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Monday, January 25, 2021

Vol. 53 No. 17

Saginaw Valley State University’s student newspaper


MLK Drum Awards given to outstanding citizens Madeline Bruessow Vanguard Reporter


n Jan. 18, the 2021 Great Lakes Bay Regional MLK Celebration Drum Major Awards were announced, honoring individuals for their community service. This year, the award was given to three individuals: Charles Brunner, a former state legislator from Bay County; Frances Elnora Carter, an educator from Saginaw County; and Diane Brown Wilhelm, a public servant from Midland County. Wilhelm, a member of the Midland City Council, legislative director for the City of Midland and executive for Accenture, was recognized for her work with the Midland City Council, Michigan Municipal League, Accenture, Midland’s Shelterhouse and Mid-Michigan Community Family Ministries. She expressed gratitude in being honored with the award and referenced MLK’s quote, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” “Receiving the MLK Drum Major Award is an honor, and thinking about my journey, there have been many first steps taken without seeing the whole staircase,” Wilhelm said. “It seems to be a trend for me. My hope is that each step taken will lead to positive change, not only for today but the future.” Wilhelm explained that her interest in public service began after a debate in graduate school. “After class, my professor asked what were my plans upon graduation as I did well during the debate defending my case and position,” Wilhelm said. “I had no plan, and he encouraged me to figure it out and pursue it.” Shortly after this, Wilhelm saw

Diane Brown Wilhelm, one of the award winners. She is known for her work on the Midland City Council. Vanguard Photo | Audrey Bergey

an opportunity: an opening on the planning commission. “Replaying the discussion with my professor, I decided to apply, knowing I did not have any experience but I was willing to learn,” Wilhelm said. “I was shocked when I received a call to come in for an interview. Two weeks after the interview, I was notified [that the] City Council approved my appointment to the planning commission.” During Wilhelm’s fifth year serving as Chair on the Planning Commission, the Councilman representing her Ward announced that he would not be running for re-election. Wilhelm then began to receive calls asking

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On Jan. 18, SVSU held its 12th annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was hosted online instead of at SVSU’s Malcolm Field Theatre, as it has been in past years. Because of its virtual nature, the event had no capacity limits. The event was free for anyone to attend, with registration available through the Diversity Office webpage on the SVSU website. This year, SVSU invited Van Jones, a political commentator who frequently appears on national television programs, to be the keynote speaker. “We wanted to invite a public figure with a passion for building bridges between diverse communities,” said Mamie T. Thorns, SVSU’s Chief Diversity Officer. “Van Jones fit this profile perfectly based on his background working with U.S. presidents on these issues and based on his role as a TV political talk show guest who addresses this challenging topic.” In his speech, Jones explained that the new generation is still dealing with the challenges that King faced.

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“Because of all that (King) went through, a vision was forged through him that we are still trying to carry out,” Jones said. Jones explained that it is possible to bring people together and heal the divisions running rampant in our nation. The only way to get there, he said, is to use the principles King laid down. He also said we must find empathy and common ground in order to grow. “We must use our differences constructively,” Jones said. “We can do all these things nonviolently … based upon the idea of equal votes and equal soul. We have to listen like King, which is necessary.” Jones tells us to not only look at Black history but look forward to the Black future as King encouraged America. Jones described it as using King’s work as a springboard to help move up to the next level. He said to make progress people need to keep protesting and doing the things they did in the past, but also harness new actions, like becoming entrepreneurs and using outlets like social media. Jones said events such as this one serve to help unify people for a common cause.

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to others. “You may be the person that gives hope to someone feeling hopeless,” she said. Wilhelm encouraged others to lift their communities through love. “[When you love someone,] you value that person and the relationship,” Wilhelm said. “In the midst of your differences, you seek to understand and find a way to walk together side by side. When there is injustice, you defend, stand up for what is right and support that person. When you love, hearts change.” She recommended that everyone engage in community service through volunteering, donating

resources and partnering with non-profits. “Look around you community -- where is help needed?” Wilhelm said. “What tugs at your heart when you see it or encounter it? What are you passionate about? As we have been in the midst of the pandemic for almost a year, there are needs across our communities and opportunities to help.” Wilhelm used the story of her journey to help others step outside their comfort zones and try new things. “Take the first step of faith even when you can’t see the whole staircase,” Wilhelm said. “You will make a difference.”

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MLK Day event celebrates diversity and progress Madeline Bruessow

about her interest in a council position. “After discussions with a few trusted friends and mentors, I decided to run for Council,” Wilhelm said. “Once again, I had no experience but was willing to learn. I always find it amazing how opportunities present themselves and doors open when you least expect it.” Wilhelm was appointed to the Council in August 2011. She ran unopposed and went on to win the election later that year in November. She has been serving on the Council for the past 10 years. Wilhelm said she believes community service is about using your gifts and talents to give back

The theatre department’s winter semester lineup features a range of shows, including one directed by a Dow visiting artist. “Our department is really excited about the opportunity to safely share theatre in these unprecedented times,” said David Rzeszutek, a theatre professor. “Although not the typical way to do our productions, the faculty and students have embraced the challenges and learning opportunities that this semester will provide for us. We’re really looking forward to working on our shows.” Among the shows being performed is “A Doll House,” directed by Professor Tommy Wedge. The production will take place April 1418. “I am directing ‘A Doll House’ and adapting it as if it were a 1950’s television show, where it starts out as a sitcom but you realize it’s more like the Twilight Zone,” Wedge said. “Those of you who’ve seen the first few episodes of ‘WandaVision’ will have a good idea of what I’m talking about. Then in the climactic moment of the show we’ll utilize color again for some really exciting effects.” With student and faculty safety being the top priority, the theatre

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department will be performing all productions virtually for the winter semester. Additionally, audience members will be able to purchase tickets online closer to the performance dates. “Both shows will be performed live without an audience and streamed to viewers at home,”

something live, knowing that what you’re seeing is one of a kind, unlike the night before and the nights to come, that help makes theatre special,” Wedge said. “While I’ll miss the live audience aspect of it, at least we can bring that element back into the mix.” Like many things this year, the

Home for the Holidays, performed pre-pandemic on Dec. 3, 2019. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Wedge said. “We are working with SVSU’s Conference Center and using their TriCaster with a three-camera setup to capture the performances. Viewers will buy their ticket, and can then tune into the livestream and see the shows from a device of their choosing.” Wedge said the theatre department is excited and optimistic to be able to perform, regardless of the format. “There’s that magic of watching Opinion.........................A2 Sports.............................A3 Games............................A4

virtual streaming platform has turned out to be a learning experience for students and faculty alike. “We have all been learning how to adapt to the camera work, storyboarding and editing of the new venue,” Rzeszutek said. The theatre department also plans to have immersive learning experiences for students throughout the semester, including a master class held virtually by Darrah Cloud, a guest artist from Dow.


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Every American needs to wear their mask Hannah Beach Editor-in-Chief PTW hnbeach@svsu.edu

The U.S. should enforce a national mask mandate. Yes, you read that correctly. If we had all worn our masks to begin with, we could’ve stopped the pandemic in its tracks, or at least we could’ve slowed its spread. Countries that enforced mask wearing early on, like India and the Philippines, have seen far fewer cases per million. Instead, here we are, ten months since Michigan’s first documented COVID-19 case, still doing just as poorly with following directions. I’d like to place some blame on this country’s founding ideals, specifically that of individualism. In the basic sense, individualism means having the freedoms outlined

in the Bill of Rights – religion, speech, assembly, etc. Unfortunately, individualism today is being interpreted as a selfish attitude focused only on one’s own gains and desires. In the context of the pandemic, this describes the people who claim wearing a mask is an infringement of their personal rights. No, it’s not. It’s you being a selfish human being and caring more about your own comfort than the lives of everyone around you. I’m still seeing people walking around in stores without masks on, even if the store has signs saying masks are mandatory for entry. Newsflash, this doesn’t mean you can take your mask off once you get inside. This also doesn’t mean you can pull your mask down to talk on the phone or pull it off your nose to breathe virus air. That’s still nasty. I’m still seeing pictures of people traveling, and visiting.

The elderly population is particularly susceptible to the virus, and I just don’t understand why so many people are willing to risk their grandparents’ lives by going to see them. Phones exist. Computers exist. Snail mail exists. Pretend for a moment that the world doesn’t revolve around you. Can you at least pretend to care about other people? Just for a few minutes? No? Stay home. And if you can’t do that, then wear your mask. I can assure you, wearing your mask of choice for a few minutes is infinitely more comfortable than a respirator will be. If you’re going to claim a disorder that keeps you from wearing a mask, maybe you shouldn’t even be out in the first place. If you already have problems breathing, I can promise you it will only be worse if you catch the virus. Do yourself a favor and wear a mask. Of course, people like myself have been saying all of this for months, to no

avail. Some folks out there just refuse to listen. Like many others, I’m hopeful this new presidency will turn a fresh page. I’m hopeful President Biden will pick up the pieces of our country and put it back together, even if it’s just with tape. Given the current divides, I know this is all wishful thinking. I know that even a national mandate would be difficult to enforce. However, having some kind of national law enforced by the usual shenanigans will undoubtedly work better than simply relying on the common sense and decency of the average American. To put it bluntly, there’s a lot of Americans who are too selfish and too stubborn to abide by the rules for the sake of the common good. I don’t know how to get you to care. I don’t know how to make you understand that your actions are hurting other people. I don’t know how we’re going to get through this. For your own sake, wear your mask.

Why can’t I talk about my political beliefs? Alyssa McMillan News Editor Psychology anmcmill@svsu.edu

Political views: everybody has them, but not everybody likes to talk about them, especially with family, friends and even just acquaintances. If your extended family is anything like mine, then almost everyone has a different political view. Some are conservative, some are moderate, and some, like me, lean a little bit more liberal. Because of this, talking about politics can be extremely awkward and, as part of the younger generation, we’re the ones expected to keep the peace. But why is it like that? Why is it okay for older uncles to rant about their racist views but if you speak up you’re the one disturbing the peace? The ‘no politics talk’ rule is often enforced at our family gatherings. But some topics that they don’t see being political, I do. To some of them their views are just

a part of their religion, but the second I refute it, it’s suddenly political. This rule has been a hard one for me to follow, especially during this election. It was the first one I was able to vote in and one that taught me what exactly my beliefs are. Up until this election I naively thought everyone shared similar beliefs. I care about people. It’s as simple as that. I want whatever is best for the people I love and care about. Because of this I found myself in a lot of fights this past year. These usually ended with me upset and not being able to look at friends or family members the same way anymore. In my head this election was about human rights, because it was. This election was one filled with hate, prejudice and racism, three things I could never get behind. While I don’t believe President Joe Biden was the best option, I believe settling for him was in everyone’s best interest and I shouldn’t have to feel ashamed in vocalizing that. I shouldn’t have to bite my tongue when my “political views” are just

making sure that my LGBTQ+ friends aren’t refused healthcare. I shouldn’t have to stop what I’m saying when I’m just trying to explain why the Black Lives Matter movement is important and the All Lives Matter movement is racist. To me these things shouldn’t be political views, they should be basic human decency. And I should be able to voice my opinion without getting shut down or being told this isn’t the time for politics. Because it isn’t just politics. It’s human lives. I’m sick of every Trump supporter being able to flash their Trump 2020 flags and masks in my face without any repercussions but I can’t even say Black Lives Matter. My views aren’t political and neither are theirs. My views are human rights and theirs are racist. So why am I the one expected to maintain the peace? With the election over, you’d assume this would all be behind us, but it isn’t. The hate that caused these problems is still very much alive in our country and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Because of that, I don’t feel like keeping

the peace is an option anymore. Our country has come too far to let hate win now. People having access to health care isn’t political. People being able to trust the police isn’t political. Your hate isn’t political, it’s indecent. And I won’t stop saying it. I’m done being quiet (not that I was exactly silent before) because I’m a woman or because I’m young and I don’t know what I’m talking about. I know that everyone deserves basic human decency and that no one should be refused health care for any reason. And that’s really all I need to know. I don’t care about your feelings or if I hurt them by telling the truth. I’m glad Trump is gone but the problems aren’t. The best way to fight the hate is by telling the truth and standing up for those who can’t, and that includes with family members and friends. These people very rarely know what struggles women, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community face. Until they do, I’m done hearing their opinions.

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SVSU hosts Doug Hanson Men’s basketball drops two Open track meet close games to Ashland Denver Milam Vanguard Sports Editor


VSU had its second meet of the season on Jan. 22 as they hosted Sienna Heights for the Doug Hanson Open. On the women’s side, SVSU was able to win 11 of its 13 events during the meet. Junior Jenna Keiser was able to win the one-mile race as she posted a time of 5:07.68, as well as participating in the 3000-meter run. Sophomore Cassandra Campbell won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.19 seconds, as well as being a part of the winning group in the 4x400-meter relay. Sophomore Kelsey Landra secured a win for SVSU in the 400-meter dash with her time of 1:01.43, along with a second-place finish in the long jump and being a part of the winning group in the 4x400-meter relay. Junior Alicia Aldrich hit the NCAA Provisional Mark by throwing 18.89 meters in the weight throw event. Aldrich finished first in the shot put after throwing 13.27 meters. Senior Taylor Lucas took part in the 4x400-meter winning team, to go along with her second-place finish in the triple jump and her victory in the long jump. SVSU’s men’s team was able to win most

of its events as well. Redshirt freshman CarLee Stimpfel won the Men’s one-mile run with a time of 4:11.46, along with a win in the 3000-meter run with his time of 8:31.29. Sophomore Tyler Burrell was a part of the men’s 4x400 relay team that was able to win the event. Burrell also finished in fourth place for the 400-meter dash. Redshirt freshman Jared McLean was able to take first in the men’s 400-meter dash with his time of 50.24 seconds, along with being a part of the team that came in second for the 4x400-meter relay. Sophomore Nathan Furst won the 60-meter dash and was also able to come in second place during the 60-meter hurdles. Furst also participated as part of the second-place team in the 4x400-meter relay. Freshman Ethan Engelhardt won the high jump with a height of 1.86 meters, in addition to his second-place finish as a part of the 4x400-meter relay team. SVSU’s performance as a team allowed them to fare well in the matchup, as well as get warmed up before 2021 GLIAC meets begin. SVSU has its next meet, a two-day home event, scheduled for Jan. 29 and 30 as part of the Jet’s Pizza Open.

Cavan Wilcox tied for the win in the pole vault, clearing 4.35m. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

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SVSU’s men’s basketball team fell to 1-5 on the season after being swept by Ashland at home over the weekend. On Jan. 22, SVSU trailed Ashland by seven points at the end of the first half but was able to outscore the Eagles by seven points in the second half to force overtime. In overtime, the Eagles did not trail as they were able to outscore the Cardinals 11-7 to win 71-67. Senior guard Delano Smith earned the start in the game after coming off the bench in last weekend’s games. Smith was able to notch a double-double as he led the Cardinals in scoring with 22 points. He pulled in 10 rebounds. Senior guard Darnell Hoskins Jr. added 19 points of his own for SVSU along with five rebounds and four assists. Hoskins tied with Smith for most points scored for the Cardinals. Freshman center Zane Foster scored nine points and led the Cardinals with 12 rebounds while also getting one block. SVSU was also on the floor Jan. 23 against Ashland, but fell again by a score of 58-57. Ashland led the Cardinals by 10 points heading into halftime.

After falling behind by 13 points, SVSU was able to go on a 19-6 run to tie the score at 46 with 8:32 left in the game. A basket by Ashland tied the score at 52 with 1:20 left to play. A missed three and a missed free throw by the Cardinals allowed the Eagles to increase their lead in the final seconds and edge out a one-point win. Junior guard Myles Belyeu led SVSU with 20 points and three assists in the game. Belyeu was also able to get four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Junior forward Tyrik Singh had a team-leading 10 rebounds for the Cardinals along with his nine points, one assist and one steal. Senior guard James Toohey had three points and four rebounds during his 18 minutes off the bench. Sophomore guard Tre Garrett scored four points in the game by making all four of his free-throw attempts. Garrett added four rebounds for the Cardinals as he played 12 minutes off of the bench. SVSU will continue its season with a home game against Northwood on Tuesday, Jan. 26. SVSU will also play two games at Parkside on Jan. 29 and 30.

Forward Tyrik Singh sinks an inside shot for the Cardinals for 2 points. Vanguard Photo | Vincent Ford

Swim and dive has strong Women’s basketball splits first meet at Grand Valley weekend series at Ashland Halie Stemple Vanguard Reporter

The SVSU Swim and Dive team had their first meet of the 2020-2021 season on Jan. 23. The team went up against Hope College and Grand Valley State University at Holland Aquatic Center. Although this was the first meet of the season, the team consistently placed in the top five of every event of the day. Men’s 50 Yard Freestyle freshman Joshua Hamilton took first place with a time of 21.48 seconds. Junior Kyle Amick came in second with a time of 21.64 seconds. In the Men’s 100 Yard Breaststroke, sophomore Christian Rottier finished with a time of 55.9 seconds, earning him first place. In the women’s 3-meter dive, senior Libby Caird took the second-place spot after earning 249.40 points. Sophomore Adelaide Spencer scored 186.45 points, putting her in sixth place for the event. Throughout the day, SVSU’s relay event participants had some of the team’s top performances. In the Women’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, The Valley Vanguard 110A Curtiss Hall

freshman Lydia Ely, freshman Olivia Cassise, junior Sidney Shipps and sophomore Kiersten Stoddard took third place with a time of 1:44.39 for the ‘A’ team. Senior Sarah Thompson, sophomore Chelsea Fenton, freshman Zoe France and Cameron Mathews, took fifth place in the event with a time of 1:46.43 for the ‘B’ team. In the Men’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, senior Kyle Amick, junior Evan Lindquist, senior Sanders Modglin and junior Ryan Langdon took first place after finishing with a time of 1:26.86 for the ‘A’ team. In the same event, junior Tyle Irving, junior William Ely, senior Matthew VanCoppenolle and freshman Elliott Mateyak took fifth place with a time of 1:31.40 for the ‘B’ team. Head coach Jason Lintjer said he was pleased with his team’s performance during the meet. “I was really impressed with how we performed today,” Lintjer said. “We went into the meet with a great attitude and had some awesome results. This team has faced a lot of adversity and I’m very proud with the level of perseverance.” SVSU will host Davenport University in the team’s first home event of the year at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center.

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Over the weekend, the SVSU women’s basketball team split their two road games against Ashland. In their first matchup of the weekend, which took place Jan. 22, the Cardinals were able to pull off a 73-70 win. This was the first win the Cardinals have gotten against Ashland since Dec. 19, 2009, and the first road win since Jan. 4, 2001. SVSU carried a six-point lead into halftime, but a 10-0 run by Ashland in the third quarter made it a tied game. SVSU was able to outscore Ashland in the fourth quarter to win the game on a basket by sophomore forward Tori DePerry with 26 seconds left in the game. DePerry had 11 points in the game, along with one block, two steals and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Zarycki paced the Cardinals with 25 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Zarycki also had two steals and two blocks as she was able to achieve a double-double. Junior guard Maddie Maloney was able to score 13 points for SVSU, including a buzzer-beater three-pointer heading into halftime. She also was able to add three rebounds and three assists in the game.

Head coach Jenny Pruett said she was pleased with her team’s performance. “We are going to be hard to beat when we play the way we played tonight,” Pruett said. On Jan. 23, the Cardinals were unable to beat Ashland, losing by a score of 80-64 to split the weekend set. SVSU fell behind early and was not able to catch up to Ashland at any point in the game. Ashland jumped out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, which grew to 15 points by halftime. Saginaw scored more points in the second half, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Zarycki was able to get 10 rebounds for the Cardinals, which was the most for the team. Zarycki added 16 points, a steal and two assists as she got her second double-double of the weekend. Junior center Kyndall Spires led the Cardinals with 18 points while getting two steals, two assists and a rebound. Maloney was able to lead SVSU with four assists to go along with her four points, three rebounds and a steal. The Cardinals’ split with Ashland moves their season record to 2-4. SVSU will continue its season on Jan. 26 at Northwood, followed by two home games against Parkside on Jan. 29 and 30.

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Police briefs are written based on reports from University Police. They indicate preliminary descriptions of events and not necessarily actual incidents.

Fraud At 8:17 a.m., Nov. 21, 2020, an 18-year-old male student in Living Center Southwest was contacted by an unknown person on social media. They requested that the student deposit a check into his bank account and then send them back a portion of the money. He complied once, but when they requested a second deposit, he notified the police. An 18-year-old female student advised that she responded to a job description sent to her by an svsu.edu email address. She called the number and spoke to the person looking for help. The person requested she receive, deposit and send him back money from a check he would send her. The student did not follow through with the request.

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At 9:00 a.m., Nov. 24, 2020, a 20-yearold male student in University Village reported that someone had egged the front of his apartment. There were no suspects.

Harrassment At 3:30 p.m., Nov. 25, 2020, an 18-yearold resident student was reported to be harassing high school students in Midland via social media. Officers contacted the involved parties, and the incident was turned over to Midland City Police Department.

Illicit Photos At 2:00 p.m., Dec. 1, 2020, a male student posted nude photos of high school girls on the dark web. Several victims were contacted and spoken to. The incident was turned over to Midland City Police Department.

Theft At 3:15 p.m., Jan. 17, an 18-year-old female student reported that someone had entered her vehicle in lot J-3. They took money and other belongings from her car.

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