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Free course offered covering black students’ challenges By Madison Savard Vanguard Reporter

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Cardinal Singers performed traditional Christmas carols as one of the acts in “Tis the Season: A Christmas Variety Show.” The variety show, which also included other musical acts and skits, ran from Nov. 29 - Nov. 30. For full story, see A5.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is hosting Black Minds Matter, a free public course through San Diego State University, through mid-December. The intent of the course is to increase awareness about the struggles black boys and men face in regard to the education system. “The whole purpose is to have a national conversation about black boys and men and education,” said Roberto Garcia, the director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. “It’s all about their experiences in education and how we can better help them navigate the educational institutions they are in.” Speakers have emphasized the need for empathy and understanding in tackling the problem of black students’ low graduation rates, a national problem that SVSU is not exempt from. “As educators, we have the privilege of educating the children of our neighbors,” said Luke Wood, a distinguished professor of education at San Diego State University.

“Teach them with love, discipline them with love, build personal relationships with love, as if they were your own.” Each of the eight courses covers a different topic. Some of the topics include Linking Black Lives and Black Minds, Assumptions of Criminality, Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes and Holistic Support for Black Male Learners. In each of the courses, there is a speaker from a variety of disciplines – educators, researchers, lawyers and more. The speakers are some of the top scholars in the world regarding black male achievement, including co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors, attorney S. Lee Merritt and Pedro Noguera, a distinguished professor of education at UCLA. Many of the topics are geared toward students that have not yet reached higher education, but Garcia said that it is beneficial to have that knowledge because it helps those working in higher education better understand the positions the students are in when

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Students present Cardinal Talks offer inspiration, advice for students elevator pitches By Kaitlyn Farley

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The College of Business and Management’s Dow Entrepreneurship Institute hosted its third annual “Elevator Pitch Competition” on Thursday, Nov. 30. Students who currently own the majority of a business or had business ideas were encouraged to participate in the competition. Participants had two minutes to pitch their business ideas to three volunteer judges in hopes of winning one of three cash prizes. “(The competition) is an effort on the part of the college to not only teach entrepreneurship, but also to have an experiential component to complement the classroom,” said Dominic Monastiere, the Executive-in-Residence for the College of Business and Management. “The experiential component is putting on these types of events.” The College of Business and Management also hosts a Business Pitch Competition, in which participants are given seven minutes to pitch an idea and show prototypes. The Elevator Pitch, however, offers students the experience in a more limited amount of time. “The analogy is you’re in the elevator, and you’ve got two minutes to pitch your idea and see if this resonates with the audience,” Monastiere said. Students from other Michigan universities, including University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Northwood University, joined SVSU students in the competition. All 14 participants were judged on five criteria, including how well they described a problem and how well they presented the feasibility and sustainability of their solution. “In the world of business, you’re going to have to market your business and sell your

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SVSU’s Office of Student Life hosted Cardinal Talks Extended on Thursday, Nov. 30. “We host Cardinal Talks Extended once a semester as a catered dinner event with four speakers,” said Cara Deschermeier, assistant director for Student Life and Cardinal Talks coordinator. The Cardinal Talks Extended began with sisters Nancy Haddad and Sandy Haddad. Nancy is a fifth-year nursing major, and Sandy is a third-year communication student. They discussed their family’s journey from Jordan to Saginaw. “Our father decided to start his own business, and that led us from the suburbs of Chicago to the corn fields of Saginaw Valley,” Nancy said. “We went through the Swan Valley School District. We had a lot of opportunities to take on leadership roles.” SVSU was not the Haddads’ first choice, but it soon became their home. “During senior year, you’re allowed to skip a day to go to colleges,” Sandy said. “So I took mine (at SVSU) and fell in love right away.” Sandy quickly became involved on campus. “I soon started developing myself as a leader on campus, joining things like Forever Red, orientation programs and I even did a service trip to Louisiana,” Sandy said. Nancy never wanted to follow her sister to college but did so for financial reasons. “At the time, SVSU was the best financial option for me,” Nancy said. “But it quickly became my home” Associate Provost for Student Services and Dean of Students Sidney Childs followed

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Jason Lees won the first place prize with his idea for water resistant camera lenses.

Sandy Haddad, along with her sister Nancy, speaks on their journey from Jordan to SVSU. with a speech about how students can develop their own values and discover what they want out of their life. He suggested students find both a mentor and a sponsor. “A mentor is a person who walks and guides you,” Childs said. “But your sponsor opens opportunities for you.” Childs hopes that students will strive for greatness. “Be great – not selfish greatness, but great in the way that you are making an impact in the world,” Childs said. After a short intermission, history professor Kenneth Jolly lectured on the importance of social groups and learning from history. He did so by talking about the lessons his friends have taught him. His friends included Malcolm X, Ella Baker, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and more.

All of them have taught him the importance of learning and teaching, he said. “Education is a liberating and empowering process again when it can occur formally and organically,” Jolly said. “(My friends) changed the world by learning about it through the perspective of the needs and aspirations of social groups.” Jolly believes everyone should make friends with history, too. “I urge everyone to make friends with the past and learn from those friends,” he said. The last speaker was 2005 alumna and licensed master social worker Tina Blaschke-Thompson. Her lecture discussed her journey toward helping veterans. Her husband, Kevin Thompson, served as

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Presentation shares Pakistani culture with student body By Madison Savard

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As part of the International Student Club, guest students Tayyaba Chaudhary and Dileep Krishna conducted an informative presentation about Pakistan, their home country, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 10 p.m. Throughout the semester, international students have the opportunity to give a presentation on their home countries to expand the knowledge the SVSU community has about other countries. The presentation informed the attendees about Pakistani food, dress, daily life and much more. The presentation also showed many unique facts about the country. “Iman, Ittihad, Nazm,” the slogan of the

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country of Pakistan, which can be translated to “Faith, Unity, Discipline,” was also noted in the presentation. Additionally, the presentation displayed an aspect of cultural immersion, as the attendees were asked to stand to honor the Pakistani national anthem prior to the beginning of the presentation. Following the presentation, there was the opportunity to get your name written in Urdu and Sindhi. While the information presented showed many things that are unique to Pakistan, there were also aspects Pakistan shares with the United States that were highlighted. “There is a lot that we share in common,” Chaudhary said. “We have Subway, McDonald’s, common clothing such as t-shirts and jeans, malls, educational institutions,

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advanced technologies and industries and much more.” The presentation provided the attendees with new information about Pakistan and allowed the presenters to share their country with those that attended. Prior to viewing the presentation, there are many things that individuals did not previously know about Pakistan. “I didn’t know that much about Pakistan, but this presentation gave me an insight to the country and the power and achievements it has received,” said Hasna El Asri, a guest student from Morocco. “I learned that they are more of a modern country. We used to know that it was a very traditional country, but now I know much more than what’s shown in movies.” A&E ...................A5, Sports .........A6, A7


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police briefs Police briefs are written according to reports from University Police. These indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily actual incidents. Threats/Harassment At 11:34 p.m. on Nov. 15, an 18-year-old female student reported she was receiving several threatening messages on Snapchat. The subject also was calling her through Snapchat. He was a nonstudent and was sending her obscene messages. When contacted, he said he had gotten her information off of Bumble. The student disabled her accounts. At 6 a.m. on Nov. 18, an 18-year-old female student reported her 19-year-old roommate came home drunk and was being very loud. When asked to be quiet, the roommate continued. There were gestures exchanged suggesting a fight, but friends got them away from each other before an assault ensued. The 18-year-old female has moved out of the dorm. At 4:20 p.m. on Nov. 17, an 18-year-old female student reported she found a fake parking ticket on her windshield in J-3 Lot. She said she was afraid someone may have been targeting her vehicle. At 5:06 p.m. on Nov. 20, a 25-year-old female student reported a 26-year-old male student was sending her messages saying he was going to kill her, was going to damage her vehicle, come to her apartment and was going to file fake police reports on her. The situation has been turned over to a detective for follow-up. Stalking/Intimidation At 12:21 a.m. on Nov. 16, a 21-year-old female student reported a 20-year-old male student had been staring at her and her friend for a long time at the Ryder Center while they were working out. Officers spoke with the male student and found that he wanted to talk to her, but couldn’t work up the nerve. He was told to stop staring at them.

BLACK MINDS, continued from A1 they enter a university. “The majority of people attending this are passionate about helping students, so it’s great to see them come together,” Garcia said. “It’s been great to see that our colleagues are so passionate about a topic.” Garcia also said everyone has been respectful of other attendees opinions, even if it is something that they do not fully understand or agree on. There has been an average of 25-35 participants per session. The participants range from students, staff and faculty. It is a diverse

environment that greatly contributes to the flow of the conversation. “The students are educating us,” Garcia said. “They are opening up and telling us their experiences, which allows us to work better with them. We can assume how they feel or what they think, but when we hear it from them, we know we need to do something about it.” The courses have left a positive impact on the participants, as they keep coming back. Attendees’ passion is shown through their continuous attendance and their willingness to learn more about equality, inclusivity and helpfulness. “Our Saginaw Valley environment is so

respectful of one another,” Garcia said. “These are tough conversations, and everyone has been very non-confrontational; they’ve been very collegial. They’ve been willing to see that what they thought previously was wrong and accepting of the reasons why. There have been a lot of lightbulbs going off in the room.” Even though the courses bounce off of each other, anyone is able to walk in to any of the sessions. “Registration isn’t closed; we’ve been taking walk-ins. I won’t turn anyone away,” Garcia said. “The sessions both build on each other, and they don’t. You could walk in blindly and still be caught up.”

PITCH, continued from A1 business,” Monastiere said. “This is really the start of that.” Carter Mazur, a fourth-year management student and student assistant for the Dow Entrepreneurship Institute, said he has pitched at both the Elevator Pitch and Business Pitch Competitions. His pitch for a website called North Pole Letters is now a business that sells personalized letters from Santa Claus to kids. In this year’s competition, participants pitched ideas ranging from a camera stabilizer strap to an app that connects local musicians with venues. After the competition, the judges provided feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the pitches. Jason Lees of GoSpot won the first place prize of $1,250 for his water repellent for GoPro camera lenses. Second place was awarded to SVSU student Brandon Fjerstad of Genex Fitness LLC for his at-home, individualized fitness plans. Third place was awarded to Spencer Lebel of RateGigs for his app to rate and review concert, venue and artist experiences. SVSU Assistant Professor of Management Izabela Szymanska said students benefit in many ways from participating in these competitions, even if they do not win first place. “This is something that the students can put in their resumes, and it’s something that makes them stand out,” Szymanska said. “We have had students that didn’t immediately start their businesses after participating in the competitions, but they got to know someone – someone who saw a potential in them and

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Contestants from across Michigan took part in The College of Business and Management’s Dow Entrepreneurship Institute’s Elevator Pitch Competition on Thursday in Curtiss Hall. offered maybe a higher-level job than would be expected right after college. They get that exposure, and they get that practice.” Benjamin DeRuyter, an SVSU business management freshman who attended this year’s competition, said he tries to attend as many of the business pitch competitions as possible. “It’s a really cool way to network and to see what other like-minded people around you are doing in society,” he said. “I was really happy to see a variety of people, not just students and not just kids, but a variety of different companies

with different missions and goals.” The Dow Entrepreneurship Institute hosts several other events for students during the school year. The institute has brought in guest speakers, including SVSU alumni Andy and Joey Rexford of AMP Social, and taken students on trips to business incubators and fabrication labs. On Feb. 13, 2018, the Dow Entrepreneurship Institute will host Keaton Keller, the 22-yearold tech reviewer behind the YouTube channel “Techsmartt.”

TALKS, continued from A1 a sergeant in the Marine Corp after 9/11. His struggles transitioning back into civilian life inspired her to help other veterans who may be experiencing similar challenges. “After the war, I had to bear witness to (my husband’s) struggles,” Blaschke-Thompson said. “(I remember) the chronic pain, the post-traumatic stress, realizing early on in our relationship to not wake him up when he’s in a deep sleep, to announce my presence before entering a room so I didn’t scare him, so I wouldn’t get sucker punched because he thought I was the enemy.” Blaschke-Thompson helped create Michigan State University’s “Social Work with Combat Veterans Certificate,” which will launch next year. Many students attended the Cardinal Talks Extended. “(I came out) so I could get some inspiration and learn some leaderships skills, to get motivated,” nursing sophomore Sushma Ghale said. “(The Haddad sisters) were very good.” Students were inspired by the presenters’ stories. “I came out here because I am a big fan of Ted Talks,” said first-year communications student Alina DeVougd. “Dr. Childs’ talk was very relevant to our lives, and his thought process is very similar to my own. A lot of the things he brought up are things I already apply to my life.”

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Sidney Childs was one of several SVSU staff members, professors, alumni and students to present at this year’s Cardinal Talks Extended on Thursday, Nov. 30.

At 3:50 p.m. on Nov. 21, a 21-year-old female student reported she observed a 24-year-old male student who she went to high school with in Gilbertson Hall looking at her. She had prior problems with him in high school and reported to police that he was here stalking her. He confirmed that he was a student and was told to have no contact with her while attending school. Safety Tip from Campus Police: With the holidays coming up, make sure that you are locking your vehicles, and if you stay on campus, make sure that your doors are locked and your valuables are secured. The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

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Left: Ceremony attendees pose with AMA Vice President Lance Anderson (middle, standing) during the RSO’s tree lighting event. Right: AMA’s tree after being fully decked out.

Tree lighting brings holiday cheer as students return from break By Kaitlyn Farley


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VSU’s chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) held its first Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 8:30p.m. until 10p.m. “We decided to host this because we wanted there to be light at the end of the tunnel after a long semester,” said AMA President Heather Hodges. “We just want to celebrate the holidays together and to get students together before the break.” Department of Management and Marketing Chair Mazen Jaber serves as the advisor for AMA, which formed last year. He suggested the event to the RSO. “Our advisor is the one who pushed the event,” Hodges said. “He’s seen it work at other campuses, and he just thought it brought the students together.” Preparing for the event was a rewarding

but challenging task for those who took part in organizing it. “At first, we were worried the event might not happen this year because there was so much planning that needed to be done, and our RSO is so busy,” said AMA Vice President Lance Anderson. “However, once Gabe Kasper was able to find a tree to use, everything started falling into place.” AMA sold Christmas bulbs the week of the event that students could buy and decorate to put on the tree during the ceremony on Thursday night. “(Forever Red) sold us these bulbs that we are now selling for the event,” Hodges said. AMA hopes to partner with more RSOs for future Tree Lighting ceremonies. “We talked about partnering with Coffee House to make more of a holiday karaoke next year,” Hodges said. “We definitely want to get more RSOs involved. We talked about doing a gingerbread house competition with

Greek Life or other RSOs that want to sign up. We’re definitely going to start planning earlier next year so more people can be involved.” AMA also will start planning earlier to make sure more community members can be involved and to find a sponsor. “We want to start talking next semester to find a little more company support, like have a tree donated or something of that sort,” Hodges said. This year, the ceremony featured free hot chocolate, cookies and several reindeer games for students to play. Games included reindeer antler toss, ping pong, pin the carrot on the snowman and more. Anyone who completed all the games was entered to win one of many assorted gift cards. Many students came to the event and enjoyed the festivities. “I heard there was a tree lighting ceremony,

so I thought I’d stop by,” theatre major Ross Macker said. “I didn’t do any of the games yet. I saw the free food and said, ‘Oh, cookies!’ and ran over there.” Third-year pre-nursing student Ashley Hawthorne was also excited to hear about the tree lighting. “It’s the first (tree lighting ceremony on campus), and I thought that was really cool,” Hawthorne said. “And I love Christmas. The hot cocoa has been my favorite thing so far. The M&M cookies were the best.” AMA intends to make this an annual event. “Our main goal is to make this a tradition that students talk about and look forward to each year,” Hodges said. Anderson echoed that sentiment. “The goal (of the tree lighting ceremony) is to give students something to look forward to each year after Thanksgiving break that maybe makes it a little bit easier to ease back into classes,” he said.

SVSU hosts local Hack Day in anticipation of January hacking season By Mariah Turner Vanguard Reporter

On Saturday, Dec. 3, SVSU hosted its firstever Hack Day. The purpose of the event, which drew about 35 participants, is to build a robot in the virtual program called “Robocode.” Most of the participants were SVSU students, but some high school students and SVSU alumni attended as well. The event was sponsored by Dow Chemical, Meijer, Sam’s Club, and Major League Hacking (MLH). “Robocode” is a virtual reality game where the hacker/programmer creates a robot with artificial intelligence who then battles with other robots and behaves autonomously. Given this problem, the hackers broke up into teams and had 12 hours to code and

battle their robots. Prizes were given out for those teams that won the “Robocode” battle. First place was a gaming headset and Amazon Echo Dot, second place was a drone and third place was a gaming mouse and keyboard. Typically, Hack Days such as Saturday’s event last for 24 or 36 hours in order to give the hackers ample time to create and code something from the ground up. “We will definitely do this next year, although I think we will do a 24-hour one, with hopefully 200 to 300 participants,” said graduate student and event coordinator Brad Chippi. “We started this event with tech talks, and we had mini games, a virtual reality game, as well as lunch and dinner.” Attendees Drake Herman, a sophomore, and Thomas Meier, a junior, both computer science majors, talked about their experiences

Trafficking talk highlights local impact By Dylan Powell Vanguard Reporter

The Student Nurses Association on Thursday, Nov. 30, hosted Jessica Behmlander to give her presentation titled “Human Trafficking: What We Need To Know.” Behmlander, a registered nurse and education specialist with Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, mainly focused on the importance of maintaining awareness of the issue at hand as well as discussing the various warning signs and red flags to look for as a healthcare professional to potentially identify a trafficked individual. The event took place in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Behmlander was chosen by the Student Nurses Association in an attempt to help educate both fellow nursing students as well as the general public on the severity of the issue that is human trafficking. More specifically, Behmlander, being located in Saginaw, brought plenty of local stories to help drive home that this is a problem that occurs everywhere without much attention being drawn to it. “It sickens me that these are people; it’s not just numbers,” Behmlander said. “It’s happening all around us. I know it can be a discouraging thing to see that, but it’s really important to be aware that it is going on.” Though the event was open to the general public, the audience was mostly made up of nursing students. This coincided with the fact that Behmlander focused heavily on the roles of healthcare providers in identifying The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

signs that patients are being trafficked as well as some helpful tips for when a potential trafficked individual is identified. “When we do recognize the situation (the lecture explains), we learn how to offer those patients help,” said fourth-year nursing student and President of the Student Nurses Association Samantha McPherson. “Maybe even being prepared for them to be resistant to help just because of the situation.” Behmlander explained that victims are very unlikely to explicitly lay out the details of the unfortunate situation they have found themselves in. Therefore, it is important to recognize the nonverbal cues common among victims. Some of those red flags include specific types of bruising, a quiet demeanor and unique tattoos that could potentially be a common “branding” technique among prostitution circles. The lecture recognized the two types of trafficking, labor and sex, but mostly centered around the different stories and examples Behmlander provided of specifically sex trafficking victims locally. “Every time (Behmlander) does this presentation, she gets a good turnout,” McPherson said. “It’s localized about the TriCity area, so that makes it more applicable to students around here rather than just a general human trafficking presentation.” Behmlander made it clear that there is no end to the problem in sight. As long as there is demand for it, there will always be a supply. However, Behmlander made the case that plenty can be done to help the victims unfortunate enough to become a part of it.

at the Hack Day. “We coded virtual robots and fought them against other teams,” Herman said. “You start off with a shell of a robot, basically, and you code them with instructions on how to move around the battlefield, how to shoot and how to not hit each other if they’re on the same team. You get something that semifunctions.” Meier echoed Herman. “It’s also things like communicating as a team and being able to communicate with other robots on your team, but you can’t actually control them; they have to do everything by themselves,” he said. Herman said he had not participated in a Hack Day in the past and that he didn’t really know what to expect going in, but that some friends asked him to attend. Both Herman and Meier said they would

definitely do another Hack Day next year. “It’s helpful to do something that you already know how to do but don’t practice that often,” Meier said. “So for someone coming in who hasn’t developed software from scratch to fulfill a task according to a set plan of things that need to be done, that would be really valuable for someone like that, because it’s a beginning to end process,” Meier said. “You have to start from nothing within a set of rules, and that’s something that just doing the assignment in class doesn’t always get you to do.” Schools and hackers all over the country celebrated this non-official Hack Day. Other schools like Michigan State University and the University of Michigan hosted Hack Days as well as a way to celebrate and welcome in the upcoming hacking season that starts in January.

3D printed keychains raise funds for SWE By Taylor Stockton Vanguard Reporter

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted their second keychain fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 30, where attendees could pay to have a 3-D printer make a keychain of their choice. The printer, operated by SWE President Lindsay Ren, uses a complex system to turn an electronic file into a tangible object. “You take the file, and it breaks it down into triangles,” said Ren, a third-year mechanical engineering student. “Then, it saves the pattern as an STL file, which can be transmitted to the printer. The printer reads the file and prints it layer by layer to make the shape you want.” Students could choose from a range of keychains or create their own unique design. Proceeds from the fundraiser will allow SWE to buy apparel and host more events. “We are slightly larger in member size this year,” said SWE Vice President Teresa Jeffery, a third-year physics student. “So we are raising money for t-shirts, which will make our organization look more like a team. We also do outreach with high school students. We go on a charter bus, pick up the students and bring them to SVSU, where we teach them about robotics or circuits.” SWE Secretary Sabrina Coffman sees the importance of these outreach events. “I think that it’s very important to introduce engineering concepts and STEM to girls at a young age,” said Coffman, a second-year mechanical engineering student. “I didn’t

do much with STEM until high school, and I was really lucky that we had a robotics club. I don’t think that I would have ended up in this field without it.” The money raised will also fund trips for SWE members. “Last year, we went to GM Powertrain and Nexteer,” Jeffery said. “We toured the plant and had the opportunity to speak to women in the field. They gave us their perspective of what it’s like to be a woman in engineering and offered advice on what to do in the future.” Coffman outlined the benefit of being a SWE member and taking tours of local engineering facilities. “It’s a good way to get your name out there and make connections in different places,” Coffman said. “Especially being a female and meeting other females in the workforce so you can get that first hand perspective.” SWE also provides social benefits which extend beyond professional experiences. “I found that I really didn’t have a lot of friends in the engineering department going through it,” Ren said. “Being in SWE has given me the opportunity to make more friends who have common interests.” Ultimately, SWE aims to empower women who are perusing STEM degrees. “We really try and support women in engineering and STEM fields,” Ren said. “It’s a male-dominated field, and you know that going in. You can either choose to let it stop you from doing what you love or use it to your advantage, but we want women to get out there and not be afraid of being unique.”

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Hate language and groups should not be normalized By Aran Singh Vanguard Columnist

There’s a familiar expression that I’ve been thinking about over the past week and a half while consuming the news. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. Two things really stuck out to me. One was President Trump’s retweets of anti-Muslim videos taken from far-right group Britain First. The other news item was the much-maligned “Nazi fluff piece” The New York Times ran about this dude who’s a regular guy but also a Nazi. Both of these things are bad. That’s obvious but still warranted. What’s not as obvious is there’s some overlap between these two things. I know talking about a Trump tweet plays into this distraction trap, but it needs to be addressed. Trump’s retweets of these videos were done apropos of nothing. One of the videos purported to show a Muslim migrant beating up a Dutch kid on crutches, but that was debunked – the “migrant” was Dutch himself. The other two videos show terrorists doing bad things, with no context, two non-sequiturs, like a bad “Family Guy” joke (which is a

redundant statement). Terrorists are bad. Got it. Why did he retweet some hot garbage from Britain First (what one far-right scholar called basically a neo-Nazi group)? Just to remind everyone that terrorists are bad? Or to stir the pot of bigotry and remind the hardcore faithful that Muslims are scary, to distract Americans from the fact that his house of cards is about to tumble? I’ve been trying to wrap my head around all this. The question I want to ask is: Who doesn’t think Trump’s retweets were terrible, offensive, ugly and bigoted? One answer: former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, who said, “That’s why we love him.” Only the most obtuse, delusional, unreasonable and oblivious person will see this for anything other than what it really is. He blew the dog whistle and likes to throw his lapdogs a bone – a nice, inconceivably reckless, indubitably bigoted bone. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it. If it looks like a duck… There was no credible response from the White House about Trump’s actions, because there isn’t one. Whatever anyone says, it’s just the plausible deniability game people like to play with this kind of thing, and it’s bogus. Nothing I could say would really convince someone who was thrilled with the retweets that

they’re wrong for being thrilled about. Ideally, you could engage the most stubborn, extreme person in some kind of rational discourse. But sometimes, minds are already made up. So what’s the point in engaging with the unreasonable? I guess it would be, on principle, to not let bigotry fester and remain unchallenged. Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade, even if everyone already knows it’s a spade. So, in considering that profile in The New York Times about the Nazi next door and the subsequent backlash it generated, I thought the only way to do this sort of piece is to not let the Nazi’s comments go unchallenged. The article describes the subject, Tony Hovater, as a dude who goes to Applebee’s, cooks pasta, likes “Seinfeld” and has “Midwestern manners that would please anyone’s mother.” The piece doesn’t do much more than that. None of his views are challenged. The article also says of Hovater: “He is adamant that the races are probably better off separated, but he insists he is not racist.” OK, that sounds like cognitive dissonance to me. That would’ve been a good spot to press him for further clarification. When Hovater speaks highly of Hitler and says, “He really believed he was fighting for his people and doing what he thought was right” – that might’ve been a good spot to chime in. But these

abhorrent opinions got to sit and luxuriate, unperturbed in the most recognizable newspaper in the world. The author, Richard Fausset, to his credit, admits he missed the mark in a follow-up reflection he wrote. But one has to wonder why he even wrote something like that. To show that Nazis are people too, that they buy groceries and bake muffins and have “Twin Peaks” tattoos on their arms? To show how “normal” they are? I got it; he’s a human. But he’s not really normal. Because of the Nazi thing. If it looks like a duck… Asking someone with an extremist, bigoted viewpoint, “Why do you believe what you believe?” and expecting an intelligent answer rife with wisdom and bereft of cognitive distortions and delusions is going to be an anticlimactic affair. To ask someone why they retweeted antiMuslim videos or to ask someone why they think Hitler had some good ideas almost seems pointless. Some people don’t want to see the error of their ways. The only thing to do is to call out this kind of crap every single time, to “un-normalize” Nazism or Muslim fear-mongering. Because none of this should ever become normal.

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With the arrival of the holiday season, many of us are going to be faced with the questions we try to avoid and are already tired of answering. For most college students, spending time with extended family means being asked the same questions we’re asked every year by the uncle who lives hours away and the older cousin who tries to be relatable as they struggle to make conversation at the dinner table. “What are you going to school for?” “What are you studying?” “What can you do with that degree?” By now, the answers to those

questions are etched into our minds since they are so frequently recited, as virtually every family member who is not a college student thinks that’s what we want to talk about. The conversation that reciprocates from the answers to those questions depends on a lot of factors. Your field of study is a main one. The content that you are studying yields wildly different responses depending on how politically sensitive it is and where the initiator of the conversation falls on the political spectrum. Additionally – again, depending on the content – the response could be jaw-dropping, because you cannot fathom the ignorance or insightfulness. When I think about my own experiences and perspective, I hear the same thing over and over, and I am dreading hearing it again this holiday season.

I am studying Spanish and teaching English as a second language. The constant response that I can never seem to fail to receive is, “That’ll be good because there’s a lot of Mexicans coming here.” As I mentioned, the response is jaw-dropping, and you have to take a second to step back and process what was just said. First of all, they were here first. Up until the mid-19th century, a large chunk of present-day Texas and part of California were part of the country of Mexico. In 1848, the U.S. government acquired what is now Texas, and what was Mexico became U.S. land. Secondly, if we’re talking about the Spanish-speaking population in the United States, using the term “Mexicans” does not compensate for every immigrant in the States who speaks Spanish. editorial staff

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Reconsidering the labels we give Spanish speakers By Madison Savard

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Contrary to what one may believe, “Mexicans” only refers to people that are from – wait for it – Mexico. By using one term to account for all Spanish speakers ignores the differing ancestries people have. While it is true that Spain originally colonized most of the areas that speak Spanish today, there are also other adjectives to describe the people from Mexico, Central America and South America. So, to be politically correct and throw out some education, the term Hispanic refers to people who are from Spain. Latino/a (Latinx is also commonly used) refers to those from Latin America, which is inclusive of Central and South America. Lastly, as mentioned previously, Mexicans references people from Mexico. I believe that the biggest factor in ignorance is a lack of


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education. While I understand that not everyone is going to have the knowledge to understand the breakdown of terms used to describe individuals that come to the United States from Spanishspeaking countries, I also think that it can be easily inferred that speaking Spanish does not automatically mean that a person is Mexican. Open your mind. Take a minute to be aware of the ignorance you may be exhibiting by pulling a large, diverse group of people under one term that constitutes for a fraction of the population that is being discussed. If nothing else, at least check yourself and use common sense to gauge the validity of the claim you are about to make.

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Net neutrality an important policy that is being threatened By Maria Ranger Vanguard Reporter

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether or not to repeal net neutrality. Many people don’t fully understand what net neutrality is. I didn’t until about a year ago, but it’s really important, and it benefits everyone. Net neutrality laws are what keep the internet accessible to anyone, which is great. Anyone with a laptop, smartphone or a public library can have infinite information at the tips of their

fingers. However, if net neutrality is repealed, that might not be the case. Internet service providers will conduct business differently. They’ll be able to provide slower service and charge extra money per month for faster service. In addition, they could charge for access to certain websites. Portugal and New Zealand are both countries without net neutrality, and they pay a certain amount per month for internet and pay extra for “bundles” like social media, videos, music and messaging. ISPs would also be able to make certain websites priorities, and people would be shown that

content more often or have easier access to it. The FCC would even have the ability to block websites if they wanted. Lack of net neutrality is basically overdone censorship as well as a monopoly on the internet. This will affect just about everyone if net neutrality is repealed. I’m sure most of the people reading this are college students or faculty at the university. Hypothetically, you could have to pay an extra fee for access to Canvas to submit assignments and take online classes, another one for JSTOR for writing scholarly papers and an additional one for access to email or Facebook Messenger.

On top of that, you’d have to cough up even more cash if you wanted to listen to music on Spotify or stream movies and TV through Netflix and Hulu. If students weren’t left to pay for these bundles on their own and the university paid for it along with the internet the school has, tuition would skyrocket. Small businesses and start-ups would also suffer, as they often have little funding and rely on the internet to sell products or promote themselves. Losing net neutrality would change the way we communicate and learn. But there’s things that you can do to prevent it from happening. The website Battle for the Net has great resources that make

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it very easy to send an email to your Congressman. In addition, they have a script for a phone call and connect you with your representatives based off your zip code, and you can even sign up for them to auto-call every day. Lastly, there is a chart with the protests that will occur at various Verizon stores Dec. 7, and you can search to find the protest nearest to you. Remember, just because things might be bad in this country, it doesn’t mean that you’re powerless or can’t do anything to try and stop it.

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SVSU students Amber Hadley played Agnes, left, and Allison Kania played Tilly, right, during a fight scene in “She Kills Monsters.” Agnes attempts to play Tilly’s “Dungeons & Dragons” game

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SVSU theatre students perform in a variety skit for the ‘“Tis the Season: A Christmas Variety Show.” They danced with presents as they sang about the holiday shopping rush. The show ran Wednesday, Nov. 29, and Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The theatre department performed with Cardinal Singers and SVSU Visiting Artist in Musical Theatre Kevin Cole during the show.

Theatre department switches things up for ninth Christmas variety show By Kaitlyn Farley


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he SVSU theatre department mixed things up for its ninth annual Christmas show. Hosted in the Malcolm Field Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on both Nov. 29 and 30, the show was titled ‘Tis the Season: A Christmas Variety Show!’ Co-director and theatre professor David Rzeszutek and other cast members described how the show was different from past years when they were interviewed before the show. “In the past, we styled the shows in the format of a 1940s radio show,” Rzeszutek said. “This year, we have styled the show paying homage to the variety shows of the 1960s and 1970s.” Many of the student performers enjoyed the change of pace, including theatre and communications major Joshua Lloyd. This was his second year performing in a Christmas show at SVSU. “We dive head-first into an assortment of skits, performance pieces and your favorite holiday medleys sung by our very own Cardinal Singers, accompanied by Kevin Cole, an award-winning concert performer,” Lloyd said. “There’s also a very special appearance by a furry blue monster who loves eating cookies.” Rzeszutek and his co-director, fellow theatre professor Ric Roberts, had about two weeks to prepare for the show. “The first ensemble rehearsals for the show begin on Sunday, [Nov. 26],” Rzeszutek said. “We rehearsed again on Monday and Tuesday and were in front of an audience on Wednesday and Thursday

night.” The tight time frame was a challenge but still exciting for the performers, including Abigail Burgess, a theatre and rhetoric and professional writing sophomore. This was her second SVSU Christmas show performance. “Even though we do a Christmas show of some sort every year, we always have an accelerated rehearsal process,” Burgess said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our department to come together and assemble a great showcase of our many talents as a team over the course of three days.” Lloyd noted that those involved in the show also practiced outside of rehearsals. “Many students and faculty members have also put in countless hours outside of scheduled rehearsal times to ensure a seamless production,” he said. The performers’ hard work paid off handsomely come performance time. It began with a solo by SVSU Guest Visiting Artist in Musical Theatre Kevin Cole. He played “Sleigh Ride” on the piano and was joined by the Cardinal Singers for “We Need a Little Christmas.” Next, dressed in ‘70s attire, several theatre students performed a choreographed skit about the holiday rush. Following that was a duet dance to “Silver Bells” and various Christmas songs performed by the Cardinal Singers, which proved to be a crowd favorite. “I liked the Cardinal Singers the most,” nursing sophomore Savannah Mansfield said. “I thought it was festive.” Another crowd favorite was a skit featuring the Cookie Monster, as Lloyd referenced, and Donté Green, a senior theatre major.

“It was really entertaining,” occupational therapy sophomore Allison Huehn said. “I thought the Cookie Monster script was cute.” Next, performers danced and sang to “The Snow Miser Song” before Cole took the stage to perform an original Christmas song with the Cardinal Singers. Cole then served as the accompaniment for “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” sung by theatre students Jessica Hurley, Abigail Burgess and Vanguard reporter Melanie Frasca. Afterwards, Cardinal Singer and music senior Madalyn McHugh sang and played guitar to “Silent Night.” This was her last performance at SVSU.

“It was bittersweet,” McHugh said. “But I am glad that my last performance was the Christmas show.” The show ended with a tap dance routine by 2011 alumna Amanda Mueller. She is currently a bartender and hip-hop dancer in Chicago. The large variety of skits and performances offered fun and nostalgia for all ages, which many performers cite as the reason for the show’s continued success. “The audience was wonderful and really enjoyed the different assortment of acts,” Burgess said. “It’s been a blast working on this production, and this is new and fun format for the theatre department’s Christmas show.”

Senior theatre major Donté Green performs a skit with the Cookie Monster.

A year of superhero movies in review Valley Steel percussion band performs with community members By Dylan Powell

Vanguard Sports Editor

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The Department of Music presented a concert showcasing the SVSU percussion ensemble, Valley Steel Band, and Heritage High School’s percussion ensemble on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Attendees heard an eclectic selection of music. Pieces included Music for Pieces of Wood, Tokoyo Fusion and Nagoya Marimbas. Communication sophomore Raegan Schultz enjoyed hearing the unique steel drums. “My favorite song was ‘Lampin,’” Schultz said. “It had a cool Caribbean feel, and I really like the unique instruments they were using.” Conversely, music education sophomore Rebecca Thompson enjoyed the more traditional style of music. “My favorite part was the first piece, ‘Triplets,’” Thompson said. “I thought that it was a really fun piece. I think the piece had a nice melodic line and harmony.” The concert allowed musicians, like music education major Adam Coggins, to learn about different instruments and develop new skills. “I have never played a steel pan instrument before I came to college,” Coggins said. “So I was used to everything else on stage, but steel pan was a whole new beast for me.” Valley Steel director and music professor Brandon Haskett commented on the diverse backgrounds and experience levels of the The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

performers. “Anyone that reads music can be a member,” Haskett said. “We have had music majors, non-majors, as well as some local high school students perform.” This semester, Haskett and percussion ensemble director Patrick Fitzgibbon worked with an SVSU alum, Katie Jessop, to bring some high schoolers to the SVSU stage. “Jessop is a recent music education graduate and is now the percussion instructor at Heritage High School,” Haskett said. “She suggested the collaboration on a piece she arranged. Between her, myself and professor Fitzgibbon, we agreed to collaborate on a combined piece.” “Beirut,” the combined final piece, proved to be the favorite of performers, who enjoyed playing with alumni, community members and high schoolers. “’Beirut’ was my favorite piece to perform,” Coggins said. “Everyone got to play together, and I think it was a great experience for the high schoolers and the college students.” Computer science freshman Josh Braley agreed. “’Beirut’ was my favorite piece to perform because it was fun, and it just sounds cool,” Braley said. “But it was a challenge to fit everything on stage.” Overall, the concert was a success. “I felt that we had good energy while performing and everyone seemed to enjoy the performance,” Haskett said. “For the high school students, it was nice to get them on campus and have them be part of something rewarding and successful.”

Another year, another 500 superhero movies for us to digest. It seems like every year, we get more and more of these things, and every year billions of people worldwide flock to them. Even though we are almost 10 years into the “superhero cycle,” 2017 may have been the best year for superhero films yet. The year began with Fox’s second attempt at a superhero film with some kind of originality in March’s “Logan” and culminated with DC’s enjoyable mess “Justice League” last month. In between, Marvel showed no signs of slowing with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” in May, “Spiderman: Homecoming” in July and most recently “Thor: Ragnarok” in November, all of which were massive hits. As previously mentioned, both Fox and Warner Bros. saw their little pockets of success with “Logan” and “Wonder Woman,” but Marvel’s tour-de-force in the genre is remarkably showing more sustainability than ever. This is most apparent when seeing a film like “Justice League.” The Zack Snyder/ Joss Whedon mash-up showed many improvements and changes to make one feel an inkling of positivity for the DC Extended Universe moving forward. However, it’s difficult not to notice all of the flaws of the film when compared to how Marvel handled its superhero films. What Warner Bros. is failing to recognize when it comes to these types of films is basically the one thing that made these characters a success in the first place. Marvel Studios and President Kevin Feige understand that if you want to make

a “comic book film universe,” you have to treat it like a comic book series. This rushed structure of films goes against everything that the characters being utilized were built upon. Warner Bros. was banking on the success of Marvel’s films as well as the name-recognition of its own characters to build their own universe without thinking about what made the Marvel Cinematic Universe so unique. All of the Marvel films feel like one long comic book run even down to the “filler” issues. Rather than giving us something new and different to indulge, they mostly exist to service and enrich the greater “Infinity War” plot or simply exist to repeat what its predecessor accomplished. These films lack the excitement and spectacle of more recent films like “Captain America: Civil War,” “Ant Man” or “Thor: Ragnarok.” It wasn’t until after these filler films established everything that was needed to be established that we were allowed such creative films as “Doctor Strange” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Marvel gets a lot of flack for making superhero films feel tired when in reality it’s quite the opposite. Now that the universe feels very lived in and we are used to so many of its conventions, Marvel feels comfortable taking risks and trusting unique and against-the-mainstream directors such as Taika Waititi, director of “Thor: Ragnarok.” Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. believed that it was the nostalgia and massive spectacle of visual effects that put people into seat. In reality, it was time, love and careful planning, which I predict will lead Marvel to breaking all of the box office records by the time “Avengers: Infinity War” drops next May.

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Men’s basketball comes up short By Dylan Pozniak Vanguard Reporter

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SVSU’s Sam Black keeps pace with competitors from Hillsdale and Central Michigan University during the heptathlon on Friday, Dec. 1. Black dominated the competition in the heptathlon, winning five of the seven events, giving him the top position overall.

Track and field starts the season strong in Holiday Classic By Lee Wilford


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he SVSU track and field team had a successful opening that included eight first-place finishes at the SVSU Holiday Classic. The meets took place on Friday, Dec 1, and Saturday, Dec 2. “The Ryder is always a great place to host events, and the energy in the field house was electric,” said distance runner Maggie Pawelczyk. “Along with that, all of the members on the track and field team did a great job helping to facilitate the meet.” The women had a solid showing throughout the event. Pawelczyk, a freshman phenom who had an impressive cross country showing in the fall, ran unattached for the day and will for the rest of the season. She hopes to compete on the track and field team for five years. She competed in the women’s 5K and ran with a time of 18:11, good for an impressive third-place finish. Pawelczyk has high goals set for the rest of the season. “It was a very good start to my indoor season, and I’m excited to see what the rest has in store for me,” she said. “My goals leading to the rest of the season are to hit the national

qualification provisional times in the 5K, 3K and mile races.” Other strong individual performances by the women included Jenna Keiser, who placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22.25. Sydney Kreger won the mile run in 5:15.03. Darby Meinecke won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:40.26, followed up by fellow Cardinals Rebecca Estep and Carissa Martin in second and third. Allison Dorr took second in the 5,000-meter, run with a time of 17:34.84. The women’s relay teams had a good day as well. In the 4x400 meter the team of Morgan Fuerst, Jukaila Hill, Takia Bradley and Lauren Huebner took third with a time of 4:04.26. Lauren Huebner had a solid day, taking first in the 800-meter run indoor pentathlon, third in the 60-meter hurdles indoor pentathlon and third in the long jump. Huebner ended up taking third overall in the pentathlon. The men also had a strong performance in the meet, led by junior runner Parker Eisengruber. Eisengruber took first place in the mile with a time of 4:13.05. He was happy with his performance, especially coming off training from a long cross-country season. “It has been a long season, and this is a race that we run basically off of cross coun-

try training, so I was happy with my performance,” he said. “I’m excited to take my break from running for a few days and get into track training after.” The entire team had an impressive showing, which is especially notable for an event occurring this early in the season. In the men’s 60-meter, dash Jullane Walker took first with a time of 6.83, followed by teammate Juan Bowers with a time of 6.87. In the 400-meter dash, Carter Eckhardt had a time of 48.81, which was good for first place in the event. In the 5,000-meter run, Nate Frasier placed first with a time of 14:43.31. The men’s 4x400 relay team of Eckhardt, Keith Rodriguez, Bowers and Jordan Walters took first with a time of 3:20.15. Noah VanderVeeen took first in the high jump with a height of 2.02m. In the shot put, Ryan Kelly took second with a final throwing distance of 16.83m. Sophomore Sam Black had a dominating performance in the heptathlon, taking first place overall. “The team looked good today,” Eisengruber said. “People ran fast times for this early in the season, and we even had some people hit national provisional qualifying marks.” The team will compete next at another home meet, the SVSU Classic, on Jan. 12.

The SVSU men’s basketball team opened up conference play with back-to-back losses at the hands of Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan this past weekend. The road defeats at the hands of Upper Peninsula opponents dropped SVSU to 2-6 overall for the season. Against the Huskies, SVSU fell 75-67. Redshirt freshman center Sebastiano Lamonato continued his strong start to the season. Against the Huskies, Lamonato led the team with 16 points and added six rebounds off the Cardinal bench. “(Lamonato) competed,” head coach Randy Baruth said. “He needs to do that for 40 minutes.” Another young player, freshman DJ Hoskins, put up eight points, two rebounds and two steals against the league rivals. “With this being my first college basketball season, things are different,” Hoskins said. “Just getting adjusted to the speed of the game, playing against the best competition every day. It’s a great learning experience.” Even without the outcome the Cardinals would have wanted, they’re taking a learning stance on the loss. “Our team competed for a good amount of time. Not score competed, but effort competed,” Baruth said. “With this team, competing with all-out effort is the only way we are going to get better.” On Saturday, Northern Michigan took down the Cardinals, 86-69. The Wildcats had the game’s leading scorer in Isaiah Johnson, who put up 29 points, and nine rebounds. After struggling early and heading into halftime down 39-21, the Cardinals played a much improved second half, outscoring the Wildcats, but ultimately fell short to round out the weekend. Hoskins was key in the second half run, putting up 14 points and five rebounds. Lamonato, a native of Australia, also added 13 points and six rebounds. Hoskins was complementary of Lamonato and SVSU’s three other Australian-born players. Another Australian player, freshman Liam Evans, added 10 points and three rebounds off the Cardinal bench. “I think the other players are adjusting well,” Hoskins said. “The Australians are getting better with the pace of the game; they are more confident and stronger than when they first stepped onto campus.” Saginaw Valley is on a three-game losing streak but has shown signs of strong play as they continue to work on filling the void of players lost from last season. “We just need to continue to get tougher,” Hoskins said. “Like Coach Baruth said, we have to trust the process. Everything won’t be so great at first. We are looking at longevity. Things can change at the snap of a finger.” SVSU continues play this week as it hosts Lake Superior State at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, and Ferris State at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

Gailliard honored after impressive first season By Connor Doyle Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

SVSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Chad Gailliard was recently awarded with GLIAC Freshman of the Year honors. The 19-year-old from Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn reeled in 42 catches and led the league with 934 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, while also posing as a significant threat on special teams. The Freshman of the Year award was coupled with First Team All-GLIAC honors. “We knew he had the Chad Gailliard potential, but we also knew he was going to have to make a lot of plays and get a lot of opportunities to make plays, which he did,” head coach Jim Collins said. “He had done some good things in camp, and then he got off to a good start in our first game [against Alderson Broaddus] where he scored a touchdown, and then in the next one [against Walsh] he scored a long touchdown, and I think that gave him the confidence and solidified where he was.” Collins also noted that Gailliard’s superior season comes after an offseason in which he missed substantial action due to tonsil surgery. “He didn’t spend a lot of time over the summer with our team because of the tonsil surgery,” Collins said. “He really had to prove himself in preseason camp and he ob-

viously did.” Coming up through youth, Gailliard only played a season or two of youth football and rather focused on basketball for much of middle school and high school. Entering his junior year, Gailliard decided to go out for football, as his brother was a senior on the Edsel Ford squad. From there, he found success immediately and ultimately earned All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention honors. Despite the success, upon graduation, SVSU was still his only scholarship offer. After arriving in University Center and redshirting his freshman season, his love for the game only grew. “Through that redshirt year, and then this past season, my love for the game has deepened so much,” Gailliard said. “I always liked football, but it definitely wasn’t what I think of it now. My drive has gone up, and I’m definitely more in love with the sport. I’m excited to keep working and getting better.” The young receiver caught the attention of the entire conference, but especially his own quarterback throughout 2017. “There were two things that impressed me that Chad did throughout the season,” quarterback Ryan Conklin said. “The first was that he somewhat came out of nowhere. We knew he was a tall, fast guy, but I’m not sure any of us imagined him having the season he did. “Secondly, I was impressed that Chad kept his composure. He knew he was a top receiver in the league throughout the year, but he didn’t get a big head and didn’t fold

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Redshirt freshman receiver Chad Gailliard catches a pass against Michigan Tech earlier this year. Gailliard recently received the GLIAC Freshman of the Year award for 2017. under the pressure of performing week in and week out.” While Gailliard made explosive plays in nearly every game of the season, his performances against Northern Michigan and Ashland especially stood out as some of the best individual performances the conference saw during the 2017 season. Against Northern, Gailliard caught 13 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown. In the season finale against conference champion Ashland, Gailliard closed out his freshman campaign with six catches for 161 yards and

a touchdown against one of the nation’s top secondary units. Now that he has caught the attention of the rest of the conference, Gailliard is looking forward to improving even further heading into 2018. “This is definitely just the beginning of what I hope is a lot more to come. I have a lot more to show,” Gailliard said. “I’ll need to become more of a route technician, getting better and running more routes and getting

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Donahue capping off outstanding career on court Women’s basketball

continues to struggle

By Steven Bryant


Vanguard Reporter

rom all-state high school tennis finalist to being named to the All-GLIAC FirstTeam, senior Shea Donahue has made quite an impact on the tennis court in her decorated career. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has ranked Donahue as the No. 14 singles player in the Midwest Region. Donahue is the third Cardinal to be ranked in the top-15 in program history, following former teammate Izabella Ismailova and alum Yunjiao Shangguan. “(The ranking) has meant that all of my hard work and focus during my senior year was recognized, and it’s a reflection of my coaching staff’s confidence in me playing No. 1 singles for our team,” Donahue said. Donahue had a strong fall season in singles competition. She finished with an overall singles record of 7-5. In her four seasons, she has an overall singles record of 48-28 and overall doubles record of 45-28. With the departure of the team’s top two singles competitors, Donahue made the jump from the No. 3 position to the No. 1 position this season. The leap meant that she would go head-to-head with opposing teams’ best singles players. “She had success in previous (positions), but to see her take on this new challenge and successfully represent our program at the highest level was pretty amazing,” head coach Jennifer Boehm said. “Every match she plays, she is up against the best from the opposing school … Of the five matches she lost, three of them were incredibly close three-setters.” In order to find more faith on the court, Donahue used her faith off the court to help with the transition. For the last four years, she has been a part of a Christian organization called Athletes in Action (AIA). Her experience with the group changed her perspective as a student-athlete and helped her adjust to the high-caliber level of competition that No. 1 singles brought. “I was fortunate enough to participate in the Ultimate Training Camp this past summer through AIA, and it was life-changing,” Donahue said. “It changed my perspective on what it is to be a college athlete and having the ability to play the sport I love at such a high level. No matter the outcome of my matches this year, I wanted to make sure to walk off the court knowing I gave it my all.” Through the organization, she realized that with a loss came a great learning experience that she could turn into a positive. She gave up the stress of what she could have done differently to win a match and began to focus on patience and minimizing mistakes. “I became a more consistent and patient

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After taking over the No. 1 position in singles this past fall season, senior Shea Donahue is being recognized as one of the top singles players in the Midwest Region. player this year,” Donahue said. “That affected the outcome of a lot of my matches. Having seen the caliber of play that No. 1 singles carries by watching (Ismailova) the last three years, I knew it would be a tough position. I love being challenged, and playing that spot this year was what I had been working toward. I loved it so much, I found myself never wanting my tennis career to end.” A native of Haslett, she played for Haslett High School under coach and former SVSU tennis alum Samantha Brunnschweiler. Donahue amassed a final record of 63-9 at the high school level. That led her to become a three-time regional champion, two-time state semifinalist and an Honorable Mention for All-State. She also participated in cross country and track. In addition to singles, Donahue this year played No. 1 doubles with sophomore partner Taylor McLaughlin. McLaughlin recognizes Donahue for making her second season with the team fun and relaxed. “(Shea) has been good at motivating the team and making sure we all loved working out as much as she did,” McLaughlin said. “She reassured me to not take any of this for

granted, because it goes by so fast. We had tons of fun playing doubles together and, of course, you need to be focused, but this year I realized you can’t let any of that take away from actually having fun.” Donahue’s presence on and off the court has left a lasting impact on the tennis program. “(She) brings a level of confidence that is unmistakable,” Boehm said. “She loves a challenge and doesn’t shy away from tough opponents or situations and inspires her teammates in that way. Off-court, her goofiness and sense of humor make us laugh, and she really does a great job of bringing our team closer together.” The program has also left a lasting impact on Donahue’s life as she looks to complete her collegiate career this spring. “I’m so blessed to have been given this amazing opportunity here,” Donahue said. “Coach has worked so hard to get us where we are today. From the trainers, fans, friends, conditioning coaches and photographers to all the positive tweets, articles and yes, even study hall. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey.”

Flood Watch: Tiger impressive in latest return By Jeremy Flood Vanguard Reporter

Tiger Woods is back, and better than ever. Well, maybe not ever. Best he’s been in a while? Oh yeah, no doubt. This past weekend, Tiger made his first competitive start in over 300 days at his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. The reason for Tiger’s absence? Yet another back surgery, this time a back fusion surgery, which is something of an end-all-be-all type surgery – and it seems to have done the trick. Tiger on October 30 announced that he would make his return to the PGA Tour. The announcement came just 14 days after being cleared by a physician to return to full, unrestricted golf activity. Tiger has commented multiple times that his most recent back operation gave him “instant relief” and that he hasn’t felt this good in years. This past weekend, he backed up all the hype of a healthy Tiger Woods. The Hero World challenge is an 18-man event with the field being comprised mostly of the world’s greatest. There’s no cut in the event after the second round, so Tiger was guaranteed four rounds (should he stay in the upright position). What wasn’t guaranteed, however, was how Tiger would perform and if he could remain pain-free. In the first round, Tiger showed us exactly what he’s capable of. His first round of competitive golf since February ended in a three-under 69. Tiger hit seven of 13 fairways and 12 of 18 greens in regulation on Thursday. Tiger’s last opening round in the 60s was 834 days ago at the 2015 Wyndham Championship. He even carded a 69 while being one-over-par on the par fives while most players were two or three-under-par on those holes. Perhaps the aspect of Tiger’s returning round that was most promising was just how far he was hitting the ball. Tiger’s playing partner, Justin Thomas, was the eighth-ranked player in driving

distance on the PGA Tour in the 2016-2017 season. Tiger was consistently putting the ball past him off the tee. That is some truly special athleticism. In his post-round interview, Tiger was absolutely elated about his performance. He talked about how he accomplished what he wanted to in his first round back – hitting some good shots and finding his way around the golf course. The best part? He ended the day pain-free. Tiger’s second round was even better. He opened the second round with a front-nine score of 31, his lowest nine-hole score in an astounding 1,457 days. Three birdies, an eagle and only 11 putts helped make that happen. On that front-nine, one of the most special things in golf took place that hadn’t happened in a very, very long time – Tiger Woods took the lead. While the lead didn’t last the entire day, his good play did. While his back-nine was a little slower than his front-nine, he recorded seven straight greens-in-regulation, a telling statistic of his tee-to-green prowess. He added a couple more fairways and one more green-in-regulation on the day, both which propelled him to a four-under-par 68 to leave himself at -7 for the tournament. Day three didn’t fair so well for Tiger, but, then again, it didn’t fair well for anybody in the tournament. The scoring average for the entire field rose three-and-a-half strokes in the third round, rising to 72.9. That scoring average makes Tiger’s third-round 75 seem not so bad after all. It was tough to watch, however, as Tiger started off the round with a few bogies and didn’t make birdie until the 14th hole. Still, no pain, no worries. Showing up in traditional red and black for the last round, Tiger was ready to finish the tournament strong. A few holes left Tiger with a score that unfortunately didn’t reflect just how well he played yesterday, including the 10th hole, which he double-bogeyed, then the final two holes, which he bogeyed. Tiger

did make six birdies on the day, as well as a front-nine eagle, making the 2017 Hero World Challenge the first event in years in which Tiger carded multiple eagles. Tiger finished the event at eight-under and tied for ninth place, his best finish in almost three years. Once again, we get to enjoy a world of golf in which Tiger is competing and hunting the ever-elusive records of 18 majors and 82 wins. We get to see a happy Tiger Woods, living, in my opinion, his best life he’s lived thus far. Sure, injuries have set him back in golf, there’s no doubt about it. Will he ever be the same again? No, probably not. But a man who’s been under a microscope his entire life was given an opportunity to be humbled. From someone who’s seen Tiger Woods play for a long time, it’s easy to see that he cherishes both his time on the golf course and at home. He’s talked a lot about how he looks at spending time with kids differently now. He’s talked about how he appreciates just being physically able to do the things he loves to do, whether it’s golfing or skiing or running or simply going out with friends. Tiger said he now has a deeper appreciation for what he means to so many people. He said the world got pretty small for him when he was hurt, and coming back has opened his eyes to how big the world is and how much of the world is rooting for him. I couldn’t be more excited about seeing Tiger Woods returning to golf. He’s changed the game to the point where it will never be the same again, all for the better. It seems like we’re beginning a new chapter of Tiger Woods’ career, hopefully a long chapter with some new-found success. Nobody is sure if Tiger will win again, or even if he’ll stay healthy, but it sure seems like both are very likely. One thing that is for sure is that no matter how hurt he is or how long it’s been since he’s competed, Tiger Woods will prove time and time again that he is not someone to be doubted.

The SVSU women’s basketball team has dropped to 0-8 on the season after losing two more road contests. The Lady Cardinals traveled to the Upper Peninsula to play Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. The team began the road trip on Thursday, Nov. 30. The No. 18 ranked Huskies beat the Cards 59-37. SVSU struggled from the field, making just 11 shots and shooting 21 percent from the floor. The opening 10 minutes of the game saw Tech jump to a 10-4 lead, as the Cardinals shot 1-9 in the first quarter. The Huskies led by nine entering halftime as they outscored SVSU 15-12 in the second quarter. Shooting woes continued in the third, as SVSU made just one of 11 shots, scoring seven points in the quarter to Michigan Tech’s 19. Redshirt freshman guard Laurel Jacqmain had a team-high 12 points in 29 minutes. She coupled that with four rebounds. Junior guard Hannah Settingsgaard had three steals and three rebounds to go with her two blocks. Jacqmain has reached double digits in five appearances this season and has played strong minutes, which garnered praise from head coach Jamie Pewinski. “Laurel has done a good job of staying aggressive on the offensive end,” Pewinski said. “She’s the most natural scorer we have and one of the best shooters we have. Her ability to stretch the defense helps keep the paint a little more open for our posts or for the guards to drive. As she gets more acclimated to the speed and strength of the college game, she’ll only improve all of her numbers.” The team visited Northern Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 2, in a losing effort, as the Wildcats won 60-52. SVSU shot 21-64 from the field compared to 13-34 by NMU. The Wildcats attempted 37 free throws compared to SVSU’s 14. The Wildcats also outrebounded the Cards 47-24. SVSU committed 30 fouls to NMU’s 20. For the second game in a row, SVSU started slow, scoring five points on 2-12 shooting in the opening quarter to Northern’s 10 on 2-8 shooting. The team was dominated on the boards, as the Wildcats grabbed 11 rebounds to the Cardinals’ two. Settingsgaard and the Cards turned things around with an 18-point second quarter with Settingsgaard scoring eight of the 18. NMU gained a strong lead in the third quarter, going 9-9 from the free throw line en route to outscoring SVSU 17-12. The fourth quarter saw the deficit jump to 17 points before the Cardinals were able to cut the lead to eight points, even getting as close as six points with less than 30 seconds left in the game. Settingsgaard led the team with 14 points on 6-11 shooting. She also grabbed four rebounds to pair with four steals. Jacqmain scored in double digits for the fourth time in five games. Her 11 points came in 31 minutes. She also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Francesca Coury tallied a career-high four steals off of the bench. Freshman forward Kaitlyn Geers tied a career-high with seven points on the second unit. Lake Superior State University comes to O’Neill Arena on Thursday, Dec. 7, for a 6 p.m. tip-off. The team hosts Ferris State University on Saturday, Dec. 9, for a 4 p.m start.

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GAILLIARD, continued from A6 better overall and becoming a complete receiver.” In addition to Gailliard, the Cardinals offense will be returning its quarterback, Conklin, its entire running back unit, along with a handful of wide receivers and offensive lineman. Conklin, who earned All-GLIAC Honorable Mention honors, said that the sky is the limit for the unit, and the team as a whole, as it has many key defenders returning for 2018 as well. “It’s apparent that we have a lot of talent coming back,” he said. “I’m extremely excited for next season and expect a lot of big plays and points put up on the scoreboard. We now have to outwork our competition for the next nine months. We can’t wait for that first game next fall.” Conklin finished third in the GLIAC in both passing yards per game (211.7) and passing touchdowns (16) and was second in passing yards (2,329). Also returning is running back Tommy Scott Jr., who anchored a deep and talented running back unit, rushing for a team-leading 948 yards and scoring five touchdowns. He rushed for over 100 yards in five separate contests for the Cardinals. SVSU also returns Will Farr, a talented tight end who was awarded a medical redshirt after missing the 2017 season. The SVSU defense also returns the likes of linebackers Michael Alexander and Justin Whitted, who both earned All GLIAC honors. Dillon Dixon, an anchor in the Cardinal secondary, also returns. The team is back in the weight room beginning its offseason program that will continue all the way until the beginning of next season. The team is learning from the 2017 campaign, but all sights have moved toward the 2018 season. Following a 5-6 season that saw several close games go against the Cardinals, SVSU feels championship caliber football is just around the corner, and plans to be vying for a NCAA playoff spot next fall. “The energy is fantastic, the attitude is outstanding and this team is a group of guys that like each other and really enjoy the process,” Collins said. “There’s going to be high expectations next year; everybody’s going to have them and knows what this group could be capable of next year. Right now, we’re enjoying the process.”

Student works featured at Experimental Space Exhibit Artists learn practical skills through process of creating their own displays By Melanie Frasca Vanguard Reporter

The reception for the Experimental Space Exhibit in the University Gallery was held on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit itself is open to the public until Dec. 15. The exhibit is entirely students’ work. The student artists in the exhibit are Lily Solgat, William Haboush, Howard Eagle, Gina Kearly, Elizabeth Makinen, Shelby Hatt, Nyesha Clark, Danielle Georgiou, Anna Slavin and Malory Kochanny. Cardinal Photography Students Association (CPSA) and Virtual Reality Research Group (VR-Reg) were also involved in showcasing their members’ work. University Art Gallery Coordinator Tisch M. Lewis wanted to create a blend of the very structured student showcase and the Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition. She wanted to be very hands off with this exhibit because she wanted the students to get the experience of having to map out and put together their own exhibits. “The way I structured the exhibit is that I wanted to help the students learn practical skills,” Lewis said. “So if someone were to say, ‘Here’s a space in my business,’ or, ‘Here’s a space in a gallery. Do what you need to do in order to have the show,’ they would know what materials they would need, they would know that if I want it to look this way, I would have to do that, so it just makes it easier for them. To be able to have some of the knowledge in order to get it on the wall is as important as the creation itself.” All of the artists had to create their exhibit, which gives them the practical skills that Lewis was speaking about. William Haboush created an exhibition for his independent study on throwing ceramics, and he wanted to portray a fall theme with the use of the color brown. Howard Eagle also spoke about the process of putting together his exhibit. “I picked out the pictures, and then I thought about what exactly I wanted to do with the wall that I was given, and I realized

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Cardinal Photo Student Association (CPSA) President Jacob Browning explains his photograph during a reception for the Experimental Space Exhibit in the University Gallery. He represented CPSA at the exhibit, which is open to the public through Dec. 15. that there was a lot of dead space, so I decided to make these shrines to get rid of a little bit of that dead space,” Eagle said. “Then there was dead space between these, so I decided to make it a little bit more interactive by having people go and cut chords for the god Ash, the god of cutting ties, or leave a gift for the goddess to add color to her life.” Many of the artists seemed to find inspiration from their daily lives. Lily Solgat also spoke about the main inspiration for her pieces. “I just love photography, and my thing that I have is silhouettes,” Solgat said. “I love silhouettes, because there is a story behind each one, but you really don’t know, so you get to just make it yourself.” Malory Kochanny agreed with all the other artists that the exhibit was truly beneficial to them. “The student art gallery here is really beneficial because it is free for students,” Kochanny said. So it gives help to build up

your resume because as an artist, you want to be able to have your work out there for people to see.” Not only were the students given an opportunity, but two RSOs got involved in the exhibit as well. Kelley Gray represented VR-Reg. Jacob Browning represented CPSA, and their exhibit showcased a few members’ photography. “We are really about promoting experiences for photographers who have had some experience, as well as aspiring photographers,” Browning said. Several students came to the student galleries. Jacob Steinacker, an exercise science freshman, enjoyed seeing other students’ artwork in a university gallery. “It just gives me multiple perspectives,” Steinacker said. “Everyone’s artwork is different in every sense of the word, whether it be spiders or Egyptian. The best way to describe it is multiple perspectives.”

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