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Following same-sex marriage ruling, LGBT organization says there is still work to be done

“It is so ordered.”
Thus concluded Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s majority opinion on last Friday’s 5-4 decision to make same-sex marriage a Constitutional right.
The ruling was made in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, as well as three related cases, with Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonio Sotomayor and Elena Kagan ruling favorably.
In his majority opinion, Kennedy wrote, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family… it would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.”
Thirteen states’ citizens gained the right to marry, Michigan being one of them. Prior to the decision, the state … Read More…

July 4, 2015 | Permalink

Rankin shares results of campus climate survey

The results are in.

Students, faculty and staff members reported high levels of general satisfaction with SVSU’s campus climate during a survey conducted last November and December.

The university worked with Rankin & Associates Consulting to create, administer and analyze the campus-wide study, titled “SVSU Assessment of Climate for Learning, Living and Working.”

Sue Rankin led three presentations on the findings: Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall seminar rooms and Friday, April 24, at 9 a.m. in the Ott Auditorium in Gilbertson Hall.

“SVSU is unique as (it) is one of only 150 schools that allowed me to come do this type of work,” she said.

Rankin defined a campus’ climate as the … Read More…

April 27, 2015 | Permalink

Holocaust survivor shares story

On Jan. 30, 1933, Martin Lowenberg’s life changed forever as Nazis marched along the streets of Schenklengsfeld, Germany, in celebration of Adolf Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor of Germany.

On Wednesday, April 22, Holocaust survivor Lowenberg spoke to an audience of more than 700 people about his experiences in five different concentration camps.

Vanguard photo | Alissa Rhode

Southfield resident and Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg spoke to an audience of more than 700 people on Wednesday, April 22, in the Curtiss Hall banquet rooms, drawing from his experiences in ghettos and concentration camps in Nazi Germany. He shares his story each week at the Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills and has returned to Germany four times in the last six years

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April 27, 2015 | Permalink

Rounding the bases on a strong season

The Saginaw Valley State University softball team has continued its strong play heading into the final weekend of the season. With the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) tournament coming up, it is a great time for the team to get hot.

The team bettered its record after going 4-1 over the weekend against Tiffin University, Ohio Dominican and Wayne State, respectively.

Courtesy Photo | Jamie Loubert

Behind the combination of strong pitching from starters like Samantha Willman, (above,) and an explosive offense, the SVSU softball team has won 15 of its last 17 games and looks to stay sharp heading into the GLIAC tournament in May.

Sunday’s two-game set against Wayne State began with some fireworks on the part … Read More…

April 27, 2015 | Permalink

BFA graduate Weslock celebrates with art show

The University Art Gallery is displaying a body of work from SVSU’s own Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students: Garrett Weslock.

Weslock is graduating this semester and his BFA focus is in ceramics.

According to Corey Gilbert, exhibitions coordinator, the BFA show is held as a “culmination of the student’s education, efforts, and work.”

The show is part of the requirements for any BFA student before they graduate.

The process to enter the program is also challenging, requiring an interested student to apply a year and a half before they’d like to graduate and present a portfolio to a selection committee.

Once chosen, the student then develops the ideas already in that portfolio with the guidance of two mentors in … Read More…

April 27, 2015 | Permalink