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Gas prices rising: greed or necessity?

Jesse Zalucki

English 101 Guest Writer

Everyone knows that gas prices have continued to rise and fall over the last several years.

There are those who know because they have to pay for it, those who can no longer afford to pay for it and those who hear the prior two mentioned constantly complaining about it.

In the past few months we have seen a consistent spike in the price of gasoline.

Many are probably asking why?

This is due to several factors, including the fact that gas is of course a nonrenewable resource; there is also a huge demand for it, not just in the U.S., but more recently in China, India and Brazil.

The constantly growing population in China and Brazil is causing a spike in gas prices. They have a growing middle class that most of which rode bikes or walked everywhere up until the last few years.

The last reason being the most recent threat from Iran to cut off the supply of oil that travels through the Strait of Hormuz because of sanctions by the U.S. and European Union.

With gas prices on the rise, how will we continue to afford it?

There are a few ways to save on gas. One way is to try to keep your tank as full as possible. Driving with a full tank of gas not only improves your mileage but is better for your car.

Another way is to drive behind a semi-truck. Yes it seems silly, but driving behind these monsters actually reduces wind resistance giving you better gas mileage.

One can of course buy a more fuel efficient car.

And last, some credit cards offer certain money percentages or points on money spent on gas.

Veterans on campus

Billy Kirby

English 101 Guest Writer

Who’s that in the far back corner of class with that blank stare?

Most students have seen us crossing the campus with our tactical rucksack strapped to our backs, rushing to get to class. We have gone to battle for our country, now we are in the classroom to do battle.

Who are we? Veterans, that’s who.

We may be sitting there in the back, quiet and listening to the professor just like so many are doing, and will do.

If you notice us, we show a sense of awareness most of the time for the simple fact we are trained to notice our environment. We are all brothers, sisters, moms, dads, aunts, and uncles, old, young and are just doing what we think we need to do.

For some of us veterans, we knew going in to the military would help pay for college when we got out, but some veterans went to college with the intention of joining after pursing higher education.

There are many programs and opportunities for veterans, or people who want to join the military, to cash in on some of the advantages that the military has to offer, and will provide for, in order to help advance in ones goals to earn an education.

No matter what the reason, we veterans are just like you, trying to get an education to help better our chances for future survival in the world. We vets may be a little more learned in the world, but we still understand education is the key to a successful, and hopefully happy and rewarding life.

Veterans are a different breed of student.

Some of us have answered the call and gone into combat, some may have just seen a brief time in service with not ever leaving the country, but one thing remains. We as veterans chose to defend America’s freedom, either early on in life or later, or are still serving still to this day.

 

Photo Poll

What are your plans for Spring break?

 

 

Briana Ferguson

19

Marine City

Advertising major

“I’ll be mostly working during the break.”

Joe Dugan

19

Algonac

Psychology major

“Hanging out with friends that are coming home from universities.”

James Diggs

52

Port Huron

Criminal Justice major

“Staying home to study.”

Brendalle Smith

19

Detroit

Major is undecided

“Skipper basketball practice.”

Brian Fritz

20

Port Huron

Radio Broadcasting major

“My girlfriend and I are going to Palm Beach, FL.”

 

Meghan Grady

Staff Writer

Corned beef and codas

Dale Merrill

Staff writer

When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day right, there are several decisions.

What to serve for food? Corned beef and cabbage, or coddle?

Should the beer be a standard Irish stout like an international standard like Guinness? Or a made in the USA craft brew take on the same style? Or just go cheap and drop a little bit of green food coloring into a pitiable American Lager?
Then, there are the music choices.

Does one go for the standards like “Danny Boy” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” or go for some of the more contemporary choices such as Irish-English boozy stalwarts the Pogues or Irish-American punksters the Dropkick Murphys?
Well, this writer has decided on his food (The Dublin variation of Coddle), the beer (Beamish) but as I look at my record, tape, CD and Mp3 collection, the music choices are a little more daunting. Like the bathed in brine beef or brown to almost black colored beer it’s hard to limit to just one helping.

The Chieftains, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, and The Undertones are all fine musical choices.

It is fair to say that the above are the meat and potatoes (and cabbage); the main part of any good féasta.

If you want to add some other Irish spices-to make it a little familiar, add some U2. Make it a little fuzzier and spiky toss in some My Bloody Valentine. Cook slowly on the stereo all day. Serve with dinner.

Photo Poll

How do you feel about the closing off Erie street?

 

Danielle Mertz

Undeclared

Port Huron

“I think it’s kind of stupid, lots of people use that street.”

 

Tara Turpin

Liberal arts

Port Huron

“I think it’s a good idea. I won’t have to worry about getting hit on my way to the Main Building.”

 

Adrienne Ervin

Liberal arts

Port Huron

“I think it’s smart, people drive crazy down that street.”

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.

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

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.