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No smoking policy now enforced By TIMOTHY DANN-BARRICK Staff Writer

Changes to the enforcement strategy of the tobacco-free policy have been in effect at IU South Bend since Feb. 15. These changes allow campus police to ask for identification and give a referral to anyone in violation of the policy. According to Marty Gersey, chief of the IUSB police department, increased complaints were the cause of this change. He also noted that the old enforcement strategy called for students to engage violators of the policy. Often violators ignored these attempts. Gersey

calls for members of the IUSB community to be considerate of others. IUSB affected the tobacco-free policy on Jan. 1, 2008, reacting to a directive from President Herbert that affected all IU campuses. At that time enforcement of the policy “depended on the good will and cooperation of both tobacco users and non-users… not only to comply but also to encourage others to comply.” Realizing the enforcement method was not successful, the Ad Hoc Tobacco-Free Campus Policy Committee was formed in September 2009. That committee has deemed it necessary to heighten enforcement on campus.

Now, students who violate the policy will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs, staff to the Human Resources Department, and faculty to Academic Affairs. Charlotte Pfeifer of Judicial Affairs stated that each case would be dealt with individually. Factors such as disrespect to the officer, multiple offences, and the endangerment of others by the violation will all play a role. Potential punishments include reprimands and community service. Not only is the policy clearly defined to help students know how to abide by it, but the IUSB Health and Wellness center

also offers smoking cessation counseling and classes free of charge. According to Laura Hieronymus students can schedule an appointment for counseling once a week for up to six weeks. While individual meetings are often more effective, if a group of students showed interest a class can be formed. “Ninety percent of people who quit smoking do it cold turkey on their own. We are here to help and to be an encouragement,” says Hieronymus. The full policy can be read at http:// shtml.

Why campus closes,or doesn’t POLICY | Several factors go into the decision to cancel classes when the weather gets bad. By DANIELLE MOLNAR Staff Writer

Remember in high school when you stared at the news channel for almost the entire morning after a snowfall to see if your school was closed? Remember how it never was? On Feb. 10, the students of the IU Elkhart campus got to feel like high-schoolers once more when the center was closed due to bad weather. The main campus in South Bend, however, did not close. With commuters coming in from Plymouth, LaPorte, Elkhart, and maybe further, many were left wondering why still they had classes. The answer, according to

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Ken Baierl, director of communications, is that these colleges are generally connected to the public school systems in their area. “The South Bend Community School Corporation was running on its normal schedule and so was IU South Bend,” Baierl said. “However, Elkhart public schools were closed due to weather conditions there, so the decision was made to close the Elkhart Center.” That doesn’t mean that every time South Bend schools close, IUSB will too. “There are exceptions to this rule, so it is important for students, faculty and staff to wait for official information on when the campus is closed due to weather,” Baierl said. Not only will information on closings be sent to local media, but it will also be sent via home phones, cell phones, email, and even text messages- if the student has opted for that. “We use the IU Notify system to send an announcement to the contact information provided by each individual in OneStart,”

Baierl said. “We also alert the local news media, post the announcement to the IU South Bend website and record a message on the IU South Bend switchboard.” Aside from using the public schools to decide if the school will close, IUSB has several ways to determine weather-related closings. “We check to see if city streets are safe for travel and if campus sidewalks and parking lots are accessible and safe for vehicle and foot traffic,” Baierl said. The chancellor or a representative makes the final decision based on input from campus police and the director of facilities. They also want to be sure that each building has appropriate heating, electrical, and plumbing, especially on days when the weather might affect those functions.. The school can close for reasons other than weather though. Power outages, flooding, violent crimes, hazardous material spills and fires are all potential reasons. According to Baierl, anything that would affect the safety of

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On Feb. 9, while some local schools canceled classes for the day, IU South Bend’s main campus remained open. While the Elkhart Center and Plymouth classes were canceled for the day.

students, faculty and staff are viable reasons. Of course, no one would wish anything bad to happen to the school just so they could skip a test, but during bad weather, people just don’t like driving that

much. “Winter in South Bend usually provides one or two opportunities a year where it is necessary to close the campus due to weather conditions,” Bairel said.

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“Winners never quit and quitters never win. — Vince Lombardi

Students see squirrels when asked to predict the outcome of the 2010 Oscars

“What are you predictions for the 2010 Oscars?” By JEFF TATAY Staff Writer

JENN ZELLERS Editor-in-Chief MEAGEN THOMPSON Managing Editor JEFF TATAY Photographer APRIL BUCK Advertising Manager KRISTINE BAILEY Columnist STAFF WRITERS Erika Blume April Buck Timothy Dann-Barrick Rebecca Gibson Kendra Horsman Dani Molnar Terrie Phillips Jeff Tatay Krystal Vivian PRODUCTION JENN ZELLERS Lead Production Designer Direct all correspondence to: Email is the preferred contact method. The Preface PO Box 7111 1700 Mishawaka Ave South Bend, IN 46634 Phone: 574-520-4553 Office Location: Student Activities Center Room 220 Phone: 574/520-4553 Advisor Ken Klimek

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Joel Stockton, Freshman Theatre Performance Best Picture: Up

Sulaiman Salahuddin, Freshman Computer Graphics Best Picture: Avatar

Stephanie Wickizer, Junior Theatre Tech. Best Picture: Up

“I think Up will win because it has the childish comedy, such as the crazy stuff that the bird does. Also, it’s entertaining to both kids and adults. I love the overall moral of the story. It basically teaches you to not take life for granted and to chase your dreams while you’re still alive.”

“I think that Avatar will win because everyone feels that it’s so ‘new age’ with it’s computer graphics. Although, I heard that the story line was not that great.”

“Disney has a way with bringing out meaningful and heartfelt stories that communicate a message. With Up, they really show that you shouldn’t take your life for granted.”

Letter to the Editor...

Idling debate I was disappointed by the 17 February article encouraging readers to not idle their vehicles. There was a glaring error that made me read the article twice over to try to spot any other mistakes, and ruined the credibility of the author in my mind. “Idling even two minutes uses the same amount of fuel as driving about one mile; letting a vehicle idle for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine. In fact, it uses as much fuel as traveling five miles...” Am I to believe that the fuel used to idle for two minutes will get me one mile on the open road, while the fuel used to idle for ten seconds would let me drive for five? Such contradictory writing makes it hard to take any of the other facts presented seriously. — Joshua Law Student

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Jeff Rector, Senior Theatre Best Picture: Inglorious Basterds “Inglorious Basterds was the most interesting movie that I saw this year. It is an interesting and original take on a World War II movie. I also think that Christoph Waltz should receive the award for Best Supporting Actor for his great prefomance as Col. Hans Landa.”

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Indiana University first offered an extension of classes in South Bend in 1922.


IU opens an extension office in the administration building of the South Bend school system. That same year, classes are held at Central High School. The classes were mainly taught by high school teachers with an enrollment of about 500 students.


Students begin asking for a degree program. The school has an enrollment of about 1,100 students.


Local civic leaders bought sixacres of land adjacent to the St. Joseph river to begin construction on the South Bend campus.


Northside Hall opens, but was already too small for the 1,500 students enrolled. Greenlawn Hall was opened.


IU South Bend graduated its class with 23 students receiving diplomas.


The university acquires the Associates Building from Associates Insurance Corporation. By 1977, the university had completely moved into the building.





Indiana University begins to offer classes in South Bend.





Every year the Preface runs a special series of articles written by Ken Klimek’s J401 class. These articles are written and edited by the class. This is the first in a series of articles about the history of IU South Bend.




Living on campus beneficial By JOSEPH JACKMOVICH Student Contributor

Student housing is in its second year at Indiana University South Bend, and it already seems hard to remember what it was like without it. It’s also easy to forget it’s there, for those of us who stay on the familiar side of the river. The addition of student housing is an example of how the world around us is changing, and how that changes us. Jeff Jones, vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said he is happy with the housing program. “We’ve done a very good job so far,” Jones said. “We’re making great progress.” Caley Carpenter is a freshmen at IUSB and currently living in student housing. She said she moved into the apartments to get away from a noisy household. “I come from a really big family and it is always hectic at my house,” Carpenter said. “I moved to student housing to get away from it all so I would be able to take full advantage of the college experience.” Carpenter added she saves a lot of time by living in the apartments, and that being so close to school makes it easier and faster to get to and from classes. She


The River Crossing Apartments offers students the opportunity to live close to campus. The apartments feature one-, two-, and four-room units including a community center and study space.

said being close to campus helps her remember to do her homework too. Jones said that student housing is more than just having students live on campus. He said housing is about creating a sense of community while making students more successful. “We are trying to promote a traditional student life,” Jones said. “Student housing is a time proven retention strategy…I’m confident that housing will make

The campus now had 40 acres of land and six major buildings. Ground was broken for the Franklin D. Schurz Library.


The library moves out of Northside Hall and into its current location.


The Purdue Technology Building opens in the former South Bend Armory building.


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170, depending on the event and the timing,” Oliver said. According to Oliver, academic events are attended in fewer numbers, but that may not be a bad sign for academic activities. The current model is geared towards students needing the activity, so low turnout may be a sign of student success. Jones added that a lot of student feedback he receives is SEE HOUSING PAGE 8

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students successful.” Housing holds activities for community-building. Events like pancake breakfasts and pajama parties help to make real connections between students, faculty, and staff. Stacy Oliver, assistant director of Housing and Residential Life, said these kinds of activities are very well received. “We offer these multiple times throughout the semester and have ranged in attendance from 25 to






The power of an IU degree Past graduates speak of success

Lord of the Rings. was followed by an industrial acSeveral of his films have had cident that took three of his finnational and international distrigers on a punch press. But luckily bution. In addition, he is proud to he didn’t stop there and continbe the director of the River Bend ued to aim high. Film Festival and president of the Bloss graduated in 1973 with Mid America Filmmakers, a nota bachelor of science degree in for-profit organization based in accounting and business adminSouth Bend. istration. He recently retired as In fall 2009, IUSB hired Richchairman, president, and CEO ardson as an adjunct professor in of CIRCOR International, Inc., a the Arts department. He began $675 million NYSE company. teaching introduction theater CIRCOR is a leading provider classes. of valves and fluid control devic”IUSB has es for the instrualways felt like mentation, aerohome to me, as “You may not end up space, thermal a student, staff doing what you are fluid, and energy member, and markets. With now as faculty. majoring in. You may his help, the It’s an inviting take a different path company now atmosphere and entirely, but your edu- has 25 manufaca great place to turing buildings learn and ask cation will apply if you and 2,800 emquestions,” said stay involved,” ployees in North Richardson. America, Eu— Marsha Brook rope, and China. Likewise, 1977 graduate David A. Bloss “Your educaSr. reaped the tion is the founbenefits IUSB dation upon which you can build has to offer. a quality life for yourself. The things that you do and the sacriBloss chose IUSB because his fices you make at this early stage parents were not able to afford of your life has enormous impact any of his tuition. He worked on the rest of the many years third shift at a factory and strugahead of you,” Bloss said. gled to stay awake during his 8 However, Bloss isn’t the only a.m. classes. alumnus that knows the success Bloss’ already hectic schedule of a business is only as strong as became even more stressful after he was placed on academic proSEE ALUMNI PAGE 8 bation in his first semester; which

By JUSTINE WINGARD Student Contributor

Over the years IU South Bend has produced several successful alumni. Hands on experience, knowledgeable faculty, and smaller classroom settings helped three former students achieve great accomplishments after graduation. “Going into college I was planning to enter the seminary at Notre Dame to become a priest after graduating, but I got more into producing my own films and decided priesthood wasn’t for me,” said Tim Richardson, a 1996 graduate. Previously, Richardson had started his own independent film company in 1990, Richardson Productions, LLC. He graduated from IUSB with a bachelor of arts in speech and theater and concentrated in acting and directing. There he received firsthand experience in a variety of aspects of play productions. “I consider my job as a filmmaker to be my career, since it is my true passion. I’ve produced almost 30 films and received a number of awards,” he said. He has even had the opportunity to work with professional actors like Kiran Shah from The







Wiekamp Hall officially opens with the second building dedicated to offering classes at the South Bend campus. The university purchases the former Coca-Cola bottling plant for more university expansion, including the addition of a parking garage.


The Student Activities Center opens.


Construction begins on the pedestrian bridge. Work is completed in 2006.


Construction begins on the River Crossing apartments on the former site of the Playland golf course.


Campus apartments open.


University receives funding to begin renovation on the Associates Building. Work begins on a new student lounge in Northside Hall. Fall enrollment reaches 8,300 for the first time.

The time line for IU South Bend was compiled by Dan Mitchell. The information for the time line was compiled from archives/iusbhistory.shtml and Preface archives.


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Two deans hired to replace retiring Russo, Williams By KENDRA HORSMAN Staff Writer

IU South Bend has hired two new deans scheduled to start in July. Vicki Bloom will be the new dean of the Franklin D. Schurz Library. Elizabeth E. Dunn will be the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Bloom will be taking over for Michele Russo, who will be retiring after 28 years. “I’m excited that the Schurz Library already has a very strong presence on the IUSB campus. I want to continue and build upon this strength to move the library forward including new and innovative ways to support learning and research on campus and from home,” said Bloom in an email interview. Bloom currently is the head of reference services at the University of California in the Tomas Rivera Library. In the past she has worked in many library settings but found the Schurz Library to be the administration job

she was looking for. Bloom graduated from the University of Michigan and attended graduate school at Wayne State University. She has a B.A in art history with a minor in political science and a master’s in library science. Dunn will be succeeding Lynn Williams, who will be retiring. “I hope to make good and useful connections in the South Bend community and to take the message of the importance of the liberal arts and sciences to everyone who will listen,” said Dunn. Dunn is currently an intern dean of arts and sciences and a history professor at Bemidji State University. She has also gained experience teaching at Baylor University, Auburn University, Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois. She attended Purdue University to earn a degree in history and American studies at Purdue University and a Ph.D. in history at the University of Illinois.

SGA in the spotlight: Fay AlQuassar By TIMOTHY DANN-BARRICK Staff Writer

Name: Fay AlQuassar Age: 22 Year: Junior Majors: English Education, Political Science (no minor) Plans after IUSB: I would like to go on to get a masters in International Relations. As part of my masters I'd like to intern with the UN and after I finish I hope to be hired full-time. Role in SGA: I'm one of the 12 Senators. We are basically the voice of the student body. Committee: Special Events Committee What that means: We promote and coordinate SGA sponsored activities like monthly town hall meetings, welcome week, petition tables and any other event.

Getting the most money possible By APRIL BUCK Staff Writer

The largest provider of financial aid is the federal government. According to, each year our government distributes more than $86 billion in grants, loans, and work-study awards to millions of students. It is a simple matter to determine if you qualify. One must simply complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA can be found online at www.fafsa. In an email interview, Cynthia Lang, associate director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, advises that the best way to get the greatest result with the FAFSA is to file by the March 10 priority date. “Even if you have to estimate your tax information. Once taxes are complete you can go back in to the FAFSA and update the information,” Lang said. Lang also advises that if students are selected for verifi-

cation they should provide verification documents as soon as they are requested. The sooner financial aid receives the documents, the sooner they can complete the process and award aid. According to Lang, some of the more common mistakes the financial aid department sees are: Students/parents using the wrong line from the tax form. Not supplying the information from box 12 of the W2 form for questions 45a and 93a. Dependent students including parents in the number in college. The question states “How many people in your parents’ household will be college students between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011? Always count yourself as a college student. Do not include your parents,”Lang said. offers the following advice for getting the best results with your FAFSA Always double check that your information is accurate and fill out the form completely. Meet every deadline. It’s an even better idea to beat the

deadline by as much as possible. Remember, certain types of aid are offered on a first-come, firstserved basis. Submitting your FAFSA online is the fastest way to get results. To do so, you just need to request a PIN (Personal Identification Number) from Filing online can help you catch errors right away. Provide accurate information, understand everything you’re signing, and comply with all deadlines. For other scholarship and grant opportunities IUSB’s financial aid department recommends, a free search engine based on a profile the student completes. “If you need help completing the FAFSA the Financial Aid staff as well as the Gateway mentors are always available,” said Lang. “If you have questions please contact our office either via email, by phone (574)520-4357, or stop in AI 157. We’re here to help in any way we can.”

Food drive a chance to help others By KENDRA HORSMAN Staff Writer

the food bank will distribute food to all needed areas.

Today’s economy has hit many in Michiana extremely hard, making it difficult for some to have the most basic of essentials – like food.

The barrels will be left in the SAC until the end of February but longer at Martin’s stores.“The community wanted to keep donating so we are leaving bins out longer,” said Dave Mayfield, Martin’s advertising director.

But Indiana University students and faculty can help by joining Martin’s Super Markets, WSBT-TV and Radio and the South Bend Tribune, sponsors of the Neighbors in Need food drive for the second year. Food can be dropped off in the green barrels located in the Student Activities Center (SAC) and in the lobby of the Administration Building. Food can also be dropped off at any Martin’s location.  Mostly canned fruits and vegetables are in need.  Cereals, boxed foods, and other canned

“Another food drive is also being planned for July at IU South Bend,” said Mayfield.

foods are also good items to

Miller’s Poultry is also helping out the cause. They were able to donate 4000 pounds of chicken to the food drive.  “Martin’s decided to match the 4000 pound donation with $4000 for the food bank,” said Mayfield. 

Martin’s is collecting all food and delivering it to Northern Indiana Food Bank. From there,

Similarly, the contributions from IUSB will help many in the community enjoy at least some basic meals.




Reality TV at IUSB A reflection on the Monologues By KRYSTAL VIVIAN Staff Writer

Fans across America are fighting to get to their TV sets to catch the latest episodes of The Biggest Loser, American Idol, and yes, even Jersey Shore. Reality TV has become a very popular genre in the past 10 years. Since Big Brother first aired in 2000, reality TV has become just as popular, if not more, than scripted TV shows. There’s something for everyone too— whether you like dating shows, drama, live-action stunts, or watching people deal with drug addiction. It seems as though almost anyone can find a reason for enjoying a reality TV show. “I watch it because people are stupid,” said Jessie Emmons, senior. “And sometimes, Flavor of Love makes me feel like a classy individual.” Celebrities and normal people alike being shown to have flaws, to have the same issues that ev-

eryone else has, may appeal to viewers. Communications professor Alec Hosterman explains “if we are better than what we see on television, we feel good about ourselves,” he said. “Likewise, if what we see is what we want to be, then we strive to achieve it.” A possible problem with reality TV is that younger viewers sometimes see these real people doing things on TV, and feel they can live the same life—especially if that life seems better than their own. “My daughter used to watch Laguna Beach,” said senior Angela Multari. “She thought she could drive a Lexus and live in California… That’s not reality for people here [in South Bend].” For now, it doesn’t seem as though reality TV is going anywhere. The ratings are high and viewers are still craving to watch the successes and failures of other people just like them.

“Slut comes to school” By APRIL BUCK Staff Writer

Kyle Dunnigan treated the IU South Bend community to an uproarious evening of comedy onFeb. 16. Dunnigan is an actor and standup comedian, best known for his role as Craig (aka The Truckee River Killer) in the Comedy Central series Reno 911!. He has also been featured in a half hour special on Comedy Central as well as NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS’s The Late Late Show. Taking the stage in a nearly full house, Dunnigan began by talking like a simpleton and moving abruptly into his normal speaking voice. As a member of the Titan Productions team attempted to snap his picture, Dunnigan made jokes about the possibility of her being an assassin. This interaction was merely the beginning of a highly interactive experience. As students trickled in throughout the performance, Dunnigan made every effort to

ensure they didn’t miss anything by quickly catching them up on what had happened. These interludes were packed with hilarity as Dunnigan disjointedly recalled his act. If you missed the opportunity to see Dunnigan’s performance, here are just a few of the highlights that you missed: improvised songs about members of the audience (classics such as “Blake is a douche”), self defense/rape, prevention (complete with whistle), the challenges of air travel, dilemmas of dating, and interaction with family members. Dunnigan also treated the audience to his musical talents and an insistent Irish sing-along that everyone eventually joined in. It was all quite funny! Titan Productions has proven again that when it comes to providing the IUSB community with entertainment and comedy stars, they are without rival. If you weren’t there, you missed it. Don’t make that mistake again, and if you decide to come to the next show, make sure you arrive on time!


The third performance of the Michiana Monologues this past Saturday marks the second and final year of my participation in this wonderful show. I plan to graduate in December, and after graduation my plans will hopefully take me far Personal a w a y, Perspective rendering me unable to help out again. First as secretary to the IUSB V-Club, then as treasurer, it has been a rare treat to see what happens behind the scenes. All who attended the three performances on campus and all who will attend the remaining performances, both at the Elkhart campus and at Goshen College will see an amazing show. However, in this article you are not going to read a show synopsis from me. The energy sparks of the Monologues are

unable to be captured, rendering even their wonderfully produced DVDs a lesser experience, and putting that spark into words would unbearably kill it. To me, the show is not the most important part. What is most important is how the Monologues bring together such a wonderful and diverse set of women. This year’s cast and crew is made up of women from the Michiana community, women who teach at IUSB, women who learn at IUSB. It matters not if you are a freshman student, a respected professor, an accomplished dean, or an alumnus who has moved on with her life, all are equal and all work hard to organize, produce, and lend the emotional support to the Monologues. The numbers will not be tallied for a few days, however, for the past two years the production has earned over $10,000 profit for the benefit of local women’s shelters, and this year’s production I am sure has done the same.

While in our hearts and minds the women who benefit from the show’s profit are the point of the performance, I would be remiss if I did not mention the women who hold positions that are almost between the scenes. In no particular order, it has been my pleasure to come to know Kris CravensHutton, Katie Krieder, Courtney Hardman, Dr. Becky Torstrick, Dr. April Lidinsky, Zorina Jerome, Aleah Wilburn, and scores of others in the Monologues cast and crew. This is the beauty of our university. This diversity of spirit and opinion that comes together to work toward a worthwhile goal, this ability to create an event that becomes Gestalt, larger, greater, more beautiful than the sum of its parts. As the campus moves through the year and my days left here become limited, I think about the things and the people I will miss. I will miss being a part, however tangential, of the Michiana Monologues.


Go for the Green By KRISTINE BAILEY Green Columnist

You can’t get experience without getting a job, and you can’t get a job without experience. It’s a frustrating situation what can you do? To break into the rapidly expanding and increasingly competitive fields of environmental science and sustainability, experience is a must. While it is easy to set your sights on spring break, which is only a few weeks away, now is the time to seek out the perfect summer internship. Getting experience in an area that interests

you is the best way to learn and to get an edge when it comes to getting a job. What makes sustainability oriented positions special? “These opportunities offer new insights into old problems and give us chances to challenge long-held assumptions about how things work,” explain IU South bend Sustainability interns Kristin Hanks and Nathan Bower in their recent Indiana Teaching and Learning article. They like the opportunities they’ve received through their internships to advance sustainability and develop new skills. Projects on the Bloomington campus have included inventorying campus greenhouse gas emissions and assessing campus green building standards.

On the IUSB campus, Lizz Radican, an intern at the Center for a Sustainable Future, saw her internship as a way to get involved. “Sustainability issues have always been something I have cared about, been passionate about, but I never really knew how to get involved,” she explains. After two semesters at the Center, Radican says “I’ve gotten involved both on the campus and in the community. It’s helped me to strengthen skills that I already have as well as develop some new ones. I like that, largely, I get to choose the things, the activities and the events that I get involved in. It will definitely help me in the future.” It’s not what you know, it’s

Expanding activities and looking toward future university growth in the coming years HOUSING from page 4 geared toward creating more activities. He said that along with expanding social activities, there is importance in connecting more academic events to student housing and student life in general. Of course no program is perfect. Student housing at IUSB, like any other program, has its flaws as well. Carpenter said that the geese are a big issue for her, as they clutter the walking paths with droppings. She also had an issue with noise at the apartments. “My least favorite part of living in housing is all the noises,” Carpenter said. “Whether it is the sound of the wind getting under the paneling… or beeping from the backing up trucks.” Jones said he knows concerns exist about the cost of student housing on campus. He said the real benefits of a traditional college experience are hard to express in dollars and cents. “I’m afraid students compare housing on cost alone, “Jones said. “But we provide a lot of amenities, so much more than that.” Oliver said she often hears of students reporting that rules in housing are too strict, and that the design of the buildings hinders students’ ability to connect with

one another. “The suites are beautiful, but residents are extremely closed off from one another,” Oliver said. “It makes connecting with them and helping them connect with one another extremely difficult.” Michael Gonzales, a junior at IUSB, agrees that these issues are a deterrent for him to move into housing. “I wouldn’t move into housing for the simple fact that it’s too restrictive for the price,” Gonzales said. Jones said a potential solution to fostering more communication between students living in housing would be to house specific majors together. While this would take careful planning, having groups of students with the same major living together would “promote learning and cooperation,” Jones said. With the university reaching a record enrollment of 8,394 this fall, how long is it before housing is set to grow along with IUSB’s growing population? According to Jones, about 10% of students are planned to be housed on campus, which works out to about 840 students including this fall’s enrollment. A phase two has been planned to accommodate this growth, with a planned 400 beds to be added. The design of the buildings

and other specifics to future additions to housing haven’t been decided on, Jones said, but he added that improvements to the recreation field are already complete to accommodate intramural sports next fall. The houses owned by IUSB on Esther St, are another potential place for future additions to the school. Jones said the university is currently not encouraging occupancy of these old houses, in case plans for future expansion become tangible. “That’s the natural place we will grow,” Jones said. As student housing grows, its effect on the university will be felt everywhere. Jones is confident that housing will benefit the community of IUSB. Oliver agrees that housing is going to become a big part of student life in the future. “I think the growth of housing will continue to affect community at IUSB in a positive way,” Oliver said. “As our residents build relationships, get involved, etc, that spills over to the rest of the community. These changes will help connect all of our students with one another and with the university.”

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Alumni speak on their postgraduate careers ALUMNI from page 5 the people behind it. Marsha Brook, a 1977 graduate with a M.S. in counseling and guidance, played a big role in the expansion and quality of the Madison Center in downtown South Bend. The influence and lives she has touched is substantial. In 1978, Brook accepted a job at South Bend’s Mental Health Center as coordinator of Sex Offense Services. This included counseling abuse victims and sensitivity training for police, prosecutors, and emergency room personnel. She gave an inspirational speech before thousands of people to increase awareness and help lower the occurrence of sexual assault. Brook was promoted to associate director in 1986, and as the Madison Center grew, so did her responsibilities. She hired and

managed hundreds of people and took part in the major expansion of mental health services to people of all ages. She retired after 28 years in December of 2005. Brook’s career consisted of a long list of accomplishments, one of which is the feeling she gets knowing people can and have received help through the Madison Center. She said it has also been a privilege to serve on a variety of board committees that serve the community. She continues to be involved locally and received IU South Bend’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992 for her accomplishments. Brook said the education she received from IUSB was excellent, practical, and useful. “You may not end up doing what you are majoring in. You may take a different path entirely, but your education will apply if you stay involved,” said Brook.

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