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President Eric Gilbertson is the current longest-serving president out of all 15 public Michigan universities. He began in 1989. By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor In his 24 years as university president, Eric Gilbertson has touched the lives of many students. “There’s not a time I can recall where his number one focus has not been on students,” said exercise science junior Valerie Adams, who is a student worker in the president’s office. “Every single thing he does throughout the day, every way he goes through his daily activities, every conversation he has, it’s always for the students’ benefit.” Political science senior Marissa Geyer said she interacted with Gilbertson through Law Club and the Moot Court program. He also acted as an adviser and mentor for her through one-on-one meetings about her future plans. “He was extremely encouraging and supportive, and gave me so many resources. I could tell that all he wanted to do was just help me,” Geyer said. “Every single time I talked to President Gilbertson, he said ‘You better follow up with me. Keep me updated. Don’t let me down.’” Gilbertson announced his intent to retire in June. The Board of Control searched for his replacement. Four finalists came to campus in January for interviews. The Board is expected to reach a decision Monday.

During his tenure as president, Gilbertson has interacted with students through open forums, walking around on campus and helping with freshmen move-in, among others. Samantha Dinnan, who worked in the president’s office for more than three years before her graduation in December, said Gilbertson possesses the ability to put students at ease. “Going in as a freshman, I was really nervous to meet the president and work with him, but he’s actually really funny,” she said. “He uses his humor in every single moment to make people more comfortable with interacting with the president of a university. I think he’s one of the few who cares about you as an incoming freshman, and he cares about you after you graduate.” Geyer and Adams agreed that Gilbertson’s interactions with students are always friendly. “The way he interacts with them is really not as an administrator with a student. President Gilbertson talks to me like I’m a person, and somebody that he wants to see succeed and grow,” Geyer said. “In general, most students at least know who he is, and they all like him. I’ve never heard a student say one bad thing about him.” “I don’t even think his impact on the university can be put into words. It’s so immense,” Adams said. “Not even with the statistics that show how much population has grown, how many new buildings

Watch our Facebook on Monday afternoon for the expected announcement from the Board of Control for President Eric Gilbertson’s successor. have been constructed or how many new variations to the curriculum and educational offerings have been added, but just the environment for students. “I feel like he fully shaped what makes SVSU, SVSU. It goes into what we really care about and why we’re here.” Geyer also attributed SVSU’s growth to Gilbertson. “I think he’ll be remembered as one of the best things that this university has ever had, and one of the biggest reasons this university has succeeded,” she said. “He’s just done such an amazing job helping it grow in the past quarter century.” Adams said that Gilbertson’s successor will have a challenge to face. “I am sad to see President Gilbertson go,” Adams said. “Whoever comes in is going to have huge shoes to fill.” This story is part one of a series on President Gilbertson. Read next week’s issue for continued coverage.

Hitting the books after hours: library to stay open longer By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor Next fall, studying on campus will be much more convenient for students. The Melvin J. Zahnow Library is working to extend its hours of operation with the help of Student Association. The originally projected hours are Monday – Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to midnight. “By providing access to the library for longer hours, students will be able to have a place on campus that they can have a quiet, safe and ultimately effective place for them to study, work on research and provide a space for group work and collaboration,” said political science and criminal justice senior Tyler Manning, who serves as Student Association ombudsman and is a delegate on the library committee. The library is trying to work out the details of two issues: security and managing workers’ hours. Since the library will be opened for extended hours with fewer workers, Manning said they are planning on installing security cameras in the stairwell. Workers on the first floor will be able to monitor the camera feeds. Student Association will be providing funds to help offset the cost of the equipment and installation. The library is also working on determining how the extra hours will be distributed between student workers and full-time employees. Manning said at minimum, the first floor of the library will be open during the extended hours. However, based on how students use the additional hours, the second floor might also be opened. Working towards extending the library’s hours has required significant preparation. “It has taken a lot of research  focusing on when students use the library, what they are using the library for and when the times are that seem to have the most traffic, and then providing longitudinal  research to show how this has progressed over the years,” Manning said. Extending the library’s hours was an idea that had already been under consideration, and Student Association pursued working with the library on it due to increased student interest. “Throughout the years, and especially this year, we have been seeing from students a growing concern for the hours of the library to be extended so that students have a central location on this campus to study,” Manning said. “We chose to get involved because as  representation of the student body, we wanted to advocate a significant change that would be beneficial for all students.” Manning that despite issues such as security that require solutions, the extended hours should still be happening. “We are still on track and are excited for the new library hours to start in fall 2014,” he said. “We hope that the students are excited, as well.”

Conference provides space for Speaking out on Web filter discussion on LGBTQA issues By Rachel Stocki

Vanguard Campus Editor

By Bret Hauff Vanguard Staff Writer In a quest for internal and external growth as members of the LGBT community, Living Proud has sent a group of 5 students to the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) to grow professionally and learn ways to make SVSU a safe zone for all LGBT students. According to the conference’s web site, MBLGTACC is the biggest college LGBTA conference in the nation, holding accommodations for over 1,700 students. The event was held in Kansas City, MO. this year. MBLGTACC was started in 1993, and since then, its goal has been to “educate and unify the LGBTA community while providing a safe and supportive forum for discourse about issues that impact the community.” Living Proud has attended the conference for

many years. Attendees said they are proud to say they are from SVSU when going to these conferences, yet find some things at the university hard to deal with as an LGBTA student. “An LGBT center, gender neutral bathrooms and housing are things we can do better,” said social work junior Sam Boswell, vice president of Living Proud. The conference provided opportunities to build connections. “I got to network with other LGBT groups, and see what other people are doing for their campuses and how that might work for our campus,” Boswell said. Tony Vatter, computer information systems junior and president of Living Proud, said the conference is an educational opportunity. “I look for things to bring back to SVSU, as well as things I can use for myself and information I


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The university’s adult content website filter remains a student concern. Last Wednesday, the campus community was invited to share questions and discuss the filter at an open forum held by Student Association’s ad hoc committee. The committee will use the information gathered to help create a recommendation regarding which position Student Association should take on the policy. “We want to hear what students have to say, to bring it to the administration,” said committee chair and communication junior Joey Rexford. “We’re taking a stance based off what we hear from students.” The filter was implemented last summer and blocks adult content on all computers that access the university’s network. In a recent letter to Residence Housing Association, President Eric Gilbertson said the filter was a result of incidents such as former SVSU assistant professor Robert J. Thaler being charged with possession of nine counts of child newsroom (989) 964-4482 visit us online at


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pornography. The incidents had occurred using university property. The forum began with an explanation of the policy to students. The floor was then opened up for questions and discussion. One discussed solution was a compromise: blocking adult content on university computers, but not on personal devices. According to Rexford, one other public university in Michigan has a policy like this. Students were concerned about whether tuition dollars go to pay for the filter. According to SVSU’s general fund budget summary for the 20132014 financial year, tuition and fees make up about 75 percent of the university’s revenues. “We assume, and it seems logical to assume, that students are paying for the technology,” Rexford said. According to Jim Maher, executive director of Information Technology Services, the university does not pay an additional cost for the filter. It is a subscription service through the university’s firewall vendor, rather than through Charter. Elementary education junior Adam Blackett




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thought of them being anywhere near me bothers me,” said creative writing senior Rochelle Shepherd. Boswell said there was no sign of Westboro Baptist Church being at the conference. “Being here with tons of people who identify as LGBT and seeing the diversity, and just being able to hang out with all of the people is honestly the best part,” Boswell said. “The community is just so much bigger than you realize, and coming here is almost overwhelming.” Boswell said she is “taking in the most updated ideas, incorporating them in our

organization and making sure our members have all the information and resources they can have.” Boswell said making sure the SVSU community is informed is crucial. “I just feel like spreading more awareness throughout the campus and throughout the community is what we need to continue doing,” Boswell said. “We’re supported, but we’re not. There is still a long way to go.”

page for reclassification. The process usually takes 24 to 72 hours. Political science junior Samantha Jackson said that even though websites can be unblocked, the time the process takes might be problematic. “As a student, I have a concern for students who are busy and are completing a project at the last minute,” she said. “It’s a huge inconvenience to have to wait three days for the unblocking of a legitimate research resource.” Jackson asked if there any other ways for students to access blocked content on campus. Personal routers to establish individual Wi-Fi connections are prohibited on campus, leaving mobile data on a cellular device the only other option. Another student pointed out that popular websites such as Tumblr, Reddit and Twitter often contain adult content, but are not blocked. “The administration believes that they have an obligation to decide how to use university resources, and they don’t believe (adult content) falls under appropriate allocation of university resources,” Rexford said.

The ad hoc committee also collected 220 surveys from students regarding the filter, which will be used in creating the report. The committee will present its recommendation to Student Association at 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the Alumni Lounge. All are welcome to attend. Rexford emphasized that the university has been working with Student Association on finding a solution. “This isn’t an attack on the administration. They’ve been very receptive to us,” he said. “They have left us an opportunity to bring them something substantial from students.” Rexford said it is important for students to be cognizant of the filter’s effects. “At this point, the most important thing that students should know about the Web policy is what it is and what it does, so they can have an informed opinion on it.”

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Police briefs are written according to reports from University Police. These indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily the actual incident. Personal Damage Accident (PDA) • At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, a 71-year-old male non-student was driving southbound on Bay Road when he lost control and rolled his vehicle. The driver was not injured. • At 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, a 46-year-old male non-student lost control of his vehicle and collided with the wrecker that was pulling out the other vehicle in the prior accident, causing severe damage to his car. • At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, a 29-yearold female student reported she was driving through the G2 parking lot when a 23-year-old female student struck her vehicle, causing minor damage to both vehicles. Hit and Run •At 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, a 27-year-old female student reported that she was being followed by a white van being driven by 32-year-old male nonstudent. The driver of the van thought that she hit his vehicle prior to arriving on campus. Upon stopping at a stop sign, the driver of the van got out of his vehicle to yell at the female driver. The female driver continued to Wickes Circle where the police made contact. Vehicle Impound • At 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, there was a trespass complaint on campus. Student service officers located the vehicle and discovered that it had five unpaid parking tickets and was listed on the impound list. The owner of the vehicle, a 19-year-old female non-student, was issued a trespassing citation due to parking history. Minor in Possession (MIP) •On Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1:08 a.m., officers observed a vehicle traveling on Pierce Road with an equipment violation. When officers made contact with the driver, they realized that it was an ex-student who has previously trespassed on campus. The ex-student driving had three other individuals in the car, all non-students. The officers arrested the individual for trespassing and found marijuana on the arrestee when they arrived at the jail. • On Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2:20 a.m., officers were called to L-Lot regarding a fight in progress. When the officers arrived, those at the scene informed the officers that the individuals went to Living Center North. The officers then went to LCN and located the suspects fighting. The individuals were arrested for MIP, assault and battery and trespassing. Two of the individuals went to jail. One individual was a 20-year-old male non-student, who was arrested for assault and battery and trespassing. The other individual was an 18-year-old male student, and was arrested and issued an MIP. Fire • On Sunday, Feb. 2 at 5:40 a.m., officers were called to Wickes Circle for an electrical fire. An electric box in the ground began smoking. The fire was put out by the officer, and maintenance was notified. Larceny • Between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, an 18-year-old female student reported that she had several people over to watch the Super Bowl. Everyone went to the Student Center to watch the game. The female student came back to her room in the First Year Suites to discover that her purse had been moved. Upon further investigation of the purse, the female student discovered her debit card was missing. Since then, the debit card has been missing $1,000. The case is still under investigation. Fraud Complaint • At 10:17 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, a 19-year-old female student claimed that her refund check got sent to her old address in Livonia. The female student claimed that the individual living at her old address cashed her refund check.

How do differences between generations and genders affect the way people communicate? A nationally recognized educator, author, researcher and consultant, Greg McCann, will come to Saginaw Valley State University on Feb. 11 through 14, to participate in a campuswide Visiting Scholar Mini-Residency. A collaboration between the College of Business and Management and the College of Arts and Behavioral Science, McCann will be featured in major presentations, classroom guest lectures and several breakfasts and luncheons, addressing SVSU faculty and students, as well as leaders of the Great Lakes Bay

Region business community. All faculty, staff and students are invited to McCann’s presentation on “Personality, Power and Persuasion” on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Ott Auditorium, SVSU Regional Education Center. Subtitled “Gaining Insight into What Makes You and Others Tick,” the presentation will examine how differences of generation and gender affect the way people communicate. McCann will provide information about how to navigate those differences more effectively, to resolve conflicts, plan for transitions and make conflict productive. A reception will follow immediately on the Ott Mezzanine. McCann is a noted expert in the field of family business. He established the U.S.’ first undergraduate major in

Family Business at Stetson University, Fla. McCann is skilled in helping young people who come from family business backgrounds consider the positives and negatives of someday joining the family firm. SVSU students whose families own/ operate family businesses can drop in and spend personalized time with McCann on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Thursday, Feb. 13, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Entrepreneurship Institute Room 203 Curtiss Hall. The author of “When Your Parents Sign the Paychecks,” McCann can help students achieve insight into their personal career goals, how those goals align with a family business career and how to eventually achieve the right decision for themselves. He is also the founder of the Family

Enterprise Center at Stetson University, where he continues to serve as a tenured full professor of Business Law and Family Enterprise, as well as director of the Family Enterprise curriculum. He works with family enterprises in the areas of succession, communication, conflict resolution, gender issues and with a special emphasis on helping the next generation succeed in both their careers and lives. McCann has published in many works on family enterprise and is a regular contributor to Generation Magazine, Family Business Magazine and Family Business Review, a quarterly business journal published on behalf of the Family Firm Institute, the prestigious international organization dedicated to family business education, research and consultation.

Celebrating the triumphs, Set your sights on new horizons with help of Cardinals Go Global challenges of teaching By Bethany Gohs Vanguard Staff Writer Former graduates of SVSU and teachers in surrounding areas formed a panel to discuss their love of teaching, struggles they encountered, what pushed them towards teaching and other pieces of advice to aspiring teachers of all stages at the university. Last Thursday, students and faculty gathered to listen to guest speakers at The Heart of Teaching event. “Our goal is to uplift the teaching progression, as a sort of recruiting,” said Bob Pratt, associate professor of teacher education and a moderator at the event. Pratt questioned panel members about their struggles and joys, and asked them to share advice with the students that they wished they would have had. “The relationships with the kids speaks to my heart,” said Nate Zanotti, Bay City Central High School social studies teacher. “(You have a big impact on kids) when they come and ask personal questions and come and talk to you.” Teachers who graduated as early as December and have already landed a job were on the panel. They conveyed to student attendees that the teaching field requires a lot of dedication, but sometimes it’s just about luck and being at the right place at the right time. The panel recommended pursuing teaching only if it is something students truly love.

“(What I love about teaching) is the ‘aha’ moment, when you’re teaching a lesson and the kids are looking at you like they don’t get it and you reword it another way and (it clicks),” said Heather Bauer, 3rd grade teacher at Auburn Elementary School. Panelists discussed the reality that jobs in Michigan for teachers are scarce. They said that to apply for a job properly, applicants should read up on the school and understand what their needs are. Two local administrators were in attendance to answer questions about hiring process. Members of the panel discussed how SVSU prepared them for the teaching world with skills they have relied on. “When I finally got to student teaching, I knew what to do,” said Katelyn Aikens, administrator and band and choir director. “I had experience, and when I got into the field I was comfortable.” Students were also invited to ask questions of the panel, and later meet with the teachers to network and make connections. Zanotti addressed his advice to those in the room who were serious about teaching for the long term. “I do love my job, really it’s seeing the kids every day,” Zanotti said. “I know I’m one of the few who makes a difference every day, and if you want to make a difference every day, teaching gives you that platform.”

By Hillary Degner Vanguard Staff Writer Cardinals Go Global is encouraging students to study abroad and make the most of their experiences. The new Registered Student Organization partnered with the Study Abroad office to provide activities for students during the second annual Study Abroad Week. Cardinals Go Global sponsored a pop culture trivia night where groups or individuals competed to win prizes. The winner received a $50 gift card, second place received a $30 gift card and all participants were awarded a T-shirt. The group also sponsored a scavenger hunt which challenged students to take pictures of various places around campus. Prizes were the same as those given at the trivia night. Study Abroad Coordinator Rebecca Griffin organizes study abroad events. “We’re slowly trying to grow more interesting, unique events,” Griffin said. Students also had the chance to attend the Winter Study Abroad Fair. The fair consists of tables of outside providers and other institutions who partner with SVSU. These providers give students the opportunity to study, volunteer, intern, teach or work abroad. Students may enroll in universities outside of the country to participate in summer trips which may last four to six weeks or even a semester. Alexis Geyer, international studies major, graduated in December after she finished her last semester abroad. She attended SVSU’s partner school, Edge Hill University, located in England. “It’s a really affordable program for people who want to go to England,” Geyer said.

Geyer studied business and history and was able to visit places such as Wales and Liverpool. She enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and liked how the campus was modern yet still had older buildings. Upon returning to SVSU, Cardinals Go Global allows students to continue their study abroad experience. The group plans to do professional development workshops so students can learn how to incorporate their study abroad trips into their resumes. They also want to host scrapbooking workshops and they serve different international snacks at every meeting. Anyone can join Cardinals Go Global, whether they have studied abroad or not. The next meeting is 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Curtiss Hall 102. Griffin said studying abroad is something many students consider, but few actually pursue. Even though these trips offer many benefits to students, less than 2 percent of the U.S. student population studies abroad. Griffin said studying abroad is a resume builder, is relevant to a student’s current studies and is a lot of fun. “It’s very academic enriching. You get to take classes in your major,” Griffin said. It is also an opportunity to see how people around the world handle the jobs a student may wish to someday have. “When you’re in college, it’s one of the best times to take advantage of these opportunities,” Griffin said. For more information about future trips visit the Study Abroad office in Wickes 280. To learn more about Cardinals Go Global, contact Breanna Miele at

Educating on differences with Physics Club launches into success gender, sexual minority panel with trebuchet, homework parties By Bethany Gohs Vanguard Staff Writer

LGBTQ issues are an important topic on SVSU’s campus. Last Tuesday’s Gender and Sexual Minority Panel invited the community to discuss issues including discrimination, gay marriage legalization and any other questions participants had. Attendee and communication junior Glen Walters said knowledge about these issues is important for everyone, regardless of how they identify their gender or sexual orientation. “I think more straight people need to come out to meetings to open their minds,” he said. Panelists included those identifying as bisexual, panromantic asexual, homoflexible and a straight ally raised by a lesbian mother. A panromantic asexual is one who is romantically attracted to others and not limited by the other’s sex or gender, but is not sexually attracted to others or has low interest in sexual activity. A homoflexible is one who is primarily attracted to those of the same sex, but has minimal attractions to the opposite sex.

One topic of discussion at the program was the controversy with Phil Robertson from the A&E television show “Duck Dynasty.” The group also talked about why there are biases against actors who are gay. For non-heterosexual actors who want to keep their sexual orientation out of the public eye, some said society looks at them as doing a disservice to the LGBTQ community. When discussing gay marriage legalization, the argument was made that gay marriage would be conforming to what normal people do. Others said that the LGBTQ community should be focusing on bigger issues, such as protecting the rights of everyone. 
 The group discussed the negative stigma associated with bisexuality. Statistics show that in the workforce, 40 to 60 percent of gay individuals are ‘out’ to co-workers, while bisexuals are less often ‘out.’ Many at Tuesday’s meeting were shocked there still are places that don’t have laws to protect against discrimination. The panel provided the opportunity for the campus community to challenge each other on their beliefs, discuss hard questions and learn.

By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor Outside of the classroom, physics is a force that brings students together. The Physics Club provides students with opportunities for collaboration, fun and friendship. Physics senior and club president Ashley Walsh said the group is focused on making connections. “We can support each other because physics isn’t the easiest subject. It’s a network,” she said. “We can do our homework together outside of class and not as part of meetings, do things socially and prepare ourselves for later in life.” Last Wednesday, the group held a Star Party to view a supernova in the nearby M82 galaxy. Although the supernova was not visible due to local light pollution, the event had about 30 attendees. Physics and math senior Chris Silverthorn said the club allows for “collaborative learning” between students on campus. “My favorite part is being able to network with other people that are interested in science,” he said. “I wouldn’t expect that a lot of people knew about this star that was going supernova, but we tried to spread the word about it so students would have an idea of what was going on.”

Last semester, club members built a trebuchet, which is a catapult with a counterweight. It launched an 8-pound pumpkin 240 feet. “I think it’s quite an accomplishment for a bunch of kids who don’t usually play with power tools on a daily basis,” Walsh said. “It was lot of hard work, (but) we did it.” Walsh said this accomplishment speaks to the caliber of SVSU students. “We can build things. We can make things. We can be successful,” she said. “We are a small school, but we are in no way disadvantaged. We have a really nice, tight-knit network of physics majors and other scientists here.” The club also watches videos, answers trivia questions and tries to develop useful skills in their meetings. Four members recently applied and were accepted to graduate school. Walsh said knowing others who are working on similar topics can be useful. “Physics is a difficult subject, and it’s something that you really have to work hard at, whether it’s your major or you’re just taking a few classes,” she said. “Having friends within that context helps: people to help each other with their homework, to work together and to make things fun.” The Physics Club meets at 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday in Science East 119. The club’s next meeting will be Feb. 19. All are welcome to attend.

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Speaking of religion should not be made such a touchy topic

By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Columnist Religion! OK, I just wanted to get that out of the way before we got to our discussion because there really is no way to bring up this topic smoothly. One of the questions I ask myself occasionally is: why is religion such a touchy topic? Why is it necessary for me to immediately qualify even bringing up religion? Why are half of you rushing to send out an angry letter to our editor just because you assume I’m going to act like I know what I’m talking about? That’s exactly the point I want to make. I don’t know exactly what I’m talking about and so many unaware people are in the same boat, yet constantly try to debate religion as if they understand every side to the immensely complex issue. I am not going to sit here and say I know everything about religion, but I will admit that I believe most people truly believe they understand everyone’s religious way of life. The problem is this is not possible. There are so many religions and so many different factions of those religions that it would be nearly impossible to understand every facet of them all. I wouldn’t bring this up if I didn’t see this type of ignorance in my everyday life. Comparatively, I dislike when people speak so passionately about politics when in actuality they have very little logical reasoning behind their views. A large portion of the time, these “political” citizens are judging candidates through personal and societal bias, the exact opposite of how one should decipher this field. So when people who did not grow up in a religious background or who have limited knowledge of the various religious concepts speak against spirituality, it in fact exemplifies their ignorance. One of the common misconceptions is that to be a more religious individual you must start going to church consistently. What does a building mean without the intentions behind it? Simply going to church doesn’t make you religious and the same goes for the other way around. Becoming more religious doesn’t solely mean you must head to church three

times a week. Religion needs to be initiated from the inside because it is a personal choice and commitment. It’s between God and yourself, no one else. A church can help guide your life, but it’s only a couple of hours a week. Living a religious life is a 24-hour experience. It doesn’t start and end when you go through those church doors. Most people, myself included, feel this sense of religious obligation and passion when in church, but once they leave it fizzles all too quickly. Why is this? We haven’t disconnected the concept of religion and church enough yet. We feel as if we cannot have one without the other. This happens with other aspects of how society commonly views religion as well. If you are a Christian, then that must mean that you cannot watch violent movies, or occasionally curse, or even discuss things that are ungodly… right? Who says that just because you are spiritual means you have to separate yourself completely from society? You can still be a devout Christian and watch a graphic horror film. God is not going to denounce your presence if you stub your toe and mumble “damn!” under your breath. You’re not going to spend eternity burning in the underworld for opening up discussion about the abortion issue. Furthermore, another major reason why this is such a tough subject to bring up is that no one wants to be told their beliefs are wrong. One of the components of opening up a discussion like religion is accepting that there are other viable views to the issue. One thing that an extremely faithful person hates to do is let in doubt. Doubt is a scary thing to most spiritual people, but it really shouldn’t be. Doubt is natural; it’s a part of what makes us human. And if you believe in God, wouldn’t that mean that that same God created the sense of doubt along with the rest of our emotions? This topic is way too broad for me to fully discuss every issue that accompanies the subject of religion, but I feel as if this is simply a good starting point for even further debate. As I said in the beginning, I in no way understand the whole spectrum of religion, heck I barely can wrap my head around the Baptist ideals that I’ve grew up with for over 20 years. But the only way to learn more about something is to talk about it, and it is just as important to discuss religion as it is to discuss academics because it’s an inevitable part of our society. Can I get an Amen?

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Russia’s Sochi Olympics could show all that glitters are politics, discrimination

By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief Turn on the TV, the most hyped show on right now, is not Lego Movie’s “Where are my Pants?” It’s the Winter 2014 Olympics. Look at major headlines, or even in your Twitter or Facebook feeds. U.S. wins gold in this sport. U.S. takes silver here. But athletes and medals aren’t all that we see at the Olympics. The Olympics are becoming more and more criticized as the games become more about political movements than recognizing the athletes. While there are many other failures of this Olympic season, including the four-ring opening ceremony technical glitch, guests being locked inside their poorly maintained hotels and stray dogs wandering inside stadiums, there are other issues worth attention. In Russia, the punishment for being gay is a $3,000 fine. Russia outlawed pride rallies in June. And at the opening of the Olympics, four LGBT advocates were arrested after carrying a banner quoting the Olympic’s ban on any form of discrimination, according to CBS. Many countries have grown to support the LGBT community, but Russia hasn’t gotten quite there. Because of the high risks of speaking out in Russia, many have turned to passive aggressive ways of speaking out. Google changed its logo to a rainbowthemed sports design. German Olympians sported a rainbow-themed uniform to protest Russia policy. Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands, an out lesbian, took gold in speed skating Sunday, which I imagine is quite

a slap in the face for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some of the six out LGBT athletes are choosing to remain relatively silent on the issue, as well. Olympic athletes aren’t facing as much of the danger as are LGBT individuals living in Russia, but many recognize that it is an issue that needs fixed. According to Radio Free Europe, Belle Brockhoff, a gay Australian snowboarder, hinted at using the Olympics to criticize Russia, but has opted to only raise six fingers to the camera in reference to Principle Six, the Olympic charter banning discrimination. This may all seem to have little to do with our university at first glance, but one of the largest sponsors of the Olympics is Midland’s own Dow Chemical Co. Dow has been affiliated with the Olympics for more than 30 years, helping with the event in many ways, and the corporation has an agreement to continue work with the Olympics through 2020. Dow also has connections with the university. Through the Dow Student Research & Creativity Institute, Dow Visiting Scholars & Artists and the upcoming Dow Science & Sustainability Education Center, it’s evident the university is very interdependent on Dow. Pioneer Hall was named after 12 individuals, nine of them from Dow. This isn’t to say that Dow isn’t putting forth the efforts to promote an inclusive and non-discriminatory environment. The corporation has been recognized as having a Corporate Equality Index Rating of 100% for nine consecutive years through the Human Rights Campaign. According to the Washington Post, a Dow spokesperson said in a statement, “We are engaged with the IOC on this important topic and support its recent statement that sport is a human right and the Games should be open to all.” The importance of it all is that while you’re watching the Norwegian curling team in their checkered uniforms, remember athletes aren’t the only ones fighting for something in Sochi this season.

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Ladies top first-place Warriors 85-78 on road By Joey Oliver Vanguard Staff Writer The women’s basketball team capped a perfect week, going 3-0 and stretched its winning streak to six games. With victories over Northwood, Lake Superior State and Wayne State, the Cardinals have improved their record to 12-7, 10-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The team’s record is good enough to rank it fourth in the GLIAC north, and in good position to make the conference tournament come March. Coach Jamie Pewinski credits the team’s ability to focus on the little things as the main reason the team has been so successful. “During [the winning streak], we have been playing together and battling for 40 minutes,” she said. “We understand things won’t always go our way, but we need to limit the other team’s runs and be able to make a run of our own. “We’ve out-rebounded our opponents in every one of these wins, and we’ve shot a pretty high percentage, which is conducive to getting victories.” Saturday’s 85-78 victory over Wayne State may have been the most impressive win on the year for the lady Cardinals. The Warriors came into the game ranked 18th nationally and in first place in the GLIAC. Their 18-2 overall record did not scare SVSU as the Cardinals dominated the entire first half. SVSU was able to extend its lead to 12 points twice in the first half, keeping Wayne State in catch-up mode for most of the game. With just five seconds remaining before halftime, senior guard Kristen Greene nailed a jumper to ensure SVSU carried the momentum into the locker room along with its 45-36 lead. The underdog Cardinals continued to bring the heat in the second half when sophomore guard Katelyn Carriere got things going by drilling a three-point shot to extend the Cardinal lead.

The Cards would go on to lead by as much as 20 before the Warriors would find their own groove and cut into the road team’s lead. Regardless, the effort was too little, too late and SVSU would hold on for the victory. Four Cardinals finished with double-digit point totals. Carriere led the team with 21 while senior guard Kayla Womack added 19. Greene and junior forward Samantha Zirzow scored 16 and 11 points, respectively. Greene finished with a team-leading four assists. Junior forward Shelby Herrington finished with eight rebounds, leading the team in that category. Thursday’s contest against Lake Superior State matched SVSU against the last place team in the GLIAC north. In the first half, the Cardinals seemed to play down to their competition at first as both teams failed to gain momentum. After five ties and seven lead changes, the Cards pulled away from the Lakers by going on an 8-0 run. Going into the locker room at halftime, it was SVSU that was on top, 32-25. The second half saw Lake Superior State tryng to get back into the game, getting as close as just four points behind. That would be as close as they would get as SVSU quickly extended its lead to 13 points. The Cardinals would hold on for a 71-60 win. Womack finished with 21 points to lead the team. Carriere came in second with 13 points scored while Zirzow and Greene each finished with 11 points. Carriere led the team with four assists while Zirzow pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds. Pewinski saw the victory as a huge win because it showed the improvement the team has made since the previous matchup with the Lakers. “[Thursday’s game] was a great win for us as we were able to win against a team that beat


Winless streak snapped at three with big road trip ahead By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor

Heading down the final stretch, the men’s basketball team is looking to remain focused on the ultimate goal of improvement, and not its record. Saturday, the Cardinals snapped their three-game losing streak with a 70-67 win at Wayne State University. The win propelled the men’s team to a record of 8-12, 4-12 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) play. Leading the Cardinals in points were freshman guard Garrett Hall and freshman forward C.J. Turnage with 23 apiece. Hall also led the team in rebounds with eight, with Turnage adding six rebounds of his own. For head coach Randy Baruth, the win comes second behind simply getting better from game to game. “For us, it’s really just improving ourselves and building up every day,” Baruth said. “We hadn’t played nearly as well as we could have and it was good to see the guys playing better on Saturday.” Thursday, SVSU hosted the GLIAC-North leading Lake Superior State Lakers. Despite fighting hard, the Cardinals simply could not keep up and fell, 63-52. Hall and Turnage again led the team scoring with 16 and 11 apiece, respectively. “Simply put, we didn’t get better Thursday,” Baruth said. “We were too

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Junior forward Shelby Herrington scored seven points in the win over Wayne State on Saturday. She also led the team in rebounds with eight while adding three assists. us early in the year and take care of our home court,” she said. “Winning your home games is definitely something that needs to happen to have a chance at the GLIAC Tournament.” Monday’s road game against Northwood was one of the few times SVSU trailed going into halftime. Going into the locker room, it was 36-32 Timberwolves. To make up for its first-half performance, the Cardinals came out in the second half on fire. After a couple of lead changes, the Cards grabbed the lead and refused to let go as Carriere made four consecutive free throw chances to extend the lead to 67-61, Saginaw Valley. Greene led all scoring with 18 points with Womack and Carriere following behind with 13


Reloading rather than rebuilding By Joey Oliver Vanguard Staff Writer

concerned with winning and just didn’t compete. “Our biggest competition is with ourselves.” Going forward, the Cardinals will play two games at Northern Michigan and

Our biggest competition is with ourselves.” Randy Baruth Head coach, Men’s Basketball

Michigan Tech, two squads SVSU has already beaten. “We just need to keep things simple, simplify things and focus on getting better,” Baruth said. “I hope our guys don’t get relaxed going into these games, because we need to focus on getting good at a few things. “As long as we’re getting better and working on the foundation we’ve laid, winning will come as a result.” Northern Michigan currently has a 4-17 record. Michigan Tech has a 16-5 record, with a 12-5 record in the GLIAC, good for second place in the conference. The Cardinals will be back in action at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, at Northern Michigan.

and 12 points, respectively. Ahead for the Cardinals are three-straight road contests, beginning at Northern Michigan. The game will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Pewinski says that in order to carry the team’s winning streak onto the road, the team must take each contest one game at a time. “It’s definitely a coaching cliche, but we just have to focus on one game at a time,” she said. “This conference is way too tough to worry about more than the opponent that’s right in front of us. “We will have to play tough and compete as hard as we can and when we do that, we are able to live with the outcome, whatever that may be.”

After losing some key contributors, the men’s soccer team came into the offseason looking to build another championship caliber roster. This year’s recruiting class comes in with fresh faces that coach Cale Wassermann expects to compete right away. “Looking at this group of recruits, it’s a very solid group,” he said. Overall, the class includes eight prospects, including two junior college transfers. The class includes Matt Davis (Grand Haven HS, Adrian College), Matt Gross (Roseville HS, Rochester College), Dillon Herried (Rockford, MI), Josh Kleinow (Holt, MI), Matt Lang (Fraser, MI), Isaiah Orbe (Kalamazoo, MI), Griffin Parks (Canton, MI), Troy Watson (Scarborough, Ontario, CAN) and Mike Winters (Ypsi Lincoln HS). Many of the players have already acquired a variety of accolades. Watson was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OOCAC) and an All-Region XII selection. Kleinow was an All-Region XII and OCCAC selection last year. The class also brings forth experience. Davis already has two years of starting experience as an all-conference player. Wassermann says he likes the class’ versatility as a whole. It’s a class with a lot of versatility with guys that can play all over the field,” he said. “Overall, looking at the class, it’s a class that will come in and contribute right away.”

Despite how talented this incoming group is, Wassermann continues to stress the strong group that is already on campus. “We’re bringing back 16 guys so we’ve got a solid roster,” he said. “We’re looking for this class to come in and fill the missing puzzle pieces. “We’re really excited about how these guys can come in and fight to get playing time early but it also adds a lot of depth to our roster.” The hope that this class can come in and make an impact right away is amplified due to the success of freshmen such as Jordan Kalk from last year. Still, the transition from high school or junior college to this level is tough. Wassermann believes that despite that, this class can still make a difference. “To come in and play for us as a freshman is tough,” he said. “Last year, Jordan Kalk was a [Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference] (GLIAC) freshman of the year and we’d love to see that out of some of our freshmen and we think they have that potential but we also have a ton of returning guys who are working their tails off to be starters.” Wasserman also likes the competition that the incoming class with bring in. “We’ve also said that the more competitive that we can make it in practice with guys competing for spots, then it’ll make them better players,” he said. “We can only hope that a couple freshmen step up and become impact players but we also have a ton of confidence in our returning guys to solidify those spots and to be contributors on the field.”


Club shaking off winter rust in first spring scrimmage By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor

Despite a rough showing on the field last week, the men’s lacrosse club is expecting to brave the elements and have a solid spring season. Friday night, the SVSU men’s lacrosse team traveled to Mount Pleasant to take on Central Michigan in a preseason scrimmage. While the team lost 18-5 on the road, club vice president Jordan Coward thinks the game gave the team an idea of where to focus before beginning its season in two weeks.

“They had a great team, better than most teams we’d expect to play this early in the year,” Coward said. “But the loss definitely showed us where we need to improve. “Conditioning is going to be huge, because we seemed to run out of gas late in the game.” The club is coming into a 2014 with new leadership and plenty of new faces. As with other athletic clubs, the team is also dealing with a decrease in size from the fall to winter semester. “We had quite a few more players in the fall,” Coward said. “A lot of our guys didn’t come back for this semester, including a couple of our better players who managed to get scholarships to other

schools.” Despite a number of players leaving the team, Coward said the expectations remain consistent, with an emphasis on winning and making the playoffs. “We expect to compete in and win the conference,” Coward said. “Every team has its issues, but great teams should be able to push through it and win. “And we’ve even had some SVSU faculty pulling to have the playoffs hosted here if we make it.” This year, like last year, also brings the challenge of dealing with winter weather while attempting

to schedule and play games outdoors. The team’s first scheduled game is in two weeks against the University of Michigan. “Our first game will be played at an indoor field house,” Coward said. “But a lot of the games have already been pushed back, so the weather is definitely becoming an issue for us again.” Last season, the team took a spring break trip in which it was supposed to play in three games. Poor weather resulted in two of the games being canceled. “We’re glad that we’re not dealing with that trip again,” Coward said. “It wasn’t really fun traveling down south only to have the games canceled because a lot of schools didn’t plan for the weather.”

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Museum’s latest exhibition gets the presidential treatment By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor The White House may be approximately 481 miles from campus, but that doesn’t mean its presidential history is inaccessible. The “President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office” exhibition is bringing history to SVSU in the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. The exhibition will be on display until May 24. “This is a very significant exhibition in terms of recording the history of the last ten presidents and the last 50 years in the Oval Office,” said Marilyn Wheaton, director of the museum. “This is a great story for our visitors to actually see some of the very unusual things that go on in the White House.” The exhibition includes photographs from nine presidents, starting with President John Kennedy and continuing through President

Barack Obama’s first term in office. President Jimmy Carter was the last chief executive to not have a photographer in the White House. The exhibition was created by the National Geographic Society and is accompanied by a documentary. Three-time Emmy Award winner and documentary filmmaker John Bredar also wrote an accompanying book titled “The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office.” Bredar said the photographs provide a unique opportunity to view the country’s past. “I think the exhibition, film and book give people a new way to look at history. Understanding history is difficult and to do it well means tapping multiple sources – some of them visual,” Bredar said. “The work of these photographers adds what text and even first person accounts of events never can – it gives texture and that is often an important aspect of history.”

Photographs of late-night interruptions, family gatherings and important historical moments are included in the exhibition. Wheaton said that a group of the photographs shows pieces of President Richard Nixon’s resignation and President Gerald Ford’s transition into the White House. “There are very important messages in the labels next to the photographs,” she said. “What you see are pieces of nine presidents’ daily lives in the White House.” Each president chose his own photographer, which makes the photographs unique. Bredar will be speaking at SVSU on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in Founder’s Hall. All members of the SVSU community are invited to attend. He said college students can learn from the occupation of presidential photographer. “I’d hope students understand that there are many cool ways to make their way through

life – as photographer, as chronicler of history, as maker of history, as witness to history, as President or as any of the people who work for an administration,” Bredar said. Wheaton said the narrative of the photographs provide an important educational opportunity. “I hope that everybody who sees this exhibition will have a much greater appreciation for what the President of the United States of America actually has to go through every day during office,” she said. “I hope that everybody had a greater appreciation for the office of the President, so that no matter what political party you may affiliate yourself with, (you realize) that we still have this office and it should be respected.” For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at www.

Clooney enlists an A-list cast, but results are less than monumental

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There was a brutal irony in viewing “The Monuments Men” at the new Quality 10 GDX theater. Released February 7th, “Monuments Men” is a film based on the exploits of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, a section of the Civil Affairs and Military Government Sections of the Allied Armies. The program’s main concern was protecting, recovering and preserving culturally significant monuments and works of art during World War II. In a fenced-in area adjacent to the new Quality 10 is the rubble-strewn lot where the Saginaw 12 once stood. The theater that would eventually become the Saginaw 12 first opened its doors there in 1974 as a 4-screen cinema called “The Quad.” After nearly 40

years of first dates, late night premieres, and Sunday matinees all in essentially the same building, the doors of the Saginaw 12 were locked forever on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. When it was demolished, who felt nearly half a century of local history be obliterated? Someone’s neck hair stood on end. A few folks might have cared enough to leave an impassioned comment on an MLive article or to post a heartfelt remembrance on their Facebook timeline, but I could not be bothered to spare a mouse click. I didn’t bat an eye. This begs the question –­ what makes a monument? What makes a building or a work of art culturally or historically significant? “Monuments Men” does not directly address these questions, but I could not help but wonder about them because, to me, the Saginaw 12 seemed like a monument in some ways, and the willingness of the main characters in “Monuments Men” to fight for and to protect monuments highlighted the absence of a similar conviction in me. To be sure, “Monuments Men” tells an important story, but its writing is so poor and its cast so bloated with famous faces that I cannot be blamed when my mind wanders: “There goes Jason Bourne pretending to be a skilled painter, and the cyclops from ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ is making a frowny face again.” Fortunately, there are a few winners when these big name actors duke it out for screen time. The interplay between Bill Murray as Sgt. Richard Campbell and Bob Balaban as Pvt. Preston Savitz is especially convincing, but even their relationship is stunted. Balaban’s character was a shallow write and Murray’s character occasionally comes off too much like the actor himself. Matt Damon’s acting as Lt. James Granger is

also decent, though his interactions with Lt. Frank Stokes (George Clooney) are reminiscent of their work together in “Ocean’s Eleven.” Also, a recurring joke about Granger’s poor French gets tired pretty quickly. By far the worst of the film’s infractions is its decision to glaze over the mechanisms that led the large number of German soldiers to destroy priceless works of art. As the soldiers drop paintings onto a growing bonfire, their faces remain blank and not a single word is spoken before, during or after the burning takes place. They are depicted as unfeeling, autonomous machines that are perfectly coordinated and operate without fault. Commanding officers do not give orders. They look on with sinister approval as ominous music

provides ineffectual emotional cues. When Hitler is shown, he does not say a word. His evil commands seem to be dispatched via telepathy until a copy of the Nero Decree is found. Similarly, the goodness of the Monuments Men remains uninterrogated, even unsullied in the midst of World War II. Not a single character kills an enemy soldier. Their purposes in retrieving the art of once-German-occupied countries and returning it to its owners stems from the belief that “Art belongs to everyone,” and not a single Monuments Man deviates from this. Overall, director George Clooney’s “Monuments Men” is a poorly scripted tale of good and evil that fails to get by on star power alone.

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PTW graduate to release first novel By Rachael Blaylock Vanguard Staff Writer

In the digital age, more and more college students are realizing that online careers are becoming a real possibility. Among these students is SVSU alumni Hillary Grigonis. Grigonis graduated with a professional technical writing and creative writing degree in 2011, and is now announcing the publication of her first novel “Kaleidoscope Me.” The story is about 14-year-old Jadyn, a girl whose great aunt moves in after her mom’s death, and explores how different characters think. “It’s not written in chronological format,” Grigonis said. “It was a fun way to play with how people think differently. Not everyone thinks the same.” Grigonis explained that this story came out of a piece she did for one of her creative writing classes at SVSU. “I just fell in love with the character and added the aunt later,” she said. She has written short stories, poetry, and novels and was shown in five different Cardinal Sins issues during her time at SVSU. And in 2010, her pieces won awards in both flash fiction and poetry. Now she is interested in focusing on novels for teens and pre-teens. That is the audience that this novel is written for and Grigonis said she is already working on an idea for a second novel, though not a sequel. However, instead of going the traditional route of finding a publishing house to take her book, Grigonis chose to

use self publishing to market herself.
“I started looking for an agent right out of college,” Grigonis said. “Then realized that I had the background to market myself.” With a degree in professional & technical writing under her belt, Grigonis was able to effectively use self publishing. According to Grigonis, the biggest issue with self publishing is that writers don’t have a sizable publishing house advertising their book. Grigonis has experience with advertising herself, already with the freelance technical writing company she runs. The company is called Pixel Press and Photo LLC and was created as a way for Grigonis to present herself as a credible freelancer to companies. “It started as a career project in middle school when I said I wanted to be a freelance writer,” Grigonis said. “And I didn’t want to move out of the area after graduation.” The challenge of this area, Grigonis explained, was there weren’t many big cities — meaning not many jobs were available. Presenting herself as a professional company ensured that Grigonis would be respected by her clients. Grigonis said she was able to quit her second job and solely focus on the company. Whether technical or creative writing, Grigonis stressed how vital professor and peer feedback was during her undergraduate. “Even now being able to take criticism is invaluabule,” she said. “It shows me where my work still could be better.” “Kaleidoscope Me” will be available Monday, Feb. 24, on all online locations, including Amazon. More information can be found at






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