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More than 800 people attended Wednesday’s fourth annual Great Lakes Bay Region Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

The theater department’s winter schedule includes productions of “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Death of a Salesman.”

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Challengers weigh in

Weight Loss Challenge aims to help students stay motivated and improve fitness

Inside A8 Criminal justice junior Scott Walter balances homework and ice time in his first year as Club Hockey team president.

Moot court successful in national competition By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor

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Beginning on Jan. 22, students will compete in teams of five for prizes, learning to keep healthy lifestyles while motivating each other to lose weight. By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Collumnist The Fitness Center hopes students will get motivated through their Weight Loss Challenge by keeping the rules simple and the participants’ goals grand. Beginning Jan. 22, teams of five can visit the fitness center in the Ryder Center and sign up. Teams will come in biweekly to weigh in and see how much per-

centage of their weight was lost. Members can come in as a team or individually to be weighed. Along with the weighins, there are challenges for the teams to participate in to obtain points, which all factor into the final placement for prizes. Even if a student does not have a team, the fitness center can place them into another team that does not have enough members. The goal is to jump start healthier lifestyles along with

getting people together for motivation. The challenges teams will face include physical workouts and instructional challenges that help teach about healthier day-to-day choices. From tips about the correct foods to eat to information about staying active during inactive portions of the day, the challenges are meant to spark long-lasting realizations about becoming fit. Andrea Hamlin, assistant

director of campus recreation, is in charge of the fitness programs and is confident in the success of both the challenge and the students who put in the effort. One of the factors behind creating events like these for the students is the lack of a large fitness program for students, which the faculty already has. “There is the Healthy U program for faculty, but there is nothing for students,” Hamlin said. “That’s where we said we

wanted to have events and challenges where they can go to get healthier.” Along with providing an opportunity for students to get fit, Hamlin wants to fight against misconceptions about daily fitness. “A big misconception about weight-loss challenges is people thinking they need to be overweight to be able to join,”


Braun/Tyner Awards Art professor to recognize notable writers travel, teach in Japan By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor Student writers have the opportunity to be recognized for their work with two different sets of annual awards. The Ruth and Ted Braun Awards for Writing Excellence were established 14 years ago to celebrate student writing in nine categories, including the College of Business, College of Health & Human Services and General Education. The Tyner Awards are meant to recognize writing in Art, Communication, English and Theater.

Three prizes will be awarded for fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Diane Boehm, director of the Instructional Support Program & University Writing Program, said receiving an award means more than simply a prize. “(The awards are) both an incentive and a recognition of good student work,” she said. “The students who get these awards get affirmation that their good writing gets recognized, but in many cases they can also use that if they’re applying to graduate school, or if they are going out in the workforce and the job


Blood Ban enforced: LGBT community speaks out By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor SVSU students are taking a stand against the “Blood Ban.” The “Blood Ban” is an FDA policy that defers homosexuals, specifically men who have sex with men and their partners (MSM), from donating blood in the United States. This is because the gay community and bisexual men are considered a “high risk group” for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B. This policy has been in

effect since 1983 and has only been updated once in 1992. Andrew Northrop, president of Speaking Out Loud, said that the policy is discriminating and hurtful, claiming that the “Blood Ban” bars people from saving lives. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and more than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day. Speaking Out Loud is a campus organization that advocates and educates


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By Tyler Bradley Vanguard A&E Editor A professor from the art department will teach classes on two continents this year. Associate professor of art Blake Johnson will finish teaching classes at the university while he begins work at the university’s sister school, Shikoku University, in late March. Johnson applied last year by submitting a proposal of how he would teach the class and what he would research while there. He discovered his acceptance last semester. As part of the Shikoku University Exchange Program, Johnson will be one of many professors who have gone to teach and research a topic at the sister school. Other art department professors, such as Mike Mosher and Shaun Bangert, have taught abroad in the past. Johnson said the art department likely has had the most professors teach abroad since the program’s start 30 years ago. “They have encouraged me and told me how wonderful people are there,” he said. Johnson will research the different trends in marketing between companies in the U.S. and Japan. He will examine five companies headquartered in the U.S., such as McDonald’s, and he will examine five companies headquartered in Japan, such as Toyota. newsroom (989) 964-4482 visit us online at

Johnson has already begun research by comparing McDonald’s web design and color schemes between the two countries. “In Japan, I was surprised to see they dropped the red,” Johnson said. He wants to explore the reasoning behind the consistencies and inconsistencies in the companies’ designs. “I realized there are many correct ways to do something,” he said. “Culture, in general, does that.” While there, Johnson’s No. 1 priority is to care for the classes he’s teaching at SVSU. He said he has written out assignments and given project due dates so that the class may go on in his absence. He will continue to grade projects through online resources such as Vspace. Johnson will teach two American culture classes and one English class at Shikoku, which he said sounds crazy to him. “Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and tell myself ‘I’m such a nut,’” he said. He hopes other professors going to Shikoku will be able to teach classes other than English. SVSU offers visiting professors from Shikoku to teach in specific fields of their interests. A previous exchange professor, Jiro Naganuman, from the sister school supports the idea. To prepare for the trip, Johnson has been reading books such as “Culture Shock: Japan” and reviewing Japanese language programs.



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SVSU’s moot court teams have once again proven themselves at competition. Three teams from SVSU previously qualified at the regional level to move onto the national competition, which took place in Virginia Beach, Va., over the past weekend. Political science senior Kevin Lorentz and political science senior Hailey Kimball placed 13th out of 80 teams in the national competition. The other two teams, made up of political science and criminal justice senior Mikaela Burch, criminal justice senior Brandon Harris, political science major Marissa Geyer and political science major Larissa Skalecki, finished in the top 80. Both Lorentz and Kimball said the moment they found out where they had finished in the competition was one they won’t forget. “(I felt) sheer joy,” Kimball said. “I am very proud of how far I’ve come from last year.” Lorenz agreed. “(I was) very excited,” he said. When asked about the key to success, Lorentz and Kimball expressed that hard work and dedication was what worked for them. “(We put in) lots of practice,” Kimball said. Moot court allows students to act as attorneys, arguing cases before a panel of judges. The competitions focus on Supreme Court cases and constitutional law. SVSU’s moot court program has been continually successful, with this being the third year teams have made it to the national competition. “I’m proud of us as a team because this is the furthest that SVSU has ever brought a team, so it’s a big step for the program,” Kimball said. “Last year, we made it to nationals, but we didn’t make it into the second

I’m proud of us as a team because this is the furthest that SVSU has ever brought a team,” Hailey Kimball Political Science Senior

day (of competition).” Lorentz believes SVSU’s continuing success says much about the university as a whole. “It definitely speaks volumes about SVSU’s student body,” Lorentz said. “We’re competing against primarily private liberal arts colleges. Normally, small public universities like SVSU generally are washed out at national competitions, and we’ve definitely proven that we can hold our own against these more elite universities and colleges.”



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police briefs Police briefs are written according to reports from University Police. These indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily actual incident Check Fraud • At 9:37 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, an 18-yearold female student reported that her financial aid check from last fall was missing and had been cashed by an unknown person. The case is still under investigation. General information report • At 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, an 18-yearold female student reported that her roommate consistently comes back to the dorm smelling of marijuana. She wanted police to be aware of the situation. Harassment • At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 15, police received a call from a 30-year-old staff member who advised that a male student has called the Financial Aid office more than 30 times in a week wanting his financial aid check, saying inappropriate things in a threatening manner. Officers have told the subject to stop calling. Larceny • It was reported that a laptop computer had gone missing from IT services some time since August. It was later discovered that a faculty member had the laptop, and that it was not stolen, but misplaced. • At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, an 18-yearold male student reported that he had left his wallet in an unlocked vehicle in Lot J2 overnight. When he returned, his wallet was gone. Marijuana • At 10:55 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, University Police took a report from resident assistants who were handling an incident in University Village in which they could smell marijuana. The tenants admitted to smoking marijuana. Resident assistants also found a pipe, which was turned over to police. Missing keys • At 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, a retiring faculty member reported that she was missing two keys to the university. She had no idea where they were. Suspicious situation • On Wednesday, Jan. 9, a manager at the book store reported that over the course of last month, there had been a non-student male returning books to the store that the manager felt were stolen from Delta College. The case is still under investigation.

WEIGHT continued from A1 Hamlin said. “We judge by the percentage of weight loss, so anybody can join.” Exercise science and psychology senior Lauren Hill also wants to fight against the negative stereotypes. She believes working out with other students is a significant motivational tool. “It helps everyone relate to each other,” Hill said. “Everyone can keep each other in check and make sure no one is slipping up. The goal is to get the teams to help each other succeed.” Hamlin agreed with Hill’s belief that working as a group propels students towards high achievement. “Support systems while working out is very important because it’s

AWARDS continued from A1 requires good communication skills.” All works submitted to the Braun Awards and the Tyner Awards must be faculty-nominated. A review group specific to the paper’s category analyzes all papers submitted for the Braun Awards and determines the winners. Similarly, judges pick the three winners for the Tyner Awards. Each Braun Award winner receives a $250 prize, while the Tyner Award winners receive $100 and a plaque. Paul Munn, professor of English and coordinator of this year’s Tyner Awards, believes that the awards should be a source of pride to everyone who submits a work. “It is my sense that the cash award in the long run is far less significant than the sense of accomplishment that comes with the award,” he said. “Even students who don’t win can take pride in being

BLOOD continued from A1 students on issues and concerns relating to the LGBT community. Statistics show that although LGBT Americans are at a higher risk, so are African Americans. The misconception is due to the HIV/AIDS scare of the 1980s, in which the disease was referred to as a “gay man’s disease.” However, anyone can have HIV or AIDS, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. The law states that men who have had sexual contact with someone of the same sex since 1977 are ineligible to donate blood at any point during their lives. To determine if a blood donor is gay or bisexual, they are asked questions during the screening process. Donated blood is tested for HIV before use, and if it tests positive, the unit is discarded and the donor is notified. “It is another example of discrimination against an oppressed population,” Northrop said. “The ban forces people to either lie about who they are and still donate or be honest and be told their blood is not as good as the next.” Speaking Out Loud is work-

someone right there holding you accountable,” Hamlin said. “Whether it’s everyone going to the gym together or going out to eat and someone noting that certain food is not helpful.” Nutrition is an important element of getting into shape, and both Hill and Hamlin expressed tips on how to keep a realistic diet. “Alcohol is one of the main things to stay awake from,” Hill said. “People think that there’s no fat, so it’s all good. There are still so many empty calories that add up. Pop and coffee are other common beverages that are full of sugar and empty calories that make you crash.” While most advice about nutrition is on what to avoid, Hamlin stressed the importance of taking a day off from the constant diet. “You always need a cheat day,” she said. “If you try to go completely

cold turkey it’ll be way harder to continue. You have to release yourself and it’s important to enjoy food at some point.” The Weight Loss Challenge begins Jan. 22. While one of the most difficult parts about joining can be just walking through the door, the fitness center wants every student to not feel mentally blocked from learning how to become fit. “It’s a mind over matter thing,” Hamlin said. “Confidence in just stepping in here is a huge part. Some people don’t know how to work out and they simply don’t feel comfortable. We want students to discover that we offer free health fitness assessments. Students can be assigned a trainer to help them at their own pace and it’s completely free.”

nominated. The nomination means that a professor has singled you out as a superior writer.” Elizabeth Wolf, a nursing senior and a 2012 Braun Award winner in the College of Health & Human Services category, said winning the award was an achievement she had been working towards. “Even before I started writing my Core Phenomenon paper, I set a goal for myself that that specific paper would be suitable for submitting for the Braun Award,” she said. “I knew that if I pushed myself, I had a chance at getting nominated and maybe even win. It was an honor to be awarded the Braun, but it was especially thrilling to set a goal and then achieve it.” There are many resources available for students who are interested in submitting a paper, including talking to faculty members and visiting the writing center. “The goal is for (the students) to learn to become the best possible writers they can, so whatever strategies they can use that help them with that, that’s very good,” Boehm


ing to raise awareness by setting up an information table on the days of the blood drive. Northrop said that this act is not to boycott the blood drive but rather to get people talking about the ban. They also plan to pass out fliers to increase awareness of the issue. “We are somewhat disappointed that our university, who does not allow discrimination based on sexual orientation, supports blood drives on campus when such an activity discriminates,” Northrop said. “Many colleges across the country do not allow blood drives on campus due to their discriminatory actions.” The ban is not just enforced by the Red Cross, but enforced by all blood donation organizations. Only the FDA can remove the policy. But blood donation organizations such as the American Red Cross strongly support the use of rational, scientifically based deferral periods instead of a complete ban. As such, these organizations are in favor of lifting the ban. Northrop said that the policy strengthens the stereotype that all gay men have and spread HIV. On behalf of Speaking Out Loud, Northrop said the group is constantly thinking of ways to advocate for the LGBT population.

Papers written for a class can be revised again before submission for an award. Kevin Lorentz, a political science senior and 2012 Braun Award winner in the College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences category, recommends working with a faculty member on a possible paper for submission. “Coursework is not only about learning material; it is also about how one properly communicates such information,” he said. Munn believes the awards are an opportunity for students to push themselves. “Writing is a central academic ability and a key to professional success in all areas,” he said. “The awards encourage students to aspire to their highest possible achievement as writers.” The deadline for submission for both awards is Friday, March 15. To be eligible, papers must have been written since Jan. 1, 2012. For faculty nomination and student submission forms or for more information, visit

JOHNSON continued from A1 He said he has learned to count to ten and to say common phrases such as “Hello” and “Goodbye.” Johnson said this is the longest he has

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ever stayed in one area. “The longest time I’ve lived somewhere was for seven years in L.A.,” he said. Johnson has been at the university for almost seven years, and thinks his experience in Japan will be worthwhile. “I don’t want to pull away the roots important to me,” Johnson said. “I think SVSU is a good fit for me, and I hope not to lose that.”

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Event celebrates Dr. King, local youth By Lauren Wietchy Vanguard Staff Writer Nearly 800 students, community supporters, and business and civic leaders from the Great Lakes Bay Region packed SVSU’s Malcolm Field Theatre on Wednesday night for the fourth annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. “We are very fortunate to host the event as a regional celebration,” said Mamie Thorns, event co-chair and special assistant to the president for diversity programs. “We come together tonight to remember, celebrate and act on the dream and legacy of Dr. King.” SVSU and the Saginaw, Midland and Bay Area Community Foundations collaborated to host the celebration, replacing individual community events that have annually commemorated Dr. King. The event not only honored King and his dream, but was a celebration of youth today. Great Lakes Bay Region community foundations collaborated to establish a scholarship program for area high school seniors. There were 15 scholarships for $1,000 awarded to Bay, Midland and Saginaw county high school seniors who, regardless of ethnicity, showed direct involvement in King’s dream of raising awareness and promoting equality. The one-time, non-renewable scholarship can be used toward the students’ respective universities of choice. Applicants were required to supply a written essay demonstrating examples of leadership, letters of recommendation and their academic transcripts. Scholarship recipients and their families were acknowledged at a private dinner prior to the event. During the event, the 15 winning recipients were featured in a special video presentation reading excerpts of King’s speech, “Rediscovering Lost Values.” The speech was originally delivered Feb. 28, 1954, in Detroit. The celebration featured keynote speaker Michele Norris, an award-winning journalist and host of the National Public Radio (NPR) program “All Things Considered.” Norris authored her first book in 2010, a memoir titled “The Grace of Silence.” When researching for her book, Norris said she uncovered hidden stories of her own fam-

ily’s interaction with race and identity. She em- the event. It is one of those events that builds phasized the importance of taking the time to fellowship and positive reflection and just listen to family history. makes you feel good.” “We often try to give the best of ourselves Nearly 25 regional businesses and assoto the next generation and try not to talk about ciations supported this year’s event, including the difficult stuff, but that makes us who we Dow Chemical Co., Dow Corning Corp., Chemare,” Norris said. “Find out as much as you can ical Bank, SC Johnson, Delta College and State about your elders. Capture their history while Farm Insurance. you still have the chance.” For more information on Norris’ program, Norris said King greatly emphasized the visit importance of dialogue. In light of this, Norris established “The Race Card Project,” an effort to encourage dialogue on race issues today. Each member of the audience received a post card to express thoughts about race in just six words. Norris will post the responses on her website as an active archive. Since the project began in 2010, Norris has received more than 14,000 submissions. Norris listed hundreds of the six-line submissions in a poetic fashion. One of her favorites that got a laugh from the crowd – “Underneath, we all taste like chicken.” “Dr. King said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?’” Norris said. “The Race Card Project has been a special and unique honor to find a way for people to listen to each other.” Secondary education senior Becky Root said Norris’ presentation really hit home. “I have a family member who is biracial, so it was really nice to hear people’s responses to our culture’s views on race and identity today,” Root said. Kenneth Jolly, associate professor of history, was pleased with the event. “The event showcases the resources and cooperation among a variety of regional interests to offer the premier Dr. King celebration Vanguard photo |Sean Dudley in the region,” Jolly said. “I am always impressed at the prestige of Journalist and radio host Michele Norris spoke at the Great our speakers and the grandeur of Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Protecting vehicles against icy winter conditions By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Columnist Winter conditions don’t need to make students weary if the proper preparations are understood and applied every year. The Scott L. and Nancy M. Carmona Family Performance Racing Lab at SVSU houses many engineers who build race cars and understand how vehicles work. Based on this knowledge, the engineers have the ability to explain how to care for any vehicle during the winter. Mechanical engineering sophomore Logan Shelagowski said that his number one priority was that drivers should always be prepared. “Honestly, you never know what can happen,” Shelagowski said. “I always advise people to get the Rain Ex brand of coolant. It’s like 60 cents more for a gallon. It’s water shedding and anti-ice, so it helps out a lot.” Along with bringing up the usefulness of a safety kit with hand warmers and blankets, he also stressed the importance of checking the status of the vehicle’s battery. “Under 32 degrees, the electrons in the battery are less active,” Shelagowski said. “So if your batter is iffy in the summer heat, there is no doubt it is going to be dead in the winter. You can go to most auto repair places and get the battery checked for free.” Chemistry and computer engineering senior Justin Dolane joined the conversation in the racing lab and added in his own suggestions for simple ways to care for vehicles during winter. “I always leave my windshield wipers up so that they don’t get frozen stuck,” Dolane said. “You can really do all of the preparation

on your own, but if you do need to go to an auto shop, I would suggest Bushey Automotive. They’re open in downtown Saginaw and they’ve always given me the best prices per hour.” Mechanical engineering junior Travis Collier also had advice for preparing vehicles for the winter conditions and staying out of trouble on dangerous roads. “First of all, check your anti-freeze for the correct mixture, or have it checked, so your block doesn’t crack,” Collier said. ‘’Just have it flushed if you can afford it, it’ll make your defroster heat up faster. Another thing is when it’s cold out, you can use thinner weight oil so your car’s engine runs smoother.” While electrical engineering junior Bryce Gainer may not build race cars, he was able to provide some crucial advice from personal experience working with cars. “If you lower your tire pressure a little bit, you can build more traction,” Gainer said. “If you have a truck, you can throw bags of salt in the back and that helps for two reasons. The extra weight helps with the increased traction and the salt can always melt snow if you get stuck somewhere.” Wes Brockman, supervisor at Belle Tire on Tittabawassee Road, suggested checking the car’s battery before it even starts to get cold. He also mentioned that tires are one of the most important aspects of winter car care. Checking the treads of the tires consistently is a logical option. “We want people to remember that we provide free inspections,” Brockman said. “Also that we have certified master technicians on staff that are more than qualified with any questions. They’ll take you outside and show you what they’re doing and what you need to

Q&A Coffeehouse encourages questions about Christianity

By Marlin Jenkins Vanguard Staff Writer Last Friday, more than 40 students gathered to enjoy music, cookies, hot cocoa and questions about Christianity.

The Q&A Coffeehouse, which took place at Albert E’s, was run primarily by His House Christian Fellowship. The event began with an informal atmosphere, where students talked and played games such as Apples to Apples and Egyptian Rat Screw. Members of His House provided music during this portion, including Caleb Wood, who played guitar and harmonica and sang. The event also concluded with music, snacks and hanging out. The primary portion of the event was the Q&A session, which was led by His


do in the future.” Brandon Knopp, one of the workers at Sears Auto Repair, gave his own practical tips for winter upkeep, which included an emphasis on keeping vehicles hand washed. “Make sure to wash your car and wash it by hand,” Knopp said. “In those car washes, you don’t know where those cars ahead of you have been. Their grime washes back onto your vehicles. Waxing your vehicles isn’t a bad idea either. It helps with road debris on harsh roads.” All of the advice was given with the intent to help students stay safe, which is the most important part of winter car care. The better prepared a car is before weather conditions turn bad, the safer one will be.

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Living Through Literacy helps seniors record memories, legacy By Marie Nesbitt Vanguard Staff Writer Living Through Literacy supports writing as a way of life. “Writing is a deep and intrinsic part of living. It allows us to explore the world we live in, to revel in its beauty and to make peace with its struggles,” said Jamie Jager, former student leader of Living Through Literacy. “We express ourselves, tell our stories, and leave imprints of ourselves on the world through writing. But sometimes, sickness or old age can rob us of the ability to write on our own. It is during these difficult periods that we need writing the most, to make sense of life’s challenges, and to pass on the wisdom of our stories. The Living Through Literacy program seeks to give people back their voices when they can no longer write on their own.” Living Through Literacy is a volunteer organization that works with hospice patients and interested senior citizens to create lasting life memories to pass on to loved ones. Projects range from compiling voice recordings and videos, to creating scrapbooks and CD’s of a patient’s favorite music. Volunteers assist the patients by writing down their stories, typing out responses, filming or using other technology, or just editing the writing the patients have done themselves. The organization got its start back in 2008 when a volunteer coordinator from Southern Care Hospice, Jeanne Butzin, contacted the SVSU Writing Center looking for volunteers to help record the patients’ stories and memories. Butzin had David Wildner been working with Living Through Literacy President a patient who wanted to write letters to his family and loved ones, and discovered other patients were interested in doing to the same. Over the years, the program has grown from only a handful to more than 10 volunteers. Living Through Literacy currently works with the Saginaw office of Southern Care Hospice and has branched out to work with retirement homes in Saginaw, including Swan Haven Retirement Community. “There is certainly no need for people to wait until a terminal diagnosis before they develop their own life narrative,” said David Wildner, president of Living Through Literacy. According to Wildner, the responses from the patients and their families have been phenomenal. “Some families have incorporated LTL projects into the funeral services of their loved ones. Others have said that even the act of reflecting and recording their lives spurred a lot of meaningful conversations within the family before the patient’s death. Needless to say, volunteers can grow very close to the family,” Wildner said. For him, the experience of working in the program has been gratifying. “My experiences have been filled with more laughs than tears, by far,” Wildner said. “Another big thing I have taken away is perspective. You get a better idea of what is important in life and what is not.” Wildner first got interested while working with Jager at the writing center and believed it was a worthwhile thing to do. “I eventually realized everyone has a story and something meaningful to say, whether they know it or not. It’s a good feeling to help bring that out,” he said. Wildner said that while volunteering with Marie, his first LTL patient, he realized that this type of work requires an appropriate respect for time. “Even though Marie passed away before we had completed the project, I compiled hours of recorded conversations into a letter and a short biography, which I was able to give to her family prior to her funeral. One of her sons expressed that he was really thankful that I recorded our conversations and put them on CD,” he said. If interested in joining the Living Through Literacy organization and volunteering with hospice patients, contact David Wildner at

Everyone has a story and something meaningful to say.”

Purchase a scarf, support a charity By Andrea McBride Vanguard Staff Writer

Bundling up is the new way to give back. Soulscarf, a primarily web-based company that started locally, is beginning to take off. On customers first choose a scarf color. They are then given the choice to support one of the following charities: ASPCA, Feed The Children, Project H Design or The Breast Cancer Society. A heart is sewn on each scarf in the color that corresponds to the chosen charity. The scarves sell for $42, while 20 percent of the proceeds goes directly to the customers’ charity of choice. Remaining profits are returned back to the company to produce more scarves. Amanda Serra, graphic design sophomore and

Soulscarf campus representative for SVSU, said the company is very successful locally. “It’s becoming really big among friends here,” Serra said. “Everyone’s really into it.” She said many of her friends got the scarves as Christmas gifts. Serra became a part of the Soulscarf movement five months ago. She saw information about the company on Facebook and immediately became interested in helping out. There are representatives at universities all across the state, including one in Indiana. As a Soulscarf representative, Serra’s job is to spread the word about the company around campus and answer questions. She said it’s not a difficult task once students understand what Soulscarf is all about.

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Beyond the Valley Column

Cheaply created Internet memes wipe out traditional humor

By Gerhardt Schuette


Vanguard Columnist honestly cannot remember the last time I heard a joke. If you think about it, excluding jokes told by professional comedians and maybe your elderly relatives, you’ll probably struggle to think of the last time you heard one, too. There was a time, whether the joke was being made upon various people walking into a bar or at the expense of somebody’s mother, when I couldn’t go more than a few days without a friend offering to share the newest joke they had heard. So what ever happened to them? Simply put, the Internet killed them, and we never even noticed it was happening. Jokes began to dwindle as soon as the Internet offered us a quick and easy way out of the necessary thought involved in humor writing: the Internet meme. While I consider myself as great of an offender as any for surfing the web for popular memes such as LOLCats, Overly Attached Girlfriend and Bad Luck Brian, only recently have I begun to note the effect these memes have on all forms of humor that predated them. Prior to the popular Internet memes, a person was required to have one of two qualities to have a great sense of humor. A select few, like stand-up comedians and satire writers, chose to puzzle out ways to make people laugh and ultimately developed great jokes or entire comedy styles that we still use today. Those without a sense of

humor were offered a secondary outlet: to memorize the jokes told by others without forming any real new material of their own. Though this may seem derogatory, they, too, served a purpose and acted as vehicles for a joke to spread in the same way tribal storytellers kept classical myths alive in ancient cultures. But in a generation that admittedly struggles to get much farther than 50 miles from home without a GPS to guide them, joke memorization may not have offered the same appeal to the short attention span many of use hold in this new digital age. We needed a way to be funny without actually saying anything funny at all. Memes offered us just that. The earliest internet meme, LOLCat pictures, offered a simple formula of finding a picture with a cute cat (preferably with an odd facial expression or in a weird pose) and adding any sort of misspelled text over the picture. For some strange reason, this was seen as instant comedy gold. Since then thousands of memes have flooded the Internet. All of them follow the same basic format of taking a specific picture and posting a saying over it. While each meme has its own target audience and guidelines for creating them, memes as a whole have taken the individuality and creative process out of humor by allowing for the replacement of a single word in the formula to be all that is needed to form an entirely new joke. Unfortunately those that create memes are becoming the portion of the population that originally would have created new jokes. For those that lacked a sense of humor, the Internet meme offers even more of a shortcut. Social media websites such as Facebook allow one to take the Internet memes created by others and post them on your wall for others to see. In doing so, the poster is able to simulate the experience of retelling jokes you were told by others without ever doing any actual thinking

or even interacting with another human being. Some memes, such as Insanity & Courage Wolf, don’t even take the form of humor. While the picture that the “joke” is placed upon can make it inspire laughs, if you found them posted on someone’s Facebook wall you might even consider contacting the authorities. Another vicious and humorless practice is that of the Twitter hashtag. One tag that I particularly hate is “#firstworldproblems.” A status like “My coffee was too hot so I let it sit but now it’s too cold,” would normally question the patience of anyone who wasted the time to read it. However, if this post was followed with the popular Twitter hashtag “#firstworldproblems” this post is instantly supposed to be read as a piece of comedy. Hashtags allow one to create humor where none truly exists, and they certainly recreate the same problem that exists in the humor of memes. Instead of humor they offer a cheaply created, mass-produced product that can be repeated over and over. If we aren’t wary, the humor of the first world will be overtaken by the false comedy the Internet offers. Maybe I’m just overreacting to a change in the way we pass information for the purpose of comedy. I just ask that you think of a future where the only comedy you can offer to your grandkids starts out with “Have you seen those pictures of that Bad Luck Brian kid? I saw one yesterday that says…”


Vanguard Vision Acknowledging student activism on MLK Jr Day


here are a lot of important stories in this issue. Of course, there are many different types of stories that are important to a student newspaper in a many different ways. It’s important to cover the hard news, the news that concerns the spending of student money through the Board of Control or Student Association. It’s important to cover sports and arts and entertainment, both of which are an integral part of campus life and student involvement. It’s important, too, to keep up with campus events, to profile students, to maintain a balance of university coverage that results in a product that’s readable and worthwhile for students, faculty and administration. Once in a while, our weekly issues seem to feature a common theme, either purposefully or coincidentally. This week, the theme seems to be charity and activism, students going out of their way to support a cause, or to honor those who have set a precedent for doing so. We feature a story on SVSU students contributing to charities through Soulscarf, a local company that sells custom scarves to support ASPCA, Feed The Children, Project H Design and The Breast Cancer Society. We also spotlight Living Through Literacy, a registered student organization through which students volunteer their time to record the life stories of hospice patients. We also talk to representative of Speaking Out Loud, a campus group taking

a stand against an FDA policy that defers homosexuals, specifically men who have sex with men and their partners, from donating blood in the U.S. due to “high risk” for HIV/ AIDS and Hepatitis B. And finally, we cover the fourth Annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, an event that drew more than 800 attendees to SVSU’s Malcolm Field Theatre. This final event is especially important as we observe a day our day off to honor Martin Luther King Jr., a national icon who deserves much, much more attention and gratitude than a single day can offer. As college students, it’s easy to overlook the importance of this day. We’re excited for our day off, for catching up on homework or catching up on some relaxation made necessary by a hectic first week of school. It’s fine to appreciate the time off, but we should also be thinking of the reason why we have that time — and not just for one day, either, but throughout the year. It’s to honor the sacrifices made by one of our country’s great leaders and activists, a man whose efforts still resonate in our country today. If you don’t believe the spirit of activism is alive today, we hope you’ll think otherwise after reading this issue, after learning what causes SVSU students are fighting for, what social or political norms they are fighting against. They are important stories to read on an important day.

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Staff Opinion

Categorizing goals to craft a winner’s manual for life

By Joey Oliver Vanguard Staff Writer


f the game of life ended tomorrow, would you be a winner? When I first asked myself this question, I was troubled because I couldn’t come up with an answer. What is a winner? How do I know I have become one? Who decides? I first came across this unanswered question over break when I began reading “The Winner’s Manual for the Game of Life.” The book was coauthored by the former Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel, and it really presents a different way of looking at things. It is divided up into three different parts: the goal sheet, the “Big 10 Fundamentals” and “Game Changers.” The first part, and the part that had the biggest impact on me, really allows you to sit down and realistically assess your situation. The goal sheet forces you to set goals for yourself in six different categories, including personal, spiritual, caring and then three areas of your choice. The second part discusses ten more different aspects of character and attitude such as attitude, excellence and faith and then relates each of them to your goals and purpose so that you are improving upon them. The way that this book has really impacted my life, and could change yours, too, is that it puts things into perspective. For example, the first part relates to personal goals and goals pertaining to your family. It makes you ask the questions you may have been skipping over, like how to improve your

family as a whole. It really allows you to quit focusing so much on yourself and more so on others. I’ve really come to realize that when you write these goals down and then take the time to decide and write down what you need to do to accomplish your goals, it makes them that much attaintable. Instead of just thinking about the goal itself and how far away it is, you can break down the steps you need to take to get there. Two of the personal aspects I added to my goal sheet were academic success and physical success. The shortterm goal for my academic success is a common one: to get all A’s in my classes this semester. The second part of the goal sheet asks you to determine what you need to do to accomplish your goal. So that is when I asked myself, what do I need to do to get all As? Simply put, study, study and study. There is also a long-term goal part to the goal sheet. For this I put that I would like to be on the Dean’s list. To accomplish this I need to get a better GPA and surpass a 3.5. Are these goals reachable? Absolutely, and the book really helps put them in focus so you can clearly get there. The reason I am rambling on about some book you have never heard of is because it is what I would consider a game changer. I first opened the book because it was something that seemed like a good pick me up. Whether you are a mother of three who stays at home tending to your kids’ needs or if you are a teacher who works five days a week, the book makes it clear that you can be a winner in the game of life. It allows you to focus on the little things you have been overlooking. It sounds like it’s preaching, and there is a religious part in the book, but the goal is to better you in other categories, too. After reading it I feel like a better person. Hopefully you Joey Oliver is a criminal justice sophomore. Reach him at

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Keep classic icons on the board: Hasbro shouldn’t take a chance with new tokens

By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor


nstead of passing GO and collecting $200, one of the classic Monopoly tokens will be going straight to jail to be replaced by one of five new tokens. Hasbro, currently available in 111 countries and 43 languages, claims that the goal behind the change is to provide a token that is more representative of today’s Monopoly players. Old-time lovers of the game have a chance to vote on which classic token should be nixed and which new token should take its place. Hasbro said it felt fans of the game should be included in the change. They can vote on a special Facebook page called “Save Your Token” from now until Feb. 5. Currently the tokens include the boot, top hat, wheelbarrow, clothes iron, battleship, car, thimble and Scottie dog. The new choices are a diamond ring, guitar, toy robot, cat or helicopter. The winning token will make its debut in mid to late 2013. The classic token with the fewest votes will get the boot, which is ironic if that turns out to be the shoe. This isn’t the first time Hasbro has nixed game tokens. Since the 1950s, the lantern, cannon and rocking horse have not been a part of the original game. The dog, man on horseback, and wheelbarrow replaced them. And now the man on horseback has been removed from the classic edition. Other tokens have appeared in the many editions

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of the game, including a locomotive and a sack of money. The sack of money, which appeared in the 19992007 editions of the game, also won a contest over the piggy bank and biplane. I voted for the piggy bank. Where were the fans then? Parker Brothers introduced the game in 1935. Hasbro, which bought the company, said more than one billion people have played the game in its various versions. The Facebook site is currently overloaded with commenters from around the world either pleading with Hasbro to leave the game alone or pushing for their favorite classic token. For a lot of people, including myself, the real game of Monopoly starts way before property is purchased. The fighting begins when every player wants the same playing piece. This “upgrade” isn’t really an upgrade, but more of a downgrade. I think part of what has made Monopoly last so long is the timelessness of its game pieces. The new tokens are too fancy. Do fans really need a cat so the dog will have something to chase across the game board? Even worse, Hasbro is making us decide which one will go. The tokens make up the iconic part of the Monopoly game and either way, someone is going to be disappointed. People are emotionally tied to their favorite token. I, personally, wouldn’t like to see any of the tokens “go to jail.” All of the Monopoly game pieces hold special meaning. I’ve have played the game since I was a child, with all the tokens in one setting or another. I think a lot of people have probably had similar experiences. I remember trying to wear the top hat as a real hat on top my head, sticking the shoe up my nose, trying on the thimble, making the dog chase the cat, and I could never

forget the “I sunk your battleship” jokes. And the wheelbarrow now has a specific connation to me, as an avid reader and appreciator of the William Carlos Williams poem, “The Red Wheelbarrow.” But I don’t think that is enough to save it. According to the Facebook site leaderboard, the wheelbarrow is in last place, the iron and boot are tied for seventh place, the top hat is only behind the battleship by one percent. The car and dog are in the lead and are currently safe. In taking a closer look at the five new options, I do think that the toy robot is snazzy and definitely futuristic. If Monopoly is trying to capture the 21st century in a game token, I’d think that the cat and diamond ring wouldn’t compare to the robot. I think the guitar is also a good token, because everyone is an appreciator of music in some way. I think the least creative is the helicopter, perhaps because it is so ordinary, or perhaps because I have never liked action movies. I would agree with estimates claiming that there will be rush of people purchasing the original board game for the sake of nostalgia within the next few weeks. I will probably be one of them. People are afraid the board game they grew up with will be gone. But no fear, because last week Hasbro announced plans to release a “Golden Token Edition” later this year that will include all of the classic pieces as well as the five new tokens. I suspect their plans were “disliked” by traditionalists.

Brandy Abraham is an English literature and PTW senior. Reach her at

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As part of a new weekly feature, members of the SVSU College

What are your thoughts on the current gun control debate? “I don’t believe that guns are the problem in this debate. It’s the people using the guns.”

“If anything, there should be better screening for those who get these guns. And no one needs an automatic weapon.”

Jade Mays Health science junior

Shannon Healey Nursing freshman

“In a short, condensed version: This is an issue of culture, not guns.”

“It’s the people that are using the guns that’s the problem, which is why we need stricter laws.”

Brandon Skwirsk Biology sophomore

“Any type of gun control issue is unconstitutional.”

John Girvan Mechanical engineering freshman

Chanelle Wright Computer science freshman

“I’ve never been a huge gun person, but I am for keeping people safe.”

Samantha Hull Undecided freshman

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‘Salesman,’ ‘Moon’ highlight classic American theater By Rachael Blaylock Vanguard Staff Writer A new semester begins, and with it comes new performances for the theater department. Department Chair Steven Erickson and his fellow professors and students are excited about this new season of shows. This semester, they will be performing Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo” and Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” “Moon Over Buffalo” will be directed by Ric Roberts while Erickson will be tackling “Death of a Salesman” personally. “It’s an iconic piece of dramatic theater in the 20th century,” Erickson said. “This season is all about classic American theater.” “Death of a Salesman” is centered around Willy Loman, a long-time salesman who has not been very successful and ends up devising a plan to ensure his son can succeed as he didn’t. “Moon Over Buffalo” is a farce about a couple involved in theater, where the rehearsals for their play slowly reveal the truth of their relationship.

The cast is already well into rehearsals for “Buffalo,” while auditions for “Salesman” are Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Wednesday, Feb. 6. Both shows tie into what Erickson stressed about focusing on the classic American theater. He explained that each semester, they try to have a different focus for their shows. “We have a number of different genres that are used each particular season,” he said. “The idea is so students can do different types of theater events.” This builds a strong resume of experience for these theater students as they head out into the real world. One of those students is Cameron Thorp, a fourth-year theater major who’s been involved in theater since grade school. He has done both acting and stage work up through college. “When I don’t make the cast lists, I find other ways to be involved,” he said. This has included being assistant stage manager and being involved in dressing and props. Thorp is excited for this season because of the fast-paced shows and the amount of thought put into the designs and props. “Research and design is crucial for the time period with ‘Death

Films to focus on before the Oscars Landon Defever is a communications sophomore and Vanguard staff writer. Reach him at With so many films clawing for attention, how can it be narrowed down to a select few? Hollywood’s best and brightest came together Thursday for the announcement of the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. The nationally televised ceremony will celebrate the best and brightest films of 2012. The darkest of dramas and the most uplifting of comedies are represented as films from all walks of life were recognized by the academy. It makes for one of the most unpredictable races that the ceremony has seen in years. Thankfully, the Valley Vanguard has you covered. Here are five films that you need to see before Oscar night.


"Zero Dark Thirty"

I know a lot of people may think that the story of Osama Bin Laden’s death would seem like a difficult movie to make only after a year and a half since the events took place. However, when you’ve put the story in the very capable hands of director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, all of those fears will suddenly start to melt away. The dynamic duo that helped produce "The Hurt Locker," 2009’s startling war story, have come together once again to bring another story about war and loss in this grippingly intense feature. Despite Bigelow’s snub for best director, I truly believe that many will be taken by what the film has to offer, making for a poignant movie-going experience.


“Silver Linings Playbook”

Comedies and the Academy Awards have always had a pleasant relationship. Comedies and winning Academy Awards, however … not so much. Films such as “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Juno” have been huge crowd-pleasers, but were previously trumped by superior films. Though the odds may be stacked against the genre, there is one movie that hopes to change that fact. David O. Russell’s (“The Fighter”) beautiful adaptation of Matthew Quick’s winning novel came as an early favorite in the Oscar race this year. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence give the best performances of their career, bringing the fully developed characters of Pat Solitano and Tiffany Maxwell. The genre may have a rocky history with the Oscars, but if any film is going to beat the odds, it’s this one.

Hamilton Street Pub noted for its music By Will Wood Vanguard Staff Writer The Hamilton Street Pub has been hosting live rock and roll music for years and is continuing the tradition today. The pub offers music on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Veteran bookers Mike Farrell and Pat Kuhn book homegrown and national musical acts along with the relatively fresh faces of Joseph Bonham and Aaron Winchester. The venue features a 12-by-12 foot cheetah-print carpet stage, red, blue and green stage lights that can make any performer sweat and a professional sound system headed up by lead sound technician John (Juan) LaCross. Several up-and-coming bands such as Archana, The White Oranges, Act as One and Killer Kong have set musical fire to the stage at the Hamilton Street Pub in recent years. National touring bands have also graced the cheetah-print stage. Bands such as Stepdad that has had one of its music videos featured on MTV have played at the tavern a number of times. Located in Saginaw’s West Side business district, the pub’s drinks are competitively priced and mixed by bartenders Moody, Strez, Pat and Kristy, who continuously come up with new drinks to try. Wednesday nights offer new local musical acts cutting their teeth with each other hoping for a Friday or Saturday night slot with some heavier hitters. Friday and Saturday usually offer more well known bands hailing from all over the country. For example, Wilson the self proclaimed, “Midwest’s, gnarly, rock n’ roll juggernauts” have said, “Saginaw has always been good to (them). Especially, The Pub.” Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, another well-known Michigan act, is often seen playing on the weekend. Sunday nights are open mic nights at the pub, hosted by Rayce Ribble, an eclectic and busy musician who plays in several bands. Anyone interested in getting their feet wet playing the pub need only show up at 9 p.m. and sign the roster.

Other nights, the shows usually start at 10 p.m. with the doors opening at 9 p.m. About four bands play each night with a 15-minute break in between. If the music gets too loud, there is a patio behind the pub where the crowd often meanders when they need a break. While the minimum age of attendance is 18, all ages shows are a big possibility in 2013, said booker Joseph Bonham. “We’re a big family here at The Pub,” Bonham said. “Everyone here is out to help the crowd have a good time.”


of Salesman,’ ” he said. Another senior theater student, Mara Berton, is equally excited about these plays. “‘Death of a Salesman’ is such an intense show and my last,” she said. Berton has a technical focus with her major and will be overseeing a team of stage managers for the production. “I’ll get to apply myself and help others,” she said. Berton is especially excited that she will be the head electrician for “Moon Over Buffalo.” Both Thorp and Berton will graduate soon and are confident about using their theater degrees in the career world. “This department is small,” Berton said. “But that allows every professor to know every student and their interests. You get a tailored experience.” The variety of shows and personalized focus allows students to build a strong resume, but theater can also provide strong people skills. “I’ve learned how to do things to get a better audience,” Thorp said. “My improv lets me handle situations calmly, and I know how to talk to people now.”


This may just be the easiest recommendation of all of the films nominated this year. Steven Spielberg’s masterful retelling of the life of Abraham Lincoln specifically deals with his struggle to pass the 13th Amendment. The film has solid performances throughout, especially from the always-talented Daniel Day-Lewis, as well as other favorites such as Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Spielberg has made his mark in past with historical retellings such as “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan,” which only adds to the fact that “Lincoln” has a very likely shot of winning a majority of its 12 nominations.



Ben Affleck may have received more recognition for parading in the tabloids in the past than for his artistic integrity. However, if Affleck continues to direct more films as incredible as “Argo,” he should have no problem gaining some proper acknowledgment. Telling the dramatized tale of how six United States diplomats were snuck out of occupied Iran during the country’s 1979 hostage crisis, Affleck does an excellent job of creating visceral, raw tension throughout the film. When adding incredible performances from Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston, it skyrockets the film’s chances of taking home the ceremony’s top prize.


“Django Unchained”

And now we arrive to the fifth spot. I know for a fact that “Django” will not win Best Picture. With all of the cinematic offerings up for grabs this year, going by tradition, voters will tend to gravitate towards something with a little more substance than a grisly fairy tale regarding pre-Civil War slavery. However, when looking at all of the nominees this year, “Django” is, by far, the most fun you’ll have at the movies. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio stand out in an exceptional cast of Hollywood heavyweights, bringing the dense dialogue-driven screenplay of Quentin Tarantino to life. Action, comedy and romance perfectly coalesce together to create one incredible film experience.

new releases Reborn

The Pirogue

Movie 43

Category: Music Release: Tuesday, Jan. 22 Artist: Trapt Genre: Hard Rock

Category: Film Release: Wed., Jan. 23 Director: Moussa Touré Starring: Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Laïty Fall Duration: 87 minutes Genre: Drama

Category: Film Release: Friday, Jan. 23 Starring: Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant Genre: Comedy Rated: R Duration: 90 minutes

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters


True Believers Category: Music Release: Tuesday, Jan. 22 Artist: Darius Rucker Genre: Country

True North Category: Music Release: Tuesday, Jan. 22 Artist: Bad Religion Genre: Punk Rock Courtesy | Hamilton Street Pub

Category: Film Release: Friday, Jan. 23 Director: Tommy Wirkola Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton Genre: Action/Fantasy Rated: R

Category: Film Release: Friday, Jan. 23 Director: Taylor Hackford Starring: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez Genre: Crime/Thriller Rated: R Duration: 118 Minutes

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art Potter parody to Slytherin for play production briefs By Tyler Bradley

Vanguard A&E Editor

Mario Kart Tournament • At 10 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Alumni Lounge, Delta Sigma Pi will host a Mario Kart Tournament. Entry fee $5. Single round elimination.

Forte Hip Hop Dance Tryouts • At 10 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, Wednesday, Jan. 23, and Thursday, Jan. 24, in C181, tryouts will be held for the girls’ Forte Hip Hop Dance Team. No previous dance experience necessary. For more information, contact Stacy Reid at

Marie Tapert Artist Reception • At 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, in the University Art Gallery, a reception will be held for the Marie Tapert: Wire Drawings and Constructions exhibition. Free. The exhibition will run through Saturday, Feb. 2.

“Here Comes the Boom” • At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, in the Thompson Student Activities Room, Valley Nights will show the film “Here Comes the Boom.” Free.

Some might say an upcoming theater production is a bit Sirius, but it could just be Riddikulus. Theater senior Katie Rajnay and theater freshman Wren Hayes are presenting a production of the Harry Potter parody “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone.” “Because Harry Potter is such a worldwide and dearly beloved phenomenon, I’m looking forward to seeing people enjoy it for what it is,” Hayes said. This parody of the popular book and film series Harry Potter is about a young girl named Sally, played by sophomore Ashley Schaar, who reads the series shortly before falling asleep and dreams of exaggerated versions of characters. The story will unfold from the first two books from the series as sarcastic character Sally Cotter meets characters from the Harry Potter world at Frogbull Academy of Sorcery. Characters such as Ron Weasley and Hermione

Granger become Dave and Harmonica, who will be played by Austin Butterfield and Kristen Carter. Hagrid will be known as Reubenon Ryebread, as played by junior Blake Mazur. Ryebread’s character is described as an Australian pirate with a speech impediment and will change accents as the scenes progress. As instructed by the author, the play will feature a surprise character not appearing on the playbill. Throughout the production, the Censor, an additional character meant to change the storyline, will come in when the play’s details get too close to the original story. “It’s about the dangers of censorship and how it can twist the author’s original intention to something that it wasn’t intended to be,” Hayes said. Director Rajnay said she wanted to present this play in response to censorship legislation that has come from Congress such as PIPA and SOPA. “If we get too censored, what’s entertainment going to be like?” Rajnay asked. Auditions for the production were held last week.

More than 23 students tried out for a role. Rajnay and Hayes worked on auditions for 11 hours between the two days of auditioning. According to Rajnay, this is the first time the play is being presented at a college level. A sequel to Dean O’Carroll’s play is available. Rajnay said she would not be presenting the sequel because she will be graduating, but there’s a possibility of someone else doing it at the university in the future. Actors and organizers are certain the production will draw in many students. “Look at the Harry Potter musical,” theater junior Tillie Dorgan said. “It took off huge, so why wouldn’t this?” Performance dates are Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 in the Black Box Theatre. “It’s applicable for all ages and good for Harry Potter fans and non-fans,” Hayes said. “If you didn’t read or see the Harry Potter films, you’ll still be able to enjoy it.”

Schwarzenegger film doesn’t ‘Stand’ a chance The month of January is a widely praised time. It starts the year off on a high note with the promise of a new beginning, thanks to New Year ’s resolutions and the overall hope that the next 365 days will be better than the ones that preceded them. However, despite how hopeful we are or aren’t, there is one aspect

NPHC Icebreaker • At 10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, in the Cardinal Gym, the National Pan-Hellenic Council of SVSU will host a NPHC Icebreaker.

ENCORE Auditions • From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, in C181, performance group ENCORE will hold auditions for new members. For more details contact Marissa Geyer at

Sins Submission Deadline • Submissions for literary and fine arts magazine Cardinal Sins are due by Monday, Feb. 4.

70th Annual Shrine Circus • From Wednesday, Jan. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Dow Wendler Arena, the Officers and Nobles of Elf Khurafeh Shrine Center will host the 70th Annual Shrine Circus. $18 Adults. $16 Children.

of the month that always seems to be lacking: the movie industry. For those that aren’t aware, January usually tends to act as the catch-all for films that are typically going to be seen as sure-fire flops, so studios tend to schedule them early in the year so they are able to advertise their better pictures for the spring and summer. Such is the case for “The Last Stand,” a completely by-the-numbers action picture from Kim Ji-woon (“I Saw the Devil”) that trudges through 107 minutes of boring action before realizing that it really didn’t have anywhere to go in the first place. “The Last Stand” starts out generically enough. Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) is holding down duty in the small town of Somerton, Ariz., as the townspeople will be away at their local football team’s big game, leaving only the local police behind to babysit the one road through the community. Simple enough, right? Wrong. Just two states over, something much larger is in play that the town won’t be expecting. Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) is responsible for the transportation of the recently convicted drug cartel kingpin Gabriel

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Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) to a secure federal prison. Simple enough, right? Wrong. Cortez escapes with the help of his modified Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (which is able to go upwards of 200 mph) on his way to the Mexican border with a hostage in tow. Now it’s up for Owens and Bannister to stop Cortez and his various goons from making it there. If that plot sounded very familiar to you, don’t be alarmed. Over the years you’ve probably seen a movie with a similar storyline that’s just as disposable as this one. Everything just seems to fall right into place with this film. The bloody explosions, the nonsensical subplots and even the way Schwarzenegger says his scene-killing catchphrases just feels lazy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for action films that act as mindless entertainment for the sake of mindless entertainment. But everything with “The Last Stand” feels too different to be seen in that light. The movie expects us to really care about the characters as they say their cliché dialogue to one another. When the unimportant deputy gets shot in a gunfight, we’re expected to feel upset that he wasn’t able to become a respected police officer. But why should we care about these two-dimensional characters if they can’t even be given an interesting thing to say or do? The answer: we shouldn’t. In the film’s defense, the film doesn’t cross over into soul-sucking territory, like other terrible action films such as “Salt and The Con-

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DIRECTOR: JEE-WOON KIM STARRING: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, FOREST WHITAKER AND JOHNNY KNOXVILLE DURATION: 107 MINUTES demned,” where you become aggravated at how hypocritical or confusing it becomes. The film is just too mediocre for any kind of enjoyment to be had. As many people know, this is Schwarzenegger ’s first leading role in an action movie since 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.” If the star continues to pump out more action flops comparable to this one, then it looks like he’ll be heading toward retirement sooner than expected.

David Bowie builds his return to music with new single on his birthday

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On Jan. 8, “Where Are We Now?”, David Bowie’s first new track in nearly a decade, was released without any prior warning via iTunes. With the track came a corresponding music video and word of an upcoming album titled “The Next Day” to be released in March. And all of this on the same day as his 66th birthday, no less. In spite of the absence of a complete album to review, the return of one of American popular music’s most significant and enigmatic figures in the past 40 years warrants a timely examination. At the time of writing, the announcement of the new single and upcoming album dominates the offi-

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cial David Bowie website. The announcement holds few possibilities for interpretation as it sticks to its practical purpose of providing information. There is, however, the announcement’s background — a black-and-white image of the iconic rocker during his heyday with a large gray square placed directly over his face. The announcement’s background mimics the tentative album art of “The Next Day,” which features the album’s title on a white square placed over the cover art of Bowie’s critically acclaimed 1977 release “Heroes,” a picture of his face. Similarly, the artwork for the single “Where Are We Now?” makes use of another artifact of Bowie’s past glory, inverting a photograph of him during one of his live performances and plastering the song’s title across it. Together, these three images represent Bowie’s intentional parting with his own illustrious past and the legend that accompanies it as he moves to his next stage of development as an artist. While the act of parting with and departing from the past is emphasized in these three images through the defacement of the originals, it’s important to note the past’s persisting presence in the background. All three new images are still recognizable as once iconic images of the singer. The simultaneous immediacy and remoteness of the past to the present in the artworks draws the famous and familiar David Bowie nearer to the audience while building an expectation in them of something new, something different, potentially something just as good as some of his best work. At the very least, something aiding him in building this new space in which to work, this blank-ish canvas of renewed opportunity, after nearly 10 years of creative silence. His first words in their wake are “Where Are We Now?” As is fitting for first words, the song’s lyrics are simple, but their power is through suggestion. Although the song’s ambiguity accommodates

multiple reads, the song’s essence is in Bowie’s trembling refrain: “Where are we now? The moment you know you know, you know.” The question “Where are we now?” is one of self-assessment and is not limited to one’s placement in space and time. I think of it as a means of reaching some sort of realization, of locating yourself in relation to whom you’ve been. This is supported in the song through mentions of locations in West Berlin Bowie frequented while he resided there in the late ‘70s and the line “a man lost in time,” which refers to Bowie himself. Also supporting this is Bowie’s own interest in the self and personal identity as displayed through

his invention of the musical personas Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke. The lyric “The moment you know you know, you know” I take to be his attempt at explaining what it feels like to locate yourself, to know in the present moment who you are and to be secure in that. The song closes with an anaphoric section establishing constants the presence of which enable one to find oneself, citing the sun, rain, fire, me, you. With “Where Are We Now?”, David Bowie has made an understated, elegant, sufficiently odd return to popular music and is greeted fondly as both an old friend and elder statesman.

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sports Having all of his pucks in a row briefs PLAYER PROFILE

By Chris Oliver

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Men’s Basketball • Thursday, Jan. 24, @ Grand Valley State University, 6 p.m., Grand Rapids • Saturday, Jan. 26, vs. Ferris State, 5 p.m., University Center

Women’s Basketball • Thursday, Jan. 24, @ Grand Valley State University, 8 p.m., Grand Rapids • Saturday, Jan. 26, vs. Ferris State, 7 p.m., University Center

Men’s Track • Friday, Jan. 25, The Cardinal, University Center

Women’s Track • Friday, Jan. 25, The Cardinal, University Center

Men’s Hockey • Friday, Jan. 25, @ Hope College, 7:30 p.m., Holland • Saturday, Jan. 26, vs. Hope College, 9 p.m., Saginaw Bay Ice Arena

For junior Scott Walter, hockey has been a part of life for as long as he can remember. While helping the Cardinals club hockey team dominate on the ice for three seasons, the criminal justice major said that sports have been a great way to focus, better himself and blow off energy since he was a kid. “I think I started playing hockey when I was four,” Walter said. “The family moved when I was young and the neighbors were always playing hockey in the street. “I got into it and we played every day from the morning until the sun came down or our mothers made us come in.” Along with hockey, Walter knew from the time he was a kid that he wanted to be a police officer when he grew up. “I’ve always just been really interested in the criminal justice system,” he said. “Always wanted to be a cop when I grew up, and when I came to college I got the opportunity to pursue that goal.” The Walter family has supported Scott throughout his career on the ice. Currently, his sister works as the paramedic and trainer for the SVSU club hockey team, and his mother is a booster for the club, raising funds for the team whenever possible. “Hockey definitely isn’t a cheap sport and equipment can be tough to get,” Walter said. “So it’s pretty cool that my mom helps the team whenever she can.” While Walter’s mother helps with the financial support for the club, his father has given plenty of advice and help along the way as well. “My dad has been there following me throughout my career,” Walter said. “He’s my biggest fan and my biggest critic. “He always has advice at the end of games.” With most of his time consumed by the club, Walter said his primary focus is school, which can be tough with the amount of work the team puts in as well as traveling on the weekends for games. Between practices, working out just to keep in shape and games, Walter said you really need to prioritize the workload to make it happen. “The weekends are just brutal with the team often traveling two or three hours one way on road games on Fridays,” he said. “Sometimes we don’t get back into town until three or four in the morning. “It really makes you organize yourself and not procrastinate.” Walter said with the heavy weekend workload, he

often does homework as soon as possible during the week. “Our practices start early in the morning so it’s nice to just get that done and out of the way and then usually as soon as I get a chance after classes, I just grind out the homework and studying.” Along with helping Walter learn to prioritize his workload responsibly, the hockey club has helped Walter learn other key skills. While Walter has been playing for the club team for three years, this last fall semester has been different with the presidency of the club changing and Walter taking the reins. “It’s really been an experience transitioning from just being a player on the team to being club president,” Walter said. “You learn how to handle your time wisely, make sure dues and fees are paid on time for the club and expenses are taken care of. “It’s important because if these things aren’t paid, we don’t have equipment, ice or refs for the games.” Walter hasn’t been alone in the transition, receiving help from current and former teammates as well as faculty in handling the affairs of the club on a daily basis. “Ben Welch, our former president, has been great in helping me out with everything,” Walter said. “If I need help with anything or have a question about anything, he’s always there to answer or help out. “Aaron Mowen is our faculty adviser and he’s also been a great help Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver in making sure everything is managed Junior captain and club president Scott Walter has played for the properly.” hockey club for three years, taking over as president last semester. When free time does come around, Walter usually spends it around sports, either playing or happy with the win. watching. “It was rough playing a good rival but it was “I think my favorite sport to watch is baseball,” he amazing to come back and win that game,” he said. “It said. “I really love watching the Tigers. was tough early on, and we even accidently scored on “As far as playing, I just love playing anything, ourselves, but we came back and took it to them.” really.” The men’s hockey club will play a two game series Walter has led the men’s hockey club to a 12-11 this weekend against Hope College. Friday, Jan. 25, the record including an overtime 5-4 victory over fourthCardinals will travel to Holland before hosting the final ranked Davenport University this past Saturday. After game in the series Saturday night at the Saginaw Bay Ice losing to Davenport earlier in the season and going Arena. down 3-0 early on Saturday, Walter said he’s extremely


Not enough offense to top powerful Michigan Tech team By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor Winning can be a struggle in any league, but in the ultracompetitive GLIAC North conference, the men’s basketball team is finding out exactly how tough coming away with wins can be. Saturday the Cardinals dropped their second game of the Upper-Peninsula road trip, falling to Michigan Tech 77-54 to drop to a record of 7-7 on the season and 5-6 in GLIAC play. For the Huskies, the win was instrumental in keeping pace in a competitive GLIAC North division, bringing their record to 11-5 overall and 8-4 in conference play. Senior guard Brett Beland led the Cardinals in scoring with 14 points with fellow senior guard Chris Webb right behind him, putting up 13 points. Coming off the bench, junior forward Mike Schaaf added five points and snatched up two rebounds on the day. It was another fast start for SVSU. The Cardinals came out to an early lead before falling behind 18-14 with a little over nine minutes to play. With a 16-9 run, the Cardinals took the lead back as well as the momentum going into halftime leading 30-27. To head coach Randy Baruth, his team executed everything right to lead to the quick start.

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Senior guard Brett Beland has led the team in scoring five times in January. Beland and fellow senior Chris Webb had eight points apiece in the first half against Michigan Tech.

“I think we shot well and our guys hit probably three-quarters of our jump shots in the first half,” Baruth said. “We just did everything well from running the floor well to playing defense well.” The Huskies came out and matched SVSU’s energy in the second half, going on a 17-5 run and taking a nine point lead with a little over 12 minutes to play. To Baruth, it was a matter of the offense not executing as well as the team did in the first half. “When your offense slows down and just doesn’t score as much against a really explosive offense, it’s not going to be good down the stretch.” The Cardinals fought back throughout the second half but were unable to regain their momentum and ultimately could not mount a comeback. Despite winning the turnover battle, SVSU could not capitalize in the paint, getting out-rebounded 29-22. The Cardinals were unable to capitalize on opportunities in the second half and ended the game shooting just 37 percent compared to Michigan Tech’s 52.8 percent. For Beland, it was the fifth game in January in which he led the team in scoring. Baruth said Beland has been invaluable to the team this season. “He’s an extremely hard worker on the court and in practice,” Baruth said. “He’s always out there looking to make plays, has a very high basketball IQ and it’s just fun to coach him. “He’s not the biggest guard around, so he really works on the court plus he’s the most active and vocal guy in practice every single day.” Last Thursday the Cardinals started their road trip with a road win over the struggling Northern Michigan Wildcats by a score of 56-51. The win snapped a short, two-game losing streak for the Cardinals and dropped the Wildcats to a record of 4-12 overall and 3-9 in conference play. Webb led the Cardinals in scoring with 15 points while going four for four from the free-throw line. Senior forward Rob Clark contributed with ten points and seven rebounds on the day. While holding the Wildcats to 35.2 percent shooting from the floor, the Cardinals shot 52.6 percent. SVSU also dominated in the paint, scoring 26 and out-rebounding Northern Michigan 24-10. It was another solid defensive performance that Baruth believes showed the way his team played all week. “I think our defense was pretty solid throughout the week and especially against Northern Michigan,” he said. “But, again, the offense needs to keep up down the stretch and against some of the stronger offenses it’s crticial.” After a fast start, SVSU cruised in the first half. The Cardinals grabbed their biggest lead of the first half with just under four minutes to play, going up 31-20 following a layup from freshman guard Stone Beckwith. SVSU cruised into halftime leading by nine, 33-24. The second half remained largely in SVSU’s favor until Northern Michigan hit a hot streak, going on a 12-0 run late in the game to make things interesting. Tough defense and late game free throws sealed the game in the final seconds for the Cardinals. “They’re a team that’s struggling, but playing on their home court, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy after the first half,” Baruth said. “We knew they were going to make a run and I’m proud of our guys for holding it together and hanging on for the win.” For the Cardinals, they’ve managed a 2-4 record in 2013 in a competitive GLIAC North that to Baruth, is still completely up in the air. “From what I’ve seen in conference play so far, anyone can

Remaining Men’s 2012-2013 GLIAC Schedule

- 1/24 @ Grand Valley

- 1/26 vs. Ferris State - 1/30 vs. Lake Erie - 2/2 vs. Northwood - 2/7 @ Lake Superior State - 2/9 vs. Wayne State - 2/14 vs. Northern Michigan - 2/16 vs. Michigan Tech - 2/21 vs. Grand Valley - 2/23 @ Ferris State -3/2 @ Northwood

beat anyone in this league,” Baruth said. “Teams will go on winning and losing streaks and that’s just basketball. “There’s no reason to worry about anything we can’t control.” Moving forward, the Cardinals look to finish out the current five-game road trip before coming home for three more games. To Baruth, the wins and losses aren’t as critical as long as his team continues improving and playing hard. “There’s no sense in beating ourselves up over losses when playing against the kind of competition we’ve faced,” he said. “We’ll just keep playing and we’ll see where everything falls at the end of the season.” The men’s team will be back in action Thursday, Jan. 24, when it heads to Grand Rapids to take on Grand Valley State University before coming home Saturday, Jan. 26, to host Ferris State.

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Tough losses despite impressive individual performances ued their winning ways Saturday, bringing their record to 9-3 in conference play and 11-5 overall. Freshman guard Danielle Carriere led SVSU with 18 points while freshman forward Emily Wendling was close behind with 13 points. Carriere also led the Cardinals in assists with four. Samantha Zirzow and Paige Wright led the team in rebounds with six apiece. The loss is SVSU’s third straight after a stretch where it won three of four. Despite the losing skid, coach Jamie Pewinski says her team is only improving

In the North Division of the GLIAC, you have no time to look ahead to the next game, regardless of who it is.”

Jamie Pewinski Women’s Head Basketball Coach

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Freshman forward Emily Wendling (No. 43) is seventh in the GLIAC in points per game on the season. Against Northern Michigan, Wendling put up 26.

By Joey Oliver Vanguard Staff Writer Against one of the top teams in the conference, the women’s basketball team played until the end, taking the

GLIAC leaders to the edge. The Lady Cardinals lost a tough game Saturday on the road against GLIAC frontrunner Michigan Tech by a final of 73-67. The loss dropped the Cardinals to a 4-7 record in GLIAC play and 6-9 on the season. The Huskies contin-

with time. “We have been getting better every game and we are starting to be confident in the game plan,” she said. “Our focus on the little things is improving and our energy and effort is giving us a chance to win games.” The Cardinals’ three-game losing streak may be in part due to their inexperience and the road stretch they are currently on. Saturday’s game was the third of a four-game road trip. One does not have to look further than Saturday’s game to see the Cardinals’ reliance on youth. Freshmen accounted for 114 total minutes, experience that will eventually pay off down the road. The Lady Cards have not handled being away from home as much as they

would like. “Athletes, for the most part like a routine, so we try to stay consistent in our preparation for games and when we practice while on the road,” she said. “Consistency is the key, as it allows the athletes to be comfortable in what they are doing or what will be facing them.” Road games can be a problematic for young teams, but Pewinski credits the few upperclassmen on the roster for keeping the young players prepared for what lies ahead of them when the team journeys away from Saginaw. “The returning players are able to help the freshman know what to expect when we are headed out on the road,” she said. “They let them know places we’ll eat, what the atmosphere in the gym is like and even little things as how far away a school is. “This allows the younger players a chance to know what they will be facing when we get there.” Earlier this week, SVSU lost to Northern Michigan, 67-57. Despite the loss, Wendling turned in one of the best performances of her young career by scoring 26 points. Zirzow scored 10 points, the only other Cardinal to put up a double-digit point total. Wendling also led the team in rebounds with four. The Cards finish their four-game road stretch Thursday when they play rival Grand Valley State University. With such a big game coming up, one might worry that the young Cards’ team was looking ahead to it. Pewinski says that simply is not the case. “In the North Division of the GLIAC, you have no time to look ahead to the next game, regardless of who it is,” she said. “We have to focus on ourselves and prepare each day to get better and become a better team. “That is what has allowed us to stay in games and win the games that we have won.”

Remaining Women’s 2012-2013 GLIAC Schedule

- 1/24 @ Grand Valley

- 1/26 vs. Ferris State - 1/30 vs. Lake Erie - 2/2 vs. Northwood - 2/7 @ Lake Superior State - 2/9 vs. Wayne State - 2/14 vs. Northern Michigan - 2/16 vs. Michigan Tech - 2/21 vs. Grand Valley - 2/23 @ Ferris State -3/2 @ Northwood


Competitors bring in new year, new goals at Indoor Classic By Hannah Meyer

SVSU Indoor Classic Notables - Shot Put: Emerald Joiner............................13.67 meters - Weight Throw: Emerald Joiner....................15.94 meters - 3,000-Meter Run: Lauren Hill...................10:08 minutes - 4-by-400: Shavonne Roberson, Taylor Stepanski, Ola Hendler, Diamond Taylor.................................4:01 minutes - Pole Vault: Tyler Grob..................................4.88 meters - 60-Meter Hurdles: D’Omar Boyde...............8.47 seconds

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The times and heights have been set as the track season continues into the new year. The men’s and women’s track teams hosted the Indoor Classic this past Friday. The meet was un-scored and teams that ran against Saginaw Valley included Oakland University, Central Michigan University and Alma College. On the women’s team, a few runners were able to hit provisional qualifying marks in their event. Emerald Joiner was able to gain a mark in shot put after throwing a distance of 13.67 meters, and is currently marked 21st in the country for that event. Joiner also threw a winning distance of 15.94 meters in the weight throw competition. Also gaining marks was Lauren Hill in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:08. Hill is ranked sixth in the country for that event. Hill also ran to a secondplace finish in the 5,000-meter run, in which she is ranked fifth in the country

on the provisional qualification list. Although she is currently injured and did not run in the Indoor Classic, Emily Short is ranked ninth in the country on the provisional list for the 5,000-meter run, as well. The women’s 4-by-400 meter relay also placed high as runners Shavonne Roberson, Taylor Stepanski, Ola Hendler, and Diamond Taylor raced to the finish line with a winning time of 4:01. The relay team is ranked ninth in the country. The men’s team also has high ranking runners and had one runner gain a provisional qualifying mark for his event. Tyler Grob gained a mark in the pole vault competition after clearing a wining height of 4.88 meters. Grob is ranking 14th in the country for pole vault. D’Omar Boyden in the 60 meter hurdles placed second with a preliminary time of 8.47 seconds, and is ranked 21st in this event. Due to a pulled hamstring, David Ray was not able to run in the 60 hurdles, but is ranked sixth in the country for the event. Other high-ranked runners who were absent from the meet include Frank Sanders, ranked fourth in the country

for the high jump, and Raetron Bryant, ranked seventeenth in the country for the triple jump. After this meet, some members of the team will have to reassess their goals. For assistant coach Anthony Filipek, the team’s goals right now are to continue to recognize their mistakes made during the races and what faulty techniques need to be fixed. “The main goal is to have everyone peak for the championship meets while also hitting as many national qualification marks through the season,” Filipek added. The top 16 in each individual event and the top 12 in relays at the end of the season will qualify for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in March. Students can support the men’s and women’s track teams as they race again this Friday, Jan. 15, for “The Cardinal” at the home track in the Ryder Center. Field events will start at 3 p.m. and running events will be at 4 p.m. The team also posts Twitter updates @SVtfxc.



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COFFEEHOUSE continued from A3 House pastor Troy Andreasen and Standing in the Gap pastor Nate Polzin. Andreasen stated that the purposes of the event were to help unify the Christians on campus by having an event involving more than one group, outreach to people who have questions and want to learn more about faith and to help people build trust in the Bible. Ellissa Cherven, a nursing sophomore who has been a member of His House since fall 2011, attended the event. “I really enjoyed being able to have Biblical responses, being able to discuss confusing passages, and I really liked having two different pastors - two different perspectives,” Cherven said. Polzin enjoyed that the event opened the door to questions and discussion. “I want people to feel like the Christians on campus are open to conversations,” he said. “I don’t want to just preach at people. I want to be involved in relationship and conversa-

SCARF continued from A3 “It’s definitely easy to get people to be on board with it,” she said. Serra said Soulscarfs are well worth the money, as they are hand knitted in China and each one is unique. According to Serra, customers can feel good about the purchase. “It’s a good way to let people know you’re helping out not just yourself, and you get something in return,” she said. Hillary Case, Information Sys-

tion.” Topics discussed included general information about the Bible, confusing scriptures, spiritual gifts and baptism. In addition to questions such as “How would you define a Christian?” and “What is the kingdom of God?”, some more light-hearted questions were asked, such as “What time of year was Jesus actually born?” “I really liked that we could write down our questions,” Cherven said, referring to the fact that students could write down questions beforehand if they did not want to ask them aloud. During the Q&A, Andreasen used a Bible search engine program called Accordance. This way, he and Polzin could refer to specific scriptures and display them on a projector screen. While they were as thorough and specific as possible, Andreasen and Polzin openly admitted that they do not know how to respond to every question. “I don’t claim to have all the answers,” Polzin said. “But I know the one who does.” Andreasen and Polzin were involved with a similar event in 2008 in collaboration with CRU, another Chris-

tian group on campus. His House has also hosted Q&A sessions since then. “I would like to potentially (have this event again) if there’s interest in it,” Andreasen said. In addition to possibly hosting another event like this in the future, His House members are planning their winter retreat for this weekend, as well as trips for spring break. They will be holding their Crave event shortly after spring break, during which people sign up to read the Bible aloud. By the end of the event, the entire Bible will have been read. Both His House and Standing in the Gap are growing organizations, with weekly meetings averaging sixty or more attendees a week. His House meets Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Room. Standing in the Gap meets Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m., also in the Student Activities Room. Both groups also hold small-group Bible studies and various other events in addition to their regular weekly meetings.

tems sophomore and Central Michigan University’s representative, said $42 is a reasonable price for the scarves because of what they mean to buyers. The heart sewn on each scarf is a constant reminder that they’ve given back. “You know all the time when you’re wearing it that you helped that charity.” Her favorite part of the job is being able to spread the word about Soulscarf and discover how deeply interested students are in either buying a scarf or helping sell them. “It’s just been spreading a lot faster than I thought it would,” Case said.

“Everyone’s willing to help.” Celeste Currie, a Saginaw native, is credited with the launch of Soulscarf. Currie started Soulscarf to meet a requirement for a business marketing class at Syracuse University in New York. She didn’t want to stop at the class, though. Currie has watched her business grow before her eyes. She has sold hundreds of scarves since the company’s launch about a year ago. She is scheduled to attend conferences this year to further spread the word about her business.

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