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Student housing fees increase By DANI MOLNAR Staff Writer
Students living at River Crossing Apartments on campus can expect to see another increase in fees for next year. There are many causes for the 3.5% increase, including utilities increase, pro forma budget and additional staffing. According to Mike Polcari, interim director for housing and residential life, the main cause of the rise is 8% increase in utilities. Another major factor is the pro forma budget. The plan was already set up for housing costs to increase over a course of time to help pay for the debts. “At the beginning of the note we don’t pay as much because we’re still getting ourselves squared away,” Polcari said. “Eventually it stabilizes.” The costs are set to stabilize in year six of the forty year plan. This year, however, the debt increase is 5.4%. Students will only see an increase of 3.5% for their costs. For this year, the costs for a one bedroom were $3,930 per semester. They will rise to $4,068. Two bedrooms will go from $3,144 to $3,254 per semester and four bedrooms, the most popular type of room, will go from $2,600 to $2,691. Most of this rise comes from the pro forma budget; but some will be used for other things including utilities, staffing, and insurance. We have also had a significant increase in other budget line items, such as benefits to employees, which was about 5 percent [of the total rise],” Polcari said, “Some of these items weren’t significant by themselves, but together they amount to a significant increase so we had to increase to 3%.” see HOUSING page 7
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Badridze premieres composition By KRYSTAL VIVIAN Staff Writer
For Ketevan Badridze, music has always been in her blood. At only 5 years old, she began playing piano by ear after hearing her mother give lessons. Since then, she has continued playing and has made it her career. “From the beginning, I knew it would be my profession,” said Badridze, a music lecturer in the Raclin School of the Arts. On Wednesday, March 3, Badridze performed a recital of three pieces, one a world premiere of a piece composed by fellow IU South Bend lecturer Marjorie Rusche entitled “Eclipse”. Rusche asked Badridze to perform the piece years ago, after the composition was already completed. “It is interesting always to play a new piece,” said Badridze, who was born in the Republic of Georgia, and has traveled the world to perform various pieces. She came to IUSB because of Alexander Toradze, the Martin Endowed professor of piano at IUSB. Badridze was interested in his
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Music lecturer Ketevan Badridze performed a colleague’s composition at a recital March 3.
work and wanted to study with him. She studied here to attain her Master’s degree in Arts for piano, and then was offered a position with the university. She works with him now and is also a member of the Toradze Piano Studio, and has recently played with both the South Bend and Elkhart Symphony Orchestras.
Though she loves playing compositions, Badridze does not want to compose anything herself. She prefers performing pieces for an audience, even if the profession is sometimes difficult. “I am always telling my students: when you are performing music, [people] will enjoy that,” she said. “It gives us great plea-
sure. We are practicing to make people happy, to make people listen. It’s a hard profession.” Despite any difficulties Badridze finds in her profession, she still finds the motivation to continue with her career and perform recitals because it is who she is. “Nobody pushes me to play the recital. It’s for myself. It’s my air. I’m just a performer.”
Still time to get some spring break deals, ideas By APRIL BUCK Staff Writer
Spring Break is just around the corner and if you haven’t made travel plans yet you may be feeling a little stuck. Never fear, there are several last minute ideas that are both affordable and exciting. If you need to get away this spring break but don’t have a lot of cash, there are still many options for last-minute spring break vacations. According to Phyllis Howe, travel agent with Edgerton Travel, resorts have really good last minute rates although
airfares are more expensive. Howe pulled up a trip to Cancun. With a two person room occupancy and flying out of O’Hare, Howe was able to find a trip to Cancun for only $918 per person. Howe also said that New Orleans is an easy train ride away and a fun town to spend time in. She pointed out that Florida isn’t always warm at this time of year and that for safety reasons students should steer clear of Mexican border towns. Allegiant Air offers discounted flights from the Chicago Area to warmer climates like Las
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For tips and links visit www.iusbpreface.com. Vegas or Phoenix. Round trips start as low as $350. Additionally, booking a flight plus hotel through the MGM Mirage vacations website can get roundtrip airfare and a hotel for under $600 for a week in Vegas. Other options for finding those great deals on airfare and accommodations are travel search engines such as Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, or CheapOAir. All three sites also offer last-minute
hotel packages for this spring break. Check out these web sites to find your last minute deal. Even if you don’t have the cash to take a vacation, there are still plenty of other fun things to do during spring break that won’t break the bank. Some fun ideas include taking day trips to a museum or a different city. Chicago is an inexpensive see SPRING BREAK page 3
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Intramural b-ball team places 2nd By KENDRA HORSMAN Staff Writer
The IU South Bend men’s intramural basketball team celebrated a second place finish at the NCCS Regional Basketball Championship hosted by Western Michigan University. “Going into the tournament I didn’t think we had much of a chance. All of the other teams came from much larger schools and were established club teams,” said Blair Foose, small forward. “Considering we basically threw a team together and only practiced once before the tournament, coming in second is a big accomplishment.” Fourteen teams, mostly from the Michigan area, faced off in this regional championship. IUSB made it to the final round but came up short to Ferris State University with a 50-29 final score. The Regional champions move on to the NCCS National Basketball Championship in April at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. “It was very disappointing to come so close to winning,” said Andrew Headings,
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Students interested in building their resume and gaining experience on presenting work they have done while undergraduates may be interested in participating in the Undergraduate Research Conference. Students are welcome to submit pieces ranging from experiments, surveys, research papers, creative writing pieces, and artwork. “It’s a way to allow undergraduates to gain professional experience with presenting a research project,” said Dr. Andrea Rusnock, assistant professor of art and an organizer for the conference. “Research is defined however it is defined in the field
There are still various positions to fill and all majors are welcome. To achieve their goal of helpMake your voice heard, get ining students engage in the povolved, and help find solutions to litical process and become active the problems facing our world tocitizens, the College Republiday with IU South Bend’s chapcans will hold regular meetings. ter of College Republicans. They plan to hold two meetings The College Republicans per month on either Tuesday or have been Wednesday. around for Meetings will “By becoming involved, quite awhile. take place at The national students can help decide the Student organization Activities which actions the U.S. was founded Center in the in 1892 and should take to maintain Club Room now has more its position as a worldwide 206. than 250,000 At this members on leader that benefits not time, the more than only its citizens, but also group intends 1,500 camto help with puses nation- the rest of the world,” the camwide. College paigns of Voy Marczynski. Republicans several ReClub President work to help publican canelect Repubdidates. They lican candialso plan to host events that will dates, support the Republican be open to IUSB students as well agenda, and become the future as the local community. leaders of the conservative move“By becoming involved, stument. dents can help decide which “We are looking for people to actions the U.S. should take to get involved, because we would maintain its position as a worldlike to see more young people wide leader that benefits not only contribute to improving the econits citizens, but also the rest of the omy, help to find solutions for world,” said Marczynski. problems such as poverty, health care, and strengthening national The club will host its first security,” said Voy Marczynski, event on March 31 with a screenPresident of IUSB’s chapter of ing of the movie Expelled in College Republicans, in an email Northside room 113. The movie interview. “Participating in the will start around 5:30 p.m. and club provides students with a everyone is welcomed. great opportunity to learn real life For more information, stuexperience.” dents can contact College RepubAccording to Marczynski, the licans by email email@example.com or club needs all types of students visit them on Facebook – College who can contribute to its growth. Republicans-IUSB Chapter. By APRIL BUCK Staff Writer
IUSB’s intramural basketball team after the NCCS Regional Basketball Championship.
forward.“However, I think as a team we were proud of how far we got, and how well we played. We played hard, and had a great time on and off the court.” This was the first tournament the team has participated in. The team currently has 12 players on the roster. However, many of the players expect to graduate at the end of the spring semester. The Titan basketball team is for varsity players. “Intramural puts students who don’t make varsity on a competi-
tive level and allows them an opportunity to get involved,” said Rob Simels, coordinator of Intramural and Club Sports. For the future, the team hopes to recruit some new teammates and practice more. “If the team stays together and plays a few times before the next tournament, I think we should be able to win it,” said Foose. For more information about intramural sports contact Rob Simels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate Research Conference submissions deadline approaching Submissions due March 26 with the conference to be held April 16 at IUSB.
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[a student works in].” The Conference reemerged last year at the instigation of Vice Chancellor Dr. Alfred Guillaume, and it is becoming an important part of undergraduate life at IU South Bend. Some professors are beginning to integrate the Conference into their syllabi as well. All undergraduate students are welcome to submit their work, as well as students who graduated in December 2009, providing the project they are submitting was completed during their undergraduate time at IUSB and has not been altered since graduation. Submitting students must write a 250 word maximum abstract to submit, as well as have a faculty sponsor who approves of the work. It is preferred to have a sponsor who helped the student work on the piece, but if that is not possible for any reason then a faculty sponsor who is familiar with the student and his or her work is also allowed.
Presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes. The conference will include a luncheon with keynote speaker Gordana Eljdupovich, PhD, who will discuss working with incarcerated mothers. Eljidupovich has PhD degrees and qualifications in both clinical psychology and forensic psychology. “She takes a women-centered approach to her work,” said Dr. Catherine Borshuck, director of women’s studies, “which means she focuses on oppression and social inequality as well as on the womens’ personal circumstances.” The conference will be held on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of Weikamp Hall, but submissions are due by 5 p.m. on March 26. Interested students can find more information and submit their proposals by going to www.iusb. edu/~ugrsch/2010confCall.shtml or emailing email@example.com.
Affordable spring break fun SPRING BREAK continued from page 1 South Shore ride away and features several attractions: The Shedd Aquarium, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, The Field Museum, Chicago History Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Dusable Museum, Clarke House Museum, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, or the Chicago Botanical gardens. Another idea is to spend a day playing at the Splash Universe water park in nearby Shipshewa-
na. According to their website it is always a summery 84 degrees and close to home. The cost of admission is about $30. Check out their website for more information, www.splashuniverse. com. Nevertheless, if you are truly broke, that is ok too. Try visiting friends at other colleges with a different spring break schedule. Throw a party. Curl up with a book you’ve been waiting to read. Spring break is about fun, relaxation, and recharging your batteries.
PAGE 4 College Dems looking toward the future By APRIL BUCK Staff Writer
The College Democrats is the official collegiate outreach arm of the Democratic Party. The group has been offering students the opportunity to get their feet wet in politics for decades. At IU South Bend, the club works to raise awareness of democratic issues both on campus and in the community. They host events and participate in campaigning to further the ideals of the Democratic Party. Even in an off election year, IUSB’s College Democrats are keeping busy. The club has been focused on issue-based campaigning. “Members have been encouraged to work on behalf of comprehensive healthcare reform for our country,” said Caitlin Worm, president of IUSB College Democrats, in an email interview. “We have coordinated almost all issue campaign activities with local labor unions and with Obama for America.” Worm also said the club will be working in local and federal election campaigns over the summer and fall for democrats including Joe Donnelly for Congress, Ryan Dvorak for state representative, and Corey Noland for county council. IUSB’s College Democrats are always looking for people to get involved. “The College Democrats, more than any other organization, truly value freshmen” said Worm. “We like to train the individuals from the beginning of their campus career so it will ensure our club’s viability. We understand it is hard for people to fit tough campaign work into their schedules so we offer a variety and flexibility of club activities.” According to Worm, the club teaches valuable skills like teambuilding, networking, coalition building, and community organizing. In addition, College Democrats fosters real-life experiences. For example, one member is currently working as an intern for Obama for America and another is interning for Senator Evan Bayh. “Just a few weeks ago the president of the statewide federasee COLLEGE DEMS page 8
NEWS Free dental sealant clinic By JEFF TATAY Staff Writer
IU South Bend Dental Hygiene Clinic will be providing the community with a free dental sealant clinic for kids ages 6-14. The clinic will be held on Friday, March 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday March 27, 8 a.m. to noon and will take place in Riverside Hall, 1960 Northside Blvd. “A dental sealant provides a protective barrier to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars, which are the teeth that are most often subjected to decay,” said Kathy Gipson, clinical lecturer in dental education at IUSB. Gipson is the coordinator of the community practice class and will be assisting students in organizing the dental sealant clinic. “The free sealant clinic is an annual part of the Dental Hygiene program, said Gipson. “The students get the opportunity to provide service to their local community.” The free clinic is also an opportunity for parents to save money, provide their kids with healthy dental hygiene, and support the IUSB Dental Hygiene program. “General dentists will charge approximately $40 per tooth,” said Gipson. “We normally charge $5 a tooth at the Dental
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Hygiene Clinic.” The clinic is a simple process that is fairly quick and easy to complete, but provides many years of protection and prevention of decay. The small amount of time taken to complete the process out weighs the time and money that may be spent on extra visits to the dentist in the future. “The sealant process is a painless procedure where a sealant is applied to permanent posterior teeth, said Dental Hygiene student Susan Schroeder. “The appointment only takes about a half hour to complete.” Dental sealants are a common procedure for the prevention of
cavities and tooth decay. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 40.12% of kids age 9-11 in the United States received dental sealants from 1999-2004. “We are trying to prevent the cavities before they start,” said Schroeder. “Preventative maintenance is the main goal of dentistry.” To schedule an appointment call: (574) 520-4156. Walk-in appointments will also be accepted if there are empty chairs available. For more information on the IUSB Dental Hygiene Clinic, visit: www.iusb.edu/~sbdental/ Dentalhygieneclinic.shtml.
CAMPUS Briefs Senior party March 10 The Student Alumni Association will be hosting a pizza party for graduating seniors Wednesday, March 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in SAC 221-223. The event will also feature a last lecture from political science professor Dr. Neovi Karakatsanis. There will also be a raffle for a free class ring, a digital camera. There will also be information on commencement. To RSVP, call 520-4383 or email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org Both teams eliminated Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have been eliminated from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. The women
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lost to Robert Morris University on March 2 in quarterfinal action. The men beat University of Saint Francis on Tuesday, but lost to Robert Morris University on March 4 in semifinal round action. For complete game recaps and season information visit www.iusbtitans.com. IUSB adds women’s volleyball IU South Bend has announced the addition of women's varsity volleyball to their athletic program starting in 2011. The program will start as a club in the fall 2010. A search is underway for a coach the for the team. Currently, IUSB has only two varsity level athletic teams both men’s and women’s basketball. For more information on all the athletics
and sports offered at IUSB, visit www.iusbtitans.com. Radio Club logo design competition The IUSB Radio Club is having a competition to design the club logo. The winning designer will be awarded $100. The logo should be professionally appropriate, and show an obvious indication that it is for IUSB Radio. Designs should be sent to IUSBradio@gmail.com before March 12 as an attachment with the students name, university email, and student ID number. The winning design will be selected by the IUSB Radio Club.
The Quiet Lounge, located adjacent to the Grille, will now be open to all registered students, student organizations, university departments, and outside organizations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The decision to keep the Lounge as well as the building open 24/7 “was made as a way to provide a location on campus that students may come to and study 24/7,” said Student Government Association Senator Joel Bazzell. The Student Government Association (SGA) along with the Chancellors Bill O’Donnell, Pat Ames, Ilene Scheffer, IU South Bend Police Chief Marty Gersey, and Facilities Management Director Mike Prater, have come together to make the decision of keeping the lounge, as well as the Grille lounge itself, open. There are currently only four computers in the lounge but the SGA is working alongside Vice Chancellor Ames to possibly get a printer and additional computers in the lounge so that it has the potential to become a 24 hour computer lab. “Also, the SGA has discussed the possibility of renovating the space to make it more like the Hammes Information Commons in the Schurz library,” said Bazzell. However, the renovation will not occur until after the Northside renovations are completed and at that time Vice Chancellor O’Donnell will determine if the renovation of the Quiet Lounge is feasible. Students can enter through the east door to the Grille from the campus mall, or enter through the south door from Ruskin St. The SGA is also working closely with the administration in communicating the students’ availability of the lounge. You can contact the SGA at 520-5572 or stop by their office in the Student Activities Center, room 202.
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A look towards academic department goals By JESSIE DEHAINANT Student Contributor
The enrollment at IU South Bend isn’t the only area of growth the school is witnessing. Academically, departments are raising the bar with innovative classes and higher goals for students. The future of the university isn’t just about filling empty desks. Rather, it is about giving each one of those students the chance to encounter a unique learning experience. “The goal for the department is to improve advising by guiding business majors,” said Mark Fox, a professor in the School of Business and Economics (SBE). Currently, the school of business only advises pre-business majors. Fox added that reconfiguring the advising is a stepping stone towards improvement. Another improvement was the addition of a Masters of Business Administration course in sustainability and innovation according to Fox. The SBE is also looking at adding courses to coincide with
the general education curriculum. “I’d like to see some management courses as part of the campus general education curriculum,” Fox said. “This would provide more opportunities for non-business students to gain a general understanding of some key aspects of business and of the importance of businesses as social institutions.” At the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dr. Deborah Marr, associate professor of ecology and evolution, and Dr. Andrew Schnabel, the department chair and associate professor of ecology and evolution, discuss the future of the biological sciences department. “One important departmental goal for the near future is to increase research and internship opportunities for biology majors,” Marr said. Course work and experience are key elements for students. These two basics will always provide guidance. Helping students figure out their strengths, as well as helping build a resume, will make students more competitive for post-graduate programs and jobs, Marr said.In looking at what classes will be added
in the future, the biology department revises course offerings in response to different variables. “The first is responding to changes in the field of biology, then changes in requirements for postgraduate degrees (such as pharmacy school), and lastly student demand,” Schnable said. Within the past five years the department has added several upper level biology electives to accommodate the changes and increase in biology. The biology major and minor degrees are designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers within the Life Sciences. “The Biology department is not planning to add any new majors or minors in the near future,” Marr added. “This is because the department already offers courses that contribute to several interdisciplinary minors, such as cognitive science, environmental sciences, informatics, and sustainability.” The health sciences at IUSB are also growing to meet the demand of students and the changing field. The College of Health Sciences will start offering a Bachelor of Sci-
ence in Medical Imaging Technology,” said Jim H. Howard, director of Radiography, Medical Imagine and Allied Health programs. “This new degree will be part of the new programs in radiography and Allied Health which will give the graduates of an accredited associate degree programs in radiography an opportunity for additional Didactic / Clinical instruction in an advanced Imaging modality.” The degree will also allow students to get further certification according to Howard. “Graduates will also be able to test for a second level of certification since they will already be certified in radiography. This will increase their professional status within the medical imaging profession,” Howard said. “The future of the school directed towards challenging students which will give them a competitive advantage in the field of medical science after graduation.” The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts has also seen their enrollment increase in the last year. As the enrollment increases, the school is looking toward offer-
ing more degrees and expanding programs. One of those goals according to Alec Hosterman, area coordinator for communication arts is to develop a master’s degree in communication. To accomplish this goal, Hosterman added that they are “going to use some of the upper level courses we currently teach and then augment them with classes that make for a solid Master of Arts in Communication Studies.” In keeping up with the growing number of students, the department is also working on hiring two new faculty members. The jobs being filled are an assistant professor of mass communication and a lecturer in communication. The schools of IUSB are keeping up with today’s changing needs and wants of students from all the departments. As each area of academics continues to polish their curriculums and set forth new goals, the future for students at IUSB remains promising for years to come.
United with the community for a better tomorrow By DIANA MANRIQUEZ Student Contributor
In recent years the university’s name has been greatly associated with the natatorium project that grew out as the civil rights center. South Bend’s long-abandoned natatorium symbolized the challenge endured by many African Americans who were excluded and segregated for almost thirty years from the only indoor swimming facility in the area. The parallel between segregation, right here at home, in Northern Indiana and not in some southern state became a clear distinction of how easily it is to undermine our own ideals of freedom and democracy. The lasting importance of the Natatorium’s history couldn’t be lost. The Vice- Chancellor of Academic Affairs became very much involved in the fight to bring the university into partnership with the city. Between IUSB, the South Bend Heritage Foundation, and the City of South Bend,
a partnership was created to use this project as a reminder of the challenges faced right here in our community. Dr. Lester Lamon, a retired faculty member at IUSB, has been an active supporter of this project. “The interaction between the community and the university is extremely important,” he said. “The university has shown commitment to the community in a very concrete way, by not only educating leaders in our community but by expanding projects that will enrich our area for generations.” He also mentioned the great response the university has gotten from its collaboration with the community given the university’s increasing growth in the past few years. Nonetheless, it’s important to keep in mind that IUSB’s highly prioritized vision still lies in the education of our community. Dr. Michael Horvath, Dean of the School of Education, is one
of the lead people working on developing a new technology high school in the area. The new tech high school is a unique learning environment driven by project-based learning. “The new tech high school project will provide a large group of students who might now have the opportunity for post-secondary education, who are underrepresented or who are not successful in the current school array an opportunity to learn in a different way,” Horvath said. He also added that students will face real problems and will have the opportunity to find real solutions. Students will also learn to work in teams. The school will also allow students to get handson experience. Students may also get an opportunity to own their own computers. While this offers those who can get into college an excellent option to gain the necessary skills to become successful in an ever changing environment, the program isn’t without its critics.
Some in the community believe that this method of instruction isn’t functional, and the cost is another deterrent to getting behind the new tech school. However, the supporters of the school continue to fight for it and there is hope that the school will open in the fall 2011. IUSB’s reputation strongly remains in their commitment and dedication to excel as the area’s most prestigious institution of higher education. For the third consecutive year, the School of Business and Economics at IU South Bend was ranked as an outstanding business school according to The Princeton Review. And its business students rank in top 5% nationally, which is why many local businesses are turning to university’s expertise for input in the economic field. Dr. Grant Black, professor in the school of business, has participated in a variety of projects that have impacted greatly our
economy on a regional and national basis. He’s represented the university having participated in over 200 interviews for the past five years, discussing various economic issues on major television networks (MSNBC), newspapers (USA Today) and radio. “The university is very exposed in the media world and our campus is really the go to institution for any economic issues local businesses face,” Grant said. He recently performed an environmental scan for the Chamber of Commerce in St. Joseph County. “We collaborated with them by encompassing a report of the economy in the area and providing them an analysis of the economic landscape,” he said. The significance of this project meant the participation of student body as well. Whenever there is budget available, students are hired and their collaboration reflects positively within the various businesses in the community.
Arts/Entertainment By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer
Students of Professor Clayton Michaels’ class about a feminist approach to comic books got a rare treat on Monday March 1: a professor from St. Mary’s College as a guest lecturer. Professor Terri Russ of St. Mary’s communication studies department gave a lecture titled “The Bitch Deserved It: Deconstructing Gendered Violence.” Identifying herself as a feminist since early childhood, Russ studies gendered violence due to her experience of using “urban self-defense,” a series of behaviors that women use to keep themselves safe when in the city at night. “As a city woman, you know all these techniques,” said Russ. “For example, always parking under a streetlight, even if you have to walk farther, first checking under your car, then in the backseat to make sure no one is hiding there waiting for you. And it’s really problematic that women feel like we have to do these things.” Russ became interested in the issue of gendered violence due to an incident that happened when she was in law school. “A friend showed up in tears, her boyfriend of three months had date raped her,” said Russ. “They had been out for their three month anniversary and he said that three months equaled a blow job and she said no. Instead, he took more.” After tipping off the emergency room staff to the fact that the man who had raped her friend was the same man that was in the waiting room, Russ began to study how the media insinuates the thought that violence against women is okay in society. In her presentation, Russ highlighted how the concentric circles of violence feed each other, moving from the personal violence in the home to the overall societal problem of accepted violence through a pervasive fear that permeates male/female interactions and leads not only to violence, but to a disinclination to report acts of violence. A further problem is a lack of sympathetic ears. When Russ
worked at a university in Virginia, she became part of a committee that made recommendations about sexual harassment policy and handled complaints. In the first two months of the committee’s existence, it handled 11 cases, but took no action, which angered Russ. Her presentation included lists of rape facts and myths, such as the myth that rape is motivated by sexual urges, and the fact that most rapes are committed by people whom the victim knows. Also, only 2% of reported rapes are false reports. Russ also touched on the fact that victims of violence often question themselves asking if the violence directed against them was their fault, and how families become stuck in a cycle of violence. “Stage one is tension, where some incident no matter how small sets the abuser off,” said Russ. “Stage two is explosion, where the violence occurs, and in each cycle the type of violence escalates. Stage three is remorse, where the abuser protests that it will never happen again. Stage four is the honeymoon period where everything goes well, but tension builds, leading back to stage one.” Connected to all this is how the media participates in “normalization” of violence. Russ included information from the 2000 census that shows 98% of homes have one television set, and over 70% have two or more. Using magazine advertisements, Russ’ students divided the images into two categories, women with the look of death, and women as the victim of attack. With these images saturating our consciousness, the audience becomes programmed to accept these as a standard of feminine beauty. “Media images are fragments of a cultural Zeitgeist—we’re fascinated with them and we identify with them,” said Russ. Russ is in the process of organizing a conference on beauty called the Bold Beauty Conference, to be held at St. Mary’s on April 26. Interested students should send an e-mail to truss@ saintmarys.edu.
Wonderland a story of strength By MEAGEN THOMPSON Managing Editor
Many attempts have been made at creating a visual presentation of the literary nonsense that is Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass. It has taken nearly one-and-a-half centuries and the insane-artist genius of Tim Burton (Batman Forever, Corpse Bride) to convince me it could be done satisfactorily. Though Burton’s take on the 1865 tale has advantages in computer animation over previous attempts, the film still brilliantly solves the challenging dilemma of Alice: how do you make a movie based on a story with next to no plot? Collaborating with Linda Woolverton, writer of Disney’s adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and the book for Anne Rice’s theatrical adaption of Lestat, Burton gives his typical (though never dull) gothic luster to the places and faces of Wonderland. Like the partnership between Lewis Carroll and the first Alice illustrator Sir John Tenniel, Burton’s magic wouldn’t have been as spellbinding without the talents of Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands). Depp’s Hatter role marks the seventh collaboration for the duo, of which Burton
said, “I was going for a combination of Bozo and The Exorcist.” Depp’s Hatter possesses a fragile mental stability, equalized by the donning of his hat. But unlike most adaptations in which the Hatter and fellow habitants are frustratingly confusing to Alice (see Disney’s 1951 version), here most of the characters are helpful confidants for the young woman. Alice, played by newcomer Mia Wasikowska, proves after all to be the champion of the film.
It is through her descent into “Underland”, as called by its inhabitants and perhaps an allusion to Carroll’s original title for the first Alice novel, that Alice finds the strength to forge her way into adulthood. She is a young woman of 19, on the verge of the life-altering decision of accepting, or not accepting, a marriage proposal. Alice’s victory is shown through the events in the contention of the story, a sibling rivalry between the angelically twisted White Queen (Anne Hathaway) and the light bulb-headed Red Queen (Helena Bonham-Carter)
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Yet Polcari does not think this rise will really make the difference in whether students choose to live on or off campus. Students in 4 bedroom apartments will be paying less than $100 more per semester. Doing the math, Polcari reminds that this is only $10 more per month. “Our prices were already low relative to the other IU campuses,” Polcari said. He also said that there are many other amenities on IU South Bend that students wouldn’t get living off campus. “You live next to fellow students, you’ve got staff willing to
of Underland. Herein also lies the moral lesson inclusive to all Disney films. Though this Alice is different from Carroll’s passive and helpless 10 year-old and a departure from the princess-producing Disney machine, Woolverton makes it work. By stepping up to the challenge of defending her Wonderland friends, A l i c e takes the position of the White Knight, a character represented by a male presence in Carroll’s novel and in several other Alice adaptations (see Nick Willing’s 1999 Alice).
help out, you don’t have to buy a vacuum. If you’ve got packages, they don’t get left outside your door.” According to Jeff Jones, vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment management, there is also another staff position being added to the budget. “We plan to make this a live-in position that will reside in housing and assist with on-call coverage, and especially to add programming and other services for residences,” Jones said. Even with the increase, Jones believes the new facilities offered, coupled with the old, will benefit students greatly.
The resulting conclusion of the film harkens a somewhat feminist tone in which the only knight to save Alice from her fears is Alice herself. Though the lead characters steal the show, performances not to be missed include Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts, Matt Lucas’s face and voice as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and Michael Sheen as the voice of the White Rabbit. All talents come together to make Tim Burton’s Alice the wonderland that, until now, you’ve only ever seen in your imagination.
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By KRISTINE BAILEY Staff Writer
How are you getting to your spring break? Everyone can easily justify taking a break, trying new things, seeing new places, and having a really good time. Getting there doesn’t have to be a case of justifying excess in terms of the planet. Road trips and other travel can be some of the best parts of a vacation. People met along the way and scenes flying past a train or car window weave together with destination explorations for longlasting memories. Wherever you go and whatever you do – enjoy, relax, and refresh your mind. Before heading out, here are some tips for travel to make that spring break picture green. Perhaps Chicago is your “big” destination this year. If you take the train the 205 or so miles, the trip will generate 80 pounds of carbon dioxide. Driving a car, which emits an average of 19.56 lbs of CO2 per gallon, and taking in to factor the EPA rated average mileage for automobiles is 20.3mpg, that drive to Chi-town will cost almost 200 pounds of CO2. The bus from here to there will produce 37lbs of CO2 per passenger. To fly, the 83 air miles
(based on data from The World Resources Network) will cost about a half a pound of CO2. Of course, once on the ground, a train or taxi or rental car will be needed. For other travels, here are some tips for the best eco-travel of the semester.
Pros: Instead of flying, take the bus and cut your carbon emissions by 55-75% Less expensive than flying Can be cheaper than driving Cons: Can take a lot longer than flying or driving Bus stations and bus travel food The other passengers can provide entertainment, or rock you down to ground level with all the gritty reality that brought them to the bus.
Pros: For solo travel, the train racks up 60 percent less carbon per passenger mile than a car For trips of 500 miles or less, conserve 30% less carbon than flying Stations are often closer to center of the city than the airport.
No extra travel needed – walk to lodging, sights, or mass transit. Cons: Can take longer than flying or driving Not all trains are as comfortable as planes or cars (think South Shore seats). Know your body and what mode of travel will allow you to stand up and set out for a spring break adventure.
Pros: Take more passengers and share the fuel costs Convenience and ease of sightseeing when and where you want Cons: What a load of…carbon. Better investigate purchasing some carbon offsets. Where’s the random factor adventure? Oh yeah, the ride share “friends…” Ah, truck stops…There is a good story about the “mother of all truck stops,” location continental divide, New Mexico, that ya gotta hear sometime.
Save your ticket and gas money and spend it on local businesses and “tourist” attractions. See the carbon-centric travel guide box for links and ideas.
Get more tips and information on our website at www. iusbpreface.com. This week’s Green Events are online as well. To submit a Green Event email Kristine Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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tion of College Democrats, Sean Dvorak, an IUSB Junior, held a fund-raiser in Muncie, Indiana,” said Worm. “The Annual Kennedy-Obama Dinner fund-raiser was a beautiful event attended by university students and civic leaders from all across the state.” The proceeds of the event will fund at least two College Democrats to work on an important Indiana campaign in the fall, according to Worm. To get involved or for more information students can contact the IUSB College Democrats by email at email@example.com. Email action alerts are sent regularly to members advising them of upcoming events and opportunities. The club is also active on the Web at iusbdems.weebly. com, Twitterwww.twitter. com/iusbdemocrats, and Facebook- http://tinyurl.com/yasfgfv.
There will be no issue March 17 because of Spring Break. We’ll return March 24.
If all this thought about the how to get there has got you down, never fear – Michiana is here! There are probably lots of local places you have never been.
From law books to the power of the quill By TERRIE PHILLIPS Staff Writer
A boy from Illinois who used to sit at the local jail now sits in an office that overlooks a small courtyard in the administration building. Frederick Naffziger, professor of business law, started at Indiana University South Bend in 1973. But teaching was not his ultimate goal. “I was looking to try this [teaching] for a year or two,” said Naffziger, “then I intended to practice law full time.” In high school he would sit at the local jail, as an observer, watching the police and the attorneys. It was during this time of observing that he became interested in law. “I mostly sat there [jail] and I kept my eyes open, my ears
open and my mouth shut,” said Naffziger. He was intrigued by the hierarchy of the police. “Then what I kind of noticed as a kid was that what I thought was on the top was the attorneys,” said Naffziger. He then began hanging around the courthouse. “I decided, hey this looked interesting to me,” said Naffziger. Naffziger attended the University of Illinois. In 1970 he graduated with his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in law. He specializes in freedom of religion and corporate law. He began practicing law part-time and taught at Southern Illinois University in 1970. It was in 1973 that Naffziger decided to come teach at IUSB. He was attracted to some of the benefits and opportunities
the IU system offered. He also thought South Bend was a nice size town and good environment to raise his family. He decided to set up roots in the community. IUSB has offered Naffziger the opportunity to go to other countries. He spent a month in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where he taught law in an IU project for the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco). Naffziger also volunteers legal assistance locally. While he is not licensed to practice law in the state of Indiana, he can practice if it involves a federal law such as labor or immigration law. He volunteers to help represent immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. “They get asylum because
they are going to be persecuted in their home country for a variety of reasons,” said Naffziger. “One reason is because they are on the opposite political side of the people in power.” This past year Naffziger has provided voluntary legal assistance to a third generation of a family. Law isn’t the only thing that gives Naffizer joy. “I just found I enjoy writing,” said Naffziger. Naffziger’s joy of writing started in high school when he started writing for the newspaper. He was also co-editor of the high school yearbook and wrote for two years on the college newspaper. He has been published in scholarly journals such as the “American Business Law Jour-
nal” and “Labor Law Journal”. He has also co-authored several books such as “Study Guide for Business Law: Key Issues and Concepts” and “Legal Perspectives on American Business Associations”. In July 2004 he had an appearance on NBC’s Nightly News with correspondent Anne Thompson. He has also been interviewed on BBC. “It’s [writing] something where I can use my skills to educate people,” said Naffziger. He also believes students get a better education at a university like IUSB than most people think. “Students get a decent high quality education here,” said Naffziger. “I think I’ve played a small part in doing that.”