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Different SVSU majors work together to revitalize cities

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A lot of work and innovation is needed to revitalize some Michigan cities.

Teams of students at Saginaw Valley State University had all semester to brainstorm and come up with their best plan.

Thursday night, they laid those plans out.

The Blue Barracudas are a team of SVSU students from very different backgrounds coming together to solve the state's economic problems.

Three professors, Mike Mosher, Joseph Ofori-Dankwa and David Rzeszutek, are the ones behind this new school experiment. Business, art and theater all worked into one class with one final project.

"It is not something you see on an everyday basis and we'd thought, what an exciting project," says Rzeszutek.

Eight different teams used the semester to look at Michigan cities, like Saginaw, and come up with goals and plans to make them attractive for young people and businesses.

"We want our students to be citizens, rebuilding this area, rebuilding our cities and to do that, they need to be able to work together," says Mosher.

Business majors crunched the numbers, art majors created a visual and theater majors acted out what life could be like in a place like revamped Saginaw.

"Anytime you give more diversity to things you're going to get more out of it, you know, with the more different perspectives you get," says theater major Neil Slater.

"I was definitely thinking it was going to be book work and crunching numbers and stuff, but it's definitely been a lot more than that," says one student.

And even though it's just a class, the students believe their ideas and hard work could move outside the classroom.

Not only did a big portion of the student's grades depend on tonight's performance, they were also judged by a special panel of judges and the crowd.

There's no word on which team won tonight.

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