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New Super Smash Brothers

Review by ESG Staff

Promotion photos courtesy of: smashbros.com/us/
Promotion photos courtesy of: smashbros.com/us/

Angie Stoecklin
Editor-in-Chief

A game laced with nostalgia, and really, that’s it.
The new Super Smash Bros. game is really just a handheld version of Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube. Which isn’t a bad thing, I guess I was expecting something a little bit more, well, new.
Although I suppose that when it comes to a game like Smash, there really isn’t anything new that you can do with it. Other than add characters and new levels.
But I did find one aspect of the game annoying and frustrating. Why can’t I kill a character when their damage is over 150 percent? In the older games, when your foe gets to that point of damage, it’s just one A-button mash away from flying off the map into a burst of pretty colors. Now, you better jump around a million times and hit with your special attacks before they have a chance to jump back up on the platform. Again, I guess this isn’t a bad thing; it’s just mildly annoying.
Putting the damage issue aside though, I don’t hate this game. It really is the nostalgic Super Smash that so many 90’s kids know and love. The only difference being that this time, you can take it with you.

Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

When I utter “That was cool”, “No, no, no, no, no, no, no!” and “I just got messed up by Entei!” within the same minute, I know I’m in for a crazy ride. Super Smash Bros on the DS was definitely fun, even if I got my butt kicked by the other Mario (my character was Mario as well). The controls could be easier to learn, and jump seems to be implemented in several buttons. Is it enough to make me wanna buy a DS and SSB as well? Nope, but it makes me miss SSB all the same.

Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Super Smash Brothers for the 3DS is a strange mixer of nostalgia, fun, hands hurting and lack of speed, which isn’t as bad as it sounds.
The game itself is a fantastic step in the series. Good characters, a good look, and still a good ol’ smashing time.
The game is a little slow, though.
The speed became noticeable in Super Smash Brothers Brawl for the Nintendo Wii, due to the addition of Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog as a character and the much needed control on speed.
They carried this on to the 3DS addition to help with Sonic, and because the 3DS’s processor can handle only a little bit more than the Wii ever could. It’s not bad though, and after a while, hard to notice.
The hands hurting is a strange issue, though.
Super Smash Brothers never had a fantastic reputation in the controls department, but the 3DS just wasn’t meant for this type of game.
Once again, not bad, just something that takes getting used to.
It’s worth picking up.
Just a quick tip, get good at using the Villager from Animal Crossing. It’s unfair how amazing he is.

Recycling revamped

Photo Credit Nick "Chico" Hernandez
Photo Credit Nick “Chico” Hernandez
SC4’s new and improved recycling contract
Gregory Garofalo
Lifestyle Editor

This past spring semester, the staff at the Erie Square Gazette were intrigued by an anonymous e-mail tip that simply read: “Do you want to know the secret about SC4’s recycling program? How about there isn’t one.”
Well, being the inquisitive reporters that we are here at the ESG, we followed up on the lead. I personally led a small team of reporters dedicated to finding this deep dark secret lurking beneath the campus halls. Either that or a wild goose running around on the grounds.
To our surprise we did find that for an undisclosed amount of time, SC4’s recycling program was in fact, non-existent. The rest is history as the story was published in our last paper of the spring semester. However I, along with the entire editorial staff of the ESG, am proud to announce a new contract has been acquired.
According to SC4’s Marketing Manager Martha Pennington, as of May the school employed the services of Marcotte Disposal Inc.
Not only does this company symbolize a sigh of relief from the environmental consciences students and faculty, but also a fresh breath of excitement. As of now, SC4 recycles cardboard as well through the services of Marcotte.
Good job readers, through the power of your press and the voices of your concern you made an impactful difference in your school.

Closing thoughts from the newsroom

“So long, and thanks for all the fish”

Erick Fredendall
Editor-in-Chief

topEvery year around springtime in student newspapers all across the country, student editors hit their keyboards and start penning their farewell columns.
And while it might seem cliché, in this instance I argue tradition should be upheld. We have a lot to talk about.
First and foremost, to our readers: thank you. The student, faculty, and community support the Gazette has seen over the last semester has inspired and uplifted us. In a day where the running joke in student media-sphere is the only people who read the student newspaper are the writers and the collegiate Public Relations department, the amount of people who read our newspaper and reach out to compliment or share feedback with the staff is both humbling and inspiring.
The academic year kickstarted with a rebranding of our logo and a transition from the traditional broadsheet template to a tabloid. We moved on to expanded sections, and even made some new ones; the Music section has garnered expansive support and recognition from the Port Huron music community and our Lifestyle section has allowed our student writers to create even more engaging dialogue with the student body.
We’re also happy to announce a generous donation of new distribution bins has been clear by the college administration. The bins are courtesy of the Macomb Daily and 21st Century Media and were brought about with the help of SC4 student Kathy Brady.
The Gazette anticipates having the bins around campus by the fall 2014 semester.
I’d like to take a moment to praise the unsung heroes of the newsroom, the editorial staff: the production crew, Zachary Penzien and his assistant, Emily Mainguy, the copy editor, Angela Stoecklin, the photography editor, Elizabeth Whittemore, the managing editor, Gregory Garofalo, and our web editor, Polly Miller.
Recognition also goes out to the ESG staff for providing excellent content for the paper and to our advisor, John Lusk, for his guidance and quotes of wisdom.
Finally, as excellent as our staff is, the one constant of the student newsroom is the nature of change: the Erie Square Gazette is looking for new talent to fill editorial positions and staff writers to fill the paper. Those interested in writing for the paper and/or fill an editorial position are encouraged to reach out to us at eriesquaregazette@gmail.com.
Have a good summer, SC4.anotherone

Valentine’s Day, what’s hot and what’s not

Nine unique and fun ideas to spice up your valentine

Gregory Garofalo
Managing Editor

Contrary to popular belief, there is more of an effort to Valentine’s Day than “pulling out all the stops.” Instead of going out to a crowded restaurant or packed theater why not try something unique and creative?
Here are nine plans of pizazz that are sure to give you and your special someone an evening to remember.

1. Laser tag

Try doing something fun and crazy like laser tag. After all your significant other is supposed to be your best friend, why not treat them to a round of laser tag and let yourselves have fun with no restraint.

2. Red Dinner

Going out to dinner is probably the most cliché thing one could do on Valentine’s Day, yet the only other alternative is the slightly less cliché option of staying in. In order to have a unique dinner, why not get creative at home?
A red dinner is a fun and interesting alternative. Simply dye the food and drinks, even place them on red plates and use red place settings. A red dinner is fun to make and even more so to partake in, and it will create an enjoyable intimate evening.

3. Gift scavenger hunt

Instead of giving your significant other their gift in the traditional sense, create a game out of it. Leave a scavenger hunt hint list and small gifts as clues all leading up to your big surprise gift. This is sure to leave your significant other smiling and satisfied.

4. Turn your living room into a home theater

Staying in is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made your own. Try transforming your living room into a home theater, rent a projector, rearrange the furniture, dim the lights and have a classic movie night. This is sure to spark a bit of romance on this day of intimacy; something that is sure to break the box offices.

5. Bouquet of Awesome

Try getting your other half a bouquet that they would actually have use for. Make a bundle of their favorite sweets, trinkets and a favorite movie. Don’t be afraid of unconventional thought. Remember, you know them best!

6. Homemade Hallmark

In modern society, getting a card at Hallmark is just about the worst thing you could do. Sure they’re nice and polished, but where’s the heart? It can’t be special if there are a million just like it. Make your love a card from you, using your own words to express how you feel.

7. Homemade Gifts

Gifts can also be more intimate and special if they come from you. (NOTE: This is not a suggestion to make macaroni art.) Create a “What I love about you” jar. Fill a jar with little notes, each one with a reason why you care about your special one.

8. Surprise road trip

Any expert love guru will tell you that being spontaneous is romantic. Take a day trip out of the blue, live the American free spirit on the open road together. Stop for road side attractions, eat questionable fried foods and have a memorable adventure.

9. Cooking dinner together

Why does only one person have to make the dinner? Instead, make dinner a team effort. Flip those frying pans, pull out the pots and turn on some music. The most ordinary moments can turn into the most extraordinary; don’t let them pass by and make the most out of each second.