“Snowpocalypse 2011” – A Blizzard View
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“Snowpocalypse 2011” – A Blizzard View
“Snowpocalypse 2011” – A Blizzard View
Video by Cody Kimball
Nearly fifty years after the march on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King’s teachings continue ringing as loud as church bells.
SC4 along with the Times Herald and the Port Huron branch of the NAACP held the ninth annual Martin Luther King Day celebration Jan. 17 in SC4’s Fine Arts Theater.
Master of ceremonies Reverend Tony Miller started the night by offering some uplifting words and reminding people how important it is to come together as a community.
Other speakers included Geri Kimbro, member of SC4’s Diversity Advisory Council; NAACP Port Huron branch president Jerilyn Brown; and Port Huron mayor Pauline Repp.
Mrs. Kimbro, who is “old enough to remember marching with Dr. King in the 1960’s” and was in the USMC in the 1950’s said it was the “finest hour at SC4.”
As to why they have this event every year Mrs. Kimbro said, “It’s the importance of learning how Dr. King got justice for people in a world of injustice.” She went on to say that every year with new generations, it is important to remind them of Dr. King and his dream.
A recitation of I “Have a Dream,” a speech first given by Dr. King on the steps of the Lincoln memorial in 1963, was a major highlight of the night. A saxophone solo, interpretive dance numbers, plays showing the progress of the equal rights movement, and poetry were just a few other highlights from the night; with the finale being the audience joining hands while singing We Shall Overcome.
“Fantastic, it’s great to see all the participation and an honor to participate said mayor Pauline Repp.
Dr. King’s dream still lives today, but for it to succeed people need to take Dr. King’s teachings and apply them to their everyday lives. As the struggle continues even today it is only when we break down color and other barriers that we will achieve true equality.
The Student Government may not be who you think they are. According to the Student Government constitution, SC4’s Student Government is not just the elected officers who receive scholarships for their service. Article II of the Student Government Constitution details who actually comprises student government.
Membership consists of the elected officers, appointed members, and the club representatives who vote to approve matters, with each club receiving one vote.
But what do representatives approve? Based on meeting minutes, very little. Representatives have voted to approve minutes from previous meetings, and one purchase of office supplies Sept. 8.
According to the constitution, however, Student Government is required to approve much more.
Article II states that no bills are to be incurred without the approval of Student Government. According to Article II, a majority vote is required to pass any motion or resolution. Only one bill was approved by the Student Government, which was a purchase of office supplies for $199.28, approved at the beginning of the first all-club meeting Sept. 8.
No approval from representatives was given for the NCSL conference trip that the Student Government officers took Nov. 3-8. Carrie Bearss, the Student Activities Coordinator, said that the “executive board” had permission from administration to attend the conference.
The first official mention of the NCSL conference did not come until after the conference, at the all-club meeting Nov. 10. The event was not publicized to the club representatives. The Student Government constitution states that it is the duty of the vice president to “publicize all Student Government activities.”
After the Dec. 1 all-club meeting the first official treasurer’s report was distributed via email. According to the Student Government constitution, it is the duty of the treasurer to “present to the Student Government a complete written report of the Government’s financial situation at the beginning of each regular Student Government meeting.” Carrie Bearss said that it is unreasonable to expect to receive a copy at “larger meetings.”
Many actions of Student Government require the approval of the “executive board” and/or the “financial committee” in conjunction with the Enrollment Services and Student Activities Coordinator. These positions are held by the same five people, four of whom are the Student Government elected officers (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer). So the executive board and the financial committee are in essence one and the same.
Article II also states that it is the duty of the president and the vice president “to enforce the observation of the Constitution.” However, Kaitlyn Graw, the Student Government secretary, stated in interviews following the Nov. 10 all-club meeting that the officers “don’t know where it [the constitution] is. Chuck had it last, at the end of last semester.”
The elected officers receive scholarships for their service. They also hold office hours and a radio show slot on WSGR. According to Graw, the posted hours were changed and are incorrect, and she was unsure when officers would be available in the Student Government office. The radio has also gone unused throughout the Fall semester, according to Dale Merrill, the WSGR Program Director.
The “executive board” of SC4’s Student Government recently spent over $7000 to attend the “National Center for Student Leadership” conference, in Lake Buena Vista Florida from Nov. 3 to 5. The executive board consists of President Charles King, Vice President Rachel Kobylas, Secretary Kaitlyn Graw, and Treasurer Jonathan Brewer. Their advisor, Carrie Bearss, accompanied the four on the trip.
The executive board participated in workshops and seminars to help build leadership skills.
King (who attended the conference last year as well) said during an All-Club meeting Nov. 10, “Since I was already a certified leader, some of this stuff was really redundant for me.” The conference the executive board attended last year was held in Washington D.C.
Frequently, through the all-club meeting, King conferred with the other officers about the details of what had occurred during the program.
“And then they had to pick a group,”started King as he turned to the other officers to check his facts during a report on the conference during the meeting. “Did you guys pick a group or were you just randomly put in a group? – Randomly put in a group.”
“It was a perk for the fact is was in Florida and not Detroit,” King said during the meeting in regards to the conference.
The student government officers admit that the trip wasn’t cheap.
The five members spent 4 nights at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, one of Disney’s more expensive hotels.
According to Carrie Bearss, SC4’s Registrar, during the conference the cost of the hotel rooms was $159 per night, with two people per room. According to the Student Government account details, the total cost of the hotel reservations was $2,160. Admission to the conference itself was $529 per person. The optional “Certified Student Leader Program” (in which 3 members participated) cost an additional $130 per person.
According to a December treasurer’s report, airfare cost $1122 for the group, and per diem (spelled “perdium” in the treasurer’s report, which is food expenses according to Bearss) cost $840.
At the time of printing, the minimum cost of the trip was $7154. According to Bearss the price is still not totaled. “We went through a travel agent to get the very best cost.” said Bearss. “Flight tickets were like 200 bucks round trip, baggage was extra, so yeah, it’s expensive when you start adding it up.”
Not accounted in the total are airline baggage costs, airport parking, and car mileage, which according to the Student Government Club Account Detail records is over $650.
According to the NCSL website, anyone is able to be trained and recieve the same certification online for $129 (and groups for as low as $69 per person). At least 100 students could have recieved the online training and certification for the same cost, the equivallent of 5 members from each of the 17 clubs on campus recieving the training.
The website also offers a 24 compact disc set featuring the programs available at the conference for $999. The site also explains that the programs can be used for the entire student body, and used repeatedly.
The site also reads: “The Complete Student Leadership Library is a resource you can make available to your current student leaders, and those who are being groomed to succeed them. It’s also one you can share with the entire campus… student government, clubs and teams, Greek organizations, service-learning groups, and more. And lastly, it’s something you can use for years to come, as new students join the fold… you can train each new group of leaders to pick up where their predecessors left off.”
The cost of this program online is less than the cost of the conference tickets of the four executive board members.
In an interview prior to leaving for the trip, Vice President Kobylas claimed that the executive board was paying for the trip through “fundraising and appropriations.”
Carrie Bearss said “Not all of the funds for this trip came from fundraising. Some of that is money earmarked for use of the Student Government Executive Board.”
During the treasurer’s report, it was revealed that the money is being drawn from the student club funds.
Jonathon Brewer delivered the treasurer’s report during the November 10 All-Club meeting. The following is a transcript of the treasurer’s report as it was delivered:
“This past month… our expenditures… we’ve had miscellaneous credits versus expenditures. We’ve finally had appropriations which came through this month, so that credit was applied. But we also have, um, these coming out very readily… our trips to the National Center for Leadership – Student Leadership – those keep coming out in small portions, so right now we’re sitting at $14,517.14.”
During the all-club meeting Nov. 10, Jillian Roggenbuck of the Women’s Soccer Club asked if other clubs would be able to go with executive board on the trip next time around. King said that it would be a matter of budgeting. “We’re gonna have to look at some serious fundraising to make it happen,” said King.
According to the treasurer’s report from Dec. 1, Student Government officers rose $70 total from the sales of Younkers coupons in the Fall semester.
“We went through the process to get everything approved,” said Bearss. “You need to be careful when comparing Student Government to other clubs as well. This is a governing board. These are scholarshiped executive officers who also have the Student Government funds, and the approval of administration to attend these conferences. You’re not comparing apples to apples in this case.”
According to the NCSL website, institutions the size of SC4 are few and far between at the conference. Many of those listed in attendance are either more local community colleges (ones which would not require airfare), well-endowed institutions, or large universities.
“Some of these colleges are four-year universities, some have fifty, sixty-thousand students, some of these have a thousand or three-thousand clubs on campus,” said King during the Nov. 11 all-club meeting. “Huge! Okay? And we’re talking we’re here in St. Clair County and we’ve got 5,000 people. Honestly I think I ran into a college that had 3,500.”
Prior to departing for the conference, Vice President Kobylas said that there would not be much “free time,” but NCSL and Facebook say otherwise.
Under the “frequently asked questions” of the NCSL website, it is stated that conference-goers will have free time. Throughout the conference, Student Government officers and the NCSL were posting on their Facebook pages detailing their various activities, including visits to Seaworld, Universal Studios, Downtown Disney and other locations.
Photos from the conference itself show officers playing “rock, paper, scissors.” Another photo posted by one of the officers shows Kobylas and Graw posing with a shirtless actor and another in a bar. The NCSL had scheduled the conference this way intentionally. The site reads: “On Friday, the conference program will conclude at 3:00 p.m. This gives you a whole evening to yourself.”
Carrie Bearss says that she, as the Student Government advisor, requires that the executive board “implement a program by the end of the school year.” Last year, the executive board implemented the “Mentor the Mentor Program,” and the “Student Government Radio Hour” on WSGR.
According to Dale Merrill, the WSGR Program Director, the radio hour has not been done once through the entire Fall semester. “WSGR has a time slot for a radio show for a forum for student government but no one has stepped up to do the show this semester,” said Merrill.
Clubs have had minimal contact with their “mentors.”
Doug Johnson, the acting President of the Zombie Defense Council commented on Jonathan Brewer’s involvement in club meetings for the program. “I’ve never seen him at our Tuesday meetings, nor have I heard him attend our Wednesday meetings except for the first time when he was told to.”
Twana Pinskey, the Editor-in-Chief of the Erie Square Gazette said “to the best of my knowledge, our mentor has never shown up to any of our meetings.”
Jonathan Lucas, the Vice President of the Gay-Straight Alliance said that the GSA’s mentor Kaitlyn Graw has attended 2 of the GSA’s meetings. Lucas said he feels it is “somewhat beneficial because it allows for smoother communication.”
Stacy Desimone, President of SC4’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, said that Secretary Graw, PTK’s mentor, “showed up to one meeting for about 10 minutes. You can tell she didn’t want to be there.”
“SC4 mourns loss of one of our own”
Tears, heartache, and unimaginable pain come with the loss of someone you know and care about.
St. Clair County Community College mourns the death of Sophomore Men’s Basketball player, Terrance (T.K.) Keaton of Flint Michigan.
Keaton died as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, Monday November 22, 2010 on Interstate I-94.
According to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon, Keaton lost control of his 2002 Chevrolet blazer on rain slick pavement of I-94 at about 3:00 p.m. The vehicle struck a guard rail on the passenger side. The vehicle then made a violent turn to the left, ejecting Keaton out of the vehicle and onto the road.
“What we do know is texting is believed to be a contributing factor in this accident,” said Public
Information Office, Deputy Steve Campau.
St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon confirmed stating;”that appears to be the case, that instant messaging was taking place right before the accident. Donnellon said a lot of factors came together to create a perfect storm. In addition to the distraction of the texting, Keaton wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. “There is no question about it. Had he had his seatbelt on (Keaton), he would have survived, “said Donnellon.
According to Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of Public Relations at Sc4, the team was told in Jackson, after the game about Keaton’s death. Starkey explained that Jackson Community College made grief counselors available to the players.
“JCC’s (Jackson Community College) hearts go out to St. Clair County Community College, their players and Terrance’s family during this difficult time, said Cindy Allen, Public Relations Director at JCC. “Our players (JCC) felt really bad when they heard, “said Allen.
Keaton’s loss is felt on the Sc4 campus, as faculty and students remember Keaton.
Professor John Lusk had Keaton in his news writing class. Lusk remembered Keaton as a well liked student. “He (Terrance) was as good a kid as you’re going to hear about,” said Lusk.
Coach Dale Voss said; “He (Keaton) had a infectious personality and a smile that could light up a room.”
SC-4 men’s basketball player, guard Alan Sharp, a sophomore from Flint knew Keaton since high School.
Sharp shared memories of making it to the nationals last year with his friend and how happy they were. “It’s very hard;” said sharp. He would like his friend remembered for who he was. “He was a hard worker, said Sharp. Not just in basketball but in the classroom as well.”
On the right track
Sunlight bursts forth over a field of autumn crops as a family of white tailed deer pause to take notice of the spectacle flying past them, as an eagle soars overhead. This poignant piece of America is all seen from the comfort of the seat of my 6 a.m. Amtrak train to Chicago.
This was my first time on a train, and even with years of travel experience, had no idea what to expect.
As a first timer, I can say it was one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had, and even more importantly, it was also one of the most inexpensive. My round trip ticket to East Lansing cost just $18.
The train departs from Port Huron daily and has stops in many major Michigan cities on its way to Chicago, including Flint, East Lansing, and Kalamazoo. Be sure to arrive at the station at least half an hour early, to make sure you get a parking space at the station and have your tickets in order.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the station window, but be sure you know what your station’s operating hours are.
The fact that the train makes stops in the vicinity of universities, like Michigan State University and Western Michigan University lends to its convenience for students who travel from home to school frequently. There are also available student discounts.
The train is, compared to many other forms of travel, really quite luxurious. The seats are much wider than the kind you could expect on an airplane, and for those of us who are taller, the ample leg room is greatly appreciated. The windows are large, the aisle is wide enough to walk down comfortably, and there is even a power outlet on the walls beside the seats to power electronics. In the rear of the train a snack car can be reached to grab an early morning breakfast or a snack along the trip.
From Port Huron to East Lansing, my trip lasted less than 2 and a half hours, which is comparable to driving it on the highway, but the amount of safety, lack of stress, and price of gas made the train the better alternative.
The train should not be overlooked for day trips. Many of the passengers were using it as an easier way to travel to Chicago, or some of the other destinations along the route, with the intention of boarding the return train that night or the following day.
Give the train a try next time you want a unique way to get out of town for a while. You may surprise yourself. It could be the inexpensive travel tool you’ve been missing.
Times are tough, and cash is tight, but it shouldn’t stop you from having an enjoyable vacation. Want to travel with minimal risks and expenses? Then this may be the trip for you.
We call it Tour De Thumb, and it makes for an enjoyable day trip, or weekend excursion.
The trip circles the entire shoreline of the Lake Huron Shoreline of the thumb of Michigan and makes stops in a handful of towns and cities, depending what you want to do. This trip is best done with a small group of friends or family, anyone who can appreciate an easy car ride.
Start in Port Huron, and head North, on M-25, and just drive, but don’t forget to stop at these locations!
First Stop: Lexington – Get yourself some “Wimpy” burgers and go for a walk on the break wall. Lexington also often holds free concerts in the park, festivals and fireworks. There’s a beach as well. Check the event calendar to know the best times to visit. Shopping is decent in town. When you’re done, head west from the stoplight, for the swinging bridge in Croswell, which is always a good time. Then back on the road!
Second Stop: Port Sanilac – nice harbor, and a museum. Miss able but makes for a nice little break.
Third Stop: Harbor Beach – If you left early, you may be getting hungry by now. 2 words: Al’s Restaurant, they have homemade food at inexpensive prices. Take a walk on the pier that juts into the world’s largest man-made harbor. Visit the Harbor Beach power plant, there’s a fishing pier on the trail behind it. There are also a few campgrounds, like Wagener County Park, in this area that are worth visiting if you are in the mood for a hike.
Fourth Stop: Port Hope – Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. Shopping, food and parks.
As you start to round the tip of the thumb, you’ll pass several small towns, that you may decide to stop at depending on what’s going on, but they are worth the time if you’re in no hurry. Grindstone City, and Pointe Aux Barques, most notably, have some interesting natural and historical attractions that you may find enjoyable, such as turnip rock.
Fifth stop: Port Austin – Not to be missed. There is always something to do; shopping, swimming, bird-watching, hiking, museums, kayaking, fishing, and the eternally entertaining mini golf. Port Crescent State Park and Sleeper State Park are nearby for some nature enjoyment, complete with beaches and trails. Stay a while and see everything there is to do.
You may now notice that as you drive, you are now moving south. That’s because you have now rounded the thumb, and are overlooking Saginaw bay.
Sixth Stop: Caseville- You can’t think Caseville without thinking “Cheeseburger in Caseville”. The annual cheeseburger festival in Caseville is a week-long celebration, in the tropical style of Jimmy Buffett. The festival has live music, carnivals, races (including a cardboard boat race), sand castle contests, parades, volleyball, fireworks, laser shows, and too much more to list. And of course, there are cheeseburgers. The cheeseburger festival this year ran from August 13th till the 22nd, which in itself was a trip.
As you continue driving south you will approach Sebawaing. Be sure to turn to stay on M-25 when you see the sugar factory, or you may, as we had, become rather lost.
Seventh Stop: Bay City: One of the last major stops on the tour. Bay City is just that; a City. There is seemingly never a blank day on their event calendar. Concerts, theater, art, parks, festivals, as well as sailing, and boating, shopping, and even a SCUBA Diving outfit. Take a nap by the Fontaine de l’amitie’ (French for Friendship Fountain) which is a monolithic oval in the park near the Saginaw River. The parking is free here, so it is a good place to start for a nice leisurely walk around downtown. There’s a planetarium among some the cities more interesting attributes. Visit the museum for a taste of Michigan heritage. The nature reserves in the area are also enjoyable to say the least. Bay City is the last coastal stop on the tour, and for some may be the end of a long day or weekend with time for a nice ride home. But, if you’re still up for a little more fun, and wouldn’t mind venturing inland a ways, we have one last suggestion for the trip.
Last Stop: Frankenmuth: If you’ve never been, you should stop in for a visit. Frankenmuth is definitely the tourist destination for this area of the state. South of Bay City and Saginaw, the little Bavarian village is worth the drive. The town boasts unique shopping and sightseeing, as well as the food. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland will make you feel holiday spirit virtually year round. Zehnder’s Bavarian Haus has a “Splash village” complete with waterslide. “River Place” is the place to go for shopping, across the bridge from the Bavarian Inn, and “Zehnder’s Famous Chicken Dinners”. If you have time takes a ride on the river boat! A visit to Frankenmuth is a solid end to an enjoyable and typically inexpensive trip.
Just remember to drive safely and enjoy the ride!
For more detailed information on the locations mentioned in this article, visit the Michigan Travel Information Center, located at 2260 Water Street, Port Huron, MI 48060, or visit Michigan.gov
It could never happen to me, right? I take all the precautions, and remain aware of my surroundings.
What do you do if the unthinkable does happen?
September 23, Saint Clair County Community College hosted RAINN Day, a sexual assault awareness, prevention and survival program in the Fine Arts building on campus.
According to their web site, RAINN Day is a national campaign, hosted on college campus nationwide in all 50 states, Canada, DC and Puerto Rico. The campaign provides information on what can be done to reduce the risks of an attack.
The SC4 presentation included; Detective Sandra Jacobson of the St. Clair County Sheriff Department, Melissa Keyes, senior assistant prosecutor of the St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Tami Stapleton of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Diane Baur, Director of Support Services, Turning Point and survivor, Sonja Merritt.
Detective Jacobson discussed awareness and being safe in public venues, such as bars. Jacobson suggested never leaving your drink unattended when using the restroom. Should you forget, Jacobson explained the drink should be thrown it out and order a fresh one ordered. “It just isn’t worth it said Jacobson.”
Survivor Sonja Meritt, shared that victims don’t always come forward right away. Meritt explained they are afraid to tell anyone. “It may take a long time to tell someone,” stated Meritt. According to Meritt, every victim reacts differently.
Detective Jacobson said that if the person the victims share their ordeal with overreacts, they may shut down and not ever tell anyone else.
RAINN Day ‘s web site offers the following tips of prevention.
Make sure you don’t share personal information online. Avoid being alone with anyone you do not know, or don’t trust. If the hairs on your neck are standing up, you feel ill at ease, that feeling in your stomach that something is not right, get out of the situation. Contact campus security if you notice anything suspicious.
Should you or someone you know become a victim, remember, you did nothing wrong. Get help.
Further information for prevention and help for survivors can be obtained at:
Turning Point 24 hour crisis line
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Emergency Department
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program
RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network)
National Sexual Assault hotline
A Sunshiny Day – An Interview with Kofi Ameyaw
Kofi shares his passion for music with us at the 2010 Lexington Thumb Music Festival on September 4.
Photos by Twana Pinskey Editor In Chief
Audio by Jenny Walker Photo Editor
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