Annual Zoo Boo a Success

November 10, 2006

Brandi Miller
Staff Writer

Friday, October 27 started the annual Zoo Boo event at Potawatomi Zoo. The event began at 5:30 Friday and Saturday and ended at 8 p.m., and Little Zoo Boo was on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. It is a safe alternative to trick-or-treating for children that is held annually at the zoo.

There were approximately 30 vendors handing out treats at treat stations, according to a zoo representative, with nearly 10,000 admissions sold during the weekend.

On Friday and Saturday evening a haunted train ride was also available. The Drama Department of Bethel College sponsored the trail and had a whole story set up throughout the zoo telling a tale of monsters escaping from a story book that then had to be collected by the participants of the story. To take the train ride, a $1 donation per person was paid.

Sunday offered a less scary event during the day for younger children. Little Zoo Boo was held during the day with the same offerings from vendors but with no train running.

The IUSB Alumni Association and Student Government Association participated in Zoo Boo this year with a treat station.

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Coupon Booklets

November 10, 2006

Terrie Phillips
Staff Writer

In an effort to raise money for future Conversations on Race, diversity workshops, and anything else the Campus of Student Diversity puts on, which is free for students and usually providing food, they are selling value books at $10 a book.

Charlotte Pfeifer, Director Offices of Campus Diversity and Judicial Affairs, said, “Everything we do, we always have to raise money; we are always short on money. We are not allowed to use our budget money on things that we give away to students, like food.”

“The booklets have coupons from area restaurants and entertainment providers, like McDonalds, bowling alleys, movies, and some nice restaurants like Tippecanoe. After you use two coupons, you get your money back.” Pfeifer said. The money raised from the fundraiser will go towards future campus diversity events, which include Conversations on Race and diversity workshops. You can purchase these books up until December 30, according to a flyer.

“We take the money and put it back into the office. Very nice, very nice things we all do, and we save money,” said Pfeifer about the value books. The books can be purchased at the Campus Diversity Office in the Administration Building room 115.

Student Services

November 10, 2006

Terrie Phillips
Staff Writer

“The Office of Campus Diversity and Judicial Affairs acts as an agent for the university to stimulate, promote and support a hospitable environment for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff,” according to the Office of Campus Diversity and Judicial Affairs brochure.

The ‘Campus Diversity’ part helps students that are underrepresented, while the ‘Judicial Affairs’ part tries to help prevent any student misconduct.

Charlotte Pfeifer said, “I enforce student codes and conduct. I think if a student is well informed, then misconduct is preventable. We try to make it easier for students to seek help instead of resorting down to breaking the rules by cheating or plagiarizing.

For this semester, we have a total of 1,117 minorities enrolled. In order to help support them, they help support the Black Student Union, Latino Student Union, Native American Student Union, The Gay/Straight Alliance, STAAR, Women’s Student Union, International Student Union, Student Government, Judicial Affairs, and the Gender Project, according to the Office of Campus Diversity and Judicial Affairs brochure.

Some upcoming events for this academic year include Conversations on Race X on November 16-18, Martin Luther King Celebration on January 11, Black Man’s Think Tank on February 2 and 3, and Campus Diversity Workshop on February 23, and the last Student Services Book Club meeting will be on November 13 in Student Services 104X from 11:30 to 1.

SGA @ Work

November 10, 2006

Brandi Miller
Staff Writer

Last week, the SGA appointed Shannon Renfrow as a Justice. Shannon has previously held the position of Secretary and also as a Senator. She was confirmed with an approval of 9-3. According to SGA President Marcus, it is the first time in approximately two years that all seats on the SGA have been filled.

At the recent Trustee Meeting, it was announced that two new majors are available at IUSB: Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene and Bachelors of Science in Medical Imagery.

It was also announced that no meeting will be held on November 24 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Adam Gallippo
Student Life Editor

To her students, Elaine Roth is nothing short of spectacular.

Over the last six years, with an undeniable passion for film, Roth has been inciting students to look at film with a different set of eyes, awaking the auteur in all.

Roth began her teaching career at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville where she attained her Masters degree.

At the University of Virginia, Roth, who thought she would get a PhD in literature, started out teaching English composition classes. Roth also made two student films during her Virginia days.

One of the films, a romantic drama, followed a couples breakup and dispute over a tennis racket. At the end, the audience was surprised to discover the woman’s true motives behind wanting the tennis racket. She wanted the racket for her tennis-playing girlfriend.

This is when Roth’s love of film intensified.

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written by Zorina E. Jerome

Diversity and Dialogue. It seems as if one can not go without the other. At first, my angle for this theme was to summarize everything IUSB has written about Diversity and Dialogue, write it down, and tie a nice ribbon around the story. However, it was not that simple.

When the subject of diversity arises, it addresses class, gender, race and religion. All of theses subjects were and still are major issues that shape the United States government and even the world. For the purpose of this article, the topic of diversity will be viewed within the boundaries of the IUSB campus.

What is diversity? According to the Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, it is “unlike”. Basically, someone or something that possesses different qualities, making them or it distinct from anyone or anything else. Are you an African American Christian or a Caucasian Catholic? Republican or Democrat? Middle Class or Working Class? Does it even matter? Should it? In some instances, it does matter. The ethnicity of a person can determine if he or she will win a scholarship. On the other hand, being a republican may win a person certain social privileges. Depending on a person’s religion, they might get the privilege of not working Saturdays. Are these sanctions actually privileges or discrimination?

Several questions have been posed and the answer will not be found in this article. It is for IUSB students and faculty to ponder and discuss with one another in a civilized fashion. To engage in a tasteful dialogue, individuals will be able to listen and comprehend each others point of view, thereby coming to a common ground, creating a harmonious atmosphere around our campus, creating a united community of diversity.

United and diverse seems like an oxymoron, as if the two can not exist. Yet, by simply observing the surroundings of our campus, it is quite obvious that the two can indeed, co-exist. Must we always agree? Of course not! However, it is expected as college-educated people, that we exude a type of respect not only for each other, but for Indiana University South Bend as well.

Adam Gallippo
Student Life Editor

Students for Common Sense screened “An Inconvenient Truth” November 1 in Wiekamp Hall room 1001.

The documentary, directed by Davis Guggenheim, presents Al Gore’s campaign to fight to bring global warming to the forefront and in order to change our destructive habits.

“We hope to get people talking about the issues of global warming,” said Jennifer Hlawacz, President of Students for Common Sense. “People know it’s an issue but don’t address it. Maybe a few people will change their light bulbs or drive less after seeing this film.”

See the film they did. The movie drew a very large audience; so large that Hlawacz and other club members had to bring in extra chairs to accommodate people sitting and standing in the isles.

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A vigil honoring the victims of hate crimes was held October 28.

The event, hosted by the Gay Straight Alliance was held in light of the 8th anniversary of the death of Matthew Sheperd, a young man murdered because he was gay.

“We are here today to pay tribute to and memorialize every person who has been a victim of a hate crime,” stated Theresa Santos, President of the Gay Straight Alliance. She added “However, today we want to highlight those victims who have been targeted based upon their sexual orientation.”

The program held underneath the Weikamp Bridge featured a series of speakers who spoke on various issues relating to hate and the GLBT community.

Santos questioned the source of hatred towards the GLBT community. “Having differences is beautiful, they are defining, they are normal, it gives us uniqueness, and they are worth celebrating. Why should the gay community then, be excluded?”

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ADVICE FROM THE STARS!

November 10, 2006

Hosted by Gizmo Dizmal

Dear G.D.,
I went to see that movie about Al Gore and the polar bears. It was good, I guess… but why is everyone freaking out about global warming when we all know the rapture is going to happen any day now? I have faith that if we bust up this tired ol’ planet, God will get us another one! A cooler one! (And he might even put some new polar bears in there who can swim better.) What’s the deal with this abhorrent lack of trust in J.C.?

Not Freakin’ in Fish Lake

N.F.,
I understand your frustration. However, I too once thought of myself as somehow “connected to the earth”, able to affect the world around me with my product choices and political activities. Well, after many very Scientologically-sound experiments, now I know that the only thing that can change the world is not a “small group of concerned citizens” but a small group of secret invisible gods than no one has ever seen because they are so powerful and live on other planets sometimes. Anyway, I think that this is all a big scam by those sleazy scientists to turn the whole world into a nudist beach – and I’m not buyin’… although I do enjoy those beaches from time to time. Hope this helps!

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Fall Failures

November 10, 2006

Val Schweisberger
Staff Writer

It’s that time again.

The time when the viewing audience discovers which shows will stand the test of time, and which will get the proverbial ax.

Give or take a couple of weeks, we’re about a month into the television season. Already some of the most promising new series are in imminent danger. Cancellation looms for many new shows, some of which were not expected to do well in the first place.

Other suspected cancellations, however, are a complete surprise.

“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”, the highly anticipated Aaron Sorkin drama, is “about to be put out of its misery,” says Roger Friedman of Fox News. “According to the ratings stats, the ‘Saturday Night Live’ behind the scenes soap opera loses almost half the viewers delivered to it a few minutes earlier by another new show.” Loss of ratings, in the world of broadcast television, means loss of show. End of story.

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