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Dragging out traditions: Living Proud’s sixth annual drag show raises more than $2,000 for charity

More than $2,000 was raised to support AIDS Walk at Living Proud’s sixth annual drag show.

The show is a tradition for Living Proud, a GLBTQA student organization. Created in 2007, the RSO started the event as a different way to help raise money for AIDS Walk, an annual walkathon fundraiser that raises money to combat the AIDS epidemic.

Every dollar raised goes toward AIDS Walk, which is why social work sophomore and Living Proud President Kara Brooks believes the event has gained popularity on campus.

Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver

“Mary Magdelicioso” (Mikey Flores) performs and collects tips to Luciana’s “I’m Still Hot” in Living Proud’s sixth annual drag show, held Friday.

“A lot of other fundraisers are less … Read More…

March 25, 2013 | Permalink

International, domestic students connect through culture club

A new club is looking to make connections between international and domestic students.

The Chinese-Taiwanese Culture Club is a new group focused on immersing students of different cultures together.

History senior and club President and founder Phillip Geisz believes learning about and understanding different cultures is important.

“I want to have international students and American students interact with each other,” he said. “I want this to be a chance for them to actually get to know each other, to make a friendship, and hopefully build a better future based on these ideas.”

The club meets weekly and offers films and presentations about different parts of Chinese-Taiwanese culture, including politics, history, food and religion. Members selected the topics when the group … Read More…

March 25, 2013 | Permalink

SVSU job hunters return to childhood

The happiest place on earth will soon be home to a handful of students.

Seven students will spend the fall semester at either Disneyland in California or Disney World in Florida as part of the Disney College Program.

Jacklin Bixler, biology and theatre sophomore, is among those students.

Bixler said she is a Disney kid through and through, so when the opportunity presented itself she jumped on it.

“I grew up going to Disneyland, so it was sort of a no brainer,” Bixler said.

Tyler Cichowski, exercise science senior, participated in the program during the fall 2009 semester. He now serves as a campus representative for the program and enjoys spreading the word and sharing his experience with others.

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March 25, 2013 | Permalink

Association awards distinguished alumni

This year, marking the 50th anniversary of the university, five SVSU alumni were honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award during the rescheduled Alumni Celebration.

The five alumni were honored as distinguished representatives of the five SVSU colleges from which they graduated. Kevin Schultz, director of Alumni Relations, said that the recipients of the award have used what they have learned at SVSU to their best advantage and have made the university as proud of them as they are of SVSU.

Distinguished Alumni Award receipts included Paul Bridgewater, a 1975 graduate from the College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences; Greg Grocholski, a 1990 graduate from the College of Business & Management; Janet Grief, a 1994 and 1998 graduate from the College … Read More…

March 25, 2013 | Permalink

Simulation brings Civil War to life

Students who have ever been curious about the experience of participating in a historical event like the American Civil War got a chance to find out.

To honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the History Club put on a simulation to show students an interactive way to get into history last Wednesday. The event operated similarly to the game Risk, but on a larger, more interactive scale.

Students were divided up and took on the roles of famous leaders from either the Union or the Confederacy. Each group had their own separate room with a computer and a map of the United States.

Using Facebook Chat, the students communicated with the main room, but not with each other. … Read More…

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Building a solid personal brand through social networks, job selection

Professional profiles, resumes, networking and job searching can seem overwhelming for the job-seeking college student.

Nearly 30 professionals gathered at a seminar titled, “How to develop, define and build a personal brand (that matters)” with Hajj Flemings, renowned expert on personal branding, to learn strategies to better identify their own brand in today’s job market. The session was hosted by the White Pine chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) on March 19 at the Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw.

Vanguard photo | Alyssa Ellis

Last Wednesday’s Wellness Fair featured local vendors who offered attendees free services such as glucose, cholesterol and blood sugar level tests.

Flemings founded Brand Camp University, the largest personal branding company in the … Read More…

March 25, 2013 | Permalink

Speaker forces on honor, shame in modern society

Hurricane Sandy quelled Kwame Anthony Appiah’s first effort to speak at Saginaw Valley, but he was determined to reschedule and help more people understand his idea that honor and shame can and does change deeply rooted cultural practices.

Appiah teaches philosophy at Princeton University and has taught at The University of Ghana, Cornel, Yale and Harvard. In 2010, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal at the White House given to those who have helped broaden the nation’s understanding of the humanities. Appiah has also been named one of the top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.

During his talk, Appiah first spoke about how honor matters to most people.

While he admitted that, “Yes, there’s a relative small … Read More…

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Creating fans out of local children

To cope with the typical fickle Michigan weather, the men’s lacrosse team has focused on spreading knowledge about the game and staying in game shape.

In order to spread the popularity and knowledge about the game of lacrosse, the men’s lacrosse club teamed up with a few of its sponsors to put on a seminar at the Bay City Public Schools Academy on March 15.  The team let students from kindergarten through sixth grade try out equipment and learn the rules of the game.

“We went up there and by class 200-300 kids showed up and learned some of the basics of the game,” said freshman goalie Nick Ruby.  “The kids really got into it and at the end we … Read More…

March 25, 2013 | Permalink

Club looks to prove its dominance at Nationals

Some teams rebuild. Others simply reload.

After losing eight players from last year’s national championship team, the SVSU dodgeball club has set its sights on silencing the doubters who have tabbed it as a rebuilding program.

After going 1-3-1 in its first tournament at The Ohio State University, the team has rebounded and has only lost two games since – both of which were taken to overtime.

Torrie Peplinski is one of the team’s four captains. The veteran said that the early issues were due to the lack of team chemistry.

“In the beginning we just struggled,” he said. “I think the chemistry wasn’t there after losing the eight players, and when you take eight people out of a 15 … Read More…

March 25, 2013 | Permalink

Slam poet wins Sins publication

A reflection on what poetry does won one writer cash and publication in a literary magazine.

Psychology junior Janey Fry won first place in the winter Cardinal Sins poetry slam competition with a free-form poem last Wednesday.

“It’s a way to release old haunts,” Fry said. “People hold onto things and sometimes you just need an outlet to set those things free.”

Fry explained that poetry is not only a way to get things off one’s chest, but is also a way to remember.

Vanguard photo | Alyssa Ellis

Psychology junior Janey Fry delivers her poetry slam performance that won her first place, $50 and her poem published in the latest Sins edition due for release this April.

“I like … Read More…

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