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Board of Trustees Profile

James A. Relken

As a new member of the Board of Trustees, James Relken would like to work towards an increase in funding for student scholarships. He received his associate’s degree in law enforcement at SC4. Relken was later employed in the security department at Muller Brass Company and continued worked there for 15 years. He is now the proud owner of James A. Relken Companies as well as Jim Relken Television Productions in partnership with EBW TV and the Blue Water Television Network. He currently resides in Port Huron, MI.

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Board of Trustees

John D. Adair has been a member of the SC4 Board of Trustees since 2007, and is currently serving as the board chair. Adair is the current president of the Rotary Club of Port Huron, and serves as a member of the Port Huron Business Association. Adair attended SC4 before transferring to Michigan State University where he earned his bachelor of arts with honors in 1995. In 1998, Adair received his juris doctorate from Wayne State University, where he was a Wayne Law Review member.

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SC4 students lack involvement in clubs

SC4 students lack involvement in clubs

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor


College is the time where young adults tend to experiment with their newfound independence.

Students involve themselves in campus life, living away from home, making new friends, taking on big loans, working long hours, and developing coffee addictions from late nights, in addition to their academic responsibilities.

Community college students have many of the same tasks as university students, yet attending a commuter school carries over the responsibilities of home and family into their years of educational pursuit.

Such is the case with SC4.

On a survey of 500 SC4 students on their awareness and involvement with campus clubs, 77 percent of students answered that they are not involved in a campus club.

Yet only 34 percent of students said that they do not have an interest in becoming involved, though many students expressed concerns that they are interested, but lack the time.

More than half of the student participants, 53 percent, said they do not know where to find more information on campus clubs.

Alyssa Ferri, alumni of SC4, noted the struggle with membership during her time with the Music club.

“I feel that faculty needs to be more aware and involved in spreading the word of clubs,” said Ferri. “I think a lot of students don’t go searching for them, so more measures need to be taken to put it right in front of their nose.”

Vice President of Student Government Sean Lathrop thinks it is difficult to get students at a two-year college to become involved with student activities and campus clubs.

“SC4 students are here to get an education and transfer out. I believe the amount of work a club must do to stay afloat is a deterrent,” said Lathrop.

SC4 currently has 16 campus clubs. Among these clubs are the Music club, the Criminal Justice club, the Health and Wellness club, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the Erie Square Gazette, WSGR radio, the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Marketing and Management club, the Drama club, and SC4’s newest campus club, Magical Gathering.

For a full list of SC4 clubs and meeting times, visit

Global Awareness club President Bridget Cadena thinks that clubs are a great way to spend time at school.

“Clubs are a good opportunity to meet new people and fill in your break time during the day,” said Cadena.

SC4 Student Activities Coordinator Angel Niedekohr believes that involvement in campus clubs has a good impact on students, giving them experience with leadership and having a good impact on the college.

“They give you a sense of belonging to your college,” said Niederkohr.

During the distribution of the survey, some students stated an interest in an art or a magic club.

SC4 clubs photo

Students interested in creating a new club would need to make a charter that states the proposed new club’s name, goals, and a mission that ties back to SC4’s curriculum or a program sponsored by them, such as the athletic department.

The club also needs the name and signature of at least four students who are willing to serve as officers of the club. These students will be the club’s founders.

Lastly, the club needs a signed memo from a college faculty member that states that they are willing to serve as the club’s advisor.

Veterans’ Day is past, but giving is not

Veterans’ Day is past, but giving is not

Christina Stoutenburg



“Gazette Gives Back to Michigan Veterans” collection drive is seeking donations.

The drive started Nov. 12 and runs through Dec. 10, with drop boxes in the Main Building outside room 122 and in the Public Relations Office on the second floor, as well as in the Fine Arts Building in room 10.

Proposed, by Erie Square Gazette Copy Editor Danielle Kennedy, “Gazette Gives Back” seeks to collect donations for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and Detroit Veterans Center, a long term nursing home for veterans.

“This a place that some of them don’t want to come to,” said Vickie Mccabe, admissions coordinator for the Grand Rapids home, “but once they see that it’s not a bad place, they really start to enjoy it. Some are really nervous about it but they usually settle in.”

Suggested donations are personal care items, decks of cards, board games, and new or gentle used adult clothing items.

“The clothes get put out into the clothing room,” said Mccabe. “What happens quite often, if the veteran home without clothes, they or their aid can go there to get clothes.”

Kennedy’s grandmother, Ellen Frazer of St. Clair, has been volunteering at the Home for Veterans for four years

“Every year in November a group of us from the Smiths Creek American Legion go over to the veteran home in Grand Rapids, prepare Thanksgiving dinner and bring Christmas gifts,” Frazer said.

It’s a beautiful home, according to Frazer, and is home to veterans of all ages.

For more information about “Gazette Gives Back,” contact the ESG office at (810)989-5786.

Artist stomping ground comes to downtown Port Huron

Artist stomping ground comes to downtown Port Huron

Erick Fredendall

Business/Advertising Editor

Equip. Empower. Engage. Inspire.

Those four words are the inspiration and mission of the new downtown business, Art for Good, a creative café and arts workshop that will be celebrating its grand opening Dec. 1 from 1-6 p.m., and will be hosting raffles and other events throughout the day.

Owners Jenny Rogers and Lee-Perry Bellleau display a few of the products sold at Art for Good. Photo Credit: Erick Fredendall

The owners, husband and wife Lee-Perry Belleau and Jenny Rogers, created Art for Good as an attempt to bring together the creative minds in the Blue Water area and create an active workshop where artists could come to create, or mull the day over a cup of coffee.

The business is actually divided into three entities: Art for Good, Creative Café, and the KidSAKE Foundation.

Art for Good, the name the store is identified with, is the retail end of the business, which features fair trade coffees, teas, and chocolates, as well as Michigan-made projects.

Art for Good volunteer Eric Gottler makes a poster for the grand opening. Photo Credit: Erick Fredendall

The owners, Belleau and Rogers, feel very strongly about their fair trade products.

“Many people don’t realize that majority of coffee and chocolates that we consume are produced by slave labor—it is a huge trade, international slave trafficking,” Belleau explained. “The fair trade products we feature are grown on farms by farmers and their employees, who are receiving working wages for their products.”

The KidSAKE Foundation, of which Rogers stands as the executive director, is an organization founded to promote art based programs and reach out to communities world-wide.

As for the Creative Café, the purpose is simple; create an environment where artists can work and grow.

With worktables, a stage, a reference library, and a wifi connection, the café is an ideal location for those looking for a quiet place to work or collaborate with friends.

Political correspondent speaks to voters at SC4

Political correspondent speaks to voters at SC4


Erick Fredendall

Business/Advertising Editor

Decided and undecided voters alike gathered in the Fine Arts Theater at SC4 on Oct. 22 to listen to political news correspondent Tim Skubick speak on the upcoming elections.

Skubick hosts the WKAR-TV’s news segment called “Off the Record,” a political talk program focused on Michigan politics.

Roughly half the auditorium rose from their seats after being asked to stand up if they had already selected a presidential candidate for the November elections.

After skimming the crowd, the speaker walked over to a man who had not stood, proffered his hand and said, “I’m Tim Skubick. I’m from the media, and I’m here to help you.”

Tim Skubick of WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record” speaking in the Fine Arts Theater at SC4 Oct. 22. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

Skubick guided the audience through subject after subject, ranging from the presidential candidates, the state of political journalism, and the state proposals.

A reoccurring theme in Skubick’s presentation was the lack of substance in politician’s stances.

“Media has turned our politicians into actors,” Skubick explained, “After the presidential debate the media isn’t reviewing the debated issues, they’re covering who was the most energetic and who had the better tie.”

Audience response to Skubick’s question, “Do you believe the media is bias?” in the SC4 theater on Oct. 22. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

Skubick also warned the audience to not limit their news sources to the people who they agree with. He encouraged for all voters to look at arguments from both sides of the political spectrum.

The main message, however, lied in the statement that participation is crucial for this democratic system to work.

SC4 freshman Nathan Abraham, 18, agreed with Skubick’s position. “In the republic we have you have to be an educated voter, and don’t get turned off by the system not doing what it’s supposed to do for us—it will change as long as you keep trying.”

On the other side of the spectrum, SC4 sophomore Bao Mcrandall, 23, feels overwhelmed with the amount of information that needs to be processed in order to make an educated decision, “I think I will start to pay a lot more attention to politics after listening to Skubick.”

Something that Skubick may very well be relieved to hear, because his closing statement that night was, “If you take nothing else away from here, get involved in the game.”

Local filmmakers “Bare” all at Blue Water Film Festival

Local filmmakers “Bare” all at Blue Water Film Festival

Nick Wedyke

Staff Writer

You never know who you’ll run into.

The fourth annual Blue Water Film Festival ran last weekend; Oct. 4 through the 6, from the short film submissions to a guest appearance by Curtis Armstrong, the festival affirmed itself as a Midwest staple for independent film.

“Bare” a short film by Katherine Nofs, a Kalamazoo resident and an SC4 alumni, took the top spot by winning the Blue Water Film Festival’s Platinum Award, which included a $1,000 cash prize.

Even though the final day ended with a bang, there were many events leading up to the awards ceremony.

A contestant of the Film Festival

The film festival started the weekend off with the midwest premiere of Jamie Meltzer’s feature length documentary “Informant”; the film was produced by Michigan and Port Huron’s own Steve Bannatyne, who co-founded Lucky Hat Entertainment.

The Blue Water Film Festival showcases tons of Michigan talent each year.

“I think we’re all Michigan talent, and if we do what we’re capable of doing it’ll help Michigan out all around,” said Jeremy Stemen, executive director of the Blue Water Film Festival.

Day two of the festival featured comedian Loni Love, who hails from Detroit and can be seen on television shows “Chelsea Lately” and “Worlds Dumbest.”

Love entertained an audience with an evening of comedy; this set the stage for a much anticipated day three of films.

The Blue Water Film Festival

Large groups gathered in the McMorran Theatre lobby, Saturday, Oct. 6, anxiously awaiting each block of films that the festival provided.

Labeled A through D, the blocks featured all 27 films chosen to be in the festival.

After block D closed, the fourth annual Blue Water Film Awards commenced.

The awards began with a keynote speech by Curtis Armstrong, an actor whose accomplishments include “Revenge of the Nerds” and “Risky Business.”

Armstrong received the E-nerd Award, sponsored by Nerds-on-Site; and reminded the audience that “nerds rule.” Armstrong then showed a never before seen promo for his upcoming TBS reality show “King of Nerds.”

Following Armstrong’s speech and promo, the film awards began.

It was an exciting spectacle as each award from “Best Direction” to “Best Lead Actor” was given out.  The final award had the director and cast of “Bare” called to the stage to accept the award.

The Film Festival closed with a Q&A with the directors and “Red Carpet” mingling as “cine-buffs” and filmmakers alike, conversed about the day.

For those interested in getting involved next year you can write the festival at BWFF@ BlueWaterFilmFestival. com, or “Like” the Blue Water Film Festival on Facebook.

SC4 students not metal enough to donate blood

SC4 students not metal enough to donate blood

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor


The need never goes away.

Sept. 24 and 25, 2012, St Clair County Community College’s Lambda Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society hosted a blood drive at the campus center café.

SC4 Blood Drive
SC4 Blood Drive

According to Red Cross recruiter, Tom Holt, 75 of Davisburg, the need for donated blood is great. He said 43 hospitals in Southeast Michigan received donated blood from the Red Cross.

Holt explained they are busiest Mondays through Saturdays.

“We need 900 to 1,000 pints of blood to meet our weekly needs,” said Holt.

According to Holt, donor blood is used in multiple ways. He said the blood can be used as whole blood, or it can be broken down into red cells, white cells and plasma. Furthermore, Holt expressed his concern over decreased donations in Michigan.

“If we don’t have enough blood on hand (locally) we have to go somewhere else like to Toledo to get it,” said Holt. “It is hard to put it (donating blood) in a way it is believable to students. The younger people don’t seem as aware of the need as their parents were.”

Likewise, Sarah Mineau, SC4 student and Lambda Mu Vice-President of Leadership acknowledged that donations are down.

According to Mineau, on-line registration for donor appointments has simplified the appointment process, but has not increased donations.

“A lot of people are getting turned down due too low iron levels,” said Mineau. She explained that she has volunteered at blood drives since high school, and over the years has seen a lot of people denied for donations due to low iron levels.

However, Red Cross employees said this trend can be reversed.

A Red Cross employee that identified himself as David said donors with low hemoglobin levels can better their chances of successful donations.

David said donors should increase high iron foods a few weeks before they plan to donate blood.

Accordingly, www. redcross .org’s web site stated “eating foods such as meat, eggs, lentils and spinach will boost your body’s iron.”

Nevertheless, there are students that successfully donate blood.

SC4 Business Major, Katlyn Whitesell of Port Huron explained she likes to donate so friends and family have what they need(blood donations).

“My friend’s leukemia is in remission. Blood donations save lives,” said Whitesell.

For information about donating blood, call the St Clair County chapter of the Red Cross at (810) 985-7117, or visit www. semredcross. org for a listing of blood drives close to you.



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


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



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




Welcome back fellow students!

Welcome back fellow students!

Danielle Kennedy

Copy Editor

Temperatures are slowly dropping, the leaves are changing, and the SC4 parking lot is packed to the brim.

Huh, must be time for the fall semester. And time for the Erie Square Gazette to make its somewhat glorious return.

Did you miss us? We missed you.

We missed you so much that we wish you would stop in and visit us. If up for it, we can be found in room 123 of the Main Building.

The ESG meets every Thursday at 2 p.m.

Not a writer? We welcome photographers and cartoonists too.

So, don’t be afraid to drop in. We don’t bite…much.