Category Archives: Issue 65.1

Crime and punishment

Photo Credit: Nick "Chico" Hernandez
Photo Credit: Nick “Chico” Hernandez
The 4 deadly violations
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

Ashtray lids on the trash cans have vanished in a cloud of smoke, the concrete is bare of cigarette butts. The St. Clair County Community College smoking ban has taken effect.
SC4’s Board of Trustees gave the policy a thumbs’ up in April of 2014, and it officially went into effect on August 1. St. Clair County Community College is now a completely smoke and tobacco free campus, this includes the E-Cigarette’s as well.
Students caught smoking on campus will have two chances to reconsider whether they should be on school grounds the next time a craving comes around.
First offense is a verbal warning, and the second is a written warning. But with the second warning comes an official letter from the dean, saying that next time you will be in trouble.
The third time you get caught, you’ll be charged a $10 fine, and a “hold” will be placed on your record. Registration, transcripts, etc. will be blocked, and the student will have a meeting with the Vice President of Student Services and the Dean of Students, as the SC4 website states.
The forth and what would seem to be the final time (as the website only lists 4 “violations”) ups the fine to $20, and mimics the 3rd violation’s punishment. The only addition listed; “possible suspension/dismissal from campus.”
While some students opposed the idea of a smoke-free campus before it was made a rule, a few are dealing with it as best as they can. Jay Rent, 36 of Port Huron, said “I don’t like that I can’t smoke on campus anymore, but what are you going to do? Run across the street, of course!”
One other student looked at the new policy in a different manner, “This ‘No Smoking’ shit is some crap. All those little whiners need to shut the fuck up and let me do my business with my cigarette. They got no right to tell me where I can and can’t smoke,” said Danielle Carter, 28 of Marysville.
In the end, majority rules that the ban has been good for the college.
Pete Lacey, Vice President of Student Services said in an email, “The ban went into effect on August 1 and the transition has been smooth. We have received positive feedback from many people on campus and in our community.”

Recycling revamped

Photo Credit Nick "Chico" Hernandez
Photo Credit Nick “Chico” Hernandez
SC4’s new and improved recycling contract
Gregory Garofalo
Lifestyle Editor

This past spring semester, the staff at the Erie Square Gazette were intrigued by an anonymous e-mail tip that simply read: “Do you want to know the secret about SC4’s recycling program? How about there isn’t one.”
Well, being the inquisitive reporters that we are here at the ESG, we followed up on the lead. I personally led a small team of reporters dedicated to finding this deep dark secret lurking beneath the campus halls. Either that or a wild goose running around on the grounds.
To our surprise we did find that for an undisclosed amount of time, SC4’s recycling program was in fact, non-existent. The rest is history as the story was published in our last paper of the spring semester. However I, along with the entire editorial staff of the ESG, am proud to announce a new contract has been acquired.
According to SC4’s Marketing Manager Martha Pennington, as of May the school employed the services of Marcotte Disposal Inc.
Not only does this company symbolize a sigh of relief from the environmental consciences students and faculty, but also a fresh breath of excitement. As of now, SC4 recycles cardboard as well through the services of Marcotte.
Good job readers, through the power of your press and the voices of your concern you made an impactful difference in your school.

Sun, boats, and beer

Photo credit: Hannah Hunter
Photo credit: Hannah Hunter
Blue Water Antique Boat Show comes to downtown Port Huron
Hannah Hunter
Staff Writer

A little bit of beer, a little bit of sun, and lots of antique boats set the scene on the weekend of Sept. 6 in downtown Port Huron.
Boat owner and show veteran Rob Guldemond has been coming out to Port Huron with his Antique Boat for 25 years. He and his family came not only for the show on Saturday, but for the cruise night on Friday as well.
The show also featured many vendors along the docks greeting visitors and selling souvenirs. Show vendor Suzanne Kun has been coming to the show in Port Huron for 7 years and has also attended the show in St. Clair as well.
Since this was a family oriented event, boat owners offered rides out on the river to families attending.
Children were encouraged to come up close to the boats and even aboard some of them to get a look inside as well, instead of just looking in from the docks.
Some of the sponsors for the event included: The Zebra Lounge, Port Huron Power Squadron, Bill Macdonald Ford, the city of Port Huron, and the River Street Marina.
The show concluded with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. followed by food and drinks to celebrate the winners. After that, all boaters were invited for a “just for the fun of it” cruise up the black river to end the evening.

Homemade music rains down on Goodells Park

Photo Credit: Lily Petit
Photo Credit: Lily Petit
BlueChiliGrass festival rises to the top
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Goodells County Park paid host to the 5th annual BlueChiliGrass festival on Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The festival featured three stages: acoustic, bluegrass, and electric, as well as five local restaurant competitors in the chili cook off.
The BlueChiliGrass festival started in the Baron family’s backyard. Last year, an estimated 2,000 patrons sampled the sounds of the festival. And this year Susan Wilson, executive director of Lake Bonisteel Music Association (LBMA), predicts there will be 3,000. This year marks the second year that the festival has rented Goodells County Park due to the event’s increasing size.
“We want kids to get excited about music,” Wilson said. LBMA hopes their 10 percent increase in local sponsors and the rising number of attendees will make them eligible enough to become a non-profit organization. This would allow them to reach their goal of offering music scholarships.
Every sponsor, volunteer, and vendor is local.
New owners of The Raven Café, Sadaat Hossain and Jody Parmann soaked in the sounds of bluegrass on Labor Day while participating in the chili cook off and hosting a tent.
Parmann said the day was not so much about winning the competition or advertising the café, but about enjoying the music and the people. Their spicy chili was beat out by Chef Shell’s Restaurant.
SC4 students Kaitlynn Wiegand, 17, and Emily Fisher, 17, volunteered their time to the festival wherever an extra hand may be needed. Wiegand reported that she enjoyed the festival last year, but her dad, Chris Wiegand, played a large role in getting her and Emily to the park.
Unfortunately the twang of blue grass was cut short by the rumble of thunder. The storm rolled in around 6 p.m. and most of the audience left at the same time.
To learn more about the Lake Bonisteel Music Association go to lbmamusic.org. You can like and follow them on Facebook at Lake Bonisteel Music Association.

Yelling About Comics: Wicked + Devine

3901304-$_57Zacchary Penzien
“Guest Writer”

Warning: vague spoilers for the first issue.
Every ninety years, twelve gods reincarnate as teenagers. They are hated, they are loved, they are famous, and then in two years, they are dead. That’s the pitch of writer Kieron Gillen and artist/designer Jamie Mckelvie’s, “The Wicked and the Devine” (Wicked + Devine for short).
The story follows Laura, a teenage girl who gets mixed up with the reincarnation of Lucifer (Lucy for short). The first issue ends on a hell (hey look a pun) of a cliff hanger involving Lucy that sets up what I assume will be the story for the rest of the arch.
Mckelvie and Gillen are at the top of their respective games on this to create a world that is immediately recognizable as our own but with an immensely satisfying touch of fantasy.
Gillen’s set up for this world is a lovely mix of creepy and mysterious. His flair for characterization continues from his run on “Young Avenger” to this book.
Makelvie’s status as one of Marvel’s top costume designers is on full display in this. Every character feels like they have their own style that stands out from the world, but still feels like a natural part of it.
“Wicked + Devine” is a relatively recent title, only having three issues out as of now. The first of which is an oversized issue (a longer than normal issue of a comic). It’s the perfect time to jump on if you are looking for a title that is not based on superheroes.
“Wicked + Devine” is 2.99 and issue and is available for 1.99 on comixology. It is also available as a DRM free PDF on the Publisher website Imagecomics.com.

Finding art in nature

Photo Credit: Lia Martinez
Photo Credit: Lia Martinez
Spiral Gallery features Elizabeth Wilcome
Lia Martinez
Staff Writer

As most students may know, Studio 1219 features SC4 Alumni in the spiral gallery to show their support for our local artists. This month, Elizabeth Wilcome will be lining up the walls with her display of nature-inspired art.
From the first second you walk in through the door it’s easily recognizable that nature was Wilcome’s muse for this showcase.
“Nature plays a really big part in what I do,” said Wilcome, “I think most people don’t go out and look at it and they don’t see it and they don’t understand how beautiful and massive this structure is.”
When one walks into the gallery, beams of sunlight reflect across each painting in a twinkling dance bringing out the natural beauty of the paintings. Nature reaches out through every tree branch and sings out through every creature carefully crafted on the canvases. Her creations dare the human eye to question how these were created from mere brush strokes as opposed to the simple click of a button.
For those nature lovers out there, or for people looking to fall in love with the natural wonders this world has to offer, take a few minutes out of your day and check out WIlcome’s gallery.
Her show case will be open to the public from now until Sept. 30. Stop by at Studio 1219 at 1219 Military street in downtown Port Huron and experience the beauty of nature encompassed in her pieces.
For more information on Elizabeth Wilcome or her art, visit her website at elizabethwilcome.com.