Qixin “Kevin” Wang

The IUSB Academic Integrity Survey was the major topic of discussion at the IUSB Academic Senate on January 18. At the meeting, Dr. Eugene Shrader, a senate member of the Teaching Committee, said that our Teaching Committee, as well as all the faculty members, should focus on maintaining the academic integrity of our campus. Also, it was pointed out that the faculty members should be confident enough to deal with the students’ academic integrity issues.

Presenting on behalf of Senate Committee on teaching, University Center for Excellence in Teaching (UCET), Dr. Shrader claimed that the purpose of the presentation was to present the results of faculty survey conducted on academic integrity issues related to students and classroom management. Shrader pointed out that the reason why the senate should focus on this issue was that it was necessary for the faculty members to be aware of improving our academic quality of recommendation. According to the Academic Integrity Survey, during 2005-2006, there were 17 incidents involved in cheating and plagiarizing on our campus. Reports showed that among 1800 students from nine state universities, 70% of them admitted cheating on at least one exam, 84% admitted cheating on at least one assignment, and 52% admitted plagiarizing outside recourses at least once. Thus, the Senate should consider if it was worth pursuing the standardization of student education.

Shrader stated that the goals of the Teaching Committee is “to find a best way to make teachers aware of both the nature and prevalence of the issues involved in academic integrity,” and the Teaching Committee wanted to “take the pulse” on these issues. Our committee still sees some general patterns worth reporting and basing recommendations on. He gave his recommendations that our faculty members uses every  available resource, and make a video of UCET presentation online, leaving
no opportunities for students to ask others for help. He suggested that faculty members
should make use of the UCET training program. Further discussion continued to get involved
in questions such as “how to make a balance between using outside resources while avoiding
violation of academic integrity” and “how to address the policy on academic integrity in the
syllabus.”

In addition to academic integrity issues based on Committee reports, in the new
business section, Mary Basolo Kunzer was nominated from the floor to fill Executive
Committee position. Finally, Chancellor Reck announced that the Legacy Award winner
went to Alumni Association member Cyndy Searfoss.

The next monthly Academic Senate Meeting will be held on February 15, and  then March 28. 

SeaChange: Reversing the Tide

February 27, 2008

By Kristen Bailey

Whales sing.  They sing loud and long and beautifully.  After the performance by Roger Payne and Lisa Barrow, entitled “Sea Change: Reversing the Tide,” one audience member exclaimed, “That was the most amazing thing I have ever heard.  I could listen to that all day…go to sleep to it.  Where can I find those recordings?”

Reactions such as hers, one of being reached deeply and of feeling a profound connection to the natural world is just one of many the performance was designed to elicit.

According to the writers/performers, the presentation was created to relate the idea that humans are a part of the natural world, no matter how removed daily life is from the rhythms of the seasons or the whales’ songs.  In fact, this connection is what is necessary to compel humans to act to make positive change in the world.  They argue that “our survival requires that we attend not just to our own wellbeing, but also to the wellbeing of the entire web of life.”

In his introduction, Vice Chancellor Guillaume spoke of the need for people to understand that taking care of the environment is taking care of ourselves.  He hoped that the performance would “…teach us and remind us of our responsibility to Mother Earth,” and that he hoped the audience would leave “thinking more deeply“ about what they can do.

Living in a responsible manner that will care for the Earth – this is a pretty tall order when you think about it.  Lisa Barrow especially felt the reaction of “What Can I Do?” in response to the facts of pollutions, loss of habitat, and global warming can make individual efforts seem pointless.  In response, she did something.  Not only did she and Roger Payne create a “performance [that] uses science and poetry to examine the problems that face the earth,” she wrote a book and companion web site that can guide individuals in their search for what to do entitled What Can I Do?

Apparently, there are a lot of people at IU South Bend and in the Michiana area who care, and who wanted to know what to do and to think more deeply about environmental issues.  It was standing room only for the performance last week on January 15.

It was only about five minutes into the performance that it first happened.  Whale songs.  Loud whale songs.  They filled the room, bouncing off the walls and around and inside the heads of the listeners and into their hearts, connecting everyone present to some of the most primal sounds on the planet.

The songs transported the audience to another world, a separate reality from human life but a world existing on this planet that is shared with whales, plants, cats, and insects of all shapes and sizes.  Each life has value, and each plays a central role in the “web of life” that once disturbed or its threads broken, the connections begin to dissolve and interdependences that may not have been known or realized before are suddenly, soberly, apparent.

As modern society invents, builds and develops homes, chemicals, and materials the effects of each disturbance or creation are largely unexamined.  As Payne and Barrow bluntly put it, “we are pillars of ignorance supporting a house of cards.”

Although hard facts and depressing and shocking ideas were shared, they were interspersed with poetry.  These uplifting interludes served to highlight hopes and dreams and provided inspiration for deeper meditation on the issues.  They also served to question more deeply the disconnection between modern society and the natural world and the effects that might have on the natural world.  A portion of the poem “Mother Earth, Her Whales” by Gary Snyder serves this point:

How can the head-heavy power hungry politic scientist  

Government                  two-world        Capitalist-Imperialist

Third-world                  Communist       paper-shuffling male

Non-farmer                  jet-set   bureaucrats

Speak for the green of the leaf?  Speak for the soil?

They followed this poem by saying that we live in a world ruled by denial.  It is difficult to act on the most serious of matters, and many choose to do nothing at all in face of problems.  They could not let anyone sit in this denial without some egging on to act, and they urged through a poem by Robyn Sarah that audience members not be “Riveted” in their frozen wonderment of the situation.  After all, as Edmund Burke has said, “Nobody did worse than he who did nothing for fear he could only do a little.

The “Sea Change” performance was educational, enlightening and inspiring.  There are ways to feel connected, to reflect creatively on the role of people as part of the planet.  The performers insist that all people help solve the problems humanity face.  They urged listeners to take issues of sustainability seriously, as Payne stated:“Think of the difference we could make if we decided that nature is important….Sustainability is not about deprivation.  It is about doing things smarter and better, living restoratively, peacefully, sustainably.

Roger Payne is a scientist, and Lisa Barrow is an actress.  Through two separate fields they brought together threads of truth and insight.  Together, they wove a story of humans destructive powers on the planet together with the power of possibility and positive action.  It is a beautiful story of hope and renewal and rejuvenation.  It is a true story with a role for all people to take a part in acting out.  The role each person takes need not be grungy or despairing.  It can, in fact be a beautiful and uplifting experience, as evidenced by the efforts and message of the Sea Change event.  As Payne said in informal discussions held after the presentation with audience members, “I think beauty can save the world.  In fact, I think it is the only thing that will.”

To learn more about the performance the issues raised and for a complete list of poems utilized to highlight points throughout, go to www.seachangeinstitute.org.

For Lisa Barrow’s book/action guide entitled What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living, go to: www.whatcanidousa.org.

For whale songs, try listening at www.whalesong.net.

Pardon our dust

February 27, 2008

By Jenn Zellers

The Administration Building is getting a much needed facelift. In December, offices on the second floor moved out in preparation for the first phase of the remodeling project of the entire Administration Building.

The offices affected by the remodeling are the School of Business and Economics, the Alumni Office and the Office of Special Events. Those offices have moved temporarily to the Associates Building on Ruskin Street, behind the Administration Building.

The project will cost $2.8 million according to a South Bend Tribune article dated December 22, 2007. The funding consists of $1.5 million from Indiana University and $1.3 million from private donations.

According to Ken Baierl, Director of Communications for IU South Bend, “The renovation project is currently being funded by a mix of university funds and private donations. The intent is to replace the university funds with future private contributions.” 

The building was in need of remodeling according to Baierl. “The Administration Building opened in 1964 as the headquarters for the Associates Corporation and has not had a major renovation since. The building is in need of upgrades in electrical, heating, and cooling,” he said.Baierl said that the project also includes re-configured offices and hallways and renewal of the of the lobby, staircase and meeting rooms. 

This is the beginning of a nine-phase project to revamp the entire Administration Building. The entire project will take seven months to complete. The architecture design is by ADG, Inc of South Bend and the project will be bided out in February for the construction phase. 

By Qixin “Kevin” Wang

 

Shooting 27-of-29 from the line, Lady Titans defeated visiting Lady Saints 92-82 last Tuesday by dominating the free throws, and taking full advantages of the bonus. Cortney Flanigan, the former Eastern Hancock High standout from Valparaiso, led the Lady Titans with a game-high 26 points, including 14-of -14 from the free throw line. Eva Comans and Jennifer VanderZanden both added 15.

 

Coming out of a thrilling victory over Campbellsville University (KY) on January 11th, the Titans are now ranked top on both rebound margin/game and scoring defense in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The visiting Lady Saints from University of Saint Francis had just won over Hannibal La-Grange 92-49 on January 5, the 2006-2007 season series, Lady Saints swept Titans both home and away. Therefore, it was very interesting to take a look at what these two teams would bring up.

As usual, Coach Steve Bruce put Cortney Flanigan and Niki McDonald on the starting backcourt. Senior swingman Abbey Freeman and forward Jennifer VanderZanden made up the front court, and centre Eva Comans would be inside.

 

Both team played hard on defense after the tip-off, and the pace of the game kept going fast. The Titans had not been fully prepared for the tough D placed on them at the beginning and made some turnovers. Obviously, they need to find a better way to enter the game as soon as possible, especially when being faced with situations like some hard defense. Iva Comans made 2-2 from the line and initiated the scoreboard. Niki McDonald found her touch very quickly and hit two three point shots from downtown, giving the Titans a 10-5 opening. The Lady Saints seemed focused too much on defense and could not find an easy way to hit the basket. Freeman’s three pointer, as well as reserve Forward Katie Hacker’s mid-range bucket forced the Lady Saints to call their first full timeout with 12:50 to go in the first period.  VanderZanden made three straight baskets, including a three-point play by taking it strong. Flanigan began to find her touch on the perimeter, when she hit a three from baseline and expanded the lead to double digit for the first time, 29-17. While focusing on playing good defense, the Lady Saints began to make breakthroughs on the three-point line. Thanks to the poor shooting percentage of the opponents, the Titans kept up expanding their lead by making some easy lay-ups during transition. Comans and VanderZanden protected the rebound very well, the Titans benefited a lot and scored in some fastbreaks. Freeman’s bank shot closed the first period, Titans led 47-31.

 

In the second period, the Lady Titans still kept their hand hot while the Saints lost their energy in defense. Comans and VanderZanden kept attacking the basket and gave the Lady Saints enough pressure in the paint. Their reserve centre Graham seemed to provide little help except fouls, giving bonus to the Titans. After a 30 second timeout, the Saints found their passion on defense again and rallied to catch up with the score. However, the Titans had solved their problems on turnovers as well as stamina by adjusting the line-up based on the situation. The Lady Saints were once close when they cut their deficit to 10 points with 5:57 left in the second period, but could not get closer. In the last few minutes, the Saints’ fouling strategy did not bother the Titans, the game ended with ease. 92-82, the Lady Titans won a second straight home game. Freeman had four three-pointers for the Titans, McDonald added three, and Flanigan contributed two.

 

The next game will be on the road trip on Saturday, January 19, the opponent is Olivet Nazarene University.

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. 

Has winter gotten you down?

February 27, 2008

By Jenn Zellers

The winter weather got you down? Go outside and have a snowball fight with your friends or kids. It’ll make you feel better. Well, maybe not getting pummeled by a snowball or two, but just getting outside will help.

Jokes aside, the winter blahs can be a serious health issue. The winter months, especially in the north, wreak havoc with our bodies. The shortened days, lack of sunlight and the overall gloomy weather makes some people want to hibernate until spring. 

According to Laura Hieronymus, Director of the Health and Wellness Center, “Most people feel blue and sad around this time of the year because they’re spending so much time inside and the cold weather and the lack of sunlight, that and the general lack of exercise,” all lead to an overall blah feeling during the winter months.

The winter blahs shouldn’t be confused with a more serious health condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a depressive disorder that occurs most often during January and February each year.

In a newsletter published by the University of Virginia, 25% of the population experience at least a mild form of SAD and it usually starts to effect people during their twenties with 75% of SAD sufferers being women.

In an article published in “You Magazine,” January 2008, SAD is the lack of sunlight in our lives and is more common with people who live in northern areas.

Hieronymus explains that some of the symptoms of SAD are having trouble getting out of bed, being teary-eyed and having trouble completing work.

To cope with SAD, Hieronymus offers some helpful suggestions. “Spend as much time outdoors as possible and to get sunlight on your skin. Sunlight plays a big role. So things like walking, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing—anything that gets you out into the daylight is good.”

Hieronymus also suggests going to bed and getting up at the same time each day will help set your internal clock and get your sleep schedule on a set schedule. She also says that exercising is the best way to help cope with this time of the year. “Exercising stretches the muscles and releases a chemical into the bloodstream that makes one feel better.”The SAC offers a variety of fitness programs through the semester for $2 each session or $35 for a semester pass. There are also classes offered for credit such as dance and yoga that will fulfill the general health and wellness requirement. 

Atonement: A Review

February 27, 2008

By Rob O’Connor

 

Atonement is the jewel in the crown of one of the greatest years for film in recent history.  It just won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Drama), and rightfully so. In terms of acting, writing and cinematography, it is flawless. And I say without a hint of hyperbole that it is the best movie made in the past three years.

 

Atonement is the story of a young girl named Bryony, who alters the futures of her older sister, played by Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean), and her lover, played by James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland), when she accuses him of raping her cousin. The first half of the story is told by juxtaposing her perspective during the fateful evening with that of her older sister. The two points of view are masterly interwoven in a manner that almost begs to be compared to Kurosawa’s masterpiece, Rashomon. The story then takes the main characters through World War II as star-crossed lovers, Knightly and McAvoy attempt to make a future together despite their sordid past, and Bryony attempts to atone for her sins.

 

When watching Atonement, one of the first things that leaps out at you is how beautifully it is shot. Director Joe Wright painstakingly composed and choreographed each shot, and it comes through on the screen. One scene, in particular, on the beach as the British army is waiting to be evacuated from France, is the kind of scene that film school wet dreams are made of. Wright’s style, which seems inspired by, and almost rivals that of Ang Lee or Terrence Malick, is quite deliberate, and each shot seems almost like a portrait in its painstaking composition.

 

Knightly seems to be maturing as an actress, and puts in a great performance. However, the one who steals most of the scenes is McAvoy, who has finally been given a vessel in which to prove that he is possibly the most talented newcomer in Hollywood.

 

From start to finish, Atonement is near perfect at every turn. It should be on the short list for the Oscar for Best Motion Picture, and after nabbing the top honor at the Golden Globe, it is the heavy favorite to win.

 

Grade: A

By Qixin “Kevin” Wang  It is definitely cool if you want to rescue yourself from things that bother, especially on campus. That’s why I hit the Grille and caught a piece of “solid acoustic sound as well as a sultry, unforgettable voice,” as is described on http://www.jessicasonner.com. Jessica Sonner played on campus on January 15, and took control of the audience’s feelings.

Sonner grew up in Denver, moved to Indiana, and got a degree in music business from Anderson University. She started touring the country with her guitar and has just finished her second album. The musician has been devoting her heart to singing to people who share their feelings with her through her music. That’s why you might get your heart captured. At this moment, your mind might even be rescued from annoying papers and rent. Sonner’s distinctive voice and fantastic songs convince you that her hooks are on the spot, and you will probably sing along after your first listen.

Currently, she is bringing her voice to several places in Illinois and Indiana.So if you’ve got a chance, and want to rescue your soul a little bit more, don’t miss it.

For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/jessicasonner and http://www.jessicasonner.com

 

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.