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A&E: OMSA and Program Board host coffee house event together

Opinion: The importance of rest

Sports: Voleyball sweeps Purdue

Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

Vol. 55 No. 5

Saginaw Valley State University’s student newspaper

POLICE BRIEFS Unresponsive resident

On Sept. 21, officers were dispatched by Saginaw County Central Dispatch to University Village for a SVSU resident not responding correctly. The student was evaluated by MMR and left in the care of their roommates. It was determined the student may have smoked marijuana and the symptoms were a result of smoking too much.

Vehicle break-ins

SVSU students support the Battle of the Valley fundraising efforts by registering for the date auction held on Sept. 29. Vanguard Photo Editor | Justin Kruskie

BOV returns without GVSU Alyssa McMillan

Vanguard Editor-in-Chief


espite Grand Valley State University (GVSU) dropping out, Battle of the Valley kicked off this week. GVSU dropped out in the beginning of July, however, SVSU is holding the annual charity event to benefit Self Love Beauty. Battle Chair Madison Pignatelli described the organization.: “This year ’s beneficiary is Self Love Beauty,” she said. “Their mission is to educate, invest and

impact individuals on the importance of self-love and confidence to empower them to be the best version of themselves.” Self Love Beauty works to make life-changing results through workshops, conferences, and special events. They use these to teach people throughout all phases in their lives. The organization was founded by Lisa Thompson in 2012. She wanted to make a place that promoted confidence needed to build social and emotional skills vital to positive development.

Its website lists its core values which include self-love, confidence, health, empowerment, community and inclusion. Besides workshops, in 2016, it started a clothing line Beautiful Me. A few Battle of the Valley events were held throughout the week including pie a professor, battle all-stars, a dunk table, a date auction, a color run and more. Due to the weather, pie a professor and Greeks in the square were both moved into the Stu-

dent Life Center. Despite GVSU dropping out, SVSU was determined to hold the event. “It definitely had an impact, but we wanted to persevere and raise money,” she said. “Dropping BOV wasn’t even on the table for us. I think it made us stronger to fight for the fundraising that has been around for 20 years.” A full list of Self Love Beauty’s workshops can be found on their website:

Officers are investigating a string of vehicle break-ins that took place between Sept. 22-23. While two residents reported their vehicles being rummaged through with nothing taken, one resident reported $2 in change missing while another reported a backpack with two laptops stolen. It is unclear if these incidents are related.

‘Blind’ bandit

On Sept. 23, officers were dispatched to University Village regarding a suspicious situation. Residents reported several door blinds missing and believe someone may have been in their apartment. No suspect was located.

Intruder On Sept. 23, officers were dispatched to University Village for a suspicious situation and possible unlawful entry. One of the residents reported being woken by an unknown subject in their room shaking them. The subject then left the apartment, heading in an unknown direction. This case is still under investigation.

Vehicle damage

On Sept. 24, officers spoke with an SVSU resident student regarding damage to their vehicle. The student advised the driver’s side mirror on their vehicle had been damaged overnight while it was parked in University Village. There is no suspect information at this time.

Vehicle accident

Pie a Professor (bottom left) was moved indoors due to rain. Students could pay to pie a professor or students. Vanguard Photographer | Sarah Brege

Microbiology freshmen Spencer Pickett (bottom right) gets purchased for $30 after showing his macho side. Vanguard Photo Editor | Justin Kruskie

Active Minds hosts Empty Chair Display Emma Urbaniak Vanguard Reporter

Active Minds held its annual Empty Chair Display on Sept. 27 in an effort to raise awareness for suicide. The display consisted of 20 chairs lined up outside the marketplace. In total, the chairs represented 1,100 college students who are lost to suicide each year. Each chair displayed information relating to suicide such as statistics, personal stories and ways to help. President of Active Minds, social work senior Shelby Spangler,

explained the purpose of the event. “Each chair represents 55 students that take their lives each year,” she said. “We do this every year to raise awareness for suicide. Having an event like this provides a place where students can openly talk to us about the topic.” Treasurer of Active Minds, criminal justice major Miranda Selph, emphasized the uniqueness of the display. “A big factor of the event is the visual part of it: the statistics, the stories, and seeing what these people have gone through,” she said. “Seeing how often [suicide] hap-

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pens can really shine light on how severe it is. People keep sweeping it under the mat and it really needs to be brought to the plate.” A few of the E-Board members from the mental health-based RSO held a table sit during the event, offering resources and education to those passing by. “We have resources out for students, such as the national helpline number and the SVSU Mental Health and Wellness Center information,” Spangler said. Spangler pointed out that this event is held annually in honor of Suicide Awareness Month.

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“September is Suicide Awareness Month, so we like to hold the event to bring more light and awareness to the topic,” she said. Spangler hopes that the event lets people know that it’s okay to ask for help, and resources and support are available. “I feel like this is something that people don’t want to talk about, so they pretend that it’s not happening,” she said. “Suicide is definitely a huge issue in this country that needs a lot more attention to it, so we like to do this event to show it’s okay to talk about it and it’s okay to ask for help.” A&E......................A2 Opinion..............A3 Sports.................A4

On Sept. 26, officers responded to parking lot J-1 for a two-car property damage accident that had just occurred. One vehicle had accidentally struck a parked vehicle while attempting to park in a space. No injuries were reported.

Vehicle accident

On Sept. 27, officers responded to the intersection of College West and Collings Drive for a two-car property damage accident that had just occurred. There were no injuries.

Microwave fire

On Sept. 27, officers responded to Living Center South for a call for a microwave on fire. Officers arrived on scene to find that the microwave had been extinguished and there was no physical damage done to anything else in room.


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Program Board and OSMA team up at Coffee House Faith Howell


Vanguard Reporter

n celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, students around campus gathered together on Sept. 26 for Program Board’s annual Coffee House event. This was the second Coffee House event of the year, and more will come later in the semester. The event consisted of poetry, Latinx music, prizes, crafts and even Mexican hot chocolate. Each of the night’s events represented another form of Hispanic culture which provided an atmosphere full of celebration and security. This event held cultural importance, even in the crafts that students created , which consisted of every child’s favorite party activity: piñatas. Occupational therapy junior Natalie Oakwood attended the event and described her experience as both enlightening and community-building. “I had never thought of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in a way like this,” she said. “Getting to listen to the

poetry and making the crafts provided some room for open conversations and a safe space to learn. I also got to try the Mexican hot chocolate, which was a new experience as well.” In addition to the educational aspect of the event, Oakwood enjoyed the social relief as well. “I had so much fun hanging out with my friends who attended as well,” she said. “Being able to step back from school and enjoy art and music together was so cool, especially since the craft was a piñatas.” She said this event gave her the opportunity to do things she normally wouldn’t. “That experience was definitely interesting and not something I would usually go out of my way to create as an artist myself,” she said. “It was a great reminder that there are always things to do around campus that you can attend to meet new people, try new things, and just get away from the craziness of school without going too far.” Program Board encourages anyone with ideas for events like this in the

Creative writing freshman Vee Kryscynski (left) and psychology freshman Lexi Hauss (right) welcome students attending Latinx night Coffee House. Vanguard Photographer | Sarah Brege

future to come to a meeting or simply message the organization on Instagram. Program Board hosts event planning meetings for students that would like to participate. The next one is Oct. 5 in the

Student Life Programming Room from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The next large Program Board event, Pinterest Night, will take place on Oct. 4 in the Programming Room.

Cardinal Radio and OBU get students debating

Students intently listen to how social media affects their day-to-day life. They discussed different topics including gender roles, social media, relationships and marriage. Vanguard Photo Editor | Justin Kruskie

Connor Rousseau Vanguard Reporter

Cardinal Radio and the Organization of Black Unity (OBU) RSOs partnered to organize a Red Table Talk event in the Alumni Lounge on Monday. The event, which was recorded, held conversations revolving around topics of gender roles, the influence of social media and relationships, marriage and more. Students got together and asked controversial questions in a safe and respectful environment where all ideas were heard and everyone was given an opportunity to share their opinions. The host of the event posed different questions, asking the group whether they thought men or women should take the trash out, cook, do the dishes, among many other household chores and responsibilities..

Answers varied, but most agreed that the man should be the one to take out the trash and that the person asking someone else out on a date (whether it be a man or a woman) should be the one to pay for the meal. Mariah Baker is a communication sophomore who hosted the event and served as a moderator. “The goal is basically to get different perspectives on life from different people here at Saginaw Valley,” she said. “There are a lot of different people that come from a lot of different areas and you can see how everybody thinks about one topic, and at the end we can agree to disagree and we’re [going to] have fun.” Baker said that the best way to communicate these kinds of events and spread the message to other students is to reach out by word of mouth. She also

said these events are about building a community and bringing people together. “When you go to these events, you feel like you know everybody; you feel like they’re like a small family,” Baker noted. Byron Leake is a finance senior who is the president of the Organization of Black Unity (OBU). “OBU has a strategic meeting every year and we decided we wanted to collaborate with all the RSOs on campus,” he said “We wanted to make sure that we’re doing events with everybody this year to make our organization better.” Leake said the event has been planned for about two months. He said that bringing different RSOs together and networking with other people is key in college, and encourages other students and RSOs to do the same. “Based off life, it’s not really about what

you know; it’s about who you know, and networking is one of the biggest things you can use as a tool in your lifetime,” Leake said Maddy Bochenek is a communication senior who attended the event. She heard of the event through the Corq app and said that she thinks these table talks have the potential to bring the campus community together, but wished it was advertised better. She also said that it would have been a better event if it started on time, since it didn’t start until an hour after it was scheduled to begin on the Corq app. Bochenek said that the event was interesting and got her thinking. “My greatest takeaway from this event was getting to hear everyone’s opinions on certain topics and figuring out why they feel that way,” she said.

Guest speaker Su’ad Abdul Khabeer gives lecture Trinity Sullivan A&E Editor

Saginaw Valley State University hosted guest speaker Su’ad Abdul Khabeer Wednesday, Sept. 28 as part of the Dr. Raan Akbar Memorial Lecture Series. Khabeer is a professor at University of Michigan and graduate of Princeton University, as well as being an accomplished writer and activist. She gave her presentation on the intersection of race, religion, and Islam in the United States, which she refers to as “Muslim Cool” Her presentation delved into the history of hip-hop in the South Bronx, and the styles of expression associated with the music style, including art, dance, and cultural production. The presentation explained how the musical outlet allowed the voices of those who were traditionally silenced to be heard in a mainstream media, and how that aided in reconnecting Muslim African-Americans and other people of color to their spiritual and cultural identities. After the lecture, Dr. Khabeer spoke about her upcoming project during a The Valley Vanguard 110A Curtiss Hall

Q&A session with the audience. “I’m in the throes of my next project, working with my mother’s archive,” Khabeer said. “She was born in the 1950s, she was a student activist, she belonged to the Black Panther Party, she converted to Islam and raised me as a single mother.” Khabeer talked about how the historical significance of her mother’s generation offers lessons for today. “I feel like that generation has a lot we can still learn from, and the only way we can is by collecting and sharing their stories,” she said. Following the presentation and Q&A, those in attendance had a chance to purchase and have signed Khabeer’s book on the subject, titled “Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip-Hop in the United States.” Gabe Monger, a fifth year music education major, gave his thoughts on the lecture: “The diversity in the Muslim community was really eye-opening to me” he stated. “I guess the majority of people don’t really think about African-Americans in the Islamic community. It was cool to see the impact hip-hop had on the culture and the movements in history about fighting against unfair conditions.”

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer talks about the importance of race, religion, and hip hop during the Dr. Raana Akbar Lecture Series which she calls “Muslim Cool.” Vanguard Photo Editor | Justin Kruskie

The lecture series is named for the late Dr. Akbar who served on SVSU’s board of control, as well as advocated for education and Islamic awareness in her community. The lecture series hosts annual guest speakers and outreach to bring Islamic

topics to the center of conversation. The program featured an introduction by SVSU’s president, Donald Bachand, as well as DR. Waheed Akbar, the husband of the late Raan Akbar, and David Nichols, a professor of philosophy at SVSU.

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A day of rest could improve our health Fayth Powell Reporter


ndless papers, exams, and reports fill up my schedule as my college career takes off. Everyone around me is either stressed or depressed. Mental health is at an all-time low as fear of failure slithers its way through the crowd. All-nighters of study and stress are nothing new as it eats away at each person, while burn out is right around the corner. What if that picture were different? What if we all took a break and rested? What a difference that would make. Rest is proven to improve mental health, concentration, and memory. Why

do we avoid something that improves our lives so drastically? Not only am I talking about the roughly eight hours of shuteye we should get each night, but a day free from to-do lists and draining activities. Just one day, a day to do the things that make you happy, do the things we are passionate about. Just one day a week where you can do the things that make you happy. This day could be the day when you could recoup from a stressful week or start on something that has been put on your heart. I, myself, have found this one full day of rest to be very beneficial. I have discovered that if I complete all my work for the week before my day of rest, I can focus on the things I want to do, rather than work. Also, I can regain my energy after hectic weeks, so I can be ready to

face the upcoming week. Even in the midst of crazy seasons, with the holidays approaching in the upcoming months, we can rest in the midst of it all. Taking this day of rest is a time to be filled, it is taking time to do things that feed our souls, rather than drain them. It is also a time to be grateful for simple pleasures in life. I know what you may be thinking, this is great and all, but how, in all of my busyness do I plan a whole day? It’s important to be flexible and plan it ahead of time so you can plan your work and schedule around it. You could make a list of all the things you need to take care of before your day of rest. Also, this day could look drastically different depending on your daily life. It could be taking a walk around the neighborhood, catching up on a good

book, or creating something. It is very tempting to want to work on your day of rest. I have been there, especially when I have three exams in the next week. However, the outcome is greater than the present desires of work, and you will be able to get more done as well. If you have children, you could set an example of rest and have them join you. In this spinning world, everything seems like it’s at such a fast pace, whether it’s a line that needs to go faster, or wishing the years of tests and papers away, we want more time in our lives to do the things that matter to us. However, with this idea, you could get that every week and enjoy the life God gave you. If we keep going at the rate we are with no rest in sight, the result will only end in unmet expectations and an exhausted community.

Review: ‘The Black Phone’ is a true chilling thriller movie Alyssa McMillian Editor-in-Chief

Horror movies seem all the same nowadays. It’s almost too predictable. Killer goes after group, each one dies, final girl does something crazy and wins. I love these movies but sometimes knowing the ending gets boring. That’s just one reason I’ve always loved psychological thrillers. The ending is never as easy to guess. You actually have to watch to figure out what’s going to happen. With Halloween coming up, a ton are starting to come out. One that just came out is “The Black Phone”. “The Black Phone” (without any

spoilers) is about a serial killer who kidnaps a young boy. A black phone keeps ringing in the basement and gives the boy clues on how to get out. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It’s one where you never know what is going to happen next. The killer is obviously unhinged and that shows throughout the whole movie. The movie was based off a book which was written by Joe Hill, also known as Stephen King’s son. Stephen King is known for his twists. His books never end the way you think they’re going to, and his son followed in his footsteps. The movie is more than just a slasher film where they have to catch the serial killer. There’s a little girl who’s trying to solve the case through dreams and so much more.

Ethan Hawke plays the killer, and I won’t lie, when I saw that I was a little worried. He’s a good actor but is he really cut out to play in a horror movie? Nonetheless, the killer of a horror movie? This one was more complicated than Jason or Michael. It’s not a killer who just slowly follows behind and never talks. Hawke had to act completely insane. I mean, the killer is literally called ‘The Grabber’. And Hawke did a great job. He played a character who is unlikeable and scary, exactly as he needed to. The little boy, played by Mason Thames, also gave an unforgettable performance. Child actors can be a huge risk but he made the movie even better. It’s obvious throughout the movie that the little boy is supposed to be the underdog. He’s not the person you expect to win.

At the same time, he has a lot going on at home. The kind of things that most kids would want to run away from. Thames does a great job of handling these heavy topics. A horror movie dealing with children has to be done right and can’t be taken lightly. Hawke and Thames both did their part to make the movie great. Another reason this movie is so scary, which I’ve talked about before, is how realistic the movie is. There’s hints of things that wouldn’t happen in real life but most of the movie is pretty realistic. The main part of the movie is just about a child serial killer and one of his victims. That alone sounds like a good plot. It’s scary to think that things like this happen every day in society. Seeing what could be is more terrifying than the usual fantasy.

Metered parking systems on campus makes no sense Trinity Sullivan A&E Editor

For some unknown reason, the metered parking situation on campus makes me beyond frustrated. To begin, I really and truly do not see the point, especially in residential lots. I understand it may be intended to help people’s parents, grandparents, and other visitors have closer parking to the building, but that’s completely negated by their mobile paymet system. The expectation on someone to download an app, or wrestle with the text system to park their car and see their children is beyond me. If your grandparents are anything like mine, they’ll give up, go park in the further visitor lots, and put themselves

through the strain of walking across campus. The walk may be fine for most college students, but for those with disabilities, chronic illness, or simply the elderly, it can be quite an undertaking. My parent visited campus recently, and neither the app nor the text-messaging system functioned properly, it turned what should have been a laid-back family visit into a tense game of checking for a parking ticket every five minutes. The implimentation of an electronic system in addition to a physical meter would be fine, and make that parking more accesible to visitors, however, the removal of physical meters is just asking for trouble. Yes, vehicles with handicap permits are allowed to park for free at metered spaces, but not everyone who needs a handicap permit has one. My grandfather uses a cane and dosen’t do well walking long distances, but still dosen’t have one. This also dosen’t account for people

with strollers, small children, or other such needs who may perfer closer parking to accomodate these needs. Sidewalks are slick, and someone who is pregnant could fall and seriously injure themselves and their baby when made to treck across campus because the electronic meter system is too much of a hassle. If Parking Services truly intended to use this metered system to ensure closer parking for visitors, they could add a type of visitors pass for the day, allowing those who need accomodative parking who may not have a handicap pass to park freely in the metered spots. By allowing day visitors to request a metered pass, the university could provide better accomodations for a more broad spectrum of needs and circumstances, while not missing revenue because, frankly, how much are they really making on the metered parking spaces? If they felt so strongly about it, they could disallow said passes to current

SVSU students to help ensure that the parking spaces are still avaliable to visitors. Overall, many aspects of SVSU’s parking policies are downright strange to me, and I find them to be somewhat predatory. I understand to an extent enforcing that freshman stay in the freshman lot, but upperclassmen lots, such as Pine Grove and UV lots, should be interchangable so students who may not want to walk can more easily visit their friends across campus. The lots are on opposite sides of campus so people parking in each other’s lots just to park there in that case would be rare. In conclusion, I feel that parking policies on campus do more harm than good sometimes, and can’t be explained by anything other than a source of revenue. The metered parking on campus is just one example, the way the system works, I feel it does more harm than good.

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Volleyball wins against Purdue University Northwest

The volleyball team cheers as they score another point. The team won a total of three matches against Purdue University. The next game will be on Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. Vanguard Photographer | Capri Khola

Faith Howell Vanguard Reporter


successful and triumphant win over Purdue Northwest this past Friday ended the SVSU Volleyball three match losing streak in the GLIAC conference. The Cardinals and Purdue Northwest bartered for three long matches that ended in 25-18, 25-22, and 25-22. The game occurred right here at home in the Hamilton gymnasium and left crowds excited to see what the Cardinals will accomplish next. This victory led them to a 9-7 season, which placed the team at 5-3 in the GLIAC tournament.

SVSU held Northwest’s percentages down right from the beginning of the first match. After Northwest took the lead due to Cardinal service error, Sarah Veale bounced back and dominated the court with a 17-10 service lead–two of which happened to be aces. The two teams battled back and forth for the last seven points of the match, and the Cardinals ended up pulling out the win. The team lost their footing when Purdue took an 11-5 lead in the second match, but an impressive offensive performance by Patricia Pratt helped the Cardinals to regain its balance and earn some points. The Cardinals continued in a similar fashion for the beginning of the last match

until it soared past Purdue Northwest once again. Purdue carried with a 13-6 lead until Rylee Zimmer and Peyton Gerstack came through with an explosive attack performance. The two teams battled each rally until the Cardinals soared to a 22-19 lead over Northwest. SVSU called a timeout, which slowed some of its momentum and allowed Purdue to gain three points and tied it up 22-22. Two offensive errors by Northwest allowed Rylee Zimmer to seal the SVSU victory. Madison Thompson, second-year hitter from Reese, scored ten kills throughout the three matches.

“Overall, Purdue has been challenging everyone in the GLIAC so it was good that we closed out the game in three sets. We had solid contributions from our pin hitters, which allowed us to spread the offense and we locked down on serve receive, which led us to success.” Rylee Zimmer, junior hitter, also had 10 kills which helped the Cardinals to forge ahead with a strong offense. Zimmer also held up a strong back row with 16 digs. This was closely followed by Kelsey Vittiow, sophomore defensive specialist, who also had a strong defensive performance with 13 digs. The Cardinals continue with its season on Oct. 7 at Davenport University at 5 p.m.

SVSU cross country holds second annual Red October Run

The women (top left) huddled before the start of the meet. SVSU hosted the second annual Red October Run on Oct. 1. This run was non-team scoring event. Vanguard Photographer | Anna Alexander

The men also huddled before they competed (bottom left). John Buck (bottom right) finished the race in the 13th place. The team will ompete again next week. Vanguard Photographer | Anna Alexander The Valley Vanguard 110A Curtiss Hall

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