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. 

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SGA@Work March 29th

March 29, 2007

Brandi Miller
Staff Writer
      
At Friday’s meeting the SGA unanimously approved the appointment of Senators Jessica Jackson and Kristina Niere to the Smoking Committee.
     
The Senate also approved up to $200 to the Election Committee for signs and snacks for the upcoming SGA elections in April. 
     
Cole Belt was unanimously approved as the Justice replacing Joe Spencer who resigned earlier this month.
     
The Budget Committee presented the Budget Report for 2008, which included cuts in many departments funding including the stipends given to the SGA members. The new budget was unanimously approved by the Senate and now goes to President Marcus Vigil to be signed and then sent to Chancellor Reck for approval.
     
The next SGA meeting will be on March 30 in SAC 225 at 4 p.m.
     

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.
     
     
     
      

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.

  Jason Cytacki, Editor-in-Chief 

Mohja Kahf, a poet, novelist and professor will speak on Campus Monday about life as a muslim woman.   

Kahf’s lecture will be divided into two parts.  The first will be a speech entitled “Burqas, Bras, and Battlezones: The Varied Tales of the Veil.” Following the lecture, Kahf will read from her 2006 novel, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf. 

Dr. Rebecca Torstick stated in the press release that “this event provides the community with an opportunity to listen, learn, and reflect on the diverse experiences of U.S. Muslims.” 

Kahf, born in Syria, spent much of her childhood growing up in Indiana.  Currently she is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Arkansas and has published several books, including Western Representations of the Muslim Woman: From Termagant to Odalisque and of E-mails from Scheherazad. 

The lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, in Room 1001, Wiekamp Hall. A reception and book signing will follow

 

Kevin Butts
Staff Writer

The new IUSB bulletin board policy, while still in its planning phase, has created a stir among both students and organizations alike. The key issues deal with what can be posted, where, and who determines what can be censored from the boards.
 
“When this policy came out, there was speculation whether it had been implemented.  It is being implemented in the fall, but it is open suggestion until fall,” said Mphatso Jumbe of the Student Government Association.
 
Though the members of the SGA made it very clear that they are not the ones implementing the policy, it was implemented elsewhere in Student Life and they are now trying to deal with it.
 
The policy was actually written by Marvin Rasch, Director of Student Life. “From my standpoint, I knew there would be some issues, mainly because it’s new and a change. I anticipated there probably would be, but I was acting on request of the institution to make a policy,” Rasch said.
 
To combat the controversy circling the new policy, the SGA held a town hall meeting on Friday, February 24 to hear from students and groups about their concerns, questions, comments on the new policy.
 
One key issue with the new policy is where the new general boards will be, and if there be just one area or a set of boards that they are going to allocate for everyone to post to.
 
“It [policy] would significantly diminish student’s ability to communication,” said student Erkki KochKetola, and “we need clarification of where the boards will be, because it will cause a lot of people to miss posting if it is in one place.”
 
Not just students are concerned about how the new policy will affect them, but members of other clubs and organizations are worried about it as well. 
 
For instance, the International Student Organization is upset that if put into effect, the policy will require them to post in English.
 
“They want us to post in English only – if we’re trying to reach a Spanish-speaking population, why would we put it in English?,” said Felix Marquez, ISO President. “It should be left to the club’s discretion what is posted.”
 
The issues with the policy come directly from the wording of the policy, and its potential violation of freedom of speech and association. The policy states, “The Director of Student Life may withhold approval from any poster in violation of this policy or deemed to be obscene, lewd, or potentially offensive to a portion of the university community.”
 
So, then, who determines what is obscene, lewd, or potentially offensive? 
 
As college students, we learn to deal with many cultures and many points of view –  some that we may agree with, while others we may not. So, should that be afforded to us as our right as citizens; to post what we choose?
 
Many believe that it should be, and seek clarification of the policy. “I think having a clear policy is important… so you know exactly what the rules are and what you can and can’t do, since we are the ones dealing with them on a daily basis,” KochKetola said.
 
While no changes have been made yet, there are meetings in the works to get some of these changes made to the policy. If you are interested in finding out more about the issues, would like to voice your opinion, or want to learn more about the policy, please speak to the SGA in SAC 202.

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.

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.

Matthew Stefaniak
Assistant Editor

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He stands quietly behind two gargantuan security guards at the appointed gate of the assembly hall. He has been grassroots campaigning for nearly five months, yet there are no signs of fatigue on his face; rather signs of excitement, and that excitement is resonating throughout the 9000 spectators gathered in Los Angeles to listen to the words of a man who political experts think has no realistic chance to win the presidency.

Barack Obama is patiently waiting on his cue. He is laughing with colleagues and wearing what has become his signature outfit: a plain black suit, plain white shirt, the top button undone, and no necktie.

He looks more like a business man coming home to his family after a long day’s work than a presidential candidate. When the security moves forward and Obama makes his approach to the podium, he is greeted more like a rock star than a politician.

The man has become an enigma. Hillary Clinton couldn’t draw 9000 people into a hall for a speech if she gave away tickets, and yet here is Barack Obama, a freshman senator with just a little more than a decade of real political experience giving Americans something we have all so desperately needed: hope.

It is difficult to understand why America’s attention is directed so vividly at Obama. Maybe it is because he seems fearless at the podium, challenging the Bush administration’s policies with a fierce vigor. “There is no reason why we can’t create a national security policy that is tough and smart because what we’ve seen is tough and dumb or at least filled with tough talk and dumb action.”

Maybe it is because he sees things the way that the common working class Americans see things. “Why would we want to want to hold our economy hostage to the oil market? Why would we want to send $800 million dollars a day to some of the most hostile nations on earth? Why do we fund both sides of the War on Terrorism?”

His answers aren’t clear, they’re not precise, he doesn’t seem to present a real strategy; in fact, most of the time his answer is “We can do better.” But what is going on in his head? What would his actions be if he were elected into office? We don’t know. Americans don’t seem to care. Americans see an intellectual, astute, and promising leader who is slowly, but surely becoming the Democratic candidate in ’08.

How is he pulling it off? Hillary was such a shoe in for the nomination only months ago; now Obama is gaining support like a steamroller. He has caught up to Clinton, and unless there is something, some conspiracy, some dishonesty that can be exposed, he will surpass her and leave her in the dust. But, what is there to find? He has written two autobiographical books, both of them bestsellers and his honesty about being a troublemaker as a juvenile and then giving back to the South Chicago area as a community leader is well noted. No one has challenged his background and you can be sure that both Democratic nominees and Republicans who are frightened by his prospects are searching for something, anything to stop his charge.

His platform is simple enough. It is the time for change. It is time to bring the common citizen back into American politics. It is time for the common citizen to rise up and force our politicians to be accountable to them. It isn’t a revolutionary idea; it is something we all want, but with Obama there is a real feeling like he can initiate this change, or at least inspire it in each and every one of us.

John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life and those who only look to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” Over the last decade, American politics has been focused on the past. Slam ads, political propaganda, even some mainstream media outlets solely judge politicians on their past and the present state of politics. Barack Obama has brought the focus of politics back to the future of our country and it is exciting. He has brought hope back to the masses. Maybe he doesn’t have a realistic chance of taking a seat in the oval office in ’08, but he is trailblazing a new path, a path that once was, but has long since been forgotten in American politics, the idea that hope doesn’t have to be audacious, and that the future of this still young country can be wonderfully bright.

In his speech, Obama said, “I’m willing to partner with the American people on the common sense, pragmatic, non-ideological agenda that they’re hungry for to meet the challenges that we face.” With each and every hand he shakes, with each and every speech he makes, more and more Americans are willing to partner with Obama. So is it audacious to think that a President named Obama is on the horizon? Maybe, but one thing is for certain: the future of American politics is looking brighter.

Terrie Phillips
Staff Writer

Over a hundred students boarded the chartered busses at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20. I was among them as we began our four hour drive down to Indianapolis to go to the statehouse.

The drive was long, but the wait was worth it. Discussion filled the bus as the drive went on. Some, as in me, caught a few extra winks on the way. The bus leaders explained what we were lobbying for. The renovation of the Associates Building is something that has been talked about on the IU South Bend campus for some time now.

Thoughts ran through my mind on the matter at hand. I knew, somewhat, of how the trip would go, since I had been on it the year before. We finally arrived at the statehouse at about 1:30 p.m. As the cluttered students, staff, faculty, and community members walked inside the building, you could see anticipation on their faces.

Beginning the official IU Statehouse visit with pictures on the staircase, I awed at the beautiful pillars, statues, and paint on the walls. We were given two drink tickets; students were given white tickets for non-alcoholic drinks and non students were given red for alcoholic.

At 2 p.m., the guest speakers spoke about what a wonderful experience it was for the students of IU to be there lobbying for their school. Among the guest speakers was a senior from IU Bloomington majoring in Political Science, IU President Adam W. Herbert, D. Craig Brater, IU Vice President for Life Sciences and Dean, IU School of Medicine.

The speeches, varying in voice but not subject, lasted about an hour, leaving us confident on what we were to say when we spoke with our legislature. We were given an hour and a half to meet with our legislator and view the Life Science Exhibit.

Then the fun began. We assembled in the Indiana Roof Ballroom for dinner, drinks, and music performed by Jacobs School of Music Jazz Ensemble. We ended the day with a final speech from President Herbert, presenting the Welsh-Bowen Award, the HHE Scholarship, and the Sue H. Talbot Volunteer Award.

At the end of the trip, there was a sense of accomplishment that filled our bodies as we realized that what we did made a difference to someone. The total experience was something that is indescribable. IU simply rocked the statehouse.