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Discover your place on SC4’s campus

Club awareness day may help students find the right fit
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Not sure what clubs to join?
Check out the clubs of SC4 on Sept. 16 for the college’s club awareness day and learn about what each club offers to students.
From drama to broadcasting on WSGR, SC4’s own radio station, SC4 hosts a wide variety of clubs and organizations.
Some of the clubs expected to be in attendance are the Gay Straight Alliance, Zombie Defense Council, Phi Theta Kappa, WSGR, Alternative Energy and Engineering, Drama Club, Erie Square Gazette, and Student Government.
Visit each of the clubs in the College Center Atrium to see what fits you.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A night of creativity

SC4 to host Art Night
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Art night, a free workshop night held in the Fine Arts building at SC4, takes place on Sep. 19. This workshop will be available for those between the ages of 14 and 30.
The free hands-on workshop will cover topics such as art, music and theatre.
While all are meant for beginners, the 90 minute classes will cover basics such as stage make-up, ceramics, still life drawing, mural/graffiti, and water color painting.
Spots in each class are limited, and need to be reserved ahead of time.
To register, call (810) 989-5709.

28-year-old murder resurfaces in court

St. Clair Circuit Court to hold hearing for Freeman/Kensu

Erick Fredendall

On Nov. 5, 1986, at 9 a.m., Scott Macklem, son of the then current mayor of Croswell, was fatally wounded as a shotgun round tore through his body while he stood next to his car in the SC4 parking lot.
Thus far, this was the only murder ever to occur on SC4 grounds.
Four days later, a man named Frederick Freeman was taken into custody while using a pay phone at a coffee shop in Troy, MI, for questioning related to the murder of Scott Macklem.
In August of 1987, Freeman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
According to information obtained from the Michigan Department of Correction’s directory, Frederick Thomas Freeman, now known as Temujin Kensu, now 50 years-old, is currently serving the sentence at the Thumb Correctional Facility.
After multiple appeals for a new trial, a hearing will be held March 12 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court with circuit court judge Michael West residing.
The hearing, passed to the circuit court following an appellate order from the Michigan Supreme Court, will determine whether the evidence being presented by Freeman/Kensu’s legal team merits a new trial.
The evidence in question are photographs, obtained by Freeman’s legal team under a Freedom of Information Act request.
According to Joe Viola, filmmaker and advocate for Freeman/Kensu, the photographs used to identify Freeman/Kensu by the witnesses were not the same images that were presented to the jury.
Viola, along with retired WXYZ reporter Bill Proctor, participated in filming the 2007 documentary “Justice Incarcerated,” an in-depth investigation into the Freeman case.
A key component of the prosecutor case was Philip Joplin, a fellow inmate during the time that Freeman was on trial.
In “Justice Incarcerated,” Philip Joplin recanted previous testimony given during the trial, when he claimed that Freeman admitted to killing Macklem with a shotgun.
The documentary also showed Freeman/Kensu taking a polygraph test. Results indicated that Freeman was not lying when he denied responsibility in the death of Scott Macklem.
The St. Clair County Prosecutor, Michael Wendling, could not be reached for comment.
The Erie Square Gazette will continue to follow the Temujin Kensu case in the next issue, which will be available March 13.

Contact Erick Fredendall at or follow him on Twitter @MrFredendall.

Avoiding the launch day blues

What to know about the PS4 and XB1 before laying down the cash


With the Nov. 15 release of the Playstation 4 and the upcoming release of the Xbox One on N1ov. 22, having peace of mind before stepping into line to buy a console is paramount for any next-gen gamer.

This next generation of consoles offers a wide variety of pros and cons in the eyes of gamers with many hot button issues, namely the digital rights management (DRM), price, and console fail rates. Continue reading Avoiding the launch day blues

Free Birds: A Fun Holiday Movie

A family must see

Free Birds stars Owen Wilson as Reggie, Woody Harrelson as Jake and Amy Poehler as Jenny. Free Birds is about Reggie a turkey who is seeking to find acceptance from other turkeys.
The storyline is about how Reggie and Jake plan on going back in time and stop the first Thanksgiving turkey dinner.

The characters have their own quirks. Reggie is the smart turkey and is the main character. He lacks in the muscle department. Continue reading Free Birds: A Fun Holiday Movie

The force pulls in a crowd

Star Wars casters arrive in Troy


Nov. 17 was a moment for the history books as Troy was visited by casters for the sixth Star Wars sequel: Star Wars Episode VII.

It has been thirty-six years since audiences were first taken back a long time ago to a galaxy far, far away, and yet the epic space opera has remained strong with a loyal fan base. This could not be represented clearer than at the Somerset Inn, where open auditions were held for the upcoming sequel. Continue reading The force pulls in a crowd