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SC4 professor offers solutions to national quandary Democrats, Republicans: None of the Above gives political perspective

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Copy Editor

Kraig Archer, a professor of sociology here at SC4, has written a book that he believes has timely application to our current political state and that he hopes will motivate readers to pursue alternatives to the current two-party system.
“I would like my book to lead to a new political movement,” Archer said.
Insightful and refreshingly free of party bias, Archer’s book, Democrats, Republicans: None of the Above, offers perspective to our polarized political climate, asserting that as presidential elections draw near it is critical for voters to reassess national issues beyond the labels and conflicts of the Republican and Democratic parties.
Archer’s book examines an extensive range of much-debated governmental issues, covering topics such as the nation’s educational system, immigration, environmental concerns and international relations. In discussing these issues, Archer gives a judicious assessment of the national challenges that he feels the contentious government system is not properly addressing and suggests several practical solutions to national issues, both political and social.
“We all have a future in this country…these type of issues affect the type of future our kids are going to have,” Archer said.
Weighing in at 51 pages, None of the Above is, however, short for its densely packed subject matter, failing to fully clarify several key concepts.
Kraig Archer instructor high resThis lack of explanation could lessen the book’s impact for some readers; at times readers would need specialized political and sociological knowledge to fully understand the subject matter.
When, for example, Archer presents his views on flaws in the structure of the Supreme Court, he cites several cases in order to demonstrate a trend of decisions that he thinks lack foundation in proper constitutional interpretation. The problem here is a lack of elaboration; while Archer’s reasoning is very sound, he does not mention the issues under discussion in each case, slightly undercutting his argument for readers without a knowledge of judicial history.
Nevertheless, these structural imperfections are not entirely negative in their effects, making None of the Above a brief, accessible read, particularly for students and others whose busy schedules make finding time for political study difficult. This brevity makes the book a good entry point into a political education exploring a more balanced, better-informed political worldview.
Archer hopes that after readers finish None of the Above they will be inspired to take action by establishing a third political party to combat the problem of divisions in our present system.
The third political party that Archer proposes would be called the Faith Reform Party and would be founded both on Christian moral principles and on a desire to uphold America as an ever-improving nation.
Ultimately, None of the Above, while lacking in length and definition of terms, is a well-reasoned, skillfully argued and easily read a book that can serve as a stepping stone into a style of independent, intelligent political thought that is unencumbered by excess party polarization.
Archer’s book is available through Amazon.com in both print and e-book format.

You’re Write For Us!

Why you should join the Erie Square Gazette next semester
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Therese Majeski

Copy Editor
thereseagnes@gmail.com

The Erie Square Gazette wants you!
Do you have an interest in writing? Would you like to be an editor and save money on tuition? Have you ever thought it would be fun to try being a journalist? Do you just want to improve your writing skills?
If so, then the ESG may be exactly what you need.
This past semester the ESG has been woefully understaffed with only five of us doing all the writing, editing, and formatting. Luckily for you, our shortage of staff is an excellent opportunity for you to join next semester and make your own impact on the paper.
Don’t worry if you think writing isn’t your greatest strength. If you have an opinion that might benefit others, if you want to help inform the student body, or if you just want to share why your favorite team is a disaster this season, your voice has a place with us.
Even if you find grammar and writing intimidating, you should still contribute. Because that’s where I come in.
As copy editor, my job is to make sure that everything the ESG publishes is free of grammar and spelling errors. So, even if you are doubtful about commas or get a rash when thinking of semicolons, just take the plunge. It’s my job to fix your grammar mistakes so that you can write without fear. By the time your article goes to press, it will be spotless.
Writing, like any skill, improves with practice and if you would like to polish your writing skills, newswriting is an excellent place to start. Newswriting is one of the easier forms of writing, with a simple format and low word count demands. The minimum number of words the ESG requires for any article is only 250.
Easy, right?
If you want to write for the ESG, you have three options.
Option one is to submit articles as a guest writer. This is likely the best choice for those of you who have busy schedules, as you are not required to make any sort of time commitment. Just email your article to us at eriesquaregazette@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to print it.
Option two is to join the paper as a staff writer. This choice requires a certain amount of commitment because it involves actually registering for the newswriting class that accompanies the paper. Staff writers are required to attend meetings in the ESG office every Thursday and are also expected to meet deadlines. Staff writers may also be assigned fixed topics to write about and will be graded on their performance in the class.
Students interested in joining us as part of the ESG staff should register for CM-110-01 Journalism Practicum I.
Option three is to become an editor at for the ESG. Editorial positions have the most responsibility; in addition to attending meetings and keeping deadlines, editors must perform specific duties such as managing funds or maintaining the ESG website. The ESG currently has several editorial positions open, including Advertising/Business Manager and Managing Editor.
These positions offer scholarships ranging from one-quarter to one-half. The Advertising/Business Manager also earns a commission based on new, paid ads acquired for the paper.
Those who want to wield editorial power next semester and reduce their tuition should submit a letter of interest and a resume to the ESG’s faculty advisor John Lusk at jlusk@sc4.edu.
If you have questions about joining the Erie Square Gazette, please contact us via Facebook, Twitter or our email, eriesquaregazette@gmail.com.
We hope to see you next semester!

Sit back and relax

STRESSED
Coping with stress during finals
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Though it may not feel like it, Finals are just around the corner, and most students start off by pretending they don’t exist.
Finals are a big undertaking, but the stress those pesky tests and projects cause ruin many students’ last month of college.
Take it from a fellow student, learning how to deal with stress in a healthy way will make any assignment a teacher gives you a lot easier and possibly, faster to do.
So here’s a few tips on how to handle stress so finals don’t seem so final.
Note: these are ways I have learned how to deal with stress. Everyone deals with it differently. Give yourself a few days to see if one or more of these methods work.
Learn how to breathe.
This may seem obvious, but a lot of stress can make you forget the easy part of the day. If it feels like an assignment or project will take over, just breathe. No, it won’t make the problem go away, but you freaking out and causing yourself more problems won’t either. No one’s going to get mad if you need to take five. Just don’t let that five take more than five.
Don’t procrastinate.
While it seems obvious, more than likely procrastination is the cause of your issues. Once you learn about a project (even at the beginning of the year), schedule out days and plan to get it done before the date it’s due. Study in healthy intervals a few nights a week (I usually try for 45 minutes myself) so that test doesn’t seem so scary. And do not cram! You won’t remember half of what you read the night before at two am. Don’t waste time when you could be sleeping.
Relax!
In an article about relaxing, this would seem obvious, but relaxing can help. Pick up a hobby. My preference for this happens to be reading or playing video games. Do what you need to relax on a timer, though. A half hour of reading can put you back into a stable mindset. This way, you’re not killing yourself over a project. Note: Binge watching Netflix for 12 hours will not relax you or help you with a project. Unless it’s on Daredevil.
Listen to some tunes.
Rock out, get your funk on, groove with the beat or panic at some discos. Whatever you need to, help yourself to your favorite songs. I try to pick something out that I know and that puts me in a “safe place.” Meaning, music you know so well, it won’t be distracting.
Eat, sleep, bathe, and repeat!
Take care of your body! Eating awful foods (no matter how good they taste), not drinking water (or drinking alcohol), and refusing to sleep will NOT help you feel better. Your body will not function and remember those math formulas if you don’t treat it with respect. Eat three full meals, two snacks, drink lots of water, sleep well and bathe. You’ll thank me later.

A SC4 Horror Story

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All locked up
Gregory Garofalo
Lifestyle Editor

Welcome readers, we hope to yet again indulge you on another trip to the other side of reality. A reality not unlike our own, just a tad darker and a bit less friendly. We now take you to the warped recesses of your imagination and welcome you to: A SC4 Horror Story.
Statement from the Port Huron Police Department: “Before the disappearance of the individuals that are now known as the Saint Clair Six, there was an E-mail sent by individuals whose identity is being concealed at the family’s request. The E-mail has just now come to us and is being reviewed as new evidence for the recently closed case.”
As we typed away on our keyboards, picking up the slack on dropped articles, making heavy revisions and pushing towards the deadline we received a visit from an old friend: Larry the Security Guard. A friendly man to say the least, he always took an interest on what we were writing he would pop in for a hello, indulge us in conversation for a minute or two and then went on his way.
“Hey guys!” Came the all too familiar call.
“Hey Larry!” I said looking up from my key board, the man was averaged height with short grey and white hair, and he wore a standard Campus Security uniform and wore a small salt and pepper beard.
“Just checking in…” he said staring at the computers for a moment before saying: “What’s the big scoop today?”
“Mm!” Exclaimed Angie, “We found a journal in the ceiling!”
“Journal?” Larry said, his voice dropped to a more serious tone. Of course nothing was thought of it at the time, and we proceeded to tell him about our “Scoop of the century.”
“Yeah!” Continued Angie, “We haven’t read it yet, there’s a lock on the cover but it’s dated from the 90’s. We’re thinking about running a time capsule spread.” Angie exclaimed in excitement, Larry’s face stayed the same. Stoic, one would almost say shocked.
“Yeah I don’t know about that guys, I mean what about privacy and all that? I mean the 90s weren’t that long ago, and the owner hid that for a reason…” Larry looked uncomfortable.
“Or they left it her, for us,” said Chico who was just walking into the room.
“It all depends on the context, of the journal tool. We might be able to track down the owner and ask them about their time at the college.” I said, and with that the evening was over. The next few days revolved around opening that journal, we also began to see Larry more and more all the while suspecting that he had the same interest in the book that we did. Finally the day came, we were all at Emily’s house to finally open that book, Angie, Chico, Paul, Jenelle, myself and of course Emily.
It didn’t take long to get the book open, Emily was a crafter and had just about every tool imaginable that could pick that lock. What we found, we couldn’t believe. The book wasn’t a journal at all, well at least not in the conventional sense. The book was filled with detailed accounts of SC4 student disappearances over the years, over fifteen students over the past few decades, including a couple we recognized. The book gave no signature of author, only ending with a cryptic: “Who’s next?” There was something else about the fifteen students: They were all journalists.
We decided not to tell anyone about the book after all we had no proof, and we weren’t going to give up a story like this that easy. None of us were comfortable with the idea of keeping something like this a secret, but we had a job to do.
It turns out the book was right each of the names we found: Erick Fredendall, Liz Whittemore, Brenden Buffa, all disappeared into the recesses of the Administration’s books. Was the Administration really involved? And if so why? The book was giving more questions than answers.
We had been working at the paper late that night, like usual. We were true journalists, over worked and under paid, Burning both ends of the candle for one lousy credit. Everything had been going fine that night, business as usual… until we opened that e-mail. It was nothing, or at least it should have been nothing. It was just spam, we told ourselves. It’s just the result of some creep. But no matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t shake the shiver from our spines.
The picture was of us. Us from last week more specifically. Taken from outside the window, it was just us working. Nothing actually sinister about it, but we couldn’t help but feel unnerved. It was the caption that was the worst: “Hard at Work?”

Epilogue:
The room was dark, a rank smell came through my nostrils, my head pounded and I opened up my eyes to see a dark basement lit by a dim ceiling lamp. Gagged and hanging upside down frightened tears began to swell in my eyes. My ears assaulted by the sounds of muffled cries, looking around the room I saw the other editors, hanging in the same manner as I was… Angie, Jenelle and Chico lay lifeless. And then another sound came from the stairs across the room… An all too familiar whistle. Slowly Larry came into focus.
“Ah, I’m sorry guys. If it makes you feel any better this wasn’t my idea, it’s uh, well it’s the guys up top. They’re not too comfortable with you guys running around and writing whatever you want. You know what they say, the pen is mightier than the sword. Well they’re out to prove that wrong.” Larry raised a blunt pipe in his hand. Black.

DISCLAIMER: All actions of this story, while they are based on real people are fictional and do NOT reflect the ESG staff’s opinions of any SC4 faculty.

An SC4 Horror Story: The Deadline

Gregory Garofalo
Lifestyle Editor

Welcome readers. During the month of October we here at the ESG have decided to indulge you on a tiny trip of horror if you will. In appreciation of this fall and Halloween season, we will be presenting you with two stories of fiction.
Each stars the ESG staff and SC4 students and faculty, they are written purely for entertainment, but in the dark and twisted sense of the word. Without further ado, here is our first tale of crypt.
We submit to you: The Deadline a tale of paranoia of the digital age, and this is The ESG.

We had been working at the paper late that night, like usual. We were true journalists, over worked and under paid. Burning both ends of the candle for one lousy credit. Everything had been going fine that night, business as usual… until we opened that e-mail. It was nothing, or at least it should have been nothing. It was just spam, we told ourselves. It’s just the result of some creep. But no matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t shake the shiver from our spines.
The picture was of us. Us from last week more specifically. Taken from outside the window, it was just us working. Nothing actually sinister about it, but we couldn’t help but feel unnerved. It was the caption that was the worst:
“Hard at work?”
We tried to forget it, put it out of our minds and move on with our lives. It was a Halloween prank by a student, probably a friend of ours… right?
Things only got worse the next day. None of us got any sleep. How could we? We tried keeping our minds off of it, but there was no use. On Tuesday, we kept looking over our shoulder at the windows, waiting. And then, like clockwork it happened again. Angie got the E-mail. Recipient: Unknown.
The image this time was more disturbing, it wasn’t all of us this time. This time the picture was just of Angie, a picture of her alone in the office. We didn’t know what to say. Furious and terrified Angie replied: “Who is this?”
The response was almost immediate: “Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this?”
Angie rushed out the door to get campus patrol, I’ve never seen a face so filled with terror, and I’ll never forget it. Angie never came back.
We all assumed that Angie went home and we quickly left. Leaving was the worst part, walking alone to our cars, calling our loved ones to calm us down, checking and double checking the back seats of our cars.
The next week it was only Chico, Emily and myself that showed up to the newsroom. One by one we had been picked off, by whoever, or whatever this was. I don’t know why we came back, maybe it was to prove to ourselves that we didn’t have anything to be afraid of, that maybe we would just wake up and this nightmare would be only that; A dark and twisted dream and nothing more. Or maybe it was because there wasn’t any point in avoiding it. The e-mails seemed to reach us wherever we were at now, increasing in number, the lapse between each email getting shorter and each beckoning us back to the office. Just like before, we received the e-mail. None of us wanted to open it, but we felt like we had no choice. It felt like an eternity, a terrifying cycle with no end.
Trembling as Emily clicked the e-mail, our blood ran cold. There we were, gathered around Emily’s desk logging onto her computer mere minutes before we opened the e-mail. Out of shock we spun around, expecting to see our harasser, but there was no one. Chico ran outside, hoping to catch a glimpse of whoever this was. Emily and I stood there and read the caption: “When’s your deadline?”
I don’t expect you to believe me, after all not even the administration did. I just had to write it down, I don’t have much time. I got this e-mail about an hour ago: “Tic tock” I haven’t looked at the window since, the door is locked, but I don’t think that will work. I’m the only one left and I need someone to listen, I just need someone to believe me, I just need someone to beli…

March of Dimes: Jail & Bail

Our community comes together for charity

Kimberley Dunkin
Staff Writer

Fighting birth defects and premature birth since 1957, the March of Dimes organization held the 58th annual Jail & Bail at the Port Huron Masonic Temple this Saturday to raise money for the cause.
The March of Dimes previously arranged a volunteer judge, volunteer prisoners, and what they like to call “Keystone Cops” for the Jail & Bail event. The “jailbirds” came before the judge on peculiar charges such as pranking their friends too much and reckless golf-cart driving.
The jailbirds were then sentenced in the “jail cell” for some time while people called in to post bail for them, raising money to donate to the organization.
People of all ages came to support the event this past weekend with enthusiasm to help out.
Port Huron is the only city in Michigan who participates in Jail & Bail.
One volunteer, Daniel E. Burtch, has attended the Jail & Bail 19 times, raising $7,103.85 over the years.
“What’s best about this organization is that the money we raise stays right here in St. Clair County.” Burtch said.
Burtch added that the all day long party for the event is just a bonus to the great feeling of helping premature babies with birth defects.
St. Clair County prosecutor, Mike Wendling, was also in attendance of the event. Wendling spoke with the “prisoners” as they were pleading their impractical cases in front of the judge.
Wendling has volunteered since he was 14 years old with his mother and has continued since.
“The goal of this event is to involve as many people in this community in the March of Dimes program as possible.” Wendling said.
Not only was there a plethora of volunteers but there was a great quantity of staff too.
Sarah Zimmer is one of the newest members of the March of Dimes team as of January. “I grew up volunteering in St. Clair my whole life and knew the March of Dimes program was something I wanted to be involved in. It all starts with healthy babies,” said Zimmer, “I love healthy babies!”

Piracy of the future

Photo courtesy of stopthecyborgs.org
Photo courtesy of stopthecyborgs.org
Google Glass growing controversy
Greg Garofalo

Managing Editor

Quite recently I read an article on USAToday.com and NBCNews.com that caused a question to form in my mind: are the current piracy laws and restrictions holding up against current digital technology?
The article shed light on one of latest technological advancements; Google Glass.
The concept of the device is simple, it is a camera that is attached to an eyeglasses frame which projects laser images onto your eyes of your text messages, and allows emails to appear right in front of you.
As if we weren’t attached to our mobile devices enough. Now we have the ability to further isolate ourselves while saying: “Look Ma! No hands!”
The article I read was about a man from Ohio, who was wearing his prescription glasses with his Google Glass, and was removed from a movie theater by federal agents for suspicion of piracy.
As it turns out, the man was not recording the movie, but the AMC movie theater had every right to suspect he was. After all, the man was wearing a camera on his face.
As we slowly venture further into the second decade of the new millennium, one has to wonder just how long it will be before piracy laws are updated. It’s the middle of the digital age and we are still using some of the same laws and of the previous generation. I hate to sound like a politician looping on a record, but things have changed drastically in the world of technology in the past fifteen years.
Gone are the days where bootlegging was as simple as sneaking a camcorder into a theater, the days of technological thievery are upon us. With this new technology being created at a faster rate each day I wonder, how are theaters supposed to prevent patrons from wearing their own glasses?
Not to mention the fact that the technological world is continuously upgrading. How are theaters supposed to keep up with present regulations? If piracy is going to be taken seriously, then these new digital recorders must be considered when revising anti-pirate laws and methods.

Too cold to walk

Car maintenanceTips for maintaining your car during the winter
Liz Whittemore
Photo Editor

Cold weather makes problems that already exist in your car even worse. Before winter gets too deep, make sure your vehicle is in good shape and winter-ready.
Here are a few tips from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) on how to increase your car’s reliability during the winter.
Refer to your user manual to know when to take care of oil changes and tire rotation. Replace bald, worn out tires and check your tire pressure once a month. Under-inflated and off-balance tires make your engine work even harder and use more gasoline, costing you even more money.
Speaking of gasoline, make sure to keep your gas tank filled. In case you break down, not only will this will be your only source of heat, it keeps moisture from forming in your gas tank. Also, adding a bottle of fuel deicer to your gas tank once a month helps to prevent any built-up moisture from freezing in your fuel lines.
Another vital attribution to the reliance of your vehicle is having your battery checked. If you need to purchase a new one; find the biggest, meanest battery that will fit in your car. The engine is harder to start in cold weather, regardless of if your battery starts perfect during the warm months, oil is not as fluid during the winter and will require more power to start.
Maintaining visibility in your car is essential. Replace windshield wipers and ensure that your heater and defroster are working. Also, check that there is enough windshield solvent in your car. In slushy conditions it does not take long to go through a gallon of solvent. Check it routinely or keep a container in the trunk of the car in case of an emergency.
Check your drive belt. According to my father, John Whittemore, a former mechanic for General Motors, newer cars only have one drive belt. This powers your car’s heating/air conditioning, water pump, alternator, etc. If that goes, you could lose everything from your car such as your head lights, heater, and engine cooling.
“It’s not a big deal in the summer, but in the winter it can be deadly,” said Whittemore.
Include an emergency kit in your car so you can stay warm and be able to get help during harsh weather in case of a break down. Include items such as gloves, boots, extra gasoline, a shovel, a flashlight with extra batteries, a flare, blankets, an ice scraper, sand to help with traction, a cell phone with a car charger, and some non-perishable snacks.
Lastly, drive safe. Although others may fly by you, don’t get pulled into a false sense of security. Four-wheel drive vehicles can end up in ditches too.

Folk music, booze, and coffee

MountainBabiesSHOUTSDave Peters and his Mountain Babies
Erick Fredendall
Editor-in-Chief

Local folk singer and songwriter Dave Peters’ band of one, Mountain Babies, started with an unusual dream.
“I was standing on a mountain, it was raining tomatoes, and there were babies everywhere.”
That dream lead to a brief recording session in 2008 that produced the now hard-to-find song, “Kingsley Hill.” Shortly thereafter, Mountain Babies was formed.
In 2012 Mountain Babies released their first studio album, “Whispers.” Two years later, the Port Huron native is now celebrating the release of his eighth recording under the band name Mountain Babies.
Mountain Babies has been described by fans and music bloggers as nu-folk, psychedelic folk, and Americana. A Detroit music scene blog, Hip in Detroit, likens Peter’s voice to Johnny Cash, while Bandcamp.com compares his music to Nick Drake and the Fleet Foxes.
Peters laughed after hearing mention of Hip in Detroit’s review.
“The best one I’ve had was when someone compared me to Johnny Cash on LSD,” he said, smiling. “It’s definitely a compliment. I grew up listening to a lot of Cash and other country, like Hank Williams.”
But if you ask Peters, his definition of Mountain Babies is a bit more nuanced than traditional folk music.
“Mountain Babies is still evolving,” Peters explained, “I usually play solo, just a guy with an acoustic, sometimes with a shaker duct taped to his foot. When I recorded my latest album it turned into something different.”
His latest album, “SHOUTS,” seems to back up this claim.
“SHOUTS” is the fourth studio released album produced by Mountain Babies. The album is a seven track line-up unique for its ability to jump from catchy, airy songs like “Mother Earth” to the haunting, psychedelic notes of “White Moon.”
Peters’ is joined in the album by Rachael Spangler as additional vocals, Brandon Leyva on percussion, and Saadat Hossain on the organ, synth, and vibraphone.
A raw, “Live From” series of songs from “SHOUTS” made by Poverty Art Productions is also available on Youtube.
According to Peters’, “SHOUTS” has become the most popular download on his Bandcamp site.
“I think because it’s laid out in a more personal manner, people could feel me more in the songs. It’s intimate; really intimate.”
Peters announced the song, “Mother Earth,” will be available as a single release on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, and other online music stores.
The Mountain Babies’ discography can be downloaded from Bandcamp. A digital download of “SHOUTS” is currently available for $5, and a cassette of the new album is announced to become available from Detroit based ZZZ Tapes at www.zzztapes.com.
A “SHOUTS” listening party will be held at the SchwonkSoundStead at 8 p.m., Feb. 8. The event is free and open to all interested participants.
The SchwonkSoundSteak is a house venue and community center located at 1521 7th St. in Port Huron, right on the corner of 7th St. and Griswold.

Contact Erick Fredendall at ejfredendall@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @MrFredendall.

Photo Poll

Photo Poll

Zachary Penzien

Production Editor

 

With Club Awareness Day getting the word out about clubs on campus, are you a part of any club?

 

SC4 student Dean Garrison

 

Dean Garrison

General studies

Marine City

“No, I’m not a part of a club and I haven’t really thought about it.”

 

SC4 student Jordan Genaw

 

Jordan Genaw

Business

Marine City

“I’m not a part of a club right now, but I’m looking into the Marketing and Management Club.”

 

SC4 student Rachel Pittiglio

 

Rachael Pittiglio

English

Algonac

“I’m not part of a club currently, but I plan on attending meetings for Marketing and Management Club, or the Erie Squire Gazette.”