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Athletic competition is something that can be enjoyed by all.

Last Friday, over 450 athletes gathered at SVSU’s Ryder Center for the Special Olympics, a day filled with friendly competition. The Special Olympics provides opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities to participate in sports.

Vanguard photo | Rachel Stocki

This is the seventh time the university has hosted the Area 22 Special Olympics. Participants were supported by
450 to 500 volunteers from the university and area high schools. Participants competed in a variety of events.

“It’s awesome just to see the smiles on the kids’ faces and how excited they get,” said volunteer and special education sophomore Hannah Miller. “Whether it’s a last-place ribbon or a first-place ribbon, every kid … Read More…

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Dodgeball comes up short at nationals

With four minutes left in the game, the Club Dodgeball team had cut the lead to 3-2, but the Lakers and the clock were too much for the Cardinals.

Sunday, the Club Dodgeball team fell 3-2 in the national championship game to rival Grand Valley State University.  The game marked the end of another impressive season for SVSU dodgeball.

In the championship game, Grand Valley State got off to a quick start, going up 3-0 against the Cardinals.  SVSU refused to quit, and with aggressive play began a comeback that came up just short with time running out.  According to team captain Max Siler, it was a game against the clock as much as it was against the Lakers.

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Softball: Moving up in GLIAC with lightning-fast offense

Despite poor weather and tough competition, the SVSU softball team won each of its games last week as it marches towards a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) title.

After going 3-0 last week, the Cardinals have pulled their record to 19-5, 11-2 within the GLIAC. The 11-2 record ranks them third, trailing Ohio Dominican and Grand Valley State in conference play.

On Saturday, the Cards traveled to play the Ferris State Bulldogs. The trip was supposed to include two games, but due to inclimate weather, only one game was played.

In the game that SVSU was able to get in, the offense was able to make the most of its opportunities in a 6-4 Cardinals victory. The Cardinals scored … Read More…

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Spring spectacular marks high for Encore performance

The dog days truly are over for Encore as they performed their Spring Spectacular Friday and Saturday.

The deep undertone of Disney songs melded perfectly with the overtones of Encore classics, as well a fair doses of self-percussed numbers and a dance number that came together to make the Spring Spectacular genuinely enjoyable.

“This will be our best show yet,” said Encore President and charter member Cara Deschermeier, communication junior. This statement was fulfilled, as audience members gave a standing ovation after Encore’s finale, shouting from the balcony and house seats alike.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert

Members of the musical RSO Encore perform a Disney mashup representing princesses at their free “Spring Spectacular” last weekend in the Rhea Miller

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