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50 Fest scares up interest 1,764 students attended first day of 50 Fest, replacing Streetfest in honor of SVSU’s 50th Anniversary.

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With the addition of more rides, inflatables and a freak show, the annual festival has become a campus tradition, offering students the opportunity to have fun. The event cost about $30,000. By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor “50 Fest is freakin’ awesome.” Angela Latty, an accounting freshman, was one of thousands of students who attended the 50 Fest last Friday, Sept. 13. Student Life staff reported that within the first hour on Friday, more than 1,000 students came out to the event. By the end of the night, 1,764 students had attended. Last year, they saw nearly 2,000 total attendees, both students and community members, at the one-day festival. “I hope they do it again next year, and the year after that,” Latty said. Through the combined efforts of Program Board, Student Association, Valley Nights, Student Life and theGreat Lakes Bay Regional His-

panic Business Association, this year’s “Streetfest” became “50 Fest,” in celebration of SVSU’s 50th anniversary. With the new name also came some new changes, said Chantel Beyette, a criminal justice junior and vice president of Program Board. Although this year 50 Fest was scheduled for Friday the 13th, “a typically unlikely day,” Beyette said, “The weather was perfect.” Student Life’s Graduate Assistant Tony Cianciolo, a volunteer at the event, agreed, “The weather’s nice for a change.” Originally, Streetfest concluded the school year in April and was known as the “last hurrah,” said Beyette, who was disappointed when the coordinators of the event decided to move the event to the fall semester. Previously, Streetfest has been scheduled on a day with rain and bad weather.

“(But) this way we get to get freshmen more involved during the start of the school year,” she said. Beyette said that having it during the fall season, near Halloween, made the new freak show attraction fit in perfectly. “I think it is overall a great addition,” she said. During 50 Fest, freak show performers acted as street performers, performing magic and tricks for the students waiting in line to ride rides such as the Scrambler, bumper cars and Extreme Bungee. There was also a number of inflatables at 50 Fest. The student day, on Friday, concluded with a freak show performance, serving as the highlight of the night. Sierra Monaghan, a biology freshman, tried out Extreme Bungee, and said it was “a lot of fun,” especially for never trying it before.

Drop in enrollment due to decrease of graduating Michigan HS seniors By Marlin Jenkins Vanguard Staff Writer This semester marked the second year in a row of a drop in student enrollment (from 10,790 to 10,552 to 10,245), but the university’s Division of Enrollment Management is not concerned. According to Nick Wagner, special assistant to the vice president for Enrollment Management, the numbers are still right on target. “We expect numbers to stabilize right around (10,000 students),” Wagner said. The drops in numbers are primarily in two places: the incoming freshmen classes (1,663 last year, 1,593 this year)

and in the College of Education. The drop in freshmen enrollment is largely the result of declining numbers of graduating high school seniors across Michigan. But while the state saw a 7 percent decline in numbers of high school graduates, the size of the incoming class at SVSU only dropped 3.6 percent. The other major source of decreasing numbers — the Education program — is in part due to changes in the labor market, as fewer students are pursuing teaching degrees. Also, at the graduate level, fewer teachers are coming back for graduate degrees because of changing legislation. James Dwyer, vice president for Enrollment Management, anticipated this decline.


Increase in event participation result of increased involvement of freshmen By Devon Waslusky Vanguard Staff Writer Despite fewer freshmen, student involvement in programs and on-campus events has increased through the combined efforts of Student Life and other campus groups. The Student Life Center contributes to events such as Greek 101, Alternative Breaks Info Night, Welcome Weekend, Card’s Party, Coffee House, Homecoming and Streetfest. Each of these programs has seen a rise in numbers,

“It’s the students’ money so we want them to be able to do something fun with it,” Beyette said. “We felt like (students) should have their own day and own events.” The event cost totaled nearly $30,000. Another change from last year was the decision to open the festival for two days, where traditionally Streetfest was held on only one day. Although opening day on Friday was free to students, the event was opened to the public on Saturday, Sept. 14, where visitors could purchase wristbands to ride rides. The freak show was limited to Friday for the students. Beyette said this event, along with Streetfest has become a campus tradition. She said she hopes to see the event continue to be held long after she graduates. “I am sure we will see something like Streetfest for years to come,” she said.

Protecting student identities a concern By Marlin Jenkins Vanguard Staff Writer Attempting to protect student information has been a prevalent concern in Michigan universities recently with the recent website blocking policy at SVSU and phishing attempts at Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University. At Grand Valley, university email accounts have recently been the target of phishing scams. The scam emails were first targeted at staff and faculty and then to students, but there have not been any reported

cases of anyone disclosing important information in response to these emails. In response, GVSU’s IT department has been limiting access to the online email directory and blocking email accounts reported to be sending phishing emails. Ferris State University has experienced a more serious problem. A recent issue of “Torch,” Ferris State University’s newspaper, reported that “an unauthorized person had breached network security and gained access to the names and Social Security numbers of approximately


according to the associate dean of Student Life and leadership programs, Bryan Crainer, and associate director of Student Life, Jason Schoenmeyer. Each event is measured with the swipe system, introduced in the past two years, to accurately count how many students came to a program by swiping their student IDs. Greek 101, with 442 swipes, nearly doubled in participation since last year. Valley Nights saw 338 swipes in 2013, compared with 211 in 2012. And Welcome Weekend events had 473 swipes, compared with 350 in 2012. Card’s Party saw over 500 more swipes than last year, topping out at approximately 1,450, while last year the to-

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Police briefs are written according to reports from University Police. These indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily actual incident Assault and Battery • At 2:23 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, police received a complaint from a 20-yearold female resident and an 18-year-old female resident of Living Center North. They reported that two suspicious males were in their room, and they refused to leave after the residents had told them to do so. The resident assistant was called, who then called the police. Officers walked into the hallway to see one of the two males running down the hallway. He was stopped by an officer, but became belligerent and refused to give any information or return to the room. His attitude escalated, and he was arrested for assault and battery, resisting and obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct. He was taken to jail. Larceny • At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, a 32-year-old male student advised police that his phone was stolen from the Zahnow Library. When he used a GPS locator, it revealed that his phone was in Living Center North. Officers checked a few rooms, but could not locate it. Suspicious Situations •At 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, a 20-year-old male student was found standing in R-Lot taking pictures of females. He was approached by an officer and told to stop that behavior. •At 8:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, officers were called over to Living Center North by the resident assistants who observed three male subjects who did not appear to be students. The three were found by officers in K-Lot. When contact was made, they reported that they were visiting a resident student. •A 20-year-old female resident of Pine Grove advised officers that since the beginning of the semester, she had been feeling unsafe in her room. Her roommates were allowing strange guys into their apartment, and the father of one of her roommates had once come into her room without knocking. This case was turned over to housing for resolution. Threats • At 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, an 18-year-old student resident of the First Year Suites reported that her 18-yearold suitemate had threatened to assault her. The investigation revealed ongoing problems in the room and the case was turned over to housing. Minor in Possession • At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, an officer on a routine patrol in R-Lot observed what he suspected to be a drug transaction. He performed a traffic stop and located money, marijuana and other contraband in the car. A 21-year-old male student and a 20-year-old female student were arrested and taken to jail. • At 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, officers were called to the First Year Suites by resident assistants after they saw someone with alcohol in the room. Upon contact, it was determined that the 18 and 19-year-old male students had been drinking, but both had low blood alcohol content levels. This case is to be handled internally. • At 11:12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, an officer was sitting stationary in a parking lot when he noticed a vehicle driving on Pierce Road that had fully tinted front windows. The officer performed a traffic stop, and upon contact, could smell alcohol coming from the driver and the passenger. Both the 19-year-old male and the 20-year-old female were issued M.I.P.s. Destruction of Property • At 12:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, a 92-yearold female driver was headed northbound on Davis Road and failed to yield for a 19-year-old student turning from College Road, causing minor damage to each vehicle. • At 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, a 20-yearold male student was riding his bike across the intersection of Collins Road and South Entrance Drive when a vehicle driven by two elderly people struck him. The student went to the hospital with a swollen knee, scrape, and bruises. It is not known who hit him, as the vehicle did not stop.

Couch potatoes will have a harder time peeling away their eyes from the TV. On-campus residents now will experience many new channels after the university renewed its contract with Charter. This contract is renewed every three to five years. The upgrade took place Friday around 1 a.m., and was finished by Friday morning. Included in the lineup are BBC America, Fox Sports Detroit, MTV2, IFC and NFL Redzone. All of these channels are broadcasted in HD. The composite lineup features about 118 channels with fewer than 30 channels in standard definition. The channel lineup was intended to be determined through a survey sent in August to student leaders. According to Dawn Iseler, director of Housing and Auxiliary Operations, a misunderstanding occurred, and all channels that were in the survey were added to the final lineup. “In the end, we didn’t need it,” Iseler said. “But we wanted to give students the opportunity because of the short time frame.” Many students took to thanking housing for the upgrade on the Facebook group “SVSU I’M BOSS.” “I just want to say props to SVSU for the new cable,” Jacob Diroff said. “Had to buy a new TV, but this is definitely worth it.” Some posted their disbelief. “Do we really get NFL red zone?” Marcus Celello said. Many televisions will no lon-

MALWARE continued from A1 39,000 students, faculty and staff.” In response, the university hired a computer forensic firm whose investigation showed no record that the information was taken or used, and there have been no reports from students or faculty/ staff that anyone has used their information. While neither of the cases at other universities were reported to be connected with adult and/or phishing websites, SVSU’s ITS department believes that the new web filtering policy, in effect since June 26, will help keep student information safe. The filter blocks adult sites and other sites that may be connected with phishing attempts, which include more than just pornography sites. For example, the anonymous image board/forum site is currently blocked

ENROLLMENT continued from A1 “We knew this was coming (and) we’re not the only ones seeing a drop in the College of Education,” he said. These sources of decline are external factors, and the university is instead focusing efforts on retention and increasing current student success. “There’s been an institutional commitment to retention efforts on campus,” Wagner said. “It’s become a part of the campus culture.” Much of this retention effort has been in collaboration with Merry Jo Brandimore, vice president for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and Donald Bachand, provost/vice president for Academic Affairs.

ger be able to work because of the upgrade. Because of the digital upgrade from analog affecting this region, a TV without a QAM tuner will not support the new way television data is transferred to the TV. Residents and the university have to invest in some new televisions. Older ones, such as those in Living Center North lobby and First Year Suites A-House basement, don’t have QAM tuners. “Most newer flat-screen LED, LCD or plasma televisions have this capability,” Iseler said. Other universities such as Grand Valley, Western Michigan, Northern Michigan and Ferris State already have been affected by the upgrade. The entirety of Michigan will undergo the upgrade region by re-

gion. “The switch is coming from the vendor,” Iseler said. “So we have to get on board or lose service.” This upgrade also affects about six other students living on campus. Previously, students were able to upgrade their Charter package to include premium channels. The university decided to use one node to unscramble channel data for all televisions in place of putting a digital box in every room. This disables the premium channel opportunity that these six residents took part in. If any errors occur, Iseler encourages students to contact Charter Assistance. Iseler said an inhouse log will be kept of all issues as well.

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Many students are enjoying the new channels gained from the university’s deal with Charter, but some televisions no longer work due to the upgrade.

on the SVSU networks. While the SVSU Internet policy has been in place since before the incidents at GVSU and Ferris were reported, James Maher, executive director of ITS, acknowledged these kinds of problems as demonstrative of the need for SVSU’s policy. “There have been a lot of breeches (at other universities),” Maher said. “Our whole intent is to protect the students.” Although the policy is meant to protect student information, it raises questions about censorship and publicversus-private Internet use. Political science junior Jacob Mojica said, “I would agree that these (adult) sites should be blocked in class, in public view, etc. But not on (students’) own private computers.” Even aside some censorship, some students are not convinced this is the best way to address the malware problem. “I would need more evidence to convince me that the blocking of these

sites is justified on your private laptops or computers,” Mojica said. Maher explained that it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how much malware the new policy has prevented. “We can track the malware that gets blocked by our firewalls, intrusion detection systems and antivirus on staff computers (but) we don’t monitor student computers,” Maher said. “Tracking the volume of malware is an evolving process, and we are creating a baseline to monitor for future reference.” In addition to the blocking policy, other systems are in place to keep malware and phishing attempts at a minimum, such as firewalls, antivirus software and email scanners. Whether or not blocking students from accessing particular web pages is the best solution, protecting student information will be an ongoing struggle. “Despite all of these precautions, phishing and malware still gets on campus occasionally,” Maher said. “Those that write these programs are very persistent.”

Recent initiatives in place to better promote retention and student success include MAP-Works, the Stairway 2 Success mentor program and programs through the Office of Multicultural Services. Added to the list this year is the initiative Focused on Four, which encourages freshman to save time and money by taking more credits to graduate in four years. Despite the decline in specific areas that are causing overall enrollment numbers to drop, other statistics show that it’s not all a loss. Numbers for international and transfer students are up, and with the continued push for retention initiatives, 70.2 percent of the fall 2012 incoming class was retained. “This … has only been the third time in the last 15 years that our institution has been above 70 percent for that

first-to-second year retention rate.” Wagner said. In addition to better numbers of freshman re-enrolling for their second year, academic readiness has, on paper, increased for incoming freshmen, with 26 percent of this year’s freshmen having at least a 3.0 and 24 ACT score compared to 20 percent last year. According to Dwyer and Wagner, the next few years should see not only stable enrollment numbers, but also increasing quality of students’ time while they’re in college. “The goal of this university is to create an environment that engages the student,” Dwyer said. “We think at our size we can (promote self-efficacy, engagement and success) better than anybody.”

INVOLVEMENT continued from A1 total was closer to 900. When asked why the numbers have risen, Crainer said that Fresh Start and Freshman Orientation is a large part of why students have been getting more involved. “I’m really happy that the students are involved in taking advantages of the opportunities on-campus,” Schoenmeyer added. Crainer said he believed that getting involved and participating in college is important. “If all you ever focused on was academics as a student, your college experience would not be one that is well-rounded or enjoyable,” Crainer said. Student Life puts on programs that not only give students opportunities to be entertained, but also to gain valuable experience. At each of these programs, students do the planning and promoting, ultimately

learning skills that will help build their resumes and lend to careers. With most of Student Life’s programs in the fall semester, Crainer and Schoenmeyer believe that this allows for RSOs to gradually take over for the winter semester to produce programs and events. The performing groups Encore and Work ‘n Progress opened for the group Dakaboom during Fresh Start, giving them the opportunity to promote their RSO. Since then, Encore has doubled their membership numbers, and Work ‘n Progress aspires to have at least 100 people attend one of their performances. At Fresh Start, Student Association President Dylan Kosaski was given the opportunity to speak to the new students. “I feel it really gave incoming students an idea of how to get involved,” Kosaski said. Crainer and Schoenmeyer believe that Kosaski is a part of why student involvement numbers are up. “He is living the example,” Crainer said.

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At This Time In University History 40 Years Ago

SVSC celebrates its tenth anniversary with multiple influential guests, including Michigan Governor William Milliken, Dow Chemical Co. President C. Benson Branch, and General Motors President Edward Cole. The anniversary’s title was “SVSC’s First Decade… Just a Beginning.”

35 Years Ago

SVSC’s first science building, Pioneer Hall, opens for regular classes after being under construction for over a year.

30 Years Ago

Michigan Governor James J. Blanchard visits SVSC to speak to around 800 students graduating from the Youth Corps Program. Later in the day, he spoke to over 600 representatives of local businesses and governmental and human service agencies, discussing the further progression of the university.

25 Years Ago

Smoking is still permitted in several places on campus, including many spots inside the buildings. Smoking in small rooms in heavily populated areas like Brown Hall is permitted only if the room is secluded.

20 Years Ago

SVSU hosts 65 international students during the fall semester. More than half did not go to the university in years past. 12 students came from Thailand, 10 from Japan, 5 from Pakistan and more from around the world.

15 Years Ago

The SVSU Foundation Board approves the guidelines for a grant program that will help students through extra funding and expansion of beneficial projects. $47,000 was available for distribution.

10 Years Ago

SVSU celebrates the grand opening of the library 4th floor’s Roberta R. Allen Reading Room. The $12 million dollar project was a part of the university’s 40th anniversary festivities.

5 Years Ago

Student Association’s fundraising goal for the Battle of the Valleys week was set at $40,000. All of the money was donated to Habitat for Humanity.

As Student Association president, Kosaski has aimed to make SA something that is almost a hybrid between a student government group and a social group. Kosaski believes that student involvement is important to having a successful college career. “You need to find something that makes this place feel like home,” he said. Freshmen, transfer students and commuters are the main targets for getting awareness and involvement up. Kosaski believes that increasing student involvement is important in increasing the retention rate. Freshman, transfers and commuters are the main targets for getting awareness and involvement up. “If we increase the awareness and involvement of programs and events, people will want to be here,” he said.

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Facing fire: safety tips from survivors By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-In-Chief Fires are not prejudiced, and they can happen to anyone. This is the message fire victims Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons shared Thursday. A movie was shown in Malcolm Field Theatre and the victims shared their story. On Jan. 19, 2000, 18-year-old freshmen Llanos and Simons survived a fire that killed three and severely injured 58 at Seton Hall University. Roommates at the time, the two thought it was a false fire alarm. The residential hall had prank fire alarms at least once a week, one of them being just earlier that night. What they didn’t know was

that two drunken freshmen ripped off banner paper on the third floor and lit it on fire before throwing it onto a couch in the floor’s lounge. Simons finally decided to go outside in fear of facing fines from their RA for not responding to a fire drill. However, Simons and Llanos were not educated on fire safety procedures. They opened the door without checking if the door was hot and crawled away from the nearest exit to head towards the elevator they were accustomed to taking. “At the beginning of the year, we got so much information from RAs and administration,” Llanos said. “But it went in one ear and out the other. We didn’t know our exits and headed toward the fire.” The 1,600-degree fire burned

Llanos on 56 percent of his body. He would undergo more than 30 surgeries that cost about $13 million. Simons made away with 16 percent of his body burned on his head and hands. The arsonists went to court, were found guilty and were jailed for 18 and 21 months, then released on good behavior. “Only 2 percent of arsons result in guilty verdicts with guilty pleas,” Simons said. “All evidence burns up. If there’s no incriminating evidence, it’s hard to pursue the case.” Simons and Llanos said they don’t hate the arsonists, but wish they would apologize for their actions. Simons said they have not once apologized to them or any of the families of the victims who died in the fire. SVSU Residential Life and Uni-

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versity Police sponsored the event, stressing the importance of fire safety education. Associate Director of Residential Life Greg Behe said there had been fires on campus in the past. Living Center Southwest faced a fire earlier this year, with most damages from water from the sprinklers. Living Center North also saw a fire in the mid-2000s on its first floor. “Be ready and have a plan,” Behe said. “I thought they had a strong message and were very relatable to students.” Behe gave tips to students to prevent fires such as keeping residentially prohibited items out of the room such as candles and spider lamps. He also urged students to be careful with curling, flat and clothes irons. In the event of a fire, Behe said to make sure ovens are off and windows are shut, if time permits. “Know the number of doors to the nearest exit,” Behe said. “In the event of a true fire, from the smoke, you’re probably not going to see your way out clearly.” If the fire is outside the room, students can open the window and hang a white towel or shirt so first responders know someone is in there. Simons said if the Seton Hall University residential hall had been equipped with sprinklers, it’s possible that no one would have been hurt. Following the incident, all New Jersey universities installed sprinkler systems in residential halls. All residential halls built in the last 20 years at SVSU have sprinkler systems, as well. “It made schools look at fire safety procedures,” Simons said. “That’s why we’re going around the country, sharing our story.”

Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons, victims of a fire that occured at Seton Hall University in 2000, spoke last Friday about their survival and recovery. The event featured a movie about their experiences called “After the Fire.”

Suicide Prevention Week spotlights mental health By Andrea McBride Vanguard Copy Editor Season your words with grace. That’s Riley McEntire’s biggest piece of advice to make the world better. McEntire, sociology junior, is a suicide prevention student worker in the Student Counseling Center. He said one hurtful word could change a person’s life forever, or even end it. “When they hear that word, it puts them in a place they can’t get out of for a while,” McEntire said. He said we should not only be conscious of avoiding negative comments, but also strive to keep others feeling positive. “You could be the one person who says that one thing that could put the gun in my hand or take it out,” McEntire said. With last week being National Suicide Prevention Week, McEntire pushed to get the word out about anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other disorders common in college students. As part of his job, he researches such topics daily and creates resources for students. McEntire learned that more than half of college students will experience depression or anxiety in some form before graduation. He said completing everyday tasks becomes more difficult once a student enters the college world. Students become anxious about exams and social pressures, and worry about being too involved or not being involved enough.

All that uneasiness can send them over the edge. McEntire said he never wants students to feel alone in these struggles. His biggest goal is to make sure they talk to someone they trust whenever they’re feeling overwhelmed, whether it be a close friend, resident assistant or even a front desk worker. He said students should never be afraid to take advantage of the Student Counseling Center, which is free. “You literally walk in and say ‘I need an appointment today or tomorrow,’” McEntire said. “We will help you.” He said he’s always willing to listen as well. “My personal focus is to be someone anyone can come to,” McEntire said. McEntire interns for the RSO Active Minds as part of his job. Active Minds is a national organization with a chapter at SVSU. It is dedicated to helping students feel comfortable discussing mental health and seeking help. Last week, Active Minds had an information table in front of Marketplace at Doan where students could talk about mental illnesses and pick up brochures. They will do so again at the Student Health Fair on Tuesday. Members also wrote statistics and inspirational messages with chalk around campus in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week. Cara Cole, social work senior and Active Minds co-president, said the organization’s ultimate goal is to help students not be afraid of mental health topics.

“To me, it’s reducing the stigma and fear,” Cole said. “That’s what we’re striving for.” Active Minds has some events in store, which Cole hopes will give students a sense of community. Friday, Sept. 20, in the Malcolm Field Theatre, Olympic diver Greg Louganis will speak about his own mental health issues. Thursday, Oct. 3, Active Minds is collaborating with Valley Nights to show the movie “Silver Linings Playbook.” In between showings there will be a student and faculty panel answering questions and sharing stores about mental health. To contact the Student Counseling Center, call 989-964-7078 or visit Curtiss 112.

A cappella group hopes to harmonize a new sound for on-campus music By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor A cappella music now has its own group on campus. Vocal Noise is a new RSO focused on a cappella music. Theater junior Randy Robinson and elementary education and social studies senior Sara Groth started the group this year and hold the titles of president and vice president. Auditions took place at the end of last year, and the group has 10 members. Groth said she believed SVSU could use an a cappella group. “I missed being in an a cappella group,” she said. “I was in one in high school and since we didn’t have one here at SVSU, I thought—why not start one?” Robinson and Groth were previously members of the on-campus groups Music Inspiring Change and Encore, respectively. Robinson said they wanted to take the best parts of each group and combine them into something new. “The groups we were in prior to now were more focused on community service, or dance and performance, and we wanted a group that was strictly focused on a cappella music, because there’s not one of those on campus,” he said. Vocal Noise is planning on at least four big performances this year, including a Christmas concert. Community service is a big part. “We’re going to try and do as much community service as we do fun performances,” Robinson said. “For everything we do on campus, we’re going to try to match a community service event with that.” Robinson said the group is diverse both in musical genres and fields of study. Singing styles include gospel and country, and the members are pursuing majors from biochemistry to theater. Groth and Robinson select songs and create arrangements that will best fit the group’s voices. “We find a bunch of songs and we’re like, which songs would the group like to do?” Robinson said. “Then we mash them up and come up with something cool.” Groth said she has high hopes for the success of the group. “My biggest desire is for the group to grow and become successful even after I graduate,” she said. “I’d love to be 30 years old and look at SVSU’s Vocal Noise and have it be one of the best a cappella groups in the state. Then I can say, ‘Hey, I started that group!’” Robinson is also optimistic about Vocal Noise’s success. “I hope that we grow on campus. I don’t want us to just start and then lose fans along the way,” he said. “I want us to accumulate and get bigger and bigger.” Groth said she loves being part of musical groups. “The best part for me is meeting new people who have the same passion for music as me,” she said.

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Institutional reaccredidation on track for April evaluation By Kylie Wojciechowski Vanguard Staff Writer SVSU is on target to earn reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission this academic school year. In 2004, SVSU’s institutional accreditation was reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This academic school year, in the midst of SVSU’s 50th anniversary celebration, the HLC will visit campus again for the same reason. Accreditation by the HLC ensures that a university’s programs have integrity and the progress that it claims to be making is, indeed, being made. To obtain reaccreditation from the HLC, a university must first submit a self-study. Marc Peretz, associate provost, serves as the accreditation liaison officer between SVSU and the HLC. “(This self-study) is an opportunity for us

to examine ourselves in light of the criteria set by the HLC,” Peretz said. There are five main criteria that are isolated for study in the first step of the reaccreditation process. These include institutional mission; institutional integrity and ethical/responsible conduct; the quality of and support for teaching and learning; institutional efforts to continually evaluate and improve teaching and learning; and institutional resources and planning. Deliberation for this self-study began in April 2010 and involved more than 65 faculty members. The study is being finalized and will be submitted to the HLC by the first week of February. When two senior staff members of the HLC visited SVSU in the fall of 2012, they publicly noted that SVSU was well ahead of schedule in the self-study process as compared with other schools in their accreditation region. The accreditation region of the HLC is one of the largest in the county; it includes 1,100 schools in 19 states.

After the self-study is submitted, a team of ten HLC staff, headed by the president of another institution, will come to SVSU for the second step of the process, an on-site evaluation. This will take place from April 7-10, 2014. The team will verify that the claims made in the self-study are accurate and representative of SVSU. The team is known to ‘stop and chat’ with random students, faculty and staff about the criteria standards. In order to ensure the success of SVSU in this process, Peretz suggested that students be informed about what’s going on. A communications committee will soon be taking a larger role to make sure all students are aware of the HLC, what it does and the implications of its work. There are four main benefits that a university and its students receive upon earning accreditation. The first is related to transferability of credits. Without accreditation, no credits would be able to transfer to or from SVSU. The second benefit deals with the transpar-

ency of the university’s affairs. Accreditation is an external demonstration of what a university does. This ensures that anyone has access to valid information about the university freely. The third benefit of accreditation is federally-backed financial aid. Without accreditation, the 80 percent of SVSU students that rely on that aid would lose it. The fourth and final benefit refers to the assurance that students can feel about the quality of their academic programs. Accreditation guarantees that a university’s programs are current and meet professional expectations. SVSU is a mature university and has been through this process many times before. There have been almost four years of work dedicated to this reaccreditation process, which makes Peretz optimistic about the university’s future. “This institution is in very good shape. There is no reason for us to not meet the criteria (set by the HLC),” Peretz said. “But we don’t take it for granted.”

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Diversity bags of the Valley: Hate speech needs to stop

9/11 distant memories maintain racist views

By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Columnist Just like the old JFK saying, every single American remembers where they were on September 11, 2001. I was sitting in Mrs. Foguth’s fourth-grade classroom, upset because recess had been canceled due to bees. My generation views 9/11 in a completely different way than the adults who were fully aware during the actual event. But this doesn’t mean we were any less affected by the tragedy. It just makes me debate with myself over how it really changes how I live or look at life. It’s a confusing conundrum because I feel as if we are still trying to decipher what our role is in conjunction with the horrific day. I ask myself often how 9/11 truly affects me as a college student. I had no idea what was happening when the planes hit the towers because I was 9 and had zero capacity to realize the lasting effects it would have on the rest of my life. I didn’t know anyone in New York or anyone who was supposed to be on one of the planes. In fact, I couldn’t have been any more separated from the event. Yet I still feel as if that fateful day creeps into multiple aspects of my life. SVSU has a Middle Eastern community that is a significant part of the university’s diverse culture and academic progression. Unfortunately, I have overheard countless times unnecessary racist comments that make me so frustrated. No one can deny that Middle Eastern students must feel immense pressure ever since 2001, and that is unacceptable and saddening. This is only one example of how college students are truly affected by the results of 9/11. As relatively younger students, we are more susceptible to tricky propaganda and bias material. We have access to infinitely more information than we ever had when the event happened, so we like to believe that we are supplied with more truth than before. But most of our information comes from the Internet and television, both which are clearly swayed through either political or entertainment means. It is hard not to believe that we are consistently being brainwashed with all of the media being pumped into our minds every day. It is next to impossible to turn on a news station without being forced to hear some professional teleprompter reader babbling

half-truths about our involvement with the Middle East. If you include the noticeable increase in army/ marine/navy advertising and the newly invigorated destructive nature of cinema, the information being constantly fed to us is plenty destructive itself. A good example that is more so relevant to students is the subtle but meaningful change in film since 9/11. Through one simple search in Google, anyone can find a list of the films and television shows that were edited or totally canned because of the collapse of the towers. Movies like “Spiderman” and “Men in Black II” included scenes with the World Trade Centers in the background that were cut out of the final copies. Instead of commemorating a symbol of our recent past, the filmmakers decided to push it aside. Even more recently, countless action movies have depicted the complete destruction of major landmarks and cities in order to almost rally the audiences into accepting huge sacrifices in order to stay patriotic. Two movies, “White House Down” and ‘Olympus Has Fallen,” which both opened within months of each other, featured the White House being attacked and overtaken by terrorists. Neither was successful, but that doesn’t mean that every attempt to show the destruction of U.S. soil fails at the box office. Quite the contrary. “Man of Steel,” “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “24” and “Homeland” all show scenarios where graphic terrorism is displayed in a glorifying, grandiose fashion and these are some of the most successful films and shows of all time. Why does it matter if New York is totally destroyed at the end of every super hero movie or if fictional terrorism is freely shown on air? It could just be a trend for this moment in cinematic history. But I believe that all of this violent material is being used to desensitize younger audiences like myself who never really understood terrorism when it was actually happening. If all we know is the extreme violence and deception of the event, then how are we supposed to create our own honest opinions on the matter? In all honesty, 9/11 becomes more of a distant memory every year and it almost makes me feel extreme guilty to say that I probably would have forgotten about it if the television hadn’t been continuing its onslaught of yearly propaganda used to remind us of our lack of safety and terrible bias towards the Middle Eastern community. It becomes more and more difficult for my generation to connect with September 11 and the struggle doesn’t seem like it will cease anytime soon.

By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief Last week, I was a victim of a hate crime. Written on an anonymous site, using derogatory terms to describe my sexual orientation, someone created an online fixture of libel to claim that I had sexually assaulted another person. Within the day I threw a screenshot of the post online, it was removed. Any digital trace of finding the person who submitted this might just have left forever, despite efforts of reporting it to university officials. But something more powerful happened. About 50 comments from friends, fellow students and administration read this in shock. I received several texts and was stopped by many during the day to see if I was holding up OK. Although I felt perfectly OK, I really do appreciate all the support from everyone. The only thing that has been on my mind is where to go from here. This wasn’t the first my name was mentioned on this site, but I can’t tell you how many times in the past week I’ve heard somone say “That’s gay/retarded” or even the dreaded “N” word. The insensitivity lies on all levels. This same place of anonymous posts referred to the Jewish RSO Hillel as “kikes” that “should be burned alive.” Other comments include references to a person’s actions and race. Our columnist even noted Middle Eastern stereotypical comments are still made.

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Rape jokes aren’t funny. One in four women will be a victim of sexual assault in her academic career. There are positive sites out there specifically for recognizing awesome things students have seen, but they’d rather take their problems to the Internet passive aggressively without talking to this person with their problems face to face. Computers have made people lose sensitivity to issues because they believe they can say anything they want anonymously and get away with it. I, for one, will not tolerate it. As hypocritical-sounding as it is, I will not tolerate intolerance. Several people have asked this page to stop posting hate, but whoever is behind the page just tells people not to follow it. You know, “freedom of speech.” But there are legal boundaries to freedom of speech, which includes libel. Some told me to just ignore that it’s happening because it’s giving the submitter the attention they wanted me to give it. But there’s one key difference — I’m giving this physical attention and taking action, not giving it my emotional attention and taking it personally. What’s the best thing we can do about this then? It’s to be an ally. The queer student always speaking about queer issues doesn’t always reach the best audiences. But others speaking about it can get others listening. Last week, a writer talked about how Macklemore’s “Same Love” helps the gender and sexual minorities movement. People listen to people who are like them. That’s why we have student advisers and tutors, and not just people who have a degree in helping others. One fact of this incident remains. We need to create environments where discussions about diversity can happen anywhere. Tyler Bradley is a graphic design senior. Reach him at

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Letter to the Editor

The Valley Vanguard Editorial Board, June 2013

Permanent members

Meeting times

Tyler Bradley editor-in-chief Brian Hlavaty, adviser Brandy Abraham, Campus Editor Rachel Stocki, Campus Editor Landon Defever, A&E Editor Chris Oliver, Sports editor Andrea McBride, Copy editor

Editorial board meetings take place Sunday evenings during the fall and winter semesters. University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share their views with the Vanguard.

The Vanguard Vision The Vision is written by the vanguard editor-in-chief in collaboration with the newspaper’s adviser and editorial staff. Columns and Commentaries Columns and commentaries do not represent the views of the Vanguard staff. Opinions are solely those of the individual.

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University support in S.A. member’s ‘darkest hour’ Dear SVSU Community, Recently a number of you have taken note of my significant weight loss that had taken place over the summer. Through my place of employment, my service to you as a Student Association member, or by other means, I understand how many of you would notice this physical change. I wanted to publicly address this issue as I feel it is important to make you all aware of. First of all, this weight loss was by no means intentional, or for that matter good for my health. I must concede that my health is not in the best right now. In December 2005, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. While I will spare you the details of what that is, Crohn’s Disease is a medical disorder that currently has no cure. Instead the goal for doctors is to have people with Crohn’s achieve a state of remission: in other words, have the disease “hibernate” and not bother the person who has it. Over the summer, I have begun to experience some complications from the disease. One of the effects on this is the weight loss you have seen. Recently my doctor had given me a new medication to hopefully stop these issues before it gets worse. If this does not work, it is possible that I will need to undergo somewhat serious surgery and spend significant time in the hospital in order to once again achieve the remission state. Until the disease is back in remission, these problems will continue. I have learned some time ago that in one’s time of need, they turn to family to help the overcome their struggle. Fortunately for me, I have a Cardinal Family of over 10,000 people there to turn to during my darkest hour: each and every one of you. While I can’t ask of you to put your minds together and find a cure for Crohn’s Disease, there is something you can do. It is times like these that we should come together and hope that a better tomorrow is coming for me. IT IS INDEED A GREAT DAY TO BE A CARDINAL! Zachary Eick History/Political Science Senior

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From film to full-time staff: An adviser’s hidden interest By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Columnist Even the most open people sometimes have the most interesting hidden talents. Jason Schoenmeyer, associate director of Student Life, Valley Nights and Program Board, didn’t always dream of running events for SVSU. Before working for the university, he had a mission to become a history documentary filmmaker in the vein of Ken Burns. From a very early age, the passion for making films ran through Schoenmeyer even when his father wouldn’t let him use the video recording equipment until he was older. “When I was 8, the original video cameras came out,” Schoenmeyer said. “You had to lug around this huge camera everywhere you went. It was a big deal, and I begged and begged for him to let me use it. Eventually, he gave in and let us make our films.” Straight out of high school, he decided to turn to broadcasting because of his love of film. Schoenmeyer and his best friend Matt Cantu wanted to make movies, but each wanted to delve into different genres, documentaries and fictional ones, respectively. Matt was always the storyteller where Schoenmeyer was more of the technical, behind-the-scenes guy. Through sending their small films to independent film festivals around Michigan, they eventually won Best In Show at the Detroit Area Film and Video Festival for their movie short “Music Box” in 1991. Part of the prize was a six-month scholarship to attend film school at Cranbrook Art Institute. “Music Box” is about a man who had grown up his entire life in one room. Since he is devoid of experience, he has no idea how to

react when a small music box is introduced into his environment. The experience of an object from an outside world completely unknown sends him through severe mental anguish and debate. “It’s like when you suddenly become rich and then squander it all. Then they realize they’ve screwed up instead of just being happy with what you have,” Schoenmeyer said. “There was a lot

of metaphors and symbolism. We did a lot of work with cranes. It was definitely one of the most technical films I ever worked on.” Once Schoenmeyer had gotten into college, one of the first classes he took was event planning. Through a memorable professor and a window of opportunity, he quickly decided that working and creating events might be better suited for him than film. “I absolutely fell in love with it,” Schoenmeyer said. “All the same stuff that goes into film, your pre-production, production, casting, goes into planning a special event. The difference is when the event happens, it’s real. People take photos, make memories, I just love it. People in the event-planning business are always stressed beforehand, but I’m always excited.” While he is completely satisfied with his present position, he still intends on making his documentary someday. He even is interested in more modern forms of documentary shows such as the rising popularity of reality shows. “Sometimes I wonder if I would have wanted to go into reality television,” Schoenmeyer said. “What we used to do with our friends on the weekends was basically reality TV. I would have loved to be a cameraman for ‘COPS.’” Even though he may not have stuck with filmmaking as his career choice, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some sound advice for the aspiring filmmakers of SVSU. “No. 1, just practice,” Schoenmeyer said. “Even if you think you’re great, just keep practicing. You always have to want to be better. Secondly, you have to volunteer off campus. Find where people are doing independents. You can be a part of the big films. You can just go and be a grunt and network.”

Jason Schoenmeyer

Dance group FORTE to restructure, rebrand By Rachael Blaylock Vanguard Staff Writer Now under new management, the FORTE Hip Hop Dance Team is ready to give itself the ultimate makeover. Finance junior Leecia Barnes and social work junior Marquita Nolden have been involved in FORTE since they were freshmen. This year, however, they’ve stepped up to become FORTE’s new captains. For Barnes, this is the first time she’s ever been in a leadership position on the dance team. “It’s really different as captain,” she said. “I have to organize events now and find new ones to do.” Nolan was a captain in high school so she’s had some previous experience but is still passionate about her work with FORTE. “A lot of people don’t take us seriously,”

Nolan said. “Our goal is to rebrand FORTE so people know we’re not just hip hop.” Expanding their genre is one objective for these two captains, and with that, they hope to attract more dancers. “We have had 24 girls audition so far this year,” Barnes said. “But we’re interested in finding guys, too. I think there’s a stereotype that it’s just for girls, and that’s not true.” In addition to opening up to male students, they also want to extend their publicity. Nolan said that she would like to see FORTE become known campus-wide and beyond. “I want us to be more national,” she said. There is no experience required to audition. Nolan said if you have even a little rhythm, you can come. But as many ideas as these girls have, they are more than ready to hear what their dancers have to say.

“Being part of FORTE right now is like being at the climbing point of a roller coaster,” Barnes said. “We’re at the turning point and you can come and contribute new ideas.” Barnes wants students to look back in five or 10 years at FORTE and be able to point out the programs that they were responsible for starting. She is really looking for dancers who are excited to bring ideas to the table and help take FORTE to the next level. “It’s a great way to be a part of campus,” Nolan said. “You’re not just another student. You’re part of a team.” The captains are also interested in helping their dancers get community experience and stress that they need to be striving for good grades. They insist on balancing dance with an academic focus, especially with so many

freshmen coming into the organization. “This is really a one-stop shop,” Barnes said. “You can serve the community, meet people, dance and get involved with professional activities.” This semester, FORTE will perform in the Variety Show with a theme of 90s music. They also hope to perform with the marching band at a few games, but aren’t sure that will work out. Regardless of what performances they end up doing, Barnes’ goal is very clear: get the word about this great chance to be a part of a group on campus. “We want everyone to go from saying ‘who’s FORTE?’ to ‘Oh that’s FORTE!’”

Arctic Monkeys’ fifth release showcases subtle growth

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ARTIST: ARCTIC MONKEYS GENRE: INDIE-ROCK RELEASED: SEPT. 10, 2013 [U.S.] RUNNING TIME: 128 MINUTES LISTEN TO: “DO I WANNA KNOW?” “When you have sex with someone, you are having sex with everyone they have ever had sex with.” This quote has been a longstanding commonplace, recited to discourage adolescents from engaging in irresponsible sexual activity. Regardless of the saying’s truth value in the realm of human sexuality, some seed of it is very much applicable in the realm of popular music, as well as the arts in general. That’s not to say that a train of influence and inspiration is immediately evident upon a first listen to “AM,” Arctic Monkeys’ fifth studio album, but in listening closely and repeatedly, a few relatives do surface. Released on Sept. 9, “AM” has been popular with both audiences and critics alike. On Sept. 11, just two days after its release, it was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. Two days after that, it was certified gold in the United Kingdom, having sold more than 500,000 copies, outperforming 2013’s fastest-selling album Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories”’ first week of sale. Before returning to the history of popular

music’s seminal influence on contemporary pop hinted at earlier, we ought to take a closer look at this album-turned-phenomenon. “AM” can be viewed as a culmination of the four studio albums preceding it. The rich atmosphere of “AM” combines the angular riffs of “Favourite Worst Nightmare” the sludge from “Humbug,” the popiness of “Suck It and See,” as well as heavy but sparse drumming and a piano melody here and there. Over this, Turner’s lyrics explore the messy intersection of longing and libido, a theme which proved somewhat awkward at times in their exceptional debut, “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.” Their once-inexperienced hands manage to avoid pratfalls like “Oh, you don’t know nothing! / But I’ll still take you home” while delivering deft come-ons such as “Been wondering if you’re heart’s still open / And if so, I wanna know what time it shuts. / Simmer down and pucker up.” Though “AM” excels, it is not immune to criticism. That reminder comes in a section of the tune “Arabella” that quite nearly borrows the guitar and drums from the verses of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” altering and refitting them to a 4/4 time signature. The Sabbath appropriation is so obvious, so clear, that I began to question the origins of every song on the album, hearing echoes of Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Live and Let Die” in “No. 1 Party Anthem,” Kanye’s “Gorgeous” in “Knee Socks,” lines of John Cooper Clarke’s poetry in “I Wanna Be Yours.” These, of course, were mere echoes, the conclusions of an overstraining ear, exempting the John Cooper Clarke line in “I Wanna Be Yours,” borrowed from his poem of the same name. Undoubtedly, there is a wealth of new, completely original, first-rate material on “AM.” However, one reason for my paranoia beyond borrowing the “War Pigs” verse is Robin Thicke’s upcoming “Blurred Lines” lawsuit. Thicke is being sued by the family of Marvin Gaye over what appears to be Thicke’s blatant filching of the deceased Motown legend’s song catalog to advance his own musical career. Two of

Photo courtesy Thicke’s tracks in question, “Blurred Lines” and “Million Dollar Baby,” bear notable similarities to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and “Troubled Man,” respectively. Fueling my decision to give “AM” three and a half out of five stars was an awareness that they could have produced more groundbreaking material than the songs on “AM,” maybe an experimental album that could only sell half as many units, despite the group’s talent and ingenuity.

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sports Offense explodes in 59-20 win briefs FOOTBALL

By Joey Oliver

Vanguard Staff Writer

Football • Saturday, Sept. 21, @ Findlay,

12 p.m., Findlay, OH

Men’s Soccer • Friday, Sept. 20, vs. Malone, 2 p.m.,

University Center • Sunday, Sept. 22, vs. Walsh, 2 p.m., University Center


•Saturday, Sept. 21, @ GLIAC North,

South Haven •Sunday, Sept. 22, @ GLIAC North, South Haven

Women’s Soccer • Friday, Sept. 20, @ Malone, 3 p.m.,

Canton, OH • Sunday, Sept. 22, @ Walsh, 1 p.m., Troy

Women’s Tennis

•Thursday, Sept. 19, @ Ferris State,

3 p.m., Big Rapids •Friday, Sept. 20, @ Grand Valley State, 12 p.m., Grand Rapids •Saturday, Sept. 21, @ Northwood, 10 a.m., Midland

Looking to avoid an 0-2 start to the season, the football team came ready to play on Saturday. More than 8,700 fans found their way to Wickes Stadium on Saturday to watch SVSU play its home and GLIAC opener againstMaloneUniversity.Thesefanswere treated to an offensive outburst by the Cardinals, as they beat the Pioneers, 59-20. SVSU started the scoring early, showing an improved effort from a special teams unit that was much maligned in its season opening loss to Northwest Missouri State. On Malone’s first possession and first punt attempt, senior defensive back Jon Bryant blocked the kick and returned it for a touchdown. The Cards’ offense found the endzone for the first time on the night soon after when senior quarterback Jon Jennings took it in from one yard out. The score gave the Cardinals a 14-0 lead. Malone got on the board on the ensuing kickoff when their returner took the ball 100 yards for a touchdown. The Pioneers failed to execute on the PAT, making the score 14-6. SVSU then drove down the field on their next possession, capping it off with a two-yard touchdown run from senior tailback Mark Mays Jr. The end of the first quarter saw the Cards up 21-6. The second quarter brought more highlights from the Cardinals’ special teams unit as it picked up its second blocked punt of the game when redshirt freshman Alfonso Vultaggio got just a piece of the ball. SVSU made the most of the good field position when se-

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Senior tailback Norman Shuford ran the ball 18 times on Saturday for 102 yards and a score. Shuford transferred from Akron to Grand Valley State University before transferring to Saginaw Valley State for his senior season. nior Norman Shuford scored the Cards’ second rushing touchdown of the game. Shuford’s score would be the first of four Cardinal scores in the second quarter. On the next possession for SVSU’s offense, Mays Jr. broke a 43-yard run, scoring for the second time in the game. The running game from Mays Jr. and Shuford seemingly opened up the

passing lanes for Jennings as he then hit senior wideout Jeff Janis for a 37-yard score before adding another to senior Mark Thrash. Shuford finished with 102 yards on the ground while scoring once. Mays Jr. totaled 90 yards with two scores. Jennings said the threat of the run really helped open up big plays through the

air for the Cardinals’ offense. “Both the offensive line and the running backs did a great job,” he said. “When you are running the ball that well it sets up the pass and the safeties were tightening up and the downfield passes were a little easier to hit.” Jennings finished the day with 256 yards through the air to go with his three scoring tosses. He was picked off once, but also rushed for a score. Janis continued to dominate secondaries, catching three passes for 132 yards and a score. The Cards went into the locker room at halftime ahead 49-6. The second half saw both teams trade a couple of scores in each of the last two quarters. Saturday’s game was a complete 180 from the season opener for SVSU. “[I’m] very happy about [the team’s execution],” Jennings said. “We executed, we were sharp and we made plays. “All of the things we didn’t do last week.” Each unit seemed to be successful as the offense put up over 200 yards passing and rushing, the defense held the Pioneers offense to under 300 yards and the special teams unit blocked two punts. According to Jennings, focus seemed to be the key to the team’s success. “We came in with a plan and focused all week on being perfect,” he said. “Agame under our belt helped just getting the season rolling.” Ahead for the Cardinals is a road contest with the University of Findlay on Saturday, Sept. 21. Both teams are 1-1 on the year.

Women’s Volleyball

•Friday, Sept. 20, @ Northern

Michigan, 7 p.m., Marquette •Saturday, Sept. 21, @ Michigan Tech, 4 p.m., Houghton

Men & Women’s Cross Country •Friday, August 30, @ Central Michigan Invitational, Mount Pleasant

Vanguard photo | Alyssa Ellis

Senior quarterback Jonathon Jennings was 13 for 18 Saturday night for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Jennings also rushed for one touchdown.

Vanguard photo | Alyssa Ellis

Special teams improved considerably from the season-opening loss to Northwest Missouri State. The Cardinals blocked two punts in the 59-20 win.


Club hopeful for reining in more membership By Hillary Degner

Vanguard Staff Writer Not many students are aware that the Saginaw Valley Equestrian Team exists. The Equestrian Team enables students to compete, attend horse shows to support the team and gain experience. The team started in 2007 and consists of two separate teams, the hunt team and the stock team. Hunt is a more traditional form of English riding. Stock is a westcoast-based riding style in which riders guide their horse through a series of patterns called reining. Registration for the stock team was Monday, Sept. 9. Health and science senior Kaity Arthur is the president of the stock team, which consists of 32 people this year. Since not many students know about the team, Arthur hopes to spread the word and get more recognition.

“It’s very competitive. It’s not just us riding horses in a field somewhere,” Arthur said. Not everyone on the team will be a riding member. It is not necessary for students to have riding experience or own a horse, so they can join the team just to take lessons and gain horse experience. Students can join the team at any time, but only those who have already registered for the 2013-2014 season are able to compete at events. Those who join the team after registration can practice and will be able to compete during the next season. The equestrian team competes on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) circuit. The team will host a show at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Midland County Fairgrounds. The show will last most of the day. When students join the team, they pay a $30 fee to IHSA along with $50 to the Equestrian Team. Students are required to buy a $40 jacket and pay for their shows. The team also hosts fundraisers to help pay for show fees.

Arthur prefers college equestrian over high school equestrian. She said that in high school, riders use their own horses and those with the most money do the best. At the college equestrian level, the team travels to different schools to compete in shows. The host schools provide visiting teams with horses, which are drawn from a pool to ensure fair competition. “It levels the playing field more than high school equestrian,” Arthur said. Arthur has made good friends on SVSU’s team as well as teams from other schools. She said the sportsmanship is better in college. “The teams are all friends instead of bitter rivals,” Arthur said. Arthur encourages students to come out and support the team at its October show. “If people actually saw what we did, they would understand it more,” Arthur said. To be informed about the team’s weekly meetings, email


Offense shines in game honoring Dr. Braddock By Joey Oliver

Vanguard Staff Writer

The men’s soccer team turned in a great weekend performance, going 2-0. Sunday’s game against Marygrove was a shootout victory for the Cardinals, winning 7-3. It was also a special day for the team as it honored Bob Braddock, whom their field is named for. Braddock essentially created SVSU’s soccer program, creating the club team and coaching for 15 years until it was made into an intercollegiate program. Marygrove struck first, but SVSU answered quickly by scoring a pair of goals a minute apart from Savage and Michael Lamb.

Head coach Cale Wasserman said that his team came out a little slow, but he liked how they handled the adversity. “It was a special day for us dedicating the field to Dr. Bob Braddock, the man who founded the soccer program,” he said. “We talked about it in pregame about how meaningful of a game it was for us. “I think after the ceremony the guys may have lost a little energy, but the guys responded when we got down.” The scoring frenzy continued throughout the first half of the match as the Cards put the ball in the back of the net three more times thanks to Jordan Calk, Reaume and Salid Balarabe. SVSU kept the pressure on Marygrove early on in the second half when Craig Neal extended their lead to five. Marygrove retali-

ated with two goals of their own before Morley Burns scored via penalty kick to give SVSU seven goals on the year. Wasserman credited his team’s aggressiveness in defeating a tough Marygrove team. “It was a high tempo game and Marygrove was trying to pressure us,” he said. “They are a very aggressive team and they’re trying to score themselves and we were able to counter that. “We took advantage of our goals has got to be the most goals that we’ve had since I’ve been here” On Friday, SVSU defeated Lake Erie 3-0. The match was the Cardinals’ first win of the season. The Cards will be home for their next two matches, with contests against Malone and Walsh.

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Club team looks ahead toward rival Calvin By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor Following a year spent rebuilding with younger talent, the men’s rugby club has come back and started the 2013 season with a bang. Saturday, the men’s rugby club won 81-28 over a combination team made up of Oakland University and Eastern Michigan University players. SVSU scored 10 times in the first half to ride to victory, pushing the team’s record to 2-0 on the season. For team captain and senior elementary education major Daniel Mattar, it was exciting to watch his rebuilt squad in action. “Last year was a rebuilding year for us, and we still have quite a few young guys on the team,” Mattar said. “But I think we have enough chemistry on this team to do well throughout the season. “We’re not there yet, but we’re definitely getting there.” Mattar said his team dominated in all aspects Saturday with standout performances from Evan Willman, Joseph Marion and Eric Klenow. “Eric (Klenow) was especially good out there,” Mattar said. “He’s really improved and done a lot of work to get better and I’m looking forward to see what he can do as the season goes on.” Mattar said one of the key components of his team’s success this season will be the amount of

work it has put in along with the preparation and chemistry the players have. “Off the field, the guys have been great in taking care of the little things like club dues and paperwork,” Mattar said. “On the field, this is probably one of the best teams I’ve played with. “They’ve worked hard to get here and we have high expectations going into our next game with Calvin College.” Calvin College has been a problem for SVSU in the past, consistently beating the men’s rugby team the last few years. “Calvin College will be a real test for this team next week,” Mattar said. “They’ve traditionally beaten us, even when we’ve crushed other competition, and we’re playing on the road.” Mattar also encouraged any and all interested in playing to come out and join the team. “We are always looking for new members,” he said. “Those interested in joining can either contact me or come out to one of our practices.” Practices are held Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on the IM field. “There’s no experience necessary to join,” Mattar said. “Just come out, have fun and, hopefully, you’ll like it.” The men’s rugby club will travel to Calvin College for its next game on Saturday, Sept. 21. Students interested in joining the team can reach Mattar at

Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver

The Cardinals club rugby team completely dominated Saturday, scoring ten times in the first half to secure victory. Originally, Wayne State was supposed to play, but backed out.

Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver

Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver

Team captain Daniel Mattar said that he is looking forward to the game at Calvin College. Calvin has had SVSU’s number, even when the Cardinals have dominated other teams.

Students interested in joining the men’s rugby club are encouraged to come to practices as there is no size requirement and no experience necessary, according to team captain Daniel Mattar.


Roadtrip, weekend sweep building chemistry By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor

After dropping the first four of the season, the women’s tennis team was back out in search of its first win last weekend. Saturday, the Lady Cardinals managed to put one in the win column for the first time, beating Malone by a score of 9-0 before putting together another winning performance at Lake Erie, winning 9-0. According to head coach Jenn Boehm, the weekend went as expected. “We knew going into Walsh that they had improved considerably as a team,” Boehm said. “I think we competed well and almost took one double against plus we had some great singles matches.” The Lady Cardinals managed much better against Malone and Lake Erie. “Both Malone and Lake Erie were not as strong as Walsh, but we knew we had to take care of business in order to get the wins,”

Boehm said. “It was a great team effort and a great confidence booster for us overall.” One of the highlights so far for the Lady Cardinals has been the arrival and performance for freshman Izabella Ismailova, who has gone 5-1 overall with her only loss being in her first match. “It’s exciting to see her come out as a freshmen ready to play and performing the way she has been,” Boehm said. Along with Ismailova’s performances so far, Boehm noted that this weekend brought two first wins for two girls. Both sophomore Hannah Wittock and senior Laurene Majani picked up their first victories as Cardinals. One of the tough factors for the 2013 season has been the frequent travel for the Lady Cardinals. Following the opening weekend, in which SVSU played at home, the women’s team will not play at home again until Oct. 5. While traveling is often tough on teams, Boehm said it has been a positive experience for her team. “It has really been a bonding experience for our team,” she said. “This team hasn’t had a ton of time off the court to get to know each other and this has really helped our team chemistry as a whole.

“It’s been fun so far and this is a fun group.” Going forward, Boehm said the expectation is to continue to improve as a team and improve in its doubles play. “We’ve had great performances at different times from our girls, but we really need to put it all together at once,” Boehm said. “We’ve switched up our doubles teams and are planning for better matchups in the future. “But overall we need the whole team to perform well to compete in this conference.” Boehm noted the next three weeks as being critical for the rest of the season. “We get Ferris (State) on the road, which will be a very tough matchup,” Boehm said. “We feel good about it and know if we perform to our potential we will do well.” Following Ferris, the Lady Cardinals will travel to Grand Valley State University, then Northwood University. The women’s tennis team will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Ferris State.


Upperclassmen helping team to five straight wins By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor Following a season opener at the Ferris State Bulldog Classic in which the Lady Cardinals went 1-3, the volleyball team was at it again, winning four straight at the Urbana Invitational in Urbana, Ohio. Saturday, the Lady Cardinals beat both Urbana and Bellarmine by scores of 3-0 and 3-2, respectively. Friday, SVSU came out on top against St. Joseph’s (Ind.) and Lake Erie by scores of 3-1. “We had ourselves a good weekend and I’m quite happy with the results,” said head coach Will Stanton. “We let some individual games slip and we had to put together a nice comeback on Saturday to come out on top, but, overall, we’re happy.” The Lady Cardinals have now won five straight. According to Stanton, the winning streak shows signs of a team finding its stride. “I think overall, we’re still finding ourselves

a bit,” Stanton said. “We’re strong in most skill areas but sometimes we have trouble putting the ball away and getting the kill. “If we can learn to consistently get the kill, some of the errors and mistakes we make in other areas, won’t be so important.” Stanton added that a large component of competing in the GLIAC will be the leadership of the upperclassmen and the maturity of the freshmen going forward. “We’re still growing and learning,” Stanton said. “We have some freshmen who are coming up and it will be a big step for us when we can initiate them into what it is like to play in the conference.” The Lady Cardinals have managed a 5-3 record so far this season, all while competing on the road. Stanton said the girls haven’t been affected by playing on the road and look forward to coming back and playing in front of a home crowd. “We’ve spent the entire month of September

and our entire season so far traveling, so I don’t really think the girls know any different,” he said. “We weren’t lucky enough to be spoiled with some early home games, but it is good to get out there and prepare for the conference with road trips. “We can’t wait to get home, and I hope we play better at home.” Stanton said a number of players stood out this weekend, including junior Kelsey Ferla who returns to the team after suffering an ACL injury in 2012. “Kelsey (Ferla) has been a great addition to the team following her performance last season,” Stanton said. “She’s a great player and an emotional leader for our team.” Stanton added that some of the more inexperienced freshmen on the team have shown to be valuable additions as well as some of the upperclassmen who have moved from one position to another. The Lady Cardinals will take to the road again,

playing at Northern Michigan on Friday, Sept. 20 before playing at Michigan Tech on Saturday, Sept. 21.

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