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Welcoming Ming Chuan: Ties with Taiwanese school strengthen with opening of first U.S. branch campus

For years, the relationship between SVSU and Ming Chuan University has been developing from halfway across the world.

Now the two universities share the same building.

Last week marked an important milestone in the collaboration between Saginaw Valley and the leading Taiwanese institution, as Ming Chuan’s first branch campus in the United States was revealed in the Regional Educational Center.

Both President Eric Gilbertson and Ming Chuan University President Chuan Lee spoke to a crowd of about 30 at the opening ceremony for American Ming Chuan University and the MCU-Taiwan Education center, unveiling two signifying plaques and inviting guests to see the renovated space.

“The space is important symbolically as well as practically,” Gilbertson said. “It means that they have … Read More…

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Sheriff’s Department uses grant money in effort to control underage drinking

Campus Village residents who notice an increase in underage drinking citations aren’t just seeing double.

Each year, the Sheriff’s Department receives funding from the Saginaw County Health Department to pay special attention to problem areas in the country. Because of the number of calls to police generated from Campus Village, the privately owned apartment complex across from SVSU on Pierce Road has been listed as a problem area twice, including this year.

“What they’re doing is trying to lower the amount of kids hurting themselves and others in drunk-driving accidents, with accidental overdosage and even alcohol poisoning,” said Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Mike Gomez. “We don’t just show up over there because that’s what we want to do, we’re … Read More…

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BOV fundraising goal to support Miracle League

The “Valleys” have begun preparation for their annual battle.

SVSU will go head-to-head against Grand Valley State University in the tenth-annual Battle of the Valleys charitable fundraising competition. Events begin Sunday, Nov. 4 and conclude with the football game Saturday, Nov. 10, at SVSU.

This year’s charity of choice is the Great Lakes Bay Miracle League, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for special needs children and their families by giving them the opportunity to participate in recreational programs.

SVSU has set a $50,000 fundraising goal for Battle of the Valleys (BOV) 2012.

Sean Khatib, Student Association Campus Events director and Battle of the Valleys chairman, said Student Association (SA) chose the Great Lakes Bay Miracle … Read More…

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SIMS to promote involvement across academic disciplines

For some students, competitive public speaking is a sport.

The SIMS Public Speaking Competition provides an opportunity for students to compete against their peers by giving persuasive speeches.

Jacob Mojica, a political science sophomore who was one of the top six finalists in last year’s competition, said participating in the event was a good thing.

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve had,” he said. “It was both nerve wracking and also very rewarding.”

The SIMS Public Speaking Competition is sponsored by the communication department and the endowment of Larry and Linda Sims. This is the event’s 23rd year.

The competition will be Friday, Nov. 9, at Noon in the Marble Lecture Hall, Wickes 115.

The event has two … Read More…

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Gaydar Q&A leaves audience asking more

Last week, dozens of students arrived at the Alumni Lounge to once and for all find out the answer to an age-old question: How good is your gaydar?

This was the theme of Living Proud’s on-campus event last Wednesday where students were able to test their ability to question the sexuality of other SVSU students.

Started six years ago by former student Katie Klco, the event has been kept alive through collaborations with Student Life and Living Proud. Criminal justice and sociology senior Amanda Helton, also the Student Life Center LGBT student coordinator, has been working on the event for the past four years.

Vanguard photo | Alyssa Ellis

From left, Keith Schnabel, Sam Boswell, Jaimmie Koss, Rochelle Rushlow, Allison

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SVSU recognized in top 296 business schools in country, world

SVSU has a reason to celebrate.

The College of Business and Management has been recognized as one of 296 outstanding business schools in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition,” released Oct. 9.

“We’re extremely happy about this,” said Jill Wetmore, dean of the College of Business and Management.

There are more than 13,000 business schools worldwide, and the Review only picks the best 296 of those to include in its publication every year. In the United States alone, there are 280 schools.

The Review considers student surveys when determining which schools make the list. Every two years, emails are sent out to Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) students, particularly those who are about to graduate, asking … Read More…

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New RSO gets spooked: Paranormal group to investigate “hotspots”

As Halloween approaches, students may be turning to their fears of the paranormal as a source of fun and entertainment.

But for some students, the existence of the paranormal is held  year-round as something to be studied and potentially even proven.

The Saginaw Valley Paranormal Group is a new registered student organization at the university inspired by a common interest in paranormal studies.

The common goal of the group is to create an environment in which members can freely discuss the paranormal and their beliefs in it. This gives them a chance to share their own stories of paranormal experiences they have had and offers them a chance to debate the form and existence of paranormal entities in the world.… Read More…

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DREAM Act to impact undocumented minors seeking U.S. citizenship through education

Immigration and the education of undocumented students was brought to the attention of attendees at a recent roundtable discussion.

The DREAM Act stands for development, relief and education for alien minors.

The discussion, the newest in the Office of Multicultural Affair’s Project R.E.D. series, was a part of Hispanic Heritage Month programming as well as the first of a potential series of deliberative dialogues between the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and university student.

The event was co-sponsored by the Student Affairs Division and the Student Association.

This piece of legislation, which has been introduced into Congress several times, has yet to pass in the House and Senate. The DREAM Act would allow a channel for undocumented minors to achieve conditional … Read More…

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Back in business with 34-23 win

Coming into Saturday afternoon’s matchup with Michigan Tech, SVSU knew it would have to win the remainder of its games to stay alive in the playoff hunt.

Thanks to a record-breaking day by junior wide receiver Jeff Janis and a strong defensive performance, the Cardinals are right on track.

Janis totaled 226 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to a 34-23 win over Michigan Tech on Saturday, keeping SVSU alive in the playoff and conference championship hunt.

“I think Jeff would admit last week wasn’t the best game of his career, and he worked all week to rectify some of the mistakes,” said head coach Jim Collins. “I thought he did a great job of preparation all … Read More…

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Serving up a victory to round out weekend, tournament

Riding high on a much improved record from 2011, the Lady Cardinals finished out the GLIAC Tournament during the weekend on a high note despite a slow start.

Coming into the tournament ranked eighth, the Lady Cardinals fell in the first round to Wayne State by a score of 5-0 on Friday.  Looking to come back, SVSU lost in the second round to Hillsdale 5-4 before storming back on Sunday to defeat Ohio Dominican 5-2.

Head coach Jenn Boehm feels as if her team has surpassed goals and passed accomplishments.  Going into the tournament, she wanted her team to fully realize the opportunity it provided.

“As a former player, I’ve talked to them a lot about having no regrets and … Read More…

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