WSJR and SNAP collecting donations to help less fortunate furry critters
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
91.3 FM WSGR (also known as the radio club) is now collecting donations for Humane Society of St. Clair/SNAP in the form of three boxes -one in the Main Building, one in the Fine Arts, one in the Atrium – around SC4’s campus.
Paul Miller, advisor for WSGR, said on Facebook, “WSGR is having a pet supply drive to benefit the Humane Society of St. Clair County. Boxes will be set up (tentatively) in the Main Building, the College Center and the Fine Arts Building from Monday March 14 through Thursday March 31.”
While any pet related supplies are welcome, WSGR has also made a list of preferred items to donate. This list includes: cat/kitten and dog/puppy food (Purina brands preferred), canned cat food, clumping kitty litter, paper towel, bleach, laundry detergent, printer paper, highlighters, scotch/masking tape, batteries (9 Volt), distilled water, garbage bag, and anti-bacterial cleaners.
SNAP is located at 6177 Fred W Moore Hwy, and offers spray and neutering services, along with a pet clinic and adoption options.
Sharing world class music with SC4
Music may not be your forté, but the next Noon and Night concert won’t b-flat to you.
The SC4 Noon and Night presents a flute and percussion duo from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). The duo, Sharon Sparrow and Joe Becker, will perform on Thursday, March 24 in the Fine Arts Theatre.
The performances will take place at noon and 7 pm.
This free opportunity allows the community to experience the sounds of a world class orchestra in the comfort of the Fine Arts Theatre.
If interested in getting a taste of the show beforehand, listen to the DSO in “Live from Orchestra Hall”, the first free webcast series by an orchestra. For more information on the event, or the arts program at SC4, go to www.sc4.edu/arts.
GSA holds themed “Gayme” night
On Thursday, March 10, SC4’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) hosted a “Gayme” Night St. Patrick’s Day edition.
A GSA is a school or student led group found primarily in high schools, community colleges, and universities in order to provide a safe and supportive environment on campus for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and queer (LBGTQ) youth and their straight allies.
“Gayme” Night was held in the student center cafeteria from 4pm-6pm where they also provided concessions (two slices of pizza and pop) available for purchase at the price of one dollar. The event was a very welcoming experience, consisting of varieties of games for everyone in attendance to enjoy.
The SC4 GSA meets every Thursday from 3pm-4pm in room 207A of the North Building. All are welcome to attend and you can also join their Facebook group to stay in the loop of their upcoming events.
Coping with stress during finals
Though it may not feel like it, Finals are just around the corner, and most students start off by pretending they don’t exist.
Finals are a big undertaking, but the stress those pesky tests and projects cause ruin many students’ last month of college.
Take it from a fellow student, learning how to deal with stress in a healthy way will make any assignment a teacher gives you a lot easier and possibly, faster to do.
So here’s a few tips on how to handle stress so finals don’t seem so final.
Note: these are ways I have learned how to deal with stress. Everyone deals with it differently. Give yourself a few days to see if one or more of these methods work.
Learn how to breathe.
This may seem obvious, but a lot of stress can make you forget the easy part of the day. If it feels like an assignment or project will take over, just breathe. No, it won’t make the problem go away, but you freaking out and causing yourself more problems won’t either. No one’s going to get mad if you need to take five. Just don’t let that five take more than five.
While it seems obvious, more than likely procrastination is the cause of your issues. Once you learn about a project (even at the beginning of the year), schedule out days and plan to get it done before the date it’s due. Study in healthy intervals a few nights a week (I usually try for 45 minutes myself) so that test doesn’t seem so scary. And do not cram! You won’t remember half of what you read the night before at two am. Don’t waste time when you could be sleeping.
In an article about relaxing, this would seem obvious, but relaxing can help. Pick up a hobby. My preference for this happens to be reading or playing video games. Do what you need to relax on a timer, though. A half hour of reading can put you back into a stable mindset. This way, you’re not killing yourself over a project. Note: Binge watching Netflix for 12 hours will not relax you or help you with a project. Unless it’s on Daredevil.
Listen to some tunes.
Rock out, get your funk on, groove with the beat or panic at some discos. Whatever you need to, help yourself to your favorite songs. I try to pick something out that I know and that puts me in a “safe place.” Meaning, music you know so well, it won’t be distracting.
Eat, sleep, bathe, and repeat!
Take care of your body! Eating awful foods (no matter how good they taste), not drinking water (or drinking alcohol), and refusing to sleep will NOT help you feel better. Your body will not function and remember those math formulas if you don’t treat it with respect. Eat three full meals, two snacks, drink lots of water, sleep well and bathe. You’ll thank me later.
Friendly reminder to apply sunscreen
Summer is quickly approaching and many of us are worried about how we are going to look in our bathing suits. But how many of us are worried about protecting our skin during those long summer days? Being educated and proactive in your healthcare can result in optimal health.
According to the Mayo Clinic there are three simple steps we can all do to help us stay looking young and help decrease our chances of getting skin cancer; avoid the sun during the peak hours of 10am until 2pm, wear protective clothing, and use sunscreen. Picking the right sunscreen can seem daunting because there are so many different brands, SPF options, and different applications. Skincancer.org explains the SPF factor by stating that “if it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer – about five hours.”
Here is some quick information when it comes to sunscreen provided by the Mayo Clinic. SPF 30 is not necessarily twice the protection of SPF 15. Sunscreen should be applied thick 30 minutes before being out in the sun. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming. Pay more attention to whether or not the sunscreen is broad spectrum (protects from UVA rays – wrinkle causing — and UVB rays – sunburn causing) instead of only paying attention to the SPF. Apply sunscreen even if it is cloudy out. Sunscreen can be used on children as young as 6 months.
Don’t risk the health of your skin because you want to have a nice tan for the summer. Protect your skin like it is the only skin that you have, because it is. Be active in the care of your skin and get out and enjoy the coming summer and many, many more.
How and where to register to vote in Michigan
With billboards and signs everywhere, commercials on every television, and memes dominating Facebook, it is easy to see that it is a presidential election year. While the primaries may be over in Michigan, it is not too late to have a say in who shall be our country’s leader for the next four years.
Michiganders who were registered to vote by February 8 of this year had a say in the presidential primaries. According to nytimes.com, Donald Trump won the Republican Michigan primary with 36.5% of the registered Republican vote with 483,751 votes. Bernie Sanders won the Democrat Michigan primary with 49.8% of the registered Democrat vote with 595,222 votes.
According to Michigan.gov/sos, in order to vote in the general presidential elections, you must be registered by October 11, 2016. In order to register to vote in Michigan you must be a U.S. citizen, be age 18 by Election Day, be a resident of Michigan, and be a resident of the city or township you’re applying to register in.
To receive an application go to the local Secretary of State branch office, the local clerk’s office, the Department of Human Services, Department of Community Health, the Department of Labor and Economic Growth, or online at Michigan.gov/sos. Remember when applying, the same address used for your driver’s license or state ID must be used for registering to vote.
After registering to vote, the city or township clerk will mail the voter’s registration card. The card will state the registered city/township, county, ward, and precinct. It will also state the following districts where you reside: US Congressional, State Senate, State Representative, and School District. The card will also state the address of the polling location for those districts.
If you have any questions on where to vote, where to register, or if you are registered, check out Michigan.gov/sos.
Student essay comparing foundations of faith
Islam and Christianity have always been viewed as two completely different religions, each with their own rules. Each have been viewed as radical due to the nature of the people who follow the religions, but are they really?
It’s all about interpretation of their own sacred text. Most of us know about the different sects in Christianity; Catholics, Orthodox, Protestant and many more within each category, but Islam also has their own sects within the religion. Shia and Sunni are the main two different sects, with groups of people who interpret the Qur’an in a multitude of ways within each sect.
Although both religions have their own laws given to them by their God, interpretation of the laws vary by each sect. Christians accept the Ten Commandments but core beliefs, according to The British Library: Elements of the Abrahamic Faiths, are:
The belief that there is only one God
Jesus Christ is the Messiah, sent to save the world as prophesized in the Old Testament
God’s Character is in threefold, The Father (the Creator), the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit (unseen guiding force).
Jesus Christ died to save the world and rose from the dead.
Muslims follow the Five Pillars of Islam, the Five pillars being that there is only one God, Allah and the messenger, Muhammad; that they are to pray 5 times a day; donate to charity; pilgrimage to their holy city of Mecca at least once in their lifetime; and to fast during Ramadan each year. According to the British Library: Elements of the Abrahamic Faiths, the core beliefs are:
There is only one God: Allah
Muhammad is the final prophet of God and the Qur’an is God’s truest revelation
Reverence for many of the prophets of Judaism and Christianity, particularly Moses and Jesus
This brings us to the prophets of each religion. To explain lightly, it began with a prophet named Abraham. According to the British Library: Elements of the Abrahamic Faiths, they all believe that Abraham was told by their God that if Abraham followed their God’s laws, he would become the father of a great nation. They also believe that he was told by their God to sacrifice his son, to test his obedience to God. Abraham listened but at the last second, their God sent an angel to intervene with the sacrifice. Christians believe the son who was to be sacrificed was Isaac but Muslims believe the son is named Ismael.
All three religions also recognize that a man named Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, to freedom of new land. They all believe that God dictated laws to Moses to pass down to the Israelites as well.
There stops the agreement on Prophets and other religious figures. Christians believe that a man named Jesus, is their Messiah, and gave him the name Jesus Christ. Muslims believe that Jesus was a great prophet but did not believe he was divine.
The last Prophet is a man named Muhammad. Only Muslims recognize him as a figure of importance, as he provided them with the Qur’an over a period of 23 years. They believe that the Angel, Gabriel, provided Muhammad with the sacred text. Muslims do not believe that Islam is a new religion but a restoration of God’s word, revealed by earlier prophets. They believe that that religion was corrupted and misinterpreted and they are merely restoring the religion itself.
It is described on the British Library: Elements of the Abrahamic Faiths that there are three Abrahamic faiths and “each religion acknowledges the proceeding text and draws from them, with difference of interpretation and emphasis.” Basically, Christians draw some of their faith from Jews and the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Tanakh or Old Testament) as they also use their own book, simply called the Bible (the Old Testament and also the New Testament). Muslims draw from both Christians and Jews and both their sacred texts but Muslims also have their own sacred text, called the Qur’an. The beliefs of each religion differ in some areas but are quite similar when you look at the origins of each religion.
Overall, this is just a small summary of each religion, the way that an individual interprets a religion is completely their own. Some honorable mentions to how people can interpret their sacred text in some questionable ways include: the Westboro Baptist Church, the KKK, and ISIS. All three of these groups are viewed by the religions they claim to be a part of as severely radical and are not very well accepted by many others who practice the religion.
Student collects hygiene products for homeless
Imagine being a high school student, a college student, working part time and collecting items for local homeless shelters all at the same time. This is exactly what seventeen year old Macy Wurmlinger is doing.
The Landmark Academy and St. Clair County Community College student was researching when she came across an article that pointed out there is a desperate need for feminine hygiene products amongst the homeless, when she came up with the idea to collect hygiene products in general for the local homeless shelters.
“I have always cared about homeless people since I was a little girl and even more so since I’ve become more exposed to how prevalent the problem is,” Wurmlinger said.
In 2014 MidCity Nutrition served more than 1,661 individuals from the area. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that in Michigan 12,227 people were homeless in a single night.
Collecting items was an easy decision for Wurmlinger to make. With the support of her friends, coworkers, family and community this project has gone over well so far. “My parents have been so supportive! They’ve been helping collect things and have helped me organize everything!”
Partnering with local radio station 88.3 FM located at 2865 Maywood Drive in Port Huron, Wurmlinger is having any items donated dropped off at the station. She is taking the items to Pathways and MidCity Nutrition in Port Huron. Collecting will be continuing until the end of May. Wurmlinger is hoping that this project will help motivate more people to help out and make a difference in our community.
Bringing change to the community
While it’s not easy to dedicate one’s life to making a community great again, that doesn’t stop Trina Kern-Avedisian.
Born in Port Huron, Avedisian, founder and president of the Citizens for a Vibrant Community (CVC) and employee of Wolverine Market, made it a goal to show the world Port Huron stands just as relevant as it did many years ago.
Avedisian’s father worked as a pressman in his print shop on the corner of Griswold and 9th Street. He then bought Riverside Printing in 1976.
“I went to work in the shop when I wasn’t in school,” Avedisian said.
In 1986, she married and had a son, Joshua in 1988. Her husband wanted to sell cars for his brother in Florida, so they moved out of state.
Avedisian then moved to Honeoye Falls, New York until she divorced then returned to Port Huron.
“When I moved back into Port Huron in the mid-90s, I saw how ridiculous Port Huron was being run,” Avedsian said. “They had just announced the $186 million sewer separation project. I was outraged that the state of Michigan would make us do that so I started writing letters to the DEQ as well as the Governor.”
Avedisian found out the city of Port Huron kept information from the public and began writing letters to the editor of the local paper exposing what she had learned.
This lead Avedisian to getting involved with a local activist group called the Mavericks.
It was Avedisian’s job to take any information she was given and share it how she best saw fit to make sure the public knew. Avedisian took to writing letters to the editor of newspapers and speaking at City Council meetings.
“I was told on more than one occasion that I had a target on my back,” Avedisian said. “Since I had been through a lot with an ex-boyfriend (who was very abusive and the son on the devil himself) I had very little fear of what the Powers that Be could do to me so I basically took on the attitude of ‘give it your best shot’.”
In 2007, Avedisian met a few women who wanted to see Port Huron grow again. They formed a group and called it Citizens for a Vibrant Community. The CVC formed first as a political group, speaking at City Council meetings.
The group started to tackle events as well, the first being Car Show Afterglow in 2008, followed by Happy Apple Days in 2009.
“Unrest in the group and infighting prompted me to shut the group down for a year (as I was president), take a step back and find something we could do that we could all agree on. After much thought, we came up with Art on the River,” Avedisian said. For the last 6 years, Art on the River brings music and art to Downtown Port Huron.
“This year we will be bringing Black Oak Arkansas as our headline band on Saturday, as well as hosting the Traveling Michigan Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Tess Tobolic, an award winning chalk artist, and much more. We are very proud of our efforts with Art on the River,” Avedisian said.
Trina Kern-Avedisian proves the attitude of “give it your best shot,” can make a difference.
“Zootopia” movie review
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Fur flies, criminals scatter, and hilarity ensues within the one hour, 48 minutes of Disney’s new animated movie “Zootopia.” The movie hit theaters on March 4, and has made $233.9 million in the box office so far, according to Google. The movie is rated PG.
Many reviews paint “Zootopia” as a must see movie. A review from The Washington Post says, “The genius of ‘Zootopia’ is that it works on two levels: it’s both a timely and clever examination of the prejudices endemic to society and an entertaining, funny adventure about furry creatures.”
Popular user/critic website Rotten Tomatoes has also given “Zootopia” their seal of approval with a 99% rating, filing it under the “fresh” category.
In “Zootopia” there are two types of animal categories: predators and prey. While the world of “Zootopia” lives (mostly) in peace, the rift between predator and prey is obvious and shown throughout the movie.
The story begins not in the metropolis of Zootopia, but in the hopes and dreams of one bunny that wishes to be a big city cop. Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) initially has trouble getting traction within the police academy along with the police force.
Hopps, despite criticism for her being a bunny, works her way to the top of her class in the police academy and becomes the first prey to join the police force in the city of Zootopia.
Although she is assigned to parking duty while the police chief hands off more important assignments to the other officers, Hopps’ quick wits lead her a scam artist fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), whom she ends up befriending in order to crack a case that threatens to tear apart the city of Zootopia in the form of creating mistrust between the prey and predators.
“Zootopia” not only has enough comedy and simplicity to appeal to the younger, but plenty of references and a deeper story for the adults. Two big name references come in the form of a “Godfather” shrew, and a chemist sheep with two partners named Walt and Jessie.
What makes “Zootopia” a great movie is the willingness to mirror the prejudice in America by using fuzzy (and scaly) animals as placeholders. It also serves as a reminder that people (and animals) can be different, but that should not be a dividing wedge. Instead, “Zootopia” shows what can happen when two different people from two different backgrounds (Hopps, small town bunny; Wilde, big city fox) come together as a team.