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European plane crash indicates need for candid discussions about mental health

It seems I’m always writing the same editorial, coming to the same conclusions and offering the same suggestions in light of very different events with one common denominator.

This common denominator is mental illness, specifically, mental illness being presented as a cause of or an impetus to acts of extreme violence.

Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz boarded a Düsseldorf-bound Airbus A320 Tuesday and flew it into a mountain in the southern French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

German media outlets were quick to report that Lubitz suffered from severe depressive episodes and had spent 18 months receiving psychiatric treatment and to make a link between his mental health and the crash.

According to international weekly newspaper the Guardian, Düsseldorf … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Not all boys want to be kings

Student and professional performers dragged strict adherence to gender roles out of the picture Friday night at Living Proud’s eighth annual charity drag show.

The event raised $3,042 for the Great Lakes Bay Region AIDS Walk, which benefits Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center in its mission to serve HIV and AIDS patients in its 10-county service area in Michigan.

Drag shows typically feature lip-synching performances, live singing or dancing by people dressed in drag – exaggerated ensembles traditionally characteristic of the ‘opposite gender,’ but not necessarily so.

“The exaggerated performance of gender stereotypes is both fun-filled and satirical,” Kelsey Earle, executive board member of Living Proud, said. “It serves to question and break down the idea of gender and gender roles … Read More…

March 16, 2015 | Permalink

Charter school authorizer scorecard may not reflect roles accurately

According to a report released by a Michigan-based education group, Saginaw Valley State University – as a charter school authorizer – received a D grade.

Education Trust-Midwest, founded in Michigan in 2010, describes itself as a non-partisan, data-driven policy, research and advocacy organization.

With a focus on improving the education of all students, particularly those who are African American, Latino, Indian American or from low-income families – those the system traditionally has left behind – the organization believes a key component to the long-term success of a charter school is the sound practice of its charter authorizer.

In its February 2015 report “Accountability for All: The Need for Real Charter School Authorizer Accountability in Michigan,”  the group studied 16 charter … Read More…

March 16, 2015 | Permalink

Board of control approves 20th charter school

The Board of Control voted Monday to approve a three-year charter for Hinoki International School, Michigan’s first dual-immersion Japanese-English school.

Based in metro Detroit, Hinoki International School is the 20th charter school currently authorized by SVSU.

Dual-immersion programs are meant to offer a bilingual experience to young students when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language.

Hinoki International School is one of only a few in the United States to teach all subjects in English and Japanese.

It opened in 2010 as a charter school authorized by Livonia Public Schools, with 14 students in its single kindergarten classroom. By the 2013-2014 school year, its student body had expanded to 130.

However, the Livonia Board of Education … Read More…

February 23, 2015 | Permalink

Cardinal red turns pink to recognize survivors

By Rachel Stocki & Kylie Wojciechowski

SVSU came together to recognize the journeys and celebrate the victories of community members against breast cancer.

The SVSU Athletic Department hosted its seventh annual Breast Cancer Survivor Recognition event Saturday, Jan. 31.

The event, held in conjunction with the women’s and men’s basketball teams against Ferris State University and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s ‘Pink Wave’ initiative, increases awareness about breast cancer and raises funds for treatment via business sponsors and T-shirt sales.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert

Members of the SVSU men’s basketball team escorted 53 breast cancer survivors onto the floor of the James E. O’Neill arena as part of the seventh annual ‘Pink Wave’ Breast Cancer Survivor Recognition event

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February 3, 2015 | Permalink

Trivia app sensation spawns new Program Board event

By Kyle Wojcechowski & Brianna Rivet

A new event allowed students to tear themselves away from their smartphones and still continue playing one of the most downloaded apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms.

Hosted by Program Board, ‘Trivia Crack: Live!” was held Friday, Jan. 30, in the Thompson Student Activities Room.

Courtesy photo | Pkay Oldham

Trivia Crack: Live! contestant Michael Curtis spins the wheel for a topic, and event emcee Billy Nichols would read a question that corresponds with the topic. This marked the first edition of Program Board’s Trivia Crack: Live!, but Program Board president Tyler Bradley says that he hopes to incorporate it before Valley Nights’ weekly film showings.

“It’s Trivia Crack: Live, literally … … Read More…

February 3, 2015 | Permalink

Men’s basketball team puts up 101 points in win

After putting up its lowest point total of the year, the SVSU men’s basketball team came out in force, scoring a season-high 101 points in a 101-68 win over Grace Bible College.

The victory was a strong rebound after the Cardinals saw its 13-game winning streak end against Michigan Tech last Saturday.

With the win, the team’s overall record jumped to 15-3, with an impressive 11-1 showing in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Sophomores CJ Turnage and Garrett Hall each tied for the team-lead in points, scoring 15 apiece. Senior Lindsey Johnson came in third with 13 points. Freshman Devin Dixon tied senior Kalen Foreman with 10 points as the Cards had five players score double-digits. Foreman led … Read More…

January 27, 2015 | Permalink

Edit your life: Strive for meaningful involvements rather than just busyness

I’m trying something new, something largely antithetical to my established values and comfortably familiar lifestyle — which, up until this point, consisted of dedicating every minute of my days to some future-focused, conventionally — productive pursuit.

But I’m done with that. I mean, I’m at least trying to be done with that.

Through middle and high school, I was always the ‘overachiever’ to my classmates; even though my peers’ comments were made sneeringly, I took quiet pride in the label.

I thought I could be doing a lot worse.

Turns out, the decisions made and behaviors performed in accordance with that overachieving status were some of the most dangerous I could have been making.

I created routines — rituals — … Read More…

January 26, 2015 | Permalink

Undergraduates may don red caps, gowns

Students may soon be able to display their red pride during their final moments as undergraduate Cardinals – as they walk across the stage in the O’Neill Arena to receive their diplomas.

Beth Darling, an elementary education major set to graduate in May and member of Forever Red’s board of directors, has proposed changing the graduation cap and gown colors for undergraduates from black to a subtle red.

According to Brian Copenhaver, director of the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the graduation gown is traditionally black but has been subject to colorful makeovers in recent years.

While attending her brother’s graduation from Michigan State University in 2010, Darling was inspired by the graduates’ green … Read More…

January 20, 2015 | Permalink

Wrestling team grapples with inexperience, high expectations

The SVSU wrestling team has been hitting the mats hard since November and expects to continue that momentum through the end of the season in March.

Coach Alex Garcia, a three-time National Collegiate Wrestling Association qualifier himself, is pleased – but not content – with the team’s performances.

“It’s been going very well,” Garcia said. “We’ve had placers at every tournament and a few guys ranked pretty high. Everyone’s coming together and we’re seeing improvements every meet.”

After a hiatus of nearly 20 years, the team was revived in 2009. Since then, the team’s biggest challenge has been its low participation numbers.

“When we have a full roster, we’ve beaten top-ranked teams and have been ranked as high as 11th,” … Read More…

January 20, 2015 | Permalink