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SVSU wins ‘Great School for Veterans’ for sixth time Abby Lawson Vanguard Reporter


ilitary Times named SVSU a “Great School for Veterans” for the sixth year in a row. Bethany Alford, the director of Military Affairs and veteran herself, said SVSU’s policies for student veterans helped the university receive the award. “This award means that SVSU works very hard to ensure we are a top choice for military-connected students,” she said. “SVSU is a great choice for student veterans because we really try to create policies and resources that are

beneficial to student veterans. To me, being military and veteran friendly is more than a label. It is action.” Billy Denton, a biology junior and Air Force veteran, said he felt SVSU was a great community for veterans like himself. “SVSU’s Military Affairs office is a home base where you can communicate with like-minded people who have shared experiences,” Denton said. “We are more than a group of veterans, and SVSU really brings us together.” Alford said SVSU won the award by going through a process explaining how SVSU and Mili-

tary Affairs connects veterans. “We have to complete a lengthy survey about our policies and programs we offer to military-connected students,” she said. “Institutions are then ranked based on the survey responses and data collected by three different federal agencies.” Denton said his process of transferring from the military to SVSU was very simple. “It has been insanely easy to come to SVSU,” he said. “There is such a great staff working with us and caring about our needs.” Alford said SVSU students can connect with student veterans by learning about resources and

getting to know students who served. “You can ask veterans about their military experience in a nonjudgmental and respectful way,” Alford said. “You can also refer student veterans or any military-connected student to our office to learn about resources both on and off campus.” Alford said she has seen large growth in SVSU’s military community. “I’ve seen tremendous growth in the services that SVSU provides veterans since I was student here in 2009. Since then, an entire office with dedicated staff has been developed,” Alford said. “In

my opinion, this was imperative to the successful transition of student veterans from the military to SVSU. A dedicated space where they can conduct business, meet other veterans and learn about resources creates a supportive environment and a feeling of camaraderie that they are likely missing since leaving the service.” Alford said SVSU plans to continuously grow support for student veterans. “I’m very proud to see how far SVSU has come in supporting veterans and will continue to work to find ways to make their experience here even more positive,” she said.

Veteran attends SVSU to finish his degree Alyssa McMillan Vanguard Reporter

Chaz Fowler, a political science senior from Bay City, is determined to finish his degree after serving five years in the Marines. “I always wanted to be a federal agent,” Fowler said. “I tried accounting, and it was miserable. When I got here, I had to choose something, and politics is interesting.” Fowler originally joined the Marines to pay for school and to follow in his grandfather ’s footsteps. “[I went into the Marines] to pay for college, but my grandfather had also served as a Navy veteran,” he said. “So, it was kind of for him.” Fowler doesn’t plan on returning to the Marines since he is now in violation of its tattoo policy. All tattoos must be able to be covered and must be two inches above or below the knee. Fowler said training for the Marines was rough, arduous and long. “I couldn’t quit,” Fowler said. “I couldn’t go home without succeeding. That kept me there no matter how challenging it was. I realized I could never face coming back not having made it. I didn’t want to answer to that.” After graduating from SVSU,

Fowler said he hopes to make it into law school. “I would like to see if I can get into law school,” he said. “If I could get into one, I’d like to get into the University of Washington or Florida State. I’m also working on commissioning for the army.” Fowler said veterans looking to go to school should not hesitate to do so. “Don’t wait,” he said. “Don’t think that things are going to figure themselves out. They didn’t do that in the military for you. They’re not going to do it outside of the military. You’re only going to be as successful as you make yourself and one of the most uncomfortable situations you can be in is a place that you’ve never been before but generally that’s right where you should be.” He said students thinking of serving after graduation should be humble and “really willing to be receptive.” “Be super willing to learn because when you come out of college, you’ve already got your degree,” he said. “You’ve already graduated high school and come here and had your own stuff you were working through. It’s kind of hard to go somewhere and be in charge of a huge group of people who don’t have that education level.”

Fowler came to SVSU after serving five years in the military with the goal of finishing his education. Vanguard Graphic | Karlee Gourd

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Bachelor of Fine Arts senior Danielle Cecil curated an exhibit of her work as her capstone project. Her works included photographs she took during her time at SVSU. Vanguard Graphic | Nicole Vogelpohl

Two BFA seniors show off works in self-curated exhibit Connor Rousseau Vanguard Reporter

SVSU Bachelor of Fine Arts seniors will display their work in the Art Gallery until Dec. 13. The free exhibit recognizes students for their work in completing their Bachelor of Fine Arts undergraduate degree programs. The two students recognized for their artistic work are Danielle Cecil and Shelby Thurston. “I have worked on this series for well over a year,” Cecil said. “Spending countless all-nighters in the darkroom has been exhausting but worth it.” Cecil said students were responsible for setting up their own exhibit. “We (had) to mount and frame everything ourselves and (were) also required to hang our own work in the gallery to get the experience of how it works with figuring out all the measurements and what not.” Cecil said that having artwork presented in an exhibition at the University Art Gallery is a requirement for the fine arts degree. “As BFA students, we have to take the basics, such as intro to drawing, intro to painting, intro to photo,” she said.

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She said all BFA candidates must apply for the program. “Once we build a portfolio, we have to apply for the program, and the art department faculty reviews them and votes on whether or not we are ready to be in the program,” Cecil said. “The only thing is that you never really know what their reaction will be, and they can tear your work right apart if they want.” Cecil said she was grateful for the people who helped her along the way. “The most memorable thing from my time in the fine arts program is honestly the close relationships I’ve developed with my committee of professors Hideki Kihata, Sara Clark and Michael Garguilo,” she said. She said she learned a lot from the professors. “On both personal and professional levels, I have learned so much from these three individuals and will always be grateful for all of the time I got to work with them and the amount of knowledge they were able to give me,” she said. Thurston said she was not sure what she wanted to display when she began planning her exhibit. “I didn’t really know what I News ...................A2 Opinion ..............A3

wanted to do, but with this project it all became clear,” she said. “I want to do narrative work and, creating an animated series, I was able to first-hand know what it’s like to go from concept to completion on a large narrative project. I have a more reasonable set of expectations in my head and I know where to build off of now.” Thurston said her exhibit explains how to create an animation from beginning to end. “The show is meant to show the process of creating an animation from concept development, writing the script, storyboard development, character development, concept art and animated media,” she said. Thurston also said that she will always remember this experience. “I will never forget this project and the time spent on it,” she said. “I spent a year and a half annoying my professors with questions galore, staying up late to work, going home to work, thinking aboutwork I’ve already done and changing it. There were many mental breakdowns and changes of heart through all of this, not to mention personal things that affected my progress.”

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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.

Fire At 3:40 p.m. Nov. 6, a student was cooking in Living Center Southwest when the food caught on fire and scorched the inside and outside of the oven. The student was able to put the fire out with water.

Minor in possession At 2:40 a.m. Nov. 10, an officer observed a vehicle parked on the sidewalk in University Village. When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed an 18-yearold female was standing outside of the vehicle vomiting on the ground. She indicated that she had been drinking “a lot.” She was cited for minor in possession.

Marijuana At 7:53 p.m. Nov. 10, officers were called to Pine Grove to meet Residential Life Staff regarding the odor of marijuana. When they went into the apartment, officers could also smell it. When checking one of the bedrooms, they discovered a 19-year-old male student who admitted that he had been smoking, but not in the apartment. He indicated that he applied for a medical marijuana card but did not have it yet. When the student opened a desk drawer, officers noticed a large amount of paraphernalia. Police confiscated it, and the student’s situation is being turned over to Student Conduct for review.


Geography Professor Julie Commerford (left) and geography student Gabrielle Gittens stand next to Gittens’ project, “Reconstructing Ancient Lanscapes: Pollen as a Key to the Past.” Gittens came in second place. Courtesy Photo | University Communications

Students rank high at geography contest Melissa Vennix


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wo SVSU students took first and second place during a geography poster presentation competition. SVSU hosted the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers in October. In total, 117 students from 22 colleges and universities attended. Six SVSU students attended. Samantha Turner, who received her bachelor’s in biology from SVSU in 2019, presented her current work at Michigan State University. She took first place for her poster titled “Characterization of Cold Air Movement in Apple Orchards using High Resolution Topographic Data.” Gabrielle Gittens, a geography major, focused on using pollen to rebuild ecosystems that have been destroyed over time. Her post-

organization of the poster. Geography professor Rhett Mohler helped set up the judging criteria. “I wasn’t a judge, but I did see the judging forms because Mohler organized the judging packets,” Commorford said, “Judges were faculty members from various other universities that attended and volunteered to do it.” Commorford said the conference was a way for students to experience a real-world application of the skills they learned in courses during their studies. Students interacted with each other, geography professionals and faculty from other schools. “I had people come up, and they didn’t know anything (about my project). I was able to talk to them about it and explain it in a way they could understand,” Gittens said. “Seeing people understand what I’m doing and thinking it’s cool – it’s nice to see other people do that.”

Ming Chuan to host Chinese New Year Maria Ranger Vanguard Reporter

At 12:50 p.m. Nov. 11, a 23-yearold female student came to the police department to report that she had been in an accident on Bay Road and College Drive earlier in the day. She advised that as she was turning into SVSU off of Bay Road, a 21-yearold commuter student struck her in the back.

er, “Reconstructing Ancient Landscapes: Pollen as a Key to the Past,” took second place at the conference. “My enthusiasm about this research was really infectious, and I knew my stuff,” Gittens said. “I love talking to people about (my project) and hearing peoples’ comments.” Julie Commerford, a geography professor, coordinated the conference with help from the geography department. “A year ago, SVSU was asked by one of the people in a leadership position for the East Lakes AAG if we would be interested in hosting,” Commerford said. “Around last November, we started preparing for the conference this October. We had a lot of help from the ABS dean’s office.” Judges evluated student on several aspects of their project, including how well they articulated their research, whether they had results, if the results were meaningful and the

The Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) will host a dinner to celebrate Chinese New Year on Jan. 25, 2020. Next year will be the year of the rat, according to the Chinese zodiac. “We are preparing some activities related to Chinese culture, like paper cutting and mahjong, as well as toys from childhood to share with everyone what our memories are,” said Yingyu Chen, the president of the CSSA. Dinner will be catered by a local Chinese restaurant. There will be a number of other activi-

ties as well, such as tying lucky knots and lantern riddles. Many of the events are designed to bring the American and Chinese students together. “Sometimes people don’t know each other or the culture, so I decided on some tables to show what they are,” Chen said. “A lot of people really like mahjong.” There will also be guest scholars from Jinan University in China speaking. Before dinner, there will be a lesson about the culture of Chinese New Year, including some common family traditions and the Chinese zodiac. Jubi Huang, who works at the Ming Chaun offices, helped plan the event.

“Usually, we will have a family reunion dinner,” Huang said. “We have many Chinese students here, and, since family is not near, we have friends.” Attendees are encouraged to wear the lucky color red. Those who wear red will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Admission is free for SVSU students from China and Taiwan. Tickets cost $5 until Jan. 11, $10 until Jan. 25 and $15 the day of the event. Children younger than 12 and adults older than 65 are elgible for half-off tickets. To purchase tickets, visit the Ming Chuan offices in Gilbertson or email

Gerstacker Fellows to learn about global leadership Abby Lawson Vanguard Reporter

SVSU has named its latest batch of Gerstacker Fellows. The fellowship was established in 2005 with the purpose of creating educational leaders with a global viewpoint. Each year, 10 to 12 educators are selected to participate. Program Co-Director Mary Anne Ackerman said the program spans 12 months and exposes participants to a range of educational content. “The Gerstacker Fellow is a leadership development program for aspiring K-12 school leaders,” she said. “Areas of study include topics such as organizational development, communications, ethics, finances, global education, politics and diversity.” Ackerman said the curriculum also includes global travel. “This past year, the Gerstacker Fellows traveled to Finland and Germany, where the group studied about the education systems in each country and their culture,” she said. Co-Director John Kaczynski said the program’s outcome is to “propel agents of change.” “We try to create change agents,” he said, “We don’t want followers - we want think-

ers and leaders who drive change and build great school districts.” Ackerman said participants are chosen after a nomination from their school district. “Aspiring school leaders are nominated by their school districts,” Ackerman said. “Nominees complete an application and provided references. Then, an interview team selected the Gerstacker Fellows.” This year’s fellows will study abroad in Japan. Kaczyniski said they will be visiting Saginaw’s sister city and looking to incorporate global learning perspectives. “We are going to Japan, looking to find how we can bring back global learning practices,” he said. “We are looking through both comparative and leadership lenses, trying to identify the best methods.” Current Gerstacker participant and Midland Public Schools employee Tiela Cairns Schurman said her experience thus far has empowered her to ensure all of her students and staff are supported. “As the principal of Jefferson Middle School and a member of the educational community, I am determined to ensure no child or teacher for that matter feels trapped, unsupported or uncared for,” she said. “I firmly believe this experience has empowered me to take the lead and be the

voice teachers and students need to break through any artificial glass ceiling bestowed upon them and to create a system where there are truly no dead ends.” Kaczyniski said the program has produced many success stories. “The 2020 Michigan MASA Superintendent of the year, Dr. Robert Shaner, is a Gertsacker alum,” he said. “We also have a Michigan Teacher of the Year alum as well.” Neil DeLuca, a fellow and high school principal from Rochester Hills, said the fellowship provided him several support networks. “The Gerstacker Fellowship program is a learning network, a support group and a champion for what is right about education in our complex society we educate students in today,” he said. “The Gerstacker Fellowship has changed the lives of so many educators, including myself. It has allowed me to think globally, understand the power of a professional learning community outside the greater Rochester area and rejuvenate the spirit of why I sought out to be an educator.” Ackerman said the fellows are dedicated to the field of education. “We are fortunate to have among us so many educators who are passionate about

the work they do,” she said. Below is the full list of 2020 Fellows: Joseph Amabile: IB coordinator/professional learning community leader, Oxford Public Schools • Deedra Baker: intervention teacher; Mount Morris Consolidated Schools • Laura Chang: instructional consultant, literacy coach and interventionist, Vicksburg Community Schools • Margaret Doan: elementary principal, Midland Public Schools • Tamara Johnson: executive director of fiscal services, Saginaw Public Schools • Jason Kowalski: assistant elementary and middle school principal, Carrollton Public Schools • Nathan Mausolf: assistant high school principal, Birch Run Schools • Scott Miklovic: director of technology and innovation, Elkton Pigeon Bay • Port Laker Schools • Justin Shaner: assistant middle and high school principal, Bay City Public Schools • Molly Sholten: instructional coach, Institute for Excellence in Education, Mount Pleasant • Penny Miller-Nelson; assistant superintendent, Midland Public Schools •

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Walmart insulin is not an alternative to proper treatment Maria Ranger Columnist Creative Writing

Now that people are finally speaking up about the unethical price gouging of insulin, people are becoming more aware of this crime against humanity. This is a good thing, of course, but sometimes well-meaning but ill-informed people will chime in with, “But what about Walmart insulin?” What about it? It’s not a solution to the problem, for several reasons. First of all, Walmart insulin is not the same as what diabetics are prescribed by their doctor. Everyone should be able to get the medication that they are prescribed, period. Secondly, it’s outdated. “Walmart insulin” is human insulin, and diabetics have been using analog since the 1980s/’90s as the

standard of care. Walmart insulin is created from a dated formula and does not function the same as Novolog or Humalog, the most common fastacting analog insulins prescribed. When someone switches to human insulin, they’re often hit with random high and low blood sugars. Even if you go on a strict meal plan and eat at the same time every day (which is nearly impossible for anyone with adult responsibilities), it is still unpredictable. If someone switches from their prescribed insulin to Walmart insulin, they should consult a doctor on how to deal with the random highs or lows and create a treatment plan to prevent as many as they can. Additionally, it’s recommended they use a continue glucose monitor to get continuous glucose readings so they can deal with the high and low blood sugars. However, if someone can’t afford their prescribed insulin, they surely can’t afford a CGM or to be constantly seeing a doctor, which is as expensive or even more expensive than

the monthly cost of Novolog or Humalog (depending on your dosage). They also wouldn’t be able to afford the hospital and possibly ambulance bill if they go into DKA or a low blood sugar-induced coma from unreliable insulin. I’ve heard of people using Walmart insulin for their pets, and it works fine for dogs, but not for people. Humans should not be degraded into using an outdated medication that’s now only used for animals because they’re being exploited and can’t afford what they are supposed to. Another problem is that people have died while using Walmart insulin as a replacement for the real deal, just as if they were rationing insulin or not taking it. It isn’t a safe or viable alternative. Josh Wilkerson was a 27-year-old man from North Virginia who switched to Walmart insulin after aging off his parents’ insurance, according to The Washington Post. He called his fiancé while working an overnight shift to pick up extra money. He

said he felt ill and was going to take more insulin, and then suffered multiple strokes. When he went into a vegetative state, his blood sugar was 17 times a normal reading. He was removed from a ventilator five days later. In 2019, no doctor would ever prescribe Walmart insulin to a patient because it is outdated, ineffective and highly unsafe. In the past, this type of insulin was the only option, but that’s not true anymore. Access to the medication that you are prescribed is a human right. How many more people will have to die before someone takes action against pharmaceutical companies? As many as 1 in 4 diabetics have had to ration insulin at some point due to finances. Countless people have died because of this. The blood of every dead diabetic who would have lived had it not been for price gouged medications is on the hands of the pharmaceutical companies. How many more people must suffer?

Take Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas one at a time Abby Burgess Theatre

The holidays are synonymous with stirring up controversy amongst family members. Endless spats concerning politics, education and employment are a cause of dread for any college student traveling home for festivities. However, a major cause of holiday contention that is often overlooked threatens to tear healthy families apart. Of course what I am referring to is holiday music, and how early it should be played. There are two schools of thought when it comes to holiday music and Christmas carols, the first being that the minute the

temperature drops below 30 degrees and the slightest semblance of snow appears, all other music should be cast aside in favor of “White Christmas” and other holiday renditions. However, in the state of Michigan, the first sight of snow can appear as early as October, and despite the popularity of “The Nightmare before Christmas,” jack o’lanterns and “Jingle Bells” do not mix. The second and more favorable school of thought declares that any time after the celebration of Thanksgiving is an appropriate time to listen to festive tunes. A poll conducted by Bustle in November of 2017 showed that 52 percent of individuals believe that Christmas and other holiday music should not be played until after the festivities of turkey day have subsided. This discussion brings up a separate but just as important point, and that is the idea of

holiday decorating. Typically feelings about this go handin-hand with holiday tunes. However, supermarkets, craft stores and mall outlets begin stocking their shelves with holiday inventory as early as September. This of course, sends mixed signals in an already confusing amalgam of fall and winter festivities. Despite this, I am here to tell you: Do not be fooled. The same rules that apply to Christmas tunes also apply to decorating. Of course, it is viewed as an eyesore the minute any holidaythemed decorations or lights are left out into the new year. However, when inflatable Christmas characters and colored-string lights appear in the middle of October, the same annoyances should be uttered. Do not let the craft stores deceive you. Just

because they begin selling ornaments, trees and candy canes the minute fall leaves hit the ground, it does not mean you should begin decorating. Now, of course, this is all in good holiday fun, and is in no way meant to dampen any holiday spirits. The debate of “how early is too early?” has been going for years, and there is no definitive answer in sight. With all of this said, wherever you stand within the age-old debate does not matter. What matters is that the holidays are a time for family and friends, and they are a time to celebrate. Whether you are listening to holiday music now that Thanksgiving is over or if you have been listening since the first sign of snow, it is important to remember what the holidays are about, and that is family – be it the family you have been given or the family you find.

Fights makes it harder to enjoy athletic events Ryan Silvestri Communication

In today’s culture, sports and sports rivalries consume much of our small talk with friends and coworkers. Athletic events transcend cultural differences and make us feel connected to people we otherwise wouldn’t associate with. However, when athletes playing in these events participate in fights or brawls, it takes away from the true intent of the game and why as a society we love sports. Two weeks ago, the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers faced off in a bitter rivalry game that had potential playoff

implications for both teams. With just eight seconds remaining on the clock and the game out of reach for the Steelers, a fight broke out. Cleveland’s Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s head. Garrett then continued the altercation by hitting Rudolph over the head with his own helmet. The exchange lasted just a few seconds but was the only thing spectators talked about in the days following. Not only does this overly aggressive behavior have no place in our modern sports, it is also dangerous and can lead to both professional athletes and fans getting hurt. Last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the infamous “Malice at the Palace,” a professional basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and Indiana

Pacers. Similar to the fight that occurred between the Browns and Steelers, tensions were running high with less than a minute left in the game when a fight broke out. As the referees attempted to control the players, a fan threw a beverage at Indiana’s Ron Artest. This eventually led to Artest attacking a fan who wasn’t responsible for throwing the beverage. If you were to ask anyone who watched “Malice at the Palace” about which team won the game, they probably wouldn’t be able to tell you. This will likely be the outcome of the Cleveland-Pittsburgh brawl as well, since just a few seconds of negativity overcast an entire game of close football. In both fights, the respective leagues fined teams and players millions of dollars for

damaging their brand. This is largely due to the fact that parents bring their kids to these events and don’t want their kids, who see these athletes as role models, to behave this way. Although these fights are not overly common in occurrence, it seems every sport has at least one major brawl a season that guides the attention away from the true meaning of the sport. This is further damaging to teams and fans alike, as star players are forced to sit out of games. In the case of the Browns-Steelers fight, Garrett was suspended indefinitely. He was the first overall draft pick in 2017 and one of the league’s most loved players. Athletes fighting each other over a game is ridiculously unnecessary and takes away from the value that athletics adds to our society.

Sports journalism shows hometown bias Hannah Beach Professional and Technical Writing

Those of you who keep up with high school football most likely have heard about the drama between Detroit Denby and Almont. Denby and Almont faced off in semifinals Saturday, Nov. 23. The game was called early due to excessive penalties on Denby’s part, Almont winning 36-8. After the game, Almont fans and band members allegedly provoked Denby players into attacking them. And that’s what’s everyone has been talking about – how Almont started it. No one’s talking about how there were cops at the game even before the fights broke out because Denby players had gotten into it with the team they played the previous weekend. No one’s talking about how Denby players refused to shake hands with Almont players after the game because their coach

“couldn’t guarantee” Almont’s safety. No one’s talking about how Denby went into Walled Lake Central’s school, where the game was held, and damaged lockers and trophy cases. No one’s talking about how many threats Almont has received in the days since the game. Why? Because the papers covering it in the first place, the papers that anyone cares about, are based in Detroit. They’re hardly going to show a home team in a negative light. They aren’t going to mention that the person who may or may not have thrown “racial slurs” at Denby players after the game wasn’t associated with Almont. They aren’t going to mention that Denby players were shoving Almont band members who just happened to be in their way. They aren’t going to mention that video of Denby players climbing into the stands to attack Almont spectators. They aren’t going to mention that the game officials commended Almont football players for keeping calm despite repeated illegal hits from the other team.

They aren’t going to mention that Almont had to take unmarked buses to finals and fans were told not to wear anything visibly Almont because Denby threatened to come to Ford Field and attack anyone wearing orange and black. No, it’s all about what we did. We’re the white country hicks who drive tractors to school and throw racial slurs at visitors and feign innocence. Well, guess what? Almont never claimed to be innocent in all of this. If Detroit Free Press and the other Detroitbased news stations cared to get to the bottom of it like any good reporter should, they would know that Almont promised to investigate. They would know that Denby isn’t as clean-cut as they’re painted. You don’t get to play the victim-of-racism card if you’ve actually done something wrong. You don’t get to turn it around on us when we win fair-and-square. Everything written in the papers has been taken so out-of-context, of course Almont is going to look x. All because of biased journalism, our

town’s reputation has been trashed. They can’t take back what they said. They can’t even fix it with an apology. And would they apologize? No. Not only are they biased, spinning the story to benefit their home team, they’re going to keep up the lies told in the original stories. Thanks to local papers like the Romeo Rambler, we know Detroit Free Press and other papers are well aware of what their stories have done. They know that they’ve wrongly slandered an entire town. But they can’t apologize, for risk of litigation and because it would be very bad for their business. What about us? What about the entire town they slandered on state news? What about the football team who, even if they had won the state finals, would forever have it hanging over their heads that their victory came in the middle of this mess? Not only are they writers of biased journalism, they’re writers of untruthful journalism. They cannot sink lower than that.

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Theatre students perform drama-comedy ‘Emilie’ Connor Rousseau


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he theatre department presented the play “Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight” in the Black Box Theatre on Nov. 22 and 23. The drama-comedy followed the life of French philosopher Emilie du Chatelet as she relives her life as a woman in the 18th century French aristocracy. Renowned historical figures such as Voltaire, played by theatre education freshman Scott Lamont, added a level of historical value to the portrayal of 18th century France. Lamont said he felt that accurately portraying the setting of the play was a challenge. “The most challenging aspect was creating this 1800s world of Emilie and acting as part of that world,” Lamont said. The small cast of five students prepared for their production for a little over a month. For Lamont, theatre is more than putting a show together to entertain and move audiences. “Theatre has been such a huge part of my life, and continuing that is very important to me,” he said. “Theatre teaches people so many amazing things, and that’s why I love it.” For theatre sophomore Holly Grief, the production goes far back and has had a lasting impact on her life. Grief played the leading role of Emilie. “I was in my first production when I was in fifth grade, and opening night I knew that it was what I wanted to do with my life,”

she said. “I wanted to do this show because it shows how passionate a woman at this time was about one equation, and she will do anything it takes to prove she’s right.” Grief said one of her favorite parts of the production was getting to portray the life of such a powerful woman who is not known to many. She said the most challenging aspect of the production was making her character become “alive” for audiences to experience. Theatre senior Richelle Arguello played a range of characters throughout the performance. She said this was challenging at times. Arguello said the age and personality differences in each character she played was challenging at times. Arguello also commented on the performance space SVSU students performed “Emilie,” a drama-comedy, Nov. 22 and 23.Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward for a black box production, empathize with characters and just realize that important story and make the audience think saying that she really enjoyed they’re people too.” on it. Emilie is one of these shows.” performing in such an “intimate” space. Black Kellett said that there is a lot people can take Music sophomore Halie Kellett attended the box productions usually hold fewer than 100 away from theatre productions. production because she wanted to get more audience members. “(Take away) doesn’t have to be just involved with theatre, specifically plays rather Theatre is an art that Arguello truly knowledge, it can also be a feeling and than musical theatre productions. appreciates and has passion for. something to express, so it could be enjoyment, “I’m learning something new,” she said. “Theatre is the one thing that has been a it could be laughter, it could be crying in a “I think that’s really important to take away constant source of joy and passion for me,” she genuine way,” she said. from shows that you see, and also to try to said. “I have always loved shows that tell an

Marching band ends the season with Fallout Boy Melissa Vennix Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU Marching Band ended the season Monday, Nov. 25, by performing songs from

their halftime show in the Malcolm Field Theater. Songs included a selection of music from Fallout Boy, Panic! At the Disco and Imagine Dragons.

The Cardinal Marching Band performs in the Malcolm Field on Nov. 25 for its annual indoor concert to end the marching season. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

They also played the SVSU fight song, the National Anthem and “Tear the Roof Off” by Parliament Funkadelic (P-Funk). Emma Longoria, a music education senior and section leader for the flute and piccolo section, said they played all the hits from each band. “This is one of our best years we’ve had overall,” Longoria said. “This year everyone was super excited just to be here and do what we do.” Norman Wika, the band director, recognized the graduating seniors and the legacy of marching band that they have contributed to. Several of the songs performed by the band were arranged by students or faculty at SVSU. “It was really cool because two of our band members arranged some music,” Longoria said. “One really cool thing about some of the Panic! At the Disco ones is that some are real arrangements, and some either students have done or our director has done.” Brendan Evanson, an engineering

technology management junior and trumpet section leader, was excited that the band’s show this year included the music it did. “I love Panic!,” Evanson said. “I’ve been fighting for a Panic! Show for the last two or three seasons, and I finally got it.” The band played hits from Fallout Boy, including “The Phoenix,” “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” and “Immortals.” They also played songs by Panic! At the Disco, including “High Hopes,” “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” and “Death of A Bachelor,” among a few others. “‘Death of a Bachelor’s’ arrangement was done by Dr. Wika, and ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ was done by Charlie Drew, one of the drum majors,” Evanson said. Songs by Imagine Dragons included “Believer.” Longoria said she liked the songs because they were upbeat and fun to play. “I love all of these bands,” she said. “I really enjoy playing ‘Immortals’ and ‘Victorious,’ which we matched up with ‘Hey Look Ma, I Made It.’”

Voice students show off in Founders Hall variety show Connor Rousseau Vanguard Reporter

The music department held the Voice Studio Recital in Founders Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Students participating in the performance sang solos and group pieces, including songs from musicals “Oklahoma” and “Hairspray,” more modern songs and traditional pieces. Secondary English education junior Rebecca Dubs attended the event and shared her thoughts on the night’s performance. “My favorite part was being able to hear musical theatre pieces,” she said. “I was expecting a lot of classical music because that is what I generally think of a vocal recital. It was a beautiful recital filled with amazing voices through a mixture of classic and new musical theatre, and brought out the musical theatre enthusiast in me.”

Dubs described the event as “an enriching experience of diving into the musical theatre world while being able to peek into the life of a music education student.” Dubs also shared her interest in the event and why she chose to attend. “I love being able to see all the talent that Saginaw Valley has to offer, especially for free,” she said. Music freshman Brandley Hanson also attended the event. “Overall, I thought the concert was very different from anything I’ve (seen), and I really enjoyed the experience,” he said. Hanson said he thought the performance was fun and engaging, adding that he thought the event was more than just singing. “My favorite part of the performance was how all of the singers didn’t just perform but also took on a character,” he said.

Music major Sarah Evans sang during the music department’s annual Voice Studio Recital on Nov. 26.Vanguard Photo | Brandon Hull

Music education students return home with NATS awards Melissa Vennix Vanguard Reporter

Two SVSU music education students won first place at the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition hosted Saturday, Nov. 2, at Hope College. Seth Bearden, a music education freshman, earned first place in the Lower College Musical Theatre category. This was his first time singing competitively. He sang were “All That’s Known” from “Spring Awakening,” “If I Only Had a Brain” from “The Wizard of Oz” and “Wick” from The Valley Vanguard 110A Curtiss Hall

“The Secret Garden.” “‘If I Only Had a Brain’ is really fun because I just get to be quirky with it,” Bearden said. “I think ‘Wick’ is my favorite. It’s a very wholesome piece of music, and it’s just very powerful in a happy way.” Audrey Bergey, a music education freshman, took first place in the First Year College Treble category. Bergey competed in solo and ensemble events in high school, but this was her first singing competition at the college level. “It was a little nerve-wracking,” Bergey said. “I didn’t know what to expect but tried to

be open about it.” Bergey sung “Weep You No More” by Roger Quilter, “Bitta” by Fanny Mendleson-Hensel and “Bright Morning Stars” by Jay Altos. “‘Bright Morning Stars’ was a nice American folk tune, and I really like how it was written,” Bergey said. “The big thing I needed to work on was the emotional aspect of the music and putting myself into the music.” The students prepared for their competitions in their voice classes associated with the music education program but also on their own time. “This first semester in college is my first time taking vocal lessons,” Bearden said. “I

really enjoy it, and that has helped me a lot with preparation, but I also really enjoy the songs so a lot of time I’m just singing to myself. Eventually it just becomes ingrained.” The students look forward to competing again next year. They are required to compete twice as a part of the music education program, but Bergey hopes to perform beyond that requirement. “After what happened, I’d like to do it again,” Bergey said. “I’ve heard, and I haven’t decided to go, but they do have regionals after the first round so we could do that in February.”

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Women’s soccer finishes season with 12-7 record Denver Milam Vanguard Reporter

Women’s soccer closes its season with a loss against Grand Valley State University 4-1 in the GLIAC Championship on Nov. 17. SVSU struggled to begin the season, playing a 1-0 loss against Maryville on Sept. 6 and alternating losses and wins for the entire month of September. With the calendar change into October and a switch to GLIAC play, SVSU caught fire and ended with a 7-2 record in GLIAC competitions, which was good for the third overall seed in the GLIAC Tournament. After defeating Parkside 2-1 in the Quarterfinals and No. 12 Ashland 4-2 in the semi-finals, the Cardinals fell to Grand Valley

State, 4-1 in the championship. Junior goalie Alyssa Watts had the third highest save percentage in the GLIAC, leading her on the way to being a standout on the team. SVSU and Watts shut-out opponents seven times over the 19 game schedule, including one against No. 12 Ashland in the GLIAC playoffs. SVSU was only held scoreless five times all season, as it had a strong scoring presence. As a team, the Cardinals were extremely balanced, as it did not have any players in the top five of any offensive category. Every game this season was a full team effort. Everyone on the team was counted on to produce when they played, and it shows in the even statistics that every player had this

season. Head coach Michael O’Neill praised his team. “It was a complete team performance,” he said. “We were fantastic at defending and our attacking play was very fluid as well.” Alyssa Watts said the team had good chemistry. “Our team is a family, and we work together to accomplish goals,” she said. “It feels amazing to be able to compete and make strides in our season.” SVSU ended the season with a 12-7 record, including its 7-2 record in GLIAC matches. While the team’s play in conference games was better than last year, the team ended with a slightly worse overall record. This did not matter, however, as the

Cardinals were able to reach the GLIAC Championship, which was a team improvement from last season. Only eight players for the Cardinals were seniors this season.: goalkeeper Abby Divozzo, forward Valentina Giambanco, midfielder Allison Sims, midfielder Hannah Tarnaski, defenseman Jennifer Muana, forward Whitney Fleming, defenseman Brianna Bishop and defenseman Molly Vanderhoff. SVSU will return 21 players next season, including star goalie Alyssa Watts and the team’s two leading scorers – junior Sakura Bals and sophomore Amy Babon. Coach O’Neill and the returning players will hope that they can be even more successful next season and get immediate input from the new players joining the team.

Williams named defensive lineman of year Women’s basketball loses weekend games Amanda Ziolkowski Vanguard Reporter

SVSU student-athlete Heath Williams has been named the GLIAC Defensive Lineman of 2019. Williams is a senior defensive who has racked up 38 tackles in his career, five of which came in the form of sacks, and totaling 7.5 tackles-for-loss. Williams is ranked as the third in SVSU history with 22.5 tackles in a single season and 13 sacks collected during his junior campaign and 39.5 tackles-for-loss in his career. As an East Lansing native, he gathered up 135 career tackles. Williams is SVSU’s second GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the year, following the 1999 NFL first round draft pick Lamar King in his 1998 season. Dedication and perfecting the craft is how Williams describes the journey it took to achieve the success that he has. “First and foremost, my teammates on the defensive line are a major role in winning this award,” he said. “Those guys put me in the position of success. They are the reason I had a decent career at Saginaw Valley. I gave my all for them.” Williams said Josh Miller, Joe Perri and

Isiah Dunning helped him achieve this recognition. Head football coach Ryan Brady said Williams is a “workout warrior.” “Heath is a relentless worker, always giving his best, never missing a workout and always a team-first guy,” he said. “When the season arrived, Heath always prepared every day like it was his last. Heath’s process of always pursuing the very best that is in him served him well in achieving such an award.” Williams said he had two approaches to chose from to start each practice. “First is the approach to getting better,” he said. “So, in terms of football, it’s watching countless hours of film, never cheating yourself and attacking the weight room. Second is the approach of getting worse. I’ve always strived each day to get better, and that method has brought me to where I am today.” Williams said his advice for other student-athletes is to never cheat themselves. “Outcomes are determined by what you put into it,” he said. “Also, treat every day like it’s your last day because you won’t get the time back. Living with regrets is not fun. Enjoy the moment and smile.”

Ryan Silvestri Vanguard Reporter

The women’s basketball team suffered two road losses last week, bringing its season record to 4-4. The Cardinals first traveled to Cedarville University on Tuesday, falling to the Yellow Jackets, 57-59. This was followed by another two-point loss on Wednesday to Ohio Dominican University, with a score of 76-74. On Tuesday, the Cardinals got off to a slow start, allowing the Yellow Jackets to go on a 10-3 run in the opening three minutes. Led by junior Kaitlyn Geers’ free throws, the Cardinals would start to chip away at the deficit before ending the first half down 26-40. The Cards proved to be a second half team as they brought the game within one point in the final frame. This can largely be credited to the Cardinals holding the Yellow Jackets to zero points for over five minutes in the fourth quarter. With the game at 56-57, the Yellow Jackets would sink two free throws in the final 16 seconds, putting the game out of reach for the Cardinals. Geers led the Cardinals in both points and assists with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The following day, the Cardinals traveled

to Columbus, Ohio to face Ohio Dominican University. The Cardinals scored first in Columbus and kept the strong momentum going through out the first half. At the end of two quarters, the game remained close, with a score of 33-34 in favor of the Panthers. The game remained close in the second half, with the Panthers narrowly controlling the lead through much of the second half. With four minutes remaining, the Cardinals took the lead for the last time. The game came down to the final seconds, as the Panthers scored a layup with time expiring. Junior Julia Cianferra said she was not discouraged by the team’s losses, as the team has helped prepare the Cardinals for the upcoming GLIAC season. “This preseason, our team fought super hard and had a lot of close games that will help us prepare for GLIAC matchups,” Cianferra said. “Hopes for the regular season continue to grow as we are getting better each game.” The Cardinals GLIAC season is set to begin this week, as the team travel to Michigan Tech on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Northern Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Cardinals’ first regular season home game of the year will take place against Purdue Northwest in January 2020.

Swim teams finish in top ten at weekend invitational Denver Milam Vanguard Reporter

Saginaw Valley’s swim and dive competed in the Gail Moll Pebworth Invitational at Wabash College between Nov 22. and Nov 24. The men’s team finished fourth with 1669 points ,and the women’s team finished eighth with 1269.5 points. After the first day of competition, the men’s team was in fourth place after scoring 474.5 points, and the women’s team was in eighth place after scoring 300 points. Junior Kyle Amick, senior Parker Jones, sophomore Stephen Sterlitz and freshman Juan-Luke Hamilton did well in the 200 relay, coming in fourth place. Amick and Hamilton also represented SVSU in the 50 freestyle, coming in sixth and eighth place, respectively.

Sophomore Erin McDowell, freshman Lisette Fenneuff, junior Kimble Darbee and freshman Natasha Girgen swam to a sixthplace finish in the 400 medley relay. Fenneuff added a seventh-place finish in the 200 IM Finals to her success on day one of the event. At the end of the second day, the Cardinals were still holding their positions from day one with their point totals 1107.5 for the men and 794.5 for the women. Sophomores Jared Caudill and Pedro Rezende finished in seventh and eighth place in the 400 IM Final, both finishing with near identical times. Sophomore Evan Lindquist earned fifth place in the 100 fly while junior teammate Mason Hooker finished in seventh. Senior Jayden Hutchinson had SVSU’s best performance of the day for the men, finishing

the 200 free as the runner-up in the event. Sophomore Sydney Shipps finished in ninth place of the 400 IM Final and added a seventh-place finish in the 200 free. Fenneuff continued her success from day one with a third-place finish in the 100 breast. Junior Elizabeth Caird scored 414.95 points in the three-meter dive, which was enough for her to take first place in the event. On the final day of the event, the Cardinals found the largest amount of success which will be good for them to build on heading into the mid-season break. Hamilton, Amick, Hutchinson and sophomore Zachary Rychel came in third place for the Cardinals in the 400 freestyle relay. Hutchinson and Amick were successful as they earned a seventh and fifth-place finish in the 100 freestyle, respectively.

Hamilton and Caudill finished the meet well with a seventh and eighth place finish in the 200 breast. Fenneuff, McDowell, Girgen and Shipps earned a sixth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Fenneuff added a seventh-place finish in the 200 breast final and a second-place finish in the 100 IM Final. Freshman Grace Cherryhomes and junior Sarah Thompson came in fourth and eighth place of the 100 IM final. Ending the Invitational, Caird was named the Women’s Diving MVP as she won two events in addition to setting two meet records. SVSU has its next meet on Jan. 10, 2020, when the team hosts Wayne State University at the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center at 5 p.m.

Men’s basketball defeats Aquinas 77-73 at home game Morgan Couchman Vanguard Reporter

SVSU men’s basketball defeated Aquinas 7773 during a home game Wednesday, Nov. 26. Aquinas made the first basket and took the lead in the first half, ending with a 44-34 lead. SVSU Myles Belyeu sophomore guard made the first basket of the game with an assist from junior guard Malik Ellison. In the second half, junior guard James Toohey lead the half, making all of the three free throw tries that SVSU was given, which brought the score to 50-48. Freshman guard Nick Thran made a layup and brought SVSU up to 64-58. The game was tied with 4:04 left in the game, but Aquinas caught up and broke the tie with a three-point jump shot. With two seconds left in the game, senior forward Fred John Jr made two free throws that brought the score to the final, 77-73. Belyeu helped the team with 14 points, five rebounds and three steals. John added on a total of eight points. Junior center Sebastiano Lamonato contributed with eight as well and Thran with seven. Ellison scored 23 points and hit five of nine downtown shots. He also contributed seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. Men’s basketball will play its next game Thursday, Dec. 4, at Michigan Technological University against the Huskies.

Guard Myles Belyeu pulls up for three (left). Guard Malik Ellison looks for an opening to shoot (right). Vanguard Photo | Brandon Hull

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Hockey falls to MSU in Saturday game Matthew Hintz


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VSU fell 6-3 to Michigan State University at home Nov. 23. There were no seats to spare in the bleachers for the Saturday night game against the Michigan State Spartans, and the game was fast-paced from the start. Less than three minutes into the first period, Cardinal No. 21 Aaron Shahin scored the first goal of the night. Following Shahin’s goal, the Spartans took the offensive and kept pressure on the Cardinal defense until answering with a goal of its own. With 12:57 remaining in the first period, the score was tied, 1-1. The Spartans continued its offensive.

Cardinal penalty by No. 72 Troy McLaughlin received a minor penalty for slashing, giving Michigan State the additional advantage the team needed to score a second goal in the next play. With the score now 2-1, SVSU was able to gain control of the puck and take some shots of their own on the MSU goaltender. The Cardinals were able to apply pressure on the Spartan defense until a two-minute penalty on Michigan State. The 5-on-4 power play allowed Cardinal No. 74 Christian Rawlings an opportunity to score, tying the game 2-2 at the end of the first period. Beginning the second period, MSU was quick to take control of the ice. Despite

repeated shots on goal by the Spartans, Cardinal goaltender No. 93 Triston Jensen was able to prevent a goal for the first five minutes of the second period. With 14:30 left on the clock, the play was stopped – initially without a Spartan goal – after the Cardinal goaltender covered the puck. Upon review, a goal was awarded to MSU. With the score at 3-2, SVSU quickly tried to rebound from the latest MSU goal by keeping plays mostly on Spartan ice. After several unsuccessful shots on goal by his team, Cardinal No. 32 Brandon Hacker earned a two-minute cross-checking penalty that the Spartans immediately capitalized on, bringing the score to 4-2. While MSU earned a Too Many Men bench penalty with 6:40 left in the second period, the Spartans managed an effective penalty kill, and the Cardinals did not score on its power play. At the end of the second period, Saginaw Valley trailed MSU 4-2. The third period began competitively, and a

Spartan minor penalty for slashing helped the Cardinals establish puck control. However, the Cardinals were unable to take advantage of its power play and score. After several minutes of back-and-forth action, Cardinal No. 20 Kyle Kubiak managed a one-timer goal assisted by captain No. 19 Steven Kukla. With the score at 4-3, MSU switched gears into more defensive play, which allowed SVSU to keep control of the puck for a majority of the third period. With just under two minutes left in regulation, SVSU pulled its goaltender in an effort to tie the game and avoid overtime. However, MSU was able to score on the empty net. The Cardinals pulled its goaltender once again, and once again the Spartans scored on the empty net. At the end of regulation, MSU defeated SVSU, 6-3. SVSU plays Central Michigan University away Dec. 6 and at home the following night.

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Forward Matthew Carter chases after opponent for the puck. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

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