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Three Doctors share story of success, inspiration and hope

Climbing the ladder to success doesn’t have to be a solo activity.

Drs. Rameck Hunt, George Jenkins and Sampson Davis spoke last Wednesday to about 600 people about their journeys of growing up as kids on the tough streets of Newark, N.J., to becoming doctors.

After meeting in high school, the three friends made a pact to graduate from college and pursue medical degrees. Known as The Three Doctors, they attribute their success to the strength of their friendship.

Vanguard photo | Logan Mooney

Rameck Hunt, George Jenkins and Sampson Davis are known as the Three Doctors.

“It was a challenge. We were afraid, and we didn’t know if we were going to make it,” Jenkins said. “I don’t think … Read More…

February 24, 2014 | Permalink

‘Extraordinary leader’ Gilbertson commemorated

This Monday marks the end of an era.

In his 24 years as president, Eric Gilbertson had the opportunity to work with hundreds of students, faculty and administrators.

“I want to say just how grateful I am to have had this opportunity,” Gilbertson said. “I’m proud of people we’ve hired that have done great things, I’m proud of students who stepped up, led and developed and I’m really proud that a lot of students have come to love this place.”

Gilbertson officially stepped down as president Monday as Don Bachand assumed the position.

Mary Kowaleski, administrative assistant to the president and secretary to the Board of Control, has worked with Gilbertson for several years.

“He’s an extraordinary leader. He has … Read More…

February 17, 2014 | Permalink

Student government says ‘no’ to web filter

The students’ government announced a stand with the students on the web filter policy.

With 29 votes, Student Association has passed a resolution to dissent from the university’s adult-content website filter.

Student Association’s Website Filter Fact-Finding Ad-Hoc Committee presented its report and recommendation regarding the filter last Monday.

The resolution encourages the administration to either remove the filter and/or determine a better alternative.

“I am ecstatic that the Association has finally made a decision about whether it supports or disproves of the policy,” said political science junior Jacob Mojica, the representative who sponsored and authored the resolution. “It has been a long-standing student concern.”

The filter blocks adult content on every device that accesses the university’s network.

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February 17, 2014 | Permalink

Individual success not measured by comparison with others

I’m a quote junkie, and one of my favorites is from author Jon Acuff: “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”

I think this is particularly important for college students to remember. Since we’re all studying and working towards future careers, it appears that we’re all in relatively the same spot or at least on the same progressive path, whether you’re a freshman, super senior or anywhere in between.

Despite this, however, the truth is that we all aren’t in the same spot. Each one of us is in a different place in our journey, whatever that journey may be, and in many cases comparison only breeds complex feelings of inferiority.

Just because it appears that someone is super … Read More…

February 17, 2014 | Permalink

Student government says ‘no’ to web filter

The students’ government announced a stand with the students on the web filter policy.

With 29 votes, Student Association has passed a resolution to dissent from the university’s adult-content website filter.

Student Association’s Website Filter Fact-Finding Ad-Hoc Committee presented its report and recommendation regarding the filter Monday night.

The resolution encourages the administration to either remove the filter and/or determine a better alternative.

“I am ecstatic that the Association has finally made a decision about whether it supports or disproves of the policy,” said political science junior Jacob Mojica, the representative who sponsored and authored the resolution. “It has been a long-standing student concern.”

The filter blocks adult content on every device that accesses the university’s network.

The report included … Read More…

February 11, 2014 | Permalink

Goodbye, Gilbertson

In his 24 years as university president, Eric Gilbertson has touched the lives of many students.

“There’s not a time I can recall where his number one focus has not been on students,” said exercise science junior Valerie Adams, who is a student worker in the president’s office. “Every single thing he does throughout the day, every way he goes through his daily activities, every conversation he has, it’s always for the students’ benefit.”

Political science senior Marissa Geyer said she interacted with Gilbertson through Law Club and the Moot Court program. He also acted as an adviser and mentor for her through one-on-one meetings about her future plans.

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President Eric Gilbertson is the current

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February 10, 2014 | Permalink

Hitting the books after hours: library to stay open longer

Next fall, studying on campus will be much more convenient for students.

The Melvin J. Zahnow Library is working to extend its hours of operation with the help of Student Association.

The originally projected hours are Monday – Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to midnight.

“By providing access to the library for longer hours, students will be able to have a place on campus that they can have a quiet, safe and ultimately effective place for them to study, work on research and provide a space for group work and collaboration,” said political science and criminal justice senior Tyler Manning, who … Read More…

February 10, 2014 | Permalink

Speaking out on Web filter

The university’s adult content website filter remains a student concern.

Last Wednesday, the campus community was invited to share questions and discuss the filter at an open forum held by Student Association’s ad hoc committee.

The committee will use the information gathered to help create a recommendation regarding which position Student Association should take on the policy.

“We want to hear what students have to say, to bring it to the administration,” said committee chair and communication junior Joey Rexford. “We’re taking a stance based off what we hear from students.”

The filter was implemented last summer and blocks adult content on all computers that access the university’s network. In a recent letter to Residence Housing Association, President Eric Gilbertson … Read More…

February 10, 2014 | Permalink

Physics Club launches into success with trebuchet, homework parties

Outside of the classroom, physics is a force that brings students together.

The Physics Club provides students with opportunities for collaboration, fun and friendship.

Physics senior and club president Ashley Walsh said the group is focused on making connections.

“We can support each other because physics isn’t the easiest subject. It’s a network,” she said. “We can do our homework together outside of class and not as part of meetings, do things socially and prepare ourselves for later in life.”

Last Wednesday, the group held a Star Party to view a supernova in the nearby M82 galaxy. Although the supernova was not visible due to local light pollution, the event had about 30 attendees.

Physics and math senior Chris Silverthorn … Read More…

February 10, 2014 | Permalink

Museum’s latest exhibition gets the presidential treatment

The White House may be approximately 481 miles from campus, but that doesn’t mean its presidential history is inaccessible.

The “President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office” exhibition is bringing history to SVSU in the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. The exhibition will be on display until May 24.

“This is a very significant exhibition in terms of recording the history of the last ten presidents and the last 50 years in the Oval Office,” said Marilyn Wheaton, director of the museum. “This is a great story for our visitors to actually see some of the very unusual things that go on in the White House.”

The exhibition includes photographs from nine presidents, starting with President John Kennedy and … Read More…

February 10, 2014 | Permalink