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Remembering Derrick Ammons

Arrangements have been made for Derrick Ammons, a student who was killed Saturday on I-75.

Visitation is open to family and friends from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the Chapel Of The Chimes Funeral Home in Westland. A celebration of life is at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Middlebelt Baptist Church in Inkster.

Ammons, 21, was a criminal justice student, member of Alpha Phi Omega and active on the Club Dodgeball team.

Ammons was struck by two northbound vehicles after crashing his 1999 Plymouth Breeze crashed into a concrete divider on I-75 in Bay County at about 11 p.m. Authorities said he had left his vehicle and was walking against traffic when he was … Read More…

April 29, 2014 | Permalink

Stopping the ‘freak out’ with Finals Fest

Students came out to the Finals Fest celebration to help themselves get rid of excess stress that accumulates during the preparation for the last exams of the year.

The Friday before exam week was combined three events together to become what was known as Finals Fest. These three events were the Block Party, the Student Appreciation Dinner and Relaxation Night.

“It’s really all about taking your mind off of the strenuous semester thus far,” Trevor Hoskins said. “This is my fifth year total, but this is my second year coming to this, and I wish I would have known about it the other three other years.”

The Finals Fest was a collaboration between multiple different organizations, including Valley Nights, Cardinal … Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Alcohol Policy changes may alter current restrictions

Proposed changes to the Resident Student Alcohol Policy may increase the number of combinations of alcoholic beverages students are allowed.

The changes would allow residential students 21 years of age or older with an alcohol permit to pick from two more combinations of beverages.

The additions would be 288 ounces of beer (24, 12-ounce cans) or 1,510 ml of wine (two average-size bottles). Students would be able to choose one of these two options or one of the current three options.

Currently, students are given the choice between 144 ounces of beer and 755 ml of wine; 144 ounces of beer and 755 ml of liquor; or 755 ml of wine and 755 ml of liquor. These amounts equal to … Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink

University police respond to parking problem

The battle for parking spaces in commuter lots continues and is not expected to ease up.

What does have the potential to ease up, though, is the number of on-campus residents driving to class instead of walking.

Chief of University Police Ron Trepkowski said parking would be less hectic if a policy was in place for on-campus residents to only park next to their building of residence.

Having such a rule is easier said than done.

“You have to constantly enforce that or it might not even be a policy,” Trepkowski said. “We’d have to hire three to four more students to do that.”

Another issue is the number of students Trepkowski sees drive to campus from Campus Village, which … Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink

‘Eat Fresh’ on campus: Subway coming Fall 2014

Last week, Dining Services announced that Subway would replace Quiznos in Albert E’s Food Court during the summer months.

Considerations of bringing a Subway restaurant to campus began before Quiznos was brought to campus.

More than a decade ago, administration looked into bringing a sandwich and sub shop to campus.

“Sandwiches are one of the top [restaurants] at college campuses,” Wolverton said.

According to Wolverton, no well-known brands were hosted on campus at the time, which made administration hesitant to bring Subway.

“They didn’t have the best model for college campuses,” Wolverton said. “Over the last couple of years, we went back to Subway. Within the last decade, Subway has done a great job at catering to the college market.”… Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Art prof Hirsch says goodbye after 44 years

This year, SVSU art professor Barry Hirsch will be retiring after dedicating 44 years of service to the university as the art department chair, University Art Gallery director and as an instructor.

In 1970, Hirsch helped to established the art department and said he is proud of what the department and gallery has become today. He has spent nearly 32 years as the University Gallery director and 20 years as chair of the art department.

Courtesy photo | Allison Bur

Barry Hirsch, center, stands with his wife as he receives a plaque from art department chair Hideki Kihata for his 44 years of service.

“Back then, just as much as I do now, I felt like students needed to have … Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Local coffeehouse exhibit showcases student work, teaches curation skills

Six students in Andrea Ondish’s ART 480 course are capping off their undergraduate studies by exhibiting their artwork at Dawn of a New Day Coffeehouse and Café in downtown Saginaw.

The works of Melissa Ninberg, Eileen Gemborys, Trecein Schultz, Gaoxee Stephanie Yang, Janel Deeren and Ruud Zwemmer are currently on display at the coffeehouse, located at 210 S. Washington Ave and open from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dawn Goodrow Morrell, owner of the coffeehouse and an enthusiastic supporter of local artists, will display the students’ work until the end of May.

The media with which the students worked include photography, graphic design, painting and sculpture. There is no cohesive thematic scheme.

“We just showcased pieces of … Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Softball: Offense sputters in final games of regular season

On the brink of making the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) tournament, the SVSU softball team is not playing the type of ball that the team has grown accustom to.

After dropping four straight contests over the weekend, the Cardinals’ record stands at 26-10, 18-7 within the GLIAC. The 18-7 mark is good enough to place the Cards fourth in conference play.

On Sunday, SVSU split a doubleheader against rival Grand Valley State University

The first game was a pitching duel. Sophomore pitcher Sarah Vrabel went the distance, tossing six innings while surrendering three runs (two earned).

The Cardinals’ bats were stymied the entire game. SVSU only managed four hits, and scored just one earned run.

Unable to put … Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Baseball: Pitching leading the final stretch

The SVSU baseball team has been on fire lately as it pushes its way towards the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) tournament.

After winning four straight games and seven of its last 10 games, the Cardinals are sitting on the edge of post-season play. A sweep of conference foe Ohio Dominican brought the team’s record to 16-22, 13-15 in the GLIAC.

On Sunday, SVSU defeated Ohio Dominican, 4-3.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as shortstop Chris Perkovich reached base after being hit by a pitch. He would later score on a sacrifice fly.

One run was all that SVSU pitcher Dylan Wisniewski needed early on. The right-hander allowed just one run … Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink

Crossfit: Bringing competition to health, fitness world

SVSU Crossfit is continuing to work towards strength, fitness and health.

Since the group’s inception in 2011, the competitive half has increased. Exercise science junior Patrick Frank said eight to ten athletes regularly compete.

“We compete in the sport fitness, rather than just doing it to be healthier in general,” Frank said. “You get a lot more out of Crossfit when you have a little bit of competition, even if it’s just friendly.”

The sport is focused on intense combinations of movements done in particular time intervals.

“Crossfit defines fitness as being able to do more work in less time,” Frank said. “It’s the sprinter’s mentality: we train for the short stuff, and that’s able to carry us in the … Read More…

April 28, 2014 | Permalink