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Opinion: There’s more to life than work and school

A&E: Art 480 to hold exhibit

Sports: SVSU volleyball ends their season

Monday, April 12, 2021

Vol. 53 No. 26

Saginaw Valley State University’s student newspaper


Meijer vaccine clinic signs posted around campus. The event was held over three days and saw about 2,000 students. Vanguard Photo | Madison Webster

SVSU holds on-campus vaccine clinic for students Rebekah Williams


Vanguard Reporter

VSU hosted its first student COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus for over 2,000 Cardinals. Over 20 percent of SVSU’s student population received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through the Meijer clinic running in the Ryder Center, April 7-9. Susan Brasseur, the director of Continuing Education and External Project Management, said about 3,000 students would receive vaccinations during the week.

“Some additional students came through (Friday),” said J.J. Boehm, the executive director of University Communications. “More than 2,000 students received their first dose on campus this week.” Justin Engel, the manager of Alumni Communications, said that despite lower numbers than anticipated, an additional 1,000 students were vaccinated prior to the clinic because of their related fields to health care, education, etc. “About 40 percent of our student population received vaccines at SVSU-hosted clinics across the semester,” Engel said. “Keep in

mind, that number does not account for students who may have received a vaccine elsewhere.” When students arrived, they checked in, got their shot and left with minimal waiting time. The students even received a donut as they left the clinic. Boehm explained that Meijer and SVSU’s partnership made it easy for busy students headed into the end of the semester to get their vaccine. “I spent time at the vaccine events this week and spoke with several students who I know personally,” Boehm said. “Each of

them expressed appreciation at the convenience of being able to be vaccinated on campus.” Boehm noted how students spoke of how pleased they were to know they were doing their part to protect themselves and their friends and family. Roughly 300 hundred of the students who got their first dose also received a survey at the clinic. “The purpose of the survey was to help the university and public health officials with Saginaw County better understand the perceptions and motivations for students regarding the vaccine,”

Engel said. While there are not set dates for fall semester vaccination clinics, Engel said, SVSU will continue to support the community’s health and safety. “While it is premature to speak about what we may offer in the fall,” Boehm said, “we do anticipate offering additional first dose events on campus in the coming weeks.” The second dose for students is April 28-30. If you have questions about your vaccination, visit http://www. svsu.edu/studentvaccine.

Metiva wins SA election Campus mourns loss of library staff, student Connor Rousseau Vanguard Reporter

The Student Association recently held its elections for the position of President and Representative. The uncontested election was affected somewhat by the current COVID-19 situation. Hunter Koch, the current Parliamentarian, is finishing his Master of Arts-Public Administration program and will be graduating in May after seven consecutive years studying at SVSU. He shared some of the changes being made to SA as well as some of the major takeaways from the election. “This was the first election running under the Student Election Code, a new document passed by the House which outlines all the rules, regulations and processes of the Student Association’s election process,” Koch said. “The Student Election Code, under the Student Association Bylaws, is required to be reviewed and repassed by the association in each winter semester, at least twenty-one days before the election.” Because of the uncontested election, campaign expenditures were decreased to $500 for president

and $100 for representative. Koch said the Student Election Code provided more clarity overall that was missing from the rules and other documents. Because the election was uncontested, there was little student engagement or involvement in campaigning, Koch said. Most of the focus was placed on the seven questions included on the ballot. “Ballot Question One … ratifies a charter amendment which adds Student Association’s non-discrimination statement explicitly into the Student Association Charter,” Koch said. The pandemic affected SA’s operations as well, such as the new petition requirements. “Signature requirements were increased,” Koch said. “Previously, any candidate only needed 25 signatures to be put on the ballot. The new Student Election Code sets the requirement to 150 signatures for President, 75 for Representative and 35 for the incoming-student representative candidates in the fall election.” SA President Thomas Metiva is a biology major, and has has his position since May 2020. He recently discovered he would be keeping his position for an additional year

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after an unopposed election. SA also elected a Speaker of the House, Olivia Nelson, internally after the primary election. Metiva said the pandemic shaped the format and execution of the elections this year. “We have tried to maintain as much of the original election outline as we can given the circumstances,” he said. “In a normal year, students applying also need to gather a certain number of student signatures and turn them into the Election Commissioner.” Metiva said SA is looking forward to continuing its work in the upcoming year. SA’s goal is to help students as they strive for success at the university. “We are looking forward to once again competing with Grand Valley during the annual Battle of the Valleys fundraiser in the fall as well,” he said. Metiva said SA will also be having elections during the beginning of the fall semester. “For this election, all students have the opportunity to run as a representative, but it is more tailored to the freshmen, transfer and international students that may want to get involved in our organization,” he said.

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Thomas Zantow The SVSU President’s Office emailed faculty and staff Friday, Apr. 9, regarding the death of Thom Zantow. Zantow worked at the university for 28 years, most recently as the head of Access Services at the Zahnow Library. The email offered condolences to Zantow’s family. Library staff will be debriefed on Monday, Apr. 12. Grief counseling services will be available through the Mental Health and Wellness Center. Alissa Bunnell Tragically, student Alissa Bunnell was killed in a car crash on Tuesday, Apr. 6. Bunnell was a health sciences senior, preparing to graduate at the end of the winter 2021 semester. She recently completed an Opinion.........................A2 A&E.................................A3 Sports............................A4

internship at the MidMichigan Medical Center in West Branch. Following her graduation, Bunnell planned to work at MidMichigan Urgent Care in Gladwin. SVSU extended condolences to her friends and family. Bunnell’s family started a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses. Contributions can be made at https://gofund.me/6b80804e. Counseling services can be sought through the Mental Health and Wellness Center or tthrough the Counseling Center. To make an appointment, call (989) 964-7078 or fill out a request form found at https:// www.svsu.edu/studentcounselingcenter/. If you have questions regarding services, contact the Counseling Center at counselingservices@svsu.edu. The university will share additional information as it is made available.


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Delete your social media apps to reconnect with life Connor Rousseau Reporter Elementary Education csrousse@svsu.edu

Addiction to social media is like an addiction to smoking. Science has proven that almost immediately after quitting smoking, your body undergoes numerous physical changes. After just a couple days of not smoking, risk of heart attack and heart disease decrease, and your smell and taste improve. Other risks continue to decrease over longer periods of time. Quitting or taking a break from social media is not so different when it comes to the sudden improvements in one’s health. Since the pandemic began, people have been engrossed in their phones much more than they are used to. Most people have admitted to me that social media, while it helps keep them “connected” to a certain extent, does not in fact make their lives any better or more enjoyable. Social media, in fact, has the exact opposite effect, causing envy, lust, pure jealousy and an unrealistic perception of the

lives other people lead. It’s quite easy to become jealous of other people’s vacations and “perfect” families when viewing a timeline or profile. It’s important for all people to be reminded that all that glitters is not gold, and that what one sees on social media is nothing more than a highly personalized glimpse into a person’s life. Yet our brains somehow convince us that the filtered social media life someone puts online is in fact their constant, everyday reality. Sure, someone is always going to be out there living a better life than we are, and it takes a great deal of maturity and wisdom to count our blessings and be grateful for the many gifts we have in our own lives. Social media is not built that way. Social media does not want us to be content with our lives. Social media wants us to post and boast. Social media wants us to constantly compare ourselves with others and rate ourselves on a scale of no likes to a thousand. We are all guilty of giving into this unhealthy lifestyle, but we seem no closer to giving it up. What is it, then, that makes social media addictive? The answer is not as complicated as some make it seem: false happiness. The formula behind the addiction is the

simple fact that it takes from you the very thing it gives. Like alcohol, it is the cause and solution to most of life’s problems. If you don’t feel good about yourself, get some likes online. The moment you compare those likes to other people’s likes, there goes your joy. Additionally, social media is much more than just pictures and posts from your friends. Take Facebook, for example. You see people’s posts in addition to a news feed that for the past 400 days has always had a million miserable updates about COVID-19, the election, incessant protests and rioting and purely agonizing headlines like: “Prepare yourself for a permanent pandemic” and “Stop hoping life returns to normal anytime in the future.” Americans are fed up with these fearmongering titles, but the media doesn’t stop because they know it’s exactly what people are drawn to. Then there’s the interminable drama of the current political climate. I can’t think of a time in the 21st century that’s been more politically divisive than now. Don’t try to voice your thoughts on Facebook unless you’re prepared to be tarred and feathered for it. Facebook is the last place you should feel safe sharing an opinion.

While I firmly believe most people don’t bully or insult others in-person, it’s worth noting that the morals of being a good person don’t always extend into the cyber world of the media, and it’s anything but healthy for someone to immerse themselves in the vile nature of so many of its aspects. The easier said than done solution to the addiction that is social media is to simply take a break from it or give it up entirely for a month or so. Actually hold your finger down on each social media app and remove them from your phone. Get rid of Facebook if you must. It’s not as essential as your heart or lungs. You will survive without it, as awkward and empty as you may feel at first. Believe me when I say that’s going to be the best empty feeling you’ve had. Get away from the constant political bickering and insults. Don’t block others, block yourself from feeling miserable online. Doing so is paying respects to your own mental health. Like forgiveness, you don’t do it for others, you do it for yourself. Get offline for a while. Take a break. Unplug. In a most ironic way, you’ll find yourself more in touch with the world than ever before.

There is more to life than just work and school Audrey Bergey Photographer Music Education arbergey@svsu.edu

It is understood we, as people, live very busy lives in the U.S. We go to work, attend school, spend time at home, or whatever it is you do to make life worth living. But is it? I have learned through personal experience, watching the way my family grew and survived until today. My mother worked tirelessly each week to earn her associate’s degree online and provide for her children. She worked two jobs at the time. I remember not seeing her as much while I was going through my middle school stage. I question this: at what cost do you spend the time at work over at home? Eventually, my mother was successful. She earned her degree and became a medical assistant. My mother added experiences in her field and is now working one job that fits her title. She can come home and have some time to spend with her children and rest. This is an important part of life. We need to interact and build relationships, healthy relationships, create memories, and support one another. As college students, we work and study to get the most out of our education at the level in which we can. Some of us load our semesters with so many credit hours and classes, we limit our free time to relax and hang out with people. Think about this: is taking time from

studies going to affect my overall outcome in my courses? Can I go out with friends? Will I suffer negative consequences? Some of us roll with a sense of guilt of taking any time for ourselves. It is important to rest and have some free time to do what you want. If you don’t, you won’t be successful at life. I share these examples to bring this idea of overworking ourselves into a pit of stress, pain and loss of life. It is imperative we have our daily interactions with those we care about. We need to have memories and experiences that make life worth living. I had the privilege to travel to Europe in the summer of 2018, touring in a choir. I found the people, especially in places like Belgium or Germany, have the extra time. I experienced school in Germany, and learned students are done with school by lunch time and would eat at home. They only spend the earlier part of the day learning, and then return home for most of the afternoon to do homework, go hang out with friends or spend time with family. For me, going to school required waking up at 6 a.m. just to get on a one or two hour bus ride to school that started around 8-8:30 a.m., depending on if you were an elementary or secondary student. School would end around 3 p.m., leading to another long bus ride home just to do homework, have dinner, maybe watch something on the TV and head to bed just to repeat the next long day ahead. I remember being so tired even though I was one of those students who loved school. In Germany, parents came home before dinner, being able to actually prepare a

meal and set their table. They could even go shopping, run any errands or spend time with their family. Life in Europe felt so care-free and relaxed. They could do what they needed to do and enjoy life after work or school.

Will we ever change the way we live? Can we become a culture that is more dedicated to enjoying life than to dragging ourselves around to survive at minimum? Maybe one day we can improve the experience of living life.

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Art seniors showcase work in UAG exhibit Madeline Bruessow


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tudents in the Art 480 class will be displaying a collection of their created artworks at the University Art Gallery (UAG). The exhibit, titled “Extravagant Media: In Search of Imagination,” will be on display in the gallery from April 19, through May 7. The students in the class were responsible for multiple components of this exhibit, including curating, marketing and installing artwork. Jessica Renee Henry, a graphic design senior, has a series of three poster designs for Hall Bicycle Company on display at the exhibit. She is also displaying a poster for an event called “Walk for Warmth,” and a digital photography series titled “Downtown Detroit Winter Blast.” “All my works exhibited are digital,” Henry said. “I showcased four poster designs for advertising campaigns presented on foam

core, as well as a few digital photographs matted and framed, which were edited on Photoshop with posterizing.” Henry said that she is most inspired by her process work. “Doing all of the researching, written treatments, mood-boards, storyboards, wireframing and so on gives me creative individuality while narrowing my imaginative ideas,” Henry said. “The majority of the work I currently create regards client wishes or assignment prompts.” After graduating SVSU, Henry said she hopes to become an in-house designer for a small business she is passionate about. “I would categorize myself as a generalist who has strong design skills in branding, marketing, advertising, web design and social media,” Henry said. “I am in hopes to find a particular business that I could aid in logo design, menu updates, social media platforms, website creation and so forth.” Alexia Hall, a fine arts senior, is displaying her series, “Destruction-Series.” Her work consists of oil paint prints on rag paper using

a large printing press. Hall said she did arts and crafts with her grandparents as she grew up, sparking her interest in the field. “As I have aged, my passion for creating art has never wavered,” Hall said. “I’ve grown to understand how, as an artist, it is our job to communicate to the world. If I am not creating something about the world that currently exists around me and its influences on me as a person, I don’t know what I’m doing. I feel that making and creating is my purpose.” Through her artwork, Hall said she has been examining human destruction to the environment and how individuals contribute to this with unsustainable lifestyles. “I am exploring these ideas through depictions of desolate landscapes, where the human form appears intermittently,” Hall said. “I believe this series speaks to a subject often ignored in the United States. The destruction caused by humankind is not always seen firsthand here as it often happens outside or our cultural sphere. My aim in this

work is to draw the viewers’ attention to their participation in the global catastrophe that is climate change.” After completing her bachelor’s degree, Hall said she plans to build her portfolio and apply to graduate school. “I’ll also be showing more of my work in galleries and building on this series I entered in the show,” she said. Although creating the exhibit was a challenge, it gave the students a unique experience. “Being someone who hasn’t encountered this task before, one begins to realize how much work really does go into showcasing several artists’ works,” Henry said. “It took much hard work, team-work and communication to be able to successfully create this entire exhibition. We are all very proud and excited for the campus community to visit and view our pieces.” Family, friends and other artists who are unable to visit the exhibit in-person can attend the virtual exhibition on Facebook Live taking place Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

Cardinal Crossword: Summer Edition

DOWN 1. rectangular object for laying on and drying off 3. protect eyes from UV rays 4. get-together involving grilled food 5. activity done on beach with shells and buckets 8. object used in a watersport 9. the act of going elsewhere 10. protects the skin from sunburn 11. the stereotypical Michigan vacation spot 13. typically strung up between two trees for sitting or sleeping 16. involves a packed meal in a basket and a checkered blanket

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ACROSS 2. something to swim in 3. summer footwear 6. small watercraft similar to canoe 7. colorful explosives used on July 4th 12. activity done at night looking up at the sky 14. garment worn for swimming 15. cold beverage to drink on a hot day 16. frozen treat that sometimes comes with a joke 17. popular vacation spot by water 18. activity involving two-wheeled object

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Women’s soccer sees a slow start to the season Denver Milam


Vanguard Sports Editor

VSU’s women’s soccer team is off to a 1-3 start to the season following its 2-1 win over Parkside on Apr. 9. In their first game of the year, the Cardinals lost to Ferris State 1-0. After a scoreless first half, SVSU allowed a goal in the 52nd minute of the game. SVSU only had four shots the entire game, as Ferris State’s defense was able to keep the Cardinals from attacking the net. Senior goalie Alyssa Watts had nine saves for the Cardinals while junior forward Amy Babon led the Cardinals with three shots. SVSU played its second game of the season on Apr. 1 against Northern Michigan. In the 22nd minute of the game, the Cardinals fell behind 2-0, but sophomore forward Jensen Taylor’s goal in the 41st minute brought SVSU within one at the half. Northern Michigan extended its lead to 3-1 in the 48th minute. Taylor scored her second goal of the game in the 89th minute to set the score at 3-2. Watts made seven saves in the game to go along with the two goals from Jensen, but the Cardinals fell 3-2. On Apr. 3, the Cardinals continued their season against the Michigan Tech Huskies. In the tenth minute of the game, SVSU surrendered a goal to fall behind 1-0. SVSU allowed another goal in the 26th minute to fall behind 2-0 going into halftime. Two goals by the Huskies came two minutes apart and grew their lead to 4-0 before

Midfielder Gabby Green steals the ball from Parkside. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

their final goal in the 75th minute. Watts had four saves in the game, while freshman Reegan Kingpavong led the Cardinal offense with two shots. Saginaw Valley was able to defeat Parkside

2-1 in their match on Apr. 9. Junior midfielder Kylie Lukowski opened the scoring in the 38th minute of the game with her first goal of the season. Taylor scored in the 64th minute of the

game to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. SVSU allowed a goal in the 90th minute, but the Cardinals held on to win 2-1. Saginaw Valley also hosted Purdue Northwest for their senior day matchup on Apr. 11.

Volleyball ends season in GLIAC consolation bracket Denver Milam Vanguard Sports Editor

SVSU’s volleyball season came to an end on Apr. 10 with a 3-0 loss to Davenport in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) playoff consolation bracket. In the regular season, Saginaw Valley was 4-10 with its wins coming against Ashland and Lake Superior state. The Cardinals’ 4-10 record during the regular season set them as the eighth seed in the GLIAC playoffs. This set them up for a matchup with ninth seeded Parkside on Apr. 9. SVSU won the first set 25-18 with help from a late four-point run. SVSU’s 13 kills in the set was its most for the match. Parkside was able to grab the second set from the Cardinals, winning 16-25. Parkside got out to a 10-4 lead and did not look back, using a five-point run to end the set and tie the match. Saginaw Valley won the third set 25-23 and Parkside grabbed the fourth set 23-25, setting up a fifth set to 15 points.

After taking a 9-7 lead, the Cardinals allowed for eight straight points to be scored against them as they fell 9-15, ending their season. After losing on the opening round of the GLIAC playoffs, SVSU was moved to the consolation bracket where the team was set to face Purdue Northwest. Saginaw Valley was able to win the first set 25-19. After losing 27-29 in the second set, SVSU took two sets to one lead after winning the third set 25-17. In the fourth set, the Cardinals lost 30-32 in a back-and-forth match that carried over into the fifth set. The final set ran long as SVSU was able to grab a 21-19 win to move the Cardinals forward in the consolation bracket. SVSU lost its final match to Davenport 3-0, ending the season at 5-12. Davenport was able to sweep the Cardinals to move on, winning 17-25, 13-25 and 18-25. One bright spot for the Cardinals this season was junior outside hitter Maria Vukaj who was named to the All-GLIAC second team. Vukaj tied for the third most kills in the GLIAC this season, averaging 3.5 per set for

the Cardinals. Along with Vukaj, senior Haley Clum was an All-GLIAC honorable mention for her success this season. SVSU will plan to return 13 of their 15

players next season, losing only two seniors in Clum and Emily Friesl. Saginaw Valley also hosted the GLIAC finals between Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan on Apr. 11.

Outside hitter Maria Vukaj is selected for the All-GLIAC second team. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

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