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Pros and Joes honor fallen student By Gabrielle Alston Vanguard Reporter

SVSU hosted the 10th annual Pros vs. Joes event on Tuesday, April 18. In the basketball fundraiser, the “Pros” team, comprised of members of SVSU men’s and women’s basketball teams, plays against the “Joes” team, comprised of SVSU faculty and staff. The Pros vs. Joes event is a fundraiser to raise funds for scholarships in honor of former SVSU student Abou Traore. Traore was a pre-med student who died in a drowning accident in 2007. He attended SVSU for two years before the accident. Head men’s basketball coach Randy Baruth said the two athletic programs benefit from an event like Pros vs. Joes. “We take great pride in playing in the Pros vs. Joes,” he said. “Each year, (our players) always talk about how much fun it is for days to follow. We are glad we can give back to such a good cause. Thank you to those who organized the event and for inviting our program.” The event was put on entirely by volunteers, and Executive Director of Alumni Relations Jim Dwyer and Campus Recreation Director Aaron Mowen refereed the game. The game started with the Senegalese national anthem, in honor of Traore’s home country, followed by America’s National Anthem performed by ENCORE. The Joes won the tip off, running down the court to dunk on a small hoop brought out just for the occasion. The event aimed to engage the audience comically so that they would be involved

SVSU basketball player Ja’Christian Biles drives for a layup against Associate Director of Residential Life Eltaro Hooper.

Moot Court caps off best season yet

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Night football games eliminated By Gabe Kasper Vanguard Reporter

Starting next fall, SVSU will no longer host Saturday night football games. All but one home game for the Cardinals will begin at 3 p.m. The lone exception is Michigan Tech due to travel time. “We played some three o-clock games last year, and we liked them,” said Head Football Coach Jim Collins. “This way, our student athletes don’t have to sit around all day. Now they can get some good rest, go through our normal pregame routine and go play some football.” The change comes as an effort from Athletics and Student Affairs to get more students to attend football games, fight the cold weather, and promote a better family experience for all parties. “I don’t think this change will affect our outstanding attendance,” SVSU Athletic Director Mike Watson said. “I have spent more than 20 years in this conference, and I am

and motivated to donate. The game raised money in various ways, including players being sent to a penalty couch, where they remained until enough money was donated to get them back in the game. The scorekeepers also took bribes to raise or lower a team’s score. “This year, the event raised nearly $1,200,” said Residential Life Director Michele Gunkleman. “It’s an event that brings the community together in a really positive way.” The raffle was a large part of the event. Attendees could purchase tickets with the opportunity to win gift cards, food vouchers, a hammock, or other prizes. Raffle winners were announced throughout the game. At halftime, this year’s scholarship recipients were announced. This year, the Abou Traore Scholarship was given to two students – Nana Kofi Yeboah and Pratima Gurung. Both students received $1,450 each for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Korean Culture Club performed during halftime and encouraged students to participate with shouts. There was a game of lightning or knock-out played toward the end of the game. People who wished to participate had to donate $5 to the scholarship fund, and the winner was the recipient of Cedar Point tickets. With nine minutes left in the game, there was $100 donated to drop the Joes score down to 1, making the score 71-1. But by the end of the event, the score was tied 85-85 thanks to the added points from donations. Local businesses sponsored the event including the Cardinal Deli, Dogg Houze, SVSU Housing, JR’s Haircuts for Men, SVSU Dining Services, New Kitchen, Common Grind, Cardinal’s Nest Tavern, Independent Bank, Logan’s, and the SVSU President’s Office.

By Victoria Phelps Vanguard Reporter

proud to say that our student body at SVSU is better than any other institution I have seen or been a part of. Our fans are the best in the country, and they prove it every year.” Last year, Saginaw Valley ranked 18th in Division II football for student attendance. It has ranked in the top 20 consistently. “This is something we experimented with last year,” Watson added. “We truly think it is something that we thought would benefit our student athletes, and we won’t have to compete with highly anticipated games on TV. “ They also want to promote a better gameday experience for the student athletes, fans and families. In addition to no longer competing with primetime games on television, starting the games earlier in the day will let student athletes enjoy time with their

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Four moot court students capped off the program’s year with high placements and awards at the National Invitational Tournament from April 7 through April 9. The tournament consisted of 18 teams that did not qualify for American Moot Court Association’s national tournament. Communications and political science sophomore Danielle Musselman and political science sophomore Jacquob Littlejohn fin- Jacquob Littlejohn ished in third place at the competition, while political science junior Hayley Tomich and history senior Alex Partridge placed in the top eight. Musselman also received a sixth-place orator award, marking SVSU’s first in the category at the National Invitational Tournament. “I was very humbled to see that I won,” Musselman said. “And then, to make it into the semifinals and get third place was abso-

lutely surreal. It was a long day, but I was really grateful that we did as well as we did and we just performed at our best.” Moot Court is offered as two three-credit classes: one for beginners and one for returning students. Each year, the American Moot Court Association selects a fictional U.S. Supreme Court case to simulate at competitions. Students then pair into teams, developing oral arguments and legal briefs based on the case. The teams use the knowledge they acquire in the course to read court cases, analyze the logic Danielle Musselman behind judgments and apply that information toward their own arguments. This was Musselman’s first year in the program, and she said the workload was more than she anticipated. She noted that being conscious of word choice and the implications of certain words was particularly difficult.

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Club dance team places fifth in first nationals event By Josh Sampson Vanguard News Editor

The SVSU Club Dance team placed fifth in the National Dance Alliance’s Collegiate Dance Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida, this month. Team President Kirsten Moore said the journey to nationals was long and they didn’t know what to expect, but they were ready to work. “We had a lot on our plate since we perform at all home football and basketball games,” she said. “We also had to prepare for nationals. We paid a choreographer for our routines for both jazz and hip hop. But the rest was up to us.”

Moore said that during her freshman year, the dance squad was only an eight-member team, and they didn’t perform at many games. That has transformed to an 18-person team that performed at every basketball and football game this year and other events including the National Dance Allegiance Camp and nationals. For nationals, Moore said they had to clean up both dances, make changes, find costumes and utilize teamwork to demonstrate that the club was fully responsible to take on the challenge. In addition, the club had to fundraise to afford the trip, but their camp success helped pay for the expenditures. “At camp, we received a silver paid bid

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to nationals, and that helped us tremendously,” Moore said. “The cheapest way to get to Florida was by car, so we drove straight there and straight back.” She said the first day was Jazz Division II preliminaries, and she said due to the energy during the dance, she came off the stage in tears, as she was confident they had done well. Courtesy Photo | SVSU Club Dance Team “It didn’t make it any easier that The SVSU club dance team placed fifth in two I am a senior and I knew this would national competitions earlier this month. be one of my last times performing with the team,” Moore said. “After and Hip Hop Division II preliminaries, and we performed we found out hours later that Moore said it was on that day that the team we made it to the finals.” See DANCE, page A4 The second day was Jazz Division II Finals

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

Intoxication At 12:15 a.m., on April 6, officers responded to a call involving a 22-year-old male non-student who was highly intoxicated. The female roommates did not want the individual at their apartment. One of the roommates had met the subject on Tinder, and when he arrived, he began drinking heavily. The subject was transported to the hospital. At 3:12 a.m., on April 9, patrol officers noticed a 19-year-old male who was unresponsive in a vehicle. They opened the door to check on the subject and found him to be highly intoxicated. They were able to get him awake, and he was checked by MMR, who advised that he did not need to go to the hospital. The subject was given an MIP and released. Hit and Run At 4:20 p.m., on April 17, a 19-year-old student reported that when she went to her parked car in J-3 lot, she found that someone had hit the rear passenger-side bumper, causing minor damage. Possession of Marijuana At 1:15 a.m. on April 8, officers observed a vehicle parked in A-lot with 4 females in the car. As officers approached the vehicle, they could detect the odor of marijuana. A small amount of marijuana was found along with miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. At 5:50 p.m., on April 12, officers were called to Pine Grove to meet Resident Association, who smelled marijuana in an apartment. Officers determined the resident had a medical marijuana card and was aware that smoking and possessing marijuana in the residence hall is against university rules. The incident was turned over to Student Conduct Programs. Trespassing At 12:48 p.m., on April 9, officers were called to UV for the smell of marijuana by the housing staff. When they arrived and attempted to make contact, the people inside attempted to flee out the back door and dumped alcohol down the drain. Two of the subjects were later found to be ex-students who should not be on campus. Both subjects were given a trespass letter and told to leave. Theft At 10:30 a.m. on April 11, a 19-year-old student reported that over the past week, someone had stolen several Playstation games and other items from his room. Forced entry was not detected. The incident was under investigation.

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Team 4779 from Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Marine City attempts to communicate with their other team members at the FIRST Robotics Competition in the Ryder Center on April 14. About 7,500 people attended the event, including Gov. Rick Snyder.

By Dylan Powell Vanguard A&E Editor


VSU hosted the FIRST Robotics competition in the Ryder Center from April 12 to 15. The event was the first competition of the championship circuit and featured nearly 5,000 students from 160 high schools around Michigan. The competition was held from Wednesday, April 12, until Saturday, April 15. The event helps promote the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields within the different levels of academia. 7,500 people were estimated to attend, and that number reportedly was most likely reached as students and the public flocked to the Ryder to spectate the teams. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder also attended the competition, saying on Twitter that he considers the event “a rock concert for nerds, because I’m a proud nerd myself.”

Large, Michigan-based companies such as the Dow Chemical Co. and Nexteer Automotive are big contributors to FIRST Robotics, which is part of the reason why the Great Lakes Bay Region is one of the fastest growing regions when it comes to the popularity of competitive robotics. Executive Director of STEM at SVSU Carolyn Wierda felt that the competition had numerous perks both for the campus and the community. “I think there were tremendous benefits,” Wierda said. “(It’s) a chance for high school students and their families to become familiar with our campus, students, faculty and staff. Also, we had a chance to become familiar with an exciting competition by seeing it first-hand.” The event was seen as a financial success, but it also served as an opportunity for high school students to see what SVSU has to offer as far as its atmosphere and facilities.

“Any time we can have high school students on our campus, it is great for SVSU,” Wierda said. “Once the visitors are here, they see how beautiful the campus is, how friendly people are and what educational opportunities exist.” In addition to competing in the Ryder Center, prior to their matches, the teams also were open to use the fieldhouse as their “pit” to make final tweaks and adjustments to their creations. The competition itself included a rounds-based system in which three teams would compete with autonomous and remote-controlled robots to earn points. Each team consisted of roughly 60 students and four mentors per team. Throughout the competition, three teams would be randomly assigned to either the Red Alliance or Blue Alliance, which is the deciding factor of which teams compete against one another. On the concluding day of the

Student Association wraps up year President Cody McKay to hand reigns to Lauren Kreiss on May 1 By Connor Doyle Vanguard Editor-In-Chief

The SVSU Student Association is winding down the academic year, and last Monday, confirmed several appointments for next year’s Association. Carly Lipinski was appointed to the executive assistant position; Hunter Koch will serve as legislative and external affairs director and Sean Mueller will again be Cody McKay parliamentarian. Brandy Kontowsky will be the public information officer, replacing incoming president Lauren Kreiss, and Karah Hoch will oversee student concerns. Lastly, McKenna Ciner will return as campus events director and Caitlin Coulter will serve as the philanthropy chair. Throughout the academic year, SA’s main events have included the Red Pride Picnic, Battle of the Valley’s Week, a trip the Presidential Inauguration, Mental Health Awareness Week and the Cardinal Ball. “From talking with students that attended these events, they all had great things to say and were

grateful that we had made these opportunities possible,” Outgoing SA president Cody McKay said. “These events allow us to create opportunities for the student body to come together for various reasons, whether it be a topic to bring awareness to, a once-in-a-lifetime trip, or to have some fun together.” Additionally, SA allocated just shy of $60,000 to various student activities and conference, along with about $6,000 in scholarships. The biggest end of the year project for the Association has been the Nightline bus route that has been available for students on four different weekends throughout the second half of the winter semester. “The SVSU Nightline has had great success throughout the pilot,” McKay said. “From the first two weekends alone, we had roughly 300 to 400 total riders, which is amazing. We appreciate all of the support from the campus community throughout this process, and I look forward to seeing what next year’s Student Association will do as they evaluate the pilot this summer.” In addition to McKay, many of the Association’s representatives are reflecting on the year that was. Sophomore and first year representative Maura Losh said the experience was both valuable and enjoyable. “Being a representative this year was an unforgettable experience,” she said. “SA was definitely not

what I was expecting, but I’m very grateful that my fellow representatives appointed me back in the fall. I am proud of the work we have accomplished to better SVSU and I am eager to see what next year holds.” Now, the student government will begin transitioning and preparing for next academic year. The Association recently made changes to the way several positions were paid, including cutting pay of committee chairs and adjusting the way in which the president’s pay is determined. SA will take the summer to get ready for the upcoming school year and work on developing ideas and planning various projects. McKay will move out of office and Kreiss will officially begin her term as president on May 1. McKay reflected on his year in office and looks forward to the future of the Association. “I would like to thank the student body for giving me the opportunity to represent you this past year,” he said. “Being a part of Student Association for the past four years has been life changing, and being able to be president this year has been an experience that I will truly never forget. I believe that next year’s group will do a fantastic job and keep representing the student body in the best way possible. Thank you again for believing in me, and I wish you all the best.”

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competition, two groups of three battled it out in the finals: the Fenton Titanium Tigers, the Leland Zebrotics, and the Kalamazoo Stryke Force representing the Red Alliance and the Bloomfield Hills Bionic Black Hawks, the Notre Dame Preparatory Killer Bees, and the Bloomfield Hills International Academy Las Guerrillas. In the first round of the final, the Blue Alliance won with a score of 459 to 334 and continued its success in the next round, ending it all with a 499 to 205 victory. In total, 12 teams moved on to the world competition, which took place this past weekend in Houston, Texas. A lot had to go into planning of such a large-scale event on campus, but those involved felt that the competition went rather well as the week went on. “The work was truly a team effort called together by Dr. Debra Huntley, provost and executive vice-president,” Wierda said.

FOOTBALL, continued from A1 families after the game. “I think this will have a very positive effect on the players,” Watson said. “Having the game in the afternoon gives these student athletes the ability to spend some quality time with their families after the game. Plus, we don’t have to worry about the temperatures dropping drastically at night when the games will end around seven.” Also, families with children who typically attend the games no longer have to worry about games going late into the night. “On a personal or family front, I am beyond excited for the changes,” Director of Media and Community Relations JJ Boehm said. “I have young kids that can’t stay out until 10 p.m. My 4-year-old son loves our mascot Coop, and the rest of the family loves the game atmosphere. Now they’ll get the chance to enjoy that more often.” With the changes, typical student events in the fall will not be drastically affected. Collins said he would miss the night game atmosphere, but he feels there are many benefits to a 3 p.m. kickoff. “I think there is an unique atmosphere with night football games that I will miss experiencing,” Collins said. “However, these afternoon games are a perfect time for students to go and support the team ... I think this change will be one that will get students to come out and show that amazing support in an even greater magnitude.” SVSU’s first home football game is against Walsh on Saturday, Sept. 9.

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Syrian airstrike stretches AUMF to the breaking point By Brian Fox Vanguard Columnist

Summer finally approaches, and like many of you, I’m looking forward to travel, getting some reading done and just having some free time. But as always, I’m keeping an eye on upcoming political events, and there’s a lot we should all be paying attention to over the summer. The issue I’ll likely be most concerned with is that of U.S. military policy, especially in Syria. Earlier in April, the U.S. bombed a government airfield there after an apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians, the first U.S. attack on a Syrian government target since Syria’s civil war began. Most responses from American pundits and Congressional leaders of both parties seemed to view the missile strike positively. News anchors like Brian Williams ghoulishly praised the “beauty of our weapons,” and Fareed Zakaria gushed over how Donald Trump “became president” by “enforcing justice in the world” through the partial destruction of a single airfield. The response from Democratic politicians was not much different. Most senators expressed clear support for the airstrike, including a strong majority of Senate Democrats. On some level, this response is understandable. It came in the aftermath of a horrific attack on civilians evidently conducted by the Syrian government’s air force. Still, the nearly universal support for military action that had not been approved by Congress is disturbing. Despite how polarized our political culture may be, it seems like everyone loves a good war too much to care about whether it’s legal. When asked for its legal justification for the missile strike,

the Trump administration cited the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), the 2001 law passed by Congress that authorizes the president to use “all necessary and appropriate force” against anyone who aided, planned or committed the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Once passed, the AUMF was almost immediately abused by the White House. The Bush administration used it to target Al Qaeda and the Taliban government protecting it in Afghanistan, but it also deceptively used it to justify its war in Iraq, one of our county’s greatest foreign policy debacles that led to the deaths of at least 500,000 people. Both wars received similar levels of overwhelming support from both Republican and Democratic politicians as well as the bulk of the mainstream media. The lack of critical opposition to war is excused by some as resulting from the biggest loss of life in a terrorist attack in our nation’s history. However, the AUMF continued to be stretched and abused to cover a global assassination program and multiple bombing campaigns that began under the Bush administration and continued into Barack Obama’s two terms. Democratic partisans who had expressed skepticism of the Bush administration’s use of the AUMF to justify all military action in the Middle East later zealously defended the Obama administration’s ability to do the same. This was despite the warnings of anti-war critics who argued that while Democrats may be comfortable with the Obama administration being able to conduct war essentially at will and with no legal or Congressional oversight, they shouldn’t create such a precedent for future Republican administrations. At that time, most assumed the next serious Republican presidential hopeful would be a Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio type. Instead, we’ve been cursed with a knownothing commander in chief who’s been given de facto authority to conduct seemingly unrestricted warfare. After citing the AUMF, the Trump administration made no efforts to explain how the previous authorization covered

their airstrikes. They didn’t even pretend to care about obtaining Congressional authorization for military action, and they faced no serious challenge from Congress, which should have insisted on exercising its constitutional role as a check on the executive’s ability to unconditionally wage war. This is the type of precedent that critics of the government’s use of the AUMF under Bush and Obama warned about. What we have now is worse than the work-case scenario they foresaw. Instead of a typical hawkish Republican abusing the lack of Congressional oversight over military intervention, the finger on the button belongs to an easily manipulated, thin-skinned ignoramus whose global outlook changes with whatever cable news drivel he watches on television that morning. Even for those who view the AUMF as an important tool for defending the U.S. from terrorism, does anyone actually trust someone like Trump to navigate the dangerous and murky waters of a civil war turned proxy war between multiple regional and global powers? Isn’t this exactly the type of situation in which the executive branch should be subject to Congressional oversight to keep them from overreaching and causing dangerous blowback? A libertarian classmate of mine recently said that having Trump in office makes his life a lot easier – people finally realize why it’s important to constrain the government’s ability to do whatever it wants now that someone like Trump is in office. I hate to admit when a libertarian is right about something, but there’s no beating the argument that the ability to unleash America’s war machine should not be subject to one person’s whim, regardless of who the current president is … but especially when it’s this one.

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

‘The Simpsons:’ Celebrating 30 great years By Aran Singh Vanguard Columnist

To alleviate some of the stress from the final days of the semester, I’d been watching some of my old DVDs of “The Simpsons,” completely oblivious to the fact that last week marked the 30th anniversary of the show. I had completely forgotten. I’ve hardly watched or paid attention to the show in years. I’ll admit to being one of those people who thinks the show’s best years are far behind it. Despite the show’s esteemed legacy and massive popularity, there are people I’ve talked to – people I know, friends of mine – who either haven’t seen the show, don’t feel the desire to watch it, or simply just don’t like it. They can’t dig the show’s aesthetic or humor. Fair enough. I’m sure there are people, too, who only associate “The Simpsons” with the inferior quality of its late-period era, which is unfortunate. I used to begrudge the show’s decline in quality, wondering what had happened to it, blaming different show

runners and writers, bemoaning the shift in tone and style, etc. But I recognized it’s incredibly difficult for a sitcom – animated or otherwise – to sustain a consistently high quality for several years, let alone decades. Whenever I’d catch a stray episode here and there, I’d find myself laughing at one thing or another. Still, it wasn’t the same In revisiting the show’s “Golden Era” (which runs roughly between seasons two through nine), I’m reminded of why it’ll probably stand as my favorite television comedy. Forgive me for waxing nostalgic here; the occasion calls for it. It’d be hard to nail down a definitive list of the best episodes, and I don’t have the space to do that here. But, if I had to pick a couple of potential “top five” episodes, one would be the absurdly brilliant “Homer at the Bat,” another, probably the sublime “Marge vs. The Monorail” and the masterful “Cape Feare.” These three episodes would be a good barometer for the uninitiated to gauge whether the show’s humor took. The humor of the show also manifested itself in smaller ways; the writers cramming as many jokes as they could into each episode, best exemplified by the blink-and-youmiss-it background stuff. Two of my favorites being: a sign for Springfield Christian School: “We Put the Fun in Fundamentalist Dogma” and underneath the sign for a store

called Monstromart: “Where Shopping is a Baffling Ordeal.” The sharp, biting satire of “The Simpsons” encompassed just about every facet and institution of American culture and society from television, the news media, and the entertainment industry, to the police and education system, down to religion and politics – nothing and nobody was spared. But the show, at its best, was able to combine clever pop culture references (both high and low), absurdist humor and acerbic wit, with real emotion and genuine pathos and did so for at least seven straight seasons, by my count. That’s no small feat. I do think “The Simpsons” has lost a bit of its heart in these late-period seasons. After over 600 episodes, the show’s diminished status is an undeniable part of its legacy. Nevertheless, I think the quality of the show’s Golden Era is so strong that it outweighs the badness demonstrated by those later seasons. To paraphrase Lionel Hutz, I don’t use the word “greatest” very often, but, “The Simpsons” is the greatest television show in American history. Aran Singh is a creative writing junior and a Vanguard columnist. Reach him at

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Saginaw Valley State University has about 10,000 students, which includes at least 900 international students from nearly 50 countries. The current travel ban could negatively impact international students attending SVSU. According to the Institute of International Education, $35.8 billion was contributed to the United States economy due to having international students (2015). My name is Kayla Johnson and I am a licensed social worker in Saginaw County and a former student of Saginaw Valley State University. As part of the Cardinal community, I ask that we stand up for our international students’ rights and continued access into the United States and their own country. I urge the SVSU community to reach out to your local legislators to support the portion of the Executive Order: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which now includes that any student with a current visa may resume traveling freely between all countries, including those previously banned. I urge your readers to contact their local legislators to voice their opinions about the travel ban! We must stand up for our international students now and in the future. Red Pride!

Planned Parenthood is more than just a clinic for abortions. It is a place to obtain birth control and other forms of contraception. It is a location where you can get tested for STDs and STIs confidentially. Planned Parenthood also performs mammograms, pap smears and other testing for types of cancer for women. They do all of these things will very little cost to the patient. Only three percent of their funding is used for abortions, but that is all people seem to get hung up about. H.R. 354 is a bill that will defund Planned Parenthood. This takes away money from all of those other programs that utilize the money the most for an entire year. As an alumni of Saginaw Valley State University, I am telling you that bill H.R. 354 cannot pass. Many of your fellow students utilize the services Planned Parenthood has to offer. Please do not let three percent be the end to numerous other services. Call your representative today and tell them to vote “no” on H.R. 354.

According to the bill H.R. 354, I am writing to you with much concern about defunding federal funds to Planned Parenthood. With only three percent of funds going toward abortions, there are many other services that Planned Parenthood provides to individuals. The services that Planned Parenthood in Saginaw offers includes: abortion referral, birth control, HIV testing, LGBT services, men’s health care, emergency contraceptive, pregnancy testing, STD testing, vaccines and treatment, and women’s health care. Taking away clinics that provide safe medical procedures and provide a variety of other beneficial services is not the answer. This does not allow individuals to have the right to self-determination and make their own decisions based on their own needs or situations. Per Planned Parenthood’s annual report from 2015, they serviced 60 million visits that year alone. This data proves that people are utilizing their clinics and cutting federal funding for this health care agency is not the best decision for our citizens. Advocating for what is right is the right decision, and the H.R. 354 bill is not going to be what is best for our societal healthcare needs. I urge your audience of The Valley Vanguard to contact their representatives and senators in order to fight for what is right!

Sincerely, Kayla Johnson, May 2016 Graduate (BSW) MSW student, Michigan State University

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Thank you, Brittany Jewett SVSU BSW Graduate, MSW Candidate

Sincerely, Kaitlyn M. Miller, May 2016 Graduate (BSW) MSW Student, Michigan State University

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New issue of ‘Reflections’ puts campus life into perspective By Josh Sampson Vanguard News Editor


he new issue of the SVSU magazine “Reflections” will be distributed across campus this week, and the stories inside are sure to entertain and engage students. Editor Justin Engel, a communication specialist at SVSU, said the magazine is mailed out to 40,000 alumni across the United States twice every year. “Each issue of ‘Reflections’ has some common themes,” he said. “They deal with issues affecting the community – both the SVSU campus as well as the region and world our university supports – and feature members of the SVSU family.” Engel is a former Valley Vanguard editor and a 2005 SVSU alumnus. He has worked as the editor for “Reflections” for two years and said he was a reader of the magazine even before he took his position at the helm. Director of Creative Services Jill Allardyce

said there are multiple personal stories in the new issue and said stories of perseverance and people making a difference defines SVSU. And, she said it gives students a deeper look at personal interest stories about faculty and staff at SVSU. “Another very touching story you will find is about (Associate Professor of Biology) Brian Thomas, one of SVSU’s great faculty members, who lost his wife Holli,” she said. “Brian and his two young sons have coped with grief as a family and are healing with the help of community and fitness. They honor Holli’s memory by fundraising for the Children’s Grief Center, a community center they still visit to this day and which still helps them heal.” The stories in the magazine have a wide range, including stories of success and tragedy, some that pose questions, and others that may answer them. “We like to provide a diverse lineup of stories aimed at everyone from current students, faculty and staff, to individuals who haven’t stepped foot on campus in

decades,” Engel said. Stories in “Reflections” include a photo essay featuring the extensive bug collection of Professor of Biology Stephen Taber, a profile of Thomas, a feature on alumnus and recently appointed Saginaw County District Judge Manvel Trice III, and an article on alumna and U.S. Army veteran Gretchen Evans, who was injured in battle in Afghanistan and works with a service dog to cope with disability. The cover story centers on opioids, a drug that includes painkillers and heroin, which Engel feels is a national health epidemic affecting local citizens and which is becoming a deadly problem in the United States. “That problem has manifested itself locally,” he said. “In partnership with the Bay County Health Department, SVSU manages a health care clinic in Bay City known as the University Clinic.” The University Clinic is a primary health care clinic at which SVSU faculty members tend to patients and students from the College of Health and Human Services serve

Second ‘Student Showcase’ shares several studies By Emma Kirsch Vanguard Reporter

On Friday, April 21, SVSU hosted its second annual Student Showcase through the Undergraduate Research Program. This event was held in various parts of Gilbertson Hall, with the opening and closing remarks occurring in Ott Auditorium. “Any student who has worked on an independent study, honors thesis, senior design project, or any other scholarly project throughout the year is encouraged to present,” said Jennifer McCullough, the director of the Program. “All students who received funded through the Undergraduate Research Program are required to present.” The Student Showcase is coordinated through the UGRP, which provides help to undergraduate students via grants, including faculty-led grants, student-led grants, student-travel grants, and mini student-led grants. The grants total $250,000. With the assistance of faculty mentors, undergraduate students who have conducted research on a variety of topics presented their findings to the campus community. “The primary reason for creating the SVSU Student Showcase is to provide an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the research, innovation and talent of students from each of the academic colleges,” said Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Joshua Ode. “This year, the event

will bring together more than 100 talented students from various disciplines to share their work with the campus as well as our local community.” At the event, 45 posters and 11 papers were presented, with some of the projects involving the collaboration of multiple students. Additionally, those instrumental in the Human Library project on campus– Victoria Phelps, Alexa Foor, and Danielle Musselman–sat on a panel to discuss how they developed, implemented, and evaluated the event. Performances and a virtual reality demonstration were also included. The event began with opening remarks by McCullough at 1 p.m., followed by the poster presentations in the foyer of Gilbertson Hall. Beginning at 2 p.m., students presented their papers in classrooms. Three classrooms were used, and each room included between three to four presentations. The paper presentations occurred concurrently with the Human Library panel. Those in attendance of the Student Showcase had to decide which presentations they desired most to experience. Following the conclusion of the paper presentations, performances by the Cardinal Singers and three forensics students occurred in the Ott Auditorium. The event concluded after the awarding of the UGRP Student Showcase Awards and the UGRP Faculty Mentor Award. Student awards were given for top posters and top presentations, and the winners were Emely Williamson, Crystal Gwizdala,

Drew Deming, Nicholas Toupin, Jenni Putz, Cody Kirby, and Tyler Newell. Each student received a $100 cash prize for their achievement. Winners were determined by a committee consisting of SVSU faculty members. “The award committee consists of approximately 10 faculty representing all five colleges,” McCullough said. “Judges evaluate the projects based on a rubric. The criteria vary depending on whether the project is a poster, paper, or performance but generally include factors such as: project significance, novel contribution, visual appearance and professionalism.” The Faculty Mentor award was given to Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jennifer Chaytor. The recipient of the award is nominated by students in the UGRP. The award includes a cash prize of $1,000. Student presenters expressed their gratitude for the opportunities they have had through the UGRP. “SVSU’s opportunity of undergraduate research is one of the main reasons that I decided to attend this university, and I am glad with the decision that I made,” said second-year biology student Olivia Bishop. “The research and networking skills that I am developing have made me feel more confident about my ability to succeed in the next step of my education after SVSU. I plan on attending graduate school once I graduate from SVSU, and lab experience is a great thing to have on a resume and application.”

as interns. Engel said an increasing number of patients they tend to are opioid addicts, and “Reflections” documents the clinic’s struggle to help save the lives of addicts. “Both (patients and staff) share brutal stories that are becoming alarmingly common in the U.S. and can impact any home,” he said. Allardyce said she likes the cover story on the Spring 2017 issue and that it is a good example of positive SVSU community involvement in helping to solve a problem. “The quote from the featured patient of the clinic, ‘I’m alive because of the University Clinic,’ is so powerful,” she said. “That is evidence of real positive changes happening in the community because of SVSU.” Engel said he hopes SVSU students feel closer to their fellow students after reading “Reflections.” “These stories are meant to dig deep into the character of our institution and shine a spotlight on the people who make the university so distinctly tight-knit as a family,” he said.

DANCE, continued from A1 discovered they had come in fifth place for both Jazz and Hip Hop Division II. Moore said the journey made the team closer, though it’s always a learning process. Next year, she said, they can only go up from their current position. She said her favorite part of the club is that the group acts similar to a little family in that they don’t only dance but that they also assist each other in school, work or their social life. She said members meet their best friends on the team and it always people to become involved on SVSU’s campus. “I am very proud to say we are fifth in the nation, because it took a lot of work to get to that,” she said. “Hard work in regarding lots of paper work, long practices, more practices and dedication. I am very honored and happy to end my senior year on this note.” Though tryouts were on Sunday, April 23, students interested in SVSU Club Dance can visit

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Baseball competes against top GLIAC teams By Connor Doyle Vanguard Editor-in-Chief


he SVSU baseball team continued GLIAC play last week, falling to Northwood two out of three times on Wednesday. Saturday, the Cardinals split with Wayne State, and on Sunday, the Warriors swept the host team. Additionally, SVSU freshman Cole Brooks was named National Hitter of the Week last week. The outfielder hit .567, going 17-30 with five home runs, four doubles, one triple and 20 RBIs in the week prior to the honor. He currently leads SVSU in batting average and home runs. The first game against Northwood was a continuation of a game that was rained out earlier in the season. The game resumed in the third inning with SVSU already leading 7-0. Following a Timberwolves run, SVSU added three more in the bottom of the fourth on an Adam Turner home run to extend its lead to 10-1. Turner homered again two innings later to cap the scoring. “It always feels good to get a win against a rival like Northwood, especially when they are having a good year,” head coach Chris Ebright said. “I think it shows how close we are with these young players to be really good. We compete every single day.” Shortstop Jordan Swiss was 2-4 with a double and two RBIs, while second baseman Mason Schwellenbach added two hits. Brandon Wise picked up his second win of the year as he continued his start from the previously rained out game to throw a complete game with seven strikeouts. “(Wise) will be a weekend starter in the next year or two,” Ebright said. “He is getting stronger and smarter as a pitcher. He loves the game of baseball and puts everything he has into it. He went right after the Northwood pitchers. He competed at a high level on Wednesday. I’m very proud of him.” Things went south from there as the Cardinals dropped the next two contests against Northwood. SVSU only managed seven hits and two runs as Northwood was steady offensively against Cardinal pitcher Scott Sency. Designated hitter Collin

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Winters had three hits to lead the Cardinal offense. In the final game of the day, NU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first and continued to score throughout the game in route to a 7-1 win. The SVSU offense managed only three hits and one run when centerfielder Adam Fitzgibbon stole home on a successful double steal. Fitzgibbon, Winters and Brooks had hits for SVSU. Alex Millhisler took the loss on the mound for SVSU. “Northwood took advantage of our physical and mental mistakes; any good team will do that,” Ebright said. “We are learning from every game we play, win or lose.” The team returned to the diamond Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader against Wayne State, topping the Warriors 3-2 in game one before falling in game two 8-7. In game one, SVSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead early and hung on late to secure the win. Schwellenbach was 2-3 at the plate. Fitzgibbon and Turner each added a hit and an RBI each. Amani Godfrey picked up his second win of the year on the hill, throwing 5.2 innings allowing seven hits and two runs. Tyler Stambaugh threw an inning in relief before Jake Tarbell got the final out, picking up his fifth save of the year. Game two went back and forth early until two Warriors runs in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the difference. The Cardinal offense exploded for 14 hits, including two from Fitzgibbon, two from Chad Carson, three from Brendan Harrison and two from Schwellenbach. Starting pitcher Camden Dice threw 4.2 innings, allowing five hits and five runs and striking out two. Tristan Faunce came in relief and took the loss for SVSU, throwing 2.1 innings. Sency covered the final two innings on the mound. SVSU also fell in game one on Sunday, 6-1. Millhisler took the loss on the mound despite only allowing two earned runs over six innings pitched. The SVSU offense managed only three hits in the contest. In game two on Sunday, the Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Schwellenbach, SVSU’s starter on the mound. SVSU responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the third. Brooks singled to right to score Fitzgibbon, and Turner singled to left to plate Brooks and Carson. Each team added a run in the fifth inning, with SVSU getting a home run from Carson. It was all Warriors from there. Wayne State scored one in the sixth and five in the seventh. SVSU tried to rally late, scoring six runs in the bottom of the ninth, but ultimately fell 13-10. SVSU (15-25, 9-15) continues its season next weekend, hosting Walsh University. The teams will play two Friday and two Saturday.

By Brandon Willson Vanguard Reporter

Track teams combine for ninth at GVSU

The track team competed at the Al Owens Classic hosted by Grand Valley State University on Friday and Saturday. The meet, split between Friday and Saturday, had the men finishing in sixth place, the women finishing ninth and the overall team also finishing ninth. Jordan Walters led the way with a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash. For the 1,500-meter run, Rob Roest and Ryan Silvestri took 10th and eleventh place. The top Cardinal performer, however, was Codey Cook. He took home gold in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Jacob Kulhanek took eighth in pole vault. Ben Morrow also had a strong ninth-place finish in discus, with a throw of 47.74 meters. With many of the Cardinals’ athletes resting, the finish showcased their younger group. The women saw Domonique Smith pulling seventh place in the 100-meter dash and 15th in the 200-meter dash. Lauren Huebner finished 11th 800-meter run. Dominique Adams also performed well in the tough 1,500-meter run. Again, with the lack of top performers, the ladies held their own. Bria Williams took seventh place in the 100-meter hurdles while Lina Davis finished 12th in the 400-meter hurdles. Christiana Micale managed a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Golf teams head to Ohio for tournament The men’s and women’s golf team headed to Ohio for a tournament at The Virtues Golf Club. The meet was split between three days. Day one ended with the ladies in fifth, led by Shelbe Cahill, who shot a 76, a new program record. Alexa Marston followed her, finishing 20th. The men finished their Friday in 11th place overall. Ryan Peruski and Mason Motte had a solid day, finishing in 15th and 35th place. Peruski shot a 76 while Motte finished at +7. Saturday saw the ladies drop down the scorecard to eighth place. Emily Barker led the ladies with a round score of 85. Cahill was right behind her with a round score of 86. Alexa Marston shot an 89. The men saw a huge surge and finished the second day in fourth place. Austin Carter had the low score of the day, shooting par. Motte and Peruski stayed consistent and posted low scores as well. The ladies finished the tournament in eighth place on Sunday. Cahill led the team with an overall score of 251 through three rounds. The men were still competing at press time. The Valley Vanguard 125 Curtiss Hall

Vanguard Photo | Ali Alobaidan Freshman pitcher Amani Godfrey held the Wayne State bats at bay in game one Saturday, April 23. Godfrey threw 5.2 innings allowing just two runs and striking out seven in the SVSU win.

Softball swept by Tiffin, tops Findlay By Steven Bryant Vanguard Reporter

The No. 21 SVSU softball team travelled to Ohio for the weekend and split four games against Tiffin and Findlay. The Cardinals on Saturday lost both games to Tiffin and came back on Sunday with a sweep of Findlay. The weekend brought the team’s overall record to 27-12, and its GLIAC record of 12-6 is good enough for fourth place. Sam Willman took the mound in game one Saturday. The senior went 7.1 innings in the 1-0 loss. She struck out six batters, walked eight and only gave up one hit. Tiffin scored on an unearned run. Willman, who is playing in her final season, has made a great impact on the team, head coach Todd Buckingham said. “(Willman) is known to us as ‘The Franchise,’” Buckingham said.” When she is on, no one can beat her. She is a true feelgood story, having to overcome two injury-riddled seasons to finally establish herself as one of the top pitchers in our region. She’s done that by just being true to herself, never taking shortcuts and buying into what our staff has planned for her.” Willman is top-five in the GLIAC in wins with 14, earned run average and strikeouts. On offense Saturday, the Cardinals recorded four hits but failed to score a run. The team had three separate instances with runners in scoring position. Junior Anna Conrad had a base hit in her one plate appearance as a pinch-hitter, and junior Evy Lobdell and sophomore Julia Miller both reached base on singles. Meredith Rousse added two stolen bases to her one hit. Game two slipped away from the Cards early. Tiffin put up five runs in the top of the first inning. They went on to put up 10 in their second shutout of the day. Annie Hansen (6-3) got the start for Saginaw Valley. The senior pitched four innings. She gave up six hits and six runs. Conrad came in to pitch relief, giving up five hits and four runs in her two innings. The team struggled at the plate for most of game two, only registering two hits. Lobdell got another base hit. Sophomore Aubree Mouthaan

hit a double. Rousse was walked three times and added another stolen base, bringing her season total to 18, third-best in the GLIAC. “We performed average throughout the day,” Rousse said. “We weren’t hitting, and it eventually caught up to us. [In the] second game, we were struggling to find outs. No one played bad, we just couldn’t stop the bleeding.” Buckingham is prepared to take the team on a deep run in the GLIAC tournament and hopefully extend that into the NCAA Tournament. “The key to a deep postseason run is to simply keep on keeping on,” Buckingham said. “The game doesn’t change just because the situation does. Our success this season thus far is a product of the ladies playing as a cohesive unit more often than not. As a whole, our team this year has fully bought into the ‘one pitch warrior’ mentality and been there for each other. If pitching has struggled, the bats have carried us. When the bats struggle, the pitching does the work. That’s the sign of a good time.” On Sunday against Findlay, the team’s bats made up for Saturday’s lack of production by registering 15 hits and five runs, winning in the 10th inning 5-4. A three-run seventh inning tied the game up for the Cardinals, and a single by sophomore Becky Corbett scored the winning run. Willman returned to the mound, winning her 13th game of the season. She pitched all 10 innings, striking out 10 batters and only allowing two earned runs. Leadoff hitter Madison Burgess was 4-6 with a run scored and an RBI. Rousse hit two doubles and a single. One of her doubles came in the seventh inning and scored two runs to tie the game. Danielle Hamilton was perfect from the plate, reaching base five times tallying four hits and a walk. She also scored twice. Courtney Reeves, a junior, had one single and a double. She scored the winning run in the top of the tenth inning. SVSU won the finale 6-1. Willman was again victorious on the mound for the Cardinals. The softball team returns home for the rest of the season. The team hosts Cleary University for a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m.

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Senior Campus Recreation fitness coordinator Nicole Jewell works with a group of students as part of Relaxation Night on Friday, April 21. Several different on-campus groups helped to put the evening together in the TSAR.

Fighting pre-finals jitters with Destress Fest By Josh Sampson Vanguard News Editor

Finals are tough, but Destress Fest has given student a sense of calm. The week featured multiple events including Relaxation Pinterest, Glow Zumba, Greek Night, a showing of the dramatic film “A Dog’s Purpose” and more. On Monday, April 17, students participated in Cycle and Lift, and Fitness Coordinator Hailey Richards said it was Campus Recreation’s contribution to Destress Fest. The RSO provided free classes throughout the week, such as Candlelight Yoga and The Great Gatsby Swing. “The idea was to provide free classes that would allow students to manage their stress in a healthy way through exercise,” she said. “Individuals handle their stress in different ways, so we decided to provide three very different types of fitness classes, free of cost.” Cycle and Lift is not just a Destress Fest event, however. It is also a class provided through Cardinal Fitness, and it is taught by Outside SVSU Coordinator Haley Gouine. Classes normally begin with a spin session and are followed by a weight-training session. On Tuesday, April 18, students took part in PHE’s the Sex is Right, which taught students about sex and sexual assault prevention. Students also participated in Program Board’s Relaxation Pinterest and PHE and Fitness Program’s Glow Zumba. The Great Gatsby Swing Class on Wednesday, April 19,

had students dancing like 1920s flappers, while Candlelight Yoga added an interesting element to the mix. “During Candlelight Yoga, we line the yoga mats with small battery-powered candles,” Richards said. “All of the lights in the room are shut off so that the candle lights reflect off the mirrors in the Movement Room and the only things illuminating the room are the candles and the instructor. The experience promotes deep relaxation and a unique stress-relief method.” Greek Life also held Greek Night on Wednesday in the Student Center Rotunda. Richards said due to the variety of events, Destress Week was a success and added to students’ pre-finals workout. “The events of the week went well and students left for home feeling relieved of stress and ready to tackle study sessions in preparation for finals week,” she said. Student Association participated in Destress Fest by providing students with “exam bags” Tuesday, April 18 from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. outside the Student Association office. “Exam bags provide students with supplies to help them study for finals,” Student Association President Cody McKay said. “Every semester there is always a line outside of our door leading up to the event and students always thank us for giving out exam bags.” Relaxation Night took place on Friday, April 21, and helped students take a break from pre-finals studying to relax with friends and take part in activities. Relaxation Night was followed by Residence Housing Association’s Study-A-Thon, and Dining Services’ Pancake Breakfast closed out the week on Sunday, April 23.

“It’s like nothing else you’ve ever done,” Musselman said. “There’s no comparison. Overall, it’s been a good experience, and I have grown so much as a speaker.” SVSU’s program ranks No. 20 overall, beating out schools like the University of Chicago and Arkansas State University. Political science professor Julie Keil has advised the program since it began at SVSU seven years ago. She said the program has taken a team to nationals each year but that the 2016 - 2017 academic year was “by far [their] best” in competitions. SVSU’s eight teams have seen several wins outside the National Invitational Tournament as well. Keil noted that one team placed first at the Windy City regional in November, marking the program’s first regional tournament win. Three other teams finished in the top 10 at the December regional held on campus. The four teams all advanced to the National Tournament in January, trumping SVSU’s previous record of three teams advancing to the competition. Other students also had individual wins this year. In addition to Musselman’s sixth place orator award at the National Invitational Tournament, six students won regional orator awards at the tournament on campus. Political science major Gabe Klotz, who has since transferred to Kalamazoo College, won the first-place orator award at the National Tournament in January, marking the program’s highest ever placement. “From the university point of view, moot court shows that SVSU students can compete with some of the best students in the country, against much larger universities than ours, and still be on the same level they are,” Keil said. “So it’s a big plus for the university. It’s a recruiting tool.” Tomich said the program has been helpful in giving her experience in the legal field. “Moot court helped to reinforce my plan to go to law school,” Tomich said. “Especially after moot court, I know that’s what I want to do.” Tomich said the program has also been personally enjoyable. “Being a part of moot court has been an awesome experience because we all became like a family,” Tomich said “We’re traveling together and doing these arguments together.” For her honors thesis, Tomich will work with Keil and law professor Amy Hendrickson to examine gender biases in moot court. Keil said the program is continuing to grow despite the university’s decreased student enrollment. She expects to see twenty to twenty-five students next year. A dramatic increase from this year’s sixteen students. “We don’t have to find [students]; they’re finding us right now,” Keil said. “That’s a big improvement for us.” Keil said the program is not just for pre-law students. “I would urge anybody who’s interested in developing better speaking skills, getting some travel opportunities, and a chance to be in an academically challenging program to contact me about signing up for the program, because it’s useful for anybody for any major,” Keil said. Interested students can contact Keil at

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