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Extending range of prayers

In the spirit of community, His House Christian Fellowship put on a Global Hearts Prayer Day for countries around the world – specifically, the ones that SVSU’s international students call home.

“I really think that it gives a global picture that we kind of fail to see,” Grant Schutte, an undecided sophomore and His House member, said. “It’s really easy to get into our own little world here and not realize the things that are going on (elsewhere).”

Kaylee W., junior and event coordinator, agreed.

“We’ve… brought up a lot of facts and even some social justice issues that people can pray for,” Kaylee said. “I think it’s really important for people to understand what the world is like, whether … Read More…

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Seibles accepts Roethke award

The Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival paid tribute to the Saginaw native and Pulitzer-winning poet, known for his critically acclaimed and influential verse.

Made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council and sponsored in part by SVSU, the triennial celebration kicked off Friday, Nov. 7, with a poetry slam for adults and students in the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum.

The following day, Saturday, Nov. 8, the festival took to the historical Roethke home, featuring readings of letters written from and about the homestead. The “Ted (Roethke) Talk and Tasting” took place later that day at Creative 360 in Midland.

On Sunday, Nov. 9, and Monday, Nov. 10, the festival was brought back to SVSU in the Rhea … Read More…

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International feast chews through borders

To celebrate SVSU’s diverse international student population, the Marketplace at Doan hosted the International Food Fest on Tuesday, Nov. 11, for  members of the community and university.

The Marketplace was closed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to set up for the event. Participating international students, who prepared for days prior to the event, had decorated their stations and set up their food to represent their native cultures.

Vanguard photo | Cody Shrader

e Marketplace at Doan invited community members, students, faculty and staff to sample cuisine from various cultures at the annual International Food Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 11. SVSU international students prepared entrées and desserts considered traditional fare in their home countries.

The Marketplace offered community members, faculty, … Read More…

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History prof reveals truth about lie detectors

Stepping out of the classroom, associate professor of history John Baesler delivered the 12th installment of the annual Hoffman/Willertz lecture series on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

Baesler focused on the creation of U.S. national security policy after World War II through the lens of the lie detector, arguing the technology served as a symbol, representing both American science and the toughness necessary to stand up to communism.

Throughout his lecture, Baesler discussed how the invasive technology was commonly used in national security despite lacking scientific support. Then, a central feature in policy, the detector was used in different ways than intended.

“(The lie detector) was used to extract confessions rather than being used as a … Read More…

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Barker: pastor turned atheist

Things can always change.

This is especially true for Dan Barker; Once a conservative evangelical preacher, he is now an atheist, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation and author of books such as “Losing Faith in Faith,” “Godless” and “The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God.”

He discussed the series of events that led to the irrevocable shift in his beliefs in a presentation in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall on Friday, Nov. 14. The Saginaw Valley Secular Student Alliance hosted the event.

Throughout the evening, Barker performed original songs to convey his personal beliefs and arguments regarding religion.

Barker described himself as once being a true and fundamental Christian. He was raised in a conservative Christian … Read More…

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Tutors doing more to support athletes

The Center for Academic Achievement had the opportunity to share its work regarding student-athlete success at the 32nd annual Michigan Tutorial Association’s Connections Conference.

The conference hosted 122 tutors, supplemental instruction leaders and directors of tutoring centers from 26 colleges and universities at the Delta College Planetarium on Oct. 24.

SVSU was one of nine schools to engage participants in informative workshops.

Elaine Hunyadi, coordinator of the Center for Academic Achievement; Randy Baruth, head basketball coach; five Center for Academic Achievement tutors and five SVSU student-athletes shared information about their collaborative efforts over the past two years to help student-athletes succeed.

After seeing great progress in his players that had used the tutoring service, Baruth decided to have his entire … Read More…

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Honors students showcase theses

Six honors students were able to enjoy the fruits of their labor and share with the SVSU community at the Honors Program Thesis Presentation Day on Friday, Nov. 14.

Jacob Mojica, Nicole Swope, Melissa Zager, Allison Collier, Kate Nankervis and Makenzie Frodle each presented their individual thesis projects.

Thesis papers are at least 30 pages and formal presentations are 45 minutes.

Elizabeth Rich, honors program chair, helps honors students find faculty advisers and provides them with resources to be successful. Students are not limited in what they can research and sometimes choose topics unrelated to their majors.

“It’s so interesting,” Rich said. “The students are really motivated by their own unique sense of curiosity and where they want to go … Read More…

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Netflix series coming to a course near you

One of television’s most talked-about shows is the topic of a new course at SVSU.

“Orange is the New Black,” a Netflix original series, premiered on the video streaming website in July 2013. The show is currently in its second season, with a third season being filmed.

The show revolves around the lives of inmates in a New York women’s federal prison. Piper Chapman, the protagonist, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for passing off a suitcase of drug money to her then-girlfriend.

Kim Lacey, assistant professor of English, will integrate the show into her curriculum next semester as the subject for her two blocks of ENGL 212. The topic will be “Writing about Oppression on TV.”

Lacey, … Read More…

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Embracing ‘a hug from above’

In the 12th annual Battle of the Valleys fundraising campaign, SVSU beat rival Grand Valley State University for the seventh consecutive year, raising $32,294.21 compared to Grand Valley’s $7,000.

Battle of the Valleys chair Emily VanFleteren, a physical education senior, hoped to raise $35,000 for the Cory Rivard Jr. Promise Foundation, which educates college students on preventative measures for suicide, depression, anxiety and other mental illness.

Vanguard photo | Cody Shrader

President of SVSU Student Association Joey Rexford presents a check for $32,294.21 to representatives of the Cory Rivard Jr. Promise Foundation, SVSU’s charity for the 2014 Battle of the Valleys fundraiser.

The foundation was developed in 2012 by the Rivard family in memory of Grand Valley student Cory Rivard … Read More…

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Football finale ends in loss

For the second consecutive year, the SVSU football team fell short against rival Grand Valley State.

On Saturday, the Cardinals lost to GVSU, 21-3. The loss concluded the season for the Cards as the team finished with a 2-9 record, 2-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Vanguard photo | Cody Shrader

Senior tight end Andrew Dillon braces for contact after making a catch in Saturday’s game, his last as a Cardinal. He had two grabs for five yards on the day.

Both teams struggled in the first half. After getting a field goal on its first offensive drive, SVSU failed to move the ball on the ground against a stout Lakers defense. Grand Valley took the ball … Read More…

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