____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>A large-scale security breach at a national payment processing company has compromised credit card information for many IU Credit Union members. “Several accounts were compromised,” said Andy Allard, vice president and chief operating officer of the IU Credit Union. “It’s really hard to quantify at this point. This is a fairly significant breach.” Heartland Payment Systems, the payment processing company used by the IU Credit Union, reported Jan. 20 that a security breach by a group of unidentified hackers allowed the hackers to access customer information in 2008. According to the Heartland Web site, the company believes the threat has been contained. Allard said hackers were able to access information typically contained in the magnetic strip of credit cards, such as card expiration dates. But Allard said that none of the IU Credit Union’s computer systems were breached. IU Credit Union customers who might have been affected were first sent letters detailing what information might have been compromised. “We then made the determination that it was prudent and necessary to reissue cards,” Allard said. To alert those whose information was not accessed, Allard said the IU Credit Union put a notification on its Web site. The credit union is being notified on an ongoing basis as to which accounts were affected, Allard said. Allard said concerned IU Credit Union members should check Heartland Payment System’s Web site dedicated to the security breach, www.2008breach.com. Because information about whom the breach affected continues to come in to the credit union, Allard said it is important that members be vigilant about checking their accounts for unauthorized purchases or other strange activity. “We take our members and the confidentiality of their information seriously,” Allard said. “We do what’s in the best interest of our members.”
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____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>When Heather Kornick looks back on college, it will be impossible for her to forget two things: the love and support she got from her sorority sisters and her diagnosis of adrenal cancer.In May 2008, Kornick, now a senior and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, was diagnosed with adrenal cancer and underwent surgery to have a 14-centimeter tumor removed from her adrenal gland after two years of mysterious symptoms and misdiagnoses.When sorority sisters such as sophomore Melissa Rose first learned Kornick had cancer, Rose said she and her sisters were “in shock,” even though the diagnosis was a long time coming.During her sophomore year, Kornick said she was misdiagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, a disease characterized by excessive bloating, weight gain and loss of menstruation.Her doctors prescribed hormone replacement, which she said left her with stomach cramps after eating. The cramps were so severe that she often needed to schedule her life around them.But Kornick said she was convinced something was wrong during her junior year when she began working out every day and eating right, but didn’t lose any weight.After one doctor told Kornick she was just another college student concerned about her weight, she went for a second opinion.The new doctor diagnosed her with Cushing’s Syndrome – a hormonal disorder with symptoms similar to polycystic ovary syndrome – and decided to do a CAT scan of her adrenal gland.Then, on May 12, 2008, Kornick said she was on her way to her summer internship when her doctor called and told her to come in for an appointment immediately.Kornick and her parents learned she had adrenal cancer at that appointment. Though her parents were upset and emotional after learning the diagnosis, Kornick said it didn’t faze her.“It didn’t really dawn on me that it was cancer,” Kornick said. “It just seemed like this little bump in the road.”Kornick said she was immediately scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor from her adrenal gland because doctors noticed a blood clot on the tumor.After receiving the diagnosis, Kornick waited a few days before contacting members of her sorority via e-mail and Facebook.“I wanted people to know that I didn’t want to keep this a secret,” Kornick said.Doctors successfully removed the tumor from her adrenal gland and Kornick spent a week recovering in the hospital.In addition to several TV show marathons during her hospital stay, Kornick said the attention her sorority sisters gave her helped her get through recovery.“Throughout my recovery, I got tons of calls and gifts from girls in my sorority,” Kornick said. “Alumni I’d never met sent me stuff.”Kornick said she decided to return to campus and to her sorority house for the fall 2008 semester, even though her cancer was and is still not in remission.“If I do too much at one time, I get really tired,” Kornick said. “If I don’t eat three meals a day, I crash. There are days I wake up and I can’t hold any food down because of medications or if I’m feeling anxious or nervous.”She said she’s also noticed a difference in how some people act around her.“Some people have become distant, and it’s understandable,” Kornick said. “It’s a tricky subject for people. You don’t think cancer and associate it with a 21-year-old.” Since adrenal cancer affects about one out of every 1 million Americans per year, Kornick said statistics about the disease can be scary.“In reality, I’m terrified,” Kornick said. “There are moments I forget I have friends around to support me. But it’s one part of me and there’s definitely more to me than a stupid disease.”Kornick said she doesn’t want girls to only associate her with cancer.“As I tell all the girls in my house, I’m back here to be in the house,” Kornick said. “I’m back here to participate.”But Rose, Kornick’s sorority sister, said it’s hard to see Kornick get so tired during major sorority events.“The hardest times for me were during recruitment because we all have to be so active, and she didn’t have the stamina to get through entire days,” Rose said. “When I was a new member she really stood out as someone who really wanted to get to know me. The fact that she couldn’t be that person during recruitment made me sad.”But the women of ADPi have rallied around Kornick. Rose said the chapter is starting a Relay for Life team in Kornick’s honor.“It’s brought us closer together as a sisterhood because we were forced to think about the fact that we could lose one of us,” Rose said.And Kornick said she appreciates all of the support she’s received from her sorority sisters.“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the support of my friends,” Kornick said. “If my doctor ever disagrees with me, a bunch of girls will come after him. You don’t want to mess with the sorority and sisterhood.”
Members of greek community gather to focus on team building, collaboration at IMPACT retreat this weekend
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Future leaders of the greek community will gather for three days of collaborating and communicating this weekend.Seventy representatives from each Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association as well as from the Multi-Cultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council will come together at Bradford Woods in Martinsville for the spring IMPACT retreat.From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, participants will take part in team-building exercises and educational programs related to greek issues, said Pan-Hellenic Association Vice President of Leadership Development Natalie Layton. “It’s an intense weekend to challenge and inspire leaders,” Layton said.The North American Interfraternity Conference, an organization that aims to promote cooperation between greek organizations, created the curriculum for the retreat.College campuses across the country host IMPACT retreats, Layton said.“We alter it to IU to make it more fitting and adaptable to our students,” Layton said.During the weekend, the North American Interfraternity Conference sends facilitators from all levels of greek life.Small group sessions focus on everything from the importance of rituals to competition and rivalry within the greek community, according to the organization’s Web site.At the end of the second day, groups create “action plans” to address the most pressing issues in the community, according to the Web site.Each house is permitted to send up to two people to the retreat.“When I approach chapters, I ask them to pick someone they could foresee in a leadership role in the future,” Layton said. “We want to develop those leadership qualities.”Pan-Hellenic Association President Annie Raeder said one of the highlights of the weekend is the participants themselves.“You meet at least one person from every single chapter,” Raeder said. “You’re putting a face on the chapters.”Raeder said when she attended the retreat in the fall of 2007, she loved doing team-building activities, but also remembers the people she met there.“It’s nice to see them now as leaders of the greek community,” Raeder said.Besides developing new leaders, Raeder said the unique focus of the weekend is what makes it valuable.“It’s one of the cooler things you can do in the greek community,” Raeder said. “You take it back to our values and rituals in a different context that you usually don’t get to.”
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Fraternities filled the Indiana Memorial Union’s Frangipani Room on Friday from front to back during the Interfraternity Council’s Spring Rush Kickoff.The event marked the beginning of spring rush, where non-greeks had the chance to meet and talk to representatives from all 29 IFC-recognized fraternities.Though fraternities expected a smaller turnout at this recruitment event due to weather concerns and a smaller class of interested men, IFC Vice President of Recruitment TJ Blair said 226 potential rushes turned up – which was more than anticipated.“I’m kind of amazed,” Blair said. “The turnout was way better than expected.”In addition to the surprising turnout, sophomore Dave Sartoris, Sigma Pi social chair, said he saw the types of men his fraternity looked to recruit.“We’re looking for guys we wouldn’t mind hanging out with,” Sartoris said. “We hope to get a pledge class of good guys everyone gets along with.”IFC President Colin Nabity said the rush kickoff met his goals.“We hoped to get as many people out here so they can learn what we’re about,” Nabity said.Freshman Nick Shumny, who attended the kickoff “just to check it out,” said the event was very informative.“You learn about the different fraternities and get the lay of the land,” Shumny said.Interested men will have the next three weeks to continue learning about the different fraternities and meeting current brothers.At the end of the three-week recruitment period, each fraternity will submit to the IFC a list of its new members, who will then be on their way to becoming brothers.Freshman Nathan Eckstein, Sigma Alpha Epsilon recruitment chair and eminent correspondent, said though IFC’s Spring Rush Kickoff helps all chapters build pledge classes, the event is especially helpful for off-campus fraternities.“It helps us get our name out,” Eckstein said. “We have to make sure that we really do stretch out and coordinate rides and reach out to people we’re looking to recruit.”Sigma Alpha Epsilon hopes to recruit 10 to 15 new members, Eckstein said.“You can tell when guys are interested,” Eckstein said. “We should be able to hit our goal.”Though the number of potential fraternities for men to join can be overwhelming, Sartoris said last year’s event was a successful experience for him.“I was hoping to find the right fit for me,” Sartoris said. “I couldn’t be happier with my choice.”
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>While many might think of sorority recruitment as a stream of preference rounds and screaming, the members of Kappa Gamma Delta go for something more low-key.Last week was spring rush week for Kappa Gamma Delta, IU’s Asian-interest sorority. The week included open events for potential new members to meet members of the sorority in a relaxed setting.Morgan Hartig, recruitment chair of Kappa Gamma Delta, said last week’s events started with a party with brother fraternity Lambda Alpha Phi and included a game night, bubble tea at Chow Bar and a hot pot, a traditional Asian meal.“The girls ask questions and find out what it’s like to be a part of us,” Hartig said. “These rush events give the girls a chance to see how we are actively participating with each other.”Interested women submitted applications Monday. Applications will be reviewed by active members, who are looking for specific types of women to join.“We look for girls who are social and want to open up,” Hartig said. “We want someone who is really dedicated and wants to be in a small sorority.”President Cellini Tan said she’s looking for people who are interested in teamwork.“We want people who want to share the experience of sisterhood,” Tan said.In addition, Hartig said Kappa Gamma Delta requires new members to have at least a 3.0 GPA because the sorority’s mission statement emphasizes academics. The sorority, which is an Alpha chapter, was founded at IU in 1997.This week, active Kappa Gamma Delta members will select candidates from their applicant pool for interviews.Then, after completing their interviews, a pledge class will be selected.Hartig and Tan both said the interview is the most difficult part of the process for new members. Both remember being nervous when they were the interview subjects.“It was something I really wanted to do and wanted to be in,” Tan said. “It’s a nervous process.” Much of the nervousness is a result of how interviews are conducted by active members.“We’re very serious,” Hartig said. “This isn’t something we want them to take lightly.”Because Kappa Gamma Delta is a small sorority with 18 active members and doesn’t have a house like Panhellenic sororities, Hartig said the informal rush week and formal interview fits their recruitment goals best.“Our rush events are like our social events,” Hartig said. “We are a very close, very active sorority.”Classes of new members can be as small as two women and as large as eight, Hartig said. She said Kappa Gamma Delta has recruitment in both the fall and spring, and fall recruitment is more successful than spring recruitment because people are usually busier in the spring.After initiation, new members will join their sisters in planning KGD Week, April 13 to 16. The week of events culminates with Mr. and Ms. Asia, a fashion, culture and talent competition. Looking back on rush week, Tan said she is hopeful for the new class of potential members.“Our goal is that girls come to meet us and get to know us more,” Tan said. “We always hope they do that. I’ve been seeing that, so it was a good rush week.”
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>A weekly newspaper featuring stories about ways to relax during rush and the effects of online message board Juicy Campus on the greek system is now on newsstands in greek houses.Greek This Week is a student-run weekly publication that includes stories about events going on in the houses as well as features about greek-specific issues. Junior Evan Burns, a member of Phi Kappa Psi, came up with the idea of a greek-centered newspaper while throwing around ideas at his summer job at a venture capital firm. Burns said the greek community needed something like this.“We have a niche market, and we can focus on individual, small things in the houses,” Burns said. Burns said he wants the paper to unite and strengthen the greek community and also focus on its positive aspects.Senior Adrian France, member of Delta Zeta, serves as editor and designer. Burns asked her to work on the paper after the two took a class together.France said her vision for the paper is mostly for it to continue its success at IU.“When the first issue came out, everyone was ecstatic,” France said. The first issue was published Dec. 3.Greek This Week will be delivered weekly to greek organizations with on-campus houses at no cost. The issue is also available at Greek This Week’s Web site, www.greekthisweek.com.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Spraying silly string. Pounding on buses. Dancing on cars. Climbing trees.And, of course, a whole lot of yelling.It was a lot to take in, but that was the standard greeting for new members of Gamma Phi Beta, who were welcomed into the sorority during Sunday’s Bid Day.Bid Day serves as the end of formal recruitment for women as new members receive bids to join a sorority. Formal recruitment began Dec. 6 with 19 Party and ended Sunday.Though official numbers won’t be made available until a “recruitment wrap-up” meeting at the end of January, Panhellenic Association President Sara Stombaugh said between 800 and 900 women received bids out of the 1,640 who participated in 19 Party.Senior Savannah Jones, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, said she was looking forward to Bid Day to see the future of her sorority.“This is my last year, so I feel I’m going to be leaving behind a good pledge class,” Jones said.As buses with new members for all 19 houses came into view, each sorority erupted into cheers.Jordan Dauby, a sophomore member of Gamma Phi Beta, clad in a sweatshirt with her house letters and a pair of angel wings, said she was most excited about seeing the women’s faces as they arrived at their new homes.“I remember the feelings I had last year when I got off the bus,” Dauby said. “It was one of the best days of my life.”Alyssa Alley, a fellow Gamma Phi sophomore, said the experience featured “pee-your-pants excitement.”Now that new members have received bids, Stombaugh said the next few weeks will be filled with sisterhood events, such as dinners and bowling. The sisters will also try to orient themselves to their new houses.In addition, the houses will begin member education programs to teach women about the history of their sororities and the ins and outs of the greek system before initiation, when they become formal members.By joining a sorority, new members gain a home away from home, offering them a smaller and more personal community with excellent opportunities for leadership, Stombaugh said.“It offers an opportunity for a lot of growth for women,” she said.New Gamma Phi Laura Barnes, a freshman, said she was “so freaking excited” when she got off the bus.At Alpha Chi Omega, freshman Holly Clark was greeted with hugs and big smiles.“I can’t even explain how excited I am,” Clark said. “I’m so overwhelmed. I have no words.”
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>About 10 students stood at the Sample Gates on Wednesday afternoon, silently holding signs that read “Stop Human Rights Violations in Kashmir” and “Kashmir in Tears.”The students were assembled there for 10 minutes as members of the IU community walked past, slowed down and turned their heads to read.The group was part of a march, which traveled from the lobby of the law school to the Sample Gates and was organized by law student Raheela Nerchoor, in support of the people of Kashmir, the disputed territory on the India-Pakistan border.It was also an observance of Human Rights Day, established by the United Nations in honor of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Nerchoor grew up in Kashmir. China also borders the region, placing Kashmir in the center of three nuclear-armed countries. Clashes in the region often turn violent.“Kashmir is called heaven, but now it is hell,” Nerchoor said.The march included members of the local chapter of the Association for India’s Development and the Muslim Student Union. Before the march, Nerchoor gave a brief speech about how political events have shaped Kashmir. She also added that, to show solidarity for a girl who had recently been raped by military forces, she would not wear a jacket or sweater during the march, despite the cold weather.Senior Rebeca Hernandez, a member of Muslim Student Union, said she joined the march after doing relief work in the region this summer and hearing stories of how Kashmiri families were ripped apart.“I feel that Kashmir is very close to my heart,” Hernandez said.Josh Newton, a law student, decided to join the march because of the importance he places on humanitarian issues.“I’m a lot more aware of the issues now,” Newton said. “More than anything, I noticed a lot of people walking past who looked at the signs, and hopefully some of them will be affected.”Above all, Nerchoor said she hopes that the people of Kashmir will one day be able to live in peace.“People should live with dignity,” Nerchoor said. “There isn’t dignity in Kashmir.”