Category Archives: Issue 64.7

Recycled excuses

SC4 recycling is a myth

Gregory Garofalo
Managing Editor

“Recycling is sexy”

While walking on campus, most students have probably seen one of the eight student-made recycling bins throughout the buildings. They give a sense of reassurance to students, a promise that SC4 is being responsible with their garbage.
What if it were all a lie?
“It’s all being thrown away right now,” said Mark Polly of SC4 maintenance staff. According to the maintenance crew and SC4’s Marketing Manager Martha Pennington, as of now the recycling program here at the college is non-existent.
“We believe we’ll have it up and running as soon as we can, it is definitely a priority to us,” said Pennington. According to Pennington, the recycling program has been put on hold due to the retirement of Tom Donavan, who was the school’s director of Physical Plant.
But how soon is soon?
According to both Pennington and Polly, SC4 has a contract out right now to replace Green Earth Recycling, the school’s former recycling contract. But with that being said, Pennington says she doesn’t know for sure how long the school has gone without a recycling contract, or how long it will be until a new contract is found.
Donavan says recycling is a campus wide effort that includes students and faculty. “I was in charge as director. That duty is now under the direction of Vice President Kramer.”
So even though the contract was in limbo when Donavan retired, the recycling program is never up to just one man.
According to Pennington, the school is still in recycling limbo, and says that the school does not know how long it has been in-between recycling plants.
The college has made no effort to publicize this information.

Student reactions
“I’m a little angry. Why put the bins out if you’re not actually going to recycle? I recycle, and this really irritates me. I feel like the college is lying to me,” said SC4 student Travis Nedison.

“To be honest, I thought it might be that way. I don’t know why. I had suspicions. I heard this from somewhere else. It’s upsetting truly to hear that. Some people really do take that seriously. It’s a disappointment. If there’s no use for it, why have the bins?” stated Abdu Anaimi.

Sean Lathrop, President of Student Government said, “I was surprised. I’m saddened that the college hasn’t done anything about it, considering how proud they are of being a green college. SC4 will scream proudly that we have these solar panels, but then put a plastic bag on Mother Nature’s head.”

“That’s not cool. I go out of my way to put the plastic in plastic and the cans in cans. I’m offended because it was a lie,” said next year’s Student Government President James Woolman.

Staff writers Kris Reynolds and Nick “Chico” Hernandez contributed to this report.

Closing thoughts from the newsroom

“So long, and thanks for all the fish”

Erick Fredendall

topEvery year around springtime in student newspapers all across the country, student editors hit their keyboards and start penning their farewell columns.
And while it might seem cliché, in this instance I argue tradition should be upheld. We have a lot to talk about.
First and foremost, to our readers: thank you. The student, faculty, and community support the Gazette has seen over the last semester has inspired and uplifted us. In a day where the running joke in student media-sphere is the only people who read the student newspaper are the writers and the collegiate Public Relations department, the amount of people who read our newspaper and reach out to compliment or share feedback with the staff is both humbling and inspiring.
The academic year kickstarted with a rebranding of our logo and a transition from the traditional broadsheet template to a tabloid. We moved on to expanded sections, and even made some new ones; the Music section has garnered expansive support and recognition from the Port Huron music community and our Lifestyle section has allowed our student writers to create even more engaging dialogue with the student body.
We’re also happy to announce a generous donation of new distribution bins has been clear by the college administration. The bins are courtesy of the Macomb Daily and 21st Century Media and were brought about with the help of SC4 student Kathy Brady.
The Gazette anticipates having the bins around campus by the fall 2014 semester.
I’d like to take a moment to praise the unsung heroes of the newsroom, the editorial staff: the production crew, Zachary Penzien and his assistant, Emily Mainguy, the copy editor, Angela Stoecklin, the photography editor, Elizabeth Whittemore, the managing editor, Gregory Garofalo, and our web editor, Polly Miller.
Recognition also goes out to the ESG staff for providing excellent content for the paper and to our advisor, John Lusk, for his guidance and quotes of wisdom.
Finally, as excellent as our staff is, the one constant of the student newsroom is the nature of change: the Erie Square Gazette is looking for new talent to fill editorial positions and staff writers to fill the paper. Those interested in writing for the paper and/or fill an editorial position are encouraged to reach out to us at
Have a good summer, SC4.anotherone

Career Fair opens gate of employment to all

SC4 plays host to several companies at Career Fair

Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Staff Writer

Mike Horsey (left) talks with Keith Howe (right) about employment opportunities with Fastenal.
Mike Horsey (left) talks with Keith Howe (right) about employment opportunities with Fastenal.
Photo credit: Nick “Chico” Hernandez

People of all ages came out to St. Clair County Community College on April 23 in hopes of lining themselves up with a job. Upon entering the cafeteria or Alumni room, the jive of salesmen and talkback of prospective employees showed that the Career Fair had landed on SC4’s doorstep once again.
From the Speedway gas station to Port Huron Hospital and all the way up to the State of Michigan; there seemed to be clear evidence that the local job market is in an upswing. A total of 46 tables from varying companies were set up in the cafeteria and Alumni room.
Most companies reported a good turnout of people, with the Secretary of State claiming to have received over 40 résumés. Most companies admitted to have participated in the Career Fair in previous years, but this year, some new tables were set up.
Verizon Wireless was one such fresh face, stating that they had “steady traffic” and “students, alumni, and community; we’ve had it all.”
Mike Horsey, 18, of Port Huron said that he had come to the Career Fair to “find a new challenge.” Horsey also added that he is a “natural salesman,” which then started a conversation between Keith Howe, a district manager of Fastenal, and himself.
Another citizen of the community that came to the Career Fair was Mark Ryan, 28, of Marysville. “I’ve been down on my luck for the last year trying to find a job, and this job fair was exactly what I needed,” Ryan said.
“It sure seems like a lot of people came out to this thing. The best thing that could happen is employment for all,” added Ryan.
William Warner, 28 and a student of SC4, said that he was “pleasantly surprised there were more [tables] this year.” Warner also expressed disappointment in not being able to find a job that offered anything to do with accounting, which would mirror his major.
“I think this is an up and coming event for the campus.” Warner added.

Stories, ceramics, and soldiers

56th edition of Patterns gets re-vamped

Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Coordinator of the Arts, Celeste Skalnek, awards Shelby Castillo of Ruby Township for her first place winning art, “Hand Study.” Photo credit: Lily Petit
Coordinator of the Arts, Celeste Skalnek, awards Shelby Castillo of Ruby Township for her first place winning art, “Hand Study.” Photo credit: Lily Petit

This year, Patterns is about, “featuring and honoring the life, service, and artwork of veterans,” English professor and master of ceremonies, Cliff Johnson, proudly stated during the Patterns reception at 2 p.m. on Sun. April 27.
Artist Richard Casper, author Sean Davis, and poet Brian Turner served on the panel of guest judges this year. Furthermore, they all served in the military. Each is a veteran of the Iraq war, although they come from different branches of the military.
Jim Frank, English and French professor, as well as a veteran himself, is the originator of the veteran theme idea. Frank’s colleagues thought it was fitting considering how many veterans have been attending SC4 in recent years.
Patterns has never had a theme before and Johnson says there are no plans for future themes, although they will be open to ideas.
SC4’s Patterns magazine dates back 56 years, making it the longest continually published community college literary and arts magazine in the state. Per tradition, a panel of judges chooses exceptional written and visual art to be printed in the magazine.
Each genre of writing is blindly judged by three faculty members. The filtered pieces then go to the guest judges. Patterns guest judges are made possible through grants and have been a Patterns tradition for 14 years.
This year’s artwork judges included Dwayne Croff, retired Fine Arts professor, John Henry, and guest judge Richard Casper.
Patterns embraced another change this year with the addition of student designers. “Students not only fill the magazine. They produce it,” said Jim Neese, Associate Dean of Instruction.

English professor, Cliff Johnson, awards Gerald Crower for his first place essay, “Cellphones and Modern Detachment,” during the Patterns reception on Sun. April 27. Photo credit: Lily Petit
English professor, Cliff Johnson, awards Gerald Crower for his first place essay, “Cellphones and Modern Detachment,” during the Patterns reception on Sun. April 27. Photo credit: Lily Petit

Fine Arts instructor, Sarah Slobodzian, brought a fresh look to Patterns by bringing graphic design sophomores Jeremy Wilson, Graig DesJardin, and Sheryl Penzien’s input into the picture. These students “were selected for their exceptional academic and graphic design skills,” says Slobodzian.
Wilson, DesJardin, and Penzien’s artwork are featured in the magazine.
Alongside their work, Lindsey Gofton of Port Huron won first place poem for “Russian Lady.” Jennifer Noble of Port Huron won first place short story for “Stealing Your Heart.” Gerald Crowe of Port Huron won first place essay for “Cell Phones and Modern Detachment,” and Shelby Castillo of Ruby Township won first place art for “Hand Study.”
31 students are featured in the magazine with a total of 53 pieces to enjoy.
“Patterns gives us a vivid look at what inspires and drives our students,” Neese said. To gain that insight, pick up a Patterns book in the Fine Arts building before the building is closed for the summer.
Slobodzian says, “Patterns is important because it gives the college a celebrated opportunity to honor the talents of our most creative students. It is also an important part of the college’s history for which the students get to contribute to. This publication marks the presence of so many; past, present and future. It is exciting to be a part of it.”
Anyone interested in being a part of this celebrated magazine can find information on how to enter artwork and written pieces in the 57th edition of Patterns on SC4’s portal.

Professional Development Day

SC4 to host career and business building seminar

Kristopher Reynolds
Staff Writer

On May 16th SC4 will be hosting a Professional Development day.
Even better, the event is free.
This is the second installment of the twice yearly conference. The theme this time around will be “Spring Ahead: Moving to the Next Level.”
The event will feature five different workshops of which attendees can choose the two that most interest them. All sessions are geared towards developing professional business standards, knowledge, and etiquette. This includes aid in business website construction, enhancing culture and efficacy in the workplace, selecting good team members, and working with the community to better both the community and the business.
The seminar will conclude with lunch and the chance network with other professionals.
The RSVP date was April 25th. Anyone with questions or comments can contact Pauline Schwanitz at (810) 989-5793 or
For more information on the day and workshops included, go to

Cap is back

Captain America: The Winter Soldier stands strong

Gregory Garofalo
Managing Editor


BAM! POW! “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” swings open the gate to summer movies. Reeling in a $96 million opening weekend at the box office. it is one of the strongest Marvel movies to date.
And here’s why:

– It brought back a level of reality to the Marvel universe: Over the past six years, Marvel has introduced their audiences to exciting foes such as Nazi super soldiers, techno-terrorists, radioactive monsters, demi gods and even aliens.
In this Captain America sequel, the high has worn off and the dragons have left. Even though the movie has heavy sci-fi elements, it definitely feels the most grounded out of the Marvel movies. Giving the film a feeling of a fresh start, the audience doesn’t feel burdened by eight previous movies.

– Social commentary was natural and didn’t feel forced: Captain America, both in the comics and in the movies stands as a symbol of freedom and liberty. Marvel and the Russo brothers take complete advantage of this and bring in a lot of modern day national concerns. Primarily the line between security and liberty. One particular memorable quote comes to mind “This isn’t freedom, this is fear… [you’re] holding a gun to the rest of the world and calling it freedom.”

– Strong Characters, and good development of Black Widow and Nick Fury: One thing Marvel has always been adept at is crafting strong characters, this movie is no exception. Now that The Avengers saved the day we’re able to take a look at how Cap has grown as a character, before we saw a man fighting for freedom, and here we see a man fighting to preserve it.
Natasha Romanov, the Black Widow, gets her largest role yet. Before we’ve seen Black Widow the Superhero, and now we see Natasha the woman. Marvel does an excellent job revealing a more human side to the tough as nails heroine seen in Avengers.
Nick Fury is another big name that has been given more defined role, not just a mysterious leader of a secret agency. Audiences are shown just what Nick’s role is and why he keeps the secrets that he does.

– New characters hold their own: Anthony Mackie is a new face to the Cap-verse, playing iconic superhero The Falcon. Mackie does a great job holding his own amidst two Avengers, becoming a character with not only a definite purpose in the film, but is someone you will hope and pray to be in future Captain America and Avenger films.

– Changes to the Marvel Universe, not just the hero: Unlike previous post-Avengers movies which take the hero out of the larger world, The Winter Soldier shakes things up not just for Steve Rogers, but for the whole world Marvel has established that has already affected Marvel’s agents of SHIELD, and will no doubt affect Avengers: Age of Ultron next May.

– Organic special effects: In a world of digital effects swarming the world around us, practical effects can take a back seat (thank you George Lucas and James Cameron.) The Russo brothers bring in a slew of Organic explosions and fight scenes that are so well choreographed you will forget that you have the ability to blink.

Meet the amazing Avrie Dunsmore

SC4’s commencement speaker revealed

Jenelle Kalaf
Staff Writer

Comencment speaker Avrie Dunsmore chillin’ at home. Photo credit: Avrie Dunsmore
Comencment speaker Avrie Dunsmore chillin’ at home. Photo credit: Avrie Dunsmore

Commencement for SC4 brings out the best in all graduates and honors the work that they’ve done.
Selected to be the key note speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony, Avrie A. Dunsmore, 23, hopes to bring that to light.
Dunsmore is graduating with her associates degree in applied arts and science degree in office administration.
The Commencement speaker is selected by a nomination and interview process with SC4 faculty and a specific committee designated to plan for the commencement ceremony.
“I got a message from Chris Sebastian from SC4, and he told me he had a question for me,” Dunsmore explained.
“I wasn’t expecting it. I had been taking a lot of online classes the last couple of years, because it was more convenient for my schedule. I wasn’t even expecting to be nominated. When he called me, I was surprised,” Dunsmore said. “It was a very humbling phone call.”
According to Dunsmore, not everyone was as taken aback by the news. “My mom wasn’t surprised when I told her,” she laughed.
“My speech is complete and submitted, and now I’m in rehearsal mode,” Dunsmore commented.
“I don’t have any type of stage fright, but I have a feeling right before I get on stage, I might get anxious.”
Dunsmore’s life isn’t just all about college and speeches, though.
Dunsmore works full time and takes online classes. She lives with her husband, Justin Dunsmore, in Port Huron.
“It all keeps me pretty busy,” Dunsmore said with a laugh.
After SC4, Dunsmore plans on going to Walsh College to obtain her bachelors in general business.
She does plan on staying at SC4 for a while to get a few more credits before moving on.
“SC4 just has great flexibility,” Dunsmore said. “I love that the faculty has actually had experience in their fields.”
Dunsmore, honored by the decision for her to speak feels great.
“It’s really made my associates degree feel finalized,” Dunsmore said.
SC4’s 90th annual Commencement ceremony is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the McMorran Place Main Arena. The event is free and open to the public.

Summer construction to begin May 10

Fine Arts Building in need of repair

Liz Whittemore
Photo Editor

SC4 Fine Arts Building practice room before renovations. Photo credit: Gregory Garofalo
SC4 Fine Arts Building practice room before renovations. Photo credit: Gregory Garofalo

For a while, the sound of music will not be heard coming from the Fine Arts Building. Instead, the sounds of construction will.
Beginning Saturday, May 10 the Fine Arts Building will be closed until August 15 for the construction to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) and other various projects to the building.
SC4 Vice President for Administrative Services Kirk Kramer estimates that the HVAC system for the Fine Arts Building is about 20 years old and generally lasts 15 to 20 years. The 40-year-old electrical system currently in use in the FAB is original.
The SC4 Board of Trustees approved the project during their meeting November 14, 2013 and gave a budget of $4.25 million.
“It’s in need of replacement. It’s past its useful life. It doesn’t really function properly and it’s repaired frequently,” said SC4 President Dr. Kevin Pollock during the meeting.
According to Martha Pennington, SC4’s Marketing Manager, the project has been on the college’s differed maintenance list for several years.
“That’s probably higher than what will be needed,” said Pennington, who said that Siemens, the company contracted to do the work, estimates the renovation will cost $4 million.
“It’s an expensive job, but it’s one that we need to have done,” said Pollock. “One of our biggest complaints right now is when the ventilation system kicks in you can’t hear anything in the practice rooms.”
Included in the Siemen project design is additional insulation along the rooftop to minimize system noise.
The Fine Arts Theatre will remain open for the “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” performances May 15 through May 18. During this time, only the entrances off of Erie Street will remain open for the performances.

The smell of trees, animals, and popcorn can only mean one thing…

Community attends St. Clair County Earth Fair

Nichole Hatcher
Staff Writer

The St. Clair County Earth Fair arrived at Goodells County Park on Friday, April 25 and departed Saturday evening on the 26.
The Earth Fair was very kid friendly. It had hands on activities to teach them how important it is to keep our earth green. The kids were able to make bird houses and feeders. The kids even got to make their own paper with glitter or seeds inside of it.
The biggest hit was the animals. The fair had animals as small as a baby chick up to two large Alpacas. They had bunnies as soft as could be and a snake with freshly new skin.
Riley Hatcher said his favorite thing about the fair was “being able to touch the lizard and the snake.”
“The snake felt so smooth.” he said.
Chris’s Bunnies from Fort Gratiot was there. “I sold about 90 bunnies for Easter and I will probably get 20 of them back.” Chris not only has bunnies for sale but she also takes in bunnies that people no longer want” she stated. “Never release a pet bunny into the wild, they will not survive. Bring them to me,” she said.
On Friday, bus after bus unloaded students ready to learn and see what the Earth Fair had to offer. Saturday was more laid back with families enjoying family time and togetherness while learning how to help save our environment.
Saturday the girls from Paul Mitchell hair school were there to donate their time to do free face painting.
The Earth Fair had many different stations hosted by companies sharing their eco-friendly advances and products. Tupperware showing the latest storage sets, DTE showing what light bulbs save you money and are safer, and the Blue Water Transit and how riding it saves our environment and helps keep our breathing air cleaner.

Pet of the issue


Angie Stoecklin
Copy Editor

Pet of the Issue -RustyCat. Photo credit: Angie Stoecklin
Photo credit: Angie Stoecklin

Looking for a new furry friend to add to your home? Then look no further than this blonde feline, Rusty.
Rusty is about 8 months old. When he arrived at the humane society his name was Blondie, but volunteers changed his name to the more masculine Rusty.
Originally a stray, this male domestic medium hair has since been socialized by the people who had brought him to the humane society. BWHS volunteers say that he gets along well with other cats, but it is unknown what his reaction would be towards children or dogs, therefore a multiple cat household or a no pet household may be best.
Rusty’s adoption fee is $100, however, if asked about adoption specials, the BWHS will reduce the fee.
An anonymous donor will help covered the cost of any pet featured in the ESG. This donor is not affiliated with the humane society so those interested should contact the ESG via the writers e-mail below.
For more information on Rusty or other pets up for adoption visit the Blue Water Area Human Society at 6266 Lapeer road in Port Huron.

Contact Angie at