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Meet the four contenders: How will President Eric Gilbertson’s successor influence your university?
The Board of Control is expected to come to a decision on President Eric Gilbertson’s successor at its next meeting. The Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, for a regular formal session, in Wickes 350 to vote on one of the the four finalists. Gilbertson announced his resignation in June. He plans to return to the university as a faculty member after taking a sabbatical. A search committee was formed, which narrowed down more than 40 applications to four finalists. Candidates are Donald Bachand, SVSU provost and vice president for academic affairs; J. Bradford Hodson, vice president for university advancement at Pittsburg State University in Kansas; Gayle Ormiston, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Marshall University in West Virginia; and Neal Weaver, vice president for institutional advancement at West Texas A&M University in Texas. The finalists for the position participated in open forums last week to answer questions from students, faculty and staff. Here are some of the things they discussed:
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Bachand has a 35-year history at Saginaw Valley, having first joined the criminal justice faculty in 1978. He has served as the dean of the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences as well as an executive member of the Faculty Association. He completed a bachelor’s degree at Mercy College of Detroit, a master’s degree at the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. at Vanguard file photo the University of Michigan. “I think I have a little bit of an advantage in that I’m not going to spend the first six months to two years trying to figure out what we are, what we should be and who we need to secure support from in the region,” he said.
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In a rotary cycle of leadership, political science professor Jesse Donahue is scheduled to be the chair of the political science board starting in fall 2014. This will be her second opportunity as chair holder in the political science department. Donahue said a lot of new responsibilities come with the position. “I’ll be talking with a lot more students,” she said. “I will be meeting with all of the students in the program and am looking forward to this interaction.” Donahue studied for four years in California, and completed
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Hodson said focusing on retention and graduation rates, expanding into new markets for students and improving the caliber of graduates would help the university build its brand. Enrollment expansion, however, is not the primary goal. “Enrollment is not a great indicator of university success. It doesn’t tell the whole picture,” Vanguard photo | Pakeitha Oldham he said. “Let’s look at other, more meaningful metrics, like outputs rather than inputs and the quality of students.” Hodson said getting more people to know about SVSU is also a crucial step. “What makes us the first choice? That’s what we need to figure out,” he said. “I
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Ormiston spoke of growth for the university through programs, international recruitment and retention rates. At Marshall University, Ormiston has been part of efforts to increase international diversity. Marshall administration set a goal for 10 percent of the student body to be international students. Its Courtesy | MLive current undergraduate enrollment is close to 10,000. The university had an increase of 250 international students this semester. He said the percentage of international students at Marshall is at about 6.5 percent.
Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. “West Texas is a very similar institution with a very similar role to play in society. It is a regional institution built on access and opportunity and great quality
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graduate school at Boston University. She explained that she relates better with traditional students through her experience as a traditional student herself. “Traditional students have so much energy and ambition for their future,” Donahue said. She loves to teach traditional students because they have so much potential and so many opportunities for their future, which fuels her fire for teaching. Donahue arrived at the university in 1997 in search of a growing community of educators and students. “When I first started 17 years ago, a lot of the people in my classes were non-traditional students,” Donahue said. She said that the changes SVSU has made have strengthened the institution. “I like the way the university is now compared to when I came here,” she said. Donahue spent time as a chairperson for the political science department from 2000 to 2004. “We did a lot of expanding,” Donahue said. “There are so many more upper-level classes now rather than general education classes like before.” During her four-year tenure on the board for the political science department, many programs and clubs sprouted their roots, including Moot Court, Law Club and the Law Review. As a chair of the board,
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Donahue plans to continue her predecessors’ work by keeping these programs up and running. Moot Court allows students in teams of two to compete in a simulated Supreme Court debate setting. The program has been successful since its inception and has consistently sent students to the national competition, with a team recently placing 49th out of 80 schools nationally. Donahue is the current adviser to the Law Review, which aims to inform SVSU students on the law through a law journal organized by the students. Donahue created the Law Review in 2012, as she recognized the importance writing law papers and legal briefs is to the political science profession. Donahue said the role of chairperson is an important one. “It’s my turn to step up and do my part.”
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Weaver comes from a regional university with nearly the same student demographics and academic programs as SVSU. He completed a bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, a master’s degree at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma. He previously served as vice president for university relations at
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There is a group of students and faculty who are trained to provide support through the process of discovering one’s own identity. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) advisory committee on campus provided training for interested students and faculty members to become LGBT allies. Dean of Students Merry Jo Brandimore is the chair of the committee and, with a group of faculty members, organized the training. “We want SVSU to be a community that is welcome to everyone,” Brandimore said.
Trainees were given a Safe Zone Workshop Participant Packet and participated in multiple activities led by three faculty members. Participants learned new terminology, watched videos and considered specific scenarios through small- and large-group discussions. Much of the training dealt how allies can support people who choose to come out to them. Assistant professor of criminal justice, Sheruni Ratnabalasuriar led multiple discussions. “The greatest gift we can give to people is to respect how they identify,” Ratnabalasuriar said. Assistant professor of criminal justice Melissa Garmo and assistant professor of English,
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Dean leads analysis on Super Bowl commercials’ likability By Kylie Wojciechowski Vanguard Staff Writer
Last Sunday, most Americans tuned in to watch the Seattle Seahawks play the Denver Broncos. Dean of the College of Business & Management Rama Yelkur was watching too, but for a different reason. Featured in leading scholarly journals and cited extensively in popular media, including Advertising Age, CNN Money, The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, Yelkur’s work, done in conjunction with her late colleague Chuck Tomkovick, is focused around determining which variables in a Super Bowl advertisement cause it to be well-liked. Over a decade ago, as a marketing professor
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at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Yelkur had to somehow find ways to make her classes more exciting, especially in the dead of winter. Working directly with her undergraduate students, she began analyzing Super Bowl advertisements the day after the event. They began discussing what the advertisements meant, applying the theoretical marketing principles learned in class. From there, Yelkur’s research took off. She is now one of the nation’s leading experts on which variables affect the likability of Super Bowl advertisements. As a 30-second Super Bowl advertisement costs an upwards of $4 million, it is imperative for companies to craft the most likable
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police briefs Police briefs are written according to reports from University Police. These indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily the actual incident. Larceny • On Tuesday, Jan. 21, a 19-year-old male student put his backpack and iPhone on the edge of the court while playing basketball in the Ryder Center. When he came back, his belongings were gone. • At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, a 24-year-old male student set his gym bag on a bench while he took a shower at the Ryder Center after playing basketball. When he returned, his wallet and phone were missing from the bag. Fraud • On Thursday, Jan. 23, a 20-year-old male student reported that, while home on winter break, he gave his debit card to a person he knew to go get food. The subject never returned with the card. Later, the student discovered that bad checks had been deposited into and money had been withdrawn his from the account. This case is still under investigation. Felony • At 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, officers discovered that an 18-year-old male student had a felony out of Saginaw County. They made contact with the student in Living Center South. He was arrested and taken to jail. Disorderly Conduct • At 9:55 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, officers stopped a 24-year-old female student for a minor traffic violation. After running the vehicle’s plate number, it was discovered that the student’s handicapped license plate was improper. The proper plate was inside the vehicle. The officer changed the plates and confiscated the improper handicapped plate. The student became irate and wanted to speak to the officer’s supervisor. She came to the police station and spoke to the sergeant. She became even more distraught, was asked to leave multiple times, and refused. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and cited for her improper plate. • At 12:55 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, a 21-year-old male student was kicked out of a dance at the Ryder Center for fighting with other students. He walked across the street to K-lot, screaming. Other students soon joined him. Shortly after arriving on the scene, one officer was grabbed by another student. He was taken into custody, but later released. All other students were advised to leave. This issue is being handled internally. Property Damage • At 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, a 22-yearold female student lost control of her vehicle while entering a turn lane on Bay Road, south of Freeland. She spun north in the south lane and was struck head on by an 18-year-old male student. Minor damage was inflicted on both vehicles. • At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, a 22-yearold female student’s vehicle was struck on the passenger’s side by a 23-year-old female student who was backing out in G-2 Lot. Minor damage was done to the 22-yearold female student’s vehicle, while heavy damage was done to the 23-year-old female student’s car. Both airbags were deployed. • At 1:03 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, a 23-year-old female student was stopped for driving with expired plates. She knew her registration had expired, but she was also driving with a suspended license and without insurance. Her car was towed and she was cited. • Between Jan. 23 and 26, the vehicle of an 18-year-old female student was damaged in J-3 Lot. Her passenger’s rear view mirror was knocked off. Minor in Possession • At 3:20 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, officers discovered two 19-year-old female students sitting in a parked car in the University Village parking lot smoking marijuana. This case was turned over to Student Code of Conduct for resolution. • At 6:56 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, officers were dispatched to Living Center North to meet with residential staff concerning the smell of marijuana. An 18-year-old male student admitted that he possessed marijuana and was smoking in his room. He was arrested and taken to jail. • At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, officers were called to Living Center South West to meet with members of the residential staff who smelled marijuana in the building. A 19-yearold female student was confronted and admitted to smoking marijuana in her room. This case was turned over to Student Code of Conduct.
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SUPER BOWL continued from A1 advertisements for their products. “We’re watching the football game in groups of four or more. We want to laugh and be entertained … to have our emotions appealed to,” Yelkur said. From the various studies conducted by Yelkur and Tomkovick, the top five variables that positively influenced advertisement likability are humor, animals, little or no product information, particular product categories and children. These same variables will not guarantee advertisement likability for commercials in another context, however. According to Yelkur, event marketing is completely different than marketing for ordinary situations. “This type of marketing has a different value. It has a captive audience, which is why the price for advertising is so high. (In other situations), the audience will get up and leave during commercials,”
through the ally process is to create a “safe space” for training. Lacey went over training rules, which encouraged participation from everyone while also keeping all personal information shared by others during the program private. The SVSU community has participated in three training sessions through the University of Michigan Spectrum Center, but this was the first one conducted on campus. The LGBT advisory committee hopes to conduct a training session every semester. One of Garmo’s goals for this training was to create a clear list of allies SVSU community members can go to. Garmo said there is a “need to identify Yelkur said. The rewards for companies that cater their Super Bowl advertisements to what the audience likes are enormous, taking the form of a net positive financial performance. In the two-week period in which Yelkur analyzes financial performances, from the Monday before the Super Bowl through the Friday after the game, the stocks of companies that run Super Bowl advertisements typically outperform the Standard and Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) stocks by 1.25 percent. The S&P 500 is a stock market index that follows the 500 most widely held stocks on the market, seeking to represent the risk and return of the market as a whole. “It’s a significant finding, because in essence, Wall Street rewards firms that run Super Bowl ads. It’s a tradeable event,” Tomkovick said in a 2008 interview. Traditional advertisers like Anheuser-Busch InBev and Mars returned again; however, the oncepopular E-Trade did not advertise their insurance policies with talking infants this year. “(E-Trade) is still getting publicity
people that can be helpful.” After training completion, participants signed an ally pledge and were given a certificate and an LGBT Ally “Safe Space” decal. Names of participants will be found on the LGBT resource website. Brandimore said this is a way to let the SVSU community know these individuals support LGBT members. Anyone can reach out to these individuals for support or information. “This is just one of the ways we can demonstrate our support,” Brandimore said.
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Bachand said that he believes he has something to still offer the university, its students, employees and faculty. “I have been here a long time, and I would like to think I have played a role in the growth and development of creating the culture and work environment that we have at SVSU,” he said. “I think I still have something to offer. I’m not interested in going to other places. Otherwise, I would have gone a long time ago. I chose to stay here. I think there is a lot of work to do.” “It’s going to be a challenge for me,” Bachand said. “There are skills that I will have to develop very quickly. I think I am ready to assume responsibility and continue learning all the important skills that make an effective president.” He said through the development of those skills he will be able to tackle the real problems SVSU now faces after a long period of rapid growth, including difficulties with student retention, recruitment, funding as well as the perception of SVSU as an institution of higher education. “Everyone knows there has been a significant decline in the amount of students graduating from high school, (but) there hasn’t been a significant decline in the number of universities in this state that are interested in recruiting them,” he said. He said that because of that fact, the success of SVSU students should not be kept a secret. “Outside of our Tri-City area the knowledge of SVSU as high quality academic institution of opportunity isn’t very well-known,” he said. “We have to become better well known. We have a great place, we have wonderful academic programs, outstanding employees at every level of the organization (and a) commitment to excellence. I think people need to know about that.” He suggested ways to accomplish this goal, including competing differently, promoting student accomplishment and doing better at getting the university’s message out.
think SVSU wants to be a leader. Let’s innovate. Let’s grow. Let’s be a leader, not a follower.” Hodson said his first few months in the role of president would consist of acclimating himself to the university. “My job in the first 90 days would be listening and learning. I don’t have even the surface of what’s going on at SVSU,” he said. “There are great plans in place, great energy about those plans, and we’re going to work towards those plans.” He said that two to three years in the future, he hopes SVSU would have steady enrollment, more international students, a higher caliber of students and have successfully met the university’s strategic goals. Hodson plans to build relationships with faculty, staff, students, donors and legislators from the first day he is in the position. “I think being the new guy can be beneficial,” Hodson said. “You cannot build relationships from the top floor of Wickes Hall. You have to be out in the community. Relationship building is slow and strategic, but it’s the only way to get somewhere.” Hodson said that he would have an “open door” to anyone with thoughts or suggestions about improvement. He said he did not mind arguments or debate, because it can help him give new insight on an issue to help him make better decisions. “Great ideas come from all areas of the institution, and someone has to be receptive to that,” he said. “If someone has an idea to make the university better, I want to hear about it.” “I am very engaged with students on my campus. I make a point to seek out students and interact,” he said. “Students are not going to come to you; you have to go to them. I try to put myself in the path of students and make sure I’m accessible so we can start that conversation.”
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In 2011, SVSU had 543 international students, which is about 5 percent of the student population. At Marshall, the admission standards required an ACT of at least 19 and at least a 2.0 GPA. A student, by state law, can also gain acceptance with a 16 ACT and 3.0 GPA. SVSU’s admission standards required a 2.5 GPA with “acceptable” ACT or SAT scores. Students with 2.00 GPAs may be admitted if test scores and extracurricular involvements indicate they likely would succeed in college, according to the 20132014 undergraduate academic catalog. Because of the exceptions, Ormiston said, many students at Marshall come in with math deficiencies. He said getting the students to take remediation courses in math courses causes great pains for administration. Marshall began offering two-week, free remediation courses to these students during the summer. They were optional. This collaborative effort with administration and faculty helped move large numbers of remedial math students to the next level, according to Ormiston. He said this program also can work with remedial English courses. Ormiston said there was little possibility of student evaluations of faculty members being posted online for students when they are deciding which classes are best to take. Eastern Michigan University is one university that practices this. Ormiston said this came up in his position as provost at Marshall. “We denied students access to student evaluations of faculty,” Ormiston said. He said it was put into the faculty’s personnel files, which is not open to public viewing. Ormiston said he would measure success in this position after the first 60 days. “We would come up with assessment measures to say if we accomplished our goals or not.” Ormiston said he was impressed by the dedication that students, faculty and staff have for the success of their institution. He noted that “you don’t find that everywhere.”
undergraduate education,” he said. “I believe in regional education. I believe in the role that we play in the broader education continuum that includes public schools, community colleges, regional institutions and the big research institutions.” Weaver shared during the forum that just because he has strong beliefs doesn’t mean that he would be a one-sided president. “No president should walk in here and tell you who you are going to be — that’s for you to decide,” he said. “My job would be to make sure we have a good conversation about the direction of this university (and) that we come to an agreement as a whole about what this institution wants to be. My job would be to make sure we execute our plans and to achieve that goal.” Weaver said SVSU will have to face some major decisions ahead, including if the university is the “right size,” referring primarily to the student population. “(SVSU) was fundamentally established to provide access and opportunity, I can see that, and we have a responsibility to the community,” he said. He suggested the need for a give and take in the interworking of the university, such as regulating the amount of students SVSU accepts, at what academic level they are accepted and the amount of revenue from outside distribution centers, such as the bookstore and food service. “The nice thing about this institution is that it doesn’t need someone to come in here and fix it,” he said. “I don’t think the first 90 days is about putting out fires. The first 90 days is about learning the institutions, meeting the people both internal and external and helping and driving the conversation about where we go from here.” Chemistry department chair George Eastland asked Weaver about the changes he expected to see in “the culture of the university.” In the past, SVSU labeled itself as “the fastest growing university in the state.” “I think there is a real sadness that nobody else knows how good we are,” Weaver said. “That is an investment that has to be made, for many reasons, but mostly because if we are ‘right sized’ the only way to continue to improve is more legislative support, more support from private donors and people willing to pay a higher tuition.” Weaver said that people need to know that an education at SVSU “transforms lives.”
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Psychology junior Carmen Pionk, exercise science junior Taylor Johnston and nursing junior Kasandra Resio attend a workshop at the “Prove That You’re a Professional” event, which offered resources about dining etiquette, personality tests and interviews. By Rachel Stocki and Devon Waslusky Vanguard Campus Editor & Staff Writer Professional development doesn’t have to be boring. Two events last week provided ways for students to learn ways to improve themselves for their future careers. Last Thursday’s “Prove That You’re a Professional” event allowed students to learn valuable skills in a fun setting. The event had four mini workshops, each revolving around a different skill or resource. Another event, planned by the resident assistants in Pine Grove, taught students about the social media networking website LinkedIn. Prove That You’re a Professional This event attempted to teach important skills in a way that would keep students entertained. “I like (this type of event) a lot better. You get more involved,” said biochemistry sophomore, Tyler Toggweiler. “I think I’ll remember it better now that I went through the setup, instead of just being told or just being given a piece of paper.” The event was planned by the resident assistants (RAs) in University Village West, focusing on the theme of professional development and careers. Health science junior and RA Chelsea Brown said the event is timely for many students who reside in the living communities. “A lot of the residents are juniors and seniors. They’re already adjusted to life on
campus and they already have the niche that they fit into for the most part, so we wanted to give them something that will benefit them,” she said. “Out here, there’s emphasis in some our programs to give them a real world skill, but we’re doing it in a fun way.” One station focused on dining etiquette and taught proper decorum when eating a meal with a current or prospective employer, including uses for each plate, utensil and glass. Tips included displaying proper posture, avoiding controversial discussion topics and not ordering expensive meals or consuming alcoholic beverages. The second workshop allowed students to take the Myers-Briggs personality test, which then offered suggested careers for each personality type. The third station focused on how to act during a job interview by demonstrating what not to do. Attendees watched YouTube clips showing job interview faux pas and received tips on do’s and don’ts of an interview. The office of Career Services assisted with the final workshop. Students brought in their resumes and cover letters to be critiqued. Communication junior Megan McCoy works as a career peer adviser at Career Services. She said having a strong resume is crucial for students. “A lot of people just go and make online versions and just plug in their information, but they don’t realize how important a resume is,” she said. “Employers only look at your resume for about 10 seconds, and if you don’t make that impression, you’re not going to get hired.” Brown said the mini workshops were
meant to make learning about career planning quick, fun and easy. “We’re hoping to give residents a fun experience and a laid-back experience. When you say professional development program, people aren’t necessarily excited,” she said. “A lot of residents might be a little bit skeptical, so that’s why we wanted to put a fun twist to it.” Professional dress was encouraged, but not required. “We thought that (encouraging attendees to dress up) might benefit people because those that don’t really have experience would be able to look around and see 15 different people that have examples of how to dress for interviews,” Brown said. Attendees were given raffle tickets for each workshop attended. Extra tickets were given out if they brought a copy of their resume or wore professional dress. Toggweiler said he appreciated the information offered by those who put on the event. “(Events like this) do help you for the real world,” he said. “They give you advice on what they’ve been through, because they’re more experienced than we are.” LinkedIn Wanting to do something a little different than just a resume and career building workshop, the resident assistants of Pine Grove decided to instead host a program to teach residents about LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a social media networking site that has gained millions of users since its genesis. The site differs from Facebook and Twitter in that it is purely used for professional purposes. The residential staff in Pine Grove brought in director of career services Mike Major and assistant director Ashleigh Summers to present to the residents about LinkedIn. The program also gave students a chance to build their own parfaits before the presentation began. Before the program, hardly any of the RAs themselves knew what LinkedIn was, but were eager to learn more about it because of how great of a resource it has been for many other people. They believe that LinkedIn is a great resource for students. “SVSU students and my residents are emerging leaders and future leaders in this community and I think that just as our goals and objectives are new and advancing, LinkedIn is a new and advancing social media site,” RA Bethany Thrun said. LinkedIn is a professional site, and therefore the focus is not on pictures and status updates about general life. Instead, the site is more concerned with updates in a user ’s
professional life, such as new employment and professional skills. Resident Director of Pine Grove Alex Straley has had a LinkedIn profile for almost four years. Within the last two years, she has taken the site more seriously. “I think LinkedIn provides you, in the short term, articles that can give you a lot of ideas and tips. A lot of students don’t take advantage of career services, and they put you through interview prep and resume building, but you will get things you didn’t even think about from LinkedIn,” Straley said. Rebecca Goodman was a resident who came to the program, and before the event she did not have a LinkedIn profile. “I didn’t really know what to expect. I just remember getting an email and my friend said to come along, and I got more out of it than I thought I would,” Goodman said. “I didn’t know anything about it and what a great resource it is.” The students learned how many different connections that someone with a LinkedIn profile can have, even all over the world. LinkedIn can even connect with notable SVSU graduates that have had success after college, including alumni that have become heads of companies and NFL players. “Create the profile. If you don’t have one, start one,” Straley said. “Make connections with people you know, even if you aren’t sure how they will help you. Embrace what it offers.”
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Professors ‘echo’ spoken words, lecture visuals onto VSpace By Kylie Wojciechowski Vanguard Staff Writer Saginaw Valley’s Information Technology Services (ITS) Department is transforming the dynamics of a typical lecture simply by reverberating what is already happening in the classroom. Echo360 is a new lecture capture software program that can be installed in any classroom on campus. It can record both audio and visual components of a professor’s instructional method. In its debut on Saginaw Valley’s campus, Echo360 is being successfully used by 35 faculty members to capture not only their spoken lectures, but also any visuals projected on the board or the document camera. It is installed in 15-20 classrooms, used by professors in departments including nursing, psychology, political science, kinesiology, ELP and computer science.
Some professors are already utilizing this technology to record lectures for use in online classes offered during the spring and summer semesters. The lectures captured by Echo360 are then accessible through VSpace. If professors choose to utilize the software in their classrooms, an Echo360 tab will appear inside their course site, where all the videos are available for review. The videos remain the intellectual property of the professor, and can be used however the professor wishes. But, as they are only available to a student logged onto the course VSpace page, the videos cannot be shared with outside parties. According to the Assistant Manager of the IT Support Center, Joe Wojtkiewicz, this lecture capture software program is changing how students learn, without forcing instructors to change their preferred teaching methods. This software allows students to access content from anywhere. This will allow online courses to be taught in just about any subject and students can
watch a lecture from home when it is most convenient for them without missing much of anything. “Lecture capture can also increase student retention, as certain classes can be very difficult for students. If they are given the ability to rewatch each lecture as often as they need, there is a higher probability that they will pass that course and continue towards their goal of graduating,” Wojtkiewicz said. All of this can take place while professors give their lectures and facilitate class discussions in virtually the same general manner. Brady Crandall, a student employee at ITS, can vouch for the benefits that Echo360 provides for students, but realizes not many professors take advantage of the software. “It has the potential to really help students in their classes. They could hop on VSpace and rewatch a lecture to help study, or if they have to miss class one day, then they can catch up without much trouble,” Crandall said. “Although Echo360 is not
being utilized by many faculty members yet, we hope that it will gain popularity once students realize how beneficial it may be for them.” Wojtkiewicz agreed with Crandall. “By giving the students the ability of rewatching the lecture, they can focus more in class and not worry so much about taking the notes,” he said. “The video is bookmarked with thumbnails so students can easily jump around and the videos can also be played back at half-speed, or double-speed if desired.” As the Echo 360 software can be completely automated, requiring no additional effort on the instructor’s part, Wojtkiewicz urges professors to take advantage of this opportunity to inject technology into their classroom. “I believe that there are endless possibilities for both students and teachers and this is an exciting time,” he said. “I hope that more professors ask to try it and more students tell their instructors they want it.”
Information at your fingertips: SVSU mobile application launches By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor Accessing information has become even easier with the new SVSU application for smartphones and tablets. “The original goal was to provide information to students in the manner that people are really getting accustomed to seeing it: through our mobile apps, so they can see it on the go,” said senior AIS programmer/analyst Julie Reinbold. “The mobile app is the answer to (the problem that) everybody’s doing everything on their phones now.” The app allows students to view the courses they are registered for, important contacts, the course catalog, their grades, athletic headlines, the university directory, the event calendar and a map of campus. Offices on campus can also send notifications to a particular student’s app. In response to a Facebook post for the Valley Vanguard on SVSU I’M BOSS, student Terrance Moore said he appreciates the app. “I think it’s awesome. As time goes on it will get better and better,” he said. “It’s a start to something great.”
As of Jan. 30, 816 Android users and 2,164 iOS users have downloaded the app. Development of the app began in early summer 2013. The app was beta tested for a few months and then made available to all users on Jan. 22. Senior AIS programmer/analyst Debbie Fegan said developing the app has been a welcomed challenge. “The fun part of this project was getting to work with the new technology,” said senior AIS programmer/analyst Debbie Fegan. “It’s kept us very busy. We’re constantly learning, and we don’t expect that to change. We look forward to more learning as we continue on with the project.” The app itself is a vendor-developed product. It is customizable through settings and the application code itself. “It is very much a work in progress, and we’re welcoming all suggestions at this point,” Reinbold said. In the Facebook post, the most common student suggestion was to add VMail and VSpace to the application. Five students posted about that lack of feature, and more than 20 students “liked” those comments. Fegan and Reinbold said that adding VMail and VSpace to the app is a possibility that they will
explore, but that such changes take time. “We ask for patience on the new features. We are going to add them as quickly as we can as the requests came in,” Fegan said. “We will have to prioritize and figure out what’s best for the student body, and work from there. I think as we continue to make this app better, it’s just going to be more and more benefit for the students.” The app provides students with information in a central location, whether that is on a phone or tablet. “They have a variety of information available to them in a much more convenient, accessible way,” Fegan said. “You don’t have to wait till you get to a laptop or a desktop to access your grades or look up when a course is available, that sort of thing. It really provides information that you need.” Student Heather Sharpe said in a Facebook comment that she finds the app helpful. “I love it. The best thing is the contacts,” she said. “I really like that I don’t have to get on the website to find a phone number now.” To download the app, visit the Google Play store for Android users or the App Store for iOS users.
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Campus Beat Column
Lack of student input for presidential candidates concerning
Macklemore deserves award, not criticism
By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Columnist Last weekend, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won 4 Grammys, including the highly coveted “Best Rap Album” award for “The Heist,” beating out hiphop staples such as Kanye West, Jay-Z and even the insanely popular Kendrick Lamar. And it seems everybody in the hip-hop community is extremely upset without any logical reasoning! The Internet has exploded with a wild range of opinions on Macklemore’s success at the Grammys, with several news sources actually contemplating the legitimacy of the artist as an actual rapper. There has been so much backstage backlash that Macklemore even publically announced his apologies to Kendrick Lamar for winning the award. The fact that this is an issue really makes me upset as a fan of hip-hop, not because Macklemore is getting backlash, which was bound to happen with his unique sound, but because of how exclusionary the community is being towards one of the more positive popular acts in recent memory. I really don’t want to make this a race issue, because it shouldn’t have anything to do with Macklemore being white. Unfortunately, I have read too many articles and opinions, from listeners and critics alike, contradicting his status as a rapper because of his lack of a “thug” persona and poppy production. A white rapper is not exactly a conundrum these days. Eminem has become the highest selling hip-hop artist of all time, even surpassing 2pac, and he’s never hid behind his race. And yes, Eminem did come out in 1999, but white rappers have always been not only around, but also just as successful even back when hip-hop was initially establishing its place in popular culture. Vanilla Ice debuted in 1989 and his album, “To The Extreme,” sold 11 million copies Why does Macklemore not represent true hip-hop? Excluding artists from a genre based on anything other than their music is utterly ridiculous. It only takes one listen to realize that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” is undoubtedly a rap album. Just because of the presence of more dance-oriented beats and accepting lyrics doesn’t mean it cannot stand in the
same genre that is usually dominated by violence and graphic language. It baffles me that these same critics are not praising the subject matter for breaking away from the mold. Take a look at Drake’s “Take Care,” which won the top hip-hop award just last year, if you want to see an example of an album that could fit into multiple categories. Half of Drake’s material could be considered R&B or even House music. There are separate categories for both R&B and dance music at the Grammys, so the opportunity was there. But Drake has made such a name for himself in the hiphop community by partnering up with the likes of Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Manaj that he is almost never considered part of the rhythm and blues genre. Earlier this week, Macklemore publically addressed his actions when he sent Kendrick Lamar a text saying that he was basically sorry for winning the “Best Rap Album” award and how he wished good kid M.A.A.D. city would have won the top prize instead. When I read this bit of information on my usual hip-hop website, I was astounded not only by the fact that Macklemore felt so bad that he felt the need to apologize to his competition, but also that people online were agreeing with him! There is no reason for Macklemore to feel bad for winning an award he was just as eligible for and probably more deserving than any of the other nominees. It’s a competition. Someone has to lose, and someone has to win. This is not the first year that this award has been disputed, but then again, the fans of the other albums dispute almost any award. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis deserved to win for “Best Rap Album” because they put out probably the best hip-hop album of the past year and it’s as simple as that. While Drake, Jay-Z and even Kanye continued the trend of rhyming about women, money and their depressing fame; Macklemore branched out into a more variety of topics that rarely get heavy exposure on the radio or at award shows. Whether it’s awareness for same-sex equality in “Same Love” or the simple enjoyment of cheap shopping in “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore’s songs speak to a new generation of hip-hop fans that is becoming increasingly sick of hearing the same generic lyrical output. Instead of trying to push him out of the genre, we should be embracing his foray into new territory. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis winning for “Best Rap Album” did so much more for the Grammys and Hip-Hop as a culture than if any other offering would have taken home the prize. Matt Ostrander is a secondary education senior and the Vanguard columnist. Reach him at email@example.com
By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief It would be a mistake if the Vanguard didn’t make additional comments on the presidential search after this huge week full of interviews and forums. I thought about using this space to discuss the pros and cons of candidates. But then, with some help of some peers, I realized a larger issue. The first open forum with Gayle Ormiston had all of about 10 students present. The rest of the room was filled with faculty. Even then, there were many open seats all throughout the room. This was the same trend throughout all of the forums. To put this in perspective, ten out of ten thousand students went to these. Only .1 percent of the student body were available to see who is making decisions that can make or break your degree. While change might not be evident quickly, this is the person who influences the attitude of the university and how you will connect with them as an alumni. An obvious response to this would be that maybe a lot of students just so happened to have class during this time. Well, I’d argue that’s probably not the case. Our issue a few weeks ago featured the announcement of the four finalists on the front page. This also happened to be our least read issue of the academic year. This past issue, we ran a story on how they
narrowed the pool down to the finalists. It received four clicks from our Facebook post. Our ones on the forums did garnered quite a bit more, however. What’s our most read articles of the year? The freak engine fire and gum returning to the C-Store. Every time I take a look at the hit counts on articles, I feel like I’m re-watching “Anchorman 2.” They are articles that don’t have a lot of influence or impact on everyone, but for some reason garner lots of interest. If students aren’t there voicing their concerns, they must not be that concerned about their issues. Obviously, there are going to be problems at the university. I hear people complain all the time, but they don’t always try to address the problem. How many people are comfortable calling themselves a leader? Drew Dudley asks this question in a 2010 Ted Talk, and very few people ever want to raise their hand every time he has asks this question. At this university, we all have the potential to be leaders. And most of the time, it’s just a matter of showing up. If you show up, you have the potential to impact a life. You probably won’t even know it when you do. In another Ted Talk, Sheryl Sandberg asks us to sit at the table. While in the video she may be referring to women in the career field, but it’s just as applicable to the student body here. We may be students, but we’re the reason there is a university. Both Don Bachand and Gayle Ormniston referred to students as the most important people at the university. So let’s show some sense of entitlement and sit at the table. It’s not being arrogant or cocky or changing the world, as Dudley said. The only way the university can run the way the students want is if the students are there every step of the way. Tyler Bradley is a graphic design senior. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Corrections from our Jan. 27 issue:
“The dangers of packing up early in class” by Devon Waslusky “Why you shouldn’t be staying productive” by Kylie Wojciechowski
Our caption on the casting call audition photos states Beaute Marc was hosting The Fashion Conference. Beaute Inc. is hosting it. Two events of the conference will be held at SVSU, but one will be at The Temple Theatre.
Editorial Cartoon SVSU Snow Day: Unable to make the trek to any eating establishments on campus, we observe the helpless and hungry student turning to desperate measures for nourishment...
Could be a stray, could be an unauthorized pet. Either way, this kill is justified.
Come back inside Clyde, Survivor Man is back on!
Logan Mooney is a graphic design senior and the Vanguard’s cartoonist. Reach him at ltmooney@ svsu.edu.
Letter to the editor
Come ON Dave! You scared it away!
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Dearest SVSUians, Ever since the inception of SVSU I’M BOSS, the Facebook page has gone from being a place of building opportunities for student success to not that. I understand that the ratio of student posting compared to administrators of the page viewing/ policing the page steadily favors that of the students posting on the page. However, when it gets to the point where students are clearly addressing legitimate concerns that affect not only them, but the entire campus community and they are either condescended to by faculty and students on the page or have their posts/comments deleted/censored and students get banned from a page intended for students, then you might not be necessarily helping build student success. I am no stranger to this page as some of you may know. In fact, I post on it quite a bit with observations and concerns with things that happen around campus. Sometimes… Actually mostly in a tongue-in-check fashion to get my point across. Last week was no exception, when I posted asking about the University’s stance on delaying or cancelling classes due to the Polar Vortex: Part Deux. Apparently the weather outside was not the only thing that was cold. The National Weather Service states, “Wind chills colder than 50 below can cause exposed flesh to freeze in only 5 to 10 minutes.” Obviously, we did not reach those bitter temperatures, but when you consider that any building can be reached on campus within 10 minutes, students were being exposed to temperatures (including wind chill) as low as -30 degrees on Monday and Tuesday this past week. That is not a normal stroll to class. This concern of the bitter cold walks to class is just one example of the many issues that are brought up on the page daily. I know there is such a thing as “The boy who cried wolf.” But when you have more than a handful of people crying wolf… There might just be a wolf. And once students and the University realize that, maybe we can then start building opportunities for student success. Sto lat, Aaron Zaremski Creative Writing Senior
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sports Ladies shred Lakers defense in 91-79 win briefs
By Chris Oliver
Vanguard Sports Editor
Men’s Basketball Update
Saturday’s game at Ferris State was cancelled due to a shooting Saturday morning on the campus of Ferris State.
• Monday, Feb. 3, @ Northwood
University, 8 p.m., Midland • Thursday, Feb. 6, vs. Lake Superior State, 8 p.m., University Center • Saturday, Feb. 8, @ Wayne State, 3 p.m., Detroit
• Monday, Feb. 3, @ Northwood
University, 6 p.m., Midland • Thursday, Feb. 6, vs. Lake Superior State, 6 p.m., University Center • Saturday, Feb. 8, @ Wayne State, 1 p.m., Detroit
Men & Women’s Track
• Friday, Feb. 7, @ Hillsdale College
Invite, Hillsdale • Saturday, Feb. 8, @ Hillsdale College Invite, Hillsdale
• Friday, Feb. 7, @ Northwood
University, 8:20 p.m., Midland Civic Arena, Midland • Saturday, Feb. 8, vs. Adrian College, 9 p.m., Saginaw Bay Ice Arena, Saginaw
By Joey Oliver
Vanguard Staff Writer
The women’s basketball team faced off against bitter rival Grand Valley State last week. In the end, SVSU came away with a 91-79 victory, pulling its record to 9-7, 7-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The game was significant for both teams as each tries to climb itself out of the middle of the GLIAC standings. In the first half, momentum was passed between each team as neither could pull away early on. In typical Cardinals form, SVSU jumped to an early lead, but the Lakers quickly tied the game. Coach Jamie Pewinski said her team’s fast starts have come down to executing well early on. “We have been really focused and engaged in the game plan and we’ve been executing,” she said. “We have a good sense of what we’re trying to accomplish and a confidence that we can get it done.” After an impressive run from GVSU, the Cards showed some resilience and went on a 10-0 run to grab a 23-16 lead. Senior guard Kristen Greene was a huge part of the turnaround as she drilled three threepoint attempts. SVSU continued dominating in the first half, pulling out to a 39-23 lead behind excellent shooting and ball handling across the board. Team chemistry and unselfish play has been huge for the Cardinals all season. Pewinski suggested the team as a whole is unselfish. “The chemistry has always been good with this team,” she said. “There isn’t one player concerned with their own stats. “They’re just trying to get better and hope that’s good enough to get wins.” Grand Valley managed to put some offense together before the break, pulling within 12 to make it 47-35 at halftime. Statistically, the first half was
dominated by the Cards. Three players, senior guard Kayla Womack (14), Greene (13) and junior forward Samantha Zirzow (12), had doubledigit point totals. Greene led the team with five first-half rebounds while sophomore guard Katelyn Carriere totaled three first-half assists. SVSU was able to consistently make its shots in the first half as the team shot 61.5 percent of its field goal tries as opposed to the Lakers’ 37.5 percent. Moreover, the Cardinals made five of eight three-point tries and was a perfect 10 of 10 in free-throw
There isn’t one player concerned with their own stats.” Jamie Pewinski Women’s Basketball Head Coach
opportunities. The second half began in similar fashion as the Cards continued to score at will against the GVSU defense. However, Grand Valley found its way back into the game by going on a 9-0 run to pull within two points. Before long, it was the Lakers that had a 73-72 lead on the Cardinals. Momentum was short lived for the visitors as the Cards would outscore GVSU 18-6 in the final five minutes of play to close out the game with the victory. Womack finished the game with a career-high 29 points. Carriere, Greene and Zirzow finished with 21, 19 and 16 points, respectively. Greene finished with 15 rebounds to lead the team while Womack added to her performance with six assists. As a team, SVSU shot 56.6 percent of its field goal attempts while going 9-18 from beyond the arch and finishing the game nearly perfect in free throws, going 22-24. Pewinski credited her team with being able to perform when it mattered
Vanguard photo | Logan Mooney Senior guard Kayla Womack (No. 14) kept her streak Thursday, scoring a career-high 29 points in the 91-79 blowout over Grand Valley. most. “I thought we played really well... and were tough down the stretch when we needed to be,” she said. “Obviously, we shot the ball well, but we made some big stops in the final three minutes when things got tight.” The Saturday contest at Ferris
State University was canceled. Next up for the lady Cardinals is a road game against Northwood. The game will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3.
MEN & WOMEN’S TRACK
Final home meet brings multiple first-place finishes By Kylie Wojciechowski Vanguard Staff Writer
In their last home meet of the season, the Saginaw Valley men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted “The Cardinal” on Friday afternoon in the O’Neill Arena. Starting off the day right, the men’s distance medley was dominated by Saginaw Valley. Travis Toye, Dejauwn Wallace, Andrew Middleton and David Jensen placed first, clocking a race time of 10:29.58. Right behind them, in second place, were teammates Gerald Henderson, Andrew Plude, George Modrak and Gareth Vanguard photo | Logan Mooney Gose, finishing in 10:42.98. Later in the day, Toye and Travis Toye had an impressive meet on Friday, helping the Cardinals win the men’s distance Middleton also experienced medley as well as finishing first in the 800-meter run. success alongside their teammate Lee Chiatalas in the men’s 800 meter run. Toye, Chiatalas and Middleton secured the first three places with times of 1:56.93, 1:57.13, and 1:57.15, respectively. Toye’s impressive day didn’t stop there. In the men’s 4x400 meter relay, Andrew Mudd, Josh Simmons, James Walker and Toye finished with a time of 3:24.10, enough to cinch first place. The women’s team experienced equal success in the 4x400 relay. Ola Hendler, Kimberly Balls, Diamond Taylor and Bria Williams secured first place for the Cardinals. They finished in 4:04.94. Balls also nabbed a thirdVanguard photo | Logan Mooney SVSU dominated in “The Cardinal,” the last home meet of the season. Both the men and women’s place finish for the Cardinals in the women’s 60-meter teams placed competitors in the top of multiple events.
dash, managing a time of 8.02 seconds. Emily Short had an impressive day, earning first place in the women’s one-mile run with a time of 5:00.04. She also placed first in the women’s 800-meter run, crossing the finish line in 2:21.24. Her teammate Chantelle Fondren wasn’t far behind, taking third place with a time of 2:24.91. D’Omar Boyden was further able to guarantee Saginaw Valley’s success in the men’s 60 meter hurdles. Clocking a time of 8.38 seconds, he dove to a first place finish. “Our team is looking up,” Boyden said. “We expect great things from this meet, for the rest of this year and for the future time to come.” As no surprise to Boyden, great things did continue to happen for the Cardinals in this meet. In the men’s 3,000-meter run, Joey Burelle raced across the finish line in 8:44.41, enough to cinch first place. In the men’s 5,000-meter run, Tony Peel finished first with 15:15.44. Teammate Eric Spitz earned third place with a time of 15:33.33. In the women’s triple jump, Anna Fochesato clinched first place with a jump of 10.98 meters. Teammate Lauren Little wasn’t far behind, placing third with a jump of 10.40 meters. Fochesato also won the women’s high jump with a jump of 1.68 meters.
Teammate Sidney Bischer wasn’t far behind with a jump of 1.53 meters, finishing third. In the men’s triple jump, Brady Watson had a jump of 12.60 meters, enough to secure second place, while teammate Robert Tarpley had a third place jump of 12.06 meters. Andrew Mudd, with an earlier win in the men’s 4x400 relay, also found success in the long jump, placing third with a jump of 6.33 meters. Emerald Joiner dominated women’s shot put for Saginaw Valley, throwing a distance of 14.13 meters. Teammate Meg Goettsch threw for 12.26 meters, earning third place. Joiner and Goettsch also experienced success in the women’s weight throw. Joiner threw for 16.74 meters, enough for first place. Goettsch threw for 15.62 meters, earning her second place. Nick Halabicky earned third place in men’s shot put, throwing for 13.78 meters, though he found greater success in the men’s weight throw, earning a second place throw with 15.72 meters. Watson, earlier placing second in the men’s triple jump, also placed second in the men’s high jump with a jump of 1.95 meters. Joe Thwing finished out the day and secured a third place finish for Saginaw Valley in the men’s pole vault, clearing 4.15 meters.
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By Matt Ostrander
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Vanguard Columnist 3) “Titanic” (Directed by James Cameron, 1997)
Cameron’s movie holds the spot for the second highest grossing film of all time and for good reasons. Not only is it one of the most romantic movies of all time, but it is also one of the most exciting and gripping, especially during the real-time sinking of the historic ship. The movie is great because it has something for every viewer: The girl can enjoy the slow burning, budding relationship between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, while men are able to enjoy the excitement of the ship sinking. An obvious classic. 4) “Amour” (Directed by Michael Haneke, 2012)
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1) “Before Sunrise”/”Sunset”/”Midnight” (Directed by Richard Linklater, 1995/2004/2013) The greatest romantic film series of all time is one that’s gone under the radar for nearly two decades. What starts as a random meeting on a train running through Paris, a young man and woman start one of the most complex, realistic, and thought-provoking relationships ever put on film. There are so many points in these three movies that relate to not only to healthy relationships, but also to ones that may be strained or in trouble. Linklater’s directing style, which consists of elongated takes that make the film feel like one long scene, bump the series up to classic territory. 2) “Her” (Directed by Spike Jonze, 2013) The most recent of these films, Jonze created one of the most original romantic movies in recent memory and it couldn’t be more fitting for our ever-evolving technological world. The movie focuses on a man who falls in love with an Artificial Intelligence application named Samantha. Scarlett Johansson voices the machine and even though you never see her during the movie, she dominates the film, helping create a realistic and futuristic relationship that doesn’t seem that fantastical.
Definitely the darkest of these films, Amour focuses on an elderly couple that is trying to handle the struggling routine of life after the wife has a stroke that leaves her bedridden. This is one for the couples who have been together for a long time. It deals with heavy themes, including how an elderly couples deals with the potential death of a partner. It’s equally important to mention that the film is entirely in French, with English subtitles being its only way of translation. Emmanuelle Riva, who plays the sick wife, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the oldest woman nominee of all time — and for good reason.
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5) “There’s Something About Mary” (Directed by The Farrelly Brothers, 1998) As the lone comedy on the list, I felt it was necessary to pick a movie that encompassed everything that was great in a romantic comedy. You have the extreme gross out humor (that hair-do), the complicated love triangles, and even the sentimental ending that most adult comedies seem to need after the roller coaster of gags. It’s difficult to classify this film, but if you have never seen it, make sure to watch it with a date who has a good sense of humor.
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No secrets kept at upcoming event By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Columnist The counseling center is making sure that Frank Warren’s arrival on campus is no secret. On Feb. 25, the “Post Secret” creator will be at SVSU to share the experiences of running his extremely popular blog, as well as provide a variety of secrets from his blogs and even giving students an opportunity to present their own. Frank Warren, who encouraged people to send him anonymous homemade postcards with the individual’s secrets written on them, created Post Secret, the largest ad-free blog on the Internet. As he began to post select cards to his website and then publish them in his multiple books, the site became a sensation. For “Post Secret: Live,” doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the event beginning at 7. The campus bookstore will be selling his books for the signing afterwards. At the event, every seat will already have a postcard on it when students arrive. They will be able to share a secret, if they choose, and Frank will read select postcards at the event after his presentation. Students can also get up and share their secrets if they are willing to share. At the end of the event, there will be a Q&A panel and a book signing for students wanting to obtain a signature. Jenny Stephens, assistant director of the counseling center, feels as if Warren’s presentation is much more effective than the usual event. “With a lot of events, you feel inspired in the moment, but in a week you kind of forget about it,” Stephens said. “When I saw this program, it was something that really stuck with me. When you get to hear other’s struggles, you have more empathy for people in general. You realize everyone is dealing with something.” While Stephens believes that the individuals will feel uplifted, she also pointed out one of the other goals is to create a more connected feeling
around campus. “They’re just really inspiring and impactful,” she said. “The reason we’re bringing him to campus so that we can inspire a more connected campus culture and a more connected community.” Stephens went on to comment on the benefits of connectiveness around campus. “We know that students who feel more connected to their community don’t feel as alone,” she said. “They feel as if they have a sense of purpose and a sense of belonging. They’ll also be more likely to be successful in school and graduate.” Moreover, some of the funding for Post Secret Live comes from the Suicide Prevention Grant, which was obtained by SVSU last year. “From a counseling and suicide prevention perspective, research shows that the feeling of being connected decreases the likelihood of suicide,” Stephens said. “They will have less follow through on those thoughts if they don’t feel so alone.” Post Secret U is going to be an Active Minds program that will be endorsed by Warren. The company sent a large amount of its specific post cards to the counseling center so that they can be available for students to pick up and fill out anonymously. There will be lockboxes at the drop stations to ensure security. Then, the postcards with the secrets will be posted around campus in displays, categorized into various topics. Along with the postcards, the counseling center is making sure to provide resources as well, so that help can be easily accessible for anyone who may read the cards on campus and feel as if they need help. “Post Secret: Live” is being brought to SVSU through multiple campus organization, including: the Student Counseling Center, Active Minds, Student Life, Residential Life, Multicultural Services, Program Board, Residence Housing Association, Alpha Sigma Alpha, The Circle of Support and Student Association.
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Bringing class to the real world through hands-on approach By Rachael Blaylock Vanguard Staff Writer
Many professors stress to their students that the classroom is a place for them to prepare for the outside, but one in particular is putting this advice into action. Canale has been a professor here for over a decade and has worked as a designer in both an individual and agency setting for over thirty years. He brings a creative mindset to his classes , as well as a focus on bringing real world clients into a classroom setting. This gives his students a taste of what their work as designers will be like after they graduate while still maintaining enough buffer for them to continue to learn. “The world has fast deadlines and I can’t do that in a classroom,” Canale explained. “Students still need nurturing so I have to tell the client when the deadlines will be if they
work with us.” This concept is all part of Canale’s philosophy that the classroom itself is a freelance studio where he becomes the art director and all his students design with his supervision. Canale said it makes teaching easy because he doesn’t have to make up hypothetical scenarios for the design projects. “Client work is fun,” he said. “Its all about action, interaction, and problem solving. It gives everything a clarity of intention and purpose.” That clarity is something Canale seeks in everything he does, both his work with graphic design students and his fine art work as well. He has been working on fine art pieces ever since he was in college himself and has a passion for combining the two fields. “I like to mix a little bit of my own interest for fine art into graphic design problem solving,” Canale said. This gives students a chance to produce art that is for themselves and yet also have to work out solutions for how to promote and market
their pieces. Canale heavily stresses the idea of entrepreneurship in every class he teaches. He said he wants to see his students go beyond the job mentality and create a product they can actually sell. This is another influence on why he brings in real world clients. “Everyone will eventually do freelance,” he insisted. “And that allows folks to be designers and still live in Michigan.” One student who is benefiting from Canale’s “real world” classrooms is fourth year graphic design student, Alyssa Thompson. Thompson was the student whose design was chosen for the latest client: Steve and Lynn Grant of Rum Doodle Racing. Thompson is now working directly with the client to continue developing a cohesive design based on the proposal she submitted to them last semester. “Getting complete freedom to do what you want for a client doesn’t really happen in
the real world,” Thompson commented. “To be able to work like this and getting picked was awesome!” On Canale’s side, he explained that he makes a point to back off and just become an advisor to the chosen students so they can work directly with the client. However, there are challenges with the projects as well though. Both Canale and Thompson stressed the challenge of timing and waiting on the client before they can move forward on a design. Despite that, Canale stresses how crucial it is for students to get involved in these kinds of contents and opportunities before they go out as designers on their own. “You can’t win if you don’t play,” he said. And whether it’s in graphic design or any other field, this kind of encouragement to students is what SVSU is all about.
‘Dookie’ celebrates 20 years, remembered as punk milestone By Landon Defever Vanguard A&E Editor
Twenty years ago from Saturday, Feb. 1 marked the 20th anniversary of one of punk’s greatest achievements. Two decades ago, Berkeley, Calif. trio Green Day released their second proper studio album ‘Dookie’ - and the musical landscape of the punk genre was forever changed. “Dookie” was released Feb. 1, 1994 under Reprise Records, making for Green Day’s first studio LP on a major label. Recorded in just over three weeks — an unusually fast turn around for any act — the album received immediate and thorough praise from critics and fans alike. And unlike many similar acts at the time, the popularity of the band didn’t just increase — it exploded. “Dookie” quickly launched the act into unparalleled stardom that hadn’t been explored for a similar act in quite some time. The key to the band’s success? A pop-infused combination of alternative and punk that was equal parts rebellion and accessibility. For every catchy, infectious melody, there was a set of irresistibly bratty, uncaring lyrics to accompany it. Album singles “Basket Case” and “Longview” are some of the best examples of the album’s finer moments, showcasing how the formula worked, making for some of the band’s biggest hits to date.
Though the band mostly relied on a musical repertoire of power chords in the tune of E flat, it was the band’s ‘IDGAF’ attitude meets utter sincerity that the public fell in love with. On ‘Rolling Stone’s’ 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, the publication placed the record at spot #193, above records such as Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” Pearl Jam’s “Ten” and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” just showing the long-lasting, transformative power of the record. My first experience with the album came when I was just 12 years old. Though Green Day had officially been an active group for the better part of seven years when “Dookie” was released, it wasn’t until I purchased the “Grammy Nominees 2005” compilation for me to first get to listen to the band. Immediately falling in love with their single, and later record, “American Idiot,” I quickly ran to my sister to help me delve into their discography a little more. She quickly enlisted her good friend T.J., who had been a fan for quite sometime and kindly lent me his copies of their older material. I instantly jumped at the chance to listen to “Dookie.” Its visually appealing cover and crass album title (in my defense, I was in middle school) reeled me in hook, line and sinker. Tracks such as Beach Boys-esque “Pulling Teeth” and closer “F.O.D.” were what drew me in to the subtle, yet important roles in “Dookie” of both diversifying its sound and rounding the album out to make it feel more complete, respectively.
Though “Dookie” is not my favorite, or even the best, Green Day record — personally, ‘American Idiot’ takes the cake for me when considering both its musical and political significance — I do believe that it had the largest impact on music as a whole. If it weren’t for “Dookie” seamlessly combining the styles of pop and punk, the genre would look entirely different in the overall scheme of things. Without “Dookie,” bands that existed within or after the band’s height of success might not exist either. Blink-182 may not have risen to pop-punk supremacy, while bands such as New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday and The Wonder Years may have never been conceived. I guarantee you that teen films like “American Pie” and “Can’t Hardly Wait” wouldn’t seem nearly as timeless or sentimental, nor would the “Seinfeld” series finale without “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” a later hit by the band, accompanying it. Without a doubt, Green Day is one of the most important rock bands of the 20th century, and if it weren’t for “Dookie,” it may have never happened. Though Green Day would reshape and alter their musical style over the years to become more commercialized (“Warning”), more political (“American Idiot”) and arguably inconsistent (the “Uno! Dos! Tre” trilogy), for one brief and shining moment, the band was eternal. And thanks to “Dookie,” that will never be forgotten.
Innovation meets perversion in new Adult Swim program
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RICK & MORTY
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This week, I have decided to turn my attention from the unceasing flow of music to the jabberings of the idiot box known simply as the television. The program that captured my attention is “Rick and Morty,” which is broadcast on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s late night block lasting from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. What hooked me in the beginning was Adult Swim’s decision to make the pilot episode available for viewing on its YouTube channel one week before the show premiered on air. And part of what has kept me coming back has been their consistency in uploading each new episode to YouTube to be viewed for free for up to one week after its original air date, making for a rather convenient viewing experience. “Rick Potion #9,” the show’s latest episode and sixth since its premiere on December 2, 2013, has shattered all expectations of the emotional depth and narrative complexity this widely accessible show appeared capable of. Before I go too far, I should give you an idea of what the show is like. Created by Dan The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall
Harmon, the creator of NBC’s “Community,” and Justin Roiland, the voice of the show’s titular characters, “Rick and Morty” is partially inspired by a series of vulgar animated shorts by Roiland titled “The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti” that mock Doc Brown and Marty McFly of “Back to the Future.” To arrive at the final product, which currently airs on Adult Swim, the content of the original shorts has been overhauled and the animation style refined a great deal. Roiland has explained that the intended story arc of “Rick and Morty” is nonlinear, making any episode a valid entry point to the series. Additionally, in spite of their nonlinear intentions, character growth and change are demonstrated clearly as the show progresses. And that is part of what makes “Rick Potion #9” so satisfying. In keeping with the show’s origins, each episode tends to parody or make substantial reference to popular science fiction or fantasy works. For example, “Anatomy Park” parodies
“Jurassic Park,” “M. Night Shaym-Aliens!” parodies both “Inception” and Shyamalan twists and so on. “Rick Potion #9” continues this trend, but uses slightly more obscure source material, referencing the directorial work of David Cronenberg. Similar to The Clovers’ “Love Potion No. 9” referenced in its title, the episode is about a “love potion,” the effects of which quickly become unmanageable. At his grandson Morty’s behest, Rick mixes oxytocin extracted from voles, rodents that mate for life, with some of Morty’s DNA to produce a concoction that will aid Morty in gaining the attention of his crush Jessica. Morty uses it on Jessica at his school’s annual flu season awareness dance, but it interacts with a flu strain and eventually spreads, infecting everyone with a desperate love for the 14-year-old protagonist. Unlike the police officer who breaks the vial in “Love Potion No. 9,” there is no easy solution in “Rick Potion #9,” and with each DNA-based
solution Rick creates, the problem gets worse: the public begins to want to kill Morty, their bodies mutate into insect-human hybrids, they mutate again. Morty’s distress at the nightmarish quality of this new world prompts Rick to take drastic measures to make everything right. The plan is successful, but the toll it takes on Morty is tremendous. Finally home, the camera focuses on Morty’s unchanging forlorn expression while his parents shout at each other in the background. “Look on Down from the Bridge” by Mazzy Star begins playing. The cumulative effect of this closing signals a growing disillusionment in Morty. He sees that his grandfather’s abilities as a scientist are not infallible. He sees the numerous faults in his parents’ relationship may lead to their separation. He may even see futility in his own infatuation with Jessica. And all of that from a comedy!
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