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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.

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.

Jazz Group Makes Chopin Proud

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Swingin’ Chopin Jazz Quartet plays at the SC4 Theater
Lauren Schwartz
Staff Writer

Light, camera, Chopin! On Thursday, Jan 21, roughly 100 people flocked to the SC4 Theater, which was host to the Swingin’ Chopin Jazz Quartet. The quartet includes Rich Kowalewski, the band’s leader as well the double bass player, Kurt Schreitmueller, the pianist, Joe Ivers, the saxophonist, and Rob Emanuel, the drummer. The group put a modern, jazzy twist to the works of Frederic Chopin.
They start off every song by playing the original piece of the Chopin song they are performing so the audience knows how the song is supposed to sound before they play how they have altered it. In an interview, they described their sound as “An amalgam of jazz, Brazilian music, and classical music.” They not only play Chopin. On the program Thursday, they also featured variations on Bach and Herbie Handcock pieces.
The quartet originally came together around 2010, around the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin, but they have each been performing before that. Kowalewski founded the Basschool in 1994, and has even preformed with Wynton Marsalis, another prominent name in the Jazz community, as well as his own Brazilian group: Brazil and Beyond.
Schreitmueller is an in-demand piano player in the Detroit music scene, and has performed in several jingles in, and not limited to, commercials for some Detroit Auto Show campaigns and St. John Hospital.
Ivers plays a wide range of saxophones and can be frequently seen playing at the world famous Baker’s Keyboard Lounge with LL7, Detroit’s foremost Latin jazz ensemble. Emanuel has played with a variety of musicians and has released two Jazz CDs of his own: Mystery Manual and Art Carnage.
Looking for a fun night out? The Swingin’ Chopin Jazz Quartet will be playing at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge on April 8, and their CDs can be purchased on CDbaby.com. Learn more by going to reverbnation.com/swinginchopin.

McMorran purchase moves forward

Other changes underway
Mel Buskirk
Copy Editor

During the City Council meeting on Jan 25, the council voted to approve the purchase agreement with St. Clair County Community College for the ownership of McMorran Pavilion and Tower. Two council members, Alphonso Amos and Alan Lewandowski, rejected the agreement along with a few citizens that attended the meeting.
The main concern raised was by Scott Worden, who was concerned with the fate of the historic McMorran Tower. The Tower, built in 1965, is included in the McMorran purchase agreement. While according to the agreement, within the first ten years of ownership a committee – consisting of representatives from SC4, McMorran Management, and the city – must approve of all changes made to the Pavilion and Tower. Concerns for the Tower were raised for after the ten year period in which SC4 would have the right to alter its property in any way, including razing the tower. There has been no indication by SC4 administration or in the 2012-2025 SC4 Facility Master Plan to alter the Tower.
While the purchase agreement is almost settled, only needing confirmation from the SC4 Board of Trustees, other changes are making waves in SC4. This past month both Board of Trustee member David Oppliger and President of SC4 Dr. Kevin Pollock announced their resignations.
Oppliger announced his resignation on Jan 18, effective immediately. Oppliger has stated that he had prior work obligations, as he is a lawyer. Oppliger has been on the Board of Trustees since 2008, with his term ending in Dec 2016. Applications submitted by Feb 1 will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees during their regular meeting on Feb 11 in MTEC room 150 at 4:30 pm. The chosen applicant will finish the remaining 10 ½ months of Oppliger’s term, with chance for reelection this November.
Dr. Pollock also announced his resignation on Jan 19, effective Mar 31. Dr. Pollock has been elected President of Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, effective Apr 1. Dr. Pollock has been President of SC4 since Apr 2009.
Another notable resignation is Denise McNeil’s, the Vice President of Academic Services. She announced her retirement effective at the end of the winter 2016 semester.
The effect of these resignations on the SC4 student body is not apparent at this time; however, with new leadership comes new changes for better or worse.

Criminal Justice teacher adds dose of real life to class


Students challenged to solve double homicide case
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor
Criminal Justice is not a new program to SC4, but the idea of having a class solve an active homicide case is. Lecturer David King, 65 of Port Huron, has been teaching Criminal Justice full time at SC4 for the last two years. King, who has 35 years of experience in Law Enforcement, has challenged his classes to try and solve the murder of James and Christine McKeogh that took place in Clinton Township Jan 14.
“I thought it would be an interesting way to keep them engaged in this class, and in real world criminal justice stuff,” King said. “The timing of this particular high-profile crime, in relative close proximity to our campus, might present an opportunity for us to discuss the case and for my students to ask me questions; ‘What do you suppose the police are looking for?’, ‘What do you suppose they’re doing now?’, ‘What might their plan of attack be, in terms of the investigation?’”
The case is still currently unsolved by police or anyone else.
One freshman student, who wished to remain anonymous, said “I think it’s an interesting concept to solve an actual murder, but I think it’s very difficult to get all the facts on the outside of the investigation. It’s pretty much a guessing game.”
George Harris, 18, who is taking Intro to Criminal Justice under a different teacher, said, “The idea to solve a murder in-class sounds really old-school and cool. I’ve never heard of anyone doing it other than on a T.V. show.”
“Whatever our students do here at SC4, I strongly encourage them to finish their Associates Degree before they go on to do anything else. Once you have that degree, no one can take it away from you. I want to say this to our Criminal Justice students: As a former police chief and hiring agent, if I have the choice between someone that doesn’t have a college degree and one that does, and all other things are equal, I’ll take the individual that has the college degree,” King said.

State of the college address explains budget and future plans

The financial future of SC4
Emily Mainguy
Editor-In-Chief

On Friday, Jan. 22 the SC4 faculty and staff met to get an update on the projected budget and changes coming to the college this year.
The first topic of the meeting was the projected 2016-2017 budget. In this section of the meeting they compared the last six years of budget figures to show that there is a decline in income.
In the 2016-2017 budget the total expenditures is $30,980,000, where only $12,500,000 of the incoming money comes from tuition and fees and the rest comes from property taxes, state aid, and a section called other income (which was not explained). To give these numbers some perspective last year’s budget totaled $30,600,000 which is $380,000 less than the 2016-2017 projected budget.
In the current budget work up there is a $650,000 deficit. “We will build a strategy to where we can adjust” explained Becky Getner, the Director of Financial Systems.
Getner went on to explain that, “In Feburary we will hold cost center manager meetings and create a tuition recommendation, in March we will be compiling the information we have gathered and make our revisions to the budget to present to the board in April.”
Another topic during the meeting was the IT Department explaining their goals for the next year. They plan on getting an e-transcript service up and running for students to easily access their transcripts and to increase Wi-Fi coverage on campus.
Next were the testing changes to happen in the coming year. According to Mr. Jim Neese, the Compass testing would be ending Nov. 2016, and that they are looking at switching to Accuplacer when the college uses up the Compass Tests they have already purchased. He continued on to explain that with the state switching from ACT testing to SAT they would have to reexamine the cut off scores for prospective students.
To end the meeting Dr. Kevin Pollock thanked the faculty and staff for all of their hard work and stated some of the accomplishments they have made during his time at SC4. Over the next year there are going to be quite a few changes and upgrades.

Deck Art Competition winners announced

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Skateboard show wraps up
Emily Mainguy
Editor-in-Chief

The submitted Deck Art Competition skate decks were on display in the Fine Arts Galleries from Nov 13 through Jan 22. On Jan. 21 the artists found out the results of the judging.
The results are as follows: first place was Jason Grill with a vinyl entry, second place was Blair Spears with a wood burning entry, and third place was Hannah Wiegand with a mixed media entry.

McMorran Pavilion and faculty contracts pushed off

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Board of Trustees meeting brings no final decisions yet

Mel Buskirk

Copy Editor

 

On Thursday, Jan. 14 crowds of concerned faculty, students, and citizens packed room 150 in the

MTEC building for the first Board of Trustees meeting of the year. Many of which were anticipating the completion and signing of the purchase agreement for the McMorran Pavilion, which has been postponed to the BoT meeting in February.

Others included faculty members and concerned students to show faculty support for the ongoing contract negotiations. During the public comment section, one student and mother, Sherri Warner, spoke out in support for faculty, pleading to the BoT to not cut any faculty in the upcoming contract agreement. Warner is the mother of four other students here at SC4, with the whole family attending honors classes and are members of Phi Theta Kappa. Warner stated that she or her children wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the helpful, quality professors that have taught them.

As the elected treasurer of Speaker Township, Warner understands the tough decisions that the BoT encounters. However, in her opinion, cutting faculty is not the right decision. After her comment, Warner stated, “I just hope they hear what I have to say and pay attention.”

Amidst fears of faculty and students alike Dr. Pollock defended the BoT saying, “We never intended to cut full-time faculty.”

Another speaker Scott Worden took the opportunity of the postponed McMorran agreement to argue further for the Minor Hockey Association. Worden claimed he was disappointed in the actions of the BoT.

Worden appealed to the Board during the public comment section bringing up an instance from 1991 in which Mueller Brass Co. was going to purchase a plot of land that was the location of the Port Huron Little League’s ballpark. Instead of purchasing it to expand its operations, Mueller Brass Co. gave the ballpark back to the city for the Little League’s benefit. “This is all about the kids. It’s all about the kids in the community now and the kids in the community in the future,” Worden stated.

Many attendants, like Worden, felt disappointed and uneasy at the end of the BoT meeting.

“I found this whole thing disheartening,” said Marilind Roff, a faculty member and Office Administration professor at SC4 since 1992.

The completion of the purchase agreement and decisions about faculty contracts are anticipated for the Feb. 11 meeting.