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Inside A5 Four graduating fine arts students showcase their works in the University Art Gallery with a reception to be held Thursday.

The sexual assault prevention education group will hold a training session in January.

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Inside A6 The men’s football team sees the end of the playoff season after falling to Grand Valley, 40-7.

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Black at SVSU sends good vibes The sixth annual Africana Cultural Celebration aimed to promote a diverse campus culture in a pluralistic society.

Vanguard photo | Pakeitha Oldham Performers from Valley Voices perform during the sixth annual Black at SVSU event. This year, Black at SVSU celebrated the arts with singing, dancing and spoken word poetry. Sponsored by the Organization of Black Unity (OBU), the goal of the annual event is to bring a diverse group of people together in the spirit of collaboration.

By Eric Spitz Vanguard Staff Writer

Fingers snapped and bodies swayed to the music as students came out to Black at SVSU 6: An Africana Cultural Celebration. The annual event started five years ago through the efforts of Black Studies students. The event is modeled after the highly successful CNN program: Black in America. Hosted by the Organization of Black Unity (OBU), The Office of Multicultural Services,

The College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences, Black Studies and the Department of History, the event has entered into its sixth year. This year they decided to celebrate the arts. OBU adviser Kenneth Jolly had clear-cut expectations. “The goals for the event are to show the SVSU community a well-rounded view of the culture of the African-American students,” he said. “We want to show that there is more than the stereotype of what you see on TV (and) in movies. We want to show a versatile aspect of the arts through education and

history, music, spoken word and so much more.” The event introduced a mix of performances, ranging from dance to singing and various forms of poetry from groups such as Valley Voices, N-Tense and Forte. Keynote speaker Tacarra L. Ford performed a speech entitled, “We Started at the Top, Now We’re Here!?! : What Happened to Sankofa.” Ford is a native to Saginaw and holds a BA in English literature and sociology with a minor in Black Studies from SVSU. Ford also founded EXPRESSIONS Poetry Society and the Delta’s UN.I.Q.U.E. Mentor

Program. Ford is also the author of a collection of poetry entitled “Welcome to My Soul.” “This program seeks to promote a diverse campus culture and to foster respect for the differences that make each individual unique” OBU President Jennora Walker said. “[It seeks to] facilitate collaboration between individuals whose experiences, whose cultural, racial or religious background, or whose orientation and perspectives may differ from one’s own.” Walker said the event prepares students for successful lives in an increasingly pluralistic society.

Student Life’s Hunger Banquet: On-campus Michigan Blood not that kind of banquet drive brings in over 100 donors By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor Many students went hungry at SVSU’s first Hunger Banquet. Although the event description said, “dinner will be served,” many students were surprised to learn what kind of banquet they were attending. Inspired by the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, Student Life and the Human Awareness Committee offered students an interactive, demonstration dinner. Since the event was held the week before Thanksgiving, Associate Director of Student Life Katrina Friedeberg said she hoped students would

come away from the Hunger Banquet thankful. “It is that time of year when you reflect on where you are in life and how you could give back,” she said. Together with nearly 30 students, Friedeberg and volunteers celebrated the harvest by trying to change the way people think about hunger and poverty. Dinner guests were given a card as the entered the “dining room.” On each card was a character, including a name, biography and an income status, indicating if they were a member of the high, middle or low class. Guests were escorted to three different


Gilbertson bends rules as bubble gum returns to campus stores \ By Andrea McBride

Vanguard Copy Editor Gum will soon be making its way back onto campus stores’ shelves. At the Open President’s Forum last Tuesday students asked President Eric Gilbertson why it is never available to purchase. Gilbertson said the rule was set in hopes of

keeping the campus clean, as some individuals tend to dispose of gum by sticking it on university property or spitting it on the ground. However, after some discussion, attendees decided that since the campus community can bring gum from off campus, it’s not clear if the rule is effective. Gilbertson decided to reintroduce it to


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By Bret Hauff Vanguard Staff Writer Giving blood last week had two benefits: saving lives and the promise of free pizza. The blood drive was organized by Michigan Blood, a nonprofit blood bank that provides blood for more than 40 Michigan hospitals. “It’s been busy since the get go, with 10 people lined up before noon,” said Rachelle Treymann, a Michigan Blood donor relations specialist. Donors were all ages. The blood drive had 138 people who registered to give blood and 98 who actually donated. Michigan Blood normally does donations for two consecutive days, but for its November donations, had a single-day donation from noon to 6 p.m. Michigan Blood put on a blood drive in September, which was two days, reaching 103 blood donations out of 157 registered donors. Forty-four of these donors were first time Michigan Blood donors. “Overall, more than 300 lives were saved through this effort,” Treymann said. RHA had promoted the blood drive with posters around campus, advertising a free large Papa Johns pizza with every donation. While the promise of pizza was enough incentive for many students, people donate for many reasons. “Most people donate for personal reasons,” Treymann said. “Either someone they love has needed a blood transfusion, or they themselves have needed one.” Other people donate because it is a way to give newsroom (989) 964-4482 visit us online at


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back to the community. “Most college students want to give back, (but) they just don’t have the money to do so,” Treymann said. “It’s free to donate blood.” In order to improve knowledge about giving blood, Michigan Blood partners with many schools across the state of Michigan. “There are many misconceptions when it comes to blood donations, but we do our best to educate,” Treymann said. Treymann said that the goal of Michigan Blood is to save lives through blood transfusions. “(It’s about) saving lives, plain and simple,” Treymann said. “Michigan first is our motto.” Michigan Blood focuses on meeting the needs of Michigan hospitals, and if a surplus is acquired, then the blood is sent across the country to community hospitals that need it. Jacob Premo, an SVSU student, donated blood for many years and then received a donation after a severe wrist injury. “It’s kind of a humbling experience that somebody else is helping save your life,” Premo said in an interview with Michigan Blood. Premo had donated ever since he was eligible, and never really thought of the people he was saving through his donation. Each time someone donates, they have the chance to touch 2-3 lives. “It’s (blood), not something you can just go buy at Walmart,” Treymann said. “It’s something that needs to be donated.”



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Giving H.O.P.E. to local Emmaus House By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor

SVSU’s new Leadership and Service minor is getting students interested in giving back to their community as well as providing H.O.P.E. “Everyone is doing Toys for Tots,” said Ashley Dijkstra, elementary education sophomore and member of Project H.O.P.E. “We wanted to do something different, something local.” Project H.O.P.E is a service project formed by students from the Leadership and Service minor with the goal of supporting downtown Saginaw’s Emmaus House. Emmaus House is a home for women, specifically women coming from jail, prison or rehab. Project H.O.P.E, which stands for “Helping Out People of Emmaus House,” hopes to provide the women with a family-like, Christian atmosphere while they are working to create new and better lives for

police briefs Police briefs are written according to reports from University Police. These indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily actual incidents. Minor in Possession •At 9:36 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, police were called to Pine Grove for a minor in possession. A citation was issued. •At 11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, police arrested two subjects at Collings Drive for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. •At 6:25 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, police were called to the First Year Suites for the possession of marijuana. This case was turned over to Student Code of Conduct. •At 12:39 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, police were called to University Village for a minor in possession. A citation was issued. Threats Complaint •At 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, police received information about a threats complaint from First Year Suites. Fraud •At 10:49 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, police received a report of credit card fraud from Fashion Square Mall. This case is still open. Destruction of Property •Between 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, police received a report of malicious destruction of property of a vehicle in R-Lot. Larceny •Between 6 p.m. and 12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, into Friday, Nov. 15, police received a report about a larceny in the Ryder Center. This case is still open. •Between 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, police received a report of a larceny from the Doan Center. This case is closed. •Between 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, police received a report about a larceny in Wickes Hall. This case is still open. •Between 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, police received a report about a larceny in Science East. This case is closed. •Between 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, and 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, police received a report about a larceny in Science East. This case is still open. •Between 12 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, police received a report about a larceny in the Ryder Center. This case is still open.

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themselves. “Although their stay is temporary, it is an opportunity for them to make a fresh start,” said Josephine Garza, psychology junior and member of Project H.O.P.E. Sixteen students are involved with Project H.O.P.E and have contributed to raising awareness of Emmaus House as well as helping to collect dozens of to be donated. They collected clothing, linens, personal-care products, paper products and canned food at their table in front of the Marketplace at Doan and through collection boxes at on-campus living centers and department offices. They will continue collecting through Thursday, Dec. 5. “It has been a huge collaboration between the students, the school and local businesses,” Dijkstra said. “We hope to get even more outside donations from businesses so we can give even more to Emmaus House.” Local businesses such as McDonald’s and Papa John’s donated

gift cards, and some students donated some items. “We appreciate the charity,” Garza said. “It is all for a good cause.” It was Garza’s idea to choose the Emmaus House for their charity. “With 14 houses in the area, we wanted to do something that would stand out,” she said. “Many of us never heard about them before this, and that shouldn’t be the case.” She said originally they wanted to choose a charity that supported children, but found the Emmaus House was “in their neighborhood” and “a great cause.” Garza said she has always been drawn to leadership and philanthropy. “A leader is everything that I am and that I want to be,” she said. “If you have the resources to do it, you might as well do it.” Garza explained that this is the “service” side of the Leadership and Service minor, and it has helped students to see what they can do to love their community.

“You can get recognized for doing something just for the sake of doing it,” she said. The following students contributed time and energy to making Project H.O.P.E a success: Hassan Haider Almadan, Josephine Garza, Kohl Coffin, Crystal Gwizdala, George Copeland, Brandon Jones, Benjamin Curtis, Todd McBride, Lauren Delzeith, Krystle Rajewski, Ashley Dijkstra, Jeremy OsmondBailey, Katherine Elwell, Alissa Schley, Giuliana Gardner, Sheela Joles as well as their professor, John Kaczynski. Garza said she has always thought of Saginaw as a beautiful place, having lived here her whole life. “It breaks my heart when people say that we don’t have any hope. It only takes one thing for people to change their minds,” she said. “We wanted to change what people think about Saginaw and about the people here. We all have hope.”

Students speak, administrators listen By Bethany Gohs Vanguard Staff Writer SVSU’s administration is listening to students. Student leaders on campus were selected and invited to Dinner and Discussion, where they were given the opportunity to present issues they felt were a problem to administrators. Looking for helpful feedback from students who see the university from a different perspective, administrators recorded issues brought to light during the event. “(This dinner) was a recognition dinner for students who had been supporting retention programs, (such as) Stairway to Success mentors and Red and White Brigade members,” said Merry Jo Brandimore, vice president of student affairs and dean of students. “This was an effort to thank them for their efforts to help students to succeed.” Other administrators and faculty at the event were Vice President for Enrollment Management Jim Dwyer, Associate Dean for Student Life and Leadership Programs Bryan Crainer and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment

BANQUET continued from A1 places in the room. High-class guests were seated at a candlelit table, middleclass guests were seated in a circle on hard, wooden chairs and low-class guests were made to sit on the floor. “We wanted to show poverty in a way people can understand,” Friedeberg said. “People don’t have a choice where they’re born.” “It think it is important for those of us who are more fortunate to understand that there are people out there who are not as well off,” said Marianna Cuevas, coordinator of the Hunger Banquet. Nearly 2.5 billion people live in poverty. “We are all divided here today because hunger impacts people at all levels,” said Dylan Kosaski, Student Association president and Hunger Banquet speaker.

Management Nick Wagner. After introducing themselves over dinner, students discussed issues they thought were important to address within their groups. “I decided to participate in this event because I thought it’d be a great way to hear opinions about the different issues that are affecting the student body,” said political science and criminal justice senior Tyler Manning. Students presented issues to the administration such as students not feeling comfortable going to professors’ office hours, a general feeling that SVSU is only focused on retention rates and possibly extending library hours. “I think SVSU has a great administrative staff that they are able to sit down with students and hear their concerns and act upon them,” Manning said. The administration asked how many students knew how to use course request forms and whether or not they are helpful. Students took this opportunity to ask questions they had about the forms and classes. “I think the fact that they are taking action on the course request forms is a huge deal,” said occupational therapy sophomore

Erica Green. The administration asked what students wish they would have known as a freshmen. Responses included getting more involved on campus, going to office hours and studying wisely. The Dinner and Discussion events are held as the administration schedules them. Promising individuals are encouraged to bring their perspective and give feedback of what they see happening on campus and through their peers. “It’s definitely something students should get involved in if they are invited to the next one,” Manning said. A meeting hasn’t been held to discuss issues brought to the university’s attention, but the administrators at the event wrote down the issues that were important to students. “I think students have a unique perspective of university experience. I think they are analytical and have good opinions,” Brandimore said. “It’s wise for the administration to consider their input.”

He said the event isn’t about asking college students to go out and donate, but to realize that this is a problem impacting the entire world. “The first step is awareness,” he said. “It is important that we can relate and empathize with those in poverty. Our socio-economic status does not define us.” He said that people living in poverty go through much more than what is said on the cards, since they have to make life choices that impact themselves and their family. “It is just terrible that many people go hungry for dreaming about a better life,” Cuevas said. For dinner, low-class guests were given crackers and cups for water. The water was in a large jug and was difficult to open. Many guests gave up and didn’t drink anything. Middle-class guests were given peanut butter and jelly sandwiches along with bottles of water, while the high-class guests were served a large pasta meal, breadsticks and salad,

topped off with sparkling juice to drink. One low-income guest, Aimee Wilson, begged some of the middleclass guests for some of their sandwiches, reading her card to them, which indicated her as a fast-food worker that was unable to feed her family. A middle-class guest gave up her place to offer Wilson some additional food. Additionally, the low-class guests considered theft and bribery as well as starting an uprising. After dinner, the students discussed how they felt. Many students professed to being jealous of what others were eating. “Hunger and poverty can greatly amplify the effects on people’s lives,” Kosaski said. “It is all about understanding.” Student Life and the Human Awareness Committee hopes to hold the banquet again next year.

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At This Time In University History 40 Years Ago

269 students graduated, bringing the total alumni membership to 865 students.

35 Years Ago

James C. H. Shen, the Ambassador of the Republic of China, visited SVC and spoke on economic prosperity and social progress. He also discussed the future of economic relations between the United States and China.

30 Years Ago

A symposium was held at SVSC in the Wickes Faculty lounge and focused on Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in 1982. The event featured several SVSC faculty members and noted authorities from other institutions who promoted Marquez’s accomplishments.

25 Years Ago

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) selected three SVSU faculty members and one student as regional judges of the nationally recognized Achievement Awards in Writing competition. Dr. Basil Clark was one of the several faculty selected.

20 Years Ago

A team of engineering students finished thirteenth overall in the Midwest Regional Mini Baja Vehicle Competition at the Transportation Research Center in Marysville, Ohio. The team was the first ever entry by SVSU students. Additionally, the team won first place in the originality portion of the contest.

15 Years Ago

Enrollment in the winter semester was 5.9% higher than the previous year’s, with 7,394 students at the university. Furthermore, graduate student enrollment was also up 22.54%, with 1,185 students.

10 Years Ago

The SVSU Theater Department presented their production of “The Hobbit,” which used new puppetry technology unlike anything used at the university previously. The technology was similar to what the Broadway musical of The Lion King uses for their animal costumes.

5 Years Ago

FORUM continued from A1 campus on a trial basis. Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Merry Jo Brandimore said bringing back gum will most likely be well received by the campus community. “I think it’s going to be exciting for students,” Brandimore said. “That’s been a long-time standardized rule.” Gilbertson was pleased to make this change for students, but another issue brought up was not as easily fixable. First Year Board representatives were in attendance to discuss the possibility of creating a common area for the First Year Suites. The representatives said the issue keeps coming to the surface among residents of the First Year

Suites. They feel it is only fair to have access to a gathering area similar to the lobbies and study lounges in the living centers. “We don’t have a space to bring us all together like they do,” said Kyle Herron, criminal justice freshman and part of the First Year Board general assembly. Although Gilbertson sympathized with freshmen, he said there is little that can be done based on how the buildings were constructed in the 1970s. “We’d rather they were designed otherwise, (but) they weren’t bad decisions at the time they were made,” Gilbertson said. The campus was not nearly the size it is today back when the First Year Suites were built, which is why they look out of place compared to the rest of campus housing. Gilbertson said their location has helped other buildings to be designed better and will continue

to do so in the future. He said he hopes freshmen will take advantage of the proximity of the Doan building to their dorms. He pointed out that when constructed, the student center and wedge lounges were intended primarily for use by First Year Suites residents. Another issue resolved was putting a system in place to keep the weight room’s dumbbells in order according to weight to make them easier for students to use. The malware block Internet policy was touched upon briefly. Gilbertson said glitches are still being worked out. Gilbertson ended the forum with encouraging words to students as the semester nears its end. “This is a stressful time of year,” Gilbertson said. “Look out for yourself and take care of others.”

Several faculty were recognized at the All-University Awards Banquet. The winners included associate professor of English Patricia Cavanaugh, who received the Frank A. Landee Teaching Excellence Award.

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Preventing sexual assault to create a safer campus By Hillary Degner Vanguard Staff Writer Students continue to express interest in an oncampus sexual assault prevention education group. To be a part of the group, students must participate in training. Assistant Director at the Student Counseling Center Sara Martinez has planned a training session for January. During training, students will learn about sexual assault on college campuses, health education principles and bystander intervention. About 74 students have contacted Martinez with interest in the group, and 20 students have signed up for training. Martinez will conduct the training session.

“I know this population better than an outside source,” Martinez said. Social work sophomore Marianna Cuevas was one of the students who approached Martinez with the idea of a sexual assault prevention group. Cuevas became interested in this topic by volunteering at the Sexual Assault Center through Child and Family Services in Saginaw. She was surprised to hear the number of reported sexual assaults in Saginaw and wanted to learn what SVSU was doing to educate students. “I don’t want people to assume that they’re always safe,” Cuevas said. Cuevas said even though SVSU is a safe campus, she wants the group to bring awareness to what is considered sexual assault. She hopes the group can help survivors find resources

to cope as well as providing sexual assault education. “We don’t want people to feel like they need pepper spray on campus. We want them to know a different way to protect themselves,” Cuevas said. Pre-elementary education junior, Jessica Hardin is also interested in joining the group. During her sophomore year, she took a one-credit RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) class taught by the SVSU University Police. It bothered Hardin that students had to pay for the class, so she wanted to know what else SVSU was doing to educate students about sexual assault. She went to the Peer Health Education (PHE) office to get information and discovered from Martinez that a sexual assault prevention group was forming.

Since many PHE programs are voluntary, Hardin thinks it would be effective for students to hear prevention information as a part of their freshmen orientation program. While writing a paper about sexual assault, Hardin learned that freshmen and sophomores are at a higher risk for being targets of sexual assault than upperclassman. “I think it’s important to get the word out during freshmen orientation,” Hardin said. The sexual assault group aims to educate as many people about prevention strategies as it can. “I always believe that knowledge is power,” Cuevas said. Students who are interested in joining the group can contact Martinez at sjmarti2@svsu. edu.

Honors students broaden communication, War of 1812 simulation shoots for research skills through thesis creation improved historical awareness By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor Hard work and dedication have paid off in the form of completed Honors theses. Six students presented their research in the disciplines of chemistry, communication, business, nursing and education as part of the Honors Program. Elementary education senior Abigail Seamon wrote her thesis about rhetorical criticism, which is a competitive event within the National Forensic Association. “It is such a relief to say that I have finally finished my thesis,” Seamon said. “Writing a thesis isn’t easy, and takes a lot of time and dedication. It was exciting to finally be able to tell others about my research and what I have learned.” Those in the Honors Program take one interdisciplinary course per year, and then complete a thesis. Students work with a faculty adviser to create their thesis, which in most cases is a 30-page paper on a topic of the student’s choice. The theses can be student-directed, faculty-directed or a creative project. Once the thesis is completed, the students explain their research in a 45-minute presentation with a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Professor of English and chair of the Honors Program Elizabeth Rich said creating a thesis is beneficial to students. “The Honors Program gives

students the chance to become highly specialized and to do specific research that prepares them for graduate school,” she said. “Honors theses have prepared students for graduate programs, professional programs like law school and for very competitive jobs.” Secondary education junior, Shanda Drumm wrote her thesis about the international baccalaureate, which is an alternative education program. She compared the implementation of the program in the United States and the United Kingdom. “This summer, I did an internship in London where I was working in an international baccalaureate school,” she said. “I became really interested in the way that the program itself worked, and I wanted to see if it was the same worldwide.” In addition to taking classes with other Honors students, those involved with the program get to participate in research, have access to scholarship opportunities, collaborate with faculty and participate in special events. Rich said the courses the Honors students take span across disciplines, which teaches useful skills. “Students have the opportunity to practice finetuning their knowledge base in their disciplines, while also learning how to express that in different ways to other people in different disciplines,” she said. “It allows them, once they enter the workforce or enter their graduate

programs, to communicate better and to flourish in a way that maybe they wouldn’t if they had just remained highly specialized.” Seamon said writing a thesis is an important part of a student’s development. “Creating a thesis is beneficial to students because it allows students to choose a topic they are truly interested in and do extensive research on it,” she said. She said the learned information that she will carry with her forever, which made all the hard work worth it. Rich said that those in the Honors Program represent the talent present at the university. “Honors students, because they have a lot of energy and are highly organized, offer a great deal to the other students at SVSU, as well as to those of us who run various programs,” she said. “I’m very proud of the students in the Honors Program.” Despite the hard work, Drumm is glad she chose to join the Honors Program and create a thesis. “It was a really challenging experience, because it was something that I’d never done before,” she said. “It’s really nerve-wracking and challenging, but it’s definitely worth it in the end.”

By Kylie Wojciechowski Vanguard Staff Writer The History Club is bringing the students of Saginaw Valley back in time, but only to empower them to go forward. Presided over by Jeremy Killion, the History Club provides resources and opportunities to students looking to advance their professional and academic careers in the discipline of history. The club collaborates with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to host the Saginaw Valley Student Speaker Series. This lecture series allows students to present historical research on any topic they wish. It takes place in a professional and academic setting that allows for constructive feedback. It will also soon publish the first issue of the Saginaw Valley Journal of History, a student-run publication of undergraduate historical research. Students will have the chance to go through the writing, submission, and editing process that is so important in a history-based career. The History Club also provides learning opportunities for the whole student body. It recently hosted a simulation of the War of 1812, open to Saginaw Valley students of any major and geared towards stimulating a general interest in significant events in history. “(The War of 1812 is) sometimes referred to as the Second War of Independence, but also as a forgotten war,” Killion said. “The implications for this conflict were rather large, but popular memory does not really reflect that.” There were two main implications of the War of 1812. First, it united political factions in the United States that were bitterly divided. Second, it offered Canada a chance to form a stronger sense of national unity as the country had to come together to

resist American invasions. Those significant implications are often forgotten. As this year marked the 200-year anniversary of the war’s resolution, Killion and the History Club invited any student to learn about the battle in an interesting and entertaining way. The simulation was akin to the game of Risk. Participants divided themselves into two teams, either the United States or the United Kingdom. They then each chose an individual role as one of five historical figures. “The idea here is to help people step into the shoes of these historic figures, and also walk away from the simulation with a little more understanding about someone they may have known little about before,” Killion said. After choosing roles, the teams were separated into two rooms, each with a map of the Eastern United States and Canada. They decided where to initially place their troops and, in order to advance or revise their strategy, wrote up directives. At the end of each turn, the outcomes of the battles were determined and the maps were updated. “(Looking) at the military aspect of the simulation, it is only a little different from the game of Risk,” Killion said. “But there are other elements that come into play, such as foreign relations, international events, and domestic policies. These can all be shaped by the participants.” At the end of the simulation, both teams came together to negotiate a peace treaty to end the war. “It’s interesting to see the differences in the treaties the students came up with compared to the real historical ones,” Killion said. The History Club’s next simulation will be much larger, planned to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of the World War I next year.

Considering women in light of global majority and minority relations By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor Learning about the role of women includes a global perspective. Majority-Minority Relations: Global Perspectives, taught by associate professor of sociology, Karen Lang Krause gives students the chance to look at gender studies from a different viewpoint. The class was developed by Lang Krause and was previously offered last winter. “We don’t typically talk in global terms, so in a way it was quite new to students,” Lang Krause said. “I designed the class with an open

description so that we can look at women as the largest minority.” The class looks at the roles, rights and status of women across the globe. Through intersectional study, students consider women’s positions and the hierarchies that exist for gender, ethnicity, race, class, sexual orientation, ability and age. “Women are a subservient group because they don’t have equal rights worldwide,” Lang Krause said. “We look at women’s roles worldwide so that we can understand the power dynamics.” Despite the focus on women, Lang Krause said the class also speaks on broader issues. For example, men and women in India are born into

the caste system. Even if a man is born into a lower caste than a woman, he is still considered to have more power than she does. “We’re not just talking about women,” she said. “It’s a more complex understanding of power relationships.” The class will also discuss women’s legal rights, globalization, the environment, sexuality, human trafficking and the movements that have been undertaken by women across the globe. The class is important for those who wish to have a broader view on majority-minority relationships. “We’re living in a global society, and I think students need to be prepared to move into an occupation where they can view their job

globally, and not just on a national level,” Lang Krause said. “To be a citizen of the world, we need a global perspective. It is imperative that we have a view of international relationships.” To study majority-minority relations and gender issues requires considering what human rights means, in light of the issues that are salient in different societies and cultures. “Gender studies in general is informed by the multitude of views worldwide,” Lang Krause said. “The way we look at our rights may be very different from the way rights are looked at in another country.” SOC407 is being offered during the winter semester as an elective for sociology.

Vanguard photos | Jamie Loubert Left: The cast of the theater and music department’s production of “The Producers” perform the opening number “Opening Night.” Center: Sara Groth, Dakotah Myers and Mary Ankony read the reviews of Max Bialystock’s latest production of “Funny Boy” in the play’s opening scene. Right: Isaac Wood plays Leo Bloom, who longs to fulfill his lifelong dream to be a Broadway producer.

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Conference drinking, relations cause university misrepresentations

Remakes and reboots need to be re-thought

By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Columnist This past week, I went to see Spike Lee’s newest film “Oldboy,” a remake of the praised 2003 Korean film, and came to a realization that probably should have hit me well before now: Remakes and reboots of classic material are sapping the creativity and originality out of almost every type of entertainment. No matter what you favor, whether it be movies, television or even video games, the surge of remakes have been increasingly apparent. Not only do the number of remakes grow higher every year, the quality of these remakes are failing to reach the same heights. Movies are probably the easier form of remakes to discuss because of the recent failures that have cost studios hundreds of millions of dollars and countless audiences who will refuse to trust remakes in the future. “Oldboy” is the most recent in memory, but to try and list the remakes released in the last 10 years would go on well past what I can write here. Some notable failures include “Carrie,” “Clash of the Titans,” “The Amazing Spiderman” and “Total Recall. “ Every one of these remakes, and almost every other, fail to reach the peaks the originals concocted. Taking “Oldboy” as an example, a famed Korean film is brought to modern American audiences and is directed by Spike Lee, who is known for chronicling the African-American experiences from significant points in our country’s past. These are three completely distinct film styles all meshing together to try and accomplish a retelling of an already tightly woven and complex plot. It just doesn’t work. There were almost no notable deviations from the original, which made it incredibly predictable, but the performances were by no means better than the Korean actors and they didn’t even add onto their renditions of the characters at all. Josh Brolin is a fine actor. I thought his role in “No Country For Old Men” was thrilling, but in “Oldboy” he feels out of place and almost like he is trying too hard. Comparatively, “The Amazing Spiderman” is probably an even better example, this time exemplifying the pointlessness of rebooting a franchise, especially since the original “Spiderman” came out only 10 years before. While the new film boasted an even sillier and more pointless villain, the origin tale of Spiderman is so stale, people who have

never even seen the movies or read the comics could describe it in detail. The effects had all pretty much been done before, the 3D option didn’t add anything, and probably most important, there was almost zero demand for another version of Spiderman. Which brings me to a fact about remakes that I feel goes un-discussed most of the time. While it is obvious that the response and necessity of these remakes are drastically poor, what should also be obvious is that there are no people demanding these remakes be made in the first place! It baffles me to continually see developers of any sort of product avoid original content when that is what the public is truly hungering for. Was there anybody who thought that the already terrible and campy Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Total Recall” needed a remake with the already terrible Jessica Alba and Colin Farrell? All right, I’m going to restrain myself because I derail, because the thought of all of the wasted millions of dollars makes me a little angry. But the movie industry is not the only one pointing a middle finger at the national debt. Television studios have been almost as bad of offenders when it comes to horrible remakes. Recent television shows to be remade include: “V,” “Bionic Woman,” “Knight Rider,” “Melrose Place” and “Charlie’s Angels.” One of the possible thoughts that might be rolling through your head is: “I’ve never heard of half of these shows,” and that fuels my point exactly. There is no demand for re-boots of old and beloved shows from the ‘70s or ‘80s, because the only people who remember them are the parents who don’t have time to watch television any longer. And this was painfully evident, as show after show got canceled after only a handful of episodes. So what do the television executives do in response to these failures? Well, they order more remakes and reboots, of course! Which makes absolutely no logical sense. Unfortunately, this problem even continues to infect other forms of entertainment, most recently video games. With remakes of classics like Tomb Raider and Goldeneye 007, the industry is not willing to accept that original material is what makes them quality products and worth considering classics. You can’t capture the same kind of excitement around a game such as Goldeneye anymore because the style has been duplicated a hundred times over by this point. But to be honest, I don’t expect the surge of remakes and reboots to end any time soon, but if less and less of these worthless projects end up successful, the decision makers might begin to get the picture and that is something we as an audience can affect.

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By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief Each semester, many students take their on-campus organizational and professional experiences to business meetings and conferences outside the university. They connect with other students while building their leadership skills. They use these conferences to show their findings of their research, to learn more about issues they are passionate about and to advocate for specific interest groups. Some of these groups representing SVSU at these conferences engage in behaviors that might not be becoming for the university. Once the business is done for the day, some of these groups turn to alcohol and sexual relationships. Sometimes, even the underage individuals will engage in the drinking. It’s understandable that students want to kick back and celebrate being around a bunch of student leaders who share similar passions to them. But doing it at these conferences gives the university a bad name. We don’t want other colleges and universities at these professional development opportunities to think of us only as the school that has all the alcoholics or promiscuous individuals. This is not to mention the possible hangover that can inhibit abilities to perform at the highest

level during the second day of business. And if these conference relations end on a bad note, these students may have a hard time interacting with them in the future on a professional level. Even though Olympians are notorious for engaging in some of these behaviors at their worldly gatherings, it does not bypass the fact that these are students at this event on behalf of their university, not on behalf of themselves. Some of these organizations shell out $6,000 in a given year for their monthly gatherings — all of which comes from your tuition money. At least one of these conferences even covers the cost of the delegates’ food, lodging, registration, entertainment (which often includes bowling, ice skating, etc.) and travel through student tuition money. I’ve seen other institutions bar individuals from going to future conferences because of engaging in some of these behaviors. Many conferences have policies in place where those discovered using alcohol or illegal drugs will be immediately sent home and barred from the conference’s activities. Not to mention, some of these conferences have business which can run as late as 1 a.m., which would definitely be a factor in preventing conference drinking. This is not to shame individuals who have engaged in these behaviors, but to prevent future damage to the university’s reputation. These opportunities should be seen more seriously. They are a priviledge. It’s important for those attending to be fully aware and completely devoted to conference they have in front of them. That is what a professional development opportunity is truly about. Tyler Bradley is a graphic design senior. Reach him at

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Coffee House calls upon local musicians for compilation By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor Coffee and good music make for a relaxing environment. At Program Board’s Coffee House series, a biweekly event on campus, musicians and other performers are invited to share their talents with the community and enjoy hot drinks. Computer science seniors Ian Naughton and Estevan Balderrama performed together for the second time at the coffee house, playing a mixture of music including folk, something to make people laugh and mellow music. “It’s a very positive environment,” he said. “Everyone’s here just to hear the music, so it’s not intimidating.” Balderrama agreed that the community is supportive of the musicians. “Everyone is here to hear entertainment and see what people can do,” he said. “They’re not here to judge us. They’re just here to have some coffee and relax.” The success of the coffee house performances has led to a plan for a CD to be recorded of the musicians’ original songs. The CD will be sold at the coffee house next semester, with a part of the funds raised going to each included musician. One of the musicians included on the CD is elementary education sophomore Katherine Ross-Patrick, with her song “Season of Love.” “I’m really stoked to be included in the CD,” Ross-Patrick said. “I’ve never really recorded any of my songs with that kind of equipment. It was a great experience to have under my belt now, and I think the idea of it is awesome.” Original music by Kevin Ward, Mitch Sansiribhan, Travis Toye, Ian Naughton, Will Wood, Justin O’Kelly and Tony Dier will be featured on the CD. “I think the coffeehouse CD will showcase all the of wonderful, talented students we have here at SVSU,” Ross-Patrick said. The coffee house provides students with the opportunity for creative expression. “I think the student body should have somewhere where they can bring the art that they create on their own time,” Naughton said. “Just having an outlet is an important thing.” Balderrama said having a welcoming place to perform allows everyone to share, Vanguard photo | Amelia Brown regardless of their field of study. “Not everyone is an arts student, but a lot of us still have talents we want to showcase.” From left, computer science seniors Estevan Balderrama and Ian Naughton perform in a collaborative

performance for the second time at Program Board’s bi-weekly event, the Coffee House series.

Bachelor of Fine Arts to showcase four student’s works By Rachael Blaylock Vanguard Staff Writer It’s the end of another semester and with it comes finals, holiday plans and the SVSU BFA show. This year, four students will be showing their work in this show, whose focus includes the long-standing traditions of painting and sculpture, to the relatively younger field of graphic design. The four students presenting are Jon Elliot, Patricia McDonald, Olivia Nixon and Samuel Dantuma. Patricia McDonald focused her BFA on sculpture and has exhibited her work in a number of other shows during her time at SVSU. She recognized a difference with this show, however. “With other shows, you just kind of send it in and leave the work with them,” she explained. “This has lots of hands on work — it’s stressful, but it prepares me for grad school.” The BFA show is the culmination of BFA students work after their time here at SVSU. The program itself is highly selective and there is a great deal of work involved, both from students and faculty to reach this point. Alaina Plowdrey, director of the Art Gallery, commented on that process. “Students have lots of different interviews. They meet with me a few months prior and also submit their artist statement for approval by three different faculty advisers, then they have to get overall approval from the department chair Hideki Kihata.” Despite the elaborate details required for the show, Plowdrey praised the opportunities offered for the students. “The students put everything together and that’s huge.

They’re using their creative problem solving skills, and half the battle is figuring out how the viewer will look at their work.” Another of the students, Olivia Nixon, whose focus is in graphic design, also had to think a lot about how the viewer would react to her work. She had shown more fine art pieces in the past and found the more open-ended graphic design project more challenging, but also more enjoyable. She focused her work on infographics or graphics designed to specifically convey information in a visually accessible way. “The idea is to make info un-boring,” she said. Her topic is hair because of how universal and relevant to someone’s identity it is. All her information is written by her and from scientific sources. “I’m excited to talk and explain things to everyone,” McDonald said. “It’s four years of my life on display here.” Nixon also commented on the length of the commitment she and the other students have made to this. “This is all we’ve been thinking about for the last one and half to two years,” she said. “We’ll be proud of each other.” This isn’t the only opportunity for art students to show on campus, though. SVSU also holds an annual student show at the end of the entire school year where any art or graphic design student is permitted to enter. Nixon emphasized how important it is for students to enter shows like that during college. “There’s no reason not to submit at least one piece,” she said. “In the real world, there’s a lot of hoops to jump through but here, it’s so easy.” Plowdrey also gave some tips for students considering showing.

“Make sure your work is clean and ready to hang, and think how the viewer will see it,” she said. “Judges can tell if you are purposely controlling your audience or not.” Regardless of this, everyone involved with the BFA show is encouraging people to come see it. Nixon mentioned how, many times, students think they aren’t interested in art, but emphasized that the gallery has a lot of unexpected pieces. “You’ll be interacting more than you think,” she said. Plowdrey has also been actively seeking to engage students during her short time so far as gallery director, and is passionate about how students should support each other here on campus. “No matter what degree you’re going into, one glance at a color of text can spur on a whole new thought,” she said. “You never know when the next inspiration is going to come.” The reception is Thursday, Dec. 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gallery in Arbury. The exhibit is free. Food will be provided.

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Let’s talk about the biggest premiere of this past weekend, “Delivery Man.” You were probably expecting “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” right then, but that’s small potatoes compared to this. The premise: Vince Vaughn plays lovable loser David Wozniak who discovers that because of an error on the part of the fertility clinic he regularly donated sperm to, he has anonymously sired 533 children. Before you make some crack about it being an autobiography of former “Swingers” star Vaughn, “Delivery Man” is a remake of “Starbuck,” a 2011 Canadian film that also received mixed reviews. And “Starbuck” was likely based on any number of real life cases in which the genetic material regularly donated by a sperm donor was used to beget an inordinate number of children.

Some examples of such cases include Kirk Maxey, father of approximately 400; Ben, a former sperm donor in the Washington, D.C., area and father of more than 70; and a group of 500 British sperm donors who collectively have fathered more than 6,000. Having established the plausibility of such an event and taken into consideration the status of “Delivery Man” as a remake, to determine what sets it apart one ought to keep in mind the volume of documentaries, films, and television shows that address artificial insemination. So what does “Delivery Man” bring to the table? Seeing as how it’s a remake with very few plot alterations … not a lot. Compared to its source material, “Delivery Man” boasts the same director, producer and writers, a whole new cast led by an A-list actor, a shift in setting from Quebec to New York, a less confusing title (“Starbuck” is the sperm donor alias used by David Wozniak in both films) and all instances of soccer are replaced with basketball. In short, “Delivery Man” is an Americanized version of “Starbuck.” This fact trivializes the remake somewhat insomuch as the ethical concerns of “Starbuck” are still present in “Delivery Man.” The questions posed by both as to whether the children of sperm donors have a right to meet their estranged fathers and whether sperm donors who have signed privacy agreements have a right to inviolable privacy in spite of the repercussions of anonymous fatherhood are still very much intact. The hypothetical scenario proposed in “Delivery Man,” albeit one that mirrors real events, is undeniably thought-provoking. However, there is a small problem in the representation. “Delivery Man” is essentially a coming-of-age story for a fully grown manchild who uses the realization that he is a father many times over as motivation to become a mature and responsible adult. In focusing so intently on David’s growth as a character, sufficient development of Emma, David’s pregnant girlfriend, the solitary lead female character, is substantially neglected. Though Emma and David will both be parents to a “real family,” as David puts it, the tremendous amount of work Emma completes to ready herself

for the child’s arrival is not shown. Further upsetting the equality of representation is the fact that David does not inform Emma that he has fathered 533 children until after she gives birth and agrees to marry him, which completely disregards her opinion on the matter. On a side note, in my review of “Surfing Strange” by Swearin’ in the Nov. 11 issue of the “Valley Vanguard,” I said that neither the Saginaw 12 nor the Fashion Square 10 would be dedicating a theater to airing “12 Years a Slave.” I was wrong. When I wrote the review, I was basing my claim on what films would be available according to both websites’ calendars of upcoming premieres and showtimes. “12 Years a Slave” was present on neither of the calendars, hence my assumption. Fortunately for the viewing public though, the Saginaw 12 is currently playing “12 Years a Slave” and I would urge you to go check it out while it is still there.

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Lakers too much in 40-7 playoff blowout

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Senior quarterback Jon Jennings (No. 11) said there were a number of seniors who did not want to finish their careers with a loss at Grand Valley State. Jennings was named the GLIAC “Player of the Year” for 2013, throwing for 3,440 yards, 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also ran for 527 yards along with 12 scores, good for 43 touchdowns overall. By Joey Oliver Vanguard Staff Writer

The SVSU football team traveled to Allendale, MI to play Grand Valley State for the second consecutive week. This time, the winner would advance to the second round of the Division 2 playoffs. After battling the weather and a motivated Lakers defense, the Cardinals fell to their rival for the second consecutive week, 40-7. Senior quarterback Jon Jennings said the game was frustrating. “[I] hate to go out that way against Grand Valley but all things must come to an end,” he said. “They were a good football team and you have to give them credit because they played better than us. “We didn’t execute like we wanted and it hurt us.” After forcing GVSU to punt on its first offensive possession, the Cards’ offense tried to take the early lead on its rival. After three plays and only one yard, SVSU was forced to send on junior kicker Scott Stanford to try to grab the early lead. However, his attempt at a 51-yard field goal sailed wide left. Once again, the Cardinals defense was stout on the next possession, forcing another three-andout. The offense failed to capitalize on the opportunity as Jennings threw an interception on the ensuing drive. GVSU would take the lead on the next possession. RB/WR Brandan Green got the ball on a reverse and zoomed by the Cards’ defense 53 yards for a touchdown. After a three-and-out by Jennings and the offense, the Lakers added a field goal, extending their lead to 10-0. Both teams exchanged punts before Stanford lined up for his second field goal try of the game.

The weather once again affected the kick as it missed wide left. Jennings said that the weather was a factor in the offensive struggles, too. “It made things tough,” he said. “It was hard to throw it into the wind and tough for the receivers to judge the balls.” GVSU wasted no time finding the endzone. Lakers quarterback Heath Parling found running back Chris Robinson who took it to the house from 27 yards out. A missed PAT brought the Grand Valley lead to 16-0. The score would remain the same going into halftime. After returning to the field, nothing seemed to fix the SVSU woes on offense. After driving down the field, the offense stayed on the field to attempt to convert a fourth down and one. A handoff to senior running back Norman Shuford was stopped at the line of scrimmage and Grand Valley took over. The defense continued playing tough for the Cardinals. Both teams swapped punts before another Lakers field goal made it 19-0. The fourth quarter saw most of the game’s scoring. Parling connected for his second touchdown of the game, finding Darryl Pitts from 17 yards out. SVSU cut into the 26-point deficit on its next possession when Jennings found fellow senior wide receiver Michael Albrecht for a 41-yard score. However, the touchdown was too little too late for the offense. Another Parling scoring pass and a touchdown late by the backup quarterback Isiah Grimes drew the game to an end. For the Cardinals, the team’s record at the end of the year was 9-3. The three losses were to Northwest Missouri State and Grand Valley (twice). The game closed out the careers of two of

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Senior Grand Valley State transfer Norman Shuford (No. 36) made his presence felt at SVSU, rushing for 1,152 yards and five touchdowns while averaging five yards per carry. SVSU’s most prolific performers; Jennings and senior wide receiver Jeff Janis. Jennings finished his final game going 13-26 for 156 yards and 1:3 touchdown-INT ratio. Janis caught five passes but was held to 31 yards receiving. Other notable losses include Shuford, Albrecht, offensive lineman Christian Babini, Kaleb Forr, Tevon Conrad, Ryan

Busch, Brian Johnson, Jon Bryant and DeAngelo Parris. Going into next year, the team will look not to rebuild, but to reload.

Ladies score over 100 in blowout home opener victory By Joey Oliver Vanguard Staff Writer The women’s basketball team was on the offensive Wednesday, defeating the Marygrove Mustangs 103-45 in the team’s home opener. The win boosted the Lady Cardinals’ record to 2-1. Head coach Jamie Pewinski said that despite a 17-day layoff since their previous game, the team came out ready to play. “I thought we played pretty disciplined and solid defensively the entire night,” she said. “After such a long break, we had some cobwebs to dust off, but once we settled into the game we were really aggressive and attacked the basket well.” SVSU dominated the game early and often, jumping out to a 17-point lead within the first 14 minutes of the first half behind the play of

upperclassmen Briana Graham, Kayla Womack and Samantha Zirzow. Going into the locker room at the half, the Cardinals possessed a 22-point lead, their largest of the half, and would not relinquish the lead in the second half. In the second half, the Cards turned their already outstanding play up a notch, finishing the half with 60 points scored. Pewinski said her team performed much better in the second half of play. “In the second half, I thought we moved the ball a lot better and didn’t settle for jump shots,” she said. “Our effort at the defensive end allowed us to push the ball in transition and we were able to get some easy looks. “But when it’s all said and done, we took good shots and made them and just out worked them.” The second half of play also saw SVSU

demonstrate how much young talent the team possesses. Freshmen Mikayla Slim and Abby Schlicher both scored their first career points to help the Cardinals come away with the 58-point win. Sophomore guard Katelyn Carriere led the team with 17 points while adding four steals. Graham was second in scoring with 15 points. The junior forward also led the team in rebounds with 10 combined. Another junior forward, Shelby Herrington, did her part coming off from the bench, adding 13 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Senior guard Kristen Greene played unselfishly, leading the team with seven assists. Statistically, the Cards dominated the Mustangs across the board. SVSU shot 50 percent of its field goal attempts. It also dominated in the paint, out rebounding Marygrove 48-35 leading

to 21 second chance points and outscoring them inside 46-14. The Cardinals also benefited from some sloppy play for the Mustangs, as the Cards were on the winning side of the turnover battle, 26-11. Taking advantage of these chances was a must and SVSU did just that, scoring 35 points off from the turnovers. Pewinski said it was a team victory and that the team looks forward to beginning its Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) schedule. “Everyone was able to get some quality minutes,” she said. “Most importantly, we came out of the game healthy and look forward to getting the conference season started.” Next up for the lady Cardinals is a home contest against Ohio Dominican. The game will be 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5. Ohio Dominican will come in with a 3-1 non-conference record.

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Shooting into GLIAC play following victory

Men’s Basketball • Thursday, Dec. 5, vs. Ohio

Dominican, 8 p.m., University Center • Saturday, Dec. 7, vs. Tiffin University, Boy Scout Night, 3 p.m., University Center • Monday, Dec. 16, @ Ashland University, 7:30 p.m., Ashland, OH • Wednesday, Dec. 18, @ Lake Erie, 8 p.m., Painesville, OH

Women’s Basketball • Thursday, Dec. 5, vs. Ohio

Dominican, 6 p.m., University Center • Saturday, Dec. 7, vs. Tiffin University, Cheerleading Community Youth Day, 1 p.m., University Center • Monday, Dec. 16, @ Ashland University, 5:30 p.m., Ashland, OH • Wednesday, Dec. 18, @ Lake Erie, 6 p.m., Painesville, OH

Club Hockey • Saturday, Dec. 7, vs. Northwood

University, Spirit Cup, 3:30 p.m., Dow Event Center

Track • Friday, Dec. 6, SVSU Holiday

Classic, University Center

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Sophomore guard Kellen Smith played selflessly against Grace Bible in SVSU’s final non-conference game, dishing out nine assists on the night while scoring four points of his own. Against Spring Arbor, Smith also tallied nine assists, two rebounds and four points. By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Columnist

In gearing up for conference play, the Cardinals played their final two games of November, beating both Grace Bible and Spring Arbor University to improve their record to 4-0. Last Tuesday, SVSU took on Grace Bible and went into halftime up two, 37-35, yet a powerful second-half performance where the Cardinals scored 60 sealed the victory. Sophomore guard Damon Bozeman led in scoring for the Cardinals with 22 points. Freshman guard Garrett Hall came off the bench and scored 18 of the 42 points produced by SVSU’s bench. The Cardinals were outrebounded 39-26, yet only turned the ball over eight times compared to 21 from Grace Bible. Those turnovers led to 25 points for the Cardinals. The win gave SVSU a perfect 4-0 record going into Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) play. In their second-to-last non conference game, the

Cardinals topped Spring Arbor University 82-72, both giving SVSU confidence and showing that there are areas to improve in. The Cougars led by eight points with a little under 10 minutes left in regulation, only to be upset by a Cardinal surge that would tie the teams up. With momentum on their side, Cardinals defeated the Cougars by ten, giving the Cougars no chance to come back. Second-year head coach Randy Baruth said he felt confident that if the team continues building on its weaknesses that the Cardinals will continue to have success on the court. “We’re a little more than a month into our season, so there are still a lot of things that are a work in progress,” Baruth said. “We’re obviously not where we want to be, but we are just taking things one day at time. “We like the attitude and effort from our guys for the most part, but as the season goes on we have to start doing a better job of concentrating on the task at hand and execute better.” Even though the end of Friday’s game sparked excitement, Baruth knew that the team’s stumbles in

the beginning of the night were learning opportunities. “It was a great game for our guys to play,” he said. “It was great to watch the game film afterwards and see what a lot of our weaknesses are. “The real reason we were able to get back in the game was by getting stops on the defensive end.” Bozeman led the Cardinals in scoring with 28 points. Twenty-three of his points came when it mattered most, in the last 20 minutes of the game. Junior guard Lindsey Johnson scored 20 and senior guard Michael Fugate had 12, both who were also instrumental in the win over the Cougars. No matter the winning streak, the Cardinals’ coach is focused more on developing the team than chalking up victories. “Everyday we just focus on the fundamentals,” Baruth said. “Winning and losing are not things we are concerned with, with this team or any team. “We just want to make some strides in a positive way towards improvement.” The Cardinals will kick off GLIAC play at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 when they host Ohio Dominican at O’Neill Arena.


Building tradition with first annual Spirit Cup vs. Northwood By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor

Despite being named in an article by the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), the Saginaw Bay Ice Arena or “Death Valley” will not play home to the Cardinals on Saturday. Starting this season, the SVSU men’s hockey club and the Northwood University hockey team will start an annual tradition of playing at the Dow Event Center for the Spirit Cup. The first game will be at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. For $12, fans can get into both the game between SVSU and Northwood, and the Saginaw Spirit and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Team captain Scott Walter said fans of hockey and supporters of the hockey club should make it out to the Dow to support the team on and off the ice.

“This game is really good for both us and Northwood,” Walter said. “For every ticket we sell, we are getting $5 back to help us as a club, so people should come out and see us and the Spirit. “It’s really a great deal, especially if you just like watching hockey.” Walter said fans can go to the SVSU Hockey Facebook page to find more information on the deal. Over the weekend, the men’s hockey team competed in the Great Lakes Showcase tournament hosted by the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Against Eastern Michigan’s Division-I team, the Cardinals fell, 7-0. On Saturday, SVSU beat Division-II Toledo in overtime, 5-4, before losing on Sunday to Central Michigan’s Division-II team, 3-1. Being the only Division-III team in the tournament, Walter said his team made huge strides playing against tougher competition. “Our guys got a ton of good experience and played great this

weekend,” Walter said. “Against Eastern Michigan, who made it to the tournament finals, we outshot them, but kind of broke down late and we outshot Central Michigan 50 to 39 despite losing 3-1. “Both teams had unbelievable defense and our guys played very well.” Overall, Walter said if the team continues making the strides its making, the rest of the schedule should be manageable. “If we play the way we played this weekend, we should be good against the rest of the league,” Walter said. “Especially if teams have to come play at our place.” In an article posted by the ACHA, the Saginaw Bay Ice Arena was named one of the toughest places to play in the league, stating that “Death Valley” as some fans call it routinely brings in close to 1,500 people who make it difficult for opposing teams to win.

Men & women impress at National Championships



By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor With the cross-country season coming to a close, the men and women’s teams headed to Spokane Wash. for the NCAA DivisionII National Championships. The women’s team finished 11th, a school best for SVSU. Last season the team took 12th and in 2011, 11th. For the women, junior Emily Short finished in 15th place with a time of 21:32:6. Following Short were sophomore Taylor Stepanski, who finished 60th with a time of 22:23:8, sophomore Jessica Reeves, who finished 68th with a time of 22:29:8, and juniors Chantelle Fondren and Tori Peet who finished 79th and 82nd with times of







22:35:3 and 22:36:2, respectively. The men’s team finished 19th with senior Gareth Gose leading the way, finishing 70th overall with a time of 33:28. Junior Tony Peel finished 88th with a time of 33:52, followed by freshmen Joey Southgate in 97th place with a time of 34:01, and Charlend Howard in 102nd place with a time of 34:10. For the Lady Cardinals, the season was a success, including two first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. For the men, the 2013 season proved to be up and down, with a fifth, first and seventh-place finish followed by the National Championships.








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