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Monday, October 26, 2020

Vol. 53 No. 9


Saginaw Valley State University’s student newspaper

Battle of the Valley week is a smashing success Halie Stemple Vanguard Reporter


n Oct. 18, SVSU kicked off its famous Battle of the Valley week. This year, Student Association (SA) chose Bay Area Women’s Center as the benefactor of the weeklong fundraiser. “The mission of the Bay Area Women’s Center is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Olivia Nelson, SA’s Philanthropy Chairperson. “BAWC provides free-of-charge crisis intervention, advocacy and safe haven to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and violence prevention education to the community while actively pursuing social change.” SA doesn’t set a fundraising goal for events like these and chooses to instead encourage students to help in other ways. “We do not typically set a fundraising goal because we like to encourage people to donate in any capacity that they are willing and able,” Nelson said. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, BOV had a full schedule of events. SA made the decision to hold all BOV events outside this year, allowing functions to be more friendly to social distancing. The decision was coupled with the enforcing of SVSU’s face covering policy. All events were planned alongside Student Life with the campus’s safety as the

Student association raises money for Bay Area Women’s Center with Battle of the Valley. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

No. 1 priority. As another COVID-19 friendly alternative, SA established a new website for BOV this year. “The biggest addition to BOV this year was our website, www. svsubattle.com,” Nelson said. The website allows people to donate to BOV, purchase apparel, bid on silent auction items, follow the events calendar and learn

more about the BAWC. Although all of the events held this year were successful, a community favorite was the Bay Area Women’s Center clothesline project display. “Two representatives from BAWC brought a small part of their collection of 500 T-shirts created by victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexu-

al assault,” Nelson said. “These T-shirts are created as a method of therapy and healing for the people who come through the center. The display was an incredibly powerful event and a clear reminder about why we battle.” Another notable event was Greeks in the Square, held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the President’s Courtyard.

Several of the Greek organizations on campus gathered to discuss the ways they have committed to supporting BOV this year. “It was great to see fraternities and sororities come together for such a great cause and for BOV,” said Ramon Hernandez, an Alpha Kapa Lambda brother. SA will be accepting donations through Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Enrollment rates drop Students discuss living on Madeline Bruessow Vanguard Reporter

Like other universities nationwide, SVSU has faced changes in enrollment due to the pandemic. Overall, SVSU has seen a decline in enrollment rates, which was anticipated in early summer. “In terms of total enrollment we are down slightly, but that is not a great surprise, given the declining number of high school graduates in Michigan and the challenges posed to many students and families by COVID-19,” said J.J. Boehm, the interim executive director of University Communications. International and transfer student numbers were most affected by the pandemic. “We saw declines in the number of international students … and the number of transfer students, which is due in part to the drop in enrollment at the state’s community colleges,” Boehm said. Boehm said residential numbers were also down as compared to previous years. “The number of students living on campus is down to around 2,150, mostly due to reduced density in our residence halls to promote safety during the pandemic,” Boehm said. “For the second consecutive year, we have earned the ‘best dorms’ ranking of any public university in the U.S. by Niche.” Other universities have been experiencing enrollment trends similar to those seen at SVSU over the past several months. “Many state universities in Michigan saw overall enrollment declines and smaller freshman classes this fall,” Boehm said. “This is not a surprise, given that high schools were forced online

in March and high school seniors were unable to access many of the resources they normally would use. In addition, the number of high school graduates in Michigan has been falling for several years.” Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still countless reasons why students are encouraged to enroll and become part of the SVSU community, Boehm said. “Students want to attend SVSU because of the caring faculty, staff and students, our affordability and value, our 97 percent job placement rate and many other factors,” Boehm said. “The number one barrier we hear about from students is finances, which is why SVSU has kept our tuition the lowest among the state universities and why we have made major investments in financial aid.” During these uncertain times, Boehm said it is more important than ever for students to support and be there for one another. “I would encourage our current students to reach out and be a source of support for potential SVSU students, especially high school seniors,” Boehm said. “We know school counselors can’t provide the support they normally do, and students and families have seen their lives disrupted.” Boehm encouraged students to keep working hard in their studies and to seek help if they need it. “It’s important that students continue to pursue and complete degrees for their futures and for Michigan’s future,” he said. “SVSU staff are ready and willing to help them get answers about applications, transcripts, financial aid, academic programs and much more.”

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campus with COVID-19 Emily Burke Vanguard Reporter

Hailey Sirut and Grace Sloan, nursing juniors rooming together in Campus Village, contracted the coronavirus. Their friend also tested positive, so they and their group of friends got tested, as well. At first Sirut’s test was negative and Sloan’s was positive. Sirut’s boyfriend tested inconclusive. Sirut and her boyfriend went back to get tested again when they started showing symptoms. Both came back positive. “It’s been a different experience for everyone. ... Me and (Sloan) definitely had the worst of the symptoms,” Sirut said. “We’ve had every symptom you can think of. The headaches and the body aches are the worst. One night I woke up and I was just throwing up all night.” For food and other necessities, Sirut and Sloan order the items and have them sent to the dorm, because they cannot leave quarantine

until Oct. 25. Due to policies at Northwood University, Sirut’s boyfriend was forced to complete quarantine at SVSU. “(My boyfriend) is here too because he lives on campus at Northwood, and they said they don’t want him anywhere near (campus),” Sirut said. Sirut explained that having COVID-19 and trying to stay caught up with classwork was very challenging. “For the most part, (the professors) were understanding,” she said. “One of the professors gave me an alternative assignment because we had to do a video chat, but it was the day I was throwing up ... and he pushed all my due dates back.” Sloan also shared her experience. “I emailed all my professors and told them about my really bad headaches and that being on the computer wasn’t helping that,” Sloan said. “They said don’t worry about missing assignments, I can make them up whenever I feel up

to it.” They said they feel a little better every day. However, their sense of taste and smell is still gone, Sloan said. “When I first got (the virus), I was like I’m never going out again, I’m never hanging out with anyone ever again,” she said. “But now I’ll probably be the same. We were pretty cautious before.” Sirut said several things that helped them feel better were Tylenol, using a Netty-Pot and sleeping. “It’s way worse than the flu,” she said. “It’s like the flu with the cold and pneumonia. We’d go up the stairs and we would be super out of breath.” Sloan said normal household chores became much more difficult. “I would go do the dishes and I would be tired after and have to lay down,” she said. Sirut and Sloan cautioned students to be vigilant about their health. “COVID is real,” Sirut said.

Grace Sloan (left) and Hailey Sirut (right) are both currently quarantined in their apartment together with COVID-19. Vanguard Photo | Nicole Vogelpohl

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Social media should be separate from work Brooke Elward Marketing baelward@svsu.edu

Social media is not the place for work. Everyone you know has at least one social media account, whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, Tumblr or Reddit. Many of these social media sites have an option that limits the people who can view your posts. This can allow you to keep your own life private from your work life, and therefore private from co-workers, employees and bosses. No matter their age, people are constantly hanging out with their friends while they drink, sing karaoke, play games and watch sports. So why do people formulate their Facebook to please their workplace? A better question is why do bosses care

what you are doing outside of your work hours? If you are a worker who goes in on time, responds to emails, gets their tasks done quickly and are pleasant to be around, why should your manager care that you were drunk at Pierce Road Bar and Grill last night, if you came to work on time today? Bosses can wonder what an employee is actually doing when they call in sick for the day, but it is their saved up sick day so they should be able to use it how they see fit. The same goes for vacation time off, paid or not. When an employee goes to New York with her daughter for the weekend, the mom should not have to have to worry about her daughter exposing that she used a sick day for vacation. People should be able to post themselves on social media as they want. Right now, people are voicing their opinions on politics and religion by sharing those “share if you believe in

Jesus -- scroll if you support the devil” posts and work bypasses those opinions. If workplaces actually have these anti– discrimination laws for religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender, age, etc., then let’s add in hobbies, friends and activities, too. I see sorority sisters on Snapchat who have to put an emoji over the white claw in their hand. They are 21 or 22 years old, but according to their job or Greek chapter, they cannot be seen with a red solo cup nearby. Everyone knows that these girls have alcohol in their cups and that their drinks are behind the emoji. People tend to not post illegal stuff they do online and if they do post it, then there are bigger issues than just your workplace seeing it. Everyone drinks or smokes some sort of legal drugs and I think we should not be afraid to show that when some people quite literally need a smoke break at work.

Every Sunday when my household watches the Lions game, we have people who drink, and they should not be ashamed of letting coworkers see that. Your Snapchat should not be where your employer is creating an impression of who you are and deciding not to hire you. The one social media that work is allowed to be on is LinkedIn. LinkedIn was made to recreate a Facebook atmosphere but more work friendly. You can show off to people where you just got hired, when you got a promotion and make connections. These connections mean that when a business is hiring, you can see that position is open. Our employers should not be able to view and judge us based on our Instagram choice to post a photo in a bikini, or spam all of our friends with photos of our cats. Do not be afraid of being yourself and sharing what you want on social media. Be you.

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