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Kids and Sibs weekend activities include pancake breakfast, nerf-war and open gym.

A photo story from the music majors and concert that was held on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

SVSU swimmer Lydia Mattar claims first GLIAC championship in program history.

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Courtesy Photo | Kate Waskevich SVSU’s pro-life group Cardinals for Life traveled to Washington and participated in the March for Life.

Pro-life group attends march in Washington By Emma Kirsch Vanguard Reporter

President Tricia Cole and 12 other members of SVSU’s prolife group Cardinals for Life recently attended the March for Life in Washington. The group has 50 members, and its goals include promoting a culture of life on-campus while educating students on abortion, euthanasia and embryonic stem-cell research. Cardinals for Life left Thursday, Jan. 26, and traveled with the Michigan chapter of Students for Life. The rally began around noon on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Supreme Court building. From there, the students marched for two-and-a-half miles and heard from many speakers, including Utah Congresswoman Mia Love and Vice President Mike Pence. The most memorable part of Cole’s experience was the march itself and the enthusiasm for the cause of those who attended. “It was an overall joyous atmosphere, and it was incredibly difficult to not smile the whole time,” Cole said. Last year, weather complications prevented the group from attending the event, but fair weather prevailed this year. Kate Waskevich, a second-year nursing major, said that Love’s speech was the most memorable part of the march. “She has such an incredible story, and it gave so many

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I Heart SV Week aims to promote student giving, philanthropy By Emma Kirsch Vanguard Reporter

Forever Red is focused on creating a legacy of Red Pride, connecting students with alumni and enhancing the student experience. This week, it will present “I Heart SV Week,” which features a variety of events that promote multiple objectives. “The week has a number of different goals, but I would say the top of the list is education,” said Bryan Crainer, the associate dean for Student Life and Leadership and Forever Red advisor. “Forever Red strives to educate the campus community on the importance of philanthropy, specifically giving back to SVSU.” “I Heart SV Week” is designed to show the importance of donors to the university’s funding. The week’s Kickoff Event will take place today outside of the Marketplace at Doan. Here, students and faculty can return the change collected in the Forever Red coin banks as well as learn some information about donors. Furthermore, between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m., Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 20 percent of each purchase to Forever Red upon presentation of a Forever Red flier. Fliers are available on the Forever Red bulletin board outside the Marketplace at Doan. The Kickoff Event is followed by Tye Pride on Tuesday, Jan 14. Forever Red has collaborated with Pinterest with Program Board for the event, which takes place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Student Life Center. Free of charge, students can create different crafts, including felt pennants, which are aimed to inspire Red Pride. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, the 5 Under 5 Alumni Panel will be held in the Student Life Programming Room from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The 5 Under 5 Panel provides current students with a unique opportunity to interact with five recent SVSU graduates. “They have all graduated within the past five years, ,,,so they remember what it is like to be a student and what the transitions are like,” said Forever Red

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Relay For Life Vanguard Photo | Jacob Browning Participants walked the track inside the O’Neill Arena to raise funds for Relay For Life , which collected over $30,000 for the American Cancer Society. The event was hosted by SVSU’s Colleges Against Cancer and featured donations from students and RSOs.

Charity event raises over $30,000 to help fight cancer, provides entertainment for participants By Jacob Browning Vanguard Reporter


hile Friday, Feb. 10, marked only the opening of the donation season for the American Cancer Society, over $30,000 was raised by the end of SVSU’s annual Relay For Life event. Hosted by SVSU’s Colleges Against Cancer and held in the O’Neill Arena inside the Ryder Center, registered student organizations (RSOs) and community leaders gathered to financially support the fight against cancer, from noon until midnight. The money raised Friday will help individuals diagnosed with cancer retain use of vital utilities, pay for lodging and transportation to facilities, access accommodations during treatment, and have access to free medical information.

Without fundraising events like Relay For Life, cancer patients would have to find a way to pay for expenses, in addition to their medical fees, by themselves. Forty-eight to 50 teams participated in the Relay, including campus RSOs and agencies like Covenant HealthCare. Teams sold shirts, hosted contests and walked laps around the arena track. “We have a lot of repeat teams that come every year,” said College Against Cancer Vice President Jessica Hacker. Relay participants sometimes find more inventive ways to raise money. For a small fee, one could be followed by a recorder-wielding participant. The one being followed would then have to pay to stop the raucous noise. Thus, “Hot Cross Buns” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb” could be heard throughout the evening as Relay participants paid students to annoy their

friends, all in the name of supporting cancer survivors and those currently battling cancer. Sometimes, participants donated more than their time or money. John Vorderbrueggan, who attended Relay as a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) team, for instance, raised over $200 by accepting donations to either shave or save his hair. “I’ve been growing it out ever since last year,” he said. “I’ve dyed it the two previous years for Relay, but this year I wanted to do something different. It’s just an awesome cause.” At the end of the night, the amount of donations in the “shave” jar won out. Students then had the opportunity to donate one dollar to join TKE members on stage to help shave his head. “Having Relay at a college gets

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Student creating broadcasting RSO, bringing ‘Coop’s Corner’ to SVSU By Dylan Powell Vanguard A&E Editor

Communications major Darcy Dunham is working on crafting a student-run television broadcast program at SVSU. The program, titled “Coop’s Corner,” will be an opportunity for students to gain experience in the field of television broadcast and journalism. The show will attempt to create and maintain authentic and professional storytelling of happenings at SVSU and other topics. “Coop’s Corner” hopes to follow the format of a late-night show. “I always wanted to be on TV, either in front of the screen, behind it, or both in certain aspects,” Dunham said. “My studies (at SVSU) have allowed me to really indulge myself into the powers of media and the negative and positive stereotypes it can create.” “Coop’s Corner” hopes to create an environment that opens a venue for student discussion and highlights the positive aspects of what students can bring to campus. “I want to create something that will make an impact on SVSU,” Dunham said. “I want students to be able to tell their stories of triumph and hardship.”

Earlier this semester, Dunham conducted a survey gauging what students and faculty would be most interested in seeing from “Coop’s Corner.” The results showed that pop culture, individual/ RSO highlights, social issues and SVSU/ college-related sports were the most desirable topics for discussion. Those are the types of stories expected to be highlighted most prominently when “Coop’s Corner” gets off the ground. Thus far, the staff of the program has had multiple students and faculty show their commitment. Individuals include students Chandler Pawloski as video editor and director and Brionna Patton as one of the hosts and administrator of on-screen talent. Dan Goodell, video production technology specialist at SVSU, will be joining the team as a tech advisor, and SVSU’s Director of Web Communications Jason Swackhamer will be the director. “I’m excited to play a small role in taking this student-initiated idea and match it with appropriate university resources and expertise,” Swackhamer said. One of the challenges faced by Dunham leading up to the launch of “Coop’s Corner” has been gaining student interest in an attempt to make the program as successful as possible.

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Vanguard Photo | Kyle Will Communications major Darcy Dunham is creating a student-run television broadcast program titled “Coop’s Corner.” The show will focus on SVSU student experiences.

“I would love to see more students reach out and become a part of this program we are trying to create,” Dunham said. “To overcome this, we are working on flyers and hosting auditions for anchor and on-site interviewer positions.” “Coop’s Corner” is expected to be filmed in the broadcasting room in the Curtiss IT area. For those looking for more information, or those who would like to get involved with “Coop’s Corner,” contact Dunham at

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‘Kids & Sibs’ set for this weekend

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

Larceny At 7:02 p.m. Jan. 25, a 20-year-old male student reported that someone stole a Bluetooth adapter out of his car. He parked his car in K-Lot at 10:20 a.m. and returned at 7 p.m. to find a note on his windshield stating that someone took the adapter and he should have locked his vehicle. At 9:45 a.m. Jan. 26, a 19-year-old male student reported that he parked his bike outside of the Ryder Center overnight unlocked, and when he returned in the morning, it was missing. Property Damage At 3 p.m. Jan. 24, an 18-yearold female student reported that she parked her car in K-Lot about 12:30 p.m. and discovered that her rear window was broken when she returned. It wasn’t determined whether it was malicious or caused by the weather. Marijuana At 12:26 a.m. Jan. 29, University Police observed a car that did not stop at a stop sign. The officers made a routine traffic stop, and upon reaching the vehicle, smelled the faint odor of marijuana. The driver admitted to having a couple of grams in the car and gave it to the officer. The situation was turned over to Student Conduct Programs for resolution. At 1:43 a.m. Feb. 5, University Police observed a vehicle backed into a parking spot with its lights on. When police approached the car, it left, leading to a routine traffic stop. The officers smelled marijuana in the vehicle, and the occupants admitted to smoking. A small amount was found in the car. The situation was turned over to Student Conduct Programs for resolution.

Vanguard Photo | Jacob Browning Tau Kappa Epsilon member John Vorderbrueggan participated in Relay 4 Life’s charitable event by collecting donations to save or shave his head. In the end, participants who donated money chose the latter.

RELAY, continued from A1 younger people more involved for sure,” Hacker said. “It allows more interaction with college-aged students who I feel are often left out.” President of Colleges Against Cancer Courtney Franzel said it takes a lot of effort to throw the event. “To put something like this on, we started planning back in July,” Franzel said. “It takes a lot of commitment. The event brings everyone in the community out, and it brings people to SVSU.” While fundraising is a critical component to aiding those diagnosed with the disease, emotional support is also an important part of the Relay process. During the Luminaria Ceremony, participants

placed illuminated bags along the Relay walkway in remembrance of those who lost their fight against cancer. The Luminaria Ceremony allows survivors, families and friends to grieve, but it also acts as a grounding force, reminding participants of the need for funding events like the Relay For Life. Franzel said Relay means a great deal to those who participate and to those who benefit from the fundraiser. “This number is not just a total,” she said. “This is the help for a family struggling to make ends meet. This number represents lodging for family so they don’t have to travel as far. This number is another step closer, another step closer to a cure.”

Friday, members of the SVSU community can attend a Saginaw Spirit hockey game. Forever Red co-Vice President Heather Harvey. “Also, there is one members will continue to sell tickets and “I Heart SV panelist representing each academic college. It is great Week” t-shirts throughout the week, and the proceeds to be able to have an open discussion with alums who from ticket purchases funnel into the Forever Red have lived what we are currently going through.” scholarship. From 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, students Prior to the game, four Forever Red members will can participate in SVSU’s version of Jeopardy, which be selling merchandise in the lobby of The Dow will be hosted by Brady Duke, a third-year Event Center. The puck drops at 7:05 business management major and Forever p.m., and the game also serves as Red closed member. Categories Teacher Appreciation Night. include “FUNdraising,” “Are You Saturday Feb. 18, students Smarter Than a 100 Level Class?” are encouraged to cheer on and many others. both the men’s and women’s Teams of four will compete basketball teams as they face against each other in an effort Northwood University. The to win four $25 gift cards to women’s game begins at 4 a destination of the winners’ p.m., and the men’s game choice. The cost to enter the will follow at 6 p.m. Forever game is $40 per team, and Red will sell merchandise at registration will be accepted until the event as well. Thursday. To register, teams can While I Heart SV Week is email The event is focused on educating the SVSU open to all, and door prizes will be raffled community about the importance off. of giving back to the university, a Courtesy Graphic | “I’m really excited about the game night on Forever Red secondary purpose is to raise money for Thursday,” said Jessica McCullen, a member the Forever Red Scholarship. of the “I Heart SV Week” planning committee. “The “The proceeds from ‘I Heart SV Week’ and every (committee) worked hard to compile a great list of other Forever Red fundraiser support the Forever Jeopardy questions and learned a lot about SVSU in Red Scholarship,” Crainer said. “All current SVSU the process.” students are eligible for this scholarship, and it can be I Heart SV Week concludes with two sports-filled found online.” nights. Overall, I Heart SV Week will have many opportunities for students and other members of the SVSU community to learn about giving back, while participating in fun, Red Pride-filled events. “It’s important to have an event like this because many students aren’t aware of how they can give back to SVSU,” McCullen said. “‘I Heart SV Week’ is a great opportunity to educate students and to reach out and extend our gratitude to our generous donors.”

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WALK FOR LIFE, continued from A1 people hope and reason not to have abortions,” Waskevich said. “She had the whole crowd in tears. It was truly life changing,” According to third-year mechanical engineering major and Cardinals 4 Life executive board member Nathan Binder, Vice President Pence emphasized the importance of protecting vulnerable populations within a society, including the disabled, seniors and unborn. Furthermore, Pence expressed a desire that the pro-life movement be characterized by its gentleness, love and compassion. “He stressed the importance of having compassion and winning hearts only after our own hearts break for young mothers and children, and urged the pro-life movement to meet mothers where they are with generosity instead of judgement,” Binder said. After the march, the group went on a bus tour to see the monuments in Washington for the remainder of Friday. Saturday, some of the members of Cardinals for Life attended the Students for Life of America conference at the Glen Arden

The Residence Housing Association and Residential Life will host its annual Kids & Sibs event on campus this weekend. Kids & Sibs encourages students to invite younger friends and family members to campus for a special weekend of fun activities and engaging events. “Kids & Sibs has been taking place at SVSU for more than 35 years,” said Director of Residential Life Michele Gunkelman. “It is one of the two weekends during the academic year when students are permitted to host overnight guests under the age of 18 in their residential rooms.” The Resident Housing Association and Residential Life provides leadership opportunities on campus and encourages the best experience in housing for students. Kids and Sibs kicks off on Friday, Feb. 17, with regular events at SVSU that are now open to those bringing their younger companions along. The events include a virtual reality demonstration in Student Life from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., open basketball and volleyball on Campus Recreation Court No. 3 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., a special game night in Student Life from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. and an open screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in the Thompson Student Activities Room (TSAR) at 9 p.m. “(The event) allows students to show off their ‘home away from home’ and expose their family and friends to the SVSU campus,” Gunkelman said. “Students serve as the host/tour guide around campus.” There will also be multiple unique activities for participants on Saturday, Feb. 18, including the popular pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the Marketplace at Doan and a large Nerf-war, sponsored by Program Board, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and again from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the TSAR. Check-ins for the guests will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday in Groening Commons or 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday in the Rotunda. For those who would like to register their guests before the dates listed, one can fill out a pre-registration form found at It is not required for students to have registered guests with them in order to attend any of the events, though it is encouraged. Along with the regular and unique activities taking place, Residential Life also hopes to highlight both the men’s and women’s basketball games taking place against Northwood University on Saturday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The games encourages those participating in Kids & Sibs to go out and support Cardinal athletics to show their younger companions another slice of what it is like to be a part of the SVSU community. For those looking to lend a hand to Kids & Sibs, the event will be accepting volunteers this week. If interested in volunteering contact Residential Director James Wright at

Event Center. The conference contained many significant speakers from the prolife community and focused on educating those in attendance about a variety of topics. Saturday night, some students attended mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, the largest Catholic Church in the United States. Sunday, the group returned to SVSU about 11a.m. Binder, along with other group members, try to emphasize love, support and indiscriminating nature through their efforts. “The only thing I want others to know is that the pro-life movement is not antiimmigrant, anti-BLM, or entirely pro-Trump/ conservative,” Binder said. “This movement is about helping others through love and resources. The reason abortion is our main focus is the loss of 58 million children. These children were black, white, children of immigrants, children in rich families, impoverished families and would be born into almost every walk of life imaginable.” Cardinals for Life will hold its next meeting Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Brown 205.

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Advice to those hesitant about going to the gym By Brandon Willson Vanguard Reporter

Embarking on a journey towards a healthy lifestyle can be intimidating to many people. It can be full of questions, embarrassment and fear. I can personally attest to these feelings, as I used to be an overweight high schooler that didn’t even know where to begin. I was lucky, however, and found great teachers in the coaches of my high school athletic teams. As I slowly began to get the ins and outs of the fitness industry, including exercising and dieting, I realized that these fears are purely stigma brought on by people who simply did not reach their goals and became bitter towards fitness. As I soon saw my body fat shrink and my confidence grow, I realized anybody can do this if they have the right mindset and work ethic. First, I would like to eliminate the idea that the gym is a scary place that is filled with meatheads and judgmental people. One should never be afraid to step into a fitness facility. I found that the most helpful, nice and honest people are the ones who are most fit.

People like myself, who have been working out for years and have seen results, do want to give helpful tips and see someone push themselves beyond what they thought was possible. Yes, they may be intimidating, but find someone you admire and ask questions, a lot of them. This is part of the learning process in fitness and is only beneficial. If someone is ever discouraging, it is because they are unconfident with themselves in the gym. I love seeing a new person in the gym working as hard as possible to achieve a goal. There is something to be said for a hard-working person, and there is no better time to start the journey. The stereotype that gym goers are “meatheads” is simply false. I can assure you that some of the most intelligent people I have met are the ones that bench press twice their bodyweight and look shredded on the beach. The stigma that gym girls are full of themselves and showoffs is entirely false as well. Those girls worked for the bodies they have and are willing to help you nine times out of 10. The only judgment I have seen in the gym from these enthusiasts is towards people who walk into the gym acting they own they place and cause a scene, all the while not putting in 100 percent effort. This strikes a nerve in gym goers and will simply get you nowhere. If you are working to your body’s

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full extent and trying to improve yourself, there is no judgment, regardless of body size, strength, or any other factor. So, walk into the gym with confidence, but always be humble. There is always going to be a weight you cannot lift, and there is no such thing as the perfect body. My advice to someone who is trying to better their body is this: start today. Don’t wait until the New Year or next week. Start the day you have a vision of your future self. Find helpful diet and exercise tips in books, on the internet, and through experienced fitness enthusiasts. Always put in maximum effort in and out of the gym. I hear unhealthy people say they quit lifting or dieting because they didn’t get the results they wanted. I call that laziness. If nutrition and intensity stay on point and your mind is completely into your vision, you will achieve your goals. Having the best body possible isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would have it. It is beyond encouraging to see someone set a goal for themselves in the gym and then accomplish. I hope to keep seeing our SVSU students working hard and getting to their best selves, in and out of the gym. Brandon Willson is a computer-informationsystems sophomore and a Vanguard reporter. Reach him at

Travel ban a security farce By Brian Fox Vanguard Columnist

On Jan. 27, President Trump signed Executive Order 13769, which for 90 days barred the residents of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States. It also restricted the total number of refugees that could enter the country in 2017, indefinitely banned all refugees from Syria and stranded lawful permanent residents originally from those countries who happened to be traveling abroad when the order was implemented. Trump’s executive order was immediately challenged in court, resulting in a restraining order that suspended the ban. At the time of publication publishing, the travel ban remains suspended while the case is litigated. The Trump administration has tried to argue that the executive order does not actually constitute a Muslim ban. They call it a “geographic ban,” targeted at specific countries. It’s true that not all Muslims are banned under the order. About 85 percent of the world’s Muslims live outside of the seven countries subject to the travel ban. However, this argument is clearly made in bad faith in light of Trump’s previous islamophobic rhetoric and what we know of the development of the travel ban. This executive order comes after Trump campaigned on an explicit promise to implement “... a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” along with calls for surveillance against American mosques and a database of all Muslims residing in the U.S. Rudy Giuliani recently stated that while the original idea behind the travel ban was indeed a “Muslim ban,” Trump approached him to put

together a team of experts who could help the administration write up an executive order that would survive court challenges. Giuliani and his commission decided to focus on geography, claiming that the countries selected represented especially dangerous terrorist threats. Seems fine and dandy, if it weren’t complete nonsense. Most jihadist attacks on American soil have been committed by American citizens or legal residents. In terms of terrorist plots that do originate overseas, the travel ban does little to protect Americans. The executive order cites the 9/11 attacks as the type of thing it’s trying to prevent. However, the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon and the UAE, countries that are not covered under the travel ban. No one in the U.S. has been killed by a terrorist attack committed by someone from the seven countries subject to the ban since at least 1975. Why is the travel ban applied so inconsistently, targeting some countries yet ignoring countries with well-known histories of exporting terrorism and jihadist ideology? We can shed light on this question by looking at what the countries covered by the ban have in common. First, they are all relatively minor players in the geopolitical arena and have little ability to retaliate either diplomatically or militarily. Second, six of the seven countries have been subject to current or recent bombings by the U.S., with the exception being Iran. The U.S. has instead imposed a multitude of crippling sanctions and covert operations on Iran for decades. In other words, the Trump administration has little to lose in terms of diplomatic influence with the countries affected by the ban. Third, Trump holds no business holdings in any of the countries covered by the ban, as opposed to many of the Muslim-majority nations that weren’t targeted. The inconsistent nature of the travel ban is further evidenced by what countries are not

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included. Saudi Arabia officially promotes the extremist ideology of Wahhabism, and donations from wealthy Saudi nationals remain a primary source of income for Sunni terrorist groups. Saudi Arabia also buys billions of dollars of military hardware from American arms manufacturers, a relationship that a ban on Saudi travel into the U.S. could jeopardize. In terms of preventing terrorism, the travel ban is a farce. The Trump administration has fooled its supporters into thinking Trump’s original promise of religious discrimination at our borders has been fulfilled, while risking relatively little on the international stage and without alienating major customers of the U.S. arms industry. Meanwhile, the ban is already being celebrated by jihadist groups as reinforcing their framing of the U.S. as being at war with Islam. The Trump administration has handed extremists a monumental propaganda victory with no national security gains to show for it. No one can claim that refugee resettlement does not come with certain challenges. These are challenges that our country signed up for when our government decided to launch some of the greatest foreign policy debacles of modern times through years of military adventurism and irresponsible promotion of violent groups in the Middle East. Martin Luther King Jr. said during the Vietnam War that the U.S. was the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. Those words are as true today as they were then, but there is more than one type of violence that a global empire can utilize. Invasions, bombings, economic sanctions and coup d’états are more obvious forms of violence, but so is shutting the door in the face of refugees and forcing them to return to the humanitarian nightmare our country is directly responsible for creating.

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Music majors perform for evaluation

What makes a film ‘so bad it’s good’? By Dylan Powell Vanguard A&E Editor

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Music majors from various different areas of performance arts gave their senior performances to be evaluated for graduation. The performances took place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall to a large crowd. Friends and families of the performing students came out to show their support and encourage the best performances possible. The stakes of these performances were relatively high, as they were a gauge for whether or not the students involved were ready to walk at graduation and potentially begin their careers in music.

Local film festival highlights Michigan filmmakers By Dylan Powell Vanguard A&E Editor

The annual Made-in-Michigan Film Festival (MiMFF) returned this year for the eighth time, offering new films to be watched and discussed. The MiMFF is a non-profit organization that seeks to display the talents of local filmmakers in an attempt to celebrate the talent and passion of those who decided to choose Michigan as their home for making movies. This year, the festival took place in the Bronners Performing Arts Center in Frankenmuth and showcased various different films, both short and feature length. The first night of the festival was a special one, as its horror theme was one that many were looking forward to. This night also highlighted two of the festival’s award-winning feature films, “The Alchemist’s Cookbook” by Joel Potrykus and “Accidental Exorcist” by Daniel Falicki. Potrykus took home the award for best narrative feature,

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while Falicki left with both an award for best film overall and best lead actor. The next two days of the festival were packed with various different shorts ranging from lighthearted and comical to deeply dramatic and thought-provoking. Both narrative films and documentary films were displayed periodically throughout the weekend. Some of the highlights of the shorts section included Robert Butler’s “A Girl on the Mat,” which won awards for both best lead actress, Julie Kline, and best supporting actress, Aphrodite Nikolovksi. Butler’s somber story of how tragedy can affect families in profound ways was a hit with the audience as well as fellow filmmakers and showed much promise from the up-and-coming director. One of the most informative sections of the festival was a panel that was held during the second day that included seasoned Michigan filmmakers including Butler, Falicki, Lisa

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Enos, and Joshua Courtade and was moderated by Potrykus. The panel covered various topics that included some of the challenges faced by being filmmakers in Michigan as well as some inside information as to what it is like to be a filmmaker in general. One of the main topics discussed and most useful to those interested in making films was one that most up-and-coming filmmakers have to deal with when getting into the business, which is how it is possible to fund a project like a film. Butler suggested to “start low” and make the budget more realistic, as first-time filmmakers must prove themselves before investors will be willing to shell out enough money for a million-dollar budget. “Something that I see a lot of first-time filmmakers do is that they’re like, ‘This is my baby. I’ve been working on this script for years and years and I need to make it for $200,000, I’m going to go for broke, I’m going to give it everything I got,’” Potrykus said on the topic. “So you ask every rich uncle, every neighbor, every doctor you know … and after you get done, that rich uncle is never going to give you money ever again, so I always recommend to filmmakers, start really low and just slowly walk up that budget ladder. Otherwise, you start high, and it’s not going to be your vision, that first film.” The panel was a perfect example of what the MiMFF sets out to do every year with the festival. Not only does it display the works of filmmakers here in Michigan, but it also encourages those with an interest in film that it is an attainable goal, and when it comes to making art, one should not let his or her apprehensions get the best of them.

There are many different standards when it comes to the quality of a film. Some films blow audiences away with their profound ideas and artistic presentation, while others are so lazily slapped together that it makes you wonder why the people involved even bothered to make them in the first place. However, there is this generally ignored area somewhere in between, in which a movie is so baffling in its delivery that it actually becomes a unique and enjoyable viewing experience. This area is the “so bad it’s good” pantheon of filmmaking. From “Plan 9 From Outer Space” to “The Room,” these films are a peculiar brand of their own. But why is it that these films stand out and thrive in their awfulness rather than fall to the wayside like thousands of other mediocre films? The best way to pinpoint exactly why these films gain their cult followings begins with the people behind making them. The two most recognizable examples of films such as these are “The Room,” by Tommy Wiseau, and “Troll 2,” by Claudio Fragasso. What is most interesting about these two films is that they are revered and beloved by many for very similar reasons, while at the same time being universally recognized as poor attempts at filmmaking. The directors/writers of these films were men who should not be in the business of making movies. They had no prior experience and no understanding of how a film is made, and both are from foreign countries and clearly have little understanding of what makes a movie a success in America. However, these two men both share something that is invaluable to making such catastrophic masterpieces: unrelenting, unrivaled passion. Everyone who has ever seen “The Room” or “Troll 2” understands that they are basically comedies of error. Not one performance, line of dialogue, or edited scene works or makes sense by any stretch of the imagination. The directors of these two films, however, believe with utmost certainty that they not only did a good job, but also did an incredible job. This in and of itself is laughable, but, in a way, it is charming and begs to be respected. It takes a special brand of dedication, honesty, and passion to create a movie that ends up “so bad it’s good.” These films are the unfiltered brainchildren of some of the kookiest minds ever to step foot on a film set, and it is fascinating to witness what they came up with. It is useless to try and make sense of anything because there is very little rhyme or reason as to what happens. All we know is that these men wanted to make movies and were willing to do anything to achieve their dreams. Wiseau did not care that his scene in which his main character (played by him, of course) walks into a flower shop was so needlessly rushed that it appears as if every line of dialogue is out of order. He just cares that he was able to film the scene at all, and the fact that it exists is a point of pride to him. Fragasso could care less if his teen actor’s delivery of the common term of “Oh my god” was so awkwardly delivered that it became meme-worthy. He is just happy to be in the director’s chair, watching his vision become a reality and his dream come true right before his eyes. Unwatchably bad films certainly exist, but the reason they are deemed unwatchable is mostly due to how little effort was put in to the final product. It would be ignorant to assume that all of these movies were a failure due to the lack of caring from those involved. However, when the final cut of the film comes out, and the mistakes bringing it down come off as a lack of attention and passion, it is difficult to fully get behind those films. For example, M. Night Shyamalan’s adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is not an enjoyable film to watch. It has some of the same mistakes seen throughout “The Room” and “Troll 2” (poor acting, lackluster visuals, questionable casting, etc.) but it is not as enjoyable to sit through due to Shyamalan’s clear lack of respect for the source material. All of the changes he made to adapt the show to the big screen were ones that were proof of the fact that he never truly cared for the beloved Nickelodeon property, most evident in the baffling race-swap of all of the characters. Affection for the craft comes through in full force throughout both “The Room” and “Troll 2,” and it is a part of what makes watching these films so enjoyable. When someone is creating something with fire in their belly and a smile on their face, it is contagious. Intentionally bad movies exist, but even the sharpest minds could never come up with something so endearingly terrible as Wiseau and Fragasso’s films.

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Flood Watch: Is this the end of Tiger?

By Jeremy Flood

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Tiger Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday, Feb. 3, after shooting an opening-round, birdie-free, 5-over 77. The WD was due to back spasms that were unrelated to his past back problems, according to his agent. Throughout numerous complications, I’ve always been on his side, never doubting the ability of the greatest golfer ever to live to come back from injury. But one time when I was in the hospital, I shared a room with this camel who was in for a broken back. I asked him how he did it, and he said someone put a bunch of straws on his back, and then all of a sudden, one last straw became too much and dislocated some vertebrae. I guess this deal with Tiger Woods is kind of like that. I just wish there was a metaphorical saying to go along with it. Anyway, after Tiger himself testified to the media that his first round was pain-free, Tiger withdrew due to back spasms. Since this isn’t the first time he’s ever contradicted himself when it comes to his health, it’s pretty hard to believe his agent when he says that these spasms are unrelated to past back ailments. Sounds like some “fake news” to me. Sad! Now I’m never going to say never, but at some point, I have to admit defeat. Or Tiger’s defeat. I’ve always said that he would never win another major, but I was a believer he’d win another tournament. Now, I have a very hard time believing he’ll ever win on tour again. As sad as that is, I just think that this guy needs to know how to pace himself, and maybe the only pace his back is comfortable with is retirement. However, with a lifelong pass to both the Masters and the PGA Championship, along with being able to play at the Open through age 60, I don’t see Tiger passing up the opportunity to tee it up at Augusta National. Even if he plays in majors, perhaps Tiger needs to consider retirement soon. As they say, golfers don’t retire, they just fade away. I don’t think he can give up yet, but this latest episode is just one step closer to the end of the era of the greatest ever.

The SVSU men’s and women’s swim teams both placed fourth in the GLIAC conference championship meet. SVSU was the host of the competition, where it saw the programs first individual conference championship when Lydia Mattar won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:15.09.

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he Saginaw Valley men’s and women’s swim and dive team hosted the 2017 GLIAC Championships last weekend. Both teams finished the competition placing fourth in the conference. The women’s team scored 438 points, and the men’s team totaled 354 points. Sophomore Lydia Mattar did not place worse than fourth in all five of her events. She was the first Saginaw Valley swimmer in program history to win an individual GLIAC championship, claiming the top spot in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:15.09. “It is such an honor to be able to represent SVSU and such a blessing to have this amazing opportunity,” Mattar said. “It feels really special to bring home the first gold for my school.” Mattar also placed second in the 400-yard IM, timing out at 4:22.82. Her time of 1:02.83 in the 100-yard breaststroke was enough for a third place finish. She completed the 200-yard IM in fourth place with a time of 2:03.78. Mattar was joined by teammates Amanda Thielen, Alexa Bloom and Melanie Soenksen to finish third in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:47.96. The same relay team also finished the 200-yard medley in fourth place, touching the panel at 1:44.37. Thielen finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke. The sophomore finished with a time of 56.72. The junior Soenksen finished fourth in the 100yard freestyle, finishing with a 51.42 time. She placed fifth in the 50-yard freestyle, having a time of 23.67.

Bloom finished the 100-yard butterfly in third place. The freshman was narrowly edged out of second place with a time of 56.87. Rebeca Martinez placed third in the 400-yard IM. The junior touched the final panel with a time of 4:23.60. Her time of 2:05.24 was enough to place fourth in the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Wilhelmina Francisco finished sixth in both diving events. She scored 368.65 in the 1-meter dive and 374.25 in the 3-meter dive. “The team performed very well at GLIACs this year,” Mattar said. “Our performance was definitely a success, especially being such a young team. We had many top eight finishes and countless personal best times.” Senior Tanner Peltier mirrored Mattar’s words and celebrated the team’s efforts. “The team performed great overall,” Peltier said. “When perfection is expected, there’s bound to be disappointment, but overall the team performed incredibly well and will only get faster and better in the coming years.” Mattar also mentioned how the home-pool advantage was beneficial to the team. “It was such an advantage to host the meet and be at our home pool,” she said. “We swim in this pool every day, so we know it better than anyone else. It’s been great not having any bus travel to and from a hotel, and having all our meals right on campus.” Sophomore Shaun Yap had the highest finish for the men’s team. He placed third in the 100yard breaststroke with a time of 54.15. His time

of 2:00.55 in the 200-yard breaststroke gave him a fourth place finish. The relay team consisting of Yap, sophomore Tyler Miller, sophomore Dylan Kopacki and freshman Christopher Allen finished the 200-yard medley in third place with a time of 1:31.31. Freshman Jayden Hutchinson finished fourth place in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:05.99. Hutchinson and Yap were joined by Peltier and sophomore Michael Spears for the 400yard freestyle relay. The team finished fifth with a time of 3:05.71. The team of Hutchinson, Peltier, sophomore Peter Lin and sophomore Dalton Pokley timed the 800yard freestyle at 6:55.96, placing fourth. Pokley finished seventh in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.41. “This season as a whole has been outstanding,” Mattar said. “It was our best season yet, and everyone really stepped it up this year. The team chemistry and support has changed this year for the better. We are very supportive of one another.”

Cardinal men split weekend against U.P. foes By Gabe Kasper Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU men’s basketball team traveled to the Upper Peninsula last weekend, where it topped Northern Michigan on Thursday and fell to Michigan Tech on Saturday. Against Tech, SVSU traded buckets until taking the lead 8-7 with 13 minutes left in the half. The Cards got to the largest lead of the first half at 15-11 with nine minutes remaining. It took the Huskies five minutes to close the gap, cutting the Cardinal lead to one. Tech later finished with an 8-2 run that gave

them a 23-22 lead at halftime. After a CJ Turnage layup 10 seconds into the second half, the Huskies exploded with an 11-3 run that gave them their largest lead of the game. Saginaw Valley didn’t get close enough to make the Huskies uncomfortable until a Jake Daniels layup made it 64-60 with six seconds left in the contest. A pair of Tech free throws late sealed the deal, giving MTU the 66-60 win. “We played a very tough and physical game,” head coach Randy Baruth said. “Defensively, we gave up a seven-point possession and some open three’s, and we missed layups, free throws and open shots at the other end of the court. That proved to be the game.”

Turnage led the team with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Wade Gelhaus added 11 points of his own and 12 boards. Malik Garner scored a dozen. Thursday night, Saginaw Valley held the Northern Michigan bench scoreless in what was an exciting 63-62 Cardinal win. Turnage exploded in the win, going for 26 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and four blocks. Garret Hall added 14 points, four assists and three steals. Saginaw Valley (15-10, 8-10 in GLIAC) will travel to the Upper Peninsula again next week to take on Lake Superior State before hosting Northwood in the final home game of the regular season.

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Track and field teams finish fourth in GVSU Big Meet By Brandon Willson

Wendling continues to add to record books as SVSU splits weekend games

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The SVSU track and field teams finished in a combined fourth place this past weekend during a meet involving top Division I and II teams. The Cardinals competed in the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, where the men’s squad finished in second and the women finished in 16th. The teams’ combined ranking left SVSU behind Miami (Ohio), GVSU and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Head coach Rod Cowan was impressed with his team throughout the two-day meet. “Considering how big the field was, I think we did a really good job,” he said. “Our athletes scored the most points we’ve scored as a team. Being able to go out and score as well as we did in the regional class field like that was really good for us.” The meet, different from previous meets, was scored on a team basis. The meet began on Friday with primarily field events and prelims. Anna Fochesato leaped into eighth-place in the high jump at 1.55 meters. For the men, junior Brady Watson finished fifth in high jump at 1.95 meters. Jullane Walker took sixth in the 60-meter dash invite with a time of 6.93 seconds. SVSU finished the day in 29th place as a team. The Cardinals had a huge rebound the following day with big finishes by some top performers. Ce’Aira Richardson continued her stellar season with a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash open with a time of 56.92 seconds, snagging eight points for her squad. “She’s a pretty tenacious young lady,” Cowan said of Richardson. “At this point, it’s really about trying keep her healthy, focused, and training at a high level so when the opportunity presents itself, she can take full advantage.” In another open event, the women’s 60-meter hurdles, Lauren Huebner finished in eighth. Alicia Tomlin and her fellow runners took 10th in the distance medley open as well. On the men’s side, SVSU’s 4x400-meter team took over the track with a first-place finish. In the 60-meter dash, Walker finished runner up, while Travon Phillips crossed the line in fourth in the 60-meter dash. Juan Bowers dominated in the 200-meter dash with a first-place finish at 22.12 seconds, earning 10 points. Team leader Sam Black also came in clutch, finishing the men’s high jump in first place. Watson had a respectable third-place finish in the triple jump. Another top athlete, Ryan Kelly, took home gold in shot put while putting up 10 points for his team. Cowan also expressed optimism about his team’s future. “We have the ability to be a top-five team in our conference championship and a top-20 team in the national meet,” he said. “It’s a game of inches.”


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he SVSU women’s basketball team split a pair of conference road games last week, beating Northern Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 9, and falling to Michigan Tech on Saturday, Feb. 11. Against Michigan Tech, senior forward Emily Wendling became the program’s all-time leader in free throws made, and she is closing in on the program’s all-time scoring record as well. The Lady Cards now won 11 of their last 13 games, bringing their overall record to 19-5 and GLIAC record to 15-3. On Thursday, SVSU defeated Northern

SVSU senior forward Emily Wendling scored 25 and 27 points in the Cardinals’ two games last weekend. Wendling broke the program record for all-time free throws made against Michigan Tech, and she is closing in on the program’s all-time scoring record as well.

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Michigan 62-60. Wendling led the charge on offense, scoring 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including 5-6 from the free-throw line. She also added a game-high seven rebounds. Senior guard Katelyn Carriere and sophomore forward Halee Nieman were the other two Cardinals in double digits for scoring. Carriere notched 10 points, making three of her four shots. She also went four for six from the charity stripe, including making a free throw that put the Lady Cardinals up two points with a few seconds remaining. She added three steals and three assists. Nieman scored 12 points on 4-6 shooting. She made both of her three-point attempts. Guard Hannah Settingsgaard anchored the defense. The sophomore had a careerhigh four steals in her 33 minutes of play. After the game, head coach Jamie Pewinski said the team played well and fought hard for the road victory. “We got a great effort tonight against a tough Northern Michigan team in a tough place to play,” Pewinski said. “We were forced to use some different lineups, but we just continued to work hard. Any road win in this conference is big, so we’re very excited to get this one.” The team then traveled further north Saturday to take on Michigan Tech in Houghton, where the Lady Cardinals were beaten by the Huskies 82-57. The team struggled from the field, making only 19 of its 55 shot attempts. As a unit, they shot 1-12 from beyond the arc. Michigan Tech, on the other hand, shot 11-19 from the three-point line and 27-

59 from the field. SVSU started off slow on the offensive side of the ball, getting outscored 20-9 in the first quarter. The Lady Cardinals then went into halftime down 44-27. The third quarter saw the team score 13 to the Huskies’ 15, but SVSU still struggled from the field. As a unit, they shot 2-12 in the quarter. The game was rounded out with Tech outscoring SVSU 23-17 in the final quarter. The Cardinals also lost the battle of the boards, getting outrebounded 41-27. Wendling again led the team in scoring, netting 27 points. She shot 8-13 from the field and a perfect 11-11 from the freethrow line. Settingsgaard was the other Cardinal to score in double figures. She scored 11 points on three-of-eight shooting. Wendling’s performance was her 14th game of the season with 20 or more points. Wendling became the school’s leader in free throws made, surpassing the previous record of 440. She also grabbed a teamhigh six rebounds. “It feels really good to know that I have helped make a mark on this program and to help make this program a league leader again,” Wendling said. Wendling’s 27 points brought her within 72 points of the record. She has 1,850 career points. “To become the all-time leader would feel great, but I never would’ve been close to it without my coaches and teammates throughout my whole career,” she said. On top of that, she was also named to the College Sports Information Directors of America’s Academic All-District Four Team. She holds a 3.94 cumulative GPA in occupational therapy while scoring 17.8 points per game. The team continues GLIAC play in the Upper Peninsula with a game on Thursday, Feb. 16, against Lake Superior State at 5:30 p.m. The team returns home on Saturday, Feb. 18, for its final home game of the season against Northwood. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. “We are just looking to take some big steps forward and start playing our best to finish out the season and play into March,” Wendling said. “We are going to keep focusing on playing together and focusing on defense. I think we still have our best basketball ahead of us.”


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