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HACked to pieces

319 Huron Ave in Port Huron held many memories for residents of the area.

Patricia Ledsworth, who grew up on Wright Street before the bridge was built on top of where her childhood home sat, remembers going to The Family Theater as a child. According to Ledsworth, a bag of popcorn cost five cents.

With four or five other theaters downtown, the Family Theater did not stay in business, but the building was not empty for long.

HAC Collapse
Collage of the Huron Athletic Club on demolition day. Photos by Brian Johnston. Illustration by Liz Whittmore

Marylee Schmidt, 70, says before it was the Huron Athletic Club, “it was the men’s clothing store.” Schmidt said there was not another place for men to go pick out nice slacks and coats.

“The owner, George Innes, knew everybody in town,” said Schmidt, 71. “He passed away early this month. What a shame, that was the nicest store.” Innes hand-tailored the clothing sold to Port Huron Area shoppers.

Hannah Redlawski of SC4 remembers it being the only other place men could shop other then JC Penney.

With 319 Huron Ave in the spotlight again, online communities are buzzing with memories.  The Times Herald’s website is littered with comments regarding the fallen HAC, remembering the good old days, and not sparing any feelings when it came to the opinion of what became of the building.

The memoires like that of Schmidt and Ledsworth have fallen way to memories of a sports bar with a floor made from a basketball court, and rentable pool tables.

“The HAC was the easiest place for those parked in Mcmoran parking lot to hit up after an Icehawks game,” said Warren Ledsworth, 77.

The HAC’s removal will leave an empty spot in the heart of downtown Port Huron.

Rachael Krafft

Staff writer


Hollisterz Night Club and Café captures McCarty and the Cook-off

The newest addition to Hollisterz Night Club and Café staff, Chef de Cuisine, Joseph Redovian earned former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty’s winning approval for this year’s chili cook-off.

Hollisterz was one of 16 local vendors who entered in the annual Chilly Fest event. “This wasn’t a people’s choice award,” said Chef Redovian, who handed out dozens of sample cups to the public. “It was Darren McCarty, he made the sole decision and it was winner-take-all.”

Darren McCarty said, “I love a meaty chili. I’m a meat guy, but two of these stood out. Number 4 and number 14, but number 14 was the best one.”

The day before the cook-off, Hollisterz completed its grand opening for the café.

One day, officially open for dining and the following day they are recognized for having the best chili in town. “This is my best chili,” said Redovian, “but there is no such thing as the best chili, you like what you like. I knew we had a shot but everyone prefers different meats, or beans. Chili is the hardest competition to win, in my opinion.”

Chef Redovian and Hollisterz Night Club and Café owner Shari Blackburn stop for a picture with the cook-off trophy on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011. Photo by Rachel Kobylas

As for creating the winning chili, Chef Redovian said, “It is a personal recipe of mine plus some tweaking.” The meat, which captured McCarty’s personal taste, Chef Redovian went on record to say with a smile, “well, I’d like to keep that secret; it’s a type of steak.”

Chef Redovian also has a history of placing in competitions. When asked by Hollisterz owner Shari Blackburn to participate in the cook-off, Redovian said, “I will put you on the map.” He has earned multiple ribbons both for the food type and for presentation, in previous competitions.

Not only did Hollisterz take home the pined-after trophy, by winning the competition they also have won exclusive food vendor rights to the concessions for the second half of Chilly Fest, February 4-6. You can expect more of Chef Redovian’s winning creations in the warming tent this year, which is free to enter, while enjoying the snowmobile races.

What else is in store for Hollisterz? Not only can you enjoy their wares at the snowmobile races next weekend at Desmond Landing, you may want to check out the band they are bringing into their establishment for evening entertainment. Cowboy Alan, as seen on MTV and noted for their most recent video, “Bull Riding Babe,” is in the house, as is the mechanical bull.

Rachel Olivia Kobylas

Staff Writer

King for a day

Nearly fifty years after the march on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King’s teachings continue ringing as loud as church bells.

Top middle: Anita Ashford (Presenter of the Martin Luther King Scholarship) Top right: Krista Young (Singer of Motherless Child) Bottom left: RC3 Adult Praise Dancers Bottom center: Ms. Capley (Part of S.O.N.S skit) Bottom right: David Lewis (Pianist of Motherless Child)

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.

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor

Student Government actions unconstitutional?

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.

Cody Kimball

Webmaster

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Disneygate

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.

Kobylas, Graw, and Brewer became “Certified Student Leaders” as a result of a program during the conference.

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.”

Cody Kimball

Webmaster

SC4 mourns loss of one of our own

SC4 mourns loss of one of our own”

Twana Pinskey

Editor-in-Chief

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.

Terrance Keaton- photo by Dan Pettee


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.”

Homepage draws mixed reviews

Homepage draws mixed reviews

Cody Kimball

Webmaster

“Simplistic, I like it,” said Aaron Fredendall, 18, upon seeing the recently updated SC4 homepage on Monday morning. Like many students, Fredendall’s feelings were mixed on the changes. “I like to get to my email from the front page,” he added. His concerns are not unique.

At 9 a.m. Monday morning, the St. Clair County Community College website underwent a change, and students are taking notice. The page features an updated news feed, an altered color scheme, an advertising banner, and a new arrangement of the various buttons.

“I like the new design. It’s easier to use,”said Grant Fiedler, 18, of Marlette. Photo by Twana Pinskey

The homepage also features various social network links that will take a visitor to the college’s network accounts on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and Youtube respectively. The buttons are located beneath the news feed.

The “Global Issues discussion blog” (the former PTK blog) also has a button next to the social network buttons.

The changes are getting mixed reviews.

“You should be able to get to the WAVE from the main page. You should be able to get to your email,” commented Alex Allen, 19. “I think it looks nice though.” The absence of WAVE, student email, and online classroom links on the homepage is a common student concern.

“I just want to be able to click on it right away,” said Ceci Harvey, 18. “I think they tried to make it look too modern.”

The new process of accessing the WAVE, email, and online classroom links through the “Current Students” tab is unfamiliar to many and may be a source of confusion.

“It’s prettier,” said Amanda Rose, 19. “I think it will confuse some of the older students.”

Many students are conflicted about the aesthetics of the site and it’s “user friendliness”.

“I miss the WAVE button.” commented Zachary Penzien, 20, upon seeing the new homepage. “I like the announcement box, but I still think it needs some texture. It just doesn’t look like a college website.”

Still others think the updates are an improvement and enjoy it visually.

Tim Jobbitt 19, summed it up in three simple words: “It looks smooth.”

Leader of SC4

Rachael Krafft

Staff writer

Jim Leader, a former foreign student advisor of SC4, remembers 1of the 8 cousins from Qatar who never showed up to class. After weeks of being a no show, Leader would tell other students if they saw the student to tell him “to get his butt to class or the embassy would be notified.”

Later, a girl showed up in Leader’s office, claiming to be the young man’s girlfriend. She was sent over to take care of the situation. Leader says that he told her “to tell him that he needs to get in to take care of it himself or his butt was headed back home.” The young man still never came into see his advisor.

This past winter Leader received a phone call from a much older gentleman apologizing for his behavior, and soon after, watches arrived for him and his wife made in platinum, with Arabic engravings.

Qatar Hero