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Minimum wage increase may impact on-campus employment rates

On-campus student employment will be facing challenges as the first increase in minimum wage takes place in September.

In May, legislation passed in Michigan to have minimum wage steadily increase, until it is $9.25 an hour in 2018. The first step will go into effect on September 1, bringing the hourly rate to $8.15.

Jim Muladore, executive vice president of administration and business affairs, estimated this increase will cost SVSU $760,000 annually once it is in full effect by 2018. Budget restraints do not currently allow for this cost to be covered within departments.

A decline in fall enrollment has decreased the general budget, and a dip in housing and campus dining revenue has lowered the auxiliary operations budget. The … Read More…

June 30, 2014 | Permalink

Community organization honors gender, sexual minority advocates for LGBTQI pride

Tuesday night, local LGBT non-profit Perceptions recognized and awarded several SVSU gender and sexual minority advocates at its sixth annual Pride Awards.

RSO Living Proud and SVSU staff member Monika Sciba were recognized as Champions of Pride. English instructor Charin Davenport was also presented the Rising Star Award.

The event was held in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Stonewall, a series of demonstrations by the LGBT community that occurred at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. It is often credited as being the first instance LGBT people fought back against government-sponsored persecution.

At the event, Living Proud was recognized for its efforts in aiming to provide a safe space where individuals are free to express their identities without … Read More…

June 26, 2014 | Permalink

SVSU grad takes on reality TV

Nicole Franzel is going from SVSU’s campus to the “Big Brother” house.

SVSU nursing graduate Franzel will be competing for $500,000 in the upcoming 16th season of the CBS reality show “Big Brother.”

Franzel, who graduated from SVSU in May, is one of 16 contestants selected for the show from across the nation.

Within “Big Brother,” individuals dubbed as “housemates” live together in a large, specially constructed house. During their time living in the house, the housemates are isolated from the outside world.

To win the cash prize, contestants must survive periodic (usually weekly), evictions in which housemates vote who leaves the house until two contestants remain. Housemates compete in challenges and campaigns in order to stay within the … Read More…

June 25, 2014 | Permalink