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Cardinals remain undefeated

Scoring was the theme of the weekend as SVSU defeated the Hillsdale College Chargers, 47-34. The win brings the Cardinals’ record to 7-1, 7-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC).

Three records were set Saturday night with the win.  Cardinals quarterback Jon Jennings lit up the opposing defense, throwing for 541 yards and seven touchdowns.  Jennings broke both his record for passing touchdowns, which was five, and his school record for passing yards, which was 511.

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The SVSU Cardinals take down the Hillsdale College Chargers, bringing their record 7-1, 7-0 in the GLIAC. Next week, SVSU will travel north to Michigan Tech.

Senior wide receiver Jeff Janis caught 15 passes for a school record … Read More…

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Spoken word artists, musicians learn to ‘spit it’ at poetry club

“We are a group of artists who want to give people a voice.”

Spit It Poetry Club’s vice president, Malika Williams, said their club is for artists to come together and speak their souls.

Williams said although they are called a “poetry club,” they welcome any type of artist whose work can be performed, such as poets, spoken word artists, singers and musicians.

These artists are moved by their own words and hope others are moved, too.

Vanguard photo | Pakeitha Oldham

On Thursday, Oct. 24, the men of Phi Beta Sigma and Spit It members performed music and spoken word poetry during their poetry slam.

“Words are powerful,” Williams said. “We like what we say and want to be … Read More…

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Research institute awarded $170,775 grant for interdisciplinary studies

SVSU will partner with Central Michigan University and Delta College as they study environmental research and education.

In September, the National Science Foundation awarded $170,775 to SVSU as part of a larger $565,000 grant, building on the research done by the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute’s study of the Saginaw Bay watershed.

The National Science Foundation grant was not the first that SVSU has received. Earlier this year, it received another $413,234 grant from The University of Michigan Water Center to support the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute’s research efforts to study soil and water quality along area rivers.

The Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute, based at SVSU, includes professors from across the disciplines such as chemistry, biology and geography. … Read More…

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HEED Award recognized continued efforts to provide diversity service on-campus

SVSU’s commitment to creating a diverse community has been recognized nationally.

The university is one of the recipients of the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine.

SVSU will be featured in the November 2013 edition of the magazine, which states: “The achievement of the Heed Award demonstrates SVSU has reached a certain bar and the benchmark is innovation, commitment, collaboration, accountability and leadership.”

Mamie Thorns, special assistant to the president for Diversity Programs, provided the main impetus for SVSU to seek out the award.

“They could see the diversity DNA in everything that we are doing at SVSU,” she said. “It says that we’re on the right track. We’re doing a lot, we … Read More…

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Battling for Special Olympics

This year’s Battle of the Valleys is looking to be a competitive one.

With a plethora of fundraising activities planned, SVSU is looking to beat Grand Valley State University both in money raised and on the football field the week of Nov. 10-16. The big game will take place at GVSU at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

“Grand Valley’s gunning for us, so we’re looking forward to a good competition this year,” said political science junior Gregory Gardner, who serves as the Student Association campus event director and is Battle of the Valleys chairman.

SVSU’s fundraising this year will support the Area 22 Special Olympics, which covers Saginaw and Shiawassee counties. The Special Olympics allows those with intellectual disabilities to … Read More…

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‘D-Bags’ Twitter gets deconstructed

The infamous and recently deleted Twitter page entitled “D-Bags of the Valley” (@DbagsoftheValley) made its final appearance.

Program Board’s diversity department hosted “D-Bags of the Valley: Live” last Wednesday evening in the Emeriti Room.

“D-Bags of the Valley” was a Twitter page popular among Saginaw Valley State University students, where anyone could tweet anonymous grievances about the school or its students.

Vanguard photo | Pakeitha Oldham

University Police Officer Haley Slade talks to guests about laws involving cyberbullying at the “D-Bags of the Valley: Live” event. Guests were encouraged to voice their opinions through text messages as screenshots of the posts were shown on screen

The event was created and hosted by graphic design senior and Vanguard Editor -in-Chief Tyler … Read More…

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RSOu offers courses for student groups seeking improvement

Classes aren’t just for students anymore.

Student Life has introduced the RSOu program, meant to provide classes to teach basic skills and tools that can help guarantee success.

“Basically, it came down to saying let’s give the RSOs what they need, when they want it,” said Jason Schoenmeyer, associate director of Student Life.

Each group is required to attend RSOu 100, which is an hour-long class that introduces the basics of OrgSync, the online tool that aids in communication and visibility. Students learn how to reserve a room, create an event and fill out forms.

This is a significant change from the way RSO orientations used to run.

“We used to do a three-hour orientation for student RSOs, and the … Read More…

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Visiting artist plays flute, speaks on importance of handling stress with daily discipline, determination

Eugenia Zukerman is a world-renowned flutist, published author, journalist, TV correspondent, music administrator, Internet entrepreneur and teacher, yet she knows a little something about the stress and anxiety that college students feel every day.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, Zukerman, as a Distinguished Visiting Artist, gave a talk entitled “Strategies for Coping with the Age of Anxiety” in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

She began by chronicling the struggles and achievements of her life, speaking most specifically about her musical career. She averages more than 30 international performances per year, working alongside performers such as Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Shanghai String Quartet.

She focused heavily on a non-fiction book that she wrote in collaboration with her sister, … Read More…

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Faith Corner: Shabbat dinner celebrates Jewish culture to educate, grow community

A group of SVSU students gathered for food and tradition Friday on the Jewish day of rest, Shabbat.

This is SVSU Hillel’s first major event of the semester and its first Shabbat dinner, but this Jewish day of rest happens every week from sundown to sundown, Friday to Saturday.

Often, Jewish families celebrate the day with a dinner and light two candles while chanting prayers.

The SVSU dinner was based on the same tradition, complete with candle lighting and written prayers in English and Hebrew, with emphasis on student community and enjoying each other’s company.

The group hopes events such as this will increase awareness of Hillel and the Jewish faith.

“Our vision for this dinner is for everyone to … Read More…

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Men’s Soccer: Men face first loss in three games

Last weekend, the SVSU men’s soccer team journeyed to the state of Ohio for a weekend road trip to play the Findlay Oilers and the Ohio Dominican Panthers.

The roadtrip did not end as the Cardinals would have hoped. They went 0-1-1 in the two matches by final scores of 2-1 and 2-2, respectively. The weekend brings their record to 8-3-4, 7-2-3 in the GLIAC.

Sunday’s game against Ohio Dominican followed a theme of missed opportunities as the Cards offensive woes continued.

Early on, SVSU dominated the Panthers. Junior defender Michael Lamb was able to score on a header after an assist from another junior defender, Craig Neal.

Still in the first half, Neal once again got his name on … Read More…

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