Local companies looking for new workforce members
That message came through loud and clear to the job-seeking throngs who answered the call to come out to SC4’s annual Career Fair on April 20, held at SC4’s College Center. Over 60 companies and public service organizations, representing career fields as varied as manufacturing, health care, finance and law enforcement, made a showing at the Fair.
“Employers are seeking potential employees that are a good ‘fit’ for their workplace and team,” said Julie Ruiz, a Career and Employment Specialist at SC4.
“They are looking for candidates that are flexible and open to learning and change, and also a willingness to take on additional responsibilities as the workplace gets leaner,” said Ruiz. “Manufacturing and health care continue to have strong recruitment, as well as business,” she added.
A steady stream of almost 300 determined job-seekers, many with updated resumes in hand, testified to the growing popularity of this annual SC4 event sponsored by SC4’s Career and Employment Services.
As to who comprised the list of job-seekers who attended the Fair, Ruiz commented, “Graduates looking for professional opportunities, students looking for seasonal positions or part-time work while they are in school, retirees looking for supplemental income or a second career with meaning and purpose for them, career changers due to labor market trends, and more.”
Scott Worden of Worden Insurance expressed a sentiment shared by a number of employers at this year’s Career Fair, “We’re here to cultivate a relationship with SC4. We’re local and we’re looking a way to open opportunities for SC4 students and alumni.”
For those SC4 students and alumni not able to attend the Career Fair, Career and Employment Services at SC4 provides free employment assistance which includes such services as resume and cover letter development, job search strategies, portfolio creation, as well as an up-to-date list of job postings.
For more information, go online at www.sc4.edu/jobconnect or call (810) 989-5515 to speak with an SC4 Career and Employment Services specialist.
Earth Fair 2016 a hoot
Earth Fair took place this past Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, at Goodells County Park. Hundreds of people attended each day to learn about the environment, local ecosystems, and techniques to be more eco-friendly.
Attractions included beekeepers, a show on birds of prey, petting zoo animals, horses, family-friendly workshops, and venders of organic and “green” products.
For more information on the events that took place, participating in next year’s Earth Fair, or to donate to the Earth Fair, go to earthdayfair.com.
Patterns 58th edition available now
On Thursday, April 28 the 58th Edition of Patterns was debuted to the public during an award ceremony in the Fine Arts Theatre.
This year the magazine was created by Jason Grill, Emily Mainguy and Blair Spear.
“Overall I think it was a great experience. Prior to patterns I hadn’t gotten to do much production work outside of product photography. I also enjoyed getting the chance to learn more about the processes involved in making a full scale publication,” explained Blair Spear.
During the award ceremony they announced winners of first, second, and third place awards in categories such as, Short Story, Essay, Poetry, and Visual arts. Along with the special section awards; such as, the Richard Colwell, Kathy Nickerson, and Blanche Redman award.
Patterns is also used to present the Patrick Bourke and the Eleanor Mathews Award. According to this year’s edition, the Patrick Bourke and Eleanor Mathews Awards recognize students who have done exceptional work in a more general sense.
Below is a list of the awards and the winners:
Richard Colwell Award – Jason Justice
Second Place in Short Story – Matthew Vallee
Third Place in Short Story – Shane Brockett
Kathy Nickerson Award – Therese Majeski
Second Place in Essay – Lydia Nicholas
Third Place in Essay – Madison Magness
Blanche Redman Award – Jennifer Rostoni
Second Place in Poetry – Marcus Taylor
Third Place in Poetry – Lindsey Wiseman
First and Second Place in Visual Arts – Rachel Henion
Third Place in Visual Arts – Joanna Ingles
Eleanor Mathews Award – Kathleen McGowan
Patrick Bourke Award – Emily Mainguy
To see and read the winning pieces you can pick up a copy of this year’s edition in the Fine Arts galleries.
Next year’s Patterns submission forms can be found in the Fine Arts building and applications are due in December.
“The Jungle Book” works with more than just the bear necessities
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
From what could have been a simple live action remake comes instead a full-fledged, well voiced, and seamlessly strung together adventure. Prepare to feel like a child again when recognizing old tunes made new again, and characters brought fully to life.
“The Jungle Book” cartoon has always been a favorite among Disney fans, and Rotten Tomatoes (RT) would proves that the remake is just as good. Critics on RT gave “The Jungle Book” 94% and users gave the movie 92%, both certifying the movie as “fresh”. To fans, some similarities will be as prominent as the differences; however, neither hamper the overall quality of the movie.
All of the animals that surround Mowgli (Neel Sethi) look as if they were plucked straight from the jungle that serves as the background. The scenes transition smoothly, but can sometimes leave the viewer temporarily blinded when one scene is darkly lit and the next displays sun kissed tree tops.
The movements fit each animal from the swift Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), to Baloo’s (voice of Bill Murray) rolling around, and even the swinging antics of King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken) and his army of primates.
Something worth mentioning is how the songs are done, as it differs a bit from the childhood cartoon. Instead of immediately opening up the forest floor to song and dance, the singing is more casual. An example of this is Mowgli singing “Bare Necessities” with Baloo, but it feels more casual, more bare, more real-world. The style would be horrible if the movie were animated, but the fit is perfect inside of this live action movie.
The two things in “The Jungle Book” that left me with questions were very minor in detail. The first was the change regarding the elephants. In the cartoon, they were (albeit comically) militaristic. In the movie, they are regarded more as gods, with some characters saying they “shaped the jungle into what it is.” It doesn’t change the core of the movie, but it is a question worth wondering.
The second thing I have to wonder about is how short Mowgli’s hair is. A rough estimate would put the in-movie boy at about ten years old, but the hair isn’t long enough to warrant that age. A fan theory says Mowgli would cut his hair using sharpened rocks.
Overall, “The Jungle Book” will excite and thrill the younger viewers, and re-ignite the child within the older viewers. This a movie worth watching.
Free play coming to SC4 Theatre soon
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
From May 12 to May 15, The SC4 Players will perform the play “The Odd Couple” in the Fine Arts Theatre. The play is free to SC4 students, facility, staff, and alumni that present the Skippers OneCard. The play is also free for K-12 students with an adult. For adults, tickets are $7. Tickets can be bought at the door or by calling 1 810-989-5513. The show is recommended for ages 10 and up.
“The Odd Couple” will be showed on Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. and will include audience talkback. On Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14 the play will start at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, May 15 the show will start at 2:00 p.m.
Tom Kemphart, the director of “The Odd Couple” and of the SC4 Players, said “It [“The Odd Couple”] is one of my favorites. I’m glad to be able to show it at SC4 and as the last play of the semester. Our final shows are usually a compilation of everything we’ve learned so far.”
Kemphart added, “It’s been a lot of fun to work with college-aged actors. I directed “The Odd Couple” 13 years ago with people that were the ‘appropriate’ age. But it’s different now,” Kemphart added that it was like working with blank slates and that in itself is “enlightening”.
“The Odd Couple” originally was a Broadway play written by Neil Simon in 1965. The play was a success and a movie spawned from the play in 1968. Like the play, the movie received positive feedback such as Roger Ebert giving “The Odd Couple” three and a half out of four stars.
From 1970 to 1975, “The Odd Couple” ran as a Friday night sitcom and enjoyed success much like the Broadway play and the movie. The reviews on Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) give the 1970 sitcom an eight out of ten.
Some reboots of “The Odd Couple” were made including a cartoon in 1975, a 1982 reboot of the TV series (named “The New Odd Couple”), and a 1998 sequel to the movie titled “The Odd Couple II”. None of these gained popularity or success with the TV shows being cancelled after the first season and the second movie given a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
More information can be found at www.sc4.edu/arts.
Canadian geese on campus and how it affects students
“I really don’t like them here,” Yan Kobylyatskiy, 22 year old sophomore from Moscow stated referring to SC4’s feathered immigrant population, the Canadian geese.
Most students share Kobylyatskiy’s sentiment over the federally protected birds. Not only do the geese leave greenish droppings all over the campus sidewalks, but they have been known to threaten and even attack students during their commute to class.
One student captured video in March of two geese attacking the doors to the Fine Arts Building. Lydia Nicholas, 18 year old Middle College student from Lexington said, “One day I was just leaving class and there were these two geese pecking on the door and were trying to get in. I took a Snapchat video because that’s not something you see every day.” That video can be found on the ESG’s website at esgonline.org.
So why are the geese so aggressive this year? It might be due to the fact that a pair of geese started a family right here on campus. On the Green Wall located between the CEM building and the North building, a mother goose sat from March to the end of April waiting patiently for her brood to hatch.
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website allaboutbirds.org, Canadian geese create nests on the ground made of dirt, mosses, and lichens and nest from anywhere between 42 to 50 days. The nests can contain anywhere from two to eight eggs, all of which would hatch within a 24 hour period. Hatchlings covered in yellowish down could leave the nest at one to two days old, being able to walk, swim, and even dive.
The female goose typically does not leave the nest after laying her clutch of eggs. The male goose patrols the area surrounding the nest, however, he will not come towards the nest as to prevent the discovery of the nest. Students were most likely chased by the male goose during the past months.
Canadian geese nest anytime between mid-March to mid-May. The goslings were estimated to have hatched anytime between Thursday of last week (April 28) to Saturday of last week (April 30).
“It would be great if the college could handle it [the geese],” said Kobylyatskiy. He continued to propose that the college could make a fence or an enclosed habitat for the geese.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) list fencing as a possible way to deter geese on michigan.gov/dnr. Other authorized ways to fend off geese include a spray repellant made of grape extract, and scare devices such as noise makers, balloons, and brightly colored flags.
For more information on how to prevent Canadian goose attacks, check out the DNR’s website at michigan.gov/dnr. To see the video of two geese attacking the doors of the Fine Arts Building, check out the latest edition of the ESG online at esgonline.org.