your connection properties on a secure network you make it so that the yelling is in code and is harder to understand. What steps you take to configure your computer will depend on your operating system, Vista being different from Windows XP and the MacOS. Information sheets for each operating system can be found at the Office of Information Technologies in Wiekamp Hall.


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IUSB sets enrollment record By DANI MOLNAR Walking across the IU South Bend campus this semester is a little different than previous years. Many more students crowd the chairs, café, parking lots, and classrooms. There are more students studying on the lawns around the buildings. According to a press release issued by the school, fall enrollment is up 16%. As of Aug. 31, a record 8,251 students had registered for fall classes. This is the first time the university has broken the 8,000 mark. This beats a previous re-

cord enrollment of 7,798 set in 1992 Students are taking a total of 79,834 credit hours which is up 33% from the previous year. The exact number was still being prepared as of press time. IUSB enrollment has a history of breaking records. In 2004, IUSB set a record for more credits taken—70,519 in one year. The university also had the largest percent increase in enrollment, at 3%. In the fall of 2006, another record breaker—the largest new student class in IUSB history, including 1,566 new transfer students and first-time freshmen, out of a total of 7,420 students en-

rolled that fall. In the spring of 2009, enrollment on all IU campuses rose. At IUSB there was a massive increase of 7.3% from the previous spring semester and an increase of 8.1% in credit hours. Even in the midst of the recession, students are still continuing to come to IU. “It is apparent that the nation’s trouble economic climate is providing people with even more incentive to enroll in higher education,” said IU President Michael McRobbie in a press release. “We are seeing that the economy is also giving students more incentive to stay until they graduate.”

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IUSB’s fall 2009 enrollment broke a 17-year-old record with 8,251 students registerd for fall classes, marking the first time in school history of reaching the 8,00 mark.

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Department has been actively planning for pandemic influenza the U.S. population this fall and preparedness for more than four winter and may lead to between years. 30,000 and 90,000 deaths. In “Continuous quality improvecomparison, about 36,000 people ment is vital to effective public die of seasonal flu in the United health practices, including preStates each year, and several hunparedness,” said Jolliff. dred thousand are hospitalized. A local St. Joseph County PanThe concern about H1N1 seems demic Influenza Working Group to result in the lack of immunity meets on a monthly basis. The people seem to have to this pargroup has developed a county ticular strain. response plan; coordinated exer“We are expecting a lot of peocises and events geared toward ple to be sick but we don’t expect raising community awareness, a lot of hospitalizations. Right and developed a website. now the H1N1 virus is mild,” said The website compiles inforLaura Hieronymus, Director of mation, IU South B e n d ’s “Don’t panic and overreact, live a planning tools, Health public and Well- healthy lifestyle, practice prevenservice n e s s tion, and above all, don’t come to a n C e n t e r. nounce“ D o n ’ t class if you have the flu,” —  Laura Hieronymus m e n t s panic and and reoverresource act, live a documents. healthy lifestyle, practice preven“We have worked hard with tion, and above all, don’t come to our local, state, and federal partclass if you have the flu.” ners to develop good plans for Kelly Jolliff, Epidemiologist pandemic influenza. However, for and Emergency Preparedness the county to be truly prepared, Supervisor from the St. Joseph every one of us needs to actively County Health Department, beparticipate.” lieves that the recent H1N1 influIUSB has been preparing for enza pandemic was an important the possibility of a pandemic for reminder of the very real threat of more than two years. Chancellor a new virus causing widespread Una Mae Reck shared informadisease. tion about campus plans, initiaWith the heightened public tives and policies. awareness about influenza and The school has applied to be the uncertainty about what we an H1N1 distribution center, and can expect from the flu season is heavily promoting preventive this fall, it is an ideal time to get measures through the Health and the public engaged in pandemic Wellness Center. influenza planning. “Campus Police Chief Marty The St. Joseph County Health

How Do I Know I Have the Flu?

Traditional Flu Symptoms are: • Fever greater than 100 degrees • Sore Throat and/or cough • Headaches • Body aches

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There will be a seasonal flu shot clinic from 8 to 10 a.m. on Fri., Sep. 18 in NS 400. And a followinc clinic on Sep. 24 4 to 6 p.m. in the Health and Wellncess Center. Students pay $10.

Gersey and the Campus Emergency Management Team developed a pandemic plan that helped us deal with the outbreak of H1N1 last spring,” Reck said. “This fall, we are closely monitoring the situation.” Although the first outbreak in the spring did not affect the IUSB campus, that doesn’t mean that the next one won’t. A contingency plan has been set up and sent out to all instructors with guidelines and considerations for issues that encompass instructional methods, grading, attendance, research and creative activity. Even routine flu can put people at risk. The intense attention that’s been given to this new virus strain really should serve as a reminder

of how serious flu season is every year and encourage people to practice preventive measures. According to Hieronymus, college students are a high-risk group for flu viruses and should get a vaccination shot. To help students get the vaccine there will be several upcoming Flu Shot clinics That will be announced through IUSB’s Bulletin Board system, flyers, and sidewalk chalking. The prices of the H1N1 vaccinations will be $5 and should be available sometime in October. The seasonal flu vaccination will be available late September or early October with a cost of only $10.

The Health Department is pushing their 3 C’s: • Cover your cough – by coughing into your collar or elbow • Clean - Hand washing – for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizer • Contain - Stay home if you have the flu until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medications • Other tips include: • Keep your hands away from your face • Healthy Lifestyle – Get plenty of rest and have a healthy diet

SGA @ work   Students can now park at student housing if lots are full on the main campus. By REBECCA GIBSON Parking, a motion to redraft the SGA constitution, the SGA stipend for senators and officers, and Welcome Week were some of the topics under discussion at the most recent SGA meeting held Sep. 11. While acknowledging that parking is a problem, the SGA discussed the reality of lack of options, and Director of Student Life, Sam Centellas remarked that the IUSB parking authority has revised their position on parking in the lot at student housing. Senator and parking enforcer Brittany Griffith confirmed that students who cannot find legal parking closer should park at the River Crossing lot. Also addressed was the plan to redraft the SGA constitution. Current rules are unreadable, full of loopholes and conflicting bylaws, according to President Amelie Kanovsky and Senator Cory Gilmartin. The revision should be done by Dec. 14, and updates will be given at each SGA meeting. Reports were given by various members, including a report from Treasurer Zachary Duncan on last semester’s stipend adjustment. As the adjustment was never signed, it became approved by default, making SGA stipends $210 per credit hour, for a total of $14,490 for all twelve filled seats. A report on Welcome Week by Centellas brought good news as vendors and student groups alike increased their presence on campus. “There were no major issues from it,” said Centellas. “Usually we’ll get a call that one of the trucks ruined a sprinkler or something, but they didn’t.” As a result of Welcome Week, Between the Buns is now an approved food vendor for IUSB events. The meeting wrapped up with presentations from Julie Elliot of the library, who asked for assistance promoting One Book, One Campus, and from two of the three campus sororities, Beta Phi Alpha and Alpha Sigma Tau, who are interested in partnering with the SGA for future events.


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Student publications gearing up By JEFF TATAY Many students have written stories, poems and essays, taken photos or spent time working on pieces of art, only to think, “maybe someday someone will recognize my hard work and talent.” If you want a chance at getting published, all you have to do is submit your brilliant work to one of IU South Bend’s student operated publications. Analecta, New Views on Gender, and Undergraduate Research Journal accept submissions from students who are currently enrolled at IUSB. Analecta is an award-winning literary journal that is published annually by the students and staff of IUSB. They accept submissions in poetry, short fiction, drama, non-fiction prose, and visual art. Analecta will be accepting submissions for the 2010 issue soon. They are still accepting applications for the position of editor. For more information, contact Prof. Kelcey Parker at: parkerk@ New Views on Gender is a literary journal that focuses on the subject of gender. This years editors are Rebecca Gibson and April Buck. The editors have many exciting ideas to accompany this

year’s issue of NVG. “We have plans to do many classroom presentations, a couple of workshops and we will be collaborating with several groups on campus to host a Publications Day that will culminate in a concert by a talented young woman,” said April Buck. “Publications Day will be followed by an evening of entertainment at the Michiana Monologues.” NVG is currently accepting submissions for the 2010 issue in the genres of poetry, essay, short fiction, research papers, short non-fiction, drama, personal accounts, creative non-fiction, and visual art. They are also accepting music/video submissions for their website at: The deadline for submissions is Feb. 28, 2010. For more information, contact The Undergraduate Research Journal (URJ) is an academic journal that publishes research papers from undergraduate IUSB students. The URJ accepts submissions in academic research. Their intent is to recognize the scholarly accomplishment of undergraduate students at the university. The URJ will be accepting submissions for the 2010 issue soon. Visit for more information.

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Getting published is one way to show off your academic accomplishments while in school. All journals are student reviewed and edited.

The Analecta is currently accepting submissions for next year’s editor. Those interested should contact professor Kelcey Parker at Students interested in submitted their gender oriented works should submit their works to Submissions will be taken until Feb. 28, 2010.

Club Profile: Get medieval with SCA By ANDREW SHENEMAN Two knights are locked in combat, the sun glinting off their broadswords as they clang against each other. This is not a fantasy story, it’s one of the activities of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). The SCA’s kingdom of Midrelm serves Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with the local barony of White Water serving the Northern Indiana and southern Michigan areas. Despite the somewhat Tolkien-esque names, the SCA does not involve itself in fantasy or magical realms, but is a not-forprofit ‘historical recreation’ organization that attempts to recreate the look and feel of medieval and Renaissance Europe. Sara Neverly, known within the SCA as Lady Zafirah, said that they differ from historical reenactors. “We don’t re-create specific


SCA practices at Twin Branch Park on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. during the warm months before moving to the Grille in the Administration Building when the weather turns cold.

battles or events,” Neverly said. The battles and tournaments the SCA holds are live and unscripted. The local barony practices Fridays at 6:30 p.m. at Twin Branch Park during the summer,.In the winter when cold weather and snow work against them, they move into the Grille on campus. The hand-to-hand combat is primarily divided into two catego-

ries: Heavy combat, wearing full armor, and using broadswords, and light combat, which focuses on rapiers and is very similar to fencing. Heavy emphasis is placed on safety, combatants wear full armor, including padding and grills on the helmets that would not have been seen in real medieval Europe, and rapiers have their tips cut off and foam placed on the end.

Archery is also a popular part of the combat. Archers can use most any type of bow except composite bows (which did not exist in the middle ages). The archery is also divided into two categories, target archery, which just like it sounds involves firing at stationary targets and combat archery, where safety tips are placed on the arrows and see SCA page 7

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SBCT’s Arsenic and Old Lace By APRIL BUCK For those who have never seen Arsenic and Old Lace, the play is a dark comedy set in Brooklyn, New York and centered on the Brewster Family. Maiden Aunts Abby and Martha, their nephew Teddy who believes he is President Theodore Roosevelt, Mortimer, the theatre hating drama critic, and Jonathan the prodigal nephew. The ensemble cast was fantastic, though several stars shone a bit brighter than the others. Leigh Taylor is superb in her role as Abby Brewster. She has the mannerisms, facial expressions and perfect tone to inject comedy into a self proclaimed murderess. Taylor and her counterpart Mary

THEATRE REVIEW South Bend Civic Theatre is showing a production of Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Craig McNab. It runs through Sep. 20. Ann Moran who sweetly portrays Martha were wholly believable as the compassionate Brewster sisters. Matthew Bell was excellent portraying Jonathan Brewster, looking out into the audience with maniacal eyes, and acting with a murderous bent. Todd Sheneman provides a wonderfully eccentric Teddy. His frequent charges up San Juan Hill and trips to Panama

insured that his presence on stage never failed to have the audience laughing. The set is genuinely wonderful. It is a single, well constructed, and detailed set that allows the whole play to be believably acted out within its parameters. The attention to detail including set design and props was impressive. Though dark, the play is a comedy and laughter rippled through the audience many times during the show. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and I give this newest SBCT production an enthusiastic thumbs up. The play is running through Sep. 20 in the Wilson Mainstage Auditorium. Visit the box office or website for ticket information.

Upcoming South Bend Civic Theatre Schedule October Rabbit Hole Studio Season Oct. 2–4, 7–11 The Elephant Man Mainstage Season Oct. 23–25, 28–31, Nov 1 December It’s A Wonderful Life Mainstage Season Dec. 4–6, 10–13, 16–20

Dramas, sci-fi among new fall shows By JENN ZELLERS It’s that time of year. No, not a weekend filled of football and tailgating, but that time of year viewers reacquaint themselves with their old friends—Gibbs, Mac, Horatio, the Office crew or the folks from 30 Rock. FOX kicked of their fall premieres this week. Next week, the old big three kick off their assortment of returning shows and new offerings. One of the biggest moves comes from another NBC cast off— “Medium” which moves from the Peacock network to the Eye network. If history is any indication, NBC’s lost is CBS’s gain. NBC has shifted its schedule around to accommodate Jay Leno’s new show. Tuesday favorite

“Law and Order: SVU” moves to Wednesdays at 9 p.m. This means that parent show “Law and Order,” now entering its twentieth season, is moving to Fridays at 9 p.m. NBC has a couple of new medical dramas to help fill the void left by “ER.” The first show “Trauma” is best described as “Emergency” on steroids and a lot more explosions. Look for this series on Mondays at 9 p.m. “Mercy” was a late addition to the fall schedule. Originally a mid-season replacement, “Mer-

cy” focuses on the nurses, rather than the doctors. This series airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CBS once again proved to the best network last year. One show is a spin-off of a show that saw a growth spurt. “NCIS: Los Angeles” is not like its mother show. Instead, this Navy crime drama focuses on the men and women who go undercover in the global war on terror. “NCIS: LA” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Rounding out CBS’s Tuesday night is “The Good Wife.” It’s a mixture of fiction and reality


when a mother of two is forced back into her career as a lawyer at a time Chicago law firm when her husband is carted off to jail. “Wife” airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. CBS is also venturing into the into the world of medical dramas with “Three Rivers.” “Rivers” centers on a team of doctors who specialize in organ transplant surgery, this series offers a different perspective in world of medicine. ABC is going retro in November. But before that happens, they’re offering viewers some some good old fashioned drama, witches and sci-fi. “The Forgotten” is a show centered on a former detective who leads of team of other detectives who go in search of the forgotten—cases who’s trail is cold and see TV page 8

SCA: ‘History is a very vibrant exciting thing...that’s why we do this.” from PAGE 5 they are fired at live people. The SCA also does horseback combat, falconry, and even constructs siege weapons. White Water has recently completed a bastila—effectively a giant crossbow. It can fire a piece of PVC pipe, they don’t use real spears for safety reasons, about 80 yards. They are currently working on construction of a trebuchet. But while the combat is the most visible part of what the SCA does, it’s far from the only thing

they are involved in. At any event they are involved in there will be performers reciting poems, or playing songs from the Middle ages, as well as craftsmen peddling their wares, using the same techniques that were used in the 1200-1600’s, as well as bakers, brewers, and herbalists providing their goods. The SCA also makes their own costumes, they have sewing circles for making clothes that would have been worn in the Middle ages, although they also have a store of costumes for newcomers to try out, however, everybody

is encouraged to eventually make their own clothes. “We also trade,” Neverly said, “I might be great at sewing, but not at making chain mail, we will trade so we all get what we need.” Ben Koffman described the process of making chain mail. He takes metal links, hooks four of them onto one, hooks those together until he has a chain, then hooking the chains together. “It’s a lot of cussing and a pair of pliers,” Koffman said. Neverly says the best part helping to teach children about history.

“History is a very vibrant, exciting thing, and it’s great to be able to help people understand that,” she said. “We love history, that’s why we do this.” And for people who think they’re still a bunch of dorks: “We are dorks, but we’re dorks in armor, we’re dorks with huge bruises along our arm. Anybody who wants can join us and see what we’re all about,” Neverly said. For information on joining the local Barony, contact Sarah Neverly at sarah_neverly@netzero. com.

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Review of King Lear at Notre Dame Jake Jones Preface correspondent Although I am not the most experienced of theatre goers I found the production of Shakespeare’s King Lear to be very entertaining at Notre Dame’s Washington Hall. The play was put on by the Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) company. The company is unique in its approach to theatre for a few reasons. First there is very little set and few props, this leaves much of the environment to the imagination of the audience with assistance from the actors ability to convey the setting. At first this innovation is a little off putting because it is hard to determine what the circumstances are for the characters. However, the initial confusion subsides with a greater emphasis on the actors who make the lack of solid setting an afterthought with their changes in acting style. The second distinct characteristic regarding the production was its limited use of actors. Only five actors took the stage for a play that had fourteen important roles. During the play the actors would get in discussions, arguments, and even physical fights with themselves. Of course on paper this seems like it would be very confusing but the actors change their demeanor quickly by simply putting on a glove or taking off a pair of glasses they convey their change of character clearly to the audience. There was at times a distinct conflict with the use of the same actors for multiple roles as the play climaxed and one actor was locked in battle with himself. I, along with the audience, found the scene very humorous as the actor made a piercing stab and then paused for a moment to go to the other end of his sword to receive a mortal wound. However, I imagine that in the play this is supposed to be a very dramatic occurrence but the way in which it was presented was more Jim Carrian than Shakespearian. But the importance of being entertained overcomes that of being pure to the tragedy of the play. The action scenes compensated for not being able to excite see LEAR page 8


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The good, the bad, and the green By KRISTINE BAILEY The beginning of another school year is always full of promise, plans, and parties. Whether it is the excitement for club or sport activities, the goals for class projects, or welcome week festivities on and off campus, IU South Bend student and staff look get ready for a few more months of their shared educational journey. Looking, and being, as good as possible for as long as possible is part of most people’s plans. It is no different with campus. The Sustainability Committee has been busy during the summer planning for a good, green campus. They are planning for a campus where everyone from administrators to students are involved in sustainable practices in classrooms, on the grounds, and in terms of the food service. Areas being studied, similar to those in the IU Bloomington Sustainability Plan, include energy, food, land use, and the built environment. Recommendations are

Save on paper by printing duplex and recycling old paper by placing it in one of the many recycling containters on screen.

being compiled for the administration, in part, to put into action. However, green changes are not solely the responsibility of “the people in charge.” Everyone on campus is in charge of making good choices for a green campus. Where to begin? One easy habit to develop is double siding paper. The orientation and style guide sheets provided by the Preface staff were printed on one side only, wasting a whopping five pages per reporter for something that can be posted online as a re-

source or sent to each writers inbox. For every print job there is the option to select, under Properties, to print on both sides. Even better would be if this were the default setting on campus, and at home. If the eyes allow, try printing two pages per page and double siding for drafts or larger print documents. Other options exist in each class and for every club to develop more environmentally sustainable practices. What does this mean, exactly?

Reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink, reject: the 5 R’s can guide many a budding student greenie. In fact, as noted in The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, students play a “critical role… in climate actions on campus, whether in conducting necessary research, leading climate campaigns, or participating in greenhouse gas inventories.” The best and most innovative ideas for saving resources and energy tend to come from students. Many campuses promote energy competitions – to see which building can use the least. Implementing sustainability tips, tricks, and tools within new student orientation goes a long way in promoting the campus image and educating students from the moment they arrive on campus. At IU Bloomington, the Indiana Sustainable Student is available for download at https://www., and at UC San Diego’s Earl Warren College dynamic web resources were created and flash drives distributed

to provide critical campus information without passing out a lot of paper. These student led and student oriented initiatives help create a green, sustainable campus. The world is run by those who show up, the saying goes, so show up green and go for it. That will look good, front and back. As for Preface paper, yes, this is a newspaper, and its existence relies on, well, paper. However, for those who may choose to go paperless for the best source of campus news and views, check it out online at for stories, pictures, and video. Of course, the computer does use energy (think of all the labs on campus where the computers are always on, waiting for you), and the computer is made of all kinds of different materials that are not easy to recycle…maybe readers should select and share a paper copy? Choices in sustainability are everywhere, but the paper vs. virtual will have to wait until another time.

The Green Events Calendar can be found online at HOUSING: Apartments offer traditional aspects from PAGE 1 niture is included,” said Smith. With these apartments you get some of the traditional aspects of living on campus with a little bit more privacy. IUSB apartments have cable and internet access. There is access to laundry rooms, a small gym, and a small computer room in the common building located in the middle of the eight buildings. “IT is working to provide

wireless in all suites,” said Smith. Currently, according to Smith, the buildings are 70% occupied with about a 40% student return rate. “The majority of the students are traditional,” said Smith. Some residents are non-traditional students. They are still accepting applications. If you have any questions you can call (574) 520-5805 or email

TV: ABC goes sci-fi, “V” returns in November from PAGE 7 offers the survivors a chance for closure. Catch this series Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Next up is another spin-off chance for box office hit “The Witches of Eastwick.” Appropriately titled “Eastwick” its everything the movie was, only with a different cast. It’ll have a tough time slot going up against CBS’s juggernaut “CSI: NY” on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. “Flashforward” is a sci-fi show that allows the world to see its fu-

ture for a whopping two minutes and 17 seconds. The series focuses on a cast of characters all in search of the truth and meaning behind this event. Catch this series Thursdays at 8 p.m. Coming in November, ABC is re-imagining “V.” Yes, that popular 1980s show is getting a 21st century makeover complete with new characters… well, the humans anyways. “V” will come to planet Earth on Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. For videos, links to schedules visit

LEAR: Only five performers in play made it difficult to see how characters developed from PAGE 7 much emotion, by being more humorous, but the tragedy, in spite of moments of humor, remains tragic The actors multiple roles were also confusing when King Lear went mad and it became difficult to tell whether the actor was playing a different character or simply the same character drastically changed. Which brings up the essential problem that can arise with the approach, taken by the AFTLS character growth. With the same actors playing multiple characters it can be difficult to chart exactly how their

characters develop and change because the actors have to keep their characterizations very distinct but at the same time change them to reflect character growth in the play. This requires a good balance of consistency and flexibility, a balance very much achieved. Having not seen a traditional production of King Lear it is difficult for me to say if the approach adds or detracts. However I will say that the play is probably more entertaining with the multiple actor approach in place, which adds another layer of entertainment. Although it can be a bit confusing at times the approach works, and it is fresh.

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