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NASA astronaut to speak in Fine Arts Theatre

SC4’s 2nd annual STEM conference
Angie Stoecklin
Editor-in-Chief

SC4’s 2nd annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Conference will feature Michigan native and NASA astronaut Dr. Feustel as keynote speaker and teacher of specific workshops.
STEM will kick off at 7p.m. on Friday Oct. 24 in SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre with Dr. Feustel talking of his experiences while working for NASA. The event will continue on Saturday Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon with interactive workshops including archaeology, astronomy, chemistry, robotics, and species and habitats.
Dr. Feustel, raised in lake Orion and a graduate of Oakland Community College, possesses a bachelor’s degree in solid earth sciences, and a master’s degree in geophysics from Purdue University. He also has a Ph.D. in geological studies which he acquired from Queens University.
He started out as a geophysicist at NASA, and was then selected as a mission specialist at NASA which gave him the opportunity to travel through space.
The STEM Conference is free for anyone wishing to attend. This includes K-12 students and their families.
Those who wish to attend the event must register online at sc4.edu/stem. More information on the STEM is available via that link as well.

Singing Strings

The Lexington String Quartet comes to SC4
Gregory Garofalo
Lifestyle Editor

Last week on SC4 campus, the strings were singing and the music stirred and swayed the spirits of the young and old alike. The Lexington Bach Strings Quartet returned to campus.
Filled to the brim with talent, the quartet performed exquisite classics from the famous names of Bach, Mozart, and many more.
Formed fifteen years ago, the quartet is fueled by their love for music and performance.
The group consists of two violinists (Denice Anderson Turck, and Paul Lundin), a violist (Catharine DeLuca) and a Cellist (Timothy Nicolia.) Each of the four musicians have either a bachelors or master’s degree in their field of musical prowess.
To these professionals, music is just that: a profession.
“People who go into music professionally, usually can’t see themselves doing anything else. You scratch and save and try to create a niche for yourself, you’re not going to make much money in it, but it can be quite rewarding,” said Nicolia.
“The more you put in, the more you get out. It just is very rewarding for what you do for yourself and what you do for other people,” DeLuca added.
The Quartet continued their show in the Village until the fourteenth, filling the town with fun, activities, and warm summer nights filled with life and sound.

Brownies frowned upon?

A deeper look into the rumors of a bake sale ban
Melanie Buskirk
Staff Writer

Members of campus clubs, such as the new club NerdCore, are frustrated with the rumor of a bake sale ban circulating around the College Center.
According to Jess Gray, Vice President of NerdCore, a bake sale ban could heavily impact the group’s activities.
“The majority of our club members live between 40 minutes to an hour away, and for the school to set that regulation means more money coming out of our pockets because the only way we as a group can perform activities like bake sales is for us to go twice the distance over at somebody else’s house,” Gray said.
Bake sales are a common way for many clubs to raise money for group activities, but are they really the only way for our groups to raise money?
Pete Lacey, Vice President of Student Services, and Sarah Finnie, SC4’s Club Advisor, say no.
According to the data from the winter 2014 semester, clubs actually did not make that much money for their cause. For example, during the winter semester, the Gay-Straight Alliance only made $58.50 through bake sales.
“For such a lengthy process to go through for so little profit,” Lacey said, “it just doesn’t make sense.”
However, contrary to popular belief, bake sales have not been banned.
Instead of a ban, it is simply just more difficult to get an application to have a bake sale approved. Student government, as well as SC4’s administration, is trying to push the students to think outside of the box.
“Whether they do an event in the club or they have to do an event outside of a club, everyone does bake sales,” said James Woolman, Vice President of Student Government.
In order to individualize clubs and break the monotony, the Student Government voted to restrict bake sales to a group event, with more than one club hosting the bake sale at a time. “I would like to see a bake sale, but I would like to see two or three clubs doing it,” said Woolman.
The supposed “ban” on bake sales is on a trial run this semester, with its purpose being to encourage clubs to individualize themselves with trademark events, similar to the Gay-Straight Alliance’s Drag Show and Marketing & Management’s flower sales.
According to Woolman, who is also a member of the Marketing & Management club, unique events help establish a club’s presence, and bring more people in if they expect it.
To sponsor these new events, special appropriations have been increased for clubs that need it. Although we will see far less homemade delights on campus, be prepared to be delighted by the creative events sponsored by the clubs.

Everyone is welcome at the GSA

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

Gay Straight Alliance, a community for all
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, as well as straight allies, have found a home at the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club at St. Clair Community College (SC4). The GSA has been at SC4 since fall semester 2009 and has helped many students find a sense of community.
Amber Oile, current President of the GSA, said, “We want people to feel okay in their own skin and have a place that will harbor their individuality. GSA gives you that chance.”
Sean Lathrop, former GSA president and SC4 Alumni, said “It was an organization that school and community needed for LBGT rights and issues.”
“We want to create a bond with the straight community and the alley community and educate the people that would shy away from us,” said Oile.
The GSA also holds charity events for different causes, the biggest event being the Drag Show, which has been annual since April 2011. Last year, the Drag Show raised $900 for Port of Hopes, a mental illness center, as originally written in the article “Lip-Syncing for charity” in the Erie Square Gazette.
Another event the GSA has hosted over the years is Gayme Night, a collection of games from which people can play. This year’s Gayme Night will have a different appearance than past ones.
“It’s gonna be a Gayme Night that’s Halloween themed/a costume party,” Oile said.
In addition to wearing the costumes for fun, any student that comes can pay a dollar in order to enter in a contest to see who has the best costume. A one dollar cover is required to participate in Gayme Night which includes pizza, pop, games, and the chance to socially mingle.
Gayme Night is set to arrive in SC4’s cafeteria on Oct. 28, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Any student interested in joining the GSA should report to room 201 in the North Building. Meetings are held every Monday from Noon to 1 p.m.

Scholarships: what students should know

Students’ questions answered
Mairead Warner
Staff Writer

Scholarships, a way to avoid high debt and obtain free money for school for students.
According Jo Cassar, Director of Financial Asstiance and Services at SC4, Students can go to sc4.edu/money for scholarships.
Students will know that they have received a scholarship through e-mail and will be notified if they received a scholarship by early to mid-May.
For scholarship deadlines, students can check the portal; the deadline for scholarships for the winter 2015 semester is Oct. 17.
The advice Cassar offers to students applying for scholarships is to take time to write a good essay. Students should sell themselves and take the time to really pay attention. There is no limit on how many scholarships students can apply for.
Students should pay attention to the requirements when looking up scholarships. There are many scholarships and each one is different.
Some scholarship requirements are based on GPA and/or the different types of majors’ students would like to get into or are a part of. Some scholarships require a certain amount of credit hours on top of either a certain major or a certain GPA.
According to Cassar, Scholarships are completed online at sc4.edu/money. There is a general app that walks students though the scholarship process and is easy to use and easy to complete.
“There are scholarships that require students to submit letters of recommendation and write essays. There is an attachment that comes with those types of scholarships,” Cassar said.
According to www.sc4.edu/money, the scholarships give students the amount of money that the scholarship they are interested in is worth, and the date that students need to have the
scholarship application completely filled out by can also be found at the link.
Students with any questions regarding scholarships should feel free to contact the Financial Aid office at 810-989-5530.

A two-sided performance coming soon

REHERSAL
A new twist on an old tale
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a familiar tale that has been spun many times. But Tom Kephart, Artistic Director for the SC4 Players, hints that the upcoming play won’t be the normal Jekyll and Hyde story.
According to Kephart, “This adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde returns to the psychological basis of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, rather than the monster/horror style familiar to most movie versions dating back to the silent film era.”
“This is a new version of the classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. Henry Jekyll’s experiments with powders and tinctures have brought forth his other self – Edward Hyde, a villain free to commit the sins he is too civilized to comprehend,” as stated by the SC4 website.
Greg Garofalo, who plays one of the Hydes, said “We’ve really outdone ourselves for this production. The cast is outstanding and the story is sure to send a shiver up your spine.”
The showings of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are 5:30 p.m. on, Oct. 16. (Thursday), 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 (Friday), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 (Saturday), and 2 p.m. on Oct. 19 (Sunday).
Mature audiences (PG-13) are the recommended recipients of this play.
Tickets are $7 at the door for adults, but admission is free for students that show their Skippers OneCard.
Tickets can also be bought ahead of time by calling (810)-989-5513.

Makeup and music to midnight

Photo credit: Myrna Pronchuck
Photo credit: Myrna Pronchuck

Art Night draws students and community to SC4
Angie Stoecklin
Editor-in-Chief

The first ever Art Night on Sept. 19 at SC4 brought an “overwhelming response from the community,” as Adjunct Instructor Myrna Pronchuck put it. Members of the community and SC4 between the ages of 14 to 30 were welcome to register to take place in the art-themed workshops.
Pronchuck, who recently moved to Michigan from Atlanta Georgia, had gotten the idea from events held at art institutions in the south known as Draw –a-thons. According to Pronchuck, it seemed like an interesting way to introduce young people to visual arts and to SC4.
“I brought the idea to Celeste Skalnek, the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, and she thought it would be a great way to incorporate all of the visual as well as the performing arts at SC4 to serve our community,” said Pronchuck.
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs provided a grant for the event, thus turning it into a mentorship program for emerging artists who were involved in SC4’s art program. The grant however, wasn’t the only donation from the community.
Pronchuck says, “Pizza was generously donated from Happy’s Pizza in Port Huron as well as 10 gallons of orange drink from McDonald’s.”
A wide range of workshops included African drumming, pottery, stage makeup, and still-life drawing.
In addition to the workshops, SC4 student Natalie Mainguy performed compositions on her violin for all the attendees.
“There was music in the hallways and the classrooms. The classes were full of happy smiling youth making art and trying their skills at music and theatre, many for the first time,” said Pronchuck.
For anyone who missed this year’s art night, Pronchuck says that the event’s success has prompted SC4 to plan anther one for next year.

NerdCore

Photo Credit: Melanie Buskirk
Photo Credit: Melanie Buskirk

There’s a new group of geeks on campus
Melanie Buskirk
Staff Writer

Students packed the College Center on Tuesday Sep. 16 for Club Awareness Day. Well established clubs such as the Gay Straight Alliance, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Zombie Defense Council set up displays, but had to make room for a brand-new upcoming group, NerdCore.
Previously known as the Magic the Gathering club, NerdCore made an entrance with a large display and a gathering of current members playing, of course, Magic: The Gathering.
NerdCore isn’t just about playing Magic: The Gathering though. Anime lovers, Yu-Gi-Oh players, gamers (both PC and console), Pokemon fanatics, and all-around geeky people are welcome to join NerdCore.
“We can be ourselves comfortably without people judging us,” said Jess Gray, vice president of NerdCore.
The folks of NerdCore can be found in the back of the cafeteria on a daily basis, but the official club meetings are held every other Tuesday around noon.
Plans for this semester include on-campus Magic: The Gathering tournaments, and off-campus bake sales (due to SC4’s new policy). The dates and locations of both are to be determined during the next official meeting.
When asked about the proceeds of the future fundraisers, Vice President Jess Gray stated, “The ultimate goal is to raise enough money for a group trip to Cedar Point.” The date of this trip is also undetermined.
The group is growing fast and will always be open to students of any fandom; so bring your cards, games, comics, and friends to the back of the cafeteria and expect to make some new friends in NerdCore.

Club Awareness Day, showcasing the clubs for all students to see

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

For one day, clubs ruled the College Center
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

With a new semester comes old clubs, new clubs, and even sees some clubs disappearing. 8 clubs graced the Atrium on Sept. 16, with Zombie Defense Council having the most visits (21) from students according to the passports handed out by Student Government.
Clubs across campus use Club Awareness Day to draw in potential members.
“Everybody learns about the clubs, it emphasizes what the clubs are about, and it gets people interested,” said Chris Dombowsky, Alumni.
“Essentially, it gets the word out,” Brandon Eason of ZDC said.
Student Government handed out passports that a student would take to 5 different club tables and get them signed. Every student that got 5 signatures on the passport entered a raffle held by Student Government to win a “Swag Bag.” In addition to handing out passports, Student Government provided cotton candy.
“It brings awareness to a brand new program,” Nikki Carlson of the newly formed Health Information Technology club said.
Marketing and Management also put on a raffle with the prize being mechanical pencils, pens, scantrons, and more. Participants gave M&M their name and contact information, in addition to “liking” M&M’s Facebook page as part of the raffle.
One of the two new clubs was NerdCore, formally known as Magic the Gathering Club, which featured many people playing games. Dillon Carter, member of NerdCore, broke down the club’s intentions; stating, “It’s a place where all of us Nerds can come together.”
Dan Clark, a freshman, said, “This event seems to be a good thing for the clubs that need to recruit. And it’s not like you can walk through the college center without noticing all these tables set up. All in all, it seems like a pretty cool thing to see especially if you’re new to the college.”

Crime and punishment

Photo Credit: Nick "Chico" Hernandez
Photo Credit: Nick “Chico” Hernandez
The 4 deadly violations
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

Ashtray lids on the trash cans have vanished in a cloud of smoke, the concrete is bare of cigarette butts. The St. Clair County Community College smoking ban has taken effect.
SC4’s Board of Trustees gave the policy a thumbs’ up in April of 2014, and it officially went into effect on August 1. St. Clair County Community College is now a completely smoke and tobacco free campus, this includes the E-Cigarette’s as well.
Students caught smoking on campus will have two chances to reconsider whether they should be on school grounds the next time a craving comes around.
First offense is a verbal warning, and the second is a written warning. But with the second warning comes an official letter from the dean, saying that next time you will be in trouble.
The third time you get caught, you’ll be charged a $10 fine, and a “hold” will be placed on your record. Registration, transcripts, etc. will be blocked, and the student will have a meeting with the Vice President of Student Services and the Dean of Students, as the SC4 website states.
The forth and what would seem to be the final time (as the website only lists 4 “violations”) ups the fine to $20, and mimics the 3rd violation’s punishment. The only addition listed; “possible suspension/dismissal from campus.”
While some students opposed the idea of a smoke-free campus before it was made a rule, a few are dealing with it as best as they can. Jay Rent, 36 of Port Huron, said “I don’t like that I can’t smoke on campus anymore, but what are you going to do? Run across the street, of course!”
One other student looked at the new policy in a different manner, “This ‘No Smoking’ shit is some crap. All those little whiners need to shut the fuck up and let me do my business with my cigarette. They got no right to tell me where I can and can’t smoke,” said Danielle Carter, 28 of Marysville.
In the end, majority rules that the ban has been good for the college.
Pete Lacey, Vice President of Student Services said in an email, “The ban went into effect on August 1 and the transition has been smooth. We have received positive feedback from many people on campus and in our community.”