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► What are you doing over the summer? ► Jobs outlook for graduating seniors. ► Sequels, remakes highlight summer films in 2010.
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Saying good-bye BY JENN ZELLERS Editor-in-Chief
fter two-and-a-half very long and productive years, I say good-bye to The Preface, her staff and the great people I’ve met over the years. Hold it. That’s not entirely right. I am saying good-bye to The Preface, but not to the school. As complicated (or insane, depending on who you talk to) as it may seem, I am graduating in May, but I’m returning in the fall for another year to get a degree in history. When I became editor in last summer, I wasn’t under any misguided illusions that this would be an easy job. Between staff, budget, printers, stories falling apart, stories needing to be rewrote and late afternoon romps on Mondays to get photos and additional quotes to shore up stories filled my life the past year. And doing this job takes dedication. You have to love it, and you have to be willing to sacrifice your weekends to do this job. But it was all worth it. I’m not complaining about anything I’ve had to do to get each issue out every week. There was a lot of rewards that will come later on in my life. As someone once said: “Do something scary, the pay off is awesome.” Through my time on The Preface I’ve been afforded several opportunities. There are several events that stand out. The first is March 2008 when the Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential nomination campaign stopped at Mishawaka High School. Taking part of a historical
campaign is one of those events I’ll always remember. I was a part of history, not many student journalists can came that during their career. The following year, I covered the Tea Party protest—one of hundreds held on April 15, 2009. I learned what quotes to use, what quotes not to use and saw firsthand how the media skews the news. Covering politics has grown on me. This year is another election year and, the 2nd District is already shaping up to be another “all eyes on the Hoosier state” contest. I covered three of the four candidate forums held on campus. All of them interesting and informative events that saw more community turn out than student turnout. I didn’t do this job for the money (don’t expect to earn a living here), or for the clips. I did it because I loved it. But more importantly, The Preface is compromised of a dedicated staff that was willing to sacrifice a weekend to take a story, or to fill in something needed to be done. Also, Sam Centellas and Angie Klontz were angels on our shoulders when we needed something done, or needed an answer to something To Alec Hosterman and Ken Klimek, I know that The Preface will continue its transition to the Arts department and will only continue to improve over the years under your guidance and enthusiasm. And lastly, to our readers, I say thank you.
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What are your plans for the summer?
“I’m going to be working, figuring out my life, and enjoying the freedom. I am ready to find something new, to pursue my dream and see what God has planned for me.”
“I’m going to the National Guard to do basic training and I’m going back to my home country Kenya.”
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“I’m travelling for business and networking reasons and to pursue my dreams and make connections. I want to make my summer as productive as possible.”
“I am going to be coaching and playing soccer and working a lot. Also, I am going to spend time with family and friends and watching the World Cup. My eyes will be on the TV. 24/7.”
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Graduation, honorably BY REBECCA GIBSON Senior Staff Writer
his time next semester, some of you will not be here. You will have graduated. And while you rush through your finals toward that great day, graduation, you think of all the things you will miss about IU South Bend. Favorite professors, beautiful spots on campus, your favorite study nook, and how wonderfully supportive your classmates can be. However, what one also has to keep in mind is how that supportiveness can turn disruptive if shown at the graduation ceremony itself. Held at Notre Dame’s Joyce Athletics and Convocation Center, IUSB’s graduations are memorable events, yet unfortunately not for the correct reason. Large enough to hold the graduates, their families, their friends, and their families long lost aunt’s governesses, the JACC has two distinct
problems: 1) parking there is almost as complicated as parking at IUSB, and 2) the building throws and distorts sound, making murmurs resonate as though the audience carries the collective aural power of Niagara Falls, which would be bad enough if the audience kept its noises to murmurs. However, what I witnessed last year was a brutal cacophony of catcalls, whistles, and in some cases, cell phone conversations, and parents correcting unruly children. or joining in with their children’s unruliness. Somehow, in all the excitement of support the fact that graduation is supposed to be a solemn occasion, a ceremony for which the graduates have worked for many years writing dozens of papers and taking over a hundred credit hours gets
lost in the exuberance of all that work finally being over. Somehow, it gets lost by some of the graduates themselves, who decide to bring noisemakers, clap for their classmates as they’re walking instead of at the end of the ceremony, or paint their mortarboards with interesting designs, which is understandable, if not excusable. There is nothing that can be said here in a few hundred words that will change people’s behavior for the better if the seeds of that behavior are not there already. With that in mind, I hope that the seeds are there; that all IUSB students want to show not only their support to their friends, but also help them commemorate such a unique day in a way which will leave them with only positive memories, instead of a resounding headache
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from the reverberations of sound off the walls of the JACC. It is to that goal that I give you this list of things you can do to make graduation a happy time for all involved, from the audience to the graduates. Turn your cell phones off. This is not the time for Facebook, texting, tweeting, or anything else you can do on your phone. If you are in a profession where you cannot be away from the phone for two hours (perhaps you are an OB-GYN who is watching a patient or two?) then set it to vibrate and take the call outside. These professions are few and far between, and if your phone goes off loudly during Pomp and Circumstance, do not glare at those around you giving you the hairy eye. Even though you want to share this special moment with the whole family, a graduation is not a SEE GRADUATION PAGE 8
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Students to gather for Take Back the Night BY REBECCA GIBSON Senior Staff Writer
IU South Bend could be a safer place. That is the rationale behind the student organized event being held on Thursday, April 29, a Take Back the Night March. Although part of a larger movement to make America’s streets safer, this march is very much centered on the campus, beginning at 8 p.m. in the courtyard on the west side of Wiekamp Hall, and visiting areas of IUSB that students consider less than secure. Take Back the Night focuses on defining areas where there have been or could be incidents of gender-based violence. Although both men and women are welcome to march, women will be asked to head the march in a show of solidarity. “If you don’t feel safe on this campus, come march
with us, and bring it to the event. attention of campus secuBeginning in 1976 in rity,” said Women’s Studies Belgium, according to the professor April Lidinsky Take Back the Night webto her Insite (www. tro to Gentakebackder Studies thenight. “Take Back the Night” class. org), the first March/Vigil/Speak Out march had Lidinsky April 29, 8 p.m. is the facover 2000 ulty advi- Indiana University South women from sor to both 40 countries. Bend Campus the FemiWhile the (March will begin on the nist StuIUSB event grassy area just west of will not be dent Union Wiekamp Hall) and V-Club quite as big, I U S B , the FSU which are hopes it will partnering with the Coun- have an impact on campus seling Center, the WOST security and bring attention Department and the YWCA to the problems of genderin sponsoring this march. related violence in our com“This is a very important munity with the slogan on night for us,” said FSU of- their posters, “Shatter the ficer Jennifer Randall. silence, stop the violence, Randall, and FSU Presi- take back the night!” dent Mo Pickar hope for a large turnout and invite all Full disclosure: Rebecca interested students to come Gibson is the Treasurer for the and bring friends and family V-Club, and is taking the Intro to make this a community to Gender studies class.
“Tough Stuff” a success BY KRYSTAL VIVIAN Staff Writer
There are few events that can back-up traffic at IU South Bend from Mishawka Avenue to 20th Street and Twyckenham Drive, and the Second Annual Tough Stuff Recycling Festival was one of them. The event began on April 9, with local businesses and schools donating old electronics. On April 10, residents from the Michiana area brought everything from old computers to old shoes to be recycled. People began arriving by 9 a.m. Saturday morning, and traffic was backed up not long after. The event was scheduled to end at 2 p.m., but was extended an extra hour to accommodate the people who were already in line to recycle their goods, according to a press release on the IUSB website. More than 1,000 cars, vans, and trucks went through the line to drop off items that are normally dif-
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More than 1,000 cars dropped off various items during “Tough Stuff” on April 10 at IU South Bend. ficult to recycle or get rid of. Last year, around 700 cars lined up to donate. Robin Robb of Granger donated a 20-year old television. It had been sitting in his garage for a year and a half, just waiting to be thrown out. “I was waiting to dispose of it properly and cheaply,” he said. “It’s a great event.” In addition to televisions, the Tough Stuff Recycling crew accepted shoes, both reusable and non-reusable
with rubber soles, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, egg cartons, old cell phones, and old computer equipment. Some items were donated to Goodwill for resale, while used computer equipment was sent to an Apple, Inc. facility for responsible recycling within the United States. Non-reusable shoes with rubber soles were sent to Nike Grind in order to be made into material used for athletic courts.
Annual Asian cultural festival features dance, food BY APRIL BUCK Senior Staff Writer
Food, fun, education, and socializing were top priorities at this year’s 11th annual Asian Cultural Festival. The event began with a warm welcome from Dr. Yosuke Nirei. The evening was overseen by Sushma Agarwal serving as Mistress of Ceremonies. After a brief awards ceremony, dinner was served. The group certainly had a plethora of Asian foods to be enjoyed. Dinner was provided by Grand Empire and Allie’s Café with drinks donated by KADA Partnership (McDonalds) and tea bags and cups provided by Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Los Angeles office. The event was provided free of charge, but there was a free will donation box located at the entrance.
Several groups had booths representing different countries, and there was even a henna tattoo artist on location. After dinner, festival goers were treated to entertainment designed to “transport” them to the East. Ruby Jazayre and her group of talented dancers, including IU South Bend students, presented a belly dance presentation. A Japanese mask dance followed by a Japanese Tea Ceremony took the audience to Japan. A group of four young girls brought Bollywood to South Bend as they performed an Indian dance (think Slumdog Millionaire). Speaker Thomas Fujimura, Executive Director of curriculum and instructional development at South Bend Community School corporation, gave a talk en-
titled “Education and Life”. He talked about his cultural upbringing as a JapaneseAmerican in Hawaii during the post-World War II era and his subsequent military service. “I remember my father telling me ‘Tommy, I want you to get an education not for living, but for life’. “This resonated within me several times as I progressed through my educational career. I took the teaching of my parents literally,” said Fujimara. “I was given a set of values, the courage to persevere, the audacity to pick myself up in times of adversity, and a mind to see the glass half full. These are things that were not taught to me in any school, public or private, university or college.” As part of the evening a parade of participants, cos-
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Students performing a culture a dance at the Asian Food Festival on April 23. tumed in traditional dress, gave the audience a peek at the eastern countries represented in the festival. There were interesting and lovely outfits from China, Philippines, Japan, Korea, and India. IUSB student, Corey Patterson, gave a presentation about his travels in Tokoyo,
“Eating in Japan.” Often humorous, Patterson gave the audience a “taste” of his time in Japan. From curry filled long johns to themed restaurants to interesting vending machines. Also on the program were a martial arts demonstration (including Okinawa kobayashi Syorin Ryu Ka-
rate, Kendo, Karate, Aikida and various Japanese weapons), Tai Chi, and “Sukiyaki”. The annual event is put together by the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Committee and was held on Friday, April 23 in The Grille.
Give back, get fines forgiven
Find a job with the help of Career Services
BY REBECCA GIBSON Senior Staff Writer
This year’s graduating class can expect to find more jobs available to them than last year’s graduates. That’s not to say that the job market is booming with jobs for new college graduates, but it’s definitely better than last year. A survey conducted by CareerBuilder, an online career site, claims that while the total number of employers planning to hire recent graduates is only 44%, from last year’s 43 %, one in five of those employers plan to hire more graduates than they did last year. This number is still down from previous years, however, and students will need a lot more in their bag of tricks to get the job they are looking for than in previous years. Jeff Jackson, director of career services at IU South Bend, reminds students that Career Services is open to all students and graduates for assistance in job placement. “We can get [their] resume into the hands of a hiring supervisor, but it takes them to convince the employer that they are the best person for this job,” Jackson said. Career Services also assists with interviewing skills, resume writing, and offers a website with job postings sent to them. These services are available to all students and graduates. According to Jackson, many students just aren’t applying to these jobs. Companies like Enterprise, Sherwin Williams and Frito-Lay have posted job openings on the Career Services site. “Some of these students may be turned off by the employer,” he said. “You’re going to have to start somewhere.” Jackson suggests finding the jobs you are interested in (and even some that you’re not, but can stand to be in for a few years) and bring-
IU South Bend’s once-asemester program of Food For Fines at the Schurz Library has just begun. Running through May 7, this program provides an amnesty for stressed students with overdue books, allowing them to trade nonperishable food items for accrued fines. According to the program coordinator and Circulation Supervisor Kathy Plodowski, this successful program has been running for about 10 years, and is a great opportunity to give students the chance to alleviate the fines and deal with a real need for food in the community. “If students are strapped they can bring in Ramen noodles, Jell-o packets, Kool-aid; the only restriction is the food has to be non-perishable,” said Plodowski. Each item brought in reduces the student’s fine debt by one dollar, but only for
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Help out the local community by donating non-perishable foods to the library to reduce your library fines. fines accrued on books borrowed from the IUSB campus library. “If they borrowed from another IU library using interlibrary loan, this program doesn’t apply to those fines,” said Plodowski.’ Other universities also do amnesty days, however Plodowski chose this type of amnesty so that IUSB could give back to the community.
“We actually lose revenue with this program, but it really meets a community need,” said Plodowski. A few more things she would like students to keep in mind: the donations do not apply toward damaged items or replacement fines, and no matter how good your intentions, tofu is perishable.
End of the year festival BY APRIL BUCK Senior Staff Writer
Need to de-stress before finals week? Come join Titan Productions for a day of music, fun, and food. “We are trying to start a new campus tradition,” Sam Centellas, director of Student Life said. “A large scale spring outdoor event, with food, music, and students enjoying the end of the semester.” The event will be held Friday, April 30 on the lawn of the student housing complex. Students are encouraged to walk over, but parking is available. If it should happen to rain, the event will be moved inside to the
Student Activity Center. games, Theta Phi Alpha will According to the flyers be selling port-a-pit chicken, on campus, there will be and Kona Ice will be selling musical ensnow cones. tertainment, “We’re just Titan Fest and student doing everywill be held groups will thing we can have booths. to make this Friday, April 30 In addition, festival fun,” from noon to 8 p.m. Titan Producsaid Santos. on the field near tions presi“We want Student Housing. dent, Angela students to Santos, said have an outlet In the event of rain, it will there will be a for relaxation be moved to the SAC. dunk tank ofbefore finals fered by Delta next week. Sigma Phi. It’s going to “You buy balls for a dol- be great.” lar and get a chance to dunk For more information, one of the cute fraternity students can email Titan boys.” Productions, titanpro@iusb. The poker club will have edu. four tables set up for playing
BY DANI MOLNAR Senior Staff Writer
Over 1,000 students will graduate in May 2010, and while their time may be done at IU South Bend, they still have access to Career Services for job placement assistance. ing them a list, so that they can contact the company on your behalf as well. “The goal is to get work experience. As this economy slowly comes out, at least you have work experience where you can transfer if you like.” Try to have multiple contacts with the company you are applying with. Go online and apply, and go to Career Services and fill out a resume. Once you finally get the interview, remember that you have to sell yourself. “You’ve got to make sure that you exude that on that particular day,” Jackson said. “They’re looking for go-getters.” Not only do you have to present yourself at an interview, you have to at least pretend like you know the company. Go to their website and find out what their
values are, what they are looking for in employees, and make sure the employer knows that you are the best fit for their company. “Even though companies are gradually starting to hire again, the job market will still be challenging for college graduates this year,” Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America, said. If you can nail the interview, your chances of getting the job are much higher. Remember also to include all of your experience, whether it’s internships, sports, school organizations, volunteer work, or even class work, as each of these things may make the difference for you in your job search. For a listing of the jobs available through Career Services, visit IUSBcareers. com.
To be taken seriously End of the semester also means filling out evaluations to grade professors and their classes.
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Pilar Barahona spoke with the Spanish Club about a variety of Chilean artifacts.
BY DEANNE LANDES Preface Correspondent BY JENN ZELLERS Editor-in-Chief
The dreaded white rectangle sheets of paper. Yes, it is that time of year again for student evaluations. On top of papers, projects, presentations and finals, IU South Bend has asked students to fill out teacher evaluations. According to Alec Hosterman, professor and advisor for Communication Arts, evaluations are “a long term college tradition, not soon to go away.” If students have strong opinions, they should take the evaluations seriously. Some students like Joel Bazzell agree. “I personally think that students only fill them out if they have an issue with a professor,” Bazzell said. Bazzell also feels that students might ignore the evaluations all together unless there was some incentive, such as the professor offering extra credit to get students to fill them out. Students like sophomore elementary education major Nicole Freeman take evaluations seriously. “They give professors feedback on how to improve or tweak their lessons for future classes,” Freeman said. “It also helps the administration see when a prof is not performing up to standards or a particular class is not achieving the goals set forth.” And while the evaluations may be affective, Freeman feels that some students
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Filling out evaluations is important because they help professors adjust and plan future course offerings. take a biased stance toward the evaluations. “I think Evaluations are effective, but I also know a lot of people that base their evaluation purely on the grade they are getting in the class,” Freeman said. “One’s grade in a class and the effectiveness of the teacher do not always go hand in hand.” Nursing Major Aleah Wilburn sees the evaluations as a way for a student to give their opinion anonymously. “It’s a great opportunity to express your thoughts, sentiments, appreciations, comments, concerns or overall feelings about a class and the professor,” Wilburn said. “I’ve always been a student who values taking the time to let my professors know how I value their classes and value their time, and overall see evaluations as a powerful tool.” Wilburn also fees that professors appreciate the feedback from students. “They have always expressed how important student feedback is to them and how they try to adjust their classes accordingly,” Wilburn said. Bazzell isn’t sure if the evaluations are all that helpful to professors.
“I’m not sure because “I don’t lead them. I just more than likely the input want objective opinions,” is mostly negative,” Bazzell Hosterman said. said. From the evaluations And while the number that Guillaume has read, of evaluations remains low, some evaluations are not some professors have opted taken seriously by the stuto offer students an incen- dents. tive to complete them. “The evaluations should “Stube honest,” d e n t s Guillaume should feel “I think Evaluations said. an obligaAt least tion to give are effective, but I also one prof e e d b a c k know a lot of people fessor has to their opted for that base their evaluprofesa midsors,” Vice ation purely on the semester C h a n c e l - grade they are getting evaluation. lor Alfred ProfesGuillaume in the class,” sor Andrew said.. DeSelm, a It is his — Nicole Freeman Film Studopinion that Elementary Education Major ies professor, finds it students helpful to should not be bribed to give their opin- take informal mid-semester evaluations as well as giving ions. Many professors take the formal evaluations at the part of their lecture time to end of the semester. The issue for the univertake students to the lab to fill sity is getting more students out surveys. to participate in the student Another issue with stu- evaluations. The university dent feedback is that the has formed a committee to opinions from the students evaluate the system currentare skewed or students sim- ly in place and to look for ply don’t care. ways to encourage students When Hosterman hands to participate in an honest out the evaluation sheets, he manner. explains what he is looking for in the evaluation.
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The Latin American world is waiting for you BY JEFF TATAY Staff Writer
The IU South Bend Spanish Club finished the spring 2010 semester with a presentation of the Latin American country Chile. The Spanish Club wants students to have the opportunity to learn about the Latin American world and the Spanish language and have fun while doing it. “The Spanish Club was created for students who want to practice and learn more about the Spanish language and Latin American cultures,” said Jose Luis Lopez, president of the Spanish Club. The Spanish Club serves as a useful and enjoyable way for secondary language learners to increase Spanish language acquisition and learn more about the various cultures of Latin America. “I’m not very strong in the Spanish language, but I wanted to learn more about the cultures and language because I plan to teach in Chicago and it is likely that I will encounter a lot of nonnative English speakers,” said Nick Titus. “Usually the Spanish Club features presentations from specific Latin American countries. Tonight was Chile.” Chile native and Goshen resident Pilar Barahona gave the presentation on Chile. Barahona talked about the history, culture, and notable geographical landmarks of
Chile as well as the recent catastrophic earthquake that claimed many lives. “One of the purposes of the club is to make cultures known, the other is to expose students to the different accents,” said professor Gabriela Ramis, Spanish Club advisor. “Many times students have more contact with Mexican culture due to the proximity of Mexico to the United States and the significant number of immigrants from that country.” The culture, language and knowledge that students can acquire with the Spanish Club comes from listening to various speakers from different countries as well as reading and studying literature and drama. “Other events included readings of plays and drama. The students get a vocabulary list to help better understand the text and they read the different characters in the play. We also translate what we read,” said professor Ramis. “It’s a nice opportunity to practice the language, expand your vocabulary, learn something about literature and have fun.” All IUSB students are invited to join the Spanish Club and enjoy the entertainment and experience of studying Latin American cultures and the Spanish language. The club is open to suggestions for next year’s club events. For more information contact email@example.com.
Summer full of cinema BY TERRIE PHILLIPS Staff Writer
Students can start buying movie tickets instead of textbooks and pencils. Hollywood has been working hard to make this summer full of cinematic masterFor a new twist pieces. on watching a Beginmovie check ning April out Plymouth’s 30, direcTri-Way Drive In tor SamTheater. uel Bayer brings us another chapter in the Freddy Krueger story. However, for those looking for something less gory or maybe a flick for the kiddies, Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields star in Furry Vengeance, a story of how nature fights back to regain control over the land. This seems to be the summer of sequels because on May 7 we get a second dose of Iron Man. Iron Man 2 sees the main character facing new enemies ranging from villains to the govern-
The ladies certainly stole the show as the IU South Bend Theater Company put on their own rousing rendition of the famous musical, West Side Story. The singing, dancing, and strong chemistry between the actors truly made the show memorable, and one you certainly didn’t want to miss out on. The story, based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is set in the rough streets of New York City. American gang the Jets, led by Riff (Ryan Haffron) are feuding with the Puerto Rican immigrant gang the Sharks. Amidst the fighting, Tony (Zack Hickle) of the Jets falls in love with Maria (Ashley Goodson), younger
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Mike Myers returns as Shrek in Shrek Forever After, opening May 21. ment. Another one for the kiddies, Shrek Forever After, will add another sequel to this magical story. This time Shrek wakes up to find that something has gone horribly wrong and all his friends think he is a monster. To finish up the summer people can enjoy more chapters in The Twilight Saga. More Bella, Edward, and Jacob will fill screens across the US.
Remakes abound in theaters this summer. The king of the woods is back for a remake of Robin Hood on May 14, starring Mark Strong and Russell Crow. Also on June 11 we get another chapter with The Karate Kid. If it is a love story you are yearning for, then Letters to Juliet, also opening May 14, may be just the ticket. Amanda Seyfried stars in this romance where love is
inspired by letter writing. For a little suspense Bradley Cooper stars in The A-Team. Four Iraq War veterans try to clear their names with the US government on June 11. More movies for the kiddies include Toy Story 3 (June 18) and Nanny McPhee on August 20. Overall the summer will be filled with action, love, and good guys fighting the bad ones.
West Side Story “too cool” BY KRYSTAL VIVIAN Staff Writer
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sister of Sharks leader Bernardo (Victor Kamwendo). The musical opens up with the Jets, dressed in orange and goofing around. The Sharks, in purple, come in. The two groups play hacky sack separately, but a feud is obvious as various members of each gang push around the others on occasion. As the first song begins, it is obvious that Haffron is a little nervous. His voice is just off key and he tries to connect with the audience too much, but he recovers quickly and the rest of his acting after this first scene sparkles. He isn’t the only one with the nerves – Hickle too is a little too stiff during his solos, choosing to keep to one corner of the stage instead
of utilizing the space for emphasis of the lyrics. For his first lead role, however, he did a strong job of maintaining chemistry between the rest of the cast as well as the audience, keeping everybody interested and believing in Tony’s character. There is no doubt that the Sharks’ ladies stole their show with their skilled acting, singing, and dancing. Goodson made her acting debut, but she seemed at ease on stage, unafraid to fulfill her role even as it required her to stand on stage in her underwear. Without a doubt, the character of Amanda Hernandez was the fireball that lit up the stage. She played the snarky, sexually charged Anita, wife of Bernardo. Not only does Hernandez sing her lungs out, but she
can dance as well. During her solos, she moved along the stage, pulling the audience with her along the floor and up stairways. The rest of the cast performed fantastically, rarely missing a beat. It was obvious that this cast had a lot of chemistry, as their friendships and feuds felt completely real. As the audience was pulled through an emotional storyline, sexual innuendos and foul language provided PG-13 comic relief. Overall, the musical was very well done and definitely a hit. According to Dean Marvin Curtis, the show had over 1,000 attendees by Saturday night. West Side Story was only the second musical in two years, and it was a huge success.
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Green summer thoughts BY KRISTINE BAILEY Green Columnist
Last fall, when the school year was full of hope and promise and yet to be realized moments of discovery, activity, and friendship, I made a list. It was a list of ideas for this column. Actually I made several lists over the first couple of months, pulling them up to mine them for a story every now and then. I did it again recently, only to realize that there was no more time to share the rest of the ideas on the lists. A few pieces were by request: recycled content school supplies and green cleaning, for example. Others were from issues that caught my eye, have been pulling on my conscience, or had landed in front of me. I hope sharing them with you, Preface reader, has helped you think on some things. Actually, I hope that these ideas have spurred you to take action in your own life to make a change, learn
more, do more. Ideas can be great food for thought, but even better fuel for the fire that moves people to change the world. Learning new information and accepting new ideas into your life can be difficult and lead to struggle with habit and with convention. Some advice, via Frances Willard: try not to waste your life in friction when it could be turned into momentum. Hopefully the summer will allow for time to delve deeper into new ideas, into new concepts of how the self operates in the world. There are a few last green things that might help with this that never found priority seating in this column. It’s not that they aren’t important or interesting or potentially life altering. We are just out of time. For now. Eco-Art: How to display the excessive use of stuff in this country was done brilliantly by photographer Chris Jordan. He plays with perspective and shocks
with numbers and images. Strangely enticing stuff in the “Running the Numbers: an American self-portrait” exhibit at http://chrisjordan. com. Getting a grip on all the stuff we use and toss is easy at www.storyofstuff.com If only we could all be as clear and interesting as this “School House Rock” inspired segment… IU South Bend reaches out for the green: The green of a garden at Broadway Christian Parish, that is. At least one intern and several volunteers have already helped get this full-service community center/church ready to grow food for all who enter their doors. Techno-Green: Even though we have the technology to hold videoconferences and virtual gatherings, thanks to the UITS services and information, why do we still send faculty and staff to meetings out of town? They drive there in cars, on roads, spending money for hotels and gas and food, using resources that may never be
regained. How long does it take a new, low-impact technology to replace old wasteful and polluting habits? What about that old, lowimpact technology? Does anyone remember those old 8-pack returnable pop bottles? Sure, they were heavy and sometimes a bit scuffed up looking. After getting the deposit back and sliding them along the rolling metal bars in the back corner of the neighborhood grocery store, they were washed and reused. How did this get to be a money-losing operation, but yet making new cans and plastic that are largely not recovered for recycling or reuse makes financial sense? I could go on. But I can’t. This is the end of the semester and a whole summer awaits, full of hope and promise and yet to be realized moments of discovery, activity, and friendship. And, of course, some new lists.
Making graduation memorable for all requires a few common sense tips from GRADUATION page 3
place for any child who cannot, quietly, sit still for two hours. If you cannot keep your child quiet, you should look into hiring a sitter for the evening. Everyone around you shares in your child’s misery. Yes, your child is miserable. Wouldn’t you be after having been shushed for two straight hours? If you are not shushing your child, frankly, shame on you. If your child is unruly taking them out and returning when they are calm is an option. Also, please respect the admonition to refrain from clapping until the end. IUSB graduates its senior class at 6 p.m. on a Tuesday night. They’re not going to skip names to
make things go faster, so if they need to pause for applause after each one, we’re never going to get out of the JACC. Many people in the audience, (not to mention in the graduating class), have to get up and go to work the next morning. Take pity on them, I beg you. If the purpose of college is to graduate with a degree you can be proud of, doesn’t the graduating class deserve a ceremony they can be proud of? These small efforts o n your p a r t c a n m a k e that a reality. And for the graduating class: someone from last year already painted “Will Work For Food” on their mortarboard. You’re too late for the joke to be funny.
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