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The north corridor in the Admin Building. Several offices began moving into the finished areas on March 25.

Admin Building almost done By TIMOTHY DANN-BARRICK Staff Writer

Anyone who has been to the second floor of the Administration Building during the past academic year can see the rewards of the hard work done on all the renovations. The construction that began in the fall of 2009 is nearing completion as expected. According to Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs Bill O’Donnell, the purposes of the renovations were to provide a more efficient floor plan to serve the needs of the building users. It was also done to address a deteriorated environment which had original carpet and drapes installed in 1964. The remodeling was also done to provide a healthier atmosphere for occupants by cleaning and replacement of ductwork, and to reduce the energy consumption by installing energy efficient lighting. “The carpet was completely

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disintegrating. It had holes and widely separated seams that represented tripping hazards,” said O’Donnell. These renovations cost $1.2 million, but they are well worth the money according to O’Donnell. “This phase reflects a floor plan design that provides suites of offices to reflect needs to work and function as departments and to have secure yet departmentally shared files.” said O’Donnell. As the renovations near com-

pletion there are discussions of possibly replacing the original heating and cooling systems to create a more energy efficient environment. “The next major project will be the project to renovate the old Associates Building into a new facility to be known as the Education and Arts Building,” said O’Donnell. “Work on that project is expected to begin fall of 2010 and be completed in April 2012.”

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As the May 4 primary elecIndiana voters tions are fast approaching, people who are interested in voting and having their voice heard regarding important issues such as Voter information for economy and healthcare should Michigan voters register to vote before it is too https://webapps.sos.state. late. Voter registration forms are required for new voters or voters who have changed their address or been in jail since the last time they voted. Forms can be found at local librarForums throughout April ies, BMVs, “The definition of to allow voters to meet the WIC, the and hear their democracy is rule of candidates County City standpoints on important Building, and the people. You can’t issues. around cam- have democracy if Their goal is to get pus through people informed and regthe Politi- people sit at home istered in this important cal Science on election day,” local election before they Club’s voter cannot vote anymore. regis tr ation — Dr. Elizabeth Bennion “The legitimacy of the drive. system depends on the “People amount of voters,” said who are registered, vote,” said Bennion. “And every vote makes Elizabeth Bennion, associate proa difference, especially in these fessor of political science. smaller local races.” The Political Science club beShe added that in the past, gan having tables set up to regwinners have occasionally won ister voters on Monday, and that by just a handful of votes. will continue until Thursday, Absentee voting begins on April 1 in Weikamp Hall, the StuApril 5 for the primary elecdent Activities Center, and tion for those unable to Northside at various vote for any reason times. on May 4. There Once regisis a mail-in optered, voters tion, or voters will get a card can go to their in the mail with county buildinformation reings to vote. garding district “The definiand voting pretion of democcinct information. racy is rule of the This information is people,” said Bennion. also available on www. “You can’t have cy if people sit at home on elecThe Political Science club will tion day.” also be hosting Primary Election

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Author Margaret Myers Feinstein will deliver a talk about Jewish Displaced Persons in postwar Germany.

Author, poet and activist Nikki Giovanni will deliver a talk as part of the Civil Rights Heritage Foundation. TICKETS REQUIRED. Call 574-520-4203 for more information.

Dr. Kenneth Smith (English) will lecture on “Little Messages That Matter,” a discussion about literacy, democracy, blogging and Twitter.

The BFA exhibit opens in the art gallery located in the Associates Building.

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March 31, 7 p.m., DW 1001

EUCLID QUARTET The Euclid Quartet will perform in the campus auditorium. Tickets required, contact box office in Northside Hall. March 31, 7:30 p.m., Northside


MOVIE NIGHT The movie Precious will be shown at housing. April 1, 7 p.m. in Housing

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WHEELCHAIR BBALL River City Rollers will play the IU South Bend Titans at 7 p.m. at the Student Activities Center. Admission is $3. April 6, 7 p.m., SAC

GUITAR STUDIO The Guitar Studio and Ensemble will perform in the Recital Hall in Northside. April 7, 7:30 p.m., Northside

The Political Science Club and the American Democracy Project will be hosting the Democratic candidates for sheriff of St. Joseph Country. April 8 at 6 p.m., DW1001

SGA Town Hall The SGA will be holding a town hall meeting. April 7 at 7 p.m., DW1001

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Elkhart campus class options available By ERIKA BLUME Staff Writer

New cancer research building at ND campus By KENDRA HORSMAN Staff Writer

More and more people are being diagnosed with cancer every year, but there is hope on the horizon. A new cancer research center is under construction. The Harper Cancer Institute is being constructed on the Notre Dame campus and is scheduled to open at the end of 2010 or the beginning of 2011 at the latest. “It is a very unique thing, [to] have this partnership between the IU school of medicine and Notre Dame,” said Dr. Rudy Navari, the project overseer for the Institute. This new $20 million dollar building is going to be used by medical students from both universities. It is being named after Michael Harper, who donated $10 million to the construction. The outside is already fully constructed and now the 60,000 square foot interior of the build-

ing is under construction. New research equipment is being brought in as well as new researchers and faculty members. According to the WSBT website this new building will help aid cancer research that is already being conducted on the Notre Dame campus. Dr. Bradley Smith has been working on a project using mice. If his hypothesis is correct, he may have found a way to speed up the treatment evaluation process for breast cancer patients. He is using probe molecules that can determine if a treatment is working in a matter of days versus months of waiting to see if a treatment is successful. “The main point of the cancer research facility is to significantly improve the cancer research going on in this community,” said Navari. He also said that “The significance of it is to have a nationally known cancer research building in this community.”

For IU South Bend students who call Elkhart home, more class options are now available at the IUSB Elkhart Center. The Elkhart Center at 125 E. Franklin Street consists of 13 classrooms, a computer lab, a student lounge, a science lab, and administrative offices. The center also houses a bookstore where students taking classes at the center can purchase their textbooks. Wireless internet and a distance learning classroom are also available. The center offers assistance with registration and schedule adjustments as well as financial aid and scholarships for Elkhart residents, according to the Extended Learning Services website. The center offers 45-50 classes each semester ranging from English, math, philosophy, and music to advanced business and education courses. The Elkhart center offers classes in both fall and spring semesters but also in summer as well. Summer classes are divided into three semesters: summer I, mid-summer, and summer II. Summer I classes being May 17 and end June 28. Mid-summer semester beings June 14 and ends

Founders day honorees go above and beyond By TIMOTHY DANN-BARRICK Staff Writer

Two professors from IU South Bend will be recognized at this year’s Founders Day ceremonies on April 16 in Bloomington for their service to Indiana University and its students. Founders Day is essentially the birthday of Indiana University, the day IU was founded. According to an article written by Rose McIlveen, it has been celebrated each year since it’s founding and has been used as an opportunity to recognize students and teachers for their “outstanding teaching, research, or service to the university”. The actual day IU was founded was Jan. 20,

1820, but ever since 1924 it has been celebrated in the spring due to the better weather. In order to be considered for the award a candidate has to be nominated by their department chairperson. After they’ve been nominated they must complete a dossier. The contents of the dossier vary depending on the type of nomination, but will usually contain journal entries written by the nominee, syllabi of classes taught by the nominee, letters of recommendation from colleagues and former students, and documentation of services performed. The dossiers are thick, completely filling a three-inch binder! Beth Kern, professor of ac-

counting, and Ann Grens, associate professor of molecular and developmental biology, both of IUSB, submitted one of these massive dossiers. Kern will receive the Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award for distinguished teaching. According to Kern, it is her philosophy to teach key concepts through the details of her courses. “It’s important to create a learning community where students are not afraid to make a mistake and can work together,” said Kern. She also experiments with teaching techniques and has written several journal articles about teaching accounting courses. see FOUNDER’S page 3


The Elkhart Campus is a viable option for those who live east of the main campus. Some of the general education classes, including some elective courses are available at the center.

July 21, and summer II classes begin July 6 and end August 16. Summer classes range from microeconomics to gender studies. There’s only one class being offered mid-summer at the Elkhart center but for a full list of courses being offered in all

semesters visit the IU Extended Learning Services website at For those interested in taking classes at Elkhart or needing hours of operation for the Elkhart Center bookstore, call (574)2945550.


PAGE 4 Second annual wheelchair basketball tournament By KENDRA HORSMAN Staff Writer

IU South Bend is hosting its second annual wheelchair basketball tournament on April 6 at 6 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. The cost is $3 and all proceeds will go to disability awareness on campus. Tim Myhlhousen, president of the Students with Disabilities Union said, “The event shows a person that just because some people are disabled does not mean they can’t do stuff that ‘normal’ people do. They just have to do it in a different way.” The IUSB men’s and women’s basketball team will form a co-ed wheelchair basketball team that will face off with the River City

Rollers. The River City Rollers are a local wheelchair basketball team. The event will begin with a pre game between the River City Rollers and faculty members from IUSB. This will be followed by a half time show and the main event featuring the Titans versus the River City Rollers. With the proceeds the Students with Disabilities Union wants to start building awareness about other disabilities that are not as noticeable, such as bipolar disorder. “We want to show people that there are other disabilities that people can’t always see right away,” said Myhlhousen.

Anthropology professor to lead excavation He has recently visited the burial site and has found a perfect crack running all the way around the dig, though no slumpLast November, Professor ing or depression of the soil. This James VanderVeen and several of indicates that the burial was well his students buried a pig on the compacted before they left the campus of IU South Bend. site. Their purVanderVeen pose was not chose a pig for the idle disthe burial beposal of a body, cause pigs are but instead to good human study the efanalogs. It is fects of decombecause of this position first similarity that hand. In just Va n d e r Ve e n a few weeks, — James VanderVeen will be using VanderVeen and Anthropology Professor this pig to demothers within onstrate to his the department anthropology of Sociology classes, includand Anthropoling one on forensic anthropology, ogy will excavate the pig and how decomposition affects the observe what has happened since body. November. “The skin, the fat, the hair, are “We buried it in a hole 120cm all the same, and the size is large by 140cm, 49cm below ground,” enough,” said VanderVeen. “A said VanderVeen. 100 pound pig is about the same By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer

“The skin, the fat, the hair, are all the same, and the size is large enough,”

as a 100 pound human.” However, he was rather disappointed in the pig itself. “I bought it from a wholesale butcher, and because of health codes they had to sell it to me ‘field-dressed,’” said VanderVeen. This means the pig is complete, except for its internal organs and probably most of its blood. VanderVeen has told his students that this will necessarily affect the process of decomposition. He is looking into purchasing future experimental subjects from local farms, so that he could have the organs included. VanderVeen intends to lead the excavation of the pig at some point between April 1 and April 13, and can be contacted at for further details by those interested in observing the disinterment.

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“It all kind of adds up to why I’m doing, I think, what I’m dolecturer inspired by ing.” Prescott did have a time in newspaper since her life where she thought she child. could be something other than a reporter. When she enrolled in Drake By Terrie Phillips Staff Writer University, she thought she might do something in linguistics or inThe ink of newspapers is often ternational relations. known to easily rub off. But one However, it was an econompart-time instructor at IU South ics class that she had on Monday Bend is convinced that the ink mornings that helped push her not only rubs off, but that it is in back into journalism. her blood. “I’m really glad it all worked From childhood Heidi out that way,” said Prescott. “[I] Prescott, adjunct instructor and never had any regrets. It’s just reporter at the South Bend Triwhat I always envisioned myself bune, knew she wanted to be a doing.” reporter. She claims it was in her Prescott worked her way up in blood. Her father, who worked the newspaper world. Starting at at the local paper in Erie, Pennsmall weekly papers, she got to sylvania as a classified salesman, experience every job associated gave her the first taste of the with the newspaper. newsroom. Prescott associates these expe“I remember him taking us riences to bringing her to South [family] into his office and I Bend and helping her with teachremember the newspaper enviing. ronment, just Even when she forever,” said got to South Bend “I just love after the Prescott. “I she had to work think that just interview of getting her way up from got it into my in my car and coming freelance writer blood.” to part time to her It was not just back to the newspaper current position. Prescott’s father knowing that they have “I think all that helped push that experience entrusted me with their her along the has helped me path of writing. story,” understand the In fourth grade business more,” —Heidi Prescott a teacher told said Prescott. “It Prescott and her has just given me parents that he such a great backthought she could write. This ground to fall back on, especially was inspiring to her. when I’m teaching.” “There’s been a lot of people Since the time Prescott graduto inspire me and help me out ated she felt that it would be realong the way,” said Prescott. warding to be able to give back “But, I think you always rethrough teaching. Especially member that teacher that first since there were teachers in her gives you encouragement. And past that inspired her. it’s different from your parents. Prescott’s life does not just Your parents can encourage you revolve around teaching and the but I think when someone from newspaper. She also does crethe outside tells you that you can ative writing including script write that really means a lot.” writing. She also likes to take different kinds of writing classes. Prescott had a family newspaper that she would distribute to “I just love writing,” said her parents and little sister. While Prescott, “I’m the type of person at St. Luke grade school she was that just likes to do a little bit of co-editor of the newspaper, The everything.” SLS Express. Prescott writes full time for The South Bend Tribune, teaches “All of these things. Each one and juggles her family life. And whether it was a teacher or being on top of balancing those responon a newspaper staff or sitting sibilities, she likes to volunteer. down and writing stories with my It is her interest in so many dad or going to the newspaper

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Students passing by the weight room in the Student Activities Center can usually find fit and toned students working out, but not all of those fit people started out fit and active when they began working out there. Zachary Duncan, a junior computer science major, began doing yoga and cardio workouts at the SAC, weighing between 235 and 240 pounds. “[When I started] I could barely run eight laps on the track,” said Duncan. “Now I can run 12 miles straight.” When Duncan first began working out, he got down to 195 lbs. However, as his appetite increased, so did the number on the scale, until he was 220 pounds. Duncan attributes the weight gain after the initial loss to not staying motivated. “I’d work out, but eat more,” he said. “When weight doesn’t go anywhere, or it comes back, that’s when you lose motivation.” In July 2009, Duncan joined and changed his diet, focusing on portion control and calorie counting. He continued doing cardio at the SAC, setting workout goals by calories instead of time or distance for maximum potential. After five months of following the plan, Duncan had reached his goal of 165 pounds. He kept up with his diet and exercise routine and weighed himself once a week with a five pound margin of error. This way, his body could catch up with the exercise, but he could still track any weight gain. This spring, Duncan added weight training to his routine and ensures that he works out almost every day, either at the SAC or at home. He also continues to follow his diet and weighs himself every week. “I don’t calorie count anymore unless I see my weight go up,” he said. He continues to eat vegetables, lean proteins, and a full breakfast. Duncan has learned that eating the majority of his calories at breakfast and the least calories at dinner has also helped him with his weight loss. “This is my motto, I read it in a magazine: You should eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch, and a peasant at dinner.”

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Zach Duncan lost weight by working out at the SAC and eating smart.

A year and a half after he began working out, Duncan runs almost every day. He has won first place in his division in two five-mile runs in South Bend. He is currently training for his first 10 mile run this April in Chicago. Since reaching his goal weight, Duncan has found himself more energized and has received many positive reactions from his friends and family members. The funniest reaction was from his older brother. They hadn’t seen each other in a long time. “When he saw me, he looked at me and said ‘where did you go?’”

All registered students have a free membership at the SAC, and can purchase one membership for a family member for $10 per month. Guests are allowed at a rate of $5 a visit. Lockers are available for day use or for semester rentals. The SAC has elliptical machines, treadmills, stationary bicycles, as well as weight machines and free weights. There are also recreational courts, fitness rooms, and a game room. Every semester there is a schedule for fitness classes available at various times, making it easy for almost any student to get involved.

with him,” said Prescott.

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Quality of life and the pursuit of manliness tempt to aspire to the ridiculous mega man freak status that is often portrayed in pop culture. These unrealistic expectations of Maintaining a healthy lifeself-image can become detrimenstyle, staying out of dangerous tal to the overall health of men situations and preventing potenand can often lead to steroid use tial health threats are often igand the anti-social behavior that nored by college-aged men, and comes with the rigid regimen of men in general. excessive training and strict diBelieve it or not, men often etary behaviors. suffer from the same eating disAlthough overtraining can be orders that women do. Binge detrimental to the health and well eating, anorexia and bulimia are being of men, the three main weight training in eating disor“Training at the gym moderation leads ders that men to a healthier, may suffer keeps me focused happier and lonfrom. Body im- on studies and it’s a ger life. age issues and “Weight lifting unrealistic or good way to relieve is good for you. inaccurate ex- the stress,” People who exerpectations of cise on a regular self-image often — IUSB student Blair Foose basis live longer cause these eatand have a better ing disorders. quality of life,” said Hieronymus. “There is a lot of pressure on Men also have a tendency to young men now to look a certain avoid cardiovascular workouts way,” said Laura Hieronymus, and low weight/high repetition nurse practitioner of the IU South routines. A well-balanced workBend Health and Wellness Cenout plan is the first step to getter. “Overtraining can be a sympting the most out of training at tom of an eating disorder.” the gym. An intelligently planned Men who “binge eat” and workout equals optimal health over-train often have a condition and well being. called “megarexia,” which is the “I try to mix in cardio workopposite of “anorexia.” outs about every three days and These men often feel weak alternate weeks with heavy liftand insignificant unless they ating and light lifting,” said IUSB By JEFF TATAY Staff Writer

Prescott: “Everyone has a story, they really do.” HEIDI

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different things that she feels makes her the kind of reporter that she is. She also associates her experiences working odd jobs and having a premature baby to the variety of interests she has, including business, nursing and management. Her life experiences, her interests and passions make her want to ask everyone questions.

It makes her want to hear everyone’s story. “Everyone does have a story, they really do,” said Prescott. “I just love after the interview of getting in my car and coming back to the newspaper knowing that they have entrusted me with their story,” she said. “I always hope that I do the best job that I can to accurately depict who they are for readers.”

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student Blair Foose. “Training at the gym keeps me focused on studies and it’s a good way to relieve the stress.” Keeping the stress levels low, and the focus on academics up, is extremely important to the overall health, safety and well-being of college men. “Men need to learn how to manage their stress, avoid situations where there are guns and alcohol and seek out help with their emotional problems,” said Hieronymus. “Young men often die from motor vehicle accidents, suicide, homicide and HIV.” Young men are less likely to die from health related issues, such as cancer and heart disease, than from lifestyle issues. “The lifestyle factors are often the culprit,” said Hieronymus. “Men need to take care of their emotional and mental health as well, such as seeking out help when they are having an emotional issue and finding spiritual help through healthy relationships.” An awareness of dangerous lifestyle habits, learning to deal with stress and emotional issues and having a realistic view of self-image can prevent men from falling into an unhealthy and threatening lifestyle and can lead to a longer, happier and fuller life.


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Hitting skid row with SBCT’s Horrors By APRIL BUCK Staff Writer

South Bend Civic Theatre (SBCT) rarely disappoints, and their recent production of Little Shop of Horrors is no exception. Under the direction of Ted Manier, the cast and crew gave a funny and entertaining performance. Little Shop of Horrors is a macabre musical written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken based on Roger Corman’s 1960 B-movie. The musical takes place in a skid row florist shop that is on the verge of closing until it becomes the home of an exotic Venus flytrap-like plant affectionately called Audrey II by its discoverer, Seymour, after his lady love, Audrey, A Motown style girl group, Chiffon (Sophie Plunkett,) Crystal (Madeline Eastman) and Ronnette (Tabitha Lee), moves the storyline along and provides

some funny moments and a beautiful harmony. Justin Williams plays shop assistant Seymour. He infuses his performance with an entirely believable evolution from a meek, inept shop assistant to a confident, though conflicted, leading man. He does an excellent job through the use of facial expression, body language and vocal talent to express Seymour’s conflict over the enticements Audrey II offers him (financial success, the love of Audrey) and the immorality of killing to sustain the plant. Clumsy and timid Seymour secretly loves his fellow employee Audrey (Abbey Frick), who is currently dating the sadistic and abusive dentist Orin (Josh Griffin). As Audrey II thrives, and all Seymour’s fingers are bandaged from providing the plant’s sustenance, business at the shop

begins booming and Seymour becomes a celebrity. Life is really starting to come up roses for Seymour. As his fame spreads, he becomes more confident and hopeful. The shop owner Mr. Mushnik, played by Allan Holody, even adopts him as his son in a wonderfully funny duet, “Mushnik & Son.” Holody and Williams perform Emily Hosinski’s choreography, an amusing parody of a romantic proposal. Early on, it becomes clear that Audrey II has a taste for blood, human blood…over time the plant reveals that it can talk and has a plan for world domination. Audrey II offers to take Seymour along for a rags-to-riches ride; he simply has to “Feed me, Seymour.” Griffin gave an extraordinary performance as Orin, the rebel sadistic dentist. Frick portrayed Audrey as a rather naïve and con-

fused woman with a fantastically poignant voice. Dave Rozmarynowski built the production’s four puppets of Audrey II and operates its two body puppets. His ability to bring life to the puppet and move it to a starring role in a production full of talent is amazing. Equally responsible for the success of Audrey II is Marty Golob. Golob delivered the dialogue and vocals of Audrey II offstage providing the plant with a humorous soul voice that is perfect for the dark humor of songs like “Feed Me (Git It)” and “Suppertime.” The show closed with some audience “ooohs” and “ahhhs” as Audrey II vines descended upon them and Audrey II moved forward on the stage, the cast urging them not to feed the plants. Little Shop is definitely another SBCT success. Congratulations on a job well done!

SBCT Upcoming Events Seussical! the Musical Century Center Bendix Theatre, April 9 thru April 11 Scenes from the Broadway Stage South Bend Civic Theatre - The Firehouse, April 14 thru May 19 Adult Acting South Bend Civic Theatre - The Firehouse, April 15 thru May 20 Shakespeare Live! South Bend Civic Theatre - The Firehouse, April 15 thru May 20 For more information call, (574) 234-1112, visit their website, or follow them on Facebook.

Losing yourself in the story of comics By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer

Beginning his frenetic presentation with a category titled “Island of Misfit Slides,” Scott McCloud showed several hundred images in about 40 minutes to the rapt crowd who attended his lecture at the Ernestine M. Raclin Auditorium on March 24. McCloud, who has worked on various projects including the Superman comic books, came to IU South Bend to guest teach about comics as a tool of visual literacy. According to McCloud, while traditional comics appeal to one sense out of our five, the newest evolution of comics—including web comics and non-traditional uses of the form of comic art—

can engage more than one sense. The purpose of a comic, McCloud tells us, is not just the story line, but the fact that that story moves through time using the linear visual movement of the cells. “There are six universally recognizable facial expressions,” said McCloud. A slide of these features garnered smiles of recognition from the audience, and then laughter as McCloud brought up a website for manipulation of those expressions. “The Gri—Scott McCloud mace Project,, lets you manipulate two elements of the expression at once,” he said. “For example, joy plus anger gets cruelty.” According to the website, this procedure is derived from the techniques laid out in McCloud’s

“Nobody gave us a choice of which world we were born into,”


non-fiction book, “Understanding Comics.” McCloud differentiates ‘comics’ from ‘cartooning’, which he defines as single panel strips that are mainly selfexpression, rather than a representation of a story line. However, Scott McCloud according to McCloud, many things other than modern drawings can constitute comic art, including the works of narrative illustrator Edward Gorey, the narrative stained glass windows of churches, and airline safety cards that use illustration to give instructions. Speaking of a 12-month va-

cation during which he and his family traveled through all 50 states, Canada, and parts of Europe, McCloud expressed that there were still times at which his family used books, music, and the Internet as an escape from their escape. “Nobody gave us a choice of which world we were born into,” said McCloud. “Regardless of how wonderful that world is, we all need to get away from it into different worlds occasionally.” The escape is affected through the storyline of the used media, drawing you in so much that you

ignore the ‘Proscenium Arch,’ the frame that surrounds the work. In the case of theatre, it is truly an arch around the stage, but with a comic book or web comic it is the frame of the cell, or with a book, the shape of the page. This desired transparency becomes a problem when dealing with how comics are evolving with changing technology. Instead of the user being able to ignore the screen on which the technology is printed, the screen becomes all too real when the user needs to scroll down to finish reading a web comic. Also, there has been experimentation with moving comics, and according to McCloud, the movement where none was seen before yanks the viewer out of the storyline. McCloud’s visit to IUSB has had a transformational effect on various members of the audience, who will now be enjoying their comics with a bit more depth to them, and certainly not looking at them as the same light entertainment in the future.

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B.Y.O.B: (Bring Your Own Bag) gers. One bag even crumples up into its own built in carrying bag that will fit almost anywhere. I try not to accumulate too This is a satisfying collection much stuff. This likely comes to build. Admittedly, I push my from my mother’s teachings obsession on others. I sell bags that more stuff is more to dust, with most every group or orbut it is also grounded in an ganization with which I volunenvironmental ethic. Plus, I am teer. I give them as gifts. Who cheap. Why spend money on doesn’t need one? things when I could spend it on I realize that it takes natural an experience? resources to make the bags, so I do have one collection, I usually only give and acquire though. It is kind of embarrassones I think will get used. I am ing how out of hand it is getintimately familiar with how to ting. I display my collection not best fill each style and size of on a shelf or on the wall, but bag. I would rather bag my own, all around town whenever I am t h a n k shopping you very - for necesmuch, in sities, of order to Your thoughts become your words. course. I have Your words become your actions. maximize a reusable Your actions become your habits. their usefulness at bag collecYour habits become your values. the store tion. or market. Your values become your destiny. They by KRISTINE BAILEY Green Columnist

are cloth, Even as -Mahatma Gandhi organic the large cotton reusable or hemp; bag from they are a home recycled plastic, or they are improvement store bulges at the some strange recycled or reseams in it’s efforts to contain claimed sturdy polyester weave all the other reusables, I still try with prints on them. Most sport and stuff more of them in every a logo or saying or have cute year. art work on them. We have an It is also satisfying to have ironed-on picture of our dog on this lively and interesting colone, which gets lots of complilection when I make a big shopments from cashiers and bagping trip. I see other shoppers

leaving the store, their carts overflowing with plastic bags, bags that are often falling short of their full carrying capacity. Those bags will likely have one good reuse, if that. In fact, the folks at calculated that each plastic bag is typically used for less than one hour. Mostly, when I see these carts brimming with these rustling repositories, I see oil. Plastic is a petroleum product, and each bag represents an unsustainable import from what is most likely an unstable part of the world. In the United States alone, according to Worldwatch Institute figures, 100 billion bags are used each year, representing 12 million barrels of oil. That is about as much oil as the U.S. imports every day. In addition to the oil used to make them, there is the inevitable plastic bag let loose in the wind which ends up caught in some impossible-to-reach top branch of a tree, bobbing along in the rivers or lakes, or endangering wildlife and destroying the view. Bringing your own bag does involve a change of habit. One change saves: saves resources, saves wildlife, saves the view. Think about it.

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Kern served as the chair of a committee that created a model tax curriculum that is used throughout the states. Kern teaches accounting courses from introductory financial accounting to advanced MBA and MSA courses. She is involved on the AICPA committee and is an advisor to freshman accounting students. Kern has specific goals for her students. “I want them to be disciplined and critical thinkers because they will always encounter new things and need to be able to solve new problems.” Grens will receive the Presidents Award for her commitment to her students. This commitment is seen in the esteem her students have for her. The Dr. Ann Grens Biology Scholarship was named in her honor and given by many of her former students. “Considering how little spare

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cash the average undergraduate [a] recent college graduate has, the fact that so many of them were willing to contribute speaks volumes...,” said Grens. That scholarship is one of the few to be named after a living IU professor. Grens advises over 350 students, which is well above the average number for an adviser. She also serves the student body in a number of ways including guest teaching in the secondary science methods course for education majors and serves on the Academic Learning Services Board which provides students services such as the Writing Center and the Academic Center for Excellence. She also keeps a live dragon in her office, her pet inland bearded dragon from Australia, and was recently selected as an honorary coach to the women’s basketball team.


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