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RAINN Day 2011

Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention and Survival Program Thursday, Sept. 22 4 to 6 p.m. Fine Arts Theatre

St. Clair County Community College

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Serving the Blue Water area since 1931 A public forum by and for students

RAINN Day is the Rape, Abuse

Erie Square Gazette, Port Huron, MI Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention James Jones SC4 Criminal Justice Instructor

& Incest National Network’s annual campaign to stop sexual assault on college

Sexual Assault from Victim to Survivor Jennifer Rader

campuses. St. Clair County Community College is one

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims Support Services Diane Baur, Director of Support Services Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor Turning Point Inc.

of hundreds of college and

Thoughts from a Survivor

of the dangers of sexual

university campuses across the country participating in RAINN Day to raise awareness assault to students.

Prosecuting Offenders and Victims Rights Mona Armstrong St. Clair County Senior Assistant Prosecutor

Volume 60, Issue 2

“We Remember”

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Thursday Sep. 22 2011

walk, included of Christ on Pine St., United Way offices March, 2011. SC4 Twana Pinskey peace poles at seven First Congregational on Military Street, student, out going Editor-in-Chief different locations Church, 723 Court the sight of the 8th Global Awareness in Port Huron. Poles St.; St. Joseph’s and newest peace Club President and St. Clair County Community College “Where were you” were located in Catholic Church, pole. current Student Ask that question front of the main 1317 Seventh St.; Members of the Sc4 Government in reference to “9building on the SC4 Grace Episcopal “Global Awareness Treasurer, 11” and just about campus, First United Church, 1213 Sixth Club” presented a Matthew Boyd of anyone can tell you Methodist Church St.; and Pine Grove lecture on “ground was one of those where and what on Lapeer Street, St. Park. A dedication zero” in New York, participating in the they were doing John United Church was held at the having visited there event. th September 11 2001. September 11, 2011, United Way of St. Clair Co. hosted a “9-11 remembrance walk” to remember the events of “9-11” 2001 and encourage volunteerism. According to the United Way of St. Clair Co’s web site, the United Way Volunteer Action Center had over 1300 hours of volunteer service pledged during this remembrance walk event. The web site Clockwise from upper left; SC4 English Professor and “Campus Progressive” Advisor, Jackie Jablonski of Port Huron reflects on photos taken by SC4 students that visited Ground Zero in March 2011. Upper right; SC4 student Jasmine Hall of Port Huron fills out a volunteer pledge sheet during the remembrance walk. Lower right; walk particialso stated the self pants, (left) Bibi Abdul and Mikayla Dixon of Port Huron, listen about events that occurred when they were too young to remember. Center bottom; students from Global guided remembrance Awareness Club brought back memorabilia from Ground Zero they used during the 9-11 event. Lower left; walk participant Judy Albert, of Port Huron, reflects on the events

Sc4 Liberal Arts Major, Stephanie Doan of Port Huron also participated in the walk, saying it was important to attend for all of those born after the “9-11” attack. “If we forget, they will never really know what happened because it had no direct affect on them “said Doan. The United Way Volunteer Action Center promotes local volunteerism through a software program that matches volunteers with local non-profit opportunities says the organizations web site. To learn more on how to volunteer, go to the United Way web site at: www. uwstclair.oeg or call their office at: 810985-8169

tips about getting back into the habit. Clay Kimball Trio Head Misty Webmaster Kemp had this to say about studying: Schools in for fall! “One of the big things That’s how the song I tell students is to goes right? Anyways, establish a habit, a it is time to get back pattern you do on into the habit of a regular basis. For studying for the sake instance if there’s a of our grades. But how special place at your could anyone get back house that you like into studying after a to study, go to that long summer? place, mark that time Some students and as study time. So that faculty shared their your body gets in the habit of ‘okay, every time I’m sitting at this chair at this table, my brain goes into its study time.’ Whereas for some folks if you’re bouncing all around, you’re still taking in the environment, it’s hard to calm your mind. It’s hard to focus on what you’re doing, but after a while behavioral patterns affect cognitive patterns so if you’re constantly going to the same table and the same chair, or maybe it’s in the library you’re sitting at the same kiosk your brain automatically goes ‘oh, at this place I’m supposed to be studying.’ Almost a conditioning. The other thing I tell folks

is there’s so many different methods out there, try them all see which one works best for you. For some it’s highlighting in their book, for others it’s taking notes, for some it may be recording lectures, others it could be group study, and for some it’s individual. Try it all; see what works best and you might find that you’re going to pick and choose from a few things that always seem to benefit you a little more.” Student Government Secretary Alysia Burge, 19, of Port Huron, says that she likes to, “Grab a bottle of water, all my study materials, put my phone on silent, find a quiet space, and focus.” This ensures that Burge is prepared for studying and is less likely to be distracted. Student Government President Doug Johnson, 20, of Yale, advises not forcing yourself to study and taking breaks every hour or so to relax. By doing so, it isn’t such a pain to study and you’re more willing to continue with your studies.

Local event sponsors: SC4 Social Science Department St. Clair County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office Turning Point Inc.

SC4 RAINN Day coordinators: Kristen Richardson and Krystal Pettigrew For more information: (810) 989-5692

Studying up of the tenth anniversary of 9-11. Center; SC4’s peace pole is one of those featured along the walk.

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Jenny Walker Guest Writer For 30 years, David Korff walked the halls of St. Clair County Community College’s Fine Arts Building as a dedicated professor and chair for the visual and performing arts department. Korff retired from teaching at SC4 over spring, 2011. Honored by the school and his colleagues, he leaves with pride. Teaching hadn’t always been Korff’s first choice. Originally interested in architecture, Korff studied the field in high school and planned to pursue it

Thursday Sep. 22 2011

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Student Government hosted a free leadership conference Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Fine Arts Theatre. The event ran from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Planned and hosted by Matthew Boyd, the conference represented an effort for student government to share some of what they have learned at St. Clair County Community College. They plan to make this an annual event. Despite disappointing attendance, Jonathon Brewer, a speaker at the conference, feels this was a success, stating, “I believe the learning opportunities the conference provided were extremely impressive. As a presenter, I believe I learned just as much from the audience as the audience learned from me. For the future success of this event, I highly encourage more students to go, even for a little while, and

learn something new.” Matthew Boyd said, “The event was great and the lineup of presenters were phenomenal. I was proud of everyone that helped.” The speakers were as follows: Dan McCarty, MBA and former Fortune 500 CEO, discussed the importance of doing as a leader in his presentation, “Execution – Applied Leadership.” Jonathon Brewer, Student Government Vice President, on the critical role of communication in, “How communication affects leadership.” Carrie Bearss, Registrar, spoke about key situations in her life that helped her develop her leadership style in her speech titled, “Taking the road less traveled … to leadership.” James Jones, Criminal Justice instructor, through “Taking a leadership stance against hostile environments” discussed how to identify and deal with

bullying in schools and workplaces. Rachel Olivia Kobylas, former Student Government Vice President, discussed “Leadership in the face of adversity or controversy,” emphasizing that not everyone is going to agree with you, and how to cope with that. Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of Public relations, Marketing, and Legislative Affairs, spoke on “10 lessons learned from good and bad leaders,” including such lessons as “Lead by example” and “be decisive.” Pete Lacey, Vice President of Student Services, presented how to “Discover your Leadership Potential,” discussing challenges leaders face and the rewards inherent with overcoming these challenges. Chuck King, last year’s Student Government President, covers some basic steps to improve your leadership skills in his speech, “Leadership 101.”

SC4 to host RAINN Day

Brandy Standefer Staff writer

RAINN Day, a sexual assault awareness, prevention and Every two minutes survival program. someone in the U.S. The event will be is sexually assaulted. held from 4 p.m. to 6 Each year there are p.m. in the Fine Arts about 213,000 victims Theatre building on of sexual assault. SC4’s campus. These are just a few of For additional the statistics offered information on the on the Rape, Abuse event, call (810) 989and Incest National 5692. Network’s (RAINN) SC4 is one of website. hundreds of colleges Now imagine that and university you, or someone campuses nationwide you know, were one that are participating of those victims in RAINN Day. described in those Presenters involved statistics. include SC4’s Thursday, Sept. 22, Criminal Justice SC4 will be hosting instructor James Jones,

in college. Once he entered college he found that he hated architecture, but loved art. Korff told his parents that he wanted to change his major to art. Worried about how he would make a living, his parents recommended teaching. Korff reluctantly agreed to look into it. Education became his minor in college. With his parents’ approval he transferred to the University of Buffalo in New York. After completing his degrees in Art and Education, Korff became a certified

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as well as Jennifer Radar. Also presenting is the St. Clair County Senior Assistant Prosecutor, Mona Armstrong, and the Director of Support

will work to educate the community of these issues, as well as support those who are already affected by them.

RAINN Day 2011

Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention and Survival Program Thursday, Sept. 22 4 to 6 p.m. Fine Arts Theatre

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Goodbye Korff

teacher in New York. Able to teach grades K-12. He started student teaching at a high school level and hated it. “Everything about it was wrong. I didn’t like it at all,” said Korff. “The art room was set up in rows of desks. Who does art like that?” Korff found his calling with teaching at a college level. Upon finishing his education, Korff taught part time at the University of Ohio while searching for a full time job. He found a job in Sarnia, Canada, where they were building a new

Services/Domestic Violence at Turning Point Inc., Diane Baur. Through these presenters, as well as various other activities, RAINN

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention James Jones SC4 Criminal Justice Instructor

RAINN Day is the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s annual campaign to stop

assault faculty, on college Lambton College and to SC4 to teach visual sexual time there Sexual Assault from Victim to Survivor campuses. St. Clair County Jennifer Rader in need of professors arts. would be mentors Community College is one of hundreds of college and Violence and Sexual Korff’s Assault Victimsgoals Support Services to start an Domestic Art when and an opportunity Diane Baur, Director of Support Services university campuses across Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor Department. Korff coming to SC4 was for somebody to be the country participating in Turning Point Inc. RAINN Day to raise awareness talked it over with his to open the eyes and of thea dangers spokes person for Thoughts from a Survivor of sexual wife Katherine, who minds of a small the arts,” commented assault to students. Prosecuting Offenders and Victims Rights Armstrong was also aMona teacher and community whose Korff. “I believe it St. Clair County Senior Assistant Prosecutor accomplished artist. boundaries were often is not like any other event sponsors: Together they theLocal county lines. department. The SC4 Social Science Department expanded the faculty. ”ThisViolence college I Assault Council adjunct professors are St. Clair County Domestic and Sexual St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office In those days, about believe is an excellent here because they love Turning Point Inc. 30 years ago, Lambton beginning, or stepping what they are doing RAINN Day coordinators: Kristen Richardson and Krystal Pettigrew College andSC4SC4 had stone, into something and they continue to For more information: (810) 989-5692 a good relationship; much bigger, no give and give, and St. Clair County Community College collaborating their matter what area they they don’t leave when English and Art are going into,” said class is over. They stay Departments on Korff. because it is their life.” exhibits. As he retires, Korff As David Korff says Katherine Korff was hopes the college will good bye to SC4 and the first to transfer to continue their great goes into retirement, SC4, teaching a class support for the art he is looking forward on metalsmithing. department. to spending time in his David Korff followed “The department studio, and more time at a later date. would be healthier with his family. Originally, he came by having more full


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Campus Events

SC4 plays host to the arts Danielle Kennedy Copy Editor St. Clair County Community College played host to Studio 1219’s “Hands on Art” event the weekend of Sept. 17-18. The event took over the college’s Fine Arts Building, and the Student Center’s Atrium and Café. SC4 alumni Jenny Walker, 59, greeted new arrivals with information regarding the “Hands on Arts” event, and just what it had to offer. For example, if someone felt like brushing up on their painting abilities, both kids and adults could partake in the “Van-Go Art Classes,” or perhaps the raku pottery glazing. For those that just wanted to sit back and watch, there were demonstrations of other arts forms, such as wood carving, and musical performances in the Fine Arts Building’s theater. “It’s all free and it is community organized,” said Walker, “They help (Studio)1219 and it is all done by volunteers.” Walker described the event’s goal as, “To

get the community interested in art, especially younger children. To encourage them to see art as more than just play.” Traci Fordt of Marine City, 52, was a first time attendee of the event and said that she really liked it, and all that it provided for the kids. How it got the kids involved in the arts. Fordt went on to say that she not only plans on attending the event again, but that she plans on taking classes at Studio 1219. When asked if SC4 would be hosting the “Hands on Art” event again next year, Walker said, “We’re hoping so. From what I’ve heard, SC4 was very kind to donate the space without charge to the studio.” According to Walker, this had been the events fifth year running, but in previous years it had been called “Fire and Ice.” She believed that due to the name change, some may not have because they may not have realized that “Hands on Art” was “Fire and Ice.” Walker hopes that the new name catches on and that next year will be even better.

People will again gather inside McMorran Place Theater as the lights dim, a hush falls over the audience and the screening of films begins Thursday, Oct. 6. The three day event has a star studded line up. Thursday at 8 p.m., Dave Coulier, also known as “Uncle Joey” from the television series “Full House,” will be opening up the festival with his stand up comedy routine. Friday, Port Huron becomes home to the first premier in the United States for “Mimesis.” Sid Haig is not only featured in this movie, he too is making at appearance at the Blue Water Film Festival. Saturday, 17 independent Michigan based films will be taking the silver screen. They will be shown in blocks according to their prospective categories. The screenings begin at 10 a.m. and the

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SC4 Music Club

Jessica Jack Staff Writer

Look out SC4 students, the Music Club is back and ready to blow your mind. If you’re looking to expand your mind musically you have definitely come to the right place. The SC4 music club welcomes all music lovers with open arms. The club proverbial curtains holds its meetings will come to a close every Tuesday at noon around 9 p.m. in the rehearsal hall. This event will, Founded by “allow a lot of people former student Jack to see things they Wellington and current probably wouldn’t student Ryan Hiller, normally see,” says will be shown on Jeremy Stemen, Executive Director of Saturday, Stemen said, “I’ve been blown the Blue Water Film away by some of Festival. the movies in here “This is for this year. Comedy the community. is something we’ve Essentially it’s just been lacking, we’ve so we in Port Huron had some chuckles, can experience a but not flat out trying different style of to be funny and it movie. Hollywood made movies are kind works. There’s a lot of formulaic, we have of comedy in t his year, there’s a lot of films outside of that great documentaries scope that allow a too, unbelievable greater vision,” said documentaries.” Stemen. Ticket pricing To add to the stars that will be stopping varies for each event. Thursday tickets are into the Blue Water $12, Friday’s are $10 area, Timothy Busfield, of “Revenge and Saturday’s are $8 of the Nerds,” “Field per block of movies or $17.95 for the entire of Dreams” and day. Tickets can be “ThirtySomething” will also be present to purchased at the door, or online at www. receive an award. “He’s a Michigander bluewaterfilmfestival. com. who has had great achievements in film,” Any questions or says Stemen, “We will comments can be be presenting him with directed to Jeremy the Golden Mitten for Stemen at jeremy@ bluewaterfilmfestival. his achievements.” com, or (810) 985In regards to what 9223.

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The Blue Water Film Festival board selected Alex Gasparetto’s design for this year’s third annual event. Photo Credit: Alex Gasparetto


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SC4 students see the world: lessons learned

Jonathon Brewer Guest Writer

“SC4 to offer service abroad experience,” the message I saw in my student connections email. It triggered me to click the link and read on. I have had previous experience traveling to China, so this sounded like another wonderful opportunity to take place. St. Clair County Community College was going to send students to Guatemala, May 23-31. All I needed to do was fill out the application. April 6 came around and it was the night of the Student Government Election results. It was also the same night I was informed that Matthew Boyd, Rachel Kobylas and Twana Pinskey were going to be the individuals traveling with me. April 28 was the first day we received vital information on our trip. An email that included the recommended shots for the trip to Guatemala. The shots themselves put me

over budget from the initial $500, but I thought I would hold on for this once in a lifetime opportunity. We received our flight information on May 6, and finally had a meeting on May 13. We were informed about traveling insurance, which made the original $500 quote seem minimal to what I actually had invested. After my shots, this insurance, and deposit of airlines, I had $970 into this trip. A lot of safety questions were being asked, at the time massacres were happening to U.S. citizens in the country, among others. A strong push was presented to those who were coordinating the event, including a meeting demanding the answers to our questions and information about a safety plan and contact information in case something were to happen to us while we were out of the country. After all of this hassle, we finally boarded the plane for a

trip of a life time. We had dinner with our hosts and found out what students we were being housed with. I had the honor of staying with Edgardo Juarez, who is an agricultural studies student. We had the opportunity to travel to Honduras and seem some ancient ruins. I never imagined I would ever have climbed a volcano, however the opportunity occurred and I even swam in the lagoon that was formed on the top. Near the end of our stay in Chiquimula, we had the opportunity to travel the Rio Dulce via boat and venture into the Caribbean Sea. The traveling opportunities on this trip taught me a lot about the southern climate and a different way of life. The greater message I perceived on this trip was to ask questions before hand. Knowing too much information is a better scenario to be in then not knowing enough.

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For those of us who aren’t virgins to college life, we Warm sand between know that the next your toes. The sun on 16 weeks of our your back. The smell bleak existence will of meat barbequing be spent chained to in the breeze. It’s sad a desk, possibly with to think summer is wires holding open coming to an end. our eyes, as coffee is But hey, maybe you’ll pumped directly into get to read about our veins through an sunshine in one of IV while we ingest your text books. massive amounts of Ok, so that may be knowledge. a little unlikely and a Perseverance, little more deceptive, caffeine, and maybe but nevertheless, a little bit of weeping school has begun. in the corner from

time to time, and two years later, wah-la! You will waltz across the stage in the Fine Arts Building with an associate’s degree in hand, a single tear of pure joy running down your rosy little cheek. Welcome back, Skippers! It’s time to buckle down. Freedom doesn’t have to be swept away with the summer breeze. Even if you’re too burdened with homework, class,

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season. The warnings at the beginning of the show are not to be taken lightly. In thirty days, licensed hunters make the majority of a year’s income by hunting alligators and a variety of swamp creatures. Guns, blood, rotting meat for bait and “creepy crawlies” are also depicted in this series. Viewers be warned, weak stomachs need not view this show. This short hunting period is a high intensity time for all swampers. Nature lovers also will find out that these licensed hunters are doing a favor for

work, home life, and a social life to think about those crazy, faraway things like free time and sleep, there are ways you can multitask. Just be careful while you juggle the responsibilities in the story of your life. After you can manage multi-tasking and functioning on the moldy scraps of sleep, try to remind yourself why you persist with self-inflicted torture.

Is it because you are crazy? Maybe you enjoy pain? Of course, most substantially, the sought after degree is obviously at the end of the dank tunnel. But what do you want out of college? Why even take these classes, suffer through mundane lectures and hours of note-taking, if you’re just in it for the grade? If you’re not genuinely interested in

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You are pulled in by a pitch black television screen as the sounds of the night fill your living room. Ominous yellow letters begin to appear against the darkness, they read, “The way of life depicted in this program dates back 300 years. Hunting, especially alligator hunting lies at its core. Some images may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.” This entrance sequence belongs to the History Channel’s “Swamp People,” a series that depicts the varied, vicious

and vigorous lifestyles of people in the Atchafalaya River Basin. Located in southern Louisiana the swampers, those that make their living by hunting and sustaining their life on the swamp, come from a multitude of backgrounds. The multicultural swampers hail from a variety of roots; Native American, African, French, and Cajun. Within the two seasons that are now available on the History Channel’s website, each of these cultures are depicted during the thirty day alligator hunting

their surrounding communities and all of the hunting activities are strictly monitored. Swampers who are “gatoring” are not damaging their ecosystem at all, rather continuing it. The dedication and determination of the swampers and trappers is in a way, admirable. Snake catching, squirrel

hunting, alligator gar fishing, each one of these to feed families and each one with its own dangers. If it’s culture, hunting, history, traditions, thrill seeking, family bonds, nature, language, or a great variation of any of these that suits your viewer’s preference, The History Channel’s

the classes you sign up for, why did you sign up for them? Take something that will spark your interest. You are paying them. Try to maintain some sanity among all the chaos that is to come. Find things that will help you unwind. Don’t let stress and homework get you down. Sometimes life is about everything you can accomplish when you’re not actually accomplishing much of anything.

“Swamp People,” is undoubtedly unique and enjoyable series. It is an entirely different breed of reality television. Seasons one and two are now available for viewing on The History Channel’s website, http://www.history. com/shows/swamppeople. Season three filming is currently underway. Stay tuned.

Glen and Mitchell Guist, Cajun brothers who are carrying on their family tradition of solely living off the swamp. Photo Credit: The History Channel


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Clay’s Chaos Column

T-bird’s tid-bits Twana Pinskey Editor-in-Chief “Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?” Lyrics sang by performer, Alan Jackson in a song written to remember the worst attack on American soil. Ask that question to people on the street and just about any American can tell you where and what they were doing Sept. 11, 2001. 9-11 altered our perception of safety and security on our home turf. Terrorists had found our kryptonite and for the first time, I realized Americans were not as invincible as I once thought we were. What a reality check. I remember pondering what type of a world would be left for my kids? Air travel will never be the same as a result of planes being used as weapons. I find the line between airline security and national security blurring. Increased security checks, pat downs, x-rays, taking off your shoes for air travel are now an accepted way

of life, the new norm. One of the changes in my post 9-11 life has been becoming a grandparent. When I think of the future for my five grandchildren, I feel tugs at my heart that my grandchildren will not know how life was prior to 9-11. The surest way to repeat incidents that have occurred throughout history is to forget they happened. We as a nation need to assure those who follow, our children and grandchildren, never forget what happened in 2001. Remembrance walks like the one sponsored by the “ United Way” of Port Huron, Sept. 11, 2011, are a good way to remind children born after 2001 of what happened and how a nation, bound by our grief, were brought closer together. A reminder for all of us to be a little kinder and to stick together, helping those in need. Our world may never be the same since 9-11, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do our part to make our corner of the world the best it can possibly be.

Thursday Sep. 22 2011

Clay Kimball Webmaster Welcome back to the school year Skippers. To those who have just started reading our paper, I’m the new Webmaster of the Erie Square Gazette. This column of mine will replace the Chaos Column of the last Webmaster, Cody Kimball. And yes, he was my brother. This column will feature everything possible, like a “random” section on an image board website, but it will maintain a focus on upcoming campus events, interesting finds on the internet and general technology. So for my first piece let’s talk technology.

Now not everyone is tech savvy. Some don’t even know the difference between memory and storage in a computer. But for those who do, we know the potential for the upgrade of a computer. What most consumers don’t know is that any computer bought from a retail store is not bought at full potential. RAM, or memory, upgrades may be bought, expansion drives may be added, hard drives can be added or upgraded, and more. An easy way to check if your computer can have an upgrade is to check its specifications. A free download of either Speccy from Piriform, CPU-Z from CPUID,

or a Crucial scan can show you the amount of RAM you have. Crucial has the advantage of telling you exactly how many expansion slots you have for RAM, your maximum memory capacity, and offers you custom sales on memory upgrades. Speccy and CPU-Z, however, can tell you the model of your motherboard and the rating of your Central Processing Unit, or CPU. With this, you can look up the potential upgrades to your processor, graphics, networking, etc, without opening up the case. Now if you aren’t lost by now, you’re probably wondering where you can find these new parts. For

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this, we head once again to the internet. Retail stores usually overprice computer parts in order to pay for the expenses of running store chains. Internet companies, on the other hand, need only to pay for warehouses and domain fees, thus prices are held closer to their actual value. My preferred site is for DIY computer building. Other sites include,, and more. That is all for this week. If you have any questions for me, send them to erie square gazette wm@gmail. com. I may feature the answer to your question online, or in a future issue.

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Students predictions on Lions chances College from Memphis, has a strong prediction of his own. Shaffer said during his interview, “The Lions SC4 student, Richard Gilberg, sits at the College Center. are going Photo Credit: Christian McGeachy to make Christian McGeachy it to the playoffs for Sports Editor long as their quarterback, Calvin The last thing any Johnson and Suh sport loving person avoid any injuries would be thinking, the Detroit Lions and they will make it to the playoffs.” successful, but after pulling out a week one A bold prediction by Shaffer since the win over the Tampa Detroit Lions have Bay Buccaneers, the not made it to the Lions have students playoffs since 1999, at St. Clair County but none the less not Community College impossible. excited for Lions Also, in Shaffer’s football. statement, he talked After a surprising about the key to start by the Detroit Lions, for the first time making the playoffs is injuries. Many in a long time, the Lions are technically Lion fans understand that last year injuries undefeated with a played a big role at record of 1-0. Also, the quarterback. carried from last Matthew Stafford, season is the winning going into his third streak of five games in a row. But does this year as Detroit’s mean Playoffs, or even starting quarterback, had shoulder injuries the Super Bowl? twice last year, which Josh Shaffer, a Sophomore at St. Clair took him out for the season. But Stafford County Community

is healthy for now and is playing well by throwing for over three hundred yards passing and three passing touchdowns. On another note, another student at SC4 Richard Gilberg, from Lexington, still has his concerns. In his interview, Gilberg stated, “I predict that they are going to do better than last season.” Gilberg also thinks the Lions have a chance to make it to the playoffs, but not for sure. Now, for my prediction. I believe that the Detroit Lions will do better this season, but only if they can stay healthy and play good defense. Stafford needs to stay in the games, and Nick Fairley and Suh need to shut down opposing offenses to get the big wins. Shaffer’s predicted record for the Lions was 16-0, and Gilberg’s was 8-8. All I know is, that it’s good to have Detroit Lions on the right track with a week one victory and people excited for the rest of the season.

Thursday Sep. 22 2011

Lady Skippers first home stand ends in defeat but don’t retreat Christian McGeachy Sports Editor Tuesday, Sept. 13th, the Lady Skippers held their first volleyball home game against Schoolcraft College. Even though the Lady Skippers were on the home turf for the first time this season, Schoolcraft ended up with the win. The game went into five sets, which scored: 25-19,2225,25-17,21-25, and 7-15, which ended SC4’s five game winning streak. The Lady Skippers volleyball team were ahead by two sets to one and it seemed the girls had another win coming their way, but Schoolcraft College came back to deny

them the satisfaction of victory. When the game was done, Coach Chuck Weisner believed, “We started to thinking that it was over and it was not.” On the same lines, an outside hitter for the Lady Skippers, Martha Veihl said, “We kinda let it slip away.” “They wanted it more than we did and we kinda just broke down at the end,” said Jillian Verbeke, an opposite hitter of SC4’s team said. But on a positive note, Verbeke found it was great to finally be on their own court for the first time this season. “It’s always a lot more thrilling when

you’re playing on your court that you practice on everyday... when you lose, you’re a bit disappointed, but it makes you push harder to win the next one,” said Verbeke. After the game against Schoolcraft College, Weisner, focused on blocking by saying his cry of, “If we don’t block we’re not going to win.” Well following their first home game, the Lady Skippers went to Delta College and won in three straight sets. After the well deserved victory for Lady Skippers volleyball team, Viehl believed that the team wanted to redeem after a tough loss at home with the win over Delta. After the win over Delta Community College, SC4’s Lady Skippers are at a record of 9 wins and 4 losses total. Their next home game will be Oct. 4.

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Issue 60-2 of the Erie Square Gazette Student newspaper.

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