While I could take this precious time and space to preach environmental awareness or the need for reform in our criminal justice, I instead focus on something that really gets my blood boiling: people walking. Yep, just people going on their merry way to class. Now I won’t go as far as to pull a George Carlin on them and call them vermin. That is certainly a bit too far, and I don’t mean to necessarily call out these inconsiderate students directly, but rather the system in place that allows them to be this way.
Now you may be wondering what I have against fully-paying college students walking to and from their on-campus residences. Well, as a commuter student, someone … Read More…
The spark that is Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival set the town ablaze in the flames of creativity.
The festival, done through a partnership with the Bay Arts Council and run entirely by volunteers, took place this past Thursday through Sunday.
The film “Missed Connections”opened the festival in the State Theatre after the opening night party.
In this comedy, Kenny Stevenson plays Neal, a down-on-his-luck customer service employee who recently saw his best friend cheating with his girlfriend.
Courtesy | Katrina Robinson
From left, actor Rider Strong, producer Alexandra Barreto and director Chris Levitus from the film “Walter Don’t Dance” at Hell’s Half Mile.
All goes amuck when Neal explodes on a customer at his work and quits … Read More…
Raise your hand if you know whether homosexuality or abortion is morally OK. (Pssst, no one raise their hand). The fact is, no one actually knows whether or not our opinions on the many controversial issues that always fill our political landscape are true or not. There is no way to prove or disprove our opinions on these moral issues because as humans, we are simply have no way of telling if what we do in the world is morally right or wrong.
This piece is in no way about my own opinions on such issues, but rather about how we don’t present these opinions correctly, and how we can use logic to properly do so.
If you want to … Read More…
Bonjour! Aho! Hola! G’Day!
These are just a few of the greetings that SVSU students will soon be saying as they head off to foreign countries to study abroad.
Last week, students were able to learn about the plethora of study abroad programs available to them at the Study Abroad Fair in the Thompson Student Activities Room. The fair, put on by the Office of International Programs, provided a way for various study abroad providers and faculty leading their own trips to showcase their opportunities to students interested in studying abroad.
Both corporate study abroad providers and those involved with faculty-led trips were on hand to answer students’ questions about the trips and other programs they offer.
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It’s that time of the year, or “año” again. SVSU prepares to celebration Hispanic Heritage Month.
National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15, was created by President Lyndon Johnson and expanded into the full month by President Reagan. These former presidents realized a need to celebrate and acknowledge the cultural and historical contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.
The Office of Multicultural Services wants students to be able to appreciate the contributions of Hispanic people.
Raven D. Williams, Hispanic Heritage Month coordinator said, “The students are always our inspiration,” speaking of the Hispanic students on campus.
Williams emphasized that the programs are open to all students, not just Hispanic students, and encourages everyone to participate.
Two events, … Read More…
Last issue, we previewed the Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival, which takes place in Bay City the first weekend of October. This week, we spoke with the director of the festival, Alan LaFave, and got his thoughts on this year’s festival.
Whether it be in films/types of films, musical acts, film industry attendees, or how the festival is operated, is there anything new that we can expect to see this year? How has the festival grown since last year?
I think we’ve evolved into a pretty great format for our audience size and resources. Each year, the audience grows anywhere from 10 to 40 percent and interest in the festival and the number of filmmakers attending seems … Read More…
“I feel it helps people.”
“Well, the free pizza was one thing, but I also just like helping people.”
“I like helping out.”
These were the general beliefs of students on donating blood at the recent blood drive, Pizza for Pints. The aptly titled blood drive offered students the reward of a free pizza in exchange for donating a pint of their finest. By donating or attempting to donate, students were given a coupon that may be used for one free large one topping pizza from Papa John’s.
Although the incentive of a free pizza is indeed attractive to college students, the majority of blood donors seemed to be doing it out of the goodness of their heart rather than … Read More…
Get ready, Bay City, because downtown will be alive again, only this time with the new Hell’s Half Mile.
Don’t let the name scare you. While it may provoke films about demons or other scary things, Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival is about much more than horror flicks.
The event is back again to captivate attendees with its variety of independent films and musical acts.
The festival is named after the nickname given to a part of Downtown Bay City in the late 1800s. It was created to satisfy the needs of film and music fans as well as to inspire creative activity locally.
The festival invades downtown Bay City Oct. 4 to 7 and takes place primarily … Read More…
Buzzzzz! Smack! Michiganders know this situation all too well as they deal with the always irritating mosquitoes that the warmer months bring. As summer winds down, one entity in Saginaw County is doing everything it can to get rid of mosquitoes and keep residents safe.
The Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission is a millage-funded Saginaw County governmental organization charged with keeping the mosquito population in the county as low as possible.
The commission’s 11 full-time and 55 seasonal employees ensure that mosquitoes and the viruses they carry, such as the West Nile Virus, are kept at a minimum. However, with 60 different species of mosquitoes in Saginaw County, this is no easy task.
Although all mosquitoes in Saginaw County can … Read More…
Before I start off, this needs to be said: I am not calling anyone stupid, I am not saying that anyone’s First Amendment rights should be taken away, and I am most certainly not trying to be “politically correct.” But with the presidential election coming up shortly, I feel this is something I need to say now.
No, this has nothing to do with the right or left or anything with politics in general. My message, rather, is simple: Think before you speak, and think that sometimes maybe you shouldn’t even speak at all.
Now this may seem like a basic idea, and undoubtedly some of you are already cursing me for wasting two minutes of your time that you … Read More…