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Red Pride Essay Contest Winner – Dequan Hill

Red Pride Essay Contest Winner – Dequan Hill

Deciding to attend Saginaw Valley State University has changed my life forever. Being from the eastside of Detroit, it is rare to come across a positive, inspiring, opportunity filled environment like SVSU. I always wanted to attend college to further my education, but I was completely unsure of what career field to pursue. Saginaw Valley State University helped me find my passion for writing with their small class sizes and outstanding faculty.

Entering Saginaw Valley as a freshman, I was placed in English 080 because of my ACT writing scores. I didn’t care for writing because I thought I wasn’t good at it. On top of my doubts, I never had any … Read More…

October 28, 2014 | Permalink

Provisions being made to head into battle

The highly anticipated Battle of the Valleys will return on the week of Nov. 9, with the football game scheduled for Nov. 15.

Though Battle of the Valleys as an NCAA Division II football rivalry between Grand Valley State University and SVSU has been taking place since 1975, the weeklong fundraising component of the rivalry will be celebrating its twelfth anniversary this year.

Details and the full schedule for the week will be released on Sunday, Nov. 2.

This year’s fundraising goal is $35,000.

T-shirts and sweatshirts printed specially for the event will be available for purchase throughout the week, with proceeds going toward fundraising.

All funds raised will be donated to the Cory Rivard Jr. Promise Foundation.  The foundation … Read More…

October 27, 2014 | Permalink

There’s no place like home

In the spirit of homecoming week, Cardinals were asked to consider their passion for the university.

According to Emily VanFleteren, member of the homecoming planning committee, the year’s week of events has been in the works since March 2014.

Vanguard photo | Tyler Bradley & Cody Shrader

Saturday, Oct. 25, wrapped up the revelry of Saginaw Valley’s annual homecoming week. A parade preceded the SVSU varsity football’s contest against Northwood University in the 40th annual Axe Bowl.

“This year’s homecoming is similar to other years, but we are starting new traditions and bringing some old events back into the light,” VanFleteren said.

The festivities commenced on Sunday, Oct. 19, with the “Yell Like Hell” event. Registered student organizations gathered in … Read More…

October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Tutors exchange ideas

The Michigan Writing Centers Association Idea Exchange hosted by Lansing Community College on Saturday, Oct. 25, allowed writing center tutors and administrators to share their ideas, thoughts on best practices and the fruits of their ongoing research.

More than 10 individuals representing the SVSU Writing Center attended and presented their personal research, which covered a range of topics specific to their own interests.

Medical lab science senior Allyson Poag and international business junior Catherine Yankley presented their research on reading comprehension strategies and the way those strategies affect tutoring styles.

“Even though I absolutely love to read and write from a young age, I do not do well on standardized reading comprehension tests,” Yankley said.

This struggle inspired Yankley to … Read More…

October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Preparations to promote the paranormal

The ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain is fast approaching, and many groups around campus are preparing to help students celebrate through the weekend in traditional fashion: with tricks and treats.

Students for the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and University Art Gallery will host a Halloween party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Offering pizza, candy, games and a costume contest, the party will take place in the Arbury Lobby. Students will have the opportunity to win prizes and take photos in front of backdrops.

Pine Grove Community Council will hold their Haunted Grove for the second year.

Senior social work Tonya Kendra said the success of last year’s event gave the council the motivation to continue … Read More…

October 27, 2014 | Permalink

O’Neill lecturer reveals other side to Churchill

Graham Farmelo, the fourth speaker in the annual O’Neill Lecture series, chronicled the life of Winston Churchill, tracing his impact as not only a politician but also a writer.

Held Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Malcolm Field Theatre, the lecture series honors the late Michigan Congressman and supporter of SVSU James E. O’Neill Jr.

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Graham Farmelo, author of “Churchill’s Bomb,” discussed Winston Churchill’s pioneering role in nuclear field politics and his designation as a nuclear visionary.

Theoretical physicist and renowned biographer, Farmelo delivered a presentation based on the research he conducted while writing his book “Churchill’s Bomb.”

“Winston Churchill was as much a writer as he was a politician,” Farmelo noted.

Farmelo focused on topics that … Read More…

October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Students exercise knowledge outside classroom

It’s never too early – or late – to start taking health seriously.

Members of the Student Exercise Science Association visited Reese High School on Friday, Oct. 24, to educate freshman about general health and conduct tests to determine levels of fitness.

Association members tested the students’ blood pressures and used their height and weight to calculate body mass index. The students also were tested for hand-grip strength and push-up and sit-up stamina.

President of the Student Exercise Science Association Nathan Peters coordinated the program after the health teacher at Reese High School contacted SVSU’s Kinesiology department about helping with the assessments.

Peters met with each student to review their test results and explain how they could make improvements.

“If … Read More…

October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Rugby team finishes season on strong note

The SVSU men’s rugby club ended its season on Saturday with a 36-5 win against Oakland.

Team captain Evan Willman noted that this win set the pace for the future of the club.

“I’m most proud this season of how our team came together despite injuries and other adversities to emerge as a family of brothers and a team to be reckoned with,” Willman said.

Tries added up due to efforts across the roster.

“We had some great performances from both rookies and veterans,” Willman said. “One of (these) was Andrew Chamberlain at the inside center position. (He) has been a solid player all along but really came out his season as a veteran leader in the backs and as … Read More…

October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Squad comes up short in pair of weekend matches

The 20th — ranked men’s soccer team returned home this weekend for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matches.

Sunday’s match against the Tiffin Dragons resulted in a 2-1 loss, while Friday’s game against the University of Findlay Oilers was a 5-3 victory for the Cardinals. Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Cards’ record stands at 12-2-2, 9-2-2 in the GLIAC.

The game against Tiffin did not start well for SVSU. Tiffin netted the first goal of the match four minutes into the game, setting up a 0-1 lead. The remainder of the first half was evenly split by the two teams with the midfield dominating play, only managing nine shots total and … Read More…

October 27, 2014 | Permalink

Cardinals top Timberwolves in 40th Axe Bowl

After winning in the 40th annual Axe Bowl, SVSU will hold onto the Axe for at least another year.

The SVSU football team was victorious on homecoming night, defeating the Northwood Timberwolves, 16-14. It was the fourth straight victory in the rivalry for the Cards. The win brings the Cardinals’ record to 2-6 on the year, 2-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

For the senior class in its final homecoming game, keeping the Axe for the fourth straight year meant a lot.

“It really shows the commitment of the program,” senior linebacker Lawrence Brown said. “We understand the importance of this game and we kept fighting until the end.”

Senior tight end Andrew Dillon added that everyone … Read More…

October 27, 2014 | Permalink