Category Archives: Issue 64.2

Pet of the Issue – Mozart

Angie Stoecklin
Copy Editor

He may not be a famous composer, but somehow the name Mozart fits this loveable and incredibly fluffy long hair Siamese.
For being a stray cat roaming the streets of Algonac, Mozart is not shy when it comes to crawling in a person’s lap and giving the friendly head butt. He is much more interested in people than he is in toys.
Because Mozart was a stray it is unclear as to the specific details of this handsome feline’s background. He is estimated to be about 4 years old. Since he was brought in already neutered, his adoption fee is only $50.
An anonymous donor is willing to pay the adoption fee for any pet featured in the ESG. For anyone interested in this offer, contact Angie via the email at the bottom of this text.
For more information about Mozart, call the Blue Water Area Humane Society at (810) 987-4357.

Contact Angie at angelastoecklin0814@gmail.com

March of Dimes: Jail & Bail

Our community comes together for charity

Kimberley Dunkin
Staff Writer

Fighting birth defects and premature birth since 1957, the March of Dimes organization held the 58th annual Jail & Bail at the Port Huron Masonic Temple this Saturday to raise money for the cause.
The March of Dimes previously arranged a volunteer judge, volunteer prisoners, and what they like to call “Keystone Cops” for the Jail & Bail event. The “jailbirds” came before the judge on peculiar charges such as pranking their friends too much and reckless golf-cart driving.
The jailbirds were then sentenced in the “jail cell” for some time while people called in to post bail for them, raising money to donate to the organization.
People of all ages came to support the event this past weekend with enthusiasm to help out.
Port Huron is the only city in Michigan who participates in Jail & Bail.
One volunteer, Daniel E. Burtch, has attended the Jail & Bail 19 times, raising $7,103.85 over the years.
“What’s best about this organization is that the money we raise stays right here in St. Clair County.” Burtch said.
Burtch added that the all day long party for the event is just a bonus to the great feeling of helping premature babies with birth defects.
St. Clair County prosecutor, Mike Wendling, was also in attendance of the event. Wendling spoke with the “prisoners” as they were pleading their impractical cases in front of the judge.
Wendling has volunteered since he was 14 years old with his mother and has continued since.
“The goal of this event is to involve as many people in this community in the March of Dimes program as possible.” Wendling said.
Not only was there a plethora of volunteers but there was a great quantity of staff too.
Sarah Zimmer is one of the newest members of the March of Dimes team as of January. “I grew up volunteering in St. Clair my whole life and knew the March of Dimes program was something I wanted to be involved in. It all starts with healthy babies,” said Zimmer, “I love healthy babies!”

Civil rights and immigrants in our community

Nichole Hatcher
Staff Writer

Michigan Department of Civil Rights celebrates 50 years. In 1964, Michigan was the first state to add civil rights to the state constitution. Deputy Director for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Leslee Fritz job is to help fight against discrimination and the laws that enforce them. Her department sees an average of 125 cases a year regarding same.
“Michigan is the only state in the United States that takes civil rights so serious,” stated Leslee Fritz, deputy director for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
Steve Tobocman, director of “Global Detroit,” talked about the economic impact of immigration on our society.
“Immigration just means that you were born from another country. It doesn’t mean that you are illegal or that you don’t belong in the United States,” said Tobocman.
According to Tobocman, 28 percent of all small businesses were started by immigrants.
“Some of our biggest brand names in the United States were started from immigrants: Ebay, Levis, Budweiser, Google, Meijer and many more. This is why “Global Detroit” wants to make Detroit a welcoming mat for immigrants, so they can draw in more jobs and a get our economy booming.” Tobocman said before asking the questions, “Are immigrants’ job makers? Or job takers?”
The four panelists consisted of Port Huron’s mayor Pauline Repp, SC4 professor Michael Bellman, port director of U.S. Custom and Border Protection Dave Dusellier, and the president of the “Community Foundation of St. Clair,” Randy Maiers. The Panel discussion moderator was Daniel B. Casey from the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County.
Casey asked the panelists what the impact immigration has on our community.
Repp replied, “There are many benefits of having immigrants and one of them is that they tend to have higher education.” Repp believes that one of our biggest concerns is the language barrier.
Dusellier said their primary mission is to, “Protect our community by not allowing the bad people over.” Border Protection is trying to make it easier for the good to come over by working with people and companies.
Maiers believes that it is us as a community that is making it hard for the immigrants to want to be here. He stated, “We are a closed community. We need to work on our interactions with others and make people want to come back to our community.”
“We need more diversity in the school” said Belleman. He also believes the greater the diversity, the more students will learn.
According to Belleman, the school should have better understanding on what the businesses want, so the teachers can prepare the students for life after college.

FAFSA questions answered

SC4 holds financial aid night

Angie Stoecklin
Copy Editor

An audience made up mostly of parents of high school students slowly flooded SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre Jan. 7 for information regarding financial aid.
The informal presentation by Josephine Cassar, Director of Financial Assistance and Services at SC4, went through the basics of filling out the FAFSA, while allowing parents to ask questions throughout the presentation.
Cassar explained the way the FAFSA works; it collects the demographic and financial information about the student and that student’s family to determine the student’s financial need.
“The higher the cost of attendance, the more financial need the student is going to demonstrate,” said Cassar.
Financial need is the amount of money a student is eligible to receive after filling out the FAFSA form. Financial need is determined by subtracting the expected family contribution (the amount of money a family can reasonably pay for their student to go to college) from the cost of attendance, which includes tuition and books.
Because of the expected family contribution figure, some students may not be eligible for financial aid. If the family contribution is higher than the cost of attendance, that student will not be eligible for financial aid.
However, according to Cassar there are a few other options that students should take advantage of in order to pay for college. Those options fall under two specific categories:

Gift aid
• Scholarships – Awards that are usually based on the basis of merit, skill, or a unique characteristic. Filling out the FAFSA form is usually not enough if a student needs financial help with college. Students should apply for as many scholarships as possible, since it is free money that doesn’t have to be paid back.
• Grants – Like a scholarship, grants do not have to be paid back. Unlike scholarships however, they usually come with more specific requirements than scholarships. If those requirements are not met, the grant will turn into a loan, and that money will then have to be paid back.

Self-help aid
• Loans – Unlike money options that fall into the category of gift aid, loans must be paid back to the loan provider. A major downside of loans is that if not paid back on time, it could result in some pretty substantial debt. A simple way to avoid debt if one chooses to go the loan route is not to take the entire amount that one is eligible for. Only accept the amount of money that is absolutely needed for college.
• Employment – It may seem like a no brainer, but there are employment opportunities even for those students who just can’t seem to find a job in the community. Most colleges offer employment programs where a student can work at the college to earn money that they can put towards their tuition costs.

According to Cassar, if a student is in need for financial help to attend college, applying for more than one option, including the FAFSA, is never a bad idea.
“When a student applies for FAFSA, their application automatically applies them for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and the Michigan Tuition Grant. Those two programs are the only one’s that the Michigan State Office of Scholarships and Grants uses,” said Cassar.
The FAFSA must be filled out no earlier than Jan. 1 prior to the academic year, but can be filed at any time throughout that year.
Although a few parents stayed after the presentation to ask specific questions, most of them left, having the main general questions answered.
“The presentation was very informative and helpful for both students who have already graduated, and those who are in college right now” said SC4 student Karley Kirkendall.
For more information about financial aid, call SC4’s Financial Aid Office at (810) 989-5530. Or visit the office located on SC4’s campus in room 123 of the Acheson Technology Center.

Contact Angie at angelastoecklin0814@gmail.com

Port Huron’s Grammys: the “BWammys”

The second coming of the Blue Water Music Awards

 

Erick Fredendall
Editor-in-Chief

   Last year Port Huron hosted the first Blue Water Music Awards (BWMA) in an evening filled with music, tuxedos, and a drunken clown.

   Now BWMA is back, and takes place Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post #8.

    The black-tie event is structured as a traditional award show with various awards presented and local performers playing throughout the night.

   Organizer David Whitt created the event in 2013 to celebrate what he calls the city’s greatest commodity- the musicians.

   According to Whitt, candidates for the awards are proposed by the BWMA Academy, a group of local music producers, promoters, musicians, artists, and hardcore fans.

   After being nominated by the Academy, the nominees are placed into sixteen different categories.

   The categories include Best Venue, Best Female Artist, Best Original Performance, Best Cover Performance, Roadie Award, Paul Thompson Award, Not Rock, WTF Award, Rookie of the Year, Best Export/Import, Album of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

   Three new categories are being added to this year’s BWMA: Producer of the Year, Best DJ/Electronic Performer, and Best Hip Hop Performer.

   After nominations, the Academy turns over the nominated talent to the public, who cast their votes on the BWMA’s website, dutchboyrec.wix.com/official-bwma-site.

   Public voting ends Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

   The night will also feature acts by Charlie James & the Silver Devils, Rhinos & Winos, Fifth Avenue, Yeddie in the Woods, Dick Hickey, Manifest the Machine, and Cool Kids Communication.

   There is no cover charge for this event, although formal attire is expected.

   American Legion Post #8 is located on 1026 6th St. near downtown Port Huron.

3D Design class plans sledding excursion

Class uses art in a unique way

Liz Whittemore
Photo Editor

SC4’s 3D Design class is taking their art to the street. Or rather, a hill.
Myrna Pronchuk’s class is building sculptures out of cardboard that can be used as toboggans.
The 20 students in the class will be taking their sculptures Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. to the Lions Club hill on Water Street to test the functionality of their sleds/sculptures.
“I thought it’d be a great, fun project. They can understand what sculpture in the round is, and it’s also functional,” said class instructor Pronchuk.
The students will be graded on aesthetics, creativity, craftsmanship, and functionality of their sculptures.
“It may be a great sculpture, but it may not even get two feet. And that’s okay,” said Pronchuk.
Students are only allowed to use cardboard and a roll of duct tape. Any other items must be minimal and hidden.
Pronchuk is in her first semester teaching at SC4 after transferring from teaching at Georgia State University. She is excited to bring new ideas about art to the classroom.
“I got the idea from a cohort who sent me a newspaper blurb about an art school in Lansing that did this, and I thought; fantastic! Why can’t we do that?”
Pronchuk stated that the design students are still working on ideas and sketching designs for their sculptures.
“They’re at their exploration stage, thinking about possibilities and what’s going to work,” said Pronchuk. “But it’s a way for students to become involved in the community and hopefully will create cohesiveness and build their morale. I think it will be successful.”

Empire

Richmond metalcore group paves way to success

Brendan Buffa
Sports Editor

Blood curdling screams pierce through the speakers and kick off an epic, 5-song EP entitled Lessons Learned, by Richmond, MI metalcore group – Empire.
Formerly known as All Sounds Off, Empire crashed into the scene 2013 and may be recognizable by the Port Huron area, as they were featured on 91.3 WSGR.
Filled with knee buckling guitar riffs created by the duo of Ben Mazur and Dorian Carrizales, the complimented low growling vocals of Chris Fortuna make this a definite listen for any metalcore lover.
A stand out track, ‘Cloak’, on their Lessons Learned EP was produced by David White, former drummer for Detroit rock group, Cold for June.
“If you listen to our song ‘Cloak’, we are starting to develop this original sound,” said drummer, Steve Radzom. “It fits in with a Korn type of vibe, who is a big influence of ours.”
Making strides in the music industry, Empire has big plans for the upcoming year.
“We are actually working with a producer, whom we can’t even mention right now,” says Mazur. “It’s like playing basketball with Michael Jordan,” added Radzom about the disclosed producer.
“We are recording three songs right now, and may even do a release with another band,” added bassist, Jordan Frame.
Slowly but surely rising into the scene, Empire is also planning a tour across Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.
“That’s what it’s all about man,” said Radzom with an excited smirk about the tour.
A band résumé that would peak the interest of any producer, Empire builds on their track record. Having worked with Detroit dubstep producer Ghost Noise, throwing a CD release party with It Lies Within, and playing the first “Hear This! Fest,” put on by Anthony Hofer of “Hear This! Promotions.”
Currently, Empire is expecting a split EP to be released sometime in the summer.

The alternative Valentines

Because not all of us have a date

Erick Fredendall
Editor-in-Chief

Romance is in the air… and it’s suffocating.
Valentine’s Day is a day of celebrating romance, or pragmatically, the celebration of a Christian saint named Valentinus. Either way, it’s stupid.
So for those of us left behind on the day of love, I humbly present a list of nine options to make Valentine’s Day suck less.

1. Treat yourself to a “personal day”

Go to the spa, order some take-out from your favorite restaurant, or drive somewhere far away from Port Huron and do something interesting. Dress down and wear pajamas all day. Whatever you do, don’t Google “Things to do in Port Huron on Valentine’s Day.” The results are rather bleak.

2. Host or attend a party for singles

The notorious “anti-Valentine’s Day party” is a time tested technique used by singles and is a perfectly acceptable way to celebrate the holiday, with a few small caveats.
Don’t be disappointed if only dudes show up to the party. The terms “anti-Valentine’s Day party” and “sausage fest” are often interchangeable.

3. Surf Facebook

Valentine’s Day is a superficial Hallmark holiday anyways, right? Share your opinions by authoring a social media manifesto and posting it on your Facebook wall. Verbosity is important: be sure to use large words.
Don’t forget to hate on any and all engagement photos.

4. Watch the Mitt Romney documentary on Netflix

Contrary to popular belief, the 2012 GOP nominee for the presidential office IS human, as documentarian Greg Whitely set out to capture in the new film “MITT.”
If watching a documentary of a man with perfect hair and ironed jeans doesn’t appeal for you, there’s always “The Tudors,” a BBC historical fiction on Henry VII, whose marriages often ended by beheading.
That’s what love gets you anyway.

5. Make cookies

If anyone asks, they’re to share with your date. Eat them all.
6. Visit your friends at the liquor store

Ask yourself, what is better than being alone on Valentine’s Day? The answer is being alone on Valentine’s Day with a glass of 18 year old Glenlevit.

7. Go to a public place and look for sad, attractive people

We are not alone, and Valentine’s Day is a vulnerable day of the year for singles. Capitalize on this moment by going to a local hotspot and make some friends. Who knows, maybe mutual resentment for all the happy couples could lead to a beautiful experience.

8. Celebrate your fiscal success

Chocolates, movies, fancy dinners, bouquets, and road trips all have one thing in common: they cost money that you could spend on yourself.

9. Weep bitterly

It’s okay to cry. Maybe next year.

A Final Song for Pollock

College president plays his last show

Krist Reynolds
Staff Writer

 

How many colleges and/or universities can say that their president knows how to rock n’ roll?

For the third semester in a row, SC4 president, Dr. Kevin Pollock, played guitar and sang a slew of songs on Feb. 6 at Lynch’s Irish Tavern in downtown Port Huron.

Patrons, which consisted of merry bar-goers and faculty alike, as well as several SC4 sports teams, all chipped in and donated money which all went towards SC4 athletics. The biggest donor of the night was Dr. Richard Bend, who donated a combined total of $5,000.

The goal of the evening was $1,500. The final total of the evening was $8,008. According to Pollock, that is more than the first two charities combined.

“It was a lot of fun, a little crazier than the last couple of times. You had people auctioning off different articles of clothing, so that’s good. We made as much this time as the other two times combined. So that’s cool,” said Pollock.

Pollock has been playing guitar since junior high. He is self-taught, playing in various bands through the years. His covers for the evening included songs by Green Day, John Mellencamp, Van Morrison, and many others.

Pollock intended tonight to be his last performance.

Dave Vos, director of advising and athletics, “we greatly appreciate what Dr. Pollock is doing. Obviously this has been a really great night. He said this is his last one, but we’ll see.”

Pollock added, “one was fun, two was good, three, I just didn’t want people to think the college was trying to get every little bit out of them. The coolest part for me was all the different teams from SC4 that came out this evening.”

Pollock closed the evening by addressing the audience, “thanks for all this, this is about our students. I know it’s cliché to say that, but it really is.”

Romance for the Fantastic

A good read for a day off

Jenelle Kalaf
Staff Writer

Good books can be found in the strangest of places, like in a $4 bargain bin at your local Kroger.
How could you go wrong?
“City of Dark Magic” by Magnus Flyte is a fairy-tale rom-com with a great concept that fell short through the narrative.
The story follows a music student who lands a job sorting the manuscripts of Beethoven. When her mentor suddenly commits suicide, she starts finding clues that suggest that he may have had a secret that somebody wanted to remain untold.
The story is very original. It’s not the cookie cutter compared to most tales of magic.
However, this doesn’t excuse the lack of a strong narrative. The whole novel is written in a passive tone.
But even with the passive voice, the fast paced structure makes it a compelling and sometimes witty read.
In the realm of sales, the fact that I stumbled across it in a bargain bin says something about this new author. What it says is not for me to decide.
What I do know: the novel is a fun read. It’s not challenging, but that doesn’t mean that it’s simple.
I recommend it for anyone who enjoys a fluffy fantasy, or even just a silly rom-com.