The Preface Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Businesses benefitting from student apartments By DANIELLE MOLNAR Staff Writer For students at IU South Bend, the busy commercial flow of Lincolnway, Ironwood, and Mishawaka Avenue are a big asset. With food options on every corner, people living in Student Housing can find almost anything they’re craving. The businesses have found the revenue they crave, as well as an increase in students flocking to their stores and restaurants between and after classes. “It’s definitely helped our business,” Jim Greenwell, manager of the Martin’s Super Market on Ironwood Drive said. Martin’s did a remodel around the time that student housing was being put in and the Titan Drive light was being added. “That traffic light has helped because it gives them access to our store safely,” Greenwell said. “Previous to the light, it would have been pretty difficult to cross [Ironsee BUSINESS/5
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Snowy weather no match By JEFF TATAY Staff Writer The cold and snow does not keep IU South Bend students from enjoying life on campus. Despite the persistent cold weather and large amounts of snow, students are enjoying the outdoors and adjusting to the long winter months. Jadira Gonzalez was spending time with her friends in the warm and relaxing atmosphere of the Courtside Café on Wednesday night last week when they decided it was time to make use of all the snow. “I hate the snow with a passion when it interferes with my plans,” said Gonzalez. The snow did not interfere with Gonzalez’s plans when she and her friends decided to have a snowball fight in the mall area next to the Courtside Café. Snowballs and even snow boulders flew in every direction as the battle ensued. Ruby Aguirre and Jonathan Gonzalez became covered in snow as they wrestled each other to the ground. Jadira Gonzalez soon joined in the fight as she bashed both of them with a gigantic boulder of snow. “I love the snow because it’s fun
and it brings joy to my heart,” said Jonathan Gonzalez The group was exhausted when the fun was finally over but they ended the school day with a good time and plenty of laughter. Some students take a different approach when it comes to dealing with the cold winter months. Danny Bock combats the cold with the cool style of summer. “I wear shorts in the winter because I’m more comfortable in shorts and I like to pretend that it’s still summer,” said Bock. Although there have been many days in the low digits, Bock is not complaining about the cold weather. “I don’t mind the cold that much, I just can’t stand the snow because I don’t have snow tires on my wheelchair,” said Bock. Thanks to the snow removal team at IUSB Bock does not have to invest in new tires to make it to class. All of the streets and sidewalks on campus are free of snow and ice so that students can safely navigate from class to class or to the café to snowball fight, and the Courtside Café is busy keeping students warm with hot chocolate and good food.
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Ruby Aguirre is armed and ready for snow combat.
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Clarifying TABs, awareness An article was printed about TABS this week and we harbor some concerns. Primarily, this is the product of many people; all of us members of the IUSB Sociology club. The purpose of the group was two fold: we set out to help the student body and also to raise awareness of our student club. The club received no mention in the article. The process for joining tabs can be a tad tricky and no mention was made about the exact processes needed to join it. On facebook, go to SETTINGS>ACCOUNT SETTINGS>JOIN A NETWORK (Indiana South Bend) click "Join Network" and follow directions. Only then will you be able to find IUSB TABS in a search. Lastly, we would have liked to
have noted that although this semester is over, signing up now is wise because it will be dormant until prior to the next semester at which point we will email them and remind them on how to use the system. No one should miss out next semester; I myself saved over 300 dollars this semester with roughly 1/80th of campus participation. The more members, the more savings for everyone.
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TEATRO, where all the arts come together By TIMOTHY DANN-BARRICK Staff Writer TEATRO, which stands for The Expressional Arts Talent Rising Organization, is a student organization that was founded by Hugo Garza along with three other IU South Bend students. The students began meeting in January 2008 and officially launched the organization during welcome week of that fall semester. Currently TEATRO is comprised of about 80 active members and more short-term volunteers. Garza, a junior graphic design major, has always felt that the arts are full of life. It was this feeling that lead him to organize a group specifically centered on the arts. His goal in starting TEATRO was to create an organization that would bring awareness of the arts to IUSB and also bring all of the arts together in creative cooperation. Students don’t have to be an art major to join; many participants are business or nursing students who enjoy the outlet the group provides. Currently Garza and his colleagues are focusing on three major projects that will begin at various points throughout the next two years. They are the Immigration Monologues, Bad Rep, and Real College Life. The Immigration Monologues will be a theatrical production based on real-life immigration stories. IUSB, Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students as well as community members who have immigrated to the states will write the monologues. The main purpose is awareness of issues such as family separation and deportation. Bad Rep will be an independent television show about diversity in college life that will air on the TEATRO website. An effort to use all the arts will be made in the production of Bad Rep. Real College Life will be a project in which IUSB students will be given cameras to use to record their daily lives. The best parts of the collected footage will be combined to create a study of authentic student experiences. In the past TEATRO has produced a number of small artistic skits and during Halloween of 2008 they organized a dance crew see TEATRO/4
Bringing African culture to IUSB By KENDRA HORSMAN Staff Writer Students looking to brighten their culture can look to the Pan African Student Union (PASU). “Africa is beautiful and that’s what we are trying to portray,” said Vice President Clement Odemba. The PASU typically meets every week, for members to share thoughts, opinions, knowledge and experiences of Africa. The meeting times for this semester are still being discussed. New events are planned and discussed all over traditional food to spice up the night. “Education is our main goal but we just do it in a fun way,” said Dave Andedo, the publicity secretary. Even though the club formed in 2002, it did not have a lot of structure or activities until recently.
“We gave it life, revived it,” said Odemba. Last semester, “One Night in Africa,” was a successful event that brought in over 250 attendees. This event showcased a “plane ride” throughout Africa. Each stop featured a different culture. “We aim to celebrate African Culture in a positive way,” said Victor Kamwendo, the president. Future plans for this club include education on issues of power, war and violence and what can be done to help. Members are encouraged not only to learn but become actively involved in these issues. The club also wants to get involved with the Notre Dame
PASU. “We can only do so many things divided,” said Kamwendo. By joining forces they hope to collaborate on events in order to impact more people. The PASU is looking to expand upon —Dave Andedo its 30 mempublicity secretary bers. Everyone is invited. “It is open to anyone that wants to learn,” said Andedo. “You don’t have to be African.” However, it is a requirement to be African to serve on the Board of Executives. But special ambassador spots are open to all members. More information and contacts can be found at http://www.iusb. edu/~sbpasu/.
“Education is our main goal but we just do it in a fun way,”
BSU planning community service, campus events By KRYSTAL VIVIAN Staff Writer Following their mission to be good students who participate actively in community service, the Black Student Union (BSU) is looking forward to many of the activities they have planned for the spring semester. Currently, the BSU is planning on adopting a classroom from the South Bend Community School system and assisting them with reading. “We did this in the past,” said Lysa Wilson, president of the BSU. “They wanted us to teach them the importance of reading education. And so we did that. We went to the classroom three times and then we brought them to IUSB and they have about three or four hours here.” The BSU also served as role models for the fifth grade class, most who weren’t interested in reading when the program began. “Any kid will look up to somebody who’s in college. We told them ‘You can do the same thing we’re doing, as long as you stick to education, stick to reading.’ They were more enthusiastic about reading, but more importantly that they could go to college,” said Wil-
son. the dance. This semester, they are hoping The BSU is also planning on to adopt a third grade classroom having Black History Month and have the same effect. events for an entire week in FebruThe club is also hoping to hold ary, focusing on black history edua meeting for high school students cation but also uniting the campus where the BSU and having will provide in- “We told them ‘You can fun. formation for Students do the same thing we’re forms and prowho are in cedures, such doing, as long as you stick good academic as the FAFSA, to education, stick to standing with that need to the university be done before reading’,” are welcome to —Lysa Wilson join the BSU. entering colPresident of the BSU No lege. meeting In addition times are set to reaching out to the community, yet, but they are hoping to hold the BSU has events planned for the two meetings every other week. IUSB campus as well. If a student cannot attend either “The BSU allows its members meeting, Wilson has an e-mail and to develop a bond. For non-memtext message list for students who bers, we have activities that unite would like to participate in any the campus,” said Keishia Jones, event, but can’t attend meetings. director of public relations for the The BSU is also accepting stuBSU. dents of all ethnicities. “The bigThey are planning on a Lock gest misconception people have… and Key Dance on Feb. 12 from is that you have to be black to be in 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Grille. it. You don’t. We’ve had other ethHand-made locks and keys will nicities in our club; you don’t have be handed out randomly, with the to be black,” said Wilson. idea that students must find the For more information on the person who has the lock or key BSU, students may look them up that matches theirs. on Facebook by searching IUSB The hopes are that students will Black Student Union, or by email be able to meet someone new at at email@example.com.
New club to educate on depression, suicide prevention By Erika Blume Staff Writer A new club hopes to draw attention to a serious health matter. Inspired to Write Love (IWL) is curr e n t l y “I wanted to a pro- do this last spective year,” said chapter of the Casey Brown, l a r g e r club president orgaof this club, nization, To “but it actually W r i t e started out as a L o v e project,” on Her Arms. Casey Brown T h e Club President parent organization promotes the education of depression and suicide prevention. “I wanted to do this last year,” said Casey Brown, club president of this club, “but it actually started out as a project.” IWL has plans in the making that include some joint events with Titan Productions as well as a talk night to discuss suicide prevention. The club participated in the Get Connected day last week to draw attention to the club. IWL does not currently have a place or time for regular meetings due to not being an official chapter. They are currently planning to become official sometime this year. The club currently has 43 members and is open to all students. If you are interested in joining you can add them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/inspiredtowritelove or email them at twloha. iusb.edu for more information.
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Events aimed to help students find jobs By TERRIE PHILLIPS Staff Writer From helping foreign exchange students in the H1-B Visa workshop to the annual career fair, career services has many events planned to help students prepare for the job market after graduation. The first event planned by career services is the H1-B Visa workshop for foreign exchange students. This event is planned for Feb. 25 at noon in the alumni room in the administration building. The purpose of the workshop is to help bring employers that are willing to pay for the H1-B Visa application, according to Jeff Jackson, director of career services. Jackson hopes this workshop will help students feel less overwhelmed by the process of the H1-B Visa. On March 9 in SAC 225 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. career services along with the alumni office and Sam Centellas are sponsoring an etiquette dinner. “It’s a way for them to learn proper dinner etiquette,” said Jackson. The dinner will be catered by the Grille and there is a reservation fee of five dollars. The event is meant to teach things like how to pass the bread, when it is appro-
Career Services is located in the Administration Building and offers several services to help job seekers fine tune their job hunting skills, including tests and resume workshops.
priate to start eating and what fork is for what. In preparation for the career fair, there will be a career fair workshop. It will be held on March. 31 in the SAC from 4to 6 p.m.“We break down all the companies according to major,” said Jackson, “and we recommend that students go to those primary employers that they are really interested in first.”
This event is meant to help students with resume building, job fair etiquette and how to dress. “You don’t walk up and say do you have a job for me,” said Jackson. In previous years they had all three workshops on separate days, but this year they are condensing them into one night, said Jackson. On April 9 in the SAC from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. is the career fair. Career services would like all students to pre-register for the event. This is to ensure that enough packets containing lists of all the companies. “I don’t see it [the job market] as prosperous as it used to be,” said Jackson. Jackson advises students looking for jobs to be aggressive and to start looking early. Students may need to extend their search out of the area. He also advises not to pay for a job. “It’s a saturated market and employers have the advantage,” said Jackson. Once you have the job Jackson advises to be on time, learn the politics of the office and to be assertive. “The difference between college and the workplace is the workplace you can no longer raise your hand,” said Jackson. All students wanting to attend any of these events can register for them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5204425. Students looking for jobs can visit the career services website and follow the find a job link.
TEATRO: Community volunteerism and civic minded from page 3 production that attracted many community children and their parents. Another important part of TEATRO is community volunteer opportunities. These include tutoring, community food pantry help, and short-term events. TEATRO has partnered with community organizations like Transforming Action through Power, La Casa Amistad, and Hispanic Leadership Coalition. They have organized awareness talks that focused on civil rights issues, a graffiti art project that encouraged community children to participate in art rather than tagging and vandalism and placed individuals in long-term positions. Anyone wishing to attend meetings or participate in TEATRO events can sign up for email notices using the link on the TEATRO at http://teatro.tripod.com, or by looking for the signs that will be posted around campus. They will be doing the graffiti art project again on a larger scale this year, which will require more volunteers to serve as mentors of children. For more and up-to-date information, check out TEATRO’s website http://teatro.tripod.com and use the link to become a fan on Facebook.
South Bend Symphonic Choir plays the White House By ANDREW SHENEMAN Staff Writer To be able to perform at the White House must be an incredible opportunity for a musician. On Dec. 21, the South Bend Symphonic Choir performed in the Grand Foyer of the White House as official White House tours and visitors passed through.“I knew that choirs and stuff performed there over Christmas,” said Marvin Curtis, Dean of the School of the Arts. “So I contacted Senator Evan Bayh to ask how we would get involved in that.” The process was started last June, and after a series of phone calls and e-mails, Curtis was able to, with the help of an aide in Bayh’s office, submit the necessary paperwork and audition materials. After that it was only a matter of waiting. On December 10, the choir finally received word that they were approved to go. “One problem we had was that
only 20 could go, and we have 44 people in the choir,” Curtis explained. There are three IUSB students in the choir, Antwon Williams, Eranne Mwallie and Omav Chery who traveled with the group. The remaining spots were filled by senior members of the choir. “Most people paid their own way there, I paid for the students,” Curtis explained. The performance was open to the public with tours passing through as well as visitors. They performed 18 different Christmas songs, over the hour and a half they were there. President Obama and his family were not able to see the choir. Although the President and First lady were in the building, they were busy with other obligations, and therefore could not make an appearance. “We did get to meet Mrs. Bayh though,” Curtis said. “She showed up to watch us perform.”
The South Bend Symphonic Choir travelled to Washington, D.C. to perform in the Grand Foyer of the White House. The choir could only bring 20 members, three of the members included three students from IU South Bend. They sang 18 Christmas songs, and while President and Mrs. Obama did not see the group perform, former Indiana First Lady, Susan Bayh stopped by to see the group perform.
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Going more efficient without the sacrifice IUSB looking to improve student experience amid budget cuts. By TERRIE PHILLIPS Staff Writer Students will not feel any of the budget cuts that have been announced. Instead the university is trying to improve the student experience. “The student lounge, it’s a way to bring a direct positive impact to the students,” said Bill O’Donnell, director of fiscal affairs. The lounge is to help give the students quality space to study or relax, said O’Donnell. Though the tuition will be increasing, something that has already been approved, other fees will not. With the student lounge in Northside nearing completion, the other lounge will be closed to be renovated, said O’Donnell. The school is looking into ways to fix the budget without affecting any
BUSINESS: Martin’s, Allie’s has seen an increase in business. from page 1 wood].” Martin’s sees a change in customer flow once school starts up. “You’ll see them come into the store with their folks and load up on supplies,” Greenwell said. He explained that young people shop differently than their parents or older people. “They just shop when they’re hungry.” And of course, they like Martin’s because it’s close to them. “Time is a big commodity,” Greenwell said. Other places, however, aren’t as concerned about timeliness with their new guests. Allie’s Café on Mishawaka Ave., is instead concerned about getting great food out at affordable prices for the students. Aside from McDonald’s, Allie’s is one of the only breakfast places within walking distance of the school. “We may not see as many [stu-
students or student-oriented programs. The university is looking at different budgets and ones that are not fully utilized will be reduced. However, the budget that affects student services is not being reduced. But to help balance the budget and make the university run more efficiently, IU President Michael McRobbie has asked all campuses that if a position becomes vacant half of the salary for the position goes into an account. Money that is not used in other accounts will be moved to budgets that need more. In addition to setting money aside, IU is also looking to make campuses more energy efficient. The lounge in Northside will have energy efficient lighting and special tracking in the ceiling that allows artwork to be hung from a string and not from a nail in the wall. “Not just trying to reduce energy and spaces, we are installing energy efficient light fixture and a motion detector,” said O’Donnell. This would mean that when no one is in the lounge, the detector turns
dents] as the businesses that are open in the evenings,” Betty Sulok, one of the owners of the restaurant said. And of course, what student wants to be up at 5 am to catch breakfast? Apparently, quite a few students are willing to spend their early morningy here. “Our student discounts have increased, which leads me to believe that traffic flow has increased,” Sulok said. Allie’s Café, like many restaurants surrounding IUSB offers discounts for students. “We’ve just started verbally telling people that we have this discount.” Prior to the increase in students eating here, the store didn’t usually mention it. It was always a pleasant surprise at the checkout register. “It’s definitely been a good situation for us,” Greenwall said. Many businesses are grateful to the students for coming to them. Like Allie’s and Martin’s, they believe that the student population, both inside and outside student housing, has allowed their income to grow significantly. With more students coming to student housing every year, these businesses will continue to see more and greater profits.
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IU South Bend, as well as other IU campuses are having to tighten their budgets with sacrificing student services. The university plans on renovating study space to improve student experience. Once the lounge across from the box office is completed, crews will start working on the main lounge in Northside.
the lights off. Contractors are bidding to renovate the campus’s energy usage. They have gone through the campus, indoors and out, and are putting together proposals with what will save the university more money, said O’Donnell. Indiana University is paying for each IU campus to have this done. Among other things being cut
are organization memberships that the University holds, office supplies and travel expenses, which have been cut by half. There will also be no salary increases. “What we’re trying to do is find savings throughout the campus,” said O’Donnell. “As we’re losing state support we are more and more dependant
on tuition,” said O’Donnell, “we are also trying to be careful with the funds we do have and how we spend them.” “We feel that is one area where we can try to help students is not to increase parking or the other fees,” said O’Donnell.
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One look at Two Visions By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer Although the show at the Ernestine M. Raclin Gallery features two artists with two very different styles, they do have one thing in common; a buttery flow to their work. Whether looking at Justin Poole’s rich and fluid sculpture work, or Kirill Novikov’s thick oil paintings, the viewer will enjoy the visible motion within every piece. Poole’s work features human figures in contorted, surrealistic poses, always bending, stretching, reaching, or being pulled across their space by the air around them. “Strong-Force,” done in gypsum, first seems to be rocking. Then the viewer notices that it is very still, but the masterful way in which Poole has used the three dimensional media forces movement into every implication. “Apprehender,” made of resin, defies not only gravity but the limits of the human body. Perched on tiptoe, the form bends backward turning its body into a perfect parabola. Were the piece horizontal instead of vertical, one could imagine a person in the throes of death reaching this position. A bronze piece called “Lovers” shows two figures high atop a pedestal, where they are entwined perpendicular to the ground. They seem to support each other like cupped hands, limbs wrapped around torsos in perpetual motion. From his artist statement, Poole says, “When I make sculpture I always have a narrative as my objec-
The Lovely Bones: A haunting picture of the Hereafter By ANDREW SHENEMAN Staff Writer
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Strong Force by Justin Poole
tive but I also try to leave enough room for the viewer…to have their own interpretation.” However, if you are in the mood for something more impressionistic, Novikov’s oil paintings bear staring at for a while. Grouped together, three paintings titled “Willow,” “Beach,” and “Southwest Sky” evoke the colors and texture of nature seen from the coach of a speeding train. One feels that one is racing along a forest path, gleaning only the pattern of the trees beside the trail. A smaller painting, “Passage,” brings birth to mind with its rusty red color, and harsh transition from dark interior to pale blue ex-
terior. Three paintings with clearly defined trees show the whites and browns of a grove of birches. “Snow Fall,” “Spring in Woods,” and “By the River” give you three different tonalities to the natural setting with the blue tone of snowfall, to the bright light of spring, to the diffuseness of river side light. Novikov speaks of how the paintings are produced in his artist statement, saying, “I use custom made hand tools including trowels and rubber to lay and push layers of paint across the canvas.” This show, “Two Visions,” runs through Feb. 5, 2010 and admission is free.
low her friends, family, the police and her killer. In fact most of the drama in the film takes place as Although Director Peter Jackwe see the tensions that develop as son is best known for large ‘epic’ everybody reacts to her death. In films like The Lord of the Rings particular how her father, played and King Kong, his latest work The by Mark Wahlberg tries to track Lovely Bones is something altogethdown her murderer. er different. S u z i e ’s It’s neiexperience The Lovely Bones ther long in the afRunning Time: 136 min in time nor terlife, in MPAA rating: PG-13 large in addition to scope, and providing Release Date: Jan 15, 2010 yet it also some lovely, Director: Michael Pas maintains allows us Starring: something to listen to Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, distinct voice over Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, about Jacknarration Michael Imperioli son’s apof Suzie deproach to scribing her film makobservations ing, especially in the artistic vision of those closest to her. of the afterlife. While this occasionally gives Based off of Alice Sebold’s novel the feeling that we are being told of the same name, The Lovely Bones a story instead of watching a film, follows a 14 year old girl named for the most part it works, simply Suzie Salmon, played by excepbecause of the unique aspect of the tionally talented young actress storytelling in The Lovely Bones: Saoirse Ronan. She is brutally While the story is about her Suzie’s murdered by a neighbor, and finds friends and family, it’s a story told herself in a beautiful, surrealistic, almost exclusively through Suzie’s and overly symbolic afterlife. eyes. And it’s a story Suzie canAfter the first half hour or so, not take part in, except in subtle, which sets up the story, and shows although at times very powerful the events that led up to her murways. der, the story shifts between Suzie’s One way this bizarre, but largeexperience in ‘the in between,’ a ly effective, method of storytelling place between Heaven and earth, affects the film, is in the mystery and the ‘real’ world where we folsee BONES/7
Flynn’s Pursuit of Honor shines through By JENN ZELLERS Editor-in-Chief Fans of the political thriller novel can rejoice. Vince Flynn is back with his newest book, Pursuit of Honor. Set six days after the terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C. from the preceding Extreme Measures, CIA agent Mitch Rapp is back on the trail of the people responsible. And he has been given the green light to do whatever it takes to stop the terrorists from committing further attacks. Like his earlier books, there are multiple storylines in the book. One is the hunt for the terrorists, the other is the terrorists themselves and the last is the hunt for
those trying to tear down the CIA and its operatives who over step the bounds of the law. Flynn doesn’t hold back his political views, either. Flynn takes a highly conservative view on homeland and national security and this view lives through Rapp. The parallels between Rapp’s world and our own are strikingly familiar. Right down to an exchange between Rapp and a California senator who orders him to call her senator because she worked very hard to get to that level. Another exchange in the book is when Rapp tells a senator that if something happens, ala 9/11, the Washington politicians will crucify those sworn to protect asking
what more they could have done and why didn’t they see the attack coming. This is how Rapp operates
throughout all the books. Rapp has built a up a reputation over the last several books as a man who’s more than willing to put politicians in their place and to point the finger at them when things go bad. He has to clear up the confusion for politicians who sit on the sidelines casting doubt and criticism of the methods used by those sworn to keep America safe. Rapp is willing to stand before an oversight committee and shout the politicians down to make his point in the vain hope they’ll see the light. The characters are still solid as ever. They even grow, especially Rapp who opens up about his wife’s death and along the way he
helps his partner Mike Nash come to terms with his changing life. Rapp encourages Nash to do the thing he didn’t do, which was walk away when things get too hard to handle. Politics aside, Pursuit of Honor, is still a good read. The plot moves along at a fairly quick pace and the dialogue is fast and doesn’t get bogged down with clichés. The book is also a quick read, despite being 400 pages. That shouldn’t throw anyone off from reading. However, it is a good idea to read Extreme Measures to fully understand the history and plot of the new book.
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Spartacus skewers predecessors in cinematic glory By JENN ZELLERS Editor-in-Chief The new Starz original series Spartacus: Blood and Sand definitely isn’t your granddaddy’s Spartacus. The news series will take the sword-and-sandal flicks to a whole new level when it premieres this Friday, Jan. 22 at 10 p.m. on the premium cable channel. The newest series from producers of the hit syndicated series Xena: Warrior Princess and the new syndicated series Legend of the Seeker follows the true story of the legendary warrior turned gladiator, albeit updated with far more skin and more explicit homoeroticism than previous gladiator pictures. I’ll overlook the fact that the shirtless men are purely there for the sex factor and look like they’re trying to sell some ancient Roman version of the Bowflex. The story is updated, as it should be for modern audiences. It’s not like the producers are aiming for brain surgery. We are talking about a series from the producers of the Evil Dead movies after all. Camp, sex,
violence and blood should be expected. The first episode opens with an epic gladiator battle in the Roman city of Capula. Make no mistake about the series, the fact that it is on a premium cable channel gives it the added benefit of being overly graphic with blood. If you’re the squeamish sort, some of the scenes might make you want to wince away from the screen. Below the arena, we meet the Thracian warrior (Andy Whitfield) who awaits his death after he led a desertion of a Roman auxiliary unit and caused embarrassment to Glaber (Craig Parker), a Roman Legionnaire. Glaber has high aspirations within the government. A sound victory over Rome’s enemies will get him that reward. The episode then goes into flashback whereby the audience learns of the back story of how a Thracian warrior would go on to become the legendary gladiator, Spartacus. The first episode als0 sets everything up (for the most see SPARTACUS/8
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Erin Cummings as Sura & Andy Whitfield as Spartacus in the new Starz original series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The series airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on Starz. The series can also be seen on Netflix on their streaming service.
BONES: Story about relationships between characters
Jack returns to stop yet another terrorist plot By JENN ZELLERS Editor-in-Chief
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Mark Wahlberg and Saoirse Ronan in The Lovely Bones.
from page 6 aspect of it. The audience is told practically from the start who Suzie’s killer is, but the characters on earth have no clue. So we see all of the obligatory elements of a mystery story: the search for suspects, the truth suddenly dawning of Suzie’s father, the finding of the evidence that proves he was right, and the attempt of
the killer to escape. These elements, however, take on a whole different meaning in The Lovely Bones. The story is told in such a way that it doesn’t feel like the story was spoiled, since the story isn’t really about the mystery but about the connections and relationships between the characters, and because the story is told, not from the perspective of the detective, or
the grieving family, but from the perspective of the victim herself. At times slow, at times tense, at times dramatic, and times outright creepy, and always beautiful in its own haunting way, The Lovely Bones is a film that contains something both profoundly beautiful and profoundly disturbing, and is proof that Jackson’s talents are not limited to ‘big’ films.
Last season on 24, Jack returned to the world of counter-terrorism when he was hauled before a congressional oversight committee about his tactics while with CTU (Counter-Terrorism Unit) in Los Angeles. This year, Jack starts off in New York, looking to start over with his daughter and her family in California. But as luck would have it, Jack finds himself in the middle of an international plot just an hour before he is leave for his new life— grandpa. The episode starts with a former CTU informant who goes on the run after the assassin he smuggled into the United States clears up loose ends. He ends up at Jack’s hotel. Much like Tony Almeida in the previous season, informant Victor has his own reasons for this and refuses to tell Jack the details of the target before he well… no spoilers here, the location, who’s behind it, etc. The first four episodes include the standard explosions, government underlings plotting against
the Washington power elite, Russian assassins, Jack protecting those that he cares about, and the ordinary federal agents who want to trust Jack but don’t, but yet feel they have to because he is Jack Bauer. Chloe is also sarcastic as ever. She doesn’t like being subordinate, especially to condescending sorts such as Dana Walsh. I still feel that President Taylor’s newly anointed Secretary of State Ethan Kanin is up to something. He just strikes me as the opportunistic sort. Like one of those guys that wants to make sure the ship doesn’t go down because he’ll go down with it. Returning for the eight season is Chloe O’Brien (Mary Lynn Rajskub), President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones), Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert), Ethan Kanin (Bob Gunton) and Renee Walker (Annie Wersching). Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff joins the cast as Dana Walsh and ER’s Mykelti Williamson as the head of the New York CTU. 24 airs Mondays on FOX at 9 p.m. And is available on hulu.com.
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Choose Green for the New Year By KRISTINE BAILEY Staff Writer Making good choices is what has brought most people to the IU South Bend campus. Everyone is looking to learn, gain a new set of skills, share their knowledge and skills with others, and advance their careers or personal lives. These choices were made, for the most part, responsibly, with an end in mind – a reason for being here and doing the university thing. In our day to day lives, there are choices to make everyday about where to go, what to do, who to see and be with, and what to buy to eat, wear, or share. To be an environmentally responsible person, making a sound choice is key. Not everyone can or should live in an off-grid house on three acres for raising animals and food in a caring, eco-sensitive way, and few worldly goods. There are choices available to everyone, every day, no matter your lifestyle that will allow for a balance that will meet needs and suit your conscience. The first step is recognizing what some harmful consumer activities are, and then prioritizing. Which activities are you able to alter, adjust, or drop altogether? We all want the greatest return for our investments, whether they are of time, energy or money.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has identified several “high impact activities” that will be reviewed here this month that may help guide the decision making process. Food: With at least 840 million acres devoted to grazing animals and growing the grains they are fed, the average food item traveling at least 1300 miles from farm to plate, and petroleum based chemicals used by the millions of gallons to reduce pests and weeds, food makes an impact on the global environment. Choices: Some starter questions include: where does it come from, what is in it, what went into making it, and how much energy was used to make it? These questions can help guide your food choices. Start out by eating less meat, and buying some organic produce (see side bar for top picks). Going completely vegetarian or vegan is not for everyone, but everyone can get by with at least one less meat meal a week. To start making good choices, start small if you need to – but start. Remember to focus where and how to reduce your environmental impact in areas where the rewards are greatest for your life and the life of the planet.
Try some organics: Make the most of your health, and your grocery store or farmer’s market dollar. Try buying the following foods organic. They tend to either get sprayed, or absorb and retain, the most harmful, synthetic chemicals. Peaches Apples Bell peppers Celery Nectarine Strawberries Cherries Kale Lettuce Imported grapes Carrots Pears Save your money: the following tend to have the lighter load of potentially harmful chemicals. When prioritizing food budgets, consider going organic with these later, if necessary – or grow your own! Onions Avocados, Frozen sweet corn Pineapple Mango (data from the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides at www.foodnews.org)
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South Bend Green Drinks. Second Tuesday of the month. For more information, email@example.com Goshen Green Drinks. Last Thursday of every month. The Goshen chapter will meet at the Constant Spring, downtown Goshen at 219 S. Main Street from 5 –7 p.m., and include a speaker with a short 5-10 minute presentation. Sound of the Environment. First Wednesday of the month 12 p.m. Reith Interpretive Center in Goshen. For more information contact Melissa Kinsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 574/534-0501. Purple Porch Co-Op. Wednesdays 5:30.–7:30 p.m. Jefferson and Eddy Sts. (Good Shepherd Montessori), South Bend. For more information about the farmers, their products, and the co-op: www.purpleporchcoop. com.
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SPARTACUS: First episode will set tone of future episodes from page 7 part) for the majority of the other characters. He arrives in Capula to be part of a show to honor Rome’s victory and he is sold to Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless). Their hope is to rebuild their status as the premiere gladiator school and within Rome’s inner social circle. The first episode sets the tone and visual experience that viewers should expect to see on a weekly basis with epic gladiator scenes and steamy sex scenes. Watching it on a computer monitor doesn’t do this series justice. I’m looking forward to seeing it on the big screen in a couple of weeks. For those that have seen the movie 300, you’ll recognize the similar filming making style of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The graphic novel like filming, complete stop action and slow motion
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Craig Parker as Glaber and Viva Bianca as Ilithyia from the first episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
action sequences and capped with realistic, yet hokey blood spurting from various appendages and torsos adds to the series. Mixed in with the occasional sex scene and female and male nudity, Sparta-
cus definitely doesn’t feel like any sword and sandal film of recent years. It also puts the blockbuster film Gladiator and the dozens of mock-ups that followed to shame. However the series isn’t without
its flaws. Some of the dialogue is so-so, and the slow-motion action can get annoying because gladiatorial isn’t supposed to be slow, it’s fast paced. The sudden movement between the fast and slow ruins the
flow at times. The series also reunites several former cast and crew from the producer’s earlier series and movies, including series composer, Joseph LoDuca who also composed for Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess and now currently composes for Spartacus and Legend of the Seeker. LoDuca’s music makes even a bad scene Emmy quality with his big cinematic scores. LoDuca’s other credits include Brotherhood of the Wolf and the TNT series Leverage. Spartacus: Blood and Sand airs on Fridays at 10 p.m. on the Starz cable channel. The series can also be watched online through Netflix (an account is needed). The series has already been picked up for a second season and will be called Spartacus: Vengeance.