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Help with winter registration

Tips and Advice for Winter Registration 

Registering for winter classes is probably one of the first things that students think about before upcoming exams.

Registration for winter classes is currently open. The winter semester begins January 13, 2014.

Before Thanksgiving break is the best time for students to register for winter classes, as it can be difficult to get the classes that a student might want since the classes fill so quickly. It’s suggested that registering now will help students get the classes that they want. Continue reading Help with winter registration

Reporter of the Month

Reporter of the Month is an award given to a staff writer of the Erie Square Gazette for journalistic excellence or above and beyond assistance given to help the Gazette in its mission to produce a quality publication for the students of SC4. Staff writers are chosen by vote from the editorial team.


alex olson photo  The editorial vote was unanimous for the Reporter of the Month recognition this month.

On behalf of the editorial staff, we would like to congratulate Alex Olsen on being October’s “Reporter of the Month” award winner. Here’s why: Continue reading Reporter of the Month

Fundraiser raises over $5,000 for science museum

St. Clair County Community College President Dr. Kevin Pollock showed off his musical talent Thurs., Feb. 28 during a fundraiser to raise money to expand SC4’s Natural Science Museum on SC4’s Port Huron campus.

Sponsored by the SC4 Foundation and Lynch’s Irish Tavern, “The Sounds of SC4 President Dr. Kevin A. Pollock” featured Dr. Pollock singing and playing the acoustic guitar at Lynch’s from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Continue reading Fundraiser raises over $5,000 for science museum

Better than “E.R.”

Student-to-teacher pelvic exams, literature, head shaving, humor, poetry, death, humanity, drama, sarcasm, medical lingo… this isn’t talking about an episode of “House.”

The item currently on the table is an upcoming play here at SC4 called “Wit,” written by Margaret Edson. This production is being directed by Tom Kephart. On Jan. 23, the first read through took place and it certainly looks to be a display of clever, beautiful and dramatic theatre.

Continue reading Better than “E.R.”

Basketball: Skippers teams are working hard and progressing

The SC4 women’s basketball team ranked sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s poll last week, although the men’s team comparatively lags behind.

The Lady Skippers have played 16 games as of Jan. 21, with only one loss at the most recent game against the Delta College Pioneers. Meanwhile, the men’s team is holding out at just above breaking even with 9-8. Despite the records, both teams’ head coaches hold a cautiously optimistic outlook for the rest of the season.

Coach Mike Groulx attributes the Lady Skipper’s success to the effort the team puts in. “We’re achieving success by working hard,” he said, commenting on the 15-0 streak the Skippers held on Jan. 18. “They bring it every day to the game and they bring it every day to practice.”

The streak notwithstanding, Groulx was practical about the team’s prospects for the playoffs, noting that there’s still plenty of time left in the season to make or break them. “We’re just finishing games, basically,” he said, indicating that the team’s keeping up the hard work will determine whether or not they finish strong.

The men’s basketball coach, Dale Vos, also looks ahead to the rest of the season when considering the present, believing the team’s comeback is within reach: “We’re getting a B right now but we think we’re about where we need to be. We just need to start making an A.” Subtle adjustments, he added, not major changes, are coaching’s goal throughout the upcoming games. “It took us a little longer this time to figure out strengths,” he said. Meanwhile the players are “learning to pay a little more attention to detail and take every opponent seriously.”

Vos expects the Skippers will improve their play as well as their standing in upcoming games. “We’re growing—going in the right direction,” he said of the team overall.

So in light of both teams’ positions, it’s a good thing there’s time left. The players’ growth as individuals and as a team should, after all, be the aim beyond the hoop.

And the wins don’t hurt, either.

For game schedules and further information about these and other SC4 sports, visit

Rachael Pittiglio

Sports Editor

Youngblood the carver

Youngblood the carver

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor


Murder, mayhem, torture, voodoo and moonshine stills with a subplot of segregation.

Sounds like the makings for a blockbuster movie when in actuality, it is all part of the story line in the book titled “Dillinger & Youngblood’s Wooden Gun” by author D. Gordon Franks.

The front cover to “Dillinger & Young Blood’s Wooden Gun”

Franks, a SC4 alumnus, authored this book that is based upon the tenants at the boarding house once owned by his larger than life grandmother.

“As a child, I thought everyone’s grandmother carried a gun under their apron,” said Franks. He explained his grandmother wasn’t really trying to shoot stray cats, but was trying to appease her grandson.

Franks said he grew up in Port Huron, hearing stories about Dillinger, Youngblood and his uncle Genie Fields, who was alleged to have shot Youngblood in the back.

Youngblood was a tenant at his grandmother’s boarding house.

Frank said after looking at the only known photograph of Youngblood, he knew his story needed to be told.

Franks authored this book to gain peace of mind about what happened. None the less, Franks’ book is riveting as he tells about the life of Herbert Youngblood and his ties to John Dillinger.

This book holds your attention from the moment you open it.

Set in the 1930’s, this story is told from the perspective of the man that carved the wooden gun John Dillinger ultimately uses to escape prison.

As the story begins, Youngblood’s grandmother prophesies that he will one day be rich and famous.

As I got farther into the story I had to keep going to see what ultimately happened. I had to know would Youngblood ever get justice.

However the harsh, explicit way in which the story is told is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of profanity. This book is rated R due to strong language and graphic scenes of violence.

According to the author, this story is one the FBI would rather not have told.

This book is based upon a true story and uses both fact and fiction. It’s definitely worth the read, and would make an ideal Christmas gift for the reader on your list. To order this book, visit