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Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

Vol. 54 No. 4

Saginaw Valley State University’s student newspaper

Creative writing freshman Chistopher Merrill (left) and history freshman Kyla Hardy (right) enjoy a game of Jenga at Valley Nights’ Game Night. Vanguard Photographer | Audrey Bergey

Valley Nights holds game night for students Kelsie Todd Vanguard Reporter


alley Nights held its first Game Night of the semester on Thursday, Sept. 23. The event was put on for students to enjoy a night of gaming with friends. Gracie Lopez ran the event, which turned out to be very successful. “The gaming event I put on was a chance for SVSU students to socialize and make connections,”

Lopez said. “We had multiple stations for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation for people to compete against each other and have some fun.” Students used to opportunity to make new friends as well. “I saw lots of students make new groups of friends through the event,” Lopez said. “Many people sat and played for the full three hours. We also saw the students get very excited about being able to connect through

our Discord and communicate online. It was a great time, everyone felt relief to finally have a game night while being safe with COVID-19.” Andrew Giglio was another coordinator for Valley Nights. He said there’s a lot of planning that goes into the event. “The event took a lot of troubleshooting,” Giglio said. ”With COVID we had to move some things around and accept that last minute problem solving would

definitely occur.” Even with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event was able to happen with the proper precautions in place. “This event went far better than I expected,” Lopez said. “This was my first in-person event I have ever put on, so I was dumbfounded when 50 plus people ended (up) coming by and playing video games. I was so happy to see people coming together over gaming.”

Similar events are upcoming as well. “I plan to make this game night a series event eventually, I just have to perfect the organizational aspects to the event,” Lopez said. “If people ask for it to happen again, I will be more than happy to put this event on again. If anything, I will be putting on different styles of this event.” The next event is a Super Smash tournament on Oct. 7.

SVSU receives Great College to Work for award Connor Rousseau Vanguard Reporter

SVSU received the “Great Colleges to Work For” award for the sixth consecutive year. President Donald Bachand said that this award speaks volumes, especially because we received it as we continue to navigate the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, which made work-life a challenge for all. “The dedication and perseverance I have seen from our faculty and staff is remarkable and deserving of praise, so I am pleased to see

them receive the recognition they deserve,” he said. To those who may not be familiar with this award, Bachand said that it is an important distinction that showcases the values and the people who work for and are a part of the university community. “Universities are human enterprises,” he said. “We are about teaching and learning. We develop human potential. When people are valued, they are empowered to contribute to the success of the organization. That improves the experience of students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

Bachand said that SVSU qualified for this award based on the completion of anonymous surveys from university faculty and staff who were chosen at random from all employee classifications. Bachand said that our surveys were evaluated against surveys from the faculty and staff of other participating colleges and universities. Bachand said that for 2021, SVSU is the only institution in the state of Michigan to earn such a renowned and prestigious distinction. He also said that it is the people who make SVSU such a special place to work.

“The past 18 months have been one of the most challenging periods in university history,” Bachand said. “Despite that, we were able to negotiate a contract with our Faculty Association and have a tentative agreement with our Support Staff Association. This is because of the mutual respect and mutual trust that we have built over time, and it is further evidence that our recognition for collaborative governance is truly deserved.” Bachand said that it is the shared values of dedication, devotion and commitment to quality that makes SVSU stand out in the state of Mich-

igan as a distinguished institution. He said that our response to the coronavirus pandemic demonstrated our faculty and staff’s unwavering devotion to the campus community. “I hope students know how much effort our faculty and staff have devoted over the past 18 months to continue to deliver a quality education and student experience,” Bachand said. “We do that because we care about and believe in our students. Our shared commitment to our university community makes SVSU a great place to work and a great place to learn.”

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off the semester Sadie Shepherd Vanguard Reporter

Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing at SVSU making for a fun start to the fall semester. The annual celebration of Latinx culture and history began on Sept. 15 and will run through Oct. 15. This year the SVSU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) has coordinated a variety of events happening on campus through the end of next month. Angelica Johnson, lead program coordinator for OMSA, helped create this year’s lineup of events. She wants to encourage students to attend as many as possible. “The Hispanic Heritage Month

calendar of events are all very important throughout the university and for students to participate in on campus,” Johnson said. “This year we have 11 events that are engaging with students learning about Latinx populations, traditions, and cultures.” The festivities have already begun with several events already taking place including Hispanic Heritage Month themed Kahoot and a Latinx arts and crafts night where students made their own piñatas. For those who missed the arts and crafts night, there will be another chance for students to express themselves creatively through Latinx art. “One of the unique artistic events that many students enjoy is our Día de Los Muertos Skull

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painting,” Johnson said. “At this event, students learn about the significance of Mexican culture and the festivities that are part of (Día de los Muertos).” That event is scheduled for Oct. 26, so students can have their festive skulls ready in time for Día de Los Muertos starting on Oct. 31. Beyond just attending the events on campus, Johnson says there are several other ways students can get involved. “It is encouraged that students do some research and learn the history about Latinx cultures and the term Latinx as to why this is significant today,” she said. Another way students can do their part is by participating in the Saginaw Eatery Dash happening through October.

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“This Hispanic Heritage Month we have included an all-month long Saginaw Eatery Dash encouraging students to go into the Saginaw community and grab a bite to eat from the Latinx owned restaurants,” Johnson said. For students wanting to look even further into Latinx culture, one event that is not in the lineup is Día de la Raza, which takes place on Oct. 12, traditionally called Columbus Day in the United States. “Día De La Raza celebrates the heritage, colonization and cultural diversity of Latin America,” Johnson said. “This day unites all Latin speaking nations and cultures in celebration with parades, dances, food, like a cultural dish of Tamales which are made of cornmeal dough wrapped and News.............A1-A2 A&E.....................A3

cooked with corn and other vegetables.” Other events coming up throughout the month include a Hispanic alumni meet and greet, a Latin dance night and a movie night featuring the film Coco. The next event taking place is a Loteria night on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7pm in the Student Life Rotunda. This event has been one of Johnson’s favorites to organize. “Students are able to have fun playing Mexican bingo learning new Spanish terms all while winning many cool prizes,” Johnson said. For more information on all the events taking place, follow the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs on Facebook and on Instagram

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

Property Damage On Sept. 16 at 2:38 P.M. two commuter students’ cars struck each other in parking lot K. One driver was backing up to get into a parking spot when they struck another vehicle behind them. Both students are uninjured. On Sept. 16 at 3:45 P.M. a male student observed that a female student had entered a parking spot too wide and accidentally struck his driver’s side rear bumper. She left a note on the damaged vehicle before leaving. Both students had spoken and went into the university police department on Sept. 17 at 9:00 A.M. to relay the accident report. On Sept. 23 at 12:38 P.M. officers responded to a call in parking lot D for a vehicle with smoke coming from the rear compartment. When they arrived, they found the padding for the truck section smoldering. Water was doused on the embers which extinguished the fire. It is believed that the jumper cables in the trunk were touching the battery nodes and caused the cables to become hot.

Suspicious Situation On Sept. 15 at 7:00 P.M. a female student walked into the university police department to report some suspicious situations. She was approached by a male student on Sept. 14 at 5:00 P.M. and Sept. 15 at 10:00 A.M. The interactions made the student feel uncomfortable. The male subject was talked to and asked to refrain from encroaching on others personal space. On Sept. 15 at 8:05 P.M. two female students walked into the university police department to report some suspicious situations. The two were approached two separate times by two unidentified males. The two female students felt uncomfortable about the situations and wanted it to be reported. One of the two male subjects was identified and talked to about approaching women and randomly asking for information. On Sept 22 at 9:17 A.M. a female resident student thought a vehicle had followed her. The vehicle followed her out of R-Lot, over to University Village East where she dropped a friend off, out of University Village East and into the roundabout at South Entrance. She went North as the vehicle continued towards Davis Rd.

Assault On Sept. 19 at 9:30 P.M. officers were dispatched to Living Center South for a possible assault in progress. The suspect had left prior to the police arrival. Statements were taken from the victim and witnesses. The incident was referred to the prosecutor’s office for review.

Larceny On Sept. 23 at 3:10 P.M. a SVSU employee reported that there are 13 missing tables from the firstfloor classrooms in Gilbertson Hall South. The incident is still under investigation.

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Theatre fifth year Austin Butterfield has his resume looked over by the faculty in the theatre department. Vanguard Photo | Vincent Ford

Theatre department offers headshots Samantha Allen Vanguard Reporter


he Theatre Department partnered with Alpha Psi Omega (APO), SVSU’s chapter of the National Honorary Fraternity to hold a resume and headshot workshop. APO has worked with the Theatre Department in the past to plan events for students in the department. Faculty gave students one-on-one feedback on their resumes. It was open to all Theatre majors and minors. Tommy J. Wedge, the advisor for APO, was one of the professors reviewing students’ resumes. “APO thought it’d be a great way to give back and collaborate with the theatre department while also providing a needed and valuable service to fellow peers in the program,” he said. He said he gave them individualized ad-

vice to prep for the upcoming hiring season. APO also hired a local photographer to take headshots. They will be available to students during the event and put a professional touch on their resumes. Holly S. Houck, a theatre senior is especially excited about this opportunity. As the president and account manager for APO, she helped bring back this workshop after the Covid-19 disruption. “This is the first time since I’ve been at SVSU that APO has provided the free service of headshots to theatre students,” she said. She said this is an important of experience for students within the field, and they will learn about the time, money, and energy that it takes to produce a polished resume. Providing headshots free of charge was a tremendous aid to struggling students. “Whereas a résumé is free (except for the paper, ink, and time it takes to make) headshots cost a lot of money, especially for the-

atre students that should update them frequently,” she said. David Rzeszutek, the Chair of the Theatre Department, also was looking forward to the workshop. “We hope that this event will strengthen the current resumes of our students and will introduce the different style format to our newer students,” Rzeszutek said. Career Services also helps students improves their resumes, but this workshop will allow for specialized advice for students looking to go into the Theatre field. So far, it has been well-received. “We have participated in this event in the past and it was a success, I would look forward to the workshop again in the future,” Rzeszutek said. The Theatre Department and APO plan to run more events over the semester, such as the “Pie-a-Professor” fundraiser later in the fall.

GVSU rejoins Battle of the Valleys event Rebekah Williams Vanguard Reporter

SVSU will host its 18th annual Battle of The Valley’s (BOV) competition, with Grand Valley State University (GVSU) rejoining the competition after a break. The competition for BOV builds from the long-standing rivalry between GVSU and SVSU and raises money for local charities. Josie Koenigsknecht, student associations co-battle chair, talked about the positive im-

pact GVSU returning had. “I think GVSU’s return to Battle of the Valleys will positively impact this year’s fundraising,” Koenigsknecht said. “Ultimately, we are fundraising for a good cause. Everyone loves a friendly competition, so GVSU’s return will ignite a spark in our competition, and hopefully increase our fundraising.” The rivalry has been in place for years with SVSU winning the “We battle” competition 13 years out of 16.

“The concept behind SVSU’s “We Battle” is to emphasize the community engagement,” Koenigsknecht said. “SVSU doesn’t battle, the community doesn’t battle, we all battle together.” The battle begins with the schools choosing what organization they want to donate to. This year GVSU will be donating its fundraising to “I Understand, Love Heals” and SVSU will be donating to the Children’s Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Different organizations had the opportunity to apply to be this year’s BOV beneficiary through June 11. Madeline Lowry, a rehabilitative medicine senior, is the other co-chair for SVSU’s BOV. Her and Koenigsknecht are working hard to make this event one of a kind. “I’m most excited to be getting back to our normal battle events as well as a few new ones with minimal COVID restrictions.” Lowry said. “Monday’s events are probably some of the most exciting for me.” BOV starts Sept. 26th and concludes at the presentation of a check to SVSU’s beneficiary Children’s Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region at the Grand Valley State University home football game on Oct. “I am most excited to see SVSU come together to give back to the community,” Koenigsknecht said. “It will be amazing to see students, faculty, staff, and community members come together to help fundraise.” The school that raises the most money will get to keep the Victoria trophy for next year. BOV started off with its first event for the week with the BOV Color Run on Sept. 26, with students, faculty and alumni all attending. This is just the first of many fundraising events to take place for BOV this week.

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

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Adjunct oboe professor Jillian Kouzel performs three pieces for her faculty recital in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Vanguard Photo | Audrey Bergey

Professor shows versatility of the oboe at recital Connor Rousseau Vanguard Reporter


he Rhea Miller Recital Hall was full of music Friday evening as SVSU adjunct professor Jillian Kouzel performed on her oboe. Kouzel said she discovered her love for the oboe at the age of ten and has been playing it for 15 years. Kouzel said that those who attended could expect a “vast array of musical and compositional styles,” particularly ones that one may not consider possible for the oboe. Kouzel said that the program had a range of different styles, including jazz, classical romantic and contemporary. “In my final piece, I not only use every possible extended technique (flutter tongue, glissando, multiphonics, bisbigliando, and circular-breathing, but I also act as a percussionist simultaneously, performing with sleighbells on my ankles,” she said. Kouzel said she hoped the performance would give her audience a deeper look

into what the oboe is capable of in the solo landscape. After an entire school year of strict covid restrictions, Kouzel was excited to return to the Rhea Miller Recital Hall for her performance Friday night. While masks were required for audience members, Kouzel said that the performance hall offered a better environment for her oboe music to be appreciated. “Playing outside is simply not the same as indoors and not ideal for wooden instruments like the oboe,” she said. “Plus, the acoustics in this hall are outstanding.” Kouzel performed Four Personalities by Alyssa Morris for oboe and piano. Each movement in this piece was a personality associated with the colors yellow, white, blue and red. She was accompanied by pianist Amanda Stamper. She also performed Concerto, op. 45 by Eugene Goossens for oboe and piano. Her concert concluded with Danse “Sigillum Saturni”, op. 26 for unaccompanied oboe or English horn by Dirk-Michael-Kirsch. Kouzel said that the amount of practice

that goes into faculty recitals varies depending on the player and the rigor of the chosen pieces. “In my case, I needed to start working on the contemporary piece with sleighbells back in June,” she said. “I started learning the remainder of my program about one and a half months out, making a conscious effort to practice this program every single day.” Felicia Snyder is a music performance junior who attended the event. She said she came out to the concert because, while she is a music student, oboe music is not something she listens to regularly. She said the main takeaway was the versatility of the oboe when it comes to musical capabilities. She said that while many associate oboe with the sound of a goose, Kouzel’s performance defied all stereotypes. “What she did was beautiful,” she said. Snyder’s said her favorite part of the program Four Personalities. “I loved the jazz style … You never hear jazz oboe, that’s so cool,” Snyder said.

Sculpture museum exhibits 3D art of local artists Rebekah Williams Vanguard Reporter

The Marshall M. Fredrick’s Sculpture Museum (MFSM) is ending the Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition (RBJSE) to make way for a new exhibit. The RBJSE has been a part of the Museum since July and will be leaving on Saturday, Oct. 2. Originally, the exhibit was scheduled to visit in 2020, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, it couldn’t come to the MFSM until now. The collection has a total of 43 pieces from 49 artists who come from various places in the surrounding 200 miles of the local area. Every piece in the collection is a 3D art piece, going along with the museum’s focus on sculptures. One piece in particular has caught visitors’ eyes and left them pondering. “The piece that has gotten the most reaction from people is Mark Chatterley’s

‘Relationships during a pandemic’ that is placed to the right of the exhibition logo entrance,” MFSM Community Engagement Specialist Joannah Lodico said. “That piece has received some chuckles as in response to identifying with the message.” MFSM Curator of Education Andrea Ondish said the pieces throughout the exhibit touch on (MFSM’s) variety of media, styles, content, and artists. In the collection, this variety comes to life. Some of the pieces look like they tell a story, whereas others come across as pieces of day-to-day furniture, creating different outlooks for the competition. Detroit local, Ray Katz, took first place with his “Infinity” sculpture, made with brushed aluminum, welded and fabricated. His works can be seen in private, corporate and institutional collections. “Premonition” by Herb Babcock was the second-place winner with his sculpture made of cast glass and steel. “Winged Totem III,” by Lee Brown, made of cedar, enamel and limestone,

took third place. The fourth-place winner was Pamela Hart’s ceramic “You Can’t Have All of Me.” Pamela’s work consists primarily of pottery and worship pieces. These can be found in various collections, as well as the chapel at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. The honorable mention winner was Austen Brantley, with the piece “Boy Holds Flower.” In this piece, a young boy holds and ponders a flower. Brantley is from the Detroit area and has artwork in other museums, including the Detroit Institute of Arts. On Saturday, Oct. 2, the exhibit will be removed from the gallery to make room for the new exhibit “Notes from the Quarantimes” beginning on Saturday, Oct. 16. The new exhibit will feature works from local Detroit artists, including Mitch Cope, Clinton Snider and more.

Update: On Sept 21. The university police were notified of two different suspicious situations occurring in University Village. The first report was of a subject seen standing outside of a window taking pictures of a female resident. While this incident is still be investigated, a second report was issued. The same suspicious subject entered an apartment in University Village. He was acting strange and escorted out from the gathering. The subject was identified and questioned about his involvement. On Sept. 22 at 2:11 P.M. officers took report for a suspicious person who was inside the Pride Center. The complainant stated that a female who was approximately 30 years old came into the Pride Center around 11:30 A.M. The female left a couple notes that made no sense and left the room. It is unknown who the person was. On Sept. 23 at 11:30 P.M. a resident student reported that they observed a subject in all black, walking across the footbridge by Living Center South. The subject walked into the crosswalk before noticing the complainant and walked away quickly. The complainant then heard a male yell the phrase, “who are you and what are you doing?” The complainant lost sight of the subject and walked to her vehicle. Officers searched the area around parking lot K and parking lot R where nothing was found.

Scam On Sept. 22 at 2:20 P.M. officers spoke with a resident student who stated that he was getting text messages from an unknown phone number. The text messages were demanding money. The number was determined to be a Google phone number that is used for a scam. Note: The SVSU Police Department would like to thank the SVSU community for coming forward with all the suspicious incident reports. We continue to encourage all students if they are being followed to call 911 and request a police officer. If you are being followed in a vehicle, call 911 and drive to the SVSU Police Department. Together we can make SVSU a safer campus for all.

Students design a tour for the Roethke House Museum Rebekah Williams Vanguard Reporter

Over the course of the winter semester, a research project was conducted by three SVSU students to bring the history of Theodore Roethke to life. Under the supervision of Sherrin Frances, the students, Ethan Alt, Madeline Brusessow and Amber Campbell, completed the project. The first part of the project included cataloging the Roethke collection into a museum archiving database and the second to create a tour narrative for the Roethke House. Amber Campbell a history and creative writing senior said she hoped to learn about running a house museum, and getting the community involved. “I really enjoyed making a new tour for the Roethke House and presenting that tour to the community during the Roethke Open House,” she said. The Valley Vanguard 110A Curtiss Hall

Campbell said every room in the house needed its own narrative. “We did all the research separately and wrote our narratives before bringing it all together to begin the editing process,” Campbell said. From Thursday, August 12 – Saturday, August 14, there were open houses at the Roethke House and the Stone House where the students’ work was seen. Here, young children were able to participate in activities, learn about poetry and be introduced with crafts and drawings. The open house included poetry readings and a poetry slam on Friday. COVID caused a few restrictions throughout the process. This included the students meeting virtually to work through their narratives and separating meeting times for cataloging. “Despite the pandemic we had a good turnout for the Open House, and everyone was respectful of our mask requirements,”

Professor Donny Winter raises money for house renovations. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward Campbell said. Sherrin Frances, the English professor who oversaw the project said the team added 400 plus entries into the database.

“This benefited the Roethke House by providing a clear service,” Frances said. “The collection is cataloged more completely now than it ever has been.”

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Online instruction is detrimental to student success Connor Rousseau Reporter Elementary Education

The war on covid is looking better than ever as vaccinations rise and people return to their normal lives with in-person school, work and socialization. The bars are open. The theaters are seating guests. Restaurants are opening their doors. While the pandemic clings to what ground it has left, we are making tremendous progress on all fronts. One thing that has not appeared to change, however, is teachers’ reliance on online instruction methods and tests. While children across the country have returned to the classroom for in-person learning, their lessons, homework and tests still seem to follow methods used by teachers during the height of the pandemic. The “new normal” we dealt with for over a year is finally coming to an end, yet some teachers feel the online approach is still appropriate as the default in classrooms. Whether it’s more convenient for them to grade or less work overall, it is failing students who need the hands-on, pencil and paper approach to mathematics. While some students thrive with the online approach, they are a quiet, unaffected minority. I have been working with students from over a dozen diverse families of

various needs since the pandemic began, and this one concern has not changed. The students I have worked with have voiced their frustration and confusion time and time again with online math lessons and homework. Many have gone so far as to claim that they aren’t even being taught the process of solving different types of problems in the classroom, they are simply instructed to complete a lesson and assigned homework problems on their Chromebooks. It goes without question that online resources complement any educational program, but substituting paper quizzes, lessons, notes and homework is only asking for failure and heightened stress across the student body. I endured fully online instruction for an entire semester during the darkest days of the pandemic. Most of us did. While I was a hard-working 4.0 student throughout high school and the beginning of college, my grades plummeted when covid hit. Charles Darwin once said that it was not the strongest nor the smartest of species that survived, but the most adaptable to change. This couldn’t be more true in academia. Even the smartest of students could not adapt to the online format, nor could those with the highest level of grit. Middle schoolers have been hit the hardest. Highly capable students have failed because middle school math is not simply

the memorization of times tables and addition sets. It’s unit rates. It’s percentages and decimals. It’s fractions and conversions. It’s the Pythagorean Theorem. It’s parabolas and slope-intercept and graphing and careful calculations and formulas and inequalities and exponents and PEMDAS. It’s a series of complex concepts and processes that require a written-out approach, not drag-and-place questions and answers. A student says the answer is 4.2? Incorrect. The lackluster computer system only recognizes 4 and one-fifth. There’s one point off their final grade. Parents have grown tired of seeing poor test scores on report cards only to find out from their child that there was no work to show because the test was fully online. Many parents have no way to access the tests themselves for they become locked, so their child has no way to review what they got wrong with their parent or tutor. There are highly capable students who need handwritten notes and paper worksheets to help them navigate complex operations and show their work visually. I have worked with them. The question every parent should be asking themselves is why teachers insist on continuing with this virtual approach to middle school mathematics. We must remind ourselves that we were assured this would be temporary - a mere covid precaution. Most American schoolchildren have returned to the

classroom. Why has online learning returned with them? Why are they still relying on cheap Chromebooks distributed by the school to complete their homework? Why are they still glued to Google Classroom to keep track of and submit their homework and tests? Don’t these children get enough screens in their daily lives? It must also be understood that children are not stupid. While not every child is dishonest, many have found ways to cheat and get away with it. Googling the answers to an online test is but one of a myriad of examples of cheating in online school. Without in-person accountability, cheating ran rampant in 2020. Many kids learned next to nothing. Many fell asleep during meetings with the excuse that their webcam “wasn’t working.” This will continue unless parents reject the forever virtual future many teachers and school districts are encouraging across the country. While technology may make life easier in many respects, and paper and pencil may go the way of the dodo, many aspects of schooling must return to the way they were before the pandemic. Otherwise, we will see in years to come the detrimental effects of this continued push for online learning on our American youth. It’s time we push back against the online approach to middle school math. It’s time we advocate for our children’s education.

America sets up college students for failure Alyssa McMillan News Editor Psychology

America is known for being the country of opportunity. Since the beginning, people have moved here to better their lives and the lives of their families. However, it sets up its own college students for failure. One thing I’ve noticed is that college is slowly becoming more and more important. While trade schools are a completely valid and important option, college is the better choice for a lot of people, including myself. Even though I attend one of the cheapest universities in the state, it’s still

expensive. The costs of tuition, books and supplies add up fast. If I didn’t have the support of my family financially, I don’t know how I would be able to do it. I’ve watched many of my coworkers have to take breaks from school because they simply can’t afford it. A lot of them don’t have the full support of their family and can’t afford it because of that. It’s almost impossible to work enough to pay your bills but still have time for classes. I only work two days a week around classes and I would never have enough to even pay rent. Students who live on their own are forced to work full time hours to get by. This leaves absolutely no time for school or homework. It creates this cycle young people can’t get out of. They can’t afford to go to school so they’re forced to work a

minimum wage job to pay the bills. This takes all their time and then they can’t go back. Why doesn’t our country work harder to support college students? Tuition never used to cost this much. There’s no logical reason that it does. Even with factoring in inflation, tuition has increased way more than it should have. The boomer generation was able to go to school without having to worry about how to pay. It used to be affordable for them. The students who are able to go, graduate with a crippling amount of debt. There have been talks of erasing student debt but that always seems to be shot down. Why is our country so against helping the younger generation create a life for themselves? Other countries provide as much support as possible for their students.

Some even provide free tuition at public universities. Places like Germany and France even provide free tuition to American students. In total, almost 24 countries provide free tuition. It’s sad that our own country would rather have college students leave than help them continue their education. Free tuition is often quickly shot down by the far right. However, they also look down at those working minimum wage jobs. What do they expect people without support to do? They are literally left with no options sometimes. Even with loans, school can cost way too much. America is behind in a lot of aspects, especially socially. The tuition problem would be an easy fix that wouldn’t cost anyone anything. They are a crucial part in our society.

Staff’s top four places to visit around SVSU Brooke Elward

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As someone who lived in Bay City for one year, I found a lot of places to go and things to do. My top five favorite in no particular order include Brooklyn Boys Pizza, Wenonah Park, Grand K Ranch, Washington Lanes and Heidi’s Darn Good Cookies. Brooklyn Boys Pizza is not just the best local pizza joint, but also the best pizza I have had overall—as claimed by a gluten-free pizza enthusiast. Wenonah Park is a free park alongside the Saginaw River. There are bird scooters, bar crawls, and live concerts. Grand K Ranch is a local horse farm that gives discounts to students for rides. It offers wine-and-rides, lessons, date night, pizzaand-ride and more services. Washington Lanes is a bowling alley located on the other side of the bridge in downtown Bay City. It offers a cosmic college night for $12 every Thursday with student ID. It offers a bar, entertainment, DJs, bands, arcade and bowling. Heidi’s Darn Good Cookies is a short walk just south off campus. The cookies are addicting for oneself as well as a hit at parties. Get off campus, start making your way around the cities, and enjoy some cheap fun with your friends.

While SVSU offers a variety of fun events, sometimes it’s nice to get off campus for a while. One of my personal favorite places to go on a weekend is WhichCraft Taproom in Midland, MI. WhichCraft is only a short drive away from campus and has something to offer everyone. It has the vibe and atmosphere of a coffee shop while being a bit more targeted to adults. The brick walls are lined with board games for guests to borrow. My favorite part is the unique cocktails they offer. My go-to is the cherry limeade but they also offer a variety of ciders and wine. They also have mocktails available for those who don’t drink, as well as appetizers. They have plenty of indoor seating, but the patio is great this time of year on days when the weather is nice. It overlooks downtown Midland and the Tridge, which is lit up at night. Another reason this place is notable is the staff. The waiters and waitresses are very friendly and are always willing to recommend drinks. Last time I was there, we had a conversation about serial killers and horror movies. WhichCraft Taproom, however, is the best place to end your night.

Would you like to get off campus and enjoy the fall weather this semester? Try visiting the Johnson Pumpkin Farm in Saginaw. And what is a pumpkin farm without the pumpkins? There are a variety of sizes, shapes and colors you can choose from. The farm also has a 60 feet trebuchet, which can hurl 30-pound pumpkins thousands of feet in the air. Farm animals are in various pens such as goats, emus, chickens, cows, alpacas and assorted varieties of birds. Inside you can check out their unique craft store and find lots of different items, from clothing to decor. While you are in there, you can buy and enjoy some apple cider and their famously good and fresh donuts. The Johnson Pumpkin Farm has the classic corn maze, which spans 13-acres of land, that visitors can try to escape. If this is something you’d like to check out, they are open Mondays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both admission and parking are free, so bring your friends along. Their farm is even accessible and handicapped friendly.

My favorite local spot near campus is the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail off Stobel Road on the southwest side of Saginaw. If you like a quiet, small town feel this is a great spot. The trail is well kept, fresh-looking and the path is my favorite. Everything is green and beautiful. Along the path there are benches and covered picnic tables. The roads that the trail crosses aren’t super busy which makes it perfect if you’re rollerblading or biking. Last fall, when classes were all online, this trail became one of my favorite spots to get away for a few hours, listen to some tunes and rollerblade or run. Additionally, the trail is very flat which is especially nice if you are learning to skateboard or rollerblade. It is usually a quiet place, and everyone gives you space to run or walk. In the fall, the trail is beautiful and full of colors. This is another reason I like it: it’s a beautiful little spot that you don’t have to travel up north to get to. I highly recommend this location for all the reasons listed above and I encourage you to check it out.

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Men’s golf Football wins 41-21 against WSU ties for 12th place Denver Milam

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VSU’s golf team tied for 12th place with Cedarville University this Monday and Tuesday in the 54-hole Doc Spragg Fall Invitational in Findlay, Ohio. Five cardinal golfers competed in the three-round invitational. Sophomore Jiseung Choi, junior Brendon Gouin, junior Connor Jakacki, junior Nick Bailey and freshman Thomas Keyte. SVSU scored consistently throughout the three rounds. The first round ended with a score of 379, but their score improved in the second round. The teams second round score was 375 and in the third and final round they scored 376. SVSU’s total team score from the three rounds landed them with a final score of 890, 26 over par. Choi took the lead for SVSU, scoring 213 and tying for fifth place with Donnie Professori from Findlay. Following behind Choi, Bailey tied for 27th and was only 4 over par. Gouin tied for 48th with 10 over par, Jackson placed 72nd with 15 over par, and Keyte tied for 82nd with 231 and 24 over par. Choi, the cardinals leading golfer, was selected as the “Men’s Golfer of the Week” last week. He was chosen by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), making this golf meet count even more. The team will continue its season on Oct. 4 and 5, at the Kyle Ryman Invitational in Tiffin, Ohio.

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Senior running back Tommy Scott carried the Cardinals to victory over Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) opponent Wayne State on Sept. 25. Scott rushed for three touchdowns and 150 yards in the game to help SVSU control the clock throughout the majority of the time. Freshman kicker turned defensive star Ryan Heicher forced a Wayne State fumble to get SVSU the ball early. Neither team was able to get on the board in the first quarter, but SVSU was able to put up 17 points in the second. Junior linebacker Trevor Nowaske sacked the quarterback and caused a fumble that was recovered by redshirt freshman defensive lineman Leonard Henry and put SVSU in a position to score. Junior kicker Connor Luksic made a 20yard field goal with 9:50 left in the first half to give the Cardinals the lead. On the Cardinals next drive Junior quarterback Matt Considine completed a touchdown pass to senior tight end Isaiah Johnson-Mack. Senior defensive back Marvin White forced the third turnover of the first half with an interception that he returned to the Wayne State 20-yard line. Scott rushed for his first touchdown of the game with 22 seconds left in the third quarter to give SVSU the 17-0 halftime lead. Saginaw Valley got the ball to start the second half. Considine led a drive down the field that ended with another Luksic field goal. Senior defensive lineman Javarree Jackson recovered a fumble to get another turnover for SVSU. Johnson-Mack rushed for a touchdown on the following drive to extend the Cardinals lead to 27-0. Scott rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Cardinals ice the

Jared Stephens runs for first down at a 2019 WSU game. Vanguard Photographer | Brandon Hull game away. SVSU held off Wayne State by a score of 41-21 to improve its record to 2-2. Head coach Ryan Brady has enjoyed the teams culture this season. “Our Culture is to ‘Earn It.’” Brady said. “Plain and simple. Our core values have been on display each of the first three weeks of the season. We play with championship effort and championship attitude. We show respect and we never give up.” Brady also wants to continue to see fans at upcoming games. “Our players loved how rowdy the student section was in our home opener against Texas A&M Kingsville,” Brady said. “We have a very talented and passionate group of players. We love the support and intensity of the Students at SVSU.”

Exciting events for the Cardinals will be coming up over the next few weeks according to Brady. “Currently, we do not have any capacity limits for fans at our football games,” Brady said. “We have been on the road for the last three weeks. I would like to challenge our students to pack the house for our next home game in the annual Battle of the Valleys. We will be unveiling our New, state of the art video board and stadium graphics for that game as well. In addition, homecoming is around the corner, and we play our rival Northwood in the annual Axe Bowl on Oct. 16.” Saginaw Valley continues its season next week at home against Grand Valley State University for the annual Battle of the Valleys game on Oct. 2.

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COVID cancels volleyball matches Denver Milam Vanguard Sports Editor

Junior Nicole Johnson (left) and sophomore Sara Neves (right) return a serve on a doubles match. Vanguard Photo Editor | Brooke Elward

Tennis performs strong at tournament Sadie Shepherd Vanguard Reporter


hile participating in out-of-state matches the past several weekends, the SVSU women’s tennis team was able to assess strengths and weaknesses with tournament-style play before competing head-to-head with other collegiate teams. At the Ashland University Invitational on Sept. 11-12, the team dominated Ashland winning five of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches. In matchups against West Virginia State University, SVSU lost five of six singles matches and all three doubles matches. From Sept. 18-19 the team played at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regionals with senior Nicole Johnson making it to the final round of the consolation singles matches while freshman Andrea Teofilovic made it to the quarterfinal round in the singles matches.

Coach Ryan Ruzziconi said their performance so far is thanks in part to the team’s structure. “We have two seniors, three juniors, one sophomore, and four freshmen,” Ruzziconi said. “We have almost an equal amount of match experience and inexperience on our roster … with that roster makeup, we expect to see our seniors and juniors leading the way on a weekly basis, with our sophomore and freshmen continuing to contribute at a high level as they gain more and more college tennis experience.” Coming into Friday’s matchup at home versus Lawrence Tech, Ruzziconi was confident in his team while also acknowledging the talent of the competition. “We know Lawrence Tech will be tough, they always play hard, and they have one of the best coaches in the game today,” Ruzziconi said. “…we expect a fight, but we will be ready.” The team did not disappoint, winning their

home opener 5-2 over Lawrence Tech. SVSU managed to take one of three doubles matches, with sophomore Chelsea Dzenga and freshmen Elizabeth Stuart winning 7-5. In singles, SVSU took all but the No. 1 seed matchup, winning five of six matches altogether, three of which resulted in a thirdset tiebreaker. Though fall season performance will not impact the team’s standing in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC), Ruzziconi says the work being done now will pay off when the GLIAC season starts in March. “While we have a long way to go until the spring, our goal is to continue to re-build the program and climb the standings in the GLIAC,” Ruzziconi said. “I think we should be in the top-half of the GLIAC this spring.” Up next, the team will have a home matchup against Cornerstone on Saturday Oct. 2 at 11 A.M. and an away matchup against Hillsdale in Grand Rapids at 1 P.M.

SVSU will have to wait to continue its 9-1 start to the season as its two matches this week were canceled due to COVID issues. Saginaw Valley was scheduled to play two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) matches this week, but both will be moved to later dates. Sept. 24 was scheduled to be an away game in Indiana to face Purdue Northwest and Sept. 25 was supposed to be an away match in Wisconsin against Parkside. Head coach Will Stanton hopes to see more SVSU students at games when the cardinals return home. “The fan capacity varies by facility, but most places are limiting to 50 percent of capacity,” Stanton said. “But we are still very happy to have spectators in seats and someone to play for; we really enjoyed having the fans in the stands last weekend with our home matches and it helped with our Team’s energy and momentum. It would be great to continue to have that support in two weeks when we play Oct. 8, 9, 10 at Home.” Stanton knows the upcoming matches will be important for his team to be healthy and play well. “We have several exciting matches in the next few weeks that should be fun to watch. We are on the road next weekend in the UP with matches against Michigan Tech that looks to be one of the best in the Conference again,” Stanton said. “Northern Michigan that won the Conference Tournament at SVSU last year. The next weekend we have three matches at home vs GVSU, Ferris State and Davenport. Those are always exciting matches with a lot on the line for the Conference Standings.” SVSU will hope to continue their season on Oct. 1 at Northern Michigan and Oct. 2 at Michigan Tech for its next GLIAC matches.

SVSU’s men’s soccer record moves to 5-2 overall Denver Milam Vanguard Sports Editor

SVSU continued its season with a match against Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) foe Parkside on Sept. 19 at Braddock field. Senior goalkeeper Callum Harley was in net for the Cardinals during the match. Neither team was able to score during the first 96 minutes of the game, turning out an uneventful performance. Saginaw Valley was able to take 29 shots during the game but only eight of them were on net. Junior midfielder Brady Walker led the attack by the Cardinals with three shots on goal. Senior midfielders Danny Barlow and Alex Gloshen each added two shots on goal for SVSU. After 90 scoreless minutes by both sides, the game headed into overtime. During the 97th minute Parkside was able to score the first and only goal of the game, winning 1-0. Harley saved seven of the eight shots he faced during the match, but it was not enough to get the win. On Sept. 24 the Cardinals headed to Fayette,

Iowa to face another GLIAC opponent in Upper Iowa. Both Saginaw Valley and Upper Iowa struggled to find the net for most of the first half. In the 41st minute Barlow scored an unassisted goal to put the cardinals ahead heading into halftime 1-0. At the start of the second half Upper Iowa was able to score which tied the game at one goal per side. Two minutes after surrendering a goal Saginaw Valley was able to reclaim the lead on a goal by sophomore midfielder Tom Worm which was assisted by Walker. After 15 minutes of scoreless soccer, sophomore defenseman Chidie Nnolim was able to extend the lead to 3-1. Harley was the winning goalkeeper in the match as he was able to stop two of the three shots he faced. Barlow and Worm led the cardinals with two shots on goal each, and Nnolim added one. Saginaw Valleys record moved to 5-2 overall with a 2-1 record in the GLIAC following the win against Upper Iowa. SVSU will continue its season on Sept. 26 at St. Cloud St. followed by an Oct. 1 match with Purdue Northwest, both GLIAC opponents.

Freshman defense Benjamin Adamson side tackles in a game on Sept. 17. Vanguard Photo Editor | Brooke Elward

Women’s soccer loses first game of the season Denver Milam Vanguard Sports Editor

Senior goalkeeper Olivia Argeros earned a clean sheet on Sept. 19 in the Cardinals 2-0 win over Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) opponent Davenport. Argeros faced three shots during the game and was able to stop all of them to keep Davenport out of the net and off of the scoreboard. Saginaw Valley had a slow start to its offense as they were unable to score in the first half, leading to a 0-0 tie at the break. In the 63rd minute freshman midfielder Stephanie Strong was able to score for SVSU on an assist from senior forward Amy Babon. During the 87th minute Babon successfully converted a penalty kick to extend The Valley Vanguard 110A Curtiss Hall

the Saginaw Valley lead to 2-0. Neither team was able to score for the remaining few moments of the game, leading to a 2-0 win for SVSU. During the Cardinals Sept. 24 matchup with Northern Michigan, it looked to be smooth sailing after an early goal. Strong scored her sixth goal of the season on an assist from freshman midfielder Gabby Green and freshman forward Reegan Kingpavong in the 15th minute. Unfortunately, that would be the only goal for SVSU in the match. Northern Michigan was able to score in the 57th minute and the 64th minute to take a 2-1 lead. Saginaw was only able to take six shots in the second half which led to no goals late, and a 2-1 loss. Argeros faced six shots in the game and was able to stop four of them, but the Car-

Freshman midfielder Brianna McNab protects the ball on Sept. 3. Vanguard Photographer | Brandon Hull

dinal offense could not muster a second goal. This was SVSU’s first loss in regulation this season as its record now stands at 4-11 overall with a 1-1 record in GLIAC play.

Saginaw Valley continued its season with a match against Michigan Tech on Sept. 26 and will play its next two games on the road at Purdue Northwest and Parkside this weekend.

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