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Alternative Breaks give Cardinals a chance to make a difference By Taylor Stockton


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inety SVSU students participated in an Alternative Breaks trip during the week of Dec. 16-23. Each trip focused on a social issue that participants learned about and worked to solve. A total of eight teams of students traveled to seven states and worked with various non-profit organizations. Three of the teams volunteered to create homes for individuals in need. Students working with Rebuilding Macon Inc., located in Macon, Georgia, helped restore the homes of low-income families. Similarly, students working with the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, based in Asheville, North Carolina, worked to construct safe and affordable housing for families in need of stability and security. English sophomore Lindsey Mead led a team of students who volunteered with La Casa Inc., located in Goshen, Indiana, to repurpose and rebuild structures in the community. “We repurposed three different structures owned by La Casa,” Mead said. “One of the buildings was called The Shoots, which is a complex specifically for elderly and mentally disabled residents. We painted hallways there and got the chance to converse with some of the residents that live in the apartments.”

Other trips focused on indirect service and education. A group of students traveled to the Steinbruck Center, an organization located in Washington D.C., where they learned about poverty and inequality in the community. One team worked with the Life of Freedom Center, located in Miami, where they learned about human trafficking and met with survivors. Elementary education senior Erin Weber led a team that worked with the Clearfork Community Institute, located in Eagan, Tennessee, to learn about the residents of the rural coal mining town. “We were able to meet many community members and hear their stories,” Weber said. “We learned so much about the community we were serving as well as the coal mining industry and its aftermath.” A group of students also worked with Community Missions Inc., located in Niagara Falls, New York, which provides crisis aid, housing services, recovery services and youth services to individuals. Another group traveled to Murphy, North Carolina, where they worked with the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition Inc., which aims to maintain good water quality in creeks, lakes and rivers that flow into the Hiwassee River through education and threat management.

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Top: Students help repurpose and rebuild buildings as part of their alternative break in Goshen, Indiana. Bottom: Another group takes in the sights at Niagara Falls, where they worked with a local non-profit, Community Missions, Inc.

Board of Control approves room and board rate increases Gary Clark retires By Amy Clifton Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU Board of Control last month approved the room and board rates for both the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years. Most of the approved changes in room and board rates will affect incoming freshmen who choose to live on campus, while rates for returning students in the 2018-2019 academic year will generally remain the same. For the 2018-2019 academic year, incoming freshmen who choose to reside in a Living Center unit with shared bedrooms will pay $9,786, which includes their meal plan. That is a $408 increase from the current rates. Freshmen who choose to live in the First Year Suites will pay $10,186 next year, a $312 increase from the current rates. For the 2019-2020 academic year, incoming freshmen who choose to reside in a Living Center unit with shared bedrooms will pay $10,030, which includes their meal plan. That is a $244 increase from next year’s rates. Freshmen living in the First Year Suites will pay $10,440, a $254 increase from next year’s

rates. “We recognize this is a significant financial commitment for students and try to keep any increases to a moderate level,” said Ron Portwine, the associate vice president for Administration & Business Affairs. According to SVSU spokesman J.J. Boehm, in Fall 2018, most returning students will see their housing rates unchanged. Their outof-pocket costs will also go down slightly as laundry services will be included in room and board rates. Portwine said that by including laundry services, “We will be able to avoid the cost of upgrading the card readers, our Campus Facilities and I.T. staff will be able to focus on other priorities and residents will benefit by no longer having to ensure they have money in their Flex account prior to doing their laundry.” According to Boehm, $150 of the 2018-2019 room and board rate increases will cover the ongoing improvements to SVSU’s wireless network. As previously negotiated between SVSU administrators and Student Association, this upcoming fall will be the third year

of a three-year phase-in of charges to cover the Wi-Fi improvements. The increases will also accommodate for changes to housing policies. Starting in Fall 2018, all First Year Suites will become single-bedroom units. SVSU has been recognized as the No. 1 university in Michigan for best dorms and No. 19 nationally out of 1,398 colleges in 2017 by the ranking and review site Niche. com. Seventy percent of a university’s score is attributed to student satisfaction surveys. “One of the reasons why we’re particularly proud of that ranking is because that’s our students attesting to the fact that they’re having a great experience,” Boehm said. According to Boehm, only two universities in Michigan have room and board rates below SVSU. SVSU’s room and board rates are also below the average for the state. “We are committed to maintaining the high level of service and the high level of quality facilities that students currently enjoy,” Boehm said. “Even with these rate

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Taylor Stockton Vanguard Reporter

Construction projects in both the Ryder Center and Arbury Fine Arts Center took place during winter break. Mike Pazdro, the senior project manager of Facilities Planning and Construction, oversaw construction in both facilities that began Dec. 18. Several miscellaneous projects were completed in Arbury with the main project being the change in flooring. “In Arbury, we removed the VCT flooring Mike Pazdro in the corridor on the first floor and A120 classroom, which allowed us to polish the concrete floor,” Pazdro said. “We also had custom-made lockers and display cases made, which were highlighted by track lighting.”


This semester, Ming Chuan University will offer a short course in Chinese language and culture. The classes are open to students, staff, faculty and the Saginaw community and will last six weeks. Each class is two hours long and will be held during several time slots on Thursdays and Fridays to help for attendees to fit the classes into their schedules. There is a $20 deposit for the class that will be fully refunded if the student attends at least four of the six classes. A certificate of completion will be given to those who attend all six classes. The classes will be split into two parts. The first part of the class is a lesson on Chinese language, while the second part is a lesson on culture. The language lessons will cover basics such as time and date, counting, greetings, how to ask for directions and how to order food in a restaurant. In the past, the culture lesson has included activities such as decorative paper cutting, calligraphy and a contest to see who can

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use chopsticks to sort the most beans. This year, similar activities are planned, as well as some special holiday ones for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. “It’s just like Christmas is here,” said Alan Hseih, an adjunct professor and staff advisor to the course, in reference to Chinese New Year. “The family gets together and has a big meal.” There are also traditional rituals that come with it, like giving money in red envelopes for good luck, buying new clothes to symbolize a new beginning and avoiding the unlucky number four. Hseih stated the importance of manners in Chinese culture, and that basic etiquette will be taught as well. “Culture is a point we emphasize, how we talk, how we address people,” Hseih said. “When we eat, we have bowls of rice. You can’t leave the bowl on the table. You have to hold it. And we also use chopsticks, which is manners as well.” The classes will be taught by students at Ming Chuan. “This Chinese short course is actually part of our practicum,“ said Yi Hua Tsai, a

Longtime marketing professor Gary Clark has retired from his position in the midst of an ongoing Title IX investigation into his behavior toward his students in the classroom. Clark on Nov. 17 sent an email to SVSU administration announcing his immediate retirement in the middle of the fall semester. Clark had been suspended from teaching weeks prior in response to a student complaint. On Oct. 23, students in Clark’s classes were informed of his susGary Clark pension and introduced to replacement professors. At the time, students were told that the suspension was effective for the Fall 2017 semester. In a statement, SVSU spokesman J.J. Boehm confirmed that the university was investigating Clark for comments made to at least one student either in class or in academic meetings, and that the investigation had fallen under Title IX due to the nature of the comments. Title IX is a federal law mandating that no one be discriminated against in the education system on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. “That investigation is ongoing, but in light of Professor Clark’s decision to retire, it may be some time before it is completed,” Boehm stated. Clark has been suspended at least once in the past. According to SVSU General Council John Decker, Michigan law bars the university from releasing disciplinary records of their faculty that are more than four years old. As a result, The Valley Vanguard is still unable to verify the nature of Clark’s previous suspension. A Freedom of Information Act request for Clark’s personnel records revealed that on Feb. 25, 2014, Chief Diversity Officer Mamie Thorns sent Clark a disciplinary warning via email in response to student complaints over Clark’s in-class conduct. Thorns quoted students who alleged Clark had called them “dumb-ass students” in class. Clark was warned that the consequences for further misconduct could include suspension and termination of his employment.

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CONSTRUCTION, continued from A1 Renovations to the lockers and display cases of Arbury will allow students to store and showcase their work with ease. “The lockers were replaced due to the inadequate sizing of the old metal ones to house student projects,” Pazdro said. “The new lockers were specifically made to accommodate students’ work. The students will be able to store their projects securely in the correctly sized lockers from day to day. The new display cases will also allow students to display their projects in a better setting.” The practical change of Arbury’s flooring will give the space a more cohesive look. “The flooring matches what was done in prior years in the Arbury addition and the ceramics room,” Pazdro said. “The polished concrete floor is much easier to clean compared to the VCT floor, and it requires less time and cleaning products to maintain it.” In the Ryder Center, work was done on the lighting and the ceiling. “In the Ryder, we replaced all of the lighting in the racquetball courts and auxiliary gym,” Pazdro said. “We also patched the ceiling in spots where fire sprinkler heads were replaced last year.”

Police briefs are written according to reports from University Police. These indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily actual incidents. Stalking At 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, a 22-year-old female student reported that her 22-yearold ex-boyfriend had been following her on and off campus and back to her apartment. Officers made contact with the ex-boyfriend and told him to have no further contact with her. Marijuana At 12:11 p.m. on Dec. 7, University Police were called to University Village to meet with Residential Life Staff regarding the smell of marijuana. Police found that there was a strong smell and recovered a bong in the bathroom. Everyone in the apartment denied smoking marijuana, and the situation was turned over to Student Conduct Programs for resolution. Larceny At 1:15 p.m. on Dec. 7, a 20-year-old male student’s license plate was taken off of his car while parked. He was unsure of the exact location where it was stolen but thought it was probably at SVSU. At 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, an 18-year-old female student reported that she purchased a phone off of the app “Let It Go.” She met the subject to buy the phone off of campus. When she went to activate the phone, she found out that it had been reported as lost or stolen. The case is still under investigation. Suspended Driver At 12:14 a.m. on Dec. 8, officers pulled over a vehicle whose driver was known to have a suspended license. Upon pulling him over, they found that his license was, in fact, suspended and this was his third offense. He was arrested and taken to jail. Threats At 1:18 p.m. on Dec. 12, a 22-year-old male student was attempting to get out of his housing contract and became aggressive with the housing staff and threatening them. The situation was turned over to Student Conduct Programs for resolution. Missing Juvenile At 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 16, a 41-year-old father came into the department in regard to a missing juvenile. He stated that he received a text from an unknown subject that used her phone to say that she was at a party in Campus Village. Officers determined where the party was, and the 14-year-old was returned to her father. Fire Alarm At 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 27, the fire alarm in the Zahnow Library was going off. Upon inspection, it was discovered that a pipe burst and water was leaking out, causing minor damage.

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Top: The Eagan, Tennessee, Alternative Break group poses together after a hike. Bottom: The group left some artwork behind at the Clearfork Community Institute.

BREAKS, continued from A1 Each trip provided unique learning opportunities for the volunteers. “I learned how to work better with a team and how to use power tools,” Mead said. “But mainly, I learned how other communities in our nation, like Goshen, handle issues in their towns. We learned so much from La Casa, and I hope to bring it back to Saginaw and make a difference with affordable housing here.” Weber also shared her learning experiences. “The most shocking thing I learned was that no matter how bad a situation may be, a community can be strong in the face of challenge,” Weber said. “With the mining companies destroying the community’s beauty, land and water, CCI is determined to improve the lives for the community members.”

second-year graduate student who teaches Chinese. “However, one of the reasons why we want to teach this course is that we would like to promote Chinese language as well as Chinese culture to students and faculty. We hope to interest people from here to learn different culture and language.” Tsai believes the courses will be beneficial to students. “I am looking forward to gaining more teaching experiences and also hope people who come to our classes would broaden their horizon by learning different culture and language,” Tsai said. Jingcheng Wang, another second-year graduate student teaching Chinese, taught the class when it was offered previously. “I am enjoying the students’ questions about the differences between Chinese and English,” Wang said. “Through the comparison between two languages, they can understand Chinese as a second language much better. In addition, it is also very interesting when the students not only

The projects in the Ryder Center were completed out of necessity and convenience, Pazdro said. “In the Ryder, we had to do ceiling patching anyway from when the fire sprinkler heads were replaced,” Pazdro said. “We knew the lighting was inefficient and decided if the scaffolding was going to be in there for the ceiling work, we would try and get the lighting updated also.” Electrical work done in the auxiliary gym will provide a better experience for patrons of the Ryder Center. “The auxiliary gym now has a dimmer for the lights,” Pazdro said. “Additional electrical outlets were also added to accommodate the many classes that use the space.” Pazdro said changes to lighting in the racquetball courts will also have a positive impact on patrons. “In the racquetball courts, we installed timer switches by the doors which are preset to stay on for an hour once the switch is pressed,” Pazdro said. “Before, the lights had to be turned on at the front desk, and they remained on until the building closed. Now they will only be on when people use the courts.” Both the Arbury and Ryder Center construction projects were set to be completed before today. focus on the language differences but also the cultural differences.” The staff at Ming Chuan hope students will gain a better understanding of the world around them and effectively communicate in a multicultural world. “First, they will be able to know some basic conversational language which they can use in daily life such as greetings, brief selfintroduction, ordering food in a restaurant,” Wang said. “Another thing they can gain is about Chinese culture, such as food, business etiquette and calligraphy. The last thing I would like them to gain is a strong interest about learning Chinese and Chinese culture, which can encourage them to keep learning in the future.” They also emphasize what an important role cultural knowledge can play when traveling and studying abroad. “I hope students would broaden their horizon by learning a different culture and language, and further, to interest them to keep learning the language and even visit Chinese speaking countries one day,” Tsai said.

RATES, continued from A1 increases, SVSU still is going to be one of the least expensive among the public universities in terms of room and board rates.” Administrators work with the board to put together a financial model each year. “They try to be very mindful of students and families and what this will mean for them,” Boehm said. “You’re always trying to balance and weigh what we need in terms of revenue versus what we think our students and families can realistically afford.” The Board of Control is currently made up of seven members appointed by the governor’s office. Six of the seven members live in the Saginaw, Bay City and Midland regions. “We are very fortunate that we continue to have people that know the region and understand the region serving on our governing board,” Boehm said.

CLARK, continued from A1 An investigation into Clark’s student evaluations revealed a consistent pattern of students complaining about Clark’s treatment of students in class. Many complained of inappropriate language, public humiliation and insults directed at students. The student evaluations also contained dozens of references to Clark’s tendency to invite his students to drink with him at local bars. Clark, a Vietnam veteran with a doctorate in marketing and management from the University of Kentucky, began teaching at SVSU in 1991. His marketing classes quickly gained a reputation for being some of the most challenging courses taught at SVSU. Many students valued his rigorous coursework and the real-world experience Clark imparted on them. After Clark’s suspension became public knowledge, several of his current and former students took to social media to defend him. “You learn the most real-life experience from his classes,” read a Facebook post by Alyssa Colbry, a marketing major who graduated in 2015. “He’s blunt, but honest. The three classes I took with him, including being a (teacher’s assistant) and conducting research for a conference, taught me more than any of my other classes.”

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Low expectations allow for more surprises By Aran Singh Vanguard Columnist

There’s a saying a wise man once said that goes, “Expectation is the mother of disappointment.” I think it might’ve been Tyrion. OK, he didn’t say that, but it sounds like something he’d say, right? Anyway, that’s a sentiment I’ve believed for years when it comes to pop culture and entertainment. This notion was at the forefront of my mind shortly after “The Last Jedi” came out. I’m sure many of you have seen “The Last Jedi,” but since it’s only been out for roughly a month, there are probably still a number of people who have yet to see it. So I’ll refrain from spoiling anything. But it’s safe to say it’s been an incredibly polarizing movie for a few reasons, one of which is that there are certain expectations that come along with a “Star Wars” movie, and “The Last Jedi” didn’t really meet them, to put it mildly. Overall, I generally liked it for a number of reasons, but the movie’s not without its flaws, and there are legitimate criticisms

people have. There are also a number of complaints about it that I believe stem from people being led astray by their own expectations of what may or may not happen in the movie. For instance, what fate will befall Luke and Leia? Who are Rey’s biological parents? Did Chewie eat Lando at some point between trilogies in a fit of hangry rage? These concerns are fair and, to a degree, are understandable (except that last one: Lando just simply disappeared), but many people were left with a lingering disappointment. When “The Force Awakens” came out, I wasn’t expecting much because I thought, “Who’s asking for another trilogy?” So the fact that it didn’t suck was a welcome surprise to me. I had no expectations for Episode 8 – no idea what’ll happen to Luke and co. – other than Rian Johnson is a good director who should make things interesting, and, on that note, he did not disappoint. When I was younger – I know I’m dating myself here big time – I let myself get carried away with the potential greatness Episode 1 would bring to the fold. Oh, how young and naive of me. It’s hard to think of a bigger gulf between expectations and disappointing reality than “The Phantom Menace.” Many people got

burned by that one. I know it sounds pessimistic and perhaps even borderline nihilistic to say, “Oh hey, that thing that you’ve been looking forward to, yeah, cool your jets on that!” And, framed like that, I can see how that’s not appealing. But tempering expectations for the entertainment one consumes can be a good precaution against pop culture after-burn. I mean, think about the number of times you’ve expected greatness from something – be it a TV show, a movie, a book, an album – only to be hit with a crushing wave of disappointment. For some reason, I didn’t rein in my expectations back when season four of “Arrested Development” came out, and I spent that time wallowing in the bitter taste of disappointment (I’ll proceed with extreme caution with season five). On the flip side of the coin, when I heard FX was adapting a television series based on the movie “Fargo,” my expectations were way more dubious about the prospects of that endeavor (Why would you? How?). The first two seasons of that show have been some of the most exciting and riveting television I’ve seen in quite some time – which, of course, came as a huge surprise and not at all something I

would’ve expected. I think it’s an unavoidable aspect of human nature to let our imaginations run wild with expectations and possibilities, which is perfectly normal and fine for many things in life. But, at least for me, when it comes to the entertainment I engage in, I’ve taken a more detached, stoic approach. That’s not to say I’m an emotionless killjoy about everything. I really do look forward to the final season of “Game of Thrones” next year, for instance. Engaging in speculation about what’ll happen can be fun, but I won’t get caught in the trap of expecting a particular outcome to occur, “or else.” The showrunners will stick the landing or they won’t; either way, it’ll be intriguing. Sometimes, expectations will be dashed. Sometimes, they’ll be exceeded. Sometimes, they’ll be a “Goldilocks-level” of just right. I opt to keep them lowered regardless because I’d much rather be surprised by something being “better than expected” rather than be disappointed by something I expected to be good.

Aran Singh is a creative writing major. Reach him at apsingh@svsu. edu.

The many problems with modern movie musicals By Melanie Frasca Vanguard Reporter

I remember the first time that I saw the movie “Singing in the Rain.” I was immediately hooked on movie musicals. I love all of the old musical movies, such as “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “White Christmas” and “Some Like It Hot.” This particular genre is finally making a comeback, but it is not the same as it used to be. In old Hollywood, the actors had to be triple threats – they needed to be able to sing, dance and act. This is no longer the case. It seems like a relevant time to examine the modern movie musical since “The Greatest Showman” was released this past

Christmas. While there are many benefits to modern movie musicals, such as the advancements in technical aspects and the budgets for big sets and elaborate costumes, there are some drawbacks. The main one is the actor’s singing ability. The downside to this was shown in “Into the Woods” because it was mostly casted for star power and acting ability. The singing ability of the actors was not the most important part, but this is not to say that there were not some strong singers in the cast. The difference was that the live singing that was pioneered by hits like “Les Miserables” and “Jersey Boys” could not be used. Russell Crowe doesn’t have the strongest singing voice, but he carried his own. This is the major issue in the modern movie musical. The easy fix would be to cast actors who are trained singers, such as those in

professional theatre environments like Broadway. There is also the possibility of going back to vocal dubbing such as what happened in the plot of “Singing in the Rain.” But then why not just cast the person who is doing the singing? If one looks at the successful modern movie musical, there are usually actors with some Broadway experience. Examples of this are “Les Miserables” with Hugh Jackman, Samantha Barks and Aaron Tveit, “Rent” (in which almost the entire original Broadway cast was casted), “Jersey Boys” (in which the cast came from either those in the show on Broadway or in the tour) and the more recent “The Greatest Showman,” with stars like Jackman and Keala Settle. There is also the question of dance ability. Some successful modern musicals with strong choreography are “Chicago,”

“La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman.” The choreographer of “Chicago” was Rob Marshall, who has Broadway experience, but this is not entirely necessary for a choreographer, as the choreographer for “La La Land” is Mandy Moore. While she does not have choreography experience on Broadway, she does have extensive experience on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Ashley Wallen, the choreographer of “The Greatest Showman,” has experience in professional theatre, as he choreographed the U.K. version of “Ghost the Musical,” but he is also the dance captain of “The X Factor.” While the choreographer is the most important aspect in creating strong dance numbers, if the actors do not have the ability to pick it up or have some dance training, then the choreography can fall flat. There is some steep

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competition, though, because modern actors are competing with famously talented dancers of the past like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers. The major consensus with the modern movie musical is that actors need to be chosen based on skill set and less on star power. However, this has been a consistent problem, and it even happens on Broadway because ticket sales are a major factor in the success of a show or a movie. The golden age of Hollywood was golden because the stars were trained to sing, dance and act. We may be headed back to a golden age of Hollywood, but there needs to be changes made in a casting standpoint and a training standpoint.

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Answering stupid questions transfers get asked every semester By Kaitlyn Farley Vanguard A&E Editor

Another semester, another opportunity to be flanked with questions about why I chose to go to community college before coming to SVSU. Don’t I know that it would have been cheaper to go here first? Aren’t community colleges less academically rigorous? And didn’t half my credits not transfer, anyway? These are just a few questions that professors ask me every semester when they find out I am a transfer student. So, to save some time, let me answer them all now. No, it actually wouldn’t have been cheaper for me to go straight to SVSU. I was an early college student, meaning that I began attending Macomb Community College (MCC) during my junior year of high school. I did so through the Early College of Macomb, which is a registered high school. My tuition and textbooks were paid for by the

state. And because I earned my associates degree through a high school, I was still eligible to apply for freshman scholarships, which are much higher than those available to transfer students. (Mind you, the University of Michigan and other universities that aren’t SVSU give transfers an opportunity for full tuition.) Even transfers who were not early college students often find that attending community college first is the best financial option given their circumstances. Family obligations, for instance, often make it difficult for students to be away from home for long. Sick loved ones, a death in the family or illness can keep recent high school graduates away from college, and, if kept away for too many years, they may become ineligible for many freshman scholarships. Not everyone can afford to attend college straight out of high school. Recent high school graduates aren’t guaranteed to be eligible for aid, be it a PELL grant or a merit-based scholarship. Good students don’t always have good high school GPAs or standardized test scores. That alone makes them

ineligible for a lot of scholarships and aid. In fact, my friend at SVSU has had to take out around $10,000 each semester, and that’s with a half-tuition scholarship. Tuition, room and board, textbooks and other bills add up quickly. Staying at home and going to community college, she admits, would have been a better option. Moving on. No, community colleges aren’t less academically rigorous. The hardest college classes I have taken were at MCC. My microeconomics and macroeconomics classes both had only two grades: a midterm and a final. These exams were mainly true or false questions with a sprinkling of math problems. Had my microeconomics professor not given the class a curve, I would not have passed. Moreover, most semesters, at least half of my professors also taught the same MCC classes I was taking at Wayne State. When my friends who went to Wayne found out that I was taking the same class with the same professor using the same textbook and taking the same exams as they were, they, unsurprisingly, got mad. Now, permit me to be franker:

I had to study more for A.P. classes I’ve taken in high school than some classes at SVSU. Sure, there have been a few SVSU classes that were rough, but, on average, SVSU classes have been rather easy. Because of this, I am more proud of many of the lower grades I earned in A.P. and community college classes than the easy A’s that I’ve been getting here. And let me keep this last answer brief: All my credits transferred and counted toward my degree. I transferred under MACRAO, the old transfer agreement, and checked SVSU’s transfer guides online when registering at MCC. It’s that simple. At about this point in the conversation with professors, they start getting mad and begin to blame transfer students for them not being able to teach the classes they want to. But, to be fair, I never get to take the elective courses in my major I want to. I was supposed to be able to choose between several 300-level history classes, but I simply had to take whatever Saginaw Valley offered. That meant no Russian or Polish history for me, but rather a ton of western European and U.S.

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history courses that greatly repeated from the information my community college history classes taught me. SVSU is a relatively small university with a downward enrollment trend. With smaller majors like history, that means classes aren’t always going to run. I’m mad about it, too, but blaming students for it is pretty counterproductive and doesn’t change a thing. So, no, professors. I do not regret earning my associates degree first. In fact, in many ways, I still feel far more connected to MCC than I do to SVSU. I have already listed pretty much everything SVSU has done for me in this article. It would take this entire newspaper to list what MCC has done, such as its far more extensive and useful version of the introduction to teaching course (TE 100), the internships, RSOs, writing growth, making me realize that I wanted to be a history, not English, major, actually being a diverse school … Well, you get it.

Kaitlyn Farley is a history education major. Reach her at kmfarle1@svsu. edu.

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Inside the stressful but fun SVSU theatre department By Dylan Powell


Vanguard Sports Editor

he SVSU theatre department has brought quality live entertainment to students and the community for most of the university’s existence. Live theatre offers students an experience in a field that is renowned for its tolerance, openness to self-expression, its ability to create a familial structure that is inherent when producing such projects as a live, bombastic spectacle and, above all, how to have a good time doing something one loves. Those are some of the core values that Associate Professor of Theatre Dave Rzeszutek, who directs a handful of shows for the theatre department every year, attempts to instill in the minds of many theatre students. “It can be stressful at times,” Rzeszutek says. “Depending on how the project is going or the actor’s line load or how big of a build (the set) is, but overall, we set it up to be fun. I do my very best to have fun in my rehearsals.” However, with such an intensive, complex and delicate process, most of the time, in the beginning months before curtains are ever drawn, the amount of fun to be had often finds itself equating to the amount of work and effort that is needed from both the faculty and students when putting on a show. “The most challenging part of the theatre department is the workload,” theatre alumni Jonah Conner says. “The department will push you out of the nest in order to learn to fly.”

Rzeszutek estimates that the majority of individuals working on an upcoming performance will rack up over 100 hours of time working toward a single production, and that’s just the face-to-face time with other actors and collaborators. “That doesn’t even account for any time the actors would be studying or working on lines. It doesn’t account for the hours that someone is working in the shop,” Rzeszutek says. “That (100 hours) is just sort of in rehearsal and casting.” According to Rzeszutek, for rehearsals alone, those involved in developing a performance work an average of roughly 15 to 20 hours a week. “It’s pretty much like working a parttime job,” says Josh Lloyd, a theatre and communications senior. “It can be difficult at times, especially balancing with work and school and other activities, but doing it as long as I’ve been doing it, you get used to it and you make time for things.” Conner, who graduated in 2017, felt that the heavy workload is beneficial for students. The reason students are so busy so often is because the smaller size of SVSU allows the department to provide opportunities for students to partake in performances whether it be on stage or behind the scenes. “I have roughly 16 collegiate show credits,” Conner said. “I know other friends from other universities who only have five, and that is incredible.” This inclusive attitude draws students to SVSU,where they can participate in a largescale production from their freshman year

all the way up until they graduate. “With a lot of other universities, you have to put your time in and, eventually, when you become a senior, you’ll get a bigger role or be featured more,” Lloyd says. “But at Saginaw Valley, I came in my freshman year, and I got straight into a show along with other people.” Not only does this open platform allow students to get time performing, but it also allows them to pick up some of the behindthe-scenes trades that are equally important for anyone looking to further his or her career in theatre. Whether it be through lighting, makeup, sound or helping out longtime lead set designer Jerry Dennis with props and set-pieces, there is always something to do. “You can choose to learn about as many subjects in theatre or narrow your field of vision,” Conner says. “You can get as much education as you seek by speaking to professors on a week-to-week basis. They are always there to help you.” The technical side is just one side of the coin of live theatre, and it’s one that not only serves a crucial purpose but also develops a strong relationship between the director, the actors and the crew. “I love the technical elements because it’s what makes the show complete,” Rzeszutek said. “But, for me, it’s the most stressful time, because that’s me giving over control, and I like to be a little of a control freak, because I know what I can do. But when you get to tech, that’s when you really have to trust your collaborators.” Much of the recent success of the

department can be attributed to the leadership and the balance of style between Rzeszutek and Department Chair Ric Roberts. Rzeszutek is known for working personally with the actors and actresses in an attempt to fully unite the student with the character and bring out a genuine depiction of feelings and emotions. Roberts thrives when dealing with bigger picture pieces, such as elaborate musicals or nuanced comedies. Where Rzeszutek is open and free with his crew, Roberts is more strict and methodical. When put together, the two directors bring out the best in those willing to dedicate themselves to the stage and the audience’s reaction mirrors this. “If you like being given a skeleton to flesh out, you’re a Ric show kind of person,” Conner said. “But if you like figuring it all out on your own, you’re a Dave show type of person.” Due to the smaller size of the university, theatre students end up spending a lot of time together even outside of shows. Whether it’s during rehearsal, in classes or in one of the many RSOs that theatre majors flock to such as the campus improv group Work ‘N Progress or Cardinal Night Live, this amount of socialization is what allows the actors to feel more organic and creates an environment around the production that feels as if everyone is in it together to accomplish something great. “I guess we hang out a lot and see each other a lot, so when we get to do a show together, it’s like the chemistry is already there and we just have a good time,” Lloyd said.

Austin Brothers’ brews take over Freeland’s Mountain View Restaurant By Aran Singh Vanguard Reporter

I had the privilege of attending a tap takeover at the Mountain View Restaurant at Apple Mountain, and it was a pleasant surprise. The Mountain View, located at 4519 N. River in Freeland, was host to a tap takeover by the Austin Brothers Beer Company, based out of Alpena. This was the second takeover The Mountain View had done and, by all accounts, it was a success. I had never been there before, but I found the interior of the restaurant to be both spacious and cozy at the same time. The booths are roomy but high enough to give enough privacy. The overall aesthetic of the design was simple yet elegant: dim lighting and a few fancy pillars thrown in for good measure. If I had to pick one word to describe the low-key vibe of the place, it’d be classy. Aaron Johnson, a musician, was on hand to provide accompaniment to the festivities. I think the inclusion of music really did add a lot to the atmosphere. Johnson played a variety of covers, from Elton John (of course it was “Benny and the Jets”) to Paul Simon (“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”) with some Johnny Cash and Stevie Wonder thrown in for good measure. Johnson also added a really good cover of an Electric Light Orchestra song. So, OK, it was a set list seemingly aimed at a baby-boomer demographic, but it was still diverse. I am

forever grateful that he didn’t try to sneak in some Ed Sheeran. The menu offered up a decent array of food items, including gourmet lobster mac and cheese, flatbread pizzas, filet mignon and halibut. They even had a cool buildyou-own-burger option, which is always convenient. Overall, there was decidedly much better fare than you’d probably find at most chain restaurants (looking at you, Bennigan’s). I chose the always reliable “half-souphalf-sandwich” combo – a turkey sandwich and a delicacy known as “chicken noodle.” While this was pretty standard for a meal, the quality was apparent from the diced, flavorful chicken to the savory turkey. It was a good amount of food for a reasonable price. I’m not really trying to oversell this: It was good, but not great. But the service was great: prompt, friendly, and I didn’t even have to ask for water refills. There was a selection of six beers on tap offered up by Austin Brothers. I spoke to a manager who told me that people early on in the evening were trying the Big Brownie, a brown ale with Cocoa Nibs, and that the Murcules, a New England-style IPA, was selling quick. Having never been a fan of IPAs, I tried the Woody Wheat. This was an American-style wheat that the placard described as a “mix of hefeweizen and wheat cream ale” with “hints of orange peel and gracious amounts of vanilla.” Boy, they weren’t kidding when they said “gracious” amounts of vanilla, because the scent and

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Patrons enjoy the Austin Brothers’ beer takeover of Mountain View Restaurant in Freeland. taste was potent, but not so much as to overwhelm the flavor, which was overall smooth and refreshing. Another popular beer was the Milk Route Stout, a balanced taste of chocolate and roasted caramel coffee, with milk sugar added during the brewing process. Chris Lutz and Morgan Auernhammer, a couple I spoke to from Bay City, tried a flight of beer and were impressed with the quality. “I actually really liked the Milk Route Stout. That was my favorite,” Auerkhammer said.

Lutz agreed with that sentiment. “I liked the stout quite a bit,” Lutz said. “Pretty easy drinking.” Auernhammer said she’d been to the Mountain View for brunch and breakfast before, but seeing the place in a different setting was nice. “It’s a good place to have live entertainment and a tap takeover, absolutely,” Auernhammer said. The Mountain View Restaurant is planning to have another tap takeover in February, and it’s definitely something I’d consider attending.

Societal relevance of Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ revisited By Mariah Turner Vanguard Reporter

Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” begins with one of the most famous first-liners in literature: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” The line describes the overall theme and plot of “Pride and Prejudice.” However, more than anything else, this novel is a social commentary. Almost immediately, readers are introduced to Elizabeth Bennet, who is observant, witty, strong-willed and independent. Described as plainer and overall less pretty and charming than her sisters, Elizabeth is set apart as the underdog of the story almost immediately. The Bennet family, with their respectable fortune and reputation, must procure suitable husbands for their five daughters. Because of English property laws, the daughters must get married before their father dies or they will then be forced out of their home since they are not males and cannot inherit anything. However, when the unmarried and rich Mr. Bingley moves into the previously vacant Netherfield Park, Mrs. Bennet works to forge a match between one of her five The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

daughters and secure their future and fortune. The five daughters attend a ball and make Mr. Bingley’s acquaintance, and he seems to favor the eldest and prettiest of the daughters, Jane. Now, prepare yourself for some drama: Mr. Bingley is best friends with a man named Mr. Darcy, who refuses to dance with any of the ladies and is rude to everyone, thereby drawing social ire from all in Courtesy Photo | Goodreads attendance. At another ball, Mr. Darcy, who is Mr. Bingley’s friend, shocks the room by asking Elizabeth to dance. To add to the confusion and embarrassment, Elizabeth’s mother loudly brags that she is sure her daughter Jane will soon be engaged to the wealthy Mr. Bingley. A few days later, the sweet and gentle Jane receives a letter from Mr. Bingley’s sister breaking up with her on her

brother’s behalf. Meanwhile, Elizabeth visits her friend when Mr. Darcy also shows up. She finds out Mr. Bingley was going to propose to Jane until Mr. Darcy persuaded him not to, and then Mr. Darcy proceeded to propose marriage to Elizabeth. At this point, it is looking as if Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy will never get together, like ever (cue Taylor Swift). After all the family drama, Mr. Bingley returns and proposes to Jane, and Mr. Darcy admits to being a conceited, disagreeable and interfering man and apologizes to Elizabeth, who then agrees to marry him. A lot of people today may not see how this book correlates to our society today, but not much has changed from the 1800s about society. Whether they admit it or not, people still judge others on their wealth, appearance and family. Women have gained more independence since this time period; however, women are still not completely equal to men in terms of equal pay and other social instances. I think everyone should give “Pride and Prejudice” a try and appreciate Austen’s fearless passion for literature and her representation of strong women.

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Flood Watch: 2018 Resolutions By Jeremy Flood Vanguard Reporter

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Freshman guard James Toohey maneuvers in the paint for a reverse layup against Davenport on Saturday, Jan. 13. The men split their set of games last weekend, losing to Wayne State University 74-57 and grabbing a win against Davenport in an overtime nailbiter, 72-69.

Cardinals emerge victorious in overtime, 72-69 By Dylan Pozniak


Vanguard Reporter

he SVSU men’s basketball team rounded out its winter break schedule this past weekend, finishing 4-3 over the stretch of games. On Thursday, Jan. 11, the team fell to Wayne State on the road, 74-57, before winning a thrilling contest at home against Davenport on Saturday, Jan. 13. Against Wayne State, SVSU traveled to Detroit to take on the Warriors and fell short after being outscored 41-28 in the second half. The Cardinals played close with Wayne State in the first half, trailing just 33-29 after the first 20 minutes of play. However, Wayne State seemed to cause problems for the young Cardinal team in the second half, as it outscored SVSU by 13 points en route to the double-digit victory. The Warriors only outrebounded SVSU by two boards and missed every three-point shot they attempted (0-13). However, WSU recorded seven blocks and eight steals to SVSU’s five blocks and four steals. Wayne

State dominated the turnover battle, only committing 12 turnovers to the Cardinals’ 23. For SVSU, senior guard Mike Wells Jr. posted a stellar performance against a tough Warriors defense, scoring 22 points, adding three rebounds, one assist and one block and shooting 100 percent from the free throw line. He was the leading scorer for both teams. Sophomore forward Fred John Jr. recorded a career-high 11 rebounds and also put up 10 points, two blocks and one assist. Other notable players were redshirt freshman center Sebastiano Lamonato with eight points and two rebounds and freshman guard DJ Hoskins, who put up seven points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal. Saturday, the Cardinals came back to stun the Davenport Panthers in overtime, 72-69, at home. Davenport held a lead of 35-27 at the half and were up by as many as 11 early in the second half. However, SVSU clawed back into the game over the final 14 minutes of the second half and took a two-point lead with 11 seconds remaining following a Wells three-pointer. A

DU layup with just two seconds remaining, thought, sent the game to overtime. In the extra period, SVSU again found themselves trailing, 69-67, with just over 30 seconds remaining. But a James Toohey three-pointer gave SVSU a one-point lead late. Davenport frantically tried to add another bucket, but two clutch free throws from sophomore guard Malik Garner extended the Cardinal lead to 72-69 with just eight seconds left to seal the win for SVSU. Against DU, John Jr. posted another career high in rebounds with 14 and also had eight points and three assists. Wells Jr. put up another 22 points to again lead the team in scoring. Sixteen of those 22 points came in the second half and overtime. Garner also had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Lamonato added 15 points and five boards in the win. Saginaw Valley is set to host its next three games, the first of which comes against the Eagles of Ashland University at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. The Cards also host Tiffin on Saturday, Jan. 20, and Northwood on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Lady Cards split final two games before winter semester By Steven Bryant Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU women’s basketball team split its last games prior to the start of the new semester, losing to Wayne State, 69-43, on Jan. 11, and winning against Davenport, 6858, on Jan. 13. After those games, SVSU has an overall record of 4-12 and a GLIAC record of 4-5. In Detroit against Wayne State, guard Laurel Jacqmain recorded her second double-double of the season, as she posted a career-high 21 points on 8-13 shooting and an efficient 4-8 from beyond the arc. The redshirt freshman also tied a career-high with 10 rebounds. Wayne State jumped out to a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter before outscoring SVSU 24-9 in the second to take a 37-17 halftime lead. SVSU posted 14 points in the third quarter, but Wayne State recorded another highscoring quarter with 19 points, extending its lead even further. Head coach Jamie Pewinski brought in the reserves for most of the fourth quarter, as the game had gotten away from the Lady Cards. Wayne State scored 13 to SVSU’s 12 points in the concluding quarter. The team has had highs and lows this season, having one of the younger and more inexperienced teams in the conference, as SVSU is the only GLIAC team that does not have a senior player and has only three junior players on the roster. Heading into the season, Pewinski knew the challenges that having a young squad of players would bring, but the team has adapted well in some areas. “Overall, I think we are pretty good defensively, which I thought would take us a little longer to figure out,” Pewinski said. “In

conference games, we are fourth in points given up, which is really good. Now we just have to find a way to adjust our offense to raise all of our percentages. I think it’s just a matter of time, and it’s definitely something we’re working on while trying to continue to improve our defense.” Against Davenport, the Cardinals had three players in double figures, with junior guard Anna Hall leading all scorers with a season-high 17 points. She also tallied a career-high six steals and grabbed five boards. Junior guard Hannah Settingsgaard scored 16, and Jacqmain added 14. The Cardinals were down 25-20 at halftime, making eight of their 25 shots. A three-pointer made by Jacqmain sparked a 7-0 run to begin the third quarter that gave the Cardinals their first lead since the first quarter. SVSU held Davenport to 10 points on 4-16 shooting as they outscored them 22-10 in the quarter. The fourth quarter saw 18 free throw attempts, as Davenport attempted to close the gap with fouling. The strategy was to no avail, as SVSU outscored them 2623. As a unit, SVSU shot 39 percent from the field, 3-14 from beyond the arc and 25-34 from the charity stripe. The gap between total rebounds was

slim with SVSU grabbing 37 rebounds to Davenport’s 32. Davenport had 13 assists to the Cardinals’ eight. “Any time you go through a stretch where you’re losing a bunch of games in a row, it gets difficult to continue to buy-in to the process of getting better, because everyone is so results-oriented,” Pewinski said. “We have weathered that storm and got a couple wins that helped build our confidence. … I think we’re past the most difficult part of the year. We’ve learned how to compete and what it takes, and now we just have to find a way to do it consistently. When you’re as young as we are, that is the most frustrating part.” The team has a string of GLIAC home games this week as it hosts No. 1 Ashland University on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 20, Tiffin University comes to the O’Neill Arena for a 1 p.m. tip-off.

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2018 is here, and along with it a frustrating period of time when I keep writing “17” in lines asking for the date. Everyone knows that you’re supposed to orally publish a set of goals – most of which will remain unaccomplished – and label them as your New Year’s Resolutions. Now, we sports fans have a vast array of responsibilities. We have to align our schedules with team schedules, keep up with beat writers, purchase gear produced by the same companies that sponsor our favorite athletes, comment the goat emoji in any social media post regarding Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Michael Jordan and yes, Denzel Washington. Not to mention our social responsibility as members of the human race to heckle Charles Barkley’s golf swing. Most of the time, we’re pretty good about keeping up to date in sports. But since the opportunity has arisen, how about we all focus our efforts on becoming better sports fans in the future? I’ll tell you what, to get us all started out, I’ll give you my 2018 New Year’s Sports Resolutions. My first resolution for 2K18 is to use the phrase “2K18” as little as possible, as replacing the “0” with a “K” literally saves no characters in writing and in speech. Well, it definitely doesn’t save anyone from embarrassment. My second resolution is to make time to watch more live golf. Last summer, days passed during which I could hear the couch delicately whispering in my ear with the passing of the breeze, only to be forgotten. Forgotten, that is, until I would forlornly watch final round highlights on Instagram at bedtime Sunday night, serving as a reminder that some mistakes repeated are as neglectful as committing to a pair of socks that keep falling down your heel on a day with much walking. Following that dramatic bit, I hereby resolve to advocate for less yelling into TVs. Whether it’s myself or others, I’m committing to pointing out that regardless of vocal volume, the players, coaches, referees and announcers can’t hear what I or anyone else say. Frankly, even if they could hear us, do you really think they’d pay any attention to a bunch of La-Z-Boy Warriors telling them, sports professionals, how to do their jobs? That brings me swiftly into my next resolution, which is to give officials, referees and umpires a little bit more breathing room in 2018. Let’s be real for a second; as mentioned earlier, how naive are sports fans to think they have a better idea of how to officiate a game than professional officials? Sure, refs are going to get calls wrong here and there. But I’d love to see 98 percent of people who yell and complain about refs put on their own striped shirt and officiate a nationally televised game. NCAA basketball veteran referee Ted Valentine has recently commented that he’s considering retirement after a recent ruckus following his decision to turn his back to North Carolina’s Joel Berry II to avoid an unpleasant dialogue. If folks aren’t careful, we’re going to yell so much at refs, that we’re going to yell too much, and the good ones will leave, leaving us with sub-par officiating. Moving on, my next New Year’s Resolution is going to be to once more be a bigger supporter of the Detroit Pistons. I have to admit, I’ve been very bandwagon-y about the Pistons in the past decade or a little more. Ever since the championship era of 2003-2005, I’ve fallen off the train. However, they’re proving this year that they again are a team worth watching. Ranked sixth in the East and having beat each of the top five West teams, the Pistons are looking to once again make the playoffs. Last but not least, my final resolution is to root even harder against Everybody, because naturally, it’s Everybody vs. Detroit. The painful irony that the Lions would have made the playoffs had it not been for the debacle that was the end of the Detroit vs Atlanta game has set deep into my soul that the Detroit Lions do indeed need to overcome challenges that other professional sports organizations do not. Now I’m not saying that there’s some committee that is out to get the Detroit Lions, but I am saying that the Lions fall victim to some of the poorest written rules in any sport ever. So, we gather our resolve to fend off Everybody, an evil force that lurks in the shadows, only showing itself in the despised faces of injustice, inequality and pure detestation. Let’s fight so that the likes of Steve Mariucci, Rod, Jim Schwartz and now Jim Caldwell may not have fallen in vain. So, 2018, bring it on. We’re ready for you. Give us your best shot. We sports fans have a new year of competition to rally behind, new reasons to bust out pizza and chip dip and the glimmering hope that 2018 might be our team’s year.

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Resident assistant named Student of the Year By Taylor Stockton


Vanguard Reporter

arketing senior Pedro Marin in November received the Student of the Year award from the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. Marin received the honor during the group’s conference at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Nov. 17. Marin was selected because of his attention to service, his widespread involvement on campus and his love for SVSU and its students. Marin is highly involved on campus, where he works as a resident assistant (RA), a student advisor for the Residential Housing Association (RHA) and a Student Affairs intern. To Marin, the award honors the hard work and dedication he has displayed as an undergraduate student. “The award signifies outstanding service to my campus, as well as regional and national involvements during the 2017 academic year,” Marin said. “It showcases the dedication and effort that a

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Pedro Marin, pictured here during the Homecoming Parade, was named to the Homecoming Court in October and was in the running for Homecoming King.

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Pedro Marin recently won Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls’ Student of the Year award for his activism and service on campus. person can put in during their time as an undergraduate student.” The passion that Marin has for each of his many involvements drove business management sophomore Kayla Burdick to nominate him for the award. “Pedro has always been very involved with several organizations, worked in different offices and has attended conferences on behalf of SVSU,” Burdick said. “He has an enthusiastic and friendly attitude, which is contagious and continues to not only strengthen himself as a leader but also those around him.” Marin’s work as a RA set him apart as an outstanding leader among the student body. “Pedro is an amazing RA and has been able to build a great community with his residents,” Burdick said. “He sets an excellent example for his first-year students, and he makes sure they are aware of all the different organizations and opportunities on campus. He ensures that his residents are comfortable with approaching him with anything they may need.” As an RA, Marin aims to educate and empower students through programs like

“PHE with Pedro” and “Police with Pedro.” “I do what I do because I want to help people and improve the lives of students,” Marin said. “I work with first-year students, and being able to help them navigate their way on campus to create their path is truly rewarding. I love watching students grow by finding their passion and things that they are excited about.” Marin’s above-and-beyond involvement in RHA also made him an excellent candidate for the award. “Every week, Pedro would encourage students to join RHA,” Burdick said. “Most of these students became heavily involved in the organization and join committees. Two of them are now serving on the executive board.” Marin credits his success to his mentors, and he hopes to continue working with students in the future. “I am extremely humbled by this honor and I am so appreciative of all the effort people have put into me these past few years, which has helped me be where I am today,” Marin said. “Because of SVSU, I have found my passion and I plan to pursue a career in higher education.”

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