Category Archives: Issue 65.6

Creative Commerce



Fall Art Hop brings inventive business to downtown
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Everyone’s a winner at Art Hop 2014. 23 downtown businesses became galleries for over 30 artists and three music groups on Nov. 7.
Art Hop offered exposure for the musicians, businesses and artists as well as a peak in sales for the latter two while the participants gained a night of culture out on the town and possibly a one of kind piece of art to take home with them.
A lake effect chill hung in the air the night of Nov. 7, but the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of Art Hoppers as they bounced from one downtown shop to the next. Many said they heard about Art Hop through a friend or through an artist that was participating. Specifically, Jeanne Mackey said, “It’s a great night with good food and fun,” while looking at sea glass jewelry and nibbling a mini apple fritter from Chef Shell’s.
Michelle Wrubel, co-owner of Chef Shell’s, said Art Hop brought a lot of people into the restaurant and filled the air with good energy.
Across the street from Chef Shell’s, Mosher’s Jewelers fared well also.
William Mosher said, “We’ve had a lot of success.”
SC4 student artist, Kate Koester’s, 18, display of mosaic artwork almost rivalled the shine of jewelry inside Mosher’s Jewelry. Koester said this was her first time participating in Art Hop. Koester has been making mosaic art work for four years and was introduced to the medium by a co-worker of her mom’s. Koester said she had sold a few pieces, but she put more emphasis on creating commissioned pieces, especially for the upcoming holidays. Koester also has work on display at Studio 1219.
Cecil Williams, an instructor at Studio 1219 displayed his stained glass at Elite Feet.
Williams chuckled as he remembered his first experience with stained glass. He was self-taught out of necessity. “They told me I had to teach the students how to make stained glass. I said I didn’t know how, and they replied ‘learn,’” said Williams. “Six boxes of band aids later, I got the hang of it.”
Artists are getting the hang of Art Hop and they’ll be back on May 22 thanks to Main Street Port Huron.
Art Hop began in 2012 under the coordination of the Blue Water Young Professionals. This year, Main Street Port Huron hosted the event. According to their Facebook page, “Main Street Port Huron is a non–profit organization created to help revitalize Historic Downtown Port Huron.”
To find out more about Art Hop and how you can participate go to Follow Main Street Port Huron on Facebook at Main Street Port Huron.

Her music filled the air; a symbol of beauty

Classical pianist Anastasia Rizikov plays at SC4
Tyler Smith
Staff Writer

With the creations of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and more, a 15-year-old girl brings them to life with every note and melody that fills the air. For those who have a classical taste, this one is for you.
Anastasia Rizikov from Toronto, Canada, played her heart out on the St. Clair County Community College stage. Beginning with esthetic energy, describing the different parts of the first piece she was about to play. Rizikov showed her love for the music by moving her hands and playing on an invisible piano while she talked.
When she prepared to play, there was an eerie silence just waiting for that first cluster of notes. The whispers of the audience echoed, wondering if the night would be a remarkable one. It gave the vibe similar to the buildup to the climax in a movie.
The melodies and rhythm kept growing and building as she played. Only growing in confidence as she played, filling the room with beautiful chords that could make a man weep. With each crescendo her years of practice and experience burned bright.
As she finished, thunderous applause replaced the eerie silence that filled the room previously. Rizikov bowed with a smile from ear to ear and like a rose flower, she bloomed. It seemed that Rizikov touched the hearts of everyone in the audience on that November night.
At the end of the concert, SC4 student Nicole Minhinnick said she was only there for a class assignment, Rizikov’s playing really impressed her.
Rizikov will be playing at the Berman Center of the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield on November 22.
For more details on Rizikov, visit her website

Campus Patrol reports crime

How to access crime statistics at SC4
Angie Stoecklin

With the results of the ESG’s recent poll showing that a handful of students are concerned with the college allegedly “not reporting on crime,” Campus Patrol is prompted to clear up such rumors.
According to Ken Lord, Senior Labor Relations Executive and the Head of Campus Patrol, all criminal sexual conduct offenses and other crimes are reported on the college website.
Students can access this information by going to, clicking on the about tab, then on the left side of the screen clicking on facts and resources, consumer information, then annual security report. Anyone interested can also type in crime statistics in the search field to access the link.
“Campus Patrol reports, tabulates, and posts these crimes as part of the requirements of the Clery Act,” Lord said.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act for short, requires Campus Patrol of all colleges in the country to report on any and all crimes related to the school.
Lord says that this type of information can also be obtained by going to the Campus Patrol office located in room 101A just inside the library in the College Center.
The Campus Patrol office hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information on Campus Patrol or for Campus Patrol assistance, call (810) 989-5757, or dial 5757 from any phone on campus.

Believing is being

Reputed surreal artist and spiritualist visits SC4
Mike Lucas
Guest Writer

A #2 pencil and a box of Cap’n Crunch may prove to be more influential to your professional career than you might think. At least that was the case for Brian Schorn, a successful graphic artist and musician who made a recent visit to SC4’s campus.
In his lecture entitled “In Search of the Philosopher’s Stone” held last Monday, Schorn shared that a simple mail-in artist aptitude test found on the back of a cereal box affirmed his youthful skill in illustration. This affirmation resulted in a lifelong pursuit of arts and the aesthetic, receiving four MFA’s in the course of his studies: Electronic Music & Recording Media at Mills College, Graphic Design at Cranbrook, Creative Writing from Brown, and Photography from U of M. He also attended CCS and studied Pre-Medicine at Oakland.
Schorn captivated his audience with a presentation featuring select works of art that were at times very graphic in nature. He took spectators on a personal journey through his life works, which he related to the Seven Stages of Alchemy in their progression.
His interest in the human body and exploring the unexplored were made apparent in pieces including amputation, decapitation, and studies of gross anatomy. A piece shown entitled “Wisdom Fluxum” included three thousand individual fingernails and his own extracted wisdom teeth.
Mr. Schorn explained that this visceral work both attracts and repels the viewer through display of the raw and tangible aspects of our bodies. In earlier years, Shorn received mixed and sometimes hostile reviews of his work. The pieces, while debatably disturbing were “cooled” and justified by use of medical textbook photography and by maintaining a sense of anatomical accuracy.
Some of his projects developed into performance art, including presentations such as being fully nude and wrapped in plastic while travelling inch by inch across a stage in a worm-like fashion. In another, Schorn invited members of his audience to dip their hands in red paint and punch him in the abdomen as hard as they possibly could. While these acts may seem silly or ostentatious to some, Schorn worked to expand the consciousness of his spectator: to give new meaning to the conventional definition of art, as well as to test the limits of human endurance in the name of personal, societal and artistic introspection.
The following day, SC4 hosted Schorn’s hands-on Surrealist workshop where students learned several abstract art techniques. Schorn discussed more about the origins of Surrealism, spanning from graphical art, to poetry, to literature and psychology.
The workshop turned interactive as Schorn encouraged students to employ their skills and work together to construct “Exquisite Corpses.” These collaborations of art, named after a French parlor game, prompted students to take turns constructing heads, torsos, and legs of figures at random with no planning or forethought. The contributions were then joined to create entirely new figures with components of all types. Such an exercise allowed students to create spontaneously and see the beautifully strange and unanticipated fruits of their labor.
Anthony Petit, an art student participant commented, “I enjoyed this; it was such a thought provoking experience.”
Mr. Schorn’s lecture and workshop took students on a journey through the mind of an influential member of the Surrealist movement and unconventional artist; one who was once in a similar place as we are now as college students.
When asked what words of encouragement he could share to the “starving artist” intending to make a living from his work, he supplied a message of perseverance. “Never get discouraged by society’s unaccepting nature. If you feel swayed, reanimate yourself. You have to make your work no matter what.”

Hoedown Throw Down

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InterVarsity throws community two step
Gregory Garofalo
Lifestyle Editor

Last Friday night, SC4 and the Port Huron community line danced and two stepped their way into the school gym for Intervarsity’s Sweet Country 2 Step.
InterVarsity welcomed SC4 students as well as the public, an open invitation to anyone who had a hankering to learn how to two step.
Nothing but positive reactions came from those who attended:
“It’s been really fun learning a barn dance and line dancing. It’s a cool and different thing to do on a Friday night, you’re not going out to a movie, or the bar, might as well go out and learn how to line dance,” said Sean Hurley, 23.
“It’s good fun to dance with all generations, and have fun with your friends,” said Misha Beverley Geno, 29.
“We just wanted to give students something fun to do while building relationships, leading them to InterVarsity, and hopefully build a relationship with Christ,” said Karly Humes, President of InterVarsity.
“InterVarsity is all about establishing relationships with all students on campus to point them towards Jesus,” Humes explained, “His love and the satisfaction that only a relationship with Him can bring.”
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a Christian campus mission group serving students and faculty on college and University campuses nationwide. Their vision: to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed by investing in students and spreading the love of Christ.
Having roots all the way back to 1887 when a group of young Christian students began to meet at Cambridge University in England.
Despite facing opposition and disapproval from University officials the group continued eventually calling themselves InterVarsity, standing for between college students. Eventually the group caught fire globally and in 1938, InterVarsity groups began to spring up around Canada and a few years later in 1941, The University of Michigan founded the first InterVarsity group in the United States.
Students at SC4 can get involved with InterVarsity via Facebook at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship – SC4. The group meets every Tuesday and Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the AJT building.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

What students need to know about winter registration
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

The crisp air and the soft snow signal the stressful news: winter registration is upon us.
As of Nov. 3, SC4 open registration for the winter semester began and students are off to register as soon as possible to get that one class they need for graduation.
That doesn’t mean they all know what they’re doing while choosing the perfect Monday-Wednesday class schedule. Sometimes a little help goes a long way, and Carrie Bearss, Registrar for St. Clair County Community College, is the women to ask.
“Students who register now through Nov. 28 have no tuition payment required until the final due date of Dec. 12; partial payments are accepted through Dec. 11. Students who register after Nov. 28 are expected to pay tuition charges in full at the time of registration.” Bearss said when commenting on payment. Bearss also mentioned a payment plan available for the winter semester on SC4’s website.
Bearss also said, “Students seeking financial assistance should ensure they have completed the 2014/15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online at” She urges students to look into both internal and external scholarship offerings on the website.
So what about what classes one should take? Asking fellow students who have been on this road before may bring up some valuable information.
Sophomore Soraya Fernandez, 19, said “You should keep in mind where the offices are for registration, what labs fees you need to cover, and look into what professors you may take. It makes a world of difference if you get a professor that’ll suit your needs.”
Bearss advises students to make an appointment with an academic advisor by calling (810) 989-5520 or visiting the Student Services One-stop Center in Room 123 of the Acheson Applied Technology Center during business hours.
“For those students with quick questions,” Bearss said, “there is drop-in availability every Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.”

Local amendment passes

Marijuana now decriminalized in Port Huron
Paul Porter
Business Editor

On Nov. 4 of this year, the city of Port Huron voted on a proposed amendment to the City Charter. The amendment would allow persons 21 years of age or older to possess and use marijuana on private property, and/or transport no more than one ounce. The initiative barely passed with a vote of 3,393 for yes, to 3,192 for no. The new ordinance will only touch persons within the city.
Users beware; this ordinance is limited in scope as it is only effects the city of Port Huron. Marijuana is still illegal without the proper paperwork (medical card), in the eyes of state and federal laws. State laws trump local laws, and federal laws trump state laws. So, the power of this amendment is not as powerful as it may seem. A state police officer or federal official who happen to come across a person in possession will still punish the individual according to state or federal law respectively.
Given the limited nature of the amendment, it is wiser to see the amendment as an activist step rather than a practical change in policy. In that light, cannabis activists should rejoice at the passage of the amendment as it reveals the changing attitude of the general public towards marijuana. The trend appears to be one of acceptance or at least tolerance, possibly due to the increased general knowledge of the effects of marijuana.
As myths surrounding marijuana are dispelled, people have become more open to the idea of its use. Port Huron is not the only city in which proposals for the decriminalization of marijuana were presented and passed.
Six other Michigan cities followed suit including Saginaw, Mt. Pleasant, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, and Berkley. Tim Beck of the Safer Michigan Coalition assisted in the organization of the initiative to get signatures for the ballots.
While Marijuana is still illegal, residents of Port Huron who also happen to take part in cannabis smoking can rest easy, as long as he/she is in his/her own home.

Tacky attire eclipses scientific achievement

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Landing on a comet is more important than fashion
Melanie Buskirk
Staff Writer

This past week, news stations and Facebook feeds that should been buzzing with the story of a scientist who lead an experiment that accomplished what mankind has never done before, landing a probe onto a comet; but instead, they have been obsessed with the shirt that the scientist was wearing during an interview on national television last Wednesday. The scientist Dr. Matt Taylor, wore a shirt featuring scantily clad cartoon women holding guns.
This caused an outrage amongst radical feminists claiming that the shirt was offensive and oppressive, spearheaded by a tweet from Atlantic journalist Rose Eveleth, “No no women are toooootally welcome in our community, just ask the dude in this shirt.”
Dr. Matt Taylor made a tearful public apology this past Friday, “The shirt I wore this week, I made a big mistake. I know I offended many people and I’m really sorry.”
Dr. Taylor is the European Space Agency’s leading project scientist for the Rosetta project, an operation that began in 2004, with the main objective to orbit and then land on a comet. This project is a first for mankind and opens the way to hundreds if not thousands of potential discoveries and scientific advancements.
According to the ESA, comets are the oldest and most primitive bodies in the solar system, preserving material from when our system was still a nebula. Comets carry volatile elements as well as organic compounds, and are speculated to have played an important role in the development of Earth. The spacecraft Philae is carrying a several sets of data-gathering equipment to take and analyze samples from a comet and transmit them back to Earth.
The comet that Philae has landed on, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is only 4 kilometers (2.48 miles) in diameter hurtling around the sun at 135,000 kilometers per hour (83,855 miles per hour). The amount of hard work it took just to land the craft onto the comet is amazing within itself.
Unfortunately, the hard work and accomplishments of Dr. Taylor and his team do not mean anything to the radical feminists who have ostracized him. The tacky shirt that the scientist wore meant more to them than his contribution to mankind. These radical feminists believe that the shirt represents the oppression of females and their participation in scientific fields. However, a study by the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center published in August 2013 shows a steady growth of women faculty members in physics and astronomy departments across the nation since 1998, and is expecting the trend to continue.
The shirt in question was given to Dr. Taylor by a female friend. Elly Prizeman, a tattoo artist who also created the artwork on Dr. Taylor’s leg of the Rosetta probe. Prizeman had sewn the shirt herself and given it to Dr. Taylor as a birthday present. In order to thank her, Dr. Taylor decided to wear the shirt on the biggest day of his career. Prizeman, puzzled by the uproar, posted on Facebook, “I don’t think I can cope with all the social media stuff! They landed on a comet! That’s a much more interesting and bigger achievement than buying material and sewing it together!! Overwhelmed much!! Yaaaay Matt!!”
Just to put this into perspective, this man helped land a spacecraft onto a comet, something no one has ever done, to conduct experiments to advance mankind, and no one cares because of a poor clothing decision. If a scientist’s choice of clothing matters more to the people than their accomplishments, why bother conducting experiments? Why bother trying to discover more about our universe? Why try to advance mankind?

A short summary of Ebola

History, facts, symptoms, and patients in the USA
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

The United States of America is now free of any known cases of Ebola, according to The Washington Post on Nov. 10; however, on Nov. 15, Martin Salia flew to Nebraska Medical Center sick with Ebola. Salia, a surgeon that contracted Ebola while in Sierra Leone, attempted to treat people. Salia spent about thirty-six hours in the hospital before he died.
Five cases of Ebola have been identified in the US as of Nov. 18.
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient in the US to get diagnosed with Ebola, came to Texas from Liberia in order to visit family.
At the time, Liberia had one of the highest Ebola rates with more than 2,500 deaths. Now, the death toll is falling rapidly with “two-thirds of the 696 beds in the country’s treatment centres empty,” as written by the BBC.
Duncan was diagnosed on Sep. 30 and died of Ebola on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian of Dallas. Following Duncan’s death (Oct. 10 and Oct. 15 respectively) two health care workers were stricken with Ebola, but have since made full recoveries, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr. Craig Spencer picked up Ebola while in West Africa and brought it with him to New York. He went to Bellevue Hospital Center for treatment on Oct. 23 and left Nov. 10, virus free.
Martian Salia and Thomas Eric Duncan are the only people in the US to have died of Ebola.
Ebola was first discovered in 1976 when two outbreaks occurred at the same time across Nzara, Sudan, and Yambuku in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The current outbreak in West Africa is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976,” said the World Health Organization (WHO). Ebola earned its name from the Ebola River, which is found near Yambuku.
Emile Ouamouno, a two-year-old who used to live in Meliandou, (by Guinea’s borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone) was named Patient Zero by researchers from The New England Journal of Medicine, according to an article by CNN; no one is sure how Ouamouno caught Ebola.
The only way to contract Ebola is by coming into contact with an animal’s, or persons blood or other bodily fluids who is infected with the virus.
The Ebola virus is not an airborne disease.
Anyone that becomes sick with Ebola has a 50% chance of death, although it can sometimes vary from 25% to 90%, as said by WHO.
Early symptoms of Ebola infection, as listed by Mayo Clinic, are: fever, severe headache, joint and muscle aches, chills, and weakness. These symptoms usually begin five to ten days after being infected with Ebola.
The more severe symptoms include: nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, red eyes, raised rash, chest pains and cough, stomach pain, severe weight loss, bleeding, and internal bleeding.
The death toll for Ebola has broken 5,000, most of the deaths being in West Africa. The threat of Ebola appears to be gone in the US, but the CDC Director Thomas Frieden said the Ebola epidemic is “nowhere near over” in West Africa.

Belly Bliss

3rd Annual Taste of Port Huron charms
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Stepping into McMorran’s theatre lobby and looking around didn’t reveal much but masses of people and tables stacked with shiny silver chafers. However, inside the gleaming chrome held the items that filled the air with sweet and savory smells. Smells that prompted many Port Huron residents to fork over a few bucks for their tickets to taste.
McMorran Place’s theatre lobby and memorial room held the 3rd annual Taste of Port Huron on Nov. 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. seven downtown restaurants and bars welcomed everyone to come out and taste signature menu items for the price of $1 per ticket. One to two tickets reaped anything from bread pudding to bruschetta.
Taste of Port Huron is hosted by the Downtown Port Huron Bar and Restaurant Collective. Mike Taylor, owner of Fuel Woodfire Grill, explained how every restaurant and bar represented at Taste of Port Huron is a member of the organization.
Taylor said that the Taste of Port Huron was the kickoff for the organization in 2012. The event helps raise money for the organization’s marketing of the downtown area’s independent restaurants and bars.
The Downtown Port Huron and Bar Restaurant Collective have over twenty members, including the Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM). Students from CIM manned the McMorran entrances during the event to redeem money citizens cheerfully handed over for orange tickets to belly bliss.
CIM students, Calie Nelson, 18, and Kyle Grace, 18, said they enjoyed their first year at the event.
Taylor said he’s glad that CIM made their presence known in the area and that CIM supports the local restaurants. Taylor hopes that some students will stick around downtown for their careers.
Taste of Port Huron participant, Tom Smith, hopes more young people will stay in the area to support Port Huron. Smith said, “I’ve been trying to go downtown more. I’m trying to support my town. Somebody has to.”
Smith, a resident of Port Huron for his whole life, believes this event is great exposure for downtown restaurants and bars.
The businesses weren’t the only thing to get some attention though.
“The Backburners,” an acoustic duo made up of Gasoline Gypsy band members, Rob Schweihofer and Caleb Malooley, kept the crowd entertained in the memorial room. This is Schweihofer’s second year at Taste of Port Huron and Malooley’s first. Schweihofer said, “It (Taste of Port Huron) just keeps getting better.”
Emma DeVooght, 16, couldn’t agree more. DeVooght, Ft. Gratiot, sheepishly smiled as she admitted to savoring five helpings of Lynch’s Irish Tavern’s bread pudding.
DeVooght said, “I’ve never been there (Lynch’s Irish Tavern) before, but I’m definitely going to go now.”