Campus diversity is much more than a symbolic feature at Indiana University South Bend. It is embraced and valued by all the people who are committed to the academic success of each student. Many factors hold together to promote our campus diversity, among them are race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, and religion. There are also many different student groups devoted to promoting diversity on campus. Among more than 50 student organizations at IU South Bend, one of them is the Black Student Union.

Founded in 2005, the Black Student Union is still a young group with only 20 members. However, this organization keeps recruiting new members on campus in order to provide a chance for students to get involved, and meet other students who share their professional, athletic, academic, and community-service interests.

“The Black Student Union offers opportunities for socialization and connection between minority group students at IUSB,” explained Pauline Jarvis-Ward, who is the advisor of this organization. “We encourage academic excellence in our students, and also help our minority group students realize the ways to enhance their leadership through various activities such as food drives, civil rights workshops, and social work in the community.” She added.

As Jarvis-Ward said, the Black Student Union’s job is to help college students, especially those whose are from minority groups, to adjust to their new life and build their confidence. The organization will designate mentors to help incoming students to overcome fears and concerns about studying or living in a new environment. For academic aid, it provides study circles for members to study together not only from class but also from life and history.

There are a lot of events coming out in this group every semester. In the rest of this semester, there will be a group activity featuring African-American history on February 1. In the middle of February, there will be a program about how music can have a message. On February 19, there will be a great chance for students to showcase their creative skills in the Talent Showcase program. “The purpose of maintaining this organization,” Pauline stressed, “is to encourage our students to get involved in the events, to learn more, and to go to the community.”

The Black Student Union is not merely limited to African American students; every student is welcome. It also has some interactive activities with other minority student organizations such as the Latino Students Union and the Feminist Student Union. Through these activities, the organizations hope that students from minority groups will feel less lonely, and get more chances to learn from other cultures.

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.

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.

Adam Gallippo
Student Life Editor

Last Monday it was impossible not to notice the rows of empty shoes, boots and sandals adorned with flowers and nametags.
     
The event, “Eyes Wide Open: Beyond Fear, Toward Hope,” is a traveling exhibit created by the American Friends Service Committee and brought to our campus by the IUSB club, Students for Common Sense. The exhibit illustrates the cost of war in Iraq by displaying the empty footwear of dead U.S. and Iraqi military personnel.

Students for Common Sense, an organization started just last fall, is no stranger when it comes to controversy. Whether it was their screening of “An Inconvenient Truth” or traveling to Washington, D.C. to protest the war in Iraq, Students for Common Sense will continue to draw both support and criticism. All truly significant events do.

While walking around the exhibit, IUSB student Devin Megyese was shocked to see the number of children’s shoes on display.

“I heard this exhibit was to display the dead U.S. and Iraq military people. I guess they really take the word infantry to heart,” said Megyese. “It’s incredibly sad to see that so many children would be used to fight in a war. As a child, there’s no way they can grasp what they’re being instructed to do. When will it be over?”
     
The magnitude of the event drew all forms of local media coverage as both television and print journalists descended on IUSB as the war in Iraq will continue to be a hot topic.
     
For many, it was difficult to feel anything other than sadness and confusion while examining the exhibit. While some felt the display was a grizzly reminder of why we need to leave Iraq, others felt it, if seen by the enemy, would provide encouragement for them to continue.
     
“It emboldens [the enemy]. They’ll think the group members are allies in the war against America,” said IUSB student Chuck Norton in Margaret Fosmoe’s South Bend Tribune article, “War exhibit draws support, criticism at IUSB.”  Norton continued, “We didn’t ask, ‘When will the war be over?’ after Pearl Harbor. It’ll be over when the Iraqi leadership can stand on its own.”
     
Following the IUSB display of “Eyes Wide Open: Beyond Fear, Toward Hope” the exhibit moved to Notre Dame’s campus.
     
     
     
      

Brandi Miller
Staff Writer

A new club has recently formed on the IU South Bend campus. The Chinese Friendship and Culture Organization (CFCO) was founded by Zhibin (Daisy) Tian, a communications major who emigrated here from China. Tian, along with three officers and faculty advisor, Dr. Ying Li of the Business Department, will be hosting a Cultural Exhibition in the Quiet Lounge next to The Grille on March 29 from noon to 1 p.m.

At the exhibition they will talk about traditional Chinese dance, which will include video clips. They will also discuss the Chinese traditional holidays and festivals. The exhibition will celebrate the Chinese New Year, which is different from the American New Year because the Chinese go by a lunar calendar instead of the traditional American calendar.

The next exhibition, The Mid-Autumn Festival, will be held in September.

According to Tian, she started the CFCO because she “feels that Chinese students here are very lonely. They are all away from their friends and family and because we do not celebrate Christmas we wanted to be able to get together and make friends.”

The purpose of the group, according Tian, to is to provide friendships to students at IUSB and to introduce Chinese culture to everyone. Membership is free and the group hopes to meet once a month

They are looking for a volunteer to build their website, and are always recruiting new members.

If interested, contact Zhibin Tian at atztian@iusb.edu.

Electromagnetic Radiation

March 29, 2007

Lucy Rzeszutek
Environmental Justice League

Mobile phones and mobile towers have been a grave concern as numerous emerging studies continually and consistently show possible health effects.  Proximity, duration, and intensity of the Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) output determines how sick or electrically sensitive one becomes.  As cell phone use continues to spread like wildfire and as cell towers pop up in our backyards unbeknownst to us, we don’t have time to wait and see whether or not or just how much of our brains are being fried and bodies harmed. 

Cancer clusters or hot spots are dotting the St. Joseph County area.  EMR abounds and as the radiation increases, brain tumors, cancers, and diseases also increase.  Symptoms such as tiredness, forgetfulness, numbness, sleep interferences, headaches, sharp pains, and more fall under the long list of electrical sensitivity.  As more and more people are bombarded with this unseen radiation, younger and younger people are afflicted.

According to Leif Salford, he and his colleagues have shown in repeated studies that “radio frequency electromagnetic fields open the blood-brain barrier of rats so that large proteins, which may carry poisons, can enter the brain” as stated in the book, The Invisible Disease:  The Dangers of Environmental Illnesses Caused by Electromagnetic Fields and Chemical Emissions by Gunni Nordstrom.  According to Dr. Henry Lai, “cell phone radiation causes damage to DNA in human blood cells,” as written in the book by Dr. George Carlo and Martin Schram called Cell Phones:  Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age.  Many more credible scientists, doctors, and experts have shown that there are adverse health affects to electromagnetic radiation.  To name several, they are Olle Johansson, Don Maisch, Louis Slesin, Janet Newton, and Blake Levitt.

Being that there is a repeated risk exhibited, fervent action is needed now to ensure the safest and optimal surroundings for the people of St. Joseph County.  Cell towers should not be built near schools, homes, and places of employment.  We cannot afford to be guinea pigs, mice, or monkeys on which this ‘experiment’ is performed unmonitored and unchecked while we suffer the consequences, Therefore let us educate one another and do something about this immediate and serious threat to our well being. 

Contact the legislation and Board of Health to take action on the community’s behalf and find out why so many people are getting cancers, tumors, and other illnesses. 

Terrie Phillips
Student News Editor

A busy month for SAA, they are sponsoring the second annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday March 24, 2007. The AA is sponsoring a Speed Networking on Wednesday March 28, 2007. They are also sponsoring a Grad Salute on March 28-29.

The Easter Egg Hunt will be from 1:30 to 3:00, cookies and punch will be provided. The event will be held rain or shine meeting in the Grille located in the administration building according to Loralee Reed.

The event will have a decorated egg contest, “Bring in own decorated egg,” said Reed. The event will also have an Easter Bunny, face painting, and word searches.

If interested in the event, RSVP Loralee Reed by phone (574) 520-4381 or by email at loareed@iusb.edu. Donations of plastic Easter eggs and individually wrapped candy can be dropped off at the Alumni Office Room 100 in the Administration building.

The next event the AA is sponsoring is Speed Networking on Wednesday March 28, 2007 from 5:30-2:30. The event is free to SAA members and seniors, other students are charged $5.00. It will be held in SAC room 225. If interested need to RSVP by Friday March 23, 2007, by phone (574) 520-4381 or by email loareed@iusb.edu.

There will be a Grad Salute, March 28-29, at the Bookstore from 10-6. There will be a representative for class rings, announcements, AA, and the IU Credit Union. There will be a running video of commencement, and giveaways. This is the first day seniors will be able to buy their caps and gowns.For more information on any of these events you can call Reed at (574) 520-4381 or email her at loareed@iusb.edu.

Jason Overholt
Staff Writer

On February 8, the Criminal Justice Association held their first open house. It took place in the game room of the SAC.

The meeting was geared toward students in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs who wanted a chance to meet with professionals in the field. The atmosphere was decidedly informal as students, faculty, and professionals played each other in pool and ping pong.

This is a change for the CJA, who in the past held open forums for students to talk with representatives from the mayor’s office, the chief of police, prosecutor’s office, and more. This new format seems to be going well, although some of the details are still being worked out.

“I thought there was going to be food. Next time there should be some food,” said Jessica Jackson, one of the CJA’s newest members.

The CJA held their first softball game in the fall, and would have played putt-putt, but were rained out.

“It was interesting to get some of the teachers, students, and community out in the mud to have fun,” said CJA treasurer Matt Shikany.

The CJA plans to get involved with Habitat for Humanity sometime in April. They hold their meetings in room 2260 at the SAC on the second Monday of every month at 4 p.m. and the third Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m.
 

Titan Events

March 26, 2007

Adam Gallippo, Student Life Editor

 This semester, Titan Productions hopes to pull students in by offering an alternative form of entertainment. “What Titan Productions tries to do is have a variety of things to do so any student could find something interesting to do whether they’re young or old,” said Marvin Rasch, Faculty Advisor to Titan Productions. Events like the Acoustic Café, Family Movie Night, and Open Mic Night are sure to bring in various crowds. All the while, students can take advantage of our student activity fees.  “All our events this semester are free,” said Rasch, “except the Alternative Spring Break trip to Mississippi.”  

The trip Rasch is talking about is a continuation of last year’s trip to Biloxi, MS to assist in post Katrina clean up. The trip will last from March 10-18 and, according to Rasch, will cost $150 per person and includes transportation, room, and board.  For more information on the Alternative Spring Break, please check the IUSB Bulletin Board.

  Here’s the list of events this semester along with time and location.

1/24: Open Mic Night featuring Cornell Bass in the Courtside Café at 6PM2/01: Acoustic Café featuring Jesse Veeder in the Courtside Café at noon

2/24: Family Movie Night presents “Happy Feet” in DW1001 at 4PM2/28: Open Mic Night featuring Nathaniel (Lune) in the Courtside Café at 6PM

2/06: Acoustic Café featuring Phyllis Heitjan in the Courtside Café at noon3/10 – 3/18: Alternative Spring Break Trip to Mississippi3/21: Open Mic Night featuring Paul Decker in the Courtside Café at 6PM

3/24: Family Video Night presents “Charlotte’s Web” in DW1001 at 4PM

4/17: Acoustic Café featuring Syd in the Courtside Café at noon

4/23 – 4/25: Final Showdown TBA

part one of two

Terrie Phillips
Student News Editor

 “But I don’t want comfort.  I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin.” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World.  What does this quote and Talia Reed have in common, The Analecta. 

 Reed is the editor of the Analecta and the above quote is the theme for the submissions for this year’s issue.  The Analecta’s Graphic Designer is Katy Wright, Assistant editors are Vince Bauters and Rob White, and Faculty Advisor is Kelsey Parker.
 
 Reed said this year they had more submissions than in the past several years.  “About 50 students with 150 plus submissions,” said Reed. 

 Every year there is a different editor, which is chosen by the Publications Board.  “Every editor does it different,” said Reed.  They will be calling for applications for a editor for next year. 

 The Analecta accepts anything artistic for submissions; poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, artwork, screenplay, and a mixture of pros and poetry.  They do not accept formal essays.  This year they accepted five fiction, 20 poems, and 10 non-fiction.  They did not accept any drama or screen plays this year.

 The selections submitted to the Analecta also are submitted to the Wolfson Awards.  Every year they invite a published author to serve as the judge for the submissions.  This years judge will be John Gallaher; poet, co-editor of The Laurel Review, and he teaches in Mississippi.  He has published two books Gentlemen  in Turbans, Ladies in Cauls, and The Little Book of Guesses. 

 Winners of the Wolfson Awards will receive cash prizes and will be published.  The winners of this years Wolfson Awards will be announced on April 21, 2007, this is also when the Analecta will debut.  You can pick up a copy after this date in the English Department, third floor DW.  Analecta winners will be notified by email. 

 To get more information on Gallaher, you can visit his blog at www.jjgallaher.blogspot.com

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