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A club for business majors

Marketing and Management Club
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

President of the Marketing and Management club Delani Thibodeau, 19, described the club as, “a club for business orientated and marketing majors that helps students learn marketing and management techniques. It opens the doors for marketing and long term associates in the business field.”
M&M has hosted one event so far in the semester. The club sold roses and chocolate for Sweetest Day in the Main Building. They also ran the registration table at the Making Strides against Cancer fundraiser walk on Oct. 11. M&M put forth volunteer work at Stress Breaker by painting pumpkins and handing them out.
The future holds more events for the members of M&M, as they are currently planning a “bowling event for the children of Port Huron at the Cypress Place,” said Thibodeau. In addition to the bowling event, the club will be volunteering at the 2014 Business Expo held at the Double Tree hotel in Port Huron.
M&M has Countdown to Career, a hit in the past years, being planned right now for some time in the spring.
M&M meets every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Main Building, in room 112.
New members are always welcome.

Gayme Night

Photo Credit: Nick "Chico" Hernandez
Photo Credit: Nick “Chico” Hernandez

Nostalgic games provided by GSA and Nerdcore
Melanie Buskirk
Staff Writer

Gamers clustered around the big screens in the cafeteria this past Wednesday, Oct. 29 during Gayme Night – an event sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance and Nerdcore. The event was held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria with a $1 entrance fee.
Members from both the GSA and Nerdcore brought in consoles such as the Nintendo Gamecube and the PS2, as well as board games like Apples to Apples. Pizza and soda were provided for attendees by the GSA.
When asked about her favorite part of the event, sophomore Melissa Whitesell, 18, said, “My favorite part is being able to hang out, relax, and eat pizza with my friends.”
Sophomore Joe Green, 20, said he enjoyed the nostalgia of being able to play the old games from his childhood with his friends.
The students in attendance are looking forward to the event next year. According to Green and another student, Eric Briggs, 19, the only thing that would make Gayme Night better would be more televisions for volunteers to connect their consoles to.
“I’m happy with how many people showed up. Everybody seemed to have fun, and everybody liked the pizza,” said Vice President of the GSA Celina Shaver. When asked about next year’s Gayme Night, both Vice President Shaver and the President of Nerdcore Jon Harper responded with excitement. Both look forward to a higher turn out next year, with this year’s attendance being approximately 60 students, as well as possibly partnering with other clubs.
President Harper would like to thank the students and the GSA for contributing and participating in this year’s Gayme Night.
Shaver said, “Keep your eyes out for the next Gayme Night!”

Galloping Shakespeare

Photo Credit: Melanie Buskirk
Photo Credit: Melanie Buskirk

Stratford Theatre Festival Workshop
Melanie Buskirk
Staff Writer

On Oct. 27, the auditorium in the Fine Arts building filled with laughter and jumbled stanzas as the Stratford Theatre Festival Workshop was conducted. Edward Daranyi, a Stratford Theatre Festival director and residential teacher’s aide, visited SC4 to direct a workshop for aspiring actors and actresses.
The workshop consisted of several activities centered around reciting lines from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, focusing primarily on memorization techniques and the proper annunciation of iambic pentameter, the pattern that most Shakespearian plays are spoken in.
Activities included a technique called “galloping,” in which students literally galloped across the stage while reading a section of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which helped students read their passage to the beat of iambic pentameter. The other fun, if not amusing games involved throwing tennis balls, chasing your partner across the stage, and balancing on fitness balls while practicing phrases from the play.
Despite the low turnout of only seven students, Daranyi says that the workshop will return next year with hopes for a larger group.
“As a director, I’d rather take strong and wrong than beige,” says Daranyi, as encouragement to students who have dreams of being on stage.
Be sure to keep an eye out next year for the next workshop.

The many faces of the monster inside

Photo Credit: Erin Kephart
Photo Credit: Erin Kephart

SC4 Players’ presentation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

“You find an open door. One no one knows about. And once you’ve crossed its threshold, you will find not one mind but two. Two streams within the consciousness, one on the surface, the other subterranean.” According to Greg Garofolo, “This quote by Jekyll captures the play at its essence. A true psychological horror and thought provoking thrill ride.”
SC4 Players presented the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Oct. 16 through the 19.
The play, directed by Tom Kephart, told the tale of Dr. Henry Jekyll, played by Caleb Kreidler, and his “inner demon,” Mr. Hyde, and his discovery of who really is the monster.
The character of Mr. Hyde had to be portrayed by four different actors to capture the different aspects of Mr. Hyde’s evolving personality. Hyde, played by actors Brennan Fisher, Greg Garofalo, Haunani Johnson, and Andrew Kephart represents the beastly nature of Dr. Jekyll, and therefore humanity itself.
“It was really psychological,” said Freshman Riley Niver, 19. Niver played Elizabeth, Hyde’s love interest. “It was a smart play, but there was still humor in it with that morbid intrigue.”
“I fell in love with the script when I first read it,” Kephart said. “We were going to do another show, and then I read this script and thought, yeah, we’re doing this one.”
Niver said that without Kephart’s vision, the play could not have been done.
“The way he chose lighting cues and how to do the set and minimalizing a lot of what was used really added to the play. He made it more like a dream sequence which really tied in with the different journal entries and little bits of play acting here and there,” Niver said.

GSA Gayme Night

Date is set for next week
Angie Stoecklin
Editor-in-Chief

In the previous issue of the ESG, an article titled, “Everyone is welcome at the GSA” mentioned the club’s plans for a game night. Because of a mistake I made with editing, the date of Oct. 28 was wrong.
The GSA’s Gayme night is scheduled for Wednesday Oct. 29. It will be held in the SC4 cafeteria at 3 p.m. and will go until 6 p.m.
For more information on this event or the GSA, e-mail GSA president Amber Oile at aoile@student.sc4.edu.

Boogie on the Red Carpet

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Sc4 foundation’s Red Carpet affair
Tyler Smith
Staff writer

The red carpet is here again, without the movie stars. The SC4 foundation is hold their annual Red Carpet Affair on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m., with the theme of “Boogie fever on the Red Carpet.”
Dress as a hippie or suit and boogie the night. Specialty food will be provided by local Port Huron restaurants, such as Casey’s Pizza & Subs, Chef Mike’s Catering, Daybreak Café, and many more.
The events platinum sponsors are Joseph and Betty Mericka. Get your tickets today on the St. Clair Community College website by visiting sc4.edu/redcarpet.

NASA lands at SC4

Stem Conference
STEM conference scheduled for Oct. 24, 25
Stephon Burrell
Guest Writer

NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel will be the featured guest at St. Clair County Community College’s 2nd Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference this Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, at the college’s Port Huron campus.
Andrew Feustel will be demonstrating life out of space, how to survive below zero degrees, how to build CPO from StarWar’s, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the International Space Station where all the astronauts hang out and get to know each other more.
A crew has launched a spacecraft made up of astronauts or cosmonauts drawn from the various categories, commander, pilot, space shuttle mission specialist, or International Space Station flight engineer, drawn from the NASA professional career of Astronauts.
“Payload specialist,” to what Andrew Feustel explains refers to individuals selected and trained by commercial or research organizations that controls a large team of astronauts who are trained by commercial or research missions.
Attendees can make the choice between STEM’s workshops, Archaeology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Robotics, and Species and Habitats.
The conference starts at 7 p.m. on Friday in SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre and will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Relocating the air waves

Photo credit: Lily Petit
Photo credit: Lily Petit

Radio club’s location in flux
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

WSGR 91.3 FM, SC4’s student run radio station, brings “the eclectic sound” to the Blue Water Area, but recently they’re providing it from a slightly different location.
The Fine Arts Building’s duct work renovation is complete and classes have been running smoothly within the building, yet the radio club still cannot operate in their original studio room off the classroom in FAB room 21.
Alyssa Gould, program director for WSGR, 19, says they have been running the station out of the first floor of the A.J. Theisen building. Gould says they are waiting on Maintenance and IT to give the ok to move back in. No official move in date has been set, but Gould says they have been told it will be “soon.”
Jake Vigna, a member of the radio club, says that the main problem with being in the AJT building is waiting for maintenance to come unlock the door.
The club is not issued a key to their studio room and must contact maintenance every day to open the door. Whether WSGR operates out of the AJT building or the FAB, maintenance must be contacted. The Fine Arts Building is a hop, skip, and a jump from the maintenance building, located next to the Acheson Technology Center, while trekking to the AJT building from the office can take up to 20 minutes.
Gould says that waiting for maintenance can sometimes cause the radio shows to start late and causes them to get off schedule. Additionally, their location in the AJT building allows much more outside noise into the studio. While their room in the FAB is secluded from any outside doors or hallways, the AJT is directly next to both.
While the radio club has moved to a more public location for the time being, the 41-year-old club is also becoming a more obvious choice for prospective members.
Gould considers the radio club to be “a hidden club,” but admits she’s seen it grow in size and dedication since her involvement in the past two years. This is Gould’s first semester as program director. Alongside her are about ten members of the radio club who choose to “play the B-Side of the tracks.”
If you’re interested in filling the air waves with a different sound than the Top 40, the radio club meets every Wednesday at noon in the classroom section of FAB room 21.
Support WSGR by tuning in to 91.3 FM and by liking them on Facebook at WSGR 91.3fm.

Mental illness, not to be taken lightly

SC4 holds free mental health screening
Melanie Buskirk
Staff Writer

This past Oct. 9, the National Depression Screening Day and free mental health screening, provided by McLaren Health Systems took place in SC4’s college center.
According to MLHS’s volunteer and mental health experts Sharon Hardy and Karen Zisler, over 200 people from the community showed up to last year’s health screening.
National Depression Screening Day, a voluntary mental health screening initiative, has been held annually during Mental Illness Awareness Week every Oct. since 1991, with the local community participating for the last twelve years. Most of these screenings are held on college campuses across the nation, where many people need it the most.
Studies by the American College Health Association show that more than 1 in 4 college students have a diagnosable mental illness, with over 11% of students being treated for anxiety and over 10% of students being treated for depression. However, according to the same studies, 40% of college students with diagnosable illnesses did not seek help due to the concern for the stigma attached with mental illness.
This leads to a serious issue, with almost 7% of college students reporting that they have seriously considered suicide within the past year. Results like this are the reason why Screening for Mental Health, Inc., the founders of National Depression Screening Day have the mission statement of, “Raising public awareness of behavioral and mental health issues and working to reduce stigma.”
College students aren’t the only ones who suffer mental illnesses. When asked about the typical person participating in the free depression screening, Hardy responded, “I would never use typical and depression in the same sentence.”
Anyone can suffer from depression, no matter their age, race, education, or background. Depression is the number one cause of suicide, and hundreds of thousands of people attempt suicide each year. According to Hardy, this tragedy is preventable.
If you or someone you know is depressed or contemplating suicide, there are ways to get help. The St. Clair County Community Mental Health Crisis Line is open 24 hours a day toll-free at (888)-225-4447 or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Talking to your doctor or health care provider can also help. There are a lot of things to be scared of this Halloween, don’t let getting help for your mental wellbeing be one of them.

Blues and Folk music unite

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Blues group and local band reel in crowd at SC4’s theatre
Angie Stoecklin
Editor-in-Chief

On the night of Oct. 4, the audience in SC4’s Fine Arts theatre exploded with applause when Coordinator of the Arts Celeste Skalnek announced that she was thrilled to have Madcat Midnight Blues performing SC4.
The event featured opening band Gasoline Gypsies, a local Folk band consisting of former SC4 students, and continued with Blues group, Madcat Midnight Blues Journey. The concert didn’t end until 45 minutes after it was supposed to, but that didn’t take away from the energy exhibited by either the bands’ or the audience members.
Sherry Shelany, 68, of Fort Gratiot, stated that the people of Port Huron need to realize the outstanding talent in town, as well as the talent that is brought into town to perform alongside local artists.
“The Gasoline Gypsies are an excellent, fabulous band and people need to hear them. But to have somebody of Peter Madcat Ruth’s stature come to town and be able to hear them and see the way they react with each other on stage is wonderful,” Shelany said.
Madcat Midnight Blues Journey is a four-piece Blues band; performing Blues pieces bordering on different genres from country to rock and roll. The band consists of lead singer and Harmonica player, Peter “Madcat” Ruth, guitar player and keyboardist, Drew “Captian Midnight” Howard, bass player Mark “Papa” Schrock, and percussionist Michael “Kid” Shimmin.
According to frontman Peter “Madcat” Ruth, when Skalnek contacted him and asked if he would like to perform at SC4, he didn’t hesitate to say yes, and he was not disappointed.
“I’m glad we could do it. It’s such a beautiful auditorium; the sound system is really good, and the people running the sound system are great at what they do,” Ruth said.
The band performed the previous night in Kalamazoo. But they made the drive for the opportunity to perform on the east side of the state, which, according the Ruth wasn’t the only change the band had been looking forward to.
“We’ve been playing outdoor concerts all summer long. And it’s been fun because there’s a whole different energy about outdoor concerts. But when you’re indoors and have that back wall and enclosed space, you play differently, the musician adjusts to the room and it’s such a nice theater that we were kind of being more subtle in a way, which was nice,” said Ruth.
Ruth stated that although each member of the band had to drive at least an hour on their way out of Port Huron, they appreciated the opportunity.
“We’re really glad to be here and share our music with the folks over here (Port Huron),” Ruth said.