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Left: Students enjoy some “Dog Therapy” provided at Zahnow Library on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Right: Students decorate their own cookies during Relaxation Night on Friday, Dec. 8.

Relaxation Night gives students chance to chill before exams By Bryant Beach

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tudents attempted to wind down in anticipation of incoming final exams on Friday, Dec. 8. Relaxation Night, a biannual event hosted by Student Wellness Program (SWP), is comprised of many activities that help students de-stress during one of the more taxing times of year. Attendees were encouraged to partake in a variety of events, including coloring, board games, live comedy sets, karaoke and sessions with a meditation professional who garnered serious interest from the room. The TSAR was buzzing with conversation as people continued to pour in, their num-

bers contributing to the desired casual and friendly atmosphere. “Our attendance always surprises me,” said Cierra Hessbrook, SWP Wellness Intern. “Given the time of year, you sometimes wonder how many people will actually show up, but this is pretty much what we have come to expect.” Multiple tables were filled to full capacity throughout the whole night. One of the more frequented portions was the DIY stress ball station, which allowed guests to fill a balloon with putty and take it home for exam week. “This stress ball table is great,” said freshman attendee Mason Hooker. “It feels like it’s actually working.” Along with the seemingly endless cycle

of entertainment, guests were further motivated to put aside their worries and stay throughout the entirety of the event with the promise of free food and drinks. Members of the planning committee appeared to particularly enjoy this aspect, as they were able to take a break from the arduous preparation process and kick back with fellow Cardinals. “The only station I have been to so far is the hot chocolate table,” Hessbrook said. “But I plan on taking advantage of the photo booth and other activities later in the night.” While this is one of SWP’s more anticipated undertakings, it is far from the only one. SWP is committed to limiting test anxiety all year around, giving small but useful tips and tricks that will help their peers study

more efficiently and stress free. “Need an energy boost while studying? Eat an apple,” says the organization’s Facebook page. “It will offer more energy than a cup of black coffee.” Guests appeared rather optimistic about the organizations impact on campus and future prospects. “Everyone I have met here looks like they are having a great time,” Hooker said “I can for sure see myself coming back next year.” Staff also seemed to echo this sentiment, as they hinted at the continued success of Relaxation Night. “We are definitely looking forward to putting this on again when the end of next semester rolls around,” Hessbrook said. “I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.”

Testing Center institutes new make-up exam fees Athletic Director By Victoria Phelps Vanguard Reporter

Concerns remain about a new $6.50 fee for make-up exams proctored at the Testing Center among faculty, many of whom rely on the Center for exams performed outside of class. The Testing Center has undergone numerous changes this fall. It has begun to use RegisterBlast – an appointment, organizational and questionnaire program. Since the library renovations, it has also been situated in a space of its own on Zahnow’s third floor. The space includes 23 computer desks, two quiet spaces, accessible tables and lockers for personal items that cannot be taken into the testing space. The Center has also changed some of its fees; online proctoring services for SVSU students has been reduced from $25 to $10 an hour. A math placement exam retake fee of $10 has been instituted in addition to the new $6.50 fee for make-up exams. The makeup exam fee does not impact disability services testing.

According to Office of Adjunct Faculty and Academic Support Programs Director Ann Coburn-Collins, $1.50 of the make-up exam fee goes to RegisterBlast. The remaining $5 is used to help pay for the $80 worth of monthly RegisterBlast fees as well as to compensate proctors and pay for the new space. Coburn-Collins said the Center’s primary usage is for placement testing. Make-up tests are more often requested by adjunct faculty,who have less on-campus availability than full-time faculty. Lecturer of Biology Amanda Ross said she’s been using the service for years. “A lot of professors use their office hours for testing,” Ross said. “I prefer not to do that, because during my office hours, I talk to other people, and it’s just not an ideal testing environment for my students. … If a student wanted to take a make-up test, (the Testing Center) was just perfect because it was an actual testing environment.” Ross explained that, when she wasn’t able to use the Center, her departmental secretary would administer the test. “That’s been my backup plan because,

again, it’s not an ideal testing environment,” Ross said. “(The secretary) does a great job, don’t get me wrong … but it’s still in the faculty suite, so there are people walking by and talking, and students make do, but it’s not ideal.” Coburn-Collins said students are not required to do make-up tests at the Center. “It’s kind of a courtesy that we offer to students and faculty,” she said. “The faculty can still administer their own tests. They’re not required to send students upstairs.” Coburn-Collins explained how the Testing Center is tied to her position as the director of the Office of Adjunct Faculty Support. “If you can think of it this way, the Office of Adjunct Faculty Support is a support office, so our office in here costs the university money, but nobody pays anything,” Coburn-Collins said. “The Testing Center is something different. It provides some support, but it also wants us to be able to at least break even or, if not, do better, in order to try to help the university as a stream of income.”

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SVSU Athletic Director Mike Watson retired on Monday, Dec. 4, effective as soon as the 2017 fall semester has concluded. Watson, who has been serving as Athletic Director since 2007, led the SVSU athletic department to many successes over his decade-long tenure, including several GLIAC/division championships in several different athletic programs. John Decker, the associate vice president Mike Watson of Administration and Business Affairs, has taken over Watson’s duties as acting athletic director. Decker is excited to take on the day-to-day operations of the position but is also very humble for

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Student Wellness Cardinal Sins celebrates publication of new issue director wins award By Lee Wilford

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Assistant Director of Student Wellness Programs (SWP) Cortney Heileman last month received the 2017 Outstanding Advisor award. Peer Health Education’s (PHE) national affiliates, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students, gave Heileman the Cortney Heileman award at their national assembly on Nov. 18. The award is given to advisors who stand out as leaders. “I was selected because of my dedication to the educational programs that we facilitate throughout the academic years, as well as for

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SVSU’s literary journal, Cardinal Sins, held its Publication Reception on Monday, Dec. 4, in the Alumni Lounge to celebrate its Fall 2017 issue that will be distributed around campus next month. The undergraduate-run publication includes work from writers and artists not only located in the Great Lakes Bay Region, but all across the world. Issues are released bi-annually and feature submissions that are blindly judged. This particular issue of “Cardinal Sins” hit the 100-page mark for the first time in the publication’s history. “We want to share important stories and art,” said Anna Paling, a senior Professional and Technical Writing major who serves as the Design Intern for Cardinal Sins. “We bring together a cast of diverse forces and timely pieces that relate to current affairs, creating a more personal feel.” Cardinal Sins strives to reach people with their unique work by accepting submissions from all across the world, including submissions from as far as India and Australia. Even though it is competitive to be published, over a half dozen new SVSU artists

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were featured alongside a handful of alumni. “It’s been a great platform for me personally,” said former SVSU student Erin Case, who was the cover artist and the Color Artwork category winner. “’Cardinal Sins’ has proven to be a great way to build connections and also display my work.” Case has been involved in both artwork and poetry with the publication since 2011. She has won nine awards with “Cardinal Sins” and has been published in over 100 publications. She believes that “Cardinal Sins” has the ability to make a difference in peoples lives. “It gives everyone who is published the feeling of accomplishment,” Case said. “It feels really good to get confirmation that you aren’t wasting your time and your work is truly valued.” The Fall 2017 edition took on a whole new look when Paling spearheaded design changes that hoped to add to the consistency and visibility of the “Cardinal Sins” brand. Per usual, the publication matched artwork and writing, with a consistent template throughout. With this issue, the goal was to add an element of brand awareness to the cover page. “We wanted to create a more modern and

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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. Larceny At 11:05 a.m. on Nov. 29, a 28-year-old male reported that team apparel was stolen from an office in the Ryder Center. At 10:51 p.m. on Dec. 3, a C-Store manager reported that on two separate occasions, three subjects entered the store and stole candy bars. They were identified and admitted to stealing. The situation was turned over to Student Conduct Programs for resolution. Marijuana At 11:08 on Dec. 1, officers were called to MJB House to meet with Residential Life Staff regarding an anonymous call stating people were smoking marijuana in a room. The officers smelled a strong odor, but couldn’t find any marijuana. They admitted that they were across the street smoking prior. The situation was turned over to Student Conduct Programs for resolution.

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Ross said that, though she enjoyed the service, she will not be using the Center for make-up testing again. “For a student to pay $6.50 to take a test can be a big deal for some,” Ross said. “If a professor has decided that it’s appropriate for a student to be able to take a make-up exam, they shouldn’t have to pay financially for that.” Coburn-Collins said the fees seem small in comparison with those of other institutions. Some universities do not offer the service. Michigan Tech’s Testing Center website says there are no fees for computerized or make-up exams for university courses, though there are fees for certifications and other non-university exams. According to MSU’s Testing Office website, there is a $20 charge for make-up exams. “$6.50 is a Starbucks, you know?” CoburnCollins said. “It’s nominal.”

Ross said she’s curious how much the university benefits from the new make-up testing fees. “In a cost-benefit analysis, I would be shocked if this helped the university financially in a dramatic way,” Ross said. Testing Center Coordinator Heather Kanicki said the Testing Center proctored 44 makeup tests from the beginning of the semester through Dec. 5. In Fall 2016, the Center reported administering 187 make-up exams. Numbers have fallen largely across the board, though, in part as a result of declining student enrollment and fewer international programs. Kanicki said she hasn’t had a single complaint from the students who have used the Center’s services, though faculty have been split in their view of the fees. “Most of the faculty that come in, they’re extremely happy that we’re charging for the make-up test especially because it limits the number of students just not showing up to take

an exam, so they seem to be extremely happy about that,” Kanicki said. “The only critiques we’ve had is how to handle things like family emergencies, but that would be up to the instructor, too,” Kanicki added. “If that’s a situation where the instructor doesn’t want the student to have to pay the $6.50, the instructor is more than welcome to have the student take the test with them. This is not a requirement; it’s just an option.” Ross said she was unsure if the makeup testing fee was just odd to her or if other professors would be concerned, as well. “This is really about the students,” Ross said. “And if a student deserves a make-up test, then they deserve a make-up test.” Coburn-Collins also has the students in mind. “I really do think this is a good thing for the university,” she said. “I don’t think we’re doing anything harmful. I really don’t. I wouldn’t do anything that was harmful to the students.”

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the work that Watson has done during his time at SVSU. “While Mike’s decision may seem sudden, I know from my conversations with him that this was something he had been considering for some time,” Decker said. It is unclear whether Watson will continue to consult the university. Decker said his contributions to the campus went above and beyond what was expected. “(Watson) has a passion for supporting student-athletes personally,” Decker said. “Mike has always conducted himself with impeccable integrity in my dealings with him.” Watson’s effect on the department and the student body can be seen in the success of the various athletic programs. SVSU’s studentathletes have boasted consistently high gradepoint averages during Watson’s tenure, including 190 students who earned All-Academic honors during the 2016-2017 season. The athletic department has yet to decide whether Decker’s position is permanent, but it is working diligently to fill the proper duties while the logistics are being worked on. “We have just begun the process of assessing how best to move forward,” Decker said. “We will be looking at how best to provide the resources and support needed by our student-athletes and coaches for the short term and the long term.”

the support that I provide to our students,” Heileman said. “I truly care about each and every one of my students and am passionate about their success.” Heileman’s success is due in part to her unique leadership style. “I lead by two rules every day,” Heileman said. “See a need, fill a need, and lead by example.” SWP Wellness Intern Cierra Hessbrook spoke of how Heileman’s “rules” translate into her work. “Cortney has great energy,” said Hessbrook, a third-year exercise science student. “Walking into the office, you can always expect to be greeted with a smile.” Fourth-year psychology and sociology student Charlie Ferens applauded Heileman’s ability to guide students and help them create high quality events. “Cortney is not only the support system for the group’s initiatives but also serves as a mentor to members of the group,” Ferens said. “She has fostered an environment of high quality work outcomes and one of compassion. Programs like Latex League, Alcohol Permits, Freshman Wellness Kick-off and many more would not be as successful without her support.” Heileman said the leaders in life helped her

achieve the award. “I wouldn’t be able to accomplish what I have if it wasn’t for the amazing support and leadership that I have around me,” Heileman said. “I am honored to work very closely with my director, Andrea Hamlin, who does so much for our department.”

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SINS, continued from A1 what ‘Cardinal Sins’ is.” The publication is meaningful to not only those who are involved with the production, but it also impacts those who decide to pick up a copy. “I love finding a copy and using it to take a break from school,” said Shannon Hardy, an SVSU student who won the Black and White Artwork category in the publication. “It allows for a nice mental break and for everyone to enjoy both artwork and writing.” “Cardinal Sins” has always been focused on releasing consistently high-quality work in order to showcase art and writing throughout campus. “We hope to get people reading and provide a high-quality journal for everyone to enjoy,” said Mackenzie Bethune, a third-year geography student and associate editor for Cardinal Sins. The next round of submissions for the journal will be a hybrid genre contest with the theme “Split.”

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Tax bill threatens to cut Americans’ social safety nets By Brian Fox Vanguard News Editor

In a speech given earlier this year, journalist Chris Hedges warned that the near future “would be marked by global capital being unable to expand and generate profits at former levels.” He went on to say that, before, capital would begin to “consume the government, along with the physical and social structures that sustain it.” Everything we know as part of the social contract, including social welfare, infrastructure investment, education, healthcare and ecological protections, “would be sacrificed to feed the mania for short-term profit,” Hedges said. The Republican Congressional tax bill that has passed both the House and Senate seems to prove Hedges’ analysis correct. Most discussion of the tax bill has focused on the Republicans’ rushing of the process, desperate as they are to be able to say they’ve passed at least one piece of major legislation before the end of the year. This rush can be seen in handwritten notes in the margins

of the Senate version of the bill that look like chicken scratch, if the chicken had suffered a serious head injury. However, this focus on the strategic rushing of the bill and its potential effects on the 2018 and 2020 elections misses the true issue at hand: This tax bill represents the culmination of decades of effort to gear America’s tax structure toward advantages for the most privileged among us. With the minor differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill expected to be smoothed over in committee, both versions of the tax bill will add at least $1 trillion to the deficit (that’s with projected economic growth factored in) while redistributing wealth upward to the millionaires and billionaires. Barring unexpected Republican defections, all indications point to the bill being passed before the end of the year. The vast majority of nonpartisan economists deny that the tax bill will lead to significant economic growth. Additionally, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s analysis shows that under this new tax scheme, by 2027, the combined annual tax obligations for those of us making between $40,000 and $50,000 will be $5.3 billion more per year, while that of people making over $1 million would be

$5.8 billion less. This is because the bill contains tax cuts that massively favor wealthy individuals while restricting state and local deductions that disproportionately apply to working families. The leadership of the party that constantly whines about Democrats’ redistribution of wealth seeks to redirect tax relief from working people to the already super-rich, i.e., themselves, their children and their political financiers. That’s not a fiscally conservative tax plan. That’s class warfare. The hole this bill is estimated to blast in the budget through lost revenues is justified by Republicans through the magical thinking of “trickle-down economics.” They say once we give a huge pile of money to the super-rich and corporations, the benefits will eventually reach working people through a reinvigorated economy. There is no evidence for this assertion. Trickle-down economics has been a Republican article of faith since Reagan, and it has never borne the fruit they assured us would grow. Instead, this economic policy has consistently led to recessions while drastically contributing to economic inequality. Indeed, as the costs of healthcare

and education rise steadily, middleclass wages have remained stagnant since the 1970s. To call trickle-down economics a myth gives the discredited strategy and those whom champion it too much credit. Mythology implies that its adherents, while wrong, earnestly believe it. Rather, it appears Republicans are counting on this bill failing in order to justify gutting entitlement spending and other critical aspects of the welfare state. Once their tax bill goes into effect and further tweaks America’s tax policies in favor of the rich, Republicans will surely use their remaining time in unified government to attempt to weaken or do away with entitlement programs like Medicare and social security. It’s nothing new, really. This is the same time-tested strategy of the corporate class in America: Weaken the government programs they don’t like until the public will accept cutbacks. Except this time, Republicans actually look likely to succeed, and the social safety net as we know it in America is in serious jeopardy.

Brian Fox is a political science major. Reach him at bvfox@svsu. edu.

Predictions for the College Football Playoff games By Marq Williams Vanguard Reporter

The College Football Playoff is finally set, and after much speculation and anticipation, we have the four teams that will be representing their respective universities. The Clemson Tigers are ranked first in the nation. Following them are the Oklahoma Sooners, who have had an amazing season behind their star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Baker Mayfield. The third seed is a surprise to some fans, as college football experts didn’t even predict that they would be anywhere near the top five: the Georgia Bulldogs. Last but certainly not least is the Evil Empire themselves led by Nick Saban, who always has his Alabama Crimson

Tide performing at the highest level of football possible. Despite being the fourth seed and barely squeaking in the Playoff, Alabama is favored over the firstseeded Tigers in their Sugar Bowl matchup. Let’s start with the Rose Bowl matchup in Pasadena, California. Oklahoma is averaging 44.9 points per game, which is the fourth best offense in the nation. Georgia’s win in the SEC Championship Game put a stamp on their regular season as they marched onto the playoff. Their defense is nearly impenetrable, with their opponents only averaging 13.2 points per game. This will be a tough game with a lot of explosive plays and big time defensive performances. If it becomes a shootout, I feel that Georgia will not have the fire power to combat the Sooners topranked offense. But if Georgia can control the clock, play outstanding defense

and force the Heisman winner to turn the ball over, then Georgia will win easily. However, my prediction is that Oklahoma will win in a surprisingly defensive battle against the Bulldogs and squeak out a 27-17 victory. Next is the “Three-Match” with the Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers in the Sugar Bowl. Alabama is looking for revenge against Clemson after last year’s last-second defeat at the hands of now -Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson. Alabama’s opponents are averaging only 11.5 points per game. Alabama always has a top-tier defense, and this year, its opponents aren’t even scoring two touchdowns against them. They will have a tough time containing the athletic ability and explosiveness of the Tigers’ offense though, as they are averaging about 35 points per game, which is top 25 in the nation. This game will be a highscoring affair, and as the previous

matchups have shown, it will come down to the last-minute efforts of both teams to determine the winner of this semifinal matchup. The best part about this matchup is that it is a semifinal game and not the championship, so the level of play between the two teams will be even more heightened on top of the fact that they already split the previous two games by very slim margins. I feel the Crimson Tide will come out on top of the Tigers because of the championship pedigree of Saban and company. Even when the BCS was the format for determining the championship, Alabama has been dominant and can even be argued as one of the greatest teams in the modern era. With that being said, I pick Alabama winning a close one to advance to the championship game with a 42-35 victory. The championship game will be a spectacular test of will and skill and will feature two of the premiere programs in college football

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history. The Sooners will come ready to play, and their fiery leader, Mayfield, will be sensational. But Alabama is constantly pushing out NFL caliber talent and seemingly win the championship every year. They will eventually be too much for the Sooners and pull away in a hard-fought contest and eventually come out on top of the college football world with a 35-21 win over Oklahoma. Alabama has not been a four seed in the College Football Playoff prior to this season. Despite this not being their best team in recent memory and barely squeaking by the other contenders for the fourth seed, I still expect their dominance to continue this year.

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Saying goodbye to the worst semester in the history of SVSU By Kaitlyn Farley Vanguard A&E Editor

Each generation has their share of thoughtful, provocative and eloquent voices. Said voices bring about ideas on par with the Enlightenment, shed light on social issues like the Muckrakers and invest in charitable givings in ways that would shame even Oprah. Well, buckle up, buttercups. Because I am not one of those voices. But I can say this: I called it. At the beginning of the year, I declared in this same paper that this semester would suck. The unfortunate thing is that it more than sucked, but apparently I’m not allowed to swear in a university newspaper. Why did this semester suck? Maybe we all just got tired of professors preaching to rooms of 98.9 percent white kids about the importance of linguistic diversity and explaining why not every hijab-wearer is a terrorist. Or maybe it has something to do with tuition continuously

increasing, our university president’s salary also increasing and student services like counseling, library hours and disability being cut. Or maybe it’s because we were banned from certain on campus jobs because we dared say something bad about SVSU, or we quit another job because the director justified a borderline racist hiring policy by saying that hiring more black kids would not be representative of the Saginaw community. Or maybe it’s because we’ve wrote our weight in papers this semester, and that’s really saying something because we’ve also ate a dumpster’s worth of Little Debbie snack cakes and Panda Express. Yeah, OK, maybe that’s just me. But still, I have yet to find one person this semester who said, “Gee whiz, what a great semester this has been.” If this is you, dear reader, keep it to yourself. No one wants to hear about your happiness while the rest of us are having a pity party. And about being an editor for this here paper. What a mess these last two months have been. I’ve met with many of our reporters, and boy, were there some interesting conversations.

There’s been a reoccurring issue that has been my reoccurring nightmare since I first became a reporter. Like any company, SVSU has some baggage. And no one is willing to talk about that baggage. Let me be clear. People will talk off the record – meaning when they talk to reporters, it’s essentially only a cathartic experience for them because they want to talk, but they don’t want to face the repercussions of having their name published with their words. But there’s more. Dear reader, it’s been a rough semester. There’s so much more to say, but what’s the point? Another cathartic experience? I understand that The Valley Vanguard is not a Detroit Free Press or Boston Globe. I can’t speak for all of the Vanguard, but I really truly doubt that anyone here is under the impression that we can win a Pulitzer off our stories. But we’re still a newspaper. We report the news. And as you will hear in the editing room every Sunday morning (let’s just say if this were a drinking game, you’d get drunk in like three minutes), “Newspaper is hard.”

Well, this entire semester has been hard. If the fact that not all of my classes have posted textbooks for next semester but I already will need to buy over 20 novels and textbooks is any sign of things to come, I doubt next semester will be much better. And I know that “How I Met Your Mother” has taught us all that New Year’s is the most disappointing of all holidays because it promises a new beginning just because the clock strikes midnight, but I hope the time for cathartic experiences are over, and the time for actually doing something to help ourselves (yours truly included) is finally here. While I’m doubtful, I still have to hope that next semester will be better. Because the Fall 2017 semester sucked and can read between the lines (again, not what I want to write). And just one last piece of advice: While you’re stress-eating during

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finals week, try the Zebra Cakes. They’re delicious.

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he music department presented a concert showcasing SVSU’s jazz ensemble on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. The jazz ensemble played through a total of eight pieces. The styles on display ran the gamut from the big band sound of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to the bossa nova-infused “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham, down to the funktinged Eddie Harris number “Cold Duck Time.” Music education sophomore Lily Reyes enjoyed the concert. Her favorite song of the evening was “A Child is Born,” by Thad Jones, which featured a flugelhorn solo. “I liked the ballad,” Reyes said. “The ballad was really nice.” Sophomore music major Vincent Frank agreed with Reyes about the performance of the ballad. “It was very beautiful,” Frank said. The concert provided SVSU student musicians a chance to show off their musical chops. Music education major Matt Ingersoll played trumpet and guitar. In particular, Ingersoll enjoyed the opportunity to perform and listen to his fellow musicians’ solos. “For me personally, it’s a way that I can express myself a little bit more freely,” Ingersoll said. “When I’m walking up there, and I have nothing in front of me to go off of other than my ears and what I’m feeling in the moment, that’s kind of thrilling.” Ingersoll commented on how Jazz Ensemble Director Seth Ebersole inspired the musicians. “He really encouraged anyone to take a solo, and there were a lot of people that took

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SVSU musicians perform during a jazz concert on Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. The jazz ensemble performed a total of eight pieces during the event. their very first solo tonight,” Ingersoll said. “You’d think they’d been soloing their whole lives.” Ebersole praised the efforts of his students. “I was really happy with all the hard work the kids did this semester,” Ebersole said. “They’re all excellent students, and they all put out a lot of energy this semester.” Though the concert was deemed an overall success by attendees and musicians alike, there was one song in particular that stood out as an audience favorite: “Cold Duck Time” by Eddie Harris. “There was a different energy when we get to that last tune and it’s a tune that we all like,” Ingersoll said. “It gets the crowd going.” Occupational therapy senior Grant White

agreed. “I really liked that one because it was a little more faster-paced, but also ... there was a guitar solo in there,” White said. “That was really odd, and so I liked that. I enjoy going to the concerts for other students because I kind of get to see my peers play and get to play out their feelings throughout their solos.” Attendees also appreciated how the jazz ensemble offered an overall unique experience. “It allows for people who have untrained ears and people who have trained ears to come together and enjoy music together,” Reyes said. “I think events like this are kind of a bridge between the community and the college itself.”

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World’s best boss, Michael Scott, and his Dunder Mifflin crew throw their annual Christmas party, and it does not disappoint. This is the first Christmas episode of the series, and it set the bar high for the future specials that followed. Now, it would not be a true episode of “The Office” if Michael did not make comments that are rude, disrespectful and offensive. This was the episode where less of that behavior would be expected, but the audience received what felt like two times more of it. For those finished with the series, it gives a good feeling of nostalgia. Jim attempts to reveal his feelings for Pam, Angela feels neglected and Meredith ends up nude. It is a classic episode that reveals the true meaning of Christmas in the most Michael Scott way possible: with 15 bottles of vodka.

I have discovered the Christmas special to end all Christmas specials. The final episode of season six of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” may just be about as perfect of a special as you can get. Of course, the show takes the usual holiday conventions and sets them through the lens of the deplorable main characters of the show. Not only does the episode contain some of the most laugh out loud funny moments of the series (Charlie in the mall … if you’ve seen it, you know), but it also carries the same spirit and charm necessary for a Christmas special to be effective. If you haven’t seen the show, I probably wouldn’t recommend starting here, but if you have, make sure to give this gem another run this holiday season.

The “Psych” movie was probably the best (early) Christmas gift I have ever received. Although a Christmas movie in the sense that “Gremlins” is a Christmas movie, “Psych” certainly did bring tidings of comfort and joy (and pineapples and Pluto – you will always be our ninth planet, buddy). Finally, after three years, Psycho-s got to see Shawn and Jules marry, Gus find true love, Mary play a sport other than racquet ball and The Chief a happy-ish ever after with a family. While Lassitor’s absence (because of Timothy Omundson’s stroke) certainly did bring down the holiday mood, John Cena, Zachary Levi, Charlotte Flair and whoever played the Black Gentleman Ninja certainly did help fill the Lassie void. Seeing the cast back together after three years certainly was a nice present, and all the Psych-isms and inside jokes sprinkled throughout the “holiday” special tied it all together with a bow that had me tapdancing.

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In the “30 Rock” Christmas special, Liz Lemon tries to get her co-workers to read poor children’s letters to Santa and buy them the presents they want. Meanwhile, Jack Donaghy deals with a surprise visit from his demanding mother and accidentally hits her with his car. Later, Liz thinks the presents she bought for the kids were a scam when two grown adults pick them up; however, they were just the kids’ fathers, and they were going to have “Santa” give their kids the gifts. There’s plenty of odd jokes and “did that really just happen?” moments. Although the episode had several weird and funny moments, it still has a happy ending, which is one of the reasons why I love this show so much.

Another year, another barrage of entertainment media to digest. This year was a powerhouse when it comes to the amount of quality products we have received all across the spectrum of entertainment media. I’ve talked about it over and over every week, but 2017 was an excellent year to be entertained by your favorite extracurricular activity. Detailed throughout this column are some of my favorite things to play, watch and listen to over the past 365 days or so. It’s difficult to talk about 2017 without talking about Marvel films, but given that I already spoke about Marvel studios several times this semester, I’m going to try and keep this brief by simply saying that you should see these movies. Nothing like what Marvel Studios is doing and has accomplished will ever be repeated by any production studio in Hollywood. Revel in it. Enjoy it while it’s happening so you can look back and say, “Hey, I was alive when that happened, and it was the most impressive thing going on at the time.” As some of you may have guessed by the topics of this column, my second love to film will always be video games. The Nintendo Switch dropped this year, and with it came two of the most polarizing games of all time in “Super Mario Odyssey” and “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” However, my favorite game of 2017 easily goes to “Horizon Zero Dawn.” A lot of people have probably forgotten about this early 2017 release, but it has everything a gamer would want out of an immersive RPG experience, and if it wasn’t for the aforementioned Nintendo franchises, I’d bet this would be one of the frontrunners for Game of the Year. The game contains very imaginative and tightly programmed enemy types, satisfying progression and puzzle- solving as well as some of the coolest, most engaging combat I’ve played in quite some time. Finally, to end another semester of columns, I’m going to talk about something I’m not entirely sure I’ve ever talked about here: music. The Menzingers is one band that I’ve always followed no matter what, and their latest album, “After the Party,” is another astonishing feat of punk/alt-rock that demands to be listened for those who feel they are toward the end of their prime. The band’s impossibly catchy choruses and sing-along verses are ever-present on this album, making it really the only album from 2017 that I would highly recommend. Here’s to hoping 2018 delivers yet another fantastic year of entertainment. But with “Avengers: Infinity War” due out in May of 2018, how could it not be?

By Aran Singh Vanguard Reporter

I like the U.S. version of “The Office” as much as the next person, but there’s just something about the British version – a bit more pessimistic in outlook, a bit bleaker in tone – that I respond to more. The two-part Christmas special takes place after the initial two-season run of the show and serves as the series capper. The documentary crew has returned to Wernham Hogg to catch up with participants. Obnoxious narcissist David Brent, relatively famous now, tries to capitalize off that with local celebrity appearances. They don’t go well. Brent’s more humiliating moments are definitely tough to watch (he dresses up and talks like Austin Powers in public). It’s the type of humor that sometimes forces you to look away from the screen because of its excruciating awkwardness. But the emotional center of the show is the “will-they-won’t-they” dynamic of Dawn and Tim, which ultimately gets resolved at the office Christmas party. For you yanks who haven’t seen this version yet, do yourselves a favor and binge the bloody thing already. Filled with wicked humor and subtle poignancy, it’s still one of the greatest TV comedies ever.

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Cards get first wins of season By Steven Bryant

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Junior guard Hannah Settingsgaard looks to set up her team against Ursuline earlier in the season. The Lady Cards picked up their first wins of the season this past weekend.

Club Sports concludes fall season By Jeremy Flood Vanguard Reporter

Saginaw Valley’s Club Sports program is wrapping up its fall season. Throughout the past several months, the program has seen several strong showings by various clubs. The club baseball team finished the fall season with a record of 4-5. While this seemingly mediocre record tags the fall session as lackluster, the record does not include their performance in the Wounded Warrior Tournament. Spanning from Sept. 22-24, the Cards competed against Xavier University, University of Cincinnati and Eastern Kentucky University, and took the championship. Because the tournament games only counted as exhibition games, their 4-5 record is not truly reflective of some of the success they found this season. “We are a young team looking to improve and get better in the spring season,” senior shortstop Mitch Kennedy said. “With some pitchers coming back from injury, and young talent improving, we look forward to seeing what the spring season brings us.” The Saginaw Valley Club Golf team also had a good showing these past few months. The team finished fifth overall at its regional tournament on Sept. 23-24, featuring three golfers in the top-30 in senior Hunter Koch and

juniors Mike Misiak and Brandon Schneider. The team won their own tournament, the Cardinal Classic, which took place on Oct. 7 at Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course. Five Saginaw Valley golfers carded top-10 finishes, with Koch finishing as a medalist by shooting 79. Junior Andy Corey finished T-3 (81), Misiak and Schneider each finished T-5 (83), and junior Devin Howay took T-7 (84). The pompon team concluded its fall season with one of its two big competitions, the Annual Mid-American Pompon High Kick Championship, held on Sunday, Nov. 5, at The Dow Event Center. High kick is a themed routine, without poms, requiring 40 waist-high or higher kicks done in unison by all squad members with coordinating music, costumes and movements. A total of 54 teams in seven divisions competed. SV Pompon, four points shy of third, earned fourth place in the collegiate division with their vacationthemed routine. The squad is currently working hard on their traditional pompon routine to compete at the Annual Mid American Pompon State Championship to be held on Sunday, Feb. 4, at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. As the fall season comes to a close, the Saginaw Valley Club Sports program is gearing up and preparing for another bout of competition in the winter and spring.

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he SVSU women’s basketball team found its first wins of the season against Lake Superior State and Ferris State last week to improve to 2-8 on the season and 2-2 in GLIAC play. The Lady Cardinals survived a threepoint barrage from LSSU (0-8) to take their first win of the season, 64-52, on Thursday, Dec. 7. The Lakers shot 9-15 from beyond the arc, 7-11 in the first half. The Cardinals answered at the free-throw line, as they made 16 of 28 tries. SVSU led at halftime by a one-point margin, 28-27. The game was tied after three quarters, as the Lakers outscored the Cardinals 17-16 in the period. SVSU’s offense came alive in the fourth quarter, as they outscored LSSU 20-8. A layup by redshirt freshman Laurel Jacqmain gave the Cards an eight-point lead, their biggest of the game, with seven minutes left to play. As a unit, SVSU outrebounded LSSU 4534, including 15-4 in the fourth quarter. The team also had 10 steals. The team was led on offense by junior Abby Duffy and Jacqmain. Jacqmain scored a career-high 16 points. The guard finished the game with eight rebounds and two assists. Duffy added 16 of her own, as she shot 8-15 from the field. The forward added seven boards and three steals to her game résumé. Junior guard Anna Hall had six assists to pair with her eight rebounds and two steals. Junior guard Hannah Settingsgaard scored more than 10 points for the second game in a row. Settingsgaard shot 7-11 from the charity stripe while adding three steals on defense. Freshman guard Rozhane Wells provided quality minutes off the bench. She had two points but made the most out of her 20 minutes, as she had four assists and four rebounds. Freshman forward Kaitlyn Geers led the bench in scoring with seven points in 11 minutes. Head coach Jamie Pewinski applauded

the team’s fourth quarter performance behind Hall’s control of the game. “We played with a lot of purpose and discipline in the fourth quarter, and we let the other team make the mistakes when it mattered,” Pewinski said. “Laurel and Abby reaped a lot of the benefits of Anna pushing tempo and controlling the pace in the fourth quarter. … Now that they’ve all done it on the same night, they know it can happen.” The Ferris State Bulldogs (6-4) came to O’Neill Arena on Saturday, Dec. 9, where the Cardinals won a close one, 77-72. The team excelled on both sides of the court, as they shot 46 percent from the field and recorded 13 steals. Duffy led all players with a career-high 21 points on 10-13 shooting. She also grabbed six rebounds. The Cardinals had three starters record three or more steals. Jacqmain and Hall tallied three steals and Settingsgaard had four. Settingsgaard is third in the GLIAC with 2.7 steals per game. Jacqmain recorded her first career double-double as she scored in double digits for the sixth time in seven games. She finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. In addition to her three steals, Hall scored nine points on 4-7 shooting and had a season-high seven assists. Geers had quality minutes off the bench, as she scored eight points in a season-high 30 minutes of play. She also grabbed three boards and had two assists. The Cardinals trailed the entire first half, as they went into the locker room down 3633. Their first lead came with under seven minutes to go in the third quarter. Jacqmain made two free-throws to put the team up two. The teams traded the lead a handful of times before SVSU put a multiple possession difference between them and FSU. The Lady Cardinals concluded the game by outscoring the Bulldogs 20-11 in the fourth quarter. This week, the Cardinals travel to Northwood for their final game before winter break on Saturday, Dec. 16, for a 6 p.m. tipoff. The team returns from break and will host Lewis on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m.

Flood Watch: Christmas Wish List By Jeremy Flood Vanguard Reporter

I’m a senior in college, but it seems being a 16th grader is still young enough to warrant the question, “What’s on your Christmas list this year?” Well, which do you want? My actual list of wants and needs, comprised of tuition reimbursement packages, automotive repair cost waivers, health, vision and dental benefits, a 401k and an employment offer? Or do you want the Christmas list we all know I’ll end up giving you, including money, golf balls, basketball shoe court grip, a phone-to-radio transmitter for the car, some clothes and socks and undies? Regardless, I’m going to write you all a third and alternative Christmas list. This just so happens to be a list of all the sports wishes I’m wishing for this holiday season. First item on my sports Christmas list is simple: Tiger Woods winning a major. In fact, it’s something I’ve gotten 14 times before, so it really shouldn’t be something that’s too hard to get again. With Tiger Woods back, healthy and scoring well, this just might be something Santa can bring me sometime in the near future. After all, I’ve been really nice this year, and that other guy, Jack, got 18 majors, so it’s not really fair to not let Tiger have as many, right? The second item on my list is a national championship. Now, I know exactly what you’re thinking: “Jeremy, I know you’re good enough in just about any sport to play competitively at the collegiate level and that you just chose not to, but how are you going to win a national championship?” My answer: you are absolutely correct, I just wanted to give others a chance to play in college and not hog all the playing time and scholarship money, and I’m not going to be the one winning the national championship. Who is, then, you might ask? Michigan State basketball. With Duke and Kansas both losing recently, MSU is at the top. Granted, the past couple years haven’t necessarily been the best for the Spartans in the Big Dance, but they also haven’t been this good. Plus, that guy on the sideline tearing out his hair at every MSU turnover? He’s one of the best coaches in all the land, and you better believe that if anyone can lead the Sparties to the championship game, it’s Tom Izzo.

The next item of my sports Christmas list is a remastered version of the “Backyard Sports” series that is playable on modern computers. I mean, come on, a year ago, “Modern Warfare” was remastered for Xbox One, but we can’t get our boy Pablo “The Secret Weapon” Sanchez back for Windows 10? Even Kenny Kawaguchi would say that’s weak, and he’s at least the third nicest kid I’ve ever played as in virtual sports. Next on my list is something that I’ve wanted for a while now: for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to be friends again. Sure, KD and Russ had that magical moment in the last All-Star game that ended in a nasty alley-oop, but they just simply aren’t anything like they used to be. And they used to be awesome to watch. Now, I know we’re probably never going to see them play on the same team again, but just for the sake of my soul and their’s, how about we buddy up again? The fifth item on my list is a time machine. You might ask “What does a time machine have to do with sports?” Let me tell you. Back in eighth grade football, me and one of my buddies were on the kick return team, and my coach called for a reverse kick return. Sneaky, right? The kick went to my buddy, and so, going along with the plan, he pitched it to me for the reverse. Well, it just so happens that about five fully developed, six-and-a-half feet tall, no-longer-adolescent man-children from the kicking team were trailing my buddy, all of whom found a different part of my body to pummel. The time machine? Well, let’s just say that if I went back, I wouldn’t be looking for that reverse kick return. So wrap them up, put a bow on top and stick them under the tree for me to get to Christmas morning. I know the time machine is a stretch, but who knows, it might be invented someday. I mean, it’s not like I’m asking for the impossible, like the ability to fly or for the Lions to win a playoff game or anything. Here’s my best wishes for you to get whatever it is you have on your sports Christmas list, and cheers to the holiday season.

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