Category Archives: Issue 65.3

Blues and Folk music unite

Blues group and local band reel in crowd at SC4’s theatre
Angie Stoecklin

On the night of Oct. 4, the audience in SC4’s Fine Arts theatre exploded with applause when Coordinator of the Arts Celeste Skalnek announced that she was thrilled to have Madcat Midnight Blues performing SC4.
The event featured opening band Gasoline Gypsies, a local Folk band consisting of former SC4 students, and continued with Blues group, Madcat Midnight Blues Journey. The concert didn’t end until 45 minutes after it was supposed to, but that didn’t take away from the energy exhibited by either the bands’ or the audience members.
Sherry Shelany, 68, of Fort Gratiot, stated that the people of Port Huron need to realize the outstanding talent in town, as well as the talent that is brought into town to perform alongside local artists.
“The Gasoline Gypsies are an excellent, fabulous band and people need to hear them. But to have somebody of Peter Madcat Ruth’s stature come to town and be able to hear them and see the way they react with each other on stage is wonderful,” Shelany said.
Madcat Midnight Blues Journey is a four-piece Blues band; performing Blues pieces bordering on different genres from country to rock and roll. The band consists of lead singer and Harmonica player, Peter “Madcat” Ruth, guitar player and keyboardist, Drew “Captian Midnight” Howard, bass player Mark “Papa” Schrock, and percussionist Michael “Kid” Shimmin.
According to frontman Peter “Madcat” Ruth, when Skalnek contacted him and asked if he would like to perform at SC4, he didn’t hesitate to say yes, and he was not disappointed.
“I’m glad we could do it. It’s such a beautiful auditorium; the sound system is really good, and the people running the sound system are great at what they do,” Ruth said.
The band performed the previous night in Kalamazoo. But they made the drive for the opportunity to perform on the east side of the state, which, according the Ruth wasn’t the only change the band had been looking forward to.
“We’ve been playing outdoor concerts all summer long. And it’s been fun because there’s a whole different energy about outdoor concerts. But when you’re indoors and have that back wall and enclosed space, you play differently, the musician adjusts to the room and it’s such a nice theater that we were kind of being more subtle in a way, which was nice,” said Ruth.
Ruth stated that although each member of the band had to drive at least an hour on their way out of Port Huron, they appreciated the opportunity.
“We’re really glad to be here and share our music with the folks over here (Port Huron),” Ruth said.

NASA astronaut to speak in Fine Arts Theatre

SC4’s 2nd annual STEM conference
Angie Stoecklin

SC4’s 2nd annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Conference will feature Michigan native and NASA astronaut Dr. Feustel as keynote speaker and teacher of specific workshops.
STEM will kick off at 7p.m. on Friday Oct. 24 in SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre with Dr. Feustel talking of his experiences while working for NASA. The event will continue on Saturday Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon with interactive workshops including archaeology, astronomy, chemistry, robotics, and species and habitats.
Dr. Feustel, raised in lake Orion and a graduate of Oakland Community College, possesses a bachelor’s degree in solid earth sciences, and a master’s degree in geophysics from Purdue University. He also has a Ph.D. in geological studies which he acquired from Queens University.
He started out as a geophysicist at NASA, and was then selected as a mission specialist at NASA which gave him the opportunity to travel through space.
The STEM Conference is free for anyone wishing to attend. This includes K-12 students and their families.
Those who wish to attend the event must register online at More information on the STEM is available via that link as well.

Singing Strings

The Lexington String Quartet comes to SC4
Gregory Garofalo
Lifestyle Editor

Last week on SC4 campus, the strings were singing and the music stirred and swayed the spirits of the young and old alike. The Lexington Bach Strings Quartet returned to campus.
Filled to the brim with talent, the quartet performed exquisite classics from the famous names of Bach, Mozart, and many more.
Formed fifteen years ago, the quartet is fueled by their love for music and performance.
The group consists of two violinists (Denice Anderson Turck, and Paul Lundin), a violist (Catharine DeLuca) and a Cellist (Timothy Nicolia.) Each of the four musicians have either a bachelors or master’s degree in their field of musical prowess.
To these professionals, music is just that: a profession.
“People who go into music professionally, usually can’t see themselves doing anything else. You scratch and save and try to create a niche for yourself, you’re not going to make much money in it, but it can be quite rewarding,” said Nicolia.
“The more you put in, the more you get out. It just is very rewarding for what you do for yourself and what you do for other people,” DeLuca added.
The Quartet continued their show in the Village until the fourteenth, filling the town with fun, activities, and warm summer nights filled with life and sound.

Brownies frowned upon?

A deeper look into the rumors of a bake sale ban
Melanie Buskirk
Staff Writer

Members of campus clubs, such as the new club NerdCore, are frustrated with the rumor of a bake sale ban circulating around the College Center.
According to Jess Gray, Vice President of NerdCore, a bake sale ban could heavily impact the group’s activities.
“The majority of our club members live between 40 minutes to an hour away, and for the school to set that regulation means more money coming out of our pockets because the only way we as a group can perform activities like bake sales is for us to go twice the distance over at somebody else’s house,” Gray said.
Bake sales are a common way for many clubs to raise money for group activities, but are they really the only way for our groups to raise money?
Pete Lacey, Vice President of Student Services, and Sarah Finnie, SC4’s Club Advisor, say no.
According to the data from the winter 2014 semester, clubs actually did not make that much money for their cause. For example, during the winter semester, the Gay-Straight Alliance only made $58.50 through bake sales.
“For such a lengthy process to go through for so little profit,” Lacey said, “it just doesn’t make sense.”
However, contrary to popular belief, bake sales have not been banned.
Instead of a ban, it is simply just more difficult to get an application to have a bake sale approved. Student government, as well as SC4’s administration, is trying to push the students to think outside of the box.
“Whether they do an event in the club or they have to do an event outside of a club, everyone does bake sales,” said James Woolman, Vice President of Student Government.
In order to individualize clubs and break the monotony, the Student Government voted to restrict bake sales to a group event, with more than one club hosting the bake sale at a time. “I would like to see a bake sale, but I would like to see two or three clubs doing it,” said Woolman.
The supposed “ban” on bake sales is on a trial run this semester, with its purpose being to encourage clubs to individualize themselves with trademark events, similar to the Gay-Straight Alliance’s Drag Show and Marketing & Management’s flower sales.
According to Woolman, who is also a member of the Marketing & Management club, unique events help establish a club’s presence, and bring more people in if they expect it.
To sponsor these new events, special appropriations have been increased for clubs that need it. Although we will see far less homemade delights on campus, be prepared to be delighted by the creative events sponsored by the clubs.

Everyone is welcome at the GSA

Photo Credit: Nick "Chico" Hernandez
Photo Credit: Nick “Chico” Hernandez

Gay Straight Alliance, a community for all
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, as well as straight allies, have found a home at the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club at St. Clair Community College (SC4). The GSA has been at SC4 since fall semester 2009 and has helped many students find a sense of community.
Amber Oile, current President of the GSA, said, “We want people to feel okay in their own skin and have a place that will harbor their individuality. GSA gives you that chance.”
Sean Lathrop, former GSA president and SC4 Alumni, said “It was an organization that school and community needed for LBGT rights and issues.”
“We want to create a bond with the straight community and the alley community and educate the people that would shy away from us,” said Oile.
The GSA also holds charity events for different causes, the biggest event being the Drag Show, which has been annual since April 2011. Last year, the Drag Show raised $900 for Port of Hopes, a mental illness center, as originally written in the article “Lip-Syncing for charity” in the Erie Square Gazette.
Another event the GSA has hosted over the years is Gayme Night, a collection of games from which people can play. This year’s Gayme Night will have a different appearance than past ones.
“It’s gonna be a Gayme Night that’s Halloween themed/a costume party,” Oile said.
In addition to wearing the costumes for fun, any student that comes can pay a dollar in order to enter in a contest to see who has the best costume. A one dollar cover is required to participate in Gayme Night which includes pizza, pop, games, and the chance to socially mingle.
Gayme Night is set to arrive in SC4’s cafeteria on Oct. 28, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Any student interested in joining the GSA should report to room 201 in the North Building. Meetings are held every Monday from Noon to 1 p.m.

Scholarships: what students should know

Students’ questions answered
Mairead Warner
Staff Writer

Scholarships, a way to avoid high debt and obtain free money for school for students.
According Jo Cassar, Director of Financial Asstiance and Services at SC4, Students can go to for scholarships.
Students will know that they have received a scholarship through e-mail and will be notified if they received a scholarship by early to mid-May.
For scholarship deadlines, students can check the portal; the deadline for scholarships for the winter 2015 semester is Oct. 17.
The advice Cassar offers to students applying for scholarships is to take time to write a good essay. Students should sell themselves and take the time to really pay attention. There is no limit on how many scholarships students can apply for.
Students should pay attention to the requirements when looking up scholarships. There are many scholarships and each one is different.
Some scholarship requirements are based on GPA and/or the different types of majors’ students would like to get into or are a part of. Some scholarships require a certain amount of credit hours on top of either a certain major or a certain GPA.
According to Cassar, Scholarships are completed online at There is a general app that walks students though the scholarship process and is easy to use and easy to complete.
“There are scholarships that require students to submit letters of recommendation and write essays. There is an attachment that comes with those types of scholarships,” Cassar said.
According to, the scholarships give students the amount of money that the scholarship they are interested in is worth, and the date that students need to have the
scholarship application completely filled out by can also be found at the link.
Students with any questions regarding scholarships should feel free to contact the Financial Aid office at 810-989-5530.

A two-sided performance coming soon

A new twist on an old tale
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a familiar tale that has been spun many times. But Tom Kephart, Artistic Director for the SC4 Players, hints that the upcoming play won’t be the normal Jekyll and Hyde story.
According to Kephart, “This adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde returns to the psychological basis of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, rather than the monster/horror style familiar to most movie versions dating back to the silent film era.”
“This is a new version of the classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. Henry Jekyll’s experiments with powders and tinctures have brought forth his other self – Edward Hyde, a villain free to commit the sins he is too civilized to comprehend,” as stated by the SC4 website.
Greg Garofalo, who plays one of the Hydes, said “We’ve really outdone ourselves for this production. The cast is outstanding and the story is sure to send a shiver up your spine.”
The showings of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are 5:30 p.m. on, Oct. 16. (Thursday), 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 (Friday), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 (Saturday), and 2 p.m. on Oct. 19 (Sunday).
Mature audiences (PG-13) are the recommended recipients of this play.
Tickets are $7 at the door for adults, but admission is free for students that show their Skippers OneCard.
Tickets can also be bought ahead of time by calling (810)-989-5513.

Kick-off, beer’s big month

Photo credit: Therese Padgham
Photo credit: Therese Padgham

Wolverine’s market Oktoberfest festival returns
Therese Padgham
Guest Writer

Sept. 27, 2014 was a pitcher-perfect-day for the second craft beer Oktoberfest at Kiefer Park in Port Huron. Hundreds joined at the park on scenic St. Clair River to celebrate the beer tasting festival. A dozen Michigan brew houses presented both keg and bottled products from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Oktoberfest included more than 60 national and international brands, ranging from traditional ale to exotic stout.
Port Huron’s Thumb Coast Brewing Co. served Lake Pilot Cream Ale, while Detroit’s Atwater Brewery served Vanilla Java Porter. Many local breweries including, Roho Red by Griffin Claw, offered color, taste, aroma and body.
Attractions included more than just beer; the crafters infused their hopped-up recipes with complexities from coffee, chocolate, fruit and spices.
Many local restaurants, including Fuel Wood Fire Grill presented themselves at the event, offering their signature specialties. Dave Peters of Mountain Babies performed their Freak Folk sound and their ambient vocals. But it was the ice-cold samples of that naturally fermented bitter brew with the frothy head that starred the event.
“Brew Bold, Pour Proud,” is the motto and practice of his team year-round.
In addition, Oktoberfest’s event sponsor Wolverine Market hosted the international wine and beer tasting events. Wolverine’s Certified Sommelier, Andy Bakko, shared: “Next year we will add wine and bring more music.” He went on to say, “this event was cosponsored by Citizens for a Vibrant Community – Art on the River.” CVC is a nonprofit group that uses proceeds to promote art and music.
Wolverine Market enjoys promoting their products at special events. Oktoberfest organizer Nate Bakko finds this year’s attendance a positive sign for future events. He has plans to promote in 2015 using radio. This year, the WSAQ/WBTI truck was on-site providing live broadcast to the community.
To ensure greater pre-sales, Bakko wants to advertise events to the west side of the state and Canada. “The north-end of Port Huron enjoys the Canadian customers,” said Bakko. “We want those customers to discover what downtown has to offer.”
Wolverine Market has extensive wine and beer selections with locations in Port Huron and Marysville.

Still Running; still got it

Photo Credit: Lily Petit
Photo Credit: Lily Petit

Acoustic band provides a twist on the usual sound
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Still Running consists of the acoustic sounds of Mike Mercatante, 54, and Jenna Reed, 46, who entertain the customers of The Raven Café every last Saturday of the month.
For nine years Still Running has been providing an eclectic mix of rock, country, and folk style music. They offer covers and original pieces which they blend into their performances.
They believe their mixture of voices and their unusual original songs help them stand out. Mercatante said they like to turn human interest stories into songs, such as their song “Robert Immolation” that commemorates the death of a homeless man that Reed knew.
“We try to think outside of the ordinary love song,” said Mercatante.
Brittany White, 19, of Kimball, a waitress at The Raven Café, said she heard Still Running play a few times since she’s been working at The Raven, and that they usually draw a good size crowd. White says Mike and Jenna are very sweet as she pointed out how they promoted the lemon cake dessert before taking a break from the stage.
After the break, Jesse Peart, 21, of Port Huron joined Still Running on the stage to accompany them with his djembe, an African drum. Peart met Mercatante and Reed through shows around Port Huron and they invited him to play his drum with them at some shows.
Peart has been playing the djembe for ten years and also plays drums for his jazz band, “Little Big Band.” Peart described Still Running’s style as “soulful, feel good music.”
Nick Wiczko, 25, of Port Huron enjoyed the show Saturday, Sep. 27, saying Still Running was “music that puts a smile on your face.”
Mercatante, Detroit, and Reed, Chicago, hail from heavily musically talented cities, but they say that Port Huron has stepped up to its music scene. Mercatante is an award winning guitarist and Reed has classical voice training.
Peart said, “She’s got the voice of an angel and the soul of a blues artist.”
Still Running will be performing Oct. 10 at Lexington Brewing Company. To keep up with all of Still Running’s shows, like them on Facebook at Still Running. Their album “One” can be found on

An SC4 Horror Story: The Deadline

Gregory Garofalo
Lifestyle Editor

Welcome readers. During the month of October we here at the ESG have decided to indulge you on a tiny trip of horror if you will. In appreciation of this fall and Halloween season, we will be presenting you with two stories of fiction.
Each stars the ESG staff and SC4 students and faculty, they are written purely for entertainment, but in the dark and twisted sense of the word. Without further ado, here is our first tale of crypt.
We submit to you: The Deadline a tale of paranoia of the digital age, and this is The ESG.

We had been working at the paper late that night, like usual. We were true journalists, over worked and under paid. Burning both ends of the candle for one lousy credit. Everything had been going fine that night, business as usual… until we opened that e-mail. It was nothing, or at least it should have been nothing. It was just spam, we told ourselves. It’s just the result of some creep. But no matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t shake the shiver from our spines.
The picture was of us. Us from last week more specifically. Taken from outside the window, it was just us working. Nothing actually sinister about it, but we couldn’t help but feel unnerved. It was the caption that was the worst:
“Hard at work?”
We tried to forget it, put it out of our minds and move on with our lives. It was a Halloween prank by a student, probably a friend of ours… right?
Things only got worse the next day. None of us got any sleep. How could we? We tried keeping our minds off of it, but there was no use. On Tuesday, we kept looking over our shoulder at the windows, waiting. And then, like clockwork it happened again. Angie got the E-mail. Recipient: Unknown.
The image this time was more disturbing, it wasn’t all of us this time. This time the picture was just of Angie, a picture of her alone in the office. We didn’t know what to say. Furious and terrified Angie replied: “Who is this?”
The response was almost immediate: “Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this?”
Angie rushed out the door to get campus patrol, I’ve never seen a face so filled with terror, and I’ll never forget it. Angie never came back.
We all assumed that Angie went home and we quickly left. Leaving was the worst part, walking alone to our cars, calling our loved ones to calm us down, checking and double checking the back seats of our cars.
The next week it was only Chico, Emily and myself that showed up to the newsroom. One by one we had been picked off, by whoever, or whatever this was. I don’t know why we came back, maybe it was to prove to ourselves that we didn’t have anything to be afraid of, that maybe we would just wake up and this nightmare would be only that; A dark and twisted dream and nothing more. Or maybe it was because there wasn’t any point in avoiding it. The e-mails seemed to reach us wherever we were at now, increasing in number, the lapse between each email getting shorter and each beckoning us back to the office. Just like before, we received the e-mail. None of us wanted to open it, but we felt like we had no choice. It felt like an eternity, a terrifying cycle with no end.
Trembling as Emily clicked the e-mail, our blood ran cold. There we were, gathered around Emily’s desk logging onto her computer mere minutes before we opened the e-mail. Out of shock we spun around, expecting to see our harasser, but there was no one. Chico ran outside, hoping to catch a glimpse of whoever this was. Emily and I stood there and read the caption: “When’s your deadline?”
I don’t expect you to believe me, after all not even the administration did. I just had to write it down, I don’t have much time. I got this e-mail about an hour ago: “Tic tock” I haven’t looked at the window since, the door is locked, but I don’t think that will work. I’m the only one left and I need someone to listen, I just need someone to believe me, I just need someone to beli…