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You’re Write For Us!

Why you should join the Erie Square Gazette next semester

Therese Majeski

Copy Editor

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 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
If you have questions about joining the Erie Square Gazette, please contact us via Facebook, Twitter or our email,
We hope to see you next semester!

That 70’s affair

Photo credit: Emily Mainguy
Photo credit: Emily Mainguy

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

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

The many faces of the monster inside

Photo Credit: Erin Kephart
Photo Credit: Erin Kephart

SC4 Players’ presentation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

“You find an open door. One no one knows about. And once you’ve crossed its threshold, you will find not one mind but two. Two streams within the consciousness, one on the surface, the other subterranean.” According to Greg Garofolo, “This quote by Jekyll captures the play at its essence. A true psychological horror and thought provoking thrill ride.”
SC4 Players presented the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Oct. 16 through the 19.
The play, directed by Tom Kephart, told the tale of Dr. Henry Jekyll, played by Caleb Kreidler, and his “inner demon,” Mr. Hyde, and his discovery of who really is the monster.
The character of Mr. Hyde had to be portrayed by four different actors to capture the different aspects of Mr. Hyde’s evolving personality. Hyde, played by actors Brennan Fisher, Greg Garofalo, Haunani Johnson, and Andrew Kephart represents the beastly nature of Dr. Jekyll, and therefore humanity itself.
“It was really psychological,” said Freshman Riley Niver, 19. Niver played Elizabeth, Hyde’s love interest. “It was a smart play, but there was still humor in it with that morbid intrigue.”
“I fell in love with the script when I first read it,” Kephart said. “We were going to do another show, and then I read this script and thought, yeah, we’re doing this one.”
Niver said that without Kephart’s vision, the play could not have been done.
“The way he chose lighting cues and how to do the set and minimalizing a lot of what was used really added to the play. He made it more like a dream sequence which really tied in with the different journal entries and little bits of play acting here and there,” Niver said.

Makeup and music to midnight

Photo credit: Myrna Pronchuck
Photo credit: Myrna Pronchuck

Art Night draws students and community to SC4
Angie Stoecklin

The first ever Art Night on Sept. 19 at SC4 brought an “overwhelming response from the community,” as Adjunct Instructor Myrna Pronchuck put it. Members of the community and SC4 between the ages of 14 to 30 were welcome to register to take place in the art-themed workshops.
Pronchuck, who recently moved to Michigan from Atlanta Georgia, had gotten the idea from events held at art institutions in the south known as Draw –a-thons. According to Pronchuck, it seemed like an interesting way to introduce young people to visual arts and to SC4.
“I brought the idea to Celeste Skalnek, the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, and she thought it would be a great way to incorporate all of the visual as well as the performing arts at SC4 to serve our community,” said Pronchuck.
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs provided a grant for the event, thus turning it into a mentorship program for emerging artists who were involved in SC4’s art program. The grant however, wasn’t the only donation from the community.
Pronchuck says, “Pizza was generously donated from Happy’s Pizza in Port Huron as well as 10 gallons of orange drink from McDonald’s.”
A wide range of workshops included African drumming, pottery, stage makeup, and still-life drawing.
In addition to the workshops, SC4 student Natalie Mainguy performed compositions on her violin for all the attendees.
“There was music in the hallways and the classrooms. The classes were full of happy smiling youth making art and trying their skills at music and theatre, many for the first time,” said Pronchuck.
For anyone who missed this year’s art night, Pronchuck says that the event’s success has prompted SC4 to plan anther one for next year.

Crime and punishment

Photo Credit: Nick "Chico" Hernandez
Photo Credit: Nick “Chico” Hernandez
The 4 deadly violations
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

Ashtray lids on the trash cans have vanished in a cloud of smoke, the concrete is bare of cigarette butts. The St. Clair County Community College smoking ban has taken effect.
SC4’s Board of Trustees gave the policy a thumbs’ up in April of 2014, and it officially went into effect on August 1. St. Clair County Community College is now a completely smoke and tobacco free campus, this includes the E-Cigarette’s as well.
Students caught smoking on campus will have two chances to reconsider whether they should be on school grounds the next time a craving comes around.
First offense is a verbal warning, and the second is a written warning. But with the second warning comes an official letter from the dean, saying that next time you will be in trouble.
The third time you get caught, you’ll be charged a $10 fine, and a “hold” will be placed on your record. Registration, transcripts, etc. will be blocked, and the student will have a meeting with the Vice President of Student Services and the Dean of Students, as the SC4 website states.
The forth and what would seem to be the final time (as the website only lists 4 “violations”) ups the fine to $20, and mimics the 3rd violation’s punishment. The only addition listed; “possible suspension/dismissal from campus.”
While some students opposed the idea of a smoke-free campus before it was made a rule, a few are dealing with it as best as they can. Jay Rent, 36 of Port Huron, said “I don’t like that I can’t smoke on campus anymore, but what are you going to do? Run across the street, of course!”
One other student looked at the new policy in a different manner, “This ‘No Smoking’ shit is some crap. All those little whiners need to shut the fuck up and let me do my business with my cigarette. They got no right to tell me where I can and can’t smoke,” said Danielle Carter, 28 of Marysville.
In the end, majority rules that the ban has been good for the college.
Pete Lacey, Vice President of Student Services said in an email, “The ban went into effect on August 1 and the transition has been smooth. We have received positive feedback from many people on campus and in our community.”

Recycled excuses

SC4 recycling is a myth

Gregory Garofalo
Managing Editor

“Recycling is sexy”

While walking on campus, most students have probably seen one of the eight student-made recycling bins throughout the buildings. They give a sense of reassurance to students, a promise that SC4 is being responsible with their garbage.
What if it were all a lie?
“It’s all being thrown away right now,” said Mark Polly of SC4 maintenance staff. According to the maintenance crew and SC4’s Marketing Manager Martha Pennington, as of now the recycling program here at the college is non-existent.
“We believe we’ll have it up and running as soon as we can, it is definitely a priority to us,” said Pennington. According to Pennington, the recycling program has been put on hold due to the retirement of Tom Donavan, who was the school’s director of Physical Plant.
But how soon is soon?
According to both Pennington and Polly, SC4 has a contract out right now to replace Green Earth Recycling, the school’s former recycling contract. But with that being said, Pennington says she doesn’t know for sure how long the school has gone without a recycling contract, or how long it will be until a new contract is found.
Donavan says recycling is a campus wide effort that includes students and faculty. “I was in charge as director. That duty is now under the direction of Vice President Kramer.”
So even though the contract was in limbo when Donavan retired, the recycling program is never up to just one man.
According to Pennington, the school is still in recycling limbo, and says that the school does not know how long it has been in-between recycling plants.
The college has made no effort to publicize this information.

Student reactions
“I’m a little angry. Why put the bins out if you’re not actually going to recycle? I recycle, and this really irritates me. I feel like the college is lying to me,” said SC4 student Travis Nedison.

“To be honest, I thought it might be that way. I don’t know why. I had suspicions. I heard this from somewhere else. It’s upsetting truly to hear that. Some people really do take that seriously. It’s a disappointment. If there’s no use for it, why have the bins?” stated Abdu Anaimi.

Sean Lathrop, President of Student Government said, “I was surprised. I’m saddened that the college hasn’t done anything about it, considering how proud they are of being a green college. SC4 will scream proudly that we have these solar panels, but then put a plastic bag on Mother Nature’s head.”

“That’s not cool. I go out of my way to put the plastic in plastic and the cans in cans. I’m offended because it was a lie,” said next year’s Student Government President James Woolman.

Staff writers Kris Reynolds and Nick “Chico” Hernandez contributed to this report.

Petitions are in, elections on the way

Student elections scheduled for late March, early April

Erick Fredendall

With 40 signatures collected and petitions submitted, candidates for the 2014-2015 academic year have laid the foundation for the campaign to a position in SC4’s student government.
The upcoming SC4 student elections fall on Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, April 1, in the lower level of the College Center Atrium. Election times are split into two sessions, the first falling from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Students must present a valid picture ID in order to vote.
Roughly 100 students voted in last year’s student government elections, making one of the lowest vote counts in SC4 history.
“With the increase in candidates from last year and change in location, an increase of voter turnout is highly likely,” said Sean Lathrop, the current student government president.
Student Government’s executive board consists of a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.
The official ballots are anticipated to include two candidates for president, three for vice president, and one for treasurer. There is currently one write-in candidate for the secretary position.
Running for the office of president are William Warner and Rachael Gardner. Vice presidential candidates include James Woolman, Terrence Warner, and Melissa Whitesell.
The only officer from the 2013-2014 academic year seeking re-election is Brian Heidt, currently running unopposed for the position he currently holds, the Treasurer.
As of press time, write-in candidate Tonya Snover is the only student running for secretary.
The deadline for petitions fell on March 20. Only nominees who submitted their 40 signatures prior to the date are listed on the ballot for the election.
“Students who miss the deadline can still run as write-in candidates, but their names will not appear on the ballot,” said Lathrop. “For write-in votes to count, students have to fill in the name of the write-in candidate.”
According to the SC4 Student Government Constitution, eligible candidates must be students of SC4 who have at least a 2.0 GPA and have filed intent to run with the student activity coordinator.
The Student Activity Coordinator, Sarah Finnie, can be reached at (810) 989-5639 or by email at

Melissa Whitesell (not pictured)

Sophomore Melissa Whitesell is a Blue Water Middle College student studying for a liberal arts associate degree at SC4. She is running for the position of vice president of student government.
“I’d love helping out the college. I’d like to see different things with the Stressbreaker and with student academics, seeing more creative ways to challenge our students,” Whitesell said.
Whitesell has attended multiple club meetings to observe the proceedings, but she is not involved in any student organizations.

Port Huron suits up for Blue Water Music Awards

BWMA one year away from annual event

Erick Fredendall

Travis Boone of Manifest the Machine pulls out his phone to take a “selfie” while preforming at the Feb. 27 BWMA.
Travis Boone of Manifest the Machine pulls out his phone to take a “selfie” while preforming at the Feb. 27 BWMA.

Snappily dressed musicians and fans gathered on Feb. 27 at the Blue Water Music Awards to celebrate what organizer David Whitt called “an awesome year in music for Port Huron.”
The Blue Water Music Awards (BWMA) debuted last year after Whitt and various other local music supporters began to brainstorm various ways to acknowledge and showcase local talent in the Port Huron community.
“I believe in my heart that we have, not just some of, but the best musicians in the world right here in our little town,” Whitt said. “Our music scene is so deep that this award show was bound to happen sooner or later.”
The American Legion Post No. 8 hosted the BWMA this year. According to Whitt, out of the 270 chair set up for the event, few were left vacant.
“The turnout was amazing,” said Whitt.
Sixteen awards, ranging from “Best Cover,” “Amateur of the Year,” to the “WTF Award” were presented at the BWMA.
The BWMA also featured live performances from various bands, including Charlie James and the Silver Devils, Yeddie in the Woods, Rhinos and Winos, Fifth Avenue, Dick Hickey, Manifest the Machine, and Cool Kids Communication.
The BWMA Academy also added three new categories to the award ceremony this year: Best DJ, Best Hip-Hop, and Producer of the Year.
Randy Willis, owner and producer at SS Sounds in Port Huron, received both Producer of the Year and Fan of the Year at this year’s awards.
“It’s great and brings to the forefront that Port Huron and the surrounding areas have a great scene going on,” Willis said.
Another recipient, “DJ View” Gage O’Barsky, walked away with the Amateur of the Year award. At 15 year’s old, O’Barsky sets the bar as the youngest recipient of a BWMA award.
“It’s incredible, I can’t wait to bring this to school tomorrow,” O’Barsky said.
Nominees for the awards are chosen by the BWMA Academy, a group of producers, musicians, and supporters who monitor the local music scene for potential candidates.
Three nominees are selected for each category. The Academy then turns the choice over to the public, whose vote determines who walks away with a BWMA trophy.
According to Whitt, the focus for the 2014-15 BWMA is to tweak the Academy process, possibly add new categories, and encourage more participation from the city.
Whitt intends on coordinating the event next year and then easing into the background, possibly passing along the event to the Blue Water Social Club.
“We have talked about taking it over, and it looks like that will be what happens,” said Ryan McInnis, a spokesperson for the club.
Musicians, producers, or fans interested in participating in the BWMA are encouraged to reach out to David Whitt at

28-year-old murder resurfaces in court

St. Clair Circuit Court to hold hearing for Freeman/Kensu

Erick Fredendall

On Nov. 5, 1986, at 9 a.m., Scott Macklem, son of the then current mayor of Croswell, was fatally wounded as a shotgun round tore through his body while he stood next to his car in the SC4 parking lot.
Thus far, this was the only murder ever to occur on SC4 grounds.
Four days later, a man named Frederick Freeman was taken into custody while using a pay phone at a coffee shop in Troy, MI, for questioning related to the murder of Scott Macklem.
In August of 1987, Freeman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
According to information obtained from the Michigan Department of Correction’s directory, Frederick Thomas Freeman, now known as Temujin Kensu, now 50 years-old, is currently serving the sentence at the Thumb Correctional Facility.
After multiple appeals for a new trial, a hearing will be held March 12 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court with circuit court judge Michael West residing.
The hearing, passed to the circuit court following an appellate order from the Michigan Supreme Court, will determine whether the evidence being presented by Freeman/Kensu’s legal team merits a new trial.
The evidence in question are photographs, obtained by Freeman’s legal team under a Freedom of Information Act request.
According to Joe Viola, filmmaker and advocate for Freeman/Kensu, the photographs used to identify Freeman/Kensu by the witnesses were not the same images that were presented to the jury.
Viola, along with retired WXYZ reporter Bill Proctor, participated in filming the 2007 documentary “Justice Incarcerated,” an in-depth investigation into the Freeman case.
A key component of the prosecutor case was Philip Joplin, a fellow inmate during the time that Freeman was on trial.
In “Justice Incarcerated,” Philip Joplin recanted previous testimony given during the trial, when he claimed that Freeman admitted to killing Macklem with a shotgun.
The documentary also showed Freeman/Kensu taking a polygraph test. Results indicated that Freeman was not lying when he denied responsibility in the death of Scott Macklem.
The St. Clair County Prosecutor, Michael Wendling, could not be reached for comment.
The Erie Square Gazette will continue to follow the Temujin Kensu case in the next issue, which will be available March 13.

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

Reporter of the month

Donald Lierman

Reporter of the Month is an award given to a staff writer of the Erie Square Gazette for journalistic excellence or above and beyond assistance given to help the Gazette in its mission to produce a quality publication for the students of SC4. Staff writers are chosen by vote from the editorial team.

The editorial staff at the Erie Square Gazette wishes to welcome back Don Lierman, past sports editor and current staff writer at the ESG.
Subsequently, the staff agrees that Don is the “Reporter of the Month” for February, credit due in part to his enthusiastic return to the Gazette, but also for his contributions to the sports section in the previous and current issues of the ESG.
Don’s return to the ESG is after a three year hiatus which he spent honing his sports writing craft at various publications in St. Clair County, including both the Times Herald of Port Huron and The Voice in New Baltimore.
He has already accumulated one “Lede of the Issue,” for his story, “Lady Skippers fillet Firebirds.”
The “Lede of the Issue” is a recognition given by our advisor, John Lusk, to applaud well-crafted opening paragraphs in student’s work.
Since his arrival, Don’s willingness to communicate with the editors on sports assignments is tremendously helpful for the production crew, and has not gone unnoticed.
Don has quickly become a valuable asset to the Erie Square Gazette, and the editorial staff is excited to see more of Don in the issues to come.