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Meet the Candidates: Homecoming Court 2012

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September 25, 2012 | Permalink

Homecoming week kicks off

Homecoming Court has been finalized, and now it’s time to crown the King and Queen of Homecoming 2012.

Voting will take place 12 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, through OrgSync. The King and Queen will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming football game Saturday, Sept. 29, after the Homecoming Court introduction.

“The circus” is the Homecoming week theme with a slogan of, “Lions and Tigers and Cardinals! OH MY!”

The week kicked off with the NPHC Yard Show on Sunday, Sept. 23, in the Cardinal Gym. The event was hosted by the SVSU Pan-Hellenic Council and featured performances from some of the SVSU Divine Nine Chapters.

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September 24, 2012 | Permalink

MAP-Works turns focus from study to action

New retention efforts have made student success a priority.

MAP-Works, which stands for Making Achievement Possible, is an online tool to help students transition through college.

Although its focus is on transitioning first year students, it can aid upperclassmen in other transitions in college, such as going from general education classes to courses in a specific program.

MAP-Works will release four surveys throughout the year.

The first survey launched on Sunday, Sept. 23, and was sent via email. It is required for all freshmen to take and is strongly recommended for all upperclassmen.

Freshmen who miss the survey are required to meet with Bryan Crainer, associate director of retention for first year programs or Craig Aimar, director of retention.

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September 24, 2012 | Permalink

Bay City forum to draw ideas & interest from local youth

Andrew Heppner has high hopes for young people.

Heppner is holding a forum next month for anyone interested in entrepreneurship. He hopes to build interest and push for more businesses in Bay City.

The event will be 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the State Theatre in Bay City.

Heppner started his small business, Populace Coffee, in Bay City two years ago. He has since then sold the retail portion of the business to one of his employees, Lyndsay Edmonds.

“I really just want to kind of pull out all of the young people from the area and try and gather as many like-minded people into one spot,” Heppner said. “We just kind of want people to get excited about … Read More…

September 24, 2012 | Permalink

Testing the waters: Geography students clean up local beach

On Sept. 15, the geography department took steps to improve the Bay City State Park recreation area and give students a chance to see the effects of local pollution on the environment.

This service learning project brought together 17 students from SVSU biology, chemistry and geography classes.

“We aren’t doing it to just pick up trash,” said Martin Arford, SVSU professor of geography. “We wanted students to contribute in new ways and see first-hand the growing concerns with the environment.”

Although he of the trip as extra credit, Arford felt that students who attended honestly wanted to learn.

Courtesy photo | Martin Arford

From left, students Jessica Fenner, Jacob Mojica and geography professor Martin Arford.

The Adopt-a-Beach program is a … Read More…

September 24, 2012 | Permalink

Making the transition to America

International students have a growing presence at SVSU this year, with numbers at 621 this fall, up from the previous record of 543  the year before.

The International Students Club strives to help the international students meet people and make the transition to an American school.

“The International Students RSO is a big advantage here at SVSU,” said Mohamed Al-Ghulbi, a pre-med sophomore from Saudi Arabia. “I believe it helps in getting new international students get settled, which is a big help since a lot of them are usually far away from home.”

Al-Ghulbi also likes to get involved in other activities available at SVSU.

“Mainly, I’m involved in (intramural) soccer, which is more of a lifestyle to me than … Read More…

September 24, 2012 | Permalink

Advocating constitutional education

Constitution Day 2012 was livened with a Moot Court demonstration by the Law Club.

Members of SVSU’s Moot Court team debated cases regarding the First and the 14th amendments, focusing on a university admission policy that gives preferential treatment to male students over female students to alleviate an imbalance in the genders.

John Kaczynski, director for the Center of Public Policy and Service, said it is important to learn about the Constitution.

“Every American should understand not only the context of the Constitution and the way it was written and the intent of the document, but how it really affects us each day,” he said.

Vanguard photo | Taylor LaPlace

The SVSU Moot Court team debated university admission policies to

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September 24, 2012 | Permalink

Faith Corner

Starting next week, Seventh-day Adventist students will be able to attend weekly meetings for Bible study and prayer.

Adventist Students for Christ is a new registered student organization that aims to build the Christian community on campus through Biblical study and by providing a network of support for its members.

The vision for the group started with former student Torib Uchel. When Uchel graduated and began medical school, occupational therapy junior Ethan Booms stepped up to the president position.

While the group became a registered student organization during last winter semester, finding a time to meet proved difficult. As a result, this semester will be the first for the group to have official meetings.

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September 24, 2012 | Permalink

Pizza for pints: driving good intentions

“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…

September 24, 2012 | Permalink

Records shattered in 51-24 win

Following a loss at home against Findlay, the Cardinals took it to the Lake Erie Storm in blowout fashion, winning 51-24.

It was a record-setting night for a couple of star players.  Junior quarterback Jonathon Jennings completed 23 of 41 passes for a school record 511 yards with three touchdowns.  On the receiving end of most of that yardage was junior wide receiver Jeff Janis, who hauled in 12 passes for a school record 300 yards and one touchdown.

Jennings is now tied in the GLIAC for most touchdown passes on the year with 11, while Janis now leads the GLIAC in touchdown receptions with six on the season.

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September 24, 2012 | Permalink