SGA funds club movie, hears from IUPD chief

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IU South Bend Police Chief Kurt Matz meets the Student Government Association. Photo/RYAN LOHMAN

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A little levity is what voters need according to two campus clubs.

The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate voted to award the IUSB History and Political Science clubs up to $175 for copyright fees to show the 1999 political comedy film “Dick.”

“Dick is a spoof on the downfall of the Nixon administration in the early 70s,” History Club Advisor Professor Timothy Willig told the senate at their Oct. 28 meeting. “We wanted a lighthearted film going into the election.”

History Chair Professor Jonathan Nashel will provide a brief introduction to the film to “give it some academic legitimacy,” Willig said.

Before passing the motion to fund the copyright fees, some SGA senators asked how much money the History Club had in its bursar account. The club has $734 saved for events later in the year, Willig said.

The clubs will show the film at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, in Education and Arts room 1011.

Police chief gets acquainted to campus

In September IU South Bend appointed Kurt Matz police chief after 33 years of work as a police officer. A little more than a month later, Kurtz came to introduce himself to the student government and take their questions.

“I was impressed by what was here when I got here,” Matz told the SGA Senate.

The university recently unveiled a “robust” security camera system on campus, Matz said when asked about what the campus police have been up to.

Senator Andi Trowbridge asked Matz how his police department would help combat sexual assault on campus. Matz said he sees his job, in regard to the sexual assaults, as a “partnership.”

“Everybody has to do their part to prevent crime,” he said. Matz also highlighted the concern posed by the Wooden Indian Motel, which he said, “houses quite a few released sex offenders.” Matz said the administration is “working hard to address that issue.”

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