By Jake Jones

Everything is coming together for the first annual Michiana Dance for the Homeless (MDH), which will be held on Saturday, April 19, at noon until noon on Sunday in the Student Activities Center (SAC) at the IU South Bend campus. The dance is an event for IUSB students, as well as the whole community.

The executive team in charge of putting the event together consists of Executive Chair Aleah Wilburn who is a Senator of the IU South Bend Student Government Association (SGA), Ivan Blount, President of the Student Body, Teresa Santos, Secretary of the SGA, Jacqueline Kronk, Director of Development and PR at the Center for the Homeless, Whitney Nickle, Events Coordinator at Center for the Homeless, and Anne McGraw, Director of Development at IU South Bend. All of whom overlook the 10 planning committees, which consist of members of the SGA, the Center for the Homeless and students at IU South Bend.

During the dance the participants must be on their feet for 24 hours doing one of the many activities planned, including listening to the live band, learning new dances from a dance team, participating in the talent show, playing basketball among other activities that have not yet been finalized. All food and drinks for the participants will be provided during the dance.

In order to participate in the Michiana Dance for the Homeless, it is necessary to raise money for the Center for the Homeless through pledges or donations. College students need to raise $250 in order to participate and members of the community as well as high school students must raise $100 to participate. All donations must be done through the fundraising committee, specifics for which can be found at www.danceforthehomeless.com. The Center for the Homeless relies on private donors and fundraising events like the Michiana Dance for the Homeless for 85% of their funding.

The event will be advertised, sponsored and covered by multiple Federated Media radio stations such as 103.9 The Bear, 95.3 WAOR, B100 100.7, and Power 95.7. Advertising is scheduled to begin in February. Regarding the Michiana Dance for the Homeless and her involvement Aleah Wilburn said, “I have a passion for doing charity events. I am focusing my energy on trying to establish an opportunity for students to come together where they can experience student life.” Wilburn urges the student body to get involved with the Michiana Dance for the Homeless in order to ensure that it is a huge success for the community and IU South Bend.

Further information and updates can be found at www.danceforthehomeless.com.

All in

February 27, 2008

By Jake Jones

 

The IUSB poker tournament has been a huge success on campus, drawing players of all different experience levels into the SAC for a night of Texas hold’em.

Friday night, the tournament started at 6:15 and took place in the SAC. The winner of the tournament received a prize of $100 and received points toward their overall standing in the campus Poker Club rankings.

The 16 highest ranking players at the end of four tournaments get invited to a fifth tournament where they will compete for the title of Poker Champion as well as a bracelet showing their status. Earning points in the tournament requires that the player be among the last half of the players standing. For instance, if there are 20 players at a tournament, then only the top 10 would get points. The points for the top ten players are determined by the order in which they are eliminated, so the first person out would get one point and the last person standing would get 10.

The ranking system is meant for those hardcore players and this is not a tournament for the poker elite. Since the tournament was free and offered a prize of $100 there were many people present who were beginners.

Bringing in new players is actually encouraged at the tournament. Anyone who brings in a new player that has not been registered with the poker tournament gets an extra blue chip (worth 50) to play with. Each table is outfitted with the rules of the game, as well as all the chip values in order to ease beginners into the experience.

After registration for the tournament closes, all the names of the players are put into a computer which randomly places them at numbered tables. The poker playing then starts and throughout the night players are being eliminated and shuffled around while imagined fortunes are won and lost.

Andrew Wearingen started the drive for a Poker Club that focused on tournament and game theory. Wearingen started two years ago but never got off the ground because of all the red tape. Finally they were able to begin the club, and the tournaments draw an average of 75 people each night with 250 people on the mailing list. Having a Poker Club is actually a new experience on college campuses and only a few other institutions have them available. Harvard has actually contacted IUSB Poker Club President Michael Renfrow and has shown interest in turning poker into a study and even a campus vs. campus competition.

However, in order to move forward with more events and future goals the club needs more involvement from club members. The poker club website is www.iusbpokerclub.com and questions can be emailed to pokerclb@iusb.edu. The tournaments are free and open to everyone who wishes to participate.

21st Century Scholars

February 27, 2008

By Jake Jones 

Getting through college is often difficult enough, but when students also have to carry the burden of financial restrictions sometimes the prospect of even attending college becomes an impossibility.

The 21st Century Scholars program was created to change this by giving low-income students the opportunity to go to college if they fulfill certain criteria that revolves around their life choices and their academic careers during high school.

Students enroll in the program between 6th and 8th grade and they must sign a pledge stating that they will maintain a 2.0 GPA and abstain from drugs, alcohol, and violence.

The scholarship would apply to Indiana colleges or trade schools for two or four year public institutions. The scholarship would guarantee eight semesters of college.

If a student participates in any negative behavior such as drugs, alcohol or crime then they will forfeit the benefits of the scholarship. Pauline Jarvis-Ward of Academic Support Services said “When kids have something to look forward to, it allows them to overcome a negative environment”.  The extra support from the program has helped maintain an 85.3% retention rate among participants who now attend IU South Bend.

Overall the program helps to increase enrollment and give local students the skills they need to join the workforce after graduation. When asked for some final thoughts on the program Jarvid-Ward said, “I think it’s a win-win situation all the way around… it is a great opportunity and I would encourage all who are eligible to take advantage of it.”

For more information on the program contact the Academic Support Services office in AI 148.  

Qixin “Kevin” Wang

The IUSB Academic Integrity Survey was the major topic of discussion at the IUSB Academic Senate on January 18. At the meeting, Dr. Eugene Shrader, a senate member of the Teaching Committee, said that our Teaching Committee, as well as all the faculty members, should focus on maintaining the academic integrity of our campus. Also, it was pointed out that the faculty members should be confident enough to deal with the students’ academic integrity issues.

Presenting on behalf of Senate Committee on teaching, University Center for Excellence in Teaching (UCET), Dr. Shrader claimed that the purpose of the presentation was to present the results of faculty survey conducted on academic integrity issues related to students and classroom management. Shrader pointed out that the reason why the senate should focus on this issue was that it was necessary for the faculty members to be aware of improving our academic quality of recommendation. According to the Academic Integrity Survey, during 2005-2006, there were 17 incidents involved in cheating and plagiarizing on our campus. Reports showed that among 1800 students from nine state universities, 70% of them admitted cheating on at least one exam, 84% admitted cheating on at least one assignment, and 52% admitted plagiarizing outside recourses at least once. Thus, the Senate should consider if it was worth pursuing the standardization of student education.

Shrader stated that the goals of the Teaching Committee is “to find a best way to make teachers aware of both the nature and prevalence of the issues involved in academic integrity,” and the Teaching Committee wanted to “take the pulse” on these issues. Our committee still sees some general patterns worth reporting and basing recommendations on. He gave his recommendations that our faculty members uses every  available resource, and make a video of UCET presentation online, leaving
no opportunities for students to ask others for help. He suggested that faculty members
should make use of the UCET training program. Further discussion continued to get involved
in questions such as “how to make a balance between using outside resources while avoiding
violation of academic integrity” and “how to address the policy on academic integrity in the
syllabus.”

In addition to academic integrity issues based on Committee reports, in the new
business section, Mary Basolo Kunzer was nominated from the floor to fill Executive
Committee position. Finally, Chancellor Reck announced that the Legacy Award winner
went to Alumni Association member Cyndy Searfoss.

The next monthly Academic Senate Meeting will be held on February 15, and  then March 28. 

SeaChange: Reversing the Tide

February 27, 2008

By Kristen Bailey

Whales sing.  They sing loud and long and beautifully.  After the performance by Roger Payne and Lisa Barrow, entitled “Sea Change: Reversing the Tide,” one audience member exclaimed, “That was the most amazing thing I have ever heard.  I could listen to that all day…go to sleep to it.  Where can I find those recordings?”

Reactions such as hers, one of being reached deeply and of feeling a profound connection to the natural world is just one of many the performance was designed to elicit.

According to the writers/performers, the presentation was created to relate the idea that humans are a part of the natural world, no matter how removed daily life is from the rhythms of the seasons or the whales’ songs.  In fact, this connection is what is necessary to compel humans to act to make positive change in the world.  They argue that “our survival requires that we attend not just to our own wellbeing, but also to the wellbeing of the entire web of life.”

In his introduction, Vice Chancellor Guillaume spoke of the need for people to understand that taking care of the environment is taking care of ourselves.  He hoped that the performance would “…teach us and remind us of our responsibility to Mother Earth,” and that he hoped the audience would leave “thinking more deeply“ about what they can do.

Living in a responsible manner that will care for the Earth – this is a pretty tall order when you think about it.  Lisa Barrow especially felt the reaction of “What Can I Do?” in response to the facts of pollutions, loss of habitat, and global warming can make individual efforts seem pointless.  In response, she did something.  Not only did she and Roger Payne create a “performance [that] uses science and poetry to examine the problems that face the earth,” she wrote a book and companion web site that can guide individuals in their search for what to do entitled What Can I Do?

Apparently, there are a lot of people at IU South Bend and in the Michiana area who care, and who wanted to know what to do and to think more deeply about environmental issues.  It was standing room only for the performance last week on January 15.

It was only about five minutes into the performance that it first happened.  Whale songs.  Loud whale songs.  They filled the room, bouncing off the walls and around and inside the heads of the listeners and into their hearts, connecting everyone present to some of the most primal sounds on the planet.

The songs transported the audience to another world, a separate reality from human life but a world existing on this planet that is shared with whales, plants, cats, and insects of all shapes and sizes.  Each life has value, and each plays a central role in the “web of life” that once disturbed or its threads broken, the connections begin to dissolve and interdependences that may not have been known or realized before are suddenly, soberly, apparent.

As modern society invents, builds and develops homes, chemicals, and materials the effects of each disturbance or creation are largely unexamined.  As Payne and Barrow bluntly put it, “we are pillars of ignorance supporting a house of cards.”

Although hard facts and depressing and shocking ideas were shared, they were interspersed with poetry.  These uplifting interludes served to highlight hopes and dreams and provided inspiration for deeper meditation on the issues.  They also served to question more deeply the disconnection between modern society and the natural world and the effects that might have on the natural world.  A portion of the poem “Mother Earth, Her Whales” by Gary Snyder serves this point:

How can the head-heavy power hungry politic scientist  

Government                  two-world        Capitalist-Imperialist

Third-world                  Communist       paper-shuffling male

Non-farmer                  jet-set   bureaucrats

Speak for the green of the leaf?  Speak for the soil?

They followed this poem by saying that we live in a world ruled by denial.  It is difficult to act on the most serious of matters, and many choose to do nothing at all in face of problems.  They could not let anyone sit in this denial without some egging on to act, and they urged through a poem by Robyn Sarah that audience members not be “Riveted” in their frozen wonderment of the situation.  After all, as Edmund Burke has said, “Nobody did worse than he who did nothing for fear he could only do a little.

The “Sea Change” performance was educational, enlightening and inspiring.  There are ways to feel connected, to reflect creatively on the role of people as part of the planet.  The performers insist that all people help solve the problems humanity face.  They urged listeners to take issues of sustainability seriously, as Payne stated:“Think of the difference we could make if we decided that nature is important….Sustainability is not about deprivation.  It is about doing things smarter and better, living restoratively, peacefully, sustainably.

Roger Payne is a scientist, and Lisa Barrow is an actress.  Through two separate fields they brought together threads of truth and insight.  Together, they wove a story of humans destructive powers on the planet together with the power of possibility and positive action.  It is a beautiful story of hope and renewal and rejuvenation.  It is a true story with a role for all people to take a part in acting out.  The role each person takes need not be grungy or despairing.  It can, in fact be a beautiful and uplifting experience, as evidenced by the efforts and message of the Sea Change event.  As Payne said in informal discussions held after the presentation with audience members, “I think beauty can save the world.  In fact, I think it is the only thing that will.”

To learn more about the performance the issues raised and for a complete list of poems utilized to highlight points throughout, go to www.seachangeinstitute.org.

For Lisa Barrow’s book/action guide entitled What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living, go to: www.whatcanidousa.org.

For whale songs, try listening at www.whalesong.net.

Pardon our dust

February 27, 2008

By Jenn Zellers

The Administration Building is getting a much needed facelift. In December, offices on the second floor moved out in preparation for the first phase of the remodeling project of the entire Administration Building.

The offices affected by the remodeling are the School of Business and Economics, the Alumni Office and the Office of Special Events. Those offices have moved temporarily to the Associates Building on Ruskin Street, behind the Administration Building.

The project will cost $2.8 million according to a South Bend Tribune article dated December 22, 2007. The funding consists of $1.5 million from Indiana University and $1.3 million from private donations.

According to Ken Baierl, Director of Communications for IU South Bend, “The renovation project is currently being funded by a mix of university funds and private donations. The intent is to replace the university funds with future private contributions.” 

The building was in need of remodeling according to Baierl. “The Administration Building opened in 1964 as the headquarters for the Associates Corporation and has not had a major renovation since. The building is in need of upgrades in electrical, heating, and cooling,” he said.Baierl said that the project also includes re-configured offices and hallways and renewal of the of the lobby, staircase and meeting rooms. 

This is the beginning of a nine-phase project to revamp the entire Administration Building. The entire project will take seven months to complete. The architecture design is by ADG, Inc of South Bend and the project will be bided out in February for the construction phase. 

Analecta Open Mic Night

February 27, 2008

By Vince Bauters

The creative writers of IU South Bend have been meeting consistently since the end of last spring semester. Since May, 2007, the poets and fiction writers have convened in state parks, coffee shops, and homes to share creative works and workshop each other’s pieces. These dedicated writers have become the nucleus for creative writing at IU South Bend. Slowly gaining in number, and perhaps even in force.

This little nameless group of writers is just one example of how creative writing at IU South Bend has gained both momentum and focus. In addition to this band of writers, there is also an English Club, which selects book to read and discuss as a group, as well as attend various literary readings in the Northern Indiana area.

The creative writers of IU South Bend have lately been preparing for the latest staging of their talents and accomplishments. On January 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Third Floor Lounge in Wiekamp Hall there will be an Open Mic. This Open Mic is being hosted in support of the Analecta, IU South Bend’s literary journal. Participants may stop by the lounge and read their poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and drama pieces. Participants are reminded that this event is for creative writing not stand up comedy or musical performances, etc. Participants, whether they read their work or not, will have the chance to submit their creative writing to Analecta editors, and be considered for the 2008 Analecta.

This is a great opportunity to meet other creative writers, while at the same time submitting your work to the Analecta. In addition, you can have the thrill of reading your works to an eager audience, or simply listening and being inspired by the writings of others.

This is a one night event and perfect chance to submit your work. Submissions for the Analecta will be open until February 1st (the same deadline for the Lester M. Wolfson Poetry Award & English Department Writing Awards Contest). After February 1st, submissions will be closed. However, don’t wait that long! Come by January 17, and submit your work to the Analecta then.

By Jason Overholt  

According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control, approximately 35% of the population of Indiana is overweight, and 27% of that group is heavy enough to be considered obese. Laura M. Hieronymus, the director of IU South Bend’s Health and Wellness Center had those statistics in mind when she planned to offer a new Weight Watchers program for IU South Bend students.

“Obesity rates are too high, it causes diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, poor body image, and the list goes on,” said Hieronymus. “Along with an individual’s cigarette smoking, exercise, and food intake rate – weight is one of the most important indicators of good health.”

A Weight Watchers program at IU South Bend has failed in past semesters to bring in many members, but Hieronymus is confident that a new instructor and a new year will be enticing enough to persuade students to sign up. She hopes that men will show an interest in the program just as much as women.

“Science has shown that men and women lose weight differently,” said Hieronymus, “so Weight Watchers has programs designed specially for both genders.”

If enough people sign up, then meetings will take place every Tuesday for the rest of the semester. Each one will start with a confidential weigh-in, followed by an instruction period and group discussion that will cover different issues like exercise, stress, and other topics involving health. A recent study by Consumer Reports has found this program to be the most successful of any commercial diet plan.

A free introductory meeting will take place on Jan. 15, from 12 – 12:45 p.m. in room 221 of the Student Activity Center. The Weight Watchers program and information about future meetings will be explained. Those who sign up will pay approximately $10 for every meeting they choose to attend after that.

             

By Jake Jones

The terrible incidents at Virginia Tech specifically put an air of urgency into the decisions and actions of the campus safety committee here at IU South Bend.

The Safety Committee formed in the spring semester of 2007 and consists of three faculty members and two students who decide what programs could most effectively and efficiently be used in the case of campus emergencies.

Charlotte Pfeifer, Director of the Office of Campus Diversity and Judicial Affairs and also a member of the Safety Committee. Pfeifer offered some insight on the future of safety and security at IUSB with the inclusion of student housing next semester making it necessary for a more comprehensive approach to keeping students safe.

One of the new safety measures that will take effect is the creation of a student judicial board. Pfeifer hopes to recruit students and train them to be ready by the fall 2008 semester to take up responsibility over some cases of student misconduct, but mostly to serve as a preventative measure. Pfeifer believes that students would feel more comfortable approaching their peers on issues of personal misconduct rather than making the case to a faculty member.

Pfeifer made it clear that responsibility for on campus safety rests primarily with the students and their attitude toward the precautions that are in place. “People must be responsible—they ignore drills and will just leave during a drill,” Pfeifer said of the sometimes lax effort on part of the students.

Pfeifer continued mentioning all manner of safety services including personal safety seminars, and a slew of on campus warning systems that are currently being tested. One personal complaint she expressed regarding all students was their current obsession with personal networking sites: “I’m waiting for some restraints on social networking, because of the dangerous people who may take advantage of it and the damaging statements students make about each other.”

Regarding the upcoming student housing, Pfeifer made it very clear that Resident Assistants (R.A.s) will have adequate training in conflict resolution among other areas regarding personal safety, which is essential because the inclusion of student housing is expected to raise the frequency of campus crime.

When you need the extra edge

February 27, 2008

By Jake Jones

Many of the resources available to students at IU South Bend are regularly underutilized. Some of the most useful and often ignored resources are the various tutoring services available to all students, free of charge. These include the Writing Center, the Learning Center, the Language Resource Center (LRC) and the Mathematics Tutoring Center. There is also the Educational Resource Commons on campus that provides creative resources to the students. 

 

The Learning Center is the most comprehensive of the tutoring services offering help in a wide variety of subjects including math, science, sociology, foreign language, and computer assistance, in addition to providing help with software issues. Foreign language tutors are also available at different times, so if you are seeking assistance in that subject be sure to check the tutor’s schedules.  

 

The Writing Center, located adjacent to the learning center in the Administration Building, offers services regarding the writing process including grammar, paper organization, brainstorming and all other aspect of paper writing. It is expected that students come prepared to the Writing Center knowing their weaknesses and limitations in order to make the tutor’s job easier so that the student may get the most out of the assistance. The Writing Center is for all students who want to improve their grades on their compositions from any class or major of study. 

 

The Learning Center and Writing Center are open Monday through Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. Both are located in the Administration Building, rooms 120, 122, and 124.  

 

The Mathematics Tutoring Center, located on the third floor of Northside Hall, room 310, helps students with basic math to calculus 2. The tutors help students understand the homework as well as the conceptual side of the work. They tend to keep the students grouped by classes so that they can receive help not just from tutors but also from each other. The Mathematics Tutoring Center is open from 8 a.m.to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

 

The Language Resource Center (LARC) provides students with what they may need to get through their foreign language classes including tapes, books, software, and videos. However, most of the foreign language tutoring actually occurs at the Learning Center. The LARC is located in Dorothy and Darwin Wiekamp hall room 1105. 

 

The final student resource, the only one that is not a free service, is the Educational Resource Commons (ERC). The commons provides a library of education curriculum materials from preschool through secondary levels that can be checked out primarily for education majors. There is a copier, and computer with color printer available, as well as more flexible technological capabilities and a hands on production area, all of which give students the ability to create a wide range of visual aids.  The commons is located in Greenlawn Hall and is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. Saturday. The website for the ERC is http://null/www.iusb.edu/~libg/erc/. 

 

More information on the Writing Center can be found at www.iusb.edu/~sbwrite and more information on the Learning Center can be found at www.iusb.edu/~sbalc/tutoring.shtml