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.

By Eric Gingerich

 Instead of the standard article, we would like to give the stage to Vince Bauters, editor of this year’s Analecta. He recently organized an open mic night on campus to provide student writers a platform for their art and to give them the opportunity to submit their work. This is Vince on the creative writing scene at IU South Bend, and the future of the creative arts in the South Bend area.

E.G.: From your perspective, what is the current state of the creative writing scene at IU South Bend?

V.B.: It’s exploding, but with intelligence. Exploding implies a certain degree of chaos or randomness, the creative writing scene certainly has the impulse and the magnitude of an explosion, but it’s not out of control. I see writers communicating, and that’s by far the best thing. They are all in touch with each other, rooting for one another, encouraging and editing their creative work. It’s really becoming a family. It has the dynamics of a family, concern and pride. And that’s really quite a beautiful thing.

E.G.: What can be done to increase the visibility of the creative writing scene?

V.B.: I think events like the open mic are an excellent start. You have to allow people to show their interest. You have to believe that people care about creative writing. When people come to read poetry, then that concern has been acknowledged and fostered. But I think the English Dept. is on the right track. By inviting authors to come to campus and read their writing, you allow for a creative environment to exist. You fuel creativity. I think you need a mix of open mics, or ways for students to get involved, and then opportunities for students to see or hear other successful writers. At the same time, there has to be more creative writing courses. I think we’re doing better with that (having more classes). But you need the classes, because that’s what gives focus to writers’ inspiration.

E.G.: Is there a fundamental problem on this campus and/or in this community that would suggest the lack of involvement in creative arts? Or is there a lack of involvement to begin with?

V.B.: Some people might feel this way. But the truth is that people are meeting and getting together, sharing thoughts and ideas. The fact that we can have an open mic shows that there are people willing to be involved. You have to ask yourself how much involvement do you want. How many people do you want involved until you feel content? Half the campus population? Everyone? And you also need to keep in mind, that creative writing is kind of an after thought to many people. It’s something to do when you have the free time. But for the true creative writers, its something you do. A lifestyle. Not a hobby. I don’t think it’s a fundamental problem. I think its human nature. It’s survival. Many people don’t think we need poetry to survive. We need to show that we do. Not to make them all become poets. But to believe in the power of creative arts. And maybe to make them believe in themselves.

E.G.: What can you say about the work of the writers who read during the open mic?

V.B.: Incredible quality. I loved the range of style. From very Oscar Wilde-esque fiction, with writing that pays critical attention to color and lines and light and space and people, to poems that were almost like odes to the American Midwest, with characters trying to find happiness in baseball or liquor. The open mic was a testament to the creative prowess of our students. These people are pushing their writing to the boundary. They are utilizing everything around them to make what they’re saying as powerful and concentrated as possible. You can tell that these are very reflective and observant writers. They are very aware of themselves and the world they live in. And, above all, they seem to believe in the beauty of this world. There is always a saving grace found in these creative works. There is always a chance for hope. And I think that’s important. The chance for beauty is important. Not because we’re all fools and think everything will always be okay. But because we believe in the world. And we know it’s not ending any time soon.

E.G.: Can you make a guess as to the future of the Analecta or to the “South Bend creative writers”—those people who live locally and are actively writing / pursuing their art? Put another way, what would you like to see happen to the creative writing scene on campus and in the South Bend area?

V.B.: Well, they’re not going away. I think we’re all apart of this place, for better or for worse. I think more people are curious and interested in writing, or at least being apart of something that is bigger than themselves. These writers are giving fulfillment to their audience through their writing. They are doing something special and magical, and I think that kind of magic catches on. People are a little lost, because of technology. We want something human, something organic. And maybe now more than, say, in the last 20 years. Some of the thrill of technology has scared us away. People want to be around other people. They want to talk about their feelings. And they want to be brought back to the real world. So, with that said, the South Bend writers are only going to keep gaining momentum. I don’t think we have an objective or hidden priority. We are just writing, and because of that sincerity, people will join us. I’d like to see people fight off being content. I’d like to see us believe in ourselves and the world. I’d like to see this sort of amity and passion survive.

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

 

IUSB snuffs out smoking

February 27, 2008

By Jenn Zellers     

Students returning from winter break may have noticed that the ashtrays and smoking shelters were removed from campus. In compliance with a statewide campus policy, IU South Bend went smoke-free January 1, 2008.           

“In February 2007, former Indiana University President Adam Herbert asked each IU campus to implement a smoke-free or tobacco-free policy by January 1, 2008,” according to Ken Baierl, IU South Bend Director of Communications and Marketing.           

Several students were unaware of policy when the new semester started, but welcomed the change. Some students wondered why the school didn’t do more to notify students about the new policy. According to Baierl, “The policy has been well-publicized on campus and is on the IU South Bend Web site for everyone to see.”           

The smoke-free policy affects all university owned and leased properties including the pedestrian bridge linking the campus with the new student housing. It will also include all future owned properties.“Violations of the policy will be addressed through existing processes already in place for students, faculty and staff,” according to Baierl.            

“The success of this policy depends on the thoughtfulness, consideration and goodwill and consideration of both tobacco users and non-users,” said Baierl. “All members of the IU South Bend community, as well as visitors, share in the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing this policy.”Martin Gersey, IU South Bend Chief of Police said the campus police will have the same responsibility as everyone else. They will inform the person of the policy and/or hand out a notice explaining it.           

If students and staff are interested in kicking the habit, the school has programs available for those who wish to do so..The Health and Wellness Center is sponsoring a six-week program to help students, staff and faculty kick the habit, starting January 15. The program is non-judgmental and won’t use scare tactics to get people to quit.The program will feature group sessions that will offer tips on ways to cope with the stress of quitting,, a self-assessment test, and online homework to help people along the way.

Laura Hieronymus, Director of the Health and Wellness Center said students can go to the Student Counseling Center (SCC) or stop by the Health and Wellness Center in the SAC.Students will receive one-on-one counseling and if they use the Health and Wellness Center, the Center will monitor the one-on-one sessions for six weeks, offering advice and support along the way according to Hieronymus.Staff and faculty looking to quit can contact Human Resources for information about quitting smoking.Pamphlets on ways to quit are also available in the Health and Wellness Center.  

Individuals interested in attending the program can call the Health and Wellness Center at (574)520-5557, ext 5557. For information in the new smoke-free policy visit www.iusb.edu/~sbocm/deco07/free.shtml.

By Jenn Zellers                 

If that new Radiohead song you just downloaded didn’t come from a legal source, it may cost you $3,000 and suspension of your network privileges on campus.                   

Illegal file sharing is the unlawful transmission of copyrighted works via the Internet. It requires software such as BitTorrent, Kazaa, Morpheus or Limewire to access files on other computers worldwide. None of the music, movies, software or games are hosted on the necessary software’s website, but rather on another person’s personal computer.           

A Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) survey from February 2007 showed that 50% of the college students continue to download and swap music with friends or using P2P networks.In a Daily Variety article from August 21, 2007, it is said that file sharing and illegal downloading cost the music industry $3.7 million in lost revenue.           

Since February 2007, the RIAA have tried a less threatening approach to get university students to pay for the music they download illegally. The pre-litigation letters give students a chance to pay the fine. If they refuse, they’ll be sued by the RIAA. The average settlement is $3,000.           

Last year, 4,500 students on campuses across the nation received the pre-litigation letters.In a press release on the RIAA website, 16 pre-litigation letters were sent to IUPUI students in December 2007.            

According to Pat Ames, Vice Chancellor of Information Technologies, the problem is small at the IU South Bend campus. “We generally receive two to three notifications a month, but it’s a major problem on IUB and IUPUI.” In October, IU Bloomington received 23 letters according to the RIAA website.The procedure to notify students that have been cited for illegal downloading is straightforward. “When we’re informed of an illegal file exchange, we contact the student immediately and it’s usually resolved within a few days,” said Ames. “Students may be sued by recording industries in civil court for thousands of dollars.”           

On January 2, 2008, all IU South Bend students named in a settlement were charged $50 to their Bursar account to cover the cost of notification and resolution. The students were then notified and asked to remove all illegal files from their computer and other storage devices. The student’s VPN access is suspended until the fine is paid and the student completes an online test. The test is to confirm that the student is aware of polices concerning of the use of IT resources. If a student continues to violate the policy, suspension or termination of network resources could occur and the student could also be referred to Student Judiciary.

IU South Bend students aren’t left without a choice for downloading music files. Students can go to Ruckus.com and register with their school email address, but the computer labs can’t be used to access the service because of software that needs to be downloaded for use.For more information on file sharing on IU campuses, visit filesharing.iu.edu/index.php.  

Enthusiasm for the future

February 27, 2008

Paula Smith has been named Director of Student Housing at IU South Bend,  and she intends to bring her previous experiences to the table in creating a brand new experience for the residential students coming in the fall semester of 2008.  She started her career in student residency while she was getting her Master’s degree at Bowling Green State University, where she worked in a residence hall and managed a facility of approximately 400 students. She has held many residency positions at various universities with the most recent being Notre Dame. When asked why she left, Smith said, “This was a good opportunity, and I wanted to work on something from the ground up.”   Smith’s previous experiences have given her a good perspective on the needs and requirements of resident students which, she believes to be very similar, working part time, succeeding in school, and having a social life. Smith believes that student housing can lay the foundation of a new collegiate experience at IUSB.  Smith’s past experiances have also given her the ability to coordinate the logistics of residency between many facilities and departments, training and developing a staff from the student body. She has also had experience doing more programmatic things, for example presentations, orientations, educational opportunities, dealing with personal issues, and directing people to the correct campus resources. Smith gave some advice to students who are hoping to be a part of student housing in the fall. She suggested that students turn in applications early and she also cleared up a few other confusing issues. First she explained that upon turning in the housing application (which is available at housing.iusb.edu) there is a $25 application fee and a $200 security deposit that can be refunded. All applications are to be turned into the Bursars office.


The sixth annual Independent Video and Filmmakers Festival will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 13, and from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 14, with workshops and screenings of films by local and regional filmmakers in Wiekamp 1001 and Weikamp 1135.

“I’ve been making films for almost 18 years, and when I was a student and staff member at IUSB, I had an excellent venue to screen my films and wanted to create a festival where other local filmmakers could have the same opportunity,” said founder Tim Richardson.

It began as a venue for local filmmakers and has grown to receive films from across the country, as well as from Canada, China and England. It is open to any one who makes shorts or features on video or film including high school and college students.

Three features will be screened, along with short films from Indianapolis, Chicago and New York, as well as a documentary, Welcome to Snyderville, produced at Notre Dame.

“We meet new filmmakers every year and I know there are many more around here – students, hobbyists and professionals – who should take advantage of this unique opportunity we offer here,” Robinson said. “This is something the entire community should check out and support. We have an awesome local film community and this is an excellent venue for those filmmakers and the general public to share in celebrating the art of filmmaking.”

He encouraged students to submit films for review by IUSB alumni, staff and students who have video and film knowledge and experience.

“We try to give some latitude to student productions and we’ve seen some phenomenal ones come through over the years.”.

Workshops on screenwriting, producing microcinema, creating special effects in Michiana, and a director’s panel will take place from 11 to 12 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in Wiekamp 1001 .

Ticket will go on sale at the door Friday night beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $5 per time slot as follows: Friday, 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday 8 to noon, ,noon to 6 p.m., or 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased for all day Saturday for $10, or $15 for an all weekend pass.

The event is sponsored by the IUSB Film Club and supported by Mid America Filmmakers, a South Bend not-for-profit group for independent filmmakers, and the IU Alumni Association.

A schedule of the productions to be shown can be found at http://www.ivff.net.