Category Archives: Columns

Trump in play

Christian McGeachy

Sports Editor

Different semester, but the same game. Play the cards right and trump will come your way.

Even though students at St. Clair Community College enjoy going to school, they have to find ways to have fun in between classes.

So, like the fall semester, I found my own way to cope through the painful and often times boring hours in between classes. Which was by playing the wonderful, interesting and at first the confusing game of Euchre.

Euchre is a very unique card game and usually is only played in Canada and most of the state of Michigan.

I for one, before last semester, had never heard or seen a card game of Euchre. I was really confused, but before you know it, I was playing it over and over again and found myself addicted.

But, I was not the only one.

Jacob Eagle, a student from Croswell, picked up Euchre while coming to SC4.

“As I progressed, I got better and started to learn more about the fascets of the game,” said Eagle.

I agree. Euchre is a game of skill, luck and most of all strategy. And the most effective way to learn this game is to play it more and more.

Students at SC4 show that trump always wins. Photo by Christian McGeachy
Students at SC4 show that trump always wins. Photo by Christian McGeachy

Euchre is more than just a card game to Eagle and the other students.

Students like Josh Shaffer, a second year student from Memphis, said, “I like that it(Euchre) passes the time between classes.”

On another note, Shaffer also said, “It (Euchre) grabs all the students together…and you make more friends.”

So, this card game is not just about trumping the opponents, but building relationships with other students.

But, Jeremy Case, a student from Lakeport, said simply, “It’s just fun.”

So, take it from someone that had no idea about Euchre before. It is worth the time to play this game, to pass the time and also to meet new people.

Super Bowl worth super money?

Christian McGeachy

Sports Editor

“The Super Bowl. The most epic day in America,” Morgan Freeman says on his Visa commercial.

This year, the Super Bowl will be a hard hitting battle on the gridiron between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.

But people will be watching more than just the plays on the field. Commercials will be on everybody’s mind during the breaks in action.

Companies thrive for the chance to have their ads on the biggest game of the year. But is it worth it?

The cost for a Super Ad, according to CNNMoney, is three million dollars for a thirty second ad. When you break it down, that’s one hundred thousand dollars per second.

Last year, Chrysler put out their new commercial for Chrysler 200 car with Eminem and was the longest commercial in Super Bowl history. Costing Chrysler twelve million dollars. That’s a lot of money for one commercial.

Many companies take the chance on the big stage. Companies such as Skechers, Doritos, Anheuser-Busch, ETrade, GoDaddy and Coca-Cola. But companies have to realize the cost.

According to CNNMoney, if Snickers invested in a thirty second commercial, they would have to sell 6,329,406 bars to pay for their investment. Bridgestone tires would have to sell 298,656 tires and Skechers would have to sell 205,339 pairs of shoes.

But if you wanted to get your product out there to the viewers, this is the time to do it.

According to Time NewsFeed, last year’s Super Bowl set a TV record for 111 million viewers. In companies’ eyes, those are potential customers.

So, with all the facts and ducks in a row, I believe that investing three million dollars for a Super Bowl is a wise investment. It gives companies the best chance for the common everyday customer/viewer to see and hear about your product.

So, Morgan Freeman’s most epic day in America can be the big score for the advertising companies.

Clay’s Chaos Column

Clay Kimball

Webmaster

If you haven’t realized by now, I’m pretty nerdy.

Between my computer knowledge and the amount of video games I play, I won’t deny it.

My latest adventure into nerdy addictions is a well known card game called “Magic: The Gathering.”

Magic addiction starts off simple.

I told myself I wouldn’t end up like the people who put two hundred dollars into a single deck. I started with a twenty dollar starter deck.

Then, the addiction started.

Photo by Andrés Aguiluz Rios under a Creative Commons license.
Photo by Andrés Aguiluz Rios under a Creative Commons license.

First came my religious Wednesday Night Magic participation at the card shop. Next I found myself buying grab packs twenty dollars at a time hoping for rare cards. When the grab packs ran out, I resorted to more expensive boosters.

I realize now that I became just what tried to avoid, a Magic addict. Then again, I would make the same mistakes all over again.

Magic may be addicting and expensive, but it’s that way for a reason.

It’s fun, plain and simple. Strategy, skill, arithmetic, mastering these skills in order to outsmart and overpower your opponent, there’s not a better feeling.

The legend continues

Zack Penzien

Production Editor

“Avatar: the Last Airbender” fans unite! The creators of the original series are almost done with a new show set in that world.

“The Legend of Korra,” takes place 70 years after the original series, and will follow Korra, the new avatar.

For those of you who have not seen the original series, “Avatar: the Last Airbender” takes place in a China inspired fantasy world. The world is filled with hybrid animals, spirits and people who can control or “bend” one of the elements: fire, water, earth, or air.

The series fallows the avatar, a reincarnated individual who can control all the elements and is looked at as a peace keeper between the nations.

The new series will follow Korra in her quest to learn to control the final element of air. The setting will be in a new city that has a strong “anti-bending” movement. The world of Korra is one shaped by the events of the original.

“Legend of Korra” is coming out in the middle of this year on Nickelodeon and is set to run for 26 episodes.

All three seasons of the last series are currently available on DVD.

Clay’s Chaos Column

Clay Kimball

Webmaster

Welcome back to another semester of Erie Square Gazette production. This issue being the first of my last semester, I thought I’d talk about an issue very important to me, internet censorship.

As some of you may have heard, the United States Congress has been trying to pass through a number of anti-piracy acts, such as SOPA, PIPA, and the international treaty ACTA.

While in theory these acts would be beneficial to the average internet users, in practice they would allow for censorship of nearly any content producing site on the internet, such as Reddit, Facebook, and YouTube.

In recognition of this potential, many companies and websites such as Google, Reddit, and Wikipedia have petitioned Congress against the passing of these acts. Some have even gone as far as blacking out their websites on Jan. 18, 2012, showing the public what would happen if the acts were passed.

After the blackouts of major sites, many congressmen retracted support for SOPA, resulting in it being tabled.

Although the danger of SOPA has diminished, an equally malicious bill, PIPA, still lurks in Congress. Many denizens of the internet still fight these acts the best way there is, writing en masse to representatives and petitioning the removal of the bills from Congress.

As for me, I’ll just keeping preaching the truth and exercising my right to free speech until the government takes me away.

If you have any questions for me, send them to eriesquare gazettewm @ gmail.com. I may feature the answer to your question online, or in a future issue.

Christian’s Column

Christian McGeachy

Sports Editor

On Jan.15, many Hollywood stars enjoyed a night of eating, drinking and listening to the hilarious Ricky Gervais burn them at the Sixty-Ninth Annual Golden Globe Awards.

The Golden Globes is an award show that recognizes great achievements for television and film from the past year.

Many recognizable stars came out and received awards for their achievements presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press.

George Clooney won for best actor in a motion picture – drama for his role in “The Descendants.” Meryl Streep won best actress in a motion picture – drama for “The Iron Lady,” which was her eighth Golden Globe of her historical career. Winning for the first time was Michelle Williams, for her role in “My Week With Marilyn.”

Best Picture – drama went to “The Descendants,” and comedy went to “The Artist.”

Though the Golden Globes are over, there are a lot of other movie award shows still to come.

On, Jan. 29 is the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs) on TNT and TBS. Nominations are fairly similar to the Golden Globes, but the film categories are not split into comedy and drama. All actors and actresses from either genre can be up for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble and Best Picture.

Then on Feb. 12, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) hold their award show. Many people don’t know about the BAFTAs due to the fact they are from the British, but it does include a lot of American film and television.

Also, when a lot of actors, actresses and films get nominated in all of these awards, it’s almost a guarantee to go to the Academy Awards.

The Eighty-Fourth Academy Awards will be on Feb. 26 on ABC. Already people are making their predictions, and I will do the same.

Without a question, Best Supporting Actress will be Octavia Spencer from “The Help” and Best Supporting Actor will go to Christopher Plummer for “Beginners.”

Best Actress and Best Actor are a different story with so many great performances it’s so hard to choose. I will be between Brad Pitt for “Moneyball” and George Clooney for “The Descendants.” Also, Viola Davis for “The Help” and Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady” will fight it out.

All and all, this is the best time for movies and I can’t wait to watch the results.

T-bird’s tidbits: is it wrong to celebrate Christmas?

Twana Pinskey

Head Elf

There are varying opinions concerning Christmas and the celebration of this Christian based holiday. It depends on how you look at it. For me, celebrating the holiday the way it seems to have evolved, sours my stomach.

Christmas is a holiday that seems to grow every year. This boggles my mind. How does something change that occurs on the same date every year?

Before the Halloween items were clearance priced, Christmas items were stocking store shelves.

The holiday season comes earlier and earlier every year. If you doubt this, just look at all the pre-Thanksgiving sales and Black Friday Sales. Relatively new on the scene is Cyber Monday offerings. Camping out for Black Friday sales days in advance just to save a couple dollars? I can sure think of ways to better use my time.

I am realistic enough to understand the days of the “Norman Rockwell” holidays are long gone.

Just because the holidays of my childhood are no more, does not mean the holidays are wrong.

Thanksgiving once reserved for reconnecting with friends and loved ones, has become a strategic planning session to map out one’s desired plan of attack to secure the desired Christmas gifts. Pepper spraying fellow shoppers, or store employees getting trampled have become the norm.

The commercialization used by ad agencies brainwash our children, and some adults, into believing they simply have to have a specific item under the tree on Dec. 25.

I can’t help but wonder if these same agencies put that much effort into suggesting we as a society volunteer at a homeless shelter, offer a kind word to those we meet on the street,  or even shoveling the sidewalk for our elderly neighbors, that the world just might be a little better for it.

Freedom, it’s so close

Danielle Kennedy

Jingle Elf

The final countdown has begun.

If you perk your ears and listen, you can hear the rumbling thunder of the approaching storm that is exams. But beyond that storm rests clear skies and winter break.

How do you intend to spend that time off?

Hopefully relaxing.

I know that’s what I intend to do. Exams are still a week away and my brain feels ready to explode. As if it’s trying to take in too much information and unable to find any more room to store it. Hopefully I can make it past exams without burning out.

Once I finish that last test, I fully intend to book it out of here. I don’t want to as much as think of SC4 until it’s time for the winter semester to begin.

I’m going to give my brain some nice relaxation time while feeding it loads and loads of junk. Cartoons, movies that make no sense and video games. Lots and lots of video games. My family will most likely have to pry me off the couch when it comes time for winter semester.

Photo by Hamish Duncan under a Creative Commons license.

Not that the fall semester was without its good times. I got a chance to meet some rather awesome young journalists at Woodrow Wilson, and got to reconnect with old friends while making some new ones.

Those are experiences I will treasure and think back on fondly when I’m old and decrepit.

The constant papers and tests, well those won’t make for such fond memories.

I guess that in the in the end, I must think it all worth it. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have signed up for winter.

I’m watching you

Photo by Twana Pinskey
Photo by Twana Pinskey

Santa Claus

Guest Writer

North pole- SC4 Faculty, students and staff, I’m making my list and checking it twice. Have you been naughty or nice?

That’s right, I’m in town. And I’m the real deal, not that imposter that’s been traipsing around campus in fake Santa clothes and a Halloween mask.

I stopped by with the intention of reclaiming my good name, but my mission changed entirely when I noticed some of the solemn faces lurking about your campus.

Where are the smiles? Where’s the good will?

Has no one told you that it’s the holiday season?

Regardless of what belief you may follow, this is a time meant for cheer and giving. A time when you should be willing to lend a hand to a stranger simply because they’re in need.

I’m not saying for you to empty your pocket book into the nearest collection bucket, even I understand that times are tight. Just last week I had to let some of my elves go.

I’m talking about the simple things. When entering a building, if you notice someone coming in behind you, hold the door open. If someone drops their books in the hall, stop and help pick the books up.

Even the smallest of deeds can make a difference in someone’s day.

And remember, patience is truly a virtue.

Just because someone may not be moving at the same pace as you doesn’t mean you should fly off the wheel and start hurling foul language in their direction.

Such behavior gets you on the naughty list, just a hint.

So SC4, I leave you with these parting words. Smile a little. Relax. And don’t let exams gets you down. It’s the holiday season, act like it. And let a little good will into your hearts.

I’ll be back, that I promise you. And just for you, I’ll check my list a third time. See if some of you naughty folk have migrated to the nice side.

Happy holidays, and ho ho ho!

Welcome to the neighborhood

Alyssha Ginzel

Guest Elf

After a barrage of sleepless nights; tormented by mounds of medical terms and clinical reports, Joshua Varty, 25, of Emmett, graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University.

Soon after, he quickly opened Port Huron Family Chiropractic in downtown Port Huron.

Locating his clinic in downtown Port Huron was no happenstance. Varty claims to love the downtown area, and hopes to run a community oriented business. He plans to be open for every community event, donate to every charity drive, and he even pledges to loan his office to any group or organization, free of charge.

What’s even more astounding is that Varty will offer local artists the opportunity to display and sell their work in his clinic, and will demand no commission from the profits of their sales.

Being an advocate of the community, Varty hopes to provide a healthcare that caters to families.

The clinic itself was invested by, renovated by, and is now run by Varty and his family. His affordable family pricing merely stipulates that the first three members of a family fully pay for adjustments while the next two members’ receive treatment at half price and the rest of the family will be taken care of at no cost.

I dare you to find a more reasonable chiropractor.

The charitable approach to the business should portray his honest, altruistic mentality. At the heart of it, Varty says, “People are more than bodies to me, and therefore, when I adjust them, I am addressing the mind, body, and spirit because all three interact with each other. There is simply no way the mind can reflect itself in the body without a nervous system free of interference.”

Varty guarantees a natural, proactive chiropractic experience in which, “People will receive no cold lasers, no electrical stimulation, no waterbed treatment, no traction tables, just simply pure, unadulterated chiropractic care that removes interference to the nervous system so that an individual may manifest himself in the body and ultimately contribute to the animated world.”

Varty’s passion for people and health is what gives his clinic the unique edge the competition simply doesn’t have. His holistic approach to medicine combined with his appreciation for life and community together offer a healing experience unmatched by the average chiropractor.

You can find Port Huron Chiropractic at 229 Huron Avenue. To contact, visit their Facebook page, call (810) 982-9335, or stop in Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.