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International feast chews through borders

To celebrate SVSU’s diverse international student population, the Marketplace at Doan hosted the International Food Fest on Tuesday, Nov. 11, for  members of the community and university.

The Marketplace was closed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to set up for the event. Participating international students, who prepared for days prior to the event, had decorated their stations and set up their food to represent their native cultures.

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e Marketplace at Doan invited community members, students, faculty and staff to sample cuisine from various cultures at the annual International Food Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 11. SVSU international students prepared entrées and desserts considered traditional fare in their home countries.

The Marketplace offered community members, faculty, … Read More…

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Embracing ‘a hug from above’

In the 12th annual Battle of the Valleys fundraising campaign, SVSU beat rival Grand Valley State University for the seventh consecutive year, raising $32,294.21 compared to Grand Valley’s $7,000.

Battle of the Valleys chair Emily VanFleteren, a physical education senior, hoped to raise $35,000 for the Cory Rivard Jr. Promise Foundation, which educates college students on preventative measures for suicide, depression, anxiety and other mental illness.

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President of SVSU Student Association Joey Rexford presents a check for $32,294.21 to representatives of the Cory Rivard Jr. Promise Foundation, SVSU’s charity for the 2014 Battle of the Valleys fundraiser.

The foundation was developed in 2012 by the Rivard family in memory of Grand Valley student Cory Rivard … Read More…

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Football finale ends in loss

For the second consecutive year, the SVSU football team fell short against rival Grand Valley State.

On Saturday, the Cardinals lost to GVSU, 21-3. The loss concluded the season for the Cards as the team finished with a 2-9 record, 2-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

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Senior tight end Andrew Dillon braces for contact after making a catch in Saturday’s game, his last as a Cardinal. He had two grabs for five yards on the day.

Both teams struggled in the first half. After getting a field goal on its first offensive drive, SVSU failed to move the ball on the ground against a stout Lakers defense. Grand Valley took the ball … Read More…

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Berlin Wall significance recognized 25 years later

Students tore down a wall in the art gallery, but not for construction or protest purposes.

At 4 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 11, SVSU celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall through a demonstration of its own.

Associate Professor of History John Baesler organized the event.

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“The Cold War is something that is my interests professionally, but I’m also a German citizen and I remember when the wall came down,” Baesler said. “So, if you will, it’s my professional interest and my personal background that came together for this event.”

Before students tore down the wall replica, Baesler discussed the historical significance of the Berlin Wall. He showed a video of President … Read More…

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Extending range of prayers

In the spirit of community, His House Christian Fellowship put on a Global Hearts Prayer Day for countries around the world – specifically, the ones that SVSU’s international students call home.

“I really think that it gives a global picture that we kind of fail to see,” Grant Schutte, an undecided sophomore and His House member, said. “It’s really easy to get into our own little world here and not realize the things that are going on (elsewhere).”

Kaylee Wittock, management junior and event coordinator, agreed.

“We’ve… brought up a lot of facts and even some social justice issues that people can pray for,” Wittock said. “I think it’s really important for people to understand what the world is like, … Read More…

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