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Young thespians take the stage More than 900 high school students from 43 Michigan schools attended the annual Michigan Thespian Festival.
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SVSU welcomed hundreds of high school actors last weekend for the annual Michigan Thespian Festival, where students participated in workshops and competed for more than $3 million in scholarships. This is often the highlight of the year for these up-and-coming thespians. By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor
It was a big weekend for theater, with 922 high school students attending the Michigan Thespian Festival at SVSU. Students from 43 schools around the state came to campus to attend workshops, view performances
and compete for more than $3 million in scholarships. “My experience has been phenomenal,” said Bri Kaufherr, a student from Flushing High School. “It’s educational and helps me to grow with my theater. It helps a lot more to get different feedback than just my normal director.” Workshops focused on skills such as improvisation, stage combat, costume and set design, playwriting, screenwriting, basic theater
makeup and dance. The presence of more than 900 students on campus the weekend before final exams proved problematic for some attempting to study. Posts on the Facebook group SVSU I’M BOSS expressed problems with study lounges and the Marketplace at Doan being full of high school students. Social work junior, Heather Sharpe said she and her roommates usually study all day in the
Freak engine fire totals three vehicles, damages three others By Tyler Bradley & Rachel Stocki Vanguard Editor-In-Chief & Vanguard Campus Editor
In the midst of preparation for exams and the busy holiday season, a six-car fire put additional stress on some in the university community. The investigation closed on the fire that started in an engine compartment of a Pontiac Grand Prix in D-Lot Tuesday morning. Three cars were totaled and three more were damaged. Political science junior Mitchell Myers’ car was totaled in the fire. “I walked out of class, and I
saw them hauling cars up on the tow trucks, and mine was burnt to a crisp,” he said. “I was standing next to two other students, and we were sitting there watching the thing from a distance. Then it clicked. I remembered where I parked, and realized it was my car.” Along with the car, Myers also lost about half of his books for this semester. Luckily, his laptop and iPod were not in the vehicle, and his insurance will cover everything. “No one was hurt,” he said. “We got lucky.” Around 9:30 a.m., the fire started and spread to five other vehicles.
The Grand Prix, Chevy Cobalt and a Pontiac Grand Am were totaled. Another Chevy Cobalt, Mazda Tribute and an Oldsmobile Cutlass had parts melted. Police Sgt. Marc Strain estimated the cost of the three vehicles with minor damages to be about $1500 each. All vehicles were students’ cars except for one, which was a staff member’s. Myers said the timing of the car fire proved interesting. “I just laughed hysterically
Marketplace, but couldn’t this year because it was so busy. “There were a lot of students, so I think they should have at least given us some sort of prewarning,” she said. “I think they need to plan around finals week.” In reaction to the posts online, Jason Wolverton, marketing manager for Dining Services, said in the future they will try and inform students of big events. “We can definitely send out an email beforehand when another group this large will be in the Marketplace,” he said. Students expressed that emails might be disregarded in in-boxes, so having a sign in front of the Marketplace for a few days prior to the event would also be helpful. Theater professor Steven Erickson said the planning of the event is not up to the theater department. The festival takes place the weekend after Thanksgiving every year, and this time it happened to fall during exam preparation. “We realize that it’s a difficulty in terms of not only the amount of people who are here, but also the crunch in the Dining Services area,” Erickson said. “We’ve actually changed the schedule so it wouldn’t be quite as much of an onslaught to the Marketplace, but that doesn’t always work.” Sharpe said that the thespian festival is a welcome event on campus, but that the administration needs to consider the students who attend SVSU. “It’s cool that we’re here and that they can do that here, but as far as students go I think we should have got some sort of heads up,” she said. Kaufherr said she understands the difficulty, but believes the environment can accommodate both events. “I can understand why students would be upset, but it’s still doable,” she said. “For the most part, I think theater kids are just helpful enough that it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. I would understand if it was really rowdy, but I don’t think we’re that rowdy or noisy.” Another student, Amelia Hall from Suttons Bay High School, said the festival allows for a unique
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SA ad hoc committee to address blocking system concerns By Andrea McBride Vanguard Copy Editor
When it comes to the adultcontent blocking system, students will not be silent. Student Association is creating an ad hoc committee to learn more about the university’s establishment of the blocking system, which prevents oncampus access to websites with adult content. The committee plans to collect information from
students, faculty, staff and the administration about why the policy was put in place. From there, it will explore the policy’s effectiveness as well as the option of changing it to be more accommodating. Elimination may also be a possibility. “What we hope to do is form something that could take the place of this policy,” said Tyler Manning, political science senior and Student Association ombudsman. Student Association Representative Zack Eick, a
history and political science fifth year, said the block has caused problems since it was put in place June 26. “We have heard a lot of concerns from students, and we felt that having the ad hoc committee was best,” Eick said. One of the committee’s priorities will be attempting to identify specific problems users have with the blocking system. Manning said some websites are blocked that
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SVSU remembers John Schmidt, dedicated student & friend By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-In-Chief
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On Tuesday, Dec. 3, a fire started in the engine compartment of a Pontiac Grand Prix owned by student Mitchell Myers. The fire spread to five other vehicles, causing major heat damage.
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Students and faculty are remembering John Schmidt of Holly, a student who died last Wednesday due to complications from cancer. After Schmidt was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, he left the university during the winter 2012 semester to receive treatment. After a 19-month battle, he passed away in St. Paul’s Hospital in Dallas,TX from pneumonia. One of the biggest issues for Schmidt was receiving a bone marrow transplant because he was an only child of a mixed race. His father was German and English, his mother half South American Indian
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police Earning the cap, gown briefs By Kylie Wojciechowski Vanguard Staff Writer
Police briefs are written according to reports from University Police. These indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily the actual incident. Larceny • Between 4 and 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, an 18-year-old student reported that he was storing his winter coat in the baseball locker room within the Ryder Center. During the listed time frame, the coat came up missing. • At 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, four employees in Wickes Hall reported having money stolen from them over the course of the year. Through an investigation, a 25-year-old part-time employee admitted to taking the money. This case is being handled through Human Resources. • Between 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, a 21-year-old male student reported that while playing basketball in the Ryder Center he had placed his coat on the side of the courts. When he got done playing, his coat was missing but his phone was left on the bench. Minor in Possession • At 12:39 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, police were called over to University Village for a party. While arriving onto the scene, they came across one subject who was running away from the incident, but he was caught and brought back. Police made contact with 9 subjects. 7 students and 3 non-students and all received M.I.P.s. Domestic Assault • At 2 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, an 18-year-old female non-student came into the office to report a domestic assault. Officers immediately noticed the swelling and redness on the victim’s face and in her eyes. She was spending the night at her 18-year-old boyfriend’s dorm in the First Year Suites when he discovered a text message to another guy on her phone. He became upset and the victim started to pack her stuff and leave. When she went to her vehicle, the suspect followed and got into the car with her. He discovered that he had locked himself out of the room and told her she couldn’t leave until he got back in. While walking back, the suspect began yelling at the victim before striking her from behind. The suspect was placed under arrest for domestic assault. Personal Injury • At 6:52 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, police received a call that a student had been struck by a car at the intersection of College Drive and Fine Arts Drive. Police arrived to the scene to find a 21-year-old commuter student lying on the roadway with some injuries. A student had pulled out of F-Lot and hit the victim while she was crossing the road. She was sent to the hospital. • At 3:50 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, a 23-year-old student attempted to cross the road on her bike at South Entrance Drive and Collins Drive when she collided with a vehicle being driven by a 22-year-old male student. She was taken to the MedExpress on campus. Car-Related • Between 9 and 10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, there were four car accidents on or around campus due to slippery conditions with damages ranging from minor to totaled. Trespass • At 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, police received a call from Living Center North about a student who was not supposed to be in the building. Police were unable to locate any documentation telling her not to be in the building, so the officer gave her a trespass letter and told her not to come back. • At 7:25 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, police were called over to Living Center South to meet with a resident assistant who had witnessed two students arguing in the hallway. Police located the non-student in another room and gave him a trespass letter while telling him to leave.
Saginaw Valley is preparing to send 525 of its most prepared Cardinals into the real world. The commencement ceremony for the graduating class will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 in the O’Neill Arena at SVSU’s Ryder Center. Of the 525 students graduating, 465 of them will participate in the ceremony. A total of 369 students are earning their bachelor’s degree, while 96 are earning their master’s degree. Elizabeth Wolf is one of the graduates that will be shaking hands with her respective dean and President Eric Gilbertson as she walks across the stage. Wolf will be earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has accepted a nursing position at the Neurointensive Care Unit at the University of Michigan’s University Hospital. “SVSU provides (us with) so many
opportunities to become independent, curious and motivated learners,” Wolf said. “Without that nurturing environment, I don’t know I would’ve made the same decisions and pursued this dream job.” The 525 graduating students should be compared to the 469 students who graduated in Dec. 2002 and the 371 students who then participated in the commencement ceremony. “This reflects the growth of overall university enrollment during this decade,” said registrar Clifford Dorne. The commencement committee planning team is taking note of and catering to that growth. Headed by Joe Vogl, the committee is comprised of many different campus offices, including the registrar, who all work to implement the ceremonies. “We are so very proud of our graduates, and the Registrar’s Office is honored to be represented on the commencement committee planning team,” Dorne said. The newest committee efforts will result in flanking the stage with large
screens for the first time in university history. “As each graduating class size grows, there became a need for more floor space to seat the graduates,” Vogl said. “Due to that, the stage would then be further away from many of the permanent spectator seats. The screens will allow us to display a ‘close-up’ of the action on stage.” Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the screens will show a 30-minute video produced specifically for the ceremony to entertain guests who arrive early. It will be repeated twice until 7 p.m., when the focus will be on the accompanying quintet and live holiday music. At 7:30 p.m., the screens will be used to provide a close-up on wherever the action is during the ceremony. Gilbertson will be the keynote speaker. “Basically we want to ensure everyone a good vision of the speaker at the podium and just as important, the graduates shaking hands with their respective dean and the president of the university as they cross the stage,” Vogl said.
Hazards of social media networks: Know warning signs for identity scams, thefts By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Columnist Identity scams are more of a possibility on campus than originally thought. On Thursday, Nov. 7, a student came into the police department and reported continued suspicious activity through Instagram. The student had received a message speaking of a grant and the permission to put money from this grant into his account. If the student would allow the man to put the money in his account, he could keep a portion of the grant money. The student decided to meet this stranger in one of the SVSU parking lots and let the man use his credit card with a portable card-swiping machine. A few days later, the student looked at his account online and noticed suspiciously large amounts being withdrawn. “These guys knew the banks that you are able to immediately draw from,” Ronald Trepkowski, chief of University Police said. “Some of them you can and some you can’t. This showed that they had done this multiple times before.” After the realization of the scam, three other students came forward, admitting that the same person had contacted them. One student had spoken to the first victim, recognized the same scam and decided to participate in a sting operation to catch the perpetrator. The operation was successful. The men were
caught in the act and arrested. Even though it may be easy to blame the victims for carelessness, Trepkowski does not believe that it is entirely their faults. “I in no way blame the students,” he said. “These criminals make it very believable. It’s a lot of money and that could persuade someone that usually wouldn’t be persuaded. We all make mistakes.” Recent advancement of technology is also another factor in the rise in incidents threatening people’s security. With devices that can steal information much more quickly and successfully, students have to be even more careful when giving away seemingly innocent information. “People have portable devices now that they can attempt these scams in more ways,” Trepkowski said. “Technology has only made this easier.” Even the season helps determine whether students are more risk or not. The Christmas time of the year usually sees crime rise. “Now that it’s the holiday season and it’s the end of school, students must realize that they need to keep an eye on their things,” Trepkowski said. “The holidays are when things tend to go missing, like textbooks or electronics.” With the rise in technology and the multitude of students living on campus, the need for awareness is crucial. Not only is it important to realize these scams are possible, but that they might be easier to fall victim
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to than ever before. “If someone calls you and offers you money out of the blue, it should throw up a red flag immediately,” Trepkowski said. “It was as simple as the man asking ‘Hey, would you like to make a little quick money?’ That never sounds good. And then if they want your debit card and your PIN number, that’s just more bad signals.” If ever contacted by a stranger who wants security information, the best course of action is to not act hastily and call the police. “Just say no,” Trepkowski said. “Tell them you are not falling for their scheme. Unfortunately, people do give others that important information. If it happens, call us, we will investigate and hopefully watch whoever is contacting you with the scheme.” If someone who is acting suspiciously contacts you or anyone you know, contact the University Police at 989-964-4141.
Housing checkouts final step before heading home By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor The end of the semester can be overwhelming, but oncampus residents shouldn’t forget to properly check out of their residence halls. Although not as hectic as the winter semester checkout, students are encouraged to follow checkout procedure to ensure they do not accrue unnecessary fines. Director of Auxiliary Operations Dawn Iseler said students living in the First Year Suites or Living Centers are required to vacate their dorms after their last exam or by 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. However, there are a few exceptions to this general rule. For example, if a student has a Friday exam, they will automatically be approved for an extended stay. The rule ensures that students taking exams Friday get the extra time to study. Longer stays are also permitted under special circumstances. “There are always exceptions,” Iseler said. “We’ve
worked with the basketball team in the past, as well as students who simply can’t get a ride home until after Friday.” Iseler said roommates are encouraged to check out at the same time so the last person leaving isn’t left with extra cleaning responsibilities. “All units have to be in move-in condition,” Iseler said. She said the easiest way to avoid cleanliness fines is to divide the cleaning duties up among roommates before they leave, because they will not be allowed to check out until they pass a room cleanliness inspection. All roommates must check out with a resident assistant. It is important that students make an appointment with their R.A. at least 48 hours in advance of the time they need to check out. Failure to properly check out can result in a minimum $100 fine. Because many residents are not fully moving out during this part of the year, the resident assistants will only note major incidents when they inspect the room. “The main goal of this checkout is to make sure that the buildings are vacant,” Iseler said. “The fall semester checkout is far less intensive.”
Although First Year Suites and Living Center residents do not need to turn in their key, they should remember to bring their key back after break or risk a lost key charge of $50. Another checkout exception is that although the First Year Suites and the Living Centers close for winter break, students living in University Village and Pine Grove are permitted to stay. The university will be officially open during the beginning of break and will close Friday, Dec. 20. The duty staff will be available for any on-campus concerns. University Village and Pine Grove residents must load any laundry monies on their ID card before the university closes. Dining Services will also be limited over break and students on campus during that time are encouraged to plan accordingly. Iseler said students are often very prepared for the fall semester checkout because they want to get home to their families, but they shouldn’t forget to check out properly. “We hate to have bad news waiting for them when they get back,” she said. “We are always ready to help, so they should come see us if they have questions.”
Making programming plans for the LGBTQA community By Bethany Gohs Vanguard Staff Writer LGBTQA issues are important on SVSU’s campus. Last Friday, seven representatives of the LGBT Advisory Group gathered to discuss upcoming events, current issues and share ideas for future programming. “The advisory (group) is made up of individuals who are committed to ensure that the university has programs and services for students who may represent that underrepresented population at SVSU, LGBTQA students,” said Merry Jo Brandimore, dean of students. Representatives from Living Proud, Student Life and the dean’s office discussed programming for the winter semester, including the Safe Space training set for late January. At that training program, students, faculty and staff will be able to learn about how to support the LGBTQA community and become an ally. “I am really excited for the ally training,” said Kim Lacey, assistant professor of English. “The Cardinal community is always looking for ways to support our students, and this is another example of how our university achieves this goal.”
The LGBTQA Advisory Group is not a student-run group, but instead is a part of the university. It meets regularly throughout the year, and is a standing group. Brandimore said that means that the members represent various organizations and offices on campus, including the Student Counseling Center, Student Life, Academic Affairs, the dean’s office and student membership. The representatives work together to create relevant programs. “We want to be sure that we are providing visibility of our programs designed to support students in this special population at the university,” Brandimore said. During the meeting, past events including “How Good is Your Gaydar” and Olympic swimmer Greg Louganis’ lecture were discussed. “We always talk about what the upcoming programs are and review the programs that were held this semester,” Brandimore said. “We are ensuring that our calendars are synced in terms of what representatives might be thinking about doing for programs and activities associated with and targeted toward the LGBT population.” Jenny Stephens, assistant director for the Student Counseling Center, said LGBTQA events help build community on campus. “I believe it’s important for all students to feel a sense of connection and belonging, as well as having a support system.”
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Mentoring, counseling for Student journals highlight law, down-on-their-luck veterans history, political philosophy By Rachel Stocki
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Vanguard Campus Editor Some veterans in the local area are being given a second chance. The Veterans Court offers veterans who find themselves in the court system treatment options instead of incarceration. Social work senior Thomas Arnold worked with the Saginaw County court system to set up the program, which is meant to provide veterans with the opportunity to get back on their feet. “Veterans will not always seek help on their own. They try to fix themselves,” Arnold said. “In doing (whatever they do) to get away from the heartaches of their suffering, they can get into trouble.” Arnold is a Vietnam veteran and sits on the Mid-Michigan Veterans Advocacy Council. He worked with Saginaw County District Judge Kyle Higgs Tarrant to bring the program to the area. Social worker Kelly Jo Walraven-Swartz is also instrumental in the workings of the court. The program first began in Buffalo, N. Y., in 2008 and has spread across the country. Those accepted to the program receive a mentor, go through counseling and are randomly tested for drugs. The judge, prosecuting attorney, social worker, site doctor from the veteran’s hospital and the parole officer involved in the case determine what type of help each veteran needs and how long their program should last. The programs last between one and two years. “If we can get them in the proper treatment with the right medication, we can get it so they’ll stabilize and become really productive,” Arnold said. “That’s what the court is all about.” Most of those involved in the program suffer from post-traumatic stress or a traumatic brain injury. “Sometimes when people leave the military, they are not equipped with the right tools to come into society and just continue on, and they find themselves into trouble,” said Denise Berry, director of Military Student Affairs. “You have that regimented life and everything is segmented, and suddenly you’re making these decisions for yourself that you haven’t made in years. It’s an adjustment period, and sometimes some people do it better than others.” The assignment of a mentor to each veteran is an important part of the program. Marines are placed with Marines, Army with Army, and when possible the mentor is one rank above the veteran. “In the military, you always are buddied up with somebody. You watch each other’s back,” Arnold said. “The mentor is just a buddy. If there’s a problem, they discuss what they can do or where they can go to get help.” Between 10-15 mentors are ready to be assigned to a veteran. “As a Vietnam vet, we had none of this when
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Above, Thomas Arnold. we came home. We laugh about it now, because that’s just the way it was,” Arnold said. “A lot of the mentors that are part of the program are Vietnam vets. They don’t want the guys coming back now treated the same way we were treated.” Often returning veterans use alcohol or drugs as a way to cope. One of the program’s goals is to get veterans off these substances. “To help repair somebody that’s been on drugs or alcohol, they’re going to fall before they get up,” Arnold said. “They’ll fall, but you just have to be there to catch them, stand them back up, point them in the right direction and keep them moving.” The selection process for the program is very careful, to ensure that those involved are those who deserve a second chance. “These are guys that are truly in need of a break,” Arnold said. “We look at that very closely to make sure we’re getting somebody that will respond to the treatment and deserves it.” Arnold encouraged college students to consider helping veterans in their future careers. “In the social work field, there’s going to be a tremendous urge for people like that,” he said. “I would urge other students to take a hard look.” Berry believes the Veterans Court has the ability to make a difference. “It’s a unique program. This is a chance to reach out and give these vets the help that they need,” she said. “I can’t say enough about this program as far as the good I think it’s going to do in the Saginaw area.”
Two political science journals continually create opportunities to publish student work. The Law Review is run out of the political science department and is advised by political science professor Jesse Donahue. Its first issue was published two years ago. Now heading into its third year, The Law Review will accept student work until Friday, Feb. 28. The Law Review publishes essays and research papers about the law, including briefs and complaints. Typically they publish four or five articles per issue. “We want to showcase the good work students are doing in their classes,” Donahue said. The Law Review is edited by three student editors: Jordan Maurer, Marissa Geyer and Jacob Mojica. They also receive support from professional and technical writing students, who help to design each issue. Donahue said publishing in the Law Review is a great opportunity for students wanting to go to law school. “Saying you’re published is a great additive on any law school application,” she said. “Since many of our students do eventually go to law school, this journal is a real benefit to them.” Donahue said writing about the law is critical for any major. “Writing about the law forces you to be very analytic,” she said. “Being able to think critically about a problem is great training for all fields.” She said if students ever find themselves a part of a court case, they would be able to focus on the situation and look for any unseen issues. “The law affects all of us,” she said. “You will already have the experience of thinking critically about ramifications. “ Students interested in submitting should send their work as an attachment to Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the email, they should include their name, address as well as in what class the essay was written. Donahue said she hopes The Law Review will always be able to serve as an outlet for students to write, develop and continue learning about the law. Although housed in the political science department, submissions are open to all majors. Another political science journal, The Sovereign, is also hoping to see more
submissions from non-majors. The Sovereign, first printed in 2010, was started by a group of political science students who wanted to create an outlet for political science research and essays. It is advised by political science professor Erik Trump. The journal is named after Thomas Hobbes’ political science philosophy “The Leviathan,” which describes the state as the sovereign, or “all powerful authority.” The goal of The Sovereign is to mimic a real academic journal in its content and approach and serve as an outlet for students to publish their work. Additionally, it serves as a reference tool for others in the field. Submissions are accepted through the end of December by Trump at email@example.com. If students wish to submit after winter break, they may submit at any time but their work will not be considered until the fall semester. Trump said that The Sovereign’s student editors try to publish a wide range of research from all disciplines, including essays on public policy, political institutions, theory and international/comparative politics. “It isn’t just about publishing senior level work,” he said. “We want to include introductory level work, too.” Typically, The Sovereign publishes fewer than 10 articles in each issue. Trump said The Sovereign wouldn’t exist without the dedication of its student editors, the inspiration of the group who founded it as well as the professionalism and creativity of PTW students, who assist Sovereign editors in designing the issue. “The Sovereign serves a good model of the writing that is produced here,” he said. “Each year we see improvements made to the model. We hope to continue on and keep it an established SVSU journal for years to come.”
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No time like the present to go green for the holiday season By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor Did you know that nearly 90 percent of the wrapping paper that will be thrown away this holiday season couldn’t be recycled anyway? The majority of wrapping papers cannot be recycled and therefore end up in landfills each year. This is mostly because wrapping papers are dyed, laminated or contain non-paper additives, such as gold and silver colored shapes, glitter or plastics. Also, because wrapping paper is so thin, it often doesn’t contain many good quality fibers for recycling. A lot of people don’t know that if gift wrap has sticky tape attached to it, it cannot be recycled. However, everyone can recycle, reduce and reuse this holiday season by opting to be eco-friendly
when wrapping Christmas presents. One way is by using “furoshiki” or the art of Japanese knot wraps. Besides learning something new this holiday season, you can also help to save unnecessary paper products from going to the landfill by replacing traditional wrapping paper with fabrics. Although a bit more expensive to purchase, there are always fabrics on sale at stores such as JoAnn Fabrics and Hobby Lobby. Save on the tape and use furoshiki, which involves containing items within fabric by applying knots. There are many ways in which knots can be applied creating different effects and shapes. The fabrics can then be reused as a belt, neck or head scarf or shopping bag. If you want to stick with traditional holidayinspired wrapping paper, then you can invest in recyclable papers, which can be put in your green bin or compost heap after use. These papers are made
from plastic bottles. Also, it is possible to create your own papers by reusing brown paper bags, which are 100 percent biodegradable. No matter what type of wrapping paper or fabric you use, you should avoid using sticky tape. Sticky tape is a commonly used adhesive that makes paper impossible to recycle. A better idea is to use ribbons instead, wrapping the present normally and then securing it with ribbon. The ribbon can be reused later. Many people fear that when using brown paper bags or newspaper, their gifts will look boring and untidy. Instead, buttons and beads can be applied to the gift-wrap, making it more personal and unique than traditionally wrapped presents. Even eco-friendly gift wrappers can forget that “less is more.” When you are using unconventional materials for gift-wrap, it’s easy to get carried away and think
you need to make up for your approach by overly decorating the wrapped gift. The goal is to keep wrapped gifts as simple as possible, with just one little bow, a picture, or hand-written message on a brown box going a long way. If you hope to be a eco-friendly gift wrapper this year, there are some supplies you will need, including plain brown paper bags, newspaper, plain white printer paper or even your child’s artwork for gift wrap. Gently used scarves, T-shirts, thin towels and washcloths can also work to wrap oddly shaped gifts. Additionally, bottles and tins are great for packaging edible gifts and small baby food containers are good for jewelry. Once you start looking at material as potential for wrapping aids, the possibilities are many.
Chocolate coins make learning about Hanukkah sweet By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor
Hillel members shared a Hanukkah tradition with students and “showed them the money” or “showed them the gelt.” Hillel is the foundation for Jewish campus life at SVSU. Their main goal and mission is to reach out and educate Jewish and non-Jewish students. President of Hillel Mimi Marcus said they seek to engage every Jewish student on campus, from those with strong Jewish backgrounds to those with none at all. The organization helps to provide opportunities for Jewish students to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity. With the mission to enrich the lives of Jewish
undergraduate and graduate students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world around them, Hillel members hope to encourage students to take ownership of their Jewish experience and define “Jewish” in their own way. “The destination of their Jewish journey is up to the student,” Marcus said. “Hillel just provides the resources.” Because of that, SVSU’s Hillel decided to give out chocolate coins (also known as gelt) to students because it is part of their winter holiday, Hanukkah. “Gelt is found when playing the game of dreidel (the four sided spinning top),” Marcus said. “The original Jewish custom is to give gelt (money) rather than presents, but for the game (dreidel) it is made into chocolate to add more fun.” There are four sides to the dreidel, with each side being a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. When all of the letters are together, they form the acronym for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham–”a great miracle happened there.” The letters “N,” “G,” H” and “S” form the rules for the dreidel game, where “nun” stands
for the word “nisht” or nothing, “hei” stands for “halb” or half, “gimel” stands for “gants” or all and “shin” stands for “shtel ayn” or put in. “The reason why our organization wanted to pass out gelt was to show our tradition to our students at SVSU and possibly get them interested in finding out more about Hillel,” Marcus said. Marcus said Hillel hopes that non-Jewish students will become more educated through their efforts on the true meaning of Hanukkah and how it is celebrated. Hillel also hopes Jewish students learn there are people at SVSU that can celebrate the holiday with them. “We know it is very difficult to celebrate it up here because there are not a lot of Jewish students or programs, so it is nice to bring it to them on campus,” Marcus said. The meaning of Hanukkah (also known as the Festival of Lights) is an eight-day Jewish holiday remembering the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. This holiday is observed for eight nights and days starting on the 25th day of the Kislev, according to the Hebrew
calendar. This usually occurs late in November or early December. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of the menorah. Each night, another candle on the menorah is lit. “Basically, you are celebrating the eight days and nights that the pitcher had enough oil to keep the menorah light on during the revolt,” Marcus said. Hillel, together with its 17 Jewish and nonJewish members, has a lot planned for the next few weeks as well as next semester. They will attend services at a local synagogue in Midland, hosting a yogurt and yoga program, sending letters to Israeli soldiers, holding a Shabbat dinner and perhaps sharing some Jewish cooking. They will also attend programs at Michigan State University and possibly Central Michigan University after winter semester commences. “I do not think a lot of people know the true meaning of Hanukkah,” Marcus said. “Many only know we have eight presents and light candles and play dreidel. Truthfully, the holiday is celebrated differently by every family and there is a deep meaning to the holiday.”
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Beyond the Valley
Supporting each other in the time of grief, finals and stress
The history behind Christmas traditions
By Hannah Meyer Vanguard Columnist First, good luck to everyone with finals. Whether it’s an exam, paper, presentation, project or anything in between, I hope you get the grade you were striving for. I hope that whoever celebrated it had a happy Hanukkah. For those of you who are going to celebrate it, I hope you have a joyous Kwanzaa and a merry Christmas. And to everyone, Happy New Year. I’m sure you’ve all been exposed to Christmas already since it seemed to have started way before Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays because, one, there’s no homework and, two, I get to spend time with family. Christmas has been celebrated for about two millennia (although the number is debated) for both being a religious sacred holiday and a commercial phenomenon. It is important to remember that Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nicholas. He was born in the third century in the village of Patara, which was Greek at the time. A devout Christian, Nicholas would use his whole inheritance after his parents’ deaths to assist the needy, sick and suffering. During the 1500s, history shows that people in England stopped worshipping St. Nicholas and favored the gift-giving figure of Father Christmas. St. Nicholas, in Dutch, is pronounced as “Sinter Klass” which lead to the derivation of the name Santa Claus. It wasn’t until 1822 that Saint Nicholas was portrayed as Santa Claus, an elf with a miniature sleigh pulled by eight reindeer. The standard image we see today with Santa as a bearded, overweight, jolly man dressed in a red suit with white fur trim wasn’t until the 1920s. The Coca-Cola company would draw a series of Santa images for its Christmas ads from 1931 until 1964, and they still hold the trademark for that design, which we still see today. However, that’s not to say that Christmas is entirely a Christian holiday. It is mostly composed of pagan rites and practices, predating the birth of Jesus by a few centuries. Decorating Christmas trees, singing Christmas carols and exchanging Christmas gifts are rooted in pagan traditions. Eighty-eight percent of Americans surveyed by the U.S. Census Bureau put up a Christmas tree. We
buy 25 million to 30 million real trees and 8 million to 13 million artificial trees each Christmas season. Our favorite Christmas tree species are Douglas fir, white pine and blue spruce. About 93 percent of all Americans exchange gifts. The U.S. Postal Service sells 1.3 billion holiday stamps each year, and delivers more than 15.8 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Of that number, about 1.5 billion are Christmas cards. But Christmas traditions also range by country. Denmark, where a part of my family is from, begins Christmas Eve dinner with rice pudding that has one whole almond inside it. Whoever finds the almond receives a prize. Parents decorate the tree in secret, and the children don’t see the tree until dinner on Christmas Eve. Then the tree is lit up, and the family gathers around it to sing carols and hymns. Another popular item is the candy cane. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the U.S. produces more than 1.76 billion candy canes each year. But not many people know where the origin of the item comes from. According to Christian stories, craftsmen in the 17th century made white sticks of candy in the shape of shepherd’s crooks, which were given to children to keep them quiet during ceremonies at the living Nativity scene. The National Confectioner’s Association believes that, in 1847, a German immigrant was the first to use a candy cane to decorate a Christmas tree. A Catholic priest, Gregory Keller, would invent a machine in the 1950s that automated the production of candy canes to eliminate the laborious process of creating the treats. While factual evidence doesn’t exist, many believe the colors of white and red are to represent Christ’s purity and the blood he shed. Mistletoe is another popular item. It was in the 18th century when the exchanging of kisses was adopted. Back then, it was believed that if a woman remained unkissed, she could not expect to marry the following year. The modern tradition goes that a woman under the mistletoe cannot refuse to be kissed, and the kiss can have three different meanings: a deep romance, a lasting friendship or goodwill. As a kid, I know that one of my favorite things to do was the make cookies to leave out for Santa. And to eat myself. According to Nabisco, the most popular cookie children leave for Santa is the Oreo. No exact date can be found, but the idea of leaving cookies is said to have started around the 1930s. Naughty children were using them to bribe Santa at the last minute and nice children used them as a way of thanking him for all his hard work. As we say in my hometown, don’t forget to be awesome.
By Tyler Bradley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief Last week proved a tough week for the Cardinal community. We saw the losses of alumnus and Tau Kappa Epsilon and Great Lakes Bay Region Hispanic Leadership Institute member Jesse Martinez, as well as Phi Kappa Tau, Living Leader and Model U.N. member John Schmidt. Both were prominent members of the SVSU community and very influential parts of organizations they were involved with. Even for those who didn’t know these two, there has been the stress of preparing for finals. There are those struggling getting along with their roommates, their significant others and those who have to deal with a dreaded group project for a final presentation. We also can’t forget the winter semester tuition payment deadline was last week, as well. And there’s also payments and stress for those affected by the D-Lot car fire. When all of these things happen in such a crunched time period, it’s important that we
come together as a community and support each other. Some individuals have organized an online donation to benefit the family of Martinez. The contributions have already exceeded $2,000. We recognize that college isn’t easy. Nor is life always easy, for that matter. But we need to remember that we’re not alone. The same stresses that you have are being shared in similar capacities by others around you. You won’t know their stories. You won’t know their stressors just by looking at them. But know, that everyone is undergoing hardships. We’re not mind readers, and that’s O.K. While some of you are preparing for passing a final which will determine if you pass the class, and for some if you’re even able to maintain your financial aid, don’t forget to check in and see how others are doing. Ask them how finals are coming. Ask them what their plans are for winter break. Engage in a deep philosophical conversation while you’re recovering from a caffeine crash from too much Starbucks. You’ve made it this far, and that is something that is worthy of recognition. Even if you barely made it, whether that be you barely got an A, barely could get the classes you needed or barely got out of bed this morning, you’re here. And who says you can’t celebrate that?
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Ladies power way to 2-0 start in GLIAC play By Joey Oliver Vanguard Staff Writer The SVSU women’s basketball team defeated the Tiffin Dragons on Saturday, 83-64. The win brought the Cardinals’ record to 4-1, 2-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Despite the Cards dominating for most of the game, it was actually Tiffin that got off to a quick start. Regardless, SVSU went into halftime with a 39-32 lead. The Cardinals came out of the locker room on fire and quickly extended their lead to 16 behind the three-point shooting of senior guard Kristen Greene. The Cards didn’t trail once in the second half, playing tough defense while continuously capitalizing off from Dragons’ miscues. SVSU shot 50 percent of their field goals. They also outrebounded Tiffin, 43 to 31. In the paint it was all Cardinals as they outscored Tiffin 50-38. The starting five dominated for the Cardinals with four of the five scoring in double digits. Sophomore guard Katelyn Carriere led the team with 23 points while senior guard Kayla Womack was right behind with 22. Greene chipped in with 17 points and junior forward Samantha Zirzow scored 12 points while leading the team with 11 rebounds. Earlier in the week, SVSU opened its GLIAC schedule by defeating Ohio Dominican, 69-64. Coach Jamie Pewinski said her team showed a lot of maturity in the game and that the experience the team has gotten is beginning to show. “Winning close games is something you have to learn to do and we’ve been in a lot of them over the past two seasons,” she said. “We are starting to get some of those close games to go in our favor and in
order to take a step forward as a team we need to be able to do that. “It just shows that as a team, we are starting to get a better focus and becoming mentally tough when we get down the stretch in a game.” Ohio Dominican started the second half strong, quickly going on a 9-0 run before the Cards could fight their way back into the contest. Despite trailing to begin the second half of play and falling to an 11-point deficit, SVSU fought back as Carriere and Greene teamed up to quickly grab seven points. Eventually, the Cardinals tied the game at 47-47. Pewinski said the second-half comeback could be credited to the team’s experience. “I think the experience we gained last year showed in the second half,” she said. “We were struggling to make shots, but we were able to turn it up defensively and use that to create scoring opportunities for us. “Getting to the free throw line as much as we did was big for us and showed our aggressiveness.” After Zirzow tied the game at 53-53 on a clutch three-point shot, the Cards took control of the contest and began to pull away. With some tough defensive play, SVSU held on to win the game. Pewinski said above all else, she liked her team’s effort over the course of the game. “In this conference, sometimes you just have to find a way,” she said. “I’m proud of the effort we gave and how we stuck together on a night that it was tough to get going.” Ahead for the Cardinals is a road contest against Ashland University. The game will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.
Vanguard photo | Tyler Bradley Sophomore guard Katelyn Carriere dominated against Tiffin University, scoring 23 points while going 9-13 from the floor and 4-5 from the free throw line. She was one of four starting players to score in double digits against the Dragons on Saturday. Thursday, Carriere scored eight points.
MEN’S CLUB HOCKEY
First Spirit Cup successful for hockey club By Chris Oliver Vanguard Sports Editor In a demonstration of how the best defense is a good offense, the SVSU men’s hockey club topped Northwood University at the Dow Event Center for the first annual Spirit Cup by a score of 4-2 on Saturday. The Cardinals outshot the Timberwolves, 4921, showing off a blistering offensive attack that refused to stop from the first drop of the puck. According to team captain Scott Walter, Saturday’s win was a good jumping point into the coming weekend before Christmas break. “It was a good game, fun playing at the Dow and a solid win for the team,” Walter said. “We’re just getting into conference play and that win is huge for rankings coming out before break.” Both teams went back and forth to start the game, each defense holding on and not allowing much action until sophomore forward Dakota Crockford found the back of the net eight minutes
into the contest to put the Cardinals up 1-0. Less than 30 seconds later, Walter scored SVSU’s second goal of the night with help from sophomore forward Branden Rosen. Despite having two men in the penalty box with less than five minutes in the first period, SVSU held off Northwood’s offense, outshooting the Timberwolves 16-10 in the first period and heading into the second up 2-0. “Mitch (Leist) played great out there for us despite not really seeing a ton of shots from Northwood,” Walter said. “When we were down two guys, he really came up big to help us keep the lead.” The second period started much like the first, with both teams playing solid defense. With four minutes left in the period, freshman defenseman Nick Brazeal took a pass from junior defenseman Sean Staniszewski and lasered a shot passed the Northwood goalie. Northwood struck back late in the second period with a power play to make it 3-1 SVSU,
but it ultimately would not be enough for the Timberwolves. The Cardinals kept up the pressure when Junior forward Dylan Welch found the back of the net in the third period off an assist from Rosen to put SVSU up 4-1. Northwood put another goal up late in the game when a Cardinal miscue resulted in SVSU scoring on itself, making the final score 4-2. The Spirit Cup was the first in a new annual series the SVSU men’s hockey club will be playing with the Northwood at the Dow Event Center. Fans of both teams enjoyed a game between the Cardinals and Timberwolves as well as admission to the Saginaw Spirit’s night game against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Next for the Cardinals are two crucial conference games against rival opponents – The University of Michigan – Flint. and Oakland University. “This coming weekend is huge for us to play against two teams ranked ahead of us,” Walter
said. “We lost to Oakland earlier in the season, 1-0, and they’re the highest ranked team in the division. “But I know we can play with them, and two wins would be huge going into Christmas break.” Walter said the month break from hockey has ups and downs and presents challenges to every team in the league. “It’s nice to get a break, but I personally don’t like being away from hockey for an entire month,” Walter said. “It’s good to get on the ice a couple times over break to stay fresh, but it’s something every team deals with every year.” SVSU will be back in action Friday, Dec. 13 when it hosts the University of Michigan – Flint. The puck will drop at 9 p.m. Following that game will be a rivalry game with Oakland University at 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. Both games will be hosted at the Saginaw Bay Ice Arena.
Holiday Classic springs the race for season goals By Matt Ostrander Vanguard Columnist The road to nationals begins with early season improvement and healthiness. SVSU hosted multiple schools this past Friday, including Central Michigan, Northwood, Alma College and Macomb. Several Cardinals placed first or second in their events. In the men’s one-mile run, Joey Burelle, Nate Cruz, and Jalen Payne filled in the top three spots. Their times were 4:25, 4:27 and 4:37 respectively.
James Walker nabbed first place in the 400-meter run. Ola Hendler placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:30. Burelle also got first in the men’s 3000-meter run with a time of 8:57. Criminal justice and political science senior James Walker, who ran the open 400-meter run and the 4-by-400 relay, is looking forward to the future progression of the team, especially with the younger runners. “I did good for the first meet,” Walker said. “I ended up winning that race overall. I even edged out my teammate Lee Chiatalas.”
“It went well, I started off strong, which I was hoping to do,” Chiatalas said. “But then in the last stretch of the race, fell victim to the same thing anyone who runs a 400 has experienced. The refrigerator gets on your back.” While the Cardinals are succeeded early on in the season, there are always things that need to be continually worked on. Walker and Chiatalas both believe that no matter how well the team does; there is always room for improvement. “As a team, we did very well,” Chiatalas said. “We had several runners qualify for nationals. Having them do that this early in the
season is very good. “We have a lot of young guys who will contribute positively, and us older guys, it’s all about staying healthy and taking care of things we need to outside of the track.” The Cardinals as a whole are always reaching for higher race placements and faster records, but the runners each have their own goals for the season, whether it is a simple improvement or bigger dreams. “My personal goal is to stay healthy,” Walker said. “And with good health, training. But nationals is really the only goal.”
Pinning down 16th place, preparing for season National Qualifier
By Brandy Abraham Vanguard Campus Editor
The SVSU wrestling team has weighed in at 16th in the country. With the season just starting, they have won three of their first five matches with eight matches remaining. Wrestling Club coach Alex Garcia said he is proud of his team and the hard work they have put in so far this season. “In the past few years, we have really stepped up our game,” he said. “These guys put in a lot of time and have come so far.” The Wrestling Club originally began as a program in the 1980s. Garcia only recently began
coaching the club sport two years ago. He shares with his team a passion for wrestling, having been a three-time NCWA National Qualifier himself. He encourages his team to “give it their all.” “I tell them they are not just in it to go to nationals but to win it,” he said. Three wrestlers made top five in their weight class, including senior Bradley Kelly in fourth at 174 lbs, graduate student Wayne Sanders in second at 197 lbs and sophomore Dominick Wiggins at number one at 235 lbs. Wiggins is currently 11-0, the top team point leader and a national qualifier hopeful. “It feels pretty good to be No. 1,” he said,” But I realized that you can’t get caught up in a number. “You still have to work hard.”
The Tiffin University transfer student said he has always enjoyed wrestling and that passion has led him to where he is today. “I feel really blessed to be this successful, but really I just take it one match at a time,” he said. Wiggins said he has enjoyed working with “such a dedicated group” and looks forward to nationals in March. He said wrestling is much more than just participating in matches, but about meeting new people. Garcia said he is happy to see so much interest in the Wrestling Club. Two years ago, the team consisted of four players. Now there are 11 people on the team, with more soon to be added to the roster. “We have made a lot of progress,” he said. “I
see the team only getting bigger.” Garcia said that being a part of the wrestling team is a lot of hard work, perhaps more than most people would think. “It is a very disciplined sport,” he said. “The hardest part of wrestling is keeping your weight.” “Keeping your weight is something you have to battle with every day,” Wiggins added. “It takes a lot out of the body — you use every muscle.” Garcia said his team is ready for the season to start up again after winter break. “I am very proud that everyone accepts this challenge and is willing to show up each day,” he said. “Wrestling is my everything. “We are going to accomplish a lot together this season.”
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Improv group found guilty of huge laughs
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Members of the Work ‘n Progress cast performed their final show of the semester last Thursday in the Alumni Lounge. By Bret Hauff Vanguard Staff Writer
The Alumni Lounge was transformed into a courtroom full of laughter last Thursday night when Work ‘n Progress put on their final show of the semester, “Court ‘n Progress.” The idea for the show’s theme was put together by psychology junior Mark Babcock. “I was trying to think outside the box,” Babcock said. “My minor is criminal justice, and
I do a lot of courtroom simulations, and court shows are popular, so I thought this would be a hit.” The theme of the night was a court case between Richard Hunt and Walter Mismy, played by Jordan Stafford and Austin Butterfield respectively. The plaintiff was suing Mimsy for stealing the cookies out of the cookie jar. Stafford and Butterfield were represented by lawyers who had a bitter rivalry from law school, Byron Connington and Slick Fastwheel, played by Eric Finnegan and Travis Tessmer, respectively.
The game was a rendition of “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly,” a popular game used by Work ‘n Progress. Finnegan played a well-educated, good lawyer, while Tessmer played the bad lawyer, who worked a job as a bartender at O’Hanahan’s and a lawyer on the side. The court was overseen by the infamous Judge Julius Juicy, played by Babcock. Work ‘n Progress worked in their usual scenes, such as “Party Quirks” and “Tiny Voice” into their performance through flashbacks of the
court case. The show began with the first skit, “Party Quirks,” with Stafford playing his character, showing the scene of the crime, where Butterfield was accused of taking the “special cookies” out of the cookie jar. The court case took a turn when the Tessmer presented the case that Stafford was mentally insane, presenting an “official psychiatric document” stating that Stafford’s mental disease was “crazy.” This was a streamline into the scene “Tiny Voice” where Stafford was baking cookies, when a tiny voice from nowhere kept telling him he needed to get the “regular stuff.” Further into the case, the idea was presented that Stafford and Butterfield had met about their secret addictions, where the actors had to present the secret to the other actor, who was oblivious to what this secret was. The courtroom broke into a bustle when the actor began to argue, and this transitioned into the game of four square, where each pair of actors has a different story, and they must remember this as they cycle through the four scenarios. The final statements brought the house down with “quotes,” as the actors were forced to make their final arguments to the jury (audience) while incorporating the quotes into their arguments. Due to a chaotic turn of events, the court was forced to rely on “Venezuelan court law,” where all members of the case were up for charge, and the plaintiff and the defendant gave their final statement, as well. The outcome of this found the defendant’s lawyer, Slick Fastwheel, to be guilty. Butterfield shocked the audience by professing his love for Stafford in his final statement, and proceeded to kiss him, followed by the ironically perfect quote from the hat, “I’d do it again if I could!”
Theater’s winter season full of surprises Cardinal Sins celebrates its latest release, reflects on journal’s expansion By Brandy Abraham
Vanguard Campus Editor
The SVSU Theatre Department is already eager to come back from winter break and start up their winter semester show schedule, including Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” and Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid.” “The Cherry Orchard,” directed by theater professor Steven Erickson, will be performed from Wednesday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Malcolm Field Theatre. “The Cherry Orchard” was written in the early 1900s when Chekhov was very ill and is his last play. He considered this play to be “not a drama at all, but a comedy; in places it’s even a farce.” The lead roles will be played by theater junior Cassidy Morey as Lyubov Andreyevna, theater junior Olexiy Kryvych as Yermolay Lopakhin and theater sophomore Isaac Wood as Peter Trofimov. Actors still hoping to perform in a main-stage production will be able to audition for “The Imaginary Invalid” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 and at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The show will be performed from Wednesday, April 9 through Sunday, April 13. “The Imaginary Invalid” is a satirical comedy about the medical field, where a miserly hypochondriac regularly calls upon doctors to care for his sickness then
tries to reduce the bills. In the hopes to getting unlimited free medical care, he decides to marry his daughter to a medical student. This is Moliere’s last play (both as a writer and as a actor). He collapsed onstage playing the main character and died shortly after. Directed by theater professor David Rzeszutek, actors will be performing an adaptation by Constance Congdon in the style of Italian Commedia Dell’ Arte. Rzeszutek recently traveled to Reggio Emilia, Italy, and spent four weeks learning under one of the last living Commedia Dell’ Arte theater masters, Antonia Fava. He said he is excited to share what he has learned with his students as well as the actors of “The Imaginary Invalid.” This adaptation, which Rzeszutek admits isn’t as poetic as Moliere’s original, is more accessible. “The great thing about this adaptation is that is has more accessible language and throws in low-brow gutter humor,” he said. Full of fart jokes and sexual innuendos, he said it is comparable to the stand-up comedy of Jim Carrey or the original “Hangover.” Rzeszutek said he is excited to introduce the style of Commedia Dell’Arte to SVSU for the first time. The characters of the commedia usually represent fixed social types, or stock characters, such as foolish old men or devious servants.
Additionally, it is performed by actors who perfect a specific role or mask. A series of handmade, leather masks were purchased by the Theatre Department from Fava for the production. “This is a great learning opportunity for our actors,” Rzezutek said. “This way they will learn about the comedic face of Moliere and the comedic style of Commedia Dell’Arte.” “I found myself constantly laughing,” Rzezutek said of this particular adaptation. The script calls for six men and three women, although because many of the actors will be wearing masks, the roles are not specifically gender-biased. It has been nearly 10 years since a play written by Moliere has been performed at SVSU. “It’s been awhile since we have performed one of his plays, which is another reason I wanted to bring it back into our program,” he said. Since many students have never heard of Commedia Dell’ Arte, Rzeszutek hopes to introduce the style to auditioning actors the first night of auditions and tape how well they adopt the style. Besides the required four-minute comedic monologue, he will be requiring actors to tell him a joke as part of their audition. He stressed that auditions are open to everyone, including non-theater majors. All auditions will be held in the Malcolm Field Theatre.
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By Rachel Stocki Vanguard Campus Editor To see the writing and artistic talent produced at SVSU, one only has to look to the new issue of Cardinal Sins. The art and literature magazine celebrated the release of its fall 2013 issue last Thursday. Copies of Cardinal Sins will be distributed around campus at the start of the winter semester. “Cardinal Sins gives us a chance to showcase our talent,” said creative writing and history junior Anthony Betters, who serves as associate editor. “It gives us a chance to show to everyone outside of campus what we have to offer, what our students can do.” The magazine has been publishing prose, poetry, photography and artwork for more than 30 years. Work is submitted through an online website. A writing committee and an art committee analyze each piece to choose those that will be published, and select winners from each category. SVSU students, alumni and faculty are welcome to submit work to Cardinal Sins. Other writers and artists from around the world are also featured in the publication. Graphic design freshman Kelly Sievert has a color photograph, a blackand white photograph and a piece of black-and-white artwork published in this issue. “This is my first time (submitting), and I thought it was a great opportunity to get myself out there,” she said. “I think a lot of people look at this publication.” At the post-publication event, creative writing senior and Cardinal Sins editor-in-chief Brandy Abraham thanked those involved with the final product and invited writers and artists to talk about their work. “I’ve been very pleased to see the publication evolve, and I’m very happy with where we’re at right now,” said Peter Barry, associate professor of philosophy and Cardinal Sins’ faculty adviser. This is the third time creative writing senior Emily Gennrich’s poetry has been published in the magazine. “Being published in Cardinal Sins is actually really fulfilling,” she said. “It makes you feel good, especially coming to the school as a freshman, having no experience with writing and just learning through classes and seeing yourself
get better and then finally getting the confidence to submit. It’s really fulfilling to see yourself progress and to feel more confident about writing.” Being involved with Cardinal Sins introduces students to the process of getting work published. “This is one of the best opportunities that our students who are involved in the arts and literature have to see their own work in print. I think any college or university campus needs a product like this precisely because it’s an opportunity for our students to not only do work, but actually get it out there into the world,” Barry said. “Both in the production and the publication end of things, this is a way for our students to get some realworld experience and see what the world of art, literature and publication is like.” Gennrich agreed that Cardinal Sins is a useful experience for students interested in submitting work to other publications. “It can be intimidating, especially for new writers, (to submit to something),” she said. “This definitely gives them an introductory look at how to apply.” This issue of Cardinal Sins featured a poetry contest with the theme of “expansion.” Established writers Daniel Ari, Joel Blumenau, Josh Crummer, Bill Tarlin and Changming Yuan submitted work for the contest. “To have our students published in the same issue as some very wellestablished writers and artists is pretty amazing,” Barry said. “I don’t know that other universities can say that their students have been published alongside award-winning authors and poets. Our university can.” Gennrich said Cardinal Sins helps build community at SVSU. “I really like the feeling of seeing my work get out there and being read, and especially hearing what other people think of it and their interpretations on it,” she said. “It makes you feel more involved on campus. (It shows) that there’s art and writing going on within this community and that it’s valued by the school.” Cardinal Sins is now accepting submissions for the winter 2014 issue, including for the nonfiction contest with the theme of “translation.” To submit, visit www.cardinalsins.submittable.com.
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Groups promote relaxation to destress By Hillary Degner Vanguard Staff Writer
Stressed over finals? PHE says relax. To combat the stress of finals week, PHE, along with other organizations on campus, offered Relaxation Night for students at the end of the semester. Alpha Sigma Alpha is the first Greek organization to help with a PHE event of this scale. The sorority provided materials for students to make face masks. Vice President of Public Relations and Recruitment for Alpha Sigma Alpha, Kacie Miller, helped organize their involvement with Relaxation Night. Miller said the sorority wants students to understand that Greek Life is about giving back to students and the community. “We’re really trying to become a power group on campus,” Miller said. Social work senior Chelsea Hummel is the Wellness E-board member for PHE and is in charge of planning events such as Relaxation Night. Hummel is pleased Greek Life is getting involved with PHE events. “It means we are reaching out further than we were,” Hummel said. The event used to be put on solely by PHE, but they noticed other organizations were doing similar things so they joined together. Now Valley Nights, Program Board, Commuter Programs, Active Minds, Campus Recreation, Residence
Housing Association (RHA), Food Force and Alpha Sigma Alpha are all involved. The Thompson Student Activities Room and Wedge Lounges were full of different activities for students to choose from. “Just Dance,” free massages, the tie-dye table and the build-a-bear station were among the most popular activities. Within an hour, 60 people had signed up for a massage and there was an hour and half wait. RHA provided shirts to tie-dye and brought “goop,” a mixture of glue, water and borax for students to play with. The goop and tie-dye supplies were gone in an hour. Political science senior Marissa Geyer likes that the event has grown over the years and since there are more activities, the lines are shorter. PHE also had a mocktail contest where each of the organization’s committees made a different recipe and students voted on the best one. “PHE has mocktails at a lot of events so that’s fun. People look forward to that,” Geyer said. Psychology freshman D’Asia Green said finals are very stressful and that she needed something fun and relaxing to do. “I saw the word ‘relaxation and I said ‘Oh, I need some of that,’” Green said. Hummel said PHE has found from surveys through the American Collegiate Health Association that students suffer from stress and sleep loss, especially during finals week. “It’s good for students to take time away from studying,” Hummel said.
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Psychology junior Bonnie Rye plays with bubbles at Relaxation Night. The event offered massages, tie-dye shirt making, free ice cream and popcorn, mask making, Just Dance, Mario Kart and more.
Hunger Games sequel catches enough interest for recommendation By Dylan Powell Vanguard Staff Writer
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
STARRING: JENNIFER LAWRENCE, JOSH HUTCHERSON, WOODY HARRELSON DIRECTOR: FRANCIS LAWRENCE RUNNING TIME: 146 MINUTES
The Hunger Games is a franchise that can arguably be seen as having a lot of staying power in the film industry, but it is hard to determine where it may fall as far as quality. The first movie was a welcome contribution to mainstream film with its strong characters, unique story and especially its gutsy presence. After viewing this film, fans were eagerly anticipating the next theatrical release of the series titled “Catching Fire” and after topping the box office charts for two consecutive weeks it was clear to see that the world had another hit on its hands. However, the film suffers from a one major fault that is hard to ignore. The story is pretty straightforward and is well-established from the get-go that this is a direct sequel. Our favorite heroine Katniss Everdeen is dealing with the repercussions of her first bout in the infamous Hunger Games, and we start to see that she, as well as her faux-boyfriend, Peeta Mellark, stand for something much bigger following their actions in the previous games. The president of the fictional nation of Panem sees these two as a threat to the nation’s increasing concerns with its residents’
unwillingness to stay in their place. The president also realizes that the threat of uprising can be traced back to the previous victors of the past Hunger Games and decides to do something about it. This leads to a very “special” Hunger Games in which the tributes are chosen from a pool of every previous victor in an attempt to rid Panem of the victors and their unwanted virtues. The plot is an expected continuation of the first film and is fine on paper. The biggest issue I take with “Catching Fire,” however, is in its run time. The two-and-a-half hour run time doesn’t seem that out of the ordinary (the first film was around the same time) but what director Francis Lawrence decided to cram into this run time left a lot to be desired. The first two acts of the film are incredibly slow moving and dialogue heavy, and I found myself losing interest as the film progressed. The repetition featured in these first two thirds was really off-putting. I understand that the film’s core was to describe the journey that leads up to Panem’s evident revolution but there is only so many ways one can deliver this idea before it gets stale. The word “filler” tends to come to mind when referring to the first two acts of this one. Luckily, the finale is definitely worth sitting
through some of the more tedious scenes. I give the credit to the source material here as the actual games to end the film are gripping and much more interesting than the previous film. Sadly, as I stated before, the way the time was divided between what happened before the games and the competition itself was handled poorly. I was left feeling like I wanted to see more of what was going to happen this time around in the arena as we begin to see some intriguing alliances and sacrifices taking place. The idea of revolution is addressed much better in the half an hour spent on the games than it was in the entire time preceding them. The games are going to be the money maker for this franchise and I was surprised to see so little of them in “Catching Fire.” Even though the finale of “Catching Fire” makes this one worth a viewing or two, the film falls short to its predecessor by struggling with making the first hour and a half interesting enough to garner praise. Luckily for the franchise, they leave you with a cliffhanger ending that will definitely hold your interest into the next series. It’s just too bad that all of “Catching Fire” couldn’t function the same way.
Editor counts down top five albums from this year in music 2. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
As 2013 quickly draws to a close, the world of music is one of my favorite aspects of a year to look back on. Assuredly, many will conjure up images of Miley Cyrus shaking her behind for shock appeal, or a pleasured Robin Thicke having his genitals groped by a foam finger. I tend to take an alternate approach. Every year, album after album fluctuates in and out of my computer. And out of the near hundreds of records I listened to in 2013, these were the five that stuck out at me the most…
For the better part of three years, Lansdale, PA, pop-punk sextet The Wonder Years has been my favorite band. With their mixture of personal lyricism, aggressive pop-punk melodies and admirable passion for the music they create has been more than enough to keep them in my regular iPod rotation for so long. However, all of these factors are nowhere more pleasantly on display than in “The Greatest Generation” — one of the most important punk records of this, or any year. What makes this record so stunning is how well its themes of hope and optimism hold true throughout the entire duration — specifically on the upstart number “Passing Through a Screen Door” and the triumphant closer “I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral.” And trust me when I say you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more gratifying musical experience this year than on “The Devil in my Bloodstream.” “The Greatest Generation” is the definition of high quality music.
5. Kanye West - Yeezus Hip-hop’s most innovative and controversial figure working today released his fifth studio album back in June, resulting in the genre’s strongest record of the year. And in a year that was as strong for music as 2013 — especially in the hip-hop department — anyone would know what a huge compliment that is. “Yeezus” is easily West’s most ambitious work to date, as it captures everything the world finds fascinating about the artist perfectly, whether it’s through energetic, industrial punk (“Black Skinhead”), Ponderosa Twin sampling (“Bound 2”) or a NSFW love affair (“I’m In It”).
1. The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die Whenever, If Ever
4. Deafheaven – Sunbather Don’t be fooled by its soft, neon pink cover — though Deafheaven’s “Sunbather” looks harmless enough from a first glance, it’s as polarizing a record you’ll find in today’s hardcore scene. The band’s shoegaze approach to black metal makes for one of the most complex and enjoyable listens of the year, perfectly exemplifying how the crossover of genres can be elegantly well. Look no further than the tradition of openers “Dream House” and “Irresistable” for proof of how well the band transitions from chaotic indie-metal to soft, absorbant post-rock. “Sunbather” is a record that simply has to be heard to be believed. 3. Balance & Composure - The Things We Think We’re Missing When Doylestown, PA, alt-rock quintet Balance & Composure released the game-changing “Separation” two years ago, people lost their minds. For someone just finally reaching adulthood, that was one of the first records I remember people talking about non-stop, running out to spend their money tattooing the lyrics onto their bodies and memorizing each and every word. With this, however, came the inevitable pressure of releasing a worthy follow-up…something that the band successfully overcame on “The Things We Think We’re Missing.” Upgrading their sound to a massive alt-grunge style, Balance & Composure expertly proved that a sophomore slump isn’t always standard.
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No record did what The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die’s life-changing “Whenever, If Ever” did for me this year: it made me reconsider the power of music. Whether the rumors are true or not that the emo genre is in a state of revival, I could think of a no better band than TWIABP to lead the cause. Ten people coming together to create cinematic approach to emo/indie-rock may sound convoluted to some, but its end result is nothing short of astounding. “Whenever, If Ever” is the best record to come out this year for the sole reason that it leaves the most earnest impression — it’s sentimental without being sappy, wistful without being indulgent, complex without being complicated. In short: “Whenever, If Ever” is an album to cherish, which I know I will be doing for years to come.
In addition to these five fantastic releases, I’d also recommend adding the records by these other artists to your “must-listen” list. Consider it your homework over Christmas break: Bad Rabbits - American Love Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe Danny Brown - Old Have Mercy - The Earth Pushed Back M.I.A. - Matangi Mixtapes - Ordinary Silence
Paramore - Paramore Saves the Day - Saves the Day Shad - Flying Colours Silverstein - This is How the Wind Shifts Tancred - Tancred Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob The 1975 - The 1975
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FESTIVAL continued from A1 opportunity to study theater. “Some people think theater is stupid, and they’re focused on sports. But theater is just like a sport and is just as important,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot. If anyone has the opportunity to come to this event, they should. It’s worth it.” Director of the festival Erik Hart said having the event at SVSU gets more students thinking about attending the university.
“Now this is one of the first options that they’ll look at because they’ve been here, when it wasn’t even on the table before,” he said. Erickson agreed that the festival puts the spotlight on SVSU. “It provides an opportunity for people who have never been here to go ‘Wow, this is really a cool place,’” Erickson said. “It’s had a great impact on showing that SVSU is concerned about youth theater and high school theater, and also that people can in fact make connections with other people and other directors (here).”
FIRE continued from A1 when I saw my car burn, because ironically enough two weeks ago I was talking about how I was thinking about upgrading my car,” Myers said. “(However), nobody wants to have their car burned. I would have rather sold it.” A social work graduate now employed in the University Communications office, Jackie Gibson said her Chevy Cobalt was destroyed in the fire. “I got a phone call at work telling me to move my car,” Gibson said. “When I got there, there were two Chevy Cobalts parked by each other. At first, I thought mine was the one that wasn’t damaged.” She later realized hers was the one lost in the fire. Gibson had received the vehicle as a graduation gift from her parents. Gibson is waiting for feedback from her car insurance company on what the next step
for getting a new vehicle. Myers said he doesn’t see any benefit in remaining angry about the situation. “I thought I would be mad at first, but what are you going to do?” he said. “I can’t change it, so what is being mad going to do? I figured I should just laugh at it.” Several students posted the photos and videos of the fire on social media sites, some of which have gone viral on sites such as The Chive in an article “Don’t worry, it’ll buff out.” The article featured 32 photos of vehicles that received extensive damages from unfortunate events. Myers was amused by the jokes posted on Twitter and the Facebook page SVSU I’M BOSS. “I thought it was kind of funny,” he said. “I didn’t say anything to anybody, but news got around quick.” Gibson said she didn’t mind others taking photos of the fire, but others who were laughing about it upset her. Gibson said she posted a picture of the damage online, but received a lot of support
and positive feedback. “It made me feel loved,” Gibson said. The assistance university police provided to those who lost vehicles disappointed Myers. “They seemed apathetic, to say the least,” he said. “It took them a day and a half to write a police report for six cars.” The police labeled it as a no-fault accident, and will not be investigated further. “When it comes to car fires, we don’t investigate them unless we feel that an insurance fraud is occurring,” Strain said. “In the D-lot case, it was evident that the one cars engine compartment was the first to start on fire, so we have to assume that it started with either gas or oil leaking on a hot part of the engine and ignited the fire.” Strain said if the fire started in the back seat it would be a different story. Since the loss of his car, Myers is currently driving a Jeep he said “is on its last legs.” “Hopefully that one doesn’t catch on fire.”
take passion, but knowledge for the committee to attempt to make desired changes. He wants members to be prepared to learn. continued from A1 “You need to really know shouldn’t be. a policy before taking a stance Global Tan’s website is an against it,” Eick said. example. Some students have The committee, which is expressed interest in applying open to any interested student, is for a job with the company, but expected to have its findings and they were unable to do so using a proposed solution ready to pass the campus’ network because the on to authorities Monday, Feb. 10. website was blocked. At that point, further actions for Manning sympathizes with the blocking system may or not be students’ concerns, and said at taken by President Eric Gilbertson times the block causes unnecessary and ITS. complications. Contact the head of the “It just didn’t seem right committee Joey Rexford at jjrexfor@ to them that there were certain svsu.edu for more information on Ocouldn’t N D AY, N O V E Mhow BER 4 , 2 0 1 3 | D ELTA C O LLEG I ATE websitesM that be accessed,” to join. Manning said. Student Association is also The university does the block working to extend Zahnow through Charter, which means Library’s hours of operation. they are unable to choose which The proposed new hours The following websites fall into the adult content would be Monday – Thursday photo to 7:45 a.m. a large janitor’s storage room. category.assignment was updatedfrom to midnight; Friday incidents were If students believe photographers a website from 7:45As a.m.Jacobs to 7 p.m.; Saturday his thoughts the page, allowing gathered reported to the is unnecessarily blocked, they can from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday to send up to three of their pho- before the fight, he could hear contact Information Technology from noon to midnight. Delta College tos for (ITS). assessment, the hopes Thecrowd to other fights Services Executive in Director cost of reactions the additional Public Safety. Jamestheir Maher will see would if the website hours will be offset Student two warriors that picture be picked as the fans by watched in question is unnecessarily Association’s budget. The exact to be published. This was all for battle it out. categorized as porn and, if so, figure is still being worked out. emergency, Dental clinic Friday, Oct. 11 Thursday, Oct. 17 Registration National Theas match unblock it. Geographic’s 125 an- If all goes planned,between the new Jacobs and Courtesy | Hayley Knight Eick said it will not only hours will take effect next fall. niversary. The contest was called Lyon was an intense fight from emergency, Food on Larceny a building, Police haveMedical closed the investigation the car from fire from D-Lot after discovering it began in the engine compartment.
“Our Changing World” where the the start. Jacobs took a kick to the service photos were to show the rapid side of the head right away and Tuesday, Oct. 15 changes and advancements of our a punch to the face, which gave society. The contest closed on Oct. Jacobs a cut under his right eye. 1:15 p.m., larceny from a 26 with more than 25,000 entries. Jacobs soon regained his compo- building, Pioneer Gym continued from A1 Jeri Gravlin was picked to be in sure and went for a takedown. The and half Spanish.Wednesday, Oct. 16 the top 130. The Your Shot photo bout then became a submission Schmidt wrote about this in a blog on Larceny from a building, community consists of 300,368 battle as both fighters were trying Post Huffington in his August entry “My Journey to Transplant.” members in 196 countries that to- to find a way to submit each other. recovered, G-160 was really hard to have any optimism tals 1,626,175. To say that is a lot, Lyon would soon be tired out “It after when my doctor recently told usnonthat my General assistance, is an understatement. trying to outmatch Jacobs’ supegenetics only opened a few doors when it came criminal, being cured,” Schmidt M-103 wrote. “So many people on the web- rior conditioning. JacobstoeventuAs a freshman, Schmidt entered the site rarely get comments, but a lot ally won the match via an armbar 11:20program, a.m., Suspicious Living Leadership a living learning of people commented on mine,” move early in the second community round to designated to develop and practice person, S-060 Gravlin says. However, her ex- claim his second championship. leadership skills through community service, citing journey didn’t end there. After the match, Jacobsattending said he sponsored events and leadership conferences and becoming active members of Gravlin received an email from was going to be “hurting on-campus the next organizations. National Geographic, asking her couple of days” as he absorbed a fun to see him transition, learn “It was and grow,” to be one out of the three people few hard punches and kicks to the said Elyse Ledy, MAP-Works to do a webcam show through head and face, which theCoordinator cut un- and interim Living Center North resident director. “I was really proud of him for Google Plus Hangouts on the topic der his right eye was still bleeding. that.” Ledy of the power of photography. She Jacobs does not plan on fighting in worked with Schmidt as his big in the program. was broadcast right from the Delta Courtesy another| Kelly-Justin match until next year, and White She remembers hanging out with him in College’s library. “Theplays broadcast willwith haveothers plentyinofLLP time theregenfirst floor LCN lounge, where he’d often Above, John Schmidt Guitar Hero . to was live, so it was really nerve erate and prepare for his next title
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