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The end of racism

February 27, 2008

By Jake Jones

Preacher Moss came to IU South Bend a seasoned veteran of his art, having been a writer for Damon Wayans, SNL’s Darrell Hammond, Nickelodeon, and George Lopez, and also being the founder of the “Allah  Made Me Funny,” the official Muslim Comedy Tour. Moss has performed his End of Racism comedy lecture for many years at more than 500 colleges across the United States and he made the most of his hour long standup bit. 

Moss began his presentation by introducing his comedy lecture as not being a lecture at all, given that it “didn’t have any charts, graphs, or boredom.” After introducing this unique concept he stepped into the jokes.


His show encompassed many stories and anecdotes from his life, combining his early experience as a public school teacher attempting to quell a race war between fourth graders, to his investigation of the KKK via chat rooms, and most compelling of all, standing in line at a Subway with a room full of older women.

Preacher Moss’s main points were: “Racism affects everyone; racism is why you never see black people in tanning commercials. Racism affects white people too. It is why white people don’t have their own month.” Moss stressed that everyone has been sitting at the back of the bus and passed an unfair judgment on someone they did not know. To stress a unity in differences, Moss picked people out of the audience and asked them what “hyphen American” they were, and everyone gave a different answer inlcuding German, Irish, and African. Moss has made it his job with the End of Racism comedy lecture to confront issues of racism, diversity, and tolerance, and to make people aware of their differences.

For more information about Preacher Moss, visit

By Brandi Miller 

Most relationships go through a “honeymoon period.” This is the time when you don’t see the negative personality traits in your new love; you think the way he or she acts is “so cute” and cannot imagine how anything he or she does could possibly annoy you. It’s also the time when you are both on your best behavior, and wouldn’t want to do anything selfish or annoying to your new partner. This is why friends have always told us that you don’t truly know someone until you have been together for three months. Where this rule of thumb began, I don’t have a clue, but when you hit that three month mark, it does seem that you see the real person you are dating.


As time goes by (and from experience it isn’t anywhere near enough time) you both start to get comfortable being around each other, you test the waters, see what you can get away with and maybe don’t really care so much about what you can’t – you’re going to do it anyway. This seems to be when most relationships end, and when the people involved realize they weren’t compatible to begin with. If you think about it, how many boyfriends or girlfriends have you gone out with for a few months, only to find out he or she was a complete idiot? The honeymoon period has ended and you woke up from your Cinderella/Prince Charming dream and saw the person was really a troll instead.


After this period ends, if you’re lucky, you find that you really do want to be with this person. Sure, you have problems. You have probably had a few arguments at this point, some apologies, some good makeup sex, but no relationship is without its problems. There is no perfect fairytale romance where you agree on every subject, never fight, and have sunshine and roses all the time. That would be pretty boring. This is the time when you form a routine, when you can stop wearing sexy lingerie to bed and wear your very unsexy sweatshirt and pajama pants.


It is important, though, to maintain some impulsiveness. Do new things together, and don’t stop doing the things you did in the beginning, like watching old movies in bed with a big bowl of popcorn. Try to surprise your mate with something you know they will like, be creative, don’t take him or her for granted because you think they aren’t going anywhere. And most importantly of all, make sure you talk about problems instead of bottling them.


Usually the things that attracted you to that person in the first place are still there; it’s just that you know more about him or her now and sometimes that might cloud those traits you found so endearing. Keep those traits in mind and try to build on them to make a really great relationship. In marriage sometimes people go on a second honeymoon—no one said that the same idea cannot be applied to dating.

By Matt Wilemon

Bruce BurkhartOn December 7, Bruce Burkart, one of IUSB’s favorite alumni, was awarded the 2007 Indiana University Alumni Association President’s Award for his service and dedication to the community.  The President’s Award was established in 1993 and is only handed out to those who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to their community through volunteer service.

Burkart, now a senior vice president at 1st Source Bank, graduated from IUSB in 1972 with a Bachelor’s degree in business management.  He is a former member of the IUSB Alumni Association board of directors, the IUSB Advisory Board and was the former chairman of the IUSB Alumni Association scholarship program.  Along with his wife Cindy, they have played a critical role in awarding over 137 scholarships and raising over $560,000.

 This is not Burkart’s first award.  In 2000, he earned the Ernestine M. Raclin Leadership Award from 1st Source Bank for his work in the area.  He stays busy working with the Kiwanis Club and has previously been the treasurer of the Camp Fire Girls.  He was also previously the president of Catholic Social Services, and a former board member of the United Health Services and the Diabetes Association of St. Joseph County. 

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.


Protect Yourself

March 26, 2007

Alma D. Gomez
Staff Writer

Crime is everywhere these days and it seems to get closer to home every single day. Therefore, the question is, what can you do to protect yourself? What would you do if an individual approached you with a weapon and asked for your possessions? Would try to fight them or give in? What would you do if you’re being followed or chased? These scenarios could happen anywhere, including on campus. There have been several reports of students being followed, chased, and robbed. Even though we can’t stop things from happening, we can be prepared. Below are 10 things you can do to protect yourself, courtesy of

o Avoid traveling at night, but if you do, travel in well-lit areas. Stay away from dark corners, alleys, and entrances to buildings. Always try to walk on the side of the street nearest oncoming traffic.

o Don’t carry large amounts of money you don’t want to lose. One suggestion would be to carry a second wallet containing a few $1 bills and old credit cards. If confronted with a weapon, give the suspect the second wallet meanwhile concentrating on a physical description to give the police.

o Travel in pairs or larger groups, either male or female. An armed robber is less likely to confront two or more than, an individual.

o Remember these people are very observant, so teach yourself to be observant and seek out who’s watching you suspiciously.

o When waiting for a bus or streetcar, select a well-lit area. Aim for a busy stop where more people will be coming and going.

o Don’t hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.

o Avoid shortcuts through deserted areas such as parks, playgrounds, vacant lots, etc.

o Make sure to park in well-lit areas. When entering your car, be very cautious (someone may be hiding inside) or when leaving your car (someone may be waiting).

o If you must get mace or pepper spray, know how to use it.

o If you are being followed, head for an occupied building such as a bar, restaurant, filling station, fire station, etc.

Remember, your life is the most important thing. Therefore, if confronted, cooperate and never assume they’re bluffing, because this could cost you your life. Campus emergency phones are located all around campus. Below is a map of where they are found. They are also located on each floor of the parking garage adjacent to the elevator lobby. Each phone has a blue light and an emergency phone sign. For more information, visit  
Emergency numbers:

Pay phones

All other campus phones
Campus Security 4239

Off campus

Adam Gallippo
Student Life Editor

There are no major breaks in whether or not the IUSB bookstore will be outsourced by an outside company.

“We’ve been very busy and have been having meetings nearly everyday,” said Vice Chancellor of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, Bill O’Donnell. “We should have more information a little later this month.”

The information that O’Donnell spoke of should be ready by February 23 as that is one of the important deadlines for the outsourcing. The February 23 deadline will determine whether or not the outsourcing will be placed on the spring agenda for discussion and review in March.

If the deadline is not met by those in Bloomington than the outsourcing decision will have to wait until the following school year.

Expect an update from the Preface after February 23 to see if the deadline has been met and new developments on the story.

Peggy Trytko
Staff Writer

In light of the recent conclusion of an international panel of scientists that climate change is real and caused largely by human activity, steps are being taken locally to stem the tide of rising seas, rising temperatures, and shifting weather patterns.

The campus theme for 2007-08 is Sustainable Communities, with faculty, staff, and students sounding the call for a livable environment for themselves and generations to come.

The Sustainable Committee met Friday, February 2 to begin the process of planning events for the coming year.

Sustainability is not just about the environment, according to Deborah Marr, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolution, who opened the meeting. Its reach extends to economics, health, and beyond.

Fifteen people gathered to brainstorm campus events and to think of long-term goals that would build on creating a sustainable environment now. Items considered included transportation, energy, food, materials, water, land use, buildings, and community.

One way of bringing the issue of sustainability to the forefront is to make what is invisible to us visible. For example, what happens when you flick that switch to turn on the lights? Where does that power come from?

Fossil fuels: oil, coal, and natural gas are the primary energy sources for the state of Indiana, and most of it powers electricity and transportation, according to InContext, a publication of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and the Indiana Business Research Center of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Just in the area of transportation, ideas generated included designating days to bike, walk, or take the bus to work and offering incentives, such as credit for parking passes or parking tickets.

A project for computer science students could be to create a Web site or electronic bulletin board where students can create car pools based on location or class schedules. Then, parking spaces could be reserved for car pools.

Familiarize students with riding the bus by getting Transpo to underwrite excursions to the airport, University Park Mall, Erskine Plaza, or downtown South Bend and posting Transpo bus schedules and routes on the IUSB Web site. Also, in the future, allowing students to show their student ID for fare.

Creating a more sustainable community in many cases requires rethinking of old conventions, such as reducing paper by using Oncourse instead of turning in a five-page, doubled-spaced paper with a cover page.

Some ideas require time and expense, such as upgrading new and existing buildings to be more energy efficient.

Whatever transpires on campus, the Committee would like to see it extended into the community. But the next step is to coordinate ideas and map out what will be doable for next year.

Robert L. Francis, Jr.
Staff Writer

A group of University administrators met Friday, January 19 to listen to Jack Plennert, R.A. and John C. Mellor, R.A. of the Architecture Design Group (ADG Inc.) outline their proposed plans for the renovation of the Administrative Building.

The proposal was given using large elaborate floor plan cards on which all-new work was shown explaining how space could be more efficiently used. ADG wants to focus people to the center of the building, consolidating workers from each “school” in their own area saying The Gateway to Excellence can meet all the students’ needs and the students don’t get lost. They also explained that by rearranging the rooms, they would give the departments a sense of “identity”.

According to the handout given to attendees by ADG, the proposed new scope of work would be;

1. Replace existing partitions: Except for the existing utility core, demolish the existing partitions and reconfigure the spaces with new steel stud partitions and systems furniture.

2. Upgrade the M/E/P systems:

A. HVAC systems: Replace combination ceiling light/supply (SA) diffusers with separate lights and SA diffusers. Add variable frequency drives to the supply and return fans in the penthouse. Install additional dual duct mixing boxes to address zoning issues.

B. Electrical systems. The electrical systems are outdated having been designed in 1964. In addition to replacing the combination ceiling/light supply, ADG proposed to add additional receptacles for offices and panels and replace service switchboard and electrical distribution panels.

3. Fire protection systems; a fire alarm system and add fire sprinkler system – currently, only the basement is equipped with sprinklers.

4. Replacement of exterior window sash; Replace the glass, gaskets and aluminum stops only (i.e. the aluminum frames will remain in place). Recommend constructing a mock-up. Replacement of sash only will permit work to be accomplished in phases.

5. Replace granite entry stairs and entry doors; the existing stairs are deteriorating and the existing doors are thermally inefficient and in poor shape.

 6. Clean exterior limestone.

ADG then went on to explain the problems of doing the work when the building was occupied which would include a 12-15% premium paid in labor prices as the work would have to be done after hours and on weekends and the loss of productivity for the occupants (stating that the furniture would have to be constantly rearranged, the noise and dust, etc.) would negatively impact quality of work.

On the other hand, the benefits of working on an unoccupied space would make the work both cheaper and faster. ADG then proposed phased work saying that the benefits of this are:

Work could be performed as money becomes available.
The entire staff does not need to be displaced at one time.
The initial phase could begin on either the first or second floor.

The staff may be temporarily displaced while renovation is underway but may still be with the Associates Building.

Using phased work, they should allow approximately 12-14 weeks elapsed time per floor for renovation work saying the deadline is early spring to mid August.

They concluded saying that the renovations would gain 5-10% more space or offices and offered to give the cost, but Chancellor Reck asked them to discuss that at a later time, asking for time to think about the proposals and so that the Vice Chancellors could speak to their people.

Among those in attendance were Chancellor Una Mae Reck, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Alfred J. Guillaume, Jr., Vice Chancellor Dr. Ilene Sheffer, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Management Jacqueline Caul, Senior Associate University Architect and Director of IUPUI Project Development Gerald “Jerry” Stuff, R.A., and Director of Facilities management Michael A. Prater.

State of the Titans

March 26, 2007

Jason Overholt
Staff Writer

Despite some setbacks and changes, our two basketball teams seem unafraid. In fact, Titans head coach Micah Shrewsberry and Lady Titans head coach Steven T. Bruce think that the future is bright.

We’re playing pretty good defense,” said Shrewsberry. “We’re moving the ball offensively and enjoy playing against the teams that we have been.” On a list of his team’s assets, Jeremy Herring and Hubert Gentry come near the top. “Our opponents really have to concentrate on Jeremy. He gives us threat on the inside,” he said.

Also of note is Gentry’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference statistics. He’s in the top four in almost every category, including the number two spot in scoring. The team in general is leading the conference in field goal and free throw percentages.

“We’re getting good shots and we’re making them, which we weren’t doing so well in the beginning of the year. We’re starting to get a better feel for each other,” said Shrewsberry.

The coach also expressed confidence in his team’s future. “New students and people in the community don’t seem to know a lot about us. We’re kind of an unknown commodity, but as we start to improve ourselves and win games that’s going to change.”

On the other side of the aisle, we have the Lady Titans, who are beginning to thrive despite a tough head coach transition between last March and July. That slack period left them without a coach for about four months, and many of the players left.

“I was a part of the committee that helped hire a new coach, so I felt like a big part of the decision making process,” said Jennifer VanderZanden, who leads the Lady Titans in conference statistics and is second in overall statistics for rebounding. “It was difficult to maintain a positive attitude when the season was approaching and we had no coach and only three players.”

VanderZanden helped to hire Bruce as head coach. She also helped to find the remaining players needed to rebuild the Lady Titans. At present, the team remains small with six eligible players, and three as yet ineligible women that join in practice. This has led to some problems. Exhaustion, injury, and penalty are things that any small team would fear.

The Lady Titans, despite that, seem to be coming together. “We started out and lost our first 12 games; it was a very challenging schedule. As we were learning and growing, we played very challenging games. Since then we’ve won six of our last nine,” said Bruce. “There are talented new players expected to come in for the next year, but that doesn’t mean anyone is giving up on this year. We’re trying to work hard and pull off what people would consider an upset.”

VanderZanden’s opinion about that goal was also clear. “We are a very talented team and feel we can do some damage come tournament time. So keep watching the Lady Titans as they continue to improve.”