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Minimum wage increase may impact on-campus employment rates

On-campus student employment will be facing challenges as the first increase in minimum wage takes place in September.

In May, legislation passed in Michigan to have minimum wage steadily increase, until it is $9.25 an hour in 2018. The first step will go into effect on September 1, bringing the hourly rate to $8.15.

Jim Muladore, executive vice president of administration and business affairs, estimated this increase will cost SVSU $760,000 annually once it is in full effect by 2018. Budget restraints do not currently allow for this cost to be covered within departments.

A decline in fall enrollment has decreased the general budget, and a dip in housing and campus dining revenue has lowered the auxiliary operations budget. The … Read More…

June 30, 2014 | Permalink

Janis taken in seventh round of NFL draft; Jennings, Conrad invited to mini-camps

Former Cardinal Jeff Janis is proof that some dreams do come true.

Janis was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft. He was the first Cardinals’ player to be drafted since 2005, when Todd Herremans was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round.

The SVSU alum turned heads at the NFL scouting combine when he ran a 4.42 40. Over his career, Janis accumulated 189 receptions for over 3,000 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns.

In addition to Janis, two other Cardinals are on their way to the NFL.

After three years as the signal caller for SVSU, Jon Jennings will be taking his talents to the Kansas City Chiefs. The … Read More…

May 11, 2014 | Permalink

Remembering Derrick Ammons

Arrangements have been made for Derrick Ammons, a student who was killed Saturday on I-75.

Visitation is open to family and friends from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the Chapel Of The Chimes Funeral Home in Westland. A celebration of life is at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Middlebelt Baptist Church in Inkster.

Ammons, 21, was a criminal justice student, member of Alpha Phi Omega and active on the Club Dodgeball team.

Ammons was struck by two northbound vehicles after crashing his 1999 Plymouth Breeze crashed into a concrete divider on I-75 in Bay County at about 11 p.m. Authorities said he had left his vehicle and was walking against traffic when he was … Read More…

April 29, 2014 | Permalink

Alcohol Policy changes may alter current restrictions

Proposed changes to the Resident Student Alcohol Policy may increase the number of combinations of alcoholic beverages students are allowed.

The changes would allow residential students 21 years of age or older with an alcohol permit to pick from two more combinations of beverages.

The additions would be 288 ounces of beer (24, 12-ounce cans) or 1,510 ml of wine (two average-size bottles). Students would be able to choose one of these two options or one of the current three options.

Currently, students are given the choice between 144 ounces of beer and 755 ml of wine; 144 ounces of beer and 755 ml of liquor; or 755 ml of wine and 755 ml of liquor. These amounts equal to … Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Softball: Offense sputters in final games of regular season

On the brink of making the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) tournament, the SVSU softball team is not playing the type of ball that the team has grown accustom to.

After dropping four straight contests over the weekend, the Cardinals’ record stands at 26-10, 18-7 within the GLIAC. The 18-7 mark is good enough to place the Cards fourth in conference play.

On Sunday, SVSU split a doubleheader against rival Grand Valley State University

The first game was a pitching duel. Sophomore pitcher Sarah Vrabel went the distance, tossing six innings while surrendering three runs (two earned).

The Cardinals’ bats were stymied the entire game. SVSU only managed four hits, and scored just one earned run.

Unable to put … Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Cardinal Radio brings back ‘Battle,’ supports Rainbow Connection

Back by popular demand, The Battle of the Bands II, a charitable project spearheaded by Cardinal Radio, returned to Saginaw Valley’s campus  Saturday.

In support of the Rainbow Connection, a non-profit organization based in Rochester that makes the wishes of sick and terminally ill children become realities, Cardinal Radio, presided over by Aaron Zaremski, was able to raise roughly $473 during this year’s event.

By collecting admission at the door, selling Cardinal Radio merchandise, hosting a silent auction and encouraging those in attendance to vote for their favorite band in the most civil of all Silver Wars, Cardinal Radio has raised enough money between this year and last year to support the wishes of two children, which average around $700 … Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink