Sleep-out raises awareness - Indiana University Southeast

Sleep-out raises awareness - Indiana University Southeast


I n d i a n a U n i v e r s i t y S o u t h e a s t


Week of April 20, 2009 Volume 63, Issue 24




to SGA


Staff Writer

The Student Government

ssociation was addressed

by Dining Services Thursday,

April 16.

Vice Chancellor of Administrative

Affairs Dana Wavle

and Director of Dining Services

Ernie Gionis presented

SGA with some of the findings

from the recent Food

Services Survey.

Wavle said they will be

changing the hours for The

IUS Food Court, University

Grounds and The Library

Bistro. Gionis and Wavle

both said they agreed the

new hours were to help make

food cost more affordable to

the students.

“It’s just not profitable to

have [Dining Services] open

on Sundays,” Gionis said. “It

takes $190 to open up for the

day, and when we only make

$38 for the day we can’t be

more affordable.”

Wavle explained they are

orking on making food

rovided for student orgaizations

more reasonably

riced. Wavle said it has

been hard because they had

to work with an area that was

already established and not

designed for them. However,

they are looking to the future

and it is taking time to transform

to a commuter campus.

In the meeting’s unfinished

business, the T-shirt

Bill was passed after going

into emergency status. The

bill allots $248 for T-shirts for

the SGA senators and was

passed into emergency status

so the shirts would arrive before

the end of the semester.

Melissa Lamanna, SGA

press secretary, authored

the bill and said each T-shirt

would cost approximately


Greg Roberts, Arts and

Letters academic adviser,

said volunteering at graduation

to hand out bottled water

to the graduates would

be a good time to wear the


In other business, Candice

Boudreaux became SGA

technology officer by acclamation.

The tech officer is

esponsible for the Web site,

unning the projector during

eetings and other technical


Probationary Senator Lesie

Drury proposed the duties

f each committee be posted

or the benefit of the Student

ody. She also offered her

ervices to the new tech ofcer.

Drury said she would

ike to be the tech officer if

he weren’t probationary.

James Bonsall, SGA presient,

suggested the creation

f a new position, Director of

ustainability, to be filled by

ee Allen. Allen would be reponsible

for coming up with

ays for SGA to help the IUS

ampus decrease energy use,

undraise for the greening efort,

environment issues and

ould also work with the

GA President when talking

o the administration. Bonall

said it wouldn’t be a paid


“I would refuse any kind

See SGA, Page 2

Sleep-out raises awareness

Photo by Jerod Clapp

Students build boxes

to sleep in for Barricade

of Boxes on Wednesday,

April 15.

Students and faculty

volunteered to sleep outdoors

to gain awareness

about the homeless from

6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

There were two guest

speakers. One was

previously homeless,

who spoke to the group

about what it’s like to be

homeless and what can

be done to help. This was

followed by the movie,

The Pursuit of Happiness.

The event was organized

by two students,

Erin Carlisle and Emily

King. They want to start

a new organization called

Student United Way,

with the help from Metro

United Way and faculty

and staff support.

Forum discusses same-sex marriage


Staff Writer

The Civil Liberties Union

held their spring forum

April 9, where they discussed

same-sex marriages.

A large crowd gathered to

listen in the IUS Library.

One of the speakers,

Kathy Sarris, president of Indiana

Equality, said people

in legislative positions know

the legalization of same-sex

marriages will happen eventually.

“Politicians need to hear

from people [about samesex

marriages],” Sarris said.

“They know it’s inevitable.”

When the CLU picked April

9, back in December, to hold

the forum, they did not

know same-sex marriages

would be in the news.

The issue was recently

in the news April 3, when

Iowa’s Supreme Court announced

it would begin to

issue marriage licenses to






Staff writer

Lt. General Robert G.

Gard Jr. and Col. William

Hauser gave a presentation

on U.S. Nuclear

weapons policy April 10

in University Center, room

122, to a crowd of more

than 25.

The presentation comes

shortly after President

Barack Obama announced

the United States is encouraging

all relevant nations

to disband their nuclear

arsenals during his

trip to Europe.

Both Gard and Hauser

served as career army officers

during the Cold

A group of people gather for the IUS CLU discussion on same-sex marriage.

same-sex couples because

they decided a ban on samesex

marriages violated the

Lt. Gen. Robert G. Gard

War. Gard is currently the

chairman of the board of

directors for The Center

for Arms Control and Nuclear


Hauser is a member of

The Council on Foreign

Relations, a non-partisan

think-tank based in Washington

D.C. and New


Both Gard and Hauser

said the United States is

facing a more tumultuous

threat from nuclear

weapons with the advent

of terrorism than we faced

against a conventional

See Nuclear, Page 2


Staff Writer

A contract to bring the first

online plagiarism prevention

service,, to IU

Southeast was awarded at the

end of the fall 2008 semester,

with services set to begin by

the start of summer session I.

Katherine Wigley, instructional

designer at the Institute

for Learning and Teaching

Excellence, said Turnitin.

com is a resource for faculty

and students to screen academic

papers for plagiarism.

“For students, it’s a great

tool to check citation references

in papers,” she said.

“ is going to

highlight the section of quoted


Students can then compare

the originality report

they receive to their works

cited or references page to

ensure that proper citation

was given.

Originality reports calculate

the percentage of the

paper that is allegedly plagiarized

after comparing it

Photo by Mary Lyons

equal-protection clause of

Iowa’s constitution.

On Tuesday, April 7, Vermont’s

state legislature overrode

a veto of a bill legalizing

same-sex marriage.

to billions of pages of content

in the Turnitin and IU databases.

The reports also include

an anonymous copy of the

material suspected of being


For faculty, it can be used

to compare a paper suspected

of containing plagiarism.

“Often times, it’s obvious

when a paper seems suspicious

because it’s not in a

student’s voice,” Wigley said.

“They can use Turnitin to see

if it was plagiarized.”

She said it was also a tool

for faculty to teach students

the proper way to cite papers

and paraphrase.

“At IU, there’s definitely a

commitment to use the tool

slanted much more toward

student learning,” she said.

Before the new contract

was awarded, IU Southeast

had a discount agreement


“It was based on our fulltime

student enrollment

numbers,” Wigley said. “So,

it made it cost prohibitive for

us to purchase it for our campus.”

On the same day the

Washington, D.C., City

Council voted 12-0 in favor

of recognizing the marriages

of same-sex couples who

were married in other states.

These events were frequently

mentioned or referenced

in the discussion along

with Proposition Eight.

Proposition Eight is an

initiative that amended the

California constitution to

ban same-sex marriage.

There were four speakers

at the discussion, includeding

Linda Gugin, professor

of political science, Michael

Aldridge, executive director

of The ACLU of Kentucky,

Gil Holmes, interim executive

director of The ACLU of

Indiana, and Sarris.

Gugin talked about relevant

background information

pertaining to how initiatives

like Proposition Eight

get started.

Gugin described initiative

See Forum, Page 2

Web site tracks plagiarism

IU Bloomington negotiated

the contract that brought

the services to each satellite

campus for three years.

“We don’t know what’s

going to happen after the

third year,” Wigley said, “but

I suspect it’ll be renewed.” wasn’t made

available during the current

semester because the

IUS administration wanted

to ensure faculty were properly

trained on its use and

students were aware of its


Faculty members choosing

to use it are asked, but not required,

to include information

about the service in the

syllabus that they give students

on the first day of class.

“We consider the syllabus

to be a contract of sorts,”

Wigley said. “It lets you

know what the instructor

has in store for you [and] we

want Turnitin to be like that.”

Colleges and universities

have the option of allowing

papers they submit to be

stored in the

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Experts say terrorism still a threat

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enemy during the Cold War.

“During the Cold War, we

had thousands of weapons

on alert pointing at the Soviet

Union, and they had thousands

of weapons pointing

at the United States,” Gard

said. “Had there been an exchange,

it would have obliterated

both sides if not the

entire world.”

Web site

Continued from Page 1

of payment for doing something

like this,” Allen said.

The creation of the position

was voted down.

The vote on the Election

Contestation Modification

Bill was postponed.

Currently, elections are

contested by obtaining the

signatures of five students,

— even if they are SGA members

— who voted in the election

who agree to contest the

election and presenting those

Despite this ominous

doomsday scenario, Gard

said the risk of the United

States being attacked with

a nuclear weapon has increased

partly because of a

deterioration of Russian advanced

warning and command

and control systems.

“Each of us still keeps

about 2,000 weapons on high

alert, pointed at, and ready to

be launched on warning of an

Plagiarism may

become harder

Continued from Page 1

database where they can be

used by other institutions to

screen for plagiarism.

IU Southeast chose the option

to have their submitted

papers stored exclusively in

the IU database which means

that only IU campuses will

be able to view them for comparison.

While is

meant to be a faculty and

student resource, not all students

will have access.

Only students whose professors

have chosen to use the

service to supplement their

class will be able to check

their papers for plagiarism.

Wigley said students that

find themselves in a class

where it is not being used can

ask their respective professors

to make it available.

“For the most part, students

don’t have an account

until their instructors create

it,” she said.

The service will not automatically

be available to

every student because it will

be used primarily as a faculty


“Because it’s a faculty

tool and because it’s a classroom

resource, those are faculty

decisions,” Wigley said.

“They get to decide how their

classes are run.”

Students will still be required

to use the style guides

and, if it is available, should

not rely on to

avoid plagiarizing someone

else’s work.

“Before there was Turnitin,

there was no use of Turnitin,”

Wigley said.

“The onus is absolutely on

the student to submit good


Leigh Ann Meyer, director

of the Writing Center, is


piloting during

her summer writing courses

to get an idea of its effectiveness.

She said faculty should

use it to educate students

on the importance of properly

citing sources instead of

strictly as a tool to catch those

that plagiarize.

“A lot of times plagiarism

is accidental,” she said.

“We’re going to use Turnitin.

com in a positive way.”

Robert Lennartz, assistant

professor of psychology, and

Yu Shen, professor of history,

said they use Google to check

any suspicious papers for

plagiarism and will probably

use when it becomes


“I don’t know a lot about

it,” Lennartz said, “but it

sounds like it’s potentially


“It will be good to check

for originality,” Shen said.

James Bonsall , Student

Government Association

president, said the issue was

concerning to students and

there wasn’t enough education

on plagiarism.

“At least they’re doing

it the right way,” he said.

“They’re letting students

know and giving them a

chance to correct their mistakes.”

Robert McGonnell, MBA

student, had a skeptical outlook

on the service.

“It could be helpful to

those that have the intent of

not plagiarizing,” he said.

“Those that want to will turn

a blind eye to it.”

Student and faculty surveys

will be conducted during

the spring 2010 semester

to get feedback on the service

which will then be used to reevaluate

policies and procedures.

Future election

date may change

signatures to the chief justice

within five days of the election.

However, the election is

held the week before spring

break, which means the time

period to contest the election

falls during spring break.

The bill would modify the

five day period in the bylaw

to five academic days.

The postponement will

allow for a rewrite to clarify

which election and how to

handle getting the information

to the chief justice.

So long!

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incoming attack on the other

country,” Gard said.

Gard said while highly unlikely,

misinformation could

lead to these weapons being

launched, but the more pertinent

threat, and probably the

greatest we face according to

Gard, is the desire of terrorists

to steal, buy or build, and

ultimately detonate a nuclear


“That wasn’t an issue at


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processes as a citizen-driven

process and they are usually

more common in western

states since they are more


“$83 million was spent

on both sides of Proposition

Eight,” Gugin said. “That

was the most money spent

on a campaign in 2008 besides

the presidential campaign.”

She also said Proposition

Eight was a battle among interest


“Almost a mirror image

of those who were for it was

against it,” Gugin said.

Those who were in favor

of the proposition were

churchgoers, like Evangelicals

and Catholics and couples

with children.

Gugin also said the

people who were against

the proposition were nonchurchgoers,

lesbians and


Aldridge spoke on the

differences between a constitutional

amendment and


He also said the reason

some were challenging the

Proposition Eight was because

some believed it was

more of a revision than an


Aldridge went on to say

that it’s rather hard for a

government to recognize

same-sex marriage and then

take it back.

He said the California

court is struggling with

what are inalienable rights

and what are not.

“There has to be a limit to

the power of the majority on

minorities,” Aldridge said.

Sarris said Proposition

Eight failed for a variety of


Some of which included

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the time of the Cold War,

but it certainly is now,” Gard


“Take it on faith, they’re

after one, and they would

like to use it.”

Gard then proposed another

doomsday scenario to

the crowd.

“Consider the unthinkable;

the detonation of a

crude, 10 kiloton nuclear

weapon on Manhattan Island,”

Gard said. “It would

kill 1 million people and render

that area uninhabitable

for centuries.”

Houser noted our current

armed forces are overworked

and, in some part, staffed insufficiently.

To fix this, Houser suggested

the United States draft

young men and women to

supplement the ranks of the

armed forces.

Gay marriage discussed

the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual

and transgender communities

didn’t campaign in

Spanish and African-American

communities to get their


“It was a matter of them

not doing their leg work and

expecting people to do the

right thing.”

The four speakers also

took questions from the

large crowd in attendance.

Peter Clark, president of

the CLU, said this was the

largest turnout the CLU has

ever had for their spring forum.

Julie Bland, CLU events

coordinator, said there were

127 people in attendance at

the forum.

The speakers took questions

concerning the arguments

against same-sex

marriage and legislation in

Indiana concerning samesex-marriage.


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Week of April 20, 2009 Sports The Horizon • Page 3

IUS women’s tennis tames Tigers

OP LEFT: Brooklyn Becher, sophomore tennis player, attempts a backhand at the net during the match against the Campbellsville University Tigers.

Photos by Patrick Emmert

OTTOM LEFT: Britta Oliver, junior tennis player, returns a shot during the Campbellsville match.

IGHT: Abby Enteman, sophomore tennis player, serves during the Campbellsville University match. The Grenadiers won the match 8-1, improving their record to 13-3 overall and

-0 in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Grenadiers sweep Midway Eagles

Photos by Meagan Scott

TOP LEFT: Rachel Ferguson, freshman third base, asks the umpire for a little more time during her at-bat against Midway College on Friday, April 17 at the Koetter Baseball Sports


BOTTOM LEFT: Allie Alford, freshman outfielder, rounds first after hitting a single against Midway.

RIGHT: Paige Dickey, senior outfielder, runs to first after hitting a ball against the Eagles. The Grenadiers swept the Midway University Eagles on Friday, April 17, to improve their

overall record to 20-19 and 10-3 in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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plays against Oakland City

University on April 21 at the

IUS tennis courts. The game

starts at 4:30 p.m.

April 23 at the Children’s


• • •

hildren’s Center



Children at the Children’s

enter will parade around

ampus to make people

ware of the Week of the

oung Child.

It starts at 10:30 a.m. on

onday, April 20, beginning

t the Children’s Center and

ontinuing through campus.

To take part in the parade,

ontact the Children’s Center

t 812-941-2402.

• • •

Softball Against


The IUS softball team

lays against Asbury College

n April 20, at the IUS softball

eld. The first game starts at

p.m. and the second starts

t 5 p.m.

• • •

Baseball Against

Alice Lloyd

The IUS baseball team

lays against Alice Lloyd

ollege on April 20 at the IUS

aseball field. The first game

tarts at 2 p.m. and the secnd

starts at 4:30 p.m.

St. Jude Trike-a-


The Children’s Center is

aking in pledges to benefit

he children of St. Jude Chilren’s


The children will ride triycles

and learn about bicyle


It starts at 9 a.m. on April

1 at the Children’s Center.

• • •

Baseball Against

Lindsey Wilson

The IUS baseball team

lays against Lindsey Wilon

College on April 21 at the

US baseball field. The game

tarts at noon.

• • •

Men’s Tennis

Against Oakland


The IUS men’s tennis team

Men’s Tennis



The IUS men’s tennis team

plays against Bellarmine University

on April 22 at the IUS

tennis courts. The game starts

at 4:30 p.m.

• • •

Children’s Center

Balloon Race

The children at the Children’s

Center will release

balloons with cards attached

to see how far they go.

The children will also

present a handmade Derby

hat to Chancellor Sandra Patterson-Randles

after the balloon


It starts at 11 a.m. on April

22 at the Children’s Center.

• • •

Sex Therapy


Shely Steinbech is a guest

speaker at this “Lunch and

Learn” event hosted by the

Psychology Club and Psi


It starts at 12:15 p.m. on

April 22 in University Center

North, room 127.

• • •




Camino Flamenco is a

professional flamenco dance

company which promotes

the Spanish culture through

performances and community


It starts at 8 p.m. on April

22 in the Hoosier Room.

Children Center’s

Safety Day

Local emergency response

departments will be

at the center to display their

vehicles, talk to the children

and provide information

about what services they perform.

It starts at 10:30 a.m. on


Film Series

“Horloge Biologique,”

which means “dodging the

clock,” is a film from Quebec

about the decision-making

process as age begins to

weigh more heavily on a person’s


It follows three middleaged

men and their instincts.

It starts at 7:30 p.m. on

April 23 in University Center

North, room 127.

• • •

Pike Waterfront


The men of Pi Kappa Alpha

are hosting games of ultimate

frisbee and football at

Louisville Waterfront Park.

The games start at 9:30 p.m.

on April 23.

Children’s Center


The Children’s Center

concludes their celebration

for the Week of the Young

Child with a picnic.

The children at the center

will have a picnic, including

other events focusing on the

Kentucky Derby, at the IUS


A mock Derby event will

take place, including boat

races, wearing their homemade

Derby hats and horse

races with stick horses.

It starts at 10:30 a.m. on

April 24 at the IUS Lake.

• • •

Fine Arts Open


The Fine Arts Department

is hosting an open house. The

event will feature student

art work and live music. Refreshments

will be provided.

It lasts from 5 to 8 p.m. on

April 24 in Knobview, room




The IUS Library is hosting

a study roundtable for

students preparing for final

exams. Food, drinks and a

study area will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored

by the Center for Mentoring

and the Office of Equity and


The food and drinks are

available from 6 to 9 p.m. in

the third floor reading gallery

of the IUS Library on

April 27 and April 28.

• • •

Flower the Tower

Get a carnation to place

on the clock tower in Mc-

Cullough Plaza for good luck

on final exams. It lasts from

April 20 to April 23.

If weather is bad, it will

take place in The Commons.

• • •

Campus Smile


Get a smiley goody bag

for finals week. It starts on

Thursday, April 23, in The


• • •

IUS Theatre

Performs ‘The


The IUS Theatre Departments

is hosting a comedy

show called “The Nerd.”

The performances from

April 23 to April 25 start at

8 p.m. The performance on

Sunday, April 26, starts at

2:30 p.m. All showings are in

the Robinson Theater of the

Ogle Center.

Taste of Derby


The Kentucky Derby Festival

is hosting “Taste of Derby

Festival.” It features signature

dishes from more than

65 of Louisville’s restaurants

and beverage companies.

There is also a bourbon-tasting,

a Bloody Mary contest,

wine tasting and a silent auction.

Tickets are $75.

It lasts from 5:30 to 8:30

p.m. at Louisville Slugger

Field on Tuesday, April 21.

• • •

Chow Wagon

The Derby Festival Waterfront

Chow Wagon features

carnival-style cuisine, drinks

and live music and will feature

more than 20 live concerts.

The Chow Wagon lasts

from Thursday, April 23, to

Friday, May 1, at Louisville

Waterfront Park. It begins at

11 a.m. and goes until 11 p.m.

Monday through Saturday. It

Photo by Mary Lyons

These ceramic babies were made with plaster molds by Ashley Bell, ceramics junior.

The babies are part of an installation piece that represents the number of people killed

in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bell said she had a friend who did three separate tours overseas,

which she drew her inspiration from.

lasts from noon to 11 p.m. on

Sunday, April 26.

• • •

Pajama Party

The Kentucky Derby Festival

is hosting a pajama party

on April 24. Participants are

encouraged to wear pajamas.

It lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. on

Thursday, April 23, at Ri Ra’s

at 4th Street Live in Louisville.

• • •

Great Balloon


The Great Balloon Race is

hosted by the Kentucky Derby

Festival. It features about

50 balloons racing for first

place. Weather permitting,

it starts at 7 a.m. on Friday,

April 24, and Saturday, April

25, at the Kentucky Exposition


• • •

Derby Marathon

The Kentucky Derby Festival

is hosting a marathon and

mini-marathon on April 25,

at 7:30 a.m.

The race starts at Southern

Parkway at Iroquois Middle

School, and goes to the finish

line at Market and Sixth

Street in Louisville.

To submit material for the

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The Horizon at 812-941-2253

or e-mail, us at horizon@ius.

edu. Events should be submitted

one week in advance.

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Week of April 20, 2009 Opinions The Horizon • Page 5

University advertises

wrong talking points

Well, guys, I’m finally out

of your hair.

But not before I have one

last opportunity to try to

make a point. So, with one

final battle cry, here it comes.

I know I’ve already ady ar-

gued this, but some

topics just need a

little more emphasis.

Something this

university hasn’t

made a habit of,

though, is emphasizing

what deserves extra


The marketing of this

campus has improved over

the last year or so, but I can’t

help but feel it’s misguided.

Last week, I talked about

how no one really cares about

the Core Values, Mission and

Vision Statements plastered

all over campus. They’re the

same droning words every

university has and they mean

just as little abroad as they do


There’s nothing unique

about these concepts, which

makes them easy to miss

when choosing a college.

Sure, the university has

grown with residence halls

and the improvement of

some of the buildings here,

but all that says to me is there

was more money coming to

the school. Big deal.

Even with the fun aspects

they try to advertise, it all

seems off-target. Last Friday,

some students were video

taped playing Frisbee for

Public Relations. They’re not

even the ones who actually

play the game from week to

week, and it shows.

I’ve spent six years here

[yes, six], and nothing

pumped out of the school’s

various incantations of Public

Relations has inspired me

in the least. Never have I recited

the Core Values when

I talk about IU Southeast. I

don’t talk about how the Mission

Statement has affected

my education, nor do I mention

how the Vision Statement

gives me hope for the

direction of this campus.

Rather, I always talk about

how the faculty has an unbelievable

willingness to help

students succeed in the real

world. If it weren’t for my

professors and other staff

members here, I wouldn’t

have a portfolio of real-world

work. They’ve helped me get

in touch with professionals

and put my skills to work

before I ever thought about

wearing a cap and gown.

Other students who have

done the same have helped

me to bounce ideas around

and develop concepts for

what I’m going to do when

I leave this campus. None of

that had to do with a Mission

I’m graduating soon, and

as much as I hate to admit it,

I’m sad to leave.

The past 19 years of my

life, I’ve been in school in one

form or another. It’s eaten

up hours upon days upon

months of my life, and I’ve

complained about having to

attend it constantly.

Now I’m leaving, and I

don’t want to.

I propose a solution: pay

me to attend college.

It could be a new salaried

position at IU Southeast. Let’s

name the position “Campus

Scholar.” Sure, there are lots

of “scholars” on campus, but

only one is designated as the

official Campus Scholar, my

dears: Yours truly.

I guess we could start out

the salary at $40,000 and I

could get raises based upon

cool stuff I learn. Like, say

I learn how to sew a quilt.

That’s pretty useful, but I


Administrators who have

worked in my field have offered

perspectives I couldn’t

have imagined as an amateur

in the journalism business.

Maybe that ties into a Core






Senior Editor

but that




The schools on campus

need a little more press, too.

They’re not recognized for

their achievements or celebrated

for having unique degree

programs in this region.

Only a couple of schools

get any significant notoriety,

and it’s a real shame the focus

isn’t spread out more.

The School of Business and

the School of Education get

plenty of exposure.

I’ve always loved the art

shows put on by students in

the Barr Gallery. Students in

Social Sciences come away

with awards from conferences

across the state consistently,

and the most they get

is a mention in the PR section

on the IUS Web site, or a few

pictures on screensavers.

We had a story in last

week’s issue about an advertising

student who graduated,

began to work in one of

the biggest advertising firms

in the world, then was nationally

recognized for being

one of the best in his field.

Of course, I have to tout

the journalism program a

little. The University of Louisville’s

paper might be prettier,

admittedly, but it’s certainly

not better. It’s run by

communications and English

majors because U of L doesn’t

have a journalism program.

Students who have graduated

from our journalism

school have gone on to become

corporate figures in

national news corporations

and secure the spot of LEO’s

editor in chief. I didn’t learn

about any of this until after I

came to school here.

Promoting these points

about all of the different

programs on this campus

will not only make students

want to attend this university,

but make parents feel

more secure about spending

thousands on tuition at

this school. IU Southeast has

consistently advertised competitive

tuition rates. cheaper

doesn’t always mean better.

Well, it’s been a good run.

I hope this school continues

to grow, and I hope it takes

more of an interest in the

people who make this place

wonderful. Without them,

we’d genuinely be another

community college.

wouldn’t really say quilting

is cool. Learning quilting

would be like, a half percent

raise. If I learned how to do

something sweet, like dissect

a chicken or create a debilitating

virus, I could get a

whole percent raise.

There could also be special

bonuses for learning special

skills. Personally, I would

love to see a $1,000 bonus for

acquiring James Beeby’s ability

to wear awesome sport

coats with turtleneck sweaters

on any day of the year,

Liam Felsen’s mastery of all

things Tolkien or Rebecca

Carlton’s powers of expert

speech and adorability.

It’d be amazing. Think

about it. All I would do is

go to class, learn awesome

things, and take tests. Then

I’d get a bunch of money for

it. The other half of my job

would be to go around campus,

and tell people the cool

No more ‘sleeping out

On Wednesday, April 15,

a new student-led organization

held “Barricade of

Boxes.” I attended expecting

students and faculty to

be rallying for the homeless

and trying to raise money

from students living like the

homeless. However, I was

startled to see how students

were really volunteering

their time.

Some students had made

their boxes into homeless

condos. Several students

took various boxes and

taped them together to make

it look like a fort or a house.

They also decorated their

boxes with spray paint and

markers. Some of the boxes

had homeless statistics, but

some had written that a certain

fraternity loved the Alpha

Phi’s and how they were

the “boss.” I mean, I’m sure

homeless people have boxdecorating

contests to see

whose fort is better.

I was appalled to see a

group of students had their

friends bring them pizza.

Do homeless people order

pizza? I don’t think so, but I

could be wrong.

There was a flash of light

with laughter and I looked

over in time to see three girls

cuddling in a box taking pictures

of themselves. Homeless

teens can’t afford digital

cameras, and if they had one,

I’m sure they would sacrifice

it to feed their families.

It made me so angry that

people weren’t taking this as

seriously as I had hoped.

Some guys even joked

about sleeping in the same

boxes as girls. Could we be

any more immature?

I later found out there

The Horizon has been

known to print some scathing

articles and columns.

I have written my share

of harsh stories.

Recently, a fellow

student mentioned

to me how it

seemed we want

to make the

school look

bad and that

we have no school spirit.

I can’t speak for every

member of The Horizon,

but for me, this could not be

further from the truth.

The truth is I have a lot

of school spirit. I don’t have

the cheerleading, Gus-type

school spirit, but I do love

IU Southeast. I think it’s a

great school. Our professors

are knowledgeable

and friendly, our campus

is fairly nice to look at, and

the atmosphere is great. I

like that IUS is a commuter

school, even though it may

pretend at times to not be.

I don’t go to any organized

athletic events or gimmicky



Life gettogethers,



but the

fact that

these are

not the focus of

our campus is another

pro to IU Southeast.

But there is room for improvement.

That’s where

the critical articles come in.

Last year I wrote an article

about how the school

failed to provide the chemistry

department with a

working nuclear magnetic

resonance machine. I did

not want to write the article

to point out how ridiculous

and embarrassing it was

that the chemistry department

did not have one of

the most important pieces of

things I’ve learned. Then, as

a gesture of kindness, they

could tip me for my expert


I understand this position

would be controversial, considering

I’d be getting to do

everything cool, and I’d be really

smart and attractive. I’m

sure a lot of men would envy

me, because all of the women

on campus would naturally

be attracted to me and my big

brain. It’s all right. I have a

contingency plan.

Most people who are acquainted

with me know I’m a

huge fan of “Buffy the Vampire

Slayer,” the amazing

television program that features

Sarah Michelle Gellar

being awesome. It aired from

1997 until 2003. Simply put,

it was the best TV show ever.

Surely our humble readers

remember “Buffy.” No?

Make sure not to tell me that.

It hurts me like a knife.

Anyway, we could start

a new degree program in

“Buffyology.” It wouldn’t

require much work on my

part, because I’ve already

earned my doctorate in Buffy

science. I would probably

ask Beeby to teach “Watcher

101,” since he’s British, and

all Watchers are British. Do

we have any martial artists

on campus? I could pretend

to teach that, but I’m overweight,

and would probably

fall down a lot when instructing.

We could get one of the

goth kids on campus to teach

vampire studies. The only

member of my staff I would

have problems finding would




would be speakers indoors,

followed by a movie, “The

Pursuit of Happiness.” So

when you are supposed to

sleep out for the homeless

from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., it is

OK to spend three of those

hours indoors to listen to

people talk and watch movies?

I don’t think so. If you

are going to commit yourself

to something, you need to

really commit to it. Don’t do

things half-heartedly. It is a

joke and if I were homeless, I

would be offended.

Don’t get me wrong. The

two girls that put the event

together, Erin Carlisle and

Emily King, had good hearts

and tried to make the best

out of it. This was their attempt

to create a new organization

on campus called

Student United Way. For being

a first event for an aspiring

organization, they did a

good job; students just took

advantage of this event.

The icing on the cake

was finding out some students

were sleeping in tents.

Homeless awareness is

raised by sleeping in tents?

What Einsteins thought of

this? Those would be the Phi

Beta Sigmas.

“We just decided to sleep

in tents, they (Student United

Way) decide to sleep in

boxes, Reuben Otero, Phi

Beta Sigma member, said.

“Not every homeless person

sleeps in a cardboard box.”

I think the whole thing

be someone to teach sorcery.

On the television program,

Willow, the resident magician,

was a lesbian, so being

gay would be a plus. I’m going

for authenticity here. If

you’re not gay, that’s cool

though. I would welcome all.

Or I could turn campus

into a year-round Oktoberfest

with Bohdan Bochan and

David Domine.

I guess the underlying

piece of my argument is my

lack of desire to leave. I feel

was a half-ass way to do

things. Why not take a group

of students and volunteer

your time working with the

homeless in a shelter or in

a soup kitchen? I think they

would appreciate that more

than students being aware

they exist. Newsflash! There

are homeless people. I don’t

think this is new news.

I hope student organizations

learn their lesson and

stop sleeping out for the

homeless. Instead, spend

time with a homeless person

for 12 hours and see what

their life is like if you want to

be more aware. Raise money

for a homeless person or

shelter. Volunteer to help

build homes for homeless

people. Please, I beg you, do

something better than sleeping

out for the homeless next


Express your school spirit wisely

‘Some people want the school to look

great. I want the school to be great.”

equipment for research and

education. I wrote the article

to bring attention to the problem

so the school would stop

pinching pennies and give

the chemistry students and

faculty what they needed.

I’ve written a couple of

articles about how the buildings

on campus are in various

states of disrepair. My goal

was not simply to make the

school look bad. I was hoping

more people would become

aware that the campus

was too dependent on state

funding for building repair

and rehabilitation that is drying

up so alternatives could

be explored. Obviously the

alternative of not spending

$8,000 on a mascot was not

explored very thoroughly.

Several Horizon writers

have been hard on the SGA,

particularly on the Opinions

page. But it’s nothing personal.

I don’t dislike any SGA

members as people. But I and

some of my colleagues think

they could do a better job.

The point is we expose

problems so they can be addressed

and, hopefully, fixed.

Some people on campus

want the school to look great.

I want the school to be great.

If embarrassment is what

it takes to prod the administration

into action, then so be

it. If people would rather hide

the problems than fix them, I

may have more school spirit

than any of them.

chool is fun; I don’t really want to leave IU Southeast




as though I’ve been here for

so long, I’ll feel empty without

a little IU Southeast in my

life. I’m really going to miss

it all, even the people who

pretend they’re living like the

homeless, even though they

actually slept in tents and ordered


Even people who hate The

Horizon. Even the people

who didn’t tell me I couldn’t

get a student loan if I was less

than half-time.

I’m not bitter.

One third of the world’s population is currently infected with tuberculosis.

Page 6 • The Horizon Features Week of April 20, 2009

Dirt Bags host fine arts open house


Contributing Writer

Photo by Mary Lyons

This banana chandelier, made by ceramics junior Ashley Bell, is just one piece that will be featured in the IUS

Fine Arts Open House, Friday, April 24.

On Friday, April 24, from 5

o 8 p.m., there will be a Fine

rts open house in Knobiew,

room 035.

The purpose of the open

ouse is to provide an opporunity

for students to show

nd exhibit the artwork that

hey have created during the

chool year.

Admission and parking is

ree and refreshments will be

erved with live music by a

jazz ensemble, a solo violinist

nd an acoustic guitarist.

Brian Harper, assistant

rofessor of Fine Arts and

irector of ceramics, is the

dviser of the Dirt Bags, a

roup formed by students in

he Fine Arts department.

Harper said the group oranized

the open house from

ay one.

“I pitched the idea to the

roup to see if they’d be inerested,”

Harper said. “I

anted them to be the orgaizers

and to get excited and

lan it.”

He said the idea was deeloped

from similar events

t other schools and suggestd

it to the group last Sepember.

Pieces will be featured

rom multiple disciplines

ithin the department, inluding

ceramics, drawing,

ainting and printmaking.

The exhibit is open to any

ne arts student who is inerested

in having work dislayed.

Harper said there isn’t a

et criterion for what is being

ccepted, but if the amount

becomes too great, then they

may have to change it.

“We are going to have it

organized so that there is

work in the studio and even

down the hallways,” he said.

Many of the students submitting

work are Dirt Bag


There will also be an installation

on display in a

room adjacent to room 035.

Ashley Bell, ceramics junior,

created the installation

of more than 1,000 by casting

porcelain into molds of dollsized


The babies are painted to

replicate desert camouflage

in representation of the number

of people that have been

killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bell said her inspiration

came from a high school

friend who served in three

separate tours overseas.

“Society doesn’t realize

what is happening,” Bell

said. “They just want to close

the door on it.”

The babies were made

from handmade plaster

molds that allowed her to

produce around 80 of the babies

per day and it took three

months to complete.

“It’s a tedious process,

making things with molds,”

Bell said.

Other work Bell will include

in the open house is a

Writing Center evolves to better serve students


Staff Writer

The Writing Centers at IU

Southeast will soon be introducing

a host of new, revamped

and innovative programs.

Leigh Ann Meyer, director

of the Writing Center, said

this will meet the needs and

combat the challenges of students.

The new programs in development

will include greater

support for international

students, a Writing Center

handbook, a new system to

compile student information,

a writing-across-disciplines

podcast and access to a powerful

anti-plagiarism program


Meyer said all of which

will ideally be ready to hit

the ground running with students

as they return for the

fall semester.

“Because we strive to create

stronger writers, not necessarily

perfect papers, we’re

changing some of our strategies,

and implementing new

programs so we will be more

a center for teaching, not just

proofreading,” Meyer said.

“Guided by our existing

programs, and by including

some new ones, our mission

at the Writing Center is to

create conversations through

writing,” she said.

The Writing Center provides

consultation for anything

from a term paper, a

poem or an e-mail.

“Every writer needs an

unbiased reader, which is

something we’re happy to

provide here,” Meyer said.

“We will help students

with any kind of writing,

either for school and work

situations, including looking

over résumés, cover letters,”

she said.

Developing greater support

for the international

community at IU Southeast,

Meyer said, is the most

prominent project underway.

Through the ELL Student

Experience Survey, the Writing

Center will be able to survey

international students so

they can gauge how to better

serve their needs.

“Through the survey, we

hope to be able to pinpoint

specific ways we can grow,

and we also hope to expand

by offering lunchtime writing

conversations either once

a week, or once a month

where students can practice

their language and writing

skills together,”Meyer said.

Other additions to the

center will be the completion

of the first Writing Center

handbook, and a student usage

tracking system that will

allow the center to compile

information that will help

them better understand how

the center’s services are being


“Through this database,

we will not only be able to

keep track of how many students

and classes use our services,

but we will be able to

see who is a return client,”

Meyer said.

“It will also show us how

we helped this student before,

and other information

that will help us serve our

students better and know

where they’re coming from.”

One of the most innovative

new programs the center

is working on, Meyer said,

is a podcast that will feature

IUS professors across a broad

spectrum of disciplines discussing

how to write effectively

for their classes and

detailing how to tailor projects

to their specific documentation

style and content


Meyer said several professors

are already on board for

the project, which is being

coordinated by Jana Morgan,

English literature senior and

mentor for the center.

“The main purpose of the

podcast is to address the

main questions for writing

between disciplines,” Morgan


The importance of developing

the podcast, Meyer

said, will hopefully help

students in all disciplines

discover the importance of

strong writing skills.

“No matter what major

you are, strong writing skills

are necessary, and I don’t

know of any job that doesn’t

require you to be able to communicate

effectively through

writing,” Meyer said.

Perhaps one of the biggest

giant ceramic daisy and a ceramic

banana chandelier.

Kristy Leverock, painting

junior, will be displaying

a series based on environmental


The pieces consist of

mixed media and ceramics

and focuses on birds as the

main subject.

“Birds have an intimate

relationship in our society,”

she said. “Intimacy is a

resources being added to the

center’s arsenal, Meyer said,

will be the first-time access

students will be granted to’s anti-plagiarism

search engine.

“For the first time, students

will be able to upload

research papers and have

them marked with what

percentage is not authentic

wording,” she said.

Meyer said she hopes students

will use this resource

as a proactive tool to identify

plagiarism in their writing,

rather than view it as a policing


“We are excited about the

possibilities of this software,”

Meyer said, “but more importantly,

we are hopeful

this process will stir many

conversations about the definition

of plagiarism, how it

can be avoided and what a

student needs to do if they

do plagiarize.”

Meyer, who has worked

at the center since January

2008, said what spurred her

to want to further the development

of the Writing Center’s

programs was the need

to reach out to students in a

more proactive way.

“To get ideas for where we

could take the program to accomplish

this, I started going

to writing conferences, where

representatives from writing

centers get together and help

each other,” she said.

“From these experiences, I

was able to see that the writing

center can be so much

theme that is replicated in my


She said she created her

paintings on wood for added

creative value as well as contributing

to her environmental


“This is the first time I’ve

painted on wood,” Leverock

said. “It allows me to use different

shapes and the open

grain allows the paint to sink

in, which incorporates intimacy,

as well.”

She also said the wood

continues the environmental

purpose of her pieces.

“I really want this to be

an annual thing. Like a tradition.

Something we can look

forward to doing every year,”

Harper said.

Organizations and schools

from the tri-state area are

invited to attend, including

the University of Louisville,

Ball State University, Indiana

University Bloomington and

Ohio University.

“Students’ ability to be

able to show their work is

really limited,” Harper said.

“We want to make it bigger

and bigger with more interaction.

It’s a win-win situation.”

Throughout the planning

process Harper said there

has been help and support

coming from many different


Mike Hayes, ceramics intern,

and his friend, Bonny

Wise, have contributed a lot

of time to spread the word

about the open house.

Annette Wyandotte, dean

of the School of Arts and Letters,

has been involved in the

process as well.

“She has helped by informing

us of who to approach

in order to get what

we need done such as parking,

the marquee sign and

other things. She’s very supportive,”

Harper said.

In addition to displaying

student work, Harper said

they are also accepting donations

to the ceramics department

for future equipment

purchases and to bring visiting

artists to the campus.

“There is always something

that can be learned

from the artists that come,”

he said.

Harper also said this

open house gives the public

a chance to see the student

artists in their environments

and allows the public to talk

directly to the artists about

their work.

“It’ll be interesting to see

all the different kinds of work

together and be able to see

what the students have been

doing,” he said.

Courtesy photo

Leigh Ann Meyer, IUS Writing center director, and Purdue Professor Emeritus of English

Muriel Harris, at the 2009 East Central Writing Centers Association Conference.

more than a proofreading

service, and can coordinate

all writing needs in the big

picture,” Meyer said.

Achieving this goal could

not be accomplished without

the students, which Meyer

said are her best resource.

With the new programs in

place, Meyer said she hopes

that the center can continue

to be a reassuring and instructive

resource for students.

“We realize that nobody

is born with a great ability to

write, it’s a learned skill,” she


There are four Writing

Centers located on campus:

Knobview Hall, room 208,

the IUS Library, Meadow

Lodge and Orchard Lodge.

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Week of April 20, 2009 Diversions The Horizon • Page 7


Send them to

Time-Wasting Web Sites












By Scott Gillespie /


(c) 2009 King Features Synd.,


• It was humorist and commentator

Andy Rooney (of

“60 Minutes” fame) who

made the following sage observation:

“Making duplicate

copies and computer printouts

of things no one wanted

even one of in the first place

is giving America a new

sense of purpose.”

• The next time you find

yourself picking up a complimentary

toothpick on

your way out of a restaurant,

you might want to consider

this fact: More Americans

choke on toothpicks than on

any other item.

• At one time in Corpus

Christi, Texas, city leaders

saw fit to make it illegal for

an individual to raise alligators

in his or her home.

• If you’re a man, you might

be surprised to learn that in

a survey that was conducted

recently, more than 40 percent

of women in the United

States admitted that they

would wear a stylish shoe

even if it were uncomfortable.

If you’re a woman, you

might be surprised that the

figure was only 40 percent.

• Resources are very scarce

in space, so it’s important to

conserve wherever possible.

The astronauts on the International

Space Station might

be going a bit far, however;

it’s been reported that they

change their underwear only

every three or four days in

order to cut down on laundry.

• Those who study such

things say that the average

grocery store today carries

approximately 30,000 different

items — that’s more than

twice as many items as those

stores carried 20 years ago.

• A couple of years ago,

Mariah Carey — the American

singer, songwriter,

actress and, not incidentally,

pitch woman for Gillette’s

“Legs of a Goddess” ad campaign

— insured her legs for

$1 billion.


Thought for the Day: “Writing

is the only profession

where no one considers you

ridiculous if you earn no

money.” — Jules Renard

Completely Made-Up


ARIES (March 21 to April

19) I believe I have seen this

before. It is called a case of

extreme boredom with a side

of slaw.

TAURUS (April 20 to

May 20) Because of Saturn

rising in Taurus, you will

be stuck in a loop of neverending

nothingness — like

last Tuesday.

GEMINI (May 21 to June

20) I have seen the future,

and it smells like ketchup.


CANCER (June 21 to July

22) Sometimes it is best not

to understand or even try.

This is called “saving your


LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22)

It’s OK to be weird if those

around you are weird in the

exact same way. That way,

it’s not so weird, is it?

VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept.

22) A bunch of posters,

even large ones, with the

university’s “core values”

and “mission statement” on

them, will not necessarily

assure reaccreditation. Do

what other universities do:

paint the halls and bribe the


LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct.

22) Relax. The economy is

fine. The Wal-Mart parking

lot is still full. People still

drive their SUVs too fast. The

line around McDonald’s is

still around McDonald’s. Be

at peace.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to

Nov. 21) When it’s late at

night and you are feeling, er,

“lonely,” you think of me,

don’t you? I knew it.


to Dec. 21) As an IUS student,

you are not allowed to

say, “Peace out, yo!” Evar.


to Jan. 19) OK, I’m sick of

having a ham sandwich

every day from the IUS Food

Court. Can’t you make graband-go

sandwiches with

some other type of meat?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to

Feb. 18) Nature isn’t our

mother, it’s our sister — a

mean, selfish, hateful sister.

PISCES (Feb. 19 to March

20) You don’t see many

“Baby On Board” signs

anymore. You do see a lot of

“Baby On Roof Rack” signs,




Recycle Me!

In 2000, not a single hurricane made landfall in the United States.

Page 8 • The Horizon Features Week of April 20, 2009

Bicentennial celebration inspires career


Staff Writer

When Brigitte Le Norand,

assistant professor of

istory, was 12 years old, she

xperienced the year-long bientennial

celebration of the

rench Revolution in Monreal,


The celebration had a large

mphasis on liberty, equality

nd the turn it took on Canaian


Le Normand became so

nraptured with a feud beween

two French Revoluionary

persons, Camille Desoulins

and Louis-Antoine

e Saint-Just, that she evenually

wrote a short novel.

“First, they were both relly

cute, which was imporant,”

Le Normand said.

“I spent a lot of time thinkng

about how opposite the

wo were. I eventually wrote

he novel about their reconiliation,

which was imposible

in real life.

“I think I titled it ‘For

ood and For Evil.’”

Le Normand continued to

ursue history and earned

egrees from McGill University,

The University of Toronto

and UCLA.

She was close to finishing

a bachelor degree on Western

Europe at McGill University

when she decided it became

uninteresting and boring.

Shortly afterward Le Normand

went to see a play

about a Bosnian rape victim

and her visits with a therapist.

“It wasn’t just about the

victim, it turned into a dialogue

between equals,” she


Le Normand developed a

special interest in Yugoslavia

and started focusing her

schooling, much of her research

and overseas studies

in that direction.

“Yugoslavia is an example

of a society built up after

World War II that seemed to

function well for years then

suddenly collapsed,” she


“We can ask how it holds

society together and bring

about a solution. In a globalization

age, these are important

questions to ask.”

Le Normand has lived

in several foreign countries

including Germany, Italy,

Hungary, Serbia and France.

She returned to North America

because the job market in

Europe was closed to foreigners

that had not gone through

the European educational


“What I like about Europe

is the fact that people aren’t

Brigitte Le Normand

centering their lives around

the automobile,” she said.

“There’s always a café to

walk to; it’s a pleasant lifestyle

that’s more sustainable.”

Le Normand chose IU

Southeast because she was

going to have the freedom to

teach what she wanted and

IUS had the ability to help

her continue her research.

If Le Normand’s pursuit of

teaching had not worked, she

would probably find excuses

to travel.

A few destinations she has

in mind are Latin America,

Argentina, Africa and Vietnam.

“They would be interesting,”

she said. “I haven’t seen

much of Latin America.”

Although she grew up

from a French heritage, she

is fluent in English, Croatian

and Serbian as well.

Aside from school and her

research, Le Normand said

she enjoys swing dancing.

When she had more time she

used to sing in the choirs at

Stuttgart, Germany, the Heart

House Choir in Toronto and

a church choir at St. Pauls in

Los Angeles.

She sang for most of her

college years.

While she misses her

hometown, she said she tries

not to focus on the differences

of where she is now.

Although she has not had

the chance to visit her hometown,

she said she plans to

visit this May with her husband,

Ted Sandstra.

“Canada has a different

political culture; the accent

is different in the small town

I’m from,” she said.

“One thing I miss would

be the French language. I

miss it quite a bit.”


Recession inspires music


Staff Writer

With an economy that

resembles a shattered and

streaked toilet seat stuck in

the bottom of the Ohio, Americans

are exhausted. But even

in the dumps, there’s inspiration

in audible form.

Social and cultural values

are being rafted back to

shore, back to the basics, and

somehow it seems easier to

have a good time. Stresses of

work and school bear down

like a swallowing abyss, but

people are managing to find

a way to release.

Homes and jobs are being

lost like car keys because the

American dream somehow

evolved from a little house on

the prairie to the need for every

new family to have their

own starter castle. Still, a few

industries are on the up-andup.

Movie attendance is up,

which shouldn’t come as a

surprise considering the theatre

is dark, quiet and stimulating

– a place that provides

a few, drifting hours of getaway

time. Bar and alcohol

sales are also jumping and

I’m sure one could come up

with one’s own explanation

for that.

Meanwhile, major music

labels are crumbling, which

isn’t a bad thing. Five major

record companies are in

control of 80 percent of the

world’s recorded music, but

that number is slimming.

Thanks to the Internet and

all those nasty little music

pirates out there, yeah I’m

talking about you, our generation

is a different breed of

consumer and we just happen

to be reshaping the music


Over the past 30 years, the

music business has become

a small penthouse club with

people making big money.

Because anyone looking can

now hear whatever their

ears stumble across, record

sales have tanked. There’s no

doubt jacking music for free

on BitTorrent sites isn’t just

sharing, it’s stealing, but it

does channel that inner Robin


While it may be unfortunate

for those multi-millionaires

who now have to think

about lowering their standard

of living to stinking rich

instead of queasy rich, the

number of artists doing well

is on the rise. Politically, the

wealth is being distributed.

Music has never been a

safe profession and job security

is just about non-existent,

but the playing field is being

flattened by the Internet and

carved again by an economically

challenged time.

Our generation is the first

to have almost complete access

to any kind of music

from anywhere in the world.

The Internet has provided a

place for musicians to connect

and promote themselves

and the economy has revived

a supportive local spirit.

Why hire a money-hungry

label executive to pinch

quarters from every dollar

musicians make and keep a

stronghold on the creative

output, when musicians can

do it themselves? The best

music is being heard and

quickly surfacing above the


While it’s harder to sell albums,

bands are now making

a living the old fashion way,

hitting the dark corners of every

smoke-filled tavern every

single night, developing their

craft for anyone who will


We happen to be in the

trenches of such activity.

Our area’s strong “keep it local”

attitude is helping us to

get by and simultaneously

creating a heightened diving

board for the local arts.

People are learning to enjoy

the simple again and we are

witnessing the return of the

live, local show.

Illusions of those million

dollar bills are fading, but

it’s reasonable to think that

people with artistic talent

have a better shot of making

a living. Competition is high,

but that’s democracy. Ideally,

that’s survival of the fittest

and nothing kicks more ass

than the real thing, the live


In the Kentuckiana area

alone, several bands are on

the verge of being stable

while producing their art and

it’s gaining attention nationwide.

Due to their relentless

work ethic, perfected sound

and non-stop touring for the

last decade, Louisville band

My Morning Jacket sells out

every stop on their never ending

tour schedule. They’ve

pushed their way through

the established ranks to become

the best live show in

the world. Just ask Rolling

Stone or most any other music


More recently, the Nashville-based

Kings of Leon are

hot on the Jacket’s coat tails,

along with Akron, Ohio’s, the

Black Keys.

The three bands could

write a musicians bible on

how to stay afloat in a cutthroat

economy. The music is

different, infectious, honest

and heartfelt. But while these

groups continue to make

headlines and scorch through

their tours, there are several

groups in the area working to

achieve the same musical status,

and they’re close.

Leading the pack, Wax

Fang, and their psychadelic

brand of Bowie-esque rock,

are forcing critics around the

country to scratch their heads

and their live shows are just

short of audible and visual


If rap is what you dig,

Louis Keys, along with his

streams of creative metaphors,

can be caught at random

gas stations across

town, pushing his latest release.

For the country, southern

rockers, Bloom Street is

an Allman Brothers-esque

band with jams that keep on


Furthermore, established

artists such as the band Cabin,

which is picture-perfect

college rock, intellectual and

thought provoking with masterful

production, are scheduled

to release their upcoming

album early Summer.

Sleazy rockers The Broken

Spurs, east-end jammers

The Local Villains and Toolstyle

heavies Mungus, are all

scheduled to release new material

around the same time.

This music is organic,

fresh and it’s earned its hype.

These groups haven’t been

tainted or lured with major

label promises and work for

their audiences. Instead of

dishing out your money in

these pocket-pinching times

to big retailers, buy local.

You’ll know exactly where

your money’s going and

could possibly establish relationships

with music you can

call your own.

Officer rides for a cause


Staff Writer

For IUS Police Officer

Ruben Borrego, bike riding

is an activity he enjoys and

has made a part of his work

routine at IU Southeast.

He even started the program

for officers to ride

bikes instead of cars, a sight

that has not always been familiar

on campus.

“I do not drive a car unless

I have to,” he said.

“Tuesday through Thursday

you’ll see me on bike or

foot. I like interaction with


“Our entire police staff is

dedicated, loyal and serviceoriented,”

Dana Wavle, vice

chancellor for Administration

and Finance, said.

“I like the part of community

policing and being out

and visible to students. It’s a

creative way to monitor the

campus and get officers out


Borrego is now extending

his bike rides around campus

to a 150-mile ride from

Louisville to Lexington and


It’s called the “Ride to

Conquer Cancer,” and participants

are in the middle of

raising money to go toward

benefiting the Norton Cancer


Borrego has his own personal

goal of raising $2,500

for his “Team IUS,” which

currently consists of two riders.

“I want to be a rider,”

Borrego said.

“I have a task to raise

$2,500 right now and I have

a little over $300.”

“He understands community

policing and it’s part

of his personality to overcome.

It helps raise awareness,”

Wavle said.

Concerns about money

do not show when Borrego

talks about the ride. He said

he is very optimistic and excited

about this challenge.

Borrego’s positive attitude

is something that has

also helped him overcome

more trying times, namely


“I developed cancer two

years ago and was dragging

but I had a lot of support

from the [Police] department,”

he said. “I would

say ‘I’m not going home.’

I wasn’t going to have a fit

and get depressed.”

Flo Gonya, English senior

who worked with Borrego

during this time attested to

his determined attitude.

“Ruben was a Marine

all the way,” she said. “Regardless

of what he’s going

through he doesn’t let

it show. I visited him in the

hospital and at work and he

always had a positive attitude.”

It was during these two

years that Borrego had to

stop his daily bike rides.

“I was a daily rider. I’d

ride around my neighborhood,”

he said.

Going through this, he refused

to let it get him down.

“I had cancer but cancer

didn’t have me,” Borrego

said. “I wasn’t going to worry

about this. I refused to let

it get me down.”

Borrego’s cancer went

into remission in 2008. Now

the signs of cancer are gone.

He is also using the tools

that got him through those

two years to help people

around him who have been

diagnosed with the disease.

Sara Kerberg, the wife

of Jason Kerberg, a Floyd

county deputy sheriff, developed


His uncle, George Borrego,

also developed cancer

and two other uncles died

due to other forms of cancer.

“George is my rock,” Borrego

said. “Sara is my rock,

too. I talk to her husband

and say ‘Don’t ever be negative.

Be strong, be positive.’”

It is for people like Sara

and George that Borrego is

doing this 150-mile ride. He

said now that he has beaten

his cancer he wants to do

Photo by Nicky Osinski

Ruben Borrego, IUS Police officer, stands with his

trusty bike. Borrego is riding from Louisville to Lexington

in an effort to raise money to fight cancer.

this ride for anyone else who

has not overcome it.

“It’s going to raise awareness

and people can look to

him as a role model,” Wavle

said. “He wants to help and

serve the community. He

takes a great deal of pride in

sharing ideas.”

The ride is September

26 and 27. Borrego’s Team

IUS is getting back into the

swing of things to prepare.

“I haven’t ridden a bike

in two years,” he said, “But

I can be ready by then.”

Right now he is settling

back into his routine of biking

around the IUS campus

while also making those

around him aware about the

cause of the ride.

“I’d love to see people put

in at least one dollar. Students

can even ride for Team

IUS,” Borrego said.

“Ruben is very involved

on campus,” Gonya said.

“As far as I’m concerned, he

is a very good representative

of the university.”

Borrego has even set up

a Web site at Ridetovictory.

org for Team IUS where

people can support him and

watch his progress.

“He is going above and

beyond,” Wavle said. “He

will be successful no matter

what the outcome. We’ll all

be there with him.”

Borrego said along the

way he has had support

from those around him and

understands what it is like

to go through having cancer.

“This ride is not for me

but for people who maybe

don’t have the drive I did

and who don’t have courage,”

he said.

“I’m doing it for them.”

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