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The Skippers One card, photo ID for SC4 students

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor

Enjoy getting carded?

Targeted to be put into effect this spring semester, St. Clair County Community College will introduce the Skippers One card.

The student ID will be a photo ID and replace the current library card, but will have additional benefits.

Through MasterCard, students will be able to link the Skippers One card to their bank account and use anywhere regular bank cards are accepted.

According to Vice President of Student Services Pete Lacey, if the card is linked to your banking account, your tuition refunds could be returned to you even sooner.

“We understand that it increases the pressure on the student’s pocketbooks to have those dates pushed out, so we’re trying to do everything we can to figure out a way to get their money as soon as possible,” said David Buck, an SC4 instructor in the computer and office technology department.

Eventually the card will have additional advantages such as electronic access to labs, the fitness center, and for use in campus vending machines.

SC4 students, Chris Campbell and Tracey Robinson, show their SC4 library cards, the current student identification.
SC4 students, Chris Campbell and Tracey Robinson, show their SC4 library cards, the current student identification.

“I think students are really looking forward to them. In general I’ve had students ask me, ‘When are we going to get our new ID cards?’” said Jane Lewandowski, an Information and Education Services Librarian at SC4. “Now, they don’t think of their library cards as their student ID cards.”

Additions to the Skippers One card, such as electronic lab access, will be introduced in phases until 2013.

“The idea was we’re trying every day to find more and more things that will help our students. This came along as we looked at it and looked at what pieces we could add, it just became very obvious; our students are going to benefit so let’s go ahead and do this,” said Dr. Kevin Pollock, President of St. Clair County Community College.

Brandy Standefer, a sophomore from Port Huron, is supportive of the Skippers One card.

“I like the fact that I can link the card to my bank account and how it will strengthen security,” said Standefer.

Some students showed concern about overspending. Pollock assures that overspending won’t be an issue.

“It’s not an actual credit card, so students wouldn’t be running into debt,” said Pollock.

There will be no charge for the initial card, but if the card is lost, damaged, or stolen, for card replacement or more information contact the advising office, room 120 of the ATC building.

 

A $100,000 scholarship fights cancer

Alyssha Ginzel

Managing Editor

When mom asks how the day at school went, she rarely expects to hear, “It was alright. I mean, I just found a cure for cancer.”

Because of his work with breast cancer cells, 17-year-old, Port Huron Northern senior Nithin Tumma claimed the $100,000 top prize at the Intel Science Talent Search in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, March 13.

His project, which studied protein pathways in cancer pathogenesis, ultimately will help develop new therapeutic strategies in the treatment of cancer and was deemed as, “an absolutely elegant project” by head judge Dr. Andy Yeager of the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Eventually, Tumma would like to further research how physicians can more directly target cancer cells in treatment, inhibiting the cell’s malignancy, while inducing less toxic and less damaging therapies.

After surpassing 1,839 other high school participants and winning the $100,000 top prize, Tumma went on to meet President Barrack Obama and was interviewed on national news television shows like Fox News and MSNBC.

Once the barrage of interviews, congratulations, and excitement ceases, Tumma says he looks forward to relaxing and hanging out with friends, like any other teenager.

He hopes to eventually put his scholarship towards acquiring an M.D. or Ph.D. in computational biology through Harvard University, while still focusing on clinical research.

Concerning college, he says he looks forward to, “meeting people with the same interests. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Oh, and, I can’t wait to learn more.”

After being raised by parents who are both physicians (his father, Suresh Tumma, is a cardiologist, and his mother, Kavita Tumma, is a gastroenterologist), always being encouraged to decide his own interests, and putting hours of time into lab research at Wayne State University over the past three years, Tumma feels well adjusted for college life.

He believes, “Imagination is how we tackle new things. Knowledge is fairly easy to come by. If you can read a book, you can get knowledge. But imagination is the driving force behind progress.”

He says, “It’s never too early to get started. I encourage people to try anything that interests them. You never know what will happen.”

You never know. You could even find a cure for cancer.

And like anyone else who has met Tumma, Clay Kimball, a fellow classmate, says, “I’m going to be proud to be able to say, ‘See that guy?  The one who cured all cancer and made food free to everyone?  Yeah, I went to school with him.’”

SC4 got its dance on

Danielle Kennedy

Copy Editor

   How does SC4 celebrate Black History Month?

With a packed gymnasium and a group known as the Zuzu African Acrobats, hailing from Mombasa Kenya.

“It was the largest single audience I have ever experienced on our campus during my 16 years at SC4,” said Pete Lacey, Vice President of Student Services and Chair of the Global Diversity Council. “The gym was full of energy and audience members were having a great time.”

On Feb. 11, the Zuzu African Acrobats troupe performed in the SC4 gymnasium. Several of the members of the group were known for having appeared on “America’s Got Talent.”

“I thought the show was fantastic,” said Geri Kimbro, founder of MLK event and SC4 Global Diversity member, “They were awesome.”

They danced, they tumbled, they contorted their bodies in cringe worthy manners, and they balanced precariously on chairs. All for the pleasure of the audience.

Zuzu members entertain audience by balancing on objects such as chairs during their performance.
Zuzu members entertain audience by balancing on objects such as chairs during their performance.

An audience that was at times, part of the show.

“We packed the gym for the first time in years, and it couldn’t have been any better. And I was glad to see so many young people participating in the show,” said Kimbro.

One of those participants was a former SC4 student who wished to be known by his stage name, Phoenix. He was amongst many audience members who chose to show off their limbo skills.

“It was hard. I did it before, but that always was hard for me before,” said Phoenix. He went on to say that he enjoyed the show, and would attend if SC4 did a similar event in the future.

A former SC4 student, who wanted to be known by his stage name Phoenix, performed the limbo during audience participation.
A former SC4 student, who wanted to be known by his stage name Phoenix, performed the limbo during audience participation.

“Based upon the success of this show we will certainly be looking to offer a similar type of experience to our campus and community next year,” said Lacey.

“We hope to come and perform again,” said Zuzu African Acrobat, Edison Baya.

Baya said that what he and the others do when performing is considered a part of their culture. And that if anyone is to take anything away from the show, “we like for them to do some exercising.”

Kimbro felt that the acrobats brought some cultural diversity to SC4, and “that’s what we’re all about.”

“We wanted to provide the audience an opportunity to have fun while experiencing the rich cultural history of East Africa in celebration of Black History Month,” said Lacey.

Lacey said that feedback from the show has been very positive.

“Audience members left our campus happy and several people posted on Facebook about how much they enjoyed the show. We were also contacted by an organization in Canada that saw the article in the Times Herald and wanted contact information,” said Lacey.

How did SC4 manage to snag such an event?

“We actually received an email prior to the holiday’s from the organizer stating they would be traveling near our area and wondering if we would be interested in a show,” said Lacey. “We were looking for an event to celebrate Black History Month and inquired about bringing the show to our campus.”

Red Wings’ Maltby visits Port Huron

Twana Pinskey

Editor-in-Chief

Mother Nature may not have cooperated with the weather for the 2012 Chilifest, but former Detroit Red Wings player, Kirt Maltby sure did.

Maltby was all smiles as he greeted fans Jan 28 at McMorran Place Auditorium.

According to Maltby, he chose this event because of proceeds benefiting the diabetics association. Maltby said he likes causes relating to kids.

Eric Hiller(left) of Port Huron and Andy Morris(right), also of Port Huron, was invited by the diabetics association to meet former Detroit Red Wing Kurt Maltby(center) on Jan. 28 at McMorran Place. Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey Eric Hiller(left) of Port Huron and Andy Morris(right), also of Port Huron, was invited by the diabetics association to meet former Detroit Red Wing Kurt Maltby(center) on Jan. 28 at McMorran Place. Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey
Eric Hiller(left) of Port Huron and Andy Morris(right), also of Port Huron, was invited by the diabetics association to meet former Detroit Red Wing Kurt Maltby(center) on Jan. 28 at McMorran Place. Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey

“Anytime we can help the kids and bring awareness to diabetics, it’s a good thing,” said Maltby.

According to Andy Morris of Port Huron, he was diagnosed with diabetics at the age of 7.

“Having diabetics doesn’t affect doing the things I like,” said Morris.

Morris explained one of the challenges he faced is getting the word out to people about kids like him that deal with diabetics.

Eric Hiller of Port Huron agreed, saying he thought telling people about diabetics is one of the best ways to show people that diabetic patients  lead normal lives.

Hiller said anytime kids like us can still get the word out to others about the diabetics association, it is a good cause.

Coast 2 coast: SC4 philosopher aims to build department

Michael Scott

Staff Writer

This past July, St. Clair County Community College found itself facing the daunting task of finding a replacement for long time professor, Thomas Obee, and his 43 years of experience.

The man SC4 chose to fill that void is Oregon native James Soto.

“When I first moved here, I felt like I had the biggest shoes in the city to fill,” said the 43 year-old Carnegie Mellon University graduate.

Very quickly, Soto had the notion that he was replacing a man who was very well respected within the city of Port Huron. Excited to build upon the legacy left by Obee, he intends to further develop the SC4 Philosophy department along the lines of his own interests and research.

“I’m just another community college student trying to give back to other community college students,” said Soto.

If students are interested in Soto and philosophy, they can take his new course: PHL 213 Ethics. The class is three credits and requires no prerequisite.

New instructor, James Soto, during a lecture on Feb. 7, 2012.  Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore
New instructor, James Soto, during a lecture on Feb. 7, 2012. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

The enthusiastic Soto said that he is most interested in researching the ways in which people learn. He uses his previous knowledge of child language acquisition and translates that into how students respond and learn through negative evidence.

“I’m still trying to figure out how to teach. I find it the most fascinating puzzle, when it comes to philosophy and intellectual inquiry. What’s great about it is in a sense I’m just a big student in front of the class. Because as I watch my students develop, as I go through the process of teaching I am constantly learning how to do my craft better, and that’s my favorite thing,” declared Soto.

But James Soto is more than just a college instructor.

The student amongst students is an avid baseball nut!

Spending his summers pitching for a men’s team in Detroit, he enjoys following his two favorite teams: The Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates.

He is an avid reader and investigator. Also, he enjoys taking his three dogs for walks along Lighthouse Beach daily, especially his pride and joy, a three year old pit bull, Sipo.

He is married to a wonderful Russian woman named Oanasuditu (pronounced Wan-na).

Soto’s educational roots extend from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, across the country to Pittsburgh where he finished graduate school and worked part time teaching for a few years.

With Michigan being the third coast he has hit, he added that he is excited, and is surrounded by a wonderful group of colleagues and dedicated students.

With admiration for the city in his heart, Soto says, “It is really spectacular. I like the architecture downtown. When I first came and saw the bridges it reminded me of a miniature Chicago.”

Hoping to achieve tenure while contributing to the community, Soto offered that he plans to remain in Port Huron and eventually retire in the city like Obee, working well into his 60’s, “I plan on working till my body breaks!”

Breaking News: Women’s basketball coach resigns

Clay Kimball

Webmaster

This past Wednesday, Skippers’ women’s basketball coach, Lakita Gantz, stepped down from her position prior to the game against Schoolcraft College.

Lakita Gantz
Lakita Gantz

Athletic director Dale Vos was reached for comment about said resignation.

Vos could not comment on reasons behind the resignation of the former coach, but reassured that the season would continue.

Mike Groulx, men’s assistant basketball coach, will fill in as interim coach, with help from current women’s assistant coach, Lucretia Bowerman.

Groulx will maintain this position until the end of the season, at which point the hiring process for a new coach will begin, sometime around March.

Vos maintains that the lady Skippers will be able to withstand this blow and finish the season strong.

More information will be provided as the story develops.

Remembering the Legacy: ten years of celebrating King at SC4

Twana Pinskey

Editor-in-Chief

The message of equality rings as loudly today as it did 44 years ago.

St. Clair County Community College hosted their Tenth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at the fine arts building.

According to SC4 Public Relations Director, Shawn Starkey, over 200 people attended the event.

King, a civil rights leader, was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.

According to event founder, Geri Kimbro, this event was started to assure King’s message would not be forgotten.

Kimbro is also a member of the SC4 Global Diversity Advisory Council and a SC4 alumnus. Kimbro gave the introduction at the event.

Kimbro explained the message of equality still needs to be taught.

“It begins at home. It is up to the parents to teach our children,” said Kimbro.

Kimbro said she had the opportunity to meet King and his wife in 1967-1968.

“I actually sang in a church choir with Coretta King,” said Kimbro.

Pete Lacey, SC4 Vice President of Student Services, Adjunct Instructor, Business Administration Department and the chair of the Global Diversity Council, said this event is one of the ways to bring diversity to the SC4 students.

Master of ceremonies, Reverend Tony Miller, explained that so many years after his death, King is still doing stuff for our community and nation.

“It is a continual effort, it never stops (battle against racism),” said Miller.

Jerilyn Brown, President of the Port Huron branch of the NAACP, addressed the audience, explaining she felt community involvement to be very important.

“There are still a few of us that have not picked up the cross, especially in these tough economic times,” said Brown.

Brown feels that if more people don’t get involved, than our country is in danger of losing an entire generation.

“I am surprised at the number of kids who don’t know who Dr. King is,” said Brown.

Kimbro also felt it important to continue informing and reaching out to youth in our communities.

“It takes a whole village to do away with racism,” said Kimbro.

Clockwise: 1. South Park Men’s Chorus, under the direction of John Kidd, sang gospel songs at the event. 2. SC4 student, Alesandra Christmas performed an inspirational dance during the event. 3. Lurlene Nicholas, daughter of SC4 MLK event founder, Geri Kimbro, sang the Negro National Anthem at the event on Jan. 16. 4. Reverend David Nichols delivered the “I have a Dream” speech, Jan 16. 5. SC4 alumnus Geri Kimbro, SC4 MLK event founder, and member of SC4 Global Diversity Council.
Clockwise: 1. South Park Men’s Chorus, under the direction of John Kidd, sang gospel songs at the event. 2. SC4 student, Alesandra Christmas performed an inspirational dance during the event. 3. Lurlene Nicholas, daughter of SC4 MLK event founder, Geri Kimbro, sang the Negro National Anthem at the event on Jan. 16. 4. Reverend David Nichols delivered the “I have a Dream” speech, Jan 16. 5. SC4 alumnus Geri Kimbro, SC4 MLK event founder, and member of SC4 Global Diversity Council.

ESG Staff Round Up, Winter Semester 2012

John Lusk

Advisor

John Lusk is in his twenty-sixth year of teaching at SC4, and has been reading newspapers since he could. In his fifteenth year as adviser to the Erie Square Gazette, Lusk hopes to continue working with the best students on campus for a few more years.

Twana Pinskey

Editor-in-Chief

Twana Pinskey is a journalism major and current Editor-in-Chief of the Erie Square Gazette. An accomplished photographer, her images have appeared in “Patterns” magazine three times. She is a NCSL (National Certified Student Leader), an on-air talent at 91.3 FM WSGR, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa-Lambda Mu Honors Society. Pinskey is a part-time broadcast journalist for WPHM AM 1380 at Radio First here in Port Huron. After completing her education, she plans to pursue freelance work as a photo journalist.

Alyssha Ginzel

Managing Editor

Alyssha N. Ginzel spent her childhood years in Emmett, MI, eventually attending Yale High School.  Upon graduating twenty-first in her class, she enrolled at SC4 and began focusing on English, social science, and psychology courses in hopes of pursuing a career in either journalism or psychology.  She is currently a sophomore at SC4 and after acquiring her associate’s degree, plans to tour Europe before furthering her education.  Ideally, Alyssha strives to focus on journalism early in life and later, open her own child psychology clinic which advocates healing through the arts.

Zack Penzien

Production Editor

Zack Penzien is the Production Editor at the ESG. He is an “artist”, and sometimes a writer, in his spare time. He is the creator of the comic “All for Show” on the ESG site. Zack also writes and runs a gamma world D&D. If you want to see more of his stuff, find him at piratesub.blogspot.com.

Danielle Kennedy

Copy Editor

A returning SC4 alumnus, Danielle Kennedy is the current Copy Editor for the Erie Square Gazette. Kennedy graduated with a degree in Communications Media back in 2009 and has returned to SC4 to pursue a degree in the field of corrections. Interests include: reading, writing, and the game.

Christina Stoutenburg

Business/Advertising Manager

Christina Stoutenburg, 21, is a resident of Smiths Creek and a staff writer for the Erie Square Gazette. Stoutenburg is currently unsure about her major, but has an interest in TV broadcasting.

Clay Kimball

Webmaster

Clay Kimball, 17, is a dual enrollment student and the Webmaster for the Erie Square Gazette. Kimball currently attends Port Huron Northern High School, but spends most of his school days working towards an associate’s degree in Engineering Transfer and Physics.

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor

2010 graduate of Algonac High School, Liz Whittemore is currently a sophomore at SC4 pursuing a career in journalism. Whittemore is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Global Awareness Club, and is the Photo Editor for the Erie Square Gazette. The Algonac resident loves going on road trips in her spare time. Whittemore is a terrible bowler. She plans to move to Chicago and go to school in the fall.

Christian McGeachy

Sports Editor

Christian McGeachy is a sophomore at St. Clair County Community College. McGeachy plans to transfer to Central Michigan University and major in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts. His hometown is Marine City and he is the current Sports Editor for Erie Square Gazette.

Meghan Grady

Staff Writer

Meghan Grady is a nursing focused SC4 student. Grady grew up in Grosse Pointe near Detroit and currently dually resides in Grosse Pointe and Marysville. She currently works in the medical profession for a family practice in Clinton Township. Special interests include: freelance graphic art, photography, ballroom dancing, any outside activity including softball, tennis, swimming, and movies. Grady is currently striving for a freelance position as an un-official food critique to any restaurant that will have her.

Beth Holloway

Staff Writer

Beth Holloway is one of the new staff writers to join the ranks of the Erie Square Gazette.

Carol Szparaga

Staff Writer

Carol Szparaga, of Columbus Township, is a pre-nursing major that loves: cooking, camping, and home improvement projects. Szparaga joined the school newspaper because she likes that is student involved. It also gives her the opportunity to meet students and staff.

Dale Merrill

Staff Writer

Dale Merrill is a communications major at SC4 and currently working on his broadcasting and journalism degrees. He is the program director of 91.3fm, the father of two sons, a music and beer snob, and cynic by default.

Jesse Schienke

Staff Writer

Jesse Schienke graduated from L’Anse Creuse High School North in 2010 and is a sophomore at St. Clair County Community College. He is currently writing sports for ESG and plays basketball for the Skippers. Schienke is undecided on his plans for next year, but is interested in pursuing a journalism degree.

Michael Scott

Staff Writer

Michael Scott is currently in his first semester as a member of the Erie Square Gazette. Born and raised in Port Huron, he also graduated from Port Huron Northern High School. At SC4, Scott is currently pursuing his associate’s degree in Journalism. After the completion of his program at SC4, he intends to transfer to a four year university and pursue his bachelor’s degree in either Journalism or Communications. Currently he is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and is on the President’s Honors List at SC4. He is hoping his experience writing for the school newspaper will help to prepare him for the future, and his desired career as a journalist.

Savannah Wilcox

Staff Writer

Savannah Wilcox is one of the new staff writers to join the ranks of the Erie Square Gazette.

Reed Simpson

Staff Writer

Reed Simpson is one of the new staff writers to join the ranks of the Erie Square Gazette.

Young journalists

Liz Whittemore

Ginger Elf

The two year old program of the Erie Square Gazette going to Woodrow Wilson is expanding.

After being contacted by Hannah Palmer, a third grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Port Huron, the SC4 student-run newspaper the Erie Square Gazette (ESG) have been visiting the school teaching the children how to be a journalist.

Erie Square Gazette staff writer, Christina Stoutenburg, helps the children brainstorm ideas for their article on Nov. 30, 2011.  Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore
Erie Square Gazette staff writer, Christina Stoutenburg, helps the children brainstorm ideas for their article on Nov. 30, 2011. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

After the Erie Square Gazette’s Coats for Kids campaign last year, the ESG received thank you letters from Palmer’s third grade class. Some of the students had received some of the donated coats.

“Hannah and I talked. She shared that her students didn’t get some of the breaks in life that other kids had, so I decided to do something about it, thus the idea of Erie Square Gazette goes to Woodrow Wilson was born, ” said Twana Pinskey, Editor-in-Chief of the Erie Square Gazette.

The class learns how to write articles and even make their own paper, the Palmer Town News.

“The support that SC4 has given in this project has been incredible. Shawn Starkey has readily assisted with anything I have needed. He even helps by getting the paper printed for us,” said Pinskey.

According to Pinskey, starting in January the Erie Square Gazette will visit Cleveland Elementary School in Port Huron, where they will be able to extend the program there with two fifth grade classes.

After speaking with Pinskey, Paul Miller, a SC4 adjunct instructor, advisor for the school’s radio program WSGR-FM (91.3), and the host for the WPHM Morning Show (1380 am) at “Radio First” is looking into expanding the program to include the radio broadcast segment.

“I think it’s a great idea and it sounds like everything the ESG has done has gone really well. So hopefully we can replicate that with the radio program,” said Miller.

The most recent trip to Woodrow Wilson was on Nov. 30, 2011.

Zachary Penzien, cartoonist and Production Editor for the Erie Square Gazette, went on the visit for the first time.

“I was super psyched when I asked them to draw whatever they liked, and a little girl started drawing ‘Pokémon.’ Best thing ever,” said Penzien.

Erie Square Gazette Production Editor, Zachary Penzien, teaches the children how to draw cartoons on Nov. 30, 2011. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore
Erie Square Gazette Production Editor, Zachary Penzien, teaches the children how to draw cartoons on Nov. 30, 2011. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

Clay Kimball, a dual enrolled student at SC4 and Northern High School as well as Webmaster for the Erie Square Gazette, also went on the recent visit.

“The kids, they really look up to us. It feels good knowing that we’re helping out the next generation. I’m glad that I get to be part of this great experience,” said Kimball.

Rachel Kobylas, Global Awareness Club President, participated in one of the first visits to Woodrow Wilson.

“It was really cool to be able to utilize the experiences that we’ve had in college to encourage these children to move forward with their own hopes and dreams, but it was also really amazing to be able to be right there, sitting on the floor with them and sharing their dreams,” said Kobylas.

“My favorite memory hands down was when we delivered the first ever issue to the children. A little boy named Ethan saw his photo in that first issue. He looked at me and says, ‘Miss Twana that says Ethan, that’s me!’ It was an empowering experience for the child to see his name in print. You could see the pride and confidence in the way he carried himself. I had to turn away for a minute because I was getting choked up,” said Pinskey.

“It was a powerful experience twofold, for the children to get this experience from these college students of various age groups and diversity to come into their room, but also for these kids who are 8, 9, or 10 years old pouring their hearts out, such innocence and these amazing dreams that they have and what they want to be when they grow up,” said Kobylas.

On the recent trip to Woodrow Wilson, Hannah Palmer revealed a brand new $250 camera for the class that was purchased via a grant, to encourage the program.

The completed work of the third grade class Woodrow Wilson Elementary can be viewed on the Erie Square Gazette’s website at www. esgonline. org. There is a link to the Palmer Town News in the heading.

Field trip!

Christina Stoutenburg

Worker Elf

Walking into a room to have everyone turn to stare can be a nightmare.

Not when you’re with the “Erie Square Gazette,” walking into a room of third graders.

On Nov. 15, four members of the “Erie Square Gazette:” Twana Pinskey, Danielle Kennedy, Clay Kimball, and myself(Christina Stoutenburg) travelled to Woodrow Wilson Elementary school.

Our purpose: to help teach the students of Hannah Palmer’s third grade class how to write their own newspaper.

Erie Square Gazette, Editor-in-Chief, Twana Pinskey explains the Inverted Pyramid to students in Hannah Palmers third grade class at Woodrow Wilson, Nov. 16. Photo Credit: Christian Stoutenburg
Erie Square Gazette, Editor-in-Chief, Twana Pinskey explains the Inverted Pyramid to students in Hannah Palmers third grade class at Woodrow Wilson, Nov. 16. Photo Credit: Christian Stoutenburg

Palmer was very helpful with the program, having the students read the “Erie Square Gazette” and going over some of the newspaper positions with the students before our arrival. We added more information to knowledge she pre-supplied by going into a little more depth about the various positions here at the newspaper, as well as covering new things such as using the inverted pyramid style of news writing.

Not only was it an experience for the students but for us as well.

During our visit, Pinskey asked the class for article suggestions.

One of the little girls, who was scared to say her suggestion, shared with me, “When I talk sometimes, people laugh at me.” So I told her that I would raise my hand for her, but she would have to answer the question. To see the huge smile on her face when it was written on the board and no one laughed was priceless.

Towards the end of the visit they were full of questions for us; some of which included, how many articles we write and if we play video games.

Thank-you notes were also not in short demand.

Members of the paper will be returning to do more work with the students on future dates.

A similar trip is planned for next semester.