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A sexual assault prevention group is forming to raise awareness about issues such as rape.

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Adventists Students for Christ held a Christian concert by world-known musician Scott Michael Bennett.

The men’s basketball team defeats Adrian 7157 and Olivet 92-50.

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BOV comes in like a wrecking ball All SVSU proceeds from the annual fundrasing battle between SVSU and GVSU will support Area 22 Special Olympics.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert Beth Darling strikes a pinata shaped like a wrecking ball during the Kick-Off Party for the 11th annual Battle of the Valleys on Sunday, November 10. Students were given the opportunity to begin donating to this year’s organization, the Area 22 Special Olympics, by purchaing BOV T-Shirts and crew sweatshirts. In previous Battle of the Valleys, SVSU has raised $249,313 for local charities.

Gilbertson donates ‘99 season Valley Vultures jersey to time capsule By Rachel Stocki


Vanguard Campus Editor

Carnival Games, 9 p.m., Rotunda

Intramural football will be remembered as a part of the university’s history 50 years down the road. President Eric Gilbertson will donate a jersey he wore during a Valley Vultures season to the 50th anniversary time capsule. “It’s a significant anniversary, and I think it might be fun for people 50 years from now to open it up and see what we were thinking and laughing about back then,” Gilbertson said. The Valley Vultures is an intramural football team made up of staff and students. The team began in the mid-90s and play in a competitive

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Wheelchair Basketball, 8p.m., Cardinal Gym

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Date Auction, 10 p.m., Rotunda

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 “Elysium” Valley Nights, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., TSAR


38th annual Foreign Language Day welcomes bilingual students to campus

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Nerf Wars, 3-7 p.m., Fountain Area


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league. Gilbertson has played since the team’s inception. One of the reasons Gilbertson enjoyed being involved at the beginning was that his son also played, allowing the two to spend time together. “I’m not as fast as I once was, but I can still throw a football,” he said. “I enjoy doing it, and we love the competition.” The donated jersey is from the 1999 season, when the Valley Vultures took second place in their league. Gilbertson said the inclusion of the jersey in the time capsule will show a different side of SVSU. “I hope it says that some of the university administrators had a sense of humor,” he said.

Nearly 500 future Cardinals showcased their foreign language skills through song, dance and performance last Thursday. During the 38th Annual Foreign Language Day hosted by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages, high school students between 10th and 12th grade from around the mid-Michigan area visited the university. Contact cards were made available to visiting students so they could receive more information about SVSU. Throughout the day, they also learned from student groups such as Alpha newsroom (989) 964-4482 visit us online at


Mu Gamma, Sigma Delta Pi and the Japanese Culture Club about the foreign languages taught at SVSU, which include Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, Latin and Polish. This year, the Japanese Culture Club greeted students with a short performance on cultural greetings. Monika Dix, assistant professor of Japanese language, literature and culture, said the event is important in keeping an interest in learning language alive. “In high school, there is a big push for science and math, but our goal here is to show that learning foreign language is also important,” she said.

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police Laying claim to the Arctic Circle briefs By Tyler Bradley

Vanguard Editor-In-Chief

Police briefs are written according to reports from University Police. These indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily actual incidents. Suspicious Person •At 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, police received a call from employees on the third floor of Wickes Hall that a suspicious male was walking around and in areas he should not have been in. The subject was gone upon police’s arrival, and police are still looking for him. Destruction of Property •At 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, police received a call that a 19-year-old male student and a 21-year-old male student had gotten into an accident at the intersection of Davis and Pierce Road, causing moderate damage to both cars. Illegal Entry •At 11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, police received a call from Living Center Southwest that a masked man had entered through a window on the second floor. Upon arrival, police met with the resident director there and were able to locate the 21-year-old male student who was dressed up in a black outfit in a baby-faced mask. He had climbed up onto the roof and had managed to get into an open window. This case is being handled internally. Fight •At 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, police were dispatched over to Pine Grove for a fight between five to 10 people. Someone outside the fight had called the police to inform them of the fight and that all those involved had taken off. According to a 19-year-old male student involved, a group of people had knocked on his door and started fighting with him when he opened it. He was unable to tell why the fight began. This case is still open. Larceny •Between Oct. 31 and Nov. 4, an 18-yearold male student reported that he had parked his bike outside of the Doan Center and returned to find the bike gone. He reported that he had locked the bike to itself, but not to the bike rack. •At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, a 19-year-old male resident student of Living Center South reported that over the course of several weeks, his 18-year-old roommate has been wearing his clothes. This case was turned over to housing for resolution. Minor in Possession •At 1:10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, police were called over to Living Center North to meet with the resident assistants who advised that an 18-year-old male student was intoxicated and was vomiting in the hallways. He was given an M.I.P. •At 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, an 18-yearold female resident student of Living Center Southwest called 911 to report that she had drank too much. Central Dispatch contacted University Police and informed them of the intoxicated student. Officers arrived to find a 21-year-old female student kneeling on the floor in the bathroom. When asked if she needed medical attention, she said she was OK. Police also found an intoxicated 20-year-old male non-student on the couch who, upon investigation, was found to have a prior trespass letter. He was arrested for trespassing. Police found the 18-year-old female student in her bed, unresponsive, and she was taken by an ambulance to the hospital. Upon investigation at the time, marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia was located in the room. Trespassing Complaint •At 11:53 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, the 20-yearold male non-student listed in the above Nov. 3 M.I.P police brief was found trespassing again in University Village and was rearrested for trespassing. Domestic Assault •At 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, police were dispatched over the Living Center North to meet the resident director who had been called by a 19-year-old female student. The student reported that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend who had taken off after the assault. Officers checked the campus, but were unable to locate him.

Who owns the North Pole? Nobody knows. Climate scientist Laurence Smith discussed this and other global issues on what the world might be like in 2050 last Wednesday in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Smith discusses this issue in his 322-page book, “The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future.” He said many countries are trying to claim oceanic crust as their own to expand their borders. “Practically all of the Arctic Ocean could be divided, perhaps even the North Pole,” Smith said. Because of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea’s article 76, nations can claim oceanic crust up to 200 nautical miles off their coast to expand their sovereignty zone. This clause defines what can be determined as a continental shelf and a coastal State’s rights over it, which includes clauses about submarine cables and pipelines, artificial islands, installations and structure, drilling and more. Nations can petition to show that the ocean plate is an extension of

their country. Countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the United States all have potential for claiming areas of the Arctic Circle for their own. Smith said these countries would likely not go to war over the land. “Northern countries are very well-equipped to play the role in it because they’re involved in foreign trade,” Smith said. In 2011, Norway and Russia settled a dispute over an area in the arctic. Also in 2011, Hillary Clinton attended an Arctic Council meeting for the first time. “Never before has a high official at that level in the U.S. done this before,” Smith said. He said countries such as the U.S. can see population growth by about 31 percent with countries such as Russia having a decline by 17 percent. With this population growth comes a demand for more natural resources. Because of global climate change, the Arctic Circle’s ice will become open water during the summertime. This is projected to endanger iconic polar species. It can also increase tourism, trade and search for natural resources in the area.

Up to 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered natural oil may be in the Arctic, which only comprises 3 percent of the globe. “It’s up to this generation to change things,” Smith said. Students agreed change needs to happen. “The majority of the fossil fuels we use are for burning,” biochemistry senior Jon Rabine said. “We need to look to other sources and look

at different abilities for hydrocarbons.” Smith is a geography and earth and space sciences professor at UCLA, has more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals and secured more than $6 million in funding from organizations such as the National Science Foundation and NASA. Smith was the final speaker in the Dow Visiting Scholar Fall Focus lineup.

Vanguard Staff Writer Students enjoyed hot cocoa, homemade bread and recited poems dedicated to their loved ones at the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. All in attendance last Monday celebrated the holiday by reciting poems to each called a “cinquain,” which is a poem structured in a certain way that describes the person it’s dedicated to. One of the participants explained

VULTURES continued from A1 The Valley Vultures includes both staff and students. Some players who began playing as students later returned to play as staff members. “I think we have surprised some students who thought they

LANGUAGE continued from A1 Students performed skits, dances and songs representing the foreign languages they are studying. Most students are studying either French or Spanish, but there were Latin and German performances as well. Faculty members Gladys Zubulake, Ricardo Pastor, Borja Ruiz, Paula Montei, Nancy Tesauro, Janet Samborn and secretary Lori Kranz volunteered. “We want to promote that the world we live in now is a global economy,” Dix said. “What you really need is a second language.” Foreign language is important in any field. Dix said that having a second language as a minor could provide future graduates with jobs editorial staff (989) 964-4482 Tyler Bradley, editor-in-chief Evan Poirier, design editor Brandy Abraham, campus editor Rachel Stocki, campus editor Andrea McBride, copy editor Chris Oliver, sports editor Landon Defever, A&E editor Chris Oliver, web editor professional staff (989) 964-4248 Erika Root, business manager Danielle Wood, ad Manager

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Climate scientist Laurence Smith spoke about the oceanic crust in the Arctic Ocean. Countries around the world are attempting to claim the area to expand their access to natural resources, such as oil.

Spanish holiday remembers loved ones By Bethany Gohs

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that the poem is meant to invite the dead, and dedicating it to someone specifically beckons them to visit. Dia de los Muertos is a MesoAmerican holiday dedicated to the ancestors. It honors both death and the cycle of life. “It’s really fun to find out about a new culture,” said senior Spanish major Ryan Sefcovic. The event is hosted by students with the help of the Spanish Department staff. Last year they hosted a Spanish movie night. The Spanish Department

will hold more events throughout the year for those interested in Spanish culture. “I like supporting the Spanish faculty and seeing students working hard to put on something like this,” Sefcovic said. While decorating skulls that resembled loved ones passed away, a Spanish cartoon depicting Dia de los Muertos played on a projector. “I think it’s important to be aware of the culture around us,” undecided freshman Ashlyn Swafford said.

were pretty good athletes out there, that we’re able to hold our own and do pretty well,” Gilbertson said. “We had a lot of fun with this thing.” Gilbertson said the time capsule will be a good representation of SVSU and its progression. “I wish we had one from 50 years ago that we could look at now,” he said. “It’d be kind of interesting.” Gilbertson said the time cap-

sule will tell future faculty, staff and students of the university what life was like in present day. “It’s like a gift you’re giving to people you don’t know yet, many who haven’t even been born,” he said. “We’re saying ‘Have some fun with this 50 years from now. We hope that 50 years from now, you find us interesting, and maybe a little bit funny.’”

in the future. “People don’t realize how essential speaking a different language is,” said Sigma Delta Pi member, Kaitlin Patrzalek. “It allows you to connect with the world.” Some schools came to Foreign Language Day from as far as Tawas. There were also some first time schools, such as Pinconning High School. “These kids don’t have much opportunity to perform,” Dix said. “So when they do they really have a lot of fun. They want to show off what they have learned.” Dix said learning foreign languages help you understand your own culture and language. “The younger you are the more you retain,” she said. “It helps you become a global citizen.” Although there was a decrease in attendance from last year, Dix

said the numbers don’t reflect a lack of interest but only in bad timing. A foreign language conference in Lansing was held the same day. “We see (Foreign Language Day) continuing long into the future,” Dix said. A high school student from John Glen, Olivia Gonzales said her interest in speaking Spanish comes from a desire to talk with her family from Mexico. “I want to be able to speak full sentences with them,” she said. Another high school student from John Glen, Courtney Mellios, believes that learning a foreign language is a requirement for anyone wanting to work in a global market. “It is important to be able to connect with the rest of the world,” she said. “That’s why I do it.”

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At This Time In University History 40 Years Ago

Dr. Samuel Marble, SVC’s president, and James Barcia, the student government president, issued a statement in which they pledged to continually support SVC in all its endeavors. Their plans included strengthening the cooperative liaison with the outside community, enlisting legislative support for more financial support and a summer conference for the Student Senate.

35 Years Ago

Almost 1,250 students shared roughly $1.7 million in financial assistance. The money was split up between students, college work-study programs and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program.

30 Years Ago

Dr. S. K. Yun, chairman of the physics department, was published in “Physical Review D,” a research journal for the American Physical Society. The paper presented a theory unifying three generations of quarks and leptons.

25 Years Ago

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid as part of the Financial Aid Outreach program presented Financial Aid Awareness Week. The purpose of the week was to assist returning students in preparation of the new semester.

20 Years Ago

Governor Engler appointed Robert H. Walpole, a Cass City businessman, to SVSU’s Board of Control. Walpole had been a part of the SVSU Foundation for almost ten years and was the president of the Walbro Engine Management Cooperation of Cass City.

15 Years Ago

Eric Petersen, professor of history, led students through a tour of Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries.

10 Years Ago

The Grand Opening celebration for the Student Technology Center takes place in the Melvin J. Zahnow library. The center was originally designed to only help students with computer software training, but has grown into a much more useful resource for students and faculty alike.

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Studying Japanese culture, one adventure at a time faculty-led Japan study abroad trip, led by Elison Boles in spring 2011. Smith said although that was the first time she left the U.S., she knew it wouldn’t be her last. “It had always been a dream for me to go to Japan,” she said. “There is no better way to be immersed in the culture than to see it firsthand.” Smith said the first trip was everything she had hoped for, because they visited popular tourist attractions as well as unique places that only people who have lived there know about. She shared that going on a trip with Boles was rewarding because he had spent nearly six years living in Japan and could share so many stories. The following year, when Smith heard that Boles was going to lead another study abroad trip to Japan, this time spending four days in Tokyo, she knew she was going again. “There is no city in the world like Tokyo,” she said. “Boles took us places you can’t go in travel books.” Boles is planning on leading another study abroad trip to Japan in the summer of 2014. Students will visit Tokyo and earn three credits in the field of sociology. Smith’s interest in Japanese culture also got her interested in the JCC, which started as an on-campus group nearly two years ago. “We really want to promote intercultural

By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor Since a young age, Madison Smith has been drawn to Japanese culture. When Smith was 15 years old, she regularly watched anime shows, listened to Japanese singers and played video games. “It was the Japanese music that got me focused on language and from then on I knew that this is what I want to do with my life,” she said. She said the more she read, the more she wanted to know. When she first began attending SVSU, Smith was a computer science major. “I originally wanted to make those video games,” she said. “I think every college student has to go through this. They have to figure out what they really love, which for me is culture.” Smith is a senior international studies major with an Asian focus. She is also acting president of the Japanese Culture Club (JCC). She said although she has an “Asian focus,” she often tells people she has a “Japanese focus.” Her passion for Japan and the Japanese culture caused her to pursue traveling there, which she did twice. Smith was one of the first students to sign up for the first-ever

understanding, awareness and peace between the U.S. and Japan,” she said. “The only way for us to understand it is to research and give students a chance to get to know it before they judge it.” Each week, the JCC offers different topics for discussion, such as TV shows, movies and calligraphy. Last week, Mark DeWolf-Ott, the manager of operations at the Japanese Culture Center in Saginaw, came in to do a presentation about origami. “We just try to push Japanese culture and understanding as much as possible,” Smith said. As a senior, Smith hopes to pursue her passions after graduation. She had considered teaching English in Japan as well as continuing her education in graduate school, perhaps in the library science program at the University of Michigan. Smith said the University of Michigan has an Asia Library, which has always interested her. Smith said above everything, she wants to see more of the world. “I want to get out there and see everything,” she said. “There are limitless benefits to getting out and seeing what the rest of the world has to offer.”

Student Association endeavors to reform responsibilities of parliamentarian position I’m glad the association has taken an active interest in making changes to the position,” said Daniel Chapman, Student Association parliamentarian. “In the past, we have had issues with parliamentarians failing to issue rulings on business which raised questions relating to our governing documents.” “Essentially, the resolution would limit the parliamentarian to only ruling on the meaning of the governing documents themselves when the

By Katelyn Davis Vanguard Staff Writer Members of Student Association are working towards reforming its parliamentarian position to alter its duties as representative and limit the current procedure of the position in giving an opinion. H.R 13-11 legislation recently discussed was sponsored by Zachary Eick and co-sponsored by Daniel Hill, and has not yet been voted on because the language needs to be clarified beforehand. It would require a formal presentation with a question of written interpretation of the governing documents of the association before the parliamentarian could issue an opinion. If passed, H.R. 13-11 would breach the Charter because according to part of the association’s bylaws, resolutions must be approved by the parliamentarian to verify that infringement of the legislation doesn’t occur. The section states, “The business of theAssociation shall, in all matters, be governed by this Charter, by By-Laws properly adopted by the Association, and meetings will be conducted using the version of Robert’s Rules of Order that the Parliamentarian specifies at the beginning of his/ her term.” If legislation is approved, the parliamentarian would not be able to rule on matters of procedure applicable to the business of the association, which is required by the charter. “I think the parliamentarian and the judicial structure of the association could benefit from some reform, and

I think the parliamentarian and the judicial structure of the association could benefit from some reform.”

Daniel Chapman Student Association Parliamentarian charter charges them with ruling on much more than just the meaning of the governing documents,” Chapman said. He said the resolution would allow the parliamentarian to rule solely on ‘the meaning of the governing documents’ and he/she would not have a say on processes of SA. Chapman said, “[H.R.] 13-11 may be revised to gain approval so that the association may adopt it at [its] next

meeting if the representatives so choose. I think [it]… needs to find a balance between the parliamentarian being completely independent of requests for an opinion and the parliamentarian being completely dependent on others to identify instances where a ruling is appropriate.” H.R. 13-12 by Andy Rexford and co-sponsored by Greg Gardner, Zack Eick and Cody McKay, and passed by representatives, which would require the parliamentarian to forfeit their duty as representative. Although the legislation passed, it has been ruled by the parliamentarian not to take immediate effect. Though Chapman said he supports the changes of H.R. 13-12, he believes it to be “effectively dead” because of a conflict with the charter. “If the charter is changed at some point in a way to resolve the conflict, approval may be given retroactively at that time.” Chapman said 13-12 would be impossible to change. According to the bylaws, the resolution must come through a charter amendment, though the author of 13-12 may later introduce a charter amendment to accomplish the change. A majority vote by the student body must be in approval on a charter amendment for it to pass. Chapman said he hopes the members who “feel strongly” about the proposed resolution will seek to enact a charter amendment to make changes to the parliamentarian position, as it has only been modified once in the last 16 years.

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International studies major Madison Smith has traveled to Japan twice. Smith’s fascination with Japanese culture began years ago, and she plans to continue studying the country after graduation.

Sexual assault prevention group plans to encourage bystander intervention training, promote safety, awareness By Hillary Degner Vanguard Staff Writer One in four college-aged women will be a survivor of attempted or completed rape. SVSU students plan to begin a sexual assault prevention education group on campus to bring attention to these statistics. Multiple students have approached Sara Martinez, assistant director at the Student Counseling Center, about the creation of this group. “I just saw a need and then when students kept talking about it, I couldn’t just sit there and not do anything,” Martinez said. To be involved in the group, students must undergo training. Students will learn about sexual assault on college campuses, health education principles, bystander intervention and what techniques other college groups use. Training in bystander intervention will equip students with the skills to step up and help another person who is in an unsafe situation. Martinez wants the group to be primarily student-led. Students involved in training will brainstorm ideas for the direction they want the group to take. “Our students know what they need. They’re going to know what their peers need,” she said. Tasha Bragg, professional and technical writing junior, plans to attend the training program. “It’s a topic I’ve always been interested in. With it being 2013, I don’t

think the awareness is as prominent as it should be,” Bragg said. Martinez wants students to know that the group will not be an anti-male group. Sexual assault also happens to males and Martinez encourages men to become involved. “We’ll be exploring a lot of different ways to keep everyone safe,” Martinez said. The group aims to create a culture change and Martinez says this will happen when both men and women are involved. Another goal for the group is to educate students about the community resources that are available to survivors of sexual assault. Bragg hopes SVSU students become more aware of sexual assault and realize that it is unacceptable in any form. “I know friends who have had cases of sexual assault and I have experiences of it. No one should have to go through that,” she said. About 60 students have emailed Martinez with interest in the group. “The response that we got has been fantastic,” Martinez said. Martinez hopes the group will be established this school year and run an event. “I want people to know they have a presence on campus,” Martinez said. To get more information about the group or sexual assault in general, students can contact Martinez at

Remedial classes aim for all-around improvement By Kylie Wojciechowski Vanguard Staff Writer Students who pass ENGL 080, MATH 081 or MATH 082 won’t receive university credits, but they will come away with skills and knowledge not offered by any other type of class. Any class under the 100-level at Saginaw Valley is considered a remedial class, meant to acquaint each student to the basics of the particular subject, while equipping him or her with a solid foundation upon which general education classes will then build. A student is placed into ENGL 080 if he or she scores a 15 or lower on the English portion of the ACT. A student is placed in MATH 081 if he or she scores a 16 or lower on the math portion; MATH 082 is the class for those scoring between a 17 and 20. These classes are the primary mechanism with which the university enables less-prepared students to achieve the general aptitude that they need to earn a bachelor’s degree in a timely manner. There are also other programs set up to offer these students social and financial support. Christina Montgomery is an ENGL 080 professor who is actively challenging her students to reach that level of general capability. Her classroom isn’t so much focused on specialized skills in writing as it is on helping students understand where they are in the ever-elusive writing process. “The outcomes are so different in that this is a course that prepares students to be successful in

their 100- level courses, so the focus of the course is to give students the background in writing they need to have success,” Montgomery said. Zach Gibson is a former ENGL 080 student and now tutors students taking the class. “(The class) improved my writing dramatically, which, as most students know, is a skill that is needed in almost every class offered here. It also gave me the confidence to know that, if I did put in the hard work, I could achieve anything.” Crystal Brinson is also a former ENGL 080 student and a current tutor. “I can testify that being placed in that class was honestly an opportunity that has allowed me thrive in my college career.” As tutors, Gibson and Brinson do more than teach current ENGL 080 students about structure, organization, word choice and cohesion of academic papers. “As tutors, (we are also) there to provide students with peer to peer assistance in helping them …develop as students,” Brinson said. That kind of support that goes beyond the classroom is also offered by the math department to students in both MATH 081 and 082. Nancy Colwell and Amy Hlavacek, in addition to the MATH 081 and 082 professors and tutors, provide tutorial support through the Center for Academic Achievement. They also initiate, administer and maintain self-paced sections of the classes that have been in place since fall 2008. Like ENGL 080 is able to offer scholastic building blocks to its students in preparation for

higher-level courses, MATH 081 and 082 do the same. “On a more basic level, these math classes help students improve their precision, accuracy and their ability to follow the steps of a set procedure or algorithm,” Hlavacek said. “On a higher level, these courses teach critical thinking, logical reasoning and problem solving skills that are invaluable in any field.” Of course, students can only obtain these skills if they have the desire and take the initiative to achieve them. “Many of our students have obligations or severe anxiety that may prevent them from taking full advantage of the available resources,” Colwell added. There are critics of remedial programs, however. Bruce Vandal, vice president at Complete College America, an analytical company purposed towards preparing universities to graduate a higher percentage of students, is one of them. “Essentially, we’re saying these students who are at the most risk already – we’re going to make them do more,” Vandal said. Saginaw Valley, however, takes that criticism in stride. There are many new programs implemented to fully encompass all of the needs of less-prepared students. Their academic needs are not the only thing being met. The increased workloads and participation of these students is not without benefit. “That kind of all-embracing support can’t be measured against statistics,” said James Dwyer, vice president of Enrollment Management.


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Campus Beat Column


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Student leaders being stretched thin among involvements

Books more valuable physically, not electronically

By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Columnist What is the point of libraries anymore? Everything should be put online so we don’t have to waste trees or space for useless books that no one even reads any longer. Now I can’t speak for every person who reads this, but the above statement sounds completely ridiculous to me, for a multitude of reasons. It doesn’t take a year of working as a librarian, even though that’s exactly what I have done, to understand that books and the buildings that house them are as integral as always, not only to academics but also to people simply looking to get into a good book. Through my 15 hours a week working at the Melvin J. Zahnow library, I see every different type of person imaginable on a college campus continually check out materials that would be impossible to find elsewhere. But the many people who I have spoken with on this subject conclude that all that needs to be done is a simple transfer of all the printed material into electronic resources. Except this would be no simple task. In the back of the library, there are thousands of archived books and materials that have close to zero extra copies floating around in existence. Firstly, it would take countless months or even years to make a dent in transferring the books through scanning. Scanning each page of each book would be the only logical way to switch over the written material, and the libraries just do not have the kind of manpower that would be necessary. It just wouldn’t be exactly beneficial for all of the books to be transferred electronically. After the scanning is complete, there would be no more need for the employees who depend on the library for their weekly wages or the building that houses all of the materials. What would we do with all of the space used for the books? Is there any real need for all of the space or would just as “useless” things go in its place? Secondly, there are many books in the archives that are special because they are one of the only copies left in print. If these books were to

be hosted online where anyone could access them, they automatically become increasingly devalued and normalized. Where it once might have been a 17th century first edition, after the online transfer it will be just another collection of essays that could have been typed up 20 or two years ago. They simply lose their power. There is something immensely satisfying when you have a book physically in your hands. You can feel the weight of the book, the physical proof of its existence. You can visualize the cover art or the designs of the fonts inside the pages. Even the smell of a freshly bought book can be a pleasure of its own. I know personally that one of the attributes of my dream house is an extensive library collection filled with actual books, not a computer with all of the materials stuffed inside. Thirdly, the discussion of getting rid of physical libraries is a slippery slope because once they go, what part of our past will be destroyed next? Comparatively, Blockbuster just announced the closing of the last of its stores beginning in 2014. With the rise of the Internet and the cheap treasure trove that is Netflix, video rental stores have sadly become a thing of the past. The reason I say this is sad is because going out to rent movies on the weekends was a huge part of my childhood, something I would wait all week for like it was a present. It wasn’t entirely about the actual film we watched, it was about going out to the store as a family, debating on which movies to select, and getting together to spend quality time that is still memorable to this day. Libraries are in the same boat. It isn’t always about the material being read, it’s about the library as a living organism. It’s about being ready to help the campus community with almost anything they might need. Even if a student doesn’t need to check out a book, the library might be the only quiet place for them to study or just work on whatever they need to work on. It is a friendly, calm and quiet place that asks nothing of its guests but continued use. So why should libraries become extinct? In my mind there is yet to be convincing evidence that they are illogical and unwanted in our modern times. If anything, people could be utilizing their libraries more, even if only to look through the shelves to find an interesting book to read.

By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief As many know, I’m not just the editor-inchief of this newspaper that I’ve been a part of since December of 2010. I also have the honor of serving roles in Residential Life, Program Board, the National Residence Hall Honorary, several committees, Cardinal Sins, Orientation Programs, Club Red, Residence Housing Association, and the list goes onward from there. I’m not the only one who plays many roles at the university. Most of us student leaders find ourselves multitasking among many involvements at the university. When one finds oneself serving on one executive board, they are often on another one as well. Many Vanguardians play some sort of role in one or more organizations on campus, as well. This is a fantastic thing, don’t get me wrong. This opens the doors for these organizations to collaborate more often, get connected with the accurate resources, and overall be knowledgable about what’s going on. It stops other organizations (for the most part) from stepping on each others’ toes when it comes to programming. However, it does cause some issues. A lot of these leaders are stretching themselves thin. I won’t be the first one to admit my social life is extremely limited. I consider tasks such as delivering care packages as stress relief and organization meetings in which I’m

not on the executive board as my social time. My duties throughout the day have grown to where I don’t even like spending the time to make a to-do list because it’s wasting valuable time I could be using to work on something else. Even our Student Association president serves roles as a peer adviser, Club Red ambassador, NRHH member, RHA conference delegate and more. A resigned Residential Life staff member said before he left that the group of student leaders is the best group of leaders he has ever seen. And I’d vouch that he is mostly correct. The problem now is that many of these leaders are very close to graduation. Who will take the place of the ones in leadership positions next year and the years after? It’s a large recycling process of leadership. Some very exciting projects are happening at the university, and only a few very devoted student leaders are devoting themselves to these projects. These projects need support by all student leaders. But because of how stretched thin they are, these projects are falling. Student leaders are connected to a large portion of the campus community. It takes five minutes of a leader’s time to invite users to a Facebook event. It takes seconds to make a Facebook status about it. One of the most important things when it comes to getting students to university events is for leaders to be enthusiastic about them. Unfortunately, that enthusiasm isn’t always there. How can I tell? There are some students who don’t know this year is the university’s 50th anniversary. There are some students who don’t know what Battle of the Valleys is or that it’s this week. Being a leader isn’t a title. It’s what you do with that title that is important. Tyler Bradley is a graphic design senior. Reach him at

Visit for more opinion articles: “Miley Cyrus: The hero radio deserves, but does not need” By Dylan Powell The U.S. alone uses four million tons of copy paper annually, about 27 pounds per person. Even with recycling, a large amount of paper ends up buried in landfills.

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Evan Poirier and Logan Mooney are graphic design seniors and the Vanguard’s cartoonists. Reach them at empoirie@ and ltmooney@

Letter to the Editor

The Valley Vanguard Editorial Board, June 2013

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The most obvious task of Student Association is to collect and voice the concerns of the students. Their preamble itself clearly displays this task with upmost importance: “We, the students of Saginaw Valley State University, do establish the Student Association of Saginaw Valley State University to represent student concern and advance student priorities, to serve as a catalyst for positive University change…..” It could be contended that the students are not upholding their responsibility, which is to contact SA with concerns. Even so, I would attribute the lack of student involvement as a failure on SA’s part. Students simply do not know how, when and where to contact SA. Perhaps, SA is adhering to goals and I am just uninformed. But to that I say that I should be informed; we all should be informed! I have not once read any type of report published by SA proving that they are adhering to and working on their goals. SA is our student government, and in the real world the government is held accountable to its constituents. How are we, the students, supposed to know that our representatives are doing something if they don’t tell us? Recently, a prominent student concern was mentioned on Facebook by an SA representative. The topic was the website blocking policy implemented at the beginning of this academic year. The promise was to bring the concern to the University administration if it appeared enough students felt strongly. If more than 100 “likes” and about a dozen individual comments do not portray a point of contention among students, then I do not know what SA is looking for. To my knowledge nothing substantial has occurred in regards to this, but I will stay optimistic for now. I believe in the idea of a student body government. I have trust in the representatives that have been elected to our Student Association. I see much potential in the role of SA on campus in being a legitimate vehicle for students to voice their concern, receive monetary support, and become involved in the campus community. For SA to be as effective as it truly can be, it must recognize both its strengths and weaknesses and make appropriate changes. It must think deeply about its overall mission and detailed goals. It must realize that it has the capacity to be so much more than an allocating machine. And it must realize that it is indeed our association. Marissa Geyer Senior, Political Science Major

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Theater junior Myers sets the stage for biggest role yet By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor

Vanguard photo | Tyler Bradley Theater junior Dakotah Myers will be playing Max Bialystock in SVSU’s upcoming production of “The Producers.” Myers said different roles allow him to constantly improve.

Dakotah Myers always has wanted to be in musical theater,, and now he is going to sing his heart out as Max Bialystock in the awardwinning musical production “The Producers.” Myers’ role as Bialystock will be his first main-stage musical role, but he is no stranger to the SVSU theater department, previously playing roles in more than ten SVSU Theater Department productions, including “Wily and the Hairy Man,” “Agamemnon,” “Incorruptible,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Buried Child,” “Death of a Salesman,” “Moon Over Buffalo,” “Luv,” as well as both Christmas shows. Additionally, he was the stage manager of “All in the Timing.” His interest in theater started before college after he saw his first play, “Cinderella,” which was performed by his high school drama class. “All I could say was, ‘Whoa, it’s like a real life movie,’” Myers said. He said he always has loved entertaining people. “I realized back then that this was a craft I could really hone.” Upon coming to Saginaw Valley, he received the President’s Scholarship as well as the SVSU Theater Department Scholarship. “I was able to pursue acting from the very start,” he said. Myers said he enjoys seeing people come together to appreciate a performance. “When everyone is there and being entertained together, it is just the best,” he said. He said that his parents originally didn’t want him to pursue acting and the arts, but he chose instead to follow his passion. He said often the stereotype is that if people choose to pursue the arts, they are not smart enough for the medical or science field. Myers said people don’t realize there are two different types of intelligence — an analytical vs. an emotional or creative one. He said

he never regrets this decision. “I am just as smart for going into the arts as I am for not going to be a doctor,” he said. As a junior, Myers already is beginning to look toward the future. He is a two-time nominee for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Last year his was nominated for his role in “Buried Child” and this year for his performance in “Death of a Salesman.” He admits to seeing where his passion for acting could take him, and is willing to “go for it.” Myers hopes to continue acting after graduation and eventually continue his education in graduate school in Chicago, specializing in musical theater. “For me, I feel I can do more to shape a character through musical theater than through standard acting. I am honored to play (Max) Bialystock.” “The Producers” is the largest and one of the most well-known plays the SVSU Theater Department will have produced. It was chosen in honor of the 50th anniversary celebration. Myers said audience members should expect to see SVSU’s version of “The Producers.” “People are expecting ‘the movie.’ Well, instead they are going to see a show done our way.” Myers said the upcoming production is a highpoint of his acting career at SVSU because not only does he get to represent the SVSU Theater Department, the 50th university celebration, but also he gets to participate in musical theater. He said he has grown greatly as an actor by constantly learning and improving. “I’ve found that if you can’t take constructive criticism and if you can’t shape yourself into a better actor, then this isn’t the field for you. “The Producers” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-23 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.

Inspiring hope through Christian music Steel pan group holds first official performance By Eric Spitz Vanguard Staff Writer Spirits were high as students attended a Christian Concert in the Rhea Miller Music Hall in Curtiss Hall last Thursday. Scott Michael Bennett, a world-known Christian musician, performed at the free event. Donations were encouraged to the Saginaw Adventist Community Services. Adventist Students for Christ, an oncampus RSO organized the concert. Ethan Booms, member of the Adventist Students for Christ, made this concert happen in hopes of bringing people on campus together to share a bond that music creates. “I decided to have (the concert) so that we could use it as an outreach tool. Our denomination is very large in outreach and trying to spread the message of Jesus to everyone,” Booms said. “This, to me, seemed like one of the best ways to try to reach the campus of SVSU. Also, it would give a way for fellow Christians to get together and enjoy one of the best ways of worshiping God, through music.” The concert was an hour and a half in length, with a mix of songs performed on both guitar and piano, along with a sermon of Bennett discussing personal experiences he’s gone through in his life. Videos and photos were used during certain points of the concert to demonstrate the points he was making and enhance the overall message he was sending. The sermon style speaking mixed with Christian style music seemed to resonate well with the audience.

“(The concert) touched me and made me cry. It was very emotional,” said occupational therapy and Spanish senior Payton Hall. Bennett was trying to send the message to find your purpose in life, rather than just going through the motions. Though the concert was labeled as a “Christian concert,” students found that people could be able to take something from the show, regardless of their beliefs. “Music breaks that barrier (of music, and) makes it have less pressure,” said Katie Head, professional and technical writing senior. “It’s interesting how music can make you picture and think of things differently.” Before touring the country with his music, Bennett worked an IT job in Arizona. Feeling like he should be doing more with his life, Bennett decided to follow his original passion: music. Another underlying theme throughout the show was for you to pursue what you’re passionate about, regardless of the competition or financial limitations. “You need to major in what you’re passionate about, even if you think there’s no money in it,” Bennett said. Currently living in a renovated greyhound bus, Bennett tours the country with his wife performing music, spreading his message and telling his story. Not only were students moved by the message that Bennett was sending, but he receives a lot of self-satisfaction from the work that he does. “(What drives me to do these performers is) knowing that someone’s life was touched, and connecting with people in a way that I’ve never been able to before,” Bennett said.

By Bret Hauff Vanguard Staff Writer When people think of steel pan instruments, most immediately think of a happy-go-lucky Caribbean scene. Valley Steel broke these stereotypes last Monday playing genres from jazz to African style music in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Valley Steel, a steel pan RSO, has reached the landmark of their first official concert on campus. Valley Steel started off their concert with “Meditations on an African Theme.” This piece showed the roots of steel pan music, as it was originated during the British colonization of Africa. Next, the group played “Soca,” or Caribbean music. These songs included “Day-O,” or as some may know as “The Banana Song,” as well as “Sugar Boom Boom.” Valley Steel played famous jazz tunes, including “Louie, Louie” and “Watermelon Man.” The last song of the concert was “Dee Mwa Wee,” a piece composed by Andy Narell and accompanied by Jeff Hall on saxaphone. “’Dee Mwa Wee’ is a very challenging piece, but (the students in Valley Steel) really stepped up to the plate,” adviser Brandon Haskett said. The students seemed to agree. “Dee Mwa Wee was the bane of my existence for the past few weeks,” said music sophomore Emily Greene. “It was a challenge for me, but it stretched me as a musician.” Valley Steel was established in late January, due to a donation from the Joseph And Karen

Krantz Family Charitable Foundation. Valley Steel was able to purchase nine steel pans plus stands, mallets, cases, and sheet music with the donation of $29,000. For most students involved with Valley Steel, it was their first experience with steel pans. Only two out of the 11 students in Valley Steel have had experience with the instrument. “Students see it as a learning experience, not only for them, but for the audience,” said guest art student Alyssa Cozard. “I hope the audience was able to see the broad range of music on campus.” Valley Steel is having another concert next year with the St. Louis High School pan group. This concert will include the student and adult Valley Steel groups, the first performance for the adult group. “lt’s a laid back group,” Cozard said. “It’s just kind of chill.” Greene said the group is relaxed, but organized. Haskett agreed, saying that Valley Steel is an RSO, and fun by its inherent nature. “Valley Steel is a hard-working RSO. The students are very involved and extremely selfmotivated. This is ‘the icing on the cake,’” Haskett said. The group is led by Brandon Haskett, an assistant professor in the music department. Haskett has played steel pan since 2001 and loves sharing his passion with the students, leading by example. According to Haskett, the group has great confidence leading to an unbreakable trust between all members of the group.

Local area’s ignorance distracts from average indie rock

Tim Windy is a creative writing senior and Vanguard reviewer. Reach him at tmwindy@ SAGINAW 12 & FASHION SQUARE 10 THEATERS


Given what’s typically reviewed in this space, you probably thought this week belonged to Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” or maybe M.I.A.’s “Matangi,” or even the film “12 Years a Slave,” in spite of its already having been out for the past three weeks. (On a side note, why aren’t the Saginaw 12 or the Fashion Square 10 showing “12 Years a Slave”? Has anyone else wondered this? The film is nearly

universally critically acclaimed and is already a top contender for the Academy Award for Best Picture and not a single theater, a single showtime, in either of those multiplexes has been or will be dedicated to airing it. Who made the decision to make such an important film unavailable for public viewing and why?) So you’re probably wondering why I’m reviewing “Surfing Strange,” the second release from the marginally popular band Swearin’, but that question doesn’t really matter in light of the potentially troubling observation you were just exposed to in the preceding parenthetical statement. Swearin’, a four-piece indie rock band based in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, is the current artistic residence of 24-year-old Allison Crutchfield, previously of P.S. Eliot, a group she formed with her twin sister, Katie. (I mean, if you don’t stray much from the Saginaw area, then what new films you’re able to see are limited to what you can pirate and what’s playing at the Saginaw 12 and the Fashion Square 10.) The breakup of P.S. Eliot marked the sisters’ sonic departure from one another, Allison following an electrified, group-oriented path with Swearin’ and Katie seeking an acoustic, solitary path as Waxahatchee. “Surfing Strange” sees the cleft between the sisters widen further as Allison’s group produces a higher fidelity re-envisioning of the ‘90s alternative rock influences suggested in their self-titled debut.

It also sees Allison increasingly sharing vocal duty with her bandmates Kyle Gilbride on guitar and Keith Spencer on bass. (Yes, there is the matter of operating a profitable venture and showing those films that will attract the most customers, but “12 Years a Slave” is performing well in the box office, having broken into the top 10 a week after its release and risen steadily to be, at the time of writing, this week’s seventh-highest grossing box office film.) As previously stated, a multitude of alternative rock influences are compressed into “Surfing Strange.” The use of whammy bar on the chorus riff in “Dust in the Gold Sack” recalls the shoegaze textures of My Bloody Valentine. “Watered Down” sounds like an unreleased outtake from Pavement’s “Slanted & Enchanted.” Nirvana comparisons are plentiful. The fuzzed-out guitars intervening in “Melanoma” sound sampled from “Bleach” and the fragmented imagery of “Curdled” invokes Cobain’s lyrical knack. (Though the reduced accessibility of the Saginaw 12 due to construction may have some bearing on what movies are played, the Fashion Square 10 has no such potential excuse. Currently, the first-, second-, third-, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-, and tenth-highest grossing films are being shown at the Fashion Square 10, along with “Thor: Dark World,” which hasn’t yet been ranked by the box office. Assuming that the box office figures are representative of the performance of the same films on a local level,

which may or may not be the case, to maximize profit, it would make sense to stop showing the remake of “Carrie” and to show “12 Years a Slave” instead.) (Even so, why isn’t it being shown for its artistic merit alone?) Oh. The starred rating above is my judgment of the failure of the Saginaw 12 and the Fashion Square 10 to show “12 Years a Slave,” not my rating of “Surfing Strange” which deserves to be arbitrarily awarded three to maybe four stars out of five because it is actually a pretty decent record (though the self-titled debut is better).

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sports Senior day draws in big victory briefs FOOTBALL

By Joey Oliver

Vanguard Staff Writer

Football • Saturday, Nov. 16, @ Grand Valley

State University, Battle of the Valleys, 1 p.m., Allendale

Men’s Club Hockey • Saturday, Nov. 16, @ Central

Michigan University, 4 p.m., Mount Pleasant Ice Arena, Mount Pleasant

Men’s Basketball • Monday, Nov. 11, vs. Alma College,

7 p.m., University Center

Women’s Volleyball • Friday, Nov. 15, vs. Northern

Michigan, 7 p.m., University Center • Saturday, Nov. 16, vs. Michigan Tech, Senior Night, 2 p.m., University Center

The SVSU football team routed the Northern Michigan Wildcats on Saturday at Wickes Field on their way to clinching the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division. The final score was 52-17 as the Cardinal’s offense once again put up points and yards in bunches. It was senior day for the Cards as they celebrated the careers of 16 seniors on the team. Included, were seniors Jon Jennings and Jeff Janis who both helped lead SVSU’s offense to another dominating performance. “It was bittersweet (to be playing for, potentially, the last time at Wickes field),” Jennings said. “It’s crazy that I’m in the last phase of my career, but it has been great and it was a great win for us today.” The day started poorly for the Cardinals’ offense as on its first play from scrimmage senior running back Norman Shuford fumbled the football. The ball was quickly recovered by the Northern Michigan defense. Two plays later, however, the Wildcats surrendered the ball back to the Cards when sophomore defensive back Travon Hamilton intercepted a Shaye Brown pass. On its second opportunity of the game, the SVSU offense was much more in sync. Jennings found Janis three times on the possession that stretched 96 yards before connecting with Janis once more for a 31-yard scoring toss. Little did the Northern Michigan defense know that the senior duo was only getting started. The Wildcats were able to drive the length of the field on 12 plays on their next possession before settling for a John Oberheide 26-yard field goal. Both teams exchanged punts before there was another Janis sighting at Wickes Stadium. This time, Jennings found Janis for a 95-yard strike on a post route that allowed Janis to get behind the secondary. The score made it 14-3 Cardinals. After a Northern Michigan three-and-out, the Cards were able to move down the field again. However, the drive stalled, resulting in a 50-yard field goal by junior kicker Scott Stanford. Stanford has shown a strong leg throughout the season, hitting from as far out as 51 yards earlier this season. The Wildcats dug themselves into a deeper hole on their next offensive possession. Looking to throw the ball outside, Brown was once again picked off - this time by senior defensive back Jon Bryant.

Vanguard file photo Senior wide receiver Jeff Janis put on yet another stunning performance at Wickes Field, catching eight balls for 280 yards and four touchdowns. Janis leads the GLIAC in touchdowns with 14. Bryant returned it 45 yards for the score, extending the Cardinals’ lead to 24-3. The Cards weren’t done there. On its next offensive drive, SVSU found the end zone again. This time it was on the ground as senior running back Mark Mays got in on the action from three yards out. SVSU would manage to score once again before halftime. Once again, Janis found the end zone to put the Cardinals on the board. The 10-yard strike was the third connection from Jennings to Janis. As Jennings put it, Janis is simply a great player. “Jeff is just a great, talented football player,” he said. “He makes things easy with his speed and playmaking ability. “A lot of the credit goes to the rest of the team as well like the line blocking, the run setting it all up. It’s a team effort but Jeff is a great player.” At halftime the score was 38-3, SVSU. The second half brought more scoring. This time, Jennings kept it himself, running it in from six-yards out after a great fake to the running back. On its next drive the Wildcats finally found the

end zone when Brown connected with Christian Jesse from six yards out. Whatever momentum they had gained was short-lived as Jennings would once again find Janis for a touchdown two possessions later. Northern Michigan would score again the fourth quarter to make it a 52-17 final. Lost in the game’s offensive explosion was the strong defensive play by the much maligned Cardinal defense. The unit logged two sacks and eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage showing an aggressive nature throughout the course of the game. Ahead for the Cardinals is the Battle of the Valleys against rival Grand Valley State University. The game will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. The contest has multiple implications resting on its result. If the Cardinals win then they should be playoff bound. If they lose, however, their playoff chances seem highly unlikely.


Building a program, culture, life in 2013 By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor

While winning is an important aspect of any varsity program, the SVSU men’s basketball team is focused on building a winning culture and attitude. Friday night, the men’s basketball team started its 2013-2014 campaign with a home victory over Olivet, 92-50. While winning is a great way for any team to kick off its season, for head coach Randy Baruth, there’s more to this program. “We are coming into this season focusing not just on winning or losing,” Baruth said. “We’re looking to build a culture and help these guys learn.” Baruth is in his second season as the head coach of the men’s basketball team. Last season, he posted a 12-13 overall record while going 10-12 in his first year against GLIAC competition. Last season’s team featured a number of senior leaders adjusting to a new system. With only three upperclassmen returning, Baruth and his team are facing new challenges. “Some will say we’re young with all the guys from last year gone,” Baruth said. “But we don’t concern ourselves with that. “It’s basically like we’re starting over two years in a row.” Beyond just learning what skills some of the new faces bring, Baruth said learning different players’ personalities was key, along with teaching them the right way to play. “We’re building a culture of learning and getting these guys to learn how to play hard, as tough as they can and to make sacrifices for the team,” Baruth said. “Depth is huge for any team and we want our guys to understand that sacrificing minutes and scoring for the benefit of the team is where we want to be.” Beyond basketball, Baruth said his second year at SVSU has brought more familiarity with the university as well as the region. “Not only are we rebuilding a program, but my wife and I are rebuilding our lives here,” Baruth said. “We had never been to this area before, but after our first year, we love it here. “There are a lot of good people here and I love being here.” The Olivet win was the first regular season

victory following two exhibition wins to start the season. The Cardinals have three non-conference games remaining before starting up the GLIAC schedule. Looking ahead, Baruth said he wasn’t concerned about the conference games just yet. “We have advanced scouting that looks ahead at these teams and the assistant coaches look into them, but I’m more worried about this team,” Baruth said. “We need to focus on doing our thing.” On the court, SVSU hammered Olivet in all facets of the game Friday. The Cardinals out-

There are a lot of good people here and I love being here.” Randy Baruth Head coach, Men’s Basketball

rebounded Olivet 42-35 while smothering Olivet’s offense to 29 percent shooting from the floor. Olivet also had 19 turnovers compared to SVSU’s seven. Junior forward Kalen Foreman and freshman forward Calvin Turnage led the Cardinals in scoring with 14 apiece. Foreman and Turnage contributed on the boards, snatching up three and five rebounds, respectively. Turnage, along with sophomore guards Sterling Johnson and Vincent Adams contributed off the bench. Johnson put up 11 with three assists and four rebounds, while Adams had 10 points to go with two steals. Bench play is critical for SVSU’s success according to coach Baruth. “If you look at a lot of the more successful, smaller schools who made it far in the NCAA tournament last year, a lot of those teams didn’t have a single player averaging double digits in points,” Baruth said. “They were ten deep and every player contributed. “That’s what we’re looking to do this season.” The Cardinals will be back in action tonight at 7 p.m. when they take on Alma College in O’Neill Arena.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert The Cardinals defense smothered Olivet on Friday, holding the Comets to just 29 percent shooting from the field, out-rebounding Olivet 42-35 and forcing 19 turnovers.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert Sophomore guard Damon Bozeman (No. 11) helped lead the starting lineup with 12 points, four assists and six rebounds in his 22 minutes of play.

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End of era for seniors in tournament loss By Joey Oliver Vanguard Staff Writer The men’s soccer team began its quest to return to the national championship last week with the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) tournament. Sunday saw SVSU matchup against Ohio Dominican, the host of this year’s GLIAC tournament. During the regular season, the Cardinals failed to defeat the Panthers in either of their two matches, losing 2-1 and tying 2-2, respectively. Sixteen minutes into the third matchup, Ohio Dominican jumped ahead with a Jakob Szabo goal. The Cards were quick to answer, however, with a goal from the freshman player of the year Jordan Kalk, assisted by senior Zach Walega. The second half was the opposite of the first, without any goals from either team. Overtime would once again be needed to determine a winner. In a second overtime, the Wildcats took the lead off a goal from Frazer Fernandes. Ohio Dominican would not surrender its lead, holding on to the win 2-1, thus winning the GLIAC. Coach Cale Wassermann said that despite the tough loss, he was proud of his player’s effort over the entire season. “It was a great battle with two extremely talented, hard working teams,” he said. “It was a tough game but our guys did everything and left it all on the field and I’m really proud of everybody.

“It was a tough-fought season, especially for our seniors who ended their careers today as the winningest senior class in SVSU history.” With the end of the GLIAC tournament, SVSU’s record stands at 11-4-5, 8-2-4 in the GLIAC. Wassermann will look to replenish the team with fresh talent as eight players will be graduating. “We lose some key guys with Taylor Clarke being our captain and a four-year starter, Zach Walega who was great for us today, Lachlan Savage was an all-region player last year,” he said. “These guys are key pieces for us, but at the same time we have the offensive player of the year in Tyler Channell, the defensive player of the year in Michael Lamb and the freshman player of the year in Jordan Kalk and all of those guys are returning.” Wasserman said that the departing seniors could go down as one of the best groups in SVSU history. “They’re a special group of seniors and I’m really proud of what they’ve done,” he said. “This senior class has won 50 games in four years which is an unbelievable number at any college level. “They’ve also won two GLIAC championships, been to three GLIAC championship tournament finals, a regional championship, a final four and an appearance in a national championship game... the list just goes on. It’s a group of hard-working kids who gave it their all, and I’m really proud of them.” SVSU’s first-round win against Walsh College was uncharacteristic of them. Despite struggling to score for the majority

of the season, the offense came through when it needed to scoring five times in the game. Walsh limped into the GLIAC tournament with a 5-11-1 record overall, 5-8-1 in the conference. The Cardinals had swept the season series against them, winning 4-0 and 3-0, respectively. The first round went no differently, with SVSU winning 5-2. The dominating effort over Walsh advanced the Cardinals to the GLIAC tournament semifinals. Friday’s game against the Tiffin Dragons put SVSU against a team it had failed to beat during the regular season. In their prior two matches, the two teams had tied 1-1 both times. Tying was not an option this time, but still both teams fought each other in a game that, once again, needed overtime. The game saw zero goals through regulation as neither offense could get anything going. Tiffin seemed to be the more aggressive team throughout the match, outshooting the Cardinals 18-8. However, the Cards made one of their few opportunities count. Outshooting the Dragons 3-2 in overtime, SVSU managed to control the ball and finally put the ball in the net. With just over 30 second remaining in the first overtime period, Savage took a pass from Kalk and drove the ball over the Tiffin goalie’s head. One goal would be enough as the Cardinals held on to win 1-0, advancing them to the final round of the GLIAC tournament.


Women split opening weekend road trip, showing promise By Joey Oliver Vanguard Staff Writer Looking to build on what they started last year, the SVSU women’s basketball team began its season on the road against Lewis College and St. Joseph’s (Indiana). The result of their weekend road trip was a split, losing their opener to Lewis College, 76-82, and winning against St. Joseph’s, 74-72. Sunday’s game against St. Joseph’s was all Cardinals in the first half, outscoring the Pumas 44-32. The second half saw St. Josephs storm back into the game, outscoring the Cardinals 40-30. However, their efforts would fall short thanks to some great play by SVSU standouts. Junior forward Samantha Zirzow dominated

the first half for the lady Cards, scoring 18 points while pulling down eight rebounds. She finished with a 20-9-0 line. Senior guard Kristen Greene finished the game with 14 points while pulling down seven rebounds herself. She also played unselfishly, finishing the game with eight assists. Sophomore guard Kayla Womack continued where she left off last year, scoring 15 points. Despite out rebounding their opponent 39-28, SVSU was actually outscored in the paint by a 3828 margin. Saturday’s contest against Lewis College saw SVSU playing the role as underdog. The lady Cardinals kept up with the 18th ranked Flyers throughout the game. The Cards trailed early before scoring eight

unanswered points and jumping to a 14-6 lead. Lewis College would storm back and lead until just before halftime, when junior forward Shelby Herrington sank a jumper to make it 29-29. Going into the locker room at halftime, the Flyers led SVSU 38-35. Womack and Greene each scored nine points for the lady Cardinals in the first half. Coming out in the second half it was the Flyers that jumped out to a quick start. However, the Cards continued to fight and regained the lead the possessed in the first half by way of a Greene three-point shot. Despite snagging the momentum from Lewis College, the Flyers fought back and took the lead from SVSU without looking back, holding on to lead the rest of the way and winning 82-76.

Greene led the Cards in total points with 22, going 4-7 from behind the arc and adding three assists. Womack added 15 while sophomore guard Danielle Carriere and Zirzow added a combined 23 points off from the bench. Zirzow and junior forward Briana Graham both added eight rebounds for the Cards. As a team, SVSU made 50 percent of their field goals, going 32 of 64. They were outrebounded 4236 in the paint while turning the ball over 21 times. However, the lady Cards still managed to outscore Lewis College in the paint, 40-34. Ahead for the Cardinals is a two week stretch without a game before they play Marygrove College on Nov. 27.


Finishing up fall semester strong, recruiting for winter By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor Despite only fielding 11 players against teams of 15 during the weekend, the dodgeball club posted a 2-2 record in its road trip to Miami, OH. Team captain Max Siler said despite having no depth and having to play four games, his team competed well, and he thinks the results would be better if circumstances played out differently. “We played every game at a four-man disadvantage, and we still pulled off two wins,” Siler said. “The games we lost were to Grand Valley State and James Madison, who are ranked No. 1 and No.2. “Against James Madison, if we would have had a full squad, I have no doubt we would have won.”

SVSU beat Western Kentucky, 3-0, and Miami (OH), 5-1, before falling to Grand Valley State University, 4-0, and James Madison, 3-1. Siler said the game against James Madison started with the Cardinals coming out firing and showing once again why they’re a force to contend with going forward. “Right now, we are the hottest team in the league with how we’re playing,” Siler said. “If you look at our losses, we’ve lost to Grand Valley three times, and they’re ranked first. “Our other losses were James Madison and Kent State who are both top five teams.” Currently, the Cardinals are ranked fourth in the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association (NCDA) with a 7-5 record. Grand Valley State University, James Madison, Kent State and the University of Wisconsin Platteville round out the top five.


Men & women dominate in Midwest Regional, heading to national championships By Hannah Meyer Vanguard Columnist Cross country is certainly a battle of weather and wits. The men’s and women’s cross country teams have shown this throughout their season. For three straight years, the women’s cross country team has earned a trip to the NCAA Division II National Championships after finishing second overall at the Midwest Regional Championships on Saturday Nov. 9. Two of the women’s top runners were able to finish in the top-10 and three student-athletes earned All-Region honors after finishing in the top-25. Junior Emily Short led the way, finishing in fifth place with a time of 21:37 for her 6K (or about 3.7 miles). Behind her was sophomore Taylor Stepanski who finished in ninth place with a time of 21:48. Junior Jessica Reeves placed 23rd with a time of 22:15 The last runners to score for the team

were juniors Chantelle Fondren and Tori Peet who finished in 28th and 38th with times of 22:29 and 22:46, respectively. A second-place-finish qualifies the women to compete in the National Championships in Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 23. The women finished in 12th at the national meet in 2012 and 13th in 2011. The men’s cross country also raced in the Regional Championships and have ended their 2013 season with a 19th place finish. Senior Gareth Gose was the first to finish for the team in 70th overall with a time of 33:28 for his 10K (or 6.2 miles). Behind him was junior Tony Peel in 88th place with a time of 33:52. Freshman Joseph Southgate was third of the men’s team in 97th overall at 34:01.

Siler added that individual performances powered the Cardinal to their two wins during the weekend, fighting through exhaustion through each game. “We had a ton of contribution from our underclassmen, like sophomores Joe McCumber and Blake Grivetti,” Siler said. “Spencer Jardine played well, as always and Stephanie Faloticio came up in the clutch multiple times with big catches when we needed them.” Going forward, the winter semester has more action planned for the dodgeball club, and Siler said that anyone interested in joining can come to practice. “The second semester of the year is always great for picking up talented new recruits,” Siler said. “Some of our best players this year joined last

winter and have become even better.” Practices are held in the Cardinal Gym every Monday and Wednesday at 10 p.m. “Anyone can join as long as you want to make a commitment to the team,” Siler said. “I encourage anyone interested to come out and check it out.” Siler also mentioned that the dodgeball club is doing a special event in January. “We want to host an alumni game where past dodgeball players can come back and play the current team,” Siler said. “We did it last winter semester, but due to the timing didn’t quite have the turnout we’d like. “With more planning and better timing, we think this time it should be a big hit.”



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