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Fraternity suspended, students charged in alleged hazing incident

SVSU’s chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity has been suspended amidst felony assault charges being brought against four of its members.

Tevon Conrad, Laurence Dunn, Trevor Hoskins and Maurice Polk are charged with assault with intent to commit bodily harm less than murder and conspiring to commit that crime. They are also charged with misdemeanor counts of hazing causing physical injury and conspiring to commit that crime.

University officials were notified Friday, Dec. 5 that criminal charges were filed against the four students as a result of a University Police investigation into allegations of hazing by members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

A 22-year-old male student who was pledging the fraternity sustained serious injuries during alleged incidents occurring … Read More…

December 15, 2014 | Permalink

Upcoming commencement launches careers, next steps

As the semester comes to a close, 521 Cardinals will soon soar out of the nest.

Of the 399 students eligible to graduate with bachelor’s degrees, 336 will participate in the commencement ceremony. Of 122 eligible graduate students, 101 will participate in the ceremony.

Graduates from the colleges of Health and Human Services and Business and Management will participate in the first ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the O’Neill Arena in SVSU’s Ryder Center.

The second ceremony will recognize graduates from the colleges of Arts and Behavioral Sciences, Education, and Science, Engineering and Technology at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in the same location.

Kate Nicefield will be one of SVSU’s newest graduates as she earns her … Read More…

December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Open computer labs to be unstaffed next year

As students return to campus after the semester break between fall and winter, they will notice one thing missing: the open computer lab student monitors in Science East 105 and Curtiss Hall 227.

This is a result of a switch to completely unstaffed labs during the start of the winter semester.

“Up until now, we’ve had the Science East 105 and Curtiss (Hall) 227 labs staffed with workers and the (Regional Education Center) lab above the Ott Auditorium was unstaffed,” Director of Technology and Support Services Larry Emmons said. “We started to question why we had two different operating procedures.”

After an analysis of the labs, the department of Information Technology Services realized the lab workers stationed in Science East … Read More…

December 8, 2014 | Permalink

A Cardinal farewell for Seth Thomas

By Rachel Stocki & Kylie Wojciechowski


Despite the loss of a Cardinal life, Seth Thomas will not be forgotten.

Seth, an 18-year-old biology major at SVSU, passed away on Tuesday, December 2. His body was discovered about 1 p.m. in the First Year Suites on SVSU’s campus.

Demari Rice, one of Seth Thomas’s suitemates, will always remember his charisma.

Vanguard photo | Tyler Bradley

Members of the SVSU community gathered in the courtyard of the First Year Suites to commemorate the life of Seth Thomas, a biology freshman who died Tuesday, Dec. 2. in his dormitory room.

“He always wanted to have fun and stay positive,” Rice said. “You’d never see him upset. He taught me to be more … Read More…

December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Exhibition features culmination of student work

More than 100 people gathered in the University Art Department Gallery on Thursday, Dec. 4, to admire an exhibition representing the culmination of two SVSU art students’ work: David Janssen Jr. and Eileen Gemborys.

The two students are finishing up the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, a specialized program within the art department for students aspiring to attend graduate school.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition featured the work of upcoming fine arts graduates Eileen Gemborys (top) and David Janssen Jr. (bottom). The exhibition is located in the University Art Gallery; an artist reception for the two students took place Thursday, Dec. 4.

According to Corey Gilbert, the gallery coordinator, this exhibition works much like … Read More…

December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Faculty research supported by Braun Fellowship

SVSU continues to be represented as an institution that encourages the innovative and influential research endeavors of its faculty members.

Peter Brian Barry, associate professor of philosophy, and Sara Beth Keough, associate professor of geography, have each been selected for the Braun Fellowship.

The Braun Fellowship program will award grants totaling up to $37,500 over the next three years to both Barry and Keough.

They will be able to use the monies for research expenses, equipment, travel and other related support for their causes.

The Braun Fellowship program was created in 2005 through a $1.5 million endowment from the Saginaw-based Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation. Named in honor of Ruth and Ted Braun, the Braun Fellowship Program aims to recognize exceptional … Read More…

December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Seeking solutions to homelessness

Rachelle Mott, adjunct professor of English, asked her students to do something that many influential coalitions and strategic plans have failed to accomplish.

To culminate the semester, students were tasked with devising a solution to homelessness, supported by secondary research and fieldwork.

“It’s the last paper students write (for the semester) and it brings everything they’ve learned together, but it makes it even bigger in that students do field research on something as important as homelessness,” Mott said.

She has assigned the project to her fall English 111 courses for a few years now, asking students to deliver their solutions through a presentation and essay.

“Some students are resistant to the project at first,” Mott said. “And then each week … Read More…

December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Students try hand at opera

Students in the Department of Music’s Opera Workshop course earned a resounding “Bravo!” for their performance on Friday, Dec. 5, in Founder’s Hall.

Directed by SVSU artist-in-voice Rachel Andrews, this opera performance marked the first for each student participating: Emerald Joiner, Kurt Dicksen, Keven Washburn and Madalyn McHugh.

The performance opened with Samuel Barber’s one-act opera “A Hand of Bridge.”

The 10-minute-long opera introduces two married couples who have gathered for an evening of playing bridge; this required students to act in addition to singing.

“I’ve never taken an acting class or been in a play, so this was new territory for me and I was a bit apprehensive about it at first,” music senior Joiner said. “This was a … Read More…

December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Association finishing strong

Despite the semester wrapping up, the SVSU Student Association is still striving to better the university and make students’ voices heard.

After a successful Battle of the Valleys fundraiser, which raised $32,294 for the Cory Rivard  Jr. Promise Foundation under the leadership of Emily VanFleteren, meetings are already being held with potential sponsors for next year’s event.

The SVSU Concerns committee provided 300 students with exam bags full of snacks and other items to help with studying. The Student Association is also providing students with free blue books for testing.

The Legislation and External Affairs committee is planning the Student Association of Michigan (SAM) conference. The conference will be hosted by SVSU near the beginning of the winter semester.

President … Read More…

December 8, 2014 | Permalink

Collaboration offers break from typical holiday tunes

Cardinal Singers, Concert Choir and Valley Steel musical groups harmonized their efforts in the concert “St. Francis in the Americas: A Caribbean Mass” Monday, Dec. 1, and were received well, prompting a standing ovation.

The performance was conducted by Kevin Simmons, assistant professor of music and director of choirs.

“We’re hoping to warm you up a little bit instead of cool you down with Christmas music,” he said.

The groups gave audience members a break from the traditional Christmas season by featuring renditions of Stephen Hatfield’s “Amazing Grace,” D. Scott Tuttle’s “The Red, Blue and White,” Ras Short I’s “Conscious Chutney,” Ralph Manuel’s “Alleluia” and Jens Klimek’s “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.”

Cardinal Singers, offered as a course … Read More…

December 8, 2014 | Permalink