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Monday, November 4, 2019

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Saginaw Valley State University’s student newspaper

SVSU alum Schroeder becomes sixth female NBA referee Ryan Silvestri


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VSU alumna Jenna Schroeder refereed her first game as the sixth woman to officiate in the NBA on Wednesday, Oct. 23. She is one of four female referees this season. A Clio native, Schroeder graduated from SVSU in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in communication.

Schroeder transferred to SVSU from Oakland University in 2006, where she played basketball for a year. Upon joining the women’s basketball team at SVSU, she played in 25 games during the 2006-2007 season, averaging 14.6 points per game. In her career high-scoring game, Schroeder scored 24 points against Northern Michigan. Following her only season at SVSU, Schroeder followed her

love of basketball and refereed games while still attending the school. Schroeder told the Associated Press that she started refereeing as a teen and decided to continue after finding out she could do it professionally. “I started refereeing when I was in high school, and after I graduated college and had more time, I just sort of fell into it,” Schroeder said. “Someone looked

at me one day and asked why I didn’t just do it as a profession, and I said, ‘You can do that?’” Schroeder began officiating college games in the ACC, Big East, Atlantic 10 and American Athletic conferences. From there, she found a spot on officiating squads in both the Women’s National Basketball Association and the G-League, the NBA’s version of the minor league.

Schroeder eventually was noticed by Monty McCutchen, the NBA vice president and head of referee development. He offered her a position as a full-time NBA referee Oct. 22. On Oct. 23, Schroeder made her NBA officiating debut in San Antonio, as the Spurs hosted the Knicks for an early-season game. On Nov. 3, Schroeder officiated her second NBA game, in Washington.

SVSU holds first MI Career Quest in Ryder Amanda Ziolkowski Vanguard Reporter

SVSU recently hosted its first MI Career Quest at the Ryder Center for high school students from 11 counties in and around the Saginaw-Bay area. The Oct. 30 fair included students from Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Iosco, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon and Saginaw. Michigan Works! created the MI Career Quest to influence, guide and connect individuals to their career path with interactive, hands-on and informational sessions and exhibits.

Employers at the event represented the fields of advanced manufacturing, agri-business, construction, health sciences and information technology. Interactive exhibits, such as a fire station demonstrating how to put out a fire, showcased the different career pathways. Justin Engel, SVSU’s communications specialist, said Michigan Works! reached out to SVSU about hosting MI Career Quest on campus. “We saw this as an outstanding opportunity to be a good community partner and to help connect


Freshman Carissa Spetoskey paints pumpkins with her family including her dad, mom, step mom, step dad, big sister, and little sister. Vanguard Graphic | Brooke Elward

Cardinal families flock to campus for Family Weekend Abby Lawson Vanguard Reporter

Thousands of students, including Cramer Jr High and TSN Middle School come to the MI Career Quest. Vanguard Graphic | Brooke Elward

Over the weekend, SVSU hosted a Family Weekend with a series of activities for students and faculty to participate in with family. The Associate Dean of Students Jason Schoenmeyer said Family Weekend allowed students to show their families what college is like. “Family Weekend is designed to help students host their families for a weekend and to share their college experience with family members,” Shoenmeyer said. Shoenmeyer said Family Weekend gives people the chance to experience SVSU at its busiest. “Family Weekend allows families of students, faculty and staff to experience the hustle and bustle of the SVSU campus at the height of the academic semester,” he said. Many activities were available for families, including a recital performed by SVSU’s ballet team. Hinano Horiuchi, an international student from Japan, said she hoped her performance brought families together nontraditionally, without the use of language. “I hope our ballet performance

brought not only SVSU students, but bigger communities together by sharing the same beautiful experience without the use of language,” Horiuchi said. “I’m glad I still do ballet in the U.S. I realized that even though we speak different languages, we can still have fun and be moved together.” The hockey team also played a game over the weekend. Heidi Ewald, a nursing sophomore, said the game brought her closer to her SVSU family. “Going to watch the hockey games brings me closer to my family here at SVSU and gives my sister and me a chance to do something fun together,” she said. Ramon Hernandez, a neuroscience junior, shared a similar experience about his time at the football game. “Cardinal football brings together old generations of Cardinals and new,” he said. “It’s always great to see the wealth of knowledge exchanged, whether it be over a hot dog or an awesome play seen on the field. The sense of community at SVSU is so strong and thriving.” Joy Bonke, communication coordinator of National Residence

Hall Honorary and professional and technical writing junior, said NRHH members have fun serving the community during their pancake breakfast event. “NRHH members had fun bonding and serving the community while flipping pancakes and serving families,” Bonke said. “The breakfast was a great way for families to see our campus before one of the last home games, and for students to spend quality time with their families.” Shoenmeyer said Family Weekend showed how much SVSU cares about its students and invests in students’ families. “SVSU is a campus that not only cares about their students but understands that their families are just as invested in their students’ college experience as they are,” Shoenmeyer said. He said the event was a good way for students to show their families what their lives at SVSU are like. “We think that it positively impacts our campus climate to host families for a weekend on campus to help them feel just as much a part of SVSU as their student,” he said.

Board approves new downtown Saginaw location Connor Rousseau Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU Board of Control met Monday, Oct. 28, and approved a new downtown location and updates to various dorms. Building updates The Board of Control agreed to leasing 208 S. Washington in Downtown Saginaw, allocating up to $275,000 for the project. SVSU plans to use the building

for educational purposes as well as community involvement and outreach. SVSU will sell its Regional Education Center. The Chesterfield Township center was used to run College of Education courses for graduate students. Online teaching opportunities have rendered the center unnecessary. The Board of Control agreed upon the allocation of up to $4.6 million in order to refurbish a portion of the Pine Grove Apartments and Living Center South

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during the summer of 2020. President Don Bachand said a dedication for the new Scott L. Carmona College of Business will be Feb. 26, 2020. Staff members of the month Athletic Director John Decker awarded Eric Brookhouse and Mike O’Hearn the Staff Member of the Month awards for their hard work and dedication to the university. “They are very resourceful in

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coming up with solutions to the kinds of issues that we have. They’re really creative with their ideas and their thinking,” Decker said. Decker said Brookhouse and O’Hearn reflect the importance of positivity in Athletics. “They always have a positive outlook, which is a great thing to have in athletics because we don’t win all the time … Having people who have a positive outlook on life is something that is very helpful to our student athNews ...................A2 Opinion ..............A3

letes and our coaches.”. Other news Student Association President Hunter Koch announced that Battle of the Valley raised $20,302.75 for Midland’s The ROCK Center for Youth Development. SA will search for a new BOV competitor at a conference the association will hold at SVSU. Koch said all 15 Michigan public university student governments will be invited to the meeting.

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

Fraud At 2 p.m. Oct. 24, the Payroll Department discovered some discrepancies in an employee’s payroll deposit change request. When they contacted the employee, the person indicated that they did not make that request. The request came from an outside email account. Police contacted the person whose email made the request. The account was closed and is under investigation for other fraudulent activities.

Suspicious situation At 9:25 p.m. Oct. 24, a 19-yearold student called to report that her roommate’s ex-boyfriend was possibly on his way to their apartment in Pine Grove, and her roommate was not there. A check of the area was done, and officers did not locate the ex-boyfriend. They were advised to call if he does show up.

Marijuana At 9:53 p.m. Oct. 25, officers met with Residential Life Staff regarding the smell of marijuana in University Village. When officers went to the apartment, all of the residents denied smoking. One of the roommate’s boyfriends was upstairs, and officers discovered that he had been around people who had been smoking. He had four active warrants out of the Detroit area, but none of the departments would come up to get him. He was given a trespass letter and told to leave campus. QUEST, continued from A1 future talent,” Engel said. Since there were nearly 10,000 attendees at the MI Career Quest event, on-campus traffic was interrupted during the event. Engel said information from the university regarding road closures was dispersed among students via email prior to the event taking place.


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rogram Board hosted its annual Halloween Block Party, which featured free Halloween-themed activities. The Thursday, Oct. 31 event featured a photo booth, DJ, pumpkin painting and a mobile escape room. Hannah Hale, Program Board senior event planner and nursing junior, said the organization spent three weeks planning the event, but inclement weather forced the organization to change its plans. “We put this on every year,” Hale said. “It’s usually called Halloween Bash, but this year I changed it to Halloween Block Party because it was originally supposed to be outside, but it snowed, so we moved it in.” Hale said there were other changes to accompany the new name for the event. “Last year, they had a silent disco, so having a full-blown DJ is new,” she said. Tourney Tuesday featured a cornhole tournament, and Valley Nights provided virtual reality equipment. PHE also sponsored the mobile escape room. Sarah Hahn, an early childhood education junior, said she enjoyed the event. “The food was pretty good, the music was good and FORTE’s dance was really cool,” Hahn said. Students were encouraged to dress in costume, which theatre senior Brittany LaCrosse said she appreciated. “I am a big fan of Halloween, and I think everyone should celebrate it,” LaCrosse said. “I like seeing other people’s costumes and seeing people embrace being a little weird.” Hale encouraged students to be on the lookout for Program Board’s upcoming events, such as a hypnotist from TikTok.

The members of FORTE showcase their talent during a performance at the Program Board Halloween Bash. Vanguard Photo | Nicole Vogelpohl

“We made sure to keep the campus community well informed – via email and social media, as well as word-of-mouth – on how best to navigate SVSU while the event was ongoing,” Engel said. He said the attendees left the event with more knowledge about in-state career options. “We expect the students, teachers, counselors and career navigators in attendance walked away better understanding the strong career options available in Michigan,” he said. SVSU President Don Bachand said he thought the event was a great way for visiting middle and high school students to explore careers. “I am most excited about the opportunity this provides for our visiting middle and high school students,” he said. “Our region plays host to outstanding employers in a variety of industries. This Michigan Works! event will educate and provide excitement about so many of the employment opportunities ripe for the kind of talent these students one day can provide.”

Cramer Jr. High students visit the Ryder Center to learn about future jobs with some hands-on experience. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Basketball teams rank high in preseason polls Denver Milam Vanguard Reporter

Malik Ellison, a junior guard, attempts a layup to score for SVSU during the Friday, Nov. 1, game against Michigan. Vanguard Photo | Bridget Cusick

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With the start of the basketball season looming, pre-season GLIAC rankings have been released for a look at how the season could shake out. The SVSU women’s basketball team is ranked sixth in the GLIAC after receiving zero first-place votes and 16 points in the coaches’ poll. A year removed from going 6-21 overall and 6-14 in the GLIAC, the Cardinals will be looking to build on past successes and put past struggles behind them. With new head coach in Jenny Pruett, the Cardinals will look to their returners for success and stability this season. There are 10 players returning to the women’s basketball team, and three of them were in the top five for scoring on the team last season. Sophomores Maddie Barrie and Maddie Maloney will be expected to lead the team, along with Aaliah Hill in her first full season at SVSU after transferring from CMU halfway through last season’s gameplay. SVSU’s schedule begins Nov. 8 at Hillsdale. The team will have eight regional games followed by the beginning of its GLIAC Conference games Dec. 5, which will have the team heading north to face Michigan Tech, followed by a Dec. 7 meeting with Northern Michigan.

The men’s basketball team came in fifth place for the GLIAC South pre-season rankings. With zero first-place votes and 24 points in the coaches’ poll, the Cardinals placed just above Wayne State. Randy Baruth is entering his eighth season as the SVSU head coach, and he is welcoming back a majority of his team from last season. Of the returners, the top four scorers from a year ago, along with being All-GLIAC Second Team performers, include Myles Belyeu and Darnell Hoskins Jr. These players are expected to help lead the men’s team to a better record than last year’s 1018 overall and 6-14. Two transfers, junior guard Malik Ellison from Eastern Michigan and junior center Innocent Nwoko, look to contribute to the team right out of the gate. SVSU played three exhibition games between Oct. 23 and Nov. 1, going 1-2 in their matchups. Following a 95-60 win against Delta College on Oct. 23, SVSU faced two Division I opponents on the road. During the team’s Oct. 30 game at Oakland, the Cardinals fell 84-63. During its Nov. 1 game at the University of Michigan, the Cardinals fell 82-51. The men’s team starts its regular gameplay Nov. 8 at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky against Indianapolis, followed by a game against Bellarmine on Nov. 9.

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Modern America lacks the patriotism it was built on Connor Rousseau Elementary Education

It is 2019: a time of great civil unrest as people clash on topics such as abortion, the Black Lives Matter movement, affirmative action, gender equality and the LGBT+ movement. We as a nation have become divided not by our differing beliefs, but by our ignorance. We hear but fail to listen. Riots are breaking out in the streets, and new social movements have grown from peaceful protests to violent mobs. Current controversies over Trump and Ukraine and abortion and gun laws have glued our eyes to our screens as we peruse our favorite news networks for new political drama. Yes, all the issues I mentioned above are important. Yes, these issues shape our society, our beliefs, our culture. But in a country where people burn

their own flag and wish they could live somewhere else, we have created a bulging rift right through the heart of America. I’d like to make clear that I am not saying our country is perfect; we are far from it. We the people have forgotten what it means to be an American. We have forgotten the heroic actions of our soldiers on D-Day. We have forgotten the great deeds of brave men who suffered through the merciless horrors of Vietnam and Korea. We have forgotten the men and women who served in the blistering heat of the Middle East to protect us. We have forgotten that America is about freedom and democracy, which were once incipient, unrealistic ideas cradled in the hearts and minds of a few hopeful people with a dream. What will we tell our children about our nation? Will we tell them that we are a nation of division and hate? Will we tell them about the death of the American Dream? The sad reality is that we erect walls to protect ourselves from outside forces while xenophobes hide behind the cover of our

borders. It is not a foreign power that threatens our nation; it is our own people. When we lose sight of what it means to be an American, that is when we truly lose our power. The greatest weapon that our nation possesses is not our nuclear arsenal or our incredible variety of missiles, bombs, guns, rockets, ships, planes or soldiers. It is our spirit. It is the persistence we display as we fight through adversity. It is the fact that we never give up, no matter what threats attempt to belittle us. America serves as a role model to the rest of the world not because of our wealth or militaristic triumphs, but because of our core beliefs and ideologies. Ronald Reagan shared his thoughts on patriotism during his Farewell Address to the Nation in 1989. He discusses the importance of patriotism and what being an American is all about: “ … are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world? ... We were taught, very directly,

what it means to be an American. And we absorbed ... a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions.” He believes, as Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Adams did, that being an American and preserving our liberties requires that citizens are educated on our history and purpose. We always appear so shocked when a foreigner does better on an American history exam than a natural-born U.S. citizen. Reagan warned us many years ago of the consequences this would bring: “If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit.” Our country is in a tug-of-war with itself, and there are only two possible outcomes. We could have a divided nation pulling equally on both sides of the rope, canceling out any chance of movement or progress. Or we could join together on one side of the rope and realize, when we see nobody pulling at the opposite end, that when we stick together, nobody can stand against us.

The Founding Fathers’ values aren’t relevant anymore Hannah Beach Opinion Editor Professional and Technical Writing As the years progress, it is critical that society must progress, too. What our country was built on is hardly relevant anymore. The Constitution doesn’t talk about half the things we face in current times: online privacy, women’s healthcare, voter fraud and many others.

The Founding Fathers, a group of middleaged, rich white men, couldn’t even begin to fathom the necessity for women’s rights, black rights and LGBT+ rights. Even the politicians of the last century have no idea what we now face. Presidents as recent as Bush and Obama couldn’t have anticipated what the country looks like today. Suggesting that politicians of the past – no less white, male politicians – could possibly foresee these problems and understand them shows just how unwilling our country is to admit its flaws.

We are a nation steeped in triumphs, yes, but also steeped a great deal more in failures and atrocities. We have whitewashed our history and our laws. We have brainwashed our citizens into believing that our values back in 1776 should still be our values in 2019. America has changed so much since we declared independence. We have tried to make all of our citizens more equal (though that still needs a lot of work). We have tried to be the forefront of the industrial world. We have tried to be the country that all other countries want to be. But it’s not enough to just try, and it’s not

OK to stall our progress by calling these changes unpatriotic. If you think that we’re straying from what our Founding Fathers hoped for America, good. We should be. We should be getting as far away as we can from their racism, sexism, xenophobism. We should be getting away from thinking we’re the best country with the best values. We should be re-examining all of our history, not just the white parts. If we give any attention to the Constitution, it should be to see how far we have come in our development as a nation.

There is no ethical consumption in a capitalist economy Maria Ranger Columnist Creative Writing

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of people sharing lists of companies not to support because of various unethical practices: testing on animals, using sweatshop labor, paying disabled workers less and contributing to harmful political campaigns. I have chosen to avoid supporting certain companies, made several lifestyle changes to be more eco-friendly and no longer eat meat because I feel it’s unethical. However, it seems the more research I do, the more it seems like every company does things that are immoral or conflict with my personal values. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I see these lists because I’m not sure where I can eat or shop that align with my values. Many “fast fashion” mall stores have unethical labor practices and are bad for the

environment. I’m aware that this is wrong, but as a college student, I can’t afford to spend a ton of money on clothing. Stores like that become the only ones that are practical for me. I don’t want to support things that I disagree with, but I also can’t spend $30 on a T-shirt. One of the most common affordable alternatives to “fast fashion” stores is thrifting, but some of the largest thrift stores are problematic. Salvation Army is infamously homophobic, and Goodwill was recently found to be paying disabled workers under minimum wage in some locations. While there are small local thrift stores, these chains are the most accessible, and it’s unfortunate to be stuck choosing the lesser of two evils. Everywhere you try to eat or shop is problematic for one reason or another. I’ve heard so many people say, “There’s no ethical consumption under capitalism” as an excuse to avoid even trying to make better

choices. I understand where they’re coming from, but it feels like a cop out. We can’t control the fact that corporations do bad things, but shouldn’t we try to be ethical when we can? I worked at a popular fast food chain this summer and was treated very poorly there. I was denied lunch breaks during eight to nine hour shifts and was yelled at when I had low blood sugar. I would get too anxious to sleep, and I woke up every day filled with dread. A lot of fast food workers have had similar experiences. It’s a bad industry to work in, but that’s not to say everyone should completely give it up. The best approach would be for those who are physically and financially able to make certain lifestyle changes to try to do so. If you can afford a more expensive pair of jeans that was produced without labor cruelty, buy them. But if you don’t have money for expensive jeans and can only afford “fast fashion” jeans or can only shop at a Goodwill or Salvation Army, you shouldn’t beat yourself up. Every

day we are faced with difficult decisions as a consumer. Ethical products are not accessible to everyone, but it is on the people who can afford them to buy them. Some people may need to use plastic straws to drink or other disposable products because they have a disability that could impair motor skills, but people who are able-bodied should skip out on plastic waste when they can. It is absolutely on companies and producers to pay their employees properly, give them proper working conditions, use production methods that don’t damage the environment or create unnecessary waste and not harm living creatures. This shouldn’t be used as an excuse to mindlessly consume, but until ethical goods and services are available, we shouldn’t treat someone like a bad person for not always being able to get such things either. Small boycotts and lifestyle changes are helpful, but they are also not the solution to a system that thrives on exploitation. I wish I knew what was.

Online dating distracts from forming real connections Alyssa McMillan Psychology

We live in a time where everything is made to be as convenient as possible. We shop online, order groceries online and now even date online, but is it a good thing? Dating in general has always been hard for me. I just didn’t do it in high school because that was easier than trying to work through the feelings of anxiety and dread I got anytime I thought of getting close to a guy. In theory, online dating should then make it easier for me, right? Wrong. There are certain expectations that have to be upheld online. Your life has to look as perfect as possible so that guys might be fooled by the façade and swipe right.

It’s absolutely exhausting trying to find attractive pictures of yourself that don’t show any of your flaws. On top of that, you have to have a killer bio to be noticed. For me, all of these pressures create an insane amount of anxiety, and that’s before even thinking about actually talking to anyone or meeting up with them. My head instantly runs wild with the most ridiculous thoughts anyone can come up with. What if the guy who takes interest in me is a serial killer? Even worse, what if he’s actually a Trump supporter? We’re sacrificing our own safety to meet up with a guy who might kind of look like his pictures. Why is this the way we decided dating should be? It shouldn’t be full of fake pictures and lying about your hobbies and interests. Dating should be about trying to make a real connection with somebody. It can be hard to meet people in real life,

but that’s only because we make it that way. We ignore each other in classes and club meetings. We don’t make an effort in real life anymore. I personally would much rather have someone get to know the real me. I want a guy to ask me out while I’m in sweat pants with my hair a mess and no makeup on. Then I’d know that he’s actually into me and not the version of myself that I’m pretending to be online. I still might wonder if he’s a serial killer, but at least I’d know exactly what he looks like and what his intentions are. Most guys online only care about one thing: hooking up. I don’t blame them; it’s an incredibly convenient way to meet someone to hook up with in a timely manner, but that doesn’t work when you’re looking for something real. I’m not interested in hooking up, and that alone would make it incredibly hard for me to

date online. I’m all for technology and posting on the internet, but I try not to make my life seem too fake or perfect because it’s not. Unfortunately, that’s just how dating apps work. I’ll still get anxiety talking to someone in real life, but that’s something I could get over faster. The longer I talk to them, the easier it gets. So while the first encounter might be weird, it would be a lot better than how I would feel online. The whole process would give me anxiety, from creating the profile all the way up to actually meeting up with them. And that’s if I could even bring myself to do that. I think we all need to take a step back and ask ourselves if we’re making life too easy. Maybe we should bring dating back to real life, even if it’s harder. It may be more work, but it might help create real, deep connections that most of us just don’t have right now.

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Vanguard reporter Abby Burgess and Austin Butterfield perform in the final showing of “Proof” on Sunday, Nov. 3. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Theatre department delivers first show of the semester Alyssa McMillan


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he theatre department addressed mental health, fear and loss of a parent in its newest production, “Proof,” which opened Wednesday, Oct. 30. “Proof,” written by David Auburn, follows a young girl named Catherine. She is dealing with her father’s death as well as her sister trying to force her to move to New York. The show flashes back to when her father was alive, showing the full extent of his mental illness. Catherine is afraid she will inherit the same mental illness. Another main character, Hal, was

played by theatre education junior Austin Butterfield. Throughout the show, Hal works tirelessly to uncover something that might have been left behind by Catherine’s dad. The character has no shortage of awkward moments, which Butterfield said was both his favorite and least favorite part. “I feel those awkward moments,” Butterfield said. “I think those were my favorite parts but also my least favorite parts because this shouldn’t feel as normal as it does.” The play featured a cast of four characters, making it easy for the actors to bond during rehearsals. Rehearsals ran four nights a week, three hours each session.

“My favorite part was easily working with my costars,” Butterfield said. “We get to be silly and have a lot of fun during the rehearsals, and we make a lot of discoveries together. It’s a really wonderful time.” The play also hit hard on the characters’ intelligence. Both Catherine and her dad were mathematicians who solved some of math’s hardest questions. Butterfield said accurately portraying that facet of the characters was the hardest part. “All the characters are smarter than we are,” he said. “Trying to make sure that is known was difficult. It’s easy to play someone that’s dumber, but playing

someone smarter than you takes a bit more work.” Butterfield credits the success of the play to their director, David Rzeszutek, who has experience with improv from his time in New York. “Dave’s a really great director,” Butterfield said. “Dave has a lot of improv experience from New York, and he utilizes that in the rehearsal process to help us find really genuine and really authentic moments. It feels really good.” “Proof” will be followed up by “Emilie,” which will run Nov. 22 and 23, and “Home for the Holidays,” which will run Dec. 4-6. Next semester’s theatre productions will include Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

Music senior goes out with a bang in percussion solo Hannah Beach Vanguard A&E Editor

Samson Lawrence played percussion solos and an original arrangement for his Wednesday, Oct. 30, senior recital. He described his performance as “a hodgepodge of contrasting musical styles” he discovered during his time at SVSU. His played his first two pieces, “Odessa”

and “Two Mexican Dances for Marimba,” on the marimba. For his third piece, “Rebonds B,” Lawrence played various percussion instruments. Lawrence’s fourth piece, “Mourning Dove Sonnet,” featured the vibraphone. He described the piece as being a contemporary solo that “uses extended playing techniques.” Lawrence was then joined by three fellow musicians for his arrangement of the jazz

Music student Samson Lawrence performs a marimba solo, among other percussion pieces, for his senior recital Wednesday night. Vanguard Photo | Matt Hintz

ballad “Rain, Rain Go Away.” Lily Reyes, a music education senior, played bass for Lawrence’s arrangement. She said she was glad to have been part of his recital and enjoyed his interpretation of the piece. “I thought his arrangement … gave the original, which is just piano, more character due to the different timbres from the various percussion instruments,” she said. Josh Braley, a computer science junior, played the drums for the joint piece. He said their biggest struggle in rehearsing the arrangement was finding time all four musicians were available. “We are thankfully all skilled musicians, so we were able to put things together despite life getting in the way,” Braley said. Patrick Fitzgibbon, a drumline coach, played the marimba for “Rain, Rain Go Away.” He praised Lawrence’s ability to take on the original piece and transform it into something new. “This was originally a piece for piano, bass and drums,” Fitzgibbon said. “He did a great job figuring out how it could work on mallet instruments.” Lawrence then played “Variations on Japanese Children’s Songs” on marimba and “Hands Down” on the bongos. He said his greatest challenge was running through all seven pieces, six of which were

solos, consecutively. “Playing one full piece of music takes a good amount of physical and mental endurance,” he said. “That’s especially true if you’re performing seven different pieces in one limited time frame.” Fitzgibbon said Lawrence took on a lot with the pieces he performed for his recital. “The pieces he chose for his recital were very challenging,” Fitzgibbon said. “It was a ton of work preparing them. In the end, he was able to deliver an incredible performance.” Reyes agreed that Lawrence’s performance was proof of his talent. “(Lawrence) is a very hard worker and an amazing percussionist, so I really didn’t expect anything less from him,” she said. Lawrence said the recital was a chance to share his love for performing music with the audience. “Playing a piece of music that I enjoy has always significantly motivated me on a personal level, so it (was) my pleasure to share my energy and passion for music with them,” he said. He said students should step outside their comfort zones, just as he did for his recital. “You may not sound great the first time you try … and that’s perfectly all right,” he said. “The important thing is to keep trying. The more experience you gain with anything you do, the more comfortable … you become.”

Lunch and learn talks costumes, cultural appropriation Melisa Vennix Vanguard Reporter

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having a pajama day instead of allowing students to wear costumes to school to ensure appropriateness. “I feel that having a pajama day is a very inclusive idea,” Gomez said. “Not everyone celebrates Halloween or can afford a costume.” Those who attended the session discussed what could be done to prevent students from wearing culturally appropriative costumes. Much of the conversation fell back onto education about cultural sensitivity.

“I would like to see more education about cultures in school,” Gomez said. “I feel that people will then be less likely to pick an offensive costume.” The lunch and learn session also brought light to confronting those who are wearing an appropriating costume. Students talked about strategies for informing others when their costumes are racist or culturally offensive. Social Justice Rapid Response plans to host biweekly talks for the remainder of the

semester. Their next session will address topics relevant to Thanksgiving. “We choose topics that are current so people can apply them to every day,” Gomez said. The goal is to educate students and allow open discussion about subjects that are sometimes difficult to talk about. “The whole idea is to offer a respectful place to share ideas, knowledge and resources with people interested,” Gomez said.

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Women’s soccer defeats Davenport, 1-0 Denver Milam


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VSU women’s soccer defeated Davenport 1-0 for its Nov. 1 game, improving the team’s overall score to

9-5. The Cardinals’ overall score is 6-1 in GLIAC matches. The Cardinals are 7-2, outscoring opponents 21-5 and posting six clean sheets over that time frame. SVSU was supposed to be home on Nov. 1st, but due to poor weather, the match was moved to the Midland Community Stadium. The change of venue changed nothing for the SVSU offense and goalie Alyssa Watts. She faced nine shots during the game and kept all of them out of the net to improve her seasonal record to 7-3. Sakura Bals scored in the 13th minute of the game, which was enough for the Cardinals to get the win. SVSU outshot Davenport 10-9 and outsaved them 9-2. Strong defense, aided by 12 fouls against the Cardinals, allowed Davenport to protect its 1-0 lead for the final 77 minutes of the match.

Men’s soccer beats Purdue Ryan Silvestri Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU men’s soccer team earned its second straight victory as the team shut out Purdue Northwest this weekend, 3-0. Junior midfielder Robbie Bruce, who scored the game’s first goal in the later minutes of the first half, was unphased by the Pride. “We got the job done without breaking too much of a sweat,” Bruce said. “The opponents were tough, but we had more energy and outworked them. In the GLIAC, that goes a long way.” The Cardinal’s offensive dominance was apparent in the first half, as they outshot the Pride by 6-4 in the opening half. Entering the game’s second half ahead 1-0, the Cardinals had no intention of slowing down. Seven minutes into the second half, Bruce again made an impactful play for the Cardinals, this time assisting freshman forward Kairo Coore to his fifth goal of the season to further the team’s lead to 2-0. Following the goal from Coore, both sides got physical, as three yellow cards were given in the second half. Cardinals Joshua Rubin and Gustavo Bergmann both received penalties. With only eight minutes left in the game, sophomore midfielder Gabriello Calamita scored his first career goal for the Cardinals. Calamita’s goal helped lead to a Cardinal victory. Calamita appeared in 14 games for the Cardinals last season. Bruce said the team played well despite playing in cold temperatures on the road. “We had a game plan going in, and we stuck to it,” Bruce said. “The boys were great and were dedicated to getting a shutout.” The Purdue Northwest victory is the team’s fifth shutout of the year, led by junior goalkeeper Mason Maziasz. “The team played very well collectively,” Maziasz said. “I didn’t face many shots due to a great defensive performance.” Maziasz said the team’s goal for next weekend is to get six points. “Our mindset going into this weekend is to come away with six points,” Maziasz said. “I think we set that standard well in the Purdue game.” The Cardinals, who are now guaranteed a spot in the GLIAC tournament, currently sit in third place in the regular season standings. The team will conclude its regular season Thursday, Nov. 7, with a matchup against rival Northwood at home. The Cardinals will play in the first round of the GLIAC tournament on Nov. 11th.

The Cardinals have had a lot of good practices that have brought the team together over the past few weeks. Team chemistry has played a large role in the success of the Cardinals this season. The win against Davenport moved the Cardinals into second place in the GLIAC standings, one game behind Grand Valley and tied with Ashland, both of which the Cardinals will face this week. If the Cardinals win both of its games this week, the team will have a chance to win the GLIAC Regular Season title outright, which would be the first time in school history the team has done so. This will be no easy task, as Grand Valley and Ashland are a combined 13-1 in GLIAC play and a combined 26-3-1 in all contests this season. If the Cardinals defense holds to form as they have been over the last month, they will have a to win both matchups and possibly the GLIAC title. The Cardinals will be home this week. Its final regular season game against Ashland kicks off 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at home.

Defender Jennifer Muana kicks the ball from opponents. Vanguard Photo | Karlee Gourd

Football falls to Ashland at home game Amanda Ziolkowski Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU football lost 24-21 against Ashland during its Nov. 2 home game. The Cardinals began the game defending the north endzone when Ryan Conklin completed a pass to Chad Gailliard for 7 yards to the 29yard line. Nate McCrary then rushed for loss of 3 yards to the 39-yard line, where a fumble was forced by Ashland’s Curtis Roupe. Then, a fumble by McCrary was recovered by Roupe at the 43yard line. Nearing the end of the first quarter, Ashland’s Austin Brenner completed a pass to Schweitzer, rushing for 4 yards to a touchdown. SVSU’s Connor Luksic then punted 44 yards to the 20-yard line, downed, ending the first quarter with Ashland in the lead 7-0. After the game, Luksic said the team will need to focus on its early gameplay to succeed.

“We just need to focus on eliminating the mistakes at the beginning of the game,” he said. “If we do that, we will come back with the win.” Ashland’s Austin Brenner began the second quarter with a pass completed to McLoughlin for 72 yards to a touchdown. SVSU’s Chris Nelson rushed for 7 yards to the SVSU 33-yard line, 11 yards to the SVSU 44-yard line, then 2 more yards to the SVSU 26-yard line, with Tye Mintz following rushing for 4 yards to the 50yard line. SVSU’s Casey Williams rushed for one yard to the Ashland 0-yard line for a Cardinal touchdown. SVSU’s Drew Franklin kicked off the second half with 56 yards to the Ashland 9-yard line, where Jourdan Swett returned for 19 yards to the Ashland 28-yard line. Ashland’s Barnett rushed for 5 yards to a touchdown with 10:29 left in the third quarter. SVSU’s drive then started at 10:22 in the third quarter. Conklin completed a pass to Michael

King for 28 yards to a touchdown. SVSU’s Jacob Matus punted 41 yards to the Ashland 1-yard line, ending the third quarter with Ashland leading 21-14. During the fourth quarter, after a Cardinal timeout, Ashland player Satchel Denton’s field goal attempt was deemed good from the 47 putting, Ashland ahead 24-14. Conklin completed a pass to Gailliard for 23 yards to the Ashland 44-yard line, which was deemed out of bound, and again to Williams for 21 yards to the Ashland 28-yard line, also deemed out of bound. Conklin then completed a pass to Williams for 28 yards for another SVSU touchdown, ending the game with a close score in favor of Ashland, 24-21 24. “I feel like once again we played really well in the second half, but we’ve struggled with playing four quarters of football with too many mistakes in the beginning of the game,” Luksic said. “We had a few today, but not too many.”

Running back Chris Nelson runs through an opening in the line of defense to earn another first down. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Swim teams lose to Northern Michigan at home meet Denver Milam Vanguard Reporter

The women’s team is ready on the starting blocks. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Both of SVSU’s swim teams lost at the meet against Northern Michigan,183-99 for the men and 189-88 for the women. It took until the 14th event of the Saturday, Nov. 2, swim meet for the Cardinals to grab a first-place finish for Kyle Amick in the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 21.60 seconds, fivehundredths of a second ahead of Northern’s second-place finisher. Elizabeth Caird finished first in the women’s three-meter dive. For SVSU, there were many positives that came out of the meet. Of the 32 total events between swimming and diving, the Cardinals had two first place finishes and eighteen second place finishes, as well as having 26 events

where multiple swimmers gained points for the Cardinals’ effort. Pedro Rezende was no stranger to second place, as he finished in this position three times during the meet in the men’s 1000-meter freestyle, 500-meter freestyle and in the 400 -yard IM while registering 12 of the men’s 99 points. Amick was also successful in netting the men 16 points, four from his team’s second place finish in the men’s 400-meter medley relay with teammates Tyler Overmyer, Jared Caudill and Evan Lindquist. Amick registered another 12 by himself for his first-place finish in the 50 -meter freestyle and his third-place finish in the 100 Yard Freestyle. Elizabeth Caird, the lone Cardinal on the women’s side to come away with a victory,

brought in 12 points for her finishes in the women’s one-meter dive and the women’s three-meter dive, taking third and first, respectively. Kimble Darbee also had a successful day, as she also brought in 12 points for the SVSU women. Darbee finished third in both the women’s 400-yard IM and 200-yard breaststroke while adding a fourth place finish in the 200-yard freestyle and a team second place finish in the 400-meter medley relay with teammates Erin McDowell, Lisette Fenneuff and Natasha Girgen. Both the men’s and women’s swim teams have their next meet on Saturday, Nov. 16, against Valparaiso, followed by a three-day invitational at Wabash.

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Volleyball falls to Ferris and defeats Northwood during weekend matches Ryan Silvestri Vanguard Reporter

The Cardinal volleyball team was on the road this weekend, losing to Ferris State on Friday Nov. 1 and winning against Northwood, on Saturday Nov. 2. The two games were the Cardinals’ last road games of the regular season. On Friday, the Cardinals traveled to Big Rapids to take on No. 20 Ferris State for the second time this season. In its first meeting earlier in the season, the Cardinals defeated the Bulldogs for the first time in four years. In the first set, both teams started off evenly matched, keeping the game tied around the halfway point. From there, the Cardinals went on a 9-1

run, winning the set 25-22. The scoring momentum wasn’t carried over into the second set, as the Cardinals struggled offensively before losing 15-25. In the third set, the Cardinals struggled both offensively and defensively. Keeping the score close early, the Cardinals would eventually lose their footing and allow the Bulldogs to score 11 of the sets last 12 points, ultimately dropping the set 20-25 The Cards came back strong in the fourth set. After a bad serve from Ferris, the Cardinals tied the match with two sets each. In the final set, neither team saw a lead of greater than three points. Following a kill by Ferris, the Cardinals ended up losing the set and the match.

On Saturday, the Cardinals overcame the loss from the day before to defeat Northwood on the road in four sets. In the first set, the Cardinals started slow, letting the Timberwolves get a fourpoint lead early. The Cardinals overcame the deficit and won the set after a kill from senior Sarah Tabit. The success continued in the second set, as the Cardinals limited Northwood to 18 points. In the third set, Northwood took an early 2-0 lead. This advantage continued throughout the frame, as the Timberwolves limited the Cardinals to 20 points before winning their only set. In the final set of the night, the Cardinals

started on a 5-0 run. From there, they continued their offensive dominance en route to winning the set and match. Senior Olivia Dean, who played in both games this weekend, said she was looking forward to what is next for the Cardinals. “I was really proud of the way we stepped up against Northwood after taking a heartbreaking loss to Ferris,” Dean said. “We’re looking forward to a good week of practice and stepping back out on the court at home this weekend.” The team’s next game is at home Saturday Nov. 15, as they host Lake Superior State. After this game, the Cardinals will prepare for the Nov. 20 GLIAC tournament.

Men’s and women’s swimming split at meet Ryan Silvestri Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU men’s soccer team earned its second straight victory as the team shut out Purdue Northwest this weekend, 3-0. Junior midfielder Robbie Bruce, who scored the game’s first goal in the later minutes of the first half, was unphased by the Pride. “We got the job done without breaking too much of a sweat,” Bruce said. “The opponents were tough, but we had more energy and outworked them. In the GLIAC, that goes a long way.” The Cardinal’s offensive dominance was apparent in the first half, as they outshot the Pride by 6-4 in the opening half. Entering the game’s second half ahead 1-0, the Cardinals had no intention of slowing down. Seven minutes into the second half, Bruce again made an impactful play for the Cardinals, this time assisting freshman forward Kairo Coore to his fifth goal of the season to further the team’s lead to 2-0. Following the goal from Coore, both sides got physical, as three yellow cards were given in the second half. Cardinals Joshua Rubin and Gustavo Bergmann both received penalties. With only eight minutes left in the game,

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sophomore midfielder Gabriello Calamita scored his first career goal for the Cardinals. Calamita’s goal helped lead to a Cardinal victory. Calamita appeared in 14 games for the Cardinals last season. Bruce said the team played well despite playing in cold temperatures on the road. “We had a game plan going in, and we stuck to it,” Bruce said. “The boys were great and were dedicated to getting a shutout.” The Purdue Northwest victory is the team’s 5th shutout of the year, led by junior goalkeeper Mason Maziasz. “The team played very well collectively,” Maziasz said. “I didn’t face many shots due to a great defensive performance.” Maziasz said the team’s goal for next weekend is to get six points. “Our mindset going into this weekend is to come away with six points,” Maziasz said. “We set that standard well in the Purdue game.” The Cardinals, who are now guaranteed a spot in the GLIAC tournament, currently sit in third place in the regular season standings. The team will conclude its regular season Thursday, Nov. 7, with a matchup against rival Northwood at home. The Cardinals will play in the first round of the GLIAC tournament on Nov. 11th.

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