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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.

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.

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.

Journey into the unseen

Journey into the unseen

Zachary Penzien

Production Editor

Have you ever heard about a videogame that has never surfaced, leaving you wondering if they were ever real or a lack luster fever dream?

If so, do I have the website for you! is an archive of material from canceled, unseen and beta videogames. In the past week, most spare time I’ve had has been lost on browsing the site packed with concept art, tech demos and information about games from every notable console and iteration of PC’s.

Unseen64 also has concept art and demo videos from games that have come out, but if you’re just interested in seeing video content Unseen64 has to offer, check out user/monokoma.

I got lost in Unseen64 because I love to see the creative process behind the media I like.

When the Nintendo DS first came out I heard a rumor from one of my friends that “Halo 2” was coming to the DS. I was excited that I would be able to take one of my favorite games with me, but it never surfaced and I assumed that my friend gotten some bad information.

My friend was correct; Unseen64 has a video of a tech demo for the game that was apparently scrapped.

Unseen 64 is a love letter to the creative process of videogames. If you’re like me and get lost in the “making of” parts of DVDs, give it a look. I’m sure it will be added to your bookmarks in no time.

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 Go to 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.

Photo Poll

Photo Poll

Carol Szparaga  

Staff Writer


“Why do you feel it is important to vote this election year?”



James Krosnicki

Macro (Bio Medical Sciences)


“There are so many issues that can change this year, one of them being changes such as Health Care.”



Brandon Bergen

Associates in science


“It is important to vote, because each candidate has different views on the middle class economy, which is the bulk of our students and America. It is important to vote, also because it will affect your life as a citizen. The next four years of your life are in your hands.”


Stacy Boyle

Environmental science


“It is the basis of our democracy. Voting is how we express our opinions, and there is more at stake this election, because of the condition of our country.”


Maria Watson

Computer application


“The economy needs to be fixed. Romney’s for the rich and not the middle class. It is important that you vote because we need to vote for someone that will represent us, to create jobs and eliminate homelessness.”


Lexie Muldoon

Physical therapy assistant


“This is the actual election that both candidates can make big changes. Both candidates have differences in opinions, and thoughts. It is important to vote for the one that will benefit the majority.”

Political correspondent speaks to voters at SC4

Political correspondent speaks to voters at SC4


Erick Fredendall

Business/Advertising Editor

Decided and undecided voters alike gathered in the Fine Arts Theater at SC4 on Oct. 22 to listen to political news correspondent Tim Skubick speak on the upcoming elections.

Skubick hosts the WKAR-TV’s news segment called “Off the Record,” a political talk program focused on Michigan politics.

Roughly half the auditorium rose from their seats after being asked to stand up if they had already selected a presidential candidate for the November elections.

After skimming the crowd, the speaker walked over to a man who had not stood, proffered his hand and said, “I’m Tim Skubick. I’m from the media, and I’m here to help you.”

Tim Skubick of WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record” speaking in the Fine Arts Theater at SC4 Oct. 22. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

Skubick guided the audience through subject after subject, ranging from the presidential candidates, the state of political journalism, and the state proposals.

A reoccurring theme in Skubick’s presentation was the lack of substance in politician’s stances.

“Media has turned our politicians into actors,” Skubick explained, “After the presidential debate the media isn’t reviewing the debated issues, they’re covering who was the most energetic and who had the better tie.”

Audience response to Skubick’s question, “Do you believe the media is bias?” in the SC4 theater on Oct. 22. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

Skubick also warned the audience to not limit their news sources to the people who they agree with. He encouraged for all voters to look at arguments from both sides of the political spectrum.

The main message, however, lied in the statement that participation is crucial for this democratic system to work.

SC4 freshman Nathan Abraham, 18, agreed with Skubick’s position. “In the republic we have you have to be an educated voter, and don’t get turned off by the system not doing what it’s supposed to do for us—it will change as long as you keep trying.”

On the other side of the spectrum, SC4 sophomore Bao Mcrandall, 23, feels overwhelmed with the amount of information that needs to be processed in order to make an educated decision, “I think I will start to pay a lot more attention to politics after listening to Skubick.”

Something that Skubick may very well be relieved to hear, because his closing statement that night was, “If you take nothing else away from here, get involved in the game.”

Boo, I hope I didn’t scare you

Boo, I hope I didn’t scare you

Hayley Myron


Halloween is the time of year where it is acceptable to run around in crazy costumes and scare the living daylights out of strangers.

Even the movie industry jumps on the bandwagon to make a few horror films during the fall months.  Personally, I am terrified of horror movies and I refuse to watch them, but fear not.

I have composed a list of my favorite Halloween movies that are not traumatizing to watch, along with that you will still be able to sleep in the dark.



“The Nightmare Before Christmas”– This is a stop motion film about the king of Halloween town, Jack Skellington.  In this movie he discovers Christmas Town and does not quite understand the concept, so he tries to combine the two different holidays.  Although he tries his hardest, his unique idea doesn’t pan out well. It is a good movie to watch for both holiday seasons.


“Young Frankenstein”– This is a comical take on Mary Shelly’s original “Frankenstein.”  It takes place many years after Dr. Frankenstein’s first creation and begins with his grandson.  After his death he gave his castle to his grandson, and the young Dr. Frankenstein decided to repeat the old experiments his grandfather had done.  It is filled with chaos and humor; it is the scariest comedy of all time!


“Corpse Bride”– This is another Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp as the protagonist Victor Van Dort. In this film, Victor has been engaged to Victoria Evergolt because of their families’ finical and social standings. As they rehearsed for the wedding, Victor could not get his vows right so he wandered into the woods.  After he said his vows correctly he finds himself married to Emily, the corpse bride.  As he tries to make it back to Victoria her family replaces him with a wealthier man.  This film is fantasy between living and the dead.  A good choice for a Halloween movie marathon.


“The Addams Family”– This was a remake of the 1960’s television show “The Addams Family.”  After being gone for 25 years, Uncle Fester had reappeared. Morticia and Gomez Addams happily accepted him back into the family without realizing that he was an imposter. An evil doctor was planning on taking the Addams family’s money through the fake Uncle Fester. In this comedy, we watch as the family unknowingly allows the fake Uncle Fester into their home.


“Scary Movie”– The last film of the marathon is a film that makes fun of classic horror movies.  In this movie a group of stupid teenagers accidently kill a man and then are stalked by a clumsy serial killer.  It makes fun of “Scream”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “The Sixth Sense”, and it even covered shows like “Dawson’s Creek.” This movie is laugh-out-loud funny, and a just fun to watch.


These are my top favorite Halloween themed movies.  Even if you don’t like to be scared, it goes to show that you can still enjoy Halloween.

Art Hop for Blue Water

Art Hop for Blue Water

Carol Szparaga

Staff Writer

On Nov. 2, local Merchants will be turning their store fronts into art galleries for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

Poster Credit: Blue Water Young Professionals

The Blue Water Young Professionals and Downtown Port Huron Merchants are getting together on Nov. 2 2012, from 5-9 p.m.  This event is free and will begin at participating locations.

This Art Hop will include artists who have designed unique pieces available for purchasing.  There will be approx. 25 art stops and 35 artists available.

There will be music in the streets. You can either walk between stops, or take a ride on the trolley.

Brochures are available at the Fine Art Building and other participating locations.

Pets of the issue

Pets of the issue

Christina Stoutenburg



To help cover adoption fees, an anonymous supporter has offered to help cover the cost of any pet featured in the Erie Square Gazette. For more information on adopting these pets, contact the Sanilac County Humane Society at (810) 657-8962 or e-mail them at societypets You can also visit their webpage and check out the other adorable adoptees at www. petfinder .com  /shelters/ MI278.html. For more information call 989-5584.

Brandi is a female Labrador Retriever mix who is house trained; prefers a home without cats or other dogs. She has short black fur and is spayed and up-to-date with routine shots. Her adoption fee is $175.00.

Alcatraz is a young male, black and white domestic short hair. He is neutered, house trained, and up-to-date on routine shots. His adoption fee is $75.

For more inquiries contact the shelter.

November 2012 proposals

November 2012 proposals

November 2012 proposals

Danielle Kennedy

Copy Editor


These are the proposals that you can expect to see on November 2012 ballot. Proposal 2 through proposal five are constitutional ammendments, which would be adopted into the Michigan Constitution of 1963.

Information for the proposals can be found at and


  • Proposal 12-1: A referendum on Public Act 4 of 2011: The Emergency Manager Law which would establish criteria to assess a section of local government’s financial condition. It would allow the governor to appoint an emergency manager that would act in place of local government officials in times of financial emergency. The financial manager would be required to develop operating and financial plans.
  • Proposal 12-2: This would amend the state constitution in regards to collective bargaining. This proposal would override state laws in regards to the conditions and hours of employment that conflict with collective bargaining agreement. Public and private employees would be granted the constitutional right to bargain and organize through labor unions. Employer would be defined as a person or entity that employs one or more employees. It would also void local laws that limit an employee’s ability to join unions and bargain collectively.
  • Proposal 12-3: This would amend the state constitution to establish a standard for renewable energy. Electric utilities would be required to draw 25 percent of their retail from renewable resources. This proposal would limit no more than one percent per year electric utility rate increases that may be charged to customers in order for the providers to comply with the renewable energy standards. Annual extensions would be allowed to meet the 25 percent standard in order to prevent that increase.
  • Proposal 12-4: This would amend the state constitution to establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and provide collective bargaining for in-home care workers. This would allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council, and require the council to provide training for the workers. They would also have to create a registry of workers who have passed background checks, and provide financial services to patients. Patients would still have the right to hire in-home care workers who are not referred by the council.
  • Proposal 12-5: This would amend the state constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes by state government. This proposal would prevent the imposition of new taxes, or an expansion of existing taxes, by the State of Michigan, unless approved by 2/3 of the State House and the State Senate, or by a state wide vote of the people.
  • Proposal 12-6: This would amend the state constitution regarding construction of international bridges and tunnels. A majority of votes at a statewide election would be required before the State of Michigan can finance or construct an international bridge or tunnel for motor vehicles.

St. Clair Community College presents: “Office Hours”

St. Clair Community College presents: “Office Hours”

Amber Oile

Staff Writer

Oct.18 thru the 21, the play “Office Hours” made its campus debut.

“Office Hours” is about the trials and tribulations of instructors trying to keep their courses alive, while dealing heavily with student/teacher issues on campus. The radical and self-indulgent teachings of Homer, Aeschylus, Plato, Dante, and, King Lear, may have landed the school in danger of closing.

Final scene showing a staff get-together, from left to right: Courtney Roles (Martha), Jay Hill (Ted), Kevin Bolday (Brian) and Caleb Paldanius (Mark). Photo Credit: Amber Oile

Scenes take place in the early 1970’S throughout the course of a school year. Could this play be Albert Gurney Jr.’s, an award winning American playwright and novelist, testimony of his journey in the teaching world in the early 1980’s, as a former professor teaching humanities at M.I.T?

The Plato scene starring Alyssa Ferri, Arthur Knisley and Elizabeth George, shows two students, Nancy (George) and Chuck (Knisley), being asked by their instructor Arlene(Ferri)  to join her in her office for a brief conference.

Arlene, towards the end of the conference, suggests to Nancy, as a ploy to keep her course alive, that she change her major. Ferri says her character’s role shifts from passionate instructor to that of a car salesman, for fear of losing her course.

The King Lear scene, starring Richard Croy as Ross, and Garion Adams as Arthur, shows a former student, Ross, finding his ex-professor, Arthur, and calling to memory the grades given out by Arthur.

Ross (Robert Croy) pays ex-professor Arthur (Garion Adams) a visit in the King Lear scene. Photo Credit: Amber Oile
Ross (Robert Croy) pays ex-professor Arthur (Garion Adams) a visit in the King Lear scene. Photo Credit: Amber Oile

As a result of his final grade, Ross is sent to the army, and soon discharged on a count of “mental problems.” Arthur quickly learns this is not your normal teacher student reunion, and his life may be on the line.

Audience member Alphonso Amos admitted that he couldn’t control his laughter through-out the play.

“King Lear that was by far the most entertaining,” said Amos with a chuckle.

The responsive and well animated audience showed their appreciation through laughter, and long applause at the end of each showing, making it very clear that the production was satisfactory.