Art Night draws students and community to SC4 Angie Stoecklin Editor-in-Chief
The first ever Art Night on Sept. 19 at SC4 brought an “overwhelming response from the community,” as Adjunct Instructor Myrna Pronchuck put it. Members of the community and SC4 between the ages of 14 to 30 were welcome to register to take place in the art-themed workshops.
Pronchuck, who recently moved to Michigan from Atlanta Georgia, had gotten the idea from events held at art institutions in the south known as Draw –a-thons. According to Pronchuck, it seemed like an interesting way to introduce young people to visual arts and to SC4.
“I brought the idea to Celeste Skalnek, the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, and she thought it would be a great way to incorporate all of the visual as well as the performing arts at SC4 to serve our community,” said Pronchuck.
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs provided a grant for the event, thus turning it into a mentorship program for emerging artists who were involved in SC4’s art program. The grant however, wasn’t the only donation from the community.
Pronchuck says, “Pizza was generously donated from Happy’s Pizza in Port Huron as well as 10 gallons of orange drink from McDonald’s.”
A wide range of workshops included African drumming, pottery, stage makeup, and still-life drawing.
In addition to the workshops, SC4 student Natalie Mainguy performed compositions on her violin for all the attendees.
“There was music in the hallways and the classrooms. The classes were full of happy smiling youth making art and trying their skills at music and theatre, many for the first time,” said Pronchuck.
For anyone who missed this year’s art night, Pronchuck says that the event’s success has prompted SC4 to plan anther one for next year.
Because pumpkin spiced lattes aren’t for everyone Lily Petit Staff Writer
Sweater weather, fall flavors, and seeking spooky experiences are all part of enjoying autumn. But what’s to be done if you aren’t thrilled about the typical fall experiences?
1. Try Dairy Queen’s new pumpkin pie blizzard:
The only thing I like more than pie is ice cream. Dairy Queen combined the two, stealing my heart in the process. Dairy Queen’s website describes the pumpkin pie blizzard as, “Pumpkin pie pieces blended in creamy vanilla soft serve crowned with whipped topping and nutmeg.” Don’t like pumpkin? They also have an apple pie option.
2. Attend ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at McMorran Theatre:
This cult classic is as entertaining as it is interactive. Follow the antics of sweet transvestite, Frank-N-Furter and his friends from Transsexual Transylvania. And don’t be afraid to join in on their fun. Show dates and times, as well as ticket prices, can be found at mcmorran.com.
3. Go for a walk:
Shades of reds and yellows will soon be dappling the trees. Whether you choose to wander the new Blue Water River Walk, the Wadhams to Avoca trail, or even explore the paths of the Pine River Nature Center, just make sure you soak up as much of the crisp fall air before the (dare I say it) bitter cold of winter sets it.
4. Watch some Skipper sports:
If you’re looking to observe while being outside, the softball and golf teams have games until the end of September. Rather be indoors? Volleyball goes until the end of November and home games can be found in the SC4 gymnasium. Additionally, men’s and women’s basketball season reaches up to mid-March. Sport specific schedules can be found at sc4.edu.
5. Go clearance shopping:
Letting go of summer is hard. Sweaters, jeans, and scarves are filling the racks of clothing stores everywhere, but all the shorts and tank tops that weren’t sold aren’t just going to magically disappear. Hit up your favorite department store, boutique, or resale shop for some serious deals. Take this chance to stock up on flip flops and fedoras for next summer.
Michigan autumn is here and gone in a wisp of apple cider steam. It’s time to make the most of the harvest season.
The Vault Sweet Shop cuts the ribbon Gregory Garofalo Lifestyle Editor
The Vault. A treasure trove of untold sweets and ice cream flavors.
Recently purchased Round Island Sweet Shop, has been re-named and re-purposed since May 23.
“We just launched sandwiches,” says Vault co-owner James Branch, “We have phases and plans moving forward. Our first phase was to build up capital of ice cream over the summer which we did, and to buy equipment to start doing sandwiches to survive throughout the winter. We just signed with the Chamber of Commerce so we could do the ribbon cutting and gain some publicity to some awesome tasting sandwiches.”
Branch went on to describe one of the Vault’s main attractions: Their Rice Krispy treats.
“We’re starting our new baked line of Rice Krispy treats. Our biggest selling item has been our stuffed Oreo Rice Krispy treats. We now have our double chocolate, Reese’s peanut butter cup, Trix stuffed, and M&M stuffed, along with our Oreo stuffed.”
Branch, being a man of faith, stresses that while he and co-owner Josh Sabo are dedicated Christians, they are Christians running a business, not a Christian business.
“The opportunities that this gives us for ministry are immense, and we are going to use them as they come. However, first and foremost we are going to run this as a business. So far we’ve had a big presence and that’s allowed us to minister in ways we haven’t thought of before. Last week we were handing out half sandwiches to the cars that were stuck waiting for the draw bridge, and we had a lady pray over us and our business. When you look at Jesus Christ’s ministry he was with people, this gives us the opportunity to be with people on a daily business.”
The Vault Sweet Shoppe is located at 902 Military St in Port Huron.
Helping a charity and learning more about the Y Mairead Warner Staff Writer
The YMCA of the Blue Water Area is teaming up with the charitable organization, “Kids In Distress Services, Inc.” also known as (KIDS). These two organizations are joining forces by giving families the opportunity to donate gently used clothing. The clothing drive is on now and goes through Sept. 30.
According to Jenn Stanyer, Community Specialist for YMCA of the Blue Water Area, “The clothing donations that are needed are: children and teens jeans for boys and girls (sizes five through 12), PJs, winter jackets and any other gently used clothing.” The clothing required to be new are socks and underwear in both genders for teens and children.
“The YMCA joining fee can be waived if families bring in one article of clothing. Families can drop off the articles of clothing at the Y,” said Stanyer.
An employee for the Y can help families locate the drop boxes.
According to the YMCA of the Blue Water Area website, “classes are available for all ages including early childhood to active older adults. The YMCA of the BWA gives the opportunity of online registration for programs but requires that the members provide their e-mail address, member ID, date of birth and zip code.“
The Y is open on Monday through Sunday. The hours for Monday through Friday are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The YMCA’s website has links for everyone to see what programs are offered. The fees of the programs for both members and non-members are also listed on the website.
“Families can look up additional information on the YMCA BWA’s official website which is bluewaterymca.com,” Stanyer said.
The SchwonkSoundStead hosts Manifest the Machine’s last show Lily Petit Staff Writer
Don’t miss what might be your last chance to hear Manifest the Machine live. The Port Huron based experimental rock band will be stepping out of the public light for an indefinite period of time.
Manifest the Machine will be playing on Sept. 28 at 7p.m at The SchwonkSoundStead located at 1521 7th street. The Tiny Ugly Germs and Joseph Merrill will be performing as well.
Admission is free but donations will be accepted.
Manifest considers this show to be a final salute to fans and supporters. Travis Boone, 21, says, “We are all grateful, the whole band.”
The post rock band consists of brothers Corey Strobbe, 20, on drums and Chris Strobbe, 19, on guitar. Add Travis Boone, 21, on keyboard, and Zach Nye, 19, on bass; the band is complete.
Manifest says, “If things work out in the far future, we’ll step back into the light and perform, but even if that happens it won’t be for a while.”
Changing of the seasons brings in a ‘Beer Festival’ Nick “Chico” Hernandez Managing Editor
On Friday, Sept. 27, Wolverine Market will be holding an Oktoberfest event for every beer lover, and adult of legal age.
The ‘Beer Festival’ begins at 2 p.m., ends at 8 p.m., and is $35 if you pay in advance or $40 at the door; as explained by Wolverine Market’s website, wolverinemarketporthuron.com.
Oktoberfest’s location is Kiefer Park, next to the Municipal Office Center.
The $35/$40 buys you 15 tokens to sample the Michigan brewed beers that will be everywhere during the ‘Beer Festival’. Extra tokens will be 50 cents a pop.
To reserve tickets now, drop in at Wolverine Market on Huron Ave. or call 810-982-0966.
There’s a new group of geeks on campus Melanie Buskirk Staff Writer
Students packed the College Center on Tuesday Sep. 16 for Club Awareness Day. Well established clubs such as the Gay Straight Alliance, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Zombie Defense Council set up displays, but had to make room for a brand-new upcoming group, NerdCore.
Previously known as the Magic the Gathering club, NerdCore made an entrance with a large display and a gathering of current members playing, of course, Magic: The Gathering.
NerdCore isn’t just about playing Magic: The Gathering though. Anime lovers, Yu-Gi-Oh players, gamers (both PC and console), Pokemon fanatics, and all-around geeky people are welcome to join NerdCore.
“We can be ourselves comfortably without people judging us,” said Jess Gray, vice president of NerdCore.
The folks of NerdCore can be found in the back of the cafeteria on a daily basis, but the official club meetings are held every other Tuesday around noon.
Plans for this semester include on-campus Magic: The Gathering tournaments, and off-campus bake sales (due to SC4’s new policy). The dates and locations of both are to be determined during the next official meeting.
When asked about the proceeds of the future fundraisers, Vice President Jess Gray stated, “The ultimate goal is to raise enough money for a group trip to Cedar Point.” The date of this trip is also undetermined.
The group is growing fast and will always be open to students of any fandom; so bring your cards, games, comics, and friends to the back of the cafeteria and expect to make some new friends in NerdCore.
For one day, clubs ruled the College Center Nick “Chico” Hernandez Managing Editor
With a new semester comes old clubs, new clubs, and even sees some clubs disappearing. 8 clubs graced the Atrium on Sept. 16, with Zombie Defense Council having the most visits (21) from students according to the passports handed out by Student Government.
Clubs across campus use Club Awareness Day to draw in potential members.
“Everybody learns about the clubs, it emphasizes what the clubs are about, and it gets people interested,” said Chris Dombowsky, Alumni.
“Essentially, it gets the word out,” Brandon Eason of ZDC said.
Student Government handed out passports that a student would take to 5 different club tables and get them signed. Every student that got 5 signatures on the passport entered a raffle held by Student Government to win a “Swag Bag.” In addition to handing out passports, Student Government provided cotton candy.
“It brings awareness to a brand new program,” Nikki Carlson of the newly formed Health Information Technology club said.
Marketing and Management also put on a raffle with the prize being mechanical pencils, pens, scantrons, and more. Participants gave M&M their name and contact information, in addition to “liking” M&M’s Facebook page as part of the raffle.
One of the two new clubs was NerdCore, formally known as Magic the Gathering Club, which featured many people playing games. Dillon Carter, member of NerdCore, broke down the club’s intentions; stating, “It’s a place where all of us Nerds can come together.”
Dan Clark, a freshman, said, “This event seems to be a good thing for the clubs that need to recruit. And it’s not like you can walk through the college center without noticing all these tables set up. All in all, it seems like a pretty cool thing to see especially if you’re new to the college.”
Skippers triumph over Schoolcraft in volleyball game Nick “Chico” Hernandez Managing Editor
St. Clair County Community College’s Lady Skippers started slow in the first set, but quickly picked up the pace to secure a win over Schoolcraft College. The Sept. 16 game showed both teams being evenly matched most of the time (15-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-17).
The first set saw Schoolcraft topple the Skippers, but the set proved to be a warm-up match for both teams. They both battled furiously in the following 2 sets, with SC4 claiming victory with just a few points to spare.
The last set showed the well-practiced defense of the Skippers, providing them with the 3-1 score that left the SC4 athletes winners.
This win allows the SC4 Skippers to start strong at the beginning of the season, and proceed with much earned confidence.
“Going into the game, I was excited to see how we would do. This is our first actual conference game that we’ve played in. I knew we were going to be pretty evenly matched up but I thought we played well today,” said Couch Shannon Pummill of Schoolcraft.
“In the beginning, I told the girls they needed to improve their defense or they wouldn’t be able to win. And that’s what got us the win; blocking,” SC4 Head Coach Chuck Weisner said.
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