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Soul Food at SVSU

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February 28, 2012 | Permalink

Zumba Night

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February 27, 2012 | Permalink

A place other than Myspace helps students and Internet surfers stay off distracting sites when studying and doing school work, with a free downloadable app.

There’s still hope for Internet addicts. has a free downloadable app that can block distracting sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and YouTube in order to help people get their lives back.

The app, called Mentalspace Manager gives users the ability to block any sites they desire and also allows them to select certain days and times they wish to be denied access.

They must choose someone they trust to be their mental network admin, as he or she is the only person with the power to unblock a website.

Mark Ostach, CEO of mymentalspace who has a … Read More…

February 27, 2012 | Permalink

Looking back to their roots

Motivation for success and its relevancy to the black community was a key theme in “Past to Present: The Progression of African-American Culture” last Thursday.

Sponsored by God’s Children of Integrity and The Office of Multicultural Services, the program attracted several late-comers, despite starting late itself because of technical difficulties.

Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver

Sherie Barnes read her poem, “A Message to My Hater” at the Past to Present, black history event, last week.

After opening remarks, the event began with a poem from biology freshman Sherie Barnes.

She read “A Message to My Hater,” a poem about slavery, discrimination and racism.

Video presentations were displayed of black leaders who impacted society in forms of politics, music and liberal … Read More…

February 27, 2012 | Permalink

Marketplace fries up southern traditions

There was no shortage of food or people at the annual Taste of Soul event last week.

Students, staff and faculty gathered to enjoy soul food at the Marketplace at Doan cafeteria.

The event took place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, to celebrate families during Black History Month by coming together to enjoy Southern food.

Diverse recipes from black faculty and staff at the University were prepared with help from SVSU Dining Services.

Mamie Thorns, organizer of the Taste of Soul event and special assistant to the president for the diversity programs, made pecan tarts. Within an hour and a half, her dessert had disappeared.

“I doubled my recipe from last year,” Thorn said. “That’s amazing!”… Read More…

February 27, 2012 | Permalink

Despite being turned on to zumba, class off record mark

Slightly more than 700 people showed up at the O’Neill arena on Wednesday in an attempt to break the world record for the world’s largest zumba class.

But the attempt was not successful, because 2,013 people were needed to break the record.

Rachael Hunt, criminal justice freshman, said she wanted to break the record as much as anybody, but still enjoyed the event.

“I like the music and dancing aspect of the workout,” she said. “It makes it fun.”

Casey Lake, athletic training junior, was one student who attempted to break the record. Even though the main goal was not a success, she said she felt that something good came from it.

“It brought the community closer together, and the … Read More…

February 27, 2012 | Permalink

Advising, food, computing dominate latest president’s forum

Last week’s president’s forum primarily focused on concerns also raised in a recent Student Association (SA) online survey.

One of the main concerns was with the Academic Advising office. Students felt that the advisers there don’t know enough about the curriculum.

“Students don’t know where to go for correct information,” said Dan Chapman, a representative of S.A.

According to students, the computer forensics minor is one of the most problematic.

Gilbertson said he would need more accurate information on where the exact problems were but said he would look into solving them.

The survey also concluded that all feedback on the counseling center was unanimously good. All responses stated that counselors were very helpful, polite and concerned.

Students also were … Read More…

February 27, 2012 | Permalink

First edition: Law Review

There’s a new publication on campus titled The Law Review. The journal is made for students, by students.

Created by the political science department, it includes student-written pieces about the law.

“It’s an academic journal comprised of undergraduate academic essays from political science related courses,” said Kyle O’Mara, a junior political science major.

Faculty supervisor of The Law Review, political science professor Jesse Donahue, came up with the idea when she realized many of SVSU political science majors attend law school post-undergraduate graduation.

She said students are required to write legal briefs and law papers in many of the political science courses offered at the University.

Donahue said he encourages students to get involved and submit their papers to the … Read More…

February 27, 2012 | Permalink

Two Koreas, one glaring problem

A first-hand source is often the best source of accurate information.

Hyun Kim, a visiting South Korean scholar, gave a presentation last Wednesday about the divided Korean situation and how it affects South Korean life.

“Many scholars are skeptical of the intentions of North Korea,” Kim said.

Vanguard photo | Sean Dudley

Hyun Kim has been a guest professor at SVSU since August. He lectured on the state of affairs in North and South Korea.

South Korea has been a democracy since the 20th century with exception of an authoritarian regime that held power from 1961 to 1987.

During the same time, North Korea has been ruled by a series of authoritarian regimes operating as a self-described Juche State, the … Read More…

February 27, 2012 | Permalink

Foreign language honors fraternity opens chapter

A new chapter of the world’s largest foreign language fraternity now calls SVSU home.

On Feb. 26, a private initiation ceremony was held in Founders Hall to welcome students and faculty members into a new chapter of the Spanish Honor Society.

The Spanish Honor Society, or Sigma Delta Pi, is the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

It was first established in 1919 at the University of California Berkeley and is the largest foreign language honor society in existence.

It is the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities.

“We’re founding it and initiating another chapter here on campus,” said Ricardo Pastor, professor of modern foreign languages.

Pastor led the ceremony last Sunday and … Read More…

February 27, 2012 | Permalink