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Volume 60, Issue 12

Thursday March 29, 2012

The Skippers One card, photo ID for SC4 students Liz Whittemore Photo Editor

bank cards are accepted. According to Vice Enjoy getting President of Student carded? Services Pete Lacey, Targeted to be if the card is linked put into effect this to your banking spring semester, account, your tuition St. Clair County refunds could be Community College returned to you even will introduce the sooner. Skippers One card. “We understand The student ID that it increases will be a photo the pressure on ID and replace the student’s the current library pocketbooks to have card, but will have those dates pushed additional benefits. out, so we’re trying Through to do everything MasterCard, students we can to figure will be able to link out a way to get the Skippers One their money as soon card to their bank as possible,” said account and use David Buck, an anywhere regular SC4 instructor in

the computer and office technology department. Eventually the card will have additional advantages such as electronic access to labs, the fitness center, and for use in campus vending machines. “I think students are really looking forward to them. In general I’ve had students ask me, ‘When are we going to get our new ID cards?’” said Jane Lewandowski, an Information and Education Services Librarian at SC4. “Now, they don’t think of their library

SC4 Skippers One card. Photo provided by SC4Vice President of Student Services, Pete Lacey.

cards as their student ID cards.” Additions to the Skippers One card, such as electronic lab access, will be introduced in phases until 2013. “The idea was we’re trying every day to find more and more things that will

help our students. This came along as we looked at it and looked at what pieces we could add, it just became very obvious; our students are going to benefit so let’s go ahead and do this,” said Dr. Kevin Pollock, President

of St. Clair County Community College. Brandy Standefer, a sophomore from Port Huron, is supportive of the Skippers One card. “I like the fact that I can link the card to my bank account and how it will strengthen security,” said Standefer. Some students showed concern about overspending. Pollock assures that overspending won’t be an issue. “It’s not an actual credit card, so students wouldn’t be running into debt,” said Pollock. There will be no charge for the initial card, but if the card is lost, damaged, or stolen, for card replacement or more information contact the advising office, room 120 of the ATC building.

SC4 students, Chris Campbell and Tracey Robinson, show their SC4 library cards, the current student identification. photo by. Liz Whittemore

A $100,000 scholarship fights cancer

Alyssha Ginzel

Managing Editor When mom asks how the day at school went, she rarely expects to hear, “It was alright. I mean, I just found a cure for cancer.” Because of his work with breast cancer cells, 17-year-old, Port Huron Northern senior Nithin Tumma claimed the $100,000 top prize at the Intel Science Talent Search in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, March 13. His project, which studied protein pathways in cancer

pathogenesis, ultimately will help develop new therapeutic strategies in the treatment of cancer and was deemed as, “an absolutely elegant project” by head judge Dr. Andy Yeager of the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Eventually, Tumma would like to further research how physicians can more directly target cancer cells in treatment, inhibiting the cell’s malignancy, while inducing less toxic and less damaging

therapies. After surpassing 1,839 other high school participants and winning the $100,000 top prize, Tumma went on to meet President Barrack Obama and was interviewed on national news television shows like Fox News and MSNBC. Once the barrage of interviews, congratulations, and excitement ceases, Tumma says he looks forward to relaxing and hanging out with friends, like any other teenager. He hopes to eventually put

his scholarship towards acquiring an M.D. or Ph.D. in computational biology through Harvard University, while still focusing on clinical research. Concerning college, he says he looks forward to, “meeting people with the same interests. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Oh, and, I can’t wait to learn more.” After being raised by parents who are both physicians (his father, Suresh Tumma, is a cardiologist, and his mother, Kavita Tumma, is a

gastroenterologist), always being encouraged to decide his own interests, and putting hours of time into lab research at Wayne State University over the past three years, Tumma feels well adjusted for college life. He believes, “Imagination is how we tackle new things. Knowledge is fairly easy to come by. If you can read a book, you can get knowledge. But imagination is the driving force behind progress.” He says, “It’s never too early

to get started. I encourage people to try anything that interests them. You never know what will happen.” You never know. You could even find a cure for cancer. And like anyone else who has met Tumma, Clay Kimball, a fellow classmate, says, “I’m going to be proud to be able to say, ‘See that guy? The one who cured all cancer and made food free to everyone? Yeah, I went to school with him.’”

Editor’s note: SC4 Students of Michelle Gierman have been writing journalism assignments in their English 101classes. For the remaining issues of the semester, you can watch for selections to appear in the ESG.


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Thursday March 29, 2012


Editor-in-Chief Twana Pinskey

“The Back Nine”

Production Editor Zack Penzien Buisness Editor Christina Stoutenburg Copy Editor Danielle Kennedy Managing Editor Alyssha Ginzel Web Master Clay Kimball Photo Editor Liz Whittemore

Christian McGeachy Sports Editor

In one of my earlier columns, I expressed my passion for sports in Adviser the cinema area. The John Lusk classics like “Raging Bull,” “Hoosiers” and “Miracle.” ESG Contact Info: But when I signed Email: eriesquaregazette@ up for Netflix, I discovered a very good documentary Address: about a middle aged 323 Erie St Port Huron MI man trying to pursue 48060 a profession in golf by the name of Jon Editor’s Note: Fitzgerald. All views expressed The documentary in editorials and is called “The Back columns contained Nine.” within the ESG Jon Fitzgerald, are those of the even before trying writer and do not necessarily reflect the golf, was a very successful man in views of the ESG or any of its advertisers. general. Fitzgerald We welcome founded CineCause, feedback! part of Back Nine Studios, and now is an amateur golfer. When he turned Sports Editor Christian McGeachy

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40, Fitzgerald decided to try something new in his busy life and become an amateur golfer. As he took this new frontier in his life, being the film maker that he is, he wanted to document it. I was intrigued right from the beginning. As he soon realizes, the odds of him making it are against him greatly. Even Tiger Woods started at a very young age to get where he is today. But that would not stop Fitzgerald from trying his dream. He would enter the Golf Channel’s Amateur Tour. But Fitzgerald was not in this alone. He would get help from a whole training staff with fitness, technique and nutrition. The challenge was not just to make it as a golfer, but trying to train and juggle work, family and film festivals at the same time. Even though the editing could be a little better in some

spots, this shows that anything is possible in sports. Fitzgerald does not just find a new life in sports, but connects with everyone around him, including his father and stepfather. Jon Fitzgerald didn’t care about not making it and the

odds against him, but just wanted to find another thing to love in life. In the process of making the film, he accomplished his goal of being an amateur golfer and also had a new baby boy. Also, lowering his handicap in the course of one year

by eleven strokes. So, this sports movie not only shows that anything is possible, but through incredible odds you should always try your best, and I believe that is a life lesson that all people should learn. “The Back Nine” is available on Netflix and on DVD.

Photo Poll

Officials at the University of California have proposed asking incoming freshmen to identify sexual orientation, how do you feel about this?

Cyle Cook Fort Gratiot Major is undeclared

Rob Radiger Port Huron Major is undeclared

Jeffery Cates Kimball Majoring in Education

“I think it’s stupid and could lead to discrimination. Also I think it’s unconstitutional, or something.”

“I feel it should be on the form, but optional question.”

“I don’t think they should. It’s personal and I don’t think it would be appropriate.”


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Thursday March 29, 2012

So now what?

Dr. Robert Coulter a parents program. Guest writer This led to the opportunity for me I was born and to become a member spent my early of the Boys’ Choir childhood in Detroit. at the Saint Paul’s My early education Episcopal Cathedral. was in the Owen This was another Elementary School. what, because it led The first what was to lifelong singing in the most wondrous choirs that included of principals. She a growing interest bought John Phillips in music, and the Sousa to our school, support of it (music). as well as Rin Tin However, due to my Tin, the dog. While collarbone injury, most students it was necessary were impressed to visit the Detroit by the dog, Sousa hospital with my became another, father. what. Sousa was After each visit responsible for my to the hospital, early interest in we would get a music. sandwich at Staffer’s A broken collar and visit a court bone from a where the fatal study tumbling accident hall fire was being caused me to heard, another what. become a soloist for I decided that I

would get a degree and become a lawyer. As a young teen, we moved to Port Huron. I graduated from Port Huron High School in January of 1936. I immediately began pursuing the idea of a scholarship, since I knew it would be a financial responsibility. I learned that the University of Chicago would test scholarship applicants that spring in Detroit. I applied, took the test, passed it and was accepted for a scholarship, a real what. However, later that summer, I got a letter from the

university stating that due to the depression, my scholarship would have to be canceled. Now what? I decided that we would arrange to meet Florence Weiss, Port Huron High School’s Assistant Principal, for help. She listened to my tale of woe as we stood in front of the wide staircase that led from the first floor out to the street. At that time, we were outside of what was the high school. It is now the present day St. Clair County Community College Administrative building (main building).

T-bird’s tidbits Twana Pinskey Editor-in-Chief

The “The Hunger Games” movie premiered with all the bells, whistles and fanfare one would expect from a Hollywood blockbuster movie release. I watched news reports of movie goers that waited in lines, some overnight, to get a ticket to opening night

premieres around the country. As I watched, I couldn’t help but wonder why Hollywood didn’t place such extravagance on the premiere of another movie, “Bully.” “Bully,” a documentary produced by Lee Hirsch, Alicia Dwyer and Harvey Weinstein, focuses on the true life events surrounding what happens to children who are



Weiss told my father, “This young man must continue his education.” Her suggestion was I should enroll in the then Port Huron Junior College that fall. It was another what. The next two years were inspirational and instructive. It confirmed my desire to continue. While not an outstanding student, I did well in all efforts to learn to read and speak French and Spanish. Especially impressive were my experiences in the extracurricular clubs and activities. I served in several clubs with leadership positions. They (clubs) were of

such a number, and considering I was also working outside the college, that several times the dean felt he had to admonish me for my involvements. It was truly another what. In conclusion I would like to say that the St. Clair County Community College is an educational opportunity that is the best path for most students. It is less expensive by far. It also eases the transition from high school experiences to that of college levels of instruction. It just may be exactly what you need.

bullied in schools across America every day. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has given “Bully” a R rating due to language and “The Hunger Games” has been rated PG13 due to brutality scenes of children being beaten. According to Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwartzbaum, “The Hunger Games” is brutal where the story needs to be, as Schwartzbaumn stated, “particularly when children fight and bleed.” Schwartzbaumn said it conveys the misery of the oppressed. I believe the true life atrocities’ our children face each day at the hands of bullies to be more miserable and oppressive than what characters encounter in a fictional movie. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, close to half of all children in America will face school bullying at some point during their attendance to primary and secondary schools. This begs the question, if children at these age levels are being victimized, why not change the

movie’s rating to PG-13 so they can see and know they are not alone? states that over 5.7 million children in our country are part of the bullying process, either as the bully or the victim of bullying. Studies by Yale University showed that bully victims are between two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. Kathy Butler, a 17-year-old lesbian student from Ann Arbor, a victim of bullying herself, has circulated a petition to lower the rating of the bully movie. (The petition is located at: change. org /petitions) According to Butler, she has discovered that the “Bully” movie’s rating by the MPAA won by only one vote. She is circulating a petition in an attempt to get the MPAA to change the rating to a PG13. How astonishing that we as a society will wait in line overnight to buy tickets to a fictionalized movie, when we should be standing in lines and screaming from rooftops to stop the bullying of our children in America.


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Opinion Veterans on campus

Thursday March 29, 2012

Gas prices rising: greed or necessity?

Billy Kirby English 101 Guest Writer

Jesse Zalucki English 101 Guest Writer

Who’s that in the far back corner of class with that blank stare? Most students have seen us crossing the campus with our tactical rucksack strapped to our backs, rushing to get to class. We have gone to battle for our country, now we are in the classroom to do battle. Who are we? Veterans, that’s who. We may be sitting there in the back, quiet and listening to the professor just like so many are doing, and will do. If you notice us, we show a sense of awareness most of the time for the simple fact we are trained to notice our environment. We are all brothers, sisters, moms, dads, aunts, and uncles, old, young and are just

Everyone knows that gas prices have continued to rise and fall over the last several years. There are those who know because they have to pay for it, those who can no longer afford to pay for it and those who hear the prior two mentioned constantly complaining about it. In the past few months we have seen a consistent spike in the price of gasoline. Many are probably asking why? This is due to several factors, including the fact that gas is of course a nonrenewable resource; there is also a huge demand for it, not just in the U.S., but more recently in China, India and Brazil.

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doing what we think we need to do. For some of us veterans, we knew going in to the military would help pay for college when we got out, but some veterans went to college with the intention of joining after pursing higher education. There are many programs and opportunities for veterans, or people who want to join the military, to cash in on some of the advantages that the military has to offer, and will provide for, in order to help advance in ones goals to earn an education. No matter what the reason, we veterans are just like you,

trying to get an education to help better our chances for future survival in the world. We vets may be a little more learned in the world, but we still understand education is the key to a successful, and hopefully happy and rewarding life. Veterans are a different breed of student. Some of us have answered the call and gone into combat, some may have just seen a brief time in service with not ever leaving the country, but one thing remains. We as veterans chose to defend America’s freedom, either early on in life or later, or are still serving still to this day.

Top five stressors Alicia Sullivan English 101 Guest Writer

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The constantly growing population in China and Brazil is causing a spike in gas prices. They have a growing middle class that most of which rode bikes or walked everywhere up until the last few years. The last reason being the most recent threat from Iran to cut off the supply of oil that travels through the Strait of Hormuz because of sanctions by the U.S. and European Union. With gas prices on the rise, how will we continue to afford it? There are a few ways to save on gas.

One way is to try to keep your tank as full as possible. Driving with a full tank of gas not only improves your mileage but is better for your car. Another way is to drive behind a semi-truck. Yes it seems silly, but driving behind these monsters actually reduces wind resistance giving you better gas mileage. One can of course buy a more fuel efficient car. And last, some credit cards offer certain money percentages or points on money spent on gas.

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homework. According to a poll that I did, timemanagement was the most popular stressor. SC4 student Estelle Wood said “My commute to get here takes an hour. Also trying to do things like clubs, work and work training, homework, and family time, is hard to manage.” Whether it is financial aid or personal, finances tend to cause a lot of stress to students as well. The fact that some students have to pay student loans, where others are worrying whether or not they will get a student loan to pay for their classes. Apart from student loans, the worry of personal finances is stressful, especially into today’s economy. Worrying about rent and food is a major worry of a normal college student today. Sleep is absolutely a factor to stress for almost every college student. Staying up late to study for exams, or writing a paper is cutting into a student’s eight

hour sleep. When it’s not academics cutting into sleep, it’s either work, or of course the life of partying into the wee hours of the night. Most college students only get a few hours of sleep. Finally, academics are always stressful. Academics of course are a core of college life. A college student’s financial aid is affected by academics. Poor grades mean you may be cut off financially. Grade point averages, a student needs a certain GPA to stay in school and to transfer. Let’s not forget passing exams and studying to get those important grades and GPA. Studying takes up an enormous amount of time for college students. A college student’s life is full of stress, but at least in the end all it will be all worth it when the ultimate goal of graduating is achieved.


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The cost of college is only going up, that includes SC4 Russell Kovar Guest Writer Last Thursday, March 15, the Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to raise tuition. Rates across the board will be going up starting in the fall semester of 2012, including: • An added $10 student fee totaling $59 a semester. • An additional $1.50 tech fee totaling $10 per contact hour. • A $3.50 raise in in-district tuition totaling $94.50 per hour. • A $7.00

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increase in out of district tuition totaling $184 per hour. • A $10.00 raise in out of state tuition totaling $268 per hour. • An added $22 program fee for programs offered at the college such as nursing\ According to Kirk Kramer, Vice President of Administrative Services, tuition rates are being raised in lieu of a $2,000,000 budgetary shortfall the college is experiencing this year.

Funding for SC4 has traditionally come from three separate sources: the state of Michigan, property taxes in the city of Port Huron, and student tuition fees all contribute to fund the college. According to the Senate Fiscal Agency however, recent years have brought a heavy decrease in funding from the state, which has dropped its funding level 12.4%, from 33% in the year 2000, to 20.6% in 2011. Likewise, The Senate Fiscal Agency also saw funding from property taxes in the city of Port Huron decrease by 3.9%, from 35.5% to

SC4 Main Building. Photo by Dan Pettee

31.6%, leaving the students of SC4 to compensate. Student Eliza Wilton, 19, Marysville, said she feels as though tuition raises are “obviously not good for the students, obviously the economy isn’t very good, (and) some of us have to pay for it ourselves, it’s hard as is it. However, I know that if they need money, they have

to do something for themselves as an institution.” Wilton added that a major benefit to attending a community college is low tuition prices. Fellow student Matt Wesley, 19, St. Clair, agreed with Wilton adding “some of the larger universities, are almost out of control” in respect to their tuition prices. In Thursday’s briefing, Kramer

explained that while revenue has managed to remain at a steady point, expenditures for the school have continued to rise. Kramer added that while Governor Snyder has recommended a 3% merit based increase, if approved, it would still leave funding for the college well below the ideal 33% level that SC4 once enjoyed.

Archer encourages those planning to attend the event to arrive early, and is expecting a “full house.” He said that a similar event had been held two years ago and they had run

out of sitting room. “I want them(students) to learn about the Holocaust and how this came about,” said Archer, “And the impact it had on people lives.”

For those that attend the event, Archer is hoping that when they leave, they think about issues in the world today. Where people are being harmed because of intolerance.

Remembering the Holocaust

SC4’s Global Awareness Club is sponsoring the Holocaust event, which will Remembrance run from 10 Program to be held noon. in room 201 of Kraig Archer, SC4’s CEM building Discipline on Thursday, April Coordinator and co12.

adviser of Global Awareness Club, says that three Holocaust survivors, Rene Lichtman, Esther Lupyan and Vera Schey, will be speaking at the event.

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Entertainment A creepy series

Cole’s family, along with a crew, goes on a quest to find him. The family and crew face many creepy obstacles along the way. The first episode of the series was a little Carol Szparaga distorted due to the Staff Writer camera movement; it was filmed “The River,” as a homemade an American documentary. The paranormal series, premiered Tuesday, frames within the Feb. 7, at 9 p.m. on camera jilted, and at times could have the ABC network. made the viewer Eight episodes are scheduled to be experience motion aired within the first sickness. In episode two, season. the camera filming The series takes increasingly place within the gets better and Amazon. A wellknown doctor named continues to do so in the episodes that Emmett Cole has disappeared. Doctor followed.

The finer points of the series are the special effects that are used. There are ghostly images that are so life like it makes the viewing of paranormal images more surprising. Another fine point is the sound effects. With the sound increasingly getting louder, it will prepare one to anticipate fear. Lastly, the plot to the series deepens as the crew’s experiences brings closer to the disappearance of Doctor Cole. The series will continue for the full eight weeks, giving

much anticipation of creepier things to come. I recommend this series to mature audiences only.

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So grab a snack, but firmly hold it as you watch “The River,” because you never know what to expect.

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Taking “The Nerdist Way”

Zack Penzien Production editor Chris Hardwick’s new book “The Nerdist Way” is a self-help book. Aimed at helping the nerdy among us to focus, be

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more productive and get healthy both mentally and physically. But who is Chris Hardwick? Well if you haven’t heard of Chris Hardwick you haven’t been near TV or the internet lately. He hosts “Talking Dead,” “The Walking Dead” wrap-up show on AMC. He hosts the Nerdist podcast, runs the Nerdist podcast network and website. Hardwick is also known for his stand up comedy and voice acting. He is someone you should definitely follow on Twitter The book is broken down into three parts: mind, body and time. What’s unique about the book is its approach. You see the book is predicated on you having traits that a lot of people who are nerdy or creative have, and in some cases, suffer from. Taking those concepts and turning them to your advantage. As you read the book, Hardwick’s standup comedy back ground shines through. The section on mind stood out to me. It begins with the chapter

RPG Your Life; it encourages you to think of yourself like a character in a roleplaying game, in this case a pen and paper RPG. You take stock of your real life skills and assign experience points to projects you want to undertake. The mind is just the section I enjoyed the most. Other chapters include seizing your inner monologue to focus on productive things. Something he describes as using your brains ability to super focus, or “laser brain.” For example, in my case, instead of spending a day memorizing the entire detailed history of “Mass Effect” (ladies?), use that “laser brain” to focus in on working what goals you wish to accomplish in a fun way. You can expect the same light hearted, intrusting, fun and helpful ideas throughout the other chapters. I picked up this book a few months after it came out and I have loved the sense of humor in it. It’s a self help book that has helped me immensely, and I feel it is worth your time.


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Lady Skippers lose at national championship

Christian McGeachy had struck twelve. Sports Editor The Lady Skippers basketball team In every sport, made it to the there is always NJCAA Division the team that has II National nothing to lose, but Championship in everything to gain. Illinois College They are called the Center in East underdogs, dark Peoria, Illinois. horses, long shots But, the Lady and the Cinderella Skippers didn’t get story. their easily. For St. Clair County At the start of the Community College’s season, SC4 hired women’s basketball their new women’s team, their clock basketball coach,

Lakita Gantz. Gantz replaced Carrie Lohr, who went to Wayne State to coach. With a new coach and many new faces on the team, the season was unpredictable At the start of the season, the Lady Skippers went on a cold streak. SC4 would lose their first four conference games of the regular season. The first

ten games of the season would not help the Lady Skips either, going 3-7 in conference play. Then, the women would go on a hot streak and win four games in row putting the Lady Skippers at 7-7 for the season. Then, all of a sudden, the unexpected happened. Lakita Gantz had resigned

as head coach half way through the season, leaving the women’s basketball on the rise, but no head coach. But that didn’t stop the Lady Skips. Mike Groulx would take over as the women basketball head in January and the team would make the playoffs a reality. Finishing the season 16-15 overall.

Then, the Lady Skips would go through Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College and Mott Community College, winning the Region 12E Tournament and punching their ticket to the National Tournament. But, like all sports lovers know, all good things must come to an end. The Lady Skippers became the #11 seed in the tournament. They would lose to Kishwaukee College 47-37 and Southeast College Community College 62-53. Even though, SC4 didn’t win the National Title in Division II, they still overcame coaching changes and cold streaks throughout the season and still came out one of the best of the year. Win or lose, this Cinderella story ended happily ever after.

Teisha Knott (#4) goes to the free throw line as her teammates looks on. Photo by Christian McGeachy

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