Norma Lee (Lockridge) Brown, age 79, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on April 4, 1940, in Versailles, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Roy Roosevelt and Julia Edmona (Reynolds) Lockridge. She was raised in Versailles, Indiana, where she was a 1958 graduate of the Versailles High School. Norma was employed for RCA Plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, retiring after 30 years of service. She was also employed as a security officer for an Indianapolis International Airport for several years and for the Indianapolis Indians ball games for several years. She was a member of the Indianapolis Moose Lodge #17 and the Indianapolis American Legion. She attended the Brooksburg Baptist Church in Brooksburg, Indiana. Norma resided in the Switzerland County community for the past 10 years. Norma will be rememebered for her love of fishing. Norma passed away at 10:05 a.m., Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Norma will be missed by her son, Walter Lee Foster and his wife, Pamela of Madison, IN; her granddaughter, Amy (Foster) Thomas and her husband, Rick of Madison, IN; her grandson, Scotty Foster and his wife, Becky of Madison, IN; her great-grandchildren, Allison Rent, Christopher Rent, Alivia Foster and Isabella Kilborn and her nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Roosevelt and Julia Edmona (Reynolds) Lockridge; her sister, Dorothy Louise Furnish; her brother, Walter Lockridge; her half-sister, Margaret Clayton and her niece, Christy Louise Adams.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 12, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Rev. Ron Lee at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Cliff Hill Cemetery, Versailles, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Activities Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
A panel of experts discussed the state of the California Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act and the feasibility of the nationwide Dream Act on Monday at an event titled Undocumented Students, Unauthorized Immigrants, and the Future of America in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.The California Dream Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October, aims to make financial aid available to undocumented college students.Debate · Jonathan Wilcox (left), speechwriter for former Calif. Gov. Peter Wilson, argued against a federal Dream Act at a panel hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Tuesday. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily TrojanThe panel, moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, discussed the financial and moral implications of providing financial aid to undocumented individuals hoping to pursue higher education.“The Dream Act is about citizenship and equalization of funding opportunities to higher education,” said panelist Jonathan Wilcox, a speechwriter for former Calif. Gov. Pete Wilson.The panel focused on the financial restraints the Dream Act could place on the government, the legality of the Dream Act and immigration reform.Wilcox said the California Dream Act diverts funding away from other government-funded programs, which should be a higher priority.“Every dollar that a state spends on one thing is one dollar less that it has to spend on something else,” Wilcox said. “Are you harming [undocumented students] by denying them other opportunities?”Luis Alvarado, former senior advisor for Meg Whitman’s California gubernatorial campaign, said the Dream Act raises more than just financial issues.“These are morality issues,” Alvarado said. “Should there be government help in which the government is an accumulation of all of the resources of a community?”Undocumented immigrants are presently contributing to the American economy through taxes but are still being denied access to financial aid opportunities funded by taxes, said William Perez, associate professor of education at Claremont Graduate University and author of We ARE Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream.“When we talk about whether we can afford it, we have to understand that undocumented workers are already contributing,” Perez said.Perez said that with a high school diploma being a less valuable degree than it was 30 years ago, a college degree is a necessity for financial success in the United States today and that by denying students opportunities to pursue scholarships and funding, the government would be limiting the chances of success for undocumented college students.“If we don’t give kids access, we give them a literal disability, because they can’t function in society,” Perez said.Michael Varela, chairperson for Improving Dreams, Education, Access and Success Movement at USC, said with the growing number of minorities in the United States, it is only a matter of time before a federal Dream Act is passed.“This [Dream Act] is a vibrant, political, economic and moral issue that all USC students should discuss and ask questions about,” Suro said.Schnur said if students want to make an impact on the passage of a federal Dream Act, they need to get involved in the government.“Protesting is noble, rallying is moving, but if you want to get something done for a cause like this, the way to do it is to get inside the gate. All ralliers are making their voice heard, but if you’re making change, you have to be inside the doors and make something happen,” Schnur said.