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Laser tag battle royale

Zombie Defense Council members Mackenzie O’Brien and Danielle Mertz gearing up to play laser tag. Photo credit Liz Whittemore.

Engineering, Marketing and Management, Gay-Straight Alliance, Drama Club and WSGR. Teams consisted of two teams of three people. Each participant has 60 “lives” recorded on their laser gun. The tournament was not timed; instead, each challenge was determined based on when all three members of a team are out. The final two clubs battling it out were WSGR and Marketing and Management. Lathrop, playing on the WSGR team, commented on Marketing and Management club’s laser tag strategy saying, “They’re It was like a battle you would hunters in there. Hunting season is see on an episode of Star Wars. going on right now.” Battle plans, strategy tactics on “Our basic plans were to take who to take out first and even a out one opponent at a time,” little blood. said Murphey, Marketing and The fourth SC4 Club Activity Management club member. “Other Day, the first to feature laser tag, teams were strategic and had battle took place Tuesday, Feb. 19 from plans. They used voice and hand 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SC4 gym. signals, it was really very well Marketing and Management are organized, I was impressed.” the winners of this semester’s club Past winners of the trophy activity day, claiming the trophy in include the Gay-Straight Alliance, addition to bragging rights. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Members of Marketing and Student Government. Management include Keegan The activity was determined Murphey, Michael Keith, Kyle based on club votes at All-Club Schwanitz, and James Woolman. meetings. Originally, the vote Six clubs participated in the had been for field hockey as the event including the Zombie activity, but due to weather laser Defense Council, the Erie Square tag was selected. Gazette, Alternative Energy & The past three semesters featured dodge ball as the event for club activity day. This costs Student Government, the organization that hosts club activity day, nothing more than time. Campus................2-6 “This was the first time we actually invested in club activity Community........3-4 day,” said Sean Lathrop, vice president of Student Government. “I thought it was a well-organized Entertainment..5-6 event. It started on time and Sean’s organization and leadership was Opinion..................8 highly appreciated,” said Murphey. The likelihood of another club activity day featuring laser tag Sports......................9 depends on the level of success the clubs feel the event had. Club activity day for the fall Comics..................10 semester will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

Zombie Defense Council member Dereck Cook playing laser tag. Photo credit Liz Whittemore.

Index

Marketing and Management club member Kyle Schwanitz playing laser tag. Photo credit Liz Whittemore.


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Campus

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Event Calendar

Editor-in-Chief Christina Stoutenburg Production Editor Zack Penzien

Scrapbooking Marathon benefiting the ARC of St. Clair County Saturday, March 2 1033 26th St., Port Huron, MI 48060 Community Enterprises of St. Clair County Featuring scrapbooking, vendors, raffles and prizes; the Woman’s Life Insurance Society will match the first $500

Business Editor Erick Fredendall Copy Editor Garrett Summerville Managing Editor Nick Wedyke Web Master Rebecca Kelly

Instagramers Port Huron Club Saturday, Feb. 24, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. SC4 at the corner of Erie Street and McMorran Boulevard Downtown Port Huron Participants will be using the Instagram Application through smartphones to take photos of the Port Huron Area

The Sounds of SC4 President Dr. Kevin A. Pollock Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Lynch’s Irish Tavern 210 Huron Ave., Port Huron Pledge envelopes and tip jar will be available during performance. SC4’s President Dr. Pollock will be preforming acoustic guitar with vocals in order to fundraise money for the expansion of SC4’s Natural Science Museum.

Photo Editor Liz Whittemore Sports Editor Rachael Pittiglio Adviser John Lusk

SC4 seeks input for international programming Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9:05 to 9:35 a.m. Private Dining Room of the College Center Café SC4 Campus A 30-minute brainstorming session about the college’s international programming. Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to participate.

ESG Contact Info: Email: eriesquaregazette@gmail.com Address: 323 Erie St Port Huron MI 48060 Editor’s Note: All views expressed in editorials and columns contained within the ESG are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ESG or any of its advertisers. We welcome feedback!

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Invasive Shrub Removal Day Sunday, March 3, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Algonac State Park 8730 River Road, Clay Township Bring gloves, drinking water and sturdy shoes. Registration is requested.

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Photo Poll

What is something on your bucket list?

Kelsey Kemp Undecided Port Huron, MI

Jordon Burrell Computers Port Huron, MI

“To go on a real safari like in Africa. I like animals and it is more open compared to Walt Disney.”

Tanesha Buchheister Undecided Port Huron, Michigan

“I’d like visit Alabama to visit my family before I go.”

“Create a video game. I’d want it to be an adventure game like The Legend of Zelda.”

Nathaniel Bottenfield Computers Port Huron, MI

“Learning Italian and moving to Italy. I would want to be there, so I can work with my grandfather.”


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Campus

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It’s business time Dan McCarty. The primary goal of the Marketing and Management Club is to help students find employment. The club provides a hands-on experience, and is a very active club where everyone is welcome to join. The Marketing and Management Club meets every Tuesday at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 112 of the Main Building. The club provides a Facebook page that anyone can I had a wonderful experience use to find information about the talking to the members of the club, or to contact the members. Marketing and Management Club. The Marketing and Management I was able to meet the club’s Club has general information President Mike Keith, Vice at the SC4 Website f under the President Kyle Schwatiz, Treasurer clubs tab. For further information Kayla Pike, Historian Veronica regarding this or any other club, Lynch, and DECA representative contact a club member. Dan Wiliey. Unfortunately, I did The Marketing and Management not get the opportunity to meet the Club provides career skills and Head of Communications Kegan opportunities. “Employers look for Murphy, but I did meet other more than good grades in resumes. members of the club including They look for activities and James Hooman and advisor Mr. clubs,” said Veronica Lynch, club

historian. This club provides help with resumes and career building skills. Those who are interested in business, marketing and management skills are encouraged to join. The Marketing and Management Club provides the opportunity to start networking. It also helps to gain real-life

experience. The Marketing and Management Club sponsors several events including the Dress for Success Fashion Show on April 2nd, and a panel discussion with moderators from the Chamber of Commerce as well as H&R Block on April 13, 2013.

Apply A.S.A.P. The time to apply for an SC4 scholarship ends Friday, March 22nd 2013. Students can visit SC4.com/ Money to review and apply for scholarships, and visit SC4. com‘s scholarship FAQs page for information about scholarships. Each scholarship listed on the

website requires an application form that must be submitted to be considered for a scholarship. According to SC4. com,“Scholarships are awarded based on the quality of the application, recommendation letters, GPA, and if the student meets and completes all of the scholarships requirements.”

For additional questions on scholarships, email FinancialAid@ SC4.edu, or visit The Financial Aid Services Office in the Acheson Technology Center MondayFriday.

SC4’s literary brain trust

What if there was a group on campus completely dedicated to helping students succeed in writing, reading and communicating? To have a group of professional tutors on standby, waiting to help students understand their assignments and assist in breaking through writers block all for free! Wouldn’t that be nice if such a group existed? Oh wait. It does. The SC4 Writing Center is a free resource open to any student attending SC4. Located on the first floor of the Main Building around the corner from the elevator, the Center is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays by appointment. According to Michelle Gierman, who is an adjunct instructor and tutor at the Writing Center, their main mission is to helping with maximizing student success in areas such as writing, reading and understanding coursework. “We’re all about building skills so the students can succeed independently,” said Gierman, “and not just in English courses, our tutors will help with anything that needs composing.”

Any form of writing assignment is accepted at the center. The tutors are familiar with multiple writing styles, such as MLA, APA, Chicago and Associated Press. The Writing Center also offers assistance in developing PowerPoint presentations, e-mail composition, speech preparation, script writing and foreign language. Ben Kramer, who is a tutor at the Writing Center, emphasized the value of having a second opinion on assignments. “Every student

who has come back has shown signs of improvement,” Ben said, a sentiment that was shared by Ashley Potrykus, freshman, who says that within this semester she has already noticed improvement in her writing skills. The Writing Center is also equipped with free printing, coffee and snacks. There are eight computers available for use and private study space if required. The tutors would also like to encourage faculty to send students who are struggling with specific

concepts to the writing center. “All it takes is a handwritten note from the instructor,” Gierman said. The instructors can also opt to receive a review sheet so they will be aware as to what the tutors covered with the student. For more information on the Writing Center and what it offers, students and faculty can contact Michelle Gierman at mlgierman @sc4.edu. Walk-ins during regular hours are welcome and encouraged.

Tutor Michelle Gierman (left) and freshman Ashley Potrykus (right) review a worksheet in SC4’s Writing Center.


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Community 57 years of saving babies

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A person’s first thought upon landing in jail is how to get out, not stay in. On Saturday Feb. 9, 2013, local residents and community leaders were arraigned and convicted before being placed behind bars at the 57th annual March of Dimes Jail and Bail in Port Huron. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon brought the prisoners before St. Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling for arraignment, and St. Clair County Assistant Senior Prosecutor Mona Armstrong set their bail. According to March of Dimes Division Director Cathy Martinek, the 2013 event raised over $143,000. Steve Webb (27) of Port Huron is the longest serving “prisoner” of Port Huron’s jail and bail. According to Webb, he served as the Port Huron event’s goodwill ambassador from 1986-1988.

March of Dimes volunteer tallies donation amounts at Masonic Temple Feb. 9. Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey Webb stated that prisoners are jailed on trumped up charges and “serve” time until they raise enough donations for release. “I’ve always come to Jail and Bail; it is an absolute blast” said Webb. Webb said he liked knowing where funds raised go. “Over 70% of the money raised stays here in St. Clair County” said Webb. Aside from monies staying local, there are volunteers required to carry out such an event. Pediatrician Dr. Dan Wilhelm, of Clyde Township, serves as

medical director of the Port Huron March of Dimes. Wilhelm said volunteering at community events such as the Jail and Bail are great ways to become involved in local communities. Wilhelm volunteered to man phone lines at the event because he believes everyone should volunteer and give back. “In this day and age we are all stewards of healthcare dollars,” said Wilhelm. Likewise, SC4 Adjunct Instructor and WPHM AM 1380 radio talent Paul Miller donates

time, not just because his radio station is involved, but for a different reason. According to Miller, everyone knows someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by premature births. Miller said his own daughter, born prematurely, weighed 5 pounds at birth. “Now she is a healthy 11 yr. old. She was able to come home after 48 hours,” said Miller.

An evening of musical classics

The SC4 Symphonic Band and Jazz Band put on a compelling performance Saturday night at McMorran Place Theater. Featuring new and old musical classics, the two part concert was, as indicated by the toe tapping and head bobbing of the majority of audience members, very much enjoyed and appreciated. The first portion of the concert, the Symphonic Band portion, consisted of well managed musical climaxes and attention grabbing melodies. This portion of the concert was met at the end with a compelling and frequently changing piece, a tribute to the late actor James Dean titled “As Summer was Just Beginning.” The next part of the concert was sort of a surprise to audience

members. The Brass Ensemble, consisting of seven members, demonstrated their unique musical talents with three medium to fast paced pieces, which were very clearly well practiced. This addition of the Brass Ensemble created a three part concert instead of what was originally anticipated to consist of only two. After a brief intermission, the Jazz Band took the stage and reenergized the crowd with a jazzy dance club sound. The movements and facial expressions of the musicians made it clear that they were enjoying themselves. After playing one more song,

the jazz band integrated with the rest of the SC4 band members once again for the Symphonic Band finale; consisting first of Cajun Folk songs, which featured exciting crescendo’s and percussion buildups. The concert was then concluded with selections from the Broadway musical “CATS.” The band’s conductor, Erick Senkmajer, was pleased with his band’s performance. He said that he was a new staff member at SC4, only being employed since October. “SC4 has been very supportive of me,” he said. “We have been working with SC4 to

advertise for these concerts in hopes to increase the number of people in attendance.” The audience consisted of an older crowd, mostly families of the performers. Brittany Vermeersch, a 20 year old SC4 student from Croswell, stated that although she had heard about the concert, she was not able to attend. “I like all music, so I would be interested in attending the next concert if it were better advertised.” The next Symphonic and Jazz band concert will be held at the beginning of April.

Take the Plunge Jump in, the water is fine. The Water Warriors-Mackinaw Riders and Voyager restaurant of Saint Clair are hosting an inaugural Polar Plunge Feb. 24 at the St. Clair boat harbor in St. Clair. The event kicks off with a parade of costumes followed by the plunge at 2 p.m. Jim Adams, director of special

programs at SOMI (Special Olympics of Michigan), explained this plunge is one of 28 events held throughout the state. According to Adams, proceeds from this event will go towards supporting Michigan’s Special Olympics programs. Adams said funds raised provide opportunities for their athletes to compete for free in 27 sports activities at the Special Olympics.

“Every person wants to be part of a team. Our athletes not only build self-esteem, they find a sense of community and a chance to belong,” said Adams. For information on how to register or donate, call Adams at: 248-688-9603 or email Adams at: jim.adams@somi.org.


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Community Student profile: Bob Farnsworth

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his college career was made at a very difficult time in his life. In May, Bob’s mother had passed away and just six months after, he found out that both of his kidneys had failed. He said, “While I would much rather have a kidney, I have a lot of free time and that’s what pushed me to go back to school. Bob didn’t give up on life because he got sick. On the contrary, he has taken on a very sizable load. Bob works part time Bob Farnsworth is 25 years old, at Game Stop and WSGR, the and lives in Port Huron Twp. with college radio station, which he his fiancée Jessica. This is Bob’s enjoys. He is also a member of the Magical Gather Club, and is second semester at SC4. Remarkably, his decision to start a reserve member of the Zombie

Defense Council (which Jessica says is his sense of humor). He says, “My sense of humor is how I keep my sanity when things get stressful; it is a big part of who I am”. He credits his positive outlook and strength to his family and friends. Bob has chronic kidney failure caused by high blood pressure. Currently, he is on dialysis, which filters waste and excess fluid from the blood, like a kidney would. Dialysis has some side effects. For example, Bob has a difficult time with stairs; he tires easily and he has lifting restrictions. While dialysis keeps him alive, it isn’t intended for long term. Bob

is on the Michigan transplant list, but waiting four to five years for a new kidney is not a viable option. So, his friends and family are having a benefit and the proceeds will go toward getting him on the Wisconsin transplant list that happens to have a wait time of only a year. With a new kidney he will live 15 to 20 more years. The benefit for Bob will be Friday, Feb. 22 at Blue Water Bowl located on Lapeer. It will begin at 9:30 p.m. and costs $15. There will also be raffles. Why not come and have some fun while supporting a worthy cause?

Waterfront lounge caters to students Burgers. With most prices under $9, students can enjoy lunch without breaking their budget. After eating, guests can walk through a corridor and bowl a couple games in the Bowl-ODrome right next door. Other games include darts, pool tables and video games, so even for those that aren’t fans of bowling are sure to be entertained. The atmosphere is family A good lunch and a game of friendly and laid back during the bowling between classes are right day, and becomes bustling and across the street from campus. energetic later in the day. The Zebra Lounge, located at At night, the dance floor comes 522 Quay St., offers the perfect alive with dancing and DJ’s on hangout spot with tasty bar food the weekends, while there is like burgers, nachos, and french family friendly dining until around fries. 11p.m, making the “Zeeb” a great Those who like burgers will be destination for either lunch or fans of Zebra specialties like the dinnertime. Bacon Swiss and Cajun Cheese The Zebra Lounge is welcoming

The Zebra Lounge allows students to park in their lot while they attend class. Photo Credit: Hannah Eppley

to students who stop by for lunch and even allow them free parking while they attend classes across the street. “SC4 students get 10% off of everything except for alcohol and things that are already on special,” said Nancy Laming, manager of the Zebra Lounge.

Another exciting feature is that the Zebra Lounge is right on the water, so during the summer customers can dock their boat right along the side of the bar. The Zebra Lounge is open Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to midnight, and Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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Entertainment

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Bird is the word Guitarist Jim Gross said Though there are difficulties, The band agrees that as long they had a democratic vote there are also positives. With as their music is being heard before deciding upon “Seven many members are many more they encourage free download. Birds One Stone”. They tried ideas. “Our pockets are empty, but the name “Lovers” until they “By the time we’re done, it is our spirits are rich,” said Long, found another band had already what I envisioned, but 20 times vocals. claimed the name. better,” said Jake Gross, vocals. Their newest video, released SBOS devotes two days a According to the band, the on Jan. 21, featuring the song week to band practice, made sextet recently lost their seventh “Never Was Never Will,” difficult due to schedule bird who chose to leave the can also be found on their conflicts. flock to go a different direction. Facebook. Other difficulties of having a Their show on Jan. 17 at the “Seven Birds One Stone” is large band are risks of bumping Crofoot with Tristen was their playing a show Saturday, Feb. Are you part of the bird herd? into each other on small stages first show as six birds. 23 in Berkley at The Berkley “Seven Birds One Stone” is and having too much gear. Their music can be heard Front at 9 p.m. Tickets will be a six-piece band from Pontiac, “We’re like a bunch of clowns and downloaded free of charge $5 at the door. Michigan. falling out of a van,” said Long. through Facebook. Members of SBOS include vocalists Lauren Long and Jake Gross, guitarist Jim Gross, guitarist and keyboardist Joe Garofalo, drummer John Asmar and bassist Larry Asmar. They play what they jokingly refer to as “pretty music”. “We have always had a hard time defining what to call our music because it’s like seven different personalities exploding into this new sound that we really don’t have a name for,” said Long, vocals. Though they have a difficult time explaining their music, the closest correlation is to Of Monsters and Men, mainly in regards to vocals and uniqueness of their sound. Each member has different musical influences varying from The members of Seven Birds One Stone; vocalist Lauren Long, guitarist Joe Garofalo, guitarist Jim Gross, bassist Larry jazz, hip-hop, country and even Asmar, vocalist Jake Gross, and drummer John Asmar. Photo credit Ester Rubyan. Celtic music.


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Entertainment 2 out of 5 brains

with what the trailers show it to be; a girl and a zombie fall in love in the middle of an apocalypse. They face obstacles, overcome trivial pasts and show that love conquers blah, blah, blah. All this movie did was take generic concepts from every Lifetime love story ever made and combine it with a zombie theme to appeal to that whole zombie apocalypse fad that’s been the rage lately. How can those two things Love, romance, passion, brains, even be combined? guts, zombies; all upcoming Ignorant point number one: sarcasm aside, the movie was as zombies are (as depicted time and flimsy and strange as that list. time again) a mindless, ravenous, This is speaking, of course, flesh eating, undead monstrosity. about the newest addition to They are devoid of humanity and book-to-film adapted, undead only act upon animal instincts. teen comedy-love stories, “Warm How are they supposed to fall Bodies.” in love? Warm Bodies tries to Oh boy...where to start. First break the mold here by proposing and foremost, before this goes any they are truthfully capable of farther, let’s just say this: no one human thought and emotion, should at any point actually spend but the whole approach is just the money to see this in theaters. wishy-washy at best. The “proof” Wait for the DVD at the local provided is just too flimsy. video store. It would be for the It’s clear that the producers best. and director were trying to break Not to give away crucial plot the mold, but unfortunately their elements, a brief overview is in attempt was ill fated, and the order. The movie is pretty on par whole plot continues on in this

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The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss Fantasy 2007

manner: generic zombie-movie sequences, generic ‘tween’ lovedrama. Ignorant point number two: not only is this movie full of bland, tasteless humor, its plot is completely dry and arid (and of

course, stolen).There’s going to be a large teen following going ‘’OMG it was so funny!’’ Unfortunately, for anyone who is an actual connoisseur and cinema buff, this belongs in the $5 bin at Wal-Mart.

Assassins Creed 3 review his village from the ambitions of the colonists. This brings the story of the American Revolution into more of a gray area than what is portrayed in history class. The story is great, but how are the mechanics? How does the game actually play? Following the pattern of its predecessors, Assassin’s Creed 3 is a free roam, sand box style game. Clambering up the sides of buildings and leaping across rooftops is old news; Assassin’s Creed 3 brings When playing a video game, a fresh aspect to free running by living vicariously through the avatar is the point; but what about being able to sprint and bound from tree limb to tree limb. a video game that is having a Maneuvering in either the bustling character doing the same thing? Welcome to Assassin’s Creed 3. streets of Boston or the harsh The protagonist, Desmond Miles, environment of the wilderness has an interesting family tree so to flows seamlessly and naturally. say. In this installment Desmond The combat seems more like a follows the life of Connor, a half- dance than a fight to the death. It is all in the timing of attack and bred Native American assassin during the American Revolution. counterattack that ordains whether survival is even an option. You meet many iconic figures If freedom fighting is getting from the Revolution, such as too dull or you are just feeling George Washington, Samuel an itch for something different, Adams and the old, yet witty, Assassin’s Creed 3 has a plethora Benjamin Franklin. However, of options to be chosen from. not everyone is your friend and/ Perhaps assassinating a deer from or stays a friend for very long. Everyone has their own personal the treetops strikes your fancy, bringing those filthy redcoats some objectives from Washington’s vigilante justice is always a good desire to free the colonies to choice, or even taking to the high Connor’s mission of protecting NG

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the game. Assassin’s Creed 3 is available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms for any and all gamers.


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Opinion

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The Front Page of the Internet Reddit.com is a social news titan, platform for internet freedom and the self-appointed “Front Page of the Internet.” I, like many other college students who flock to the site daily, came for the cat pictures and a way to waste the day scrolling through what the average “Redditor” considers entertaining. Reddit is made great by the “Upvote”; a picture, article, or video that is posted can be voted on by other Reddit users which

moves the post up or down the numbered pages of the site. And the sites user base is massive, according to BlueGlass. com “Reddit Boasts more than one billion page views each month,… Reddit has amongst its ranks some of the most active niche communities available online.” This system and active user base has led to many different outcomes; from making videos “go viral,” to letting users ask

celebrities anything, or having users rally around a cause, Reddit could become a majority of people’s main source for social news and entertainment in the near future because Reddit’s content is truly supplied by its users. At the end of the day I no longer think of visiting Reddit as an excuse to waste time or look at every picture of cats, but as a way to contribute to social change and educate myself on what the entire world is thinking.

Are video games making us violent?

as a “sin tax,” which several states have imposed on products such as tobacco, alcohol, gambling and pornography. This proposition followed the president’s appeal to Congress to fund research on videogames. A sin tax on video games would categorize them as dangers to society, and place a stigma on gamers across the globe. However, no study has conclusively proven that playing video games will lead to violent behavior against others. Politicians aren’t the only ones After the recent slew of mass who have used video games shootings that have happened as a scapegoat. NRA Executive across our country, Americans Vice President Wayne LaPierre are looking for something called the video game industry a to blame. While some are “callous, corrupt and corrupting blaming the current gun laws, others have accused the media, shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own specifically video games, for turning American teenagers into people.” LaPierre would rather blame artists than even consider murderers. easy access to the product he One such American is Rep. sells as a problem. Diane Franklin (R-Missouri), These accusations are being who has called for an additional made by individuals who do 1% sales tax on all “violent” not know anything about video games sold in her state. This form of taxation is known videogames and gamers. Most gamers are not violent,

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Popular M rated games such as these are under scrutiny by those who believe they cause violent behavior. Photo credit: Garrett Summerville.

aggressive and dangerous people. It is true that there has been a correlation between videogames and school shooters, but this should not lead to a conclusion that correlation is the same as causation. Other correlations amongst school shooters are

economic instability, abuse in the home and bullying by peers. We should ask ourselves why so many Americans are quick to accuse art as a cause for violence instead of accusing desperation and abuse, which are universal correlations with violent actions. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pointed out in a recent interview with FOX News that other countries where teenagers play violent videogames do not have the amount of gun related crimes as America. Videogames do not have a unique effect on Americans. The reasons for America’s increase in gun violence must be something else. Richard Fowler (30) is a student at SC4 pursuing a major in engineering. He says that he has been playing games since he was 8, and they have not caused him to be violent. He believes violence “starts with the family.” Zack Fisher (19) is another SC4 student who is studying game design. He does think some games cause aggressive behavior in gamers, but not the games usually accused. He thinks sports games, such as the Madden franchise, can cause aggressive behavior. In these moments of panic and frustration, it’s easy to blame something we don’t entirely understand as the cause of our problems. No matter how seemingly obvious the answer may be, we must always look for the deeper, hidden causes, even if they are bad parenting and a failed education system which turns a blind eye to bullies until it’s too late.


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Sports

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Skippers play Wildcats Deion Stegall passed to Brendalle Smith, whose shot tied the scores at 30-30 for halftime. Despite the hopeful end to the

On Feb. 6 the men and women’s basketball teams played the Wayne County Community College Wildcats. The Lady Skippers played first, winning 73-69. SC4 took the first shot and led throughout the game, maintaining a 10 point lead in the first period. That changed toward the end. The Skippers called three timeouts in the last two minutes, and the Wildcats came within two points. Coach Mike Groulx said that even when it became close, he didn’t get nervous. “I told my assistant coach I have complete confidence in the girls. We’re in complete control of the game.” Regarding future challenges, he said, “Every game’s as hard as the next.” Forward Heidi Highstreet also had confidence during the game. Afterward, she said, “I knew we were gonna win. I just knew it.” Still missing from the court was forward Jade Gaines, who injured her knee in the Jan. 26. game against Henry Ford. Gaines said she would have an MRI on Feb. 8, which would determine whether the injury was a dislocation or a torn ACL. The Lady Skippers continue to hold their place as sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll. As of Feb. 19 their record is 221. The men’s team lost to the Wildcats 64-51. The Skippers took the initial lead, but the Wildcats stayed within a few points. They matched the scores twice, and Wayne gained the advantage. Inside the last minute, Skipper

first half, the Wildcats gained their Skippers closed seven points, but lead and were up 20 points by they lacked the time to recover. 5:09. Overall, the Skippers have a In the last two minutes the record of 14-12 (Feb. 19).

Johnnie Mills guards Raider Aaron Hayes. Photo credit: Emma Williams

Skippers Joshua Harvey defends in the Feb. 6 game against WCCC. Photo credit: Emma Williams

Skippers play for breast cancer awareness At the women’s game, the Skippers played in pink uniforms, and Coach Mike Groulx wore a pink shirt. The referees also used pink whistles in recognition of the event. Most of the men’s basketball team wore pink socks. Both Skippers teams played the Oakland Community College Raiders. The women’s team defeated the Raiders 84-59. At the end of the first half the Lady Skippers led by 21 points, which they built on into the second. However, the Raiders The Port Huron Hospital Women’s Wellness Place benefited picked up the offense in the second period. from the Skippers’ basketball game on Feb. 9. The “Think Pink” Groulx was critical of the Skippers’ performance in the games raised $247 to promote second half. breast cancer prevention. “I think we played a great 30

minutes of basketball,” he said afterward. “We defended well; we rebounded well; we scored well. The last ten minutes we got a little less vigilant and they took advantage of it. I wish we’d tightened up a little bit.” Groulx spoke supportively of the Think Pink event, saying he was glad to be a part of it. “I think the breast cancer awareness was a great cause,” he said, adding, “We were hoping for a bigger turnout.” The men’s team lost 109-103 after a close fight through the last five minutes. “A lot of this game’s gonna be decided by the rebounds,” Coach Dale Vos said before the lineups. “This is a really good rebounding team. It’s gonna hinge on that.” Throughout the game the

Skippers’ chant remained “defense,” and both teams had to work to score in the paint. In the second half, Skippers guards Johnnie Mills, Deion Stegall and Corey McKinney made too many fouls and were taken out of play. “They just lost a tough game,” said Vos, who declined further comment directly after the game to take care of the team. The Raiders’ Coach Antoine Joubert called it “a nerve-wracking game,” and said, “I was so glad that #2 and #5 fouled out.” Both the Skippers and the Raiders played “very hard and very well,” Joubert said. “I’m glad that both teams played good and nobody got hurt.”


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