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Affordable Care Act Arrives at SC4 Erick J. Fredendall Business/Advertising Editor Adjunct instructors received an e-mail from the SC4 human resource department informing the educators they will no longer be able to teach more than ten contact hours or pyramid jobs within the college. This e-mail represents one of employers’ many reactions to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.” It is a response to institutions’ growing need to develop policies in-line with the law before the 2014 deadline. The proposal states employers with more than 50 employees must provide health benefits for full-time workers or face fines and penalties. A fulltime work week would be 30 clock hours, but doesn’t define a way for colleges to determine how contact hours tie in to regular clock hours. “The IRS issues regulations to tell us what the statutes mean,” said Ken Lord, executive director of human resources and labor relations at SC4, “and the first one that came out said that adjunct faculty positions were to be defined by the academic year.” The academic year at SC4 is
defined by contract as the fall and winter semesters. To reach full-time status, professors must teach at least 14 contact hours per semester, which means the minimum a full-time instructor needs to work during the academic year is 28 contact hours. Lord says the American Community College Association suggested taking three-fourths of the full load for full-time faculty, which is 10 hours maximum for adjunct instructors. Shawn Starkey, the executive director of public relations, marketing and legislative affairs for SC4, explained out of 187 adjuncts instructors, 50 of them are currently teaching more than 10 contact hours and 19 of them have other positions in the college. “Adjuncts are not the only ones to be affected; 14 support staff and 19 administrative staff members will feel the effects of the law.” Starkey said. Many members of the affected staff expressed frustration and concern over the cuts. “I don’t really know what I am going to do,” one adjunct faculty member, who wishes to remain anonymous, explained, “I’m considering applying at
other campuses, but I’m so full-time instructors will be involved on the SC4 campus teaching more contact hours, that I’m not sure I would be including department heads. able to handle that.” “I think we’re all Another unnamed staff disappointed with the law,” member expressed her Lord said, “it’s unfair to understanding in regards to the employers and it’s unfair to policy change: “I am deeply employees but we have to deal saddened by with what the law is.” the effect this has had on many adjunct faculty members, but I understand the need for administration to be careful to avoid harsh fines that would ultimately hurt the entire college.” Lord does not believe the students will notice a substantial difference, although he did mention the law may initiate the consolidation of certain classes. Also, “Gov-ment” by Zack Penzien he stated many
Student Government Elections yields thrills and disappointment.
Sean Lathrop, president elect for Student Government. Photo credit: Angela Stoecklin
Angie Stoecklin Staff Writer
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Brian Heidt Student Government Treasurer elect. Photo credit: Angela Stoecklin
SC4 Student Brian Heidt had a beaming smile on his face last Wednesday night when he was told that he had won the position of Treasurer for SC4’s student government. Brian, who was a write in candidate, won the position with 96 votes. “I’m just thrilled that I won,” Brian said happily. The Student Government Elections took place in the SC4 Cafeteria on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. Unfortunately, the election only yielded just over 100 votes, making it the lowest vote count in SC4 history. The second write in candidate, other than Heidt,
Jessyca Fye, Student Government Secretary Elect. Photo credit: Nicholas Wedyke.
Steven Dilloway, vice presidential elect for Student Government. Photo credit: Angela Stoecklin
was Jessica Fye, a write in for Secretary who took home the position with eight votes. Unlike the other positions, the position for Vice President featured two candidates. They were SC4 students Eric Merril, who ended up with 51 votes, and Steven Dilloway, who won with 20 more votes. After the votes were tallied, Steven said, “As a student of SC4, I have a new found respect for our community’s access to learning. After enrolling for four semesters at SC4, I understand what it takes to be a successful college student. With that said, I believe that I am more than capable
to be a representative of the student body. All in all, I look forward to working with the student government an attempt to better the SC4 environment.” Last but not least, the position of Student Government President went to candidate Sean Lathrop. Sean ran unopposed for the position. Sean had this to say about his 94 vote victory: “I am severely disappointed that no one is running against me. I feel that Michael Keith could have possibly been a better president than myself. But since he was unable to run it makes me feel that this is a hollow victory for me.”
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Last day to withdraw from winter classes with a grade of “W”- Saturday, April 13 Fall registration begins- Monday, April 15
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Career Fair Wednesday, April 17 12 noon - 2:00 p.m. exclusively for college students and alumni 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - open to the public College Center Offers a chance to meet employers and gain job information. PTK Blood Drive Monday, April 22 Tuesday, April 23 10:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. College Center Cafe Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. To make an appointment please (800) 733-2767
ESG Bake Sale Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Main Building third-floor hallway Baked goods will be sold to benefit the Humane Society of St. Clair County (SNAP). “Repo! The Genetic Opera” Friday, April 19 Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Clara E. Mackenzie Building, Room 201 Free admission. Movie is rated R, IDs will be checked and no one under the age of 18 will be permitted unless accompanied by an adult. Event sponsored by the Zombie Defense Council.
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The Adventures of Tiffany and Clark Angie Stoecklin Staff Writer
I hand it to her and say ‘done!’ Seasons, the two of them were their third book, Monster invited to Gardens Elementary Beneath my Bed, Tiffany started It’s a great feeling because I know it’s just a matter of time School to speak to the students writing their first chapter Tiffany and Clark Higgins are about the writing process. “It book, Adventures of Bear B. before there’s a dozen copies not only SC4 business majors. was so encouraging,” Tiffany and Stone. After two years of sitting on the desk.” For the past three years she writing the book, whose main The couple now resides in said. “Before that we weren’t and her husband have written characters are based off of the their hometown of Richmond sure if we were going to and illustrated three children’s continue writing or not, but Higgins family dog and cat, it Michigan with their son and books, and are currently is now sitting on Clark’s desk daughter. Their books are they were just so full of hugs working on their first chapter available via Amazon.com as and love and were so awesome ready for illustrations. Clark book. says, “It’s a lot of fun but at well as their Facebook page, that it inspired us to continue For Tiffany, writing has times it can be tedious, but “Books by Tiffany A. and Clark on.” always been a passion. “I told And they did. After publishing when I set down that pencil and L. Higgins.” my mother when I was a little girl that I want to write a book when I grow up.” At the age of 30, she accomplished her dream and published her first book, We‘ve Seen Santa. Tiffany’s husband Clark provides the illustrations for the books. “When her first story got picked up she was looking into getting an illustrator, but the amount of money she would have to pay for one illustration was enough to make me pick up a pencil again.” It was the first time he had done so since high school. Tiffany added, “It makes it harder in some ways but also much easier because he’ll come to me and I can get more of what I visualize in combination with what he sees.” After publishing their second book, I Love the Changing Tiffany and Clark Higgins finishing up another day at SC4 before they return home to continue working on their new book. Photo credit: Angela Stoecklin
Zack Penzien Production Editor
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Lathrop. The GSA Drag show will be Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. located in the fine arts The SC4 Gay Straight theater here at SC4. Proceeds Alliance is having a drag show! from the event will go to the Attending the event is $5 at Blue Water Safe Horizons. Kim the door, but “also be sure to Marshal from Safe Horizons bring your singles,” said former will be there as well to discuss president of the GSA Sean what the organization is about
and what they are doing. I caught up with Sean Lathrop to learn a bit more about the upcoming event. The SC4 GSA drag show was created three years ago in collaboration with Seekers, the local gay bar. The events have raised over $1400 in charity over three years. The
events will feature armatures and professionals, including some students. Also, we have invited a former Mr. National drag performer Spacee Kadett said Lathrup.
Panel speaks on dressing for success Hannah Eppley Staff Writer
even before the interviewapplication drop off is just as important. April Cook recalled “Dressing for the job you how her past manager would want,” is the key to dressing for ask her if applicants were success. polite, professional and how SC4’s Marketing and they dressed. Models showed Management Club presented the audience easy business the first of their four part casual styles that would be “Countdown 2 Career” appropriate for dropping off an discussion panels on April 2nd application or for an interview. with “Dress for Success.” One audience member asked The Marketing and former Port Huron, Michigan Management Club’s goal mayor and business owner Jim of this series is to provide Relken what he looks for in an students with the needed skills applicant, to which he stressed to secure employment and the importance of eye contact, market themselves. The “Dress maintaining a sense of calm and for Success” seminar taught “taking time to communicate students how to be confident effectively.” and look good doing it. Once you have landed the Speakers at the panel table job, appearances are just as included April Cook, stylist at Oasis Hair Company, Jim Relken, producer at ebw.tv, and Sarah Hayden and Jennifer Crabtree, Men’s Warehouse Managers. Their goals for the show consisted of presenting proper attire for each professional setting and answering student questions. First, the panel reminded the audience that how they carry themselves matters
Interview-ready Rachael Pittiglio sports a fitted black blazer over a pink blouse. Photo credit: Hannah Eppley
important as first impressions. Casual Friday is the perfect time to dress a little more relaxed than is typical, but it is easy to appear sloppy and
unprofessional if you dress too casual. “Some people would come in every Friday wearing pajama jeggings or even bathing suits,” said Cook, to exemplify a situation of underdressing. While underdressing is unprofessional, “It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed,” said Jennifer Crabtree. Upcoming seminars dates are April 15th on Interviewing and April 22nd on resumes. Each of these will be from 4:30 to 600 p.m. in SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre. For more information on these and more events presented by SC4’s Marketing and Management Club, visit sc4.edu/calendar.
“Dress for Success” panel from left to right: Jennifer Crabtree, Sarah Hayden, April Cook, Jim Relken. Photo credit: Hannah Eppley
SC4 celebrates 90 years of education Nicholas Wedyke Managing Editor
fill a time capsule in celebration of the college’s 90th anniversary. The capsule is set to be closed Now is the time for students at SC4’s 90th birthday party, and alumni alike to make their Tuesday, June 11th, and will be mark on SC4 history. put on display in the college Student government is center until it is opened on the collecting SC4 related items to college’s 125th anniversary in
2048. In order to submit an item for approval, a photo of the item and a submission form is required by the deadline of Friday, April 12th. For a download of the submission forms, guidelines
and a list of suggested items, visit sc4.edu/90th. For more information contact Lisa Tobiczyk at (810) 9895552
Sports Skippers golf starts Rachael Pittiglio Sports Editor
assistant coaches, including Ross Green, for whom this will be his 24th season. The Skippers’ 2013 golf The SC4 invitational will take season began 10 a.m. on April 8 place on April 26 at 9:30 a.m., at the Mott Community College and will be at the Port Huron invitational at the Flint Elks Golf Club, which is located Golf Club. on 4101 Fairway Drive, Fort The Skippers include Gratiot. returning sophomore Andrew The team will play through Beck with six freshman May 3 in the regular season. members. They will be supported by Coach Dale Vos, who is in his 14th season, and several
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Campus “Big Bad” paves way for the Drama Club
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Angie Stoecklin Staff Writer The SC4 Theater was full of children’s laughter and smiles during the Drama Club’s production of Big Bad last Friday and Saturday. The story centers around a trial of the infamous Big Bad Wolf. At the trial, witnesses such as Little Red Riding Hood, the boy who cried wolf and the three little pigs are called to the stand to deliver their testimonies. At the end of the play, the wolf pleads not guilty and tells the story of how he became a vegan after his mother brought home a human girl, and raised her as a cub. The way the play ends is determined by the jury, aka, the audience. The crowd received the responsibility well and declared Mister B. Bad Wolf to be innocent. The children’s show attracted 120 audience members on Saturday, and about the same number of people attended both shows on Friday.
The shows director, Patrick Willis, was very pleased with the audience’s reaction when he played the piano during the Wolf’s monologue. “As I was walking off the stage a kid yelled ‘Bravo! Bravo!’ It gave me chills,” said Willis. The wolf, who was played by Dan Williams, was met by many young fans after the show. One small boy, whose name was Jamie, approached Dan after his performance to tell him, in the most adorably animated way, “That was the best show ever!” Dan, who was very happy with the way the show turned out, expressed his excitement for the Drama Club’s growing success. “120 people is a big turnout even for a regular Theater Discipline show, so to have that kind of output for a Drama Club production is great; and I think that the public has become more aware of us, which is good for SC4 because now instead of 4 shows, audiences have the option to see five or six shows a year which
is good for everybody. The Drama Club is now working to plan a show for the summer. While it is not a kid’s show, it is more of a comedy for an adult audience. It is
hoped by various Drama Club members that the success of Big Bad will bring in another satisfying number of audience members.
The comical pigs receive many laughs at SC4 Drama Club’s production of Big Bad. Photo credit: Angela Stoecklin
Drama Club members of Big Bad last Saturday. Photo credit: Angela Stoecklin
One Small Step for Man Kristopher Reynolds Staff Writer On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong delivered his famous moon landing speech. Though the program on April 4th, 2013 had little to absolutely nothing to do with space exploration or Neil Armstrong, participants couldn’t help but be reminded of the amazing audio quality of the aforementioned speech. “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” a seminar inspired by a lecture which became a bestselling book by Randy Pausch, was met with a slight opposition of the technological persuasion. Due to an unidentifiable malfunction with the popular social-video networking program Skype, retired SC4 professor David McNash, or “Buz” as he
prefers, was unable to present his part of the seminar, titled “Keep the Bar High: Do What is Right,” via live video feed from Florida as he originally intended. However, keeping with one of the evenings main focuses of perseverance in eyes of antagonism, a reprieve was found through the whim of SC4 Professor James Berry. Using his cell phone, Berry called Buz and had him give his lecture via cell phone-throughmicrophone, causing some more than humorous audio quality (as well as a likely leg cramp on Berry’s part). All levity aside, Buz’s message came through “loud and clear,” as one of having higher standards and expectations of one’s self, and about how having a loss of
direction doesn’t mean loss of one’s journey in life and success. James Berry also gave a lecture, which was heavily focused on the journey of life and career, and how no matter how far the story goes, it is not over until it is over, so to speak. Important figures from various SC4 student clubs
David Goetze and James Berry demonstrating technological patience. Photo credit: Kristopher Reynolds
and organizations also came to inform and influence attendants to get involved both on and off campus. Clubs included the Erie Square Gazette, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Marketing and Management Club, Phi Theta Kappa and Student Government. Matthew Kezel, a SC4 student, said, “Guys like Dave Goetze; once they found out what they wanted to do, they really focused on what they wanted to do. Professor Buz, he didn’t have direction with what he wanted to do. What I got out of this was as long as your journeying for something, don’t make it your final stop. Look at me, I’m 41 years old. I’m going for my 3rd degree. Knowledge is the power towards what you possess.”
Community Hair of the…Lip?
Kristopher Reynolds Staff Writer Muttonchops, goatees, mustaches, chin straps and beards - if one didn’t know any better, Port Huron was invaded by Vikings, Huns, and a variety of iconic facial haired groups. This was not the case on March 30, during the annual “‘Stache Bash” festival in downtown Port Huron. The event was sponsored by the Blue Water Social Club created by Ryan McInnis. The Block Party began at 7:00 p.m. at Kate’s Downtown in Port Huron, and featured complimentary beer, wine, snacks and other refreshments. Furry-faced fellas and gals (believe it or not) came from all around to compete, socialize and raise money via mustache auctioning for Thin Blue Line and the KidSAKE Foundation. Thin Blue Line is a charity
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Irish Tavern where the voting and auctioning of facial fuzz began. The highest bidder chose to “save or shave” the purchased lip fur. A raffle was also conducted, giving away over $1400 of merchandise donated by local Port Huron businesses. Musical entertainment was provided by Mountain Babies and The Poltroons. Johhny Roche, proprietor of the Roche Bar, sold his moustache, nicknamed “The ‘Staches giving other ‘staches a hand. Photo credit: Kristopher Reynolds Rocheman,” for an amazing $375. According to McInnis, that helps pay the costs put on to dress to the max. I’ve been families of fallen heroes such growing my moustache for nine his moustache “was made of adamantium,” as it refused to as firefighters, police officers, months. I am a supporter of armed forces etc. KidSAKE the Thin Blue Line. My father bow to the shears. The official after party was Foundation teaches kids about was a firefighter. Awesome held at Fuel Woodfire Grill, the performing arts, and uses art moustaches, awesome people, with live music from Whistle as a platform for conducting a awesome cause. Why not?” Stop Revue. plethora of community services. His moustache sported the Now, a moment of silence for Contestant number 13, Steve nickname “Ron.” the great chops and ‘staches Miller, when asked what Around 9:00 p.m. all that fell for the sake of amazing brought him out to the event contestants, as well as merrycharity. said, “Why not? It’s an excuse goers, journeyed to Lynch’s
Port Huron to march against child abuse
Rachael Pittiglio Sports Editor
increase awareness of child abuse and call for criminals who have committed violence The MACA will host the Port against children to receive less Huron’s part in the “Million lenient sentences. March Against Child Abuse” on Participants will meet in the April 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 Port Huron Pine Grove Park at p.m. 1204 Pine Grove Avenue, from The march’s purpose is to where they will march past the
courthouse and police station. When the marchers return to the park, there will be live music. Other supporters will also march in cities across the nation. Anyone who wants to participate can register through the Port Huron
MACA Facebook page, or find more information on the main page https://www. facebook.com/MillionMarch AgainstChildAbuse PortHuronMi/info.
Local photographers raise funds for homeless shelter
Twana Pinskey Staff Writer
In the twinkling of an eye it could all be gone. Loss of home, job or addiction brought on by depression and inability to cope. No matter what the cause of homelessness is, the results are the same. Instead of your neighbor, it could be you. Friday March 29, local photographers displayed their photographs at the “Blue Water This is Us” exhibition at the Port Huron Family Chiropractic Center. According to event chairperson, Katie Bartel of Yale, eleven local photographers donated photographs they illustrated with the “Instagram” application. Bartel said all proceeds were going to benefit the “Blue Water Area Rescue Mission” efforts to replace items such as aging heating and cooling systems at the shelter. “I knew they (the shelter) were in need because funding from the city was cut,” said Bartel. According to Bartel the “Instagramers of Port Huron” photographers wanted to help by using their photography skills. Bartel explained the event took four months to plan with participating photographers
shooting images throughout the Blue Water Area, including Saint Clair, Marine City, Marysville and Port Huron. “We wanted to show our support by taking beautiful images,” said Bartel. Blue Water Area Rescue Mission Assistant Executive Director Debbie Koontz, Port Huron, said the fundraiser came at a good time. Koontz said the shelter’s stove doesn’t work. “We need a new stove. If you use the oven, the burners don’t work,” said Koontz. She explained there are 16 men currently receiving services at the shelter. “We try to get the gentlemen staying with us off on their way to a better life,” said Koontz. According to Bartel, the event raised over $120 dollars. Bartel said her group is always looking for more photographers. She said anyone interested in participating in the next Instagramers shoot should visit their FaceBook page“Blue Water This is Us”. Koontz expressed her thankfulness for the group’s assistance. “I think it is a good thing, it brings life back to Port Huron,” said Koontz. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the shelter can contact Koontz at (810) 956-0769.
Some of the photos at the March 29 exhibit to benefit Blue Water Rescue Mission. Photo credit: Twana Pinskey
Opinion DRM, the uncertain future of gaming
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Because of the use of DRM Nicholas Wedyke and an “always-online” Managing Editor restriction, the Diablo III servers were overloaded. Users In lieu of recent events, began to experience errors myself, being an avid gamer including “error 37” which is troubled by the seemingly reads, “The servers are busy at endless dispute over “always- this time. Please try again later on” video games. (error 37).” This made the game DRM or Digital Rights unplayable for those effected. Management, is an access Then came SimCity, the 2013 control technology used by launch of Maxis and Electronic video game and software Art’s latest installment of its developers to limit the use of popular city creator simulation content after an initial sell; could have gone better…. a lot “always-online” is a DRM used better. to inhibit undesirable use of EA’s SimCity, like Diablo, video game content, and has also uses an “always-on” style struck up quite the controversy. of DRM. When the game First came Diablo III, a launched, it too had heavy seemingly flawless return to server woes, caused by the fact dungeon crawling that made that a user cannot play without the franchise famous in the late logging on. This caused error 1990s. When the 2012 reboot messages just like Diablo, was released it was the fastest locking out gamers who tried to selling PC video game to date, log on and play the game. selling over 3.5 million copies Maxis’ studio head, Lucy within the first twenty-four Bradshaw, said in an interview hours of release, according to after the March launch with Blizzard Entertainment. Polygon and Kotaku about
SimCity, “It would take “a significant amount of engineering work from our team to rewrite the game for single player.” But the real meat of the story comes from Youtube user UKAzzer, who modded SimCity to play the game in “debug mode.” While in this mode, players can create cities, build outside of normal boundaries and save a city’s progress, all while being completely offline. And the kicker is he only
omitted two lines of code in the games programming to do so. I am conflicted. I enjoy playing video games, and supporting the developers of games I like. But if these developers are willing to lie to me and the rest of their loyal supporters, just for a buck, why would I support a company like this? Every relationship needs trust. If we put our trust in a game developer, that game developer should put their trust in us.
Xbox 360 controllers. Photo credit: Rodrigo Denúbila, used under a Creative Commons license.
Photo poll What are your feelings on the marrage equality debate?
Zachary Penzien Production editor Christina Stoutenburg Editor and chief
“I think that people should be able to do whatever makes them happy.”
“I feel whatever makes someone happy it’s there chose, whatever happens behind closed doors is no one’s business.”
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“People have a mind of their own, they are going to so what’s right for them and makes them happy. People need to learn how to respect that.”
“Anyone should be able to marry anyone they like and receive the benefits. I don’t feel like anyone is bound by their gender, as far as who is attracted to or want to spend their time with.”
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Entertainment Story telling at its best
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Garrett Summerville Copy Editor It is not often that a video game gets a perfect score. Many have come close, some have made it, but most are considered nothing more than average. However, after the release of the greatly anticipated Bioshock: Infinite, game critics were giving it the highly sought-after perfect score. After playing it, it’s easy to see why. Bioshock: Infinite is the third installment in the critically acclaimed Bioshock franchise. Fans of the original games should not expect much of the same. Instead, Infinite stands on its own as a fresh approach to the kind of games flooding the market. Players control Booker Dewitt, a former Pinkerton, who is trying to rid himself of an impending debt. To do this, he must venture to the flying city of Columbia and rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious girl that the leaders of Columbia will do anything to keep from escaping. To survive, Booker must utilize a vast arsenal of weapons and special powers known as “vigors.” The vigors vary from telekinesis to electricity, and affect your enemies differently. Booker can move quickly in
areas using a rail system that flows throughout the city. This adds a kind of gameplay that is uncommon in first-personshooters. The visually stunning environments of Columbia are one of game’s highlights. Detailed architecture, unique technology and deeply layered characters place the gamer in a seemingly real place. Players will quickly realize they aren’t just playing a video game. They are part of a story created by hundreds of artists. What truly makes Infinite stand out is your AI companion, Elizabeth. Through the use of motion capture and perfect voice acting, the developers made Elizabeth more than a pile of pixels on a screen. She becomes a character that the player will care about, and instills a desire to rescue at any cost. Unlike characters in other games, Elizabeth is never a burden on the player. Infinite avoids becoming a prolonged escort mission. Booker and Elizabeth work as a team. While you fight your way through hordes of enemies, she will search the battlefield for resources that aid you in your quest. Like in the previous two Bioshock games, Creative Director Ken Levine adds his
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signature social commentary to Infinite. Columbia represents the idea of “American Excepionalism,” which is personified in the city’s leader, and self-proclaimed prophet, Zachary Comstock. The game tackles subjects such as racial superiority, theocratic tyranny, abuse of the free-market and radicalism. By applying other aspects, such as quantum mechanics, the plot is deeper
and more intricate than what is expected in a video game. Bioshock: Infinite shows how games can be used as a powerful storytelling device. By presenting the player which difficult moral dilemmas, believable characters and an interesting environment, the game becomes an unforgettable experience. Future developers will look back at Infinite as an example of how to do it right.
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Entertainment The Host has the most
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Reachelle Kocis Staff Writer
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Taylor McAllister Staff Writer
Not So Stealthy Ninjas
Ninjas are silent and shrouded in darkness by tradition, trained to be a knife in the shadows. Japanese folklore depicted ninjas as masters of magic, able to completely vanish into shadows without a trace, able to walk through walls along with a handful of other supernatural powers. In reality, this is not true. Ninjas were just highly trained and extremely talented individuals, but the imagination had taken hold of the tall tales of ninjas and created a genre of TV shows and games, especially in Japan, that solely focus on the shrouded assassins. At the forefront of this genre is the series Naruto, a show that follows a not so stealthy ninja. Characters of this world use the supernatural power of ninjustu to create flashy and devastating attacks. The TV show has seen great success in both Japan and the United States, so naturally a game following the franchise would ensue. Unlike most games that
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follow TV shows and movies, this game series is actually good. The gameplay is fighting, like Mortal Kombat, in which combatants fight in an area of limited size and move anywhere within that environment. Jumping, sliding, using a log to take an attack in substitution of your character or even having a giant orange fox smite foes with chakra bomb; these are all possible actions at your disposal in this game. The combat itself is as seamless as the fights in the sho, and just as exciting too. The story mode of this installment is a major improvement for previous Naruto games. Being able to explore the very world depicted in the show is not the only upgrade in comparison to this game’s predecessors. For the first time there are major boss battles that are truly challenging, and at times overwhelming. This, however, rings true with the encounters portrayed on the 9:00 p.m. showing on Cartoon Network. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm
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Admission movie review
consular from Princeton, and Paul Rudd as John Pressman, a free spirited dean and father Admission is a movie that has at an alternative high school. an educational and comedic Both characters differ on their view of the college admission opinions of children. Tina fey process. It’s a good movie to and Paul Rudd, who are equally get a better idea on what and talented comedic performers, how colleges choose students. deliver believable roles Admission stars Tina Fey as The best part of the movie Portia Nathan, a serious and was Tina Fey’s character’s no nonsense college admission mother, who was wise and NG I AY PL W NO
eccentric. Admission is a movie that has obvious and not so obvious lessons that can be learned. There were also serious and fun parts in the movie. The movie showed that anyone can find out who they are regardless of their age. Opposites attract was another thing that can be brought out in this college comedy.
above its forerunners is the thrill the story offers. An all-out ninja war does have its merits of being pretty epic after all.
One of the strongly implemented aspects of the movie is parenting. The film addresses how parents push their kids into being successful, how people use different parenting techniques and how being new to the parenting game can change a person’s life.
Comics / Pets
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Pets of the issue
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Helen Keller is an adult, female medium haired brown tabby. She is spayed, house trained, declawed in the front and upto-date on routine shots. Helen Keller is a special needs cat, as she is blind. Her adoption fee is $75.
Claire is a young female Labrador retriever who is house trained. She has short black fur, is spayed and up-to-date with routine shots. His adoption fee is $175.00.
Published on Apr 11, 2013