Goshen College, Federal Subsidized Direct Student Loans!

Goshen College
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This is the same college that refuses to play our National Anthem! Stand-up America do what is right! They can accept our money but not our Flag and National Anthem. You can not accept a hand-out on one-hand and kick us in the BUTT, on the other!

Student Loans

Students who have unmet need after gift aid is awarded are eligible  for a Federal Subsidized Direct Student Loan. For students without unmet  need after gift aid is awarded and for independent students who need  more loan funds than allowed by the subsidized loan maximums, Federal  Unsubsidized Direct Loans are offered.

Goshen College’s participation in the Federal Direct Student Loan  Program will make the process of applying for and receiving student  loans simpler. If you are eligible for a student loan as determined on  your FAFSA, the amount of your eligibility will be noted on your  financial aid award. When you have indicated to us your wish to borrow,  you must complete a Loan Master Promissory Note and an Entrance  Interview both of which can be done online. Once this happens, the funds  can be then applied directly to your student account.

Year at GC Limits
First-year
(0-29 credits)
$ 5,500
Independent students can get an additional $ 4,000
Sophomore
(30-59 credits)
$ 6,500
Independent students can get an additional $ 4,000
Junior & Senior
(60 credits until graduation)
$ 7,500
Independent students can get an additional $ 5,000

Federal Perkins Loans

A Federal Perkins Loan is a low-interest (5 percent) loan for both  undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Federal Perkins  Loans are made through a school’s financial aid office. Your school is  your lender, and the loan is made with government funds. You must repay  this loan to your school.

PLUS Federal Loans

Parents of dependent students can take out loans to supplement  their children’s aid packages. The federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate  Students (PLUS) lets parents borrow money to cover any costs not  already covered by the student’s financial aid package, up to the full  cost of attendance. PLUS loans have a fixed interest rate of 7.9 percent.  Repayment begins after the loan is fully disbursed for the year, and the  repayment term is up to 10 years. Parents also need to complete a  Master Promissory Note before the money can be disbursed to their  student’s account. To apply for a Federal PLUS Loan, please complete the  application below and follow the URL to complete the Master Promissory  Note.

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Indiana Goshen College Anti-American

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The red glare of the rocket; the bursting of bombs; the silencing of sports fans? A college in Indiana says that “The Star Spangled Banner” is a tad too violent and won’t let the US National Anthem be heard at school games this season.

 Administrators at Goshen College, a small Mennonite school in the American Midwest, say that Francis Scott Key’s wartime opus isn’t appropriate for the ideals the college believes in.

“We recognize that some people may not be satisfied with this decision, but we believe it is the right one for Goshen College,” Goshen’s chairman of the board of directors, Rick Stiffney, says in a written statement. A press release from the school adds that the college’s Christ-centered core value of compassionate peacemaking conflicts with the violence depicted in the anthem, and that therefore it is in the best interest to retire the song from sporting events.

The lyrics of the historic tune were nixed last year in favor of an instrumental version, but now Goshen officials have decided to ban the tune entirely.

Executive Director Carlos Romero of the Mennonite Education Agency adds in a statement that Goshen College has “an enduring peace tradition” which officials feel isn’t properly reflected by the lyrical content of the song. The words, penned by Key during the War of 1812, describe the scene at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during a time of battle.

“The board’s decision reflects a belief that faith and honoring country can co-exist without disturbing higher allegiances to God and that Goshen College will become increasingly diverse and will welcome diverse viewpoints,” writes Romero.

Students at Goshen have supported the decision, but other citizens in the tiny college town feel like the decision is a travesty for the country. Goshen City Councilman Harland Lantz told Fox News that the decision is “anti-American” and proposed that those in favor of the ban “go down and live in Cuba or Iran” before they decide that the National Anthem is nixed from sports games.

Another school officials, however, Art professor John Blosser, has stood by the college’s decision. To The Goshen News he says that people within the community won’t blindly accept what the rest of the country does, and to Fox he adds that “this is not an anti-patriotic thing.” Despite allegations from Lantz and others that feel that the school is corrupting its pupils into anti-American ideals, Blosser says the only thing the ban is doing is encouraging free-thinking. “It does not make us communist just because we take a stand against that particular point of view. As an educated person, I don’t always stand where the government takes a stand,” Blosser says to Fox.

 The school is currently searching for an alternative that they hope will fit with the sport’s tradition, honors America and resonates the values of Goshen College.

 Another School that is breaking the American tradition. Does Goshen College receive any State or Federal Funding? If so, this must be cut off, as we Tax payers, are contributing to this Anti-American Act.

Bulgarian Mafia Killer Captured in Portugal!

Plamen Dishkov

Once again a Bulgarian Mafiosa is captured in Portugal after many years in hiding. In time you will get caught!

Plamen Dishkov aka Kela, a Bulgarian mobster sentenced for a gangland murder committed in 2002 has been arrested in Portugal after 10 years in international hiding. Diskov, more widely known as Kela, was arrested Thursday in Cascais, Portugal, based on a European arrest warrant, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry announced. He is now to be transferred to the Bulgarian authorities. Thirty four year old  Kela (born in Burgas in 1976) disappeared on November 22, 2002, a day after the murder of Dimitar Stamatov aka Mastera, a businessman dealing with meat production who was gunned down in front his hotel under construction in the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas.

 In 2007, the Burgas Appellate Court sentenced Plamen Dishkov in absentia to 20 years in jail for ordering and acting as an accomplice in the murder of Dimitar Stamatov, after it was proven that Kela committed the murder together with two other men.

 Before that, in 2004, Kela was acquitted on charges of organizing the murder by the Burgas Regional Court, which said that there was not enough evidence linking him to the crime.

 Kela, a well-known brutal young mobster who was known as the representative of the Bulgarian criminal empire SIC along Bulgaria’s southern Black Sea coast in the mid and late 1990s, was revealed to have received USD 10 000 for carrying out Stamatov’s murder.

 The murder itself was directly committed by Boyko Stoyanov, who also received a 20-year sentence in 2007; the third man, Todor Nedelchev, was sentenced to 16 years in jail as an accomplice.

 Long before Kela’s sentence was announced, however, just days after Stamatov’s murder, he fled by plane to Poland. Since then Kela is rumored to have been hiding in Germany, France, the USA, and Cyprus.

Kela has been wanted by Interpol since December 12, 2002, and with an European arrest warrant since July 18, 2008. Dishkov’s career is emblematic for many of the medium-level mobsters in Bulgaria in the 1990s, which was marked by the war for control of the country between two criminal empires – VIS (later VIS-2) and SIC.

Kela is a graduate of the Burgas Sports High School specializing in boxing. His qualities are said to have led to his quick growth in the underground in Burgas, and he quickly got very rich in the late 1990s, moving subsequently to legalize his riches through fuel trade, real estate business, bars, and trade with agricultural products.

Back in January 2001, two SIC lower-ranking SIC mobsters were killed in Burgas in an bomb attack in a Burgas bar that was believed to have been targeting Kela, who was only lightly wounded, and was reported to have been hidden by family members and the local police to keep him alive.

The attack against Kela is believed to have organized by rival mafia boss Dimitar Zhelyazkov, aka Mityo Ochite (“The Eyes”) (who is now imprisoned on organized crime charges), in response to an earlier attack Kela staged against Zhelyazkov killing his ex wife and her brother.

 In April 2011, Kela made headlines in absentia when his father Kolyo Dishkov demolished himself Kela’s luxury three-storey sea view villa, which was proven to have been built illegally for at least EUR 100 000.

Mexican Casinos’ under Fire!

An arson attack on a casino in the northern Mexican industrial city of Monterrey sparked a massive fire and killed at least 53 people, the governor of the state of Nuevo Leonsaid late on Thursday.

Mexican Drug Wars

Governor Rodrigo Medina announced the grim toll in an interview with the Televisa network, adding that the vast establishment, the Casino Royale, had been set ablaze using some kind of flammable liquid “like gasoline.”

President Felipe Calderon condemned the attack, calling it an “abhorrent and barbaric act of terror” in a message on Twitter and expressing his solidarity with the people of Nuevo Leon, of which Monterrey is the capital.

Casinos in Monterrey have recently been targeted because some owners have refused to pay protection money demanded by criminal gangs linked to the country’s booming drugs trade, local media have reported.

Medina said the attack was carried out by six men who arrived at the casino in two vehicles around 4:pm on Thursday. Some men entered the casino “and screamed out ‘everyone hit the floor,’” a witness who spoke on condition of anonymity told Mexican media. “I don’t know if there was a weapon that makes such a noise, but an impressive explosion followed — I never want to go through something like that again,” said the witness, who fled to the rooftop with a friend to escape the flames.

The state head of civil protection, Jorge Camacho, said that the death toll was so high because many people hid in bathrooms and offices when they heard the explosions instead of heading to the emergency exits, and were trapped by the flames. Most of the victims had died of smoke inhalation, he said. It took firefighters four hours to control the flames, and Medina warned that more bodies could be found inside the casino.

Calderon ordered interior minister Francisco Blake to Monterrey to head the government probe into the attack. Only a few years ago, Monterrey had been seen as one of Mexico’s safest cities.

But Nuevo Leon state and its capital, which is home to four million people, have seen an increasing amount of drug-related violence, with more than 70 people killed in Monterrey last month alone.

Nearly 850 people were killed in the state in the first half of the year, compared to 278 murder victims for all of 2010, according to a tally by the national newspaper Reforma. More than 41,000 people have died in violence linked to Mexico’s organised crime gangs since Calderon launched a military crackdown in December 2006.

Authorities said a drug cartel was apparently responsible for the attack.  Cartels often extort casinos and other businesses, threatening to attack them or  burn them to the ground if they refuse to pay. In an act of desperation, authorities commandeered backhoes from a nearby construction site to break into the casino’s walls to try to reach the people trapped inside. “This is a night of sadness for Mexico,” Alejandro Poire, the federal security spokesman, said in a televised address. “An unspeakable, repugnant, unacceptable act of terror has been
committed.” “These unspeakable acts of terror will not go unpunished,” Poire said, adding federal authorities were aiding state forces in the investigation.

While there was no immediate information linking the attack to drug cartels, Monterrey has seen bloody turf battles between the Zetas and Gulf cartels in recent months.

Once Mexico’s symbol of development and prosperity, the city is seeing this year’s drug-related murders on a pace to double last year’s and triple those of the year before.

Larrazabal said the casino, in a well-off part of Monterrey, had been closed by authorities in May for building an expansion without a permit, but a judge later granted the owner an injunction to continue operating.

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