Tribute to the late Dr. King Kristopher Reynolds Staff Writer
Jan. 20 marked the 12th year in a row that a historical dream was celebrated at SC4.
Brothers and sisters of every creed and color met to hold hands and hearts at an annual event to honor the late Dr. King and his work called “Living the DREAM of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
A slew of different speeches and performances would come to light as the evening ensued. An opening drum segment was conducted by the Port Huron High School drum line. The folk group, Circle of Friends, consisting of Dean Barnett, Mary Foley, and Gordon MacDonald, played some traditional sing-along folk songs that had Anita Ashford, coordinator of the event, singing her heart out and clapping her hands like no one’s business. Alesondra Christmas showed off her light-footed gracefulness with an inspirational dance. The Talented Tenth program taught audience members of the history of civil rights, segregation, and leading figures of the movement.
A pinnacle moment in the evening came when Elder David Nichols recited Dr. King’s entire ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Seeming to capture the late King’s voice momentarily, the words echoed throughout a silent auditorium, with no one so much as taking a breath.
The evening concluded with everyone in the audience joining hands in voices in a group sing-a-along of the song “We Shall Overcome”.
“This evening was truly moving, and it’s this kind of brother and sisterhood that keeps me going and lets me know that the dream is still alive,” Lemuel Harrison, attendee of the event, remarked.
Another attendee and SC4 student Jay Hill said “It’s all about togetherness and having no boundries.”
Reverend Carl Miller at one point in the evening made the comment: “the dream is still not fulfilled. But as long as we stand together as we are now, and as long as continue to work towards it, Dr. King’s Dream will be realized.”
The event is assuredly proof of that work.
Despite the bitter cold, residents of Port Huron banded together to celebrate the annual Chilly Fest. No, the spirit of festivities could not be defeated as participants enjoyed a weekend of ice sculpting, live music and shows, and of course chili.
“We offer a very low cost event to the community, and give a low cost event to everyone” Said Amanda Dickenson, co-coordinator of the event. “It’s a fun way to break up the winter months and give people a chance to get out and enjoy our beautiful community.”
Due to the beyond freezing temperatures and wind speeds, Friday’s events were moved into Mcmorran’s theater. Despite nature’s obstacle, morale was at an all-time high.
The event started off on Friday night with live musical performances of Port Huron’s own Cliff Erickson, who won yet another Port Huron audience over with his guitar covers, some of which included: “Toes in the Water,” and “Mrs. Robinson.”
“I love this city, I was born and raised here” said Erickson. “There’s amazing work being done behind the scenes here (at Chilly fest.) It’s a tough deal to put together something where people want to go to.” Erickson wasn’t the only local celebrity to enjoy the festivities; Mayor Pauline Repp was also in attendance.
“I think that they’re doing a great job, especially with the weather the way it is. It’s nice that they improvised and brought it inside for the concerts tonight with it being so windy… the whole thing should be very good” said Repp.
The night progressed with crowds warming up at the liquor bars and Starbucks stands, and ended with a live show of Metalhead’s tribute to KISS, face paint and all.
Saturday paid host to a slew of events going on downtown, some of which included: Face painting, downhill mattress racing, an ice museum, more live music, an ice bar, and of course the chili. The highlights of Saturday included Mark Rosenthal’s Animal Magic, and The Detroit Flyhouse Circus.
Mark Rosenthal put on an animal show and displayed several exotic animals to the audience, which included: An African Serval, The Giant Porcupine, a woodchuck, and the world’s largest sloth. After his show was finished, Rosenthal prompted his audience to buy his book, of which the proceeds go to his exotic animal rescue organization.
Spectators continued to enjoy themselves as the afternoon and evening progressed. All around downtown, families viewed ice sculptures and gathered around fire bins placed throughout town, roasting marshmallows while fighting off the bitter cold.
The Detroit Flyhouse Circus made an appearance, wowing crowds with dangerous acrobatics, treacherous sword juggling, strapping strong men and freaky fire eating. The crowds “oohed” and “ahhed” and some even gasped as they’re eyes were glued to the performers throughout the entire show.
The event was an apparent success as hundreds of local residents came out and risked the cold to show everyone that one does not need a sunny day on the beach to have fun.
New smartphone app announced by college Erick Fredendall Editor-in-Chief
A new mobile application called Ellucian GO is now available for students at SC4, allowing them to access their student accounts from their Apple, Android, or Blackberry compatible devices.
And it’s free.
To download the app, access the app store on a compatible device and search “Ellucian GO.” Once downloaded, the app will prompt the user to pick a school.
After picking St. Clair County Community College, another prompt will appear asking for password and username: both are the same as the ones used to access a student’s Portal account.
Once signed in, students can access a myriad of options, such as managing Wave accounts, approving financial aid, viewing grades, checking for class cancellation, and even scheduling an advising appointment.
The app also contains information about the local area, such as directories to local restaurants, information on public transportation, and announcements of upcoming public events.
According to Chris Sebastian, SC4 communications and digital media manager, the new app serves as a dashboard to access a plethora of internal student features found on the SC4 Portal and sc4.edu.
“All this information is already out there on the Portal and on the web,” Sebastian said, “but this app brings it together in a package that is extremely easy to access.”
Students seem to agree.
“It makes it so easy to access the information I need for class,” said sophomore Joey Munoz, “I love the app.”
This isn’t the first time SC4 has announced a new app. According to Sebastian, the MOX application that was previously utilized by the college will no longer be updated.
The new app follows a series of initiatives by college to keep pace with advances in technology and communication.
Last summer, SC4 unveiled the SC4 Portal alongside a newly designed website, the latter netting a regional second place recognition for Best Community College Website from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.
We’re going to be continuing to improve on what we have and try to make accessing technology as seamless as possible,” said Sebastian.
Sebastian also encourages students to give suggestions on what they want to see featured in the application.
Those interested can contact Sebastian at email@example.com.
Contact Erick Fredendall at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MrFredendal