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First all-female cast performs uplifting “Decision Height.”

SVSU football bounces back with win against Davenport.

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ga and Foundation Scholars. She also works as an admissions representative and a desk worker for Student Affairs. Donahue is an exercise science major. She is proud of her position as the vice president of the Saginaw Valley Dance Team and placing fifth at the NDA Nationals 2017. She loves the community at SVSU, stating that it has made her the person she is today. She is also a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, National Panhellenic Council at SVSU and the Pre-Chiropractic Club. Duly is a nursing major. He is proud of his involvement in programs such as the Mr. SVSU man pageant, the De-stress Fest and Fresh Start Weekend. He loves the feeling that SVSU gives him of being part of a community, not just a statistic. He is a member of Peer Health Education, Orientation

SVSU Career Services will host the annual Fall University-wide Employment & Networking Fair on Friday, Oct. 13, from noon until 3 p.m. With over 140 employers already pre-registered to attend, the fair will set the employer attendance record for all of Career Services’ past Fall University-wide Employment Fairs. Tom Barnikow, one of the assistant directors of Career Services, said this is the first year that the office will use both the banquet rooms and the seminar rooms in Curtiss Hall for the fair. “We’ve set a new record again this year, which has happened every year for the past five years,” Barnikow said. “And it’s a trend that we’re seeing within all of our employment fairs.” Career Services hosts eight different employment fairs on campus every year, both university-wide and industry specific. Barnikow said that Career Services encourages students to attend the fairs they offer multiple times. “We try to give all students an opportunity to locate either their perfect career or their perfect internship or co-op,” Barnikow said. “The employment fairs are a way for students and employers to connect.” Barnikow believes one of the main reasons that employer attendance is increasing is due to the interpersonal communication skills students continually bring to the fairs. “It’s hard for (employers) to learn about the soft skills of applicants, because that’s something you can’t read on a piece of paper,” he said. “(The employers are) coming to these employment fairs to learn about a person’s interpersonal communication skills and to ask them questions to gauge their problem-solving skills. The employment



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Billy Nichols and Maddy Donahue, center, enjoy the tailgating festivities with other students before Saturday’s football game against Davenport. Nichols and Donahue are two of the 10 students appointed to this year’s Homecoming Court.

Court announcement kicks off Homecoming celebration By Gabrielle Alston


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omecoming celebrations began in earnest last Friday with the announcement of the 2017 Homecoming Court. The members of the 2017 Homecoming Court are: Mikaela Ashton, Maddy Donahue, Jack Duly, Kasey Flintoft, Nancy Haddad, Gabe Kasper, Mitchell Kennedy, Billy Nichols, Pedro Marin and Sydney VanPetten. Homecoming 2017 officially began Sunday, Oct. 8, and will continue until Oct. 15. The week-long celebration will feature a slew of events for students. The first preparation was selecting the candidates for Homecoming King and Queen. The Homecoming Court selection process began with interested students submitting a

resume and a letter of recommendation from an SVSU faculty member. Applicants were then interviewed by faculty. After the interview, applicants began campaigning. Candidates created campaign posters that were posted around campus, along with other lobbying attempts. Last week, the entire student body was sent an email that allowed them to vote for the Homecoming Court. Students were able to choose two female and two male candidates. Half of the contestants’ final score, which determined who will be on the Homecoming Court, was made up by the faculty interviews; the other half came from the student vote totals. Ashton is a management major. She is proud of her studying abroad in Seville, Spain. She loves the Red Pride at SVSU and is a member of Forever Red, Alpha Phi Ome-

Former professor, tennis supporter honored By Steven Bryant Vanguard Reporter

“Dora was a rare individual who was very caring,” Huntley said. “She was really involved with the University, attending plays and events.” Huntley added that some of the best things about Nedeva were her humility and willingness to help others. “She carried herself with humility,” Huntley said. “[Always] doing what she could to make lives better. If a junior faculty member or student needed mentoring, she was always there.” Boehm made the arrangements for the engraved bench, along with donors, and coordinated the ceremony. She said all it took was one email, and the university was behind her every step of the way.

The bench dedicated to Todorka “Dora” Nedeva overlooks the SVSU Tennis Complex.

SVSU honored late math professor Todorka “Dora” Nedeva on Saturday with a bench dedicated in her honor at the SVSU Tennis Complex. Nedeva, who died unexpectedly in September of 2016, was an avid tennis player and fan of SVSU’s women’s tennis team. The ceremony was attended by numerous university faculty, friends and neighbors of Nedeva. Speakers at the ceremony included SVSU women’s tennis coach Jennifer Boehm, Department of Mathematical Sciences Chair Tony Crachiola, Physics Professor and tennis partner Marian Shih and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Deb Huntley.

Think Cardinal preparing for launch

PHE offering free health assessments

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SVSU will be implementing a new non-degree program, Think Cardinal, in order to allow students with intellectual disabilities to experience what it is like to achieve a post-secondary education. The program will become official in the near future. Currently, there is already a pathway to enrollment for students with intellectual disabilities, but Think Cardinal will help to streamline enrollment for those who choose to participate in the program. Students will take classes as a course auditor, which allows for greater flexibility in their classes. Instructor permission is necessary to enroll in courses, but that is necessary for any student with a non-degree enrollment status. Students more often than not take one academic course, and the rest of their time is devoted to a non-academic activity. At this point, participating students

are doing things such as serving as a photographer for The Valley Vanguard, participating in cheerleading, participating in the band and playing intramural football. “What I hope that this program will do is allow for people to realize that those with intellectual disabilities are contributing to the campus,” said Ted Lind, associate director of admissions and a program-founding member. “Current students are already demonstrating that while serving invaluable roles as members of the campus community.” Once Think Cardinal is implemented, the hope is that students will be able to walk at graduation and receive a certificate for their areas studied. Requirements for the program will include two jobs or internships to aid with employability of students, academic credits and extracurricular activities to achieve their certificate. At the end of their program, students can still choose to continue their experience if they feel

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Peer Health Education (PHE) is giving students an opportunity to gain an increased awareness about their physical health. To increase health awareness, Peer Health Education has teamed up with Fitness Programs, the Department of Kinesiology and the Student Exercise Science Association to provide the campus with free health assessments. The fitness assessments will run Oct. 10 and Oct. 12 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. With work, classes and other responsibilities, many college students lack the time to properly take care of their physical well-being. PHE hopes to allow students to take a few moments out of their day to see where they stand compared to others in their sex and age group. “As the topic of wellness covers eight different dimensions, my committee and I are constantly looking for new ways to provide

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Police briefs are written according to reports from University Police. These indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily actual incidents.

Suspicious Person At 1 a.m. on Sept. 30, two 19-year-old female students reported that they observed a subject in a dark hoodie and hat looking in their vehicles in front of their apartment. Nothing was taken, but they found it very suspicious. Property Damage At 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, a 57-year-old faculty member reported that she parked her car in F-Lot in the morning, and when she came out at the end of the day, there were scrapes all around her vehicle. The vandalism was still under investigation. Marijuana At 2:27 a.m. on Oct. 3, University Police were notified that there was a car in J-Lot that smelled of marijuana. When officers showed up, the owner of the vehicle approached them and admitted that he had a small amount of marijuana in the car. It was confiscated, and the situation was turned over to Student Conduct Programs. THINK CARDINAL, continued from A1 that it will be useful in their personal and professional development. Diversity and inclusivity is a core value at SVSU, and Think Cardinal will allow students with intellectual disabilities to not only develop their skills, but to also help those around them. SVSU students are helping those who are members of Think Cardinal by being peer mentors. Peer mentors help Think Cardinal students while on campus and also work with them outside campus to aid in life skill development. Mostly, Health and Human Service-related majors are working with Think Cardinal students to broaden their horizon and learn from experiences that will help translate into their professional field. Real-life experiences with students living with disabilities such as down syndrome allow for a different context than a textbook. Friendships are formed, and both people mutually benefit from the experience. Luke Drumright will be the first student to participate at graduation as a part of Think Cardinal when he walks with the College of Education this spring. His mother, Susan Drumright, said the program has allowed her son to expand upon the experiences he had in high school and grow even further. “Luke had an amazing high school experience, but he needed more time to transition to a new normal of working and contributing to society,” she said. “Coming to SVSU has given Luke tremendous confidence that he can succeed in life.” There are three key pieces to the program that the university hopes the graduates will leave with. These pieces will each serve an intricate role throughout the student’s lives and will allow them to develop independence, gain employable skills, and be included with the general population. “The program is tailored to fit Luke,” Drumright said. “He is much more mature and self aware than he was coming out of high school.” The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

Mikaela Ashton

Maddy Donahue

Kasey Flintoft

Nancy Haddad

Sydney VanPetten

Mitchell Kennedy

Billy Nichols

Pedro Marin

Gabe Kasper

Jack Duly

HOMECOMING, continued from A1 Programs, Student Association, Student Life and Pie Club. Flintoft is an occupational therapy major. She is proud of her role as a resident assistant, creating a home for new residents at SVSU. She loves the community at SVSU and being able to walk down the hall and always see someone she knows. She is a member of Residential Life, Orientation Programs, Club Red, Alternative Breaks and the Student Occupational Therapy Association. Haddad is a communication major. She is proud of her acceptance into the Roberts Fellowship program. What she loves about SVSU is walking down the hallway and knowing 10 people, but also seeing 20 that she doesn’t know. She is a member of Orientation Programs, Phi Sigma Sigma, Foundation Scholars, Law Club, Roberts Fellows, Moot Court and Forever Red and is an Alumni Relations Office intern. “I am ecstatic to be on court,” Haddad said. “It really is such an honor to represent the place I call home. I’m humbled by the opportunity and I am so proud of all of the other Cardinals. It’s always a great day to be a Cardinal, and (on Friday), it was just a little sweeter. “ Kasper is a marketing major. He is proud of being named a Rising Leader at the 2017 Student Life Awards. He loves that SVSU feels like home. He is a member of Orientation Programs, Alpha Kappa Lambda, American Marketing Association, The Valley Vanguard, Cardinal Business Edge and Foundation Scholars. Kennedy is an accounting major. He is proud of his contributions to fundraising efforts during I Heart SV Week. He loves SVSU for the familial environment. He is a member of Delta Sigma Pi, Foundation Scholars, Forever Red and Vitito Fellows.

EMPLOYMENT, continued from A1 fairs are a way for students to show those skills that don’t come across in an electronic application.” Barnikow said attendance is also increasing as SVSU alumni in the workforce push their employers to return to the university and recruit more students. “As more of our students get jobs and careers with these employers, they are doing so well that the employers are saying, ‘We need more SVSU students,’” Barnikow said. “The more that (the alumni) can push, the more it not only helps our current students, but it helps our university as a whole create better relationships with the community of employers that we serve.” Carl Gardner and Amy Smith are both SVSU seniors working as campus ambassadors for Quicken Loans, one of SVSU’s Employer Partners. Both Gardner and Smith started out as summer interns for Quicken Loans through networking with the company’s recruiters at SVSU’s employment fairs. Gardner, a finance and economics major, said the fairs are helpful for students in any class standing. “The sooner you go, the better,” he said. “You have the opportunity to network with so many different people and different companies. It’s exposure to the professional world.” Smith, a communication major and psychology minor, agreed with Gardner. “I highly recommend employment fairs to anyone interested in a future job,” she said. “Employment fairs hold so many opportunities. It’s incredible.” Students and alumni can pre-register for the employment fair on the Cardinal Career Network. Pre-registering expedites the check-in process and allows students to receive nametags pre-printed with their name and major. Students

“When I found the results online, I ran right to Student Life to get my sash,” Kennedy said. “I was so excited to get this opportunity to represent the SVSU community as a king candidate. I also felt privileged to follow in the footsteps of many other great leaders that came before me.” Nichols is a Marketing major. He is proud of his transformation from transfer student to campus leader. He loves the family culture that defines Red Pride. He is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Program Board, The Flock and the Resident Association in SEC. Marin is a marketing major. He is proud of hosting a GLACURH Leadership conference at SVSU. He most loves the community of people at SVSU that empower one another. He is a member of RHA, NRHH, Club Red, FYRE and Alternative Breaks and is a residential assistant for Living Center Southwest. VanPetten is a communication major. She is proud of being awarded the “110% Award” for Summer 2017 Orientation Leaders. She loves how the student body at SVSU makes the university feel like home. She is a member of Orientation Programs, Pie Club, Forever Red, Club Red, Intramural Sports, Alternative Breaks and is also a Housing Student Supervisor. “When I saw my name and picture, I was so ecstatic and just happy as a clam,” VanPetten said. “I can’t wait to be able to represent the school on Homecoming Court. It’s an honor, and I’m so looking forward to a week filled with fun events.” The final vote for Homecoming King and Queen will take place during Homecoming Week. Homecoming Kick-off is Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. at Braddock Field. RSOs will create “2017 Homecoming Flags” and present them at the soccer games that day.

Macho Volleyball takes place tonight at 7 p.m. in O’Neill Arena. This is a volleyball tournament that is played by teams consisting of six male players and one female coach. It is a single elimination tournament. The RSO Fashion show “Strike a Pose” happens Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9 p.m. in the TSAR. Each RSO is assigned a decade and must model styles from that decade. There is a Lip Sync Contest Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 9 p.m. in the Hamilton Gym. RSOs will perform lip-synced musical acts from their assigned decades. There is a service project Thursday, Oct. 12, at noon in the Student Life Center for Project Linus. Students who participate will help make blankets for hospitalized children. ABC12 will be broadcasting the Spirit Competition taking place Friday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. in the O’Neill Arena. RSOs will be collecting non-perishable foods throughout the week to donate to a local food bank as part of this event. Powder Puff Football takes place Saturday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Intramural Fields. RSOs will have teams of 5 to 12 female participants and a male coach. Also on Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre, the improv comedy group The Second City will perform. Admission is free for students. There is a Homecoming 5K on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m., starting at the Bell Tower. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $20 for students and $30 for alumni. The Homecoming Parade is Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1:30 p.m. in Lot J2. The Alumni Tailgate is also Saturday, in parking lots C and C1. The Homecoming 2017 celebration concludes with the SVSU vs. Ferris State football game on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. at Wickes Stadium.

are required to dress professionally for the fair and also have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken for free. Career Services will host the university’s next fair, the Health & Human Services Employment Fair, on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Health & Human Services building. Thirty-five employers have pre-registered to attend.

functional but also draws attention to recognizing her.” A native of Bulgaria, Nedeva attended the University of Kentucky to pursue her doctorate degree. Having been away from home for many years, Boehm said that she played a helping hand with the team, which has rostered a handful of international students. “(Former player Izabella Ismailova) had her as a professor, and she was an international student,” Boehm said. “(Nedeva) had that connection of making her feel welcomed. It’s hard being away from your family.” Nedeva was hired in 2005 as a part of the mathematics department. Throughout her tenure, she taught finite math and calculus courses. Crachiola was hired into the department the same year as Nedeva. “Dora had a big impact on many SVSU students both inside and outside the classroom,” Crachiola said. “She brightened the lives of many others at SVSU, including the friends she made through her love of tennis. The tennis courts are a fitting place to remember her vibrant personality and love of life.”

NEDEVA, continued from A1 “I appreciate the support that we have gotten from the university,” Boehm said. “It took one email to Deb Huntley, and she said she’ll be there. (Huntley) offered to speak because she knew her. It’s been great to see.” Boehm and Nedeva formed a close friendship when they met at the Greater Midland Tennis Center. Nedeva was a student at many of the classes that Boehm instructed. “She was a religious follower,” Boehm said. “She was always there. We developed a connection. Sometimes she would be the only one to show up. She was the die-hard who was always going to be there.” With the backing of donors and administrative support, Boehm decided that a bench would be the most fitting way to remember Nedeva. “We wanted to do something to honor her,” Boehm said. “Once it was brought up, we liked the idea. She was always playing. She used to say that one of her friends would say they spent 80 percent of their time sitting and talking and 20 percent of the time playing.” Nedeva was a follower of Boehm’s team, and it felt right to have her honored on the tennis court. “She was a fan of the team,” Boehm said. “She had one of my former players in class and was always asking about the team. It just seemed appropriate to have something out there that’s

FITNESS, continued from A1 will measure the student’s blood pressure, height, weight and other information. The participants will then complete a one-mile walk, perform push-ups, sit-ups and sit-n-reach tests followed by a conversation with an educated volunteer to discuss the results. Students will receive a consultation and a variety of resources for self-improvement. “Depending on the success of the event, we will adapt and look for ways to improve the event in order to continue it in the future,” Hessbrook said. “I feel so passionately that this event is important, and I would definitely love for it to be continued.”

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Gun control alone is not enough to stop violence Maria Ranger Vanguard Reporter

I’m sure by now everyone has heard about the disastrous shooting in Las Vegas at a country music festival on Oct. 1. With 59 dead and over 500 wounded, it was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. It seems every few weeks, we wake up and hear of a new senseless tragedy that occurred overnight, and it’s terrible. According to BBC, there were 372 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2015. That’s more than one per day. While some clearly are worse than others, that doesn’t mean they should be ignored. It is not normal, and it is not acceptable. It also seems that most politicians don’t truly want to do anything either; rather, they use these acts of violence to push their agendas. With the right, it’s, “The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun!” or, “It’s a mental health issue!”while they continue to deny people mental health care and accept millions of dollars from the NRA. While the NRA does teach classes in gun safety, they’re still ultimately just another political organization with an agenda.

With the left, it’s “Gun control NOW!” I agree, we definitely need measures taken in gun control, but there’s also other sociological factors at play as well. Had I been asked two years ago about this topic, I would have said gun control is the only way to solve the problem. However, I now feel that, on top of that, we must do more as well. The Michael Moore film “Bowling For Columbine” was a big factor in my more developed view. One of the incidents in this film was a young boy who brought a gun to school and shot a classmate. In the situation, he had a single mother who had to take a bus out of town early in the morning to work for part of a government program for the impoverished. The mother and son lived with the boy’s uncle, and the boy got ahold of his uncle’s gun and brought it to school. It doesn’t seem that a child that young could be capable of such evil, but when left to his own devices so often, who knows what can happen? Had the boy’s mother been able to find a job nearby, she may have been able to prevent him from getting ahold of his uncle’s gun. According to The Atlantic, the U.S. has the highest rate of gun violence of any other developed nation. For starters, it is legal for civilians to own semi-automatic

assault weapons and militarystyle rifles. There is absolutely no reason for the average citizen to have such powerful weapons. They aren’t necessary for hunters, and there’s no need for them if you just go shooting for the fun of it. The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibited the sale of firearms to minors, people with criminal records, dishonorably discharged military members, the mentally handicapped and illegal immigrants. These laws are sensible but are often not enforced strictly enough, especially in private gun sales or at gun shows. There’s also the factor that many people with mental illness go undiagnosed, so their record may make it seem perfectly safe to own a gun when in reality they are a danger to themselves and others. Over half of gun deaths are by suicide, so it’s idiotic to say mental health isn’t an issue. If we compare our gun laws to countries like Canada or Australia, we might be able to find a better solution to the problem. For example, in Canada, all gun owners need a background check and a gun safety course. There are also three classifications of guns there: non restricted (standard rifles and shotguns), restricted (handguns and semi-automatic weapons) and prohibited (automatics). Anyone who wants

a restricted gun must get federal registration. In Australia, all automatic and semi-automatic guns are banned, and when the ban was issued, the government instituted a buyback program so that people who owned these weapons were compensated for them. Since creating these laws, there have been no gun-related mass shootings in Australia. Many people see a need to own a gun to defend themselves, which I completely understand. However, if we work to lower our crime rates, less people will feel the need to own a gun in the first place. Japan has very low crime rates, and as a result, most citizens don’t feel they need a gun. Crime rates can also be traced back to poverty, as I mentioned earlier. Many people commit crimes because they are poor and need to steal to live, or need to do drugs to escape suffering in their daily lives. If we can better help our fellow humans, the world will be a much better place. To sum it up, our gun violence problem can be solved by not only stricter gun laws but also handling issues like poverty, mental illness and crime rates. All we really need to do is take a look at other countries and have some common sense and empathy. Maria Ranger is a sociology sophomore and a Vanguard reporter. Reach her at

Anonymity encourages anger, dehumanizes others By Brian Fox Vanguard News Editor

As usual, my birthday landed right at the cusp of fall this year. I decided to mark my 30th birthday, the day I officially became old, by spending the last hot days of September on a solo camping trip around Grand Traverse Bay. My actual birth date passed while I was driving somewhere on M-22, killing time during the oppressive afternoon heat. I did a lot of driving that weekend, most of it pleasant, some of it extremely not. Without much congestion anywhere, me and the rest of the weekend road warriors mostly did a fine job of getting to our destinations safely and staying out of each other’s merry ways. But there are always the outliers, the aggressive drivers who have apparently entered a state of psychotic rage upon touching a steering wheel and seem so desperate to put their own lives and everyone else’s at risk.

Somewhere outside Leland, two SUVs fly past me, one clearly chasing the other. The leader slams on his brakes, their pursuer swings around to take the advantage and cut them off. One forces another onto the shoulder, nearly off the road. They stay entangled as they pull too far ahead for me to see, like two angry hornets sparring. I never saw a flaming wreck on the side of the road after that, so I assume both parties survived this road rage incident. But who knows? It struck me then how differently we treat complete strangers depending on the circumstances. On another day, those drivers might have driven up to the same bar and become acquainted over a beer instead of being locked in a race to commit vehicular manslaughter. Maybe they would have exchanged numbers and became life-long friends. The same, I realized, is true for just about any of us. That nice barista who greets you in the morning could be the one throwing a drink at your car on the way home. Your favorite professor might brake-check you on the way to class tomorrow,

then later smile as they return your assignment. Have you ever been tailgated relentlessly, only to realize that it was your neighbor the entire time, and now you’re both in for an awfully awkward walk into your apartment building? Automobiles, essentially immense balls of kinetic energy fueled by explosive gas, seem to completely transform people’s attitudes and perceptions by acting as both a sort of armor and a source of rough anonymity; it’s hard to identify drivers, especially if the windows are tinted. But driving isn’t the only area where a sense of anonymity and protection from consequences can lead to heightened aggression and violence. A major reason I’d felt the need to get away for the weekend was the depressing state of the news every day. This summer was defined, in no small part, by far-right protests and the stunning backlash of anti-fascist organizers who used “Black Bloc” tactics to disrupt them. The double anonymity of having your face covered in a crowd of identically dressed comrades is a tactical decision – it prevents anti-fascist protesters

from being identified and harassed afterwards. It also makes any property damage or assaults committed by their side difficult to pin on any particular person. Alt-right groups and militias have co-opted this tactic as well. They often show up to protests in gear that not only hides their identity but serves as body armor for the fights they desperately seek with left-wing protesters. Much like the power and protection offered by a car, the anonymity of the internet, and of masked street politics, inevitably leads to dehumanization of others and an endless ratcheting up of the selective callousness of our existences. Internet trolls harass someone for being transsexual online. A stranger slashes your tires because they didn’t like your bumper sticker. Someone nearly causes a pile-up because they don’t think you signaled long enough. You guys really have no idea how lucky northern Michigan is in terms of traffic. I used to pray for an aneurism every day while stuck in Los Angeles gridlock. If the way people drive around here has taught me anything, it’s

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that road rage and inconsiderate driving has nothing to do with region or even with the volume of cars on the road. It’s us, it’s our puny primate brains grown drunk on the feeling of hurtling down the highway in a giant death machine. As smart as we are, there’s still something twisted and primal within us. We’re capable of building and piloting these amazing machines, but we can’t set aside the animalistic nonsense once we’re driving them. And it’s not just some of us. Admit it, you’ve felt it too. The illogical offense when someone wants to merge in front of you, the rage at someone following you too closely, the urge to teach another driver a lesson they won’t forget. We’re all capable of hiding behind a vehicle, or a mask or a keyboard, and becoming someone different and horrible. What’s hard, and so necessary in these times, is recognizing the humanity in everyone around us every day. Brian Fox is political science senior and the Vanguard news editor. Reach him at

Flood Watch: American golfers dominate Presidents Cup By Jeremy Flood Vanguard Sports Editor

When the World Series ends, you wait nearly half a year for baseball to come back. After the Super Bowl, football fans have until August until college football and the NFL preseason start up. For NBA fans, the Finals bring about a four-month hiatus until the following season. The PGA Tour, however, has a rather abbreviated offseason lasting approximately 90 hours. It just so happens that we recently saw the 2016-17 PGA Tour season end with the conclusion of the FedEx Cup

Playoffs, and then the season started right back up with the Safeway Open. Going into the Tour Championship, the last installment of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, those at the top of the points list were looking for the season-long trophy and $10 million paycheck given to the winner. Tour young-gunner and rising star Justin Thomas was locked in and took home the FedEx Cup, despite not winning the last tournament of the season. At 24 years old, J-T had an incredibly impressive résumé by the end of the 16-17 season, featuring five wins, three of which were consecutive; a major championship, the first of what is expected to be many, which was captured at this year’s PGA Championship; not to mention

the FedEx Cup. Thomas’ résumé was good enough to earn the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year award, a highly impressive feat for someone so young. Thomas’ prowess translated into the Presidents Cup, a biannual, match-play, Ryder Cupstyle competition between the United States and the rest of the world, excluding Europe. Between the first two days of the competition, Team USA won eight of the 10 possible points, garnering four and a half of those eight on day two. Justin Thomas blazed through the team matches undefeated, only falling to Hideki Matsuyama after the U.S. had already captured enough points to win the Presidents Cup on the last day.

Future Hall-of-Famer and golf legend Phil Mickelson, a captain’s pick for this year’s Presidents Cup, went undefeated throughout his three matches, carding a halved match on the first day, which would be his worst of the weekend. Tiger Woods was on-scene as an Assistant Team Captain, inducing his ever fearsome Tiger-intimidation factor on the International Team. Tiger made his most prominent appearance when disputing a ruling by an official on Jordan Spieth’s action of picking up another player’s moving ball, even though the result of the hole was determined. The rules official involved actually told off Tiger. He told Tiger that the conversation was just between

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Spieth and himself. Let’s just say, if I were ever involved enough in golf to be a rules official at the Presidents Cup, I’d have enough reverence for the greatest golfer to ever live to not tell him off when he’s making a case on a golf ruling. With the United States’ domination of the Presidents Cup, winning 19-11, it’s plainly evident that the world’s greatest players are American-made. Rory McIlroy, Ian Poutler and the rest of the European team have their work cut out for them to try and take the Ryder Cup home with them in 2018.

Jeremy Flood is a communication senior and the Vanguard sports editor. Reach him at jaflood@svsu. edu.

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Hollywood sequels forever to be hit or miss By Dylan Powell Vanguard A&E Editor

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Left: Brianne Dolney performs as Virginia Hascal in “Decision Height,” which featured SVSU’s first all-female cast. Right: The cast of “Decision Height” show off some of the joyous effects and wardrobe during the performance. Below: Abby Burgess as Norma Jean Harris.

First all-female cast brings SVSU stage to new ‘heights’ By Madison Savard


Vanguard Reporter

he theatre department this past week performed SVSU’s first play to exclusively feature female performers. Set in Sweetwater, Texas, during World War II, “Decision Height” is a production highlighting the women who left their homes and families to take part in beating the Axis powers in the war while defying the gender roles of their time. In addition to being the first all-female cast to perform on the stage of the Malcolm Field Theatre, it is one of few productions to represent factual events and real women in history. The main women represented in this show, the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots), are women who were not given proper recognition for their contributions to the war, and by bringing the story to life on the Malcolm Field Theatre stage, more are able to know of their story. Third-year theatre and political science major Brianne Dolney, who played Virginia Hascal in the show, stressed the cultural and societal impact of such a performance. “It is immensely important that people see this play, because these women deserve the recognition that they never got,” Dolney said. “The courage of these women must be acknowledged. They were discouraged and put down, and yet they put their lives on hold to be a part of the war effort in any way they could. They are

heroes.” Aside from having less time than usual to rehearse the play, demanding technical elements and other factors, the cast and director, theatre professor Ric Roberts, were still able to pull off a seemingly flawless show. “There is nothing easy about the process, but the fun is watching the actresses mature into their characters over a five-week period,” Roberts said. “They have continued to exceed my expectations on stage; we have some seriously fine actresses on the campus at SVSU.” For some, the roles of the characters hit closer to home than expected, allowing the actresses to grow in a way that they did not realize they would. This was the case for theatre, communications and elementary education major Aubree Harrell, who played Edie Harknell. “Edie and I have a lot of similarities,” Harrell said. “My character grew up very close with her brother and idolizes him throughout the show. I grew up very close to my two brothers, (one of which is in the military) ... This makes scenes where I talk about him being in the

military that much easier to tap into my emotions.” The actresses were able to identify their own thoughts and beliefs within their characters as well. “(Virginia) believes that her being a woman doesn’t hinder her ability to make an impact, and I love that about her,” Dolney said. “I’m a passionate feminist, and Amelia Earhart has been a hero of mine for many years, so being able to represent one of these brave women pilots has been a dream come true.” “Decision Height” is a production filled with empowerment, visibility and truth. While the overall content represents events that happened, the element of comedy keeps a lighter mood while displaying a factual, more serious event. The women represented in this play are important figures in history that are getting the exposure and recognition that they deserve.

Sequels are a fickle thing when it comes to whether or not they will succeed. It seems that there are limitless factors to what makes a great sequel, and therefore, it should be an easy feat for the seasoned executives in Hollywood to churn out acclaimed continuations of their stories. But, alas, sequels come off as a 50/50 chance of resonating with audiences. “Franchise-building” is incredibly hot right now, and therefore, sequels are a must. Traditional sequels to modern franchises, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, are expected and welcomed. Looking at the MCU is actually a great example of failed sequels (Thor: The Dark World) and innovative ones (the two Captain America sequels.) The most glaring, yet somehow most inconsequential, element for the creation of a sequel is the simple question of “Is there a reason for this to exist?” Of course, Hollywood completely ignores this and just looks at the numbers, but the necessity of the project can really be indicative of whether or not the sequel has a chance to wow audiences. However, we live in a time of unnecessary sequels, simply trying to cash in on popular and/or nostalgic properties. These films rarely turn out to be great films, yet people still flock to them based on the familiarity of them alone. The main reason for a sequel to be made is to further explore the world or characters presented in one installment in an attempt to enrich the property, rather than milk it for as much money as it can get. Films that focus on this (such as “Blade Runner 2049,” which is more elaborated on in the review below) tend to add to the experience rather than give audiences the same tired clichés, rendering all appeal of the film to be based on its recognizability rather than the content itself. With that said, some films can succeed in giving audiences more of what they want while innovating very little. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a great example of this, as it echoes many of the plotlines and characters of “A New Hope” yet still gives fans new and exciting elements to latch on to. Director J.J. Abrams knew that this was necessary, as the George Lucas prequels drifted too far from what made Star Wars so incredible, and we all know how those turned out. With a sequel, it’s all about the intent. There needs to be a set goal for its existence other than a mere cash grab. The main difference between these types of sequels is that the sequels that turn out much better than expected almost always have very passionate, caring individuals behind them, such as Abrams. Whether these goals are to continue the story or bring a whole new twist, popularity cannot be the dominant factor when sequels are pitched if the executives want any type of critical acclaim attached to their projects post-release.

‘Blade Runner 2049’ another example of what makes a successful sequel By Aran Singh Vanguard Reporter

When I first heard that they were going to make a sequel to Ridley Scott’s scifi classic “Blade Runner,” I wondered, “Why the hell would you do that?” The original film, released in 1982, was, by all accounts, a commercial and critical disaster. Its reputation as a critical darling grew over the years, and it is now widely considered to be one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. It’s become an iconic film, and that’s all the more reason why it seemed like such a misguided idea. Thankfully, my worries were misplaced. Director Denis Villeneuve has steadily made a name for himself over the last few years making tense, emotionally engaging films such as the fantastic crime thriller “Sicario” (2015) and last year’s compelling sci-fi drama “Arrival,” and he’s pulled off another success here with the engrossing “Blade Runner 2049.” Set 30 years after the original film, “2049” features Ryan Gosling playing a character named K who works for the Los Angeles Police Department as a “blade runner” – someone who tracks down rogue synthetic humans known as replicants and “retires” (kills) them. K also happens to be a replicant, but he’s a newer, more compliant brand. On one of his blade running assignments, The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

K discovers a long-buried secret that potentially has catastrophic consequences for the fate of humanity. K ultimately ends up on a mission to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has been missing for the last 30 years. To say more would really ruin the fun of letting the picture unfold before you. The acting is fairly strong across the board. Gosling’s performance is great. He’s always been an actor skilled at expressing emotional vulnerability and a detached stoicism, both traits on full display in this film. Rounding out the characters are Detective K’s tough-asnails boss, Lt. Joshi (a steely cool Robin Wright), the sinister Niander Wallace (a disquieting and creepy Jared Leto), and K’s digital, live-in girlfriend, Joi (played with winning verve by relative newcomer Ana de Armas). And, of course, there’s Ford. What can be said about Harrison Ford that hasn’t already been said at this point? He loves to play up his cranky, gruff image on talk show appearances and his latter-day film work and, while I’ve personally grown tired of his shtick (“The Force Awakens” notwithstanding), Ford’s really good here. He’s laconic and reserved but conveys so much pent-up emotion with simple facial gestures. As good as the performances are, the film is simply a marvel to look at. The production design and special effects

are superbly realized. The renowned Roger Deakins (long-time Coen Brothers collaborator, among many other directors) served as cinematographer, and the images are flat-out gorgeous. There’s a smörgåsbord of visually arresting color schemes throughout, from the cloudy, metallic city scape of a futuristic Los Angeles, to an orange fever dream of a radioactive, dilapidate Las Vegas skyline. Even just a simple shot of a trench coatclad Ryan Gosling walking through a snow-covered street is sublime, like watching a lost Edward Hopper painting come to life. Despite being nearly three hours, the experience of watching it didn’t feel long, at least not to me. The film takes its time with the characters and doesn’t rush through scenes. Much like the first film, it’s a joy to let the film just consume you with its drearily hypnotic spell, to luxuriate in the masterfully composed visuals. And, much like the original, the film tackles weighty philosophical issues such as whether or not synthetic humans can have souls, what it really means to be human, and the degree to how much memories define one’s humanity. One thing that’s certain – and it can’t be overstated – is that Villeneuve and company have done something incredible here: they’ve made a sequel that’s worthy to stand alongside the original film. You could probably count on one hand (OK,

maybe two hands) the number of sequels that are either on par with the original or even surpass the original. Some that spring immediately to mind are “The Godfather Part II,” “Aliens,” and the original “Dawn of the Dead” (on some days, I’d take all three of those over their predecessors). The best kind of sequels are those that expand upon and enrich the universe of the original film in ways that are stylistically, thematically and emotionally satisfying. “Blade Runner 2049” does that in spades. “Blade Runner 2049” is a film, like its beloved predecessor, that’ll only grow in stature over time. I’d urge people to see the film at the theater. Don’t wait until it’s on TV. It should be experienced on the biggest screen available to really maximize the enjoyment. I will say, too, that you probably don’t need to have seen the original “Blade Runner” to enjoy the sequel; the film’s opening text prologue fills viewers in on the events and aftermath of the first film. Having said that, I don’t know why someone would want to see a sequel to a film if they haven’t seen the original. But that’s just me.

Aran’s Rating:

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SVSU bounces back against Davenport By Connor Doyle Vanguard Editor-in-Chief


he SVSU football team got back on track Saturday against GLIAC newcomer Davenport, blowing out the Panthers 33-0 in the first meeting between the two programs. The SVSU defense was dominant, holding Davenport to just 44 yards of total offense on 52 plays. The defense, coupled with a special teams touchdown, a defensive touchdown and three scoring drives, was more than enough for the Cardinals in the win. “We needed a bounce back,” Collins said. “These last three weeks have been tough. Our guys responded the way they needed to respond, and I thought all week long we bounced back from the Grand Valley defeat really well. Our guys were prepared, and I think they came out and played a great game today.” After the teams traded punts for the first half of the opening quarter, SVSU struck first when redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Conklin found redshirt freshman receiver Marcus Edmondson wide open for a 42yard touchdown strike. It was Edmondson’s fourth touchdown of the season. Following a six-yard punt by Davenport, SVSU had the ball back already inside Panther territory. On second down, Conklin again found Edmondson for 10 yards to bring SVSU inside the Davenport 30, and a seven-yard rush from sophomore Tommy Scott Jr. put SVSU in the red zone as the first quarter came to an end. Entering the contest, Scott ranked fifth in the GLIAC, averaging 97 yards per game on the ground. Freshman running back Nate McCrary made it 13-0 in favor of the Cardinals on a

four-yard touchdown run, capping a 10-play, 40-yard drive that spanned four and a half minutes. The extra point was blocked. “We came out strong,” Conklin said. “We put up 20 points pretty quickly in the first half, and we were moving the ball really well. That set the tone for the rest of the game.” Davenport, which entered the game 0-5, continued to struggle offensively. On its next drive, an attempted punt was fumbled, then recovered by Davenport’s punter, who was brought down by senior defensive lineman Jack Jennings to once again give SVSU the ball inside Davenport territory. SVSU wasted no time getting back on the scoreboard, as Conklin found redshirt freshman Chad Gailliard for a 39-yard strike on the first play of its next drive to make it 20-0. Conklin entered Saturday second in the GLIAC with 227.2 yards passing per game, and his 65.8 completion percentage was tops in the league. He finished the game 14-22 for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Late in the half, Edmondson continued his big day, going up to haul in a 24-yard reception. However, SVSU’s drive stalled from there as it turned the ball over on downs. Edmondson finished the day with three catches for 76 yards. “He’s got really good hands,” Conklin said. “I feel extremely confident, and the confidence continues to grow that I can just throw the ball to him and he’s going to catch it every time. For being a young guy, he seems very relaxed, and he can get behind guys and make big plays.” SVSU’s defense got a turnover in Davenport territory on the ensuing possession on an interception by junior defensive back Ryan Verhelst. But a second straight SVSU drive stalled in Panther territory, and kicker Alex Kenrick missed a 30-yard field goal attempt to keep it 20-0 SVSU going into halftime.

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Redshirt freshman receiver Marcus Edmondson scores SVSU’s first touchdown. SVSU scored a special teams touchdown late in the third quarter, when Davenport was attempting to punt, but the snap went over the punter’s head and rolled into the end zone and was ultimately recovered by senior receiver Damaris Woods. Another missed extra point kept the score at 26-0 SVSU. With just under 10 minutes left in the game, redshirt freshman Donnell Alexander intercepted Davenport quarterback Cody Long and returned it 19 yards for a Cardinal touchdown as SVSU extended its lead to 33-0. “Those two scores were real big,” Collins said. “Davenport’s defense did a nice job of clamping down in the red zone, and we struggled a little bit, but we felt relaxed because

we knew our defense was playing great. To be able to get some scores in the second half like we did were big as far as momentum and it takes some pressure off of the offense.” Senior linebacker Bryan Jones and junior defensive back Dillon Dixon led the defense with seven tackles. “I thought we did really well,” Jones said. “We were gap sound and executed really well in our coverages and our blitzes. That offense has still put up points and yardage this year, and we held them to less than 50 yards.” Next week, SVSU hosts Ferris State in the annual Homecoming football game at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs enter the contest 4-1 following a 13-3 win over Tiffin on Saturday.

Women’s soccer splits with Davenport and Purdue N.W. Sports Briefs take home a win if you don’t score goals.” On Sunday, SVSU dominated Purdue Northwest, scoring twice in the first four The SVSU women’s soccer team moved to minutes en route to a 6-0 win. The Cardinals 6-5-1 after falling to Davenport and beating took a whopping 29 shots in the contest. Purdue Northwest this past weekend. Senior midfielder Alexis Hilliard scored an On Friday, Oct. 6, the women lost a nail unassisted goal in the match’s second minbiter to the Davenport Panthers, 1-0. The ute, before she nailed a second goal less than Cardinals held Davenport to just seven shots two minutes later on an assist from junior – two on goal – but couldn’t find the back of midfielder Lindsay Stroebel. The goals were the net. Hilliard’s first two of the season. “Davenport are a good side,” head coach Sophomore midfielder Valentina GiamMichael O’Neill said. “The game was frusbanco netted her fifth goal of the season trating, as we dominated for large spells but in the 17th minute that got past the legs couldn’t put the ball in the net.” of the Purdue Northwest goal keeper. Saginaw Valley started the game strong, Sophomore defenders Jennifer Muana earning six of its 11 first-half shots in the and Molly Vanderhoff both added goals befirst 10 minutes. The Panthers were held to fore junior forward Kayla Trevino capped the just three. scoring in the 85th minute. The best chance for a first-half goal SVSU will continue GLIAC play on Suncame from SVSU’s Sakura Bals, who had day, Oct. 15, on the road against Northwood her shot saved by the Davenport goalie in and on Friday, Oct. 20, at Ashland. the 45th minute. The teams were tied at the Currently, the Lady Cards stand in fifth half 0-0. place in the conference with four matches reThe Panthers rewrote the script after Alaymaining in the regular season. na Hilgendorf found a loose ball 10 yards “I think our team notices the imporfrom the goal and placed the ball totance of the next few games,” wards the low post for the Syrowik said. “We all want first goal of the game in the to get to the GLIAC tour57th minute. nament, and it’s within The Lady Cards, despite reach. That being said, three shots on goal, could not we are all focused and Vanguard Photo | Jolie Wyse Sophomore Whitney Fleming shields a defender away from the ball. ready to play our game.” sneak a ball past the keeper.

By Gabe Kasper

Vanguard Reporter

“It’s frustrating to dominate a team for 90 minutes and come out with nothing to show for it,” senior forward Kristin Syrowik said. “This was just another game where we were the better, more dominant team, but we left with a loss. Unfortunately, you can’t

Women’s tennis wins two of three in busy weekend By Steven Bryant Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU women’s tennis team finished the weekend 2-1 in GLIAC play after a threematch home stand that concluded on Sunday. With victories over Ashland and Tiffin and a loss to Wayne State, the team’s GLIAC record improved to 6-1. Friday, Oct. 6, marked a battle of undefeated GLIAC teams. Wayne State won the match 7-2 to improve to 5-0 in the conference, dropping the Cards to 4-1. Senior Shea Donahue and doubles partner Taylor McLaughlin, a sophomore, secured the lone doubles victory for SVSU, winning 8-5. Freshman Maya Campbell defeated her singles competition in two sets as she won the sole singles match for the team. Donahue and McLaughlin lost in three sets in their singles matches at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. Sophomore Madeline Miller lost a the third set tiebreaker, 11-9. Prior to the weekend, Miller was named GLIAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. She finished the recent Upper Peninsula road

trip with a 4-0 record in all matches played. Donahue said Miller made improvements to her game and deserved the honor. “Maddie deserved being named GLIAC Player of the Week, and we couldn’t be more proud of her,” Donahue said. “She has improved so much and has brought such a great personality to our team. She has done an outstanding job at getting through tough matches.” The team bounced back on Saturday with an 8-1 victory over Ashland. Donahue and McLaughlin lost their match for the Cards in a close 9-8 battle at the No. 1 doubles spot. Senior Danielle Slonac and Miller won their No. 2 doubles spot 8-1. Freshmen duo Maya Campbell and Joanne Gao won 8-1 at the No. 3 spot. The team dominated singles competition, as they did not drop a single set as a unit. Donahue and Miller secured two-set wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots. Gao and McLaughlin cleaned up the No. 3 and No.4 spots, respectively. At the No. 5 spot was Slonac, who won both sets 6-2. Rounding out

at the No. 6 spot was Campbell, who won in two sets. On Sunday, Oct. 8, the team hosted Tiffin, which finished second in the GLIAC last season. The Cards won 7-2 after dropping two of the three opening doubles matches. Slonac and Miller earned the Cardinals’ only doubles win. The pair went on to win their singles matches, both in two-sets. Donahue won in three sets at the No. 1 singles spot. Campbell won in two sets, with the second set going to a 10-8 tiebreaker. Gao and McLaughlin both won in two sets. Head coach Jennifer Boehm acknowledged that the team has played well, but she stressed that tough matchups lie ahead for the team. “The reality is that we have four remaining matches against teams we have not beaten in recent years, or ever,” Boehm said. “Everything matters from here on out, and nothing will come easy.” The team hosts Northwood for Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 14. SVSU has not beaten Northwood in over 10 years. Northwood sits atop the conference with a 6-0 record in GLIAC play. The match starts at 11 a.m.

Women’s Cross Country: SVSU’s women’s cross country team took third overall at the Lansing Invitational this past Friday. In a field of 20 teams, the Lady Cards finished only 19 points behind invitational winner Wayne State. Freshman Isabella Garcia led the Cardinals with a 5K time of 19:17:07, which was good for 11th overall. Men’s Golf: The men’s golf team placed eighth overall in a field of 16 at the Kyle Ryman Memorial in Tiffin, Ohio. Senior Mason Motte led the Cardinals, shooting 1-over-par across the tournament’s three rounds, featuring a second-round 2-under-par 70. Motte’s score was good enough to finish T-13. Men’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team fell to GLIAC rival Northwood on Wednesday 1-0 in overtime. The Cardinals outplayed the Timberwolves in nearly every stat-line. SVSU had 13 shots to Northwood’s seven, two less penalties committed and took 11 corner kicks compared to the Timberwolves’ four. The team bounced back Sunday and defeated Northern Michigan 3-1. Volleyball: The volleyball team beat Purdue Northwest on Friday, Oct. 6, taking all three sets. Sophomore middle Rachel Eisenhour earned “Player of the match” marks by hitting .500 and earning six block assists. Sophomore outside Sarah Tabit led the team with 15 kills and eight digs. The volleyball team’s winning streak was short-lived, however, as the Lady Cards fell to Davenport 3-2 on Saturday, Oct. 7.

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