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Christmas spent in the past and remembered for Ice Ages

SC4 brings the beasts that roam the earth alive
Tyler Smith
Staff writer

Families traveled a thousand years in the past to the Ice Age to when the great mammoth roamed these lands on Saturday Dec. 6, in the St. Clair County Community College Nasr Natural science Museum.
Nasr held a mammoth holiday event for the public to visit and partake in festive activities. Kids could decorate cookies shaped as mammoths. Jessica Walker, 6, decorated her mammoth cookie with style.
“Mine is going to have green fur with glitter because everyone deserves to look cute,” Walker said.
Others explored the museum’s artifacts on display and adopted pet rocks. William Jacobs, 5, made connections with present day species, “They look like elephants but have hair like a bear, that’s awesome.”
Walking though the room of fossils and bones from those that lived before, there was an activity for all to partake in. Instead of being just a visitor, you are given the chance to be the archeologist and dig up fossils of prehistoric creatures.
A sand box equipped with brushes had hidden inside of it, the claws from a Velociraptor, a neck bone from a Brachiosaurus, or even a tooth from the king himself, the terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex. Just like out in the world of archeology, you never know what you will dig up.
With all the wondrous activities set up the event, which no doubt drew the public to the museum, as well bring as knowledge and smiles to everyone.
But what is a holiday event if you’re missing the man in the red suit.
Santa Claus walked around saying hello to kids and adults. Some kids were ecstatic see him while others were a little shy. But Lindsey Armstrong, 5, saw it as a moment to bribe him, “I told him what I wanted for Christmas and that he can get his cookies after.”

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.”

A musical comedy

SC4 players to present Lend Me a Tenor
Angie Stoecklin

Lend Me a Tenor; a musical written by 4-time tony award winner Ken Ludwig will be performed by the SC4 Players in early December.
The slapstick musical comedy directed by Tom Kephart takes place in September 1934 at Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The set for this musical is minimal, and there are 8 cast members.
The cast members include the SC4 players, Greg Garofalo as Tito Merelli, Leah Gray as Maria Merelli, Ashley Hall as Julia, Brian Higgins as Mr. Saunders, Caleb Kreidler as Max, Cortney Roles as Dianne, Hanna Winkler as Maggie, and Dallas Young as Bellhop.
Lend Me a Tenor will be in SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $7 for adults and are free for SC4 students who present his/her Skippers OneCard.
For more information on Lend Me a Tenor and/or other SC4 theatre productions, visit

That 70’s affair

Photo credit: Emily Mainguy
Photo credit: Emily Mainguy

SC4 Red Carpet Affair raises $40,400 for preforming arts.
Gregory Garofalo
Lifestyle Editor

On Saturday Nov. 1, students, faculty and benefactors grooved their way back to the time of lava lamps and disco as they attended the 11th annual SC4 Red Carpet Affair.
Last year the benefactors met and surpassed their two year goal of $1 million, raising a total of $2.2 million for both scholarships and the recent Fine Arts Building renovations last year. This year the benefactors were celebrating raising a total sum of $40,400 for the performing arts here at SC4.
Catered by countless local restaurants, served by far out hippies and given the groovy talent of student band, “The Cool Cat’s Revival,” attendants enjoyed themselves like it was December of ’73.
“I think tonight’s fantastic,” said college president Kevin Pollock, “We have close to 200 people here so it’s a great night.”
Tonya Snover, SC4 sophomore, also shared part of the psychedelic spotlight as the winner of the Ellen Kean scholarship. A proud moment for the young woman who expressed her thanks that evening.
“Education teaches us acceptance, passion and hard work,” elaborated Snover, “my two and half years here at SC4, I have grown more as a person than I believe I have in my entire life. This year I received the Ellen Kean scholarship. A scholarship is not just a way that helps me pay for college, it is a reminder of my dedication and hard work. A scholarship says: I believe in you. As my parents always told me while growing up, you can be whatever you want to be. That is exactly what college is doing for me. It is helping me become the person I always dreamed to be.”
Snover’s acceptance speech was met with a deserved thunderous applause and the night went on with drinks, dancing, and a righteous vibe that filled the student center.
“It’s a fantastic party,” said administrator and theater director Tom Kephart, “it’s fantastic to see the people of the community who support the foundation. You know tonight is about raising money, but it’s also about trying to get people here on campus. It’s a great group and everyone seems to be having a great time.”

SC4 shows the future of purpose, Mr. Anderson

Photo credit: Tyler Smith
Photo credit: Tyler Smith

STEM Conference at SC4 shows the wonders of engineering and space
Tyler Smith
Staff Writer

Science. Amazing discoveries that help us understand life and its mysteries. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Conference were all the buzz on October 24 and 25.
The conference this year took the theme of engineering with the show of robotics and rocket building. Young engineers showing their creations while explaining to the kids and adults the operations of the robot. The gaze of wonder instilled in the eyes of Matt Kalawoski, age 6, as he said “I like how they got the robot to throw the ball, but I want to design a robot that helps people.”
With the future of the next rover being developed in a young mind, the conference also showed the beauties of space.
Kids building engines for deep space rockets on iPads supplied by the college and studying maps of distance star and planets as if they were planning to go there by pressing the button to engage the hyper drive.
Discussing more about the wonders of space, special guest Dr. Andrew Feustal, a NASA astronaut and Michigander talked to local elementary students, SC4 students, and Port Huron school faculty about his work and training with NASA. Raised in Lake Orion, Feustel graduated from Oakland Community College.
He has a bachelor’s degree in solid earth sciences and a master’s degree in geophysics, both from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in geological sciences from Queens University. Being a geophysicist, Feustel worked in Canadian mines by installing seismic systems for the use of keeping the workers safe and avoiding lawsuits.
For three years Feustel lived in Canada until a friend called him one day saying that Exon mobile was looking for geophysicists and encouraged him on coming to Houston, Texas to apply for a job.
“While in Houston, I realized I was 10 minutes away from the Johnson Space Center and I thought I might as well put an application there to,” said Feustel during his speech.
Quickly he started to talk about his training for space flights and added a bounce to his step. “Training for theses missions is hard; you go to theses survival schools and try to survive with minimal resources, along with getting new objectives everyday just like in space,” Feustel said.
“Those selected for the mission went to these schools and learned how to work as a team,” said Feustel as he transitioned though his slide show. “Being a team we all had to be good leaders but also good followers,” Feustel said as his battery to slide clicker died and made the statement, “Houston we have a problem.”
Continuing on, Feustel told the audience of a time when he wasn’t a good follower and became unproductive for the team. On an exercise in Alaska, his team and he were sea kayaking to the next objective. Seeing that he didn’t like the pace of the group he went ahead.
“I wanted to be a hotshot and show off not knowing that it would bite me in the end,” Feustel said smiling then grabbing his left wrist. “I had a big wrist watch on and as I went ahead of the group my wrist started to swell and became inert,” Feustel said. At the end of his speech Feustel had shown a video of his mission to the International Space Station.
Brandon Drinkert, SC4 student said “It is amazing how someone can come from a small city and did extraordinary things. Its motivation that I can do extraordinary things.”
With the success of giving kids the exposure to the wonders of science and technology. They might be the ones that take us to new heights in the future.

Haunted House’s spookiness a tad too late for most

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

Stress Breaker 2014
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

A haunted house can be very fun during Halloween, but what about after Halloween?
“I enjoyed myself, even if it was cheesy,” said Janet Tinnunt, 26, a sophomore from Marysville.
Stress Breaker this year featured face painting by NerdCore, pumpkin painting by Marketing and Management, and mask making by WSGR, alongside the haunted house hosted by Student Government. Gay Straight Alliance provided the “organs” for people to touch while they were inside the haunted house.
“It definitely could have been better, but the effort was definitely there,” said Jack White, 20, a sophomore from Fort Gratiot.
This year’s Stress Breaker showed a sharp decline in student participation. A mere 52 people signed the waivers and entered the haunted house during the three hours it was set up in the cafeteria.
Hailey Baker, 19, freshman of Marysville, said “It’s not Halloween. Why do we have a haunted house?”
Bret Johnson, 30, Junior of Port Huron, said “The haunted house is cool, but now it’s out of season and people get embarrassed by going to it. They aren’t ‘cool’ enough to be seen standing out from the crowd. And the advertising wasn’t very good either; I didn’t know it was going on until I walked into the cafeteria.”
Brian Heidt, Treasurer of Student Government felt good about this year’s Stress Breaker; “Based on past Stress Breakers, I think we did good. Prior to Halloween would have been better, but that’s the date we had.”