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earthquake in Japan
The catastrophe was devastating and far-reaching, and will still be impacting Japan and the international community for quite some time.
Affects Boilermakers, Too
DYING FOR DEMOCRACY
With the debate still raging on about school vouchers, Democrats’ actions are becoming ever more outlandish pg 5
Collective bargaining is a complex issue. Get a better idea of what it is, why it is used, and how it aﬀects you. pg 8 Purdue student discusses how her sexuality coexists with her religious beliefs pg 10
The resurgent Chicago Bulls are on their way back to the top of the league pg 13
After rebelling against brutality and violence, the Libyan people have spoken. The choice is theirs: build a strong democratic government, or fall back into tyranny.
Could you skip work for over a month and not get ﬁred?
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Libya: Dying for Democracy
By Morgan Ikerd With the constant stream of news flowing from the Middle East during the last few months, it’s becoming extremely difficult to keep everything straight. Revolutions, overthrow, violence, death, freedom: all words that have been catching our attention in television broadcasts, newspaper headlines, and class discussions. But what is the cause of this widespread, violent upheaval? Schools of opinion seem to attribute the phenomena to two key components: increasing financial hardships and the successful removal of Ben Ali from Tunisia, which sparked the courage of the people to rebel across the region. Moammar Gadhafi of Libya, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt all have one thing in common: their people want them out and they want them out now. However, as history reveals, the successful ousting of an old leader does not guarantee the success of a future one. If the people aren’t prepared to set up an improved government with an honorable leader, the political vacuum may allow a leader to step in and take advantage of the fragile situation, leaving the nation in a worse condition than before. When the Tunisian regime was ousted and Egypt followed suit, the Libyan people set a date too, labeling February 17 the “Day of Revolt”. Gadhafi, in desperation, released prisoners from jail, armed them with weapons, and paid them to attack the demonstrators. By February 20, only five days after the first protests, the death toll was nearly 300. On February 22, Gadhafi spoke to the public and vowed to die a “martyr” on Libyan soil. He stated that he had “not yet ordered the use of force,” but warned listeners that “when I do, everything will burn.” The Arab League suspended the Libyan delegation from meetings until the Libyan people were safe. The next day, British foreign minister, William Hague stated in a press release that there are “many indications of the structure of the State collapsing in Libya,” and urged the government to listen to the people’s demands. On February 26, for the first time, President Obama,urged Gadhafi to step down and avoid further violence. The next day the UN voted unanimously to impose sanctions on Libya. On the 28th of February, U.S. Navy ships were positioned off the coast of Libya. That same day, the United States
Criminal Court announced that it would begin to launch an investigation of war crimes committed by Gadhafi, his sons,
If the people aren’t prepared to set up an improved government with an honorable leader, the political vacuum may allow a leader to step in and take advantage of the fragile situation, leaving the nation in a worse condition than before.
froze 30 billion dollars worth of assets belonging to the Libyan government, the largest amount of assets ever frozen. Starting on March 3, the International and his inner circle. On March 13, human rights watchers declared that the Libyan capital, Tripoli was in a state of fear; residents of the city said that protestors had
been arrested and subjected to torture. Government troops attacked protestors in Ajdabiya on March 13 and the fighting continued for days. On March 16, The New York Times announced that four of its journalists were missing and may have been taken by Libyan government. The next day, the city of Ajdabiya was seized by the government and Gadhafi announced that he would also attack Benghazi that night. Washington shifted its position to support aggressive armed action against the Libyan government. On March 19, French fighter jets began entering the air space followed shortly by US planes. As of March 22, the U.S. and its allies continued to launch bombing attacks for the fourth day to reinforce a no-fly zone endorsed by the United Nations. President Obama is confident that America has a very limited role in Libya in terms of military operations and stated on March 22 that the
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Japanese Tragedy Affects All
By Jordan Hebbe The tragedy in Japan has impacted the world in more ways than we can even comprehend at this early stage. The disaster has a current death toll of over 10,000 people, with 17,000 still missing and nearly 250,000 displaced from their homes. The initial earthquake created 30-foot walls of water that drowned rice fields, devoured entire towns, relocated houses onto roads, and scattered cars and boats like they were toys. Some of the water from the tsunami wave reached as far as 6.2 miles inland. The quake caused massive damage to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, causing the generator’s to stop working, which were powering the reactor’s cooling equipment. Radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant had reached California within a week after the initial earthquake. Despite US officials’ claims that the radiation is not significant enough to be dangerous to our health, the USS Ronald Reagan detected “significant levels of radiation” 100 miles off the coast of Japan. Beyond the damage and loss of life that the disaster caused, Japan is also dealing with serious economic issues as a result. The California based company, Risk Management Solutions, estimated that Japan would suffer $200-300 billion in economic losses. There is the fact that Japan, a country that exports far more than it imports, is basically at a production and output standstill. Because of the high levels of radiation, Japan also faces the possibility of crop and land contamination that could hinder its agricultural production as well. Another huge chunk of Japan’s GDP comes from its fishing industry. As a result of the nuclear power meltdowns, the radiation that has been entering the atmosphere has already begun to affect the aquatic environment. At this point, it is impossible to tell exactly how much of an impact the catastrophe will have on Japan, the environment, the global economy, and the rest of the world. Even within our own bubble here at Purdue, students have been affected by the catastrophe. When the tsunami occurred, 6 students were studying in Japan and 2 more were scheduled to travel there and begin their studies within the next couple of weeks. Purdue’s associate dean of international program’s, Brian Harley, who is also the director of the Office of Programs for Study Abroad, has requested that the students return home as soon as possible. As for the two students that were planning to venture to Japan, their permission to travel has been put on hold for the time being. The obvious reasons - chaos, dangerous conditions, and safety concerns, are first in the minds of the Study Abroad department when considering the students in Japan. Additionally though, there is continued uncertainty of availability of food and water, and power and gas throughout Japan. Another huge concern is the possibility of radiation surrounding the damage to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power facility. Even now, nearly three weeks after the initial earthquake and tsunami, Japan is still at risk for aftershocks because of the size of the first, an 8.9 magnitude quake. At the time of writing, the 6 students who were studying in Japan were said to have returned home on Thursday, March 26th. Harley plans to work with the returning students to either place them in another country for the rest of their spring or summer semester.
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military operations should be over within a couple of days. The ultimate question is: what does the future hold for Libya? Many experts numbered. Most of his supporters are members of his wife’s tribe, whom were promised money and a share in future revenues in exchange for their support.
The Libyan people must stay strong and defiant and keep believing in a future that is free of brutality and hardship.
in International Affairs say that Gadhafi has lost legitimacy with his people, the Arab world, and most of the international community, and therefore his days are Stephen Walt, a professor of International Affairs at Harvard University states that, “His regime is really just a house of cards. If he places the supporting civilians in cit-
ies, there will be no way for the U.S. or allies to oust him with air power, and therefore, ground troops will be necessary and will result in many civilian deaths.” Moammar Gadhafi, who has reigned in Libya for over 40 years has always been a ruthless dictator with an appalling human rights record and extremely anti-Western opinions. He rarely found friends in the United Nations and American presidents always seemed suspicious of his behavior, Reagan even accused him of funding and supporting terrorist groups. A Libyan citizen stated in an interview, “The Libyans
will not be happy with Gadhafi fleeing. We want to see him put on trial. The Libyans want to put a government in place with a constitution that is approved by the people, the freedom to create political parties. What we want is democracy, not a half-baked democracy. Not ‘free elections’ that will bring in dictators like in Iraq – we want the institutions of democracy, a real democracy.” The Libyan people must remain strong and defiant and keep believing in a future that is free of brutality and hardship. As George W. Bush stated, “everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear.” Power to the Libyan people.
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Scholarships: Kids vs. ISTA Democrat Campaign Donations
By Jay Wood On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, the Indiana House Democrats broke the United States record for the longest legislative walkout in our nation‘s history. As of Wednesday the 23rd, with the exception of Representative Steve Stemler (DJeffersonville), they have been absent in Urbana, Illinois for 31 days. The Democrats fled the state because they were upset with Right to Work legislation, as well as the Governor’s transformative education agenda. A big part of the Governor’s education agenda is to pass grade school scholarships (often referred to as vouchers). House Bill (HB) 1003 deals with school choice and scholarships. As discussed in last month’s issue, scholarships would provide grade school students in Indiana the opportunity to transfer to a school of their choice. There is a multitude of reasons why a family might want to transfer their student from one school to another. It could be a situation where the student is not succeeding at a traditional public school, but they could have a better opportunity to succeed at either another traditional public school, a charter school, or a private school. It could also be a situation in which a student feels “stuck” in a failing traditional public school and is desperate to find a thriving school. It could be difficult for low-income families to afford to send their child to another school. These scholarships could Association (ISTA)? In last month’s issue, I explained that ISTA is opposed to HB 1003 for a number of reasons, but part of the debate is simimoney to donate to Democrats who will oppose scholarships and charter schools. I will ask you once again what this de-
If you need help deciding whether several innercity Democrats are representing their constituents or their ISTA campaign contributions, you might need to start over at the Kindergarten level.
help those struggling families to give their child the best education possible. This has created a very interesting circumstance. Scholarships are typically utilized in inner-city communities (i.e. Indianapolis and Gary). The majority of Indiana charter school students are racial minorities and/or from low-income families. However, it is several of the Democrat representatives from these inner-city districts that are the most adamantly opposed to this legislation, even though it is their constituents that would most likely be the beneficiaries of scholarship opportunities. These Democrats actively working against their constituents who would be served by scholarships begs the question - are they looking out for the young people and families in their districts or are their actions being purchased by the Indiana State Teachers lar to the fight over HB 1002, which deals with charter schools. If families receive a scholarship to transfer their student from one school or another, it is quite possible bate over scholarships is really about. Is it about whether parents should have the ability to pick the best educational environment for their children to succeed? Or
These scholarships could help those struggling families to give their child the best education possible.
that the student could be transferring from a traditional public school (staffed with teachers who are members of ISTA) to a charter school or a private school (which might not be staffed by teachers who are members of ISTA). Heaven forbid students receive an education from nonunion teachers. Recall what I said in the last issue about students leaving ISTAdominated public schools and heading for non-ISTA charter schools and private schools: if traditional public schools cut teachers because of students leaving, then ISTA’s bottom line suffers. When ISTA’s bottom line suffers, then they have less is it about the size of ISTA’s bank account, rally numbers, and campaign contributions? Furthermore, are several of the Democrats who represent inner-city districts (with students and families who desire scholarships) truly acting in the best interests of their constituents, or are these Democrats acting in accordance with the campaign contributions their party receives from the Indiana State Teachers Association? If the answer is not obvious to you, then you might need to start school over at the Kindergarten level.
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Indiana House Democrat Walkout:
By Jay Wood
A Dereliction of Duty
I always knew the House could be a circus, but I never thought it would turn into a “flee market.”
put out a disclaimer, though, that the following thoughts and opinions are my own and do not reflect my employer. Monday, February 21st started out as just a normal day at the office. Everything was moving along as planned. That evening, I went to my internship class (held at the Statehouse) and then left for home at approximately 6:45 pm. I got a text message from one of my friends later that night asking me if the House Democrats had fled the Statehouse. I responded that I had no idea what happened after the time I left for home. I did not know this at that moment, but my friend had heard correctly. The House Democrats had fled the Statehouse. When I returned to work the next
I have had the unique privilege of serving as an intern for the Indiana House of Representatives this legislative session. That experience has allowed me to see all of the action up close. I would like to
tatives Terri Austin, Vanessa Summers, and Steve Stemler. Representative Austin would not disclose the whereabouts of her fellow House Democrats. It was later discovered that those 37 members were
There will be no budging from the Speaker that all negotiations MUST take place on the House Floor where they are open for the public to see.
morning, I bore witness to the very early stages of what has become a recordbreaking historical event. Thirty seven members of the House Democrat Caucus were absent. The only three members of their caucus present were RepresenRepresentative Stemler was not taking part in the walkout. The House Democrats were simply substituting two new members in every few days to request a roll call, so that Speaker Bosma could not conduct business without officially recogniz-
camped out at a Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois. Not only had they fled the Statehouse, the House Democrats had fled the State of Indiana. I always knew the House could be a circus, but I never thought it would turn into a “flee market.” Without a quorum (67 members present), there can be no conduct of business. For the next few days, House Speaker Brian Bosma repeatedly held session hoping that a quorum would be present, but there was never any success. A couple days later, there were two different House Democrats present. There were still only three total, but this time it was Steve Stemler and two new Democrats (I do not remember which). It became apparent at this point that
ing the absence of a quorum. I can assure you that the House Republican Caucus is very appreciative of Representative Stemler’s principled stand against the actions of the rest of his caucus. After several days of pleading with the House Democrats to return, Speaker Bosma (with the consultation and approval of his caucus) decided to impose a $250/ day fine on the absent members. That fine has since been increased to $350/day. At this point in time, those fines have not yet compelled the absent members to return for the conduct of business. On Wednesday March 23rd, the House Democrats set a United State record for the longest legislative walkout in our country’s history (31 days). Each day that they are absent
beyond that just adds to their own record. The first question on people’s minds is what the motivation behind the walkout was. The original answer to that question is the House Democrats were upset because of Right to Work legislation that was to be put to a vote. For those that do not know, ‘Right to Work’ means that if you are seeking employment at a company that is unionized, you will not be forced to join the union as a condition of your employment. This legislation outraged organized labor in our state. They have made their anger known to the House Republicans by showing up to protest loudly every single day during the Democrat walkout. They held a funeral for “the death of the middle class;” they brought in famous actor Danny Glover (who is any-
Does this make them… “flee-baggers?”
thing but middle class) to speak on their behalf, and they held a big rally. The big union rally wound up being the high water mark of this entire showdown. The unions represent a little less than 10% of the workforce in Indiana. They were expecting to hold a “We Are Indiana” rally that would be attended by 20-25,000 union protesters. Despite lots of preparation, only 8,000 protesters showed up, and that might be a liberal estimate in multiple senses of the word. Even if there were 8,000 protesters (I will give them the benefit of the doubt and agree with that figure), I know for a fact that several of those folks were bussed in from numerous other states. That was amusing, given that it was a “We Are Indiana” rally. It is also amusing that union people who are being paid not to show up to work (literally) were showing their support for Democrats who were also be being paid but not showing up to work. I see some kind of connection there. The rally was sort of like Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. It was a giant effort to break the opposition, and it failed miserably. Scoring 8/20 on something is a complete failure, much less scoring 8/25. The rally proved that the unions are not as strong as they think they are. I believe that the House Democrats were desperately hoping for a giant turnout at the rally to prove a point. When that did not happen, they found themselves backed into a corner. A common feeling is that if they wanted to defeat Right to Work, the Democrats should have walked out for one day, threatened a full-fledged escape across state lines unless Speaker Bosma took that legislation off the table, got their wish, and then came back to work. The Democrats missed that opportunity and are stuck up you-know-what creek without a paddle.
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Meanwhile, the unions are continuing to protest at the Statehouse every single day. There is some confusion as to why, because Right to Work has been taken off the table. The unions will tell you that they are standing in solidarity with the Indiana State Teachers Association, which is upset over the Republicans’ education agenda. The second question most people ask is an inquiry about who is paying the bill for the walkout. The hotel bill is not coming from our tax dollars. Unless specific Representatives pay out of their own pockets, the hotel bill and the continued fines are being paid for by the Democrat State Party. That brings up the next question of how that organization can afford such a hefty amount. As far as I know, the the public. There will be no budging from the Speaker that all negotiations MUST take place on the House Floor where they are open for the public to see. Daniels to prevent or weaken a presidential run and/or just because Pat Bauer may not like Mitch Daniels. Again, I cannot confirm or deny that, but I can see it (which no regular person could do and still keep their job), disenfranchised the entire state and (while 120 miles away in Urbana) proposed nearly a half a billion dollars in new spending. That is a very tall order. Despite the real complexity of this situation, it can be broken down to this: there are two teams of six year old children playing a pickup game of basketball. One team is bigger and stronger, and they are winning against the smaller weaker team. Upset about this fact, the smaller weaker team steals the ball and runs away. If they cannot win, then they would rather have there be no game at all. In this situation, however, the childish House Democrats are not making a mockery of a pickup game of basketball. They are making a mockery of the democratic process of our state government. At the beginning of this session, Speaker Bosma made every attempt to act in a bipartisan manner. For the first time in Indiana history, two minority members were appointed committee chairs. Bills with Democrat authors and sponsors were allowed to come to the floor, and some were passed. Despite the Speaker’s effort, the Democrats are unwilling to play. They are disregarding the outcome of the 2010 midterm election and they are trying to act as though the voters of Indiana kept them in the majority and wanted them to set the agenda. By not showing up for work and still getting paid (they receive their full salary in January and February), they are proving themselves to be out of touch. This lack of touch with the voters will undoubtedly cost the House Democrats dearly in 2012. In a way, voters are like employers. Before long, the people of Indiana will have the opportunity to decide if they want to re-hire and continue paying 39 people who have walked off the job for over a month.
Could you skip work for over a month and keep your job?
This lack of touch with the voters will undoubtedly cost the House Democrats dearly in 2012.
With Right to Work off the table, what is keeping the Democrats away from the Statehouse? As I mentioned earlier, they and the unions still have negative feelings towards the Republicans’ education agenda. There are a few other speculations as well. The first is that the House Demo-
labor unions are pumping money into the Democrat State Party to fund the fees and the hotel bill. The third question is how long will this go on. Nobody knows. Everyone has their own speculation, but nobody actually knows. There have been a few meetings and even more conversations between Speaker Bosma and Minority Leader Bauer. The House Democrats originally had a list of 11 or so demands (which has now been whittled down to just a few) that they wanted Speaker Bosma to meet. They were hoping that the demands could be met through some sort of backroom deal. Speaker Bosma has maintained that all negotiations and discussions must take place on the House Floor ” on Pg. 7where they are open and transparent to
crats are being pressured by their party at the national level to drag on the walkout as long as possible to either prevent Governor Daniels from running for president, or at least take away time that he could be spending raising money for a presidential run. I cannot confirm or deny that speculation, but I can see it as plausible.
This is the last gasp of the Democrat Party in Indiana.
as plausible. The third speculation is that Bauer and the Democrats simply do not know how to return to Indiana and still save face. This is perhaps the most plausible and likely of the three speculations. What happens if the Democrats do not return? First of all, they have a constitutional duty to pass the budget and pass the redistricting of the legislative maps. If the budget is not passed by June 30th, then starting July 1st, the government shuts down. The Democrats cannot afford this politically, because if the government shuts down, lots of people will struggle as a result, particularly many of their constituents who rely on government assistance. Also, the longer they stay in Urbana, the more difficult the Democrats’ walkout will be to defend when they are up for re-election in 2012. The Democrats will already suffer from the new maps that will no longer be the ones they gerrymandered in 2001. In their already more-difficult races, they will have to defend the fact
The second speculation is that Minority Leader Pat Bauer is using this walkout as a personal vendetta against Governor
that they have abandoned the legislative duty which they were elected to fulfill, did not show up for work and still got paid
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Demystifying Collective Bargaining
By ScHuyler d e arMond Do you have a job? In this economy, unemployment is currently 8.9% of the total population. If you have a job, is it subject to collective bargaining and labor contracts? There has been a lot of talk about collective bargaining and workers’ rights in the media lately. That is mostly due to the goings-on in the Legislatures of Wisconsin and Indiana. Collective bargaining is a confusing and mysterious topic for most people. Collective Bargaining, defined by Cornell University Dean and collective bargaining professor Harry C. Katz, is a mechanism for organized groups of workers (unions) and their employers to resolve conflicting interests and to pursue agreement over common interests. The first step in collective bargaining is for the employees to form a union. They may work with their employer to form an intra-organizational union, such as the Southwest Airlines Pilot Association, where workers of a particular firm have a say in their specific place of employment. Workers may also choose a national union composed of workers from different companies that are in the same line of work, such as the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and Airline Pilots Association (APA). This is achieved by employees taking a vote and being certified by the National Labor Relations Board. Traditionally, unions (like the ALPA and
The local chapters elect local workers in the industry or retired workers from their profession. The national level also has elected officials that are elected by all of the members of the local chapters. Some large unions have a third chapter, an international level that is run the same way.
APA) are national unions that have many local chapters. The local chapters elect local workers in the industry or retired workers from their profession. The national level also has elected officials that are elected by all of the members of the local chapters. Some large unions have a third chapter, an international level that is run the same way. Intra-organizational unions try to give their companies an edge in the industry, whereas traditional, national unions try to create an equal playing field for all workers in the industry. It is a widely held belief that an equal industry will assure that workers are not lost to monopolization, and that an equal industry will create more competition with more firms and more workers that create a product at a lower cost than monopolizing firms. Monopolies have played a large role in union creation. Firms in the energy industry and the raw materials and mining industry have resulted in some of the largest national debates, laws, and emotions toward unions. One tradition of the employees in these industries was solidarity. Exemplified by the song, “Solidarity Forever,” nearly all union members have the same feelings. Most feel overworked and underappreciated. “It is we who plowed the prairies; built the cities where they trade; Dug the mines and built the workshops,
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endless miles of railroad laid; Now we stand outcast and starving midst the wonders we have made; But the union makes us strong.” firm. Integrative bargaining is viewed as a win-win. (Unless you are Michael Scott of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, then it is a WIN-WIN-WIN, where everyone wins). Integrative bargaining topics may include improving working conditions, increasing worker productivity in various ways, or general company rules. These topics are beneficial to both sides since improved working conditions may lower healthcare costs. Increased productivity may follow with a small raise, but the raise will be less than the increased revenue. General rule changes can improve employees’ satisfaction and happiness in the workplace. To reach these resolutions, each side needs to treat the other side with respect and not to act as if one side is Step two of collective bargaining is the collective bargaining. In this step, the employer sends a team of executives and managers to meet with the elected officials of the union, and generally the union’s lawyers. Even though both sides of the bargaining are supposed to know their relative power over the other before hand, it is during the collective bargaining that you will see the true power of each side. A union’s power is found in its ability to strike, decrease product, decrease revenue, and in that it has solidarity. If
Can a private sector, no matter how strong, hold up the increasing wage demands of more than one-third of public workers, especially when the budgets are not balanced?
and is a key to where solidarity comes into play. An example of intra-organizational bargaining problems would be the local union wanting a wage increase but the international level wanting lump payments or profit sharing. Other key issues for unions include the wage-employment-trade-off and the percentage make-up of unions. The wage-employment-trade-off states that at higher wages, a firm may be forced to layoff workers. Losing your job is wildly unpopular, and some people may rightly blame the union for forcing your job loss. The key is to recognize if the wage-employment-trade-off is present before a union makes its demands. The percentage States still has a strong private sector, and unfortunately a grim tax system, most of the tax revenue comes from the private sector. Can a private sector, no matter how strong, hold up the increasing wage demands of more than one-third of public workers, especially when the budgets are not balanced? Do public workers recognize the wage-employment-trade-off? Do public workers need solidarity? And what is the sub-process of bargaining that public workers are trying to establish? Is it a zero-sum, or a win-win-win? Whatever the answers are, I hope that the public workers of Wisconsin and Indiana can answer these questions honestly and that they are looking out for the best interests of the majority. “In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold, greater than the might of armies, magnified a thousand-fold. We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old. For the union makes us strong.”
Collective bargaining is not a one-time thing. It happens before the labor contract runs out, which is generally three years.
the union does not stay together, on the local, national, and international levels, it may fall apart, and the collective bargaining will fail as a result. Firms may have the advantage of being large, likely having another place to shift productivity, potentially able to withstand a strike by selling off inventory or run the plant with managers and temporary workers. During collective bargaining, the sides will have to indirectly decide upon which sub-process of bargaining is the best solution. Their choices are distributive bargaining and integrative bargaining. The two sides may also have to use intra-organizational bargaining or attitudinal bargaining. Distributive bargaining is viewed as zero-sum bargaining. That means that a win for one side is a loss for the other side. Examples would be a wage increase ” on Pg. 9is a win for the union but a loss for the
While government can increase the GDP it is never as large of an in, crease much as the private sector.
gaining outside of the boardroom. This could mean having dinner together, playing golf together, and just being friends. Intra-organizational bargaining is bargaining within the same organization. This can sometimes be an issue for unions
“getting back” at the other. Collective bargaining is not a one-time thing, it happens before the labor contract runs out, which is generally three years. Attitudinal bargaining takes place by bar-
make-up of unions should also be recognized. Today, 6% of private workers are unionized, compared to 36.2% of public workers. While government can increase the GDP, it is never as large of an increase as the private sector. Since the United
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Purdue Student Speaks Out in O.W.N.Report
By ToM cHeW Many would consider the topic of being homosexual and Christian taboo. For some however, it is an issue that must be confronted and dealt with as a means of situating their spiritual beliefs and sexual preference. This issue was brought into the light on a recent episode of Our America with Lisa Ling titled “Pray the Gay Away” that aired on O.W.N. (Oprah Winfrey Network). Ling‘s show focused on those who are gay and Christian, as well as individuals who are trying to find a method of changing their sexual preference to align with their religious beliefs. One person who appeared in the program is a student here at Purdue University. She was given Chelsea participated in what is called The Naming Project, which is an organization that runs a camp in Minnesota for LGBT teens who are trying to deal with their sexual preferences and religious beliefs. She took part in the camp with 14 other teens who were a mix of gay, lesbian, t r a n s g e n d e r, and straight individuals. They received the typical camp experience with games, crafts, worship, reflection time, and small groups to discuss what they learned each day. This was the camp that was covered in Lisa Ling’s special, during which she created a Gay-Straight Alliance and sponsored a day of awareness against all types of bullying. During her junior prom when she arrived with her girlfriend, she was ridiculed by her peers, but by her senior year, she was elected prom queen. This made her the first gay prom queen in her small town high school. Her story was so unique that she was brought on live television via Skype where she was able to do a follow up interview. When asked about the live interview, Chelsea replied, “I was very nervous about the live situation, but I needed to have it in the back of my mind that I was helping others and it would do amazing things.” Chelsea has received a lot of attention recently following the show’s airing and she continues living her life the best she can. She also is a member of Gamma Rho Lambda, a progressive sorority that invites girls regardless of race or sexual preference. This is where she feels she has really grown into herself because of all the amazing and supportive people
“I feel it’s the way God made me. I feel as though God made everyone with differences, and this is just mine. God is love, and God loves everyone.”
- Chelsea Shamy
a chance to tell her story about her own struggles as well as appear on live television via Skype when the program aired earlier this month. For her, this was something she felt she had to do as a means of helping those dealing with the same issues. Freshman Chelsea Shamy will tell anyone who confronts her that she is a strong believer in the Lord and also a lesbian. For some, this would be considered a contradiction. She would say it is entirely feasible. When asked why it is possible and how it works for her, she said, “I feel it’s the way God made me. I feel as though God made everyone with differences, and this is just mine. God is love, and God loves everyone. He wouldn’t create me any other way.”
For some however, it is an issue that must be confronted and dealt with as a means of situating their spiritual beliefs and sexual preference.
interviewed different teens about their lives. Chelsea was fortunate enough to be brought into the limelight because of her experiences during high school, when she and her girlfriend had done a lot to raise awareness about homosexuality. They she has met. She will tell you that being gay does not define her, nor should it. Her sexual preference is just part of who she is, and her religious beliefs are something she has been able to come to terms with as well.
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PSG Elections 2011: Highley/Harvey In Focus
By MIke cunnIngHaM
Free Legal Services for all Students
Problem Many students cannot afford access to adequate legal advice or legal representation. Purdue is the only university in the Big Ten Conference that does not employ part-time or full-time lawyers to guarantee these legal services to eligible students. Solution Highley-Harvey, in partnership with a Non-Profit Legal Organization based in Indianapolis, will launch a new program that guarantees legal advice to all students and legal representation to those with a particular need without implementing any student fees. Intake sessions would target students with questions or controversies regarding landlord/tenant disputes, immigration, discrimination, tax disputes, consumer protection, and other civil areas that could pose a common
Reduce Student Costs by Tax Holidays
threat to students.
Problem Students face escalating rates in tuition, transportation, and living costs. In addition to these ever-increasing figures, the cost of academic materials can be especially burdensome.
students the freedom to apply these savings to pay for other required costs or to spend the money elsewhere in the local community.
Class Schedule Reform
Solution Highley-Harvey will advocate the need for “Tax Holidays” at the state level. These pre-determined “Holidays” will give students the opportunity to buy academic materials (textbooks, notebooks, writing supplies) without an additional sales tax. Assuming that each student spends $300 per semester (a very modest estimate) on academic materials, this policy would save the Purdue student body over $1.3 million annually. “Tax Holidays” will give
Problem Although the 7:30 a.m. setup is designed to maximize the number of daily class periods, it is often counterproductive. Most students, and some faculty members, dread the 7:30 hour, which leads to poorer attendance by students and emptier classrooms for faculty. Studies also support the fact that educational capacity decreases during early morning class periods, and our own personal research supports the fact that no learning takes place while asleep. Solution Highley-Harvey will work with members of Purdue’s administration to re-
evaluate the current class schedule and the need for 7:30 a.m. classes. Shifting the class schedule 30 minutes to a starting time of 8:00 a.m. could result in a better educational environment for students and faculty alike.
1. Visit www.getinvolved.purdue.edu 2. Login/register with your Purdue career account 3. On the homepage, select “Vote Here” in the top left corner 4. Select the school in which you’re currently enrolled 5. Select the ticket you would like to vote for 6. A confirmation message will appear to confirm your vote
Voting is today! How to vote:
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Purdue review Consumer Price Index
We are proud to present the updated Purdue Review Consumer Price Index. Due to recent Federal Spending, and increasing gas prices, consumer goods should see an increase in price over the course of the year. As a reminder, for our CPI we used a few ground rules: 1. We are focused solely on grocery price in the West Lafayette area. 2. No pop, bottled water, salted snacks, or convection treats. These items prices are largely based on sales, and are largely on sale most of the time. 3. We used per weight volume for most all objects. This lets us fix a variable, since many goods prices are not increasing, but getting smaller packaging at the same price. 4. Like all CPI it does not take into account the substitution effect, or the quality of a good. 5. We will be monitoring all of these prices at the end of the second week of each month. This gives us a solid snapshot as many stores sales of the same item occur at the same time of the month. The full list is featured on our website at http://www.purduereview.com/campus/consumer-price-index.
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The Bulls are Back in Town
By aaron anSPaugH As a young boy, growing up near Chicago in 90’s, the Bulls were a major part of my life. I was a bit too young to be fully aware of the first Jordan-driven 3-peat, but I don’t think I missed a single game from the 1995-1996 season until Jordan’s 2nd retirement. To this day, I still have over 100 Michael Jordan basketball cards, a Chicago Bulls locker in my room, and Chicago Bulls-themed bedspread back at home. After the Bulls won their 6th championship in 8 years, the magical team of Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Longley, Kukoc, Kerr, and Coach Jackson went their separate ways. At that point, I thought that I may never see a championship-level Chicago Bulls team again. But then Derrick Rose came to Chicago. Or I should say, he came back, since he grew up on the South side of Chicago and had an amazing high school career before gether. Coach Thibodeau is only in his year. first year of being a head coach, and he Will this be the year that Chicago wins already has a shot at making a deep run another championship? Maybe, maybe not. They are a very young team and have quite a bit of room for growth, even as good as they are. But their age is actually a benefit compared to a few older teams, such as the Celtics, Spurs, and Lakers. If the Bulls can keep this crew of playinto the playoffs. ers together and stay relatively injuryDerrick Rose could not have carried free, they could probably maintain this suthe Bulls by himself, even with his All- perior performance for the better part of Star abilities. Several other members a decade. The potential is definitely there of the Bulls have stepped up to take the for a new dynasty that rules the league the
The Bulls are having their best season since Jordan retired in 1998. They have won 11 of their last 12 games.
making a one-year stop at the University of Memphis. Rose, now in his 3rd year of play as starting point guard, is beginning to mature into a true leader of a growing team. Virtually all of his stats (points, rebounds, assists, steals) have been increasing over his time with the Bulls, putting him in position to potentially obtain the Most Valuable Player award (and he’d be the youngest player ever to earn it!) Looking at the Chicago Bulls right now, they are 52-19, their best season since Jordan retired in 1998. After starting off at a moderate pace, they have won 11 of their last 12 games and are on track to have the best seed in the Eastern Conference. If they can manage to win 5 of their final 11 games, they will equal the performance of the 1992-1993 Chicago Bulls who went on to win the championship. The head coach, Tom Thibodeau, is doing extremely well in training his young team to work together and grow to-
If the Bulls can keep this crew of players together and stay relatively injury-free, they could probably maintain this superior performance for the better part of a decade.
load off of Rose’s shoulders. Luol Deng, a Sudanese-born small-forward (once mentored by the late giant, Manute Bol), has provided offensive support and is dangerous beyond the arc. Center Joakim Noah arrived in Chicago a year before Derrick Rose and has made solid improvement on both his defensive and offensive game. Power forward Carlos Boozer, an All-Star veteran, was added to the team this year to increase the overall offensive toughness and to improve rebounding. Many other players have been vital at times throughout this season, stepping up when several of the major players for the Bulls were injured at various times in the last way the Bulls did in the 90’s. Not since I waited in line for 2 hours to shake Steve Kerr’s hand (still one of the greatest moments of my life) have I been this excited about the Chicago Bulls. So if you are a current Bulls fan, a former Bulls fan, or just a Boilermaker fan that wants to keep watching basketball for a couple more months, make sure to tune into at least one game. What you will see (hopefully) is an up-and-coming team that has great talent and even greater potential. Whether or not this is the first year of a new era in the NBA, one thing is clear: the Chicago Bulls are back as one of the best teams in the league.
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From everyone at The Purdue review, we would like to say thank you to e’Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson, and the rest of the Purdue Men’s basketball team for another wonderful season! We will miss the seniors, but we wish them all the best in the nba.
Curtis by Ray Billingsley
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Mallard Fillmore by Bruce Tinsley
Kakuro instructions: The object is to fill all empty squares using numbers 1 to 9 so the sum of each horizontal block equals the clue on its left, and the sum of each vertical block equals the clue on its top. In addition, no number may be used in the same block more than once .
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Attractions in Urbana, Illinois
If you take a paid vacation for over a month in Urbana, Illinois, you might want to find fun places to go to. We found some popular attractions to make your trip more enjoyable. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Well duh; this is by far the biggest attraction. Like many other colleges campuses, you can see the arenas/stadiums, the academic buildings and Greek houses, the greenery, and of course, the bar scene – which I have been told is pretty awesome at U of I. - 901 W Illinois Street, Urbana, IL, 61801
Museum of Natural History and Art
- They have a bird exhibit from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. - 1301 W Green Street, Urbana, IL, 61801
The Urbana Free Library
- As college students, we are generally down for anything that is free, especially in this economy. - 210 W Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801
The Station Theatre
- They have four major theatrical showcases a year! Given the location of the theatre, you could say they are Broadway shows. - 223 N Broadway Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center
- This place being indoors is nice, because you can go there no matter what the weather is. - 102 E Michigan Avenue, Urbana, IL, 61801
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
- It is nowhere as cool as our Krannert, but they do have some well known opera and theatre groups. - 500 S Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL, 61801
- They might not serve alcohol like our Spurlock’s, but they have close to 47,000 historical artifacts from around the world. - 600 S Gregory Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Parks, gardens, etc.
- There are also 11 parks and gardens throughout the city, if you are into nature.
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