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Monday, January 13, 2020

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Downtown SVSU location to open mid-semester Connor Rousseau


Vanguard Reporter

VSU is still “in the process” of opening its new downtown Saginaw location. In October 2019, the SVSU Board of Control agreed to allocate up to $275,000 for the leasing and renovating of 208 S. Washington in downtown Saginaw. The university acquired the location to be used for

academic purposes, as well as for community involvement and outreach. During their October meeting, members of the Board of Control said the building was expected to be operational and holding classes during the winter 2020 semester. J.J. Boehm, the interim executive director of University Communications, said SVSU is still working on opening the new location.

“We have come to terms on a lease of the building, and we are making renovations,” he said. Boehm said he believes the renovations and other preparations should be finished in February. He said that it will be ready for use by the end of the semester if everything goes according to plan. “In terms of our planned uses for the building, we expect our social work program to begin using it

quickly once it is available, as it is a natural fit for their curriculum,” Boehm said. “Other academic departments also have expressed interest in service-learning courses that could tie into the downtown location.” Boehm said SVSU also is looking down the road and analyzing potential future uses for the building. The university is looking into which organizations might be interested

in using it, since one of the main goals of the project is the outreach of SVSU initiatives and community involvement, he said. “Over time, we also expect that offices with community outreach responsibilities will use the building, such as admissions, OLLI, Saginaw Community Writing Center, Center for Community Engagement, the Carmona College of Business and others,” Boehm said.

Political science, history faculty weigh in on impeachment trial Hannah Beach & Kaitlyn Farley Vanguard Editors

The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump last month, but do you know what it means? SVSU’s own experts weigh in on what happened and what comes next. 1. What is the first article of impeachment?

Students participate in service projects while on alternative breaks in North Carolina (top) and Indiana (bottom). Courtesy Photo | Lindsey Mead

Students do volunteer work over winter break Melissa Vennix Vanguard Reporter

Several SVSU students chose to spend part of their winter break on alternative breaks, dedicating their time to service in communities across the U.S. Over the break, students participated in volunteer work in Georgia, Wisconsin, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, New York and Indiana. Projects addressed Native American Cultural Preservation, mental health, LGBT+, elder care, the environment, poverty and Habitat for Humanity. Participating students worked hands-on with community members and learned about issues within the problems their breaks addressed. Sabrina Bellante, an exercise science senior, led the Habitat for Humanity break in Asheville, North Carolina. She said the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity focuses on affordable housing and teaching people skills to maintain their homes. Bellante said she was able to meet a family whose house they worked on. She said the family applied for a habitat three times. “One of the most inspiring things I took away from my break is to never give up and to keep looking at the positives in life,” she said. “If you keep trying, you will succeed.” Students who participated in the trip focusing on LGBT+ inclusion on campuses and communities traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, and worked with Campus Pride. Nora Lipetzky, a master of public administration student and student site leader for the trip, said students on the trip created promotional

videos, wrote thank you notes, met with corporate business executives and reached out to previous donors. “The goal of our break was to learn more about how to become better allies for those who are LGBT+, how we can advocate for more expansive resources on SVSU’s campus as well as within the Great Lakes Bay region and how to start important and integral conversations on several intersectional topics,” Lipetzky said. In Niagara Falls, New York, students embarked on service with the theme “Exploring the Common Ground of Poverty, Homelessness and Mental Illness.” Sarah Spagnuolo, an occupational therapy sophomore, said the trip’s mission was for students to become aware of what barriers stand in the way of people’s financial and mental recovery, as well as learn to empathize and be able to advocate for those experiencing homelessness and mental illness in all communities. “We worked with (Community Missions) throughout the week, but everyday entailed working with new people and provided opportunities to seek more knowledge about the topic of our break,” Spagnuolo said. “It was a very rewarding and eye-opening experience being able to encounter those experiencing homelessness and being educated through the work we took part in.” Students will embark on another set of alternative breaks over spring break. Topics include empowering marginalized communities, HIV/ Aids and youth, supporting women in recovery, literacy and people with special needs and disabilities. Students will also have the option to go on a Habitat for Humanity trip.

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“(Trump) is accused of illegally withholding military aid to Ukraine, money Congress had already appropriated for that specific purpose, in order to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into flimsy charges that President Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden had abused his power,” said John Baesler, the history department chairman. Baesler said Biden’s son, Hunter, was a board member for the Ukraine energy company Burisma. He said Trump had suggested Biden “used his office to protect the company against corruption charges,” which there is no evidence of, according to former prosecutor general of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, other Ukranian officials, the Obama administration and PolitiFact. At the time Trump made the claim against Biden, the former Vice President was a leading Democrat contender against Trump for the 2020 election. As such, the impeachment charged that Trump used his office to blackmail Ukraine into investigating to politically damage Biden’s campaign, Baesler said. 2. What is the second article of impeachment? The second charge states that Trump issued a “blanket order to all of his subordinates to defy Congressional subpoenas, orders to testify in the impeachment hearings,” Baesler said. In turn, this obstructed Con-

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gress’ constitutional procedures. 3. How do Democrats view the impeachment? Julie Keil, a political science professor, said Democrats generally see the situation as the president having wide authority in terms of foreign policy. In this case, she said, the money for Ukraine was voted on, and Trump does not have the authority to hold it up. “(Trump) only did it to pressure Ukraine to support an investigation of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, to gain an advantage in the election,” she said. “He has then obstructed justice to avoid being found out.” 4. How do Republicans view the impeachment? As for the Republican perspective, Keil said the general consensus is that the president has wide authority in foreign policy, and there is “no real evidence of a holdup of funds.” Additionally, some argue that Joe Biden is the “bad actor” by putting pressure on Ukraine to not investigate the charges. “If there is no pressure on Ukraine by the president, witnesses and evidence don’t need to be produced,” Keil said. “Alternatively, on the obstruction of justice charge, there may have been some pressure by the president, but it doesn’t rise to the level of an impeachable offense.” 5. What is the Senate’s role in impeachment? Now that Trump has been impeached, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has to forward the articles of impeachment to the Senate to trigger a trial, Baesler said. As of Jan. 12, she has recently said she will do so some time this week, according to The Wall Street Journal. “So far, Speaker Pelosi has refused to do so, which is a first in the his-

tory of impeachment, because Senate Majority Leader McConnell has announced that he wants to have a quick trial,” Beasler said. Once the Senate receives the articles, the Senate will act as the jury and vote whether to remove the president, Baesler said. “A two-thirds majority is necessary to remove him,” he said. “This way, both chambers of the U.S. Congress had their say in the process.” 6. Why should I care? Baesler said students should “pay close attention to the impeachment trial and draw their own conclusions.” “In the final analysis, the question is: Is the president above the law or not?, which I will rephrase slightly like this: Is the American president a king, or the first servant of the people the way the Founding Fathers imagined it?” he said. “After his resignation, President Nixon said in a television interview, ‘If the president does it, it’s not illegal.’ Is that so? I cannot think of a more consequential question when it comes to what kind of society America is.” Students should have a vested interest in the impeachment process because it affects them personally, Keil said. “Whoever runs the country is critically important for (students) and their families,” she said. “In order to be an informed voter, they need to keep track of what’s happening, not just hear the partisan soundbites that are filled with false or misleading information.” Stewart French, an associate professor of political science, said students should care about anything the government does. “Our republic only survives if we remain engaged and informed about what our elected officials are up to,” he said. “There are a lot of se-


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Students win awards at Model UN conference


Abby Lawson Vanguard Reporter

Police briefs are written based on reports from University Police. They indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily actual incidents.

Larceny At 12 a.m. Dec. 6, an 18-yearold female reported that her roommate had taken a pair of shoes that belonged to her. The roommate denied taking them. When officers arrived at Living Center South, the friends of the suspect were threatening to beat the complainant up. Both parties were separated from each other. It is unknown who took the shoes, and it is still under investigation. The roommate issues were turned over to Student Conduct for review.

Marijuana At 4:11 p.m. Dec. 7, officers were called to Living Center South for the smell of marijuana in a room. When officers arrived, they could smell a strong odor of marijuana inside the room. Edible marijuana was found in the room, and the situation was turned over to Student Conduct for review. At 12:39 a.m. Dec. 12, an officer noticed a vehicle with the engine running and lights on in J-3 Lot. The officer made contact with the occupants of the vehicle and could detect a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer located a small amount of marijuana. The incident was turned over to Student Conduct for review.

IMPEACHMENT, continued from A1 rious problems facing the U.S. and the world, and to simply not pay attention isn’t a luxury we have anymore. … You simply don’t get to refuse to cooperate. To do so would break down our government and set a dangerous precedent for future presidents.” 7. How can I keep myself informed about the Trump impeachment? Keil suggested that students take their news from various sources, even sources from other countries, such as the UK-based BBC. “Try to find a middle ground,” she said. “This is remarkably hard to do today, by the way. Try to ignore Twitter and Facebook -- they are horrible sources of reliable news.” French also recommended students draw information from multiple credible sources, ignoring sites that might offer misinformation or material based on recently searched content. “Identify people who have experience and have been demonstrably right about events in the past,” he said. “Look at who they link to, build up a go-to information base to find out what’s going on. Dig deep for the information -- you have to want it in order to be informed. No one is going to do it for you. It’s your democracy. How badly do you want to keep it?” 8. When else have presidents been impeached? Baesler said presidential abuses of pow-

Kone’ Bowman and Joseph Shepherd, two political science juniors, won an Exceptional Representation award at the American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago last semester. Model UN is an annual conference where delegates from universities across the country debate over topics chosen by their respective countries. This year, SVSU represented Sri Lanka. Stewart French, an associate professor of political science and Model UN facilitator, said SVSU runs Model UN as a course during the fall semester. “Students simulate committee meetings, research their committee topics for the country they represent, write resolutions and do a lot of public speaking with feedback,” he said. “Most of these students will find themselves in rooms with 200-250 people making speeches.” French said that because Model UN is a difficult competition, he works with his students to grow rather than win. “American Model United Nations is a very tough competition to win awards at,” French said. “For the class, we like to focus on real world skills, and I actively avoid training our students for chasing awards. My goal – and

theirs – is to build up valuable life skills like public speaking, diplomatic interactions with other people working for their own goals, compromise, writing public policy and researching topics to find the solutions.” Shepherd said he believed the experience will help in his career aspirations. “This will undoubtedly help me in my future legal progression by allowing me to become comfortable with public speaking, research, debate and caucusing,” he said. Shepherd said he hopes Model UN becomes more widely recognized as a great program at SVSU. “In future competitions, we want Model UN to have a larger audience of students interested and competing,” Shepherd said. “We want to bring home many more awards so that many students are aware of the amazing organization we have.” French said he has seen his students transform and grow within the program. “We have had great success with the program,” he said. “Students spend about 25 hours in simulation over four days. I have seen students turn from quiet and shy people into outgoing and confident individuals. Our alumni frequently talk about how taking part in Model UN gave them confidence in their post-graduate careers and … a leg up on their co-workers.” During the winter semester, Model UN

Joseph Shepherd won an award for Exceptional Representation at the Model UN conference. Vanguard Photo | Karlee Gourd

runs as a club and competes in the Model Arab League, hosted in Toronto. Shepherd and Bowman said they plan on participating in this league as well.

MLK Day celebration features NASA’s Ruth Jones presented. The MLK Drum Major award is given to outstanding community members, and Bay region students are given a scholarship for their dedication to the community. Jones, the branch chief for Industrial Safety Branch at the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will deliver the keynote in a conversational style. Jones was the first woman to earn a bachelor’s degree in physics from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1994, said Mamie Thorns, special assistant to the president for Diversity Programs. “She’s a trailblazer,” Thorns said. “She was also the second woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics in the state of Alabama.” Thorns said this year’s celebration will dif-

fer from last year’s, as it places an emphasis on the importance of STEM. As such, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, SVSU will also be presenting the film “Hidden Figures,” which recounts the work of NASA’s Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. After the film, attendees will be able to engage in conversation and engage in a question and answer session with Jones. Students who participate in the Chief Science Officer programs at area middle and high schools were invited to meet Jones as part of the Tuesday segment. They will be able to ask questions and hear about her journey. The event is free to the public. “We are sharing Dr. King’s dreams,” Thorns said.

by the Democrats and er were outlined in the the Senate by the RepubDeclaration of Indepenlicans,” Lane said. “For dence. The Founding Nixon, Democrats conFathers borrowed the trolled both. For Clinton, term from English comRepublicans controlled mon law to provide an both. Hence, the political “emergency brake in rancor and contentiousdire times, only to be ness this time is unprecused when absolutely edented.” necessary,” Baesler said. French explained that Because of this, the Trump’s impeachment House of Representaalso differs from previtives has only voted on ous impeachments due articles of impeachment to the process itself. four times: “This will be the third Andrew Johnson in impeachment trial in 1868, Richard Nixon in U.S. history, and the 1974, Bill Clinton in 1998 Republicans in the Senand Donald Trump in Clockwise from top left, John Baesler, ate have no intention 2019. “Never has the Sen- Stewart French, Robert Lane and Julie of following any of the ate voted to remove a Keil discuss the impeachment of Donald proceedings they thempresident from office, al- Trump. Courtesy Photos | University selves used in the past,” French said. “This is why though they would have Communications Speaker Pelosi is holding up the articles until done so in the case of Nixon,” Baesler said. the Senate votes on the process of the trial. She “So, this happens very rarely, as the Founding is worried the Republicans will try and fast Fathers wanted.” track it without holding a proper trial.” 9. How does the Trump impeachment compare 10. What will happen next? to past impeachments?

will hold additional hearings and call additional witnesses, such as former National Security Advisor John Bolton, who just recently announced he would honor a Congressional subpoena,” he said. While Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to minimize political fallout through a quick process, Senate Democrats want additional witnesses to be heard, Baesler said. “Since the House vote on impeachment, new evidence has emerged that shows President Trump personally ordering military aid to Ukraine be frozen,” he said. “McConnell wants both the House and President Trump’s lawyers to make their respective cases and then immediately move to a vote on removal from office. This is most likely what will happen once the Senate has received the Articles of Impeachment.” Keil added that problems will arise from concluding a trial quickly, mainly in terms of information disclosure. “The problem is, without some of the information and witnesses being called, the whole story is not out,” she said. “That is why McConnell wants a swift hearing -- to avoid that information being disclosed.” Because of the situation with Iran and gridlock between the Democrat and Republican parties, the impeachment process is taking up a lot of time, Keil said. “Without some major, new information about the president, the Senate will never vote to remove (Trump),” she said.

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Aerospace engineer Ruth Jones will serve as the keynote for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. SVSU, in collaboration with Delta College and the Saginaw, Bay Area and Midland Area community foundations, are presenting the event for the sixth time. Unlike years’ past, the celebration will take place over two days, Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Wednesday, Jan 22 at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre. On Wednesday, Jones will deliver her address, and the MLK Drum Major and the Regional Scholarship Program awards will be

Robert Lane, a political science professor, said the current impeachment is unique compared to those of Nixon and Clinton. “Congress is split -- the House is controlled

Once the trial begins, the Senate will set rules for proceedings, as there are no standing rules for the process, Baesler said. “The issue right now is whether the Senate

Vanguard staff shares its favorite local charities Maria Ranger Type One International (T1International) is one of the best nonprofits I can think of donating to. While many groups focus on diabetes advocacy, T1International is one of the only ones that doesn’t accept funding from pharmaceutical companies. Because of this, I believe they are truly invested in helping diabetics. Other groups claim to advocate for a “cure,” but as long as diabetics are being price gouged for insulin, there is no motive to research a cure. T1International advocates for affordable insulin and other diabetic supplies. They also do research specifically related to type one diabetes, such as how common it is and how much

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it costs to treat in different countries. Additionally, they raise awareness of what it’s like to live with type one diabetes, symptoms that you may have it and rights that diabetics have in workplaces and educational institutions. Abby Lawson This past November, I had the privilege of volunteering at Saginaw’s Girls on the Run 5K. Girls on the Run is an organization that connects third- through eighth- graders from various school districts with community volunteers who teach an after-school curriculum. Girls on the Run helps empower young

women to find their passions and purpose while exercising in a supportive environment. It also helps instill confidence in its participants so that they may be fearless in all of their pursuits. That sort of strength is something everyone should have the opportunity to access, which is why I wholeheartedly love this organization. Abby Burgess The Great Lakes Bay Miracle League is a nonprofit organization located at Liberty Park in Bridgeport Township. The organization uses baseball to provide new opportunities to children with mental and phys-

ical disabilities. The Miracle League is dedicated to forming bonds between “buddy” volunteers, parents and children, and it is always looking for more individuals willing to lend a helping hand. Something unique about Miracle League locations is that each baseball diamond is created with safety and accessibility in mind. The specialized rubber turf fields ensure that the game is accessible to those of all abilities. Even more incredible is that no child is turned away for inability to pay. This, of course, is made possible through generous donations.

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The impeachment process keeps the government transparent Guest Column: Eric Byron, College Democrats At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when asked what sort of government we had, Benjamin Franklin replied, “A republic, you can keep it.” Indeed, a republic is a form of government where policy and state affairs are public concern, in Latin: res publica. One can easily see the relationship between the words. Franklin and the other Framers are on the other side of the ocean of time, however, and it may feel like the president, the Congress and the rest of Washington are on the other side of a sea of land. Why then does the impeachment inquiry and future trial matter to students here in Saginaw? The interests that our Constitution

was built to serve – privacy, liberty and especially accountability – are as relevant now as they have ever been. Accountability is important to everyone, regardless of political leanings, and the idea that our elected officials, that our president, should be able to do whatever they like without consequences is something that should chill anyone’s consciousness. That is just the thing that chilled the Framer’s own consciousnesses and is the reason why they instituted the various checks and balances that are the cornerstones of our government. One of these checks and balances is the Congressional power of impeachment over the president and the judiciary, and that is

the check that is being used right now as we speak. What the president does or does not do, what they say to a foreign leader, on the phone or at a conference, is public concern so long as we are in a republic. Should that no longer be considered public concern under the scrutiny of the people’s house, then we do not live in a republic. That, along with general accountability, is as important to us students as it was for Benjamin Franklin over 200 years ago. If the public, represented by their dulyelected congresspeople, believes there might have been wrongdoing, then there should be no question to the validity of the existence of an investigation meant to find the truth

regarding that suspicion. The interest is then flatly the same: to seek the truth and act upon whatever that truth may be. No matter what your policy stances are, nor your opinions about the president currently under investigation, everyone can agree that the processes that keep our government transparent and honest are a good thing. Its use will not harm the republic that we all take for granted and that we all depend on, but rather it will help us keep that republic. Editor’s Note: An invitation has been extended to the Saginaw Valley State University Republicans to share a guest view.

Trump and his administration don’t represent the people’s interests Abby Lawson Elementary Education

The 25th amendment guarantees Congress’s right to impeach the president if deemed necessary. While this process has only been used two other times in our nation’s history, it was recently invoked by the House to impeach President Donald Trump on the grounds of “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.” To break down the jargon behind those lofty statements, the official nail in the coffin leading to Trump’s impeachment trial was a phone call he had this past July with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the call, Trump asked the Ukrainian leader to look into Joe Biden and his son. Biden’s son had worked for a

Ukrainian oil company, where the owner of said company was under Ukrainian investigation. Trump’s standing theory is that Biden had the Ukrainian attorney general fired in order to protect his son. During the July phone call, Trump insinuated that Ukraine needed to “reciprocate” the military aid the U.S. has given them to defend themselves against Russia. Trump’s goal was to create probable doubt about Biden, a large competitor for the 2020 election. Trump’s staffers then hid the calls transcript, labeling it classified rather than making it public, which is highly unusual. While the mention of Donald Trump’s name stirred controversy long before the impeachment trials, this act of bluntly asking a foreign leader to influence a future U.S. election was the drive needed to impeach Donald Trump. We have all witnessed Trump’s vulgar language, laughable tweets and disturbing quotes. Whether or not you

choose to believe in him and his ability as president, one thing is clear: We have passed probable doubt. I try to never isolate myself from people with opposing views; however, at this point in Donald Trump’s presidency, I have legitimate concern for national safety. Even if we isolated just this one phone call, we can determine so much about the administration backing Trump from it. They hid his call. An American president has the duty to represent the people and to be as transparent as possible. The audacity to attack an opponent without solid proof only speaks for the growing gap between parties and the misplaced focus on winning rather than representing. The office of the president was created to give average citizens a chance at freedom, a chance to have a leader who heard and valued their needs. With Democrats trashing Republicans

and Republicans throwing fuel on already-existing fires, we no longer see a president who truly wants what the people want, as seen by Trump’s willingness to determine the country’s fate at any cost, with no checks or balances. In recent years, we have tried to impeach George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, not to mention the successful impeachment of Bill Clinton. That is four consecutive presidents. The longer we polarize one another, the more drastic offenses against a once sacred office will become. If we truly want our country to be a home for all, a place where everyone has a choice, then our votes need to count. We need to vote in large masses for candidates who value bipartisanship and peoples’ basic rights and human needs. We need to vote candidates who understand that the president’s office isn’t a reality TV soapbox - it’s the hope of millions of Americans.

Trump’s actions have always been concerning Maria Ranger Columnist Creative Writing

The impeachment of Donald Trump due to abuse of power and obstruction of Congress is surely a historic event; however, I don’t think it’s a solution to all of the country’s problems. I also don’t think that it will truly bring justice, either. For starters, impeachment doesn’t mean removal from office. I do think it was good that he is facing some consequences for his actions. But, according to The Guardian, with a Republican-controlled Senate, it’s unlikely he’ll be removed from office.

Additionally, Mike Pence would not be an improvement in my eyes. He is possibly one of the most dangerous politicians in power today for women and the LGBT+ community. According to Rawstory, Pence attempted to sign into law very strict abortion restrictions -basically as a steppingstone to banning it fully - that medical professionals do not support as they endanger people. He also closed several Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana while governor - ones that did not provide abortion but provided other services like STD testing and treatment and contraception. This resulted in a massive HIV outbreak that he did not address for over two months after. Pence has supported bills that would

allow businesses to turn away LGBT+ customers, sponsored an amendment in 2003 to ban gay marriage and voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” according to Mother Jones. He also voted against the Employee NonDiscrimination Act, which was intended to prevent workplace discrimination based on sexuality. The other problem is that Trump should not have made it this far in the first place. All throughout his campaign in 2015 and 2016, more and more horrible things he said and did came to light. It blew my mind and disgusted me that people supported him. Trump has a long history of racism, according to Vox. And yet his refusing to rent to black tenants in the 1970s, his aggressive pushing of the “birther” movement against Obama and his constant microaggressions and stereotypes against basically everyone who isn’t white and Christian somehow were not enough to stop people from supporting him. According to Snopes, Trump mocked a disabled reporter, Serge Kovaleski, and this was not enough to stop people from supporting him. His constant sexist remarks against other presidential candidates, both Republican and Democrat, as well as female reporters, weren’t enough. Let’s not forget “if Ivanka weren’t my

daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her,” as well as responding to an accusation of sexual assault with, “Believe me, she would not be my first choice.” The countless accusations of sexual assault and misconduct (including several who were minors at the time) were not enough. I thought for sure the “grab ‘em by the pussy” tape released in October 2016 would be the end of it for him, but somehow that wasn’t. I don’t think that people have become more hateful because of him, but I think he made it more socially acceptable for people to express their hateful beliefs. That’s why I think none of these vile things he’s said or done have taken him down. I’m glad to see our spoiled billionaire brat of a president finally face consequences for at least some of the immoral things he’s done, but I ultimately am disgusted that he ever made it this far. I don’t think removing him from office will fix the deep-rooted issues this country has. He’s an evil person, but an extremist theocrat is hardly an improvement in my eyes. My main hope is that his impeachment will prevent him from being re-elected this November. Aside from all the other immoral things he’s done, it will only make this country look like even more of an embarrassment if we re-elect an impeached president.

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Music department changes the tune for winter concerts Connor Rousseau


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he music department is kicking off the upcoming semester with a plethora of concerts and other events. Brandon Haskett, the music department chairman, said he was “particularly excited” for a new collaboration between the National Arab Orchestra and the SVSU Concert Choir. He said the collaboration will expose the university to new types of music. Haskett said he is looking forward to the wide range of music students will perform this semester. “I’m excited about several faculty recitals, including those by Will Sutton, Townes Miller and MiJung Trepanier,” he said. “It is a great opportunity for students to come see their teachers perform and ‘walk the walk.’ Haskett said he is hopeful the “sheer variety of music” planned for this semester will excite audiences. “The concert band concert should provide audiences with some interesting musical selections influenced by other cultures,” he said.

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Norman Wika, the director of bands, said he was excited for this semester’s concert band program. “We are going to feature our trumpet instructor, Eduardo Farais, on ‘Concerto for Trumpet’ by Alfredo Dias,” he said. “This concerto was originally written for trumpet and string orchestra, but I transcribed it for concert band. It’s interesting to note that Farais’ first trumpet teacher was a student of Dias.” Wika said the music department will host three community events concerts for the winter semester, including Concert Band Festival in February, Michigan School Vocal Music Association District 5 Choral Festival in March and a jazz clinic in April. The new semester will bring new performers and repertoire, Wika said. “While many of our events and concerts are annual traditions - the Rhea Miller series, student concerts - they will always be different than previous years,” he said. Wika said students have different classes and opportunities this semester. “We feature a new set of classes, new opportunities for students to interact with professional musicians and new

opportunities for the community to interact with the university,” he said. “Through

it all, we will strive to make music at the highest possible level.”

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Junior Kyle Amick takes off in the 400-yard medley relay during the Jan. 10 meet against Wayne State. SVSU lost but had strong individual showings. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

SVSU falls to Wayne State despite strong performances Denver Milam


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VSU’s swim and dive teams came up short during their Jan. 10 home meet against Wayne State University. The men’s team lost 189-79 against eighth-ranked Wayne State. The women’s team, ranked 25th, fell 156-133 to the 14thranked Warriors. For the women, sophomore Sydney Shipps totaled three first-place finishes, for the 1,000-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Head coach Bruce Zimmerman said he was encouraged by Shipps’ performance. “Even though we were not victorious, Sydney Shipps had a standout meet, winning three individual events,” he said. Senior Amanda Thielen added a firstplace finish in the 200-yard backstroke, while senior Lydia Mattar placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke. Thielen, Mattar, junior Kimble Darbee and senior Taylor Grashuis finished the 200-yard medley relay in second place with a time of 1:52:07. Grashuis also had a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle and a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Darbee added a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke and third-place in the 100-yard butterfly. Junior Elizabeth Caird had a top-three

finish in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive to round out the day for the women. On the men’s side, seniors Peter Lin, Nick Berens and Dylan Kopacki each added multiple top-four finishes in various events. Lin finished third in the 1000-yard freestyle and second in the 500-yard freestyle. Berens placed second in the 100yard backstroke and fourth in the 200-yard backstroke. Kopacki added a fourth-place finish in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100yard butterfly. Sophomore Pedro Rezende finished second in the 1000-yard freestyle and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle. The men’s team earned a sweep in the 200-yard freestyle relay, taking each of the first four placing positions. Seniors Michael Spears, Drew Hinckley, Sanders Modglin and Kopacki took first place in the event. Berens, along with sophomores Zachary Rychel, Ryan Langdon and Cameron Whitfield, came in second for the event. Zimmerman is already looking ahead to the GLIAC Championships. “The team is 40 days away from our conference championship meet,” he said. “Everything we do moving forward is designed to have all of our swimmers and divers at their best for the GLIAC Championships in mid-February.” SVSU finishes off its regular season Sunday, Jan. 19, against Ashland and Hillsdale at Hillsdale College.

Women line up on the starting block for the 400-yard medley relay during the Jan. 10 meet against Wayne State. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Track and field runners rank nationally Ryan Silvestri Vanguard Reporter

The Cardinal track and field teams were back in action Friday after nearly a month since their last meet. The SVSU Classic saw two provisional qualifying marks in the weight throw, one from Timyah Meeks and the other from Ali Alrdich, finishing first and second, respectively. Meeks’ 17.83-meter throw in the event bested the previous school record. “I had been training especially for the weight throw over the summer because I had shown a lot of progress with in my technique,” Meeks said. “I knew I could

have a big year if I stayed consistent and focused. I’ve been trying my best to get stronger and healthier.” The Cardinals had three additional top place finishes on the women’s side of the meet. Cheyenne Williamson won the 60-meter hurdles and the high jump, while Destiny Vandenburg placed second in the triple jump. “Although the entire team didn’t compete this weekend, we still performed well as a whole,” Vandenburg said. “Next week, we’ll have everyone back and get to see where our fitness is.” The men’s team also competed well, with six athletes earning podium finishes. Ethan Englehardt won the meet’s high jump

event with a jump of 1.91 meters, while Brandon Keys took the top spot in the triple jump. Senior Sam Black put himself in the top-three of the long jump and shot put, finishing second and third, respectively. Also finishing in the top three for the Cardinals was Jared McLean, who took home a third place finish in the 400 meter run, and Grahm Jones, who finished third in the 60 meter hurdles. The Cardinals are off to a strong start this season, with the men’s team having three athletes ranked in the top 30 in the nation. Jordan Walters is ranked fourth in the nation in the 800-meter run, while Ryan Talbott and CarLee Stimpfel are ranked 29th and 30th, respectively.

The women’s team fairs even better in the national rankings, with nine individuals ranking in the top 30. Alona Olshevska is ranked 23rd in the 60-meter run, Jenna Keiser fourth in the 3000-meter. Cheyenne Williamson earned 11th in the 60-meter hurdles, first in the high jump and eighth in the pentathlon. Ali Aldrich is 19th in the shot put and 16th in the weight throw. Timyah Meeks is ranked 12th in the weight throw, and Lauren Huebner is ranked fifth in the pentathlon. Both teams will be back in action next weekend at home as SVSU hosts the Doug Hansen Open on Friday, Jan. 17.

New coaches have successful first season Denver Milam Vanguard Sports Editor

Fall 2019 saw new faces coaching in multiple sports for SVSU. Ryan Brady took over football, Jennifer Pruett women’s basketball and Louis Barrow men’s soccer team. Behind Pruett, women’s basketball team is off to a 7-7 start. Every game this season has been close, with the average score differential of three points. Pruett said she looked forward to her first game as head coach. “The most exciting moment of the season so far was winning our first game against a team that had beat us by double digits the previous season,” she said. “It was really great to see all of our hard work paid off.” Pruett said the close losses have been learning experiences for her and the team. “We’ve lost a few close games, so the

biggest struggle has been proving to the girls that these close games, although they are tough to swallow, are building character in each of us,” Pruett said. Pruett will be continuing GLIAC conference play Jan. 16 when the team plays against Davenport. Men’s soccer also had an successful season under new coach Barrow. SVSU ended 13-6-1 in the regular season, with a 10-4 record in GLIAC play, both of which were improvements from last season. Barrow coached the team to the number two seed in the GLIAC tournament, which included a first-round bye. SVSU made it to the GLIAC Championship game against Parkside, where the team’s successful season came to an end with a 2-1 loss. Barrow said he was proud of the team’s success. “The season went well, as expected,” he said. “13-6-1 is no poor record, but we can

definitely do better come next fall.” Barrow had a strong season of coaching, as many of his players ranked in the top five in various statistics, including coaching the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year. Barrow said he was happy with the team’s success, despite starting the season with a few concerns. “We did very well. I think with being a 24- to 25-year-old coach, many other coaches and programs had us down to be very beatable this year,” Barrow said. Brady, the football coach, rounds out the new coaches for the year. While the season did not end the way he expected, he still wants success in the standings over individual success. “The season did not go as expected,” he said. “The team’s expectations were to win a GLIAC Championship and make the NCAA Playoffs.” Brady said preparing the team for the

season on short notice was a major obstacle last season. “My staff and I arrived at the end of March,” he said. “We had three days to prepare for spring practice.” SVSU went 5-6 with a 3-5 record in GLIAC play during Brady’s first season. Even with the struggles the team faced, Brady still coached a strong team with a lot of talent that can return next season. Brady said he was “extremely excited” for his second season as coach. “We have made a ton of progress in a very short amount of time in so many different areas,” he said. “And again, that wouldn’t be possible without the help of everyone on campus.” While Brady and Barrow need to wait until next season to continue their coaching, Pruett’s first season continues Jan. 16 and into March as she looks to build upon her early success.

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The Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. CELEBRATION invites you to a

Special Movie Screening! Free of charge and open to the public!

Tuesday, January 21 at 5 p.m. Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts Saginaw Valley State University

Free popcorn & drink! The movie is followed by a fireside chat with our visiting modern figure . . .

Ruth D. Jones, Ph.D.

Branch Chief, Industrial Safety Branch NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama Dr. Jones is also the keynote speaker at the annual Great Lakes Bay Regional MLK Celebration the following evening — Wed. Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts, SVSU.

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