Category Archives: Issue 64.5

A break before spring break

Student government hosts Stressbreaker

Angie Stoecklin
Copy Editor

An array of students flowed in and out of the student center as they do every school day, except this time they had games to play.
Student Government hosted the Stressbreaker event, which featured carnival games, fortune tellers, free manicures, and music by the VWA Experience.
Although Stressbreaker was used in the past to relieve stress students experience prior to exams, the initiative was different for this semester.
“Spring break was pushed back farther than it usually is, so it’s kind of a break for students so they can keep going,” said Jessyca Fye, student government vice president.

SC4 student Anthony Kelly prepares to shoot a Nerf gun at the Monster Blast carnival game during SC4’s stressbreaker event. Photo credit: Angie Stoecklin
SC4 student Anthony Kelly prepares to shoot a Nerf gun at the Monster Blast carnival game during SC4’s stressbreaker event. Photo credit: Angie Stoecklin

A few of the games featured in the student center included skeet ball, horse shoes, and monster blast, where a nerf gun is used to shoot monsters in the windows of a house.
“I think this is really cool, Student Government did a really good job getting games,” said SC4 student Kevin Kortas.
While Student Government hosted the event, other clubs pitched in for certain games and activities.
“We had some clubs still do their own thing, but most of them just helped us with our variety of tabletop carnival games and hi-striker,” Fye said.
Health and Wellness had their own carnival set up in the cafeteria, where students could play ring toss, knock cans down with a ball, or guess which floatable duck was lucky in order to win food and/or cans of pop. WSGR had Legos set up in the student center, and the GSA brought in students from the Paul Mitchell School for free manicures and hair braiding.
This year’s carnival theme, while different, seemed to be a well-received event by students, as their smiles and laughs filled the student center.
“The carnival theme brings everyone together, and it makes the clubs more connected,” Kortas said.

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Pet of the issue – Gizmo

Angie Stoecklin
Copy Editor

He’s not a gremlin, but he is fluffy.
Gizmo is a male domestic longhair. Before being brought into the humane society, Gizmo was an outside cat. He would frequently wander into a nearby home, dashing in as the door opened. Although the family was taken by his friendly intrusion, one of the family members is allergic to cats, so they took him into the humane society.
Gizmo is estimated to be about 6 months old. He has been neutered, and his adoption fee is $100.
If anyone is interested in adopting Gizmo, or any pet featured in the ESG, an anonymous donor has offered to help with adoption costs. This donor is not affiliated with the humane society, so those interested should contact the ESG or the writer via the e-mail below.
For more information on Gizmo or other pets up for adoption at the Blue Water Area Humane Society, feel free to contact them at 810-987-4357, or visit their location at 6266 Lapeer rd., Port Huron.

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We’re not in Kansas anymore

Skippers come up short of first, but don’t walk away empty handed

Brendan Buffa
Sports Editor

For the second year in a row, fourth place plagues the Lady Skippers in the National tournament as the end of the season met the team in Overland Park, Kansas on March 21, 2014.
The Skippers advanced through the first two rounds of the tournament, defeating North Central Missouri, 80-72, and Monroe College, 79-60, but were trumped by Highland Community College, 64-69, ending a 26-game win streak.
“It’s bittersweet two years in a row,” said head coach, Michael Groulx, “we had opportunities to win it, and we needed to get on top and score.”
The ladies lost against North Iowa, 71-77 in a runner up game which sealed the Skippers into a fourth place title.
“It was the little mistakes that cost us the game,” said forward, Rachel Kehoe.
The semi-final game was close, with 42 seconds on the clock against Highland, Andranay Beverly put three points on the board, making the score 64-66, with SC4 trailing.
“We needed that shot and she came through with it,” said guard, Haley Rutledge, “we just needed a few more minutes and we would have had that game.”
Highland CC, a number two seed out of Kansas, advanced to the finals and were defeated by the number four seed Mesa, out of Arizona.
Groulx, with a two year track record as head coach, has two MCCAA State titles, two NJCAA 4th place titles, and was awarded MCCAA Coach of the Year twice.
With a similar situation happening last year in the semi-finals, Groulx’s Skippers lost by one point against Mesa, 54-64, and fell short in the runner up game against Illinois Central College, 70-51.
“It hurts this year because we were ready to play,” said Groulx, “basically, beating ourselves is what was hard to handle.”
Even though the season is over, and a handful of players are leaving after their two-years, the girls don’t plan on taking much time off.
“Personally, I’m happy to rest,” said Kehoe, “I’ll probably take a day or two off before I start working out again.”
The Skippers were decorated favorably within the MCCAA, as they collectively won over 10 awards.
The award recipients included Sheyna Deans, awarded All-Region XII First Team and All-MCCAA, Ta’kira Height, winning All-Eastern Conference Second Team and Eastern Conference Freshman of the Year, and Whitley Currie, Lariah Stevens and Kehoe all being awarded with the All-Eastern Conference Honorable Mention.

Petitions are in, elections on the way

Student elections scheduled for late March, early April

Erick Fredendall

With 40 signatures collected and petitions submitted, candidates for the 2014-2015 academic year have laid the foundation for the campaign to a position in SC4’s student government.
The upcoming SC4 student elections fall on Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, April 1, in the lower level of the College Center Atrium. Election times are split into two sessions, the first falling from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Students must present a valid picture ID in order to vote.
Roughly 100 students voted in last year’s student government elections, making one of the lowest vote counts in SC4 history.
“With the increase in candidates from last year and change in location, an increase of voter turnout is highly likely,” said Sean Lathrop, the current student government president.
Student Government’s executive board consists of a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.
The official ballots are anticipated to include two candidates for president, three for vice president, and one for treasurer. There is currently one write-in candidate for the secretary position.
Running for the office of president are William Warner and Rachael Gardner. Vice presidential candidates include James Woolman, Terrence Warner, and Melissa Whitesell.
The only officer from the 2013-2014 academic year seeking re-election is Brian Heidt, currently running unopposed for the position he currently holds, the Treasurer.
As of press time, write-in candidate Tonya Snover is the only student running for secretary.
The deadline for petitions fell on March 20. Only nominees who submitted their 40 signatures prior to the date are listed on the ballot for the election.
“Students who miss the deadline can still run as write-in candidates, but their names will not appear on the ballot,” said Lathrop. “For write-in votes to count, students have to fill in the name of the write-in candidate.”
According to the SC4 Student Government Constitution, eligible candidates must be students of SC4 who have at least a 2.0 GPA and have filed intent to run with the student activity coordinator.
The Student Activity Coordinator, Sarah Finnie, can be reached at (810) 989-5639 or by email at

Melissa Whitesell (not pictured)

Sophomore Melissa Whitesell is a Blue Water Middle College student studying for a liberal arts associate degree at SC4. She is running for the position of vice president of student government.
“I’d love helping out the college. I’d like to see different things with the Stressbreaker and with student academics, seeing more creative ways to challenge our students,” Whitesell said.
Whitesell has attended multiple club meetings to observe the proceedings, but she is not involved in any student organizations.

SC4 Student government elections

William Warner and James WoolmanWilliam Warner and James Woolman

Presidential candidate William Warner is pursuing an associate in accounting, and is accompanied by his running mate for vice president, James Woolman, who is pursuing an associate degree in both marketing and management.
“Our primary focus is to promote a more active mentoring program for clubs and to improve the communication between student government and the campus,” Warner said.
Both Warner and Woolman currently hold positions in SC4’s Marketing and Management Club, where Woolman serves as president and Warner serves as vice president.



Terrence Warner and Rachael GardnerRachael Gardner and Terrence Warner

Presidential candidate Rachael Gardner, sophomore, is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in management through the SC4 to Walsh College program offered at SC4. Terrence Warner, her running mate, is a freshman at SC4 pursuing an associate degree in criminal justice.
“We like the principles the current student government has established,” Gardner said, “we want to continue to expose students to new events, more campus life.”
Gardner is a member of the Health and Wellness Club and is active in work-study programs at SC4. She has also worked in the Financial Aid, Advising, Trio, and Enrollment Services. She is currently an English tutor for the college. Warner is a member of the Criminal Justice Club. Both students participate in the Trio program offered by the college.


Brian Heidt and Tonya SnoverBrian Heidt and Tonya Snover

Sophomore Brian Heidt is pursuing an associate degree in accounting and is looking to be re-elected to his position of treasurer for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Tonya Snover is also a sophomore; she is studying for an associate degree in general business, and is a write-in candidate for the secretary position in the coming election.
Aside from being the current treasurer, Heidt is a member of both the Marketing and Management Club and the Gay-Straight Alliance. He is also the business editor of the Erie Square Gazette.
Snover is the current secretary/communication director for the Marketing and Management Club, and is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.



Melissa Whitesell (not pictured)

Sophomore Melissa Whitesell is a Blue Water Middle College student studying for a liberal arts associate degree at SC4. She is running for the position of vice president of student government.
“I’d love helping out the college. I’d like to see different things with the Stressbreaker and with student academics, seeing more creative ways to challenge our students,” Whitesell said.
Whitesell has attended multiple club meetings to observe the proceedings, but she is not involved in any student organizations.

Big Blue Button

New technology flourishes on campus

Gregory Garofalo
Managing Editor

The technological terror of innovation continues to spread all over campus. At the monthly board of trustees meeting, Cathleen Fraley, the representative of SC4’s nursing program, released news of a new way for online students to further obtain the full experience of the classroom.
This new program is called Big Blue Button.
Big Blue Button allows students to virtually access notes and lectures in either real time or later on in the day. All of this is achieved through the student’s and teacher’s Wave accounts.
Online learning is still relatively new and still in its formative years. New innovations like this show potential for future growth in the area.
“It’s a wonderful tool to learn from,” said Fraley, “They can actually interact virtually. With each slide I can present my material and listen at a different time or in real time.”
According to Cathleen, 48 students were selected to beta test the program and only one student could not use the program correctly. However, this was only because the student had used Internet Explorer.
As well as a recording feature to capture lectures, Big Blue Button also has an online white board feature to capture instructor’s notes in real time while storing them on the Wave page as well. It was not clear how the instructors will be given these electronic whiteboards. But Fraley seems confident that her plans will succeed.
The board members’ opinions on this new program were positive:
“It’s very important for an institution to have advantages in technology, so we as a campus are at the cutting edge for students in their use of technology,” said board of trustee’s member John D. Adair.
Plans for Big Blue button will be set in motion this summer and is scheduled to start use in the upcoming fall semester.

Low priced treats from SC4 clubs

Marketing and Management and Zombie Defense Council host bake sale

Nichole Hatcher
Staff Writer

On Tuesday, March 18, the Marketing and Management Club joined forces with the Zombie Defense Council to have a bake sale on the first floor of the main building and in the college center.
The bake sale started at 10 a.m. with a table filled with homemade goodies and ended with an empty table around 4 p.m.
Prices ranged from cookies at 25 cents to a bag of puppy chow for 1 dollar.
The table featured all different types of treats. The selection included fruity pebble treats, cupcakes with green sprinkles, sliced banana bread, blueberry muffins, cookies and puppy chow. They even had green Rice Krispy treats to stick with the St. Patrick’s Day theme from the day before.
Tonya Snover said that the biggest hit was “Blueberry muffins.” She stated that they had sold all of them within their first hour of opening the bake sale.
The table in the main building had been set up right in front of the vending machines so that students and professors could smell and see the goodies as they walked to and from class.
The president of Marketing and Management James Woolman said, “The reason we joined forces with the Zombie Defense Council was to prove that clubs can join together and do things and have success.”
When it was all said and done both clubs made a combined profit of $180. Their plan was to split the money down the middle. Each club walked away with $90.
James Woolman said, “We had so much fun and we for sure want to do more events next year with more clubs, if not all of the clubs.”

A family’s start to recovery

SC4’s Drama club performs “Rabbit Hole”

Jenelle Kalaf

Staff Writer

“Anything that happens in real life should be on stage,” said Stewart Reed, a theatre instructor at SC4 in reference to SC4’s latest drama, Rabbit Hole.
Eight months ago, an awful tragedy fell upon a family. Becca and Howie, portrayed by Elizabeth Wentzel and Justin Rutherford, lost their 4 year-old son in a tragic car accident.
Now this family needs to pick up the pieces, and move on.
The seed to recovery is planted when Izzy, Becca’s sister, portrayed by Alinah Purdy-Sachs, becomes pregnant and Howie and Becca are forced to face reality.
Then the driver, Jason, portrayed by August Smith, now left emotionally wrecked, seeks forgiveness from Becca and Howie.
“It’s a sad play, but there is some hope,” said Tom Kephart, director of Rabbit Hole.
While the play does have its sad spots, Wentzel doesn’t think it’s something patrons are meant to cry over.
“This is how people deal with death in real life. No one sits around and cries in front of each other. You have to try and move on,” Wentzel said.
“It takes its toll,” Rutherford said.
“This is such a personal situation,” Olivia Jones, a student at SC4 said during intermission. “It feels like we shouldn’t be watching.”
“It’s still unsure,” Kephart said. “Everything is exposed. Everything is open. Everything is raw. The family is wearing everything on their sleeves.”
“I kept thinking about my own son’s shoes,” said Dr. Suzanna M. O’Brien who played Nat, Becca’s mother, when she recalled a scene where she has to throw out Danny’s shoes. “I still have a Barney shoe.”
“It’s easy to get emotional when everyone is giving everything they’ve got, every time,” O’Brien said.
“They just don’t know how to go on,” Kephart said. “In the end, there is a glimmer of hope for this family.”

Warning: Zombies on campus

SC4 Makeup students learn to do zombie makeup application

Hannah Hunter
Staff Writer

“Now I must clean the blood off my magic wand,” said Stewart Reed, SC4 Stage Makeup class instructor. That cannot be said in many other classes may raise eyebrows, in makeup class, it’s completely normal.
THA 107 is offered in the fall and winter semester’s and takes place in SC4’s Fine Arts Building. According to Stewart Reed, there has been a makeup class offered at SC4 for a while, but only recently did he take on the role as instructor.

Photo 4: Alisha David, 21 from Port Huron, MI
Photo 4: Alisha David, 21 from Port Huron, MI

“Lisa Sturtridge was the teacher here before me, she died one day right before class and I was called in as an emergency replacement for the rest of the semester. So I’ve just continued on teaching since then. It will be 2 and half years this year that I’ve been teaching this class,” said Reed.
Even though SC4 is a community college, a wide variety of classes are offered. One of those classes is THA 107 (Stage Makeup).
In this class, students learn how to effectively apply stage makeup with practical supplies. Some of the applications can be done with common household products such as gelatin.

“Since I am in many shows I know some of the basics of makeup, but there’s still some aspects that I didn’t know well enough, so I thought getting more knowledge of it will help with future shows,” said SC4 student Dan Williams.
Registration for the fall semester opens April 16 and classes fill up quickly, so don’t forget to sign up.

Sophomore students show their stuff

SC4 shows off graphic design program

Zack Penzien
Production Editor

The SC4 fine arts building will be hosting a new gallery show April 7 through April 23. The show is dedicated to the work of the sophomore students of the SC4 Graphic Design Program.
“The students who are a part of the show are also in the portfolio presentation class,” said Chris Krolczyk, design instructor at SC4. “We wanted to showcase the students work from their time here at SC4.”
The student show will be taking place alongside the Patterns Gallery Show. “You will see anything from graphic design, illustration to fine arts all from the portfolios of the students,” said Krolczyk
The sophomore art show will be accompanied by the Patterns Award Show and will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 7 to April 23 in the fine arts galleries.


Jeremy Wilson, Graphic design studentJeremy Wilson is a native of Saint Clair.
When he is not working or at school, Wilson’s hobbies include Graphic design and Motocross.
He draws inspiration for his own work from street art, clothing, and the Graphic Design work of Paul rand.
In the future, Wilson plans on attending Wayne State University in the fall of 2014.
“I am extremely passionate about graphic design, and I am always willing to talk about it,” said Wilson. “I work hard to achieve my goals, and firmly believe that if you want something, you have to earn it.”
To check out more from Wilson, take a look at his website,

Art by Jeremy Wilson
Art by Jeremy Wilson


Meghan Lynn Barriger, also known as Lynn B. Grim,Meghan Lynn Barriger, also known as Lynn B. Grim, was born in Detroit, raised in Rochester Hills, and currently living in Port Huron.
Her hobbies apart from drawing include reading, writing, video games, movies, television, and rollerskating. Barriger is passionate about art, horror, mythology, comics, and all my geeky fandoms.
Barriger’s creative influences are mostly writers and artists such as Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Brom, Keith Thompson, and Tim Sale. She is also inspired by film directors, actors, and the cinema in general.
As far as future plans, Barriger wants to continue her education, but also wouldn’t mind perusing a career right after graduation.
“I would love to work for Marvel or DC comics, or illustrate concept art for films,” Barriger said, “But my main goal is to write and illustrate my own comic with all my original characters.”
To check out her artwork or if you’re curious about commissions, go to

Art by Meghan Lynn