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Flying on to foreign countries By Tyler Bradley

Vanguard Staff Writer

Between 400 and 500 students attended the Study Abroad Fair last Wednesday to learn about international educational opportunities. With over ten faculty-led trips as well as national study abroad programs hosting informational booths, students had several options. Some study abroad locations included: Costa Rica, Spain and China. There are many benefits for those interested in studying abroad. “A lot of employers and graduate schools are looking for it. It’s almost a requirement,” said Ariel Simms, a French and psychology senior. Simms is a member of La Société Française, a registered student organization with a booth at the event. At the fair, students had the option of learning more about faculty-led trips. Some faculty-led trips included Costa Rica, Uganda and Rome. For those looking to study abroad longer, studying with groups such as the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) is another option. “Four to six weeks isn’t enough to be emerged in their culture,” said Amy Delaney, an elementary education junior. With the USAC, students have the option to visit non-English speaking countries and take language intensive courses. “Going to a different country can give me a variety of diversity,” Delaney said. Faculty leading the trips emphasize the importance to be prepared when studying abroad, and that can also mean being educationally prepared. “I think after your sophomore year, you have a better idea of what you want to do. You also have a good foundation in terms of vocabulary, geography and history,” said Michelle Randall, a faculty member for a program to Italy. Although beneficial to study abroad, many students don’t take advantage of this opportunity because of their financial situation. “In a perfect world, I’d send everyone somewhere this year,” said Robert Braddock, faculty leader for a program to England. The cost for a three-week trip in England can cost nearly $3,000. The cost for a two-week, Uganda faculty-led program is estimated to cost $5,290 and an 18day program to Japan is estimated at a cost of $3,915. These costs grow larger once University tuition, passport and spending money are factored in to the total cost. Simms recommends that students look into all options for financial help. “Check out scholarships online, programs’ scholarships and local scholarships, “ he said. The University and organizations such as Student Association offer scholarships to students studying abroad. “We get about 60 applicants and give out about 20 scholarships,” said Jordan Garland, a member of Student Association. Monika Dix, a faculty leader for a program to Japan, recommends visiting the Financial Aid and Study Abroad offices to get more information on scholarships. She suggests asking businesses such as Meijer or Dow Chemical Co. about studying abroad scholarships. Groups such as Randall’s are considering fundraisers to help lower the cost of her program.

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Memes over matter

By Chris Oliver

Vanguard Staff Writer

Use of photo-hosting and social networking websites slowing down network, ITS says. Authenticating. Safeconnect. Loading. Three words that SVSU students are all too aware of this semester. Despite efforts put forward by the ITS department, students are still having trouble with the Internet connection provided this year. With more than 2,600 residents on campus, combined with a number of faculty and individuals using the computer labs, bandwidth sharing is a problem that is not unexpected, yet some students are still unhappy with the overall quality. “It cuts out all of the time even after you download the Safeconnect software and then it doesn’t recognize your anti-virus,” said sophomore Chelsea Conroy. “I’ve even had my laptop quarantined before for no reason at all.” Ken Schindler, executive director of ITS, offered answers to some of the issues students are having and also offered insight into why certain PCs get quarantined despite students not violating policy. “The network checks every time you connect and sometimes the system has its hiccups,” Schindler said. “But we have to keep up on this because before we had this system we had a lot of problems with viruses contaminating the network.” In addition to referencing the past problems of the network on campus, Schindler said that “if false positives and hiccups are the biggest problems we have, then I am happy.” Sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and a variety of image hosting sites use a high amount of bandwidth which can result in slower browsing speeds for students on campus. “When it comes to browsing speeds, the network is set up in tiers of priority with faculty machines getting the top tier and sites like YouTube and Facebook being on the bottom,” Schindler said. “It really just depends on when you get on and what you are doing.” What students are doing on the network also has a great impact on the overall speed and quality of the connection. Currently, the amount of bandwidth used by residents is at 75 percent and Netflix accounts for almost 33 percent of the activity used by those living on campus. “When you have as many students as we do watching movies on Netflix and videos on YouTube, it is going to be slow at certain times,” Schindler said. “It’s like a water pipe with only so much water and with

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For students using internet on-campus, an ethernet cable is the safest bet for speed.

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A tale of shared interests By Blake Allen

Vanguard Staff Writer

In Michigan, there are 900 businesses wholly or partially owned by Japanese citizens and 17,000 Japanese residents. “I have been fortunate enough to visit every corner of this wonderful state,” said Kuninori Matsuda, consul general of Japan in Detroit. He began his remarks, which were made during his speech in Malcolm Field Theater last week, by thanking the audience for aiding Japan after the natural disasters it faced this year. “I’d like to express my gratitude from Japan for the outpouring of donations that we received for the earthquake and tsunami,” he said. The lecture was intended to give students and faculty a substantial meaning of how close the Japanese and U.S. markets are linked. Combined, the U.S. and Japan account for 20 percent of the world’s economy, a total of $20 trillion. “Japan and U.S. will continue to be the

leading countries in the new eras to come,” Matsuda said. Between Japan and other countries, the U.S. attracted $40 billion of foreign investment last year. “It was nice to get some perspective on what is happening in Michigan and I never realized how they were so intertwined with U.S. economics,” said Justin Babcock, economics senior. With foreign investment being such a large monetary sum, many view the Transpacific Trade Agreement as an opportunity for more than just the U.S. to grow, but for Michigan to grow its economy. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative website, 27.8 percent of all manufacturing workers in Michigan depend on exports for their jobs, the fifth highest total among the 50 states. Data also shows 95 percent of consumers reside outside our borders. The Asia-Pacific region comprises 40 percent of the global population. “He was very knowledgeable about the economical ties in Michigan, but has

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Drawing on experience By Kaelyn Ward

Vanguard Staff Writer

Graphic design isn’t just about the ability to draw out an idea, but rather to further that idea and to make it your own design for the public. “A minor for students in graphic design such as marketing, communication, professional and technical writing, etc. would be greatly recommended,” said art professor Blake Johnson. Johnson had a slue of jobs in his early years as a designer, working on advertisements for Microsoft, X-Box and Nike. He created posters, banners, websites, murals and cardboard game stands used in stores.

Vanguard photo | Tyler Bradley

Kuninori Matsuda, Japan’s top-ranking diplomat in Michigan, talks about the economic interests shared by the United States and Japan.

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He now works as a graphic design teacher, art advisor, and is even helping his orthodontist with his website. A minor in general business or marketing is usually recommended to have while under the graphic design major. “These classes help me to understand what consumers find most appealing in a product/business,” said Nicole Zwerlein, a graphic design senior who also is pursuing a marketing minor. Some of the minors and even the graphic design classes can help to further graphic design majors’ knowledge of general business etiquette.

Not all disabilities are visible from the outside. Depression can be a serious disability that can inhibit students from performing well in their classes. Dyslexia is a learning disability that can make it difficult for an individual to complete an exam in the time allotted. Students with disabilities who believe they could benefit from in-class accommodations are encouraged to go to the disability services office in 112 Curtiss. Classroom accommodations can be arranged as long as the student can provide a letter from a doctor, social worker or a psychologist. Director Cynthia Woiderski said that the office gives students freedom in how to use the help the office offers. “One of the things a lot of people don’t realize is that the choice to utilize disability services is up to the student,” Woiderski said. After receiving the letter from students, Woiderski then writes a letter that explains the classroom accommodations that are necessary for the student. This letter is for the students’ professors. When students receive Woiderski’s letter, they may give the letter to

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police briefs Police briefs are written according to reports from University Police. These indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily actual incidents. VECHICLE DAMAGE At 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, a vehicle backed into another vehicle in Wickes Circle, causing a large dent on the front side bumper. Both drivers were in the vehicles and exchanged information. At 10:25 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, two vehicles collided on College and Collins Dr. Minor damages were done to both vehicles. FRAUD At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, a female student reported that her refund check was sent to her old address and the occupants cashed it. The case is still under investigation. LARCENY At 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, a SVSU employee found a wallet in Pine Grove and turned it into the police station. The female student claimed her wallet, money and a credit card were missing. The case is under investigation. Between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, a male student’s bike was stolen from the Ryder Center. He admitted it wasn’t locked, but he found it later outside of Living Center Southwest. Between Friday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 2, a bike was stolen from University Village. It was later found. TRAFFIC STOP At 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, a vehicle was pulled over for no headlights in Wickes Circle. When the officer ran the male student’s license it was a temporary instructor permit and the driver was issued a citation. Operating While Intoxicated At 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, a vehicle failed to dim its headlights on Pierce Road and had no rearview mirror so an officer made a traffic stop. The officer could smell alcohol on the female student’s breath and she failed her sobriety tests. The 20-year-old female was arrested for drunken driving. SUSPICIOUS SITUATION At 3:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, female students from Living Center South were concerned about their missing roommate after she was not in her room. They were concerned because she had met a guy online from out of state and he came to visit. When he arrived she refused to let him in and wouldn’t open the door. The roommates went to lunch with him and discovered the reason why she wouldn’t talk to him: she had sent pictures to him but they were not her. After lunch the roommates went back to their room and she was gone. They were afraid for her safety but campus police contacted her and she said she had gone on a walk. The male apologized and flew home. At 12 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, a female student reported that her and her ex-husband both attend SVSU and she wanted them to be aware that she has a PPO against him. Minor In Possession At 7:56 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, a male student was puking on the dance team’s equipment so he was removed from the football stadium. He was determined underage and given a citation. His friends drove him home. On Saturday, Oct. 1, a male ex-student arrived at the dance intoxicated and was refused admittance. He received a minor in possession. At 1 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, a resident assistance reported a very loud party in the First Year Suites. When officers arrived some students ran out of the room and five remained. They received NTA’s and it was turned over to student conduct. At 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, an officer on foot patrol saw two people in a vehicle in J-4 lot smoking and a lighter that kept being lit. When the officer approached the vehicle he smelled marijuana. The 18-year-old male students got out of the car and gave the officer their marijuana. The case is being handled internally. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, officers noticed a male subject aggressively approach another male. The officer made contact with the males and they admitted that they had an encounter in the bathroom and pushed each other. Both were drinking so the 18 year-old male received a minor in possession. At 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, a resident assistant and the resident director from University Village reported a marijuana odor. A female resident reported to them that her sister who was at her apartment thinks her roommates are smoking marijuana. The sister has asthma. Officers made contact with the roommate and she admitted smoking with four others. Officers identified two but she refused to turn in the other two. She gave the officer her pipe and the case was turned over to Student Conduct.

Internet continued from A1 other pipes going off from it. You’re going to run out of water pressure with so many outlets.” Browsing speed and the failure of certain websites to load were also issues brought up by students. “Most of the time it’s horribly slow and sites like Mediafire and 4Shared won’t even load,” said sophomore Kamry Crooks. “We are adults, and I don’t think certain sites should be blocked from the network.”

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Design continued from A1 “In my class, introduction to graphic design, I help to teach my students to learn how to ‘sell’ their work, which means to explain why they chose their work and why they chose that work to show to the class,” said Johnson. “Besides having a related minor to go with a graphic design major, knowing what classes to take within those programs and who to talk to about those classes can help students graduate on time.” Lauren Cross, a graphic design junior, said that speaking with the department chair was beneficial for her. “I spoke to the department chair Hideki Kihata, who was able to give me some constructive advice on how to make the best of my time here.”

Despite students’ claims that the University blocks certain content, Schindler said it’s not so. “This is an adult institution and we don’t block websites from students,” said Schindler. “There is a filter that blocks peer-to-peer file sharing which will catch sites that engage in that sort of thing, so if that’s what you are doing, you’re going to be blocked.” Another option SVSU students have at their disposal is paying for their own Internet connection right in their dormitories. The University and Charter offer the service at a

discounted price and students can sign up on the University website. Senior Chuck Hutchins said that he has plenty of interest in paying extra for his own personal connection. “I paid for a similar service when I went to Oakland University and it was great then,” said Hutchins. “Plus, signing up right through SVSU’s page is very convenient.” In the dorms, students also have the option of connecting their computers directly to the network with an ethernet cable. “I always have mine plugged in when I’m in my

room,” Hutchins said. “It’s just flat out more reliable.” Schindler agreed that having the wired connection would be a faster and more reliable way to connect. “With wireless, you don’t know how many walls or ceilings your signal is going through and you don’t know how many students are sharing that antenna with you,” he said. “With the wired connection, you have 100 mbs all to yourself, so naturally, it’s going to be better.” For news and updates regarding the network, students can check out the ITS page at

Lauren Delzeith, political science junior. Michigan ties have always been strong with Japan, especially on the frontier of agriculture. Matsuda said, “Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan recently visited Tokyo to try

to strengthen those ties in the exact areas of agriculture and rural development.” Matsuda concluded his speech by encouraging students who are interested in working with Japanese companies, or living in Japan to take a course in Japanese. This will better

allow you to communicate with those you do business with, he noted. “There is already a foundation in Michigan today we have to figure out how to use those foundations and support them now,” he said.

Cross said that the classes were competitive when it was time to register, especially especially as a transfer student. “Many of the classes I needed were full and I had to wait until they actually started, and people dropped, in order sign up for them,” she said. Zwerlein said that she had similar feelings. “In the end, it’s all about how many credits you have and when your registration time is scheduled for,” she said. “I don’t think I’m alone when I say that registering for classes is very frustrating.” While some students may consider graduate school immediately after receiving their BA in graphic design, Johnson said that students should consider something else. He said that graduate school is difficult to get into and even harder to go back for

if later in life. “The best thing for a graphic design major, in my opinion, is to not do it,” he said. “An employer would be looking more towards a BA in graphic design, especially if just starting out; it would be too much schooling for an intro job.” For a newly graduated graphic design major, he said that there is great competition within the job market. ”Jobs are hard to come by, especially when you look at the economy now, but there are many different jobs that students can go into under the design area,” Johnson said. Graphic design majors can take their skills into fields other than the ones generally associated with that particular program. “There is a wide range of jobs that are available to students just coming out into

the job market world,” Johnson said. He said that some jobs that include logos, typography, poster and web design, etc. that is open to any designers. And there is even the chance for some designers, after being in the field for so long to become an art advisor, and to even teach to the new designers just coming out.” Johnson said that the work students put in during college is important when it comes to looking for a job. “Some great advice that students should keep in mind is that what they create in school is what will be included within their portfolios, and that is what employers look at the most,” he said. He also emphasized the importance of keeping up with deadlines to prepare for the “real world deadlines” in jobs.

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Services continued from A1 their professors one semester but refrain from using it the next. It all depends on how they feel they need to utilize the offices’ accommodations. The letter explains what accommodations the student needs and does not disclose the disability, saving students from any possible embarrassment. Some accommodations include: extended time to take a test, having the questions read out loud to them, or taking the test in a quiet room. Sign language interpreters can be assigned if needed. Students may even be allowed to record lectures. Software programs are also available to help students. For example, there are software programs available to students with learning disabilities that help them dictate and organize papers. Electronic planners are another helpful resource that can be used. Special housing arrangements can also be made, if necessary. Woiderski said that some students benefit from using a device known as an Echo Smartpen. This pen records the lecture while it video records notes the student takes. They can tap a section of their notes and the audio from a specific note will play. This way, the individual doesn’t miss essential information that was discussed in class. “This pen was not designed for people with disabilities, but it is an awesome way for them to be able to take notes all by themselves,” Woiderski said. Although a student is never required to reveal their disability to anyone and all information is kept confidential, Woiderski said that she believes that some students are still hesitant to come to the office and get help. “It is not uncommon for me to run into somebody with a physical disability that has not registered in my office,” she said. Woiderski said that many of her referrals come from faculty. Professors may see a student struggling and recommend disability services. It is up to individuals to decide whether they need the services. Woiderski said that she believes privacy and pride are the major reasons why individuals choose to try and manage on their own. Students feel that others will find out about their disability if they seek out assistance but want to remain independent. Kathleen Chantaca, the administrative secretary for student counseling and disability services, said that there is no shame in getting help. “Not everybody has the same learning technique,” she said. “Our office is just necessary for some students who have a disability to succeed.” Chantaca wants students to be assured that all information is kept private. She said that anyone who thinks they may qualify should not hesitate to stop in the office. “This office is here to help students succeed with whatever accommodation we can offer,” she said. Although there may be students who are hesitant to register, more students each year are seeking out the help they need. During the past three years, there has been a 20 to 28 percent increase in the number of new students using the services. “Students with disabilities are students first,” Woiderski said.

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To finance college, loans can give options Slowing us down: By Brandon Cadotte Vanguard Staff Writer

If you have exhausted your federal financial aid options, it may be time to consider a private student loan. Private student loans are a financing option that can help cover additional costs that are not covered by federal financial aid, scholarships or grants. Private loans can be used to cover tuition in addition to housing, textbooks, fees, supplies and most things that are being used for your education. Unlike Federal Stafford Loans, which have varying limits based on what year of school you are in, private loans can cover up to 100 percent of your cost of attendance. Private student loans do not require the competition of the FAFSA, but do however require a credit check and sometimes a cosigner, depending on the credit history of the student. In addition, instead of a fixed rate of 3.4 percent for subsidized, or 6.8 percent for unsubsidized Stafford Loans, most private loans have a variable APR that is based on the Prime or LIBOR rates, plus

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a certain percentage depending on the student’s and co-signer credit score. Like Federal Stafford Loans, most private loans offer payment deferment until after graduation and different repayment terms to fit the needs of the student. These are some private loan options that are available to consider: Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan offers no payments during school, online application with a quick credit decision, choose between fixed or variable interest rate and no application, origination or early repayment fees. This loan’s variable rate starts at 3.40 percent APR as of May 1, 2011. Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan offers no origination or prepayment fees, online application with quick credit results, a rewards program for on-time monthly payments and insurance that covers up to $5,000 of tuition lost due to a covered medical withdrawal. This loan has rates ranging from 2.25 percent to 9.11 percent APR as of May 11, 2011.

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Journalist enlightens with captivity narrative By Tyler Bradley

Vanguard Staff Writer

Vanguard photo | Tyler Bradley

Amanda Lindhout, a freelance journalist, speaks about her captivity experience in Somalia.

Amanda Lindhout was held captive for 460 days in Somalia. Last Monday, Lindhout, a Canadian freelance journalist, discussed her work to help better civilian life in Somalia. She said that through her captivity, she realized how misfortunate the country had become. Lindhout is a speaker of the 2011 Fall Focus Decision and Destiny lecture series, sponsored by the Dow Visiting Scholars program. At 26, she had been to 50 countries and had made plans to visit Somalia. “It was the people’s stories that motivated me to keep going, which motivated me to take a brief career in journalism,” Lindhout said. She said that the United Nations declared it as “undergoing famine.” Somalia has no functioning government. “I remember my country as being beautiful,” Amina Ali, a native Somalian said. Ali, who attended the event, had departed from Somalia to America in 1986. On Aug. 20, 2008, Lindhout and her photojournalist friend, Nigel Brennan, boarded a small plane to Somalia for a week-long trip to a world food center and displacement camp. “From the sky, Somalia looked like paradise,” Lindhout said. After visiting the food center and on route to the displacement camp, three days into the visit, a group of teenage men stopped their vehicle. “I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t take as many precautions as I should have,” Lindhout said. The teenagers had taken Lindhout and Brennan into captivity and their commander contacted their families, asking a $2 million ransom for each. Lindhout was later kept in what she called the “Dark House.” Here she conceived the idea of starting the organization

Netflix, YouTube By Blake Allen

Vanguard Staff Writer

Concerns for University President Eric Gilbertson were few and far between during the latest President’s Forum held Wed. Oct. 5. The only concern brought to his attention was the slow Internet connection around campus and how student sometimes find it hard to surf the net. “We provide Internet for academic work, and sites such as YouTube and Netflix are not the primary purpose for the Internet we provide,” he said. “We would like to provide such services to everyone, but the truth is, we must first provide to our purpose before we can expand.” At the current bandwidth, SVSU is split with 25 percent of the connection going to academic sites and 75 percent going to popular sites such as the ones above. From that 75 percent, it can be broken down into 32 percent for Netflix; 25 percent for YouTube; 21 percent for flash videos; and high definition that uses five to eight more times more usage per connection. “We could always expand our bandwidth, but that would cost the students extra money, in which we don’t think would be in the University’s or students’ best interest,” Gilbertson said.

Open-mic event brings new talent

Joey Oliver is a Vanguard Staff Writer and aspiring comedian who performed at, and wrote about, this event. Reach him at

Singers, instrumentalists and comedians perform each month at the Coffee House Series. The series is held in the Rotunda in front of Papa John’s and the Student Life Center. Last week was the first event for the fall semester. It comprises of a group of dedicated and talented performers. The Coffee House Program is held once a month, but is now being held more often off the SVSU campus. The program is in its sixth year. Tony Cianciolo, a history and secondary education major is hosting this year. “[My] favorite aspect of the show is probably getting as many students to participate and not be afraid to show off their talents,” Cianciolo said. “I also [like] seeing how brave all of them are, everyone should do it!” Will Wood was a participant this year and the opening performer. Wood has played for every series event since the fall semester of last year. “I did every single one last year and the one we met at this year,” said Wood, a psychology junior. “I’m excited to keep doing it and hopefully get more involved in top secret and exciting ways,” he said. The event always has some exciting new people who are performing for the first time. For those who return each month to perform, they enjoy the new things performers bring to entertain the audience. “My favorite part of performing at this most recent show was how everyone was on board with the wolf howl,” Wood said. “There’s something special about making a room full of people howl like wolves along with a song you wrote.” If you want to learn more or sign up, find the program on Facebook. The upcoming shows at SVSU are Tuesday, Oct. 18; Monday, Oct. 31; Tuesday, Nov. 11; and Monday, Dec. 5. If you are looking for a reason to join or a way to get over the anxiety of performing, you need to conquer your fears. “Do it. Don’t be afraid. Just get out there and give it all you got, that’s what I would say,” Cianciolo said. “Even if you totally screw up a joke or forget a lyric, you’ll still get a standing ovation from me for just getting up there,” he said. Wood said that for anyone to continuously get up in front of people and perform, he or she needs to be able to just have fun. “If you feel like you bomb[ed], no one will care in two weeks and probably even the next day,” Wood said. “Have fun, and remember that’s what ‘playing’ meant as a little kid. Just do it.”


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The Vanguard Vision |

New business world requires experience with other cultures


his week, we have two stories about international relations through business and through education. The ties between Japan and Michigan, especially in Saginaw, as well as the opportunity to study abroad, open up some major opportunities for students in their future careers. The United States and Michigan are changing. Quite simply, we are no longer the center of business. The days of manufacturing and auto jobs that made our state are fondly remembered by older generations, but they are just that — a memory. The attitude about America being the center of the business world is fading fast. Now, we have to rely on business and exports from other countries to be successful and to have good economic standing. With Michigan and with Saginaw, there is a business tie with Japan and investments from them as well. We’re sure that some from the older generation wouldn’t expect one of our strongest business partners to be the country on which we were dropping the atomic bomb nearly 70 years ago. The world is becoming more connected through business whether people agree or disagree about its

The issue - We have articles this week about the importance of studying abroad and international business ties. Our position - Students must take the step and learn how to function in an international business world in order to be successful. benefits. While there will always be critics about the negative effects of globalization, there will also be people who praise the change. Despite this, the shift is happening and we can’t stop it. But this shift in the center of business can present a problem. How can we as students compete in a global business setting? We believe that the answer is to learn about other cultures and to interact with the people in them. It’s difficult to have business dealings without having an understanding about who is on the other end. SVSU offers study abroad opportunities that last anywhere from a few weeks to a full school year and we encourage our readers to look at some of these opportunities. Studying abroad can be expensive, but we believe it to be a worthwhile

investment. There are scholarships available not only from SVSU, but also from businesses in the area such as Meijer and Dow Chemical Co. The only way that we will be able to compete in this changing world is to have experience abroad and to be knowledgable about other cultures and languages. We believe that studying abroad is a great option, but we’d also encourage people to travel abroad and experience another culture firsthand. Traveling abroad is expensive, but it is doable. The rewards of it will be more beneficial than we can say. We believe that these opportunities will not only give graduates an edge on their resumes, but can inspire ideas to create something new, to encourage entrepreneurs to take the chance on those ideas and, hopefully, create a successful business.

Editorial Board, October 2011- November 2011

Permanent members

Meeting times

Toni Boger, editor-in-chief Brian Hlavaty, adviser

Editorial board meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday during the fall and winter semesters.

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SA president calls for respect, compromise on alcohol policy

Editorial Cartoon Rashad Baiyasi is a physics and chemistry junior and the Vanguard’s cartoonist. Reach him at

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Robots that know your debt?


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n the future, all debt collection may be managed by robots, but for now, they’ll likely be limited to calling your cell phone. The deficit-reduction plan President Obama submitted to Congress includes a recommendation to change the way debt collection agencies contact those who owe the federal government for all kinds of services, including student loans. The proposed legislation has graduates overwhelmed by debt concerned about maintaining privacy and preventing harassment. According to AP Special Correspondent David Espo, the proposal is to allow private debt collectors to place robo-calls to the cell phones of people owing money to the federal government. The goal of the recommendation is to keep up with the times. The proposal recognizes the fact that many people now choose to own a cell phone and not a landline phone, a point White House press secretary Jay Carney recently made to reporters. In other words, collection calls will no longer be deleted from answering machines – they’ll be deleted from voicemail. In the run up to the 2008 election, Obama’s prerecorded voice came to college students through robo-call campaign messages reminding them to vote. Will some of these voters, now graduates with delinquent debt payments, hear the automated Obama voice on the phone once again, this time with a reminder to pay? Will they care about the calls at election time?

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Proponents of the president’s recommendation say the calls would allow people to get the debt help they need sooner and to set up revised payment plans. The critics argue that no amount of calls will help the many people still in debt for student loans and still looking for jobs in the fields they trained for. At a glance, this reform represents the kind of inefficiency and outdated thinking we’ve come to expect from our government. Young White House interns should tweet the president that robo-calls are so 1990s, and if he really wants to get the attention of grads in debt, he should demand robots send text messages instead. Technological oversights aside, robo-calls to cell phones have a good possibility of recouping debt to the government. According to the AP, a report from the Treasury Department’s Financial Management Service shows the Education Department held $28.8 billion in debt in 2010. Of this amount owed, only $685 million was collected. Leading up to the 2012 presidential race, candidate Obama has to show voters progress in the fight against looming budget deficits. Taxpayers are acutely aware of federal spending controversies, accusations of government waste and debates on policies affecting business growth. Whomever Obama’s Republican opponent may be in the coming election, criticism is sure to include the president’s handling of government debt and the struggling economy. Robo-calls may the

most annoying invention of 20th century, but collection agencies would not waste time and resources placing these kinds of calls to home phones if they didn’t affect the bottom line. The government already outsources debt collection to private agencies, and they receive a portion of the funds they collect for the government. This may not be the kind of government and private sector cooperation voters had in mind, but it’s proven mutually beneficial. In the long run, it’s the precedent that matters when it comes to robo-calling cell phones. The proposed change in law means collection agencies could use cell phone robo-calls for pursuing public debts and not private debts. These collection agencies are right to question why the White House recommends a double standard. Once the government takes a step down this path, it may not take long to see the cellphone robo-call policy extended to the collection of private debt as well. President Obama’s recommendation brings a proven strategy from the private sector and brings it to the public sector. In reality, it’s a smart financial move for the president, just the sort of problem solving the American people would like to see. However, robo-calls for college loan debts are not likely to get a mention during his campaign for a second term, and voters will likely have forgotten the issue by the time the election nears.

A man once said, “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.” This quote reminds me of just how hard it is to keep going sometimes. We can break it down any way we like, but we are human. The important thing is to keep moving forward. Ask yourself, what have I done today to meet the goals I have set for tomorrow? As your Student Association president, I ask myself this every morning: What am I doing today to ensure our voice as students is being heard? I talk about success and goal setting because as your president, I have made it my goal to ensure the issues you care about are being addressed. A big issue I have been discussing with students is the new alcohol policy. I am speaking on behalf of my own beliefs, which are shared by many concerned students I have talked with. But first, it must be made absolutely clear that my opinion in no way, shape or form represents the beliefs of Student Association. The new alcohol policy has come under fire and I can understand why. The limitations seem to be a controversial subject. Under the current policy, on-campus residents who are of age can keep a maximum of 12 beers in their residence. I would like to see that number increased to at least 30 beers. It is important to look at the issue from all angles. With the alcohol policy, one must understand the administration’s point of view. I understand the reasoning behind the strict limitations for residents, but I feel that there are other solutions. President Gilbertson and the administration have the best of intentions with the safety and well being of students. We are often supportive of policies put in place to keep students safe. But I disagree on certain measures because I don’t see how they keep students safer. When students are in disagreement with a policy put in place by the University, it is imperative that campus leaders like the Student Association president remain professional and respectful. Students and the administration aren’t going to agree on everything all the time. By asking questions first and seeking compromise, students can create positive, concrete change to the University we all call home. The Administration has a tough and challenging job to do. Let’s promote constructive, positive discussions and not negative, name calling rants. Ted Goodman President, SVSU Student Association

Letter to the editor: Occupy Wall Street comes to Saginaw On Wednesday, Oct. 19, there will be a protest in front of the Bank of America office on Bay Road in the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The protest will start around 10 a.m. and will last as long as people are willing to stay. We will be meeting in the amphitheater by the bell tower in front of Curtiss Hall. This protest is to show our support and solidarity with the movement in New York City as well as the ones springing up all over the nation. It is also meant to send a message to Wall Street and the banks that we aren’t going to take it anymore. For the last 30 years, working class Americans have seen their money and dreams slowly evaporate while the executives that WE bailed out continue to take home exorbitant bonuses, engage in business practices that brought us to the brink of another depression, ruined the welfare of millions of Americans and then donated millions of dollars to the campaigns of politicians who would not only permit this behavior, but encourage it. For the last 30 years, Americans have seen wealth inequality begin to slowly creep up, until now the richest 400 Americans (just 1%) own over 40% of the entire wealth in the country – more than the bottom 150 MILLION Americans combined. And that figure is showing no signs of slowing down. As middle and working class families struggle to make ends meet, the richest continue to protest the increasing cries for them to pay their fair share (even though nearly 3 out of 4 Americans think they should). If any of these numbers upset you or make you want to do something, please join us next Wednesday as we make our voices heard and speak out against corporate greed We are the 99%. We will not be ignored. Jeremy Killion History junior

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Comments show consequences in freedom of speech

Losing Steve Jobs and losing our minds


ast week’s Monday Night Football matchup was the first in more than 20 years that was kicked off without the infamous, “Are you ready for some football?” song played by Hank Williams, Jr. Following comments Williams made on Fox News’ program “Fox & Friends,” ESPN decided to end its relationship with the country singer. While many cited ESPN’s firing of Williams as being in violation of his First Amendment rights, it appears that most people do not understand the difference between freedom of speech and the consequences of this freedom. The First Amendment of the Constitution essentially states that the United States government cannot punish you for your words or restrict you from your freedom of speech. However, this freedom does not automatically grant freedom from consequences and freedom from the public opinion on the matter. The First Amendment does not restrict how the public or any non-government entity will view someone’s words. On “Fox & Friends,” Williams made the ultimate mistake of using a “Hitler reference.” He compared Republican House Speaker John Boehner playing golf with President Barack Obama as being like Adolf Hitler playing golf with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also referred to Obama and Democrats in general as, “the enemy.” Obviously, this statement was bound to have consequences. While Williams cannot be imprisoned or fined for his opinion and his comparison, he must face the music when it comes to his employer. ESPN, not wanting to be associated with this sort of political

Chris Oliver is a PTW and history sophomore and a Vanguard Staff Writer. Reach him at cgoliver@ comparison, swiftly ended their partnership with Williams and had every right to do so. People and celebrities, in particular, are allowed to say what they want. However, it is not a First Amendment violation for fans to dislike what they say or for an employer to discipline them for their words. When you represent a company or a brand, you must understand that your actions and words are a reflection of that company and thus any negative publicity will come with some backlash. Furthermore, celebrities have a platform from which their words reach many in the public. While this may seem like a great power, we all know that with great power, comes great responsibility. Someone with fame, who is well known, is going to have a heavier word than the guy on the street corner. They are also held more accountable for their words because they have a much larger audience in which criticism can come from. Some also say that Williams was merely playing to his audience of primarily right-wing, conservative Americans. This is obvious as the actions taken by ESPN have been criticized heavily by fans of both Williams and “Fox & Friends.” He was well received by his target audience, but unfortunately

for Williams, they weren’t the only people listening. Of course, the same audience that backs Williams and is shouting out at ESPN had a very different reaction when it came to a 2005 incident in London involving country music stars the Dixie Chicks. Natalie Maines made a reference about President George W. Bush as not being a great representative of the country and especially of Texas, Natalie’s home state. The same conservative, rightwing audience took the opportunity to jump on the country band for insulting the president. This stark difference in reactions from those on the right is bad enough to laugh at. It really shows how one’s political affiliation has more to do with their decision making and judgment than critical thinking and assessment. One of the biggest issues I have with any group of people is hypocrisy. You can’t call someone out and call them un-American for insulting the president while, at the same time, supporting a public figure when he compares the president to Hitler. This kind of hypocritical response is both sad and comical. Instead of knee-jerk reactions, people need to think more logically about issues. Furthermore, people should think before they question someone’s loyalty or patriotism for fear of being considered hypocrites. Instead of using logic and critical thinking, people base their opinions and actions upon political affiliation, prejudices and ignorance. Mostly ignorance.


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heard a joke a few days ago that although clever and humorous, holds a truth that strikes deep into the heart of America’s economic issues. It goes something like this: “Ten years ago, we had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now, we’ve got no jobs, no hope and no cash.” The tech industry as well as the business industry lost a visionary and creative genius this past week. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, passed away and left behind a legacy of technological innovations. Jobs was a pioneer of the tech industry and one of the first to develop and shape our ideals of modern personal computing. His imagination and creative thinking paved the way for not only the tech industry, but also for the innovative business culture that drives America. His death has come at a time when we cannot afford to lose a true innovator. Entrepreneurs such as Jobs are the backbone of this country. They are the ones responsible for generating new business, new jobs and more importantly, boosting the economy. It is important that new eager minds take over Jobs’ legacy and begin their own entrepreneurial ventures. It used to be that in the past, one innovative mind could take a chance, become a leader and in the wake of their success, offer many followers a steady job. In today’s economy we can no longer rely on other business leaders and entrepreneurs to generate jobs for everyone else. The Steve Jobs of our time is gone, literally and metaphorically. A paradigm shift must be made to transform the average American from an aimless job seeker to a powerful and innovative job creator. I’ve been reading a book titled “Think” by Michael R. LeGault. In it, he says that the power of critical thinking and logical reasoning are praised over intuition and impulse decision-making.

Patrick Snyder is a CIS senior and a Vanguard Staff Writer. Reach him at One of the most influential realizations I’ve made from this book has been the noticeable decline in the intellectual thought process by a majority of people today. That’s not to say we are all becoming less intelligent, but many of us have a tendency to choose the easy way out or make decisions based on insufficient research and insight. My reasoning for this decline in human intellectual effort is the downturn of the economy and its burden on self-esteem. Everything seems to be in a downward spiral toward the next Great Depression. Many of us are working jobs we don’t like and are being forced to go back to school on someone else’s terms just to make enough money to get by. Why would we ever want to work harder to think about something we don’t even like? Ironically, the only solution to overcoming our lack of creative thought is thinking itself. That thinking doesn’t have to be about your everyday job and your tough college classes. Instead, dig deep and think about something that really matters to you. Go for it, whatever it is. The possibilities are endless if we all think outside of the box every once in a while. Many of Steve Jobs’ accomplishments were made by doing just that: taking the risk and thinking harder and longer about things that no one else was thinking about at the time.


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5. Make sure you have quality sound.

Bechard said that “it’s the other element that sometimes takes the back seat.” He said to go to the locations you want to film and listen. Make sure that there aren’t a lot of airplanes flying overhead or ambulances going by. He also said to avoid filming outside if you can because the sound quality will not be as good.

Directors from the Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival share their secrets on how to make a successful flick.

6. Use good lighting.

Bechard said that there are a lot of “beautiful lights” everywhere to take advantage of. He said to not be afraid to film with a lot of darkness because it reflects real life. He also said to never use fluorescent lights because they won’t look good on the camera.

7. Financing.

“The way to finance is easy,” said Bob Brown, director. “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” is a website that allows filmmakers to post their projects to get funding. Viewers interested in funding will sometimes send money in return for things, such as credits in the film. The site is free. Bechard has used it for his films and suggested offering interesting rewards.

8. Network.

Bechard said that it is really important to make social connections. “Start making connections with people in general, especially to get financing,” said Tiana Matthews, producer. Bechard suggested creating Facebook and Twitter accounts for your film to get people interested. He also said that you should ask people who have seen the movie to rate it on Vanguard photo | Lisa Coffell

Directors of films from Hell’s Half Mile sit on a panel with actors and answer questions.

3. Find a good cast and crew.

By Kirsten McIlvenna Vanguard Staff Writer

This may not be Hollywood, but you can still make your own film. “There’s always something you can do, and it doesn’t matter where you live,” said Shiloh Strong, writer/director/actor. At Bay City’s Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival, independent filmmakers shared the following insight and suggestions for filmmaking at a panel and at a workshop led by writer/director Gorman Bechard:

1. Get a good script.

“You need a good script, it all starts from there,” said Shaun O’Banion, producer. Bechard said that you need to “work with a project you’re in love with.” “Whatever it is, love the piece,” he said.

2. Learn about filmmaking.

Shiloh Strong, said that two good books to read are, “Story,” by Robert McKee, and, “Save the Cat!” by Blake Snyder. Bechard also suggested watching the extras on DVDs. He said that the director and cinematographer commentary can be very helpful.

Rider Strong, writer/director/actor, said that finding a good crew can sometimes be the hardest part of directing a successful film. He suggests looking for talented people who are really interested in the film. “A talented actor can make all the difference in the world,” he said. “Don’t just throw your friends in the movie because they’re there,” Bechard said. “Try to find people who really want to act.” O’Banion said that when you get a good cast, you want to hold onto them because you can trust them to do quality work. Also, a crew doesn’t have to be more than three to four people. Bechard said that the film he is working on right now is just himself and the actress.

4. Buy or borrow a camera.

Bechard said that you can get a quality camera set for $3,000 to $3,500. “It’s really nothing if you consider the quality,” Bechard said. He also said you need two basic lenses, a 30 mm and a 50 mm, and that they cost about $400 to $500 apiece. Bechard also suggested getting a magnifying viewfinder, and, of course, a camera. He said he prefers the Nikon D7000. He said that if you don’t want to spend that much on it, you can buy it, use it and then sell it on for almost as much as you paid for it. You can also borrow equipment from a

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Bechard said that you have to go prepared with plans for sound, lights, camera angles, lunch breaks, etc. He said that one of the most important things when working on an independent film is to feed the cast well because members are probably doing everything for free. He called it one of the most important investments in a film. Bechard said to also see who is a vegetarian or vegan so that everyone has something they can eat. O’Banion also said that you should feed them well. He also said to pick the easiest scene for the first shooting day. “You can torture them later, and you’ll probably have to,” he said.

10. Writing a script.

Beyond reading about how to do it, Tara Miele, writer/ director, said that you need to constantly write to improve. O’Banion said that if you are writing your own script, be sure to get a lot of feedback. “Don’t go to your family; they’ll lie to you,” O’Banion said. Bechard said that you should follow the three-act structure for screen plays. “There is not a film made that doesn’t follow the three- act structure,” he said. Additionally, he said to always make sure you copyright your material before you show it to anyone. “It sounds like the simplest thing, but protect your work,” he said.

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9. Plan ahead for shooting days.

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art briefs Trunk-or-Treat • Beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Athletics will host its annual trunk-or-treat event in the O’Neill Arena of the Ryder Center. Children 12 and under must come with an adult. Free.

Wiley and the Hairy Man • At 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 12 and 13, in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts, the play “Wiley and the Hairy Man” will be playing. Ages five and up. $10 general admission. $7 students and seniors.

National Day on Writing Open Mic and Online Gallery • 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Rotunda, the University Writing Committe is sponsoring an open mic event where students can compete for prizes in poetry, shortshort stories, videos, songs and jokes. There is also a compeition in an online writing gallery. For more info visit Free.

Poet closes Hispanic heritage month with a slam By Tonya Civiello

Vanguard Staff Writer Michael Reyes gave a final hurrah to September’s Hispanic heritage celebration. A group of young Xochiquetzel dancers appeared on stage first. Before Reyes took the stage, young girls danced to traditional Hispanic songs in colorful dresses that flowed with them and to the rhythm, while the young men wore formal, traditional outfits. “Having grown up in California, the dancers reminded me of the festivals in downtown Salinas,” Jacklin Bixler, pre-med freshman said. “It really brought back memories of my Papa and I watching them together.” After the Xochiquetzel dancers, Marlin Jenkins, creative writing and English junior, was welcomed to the stage to show his own form of talent by performing a couple of his own pieces, one of which was called, “Words.” “I was really excited to get the chance to have an audience and get to perform my work,” Jenkins said. “Poetry and performing are both very important to me, and this was the first time I’ve been able to perform slamstyle poetry to that many people. It was a fantastic experience and I hope to have many more like this one.” Slam poetry is a way for poets to express the way they feel in a unique way. Instead of simply reading the poem, they perform it in beats, somewhat similar to a song. Slam poets really get into what they are saying and try to present it in a way that catches the audience’s attention. Once Jenkins was done with

his poems, Reyes came on stage and began sharing his own collection of poems. Reyes recited many pieces, all of which, he said, were “close to his heart,” including a piece entitled, “We Are,” which is a poem about people and their identities. The poem explored the idea that individuals should not be discriminated based on their race, ethnicity, gender or where they come from. “I use poetry as a weapon, as a way of expressing my feelings,” Reyes said. The audience responded to another piece, “Morena de mi Corazon,” with loud clapping and lots of cheering. In the beginning of this poem, he explains that the first color he ever saw in his life was moreno, which is the Spanish word for “brownskinned,” but beneath the surface, it was really a story of his life from when he was just a newborn, up until the time that he wrote the poem. Along with those poems, Reyes recited others, such as, “Man with no Name,” and, “Responses to Those who say: Let’s take it back to the Good old days.” While he did not perform each work of art that he has created, Reyes was still able to express the type of writer he is as well as his beliefs in the 30 minutes that he did perform. Reyes had a knack for giving the written word meaning while using his poetry as a way to show history through different cultures and the way he sees the world. “It is something that takes a lot of hard work, practice and dedication, all of which he was able to show throughout his presentation,” Bixler said.

Writing committee anticipates upcoming competition By Kirsten McIlvenna and Lisa Coffell Vanguard Staff Writers

The word on the street is that words can win you cash. The University writing committee will host the third annual celebration of the National Day on Writing on Thursday, Oct. 20. Events include an open mic and an online gallery where students can win money for their writing, as well as a guest speaker who will talk about her blog. “Overall, the NDoW events encourage, showcase and award student writing in a variety of venues,” said Debra Wagner, assistant professor of nursing and chair of the writing committee.

Open Mic

The open mic event allows students to share their writing for a chance to win a $75 prize in five categories: songs, short-short stories, YouTube videos (to be brought on a flash drive), poetry and jokes/humor. Events start at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Rotunda. Pizza from Papa John’s Pizza will be provided. Amy Hlavacek, associate professor of mathematics, said the purpose of the event is partly to show students that “writing isn’t just for traditional writing.” She said they created the categories as ways to help students become more creative with their writing. “The one that everybody loves is songs,” Hlavacek said. “It’s based on the music they write, but they can help it along with performing,

which they always do.” Hlavacek said in the past, many students were drawn in when walking by. “They would say, ‘Oh, I have a video,’ or, ‘I have a joke,’ and they would sign up on the spot,” she said. “They walked in and did a great job.” She said this is probably because the event is in the Rotunda, where there is a lot of student traffic. “What I really like is that the students are really supportive of each other. Of course they all want to win, but they’re all cheering each other on and things like that,” Hlavacek said. “There’s a lot of camaraderie.” For more information and judging guidelines, visit

Online Gallery

The online gallery is open to students and faculty to submit their writing for a chance at winning a prize of $75. There will be two prizes given to students, as well as one prize for faculty and one for staff. Deborah Smith, associate professor of teacher education, said the judges are mostly looking for creative writing submissions. “I don’t want anybody’s term paper,” she said. “I know that you write some wonderful research papers for classes, but that’s not really what this event is for.” Smith said submitting is a very easy process. There are instructions on the event’s website, Smith said there haven’t been many online submissions in the past, but they really hope to have more this year.

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Michael Reyes performs a piece of his slam poetry last Thursday night. Slam poetry is a type of performance poetry, where the words are not simply read from the page, but performed more like a rap song.

‘Woodwerk,’ ‘Archana’ promise no auto-tune, pig squeals at all-acoustic show By Molly Young

Vanguard A&E Editor Will Wood, psychology senior, will perform songs from his most recent album, “Woodwerk,” at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Kaya Coffee House. Local band, Archana, from Midland, will perform at 9:30 p.m. The coffee house is located at 1029 South University in Mount Pleasant. Wood characterizes his music as pop rock or electroacoustic. The show Wednesday night, however, will feature only acoustic music. Wood wrote his first song, “I’m With You,” when he was 8 years old to honor his then recently deceased grandfather. While some of his lyrics still come from the inner depths of vivid emotions he feels most people can relate to, Wood also seeks inspiration from popular bands in the pop-punk genre, such as Blink-182. Other inspirations include Bright Eyes and MGMT, he said. Wood began working on his “Woodwerk” album when he was 17. “The common motif for the album is the things that keep you awake at night,” Wood said. The second band to perform on Wednesday, Archana, promises on their Facebook page to offer a refreshing, exciting and even surprising musical experience free of auto-tune, bass drops and pig squeals.

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A bit predictable, but good for all ages Beth Erbacher is an English senior and a Vanguard staff writer. Reach her at

Dolphin Tale Director: Charles martin smith Starring: Harry Connick, jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman Rated: PG Runtime: 113 minutes

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Just as its advertisement suggests, Dolphin Tale is heart-warming and family friendly film. It is based on the true story of Winter, a dolphin rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium who loses her tail. The movie focuses on Sawyer Nelson, the 11-year old boy who found Winter and cut her out of the crab trap in which she had been tangled and washed onshore. The movie opens with Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) attending summer school due to his failing grades. He is an extremely introverted boy with few friends who never seems to take interest in anything. However, that all changes when he helps rescue Winter. He begins to spend all of his time with her, helping nurse her back to health, especially once the Clearwater rescue team— led by Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.), his daughter Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), and Clay’s

father Reed (Kris Kristopherson) — discovers Winter’s special connection to Sawyer. After Winter loses her tail, Sawyer enlists the assistance of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman), a prosthetic specialist, who is moved by Winter’s story and agrees to make her a prosthetic tail. However, Winter rejects the prosthetic because of the uncomfortable nature of the sleeve used to attach it. McCarthy then formulates a new, more-comfortable gel for her that is still used in prosthetics to this day. By the end of the movie, it appears everyone’s hearts have been touched by Winter and her story. The tale is somewhat predictable, but it is also moving. It is a story of overcoming obstacles despite the overwhelming odds. The plot mainly follows Winter as she learns to adapt first to her lack of a tail and then to her prosthetic tail. There are also some other

side stories, such as the relationships between Sawyer, his mom and his cousin Kyle, and the financial plight of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The acting is believable and gives the movie its genuine feel. Even the real Winter plays herself in the movie. Because of this, and the fact that the movie was filmed on location, there was little need for extra special effects. The music serves to enhance the tugging at audience members’ heartstrings. It flows well with the story even during the moments where it is simply shots of Sawyer swimming with Winter. The story conveys its message and for the most part is able to avoid obnoxious clichés. It comes across as sweet, rather than cheesy, and even handles its comedic aspects well. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the movie and appreciate its values.

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sports Overtime field goal seals 44-41 win briefs Football

By Justin Brouckaert Vanguard Sports editor

In a high-scoring game that featured explosive offensive plays by both teams, it was the SVSU defense that stepped up and made a play when it counted most. In the first possession of overtime in Saturday’s game, junior linebacker Grant Caserta stepped in front of Michigan Tech quarterback Tyler Scarlett’s third-down pass for the team’s first interception of the year. “I was dropping back in my seam and saw the quarterback looking out to the slot,” Caserta said. “He threw it out there, and I just reached out and grabbed it.” Caserta’s interception gave the SVSU offense a chance to win the game, and, six plays later, freshman kicker Scott Stanford kicked his third field goal of the day to clinch the 44-41 win over a division rival that was ranked by as the number 21 team in the nation. “We pulled out a big win,” said sophomore quarterback Jonathon Jennings. “It was really satisfying to make that long drive and end up with a victory.” The 44 points scored by SVSU is a season high for the team and a season high in points allowed for the Huskies, whose highly touted defense was ranked

Football •Saturday @ Indianapolis, 6 p.m. , Indianapolis

Men’s Soccer •Friday @ Lake Erie, 7:30 p.m. , Painesville, OH •Sunday @ Ashland, 3:30 p.m., Ashland, OH

Women’s Soccer •Friday @ Lake Erie, 5:30 p.m. , Painesville, OH •Sunday @ Ashland, 1 p.m., Ashland, OH

Volleyball •Friday @ Missouri. - St. Louis, TBA, Aurora, Ill. •Saturday @ Southern Indiana, TBA, Aurora, Ill.

seventh in the nation coming into the game, allowing only 260 yards per contest. Sophomore quarterback Jonathon Jennings led the Cardinals to 467 total yards on the day against the Huskies, and after coming into the game tied for the lead in the GLIAC North with Michigan Tech, the Cardinals regained their place at the top of the division. SVSU got out to a hot start offensively, putting up 24 points in the first half on a Michigan Tech defense that had allowed only 32 points in the first half all season. Jennings finished with 327 yards and four touchdowns through the air on 19 for 27 passing. He also added 38 yards and a touchdown on the ground. “We have so many weapons on offense,” Jennings said. “We really just exploited all types of holes in the defense.” Jennings hit seven different receivers in the game and was successful with the long ball, as two of his touchdown passes, a 49-yarder to junior tight end Zach Cecich and a 70-yarder to sophomore wide receiver Jeff Janis, went for more than 45 yards. “The deep ball was a big part of our game because they tried to shut down the run,” Jennings said. “Jeff Janis is a great target because you really can’t out-throw him; he’s so fast and so strong and he always manages to get into the endzone. Zach Cecich is a big target as well.

“Big plays are a big key to the game.” Senior wideout Nick Gallina also had another good game, leading the Cardinals receiving corps with 84 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals led 31-21 going into the fourth quarter, but the Huskies put up 20 points in 15 minutes to force overtime. With 28 seconds remaining in the game, Stanford capped off a 77-yard drive with his second field goal of the night, putting SVSU up 41-38 and ostensibly sealing the victory. But in a game that featured more than its share of plot twists and theatrics, Michigan Tech answered back right away on a 42-yard pass play. The SVSU defense was able to hold them to the field goal that sent the game into overtime. “We gave up a lot of yards and a lot points, but toward the end of the game, when we needed a couple of stops, we got them,” Caserta said. With the win, SVSU improves to 4-1 overall and in the GLIAC; Michigan Tech falls to 4-2 overall, 3-2 in the GLIAC. The Cardinals are back in action Saturday, Oct. 15, at Indianapolis for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Men’s Rugby

Tennis •Thursday vs. Hillsdale, 2 p.m., University Center •Friday @ Tiffin, 1 p.m., Tiffin, OH

Hockey •Friday vs. University of MichiganDearborn, 9 p.m., Saginaw Bay Ice Arena

Bowling •Friday @ Orange & Black Classic, TBA, Beavercreek, OH •Saturday @ Orange & Black Classic, TBA, Beavercreek, OH

Women’s Rugby •Sunday @ Wayne State, TBA., Detroit

Men’s Club Soccer •Friday vs. Mid Michigan Community College, 2 p.m., University Center •Saturday vs. University of Michigan-Flint, 5 p.m., Flint •Sunday @ Oakland University, 5 p.m., Rochester

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The SVSU men’s rugby team celebrates under the lights at Wickes Stadium after winnng the inaugural “Battle for the Bootie” against Oakland University.

Ruggers take home bootie in epic victory under the lights

Women’s Club Soccer

By Lisa Coffell

•Friday vs. Mid Michigan Community College, 5 p.m., University Center •Sunday vs. University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2 p.m.,University Center

Vanguard Staff Writer For the first time, the SVSU men’s rugby team found itself under the lights at Wickes Stadium. SVSU took the turf on Friday to face off against the Oakland Grizzlies for the first ever “Battle of the Bootie.” The “Battle of the Bootie” is a trophy match that SVSU developed after finding a baby’s bootie one day. After turning this bootie into a trophy, the Cardinals chose Oakland University as an opponent, rescheduling an already planned game to play under the lights at Wickes Stadium. “We’re good friends with Oakland,” said senior history major Michael Brennan. “There are a lot of good guys over there, and we just want to have a good time and make it a big event.” In rugby, teams play two continuous 40-minute halves. The scoring in rugby is similar to football and the movement is like soccer. The big difference is subbing. Once a player leaves the field, he cannot come back on unless there is an injury. Teams get five points for scoring, three points for a

Corrections • In a photgraph published in the Oct. 3 issue of the Vanguard, an SVSU football player was mistakenly identified as junior safety Jeff Heath. The player was sophomore defensive back DeAngelo Parris.

penalty or drop kick and two points for a conversion. In this epic event, the Cardinals jumped to an early 7-0 lead. The Grizzlies answered when they tied the game about halfway through the first half. They pulled past the Cardinals, ending the half with a 15-7 lead. The Cardinals returned from the half with a new intensity and scored 40 unanswered points. Players said that this intensity was due to fans in attendance. “We really liked our crowd support today,” said criminal justice junior Corbin Oldenburg. “We could actually hear them out on the field, which is kind of rare in our sport since it’s so unknown to everybody.” Due to team effort and crowd support, the Cardinals blew past the Grizzlies. The final score was 47-15. “It was magical to have the opportunity to play out under the lights at Saginaw Valley in such a nice stadium,” said Oldenburg. The men said that the match important for many reasons, not just because they got the win. “It’s not about individual success, it’s about the team and the sport,” said Ken Renno, a senior mathematics and accounting major. Since the founding of SVSU’s men’s rugby team in

2008, the team has had a successful record each year. Last year, the team finished their season with 7-1 record, and this year they are 5-1. “We’re a division three team, and our only losses are to division two teams,” Brennan said. “We lost to Central (Michigan University) this year. They have 60 guys and we only have 25.” Renno said that having numbers is something rugby teams nationwide have struggled with in the past. However, this trend is beginning to change, and SVSU is hoping to see this reflection in their team. “It’s tough to keep people out here because it’s kind of an intimidating sport, and people are kind of afraid of the physicality,” Oldenburg said. SVSU’s men’s rugby team is always looking for more guys to come out for the team. There are no tryouts or cuts. All that is expected is that you go to practice unless you have class during this time. Practices are held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday on the intramural fields. “We usually have 25 guys on our team,” Brennan said.. “We always want more, so if we could have 60, that would be fabulous.” For more information on SVSU’s men’s rugby team, contact Michael Brennan at

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Tennis star from China aces GLIAC opponents, English language By Justin Brouckaert

Vanguard Sports Editor

At first glance, Yunjiao Shangguan’s rise as a tennis player at SVSU has all the elements of a story about great recruiting. Shangguan arrived at SVSU as an unknown from Chengdu, China, in 2008, took over the number one singles spot in 2009 and immediately established herself as one of the top players in the GLIAC. The only problem with the story is that Shangguan wasn’t recruited to play tennis. Instead, she heard about SVSU through an international student counselor in China who introduced her to the University. “I was interested in going to study abroad,” Shangguan said. “I heard that the school’s facilities were very modern and it was a great environment and safe, so I just decided to give it a shot.” Shangguan, who played table tennis – a more popular sport in China – before transitioning to tennis, chose to apply. After talking to former head coach Mike Major, she was offered a

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Yunjiao Shangguan, a junior, came to the United States from China in 2008. She has been named to the All-GLIAC team twice.

scholarship. Now a junior, Shangguan has been named to the All-GLIAC team twice, compiling a career singles record of 23-15 against some of the top tennis players in the conference. “She’s been one of those blessings,” said current head coach Jenn Boehm. “We can’t really take any credit for her being here, but we’re really glad she is.” In 2009, Shangguan’s first year of eligibility with the team, she was named the number one singles player, posting an overall record of 116. She also went 9-8 at number one doubles and was named to the All-GLIAC First Team. Boehm, who played tennis at SVSU for four years before graduating in 2003, said that she first saw Shangguan play while working at the Midland Community Tennis Center as a tennis pro, a job she held before taking over the program at Saginaw Valley in January. “I heard that she had come to SVSU, and I knew that she was the best player on the team,” Boehm said. “It piqued my interest even though I wasn’t involved with the program anymore. “She was, at that point, still not speaking a lot of English.”

For Shangguan, learning the English language proved to be one of the most challenging aspects of adjusting to life in the United States. “It was really difficult,” she said. “It was a really hard time for me to communicate with teammates and with coaches; I would misunderstand what was going on. “For (Americans), studying English is easy because you get used to it, but for us it’s like we are studying mathematics or law. You have to get used to a lot of words that you were never familiar with.” Shangguan worked hard to pick up the language, balancing a full schedule in the English Language Program with morning and afternoon practices. “It was really tough for me because it was a busy schedule,” Shangguan said. “The first year I’d always stay up late, sometimes until one or two a.m.; I would barely sleep.” Boehm said that the same qualities that make her a good tennis player also benefited her in learning the language. “She is very focused in everything she does on and off the court,” she said. “Whenever she is out on the court, she’s working hard. Off the

court, she’s in the library studying until ten o’clock at night.” “She’s just a very focused individual,” she added. Shangguan’s focus has paid off. She was named to the All-GLIAC team for the second time in 2010 and is 5-4 this year in singles play, a record that includes a win over nationally ranked Grand Valley earlier this year. “She’s a high quality player,” Boehm said. “Every single week she’s got a major battle ahead of her; as the number one player, she just has to carry that on her shoulders and be ready for it.” Shangguan, an accounting major, plans to use her remaining eligibility at SVSU and then work toward becoming a certified public accountant. She said that she plans on getting work experience in the United States and then moving back to China, For now, Shangguan is happy to be right where she is. “I had a dream that I wanted to study in the United States,” she said. “I just have to cherish the time, the money and the chance I have to study here.”

Women’s Soccer

Young team plagued by missed shots in overtime losses

Courtesy Photo | Jason Naudi

Senior forward Amanda Kady carries the ball upfield during Friday’s 1-0 loss to Ferris State. The Lady Cardinals outshot the Bulldogs, 25-4, but allowed a goal off a header in overtime. By Justin Brouckaert

Vanguard Sports Editor Soccer games are supposed to last 90 minutes, but the Lady Cardinals have found themselves putting in extra time this season. Out of the ten games SVSU has played this season, five have gone into overtime. Out of those five games, only one has resulted in an SVSU win. “It’s been really frustrating,” said junior forward Megan Morad. “We come into the overtime with high energy and high intensity, but we just always have that one mistake that leads them to scoring.” Not that the Lady Cardinals’ opponents

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have scored often this year. Four of SVSU’s six losses have been by one goal and the largest deficit the team has faced this year is two, in games against Ferris State and Grand Valley. In the Lady Cardinals’ four wins, they’ve allowed only one goal. “We have a strong defense, we have good midfielders and we create a lot of chances,” Morad said. “We just don’t finish on our shots.” Finishing has been the main issue for the Lady Cardinals this year; despite averaging 13 shots per game, the team is scoring only 1.3 goals on average. In Friday’s loss to Ferris State, SVSU outshot the Bulldogs 25-4, but allowed a goal on a header in overtime. The final score was 1-0. The Lady Cardinals’ failure to win games in

extra time has been something of an anomaly. In the last three years, SVSU has suffered only two overtime losses. “In the past it hasn’t been uncommon for us to go into overtime,” junior midfielder Charley Porter said. “It really hasn’t been a big issue for us.” Inexperience may play a role in the late defeats. SVSU has a solid core of upperclassmen at the helm, but this year’s freshman class features 21 new additions to the team. “We had high expectations for the young group,” Morad said. “They brought so much energy and so much intensity and they just wanted to do great, and we’re just not having that right now.” Porter said that she agreed with the lack of experience possibly playing a role in the losses.

“I think (the freshmen) are still adjusting,” Porter said. “I don’t think that they’re hurting us at all right now, but I think that they are still adjusting to the intensity of overtime.” With a record of 4-5-1 and road trips to Ohio and the Upper Peninsula looming in the next two weeks, SVSU faces the unsettling possibility of its first losing season since 2003, the year that head coach Drago Dumbovic first arrived at the program. But Morad and the Lady Cardinals are hopeful that they can learn from their mistakes and finish the season strong. “It’s been a big let down, but now we just know what we need to do for next time,” Morad said. “We have to finish on every single opportunity that we get.”

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One captor, she discovered, was an orphan and lacked education. “His suffering was greater than my own,” she said. From then, Lindhout strived each day to forgive her captors. “I knew if I chose forgiveness they’d never be able to oppress me,” she said.

Writing continued from A7 “We expect, hope, more students will participate with the gallery because we have targeted courses in writing and have connected with the faculty,” Wagner said. The gallery, also available through, is open for submissions until Monday, Oct. 31.

“Using a Blog to Create Public Awareness”

Ashley Wiseman, recent graduate of Grand Valley State University, will give a presen-

tation about blogging and will bring in her service dog, Maui. Wagner said that it will feature “her blog and the benefits and pitfalls of committing to a weekly online forum.” She will also discuss what it was like to go through the university with a service dog. “Ashley’s stories are informative, heartwarming and entertaining, she views her blog as a great way to increase public awareness,” Wagner said. “In the past, we’ve had authors come in, and I like the idea that we’re changing it a little,” Smith said. “I think there will be more people who write blogs in the future than

people who write books.” Wagner said that, in collaboration of the event, the library has purchased books about online writing. “Technology has opened so many new avenues for communication and writing,” she said. “Perhaps some of the SVSU students will be encouraged to start a blog of their own.” Wiseman will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in ES 202.

Lindhout believes education will help put an end to the crisis in Somalia. The organization is creating a program that will put 200,000 Somalians in school. “You are a gift to the world,” Ali said to Lindhout after the lecture.

In Nov. 2009, the ransom was lowered to $1.4 million. It was paid by her family. She suspected that her captors were unpaid and the commanders took the money. Four months after her release she founded the Global Enrichment Foundation, which has recently raised $1.2 million to feed 300,000 Somalians.

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Saturday’s craft show in the O’Neill Arena had booths with homemade crafts, including wooden plaques, purses, jewelry and even food. A theme for many of the booths included holiday decorations for Halloween and Christmas.

Saginaw Valley State University  Family Weekend 2011  Saluting our American Heroes  Friday, October 21 

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The Student Life Center 


Photo Contest    

Meet in the Thompson Student Activities Room 


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Volleyball vs Northern Michigan University     (guests must be accompanied by an SVSU student) 

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Saturday, October 22  10am-2pm 


Thompson Student Activities Room  


Pancake Breakfast with NRHH    

Thompson Student Activities Room 

(includes cartoons and coloring)  

12pm-10pm    Ryder Center open to students and families   

(family members and guests must be registered and be accompanied by their student at all times) 


Young Artist’s Clinic  

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Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum lobby 

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum open for self guided tours 


Bookstore open for all of your SVSU gear needs 


‘Muster’ of Family Fun: Games, Face Painting, One Minute Caricature Artist, DJ, Juggling, & more 


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The University is committed to provide equal opportunity for students of both sexes to participate in intercollegiate, club, intramural and recreational sports. In order to do so it is important for the University to know of the athletic interests, abilities and experience of our students as a means to provide equal opportunity for participation in such sports. The purpose of this survey is to solicit your interest, ability and prior experience in various sports opportunities. We appreciate your time and effort to assist us in this important assessment.


Dueling Pianos Interactive Concert       Rhea Miller Recital Hall  An entertaining performance  of two pianists on stage with singing and piano playing competition.  Humor and  

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A special thank you to all who made this weekend possible:  Office of Residential Life, Athletics, Student Life, Valley Nights, Dance Team, NRHH, Bookstore, Southeast Community Council, Living Center North Council, Pine Grove  Council, Living Center Southwest Council, University Village West Council, First Year Board, SVSU Conference and Events Center, Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum  staff, Program Board, Student Association, Residence Housing Association, and the Dean of Students Office.    SVSU will provide reasonable accommodations for those persons with disabilities. Individuals who wish accommodations should contact the Office of Residential Life at (989) 964­4410 at least  three days prior to the event.   SVSU does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical impairment, disability or veteran status in the provision of education, employment  and other services. 

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