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Chinese restaurant will soon join strip mall

Chinese cuisine is coming soon to a store near you, or at least to the Cardinal View Plaza on the corner of Pierce and Bay Road.

Named “New Kitchen,” the restaurant will be a small eatery that offers exclusively Oriental cuisine.

According to the owner, Jiazhu Weng, the restaurant was conceptualized after feedback from SVSU students, especially international students. Students said they wanted a fast food-like eatery nearby, since they didn’t always have enough time to go to McDonald’s.

New Kitchen will serve individual meals that will range from six to eight dollars a plate. The restaurant’s target market is primarily SVSU students, but Weng says they are interested in the wider community of the Saginaw area as well.

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January 30, 2015 | Permalink

Men’s team stays strong, defeats rival GVSU, 73-68

The Saginaw Valley State University basketball team continued its success on Thursday by defeating Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conferences (GLIAC) rival Grand Valley State by the score of 73-68.

Grand Valley flew to an early lead, pulling ahead by ten points five minutes into the game.

From this point, the Cardinal’s began to fight their way back into the game. Their momentum led to a 9-0 run, setting the team ahead 29-25 with a minute to play.

Both teams swapped  free throw points, leaving SVSU with the ball with ten second left in the first half. The Cardinals opened up sophomore Garrett Hall on the inbound play, allowing him to nail a deep three point shot to finish off the … Read More…

January 30, 2015 | Permalink

Former Cardinal looks to impress scouts at the College Gridiron Showcase

SVSU tight end Andrew Dillon will be competing in the College Gridiron Showcase in Arlington, Texas this weekend in an attempt to show what he can do against some of the nation’s top talent.

The former Cardinal will be among players from all over the country in a game that NFL scouts will be keeping a close eye on. He will be playing for team “Desperados,”  who will be taking on team “Wranglers.” Among others playing in the game are several division-1 players also looking to catch the eyes of  NFL scouts. Despite being from a division-2 school, Dillon is confident he can keep up with the other guys.

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January 27, 2015 | Permalink

Men’s basketball team puts up 101 points in win

After putting up its lowest point total of the year, the SVSU men’s basketball team came out in force, scoring a season-high 101 points in a 101-68 win over Grace Bible College.

The victory was a strong rebound after the Cardinals saw its 13-game winning streak end against Michigan Tech last Saturday.

With the win, the team’s overall record jumped to 15-3, with an impressive 11-1 showing in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Sophomores CJ Turnage and Garrett Hall each tied for the team-lead in points, scoring 15 apiece. Senior Lindsey Johnson came in third with 13 points. Freshman Devin Dixon tied senior Kalen Foreman with 10 points as the Cards had five players score double-digits. Foreman led … Read More…

January 27, 2015 | Permalink

Kicking off for community connection

The men’s and women’s soccer teams scored more than just goals last Saturday, with a day meant to give back to the community.

Children from grades K-8 were invited to SVSU to learn skills, participate in games and run drills with members from SVSU’s teams as part of the seventh annual Community Youth Days.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert

Members of the men’s and women’s soccer teams guided children through drills and taught them basics of the sport as part of SVSU’s Community Youth Days on Saturday, Jan. 24. The event coincided with Alumni Family Fun Day and was followed by women’s and men’s basketball games against Michigan Tech.

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January 26, 2015 | Permalink

Red caps, gowns color of choice for graduation

Students graduating with their bachelor’s degrees in May will now wear red caps and gowns, instead of black.

Elementary education senior Beth Darling’s proposal to change the color of caps and gowns from a glossy black to a matte red was accepted by President Donald Bachand and Joe Vogl, chairman of the commencement committee for graduation.

“I am so happy that they have passed the proposal,” Darling said. “Seeing how many people are happy about the change by their responses is rewarding.”

Reactions on social media to the announced change were both positive and negative.

“I like the last chance to actually represent the school with school colors at a school event that I’m involved with,” student Justin Rowlee said … Read More…

January 26, 2015 | Permalink

Administration, students react to unstaffed open computer labs

The decision to terminate the student assistant positions in the open computer labs may not be working out as well as administration had envisioned.

At the start of the winter semester, regular staffing of the Science East and Curtiss Hall open labs was halted. This change was modeled after the Regional Education Center open computer lab above the Ott Auditorium, which has never had a lab assistant.

“We believe that students are much more equipped to use the open labs than they may have been given credit for,” Director of Information Technology and Support Services Larry Emmons said.

Students are now asked to call Information Technology Services from the lab if they are experiencing trouble; a staff member will be … Read More…

January 26, 2015 | Permalink

Forum facilitates dialogue between Bachand, students

The first Open President’s Forum of the semester addressed concerns about Wi-Fi, lounges in which First Year Suites resident assistants can host programs, open computer lab lighting and retention rates.

President Donald Bachand began the forum Tuesday, Jan. 20, by asking about the status of the wireless network, as students often struggle getting their devices to connect and stay connected to it.

Student Association President Joey Rexford has formed an ad-hoc committee to push for network improvements.

“It’s on its way,” Rexford said. “It’s a work in progress.”

Samantha Hutchinson, a resident assistant of A-House in the First Year Suites, informed Bachand she and her colleagues were having trouble reserving the Doan Center wedge lounges for programming purposes.

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January 26, 2015 | Permalink

Prospective students flock to campus

Campus was abuzz Saturday, Jan. 24, as prospective students and their families were invited to experience SVSU firsthand at the first Cardinal College Day of the calendar year.

This special admissions event was well-attended in comparison to last January: 229 students were registered for this year’s event whereas 91 were registered for the Cardinal College Day in 2014.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert

Cardinal College Day provided high school students and their families a glimpse of the opportunities available to them upon enrollment at SVSU. Above, college representatives speak with students about programs of study.

“I think it’s really important to get our prospective students in here and get a feel for what the university has to offer,” Rachel Funk, … Read More…

January 26, 2015 | Permalink

Canvas: A more capable system

After a successful pilot last year, Canvas is on track to serve as SVSU’s new online learning management system.

While faculty members had the option of utilizing either Canvas or VSpace in their courses this semester, the plan is to make the full transition to Canvas by this fall.

While Canvas boasts all the capabilities of VSpace, like course announcements and grades and chat functions, there are many more features available that benefit both students and professors.

The biggest change between systems is the visual formatting and placement of category tabs.

There is also a calendar that incorporates all assignments and their due dates.

When users first enter Canvas, they’ll notice the lack of clutter on the homepage.

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January 26, 2015 | Permalink