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Fine Arts Department Secretary retiring this June

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The SC4 travels of Karen Jezewski
Emily Mainguy
Editor-In-Chief

“I worked for Karen for two or three semesters, filling her shoes are improbable but replacing her would be impossible,” said Ryan McInnis, graphic design student.
The Visual and Performing Arts department is saying good-bye to their Academic Division Secretary, Mrs. Karen Jezewski, of 10 years this June.
Jezewski started working for the college July 13, 1990 in the business office part-time where she worked for 10 years. She then worked in Employee Services and after a year she transferred to the Continuing Education department where she worked for five years before they closed the department. After closing the department, she filled in as a temp working in the bookstore, nursing department and other various places. Her next career step was working in Advising until she started working in the Visual and Performing arts department.
Jezewski started her career without a college degree but during her employment with SC4 earned her Associates in Arts.
“I believe in positive atmosphere, laughter and getting the job done. I believe we should be open to our students, as far as our departments go, to reach out and help them. I have been lucky to work with a staff that really has the same vision to be there for the students. I believe this is the best department for that,” explained Jezewski.
During her travels, she was involved in many groups and committees to assist students and the community. Some of them are, the Executive Board, Educational Support Personal (EPS), Community Outreach, World Class Community College, C.A.R.E., and was one of the founding members of the Free College day committee.
“There has been a lot of changes you know I was here before the L.R.C. and now there are so many more places for students to meet and gather and to promote that,” said Jezewski.
Being the Visual and Performing Arts Secretary she has been responsible for setting up one of the annual art shows, the Beatrice Thornton, which she began eight years ago. “That’s been a fun way to get to know the local art teachers in the community both elementary, middle, and high school, and to keep up on what our schools are offering,” said Jezewski.
“I love the students and staff at this college. I’m excited about the McMorran agreement, I think it’s going to be great for the community and the college, I’m sad to see Dr. Pollock go, I’m looking forward to spending time with my husband and traveling,” explained Jezewski about her retirement.
Karen Jezewski’s last day working will be sometime at the end of May; she then will be using up the last of her vacation time. If interested in talking to her she can be found in the Fine Arts Building Offices.

Another loss for the Skippers

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Schoolcraft wins against both Men’s and Women’s teams
Jason Watts II
Staff Writer
The St. Clair County Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams both suffered losses against Schoolcraft College in very close contests. Starting with the Men’s team in one of the final games of their season, the Skippers took the mindset of “it’s time for payback” and stuck with that state of mind. Although early in the first half the Skippers were down 17-2 in the first 6 minutes of action, the Skippers struggled to put the ball in the basket. They found a way to battle back to close the gap to end the half by the score of 30-35. The shooting woes continued for the Skippers as a team they shot just above 30% for the game.
On to some positive notes for the game, Chris Parker lead the way with 12 points, 5 rebounds and also 5 assists. Jason Watts had 8 points and 4 rebounds, and Rico Cook 8 points and 4 rebounds. Finally, after the game, I was able to catch up with Skippers assistant coach Mike Davis for comments. Schoolcraft hit 4 straight threes to start the game. Although our scouting report was to be aware of their top 3 point shooter, we allowed him to hit the first three and get hot. Our close outs of his threes were minimal, we ran out but didn’t get our hands up on shots. But we battled back and cut the lead to 5 points at the half. We battled in the second half but we could never get the lead under 6 points. Schoolcraft moved the ball well on offense and when took quick shots. They capitalized on it by scoring on the other end.
On to Women’s team who had a similar fate like the men’s team. The Lady Skippers lost by a score 66-52. By the half the Women’s team were down 34-39, once the second half started Schoolcraft to pull away as they went on a 14-4 run in the 3rd quarter that put the game further out of reach for the lady skipper. Once the 4th quarter arrived the ladies fought back in the game but struggled to take care of the ball late in the game. On a good note Briann Alspaugh lead the way with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Leah Humes had 11 points 5 rebounds and 3 assists, and finally Madison Valko had 10 points 3 rebounds and 4 assists.

Health and wellness finds its way to SC4

Tips to stay healthy
Lauren Schwartz
Staff Writer

Have you ever wanted to get heathier, but you don’t know how? Let’s be real, dieting sucks and the food that are the worst for us taste the best, and trying to count calories while getting six servings of grains, five servings of vegetables, three servings of meats, fruits, and dairy, all while balancing carbohydrates, fiber, protein, cholesterol, and fats is hard. Plus, what’s the difference between unsaturated and saturated fat? Fat is fat, right?
Well, relax. Before you go diving nose first into something that is going to take mass amounts of self-control, and restraint, understand that your health and wellness isn’t an all or nothing thing.
Here are some steps in order to help make sense of the situation:
1. Find a buddy. Whether you’re killing it at the gym, or taking a more secluded path and exercising at home, find a buddy. A friend is a solid support system that will push you toward your goals and make sure you get your recommended thirty minutes of physical activity a day.
2. Set realistic goals for yourself. Sadly, it’s near impossible to get a six-pack in two weeks, no matter how many sit-ups you do, trust me, I’ve tried. Instead, start off by setting a number of miles you will go by the end of the week, or having fruity Fridays, whatever you decide to do, it’s a start, and you should be proud of yourself.
3. Don’t get discouraged when you don’t see results right away. Say you eat healthy all week and step on the scale and haven’t lost a pound, or look the same in the mirror after working out hard all week, that’s normal. It takes your body time to get used to things, and some studies even suggest that it can take up to four months before your brain starts to notice the changes. Remember, slow progress is still progress.
Working out is hard and time consuming, and most people struggle with it. Who wants to work out after waking up at four A.M.? Add family into the mix and it becomes even harder. So, take the stairs, eat an apple instead of chips, or even take a lap or two around the office. Start small, and you will be more likely to succeed with your goals.

Late to the Game

A game about performing dangerous stunts to entertain cats
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

It’s become common knowledge that cats can be jerks, but they wouldn’t catch a person and torture them for fun, would they?
In “Battleblock Theater,” a group of best friends need to unite to escape from an island filled with crazy cats making them perform in an old theater house.
All while figuring why the best-best friend to all, Hatty, has turned his back on them.
“Battleblock Theater’s” wacky story may catch some attention, but is it worth $14.99?
Gameplay:
“Battleblock Theater” doesn’t set the bar for gameplay.
Being a puzzle, side-scroller, “Battleblock Theater” follows the genre well.
The player starts a stage (literally a stage) and then begins collecting gems to open the exit of the level, all while discovering secrets and avoiding bad guys (cats, sharks, whales, etc.).
Every once in a while, “Battleblock Theater’s” controls just don’t work. While the problem doesn’t persist, it happens often enough to make an impact.
“Battleblock Theater” multiplayer shines past any flaws the game may have. “Battleblock Theater” started out as a download for the Xbox 360, so being able to play with multiple people on one system was a given.
The Steam port for PC, Mac, and Linux carried this tradition, beautifully, on either keyboard or controller.
Replay value also very high with “Battleblock Theater.” After story mode, the game offers a challenge mode that keeps players coming back.
Story:
The story of “Battleblock Theater” can be slow and uninteresting.
It’s the narrator that knocks it out of the park.
“Battleblock Theater” begins with a bunch of friends traveling in a boat called the “S.S. Friends… ship,” to find adventure.
But then a storm hits, and the friends, along with the “Best-best friend,” Hatty, get ship wrecked on an island with some cats, who are “jerks.”
Hatty becomes captured, and the cats put an evil, “albeit fashionable,” hat on him. Now the player must save the friends and Hatty, because “Hatty would never betrayal us! Er… betray us… NEVER!”
The narrator also sings and makes fun of the player during each stage with quips like “This game is brought to you by yarn. Yarn: it’s a ball!” and “I was going tell you how much you suck. Turns out you don’t!”
And a personal favorite, “IT WAS AS IF POSIDEN EXTENDED HIS HAND IN FRIENDSHIP AND THEY SPAT IN HIS MOUTH. Boy he was pi- he was mad!”
While still short, the story and narrator really make the experience.
Sound:
“Battleblock Theater” sounds like a cartoon from the 90s. The music, while upbeat, serves a purpose and send a message with each stage.
Some of the more novelty music, such as the “secret” music the player hears when in a secret level, can become annoying. The same song each time really stops being funny.
However, the secrets are hidden well enough that the player won’t be hearing it too often.
Graphics:
“Battleblock Theater’s” low and high are hit here. The cut scenes are cartoon “puppets.” That seem thrown together and match the narration well.
In game, the graphics match the cut scenes, except the characters and sets aren’t puppets. The graphics aren’t bad, but nothing really stands out.
The colors in each stage aren’t too busy and make it very clear what the player can and cannot interact with.
Overall:
While worth the $14.99, “Battleblock Theater” can usually be found on sale on Steam, meaning it’s even more worth it.
So “buckle your pants” and ride with the crew of the S.S. Friendship. One never knows how the adventure ends.

Mushy madness makes money

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Rose and Bake sale benefits the Business Club
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor
The Business Club, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, held their annual sale of roses and added in baked goods this year. The bake sale took place Feb. 10 and 11, from 10 am to 4 pm and raised $565.17.
The President of the Business Club, Justin Comer, said the money will be used for, “future charitable events for the club,” and that they had “always done a rose sale, but just started selling baked goods”.
Alejandro Gonzalez, a new member of the Business Club, said, “Sales are doing well. We’ve had great team going on out here.”
In addition to charitable events, the Business Club will be using some of the funds to fuel Countdown to Career.
The starting prices for the roses were $3 for one, $5 for two, and $25 for a dozen. The price soon dropped as the Business Club neared 4 pm on Thursday. At the end, roses went for $2 for one, $3 for two, and $15 for a dozen. The same thing happened with the baked goods, some dropping from $1 to a quarter.
Zach Smith, Treasurer for the Business Club, said, “We all worked in a group mentality to get this done. It turned out good, I think.”

Keeping your New Years’ resolutions

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Health, wellness, and a free gym at SC4
Dennis Embo
Guest Writer

What single room at SC4 contains two elliptical machines, three state-of-the-art motorized treadmills, two stationary bikes, a full weight circuit of ten different exercise machines, well-maintained men’s and women’s locker rooms with shower facilities, and is for the exclusive use of SC4 students and staff, and is offered as a free benefit for them? If you answered “SC4’s Fitness Center” located in the basement of the North Building, you’d be absolutely correct.
Dale Vos, Director of Advising and Athletics at SC4, indicated the Fitness Center is not quite five years old. SC4’s Wellness Committee, after studying the matter, determined there was a need for a fully-equipped facility at which students could pursue their fitness goals and SC4’s athletic teams could work out and train on modern equipment. Up to that point the athletes had to avail themselves of a small weight room equipped with some free weights, a couple of weight benches and a couple of aging machines. Hence was born SC4’s Fitness Center.
Today’s Fitness Center is loaded with just about anything a fitness enthusiast or athlete could want in the way of fitness equipment.
If that weren’t enough, the Fitness Center is equipped with a full “weight circuit” of the following Precor-brand exercise machines including the chest press, ab and back extension, rear delt and pec fly, inner/outer thigh, pull-down and seated row, bicep curl and tricep extension, shoulder press, leg press and calf extension, and two leg extension and leg curl machines.
Add to all that a Nautilus Leverage Machine, two Power Racks, a set of weighted balls (2 lbs. up to 12 lbs.), and four balance balls, and you have a workout room to rival the more expensive commercial gyms around town. Oh, and did I mention the clean spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers?
Unlike those commercial gyms, there is no membership fee for SC4 staff members or students in good standing at SC4.
To access the Fitness Center you need to activate your Skippers One Card online (if you haven’t already), and then stop by the Athletic Department main office in the North Building to sign a waiver form, and pick up a copy of the Fitness Center Rules governing equipment use, proper attire, safety, etc. That office is open from 8:30 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday. The Fitness Center itself is open for use Monday through Thursday 8 am to 10 pm, and Fridays 8 am to 7 pm.
Please consider joining SC4’s Health and Wellness Club. It is a student based community focused on improving your health and wellness, and the overall balance of life on campus and within the general public. For more information contact Frances DePonio – fdeponio@sc4.edu.

Free martial arts class

Kempo and kickboxing to help you kick butt
Mel Buskirk
Copy Editor

In this day and age crime fighting superheroes and kung fu pandas dominate our television and silver screens, karate chopping their way through bad guys and into the hearts and minds of children and adults alike. However many of us know the bad guys, unlike our heroes, are here in our world too. Whether you’re looking to learn how to kick butt or save your own, learning a martial art can be an invaluable skill.
Marty’s Martial Arts Class is a free class hosted by Marty Tonkovich at the American Red Cross every Wednesday at 7 pm. A blend of Kempo – an oriental combat art – and kickboxing is taught to students of all ages at their own pace.
Tonkovich is focused on teaching his students practical self-defense moves as well as the art of Kempo. “I want to have my students come out of here after a few classes and be able to defend themselves on the street,” Tonkovich said.
People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate in this free class. The class is family friendly, with no swearing allowed. Other recommendations are good hygiene and appropriate clothing (loose fitting apparel, workout clothes).
This free class is held in the basement of the American Red Cross on 615 Pine Street in Port Huron every Wednesday from 7 pm to 8 pm. For more information, show up before class or email Marty Tonkovich at mtonk@live.com.

Deadpool

Marvel’s movie fun without the family
Jamie Koebke
Business Editor
One of my most anticipated movies of 2016 is finally is here.
Now I’m going to start by saying I’m your typical “I haven’t read the comics but I’m a huge fan of the movies” person.
The first five minutes had my complete attention, I was in love. Not only because Ryan Reynolds smokin’ hot body, but the movie was hilarious!
Of course there were serious moments that Ryan Reynolds, as Deadpool, ruined with some sarcastic remark. The movie itself was not what I was expecting. The movie has an R rating, it was full of profanity and violence. It’s not a normal Marvel movie. It was in no way family friendly.
In typical Marvel fashion, Stan Lee made a cameo appearance, in the most unexpected way.
I think the thing I liked most about Deadpool was all of the constant X-Men jokes and references.
I must be honest, this movie makes me want to start reading the Deadpool comics.
Overall I give Deadpool a solid 10/10.

The undead bite again

Our bloody Valentine
Heather Silvola
Guest Writer
February 14 is a day to show your lover how much you care. But who needs love when you have the winter premiere of “The Walking Dead.”
Past this point I should warn you, if you haven’t caught up on “The Walking Dead,” get out from under that rock and go catch up! In other words, there will be spoilers.
We’ve seen a lot these past few seasons; from the death of some beloved characters to, in my opinion, the introduction to some of the greatest characters we’ve had on “The Walking Dead.” We are brought back into the show with an explosive beginning, to say the least. I was prepared to lose some characters but nothing could prepare me for the shot that stopped my heart, temporarily. We had a couple growth arcs and to me, that was the best part. I’m quite proud of these two characters but what one said really stood out.
“Because God has given us the courage to save it (Alexandria) ourselves,” said Father Gabriel from “The Walking Dead.”
Overall, I’m satisfied with the winter premiere but it’s left a gaping hole in my heart that only can be filled with seeing how the situations play out in later episodes.

Late to the game: reviewing older games for those who want to save some cash

Seeing this review fills you with determination
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Quickly taking the Internet by storm, “Undertale” proves that you don’t need fancy graphics to be great.
While the game looks like it could have been released back in the days of the Sega Genesis (1988), that doesn’t stop “Undertale” from pulling off some incredible feats.
But is “Undertale” really worth $9.99?
Keep in mind, this review may contain small spoilers.
Gameplay:
“Undertale,” a puzzle role-playing game, allows the player to take control of a child, who falls into the underground world of monsters.
The puzzles and battle systems create an interesting atmosphere when taking in account that “Undertale” knows that it’s a game.
So any action you take really affects the full outcome.
The battle system introduces the idea of “MERCY.”
Most games have players programed to kill any monsters the characters may encounter.
Using the “talking it out” or “MERCY” method, “Undertale” makes players decide whether or not some monsters are worth saving.
This affects the game, giving “Undertale” more replay value, and adding so much more passion to any play through.
“Undertale” does have a few more interesting gameplay mechanics, but talking about them will spoil the game. They make the game much more interesting.
Story:
“Undertale’s” story follows after a war between humans and monsters. Once, the two races lived in peace, but now the humans drove the monsters under a mountain.
Legend says that if someone were to climb the mountain, they would never return.
That’s where the player comes in. Controlling a lost child trying to return home to the world above.
While the base story isn’t really that exciting, the characters the player meets makes the game.
“Undertale’s” characters are really interesting and really don’t take themselves too seriously.
Each one follows, or rather, makes fun of basic character tropes. Most characters are puns of themselves as well. Such as Sans the Skeleton, and his brother Papyrus, both share names with fonts. Both also personify each font’s personality.
It’s as silly as it seems.
The story can be a tear jerker, slightly scary, or a plethora of other emotions, all based on what choices the player makes. Meaning the adventure can be just as unique as each character.
Graphics:
“Undertale’s” graphics are oddly deceiving. While it was only released in October of 2015, the games graphics look that of a game 1980s.
That doesn’t make “Undertale” ugly or boring, just different, but in a good way.
Some of the most breath taking scenes in “Undertale” comes from great use of 8bit graphics and sprites.
Every character designed shines beautifully and shows personality through every pixel.
Sound:
This one takes the cake.
Probably the most enjoyable part of “Undertale” comes from the soundtrack.
Harking back to the 1980s of computer generated sounds for video games, “Undertale” captures the mood and setting while still being mistaken for a Super Nintendo game.
Soundtracks of games rarely make you feel immersed like “Undertale’s” soundtrack does.
(Pro tip: Even if you decide to skip out on playing the game, look up the soundtrack on YouTube. Please.)
Overall:
“Undertale” delivers a treat to the gaming world, not a hard game and really makes the player fall in love with each and every character. While a single play through spans 5 hours, “Undertale” is worth the $10 dollars.
“Undertale” can be bought on Steam and does not require much more than a computer that can run Facebook properly.
Happy Gaming.