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Volume 64.1


Erie Square Gazette A public forum by and for the students of St. Clair County Community College


30 2014

Pot full of bills

Michigan and marijuana: where we stand

Angie Stoecklin Copy Editor As a small number of states are making the decision to legalize and/or decriminalize marijuana, it may lead Michigan residents to wonder where their state stands. There are four bills related to the use of medical marijuana that are either on the table or pending review through the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate. Only one out of four proposed bills have become law, but it still requires the federal government to change the classification of marijuana in order to go into effect. Here’s how it works:

Senate Bill 660 allows pharmacies to sell pharmaceutical-grade cannabis to patients with debilitating medical conditions. However, this law only goes into effect if the federal government reclassifies marijuana from an illegal drug to a prescription drug.

“Because the federal government has yet to reclassify marijuana, we will not see an impact anytime soon,” said state representative Jeff Irwin, who seems to have high hopes about marijuana’s future. Irwin is a state representative of District 53, which includes Ann Arbor. He is responsible for introducing House Bill 4623, a legislation that would reduce minor marijuana possession to a civil infraction in the state of Michigan. Under this proposed bill, a person caught with an ounce or less of marijuana which they illegally obtained will no longer be immediately subject to jail time, substantial fines, or probation. Instead, on a person’s first offense, the punishment is a $25 fine, on the second offense, the fine is no more than $50, and on the third offense, it is no more than $100. Why this matters:

According to the FBI/ Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data report, Michigan spent $94,838,792 enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010.

The amount has only grown in recent years. The almost $95 million expense includes court costs, and probation costs; which, if House Bill 4623 is adopted, would nearly disappear. “(If passed,) the state would immediately save millions of dollars each year,” Irwin said. According to Irwin’s proposal, decriminalization is not a new concept. Seventeen states have already decriminalized possession of marijuana, and eight others are considering legislation to do the same. Since House Bill 4623 has only been proposed and not yet voted on, it’s unclear whether or not Michigan will join the 17 states. St. Clair and Sanilac counties representative, Paul Muxlow, is unsure whether House Bill 4623 will lead to decriminalization: “I cannot say for certain if Michigan will decriminalize marijuana in the near future, however, I do

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Erick Fredendall Production Editor/Designer Zack Penzien




Assistant Production Editor Emily Mainguy

Jan. 30 - A Season for Nonviolence Campaign Opening Ceremony - Fine Arts Theatre - 7-8 p.m.

Jan. 30 – Feb. 13

Feb. 10 - Port Huron City Council Meeting - 7 p.m. City of Port Huron Municpal Office Center

Managing Editor Greg Garofalo Copy Editor Angie Stoecklin Photo Editor Liz Whittemore Sports Editor Brendan Buffa Business Editor Brian Heidt Adviser John Lusk ESG Contact Info: Email: 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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Feb. 1 - 2014 Regional High School Quiz Bowl - 9 a.m - SC4 Finals begin at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 3 - Phi Theta Kappa Blood Drive 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - College Center Cafe Feb. 4 - Phi Theta Kappa Blood Drive 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - College Center Cafe Feb. 4 - Financial Aid Night Fine Arts Theatre - 7-9 p.m.

Feb. 6 - Elementary School Student Show Reception - 4-6 p.m. Fine Arts Galleries For the 46th Annual Beatrice Thornton Student Art Exhibit

Feb. 7 - SC4 Board of Trustees Retreat All day - Alumni Room in the College Center Atrium Feb. 8 - Daryle Singletary Concert Fine Arts Theatre $30 for the concert, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $46 for the dinner & concert dinner starts at 6 p.m.

Dinner Seating is limited. Reserve tickets by Jan. 31

Feb. 9 - Michigan College Goal Workshop - MTEC Building - 2-4 p.m.

Feb. 13 - Board of Trustees Meeting MTEC Building Room 150 - 4:30-6 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Feb 1 – Alpena CC* (4 p.m.) Feb 5 – Wayne County CCD* (7:30 p.m.) Feb 8 – Oakland CC (3 p.m.) Feb 12 – Mott CC* (7:30 p.m.) Women’s Basketball Feb 1– Alpena CC* (2 p.m.) Feb 5 – Wayne County CCD* (5:30 p.m.) Feb 8 – Oakland CC* (1 p.m.) Feb 12 – Mott CC* (5:30 p.m.) bold denotes home games *denotes MCCAA Eastern Conference

Feb. 6 - The Sounds of Kevin A. Pollock Lynch’s Irish Tavern - 5:30-8 p.m. 210 Huron Ave.

Feb. 8 - 58th Annual March of Dimes Jail and Bail - 9-4 p.m. - Masonic Temple, 927-Sixth Street

2 Pot full of bills: Continued not think the votes are currently in the legislature for such an action to occur.” Despite the decriminalization bill standing at the gate of proposal, the House has just passed two other bills related to marijuana. One of those bills, 4271, allows provisioning centers (dispensaries) to operate under the Medical Marihuana Provisioning Center Regulation Act. How this changes things:

According to the current Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, a person holding their medical marijuana card has to go through their own registered caregiver in order to get

their medicine. To be a caregiver, a person must be over 21 years of age and hold a valid registration card allowing them to grow marijuana for registered patients. With provisioning centers back in operation, a person can obtain their medicine by going into any dispensary and purchasing it. The bill also states that the existence of a provisioning center is controlled by the local communities that they are in and cannot be within a thousand foot radius of a school or church. The Michigan House of Representatives passed House Bill 4271 in mid-December. It now joins another bill that is also waiting to be reviewed by the Senate.

House Bill 5104 restores the rights of patients to use other products such as topical ointments and edibles. If this bill passes through the Senate, medical marijuana patients will be able to consume the substance in other forms as long as they are pertinent to the patient’s condition. These marijuana infused products can be obtained through a person’s primary caregiver or through the provisioning centers, if 4271 passes through the Senate.

Jacob Brenner, 18, Sophomore

Jalen Cates, 20, Sophomore

What all of this means for marijuana legalization:

sold recreationally in Michigan, Rep. Irwin believes that it should be legal and regulated like alcohol. According to Rep. Irwin, he isn’t the only one with that belief. “The idea is gathering a lot of momentum, and we are starting to see opinions coming together from both sides of the political spectrum.” Whether or not the current bills making their way through the process of approval or disapproval will pass remains to be seen, but if they do pass, their success may determine whether or not a bill approving marijuana for recreational use is on the horizon.

Although there is no specific law or Contact Angie at bill indicating that marijuana will be

Do you think Marijuana should be legal in Michigan? Levi Peters, 19, Sophomore

“I’m really against it. I’ve almost been killed because someone was smoking pot while they were driving. Yes, people smoke it regardless of the law, but there is going to be guaranteed a larger majority of people who are going to be smoking it if it’s legal. If people are concerned with safety, legalizing it isn’t going to help at all, and there’s enough idiots on the road as it is.”

“I think it should be illegal because even if they do make it legal there might be less people in jail, but I figure it’s dangerous still, the people that would be in jail might be in the grave instead. And it’s really not good to do anyway, it does kill brain cells and it is harmful. I can see some plus sides, like you could dodge some problems, but you get more problems back. It’s dangerous.”

“I’m down with it, they should just legalize it completely. If it makes you happy and you’re not stupid and driving high then it’s cool.”

Michael Crosby, 21, Sophomore

“To me it doesn’t matter, I don’t smoke or anything but to each his own. I’m not against it; I’m not for it, whatever happens, happens. As long as it doesn’t affect me in any shape or form then I don’t care.” Photos by Angie Stoecklin

3 Erick Fredendall Having been at St. Clair County Community College on and off since 2010, Erick Fredendall is no stranger to this campus or the Erie Square Gazette. During his education, he’s found enjoyment involving himself with the Erie Square Gazette for four semesters. This is his second semester as editor-in-chief. Outside of school, Erick occupies himself as a barista at The Exquisite Corpse Coffee House where he crafts in his preferred medium, latte foam. The caffeine kick comes in handy on production nights for the paper, and when he can’t seem to drag himself away from the front page of the internet, Reddit. When Erick is finally able to harbor some alone time he revels in Quentin Tarantino’s work or some good modern folk music. Erick plans to transfer to Oakland University after finishing his associate degree in liberal arts here at St. Clair County Community College. -Lily Petit

Hannah Hunter Receiving the assignment to draft up a bio on a new staff writer is certainly the best way to determine their place here at the Erie Square Gazette. In the case of Hannah Hunter, the fit could not be more perfect. Hunter is a senior at Richmond High School, duel enrolled here at SC4. Even though Richmond does not offer a Middle College program at the moment, Hunter was not going to let that stop her from getting ahead. Despite having an outgoing and bold personality, Ms. Hunter has actually spent the majority of her years on planet Earth being homeschooled. Hunter is currently unemployed, as are many great writers. She fills her spare time with playing music. With the talent of playing bass guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, and the ability to sing; really, who needs a job? Hunter would love to implement her love for writing into a new and unique way of advertising. It is her ambition, creativity, and fun personality that will make Hannah Hunter a more than welcomed addition to the ESG family; even if she does not own a pair of converse. - Gregory Garofalo

Angela Stoecklin Angie Stoecklin is a 23 year old student who is majoring in communications media. This is Stoecklin’s third semester working for the Erie Square Gazette and her first as copy editor. Stoecklin graduated from St. Clair High School and works at The Smoke Haus making pizza. Stoecklin is interested in writing because she “likes meeting and talking to new people and doing new things she doesn’t usually do.” As copy editor you must ensure that the author’s words are true to the intended message. Stoecklin is one of the last steps of checking written material before it’s sent into print and also keeps an eye out for libel and errors of fact. In her spare time, Angie plays video games. Her favorite game is called League of Legends. Angie is a nerd at heart who also enjoys Pokémon. Her favorite food is Mexican food or anything her boyfriend makes. Angie currently resides in Fort Gratiot with her boyfriend. - Josh Langholz

Joshua Langholz A native of Bay City Mi., Josh Langholz, 29, is attending his first semester at SC4, majoring in radio broadcasting. Langholz, a former DJ, has moved to Port Huron for a change of pace, having grown tired of the bar and party scene that comes along

with DJ territory. Langholz’s change of pace includes him pursuing a career as a sports broadcaster. His passion for sports and his love for learning led him here, to SC4. As a new member of the Erie Square Gazette, Langholz says he would like to “get the word out” when it comes to writing stories. Langholz holds a part time job at Tim Hortons in Port Huron. While he graduated high school in Bay City, he now lives Port Huron by himself in order to maintain focus on his schooling. Langholz has one older sister, who lives in Bay City with his family. -Angie Stoecklin

Staff Zachary Penzien Aside from being a comic artist and graphic designer, Zachary Penzien is also the production editor for the Erie Square Gazette. His job is to design the layout for the print issues of the ESG. Penzien has been at SC4 for longer than he’d like to admit. He is studying graphic design and working on his own comic book, following the same characters that are featured in the comic page of the ESG. He hopes to start serializing at the end of the year. Penzien’s hobbies include not only making, but reading comics books and graphic novels. “I like graphic storytelling,” Penzien said. “It’s second only to television and film for pure potential of narrative.” Penzien lives with his grandma, neighboring his parents. “She needed help with the house, so I moved in with her” he explained. If you’d like to see Penzien’s work, or ask him some questions, follow him on twitter @testsubject777. His website is piratesub.blogger. com. -Jenelle Kalaf

Jenelle Kalaf Jenelle Kalaf is starting her second semester at SC4 and as a staff writer at the Erie Square Gazette. She was born and lives right here in Port Huron for the past 19 years of her existence. She recently graduated from Port Huron Northern high school and is continuing her education at SC4. Jenelle is grandfathered into the journalism program, making her one of the last of a dying race. When not at school, she is working as a game advisor at GameStop. Jenelle also has a passion for cosplaying. She spends her time making her own costumes and in the past has done cosplays of a female tenth and eleventh doctor from Doctor Who, the Onceler from the Lorax, and is currently making a costume from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Booker Dewitt from Bioshock: Infinite. Jenelle really digs science fiction and likes Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Gate and Doctor Who. She also is a big anime and manga fan. -Zackary Penzien

Liz Whittemore

The flash, shutter and click of a camera can be heard all over campus, but if it is newsworthy to Erie Square Gazette, you will see Liz Whittemore on the scene. The upbeat redhead holds a degree in Journalism from SC4, but stays around because of her love for ESG. In addition to the degree, she has worked as an intern for Channel 95.5’s “Mojo in the Morning.” While Liz has no interest in working in radio, she wanted to have the experience under her belt. Ms. Whittemore is a well-traveled lady and has been to California, Florida, New York, Chicago, and Boston, among other places. In following with her love to travel, she would like to join the Peace Corps and visit a college in Spain. - Chico Hernandez

Mairead Warner

Mairead Warner has been writing with the Erie Square Gazette for four semesters. Originally from Canada, Warner moved to Melvin, Michigan when she was five-years-old and then graduated from Peck Community Schools in 2012. She enjoys writing poetry and getting involved with clubs and activities at school in her free time. Warner wishes to travel everywhere to explore the culture, languages, and history if she had the chance. Warner plans on majoring in Journalism and Broadcasting here at SC4. “I like journalism because it’s about telling a story through a different perspective,” explained Warner. -Emily Mainguy

Nicholas “Chico” Hernandez Nicholas Hernandez, commonly known as Chico, is an SC4 student majoring in journalism. He currently works in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher and a line cook. Hernandez likes creative writing but is branching out to explore investigative

journalism. The St. Clair resident is on his third semester as the president of SC4’s health and wellness club. In his spare time Chico likes to play video games and read science fiction books. His favorite graphic novel series “Sand Land,” is written by the same author of Dragon Ball Z. He likes television shows such as “Sherlock”, “Dr. Who”, and “Family Guy”. Chico prefers action and comedy movies and always carries a bandana on him. - Liz Whittemore

Staff Greg Garafolo

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Greg Garafolo is an experienced SC4 college student, yet this is his first year on main campus. Greg attended a middle college program through Croslex Schools for the past two years and is majoring in communication media and arts. He is hoping to attend Oakland or Wayne State Universities to continue his education. Spring break will be coming up in a few short months which, for most people, means hitting the sun and sand. Not for Greg. He prefers to spend his breaks sleeping and writing a short story or two. Greg is from Lexington, Michigan, and Lexington is not a very large town. Greg likes to get together with a group of friends and spend the day heading south to Chesterfield, MI to catch a movie, go out to eat, and do what college students do to relax. -Hannah Hunter

Up and coming artist and journalist Emily Mainguy, graduated from Port Huron High School in 2011. She has been involved in journalism since she was in middle school while taking yearbook as an elective. She originally wanted to be an environmental scientist, and now she plans on having a graphics design degree with journalism. She did not want a serious job; she wanted a career that she could enjoy. Emily was involved in many clubs and activities in high school including an environmental club she started, “The How,” NHS, and student council. She started doing artwork a year and a half ago. Emily does not have any inspirations for her art, but she would like to travel the world: especially Europe, so she could see the different history and architecture. During her childhood and during her high school years the environment was very important to her. - Mairead Warner

Nichole Hatcher

Don Lierman

Who is Nichole Hatcher? Hatcher is a 28 year old Port Huron local, a student on her last semester at SC4. Although her major is undecided, she has expressed interest in substitute teaching. This is Hatcher’s first semester writing for the Erie Square Gazette, and she has no particular writing interest. When asked why she decided to come to the ESG, she responded, “because I like writing, and I was short one credit”. Her place of work is Family Video, and as such she cannot name a favorite movie. A mother of three, she describes herself as a “passionate mother willing to do anything and everything for her children”. She urges everyone to never mess with her kids. Hatcher has expressed an obsession with shoes, a sort of ‘hobby.Another hobby she is quite passionate about is white-water rafting. An adrenaline junkie in this regard, one of her dreams is to white-water raft across the continental United States. While she has no particular favorite musician or artist, lately she has been listening to a lot of Katy Perry. - Kristopher Reynolds

Donald Lierman is one of the newest and oldest additions to the Gazette. After a three year absence from the paper, he is now back with a fresh perspective and enough experience to fill the news room two times over. “’I’m really happy to be back here. I want to bring my past work and life experience to improve the paper and inspire people to write.” A few years ago Don was the sports editor here at the ESG, now he is returning to build a portfolio and improve his writing skill. On top of having a vast well of experience with papers and media outlets such as: The Voice, Detroit Rock Live, and even our own Times Herald. Don has worked many general news internships, as well as sports writing positions. Currently he hosts a punk rock music hour on WSGR 12-1 every Tuesday. The ESG welcomes Don’s high energy and fun personality to our staff. - Gregory Garofalo

Brendan Buffa St. Clair High School graduate, Brendan Buffa, is currently enrolled at St. Clair Community College. He is in his second semester at the college and hopes to transfer to Western where he will major in English. Brendan holds the place of the Sports Editor for the Erie Square Gazette. Fresh with new ideas, Brendan is looking forward to bringing in new people to help him this semester. Music is a passion that Brendan would like to bring to the ESG. Also, wanting to start new editorials he is motivated for the new semester. Brendan thinks it would be a cool idea to write about the hidden musical talents of St. Clair County in the Erie Square Gazette. Knowing how hard it is to obtain publicity in the music industry, he hopes to help unseen talents receive the publicity they deserve. Along with his constant passion to pursue music, Brendan holds a job as a sales associate at Sherwin-Williams. Once graduated from college, Brendan hopes to live in Grand Rapids. After visiting only one time, he quickly felt that it was the perfect place for him. -Kimberley Dunkin

Kimmie Dunkin Anticipating on making a splash, Kimmie Dunkin is dipping her toes into the waters of journalism for the first time as a newcomer to the Erie Square Gazette. For her second semester as a Blue Water Middle College student, Dunkin is still a junior at Port Huron Northern High School. High fashion and the arts are both extremely important to Dunkin, as she plans on being a fashion magazine editor and finding the next Zoolander. Dunkin’s dream would be to go to New York City to live amongst the Prada-clad superstars, and take her hobby of dancing to the next level. Working from the good of her heart for her younger brothers elementary school, she has an extremely giving personality. Dunkin, also babysitting and working in the mall at ‘Justice,’ finds a lot of solace in working with younglings. Prepare to see Dunkin inside an issue of ‘Vogue’ in the near future, as the stars are aligning in favor of this promising journalist. - Brendan Buffa

Brian Heidt Brian Heidt is what we in the paper business call: the business editor. Brian takes care of selling advertisements, and deals with any financial transactions for the paper. In other words, Brian takes care of business. Brian has become so busy lately that he has not been able to sit down to give a proper interview, but we love him anyways. Here’s to Brian! -Gregory Garofalo

Kris Reynolds Kris Reynolds, 23, from Peck is starting his third year at SC4. He said he plays fourteen different instruments. Out of all the different instruments, the guitar is his favorite. He even writes and sings his own music. Journalism is where his passion lies. Kris always tries to show some of his personality through his work. Kris said he would love to go hang gliding but doesn’t like flying. He will be going white water rafting in the very near future. The one thing he said he would never do is sky diving. Kris said when he was in high school he would help out the children with special need, and has spoken publically about mental disorders. One thing that he said most people don’t know about him is that his favorite color is sea foam green and he likes to work with wood. -Nicole Hatcher

Lily Petit

Lily Petit is a sophomore at SC4 pursuing a degree in communications media, and is one of the Erie Square Gazette’s newest staff writers. Lily’s degree focuses on journalism, but her main interest lies in editing; a career path that appeals to her sense of detail and love of reading. When she’s not at school or with loved ones, she’s slinging subs at Jimmy Johns, where she works to finance the occasional shopping spree and save for future pursuits. Her favorite sub is the #12 Beach Club. Her free time is spent tearing through books, participating in theatrical productions, and knitting, the latter she assures is a perfectly acceptable way to pass time. -Erick Fredendall



Students seek help with financial aid Helpful hints through a stressful period of time

Mairead Warner Staff Writer

The financial aid office can answer a student’s questions about the different aspects and parts of the The financial aid appeal process appeal process that student’s need can be a rough and frustrating time to know. for struggling students. College life Although, according to the does have its ups and downs, and Director of Financial Assistance and the appeal process can become Services Josephine Cassar, There either an up or down moment in a is no deadline for the financial aid college student’s life. appeals. The up side is that there are people “Those students receive their who are willing to help students results from their appeal in a who need it. The word “appeal” may written forum. The financial aid bring terror into the eyes and hearts appeals are year round. A strong of many students. Yet, Students suggestion is that students are can go to numerous places such as timely with getting their appeals the financial aid department, the taken care of before their classes counseling department, and for start. Students can turn their TRIO students, the TRIO offices. appeals into the financial aid office

Nashville Star Comes to SC4 Jenelle Kalaf Staff Writer

Nashville star and country music singer, Daryle Singletary, is coming to SC4. Singletary, known for his hits “Too Much Fun” and “I Let Her Lie,” will be preforming in the Fine Arts building on Feb. 8. Admission for the concert is $30. For students with their Skipper card, admission is $15. This discount is only given one per card. The Fine Arts building will also be holding a dinner before the concert. Admission is $46, which includes the concert. Dinner will be held at 6 p.m., followed by Singletary’s concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theater. For every ticket sold, 10 percent of the cost goes to a student club of the buyer’s choice. All tickets can be picked up prior to the event in the business office from Celeste Skalnek. If the show does not sell out, the remaining tickets will be sold at the door the night of the event.

to any of the financial aid employees. A student can get their results from their financial aid appeal in one to two weeks” Cassar said. The financial aid office requests that students who are filing for their financial aid appeal make sure that they fill out their appeal completely. Students should make sure that they do and follow all the requirements and sign the appeal. There are two types of financial aid appeals. The first one is when students fail to reach the 2.0 grade point average and the completion ratio of 75 percent. The second is when students have reached their maximum amount of credit hours. For the second one students have

to go to an academic advisor and have them create an academic plan. Students can get the financial aid forums at under ‘forums.’ TRIO Student-Supporting Services Advisor Ashley Hixson, students have to complete a life skills module and see an academic advisor to help write a letter. TRIO students are welcomed to visit the TRIO offices for help regarding an academic appeal. “Students will get a warning about their financial aid if the fall below a 2.0 or below the completion ratio of 75 percent. They should contact an academic advisor as soon as a student receives the letter” Hixson said.


The dream lives on Tribute to the late Dr. King Kristopher Reynolds Staff Writer


a-along of the song “We Shall the event, remarked. “the dream is still not fulfilled. But Overcome”. Another attendee and SC4 as long as we stand together as we “This evening was truly moving, student Jay Hill said “It’s all about are now, and as long as continue to Jan. 20 marked the 12th year in and it’s this kind of brother and togetherness and having no work towards it, Dr. King’s Dream a row that a historical dream was sisterhood that keeps me going and boundries.” will be realized.” celebrated at SC4. lets me know that the dream is still Reverend Carl Miller at one point The event is assuredly proof of that Brothers and sisters of every creed alive,” Lemuel Harrison, attendee of in the evening made the comment: work. and color met to hold hands and hearts at an annual event to honor the late Dr. King and his work called “Living the DREAM of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” A slew of different speeches and performances would come to light as the evening ensued. An opening drum segment was conducted by the Port Huron High School drum line. The folk group, Circle of Friends, consisting of Dean Barnett, Mary Foley, and Gordon MacDonald, played some traditional sing-along folk songs that had Anita Ashford, coordinator of the event, singing her heart out and clapping her hands like no one’s business. Alesondra Christmas showed off her light-footed gracefulness with an inspirational dance. The Talented Tenth program taught audience members of the history of civil rights, segregation, and leading figures of the movement. A pinnacle moment in the evening came when Elder David Nichols recited Dr. King’s entire ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Seeming to capture the late King’s voice momentarily, the words echoed throughout a silent auditorium, with no one so much as taking a breath. The evening concluded with everyone in the audience joining Family and friends gather around the fire bin to fight the cold at Chilly Festival 2014 on Jan. 25. Photo credit: hands in voices in a group singGregory Garofalo.



One last show

SC4 president putting down the guitar after one last fundraiser Liz Whittemore Photo Editor

if I would do it and I said okay, one time. Now it’s three times, and that’s enough.” The SC4 Foundation and Lynch’s SC4’s Director of College Irish Tavern is hosting “The sounds Advancement and Alumni Relations of SC4 President Dr. Kevin A Pollock” David Goetze has worked collecting Thursday, Feb. 6 from 5:30 to 8 donations at Pollock’s previous p.m. There will be no entry charge, performances. though donations are encouraged. “Dr. Pollock has been wonderful, After two successful performances, I don’t know of any other college the college president is playing one president that raises money like last show, this time to raise money he does,” said Goetze. “He’ll do for SC4’s athletics. whatever it takes to make things According to Pollock, he was happen for our students.” hesitant to agree to do the SC4 student Sarah Donaldson performances. appreciates the personal time he “I thought some people would say takes to raise money for SC4 and the it’s not becoming of SC4’s president students. to be sitting at a bar playing music,” “I think that he’s setting a really said Pollock. “Somebody asked me good example for the students

and faculty,” said Donaldson. “I’d love to go if I didn’t have a prior commitment.” Pollock’s first performance in Feb. 2013 raised $5,270 for the Nasr Natural Science Museum, now located in the Clara E. Mackenzie building on SC4’s Port Huron campus. The second performance in Oct. 2013 raised $3,278 for SC4’s Friends of the Arts. “Between the other two we’ve raised about $8,500,” said Pollock. “If we raised $1,500 at this next one, that’s $10,000. For a fundraiser that doesn’t cost us anything, you have to consider that a success.” A raffle for four tickets to a Detroit Tigers baseball game for Saturday, May 10 will be held during the

Campaigning for student education SC4 community raises $2.2 million for college and student Liz Whittemore Photo Editor

The SC4 community dug deep and did not hold back for the All Aboard campaign. SC4’s “All Aboard: Campaign for Talent, Technology, and Tomorrow” launched on Nov. 1, 2011 with an overall goal of $1 million aiming to raise money for five capital projects. One of these projects was a $100,000 goal for student scholarships. The SC4 faculty, community members, and alumni did more than meet the $100,000 goal. Just over $1,487,000 was raised for SC4

students. The campaign ended Dec. 2013 with just over $2.2 million donated, according to David Goetze, SC4’s Director of College Advancement and Alumni Relations. “The campaign has far exceeded our expectations,” said Goetze. “Our community is very generous.” Donations of thousands of dollars, amounts as much as $500,000, $100,000, and $75,000, came in to support the school and the students. SC4 alumni Joseph Merika and his wife donated $25,000 and established the Joseph and Betty Merika Friends of the Arts Scholarship.

“I believe in SC4, the interests that they have, and their students. I don’t think there’s anything you can do for a young person that’s better than an education,” said Merika. “I feel like I owe something back to the college. It goes beyond their education; the faculty and staff at SC4, they truly want to see them succeed.” Their scholarship helps incoming freshmen or sophomores taking 12 or more credit hours that have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Preference for this scholarship will go to students studying the visual and performing arts. “It’s wonderful for people like me who need a little bit of help

performance. SC4 women’s basketball players Nece Garrison and Aja Williams think the proceeds will greatly help. According to Garrison, some team members are playing without the assistance of a scholarship. Williams is hoping for updated equipment. “Our team is ranked pretty high, but we don’t have a lot of gear to show that we’re from SC4,” said Williams. Pollock thinks this may draw out a different crowd than past performances; community members who love sports. Reservations are encouraged and can be made at Lynch’s Irish Tavern.

beginning their education,” said freshman McKahla Breck. “Scholarships make it possible for people in all stages of their life and careers whether you’re beginning or returning.” Visible signs of campaign’s success can be seen around the campus. The completed McMorran Greenway and Street Closure project ensures that students can now cross between the north and main buildings safely. The Campus Innovation Center and the Nasr Science Museum are also results of the campaign. To see details about the projects and a list of donors visit donate.



SC4 on the go

New mobile app announced by college Erick Fredendall Editor-in-Chief

A new mobile application called Ellucian GO is now available for students at SC4, allowing them to access their student accounts from their Apple, Android, or Blackberry compatible devices. And it’s free. To download the app, access the app store on a compatible device and search “Ellucian GO.” Once downloaded, the app will prompt the user to pick a school. After picking St. Clair County Community College, another prompt will appear asking for password and username: both are the same as the ones used to access a student’s Portal account. Once signed in, students can access a myriad of options, such as managing Wave accounts, approving financial aid, viewing grades, checking for class cancellation, and even scheduling an advising appointment. The app also contains information about the local area, such as directories to local restaurants, information on public transportation, and announcements of upcoming public events. According to Chris Sebastian, SC4 communications and digital media manager, the new app serves as a dashboard to access a plethora of internal student features found on the SC4 Portal and “All this information is already out there on the Portal and on the web,” Sebastian said, “but this app brings it together in a package that

is extremely easy to access.” Students seem to agree. “It makes it so easy to access the information I need for class,” said sophomore Joey Munoz, “I love the app.” This isn’t the first time SC4 has announced a new app. According to Sebastian, the MOX application

that was previously utilized by the college will no longer be updated. The new app follows a series of initiatives by college to keep pace with advances in technology and

communication. Last summer, SC4 unveiled the SC4 Portal alongside a newly designed website, the latter netting a regional second place recognition for Best Community College Website from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. We’re going to be continuing to improve on what we have and try to make accessing technology as seamless as possible,” said Sebastian. Sebastian also encourages students to give suggestions on what they want to see featured in the application. Those interested can contact Sebastian at Contact Erick Fredendall at or follow him on Twitter @ MrFredendall. Photo credit Erick Fredendall

9 Financial aid: come and get it


SC4 offers Financial Aid Night to students and community Liz Whittemore Photo Editor

On Tuesday Feb. 4, St. Clair County Community College opens their doors to students and the community to answer questions about financial aid. Financial Aid Night is usually held the first Tuesday after New Years, but was rescheduled due to bad weather. It will be held in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Port Huron campus beginning at 7 p.m. Information on loans, grants, scholarships, and how to apply for financial aid will be given regardless of if you are applying to SC4 or not. Josephine Cassar is the Director of Financial Assistance and Services at SC4. This year she hopes to see more college students taking advantage of the opportunity. “My gut tells me it’s mostly been community members,” said Cassar. “I think in today’s economy, we all have to think financially smart. If you can take classes here that will transfer to your four year school and it costs less, why wouldn’t you?” According to Cassar, the financial aid office awarded students over $15 million for the 2012-2013 academic year. Of the 6,751 that applied, 3,800 students received an award. “At least 66% of our student body is receiving some sort of financial aid,” said Cassar. Natalie Hillman, a nursing student at SC4, drives an hour to get to school. “I don’t have loans or scholarships, but I have financial aid,” said Hillman. “Driving an hour

is hard, but I get money back each semester for books and gas.” Another tool that has become available for student use is sc4. edu/money, SC4’s new website for finding scholarships. The new website replaced SC4’s previous system of physical applications. “When it was the paper applications, we’d only have a handful of applicants and they all came in at the last minute,” Cassar said.

The website is designed to help make applying for scholarships easier. Upon signing up it will ask for your general information as well as a mandatory submission of a résumé. Once completed, a list of scholarships appears that is tailored to your personal information; what you are actually eligible for. “We now have a more diverse applicant pool and more people are utilizing the new software. People are reaching out for these

Screen shot of the SC4 website.

resources where they might not have before,” said Cassar. For more information on Financial Aid Night and how to apply for FAFSA and loans, visit financialaid. “You owe it to yourself to apply to your dream college,” said Cassar. “What if it only comes down to $4,000 a year? For $8,000 and you’re at your dream school, wouldn’t you find a way to make it happen?”



Frozen fun hits downtown Chilly fest 2014 Gregory Garofalo Managing Editor

Despite the bitter cold, residents of Port Huron banded together to celebrate the annual Chilly Fest. No, the spirit of festivities could not be defeated as participants enjoyed a weekend of ice sculpting, live music and shows, and of course chili. “We offer a very low cost event to the community, and give a low cost event to everyone,” said Amanda Dickenson, co-coordinator of the event, “it’s a fun way to break up the winter months and give people a chance to get out and enjoy our beautiful community.” Due to the beyond freezing temperatures and wind speeds, Friday’s events were moved from the heated tent into the McMorran Theater. The event started off on Friday night with live musical performances of Port Huron native Cliff Erickson, who won yet another Port Huron audience over with his guitar covers, some of which included: “Toes in the Water,” and “Mrs. Robinson.” “I love this city, I was born and raised here,” said Erickson. “There’s amazing work being done behind the scenes here (at Chilly fest.) It’s a tough deal to put together something where people want to go to.” Erickson wasn’t the only local celebrity to enjoy the festivities; Mayor Pauline Repp was also in attendance. “I think that they’re doing a great job, especially with the weather

Family and friends gather around the fire bin to fight the cold at Chilly Festival 2014 on Jan. 25. Photo credit: Gregory Garofalo.

the way it is. It’s nice that they improvised and brought it inside for the concerts tonight with it being so windy. The whole thing should be very good,” said Repp. The night progressed with crowds warming up at the liquor bars and Starbucks stands, and ended with a live show by Metalheads, a KISS tribute band, face paint and all. Saturday paid host to a slew of events going on downtown, some of which included: face painting, downhill mattress racing, an ice museum, more live music, an ice bar, and of course, chili. The highlights of Saturday included Mark Rosenthal’s “Animal Magic,” and The Detroit Flyhouse

Circus. Mark Rosenthal put on an animal show and displayed several exotic animals to the audience, which included an African Serval, The Giant Porcupine, a woodchuck, and the world’s largest sloth. After his show was finished, Rosenthal prompted his audience to buy his book, “Animal Magic,” of which the proceeds go to his exotic animal rescue organization. Spectators continued to enjoy themselves as the afternoon and evening progressed. All around downtown, families viewed ice sculptures and gathered around fire bins placed throughout town, roasting marshmallows while

fighting off the bitter cold. The Detroit Flyhouse Circus made an appearance, wowing crowds with dangerous acrobatics, treacherous sword juggling, strapping strong men, and freaky fire eating. The crowds “oohed” and “ahhed” and some even gasped as they’re eyes were glued to the performers throughout the entire show. The event was an apparent success as hundreds of local residents came out and risked the cold to show everyone that one does not need a sunny day on the beach to have fun. Contact Greg Garofalo at garofalo.



Cold turkey college

Concerns with SC4’s tobacco ban Erick Fredendall Editor-in-Chief

Dark days are coming for smokers at SC4. Last November, the SC4 board of trustees amended Board Policy 2.13, initiating a tobacco ban scheduled to begin Aug. 1, 2014. The college announced the date of the new ban on social media Jan. 17, prompting a flurry of responses by students and alumni for and against the new ban. A common comment by policy supporting students cited the experience of walking through smoke on their way to class as a reason to support the ban. As a non-smoker, I empathize. As a monitor of college policy, I question the efficiency of SC4’s tobacco ban, for two primary reasons. The ban on vaporizers: According to Pete Lacey, vice president of student services, “all devices that are smoking and/or tobacco related, including e-cigarettes, will not be allowed on campus following August. Devices such as e-cigarettes are smoking related and are still under review by the Surgeon General in regards to potential health effects.” “E-cigarette” fluid is comprised of four main ingredients: propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and artificial flavoring, all of which are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. While the status of these e-cigs is a current topic of debate for the U.S. government, it begs the question: is

this a tobacco ban, or a nicotine ban? Will the college choose to ban patches and chewing gum? Is taking away a cessation option necessary to enact a successful ban on tobacco? Smokers will still smoke: SC4’s previous policy before the revision required students to stay 20 feet away from college buildings. Signs were posted outside the doors of each building to inform students of this rule. The signs didn’t deter the smokers: especially in the winter seasons. I am skeptic of student’s quitting just because the college no longer allows it on campus. Where will they smoke? Probably on McMorran property, or down by

Black River, property that is owned by the City of Port Huron. But there is also the chance that students will try to get a quick drag outside the buildings, especially if Campus Patrol isn’t around and the cold is uncomfortable.

Let’s talk about this: Last semester, I spoke with Angela Grahl, the editor-in-chief of the Mirror News at Henry Ford Community College. She explained HFCC enacted similar measures in the last few years, and by a year’s time, the smoking ban was all but ignored by the majority of students. To ensure that a similar instance does not happen here, student to

administration dialogue should happen. Both should be willing to compromise. A committee has been developed to address the enforcement of the tobacco ban, as well as other technical aspects of the change. “Enforcement decisions have not been made at this time,” said Lacey. Students are invited to share feedback about possible implementation options by emailing Contact Erick Fredendall at or follow him on Twitter @MrFredendall

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Piracy of the future

Google Glass growing controversy Greg Garofalo Managing Editor

have the ability to further isolate ourselves while saying: “Look Ma! No hands!” Quite recently I read an article on The article I read was about a man and from Ohio, who was wearing his that caused a question to form in my prescription glasses with his Google mind: are the current piracy laws Glass, and was removed from a and restrictions holding up against movie theater by federal agents for current digital technology? suspicion of piracy. The article shed light on one of As it turns out, the man was not latest technological advancements; recording the movie, but the AMC Google Glass. movie theater had every right to The concept of the device is simple, suspect he was. After all, the man it is a camera that is attached to an was wearing a camera on his face. eyeglasses frame which projects As we slowly venture further laser images onto your eyes of your into the second decade of the new text messages, and allows emails to millennium, one has to wonder just appear right in front of you. how long it will be before piracy As if we weren’t attached to our laws are updated. It’s the middle of mobile devices enough. Now we the digital age and we are still using

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some of the same laws and of the previous generation. I hate to sound like a politician looping on a record,

Tips for maintaining your car during the winter Liz Whittemore Photo Editor

Cold weather makes problems that already exist in your car even worse. Before winter gets too deep, make sure your vehicle is in good shape and winter-ready. Here are a few tips from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) on how to increase your car’s reliability during the winter. Refer to your user manual to know when to take care of oil changes and tire rotation. Replace bald, worn out tires and check your tire pressure once a month. Under-inflated and off-balance tires make your engine

work even harder and use more gasoline, costing you even more money. Speaking of gasoline, make sure to keep your gas tank filled. In case you break down, not only will this will be your only source of heat, it keeps moisture from forming in your gas tank. Also, adding a bottle of fuel deicer to your gas tank once a month helps to prevent any built-up moisture from freezing in your fuel lines. Another vital attribution to the reliance of your vehicle is having your battery checked. If you need to purchase a new one; find the biggest, meanest battery that will fit in your car. The engine is harder to

start in cold weather, regardless of if your battery starts perfect during the warm months, oil is not as fluid during the winter and will require more power to start. Maintaining visibility in your car is essential. Replace windshield wipers and ensure that your heater and defroster are working. Also, check that there is enough windshield solvent in your car. In slushy conditions it does not take long to go through a gallon of solvent. Check it routinely or keep a container in the trunk of the car in case of an emergency. Check your drive belt. According to my father, John Whittemore, a former mechanic for General

but things have changed drastically in the world of technology in the past fifteen years. Gone are the days where bootlegging was as simple as sneaking a camcorder into a theater, the days of technological thievery are upon us. With this new technology being created at a faster rate each day I wonder, how are theaters supposed to prevent patrons from wearing their own glasses? Not to mention the fact that the technological world is continuously upgrading. How are theaters supposed to keep up with present regulations?

Motors, newer cars only have one drive belt. This powers your car’s heating/air conditioning, water pump, alternator, etc. If that goes, you could lose everything from your car such as your head lights, heater, and engine cooling. “It’s not a big deal in the summer, but in the winter it can be deadly,” said Whittemore. Include an emergency kit in your car so you can stay warm and be able to get help during harsh weather in case of a break down. Include items such as gloves, boots, extra gasoline, a shovel, a flashlight with extra batteries, a flare, blankets, an ice scraper, sand to help with traction, a cell phone with a car charger.



Folk music, booze, and coffee Dave Peters and his Mountain Babies

Dave Peters strums on his guitar on a frigid day in the middle of downtown Port Huron. Photo credit: Erick Fredendall

Erick Fredendall Editor-in-Chief

scene blog, Hip in Detroit, likens Peter’s voice to Johnny Cash, while compares his music Local folk singer and songwriter to Nick Drake and the Fleet Foxes. Dave Peters’ band of one, Mountain Peters laughed after hearing Babies, started with an unusual mention of Hip in Detroit’s review. dream. “The best one I’ve had was when “I was standing on a mountain, it someone compared me to Johnny was raining tomatoes, and there Cash on LSD,” he said, smiling. “It’s were babies everywhere.” definitely a compliment. I grew up That dream lead to a brief listening to a lot of Cash and other recording session in 2008 that country, like Hank Williams.” produced the now hard-to-find song, But if you ask Peters, his definition “Kingsley Hill.” Shortly thereafter, of Mountain Babies is a bit more Mountain Babies was formed. nuanced than traditional folk music. In 2012 Mountain Babies released “Mountain Babies is still evolving,” their first studio album, “Whispers.” Peters explained, “I usually play Two years later, the Port Huron solo, just a guy with an acoustic, native is now celebrating the release sometimes with a shaker duct of his eighth recording under the taped to his foot. When I recorded band name Mountain Babies. my latest album it turned into Mountain Babies has been something different.” described by fans and music His latest album, “SHOUTS,” seems bloggers as nu-folk, psychedelic to back up this claim. folk, and Americana. A Detroit music “SHOUTS” is the fourth studio

released album produced by Mountain Babies. The album is a seven track line-up unique for its ability to jump from catchy, airy songs like “Mother Earth” to the haunting, psychedelic notes of “White Moon.” Peters’ is joined in the album by Rachael Spangler as additional vocals, Brandon Leyva on percussion, and Saadat Hossain on the organ, synth, and vibraphone. A raw, “Live From” series of songs from “SHOUTS” made by Poverty Art Productions is also available on Youtube. According to Peters’, “SHOUTS” has become the most popular download on his Bandcamp site. “I think because it’s laid out in a more personal manner, people could feel me more in the songs. It’s intimate; really intimate.” Peters announced the song, “Mother Earth,” will be available as

a single release on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, and other online music stores. The Mountain Babies’ discography can be downloaded from Bandcamp. A digital download of “SHOUTS” is currently available for $5, and a cassette of the new album is announced to become available from Detroit based ZZZ Tapes at www. A “SHOUTS” listening party will be held at the SchwonkSoundStead at 8 p.m., Feb. 8. The event is free and open to all interested participants. The SchwonkSoundSteak is a house venue and community center located at 1521 7th St. in Port Huron, right on the corner of 7th St. and Griswold. Contact Erick Fredendall at or follow him on Twitter @MrFredendall.

SHOUTS by Mountain Babies Released January 2014

Recommended tracks: Find it Easy Mother Earth

“SHOUT” exemplifies the storytelling aspect of Peters’ music, and the album takes you on a wild ride between eerie and cheery. It’s weird, but good. Check it out. -Erick Fredendall



Blades of charity

SC4 Alumni Hockey Dream Team has two games left for the season

Liz Whittemore Photo Editor

Though they haven’t won a game yet, the SC4 Alumni Dream Team is positive. Even with a 0-3 standing the team has raised thousands of dollars for charity. “I said well guys; we’ve raised the most money of anybody to help students, even though we haven’t won a game,” said David Goetze, manager/coach of the Dream Team and Director of College Advancement and Alumni Relations at SC4. The newly-formed SC4 Alumni Hockey Dream Team plays nonprofit organizations to raise money for local charities. Players consist of SC4 alumni and local supporters. Tickets to the games are $5. Additional donations are encouraged. Their next game will be Thursday, Feb. 20 at McMorran Place Arena in Port Huron against the Port Huron Police and Port Huron Fire Dept starting at 7 p.m. Their last game of the season will be Friday, March 14. The SC4 Alumni Hockey Dream Team will be playing against the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association at McMorran Place Arena in Port Huron. According to Goetze, line-up for the Red Wings Alumni game

Members of the Dream Team show off the original jersey from the 1970’s team. Photo provided by David Goetze, coach for the SC4 Alumni Hockey Dream Team.

likely won’t be released until the week prior to the game. But in the past, players such as Ted Lindsay, Kris Draper, and Dino Ciccarelli have participated in the charity game. Proceeds from this game will go to student scholarships and programs at SC4. Over 1,800 tickets have already been presold according to Goetze. The game will start at 7 p.m. and an autograph opportunity from the Red Wings Alumni will

be available between periods for $5. “It’s nice, up close and personal for the fans,” said Goetze. “They’re coming to play for fun, they don’t get paid.” The game will be held in memory of Shawn Burr, a past Red Wings player and president of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association until his death in August 2013. Burr’s best friend Brad Drury will be doing the ceremonial

puck drop at the March 14 game to remember the hockey star. SC4 honor society Phi Theta Kappa will be participating in the half-time events. PTK and workers from Kohls will verse each other in a relay pushing office chairs across the ice. For tickets to upcoming games call McMorran Place Arena or (810) 989-5760. Tickets will be available at will call.




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