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Annual conference a ‘great opportunity’ for OT students By Josh Sampson Vanguard News Editor

The SVSU Student Occupation Therapy Association (SOTA) is hosting its annual Student Occupational Therapy Association Conference from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, March 24, in Curtiss Hall and the Student Life Center. Carrie Begick, a second-year Masters of OT student, said that at the event, students will learn about occupational therapy, networking skills and employment opportunities in the healthcare field. “It is a recognized conference where clinicians can receive continuing education units,” she said. “There will be two keynote speakers, breakout sessions, research poster presentations and occupation-based kits. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the field of occupational therapy, practice settings, treatments and evidence-based practice.” Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Aricka Schweitzer said the conference brings clinicians from the surrounding area to speak to students. The event is a student-organized conference, and this year’s SOTA conference chair is second-year Master of Science in Occupational Therapy student Erica Green. “Each year, there is a first-year and second-year student paired together from the student organization to organize and plan the event,” Green said. “This has been a staple in the conference since before I attended SVSU back in 2009.” Schweitzer said the purpose of SOTA is to aid students in their pursuit of becoming a successful OT student, to provide high quality care, to organize activities that benefit students personally and professionally, and to promote the field of occupational therapy. “The conference each year has grown in its success and awareness of what OT can do, what our students bring to the region with their creative projects and unique research,” she said. “The conference supports the organization in all of their yearly activities and assists in supporting our student delegation at our national occupational therapy conference.” She added, “This year, Kimberlie Watkins will represent SVSU’s SOTA in the representative assembly of student delegates in Philadelphia four our 100-year celebration.” Schweitzer said students benefit from the event by listening to speakers and experts while also showing their research and occupations to classmates. Such activities allow them to increase their skill-set and team-oriented abilities, Schweitzer said. “The event also helps to guide operations for programming activities, running a meeting, budgeting, fundraising, running elections, supporting officer positions and transitions,” she said. “Again, this event has been going on for many years here at SVSU. Not only do our students attend and present some of their unique crafts, but we also have many area clinicians attending for continuing education, and this year, we have several other student OT groups visiting from surrounding universities.” The cost to attend the conference is $20 for students and $35 for clinicians, and Registration is due prior to the date of the event to ensure proper headcount.

Kreiss vs. Haddad: The race for SA President By Connor Doyle Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

Sophomore Nancy Haddad and junior Lauren Kreiss are vying for the top spot in Student Association as polls for the Presidential Election open tonight at 7 p.m. and close Friday, March 24, at noon. Haddad, a communication major and legal philosophy/political science double minor, has never been a member of Student Association, but she sees the uncommon trait working to her advantage.

“I hope that I am able to bring a fresh perspective to the organization, one that will stimulate positive change,” Haddad said. “With my various involvements on campus and the fact that I was born in Jordan, I’m able to relate to a mulNancy Haddad titude of the student body, including Greek Life members and international students.”

Haddad is involved in many on-campus organizations such as Phi Sigma Sigma, Orientation Programs, Law Club, Foundation Scholars and Moot Court, and she works at the CampusFinancial Services Center. Kreiss, on the other hand, has Lauren Kreiss spent the past two years as a member of Student Association,

and she currently serves as Public Information Officer. The business management major, communication minor said that her passion for the university is what ultimately led to her announcing her candidacy. “What inspired me to run is my love and passion for this school,” she said. “I enjoy the students, the RSOs and the many different opportunities offered at SVSU. By becoming president, I can further my spirit for this school. I can help

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MCU Vice President for International Affairs Robert Yien and SVSU President Donald Bachand share a toast in celebration of MCU’s 60th anniversary. Each

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Kyle Baxter does the “stanky leg” in a dance-off with Coop. Attendees of “Thee St. Patrick’s Day House Party,” hosted by PHE, Program Board and Valley Nights, learned about alcohol and drug safety while having fun.

Dublin alcohol knowledge and safety By Josh Sampson Vanguard News Editor


ou don’t need the luck o’ the Irish to get home after a night of consuming green beer. You just need to know how to drink it responsibly. “Thee St. Patrick’s Day House Party” was held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, in the Thompson Student Activities Room (TSAR) and was created to inform students about being safe while partying and

having fun while doing it. Peer Health Education Coordinator Cortney Heileman said the event is beneficial to all students and teaches them valuable lessons. “This program has been going on for numerous years – I want to say at least six or seven,” she said. “We provide education about alcohol and drugs, and we partner with Program Board and Student Life to bring the party atmosphere.” The event was held as a joint activity between PHE, Program Board and Valley Nights.

To get into the party, students had participated in an educational lesson, which helped inform them about the common problems associated with drinking, such as blood alcohol content; how to track their own drinks; what are drink sizes; and how to be safe at a party. The party itself had a dance club atmosphere, a DJ, and themed mocktails, which are non-alcoholic cocktails, named Misty Mint, Emerald Rain and Shamrock Shaker. “I like that it is a club atmosphere in that there is a line outside and

a wait time to get in, but then it’s a quick education piece and then a party,” Heileman said. “I also like that, in order for them to leave the party, they must have a designated driver … so just getting them in the habit of their own lives. That’s my favorite aspect of it.” Students learn subtle hints by participating in “Thee St. Patrick’s Day Party” and learn effective safety measures that could prevent drunk driving and manipulation by other bar

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‘Nightline’ brings students to nightlife Service events benefit refugees, Counter Cruise By Connor Doyle Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

SVSU, Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS), Student Association and the Kochville Township DDA are partnering to bring a “Nightline” bus route to campus that will begin its pilot process Thursday, March 23. The SVSU Nightline is intended to provide a safe and reliable

to offer, including bowling, movies and entertainment,” said SVSU Director of External Affairs Jaime Leyrer said. “There is a lot going on in the region, and we hope this will become a permanent program so that our students can have access to enjoy where they live most of the year. We are looking forward to exploring this further if the

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mode of transportation for students between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday during a four-week piloting period. “We all feel it is very important for students to have access to safe and reliable transportation so they can enjoy all of what Saginaw has

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pilot is successful.” The route will depart from the SVSU Student Center at the top of every hour: 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., midnight and 1 a.m. Then, it will departing at the Hamilton and Court intersection in Old Town

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The 18th class of the Roberts Fellowship is planning two service events during the second weekend of April. One group of students – Nik Berkobien, Reanna Cantrall, Brandon Errer, Kevin Finley and Stephen Holihan – has started the Welcome Home Organization to engage in community service activities in the region. The group specifically will provide financial and moral support to incoming refugee families through partnerships with the Tri-Cities Refugee Organization and Samaritas, the largest refugee resettlement agency in Michigan. “Our work is the synthesis of a lot of different groups in the area,” said Berkobien, a psychology senior. “We’re also working with a couple different departments and professors around campus.” The Welcome Home Organization is coordinating the “Welcome Home Run,” a 5K around campus News .......................A2 Opinion ..................A3

on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. until noon. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children between the ages of six and 12, and $5 for children under the age of five. After the run, attendees can listen to a local representative talk about how to push for social change in the community, find out how to get involved with local organizations that are fighting for causes they care about and write postcards to elected officials to make their voices heard and opinions known. All proceeds will support refugee resettlement efforts of Samaritas and the Tri-Cities Refugee Organization. You can also donate to the Welcome Home Organization through GoFundMe. “We wanted to provide a space for students, community members, and organizations to link up with one another, so we’re acting like a liaison,” Berkobien said. “We hope this can give some students the tools to get involved with local

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

Destruction of Property At 8:38 a.m. March 13, University Police were on the scene of a crash that happened at 8:15 a.m. when a 21-year-old female student was southbound on Bay Road and lost control, taking out three trees in the median. She was taken to the hospital, and an accident report was filed. At 8:15 a.m. March 13, University Police were called to Bay Road and College Drive for a vehicle crash. A 24-yearold male student was turning right into campus when a 21-year-old male student struck the rear of his car, causing minor damage. At 12:32 p.m. March 13, a 20-year-old female student was exiting F-Lot when a 58-year-old male non-student struck her in the side, causing minor damage. The 58-yearold was cited for the accident and arrested on five outstanding warrants. At 2:20 p.m. March 14, University Police observed a car off the side of Pierce Road that appeared to be abandoned after it had slid off the road. There was moderate damage to the vehicle, as it had hit a sign. The incident is still under investigation. At 2:45 p.m. March 13, a 20-year-old female student was turning right onto Bay Road when another vehicle struck her in the rear of her vehicle. There was moderate damage to her vehicle and none to the other. At 8 a.m. March 14, a 20-yearold male student reported that he parked his vehicle in the University Village East Lot about 11 p.m. the previous night. When he walked to his vehicle in the morning, he found damage to his car. Police found parts from the other vehicle and matched them to a vehicle belonging to a female student. Police made contact with her, and she admitted she lost control and hit the other student’s vehicle. The incident is still under investigation. At 3:10 p.m. March 14, a 21-year-old female student reported that she was backing out of a parking spot and a 52-year-old non-student was also backing out of a parking spot when they collided, causing minor damage. Marijuana At 11:27 p.m. March 11, a vehicle with defective equipment on it was driving around campus. Police performed a routine traffic stop on David Road. The driver was a 26-year-old student and did not have a valid license. Police smelled an odor of marijuana in the vehicle. The situation was turned over to Student Conduct Programs for resolution.

FELLOWS, continued from A1 politics and affect change. We want students to get engaged in politics, because this is how social change happens.” Visit for more information or to register. The other group of students – Samuel Oswald, Natalie Schneider, Imran Khan, Sandra Lamarche and Christina Micale – is working with Counter Cruise to host “Counter Cruise at SVSU,” an eight-mile bicycle ride around campus. The bicycle ride will start in K-Lot across from the Ryder Cen-

ter on Sunday, April 9, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Counter Cruise organizes eightto 10-mile bicycle rides around Old Town Saginaw each week in the summer, so riders are able to see parts of the city in ways they otherwise might not have the opportunity to. “When we were trying to figure out a group we could work with, Natalie brought up the idea of working with Counter Cruise, and we thought, ‘Hey, why not?’” said Oswald, a psychology and sociology senior. “It’s a solid organization in the area that works to benefit Saginaw specifically, and

we thought it’d be cool to host a bike ride around campus toward the end of the semester.” Riders are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for Hidden Harvest, an organization that aims to mitigate hunger and limit food waste in the Tri-Cities by redistributing surplus food to people in need. Hidden Harvest was SVSU’s 2016 beneficiary of Battle of the Valleys; its current president and the CEO of the Saginaw branch is alum Samantha McKenzie. Search “Counter Cruise at SVSU” on Facebook for more information.

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NIGHTLINE, continued from A1 Saginaw at the bottom of every hour: 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. “Student Association and the External Affairs office at SVSU thought that a nightline bus route would be a great opportunity for students,” Student Association President Cody McKay said. “After putting together a focus group, we determined that a pilot route would be put into place to gauge student interest in a service like this.” Included on the route are restaurants, bars and other entertainment centers near campus such as Cardinal’s Nest Tavern, Stardust Bowling Alley and Buffalo Wild Wings. The bus will also travel further into Old Town Saginaw to places such as Mac’s bar, Woody’s Draught House, and Retro Rocks. To board the bus, SVSU students will simply need to present their student ID card to the bus driver upon entry. Non-students will pay $1.50 per ride. The Nightline will be available on the weekends of March 23, March 30, April 6 and April 20. According to McKay, the relation-

ST. PATRICK, continued from A1 patrons. Program Board President Billy Nichols said the event is an effort between the three organizations to educate and illuminate students on the topic of alcohol and drugs. “I love the event because it brings education and partying safety into one environment,” he said. “We put on this event twice a year – one each semester. Each of the three organizations contribute volunteers, money and education about drinking responsibility.” Alcohol Education Intern Megan Christoson said there are many benefits to the event. And, PHE is active-

PRESIDENT, continued from A1 students in a positive way that will hopefully inspire them to have the same feelings that I do.” Kreiss also involves herself in Delta Sigma Pi, the College of Business and Management Dean’s Student Advisory Council and women’s rugby. The annual SA Presidential Debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight in the Thompson Student Activities Room. Both Kreiss and Haddad agreed that listening to one another’s ideas will be a beneficial part of the debate while each try to lay out their key campaign platforms. “My first platform is to encourage and support the new Nightline bus system that is being implemented this semester,” Kreiss said. “If elected president, I will help encourage

ship with STARS has been simple and beneficial given STARS already visits SVSU frequently for its daily routes. “STARS and SVSU have a few bus routes that run during the day,” he said. “However, this bus will be the only one that STARS will run during this time of the night, giving SVSU students a unique opportunity to get around for free in the area.” While the External Affairs office has been the main campus partner involved in the SVSU Nightline, Student Association has also worked with University Communications to market the route. “Director of Governmental Affairs John Kaczynski and I have been working with a committee made up of members from STARS, The New Ezekiel Project, the Kochville DDA and local business owners for the past couple of months to bring this program to life,” Leyrer said. “We also completed a student focus group to see what kinds of activities and places they go to and to expose them to the potential route by bringing them on a STARS bus.” The SVSU Nightline hopes to target a wide range of students. Specifically, organizers are targeting international students as a group ly trying to help students find safe and fun activities aside from drinking and drug use. “My favorite part is that it gives students alternatives,” she said. “We do it on specific weekends, thus St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which is a huge party weekend, and we also do the same kind of party on Welcome Weekend. Students get here and think they need to be drinking to have fun.” During “Thee St. Patrick’s Day Party,” Program Board raffled multiple gifts as well, such as a television, Beats headphones, a tablet, a Fitbit and gift cards. Christoson said the event allows students to have fun without alcohol the expansion of this weekend bus route if the pilot is successful.” Kreiss also hopes to lobby for having future election days off. “My third platform is that I would like SA to focus more externally rather than internally, she said. If elected as president, I would like to extend the offer to all RSOs on campus to collaborate with SA on a multitude of events. Some examples are volunteering, Battle of the Valleys, campus events or through mixers.” Haddad also broke her top itinerary items into three main pieces. If elected, she would hope to bring Student Defender Programs to campus, work with SVSU administration to limit textbook costs and create an overall sense of inclusion and transparency with the SVSU administration and student body. “Student Defender Programs al-

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low students to gain representation from trained advocates in university disciplinary matters,” Haddad said. “These matters would include housing disputes, student conduct, grade grievances and other issues on campus. Also, SA would work with SVSU administration to implement a limit on the price of books selected by professors. This is to help ease the ever-rising cost of being a student. My final key platform is inclusion, not just with Student Association itself, but to create a sense of transparency with SVSU administration and our student body.” Election results will be announced at 12:05 p.m. Friday in Doan 103. Both candidates are confident that it will be their name called at the official announcement. “What makes me different is that I am relatable,” Kreiss said. “I am a

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transfer student, I was a commuter, I have lived on campus, I studied abroad, I am in a fraternity and I play rugby for SVSU. Experiencing all these things has allowed me to relate to the multitude of students that attend SVSU. I understand what students want and need because at some point I had those same desires as well. Overall, I am a student just like you, and I want what is best for the students.” Haddad voiced a similar message. “I would like the student body to know that I care,” she said. “I care about their concerns, I care about their struggles, and most importantly, I care about their success. I am not in this election to advance my personal agenda but to stand as a voice for the students here at SVSU.”

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Calling out lies an essential part of journalism By Brian Fox Vanguard Columnist

American news media tends to portray every political argument as having two equally valid opposing sides. Regardless of the weight of the facts, any time a controversy emerges, news programs almost always host dueling guests to argue their viewpoints. This is done in the name of balance and objectivity, and news agencies often try to portray themselves as impartial referees above the fray. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly common to see these efforts to maintain an image of objectivity lead to the promotion of false equivalences. A perfect example is the debate over climate change. The scientific consensus over climate change is clear: the planet is warming, and human activity is a major contributor. The only real debate among climate scientists is over issues of severity and timescale, not root causes or the basic mechanics of the Earth’s climate. But you wouldn’t know that from watching most newscasts. Deniers of climate science, who are nearly universally connected to fossil fuel interests or the right-wing politicians who champion the cause of that industry, are treated as if the debate over climate change is not a largely settled issue. Proponents and deniers of climate science are generally given equal time, and the demonstrably false position of climate science denial is framed as simply a difference of opinion rather than the deliberate dissemination of corporate propaganda. The media’s modus operandi of refusing to call lies what they are and instead presenting them as valid

differences of opinion is a large part of what led to their manufacturing of consent for Donald Trump as a presidential candidate, and it consistently provides his administration and its surrogates with ideological cover as they spread their falsehoods. The lies of Trump and his administration need to be confronted directly and explicitly, not just by the partisan anti-Trump outlets, but by all journalists. Many publications choose to confront these lies with ambiguous language like “unsubstantiated claims” or by saying that the administration “has not provided evidence” to back up their assertions. NPR and other news agencies have justified their refusal to use the word “lie” by arguing that they cannot know the internal motivations of politicians who make “false claims,” as they call them. While we can’t know what anyone’s internal dialogue is, we do know that the president has access to a lot of information and can declassify much of it at will. When Trump claims that millions of votes were fraudulently cast in the 2016 election or that Barack Obama personally wiretapped his office, the fact that he has provided no evidence to support these claims in the face of the mountain of evidence against them assures us that these are lies rather than simple mistakes. A similar dynamic is occurring with the various Trumpian politicians who have become more vocal with their reactionary views since Trump’s election. Iowa Republican Congress member Steve King recently made news with a racist tweet that argued that western civilization cannot “be saved” by someone else’s (read: non-white) babies. In his tweet and subsequent comments during media interviews, King doubled down on that and past racist comments, alluding to the white nationalist myth of white genocide through demographic change and birthrates. Most mainstream outlets described his comments as “seen by some as white nationalist in nature,” or some other ambiguous framing. King and

his ilk need to be called what they are by journalists: racists who regularly use language that previously has been reserved to the right-wing fringe of neo-Nazis and Klansmen. When the media fails to do this, they enable people like King to walk these kinds of comments back. This is exactly what King has done: blown a piercing dog whistle picked up by a specific racist demographic, then saved face when public opinion started to turn against him by claiming he was talking about culture, not race. The media’s unwillingness to point out lies makes it easier for the Trump administration and its allies to both double down on their false claims when they play well with their base and walk back claims that prove unpopular. When news anchors and reporters give the benefit of the doubt to Trump’s claim of massive voter fraud, it leaves room for the administration to claim that the facts are simply in dispute, when really, there is no evidence to support their case. In cases when the public largely rejects Trump’s lies, such as his recent claims of being wiretapped as a candidate, he can walk it back by claiming the media simply misunderstood him. The most basic function of journalism is to report the facts. Many journalists seem to think that means being a stenographer who repeats whatever claims a politician makes regardless of their veracity. The mission of any decent news agency should be to not only report what was said, but to explain the interests behind those statements and make clear to the viewer whether they are factual. When journalists fail to explicitly call out politicians’ lies, they becomes accomplices to deceptive political manipulations, utterly failing in their critical role in maintaining democracy and informing the public.

Brian Fox is a political science junior and a Vanguard columnist. Reach him at

An alternative idea for Alternative Breaks By Kaitlyn Farley Vanguard Reporter

Alternative Breaks (AB) are rather appealing. They provide an opportunity for students to volunteer as a group, but they also are almost always out of state, which tricks the mind into thinking one still traveled and did “spring break” right. I know several people who have done ABs with SVSU and loved it. It costs about $200 for a week, you get to see the country, make new memories with new friends and give back to the community that’s hosting you. But that’s the rub: Because you’re going out of state, you have to pay to volunteer. Clearly, $200 for a week out of state isn’t a terrible deal; however, hundreds of in-state charities would kill for that $200. Instead of paying to volunteer out of state, perhaps a better option would be to collect that $200 and donate both your time and money. I understand that going out of state is advantageous. To begin, it’s an incentive to get students to actually volunteer. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to volunteer out of the goodness of their own heart. That’s why going out of state to volunteer offers students a different way of looking at volunteering – that is, as a spring break away from Michigan and its bipolar climate where one splits the time doing good and then the other

half doing, well, spring break. There’s nothing wrong with giving students an incentive to volunteer. Although volunteering that is intrinsically motivated is always the best option, it is also an unrealistic one. However, there are still incentives to volunteer in-state. For instance, students could still visit a different city for far cheaper than going out of state. Michigan is a rather diverse state. Thus, visiting Detroit or Grand Rapids for the day – or visiting several different cities throughout the week – would still feel like a trip compared to staying in Saginaw for the week. Practically every city in Michigan could use more volunteers, especially with the windstorms in MetroDetroit last week, the on-going problems Flint is facing concerning water supplies or even Saginaw with its above-average poverty levels. Likewise, instead of spending $200 to volunteer, one could just pay the gas money to go to a different city and donate the money one saved to the charity. This way, everyone wins. The charity gets your time and money, and you get to not be in Saginaw. Of course, going out of state also has a self-serving purpose for the university: getting the university’s name out there. Yes, it is a great publicity opportunity, but so is advertising within the state. Most students who are looking at attending SVSU are from Michigan. There are obviously exceptions, but it is still a fair generalization. While in-state, students can still have their Twitter posts saying #WeVolunteer or #WeCardinal or whatever hashtag young folk are using to appease the university’s need to show off the good things its students are doing. Hashtagging in-state, though, would mean prospective

students would be exposed to current students, which is never a bad idea. Besides showing off current students to perspective students, staying in-state also has the added benefit of helping one’s own neighbor, so to speak. Unfortunately, one doesn’t have to look far to find someone in need. Michigan is no exception. There is no need to leave one’s state, let alone one’s street, to find someone in need. While there are certainly people out of state who could use help “more” than those in-state, one can always look for someone worse off and will always find someone. Craig from Saginaw is better off than Alice from New Orleans, who is better off than Lois from Africa, who is better off – well, you get it. Looking to help the person who needs it the most is an endless task, and one could’ve helped thousands of people in their quest to find the most worse-off person. Volunteering over Spring Break, no matter where it is, is obviously a noble and commendable thing to do. However, a dollar in-state will go farther than a dollar out of state because of the travel expenses, especially because of money for meals and lodging. Unfortunately, there is an endless need for help within the state of Michigan, and helping out one’s neighbor can be just as rewarding as helping strangers from another state. While ABs out of state are a great idea, so, too, is volunteering in your own neighborhood.

Kaitlyn Farley is an elementary education freshman and a Vanguard reporter. Reach her at

Inconsistencies on the right sprout from main party platforms By Aran Singh Vanguard Columnist

Something that I’ve always found interesting about modern-day Republicans is the inconsistency underlying some of their ideas. Now, I’m not a political scientist, historian, or philosopher. I’m just a lowly creative writing major. But I feel the need to comment on things that may be beyond my expertise; it’s part of my desire to tap into the zeitgeist. Your average Republican at both state and federal levels would probably believe in small government and less bureaucracy, traditional family values and being fiscally conservative. The GOP, generally speaking, has long been the party of God and Jesus. Specifically speaking, when Mike Pence accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination he said, “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.” Sometimes, these dogmatic ideals often get in the way of each other. One example of what I’m talking about is when Republicans tend to talk about keeping the government out of peoples lives. That is true – except when it comes to a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body. Then, it appears acceptable for the government to be big enough to impinge upon the freedom of a woman that may need to have an abortion or may need access to birth control. An article in The Washington Post detailed how 14 states with Republican-controlled legislatures passed laws last year making it harder to get an abortion. The stance seems

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antithetical to what Republicans are supposed to believe; I thought Republicans hated the idea of government interfering in someone’s life? Does the religious element of the abortion debate overrule the small government beliefs? For many Republicans, the importance of God, faith and religion certainly enter into the discussion when it comes to the familiar abortion debate. When Pence spoke at the March for Life rally in January, one of the things he said was, “I believe a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable. The aged. The infirm. The disabled. And the unborn.” That’s all well and good, but those lofty sentiments seem to vanish when applied elsewhere. Where’s the compassion and concern for other, non-fetus type people? Republicans should’ve been the most ardent supporters of taking in refugees from Syria and other countries ravaged by war during Trump’s initial travel ban. Mostly, they weren’t. According to a detailed account in The Washington Post, only 24 Republicans opposed the ban, while at least 84 Republicans supported it. I don’t think turning away those in need is something Jesus would do. Considering that nearly 91 percent of the 115th Congress identifies as Christian, at what point should the words and teachings of Jesus Christ be followed? Helping the poor, the sick, the needy – these are all things I’m pretty sure Jesus would advocate for. Why are current Republican legislative efforts – the draconian health care bill, the huge budget cuts that affect the most vulnerable parts of society – not more roundly condemned? Is it the small government element here that overrules the religious beliefs? Another example comes to mind: The rescinding of the federal transgender protections for kids in school that would leave people from the LGBT community vulnerable to discrimination. A CNN article pointed

out how most civil rights groups say this action by the Trump Administration will only invite discrimination. Republicans are OK with the decision, I presume, because it’s not the federal government’s place to decide this; it’s an example of government overreach. Restrictive abortion laws, though, aren’t an example of government overreach? I’m confused about when the government’s meddling becomes problematic for Republicans. Shouldn’t the protection of the marginalized and downtrodden people of society be a huge concern for Republicans who are, ostensibly, followers of Christianity? I mean, if I say I’m a follower of Buddhism, that would imply that I subscribe to the teachings of Gautama Buddha, wouldn’t it? And if I stopped following the teachings, or advocated ideas that were in opposition to Buddhism, that should compromise my standing as a Buddhist. You can’t subscribe to a belief system only when it’s convenient to do so. That’s bogus, man. If Republicans in Congress want to support any healthcare bill that will negatively impact the most vulnerable in our society – the poor, the elderly, the sick – and if Republicans in Congress want to condone the loads of budget cuts that will, again, affect poor people and the elderly most acutely, then they need to at least have the intestinal fortitude to admit they are inconsistent, at best, and hypocritical and duplicitous, at worst, when it comes to practicing what they preach. At the very least, oftentimes it appears as if Republicans are selective about what principles and ideas they want to adhere to and when.

Aran Singh is a creative writing junior and a Vanguard columnist. Reach him at

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‘Iron Fist’s’ critics show displaced outrage By Dylan Powell Vanguard A&E Editor

Those who are familiar with this column understand that I am a huge superhero fan as they appear in just about any form of media. The films, the TV shows, the comics; I love them all for very specific reasons, which are best left for another discussion. Marvel, obviously, is the engineer of the superhero steam train that has been barreling through modern pop culture over the past decade. With its stupidly popular film franchises and universally acclaimed Netflix shows, Marvel essentially is printing money at this point. However, the Netflix shows (“Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage”) are really where the producers at Marvel are allowed to flex their creative and artistic muscles much more freely. Due to this, Marvel’s latest effort, “Iron Fist” was expected to follow suit when it comes to top tier Marvel. Yet, something happened that no one, not even this Marvel fan-boy, expected. As of the writing of this column, “Iron Fist” currently holds a 17 percent aggregate on Rotten Tomatoes. For those unfamiliar with the popular review website, Rotten Tomatoes takes an aggregate of all of the reviews from noteworthy sources and compiles them into one, solid percentage value. The percentage value basically means that only 17 percent of the reviews given to “Iron Fist” were positive, and before the release of the show, that number was even lower at an abysmal 0 percent. Compare this to “Daredevil’s” 87 percent, “Jessica Jones’” 93 percent, and “Luke Cage’s” 96 percent, and something seems terribly out-of-place. After sifting through a lot of the reviews, the common complaint was less-thanunderstandable and a bit of a shock to comic book enthusiasts. Most of the reviews focused on the race of the lead character, Danny Rand, who is a white man practicing and preaching the teachings of eastern martial arts throughout the show. Critics bashed the show for not leaping at the opportunity to cast an Asian lead for the series, which, given the context of the character in the comics, is absolute absurdity. The Iron Fist is a mantle passed down from person to person throughout the ages. The Iron Fist was certainly once an Asian individual, and at one point, the Iron Fist was even a woman. However, Danny Rand, who has and always will be a wealthy white man in the comics, easily is the most logical choice for the series. He is the most popular character to hold the title of Iron Fist and is also the most modern. Now, I have only watched a couple episodes of the show, and therefore, cannot judge the quality of the show as a whole. It could be really bad, deserving of the 17 percent, even. However, reading through the reviews, it is difficult to justify that rating when the vast majority of the critics view it negatively because of its missed opportunity to diversify the street-level Marvel universe after “Luke Cage” successfully did so with its majority African-American cast. More evidence that this rating is incredibly skewed is the fact that, while most of the reviews were negative, the positive statements within these reviews state that fans of the previous Marvel shows will likely, at the very least, enjoy the show due to its similarities in tone and style. If it is similar to shows with an average of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, how could it possibly carry a 17 percent? There is something to be said about repetition and diminishing returns in the superhero property business (just look at “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), and therefore it is expected that a formula-following show such as “Iron Fist” would be viewed less favorably. But a 75 percent difference? Really? Marvel fans, both of the films and the comics, are bafflingly inconsistent when it comes to Marvel and its diversity. When the comics changed Thor to a woman, Captain America to an African-American, and Iron Man into both a woman and an AfricanAmerican, many fans scoffed at the company, chalking it up as an attempt to be PC and gain more attention. These hardcore fans would rather see things stay the way they are as it comes off as more “genuine.” Then instances like “Iron Fist” happen, and people thrash them for not being diverse enough. These people cannot be pleased. I am all for representation of every type of person in the entertainment industry, but the types of social justice warriors we are seeing from the “Iron Fist” critics clearly come off as those looking to complain about issues that certainly exist, but not so much in “Iron Fist.” Come on, guys. Save that anger for something worth being angry about. The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

Vanguard Photo | Kyle Will Keven Washburn, tenor section leader of SVSU’s Concert Choir, gave a powerful performance in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall on Tuesday, March 14. During his performance, Washburn showcased a variety of different tones and emotions, from light and humorous to emotional and moving.

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Washburn delivers emotional performance

er Space” was going to be considered one of the worst movies ever made? I don’t believe so, but he must have known something was up when Tor Johnson struggled to climb out of a grave on a set piece that could have been the backdrop for an episode of the Munsters. Nevertheless, I subject myself, my friends and my family to as many bad movies as I can every year, because I believe there is a lesson to be learned for aspiring writers. That is: how not to write a story. With that in mind, here are my top three picks for worst movies I’ve seen recently.

On Tuesday, March 14, vocalist Keven Washburn gave a performance in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Majoring in music and studying voice, Washburn is the tenor section leader of SVSU’s Concert Choir. As the performance began, Washburn’s voice was echoed by pianist Amanda Stamper. Together, they balanced melodies and harmonies while never pushing the tempo behind or ahead. They began together before and after rests, a task that was made harder given they were facing opposite directions and could not rely on physical cues. The first half of the performance featured more intense, dramatic pieces. Throughout those pieces, Washburn kept still and solid, making sure his demeanor reflected the serious and sad tones of the pieces he was singing. The concert began with selections from “The Messiah” that contrasted a jubilant tone with the more solemn and melancholy selections from Gerald Finzi. The Finzi selections were much more subdued but no less accurate or emotional. By these selections, Washburn had established the volumes for his fortes and pianos while consistently keeping to these chosen levels, a hard task to complete. Washburn also used the more intimate audience size to his advantage, especially during emotionally intense pieces. In the Finzi selections, Washburn maintained eye contact with each audience member as he sang. This action facilitated the audience’s ability to connect with the music. Of particular note was the Giuseppe Verdi piece. Washburn’s voice was clear but pained. He even cried at one point, though his intense emotion did not disrupt his notes or rhythms. From that moment on, the audience remained captivated and moved by his performance. In fact, several students thought this was his best song. “He showed emotion,” SVSU senior Tia Sova said. “He was even crying during it. That got me tearing up, too.” After intermission, the mood lightened with songs from musicals that were rather comedic. David Shire’s “What Am I Doin’” especially offered a much-needed relief from the tensions of the first half. During this performance, Washburn took a more casual stance. He halfsang some lines, as common with musicals, and even changed the pitch and tone of his voice to reflect the different people in the song. The song from Shrek the Musical, “When Words Fail,” also carried out a more relaxed and relatable theme for the audience. Washburn, playing Shrek, sang a tentative yet loving ballad as he tried to profess his love. He stumbled over words, walked around nervously and started over several times. Nonetheless, he and the pianist stayed together, pausing and starting at the same time and staying perfectly in-sync. The song was both comical and cute, eliciting “awes” and laughter from the audience throughout the entire performance. However, none of that was surprising coming from Washburn. Several students in the audience have seen many of his performances both in and outside of SVSU. “Just this past year, his voice has grown so much,” SVSU alumna Melissa Morris said, knowing that he will only continue to grow and improve. “Kevin’s always amazing,” Sova said. “All of his concerts that I’ve gone to have been great.” While those students’ time at SVSU may be coming to an end, Washburn will continue to perform and impress at SVSU.

By Josh Sampson Vanguard News Editor

Ah, bad movies. Without them, I would have never assumed the role as a connoisseur of crap. There’s something about watching a filmmaker fail miserably that gives me an intense feeling of schadenfreude. How did their movie – their “art” – slip out of their hands and become something unrecognizable, and why am I so happy about it? Did Ed Wood know “Plan 9 from Out-

1.“Bad Taste” “Bad Taste” (1987) is Lord of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson’s first feature film and features gruesome visuals and a talented director’s burgeoning eye for cinematography. Yet, it also features dialogue that is difficult to understand because it is New Zealand English, and so low in the audio mix, I’m unsure where the accent starts and the sentence ends. Also, the plot is so intrinsically bizarre that it fails to captivate and maintain one’s attention (aliens come to cannibalize humans for an intergalactic fast food chain, sort of?) and there’s a character who has a hole in his head who graphically stuffs random brain matter back into his skull … for some reason.

2. “Zardoz” If you want to see Sean Connery in a giant red diaper traipse around a fantasy world with a revolver and a license to kill given to him by an omnipotent being who vomits rifles, please watch “Zardoz” (1974). It features Nietzschean themes, some cool faction names (the Apathetics, the Brutals, and Sean Connery’s Mustache), and a scene in which people who are begging for death get ruthlessly shot by red-diaper-wearing sociopaths. I am still unsure if this is the most profound film I’ve ever seen or the worst thing that’s happened to me in a decade – and I paid money to watch both “Terminator 3” and “Terminator: Genisys” in theatre.

3. “Road to Revenge” “Road to Revenge” (1993) was written, produced and directed by John De Hart. He also wrote the hauntingly awful score. His bio states that he was a lawyer, songwriter, martial artist, actor, writer, director and producer. But “Road to Revenge” shows that he was demonstrably good at none of those things. As far as the movie goes, it features a poorly delivered Shakespearean monologue, a cop/judge/Satan-worshiper, horrifyingly long sex scenes, and a 70-year-old hero who wears muscle shirts and recites his lines with the enthusiasm of an apathetic toad. This movie is like being stung in the face by bees. One-hundred bees. Right in the face.

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Flood Watch: ‘Super Teams’ unite in NFL

Cardinal baseball drops two of three to Lincoln Memorial By Connor Doyle

By Jeremy Flood

Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

Vanguard Sports Columnist

When Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors, forming what many considered a “super team,” the villagers took to the streets, burning and pillaging with pitchforks, halberds and caltrops, sparring those that showeth their displeasure to the creation of such an augmented force of basketball. Or maybe they just tweeted about it and stuff. Either way, those in the sports community point to teams like the Warriors and now the Cavaliers, making the claim the NBA is forming unbeatable teams. But is it just the NBA? There has been the regular off-season spike in NFL news as of late with free agency moves. A lot of big names are getting thrown around this year, but there seems to be one team in particular that is shaping up to the likings of the Golden State Warriors. The New England Patriots are forming a squad of all squads this off-season. Resigning players such as Dont’a Hightower, Justin Coleman and others is building up the team’s seniority levels and familiarity. Trades have added explosive talents to New England’s roster with names like Brandin Cooks, Dwayne Allen and Kony Ealy. Sure, the Pats have lost some players too this off-season. Just take high-powered tight end Martellus Bennett, for example. But these liabilities don’t come even close to offsetting the team’s assets (see Professor Krupp, I did learn something in your Accounting 213 class). When you take arguably the best defense in the NFL last season (they did allow the least amount of points last season, so that claim is fair), and then have seven of the 12 players you sign/ re-sign lining up on defense, you’re building a case for yourself to go back-to-back in Super Bowls. On offense, you’re adding Cooks (a top-10 wideout) and Allen (who has top-10 tight end potential, as he only had one less touchdown than the departing Bennett and 20 less receptions last season while splitting targets with Jack Doyle in Indianapolis). Not to mention, Gronk’s coming back. Yeah, Tom Brady will have even more to work with next year. So, let’s recap this scenario. A team dominates its division, is a top seed heading into the playoffs, wins the championship, and then in the ensuing off-season, signs even more talent than they had the previous year. Sound familiar? This is almost exactly Golden State’s 2015-2016 season script (never forget, the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead). Sure, this can happen to any team, and you can’t blame them for wanting to get better. But can the critics in the NBA claiming unfair competition say the same for the NFL? I can see it now, a not wellthought out, sporadic, baseless tweet: “The Patriots have unlimited funds to sign any player they want! Also, Bill Belichick was wire-tapping Roger Goodell’s phones during last year’s draft – Sad!” Regardless, I think the Patriots are going to have the highest odds in Vegas of winning the Super Bowl out of any team in a very long time – perhaps ever. It’ll be interesting to see how the next off-season goes to see if any other teams join the Pats’ ranks as a super team. But in the meantime, let’s not forget that the Lions have built up an offensive line this off-season that could prove to be one of the best in all the land. Who knows, maybe the Lions could be in the mix as one of the potential NFC teams to challenge Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl 52. The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

Vanguard Photo | Kyle Will Sophomore Amanda Thielen took eighth place in the 200-yard backstroke at the Division II NCAA Championships, earning her All-American honors. She also earned All-American Honorable Mention in the 100-yard backstroke.

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manda Thielen made SVSU swimming and diving history on March 11. On that day, the sophomore finished in eighth place in the 200-yard backstroke at the 2017 NCAA Division II Championships, earning All-American honors. “I am very honored and excited to know that I’ve accomplished such an outstanding achievement at this point in my swimming career,” Thielen said. “Reaching the high goals I have set for myself serves as motivation for the future of my career.” The Fenton native was recruited to SVSU by head coach Bruce Zimmerman as part of the 2015 recruiting class. Thielen felt right at home at Saginaw Valley. “SVSU has, in my opinion, some of the best facilities available,” Thielen said. “I love the smaller and more individualistic campus size. (Zimmerman) stayed in close contact with me throughout the recruiting process, and it was evident that he was committed to helping me further my athletic and academic careers.” In just her first season at the collegiate level, Thielen was named All-American honorable mention in the 100-yard backstroke at the 2016 NCAA Division II Championships. This year, her time of 2:02.42 in the 200-yard backstroke earned her the highest placing in program history. She was also named All-American Honorable-Mention in the 100-yard backstroke. “I believe the experience Amanda had last year as a

freshman at the NCAA Championships helped her this year,” Zimmerman said. “Knowing what to expect allowed her to be more relaxed, and that paid off with her swimming career-best times at this year’s championships.” Teammate Lydia Mattar echoed Zimmerman. The sophomore also added that Thielen’s success in the pool motivates the team to reach higher. “It’s awesome to have someone on our team become an All-American,” Mattar said. “I think it will inspire the team and push us to all try and reach that goal. We are all very proud of Amanda.” Thielen credits her self-motivation for accomplishing her goals. The women’s team finished just its third season as a program, and the men’s team just wrapped up its second. Both programs are relatively young and have limited experience at the Championships. “The main way I’ve changed in these past two years has to do with motivating others,” Thielen said. “I feel that I’m a strongly self-motivated individual, and I think it should be passed on to others for the benefit of the team. As a team, I feel that each year, we get closer. If one of us is hurting, we are all hurting. It’s a great support system that’s only getting stronger.” After achieving historical success early in her college career, Thielen is looking to set even bigger goals for herself in the upcoming season. “I set high goals for myself during my freshman year, but I never imagined reaching this level just one year later,” she said. “I’m excited and very motivated to look ahead and set even bigger goals for myself.”

Golf teams place fourth, seventh in Kentucky By Brandon Willson Vanguard Reporter

The men’s and women’s golf teams placed fourth and seventh, respectively, this past weekend at the SVSU Spring Invitational at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown, Kentucky. The two-day meet began on Saturday, and the men’s team finished the day in sixth-place at plus-17. Mason Motte led the Cardinals on the first day, sitting even for the day and tied for fourth place individually. Ryan Peruski followed Motte, shooting two over par and tying for 10th place. The course did have its advantages for the Cardinals, as Peruski explained. “We’ve played the course before,” he said. “We generally play better on courses that are a little tougher.” The women had an equally strong first half of the invitational, hauling in fifth place at day’s end. Shooting a plus-54, they only trailed Grand Valley, Ashland, Northwood and Ferris State. Sabrina Coffman led the ladies at nine over par, shooting an 81. Coffman was tied with multiple other competitors in ninth place, while teammate Alexa Marston was tied for 20th, shooting a 12-over 84. Sunday saw the men jump forward even further in

team rankings, finishing the day and tournament tied for fourth with Ferris State at plus-22. Motte ended the tournament shooting one over par, while Peruski tied with several other golfers in 17th place. Jared Lyons scooted up the leader board and hauled in 28th place finish at eight over, shooting a 78. “Mostly it was weather,” Peruski said of his squad’s jump in the rankings. “We all went out there knowing we could put up a good score if we played well.” Peruski, a team captain, also explained that the huge difference in wind before the first and second days of the tournament is what really propelled his team on the final day. The ladies took a step back on the second day, dropping two sports to seventh place. Coffman dropped off to 18th place, in a tie with four other golfers. Marston finished the tournament at 31st place, dropping 11 spots and tying with teammate Jenna Pepper at plus-26. Katie Boyd was able to hop up seven places and finish tied for 60th at plus-34 for the tournament. Peruski has high hopes and plenty of confidence for his team to finish out the season well. “We have a really good, experienced team, and we’re playing well off a great trip in Florida,” he said. “We should be able to make it to Super Regionals fairly easy, make a good run at winning the GLIAC Championships, and make it to nationals.”

The SVSU baseball team dropped two of three games to Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tennessee, this past weekend. The games were SVSU’s final non-conference competition of the season before the Cardinals begins GLIAC play next weekend. In the final game of the threegame set on Sunday, SVSU was blown out by the Railsplitters 12-1. LMU immediately jumped out to a three-run lead in the top of the first and added another in the second, two in the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the eighth to round out the scoring. “Lincoln Memorial was a good hitting team,” head coach Chris Ebright said. “We are a very young team, and the guys are making young mistakes but also learning from them as we go.” Only nine of Lincoln Memorial’s 12 runs were earned, as SVSU committed three defensive errors in the game. Starting pitcher Brian Feinauer was only able to make it through one inning of work. He walked three batters in the inning. A passed ball and a wild pitch gave LMU two of its three runs in the first inning. Camden Dice threw three innings of relief for SVSU, allowing three runs on five hits. Tyler Stambaugh, Alex Millhisler (who allowed no runs in two innings of work, striking out three) and Austin Koin worked the final four innings for SVSU. SVSU’s lone run came in the top of the ninth when Jacob Mansfield reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Brendan Harrison. Chad Carson added two hits for SVSU, which only came up with seven knocks in the contest, struck out six times, and left nine runners on base. In Saturday’s second contest, SVSU responded from a series-opening loss to win 6-3. A Harrison single in the top of the first to score Carson got the Cardinals going behind starting pitcher Trevor Friday. Friday put together another solid start, going five strong innings, allowing only two hits and two runs. SVSU added a Jason Clark home run, a Craig Wilson RBI double and another Harrison RBI single to score three more in the third before adding two more in the fourth. Lincoln Memorial added a run in the bottom of the sixth to make a game of it, but Jake Tarbell picked up his third save of the year by throwing the final 1.2 innings of the contest and allowing no hits and striking out one. Harrison’s 3-4, two-RBI day led the Cardinals along with Wilson, Clark and Adam Fitzgibbon, who was 2-4 and scored two runs. “Game two showed what the future of SVSU baseball will be,” Ebright said. “Trevor Friday threw great to go along with our guys making the adjustments in the box and getting to the other team’s bullpen. The win was really big for us. We beat their No. 1 pitcher.” Shortstop Jordan Swiss also commended Friday’s work on the hill. “He pitched really well, and Jake Tarbell shut it down in the end like he always does,” he said. “Our offense had big hits to drive in runs to put us ahead, and we stayed ahead.” The three-game series kicked off with Lincoln Memorial hammering SVSU in an offensive slug-fest, 16-6. A six-run fourth and five-run sixth propelled the Railsplitters, who totaled 19 hits in the contest. SVSU pitcher Scott Sency was roughed up for seven earned runs and 10 hits in four innings of work. “We just didn’t make some plays that needed to be made, and they capitalized on our mistakes,” Swiss said. SVSU (6-10) heads to Ohio Dominican next weekend for a fourgame set with the Panthers to kickoff GLIAC play. “The biggest thing to do this week before GLIAC play starts,” Ebright said, “is to keep getting the guys reps and discuss many of the good and bad situations that happened on the field this past weekend.”

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Vanguard editors defend lousy Final Four picks Connor Doyle, EIC

Kyle Will, design

Josh Sampson, news

Andy Hoag, adviser

Final Four Teams:

Final Four Teams:

Final Four Teams:

Final Four Teams:

Michigan State Northwestern Marquette Winthrop

Kansas North Carolina Arizona Villanova

Count Chocula Oscar the Grouch Little Caesar Porky Pig

Duke Michigan Arizona UCLA

National Champion:

National Champion:

National Champion:

National Champion:

I ran out of time to fill out a bracket and resorted to picking whichever school I liked better. Go Green!”

I know nothing about sports and stole my bracket from my cousin who actually does. Shoutout to Justin.”

I thought March Madness was like a zombie thing. You know, the new “Dawn of the Dead.” No?

Michigan has the firepower to make the finals, but this is Arizona’s year. Bear Down!”

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