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SVSU alumni are featured as their Frankenmuth escape room business completes its first year of operation.

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9/11 Run honors soldiers and first responders

Former president returns to SA leadership

By Lee Wilford

By Brian Fox

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The Travis Manion Foundation is hosting the fourth annual 9/11 Heroes Run at SVSU this evening, Monday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. on the SVSU cross-country fitness trail. Family of fallen 1st Lt. Travis Manion started the foundation in 2007. The event is a 5K run/walk with the goal of honoring the fallen and raising money for those who have served in some capacity as a result of the 9/11 attacks. The attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 have served as a beacon of unity in recent years at SVSU and across the country. The Heroes Run will be taking place not just at SVSU, but across the country as well, including at 58 other locations. Those being honored include first responders, veterans, active duty service members and families of the fallen. Associate Director of Admissions Ted Lind and Director of Graduate and International Admissions Jenna Briggs spearheaded the event together. The idea originated before there was a director of Military Student Affairs at SVSU, and the goal was to bring awareness to both first responders and those who serve in the military. In particular, first responders will be honored during the race due to the lack of public recognition they receive. “If you’re at the grocery store in uniform, somebody will always walk up to you and thank you for your service,” Briggs said. “I don’t think that’s necessarily the same for our law enforcement and firefighters.” The Kochville Township Fire Department will be bringing a giant American flag with a ladder that will be placed at the starting point of the event. The flag is meant to not only be a symbol of patriotism, but it will also serve in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks. In the days following the attack on the twin towers, a fire truck with a ladder hanging the flag was placed at ground zero. The flag at the 9/11 Heroes Run will serve as recognition for all of those that have died as a result of the attacks, their families and those who still serve today. “It is a powerful image for the people to have at the starting line that is a symbol of the attacks,” Lind said. Bethany Alford, director of Military Student Affairs, is eager to bring in the local first responders and honor the local servicemen and women for their sacrifice. Another important aspect of the run is fundraising in order to provide services to troops and fund the Travis Manion Foundation. “We in (Military) Student Affairs are especially excited to be partnering with Aaron’s Gifts From Home, a local non-profit that sends care packages to troops overseas,” Alford said. A benefit of the affiliation with the Travis Manion Foundation is that not only do the race proceeds go toward the foundation, but they are also donated to a local non-profit. Aaron’s Gifts From Home is based out of Midland, and their goal is to boost morale by providing care packages for troops overseas. Care packages include food, snacks, personal hygiene items, and entertainment items. Not only will first responders and service members be attending the event, but Jason Wentworth, a state representative, will also be speaking.

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Parmalee lead guitarist Barry Knox (left) and lead singer Matt Thomas (right) perform during the popular country music band’s concert at the Temple Theatre in Saginaw on Thursday, Sept. 7. The concert featured several opening acts and line dancing near the front of the stage. The Temple Theatre also hosts country music artists Wynonna Judd (Sept. 23) and Ronnie Milsap (Sept. 29) later this month.

SVSU sees greater international student diversity “We could see some of the shifts happening in the Saudi government,” Briggs said. “A majority of our Saudi students are sponsored by the Saudi Arabia Culture Mission. They get full scholarships to come here.” The shifts in the global economy are largely responsible for such problems. To keep SVSU’s international enrollment up, Briggs made a point of diversifying international recruitment. “When you have all your chips in one basket, I always say we’re one war, one natural disaster away from having 200 less international students,” Briggs said. Briggs also points out that, from an admissions standpoint, diversifying makes sense in order to prevent such a loss from happening. “If the visa system crashes in one country, it doesn’t make as big of an impact,” Briggs said. “We still want students from Saudi Arabia and China. They’re fantastic, but we wanted to diversify. We started changing how we recruit.” Cohen will be doing most of the traveling for SVSU’s recruitment efforts in a month-long recruitment trip that is already underway. “I’m starting in Nepal, then going to Bangladesh, and then India, then hopping over to Vietnam, and then up to China,” Cohen said. While Cohen will be visiting

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VSU’s Office of International and Advanced Studies has a busy recruiting season ahead. According to Director of International and Graduate Admissions Jenna Briggs, SVSU is continuing to diversify its international enrollment, which is at just over 300 for the Fall 2017 semester. “Prior to 2010 and 2011, international enrollments were made up of about 90 percent China and Saudi Arabia,” Briggs said. “It was just those two main countries.” International Student Recruiter Whitney Cohen is also excited to see SVSU’s international recruitment diversify. “I’ve been at SVSU for three years, and it’s always been a goal to diversify the international population on campus,” Cohen said. “You may be seeing it more now, but it’s definitely something we’ve been working towards for the last couple years. So, we’re glad you’re able to see this now while you’re meeting more international students.” Much of the push to diversify came from the fact that many of the countries in which SVSU recruited were beginning to close off their international recruitment efforts, especially Saudi Arabia.

different education fairs in Nepal, Bangladesh will be a quicker visit. “I’m meeting with some high schools that I’ve met through counselors here in the U.S. and meeting with alumni of Bangladeshi students from U.S. cities and U.S. high schools who had been exchange students for a year and have gone back home to Bangladesh,” Cohen said. “They’ve finished their high school, and now they want to come back and study in the U.S.” In India, Cohen will again be visiting high schools. In Vietnam, Cohen will be visiting more education fairs. She will end the recruitment trip in China with more high school visits. Briggs believes Cohen’s travels will help diversify international recruitment and benefit the SVSU community at-large. “They did a story in 2013-2014, and many (of our American students) had not gone out of the U.S. or even Michigan,” Briggs said. “So, sitting next to an international student in class may be the only international experience they have.” Briggs believes that SVSU’s American students who have not been abroad will benefit from more diverse classrooms. “It adds to the richness of the classroom,” Briggs said. “You have more in common than you do different.”

A familiar face has returned to Student Association’s leadership. SA President Lauren Kreiss in August appointed her predecessor, Cody McKay, as SA’s executive assistant. McKay, who did not run for re-election, replaces Carly Lipinski, who resigned from the role. “Out of the candidates that applied for the (executive assistant) position, Cody was the most qualified,” Kreiss said. McKay expressed an interest in returning to the student government with a new advisor, Daniel Strasz, also coming on board. “I knew that the position had opened up, and I had an interest in returning, so I filled out an application,” he said. “I told Lauren to make sure that she picked whoever she felt would be best for the role, and here we are. With the transition to the new advisor, I thought I would be able to effectively assist in that process.” The executive assistant position is one of three recently filled seats in SA. In addition to those appointments, SA started the Fall semester with news of the successful funding of another semester of the Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services’ Nightline bus route. Sophomore supply chain management student Nolan Twardy was appointed as allocations director during a special meeting on Aug. 28. Twardy, who is serving his second year in SA, previously served as a representative and on the President’s Cabinet as an assistant to fraternities. “As allocations director, I’m hoping to reach more individuals and RSO’s than in years past,” Twardy said, adding he also wants to reduce expenses. Elizabeth Bihary, a junior health sciences student with a year of experience in SA, was appointed as the new campus events director on Sunday, Sept. 10. Bihary and Twardy’s appointments follow a series of resignations from SA, with seven members having resigned since July,


RSOs begin migration to Victoria Phelps Vanguard Reporter

Over the summer, Student Life began to transition between college engagement programs, from OrgSync to Engage. The new program, which is used for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) to coordinate events and involvement and store RSO information and official documents, was presented to RSO leaders at Student Life’s Leadership Conference on Sept. 5. While OrgSync and Campus Labs (producer of CollegiateLink and Engage) were initially competing companies, discussions of a merger began when both programs were purchased by Leeds Equity Partners in 2015. Institutions that previously used OrgSync or CollegiateLink are now being led to Engage, a program that rolled out on July 5, according to Student Life Assistant Director Cara Deschermeier. Campus Lab estimates that over 750 institutions will be using the program once mi-

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gration has been completed. Deschermeier said CollegiateLink users were automatically transferred to Engage, while OrgSync users had to be specially migrated to the new program. Deschermeier and fellow Student Life Assistant Director Tony Cianciolo attended a conference led by Campus Labs from July 18-20 to learn more about the program and decide on next steps. “We just decided to go ahead and (migrate),” Deschermeier said. “It was going fine, we were having some good moments, but we’ve run into some bumps. And, I don’t want to blame them, but it is more on Campus Labs’s side of things. They’re still just trying to work out some kinks. But it’s all just about rolling out those new programs; you’re going to run into problems like those, especially when you’re the early adopters.” Cianciolo said the migration has been complicated by SVSU’s use of OrgSync.

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SVSU running back Nate McCrary scores his first of two touchdowns Saturday in the Cardinals’ win against Walsh. The Cardinals won 28-0.

Cardinals shut out Walsh, move to 2-0 By Connor Doyle Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

The SVSU football team’s 2017 home opener featured a great deal of offense, a dominating defense and a multitude of turnovers on both sides en route to a 28-0 Cardinal win in front of nearly 8,000 fans at Wickes Stadium. SVSU is now 2-0 heading into GLIAC play. News ...............A2, A3 Opinion ................A4

The SVSU offensive attack exploded for 525 yards, including nearly 300 through the air from sophomore quarterback Ryan Conklin. Despite being without last week’s breakout performer Tommy Scott (132 yards and two touchdowns), who was withheld from the game due to a paperwork snafu, running backs Nate Moore

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

Property Damage On Aug. 28, a student witnessed a Hummer strike another vehicle in the Living Center South parking lot, causing the mirror to get knocked off. To date, the victim has still not filed a report. This incident is still under investigation. Fire Alarm At 4:43 a.m. on Sept. 5, University Police were dispatched to Merry Jo Brandimore House for a fire alarm. When the officers arrived, they located the problem and found that a fire extinguisher had been used in the common area of the dorm. There was no one home at this time. The officer located two students, who advised that they were cooking noodles that had caught fire and they used the extinguisher to put it out. The situation is still under investigation. Larceny At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5, a 22-yearold female student reported that she parked her bike outside of Living Center South, went inside to get a lock, and when she returned 40 minutes later, the bike was gone.

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ORGSYNC, continued from A1 “Migration wasn’t great,” he said. “What we’re seeing from Campus Labs (is that) we used OrgSync a lot differently than other universities. Other universities weren’t interested in moving old data over, and we’re very data-driven. We’re interested in having all the information. So when we told them ‘we want it all,’ we’re getting it all.” Cianciolo said he expects the program will be an upgrade for students who want to find more ways to be involved on campus. “OrgSync looked great four years ago when we first got it, but they didn’t do a whole lot of updates on how it looks, so now it looks old,” Cianciolo said. “But with Engage, a lot of things are crisper and cleaner.” Cianciolo demonstrated SVSU Engage’s ability to filter events by theme, categories and even perks like free food or course credit. “So there’s a lot of things that are great for outward-facing students,” he said. “But a lot of things changed on our own end, a lot of terminology and stuff that we’re used to from OrgSync don’t quite translate from Campus Labs, so there’s just been a bit of adaptation from our own end.” Despite some difficulties in migration and adjustments for returning RSO leaders, Cianciolo and Deschermeier said there has not been a noticeable difference this year in re-registration or event request numbers. “It’s a work in progress,” International Student Club leader Lucas Valota said. “Right now I think the previous one was much more easier

SA APPOINTMENTS, continued from A1 including former speaker Tyson McKinley. “Tyson decided to resign due to personal opportunities and academic reasoning,” Kreiss said. After McKinley resigned, McKenna Ciner was elected as speaker, leaving her previous role as campus events director unfilled. Aside from appointments, members of SA are focused on funding more programs and events that are popular with students. SA passed funding for another semester of the Nightline bus route on Monday, Aug. 21, at a meeting where the association was presented with hundreds of student signatures in support of continuing the program. The Nightline program began in March 2017, running at night Thursdays through Sundays as

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Students are shown the new Engage platform during an RSO Leadership Conference workshop. to use. But I feel like in a couple months, or maybe a year or two, we will like Engage.” Campus Labs Senior Product Manager Ryan O’Connell, a former student leader, said student input has been useful to the creation of Engage. “(Student feedback) has provided us with helpful information and keen insights,” O’Connell. “We’ve developed a more versatile student engagement platform to support your day to day co-curricular experiences.” Cianciolo said some of the features from OrgSync that are currently unavailable on SVSU Engage may be available in the future. “There’s extra features you can buy, but we just have the base product right now,” Cianciolo

said. “They’ll look cool, but right now, we’re just focusing on the migration.” Student Life also encourages RSOs to re-register through SVSU Engage, even if they re-registered through OrgSync in the spring, because the new program asks some different questions. “I think for a lot of us, we just need to realize this also is an opportunity for a fresh start,” Deschermeier said. If students do encounter errors or have suggestions for SVSU Engage, Student Life wants to hear about them. “With it being a new program, they are taking suggestions from us on how to do things,” Cianciolo said.

a way to give students greater access to the area’s nightlife and to discourage drunk driving. The bus line served 569 students during the four weekends it ran, with a single weekend record of 278 riders. It became especially popular with international and transfer students who were new to the area. SA Ombudsman Kara Hoch in August wrote a resolution that SA’s funding of the Nightline program for this semester would be $7,500. After discussion among representatives in the House, the Nightline funding passed with a 17–2 vote. The line will have a different route and schedule from last semester. Nightline will run from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays. The route will include downtown Saginaw, Old Town, the GTX theater and Meijer, and include service to

all Saginaw Spirit hockey games. Rides on the Nightline bus are free for SVSU students who present valid student identification and $1.50 for non-students. SA had already been significantly contributing to Nightline’s budget, with $3,750 of the pilot program’s $10,000 budget coming from SA. Other funders of the pilot program had stated to SA members that they would only continue to fund the program if SVSU students expressed their support for it. For Kreiss, the Nightline funding was an important way to show the student body’s support for the bus route. “It was important for SA to get the Nightline funded, not only provide great service that impacted every individual on campus, but also show that a student-run organization was willing to fund the Nightline again,” she said.

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CARDS Party showcases RSOs and Tri-City area to new Cardinals By Kyra Hill Vanguard Reporter

The upcoming 2017 CARDS Party hosted by Student Life on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. will have much to offer to returning as well as new students on campus. There is a great variety of organizations and businesses attending CARDS Party with the sole purpose showing students what they have to offer. Each year, about 1,300 students pack the Ryder Center’s O’Neil Arena to find out what the Saginaw area, as well as SVSU’s student organizations have to offer. “What I always tell students about CARDS Party is that every student should be coming and seeing what these organizations have to offer them, especially if the student is not familiar with the Tri-city area,” said Assistant Director of Student Life Tony Ciancolo, who organized CARDS Party. “If you are the type of student that only knows Bay and Tittabawasee roads, you are going to be able to meet many organizations that you would not know exist.” This year in particular, the CARDS Party will host “about 150 registered student organizations (RSO’s), SVSU departments and offices, local non-profits, and businesses,” Ciancolo said. “(We’ll have) an incredible list of prizes and giveaways ranging from free food to the chance to win gift cards and 30-minute massages.” The event is a great opportunity for exposure for RSO’s and local businesses alike. One of many RSO’s that will be represented at the CARDS Party is the SVSU Women’s club rugby team. “We normally get a good amount of girls that come out after the CARDS party to join the team,” said fourth-year exercise science major and President of Women’s Club Rugby Olivia Rosencrantz. “The exposure of these RSO’s to the student body is great when many students may not know the entirety of what SVSU has to offer, especially in terms of club sports.”

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SVSU graduate Joe Wisniewski poses in the Black Beard’s Brig escape room, a pirate-themed puzzle at Frankenmuth’s Great Lakes Escape Game.

SVSU alumni thrill with Frankenmuth escape room By Madison Savard


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he Great Lakes Escape Game opened its doors in Frankenmuth on Aug. 20, 2016, as one of Michigan’s first escape rooms. SVSU alumni Joe Wisniewski, who graduated with his master’s degree in 2016, and Jim Terry, class of 1986, partnered up to create the escape room. Escape rooms have an intricate set-up, with each aspect of the room serving a purpose. Even though each game is unique, they each run for the duration of an hour, and participants can exit at any time. During the game, individuals known as “game masters” are working behind the scenes to send hints and clues to help those playing the game solve the puzzle. Currently, there are three different games that guests can play; The Heist, Black Beard’s Brig and the Lucky Duck Speakeasy. The Heist is set inside of a dead man’s art gallery. Each player is given the role of a thief. The goal of the game is to solve puzzles and figure out how to steal the diamond from the art gallery in the allotted amount of time. “The Heist is my favorite because it’s more interactive,” Wisniewski said. “Many escape

rooms are set up where steps A, B and C will open a lock. The Heist is unique. Maybe you need to set a few items in a certain place on top of something you don’t really notice. The technology is starting to catch on, but we’re a little bit ahead with that from a technology standpoint.” In Black Beard’s Brig, the participants are captured by the pirate, Black Beard, and have to figure out how to escape. The Lucky Duck Speakeasy has a slightly different setup than the other two games. In that room, the participants have to figure out who is running it by finding clues. The fictitious suspect did set a time bomb, so time is of the essence. “The hints are not a freebie, but we try to help everyone get a majority of the way through so they can get their money’s worth,” Wisniewski said. In addition to the three main rooms, Great Lakes Escape Game is also launching something rather new, their a mobile escape room. The tiki-themed mobile escape room is a 15-foot-by-15-foot pop-up. Instead of the typical hour-long game, this will be a halfhour long. “We can take this to a business or any facility that doesn’t want to send everyone here,” Wisniewski said. “It can be taken anywhere.

This is a big thing. A lot of people don’t know what escape rooms are. This is going to be our way of showing its fun; we want everyone to have fun.” Since opening, the business has been quite successful and has had visitors from all over the world. “There is a peg board on the wall for all the guests to show where they have come from, and I’ve run out of pegs several times,” Wisniewski said. “We get such a diverse crowd in Frankenmuth. We’ve had people come from everywhere.” Wisniewski comes from a family of entrepreneurs but credits SVSU for sparking his interest in becoming a business owner himself. “It is very rewarding and tough, but my SVSU experiences have really helped assimilate me to be successful thus far,” Wisniewski said. “I don’t know where this industry is going. It’s exciting since it’s been building up so much. It could fold up tomorrow, or it could last forever like a bowling alley or movie theater. I don’t know, so it’s really exciting to be on that curve.” Students interested in the Great Lakes Escape Game can play Friday through Sunday. Hours are posted on their website,

New advisor hopes to contribute experience to Student Association By Lee Wilford Vanguard Reporter

With the recent retirement of SVSU Ombudsman Dick Thompson, there were many voids to be filled throughout campus. Thompson served various roles throughout the university, including Student Association (SA) advisor. The replacement for this position is Daniel Strasz, the director of the Academic Advisement Center, who has already assumed the advisory position. “He has the institutional background Daniel Strasz necessary to help Student Association members connect with the right people,” Thompson said. Strasz earned both a bachelor’s degree in

political science and a master’s in educational leadership at SVSU. University President Don Bachand reached out to Strasz to see if he would be interested in the position, which he immediately was. Not only has Strasz been a part of academic advising for years, but also while working on his undergraduate degree at SVSU, he was a member of Student Association (then called Student Government and advised by Thompson). Strasz went on to serve as president of the association in 1985-1986. During his professional career at SVSU, Strasz has served various roles including assistant director of admissions, coordinator of career services, and coordinator of Freshman Programs. Although Strasz hopes to be hands-off with SA, he will be able to advise based on his vast experience with the student body. Strasz reiterated this was indeed the student body government, and he will not be there to push any sort of an agenda. “I will be there to advise and assist, but in

terms of the agenda itself, the student body and their representatives will decide it,” he said. Not only will the transition be new for Strasz, but SA has also become accustomed to working with Thompson, who served as advisor for the vast majority of SA’s existence. Although the two sides will take time to get adjusted, there are still high expectations. As an advisor, mentoring on leadership and the inner workings of Student Association play a pivotal role. Cody McKay, former Student Association president and current executive assistant, is looking forward to the new perspective and advice that Strasz will be able to bring to the table. “I think anytime a group receives a new advisor, it allows the group to see things from a new perspective,” McKay said. “We are very excited to work with Dan and look forward to continuing to grow as an organization.” Frequent communication with Thompson led to Strasz being well informed on current

Student Association affairs, an added benefit created by Strasz’s office being located next to Thompson’s and the longstanding relationship the two have. Although he has been well-informed leading up to his appointment, he is still learning the role of SA advisor, especially with the large magnitude of change that has occurred in the association charter since he was in office. “At this point I don’t have any specific goals for SA until I start to understand the inner workings a little better, but once I become accustomed as to how they function, I will be able to make recommendations,” Strasz said. The large amount of experience both Strasz and Thompson have working together has only improved Thompson’s outlook on the future of Student Association. “The reason that I think he’s going to do a great job is that he’s just a great listener,” Thompson said. “He will stay on top of issues and matters. He’s a quiet leader, but trust me, he leads.”

Ming Chuan University hosts hairstyling workshop with acclaimed stylist By Melanie Frasca Vanguard Reporter

Ming Chuan University, SVSU’s sister university, held a free hairstyling workshop on Sept. 8 hosted by Akin Hsu, a famous hairstylist that works with many celebrities in China and Taiwan. A Ming Chuan faculty member asked Hsu to host the event because the university was looking for a new and exciting event for students. Hsu has one of the leading companies in hairstyling. He began his career 30 years ago because he always loved to play with hair even as a child. Hairstyling has always been a family business for Hsu, too, since his aunt has 50 years of hairstyle experience. “My favorite part [of the job] is the personal connections I make with my clients,” Hsu said. “I love meeting new people and making friends.” Hsu was eager to accept since he recently opened a salon called Shangli-Lai Salon & Spa in Shanghai, China, and is looking to The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

expand. Hsu is hoping to create job opportunities for students. Accepted students will be certified by both Hsu’s salon and Ming Chuan University. When asked about why he chose to come to SVSU, Hsu said that he wanted to give students an alternative environment to China, where the air pollution is high. He believes that Michigan could provide them with the beauty and the calm they need to create. Sophia Hsiu-Hua Hu, executive director of the Industry-Academia Collaboration and the University Extension Division, chose Hsu to lead the workshop because she believes he will help recruit students for the camp. The goal of the camp is to not only teach students about the profession of hairstyling but also to add a unique program to Ming Chuan University that will set it apart from the other universities in Taiwan. Hu’s main goal was to create a successful learning opportunity, and she also hopes that this summer camp will continue in the years to come. The hairstyle workshop and camp are

just a few examples of how Hu has tried to make Ming Chuan unique. First-year graduate student Yuying Xu is just one of many students who have benefited from Hu’s work. Xu said she feels lucky that they chose her for the workshop and that she gets to learn from Hsu, especially since he is the hairstylist of one of her favorite actresses, Quiaoen Chen. Xu also believes the partnership between SVSU and Ming Chuan on events such as the workshop has been beneficial for students. “I think (the partnership Vanguard Photo | Kyle Will is) really useful because it’s Akin Hsu demonstrates styling skills at Ming Chuan University. not only for an academic respect but also is useful for students to adapt portunities that are not only academic,” Xu to society because there are so many job opsaid. “It will be very helpful.”

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Persevering through the doubts of college By Kaityln Farley Vanguard Reporter

I understand that the new academic year has just begun, but I’m calling it now: This semester sucks. I am not alone on this judgment call, mind you. On the first day of class, I overheard students saying they were considering jumping in front of a bus (I’m guessing they want the free tuition. If this strategy has worked for any readers, please contact me. We need to talk strategy). I’ve also heard students mention that they could make more at Déjà Vu than they could going into debt for a degree in business. I get it. Really. I am a history major with an English minor and a social studies endorsement all for secondary education. I have been in college since my junior year of high school. I took summer classes while working full-time. I still have two years left if all goes well. And teaching has a below average starting salary. Great. Already in this semester I have Googled the transfer policies of disparate universities, checked to see if the substitute teaching outlook is good enough for me to drop out and do that full-time and still work regularly, mourned when my financial aid loans kicked in via cookies and Pop-Tarts and Netflix and attempted to sleep face-down with my head between two pillows with two blankets over my entire being and prayed that the cold,

cruel hand of death came for me before I woke up. But then I did wake up. And then classes began. Last year, I still had this little ray of hope the size of

said, there is no one job that will make you happy. There’s lots of them. For a while, I thought one of those jobs could be subbing, which only requires 60 credits and a subbing permit. Free at last. But then I messed up. I subbed a lot and I loved it. Even when a little sixth-grade boy came up to me and asked me if I was a “female dog” (that’s not what he

the solar eclipse if you couldn’t afford glasses and had to look at it through the peep hole of a cardboard box. This year, I wish I had looked into the solar eclipse and went blind so I would have an excuse not to be here. Alas, I was too busy watching “The Office” for the 29th time and missed it completely. Since I didn’t go blind, I went to all six of my Vanguard Illustration | Jolie Wyse classes and felt not one ounce of joy or excitement. Instead, I said) because it was my time of the passively took notes and recited month, I loved it. Because I started “The Point of No Return” from thinking of ways to stop that Phantom of the Opera in my head– behavior, and I did stop it. well, mostly in my head. And then And then I kept thinking back I thought about something. Why to Liz Lemon, Tina Fey’s character am I here, anyways? At what point from “30 Rock,” and something did I decide I had to have a career she always said: “I want to go to that requires a four-year degree? there.” Like so many of my teachers have I do want to go to there–that is,

I want to be in a classroom, and I want to be in there for more than just a day. I want to go to there and make connections with students and make lesson plans and deal with behavioral issues. This is the only reason why I think I haven’t dropped out. Thank you, boorish sixth-grade boy. Whenever I think of dropping out or switching majors so I can actually graduate in four years, I think back to all those subbing experiences I had. And, again, I remember that I want to go to there. To be sure, this semester is going to suck. I will still have doubts about whether or not getting a bachelor’s is worth it. That may surprise those who know me, especially considering I am a wellperforming student who is pretty involved on campus. So, for those of you who have doubts and feel overwhelmed right now, I hope you take some comfort in the fact that you’re most definitely not alone. In the meantime, I will push through those doubts. I will go to my classes and jobs and organizations and feel exhausted and watch too much Netflix and eat too much. And I won’t drop out. Because I want to go to there.

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Why video game movies are generally dead on arrival By Dylan Powell Vanguard A&E Editor

It’s common knowledge at this point that a film based off of a video game is basically doomed from the start. It all started with the infamous “Super Mario Bros. Movie,” was continued by the money-hungry hands of Uwe Boll and still continues to this day with the likes of bombs like “Assassin’s Creed.” It won’t work, has never worked, yet bafflingly enough, the normally conservative industry of Hollywood films seems to think gaming franchises need to be adapted. If you think about it, you can see why the fat cats in Hollywood think this way. Nostalgia is hot right now, one of those reasons being nostalgic properties have a built-in fan base that is likely to show up to the film no matter what. However, this is where the problems begin for video game movies.

Sure, these properties already have massive, devoted fan bases, but those fans flock to these games because they like playing them, not because they like watching them. Everyone knows that watching someone play a video game elicits only about one percent of the excitement of actually playing one. Games tend to have more simplistic plotlines, as the story isn’t what makes people want to play them. Having a good, well-thought-out story certainly adds to the appeal that a game can offer, but it’s not crucial unless it’s in a genre such as horror or adventure games that specifically call for a gripping narrative. The main appeal of a video game is its interactivity. They are fun and engaging because you as a player are succeeding and failing on your own volition. In the case of particularly difficult games, such as the “Dark Souls” series, your accomplishments are made so much sweeter by the fact that you fought so hard for so long to attain greatness and when the mountaintop is finally traversed, you feel like you have achieved something meaningful. Watching someone else reach

those accomplishments instead of yourself only bears weight if the plot around it is as nuanced as the action itself. No video game movie released thus far has been able to imitate that feeling gamers get after finishing a particularly challenging level. However, one film actually has without even knowing it. Enter 2014’s “Edge of Tomorrow” or “Live. Die. Repeat.,” depending on when you watched it. This film encapsulates every feeling and emotion that a gamer goes through during any given single-player campaign and does so without even being based on or about any particular video game. The plot centers around Tom Cruise’s soldier character who, through some complicated science-fiction exposition, has become trapped in an endless loop of his first real, live-combat experience. This plot device has been used in other genres such as the Bill Murray classic “Groundhog’s Day” as well as in the latest Blumhouse horror production “Happy Death Day” set to be released next month.

However, it’s the setting and the subject matter that makes this particular film like a video game. Cruise’s character has zero combat experience and therefore has to learn through trial and error, much like gamers. Due to him repeating the exact same mission over and over again, he has to memorize and adapt to everything that is going on. He has to know that this specific kind of alien is going to leap out of this specific spot at this specific time and can only be destroyed by using this specific weapon or this specific maneuver. What I just described to you is essentially what happens during every single respawn of a “Dark Souls” game. Cruise progresses through the mission further and further each time he is resurrected until he ultimately figures out the secret to defeating the alien race that stands in his way. His approach to figuring out this mystery is not dissimilar from what gamers are trying to accomplish every time they pop in a disc or open a digital application. This is somewhat of a novel concept that is instantly relatable to

gamers yet is unique in that an average video game film would likely never even think to attempt such a concept, but ultimately that’s something that’s fine by me, as it would come off as disingenuous. I’d be completely happy if “Live. Die. Repeat.” becomes the only film-going experience ever to accurately depict what it feels like to play a video game, because this formula really can only be used one time without feeling derivative and no film actually based on a video game would be able to make this work. Even with all of these things considered, studios will still look at those large, built-in audiences and salivate, which is why you’ll be ignoring the “Sonic the Hedgehog” feature film in 2019 (seriously, that’s a real thing).

Dylan Powell is a communications senior and the Vanguard A&E Editor. Reach him at dipowell@svsu. edu.

Watching your children grow up proves to be bittersweet By Jerri Burdo Vanguard Reporter

As a college student who is a little older (but still under 40, thank you), I have a different vantage point. This past June, my firstborn graduated high school and then, Tuesday after Labor Day, shipped out to join the Marines. I know a lot of you are young and don’t have children yet. For the most part, I am writing to warn those who don’t, just know raising them for 18 years goes by too quickly, and saying goodbye after they turn that magical number is harder than it seems.

Nineteen years go this December, I found out I was pregnant with him. That next July, I delivered him early at Covenant HealthCare Hospital, and he was admitted to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. He spent 13 days there, and trust me, after he had graduated from there, I still was vigilant listening to him sleep. If he coughed or sneezed, I was on the phone with the doctor checking on what I should do. I mean, that is what you do with your first born, right? The years seem to have flown by, and two more siblings joined our family. Fast forward to today, and he’s now suddenly gone. Your mom went through this as they dropped you off at school a couple weeks ago. They

also went through it at your graduations from high school, and for you graduate students again when you graduated with your first degree(s). As the mom of my son, I broke down in tears, and so did every mother in the room as they left to the parking lot. It is hard being a parent. No one tells you this because they want you to be a parent and your mom and dad want grandchildren when you are ready to do it. I wouldn’t have changed anything over this past 19 years except slowed it down to savor smelling his skin after a bath, to hear his laughter as a baby or holding him as he slept on my heart as a baby. I took a little more time with my third baby because I knew she would

be my last one. I also would not change the fact that I would take a nap with my final baby while her brothers were in school. I would not change a single moment during their lives. Yet, I had to watch my baby take an oath and swear to protect our country. I did that without tears, no problem. But watching him leave my house and not come back, that drove me to tears. Yet, would I change anything? Not a chance. Jerri Burdo is a history senior and Vanguard reporter. Reach her at

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Fantasy and history explored in new slate of theatre shows By Dylan Powell Vanguard Reporter

Vanguard Photo | Jolie Wyse Valerie Allen, a local artist within the community, demonstrates some underappreciated painting techniques using Golden Artist Colors products.

Local artist demonstrates Golden Artist Colors products By Maria Ranger


Vanguard Reporter

ocal artist Valerie Allen held a free demonstration for Golden Artist Colors products at SVSU on Thursday, Sept. 7. Allen, who works at Studio 23 in Bay City, first discovered these paints in the early 2000s. The appreciated the paint’s high pigment load and has been partnered with them since 2005. University Art Gallery Coordinator Tisch Lewis planned the demo. Since the student gallery was under construction, she wanted to plan an event that would draw in SVSU students and faculty as well as the public. She contacted Allen at Studio 23, where

many SVSU alumni have worked. Allen was happy to come in and share her passion for art. “I love being able to visualize a story, color, texture, dream or memory, and letting that process in my mind to become a painting,” Allen said. In this demo, Allen showcased a variety of acrylic paints including standard, heavy body and fluid. However, her favorite paint to use is the encaustic effect with acrylic. Allen gave attendees a board to test out these paints. She also gave them sample works done in the paints at the demo and a sample bag of Golden Artist Colors products. In addition to demonstrating how to best use Golden Artist Colors, Allen recommended different painting techniques.

One such technique is underpainting, which is covering the canvas with a base color instead of leaving it white before painting. Art majors were not the only students in attendance. Sprinkled throughout the room were casual listeners such as Kayley Jozefiak, a third-year double major in theatre and professional technical writing. She said she came to the event because she has been interested in painting since she was a child. “I thought it would be cool to see all the different techniques when it comes to acrylic,” Jozefiak said. “There’s always more to find out.” For those interested in finding out more about Allen’s art, visit her new art show opening Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Muskegon Art Museum.

‘It’ delivers much needed update to infamously beloved horror tale By Dylan Powell Vanguard A&E Editor

Pennywise, the illustrious shape-shifting clown, is about as iconic of a horror character as one can get. Sure, the classics like Frankenstein and Dracula and the modern slashers like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees will be ever-present in the eyes of pop culture, but everyone remembers the first time they saw Tim Curry’s unforgettable performance in the 1990 mini-series “It” based on the novel of the same name. With that said, that mini-series is bad. Sometimes so bad it’s good, but mostly just bad. Remove the memories of cowering under your blankets as a child, mustering all the strength you have to keep those drops of urine safely out of your pants, and the series is mostly silly nonsense, Curry’s Pennywise included. Andrés Muschietti’s 2017 adaptation of the novel, however, has a clear goal of correcting those mistakes. “It” is many things. “It” is disturbing, “It” is funny, “It” is nostalgic and, most importantly, “It” knows when to embrace its silliness, as well as put its focus on the right elements in the right moments. There’s a fine line between the absurd and the terrifying that must be walked whenever dealing with a “killer clown” narrative. The film differs from the mini-series, as the entire film is set in the late-80s, when our seven main characters are all in junior high school. Rather than flashing back between the characters as adults and children throughout the runtime like the mini-series, the whole film illustrates our ragtag, group of 80s clichés’ first encounter with the twisted, malevolent clown. This works for many reasons. First and foremost, all of the child actors (the most notable being Finn Wolfhard of “Stranger Things” fame) selected for each role deliver incredibly convincing performances. Good child actors are hard to come by, but “It” has some very good casting, The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

which only propels the film further, as real, believable kids are essential for a film so reliant on tapping into your nostalgic memories of summer vacation. For the most part, that’s what “It” is about. Children on the verge of puberty beginning to accept that they are growing up and the many fears that come along with it. Essentially, that is what Pennywise (this time sadistically portrayed by Bill Skarsgård) represents. The audience is constantly reminded by this as the kids repeat over and over throughout the film to one another that it’s summer and they should be having fun, not chasing demonic clowns down a well. Pennywise feeds off of the fear of humans, and at no point in their lives are people more easily terrified than at that ripe age where you’re still technically a child but not necessarily mature enough to be considered a young adult. Everything from a girl’s first period to the rituals of a Bar Mitzvah are used as tools in Pennywise’s limitless kit of nightmare fuel that each character must overcome. The film delivers what it promises for those reasons, but some of the choices made throughout the two-hour and eleven-minute runtime are a little confusing. The film has some tonal inconsistencies, as there are numerous moments where you won’t be sure whether or not to laugh or cower. For the most part, “It” has some very enjoyable humor that’s not just from the kids (though that’s where most of the laughs are derived from) but also from Pennywise himself. However, when half the audience is gasping and the other half is laughing, it is a little difficult to figure out what to make of these moments. Both when the silliness and the dread of the plot are subtly reeled in, it hits its mark, but other times, audiences will be left scratching their heads for a moment before moving on to the next scene. Besides that, nothing really falls flat in “It” aside from a (understandable) slow crawl to the actual plot, some annoying

shaky-cam action sequences and a subplotline revolving around one of the bullies in town that ultimately leads to nothing. Some of the scares are more goofy than scary, but that’s where that fine line I mentioned before comes in. For example, the mini-series was hellbent on convincing its audience that balloons are scary (spoiler: they’re not), but in Muschietti’s version, the balloons are mostly used as a reminder that Pennywise is always lurking, always watching, and through this decision, the balloons start to elicit a more unsettling response than they normally would. I’m incredibly pleased to say that this ominously bonkers tale has finally come to life in a way that won’t redefine how a person can physically cringe. The film pays homage to the original while updating the visuals and structure to more properly fit modern audiences’ expectations, making the viewing experience a fresh and enjoyable one. From the looks of it, the film will likely be a success, and a sequel will be greenlit following the kids as adults which will only float Pennywise higher and higher into the limelight and into our darkest dreams where anything could happen. Who knows? Maybe you’ll float too.

As it does every year, the SVSU theatre department is back with a new lineup of shows for the fall semester. The first two shows of the year will be held this fall in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts and will offer two very different viewing experiences for both casual and hardcore theatre fans. The first show to be performed is Meredith Dayna Levy’s “Decision Height.” The plot of the show revolves around six female Air Force Service Pilots who made some significant yet unappreciated contributions to the American military in World War II. The play won Best Full Length Play in 2013 in Region IV of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival due to its exploration of the hardships of these women and how their camaraderie got them through it. “Decision Height” will be directed by professor Ric Roberts, the chair of the theatre department, and will star Brianne Dolney, Aubree Harrell, Abby Burgess, Allicia Russel, L.J. Twyman and Tristian Evanoff as the six leading ladies. Performances will run from Wednesday, Oct. 4, until Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. with an additional performance on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. It is recommended for all ages. The second show of the fall semester will be Qui Nguyen’s “She Kills Monsters.” This show leaves the realm of reality and instead takes a dive into the world of fantasy. The story follows Agnes Evans as she accidentally becomes sucked into the world of her recently late sister’s “Dungeons & Dragons” notebook and begins to play the game, albeit sarcastically at first. The audience is presented with visuals of her experience playing through the game as she tries to reconnect with her lost sibling. “She Kills Monsters” will be directed by professor David Rzeszutek, and casting will begin in the coming weeks. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. and Wednesday. Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the dance studio in Curtiss 181. Performances will run from Wednesday, Nov. 15, until Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. with an additional performance on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. It is recommended for audiences age 16 and above due to adult language, staged violence and adult themes. Tickets for both shows will be $13 general admission and $10 for senior citizens (60+) and students. To seek additional information or order tickets, contact the Box Office at (989) 9644261.

Dylan’s Rating: Title: It Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis

Director: Andrés Muschietti

Courtesy Graphic | Entertainment Weekly

A&E Editor Dylan Powell | E-mail | Office (989) 964-4482 | Twitter @VVanguardA_E


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Flood Watch: 1 GOAT, 2 GOAT, 3 GOAT, 4 By Jeremy Flood Vanguard Sports Editor

Vanguard Photo | Kyle Will

No.4 Cards split weekend thrillers Sophomore Pablo Ortiz (left) and junior Michael Shaikly (right) dribble upfield. Shaikly had two goals in SVSU’s win against Alderson Broaddus.

By Connor Doyle


Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

ver the weekend, the SVSU men’s soccer team won in thrilling fashion against Alderson Broaddus but fell later in the weekend to Ohio Valley University in a 1-0 thriller. Following dominant performances against Quincy (a traditional power in the Midwest region) and Truman last week, SVSU propelled to No. 4 in the national rankings for Division II soccer. Goalkeeper Connor Keane, who allowed only one goal over the two contests, was named GLIAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Against Alderson Broaddus, it was two goals from junior striker Michael Shaikly in a five-minute span (one in the 89th minute and the other just four minutes into overtime) that led to a stunning victory over the Battlers. “We made a formation change later in the game and put another man up front to put a little more pressure on their back line,” head coach Wagstaff said. “Alderson Broaddus were very good at sitting in and making it very hard for us to them down. At the end of the day, our guys just really wanted to win the game for us.” The SVSU offense started quickly against Alderson Broaddus with a shot from sophomore midfielder Azaad Liadi, but the attempt was saved by Battlers keeper Patrick Negele. Another shot by Shaikly on a great ball in was also saved as the SVSU offense kept pressure on Alderson Broaddus throughout the early stages of the match. The Battlers were able to sustain some possession in the first half, but most of the chances were on Cardinal attacks. SVSU had eight shots (three on goal) to Alderson Broaddus’ three (one on goal) in the first half. The Cards also had four corners to Alderson Broadus’ one as they appeared to outperform the Battlers, but they had nothing

to show for it. SVSU began the second half again on the attack as Shaikly had a shot blocked in the 46th minute. The Battlers responded with an attack of their own as emotions continued to rise between the two teams. A header shot by SVSU’s junior striker Chris Jacovou went wide in the 55th minute. Another Jacovou shot went wide four minutes later as SVSU continued to come close on chances. The Battlers played extremely defensive soccer throughout the match, leaving SVSU with much of the possession,but very few legitimate chances to show for it. As SVSU continued to have much of the ball even into the second half, Alderson Broaddus stunned the Cardinals as they were the ones to break the scoreless tie in the 75th minute. Shavon John-Brown found Callum Doyle for a Battler goal. It was Doyle’s first goal of the season and looked like it would be enough to upset the highly ranked SVSU side. A series of SVSU corners in the 84th and 85th minutes came up empty. Emotions flared on both sides for much of the second half as both teams became frustrated with their opponent and their lack of opportunities to score. Just as the upset appeared to be complete, SVSU finally found the back of the net when an 89th minute corner kick led to a Liadi shot being blocked, but an Alderson Broaddus foul in the goalie box gave Shaikly a penalty kick with just over a minute remaining. Shaikly buried the penalty kick on the right side of the net to tie the game. The second half came to an end seconds later, and the game went to overtime. “I’ve had penalties before where I’ve been a lot more nervous,” Shaikly said. “For some reason, I just felt like my touch was good today. I just gave the keeper the eyes and tucked it away.” It was Shaikly’s third goal of the young season. “You don’t need to play the game to know the type of pressure you’d be under in the 89th

minute with your team down one,” Wagstaff said. “He stepped up for it and dispatched it no problem. He showed a lot of courage and bravery to do that.” Fortunately for SVSU, Shaikly’s day wasn’t done. In the 94th minute, sophomore midfielder Oakley Hanger played a ball into the corner to senior forward Matt Wilson, who dribbled to the corner flag. Wilson then played it back to Shaikly, who shot a long ball that sailed all the way to the top left corner of the net, just over the outstretched arms of Negele. The goal ended the match and sealed the win for SVSU as the Cardinal bench cleared in celebration of the stunning comeback. “I saw the opportunity to put it in the box, one of my guys was in there and it was on my left foot ,which isn’t my favored foot, so I just tried to get good technique behind it, and the next thing you know, it’s in the top corner,” Shaikly said. Wagstaff was pleased with his entire team, and with Shaikly who, at the end of regulation, appeared to “call his shot.” “We showed good character to come back and win it like we did,” he said. “(Shaikly) asked me just before overtime if it was a ‘Golden Goal’ overtime and I told him it was and he said, ‘I’m going to win it for you in overtime.’” Sunday, the Cardinals fell just short against Ohio Valley by a score of 1-0. In another highly contested match featuring two unbeaten teams, a late goal proved to be the difference. In the 85th minute, Ohio Valley’s Nemanja Acimovic scored on an assist from Guillermo Segovia that gave the Fighting Scots the late lead. SVSU managed 10 shots throughout the match, but none found the back of the net on Ohio Valley keeper Carlos Rubio. Keane made four saves in the contest. Liadi, Chris Jacovou and Matt Wilson each had two shots for the Cardinals. SVSU begins GLIAC play next week.

Men’s golf takes second at home invitational By Jeremy Flood Vanguard Sports Editor

The men’s and women’s golf teams have put in the time to prepare for the 2017-18 season, and they are mapping out the year with success and low scores at the heart of their plan. The men’s team returns without any seniors lost to graduation from last year. Despite their high level of experience in veteran players, some young players are dead-set on making a significant impact on the course of the year, as is evident in the team qualifier they held to determine the A and B teams. Senior team captain Ryan Peruski (504) was among the three lowest qualifying scores, alongside seniors Austin Carter (498) and Mason Motte (503). Freshman Gunnar Stein had a great showing at the qualifier, shooting 508, just a few back from the leading seniors. Sophomore Jared Lyons qualified for the fifth spot, holding the same spot on the roster as last season. The Cardinals have a great deal of depth on their roster this year, featuring several underclassmen with potential to make the top five roster. “There’s probably eight or nine players that could potentially get into the rotation,” said head coach Joe Vogl. “So if somebody is in, The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

they better play well, which now-a-days is 72, 73, or even better than that.” The team had a decent finish last year, and as they haven’t lost any graduating seniors, their expectations for this year are only getting higher. “These are our lowest qualifying scores ever, so I expect all the guys to play better this year,” Vogl said. “This is probably the strongest team we’ve had since I’ve been coaching.” With a great deal of talent, the Cardinals have their eyes set to finish the season as GLIAC Champions and also as one of the top 10 teams in the Midwest Region. The women’s team is preparing for its second year of its program, and is also returning all its players from last season. The squad picked up some key recruits over the summer who gave it their best to compete with the vets in their own qualifying match. Sophomore Alexa Marston led the women’s qualifier with a total of 449 strokes across six rounds, 16 strokes ahead of the second place qualifier, sophomore Sabrina Coffman (465). Marston broke 80. The women’s team has high hopes for the season and looks to finish well in its conference by the end of the spring session. “If we can vie for one of the top three spots in our conference, that’d be a really good year,”

Vogl said. “By the time some of the younger players become juniors, it’ll be a goal to be one of the top three teams in our region.” To start off the fall session of their season, the men’s team played in its home invitational tournament at its home course, Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course. After the first round, SVSU led the tournament, one stroke ahead of second place GVSU. Shooting 5-under 67, Peruski co-led the tournament individually, with Carter coming in at 3-under for a T-4 spot. The second and final round, however, would not prove as prosperous for the Cards. Peruski shot even-par 72 to finish at -5, seven shots behind the winning individual from Grand Valley. The Lakers also won the invitational, posting a total score of 560, a new tournament record. “I think we were very unprepared mentally,” said Peruski. “We thought we were going to light up the course without putting in the effort just because it’s our home course. We know we could’ve played better, and I think that’ll light a fire under everyone to play better.” The men’s next match is Saturday, Sept. 16 at the GLIAC North Invitational in South Haven, while the women’s team continues its season Friday, Sept. 15 at the Ferris State Invitational.

There are two different kinds of goats in this world. Good goats, and ba-a-ad goats. The Greatest Of All Time, or GOAT as the young people say, requires careful decision making when you’re tying the names of athletes to the coveted place at the top of their sport. Statistics, clutchness, explosiveness and that characteristic you just can’t quite put into words are all factors when deciding just who is the GOAT of a sport. So, without further ado, here are the GOATs of America’s four major sports. Peanuts and cracker jacks, the seventh inning stretch and the hope of catching a home run or foul ball all help make a day at the ballpark so exclusively magical. For long-time Detroit Tiger centerfielder Ty Cobb, a day at the park is just another day in the office. Cobb led the Tigers to three straight AL Championship pennants from the outfield, beating out the average fielding percentage and blowing out the average outfielder’s range factor. Cobb might not have the home run numbers of a Ruth, Mantle or Bonds, but his numerous doubles and triples won games. And I’m not the only one who puts Cobb at the top of the list. New York Yankees managers George Weiss and Casey Stengel both nominated Ty Cobb to go down in the books as the best to ever play, even after they watched Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. Although Goldberg was an impenetrable force in front of the net for the Mighty Ducks, he’s unfortunately not the GOAT for the NHL. As the least-disputable name on this list, it’s no surprise to hockey fans that I’m listing Wayne Gretzky as the GOAT on ice. He’s the all-time points leader in the NHL, and it’s not even close. Even if you just took Gretzky’s 1,963 assists, he’d still be 76 points ahead of Mark Messier, who holds the runner-up spot on the all-time points list. That’s not to mention Gretzky’s 894 goals, 93 more than Gordie Howe, who claims the second most goals of all time. Gretzky’s total of 2,857 points is 44 percent more than second-place Messier’s. That’s like saying a baseball player hit 335 more home runs than Barry Bonds’s record of 762, or a QB beating Brett Favre’s 71,838 passing yards record by another 31,000 yards. I don’t know if I could even throw for that many yards in Madden ’07. To put Gretzky in comparison with another hockey great, let’s look at points per game. Gretzky established an astounding track of 1.92 points per game across 1,487 regular season games in his 20-year career. Sidney Crosby, through the 2016-17 season, averaged 1.19 points. Gretzky is the only player to have had a season with 200 points or more, and he did it four times. He had nine 50-goal seasons, and it only took him 424 games to reach the 1,000 point mark, something only 11 other players have done in the history of the NHL (96 years). Yeah, the guy’s pretty good. Hey LeBron fans: sorry. MJ’s the best. I mean, doesn’t the name Michael Jordan just have a certain...ring to it? Or maybe even…six rings? The fact is that when MJ was playing, he was the best in the world, and there was no doubt about it, and for more reasons than his two three-peat championship titles. For each of his six titles, Jordan was named Finals MVP. He won the season MVP award five times, and there’s debate about whether or not he should’ve won more. He was named to 10 AllNBA first teams and nine All-Defensive first team selections. He also won an incredible 10 scoring titles and, over the course of his career, set an NBA record of 30.1 points-per-game. Jordan was the true “complete package” and it showed in stats, championships and athletic swagger. Last but not least, the NFL. After recent developments, and by recent developments I mean the last Super Bowl, the GOAT of the NFL is Tom Brady. Brady has lead New England to 5* Super Bowl victories. He also racked up seven AFC Championships, two NFL MVP awards and four Super Bowl MVP awards. A Super Bowl, an AFC Championship and a Super Bowl MVP all came from 39-year-old Brady, too. Although his regular season stats are great but not the best, his postseason stats make up for it and then some. In the playoffs, Brady leads the NFL in all of the following categories: passing yards, pass completions, touchdown passes and wins. For specifically Super Bowls, Brady leads in the following: appearances (seven), wins (five), MVP Awards (four), completions, completions in a single game (43), passing yards, passing yards in a single game (466), and touchdown passes (15). Phew. That’s a long list. So there you have it. Agree with me, disagree with me, you do you. I’ll leave you with one last bit of writing: some people say young goats look weird, but I would never do that, especially to a kid. *see, Spygate; see, Deflategate.

Sports Editor Jeremy Flood | E-mail | Office (989) 964-4482 | Twitter @VVanguardSports


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Women’s soccer wins two

away with a 2-1 win. Isabel Bauer, a freshman from Germany, made her third collegiate start in the net for the Cardinals and held off 13 of the 14 shots on goal. he SVSU women's soccer team powered through its former Saginaw Valley knew they had to start off strongly, and they conference foes Ohio Dominican and Findlay to advance its were able to dominate the field in the first minutes. The Cards' record to 3-1. pressure contributed to three shots and a corner kick before the On Sunday Sept. 10, SVSU took on the Findlay Oilers in what 13th minute. was a tougher match than expected. However, Saginaw Valley In the 14th minute, the Cardinal attack earned a penalty kick. came away with the victory 2-1. However, Flemming couldn't beat the keeper but connected with “We were hoping for more of a comfortable victory,” head the rebound to put it in the net and put SVSU up 1-0. coach Michael O’Neill said. “Findlay came to play and we lacked ODU responded well, putting together seven minutes of an atsome quality, but some team effort really put us over the line tack that included four shots. However, SVSU continued their ofand helped us come fensive pressure for away with a victory.” the rest of the half The Cardinals and put six shots at controlled most of the net. the game early, outThe first 15 minshooting Findlay 4-1, utes of the second but none of the shots half was a battle – would find the back both teams surrenof the net. dering chances at Saginaw Valley the net. In the 61st was able to escape minute, the game the danger of a near started to shift in cross and score from the Cardinals direcFindlay and progress tion. After a blocked the counter attack shot, Saginaw Valin the 22nd minute. ley earned a corner Sophomore Valenkick. Junior Amanda tine Giambanco ran Minissale crossed the the field and saw ball towards the box freshman Whitney and was able to find Flemming open for sophomore Jennifer the first goal of the Muana to head the game. ball into the goal. 13 minutes later, Ohio Dominican, sophomore Molly scrambling to find Vanderhoff got ahold some success on of a long sending the offensive end, pass and passed deramped up their atfenders to put the tack. Lady Cards up 2-0. In the 70th min“It was our always ute, Allie Atkinson in our game plan to bounced a 35-yard Vanguard Photo | Kyle Will start quickly and asshot over the goalie Freshman striker Whitney Flemming dribbles past ODU midfielder Susan D’Isidoro. sert our dominance to give the Panthers early,” O’Neill addtheir only score of ed. “The strong and fast start really won the game for us today.” the day. The second half was a different story for the Cardinals, as the ODU continued the pressure, but the Cardinals were able to Oilers brought a strong attack. stifle any chance they had to score and complete the 2-1 victory. With 20 minutes left to play, an SVSU foul in the box led to an "To win this game, that was a huge first step for us to take and Ashley Rings score on the penalty kick that gave Findlay their look forward to the rest of the season,” senior captain Kristin Syfirst score of the game. rowik said. “Our back line played superbly, and we were able to With just a 2-1 lead, Saginaw Valley turned to offensive pres- hold off (ODU's) attack late – that's not something that we have sure to hold off the Oilers. been able to pull together in the past." The scheme seemed to work as Findlay would only get four SVSU will continue regional action against GLIAC opponents more shots than Findlay and they held on to win 2-1. on Friday, Sept. 15, at Northern Michigan and Sept. 17 at MichiSVSU welcomed Ohio Dominican Friday, Sept. 8, and came gan Tech.

By Gabe Kasper


Vanguard Reporter

Women’s tennis shows depth and experience By Steven Bryant Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU women’s tennis team is set to begin the fall stretch of their 2017-18 season. The team is coming off its best season in over 16 years, posting a 15-5 record including an undefeated spring season. The team has had some roster changes with graduating seniors departing.The team has said goodbye to Izabella Izmailova and Ana Pico Garcia, whose roster spots will be filled by incoming freshmen Joanne Gao and Maya Campbell. Head coach Jenn Boehm acknowledges the holes that the departing seniors left, but she has high expectations for a team that consists of four returning seniors. “We will certainly miss our two departing seniors, Ana and Izabella, who helped lead our team to the best season in over 16 years,” Boehm said. “We have a lot of talent within our returners, and I am really looking forward to seeing who is ready to take things to the next level. Everyone will need to dig deep and push ourselves to the limits to continue our quest for a GLIAC Championship and NCAA tournament berth.”

Senior Danielle Slonac echoed her coach’s words, focusing on the veteran leadership that is returning to the team. “With four seniors, we have a lot of experience that we are able to share with the underclassmen, and we strive to lead by example and serve as positive role models,” Slonac said. “All nine of us bring our own unique strengths to the team, and the combination of all our abilities makes us a very strong unit.” Newcomers Gao and Campbell have both seen success at the high school level. Gao, a native of Novi, won a state championship at No. 3 in singles her sophomore season and was state runner-up her junior season. From Swartz Creek, Campbell had a decorated high school campaign. She won three Flint Metro League All-Conference honors and won No. 1 singles regional championship her junior season. Boehm spent the summer with the two and believes they can make a mark in their first season as a Cardinal. “Maya and Joanne have seen a lot of success at the high school and United States Tennis Association levels,” Boehm said. “They have already been practicing and

competing with their teammates over the summer, so we are really hoping to see them make a smooth transition and make a strong impact this Fall.” Senior Shae Donahue states that the team knows that they can accomplish their goals and preparation during the summer helped. “After coming off our season last year, our team knew we could do even better,” Donahue said. “We worked on our conditioning, hitting, and even our mental game [during the offseason]. We are looking forward to seeing our team’s progress from this summer.” The team started their season on the road against Hillsdale College on Sunday, Sept. 10. The Cardinals split the six singles matches with Hillsdale but lost two of three doubles matches. Donahue played the No. 1 singles spot, defeating her opponent in two sets. Slonac and sophomore Taylor McLaughlin also won their singles matches, each taking two sets to defeat their opponents. Gao and Campbell, along with sophomore Madeline Miller fell in their singles matches. Gao and Campbell won their first collegiate doubles match 9-7.

Men’s and women’s cross country take second place By Brandon Willson Vanguard Reporter

On Sept. 1, SVSU’s two cross country teams hit the road for the first meet of the year. Both squads were hoping to start off the year hot and carry momentum into the 2017 season at Oakland University’s Golden Grizzlies Open. The ladies had a high-quality start with senior veteran runner Allison Dorr, who ran unattached, placed third in the 4K with a time of 14:27. She was followed by freshman runner Maggie Pawelcyk, with a time of 14:48, which was good enough for seventh place. The women were rounded out with freshman Morgan Fuerst, junior Sophia Bradley and senior Alicia Tomlin all finishing in the top 15. Of the 103 total runners, SVSU women finished second overall behind Oakland. Coach Rod Cowan credited women’s distance coach Angelina Ramos for the women’s high-quality performance.

“What you saw from the results were the fruits of Angelina’s labor in recruiting,” Cowan said. “She was able to get out there and get some really talented freshmen.” One of those freshmen was Pawelcyk, the GLIAC Women’s Athlete of the Week. Tomlin, one of the team’s veteran runners, has also seen an influx of talented youth enter the women’s program over the year. “The biggest difference is that we had a lot of freshmen come in,” Tomlin said. “I think that’s good for us because we haven’t had that in the past. I thought they did really well; a lot of them came out and performed really well.” On the men’s side, there were strong finishes individually as well as a second-place team finish. They were led in the 6K by sophomore Austen Mandernach, who finished in seventh place at a 5:14-mile pace. Trailing behind him was Branden Bohling at 19:44.Senior Thomas Kean, sophomore Tellis Donjanowski, and sophomore Kavi

Kulkarni rounded out the top 20 SVSU finishers. Oakland, once again, took first place in their home meet. “Well, the guys, we were just really running some of our guys who didn’t get an opportunity to race last year,” Cowan said. Last week’s meet featured multiple schools from every level of collegiate athletics. This ranged from Oakland, a Division I program, all the way down to Mott Community College. That, however, does not take away from the importance of the event, as it prepares runners for the season to come. “You’re not necessarily scheduling because of the other teams, you’re scheduling because it works out well with your training and where you’re at with your team,” Cowan said. “That was a meet that allowed us to get off to a good start.” Saginaw Valley State resumes their seasons on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational. The meet begins at 11 a.m.

Volleyball looks to improve from rocky start to season By Kyra Hill Vanguard Reporter

The first two weekends of the women’s volleyball season consisted of two intense, two-day tournaments at Hillsdale College and the UIndy Invitational. On Friday, Sept. 1st, the team played its season opener against Findlay, falling with a final score of 0-3. They later rallied a victory against Glenville State with a final score of 3-0 to end the day. On Sept. 8th and 9th, the ladies played Indianapolis, Winona St., Clarion, and Davenport at the University of Indianapolis Invitational and fell to all four teams. During the first day’s games, players such as sophomore outside hitter Sarah Tabit earned 11 kills, setting a new personal career high. Head coach Will Stanton also commented on some highlights from other rookie players throughout the tournament. “We showed some very good improvement in several areas, and we had a strong showing from our freshman middle hitter Haley Clum and our redshirt freshman rightside hitter Emily Friesl,” Stanton said. The team rained down on the Glenville State Pioneers during the second game of the Hillsdale College tournament with incredible defense from Clum with seven blocks, and another record high set by sophomore setter Hannah Tabit with 30 assists. Glenville State did not lose the lead without a fight, and this game proved to be an arduous back-and-forth battle between the Cardinals and the Pioneers. “We had some results and stats to use as a basis for decision making, so we were able to get some other players some opportunities on Sept. 2 that didn’t get to play on the first day,” Stanton said. “They showed us some good things, so our results from day one gave us the initiative to try other players to see what they could do.“ The second day of the tournament, the Cardinals were pitted against the Indianapolis Greyhound and the tournament host, the Hillsdale Chargers. Both games of the day, the women fell with match scores of 3-0. The Greyhounds managed a victory, but not without a battle from the Cardinals. The first set, the Greyhounds pulled ahead, but the second and third sets were back and forth fights, finally ending with the Greyhounds edging out a victory. Game two against the Chargers was equally taxing on the Cardinals. The game started fairly evenly until the Chargers edged out, gaining points on the Cardinals in sets two and three, ultimately resulting in another loss for SVSU that day. “We are just trying to chip away at the things that are costing us points and keeping us from being successful,” said Stanton. “We have some strengths, and we are learning what those are, but we are working to plug some holes so that our strengths can win games for us.” “We had a huge week of mental practices, and physical of course, to help us for this week's competitions,” said sophomore team captain and middle hitter Rachel Eisenhour. “Since we realized that we need to improve quickly, that called for tougher, incentive-driven practices.” The UIndy competition was taxing on the ladies and resulted in some tough losses throughout the weekend.UIndy was strong from the start of the game, and the ladies just could not keep up. In the second set of the game, the Cardinals were able to only earn back-to-back points a single time. The second game of the UIndy Invitational against Winona State resulted in a 3-0 loss. WSU took the lead for all three sets with strong, multiple-point runs throughout the match. Senior and defensive specialist Emily Nieman earned “player of the match” with a season-best 26 kills during the game. The last day of the UIndy Invitational resulted in two lost matches for SVSU. Game one of the second day against Clarion resulted in a final match score of 3-0. Clarion came out the gate strong, but Saginaw Valley challenged them with a tie for the first set. It was yet another strong backand-forth fight for SVSU. By the end of the game, SV out-scored Clarion in overall blocks and service aces. In the final game of the UIndy Invitational, the Cardinals fell to Davenport with a final match score of 3-1. In that game, Eisenhour challenged the Davenport offense with a career high of six blocks. The volleyball team’s next match is Friday, Sept. 15, at Northern Michigan.

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Cardinals dominate home opener

Left: Head football coach Jim Collins leads the SVSU football team out to the field as the band plays prior to the Cardinals’ 28-0 win over Walsh on Saturday, Sept. 9. The SVSU offense tallied 525 yards of total offense, while the defense only allowed 129. “This is a really good group,” Collins said of the defense. “It’s hard to shut anybody out. The big thing is continuing to create turnovers, continuing to get big stops and running to the football really well.” Right: Receivers Alfonso Vultaggio and Damaris Woods celebrate following Vultaggio’s 25-yard touchdown catch with just one second remaining in the first half to put SVSU up 14-0 going into halftime. Starting quarterback Ryan Conklin found Vultaggio four other times throughout the game, while Woods added two catches for 48 yards.

Senior marketing student Emma Hondzinski tailgates prior to the Cardinals’ win over Walsh on Saturday in the 2017 football home opener.

Vanguard Photos | Ali Alobaidan & Kyle Will Left: An excited crowd of SVSU students cheer for the football team during the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Walsh. Middle: Junior Mackenzie Mann (middle) tailgates with her friends prior to the game. Right: The SVSU defensive line sets up against Walsh on a first-down play during the first half of the game. SVSU’s defense was dominant, shutting out the Cavaliers en route to a 28-0 win and a 2-0 start to the season.

FOOTBALL, continued from A1 and Nate McCrary each contributed 126 yards and 68 yards, respectively, on the ground. Defensively, the Cardinals stifled the Walsh offense, allowing only 129 yards for the game and nine Cavalier punts. “Our coaching staff gave us a great game plan this week,” defensive back Dillon Dixon said. “We were really focused at practice all week, and the depth of our team truly showed today. We had a lot of young players stepping up. It was a pretty good performance.” Following a Walsh punt, SVSU’s opening drive lasted only two plays, as Moore fumbled and gave the ball right back to Walsh on its own 48. It was the first of four fumbles the Cardinals would lose on the day. “Offensively, we played really well with the exception of five plays,” head coach Jim Collins said. “The four fumbles, and then we didn’t make a fourth-and-one that we’ve got to be able to make. At the end of the day, when you can turn the ball over that many times and still win the football game the way we did, that’s a sign of a good team.” However, Walsh quickly went three-and-out to hand the ball back to the Cardinal offense. On a third and six, Conklin found receiver Chad Gailliard for 30 yards to move into Walsh territory. A few plays later, Conklin evaded pressure coming from the Cavalier defensive line to find Frank Heimkreiter inside the Walsh 10-yard line. However, SVSU’s drive again ended in a turnover, as running back Myrick El fumbled to give the ball back to the Cavaliers. The turnovers continued when, on a second-and-eight, Walsh starting quarterback Nick Gassman aired out a long pass intended for receiver Lee Hurst II that was juggled and ultimately intercepted by SVSU’s Donnell Alexander on an outstanding play that gave the Cardinals the ball back. Shortly after the first quarter came an end, yet another Cardinal fumble, this one by Conklin, stalled another SVSU drive. After the teams traded a handful of punts, SVSU finally capped off a scoring drive as Conklin connected with Damaris Woods for 39 yards to bring the ball inside the Walsh twoyard line. On the very next play, freshman Nate McCrary scored his first career touchdown to put SVSU on the board with 4:20 left in the half. Another Cavalier punt gave SVSU the ball on its own 25 with about two minutes left in the second half. The Cardinal offense was able

to drive deep into Walsh territory, and with one second left in the half, Conklin connected with a wide-open Alfonso Vultaggio in the corner of the end zone for a second- straight SVSU score. Conklin finished the day 17 for 26 and threw for two touchdowns. Vultaggio led the receiving attack with five catches and a touchdown, while Gailliard had three catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. “Our offensive line was dominant up front today,” Conklin said. “They were pushing guys around and protecting me when we were throwing in third-down situations. They did a great job.” The teams traded punts to begin the second

half, but a fourth SVSU fumble once again stalled a Cardinal drive that had reached Walsh territory. After another Walsh punt, Conklin found Gailliard for an 80-yard touchdown pass on the drive’s first play to extend the SVSU lead. “We’ve got some fast guys that can get behind people, and they’re catching the ball and making big plays and getting in the end zone, and that’s what we need out of them,” Conklin said. Following a Walsh punt, SVSU extended its lead once again on a two-yard McCrary touchdown. That score held for the rest of the game as

SVSU’s Jared Stephens intercepted Walsh’s backup quarterback Mitchell Ault with just over a minute left in the game. Defensively, Dixon and linebacker Bryce Anderson each led the team with seven tackles a piece. “I thought our defense dominated today in all phases,” Collins said. “We did a great job on third down defensively, and our kicking game was again very solid.” Next week, SVSU heads to Detroit to take on Wayne State, which comes in at 1-1 following a win over Walsh in week one and a 31-28 loss against No. 18 Indianapolis on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Open Forum with President Bachand

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Executive Board Room 2nd Floor Curtiss Hall For and about students

Questions, concerns and suggestions about SVSU will be welcome.

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