Hurricane Katrina has left New Orleans in ruins. Thousands are feared dead, billions of dollars of damage has been done and many fear the "Big Easy" will never recover from what some call the greatest natural disaster in our country's history. »
The new seating that was added at Wickes Memorial Stadium this summer and finally opened for this season's first home game apparently is not appreciated as it should be. The scene for kickoff on Saturday was certainly something different than has been seen here: a loud, rowdy student section in the north end zone with the band flanked to their right, and a full home cheering section. »
The disaster that was and still is Hurricane Katrina has brought out many different emotions in me.
There has been sympathy for the victims, apathy after seeing it on TV 24/7, anger for the way the government - state and federal - has handled the situation, and even some disbelief and laughter for the comments made by Kanye West about George W. Bush and the subsequent reaction of Mike Myers. »
The four-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks passed by yesterday with a lack of attention most would not expect from such an infamous day. The war on terrorism, the conflict in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina have swept into the media spotlight, soaking up an amount of news coverage once reserved for 9/11. Whether this means our nation is forgetting 9/11 is debatable, but there is no real argument that the attack is no longer as untouchable as it once was. Evidence of this can be seen as early as 2006, when Universal, Paramount and ABC all plan on releasing major motion pictures centered on the darkest day in American history. »
submitted by Monica Valtierra
I could not believe my eyes when I read the article about Zachary Beach, a former SVSU student who is being charged with several felony counts. First of all, when did the Vanguard become The Saginaw News? I think this article was inappropriate and whoever wrote it could have come up with something better to do with their time. I don't think it should have been publicly displayed in this manner. »
A week or so ago, I was at the gas station, cringing, over paying $3.39 a gallon for 87 octane. The guy at the pump next to me made some comments about the gouging of prices by oil companies, and how fat cats in the desert (I believe he meant the Middle East) were getting rich off us. For the most part I agreed with him, until he got back in his vehicle and drove off. I then laughed at the asininity of the situation as he was pulling out. »
The Student Association will add seven new representatives this next month, which further bureaucratizes SVSU.
Granted, two of these positions were vacated over the summer and replacing those two individuals is justified. However, SA is doing it the wrong way and making matters worse by adding five new representatives. The simple reason for these additions: proportional representation. As the student population increases, representation should increase. A rise in representation is a perfectly justifiable reason to increase the number of representatives, but it is not the reason they are increasing the number of representatives. In fact, increasing the number of representatives is not even practical because it is counterproductive to solving the problem of low participation and a lack of interest in SA.I remember last winter when there were only 21 candidates running for 20 positions. Not only did this demonstrate the apathy of SVSU's student population, but it also meant there were 20 winners (21 if the president running unopposed is counted) and only one loser. The problem was a lack of interest and participation, and the solution should be to build a stronger relationship with the student population. Maintaining a sensible number of positions within the governing body is a key to achieving this goal. »