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State Rep. Charles Brunner of Bay County attended an early childhood education and development forum hosted by the College Democrats last Tuesday.

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MODE, a band comprised of four current and former SVSU students, will have a release party for its first EP at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at White’s Bar in Saginaw.

Inside A8 The Cardinals football team kept the Axe Bowl trophy in Saginaw, defeating Northwood by a score of 28-20 for the second year in a row.

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Bay City unleashes Hell

Annual film and music festival featured local acts and big-name celebrities

Professors share wisdom with potential grad students By Marlin Jenkins Vanguard Staff Writer

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From left, actor Rider Strong, producer Alexandra Barreto and director Chris Levitus from the film “Walter Don’t Dance” at Hell’s Half Mile. By Glenn Schroeder Vanguard Staff Writer The spark that is Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival set the town ablaze in the flames of creativity. The festival, done through a partnership with the Bay Arts Council and run entirely by volunteers, took place this past Thursday through Sunday. The film “Missed Connections”opened the festival in the State Theatre after the opening night party.

In this comedy, Kenny Stevenson plays Neal, a down-on-his-luck customer service employee who recently saw his best friend cheating with his girlfriend. All goes amuck when Neal explodes on a customer at his work and quits his job. But two of his friends come to his rescue with a plan to use the Internet to essentially mislead women into sleeping with him. The plan works until he encounters a woman who is tough to crack. This film, which drew potentially the largest crowd of the festival, had the audience splitting at the seams

with its crazy and sometimes raunchy humor. After the film, viewers were treated to a questionand-answer session with Stevenson; his wife Dorrien Davies, who plays the female protagonist opposite of Neal; director Eric Kissack and producer Lisa Rudin. In addition to feature-length independent films, the festival also featured three shorts programs. Two showcased films from current filmmakers and the other

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Cardinal Closet opens door to donations Drug take back By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Staff Writer Any student looking for clothes including suits, ties, dresses, belts, polos, all in a variety of styles and sizes, need not look any further. The Saginaw Valley Student Pantry will unveil the Cardinal Closet from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Wedge Lounges, where a variety of attire will be given away for free. Social work junior Cara Cole has been attached to the project from the beginning. At the end of her freshman year, her sociology professor, Brian Thomas, made her aware of a grant to start a food pantry. Cole agreed to head the project, which eventually switched from a focus on food to clothing. When the Cardinal Closet opens up to the public, she hopes students will support the Saginaw Valley Student Pantry’s beginning efforts. “Our grand opening is like a TV pilot,” Cole said. “We’re going to put it out there and hope people are receptive to it so we do this more.” Even though their inventory is steadily growing, they are always looking for more contributions. “We want to evolve to fit the needs of the students,” Cole said. “Right now it’s clothing, but there are definitely needs out there that we don’t know of that exist.” Thomas, adviser to the project, agreed that the program needs to format itself to the needs of the in-

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dividual student. He sympathizes with the struggles of low-income students because of the immense pressure bestowed on them financially and socially. “Being a student is hard,” Thomas said. “In terms of time, energy, constantly going through a balance of sleep and class, the juggling act is a part of life. Everything is expensive. That is why the Cardinal Closet can be helpful.” Cole is not the only student volunteering her time. Political science sophomore, Samantha Jackson and computer science junior Tyler Kosaski have worked hard to get the pantry up and running. Kosaski understands the problems college students face with the purchase of clothing. “I was with a friend at Goodwill, and we walk in to look at sweaters,” Kosaski said. “My friend finds a nice SVSU sweater and didn’t know if he should spend the four dollars on it. It’s sad to see that.” Cole is confident in her coworker’s abilities and professionalism. “We are very dedicated and involved on campus already,” Cole said. “They already are giving back to the community.” Jackson wants students not to feel embarrassed when stopping by the Cardinal Closet on Thursday. “We just hope students are comfortable asking for our services,”


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By Rachel Stocki Vanguard staff Writer Peer Health Education and University Police have teamed up to reduce the potentially harmful effects of hanging on to old prescription drugs. They participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event to raise awareness for the drug disposal program already on campus. Students, faculty and staff were able to safely dispose of old prescription drugs, dropping them off at University Police with no questions asked. This is the first year SVSU has participated in National Take Back Day. The last National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was on April 28, 2012. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration of the U.S. Department of Justice, 552,161 pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off at locations across the country on that date. Dump Your Drugs is a program already run by University Police that operates 24/7. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications can be deposited at any time in the drop box at University Police. According to the Federal Drug Administration, the proper disposal of prescription drugs should be handled carefully. The methods of disposal for different types of drugs vary greatly, from flushing them to simply throwing the drugs away. However, to ensure the drugs are properly discarded, taking them to a safe drop-off location is the preferred method. Peer Health Educators recommend that the drugs should be brought to the drop-off location in their original container to avoid any confusion as to the identity of the drug. Sara Martinez, assistant director of the Student Counseling Center, said the proper disposal of prescription drugs is imperative for a variety of reasons.


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According to a faculty panel last Friday, students considering graduate school should be selfaware, have a strong sense of work ethic and be willing to seek out mentorship. The panel took place in the Ott Auditorium and discussed options for post-graduate education, as well as the steps students need to take if they plan on pursuing a graduate degree. The panel consisted of six SVSU faculty members, including Jenna Briggs (director of graduate admissions), Andrew Chubb (chemistry), Joe Jaksa (criminal justice) Robert Lane (political science), Edward Jones (social work) and Ava Lewis (nursing). The event was sponsored by the Organization of Black Unity (OBU). OBU has hosted similar panels in the past, but never one focused on applying to graduate programs. “We felt that this is a topic that everyone here will be able to relate to at some point,” said Keith Thomas, pre-med student and president of OBU. Thomas’ goals for the event were to help students decide if graduate school is right for them and for students planning on graduate school to get “a head start in the application process.” “It’s a tricky enough process,” said Kenneth Jolly, OBU adviser. Jolly explained that many SVSU students are first-generation students who do not have family members to guide them due to lack of personal experience. “We have an obligation to provide that instruction,” he said. Lane, SVSU’s pre-law adviser, explained the ways he assists students planning to pursue a law degree. “I see my role comprised of three things: helping students clarify why they want to go to law school, educating students about what they’re getting into and the third is helping them get there,” he said. The panel stressed the importance of self-honesty, putting in hard work and getting help with the process. “The most important thing you need to know … is yourself,” said Lane, who moderated the discussion and assisted in answering student questions.“If you’re going to be successful in any graduate program, you need to have a high sense of self-awareness.” Both Lane and Jolly stated that graduate studies should not just be for a job or because a student does not have other options. “You’re here for something more than that,” Lane said. “Every one of these graduate programs is a means to an end.” Briggs said that students should find a mentor and begin preparing early. In choosing a graduate program, Jolly explained the importance of addressing pragmatic concerns such as geography, application costs and setting realistic goals based on student qualifications. He stated the importance of applying to multiple programs to help ensure options, and to identify personal goals to evaluate potential programs. “What do you want to do? That’s the bottom line,” Jaksa said.



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Bomb Threat At 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, a resident assistant from Pine Grove called campus police because there was a milk jug at the door of the community center in Pine Grove. It had aluminum foil in it and liquid and appeared to be a bomb so the Bomb Squad was called. They used a robot to test the jug and it was rendered safe and was not a bomb. Tresspass Letter • At 12 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, an officer was on bike patrol and spotted a 25-year-old male, non-student urinating in J-2 parking lot. Fight • At 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, a student called 911 because a fight was happening in the Townhomes and the person believed a knife was involved. When officers arrived all of the people involved were intoxicated. The fight originated between a group of three males against a group of five males. No one was fighting when the officers arrived. Officers discovered that a 22-year-old former male student may have had a knife, however, it is still under investigation and no one was stabbed directly. The male was taken to jail, but has since been released. There were four victims from the fight: a 20, 22, and 23-year-old male student, and a 22-yearold male from CMU. The 23-year-old was taken to the hospital after the fight. The fight may been caused by racial tension. Saginaw County Sheriff Department, Michigan State Police and SVSU police were involved and the case is under investigation.

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CLOSET continued from A1 Jackson said. “This is private. We’re not going to ask why they need the clothes. You’re welcome to look and take whatever you need.” Cole also wants people to come by freely and without hesitation.

TAKE BACK continued from A1 Improper disposal of some prescription drugs can have an adverse effect on the environment. “If you flush your prescriptions or you put them in the trash, it goes right into our soil or into the environment,” Martinez said. PHE and University Police are also hoping that providing an op-

“One of our concerns is the stigma surrounding receiving something for free,” Cole said. “We don’t want students to be afraid of coming to us for resources, we want there to be a positive light on what we’re doing.” Kosaski feels as if the clothes obtained from the Cardinal Closet can build student’s confidence in going out into a real-life setting. “The students here are about to make their debut in the working

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world,” he said. “That first impression is very important.” Thomas has been happy with the donations already received and is hopefully for even more helpful contributions in the future. Donations can be turned into the adjunct faculty office in 2nd floor Science West or can be turned in at the grand opening of the Cardinal Closet.

portunity to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs will reduce the temptation to use them illegally. “It’s illegal to hand out your prescription drugs to someone else,” Martinez said. “We know it happens, and this is just a way to encourage not doing that.” Improper disposal of drugs also creates the potential of someone finding the drug in the trash and overdosing or having an adverse reaction. Biology sophomore Justine


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LaPlant said that improperly used prescription drugs can cause many problems. “Not only are prescription drugs dangerous when taken irresponsibly, expired medications are unpredictable and can be harmful to a person’s health, whether they are prescribed or not,” she said. LaPlant said she had been aware that SVSU had a drug disposal program, and that she believes it is an important service to offer. Martinez stressed that the Uni-

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versity Police drop-off location is convenient for people around campus. “What’s nice about it is they’ll dispose of it, and you don’t even have to worry about it,” Martinez said. “Try finding time to get rid of that or look at the bottle. Just drop it off.”

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Solutions for Saginaw’s urban sprawl By Tyler Bradley Vanguard A&E Editor While Saginaw has grown outward, the population has decreased since 1960, reaching a low of 51,000 citizens in 2010. According to last week’s Dow Visiting Scholar series speaker, journalist Catherine Tumber, smaller industrial cities such as Saginaw have been in a decline because of a falling industrialization market, a lack of urban agriculture and sprawling into the cities suburbs. As a journalist, Tumber has seen the impact this has had on the use of green initiatives, urban agriculture and hackerspaces to help reduce the sprawl and declining population. She visited seven classes while at SVSU. She said she was impressed with the level of civic engagement from students in the classes. Mayor of Saginaw, Greg Branch, and former Lt. Gov. of Michigan, John Cherry, attended her lecture. In her presentation, Tumber used photos to illustrate the impact industrialization in small cities such as Springfield, Mass.

“No one is talking about these issues,” Tumber said. “We have to address this.” She blames a lot of the sprawl on the urban freeway movement. With shorter times to get to places, people felt the need

to move out of town. Subsidies were offered to small cities for highway development. This led to the demolishing of poor neighborhoods to install freeways, which occurred in areas such as Cincin-

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At last week’s Dow Visiting Scholar lecture, journalist Catherine Tumber spoke on Saginaw’s urban sprawl and how the city can use green initiatives and remodeled space to their advantage.

Early ed forum emphasizes need for experienced educators By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor The cost and importance of early childhood education were topics of choice Tuesday night. The College Democrats organized an early childhood education and development forum. The event brought in members from the community, including a mother who has used early childhood education programs before, educators from the community and a representative from the Michigan House of Representative’s 96th district, Charles Brunner. The forum allowed participants to focus on early childhood education programs, particularly the importance of education aimed at children from birth to kindergarten. “The College Democrats and myself are focusing a lot on education, so we wanted to put something together that gave people information about the importance of early education,” said political science senior Trent Varva. “We really just wanted to focus on public education,” he said. Varva, who has children of his own, has benefited from state programs that members of the forum spoke on. “So many people don’t know about a lot of the public programs available to them having to do with early childhood education,” he said. Debbie Lively, SVSU professor, gave a presentation about the importance of early childhood development and the funding required. She said she was concerned about the recent budget cuts on the federal and state levels cutting into the funding for public education. Brunner referenced his career as a teacher.

He was concerned with the recent budget cuts and said as a member of the Legislature, it was up to him to change things. “It’s my job to fix this,” Brunner said. “We need to change the attitude in Lansing about education.” Amy Schlegel, a Saginaw Township parent, spoke on how to be a better parent concerning her son, who was diagnosed with autism. She described the challenges of raising her son and the success she has had utilizing public programs. “Amy’s story, I think, really drew people in,” Varva said. “I mean, she told everyone what it was like raising a disabled child and for most of the people in attendance, I think it really reached out and touched them.” Schlegel mentioned the costs involved with specialized care. In visiting the Beaumont Hospital’s Hands-On Parent Education (HOPE) Center, Schlegel said not counting the traveling expenses, the cost of the program exceeded $10,000. “Not only did I not realize the importance of early childhood education, I didn’t know about the costs involved,” said Kirsten Perry, political science senior. “In learning as much as we did tonight, I now know that early education is definitely something that needs to be more of a priority for the government.” Schlegel said she believed in the importance of educators who specialize in special education, in particular, Saginaw Township special education teacher Kelly Kiss who also spoke at the forum. Kiss described the everyday process of dealing with disabled children and doing it with a small budget and limited human resources. With 12 students, Kiss said she only has herself and one assistant.

nati’s west end, a historically black neighborhood. “It displaced the urban fabric,” Tumber said. She argued that freeways ruined aesthetics in many areas such as Albany, N.Y. where the freeway runs in front of the state Capitol. “It’s not very inviting,” she said. Sociology professor Brian Thomas believes the sprawl left poor citizens to stay within the city limits. “(These people) haven’t had the resources to leave the city,” Thomas said. While these cities may be in a decline, Tumber offered ideas to help. She suggested green initiatives. Cities could utilize items such as windmill turbines, solar power and weathering material. She also recommended that cities become a more localized agriculture community. Instead of shipping and importing goods from outside communities, she suggested they should utilize the lands they have to support their own market. She also suggested retooling old structures instead of constructing new facilities. Small industrial cities like Buffalo, N.Y. have remained at

the same population after industrialization, but now have three times the amount in infrastructure costs. “It’s fiscally disastrous,” she said. While a new facility could cost $35,000, redeveloping brownfield land can have expenses as low as $5,700, according to Tumber. Students agree, this makes sense. “You can’t just tear up concrete and make it back into farmland, after all,” said Audrey Warner, mechanical engineering freshman. Besides creating low-cost facilities, Tumber suggested cities can turn some of these buildings into hackerspaces, where community members can collaborate and share ideas. Thomas is unsure of how much her solutions can contribute to cities such as Saginaw. “It’s not as if we can innovate our way out of problems,” he said. While he is undecided on how much it can benefit the community, Thomas said there is no single solution that can redevelop all small industrial cities.

Cartoon Club explodes onto campus scene with new, animated ideas By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor With big goals, the SVSU Cartoon Club is looking for new members who are willing to “just dive in and participate,” according to founding member Kelsey Mehl. Mehl, a graphic design junior, teamed up with SVSU graphic design adjunct professor Daniel Mire to create the Cartoon Club in late September. Mehl said that the group is looking for members of all ages. “We love 5 year olds to 60 year olds — they just have to be able to have fun,” she said. The group consists of 12 members and is willing to accept any interested students, regardless of their skill level. “Our goal is just to do something together as artists,” she said. They also hope to promote their group work on a YouTube channel once they have something “solid.” “A lot of what we have now is the draft work,” Mire said. The group project will be about food. “We didn’t want to be too political or religious, and we felt that everyone could relate to food,” Mehl said. With meetings held off campus, both Mehl and Mire said they are now trying to find a space on campus to hold weekly meetings. Mehl said that she knows that creative students often are on their own, and she and Mire wanted to create a group so students can share ideas. “I know it’s not easy to make friends and get creative people to work together,” she said. The group chose to work with cartoons, because according to Mire, that is what is most sellable. He mentioned that the Disney Corp. always is looking

for new ideas. Working with 2-D, hand-drawn sketches and claymation, members practice during group meetings how to set up motions and work with models. They are encouraged to participate in the group project, but members also have time to work on individual projects. “We work mostly with 2-D,” Mire said. “It is the opposite of Pixar, really a flattened Pixar, like you hit it with a hammer.” A goal of the group was to get people together and provide an outlet about how to get work online or published. “I hope it is a goal of every artist to see their work out there for others to see,” Mire said. Mehl said that all students have to do is have fun and be creative. “The key is to be ready for the silliness and have new, interesting ideas,” she said. Mehl said that at SVSU, students are pushed to create more and more and the “fun” is taken out of their art. “The art community can be a little serious at times,” she said, “and we can be a break from that.” Mire said that as an adjunct professor, he noticed that there isn’t a flash animation class offered at SVSU. “I know students want to learn this stuff,” Mire said. Mire said that if a student comes to the group with something they’re interested in, then they will help them with it. In previous meetings, the group has looked at walk cycles, speech animation, staging explosions and title sequences. For more information about meeting times, contact Mehl at

Campus police lost & found keeps items safe and secure By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Staff Writer Students don’t want to be lost when searching for the lost and found on campus. When possessions get misplaced or forgotten, they may not realize there is somewhere they can go to find them. Located at the police station in back with the property evidence, the lost and found is kept aside, safe for the owners to retrieve possessions. Police dispatcher, Andretta Smith wants students to trust campus police with holding onto the lost items. “We keep a log update with found property,” Smith said. “We’re open 24 hours a day and we hold the items for 90 days.” Even though lost property is a serious matter, Smith has seen various oddities come through the system. “We take everything,” she said. “One time someone brought in a coffee cup with coffee still in it. Another brought a lunch bag with the lunch still in it.” Items that are found without an owner can be brought in at every building, all the person needs to do is give the item to a front desk worker and it will be transferred to the proper lost and found from that point. “We do prefer that people bring it (to the police station) right away,” Smith said. “The things might not get back to us for three weeks.” A good portion of students do not even realize that there is a lost and found on campus, let alone where it is. Secondary education senior, Leanne Hilkowski has been an SVSU student for more than four years and never knew it was stationed at the police department. She thinks that the lost and found should be more towards the center of campus instead of on the outskirts in the police station. “It should be in Wickes,” Hilkowski said. “Because that is where all of the offices are, students are there already.” There is the possibility that the lost property is never recovered and in that situation the items are put to good use instead of collecting dust. “We hold a silent auction, a bike auction and if it’s not of any value, we dispose of it,” Smith said. Biology senior, Bethany Smith feels as if students who finds the items should obtain them if they are not picked up. “The person who turned it in should get it after a certain amount of time,” she said. “That’s only fair.” “It’ll pay to be a good citizen,” Hilkowski agreed. The most common item lost are keys and flash drives left in computers after the owners leave computer labs. If the flash drives are not recovered, their memory is wiped and they are used for police business. “We have a whole box of lost keys,” Smith said. “For the flash drives, we plug it into the computer to try and find the owner that way.” The lost in found is a simple solution to a growing problem of misplaced property. With the right motivation and awareness, most of the items can be placed back into their owner’s hands.

Campus groups raise awareness of domestic violence By Katelyn Davis Vanguard Staff Writer

SVSU students Amanda Helton and Chelsea Hummel are being active in October as they team up to address domestic violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Peer Health Education Sexual Assault Committee and Living Proud, an LGBTQ RSO at SVSU, provides information to students, faculty, and staff by publicizing posters around campus and providing informational brochures on domestic abuse. “It is essential to give and bring awareness of domestic violence to the SVSU community because this violence is not unusual. It happens just as much within the LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisex-

ual Transgender Queer) community, if not more, than other forms of relationship abuse,” said Hummel, Peer Health Educator and Sexual Violence Committee Chair at SVSU. According to the Center for American Progress website americanprogress. org, “Research indicates that domestic violence among same-sex couples occurs at similar rates as domestic violence among straight couples.” The website says one out of four to one out of three same-sex relationships is victimized by domestic violence. One in every four heterosexual women experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Helton, LGBT Resources student coordinator, said the most important reason to address domestic violence in LGBTQ associations is to overcome the labels and falsehoods about LGBTQ re-

lationships. “There are a variety of myths out there that make it seem that there is no abuse in same sex partnerships or that people in same sex partnerships ask for it or that they have the ability to leave abusive partnerships at anytime,” Helton said. “This is not true. Often individuals in same-sex partnerships do not have a stable support system to fall back on as friends or family may not have been supportive of their sexual orientation or partnership with someone of the same sex.” As said by the Center for American Progress website, gay victims of violence are similar to those of straight victims. They experience a pattern of abuse as physical, emotional and psychological where physical and sexual abuse takes place simultaneously. Race,

ethnicity and social class are not factors of domestic violence. “But domestic violence in samesex relationships is distinctive in many ways from domestic violence in heterosexual relationships,” the website stated. One difference is “gay or lesbian batterers (may) threaten ‘outing’ their victims to work colleagues, family, and friends. This threat is amplified by the sense of extreme isolation among gay and lesbian victims.” Living Proud and Speaking Out Loud member volunteers will provide information on domestic violence awareness outside the Zanhow Library from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, to Thursday Oct. 11. states abuse victims in gay relationships often do not receive the help they need.

“This is due to the lack of legal recognition of same-sex relationships, law enforcement’s failure to identity and properly handle domestic violence cases involving people of the same sex, and the shortage of resources available to victims of same-sex partner domestic abuse.” Helton said during domestic violence awareness, the LGBTQ community can turn to the campus and community for safety. “Awareness in general, needs to be brought to the attention of students, faculty, and staff; if provided it shows the LGBTQ community that we are offering a support system to them,” Hummel said. For more information or for help, contact Helton at or visit the Peer Health Education Office located at Curtiss Hall 112.

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Beyond the Valley Tips for staying sane during midterm season

By Gerhardt Schuette


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othing is scarier than lining up your class schedules and coming to the realization that you have two papers, three exams and more than 500 pages of reading due in the next two weeks. It’s the midterm workload, and if you aren’t ready for it, it will crush you. It’s been more than a month since the start of the fall semester, and if your classes are anything like mine, you are going to be spending a large amount of time studying for exams, writing papers, and completing assigned reading for your classes. It may not be exactly how you were looking forward to spending the next few weekends, but the consequences for not taking it seriously can destroy your GPA in seconds. So how do you accomplish this massive workload and maintain your personal sanity? Whether this is your first trip around the block or this is a returning frustration for you, a few simple practices can make it a whole lot easier. One practice I’ve picked up is keeping a planner within my backpack and posted on the wall in my dorm room with the next two to three weeks of class posted along with it. It should be posted somewhere you’ll be forced to see it when you’re being unproductive. Putting it above your television or on the

back part of your computer desk can help put you back on track when you find yourself on Reddit or StumbleUpon and a paper is due in two days. Cross out or erase items on the wall planner as you complete them. As long as words are visible on the planner, they should catch your inadvertent glance and compel you to think about them more as the due date approaches. Forgetting the reading or assignment should never be a problem again. Make an attempt to complete all readings or worksheets up to a week before the class you have to read them for. If you do that, your exams and papers can be your sole focus in the days before they are due. While it can be difficult at times to keep up with this, it offers you some comfort in knowing that I am free to take a day or two off from homework and not have to worry about falling behind. Another great habit to get into is learning to ask for help from others. The university offers many great tools to help students study. Tutoring centers exist for nearly every discipline at SVSU, and they have a wide range of hours that every student schedule, no matter how crammed, should be accommodated if they need the assistance. Do not be afraid to turn to your friends or to ask your classmates if they are interested in setting up a study group. Not only will you benefit from the knowledge they have but also you will be able to help them with any areas they are having difficulties. If you’re in an RSO on campus, ask your fellow group members if they have taken any of the classes you’re currently in before. They’ll be able to help you prepare for the actual content of the exam itself and offer you advice on how to write a paper that will

meet the grading criteria you professor has set for the class. For those who struggle with writing papers or those who would like a second opinion before turning in their work, it’s always good to remember that the SVSU Writing Center (located on the third floor of the Zahnow Library) is always willing to look over a rough draft or final edit of a paper. Just make sure to set up an appointment ahead of time in case there’s a line. You can easily turn a C paper into an A just by following the advice you receive. Stop by your teacher’s office during office hours. Most professors are more than willing to help you with any concerns you may have, and many are willing to look over papers or study guides to make sure you are on the right track. What it largely boils down to is utilizing your resources in the most effective way possible. There is no reason to try and tackle a colossal workload by yourself when there are so many people willing to offer a helping hand. Finally, if you do make these changes and find your study habits and grades are improving, make sure you aren’t cramming to the point you can’t enjoy the extra free time this should create. Take a moment away from studying to hang with friends and reduce your stress level. Head down to the Ryder center for a swim or join an RSO that you may not have had time for before. You’ve definitely earned it.


Vanguard Vision October events help build strong arts community


his week, for the second year in a row, the Vanguard featured front-page coverage of Hell’s Half Mile, an annual film and music festival held over a four-day span in Bay City. According to HHM’s website, the festival is “more than an event for those who simply appreciate film and music. It’s a grassroots effort to develop a community that participates in the arts.” While developing this community may be important for Bay City, it’s relevant to SVSU as well; and while some students may have made the short trip to view some of the films or listen to bands featured at HHM, they don’t even have to go that far to immerse themselves in the arts. This weeks marks the beginning of a series of artistic events taking place on campus these next few weeks, including the Cardinal Sins Fall Poetry Slam on Thursday, the theatre department’s production of Edward Albee’s classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” on Wednesday through Sunday, and preparation for the National Day on Writing next Thursday. The Vanguard plans to feature prominent coverage of these events during the next few weeks, and it’s not just to push for students to get involved or to fall back on the stock plea to support the arts, a common phrase that often gets overlooked. Events like these are about much more than just lending your eyes and ears (and sometimes your wallet) to the work that SVSU students are putting forth. You are supporting outlets for creative and intellectual expression that often promote awareness of social and political issues in addition to showcasing talented SVSU artists that are interested in much more than just grades and publications. In addition to performing well-known plays such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Death of a Salesman,” in

the past the theatre department has also tackled more controversial content, such as “Angels in America” and “The Laramie Project,” two productions that generated both positive and negative attention for their focus on the AIDs epidemic and homosexuality. In addition to showcasing student artists who are dedicated to their craft and talented at what they do, these productions promote intellectualism and a broad range of knowledge, occasionally challenging societal values or commonly held beliefs. Supporters of the arts will argue that this enriches the community, both intellectually and emotionally. Additionally, poetry slams provide more than just a place for creative writing majors to share their work. Slam poems are often outlets not just for creativity, but for social and political criticisms, an exercise in free speech. The National Day on Writing, too, will feature students with something to say through various creative mediums: poetry, fiction, videos, comedy, songwriting. Supporting and participating in these events is about much more than just supporting the arts; it’s also about supporting the ideas behind them, cultivating an intellectual society and openly questioning the world around us, finding our moral and political balance through words, both spoken and written, original, extemporaneous or scripted. It’s important to remember that not all cities have thriving artistic communities like this, and not all universities are as open to these forms of expression and articulation. These events are more than just events for those interesting in poetry, writing or theatre; they are for drawing in and cultivating a creative and intellectual community that supports not only the arts, but the values behind them.

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Staff Opinion

Using clear logic essential for controversial opinions

By Glenn Schroeder Vanguard Staff Writer


aise your hand if you know whether homosexuality or abortion is morally OK. (Pssst, no one raise their hand). The fact is, no one actually knows whether or not our opinions on the many controversial issues that always fill our political landscape are true or not. There is no way to prove or disprove our opinions on these moral issues because as humans, we are simply have no way of telling if what we do in the world is morally right or wrong. This piece is in no way about my own opinions on such issues, but rather about how we don’t present these opinions correctly, and how we can use logic to properly do so. If you want to express your opinion on issues such as abortion or gay marriage and the like so that people like myself can still respect it while they may disagree with it, you must remember this one thing: logic is your friend. When you logically lay out your argument, you are far more likely to have it respected and taken into consideration, and greatly reduce your chances of having it ripped to shreds. A large portion of you reading this may think that these supposed necessities for arguments are silly semantics that either aren’t necessary or are too simple. However, they are necessary, and you would be surprised how often people don’t follow them. This whole idea got started in my head when I noticed a friend of mine on Facebook complaining of a certain fast food company owner’s stance on homosexuality and how she hates religious people because they think “their beliefs are right and no one else’s are.” However, in the same Facebook post she so insistently says that “Being gay is NOT a disease that you can cure,” and by doing so purports

that her opinion that the disease properties of homosexuality do not exist is the correct opinion, also known as fact. I will not take a stance on either of these two sides. However, I must criticize the Facebook poster for improperly expressing her argument. While they may have meant to say that it was their opinion that homosexuality is not a curable disease, they did not phrase this in the way to correctly do so. By doing this they instead make it seem that they think what they believe is fact and that all other viewpoints are wrong, which is not only logically incorrect, but makes them seem just as close-minded as the fast food company owner they are chastising. When you make an argument in debate, oral or written, you must make sure your argument is logically sound for it to be able to be considered by the opposing party. Often, this involves a little more than tweaking your phrasing. Now you may say that murder is illegal in the U.S., but you may not say that abortion is murder, or that driving an SUV is wrong, because the latter two have not been proven fact. Now you may say that I think abortion is murder or that driving an SUV is wrong, but you cannot say these as if they were truths. Call me picky, but this is important to the logical construction of your argument, and often times, those that do not have logical reasoning or proper supports to back up their argument simply give their opinions as if they were true. It is important to not only back up your opinion with sound support, but also explain it in such a way that people know it is your opinion. This is vital because if you debate me and give plenty of sound support and then say “homosexuality is wrong, or homosexuality is right,” I’m going to call shenanigans because last time I checked, you were not the one who instilled sexual preference in humans at the beginning of our time.

Glenn Schroeder is a Spanish senior. Reach him at

Staff Opinion

Teaching political facts without the bias: Professors should strive for objectivity

By Marie Nesbitt


Vanguard Staff Writer s the Election Day gets closer, the media continue to bombard us with propaganda for each candidate and the various proposals out there. It’s enough to get it while watching television or surfing the Internet. But when I get the same propaganda and biased discussions in the classroom, a classroom that has nothing to do with politics, I tend to get annoyed. It’s one thing if the discussion is relevant to the topic of the class or actually makes sense, but lately I’m left dumbfounded as I listen to my professor go on and on. I’ve never really enjoyed politics. It’s never been my forte, which is probably why I decided not to major in it. However, I can never get away from it. Even though it is an election year, an election that will affect our future and many generations to follow, I’ve heard too much in classes that do not even cover those topics. If I had wanted to discuss politics, I would have signed up for a political science class or joined the various political organizations around campus. Another reason why I cannot stand these discussions of politics is that the professors are always trying to push their own view points on us students without regard for the other side. If I have to sit through another lecture about how the Bush administration ruined our country, or how Obama is the greatest thing that ever

happened to this country, I am going to scream. I cannot stand listening to ignorant rants over subjects that are outdated and have no relevance to the issues of today. And for those classes that do deal with political subjects, it is as equally annoying to listen to those political discussions, if not more. My freshman year, I took a political science class, and I’ve regretted it ever since. The only thing that I felt I learned was what not to believe, only strengthening my own views on certain subjects. For starters, the professor would only listen to views that would match his. (He was a raging Democrat, who was so far left he couldn’t even see the other side.) Secondly, the points he tried to make made absolutely no sense. I thought if I were to take a political science class, I would learn more about the political system and get a better grasp on the issues at hand and develop my own stance after I received all the facts. Instead, all I got was a biased rant on important issues and a raging migraine. I thought as professors, they are obligated to give us the straight facts, not their own biased opinions. It should be their job to give us the facts from both sides, no matter how they feel about it personally, and let us decide for ourselves which side to choose. There are two sides to every story, and each side has its flaws. But it should be up to the individual to decide which side makes the most sense and which side to stand behind. It should not be the job of the professor to decide which side is right and which is wrong. Just give me the facts so I can decide for myself. The older generation is constantly on our backs, telling us to get involved in politics and have a voice, to take a stand and

vote. But if we are not even getting the facts from them, how are we supposed to make educated decisions and stand behind our opinions intelligently? If we cannot even get our information from credible sources, there is no reason to get involved and vote. Is it better to pick our side blindly without getting the whole truth, or would it be more intelligent for us to gather the facts and choose wisely? The problem is not just in our classrooms. I see it everywhere nowadays. Whether I am flipping through channels on TV, scrolling through Twitter or Facebook, or talking with my friends, I get skewed perspectives of the issues at hand. I get it. People have their opinions and want to argue that their view is correct, but it has gotten to the point where they are completely unaware of what is really the issue and just end up sounding ignorant. I am flabbergasted at my generation lately. When it comes to discussing politics, they tend to ignore the facts and just seem to wing it, not taking the time to learn the facts and fully understand what they are talking about before they open their mouths. The problem seems to all come back to the classroom, however. If we are not getting the facts in class, then where else are we supposed to turn to? The media are not trustworthy, as they are more biased than our school system. Social networks have no credibility. So if we are supposed to make up our own minds and create our own opinions, where can we turn?

Marie Nesbitt is an English literature junior. Reach her at

As part of a new weekly feature, members of the SVSU College Democrats and Republicans will write op-eds for the Vanguard debating important political issues leading up to the Nov. 6 presidential election.

How should we handle the national debt?

Daniel Wimmer is a political science senior and a member of the SVSU College Democrats. Reach him at

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The future of our nation hinges on debt and deficit management and President Obama has a clear path to a prosperous future, reducing the deficit by $4 trillion in 10 years. The same cannot be said of his opponent. Deficit expansion is largely attributable to the policies of President Bush, who generated $7 trillion in deficits through wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Bush Tax Cuts. The $1.5 trillion attributable to President Obama break down into 2 major components: the Recovery Act to rescue the nation from catastrophic recession (resulting from 8 years of failed Republican policies), and the 2010 middle class tax breaks, including 18 tax breaks to small businesses, to ensure we avoided a depression. The President has outlined an explicit plan to reduce the deficit $4 trillion with a balanced 2.5:1 ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases, simultaneously decreasing domestic spending to a 50 year low. Revenue increases manifest in ending the Bush Tax Cuts for those with annual income over $250,000 and calling for millionaires and billionaires, like Mitt Romney, to once again pay their fair share. Revenue saved from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be diverted to infrastructure investment and paying the national debt. Mitt Romney, who left Massachusetts with a $1 billion deficit, has yet to provide a coherent plan to control the deficit or debt. Instead his supporters are left to desperately connect the dots of his vague, contradictory, and shortsighted rhetoric, connecting Paul Ryan’s social-program pillaging ‘Ryan Budget’ to Romney’s $5 trillion in intended tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans; a recipe for recession or worse. The contrast between Mitt Romney’s lack of details or intelligible plan to fix our nations finances and President Obama’s responsible and coherent path toward fiscal security could not be more distinctly vital to our future.

Sarah Arnold is a political science senior and a member of the SVSU College Republicans. Reach her at

As I begin to write this article the national debt was at $16,153,597,134,358 and steadily rising. By the time I finish, the debt will have grown by at least $200,000, and by the time you read this article even higher than that. (If you wish to see this occurrence for yourself, you can go to www. The sheer size of the debt begs the question of how should we handle it? For Republicans and Governor Mitt Romney, the answer is a simple one: restore sound, fiscal policies to the nation’s finances, and end the era of Big Government expenditures. Specifically, a Romney administration and a Republican Congress would decrease the national debt by eliminating wasteful and excessive federal spending. A cap would be placed upon discretionary spending, ending the era of porkbarrel spending sprees. Current government programs would be analyzed, eliminating those programs that are deemed wasteful or otherwise useless. Repealing Obamacare is part of this strategy, as the government-takeover of the nation’s healthcare industry is scheduled to cost taxpayers nearly a trillion dollars over the next ten years. With American families cutting back to balance their own budgets, they should expect no less from their government. While the Democrats and President Obama may feign rhetoric touting their strategy to lower the debt, their actions over the past four years demonstrate something else entirely. In 2009, the national debt stood at approximately $10.7 trillion. Since then, and under President Obama’s watch, the debt has risen by over $6 trillion. It is clear that the “plans” of the current administration to lower the debt are simply not working. It is time to make an administrative change and give America the leadership she needs to restore our nation’s fiscal vitality.

Oct. 15

Oct. 22

Oct. 29

The Great Recession: Has President Obama done a good job handling the worst economic collapse since The Great Depression? Are we better off now than we would have been in 1932?

Economy / Jobs: What is your plan to get the economy back on track

Who should be elected President? Why?

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Uncanny Valley ventures to the Valley

displayed projects of local university stucised in the collaboration. disgusted by its flaws. can hear. I have to know and I have By Gerhardt Schuette dents. The event was put on as a part Woodward offered a warning to trust that for some people the Vanguard Columnist Festival favorite Rider Strong was back of this year’s Voices in the Valley upfront that repetition and mono- message will be received,â€? Woodfor a short film in which he stars. series. tone vocal patterns may cause ward said. “Walter Don’t Danceâ€? centers on a lady As a robot gets more lifelike, Before beginning their perfor- some confusion in the audience. For even those students that and a shakeup in search of Walter and a bag people become critical with its mance, Woodward and Buchanan Despite this, few were prepared for did stay, a challenge was presented which has become very important to two flaws. informed the audience that they the work to come. to their understanding as noted by men. This is a concept that inspired a would be receiving one of the first As Woodward began, the audi- Brandin Dahlstrom, English literaStrong, who plays the silent, sadistic collaborative poetryand piano per- performances of “Uncanny Valley.â€? ence was immediately hit with the ture and creative writing senior. half to the duo of thuggish men, commands formance presented by Jon WoodTo put the poem within con- effect of the “uncanny valleyâ€? that “You start out giving it a a performances where his actions and body ward and Oni Buchana. text, Woodward explained that the Buchanan and Woodward manipu- chance, but it gets frustrating bemovements paint him as a sadistic and evil Woodward and Buchanan, term Uncanny Valley was coined lated the piano and computer mod- cause of the repetition. When the man, intent on getting back the bag that husband and wife, came to perform within the field of robotics. ified sounds through language that plot returns, it’s a breath of fresh Walter has taken. their collaboration of “Uncanny “Every now and then, some made up the presentation. air,â€? Dahlstorm said. Strong offered tips for those contemValley,â€? a poem written by Wood- word or phrase sticks in my mind Like many works of contempoWhile many could find tragedy plating their first short film. ward. that I know I need to do something rary fiction, it either demanded the in the plot sequence, Buchanan sees “Just go for it,â€? he said to people worBeyond their collaborative with,â€? Woodward said. audience come to terms with it or the voice and its characteristics as ried about budget constraints or failure. work, Buchanan and Woodward According to the duo, a study sever ties with it entirely. tragic. He said to lose the apprehension and are both poets who each have pub- had shown that as a robot becomes For some in attendance that “There’s a weird contradiction make the film if you have a good idea. lished three collections, including more lifelike, our empathy for it night, it was easier to leave the between the monotonous delivery He suggested submitting the film to Buchanan’s “What Animalâ€? and increases, but only to a point. As reading than to absorb the strange and the errors that become tied into genre-specific festivals so that it can be betWoodward’s “Uncanny Valley,â€? the robot became more and more material. it,â€? Buchanan said. “It is a tragic ter recognized and appreciated. from which the poem of the collab- lifelike, an “uncanny valleyâ€? forms When questioned on his feel- and beautiful thought, caught in a The problem, however, Strong admitorative work is taken. in the statistical data. As people ings towards this, Woodward was monotone voice.â€? ted, is that while technology has made it Buchanan also is a concert pia- became more aware of the differ- optimistic. much easier to create short films, it has denist and it is these skills she exer- ences, they become repulsed and “I have an effect in mind that I creased the quality and increased the competition for those films that are done well. “Not everyone can tell a story,â€? Strong said. Another short, “Homecoming,â€? focused on an Indian middle school student who desired to go to homecoming, much to the chagrin of her strict Indian father. However, everything changes when the girl sees her father cheating on her mother with his secretary at his office. This film is as gripping as any featurelength film and leaves the viewer very uncomfortable, in the best of ways. Friday night, several local bands got to perform for festivalgoers at the local music showcase at Old City Hall. The music didn’t stop there, as the main showcase took place Saturday night after another day of independent films. Both local and national bands played to a large crowd at the Masonic Temple. The night started off with An American Underdog playing their infectious brand of indie pop-rock that warmed up the crowd Vanguard photo | Alyssa Ellis that was already forming. Elementary education junior Lauren Tadrzynski and Hope Martin of Richmond examine South Carolina’s The Fishing Journal crafts at the Keepsake Collection Craft Show on Saturday at the Ryder Center. took the stage with their unique type of hard rock with clear influences from the likes of Superchunk and Spoon. The band started out as a solo project for vocalist Chris Powell and expanded into a full band a year later, adding drummer Josh Latham and bassist Chuck Sligh four months ago. The band’s new self-released EP, “Ditch,â€? is due out in December. Crane Wives, a five-piece folk group from Grand Rapids used its multipart vocal harmonies from its two female singers to create a type of folk that got guests to sing Vanguard photo | Alyssa Ellis and dance along. Handmade hats were up for sale at Saturday’s craft show. The band drew the largest crowd of the night and had its many loyal Michigan fans moving about and singing along. The headlining duo of Nick Scalise and Gregory Shanahan, known simply as Bestfriends, took to the stage for a late set. 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Involvement plays factor in finding entertainment

art briefs Art Gallery Exhibition

By Rachel Stocki

• Works by Cynthia Foley in an exhibition titled, “Imagining Context: Seeing & Being Seen,” will be on display at the University Art Gallery. Go to www.svsu. edu/artgallery/currentexhibit for hours and more information. Free.

Vanguard Staff Writer

Salsa Lesson • At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Dance Studio in Ryder 249, Campus Recreation will offer free salsa lessons. Vanguard photo | Alyssa Ellis

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

From left, bassist Dustin Vanderveer, vocalist and rhythm guitarist Michael Richards, drummer Chris Ohmer and lead guitarist Erik Gibelyou all members of the band MODE.

• The theater department will present a productino of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 13, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Malcolm Field Theatre. $7 for students and senior citizens. $10 general admission.

French Film Series •At 9 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 10, in Brown 216 the film “Le Grand Voyage “ will be shown.

Music Performance •At 10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, Stephen Schlaack, Alex Kostka and Kyle Brown will perform at The Hamilton Street Pub. $3, 21 and older. $6, 18 and older.

Poetry Slam • At 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Rotunda, Cardinal Sins is sponsoring a poetry slam. Winner gets published in the upcoming issues of the literary and fine arts magazine.

Artist in Voice Recital • At 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall, the department of music is presenting a musical performance from Rachel Andrews, LeAnne Fours, and Lynda Hakken. Free.

Band’s new release served á la MODE By Landon Defever

Vanguard Staff Writer Campus has yet to be known as the stomping ground of any major musical act. However, a group of four students dare to challenge that statement. MODE, a four-piece rock quartet composed of both current and former students from SVSU, are ready to make their band stand out with a pair of new releases and a consistent touring schedule. The band is composed of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Michael Richards, a music education senior; lead guitarist Erik Gibelyou, a 2011 graduate with a bachelor’s in special arts and musical performance; bassist Dustin Vanderveer, a music education senior; and drummer Chris Ohmer, a biochemistry junior. Formed last year, the members of MODE came together with a similar philosophy in mind: to bring the power of their music to the grounds of their beloved school. “We all really wanted to provide something different than all of the mundane stuff that’s currently on the radio, something that offers credibility and true musicianship,” Richards explained. Its members take influence from all types of music. Vanderveer, for example, takes influence primarily from protest punk rock groups of the ‘80s and ‘90s, such as Fugazi and Mogwai. Ohmer and Richards, however, tend to take more from indie and folk-based acts. Gibelyou stated he tries to promote a strong Spanish effect in his music, as well. “Before the group, Mike and I actually played tango pieces together, which is why I

think a lot of the material from the new EP features so much material derived from Spanish influence,” he said. Their first EP, “Own the Night,” is a collection of four tracks the band is promoting. “The EP’s actually been out for a couple of months, and is currently on iTunes right now,” Richards said. An EP release party will be at 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at White’s Bar in Saginaw. Other Michigan acts such as Odd Hours, An American Underdog and The Avery Set are scheduled to play alongside MODE. The group will later promote a full length album, which is expected to be mixed and mastered by the end of this year, and released by the beginning of next year. Bay City’s Andy Reed Recording Company will mix and produce the record. The four songs on the EP will be remixed and remastered and added to the new full length, which is expected to have about thirteen songs once it’s finished. The group plans on focusing on touring once all the material is released. “Last summer, we had a lot of shows that were all very close to each other, so not a lot of people were able to come out to them,” Gibelyou said. “However, this time around, we’re going to schedule shows few and far between so we’ll have a much larger outcome.” The members are unsure of the band’s future. “We’re going to try and keep it going for as long as we possibly can,” Richards said. “Eventually, [our guitarist] Erik is going to have to head off to graduate school, but that won’t necessarily mean we’ll be done with the group.”

Involvement in registered student organizations can help fix homesickness. Jenny Stephens, a mental health counselor at the Student Counseling Center, recommended joining organizations and making friends as a way of dealing with homesickness. Using OrgSync and researching the registered student organizations on campus help students get connected with others. “Sometimes students are homesick because they’re not involved in anything, so they feel lonely,” she said. “Getting involved helps you figure out how you do fit into this college community.” Starting college and being away from home is challenging for many students. Homesickness is a problem many students deal with during the transition period from high school to college. Most students affected by homesickness are freshmen. For many students, moving to college is the first time they have been away from home. Pre-med freshman Amanda Goodwin said students get homesick because they are suddenly on their own. “They’re so used to being with their parents and having their parents to rely on every day,” she said. Stephens said the transition often puts pressure on students. “They’re under a lot of stress,” she said. “Maybe they’re not doing so well in their classes. Maybe they’re under financial stress now that they’ve got college to pay for. Maybe they’re having a hard time juggling class, work and social events that can lead to feelings of wanting to go home where it’s a safe place.” Goodwin said homesickness can also be detrimental to a student’s grades. “It definitely makes it harder to concentrate and harder to study if you’re thinking about that.”

Goodwin added that the best way to alleviate homesickness is to get involved. “If you’re feeling really homesick, you tend to isolate yourself,” she said. “Making friends and getting involved so you’re not having too much time to think about it.” Accounting freshman Marisa Kaczor agreed. “I hang out with my roommates a lot,” she said. “After the first week, I kind of started getting out there and I know a lot more people now.” Goodwin stressed the importance of remembering that many people deal with homesickness. “Everyone feels the same way,” she said. “You’re not the only one.” The Student Counseling Center offers assistance to students dealing with homesickness. “When students come in here and they’re dealing with homesickness, we spend time trying to figure out what’s causing it,” Stephens said. “There’s lots of things that we do: talking to them, listening to them, and then trying to get them the resources that they need.” Coping mechanisms are also taught to students. “If the student is feeling homesick because of the stress, we might talk to them about coping skills and how to cope with stress in a healthy way,” Stephens said. The Writing Center and the Center for Academic Achievement are also resources for students dealing with stress related to academics. Stephens recommended talking to resident assistants as a possible help to homesick students. “We encourage them to talk to their RAs,” she said. “It’s a good resource for students. It’s somebody to talk to. Sometimes they can help the student feel connected.” For more information or assistance with homesickness, contact the Student Counseling Center at (989) 964-7078 or in Curtiss 112.

Starry eyed for Green’s acceptance novel

Hannah Meyer is a history junior and Vanguard staff writer. Reach her at



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“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” John Green couldn’t have said it any better about my feelings for his book, “The Fault in Our Stars.” If you have not picked up this book, do it. Please, for the sake of humanity, do it. Green stated in a YouTube vlog that a line in Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar,” inspired the title. Cassius the nobleman says to Brutus, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Green’s latest book follows the life of Hazel Grace Lan-

caster, a 16-year-old cancer patient who attends a cancer support group by her parent’s force. She’s an introvert, rarely socializing with people her age, and choosing instead to find a best friend in her favorite novel, “An Imperial Affliction,” by Peter Van Houten. Then, one day, at this same cancer support group she doesn’t want to attend, she meets Augustus Waters. Enter the amputee with the crooked smile, the unlit cigarette, and their short and simple good-bye: “Okay? Okay.” This story is powerful and moving. Hazel is surrounded by death with her terminal lung cancer, but Augustus provides her with companionship and humor, reminding her that cancer can’t and should never consume her. Both of them ask those two questions that everyone thinks about at least once in their life: Will I be remembered after I die? Will I leave a mark on the world? But Hazel’s journey became more than the acceptance of death, but the acceptance of life, and how life isn’t always fair. This isn’t in anyway a depressing book, but it isn’t exactly the most uplifting novel either. Although it’s got some of the best quotes ever, my favorite? “What a slut time is. She screws everybody.” This was my second book that I read by John Green, and I have to say, this man is a genius with anything he writes. The novel is perfectly paced, and there is foreshadowing in so many ways that you don’t realize it until after you’ve finished. Green’s creation of these characters gives them a voice that can touch any reader. Throughout the novel, I believed in these characters, and I grew to love all of them. If it means anything, I read this book in a single day. I devoured it, and I hardly do that these days. It has reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. I would advise you, however, that this is a young adult novel, and includes some swearing, sexual themes and, of course, the ever-present feeling of life and death. You can pick up your own copy at your local Barnes and Noble.

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sports briefs Football • Thursday, Oct. 11, vs. Wayne State, 8 p.m., University Center, Game televised on CBS College Sports Network

Men’s Soccer • Friday, Oct. 12, @ Rochester, 4 p.m., Hosted at Ultimate Soccer, Pontiac, MI • Sunday, Oct. 14, @ Ashland, 2 p.m., Ashland, OH

Women’s Soccer • Friday, Oct. 12, vs. Lake Erie, 2 p.m., University Center • Sunday, Oct. 14, vs. Notre Dame (OH), 12 p.m., University Center

Women’s Volleyball • Friday, Oct. 12, GLIAC/GLVC Crossover, Aurora, IL • Saturday, Oct. 13, GLIAC/GLVC Crossover, Aurora, IL

Women’s Tennis • Sunday, Oct. 14, vs. Lake Superior State, 10 a.m., University Center

Golf • Sunday, Oct. 14, @ GLIAC Championship, Elyria, OH


Defense executes in Axe Bowl By Chris Oliver

Vanguard Sports Editor Following an overtime victory against Ferris State on homecoming weekend, the Cardinals went to Midland looking to add another road victory to their resume. In the 38th annual Axe Bowl against Northwood University, that’s exactly what they did. Head coach Jim Collins said overall he was very happy with his team’s 2820 win. “We did a great job executing overall,” Collins said. “We had some turnovers that kept the game close, but overall, I think we played well and I’m really pleased with the team.” After a shaky opening drive that resulted in a quick punt, the Cardinals’ defense shined early with senior defensive back Jeff Heath recovering a fumble by Timberwolves quarterback Aaron Shavers. The Cardinals’ offense wasted no time making Northwood pay for its mistake. Junior quarterback Jonathon Jennings led the offense on a five-play, 82-yard drive capped off with a 62-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Jeff Janis. “We talk every week about how Jeff (Janis) is going to factor into the game plan,” Jennings said. “Opposing defenses really can’t match up and compete with the size and speed of the guy, and we’re all really happy about the job he’s doing.” Following an interception thrown by Jennings, both teams exchanged punts. Northwood capped off its own 11-play, 83-yard drive with a field goal and chewed up more than six minutes of the clock. The Timberwolves managed to put together drives, but the Cardinals’ defense refused to break. “Our defense gave up only 13 points, with the only touchdown coming really late in the game,” Collins said. “Defensively our guys were physical, they played with emotion and facing a team who runs the ball as much as they do, we gave up yards, but they didn’t score. “The key to good defense is just keeping them out of the endzone.” Going into the second quarter leading 7-3, the Cardinals quickly extended the

lead to 14-3 with Jennings throwing a second touchdown pass and Janis catching his second of the afternoon. “I feel that we didn’t have the best start, but it wasn’t too bad,” Jennings said about the first quarter of play. “We didn’t really execute on first down, which hurt us, but once we got rolling and we were in rhythm, we were good.” After another Northwood turnover, the Cardinals were poised to take a commanding lead before Jennings threw his second interception of the day. Instead, defensive back Joe Bitterman picked off Jennings and returned the ball 53 yards for a touchdown to bring the score to 1410. “I was kind of anticipating what the defense was going to do, which isn’t always a good thing,” Jennings said. “I didn’t really see the guy and just made a bad decision with the ball that cost us.” “You have to give Northwood credit for turnovers and, luckily, only the one interception really hurt us,” Collins said. Both teams put together drives that stalled before Jennings engineered a scoring drive with under two minutes to play before halftime. On third down and goal from the Northwood nineyard line, Jennings hit Janis in the endzone for his third touchdown, extending the lead to 21-10. Neither offense moved the ball effectively in the third quarter, with the only scoring coming on a Northwood fieldgoal that cut the Cardinals’ lead to eight. Early in the fourth quarter, Jennings and the offense put together its final scoring drive, marching 80 yards in 13 plays before sophomore running back Jamohn Martin punched his way into the end-zone from two yards out to bring the score to 28-13 with less than 10 minutes to play. Northwood put its own drive that ended with a touchdown to cut the Cardinals’ lead to eight, but it was too little, too late. Following a recovered onside kick, the Cardinals ran the time out and left Midland with a 5-1 record and perfect road record intact. Despite early struggles, Jennings finished the game 25-35 with 286 yards, three touchdown passes and two interceptions. Jennings is currently tied for

first in the GLIAC with 17 touchdown passes on the season. “I’ve been playing OK, but I’m still not where I really want to be at,” Jennings said. “The team is really executing and we’re winning as a team, but I need to work on going out there and being more consistent and executing better, play by play.” Janis added to his impressive season with 11 catches for 183 receiving yards and three scores to put him on top of the GLIAC with nine receiving touchdowns on the season. On defense, junior linebacker Brian Johnson led the Cardinals with 15 tackles. Despite giving up 214 yards on the ground, the defense held strong with Northwood committing two turnovers, both fumbles recovered by senior Jeff Heath. Both fumbles led to touchdowns for the Cardinals.

“Our guys made plays on defense and when the opponent is running it 50 times at us and we give up only one touchdown, you have to be happy with the performance,” Collins said. The 28-20 win puts the Cardinals at 4-1 in conference play and 5-1 on the season, yet coach Collins is already looking ahead to the next game. “We don’t really have time to feel good about ourselves and pat ourselves on the back,” Collins said. “We have to turn around on a short week and get ready for a team that played in the national championship last year in Wayne State.” The Cardinals will be playing under the lights at home at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, against 4-1 Wayne State. The game will be televised on the CBS College Sports Network.

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Northwood rushed the ball 50 times for more than 200 yards, yet the Cardinals defense held its own, not allowing a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter. Jeff Heath (No. 5) recovered two fumbles.

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Club out to ice rivals, win conference By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor With new leadership and rookies taking the ice, the expectations remain as high as ever for the Cardinals’ men’s hockey club. The 2012 Cardinals feature a new president and vice president along with a number of new players. Junior Scott Walter was chosen as president of the hockey club. Goalie and fourth-year player senior Joey Kirkland is vice president. “This is my first year as president since the president from last year stopped playing to focus on school,” Walter said. “Giving up hockey for school is tough, but now that I’m president, I can see how much work really goes into it.” As far as the team itself goes, Walter and Kirkland said that there is a much different group of players on the ice compared

to last year. “We have a lot of new guys,” Walter said. “Nine or 10 rookies are playing but luckily we have a really solid group of veterans despite all the guys who left or graduated from last year. “It’s tough though because we lost a lot of our skill players.” Compared to the 2011 team, Walter said that the overall work ethic is better with the 2012 squad. “We have a much higher work ethic than we did last year and I’d say we’re more of a blue-collar team this season,” Walter said. “With so many new guys out there we have to work harder.” “We don’t have one or two real explosive scorers who can go out and score a bunch of goals on any given night so we’re working harder on offense,” Kirkland added. Walter explained that without experienced offensive

weapons, the team as a whole is looking to improve. “Last year we only practiced on Mondays and Wednesdays,” Walter said. “But this year with this group, we’re practicing four days a week, two days on the ice and two days off. “We have a new coaching staff and really a new mindset with high intensity practices and a team-first mentality this year.” Kirkland spoke of the high expectations the club goes through when the season starts. Within the last four years, the Cardinals have won two ACHC (American Collegiate Hockey Association) national championships. “Fans expect a lot of us and we expect a lot from ourselves,” Kirkland said. “I mean, if you’re from SVSU and you play for SVSU, you’re expected to do well with the history that we’ve had.” Along with high expecta-

tions come a number of goals for the president and vice president. “We definitely have a different look than last year’s team, but with that being said, we’re still solid and we still expect a lot from our group,” Walter said. “And because of that, we have set some pretty high goals for ourselves.” “We’re expecting to win another MCHC (Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference) championship and to contend and win a championship at the national level,” Kirkland added. “This year nationals is being held in St. Louis, Missouri, and we expect to be there at the end of the season.” To win the conference and make it into the running for a national championship, the men’s hockey team will need to go through a series of tough rivals. “Our big rivalries in hockey are definitely Grand Valley

State and Hope,” Kirkland said. “Hope is the biggest rival we have had because we’ve both been really good over the last few years and when we’ve won championships, they’ve always been right behind us.” Both Walter and Kirkland encouraged students to come out and support the club team, adding that a number of big home games were coming up that they expect to be good. “We have Grand Valley coming back up in a little over a week, and then at the beginning of November, Adrian College is coming up here,” Walter said. “Adrian is another team we really just play tough and everyone should come out and see.” The Cardinals take to the road for their next two games, taking on Michigan State University and Grand Valley before hosting Grand Valley on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Saginaw Bay Ice Arena.


GLIAC leaders continue their winning ways By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor

With a sizzling start that gave the Cardinals a 7-2-1 record heading into the month of October, the men’s soccer squad is ready to finish strong in the latter half of the season. Sunday, the Cardinals left Ohio with two shutouts on the road, an accomplishment that head coach Cale Wassermann found impressive. “Shutting out two GLIAC opponents on the road is a great but we know that we can be better,” he said. Sunday’s game against Malone ended in a 0-0 tie in rainy and muddy conditions that Wassermann said had a hand in the lack of offense. “It was a small and muddy field against a team that had four GLIAC wins in a row,” he said. “We had a lot of the momentum and had 29 shots with ten on goal but, we need to finish the chances we get to get the results we want.”

Despite the conditions, the Cardinals left Ohio with an 8-2-2 record and a win against Walsh University. Currently sitting on top of the GLIAC north division, the Cardinals have faced little opposition so far this season. The team has been stingy on defense, piling up four shutouts and being almost unstoppable at home with a 6-1 home record. Senior goalie Jason Wise has led the defense all season, starting 12 games for the Cardinals and helping the defense climb to second in the GLIAC in goals allowed. Wise has had three shutouts and sits in second place in the GLIAC in “goals against average” of 1.05. Former GLIAC “Defensive Player of the Year” Zach Myers has switched roles this season to focus on helping the Cardinals score more. He has done just that. The Cardinals sit atop the GLIAC in every major offensive category, averaging 15 shots per game and 2.15 goals per game. Myers currently

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leads the GLIAC with 11 goals on the season. In September, the Cardinals took on the GLIAC South division leader, Notre Dame (OH) and beat them by a score of 3-2. Zach Myers scored the tying goal late in the game before sophomore Craig Neal hit the winning goal. Wassermann said the victory did a lot for the team moving forward. “Beating Notre Dame last week after going down 2-1 was a great accomplishment and proved that we can beat any team in the region,” he said. “But we know that every single game is important and we need to execute against everyone we play.” Throughout the season, the Cardinals have had mostly ups with a few downs. They started the season 3-0 before dropping a game at Northwood University that Wassermann said was a disappointing offensive performance. The Cardinals bounced back from the loss with three shutout victories in a row before tying 1-1 at Tiffin University after two overtime periods. Following the Notre Dame win, the team dropped their only home game of the season, losing to Ohio Dominican 3-2 in overtime late in September. Despite the successful first half, the team’s work is far from over with a game against Rochester being hosted in Pontiac at Ultimate Soccer before taking on one more road game, two home games and finishing on the road at Findlay and Urbana. To Wassermann, the team has to take the rest of the season one game at a time. “Our expectations remain the same,” he said. “Treat every day as an opportunity to improve and work on preparing for every game the right way. “We focus on one day at a time and hopefully that will help us keep our mentality in the right place.” The Cardinals will take their winning record to Pontiac on Friday, Oct. 12, to take on Rochester in a game hosted by Ultimate Soccer.


Big win at LCC boosts confidence, prepares team for conference races By Hannah Meyer Vanguard Staff Writer Your heart is racing, your lungs are aching and your feet are flying. It must be time for a check-up on the women’s cross-country team. With the season progressing, the Lady Cardinals are trying to remain focused on holding strong to their team goals. Despite a successful third meet, the season has become a test for some of the younger runners who are still learning to run with the pack and pace each other. “We are still adjusting as a team since we have so many new girls,” said co-captain Chantelle Fondren. “But we’re getting better as the season moves on and into the championship season.” Their first meet, the Central Michigan Invite in Mount Pleasant, wasn’t a scored meet but showed that the team had a few improvements to make. The team did exceptionally well at the MSU Spartan Invitational. The event was scored individually rather than having team scoring, which is an area the team wishes to improve. There have been some injuries on the team, but their ultimate goal of making it to the Nationals Meet is still in reach. “I think everyone has some individual goals in mind,” said Fondren. “But we still swear by our ultimate goal of nationals.” “The girls have all been working hard in practices and meets,” said the second cocaptain Lauren Hill. “We all got to see that hard work pay off this past weekend at LCC.” At the Lansing Community College Invitational, they finished first. Hill was first overall with a time of 18:02, Emily Short was third overall at 18:20, Taylor Stepanski in fifth at 18:30, Tori Peet in seventh at 19:11, and Fondren in tenth at 19:20. “We did a pretty good job of executing our race strategy,” Hill said. “It was also a good morale booster going into the upcoming weeks and out championship season. It shows everyone that we’re improving.” With the big win giving the lady Cardinals a confidence boost, the team is looking forward to facing more competition from within the GLIAC, as well as experiencing new courses and conditions in the coming weeks. Despite traveling into uncharted territory, Hill is confident in her teammates. “I think our win at LCC really sets the tone for the rest of the season,” said the fifth year senior. “It showed all of us what we are capable of. If we continue to grow as a team and make individual progress, we should be able to be a contender at the upcoming meets and qualify for Nationals.” For their upcoming meets, the team goals are almost the same: run as a pack and keep their top five runners as close as possible. And of course, make it to Nationals in Joplin, Mo. “It’s going to take a lot of focus and determination,” Hill said. “If we can do that, I think we’re going to surprise some people.” On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Lady Cardinals will race in the GLIAC Championships in Midland.

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