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The future of Communications & Broadcast

What’s to become of the ESG and WSGR?
Mel Buskirk
Copy Editor

On Wednesday March 23, 2016, Associate Dean of Instruction Services Jim Neese, Vice President of Student Services Pete Lacey, and Professor of English and Advisor of the Erie Square Gazette John Lusk met to hammer out the details of the contingency of what is left of SC4’s discontinued communications and broadcast degrees.
The Erie Square Gazette is a student run publication – run by the students, for the students, without administration oversight – and has been in one incarnation or another since 1931. WSGR first aired in 1974 with its call sign standing for Student Government Radio.
Both the ESG and WSGR have been previously staffed by students who were working towards their degrees in communications, broadcast or journalism. While the classes still exist for these degrees, students have always been able to join the ESG or WSGR teams as a part of a club.
SC4 does have future plans for both the ESG and WSGR. Both clubs will operate under Student Clubs & Activities like they already have been. SC4 also plans on housing the student communications under Student Services, with direct contact and influence from Pete Lacey as well as Sherry Artman, the Secretary to the Vice President of Student Services.
Staffing and recruitment will also be reconfigured under SC4’s plan. Currently, the ESG editors are given scholarships funded by Student Government (Editor in Chief with one “full” scholarship, two nine credit scholarships for Production Editor and Webmaster, four six credit scholarships for Copy Editor, Managing Editor, Photo Editor, and Sports Editor, and a three credit scholarship plus commission for the Business Editor). Staff and guest writers are volunteers. WSGR is also run by student volunteers. Recruitment for both clubs are through class practicums and events such as Club Awareness Day and Stressbreaker.
Under the new proposed ideas, ESG and WSGR will hire student workers through paid positions similar to current work study programs. This will eliminate the current scholarships for the editor positions. Instead of student volunteer efforts, recruitment will be primarily handled through SC4 orientation and student advising as well as during visits to local high schools. SC4 has also proposed additional cooperation between student communications and SC4’s Marketing & Communications department.
Club advisors, who are also faculty here at SC4, will not only be expected to meet with the new student workers and answer their questions – but now will be expected to train each individual for their required duties, monitor student activities while in the offices, approve time sheets for work, and review and evaluate student content under SC4’s new plan.
Not only do club advisors not have time to perform these responsibilities on top of their responsibilities as instructors, it is impractical for them to do so. ESG editors and WSGR disc jockeys are in and out of their respective offices all day every day that SC4’s buildings are unlocked. Some stay for five minutes to submit projects, others stay in the office for hours at a time to crank out that week’s edition.
Not to mention that most of the work that goes into writing articles for the ESG is done outside of the office. From interviewing the City Manager, to taking photos at local events, to polling students about SC4 smoking policies, ESG writers spend hours on the streets collecting info for the next story. There is no way to accurately document hours spent outside of the office without either the advisor chaperoning each event, relying solely on the individual student’s honesty, or simply not paying the student for their work.
Club advisors and administration also cannot review, alter, or censor student publications or radio broadcasts in any way. According to the Student Press Law Center at splc.org, “The courts have ruled that if a school creates a student news medium and allows students to serve as editors, the First Amendment drastically limits the school’s ability to censor. Among the censoring actions the courts have prohibited are confiscating copies of publications, requiring prior review, removing objectionable material, limiting circulation, suspending editors and withdrawing or reducing financial support.”
In other words, student communications are fully protected by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights even if they are funded by a scholarly institution such as SC4.
Other ideas proposed at the meeting were the combination of both the ESG and WSGR into one entity, and the Webmaster position at the ESG being offered to CIS students and several other editor positions being offered to Graphic Arts students.
We here at the ESG and WSGR want to know what the students think. To submit your opinions e-mail eriesquaregazette@gmail.com, or contact the ESG or WSGR on Facebook. One could also drop by our club meetings with the ESG meeting at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in the Main Building room 123 and the WSGR meeting at 12 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Fine Arts Building room 27.

“Our Town” rocks our town

SC4 players bring emotion to the Fine Arts Theater
Lauren Schwartz
Staff Writer
“Our Town,” written by Thornton Wilder, is a play set the small town of Grover’s Corners. It opens with the stage manager (Tom Kephart) literally setting up the first scene, explaining the layout of the town and moving in furniture for “those who think they have to have scenery.” Roughly 85 people showed up to watch the cast creating a small town feel and maintain the time period that “Our Town” took place in.
As someone who grew up in a small town where everybody knows everybody and their parents, this play was extremely relatable for me. Especially in the first act, which was entitled: ‘Daily life.’ However, one thing that struck me as odd in this production, was the lack of props used by the cast. For example, in some scenes, the cast would shadow eat and drink, which took away a bit of the realness.
The first two acts were a wonderful way to watch two young people fall in love; in act two especially. In the scene, George Gibbs (Marcus Taylor) and Emily Webb (Emma Dunlop) realized their mutual love for each other while on a date. From body language to shaky voices, Taylor and Dunlop sold it like they were actually falling in love.
The final act was a tearjerker to say the least. The act opens at Emily Webb’s funeral, who has just died during childbirth. Emily’s spirit joins the rest of the dead including Mrs. Gibbs (Gwen Allen), her mother-in-law, and her brother, Wally Webb (Donovan Paldanius). Emily is dazed and confused and, despite the warnings from the others, decides to relive her fondest memory—her twelfth birthday.
Upon arrival of her memory, the stage manager reminds her of the events that occurred on the day. She sees Howie Newsome (Dalton Doyle) and Constable Warren (Jim Jones), who were amongst the dead. She notes that they are both dead, but doesn’t let affect her mood when she sees her family.
Upon realization that they can no longer see her, she realizes how fast everything went, and asks the stage manager to take her back to her grave. After another stunning performance by Dunlop, there was not a dry eye in the theatre.

Music from another perspective

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A taste of the DSO
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor
All music, being fluid, can be played on almost any instrument. An example being a flute playing a piece that was written for the violin.
A piece that has notes higher than what the flute can play.
Feats such as this were the sounds heard the last Noon and Night Concert.
SC4 invited flautist Sharon Sparrow and percussionist Joseph Becker from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) to perform for the community.
Sparrow did note how strange the combination was. “I think we came up with the pairing of Joseph and me before we even thought of the instruments,” Sparrow said.
The two chose music based on the sound, not the instruments. Becker said that he enjoyed playing guitars parts on his xylophone because the melody.
The hour long performance showed off how well versed the two were with adapting music.
Taking music like Bordel 1900 from Hostoire Du Tango and Uptown, Out of Town and rewriting it for the duet.
Missed the performance but still interested in the DSO?
The DSO can be heard for free online on their webcast at http://www.dso.org/live or students can buy Soundcard Student passes for $25 for the whole season at dso.org.

Late to the Game

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Finding the bird, I mean, love of your life
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Finding love isn’t easy, especially for birds. Well, maybe for birds. I’m not an expert, but according to “Hatoful Boyfriend,” it’s tough.
“Hatoful Boyfriend” is a dating simulator, visual novel style game, about birds.
As in dating them.
It’s not as farfetched of an idea as it seems.
But is it worth $9.99?
Gameplay:
Being a visual novel, “Hatoful Boyfriend” plays like a point and click adventure. The player gets to choose the actions of the main character by picking different responses to the birds’ questions.
Normally, games like this try to take the route of being “mysterious and sexy” (it’s a dating simulator) though “Hatoful Boyfriend” does it in a sillier fashion with questions that deal directly with bird feeding habits and other bird topics.
The game itself is really well done, when it comes to the world of dating sims.
The characters are fleshed out and interesting and don’t just give flat responses. Each bird really has a personality of its own.
While gameplay can be slow, the plethora of choices really makes for an interesting experience.
Story:
“Hatoful Boyfriend” takes place on some version of Earth that birds took the place of humans. The story mainly unfolds at St. PigeoNation’s Institute.
The player controls a human who lives in the wilderness and attends school as the only human in the bird academy.
Most of the back story consists of information on the war between humans and birds.
The most important part, however, is the interactions with the romantic interests. All are given the option to be seen in human guise, or the way nature intended, as birds. These characters can be wooed and fall in love with the player.
The story of the game itself doesn’t do much. At first, the school days can be repetitive, but once the story starts to pick up, and more birds are introduced, it gets better.
Graphics/Sound:
Bird chirping and pictures of birds really fill up this category. The art in the background, the “alternative” designs for the love interest and the soundtrack look like flat art from a generic anime.
So much more could have been done, but the visuals just aren’t impressive and the soundtrack is boring.
The birds at least look nice. I mean, if you don’t mind the birds.
Overall:
“Hatoful Boyfriend” is fun. Not game of the year material, but fun. If you want to “coo” over the love of your life, or just really like birds, this game will have you giggling and enjoying yourself.
Steam usually puts games like this on sale, so pick it up when it’s half off.
Happy gaming.

Time to be the best like no one ever was!

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Nintendo releases the newest spinoff to a 20 year old franchise
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Growing up with Pokémon, our generation takes it very seriously when I knew game with a new formal to the franchise is released.
While Nintendo’s track record comes strong, a brand new game makes a lot of us older fans nervous.
No need to be nervous, however, because “Pokken Tournament” stands sound as another great Pokémon spin off.
“Pokken” can only be described as an arcade fighter, comparable to “Street Fighter” and “Mortal Kombat.”
The fighting style comes almost directly from the “Tekken” games.
Which comes off as strange at first because you play as humans in “Tekken”, so the Pokémon body types will feel weird at first.
The fighting was pulled off really well, though. I have no idea how Nintendo did it, but all the Pokémon, including a floating Chandelier-like creature, all control fluidly.
The multiplayer also comes as refreshing. Couch multiplayer doesn’t really exist in games anymore, with developers choosing to go with online only instead, but Nintendo falls out of pattern and gives a great local competitive gameplay.
The game also does a great job in separating itself from Nintendo’s other fighting series, “Super Smash Brothers.”
Known as a party game, “Smash” doesn’t get into the nitty gritty of what fighting games can feel like, instead going for an easier, party game for casual players.
“Pokken” really gets into the fights with not only an extensive move list for each Pokémon, but also takes every move from the original games.
Meaning Charizard knows fire spin and can use it, and it has the same affects as in the original titles.
The story can be dry, and lacks compared to the other 3D console Pokémon games such as “Pokémon Coliseum.”
Bringing back an older concept of “Shadow” Pokémon, the game tries too hard to be serious.
For any Wii U owner, “Pokken Tournament” will add to your collection of games nicely and won’t let you down. Do yourself a favor and pick it up. You won’t regret it.

Puppies and kittens benefit from giving

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WSJR and SNAP collecting donations to help less fortunate furry critters
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor
91.3 FM WSGR (also known as the radio club) is now collecting donations for Humane Society of St. Clair/SNAP in the form of three boxes -one in the Main Building, one in the Fine Arts, one in the Atrium – around SC4’s campus.
Paul Miller, advisor for WSGR, said on Facebook, “WSGR is having a pet supply drive to benefit the Humane Society of St. Clair County. Boxes will be set up (tentatively) in the Main Building, the College Center and the Fine Arts Building from Monday March 14 through Thursday March 31.”
While any pet related supplies are welcome, WSGR has also made a list of preferred items to donate. This list includes: cat/kitten and dog/puppy food (Purina brands preferred), canned cat food, clumping kitty litter, paper towel, bleach, laundry detergent, printer paper, highlighters, scotch/masking tape, batteries (9 Volt), distilled water, garbage bag, and anti-bacterial cleaners.
SNAP is located at 6177 Fred W Moore Hwy, and offers spray and neutering services, along with a pet clinic and adoption options.

Music to my ears

Sharing world class music with SC4
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor
Music may not be your forté, but the next Noon and Night concert won’t b-flat to you.
The SC4 Noon and Night presents a flute and percussion duo from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). The duo, Sharon Sparrow and Joe Becker, will perform on Thursday, March 24 in the Fine Arts Theatre.
The performances will take place at noon and 7 pm.
This free opportunity allows the community to experience the sounds of a world class orchestra in the comfort of the Fine Arts Theatre.
If interested in getting a taste of the show beforehand, listen to the DSO in “Live from Orchestra Hall”, the first free webcast series by an orchestra.
 For more information on the event, or the arts program at SC4, go to www.sc4.edu/arts.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations at SC4

GSA holds themed “Gayme” night
Lauren Schwartz
Staff Writer
On Thursday, March 10, SC4’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) hosted a “Gayme” Night St. Patrick’s Day edition.
A GSA is a school or student led group found primarily in high schools, community colleges, and universities in order to provide a safe and supportive environment on campus for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and queer (LBGTQ) youth and their straight allies.
“Gayme” Night was held in the student center cafeteria from 4pm-6pm where they also provided concessions (two slices of pizza and pop) available for purchase at the price of one dollar. The event was a very welcoming experience, consisting of varieties of games for everyone in attendance to enjoy.
The SC4 GSA meets every Thursday from 3pm-4pm in room 207A of the North Building. All are welcome to attend and you can also join their Facebook group to stay in the loop of their upcoming events.

Sit back and relax

STRESSED
Coping with stress during finals
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Though it may not feel like it, Finals are just around the corner, and most students start off by pretending they don’t exist.
Finals are a big undertaking, but the stress those pesky tests and projects cause ruin many students’ last month of college.
Take it from a fellow student, learning how to deal with stress in a healthy way will make any assignment a teacher gives you a lot easier and possibly, faster to do.
So here’s a few tips on how to handle stress so finals don’t seem so final.
Note: these are ways I have learned how to deal with stress. Everyone deals with it differently. Give yourself a few days to see if one or more of these methods work.
Learn how to breathe.
This may seem obvious, but a lot of stress can make you forget the easy part of the day. If it feels like an assignment or project will take over, just breathe. No, it won’t make the problem go away, but you freaking out and causing yourself more problems won’t either. No one’s going to get mad if you need to take five. Just don’t let that five take more than five.
Don’t procrastinate.
While it seems obvious, more than likely procrastination is the cause of your issues. Once you learn about a project (even at the beginning of the year), schedule out days and plan to get it done before the date it’s due. Study in healthy intervals a few nights a week (I usually try for 45 minutes myself) so that test doesn’t seem so scary. And do not cram! You won’t remember half of what you read the night before at two am. Don’t waste time when you could be sleeping.
Relax!
In an article about relaxing, this would seem obvious, but relaxing can help. Pick up a hobby. My preference for this happens to be reading or playing video games. Do what you need to relax on a timer, though. A half hour of reading can put you back into a stable mindset. This way, you’re not killing yourself over a project. Note: Binge watching Netflix for 12 hours will not relax you or help you with a project. Unless it’s on Daredevil.
Listen to some tunes.
Rock out, get your funk on, groove with the beat or panic at some discos. Whatever you need to, help yourself to your favorite songs. I try to pick something out that I know and that puts me in a “safe place.” Meaning, music you know so well, it won’t be distracting.
Eat, sleep, bathe, and repeat!
Take care of your body! Eating awful foods (no matter how good they taste), not drinking water (or drinking alcohol), and refusing to sleep will NOT help you feel better. Your body will not function and remember those math formulas if you don’t treat it with respect. Eat three full meals, two snacks, drink lots of water, sleep well and bathe. You’ll thank me later.

Healthy fun in the sun

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Friendly reminder to apply sunscreen
Brooke Roberts
Guest writer

Summer is quickly approaching and many of us are worried about how we are going to look in our bathing suits. But how many of us are worried about protecting our skin during those long summer days? Being educated and proactive in your healthcare can result in optimal health.
According to the Mayo Clinic there are three simple steps we can all do to help us stay looking young and help decrease our chances of getting skin cancer; avoid the sun during the peak hours of 10am until 2pm, wear protective clothing, and use sunscreen. Picking the right sunscreen can seem daunting because there are so many different brands, SPF options, and different applications. Skincancer.org explains the SPF factor by stating that “if it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer – about five hours.”
Here is some quick information when it comes to sunscreen provided by the Mayo Clinic. SPF 30 is not necessarily twice the protection of SPF 15. Sunscreen should be applied thick 30 minutes before being out in the sun. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming. Pay more attention to whether or not the sunscreen is broad spectrum (protects from UVA rays – wrinkle causing — and UVB rays – sunburn causing) instead of only paying attention to the SPF. Apply sunscreen even if it is cloudy out. Sunscreen can be used on children as young as 6 months.
Don’t risk the health of your skin because you want to have a nice tan for the summer. Protect your skin like it is the only skin that you have, because it is. Be active in the care of your skin and get out and enjoy the coming summer and many, many more.