Volume 8, Issue 4 | December, 2010



Transportation Security Administration Fiasco
“Don’t touch my junk!”
Professors urge students to fill out end-of-term evaluations. Comments are most useful to professors pg 17

A breakdown of federal stimulus funds being spent at Purdue University and the jobs created from them

Do the enhanced pat-downs and full-body scanners actually make us safer?


US Representative Mike Pence keynotes at the annual Tippecanoe County Right to Life dinner pg 9

With the recent opening of Von’s Dough Shack, the local retailer of everything under the sun is poised to take over Chauncey Hill pg 18
Local Culture

Students have no entitlement to participate in high school sports pg 8
The Politics of Pot: The Aftermath | pg 5

California rejects referendum to legalize pot

Achieving Energy Independence, Part 1: Establishing a Smart Grid pg 3


December, 2010

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Letter From The Editor


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Energy Independence... and How to Achieve It

Part 1: Smart Grid

Never in the history of humankind has the world been as connected as it is right now. Everything is moving smarter and faster around the world. Countries that were previously considered minor economies are now emerging as economic world leaders. Countries such as China, Japan, Germany, and South Korea are quickly investing in new high-tech industries of the future. These countries have many things in common, most notably their investment in their own energy future, an area that the United States has neglected for decades. Since the 1970s, the U.S. has seen what an overreliance on foreign countries for energy, most notably countries in the

problem is that no country, especially the United States, will ever be 100% energy independent. There are too many variables involved and energy materials are scattered across the globe. Despite this, it is still better to produce more home grown energy than to rely on foreign countries for energy. This is where the “Smart Grid” comes into the equation. The best way to view the U.S. is as one very large system. In this system that we call a country, there is a network of many different parts working together to keep it operational. If there is a change to even one part, there is a change to the entire system. Within the U.S. energy system there are four basic sectors: industrial, residential, commercial, and transportation. These four sectors represent the amount of energy used in their respected areas. The energy breakdown for each sector is as follows: industrial: 30%, residential: 22%, commercial: 19%, transportation 29%. If one were to add up all of the energy used in the industrial, residential, and commercial sectors the total would be 71%. This is a very large percentage of the total energy used in the U.S. and would be a great place to start cutting waste within the system. Transportation is a large sector as well, and I will Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration cover transportation in a later article. Middle East and those associated with The first place to look for energy waste OPEC, can do when those countries tighten is the backbone of the energy transportatheir belts and raise prices. In the past 40 tion system. The current power grid in the years, there have been numerous oil short- United States is old and outdated. Recently, ages and price hikes that have crippled the there have been problems with reliability economy of the United States. When this and energy loss as well. For years, scienhas happened in the past, politicians from tists, politicians, and other experts in the both parties have said that they will end U.S. have been talking about installing a U.S. dependence on foreign oil and move new “Smart Grid” to improve efficiency and the U.S. towards energy independence. The reliability, allow for communication be-

U.S. Energy Consumption by Source, 2007

tween different systems and prevent energy loss. The problem is that, while the U.S. has been busy talking about a new smart grid, other countries have been acting. China is ahead of the U.S. in money spent on a new smart grid system, and Japan, Spain, South Korea, and Germany are catching up quickly. The best way to maintain any economic advantage is to have a smart, stable, reliable, and efficient energy transportation system. Once fully implemented, the U.S. “Smart Grid” will be the new backbone for the energy economy of the United States. The smart grid will allow all energy related systems from power plants to homes and cars to communicate with each other and efficiently distribute energy. When one section of the country is at its peak energy consumption time, the system will work with other parts of the system to provide energy reliably to that section. The smart grid will connect the country, but it will come with some disadvantages. The first drawback is cost: anything new is expensive and the smart grid will cost billions of dollars to build alone. In addition, homes will have to be outfitted with new energy meters and other items for its use. The next drawback is that the smart grid will not be built overnight. Construction and full scale development will take years to complete and should be viewed as a long term investment into the energy future of the United States. There are also system security issues which are common for any high tech system that uses computers. The issue will be protection of the smart grid from hackers or terrorists that may want to cripple the country. The good news is that the U.S. has become very good at protecting its computer systems and because the smart grid will be viewed as a critical system for the operation of the country, it will also be one of the most protected systems in the country. There are many advantages with this new technology, most notably the savings.

With new energy meters, homes will be able to sell back to the grid and power companies. This will help lower the home energy costs and will also help motivate home owners to install new energy producing technologies, such as solar panels and solar shingles. This will help to lower the costs of new green technologies as well, which will stimulate development of new energy technologies. The hope is that companies developing these new energy technologies will be formed in the United States and will create new jobs and new manufacturing industries. The smart grid is not a silver bullet for energy independence for the United States, but it is a great place to start to build the infrastructure needed to transport energies created from both renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. The smart grid will improve the efficiency of energy transportation in the United States, which will cut costs and lower energy waste. The cost of the smart grid is a major drawback, but it is a small price to pay when compared to the jobs and money lost if other countries pass the United States economically. The big mistake would be not investing now and allowing other countries to pass the United States. If the U.S. cannot create and transport energy efficiently, reliably, and economically, how can we expect to solve the other major problems facing the country? This is only the beginning of the larger topic of energy independence that I will be writing about throughout the year. I encourage you to go to this newspapers website purduereview.com and comment on this article so that we, as future leaders of this nation, can share ideas that may lead to the improvement of this country for our generation and future generations. Without input and conversation, we cannot learn and develop the best ideas to solve the major problems that face this great nation that we call home.


December, 2010

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Federal Reserve Buys Bonds
By SCHUYLER D E ARMOND At the beginning of November, the Federal Reserve (FED) announced that it would spend $75 billion per month for 8 months ($600 billion total) buying bonds to “accelerate economic growth.” Here are some of my thoughts: money off the bonds, they either have to short sell them, which means their interest rate now will be higher than interest rates in the future. Or, they will hold them

1. Obviously, if the FED is going to make

we will have to see a very large amount of money being sent away. That means U.S. producers will not be getting loans, meaning our economy will not be growing in the short term. Lending it to U.S. producers is a great idea, but that doesn’t translate into growth. Monetary policy cannot stimulate supply, and supply is no good without demand.

3. Consumer demand is apparently the

FED’s goal. It has been what all of these

sumption percentage of GDP in the world. A whopping 74%. How do you increase a number that is already 74% of your GDP? You don’t. Even if you did, savings would be sacrificed. Investment would be sacrificed. In theory, government expenditure would be “sacrificed,” while in practice, we know it won’t. So, the plan is to “monetarily ease” the U.S. into growth. This is coming from a guy who wouldn’t be FED chairman if it were not for the two most unpopular Presidents in history.

trade imbalance, and most have vowed to cut the FED.

5. If you understand real outcomes of

to maturity, which will mean even lower interest in the long run.

2. Low interest rates aren’t necessar-

ily a bad thing given that we can lend as much as we want, with little cost to borrowers, and potentially dig our way out of the recession, then the trade imbalance. If we are to send a large amount of money overseas now, in exchange for profit later,

stimuli have been intended for. We have heard it from the FED chairman and two Presidents: “Spend More. That is the only way we can fix the economy.” I don’t have the power that the FED chairman does, or even what little power the President has, but I do know that you can’t sustain real economic growth in the long run by increasing consumption. That is especially true for the U.S. which has the highest con-

date. Maybe, when a tyrant stole the money from my forefathers’ hands, it became just another story in a dusty textbook. Maybe when a group of people left their home land for religious and economic freedom, then sought justice, it was just another case of hypocrisy. Maybe when people believed the Industrial Revolution was a good thing, sacrificing their lives for future gains was a laughable concept. Maybe, when people elected politicians to break up the trusts and provide more competition, it was government interference. Maybe in 1913, when people spoke out against the creation of the world’s largest cartel, greed was unheard of, politicians were noble, and prices were unreasonable. On November 2nd, we saw a dramatic change in D.C.’s scenery. The Republicans, poised to take back the White House have taken over the House of Representatives, cut their losses in the Senate, promised to cut spending, cut taxes, cut the budget deficit, cut the

4. Maybe, I am out of

monetary policy (vs. nominal outcomes) the only thing that the FED does in the long run is increase prices, increase inflation, and depreciate the dollar. Albeit, they are artificially devaluing the dollar, which has upset almost the rest of the entire world. It is especially upsetting when the U.S. charges China with devaluing their currency. U.S. politicians campaign on the platform of not letting China devalue their money. Yet, the U.S. goes out, jumps in the cash cab, and slams on the accelerator. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that when your trade imbalance is 6 percent of GDP, unemployment is ten percent, China is seeing record growth, and your politicians have to resort to blasting developing countries for “stealing jobs, and devaluing money, you are in some trouble.

6. Apparently, President Obama thinks

this is a good policy that will create jobs. But when you don’t have a fiscal strategy (except spending more), when you don’t have a job creation strategy (except signing a bill that was voted on by the very people which said it might not work), when you don’t have a trade strategy (except taxing imports more), when it is sufficient to say you don’t have an economic strategy at all, it is safe to say you are just a hot air balloon- a balloon that had a fire under it in 2008, but has now gone cold. As the rest of the world watches, your balloon looses gas, soaring wildly across the sky (from India to Indonesia; South Korea back to D.C.). You may want to take a lesson from your environmental strategy Mr. President. “Air up those tires.” But remember, they can’t be Chinese tires, cause those babies are tariffed.


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Politics of Pot: The Aftermath
By MORGAN IKERD Since the Proposition 19 measure was rejected by 54% of California voters in the 2010 midterm elections last month, there has been a broad array of reactions among the Golden State residents. Supporters of the bill blamed both the conservative leanings of the older voters and the failure of many young pro-legalization voters to express their opinions at the polls. Opponents to the bill, of course, are relieved. Yet, it is very unlikely that marijuana has retired from politics for good. its to be made from taxing and regulating the drug. The social war in California raged on until Proposition 19 was shot down. The status quo on marijuana remains… Or does it? Richard Lee, an Oakland Medical Marijuana entrepreneur, states that this was a “tremendous moral victory” for advocates of legalization. They have finally broken the glass and forever changed the terms of the debate on this issue. The argument is now far less about whether to legalize, on the Democratic side, but yet in the same vote, opposed Proposition 19. I think that says volumes as far as where Although Proposition 19 failed to be passed in November, we have not seen the end of this measure. The battle will

The argument now is far less about whether to legalize, but about how to legalize.
California voters are on this issue.” Maybe Mr. Rosales is right; out of 58 counties in California, only 11 of them had more “yes” votes than “no’s.” The White House Drug Policy Director, Gil Kerlikowske acknowledges on Election Day that “Californians recognized that legalizing marijuana will not make our citizens healthier, solve California’s budget crisis, or reduce drug-related violence in Mexico.” rage on in California between supporters and opponents; possibly spreading ideas to other states. No one seems to agree on what exactly is in store for the future of marijuana legalization in the United States, but it is certain that there WILL be a future.

California’s Proposition 19 measure was rejected by 54% of Californians in the midterm elections last month.

Supporters are extremely confident that the bill will be up for votes again in 2012. Proposition 19, if passed, would have allowed adults, age 21 and over, to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, consume the drug in nonpublic places, grow it in small, private plots, and allow the sale and use at licensed establishments. Supporters argue that this would generate tremendous tax revenue, make it more difficult for children to buy the drug, and cut law enforcement costs. On the other hand, opponents say that this measure would pose a serious threat to public safety, violate drug-free workplace rules, and wouldn’t generate any tax revenue, potentially making the financial situation worse. Before the election, there were millions of dollars poured into this campaign from both sides. Propaganda from the opponent side showed marijuana leaves and smashed up cars and school buses to illustrate the disastrous effect on the safety of citizens. Supporters launched many advertisements showing the prof-

but about how to legalize. However, other supporters were not quite as optimistic about the impact of the proposal on any legislation in the near future. William Panzer, a lawyer who helped write the state’s medical marijuana bill is skeptical of the timing of the measure and says that it is happening far too fast. He says, “Imagine you’re driving and you’re going 56 on the highway and you haven’t got a ticket so you say, maybe I can go 57,” Panzer said. “Well, they said I’m going 58 and I’m not getting a ticket so maybe I’ll go 95 — you tell me what’s going to happen.” Despite the defeat and split views of what action to take next, many supporters vowed to keep pushing the bill and are confident that it will stand a better chance in 2012. However, this is a matter of debate. Tim Rosales, who managed the “No on 19” campaign scoffed at the reaction from advocates and stated, “If they think they are going to be back in two years, they must be smoking something.” He adds, “This is a state that just bucked the national trend and went pretty hard


December, 2010

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Stimulus Package Not Funding Job Creation
By JORDAN HEBBE Many of you may have seen the elevator restoration project going on in Stewart center, which proudly proclaims that it was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by the House and Senate in February of 2009. For those of you who are less than impressed with this demonstration, I would like to provide an in-depth look at where else the stimulus funds are being used here at Purdue. After all, they are your tax dollars and they are being used at your university. After the Indiana State Government, Purdue was the second largest recipient of stimulus dollars in the state. That translates into the university being given a grand total of $154,020,972. What I wanted to know was where all of this money was going. With over $150 million dollars being pumped into Purdue, one would think there would be more visible examples of its being put to use. But what I found was that the large majority of the funds from the Recovery Act have been used to fund research projects of varying sizes and importance. As you can see, the money from the stimulus is being used for a wide variety of different purposes here at Purdue, the majority of which are research-oriented. Although some of the projects contain too much technical, scientific, engineering, or whatever else kind of jargon to be decipherable to the average person, it is without question that much of the research will be of use to future generations. But the stimulus was not named the American Research and Development Act and the funds were not intended to be used for research. According to the Recovery.gov website, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was intended to do three things: 1) Create new jobs and save existing ones. 2) Spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth. 3) Foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending. While it is irrefutable that many of the research projects funded by the stimulus will probably benefit our quality of living in many ways, the funds have not fulfilled their primary purposes. The Recovery website states that, with the funds Purdue received, 227.54 jobs have been created. After doing the math, that translates into $676,804 per job. Call me crazy, but I think we probably could have gotten more bang for our buck in the jobs department. With many students having trouble registering for the classes that they want due to a lack of space or lack of interest in the given classes, it seems like Purdue could have used the funds to hire a few more instructors and expand course offerings. Being able to take the right classes is an important part of getting an education, and isn’t that what all (or most of us) are

here for? Aside from a few added professors, most of the 227.54 new jobs are held by research assistants, or students performing “student service or student clerical work.” And although the second goal of the ARRA claims to invest in long-term growth, it is undetermined how many of these positions will be permanent or how big of an impact they will have on improving the economy in the long run. Therein lies the fundamental problem: trying to stimulate the economy with taxation and spending. It doesn’t work. Liberals’ attempts at using Keynesian economic principles continue to fail as they always have. In the 1930’s, FDR’s New Deal was implemented with the same basic goals as the Recovery Act. Federal money was pumped into the system in hopes of recovering the economy from the Great Depression. The New Deal put men back to work temporarily, but the economy saw no real sustained improvement until America entered World War II

and production shot through the roof. Today, we are seeing more of the same- continued economic woes and rising unemployment. The stimulus is, not surprisingly, failing. Yet to be determined amounts of the money have been used fraudulently and in ways that do not align with the goals of the act. Vast amounts of the spending have gone to foreign companies and there have even been reports of stimulus cash being paid out to dead people. The third goal of the Recovery Act was to increase transparency and that has clearly not been achieved either. Admittedly, there have been some beneficial projects carried out by the ARRA. Some of the stimulus money has been used for new construction, education, infrastructure, and energy development, all of which looks fantastic at first glace. We’re improving our country, right? But at what cost, and to whom?

See “Stimulus...” on Pg. 7


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n Stimulus...
From Page 6

Award Name
Molecular biomarkers of exposure to an endocrine disrupting herbicide Membrane Rearrangements in Flavivirus Infected Cells Use of External Cueing to Treat Hypophonia in Parkinson’s Disease

Award Description
To gauge the effects of prenatal exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and to develop biomarkers of exposure and biological response to EDC’s Investigate molecular mechanisms that drive intracellular membrane rearrangements during flavivirus (West Nile virus, Yellow Fever) infection. Assess the efficacy of a new treatment for hypophonia (decreased vocal loudness) associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Award Amount

# of Jobs CompleCreated tion Status
1 .99 Less than 50%


0 .97

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1 .00

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Enduring Effects of Early Adversity on Adult Health Build upon epidemiologic models of the life course to analyze the ways in which multiple types of early childhood adversity affect adult health . Rescuing the anti-HIV activity of APOBEC3G with small-molecule chaperons Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and the Life Course Advance a prototype of a new class of anti-HIV drugs that can address the three existing problems associated with the current strategies: toxicity, resistance and latency. Build upon recent institutional developments at Purdue University by strengthening interdisciplinary graduate education and training on aging and the life course . Development of an integrin avb3-targeted 99mTc radiotracer, which is not only able to detect breast cancer at early stage but also able to monitor tumor growth and metastasis, will help physicians (1) to determine therapeutic options; (2) to select right patients for a specific therapeutic regiment; and (3) to optimize the dose and schedule for the antiangiogenic treatment in an individual patient . Identify the genetic variants that influence an individual’s response to low dietary calcium intake and then use this information as a foundation for making personalized diet recommendations to optimize bone health . Hire Dr. Natalya Kaganovich as a tenure-track assistant professor. Foster interdisciplinary collaboration between the faculty of SLHS and PSYC aimed at understanding the role of attention and working memory in developmental communication disorders, such as SLI and stuttering . Advance the adoption and Meaningful Use of electronic health records among Indiana primary care providers, with an emphasis upon serving small-group practices or practices that treat rural, uninsured, underinsured, underserved or other at-risk populations . Creating a highly visible entity, the Institute for Accessible Science (lAS) to pilot a holistic approach to promoting PWDs (People with disabilities) scientific success.


0 .73

More than 50%


2 .36

Less than 50%


4 .19

More than 50%

TC-Labeled Cyclic RGDfK Tetramers for Breast Cancer Imaging




Diet by Gene Interactions Affecting Calcium and Bone Metabolism


2 .70

Less than 50%

Electrophysiological Indices of Attention in Language Processing


1 .50

Less than 50%

Purdue University Establishment of the Indiana Health Information Technology Extension Center


15 .68

Less than 50%

Institute for Accessible Science (IAS): Advancing Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Collaborative Research: Impact of Climate Seasonality on Carbon Accumulation and methane Emissions of Alaskan Ecosystems during the Holocene Thermal Maximum



Not Started

Test the hypothesis that the enhanced climate seasonality at that time played a major role in causing such contrasting responses of ecosystems on uplands and wetlands.


0 .29

Less than 50%

on Pg. 7 Collaborative Research: Integrating Proxies and
Earth System Models to Elucidate Water Cycle Dynamics: Did global warming cause an enhanced hydrological cycle in the Eocene? Investigate the role of hydrological cycle feedbacks in climate change using a combination of proxy reconstructions and Earth System Models $472,346 1 .13 Less than 50%


December, 2010

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Are High School Athletes “Entitled to Play?”
By SCHUYLER D E ARMOND Recently, Needham High School, a public institution in the Boston, Massachusetts metro-area, suspended five senior female soccer players for hazing. The issue was that, following their conference Dortch-Okara did not pity the seniors. Saying, “As students have no entitlement to participate in high school sports, there is no due process violation in any exclusion from participation in such activities.” diction the equal protection of the laws.” That is the First Section of the Fourteenth Amendment. It is made up of three clauses: the citizenship clause, the due process clause, and the equal protection clause. Judge Dortch-Okara is correct in saying that people do not have a guaranteed right to play sports. However, it is a privilege, and privileges are guaranteed due process under the Fourteenth Amendment. They would have to be charged with a crime, heard at trial, and convicted before they were suspended. So, not only were these girls denied due process, they were denied equal protection of the law. The girls were not allowed to play in the first playoff game; unfortunately, it was the only playoff game. Needham lost week after the accident. Suspend your five most experienced players, suspend the coach, and don’t allow the team to practice: seems like a losing formula to me. After all, the non-senior girls have no right to play either, according to Judge Dortch-Okara, the girls aren’t even given the right to practice. Under the Needham Student Policy Handbook, the incident of hazing calls for the principal to first give a warning to stop before taking further action. The definition of hazing is: to subject to ridicule or harassment (to disturb persistently; torment, as with troubles or cares; bother continually; pester; persecute). Nowhere in that definition does it say hazing is the act of a crude practical joke. Nowhere in the Needham Student

championship victory, the senior girls decided to “pie” the girls’ soccer freshman members. Apparently, all of the seniors and freshmen involved found it laughable. Needham Principal Jonathon Pizzi was not involved, nor did he find it funny. Pizzi called the incident hazing and suspended the five seniors before their first playoff game. Outraged that the seniors could not play in their next game, Todd White, the father of one of the freshmen involved, sought out a court injunction. Mr. White found the game suspension a little too excessive. It was his opinion that the girls should have to do 50 hours community service and take a class on hazing. 50 hours is worth it right? After all, one of the freshmen got pie on her boots, so the seniors bought her a new pair of boots. It reminds me of the scene in the classic movie “Dazed and Confused” where super senior Ben Affleck hurts the freshmen’s feelings by paddling them, then goes down to the local K-mart and buys them all a fresh set of selfesteem. The case was heard by Justice Barbara A. Dortch-Okara. Apparently, Justice

Justice Dortch-Okara said that, “ stuAs dents have no entitlement to participate in high school sports, there is no due process violation in any exclusion from participating in such activities.”
The Constitution says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its juris-

Participating in sports is a privilege, and privileges are guaranteed due process under the Fourteenth Amendment. The players would have to be charged with a crime, heard at trial, and convicted before they were suspended.
7-1. Suffice it to say, these girls’ soccer career is over. They can’t play in high school anymore and their college careers are in jeopardy because of the incident. The only thing the players have going for them is that the police have stopped their investigation. Hopefully, someone is looking into the reasons why Principal Pizzi took the action that he did. He suspended the girls and the coach from the first game. It is not clear if the girls were suspended from school or just the game. However, the girls’ soccer team was not allowed to practice the

Policy Handbook does it say that a Principal may ignore the issuance of a warning and cut straight to suspension. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that anyone may disobey the law of the land and take rights and privileges away from citizens, or humans nonetheless. Playing high school soccer is a privilege. Taking away that privilege because of a childish joke is a joke itself. The only hazing that occurred was the torment that these senior girls received during their suspension. Not to mention the fact that their persecution may keep them off of college soccer fields permanently.

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y?” Mike Pence Headlines Right to Life Banquet
By JAY WOOD The Tippecanoe Right to Life held their annual Celebration of Life banquet Tuesday November 23rd in the Union’s North Ballroom. For me personally, the event was awesome well before Mike Pence even took the stage. As with any event put on in the Union Ballroom, the menu was phenomenal. Most of it was conventional – salad, beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, carrots, beans, and a dessert sampler. The meal was taken to the next level, however, by ‘Prosciuttowrapped Prawns’, which is a fancy way of saying fried ham (which tasted similar to bacon) wrapped over shrimp. I would never think to wrap any type of pork over shrimp, but I tell you what – it was fantastic. Along with being a sucker for a plate full of meat, I am also a sucker for men’s gospel a cappella quartets. The entertainment for the evening was just that – The Overtones, a men’s gospel a cappella quartet comprised of four current/ former Purdue students. After the music portion was finished, Sue Swayze, a lobbyist for Indiana Right to Life spoke to the audience about their agenda for the coming legislative session. Sue began by pointing out that 95% of the incoming freshmen state legislators are pro life, which drew a large applause. She then highlighted a number of agenda points, some of which included opting out of the abortion-related clauses in Obamacare, ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, and pushing for a ban on abortions occurring beyond 20 weeks of the pregnancy. After Sue was done, Tippecanoe County Right to Life Secretary Connie Basham introduced the keynote speaker, Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN). Connie gave some general information about Congressman Pence, including the fact that he has dropped out of his position as the House Republican Conference Chair to consider his options for the future (i.e. the 2012 election). There is a great deal of speculation that Pence might run for president, although there is perthe statement, saying that in the first moments when a baby is born and they look up at you with blinking eyes, you know you have made the right choice. The other side, Pence argued, cannot offer you that. He went on by noting that over 3500 abortions take place each day in the country, but that those are not just statistics, those are lives being tragically lost. In an emotional reflection, Pence shared the initial struggle that he and his wife, Karen, experienced in conceiving a child. He talked about how they had tried for three to four years to conceive, but were experiencing unexplained infertility. Then one February day, Mike called Karen and she said, “Happy Fathers Day”. She was pregnant with their son, Michael, who now ed abortion, both here in the United States and around the world. Pence listed three jobs that pro-life politicians and advocates need to work for: job one, he said, is that, “We must repeal Obamacare lock, stock, and barrel,” job two is reversing the Mexico City (Gag Rule) Policy which sends taxpayer funds to fund abortion-related services overseas, and job three is denying all funding to Planned Parenthood of America. Congressman Pence closed by sharing how he and other conservatives gathered to pray before the passage of Obamacare. Pence prayed for God to “heal this land”. He said that this is not the “universal prayer of all people, but the earnest prayer of [God’s] people” to heal the moral conscience of America. Pence received a standing ovation, his third of the evening. Following the keynote address, there was another speech by a local teenage boy, Collin Knollhoff. Collin quoted several scriptures that reference God’s support for human life. He explained that abortion is both a “heart” and “law” issue, and that we need to change people’s hearts and also change the laws. Collin showed a deep understanding of faith, as well as an impressive knowledge of constitutional history. His address also received a standing ovation. Following Collin’s words was an emotional rendition of Prayer of the Children, sung by the Overtones, and then a closing benediction. All in all, the event was a fantastic gathering of like-minded pro-life conservatives whose lives were equally touched by all of the words and music that was shared.

“Life is winning in America... and life is winning in Indiana.” Mike Pence
haps greater speculation that he will run for governor. Then, it was time for the big show. After flying all night from Dubai to Washington D.C. and then from Washington D.C. to Indianapolis, Congressman Pence finally made it to Purdue. Although he was undoubtedly experiencing significant jet lag, you would never have known by the way he carried himself throughout the evening, particularly during his keynote address. Pence began by saying, “Life is winning in America… and life is winning in Indiana”. He briefly touched on his trip to Afghanistan, and he energized the conservative crowd by referring to our troops as “the finest military in the history of the world”. Moving on to the abortion topic, which the banquet is largely centered around, Pence talked about how abortion has two victims, one which “goes on to eternity by the grace of God” and one which goes on living. The Congressman said there is something he can offer that the other side (pro choice advocates) cannot. He explained

Pence listed three tasks that pro-life advocates need to work for: repeal Obamacare, reverse the Mexico City (Gag Rule) Policy, and deny all funding to Planned Parenthood of America.
attends Purdue. Through their struggle with infertility, the Pence family gained an added appreciation for how precious life truly is. Mike described President Obama as ‘the most pro-abortion president’ since the enactment of Roe v. Wade. He quickly said that the description was not an attack, it was just a fact. The Congressman listed the pro-abortion things Obama has done since taking office, most of which involved various channels of taxpayer-fund-


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TSA Manhandles Fliers
By KRISTIN PATRAS Let’s face it: going through airport security is a pain in the ass. I mean, what’s better than walking barefoot across tile that thousands of other people have already walked barefoot on? Don’t you just love taking off your coat, emptying your pockets, and placing all of your valuables in those disgusting plastic bins? Oh, and all the while the person behind you huffs and puffs as if you are the slowest person they have ever met. Well, you’re in luck! Airport security has just gotten better – or at least that is what the Transportation Security Administration wants you to think. Actually, you still have to do all of that pain in the ass stuff I mentioned. However, you also get the fabulous opportunity to be “randomly” selected to go through advanced imaging technology or what I like to call the “naked scanner.” Believe it or not, if your TSA agent chooses you as the lucky winner you get to stand in a spaceship-like machine that takes a picture of you in your birthday suit. That’s right folks, butt naked. As someone who has been “randomly” selected to get in the naked scanner, I would have to say it was most certainly the highlight of my trip. I mean what is better than standing in a little tube with your legs apart and your arms out to the side while a stranger in another room gets a pornographic picfor parents to tell their children, “It’s never okay for anyone to touch you like that

An enhanced pat-down is when a TSA agent pats down your entire body. Yes, that means they will touch you in places that would land any other person in jail for sexual assault.
ture of you? Safety first, right? For those of you who don’t particularly feel like being virtually strip searched, I don’t blame you. If you are “randomly” chosen to get in a naked scanner and do not wish to, you can tell the TSA agent that you are choosing to opt out. What happens next is truly fantastic. The TSA agent will yell just loud enough for everyone else to hear “we have an opt out!” Then, you will be subjected to an “enhanced pat-down.” An enhanced patdown is when a TSA agent pats down your entire body. Yes, that means they will touch you in places that would land any other person in jail for sexual assault. Although this would obviously be degrading and traumatic for any customer, it must be extremely unbearable for sexual assault victims. Also, it must be tricky – unless of course it’s a government employee. Then it is acceptable.” Naturally, the TSA has come to the rescue by saying you do have “rights” during the procedure. Thank God! The TSA says you have the right to request that the enhanced pat-down be conducted in a private room by a same-gender officer. Oh, and in case you are still worried you can have a witness. Phew! That makes being groped so much better! Okay, let’s get real. That basically rules out the “option” to get an enhanced patdown, but what about the alternative? Did I mention that the “confidential” pornographic images taken by the naked scanner are popping up on the internet? Oh, and a picture with your face is right next to your naked picture. Better yet, a Johns Hopkins biochemist is speaking out against the naked scanners because of the radiation. According to him, statistics show that someone will be getting cancer from them. Ironically, the risk of dying from radiation via a naked scanner is equal to the risk of dying in a terrorist attack. And finally – drum roll please! – a former head of Israeli airport security says that he can get enough explosives through the naked scanners in order to bring down a

An example of what TSA agents see with their “naked scanner.”

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dians are taking advantage of the outrageous situation. Jay Leno said the new TSA slogan is, “We handle more junk than eBay.” Even SNL created a skit in which TSA workers say, “The TSA, it’s our business to touch yours.” So, of course, TSA workers should totally unionize now. Surprise, again! website as a place for customers to send in their outrageous stories. They received 900 complaints in November alone. Ron Paul even endorsed the national Opt Out Day right on the floor of Congress. Furthermore, on December 2 two Harvard law students went as far as suing the United States government in federal court. They say that their constitutional rights are violated by the new TSA security procedures. The students, who are regular fliers, say that the mandatory screenings are performed “without reasonable suspi-

“It’s nev- 747. Now that like that is just fantastic! I feel safer already. Just a warning, if you opt out of both security procedures the TSA says you cannot simply decide to leave the airport. Actually, the TSA says they will fine you up to $11,000 and possibly arrest you. FYI, they don’t actually have ment em- the authority to do either one. Not only are these naked scanners a o the res- complete scam, it has also been revealed s” during that they were paid for with funds from TSA says the American Recovery and Reinvestment t the en- Act. As if that wasn’t outrageous enough, in a pri- the company that supplies the naked ficer. Oh, scanners is owned by a company in which you can George Soros owns 11,300 shares. In case kes being you aren’t familiar with him, Georgie is a billionaire liberal who likes to fund ally rules groups such as the Center for American nced paternative? idential” he naked internet? e is right ter yet, a aking out cause of statistics ng cancer of dying r is equal st attack. a former says that ough the g down a

Progress. Now good old George has even more money to donate to his left-wing organizations. Surprise! As you can imagine, customers are not too thrilled about all of these new security procedures. As a result, TSA agents are receiving a large portion of the backlash. For instance, a man was arrested for punching his TSA agent at the Indianapolis Airport. In addition, come-

Not only are these naked scanners a complete scam, it has also been revealed that they were paid for with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The entire ordeal escalated into a national Opt Out Day on November 24. The goal was to send a message that customers were not willing to give up their rights (laid out in the Constitution, not by the TSA). Since the TSA is so savvy these days, they conveniently shut down a great deal of the naked scanners and just put customers through the metal detectors. Wait, was there a terrorist attack on November 24? The American Civil Liberties Union, Congressman Ron Paul, and fliers have come out slamming the TSA. The ACLU has been using its

cion or probable cause.” I for one am willing to put up with all of that pain in the ass stuff I mentioned, like taking off my shoes and putting my bags in the disgusting gray bins. However, that’s where I draw my line. If I wasn’t stuck in Washington, D.C. by myself the day I was “randomly” selected to go in the naked scanner, I wouldn’t have flown. For now, I join the customers who are refusing to fly at all. After all, Benjamin Franklin once said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Democrats’ Last Second Trick Play:
Libertarian on 2
By JAY WOOD The Democrats pulled out a trick play from the back of the book this year – campaigning for candidates besides them-


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In a number of congressional races across the country, Democrats sent out direct mail pieces in favor of Libertarian candidates. This deceptive tactic is known as “supporting a spoiler.”
selves. In a number of congressional races across the country, the Democrats sent out direct mail pieces in favor of Libertarian candidates. This deceptive tactic, known as supporting a spoiler, is nothing new. The idea is to convince voters to support a third party candidate (who has zero chance of winning) because that candidate represents a certain set of appealing values. Support for third party candidates siphons votes away from the major party opponent. This is often a desperation move, and there is high risk-reward because while you might take votes away from your primary opponent you are not spending money promoting your own message to other voters. The Democrats used this tactic extensively in 2010, but they altered the strategy in different states. Indiana Route: Run Right The Indiana Route was to paint the Libertarian candidate as the “true/real conservative” in the race, unlike the Republican candidate. This occurred in Congressional Districts 2 and 9. In District 2, Incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly was running against Republican State Rep-

resentative Jackie Walorski, who was backed by the Tea Party. The Indiana Democratic Party sent out a direct mail

piece supporting third party Libertarian candidate Mark Vogel, touting him as “the true conservative” in the race, because of his support for lower taxes and spending, as well as the second amendment. Upon seeing the flyer, Mark Vogel said, “It is great to see that the Democratic Party of Indiana is finally for real change and sound candidates that support Constitutional government, lower spending and free markets, something the Democratic Party has not believed in for many

The Democrats’ strategy in Indiana worked to perfection. They divided the center-right vote and propelled their comparatively liberal candidate to victory.
decades.” Mark Vogel had no idea that the Democrats were actually fighting against those values by dividing the center-right vote. In this case, the Democrats emerged victorious. Joe Donnelly won 48.25% of

the vote, while Jackie Walorski was 1.5% behind with 46.75%. Mark Vogel took 5%. The Democrats’ strategy worked to perfection. They knew Vogel stood no chance of winning, but by dividing the centerright vote, they propelled their comparatively liberal candidate to victory. Reaction to the mailer was understandably negative. Walorski campaign spokesman Matt Kirby said, “It is an intentional deception to send something like this out to folks in the closing hours of the campaign.” Chris Spangle, Indiana Libertarian Party Executive Director, was also unhappy, saying, “The Libertarian Party of Indiana condemns the use of its candidate’s images and branding in this manner without our candidate’s express written permission.” Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker admitted sending out as many as 20,000 Vogel flyers, costing $15,000. Dan Parker was able to score in District 2, but he did not have the same luck in District 9. The race in District 9 pitted Incumbent Democrat Baron Hill against Republican challenger Todd Young. In a similar move, the Indiana Democratic Party sent out a direct mail piece saying

hurt Young.” In an email, Knott expressed hope that the GOP would send out a mail piece describing him as the most progressive candidate in the race. Chris Spangle from the Indiana Libertarian Party was equally unhappy about the Democrats actions in District 9 as he was in District 2 saying, “Neither Greg Knott nor Mark Vogel were consulted before their images were used in these mailers. The Libertarian Party of Indiana denounces the tactics used by State Democrats. Voters should not trust politicians that will use any means to win a race.” Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker shared that the Knott fliers cost $15,000 (same as the Vogel fliers). Murray Clark, Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, said that the fliers are “one of the most underhanded political stunts I have ever seen. … It represents the worst sort of political cynicism and makes it clear that [State Democrats] have no faith in Baron Hill to win this race on his own merits.” Todd Young’s campaign called it “the last gasp of a flailing campaign.” Young was right that it was a last gasp; move, although, to be clear, the mailer in District 9 (same as in District 2) was sent out by State Party, not by the individual campaign(s). The Indiana Democrats’ stunt did not work in this case. In the end, Todd Young blew out Baron Hill 52.2% to 42.2%. Knott, the Libertarian, won 5.4% of the vote. Overall, Dan Parker’s $30,000 Libertarian direct mail arsenal finished 1-1. Illinois Route: Read Option The Illinois Route was similar to Indiana’s in that it painted the Libertarian as the more conservative candidate, but the difference is that it simultaneously promoted the Democrat. Alexi Giannoulias,

that Libertarian candidate Greg Knott was the “real conservative” in the race. Knott, realizing what was going on, responded, “Yes, Hill and the Democrats are deviously using me in their self-interest to

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the Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, admitted involvement in a direct mail piece that described the Libertarian candidate, Mike Labno, as pro-life

Arizona Democrats opted to run a route different from Indiana’s: they attacked the moral compass of the Republican candidateandpromotedtheLibertarianinstead.
Hoping for the same outcome, the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a mailer that labeled the Libertarian as an “outsider” and a “Tea Party type.” The piece said that Davis “plans to cut government spending, will drastically reduce the size of government across the board, is a complete outsider . . . Davis and the Tea Party think government is part of the problem, and want to make it as small as possible.” It also asks if Davis is “too conservative.” The idea is that conservative recipients will think, “What is so bad about this Libertarian guy? He sounds pretty awesome to me!” This effort ultimately failed, because Republican Andy Harris beat Democrat Frank Kratovil 55% to 42%, with Libertarian Richard Davis winning 4%. The margin was too wide for Davis to tip the scale for the Democrats again. Arizona Route: Chop Block In one race, the Arizona Democrats ran the Indiana Route: show the electorate that the Libertarian candidate represents conservative values. This was executed in Arizona’s fifth congressional district, in favor of Libertarian candidate Nick Coons. Like Indiana 9 though, this

won by less than 1% over Andy Harris, and it can be argued that the 2.5% Libertarian vote tipped the scale in favor of the Democrat.

and pro-gun, in contrast to the Republican candidate, Mark Kirk, and his less conservative values. This mailer was different than the ones in Indiana in that it mentioned both the Libertarian and Republican candidates, but it also promoted Giannoulias as someone who would fight for Illinois jobs. A dual-message piece like this could affect voters differently. Seemingly, the hope was that conservative recipients would turn towards Labno instead of Kirk, while liberal recipients would still come out for Giannoulias. At the end of the day, the mailer was futile, because Mark Kirk beat Giannoulias 47.6% to 46%. Mike Labno won only 2.7% of the vote.

strategy was unsuccessful, because (in a 2008 rematch) Republican David Schweikert beat Incumbent Democrat Harry Mitchell 52.9% to 42.4%. Libertarian Nick Coons took 4.6%. Perhaps realizing early that the Indiana Route would not work for them, Arizona Democrats ran the Arizona Route: attack the moral compass of the Republican and promote the Libertarian. In Arizona’s fifth congressional district, the Arizona Democrats sent out a mailer with a quote from Republican Ben Quayle saying, “My moral compass is so broken, I can barely find the parking lot.” Below that, a message reads, “For Conservatives, there is a better choice: Libertarian Michael Shoen.” This strategy did not work either, because Republican Ben Quayle beat Democrat Jon Hulburd 52.2% to 41.1%. Libertarian Michael Shoen won 5%.

district. The Colorado Democrats sent out a mailer with a picture of Tancredo and a picture of Aden. There is a U.S. Constitution above them, and below the pictures, it says, “Doug Aden and Tom Tancredo are having a tea party.” This strategy did not pay off, because Republican Cory Gardner beat Incumbent Democrat Betsy Markey 53% to 41%. Doug Aden won 5%. Wrap-up: Overall, the Democrats’ third party direct mail arsenal finished 1-6. In 5/6 cases, a vote for the Democrat-promoted third party candidate was inconsequential. However, Indiana’s second congressional district was a very different story. In a race that close, a vote for the Libertarian candidate was an indirect vote for the Democrat. Over 53% of the voters in that district wanted their next Representative to be someone committed to the

The Democrats’ third party direct mail arsenal finished 1-6. In 5/6 cases, a vote for the Democrat-promoted third party candidate was inconsequential.
Colorado Route: Go Long The Colorado Route is to link candidates in different races together. In the Colorado Gubernatorial race, Tom Tancredo (running as a member of the American Constitution Party) was far more popular among conservatives than the Republican candidate, Dan Maes. The Democrats tried to bank on Tom Tancredo’s popularity by backing Doug Aden, the long shot American Constitution candidate in Colorado’s fourth congressional principles of limited government and the free market. However, because that 53% was split two ways, less than 47% of the voters re-elected a man who supported Obamacare and the stimulus package. The way that Jackie Walorski was narrowly defeated in 2010 should serve as a warning and a lesson to all conservative voters as they head to the polls in 2012.

Maryland Route: Outside Hook The Maryland Route was to demonize the Libertarian’s conservative values, in hopes that conservatives would rally in even greater support for that candidate. This tactic was used in Maryland’s first congressional district. District 1 featured a complete re-match of the 2008 contest between Democrat Frank Kratovil, Republican Andy Harris, and Libertarian Richard Davis. In 2008, Frank Kratovil


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Family Promise Spreads Grace, Not Wealth Fo
By JAY WOOD In 1986, a non-profit organization called Interfaith Hospitality Network was formed in New Jersey. The organization, now called Family Promise, has 155 national affiliates, including one here in Lafayette. They address the issue of homelessness by providing “shelter, case management, mentoring, and transportation.” Homelessness is a big problem in the Greater Lafayette area. According to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, there were 276 documented cases of homelessness in Tippecanoe County alone between September 2009 and September 2010. That does not include undocumented cases that we will never be able to count. To help combat this problem, Family Promise of Greater Lafayette (FPGL) opened in February 2009 and is currently run by Laurie Mann. Laurie works primarily out of the ‘Day Center’ located at 2203 N 19th Street in Lafayette. The Day Center is open from 7 AM to 5 PM. This is a place where the homeless can stay during the daytime. Those with jobs will go to their place of work and the children will go to school. Adults without work will try to find employment. The Day Center is equipped with a kitchen, a laundry room, shower facilities, and a computer with internet access. There is a fifteen passenger van that can transport the homeless to their jobs, interview sites, housing searches, and appointments, for example. In the evening, the homeless ride in the fifteen passenger van to a designated church in the local area. Right now, there are eleven host churches (including St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church located near the Union). The host churches will provide shelter for up to fourteen homeless people (the maximum capacity FLPG can serve). These churches, with the help of four other “support churches,” will provide dinner and fellowship opportunities for the homeless for a one week period (Sunday to Sunday). After that week is done, the homeless will stay at a different host church, so that in a given year, each church is only responsible for a few weeks of hosting. The churches are instructed not proselytize and push their beliefs on the homeless. The point of the program is not to convert the homeless to Christianity, but rather to help them get back on their feet. Volunteers at these churches show the love and grace of God to the homeless by their actions, not by preaching a sermon. Arguably, those actions can speak louder than any words. FPGL provides a great deal of case management. Case management can involve any number of things. Primarily, it involves helping the homeless adults find work and housing. Everyone is given a goal sheet with items to be accomplished. If employment is the problem, FPGL can help with job training and searching, interview skill development, further education, and more. If housing is the problem, FLPG can help locate places to live and/ or the financial means to stay in a home. Each homeless family is given 30 days to accomplish their goal sheet, although Laurie shared that many families end up staying for 40-50 days. One of the greatest appeals of Family Promise is that is not a big welfare handout or entitlement program. The goal is for these people to better their lives and become self-sufficient. Hence its name, Family Promise is also about strengthening the bonds of family. On average, over 70% of the families find permanent housing. Many of the homeless people who are without jobs find employment or go to school. Since they opened, the FPGL has helped 27 families, including 32 adults, 53 children, and 4 expectant mothers. FPGL is supported entirely by material and monetary donations, grants, fundraisers, and volunteer efforts. If you are interested in helping FPGL (or you think your church might be), visit the FPGL website at www.fpglinc.org. You can also become a fan of ‘Family Promise of Greater Lafayette’ on Facebook. You can also follow them on Twitter.


Children in San Francisco may be very disappointed next year when visiting McDonald’s. The city council passed an ordinance banning the use of free toys with the sale of kid’s meals that do not meet nutritional guidelines with an 8-3 vote. San Francisco is the first major city to ban the inclusion of toys with fast food meals. Those in support of the bill want to curb the rising issue of childhood obesity by taking away an incentive for children to crave unhealthy meals. The law will take place in December 2011. According to the law, kid’s meals are officially considered unhealthy if they contain more than 640 milligrams of sodium, 600 calories, or 35 percent calories from fat. The law would also limit

Not Such a Happy Meal

the amount of saturated fats and trans fats that can be sold in a meal. Another requirement is that meals including a toy must also contain fruits or vegetables. Supervisor Eric Mar states that they want to work with restaurants to include healthier choices for children. He says that a lot of what children are eating is making them sick, and a large amount of that is fast food. Several of the advocates behind the legislation hope to see similar types of proposals become law in other areas throughout the country. Santa Clara County in California has already approved a similar ordinance that affects about a dozen restaurants. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

has threatened to veto the ordinance; however, the number of members on the city council currently have the votes to override any veto. Newsom says that childhood obesity is certainly something that needs to be addressed, but he believes this new ordinance is the wrong approach. He went so far as to say, “Parents, not politicians, should decide what their children eat, especially when it comes to spending their own money.” The restaurant chains argue that this new rule will not have any effect on the childhood obesity rates including the medical issues that arise with it such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. McDonald’s, Burger King Corp., and fifteen other chains have signed

onto the Children’s Food and Advertising Initiative by the Council of Better Business Bureau as a means of self-regulation. McDonald’s claims that its advertised kid’s meals do not contain more than 600 calories and have a cap on sugars and fats meeting government nutritional standards. The company has also agreed to cut back on advertising in schools to help promote healthy lifestyles. Recently, Mayor Newsom attempted to veto the bill, but it was overturned by the council because they had the minimum 8 votes needed to do so. This was one of the few times Mayor Newsom’s veto has been overturned during his 7 years in office.


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Four Loko: Same Old Idea, New Name
By GRAHAM MORROW In any social situation, at some point we’ll find ourselves dealing with “That Guy.” Whether it’s “That Guy” who thinks he’s uniquely qualified to lead no matter the situation, or “That Guy” who insists his taste in music overrules everyone else’s, or “That Guy” whose drinking ruins everyone’s enjoyment of a party, he will crop up at some point. “That Guy” always justifies some big change in the way we do things. But is it right? Does this one individual breaking the rules justify an overhaul of everything we’ve spent years learning? Phusion Products’ recent introduc-

tion of Four Loko arguably poses a similar problem. Certainly, it has upset what shouldn’t be accepted norms of regular drinking. Its additives, coupled with its considerable alcohol content, have created an entirely new beast of an underage drinking problem. Four Loko has already been blamed for several deaths in the course of illegal drinking. Senator Chuck Schumer has even (outside his authority though it might be) ordered his state’s alcohol regulator to ban such caffeinated alcoholic beverages altogether. The FDA has followed suit, with news appearing in recent days that they might alter their own regulations to make the sale of such drinks illegal throughout the country. But is this the right course of action? Quite simply, no. There might be a legitimate objection to the drink, but it hardly amounts to anything justifying a ban, for several reasons. First, one of the primary objections to Four Loko is its deliberate mixing of alcohol and caffeine. This combination prevents the drinker from fully comprehending the extent of their intoxication. This is at best a non-sequitur. Caffeinated cocktails are already a common practice from coast to coast. Can anyone of legal age reading this say that they’ve never had a caffeinated cocktail? No whiskey and cola? No Red Bull and vodka? No Irish coffee? All Four Loko amounts to is commercializing an idea people have had since the dawn of drinking. Second, let’s stop to consider the root of these objections: Four Loko is, from published figures, popular among drinkers under the age of twenty-one. Put an-

Can anyone of legal age say that they’ve never had a caffeinated cocktail? No whiskey and cola? No Irish coffee? All Four Loko amounts to is commercializing an idea people have had since the dawn of drinking.
other way: people who are viewed by the law as not possessing the judgment to drink safely are drinking unsafely. Now ponder the fact that years of legislation, arrests, court proceedings and propaganda have done nothing to change this. Outlawing one particular drink, regardless of its effect, certainly can’t be expected to accomplish more. The drinking age is already twentyone. Drinkers under twenty-one are al-

ready violating the law. Their illegal habits are inadmissible in any discussion of legal drinking, and their misadventures in defiance of the law certainly don’t constitute any reason to limit the freedoms of citizens who exercise them in compliance. If the state wishes to curb underage drinking, there are right ways and wrong ways to do that. Spastic overreaction should be properly regarded as a wrong one.

Purdue Football Wrap-Up
By JAY WOOD In our Boiler Gold Rush Issue, I predicted that the Purdue Football team would go 7-5. I anticipated us winning three out of the four non-conference games, and then four Big Ten games (probably Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois, and Indiana). What I did not anticipate, however, was that Purdue football would suffer injury after heart-wrenching injury. We knew that Ralph Bolden was out for the season with an ACL injury, but we had no idea that he would soon be joined by numerous teammates. Week 1 against Notre Dame was a real bummer. Winning up at South Bend is ALWAYS an enormous challenge, but if there was a year to do it, I really thought this was our year. QB Robert Marve was 3142 with two interceptions. He was sacked four times, but showed some promise on a long touchdown run. Although he struggled early, I assumed that, over the course of the season, Marve would develop in to a top notch quarterback. Purdue fans got their first taste of QB Rob Henry running the ball. At that point, we thought he would be strictly a ‘Wildcat’ quarterback, only utilized in very specific running packages. WRONG! Purdue wound up losing the game 23-12, but Ryan Kerrigan (one of my top two favorite players) and the defense made Boiler Nation proud by forcing a safety against the Irish. Losing against Notre Dame always stinks, but I felt like the season could still be a success. Then came Week 2. Typically, playing a school like Western Illinois means a 60-10 blowout; not the case this year. Dan Dierking (the other of my top two favorite players) ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns. That was the good news. The bad news, though, was that number one wide receiver Keith Smith suffered a season-ending knee injury. Purdue… knee injury… no way! Robert Marve was 2334 passing with one touchdown and one interception. That seemed to be an improvement from the week before, which gave me some hope. Purdue won the game 31-21, which was good in terms of record, but embarrassing in terms of the expectations of destroying small schools. Week 3 against Ball State, in terms of fan expectation, was similar to Week 2. Everyone anticipated a blowout against our mid-major conference opponent. What we did not anticipate was an injury to our starting quarterback. Robert Marve suffered a knee injury, but would return the following week. Purdue went on to win the game 24-13. Getting a W in the win column is great, but beating a midmajor conference team by only 11 points was a cause for concern. The following week against Toledo was an absolute disaster. Again, there are blowout expectations when playing a midmajor conference team. If you are not going to blowout the mid-majors, the expectation is at least a victory (even by a slim margin). H o wever, when we were down 17-0 at halftime, there was a sharp realization that this season was going to be a tremendous struggle. Worst of all, on the third drive of the game, Robert Marve re-injured his knee, this time a seasonending ACL tear. Versatile WR Justin Siller also suffered a bad foot sprain that would leave him out essentially the rest of the season. Purdue lost the game 20-31. Week 5 against Northwestern was our first Big Ten Conference action of the season. Northwestern is a game that I invari-


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It was like watching the movie “ Any Given Sunday, except our third” stringquarterbackdidnotmagically rise up and win a championship.
17 victory. We learned a few things from this game. The bad news we learned was that our new quarterback, Rob Henry, is an unpolished passer. The good news, however, was that despite his struggles in the passing game, Henry is a dangerous threat as a runner. Homecoming this year came on Week 6 against Minnesota. For Homecoming’s sake, it was a blessing that we were playing the Gophers, because they had lost all of their games to that point. Purdue decided to wear throwback uniforms from the 2001 Rose Bowl. The throwbacks featured gold pants and the white jersey tops that Purdue wore during that era. There was a 2001 Rose Bowl patch on the jersey tops, as well as a rose through the block P on our gold helmets. A very confident Purdue team came away with a great 28-17 victory, but it was far from a happy day. During the game, Purdue fans received word that basketball superstar Robbie Hummel had re-torn his ACL during practice that morning. ALL of the air was completely sucked out of Ross-Ade Stadium. The football game was great, but nobody could fully focus on it. Little did we know, Homecoming would be our last win of the season. The next four games were a blur. In chronological order, we lost to Ohio State 49-0, Illinois 44-10, Wisconsin 34-13, and Michigan 27-17. During that stretch, Rob Henry suffered a finger injury against

ably predict Purdue to win every year. This season, however, the Wildcats came in to the game ranked in the top 25 (and they were playing at home). In an intense nail-biter, the Boilers squeaked out a 20-

We had no idea that Bolden would be joined by numerous injured teammates.

Ohio State, forcing us to play with another new quarterback, Sean Robinson, who (understandably) struggled tremendously. Henry would continue to play sparingly. In our opening drive of the Michigan game, we attempted to have Justin Siller return and play quarterback. In 2010 Purdue fashion, he re-injured his leg on the very first play. Sean Robinson took some snaps at quarterback, as did Henry (who switched back and forth between quarterback and running back). It was like watching the movie Any Given Sunday, except our third string quarterback did not magically rise up and win a championship. The final two weeks were the most heart-breaking of all. Sitting at 4-6, we had to win both of our last two games in order to be bowl eligible. Nobody anticipated us to beat Michigan State in Week 11. However, there was tremendous hope for victory when we were leading 28-13 to start the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, Michigan State scored 22 points in the final period and beat us 35-31. Unable to participate in post-season play, our best consolation was to beat fierce in-state rival Indiana. It was a close game throughout. IU hit a field goal at the end of regulation to send the game in to overtime. Purdue had the first possession in overtime, but Henry threw an awful interception. IU then ran a few plays, hit a field goal, and came away with the victory. Our 4-6 finish was nowhere near my 7-5 prediction. In August, I had absolutely no idea that we would have to deal with so many injuries. Had we gone through the season relatively healthy, I have no doubt that we could have achieved my prediction. If we can stay healthy next season, I predict that Purdue will go 6-6 and, God-willing, return to a bowl game. Until then, we can enjoy a wonderful basketball season. BOILER UP!

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December, 2010


The Importance of Teacher Evaluations

h anoth- Every semester, thousands of students son, who take courses at Purdue University. Each mendous- student is evaluated by their teachers sparing- through grades, but only a fraction of stuMichigan dents actually take the time to evaluate mpted to their teachers. As someone who has filled er return out evaluations for virtually every teacher rterback. since high school, I started to wonder exfashion, actly why so many students seem uninis leg on terested in completing them. lay. Sean Based on some of my casual interk some actions with friends and classmates, it rterback, seems that some students don’t feel the y (who evaluations will actually affect the future and forth teaching styles of professors. Others don’t ng back). think it will impact how the course is ny Given structured. And some students see online quarter- evaluations as spam mail rather than anynd win a thing useful. Therefore, many students will only fill out an evaluation if it is given he most to them by an instructor in class. In ad4-6, we dition, many students are very busy and games in pre-occupied at the end of the year. This dy antici- can definitely lead to forgetting or becomin Week ing uninterested in evaluations in general. ous hope In fact, the other day I happened to ng 28-13 observe a student run through evaluatunately, tions very quickly without really reading in the fi- each question. This student pretty much nable to clicked “Undecided” on all questions and our best did not provide any comments. This ap-state ri- proach completes the process of filling through- out evaluations, but it is not effective in of reguovertime. in overntercepit a field tory. near my bsolutely deal with through have no terms of improving the course. I highly eved my encourage more students to fill evaluthy next ations out with a sense of appreciation ll go 6-6 rather than urgency. wl game. There are also some complications to rful bas- filling out teacher evaluations. “I think some students evaluate the course more

In courses where students are mostly uninterested, the instructor is likely to receive a large amount of poor evaluations. On the contrary, if many students like the course, the professor has a better chance of receiving positive evaluations.
than the actual teacher,” states Katherine Pack, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts. I certainly agree with Pack’s statement to some extent. In courses where students are mostly uninterested, the instructor is likely to receive a large amount of poor evaluations. On the contrary, if many students like the course, the professor has a better chance of receiving positive evaluations. However, many online evaluations these days include sections for evaluating both the course and the teacher. It is important to keep in mind that no matter how you rate the course, there are simply some general teaching been given the same incentive. A few semesters back, a teacher of mine offered one point of extra credit added to the final exam if 90% or more of the class filled

from strongly agree to strongly disagree. When it comes to filling in the proper answer, students should take the time to carefully read each question and then click the first answer choice that comes to mind. This is an effective way to show your experience with the course. In addition, it is unbiased and does not require a lot of excess thought. After understanding how to properly fill out an evaluation, each student should

While one small form does not seem like much, it can have great impact on the teaching principles of our school when combined with the opinions of thousands of other students.
out the course’s evaluation. Needless to say, we fell significantly short of the mark and did not receive the one point benefit. Many professors tend to have a much different view regarding the evaluations. Bob Holland, a professor of Economics in the Krannert School of Management, believes that current students are doing future students a big favor by filling out online evaluations. He feels that students should always include comments because it legitimately affects the instructor’s style of teaching. Online evaluations tend to ask questions or provide statements with five answer choices. These choices range consider what his or her response means to the University. As Professor Holland proclaims, “Here’s your (the student’s) chance to make Purdue a better place.” Holland certainly has a very valid and important point. While one small form does not seem like much, it can have great impact on the teaching principles of our school when combined with the opinions of thousands of other students. After all, the students and/or their families are the ones paying for the education. This is the students’ opportunity to have a say in how the school operates and it is one that should be taken advantage of.

Somestudentsdon’tfeeltheevaluationswillactually affectthefutureteachingstylesofprofessors.Others don’tthinkitwillimpacthowthecourseisstructured.
principles that cannot be changed. Some students may fill out applications because they have an incentive to do so. “Sometimes I fill them out if the teacher offers extra credit,” says Charles Lei, a senior in the College of Engineering. I can recall just one case where I’ve personally


December, 2010

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Voncey Hill
By JAY WOOD There is a perception that the Von’s Bookstore is a secret Communist establishment. Their exact threat level is unknown, but they have given good reason for us to be on high alert. As many of you

are aware, Von’s has taken over what used to be LovShack. It is now “Von’s Dough Shack.” If left unchecked, their unbridled desire for expansion could lead to a serious domino effect. Once one business falls in to Von’s hands, the rest will surely fall as well. Before long, all of the local businesses will be under Communist influence, so we must be on high alert. Intelligence tells us that Von will first go after the adjacent businesses, those immediately neighboring his bookstore. Harry’s Chocolate Shop, one of our closest allies, is in the most danger because it is currently flanked and unsupported. Without reinforcements, it will soon be Von’s Chocolate Shop, and they will sell actual chocolate instead of liquor (and delicious free popcorn). That would be an outrage! After claiming an early victory, Von would start heading east. He would begin conquering one business after another. In just a few weeks, we would be looking at Von’s Indigo, Von’s Roadhouse (which would continue selling liquor), Von’s Cuts, and Von’s Box Pizza (the cool collectible cups would then all be red with a yellow hammer and sickle image). He would also

If left unchecked, their unbridled desire for expansion could lead to a serious Domino Effect. Once one business falls in to Von’s hands, the rest will surely fall as well. Before long, all of the local businesses will be under Communist influence, so we must be on high alert.

take over PEFCU ATM outside of Jake’s, turning it in to a Von’s Employees Federal Credit Union ATM. It would accept all debit cards, but it would impose a tiered service fee based on how much was in your

account (larger accounts pay a larger fee). With revenue streaming in, Von would then be ready to push south. In three months time, we would have to look at Von’s Jewelers, Von’s Guys, Von’s Electronics (formerly RadioShack), Von’s Nails, and Von’s Beef and Cheddar (formerly Arby’s). To spread his expansive ideology, Von would need students to start wearing Von’s brand clothing, so he would take over University Spirit, making it Von’s Spirit, which would strictly sell Von’s clothing and paraphernalia items. Following a draining southward campaign, Von would need to regain strength. That being the case, he would look to suspend temporarily his conventional

conquering of every business in a specific direction. Instead, he would begin focused guerrilla tactics, picking off predetermined strategic locations, many of which are located on the north side of 26. First, to increase in manpower, Von would strike across 26 and form the Von’s Forces Recruiting Center. With new recruits, Von would snatch his biggest desire. You guessed it. The sub-bearing bicyclists would be representing “Jimmy Von’s.” Von would then continue his guerrilla attacks on other locations. Before long, there would be Vonda Express, Von’s Sprouts, and a fully operating Von’s Employees Federal Credit Union Branch (where the Chase Bank is now). Von would also take over the Lutheran church next to Chauncey, making it Von’s Lutheran. With that gain, he would be able to penetrate the Lutheran ministry headquarters on the corner of Northwestern and Fowler (deep in the heart of free Pur-

Von’s Maza, Von’s Fu Lam Chinese Buffet, Von’s Basil Thai and Bubble T ea, Von’s Sub Shop, Von-Z Japanese Fusion, and, most devastating of all, Vono Bell.

east towards the Wabash. In a short period of time, we would see Von’s Hookah, Von’s Maza, Von’s Fu Lam Chinese Buffet, Von’s Basil Thai and Bubble Tea, Von’s Copies, Von’s Sub Shop (which could be converted into God knows what, since there would already be Jimmy Von’s next to the recruiting center), Von-Z Japanese Fusion, and, most devastating of all, Vono Bell. With the conquering of every business surrounding the Chauncey parking lot, Von would change the name of Chauncey Hill to Voncey Hill. In time, there would certainly be a push north. The local community would have to check books out of Von’s Public Library. There would be an intrusion in to the apartment industry, perhaps the Weida chain, making Voneida apartments. Folks, you and I both see the writing on the wall. After the fall of the “Voncey Hill” businesses will be the fall of our academic buildings. Our children

Control of the dough shack has to be the point beyond which Von most not advance. Von might be able to take our sexually-named calzones, but he will never take our freedom!

due territory). Von’s enormous empire would then be ready to begin its final Chauncey campaign. His last advance would again push

will be fans of our alma mater, the Vondue Necklacemakers (or maybe just the Vondue Makers, given the course of our current brand). This is all, of course, if Von’s expansion goes unchecked. To this point, we have been able to contain Von just to his variety store and his dough shack. That has to be it, though. Control of the dough shack has to be the point beyond which Von must not advance. Von might be able to take our sexually-named calzones, but he will never take our freedom!


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Curtis by Ray Billingsley

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