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Presidential candidates debate as polls open

Two students faced off in an open debate Monday night in hopes of becoming Student Association president.

The candidates are health science and public administration sophomore Jarrod Eaton and political science sophomore Taylor Fisher. Both Eaton and Fisher currently serve as representatives in Student Association.

Fisher and Eaton were each asked five questions. Each candidate had two minutes and 30 seconds to respond to each question, with the option of a 30 second rebuttal. Each candidate was also given three minutes for opening and closing statements.

Three of the questions were given to the candidates in advance, and each candidate was permitted to submit one question to be asked to both.

Voting is now open at, and will remain … Read More…

March 31, 2015 | Permalink

Student groups given opportunity to suggest homecoming themes

For the first time, registered student organizations will have a say in the homecoming theme.

In past years, members of the designated homecoming committee had decided the theme amongst themselves.

However, according to Jason Schoenmeyer, associate director of Student Life, committee members wanted to give other organizations the opportunity to suggest theme ideas.

“We wanted something different,” Schoenmeyer said.

He said that any registered student organization that submits an idea will earn 50 incentive points and an extra 100 if the idea is selected as next year’s homecoming theme.

All potential themes will be submitted to members of the homecoming committee, who will then make the final decision.

Judging will be based on not only how well it fits the … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

National search underway for Arts and Behavioral Sciences dean, associate dean

As some doors are closing in the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences, others are opening.

Dean Joni Boye-Beaman and Associate Dean Eric Gardner are both leaving their deanships to return in the fall semester as members of the teaching faculty.

Boye-Beaman has held her current position for nearly three years and served as associate dean from 2007 to 2012.

While she said she enjoyed her time as dean, Boye-Beaman is excited to be back in a classroom.

“I love teaching and I miss the daily interactions with students,” she said. “Being in the classroom energizes me.”

In the coming months, Boye-Beaman will begin preparing for her classes and continue her research that examines retirement trajectories for white-collar women.

“I … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Next voice of student body: Fisher or Eaton?

This week, students will vote on a new president for Student Association. The candidates are political science sophomore Taylor Fisher and health science and public administration sophomore Jarrod Eaton. Both Fisher and Eaton are representatives in Student Association.

For more information on the candidates, a debate will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 30, in the TSAR. Voting opens at 8 p.m. on Monday at

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert

Political science sophomore Taylor Fisher, left, and health science and public administration sophomore Jarrod Eaton, right,
are running to become president of Student Association. Voting begins at 8 p.m. Monday, March 30.


Why do you want to be president of Student Association?


Fisher: When I was … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Bachand: Successful people don’t make excuses

“Excuses people have for not doing things simply drive me crazy. There are so many people who work, go to school and have families to look after.”

This was one of the messages from Saginaw Valley State University President Donald Bachand during his recent Cardinal Talks presentation  Friday, March 27.

He wanted students to know that they’re responsible for their own success.

Vanguard photo | Alissa Rhode

SVSU President Donald Bachand spoke to students on Friday, March 27, about his experiences as part of Student Life’s ongoing Cardinal Talks presentation series.

During his presentation, Bachand revealed the history of his academic and professional career which eventually led him to becoming president of SVSU, a position he refers to as a … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Plaza businesses off to slow start, remain hopeful for profits

The businesses of Cardinal View Plaza on Pierce Road are still settling into their spots in the community.

Kochville Township Downtown Development Authority Director Stephen King is excited that the businesses, many of which have been in the plaza for less than a year, offer the area many things.

“They all have unique offerings and are all a little bit different,” King said.

Despite rumors that the businesses are not doing well, the owners of Common Grind and Dogg House say they are right on track with where they should be.

Tamir Halees owns Common Grind, a coffee house.

“You don’t expect to be glorious from day one,” Halees said. “We are at a steady, gradual climb, which is positive … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Online sharing of class material may breach intellectual property rights

While creating online flashcards may be a useful study tool, some students have taken it one step too far.

According to Shaun Bangert, art professor and president of the SVSU Faculty Association, posting photographs of exams or lecture notes or selling academic information online can be considered a breach of professors’ intellectual property rights.

SVSU has identified, and as websites students use in this way.

“When a faculty member creates a syllabus, exam or lecture notes, it’s considered their intellectual property,” she said. “It’s especially a problem because students don’t get the permission of the faculty member before posting on external websites.”

Communication senior and president of Student Association Joey Rexford said students should be careful with … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Spring career fair draws more than 120 employers

Students dressed for success last week in hopes of finding a job.

590 students/alumni  and 161 non-SVSU students mingled with 128 potential employers at last Friday’s Spring University-Wide Employment & Networking Fair.

Mathematics and economics junior Jenni Putz came to the employent fair seeking work for the summer months.

“I’m trying to find out what I want to do for a career,” she said. “These fairs are important because they give students the opportunity to display their interpersonal skills and market themselves.”

With 128 employers in attendance, this career fair was the biggest one SVSU has hosted in over 10 years. Last year’s spring employment fair welcomed 110 organizations.

Assistant Director of Career Services Bill Stec said the Career Services … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Cards strike out against Lakers

The SVSU baseball team traveled to Allendale, MI last weekend to take on the Grand Valley State University Lakers.

After losing a four-game set at Tiffin a week ago 3-1, the Cardinals were looking to get back on a winning track. The tough Lakers’ offense proved too difficult, however, and the Cards dropped the three-game set 2-1.

SVSU started the series on a high note, winning the first game 5-1. Scott Sency picked up his third win on the season, spreading five hits over six strong innings while striking out four. The fourth inning was a big one for the Cardinals, as the offense scored all five of its runs behind timely hitting and some poor defense by the Lakers. … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

No love shown for competition

The Saginaw Valley State University women’s tennis team finished its season with a weekend sweep consisting of dominating wins over Davenport University and Lawrence Tech University.

The Lady Cardinals headed to the Greater Midland Tennis Center on Sunday to take on Davenport University. Both teams came in with winning streaks, setting up for a grand finale for Saginaw Valley’s season. SVSU made the most of the opportunity, and claimed the victory with a score of 7-2.

The matchup kicked off with a disappointing loss for junior Erin Doud and sophomore Izabella Ismailova, dropping the first doubles match 9-8. Senior Meghan Woody paired with freshman Lauren Sharp for her final doubles match, earning an 8-6 victory to even up the match … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink