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Ramen noodle dinner

Ramen noodle dinner

Christina Stoutenburg


Cheap, quick, and easy.


These three words describe most college meals, but that doesn’t mean taste must be sacrificed.

Buying things on sale or with coupons, or a combination of both, helps to give students a variety of ingredients to work with.

To take some of the work out of finding sales and coupons there are many sites online, such as bargainstobounty .com and cuckooforcoupons .com, that will go over sales at various stores, and coupons only add to ones savings.

Stocking up a little helps. If a household eats a large amount of ketchup then pick up an extra bottle when it’s cheaper.

If time is the issue for skimping on taste, there are solutions.

Meals can be made ahead of time and frozen then microwaved for a quick fix. This method is similar to its cardboard covered supermarket counterpart, but with the added benefit of control of what’s in it.

Slow cookers, also known as crock pots, can be beneficial for coming home to a hot meal. In the morning set it up, turn it on, and it cooks itself. Soup, pulled pork and cheesecake can all be made in slow cookers.

Using food one already has is an option that can sometimes be the hardest. It’s usually followed by opening and closing the fridge at least a few times. Flipping through a cookbook can be useful, but online proves itself useful again. Websites such as ideas4recipes .com and recipematcher .com allow the user to input ingredients they already have in stock, and in exchange give a selection of recipes to choose from.

Some quick things, such as grating potatoes to make homemade hash browns or microwaved scrambled eggs, can be found on onlinecollege .org, which contains a blog featuring 100 recipes recommended for college students. The complete link can be found on the online issue of the ESG. also has some quick useful recipes under their college budget cookbook.

If technique is something to be desired, youtube .com features videos for making eggs, easy step by step, as well as baking a cake, among other things.

Taste is a factor that is often overlooked for cheap, quick, and easy, but it doesn’t need to be.


Photo Poll

Recently, President Obama did an “Ask Me Anything” on the website Reddit. Were you aware of this? How do you feel about it?

SC4 student, Cyle Cook


Cyle Cook


Fort Gratiot

“Nope, but I think it’s cool that he did that kind of stuff. I believe he has a Tumblr as well.”



SC4 student John Papp


John Papp



“No, I was not. I think it was a good idea.”


SC4 student Justin Wedyke


Justin Wedyke


Port Huron

“I was not until last night. I thought it was pretty cool of him to do that.”


SC4 student Heather Ellery


Heather Ellery


St. Clair

“I did not hear he did an AMA. I think it was a good strategy to connect to the younger generation.”

Photo Poll

Zachary Penzien
Production Editor

Obama posts AMA: Crashes Reddit

Obama posts AMA: Crashes Reddit


Nicholas Wedyke

Staff Writer


President Barack Obama posted an “Ask Me Anything” on the popular social news website Reddit, sparking a record breaking number of readers, whose traffic surge temporally locked out users from the site.

“Hi I’m Barack Obama, President of the United States,” posted the President, shortly after announcing the Reddit AMA on his official Twitter account.

In the course of half an hour, the President rifled through hundreds of questions, only to answer ten; all from a huge spectrum of topics.

Many young voters saw the President’s AMA as an endorsement of internet freedom. Reddit user “Sharkgirl” even asked; “…Is Internet Freedom an issue you’d push to add to the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform?”

The President replied, “We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody.”

President Obama

Internet freedom is a very touchy issue for younger voters; from the proposed anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA, to the recent “PRECISE Act” that claims to promote cyber security.

The President using the internet to campaign is more important than ever before. With the political game shifting to “new age” social networks and more quickly informed voters, the candidates are pulling out all the stops when it comes to “21st century campaigning.”

But, Obama is no stranger to the new way of campaigning; last year the President hosted both a Twitter and LinkedIn town hall, as well as visiting the Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley where he answered Facebook users’ questions.

According to CBS News, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has already supplied an invitation for Obama’s opponent Mitt Romney to post an AMA of his own.

This begs the question; will Mitt Romney do an AMA?

With the youth vote slipping further from the governor’s grasp, it seems as though he has nothing to lose; and with Reddit, a pro internet freedom site, Romney’s opposition to both SOPA and PIPA would give him an in with the Reddit community.

Campaigning for Obama in the last election

Social media has become one of the biggest factors in a candidate’s campaign; and this will only gain more use in coming elections. With the internet letting the candidate’s speak quickly and directly to the voter, it’s only a matter of time before candidates use a majority of campaign revenue for this practice.


Celebrating the Port Huron Statement, 50 years later

Hayden at Lakeport State Park

Tom Hayden, social activist, writer, and the initial drafter of the Port Huron Statement returned to the birthplace of the manuscript Aug. 28 in celebration of the statement’s 50th anniversary.

What first was an e-mail that Jim Soto, SC4 Instructor of English and Philosophy, sent over 2011 Christmas break asking Hayden to speak at the college evolved into an event that filled the Fine Arts Theater to the legal limit of people, with faculty bringing in chairs to accommodate those left in the lobby.

A photo of Hayden’s speech

This was Hayden’s first time returning to Port Huron since 1988. Hayden spoke in depth about the origins of the Port Huron Statement and the impact in the modern era.

The document, written 50 years ago in Lakeport State Park by a group of student-led activists under the name of the Students for a Democratic Society, was considered by many a rallying cry for students looking for social change in the United States government.

“It became a launching board for a great deal of the Civil Rights Moment. Without the Statement, we might not have heard of Martin Luther King Jr. or others from the era,” Eric Gottler, a SC4 alumni who attended the event, stated.

Covered in the statement is a variety of different political and social issues that existed in the 1960’s, including the desegregation of the South, the threat of nuclear war, and a general sense of apathy the American public held towards the government.

The latter, a lack of involvement in public affair, is said to be the basis of inspiration for the concept of what Hayden calls “participatory democracy,” an ideal that focuses on the public’s role in the government and stresses the importance of proper forms of representation in a political forum.

But is participatory democracy a remnant of one generation’s dream? Does it hold weight to today’s society and problems we face?

The Occupy Movement believes the concept does indeed have a place in the modern times.

“One of the few things that they could agree on was participatory democracy was their transcendent principal,” Hayden said in his address at the campus.

Hayden also expressed his hope that the youth would pick up the torch of social activism and encouraged students to form their own groups for change.

“The youth is the key to the future,” Hayden said, “my hope lies in that they will learn from what we did back in the sixties and build upon our ideas and learn from our mistakes.”

Celebrating the Port Huron Statement, 50 years later

Erick Fredendall

Business Editor

Pets of the Issue

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Aaron, a  male Redbone Coonhound

Aaron is a baby male Redbone Coonhound. He has short length brindle hair and is neutered and up-to-date with routine shots. Adoption fee is only $175.00. For more inquiries call the shelter.

Violet, a female calico cat

Violet is a female calico. She is a medium sized adult, spayed, up-to-date with routine shots, and house-trained. Violet came to the humane society after she had been found wandering M-46. Her adoption fee is only $75.

Pets of the issue

Christina Stoutenburg


City hotspots: Crossroad Cafe

City hotspots: Crossroad Cafe

Sean Lathrop

Guest Writer

Home cooking and just a quick hop from the college, it’s the Crossroad Cafe at the corner of 7th and Lapeer.

Owner and Head Chef, Colleen Campbell, says that Crossroad is different from other restaurants because of the freshness in their food, and they use only Michigan ingredients.

“I make everything by hand,” said Campbell. “When you order it, I make it from scratch.”

There is an expectation that fresh ingredients means high prices, but someone can have lunch for under five dollars.

A student recieving a delcious meal

Crossroad also features weekly 50 cent specials with “Taco Mondays”, “Slider Tuesdays”, and all you can eat spaghetti on Wednesdays.

Perhaps one of their biggest draws is the build your own burger menu. Customers choose which kind of bread, meat, cheese, vegetables, condiments, and for a little extra, one can add bacon, a fried egg, or even a second patty of their choices.

The atmosphere is always inviting as well. It seems every waitress tries to know a patron’s name as well as that person’s usual order.

Students should also take note of the free Wi-Fi the cafe offers and the 10% discount students receive with presentation of a Skippers OneCard.

Crossroad Cafe is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with hours extended to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.


Security on SC4 campus has moved

Security on SC4 campus has moved

Carol Szparaga

Staff Writer


SC4’s Security Department (Campus Patrol) has moved to a new location.

   The department has moved to the College Center Building, room 101A. Hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The campus is patrolled on foot, bicycles and Smart Green Vehicles.

“Most recent incidents have been theft,” said campus patrol officer, Keith Belyea. “Unattended belongings have been taken from owners.”

Belyea said that they would leave their belongings unattended only to find that the possessions had been taken upon their return.

“It is suggested that students and staff should keep their belongings in sight and never leave them unattended,” said Belyea.

For the most part, Belyea considers the campus pretty safe, but recommends using the buddy system when walking the campus at night

“Input campus security phone number as a contact in your cell phone and set it as a speed dial,” suggested Belyea.

SC4 Campus Patoral Smart Green Vehicle

Many students are unaware of additional services that the Campus Patrol will provide. Some of the additional services available to students would be help unlocking their car when they’ve locked their keys inside, help airing up tires, and jump starting a vehicle.

“Campus security will also provide escort services, in dangerous situations,” said Belyea. “In the past, we had a student that had a domestic disturbance on campus, the student contacted us, and we escorted the student safely to their car.”

The Campus Patrol can be reached at (810) 989-5757.  If no one is available to take your call, leave a message and it will be directly forwarded to a patrolling officer on duty.


The culture of giving: McMorran Greenway Street Closure completed

The culture of giving: McMorran Greenway Street Closure completed

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor

St. Clair County Community College students began their new semester on Aug. 27 with the recently completed McMorran Greenway Street Closure.

David Goetze, SC4 Director of College Advancement and Alumni Relations, said the McMorran street closure is one of the projects that was a part of the SC4 Foundation’s “All aboard Campaign for Talent, Technology and Tomorrow” program that started Nov. 1, 2011.

According to Goetze, the street closure provides a safer campus for students walking between campus buildings.

Retired SC4 professor, Thomas Obee, expressed the same sentiment. He said the flow of traffic and student safety has always been a concern.

“No more students almost getting hit by cars crossing the street,” said Obee. He went on to say that students and faculty will no longer have to be concerned about speeding cars and can enjoy the beautiful landscaping.


A frontloader digging up the road

The project’s ground breaking began the day after SC4’s graduation, May 6,2012.

“The support from alumni, donors, faculty staff and the community in this project has been incredible,” said Goetze.

According to Goetze, the All Aboard campaign used student groups to assist in the calling to kick off last year’s campaign in 2011. Goetze explained that we (SC4) are trying to establish the culture of giving in our community and how best to showcase the talents of our students, by fostering them and giving back to the community.

Ground breaking ceremony for the Greenway

Goetze explained that student involvement in the calling campaign benefited student groups because it allowed the groups participating to earn funds for their clubs.

Goetze said this is the inaugural year of the greenway and that some settling is taking place. Goetze said they are looking to find out what good uses will be for that space.

“There is discussion on using the area for our first alumni association homecoming,” said Goetze. “The generosity of our faculty, alumni and community continues to amaze me.”

Goetze explained that another group came in and completely supported the innovation center (one of five scheduled projects).

“So now we have two of the five projects already completed,” said Goetze.

Other projects planned as part of the SC4 foundation’s campaign 2012-2013 efforts include expanding SC4’s Natural Science Museum, historical restoration of the Main Building’s room 312, and a signage project to replace worn signs and add way finding signs that include educational signs that would include codes that may be used in smart phones.


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.’”