Swing dancing; a heck of a good way to pass the time
Got five bucks and some free time on a Thursday night? Consider yourself booked for a good time at Goodfella’s bar and grill in downtown Port Huron.
Starting at 7 p.m. every Thursday night for only five dollars a person, you and a partner, or even you by yourself, can head to the second floor of Goodfella’s bar and restaurant for an hour and a half of clean fun by learning how to swing dance.
Swing dancing is a style of dancing popular during the roaring twenties, thus fitting perfectly with Goodfella’s speak-easy atmosphere. The dance instructors Lyle Malaski and Kristina Morton have about nine years of combined experience teaching others how to swing dance, but their passion and experience with swing dancing is easily more than double that.
Malaski and Morton’s passion and patience can help anyone learn how to swing dance with just a couple lessons. Anyone can swing dance, from college kids to seniors, talented 20’s enthusiasts (such as local personality and jazz singer Alfie Jean) to people with two left feet (like myself).
Morton said, “I want to add culture into our town and this is a healthy way to do it.” Which you just might need a healthy work out if you get to Goodfella’s early.
Goodfella’s happy hour is every weekday from 2 to 7 p.m. with $2 well and domestic drafts, $3 craft drafts, and half off appetizers.
Not only is Goodfella’s food delicious, but they are providing the room for the dance class for free, all the more reason to enjoy their food. Goodfella’s also has an open mic night on Thursdays starting at 9 p.m.
It just goes to show, there is always something to do in downtown Port Huron.
The Criminal Justice club wants to help YOU network
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
The Criminal Justice club helps the members with many things, networking being a top priority. On March 6, the club did just that.
At around 10:30 a.m., Terrance Warner, president of the Criminal Justice club, led the twenty SC4 students into the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters to meet safety officers and learn about internships. “The goal to go down there was getting people ideas on how to prepare for a job. This was a trip for people who were trying to seek employment; this was a way for them to gain experience, “Warner said.
Warner mentioned that he was able to find a job at the Huron House, because of the Criminal Justice club’s advisor Jim Jones. “The whole goal is get people networked in this area, or within the state of Michigan,” Warner added.
Warner also knows how busy student schedules can get, having spent two years at SC4 so far, siting that as the reason for having meetings set up the way they are.
The Criminal Justice club meets every second and fourth week in the month, and the meeting days are Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to Noon. The meetings will be held in room 207A in the North Building.
Hunter Garth, 19 and a sophomore studying Criminal Justice, said “I considered the Criminal Justice club, but I would never have time to help out. That being said, I think what they do is great for CJ majors. I’ll be waiting for more events or trips they host in hopes that I can attend.”
According to Robert Barks, 23 and pursuing Liberal Arts, the Criminal Justice club “has been around forever” and had “a friend that was in it a long time ago. He enjoyed it, but I don’t know what happened to him.” Barks added, “The meeting times back then didn’t work with my schedule or I might have given it a try for shits and giggles.”
One stop student center services relocate to M-TEC building
Student services are packing up their boxes and walking across campus. The one stop student center is in the process of moving from the Acheson Technology Center to the M-TEC building.
The move helps students in a variety of ways according to Vice President of Student Services, Pete Lacey. The M-TEC building is more spacious with an upper and lower level, allowing the majority of student services to be located in one building. SC4’s testing center is already located in the M-TEC building as well as SC4’s university partners. With the addition of advising in the M-TEC building, communication between the university partners and advising will be easier than ever. Discussing and planning transferring from SC4 to certain universities will now be done with ease.
SC4 has been discussing moving student services for the past two years said Lacey. They settled on the M-TEC building after reviewing other colleges and university student service centers according to Lacey.
The M-TEC building’s current occupants will be moving to make space for student services. The radiological technology, health information technology, EMT, paramedic, firefighter and SC4’s workforce development can now be found in the ATC building.
Remaining in the ATC building will be SC4’s library and the Blue Water Middle College offices. However, the BWMCA office is moving to a different room within the ATC building says Lacey. The director of BWMCA, Pete Spencer, confirms that the Blue Water Middle College will be gaining a more spacious room within the building.
All services should be settled in their proper place by this May says Lacey. Advising has already moved the M-TEC building. Check-in for appointments is on the first floor, while the advising offices are on the second floor.
To keep up with all the moving services and programs visit sc4.edu/move.
New beauty store opens in Port Huron
Harmful chemicals are in most body and beauty products found at the grocery store. Heather McCleary, local business owner of Herbal Panacea, a new business that opened February 9, 2015, sells organic body products. The business is located at 1211 Lyon St., Port Huron.
“My products are all natural, made with no chemicals,” McCleary said.
The store sells products from bar soap to laundry soap, soy candles, lip balm, coconut oil and dried herbs for teas and baths. Not only does the store sell these products but Heather makes the products herself. Heather said, “I decided to start making my own natural products because of all the chemicals that are in most products these days. Since I have children, I wanted to know what kind of ingredients were in the products that I put on them. What better way to know these things than to make my own products.”
Researchers have found that there are some chemicals used in personal care products that could cause cancer, diethanolamine or DEA is one of those products. DEA is a chemically modified form of coconut oil and studies have shown that it might cause cancer. By buying organic coconut oil you bypass the chemically modified part. “The products at Herbal Panacea are made with essential oils so they also have healing benefits,” said McCleary.
Organic body products are a way to not only help keep potentially harmful chemicals out of your life, but to help keep the environment clean as well. Most organic products can be expensive, roughly $3-$4 for a tube of lip balm; however, local Herbal Panacea lip balm runs $2 for a tube. Products like the soy candles have multiple uses. “The soy wax is soft and can be rubbed on skin to moisturize and replenish without the waxy coating of a normal candles,” McCleary said.
St. Clair County Community College student Brittany Collins said, “I want to use products that are made from natural ingredients and are more beneficial to my body in the long run than the non-organic products.”
Having a local business, Heather has a Facebook page for Herbal Panacea that acquired 270 likes in the first three weeks.
“This is my dream!” McCleary said. “I can’t wait to spread my business into a bigger store with more natural products to share with everyone!”
Death defying tricks delight audiences
Glow sticks and cotton candy filled the hands of parents and children as the Jordan World Circus was in Port Huron entertaining guests at McMorran Place Arena this past Monday.
The first act of the night was nothing short of a bravery show as a man only identified as “Bruno” would be by himself in an octagon cage surrounded by 7 tigers sitting patiently on their stools, waiting for direction to execute their tricks.
The following act was the always entertaining spinning wheel. A contraption with two circular openings on each end of a steel beam for the entertainers to perform their tricks either on the inside or on the outside of the opening as it swings like a 360 degree pendulum. A daring sight to see was when one of the entertainers put on a blindfold and was able to keep his balance as he would reach higher than the McMorran scoreboard running on the outside frame of the wheel.
Even though most of the segments went without errors, the only mishap of the night would belong to Spiderman. The web slinger was hoisted to the ceiling of the arena wrapped in bungee cords. A twirling fall from the rafters swung him right into a light stand where the sound of crashing glass along with audience reaction, echoed off the green brick wall of McMorran. No worries kids. Spiderman was not phased. He would go onto finish his act and was not injured.
At intermission, children would be allowed on the circus floor where they could participate in riding ponies, get their faces painted getting their picture taken with a snake around their shoulders, and of course, elephant rides.
Courtney Foster, a 17 year old student at Landmark Academy, attended the event for the 2nd straight year. “I loved the acrobats.” Foster said. “The one girl hung from the bar by her mouth spinning so fast I cringed.”
Molly Lerma, a 5th grade student at Roosevelt Elementary, would differ from Foster’s point of view in saying, “I liked the dirt bike riders in the big metal cage, at the end when one of the riders was a girl that was surprising.”
Facts to know about Pub Crawl 2015
This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday, leaving many Port Huron residents to celebrate the holiday on Saturday, March 14 in the form of Pub Crawl.
Pub Crawl is an annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration that features a party bus that takes patrons from bar to bar to get their drink on. The event starts at 1 p.m. after the annual St. Patty’s Day parade on Main Street in downtown Port Huron.
Party bus wristbands are sold for $10 in advance and $15 on the day of Pub Crawl, according to bluewater.org.
For those who wish to participate in Pub Crawl, but for alcohol related reasons cannot drive home after the event, Mainstreet Lodge and Suites located at 514 Huron Ave. will be offering special rates for their rooms; $79.99 for a double bed or a single king or queen, $89.99 for a Jacuzzi suite, and $99.99 for a family suite.
Want to celebrate the event but not interested in the party bus? Just join in at the following Pub Crawl locations:
-Casey’s Pizza and Subs
-Fuel Woodfire Grill
-Huron Athletic Club
-Lynches Irish Tavern
-McMorran Place heated beer tent
-Military Street Music Café
-Rix on the Rocks
While they are not on the list for Pub Crawl locations, Thumbcoast Brewing Company on Quay Street will be having a St. Patty’s day celebration of their own called the Pub “Stand” Party. The Thumbcoast party features a tap release of a new beer called Dubghaill’s Irish Stout, which will be served on nitro, as well as live music with Celtic Cross. Thumbcoast will also have St. Patrick’s Day dinner specials including but not limited to Rabbit Stew, Shepherd’s Pie, and Scotch Eggs.
For advance tickets to the party bus, go to any participating businesses, the Blue Water Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Mainstreet Port Huron office.
To reserve a special rate room for Pub Crawl at Mainstreet Lodge and Suites, call (810) 824-4042.
A review of Ghost’s album “Infestissumam”
With music there always a face to go with the song, like Ed Sheeran with “I See Fire”. We are so used to giving credit to musicians for their talents — which is a good thing cause that’s how they make a living – but in a society where we are so used to hearing an artist say, “This is my song and this is the song that propelled me to the top,” is deconstructive of today’s youth. What is being forgotten in this show of territorial dominance is the music itself. As a society, we give the good enough a slap on the back and the excellent a weird look along with, “What was that?” One band given the weird is Swedish metal Ghost.
A band modeled like the band KISS, these gentlemen only care about one thing and that is the music. Instead of makeup and skin tight clothes, they are called Nameless Ghouls wearing black hooded cloaks with masks covering their faces and lead by the undead Pope Papa Emeritus the Second. Mocking the Catholic Church and removing their personalities to allow their audiences to focus upon the music itself.
This year Ghost released an album named “Infestissumam.”
“I like the keyboards a lot but I mostly find the guitar riffs and solo surprising well-constructed” said David Siglow, 40, Dryden.
With a rocking riffs and sexy drum beat, this album is worth the ten dollars. Just playing the first track gets you pumped with the slow soothing church-like chanting then an explosion leading to a steady drum beat and screaming guitars. The third track of the album is like eerie 1700’s ballroom dancing tune drop in to a horror movie directed by Tim Burton. It makes your hair stand up but still rocking.
Others, on the other hand, see it a different way. “All I heard is death, Satan, and anti-God theme. Whoever listens to this is messed up and needs God,” said Jane Warner, 18, from St. Clair.
Yes, there are satanic symbols, like the upside down cross within the logo, and songs that contain words Satan and Antichrist — but guess what else does, the Bible.
In a 2011 interview with a metal blog site Hellbound.CA, a Nameless Ghoul said “…The new record is about the presence of the Devil, the presence of the Antichrist. It’s also about how people relate to a deity or God, themes like submission and superstition…”
For the photo: Band Promotion Photo from website http://ghost-official.com/
Sc4 Lady Skippers knock out in the final round
St. Clair County Community College Women’s Basketball team dominates land, sea, and air but fails to secure the final victory. In the race to claim the District H Tournament Championship the Lady Skippers destroyed two of the opposing teams but one.
On March 3 the sailing Skippers faced off against the flying Henry Ford Hawks once again for the Quarter-finals. With repeating a speedy and overwhelming offensive taking the Hawks out of the sky once again scoring 92 to 46.
“I watch the SC4 Skippers more than the Pistons because I know they won’t let me down” said John Dove, 50, from Yale.
Taking down their opponent in the sky, the ladies moved to the next bracket versing the Oakland County Community Raiders at Delta College for the semi-finals on March 5.
“The girls were excellent Thursday, they had the speed and the drive in running the Raiders in to the ground” said Mark Langley, 23, from Port Huron. Running them in the ground, the Ladies did in a sweeping win 81 to 56, a twenty-one point difference from their quarter-final game.
Now, with the golden ticket in hand, the Lady Skippers went on their way to the finals versing the Livonia College Schoolcraft Ocelots in a battle to see who will go on to the national tournament. Unfortunately, the Skippers offensive push stalled here.
“The girls played a close game but they weren’t the hard hitting players they usually were,” said Jane Wiknade, 19, from Kimball. Losing to the Ocelots by ten points, 58-68, the Skippers lost their ticket to nationals but they fought and pursed their goal to win.
This team is phenomenal on the court with strong defensive having overall rebounds percentages around 5 to 7 percent such as Briann Alspaugh with a 7.5% average (195), Breomi Jackson with a 6.3% average (183), and Jasmine Parker with a 5% average (136). The Skippers also have a hard hitting offensive players putting points on the board, like Leah Humes with an overall 163 points score and 362 attempts, followed by Madison Valko with 129 scored and 300 attempts.
“Yes they didn’t go all the way this year, but they have a dominate year and I love it that there is something we can expect and root on every single year from SC4, which is the Women’s basketball team,” stated James Woolman, 26 from Port Huron.
A quick blurb about being nice
Everyone has those days where nothing seems to go right. You lost your wallet. Your car won’t start. You completely spaced about that presentation that you had to give in front of fifty-something people today. Or maybe, you might have some bigger problems to deal with. Your family member goes missing. Your relationship with your significant other is crumbling. Your federal aid is getting cut so you can’t afford college next year. Sometimes, life really sucks.
In this world, our friends are on a screen and we broadcast our problems onto a virtual wall for the world to see. We have hundreds of followers and friends. Everyone seems connected, yet we have grown so far apart from each other. Our culture has evolved into a narcissistic machine, where everything is about “me.” Sometimes it’s hard to remember that, despite all of your problems, each and every individual around you has their own. We are all the protagonists to our own stories. Every extra in every scene of your life have their own movies that they star in.
It is impossible to understand what is going on in everyone else’s lives, even with Facebook and Twitter. We couldn’t possibly know or understand the struggle of each person we walk by the street. We don’t know if they are having one of those days where nothing goes right. So why be a jerk to someone you don’t even know?
I’m not saying that you have to go out of your way to help every passerby that you encounter solve their life’s problems. I’m saying just be a little more considerate of others. Hold open the door for an extra second for the guy trailing behind you. Let that pedestrian cross in front of your car. Give that poor man on the corner the change in your pocket. The smallest action can lead to a huge positive impact in someone else’s life.
You might ask, “So what? How does this benefit me?” Truth is it might not directly help you. It would, however, help someone else out when they’re having a bad day. Wouldn’t you like to be helped the same way if you were in their situation?
Is technology to blame?
Millennials. According to a document by the Council of Economic Advisors for the White House Millennials are the generation of Americans born between 1980 and the mid-2000’s. As a person who is considered a part of the millennial generation, I have come to notice that we are looped into the stereotype of being so dependent on technology that we have become afraid of face to face human communication. But really, are Millennial’s really to blame for this?
Technology is something that people in my generation are very dependent on. It’s easy to see when in what seems like every public setting people are attached to their cell phones to a point where a room packed full of people is close to silent. This is a travesty to me that people have seemed to have lost the desire to communicate with other humans. But with all of the flack Millenials have gotten from older generations about becoming “lazy and selfish” as said by Joel Stein of Time Magazine in his article “The Me Me Me generation,” the question of why this perception exists still hangs in the air.
Not that long ago, no more than ten years ago as a matter of fact, most of the simple tasks us humans encounter on a daily basis were done over the phone or in person. Examples of this would be ordering a pizza, calling the movie theater to see when and what movies were playing, or going to check your balance and make transactions at the bank or credit union.
Now, not only can you build a pizza online using virtual toppings to place your order, the movie theaters have phone apps, and of course, banks provide phone apps too, that even allow you to pay your bills without ever having any human contact at all.
So who’s to blame here? Well, really no one as far as I can tell. Businesses want to increase productivity and convenience for their customers and employees. If you can order a pizza online, it saves the time of whoever answers the phone to take your order, get your address, card number, etc. But is convenience going too far?
Really it’s not very hard to go to a bank and pay your bills confidentially by talking to another person. I personally still deal with my banking responsibilities in this sort of way simply because the internet, while banks and similar corporations take the highest precautions, is still vulnerable to hackers.
The point I am trying to prove is that no generation or group of people is directly responsible for this lack of human communication. It’s an individual choice. I doubt I’m alone in hoping that my generation is not conceived as “lazy” for too much longer, so I propose a challenge to my fellow Millennials.
Next time you are in a public place, be it an elevator, restaurant, bar, or whatever, turn off your phone. The world is not going to blow up if you turn your phone of for an hour. Also, talk to a stranger. Just strike up a conversation with the person closest to you, you may be rejected, but don’t stop. Human communication is one of the things being lost among the flood of technology. You’d be surprised how much of an impression a complete stranger can have on your life and you on theirs.