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Monday, November 11, 2019

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Student complaints spur pair of Title IX investigations The Valley Vanguard began investigating whether two professors violated Title IX policies after discovering a sudden resignation and complaints about another professor. One investigation involved theatre professor Richard Roberts, who resigned June 28. Andy Swihart, a psychology professor, was put on unpaid administrative leave for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Vanguard began investigating the complaints before the start of the semester. Using the Freedom of Information Act, we were able to pursue the two investigations that appear in this issue.

Theatre prof resigned amid Title IX inquiry Kaitlyn Farley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

Sixteen-year theatre professor Richard “Ric” Roberts retired eight days after university officials informed him that student complaints against him had brought on a Title IX investigation. “The complaints centered around a negative teaching environment in classes and productions,” Provost Deborah Huntley said. Huntley “spoke to students and colleagues and found sufficient corroboration to report this behavior for disciplinary action,” she wrote in a June 20 memo obtained by The Vanguard via a Freedom of Information Act request. Huntley said she first learned of the complaints in late April or early May. Roberts, who was chairman of the theatre department, was the subject of 16 student complaints, Huntley wrote. The memo was the second of this nature Roberts received. Dean of Arts and Behavioral Sciences Marc Peretz said he sent Roberts a prior memo detailing student complaints “on or about” May 14. Peretz said he received the complaints “on or about” April 30. “All the student concerns were brought to my attention at the same time,” he said. “The concerns were related to the students’ educational environment.” Roberts’ resignation was effective July 1. The Vanguard obtained his resignation letter from Roberts’ personnel file via a separate Freedom of Information Act request. “After much conversation with my family and close friends, I am going to pursue

other professional artistic opportunities,” Roberts wrote. Reached via private message, Roberts did not respond to requests for comment for this story. Huntley said she could not explain the nature of the complaints or the three categories the memo said the complaints fell under. “While specifics may have varied between the complaints, there was considerable overlap between students,” she said. Peretz concurred, saying “to provide any specific information might compromise the students’ privacy.” “Concerns from the categories intersectRic Roberts ed, as they all related to the same thing,” he said. Huntley’s memo to Roberts stated that the university’s Title IX officer, Mamie Thorns, would begin a Title IX investigation. Title IX is a federal law mandating that no one be discriminated against in the education system on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. “I cannot discuss the categories without compromising the privacy of the students who submitted the complaints,” Huntley said. “However, some students reported issues that raised the possibility of a Title IX violation.” Faculty Association President Deborah Bishop declined to comment, as did David

‘Inappropriate relationship’ led to 2016 leave Kaitlyn Farley Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

A Title IX investigation of psychology professor Andy Swihart in July 2016 led the university to put him unpaid leave for an academic year. The Title IX report obtained by The Vanguard through a Freedom of Information Act request stated that members of a redacted organization made SVSU aware on March 22 of allegations of misconduct involving Swihart. The report stated that the allegations involved possible violations to SVSU’s policies on sexual misconduct, harassment, Title IX and “inappropriate personal relationships.” “When this investigation was brought to a close in 2016, I committed to discussing it no further,” Swihart wrote in a message to The Vanguard. “There were several reasons for doing so, reasons that remain valid today. Hence, I will decline participation in an interview. I do genuinely appreciate your offer, however.” Provost Deborah Huntley said SVSU informed Swihart of the complaints within a week of SVSU being informed of the complaints. The case was forwarded to The Office of Academic Affairs “for review and a determination of the imposition of appropriate sanctions against Dr. Swihart,” the Title IX report stated. “Swihart was placed on unpaid leave for one academic year,” Huntley said. His personnel file, obtained by The Vanguard in a separate Freedom of Information Act request, shows Swihart was on leave from Aug. 7, 2016, to June 26, 2017. He did not return to his role as Roberts Fellows adviser upon his return to the university.

“The nature of the complaints triggered a full investigation through the Title IX process,” Huntley said. “Swihart was removed from certain duties which may have put him in contact with the involved student(s) while the investigation was in progress.” Title IX is a federal law mandating that no one be discriminated against in the education system on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. The July 2016 Title IX report stated that the allegations involved SVSU policies governing sexual misconduct, anti-harrassment/discrimination and personal involvements. Investigators met with the alleged victim, SwiAndy Swihart hart and witnesses. The report stated that 14 witnesses were interviewed, including Swihart, the victim, two reporting parties, six graduates and four other witnesses whose identifications were redacted. According to the report, the Title IX investigation focused on “several events” from the 2015-2016 academic year involving Swihart and a student. The events and allegations were redacted from the Title IX report received by The Vanguard. In the first page of the four-page report, seven of 21 lines of text were redacted in copies the university provided to the newspaper. Thirty of 34 lines are redacted on the second page, while 19 out of 30 lines are redacted on the fourth page. The final page has about one line out of 9 redactewd.

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SVSU alumni receive awards and honor Ryan Silvestri Vanguard Reporter

The Office of Alumni Relations honored SVSU alumni at its annual Alumni Celebration. The Nov. 8 event gave alumni awards from three areas: Young Alumni, U.S. Veteran Alumni and Distinguished Alumni. Director of Alumni Relations Jim Dwyer gave the opening remarks before alumna Samantha McKenzie offered the invocation. McKenzie is president and CEO of Hidden Harvest, an organization that aims to eliminate food waste in the Great Lakes Bay Region. It was also the benefactor of the 2016 Battle of the Valleys. The Young Alumni Award went to Darrin Flowers and Emily Short. Flowers, a 2007 graduate, teaches social studies at University of Detroit Jesuit and mentors students for the Black Awareness Society of Education. Short, a 2016 graduate, is a project manager for Spicer Group Inc., where she leads stormwater projects and research. An All-American cross country runner at SVSU, Short continues to run semi-professionally for the Playmakers Elite running club. Following the Young Alumni Award, Tony Goble received the U.S. Veteran Alumni Award. In a video highlighting his achievements, Goble spoke on the leadership skills he learned at SVSU that guided him on nine deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. “I planned on only staying in the army for four years,” Goble said. “Twenty-nine years

later, I’m still here, and a lot of that is because of SVSU.” Next up were the Distinguished Alumni Awards, which were given to five alumni. Ricky Brown, a 1985 graduate, is the director of Multicultural Student Initiatives at Kettering University. After Brown was Greg Wischmeyer, who serves as CEO of Neighborhood Mortgage Solutions. While presenting the award, President Don Bachand told the audience about his own experiences with Wischmeyer, as he wrote the mortgage for Bachand’s first house when he moved to the area. Also receiving the distinguished alumni award was Jean LaClair, a 1990 graduate. LaClair serves as a teacher, athletic administrator and volleyball coach at Bronson High School. LaClair has led her teams to four state championships and is the fifth winningest coach in the state. Mary Kay Smith was also honored, as she is the director of the Learning and Assessment Center at Michigan State University. In her role, Smith leads clinical instruction for nursing students. Lastly, Jill Dralle was honored as distinguished alumni for her career at Nexteer. Dralle serves as the chief operating officer of Nexteer’s Saginaw operations. Her son is a freshman this year at SVSU. President Don Bachand gave the closing remarks for the night. “This is the largest Alumni Celebration we have ever hosted,” Bachand said. “It is truly remarkable.”

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Greg Wischmeyer shakes Director of Alumni Relations Jim Dwyer’s hand upon receiving the Scott L. Carmona College of Business Alumni Award as President Don Bachand looks on. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

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

Marijuana At 8:46 p.m. Nov. 1, an officer observed a vehicle in J-Lot with no lights on. The officer performed a traffic stop and could smell the odor of marijuana. The officer searched the vehicle and found marijuana in the glovebox and marijuana on the passenger seat. The marijuana was confiscated. A student admitted that it was his. The situation was turned over to Student Conduct for review.

Trespassing At 2:57 p.m. Nov. 3, a 26-year-old non-student male was visiting his girlfriend in University Village. He was given a trespass letter recently, and he was arrested for trespassing.

Vehicle Impound At 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4, a student parking officer found a vehicle on campus that was illegally parked. After looking up the vehicle and the owner, the student employee found that there were five court citations and 12 SVSU citations that were all unpaid. The car was impounded.

High schoolers celebrate languages through competition Abby Lawson

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VSU helped more than 400 local high schools share their cultures at the annual Foreign Languages Day competition. Monika Dix, a modern foreign languages professor, helped organize the event, inviting local high schools to come compete in various competitions. “We had several different contests,” Dix said. “There was a poster display, skit contest, song and dance show and an international awareness contest, where students were asked questions about various cultural facts.” Dix said Modern Foreign Languages Day helps students realize foreign languages are worth studying. “Languages open your path to employment,” she said. “When employers see you speak a second language, they are more likely to hire you.” Dix said foreign languages also help students understand their own culture. “Foreign languages help you understand cultures in a new light,” Dix said. “I often have students say to me, ‘Wow, I understand this more in American culture.”’ Dix said languages use different parts of the brain, which help students communicate and grow in school. “Languages work with a different side of your brain,” she said. “I feel the creative side is important, and I always encourage students to learn new languages.” Madi Carver, a psychology freshman, judged the German dancing competition. She said she loved watching the high school students get involved in foreign languages. “My grandmother lived in Germany for quite a few years after college, and I was

Students from Tawas Area High School perform “Copacabana” as a Spanish language entry for Foreign Language Day. Vanguard Photo | Brandon Hull

interested in the language and culture, so I took GER 111,” Carver said, “It was a great time watching people get involved in the cultures they are studying. I felt Caro represented Germany very well.” The judge for the French competition was Rachel Berlin, a French, Spanish, and business senior. She said it was wonderful to see students involved with other cultures. “This is important to me because I love to see kids in high school be so passionate about other languages and countries’ cultures,” she said, “It gives me hope for the next generations coming to have empathy for foreign people.” Dix said the event overall had a great turnout. “It went really well,” she said. “Over 400

students came to compete.” Dix said foreign languages are taught in a fun, engaging way at SVSU. “Languages can be fun,” she said. “We are very interactive, and all upper level courses have community service components along with involving engagement with native language speakers.” Dix said SVSU plans to offer dual enrollment for high school students in the near future. “SVSU plans to offer students and high school teachers’ dual enrollment in foreign languages,” Dix said. “I have a high school student now studying advanced Japanese, and when he applies to college, he will already have a Japanese minor.”

Harassment At 12:17 p.m. Nov. 4, a 20-yearold female student reported that she was being harassed by an acquaintance from high school. In the past three months, she reported that she has received more than 50 social media messages from this person. The person made more than 20 Facebook pages, 50 SnapChat accounts and 16 Instagram accounts. He sent her threatening and inappropriate messages. The case is still under investigation. ROBERTS, continued from A1 Rzeszutek, who assumed the position as department chairman after Roberts resigned. “The allegations of [redacted] are all serious infractions that are inconsistent with our educational missions and that warrant disciplinary action,” Huntley’s memo stated. “However, the level of discipline will be determined by the fact-dining of the Title IX investigation.” The investigation was completed after Roberts resigned. “The investigation was not yet complete when he retired,” Thorns said. “It was completed after his retirement.” Huntley said Roberts was not disciplined, as he resigned before the Title IX investigation concluded. “No disciplinary action was taken because the Title IX investigation was still underway when he retired,” she said. Huntley said students were not notified about the complaints or Title IX investigation because the investigation stopped. There are 36 students majoring in theatre. “We did not have the outcome, and it would be inappropriate to inform students of a complaint prior to the completion of the investigation,” she said. Peretz agreed. “Roberts retired prior to the conclusion of the fact-facting efforts,” he said. “It was premature to issue discipline when we received his notice of retirement.”

Nursing undergraduate students Adam Dustin and Lexi Barrett asked a variety of employers – including Covenant HealthCare – questions during the Health and Human Services career fair. Vanguard Photo | Matthew Hintz

HHS fair brings 41 employers to campus Alyssa McMillan Vanguard Reporter

Health and Human Services hosted 41 companies for its sixth Health and Human Services employment fair. At the Nov. 7 fair, students were asked to bring at least 15 copies of their resumes to hand out to employers as they walked around. Interim Associate Director Tom Barnikow said event planning began in July and did not stop until the morning of the fair. “There is marketing and promotions, connecting with the employers, administrative tasks associated with collecting payments and collaborating with The Conference Center to get all of the logistics figured out,” he said. Part of the process is networking with

SWIHART, continued from A1 Universities black out information that violates a student’s expectation of privacy, as protected by the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act. A footnote on the first page of the report states, “During the investigation some witnesses indicated that Dr. Swihart engaged in similar conduct in the past, with other students [information redacted].” Investigators met with Swihart on July 13, 2016, according to the report. He denied the allegations, the report stated. According to the report, the standard of evidence SVSU uses to determine whether a person has violated the Sexual Misconduct Policy is the preponderance of the evidence standard – that is, the evidence demon-

companies to decide which companies would be a good fit for this event, Barnikow said. “Over the past few years, our office has built a robust network of employers that we connect with on a regular basis,” he said. “When we have events that we believe they would be a good fit for, we get in contact with them to see if they would be interested in attending. Many of the employers at our employment fairs attend multiple events that we facilitate throughout the academic year, so the relationship between the employer and the university grows stronger with each visit to campus.” Barnikow said a few major companies attend the event every year. “Some of the larger healthcare organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region attend this event every year,” Barnikow said.

Those employers include Covenant HealthCare, McLaren Bay Region and MidMichigan Health Care. Barnikow said that, each year, about 81 percent of the employers that attend end up interviewing at least one student from the fair. He said 59 percent of the employers end up hiring either a student or alumni who attended the fair. One of the employers that attended was Munson HealthCare. Munson is a hospital based out of Traverse City. Munson attends the employment fair every year and has hired students before. The employer attended the fair this year to look for nurses willing to work in a more rural setting. “Nursing is a big need, especially up north,” Munson Representative Tiffany Larson said. “We’re on the snowbelt, so we get a lot of snow. It’s a little bit more rural.”

strates that it is more likely than not that the conduct occurred. “It is more likely than not that Dr. Swihart engaged in the alleged misconduct at issue. … In fact, there was substantial corroborating evidence, provided by the witnesses and [redacted] that support this conclusion,” the report stated. In the report, Thorns concluded that Swihart violated SVSU’s policies concerning sexual misconduct, harassment, Title IX and personal relationships. “It is important to point out that Dr. Swihart was not only a professor of [redacted] during all these events, he was also responsible for and integral to [redacted],” the report also stated. Faculty Association President Deborah Bishop declined to comment. Psychology

Department Chairman Travis Pashak could not be reached for comment. Swihart became a professor at SVSU in 1998 after first serving as an SVSU neuropsychology lecturer in 1993. He currently serves as a psychology professor. Huntley said students Swihart advised or taught were not notified of the investigation. This was not a situation where widespread notification was warranted,” she said. “Students who had a need to know were informed through the investigation process.” “Huntley said SVSU addresses student concerns seriously and promptly. “The university takes student concerns seriously and does due diligence to stop inappropriate behavior and to reach a fair and accurate conclusion,” she said.

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Marshall Fredericks Museum gets grant Alyssa McMillan Vanguard Reporter

Schroeder referees during a match between the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Courtesy Photo | Jenna Schroeder

Schroeder reflects on beginning NBA career Ryan Silvestri

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hree games into her NBA referee career, SVSU alumna Jenna Schroeder is still adapting to working in arenas with thousands of fans every night. In her latest game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Schroeder officiated a game that included NBA all-stars Kyrie Irving, Brandon Ingrahm and DeAndre Jordan. “It’s unreal,” said Schroeder, who graduated from SVSU in 2009. “I just did my third game in Brooklyn, and I’m still trying to take it all in.” Schroeder has had a busy schedule since joining the association. In under two weeks, she has officiated three games across the country. Her first game was in San Antonio on Oct. 23.

From there, she had a few days off before flying to Washington for her second game on Nov. 3, followed by her latest game in New York on Nov. 4. Schroeder said the nature of NBA schedules can put her in different cities every week. “We get our assignments a few days ahead of time,” Schroeder said. “We fly in the day before the game and then leave the day after. From there, we either get our next assignment or get a few days off before our next game.” The NBA requires all referees with fewer than four years of experience to also officiate in the G-League, the NBA’s minor league system. Because of this, Schroeder stays busy between NBA games. On Nov. 9, she was in Fort Wayne, Indiana, officiating a game between the Long Island Nets and Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Schroeder said she is lucky to be able to referee for a living and said she did not know what she would be doing otherwise. “I was a communications major and took classes with David Schneider when I was at SVSU,” Schroeder said. “I ended up getting an internship with a news station and wanted to cover sports but ended up doing a lot of investigative work. If I weren’t reffing, I don’t know what else I’d be doing.” Although her NBA career is only beginning, Schroeder said her favorite part of the job so far is getting to enjoy the game of basketball up close. “The best part is having a front row seat to the best athletes in the world,” Schroeder said. In between officiating games, Schroeder resides in Berkley, Michigan.

SVSU’s Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum received a grant from the Michigan Council of Cultural Affairs to fund and support its traveling art exhibits. “We have a rotating exhibition program where we bring in about four different exhibitions in our temporary galleries each year,” Museum Director Megan McAdow said. “The grant year is from October through September of next year.” One of the exhibitions the grant money funded is in the museum and open to visitors. “One of the exhibitions is currently installed, and that’s Susan Stevenson Transfigurement Two,” McAdow said. “She is a Michigan ceramist and world-renowned artist. The other one is Lee Sung-Kuen. He is from Korea, and his work is installed as well.” McAdow said the application was submitted in May. The grant was partly funded by the state of Michigan. The process of approving Michigan’s budget was delayed this year, which delayed the grant process. “What we do is write a narrative that is about four pages,” McAdow said. “We have to talk about what all of our plans are, what impact it will have on the community, the impact it will have on SVSU and the students, all of the exhibitions and the artists and the relative programming. ” The museum also goes through a lengthy process to decide which exhibits to display. “We consider a lot of different criteria,” McAdow said. “We do like to put an emphasis on sculptures because Marshall Fredericks was a sculptor, but we don’t limit it to that. We also consider if there are connections to Marshall’s work in some way. We recently had an exhibit on John F. Kennedy because Marshall Frederick had sculpted a bust of J.F.K. But really what our main goal is to bring really high-quality exhibitions, something that might be different to expose students and family members to something they haven’t seen before.”

Students give persuasive speeches for competition Morgan Couchman Vanguard Reporter

Students competed against each other during the annual Sims Public Speaking competition. During the Nov. 8 event, students gave persuasive speeches on a variety of topics. There were three rounds, with the first in Brown Hall rooms. David Schneider, a communications professor at SVSU, gave a little bit of insight on the competition and how it started. “The competition has been going on for three years and over time,” he said. “It’s moved from being a student club to a department event in the Sims family endowment. The students are no longer needing to raise the money for the prize.” Schneider said about 30 to 40 students participate each year. “They have to create a five- to eight- minute persuasive speech that’s theirs,” he said. “All students who enter the competition speak in the two preliminary rounds. We invite our

alumni back to campus to judge in the preliminary rounds. We have administrators and a new set of judges for the final round of the top six speakers from the first two rounds.” The six students in the final round were Kailey Johnston, Austin Teeple, Brittany Rubio, Jessica Davis, Mikayla Rigda and Simone Vaughn. Vaughn, a communications senior, came in first place with a speech about mental health stigma in the black community. She won a $400 prize. “Honestly, I just talked about mental health and how black families really don’t believe in it,” Simone said. “Anything that I do is something that I’m personally tied to.” Johnston came in second place, giving a speech about how white supremacists are recruiting young boys to alt-right beliefs online. Her speech mentioned how older white supremacists are recruiting boys as young as 11 and getting them to blame their problems on minorities.

Simone Vaughn’s winning speech addresses the stigma against mental health crises in the black community. Vanguard Photo | Bridget Cusick Davis, an elementary education freshman, came in third, presenting why secondary schools should start later in the morning. “I think (secondary schools) should start

a little later,” she said. “There’s sleep deprivation involved that has so many negative effects that this is something that needs to be changed.”

Resiliency expert talks neuropsychology and education Melissa Vennix Vanguard Reporter

Horacio Sanchez, CEO of Resiliency Inc., lectured Nov. 4 about child resiliency and applying brain science to improve student outcomes and school environments. Sanchez is considered a leading authority on emotional disorders and resiliency by the Academy of Science’s Maladaptive Council. Resiliency Inc. helps K-12 schools with student behavioral issues and overall school achievement. Before lecturing at SVSU, Sanchez also visited local schools during the week to speak to educators about strategies in the classroom that take the brain into consideration. During his talk, Sanchez spoke about how technology, eating habits and sleep affect the brain. He discussed how these affect the how the brain adapts over time. According to Sanchez, chemical changes are going on in the brain because of people’s daily habits. “Cognitive issues, psychological issues and social issues are an outcome of our brains adapting based on certain things we are doing today,” Sanchez said. Sanchez said over stimulus can lead to crisis in the brain and stressed the importance

of how damaging that can be especially to small children. Using audience members, he described a baby who was predisposed to be less affected by stimulus, an average baby and a baby that has a more difficult time returning to calm after agitation. Sanchez said most people fall in the average category. “Most of us need time, and what we find most crucial is the ritualized patterns in life that help people with average temperaments adjust. Without those rituals we are actually struggling chemically,” Sanchez said. One trigger of chemical imbalances and changes is use of technology. Victoria Wood, an elementary education senior, found this topic helpful. She said students need technology and emotional development opportunities in their classrooms. “There are times you should incorporate technology, and (students) will enjoy using it, but there’s also times to develop social-emotional skills,” Wood said. Jessica Lovejoy, an elementary education senior, said this information was useful for education majors. “With the empathy and stress, it will be good to use toward the kids so you can use their facial expressions to know how they’re doing throughout the day,” she said.

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Universities should be subjected to Open Meetings Act Michigan legislators have introduced a resolution that would subject Michigan public universities to the Open Meetings Act. To summarize, OMA requires meetings of public bodies to be open to the public. Meeting notes must be made available publicly within eight business days of the meeting. Currently, universities are exempt from the law. Joint Resolution E would amend the Michigan Constitution and subject public universities to OMA, as well. The Vanguard supports the resolution. We attend Board of Control meetings, as we feel it necessary for students to be aware of the discussions that take place during these meetings. While in meeting sessions, the SVSU Board of Control often breaks out into

Vanguard Viewpoint a closed session and does not start the session until everyone except Board members leave the room. This has been occurring for as long as anyone on staff can remember. OMA also requires public bodies to make public the minutes from open meetings within eight business days of the meeting. As of this publication, only the agenda for the Oct. 28 Board of Control meeting is published online. Minutes for the two meetings the board has had this fall are not posted. This is why The Vanguard is in favor of Joint Resolution E.

Universities should be held accountable for being transparent to its students. Unlike nearly every other public body, universities are permitted to close any meeting without notice and ask the public to leave. They are permitted to question why reporters attended a meeting at all. They are permitted to post meeting minutes past the eight business days other public bodies must abide by, or perhaps not post the minutes at all. Many universities argue they are already abiding by the standards of transparency required by OMA. In at least the case of SVSU, The Vanguard disagrees.

Furthermore, if universities believe they are already transparent and abiding by OMA, why do they oppose formally being subjected to it? For student newspapers, the OMA exemption is especially troublesome. Without OMA, reporters are not protected from having their presence at board meetings questioned. If they are unable to send a reporter to a meeting, they are not guaranteed the ability to find meeting notes online in a timely fashion. Universities’ exemption from OMA creates friction between administrators and students. By opposing Joint Resolution E, universities send the message to students that they do not find a legal commitment to transparency with regard to public meetings important.

Diabetes-related risks warrant greater awareness Maria Ranger Creative Writing mcranger@svsu.edu

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and since I am a Type 1 diabetic, I want to take some time to share some of the warning signs of Type 1 diabetes. Because some of the symptoms are similar to the flu or even to things people experience while going through puberty, diabetes unfortunately can go undetected. People have died because of this. Type 1 diabetes is often referred to as “juvenile diabetes” because it’s usually diagnosed in childhood. This name is misleading because you don’t grow out of it, and it can also be

diagnosed in adulthood. For example, one of my friends was diagnosed Type 1 diabetic last summer, at 20. I was diagnosed a few days after Christmas when I was 11. My parents noticed that I had been eating a lot but not gaining any weight, even though I was growing a lot taller. I was constantly drinking water and going to the bathroom, even during the night, which I never had done before. I was also experiencing terrible mood swings and lack of focus. Again, many of these things are consistent with any 11-year old’s experiences, but the main thing that concerned them was the constant peeing. They had my Type 2 diabetic grandfather check my sugar, and it was higher than a normal person’s should be. I then saw the doctor, who called that

night and said I needed to go to the hospital. My blood sugar was in the 300s, which is quite high, but I’ve heard of people being diagnosed with sugars reading over 1,000. The doctors said we caught it early and that I wouldn’t have any long-term organ damage. Not everyone is as lucky. It’s really important to know the warning signs because if you don’t catch them, or don’t catch them early enough, you could go into DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis), suffer other severe illnesses or even die. Some of the most common symptoms are constant hunger, constant thirst and dry mouth, increased urination, bed wetting in children who have not had issues with bed wetting in the past, unintended weight loss (or inability

to gain weight), fatigue and physical weakness, mood swings and blurred vision. Another symptom to watch out for is unexplained fruity smelling breath because this often precedes DKA. The most common age groups to be diagnosed are ages 4 to 7 and 10 to 14, but diagnosis can happen at any age. If you or someone you know shows some of these symptoms, you should book a screening for diabetes. Both Walgreens and CVS offer it. If the results are abnormal, you will need to see a doctor or go to a hospital. Type 1 diabetes is a serious illness that can’t go untreated for prolonged periods of time. If untreated, you risk health problems such as cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, nerve and kidney damage, retinopathy, glaucoma and gum disease.

Stop complaining about our on-campus parking, passes Ryan Silvestri Communications rasilves@svsu.edu

“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” is an idiom made famous by Benjamin Franklin in 1789. If Franklin were alive today, however, he may be obliged to add a third certainty: college students complaining about parking. For many universities, parking is a serious issue that almost always comes with some sort of expense levied to students and rarely guarantees a spot one would consider desirable. At SVSU, we are spoiled in terms of parking availability and are quick to forget how good we really have it. Far too often, we see classmates take to social media to grumble about having to park by the field house, or even worse: in

the last rows of Curtiss. This sense of entitlement makes me wonder if my fellow Cardinals have ever ventured to another college campus and experienced the true nightmare parking can be. To see one of these cynics wallow in the complexity over the state of parking at Michigan State or U of M would truly be a remarkable experience. Both of these universities’ yearly parking passes cost hundreds of dollars and usually come with upwards of a mile walk to class. The perceived issue of parking at SVSU is one that has been around for decades. Last week, I happened to find a folder of student concerns from 2007. In the folder, I found nearly 20 complaints about parking alone. Could it be that the university hasn’t acted on any of these complaints over the years, or is it more likely that our mindset hasn’t changed? Don’t get me wrong: Who wouldn’t love to come to campus every day and

park in front of the library? This is always one of the busiest parking lots on campus due to its location, and for this reason is always full. However, instead of complaining that we can’t find space, why don’t we just deal with the extra 50-meter walk from the Ryder lot? Too often we say that parking is the problem when in reality the problem is our entitled mindset. For what it’s worth, we still have it better than nearly every public university in the state. Not only is there more than sufficient parking, but we only pay a small $1.70 parking fee per credit hour. This is far below rates charged at other universities, and much better than the proposed parking structure under the SVSU Campus Master Plan that was published in August 2012. The SVSU Campus Master Plan, which guides future development and practices for the university, discussed the need for a paid permit system that “should be in

alignment with other peer institutions such as Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University.” If we were to set similar prices as these universities, we would be paying a minimum of $185 a year to park. This totals far less than the $1.70 per credit hour we currently pay. In addition to a paid permit system, the master plan also talks about a “Park Once” philosophy. Under this practice, “students who lived on campus would not be allowed to move their vehicle during normal class times.” This would mean no driving to class in the winter, no driving to Ryder and no driving to get food on campus. As neither of these concepts have been actually carried out, we should find ourselves truly blessed. Instead of taking to social media or submitting complaints, maybe we should all relax a bit and take the extra walking time to reflect on how good we really have it here.

Media narratives are misleading of veteran experiences I have been serving in the world’s greatest Navy for the past 19 years. I’ve served aboard ship on the USS O’Bannon (DD 987) and have completed two “boots on ground” tours, in Iraq (2006) and in Afghanistan (2013). The most recent deployment occurred in the middle of my graduate program, which made for a difficult transition upon my return to higher education. I can attest that my experiences in the military, my own transition to the civilian sector and now the work I do with student veterans have all reiterated the positive impact student veterans bring to our campus, specifically leadership, respect, global perspective, strong work ethic, maturity, teamwork and selfreliance. Often these positive characteristics are overlooked due to the popular narrative in media regarding Post-Traumatic Stress

Guest Column: Bethany Alford Military Affairs Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The National Center for PTSD says 1120 percent of veterans who have served in post-9/11 conflicts suffer from PTSD. The good news is that the diagnosis of and treatment for PTSD has significantly improved over the years. One important thing to note as you interact with student veterans is that not every service member has been in combat, and not every service member that has been in combat has PTSD or a TBI. The experiences of our student veterans are extremely subjective, and most are willing to share their story if asked in a respectful and nonjudgmental way.

Here are just a couple tips to keep in mind when asking military students about their experience. First, know the language. For example, everyone in the military is not a soldier. In fact, only members serving in the Army are truly soldiers. Marines are Marines, Navy personnel are sailors, Air Force personnel are airmen, and Coast Guard personnel are Coast Guardsmen. This is just a small part of the military culture that would make a civilian appear much more knowledgeable and shows that you took time to understand their respective service. Secondly, don’t make assumptions about someone’s military career.

Remember that the service member is the expert in his or her own military experience. Media portrayals of military life and military culture are not always accurate. If you come from a military family, share that information, but don’t assume that your family member’s experience is like that of the student veteran. Each experience is unique, and regardless of your political views, it is always appropriate to extend gratitude for selfless service. On Veterans Day, I encourage all readers to thank the veterans in your lives for their service and sacrifice. You can do this in your own way by reaching out to veterans you know, or you are welcome to show your appreciation by attending the Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms.

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Jazz artist-in-residence performs Wayne Shorter repertoire Shelby Mott

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VSU’s jazz artist-in-residence Seth Ebersole performed his faculty recital Thursday, Nov. 7. Ebersole played the tenor and soprano saxophones for the recital. He has been playing the saxophone for 18 years. The recital consisted of music from the oeuvre of Wayne Shorter, who Ebersole said is one of the most prolific jazz composers. According to Ebersole, Shorter’s influence on the jazz community spans 60 years and continues to this day. “I chose one tune from each of Wayne’s most interesting periods as a composer,” Ebersole said. “These pieces are important jazz repertoire, and I’ve learned them as if they were any other piece that I’m working on – learn the melodies, memorize the chord changes, reference the original recordings, find a way I want to personalize it.” Ebersole performed with musicians Rufus Ferguson on piano, Javier Arguello on bass and David Alvarez on drums. The final song of the night featured guest trombonist Gina Benalcazar. The songs played throughout the night

varied in style and form. One piece performed was blues, and another was a ballad, among other types. Each musician also had a chance to be featured throughout the songs with their own improvised sections, making the pieces distinctive to the performers on stage. Ebersole said the piece “Deluge” was the piece he most enjoyed. “We’re doing one tune called ‘Deluge,’ which has been a favorite of mine since college,” he said. “It’s ... a really soulful, darksounding tune.” Ebersole said he believes it’s important for students to see their professors performing. “The students at any music school should see their teachers performing regularly,” he said. “It helps reinforce that performing is the central part of music studies.” He said he hoped his music choices piqued his students’ interest in Shorter’s works. “This music will be more challenging to the audience than my past two recitals,” he said. “I hope that my students go check out the source materials after the concert and listen to Wayne for themselves.” Brantley Wilson, a psychology sophomore, said the group worked together. “The concert was really good,” Wilson said.

Jazz artist-in-residence Seth Ebersole (right) plays the saxophone, accompanied by bassist Javier Arguello (left). Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward “They’re all really talented, and it made for a great performance.” Wilson said her favorite tune was the closing piece, “Lester Left Town.” “This is music I don’t really listen to, and it surprised me how much I enjoyed it,” she said. “I especially liked how upbeat the song was, and I thought the repeated trombone and

saxophone parts were catchy.” Ebersole said he hoped the performance would resonate with the audience. “Jazz is all about community and communication,” he said. “I want to do this each time I play. I want to feel like I’m singing and sharing a moment with the other musicians and the listeners.”

Band director performs trombone faculty recital Connor Rousseau Vanguard Reporter

Solo performances require a lot of endurance training, says band director Norman Wika.

“It takes work to build up the strength and endurance to get through the program,” he said. “This was a particularly tiring program, so I had to put a lot of work into getting myself physically and mentally ready to perform.”

Band director Norman Wika plays the trombone for his faculty recital on Tuesday. He is accompanied by Amanda Stamper on piano. Vanguard Photo | Karlee Gourd

Wika performed a trombone recital on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. He talked about the practice that went into his performance. “It takes one to three hours of practice each day, plus rehearsals with the accompanist,” he said. Wika played four complete pieces while accompanied by pianist Amanda Stamper. He opened with “Cortege” by Pierre Max Dubios. Other pieces included “Sonata for Trombone and Piano” by Eric Ewazen, “Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen” by Gustav Mahler, “Mystic with a Credit Card” by Michael Colgrass and “Sonata in F minor, TWZ 41:1” by Georg Philipp Telemann. Ewazen’s piece contained multiple movements, as did Mahler’s and Telemann’s. Wika said it took a lot of mental and physical preparation as well as a great deal of focus to give such a performance. “The most challenging aspect of preparing a recital is finding the time to do everything that is required,” he said. “When I am practicing for a recital, my days … become 21 hours long.

... I have to find a balance in accomplishing everything else that needs to be done.” Wika said he believes musicianship is a “life-long journey.” He does it not only for himself, but for his students. “I want to expose (my students) to new and different repertoires and new ways of thinking about music,” he said. “I also want them to see that, as their teacher, I haven’t finished my own development, but rather, I am continuing to work on my own musicianship and overcoming the same problems that they are working on.” Cailyn Briggs, a music sophomore, attended the concert. She plays the trumpet in the marching band, so she has become familiar with Wika as a music director. “I’ve known Wika for two years now,” she said. “I haven’t gotten a chance to see him play, so I found it interesting to see what he’s like on stage and not as a director.” Briggs’ favorite part of the performance was when Wika performed a song called “Mystic with a Credit Card.” She said she believes the music department is like a big family and encourages people to look into what music has to offer.

Traveling opera singer visits campus for concert Connor Rousseau Vanguard Reporter

Soprano opera singer LaToya Laine performed at the Rhea Miller Recital Hall on Saturday, Nov. 9, following her return from Kenya. Laine was accompanied by pianist Casey Robards. The pair performed “Love, Let the Wind Cry … How I Adore Thee!” by Undine Smith Moore, “L’Invitation au Voyage” by Henri Duparc, “Wesendonck Lieder” by Richard Wagner, “Cantata” by John Carter and “Dido’s Lament, from Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell. Duparc’s piece contained multiple movements, as did Wagner’s and Carter’s. Laine’s musical talents and highly decorated career speak for themselves. She has performed in locations worldwide, ranging from Europe to Africa and even South America. She is also currently working on a production with the Metropolitan Opera. Music education sophomore Mason Szagesh attended the event and talked about why he finds opera to be so special.

“(Opera) is a way of not only projecting a voice and bringing out this wonderful tone, it’s conveying a story in the aspect of music,” Szagesh said. Szagesh said that since he came to SVSU, he has been exposed to a large variety of different types of music. “I think it’s really important to broaden your musical tastes, to not be set on a specific genre,” he said. “It’s an eye-opening experience, and it’s a way to express emotions that you really don’t have a way of expressing.” Music sophomore Christiana Welter was also in attendance. She said she finds opera music unique. “For me there’s so much history tied right in,” she said. “It’s such a special way that we as human beings get to express this art … It’s a beautiful expression of what we’re capable of.” She said she believes that one cannot talk about music history without talking about opera. Welter added that it is very special when opera singers like Laine perform at SVSU. “We don’t get the opportunity here … to

Mezzo soprano opera singer LaToya Laine performs in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall on Saturday night. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward listen to stuff like this live very often,” she said. “Typically, when we have professional musicians, we have instrumentalists in the area. … We don’t get a lot of professional opera singers.”

Welter said she believes that Laine gave the audience something truly special. “It was just this glimpse of beauty that we don’t get to see every day, and that’s so much bigger than what we are,” she said.

Theatre student makes top 10 in ‘Search for Roxie’ Morgan Couchman Vanguard Reporter

Megan Meyer, a theatre major, is one of 10 women up for the role of Roxie on Broadway. Roxie is a character in “Chicago,” a Broadway show is set in the 1920s. The show revolves around two women who are on death row for killing their significant others. Thousands of young women auditioned for the role of Roxie, but Meyer made the top 10. Choices are now being narrowed down by the general public, which get to vote on a website created by the show’s producers. If Meyer makes it to the final three, she will The Valley Vanguard 110A Curtiss Hall

be flown out to New York for an in-person audition. Those who audition in New York will meet Charlotte D’Amboise, who has played Roxie in more than 3,000 Broadway performances. “I have many musical theater idols, one being Charlotte D’Amboise,” Meyer said. “If I get to the top 3, I actually get to meet her, and I will probably have a meltdown.” Meyer said was excited for the opportunity she has been given. “Roxie has been a dream role of mine,” she said. “I’ve never actually had the chance to play her. I auditioned once when I was 21 and didn’t get the role, but I was a lot younger and

probably not as fit for the role as I am now.” Meyer talked about her love for “Chicago.” “I have loved the musical since I was a kid,” she said. “My dad bought me the CD when I was 10, and I grew up singing all the songs. It’s an amazing musical.” Meyer said she has been in more than 50 shows since the age of 5. She also gave recognition to those who have helped her grow in her theater career. “I have had many mentors throughout my life,” she said. “I had an amazing voice teacher, Bob Nance, for 15 years, and then many teachers at (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) and SVSU.”

Tommy Wedge, an SVSU theatre professor who has worked with Meyer before, said he has high hopes for her. “Megan is singularly dedicated to each moment she has onstage,” Wedge said. “That attention to detail and discipline for the craft is incredible to witness, and as a director, makes it a joy to work with her.” Wedge talked about Meyer’s Broadway aspirations. “If you look at her audition video alongside her competitors’, Megan has given the casting team every reason to hire her,” he said. “I just hope the public voting pushes her over the finish line for this well-deserved role.”

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Midfielder Hannah Tarnaski avoids an Ashland player. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

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he women’s soccer team played against two nationally-ranked teams this week, losing the first to No. 2 Grand Valley, while beating No. 12 Ashland at home. The game against Grand Valley was a rescheduled game from September. On Sunday, Nov. 3, the Cardinals hosted the No. 2 ranked Lakers in what was the Cardinal’s worst defensive performance of the season. The Cardinals’ trouble began in the opening minute of the game, as Grand Valley scored an unassisted goal 51 seconds in. The Lakers continued its early lead, as less than two minutes later, the Lakers scored again. The Lakers scored two more goals within the first 30 minutes of the game. SVSU took out a majority of the game’s starting players, comprised of mostly young players who typically don’t start for the Cardinals. One player on the team confirmed to The Vanguard that 14 players were unable to start because of a team rules violation that occurred over Halloween weekend. The goal differential continued to grow, as the Lakers scored four more goals before the

Cardinals switched to its usual starting goal keeper, junior Alyssa Watts. The Cardinals were shutout by the Lakers 10-0. On Friday, the Cardinals were able to bounce back from its loss earlier in the week, as the team defeated No. 12 Ashland at home, 4-2. Ashland was able to strike first, scoring a goal in the ninth minute of the game. However, the 1-0 lead didn’t last long, as senior Valentina Giambanco netted the Cardinal’s first goal of the game just six minutes later. The Cardinals saw its first lead of the game in the first half, as sophomore Amy Babon raised the lead to 2-1 in the game’s 30th minute. Entering the second half, the Cardinals saw an early goal to from senior Molly Vanderhoff to put the Cards up 3-1. Ashland scored once more before Giambanco scored her second goal of the game off a penalty kick, putting the game out of reach for the Eagles. The Cardinals finished the regular season tied for second place with Ashland in the GLIAC. The Cardinals will enter the first round of the GLIAC tournament on Sunday, Nov. 10, completed after this edition of The Valley Vanguard went to press. They will take on University of Parkside at home.

Football defeats NMU Wildcats Women’s basketball Amanda Ziolkowski Vanguard Reporter

The Cardinals traveled to Marquette on Saturday, Nov. 9 to face the Northern Michigan Wildcats, defeating them 56-10. During the beginning of the first quarter, Northern Michigan punted 38 yards to the SVSU 21-yard line, which was caught by junior wide receiver Chad Gailliard. With more than eight minutes left on the clock, the Cardinals scored its first touchdown, made by junior running back Nate McMcrary. SVSU then began its second drive with 6:11 left in the first quarter. SVSU’s senior quarterback Ryan Conklin then completed a pass to Gailliard for 87 yards to a second touchdown. McCrary rushed for four yards to the SVSU 22-yard line, followed by Conklin completing

a pass to Michael King for 17 yards to the SVSU 39-yard line. Conklin completed another pass to Gailliard for 61 yards, leading to another touchdown for SVSU, ending the first quarter, 21-0. In the beginning of the second quarter, NMU completed a field goal from the 50-yard line, making the score 21-3. Seconds after, SVSU’s McCrary rushed 90 yards for another touchdown, extending the SVSU lead to 28-3. On second down NMU completed a pass to for 58 yards for a touchdown. However, the Cardinals clapped back almost immediately with Conklin completing a pass to sophomore wide receiver Casey Williams for 69 yards for a touchdown. Saginaw Valley finished the first half leading, 42-10. In the third quarter, SVSU’s freshman red

shirt quarterback Tye Mintz completed a 15yard pass to Gailliard for another touchdown. Conklin completed a 12-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Dominick Fiscelli for another Cardinals touchdown, ending the game, 56-10. Sophomore kicker Connor Luksic praised the team. “We played really well,” he said. “Went out and defense got a stop. They punted. Went right down the field. Three plays later, 7-0. Pounded them the whole game. We all did it for the seniors. They deserved it.” Conklin said the team focused on having a strong start. “We played a full four quarters as a team,” he said. “In other games we’ve found ourselves in a hole having to dig ourselves out, this week we put emphasis on having a sense of urgency and getting off to a quick start.”

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Women’s basketball won its first game 53-50 against Hillsdale on Friday, Nov. 8. Freshman guard Kaitlyn Zarycki made the first basket of the game with a layup. Zarycki made 11 points. She also had the highest number of steals for the game. Sophomore guard Ashley Buchholz made the first three-pointer of the game, bringing the second quarter score to 10-11. The halftime concluded with a 27-21 lead from Hillsdale. The final point of the first half was a three-pointer made by sophomore guard Maddie Barrie. Sophomore point guard Madie Maloney had six points and a game-high six assists. Barrie scored a three-pointer with 19 seconds left in the game, breaking the 50-50 tie and bringing the Cardinals to its first win.

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Defensive back Jared Stephens runs for first down. Vanguard Photo | Brandon Hull

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Hockey splits against University of Indiana Matthew Hintz

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aginaw Valley club hockey played Indiana twice this weekend, winning 4-3 on Friday, Nov. 8, in overtime and losing 3-1 on Saturday, Nov. 9, in regulation. Near the end of the Nov. 8 game, Cardinal goalie down inside the net. This resulted in a line brawl between the teams. On Nov. 9, with 7:24 left in the period, Indiana No. 12 Nick Christensen received a major penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Christensen clashed with SVSU No. 20 Kyle Kubiak away from the play. Kubiak knocked Christensen down in retaliation before the whistle. The first period largely saw defensive play from both teams, with the Cardinals maintaining puck control for the majority of the period. Impressive shot on goal attempts late in the period by SVSU No. 9 Brendan Baker and Indiana No. 27 Sam Markwood were unsuccessful. The first period ended with no score. The second period began with a revitalized Indiana offense. Indiana kept the puck in front of the Cardinal blue line for the first three minutes of the second period. Five minutes into the second period, Indiana No. 4 Ike Herendeen was injured

during a play and appeared dazed. He was escorted off the ice and brought to a trainer for medical attention. Indiana No. 2 Ryan Haraldsen and SVSU No. 8 Christian Blasch traded minor penalties for tripping after a scuffle to the ground that forced a ref to pull them apart. During the four-on-four following the traded penalties, Indiana No. 5 Austin Roell scored the first goal of the game. Another Indiana penalty by No. 14 Brendon Block gave Cardinals a four-on-three advantage, but the team was unable to score during the power play. Both teams traded puck control and power play advantage until an Indiana goal by No. 71 Devan MacKellar with 3:45 left in the second period. Other than a slashing penalty by SVSU No. 21 Aaron Shahin, the period concluded without further incident. SVSU captain No. 19 Steven Kukla kicked off the third period with a breakaway wrist shot goal attempt from wide on the blue line, but Indiana Goaltender No. 30 Connor Minnick was able to save. An Indiana penalty for slashing by No. 11 Sam Huettl gave the Cardinals enough of an advantage for SVSU No. 5 Corey Churchill to score a goal. The rest of the third period saw more penalties from both teams, including

high-sticking, slashing and interference from Indiana and a high-sticking penalty for SVSU. Hoping to even the score, the Cardinals pulled their goalie with 30 seconds left in regulation. However, Indiana No. 27 Sam Markwood was able to take advantage of the empty net and score. At the end of regulation, the Cardinals fell to Indiana, 3-1. Head coach Brendan Ryan said the team

was looking to improve their playing in order to increase their ranking. “When starting this weekend, we were not happy with our current ranking position, and we had to do something about it,” Ryan said. “Our goal ... was to take at least one game, if not both. We battled from behind both games, but Friday we really had the fire scoring three unanswered goals to win the game in overtime.”

Forward Ben Clemence skates through an opening. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Cross country competes at regionals Men’s soccer continues win streak Ryan Silvestri Vanguard Reporter

Over the weekend, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in Evansville, Indiana for the 2019 DII Midwest Regional Championships. The men’s team finished fifth out of 32, and the women placed 8th out of 32. Leading the men’s team was sophomore CarLee Stimpfel, who finished the race in second, the highest individual finish in recent history for either team. Stimpfel beat out rival Tanner Chada of Grand Valley, who won the GLIAC championships just two weeks ago. “The course was less than ideal, but I went out there and pushed the pace and ended up in great position,” Stimpfel said. Following Stimpfel was fellow sophomore Dayton Brown. Brown took fifth place overall and was third among GLIAC runners. Both Stimpfel and Brown are guaranteed spots at the Division II national meet in Sacramento, California, on Monday, Nov. 23. The Cardinals put another runner in the top 30, as junior Ryan Talbott finished in 27th place. Talbott was followed by Alex Grifka, who finished 59th, and Austie Mandernach, who finished 62nd. “The course was pretty muddy, but it’s always a great time to get dirty with the boys,” Mandernach said.

In the women’s race, the Cardinals were led by junior Jenna Keiser, as she ran a lifetime best of 21:50 for six-kilometers. Keiser finished 29th overall and was followed by fellow junior Morgan Fuerst who finished 35th overall. Finishing just a place behind Fuerst was sophomore Katelyn Spooner. Rounding out the top five for the Cardinals was senior Sydney Kreger who finished 41st, and Arianna Wegienka, 84th. “Our regional had nine of the top 25 ranked teams in it so it was pretty competitive,” Fuerst said. “We didn’t end up placing as high as a team as we had hoped, but we are still hoping to get a bid for nationals. We ran strong and had five girls run a PR today.” In Division II cross country, the top three teams at each of the eight regional championships automatically qualify for the National Championship. An additional 10 teams are selected based on rankings and race results throughout the season. Decisions on what teams are selected for additional bids are released on Monday, Nov. 11, with the potential to see both the men’s and women’s team joining Stimpfel and Brown at the National Championships. In the last U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association coach’s poll, the men were ranked 14th overall, while the women were ranked 18th.

Volleyball wins against Lake Superior Ryan Silvestri Vanguard Reporter

Saginaw Valley’s volleyball team defeated Lake Superior State 25-16/25-16/25-17 in a set sweep on Nov. 9. With the sweep the Cardinals completed the season sweep, taking all six sets from the Lakers this season. Head coach Will Stanton said despite good scores the team was not at its best. “We got the job done,” he said. “The scores looked great, but our play itself wasn’t quite the high level we want it to be.” Saginaw consistently started out slow, eventually finding its footing late in each set. “Each set took us a little while to get rolling,” Stanton said. Set one started out 4-4 until the Cardinals fought its way to a six-point run that propelled the team to a first set victory. In set two, the Cardinals had a lead that the Lakers cut down to three points before SVSU scored its final six-points in a row to take two sets to zero lead. In the final set, the Lakers led 11-13 before senior hitter Sarah Tabit and the Cardinals put

the set away 25-17. Near the end of the third set, senior Olivia Dean was called upon to serve while nursing an obvious limp. Dean served twice, scoring one point before the Lakers earned the ball back. Immediately following the change of serve, Dean was removed from the game. Stanton said Dean was a strong player. “Dean started the first half of the season for us until she got hurt during a collision in practice,” he said. “She is not to a point where she can do everything yet, but she is one of the top servers in the conference, so we try to get her in any way that we can.” The win for the Cardinals improved its record to 18-7 this season and 10-4 in conference play. This record is good enough for fourth place in the GLIAC, and SVSU still has a chance to end up as high as second. Stanton said the team has had success and good chemistry. “I think it’s a mix of both,” he said. “The team needs to get along to start the winning, and our senior class is doing a good job contributing and supporting the team.”

Denver Milam Vanguard Reporter

SVSU’s men’s soccer recorded its fourth win in a row and 12th overall after a 3-1 victory while visiting Northwood on Friday, Nov. 8. With the win the Cardinals secured the second overall seed in the GLIAC soccer tournament after a 12-5-1 regular season that featured a 10-4 record vs GLIAC opponents. SVSU opened the scoring with a goal by freshman forward Kairo Coore, assisted by freshman midfielder Robbie Baker, in the matches 12th minute of action. Northwood evened the score at one after another 17 minutes of play, but this would be their only goal of the game. In the second-half SVSU scored two more goals. Sophomore midfielder Brady Walker scored after a Connor Rutz assist in the 55th minute. Five minutes later Rutz, scored a goal of his own on an assist from Kairo Coore. Rutz’s goal was his ninth of the season which tied him for the GLIAC goal scoring title in the regular season.

Junior goalie Mason Maziasz only faced three shots, saving two of them. The goal was Coore’s seventh of the year, tying him for fifth place in the GLIAC. This was the first season that SVSU has defeated Northwood; counting wins that are still recognized by the NCAA, SVSU has not achieved this feat in any season in their available records which date to 2005. Head coach Louis Burrow said the team played well together. “It is an absolutely fantastic accomplishment, and it’s all because of the lads,” he said. “They came together today, and when the game got really difficult, they all gritted their teeth and really stuck together.” SVSU will continue its season on Friday, Nov. 15, in the semi-finals of the GLIAC Tournament. After earning a first-round bye, the team is awaiting the winner of the Monday, Nov. 11 contest between Ashland and Davenport. SVSU will face the winning team at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.

Men’s basketball goes 0-2 in the season Denver Milam Vanguard Reporter

SVSU’s men’s basketball team kicked off regular season gameplay on Friday, Nov. 8. After a long offseason that featured few notable exits from the team’s roster, a sixth-place finish in the GLIAC pre-season poll, and a 1-2 record in scrimmages, the Cardinals got back to meaningful games. Tip-off occurred at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, against the University of Indianapolis as part of the GLIAC and GLVC Crossover Series. After a close first half that had the Cardinals trailing 36-32, the second half featured 41 points from both teams, contributing to the 77-73 loss by the Cardinals in its first taste of regular season action. Saginaw Valley held its largest lead of the game, 60-55, with just under seven minutes left to play in the game. For the next five minutes the outcome of the game seemed unclear to everyone as there were three lead changes that led to the game being tied 72-72 with under two minutes left after a Fred John basket. Saginaw would miss its final five shots and make only one of its two free-throws as Indianapolis added two baskets and a free-throw of their own, creating the 77-73 final score. Junior guard Darnell Hoskins Jr. led

the offense for SVSU scoring 19 points, including five made three-pointers, in the losing effort. Sophomore guard Myles Belyeu scored 18 points of his own while also contributing 10 rebounds and four assists as he earned his first double-double of the season. Senior forward Fred John added a doubledouble of his own with his game-high 11 rebounds and 13 points. Saginaw did not have a lot of time to dwell over its close loss as the team followed its Nov. 8 game with a matchup against the Bellarmine University Knights. The Knights are the number three team in the national rankings. Even following the strong performance against Indianapolis, SVSU could not find a way to beat third-ranked Bellarmine. SVSU fell 97-68. SVSU could not find its footing in the first half as they trailed 49-29 going into the locker room. In the second half the Cardinals did a better job scoring as they scored 39 points, but still ended up losing 97-68. Belyeu scored a team-high 21 points and had three assists. Hoskins added 11 points of his own along with an assist and a steal. Saginaw is now 0-2 on the season. The team has its next game at home against Grace Christian on Wednesday, Nov. 13th.

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