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The men’s soccer team prepares and finds new recruits in hopes of another successful season and GLIAC championship.

Incoming freshmen SOAR in their orientation, advising and registration sessions being held throughout the summer.

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Parenting a Tiger star

Justin and Ben Verlander’s parents offer advice and life lessons to community.

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The theater department brings together three summer productions including a jukebox musical “Route 66.”

Tuition rates expected to rise despite increase in state funding By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

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Richard Verlander tells how he and his wife, Kathy, raised their children to dream big and keep in control as part of the OLLI-sponsored event Thursday. By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief The parents of two MLB players offered the community many life lessons last Thursday. Kathy and Richard Verlander, parents of the 2011 MVP of the year award and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and recently signed Tigers draft pick Ben Verlander, discussed lessons from their book, “Rocks Across the Pond.” The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) sponsored the program. OLLI, established in 2001 at the university, is a membership-based program that holds non-credit classes, trips and other functions. Its membership is close to 1,600 participants. Members of OLLI, students, staff and other community members attended the free public event. One of the ways the Verlander parents

feel their children achieved successes was through their mentors. “Justin was fidgety. He was a real handful,” Richard said. “We didn’t get the best feeling coming from parent-teacher conferences.” Marion Kramer, Justin’s second-grade teacher, put confidence in him and told him he’d be something special one day. Justin suddenly improved. While in the Little Leagues at age 15, Justin had his control issues reemerge. He had several issues with walking baseball players to the point other families would label him. “No matter what background you’re from, everyone has their challenges,” Richard said. To fix this, his coach, Bob Smith, called on Justin to save the team in a championship game, in which Justin did. “I knew he had to focus,” Richard recalled Smith saying. “He had the opportunity to show confidence in himself.”

Richard said he looks back at those two mentors as big game-changers in Justin’s life. Control also relates to success, Richard said. “Control has a lot to do with baseball and the ability to throw different pitches,” Richard said. “In life, it’s the same as self discipline. I’ve seen a lot of people who lack control.” According to Richard, 95 percent of success is within an individual’s control. He said showing up on time, working hard, staying late, fitness, demeanor and attitude all relate to success and are things people can control. Character is also important in success, Richard said. When scouts were looking at Justin, many would talk to the Verlanders’ neighbors asking if there were any beer cans in the yard when his parents were away. They wanted to know what he was like when nobody was watching, Richard said.

When Justin was six, he started bragging to people at a tee-ball game. Afterwards, his parents reminded him to be humble and to avoid having a big head. It’s what you do with your success that’s important, Richard said. Balance, along with character and control, is also important, according to Kathy. “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” Kathy said. “Before Justin, our lawn was nice, and laundry was done on time. Once Justin started traveling, it went to hell in a hand basket.” She said the time spent together as a family became most important. The Verlanders made a weekly effort to have a family dinner at Justin and Ben’s grandparents, in which they enjoyed a novelty named food, “Chicken McGrandmas.” The Verlanders continue to spend as much family time as they can together today.

Thaler child porn case shocks former students By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

Courtesy | Nathan Phillips Theater and English students visit London, England, on a summer study abroad trip.

Eat, sleep, study abroad over summer By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor Some students have dedicated their summer to international travel. This spring and summer, 13 faculty-led groups of students traveled abroad, visiting places like Costa Rica, England, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Senegal, Spain and Taiwan. In 2012-2013, a total of 163 students participated in faculty-led study abroad programs, which is a 15.6 percent increase from last year.

SVSU’s study abroad program allows students to travel internationally, gain a wider perspective and participate in an experience that has for years opened doors and peaked interests in global cultures. With less than 2 percent of students traveling abroad, the program offers an opportunity for students to create deep and personal connections with the places they visit. Students Nathan Phillips, Dan Skutt and Jari Wilson all recently participated in study abroad programs. Wilson spent an


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Students of former assistant professor Robert J. Thaler said they were shocked to discover he had been charged with possession of nine counts of child pornography. A university statement said, “In late January 2012, SVSU became aware of apparent wrongdoing involving the misuse of a university computer by a faculty member.” The university began an investigation and contacted the Saginaw Country Prosecutor’s Office. Thaler has been placed on unpaid suspension since April 2012, remaining in effect pending the outcome of any criminal proceedings. He is banned from being present on campus. “I’m shocked by the news and saddened by it,” political science senior Anthony Kirk said. “It’s impossible to judge someone based on the way they teach and how they present themselves in class, and there is no way anyone could’ve expected this.” Robert Thaler newsroom (989) 964-4482 visit us online at

Kirk took a sociology course with Thaler before his April 2012 suspension. “In his class, he was very direct and straightforward,” he said. “I learned a lot from him.” Thaler, a professor at the university since 1974, taught introduction to anthropology, introduction to sociology and sociology of education courses. Assistant professors at the university earn about $50,000 to $80,000 in annual salaries and wages, according to the university’s website. In the Fall 2010 edition of Reflections magazine, a university publication, Thaler said he thought he had taught an average of 300 students each year. According to the publication, many alumni could recall “Professor T’s ‘Tips for College Success’” that include considerations to “have a sense of personal integrity and standards” and to “be wary of making life-altering mistakes.” “I still remember the majority of them,” chemistry alumni Tyler Beyett said. Beyett took Sociology 111 and 112 with Thaler his freshman year. Beyett said the tips for success were on some of Thaler’s tests as extra credit. “He was one of the most



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Tuition increases are expected next week, followed by increases in the holes of students’ pockets. On Tuesday, June 18, The Board of Control will vote on the general fund operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. “It’s the assumption [tuition] is in the president’s control,” President Eric Gilbertson said. The Board actually sets tuition rates. The Board also reserves authority for functions that include establishing or discontinuing degree programs, majors or intercollegiate athletic programs; establishing compensation for the president and vice presidents; and approving the student judicial code and the Student Association constitution. Ten years ago, tuition rates were set at $139.60 per credit hour for Michigan undergrads. For the 2012-2013 academic year, that rate has nearly doubled at $256.05 per credit hour for Michigan undergrads. “Our budget is complicated,” Gilbertson said. “There are several budgets that are restricted on what it can be used for.” The university’s budget is separated into auxiliary, capital, foundation and general funding budgets. “We can’t take from the foundation and use the money for library books,” Gilbertson said, explaining the restrictions of the budgets. The auxiliary budget features costs such as housing, dining and other services that receive revenue outside of tuition. Capital involves building constructions and renovations. The foundation budget offers scholarships to students. The general fund budget is what Gilbertson refers to as “the guts of the university’s operations.” The university operates on a $200 million operation cost with $125 million coming from the general fund budget. It involves the faculty salaries, operational costs and lab equipment among other items. Nearly 70 percent of the general fund costs go toward personnel budget, according to Gilbertson. “We’re a labor-intensive kind of organization,” Gilbertson said. The university operates on a fiscal year that begins July 1 and ends June 30. Throughout the years, money received through the state government in state appropriations has decreased. In 1993, 54 percent of the general fund revenue was provided by the state and 42 percent with tuition and fees. This past year, 22 percent of the general fund revenue was provided by the state and 76 percent through tuition and fees, making students pay more for their education. This year marks the first year since before 2003 that the state increased appropriations per student. The tuition increase cap set by the state legislature is 3.75 percent. If the university increases tuition




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police Restaurants to open in mini-mall briefs By Rachel Stocki

Vanguard Campus Editor

different. There are no duplicates.” The DoggHauze, T-Dubs, Bangkok Peppers and Common Grind will join Yogurt Yeti and JR’s All-Star Haircuts for Men in the mini-mall. Leuenberger said the restaurants are aiming to open Sept. 1, but should all be open by the end of September. Since the restaurants are located within walking distance from SVSU’s campus, the businesses will be keeping their audience in mind. “Everybody’s going to be priceconscious to gear everything to students,” Leuenberger said. “The food should be very good.” The mini-mall was a result of collaboration between investors and the township government to connect SVSU with the local community. “It’s a really, really big deal for the community to see a development up there,” King said. “The community

wants it to be something cool for everybody, because that will stand the test of time.” Construction of a second phase of Cardinal View will be discussed after all of the current leases are filled. Leuenberger is pleased with how the mini-mall is beginning to fill up. “To have (a building) three-quarters full is unheard of in this economy,” he said. King has high expectations for the success of the mini-mall. “Hopefully it’ll be a fun hangout place for SVSU, but also the broader area,” King said. “Hopefully we are building the first step towards that.” According to King, reactions to Cardinal View have been positive. “We’ve gotten good reviews and impressions from people at Township Hall, so they must be doing something right down there.”

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At This Time In University History 50 Years Ago

July 2, 1963 A group of interested citizens consisting of incorporators of Delta Senior University and trustees of Delta College met and selected an initial board of nine members.







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entire semester in Costa Rica, returning in April, while Phillips and Skutt returned in June and May, respectively, on two separate faculty-led trips to England. For them, the experience was lifechanging. “I’ve always wanted to travel to the UK and jumped at the opportunity. I would most definitely go again. Learning in the classroom is wonderful, but reading about St. Paul’s Cathedral and touring St. Paul’s Cathedral are two different things,” Phillips said. “I really enjoyed being able to see and learn about a new culture,” Skutt said. “I think it is important to learn about the history of a culture other than your own.” “Studying abroad was the best decision of my whole life,” Wilson said. “I would have got to experience a part of the world I wouldn’t have otherwise.” Phillips said learning abroad is much different than learning in a classroom because it allows students to break away from their usual customs. Wilson said spending a semester away was rewarding because she got to take classes in both Spanish and in English. “(The experience) helped me grow and evolve as a person,” she said. With each study abroad trip, students get to visit new places. Phillips said, “As a literature major, seeing the bedrock of many literary figures, their birthplaces, colleges, and graves was extremely exciting.” They were able to visit museums and take day trips. Wilson said that in Costa Rica, the group she went with took weekend trips, visiting beaches, a rain forest and “climbing down a waterfall.” Skutt said traveling abroad is very important for students because it helps them realize there is “something else out there.” “They learn what to expect,” he said. Rebecca Griffin, coordinator of the study abroad program, said that they have seen a growing interest in the program. “It is a great chance for adventure, professional development and a way to meet new people,” she said. Studying abroad is also a great resume builder, as it can show future employers that the student can expand their horizons.

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Larceny • At 1:00 p.m., May 3, it was reported that jewelry was stolen from a Pine Grove apartment. • At 8:30 p.m., May 7, it was reported that an iPod had been stolen out of a vehicle while parked in Pine Grove. • Between 12:00 and 1:50 p.m., May 29, a student reported that her purse was stolen while in class in Curtiss Hall. editorial staff

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Disorderly Conduct • At 2:30 a.m., May 1, police were informed of a disorderly conduct in the J-1 lot.













Minor in Possession •At 11:45 p.m., May 1, a minor in possession was reported in Living Center South. Four citations were issued to students.

Four new restaurants will soon be a short walk away for SVSU students. The restaurants are set to open in Cardinal View, the mini-mall structure on Pierce Road, sometime in September. Three of the businesses have already signed leases, while the fourth lease is expected to be completed in the near future. One of the restaurants is T-Dubs, a restaurant that features pizza and wings. There is already a T-Dubs location in Frankenmuth. Kochville Township Downtown Development Authority Director Steve King said he is excited about T-Dubs’ inclusion in the mini-mall. “It’s got kind of a cult following in Frankenmuth,” he said. “That (has) stirred up quite an excitement in Kochville Township.” Another restaurant is The DoggHauze, which specializes in different types of hot dogs. Food such as smoothies, fries and chicken fingers will also be on the menu. A third restaurant, Bangkok Peppers, offers Thai cuisine and currently has locations in Grand Blanc and Fenton. The fourth new business is Common Grind, a coffee shop and deli. John Leuenberger, managing member of the Cardinal View, said restaurants are so interested in the minimall because of its location. “What these businesses are doing is finding out that there’s a real need for students to have a place to walk,” he said. “Everybody is selling something


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TUITION continued from A1 at a higher rate than that rate, legislature will take money from the university. Even with an increase at the cap rate, the university will likely remain the most inexpensive public university

THALER continued from A1 memorable professors I’ve had,” he said. “I’ve recommended him to friends who took his classes and enjoyed them.” “I’ve seen a little on Facebook that he was a little bit odd, but a lot of professors are like that,” Beyett said. “He was just so into

in the state. Last fiscal year, SVSU fell in at an $8,120 estimated tuition based on full time credits. A tuition increase at the cap rate would put tuition at $8,424, a difference of $342 if Northern Michigan University does not increase its tuition costs. The average cost among all Michigan public universities for tuition last fiscal year was $10,766 with Michigan

Tech University being the highest at $14,448. Among other items on the Board of Control’s agenda, members will also vote on a Student Association charter, the establishment of public school academies, faculty promotions and tenures and the emeritus statuses of nine individuals.

his field that he developed interesting habits.” The majority of students who commented about Thaler on Rate My Professor, which is an online rating system of teaching professionals, said his classes were easy and that he was an excellent professor. In addition to teaching at the university, Thaler served as immediate past president of the Ki-

wanis of Saginaw, according to information on the Kiwanis of Saginaw website. A preliminary hearing in Saginaw Country District Court is set for this week.

news briefs Red Cross Blood Drive •From 10-4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, the women of Alpha Sigma Alpha will be hosting a Red Cross blood Drive in the Student Center Rotunda. “Just Move It!” Exercise Program •From June 4 to August 1, faculty and staff can earn double exercise points from Noon-2 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by partaking in physical activity for at least a half an hour. Sign in by the Leaping Gazelle Fountain or the Ryder Center Recreation Desk.

Fall 2013 Registration •Registration for Fall 2013 classes is available through Cardinal Direct on June 25-26, July 1-3, July 25-26, and July 29-31. His House Summer Worship •From 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, His House Christian Fellowship will meet in the Curtiss Hall Alumni Lounge for worship music, video curriculum, and discussion.

June 10, 1968 250 freshmen were accepted for the fall term, compared to 120 the year before. A strike of the building trades began affecting constructions such as the Project 68 building and the residence halls.

40 Years Ago June 18, 1973

The Board of Control’s Nomenclature Committee began exploring the idea of changing the school’s name from Saginaw Valley State College to Saginaw Valley University. SVSC would not be changed to SVSU until 1987.

35 Years Ago June 8, 1978

The Board voted to approve the construction of a track, baseball diamond and softball diamond.

30 Years Ago

June 13, 1983 The Board approved a temporary liquor license or the Great American Music Festival that was held at SVSC which was expected to bring 33,000 to 35,000 to campus.

20 Years Ago

June 14, 1993 Paul Saft, from the Registrar, said SVSU then had 3,391 students enrolled in more than 19,000 credit hours for fall.

15 Years Ago

June 22, 1998 The Bell Tower and Amphitheater were under construction, expected to be completed by October.

10 Years Ago June 23, 2003

The Board approved a Master of Arts in Teaching - Instructional Technology Degree.

5 Years Ago

June 9, 2008 The Board approved health center construction for MedExpress operations with Covenant HealthCare.

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New Cardinals on campus By Andrea McBride Vanguard Copy Editor Freshmen are spreading their wings and having fun doing it. Five out of eight freshmen “SOAR” orientations have taken place so far this summer. The daylong-required orientation helps acquaint new Cardinals with the university. Students are placed in groups of 12 or 13 and stick with them and their orientation leader throughout the day. They register for classes, speak with advisers, have lunch and learn about campus involvement. Rachel Florence-Spaetzel, director of orientation programs, said it’s important for freshmen to know about everything the university has to offer. “It lets them know that class is important and you should go to class, but there’s so much more to be experienced here,” Florence-Spaetzel said. A student panel discussion is also part of the orientation. A faculty panel existed in the past, but Florence-Spaetzel said she thinks freshmen

can really learn from the experience of current students. Advice is given to freshmen, such as how to read a syllabus and where the best study locations are. Anasjia Harris, a pre-nursing freshman, said the panel made her feel more at ease about starting college. “It made me understand more about classes and time management,” Harris said. Students also participate in “connect time,” which was a new addition to SOAR last year and proved to be beneficial. It gives freshmen a chance to speak with orientation leaders, some faculty and staff as well as each other. Florence-Spaetzel said she thinks this is one of the most important parts of the day. “What I want more than anything is for them to leave with a connection to somebody they can reach out to if they need more information or help,” Florence-Spaetzel said. A new addition to the program is an Instagram picture contest. Groups take as imaginative photos as they can think of and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #svsoar13. Prizes go to the best groups at

the end of the day. Accounting freshman Stephen Poppe said the overall SOAR experience made him more comfortable to come back in the fall. “It’s definitely a good way to get a jumpstart on building connections with your fellow freshmen class,” Poppe said. He said he plans to contact some of the people he met at SOAR once he’s back on campus. After the freshmen completed their orientation they took a survey with an i-clicker, which is another new feature this year. Florence-Spaetzel said she is extremely happy with the overwhelmingly positive response from students. Ninety-eight percent of students agree or strongly agree that their orientation leader was friendly. Florence-Spaetzel said the orientation leaders are what make the orientation successful. “They really represent SVSU well,” she said. Ninety-four percent of students agree or strongly agree that SOAR made them more confident about college as well as more excited to be an SVSU student. Ninety-four also rated their overall orientation experience as excellent, great or good.

Vanguard photo | Tyler Bradley Freshmen participate in activities designed to introduce them to the university and create connections during their “SOAR” orientation.

From residential director to director of Military/Veteran Affairs: Berry continues reaching out to students By Rachael Blaylock Vanguard Staff Writer A familiar face with Pine Grove residents for the past year and a half, Denise Berry, is continuing to be a part of that goal by taking the role of Director of Military/ Veteran Affairs. Berry is relatively new to the SVSU community, having been hired as a residential director not long ago, but she has wholeheartedly embraced the university’s drive for student Denise Berry success. Berry said that she found the new position on the SVSU website. She said that she is more than confident to take on being the head of this program and feels that there are a lot of similarities between the two positions. “The biggest similarity is taking care of the students,” Berry said. “Being a resource and advocate and being there to talk if they need it.” So it is not so much that her work is changing, but rather the student population she’s working with. “Before, I only knew if my residents were veterans if they told me,” she said. “Now everyone I work with will be affiliated with the military in some way.” Another change is that Berry is now head of this program instead of one member of a group. “When you’re a director, you have to have a vision,” she said. “I decide our priorities and how we can be most effective. I have to make plans. Before, I carried the plans out.” Director of Residential Life, Michele Gunkelman, is equally confident in Berry’s abilities. “She’s working with a completely different student population now with different needs,” Gunkelman said. “She’s the director now and she’s going to be fantastic.” Gunkelman and Residential Life are also serving on the search committee for Berry’s replacement. “We’re in the review process right now,” Gunkelman said. “And it is a national search.” She explained that after the review process is

Summer fitness jumps forward with ‘Just Move It!’ By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor Healthy U wants SVSU faculty and staff to “Just Move It!” From 12-2 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from June 4 to August 1, the Healthy U summer exercise program, “Just Move It!,” will be offering double exercise points to all participants. The Healthy U program is an incentivebased program that keeps to the goal of supporting a healthier SVSU, which means implementing a work site wellness program and promoting a culture of fitness to SVSU employees. Wellness intern and exercise science senior Caitlin Mazurek said that being active helps the body stay healthy and keeps down stress. “We just want them to get out there and keep moving,” she said. Participants are encouraged to come out to the courtyard by the Leaping Gazelle Fountain or Ryder Center Recreation Desk and sign in. Mazurek said to earn the points,

participants must walk, jog, do a sport or participate in a fitness class for at least a half hour. “They can always use the walking trails,” she said. “And often we see them come out on their lunch break.” Along with the double exercise points, participants who attend at least nine days will be eligible to receive a visor, 15 days will get a choice of a visor or a bag, and 20 days will additionally be eligible for a drawing for a $50 Visa debit card. 2013 marks the seventh year for SVSU’s Healthy U Wellness program. Although there have been summer programs in the past, “Just Move It!” is new. This is also the first the program has been extended to three days. “We just wanted to give them as much opportunity as possible,” Mazurek said. “We have seen them do everything from jog, ride bikes or come out and walk with their friends.” As a part of the Exercise is Medicine Campaign, SVSU’s Wellness program wants to encourage everyone to realize that exercise is a part of a healthy life.

“Exercise can be the best medicine,” Mazurek said. “It really can be.” She said that although the summer program is aimed toward faculty and staff, students can always participate but will be ineligible to win prizes. She also encourages students to always stay healthy and that the SVSU Wellness program does have ways to include them in their events. On Saturday, October 19, 2013, the program will host its annual SVSU Cardinal 5K, which begins and ends at the SVSU Ryder Center. Students, along with its family can run or walk “to a healthy lifestyle,” according to Mazurek. All the proceeds from this event go to benefit the United Way of Saginaw County. Along with the annual 5K, the program offers an annual Wellness Fair near the end of the academic year. At the 2012 Wellness Fair, nearly 50 vendors from companies and businesses came out and offered samples and free health tests and screenings. “We just want everyone to meet their goals,” Mazurek said.

I will always be there for old and new residents. Denise Berry Military / Veteran Affairs Director

complete, interviewees will be invited for phone and then personal interviews to meet with Gunkelman, Merry Jo Brandimore and other residential directors. And even after a replacement is hired, Berry is still committed to her old colleagues and students. “The students never fail to surprise you,” she said. “And you can’t imagine how they’re going to impact your life in such a positive way. I will always be there for old and new residents.” Berry’s wants everyone to feel like they have an advocate and someone to connect with. “I’d really like to thank Residential Life for their time and support and my colleagues and students and RA’s. It’s a great group of people and a great department. They made the last eighteen months pretty awesome and I’m really going to miss them.”

Education, worship continues over summer for faith-based groups By Marlin Jenkins Vanguard Staff Writer

Even with many of their members away for the summer, several faith-based organizations continue to be active in the SVSU community. One such organization, Cru, has kept active through a Bible study that will go until the last week of June. The study, which has been attended by students from SVSU and other universities such as University of Michigan and Michigan State, has focused around character studies of people in the Bible. “We read through the passage and talk about the meaning and how we can apply the lessons to our personal lives and ministry,” said Ali Steffke, an early childhood/elementary education student who will start her fourth year in the fall.

While Cru’s study will soon be ending, Blessed John Paul II Ministries (JPII) plans to soon begin weekly mass on Wednesday nights in Arbury 159. Formerly Catholics on Campus, the new name is only one part of JPII’s current transitional stage. “The group voted on a new ministry name because we wanted to be viewed as more of a ministry than simply a group of Catholic students,” said Kevin Wojciechowski, SVSU junior and president of JPII. With the changes the group is undergoing, Wojciechowski believes that fall will be a great semester for the ministry. “With new leadership, new students and new ideas, we hope to strengthen our members in their faith and encourage them to be the light in the lives of their peers,” he said. “We will also be hosting our first retreat in November, which will be open to all SVSU students.” The group will be updating their OrgSync page with more information on Wednesday mass once plans are finalized. Wojciechowski also encourages students interested in the Catholic Faith to join the Facebook page, “SVSU Catholic Ministries.” Three other groups, Standing in the Gap, His House and the Muslim Students’ Association, have had meetings weekly over the spring semester and will be continuing them through the summer.

Standing in the Gap, another Christian organization has a Bible study every Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the Alumni Lounge or the Amphitheater, depending on the weather. The studies are led by Steven Krieg, recent SVSU graduate, but are meant to be conversational where everyone has a chance to speak and ask questions. Upon graduation in May, Krieg became Standing in the Gap’s first Assistant Campus Pastor. “Because it’s a smaller group, people get a chance to get to know each other better,” Krieg said. “It’s a little bit less that you just come and receive and a little bit more that you have an opportunity to contribute.” His House has similarly not let a smaller group stop them from getting together to learn and have fun. His House meets on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge. The meetings center around a DVD curriculum on “what it means to be a follower of Christ.” Similar to Krieg’s experience with Standing in the Gap’s summer meetings, Nathan Ewald, an SVSU alum that serves as His House’s Associate Campus Minister Recruit, appreciates the smaller, more intimate setting. “Small group settings are a great opportunity to

get to know someone and become involved in their life,” Ewald said. His House members also meet to grow closer through sports games, barbecues and similar events. It’s not just Christian organizations that are active over the summer. SVSU’s Muslim Students’ Association holds Al-Jumu’ah prayer every Friday at 2 p.m., in C182, though on June 28 it will be in C101. “‘Jumu’ah’ literally means ‘Friday’ in Arabic, because the prayer is held on Friday afternoons,” said Elaf Al-Wohaibi, a junior and Muslim Students’ Association’s vice president. “It includes a 20-30 minute sermon given about various topics related to Islam, similar to sermons given on Sundays at church, followed by a prayer that usually lasts about ten minutes.” Each of these groups prove that there are multiple opportunities for SVSU students to grow in their faith, along with other believers, outside of the regular fall and winter semesters. “The most valuable thing … is that it gives students ... a chance to stay connected over the summer,” Krieg said.

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Beyond the Valley


Vanguard Vision

Constructions, changes to bring new experiences, perspectives

Fowling out which came first: chicken or egg

By Hannah Meyer Vanguard Columnist


t’s a question as old as the ancient Greeks and has stumped us repeatedly throughout history. The question we’re asking? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Now, this dilemma was originally asked by ancient philosophers, which evoked further questions of how life and the universe in general began. Aristotle was even puzzled by this, and declared the answer to be that both (which meant a bird and egg in ancient Greece) must have always existed. Skip ahead quite a few generations and here we are asking the same question. Literally, this question is simple. Egg-laying animals existed far before humans came to be, roughly 340 million years ago. So, this would mean that the egg technically came before the chicken. So, breaking into teams, Team Egg wins right away. But Team Chicken didn’t get a chance. Therefore, let’s word the question better: Which came first, the chicken or the chicken egg? This focuses more on the cause and consequence that if the chicken is born from an egg, then where did it come from? Presumably, it came from another chicken which then must have come from an egg as well. This creates an annoying circle of who came first. To a question regarding the chicken and the egg in “Harry Potter and the

Deathly Hollows,” Luna Lovegood answered that “a circle has no beginning.” Or so it would seem. But for our purposes, we are going to find the beginning to this circle and answer the question of who came first. Let’s start with the one side, Team Chicken. Research has suggested that the protein essential for the formation of chicken eggs called ovocleidin-17 (or just OV-17) is only found in chicken ovaries. Without it, the chicken eggshell could not be formed. So, no chicken means no chicken egg. But even this depends on the definition of what exactly is a chicken egg. Is a chicken egg an egg laid by a chicken? Or one that simply contains a chicken? This leads us to the other side, Team Egg. During reproduction, as you’ll recall from biology, two organisms pass on their genetic information in the form of DNA. But the replication of this DNA is never 100 percent accurate and often produces minor changes for the new organism. These mutations, although small, in the DNA will create new species over thousands of generations. But these genetic mutations must occur in the zygote, or the initial cell. So a creature very similar to a chicken, let’s call it a proto-chicken, would have mated with another protochicken and because of a small genetic mutation created the first chicken. Which came from an egg. So the egg came first, right? Well, Team Chicken over there might argue that it was simply a chicken growing inside of a proto-chicken egg. However, no one mutation can ever really establish a species. We humans like to classify all creatures in different groups and names, based on how things currently are and not how they were millions of years ago. The process of evolution is gradual. How gradual you ask? So gradual that

not one proto-chicken to chicken birth could really be considered a new species at the time. This happened with another animal, the one we call man’s best friend. Dogs came from wolves as humans began to interact and domesticate wolves, but there was no single point where a wolf gave birth to a dog. Instead, a series of particular traits came about from selective pressures, such as humans choosing wolves who were more trusting and were less aggressive. Over many generations, we then can see genetic and behavioral trait differences. Where exactly does this leave us? We’re left with two scenarios. The first: Some early egglaying species gradually led to the creation of the proto-chicken which laid proto-chicken eggs and one of these eggs contained a mutation that caused a slight change in selective advantage which ultimately led to the first chicken. This first chicken would go on later to lay chicken eggs. In this case, Team Chicken wins because the chicken clearly came first. Or we have a proto-chicken that gave birth to a chicken inside of what we classify as a chicken egg. As such, the egg came first and Team Egg wins. All of this, however, brings us back to the other question of “What is a chicken egg?” Which, at this point, is a fairly meaningless question. At the end of the day, what we can all agree on is that, regardless of whether it was a proto-chicken egg or a chicken egg, the first true chicken came from an egg. Therefore, the egg came first. Sorry Team Chicken, but I’ve been Team Egg all along. As we say in my hometown, don’t forget to be awesome.

By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

When the college crowd returns from its spring and summer breaks, the university will be quite a bit different. The university is always in a constant state of change and so is its surrounding areas. Campus will feature new parking lots, a new museum entrance, new directors and other faculty. Coming in as a freshman, it can be hard to distinguish what has changed or is a new opportunity since you have no history to compare it to. The new roofs on Curtiss, Wickes and Ryder will likely be one of those changes few will notice. The buckets that line up along Groening Commons after a steady rainfall won’t be missed anyhow. Not to mention registered student organization executive boards will be composed of different members, each with different ideas, attitudes and motivations. These are likely some of the things that will affect students most as they are the most direct interactions that can set the tone for one’s university experience. Some of the first programs I can remember from my university experiences were Madd Chadd the chainsaw juggler, Sex in an Envelope and the Red Pride Picnic. This was most definitely a factor for me in taking in the Cardinal experience.

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Outside SVSU, we’ll have new businesses across from Pierce, an upgraded theater and a farmers market. We’re also in the midst of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration. The events coming to reflect its history can be beneficial to see the direction we are headed. It goes without saying that these will bring lots to the table for students, but how effective will it be in reaching students? The university has often marketed itself on being in a happy middle between a large-scale and rural college. Students that hang on to this mentality can seem to believe there isn’t much to do here. This ultimately leads to some not taking advantage of opportunities. While all these new features for a college-goer’s life can offer an experience much different than someone who went here years ago, it’s how well-marketed it is to students what counts. There are still a large portion of students who are unaware what the Ryder Center Fieldhouse project is, or that it’s even going on. There is still a collection of students who haven’t even heard about the Facebook group SVSU I’M BOSS. Despite how rooted these have become in some students’ minds, how can it have the impact it’s intended to have if vast groups are not knowledgable about it? Some students could just be unmotivatable. They could purposely be rejecting a growing attachment to the university and the community. Or the marketing could be all wrong. Ninety-eight percent of university-sent emails go deleted without being read. It’s rare to see masses, let alone individuals, checking out the bulletin boards of event postings. What about the SVSU online events calendar? The most I’ve seen the average student reach out to learn about campus happenings seems to be Student Association’s Potty Posting. But even then, I find these students are really just looking for bad grammar. Change can bring a very positive atmosphere to students’ experiences, but only if we unroot ourselves from avoiding campus culture.

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Breaking ground on Ryder expansion floors, they will have a more optimal environment. Not only will the extra space help the multiple sports teams, but it will also help the various non-sporting events that take place in the Ryder. Matt Oberlin, the assistant athletic director for facilities and events, feels as if the athletics at SVSU are not solely for competition purposes. It’s also about creating a community. “Athletics, even for students who do not participate, helps build a culture,” Oberlin said. “It gives you a rally point for students of all disciplines on campus to get together on a football Sunday.” Exercise science senior Jeff Janis, who is a wide receiver for the football team, sees nothing but positive outcomes from the new facility. “The expansion will help the football program immensely,” Janis said. “We will be able to use it for practice and recreations no matter what time of the year or weather.” Exercise science senior Lee Chiatalas, who is a sprinter on the track team, is also highly anticipating the future additions. “I am extremely excited,” Chiatalas said. “From an athlete’s perspective it’s exciting because of all the potential it brings. The facility will be very marketable to the younger generation coming out of high school. I think this has the chance to be a huge revenue booster for the school.” Janis also believes that the facility will be Vanguard photo | Amelia Brown great for the future athletes who are looking From left: Rosetti Principal Jim Renne, University President Eric Gilbertson, and Board of Control for a state-of-the-art university to play sports. Chairman Dave Abbs dig shovels north of the Ryder Center where the expansion will be located. “The new facility will impact SVSU’s athletic image greatly,” Janis said. “Recruits By Matt Ostrander rooms and more. and fans will see that building and really want Vanguard Staff Writer Not only are these changes for the current to be a part of what we have going on here.” student population, the administration is hopThe expansion is only a part of the complete Along with the rest of construction on cam- ing they will help bring a whole new generation plan, which actually contains two phases. pus, student athletes will experience a change at of students and athletes to SVSU. This summer has the focus on the new arethe Ryder in the coming year. One of the reasons why the new facility na, while next summer will focus on the renoThe addition to the Ryder Center will be will benefit athletes is the extra space for each vation of the current arena inside of the Ryder. a world-class facility, including a 300-meter, team to practice at the same time. Instead of the One of the renovations includes bringing the eight-lane track, artificial turf, new track locker softball or football teams practicing on rubber seating closer to the floor and court, so that the

crowd will not be as far away when attending basketball games or any other event held in that area. Costly advancements always come with excitement, but they also come with a little skepticism, no matter how many positives the plan seems to have. Students don’t need to worry about parking

The new facility will impact SVSU’s athletic image greatly.” Jeff Janis Senior Wide-Receiver

either. Not only will parking not be taken away, but also additional parking will be provided along with the new facility. New parking will be added to both J and C lots. “We will actually have more parking space than before,” Oberlin said. Another possible downside could be the necessity for another athletic facility compared to other places on campus that could have used the funding instead. “What if there were other departments on campus that needed improvement more than the Ryder?” Chiatalas said. “Whether the funding could have been used for better professors or other important academic areas.” “Because this is a university, the objective is still education.” Ultimately, the additions are not only for the athletes or the recruiters, but for everyone. “This is a facility for the campus,” Oberlin said. “It’s for everyone involved here at SVSU.” The first phase should be completed by next April, with the second phase of renovations beginning next summer.

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Reloading roster following historic season By Joey Oliver Vanguard Staff Writer After competing at the highest level a year ago, the men’s soccer team is working hard to return to the Division-II national championship game. Last season was a historic one for SVSU’s men’s soccer team. For the first time in the school’s history, the team made it to the national championship. They set records for wins in a season while winning the GLIAC for the second consecutive year. Zach Myers was named player of the year, while he and six others were also named All-GLIAC. The success of last season means the expectations for this year have been raised, but fourth-year coach Cale Wassermann believes that with the combination of returning players and incoming freshmen, the team is in a good position. “We’ve lost a couple of All-Americans, some big contributors and four seniors, so we’ll be needing to rely on some of the new

guys a lot,” he said. “We also know that we’re bringing back 20 returners that all have a lot of experience.” “Guys who have started and guys who have played in big games so they know what’s expected of them and what’s expected of this

Our goal is to compete and win every single game. Cale Wassermann SVSU Men’s Soccer Coach

program and to perform at a high level each and every week.” Trying to replace the production of some of the best players in the history of SVSU will not be easy. A solid recruiting class of eight standout players should help relieve some of

the pressure. The recruiting class is made of Aaron Gerwig, Aleksandar Isaevski, Donald Payne, Luai Fakhoury, Mitchell Palmer, Philip Strachan, Sadik Balarabe and Jordan Kalk. Wassermann said the key to a successful season comes down to the players’ work ethic and how good of shape they’re in to start off the year. “Our first expectation is for our guys to come into the preseason at a good fitness level,” he said. “The whole summer they go home and do their own thing so they’re expected to take care of their bodies, work out and play on teams so when they come in in August they’re at a high fitness level. “We got a lot of new guys, so it’ll be important for us to worry about the soccer-side of things during the preseason and not so much getting people into shape.” Once the season begins, Wassermann said the goal is the same as it is every year. “Our goal is to compete and win every single game,” he said. “Whether it’s a preseason scrimmage or if it’s a conference game or a national playoff game, we put ourselves

in a position to compete and to win. Then the rest will come from us playing together.” Wassermann added that the key to being successful boils down to the fundamentals of the game. “You have to be fit and you have to be ready to be physical, possess the ball, defend, all the little things, not get a lot of cards, be disciplined and organized,” he said. “I think the main big focuses for the preseason are to come in in shape and fit and then compete to win every single game that lies in front of us.” The Cardinals open the year on Sept. 5 with three straight road contests against Lewis, Wisconsin-Parkside and Lake Erie. Until then, the team will focus on the fundamentals so that they are in position to call themselves GLIAC champs for the third straight year. “Our team has a good mix of young guys and returning players,” Wasserman said. “It’s just going to come down to grinding out those games in the fall as we’ve done that past couple of seasons.”


Seniors looking to light up scoreboard in 2013 By Joey Oliver Vanguard Staff Writer After missing out on the playoffs last year, the football team has another postseason in its sights. The Cardinals finished last season with an 8-3 record. With a little under three months until the season begins, the football team has been working non-stop to clinch another playoff berth. Despite missing out on the postseason a year ago, SVSU returns a high-powered offensive attack built around senior quarterback Jon Jennings and senior wide receiver Jeff Janis. Jennings was able to throw for 27 touchdowns last year as opposed to just 10 interceptions. Janis caught 17 touchdowns, showing Jennings’ tendency to look the senior ’s way when the offense needs a score. Jennings is going into his second year as the Cardinals’ signal caller. He points to the great offseason as the force to propel SVSU back to the playoffs. “I thought this was the best spring we’ve

had,” he said. “A lot of guys are back so there’s a lot of senior leadership and I think the leadership is the key to building. “Coming together as a brotherhood is also a big part and I think we are building a lot of that throughout the hard work that we are putting in the summer with each other.” One question mark heading into the season is the running back position. The team tried to address this issue in recruiting. The 2013 recruiting class featured 33 recruits, bringing some excitement and a flush of new talent for the upperclassmen to work with. Junior linebacker Lawrence Brown points to the leadership of returning players as the guiding force for younger players during the offseason workouts. “[Those returning] have been leading by example,” he said. “They are going hard and motivated every workout and players like myself have been feeding off from the energy.” Jennings also liked the energy that the players have brought into the season. “Everyone has stepped up and I feel that we’ve created a competitive environment so the

best of people games are coming out,” he said. “Those younger guys have been working hard and they have put themselves in a position to be successful.” The schedule for next year figures to be a challenge. The Cardinals open up on the road against Northwest Missouri State, a team that has historically been a national powerhouse having appeared in seven title games. From there, the Cards will play through their GLIAC schedule before finishing with a road game against rival Grand Valley State University. Regardless of who they play, the expectations for the team are simple — to return to the playoffs and then to win a national championship. “We expect a lot of great things,” Jennings said. “We look forward to building on last year and obviously have the highest expectation to be the best in the nation. “ “We feel that we have the talent, and the work we put in should take us to where we expect to be, which is the national championship.”

Brown said that the key is for the team to play at their highest potential. “Our team goals are to win a championship,” he said. “We have been really good for the past two years but not as good as we can be, but we have a lot of senior leadership and returning starters, which will give our team an edge.”

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art The Black Box Theatre’s triple threat briefs By Tyler Bradley

Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

Student Art Exhibit • Today through Thursday, June 20, the University Art Gallery will host its 8th Annual Art Students Exhibit, featuring works from all media by current SVSU Department of Art students.

The theater department is ready to blossom for its three upcoming productions over the spring and summer semesters. Each month will feature a different production.

Luv • At 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19 through June 21, in the Black Box Theatre, the SVSU Theatre Department will open its spring/summer play series with “Luv.” $10 for general admission, $7 for SVSU students and senior citizens (62+). To purchase tickets, contact the SVSU Box Office at 989-964-4261.

A Night In June • From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 20, in Pinconning City Park in Pinconning, Mich., the Standish Friends Society will host the 7th Annual A Night In June Acoustic Music Concert.

Tunes by the Tridge • From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., every Thursday through August, at the Tridge, in Midland, bands will perform music in the Tunes by the Tridge series.

Civil War Legacy • Now through November, in Midland, the Michigan Historical Society will host the Midland Civil War Legacy.

Summer Solstice Celebration • At 1 p.m., Friday, June 21, in the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum, patrons will meet in the celebration of the first day of summer when the solar noon occurs. Free music, poetry and refreshments will be served.

Antiques on the Bay • On Saturday, June 22, and Saturday, June 29, in St. Ignace, Mich., the Antiques on the Bay Auto Show will be held.

Steampunk Expo • On Saturday, June 22, in Augusta, Mich., the Steam Dream Steampunk Expo will be held.

Irish Fest • Friday, June 28, to Saturday June, 29, at Arcadia Creek Festival Park, in Kalamazoo, Mich., an Irish Fest will be held.

Tall Ship Celebration • From Thursday, July 11, to Sunday, July 14, Bay City will hold its annual Tall Ship Celebration. Daily admission tickets are $8, which allows access to all art and entertainment activities.

Blueberry Festival • On Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, Imlay City, Mich., will hold its 33rd Annual Blueberry Festival. There are many free events over the weekend.

Mint Festival • From Friday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 11, St. Johns will hold its 29th Annual Mint Festival at the Clinton County Fairground and St. Johns City Park.

Rock ‘n Rib Festival • From Friday, Aug. 16, through Sunday, Aug. 18, the Dow Event Center will hold its annual Michigan Rock n’ Rib Festival. The festival will feature local music by Larry McCray and Brian VanderArk. $5 admission fee, including parking. Children 10 and under free. Tickets on sale now.

professor and director Ric Roberts said. “Twenty years ago, they just didn’t exist.” This marks the fourth production the university has done of Roger Bean. Roberts said since spring and summer shows see an entirely different age demographic. Much of the audience will be familiar with the songs in “Route 66.” The show will star theater senior Zach Bauer as Scott, theater senior David Ryan as Michael, music education junior Logan Hahn as Andy and theatre senior Blake Mazur as Brandon. Bauer, Ryan, and Mazur all stared in the musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” and all four will star in the fall production of “The Producers.” This also marks Hahn’s debut in college theater


“Luv” is a comedy by Murray Schisgal where two former college friends Harry (theater junior Dakotah Myers) and Milt (theater sophomore Isaac Wood) are reunited when Milt stops Harry from jumping off a bridge. “It speaks to why the word love has almost lost its meaning,” adjunct faculty Tommy Wedge said. “It’s about how culture is so enraptured with the idea of love and how it sometimes rules over logic and rationality.” The production has won several Tony Awards and had a film version produced in 1967. Department chair Steven Erickson will direct this mature-themed play that first opened in 1964. Performances are daily at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, to Friday, June 21, in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $10.00 for general admission and $7.00 for students and senior citizens.

Route 66

“Route 66” is a mixture of other productions such as “Grease,” “Pump Boys and Dinettes” and “Forever Plaid.” This musical production features 34 rock ‘n’ roll songs from the 20th century such as “Little GTO,” “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “King of the Road.” “Jukebox musicals are coming to their own,”

productions. “I haven’t been in theater since high school,” Hahn said. “I thought this would be a good opportunity.” The setting travels from Chicago to St. Louis, Flagstaff, Kingman, and California. “It’s essentially the soundtrack of a roadtrip,” Hahn said. The two-act, family-friendly production runs 105 minutes. “It’s a very fast-paced show,” Bauer said. “It goes one song to one song to one song.” Performances are daily at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, to Saturday, July 20, and 3 p.m., Sunday, July 21, in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $13 for general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens.


“Sylvia” is a play by A.R. Gurney first produced in 1995. Couple Greg (Isaac Wood) and Kate (theater junior Lexee Longwell) move to Manhattan after 22 years of raising children in the suburbs. The couple adopts a dog they find in the park, Sylvia (theater junior Cassidy Morey). “It speaks to how we relate to animals and how they can be a part of and transform our lives,” Wedge said. He will direct this production. Wedge performed in a production of “Sylvia” during his undergrad at South Dakota State University. He said it was one of the first productions that came to his mind when he was offered a chance to direct one. Theatre senior Jordan Stafford will also star in the production as three characters with ambiguous genders (Tom, Phyllis and Leslie). The play takes place in the 1990s and involves the relationship between man and dog and the drama that results. Performances are daily at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 7, through Friday, August 9, in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be ordered online or by contacting the Box Office at (989) 964-4261.

Mid-Michigan to host a bevy of area festivals By Rachael Blaylock Vanguard Staff Writer June is here and with it a host of fun and exciting events for the whole family in the Saginaw area and throughout Michigan. The first stop is the 7th annual “A Night in June”Acoustic Music Concert. Music organizer Judith Wyzkiewiciz co-founded the event with the Standish Friends Society as a way for the community to have a night of fun. “For a college pocketbook, the food prices are phenomenal,” Wyzkiewciz said. “Everything is under a dollar. All you got to do is bring your own chair.” It will be held 4 to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 20, in Pinconning City Park. It includes all genres of acoustic music as well as arts and crafts areas and food. For any musicians interested, she’s always willing to take on new people for next year’s event. However, if that’s not enough music for you, Midland has a ten-week concert series already in full swing. Tunes by the Tridge began June 6 and will continue through August. The event is every Thursday evening and is free; all you need is a blanket or lawn chair. Bands play from 7 to 9 p.m., and some of the genres include pop, Christian rock, string, percussion and modern country. For the list of specific musicians, go to www. Also in Midland, the Midland Historical Society is putting on the Midland Civil War Legacy from now through November. The event is a result of research by society director Gary Skory and his team. It focuses on the impact of the Civil War on the Midland settlement and how the Homestead Act of 1862 brought in a new crop of settlers. It also emphasizes the personal stories of these settlers – men who returned scarred from war and still found the strength to settle the wilderness of Michigan. Skory’s personal favorite part? A slave chain presented as part of the exhibit that viewers can actually rattle. “We all think history can’t ever go down that horrible path again,” Skory said. “But it can if people forget the past. Come out and view your heritage. Pass it on. It’s an obligation and an opportunity.” The price is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and for more information, check out the historical society’s website at . There are other exciting events throughout June for those who don’t mind a drive. In St. Ignace, Ed Reavie is directing the 38th Annual Antiques on the Bay Auto Show. There are two events: June 22 is all about original, unmodified cars from 1988 or older; June 29 is open to everything including antiques and new Chargers and Mustangs. The event is free and is spread out through the entire

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downtown area of the community. Reavie and his team are excited for everyone and anyone to come out and join them. “There’s always something for everyone,” Reavie said. “You’ll find something you like. I can almost guarantee it.” After you’ve spotted out the old cars, you can head down to the Olde World Village in Augusta near Battle Creek for the Steam Dream Steampunk Expo. The whole event is designed to celebrate the growing world of steampunk, a genre that combines modern technology with the steam-run era of the Victorians. Live entertainment plus food and drink are available and the price is $10 a person while kids under 12 get in free. The festival will run all day June 22. Last but not least, you can finish out the month with all things Irish at the Irish Fest of Kalamazoo. They are at the Arcadia Creek Festival Park on June 28 to June 29. Admission is $8 and free for kids under 13. Be sure to wear your brightest green and don’t be afraid if you spot a leprechaun or two. To find out more information, check out their website at So, whether you’re the rambling traveler or the Saginaw Valley resident, history buff or musical connoisseur, there are more than enough ways to make this summer the best one yet.

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Summer’s second half full of box office winners By Landon Defever Vanguard A&E Editor

Over the past month and a half, the summertime box office has seen its fair share of versatility. Including superheroes, hangovers, space exploration and apocalyptic disasters, this summer’s shaping up to be one of the most promising. However, with the summer not even half over, there’s still quite a bit left to entertain the masses in the coming weeks. Five films, in particular, are worth your attention and hardearned money. Not to mention, with the films so uniquely different, there’s a little bit of something for everyone, whether you’re looking for an animated prequel, disaster comedy, superhero sequel or art house heist flick.


“Monsters University”

Before they were scaring, they were studying. That’s the idea behind “Monsters University” - Disney/Pixar’s prequel to their 2002 charmer “Monsters Inc.” With a surprising lack of animated flare so far in the year, “Monsters University” seems to have the right idea – working off its source material, and relating it to its now grown up audience. Sure, “Monsters” wasn’t the greatest film Pixar’s put out to date, but it does have some of the most attention for a film this ambitious to work.

In Theaters: Friday, June 21


“World War Z”

A big budget and excellent source material seem like they’ll work together well in “World War Z” – a film that’s had its fair share of struggles getting to the cinema. The apocalyptic zombie flick has received critical acclaim. The film’s main trouble has been its many delays. Furthermore, many have speculated the film may not make back its estimated $200,000,000 budget, but with a leading man with as much sway in the industry as Brad Pitt, all of this adds up to one of the most promising films of the summer film season.

In Theaters: Friday, June 21



“The Bling Ring”

Just put in limited release last Friday, Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” looks to be an exciting romp once it finds a wide release on June 28. The Academy-Award nominated director’s latest seems like a fun dip into the pool of youthful escapism. It has a cast full of up-and-comers, including Emma Watson of “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and Taissa Farmiga of ”American Horror Story,”as well as an indie production company that knows how to advertise and a great soundtrack that includes Kanye West and Sleigh Bells. Everything points toward “The Bling Ring” to be one of the entertaining movies of the summer.

In Theaters: Friday, June 28

“Kick-Ass 2”

The sequel to one of the most innovative and exciting superhero films of the past decade is set to hit theaters this summer. All of the film’s original cast members return for this much-anticipated sequel. Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson of “Savage”) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz of “Hugo”) find themselves looking to create an army of underground superheroes to defeat the evil villain whose name is unprintable. With new heroes coming in the form of Jim Carrey and Donald Faison, as well as an edgy new direction, “Kick-Ass 2” looks to continue the first film’s promises of a violent, fun superhero film.

In Theaters: Friday, Aug. 16


“The World’s End”

From the brilliant pair of writers responsible for “Shaun of the Dead” comes another science-fiction comedy of epic proportions. “The World’s End” follows a group of friends attempting to reach The World’s End – a drinking establishment found at the end of the local pub crawl. Easy, right? Wrong. Little do they know, an alien race looks to destroy the planet before they can reach it. Directed at the helm of Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World), the film’s comic pacing should be spot-on, making it look to be a picture that’ll take the world by surprise.

In Theaters: Friday, Aug. 23

Emo pioneers fail to innovate, ‘Damage’ reputation

Tim Windy is an English literature and creative writing senior and Vanguard reviewer. Reach him at



After the dawn of their mainstream success in 2001 on the strength of “The Middle,” a single off their fourth studio album, “Bleed American,” unbeknownst to me, Jimmy Eat World continued to record and to perform, even releasing “Chase This Light,” their highest charting album to date. Now, after having not listened to any of their creative output in the past 12 or so years, I’ve returned to listen to their latest, “Damage.” And I can say, not much has changed. For some bands, having a consistent “sound” isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but for a band’s most recent work to sound only a shade different from an album completed 12 years ago is to do a tremendous disservice to both themselves and their listeners. Either JEW has been consciously following a formula in creating their music or they have fallen into a highly specific set of creative habits, completely The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

unaware of it. I say this as only unerring adherence to a formula or utter obliviousness to one’s own creative tendencies could account for such clear continuity from “Bleed American” to “Damage.” “Damage” is the next uninspired installment in Eat World’s discography, their eighth studio album overall. In listening to the songs on “Damage,” you will likely find what you have come to expect from Jimmy Eat World: All of them have a 4/4 time signature, they all follow standard pop song structures with little variation (verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, chorus). They all employ rather clichéd lyrics (For example: “If I can’t stop myself at all / If I don’t lean on you I fall / Every single time I’m wrong”), and they make frequent use of the quiet verse, loud chorus dynamic. Given the unoriginality of much of the album’s content, there are a few moments peppered throughout that really emphasize how much Jimmy Eat World could have grown in the past 12 years, making this listener feel even more cheated by their contentment with their own mediocrity. Two such moments occur on the track “No, Never.” The former is the distorted drum beat used to introduce the song. The experimentation stops after eight seconds, with the idea discarded as the listener is plunged back into the boring and familiar. The latter is a rather simple but appealing synth line that comes in during the second verse, but that, too, is relegated to mere background noise, sacrificed to the chorus guitars. However, the definitive moment on “Damage” in which Jimmy Eat World’s potential is revealed to the listener and then thwarted comes at the end of “How You’d Have Me,” one of the album’s loudest tracks. After the guitars’ feedback winds down, there is a brief window of relative quiet before, out of nowhere, a low dissonant chord is played on a piano, an instrument that is barely featured in the song at all. This final chord, it seems, is included as a joke, and that is exactly the problem with Jimmy Eat World’s “Damage.”

Any musical experimentation beyond that which is acceptable for making a more palatable commercial product is treated as laughable, ridiculous. The moment someone ventures outside the key or sets down the guitar to bang on the piano, we ought to laugh at them. The degree to which unfettered creativity is inhibited by commercial demands—the need to be profitable, to maintain wide appeal, to not alientate one’s fanbase or any other potential listeners—

not just here, but in much of the popular arts, is distressing. It is this attitude, this fear of surrendering to the act of creating, to disregard preconceived notions of “good” and “appropriate” that has stunted Jimmy Eat World, making the moniker “Damage” all the more appropriate.

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Above, the concept of the Ryder Center Fieldhouse shows the facility will extend into E-Lot. It will be used for events such as commencement. Refer to A5 for more information.

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Above, construction has begun on the J-Lot annex. It will be completed before fall semester.

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From left, Grace Branch, Grace Giroux and Fances Bolt create gauzes in a summer art camp at the Marshall M. Fredericks sculpture museum. Fifteen students enrolled.

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