Category Archives: Issue 64.2

Yelling about Comics

Let’s start at the beginning

Zack Penzien
Production editor

Superheroes are in the zeitgeist right now. But if you are interested in starting to read comics, it can be hard to know where to begin.
Unfortunately, comics as a medium rely mostly on knowing what came before it and in some cases, what have gone on in other books. In early 2014, Marvel is releasing new issue one’s as part of the “All-New Marvel NOW!” line.
So, if you are considering hopping on the comic train, these are my recommendations:

Miss Marvel #1
Written by G. Willow Wilson with art by Adrian Alphona
When Carol Danvers leaves the title of Miss Marvel behind, it inspires a young girl, Camilla Kahn. She is a high school kid from New Jersey who is to take up the mantle as Miss Marvel. The book is getting a lot of press because Camilla comes from a conservative Muslim household and will explore that side of the characters life.

Loki: agent of Asgard #1
Written by Al Ewing with art by Lee Garbett
Kid Loki, hot off his run with the “Young Avengers” (another good book you should pick up) is playing secret agent for his home realm of Asguard, starting with a heist on the Avengers tower. If you liked Loki in “The Avengers” and want to see him do his best good-guy impression, give it a shot.

Wolverine #1
Written by Paul Cornell with art by Ryan Stegman
Hey Wolverine got another book! Currently, our boy Logan is running around without his trademark healing factor. So if you’re interested to see Wolverine trying to figure out how to fight without being able to shrug off a bullet, look into it.

From Star Trek to Modern Family

Has the world lost sight of what to say?

Gregory Garofalo
Managing Editor

In today’s entertainment media there has always been one constant that has traveled from print to television: boundaries must be pushed.
This can clearly be seen in early American works such as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” or Thomas Payne’s “Common Sense;” works of literature going against the status quo. As the decades and centuries’ progress and sensitive buttons continue to be pressed, the question is raised: has the point been lost?
Rewind the clocks back to the 1950’s. A breakthrough in mass media is marketed to the public, the television. With only about five to ten years of a quaint “Howdy Doody” world, it wasn’t long before television would start challenging the way the world worked. And in 1963, “Star Trek” was born.
The cult classic had a short three year run, but in that time it stirred up thought about religion, sex, and racism. In 1968, “Star Trek” gave the world its first on screen interracial kiss between black and white.
While science fiction held the record for first interracial kiss on television, it would be comedy that took the award for the first interracial couple. “The Jeffersons” famous spin off series of “All in the Family” picked up where its predecessor left off and spoke on controversial issues such as diversity and equality.
As the years went on, boundaries were continuously pushed with sexuality and language. The original drive for pushing the boundaries of racial equality and civil rights seemed to be getting lost in the consumer demand for vulgarity.
Even the controversial homosexual rights in the 1990s seem to get swept up in an odd mix between raunchy lesbian sex scenes and actual statement gay and lesbian characters.
Today there is a slew of controversial content just as there always has been. But what kind of a statement is a naked Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball? Is the world out of things to say, or has it just lost sight of voicing opinion in a vulgarity battle to outdo previous generations.

College Christians stand for Christ

Local house church for college teens and young adults

Gregory Garofalo
Managing Editor

In a world that is progressively becoming more politically correct and that, according to Washington Post, one third of Americans under thirty hold no religious affiliation; it can be intimidating for a young college student to hold a faith in Christ in this slightly secular society.
Lately however, a group has formed together with the goal to give encouragement and empowerment to college Christians. The aptly named “Tuesday Group” meets every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at 4225 Janice Court Rd. The group is open to anyone who wishes to attend, be it a believer or someone whose curiosity is peaked about who this Jesus really is.
“Tuesday Group” goes beyond superficial religion by putting faith into action through prayer, worship, and learning how to apply scripture to everyday life.
“It’s amazing to see what God is doing with this group” said Josh Sabo, leader of the group and worship leader at Colonial Woods Missionary Church. “God has picked us up from the shallow end, thrown us into the deep and we’re still swimming. We’ve seen God really working in people’s lives, the power of faith and miracles are literally working right before us and it just keeps getting better.”
The group offers refuge to college Christians by giving them encouragement to grow and discover their faith, while learning how to inspire others by applying this belief to their lives through fellowship and community.
“If I wasn’t in a community of believers it could feel very discouraging living a Christian life on my own, but I’m not” said Andrew Ferriel, freshman at SC4. “I follow Christ, because it’s the only thing that sustains me, that gives me clarity and truth. It’s nice to share that with others of my age and genre of mindset.”
This remnant of young believers meets in the basement of James and Chelsea Branch. The couple puts up with filling their basement with roughly twenty to thirty people every week, all in the name spreading God’s word to the young adults of Port Huron.
“I feel it’s really important for people to know that this is going on and for college Christians to know they’re not alone” said Kirsten Hill, sophomore student at SC4. “Being a young Christian, it can feel like you’re very much alone at times. That’s one of the points of the group though; you don’t have to feel alone.”
For any questions about the Tuesday Group, check out the “20 Somethings College Group” Facebook page, or contact Josh Sabo at Josh@colonialwoodsmc.com.

Valentine’s Day, what’s hot and what’s not

Nine unique and fun ideas to spice up your valentine

Gregory Garofalo
Managing Editor

Contrary to popular belief, there is more of an effort to Valentine’s Day than “pulling out all the stops.” Instead of going out to a crowded restaurant or packed theater why not try something unique and creative?
Here are nine plans of pizazz that are sure to give you and your special someone an evening to remember.

1. Laser tag

Try doing something fun and crazy like laser tag. After all your significant other is supposed to be your best friend, why not treat them to a round of laser tag and let yourselves have fun with no restraint.

2. Red Dinner

Going out to dinner is probably the most cliché thing one could do on Valentine’s Day, yet the only other alternative is the slightly less cliché option of staying in. In order to have a unique dinner, why not get creative at home?
A red dinner is a fun and interesting alternative. Simply dye the food and drinks, even place them on red plates and use red place settings. A red dinner is fun to make and even more so to partake in, and it will create an enjoyable intimate evening.

3. Gift scavenger hunt

Instead of giving your significant other their gift in the traditional sense, create a game out of it. Leave a scavenger hunt hint list and small gifts as clues all leading up to your big surprise gift. This is sure to leave your significant other smiling and satisfied.

4. Turn your living room into a home theater

Staying in is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made your own. Try transforming your living room into a home theater, rent a projector, rearrange the furniture, dim the lights and have a classic movie night. This is sure to spark a bit of romance on this day of intimacy; something that is sure to break the box offices.

5. Bouquet of Awesome

Try getting your other half a bouquet that they would actually have use for. Make a bundle of their favorite sweets, trinkets and a favorite movie. Don’t be afraid of unconventional thought. Remember, you know them best!

6. Homemade Hallmark

In modern society, getting a card at Hallmark is just about the worst thing you could do. Sure they’re nice and polished, but where’s the heart? It can’t be special if there are a million just like it. Make your love a card from you, using your own words to express how you feel.

7. Homemade Gifts

Gifts can also be more intimate and special if they come from you. (NOTE: This is not a suggestion to make macaroni art.) Create a “What I love about you” jar. Fill a jar with little notes, each one with a reason why you care about your special one.

8. Surprise road trip

Any expert love guru will tell you that being spontaneous is romantic. Take a day trip out of the blue, live the American free spirit on the open road together. Stop for road side attractions, eat questionable fried foods and have a memorable adventure.

9. Cooking dinner together

Why does only one person have to make the dinner? Instead, make dinner a team effort. Flip those frying pans, pull out the pots and turn on some music. The most ordinary moments can turn into the most extraordinary; don’t let them pass by and make the most out of each second.

Lady Skippers filet Firebirds

SC4 Women’s Basketball team takes first place in the Eastern Conference

Donald Lierman
Staff Writer

To construe the Lady Skippers’ home victory as shooting Firebirds in a barrel would be unfair, as Kirtland did not have enough players to fill a barrel.
With only six players, the Kirtland squad was no match for the twelfth ranked SC4.
The Skippers overpowered the Firebirds by a score of 99-47on Jan. 29. With the game out of hand early, SC4 used the opportunity to hone their skills.
“No matter who we go up against we must keep up the same intensity,” said freshman Ta’kira Height. “We use a game like this to continue to improve our skill set. That allows us to be better prepared for more talented teams. We kept up the pressure and kept running the floor. We focused on playing team basketball.”
After scoring the first six points in the game, SC4 dominated the Kirtland squad, ending the first half with a 52-26 lead. SC4 opened the second half with a 14 point run. The Firebirds’ hopes for rebirth were doused. After the Lady Skippers’ smoke settled, the outcome was a decisive 52 point victory.
“Tonight, we knew that with six players Kirtland would not be much competition,” said sophomore Rachel Kehoe. “We used the opportunity as a stepping stone to improve our game. Our team has the talent to make a run. We just need to reach last year’s competitive spirit. We have to quit repeating mistakes and develop the fight that took us so far last season.”
Last year the Lady Skippers reached the national final four. Second year head coach Michael Groulx hopes this year’s squad will reach that same lofty realm.
“We need to continue to get better,” said Groulx. “Our execution must be more efficient. We have one of the best transition teams in the nation. However, we need to continue to improve on the little things.”
Height and Sheyna Deans led SC4 with 17 points for the Lady Skippers. Whitley Currie added 13. The win gives SC4 control of first place in the Eastern Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association with a record of 9-0 (16-2 overall). Their win streak stands at twelve. Kirtland falls to 2-6 in the MCCAA (4-8 overall).
The Lady Skippers next host Delta College at 1 p.m. on Feb. 15.

SlamJam 2014 hits Richmond

Pro wrestling returns to St. Clair County

Sean Lathrop
Guest Writer

After a 6 year hiatus, Blue Water Championship Wrestling is back to deliver elbow drops to their opponents and smiles to fans.
The audience at Richmond High School got to see some up and coming local talents and stars battle for their enjoyment. Featuring steel cage matches like Shane Douglas facing Xavier Justice for the BWCW Championship and Leah Von Dutch defending her Xtreme Bombshells of Wrestling Championship against Courtney Rush.
Plus, with stars like Buff Bagwell, Petey Williams, Josh Raymond, & N8 Mattson coming out, how could a wrestling fan not be excited?
Owner Andrew D’Arcy wasn’t planning on even having BWCW return and wanted to focus on his DJ company and his all women wrestling organization. When he posted an idea of doing his new XBW show with his old company, he was in shock at how many people wanted to get involved.
“I can’t tell you how many guys contacted me that I had worked with from 2001 through 2008 saying they wanted to be a part of it,” said D’Arcy.
After the 13 matches, the crowd was still chanting for the two men that ended the show; Shane Douglas and Buff Bagwell. Bagwell, who has worked shows for D’Arcy in the past, said that he has always enjoyed coming to St. Clair County, while Douglas made comments on Richmond High School’s strong wrestling history of winning 6 state championships in 12 years. “This is a strong wrestling town and it is obvious fans like you wanted to see some action,” Douglas said to the audience.
At this time, there is no word yet when the next event will be but it is likely this isn’t going to be the last of BWCW.

Staying hungry

The path to the postseason

Brendan Buffa
Sports Editor

The final month is approaching, and the final buzzer is close to sounding, signaling an end to the men’s Skippers 2013-14 basketball season.
The top three seeds in the eastern conference (Oakland, Wayne County, and Mott) have qualified for the NJCAA District 10 tournament as of Feb. 8, leaving the Skippers trailing in fourth place.
Although slipping as a qualifier, the Skippers are in pursuit of the playoffs and intend to strive for the postseason.
Wayne County and Mott are up against the Skippers the week of Feb. 9, and with a win against both teams they can hold their heads above water for one last shot.
“I have a strong belief in my brothers and our coaching staff,” said Terrell Wright, guard for the Skippers, “our practices have been full of enthusiasm and readiness for the next opponent.”
Wright, a returning player and sophomore for the Skippers, leads the team on and off the court.
“I’m doing my best to be a leader in any way, and playing my role as a player as well,” said Wright, “the chemistry we have as a team is great, and if we keep working hard and playing together, our success will have no limit.”
Freddy Cook, guard, also hones his positive attitude onto the court to bring the greatest amount of achievement to the table.
“I think the most interesting thing about our team is our depth,” said Cook, “I believe on any given night, anyone is capable of giving our team a new way to win.”
With a team of 15 active players, depth is not a problem – and neither is height.
The Skippers have 11 of their 15 players reaching at or above 6-feet tall, along with the towering Justin Weaver at 6’10”, freshman from Richmond, MI.
“I think we are beginning to learn that defense is our strongest attribute,” said Cook, “We need to take every possession of the game seriously, and more importantly play as one unit.”
The Skippers don’t plan on letting the opportunity for a successful post season slip through their fingers, especially when a busy week approaches them.
Simply stated by Cook, “we need to stay hungry.”
The Skippers return home on Feb. 12 against Mott at 7:30 p.m., which if won could mean a postseason run by team.

King and Gandhi’s legacies unite

St. Clair County declares Season for Nonviolence

Reachelle Kocis
Staff Writer

St. Clair County has officially declared a Season for Nonviolence in a proclamation signed Jan. 14, in the spirit and memory of two of history’s lasting legacies.
Jan. 30 through April 4, 2014 is now the official season for nonviolence, marking the works of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who both dedicated their lives to ending oppression in peaceful and nonviolent ways.
The season opened Jan.30 on the anniversary of Gandhi’s death and ends on the anniversary of King’s death on April 4. Both were assassinated, according to biography.com.
The opening ceremony for a Season for Nonviolence was held at SC4’s Fine Arts Theater on Jan. 30. Guest speaker and St. Clair County commissioner Howard Heidemann said, “Considering the topic, this theater should be packed to capacity.”
Professor Jim Soto who spoke of King’s work said, “Dr. King’s early work drew attention to America’s sin when compared to (his vision of) the beloved community.” Soto went on to explain King’s later thinking or work in which there are three evils; poverty, racism and militarism.
According to Soto, King believed that a change in one of these evils would result in a change in the others, and could possibly eradicate the cause of violence.
Howard Heidemann read the proclamation which states; “Every person can move the world in the direction of peace through their daily nonviolent choices and actions; and, whereas an awareness of nonviolent principles and practices is a powerful way to heal, transform and empower our lives and communities… and urge all citizens to participate in local educational and community action campaigns..”
Pastor Kim Brown of Port Huron said that the season for nonviolence, “Promotes peace, love, and unity, things that we need in our society.”
For more information on related events and participating organizations, go to bluewatersnv.com.

PTK Blood Drive

Saving lives with Blood

Jenelle Kalaf
Staff Writer

On Feb. 3 and 4, Phi Theta Kappa hosted a blood drive to help save the lives of people in need of blood all across St. Clair County.
The drive took place on both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors could sign up before or during the event. The PTK had the goal of 19 people per day.
“We invite the public to come in and donate their time and their blood for us” said Samantha Ryckman, a Red Cross nurse.
“You get to see new faces too, some people come in and love to talk about their lives with us,” she added.
“We save 3 lives each time we take blood,” said Sarah Mineau, a volunteer for Phi Theta Kappa. “They collect the whole blood, the platelets, the red blood cells, and the plasma, so one kind of blood can save 3 lives.”
“I’ve needed blood transfusions myself, so I know what the need is,” Mineau said.
While waiting to give his blood, SC4 student Michael Falecki Jr. expressed his own reason for donating, “I like doing this. My blood type is O+, and it’s rare so I know it can help people.”
“The need is very great for blood,” Mineau said.
Another blood drive date is set for April 21 and 22. To donate is free, and anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Hardcore country in the house

SC4 community gives warm welcome to Daryle Singletary

Hannah Hunter
Staff Writer

Members of SC4 came out to see Daryle Singletary on Saturday, Feb. 8.
The concert took place in the Fine Arts Theater, which Singletary felt was a much loved, intimate venue, and it gave him the chance to really connect with the audience.
“It was a great crowd for us, not too big, not too small,” Singletary said.
Daryle Singletary was raised in Whigham, Georgia, and he is living his childhood dream.
Growing up in Georgia sparked in him his love of traditional country music. Both of Singletary’s parents were gospel singers and this made him develop a passion and appreciation for gospel music.
This appreciation developed into a love of traditional country music as well. Singletary strived to keep traditional country music alive after his idol, George Jones, passed.
Some of Singletary’s hits include” I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” and “The Note.”
The audience was very enthusiastic about Singletary’s arrival and performance. The night ended with a standing ovation for Singletary.
After the concert Singletary could be found mingling among guests and individually thanking each and every one of them for attending.
When asked how he thought the concert went, Singletary’s response was: “I had a fun time. When you come into a situation like this and you walk in the room and stuff, it’s a very intimate room, a very small room. “
Singletary’s feeling of having fun was mutual among audience members.
“I really enjoyed the concert! I didn’t expect Daryle to have so much humor. The sound quality was also very good, it was overall a very good concert,” said concert attendee Paula Besko.