Category Archives: Opinion


Photo Poll

Photo Poll

Zachary Penzien

Production Editor


With Club Awareness Day getting the word out about clubs on campus, are you a part of any club?


SC4 student Dean Garrison


Dean Garrison

General studies

Marine City

“No, I’m not a part of a club and I haven’t really thought about it.”


SC4 student Jordan Genaw


Jordan Genaw


Marine City

“I’m not a part of a club right now, but I’m looking into the Marketing and Management Club.”


SC4 student Rachel Pittiglio


Rachael Pittiglio



“I’m not part of a club currently, but I plan on attending meetings for Marketing and Management Club, or the Erie Squire Gazette.”




T-birds tidbits: Automated election calls

T-birds tidbits: Automated election calls

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor


I really wish I knew who thought up the idea of automated election phone calls. I would love having their home numbers so I could reciprocate the favor by calling them at home during their downtime.

After a long day, when I can finally sit with a cup of tea and relax, the inevitable will happen.

The phone will ring with yet another automated message from some wannabe political candidate that wants to tell me why I should vote for them, thus interrupting my peaceful solitude.

I mean, really? I just love being interrupted at home to be told what to do or how I should think, especially from a pre-recorded message.

If I am not yet committed to an issue, I will mull it over until I have made my choice. In this case, un-solicited election calls can serve a useful purpose.

All these calls do is help me decide who not to vote for.

I am much more likely to vote against the proposed issue when the message is delivered by an unwelcomed recording.

Those who use recorded, monotone, dull speeches to get things done will most likely offer up more of the same for those in their jurisdiction if elected.

Think about it. If they are too busy to reach out to voters via television, radio or good old newsprint, why would they take time to reach out to us in these mediums once elected to office?



Ramen noodle dinner

Ramen noodle dinner

Christina Stoutenburg


Cheap, quick, and easy.


These three words describe most college meals, but that doesn’t mean taste must be sacrificed.

Buying things on sale or with coupons, or a combination of both, helps to give students a variety of ingredients to work with.

To take some of the work out of finding sales and coupons there are many sites online, such as bargainstobounty .com and cuckooforcoupons .com, that will go over sales at various stores, and coupons only add to ones savings.

Stocking up a little helps. If a household eats a large amount of ketchup then pick up an extra bottle when it’s cheaper.

If time is the issue for skimping on taste, there are solutions.

Meals can be made ahead of time and frozen then microwaved for a quick fix. This method is similar to its cardboard covered supermarket counterpart, but with the added benefit of control of what’s in it.

Slow cookers, also known as crock pots, can be beneficial for coming home to a hot meal. In the morning set it up, turn it on, and it cooks itself. Soup, pulled pork and cheesecake can all be made in slow cookers.

Using food one already has is an option that can sometimes be the hardest. It’s usually followed by opening and closing the fridge at least a few times. Flipping through a cookbook can be useful, but online proves itself useful again. Websites such as ideas4recipes .com and recipematcher .com allow the user to input ingredients they already have in stock, and in exchange give a selection of recipes to choose from.

Some quick things, such as grating potatoes to make homemade hash browns or microwaved scrambled eggs, can be found on onlinecollege .org, which contains a blog featuring 100 recipes recommended for college students. The complete link can be found on the online issue of the ESG. also has some quick useful recipes under their college budget cookbook.

If technique is something to be desired, youtube .com features videos for making eggs, easy step by step, as well as baking a cake, among other things.

Taste is a factor that is often overlooked for cheap, quick, and easy, but it doesn’t need to be.


Photo Poll

Recently, President Obama did an “Ask Me Anything” on the website Reddit. Were you aware of this? How do you feel about it?

SC4 student, Cyle Cook


Cyle Cook


Fort Gratiot

“Nope, but I think it’s cool that he did that kind of stuff. I believe he has a Tumblr as well.”



SC4 student John Papp


John Papp



“No, I was not. I think it was a good idea.”


SC4 student Justin Wedyke


Justin Wedyke


Port Huron

“I was not until last night. I thought it was pretty cool of him to do that.”


SC4 student Heather Ellery


Heather Ellery


St. Clair

“I did not hear he did an AMA. I think it was a good strategy to connect to the younger generation.”

Photo Poll

Zachary Penzien
Production Editor

Obama posts AMA: Crashes Reddit

Obama posts AMA: Crashes Reddit


Nicholas Wedyke

Staff Writer


President Barack Obama posted an “Ask Me Anything” on the popular social news website Reddit, sparking a record breaking number of readers, whose traffic surge temporally locked out users from the site.

“Hi I’m Barack Obama, President of the United States,” posted the President, shortly after announcing the Reddit AMA on his official Twitter account.

In the course of half an hour, the President rifled through hundreds of questions, only to answer ten; all from a huge spectrum of topics.

Many young voters saw the President’s AMA as an endorsement of internet freedom. Reddit user “Sharkgirl” even asked; “…Is Internet Freedom an issue you’d push to add to the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform?”

The President replied, “We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody.”

President Obama

Internet freedom is a very touchy issue for younger voters; from the proposed anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA, to the recent “PRECISE Act” that claims to promote cyber security.

The President using the internet to campaign is more important than ever before. With the political game shifting to “new age” social networks and more quickly informed voters, the candidates are pulling out all the stops when it comes to “21st century campaigning.”

But, Obama is no stranger to the new way of campaigning; last year the President hosted both a Twitter and LinkedIn town hall, as well as visiting the Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley where he answered Facebook users’ questions.

According to CBS News, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has already supplied an invitation for Obama’s opponent Mitt Romney to post an AMA of his own.

This begs the question; will Mitt Romney do an AMA?

With the youth vote slipping further from the governor’s grasp, it seems as though he has nothing to lose; and with Reddit, a pro internet freedom site, Romney’s opposition to both SOPA and PIPA would give him an in with the Reddit community.

Campaigning for Obama in the last election

Social media has become one of the biggest factors in a candidate’s campaign; and this will only gain more use in coming elections. With the internet letting the candidate’s speak quickly and directly to the voter, it’s only a matter of time before candidates use a majority of campaign revenue for this practice.


Photo Poll

Liz whittmore and Zack Penzien

Photo Editor and Production Editor


Officials at the University of California have proposed asking incoming freshmen to identify, how do you feel about this?

Jeffery Cates


Majoring in Education

“I don’t think they should. It’s personal and I don’t think it would be appropriate.”

Rob Radiger

Port Huron

Major is undeclared

“I feel it should be on the form, but optional question.”

Cyle Cook

Fort Gratiot

Major is undeclared

“I think it’s stupid and could lead to discrimination. Also I think it’s unconstitutional, or something.”

T-bird’s tidbits

Twana Pinskey


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? 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: /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.

Top five stressors

Alicia Sullivan

English 101 Guest Writer

The one thing that all college students have in common is stress.

According to, there are five top stressors.

   Relationships cause a lot of stress on students, whether it’s friendships or that of the romantic type. Becoming a student means that students are giving up a lot of their free time that they had. Now instead of socializing, they are studying and doing homework.

According to a poll that I did, time-management was the most popular stressor. SC4 student Estelle Wood said “My commute to get here takes an hour. Also trying to do things like clubs, work and work training, homework, and family time, is hard to manage.”

Whether it is financial aid or personal, finances tend to cause a lot of stress to students as well. The fact that some students have to pay student loans, where others are worrying whether or not they will get a student loan to pay for their classes.

Apart from student loans, the worry of personal finances is stressful, especially into today’s economy. Worrying about rent and food is a major worry of a normal college student today.

Sleep is absolutely a factor to stress for almost every college student. Staying up late to study for exams, or writing a paper is cutting into a student’s eight hour sleep.

When it’s not academics cutting into sleep, it’s either work, or of course the life of partying into the wee hours of the night.

Most college students only get a few hours of sleep.

Finally, academics are always stressful.

Academics of course are a core of college life. A college student’s financial aid is affected by academics. Poor grades mean you may be cut off financially.

Grade point averages, a student needs a certain GPA to stay in school and to transfer. Let’s not forget passing exams and studying to get those important grades and GPA.

Studying takes up an enormous amount of time for college students.

A college student’s life is full of stress, but at least in the end all it will be all worth it when the ultimate goal of graduating is achieved.






“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.