Men’s and Women’s teams suffer losses
Jason Watts II
The St. Clair County Community college Men’s and Women’s basketball teams both suffered losses against Schoolcraft College by a large margin.
Starting with the Men’s team earlier this week, they lost to Schoolcraft by a score of 96-84. It was a close ball game for the first few minutes of the first half as the Skippers were giving the Ocelots a fight but found themselves down 47-34 at the half. The Men’s team struggled taking care of the ball. Apparently, there was a clear lid on the basket as the Skippers shot well under 40 percent the whole game.
On a positive note Chris Parker led the Skippers with 25 points, followed by Xavian Edwards with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Following them, Jay Springs had 10 points and 5 rebounds and Jason Watts had 10 points and added 11 rebounds to the team’s rebound total.
I was able to reach out to assistant Coach Mike Davis for his take on the loss against Schoolcraft College, “We were unable to sustain our defensive intensity for long enough periods of time in the game to stop Schoolcraft’s offense. Schoolcraft moved the ball well and made the extra pass to get great shots instead of just settling for good looks. We must learn to trust and run our offensive sets, and stay united on defense whether we’re in man to man or zone defense, especially if we want to beat a good team like Schoolcraft.”
In other news, the Women’s team also suffered a similar defeat against Schoolcraft. Schoolcraft scored 76 while St. Clair County Community College only scored 56. Leading the way for Schoolcraft College was Elise Tolbert with 25 points and teammate T’era Nesbitt right behind her with 15 points in the win. In the 20 point loss there was some bright spots for the Lady Skippers in the game. Madison Fox-Valko had 24 points and 5 rebounds to add to the team’s total rebounds of 47. Leah Humes scored 16 points and led the team in assists on the night with 7.
Taking on the world, one plague at a time
In a mere 20 minutes, civilization could be collapsing in a fight against the next great plague!
“Plague Inc: Evolved” put you in a position of control over a disease destroying the world. Along the way you have to evolve your plague so it becomes impossible to cure. But is it worth $14.99?
So much detail goes into this game’s mechanics. The idea is to level up your plague as it spreads throughout the world. How it evolves depends on where you start in the world, how fast it shows symptoms, and how quickly the world catches on to it.
Meaning you have many categories to make your plague become deadly or weak.
Another large part of the game is how you decide it should spread. Though the plague mutates on its own, you can still control if travels faster airborne, or if it can survive harsh temperatures and travel though food and so on.
The game seems limitless at first, but it doesn’t stay that way. Each plague has its own, optimal way of growing, and won’t work well if you choose another route.
The game looks like a “Risk” board game. Just a map of the world that serves as a visual to how fast the plagues travel, as indicated by red spots.
The game isn’t bad to look at, though. The little animated cells of each plague moves the same way the real counterpart would.
It’s pleasant and does what needed to be done for the game.
The game’s soundtrack really doesn’t do anything. There is ambient noise to set the mood, but it’s not great. The sound effects are annoying. It’s not even worth the time. Just ignore the music and put on Netflix or Pandora in the background. You’ll thank me later.
“Plague Inc: Evolved” will entertain you for hours. It’s not easy either, so you won’t just fly through it. I highly recommend giving it a shot. This game might need a new laptop to play without any problems, but lowering the settings should make it run quite smoothly.
Swingin’ Chopin Jazz Quartet plays at the SC4 Theater
Light, camera, Chopin! On Thursday, Jan 21, roughly 100 people flocked to the SC4 Theater, which was host to the Swingin’ Chopin Jazz Quartet. The quartet includes Rich Kowalewski, the band’s leader as well the double bass player, Kurt Schreitmueller, the pianist, Joe Ivers, the saxophonist, and Rob Emanuel, the drummer. The group put a modern, jazzy twist to the works of Frederic Chopin.
They start off every song by playing the original piece of the Chopin song they are performing so the audience knows how the song is supposed to sound before they play how they have altered it. In an interview, they described their sound as “An amalgam of jazz, Brazilian music, and classical music.” They not only play Chopin. On the program Thursday, they also featured variations on Bach and Herbie Handcock pieces.
The quartet originally came together around 2010, around the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin, but they have each been performing before that. Kowalewski founded the Basschool in 1994, and has even preformed with Wynton Marsalis, another prominent name in the Jazz community, as well as his own Brazilian group: Brazil and Beyond.
Schreitmueller is an in-demand piano player in the Detroit music scene, and has performed in several jingles in, and not limited to, commercials for some Detroit Auto Show campaigns and St. John Hospital.
Ivers plays a wide range of saxophones and can be frequently seen playing at the world famous Baker’s Keyboard Lounge with LL7, Detroit’s foremost Latin jazz ensemble. Emanuel has played with a variety of musicians and has released two Jazz CDs of his own: Mystery Manual and Art Carnage.
Looking for a fun night out? The Swingin’ Chopin Jazz Quartet will be playing at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge on April 8, and their CDs can be purchased on CDbaby.com. Learn more by going to reverbnation.com/swinginchopin.
It’s not just about chili!
Downtown Port Huron hosted the annual Chillyfest on Friday, Jan 22 and Saturday, Jan 23. Chillyfest, held at multiple places downtown, brought people of all age groups out to the event.
The event offered a variety of events for the family. Ice sculpture carving, chili cook off, live music, bed races that included business teams in town, Orthopedic Associates being one of them, and a penguin hunt for the kids – there was something for everyone.
A Little Something shop downtown offered a free hot cocoa bar on Friday night. They were among the local business that participated in Chillyfest.
Macy Wurmlinger, 17 of Port Huron said, “I think it’s awesome that business are willing to host and participate in free events for the community!”
The Chili cook off and tasting started at 11am on Saturday in the event tent outside of McMorran, Loxton’s Family Restaurant, The Raven Café, Chef Shells, Military Street Music Cafe and Freighters were some of the Chili competitors.
Overall, Military Street Music Café was the winner of the chili Cook off. They won both people’s choice and judge’s choice. Loxton’s Family Restaurant and Vintage Tavern came in as runners up.
Along with the penguin hunt for kids, the movie Ice Age was offered with 400 bags of popcorn donated by event sponsor Great Clips. Face painting, snowball toss and more were offered for children.
Rich Drummond, 21 of Port Huron said, “Events like Chillyfest brings the community together, no matter what else is going, it allows them to have fun and enjoy each other’s company.”
Other changes underway
During the City Council meeting on Jan 25, the council voted to approve the purchase agreement with St. Clair County Community College for the ownership of McMorran Pavilion and Tower. Two council members, Alphonso Amos and Alan Lewandowski, rejected the agreement along with a few citizens that attended the meeting.
The main concern raised was by Scott Worden, who was concerned with the fate of the historic McMorran Tower. The Tower, built in 1965, is included in the McMorran purchase agreement. While according to the agreement, within the first ten years of ownership a committee – consisting of representatives from SC4, McMorran Management, and the city – must approve of all changes made to the Pavilion and Tower. Concerns for the Tower were raised for after the ten year period in which SC4 would have the right to alter its property in any way, including razing the tower. There has been no indication by SC4 administration or in the 2012-2025 SC4 Facility Master Plan to alter the Tower.
While the purchase agreement is almost settled, only needing confirmation from the SC4 Board of Trustees, other changes are making waves in SC4. This past month both Board of Trustee member David Oppliger and President of SC4 Dr. Kevin Pollock announced their resignations.
Oppliger announced his resignation on Jan 18, effective immediately. Oppliger has stated that he had prior work obligations, as he is a lawyer. Oppliger has been on the Board of Trustees since 2008, with his term ending in Dec 2016. Applications submitted by Feb 1 will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees during their regular meeting on Feb 11 in MTEC room 150 at 4:30 pm. The chosen applicant will finish the remaining 10 ½ months of Oppliger’s term, with chance for reelection this November.
Dr. Pollock also announced his resignation on Jan 19, effective Mar 31. Dr. Pollock has been elected President of Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, effective Apr 1. Dr. Pollock has been President of SC4 since Apr 2009.
Another notable resignation is Denise McNeil’s, the Vice President of Academic Services. She announced her retirement effective at the end of the winter 2016 semester.
The effect of these resignations on the SC4 student body is not apparent at this time; however, with new leadership comes new changes for better or worse.
Students challenged to solve double homicide case
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Criminal Justice is not a new program to SC4, but the idea of having a class solve an active homicide case is. Lecturer David King, 65 of Port Huron, has been teaching Criminal Justice full time at SC4 for the last two years. King, who has 35 years of experience in Law Enforcement, has challenged his classes to try and solve the murder of James and Christine McKeogh that took place in Clinton Township Jan 14.
“I thought it would be an interesting way to keep them engaged in this class, and in real world criminal justice stuff,” King said. “The timing of this particular high-profile crime, in relative close proximity to our campus, might present an opportunity for us to discuss the case and for my students to ask me questions; ‘What do you suppose the police are looking for?’, ‘What do you suppose they’re doing now?’, ‘What might their plan of attack be, in terms of the investigation?’”
The case is still currently unsolved by police or anyone else.
One freshman student, who wished to remain anonymous, said “I think it’s an interesting concept to solve an actual murder, but I think it’s very difficult to get all the facts on the outside of the investigation. It’s pretty much a guessing game.”
George Harris, 18, who is taking Intro to Criminal Justice under a different teacher, said, “The idea to solve a murder in-class sounds really old-school and cool. I’ve never heard of anyone doing it other than on a T.V. show.”
“Whatever our students do here at SC4, I strongly encourage them to finish their Associates Degree before they go on to do anything else. Once you have that degree, no one can take it away from you. I want to say this to our Criminal Justice students: As a former police chief and hiring agent, if I have the choice between someone that doesn’t have a college degree and one that does, and all other things are equal, I’ll take the individual that has the college degree,” King said.
The financial future of SC4
On Friday, Jan. 22 the SC4 faculty and staff met to get an update on the projected budget and changes coming to the college this year.
The first topic of the meeting was the projected 2016-2017 budget. In this section of the meeting they compared the last six years of budget figures to show that there is a decline in income.
In the 2016-2017 budget the total expenditures is $30,980,000, where only $12,500,000 of the incoming money comes from tuition and fees and the rest comes from property taxes, state aid, and a section called other income (which was not explained). To give these numbers some perspective last year’s budget totaled $30,600,000 which is $380,000 less than the 2016-2017 projected budget.
In the current budget work up there is a $650,000 deficit. “We will build a strategy to where we can adjust” explained Becky Getner, the Director of Financial Systems.
Getner went on to explain that, “In Feburary we will hold cost center manager meetings and create a tuition recommendation, in March we will be compiling the information we have gathered and make our revisions to the budget to present to the board in April.”
Another topic during the meeting was the IT Department explaining their goals for the next year. They plan on getting an e-transcript service up and running for students to easily access their transcripts and to increase Wi-Fi coverage on campus.
Next were the testing changes to happen in the coming year. According to Mr. Jim Neese, the Compass testing would be ending Nov. 2016, and that they are looking at switching to Accuplacer when the college uses up the Compass Tests they have already purchased. He continued on to explain that with the state switching from ACT testing to SAT they would have to reexamine the cut off scores for prospective students.
To end the meeting Dr. Kevin Pollock thanked the faculty and staff for all of their hard work and stated some of the accomplishments they have made during his time at SC4. Over the next year there are going to be quite a few changes and upgrades.
Four students display artwork
If there’s one thing SC4’s art program has, it’s creative and skilled artists, and the Kro’s
Krew student art show was no exception. Last Friday I visited studio 1219 where artists Emily
Mainguy, Kira Benke, Kaylee Knaggs, and Jason Grill exhibited some of their works.
Studio 1219 is home to artwork from many artists, young and old, from all walks of life within the Blue Water community of course!
Though the show wasn’t themed, variety of artists, mediums, and styles gave the show charm, and had a little something for everyone from delicate graphite drawings, dark digital illustrations, graphic cartoonesque prints, and natural photography.
One of my favorite pieces in the show was a piece done by Kira Benke titled “Zombie
Head” and it portrayed an oozing zombie head, like something out of a hardcore punk magazine. Benke has done lots of custom designs and works often with local musicians and bands. Her style is very clean, yet it still embodies a darker, more mysterious subculture.
Kaylee Knaggs also had a piece that caught my eye; a skateboard deck cut into the shape of an elephant, and painted as such in an eastern style. The artist informed me that it was somewhat of an homage to an exchange student she knew from Thailand, and was heavily influenced by an annual festival that happens in the country where people paint and parade elephants. The clever use of the board, not only as a canvas but a design element as well, was golden.
The show altogether was a pleasant spectacle to behold, and every piece embodied the individual style of each artist, which is important in developing a unique modus operandi. It’s funny how when asked, whether it was their first show or their 5th, each artist I spoke with admitted to feeling nervous. I guess no matter how good you are, the butterflies never really go away.
Friends, family and strangers alike gathered to peruse what the students had to offer. Not only did the exhibition show a variety of art, but it gives a taste of what the creative culture of SC4 has to offer.
Skateboard show wraps up
The submitted Deck Art Competition skate decks were on display in the Fine Arts Galleries from Nov 13 through Jan 22. On Jan. 21 the artists found out the results of the judging.
The results are as follows: first place was Jason Grill with a vinyl entry, second place was Blair Spears with a wood burning entry, and third place was Hannah Wiegand with a mixed media entry.