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Monday, April 12, 2010

University Preparing For Future State Budget Cuts By Michael Westendorf As universities nation- the year. It makes planwide brace for even more ning for the university unbudget cuts, SVSU is try- usually difficult this year.” ing to position itself in State appropriations protective-fashion against at SVSU have fallen drathe possibility of a dev- matically in the past twenty astating mid-year ap- years. In 1990, appropriapropriations reduction. tions accounted for 62 perThe State Senate’s Ap- cent of the general fund. propriations Committee In 2010, that percentage approved a 3.1 percent re- has dwindled to 28, leaving duction in state appropria- students to make up for the tions for public universities reduction in tuition fees. last month, and the meaStudent Association, an sure moved to the Senate organization charged with floor where it allocating stuwas quickly dent funds, passed and coordinated forwarded to an effort with the House Aptheir state propriations chapter orgaC o m m i t t e e. nization in a In the bill’s lobbying trip current form, to Lansing the reduction last month would result Covering the for a rally in an overall the CapiAdministration at cut of around tol Building. $800,000 for “Every reSVSU, says SVSU Director of duction in state appropriaMedia Relations J.J. Boehm. tions to public universities “For all the obvious rea- only adds to the burden sons, we’re disappointed,” placed on Michigan stuMr. Boehm told The Jour- dents and their families,” nal in an e-mail message. says Ryan Kanine, presiSVSU president Eric dent of the association, R. Gilbertson is scheduled “Our goal for the rally [was] to address the House Ap- to show legislators that it propriations Committee is in our state’s best interduring a hearing on Apr. 19 est to invest in its students.” at Central Michigan UniIncoming student-presversity in Mount Pleasant. ident Julie Boon concurs. “Every budget cut “It’s a pretty complicated process and it’s still pret- puts an even greater burty early in the process too,” den on students and their Mr. Gilbertson says, “Our families. This means now darkest concern here is that more than ever students whatever budget is passed, need to band together it will not be supported by and make legislators realsufficient revenue to last ize that we are the future.

Boon Elected Student President After Grove drops out of race, Boon claims top Assn. post Ms. Grove cited a full-time texted Ms. Boon at 8:30 a.m. internship next year with Monday morning to arrange Campus Crusades for for a meeting, and Christ International then broke the news in making the decito her around 11:30 sion to drop out of that same morning. the race — a decision “The only ones she said she made who knew were my the day before the parents, my boydebate after talking friend, Julie, and with her family. Nick,” Ms. Grove said, “I made the dereferring to Nick Taycision yesterday Julie Boon lor, the student elecafter talking with tion commissioner. my parents,” Ms. Grove told Because of election The Journal after the debate. rules, Ms. Grove’s name She says that she then remained on the ballot.

By Michael Westendorf In a vote that turned out to be merely a technicality, Julie Boon was swept to power Thursday afternoon as the next president of Student Association, an organization that allocates student funds, by easily defeating Kali Grove after Ms. Grove bowed out of the race in graceful fashion during the presidential debate four days earlier. 2.1 percent of eligible voters sent Ms. Boon to office with a 171-50 vote.

SVSU president Eric R. Gilbertson says that both candidates are “great kids” and that he looks forward to working with Ms. Boon, who will receive a non-voting spot on the university’s Board of Trustees as a result of the election. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about her energy and her commitment and I look forward to working with her,” Mr. Gilbertson told The Saginaw Valley Journal Thursday, “We’ve been really lucky with a really good string of really solid student leadership.” STUDENT PRESS

Valley Vanguard Names New Editor By Michael Westendorf


Hundreds of students marched along Michigan Avenue toward the capitol. Those who marched held up signs and bullhorns in their quest to get the attention of lawmakers.

STUDENTS RALLY AT THE CAPITOL Hundreds of public university students travel to Lansing to support higher education by protesting funding cuts By Michael Westendorf LANSING, Mich. — Student Association helped to coordinate a rally last month at the state capitol in Lansing. The group effort, led by the Student Association of Michigan, was protesting the budget cuts implemented over the years for state universities. Some 500 students were expected to show up and

march along Michigan Avenue toward the capitol. Those who marched held up signs and bullhorns in their quest to get the attention of Michigan lawmakers. Ironically, the state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that reduced state funding to public universities even more, by a reduction of 3.1 percent. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. “Every budget cut that

the state approves puts an even greater burden on students and their families,” Julie Boon told The Journal. Ms. Boon helped to plan SVSU’s involvement in the rally, “This reduction is discouraging after the cuts we faced during the fall, but this means now more than ever students need to band together and make legislators realize that we are the future and that we are investing in our future.”

The Professional Journalistic Practices Committee (PJPC) has appointed Noah Essenmacher the next editor of the Valley Vanguard, a student newspaper at SVSU. Mr. Essenmacher, 31, is currently the newspaper’s copy editor. The committee governs the newspaper as well as Cardinal Sins, a studentpublished literary journal. Mr. Essenmacher beat out Toni Boger, a staff writer at the Valley Vanguard, for the newspaper’s top post. “We had some really good candidates for both publications,” PJPC chairman J.J. Boehm said, referring to the Valley Vanguard and Cardinal Sins, “Given their considerable experience with their respective publications and their impressive résumés, I am confident they will be effective in leading their respective publications.” Members on the committee that had a hand in choosing Mr. Essenmacher included out-going editor Sara Kitchen, Valley Vanguard adviser Brian Hlavaty, and Mr. Boehm.


College Republicans electing new officers By Michael Westendorf



Egyptian symbols on SVSU’s official seal has one Christian student removing them from her diploma.

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The College Republicans at SVSU are in the midst of electing new officers who will prepare to lead the organization next fall. Under the group’s by-laws, officer elections are held each semester. For the position of president, current president Ted Goodman will be facing off against Melanie Ellison, a veteran of the organization and the vice chairman of the Bay County Republican Party.

The group is losing a key member of their executive board in Aaron J. Baylis, who announced he is stepping down as secretary. Mr. Baylis has left a treTed Goodman mendous impact on the organization in his time there as the chief author of many of the group’s

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policies and constitution. He is currently serving as the chairman of the Bay County Republican Party alongside Ms. Ellison. Other elections for the group Melanie Ellison are as follows: Tara Robishaw and Sean Hammond for vice president, and Kevin G. Lorentz and

Robert Packard for secretary. The College Republicans are currently in-between sessions of a constitutional convention to revise various clauses in the group’s constitution. While officially a closedconvention, the group has allowed student media to sit in and observe proceedings. The Valley Vanguard and The Saginaw Valley Journal have agreed to respect the closed-nature of the convention and refrain from reporting on the contents thereof.


news briefs Cardinal Sins To Be Released Apr. 19 Cardinal Sins, a literary journal, will soon be releasing its winter semester issue. The journal contains poetry, artwork, photography, and fiction. A post-publication reception is scheduled for Monday, Apr. 19 at 4:00 p.m. in the Roberta Allen Reading Room of the Melvin J. Zahnow library. Senior Recital by SVSU’s Snyder Monday Tami Snyder, a music and theater major from Bay City will perform in her senior recital at Saginaw Valley State University Monday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Snyder has performed in many department programs, including the SVSU Muse and Brunch and the annual music majors’ recital. She has also sung for many community performances, such as “Sublimely Schubert” with the Saginaw Choral Society and “Saints, Sinners and Sopranos” in conjunction with the SVSU Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum. Snyder also serves as a choral scholar at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Saginaw, under the direction of Kevin Simons, and has been an active member of the SVSU choir, including performances in both Japan and Greece. Recently, Snyder placed third in the senior woman’s division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition at Western Michigan University. The first half of Synder’s program will comprise a variety of art songs, oratorio and operatic arias, ranging from the Baroque to the Romantic period, and feature works from such composers as George Frederick Handel, Giacomo Puccini, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The second half will feature the legacies of 20th-century greats, including Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as those of lesser known composers like Harvey Schmidt and Dominick Argento. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Cheryl Cheger-Timm, a pianist with SVSU’s Department of Music. The department is designed to provide students with strong preparation in musical theory, history and literature, as well as in its vocal and instrumental performance. The recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact Tammy Hafner with the department at thafner@ or at 989-9644159. Do you have a news tip, event, or issue you would like to see in The Saginaw Valley Journal? If so, please send an e-mail message to news@ Anonymity is guaranteed.

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Boon Elected

SVSU Preparing for Seal Under Fire “I know the President said they Budget Cuts

Current Student Association parliamentarian and chairman of the Legislation and External Affairs committee, Julie Boon, is elected president of the association. Ms. Boon defeated Kali Grove, who had earlier bowed out of the race, by a vote of 171-50. COLLEGE REPUBLICANS

The College Republicans are in the midst of electing new officers. Under the group’s by-laws, officer elections are held each semester. Ted Goodman and Melanie Ellison are facing off for the president’s post while longtime secretary Aaron Baylis is stepping down.

The PJPC has appointed Noah Essenmacher as the next editor of the Valley Vanguard, a student newspaper at SVSU. Mr. Essenmacher, 31, is currently the newspaper’s copy editor.

Student Association helped to coordinate a rally last month at the state capitol in Lansing. The group effort, led by the Student Association of Michigan, was protesting the budget cuts implemented over the years for state universities.



Ted Goodman On Health Care


Rally In Lansing

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are harmless, but to me it is against everything I stand for, similar to walking around with an upside down cross,” says Paula Pietryga about the Egyptian symbols on SVSU’s official seal, which she is trying to remove from her degree.

As universities brace for even more budget cuts, SVSU is trying to position itself in protectivefashion against the possibility of a devastating mid-year appropriations reduction that President Gilbertson says is more likely than not.

Goodman and Ellison Face Off




A New Editor

Incoming Student Association representative and College Republicans president Ted Goodman shares his thoughts on the recently passed health care reform bill that was signed by President Obama on Mar. 23.


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The association meets tonight to elect a Speaker of the House. Likely candidates are Bethany Freer and Ashley Kraft, although Ms. Kraft has said that she is not considering running. Danielle Burelle received the most votes among the representative candidates.

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The Saginaw Valley Journal.

Egyptian Symbols In SVSU Seal Under Fire


Freer seen to be early frontrunner for speaker

Christian student lobbying to remove symbols from diploma

By Michael Westendorf Julie Boon will preside next year over an association that lost a majority of its current members and saw only 18 students apply to fill 20 seats. There are mixed theories for the reason of such a high turnover in the association. “Each year classes get harder, and I think some members are starting to learn how to better manage their time,” says Angela Grimaldi, a current member of the association, “This year the applications were due right around spring break and I think everyone was still in ’spring break mode’.” Even though 18 students applied for representative positions, Ms. Boon was one of those applicants, and because she will serve as president, she will relinquish her role as a representative, dropping the number of representatives to 17. The association meets tonight to elect a Speaker of the House among the newly-elected representatives. Likely candidates are Bethany Freer and Ashley Kraft, although Ms. Kraft has said that she is not considering actively lobbying for the position. Danielle Burelle received the most votes among all of the representative candidates (tied with Ms. Boon) with 128. The weakened-by-numbers association will most likely see a healthy appointment session next fall, when it is able to fill its ranks without the procedural burden of a student body-wide election. S.A. Election Results Shivray Mann Julie Boon Danielle Burelle Ted Goodman Jennifer Fleming Olivia Steffke Nathan Irby Marcus Cooper Mary Justice Zhoujun Sun Eric Curtis Caitlin Powell Jackie Gibson Andrew Niedzinski Bethany Freer Megan Potts Ashley Kraft Michael Kerkau

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Paula Pietryga, a Christian student at SVSU, is trying to remove the SVSU seal from her diploma and her Dean’s List certificates because of the Egyptian symbols she says are “against everything I stand for”.

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“I know the President said they are harmless, but to me it is against everything I stand for, similar to walking around with an upside down cross,” says Paula Pietryga about the Egyptian symbols on SVSU’s official seal. Ms. Pietryga brought these concerns to SVSU president Eric R. Gilbertson during an open forum last month. She is now in the process of trying to remove the seal entirely from her future diploma as well as her Dean’s List certificates. “I think it happened — I remember it happened once before many many years ago,” Mr. Gilbertson says, “I don’t know how much trouble it is, I mean ... it’s not something that I’ve dealt with personally. I’d imagine it’s a hassle, but we have all sorts of hassles around here and it certainly wouldn’t be the worst hassle we’ve had to deal with.” Ms. Pietryga says that she had to write a formal letter to the university to obtain a diploma without a seal, but that her voyage to obtain a Dean’s List certificate without a seal has been more difficult. The Saginaw Valley Journal reached out to the Dean of the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences Mary Hedberg in seeking comment regarding the Dean’s List certificate, however Ms. Hedberg said that the certificates are actually issued by the Registrar’s office. SVSU Registrar Chris Looney says that the university has commissioned a graphic designer to create separate certificates for Ms. Pietryga. “Right now we’re just waiting to hear back from the designer, whether it’s in communications or graphics,” Mr. Looney says regarding the department that was charged with the design. He says that the work is being done in-house at the expense of the university, but adds that it “wouldn’t be a bad idea” to have Ms. Pietryga bear the burden of some of the costs. “My issue with seal initially is the very top symbol which is an Egyptian Ankh,” Ms. Pietryga explains, “In brief, it is said to be a symbol of eternal life and associated with many pagan gods. The gods are often seen holding an ankh to someone’s lips, as this is considered to be an offering of ‘The Breath of Life’. The breath you will need in the afterlife.” Mr. Gilbertson suggested that she research the history of the seal, in order to interpret its intent. Ms. Pietryga says she did that, and found a brief narrative of the history of the seal online. “I am a Christian and my views of the afterlife are very different then the view the symbols in the seal suggest,” she adds. “If someone doesn’t want the seal around, we want to be able to accommodate them,” Mr. Gilbertson told The Journal. “It was never intended to be offensive to a religious sect. If someone wants to read into it, and has strong feelings about it — OK, we’ll try to accommodate that.” “The last thing we want to do is shove our symbolism down someone’s throat.”

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OPINION JOURNAL Monday, April 12, 2010


The Saginaw Valley Journal.

A Boon Administration Julie Boon couldn’t have put it any better during the presidential debate last Monday when she said, “I kind of get the feeling that when someone walks into the office, they feel like they’re interrupting something, and that needs to change.” The difference between walking into any other university office, and then walking into the Student Association office, is enormous. With the former, one is welcomed by a warm greeting, a professional atmosphere, and a clean environment. With the latter, however, one is greeted with eye-rolls (if one is greeted at all) and a hideously filthy workspace, complete with popcorn on the floor, papers thrown about, and a general

disregard for organization. It amplifies every negative stereotype associated with the ‘lazy college student’ and The Saginaw Valley Journal hopes that Ms. Boon’s election will serve to change this. It’s time for the members of Student Association to stop using their student status as an excuse for unprofessional behavior. Julie Boon should start right away in cracking down on the culture of immaturity that has infiltrated the association. If the members truly have a desire to represent the students of the university instead of occupying posts within a largely-ignored student organization, it’s time to proactively engage those students with a smile.

Editor Essenmacher We were rooting for him. Noah Essenmacher is a wise choice to succeed Sara Kitchen as editor-in-chief of The Valley Vanguard. The news organization will benefit greatly from his years of experience and impressive academic credentials. It has long been our belief that the Valley Vanguard serves a valuable purpose at SVSU, it just has been plagued by some poisonous individuals. Mr. Essenmacher is not one of those individuals, and we look forward to seeing the

body of work that his leadership and skills will produce. His opinion pieces so far this school year have been the best published by the newspaper. They have been thoughtful, poignant, and worthy of praise. The Journal also commends the Professional Journalistic Practices Committee for its choice of Alex Soares for business manager of the Valley Vanguard and Cardinal Sins. The committee was correct in determining that a perceived conflict of interest is minimal.

Collateral Murder It’s unfortunate that it took so long and so much effort for the Wikileaks video Collateral Murder to make news among the major newspapers and television networks. The video, which shows the 2007 killings of a Reuters photographer and his driver, amplifies concerns that the U.S. military will go to great lengths to protect its own, even when it’s clearly in the wrong. Shot from the cannon camera of an attack apache helicopter, the video depicts a group on the streets of Baghdad. Two members of the group, Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver, Saeed Chmagh, have cameras slung over their shoulders while walking. The pilots mistake the cameras for RPGs and shortly thereafter open fire on

them. What makes the events even more tragic is that when a van pulls up to help the victims of the shooting, the helicopter again opens fire, this time critically injuring two small children in the van. The military’s response to this unnecessary attack is pathetic. It’s understandable that with the context of knowledge in watching the video and with the help of hindsight that the pilots legitimately believed the cameras to be RPGs. However, once a mistake has been made, those responsible should be held responsible for those mistakes, and any officials involved in an attempted cover-up should be held responsible two-fold.

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Ted Goodman

n the evening of March 21st, the United States Congress passed a health care reform bill to which more than half of America was opposed. The bill passed without bipartisan support, and was signed by President Obama two days later. Even in the following days, a majority of Americans were unfavorable toward the bill. Fighting to make health care affordable to hard working members of our society is truly an honorable cause. Republicans, Democrats and independents want to see an America where the more than 30 million uninsured can afford to receive the medical treatment they and their families so desperately need. However, this health care bill is not the answer, and will end up doing more harm than good. There are some things included within the bill that all sides can agree are good, such as the prohibition of discriminating based on pre-existing conditions. However, the problems lie in how we as a nation plan to pay for the nearly one trillion dollar bill, and how this will affect the quality of health care in the future. Almost no one is against the idea of providing health care to all, the problem is companies

(especially in the manufacturing sector) that provide jobs in such harsh economic times are going to pay more taxes, which is in turn going to put a strain on their ability to survive. States are also going to be forced to place more tax dollars into their health care, which is very concerning, considering most states, especially Michigan, are already stretched too thin. Taxes will no doubt be increased across the board to pay for the one trillion dollar bill, which is unfortunate. Most polls have indicated that more than half of the American public was against the passing of this bill, yet President Obama and the Democrats in Congress refused to listen to the people. It will be interesting to see how the passing of this health care bill will affect the 2010 midterm elections. Again, health care reform is needed. Republicans also want to see every American with affordable health care, but they want to hold an honest debate, and have real discussions to find actual solutions. Republicans are not willing to compromise our founding principles and core values. Ted Goodman is president of the SVSU College Republicans and an incoming representative in SVSU’s Student Association.

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