Q & A With Stacie Jeffirs

September 27, 2006

Zorina E. Jerome
Staff Writer


Define what IUSB’s Career Services is, it’s mission, and how it benefits IUSB students.

The mission of the Career Services Office (CSO) is as follows:

The Career Services Office is committed to preparing Indiana University South Bend students and alumni to active, life-long learners in developing and implementing their career decisions. The CSO facilitates the overall development of students and provides resources to help them explore and pursue their career and educational goals in a complex, diverse, and interconnected world. The CSO fosters meaningful partnerships with the university community, employers, and the region to support the career and life development of our students and alumni.

The CSO is here to help students achieve their career goals through services such as:

Choosing/Changing a Major

Job Shadowing

Internship Searching

Job/Career Searching

Graduate School Preparation

And much, much more!

How many students get employed through the department a year?

Our office does not place students into employment or internship opportunities; we serve as a resource and link to these opportunities.

What must a student do to get an internship? What qualifications must that person possess? Is it recommended that only seniors apply?

Students who are interested in pursuing internship opportunities should begin thinking about the process early on in their academic careers. It is wise to start exploring options when you are a freshman and sophomore that could lead into opportunities by the time you are a junior or senior. However, you do not have to be a junior or senior to pursue an internship; students from all academic backgrounds and standings are encouraged to participate in internships. The only exception to this would for students who want to pursue academic credit for their internship, in which case there may be some regulations on what students can and cannot receive credit for their internship experiences. For more information on academic credit internships, please see your advisor or a faculty member within your field of study.

Is it possible to obtain a permanent position through this service?

It is definitely possible to obtain a permanent employment opportunity through an internship. We have seen several students who were offered either part-time or full-time employment upon completion of their internship or graduation because they either excelled at the internship site and the employer wanted them to stay or the right opportunity came along at the right time.

 

What does the Career Service Office do to promote the availability of jobs openings?

The CSO promotes internship and job opportunities through our online database, student electronic bulletin boards, faculty, staff, and direct e-mails. Students who are interested in receiving opportunities from our office are encouraged to log on to our online database at iusbcareers.com and create an account.

Brick of Gold

September 27, 2006

brickcover.jpgVal Schweisberger
Staff Writer

Rarely does a film come along that truly captures the essence of a drug ring. That’s only part of what makes Brick, written and directed by Rian Johnson, such a masterpiece. The film is set in a high school, so it brings a fresh element to a story typically associated with mobsters and other such unsavory characters.

Brick follows high school student Brendan Frye (masterfully played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt of Third Rock from the Sun fame) as he investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend Emily. Fearless and intuitive, “street smart” doesn’t even begin to describe Brendan’s brilliance. As he unravels the mystery, Brendan becomes involved with a dangerous drug ring that eventually threatens to bring him down. Fresh and unpredictable, Brick takes the average detective story to an entirely new level.

Quick, succinct dialogue and streetwise writing serve to propel the already lightning-fast story, and it truly keeps viewers on their toes. Just as the audience begins to unravel the story, they are introduced to new and complex characters that seemingly all have motives. Take into consideration the relentless pace and endless narcotic jargon, and the audience doesn’t have a chance at figuring this one out.

Flawless performances, original style, and brilliant directing render Brick, rated “R” for violence and drug content, one of the best films of the year. Now available on DVD, Brick will surely keep you guessing in breathless suspense until the very end.

 

Zorina E. Jerome
Staff Writer

It can never be too soon to get a head start on your career goals. Some students know exactly what they want to major in while others are undecided. Between the decided and undecided, it is quite common for a student to change his or her major. This is usually a result of taking core classes and realizing that particular field of study is not the way they wanted to go after all. By then, perhaps a semester, or even a year of irrelevant courses is on their transcript and money has been wasted.

This can be avoided. IUSB students can save time and money by simply connecting with IUSB’s Career Service Office.

According to IUSB’s Internship Employer Developer, Stacie Jeffirs, “The Career Service Office facilitates the overall development of students and provides resources to help them explore and pursue their career and educational goals.” The Career Service Office is not a job placement program. However, a student is able to get counseling with choosing a major, internships, and graduate school training.

Although IUSB’s guidance counselors are available to assist students in choosing the appropriate courses that will complete their selected grad or undergraduate program, the Career Service Office takes the counseling a step further with preparing students for active job participation in local, regional, national, and international areas. Some of the services available to IUSB students are Resume Referral Service, Annual IU South Bend Job Fair, On-Campus Interviewing, and Online Career Resources.

Students can access employer profiles by registering for an eRecruiting account. The eRecruiting allows students to browse employer profiles. Employer profiles display information about their company, website information, and events. Exploring employer profiles allows students to be better prepared for communicating professionally while building a professional network. IUSB’s events and programs provide the venue for students to interact with potential employers.

Today, Mayor Stephen Luecke is scheduled to appear in the Student Activities Center, in room 225 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as the guest speaker. Jeffirs says the Mayor will speak about “upcoming job and economic opportunities in the local area as well as his field of study in college.” In addition to this seminar, workshops, on-campus interviews, information tables, and sessions are available for IUSB students to utilize. Employers such as Vector Marketing, Jimmy John’s, Insight Business Solutions, Kruggel, Lawton & Company, LLC, and Crowe are some of the businesses who seek interns, part-time, and even full-time employees. Monster.com is also scheduled to present The Ultimate Road Trip: Campus2Career in the SAC room 225, Wednesday, October 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information on the Career Service Office events, call 520-4425. [http://www.iusb.edu/~sbcareer]

 

Northside Greenhouse

September 27, 2006

Terrie Phillips
Campus News Editor

If you go up a narrow staircase located in the hallway between the two entrances by the biology departments, you will find a two doors: one ahead and one on your left.  The door on your left leads you into a greenhouse. 

Though a little rough and beat up looking the greenhouse has a variety of different plant species.  Andrew Schnabel, Associate Professor of Biology, said, “We use it [the greenhouse] to grow plants for the biology courses that need it,” also, “we use it to grow plants for specific labs.”  

Schnabel is not positive as to how long the greenhouse has been there; when he came here it was only a few plants.  “I drove down to Bloomington and brought some plants up, I also brought plants from Iowa State.”  Schnabel said.

As far as faculty, Schnabel has done the most work to the greenhouse.  Every spring, a few students and Schnabel white wash the walls of the greenhouse to help eliminate some of the sunlight.  Students have also helped him plant new specimens.   

There is no funding for the greenhouse, “It is heated in the winter along with the rest of the building,” said Schnabel, any other money that is needed for the greenhouse comes out of the Biology department’s expenses.

The green house is small, about seven meters by seven meters, according to Schnabel.

“I take my students to the Potawatomi greenhouse because they have a few things we don’t and the specimens are larger,” said Schnabel.  The Potawatomi greenhouse used to give Schnabel (and IUSB) samples of plants to replant in the greenhouse.

There are students, according to Schnabel, that use the greenhouse, he said, he sees art students up there taking pictures and he has also seen students up there just enjoying the plants. 

Zorina E. Jerome
Staff Writer

It can never be too soon to get a head start on your career goals. Some students know exactly what they want to major in while others are undecided. Between the decided and undecided, it is quite common for a student to change his or her major. This is usually a result of taking core classes and realizing that particular field of study is not the way they wanted to go after all. By then, perhaps a semester, or even a year of irrelevant courses is on their transcript and money has been wasted. 

This can be avoided. IUSB students can save time and money by simply connecting with IUSB’s Career Service Office.

According to IUSB’s Internship Employer Developer, Stacie Jeffirs, “The Career Service Office facilitates the overall development of students and provides resources to help them explore and pursue their career and educational goals.” The Career Service Office is not a job placement program. However, a student is able to get counseling with choosing a major, internships, and graduate school training. 

Although IUSB’s guidance counselors are available to assist students in choosing the appropriate courses that will complete their selected grad or undergraduate program, the Career Service Office takes the counseling a step further with preparing students for active job participation in local, regional, national, and international areas. Some of the services available to IUSB students are Resume Referral Service, Annual IU South Bend Job Fair, On-Campus Interviewing, and Online Career Resources.

Students can access employer profiles by registering for an eRecruiting account. The eRecruiting allows students to browse employer profiles. Employer profiles display information about their company, website information, and events. Exploring employer profiles allows students to be better prepared for communicating professionally while building a professional network. IUSB’s events and programs provide the venue for students to interact with potential employers.

Today, Mayor Stephen Luecke is scheduled to appear in the Student Activities Center, in room 225 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as the guest speaker. Jeffirs says the Mayor will speak about “upcoming job and economic opportunities in the local area as well as his field of study in college.” In addition to this seminar, workshops, on-campus interviews, information tables, and sessions are available for IUSB students to utilize. Employers such as Vector Marketing, Jimmy John’s, Insight Business Solutions, Kruggel, Lawton & Company, LLC, and Crowe are some of the businesses who seek interns, part-time, and even full-time employees. Monster.com is also scheduled to present The Ultimate Road Trip: Campus2Career in the SAC room 225, Wednesday, October 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  For more information on the Career Service Office events, call 520-4425. [http://www.iusb.edu/~sbcareer]

Madison Oyster Bar

September 27, 2006

Madison Oyster BarAdam Gallippo
Staff Writer

After watching the good old Michigan Wolverines hand it to Notre Dame my friends and I began our bar choosing ritual.

That brings up a valid question: What are the best bars in South Bend?

One friend suggested we check out Madison Oyster Bar. Initially I was hesitant. I’m a Corby’s guy. Besides, I’d always thought that the Oyster Bar tailored to an older crowd.

However, by the end of the night my opinion changed.

Here are the positive things that the Oyster Bar has going on.

1) Its called the Oyster Bar because, you guessed it, you can order oysters. Not just oysters but all kinds of other food items from mozzarella sticks to fried mushrooms. This beats Taco Bell at two in the morning.

I take that back, nothing beats Taco Bell at two in the morning.

2) The service: The Oyster Bar has bartenders/waitresses that take your drink orders even when you least expect it. You may be standing outside the bathroom and a woman approaches you with, “Do you need another drink?”

The answer should always be, “Yes.”

This is definitely a nice touch and considerably better than squeezing past the cool jerks that hog the bar space at bars like Corby’s and Linebacker.

Why block the bar? Get your Mike’s Hard Lemonade and move.

3) The Oyster Bar attracts a good cross section of people, despite my preconceived notions.

Other bars tend to draw the same kinds of people in. However, I was very pleased with the variety of people I talked with that night at Oyster.

4) $1.75 pints: Need I say more?

Now some negatives.

The only thing I didn’t like was the whole three tiered bar thing. Sure this sounds great, but it’s really not.

The first and second levels don’t provide much space and seem to encourage people to sit down. Unless you’re eating oysters or too drunk to move why would you want to sit down? You’re at a bar.

The third level is better though. That’s where you can find the pool tables and the younger crowd. For those of you who frequent Corby’s, Linebacker, or Bookmakers this is where you’ll feel most at home.

All in all Madison Oyster Bar is a lot of fun. I recommend it for you and your friends for those nights you want to break your routine.

Madison Oyster Bar gets 4 drunkards out of 5.

In two weeks I’ll review another bar. If any of you have a favorite bar or club then send us an e-mail. We may just review it.

Mud Bog

September 27, 2006

Terrie Phillips
Campus News Editor

 

The sound of motors and the smell of exhaust filling the air, dust being kicked up by 33s and the promise of a challenge ahead, all this at the annual Sod Busters fall mud bog. 

On Sunday September 17, dozens of trucks and even a few modified cars drove up, unloaded, and took their turn in the mud.  The event started in the late morning with the children trying their chances in a small mud pit with battery operated vehicles.  The kids were awarded with trophies in first, second, and third going to the kids that made it all the way through the pit or made it the furthest. 

As the big events neared drivers had to enter their truck and receive a place in line.  Each truck received one turn in the pit per driver (some trucks had multiple drivers). Each truck was put into a class depending on wheel size and how many modifications were done to the vehicle. 

Some vehicles were in more than one class due to changing the size of the tires allowing another shot at the pit.  Final measurements or times were announced to the crowd at the end of each try. 

These events are open to the general public with a fee of $10.00 per person, for a complete listing of prices and events you can go to their website at http://www.sodbustersoffroad.com/pages/calendar.htm.

Some tips for attending the events would be to bring a cooler, concessions can be expensive ($1 for a can of pop and $2 for a hot dog, they also have brats, chips, bottled water, and at the last event they had watermelon). I would also recommend bringing sunscreen, the event is outside and there is little to no shade, also be sure to bring lots of water.  They do have grand stands but camping chairs are more comfortable and only about $10 at Wal*Mart.  Bring an extra change of clothes, during the event they will have an intermission with a dash for cash. 

This event has two classes, 12 and under and 13 and up, they let the kids (12 and under) go first by lining up at the start of the pit.  They wave a flag as the sign for them to go and the kids race across the pit.  The first two people to make it across the pit get cash, the cash is donated by people of by local organizations.  After the kids are out of the pit the adults go.

This is a family oriented event, however they do allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages.  Overall for $10 per person and if you pack a cooler this can be a cheap all day event for a family or just a group of friends.   

40 Years of Pet Sounds

September 27, 2006

Andy Hostetter
Entertainment Editor

 
For the last few years I’ve been trying to find some way of getting The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” album into Preface. Thanks to time and greed I’ve been able to do it. 

 Time has served this album well. The new deluxe package celebrates the album’s 40th anniversary. Time has also been a blessing in that originally in 1966 “Pet Sounds” was a bit of a sales disappointment for the massively successful Beach Boys. However, over its 40 year journey the legendary status of this album has bread more and more album sales. During this past summer, it finally went double platinum. 

 However, let’s not forget about greed. Greed comes to mind when buying this new limited edition CD. For around the ballpark of $30.00, you’ll receive the original album in mono, the entire original in stereo, and a DVD. Not bad for 30 bucks you say? Well, the mono/stereo version was already released a few years ago. The DVD features snippets of material from other DVDs that have already been released. The only new editions are a small interview with Beatles producer George Martin and a “Good Vibrations” promo film.

 In addition to time and greed being my main reasons of writing this article, the third (and bonus) reason is because the album is an absolute classic. With no question in my mind, “Pet Sounds” is my all-time favorite album and for many fans of music, and critics the feeling is mutual. 

 After 40 years, the album still sounds amazing. Songs like “God Only Knows”, “Sloop John B”, and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” can still be heard on the radio. The classic sound, Beach Boy four-part harmony, and Brian Wilson’s classic production style, with his Specterish layering, makes this symphonic masterpiece an album to go unmatched in popular music.

 “Pet Sounds” fusion of pop, rock and roll, and baroque classical style are still light years ahead of its time. The Beach Boys, especially leader, producer, and song writer Wilson, started the process of pushing the boundaries of what is possible in popular music. Yes, before the Beatles and before the whole psychedelic era was “Pet Sounds.” 

 Its influence on other groups, mainly the Beatles, can’t go unnoticed. Although it may have marked the end of The Beach Boys’ commercial success; it will also mark the creative high and production masterpiece that we’ll still talk about another 40 years from now.

 So if you have a copy of the original don’t waste your money. For those who have never heard the album I suggest picking up a copy, whether it be the old or the new.

 You can check out the still-living members of The Beach Boys discussing the making of the album on the “Pet Sounds” podcast series on iTunes and on Wilson’s website [brianwilson.com].

Potawatomi Greenhouse

September 27, 2006

Terrie Phillips
Campus News Editor

Four growing houses and three conservatories add up to be a greenhouse, Potawatomi greenhouse to be specific, a historical landmark donated to south bend and built by Lord and Burnham, famous greenhouse architects from the late 19th century early 20th century.

Catherine Hostetler, director of the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County, and Amy Herdman, assistant director of Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend, are the people responsible for trying to save the greenhouse. 

The city no longer has the money to maintain and run the greenhouse, thus the reason for its closure.  Herdman said, “we understand a tight budget.” In response Hostetler said, “they should have come to the public, but they didn’t ask, they just did.”

Hostetler said, “it will reflect badly on public relations, both for the city and the parks and recreation department.” Herdman said, “We worry about future generations, who would want to give the city of South Bend anything when we’ll just throw it away.”

There are a few things the city can do to fix the problem of funding, according to a power point written by Hostetler and Herdman. One way to help with funding is to increase the facility rental fee.  “We have about 20 weddings a year, we have garden club meetings here, graduation parties, three seasonal flower shows, and concerts. As long as they will pay they can have anything here.”according to Robert Monroe, grower three.

Another way to help relieve the money issue is to increase the admission fee significantly, according to the power point the facility had free admissions for 30 years and the fee has been the same since 1994, a $1.00 for adults, children five and under are free, and $.50 for school groups.

Monroe said, “we don’t get a lot of classes from IUSB, we get more students from Notre Dame and Bethel, but I do see students from IUSB come in to study or eat lunch.”  There are thousands of different species of plants at any given time of year, according to Monroe.  The Potawatomi greenhouse grows plants and flowers for the parks, firehouses, South Bend parks, the zoo, and golf courses, (http://www.sbpark.org/conservatory/conservatory.html).

The Arizona Desert Dome, completed in 1973, was donated by Father McGrath from Notre Dame, according to Hostetler.  The Potawatomi greenhouse has not only historical significance as building built by Lord and Burnham, but also houses three gifts, the conservatories, given to the city to enjoy and cherish.

Steve Lotter
Staff Writer

Many students have created their own profile for the social networking website Facebook, with the intention of entertaining friends with pictures and personal information.

Hobbies, favorites, class schedules and, sometimes even photo albums of drunken nights out on the town are featured on this website. If this information fell into the wrong hands, say for instance, someone’s boss, there is no telling the repercussions that could fall onto the student who thought his internet escapades were merely innocent.

As innocent as they may be, Facebook users needn’t apply much logic to determine that any user with a valid email address from his or her university can view their page, if they have not changed the default privacy settings. This includes staff, faculty members and alumni. How do employers enter the mix?

According to other university news sources across the country, this is happening more often than students may think. The Badger Herald of the University of Wisconsin-Madison reports that at Indiana University Bloomington employers have been known to use current and former IU interns to access Facebook with the intention of “checking up” on other interns. If anything, this proves that employers without an official university e-mail address are also a concern for students who wish to protect their personal information.

Although there has yet to be any report of such shenanigans in South Bend, that does not mean it is nonexistent. The internet has become less complex and more user-friendly. Any IUSB student with a blameworthy Facebook who gets turned down for a job or internship, would have reason to harbor feelings of paranoia and mistrust for the website. Facebook spokesperson Chris Hughes defends the social network stating, “That’s why we’ve made it so that individual users can make it so that their profiles aren’t available to alumni or faculty if they don’t want them to be.”

In the coming months the face of Facebook will continue to change, as more users become involved. If recent rumors hold up, the website may even go public, making your information and your face that much more of a liability. For paranoid users, the only advice that can be given is to delete the incriminating evidence from your profile or restrict your privacy settings.