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Award winners announced

Patterns 58th edition available now
Emily Mainguy
On Thursday, April 28 the 58th Edition of Patterns was debuted to the public during an award ceremony in the Fine Arts Theatre.
This year the magazine was created by Jason Grill, Emily Mainguy and Blair Spear.
“Overall I think it was a great experience. Prior to patterns I hadn’t gotten to do much production work outside of product photography. I also enjoyed getting the chance to learn more about the processes involved in making a full scale publication,” explained Blair Spear.
During the award ceremony they announced winners of first, second, and third place awards in categories such as, Short Story, Essay, Poetry, and Visual arts. Along with the special section awards; such as, the Richard Colwell, Kathy Nickerson, and Blanche Redman award.
Patterns is also used to present the Patrick Bourke and the Eleanor Mathews Award. According to this year’s edition, the Patrick Bourke and Eleanor Mathews Awards recognize students who have done exceptional work in a more general sense.

Below is a list of the awards and the winners:

Richard Colwell Award – Jason Justice
Second Place in Short Story – Matthew Vallee
Third Place in Short Story – Shane Brockett
Kathy Nickerson Award – Therese Majeski
Second Place in Essay – Lydia Nicholas
Third Place in Essay – Madison Magness
Blanche Redman Award – Jennifer Rostoni
Second Place in Poetry – Marcus Taylor
Third Place in Poetry – Lindsey Wiseman
First and Second Place in Visual Arts – Rachel Henion
Third Place in Visual Arts – Joanna Ingles
Eleanor Mathews Award – Kathleen McGowan
Patrick Bourke Award – Emily Mainguy

To see and read the winning pieces you can pick up a copy of this year’s edition in the Fine Arts galleries.
Next year’s Patterns submission forms can be found in the Fine Arts building and applications are due in December.

What’s old is new again

Free play coming to SC4 Theatre soon
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor
From May 12 to May 15, The SC4 Players will perform the play “The Odd Couple” in the Fine Arts Theatre. The play is free to SC4 students, facility, staff, and alumni that present the Skippers OneCard. The play is also free for K-12 students with an adult. For adults, tickets are $7. Tickets can be bought at the door or by calling 1 810-989-5513. The show is recommended for ages 10 and up.
“The Odd Couple” will be showed on Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. and will include audience talkback. On Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14 the play will start at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, May 15 the show will start at 2:00 p.m.
Tom Kemphart, the director of “The Odd Couple” and of the SC4 Players, said “It [“The Odd Couple”] is one of my favorites. I’m glad to be able to show it at SC4 and as the last play of the semester. Our final shows are usually a compilation of everything we’ve learned so far.”
Kemphart added, “It’s been a lot of fun to work with college-aged actors. I directed “The Odd Couple” 13 years ago with people that were the ‘appropriate’ age. But it’s different now,” Kemphart added that it was like working with blank slates and that in itself is “enlightening”.
“The Odd Couple” originally was a Broadway play written by Neil Simon in 1965. The play was a success and a movie spawned from the play in 1968. Like the play, the movie received positive feedback such as Roger Ebert giving “The Odd Couple” three and a half out of four stars.
From 1970 to 1975, “The Odd Couple” ran as a Friday night sitcom and enjoyed success much like the Broadway play and the movie. The reviews on Internet Movie Database ( give the 1970 sitcom an eight out of ten.
Some reboots of “The Odd Couple” were made including a cartoon in 1975, a 1982 reboot of the TV series (named “The New Odd Couple”), and a 1998 sequel to the movie titled “The Odd Couple II”. None of these gained popularity or success with the TV shows being cancelled after the first season and the second movie given a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
More information can be found at

The wild goose chase

Canadian geese on campus and how it affects students
Mel Buskirk
Copy Editor
“I really don’t like them here,” Yan Kobylyatskiy, 22 year old sophomore from Moscow stated referring to SC4’s feathered immigrant population, the Canadian geese.
Most students share Kobylyatskiy’s sentiment over the federally protected birds. Not only do the geese leave greenish droppings all over the campus sidewalks, but they have been known to threaten and even attack students during their commute to class.
One student captured video in March of two geese attacking the doors to the Fine Arts Building. Lydia Nicholas, 18 year old Middle College student from Lexington said, “One day I was just leaving class and there were these two geese pecking on the door and were trying to get in. I took a Snapchat video because that’s not something you see every day.” That video can be found on the ESG’s website at
So why are the geese so aggressive this year? It might be due to the fact that a pair of geese started a family right here on campus. On the Green Wall located between the CEM building and the North building, a mother goose sat from March to the end of April waiting patiently for her brood to hatch.
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website, Canadian geese create nests on the ground made of dirt, mosses, and lichens and nest from anywhere between 42 to 50 days. The nests can contain anywhere from two to eight eggs, all of which would hatch within a 24 hour period. Hatchlings covered in yellowish down could leave the nest at one to two days old, being able to walk, swim, and even dive.
The female goose typically does not leave the nest after laying her clutch of eggs. The male goose patrols the area surrounding the nest, however, he will not come towards the nest as to prevent the discovery of the nest. Students were most likely chased by the male goose during the past months.
Canadian geese nest anytime between mid-March to mid-May. The goslings were estimated to have hatched anytime between Thursday of last week (April 28) to Saturday of last week (April 30).
“It would be great if the college could handle it [the geese],” said Kobylyatskiy. He continued to propose that the college could make a fence or an enclosed habitat for the geese.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) list fencing as a possible way to deter geese on Other authorized ways to fend off geese include a spray repellant made of grape extract, and scare devices such as noise makers, balloons, and brightly colored flags.
For more information on how to prevent Canadian goose attacks, check out the DNR’s website at To see the video of two geese attacking the doors of the Fine Arts Building, check out the latest edition of the ESG online at

The times, they are a changin’

Deborah Snyder
Getting to know the interim president, Dr. Deborah Snyder
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor
Out with the old, in with the new; getting her foot in the door
Dr. Deborah Snyder took over the presidency of SC4 on April 1, following the resignation of former SC4 president Kevin Pollock. Snyder’s definition of an interim president is, “someone who is serving for a finite time period.” While the best-known title is ‘interim president’, Snyder said “my contract does say I’m the president of SC4 and the contract period is for 12 months.”
On Jan. 19, Pollock announced his official resignation to SC4 and that he would be out the door by March 31. When Pollock first ran, Snyder had been contacted by a member of the board to run for president but, due to having recently been crowned Dean of a business school section of Strayer University, she had to decline.
“So this board member, believe it or not, remembered this conversation and called me out at my college in California and said ‘Our president has just resigned and he is taking a new position with another community college in another state. We need an interim president. Is this something you’d be interested in?’ And at that point, I said yes.” Snyder said.
While Snyder referred to herself as being “kind of like that top person where the buck stops,” she also openly says she has other bosses as well. “The board members are my bosses,” said Snyder.
When asked if she planned on running for president after her contract expired, Snyder simply answered, “I’m here to do the best job I can as long as they want me to serve.”
Snyder’s plans and thoughts for SC4
Snyder has been in office less than a month, and has let it be known she does not want to make rash or uncalculated decisions. “When you’re a new president, it’s hard to come in and throw the baby out with the bath water, and that certainly isn’t my intention,” said Snyder.
Snyder added that, “any plans that would be evolving would be based on the fact finding that I’m doing here now.”
Before making any future plans, Snyder said, “what I’m doing now is trying to meet with as many people internally and externally from stakeholders, faculty, staff, students, to people in the community, and people on the Foundation Board to really find out what they think. That will help me form any plans I might have with moving forward in the future.”
Snyder does have a particular goal in mind and stated, “One thing we know we need to do is improve enrollment. We have fewer students now than have had in the past. So certainly that is something that is on my radar. We’re the community’s college. So, to me, I really have to look at planning from a community prospective.”
McMorran Pavilion
“I’ve asked the question ‘is this a done deal?’. The answer I got was yes. It’s already been voted on by the board, the city has agreed to sell us the building. My job, as president, is to move forward and help the communication go forward with all this.” Snyder also added, “I still think we need to do a better job of communicating such as what are we doing, what our plans are.”
With a smile on her face Snyder said, “I think people will be very pleased with what the college has planned to do.”
The Pavilion, which will be renamed SC4 Fieldhouse, is planned to be the home for the college’s athletic teams. The Pavilion/Fieldhouse will also be open for community use, and host youth and high school athletic tournaments, camps and other events.
Residence and a notable achievement
Snyder, while working and living out in California, still owned a house in St. Clair County. “We’ve had a home, up on Gratiot, for 11 years. We renovated a small cottage on the lake after our daughters graduated from high school. We decided to come home,” Snyder added that, “there’s no place like Port Huron, it’s a wonderful place to live.”
Many people have a notable achievement that brings pride to themselves, and Snyder is no different. “My most notable achievement is getting my education, particularly my doctorate. Much like a lot of the students at a community college, I worked when I went to school and I never didn’t work. It took me 10 years to get my undergraduate degree, 8 years to get my master’s degree, and 7 years to get my PhD. But it’s because I was driving downtown to Wayne State, I was raising kids, feeding horses in my back yard because I used to have horses way back when. And goats, rabbits, dogs, cats; we had a menagerie.”
Snyder went on to say, with some laughs, “We lived in Romeo when our girls were growing up. We did have some acreage; we lived right behind an apple orchard. We pretended to be farmers, I had a garden, but certainly serious farmers would have rolled their eyes at us. It was a wonderful environment to raise our children in.”
Changing SC4 and building more trust
“I’d like to be instrumental in building more trust. Trust with the community, the internal community. That’s what I really hope to do. It’s not to say there is a problem now, but I think that it’s important to build trust and have everyone understand we are all part of the same team,” Snyder said when asked how she would like to change SC4.
Snyder also stated, “Together we can do many things that we can’t do as individuals and I can’t do anything without the rest of this team.”
Closing Words
In relation to her notable achievement Snyder said, “Education opens doors. It does it for me, it does it for you, and it can do it for anyone. Education is key. Go as far as you can.” Snyder added, “I’m a listener and an important part of my job is to make sure I hear from students, hear from faculty, and I hear from staff because that is the only way I can make good decisions.”

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, “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, 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

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 or students can buy Soundcard Student passes for $25 for the whole season at

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

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.
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.

A big heart in a young kid

Student collects hygiene products for homeless
Jamie Koebke
Business Editor
Imagine being a high school student, a college student, working part time and collecting items for local homeless shelters all at the same time. This is exactly what seventeen year old Macy Wurmlinger is doing.
The Landmark Academy and St. Clair County Community College student was researching when she came across an article that pointed out there is a desperate need for feminine hygiene products amongst the homeless, when she came up with the idea to collect hygiene products in general for the local homeless shelters.
“I have always cared about homeless people since I was a little girl and even more so since I’ve become more exposed to how prevalent the problem is,” Wurmlinger said.
In 2014 MidCity Nutrition served more than 1,661 individuals from the area. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that in Michigan 12,227 people were homeless in a single night.
Collecting items was an easy decision for Wurmlinger to make. With the support of her friends, coworkers, family and community this project has gone over well so far. “My parents have been so supportive! They’ve been helping collect things and have helped me organize everything!”
Partnering with local radio station 88.3 FM located at 2865 Maywood Drive in Port Huron, Wurmlinger is having any items donated dropped off at the station. She is taking the items to Pathways and MidCity Nutrition in Port Huron. Collecting will be continuing until the end of May. Wurmlinger is hoping that this project will help motivate more people to help out and make a difference in our community.