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Could you give a care?

Could you give a care?

Erick Fredendall

Business/Advertising Editor

“If you take on thing from tonight: get involved with the game.”

You may recognize this quote from the front page, or maybe you missed it. If so, I would strongly recommend reading the report before continuing on with this editorial.

I spoke with Tim Skubick very briefly after the speech. He shook my hand, and upon learning that I was a student of journalism gave me some words of encouragement.

However, during that brief conversation, I noted something about Skubick that gave me pause and made me reflect on what he was doing here at the college.

Skubick knew that half the students were forced to be at the presentation. As he admitted that to me, he concluded with the statement, “I truly hope that they took away something from what I gave them tonight.”

My heart grieves to say this, but I don’t know if they did.

I spoke with multiple students after the presentation, and I found that the majority of the responses could be categorized into three statements, “I don’t care, I just don’t have the time, or it doesn’t really affect me.”

Indifference was a reoccurring theme in almost every student that I surveyed that day, and upon that statement, I base this conclusion—this isn’t about the politicians being corrupt, it’s about the population not caring enough to learn.

How can we elect representatives to represent us if the extent of our reasoning is whether or not the candidate has an R or a D in front of their name?

What’s worse, we have more information at our fingertips than any other generation prior, all right there just a mouse click away.

I would like to reiterate the message that Tim Skubick tried to relay to the students that missed the event. Take a look at crcmich.org. Go to Mlive.com. Take a look at the .gov sites, and understand that it is your responsibility as a citizen to participate.

These decisions affect our country, and if you’ve ever heard the expression “shit rolls downhill,” then you will understand that ultimately it’s our state, our communities, and our families you’re representing.

Make it count.

Pumpkin carving or tree trimming?

Pumpkin carving or tree trimming?

Christina Stoutenburg

Editor-in-Chief

Super markets and big box stores seem to be keeping me on my toes.

Am I buying trick-or-treating bags, or tree ornaments? Isn’t Thanksgiving somewhere in between there?

While on a recent shopping trip, I had decided to be nosey and check out some Halloween decorations and I was shocked to find ornaments and tree toppers readily available. Some stores even have their trees out and priced.

Christmas or halloween?

What happened to the days when after Halloween we set up for Thanksgiving and the day after turkey carving, we put up our lights?

When I was younger, my family and I would get all the decorating done, get the gifts wrapped, and then take a nice snowy drive to see all the lights. But with the pace of our holidays now we can check out who has the best jack-o-lanterns while we are at it.

Christmas is wonderful, but the making of lists of wants, doesn’t seem to mesh well with a holiday focused around what we are thankful for.

Are we as a society looking too far ahead and just rushing our life along, when we should be stopping to smell the roses?

Yes, putting your Christmas lights up to help little ghouls and goblins find their way will help you be on top of the curve, but it seems to take away some of the specialness of the holiday.

Then again, businesses are not in the market of specialness, they are here to make money. And to make money they all want to offer their products first.

Can you really blame them for wanting their business to succeed in today’s economy?

But what can be done, do we just ignore the change or give in?

Maybe I’ll just kill two birds with one stone and be an elf for Halloween.

LOL-Cats galore

LOL-Cats galore

Hayley Myron

Webmaster

Do you ever feel like there is nothing that will be able to make you laugh during the week? Well I have a solution to that frown.

Whenever I am online and I need a good laugh, I just go onto cheezburger.com, the home of the LOL cats.

There is a reason they are called LOL cats. This website focuses solely on humor and adorable animals.

Even though this website is the home of LOL cats, it has a variety of humorous videos and photos.

The Cheezburger Logo

If cute animals aren’t your thing, which I am pretty sure everyone loves cute animals, then there are just fandom photos, interesting stories, and most of all trolls.

Now, a troll is someone who goes around the internet and makes fun of other a variety of postings, and they try to trick people.

I highly recommend taking a look at the website cheezburger.com; there is something for everyone on there.

Paint it, peel it, carve it

Paint it, peel it, carve it

Danielle Kennedy
Copy Editor

Pumpkin carving, one of the few activities where people are encouraged to stab something with a sharp object.

But now a day it’s not at all uncommon for people to set their knives and tiny saws aside for some different tools.

One of those tools is paint.

Whether it is a parent with young children, or someone that just doesn’t want to go through the hassle of cutting and gutting a pumpkin, paint is often a go to tool for pumpkin decorating. While painting a pumpkin decreases a person’s chance of cutting themselves, they have to be more careful when picking their pumpkin.

Jack-o’-lanterns

Bumps on the pumpkin can be a hindrance when painting, and may even be a blemish if they’re big enough to remain noticeable once the job is complete. Dampness on the pumpkin’s skin can also be a hindrance, but easily remedied by wiping the pumpkin with a dry cloth.

People have also traded the usual carving tools for sculpting tools. This allows the user to peel away the pumpkin’s skin in layers. Gives them a bit more control over what they’re crafting.

It takes patience, but if a person can stick it out, they can end up with some awesome results. Some of the works out there that have been done with this method look more like they belong in a museum than sitting on someone’s front porch.

Creative Pumpkins by Mike Madison

That’s not to say that the traditional method of carving pumpkins is disappearing. People can still go walk down the street to see traditional jack-o-lanterns resting on the porches of many homes.

It’s just that one shouldn’t be surprised if they see a not so traditional jack-o-lantern resting right beside it. And as time goes by, maybe even more methods of pumpkin decorating will arise.

T-bird’s tidbits

Twana Pinskey

Editor-in-Chief

The “The Hunger Games” movie premiered with all the bells, whistles and fanfare one would expect from a Hollywood blockbuster movie release.

I watched news reports of movie goers that waited in lines, some overnight, to get a ticket to opening night premieres around the country. As I watched, I couldn’t help but wonder why Hollywood didn’t place such extravagance on the premiere of another movie, “Bully.”

“Bully,” a documentary produced by Lee Hirsch, Alicia Dwyer and Harvey Weinstein, focuses  on the true life events surrounding what happens to children who are bullied in schools across America every day.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has given “Bully” a R rating due to language and “The Hunger Games” has been rated PG-13 due to brutality scenes of children being beaten.

According to Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwartzbaum, “The Hunger Games” is brutal where the story needs to be, as Schwartzbaumn stated, “particularly when children fight and bleed.”

Schwartzbaumn said it conveys the misery of the oppressed.

I believe the true life atrocities’ our children face each day at the hands of bullies to be more miserable and oppressive than what characters encounter in a fictional movie.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, close to half of all children in America will face school bullying at some point during their attendance to primary and secondary schools.

This begs the question, if children at these age levels are being victimized, why not change the movie’s rating to PG-13 so they can see and know they are not alone?

Parentinged.com states that over 5.7 million children in our country are part of the bullying process, either as the bully or the victim of bullying. Studies by Yale University showed that bully victims are between two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims.

Kathy Butler, a 17-year-old lesbian student from Ann Arbor, a victim of bullying herself, has circulated a petition to lower the rating of the bully movie. (The petition is located at: change.org /petitions)

According to Butler, she has discovered that the “Bully” movie’s rating by the MPAA won by only one vote. She is circulating a petition in an attempt to get the MPAA to change the rating to a PG-13.

How astonishing that we as a society will wait in line overnight to buy tickets to a fictionalized movie, when we should be standing in lines and screaming from rooftops to stop the bullying of our children in America.

 

 

 

 

So now what?

Dr. Robert Coulter

Guest writer

I was born and spent my early childhood in Detroit. My early education was in the Owen Elementary School.

The first what was the most wondrous of principals. She bought John Phillips Sousa to our school, as well as Rin Tin Tin, the dog. While most students were impressed by the dog, Sousa became another, what.  Sousa was responsible for my early interest in music.

A broken collar bone from a tumbling accident caused me to become a soloist for a parents program. This led to the opportunity for me to become a member of the Boys’ Choir at the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral.

This was another what, because it led to lifelong singing in choirs that included a growing interest in music, and the support of it (music). However, due to my collarbone injury, it was necessary to visit the Detroit hospital with my father.

After each visit to the hospital, we would get a sandwich at Staffer’s and visit a court where the fatal study hall fire was being heard, another what.

I decided that I would get a degree and become a lawyer.

As a young teen, we moved to Port Huron. I graduated from Port Huron High School in January of 1936. I immediately began pursuing the idea of a scholarship, since I knew it would be a financial responsibility.

I learned that the University of Chicago would test scholarship applicants that spring in Detroit. I applied, took the test, passed it and was accepted for a scholarship, a real what.

However, later that summer, I got a letter from the university stating that due to the depression, my scholarship would have to be canceled. Now what?

I decided that we would arrange to meet Florence Weiss, Port Huron High School’s Assistant Principal, for help.

She listened to my tale of woe as we stood in front of the wide staircase that led from the first floor out to the street. At that time, we were outside of what was the high school. It is now the present day St. Clair County Community College Administrative building (main building).

Weiss told my father, “This young man must continue his education.”

Her suggestion was I should enroll in the then Port Huron Junior College that fall. It was another what.

The next two years were inspirational and instructive. It confirmed my desire to continue. While not an outstanding student, I did well in all efforts to learn to read and speak French and Spanish.

Especially impressive were my experiences in the extracurricular clubs and activities. I served in several clubs with leadership positions. They (clubs) were of such a number, and considering I was also working outside the college, that several times the dean felt he had to admonish me for my involvements. It was truly another what.

In conclusion I would like to say that the St. Clair County Community College is an educational opportunity that is the best path for most students. It is less expensive by far. It also eases the transition from high school experiences to that of college levels of instruction.

It just may be exactly what you need.

“The Back Nine”

Christian McGeachy

Sports Editor

In one of my earlier columns, I expressed my passion for sports in the cinema area. The classics like “Raging Bull,” “Hoosiers” and “Miracle.”

But when I signed up for Netflix, I discovered a very good documentary about a middle aged man trying to pursue a profession in golf by the name of Jon Fitzgerald.

The documentary is called “The Back Nine.”

Jon Fitzgerald, even before trying golf, was a very successful man in general. Fitzgerald founded CineCause, part of Back Nine Studios, and now is an amateur golfer.

When he turned 40, Fitzgerald decided to try something new in his busy life and become an amateur golfer. As he took this new frontier in his life, being the film maker that he is, he wanted to document it. I was intrigued right from the beginning.

As he soon realizes, the odds of him making it are against him greatly. Even Tiger Woods started at a very young age to get where he is today. But that would not stop Fitzgerald from trying his dream.

He would enter the Golf Channel’s Amateur Tour. But Fitzgerald was not in this alone. He would get help from a whole training staff with fitness, technique and nutrition.

The challenge was not just to make it as a golfer, but trying to train and juggle work, family and film festivals at the same time.

Even though the editing could be a little better in some spots, this shows that anything is possible in sports. Fitzgerald does not just find a new life in sports, but connects with everyone around him, including his father and step-father.

Jon Fitzgerald didn’t care about not making it and the odds against him, but just wanted to find another thing to love in life.

In the process of making the film, he accomplished his goal of being an amateur golfer and also had a new baby boy. Also, lowering his handicap in the course of one year by eleven strokes.

So, this sports movie not only shows that anything is possible, but through incredible odds you should always try your best, and I believe that is a life lesson that all people should learn.

“The Back Nine” is available on Netflix and on DVD.

 

T-birds tidbits

Twana Pinskey

Editor-in-Chief

With the hectic schedule I have, it is not often I get to sit down and eat a good meal in the company of friends, followed by watching a good movie.

Over the weekend, I watched brothers, Stephen and Alex Kendrick’s movie “Courageous.”

This movie documented the lives of police officers that faced struggles relating to responsibilities, and sometimes the mistakes made as fathers.

The Kendrick brothers also made the movies, “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof.”

The common link for all three of these movies is the fact they has been labeled by Hollywood as “Christian movies” or “Faith-based” movies.

It was refreshing to watch a movie presented in a way that showed real struggles faced by any parent that has doubts about what kind of a job they are doing raising their children. What was so refreshing was it was presented in a humorous and at times heart wrenching manner, without blood, gore, swearing and X-rated scenes.

I guess I am getting fickle as I age. I find I don’t need all the trappings of a secular world movie to be entertained

I find I can watch a movie with a fast paced scene, my heart racing, and be entertained without scenes that have murder, swearing, blood and gore.

Movie reviewer, Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel, labeled the movie as a “myopic, melodrama movie.”

The movie did not fare well with other mainstream movie critics either.

Web site, www. rottentomatoes .com slams the film as a “preach to the choir” film that only “faithful” would find interesting.

   For those of us who are parents, no matter what our spiritual beliefs or non-beliefs maybe, we all struggle with occasional doubts of how well we are parenting.

   This movie has a message for anyone, no matter what their beliefs are.

   Do we really need the trappings of a “Hollywood” movie to seek solace or validation that we are doing an ok job raising our kids?

Clay’s Chaos Column

Clay Kimball

Webmaster

Memes, memes everywhere!

Lately the influx of memes has brought the concept to a mainstream light. Sites such as 9gag.com and Facebook allow for the majority of internet users to share laughs through common images.

While the majority of the public may view these on Facebook and other social sites, let’s not forget the origin of these macros.

It is debated as to which site copied the other, two sites have been deemed the originators of most current memes: Reddit and 4chan.

4chan is a very controversial “imageboard” known for its housing of anonymous internet activist organizations and profane content. It is here that it is said that the worst of the internet spawns and the “hackers on steroids,” quoth Fox news, gather.

Reddit, on the other hand, is a tamer link-board known for political activism and charity.

Reddit divides in hundreds of smaller sub-reddits, each for individual interests. In these sub-reddits, specialized memes are created and recreated, such as Good Guy Greg and Condescending Willy Wonka.

The two sites’ members are always at odds with each other over who started memes and who copies the other. Despite the differences, to an outside observer they are heralded as the prime source of hilarious images on the internet.

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