Farewell for now
The time to say goodbye is here again. I can honestly say that my experience as Editor-in-Chief of the Erie Square Gazette would have little reflection of happiness if it wasn’t for the people that I worked closely with for the past year or so.
In my position, I did the best I could. Whether it was preparing letters to potential advertisers, figuring out page counts for the upcoming issue, and writing when I could find the time, I have no regrets.
I’ll make this short and sweet, the paper’s advisor, John Lusk, taught me a lot about my position, and mostly, my career as a journalist. If it weren’t for Lusk, I probably would have not been able to keep up with my position. His encouragement and honesty gave me the reassurance I needed to fulfill my position to the best of my abilities.
I would like to thank the staff of the Erie Square Gazette for keeping me on task, helping with distribution and other things that overwhelmed me this year. And most of all, for completing the assignments I asked them to do with little or no arguments. You all made my life a lot easier guys, thank you.
A shout out to the other clubs and Student Government is in order as well. You all have been supportive and helpful and I hope you remember me the same.
And last but not least, our readers. Thank you for taking the time to read our little paper. We couldn’t do it without you.
One day I will return as a guest writer, but until then, I leave you all with a quote from an author that perfectly sums up how I feel about everyone I’ve mentioned in this goodbye.
“You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.”- Kiera Cass.
Waves crashing, sunshine warming every inch of you, and the taste of cold beer all over your taste buds, is the best way to describe summer in Port Huron.
The Port Huron area offer summer events starting in early May and going until the end of August.
An upcoming event is “Brutes, Babes and Brawls” taking place on May 9 at 7 pm at the American Legion on 6th Street in Port Huron. Put on by Blue Water Championship Wresting, with a special guest appearance from WWE star Sunny. Tickets are $20 at the door.
You may live in Port Huron but have you really experienced it? The event “Be a tourist in your own town” is held on June 6 at 10 am. This allows you to experience Port Huron as a tourist. Being able to tour the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, dig for fossils at the science museum, tour how sea cadets are trained and of course take a free trolley ride through Port Huron.
The infamous Boat Night will be July 17 with the race to Mackinaw kicking off on July 18 at 8am.
Port Huron and the surrounding cities offer a lot of events in the summer, here’s a list from bluewater.org of some of the more popular events happening this summer.
Brutes, Babes and Brawls- May 9 at 7 pm, American Legion on 6th Street, Port Huron.
Run with the Sturgeon 5k Race and 1k fun run- May 30 at 51 Water St. Port Huron.
Pine Groove Electronic Music Festival- June 6 at 10am at Pine Grove Park. Three music stages, art, poetry and food.
Be a Tourist in Your Own Town- June 6 at 10am-4pm. Downtown Port Huron.
Marysville Days- June 10-14. Marysville Municipal Park.
Blue Water Cruise Night- June 26 at 6pm. Fort Gratiot, ending at Cheap Charlie’s.
Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament & Festival- July 3 Downtown Algonac. Event takes place all day.
Blue Water Sand Fest- July 3 at Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. Event takes place all day. Michigan’s first and only master sand sculpting competition.
Lexington Fireworks- July 3 at Dusk.
Algonac Fireworks- July 3 at Dusk.
St. Clair Fireworks- July 4 at Dusk.
International Day Parade- July 15 at 6pm, Downtown Port Huron.
Blue Water Fest- July 16-19, Downtown Port Huron. Entertainment for all ages, with a carnival, live music, beer tents on Friday night and much more. Events take place all day. Family night is Thursday July 16.
Port Huron to Mackinaw Sailboat Race- July 18 at 8am. Downtown Port Huron.
Lexington Triathlon- July 18 at 7:30am. Downtown Lexington.
St. Clair County 4H Fair- July 20- 25 at Goodells County Park. Events take place all day. Including Motocross, Rodeo and Animal Judging.
Yale Bologna Festival- July 24 Downtown Yale. Events take place all day. Events include street dancers, carnival and of course the famous Yale Bologna.
St. Clair River Fest- July 24 – 26. Events take place all day. Events include power boat races, Family activities and live entertainment.
Color Craze 5k- July 31 at 6pm. Kiefer Park, Port Huron. All ages welcome. Register at porthuronrec.com
Harsens Island Field Day- August 1 Harsens Island, Michigan. Events take place all day. Activities include Sack Races, Coin toss, Relays. All ages welcome.
Civil War Weekend- August 1- 2 starting at 10am and concluding at 5pm August 2. At the Sanilac County Historic Museum.
Rockin’ the Rivers- All events start at 6pm and last until 9pm at Kiefer Park. August 6 -Motown All-Stars. August 13 – Your Generation in concert featuring 50 amp Fuse. August 20 – 80’s Inc. August 27 – Highwaymen Live Tribute.
For more information visit www.bluewater.org/events
SC4 students receive academic honor
Students Emily Wilton and Kaitlynn Rumsey were named to SC4’s Academic Team according to a press release from March 23. Wilton and Rumsey were automatically named to the All-Michigan Academic Team when they were accepted to the All-SC4 Academic Team.
The SC4 alumni association gave Wilton and Rumsey each a $500 scholarship for their accomplishments.
Wilton and Rumsey applied for the All-USA Academic Team last fall. The All-USA Academic Team is a scholarship that recognizes academic achievements from students belonging to Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society of two year colleges. Wilton and Rumsey did not make it onto the All-USA team, but they still hold their All-SC4 and All-Michigan Academic Team titles.
According to PTK’s Lambda Mu chapter advisor, Angela Heiden, the candidates had to apply for the team in the fall as well as have a 3.5 GPA or higher to be considered. Wilton and Rumsey were chosen by an SC4 committee led by Heiden.
Academic achievements were not the only factor in influencing the application process. Wilton, 19, said “Basically, the competition part of it (The Academic Team) was the application process. I had to write six essays.” The topics for the essays included how Wilton was influenced by Phi Theta Kappa, how she influenced PTK, as well as describing a time she had struggled.
Wilton is the current president of SC4’s Lambda Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and will be graduating in May with an honors associate degree. Rumsey on the other hand has already earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Ferris State University. She is studying at SC4 to be a nurse practitioner.
Both were honored at an All-Michigan Academic Team luncheon in Lansing. Rumsey was unable to go, but Wilton said “I didn’t know it was that big of a deal when I was selected (for the team), but when I got to the luncheon and saw how many people were there and I knew some of them and knew how smart they are I was really impressed that I got selected for the team.”
Features 45 students and 85 pieces of literature and art
“SC4’s ‘Patterns’ is the longest continually published community college literary and arts magazine in the state,” stated Martha Pennington, Director of Marketing.
The 57th annual “Patterns” was designed by a trio of students this year, Paige Falk in charge of Layout and Design, Jenelle Nofs doing the illustrations and Brad Stone in charge of Visuals.
This trio of designers was not the only ones involved, they were joined by Student Editors, Rachel Landon, Bailey Watson and Student Clerical Assistants, Ashley Guertin, Brittney Kargol, and Ryan McInnis.
“I enjoyed working with Brad because we both had great ideas for how we wanted the overall look to be,” explained Falk, a student designer.
The edition was released during the award ceremony and reception Sunday, April 26 where the following students received awards in the following categories:
Eleanor Mathews Award, writing – Marissa Jessee
Blanche Redman Award, poetry – Steffani Gentry
First-place poem – Steffani Gentry
Second-place poem – Amanda Brown
Richard Colwell Award, short story – Travis Boone
First-place short story – Travis Boone
Second-place short story – Elizabeth Mahlstedt
Kathleen Nickerson Award, essay – Lillian Petit
First-place, essay – Jeff Kroll
Second-place, essay – Therese Majeski
Patrick Bourke Award, art – Amanda Rogers
First-place, art – Ashley Stacy
Second-place, art – Kristen Hager
Third-place, art – Brad Stone
Grab a “Patterns” or view it online at www.sc4.edu/patterns. This year’s “Patterns” magazine is, like always, free and is in the Fine Arts building.
She’s a doctor (of history) not a mathematician
History has molded our society, and in turn our lives. However, history may have impacted St. Clair County Community college adjunct instructor, Oana Suditu the most.
Suditu teaches History 101 and 102. She fostered her affinity for the past as early as the age of five, encouraged by the historical stories her father and grandfather told. At a very young age, she knew history would play a large role in her life.
Suditu completed her first Master’s degree in history at her “Iasi University” in Romania. Suditu moved from Iasi, Romania to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she attended Carnegie Mellon University and received her second Master’s in history.
The move brought educational challenges and personal joys. Suditu met her husband and SC4 philosophy professor, Jim Soto, at Carnegie Mellon. Soto was offered a teaching job at SC4 in Port Huron. When Soto took the job, Suditu applied to teach at the same college. “I jumped at the chance to teach,” said Suditu.
Teaching also brought its own challenges and joys. Suditu admits teaching is not a lucrative profession, but she would be heartbroken to leave it behind. Suditu enjoys the variety of people she’s encountered at SC4. “They keep you on your toes,” Suditu said while reflecting on approximately three years of teaching here. She has also learned a lot about American life, motivations and struggles. Suditu says, “I’ve become American learning from the students.”
Suditu’s American life includes four rescue dogs which take up a lot of her and her husband’s time she said. Additionally, gardening, biking and reading have a place in her day to day life.
Soto says, “She’s a great historian. She studies the soviet experience so we have all these Soviet history books around the house.” Suditu says she is constantly studying and bringing in new information. She attributes discipline and steadiness in her studying to her success in her education. “Study a little every day. Don’t let yourself go,” Suditu recommends. While Soto also holds a Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon he always says, “She’s the smart one in the family.”
Suditu’s tactics are paying off. Student, Josiah Pankiewicz, 20, of Columbus Township says “I legitimately enjoyed that history class (HIS 101) and I’ve never enjoyed history before. “ Pankiewicz also enjoyed Suditu’s personality, “She’s no nonsense, but also very fair. I love her accent and how fierce of a woman she is.” Another student, Vaux Adams, 20, of Armada says, “She’s straightforward and doesn’t take anyone’s crap, but she’s also funny.”
Both students know Suditu rides her bike to school every day. “It’s very green, which is cool,” says Pankiewicz. Suditu says she will ride her bike to class until the ice gets too dangerous in the winter.
Despite the bitter cold winter, Oana still loves Port Huron. “I tend to make a home wherever I go. I’ve changed places a few times in my life and I tend to see the positive. I love Port Huron and I don’t want to live anywhere else… This city has such beautiful light. There’s a quality of the light here that is really spectacular. It’s fantastic living so near the lakes. It’s like you’re in a vacation resort town everyday of your life.”
Suditu has no plans to leave Port Huron any time soon, so if you’re interested in learning from this well-cultured, well-educated instructor visit the Wave. You can find class times, details and register for History 101 and 102 on the Wave.
This year’s sports season had its ups and downs. With the Woman’s Basketball team making it to the semi-finals, Men’s Basketball team stuck in a rut the entire season. While the softball team rises though the standings and the baseball team has proven to be consistent, showing all teams are resilient in improving the line.
With the softball team ranked third in the eastern conference standings with ten wins and two loses behind Oakland and Macomb. The soft ball team and maybe the baseball team have a shot at going to the finals and taking home the trophy but the competition is menacing. I have no doubt they will put everything they have in until the end.
With every team there are setbacks and advances. This does not define a team by its victories nor loses but by the way they work together. Each team has their own charisma, work ethic and style of execution.
As my first and final semester as Sports Editor, I have enjoyed following their rankings and watching the teams play.
Christmas came early for hockey fans in the Blue Water Area. The Federal Hockey League announced it will establish a professional team at McMorran Arena.
A press conference was held April 2 by Assistant General Manager of McMorran Arena Rob Churchill, along with owner of an unnamed franchise Barry Soskin and FHL Commissioner Don Kirnan.
The Federal Hockey League now in its 6th year of existence will expand to 7 teams with the addition of Port Huron. The lease agreement with the building is good for the next five years.
This will be the 4th team in 13 years that Port Huron has hosted, with the most recent being the Port Huron Fighting Falcons (now the Keystone Ice Miners in Pennsylvania) the Port Huron Icehawks, Beacons, and, of course, the Bordercats.
“The leagues that Port Huron has been in in the past, didn’t suit them or the facility,” Soskin said. “I was in the East Coast Hockey League in Toledo with a 5300 seat building, really hard to make ends meet when your budget is only a million and a half to two million dollars. Now I don’t know about Port Huron’s exactly but I know enough about the league to know if their budgets work, those numbers don’t fit.”
The Federal Hockey League wants to meet their expected target profits but it also wants to provide quality family entertainment at affordable prices.
Soskin would also state, “If the owner is making all the money and the fans aren’t getting a product, that doesn’t work. If the fans are getting everything and the owner keeps going into his pocket, that doesn’t work. So it has to be a win-win for everybody and by doing that the building will be successful too. I believe that the FHL has a model that works it’s a proven winner the product is great. This is family affordable entertainment, and it’s better than going to see a movie.”
This is the first time in 6 years Port Huron will have professional hockey vs. having a junior league team.
“I think we were leaning towards pro all along, and I’ve been working on this since the month the Fighting Falcons left,” Churchill said. “The crowd had pretty much told us (the Mcmorran Staff) that’s what they were interested in.”
And get a free sticker too
When we look at a driver’s license we see such things as name, height, weight, and possibly a little red heart? That red heart symbol could be the symbol of life for some people.
The Gift of Life Michigan website has a lot of great information available regarding organ donation. It does not cost anything to donate and a person can even choose a specific organ they would like to donate.
At the beginning of March 2015 there are a total of 3,427 Michigan patients who are waiting for a transplant. The top three organs that are needed for transplantation are the kidney, liver and heart. One person could potentially save up to eight lives by becoming an organ donor and about fifty lives could be saved through tissue donation.
Anyone can be a donor! Did you know that there is also something called being a “living donor?” That’s right; a person can donate a kidney, part of their liver or a lobe of their lung while they are still living. Not everyone may be qualified for this but for most people that are eligible are able to live healthy and long lives after donation.
So how can you become a donor? It is an easy process! Just go to www.giftoflifemichigan.org, go to the bottom left side of the screen and click the link that says “become a donor” that is next to the little red heart. It will ask you if you have a driver’s license or state ID card and then all you have to provide is your identification number, name and date of birth. If you are unable to do this online, call the Gift of Life phone number at 1 (800) 482-4881; it only takes about 30 seconds. For further information visit www.giftoflifemichigan.org to possibly change someone’s life!
Is it worth it?
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
On May 5, the people of Michigan will vote on Proposition 1 which is an attempt by Governor Snyder to raise funding to fix the roads. According to 2014 data from the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council, only 17% of Michigan’s roads are in good shape, 45% are in fair condition, and 38% where considered to be in poor shape. Many Michigan residents will agree that the roads are always being rebuilt, or are full of potholes. Even memes on Facebook have popped up about this problem.
Prop 1 would raise the state fuel tax (currently nineteen cents for a gallon of gas, fifteen for a gallon of diesel) and be adjusted for inflation annually. No exact number has been given for the fuel tax increase so far. This would also cause vehicle registration to go up, and increase the state sales tax from 6% to 7%; however, the sales tax would be taken off the sale of fuel.
According to a Detroit Free Press article, “Roads 101”, this proposition will bring “a little more than $1.2 billion a year” to repair the roads.
Raye Gardner, a 27 year old junior of SC4 and Port Huron resident said, “I don’t think that it is worth it, or that it will make a difference. We already had taxes put on top of the fuel prices in the past, and we still pay them with every gallon we purchase, and it’s made us one of the top most taxed states in the way for fuel expenses. In the sense that we are being taxed so to fund road repair, it’s interesting to know that the state government had never fully designated that money to its purpose. Why fund more reasons for politicians to line their pockets?”
Matt Watson, 21 of East Pointe, stated his opinion by saying, “Personally, I suspect most of the funds will not go towards road development. It’s a way for the state to solve spending problems with a road tax on it. I think anything that says ‘tax increase’ has a higher chance of failing.” He added that “without a doubt” the roads are terrible. “It’s tempting to drive in the turning lanes because of how bad they are.”