By Naoko Fujimoto 

On the way back to America with two extremely heavy suitcases, a backpack, paper bag, and a certain-sized plastic bag for toiletries, I took an eleven hour plane ride from Japan.  At Customs, I carried luggage more than my weight—instant miso soups, my mother’s handmade beans, favorite chocolate sweets, green tea, new clothes, and tons of Japanese novels—I seemed to live in a jungle using a microwave and reading books. 

At the entrance of America, I took off my jacket, shoes, belt, hat, and other accessories.  I felt a wanting for music and a pole but I had never shown the feeling on my face.  A security officer took my toothpaste from my plastic bag.  I explained to her that it was Japanese toothpaste, and she said, “I know what it is.”  My nearly empty toothpaste completed its mission by diving into the trashcan for the sake of the world peace. 

I wished that the officer took my hand-cream instead.  The toothpaste was nearly empty but I could have used it for more than 5 days.  My budget for new toothpaste was planned in late January.  But, it was not only about my budget.  The toothpaste was perfect—fluoride, some blue beads, and fresh mint flavor—it was for my mouth’s happiness; perhaps, halitosis.  I must have the toothpaste.  When I arrived at the airport in South Bend, I might have had greeting kisses on the cheek or a romantic moment between my non-brushed teeth and the final destination. 

At the Detroit International Airport, there is a long, magical tunnel between the main building of the international flights and domestic flights.  The tunnel is decorated with colorful fluorescent lights.  The background music is like that of a romantic comedy movie—a young woman, who has her first business trip, coincidentally bumps into a young entrepreneur.  Of course, her documents fly out her briefcase and his coffee is spilled on her shirt.  In their eyes, passion sparks but she has to leave for her connecting flight.  He keeps her lost article, a nice fountain pen, and walks in a different direction of hers.  Somehow a manager at the airport helps them to meet again—this kind of background music is always in the tunnel.  I walk through the tunnel every winter break; however, I had not bumped into a young entrepreneur, but my backpack wheels always get stuck on the escalator in the tunnel. 

In this trip, a young man was in hot pursuit after me through the tunnel before I brushed my teeth.  When I walked on the electrical esplanade, he screamed, “Hey, you! Wait, young lady!”  I guessed that the young lady was supposed to mean myself but I usually try not to talk to strangers who scream.  In addition, I did not want to talk anyone until I got my new toothpaste.  But he kept running toward me.  I felt insecure and frightened. 

If I had lost my confidence, I might have been dangerously in trouble, so I quickly walked through the tunnel in the bright lights.  There were a few people in the tunnel.  They just looked forward to their destinations, so they did not care about others.  My heart beat quickened and I sweated.  When I thought that the security booth was close, the guy grabbed my shoulder. I was caught. 

He did not ask for my phone number or name, but we walked together to the gate for South Bend, and his gate was close by.  “Don’t lose your belt,” said the guy when we waved each other farewell.  After the security point stripped my belongings, I probably did not wear my belt properly.  I lost the belt at some point in the tunnel, and the guy was chasing me with the perfect romantic comedy music and the belt. 

I did not know if there was a manager who would be a cupid between the guy and me.  If I had my toothpaste, I would have had more confidence to ask for his name.  Perhaps, my confiscated toothpaste was the cupid, but it had a mission for saving world peace, not for my romance.  My first purchase in America was dentist recommended toothpaste, I would have had more confidence to ask for his name.  Perhaps, my confiscated toothpaste was the cupid, but it had a mission for saving world peace, not for my romance.  My first purchase in America was dentist recommended toothpaste.   

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By Brandi Miller

The most important relationship in your life is not the romantic one or the relationship you have with your family. It isn’t with co-workers, or a mentor. In life it’s often hard to find a friend that you can tell anything to, things that others cannot understand or things that most people will judge you for. If you are lucky, you will find a best friend sometime in your life who you can tell all of this to, one who you can call night or day, and know that he or she will be there for you, no matter what.

Best friends are there for you and you for them, through all the good and bad. They’re the ones that hold your hand when you are down, give you their last beer (or for the ladies- tampon), watch your back when you say too much in the wrong place, or dry your tears when your own relationship does the inevitable crash and burn. They will sit up with you all night dissecting the entire span of your “doomed from the beginning” love affair and agree with you that none of it was your fault, it was all the other person’s and you are much better off without them.

When you meet a new person and become a couple you want to spend as much time together as possible. You can’t seem to get enough of that new guy or girl and think about them constantly. It often seems to those around you that you put everyone else in your life on hold. This is fine to do as long as it is a temporary hold and not a hold that stretches over months and months because some resentment may begin to build up and sour your friendship which may cause irreparable damage.

Friends rely on each other for support and companionship and they need at least a little attention in this beautiful and awe inspiring time of your life (you know, the time you have with a new love before finding out all of the annoying little habits that they hid while in the wooing stage?). Yes, of course your friends are happy for you, but if you neglect them for too long, those old friendships will begin to wither and die like that houseplant you forgot to water for weeks on end.

 It’s very important to find a balance between a new romantic relationship and the friendships you cherish. Don’t take it for granted that those friends will automatically be there for you after you repeatedly break plans with them, or stop answering the phone when they call because you are with your new squeeze (even though you answer each and every time he or she calls when you are with your friends). Always make time for your friends; do the things you have always done with them because they need you as much as you need them and that friendship was as important to them as it was to you. If you don’t keep up with them who will be there for you when that new guy or girl you thought was so perfect ended up being the worst mistake of your life and you need a shoulder to cry on? Friends and houseplants can both be replaced with fake ones, but the real ones are the best kind and sometimes a truly good one is hard to find.   

By Brandi Miller 

It has been acceptable for a man to date a younger woman for many years, but for a woman to date a younger man? That has been taboo until recently; yet, there are still some who feel it is totally wrong—she’s robbing the cradle, there’s something wrong with her, etc. After all, if you have seen The Graduate, Mrs. Robinson was a sultry, slightly disturbed vixen who wouldn’t leave poor Benjamin alone. Women have often been portrayed as such in other films about this subject even though there are scores of films in which the man is much older than the woman and it is not given a second thought. James, Bond anyone?

Women who date younger men are called cougars; it’s called robbing the cradle, tadpoling, or babysitting. If a man dates a younger woman he’s seen as smooth, accomplished, a player—not a weirdo as women are.

What’s the big deal about an age difference? Most men never mature after the age of 24 or 25 anyway, might as well date them when they are actually that age so you are pretty much guaranteed to have a good time without the fears of a heart attack or stroke. Plus they are easier to train when they are young. Can’t teach an old dog a new trick, might have better luck with a puppy! Also, it’s typically difficult to date any man, might as well go for a hot, young one, right? 

Women tend to live longer than men. If a woman’s life expectancy is 80 and a man’s is only 72, what’s so wrong with an eight to 12 year age difference? With women reaching their sexual peak in their early 30s and men in their early 20s it seems like an ideal situation.

Often men in their 20s are looking for older women because women of that age group know what they want and don’t want to play games. They are straightforward, mature and honest, they are often self supportive and have their own lives in addition to wanting their own space, which means they will not suffocate the man in their lives. They can sometimes be somewhat intimidating, and mysterious, and to some young men that’s really sexy.

But yes, there are some problems associated with dating younger men, with ridicule being number one. When “the family” or “the friends” hear about or meet the younger man for the first time, they tend to gossip like old women in a bingo hall; they might be embarrassed and disturbed by the situation. The best thing to do is to show no reaction to their disdain. You are your own person and if you have a happy, healthy relationship you should do what makes you feel good. You are both adults and can make your own decisions. You also should never apologize or make excuses for your actions. It’s not as if you killed their dog or burned their house down.

There are some important things you need to remember when dating a younger man. The first and most important is to keep an open mind and a good sense of humor. You are going to be the hot topic of conversation and jokes until something better comes along, and depending on the actual number of years the age difference is—that could be a long, long time. The next thing is to always remember that age is just a number. You are as old as you feel. They say that 35 is now the new 25. People feel younger, act younger and live longer. So live it up!  The final thing to remember is to be honest with yourself and that man in your life. Don’t lie about your age, and don’t try to be comfortable if you really are not. Take it slow and easy and have fun. If you have a problem, as with any relationship, talk it out. You’re only young once.

Or twice.  

 

I will cook more often than taking out food from China House. I have lived by myself for years; however, I have never bought my own frying pan. Almost all of my cooking tools are from my friends who have a passion for cooking. I got a nice wok and a cookbook for my twenty-first birthday instead of bottles of rum. I was disappointed with the gifts. After a couple of years later, I opened the book for the first time and I looked at a recipe from the book, Karahi Shrimp and Fenugreek. I do not know where I can buy those ingredients; however, I will worry later when I get my frying pan.

I have decided to flirt a little bit more this year. The word, flirt, may give the wrong impression but I mean flirting for learning new ways of communication and having social experiences with others. I believe that if some people are good at flirting, they are also good at communication with anyone in any kind of situations.

I am good at hiding in a box instead of meeting cute boys, but my sister is a charming social professional with the girl next door quality. So, I observed my sister during this winter break on how to “flirt” professionally in Japan.

After observing her, I realized again that communication is based on smiling, confidence, and conversational skills. She smiles when she greets people. She always pays attention to her hairstyles and clothes, so she looks neat, and her attitude is popular not only with young boys but also many kinds of people. She reads newspaper every morning for her interest and the conversational items.  Even my little cousins run to her instead of me because she is patient with the little children’s attitudes. Building up confidence and patience takes a little time to accomplish, but I can progress for my outlook.

Consequently, I decided to wash my pair of jeans more often. Last year, I washed my dear two pairs of jeans twice each. When I went home this winter break, my mother imperatively sent them covering her nose with her flowerily apron from my suitcase to the washing machine.  My poor jeans were in antibacterial detergent, bleach, and rosy perfume for hours. For the sake of my new outlook, I will wash my jeans at least once a week for this year. I will use a dryer, comb my hair, and wear unwrinkled shirts. When I wash my jeans, I need to be careful for things in the pockets, especially coins. I have been collecting United States quarters since 1999. When I visited America for the first time, my host family gave me the Delaware quarter and collection folder. I still have not found nine coins since I use my credit card for purchases.

With my collection, I will take pictures and send a letter to the host family. Before sending the mail, I may call them to say hello. I have not talked to them for months. Living in a foreign country, people come and go in my life like in a busy international airport. Everyone has a different final destination but I would like to think about “a once-in-a-lifetime chance” more for this year. It is difficult to keep in touch with all people but it may be a nice idea to contact them sometime.

Then I decided to call my family at least once a week. Homesick had not been in my dictionary but after spending time with my grandparents this winter break, I already missed them. There is never enough time to be with family. I talked to my grandmother sitting in the dining room while she made tea. We talked about nothing but I liked the warm atmosphere like the steam from the cup of green tea. Her gentle voice still echoes in my ears but it is a little bit bitter like green tea. Her life is very close to her final destination.

I read an article in some magazine in an airplane coming back to South Bend. It says that 90% of New Year’s resolutions eventually fail. Let’s see how much I can accomplish in 2008.     

Roots of the Preface stem from political unrest

Peggy Trytko
Staff Writer

When the Preface debuted on March, 27, 1969, there were four student newspapers.

“It must be noted that the Preface sprung from a politically active hotbed which was prevalent among the left throughout the nation, especially on college campuses,” said Alice Marie Beard, Preface editor from Dec. 1972 to May 1974, in a paper titled “Analysis of the Political Aspects of the Preface, Student Newspaper of IUSB,” written in August 1975.

Richard Nixon succeeded Lyndon Johnson as president. The assassins of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. went on trial.

An oil rig off the coast of Santa Barbara blew out and spilled 200,000 gallons of crude oil marring 35 miles of coastline.

A furious battle known as Hamburger Hill, then the My Lai massacre took place the year before in Viet Nam. The first draft lottery since World War II began.

The Beatles gave their last performance and Led Zeppelin released their first album.

And Wal-Mart became Wal-Mart, Inc.

In another year, National Guardsmen would shoot and kill four student protestors at Ohio State University. At Jackson State College, police would kill two more student protesters.

“War protests were at their height,” Beard notes.

The first issue of the Preface, four typewritten, mimeographed pages, had no specific editors. It was not financed by the university or student government and cost $40 per week to publish.

A group of students “who feel that the purpose of a student paper is to offer relevant information to the student body,” created it, according to the first article in the first issue of the Preface. That purpose was not being met by The IUSB Student, begun in Jan. 1968 and published for three semesters, the Recourse or the Future, both of which appeared in the spring of 1969.

The Preface asked for student contributions, which could be placed in a mailbox “behind the switchboard.” One column contained upcoming events, such as art exhibits in the community. It advertised space for classified ads: three lines for 25 cents, six lines for 50 cents. It also published the dean’s list.

Margaret E. Grounds was among those on the dean’s list. She helped co-found the Preface with James Hildebrand. The staff, listed in the fifth issue included Mike Hauser, Richard Borton, Emily J. Kochanowski, LaRita Killian and Patrick R. Slater.

The second issue, which appeared about one week later, included much of the same, as well as letters to the editor. It reported that tuition would increase to $20 per credit hour from $15 per credit hour for the 1969-1970 school year. Also, a short article questioned the new construction of Riverside Hall to house what is now the Dental Education program. The space was originally needed for other departments.

The second issue sold out, so by the third issue, “we [increased] the number of copies we produce to 500,” the April 15, 1969 issue reported.

The name of the paper written across the top of the front page was hand drawn, as were the few pictures in the first five issues, including one of the parking lot behind Greenlawn Hall, showing faculty parking off limits to students.

The last issue in the spring of 1969 urged students to vote in the upcoming student government elections, and endorsed Margaret E. Grounds for president.

Douglas Ream, editor of the Future, also ran for president and won. As a result, the Future ceased to exist.

The Student Publications Board named Grounds as editor of the student government-funded newspaper, which caused the demise of The IUSB Student, and the Preface became the official newspaper of IUSB. The Recourse also ceased publication.

“Essentially, [Grounds] had put out a competing product against the previous editor [of the student-government funded newspaper], and she had won,” Beard wrote in 1975. “She had shown in the spring that she could put together a fairly newsy, coherent and honest newspaper.”

Nancy Sulok, who writes a column for the South Bend Tribune, started writing for the Preface from the very beginning. Sulok also serves as advisor to the Preface, and has read every issue in its 38 years.

She is related to James Hildebrand, who ran into her in the hall at IUSB in the spring of 1969 and asked if she would like to write for a student newspaper.

“It’s interesting to see how it has evolved,” she said, “It has its ups and downs.”

In the fall semester of the 1969-70 school year, the Preface appeared in the format it is today.

The first official year of the Preface year reflected a country mired in controversy: protests against the Viet Nam war, new classes added to reflect the changes brought about by the Civil Rights movement, IUSB growing as a campus, and the effects of pollution on the planet.

Many of the issues are relevant today. Again, the nation is at war. IUSB has expanded its enrollment, programs and on-campus buildings. And pollution has not only not gone away, but presents problems requiring new solutions.

It is the goal of the Preface to explore in upcoming editions what the campus was like then and what it is like now.

“Its important that the newspaper appeals to a cross-section of students on campus and not become single-issue oriented,” Sulok said. There were times when the Preface didn’t cover campus issues.

“We’re improving on that,” Sulok said. “We’re going back to the original goal of being a campus newspaper.”

Next issue: Students and faculty react to war.

Terrie Phillips
Staff Writer

On Thursday, March 8, 2007, Mishawaka Mayor Jeff Rea spoke with students at Indiana University South Bend, giving them the State of the City Address. 
 
Rea spoke on the City of Mishawaka and the future plans to expand the city and bring more commerce.  He wants to make the city more of a home town.  “We are working together to build the best hometown available,” said Rea.
 
The City of Mishawaka is putting efforts to better city services such as the police department, fire department and water works.  “We purchased a new public safety communication system.  It is going to really help us prevent crime.” 
 
“The treatment plant is currently treating flows that are at its design capacity of 12 million gallons per day.  The expansion is saving the dual purpose of providing capacity for continued growth in the community and will cut annual combined sewer overflow (CSO) volume in-half,” according to State of the City of Mishawaka 2007, www.mishawakacity.com/Text%20Inserts/SOC2007II.pdf.

The city is now home to 50 thousand people, according to Rea.  The city has seen great change over the years.  “Years ago we were an industrial center, then we became a little more diversified, then we saw a shift in retail, now we have shifted to medical.”
 
According to www.mynewhospital.org, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is planning to build a $355 million facility at Edison Lakes.  “Multi-story towers will provide 254 in-patient private rooms and baths with a hotel style ambience.  A business center will be available to patients and visiting family members.  Set on 90 acres, the new facility, located less than 10 miles from the current SJRMC campus, will include a park area with ponds and walkway.”
 
Rea is anticipating the arrival a Ruth’s Chris, a high-end steak house. With the arrival of this restaurant, Rea hopes some more national names will also come to Mishawaka. 
 
Mishawaka is also developing more green space for the residents to enjoy.  “Several years ago we took control of the former Uniroyal facility.  The city took control in 1998, in early 2000 we started demolition,” said Rea.  “We constructed a great new park,” said Rea.  The park includes a three mile river walk. 
 
With new development coming to Mishawaka it is a constantly changing city.  The city plans to continue to build more neighborhoods.  “We are working on a neighborhood transformation,” said Rea.
     
Rea is also working on the budget, doing things to help stretch citizen tax dollars by taking perks away from city workers, such as not allowing police to use there police car for personal use, and charging city workers for health insurance. 

Terrie Phillips
Student News Editor

On Wednesday, March 21, 2007, in SAC 223-225 at 5:30 p.m., as part of the Millennium Campaign, three professors spoke with an audience on the subject of education and how it empowers around the world.

The first speaker, Dr. Susan Cress, Associate Professor of Education, IU South Bend, spoke on the numbers of children that go uneducated and UNICEF’s efforts. Cress talked about how to bring education to children. “Start at the beginning when talking about education,” said Cress.

According to Cress, to bring education you have to consider the factors that play into the lives of the children you are trying to educate. “Are families able to find food?” said Cress. Factors include: a safe environment, warm clothing, hunger, shoes, proper healthcare and shelter, just to name a few.

The next speaker, Dr. Marsha Heck, Associate Professor of Secondary Education, IU South Bend, spoke on the resources necessary to bring education to those unable to get it themselves. “There are 130 million children from ages 5 to 11 that do not have the ability to go tot school,” said Heck.

She continued to discuss the issues in New Orleans and war torn countries like Iraq. How issues like war, after effects of natural disasters, and poverty affect the amount of children able to go to school and the quality of education they receive.

The final speaker, Dr. Kwadwo Okrah, Director of the Center for Global Education, IU South Bend, discussed how we need to consider other countries needs and resources when bringing education to them. For example, an abundance of computer science graduates in a country with only 40 computers can cause a brain drain within that society.

He talked about teaching them skills they need to know to grow and survive in their environment. “If we don’t take care we will maintain the status quo,” said Okrah. He also discussed the definition of empowerment in politics, culture and economics.

After the speakers finished, the discussion continued with questions and comments.

Fitness Classes

March 26, 2007

Terrie Phillips
Staff Writer

As one of the most popular things people talk about, weight loss seems to be among them. With media bombarding us with ads telling us to be skinny, and others telling us to be us, movies like To Be Fat Like Me airing on Lifetime and magazines promising us 10-minute weight loss solutions, it seems hard not to have weight on the mind.
 
As a journalism student, I know better than to include my personal thoughts in any article, but as something that plagues hundreds of thousands of people and increasingly in adolescents and something that I have struggled with for the past 10 years of my life, I have decided to make this article a little more personal, more an editorial if you will. 
 
Weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions people make and probably one of the first that is not followed through with. It is hard, especially for busy college students; they work, study, and eat junk food, because, lets face it, junk food is fast, easy, and most of the time cheaper than to buy organic or non-processed foods. 
 
Weight loss is a very hot issue today. It has become a huge industry, with the 48-hour miracle diet to hard core weight loss pills to gyms offering specials for joining now and weight loss specialists letting you lose weight by buying their food and coming to their meetings and charging only so much per week plus the cost of food. There seems to be no end to the many solutions to weight loss; each one easier and faster than the one before them. But what does this mean for you, the consumer? And better yet, you the college student – don’t have all the money in the world – consumer? 
 
There are many things we could do to get in better shape. Eating better is one way, but I am not going to talk about healthier eating habits, because everyone knows that eating cheese fries is not a healthy way to get your vegetables and dairy. We all should know the food pyramid by now, and if we don’t, we have various resources to find out what we should and shouldn’t eat. One solution I have participated in, and am forcing myself to continue, is the exercising portion of losing weight and staying healthy.} 
 
The Student Activity Center offers many resources for the student to lose weight. One such solution is the Group Fitness Classes. 
“They are variety-type classes; you are doing it with a group and instructor. They [each class] all hit different areas of exercise: cardio vascular, strength, and flexibility,” said Amy Henkelman, Assistant Director of Recreational Programs,

“The classes are not huge, ranging anywhere from three to 15. It is kind of like having a personal trainer. The instructors adjust the workout to individual abilities,”   Henkelman said.

There are 15 total classes and nine different classes, according to Henkelman. Classes are $2 each or $35 per the semester. The semester pass allows the owner to partake in any class for that semester for as many classes as they want. Something to keep in mind is at the beginning of each semester, the first two weeks are free for all fitness classes.   

For more information on Group Fitness Classes, visit iusb.edu/~sbsac/groupfitness.shtml or go to the front desk located in the SAC.

The SAC also has Weight Room Orientation. “The Weight Room Orientations are meant to teach students how to use the equipment properly, learn what muscles the equipment works, and how to get the best work out without getting hurt,” said Henkelman.

The orientations also inform students of proper weight room etiquette and dress code. The dress code includes wearing gym shoes, wearing non-restrictive clothing like blue jeans (including shorts and pants), and having the torso covered at all times (meaning women must wear something other than a sports bra and men can have cut -off sleeve shirts but cannot show the torso from the side).

If there are any questions about the orientations or the dress code, call the SAC at 520-4100 or ask at the front desk.

Financial Aid Info

March 26, 2007

    Terrie Phillips
    Campus News Editor
    It’s that time of year again: the Fill Out Your Financial Aid (FOYFA) season. Deadlines are quickly approaching and soon we all will be crunching for midterms and filling out those magic papers that either give (or lend) us money so that we may attend another year here at IUSB.
     
    Bev Cooper, Director of Financial Aid, explains what the Financial Aid office really does. “The Financial Aid office processes money for students to go to school, in a nut shell. In the 2005-06 academic school year, we processed almost $31 million in financial aid, and that can be anything from student loans, or grants, or work study, or a scholarship.”
     
    To help students with filing their financial aid requests on time and correctly, Cooper has some advice. “Once the student has filed their taxes, they can file for financial aid electronically. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be filed electronically at fafsa.ed.gov.”
     
    “The other application we require is the IU Application of Financial Aid,” Cooper said. “It will be available in the Financial Aid Office and the Administration Building [Gateway of Excellence] the first of February.”
     
    IUSB Financial Aid Office requires students to apply for financial aid by March 1. “The reason we have the March 1st deadline is FAFSA is also the application for state funds. They have a firm deadline of March 10; if missed, [the student] can lose $4,000 in state funds,” Cooper said. “If they hit ours, they hit the states.” 
     
    The Financial Aid Office receives limited funds from Washington D.C. that is given to those students that filed for financial aid before March 1.
     
    Because FAFSA looks at the previous year, if a student, parent of student, or spouse of student is no longer able to help due to death, separation, or loss of wages or employment, the Financial Aid Office offers an Unusual Circumstance application. Cooper said, “File the FAFSA with the original information: information based on the previous year before applying for Unusual Circumstance. What the application does is help me calculate how much money the student will be making and gives me the opportunity to help a student find more aid.”
     
    If a student is planning on attending summer sessions, to receive funds you will need to apply for the funds on this year’s FAFSA for the Summer session of 2008. “The academic year order is Fall, Spring, Summer. The FAFSA that is filled out in the Spring starts in the Fall and goes to Summer,” Cooper said.
     
    In order to find out if you qualify for work study, when filling out the FAFSA, you have to show financial need AND you have to show interest in doing so on the FAFSA. Cooper said, “If you are interested, we have jobs posted outside the Child Care Center and also on our website [iusb.edu/~sbfinaid].”
     
    IUSB also offers many scholarships. To find out more information, pick up the Paying for College book in the Gateway to Excellence or visit iusb.edu/~scholar1. Cooper has some advice when searching for scholarships: “If you see something that is too good to be true, it usually is. If they are charging you for anything, they are usually money making schemes.”
           
    “If any students have questions about a anything, we will investigate. Students need to be very careful. Generally, anything that is linked to our website is something we support and investigated. We don’t support any website that requires you to pay money.” Some other scholarship websites include fastweb.com and scholarshiphunter.com.
    In order to talk to someone in person, go to the Gateway to Excellence front desk. Someone at the front desk can show you where the application forms are. For more complicated issues like filing for Unusual Circumstances, they need to swipe your Student ID card. Your name will then be put on an electronic list that is sent back to Financial Aid. Once your name appears on their screen, they will call you up and try to assist you as quickly as they can. The same procedure is followed for Student Services, the Registrar, and Admissions. This allows the student to receive help faster and more efficiently.
    Remember you need to file for the FAFSA and the IUSB application for financial aid annually. If you have any questions, call 520-4357. 

ASK DR. GIZMO

Dear Dr. Gizmo,
This is kind of embarrassing, but I have to ask somebody. I have developed a case of genital warts, and they seem to be spelling out a message… in letters. I have a product that will make them go away within 24 hours, but I can’t decide whether I should use it or not. Is this a message from the divine, or am I going bananas? I’ve got the letters B and A so far, although the B might be an 8.

‘Nanners in Panama City

Dear ‘Nanners,

You’re trying to make the best of your situation, and who can blame you? Who wouldn’t want their STI to at least do something productive once in a while?  I think you should  wait it out until you get a few more letters.  A distinct possibility remains that the message may lead you to buried treasure.  If it looks like a bible verse or something, then by all means, get the cream out.  Let the divine reach via other avenues… I recommend a strict diet of alphabet-oriented cereals and soups.

Dear Gizmo,
I thought you were a fake astrologist, but now you’re a fake doctor? You’re so weird!
Muffy in Moosetown

Yes, Muffy, I received my fake degree from a fake university in a location that was similarly fabricated. Although I do like to make collages from anatomy books, I didn’t have the bread necessary for Med school.  What this means to you, however, is that I can still provide real advice of the most imaginative caliber to you, Muffy-moo.

Dr. Gizmo can be reached at afack@iusb.edu for all your medical mysteries.