Category Archives: Issue 64.3

28-year-old murder resurfaces in court

St. Clair Circuit Court to hold hearing for Freeman/Kensu

Erick Fredendall

On Nov. 5, 1986, at 9 a.m., Scott Macklem, son of the then current mayor of Croswell, was fatally wounded as a shotgun round tore through his body while he stood next to his car in the SC4 parking lot.
Thus far, this was the only murder ever to occur on SC4 grounds.
Four days later, a man named Frederick Freeman was taken into custody while using a pay phone at a coffee shop in Troy, MI, for questioning related to the murder of Scott Macklem.
In August of 1987, Freeman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
According to information obtained from the Michigan Department of Correction’s directory, Frederick Thomas Freeman, now known as Temujin Kensu, now 50 years-old, is currently serving the sentence at the Thumb Correctional Facility.
After multiple appeals for a new trial, a hearing will be held March 12 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court with circuit court judge Michael West residing.
The hearing, passed to the circuit court following an appellate order from the Michigan Supreme Court, will determine whether the evidence being presented by Freeman/Kensu’s legal team merits a new trial.
The evidence in question are photographs, obtained by Freeman’s legal team under a Freedom of Information Act request.
According to Joe Viola, filmmaker and advocate for Freeman/Kensu, the photographs used to identify Freeman/Kensu by the witnesses were not the same images that were presented to the jury.
Viola, along with retired WXYZ reporter Bill Proctor, participated in filming the 2007 documentary “Justice Incarcerated,” an in-depth investigation into the Freeman case.
A key component of the prosecutor case was Philip Joplin, a fellow inmate during the time that Freeman was on trial.
In “Justice Incarcerated,” Philip Joplin recanted previous testimony given during the trial, when he claimed that Freeman admitted to killing Macklem with a shotgun.
The documentary also showed Freeman/Kensu taking a polygraph test. Results indicated that Freeman was not lying when he denied responsibility in the death of Scott Macklem.
The St. Clair County Prosecutor, Michael Wendling, could not be reached for comment.
The Erie Square Gazette will continue to follow the Temujin Kensu case in the next issue, which will be available March 13.

Contact Erick Fredendall at or follow him on Twitter @MrFredendall.

Pet of the Issue – Grr

Angie Stoecklin
Copy Editor

This issue’s featured pet is known as Grr. Grr is a male domestic short hair believed to be approximately 8 to 9 months old. He was brought in as a stray and soon after was adopted by a man who ended up returning Grr due to the unfortunate discovery of being extremely allergic.
Grr’s has an extremely active and playful personality which would make him a decent fit for anyone who wants a cat they can play with regularly.
The fee to adopt Grr is $100. However, there is a chance he may be available among other cats for the humane society’s event St. Catricks day. During the St. Patricks day season, a number of cats will be available for a small fee of $17. Just look for the shamrocks on the cages.
If Grr is the cat for you, and is not part of the St. Catricks day event, don’t be discouraged. An anonymous donor has offered to provide help with adoption fees for any pet featured in the ESG. This donor is not affiliated with the humane society so those interested should contact the Erie Square Gazette. If the ESG cannot be reached, contact the writer via the e-mail below.
For more information on Grr or other available pets, contact the Blue Water Area Humane Society at 810-987-4357.

Contact Angie at

Reporter of the month

Donald Lierman

Reporter of the Month is an award given to a staff writer of the Erie Square Gazette for journalistic excellence or above and beyond assistance given to help the Gazette in its mission to produce a quality publication for the students of SC4. Staff writers are chosen by vote from the editorial team.

The editorial staff at the Erie Square Gazette wishes to welcome back Don Lierman, past sports editor and current staff writer at the ESG.
Subsequently, the staff agrees that Don is the “Reporter of the Month” for February, credit due in part to his enthusiastic return to the Gazette, but also for his contributions to the sports section in the previous and current issues of the ESG.
Don’s return to the ESG is after a three year hiatus which he spent honing his sports writing craft at various publications in St. Clair County, including both the Times Herald of Port Huron and The Voice in New Baltimore.
He has already accumulated one “Lede of the Issue,” for his story, “Lady Skippers fillet Firebirds.”
The “Lede of the Issue” is a recognition given by our advisor, John Lusk, to applaud well-crafted opening paragraphs in student’s work.
Since his arrival, Don’s willingness to communicate with the editors on sports assignments is tremendously helpful for the production crew, and has not gone unnoticed.
Don has quickly become a valuable asset to the Erie Square Gazette, and the editorial staff is excited to see more of Don in the issues to come.

Letter to the Editor

Healthcare Q&A

John Dawson
Organizing for Action

In the hyperpolarized political landscape in which we live, the topic of healthcare has landed somewhere between tax loopholes and budget deficits in the public consciousness.
Yet unlike deficits or tax loopholes, healthcare has life changing immediate impacts on all of us.
Whether it is your physical or financial wellbeing, or the health of one’s parents or children, we cannot afford to let healthcare fall into the partisan divide.
Below you will find no nonsense answers to the vital questions regarding health reform.
• When do I need to enroll? March 31, 2014 is the last day of open enrollment.
• How do I apply for healthcare? You can enroll at or call 1-800-318-2596.
• Who can apply at You can apply at if your employer does not offer a health insurance option, you are self-employed, or you are currently unemployed.
• If I go to am I obligated to buy insurance? No, there is no obligation, you can simply go there and get a quote without having to buy.
• Isn’t only for the poor? Not at all. The healthcare law provides subsidized premiums for households making up to 400% of the poverty level. For a family of four that’s an income of $94,200 a year.
Hopefully I have taken the issue of healthcare out of the murky realm of half-truths and myths which has surrounded the topic.
I encourage you to share this new information with whomever you think would benefit from it.
Our surrounding rural areas contain many farming families and small business owners who have been without access to healthcare for decades.
Get covered, the life you save may be your own.

Del James Blessinger Award deadline approaches

Faculty excellence get’s acknowledged

Kimberley Dunkin
Staff Writer

Do you know a professor who deserves to be acknowledged for what they do? The Del James Blessinger Award is the perfect opportunity to do so.
This year is the 90th annual commencement ceremony where the recipient of The Del James Blessinger Award will be honored.
SC4 students, staff, faculty, and administrators can submit nominations for the award. With the deadline coming up quick on Feb. 28, if you have someone in mind to nominate now is the time to do so.
What to look for in a good nominee:
• Has knowledge and good presentation of subject matter
• Motivates the students to do well in the course
• Motivates students to achieve outside the classroom
• Provides service for our college and our community
In appreciation of an award he received while attending SC4 as a student, the late Del James Blessinger decided to set aside a portion of the earnings from an endowment for the college each year to award a full time and/or adjunct faculty member for their teaching excellence.
A few past recipients include Julie Armstrong, Sharon Armstrong and Paul Bedard; all full-time faculty members here at SC4.
Last year, adjunct English instructor Bob Kroll received the award at the SC4’s 89th commencement ceremony.
“This award is a great way to honor faculty and staff for the work we do, we don’t always get recognition,” said SC4 Marketing Manager, Martha Pennington.
The award is a good way for students to be involved and for them to have a say in who gets to be acknowledged.
So if one of your professors or a faculty member you know deserves to be acknowledged for the hard work they do, send in a nomination on the SC4 Portal or pick up a form in the president’s office.

Registration: Facts and Helpful Hints

How to make registration less stressful

Mairead Warner
Staff Writer

Registration can be really confusing at times for new students. Here are some ways to make the registering process easier.
According to St. Clair Community College’s Facebook page, summer registration starts Monday Feb. 24. The SC4 Portal serves as a source of help for students who want to register. According to SC4 Portal announcements titled, “details on summer 2014 tuition and fees,” the semester start date for the first summer semester is Monday, May 19, and the end date is June 27.
The semester start date for the second summer semester is Monday, June 30; the end date of the semester is Friday, August 8. Students taking a summer class can get more classes out of the way and get their credits in a shorter period of time.
One thing that students should know is that they can register for summer classes on the SC4 Portal under the Wave for college credit students.
If students have any questions there are available outlets willing to help.
Students can call the one-stop Student Services Center at (810) 989-5520. Student Services can assist student with financial aid, registration help, or to scheduling appointments with an academic advisor to discuss student options for classes needed for their degree.
Students can also schedule an academic advising appointment by on the SC4 Portal, or through the SC4 mobile app, Ellucian GO.
The academic advising offices are in the Acheson Technology Center. Students can stop by the One-stop Student Services Center in the Acheson Technology Center Room 123.
Students can check out what courses are available and what courses are being taught for both summer semesters.
Students are encouraged to register during the first couple of weeks that registration starts and not at the last second.

Election for student government positions to begin next month

Positions offer scholarship incentives

Liz Whittemore
Photo Editor

Student leaders come forth. Elections for student government executive board positions for the 2014-2015 academic year is coming up.
The executive board consists of the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Both president and vice president positions offer a full scholarship incentive. Secretary and treasurer positions are three-quarter scholarship positions.
Current vice president Jessica Fye enjoyed her time on the executive board.
“Serving on student government gives you a new perspective of the college. You see a whole other side to it,” said Fye.
Eligible students must have a 2.0 GPA and have completed at least 67 percent of their classes. Petition forms are available in the registration office located in the ATC building on SC4’s campus.
Current student government president Sean Lathrop offers some advice, “You have to get 40 signatures, but I recommend getting 45 just in case some don’t count.” Signatures must be from current SC4 students.
Deadline to turn in the petition form is Thursday, March 20. If approved, you are added to the ballot and have ten days to promote yourself either around campus or through social media outlets.
Elections will be held in the cafeteria in the college center Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, April 1. Voters must be current SC4 students and are required to bring photo identification with them before they are given a ballot.
Election times will be from 10 to 2 and 5 to 6 each day. Those that are running for a position will not be able to be in the cafeteria during these time frames.
A final count will be done immediately following voting closing up Thursday, April 1. The candidates or a representative must be present at that time.
If appointed, the official term begins the day after the winter semester ends.

Brian Heidt
Accounting major
Current treasurer

“My position is more than just handling the money. I also take part in the planning and carrying out of events. I don’t think people appreciate all that this college does for them, with the events and activities. You have to be in it for the clubs, not just the scholarship. We spend our summer and breaks planning these events so that while students are in school they have something to do.”
Jessica Fye
Liberal Arts major
Port Huron
Current vice president

“The vice president is pretty much in charge of most of the events that SG puts on, and I help with executive board decisions. My position gives good leadership experience and looks great on applications, but it’s very stressful and difficult to put time aside for the position between work and school. The office is a big pro. We get free printing, our own computers, and it’s great for privacy rather than the library.”

Sean Lathrop
Broadcasting major
Port Huron
Current president

“I try to keep order regarding executive board meetings and events. Whenever a student has an issue they can come to me so I can go to the administration. I’m a representative for the student voice. There’s a bit more of a target on your back being president rather than the other positions; the president is more of a figure head and has to answer for mistakes. There is a large amount of stress balancing school, work, social life, and student government. A home away from home is what your office becomes. We’re like a wolf pack, there is no real leader; we work together.
Rebecca Roehrer
Pharmaceuticals major
Current Secretary

“I take notes at every executive and all club meetings and provide minutes for the student clubs. I document everything and am the main source of communication for the clubs. I like it because it’s something else to do rather than just school and I get the opportunity to meet a lot of people. But I’m like their mother, I have to keep contacting every club to make sure they got documents and meet deadlines; it’s time-consuming. But it breaks you out of your shell.”

Pass it along

Young girl’s kindness inspires community

Erick Fredendall

Ryan Hiller, barista at the Exquisite Corpse Coffee House, was handed a twenty dollar bill Saturday morning with instructions to buy the following customers’ drinks for as long as he could.
Neither Hiller nor the benefactor knew how far the simple act of kindness would carry itself.
That is, all weekend.
From Saturday morning through Monday afternoon, no one paid for their own drink orders.
SC4 International Student Services Coordinator Lisa Tobiczyk gave the money to Hiller with a simple instruction: pay the money forward, and when you do, tell them about a girl named Rachel Kolar.
Kolar, Tobiczyk explained, was injured in a serious car accident on Jan. 21 and is currently in recovery.
On her birthday Feb. 23, friends decided to celebrate Kolar’s kindness and compassion by doing a random act of kindness in her name.
“We wanted to celebrate who she is, but we also wanted to bless other people, just like she does,” Tobiczyk said.
Visitors at the coffee shop loved the gesture.
Throughout the weekend, customers would regularly hand the baristas’ more than what their drink orders were worth, followed by three words:
“Keep this going.”
Tobiczyk’s gesture was one of many. On her birthday, Kolar’s Facebook wall was filled with pictures and comments of her friends and family sharing their stories and the acts of kindness they performed throughout the day.
When contacted by the ESG, Tobiczyk painted a stunning portrait of Rachel Kolar: a 19-year old freshman attending SC4, active in the women’s volleyball team, and working at the Fort Gratiot Toys-R-Us.
“She sponsors four kids around the world on her Toys-R-Us income,” said Tobiczyk, “there was a phrase that she always used, ‘love does.’ She got it from a book, Love Does by Bob Goff, and it totally defines who Rachel is.”
Perhaps unknowingly, the customers and employees at the Exquisite Corpse Coffee House receive a small insight into the kind of person Rachel Kolar is by the actions her loved ones made in her name.
And on behalf of the Erie Square Gazette’s editorial board, we wish to celebrate Rachel Kolar’s life, loved ones, and expedited recovery by making the following statement:
Each editor of the Erie Square Gazette pledges to do a random act of kindness for someone in the following two weeks, and continue to tell the story of a young girl who touched the hearts of those she came across.
We encourage our readers to share this pledge and story.

Contact Erick Fredendall at or follow him on Twitter @MrFredendall.

Trace of Lime album review

A psychedelic journey

Vaux Adams
Guest Writer

Melodic, metaphoric, and masterful. How’s that to describe an album?
Because no better words can explain the journey you will be sent on from track one of the upcoming album, “I Know It’s Nothing, But I’m Happy It’s Something” by psychedelic rock band, Trace of Lime.
Right off the bat I knew this was going to be something new and very powerful. From the shouting to the whispering, the bongos to the trumpet and everything else in between, you won’t need drugs to make you feel like you’re on them while listening to this.
Something about this band brings a new breath for music to the table; this is finally something that sounds different from everything you have ever heard.
Sure you can compare it to several bands and songs just like you can with any other band or song. However this band adds some new feel to whatever type of genre you want to call it, and I can’t quite seem to put my finger on it.
There are several times while listening to this album where I guarantee you will be totally lost, in what I want to call something similar to the “Wall of Sound” effect.
The album is full of powerful choruses and spine tingling breaks, in which you can feel pure energy flowing from your eardrums into your entire body. Leaving you with the only thing you can do while listening to Trace of Lime, rock your head and tap your foot to the steady pounding drum beat found in every song and well, dance.
If you like The Beatles, Cage the Elephant, Portugal, The Man, or just want something new and interesting to rock to, keep a look out for Trace of Lime’s debut album “I Know It’s Nothing But I’m Happy It’s Something,” which will be released on March 22.
You can follow and/or listen to Trace of Lime at any of the following links:

Want to start writing?

A review on “Your First Novel” by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb

Gregory Garofalo
Managing Editor

For creative writers, it can be difficult to find decent tools to help them progress their art form.
Painters have their pastels and musicians have their instruments, while creative writers have a slice of the reference section in Barnes and Noble. That is why anyone who aspires to write short stories or a novel should pick up the book: “Your First Novel” by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb.
The book differs greatly from other “thirty days or less” scam books. “Your First Novel” is a well thought out manual to draft up and finish the novel or story of your dreams.
The way it differs from other writers books is its format. So many writing books are written in a prose format such as “Writing and the Art of Zen” by Ray Bradbury, “On Writing” by Stephen King, and the “Now Write” series.
While the above are all great books in their field, “Your First Novel” stands apart like a breath of fresh air.
The book is written in an easy to follow text book format. It’s filled with short sections and chapters, diagrams, and bullets. All of this makes navigating the book a breeze and allows one to get right to their desired need.
Instead of a book you have to thoroughly read to gain small tips of insight, this is the ultimate guide and reference a writer can use to quickly find tips and specifics that relate to their struggles in writing.
While the book is very helpful, there are of course some draw backs.
One thing the book fails to do at times is keeping its sections concise. The first chapter especially is decent enough, but feels a little drawn out. However the flaws are at a pleasing minimum and overall the book is a fantastic guide to get into writing.