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Finance Club heads to New York City to take part in asset management forum.

“Assassins” hits its mark and executes a perfect stage performance.

Two tennis seniors leave lasting impact on much-improved program.

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Associate Provost for Student Affairs Sidney Childs makes his own mark for “These Hands Don’ t Hurt.”

Hands Down Students made handprints on the windows in the Doan Center to signify the prohibition of domestic and sexual assault. By Connor Doyle Vanguard Editor-in-Chief Vanguard Photo | Kyle Will

Streetfest was held April 6 and featured many different carnival-like attractions including inflatables and food trucks. Members of the community also visited the event, and many young children were able to participate in the festivities as well.

Streetfest brings fun and games By Kaitlyn Farley Vanguard Reporter


VSU hosted the annual Streetfest event Thursday, April 6, in the O’Neill Arena after the event was moved indoors due to weather. The day was filled with rides, food options, a DJ and many RSO booths. Despite the weather, many students and their families came out to have fun, which was no surprise to Student Association member McKenna Ciner. “We’ve had a steady flow of people coming in,” said Ciner, a sophomore in elementary education, said. “We’ve advertised it so well and so much that the second we changed the location, people still knew. And this is something students look forward to all year.” Student Life Coordinator Anna Devota, who helped plan Streetfest, echoed this sentiment. “The turnout was amazing,” Devota said. “Considering the weather was not on our side that day, we exceeded our expectations of attendance.”

Some of the attractions offered included zip-lining, bouncy castles, a blow-up obstacle course and more. Such rides were reason enough for students to brave the weather. “It was a rainy day, so why not?” said Tyra Chapman, a freshman majoring in nursing. “I’m still shaken by the zip line, though.” The zip line proved to be one of the most popular attractions, even if many students were intimidated by it. “The zip line was the best,” said freshman Kennedy Jones. “It was fun. I’ve never done one before, so it was scary.” Nonetheless, students still found the other rides equally entertaining. “I did everything – rock climbing, the obstacle course, the air ball,” Chapman said. “It was really fun.” Besides rides, the food was popular as well. Food trucks included Makin’ Bacon, Los Jalapeños and 18th Concessions. Indoor tales were also available due to inclement weather. “I’d say the food was my favorite part because I’m afraid of heights,” nursing freshman Sabrina Bellante said. “Mac and


Lay-ups for charity The ethics of discrimination By Joshua Sampson Vanguard News Editor

The 10th annual Pros vs. Joes Charity Basketball Game will pit men and women’s varsity basketball team players versus faculty and staff on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Gym. The event raises money for the Abou Traore Memorial Scholarship. Abou Traore was a second-year pre-med major who lost his life in a drowning accident in August 2007. Traore was preparing to be a resident assistant for the 2007-08 academic year and was also a member of the International Student Club. Director of Residential Life Michele Gunkelman said Pros vs. Joes raises money for a good cause while providing an engaging matchup for attendees. “When a player fouls, they are sent to the penalty couch where they stay until the crowd raises money, $1 to $5, to get the player back in the game,” she said. “Keep in mind that this is a fundraising event, so the scorer’s table has been known to accept donations for points on the scoreboard.” Gunkelman said there are two media timeouts, one in each half, where minimum donations will allow participants to take part in a game of Lightning where they stand to win a prize, such as a Cedar Point ticket package. Everyone who attends receives one raffle ticket, and additional tickets are used to collect money for the scholarship fund. Prizes are also given throughout the game and include certificates, SVSU swag, a hammock and ladder. The grand prize is a Detroit Tigers ticket package. The event will also feature the performing arts troupe ENCORE, which will perform the National Anthem, and the Korean Culture Club, which will perform drums at halftime. “I love seeing everyone come together for a great time,” Gunkelman said. “It’s so much fun to see the men and women’s varsity basketball teams having fun … I am honored to be a part of this tradition that keeps Abou’s memory alive, builds community and supports student scholarships.” Send news tips and press releases to: Email: Call: (989) 964-4482

By Aran Singh Vanguard Reporter

Peter Brian Rose-Barry, the James V. Finkbeiner Endowed Professor of Ethics at SVSU, gave a lecture as part of the Visiting Scholars and Artists Series, on Wednesday, April 5, in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Rose-Barry’s lecture, titled “The Ethics of Discrimination,” focused on several themes, such as political liberalism, religious freedom and social justice. The focus was on religious exemptions, and the central question of the lecture was to ask if there’s “a moral right to an exemption from laws of general application on religious grounds.” The Albert J. Beutler Forum lecture was something RoseBarry had spent months preparing for. “My original plan was to discuss the concept of discrimination quite generally, with an eye on solving a problem that bothers me in Constitutional law,” Rose-Barry said. “But the mission of the Beutler Forum is to deal with, among other things, contemporary issues in ethics. So, I wound up switching to a very particular topic concerning religious exemptions, given that the Trump administration has at least floated an Executive Order concerning religious liberty that goes well beyond how religious liberty has been understood recently by the Supreme Court.” Among the many points brought up in the lecture, one of the more challenging ideas Rose-Barry highlighted was the philosophical idea of reductionism. That is, morally speaking, the free exercise of religion isn’t a basic liberty. “All I’m claiming is that the free exercise of religion reduces to other, more basic and fundamental rights … rights involving free speech, free association,” Rose-Barry said. “Not that there isn’t such a right, but it only ever comes from somewhere else.” A real-life example Rose-Barry cited to illustrate his point were motorcycle helmet laws that would punish Sikhs who refuse to remove their turbans. While Rose-Barry thinks these types of laws violate a Sikh’s religion, he thinks they

The SVSU colony of Alpha Kappa Lambda (AKL) last week had 1,005 students participate in its “These Hands Don’t Hurt” week by placing their handprints on the windows in the Doan Center. The handprints signified pledges that prohibited participants from using their hands for domestic and sexual assault. “The goal of ‘These Hands Don’t Hurt’ week is to help spread awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault, especially on college campuses,” said George Berg, the service and philanthropy chair of AKL. “It helps bring the campus together to realize how real of an issue this is and pledging to never hurt anyone.” Upon placing their handprint on the window, participants were asked to donate to local sexual assault centers that assist assault victims on their road to recovery. AKL also assisted in the promotion of the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event that took place Thursday, April 6. The walk was a social awareness event where men walked in high heels until they had reached a distance of one mile. The second annual “These Hands Don’t Hurt” week was well -received and received high praise from both AKL members and participants. “The week was received by the student body very well,” Berg said. “Nearly everyone we asked either said yes or said that they had already pledged. Overall, many people thanked us for putting on an event for such a great cause.” Members of SVSU administration joined students in participating in “These Hands Don’t Hurt.” Executive Director of Alumni Relations Jim Dwyer and Associate Provost for Student Affairs Sidney Childs, among others, placed their handprints on the wall. “These Hands Don’t Hurt” week is an initiative that chapters of AKL nationwide participate in. The week was originally started at East Tennessee State University in 1995. “To know it’s going on nationwide makes it even more special,” said AKL executive board member Dylan Langlois said. “Our number of pledges from last year to this year tripled in size, and everyone really understood the issue at hand. It’s a feeling of pride to come from SVSU because everyone can unite together like this.” AKL started planning for “These Hands Don’t Hurt” during winter break while coordinating with Student Wellness Programs to promote “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” AKL first was asked to attend “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” and with the similar message of both initiatives, it was a smooth transition for the two groups to promote each other. The fraternity plans on “These Hands Don’t Hurt” week being an annual event that takes place every campus. The group puts it on in April because the month is “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”

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Suspicious Person At 6:16 p.m. March 31, University Police were dispatched to Collings Drive regarding an unknown male. The individual was wearing a mask, a black sweatshirt, and gray sweatpants. He was walking in the center of the road with two other males towards the Student Center. The police spoke to them, and the male wearing the mask said it wasn’t intended to scare anyone. It was handed over to police to destroy. Restricted License At 12 a.m. April 2, a vehicle was observed failing to stop at a stop sign. The officers performed a routine traffic stop, where they made contact with the driver. They found that his license was restricted. The officers cited the driver for driving on a restricted license, and someone was called to come get the vehicle. Minor in Possession At 1:27 a.m. April 2, an 18-year-old male student was observed staggering in the road. Police made contact in the South Complex A Parking Lot, where he became argumentative. An ambulance was called, and upon arrival, the student was disorderly, irate, and fighting with personnel. He went to the hospital, and warrants were being sought for minor in possession and disorderly conduct. Destruction of Property At 4:10 p.m. March 29, a 57-year-old employee reported that someone had written on a classroom window in Brown, and that it was political in nature. It was removed shortly after. At 6 p.m. April 1, two students, ages 19 and 20, reported that overnight, an unknown subject egged their cars. The incident was still under investigation. At 4:30 p.m. April 4, a car driven by a 20-year-old male student was parked on the north side of the University Village Parking Lot when a 20-year-old female student backed out of her parking spot at the same time as him, hitting the side of his vehicle and causing moderate damage. At 12:20 p.m. March 31, a 21-year-old female student reported that a vehicle had pulled out in front of her in J-2 Lot, hitting her and causing damage to the side of her car.

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Professors of finance Wayne Mackie and Iksu Jurn stand with other students from the finance department. The professors and students attended the Qunnipiac Global Asset Management Education VII Forum in New York City.

Finance forum in NY Nineteen students attend ‘successful’ international conference

ineteen members of the SVSU Finance Club and two professors attended the Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education VII Forum in New York City from March 30 through April 1. This year’s conference featured over 1,500 finance students from across the world representing 47 states and 40 countries. Club president and senior finance and accounting double major Teri Ofeno attended the trip for her second time and found the experience to be very valuable. “From the conference, I gain a lot by just being around other financial professionals and learning directly from people in the industry,” she said. “Overall, it was a great experience to see how many people from all different places come together to learn about the same thing. I think the rest of the group feels the same way.” The first day of the event featured speakers outlining current financial trends in both the U.S. and globally. They also discussed how elections in the U.S. and France will impact markets and the world economy. The second day featured breakout panels about specific topics in finance such as real estate, insurance, investing and ethics. The conference ended with a day focused on potential career paths with a finance degree. “It was a very successful trip,” said professor of finance Wayne Mackie, who serves as staff advisor for the Finance Club. “We had an excellent time in New York. It’s a really great program, and of course, the students enjoy all of the amenities in New York.” Professor of finance Iksu Jurn also joined the students on the trip. “This was the sixth time SVSU students have participated in this particular conference,” Jurn said. “About 12 students out of 19 participants this year had never been to New York City. Providing oppor-

tunities for students to travel to other cities is one of the purposes of Finance Club.” In addition to the information that the students received for themselves, they also brought back ways the university could improve as well. “SVSU really should invest in a Bloomberg terminal,” Ofeno said of the financial software program. “Almost every other school has one. It’s very helpful to learn about investing, and something that SVSU should think about getting.” In addition to the conference, the group of students were able to experience a weekend in New York City. The group flew in from Detroit and stayed at the Lexington Hotel downtown. “It was a very fun and busy atmosphere,” Ofeno said. “Since it was such a big group, we all kind of did our own thing outside the conference. A lot of us went to Times Square, Central Station and the Ground Zero memorial and museum.” Due to a yearly donation from an SVSU alum, students can attend the trip at very low costs. To cover the costs that did remain, the club spent most of the year fundraising. The group sold t-shirts, hosted a Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser and raised money at a Pistons game. Overall, they raised upwards of $1,000. Both Mackie and Jurn expressed thanks for the generous donation made to the club each year, and Jurn commended the work Mackie does to make the trip possible. “Finance Club is not possible without (Mackie),” Jurn said. “He starts recruiting the members of the club in September, and then he starts to reserve the conference, airline, hotels and inner city transportation. I can’t imagine how much time he spends and what an effort he makes to finalize all the schedules.” Overall, the trip to New York and back was a very smooth process and one that returning members are looking forward to next year. “It rained a lot, so we had to spend more money transportation instead of walking; other than that, it was very smooth,” Ofeno said. “We just thank (Mackie) and (Jurn) for continuing to take students to this very educational event.”

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cheese with bacon was the best. It was hot and fresh.” Devota was happy with how they all came together for Streetfest. “The food trucks were amazing, and I really enjoyed the zip-line, but it was also the atmosphere in the O’Neill Arena,” Devota said. “There was no way you weren’t having fun.” American Model United Nations, the Optimist Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Cardinal Rhythm were all in attendance, and Devota said that was her favorite part of the event. “My favorite aspect of Streetfest was the RSO involvement,” Devota said. “Student organizations had the opportunity to share what their organization does with the SVSU community.” To fund the event, Streetfest also featured sponsor tables. Those tables included the Woman’s Shelter of Bay County, Saginaw Spirit, Fox Glen Apartments, and Jet’s Pizza. “All the feedback I have heard has been positive,” Devota said. “As people were leaving the event, they would tell me how much fun they had, and a lot of people even thanked us as they left. Streetfest was a good place for students to come and unwind before finals week begins in a few weeks.”

are more fundamentally wrong because they are untowardly paternalistic. One attendee, Hayley Stevenson, was taken by how the lecture highlighted the complexities of the debate surrounding religious exemptions. “There’s so many nuances that can be negative on both sides of it for people that are very religious and people that aren’t,” she said. Another attendee, Katie Danks, appreciated the viewpoints surrounding the ethical and moral debates the lecture presented. She felt the ideas brought up were important to help gain a broader perspective. “In terms of the subject matter, it’s really good for just being able to kind of put yourself in other people’s shoes and understand where other people are coming from and kind of not blindly thinking your opinion is always the right opinion,” she said. Rose-Barry appreciates the opportunity to get people actively talking. “I hope that people came away from the lecture with an increased interest in the topic and a better sense of what’s really at stake in debates about, for example, religious liberty and religious exemptions,” he said. “That would put us in a better place to engage in serious dialogue about a very important topic.”

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Should student debt be abolished? By Brian Fox Vanguard Columnist

For students who are forced to take on large amounts of debt to finance their education, it’s easy to feel like we’ve been left out to dry. Our political system has no interest in making college more affordable or in easing our evergrowing debt burden. American student debt currently stands at $1.3 trillion and threatens to amount to nearly eight percent of the GDP by 2020. With slow economic growth expected to continue for the foreseeable future, the monumental amount of debt concentrated mostly among younger borrowers threatens to increase wealth inequality and prevent young people from buying homes, cars and other large purchases that drive economic growth. The biggest impediment to student debt reform is the fact that the government uses the billions of dollars it collects in interest on federal loans to help balance the national budget. Forgiving student debt and shifting to education grants or tuition-free college would mean that politicians would have to find new ways to balance the federal budget. To protect the revenue stream, the federal government has granted itself extraordinary collection powers for delinquent borrowers and has fought viciously to restrict the circumstances under which student debt can be forgiven. The federal government cares more about “maintaining the solvency of the student loan program” – i.e. keeping their ability to profit off student debt – than it does providing Americans with a financially viable way to earn a college degree. They can’t be counted on to defend our interests as students or solve the student

debt crisis. There are, however, several student debt advocacy groups already in existence, each with their own strategies for reform. Groups like Strike Debt buy up people’s debts – student and otherwise – at pennies on the dollar and simply cancel it, freeing people at random from their debt obligations. Other groups like Student Loan Justice seek to make the student loan system more humane by lobbying for consumer protections to be imposed on student loans, similar to how other forms of debt are handled. An increasing number of voices are advocating a more radical solution: abolition of not just college tuition, but forgiveness of all existing student debt. It is true that the cost of forgiving all student debt and instituting tuition-free college will fall on taxpayers. The hole in our national budget left by forgiven loan payments and their expected interest would force politicians to find replacement funds from somewhere else. But, as the saying goes, you reap what you sow, and students are not the ones who’ve blown a hole in the national budget. We were simply the unwilling sacrificial lambs chosen by older generations to bear the burden of their spending habits. The student debt crisis is unsustainable and has to be dealt with at some point. As noted above, dealing with the issue is not popular among American politicians who for various reasons see the value in the current student debt regime. That is what’s prompted the group Debt Collective to propose the most radical solution of all: debt strikes. In other words, mass organized defaults on student debt and collective action to defend student debtors in default. Some will read that proposal and argue that willingly defaulting on one’s student loans is a form of theft and a breach of a contract voluntarily entered into by the student. That attitude ignores the fundamentally coercive nature of the student loan system. For many, student loans are the only option for paying for college. Older generations have imposed a higher education system on

us that requires acceptance of huge amounts of debt in exchange for the privilege of earning a degree that, for most people, is a requirement for their desired career paths and their only chance of entering middle-class selfsufficiency. Framing such a system in language of personal responsibility and fiscal discipline is not just dishonest, it displays an arrogance over and contempt of a generation of students that just wants to live and work as equal beneficiaries of our democratic society. The boomer generation, who so often criticize younger cohorts as entitled and fiscally irresponsible, have used the student debt system to enrich themselves with vast entitlement programs that have exploded our national debt. I should clarify here that many boomers are fully aware of the problem of the student debt crisis and advocate reforms to help fix it, including many university faculty members. However, as I’ve written previously, student debt represents a generational extortion scheme and an upward redistribution of wealth to older age brackets in the form of entitlement spending and tax cuts. Every American deserves to reap the benefits of democracy and national prosperity, and the burden of our domestic welfare and entitlement spending should not fall disproportionately on any one age cohort. The student debt crisis represents an extraordinary threat to our national economy and the financial futures of those who’ve taken out student loans. Barring an unprecedented political shift among our country’s politicians, the only way this will change is mass activist pressure. Considering the scope of the problem, radical action should be seriously considered, up to and including organized debt resistance.

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

Distracted driving an inescapable part of life By Aran Singh Vanguard Columnist

Did you know that April is Distracted Driving Awareness month? I guess that would explain the very pithy banner recently put up outside of the University Police building that says, “A text or call could wreck it all.” That’s true. I realize that this is the “eat your vegetables” of topics among young people. But, I mean, if you’re thinking about texting while driving, don’t do it. Of course, distracted driving isn’t relegated to just texting and phone usage. Eating, drinking and adjusting the radio are common ones too. Most of us have probably been guilty of engaging in some form of distracted driving. Last week, I was driving while inhaling a FiletO-Fish; that sandwich is small enough to wield in one hand, so, at the very least, I can keep my eyes on the road. Even when some tartar sauce fell on my pants, the inner slob in me said, “I’ll get that later,” and I kept my eyes focused on the road. Still, I probably shouldn’t have been eating a meal while driving. I’m not going to pretend I’ve never texted while I was driving, but I can count the number of times on one hand. OK, two. The times I’ve texted – or even looked at a received text – I found myself breaking hard and almost rear-ending somebody. I was mad at myself but not concerned at all about getting fined or caught texting;

not getting in a horrible wreck was a greater motivator to refrain from texting and driving. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which keeps track of distracted driving laws, text messaging is banned for all drivers in 46 states (including Michigan) and the District of Columbia. There are some exceptions to these laws: medical emergencies, reporting a criminal act or traffic accident, etc. Despite the laws and threats of fines, people continue to text and drive. The website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a section on distracted driving and described three types of distractions: visual, manual and cognitive. While there are many things people do while driving that can be distracting, texting is more dangerous because it combines all three; your eyes are off the road, your hands are off the wheel and your mind is taken off driving. What I found most interesting reading through the section was the part that said, “…the effectiveness of cell phone and texting laws on decreasing distracted driving-related crashes requires further study.” That’s not surprising. It’s very difficult to police this. How can you “nail” someone for texting in the moment? People will continue to text, and there’s not much anyone can do about it except for the person texting. Anecdotally speaking, I’m amazed at how often I notice people doing the ping-pong routine with their eyes as they drive past. I think people are under the assumption that they’ve managed to escape any kind of accident, so they can keep doing it. Maybe it’s not realistic to think people will ever stop texting and driving, so what I’m suggesting is maybe we can all engage in some distracted driving best practices. If you need to text while driving, for the love of

everything holy, please at least complete the turn before texting. It’s only a couple of more seconds to wait. Then resume texting, if you must (but you shouldn’t). One time I was heading to campus driving down Mackinaw, and I noticed the car in front of me kept swerving into the other lane. I could see the dude kept holding up his hand and looking at something; upon further examination, it looked like he was trying to take a selfie. While driving. Part of me wanted to see him drive into the ditch. Well, that’s not really true. All of me wanted to see that happen. A terrible thing to say, perhaps, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Next time you drive somewhere and you hear that text message indicator go off, forget it. If your friend is like, “what took you so long to respond?” you can tell them you were being a responsible adult. Going out on a limb here, but it’s safe to say nobody wants to get into an accident in general, but especially if it’s because of someone texting. More numbers from the CDC: about each day in the U.S., eight people are killed and 1,161 crashes involving distracted drivers. Don’t know this for sure, but I’m willing to bet a good portion of those crashes involved texting or some phone-related distraction. I mean, these are only statistics until you’re on the receiving end. Let me tell you, if I end up getting in a crash and dying as result of someone texting, like a bad horror movie, I’m going to haunt the ever-loving hell out of that person.

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

Flood Watch: Dollars and sense By Jeremy Flood Vanguard Sports Columnist

Nurses save lives, teachers educate the future and social workers help their neighbor in need. Professional athletes, on the other hand, play games for a living. So how on earth can someone say it’s reasonable that those in noble professions make less – significantly less – than professional athletes? Pretty easily, actually. Hey you, reading this column, can you hit a 99 mph four-seam fastball three times out of 10, shoot 35 percent from the three-point line or stop a 250-pound man running at you 20 miles per hour? I’m guessing not, because you’re not in the MLB, NBA or NFL. But I bet you know the name of someone who can do some of these things, and I bet you that they’re making over $1 million a year. So here I am, arguing that doctors and teachers can’t hit a 99 mph two-seamer for a .300 average, when nurses, teachers and social workers are arguing that pro athletes can’t teach or perform surgery. Fair assessment. However, is a school going to generate millions of dollars worth of revenue every time a teacher teaches, or is a hospital going to sell out of replica lab coats that doctors wear? I’m guessing not. However, you know what is going to

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do their own version of both of those things? That’s right, professional sports organizations. According to Forbes, the Cleveland Cavaliers generate $233 million in revenue each year, or $81 in revenue per fan. Their star player, LeBron James, makes approximately $31 million each year. Being the most recognized basketball player in the world and the main source of revenue for the Cavs, his salary is completely appropriate. I think the only argument against professional athletes’ salaries is the disparity between wages of men’s and women’s international teams. For example, at the World Cup stage, the United States men’s and women’s soccer teams should be dollar for dollar as seats are being filled. One of the purposes of the event is for international unity. However, I think that’s as far as it goes. Unpopular opinion: women in the WNBA are appropriately paid less than men in the NBA. Not because they don’t work as hard or because they don’t have as much talent; nothing like that. It’s because of how effective players are at their jobs. Essentially, a professional athlete’s first job is to fill seats, followed by sell merchandise, increase brand recognition, etc. The fact of the matter is that NBA games sell significantly more in tickets and merchandise and have greater brand recognition than teams in the WNBA. The bottom line really comes down to this: in a forprofit business, employees who bring in more money for the organization will be paid more. That not only covers the disparity between men’s and women’s sports, but the difference between sports as well. The best male

badminton player isn’t garnering as much yearly income as the best female basketball player, showing that it is more so the for-profit business community than it is a male versus female issue. The same thing goes for nurses, teachers and social workers. Once those jobs start bringing in millions of dollars of revenue like professional athletes, then they should make as much money as them. When making that argument, I’m not saying that professional athletes contribute more to the betterment of society than nurses, or that playing a game is harder than being a nurse. I’m not arguing what people should ethically be making, I’m arguing that there is very sound business reasoning behind why people are making what they’re making. Now, do I think society has it right when we base almost all of our decisions off of finances and profit? That’s a totally different article. So next time someone brings up wages, sports or that statistic they found online, shed some light on the situation. If you take a deeper look and figure out why the things are why they are, the world might make a little more sense to you. But if you feel like you’re not making enough money, call me up, and we’ll work on throwing that 12-6 curveball and making it to the big leagues.

Jeremy Flood is a communication junior and the Vanguard sports columnist. Reach him at

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Vanguard Photos | Kyle Will Above left: Joseph Green plays Lee Harvey Oswald in the theatre department’s recent performance of “Assassins.” Above right: Jonah Conner gives his performance as John Wilkes Booth. Performances for the play took place in the Malcolm Field Theatre this past week. One of the elements performers had a difficult time with was making some of history’s most famous criminals likable characters.

Theatre department flips history on its head in latest performance By Kaitlyn Farley Vanguard Reporter


ust as the White House wasn’t built in a day, neither was the SVSU production of “Assassins.” The musical’s director, Richard Roberts, worked on his vision for the musical for at least 14 months, a point that emphasizes the complexities of musical theatre. “I had a student one time tell me, ‘Musical Theatre is ‘Fluff!’ I can assure you, it is one of the hardest genres of theatre there is,” Roberts said. “The coordination of traditional theatrical elements are difficult as it is, but then add the musical coordination of your cast and a 24-piece orchestra. Well, that is not what I would call ‘fluff.’” This musical finds different assassins and attempted assassins contemplating why they hoped to kill a United States President and the ramifications of their actions. Besides the time it took to craft the vision for SVSU’s production of “Assassins,” the time and effort to actually bring it to stage further reveals the difficulties in creating a musical. “The hardest parts are the coordination of all the traditional theatrical elements with additional music, vocal and movement ele-

ments,” Roberts said. “This is all done in the same rehearsal time as a traditional show without all those elements.” Despite these challenges, Roberts believes that the collaboration of the theatre and music departments helped the musical run smoothly. “At many universities around the country, the music and theatre departments do not get along at all,” Roberts said. “I am blessed to work at SVSU, where cross-departmental collaboration is not only smiled upon but encouraged.” The cooperation between the different departments certainly paid off during the show’s opening night performance. The orchestra balanced well with the singers, and the two elements struck a natural and complementary balance, a fact that did not go unnoticed by the audience members. “I really enjoyed how the singing and instruments came together,” said Aubrey Snyder, a freshman business major. “One element didn’t bury the other one, and it made the songs very enjoyable.” Both the spoken and sung dialogue were delivered nearly flawlessly by the performers. Each actor was well articulated and easy to hear even when the orchestra would crescendo into louder sections of music.

“I could hear the lyrics really clearly,” said Taylor Stockton, an SVSU freshman “I especially enjoyed (John Wilkes) Booth’s ballad. The actor showed a lot of emotion, but it wasn’t overdone.” Despite the pleasure that most audience members found in the musical numbers, sophomore and theatre major Joseph Green, who portrays Lee Harvey Oswald, notes that these numbers are often difficult to perfect. “One hard aspect of acting in a musical is that nearly everything is to music, so a lot of characterization is done through the music instead of directly by the actor,” Green said. “I enjoy acting in musicals because it’s a different style of theatre that takes an entirely different set of skills to master.” Playing such a well-known figure in American history was also challenging for Green. Because of that, Oswald was an easy character to connect with but difficult to portray in a positive light. “The most difficult part of bringing (Oswald) to the stage is trying to get the audience to not see him as a killer first,” Green said, “but rather an everyday American that feels ignored and unwanted and to have the audience almost understand why he might have killed Kennedy.” Despite trying to make the assassins more

humane, the actors and director still expect the audience to question them and their actions. “What I see in ‘Assassins’ is that those who are disenfranchised in American society often find a way to make their mark, even if it is notoriously,” Roberts said. “I don’t agree with this personally at all, but, in an ‘I want to be famous’ culture, I can see how it can happen.” This viewpoint directly affects the message the cast and crew want audiences to understand. “There is a lyric in the song ‘Ballad of Booth’ that goes, ‘Every now and then a madman’s bound to come along. Doesn’t stop the story–our story’s pretty strong,’” Roberts said. “I hope everyone can see that, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office, no matter what happens, we as a nation continue.” Despite the challenges America then and America now faces, the cast and crew hope that this musical will teach the audience that America was and still is a country of possibilities–both for the good and the bad. “If I could put the theme into one sentence it would be: There is a critical difference between the right to happiness and the right to the pursuit of happiness,” Green said. “I hope anyone who sees this show takes away that America is the country where any kid can grow up to be President ... or Assassin.”

‘Ghost in the Shell’ adaptation more of the same ScarJo: Hollywood’s latest icon By Dylan Powell Vanguard A&E Editor

I’d like to start this review off by saying I am by no means a big fan of anime. I have watched it here and there and enjoyed the few shows and films that I have seen, but I never really go out of my way to watch it. “Ghost in the Shell” is no different. When this film was announced it had been the first time that I have ever heard of the series, yet it looked like an intriguing enough film. Despite all of the controversy of Hollywood yet again casting a white person in a typically Asian role, the trailers looked interesting, and the visual style certainly got my attention. So from the perspective of someone who is leaping into the world that “Ghost in the Shell” created for the first time, was the film any good? The film’s basic plot is that sometime in the distant future, humans have created the ability to enhance human bodies with robotic parts. The movie opens showing off the first successful attempt to transplant an entire human brain into the body of a humanoid robot with special abilities played by Johansson. The film tries to explore the clichéd idea of the “Frankenstein complex” by showing us the dangers of men trying to mess with nature and become gods themselves. Johansson becomes used as a military weapon against her will and … you see where this is going. First of all, as previously mentioned, one of the better elements of “Ghost in the Shell” is some of the visuals that it presents. The computer-generated city that most of the story takes place in is bright, vibrant, and colorful yet falls under the same “Blade Runner-esque” design that most science-fiction cities tend to mimic. Not only this, but Johansson’s character, among other abilities, has the power to render herself completely invisible, and this ability, when mixed in with the action properly, is quite fun to watch. I saw this in 3D, and this film is certainly one that I would recommend seeing in 3D if you have any interest in seeing it at The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

all, as it makes the over-use of CG a bit more stylized and easy to swallow. Unfortunately, the rest of the film kind of falls short of the epic sci-fi expectations I had knowing what little I know about the source material. The biggest issue with “Ghost in the Shell” by far is in its writing. The themes and motifs of the film, while interesting, are nothing new, and this is made even worse by how ham-fisted the dialogue makes these messages. Every time a situation is presented, every character in the room has to weigh in on the real world, thematic interpretations of what is going on. In a more complex movie, this may have been helpful to casual viewers, but the amount of times this film made me think to myself “yeah, I get it,” was irritating. The concepts were laid out well enough that the audience should be able to figure out for themselves what they represent, but the writers of “Ghost in the Shell” felt as if it was too vague and needed to spell everything out for viewers. This type of hand-holding made the whole film a bit of a chore to sit through. It seemed the filmmakers simply wanted to hurry up and get all of the story out in dialogue just so we could move on to the next action sequence which, for the most part, were actually a little bland. Yes, some of the effects used as Johansson is fighting are very cool, but each action scene tended to drag, and a lot of them felt very similar as the film progressed. This pacing of boring expository scenes that are rushing to get to the next action scene begins to force the audience to lose interest even as things begin to pick up with the villain. It’s difficult to comment on this film as I have no connection to the source material. However, I can say purely from a filmmaking standpoint, “Ghost in the Shell” is standard at best and plain dull at its worst.

Dylan’s Rating:

By Dylan Powell Vanguard A&E Editor

What it means to be a star in Hollywood today is not that same as it was back in the early 20th century. In the early days of cinema, names like Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, and Marylin Monroe were names that everyone on the planet knew. These actors and actresses developed into icons in their time, yet there doesn’t seem to be anything like that going on now. In modern Hollywood, there certainly are stars, but not just one or two. There are so many A-list actors and actresses that it’s really hard to give any of them the icon status as like some of their predecessors. However, there is one actress who has managed to make a path for herself that could possibly be defined as icon status. Scarlett Johansson owns the movies right now. Johansson has been in the business for a very long time, but it wasn’t until recently that she has been popping up in everything. Beginning with her first appearance as Black Widow in “Iron Man 2,” Johansson has become one of the most notable names in movies, and I feel there is a reason for this. First and foremost, sex sells in the entertainment industry. People and products that look nice will always be more appealing to the masses, and the fact that Johansson is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood has to have at least a small part of why she is so popular. Her sex appeal certainly isn’t the main attribute when it comes to her stardom, as there are hundreds of beautiful actresses who aren’t taking in nearly as much money as Johansson. Secondly, she is very flexible in her projects. Before she was Black Widow, Johansson broke out onto the scene in the critically acclaimed Sofia Coppola film “Lost in Translation” in 2003. Much like other stars within the industry, Johansson

came up from a smaller indie film that soon catapulted her into the limelight later on. She continued to show off those same skills in recent films such as in 2013, when she offered her talents to “Her,” “Don Jon,” and “Under the Skin,” which were all big hits with audiences within the indie community. At the same time, Johansson has been called upon to lead these self-contained sci-fi products such as “Lucy” and the recently released “Ghost in the Shell.” She’s even throwing her name into the proverbial comedy hat with her upcoming film “Rough Night” which she is doing in collaboration with the writers of the popular “Broad City,” on Comedy Central. Johansson’s willingness to approach her career in many different areas has allowed her face to be shown and recognized just about everywhere we go given how much advertising dominates our society. Lastly, and most importantly, Johansson is just good at what she does. She has never been one to be recognized as going above and beyond when it comes to acting, but she has always achieved her goals competently within roles, and it’s easy to tell that she is an easily directed actress. There are definitely other people within the entertainment industry that have made an important impact on film history. However, there aren’t many who have done so as effectively as Johansson has in this modern age of cinema. Johansson hit bank with Marvel just as comparable actress Jennifer Lawrence hit it big with “The Hunger Games,” but the difference between them is that Johansson seems to have smarter sense when it comes to choosing her projects. She knows how to reach every audience imaginable, and that is how she has become praised and welcomed within many different communities. She has made her mark on the industry in such a way that it was always be remembered. An icon? Maybe not, but she is the closest we’ve got.

A&E Editor Dylan Powell | E-mail | Office (989) 964-4482 | Twitter @VVanguardA_E


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Defense swarms in spring football game

SVSU softball completes busy week of games By Steven Bryant Vanguard Reporter

Vanguard Photo | Ali Alobaidan The defense (Team Red) defeated the offense (Team White) 68-52 in the annual SVSU spring football game. The defense earned points for several three-and-outs and four forced turnovers. After one quarter, it was 12-0 in favor of the defense. The offense improved in the second quarter with strong performances from Jacob LeClair, Tommy Scott Jr., Myrick El Jr. and Josh Holton. LeClair connected with Chad Gailliard for the offense’s first touchdown. Dillon Dixon earned the defense six points with an interception shortly after. Ultimately, the defense took a 40-24 lead into half. Three more turnovers in the second half kept the defense on top despite strong performances from Adam McCann and Bruce Mann, who each scored touchdowns for the offensive unit. The game remained close until the end with the defense coming away with a 68-52 win. “I thought the defense did a great job,” head coach Jim Collins said. “At the same time, I was really pleased with some of the young guys on both sides of the ball who entered in the second half and really executed and made some plays.” SVSU begins its season Sept. 2 on the road against Alderson-Broaddus.

Vanguard Photo | Kyle Will Seniors Izabella Ismailova and Ana Pico Garcia both made a lasting impact on the much-improved women’s tennis program in their time at SVSU.

Seniors leave mark on tennis program By Steven Bryant


Vanguard Reporter

he end of the 2016-2017 tennis season also concluded the journey for two of SVSU’s most accomplished players. Seniors Izabella Ismailova and Ana Pico Garcia played their final matches April 2, but not before making a lasting impact on the program. Ismailova, a native of Almaty, Kazakhstan, was named to the All-GLIAC First Team three times throughout her playing career and was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team in 2014. “I always wanted to study abroad,” Ismailova said about her recruiting process. “One day, I went to an educational exhibition in Kazakhstan and met representatives from SVSU. They represented SVSU so well, they were energized and talked very enthusiastically about SVSU compared to other representatives. I asked if they had a tennis team, and they gave me contact information for head coach Jennifer Boehm. From there, I was recruited by the best coach ever.” Garcia, a native of A Coruña, Spain, transferred from Ohio Dominican University after the school cut the tennis program. While a member of the Panthers, she was honored with an All-GLIAC Honorable Mention. As a part of the Cardinals team, she was awarded once again with an All-GLIAC Honorable Mention and for her senior season, she made All-GLIAC Second-Team. She also won SVSU Comeback Player of the Year at the annual SVSU Athletics award show due to a tendon injury on her left wrist over the summer. She ended up having the best singles season of her career with a 15-3 overall record, including finishing the season on a 14-match winning streak in singles competition. “After playing two years for Ohio Dominican, the university decided to cut the tennis program, so I made the decision to look for another college to keep pursuing my tennis career,” Garcia said. “I knew that the SVSU team had been barely making the tournaThe Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

ment, and they were far away from the top, but (Boehm) explained to me that she was trying to build a stronger program. So, I took the challenge and decided to come here and do something important for my last two years.” The process of bringing in both students to play for SVSU was a route that was uncommon for Boehm. With Ismailova, Boehm noted that the pair held Skype sessions after receiving her résumé and playing video. Garcia was then added for the 2015 season. Even though the tennis duo came at different times, Boehm said that the two made an immediate impact on the program. “Izabella’s freshman year, we were really struggling as a program, and she came in as a clear number one player,” Boehm said. “She was able to compete with every team at that level, which is something we hadn’t been able to do without her. When Ana arrived two years later, she came into a team that had significantly more talent, but she really elevated the energy and competitive nature of our team. She was also a seasoned GLIAC player with two years of success under her belt.” Garcia also noted the transition from playing in Spain to playing collegiately in the U.S. “We do not have sports in high school, so we play on club teams and develop our games with our coaches,” Garcia, a graphic design major, said of the differences between sports in Spain and the United States. “I have been a really competitive person since I was young, and I was ranked around the best 1,000 players of all ages in my country. In the last year before coming to college, I worked really hard, and at the same time, I kept studying for my finals. When I left Spain, I was ranked No. 120 in the country.” Both players, Boehm said, made a lasting impression on the tennis program. When Ismailova first joined as a freshman, the team finished just 5-11. Now, the team just wrapped up its best season in over 16 years, going 15-5. Boehm isn’t surprised. “When you combine their contributions, you can see exponential growth for our program in recent years,” she said. “They each

have very different styles of play and personalities, but each of them has left a legacy of competitiveness and success. We are now a highly respected GLIAC opponent and fiercely competitive every time we step on the court. That is in large part due to their vision, talent and efforts.” Ismailova, an international business major, knew that she could help make the transformation of the program a reality. In return, the SVSU community made her feel welcomed. “From my first year, (Boehm) and my teammates were striving to have a better tennis program and to improve their game on the court,” Ismailova said. “Due to our hard work, we finally made this year our best season. I want to thank (Boehm), my teammates, my family, my professors and my friends for their support, life lessons, unforgettable emotions and for helping me to become a better version of myself.” Garcia is returning as an assistant coach next season while she finishes her degree. “As an international student, I am far away from my family pretty much all year,” Garcia said. “My parents have made big efforts to send me here, and they have never been able to see one of my matches in the States. So being part of the tennis team for me is like having another family. (Boehm) is a really important figure for me too. She helps me every time I need it, and she is always there for us. If there is someone to commend for the success and how well the program is doing, it is definitely our coach.” Boehm will certainly miss the two players, but the impact they leave will continue in the program for many years. “As a coach, it’s bittersweet,” Boehm said. “I am extremely proud of what they have accomplished, but it’s difficult to see their time with us come to an end. They have become family, and we will really miss them. Fortunately, we will get a little more time with them off the court as (Garcia) plans to help with coaching the team in the fall and they both will finish their degrees at SVSU this December.”

The SVSU softball team won five of its eight games last week, improving its overall record to 22-9 and its first-place record in the GLIAC conference to 9-3. On Sunday, April 2, the team split a doubleheader with Ashland, winning game one 4-1 and losing game two 1-0. The team then traveled to Malone on Monday and swept the doubleheader, winning 2-0 and 12-0. After the games, junior Meredith Rousse, who registered a home run, an RBI double and two stolen bases in the series against Malone, said the team bounced back well after losing a close game to Ashland. “Our team played really well all four games,” Rousse said. “We lost one 1-0, but I don’t think anyone was disappointed. We didn’t hit as well as we wanted to that game, but we didn’t let it discourage us. We came out hot against Malone and got the job done like we know how.” The softball team was riding a streak of 17 wins in its last 19 games when it hosted Wayne State (24-8) on Saturday, April 8. “Honestly, I think we are doing so well because of team chemistry,” Rousse said of the team’s hot streak. “We all love each other and would do anything for each other, and I think that’s overlooked a lot. Team chemistry goes far. When someone can’t do the job, someone else picks them up. It’s amazing how comfortable we all feel with each other when we play.” The two teams split the series. SVSU won the first game 4-0, and Wayne State took the second game 4-1. Samantha Willman took the mound for game one. The senior pitched a complete game shutout while allowing just two hits and striking out four Wayne State batters. Sophomore Julia Miller hit a two-run home run for the Cardinals in the bottom half of the fourth inning. The rip was the catcher’s third home run of the season. Junior Courtney Reeves and sophomore Aubree Mouthaan both had two hits in three at-bats. Junior Danielle Hamilton hit a double in the first inning of the game and scored on an RBI single from Mouthaan. Sophomore Lauren Bachert also hit a double. Junior Anna Conrad hit a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the sixth inning, which set up the final score for the team. Willman got the start again for game two, giving up nine hits and four runs in 5.2 innings. The Cardinals struggled in the second game, only getting three hits as a team. They were held scoreless until the final inning when Conrad hit a sacrifice fly to score Reeves. Rousse had the team’s lone extra-base hit when she hit a double in the top of the fourth. Miller added a hit in the seventh inning, and junior Evy Lobdell had the team’s other hit. On Sunday, April 9, the Cardinals welcomed Hillsdale College. The team dropped the first game of the doubleheader 11-3. Conrad took the mound in the loss, bumping her record to 6-2. She gave up five hits, four earned runs and eight runs in just over one inning of work. Hillsdale jumped to a 9-0 lead when the Chargers scored nine runs off the combination of Conrad and senior Annie Hansen in the second inning. On the offensive side, Hamilton had two of the team’s five hits. Reeves added an RBI. Freshman Mikayla Alexandrou hit a tworun home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. The team made four fielding errors that resulted in five unearned runs over the course of the game. Willman made her third start in two days on the mound as the team won game two 9-4. She improved to 11-4 on the season. Her 11 wins are third-most in the GLIAC. SVSU registered 13 hits for the game. Rousse went 3-4 from the plate with a double and two runs. She also stole a base, giving her the third-most in the conference with 14. Bachert hit two doubles. Teammate Breanna Dinsmoor, a sophomore, hit a two-RBI double in the top of the third. Lobdell also finished the game with two RBIs. Sophomore Kennedi Thomas also drove in two runs with a third-inning base hit. Hamilton went 3-3 from the plate and scored a run. The team hosts Concordia University on Tuesday, April 11. The doubleheader begins at 3 p.m. at the SVSU Softball Complex.

Sports Editor Connor Doyle | E-mail | Office (989) 964-4482 | Twitter @VVanguardSports

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Vanguard Photos | Noor Chisti

SVSU students took part in the South Asian Student Association’s Festival of Colors on Saturday, April 8. The festival celebrates the end of winter and the start of spring, and featured “Color the President” and an “Only Color Throw” which saw students dousing each other with a multitude of colors in celebration of the event.

By Josh Sampson Vanguard News Editor


he South Asian Student Association hosted HOLI, the Indian Festival of Colors, on April 8 from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Gym. Associate professor of economics and economics department chair Kaustav Misra said the Festival of Colors is an ancient festival that celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of spring. “This is the time of the year when people come together regardless of regions, color, caste and class to welcome the spring,” he

said. “The main attraction of this celebration is throwing colored powders on each other to show brotherly love and affection.” More than 600 people attended the event on campus. Tickets were $10 for students, $15 for non-students, and kids 6 and under could enter for free. The South Asian Student Association is a club that started in 2013 and represents the culture of South Asia. It acts as a forum for South Asian students to present their views and promotes cultural exchange. For this year’s event, the South Asian Student Association added a special segment named “Color the President,” which started at 3 p.m. and included the “Only

Color Throw” outside the Ryder Center. President of the South Asian Student Association Ipsit Patki said the festival celebrates the spring season by playing with colors and water, and she said there are many positive aspects of the event. “My favorite part is after the cultural event, we go out and play with colors,” he said. “There is DJ music, and we just apply colors to each other and have a blast.” He added, “We celebrate this event every winter semester, and we also celebrate the Festival of Cultures in the fall semester, where students from different South Asian countries display their cultures through various performances.” There also were dance and painting com-

petitions based on South Asian songs and the theme of “Festival of Colors.” Dance groups featured two to five participants with music, costumes and a set time limit of five to six minutes. Paintings, meanwhile, included all types with three contestant age groups, from six to 12 year olds, 13 to 18 and 19 and older. Misra said students learned how to organize a big event, how to raise funds, how to market and promote an event and how to connect and work with others on and off the campus community. “The biggest takeaway would be working with a diversified group of people across campus as a team and take on this big challenge,” he said.

Vanguard Photos | Ali Alobaidan

Participants in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event walked a mile long route to help end physical violence toward women and help raise awareness about the issue.

Walking against violence By Josh Sampson Vanguard News Editor

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is the international men’s march to stop gender violence and was held on Thursday, April 6, on SVSU’s campus. The event was headed by the Saginaw County Sexual Violence Prevention Team and raised awareness about physical violence toward women. During the event, participants (men, women and children) walked one mile in a pair of high-heeled shoes. Interim Director of Student Wellness Andrea Hamlin said the event raised awareness in the community about serious causes, effects and remediation to men’s sexualized violence against women. “I think that it is important to open the lines of communication about sexual violence,” she said. “Many people tend to ignore or feel uncomfortable discussing these subjects. We cannot combat these behaviors and actions if we do not let it be known that it is unacceptable.” Registration began at 5 p.m. at Curtiss Hall for $10, and the walk began at 6 p.m. Hamlin said she believes the event benefit-

ed students by showing that domestic abuse and violence against women can talk about these topics while becoming more socially aware. “It allows people to come together and discuss these topics that are very important to our campus and community,” she said. “It is important for us to prevent sexual assault and equip our students and community with the necessary information to be a better bystander and stop sexual violence.” Moreover, Hamlin said the event showed that a support system for those affected by physical violence exists and that help was readily available. “Also, if a victim has experienced any form of sexual violence, we want them to know that we are here for support and providing services for healing,” she said. “I think we do that with this event and through our educational efforts at SVSU.” Hamlin said the best thing students can do to help with “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is to not let the conversation about domestic violence end once the event is over. “This topic should be something all students should be aware of and feel comfortable discussing with peers, faculty, staff, and their families,” she said.

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