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THE PREFACE The official student newspaper of IU South Bend.

October 28, 2009


Media Commons opens  IUSB’s media

Unleash the madness from the SAC In a few short weeks, students will be able to cheer on the Titans as they begin the quest in the new season. A pep rally was held Oct. 20 in the SAC to showcase this year’s men’s and women’s teams to the IUSB community and public. The event night was capped off with a magician hosted by Titan Productions./SEE PAGE 6

FAFSA changes Filling out financial aid next year got a little bit easier. An initiative by the Obama Administration to get more students into college has lead to simplifying the financial aid forms. One of the changes allows filers to import tax information directly from the Internal Revenue Service into the form./SEE PAGE 5

Celebrate a green Halloween Green columnist Kristine Bailey offers some tips on how to celebrate Halloween, while helping save the environment by going green./SEE PAGE 8

Time Change! We fall back this weekend. Before you go to bed on Saturday, set all your clocks back an hour. Especially your alarm clock. That would be bad.

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commons dedication a celebration of opportunity. By JERRY SAILOR

IU South Bend students and their community supporters came out last Wednesday for the Media Commons dedication ceremony for the Dorene Dwyer Hammes Media Commons and Café located in the Franklin D. Schurz Library. The new Commons will help boost IUSB students’ class and school club presentations. “The typing room was a special feature with the electric one always in demand,” said Michele Russo, the dean of library services. “The Internet was still pretty much unknown to most of the world and so, this building was designed for the print world that dominated at the time.” The new facility will give students the opportunity to communication through images and sound, giving students the tools for the future. “Today we have real-world facilities for our students and with our outstanding Instructional Media staff, our students also have expert consultation and production assistance,” Russo said during her dedication address. “The goal is to merge all technology and information into one area.” “The Media Commons and Café are the perfect complement to the Information Commons located just across the lobby,” said Chancellor Una Mae Reck. Both were made possible by the generous lead donation of Dorene and Jerry Hammes. “I think that everyone who lives in this area is aware of the great impact that Dorene and SAT

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Dorene and Jerry Hammes express their commitment to the IU South Bend campus and to the community at the dedication for the Dorene Dywer Hammes Media Commons and Café on Oct. 21. Below Instructional Media Services Director Jim Yocom explains the new multimedia production studio located in the library.

Jerry Hammes have made on this community through their many generous gifts to civic, educational and charitable organizations,” said Russo. “We deeply appreciate that they have included IU South Bend, and particularly the Schurz Library as one of their beneficiaries.” In the space, students can find such things as self-service coffee bar; an eco-friendly LED TV; a variety of current newspapers and news magazines; and full wireless connectivity. There is also an area in back where individuals and small groups can watch videos, DVDs or Blu-ray and listen to CDs. “It is a place where students can come and make an informed choice,” said Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Alfred J. Guilsee HAMMES/5


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Empowering victims of domestic abuse By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer

The first Women’s Studies Brown Bag speaker brought a very important issue into clear focus— how poverty affects female victims of domestic violence, and what can be done about it. “In 1965 no one had heard of domestic violence, and by the 1990s domestic violence was made an issue of public health,” said Meg Schnabel, Executive Director of Redevelopment Opportunities for Women, Inc. (ROW). “There are now college courses taught in domestic violence prevention.” While the increase in attention to the issue has brought government funding, and the legislation of the Violence Against Women Act, it has also brought the corresponding problems of professionalization to the movement. “Now positions at shelters are staffed by people with a Masters degree in social work, not people who have experienced oppression and violence,” said Schnabel. “There is also the influence of psy-

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The discussion of how poverty affects victims of domestic violence was the first topic of the Women’s Studies Brown Bag speaker series.

chological explanations, where the system now thinks the answer is to put the woman in to therapy as if fixing her mind will fix the problem.” Schnabel, a founding member of ROW, said that the members recognized a need to move beyond government funded services and to expand into areas where government money wouldn’t touch. “Economic abuse is easily overlooked as a form of domestic abuse,” said Schnabel.

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Economic dependency can lead to coercion in a relationship, making it more difficult or even impossible for a woman to leave her partner as that partner systematically destroys her credit, hoards money, restricts access to education and work opportunities, and/ or gambles or spends away common funds. “Access to childcare, access to transportation, and access to independent income,” were the three factors which Schnabel identified

as those which battered women felt were crucial to their long term safety, which raised a question from the audience. “Where does healthcare fall in there?” asked IU South Bend student Kellirae Boann. Schnabel said that economic dependence can be closely tied to access to healthcare, especially for women who use women’s shelters with their children. These women are sometimes disinclined to use healthcare for fear of racking up enormous debts. Others will stay with an abusive partner so they have continued access to healthcare. Every day, battered women face the difficult realities about their decision to leave. Schnabel’s group tries to make those decisions easier. ROW’s vision for services includes educating women about economic choices and how they are affected by them, establishing savings accounts in their names, following up their advocacy to make sure it is effective, and attempting legislative advocacy. “If poor people build up assets, they quickly become ineligible for

“In a heterosexual marriage when a woman leaves, her income goes down, while her male partner’s income goes up,” —Professor Andrea Rusnock government assistance programs, and slide back into poverty,” said Schnabel. There are other factors that work against women who leave an abusive relationship. “In a heterosexual marriage when a woman leaves, her income goes down, while her male partner’s income goes up,” said Andrea Rusnock, professor of the arts and women’s studies. ROW helps to alleviate this problem by establishing Individual Deposit Accounts for interested women, and then matching their donations as much as three to one, up to four thousand dollars. With their success rate, ROW and Schnabel are quite optimistic for the future.

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OnCourse’s own “Wikipedia” By DANIELLE MOLNAR Staff Writer

Some professors have frowned upon the use of Wikipedia as a source for doing research. Some even warn students away by docking points from assignments. In 1994, the first wiki software program was invented by Ward Cunningham. In 2001, Wikipedia rose, making wiki software more available to the public. The software used to run Wikipedia can be a useful educational tool. In July 2006, IU launched its own version of the wiki and put it onto their OnCourse software. “The OnCourse wiki has actually been in place for several semesters,” said John Gosney, Vice

President Information Technologies. “Enhancements [are] being continually reviewed and implemented.” The OnCourse wiki allows for students, faculty, instructors, and sometimes external participants, to more easily discuss and learn about topics within their subject.. It, like other wiki sites, also allows for the transfer of information between members. “The ability to engage in more collaborative discussions is a key element of many of the ’Web 2.0‘ technologies to which both students [and] instructors are now accustomed,” said Gosney. “By integrating this functionality into OnCourse, the teaching and learning process can be extended be-

yond the traditional classroom to take advantage of various online resources.” How can a wiki help with this? According to Wikipedia, the most popular wiki on the web, “a wiki is a website that uses wiki software, allowing the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages, using simplified markup language.” Wikis can be used to power community websites, for note taking, intranets, and management systems- nearly anything, including education systems. Wikis, like Wikipedia, usually serve a specific purpose, and “offtopic material” is removed by the user community fairly quickly. The OnCourse wiki, in the same way,

Purdue student aims to help protect America By REBECCCA GIBSON Staff Writer

Each year America’s ports process between six and 10 million cargo containers. Any one of them could contain contraband nuclear material, either in the form of a bomb, or raw materials to make a bomb. With that many containers to process, there is no real way to search them all manually. Anyone who wanted to get around current procedures, usually X-ray machines, could lead line their product. Purdue grad student Steve Kane is working on an experiment that would revolutionize detection capabilities while minimizing false alarms and interference from background radiation. “Using ‘neutron interrogation’ our neutron generator bounces neutrons off suspect material which causes the material to emit a photon with a unique energy sequence,” said Kane. “By analyzing the spectral lines, we can determine the element without needing to open the container.” Kane’s goal is 95% detection with only .1% false alarms. The current detection methods produce 300 false alarms daily. “A successful attack would shut down all U.S. ports for over 10 days and cost around $58 billion,” said Kane. Kane’s ‘neutron in, photon out’ detection system has several fail

is designed for “collaboration and learning” practices only. The IU wiki is part of a larger Sakai open-source collaborative framework. As part of the Sakai framework, IU students and faculty can access resources from other institutions using the same software. Sakai allows the system to “further the innovative use of technology-enhanced pedagogies via not just the wiki, but a wide range of additional tools” provided by its software. “The use of wikis in higher education is a growing area of interest as the ability to facilitate more active teaching and learning processes via technology continues to be explored,” Gosney said.

WiFi now available in River Crossing Apartments In a bulletin board announcement last week, WiFi is now available in all eight River Crossing residential buildings. A wireless upgrade was also made to the community building. The newest upgrades included the newest version of WiFi, 802.11n. In other IT news, students who have not migrated to either Umail or Imail will be migrating to Umail beginning Oct. 29. This move only applies to graduate and undergraduate students curently using webmail and does affect faculty, staff or hourly employees who hold a dual role as student.

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Purdue grad student Steve Kane is working on an experiment that would revolutionize the detection capabilities at U.S. ports. Kane talked about his experiment at a discussion in Northside Hall last week.

safes to make sure that what it is detecting is actually ‘fissile material,’ which is material that when activated by a neutron will form a chain reaction of nuclei giving off neutrons and photons, in the form of gamma-rays. The detection methods were tested at the Edgewood Biochemical Center in Maryland with live chemical agents. Because they image the nucleus of the atoms, instead of just imaging the density as an X-ray does, the detection methods can be used to detect chemical and biological warfare agents as well as SNM. And the detection worked. “They tried to fool us with a

combination of materials, but the system was able to detect both,” said Kane. These systems also do not rely on operator awareness. They are automated to calibrate for certain materials and scan, and then image what material is where in a container. Smaller units than the one on which Kane will soon be working have been used to scan packages for biological agents, and cars for bombs. Kane hopes to soon be able to work on perfecting a scale model of a detection unit for cargo containers, at the Oakridge National Laboratory.

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Unleash the madness from the SAC By JEFF TATAY Staff Writer

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Junior Josh Stoops #42 makes a slam dunk shot in the Titan Madness scrimmage game. The first game for the Men’s team is this Friday, Oct. 30 at the Laporte Civic Center against Purdue North Central at 8 p.m. Eastern. The Women’s team first game is agasint Wilberforce University Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at the SAC,

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Ever wanted to have your voice heard at the University? A great way to do so is at the Chow with the Chancellor. On Monday Oct. 9 the Chow with the Chancellor was held at the Elkhart campus Some topics discussed were financial aid, parking, and the classes being held at the South Bend as well as Elkhart campus. “Be prepared,” said Chancellor Una Mae Reck. “Register for 15 credit hours, it doesn’t cost to drop one and that way you would still have 12 credit hours and you won’t have to pay back your financial aid. Protect your financial aid and your education. You owe it to yourself.” “What do we do about the parking situation on the South Bend campus? There is hardly

anywhere to park,” said student Jamie Henderson. Reck suggested to the group that students use the lots on Hildreth and Ester streets. They are rarely full. Most students agreed that U100 was a great class to take no matter if you are starting out after being away from school or if you are just coming out of high school. College as we all know, is a lot different than high school. “U100 class is the best class so far. It helps you get into the swing of things,” said Clare Slaboch. “[It] teaches you a new approach that will help you get through your college years.” This spring of 2010 there is to be a 25% increase of classes at the Elkhart campus. And according to Reck, there was a 30% increase in enrollment this semester.

The Titan Madness pep rally for the men and women’s basketball teams tipped-off the new season with a night of fun, entertainment and excitement. The event began with an introduction of the team players and coaches and a short scrimmage game from both teams. The fans were given a preview of how the teams are going to perform this season. The fans that came to Titan Madness were eligible to win a new iPod. The contestants were chosen by raffle tickets and then represented by a player from each of the teams in a 3-point contest. Whitney Cole and Tim Davis competed against one another in the final round of the 3-point contest. Cole triumphed over Davis and won the contest for the women’s team and the iPod for Kimiko Hunt. “It was a great evening,” said Hunt. “I’m glad that I came because I won the iPod.” Titan Madness focused on providing exciting entertainment and a good time for everyone who attends and is involved in the event. “It was a lot of fun and a great way to get the students involved on campus,” said Ashley Schmitt. “I got to cheer for Mark [Comparato] in the 3-point contest, which was exciting, even though I didn’t win.” Comparato shot for Schmitt in

Demon Eubanks #14 goes for a slam dunk at the Titan Madness pep rally Oct. 20. For more information on this year’s Titans basketball teams, visit their new website at

the 3-point contest, but was eliminated by finalists Cole and Davis. In addition to the exciting 3-point contest, the men’s basketball team fired-up the fans with the Slam Dunk Contest. The fans were entertained with an array of creative and entertaining slam dunk moves. #20, Dan Kunde took the title of Slam Dunk Champion with a skillfully executed 360 slam dunk. “Titan Madness is a very fun event. It’s not a huge focus on our season, but it’s a good time,” said Kunde. “Hopefully we will have a lot of the fans back this season. I’m looking forward to the season and I think it’s going to be a good year.” The men’s first game is against

Purdue North Central at LaPorte Civic Center, LaPorte, IN on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. and the women’s first game is against Wilberforce University on Nov. 3, 6 p.m. at the SAC.. For more information on the men and women’s basketball teams visit the Titan Athletics website at: Titan Madness was followed by a Titan Productions event featuring magician and comic Michael Kent. Kent reinvents the purpose of the “rubber chicken” in his act. For more information on Kent visit

FAFSA changes allow for quicker process By DANIELLE MOLNAR Staff Writer

If you haven’t noticed the extensive length of the Free Application for Federal Studend Aid (FAFSA), chances are, you haven’t been filling one out. With over 60 pages of material for the students to fill out, it was something you had to take special time to do. But not anymore. The upcoming 2010-2011 FAFSA is shorter and simpler, and allowing for less mistakes so student actually get the right amount of financial aid. “It’s going to be a lot shorter,” said Wendy Railing, a financial aid counselor at IU South Bend, “They want to make it more userfriendly.” It has been a goal of President Obama to increase financial aid for students. The White House

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Recent changes to FAFSA aim to make the process by eliminating questions and allowing filers to import tax information directly from the IRS.

issued a mandate to “simplify the application process for financial aid” and requested a report of the changes the Department of Education planned to make to the 2010 FAFSA.

Among the changes are options such as skipping questions that are irrelevant. Students over 24 or married will now not be required see FAFSA/5

NEWS/ACADEMICS FAFSA: White House initiative hopes increase access to aid by making filing process simpler. from page 4

to answer questions about their parent’s incomes. Many questions have been eliminated in general. Instead of repeatedly answering the same questions, students will answer them only one time. “The financial aid program is duplicative and repetitive,” said Railing. Often, students will answer a question for the federal government, and then again for state, and again for their school. The new FAFSA form also allows students to see, on the screen, how much aid they are eligible. They will no longer have to wait weeks to know what they will, or will not receive. Another thing the new FAFSA offers is the ability for automatic tax processing. Previously, students had to fill out their own tax information for the IRS. With the changes, if students choose to allow it, their IRS tax information will automatically be put into the form, saving time. “You’ll have to put in certain information to prove it’s you, but once you submit, it will automatically populate it all in,” said Railing. “Now financial aid packages will be correct.” This new FAFSA not only helps the students out, it also helps financial aid offices on campuses nationwide to be more efficient. In past years, since students would fill out their own information, it was sometimes inaccurate. Financial a offices are required by the federal government to confirm a certain number of student’s information via requests of personal tax and payment papers. Now with the government putting in the tax information for students, financial aid offices will no longer have to verify so many students but now only students who choose not to use the automatic tax information option. According to National Association of Student Financial Aid and Administrators, FAFSA has had 22 questions and 17 web pages eliminated. For more information, visit or


Class teaches students myths and prevention of suicide By TERRIE PHILLIPS Staff Writer

“I’ll often try to bring in more recent articles,” said DeBrule, “We don’t look at a lot of graphic imA genderal education B399 ages. Not a lot of blood and gore.” class focuses on suicide myths, preOne requirement for the class is vention and education. Assistant either a paper or project on suicide. Professor Daniel DeBrule, Ph.D., The project encourages students to teaches students about suicide and go out into the community and who it affects—everyone.. improve on suicide knowledge. The class was created and deThis can be accomplished in a signed by John McIntosh, Ph.D., variety of ways. Some students use Professor and Associate Vice pamphlets, work with a local orChancellor ganization for Acaor any way HELP AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS demic Afa student Student Counseling Center fairs. can find Administration Building 130 T h e to spread Phone: (574) 520-4125 class name knowledge is Suicide on suicide and Deand prevention. pression but does not stop there. “I think this can be relevant to Suicide is discussed in many conanyone,” said DeBrule, “I would texts including Post Traumatic suggest any type of [student in Stress Disorder (PTSD), personalthe] health related field [take the ity disorders, and mood disorders. course].” It also covers myths, theories, and This class will not be offered in signs to help in prevention. spring 2010, but may be offered in “Few misconceptions, we only fall 2010. Usually the class is oftalk about suicide and depression,” fered once or twice a year. said DeBrule. Any student contemplating There is no text book available suicide should seek help. Some for undergrad suicidology courses. resources are the student counselThe class reading material is maining center, the emergency room of ly articles. a local hospital, or the local police.

Myths about suicide • Only depressed people commit suicide. • Weather is related to suicide. • There is nothing you can do about someone who wants to commit suicide. • Suicide is genetic. • Suicide is committed more with drugs than with guns in the U.S. Myths Debunked • Anyone can commit suicide. Depressed people are more likely, but not the only ones that are at risk. • Suicide is not related to weather. However, more suicides are committed on Sunday night through Monday than any other day. • There are many things you can do to stop someone from committing suicide. Removing dangerous objects, constant supervision, or taking the suicidal person to a mental health hospital. • Suicide is not genetic. However, there may be a genetic predisposition to suicide. • Guns are used frequently in suicides. Signs to watch out for • Someone saying they would be better off dead or you would be better off without them. • Sudden urge to finalize their estate or will. • A direct threat of suicide or wish to be dead. Remember... • There is always something that can be done to prevent someone from committing suicide. • Asking someone directly if they are considering suicide may help prevent them from committing suicide. • Suicide is 100% preventable.

HAMMES: MPS offers students quality multimedia equipment to ehance school projects. from page 1

laume Jr. The most interesting area by far is the Multimedia Production Studio (MPS). This dynamic, plugged in environment holds the keys to imagination. “The sky will be the limit to creativity,” said Roger Hamburg, retired IUSB political science professor. In the MPS, students have access to a green screen, video lighting, controlled acoutiscs, and the software needed to create and edit all of your multimedia projects. Also in attendance were Ernestine Raclin, representatives of Ancon Construction and Indiana University Bloomington Architects’ Office as well as representatives from Bethel, Notre Dame, Holy Cross College and Saint Mary’s College.

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A haunting he will go   A history of the Jack O’ Lantern By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer

It seems fanciful now to think that anyone would be scared by a carved pumpkin with a candle in it, yet the Jack O’ Lantern has a frightful history mingled with tales of lost travelers and devil worship. Beginning in Ireland several centuries ago, the Jack O’ Lantern was originally a turnip, not a pumpkin. The pumpkin became the norm when many Irish immigrated to America in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and pumpkins were more prevalent than turnips. However, Jack was not originally edible either. Stingy Jack was a man who made a deal with the Devil. Imagine a dark night, during a trip to his local pub, a man is visited by the Devil. Although the date is lost to the workings of time, we can assume that in this period people believed very strongly in the Devil. Good people feared him and bad people abandoned themselves to him. Crafty people tried to outdo him in puzzles of logic or

trickery. The devil sits down next to Jack and Jack offers to buy him a drink, yet when the time comes to pay up, Jack tricks the Devil into becoming a magic coin which will buy him as many drinks as he wants and then puts him into his pocket next to a crucifix so that he cannot change form or leave. Leaving the bar, Jack offers to let the Devil go, for a price. When he dies, the Devil must not try to

surrounding the Jack O’ Lantern is possibly older than the deal with the Devil. It is the Will O’ the Wisp, a playful fairy, the eerie glow that tempts travelers into bogs at night and drowns them. While there is a perfectly ordinary reason for the Will O’ the Wisp, illuminated swamp gas, it creates an illusion of safety for foot travelers which can soon lead them astray. Said to look like a short being carrying a lamp, the Will O’ the Wisp darts to and fro, appearing where you least expect it. Ho w e v e r, anyone who followed it would — Loreena McKennitt quickly become mired in a swamp or marsh, as it would never occur on collect his soul. The bargain is a path, only in damper places filled struck, and Jack lets the Devil go. with mud, water, or quicksand. However, the time period beThe myth of the Will O’ the ing what it is, Jack dies soon after. Wisp may have been imported Upon arrival in Heaven, God does to America, but the visions of it not want him. Jack goes down to could be home grown, as less than Hell, only to find that his bargain 100 years ago, most of Indiana works against him as the Devil will was swamp and marsh land. Afnot take him. After all, he promter a while, the tales of Jack and ised not to collect Jack’s soul. Will were combined to describe The Devil pulls a turnip from any strange light seen at n i g h t , the ground, places Jack’s soul inespecially during the early side, carves it into a face, and placfall, when the crisp es a coal inside. Now he is Jack clear days alof the Lantern, or Jack O’ Lantern. most fail to Because of his ill-made deal, Jack is chase away condemned to wander the night, a the dark of glowing face frightening and repelimpending ling all who meet him on the road. nights. The second bit of mythology

“I can see the lights in the distance Trembling in the dark cloak of night Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing A waltz on All Souls Night”

Love, joy, and pain and chocolate By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer

Laughter, companionship and chocolate, these are the marks of a good workshop for the Michiana Monologues. Organized by Faculty Advisor Dr. April Lidinsky, and co-facilitated by IU South Bend students, the purpose of the workshops are to bring people together and get their creative juices flowing. In a typical workshop the leaders will tell a bit about how the Michiana Monologues began, and show some clips from the DVD of last year’s performance. There is a communal box of chocolates in the center, and no one will watch what you take. The workshop is a safe place, where anything can be said and everyone agrees it will stay in the room. Four of this year’s workshops were co-run by New Views on Gender 2010, IUSB’s annual publication which focuses on gender. “If you want to share anonymously, the Monologues is a great place to do that,” said co-Editorin-Chief, April Buck. “If you want to see your name in print, and you’re an IUSB student, consider submitting something to New Views.” The Michiana Monologues takes submissions from the community as well as student submissions. “Our focus is on making each monologue sound like it could be from any woman, so she becomes ‘every woman,’ ” said Lidinsky.

“You could be sitting next to her in the audience, or run into her at the bookstore. We really want to seat the monologues in the community,” — April Lidinksy, faculty advisor for

Michiana Monologues.

“You could be sitting next to her in the audience, or run into her at the bookstore. We really want to seat the monologues in the community.” After a brief history, the workshops’ leaders settle down to business and speak about what makes a good monologue. The more experienced writers share tips and creative suggestions, and anyone who wants to, can share their ideas or read their unfinished pieces. All finished pieces can be submitted anonymously, and will not be spoken by their creator, so the whole process gives safety to people who could be hurt by their own truths. Although the workshops for the Michiana Monologues are over for the season, you still have a few days to enter your monologue on their website for consideration for this year’s performance. Submissions are due by Nov. 1, and can be copied and pasted into a form on Rebecca Gibson co-facilitated three workshops, is the V-Club treasurer and is Editor in Chief for New Views on Gender 2010.

Sexting could be dangerous and bring jail time By TERRIE PHILLIPS Staff Writer

Technology is always changing, aiming to make our lives easier. However, one increasing trend that is cause for concern is is sexting. Sexting is the sending and receiving of sexually explicit material. It can include semi-nude to full nude photographs or sexual language. For most adults this is a perfectly legal way of using their computer or cell phone, although, if the content is sent to or by a person

under the age of 18 it is considered child pornography and can result in real consequences. “If the age is a reasonable difference say like 18 and 15 [it] should be fine,” said Brandon Irwin, freshman, “but like 20 + than that’s way too old to be talking dirty to a minor.” Laws have been unable to keep up with the growth in technological development, therefore sexting offenders are charged under current sex laws. “If a person is convicted under the current law and if they man-

age to be released from prison, they may have to register as a sex offender,” according to a New York state website. There are other risks when sexting someone. Pictures or messages could be posted to the web or passed to other people and forever be passed around on the World Wide Web, possibly haunting a person for the rest of their life. “In this world, there are people who exist that have the technological skill to access your system and steal anything you send online,” according to

Statistically 22% of teen girls and 18% of teen boys send sexually explicit messages according to In addition to this, approximately 33% of young adults have posted sexual pictures of themselves on the internet. “For younger students or young adults it is not appropriate,” said Julie Wahll-Gasaway, freshman. If you are going to sext there are simple things you can do to protect yourself such as not sending sexually explicit images or messages to someone you just met. “Gauge for yourself what makes

a person trustworthy enough to receive your most intimate Kodak moments,” Do not think technology is full proof. “The worst mistake you could make is putting your pictures in a “private album” on Facebook or MySpace. Trust me, that’s not private,” according to Sexting is a risky thing, but be smart. If you are going to do it make sure you know who you are sexting. Know the risk of sexting and how it can affect you in your daily life.



Pure soul in the heart of Mishawaka

Saw VI, the story goes on

By JEFF TATAY Staff Writer


Guitarist and vocalist D. Anson Brody played at The Beanery in downtown Mishawaka on Oct. 24. The Beanery was packed with a crowd that became so immersed in Brody’s compelling guitar style and soulful vocals that they demanded an encore. Brody fulfilled their desire with a final song that seemed to communicate a meaningful message to his audience. “He played the guitar like a man possessed with purpose,” said Blair Anderson. Brody began playing the upright bass and singing in choir when he was ten-years-old, but he didn’t start playing the guitar until late 2006 when a coworker told him that he was not supposed to play the guitar like a bass. Brody hit the music scene in 2007, not just to prove his coworker wrong, but also to fulfill his purpose as a working musician. Brody is planning a five month tour that will end in Dallas, TX where he will record an EP titled “Elephants and Entropy.” In addition to being a working musician, Brody is planning to teach private lessons to students when he arrives in Dallas. There will be another chance to see Brody locally before he leaves the area to begin his 5-month tour.

On Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Brody will be a guest musician with Mieka Pauley at The Phoenix in downtown Mishawaka. The Phoenix is located next to The Beanery on Main St. “I always strive to provide the community with talented, local and original artists,” said Todd Mendez, owner of The Beanery. “In addition to hosting musical venues, we also support the work of artists from all mediums. Every month we dedicate our walls to a different local artist. My primary objective with The Beanery is not only to be a venue, but also a center for community cultural gathering.” The Beanery has dedicated their walls to the work of Angie Walters for the month of October. There is a strong sense of community at The Beanery. The people that are involved support each other in their artistic and entrepreneurial endeavors. “Todd and I have been great friends for many years,” said Brody. “I am really proud of him, and I really love his venue. I look forward to playing here in the future.” The next show at The Beanery will be on Oct. 30, 8 p.m. with the band Midwest Hype. For more information on The Beanery visit: For more information on Brody visit his website at:

On the Line By TERRIE PHILLIPS Staff Writer

IU South Bend College Democrats and Center for Peace and Non Violence of St. Joseph County screened On the Line Oct. 21. On the Line is a documentary on U.S. foreign policy in Latin America and the School of Americas (SOA). The film’s cast includes Martin Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Fr. Roy Bourgeois, John Perkins, and Brian Derouen. Each speaking out about the SOA/WHINSEC and Latin American soldiers trained there. The film discussed the SOA Watch founded by Bourgeois and their goal to close down the school for good. The documentary showed the development of the school and its change from SOA to WHINSEC. The only change being in the name of the school and

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Brody plays a custom 9 string Taylor guitar. He will be going to Dallas soon to record an EP titled “Elephants and Entropy.” For more information on Brody visit

Foreign Policy, Latin America, and the School of Americas

the addition of a few human rights courses. The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISEC) is a school based in Fort Benning, Georgia. The purpose of the school is to help train citizens of Latin America, there on scholarship, in war and war techniques. “[You] learn about it in the classroom,” said Caitlin Worm, IUSB College Democrats president “You can actually do something with the information.” The film shows one of America’s largest non violent movements to close the school. Every November 1,000s turn out to protest the school and its graduates. Currently the College Democrats are trying to arrange transportation to attend the demonstration on Nov. 20 thru Nov. 22.

“I knew there would be student interest,” said Worm. Students, including some from Hayley Froysland’s, Assistant Professor of History, class Latinos in the United States turned out to watch the film with a short discussion afterwards Soldiers of Conscience will be shown on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Mishawaka Public Library. This film will follow conscientious soldiers (objectors). “We had one of the objectors here in the spring, Camilo Mejia” said Worm. For more information on the College Democrats or SOA watch you can contact Worm at For more information on the film On the Line you can visit

Another installment of the Saw torture films opened Oct. 23. Blood and gore dominated the opening scene as the audience watched two people fight to stay alive at all costs. Like all of the other Saw movies torture dominated most of the movie with an interesting plot intertwined. Mostly taking place in an abandoned zoo, the new jigsaw, Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), pushes humanity to a new level. He must not only keep the game going but keep himself off the police’s radar. The movie ends with an ultimate twist and insight into Jigsaw’s (Tobin Bell) life. This movie is not meant for the easily squeamish. Very few scenes lack blood, self mutilation, mostly both. This movie revolved around the idea of choices and how they affect those around us. Unlike many torture movies, there always seems to be an underlying message not only for the main characters, but also for the audience. We see the return of many characters including Jigsaw’s wife, Jill (Betsy Russell). The game continues and lives are at stake, showing us a darker side of humanity. The movie ends with the hint of yet another installment.

Poe’s Children: scary and smart By BRANDI MILLER Editor

It doesn’t seem like it happens to often—an anthology of short stories that gives the reader chills and makes them use their brain at the same time. Poe’s Children: The New Horror which is a collection of short stories edited by Peter Straub does exactly that. The original master of horror, American author Edgar Allen Poe wrote stories that forced the reader to

think about the subject and the way it was written. His writings set the standards of the genre like nothing before him. Authors have been trying to emulate his works for years. For those who are not fairly knowledgeable of the horror genre, the only names recognizable within see STRAUB/8



Be Green this Halloween By KRISTINE BAILEY Green Columnist

holiday traditions,” according to their website. They do seem to realize that Halloween must be Have a green Halloween? fun, scary, ridiculous, and involve Enough is enough with the savesome sort of reward for being fun, the-earth stuff, right? Many of us scary, and ridiculous. There are will green up the gift giving holialternate ways to celebrate, they days by giving recycled goods or point out, that guarantee a good concert tickets, wrapping things in time but not necessarily cavities. the comics instead of non-recyclaTrick or Treating: walk instead ble paper, or simply reducing how of driving from house to house. much we Use candy purchase. wrappers B u t as crafty Some useful websites: when it gifts such comes to as bracelets Green Halloween changing and picture anything frames. about the Chances Candy Buy-Back Program biggest are, even candy fest with these of the year, tricks to Halloweencandy.aspx the one a greener where beg(and tooth ging bags friendlier) are filled Halloween, with individually plastic-wrapped there will be lots of candy left over. bundles of sugary treats? This One solution is to sell it. could be a problem. Who doesn’t At least one dentist in town, have fond memories of dressing up David Fishbaugh, of North Point in something hideous or ridicuPediatric Dentistry in South Bend, lous, running through neighborwill pay kids $2.00 per pound for hoods, banging on people’s doors, their candy. They report that they and then receiving a reward for all usually collect 500-700 pounds this craziness? It is an experience each year. No, they don’t eat candy almost too good to be true. after hours in the X-ray room. It Every pleasure has its downside. is sent to American troops overseas The folks at and to local charities. point out how unhealthy a holiday Try being a bit green this HalHalloween has become, and how loween. Just as each small hand out trash-producing it can be. Green of candy can add up to a huge pile Halloween “is a community initiaby the end of the night, each effort tive focused on creating child and can add up to make a big differEarth friendly ence.

HOW TO HAVE A GREEN HALLOWEEN Like the founders of Green Halloween, parents and celebrants who are concerned about the impact of disposable costumes, individuallywrapped candy, and the focus on mayhem, can find some good ideas for creating a fun and less environmentally degrading holiday: • Costumes: reuse, borrow, trade, purchase used or do-it-yourself. • Treat bags: Instead of plastic, one-use bags, coordinate a sack to match the costume. Think of purses, cloth sacks, backpacks, and lunchboxes. • Treats: Try something a bit healthier such as organic candy or honey sticks, or distribute treasures at parties such as polished rocks or feathers. • Pumpkins: Compost ‘em, or smash them against a pumpkin wall and allow someone else to compost them (see Events Calendar for more information). • Party Ware: Avoid disposable napkins, plates, cups, tablecloths and decorations. A one time investment can come back next year and the year after that.

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GREEN EVENTS For detailed information on each of these events go to

  11th Annual Jobs & Justice Dinner Oct. 29 Social Hour 5 – 6 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. Mishawaka FOP, 1825 East 12th St. Mishawaka, Students $15; Adults $30 or $25 each for 2;   Sustainability and Innovation: The Natural Step to Prosperity Oct. 29 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m. South Bend Marriott Hotel, To register http://www.iusb. edu/~sbocm/sustainable/. Registration $35.   “Freaky Flower” Halloween event Oct. 30 5– 8 p.m. Potawatomi Greenhouse and Conservatories. Cost is $3 per person; $10 for a family of 4; $2 for each additional child.   Arbor & Earth Day Halloween Party Fundraiser Oct. 31 6 –7 p.m. Advance tickets $5; At door $6.   America Recycles Day Fall Fest and Pumpkin Smash Nov. 7 1–4 p.m. Elkhart Environmental Center. Free   Green Building Series Nov. 10, 6 p.m. Elkhart Environmental Center, 1717 E Lusher Ave, Elkhart 574.293.5070. Free Submit an event for the IUSB Green Event Calendar to kob@

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these authors may be Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Straub himself, but that doesn’t mean that the other stories are not by any means written as well. With lengths from 11 pages up to nearly 50 pages, the stories are all deep and meaningful. Not meant to just creep out the reader, some of the subjects and outcomes stay with the reader long after they finish the last page. One of the most notable happens to be one of the first of the book, The Bees by Dan Choan. Narrated by a man haunted by his past, Choan captures the loneliness of a person who is hiding a secret that is eating away at him. The end of the story is so shocking and haunting that it is not soon forgotten by the reader. Straub continues to deliver his signature style with his own story, Little Red’s Tango, in addition to the selection of stories within this anthology. Readers will not be disappointed from the first page to the last—they may feel the need to sleep with a light on.

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Preface - October 28, 2009  

Preface - October 28, 2009