The Valley Vanguard Vol. 55 No. 13

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A&E: Students de-stress for finals with ‘Builda-Bag’ event

Review: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ is good, but not great

Sports: Women’s basketball defeats Wayne State

Monday, Dec. 5, 2022

Vol. 55 No. 13

Saginaw Valley State University’s student newspaper

L e f t t o r i g ht : Et h a n R o s e , Ab i g a i l Wa l k , Ke n n e d y K re g e r a n d Je f f re y R a m s e y c o mp e t e d a n d p l a c e d at t h e A m e r i c a n Mo o t C o u r t C o mp e t i t i o n . C our tesy Photo | UC omm

Moot court teams place at competition Alyssa McMillan

Vanguard Editor-in-Chief


n Nov. 12 and 13, four members of the moot court team competed and placed at the American Moot Court competition. Political science major Ethan Rose competed for the first team. He and his teammate, management major Abi Walk, finished in

third place overall. The other team, which consisted of political science majors Kennedy Kreger and Jeffrey Ramsey, finished in fourth place. Rose explained what happened at the competition: “We competed against other schools in something like a mock trial. Only in moot court, there aren’t witnesses or a jury, it is like a Supreme Court case, so it is only the attorneys and the judges,”

he said. “Me and Abi both give a 10-minute argument, during which the judges can ask questions at any time. Then the other school goes. We get scored on clarity of the argument, court room decorum, how well we answer questions, and our knowledge of the cases we use and the record.” This year’s case dealt with a 15 -year-old boy who was convicted of attempted murder and was sen-

tenced to life without parole. Now an adult, he was appealing the case. Rose said he worked with the other team to prepare. “We spent a lot of time working with Jeff and Kennedy, the other team at the Columbus national, as well working with our professors.” He believes they did what they could, but he would change some things if he could. “I think getting an earlier start

would have been helpful,” he said. “I also play baseball here at SVSU and so I was playing baseball all summer, so I didn’t get a chance to get into the readings until late August when most other schools and competitors start at the beginning of the summer.” SVSU’s moot court program has made it to nationals almost every year since it was first created in 2010.

Education fair connects students to employers Trinity Sullivan Vanguard A&E/Opinion Editor

Saginaw Valley State University education majors had the opportunity to connect with future employers on Dec. 2 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Bachand Hall. The job fair was hosted by SVSU’s Career Services office, and was aimed specifically at education students. Those in attendance had the opportunity to connect with school district representatives from across the state to network with prospective employers and prepare for their future careers. Allison Binkley, an occupational therapy sophomore, works as a

front desk student employee for Career Services. She explained a bit about her outlook on the campus job fair events: “The career fairs are full of opportunities for all students on campus,” she said. “Not only do we hold general fall and spring employment fairs, but ones suited to majors, like the education and (manufacturing and technology) fairs.” SVSU’s Office of Institutional Research estimates that roughly 12% of SVSU students are in the university’s education program as of the 2022 fall semester, totaling 912 students over all class standings. SVSU’s College of Education

also boasts a 95% job placement rate for graduates, partially thanks to outreach from Career Services such as job fair events. “The education (fair) we just held is so important for all education majors as we have school districts from all over Michigan and out of state attend to recruit teachers,” Binkley said. “These fairs are opportunities for networking, campus engagement, career opportunities, and internship opportunities.” SVSU Career Services recommends that students attending job fair events dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes to ensure success upon meeting potential employers.

Students early in their degrees also benefit from job fairs, Career Services staff often note, because it gives them a chance to prepare for what employers in their field are looking for in candidates ahead of time, collect information and make better informed choices regarding their future careers. The education fair gave students a chance to walk away with physical prizes as well. All attendees were given the chance to enter a drawing for a free SVSU diploma frame. In addition, many tables offered students candy, pencils and other small gifts to help students remember them in their future job searches.

POLICE BRIEFS Driver strikes tree On Nov. 28, officers were dispatched to Lot R for a vehicle that hit a tree near the parking lot. The driver accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. The driver advised they were not injured.

Roommate disagreements On Nov. 28, officers spoke with an SVSU resident student regarding threats being made by a roommate. Upon investigation it was learned no threats were made and the disagreement was over money.

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Students de-stress for finals at ‘Build-a-Bag’ event Faith Howell


Vanguard Reporter

he weeks before and after finals are never easy for college students. The two-and-a-half-week period in between Thanksgiving and Winter break has become an infamous time of mental strain for students across the board. In an attempt to alleviate some of the student body’s distress, Student Association held an event targeted to students who need a little extra help. The event, which was called “Builda-Bag” was held last Wednesday in the Rotunda. It was part of SVSU’s Mental Health week and was scheduled to last from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Students at the event had the opportunity to socialize and put together personal self-care stress survival bags for their upcoming exams with their own needs and preferences in mind. Vincent Ford, third year professional and technical writing major, was one of the event coordinators for many of the different events throughout Mental Health Week. “I worked with Kari as one of the main planners of Mental Health Week,” Ford said “We bought a bunch of items such as slime, snacks, candy, stress toys, chapstick, and stickers. We allowed students to pick out what they wanted.” This mid-week event provided students with a fun and unique way of destressing after classes.

The Student Association on Nov. 30 recieved better feedback from the campus community than expected, as the event ended early due to low supplies. “Overall, we ran out of items very quickly. We’re excited to continue to bring the rest of the even lineup to students,” Ford stated Kari Brown, second year and visual arts education major, shared her experiences in helping plan the event. “The Build a Bag event was made to help student’s overall mental health by providing them some free stressrelieving goodies,” Brown said “This event impacted my perspective of what the students here need in order to help their mental health, especially during this time of the term. In addition, it gave

me insight on how to improve this event in the future to accommodate the needs of fellow students.” Mental Health week also featured other events such as an art walk, yoga, and a mental health presentation given in collaboration with Self Love Beauty. Self Love Beauty was this year ’s Battle of the Valley benefactor. Student Association will be tabling outside of the Marketplace from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday this week. More information on upcoming Student Association events can be found on Corq. Students may also visit their instagram @SVSU_sa or their facebook @SVSU Student Association to contact the RSO.

Photo story: student groups perform at showcase

Performers from Cardinal Grace & Rhythm, ENCORE, Hip-Hop Crew, Red Royalty and more join to perform during Scarlet’s Showcase hosted on Dec. 2nd. Vanguard Photo E ditor | Just in Kr usk ie

ENCORE, the singing and dancing group for students at SVSU, perform Good 4 U, Some Nights, Electric Love, and I’m Still Standing during Scarlet’s Showcase on Dec. 2nd. Vanguard Photo E ditor | Just in Kr usk ie

Cardinal Rhythm & Grace perform a variety of tap, ballet, and lyrical acts during Scarlet’s Showcase on Dec. 2nd. . Vanguard Photo E ditor | Just in Kr usk ie

Performers from Cardinal Grace & Rhythm, ENCORE, Hip-Hop Crew, Red Royalty and more join to perform during Scarlet’s Showcase hosted on Dec. 2nd. Vanguard Photo E ditor | Just in Kr usk ie

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Review: ‘Dont Worry Darling’ is good, but not great Rebekah Williams Reporter


he new Amazon Prime movie Don’t Worry Darling captures similar feelings of many classic movies like the Truman Show and the Stepford Wives. The movie’s narrative is about a woman living in a utopian world (called Victory) where gender roles from the 1950s dominate their life. Alice, played by Florence Pugh spends her days preparing meals, cleaning, and caring for her husband Jack played by Harry Styles. However, Alice begins to realize that something is not right about this “perfect” little life that she is living. The movie, while categorized as a drama/thriller has moments of a scary

movie or a psychological thriller. As I watched the movie, there were times where I didn’t know who was telling the truth and who was the deceiver. This is one of my favorite things to experience when I watch a movie, to find the line between what is real and what is fake. While watching I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the next intense moment. However, there were times where the movie dragged on. It wasn’t until after the movie was over that I realized how much time there was between the plot points in the movie. While watching they it didn’t seem to drag as long, but for the length of the movie it needed a bit more content. The suspense was good, but those long pauses between them created a dull feeling. Even though it did have some similarities to other movies before it, like

the Truman show; the time period the selected and the way people entered this utopian world felt unique. For me the time period added a lot of value to the depth of Jack and the other men’s feelings to care and provide for their families. (Similar to what is seen now in society) It brought out the other women’s feelings in the show about raising children and their value in a family. A common theme throughout the movie was the role of children, their importance contrasted with life without them. One of the most mind-boggling things about the utopian movie was deciding, “What parts of this is real?” I think the ending focused too much on leaving plot holes and lining things up for a second film. The movies intent was to leave people thinking and wondering about this utopian world and the problems it created. Yet, its larger focus on lining itself up

for a second movie distracted from its takeaways. I enjoy movies that leave me wondering about how close reality can come to a place like Victory. There is something so interesting to me in finding the trends that drive rational people to think irrationally and force themselves into another world that they created. After watching, these questions remained on my mind, but they were blurred with the dragging plot line and the plot points that seemed irrelevant to the movies goal. A good movie leaves mysteries to entice you to come back, but a bad movie overdoes those mysteries to the point of annoyance; causing viewers to turn away. Despite the movies cons I would recommend watching it, especially if you like movies with a twists and turns that blur the lines of reality.

Your healing is a process that only you understand Faith Howell Reporter

I have never been one to neglect selfcare–whether that be listening to my body, understanding my mind, or feeding whatever fuels my soul. I am diligent when it comes to the improvement of my overall being and state. Daily life, however, is riddled with unexpectedness and unimaginable circumstances. No matter how much you read or study or plan, you never truly know what your next day may hold. As of 2022, this has never been more evident to me. In the span of minutes, your whole life could change. This is why I believe it’s so important to become self-aware; after all, if life is continually unpredictable, your own mind is a home that can be a space for

you to understand. The question then becomes this: what do I do if even my own head doesn’t feel like a safe space anymore? There does not have to be an event to cause such a thought, but circumstance surely drives a question such as that. In this case, I’d like to examine what that type of healing might potentially look like for an individual suffering from the fragility of an unforeseen future based on the current state of one’s life. We have all heard the phrase “healing isn’t linear ’, right? It is easy to hear, but a truly different idea to process. Healing can look different for every individual based on a variety of factors. First, what they are healing from holds a lot of power over what healing looks like. Second, how they cope affects the process. Third, knowing what to do next always comes into question. Healing from a traumatic experience, no matter what it may be, is contingent upon the realization that that healing needs to take place. If we do not

recognize our need, the healing process then becomes…artificial. It is easy to throw a patch on your heart and call it good. It is easy to distract yourself and fill your days with things that don’t really matter. It is easy to push it down so that we don’t have to feel the pain at all. What’s not easy, however, is feeling every single thing that you are, through and through. What’s not easy is recognizing that in order to truly move on, you have to just let yourself be in whatever state you are in. What’s not easy is thinking every toxic thought you think only to take it captive, over and over and over. The human experience is not just defined strictly by the times in which the sun seems bright and the smiles come easily. The human experience is also based upon everything you feel when you’re not quite sure why or how or where you are gonna go next. There is no timeline to healing. There is no universally right way. There will

be days where you cannot even seem to move or get out of bed. And there will be other days where you’re happy again despite all the hurt. And then there will be the days that you don’t feel anything at all. No matter what kind of day you are having today, allow yourself the grace and time to understand that wherever you are is an okay place to be. We put too much pressure on ourselves and what we’re supposed to feel like. Just feel. Just be. No matter what you are experiencing or how you are feeling, remember that it is right to feel but difficult to dwell. If it hurts, let it hurt. But don’t let the pain dwell on you for longer than it was there in the first place. Cole Essenburg, my colleague, boss, and friend all in one, said something to me recently that his dad once told him. This is something I am trying to live by lately. He said, “Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.”

We need to address our toxic relationship with lip balm Danielle Carlisi Reporter

Lip balm is like a toxic relationship: it promises to bring peace but leaves you worse off than before. As the weather worsens, cracked and dried skin plagues everyone who steps outside for even a moment, so lip balm feels like a necessity. But is this product what it’s cracked up to be? No. No it’s not. Society’s obsession with lip balm is an epidemic, and people need to be more aware of its issues. First of all, its affects are temporary. Lip balms provide nothing more than

momentary relief, according to TheList. com. It is completely counter-productive to invest in something that doesn’t always work. It’s an addictive product. Sure, there is no nicotine involved in its making, but once someone gets too comfortable with the feeling of lib balm and applies it constantly throughout the day, there’s an issue. It causes people to go out of their way to get it even if it’s at the expense of being on time, and it’s money down the drain. Also, if lip balm is not in hand for one occasion, it can be extremely painful to deal with that inflamed skin. Scented and flavored lip balms like ChapSticks further irritate skin, according to American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD).

These products with flavors, like mint, eucalyptus, citrus, peppermint and more, are known to take out the natural oils on your lips which leads to quicker evaporation of liquid. Even if products are promised to be medicated, like Blistex, there is still the integration of the artificial scent. It’s better to avoid all of these lip balms and try Vaseline instead. Used in moderation, this application is not harmful. As stated before, it can provide temporary relief for irritated skin. Before bed, lip balm can be applied to repair the lips overnight, but constant use makes for bad habits and irritation. The barrier created by lip balm traps in moisture, but if used habitually, the skin refuses to produce healthy oils on its own, according to It’s painful to be reliant on lip balm,

and lips are a thin layer of skin prone to dryness. It’s important to take care of them using other, more reliable techniques that aren’t useless money-grabs. The actual solutions to chapped lips are simple, cheap, and actually effective in preventing the problem in the first place. The first, which is at no cost to you, is to stop licking your lips. Breaking this habit may be hard, but its likely why The next step is to stay hydrated to keep your skin moist. Another thing to consider is plugging in a humidifier for those who breathe through their mouth at night. Using these self-care tips, dry lips can be healed within a couple weeks, according to Healthline. Bottom line is be aware of how much you’re using lip balm and take the steps necessary to create healthy habits this winter season.

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Lauren Sollom shoots two free throws and scores 1 point for SVSU, putting them ahead 55-44 against Tiffin on Nov. 29. Vanguard Photo E ditor | Just in Kr usk ie

Women’s basketball wins against Wayne Cameron Brown


Vanguard Reporter

aginaw Valley State University women’s basketball hosted Wayne State University this past weekend for its conference opener. The Cardinals won in an overtime thriller by a score of 72 – 68. SVSU, starting the season with two consecutive losses, have now won six straight games and hone an overall record of 6-2. Kaitlyn Zarycki had a team high 23 points while shooting 6 of 13 (46%) from the field. Zarycki also led the Cardinals with seven assists and added six rebounds and four steals. The senior guard played a game high 44 minutes. Forward Tori DePerry posted a double-

double with 17 points and a game high 11 rebounds. DePerry now averages 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds a game this season. Off the bench, Victoria Stafford had a season high 14 points while shooting 6 of 8 (75%) from the field. The Cardinals and Warriors traded buckets from start to finish, but the Cardinals managed to hang on as Zarycki iced the game with a late layup. SVSU led in total rebounds, assists, and points in the paint. The Cardinals had 25 points off turnovers compared to Wayne State’s 11. SVSU will look to extend its winning streak to seven games next Dec. 6. The Cardinals will host Parkside University at James E O’Neill Arena for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

Tyler Scheid attempts and misses a jump shot while playing against Tiffin on Nov. 29. Vanguard Photo E ditor | Just in Kr usk ie

Men’s basketball improves record against Wayne State

Kevonne Taylor jumps to block Great Lakes Christian guard, TQ Belcher, from making a layup on Nov. 29. Vanguard Photo E ditor | Just in Kr usk ie

Tre Garrett attempts to block Great Lakes Christian from making a one-point shot during the game on Nov. 29. Vanguard Photo E ditor | Just in Kr usk ie

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Freddie McIntosh makes a 3-point jump shot, putting SVSU ahead 18-8 against Great Lakes Christian.Vanguard Photo E ditor | Just in Kr usk ie

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The Saginaw Valley State University men’s basketball team hosted Wayne State University this past weekend for its conference opener. The Cardinals, sitting at 3-4, overcame an 18-point deficit, improving their overall record to an even 4-4 and 1-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference. Jiovanni Miles led the Cardinals with 22 points while shooting 8 of 11 from the field and 50% from beyond the arc. The Macomb Community College transfer also added three assists, one rebound, and one steal to pair with his dominant offensive showing. Fellow guard Maurice Barnett had 18 points off the bench and shot over 50% from the field. Barnett continued to pad the stat sheet with an additional four rebounds, two steals, and a single assist. Point guard Tre Garrett flirted with a double-double and posted an impressive

12 points along with nine boards. Garrett was the Cardinals leading floor general, dishing out five assists. Sophomore guard Freddie McIntosh was one of four Cardinals in double digits and contributed 14 points of his own. McIntosh has now scored double digits in seven of the Cardinals eight games. The Cardinals trailed the Warriors by a score of 46-28 going into the half. However, a 15-0 scoring run pushed the Cardinals ahead 58-56 for its first lead since the opening minutes of the first half. The teams exchanged buckets during the final minutes, making it a one possession lead for the Cardinals. SVSU converted at the free throw line down the stretch and came out victories with a score of 75 – 66. The Cardinals shot exactly 50% from the field, with four players reaching double figures. Due to its strong second half, SVSU starts the season undefeated in conference play and looks to add to the win column as the team travels to Findlay next Tuesday (Dec. 6) for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

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