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Monday, January 18, 2021

Vol. 53 No. 16


Saginaw Valley State University’s student newspaper

Music department prepares for winter semester Halie Stemple


Vanguard Reporter

VSU’s music department recently announced a wide array of plans for the Winter 2021 semester. Currently, all the ensembles in the department, band, jazz and choir are back from break and are working towards becoming performance ready. Although a date has not been announced, the music department plans on being able to celebrate all of its students’ success through performances this semester. Norman Wika, director of bands, said the formats of these performances are still being discussed to ensure that the proper COVID-19 safety precautions established by both SVSU and the Center for Disease control are followed. “We are working on some plans to either live-stream performances, or, if the COVID situation and the weather allow us, do some outside performances towards the end of the semester,” Wika said. “Right now we are still working through options.” Wika said the music department has already made several plans to accommodate both types of performances. “Live-stream concerts will be streamed on the department YouTube page,” Wika said. “If we’re allowed to have an audience for an outdoor performance, we are looking at several areas around campus, including Owsley Grove and the football stadium.” Wika said the department is making the best of the current situation.

Cardinal Singers performing pre-COVID at the holiday show on Dec. 3, 2019. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

“There are many positives to our current situation,” Wika said. “I’m looking forward to working with this semester’s band and developing a musically rich and diverse program that we’ll get to perform in some fashion.” Throughout the Winter 2021 semester, the music department will participate virtually in several workshops held by internationally renowned musicians and

instructors. The department will welcome flautist Viviana Guzman. Wika said hosting Guzman will be particularly impactful for the music department right now because she has a fascinating story of overcoming significant adversity throughout her career and life. In addition to Guzman, the music department will also welcome

Jesse Cook, a professor of trumpet at the University of Central Florida. Cook will host a workshop on recognizing and overcoming performance anxiety. The music department does not intend to stop with just these workshops, Wika said. The department spent the winter break broadening the materials and resources students will

have access to throughout the semester. “We’ve used this as an opportunity to boost the technology aspect of the music department by adding microphones, mixing boards and new recording software,” Wika said. “Our students have had the opportunity to get hands-on recording and technology experience that we might not have otherwise had.”

New MFA changes Assistant theatre prof coming for faculty receives award for Madeline Bruessow Vanguard Reporter

For several years, SVSU has been implementing a cybersecurity measure known as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA requires students, faculty and adjunct faculty to go through one of several extra security measures in order to log into their SVSU account when off campus. Upon entering their username and password, the user is sent a text, phone call, security questions or app notification through which the user is able to verify access to their account. On Jan. 4, however, Technology and Support Services began to implement a new type of MFA, called MFA Always. The new system will require MFA all the time, even when the user trying to log in is not off campus. “Whether faculty or adjunct faculty are on-campus, off-campus or using VPN, they will be MFA-ed,” said Larry Emmons, the director of Technology and Support Services. “The exception to MFA Always will be on classroom podium computers for faculty and adjunct faculty.” At this time, only faculty and adjunct faculty are being affected by this change. The original plan was to also include students in the switch to the new MFA Always system. However, implementing the switch for students has been put

on hold until the impacts of the change have been further investigated and analyzed. Staff will also not be affected by this change as they have been under the MFA Always system since MFA was first implemented at SVSU. “Faculty and adjunct faculty were notified by email several times in December 2020 of the impending change,” Emmons said. The change was implemented automatically on the SVSU accounts of faculty and adjunct faculty. There was no action required by the user for the new changes occur. For any help with technology at SVSU, regarding MFA or other matters, staff, students and faculty should reach out to the IT support staff. “The best method to get Technology assistance is to contact the IT Support Center,” Emmons said. The IT Support Center can be reached via the website mysupport.svsu.edu, by emailing support@svsu.edu or calling the extension x4225. Amid these changes, Technology and Support Services at SVSU would like to stress the importance of keeping Cardinals safe while using technology. Cybersecurity activities at SVSU are growing rapidly in order to protect the identities and data of the institution and those who work and study here.

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innovative teaching Emily Burke Vanguard Reporter

Peggy Mead-Finizio, an assistant professor in the theatre department, received the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Innovative Teacher award. Only one teacher and one graduate student per region are given the award. Mead-Finizio was a recipient for region three, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and western Ohio. As part of the award, MeadFinizio also won a year’s membership to the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and free registration to its conference this year. “The award is to acknowledge someone who uses innovation in their teaching,” Mead-Finizio said. “The application for the award is quite extensive.” She was nominated by theatre professor Tommy Wedge and department chair David Rzezsutek. “They had to write a letter of support; I had to provide a teaching statement and write a statement about why I feel I’m an innovative teacher or why my teaching is innovative,” Mead-Finizio said. “I had to look up what innovation in teaching is to find out how I fit into that category. The definition described what I was doing in my classroom already

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without me even realizing.” Innovation in the classroom involves addressing different types of learning, such as the combination of verbal, visual and hands-on components. “[When] we flipped to virtual, some of my classes were hands-on only, so I had to figure out how to (explain) hanging and focusing a light instrument and programming lights virtually,” Mead-Finizio said. “[I’m] constantly finding new and different ways to teach that material.” She explained that another part of her job is putting together backstage crews and mentoring technicians for theatre productions. In 2020, two productions were filmed at the same time for the virtual showcase. “The learning curve was very steep, so a lot of innovation had to come out with that,” she said. One of the things her colleagues praised was her innovation with the introductory theatre course. “When it’s not COVID time, I have all the students from all the sections come into the black box theater,” Mead-Finizio said. “I do a lighting demo for hands-on experience that they might not get from looking at a picture or getting a lecture about lighting.” Mead-Finizio said she is very grateful for the nomination and support from her colleagues. Sports.........................A2

“It’s always nice when there’s an affirmation that you’re doing something other people are acknowledging,” she said. “I love working with the people I work with and working at SVSU. I think the whole team we have in the theatre department is like a family.” The award has inspired MeadFinizio to do even more. “When I was writing my innovation statement, I was like, ‘okay, this is what I do, but what more could I do?’” she said. “It has shifted my thinking on how to adapt to COVID.” Holly Houck, a theatre and international studies major, described what it was like having MeadFinizio as a professor. “As a professor, mentor and director, Peggy helps you realize your full potential,” Houck said. “Working with her is an absolute treat because you get to share the immense love, energy and passion that Peggy pours into everything. There is no better learning environment than one where you can grow alongside your mentor.” Houck praised Mead-Finizio for her teaching during the pandemic. “It would be easy for theatre artists to accept defeat in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Peggy has moved mountains to provide her students an incomparable education, while caring for their wellbeing,” she said.


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Women’s basketball optimistic about season Denver Milam


Vanguard Sports Editor

uring the opening weekend of the 2020-2021 basketball season, SVSU suffered losses in back-toback games against Grand Valley on Jan. 8 and Jan. 9. In the Jan. 8 season opener, SVSU had an 18-17 lead following the first quarter. Grand Valley was able to outscore the Cardinals in every other quarter, leading to a 66-51 final score. Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Zarycki played 32 minutes and was able to lead the Cardinals in scoring with 13 points. Zarycki got three rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in the game. Junior guard Maddie Maloney was able to score 11 of SVSU’s points along with grabbing seven rebounds and three steals. Coach Jenny Pruett said she was impressed by her team’s performance. “I think the players proved to themselves that they are going to be a force in this league,” Pruett said. “To battle the no. 11

team in the country to a one-point margin is a great accomplishment.” Pruett said she is excited for the depth of her roster this season. “We have a very talented team this year,” she said. “You won’t see too many games of one or two people scoring 20-30 points and no one else in the point column. We have multiple players who are going to score in double figures every game.” SVSU’s roster includes eight returning players along with three freshmen. Pruett said she believes the team’s experience can take them far this season. “Kaitlyn Zarycki had the honor of Freshman of the Year last year in the GLIAC, and she has only improved on her game,” she said. “Maddie Maloney is a true floor leader who will take us to new heights this year, and Victoria Stafford is a freshman post player from Oregon who has a high ceiling and is very athletic. We have a lot of experience returning on the floor and players who have stepped their game up this year.” In their second meeting on Jan. 9, SVSU

fell short of an upset against Grand Valley. After leading by one point heading into halftime, the Cardinals were unable to finish the game strong. Grand Valley outscored the Cardinals 15-11 in the third quarter, securing their one-point victory and completing the weekend sweep. SVSU had two chances in the final two seconds of the game to get a game-winning shot, but it was unable to get a shot off either time. Zarycki led the Cardinals in points with 12 to go along with her seven rebounds and three assists. Junior center Kyndall Spiers added eight points of her own, along with eight rebounds, a steal, an assist and a block. Coach Pruett said she is excited the season was able to finally get going. “We are so excited to finally start the season,” Pruett said. “We are a little rusty, as we haven’t played since February last year, so we just need to get some games under our belt to get the rust off.” Pruett said she is not worried the team

will continue to fall short this season. “We had a lot of nerves and some rust we had to get out of our system,” she said. “We will be ready to go … next weekend.” SVSU continued their season on Jan. 16 with a 56-52 win on the road against Northern Michigan. SVSU trailed by 10 points going into halftime but was able to outscore the Wildcats by 14 in the second half to get its first win of the season. Maloney added five points for SVSU, but also led the team in assists with two and tied for the team lead in steals with two. Sophomore guard Tyler Scheid led the Cardinals with seven rebounds to go along with her 10 points. SVSU’s win improved its record to 1-2 on the season with all three games against Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opponents. SVSU continued its season on Jan. 17 with its second game against Northern Michigan. SVSU will play two more road games next weekend against Ashland.

Men’s basketball splits series with Northern Denver Milam Vanguard Sports Editor

Men’s basketball split its two home games against Northern Michigan over the weekend. SVSU was able to win the first game, held Jan. 15, by a score of 83-73. Junior guard Myles Belyeu led the Cardinals in scoring with 19 points. He was able to add six rebounds and one

assist in the game. Senior guard Malik Ellison added 17 points of his own along with six blocks and six rebounds. Senior guard Delano Smith provided 18 points, two steals and two rebounds in his 24 minutes off the bench. Despite winning in the first matchup, SVSU was not able to win their second game against Northern Michigan on Jan. 16, losing by a score of 69-57.

Guard Delano Smith passes to guard Myles Belyeu. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

SVSU was only able to score 19 points in the first half, leading to a 37-19 halftime deficit. The Cardinals scored 38 points in the second half. Smith had 36 minutes off the bench for the Cardinals and was able to lead them in scoring. He pulled down 11 rebounds, which allowed him to secure a doubledouble. Ellison scored 17 points for SVSU and was able to get a steal, two assets and two

rebounds. Belyeu added 13 points and six rebounds during his 38 minutes of playing time. SVSU’s record moves to 1-3 after the split this weekend and its two losses to Grand Valley State University last weekend. The previous games ended with scores of 76-59 and 72-67. SVSU will continue its season next weekend with two games against Ashland on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, played at home.

Guard Myles Belyeu floats up a shot. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

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