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Olympians go for gold

The SVSU community has once again displayed its support for the Special Olympics.

Almost 300 students volunteered their time at the sixth Area 22 Special Olympics in the Ryder Center last Friday.

“It’s really special to see all these kids getting to do stuff that normally they wouldn’t ever have the opportunity to,” said Alyssa Adams, volunteer and nursing senior. “I think it’s special for us as college students to be able to give back a little bit.”

Vanguard photo | Alyssa Ellis

Participants and SVSU student volunteers prepare for race-time during the Area 22 Special Olympics, held this year in the SVSU Ryder Center.

The Special Olympics provides the opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to participate in athletic … Read More…

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Forever Red begins giving campaign to support campus scholarships

Students are being given an opportunity to give back to the university that has given to them.

In honor of the university’s 50th anniversary, Forever Red has organized the Student Giving Campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to raise $50,000 by the end of fall 2013 semester, which will be divvied up and given out to students in the form of scholarships.

Bryan Crainer, associate director of retention for first year programs, is excited that this program will make it possible to give out more scholarships.

Forever Red provides scholarships to returning students each year, but Crainer said the Student Giving Campaign will allow for heftier dollar amounts to be given away.

“We hope to make a larger impact … Read More…

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Writing Center director & founder, Boehm, to retire

When Diane Boehm was hired to establish a University Writing Program in 1995, she wasn’t exactly sure what the end result would be—but that didn’t mean she didn’t know where to start.

“I didn’t have a clear vision,” Boehm said, “but I had a strong sense of need.”

Boehm’s first action in her new role was to set up a table and two chairs in a back corner of first floor Wickes Hall to begin tutoring. She also hired several students to begin working as tutors assigned to specific classes, surveyed faculty across the curriculum and individually met with department chairs.

Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver

Since 1995, Diane Boehm, right, has worked with five writing center coordinators and 174

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State finals put spotlight on history

While the university celebrates its history, youth are celebrating the world’s.

The Historical Society of Michigan hosted its Michigan History Day state finals events for the year at the university last weekend.

On Saturday, students from 4th grade to high school seniors competed in three divisions — youth, junior and senior — in categories that included documentaries, exhibits, papers, performance and websites.

“It’s like a science fair for social studies,” said Tamara Barnes, assistant director of the conference.

Coordinators selected the university to host the conference since it was in central Michigan, and said they saw the highest number of participants the conference has ever had.

With more than 400 participants from between 50 to 60 schools, students who competed … Read More…

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Criminal Justice Society’s photo competition zooms in on pets to fundraise for Midland Humane Society

The Criminal Justice society decided to put its focus on pets in a photo competition.

This semester members chose to raise money for the group’s community service project involving the Midland Humane Society.

The group’s previous community service projects included arson watches and adopting a family, where they gave gifts to local families in need during the holiday season. This time they decided to do something new.

Courtesy | Somer Thurman

Louie the cat won the contest.

“We like to do projects to help people,” said Hailey Kimball, the group’s president and political science senior. “But we should not neglect our animal friends too.”

Carol Zimmermann, associate professor of criminal justice, gave the group the idea to do an “awesome … Read More…

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Student-designed logo shows university’s evolution

SVSU’s 50th anniversary celebration will include a student-designed logo.

Olivia Nixon, a senior working towards a BFA in graphic design, won the 50th Anniversary Student Design Contest with her logo, which features both the old SVSU cardinal image and the new one.

“It mostly came off of uniting the past and the present and just trying to show the similarities between the two, but show that they’re super different still,” Nixon said.

Starting in fall 2012, students from Logo and Business Identity Design, a graphic design class, submitted ideas for the logo. The 50th Anniversary subcommittee of Student Affairs, which includes both students and staff, then narrowed the designs down to the top three.

“There were some really good ones … Read More…

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Zumba-ing to help defeat, raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease

Zumba represents not only fun exercise, but also a relief for Parkinson’s.

The Health Science Association is a new organization made for health science majors and any interdisciplinary students who are interested in helping others and gaining leadership qualities. The mission of the organization is to reach out to the community through fundraisers and help students network with new people in the same field. This is the first event that has been sponsored solely by the Health Science Association, but they previously took part in the Healthy U run earlier in the semester.

The goal was to raise $500 for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. The goal was a hit, as $504 was raised through the Zumba sessions. But the night … Read More…

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Music, prayer, performances bring Celebration of the Gospel to life

Last Friday night, students nearly filled the Rhea Miller Recital Hall to explore the themes of praise and identity at God’s Children of Integrity’s Celebration of the Gospel event.

This semester’s celebration had the theme of “identity crisis,” and this was the third semester that God’s Children of Integrity (G-COI) has hosted the event.

Most of Celebration of the Gospel was focused around singing and music. Members sang gospel songs along with a band, which consisted of a drummer, keyboardist and bass guitarist.

Alyson Moore, professional accountancy senior and G-COI executive board member, sang during the event and explained that the songs were chosen to reflect the identity theme.

A visiting choir from Central Michigan University called Christ Central Choir, … Read More…

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Sixth Pros vs. Joes a slam dunk

Six years ago, Abou Traore died in a canoeing accident. A beloved student and friend, Traore touched many hearts during his short tenure at SVSU.

Traore was involved in many organizations around campus and was training to be a resident assistant when he died. Since then, Residential Life continues to raise money for the Abou Traore Memorial Scholarship in his honor during the annual Pros vs. Joes basketball game.

“It’s a great cause,” said Matt Krevda, associate director of Residential Life and organizer of the event. “Abou was a friend to everyone and was very involved when he was here.”

“It’s lots of fun to go and watch some of the faculty members come out and play some basketball,” he … Read More…

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Alumni show off skills, beat club team

With help from past dodgeball stars, the dodgeball club hosted its first alumni verses students game.

Last Friday, the dodgeball club teamed up with former SVSU graduates who had played on past teams to host a game between alumni and the Cardinals club team.  Showing that they still had some skills, the alumni beat the current club team by a score of 2-1 in what club president Max Siler called a very competitive game.

“It was a very close and heated battle from start to finish,” Siler said.  “It wasn’t just a game where a bunch of people were playing around.

“It was very competitive all the way through.”

Club vice president Lindsay Maynard said that it was no laughing … Read More…

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