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The Bridge the Gap participants, community members, students and local law enforcement, posed for a group photo (Top Left). Economics sophomore Jack Roberts was a volunteer referee during the basketball portion of the event (Bottom Left). Economics sophomore Nich Thran warms up before coaching his team (Right). Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Bridge the Gap brings together law enforcement and community Marq Williams


Vanguard Reporter

ridge the Gap hosted its annual Family Day at SVSU on Saturday, Sept. 7. Bridge the Gap is an organization that aims to build stronger, positive relationships with law enforcement and the Saginaw community. At the event, local families and law enforcement officers played bean bag toss, climbed a rock wall, played basketball and more. Law enforcement officers, teens, pastors, school principals and media personalities were invited to the event.

The main event was the annual basketball competition. Athletes and non-athletes played or watched police officers and young men and women from the community work together on the same team. Ayiteh Sowah, a Bridge the Gap organizer, said the event is important because it helps mend the relationships and perceptions between police officers and the community. It addresses the disconnect between law enforcement and the community. Sowah said the event helps create personal interactions between law enforcement and the community on neutral grounds. Holding the event at SVSU also introduces young

people to the possibility of attending college. “I think it’s important for SVSU to support this event in a major way,” Sowah said. “We are reaching thousands of families in the Great Lakes Bay Region, and they need to know that there is a beautiful university to attend in their backyard.” SVSU guard Darnell Hoskins Jr. has been a participant in this event since he started attending SVSU. He said it is an opportunity to connect with the community, law enforcement and giving the public a sense of what SVSU is all about. “I have been part of this event since my freshman year,” he said. “It has opened my

eyes to see how much of an impact law enforcement and college athletes have on the youth.” He said the event helps expose SVSU’s student-athletes to the community and show them the impact they can have as role models. “This is an important event for SVSU to support,” he said. “It gives us a chance to connect with the youth around our community. It gives us a chance to build a foundation with the young ones. I always look forward to participating. I learn something new about the youth, community and myself every year.”

SVSU to host sixth annual 9/11 Heroes Run Nursing program aims to attract more students

Lauren Buckner Vanguard Reporter

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, SVSU will host its sixth annual 9/11 Heroes Run, which features a run, walk and ruck division. The event is sponsored by the Travis Manion Foundation and will be one of over 50 races to take place across the nation on the day, but the only one in Michigan. Jenna Briggs, the senior director of Advanced Studies and International Student Services, and local race director Ted Lind organized SVSU’s first run in 2013. She decided to organize a run after realizing that the school did not have a formal 9/11 remembrance event. “This run, in particular, is a great way for communities to come together, remember and honor those lives lost on 9/11 and in the years since fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Briggs said. “We also try to highlight our local law enforcement and firefighters each year, as well.” Bethany Alford, the director of Military Student Affairs, encouraged everyone to participate and support the event. “Anyone can get involved,” Alford said. “The race exists to allow all students, staff, faculty and family members, or anyone

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from community organizations that specialize in working with military members. “Something new this year is the differ-

After conducting student surveys, SVSU’s Nursing Department will be making several changes to its program to attract more students. Changes include: • Making classes solely online rather than in person. • Allowing students to begin the program at three points during each academic year, rather than only in the fall semester. • Allowing students to work at their own pace, rather than requiring them to take a predetermined schedule of classes that start in the fall and end in the following fall semester. • Adding electives to the program that can also count toward SVSU’s Master of Science in Nursing program. Karen Brown-Fackler, the chair of SVSU’s Department of Nursing, said that



The sixth annual 9/11 Heroes Run will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The event helps support veterans and local first responders. Courtesy Photo | University Communications

that wants to take time to honor and remember those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice. There’s room for those that want to run, walk, ruck or even volunteer.” This year’s event will feature booths

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

Disorderly Conduct At 8:10 p.m. on Aug. 22, officers were called to Merry Jo Brandimore House to talk with a parent that was upset with her son’s room. He was missing a dresser and was becoming confrontational with Residential Life Staff. The situation was calmed down, and the item was returned to the room.

Destruction of Property At 1:24 a.m. on Aug. 24, officers heard loud screaming in Lot A while patrolling. When the officer entered the lot, they spoke with a non-student who indicated that another non-student had jumped on the top of his car and smashed the windshield of his vehicle. Officers attempted to locate the suspect, but they were unable to find him. A warrant will be sought for the suspect.

Operating Under the Influence At 12:38 p.m. on Sept. 1, officers were alerted that a vehicle traveling on Bay Road was all over the road and was driving north in a southbound lane. Officers located the vehicle and recognized the driver showed signs of opioid overdose. Narcan was administered twice. An ambulance was called to evaluate him further. He was found to have an illegal substance and did not have a valid license. He was transported to the hospital, and a warrant will be sought.

Fraud At 2:43 p.m. on Aug. 22, a 55-year-old professor reported that they were a victim of an email scam and sent $200 to a fake person before realizing that it was a scam. At 3:16 p.m. on Aug. 28, an 18-year-old female student reported that someone had opened a cell phone account in her name and racked up a bill of a thousand dollars. The phone company was willing to clear the account if she provided a police report. At 1:22 p.m. on Aug. 21, a 66-year-old non-student reported that his credit card had been used to make fraudulent purchases. He was concerned because one of the last places he had used it was at the Ryder Center. An investigation into the situation did not reveal any specific location where the card was scammed. He was credited back the money. At 10:25 a.m. on Sept. 3, the Independent Bank on campus reported that people had been depositing fake payroll checks and withdrawing funds from the accounts immediately after. This situation is still under investigation.

Fire Alarm At 7 p.m. on Aug. 20, students were cooking on the stove in their apartment in University Village when they had a fire in a pot. Minor damage was caused to the microwave.

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Patrick Beasley, a graduate of the RN to BSN program, works at the McLaren Bay Region in Bay City. Courtesy Photo | University Communications

HHS gets grant for addiction program Alyssa McMillan


Vanguard Reporter

VSU recently received a $2.8-million grant for the school of Health and Human Services to create a program aimed at turning current nurse practitioners into psychiatric nurse practitioners specializing in addiction. The grant money will be used to create the curriculum and support the department’s new clinical academic partner, Recovery Pathways. “Money will be used to support our clinical academic partner,” said Kathleen Schachman, the Harvey Randall Wickes Endowed Chair in Nursing. “That clinical academic partner is called Recovery Pathways. They are an addiction center that is in Bay County, with centers spread over nine counties. They have agreed to precept some of our students.” The money will also be given to qualifying students to help them support themselves

while in the program. “Part of the money will support the students financially,” Schachman said. “Those students who are eligible are given a stipend of $8,000, which pays for about half of their tuition and fees. It’s pretty significant and will hopefully help offset some of those costs related to attending.” According to Schachman, out of the 4,000 nurse practitioners in Michigan, only 3 percent are psychiatric nurse practitioners. This program hopes to introduce 25 new nurses every year. “We really hope that this makes a difference,” Schachman said. “In the whole state of Michigan, there are only 130 psychiatric nurse practitioners. By the end of this program, we’ll have 100 new psychiatric nurse practitioners. It’ll almost double the amount that is already here.” Schachman said that rural areas in Michigan are hit the hardest with opioid overdose-related deaths. Part of this is due to lack of access to care.

“The opioid overdose death rates are higher in rural areas for a lot of reasons,” Schachman said. “One of those reasons is that these people don’t have anywhere to go for care. Even if you wanted help, you’d be traveling across several counties, and for someone who is trying to hold their life together, it just makes it difficult for them to overcome.” Schachman encourages students to keep an open mind and try not to judge someone going through addiction. One of the best ways to help is just being there for someone struggling, as well as carrying Narcan around wherever you go. “Have the compassion and empathy for people who have addiction problems,” Schachman said. “Also know how to save somebody’s life and with Narcan. Anybody can give it to somebody who has overdosed. I have a lot of people who I’m involved with who have had Narcan used on them, and it saved their life. They’re now in recovery and doing better.”

HEROES RUN, continued from A1 ent community organizations that will have booths present,” Alford said. “For example, we will have several offices from the local Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, the local Vet Center and representation from Student Veterans of America.” In addition to the Travis Manion Foundation, SVSU will partner with the local army reserve and national guard units. The Michigan State Police are set to bring out a squad car, and local firefighting units will bring trucks, as well. Participating on-campus organizations include Military Student Affairs and the Cardinal Marching Band.

NURSING, continued from A1 these changes will help foster student success. “We want to make sure our students succeed,” Brown-Fackler said. “It may take some students longer and be more difficult to get in, but we want to assure success and help them better assume the role of an RN.” A “clinical judgment” study in which students can get real practice in a clinical area will be added to the course load, as well. “It’s a matter of noticing and taking clinical judgment of what we need to take action on,” Brown-Fackler said. “Nurses have to be safe and able to make clinical judgment.” Required textbooks are now all online, and a package of access codes can be specially purchased at the bookstore. Jeralyn Glod, a nursing junior, was required to buy the package. “The textbook package was a big change for those of us who had already started the program before this fall,” Glod said. The package will include e-books as well as online journals and “Nursing Concepts Online,” a set of adaptive quizzes. For some classes, these online quizzes are part of the grading process. “Without this package, it will be impossible to pass our courses with the grade we need to progress in the program, forcing everyone to purchase the package,” Glod said. “However, it does seem to include features that will be beneficial to our success in the nursing program, so overall I am not upset about the change.”

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The Scott L. Carmona College of Business is set to be completed in January 2020 after winter setbacks and continuous work throughout the summer. Vanguard Photo | Jolie Wyse

College of business to be completed January 2020 Abby Welsh


Vanguard Reporter

ver the summer, progress to the construction of the Scott L. Carmona College of Business included structural steelwork being completed, renovations to Curtiss Hall’s floor and room renovations to accommodate the college’s new active learning goals. The college is expected to be completed in early January 2020. Features of the new college include mobile desks and chairs for team-working rather than traditional lecture halls, more space available for student clubs and co-curricular activities, and hubs centered around finance, innovation and consumer behavior. Scott L. Carmona College of Business and Management Dean Anthony Bowrin hopes that these additions will help students strengthen their skills and better prepare them to enter the workforce. “Over time, we expect these capabilities will evolve to even higher levels and lead to an even better-educated gradu-

ate,” Bowrin said. “The expanded Scott L. Carmona College of Business will provide many new features to enhance the experience of students.” Bowrin said the college’s expansion was necessary to keep up with the demand for students with real-world experiences. “Companies are expecting more from our graduates than just the academic achievement of a degree,” Bowrin said. “They expect that we will additionally provide soft skill development, real-life exposures to stock trading and experiences with big data analysis, visualization and communication, just to name a few. The new classrooms in our new building will provide these capabilities.” Marketing sophomore Kyle Chandler said he is excited about the new college and the opportunities it will provide for students. “I think the new building will be super beneficial to business students,” Chandler said. “It seems like it’s going to have a lot of cool features that will broaden the learning capabilities of people going into the field and help us in our future.”

Study abroad fair to educate students Hannah Beach Vanguard Reporter

The Study Abroad Office is hosting its fall study abroad fair Thursday, Sept. 12, at noon. The fair has previously been held in Groening Commons but has been moved to Gilbertson Hall due to ongoing construction of the new college of business. Aileen Ash, the study abroad coordinator, said 11 program providers will attend the fair, including Athena, USAC and ISA. Faculty members leading programspecific trips will be available, as well as several campus organizations with international focuses. Ash hopes to maintain their usual attendance of about 250 students and to continue facilitating inter-office interactions. “My favorite part of the fair is facilitating connections between my office, faculty, study abroad providers, study abroad alumni and prospective education abroad students,” she said. She explained that planning starts much earlier in the year, usually about April or May. She and peer advisers then spend the start of the fall semester spreading the word. In addition to providing information to students looking to study abroad, the fair offers a raffle. Ten students will win passports, each worth $160. “(It’s) really exciting to see students take the first step toward international travel,” she said. Ash said that many students believe studying abroad isn’t an option for them, so she hopes the fair will clear up misconceptions. “For example, some students think they The Valley Vanguard 110A Curtiss Hall

can’t study abroad because they don’t know a second language,” she said. “However, all the programs we work with offer classes taught in English.” Pedro Baccarin, a peer adviser in the Study Abroad Office, said students also commonly believe that they can’t travel because it’s too expensive or there isn’t a program for their major. Ash shared the benefits of traveling and explained how important it is for students to experience other cultures. “Studying abroad promotes global citizenship and personal and professional development, diversifies a student’s cultural understanding and gives graduates a competitive edge when looking for a job,” she said. Baccarin expressed similar thoughts. “Studying abroad isn’t a vacation,” he said. “It’s not going to be like any other trip. Studying abroad is a gateway to a whole new mindset. It will make you understand how the world is really a small place and how important it is to have an international experience both for personal reasons as well as for professional reasons.” Ash added that many students think they can’t afford to travel and pass up the opportunity. “Go now, while you can use financial aid, have access to scholarships and have the time to travel and live abroad,” she said. Ash and Baccarin both suggested that hesitant students visit the Study Abroad Office for help breaking down the process of going abroad. Appointments can be scheduled by emailing, and additional information can be found at

Construction for the college of business began last spring. During the summer, workers continued added steelwork and framing. Vanguard Photo | Jolie Wyse

SVSU hosts series of events for Hispanic Heritage Month Marq Williams Vanguard Reporter

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host a lowrider display Sunday, Sept. 15 as part of its annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Lowriders are cars that are modified so the chassis is closer to the ground, Roberto Garcia, director of The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, will lead a presentation on lowrider culture. The 95th District State Representative, Vanessa Guerra, will provide opening remarks. Kathy Perez, the president of Latino Awareness Association and a Cesar Chavez Academy graduate, has grown up participating in the lowriding community, as her father is from the West Coast and they now reside in southwest Detroit. This program has been inspired by her childhood and her participation with her family in the lowriding community. SVSU alum Roxanne Chantaca will sing in Spanish throughout the event. Debbie Sanchez, a prominent lowrider, will present on her experiences as a female lowrider. She is the subject of the documentary “Queen of the Lowriders.” Garcia said it is important to recognize lowrider culture and understand its

impact on the local Saginaw area and the country as a whole. He said this can change some of the stereotypes around Mexican American culture as a whole. “Unfortunately, the lowriding community is plagued with negative stereotypes,” Garcia said. “The general population are not aware of or educated about the history of lowriding and how it developed during the Chicano Civil Rights movement, specifically on the West Coast.” He said he hopes the event educates attendees about Hispanic culture and helps them celebrate in a variety of ways. “The goal is to educate all that attend while celebrating through food, dance and education to bring the campus community together,” he said. “The rationale to include the lowrider display is to honor a rich piece of Hispanic culture.” Dow Visiting Scholar and Artist Olga Custodio will give a lecture Oct. 9 as part of Hispanic Heritage month. She was the first female Hispanic to become a pilot in the Air Force and a commercial airline captain. Valley Nights will also show “La Bamba” on Oct. 23. The movie is about a teenager named Ritchie Valens, whose parents do not want her to date a Latino boy. A full list of events can be found on the SVSU events calendar.

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Walmart is making progress with new gun regulations Abby Welsh Professional and Technical Writing

If you are not one to keep up with the news, you might have missed the recent shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, that left over 20 people dead. On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Walmart requested its customers to conceal carry rather than open carry. The company also announced that it will stop selling short-barrel rifle and handgun ammo, as well as handguns altogether in Alaska. Walmart will still sell long-barrel deer rifles, shotguns and the ammo for those guns.

It is not surprising in the slightest that Walmart came out with a statement and even reworked its inventory. With shootings becoming more and more prevalent in the United States over the past couple of years, the topic of gun laws has been heating up. Whether or not to ban them is the center of attention. I think what Walmart did was somewhat smart. They do have a wide range of clientele they have to please, so finding the balance between banning guns but also not banning them is good business on their part. As for the concealed carry, I suppose it is better to keep guns covered after the incident, in response to the fear customers might have walking into their stores. In general, I do not think the new “rules” and inventory will have much impact on gun

violence, but it is a step in the right direction. My hope is more companies take inspiration from Walmart and see that the U.S. is in a very fragile state right now regarding guns. I’m not saying banning guns is the right option, but I do believe stricter gun laws need to be in the making. I will be honest: I don’t know much about guns, so my opinion may seem irrelevant, but I have seen our country go through enough that I believe we need a change. I think there needs to be a heavier and somewhat more difficult process to obtain a gun. I know there is a difference between basic hunting guns and guns you would see being used in war so, I don’t see the need for people to own those heavier, automatic weapons.

For those types of guns, more in-depth background checks and mental health analyses may be beneficial. I also believe open carry would be a better option for public places, just so people can be aware of who has a gun on his or her person. Every public place should require carriers to provide their permits before entering said place. There is no reason someone can be walking down the street and easily walk into a shop to purchase an AR-15. Everyone should have a valid reason for buying a gun and be checked thoroughly before being given a gun. I think our problem today with guns is not the guns themselves, but it is the people we openly give guns to. The controversy surrounding gun laws is tearing America apart. We cannot deny that we have a problem to fix.

Creators should stay true to themselves and their fans Maria Ranger Columnist Creative Writing

During my freshman year of college, I was wandering around campus sulking because I didn’t know how to meet people. I ran into someone I knew, and she invited me to her dorm to watch one of Bo Burnham’s Netflix specials because she knew it would make me feel better. Once I had seen the full special, there was no looking back. It’s so rare to see self-aware performers and celebrities. That combined with his quirky musical comedic style was like nothing I’d ever seen. He has a book of poetry, “Egghead,” and wrote and directed a coming-of-age film, “Eighth Grade,” which was released last year. This proves that he can successfully

do more than just musical comedy, as both were successful. Many of his songs are self-deprecating and involve his struggles with anxiety and depression. Others are cynical about all the unpleasant things in the world, like how musicians trade artistic integrity for sales, double standards in religion and other social issues like racism and homophobia. “Art is Dead” is a great example of this. In the song, he laments the death of art and compares famous creatives, including himself, to attention addicts and bratty children who get rewarded when they throw temper tantrums. He also feels guilty that money being put toward tickets to his show could be used for better things, like feeding “a family of four for forty f---ing fortnights.” While not only a critique of art, his music is a critique of himself. He wants to pursue what he’s passionate about, but he feels that he’s being rewarded

for his own attention-seeking behavior. “We Think We Know You,” the closing song in his Netflix special, “what,” is another one of my favorites. In the song, he gets voicemails from a girl from high school inviting him to a party now that he’s famous, an agent in L.A. trying to get him to change his style to cater toward what’s trendy and a rude guy trying to sell him weed because a “friend’s old roommate’s friend” used to know him. Bo remixes clips from the voicemails into a song about how all of these people pretend to care about him because they want something from him. Whenever I’m feeling down, I always rewatch his comedy specials. In the three years since I first saw him, I’ve re-watched the specials so many times I have them memorized. Even last week, I was feeling pretty down, so my friend came over and we watched one of his specials, did some laundry and laughed until we cried.

I feel that it’s refreshing to watch a creative-type who is so self-aware and down-to-earth. It doesn’t feel like he’s trying too hard to be relatable because he’s genuine, and anyone who watches him can tell. I appreciate that he doesn’t pander and knows when to stop. In fact, he went on hiatus from comedy in 2016 because he needed to take time for himself and work on other things, which I have a lot of respect for. I think what it all boils down to is that watching or listening to him feels like you’re just hanging out with your weird friend Bo, not watching some famous person who’s out of reach. Beneath his jokes, there’s a type of wisdom that’s helped me more than some therapists have. What I really want to say is, Bo Burnham, if there’s any reason you’d ever be reading this, even though it’s probably not what you want to hear, thank you.

Networking with alumni is critical to student success Forty-eight thousand. That’s how many alumni SVSU has living in all parts of the world, making the Cardinal difference. SVSU alumni are highly successful and eager to help both the current student body and their fellow alumni. The role of the Alumni Relations Office is to utilize that talent to influence the success of our current students. Our alumni are impacting the world as doctors, social workers, teachers, business owners, engineers and more. We encourage you to engage with these alumni, whether it’s for career advice, an internship, a summer job or information on graduate school, so that you can experience the same success they’ve had. Alumni Relations provides opportunities to facilitate these connections through different initiatives, events and resources. One of the most useful resources that



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Guest Column: Alumni Relations Alumni Relations provides is the online networking site SVSUConnect. This platform enables students, alumni and faculty to engage and create relationships with each other. Networking while in school is key to your future success. Through the connections and relationships made on SVSUConnect, you can discover job opportunities, potential majors, new passions and more. As a student, you have access to alumni in your program and can ask them for advice, mentorship and job opportunities. We also facilitate many programs and events throughout the year to bring alumni back to campus. One upcoming event is Alumni Authors, an annual showcase that features a panel of SVSU alumni who are successfully published authors. These alumni discuss the processes





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of getting published and offer advice to fellow Cardinals who aspire to be authors. Additionally, on Sept. 11, Alumni Relations is bringing the mobile Secretary of State to the President’s Courtyard from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event makes it easy for students, faculty and staff to get the SVSU license plate for free and register to vote without even having to leave campus. The Alumni Relations Office also teams up with student organizations to host events that bring their alumni back home. We help with funding, implementation and promotion of events, such as alumni reunions, speakers, webinars, volunteer opportunities and more. One such organization is Forever Red. Forever Red is commonly referred to as the “student arm of alumni relations” here on campus. The group’s main goals are to connect

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with SVSU alumni, enhance the student experience on campus and promote “Red Pride.” We encourage you to explore Forever Red as an option for getting involved during your time on campus. Also, through the Alumni Relations Office, students whose parent(s) graduated from SVSU receive the $1,000 Alumni Legacy Scholarship. The Legacy Program connects Cardinals through generations to continue the SVSU tradition. There are over 150 Legacy students enrolled this fall. We are committed to your success, both during your time at Saginaw Valley and after. Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal. Please feel free to stop by the Alumni Relations office in Wickes 160, call us at (989) 964-4196 or email if you are interested in these opportunities or have any questions.


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Gallery showcases public figures and national struggles Melissa Vennix


Vanguard Reporter

he University Art Gallery (UAG) hosted an exhibit featuring illustrations by Lance Jackson and sculptures by Rob Neilson. Nielson and Jackson both spoke about their work on Thursday, Sept. 5, with a reception at 3 p.m. in the UAG afterward. Nielson used milk paint and compressed board to create sculptures in the likeness of people. He chose to work with materials like compressed board because they were easily accessible while he was living in Detroit. He then created abstract sculptures that leave interpretation up to the viewer. Jackson’s illustrations in digitalized graphite show people who were the subject of tweets by President Donald Trump. These illustrations were then placed beside excerpts of tweets containing negative messages about them. “I’m just trying to document what 2016 to 2018 was,” Jackson said. To Jackson, this time period brought a lot of name-calling from the President to many people, including some individuals featured in his exhibit. “Trump was sort of dissing all these people. I wanted to document or articulate the people’s response, like the Parkland shootings … and more of the cultural responses,” he said. His illustrations depicted people involved in the Black Lives Matter movement protesting and Puerto Ricans without water, among other events that occurred in the last few years. Mike Mosher, a professor of art and multimedia, extended the invitation to Jackson and Neilson to showcase their work at SVSU because of his longstanding friendship with Jackson. “I became aware of Lance Jackson’s work in the mid ‘80s,” Mosher said. “He worked for many years in newspapers, so I was a fan of his work in the San Francisco Examiner at the time.” Mosher met Jackson when he visited the on campus museum. “When he was in Michigan … he visited the gallery here and I said he should definitely have a show here.” Jackson hopes that people took away from the exhibit the necessity to vote and stay involved in both national and international ongoings. “This series hopefully is going to be a reminder of some messages,” he said. “We get so encased in our lives that we sort of dismiss it.” Jackson said he may continue his political series depending on what happens in the future.

Neilson created sculptures in the likenesses of various public figures (Left and Bottom Right). Jackson presented graphite illustrations depicting the people attacked in President Trump’s tweets a ( Top Right). Vanguard Photo | Jolie Wyse

Baesler featured online by the Smithsonian Institution Melissa Vennix Vanguard Reporter

John Baesler was recently featured by the Smithsonian Museum of History Online for writing an article on lie detector tests titled “Why Lie Detector Tests Can’t Be Trusted.” Baesler, a history professor, first wrote about lie detector tests in his book, “Clearer Than Truth: The Polygraph and the American Cold War,” published in 2018.

His new piece was originally published online through Zocalo Public Square. Baesler didn’t find out he was featured by the Smithsonian until SVSU contacted him about doing a press release. “I felt very flattered,” Baesler said. “I had written the article for a different website. Apparently, the Smithsonian picked it up from there, so I actually didn’t know that. It is an incredible honor that someone there found it and thought, ‘Oh, we should publish that.’”

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Baesler took interest in lie detector tests because of their use in the Cold War. They were developed to use against communists during interrogations. “It was seen as scientific in the sense that it was not what the communists were doing,” Baesler said. “In the Cold War, Americans worked with the belief that we are the free world and they are the totalitarians. They do things like brain washing, torturing … We don’t do that, we have scientific methods. Now a lot of people who have taken a lie detector test will say it is very much like torture.” The U.S. retaliated with supposedly scientific means for extracting truth. Despite flaws, many national security sectors still use the tests today. “I was interested in national security in the history of the Cold War,” Baesler said. “So, I settled on the lie detector. It is still used … to vet people for jobs in federal government and security agencies like the CIA.” In his article, Baesler mentions the infamous American pilot, Francis Gary Powers. While many remember the pilot for his plane crash over the USSR and subsequent

brief stint as a prisoner, Baesler was more interested in Powers’ connection to the lie detector test. Baesler talked about the test’s accuracy, bringing forth many instances of the test offering inconclusive results. “I found out that the technology is very flawed,” he said. “It has the trappings of a scientific process, but it is based on the very questionable premise that a few physiological responses can uncover if someone is deceptive or not.” His article goes on to say that the tests were never able to successfully uncover any communist spies. Despite the flaws of the lie detector test, it is still widely used. Baesler theorized this has something to do with convenience. “My main theory is that the lie detector provides bureaucratic convenience because it’s fast,” said Baesler. “A background check can take months. The flaws are not necessarily a problem if security is really an issue. That means that if a few innocent people are being misdiagnosed as being deceptive, people will say, ‘Well, that’s the price we pay for security.’”

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Cheerleading prepares for national competitions Melissa Vennix


(From left) Shelby Lynn, Navia Thomas and Zariah Mage help show the team how to hold and stretch a high V during practice. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Vanguard Reporter

he club cheerleading team will represent SVSU at the National Cheerleader’s Association (NCA) and the National Dance Alliance (NDA) College Nationals in Daytona, Florida from April 8 to 12, 2020. The team received the bid to go to nationals at a camp in Louisville during the summer. At camp, they earned points given by the NCA staff and other teams. They were also scored based on rally and game day performances. “In our division, we were up against Southern Illinois and Wayne State,” head coach Ben Fuller said. “Honestly, we looked really great. It was going back and forth between us and Wayne State the entire time, and so we’re really excited to see how we do at nationals.” This is Fuller’s first year as coach. He hopes the team will finish in the top three at nationals. “I just want them to succeed,” he said. “We placed eighth at nationals last year, which is the best they’ve done in a really long time. I really want them to be top three, which they have the potential to win, if we really kick it into high gear.” Fuller believes the team’s success this year may help them become a varsity

sport again. “Our goal would be to be a varsity sport again, but we’ll see how that goes,” Fuller said. “So, we’re just hoping to bring our rep up a little bit and bring some success to the program.” To prepare for nationals, the team will have to work hard and work together. Co-captain Elizabeth Saint Onge, an internationals relations sophomore, looks forward to how the season will progress. “Everyone is so positive. It’s a really good environment,” she said. “I’m really excited to see how everyone progresses. I think we have a really good community this year … I look forward to see how far we go.” The team has 32 members and is coed for the first time in five years. “This team is awesome. We’re happy to be coed again.” Fuller said Typically, the team only attends one competition, and they cheer on the sideline at football games. With the increase of members, however, things may change. “We have two boys this year, and that’s a big change that puts us in a whole different division,” said Shelby Czartoryski, coco-captain and nursing sophomore. “We have one nationals competition. We might be going to a few more now that we’re a bigger team.”

Volleyball starts the season with strong gameplay Madelynn Thompson Vanguard Reporter

Women’s volleyball finished the Preseason Clarion Tournament with a 4-0 victory. On Friday, Sept. 6, the team met Lake Erie in their first match of tournament play. A 4-1 Lake Erie lead made for a tough first set for the Lady Cardinals. Lake Erie defeated SVSU 21-25 because of a match high hitting percentage. A Maria Vukaj kill set the tone for Saginaw’s second set against Lake Erie. With an early lead, the Lady Cardinals remained in control of the set winning 25-21. A dominant Saginaw Valley offense brought the Lady Cardinals to a 25-13 third set win. The fourth set looked similar for Saginaw Valley. The Lady Cardinals created both five point and four-point streaks to

defeat Lake Erie 25-15 and advance to 1-0 in the Clarion Tournament. The Lady Cardinals faced Clarion for their second match of the tournament. The first Saginaw point was one of many Emily Friesl kills. Friesl ended the Clarion game with a .583 percentage, hitting percentage and contributed heavily to Saginaw’s success. Saginaw won the first set 25-23. After falling behind to a Clarion fourpoint streak in the second set, Saginaw Valley responded with a four-point streak of their own. The set was won 25-18. Saginaw lost the third set 22-25. With a changed mindset, the Lady Cardinals continued with numerous threepoint streaks to outscore Clarion 25-12 in their final set and advance to 2-0 on the day. For the first match of play on Saturday,

Sept. 7, the Lady Cardinals met Pitt-Johnstown. Four Pitt-Johnstown kills and a Saginaw Valley attack error began a sluggish first set for the Lady Cardinals who fell short 21-25 in the first set of play. Steady play early in the second set for both SV and Pitt-Johnstown resulted in a 15-13 lead for Saginaw Valley and allowed them to end the second set 25-17. In the third set back and forth play was broken by three SV kills. From a 16-11 lead, Saginaw Valley maintained control over Pitt-Johnstown. A kill from Vukaj ended the third set 25-18. An early fourth set kill by Olivia Dean gave Saginaw Valley key momentum to carry them to victory. The fourth set ended just as it started. A powerful kill finalized the Saginaw Valley win 25-23, advancing them to 3-0 in the

Clarion Tournament. Saginaw Valley took on Bellarmine in their final game. Maintaining control over the set was no problem for Saginaw and they finished set one over Bellarmine 25-23. With Bellarmine starting in control of the second set, their momentum was quickly stopped. Saginaw went on a six-point streak and led to a 25-21 Saginaw win over Bellarmine. In the fourth match Saginaw’s high kill percentage and pressure forced error after error for the Bellarmine team. After a small three-point streak for Bellarmine, the Lady Cardinals regained control and ended the match 25-17. The Lady Cardinals will travel to Indianapolis Sept. 13 and 14 to compete in another preseason tournament.

Women’s soccer opens season with tough loss Morgan Couchman Vanguard Reporter

The Lady Cardinals suffered a tough loss against Maryville on Friday, Sept. 6 during a home game. The first half of the game ended without a single score from either side. SVSU made 17 shots. Jennifer Muana, a senior forward player, led with four shots. Ally Gaunt, a freshman goalkeeper, pulled through with three saves. The team lost 1-0 when, in the last 40 seconds, Maryville scored the only goal of the game. The team worked hard to push for a goal themselves but were unsuccessful. Head coach Michael O’Neill believes a loss at the beginning of the season won’t slow down the team. “After a defeat like today, we have to not feel bad for ourselves,” he said. “It’s easy to make excuses and point fingers, but we come back, say, ‘Today wasn’t our day,’ and put ourselves in a position to be successful on Sunday. It’s going to be the same attitude, effort, energy and positivity. Good things will come our way if we maintain that.” Players will use their experience from this game to help them prepare for the next. “The team’s goal is to improve from the first game,” Muana said. “Learn from our mistakes. Figure out where we messed up

and go from there. We can only go up from here.” According to Muana, support for one another helps them play better. “We usually get one another hype to get game ready,” she said “During the game, cheering each other on and being positive on the field helped a lot. We’re a very energetic and hard-working team, we just couldn’t get the ball through the net.” Hannah Tarnaski a senior attacking midfielder, also feels the team works well together. “We’ve been at it since the beginning of August, so I think that’s really helped with our team chemistry,” she said. Tarnaski said she won’t let this loss deter her or her teammates. “We have to stay focused and not let this loss get us down at the beginning of the season,” she said. “We have a lot to prove. We have a lot to get after and we just have to keep pushing.” The team already has plans to improve for future games. “We have to be more tough on and off the ball and play until the end of games.” Tarnaski said. “We have to be on our top game, every game, not being caught tired, not being caught not pressing or doing what we shouldn’t be doing. … Just being 100 percent.” The Lady Cards have another home game at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

In the season’s first home game, senior defender Molly Vanderhoff moves into position to stop the offensive drive from the opposing team. Vanguard Photo | Jolie Wyse

Football wins first game with new head coach Lauren Buckner Vanguard Reporter

On Friday, the SVSU football team traveled down to Kingsville, Texas, for its season opener and walked away Saturday night with a 35-14 victory against the Kingsville-Javelinas. The win is also head coach Ryan Brady’s first with SVSU. The Cardinals were led by senior quarterback Ryan Conklin, who helped secure

four of the team’s five touchdowns, passing for three and running for a fourth. The first quarter saw no points from either team. In the second, SVSU pulled away from the Javelinas, 14-0. With 3:37 on the clock, Conklin found wide receiver Chad Galliard down the left sideline for a 44-yard touchdown pass. The Cardinals quickly rebounded to score again, with Conklin passing to Nysir Minney-Gratz for a 30-yard touch-

down strike. The score was 14-0 at halftime. Kingsville put themselves on the board in the third quarter with a 22-yard passplay, to make the score 14-7. The Cardinals wasted no time with a response Conklin snapped the ball to Casey Williams on a route for him to finish off a 79-yard touchdown play. This grew the Cardinals’ lead 21-7 going into the final quarter. The Card’s defense got involved in the

fourth, with Marvin White picking off a pass and returning it 71 yards for a picksix, making the score 28-7. The Javelinas met that play with one more touchdown, but Conklin wrapped things up with 4:33 on the clock with a 13yard rush into the end zone to cement the Cardinal win, 35-14. The Cardinals are 1-0 in the 2019 season. The team will host Tiffin University at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, for the home opener.

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Cross country teams finish in the top at season opener

SVSU’s men’s cross country team begins the race (Left). Junior Ryan Tallbott and sophomore CarLee Stimpfel finish in the top three of the race (Right). Vanguard Photo | Matthew Hintz

Ryan Silvestri


Vanguard Reporter

he men’s cross country team finished atop the standings this weekend in its season opener at the Northwood Invitational as the women’s team finished second. Sophomore CarLee Stimpfel won the men’s 6,000 meter race of 18:24 as junior, Morgan Fuerst, won the women’s race in a time of 18:17. First year head coach Eric Phillips was pleased with the performances of both

teams. “It was a fantastic day, and I’m very proud of our efforts,” he said. “We approached the meet today from a workout mentality and kept things controlled.” Six of the Cardinals top seven runners from the meet are freshman or sophomores. “Across the board we are young but incredibly talented,” Phillips said. “However, we are relying heavily on the experiences and leadership of our upperclassmen to set the standard for the culture as we continue to take the team forward.”

Stimpfel said he believes the young talent in the Cardinal’s lineup is a good thing. “It’s super exciting to see the young guys up front and running well,” Stimpfel said. “A lot of people have stepped up and filled the roles our team needed filled.” On the women’s side, the Cardinals lost in a tiebreaker to Northern Michigan University. “Stepping up toe to toe with Northern Michigan’s impressive lineup was a testament to the hard work that they’ve put in,” Phillips said.

Although Northern Michigan escaped with a close victory, Phillips is still hopeful for the women’s chances come October. “A lot can and will change over the course of the season, but I’m excited about the mood of this women’s team.” Phillips said. Fuerst is also feeling good about the team’s future. “As a team, many of us got personal bests today,” Fuerst said. “I look forward to getting stronger as an individual and as a team and look forward to the having the chance to make it to nationals as a team.”

Men’s soccer has a strong start with win against McKendree Dylan Powell Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU men’s soccer team kicked off its 2019 season with a 2-0 victory at McKendree on Friday, Sept. 6. The team entered the season with high expectations. Even after losing some key players from last year, they managed to snag a No. 19 spot in Division II play. Additionally, the team welcomed new head coach Louis Barrow, a former SVSU soccer player. The team also traveled to Indianapolis to take on the Greyhounds on Sunday, Sept. 8, which concluded prior to this production of The Valley Vanguard. The first half of play against McKendree was mostly a defensive match, as neither

team could find a good angle in enemy territory. SVSU managed to tack up three shots-on-goal while McKendree could only find two. Both teams were aggressive early, finding their best shot attempts between the second and 17th minutes of action. Both teams adjusted, however, as neither saw much of a chance at goal. Sophomore midfielder Gabriello Calamita saw an opening in the 32nd minute, but both teams were ultimately held scoreless going into halftime. The second half remained largely similar to start. Both teams had a hard time keeping up with the other’s defense, as neither could get any good looks on goal. In the 58th minute, freshman midfielder Robbie Baker had an opportunity, but he missed out left. However, this opening

gave the Cardinals the right momentum to remain aggressive. During the 62nd minute, senior midfielder Connor Rutz gave SVSU its first points of the night, his eighth goal of his SVSU career. Rutz smashed a free kick past McKendree’s keeper to give the team a one-goal lead with less than 30 minutes to play. Only a minute later, junior midfielder Gaye Diadie had a chance to extend the lead with another shot-on-goal for the Cardinals, but it was saved by McKendree’s keeper. SVSU kept up its pace, as the team found another opening in the 73rd minute. Off of some nice setup by Rutz, sophomore midfielder Owen Marshall found the back of the net, his first goal as a Cardinal. This gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead heading into the final minutes of play.

McKendree tried to get into Cardinal territory to return some shots with time expiring. SVSU’s stout defense held strong, however, as McKendree could only find one shot-on-goal in the 85th minute, which missed out right. This was McKendree’s final chance, as time would expire, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 victory and momentum heading into the following weeks. Junior goalkeeper Mason Maziasz took home his first victory as a Cardinal, shutting out McKendree and earning himself three saves. The Cardinals’ next game will be an afternoon matchup at home against the Tiffin Dragons on Friday, Sept. 13, with a 3 p.m. start time. They will then take on the Alderson Broaddus Battlers on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m.

Eric Phillips named new cross country head coach Ryan Silvestri Vanguard Reporter

Eric Phillips was named head coach of both the men and women’s cross country teams in August. The previous coach, Jason Hartmann, accepted a position at Central Michigan University. A Saginaw native, Phillips attended Heritage High School and later competed at Grand Valley State University in cross country and track. His collegiate coaching career started at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. After leaving the University of Mary, Phillips went on to serve as the cross country head coach for Carson-Newman Uni-

versity in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Here, he coached one athlete to All-American honors. Expectations for the forthcoming season are high for Phillips, who aims to continue the rich culture of success and teamwork that has been seen in previous years. “Our goals are to continue building upon both the recent successes and the deep history of the programs and to show the nation what it means to be a Cardinal,” he said. The commitment to maintaining the team’s culture is important to Tellis Donajkowski, a senior on the team. “One of the biggest reasons we’ve had such success over the last four years is largely due to the culture,” he said. “We’ve

had excellent leadership on the team, and the expectations for what we want out of every person on the roster is communicated.” No stranger to the GLIAC, Phillips said he is excited to be back coaching in the conference he formerly competed in. “As for the GLIAC and Midwest region, I don’t believe there is a tougher conference to be in,” he said. “I’m a very competitive person, so why not take pride in lining up against the best of the best?” Phillips said he is also happy to be back in the city where he grew up. “This is home,” he said. “My wife and I were both born and raised here in town, so obviously from a family aspect getting back to Saginaw is unreal.”

Many student-athletes, including junior Maggie Pawelczyk, look forward to the experience Phillips brings to the Cardinal distance squads. She is optimistic that a change in coaches will further the team’s success. “(Phillips’) training will strengthen our team both on and off the course,” she said. “I believe (Phillips) will help our team gain a lot of strength and surpass new limits.” Next up for Cardinal distance teams is the Spartan Invitational on Friday, Sept. 13 at Michigan State University. Rounding out the month, both teams are set to compete at the Wayne State Invitational before they prepare for a busy month of October, which includes the GLIAC Championships on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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