The Evolution of Anna David

February 28, 2007

Adam Gallippo
Student Life Editor
      
At a glance, Anna David’s beauty and intelligence is undeniable. However, her true appeal lies in her honesty. Though it may be brutal at times, one can’t help but listen when she speaks.

Whether it’s about sex and relationships or the current condition of journalism, she gives it to you as she sees it. She never pulls her punches.

Recently, I had the chance to interview David and when asked to sum up her life in one word she chose “tenacious”. Her tenacity and overwhelming desire to become a writer has been evident from a very early age.

“I remember being jealous when I read in the Guinness Book of World Records that the youngest novelist was six-years old,” said David. “I was seven at the time.”

From that defining moment on, David seemed destined to leave her mark as a writer.

She began the first of three internships while attaining her B.A. in English Literature (with an emphasis on Literary Writing) at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Despite the journalism internships, David dreamed of being a screenwriter.

However, not wanting to starve or be financially dependent on her parents for any longer than she had to, David decided journalism would be a good way to take what she both loved and was good at, writing, and apply it toward making a living.

“Even after three internships (Hartford Monthly, Mirabella, and Entertainment Weekly) and several staff jobs (Parenting, People, and Premiere), I still wasn’t sure I wanted to be a journalist,” acknowledged David.

As David continually worked hard at trying to make it as a writer, she recalls having her doubts.

“For a long time, I didn’t believe I could make a living as a writer,” said David.

During this time in her life, family members kept telling David she had to go to business or law school. They would also cut out and send her articles during the years she was struggling about how many people aspire to be writers and fail.

“I think the only thing that kept me going was that I’ve literally never been remotely interested in doing anything else,” recalled David. “When I realized I was actually already doing my dream job and that my fantasy of screenwriting was just that – a fantasy – I started making the kind of money I wanted to as a journalist.”

Shortly thereafter, things began to fall in motion. Celebrity interviews became common assignments.

Her first celebrity cover story was of actress Kate Hudson for Cosmo. During which, Hudson, according to David, “charmed her silly” and had her stay after the interview was over to watch 24 with her and her brother.

“Wanting to be liked by my subjects is one of my weakest points as a journalist,” admitted David. “I thought we’d end up being great friends, but then I saw her at this big Hollywood event and she had no idea who I was.”

David then took on what she regards as the proudest moment of her journalism career to date.

At the time, she knew nothing about the world of high-class prostitution in Hollywood when she pitched the idea to her editor at Details.

“I ended up spending about six months infiltrating the scene, gaining access to pimps, prostitutes, porn stars, and madams and really getting them to trust me,” remembered David.

The final product, Life After Heidi Fleiss: The State Of Hollywood Hookers[XX1], was published in Details on August of 2004 and prompted famed journalist Liz Smith to praise David for “carving out a niche uncovering the seedy side of deluxe living.” (Anna’s Bio at annadavid.com)

Currently, David has transcended the classic borders of print journalist. She answers sex and relationship questions on G4’s Attack of the Show along with other TV spots including Fox’s Reality Check. Her first novel, the slightly autobiographical Party Girl, is scheduled for release on June 1 later this year. She is also working on selling her second novel, Kept, which is based on the information she attained while researching high-class prostitution. All the while, she continues to write magazine stories and blogs.

David is proof that the possibilities are infinite for a hard working, self promoting journalist.

“It’s a wonderful time to be a journalist because, while people are always theorizing that the print world is dying, what they fail to explain is that the internet and TV open up a slew of other possibilities for creative expression and promotion,” said David. “Use them all. Podcasts, viral videos, blogs, books, radio – whatever you can find that can help you promote your product, you, do it.”

With her growing popularity and success, David still has many things she wishes to accomplish.

“I’d love to write many more novels, a memoir, a collection of essays, be a contributing editor at some wonderful magazines, and have my own TV shows,” admitted David.

Anna David’s evolution has had its fair share of highs and lows as do most stories of pioneers. However, there seems to be no limit to what she can accomplish as she continues to redefine the definition of journalist. Do not be surprised if, in the future, she writes a memoir that is on book shelves across the country.
 

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Budget Hearings

February 28, 2007

Kevin Butts
Staff Writer

Once a year during the spring semester, the budget committee for the Student Government Association meets with clubs and organizations to talk about their allotted budgets for next year and possibly lobby for more funding.
 
This year, the meetings will be held the week of March 5-9 to discuss those specific organizations funding for the following year. “With enrollment figures the way they currently are, this could prove to be another tight year,” said Marcus Vigil, President of the SGA.
 
This year, “full-time enrollment numbers went down slightly. However, new students were up from last year,” said Jeff Johnston, Director of Admissions. “Overall, summer is the variable, and has gone up and down in recent history.”
 
Part of these numbers could very well have to do with the amount of students who also have full-time jobs to supplement their income, which has also seemingly increased in recent history. In that case, it causes full-time students numbers to drop and part-time students to rise.   
 
As of right now, there is no certainty as to how much impact this will produce for each group or if it will even be insignificant. For more information regarding the budget hearings, please contact the SGA in SAC 202.

 

Terrie Phillips
Staff Writer

The Hoosier Lottery brings a lot of money into Indiana’s economy. Money from the Hoosier Lottery goes for the Build Indiana Fund, the Police and Fire Pension Relief Fund, the Teacher’s Retirement Fund, and the Help America Vote Act.
 
Since 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has had $10.5 billion in total sales revenue, $6.1 billion in total prizes paid, $698.7 billion in total retailer commissions, and $2.9 billion in total transfers to the state. [1]
      
From 1989 to 12/31/06, the Hoosier Lottery has distributed $2.1 billion to the Build Indiana Fund, $507.6 million to Teacher’s Retirement Fund, $319.7 million in benefits paid to the Police Officers and Fire Fighters Fund, and $1.8 million to the Help America Vote Act. [1]
      
“The governor proposed franchising the Hoosier Lottery for a fixed term to a contractor, which would operate the Lottery while continuing current payment level to the state.” [2]

The plan would be to have an up-front payment of an unknown amount and a continued payment of $200 million. There would also be revenue from an ongoing percentage, such as 5%, from an operator’s license. [2]
      
Mitch Daniels proposes the money divided as such: 60% of the up-front proceeds would be placed in a permanent endowment. The interest would then be used to provide scholarships for outstanding high school graduates. The remaining 40% of the up-front proceeds would go towards the World Class Scholars Fund, which would bring outstanding faculty to Indiana’s public colleges and universities. [2]

IU President Adam Herbert said, “This creative plan will provide significant new resources to accomplish two state priorities. First, it will expand educational opportunity and encourage more of our best students to remain in Indiana. It will make all of Indiana University’s campuses more accessible to Hoosier students by reducing their out-of-pocket costs. Second, the program will enable us to attract more of the world’s most outstanding scholars to Indiana.” [3]

The lease of the Hoosier Lottery would continue to pay money into the funds it already does. It would also bring money into Indiana University and provide jobs and research to stimulate Indiana’s economy.

Sources:

[1] in.gov/hoosierlottery/where_money_goes/profitdistribution.asp
[2] in.gov/apps/utils/calender/presscal?PF=gov2&clist=191&Elist=8784s
[3] in.gov/ifa/commentsfromcollegepresidents.pdf

Get on the Bus

February 28, 2007

Kevin Butts
Staff Writer
 
On Tuesday, February 20, nearly 150 IUSB students, faculty, and alumni boarded buses to the state capital in Indianapolis. The group was led by the Student Government Association to talk to the state legislation about increasing funding to the campus.
 
For the last 15 years, the Hoosiers for Higher Education program has worked with state legislators to create an IU day at the statehouse, where students get to meet and talk to legislators from the Senate and House of Representatives about important issues surrounding IU.
 
The main focus of the Get on the Bus program this year was the renovation of the Associates Building, which, if approved, is to become the new home of the Dentistry program, Fine Arts, and Greenlawn which currently houses the English and Education programs. This part has already been approved by the House of Representatives, but now it must go through the Senate again to come into effect.
 
“This is the third biannual session we’ve been on the bill,” said Michael Renfrow, Department of Admissions. “Last biannual, we missed it by one or two votes in the Senate… but the most important thing for them to know is this is a renovation, not construction. We don’t have to build a new structure; we’re renovating and that’s the keyword.”
 
The second part of the SGA’s plan is towards a student healthcare incentive. The program would require, “an amendment to the state law,” said Marcus Vigil, President of the SGA., “but would allow for a full-time nurse practitioner on campus to take care of check-ups, physicals, and prescriptions.”
 
This idea, if it were to go through, would cost students a fee of an estimated six to nine dollars each semester, but for those students without healthcare, it would be well worth it.
 
In all, over 750 attended the event at the statehouse. “This is a record-breaking attendance,” said J.T. Forbes, Vice President of Government Relations for IU, “and this day demonstrates the power and promise that is IU.”
 
Though IUSB had its own special priorities of the Associates Building and student healthcare, the day was focused on the new Life Science Initiative and at attempting to gain support for tax free textbooks at all eight IU campuses.
 
“The IU Life Science Initiative funded at $20 million a year, each year, for the next four years,” said Dr. Adam Herbert, President of Indiana University. This is in hopes that it will bring approximately $2.4 billion dollars in new revenue and jobs to the state and “it will have a dramatic impact on IU,” said Herbert.
 
This is not simply a Bloomington or Indianapolis initiative, though, but a statewide initiative and is intended to benefit as much of the state as possible throughout all IU campuses.

Brandi Miller
Staff Writer

At a recent university budget meeting, concerns were raised by faculty about the number of students who were not enrolling because of Bursar holds on their records. The faculty feels that if students were made aware that their Bursar holds could be released and payment arrangements could possibly be made between the student and Bursars office, then we would have more students registering for classes instead of not coming back the following semester. It is widely believed on campus by students that even a small hold, say $25, on your record will not be released. If a student is unable to pay, then they may just not register again which is extremely unfortunate for the student and university alike.

According to IU South Bend Bursar Linda Lucas, Bursar holds are not usually the reason why most reasons why students do not return. 46% of all students who do not attend the next semester have no holds whatsoever on their account. After the meeting, she analyzed data and pulled the actual numbers of holds on non-returning student records. Only 7% of all students who failed to register had Bursar holds. There were a significant number of students who had more than one hold on their record from multiple departments.

There are four types of holds that can be placed on a students account: Academic, Administration, Bursar, and Registrar. They are placed on student accounts for a variety of reasons, such as past due parking fines, unpaid fees, poor grades, or even judicial affairs issues. A student may not register for a class until the holds have been released by the specific department that placed it on the account. The student must contact the issuing department and see what needs to be done to release that hold. This includes the Bursar’s office.

A student cannot rely on upcoming financial aid to pay off the balance due on a Bursar account, according to Lucas. “By law, a previous balance on a Bursar account cannot be paid with financial aid for the upcoming semester.”

Lucas also feels that we would be better served to find out why those 46% of students without any holds are not reregistering for classes than to point fingers at holds being the reason why such a large number of students are not registering for the next semester.

Jason Overholt
Staff Writer

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On February 17, IU South Bend held its first performance of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. This production marks the 40th anniversary of IUSB’s children plays.
 
JGP was chosen because it’s on Indiana’s elementary school reading list. Ernie Nolan, an assistant professor of theater and the director of the play, hoped that the story would be interesting to children as well as adults who may have read the book when they were young.
  
Indeed, many people both young and old came to watch the production, and the reception to both the acting and the technical aspects seemed favorable.
 
“I’ve been bringing my children to these things for years, and today I got to bring my grandson to his first play,” said Roberta Porter, who was in attendance on Saturday. “He loved it.”
 
The fanciful parts of JGP were brought to life mainly by three different techniques: actors, puppets, and shadow puppets. A Japanese form of puppetry called Bunraku was used, where the puppeteer is onstage with the puppet while the shadow puppetry was on a screen. Whatever wasn’t done with puppetry was done with makeup and costumes.
 
“The shadow puppetry is interesting,” Nolan said, “because it’s almost cinematic in that it gives a sort of ‘TV screen’ to the audience.” On that screen, the theater goers could see, among other things, a rhinoceros stampede, cow and sheep herds getting flattened by a giant peach, and a triumphant parade in New York City.
 
The Bunraku puppetry was also interesting, but Nolan says that it provided a few problems at first, because the puppeteers had to keep from talking to each other during rehearsals instead of talking through the puppets.
 
The mastery of this form could clearly be seen in the play and when the actors met with the children afterwards. The puppeteers were happy to let the puppets do the talking and even the autograph signing (the earthworm, for example, who was played by Augustus Allen II would hold the pen in his “mouth” and sign).
 
During that meeting with the cast, it was obvious that the children’s reaction to the actors was positive.
 
“I want to see the one with the boots,” one child could be overheard talking about the footwear-obsessed Centipede, who was played by Ian Green.
 
“Dad, did you know James is a girl?” another little boy confided to his father in reference to Stacie Jensen, who played the lead character. The father explained that she was an actor.
 
All other dates are reserved exclusively for elementary school classes. Proceeds from the play are going to support the Theater Scholarship Program at IUSB.

Roald Dahl’s
James and the Giant Peach
40th Anniversary

Roberta Porter
Bunraku
Augustus Allen II
Ian Green
Stacie Jensen

Terrie Phillips
Staff Writer

To combat the “Brain Drain”, IU has requested $80 million from the legislature to put this plan into session.

The IU plan is expected to be completed by 2019 and bring $2.4 billion to the Indiana economy, according to the Indiana Life Science Initiative: Turning Breakthroughs into Business information sheet.
 
The initiative is expected to bring about 100 new life sciences researchers to Indiana. It is also expected to bring about 500 of the nation’s top life sciences researchers in the next decade. [1] 

“This initiative will create new jobs across the Hoosier state in life sciences, construction, services, the professions – in all parts of the workforce.” [1]

By bringing more researchers to Indiana, the initiative is hoping to stop the “Brain Drain” by creating jobs in Indiana. “More jobs for Hoosiers will generate more state tax revenue.” [1]

The initiative is expected to bring $2.4 billion to Indiana’s economy; $2.25 for every state tax dollar it gets from the legislature and match state operating funding by over $46 million. 

The initiative is expected to attract or develop new life sciences companies. It is also expected to develop “regional workforce development programs in nursing, primary care, and related health and life sciences fields.” [2]

The initiative would be “strengthening regional life sciences businesses based on local assets.” [2]
 
The money for this initiative would come from state funds and private donations. “IU has a track record of success in attracting research funding; IU has received more federal, state, and private sponsored research funding in the past two years than all other Indiana public institutions.” [3]

The initiative would affect all campuses and would bring more research to the state. It would also bring more jobs, which would mean more people, which mean more income tax for the government. 

Sources:

[1] lifesciences.iu.edu/benefits/jobs.shtml
[2] lifesciences.iu.edu/benefits/business.shtml
[3] lifesciences.iu.edu/benefits/funding.shtml

Adam Gallippo
Student Life Editor

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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition was one of the most anticipated releases for the Xbox 360 for 2007. Only Halo 3 had more buzz for this year, but that’s Halo. Is Lost Planet worth all the hype or will it be to the 360 what Gun was to the PlayStation 2?

The first and most obvious thing to note about Lost Planet is the amazingly gorgeous graphics. If you’ve got a LCD or HDTV then you’re in for a treat because this game is beautiful. Not only is it beautiful, the game engine offers a visceral experience.

I did have a problem with this title, though. The levels weren’t as expansive as I thought they would be. The snow looks real enough to touch, but the game developers seem to keep you on a narrow path from which you cannot deviate. I was really hoping that this game would be more “sandbox” styled like a Grand Theft Auto.

On the other hand, you’re only allowed so much time to go through with your mission as your thermal suit drains due to the harsh cold. You can keep the suit’s numbers high, however, by collecting the heating orbs from the bodies of the insects you kill. So sandbox mode could’ve been possible by continually collecting the heating orbs.

There’s another thing I didn’t like. People leave Earth because they destroyed it, people find insect-like creatures inhabit the planet they sought refuge on, people fight war with the creatures. The storyline was generic, but how many games are truly original anymore?

I did like that the game basically consisted of boss battles. For some, this was a deterrent. Some of the bosses are rather difficult and require some thought. I think it was a nice touch and a nice spin off of Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 2, which was a great game.

There really isn’t much else to say about Lost Planet. It looks great, has nice boss battles, and could you a bit more free range content[XX1]. Was this game worth the hype? Probably not; it’s a serviceable action/adventure shooter. At best, it’s something fun to hold you over until Halo 3 comes out and that’s only if you’re tired of playing Gears of War. It is fun, though.

I give Lost Plant: Extreme Condition 4 global warming warnings out of 5.

Morey’s Party House

February 28, 2007

Scott Schroeder
Staff Writer

The Lucky Stiffs and Squared Off make their return to South Bend to play an all-ages show.

On Sunday afternoon, March 4, there will be a local show at Morey’s Party House featuring The Lucky Stiffs from San Francisco and Squared Off from Chicago.

The Lucky Stiffs played here a few months ago and they put on a very good live show. I personally thought the live set sounded better than the album cuts.

Squared Off has played here numerous times in the last two years, and they are known to do a great cover of the 80s pop hit “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats.

This show will also be the last for South Bend band Couldn’t Care Less. Whiskey Riot, Love Muffin, and Squee-Jay and the Hampster Band are the other local bands on the roster.
 
There will be a $7 cover charge and the doors open at 1:00 p.m. Morey’s Party House is located at 1621 Eldora Ct. right across the street from the Wooden Indian. For more information, check myspace.com/whiskeyriot.

Robert L. Francis, Jr.
Staff Writer

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is considered the nation’s voice on mental illness.

Mental illness is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Typically, the categories that a person would be diagnosed with are depression, bi-polar (formerly manic depression), and schizophrenia (delusions and hallucinations). Many symptoms overlap into different illnesses, but usually the doctor will choose one illness to give a diagnosis. The prime age for illness manifestation is between 18 and 30 years old.

NAMI was started in 1979; its purpose was to reach out to those students who may be manifesting symptoms of having a mental illness to show them it’s nothing to be ashamed of and that they can get help.

NAMI offers two free classes on mental illness education. These classes are very helpful and informative. The first is Family to Family. This is a course for families and friends of persons who have a mental illness. The class meets every Wednesday evening for 12 weeks beginning March 7. Classes are held at the Madison Center meetings rooms on Niles Avenue in South Bend.

The second is Peer to Peer, which is a course for those with a mental illness (consumers). The class meets every first and third Wednesday of the month for 10 classes also beginning March 7.

Ann Jones, President, explains how the peer to peer classes work: “The classes are called NAMI CARES. The “CARES” stands for Consumers Advocating Recovery through Empowerment. The group meeting is ran by a facilitator; he or she is trained. The first hour is the business meeting. They might have a special guest speaker or a ‘get to know you’ activity. The second hour is usually a group discussion. The consumers take turns sharing about their problem and the others in the group write suggestions to help the person sharing his or her problem.”

David Smail, a mentor, added, “The first class is to teach the consumer about themselves: what their “triggers” are, what triggers their illness. We lecture and have interactive participations. By the fourth class, you speak about yourself.”

Jones and Smail are consumers. Jones was diagnosed schizoaffective at 19 by her family doctor. She was an RN for 10 years before going on disability and got involved in 2003. She started going because a friend went and soon found herself teaching the peer to peer class. Smail is bi-polar; he was diagnosed on 9/11/01.

Gail Bondo is the mother of Eric, a 27 year-old bi-polar consumer. She attends the family to family meetings. She takes crisis calls and refers people to resources in the community. “NAMI helps you learn to deal and live with your illness.”

To join the class, you have to have a psychiatrist or doctor’s diagnosis, must be medically compliant (take your drugs, etc.), see a therapist, and you have to be stable. You must be at least 17 years old. NAMI doesn’t care about your religion or where you are from. “No religion, no borders,” Smail said.

For more information and to register for Family to Family, call Kris at 256-0725. For information and registration for the Peer to Peer classes, call Ann at 259-3564 after 6:30 p.m.