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Hell’s Half Mile is reborn

Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival celebrated its eighth year by bringing the best of indie music and awarding-winning film to Bay City.

From Sept. 26-29, hundreds of film lovers, filmmakers, actors and producers flocked to Bay City’s State Theatre, Delta College Planetarium and Masonic Temple Red Room to witness the creativity and passions of others, often much like themselves.

Vanguard photo | Logan Mooney

SVSU graphic design students Joey Daniels and Gina Guerrero speak with “Hank and Asha” producers James Duff and Julia Morrison at the Hell’s Half Mile opening night reception.

Joan Willis, a Bay City resident, said she has come to Hell’s Half Mile for the past three years for that very reason.

“I love the … Read More…

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Twitter site, Dbags of the Valley, addressed at President’s Forum

Last Thursday, students met with President Eric Gilbertson to have questions answered and concerns addressed at the monthly Open President’s Forum.

A major discussion topic was the controversy surrounding the Twitter page “Dbags of the Valley,” which publishes uncensored anonymous opinions about students.

Students at the meeting explained how the page works.

People anonymously submit complaints about other students on the website Then, the owner of the Twitter account (@DbagoftheValley) publishes the submissions as tweets.

Gilbertson said University Police is working with the IT department in an attempt to discover who manages the page and how it can be shut down.

“We feel strongly enough about it because it [is] also sort of threatening,” Gilbertson said.

The recent malware … Read More…

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Campus Lions Club plans to make lasting impact outside SVSU

Students now have the chance to join 1.35 million others in the largest, most recognizable service organization in the world, all while remaining within the comfortable surroundings of SVSU.

Ellen Helrache-Pretzer, professor of occupational therapy, is spearheading a movement to start a Campus Lions Club.

“I’ve tried for a couple years, but now it’s finally getting off the ground now,” she said.

There are more than 46,000 existing Lions Clubs; a few can be found in the surrounding Tri-City area.  The Lions Club is most commonly known for its commitment to vision and hearing conservation, but the Campus Lions Club that Helrache-Pretzer is proposing is a bit different.

“Most Lions Clubs have older demographics. With one on-campus, it will be … Read More…

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Campus police spill beans at new program

Last Thursday morning, police officers sat down in Einstein Brother’s Bagels in the Regional Education Center and students were able to ask them questions and voice concerns.

The program was called Coffee with a Cop.

Vanguard photo | Alyssa Ellis

Police Chief, Ronald Trepkowski addresses student’s parking concerns.

“It’s a meet and greet program,” Sergeant Marc Strain said. “We’ve had open forums before, but we didn’t have much of a big turn-out at those.”

Strain explained that Chief Ronald Trepkowski came up with this idea as a better way to get through to students and discuss specific topics with them.

“Instead of having the students go to the University Police, the police go to the students.”

Students could also ask … Read More…

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Students donate to give back

Students now have an opportunity to give back to the university.

The Student Giving Campaign is an addition to “Talent. Opportunity. Promise. The Campaign for SVSU,” a $50 million campaign headed by the SVSU Foundation.

Dylan Kosaski, biochemistry major and president of the SVSU Student Association, said he is pleased that students are being given the chance to contribute.

“It’s only a once in 50 years type of thing,” he said. “By contributing, students feel like they are a part of this celebration.”

The goal for the Student Giving Campaign this semester is $25,000, with another $25,000 to be raised over the next four and a half years.

While students themselves can donate, Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) are the main … Read More…

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A new world is just a plane ride away

Taking that trip around the world is now one step closer for some students.

Last Wednesday’s Study Abroad Fall Fair welcomed 650 students to talk with 13 corporate trip providers and learn about 14 faculty-led trips.

Political science freshman Katie McAllister was one of the attendees. She hopes to go to Sweden to learn about its culture and heritage.

“I want to be more worldly, learn about other cultures and their people, and see what it’s like outside of the U.S. because we’re really different from everywhere else,” she said.

Rebecca Griffin, coordinator of study abroad, said she thinks fair attendance has risen because the trips are being heavily promoted around campus.

“We’re hoping to grow every year,” she said. … Read More…

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Keeping the Constitution relevant

One way to celebrate Constitution Day is by debating its applications to contemporary issues.

That’s exactly what happened last Tuesday, when SVSU commemorated Constitution Day with a moot court demonstration.

Marissa Geyer, political science senior and director of Moot Court, said Constitution Day is relevant to college students.

Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver

Trevor Ward, political science and history junior, speaks during the Moot Court demonstration as part of Constitution Day. The event focused on Article II and the Fourth Amendment.

“I think it’s important at the university level because when you learn about these things when you’re younger, you don’t always comprehend more than just the basic ‘Oh, I know what the constitution does,’” she said. “I think it’s … Read More…

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Provide service, travel the country to learn leadership skills with Alternative Breaks

Learning about social issues, traveling the country and providing service is easy with Alternative Breaks.

Offered by the Student Life Center, Alternative Breaks is a student-led program looking for new students to apply for upcoming trips near the end of the semester.

Students indicate on their application the social issues in which they are most interested. Interviews will be conducted to place students on specific trips.

There are six issues this semester: Impacting World Hunger, Saluting Our Military, Housing Development, Rural Reconstruction, Developing Our Youth and Sustaining Our Community.

Scarlett Simancek, exercise science major and one of the break coordinators, said students will not know where they are going until they are assigned a trip.

“We don’t share the places … Read More…

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Commemorating Gazelle Fountain origins

Dozens of students, faculty and museum supporters joined the Students for the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum (SMFSM) in celebrating the origins of the Gazelle Fountain.

In celebration of the university’s 50th anniversary, SMFSM introduced President Eric Gilbertson, Museum Director Marilyn Wheaton and Museum Archivist Melissa Ford, who spoke on the growth of the university and the dedication of the Gazelle Fountain in Fountain Plaza in 1988.

Serving as the first Fredericks sculpture installed on campus, Ford called the Gazelle Fountain a “university icon.”

“It is intended to serve as inspiration to generations of students to strive, through education, to create a better world,” she said.

The statue first came into existence when Fredericks entered it into a national award … Read More…

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Life Church uses comedy, modern culture to reach members

With an informal atmosphere, a pastor who studied comedy under Tina Fey and a new location at a local elementary school, Life Church is far from typical.

Life Church, which had its first official service in March at SVSU’s Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts, is built on breaking church stereotypes.

“We want to be a church for people who don’t like going to church,” said Jonathan Herron, founding pastor. “The whole idea is we want Sunday morning to be a place where, whether you go to church every week or you don’t go at all, we want you to feel comfortable.”

The church has been having weekly services for about six months, and Herron explained that average attendance is … Read More…

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