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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.

Maverick is an adult male Collie/Hound mix who is house trained. He has short brown, black, and white fur, and is neutered and up-to-date with routine shots. His adoption fee is $175.00.

Roberta Jane is a young female gray and white with short hair. She is spayed, house trained, and up-to-date on routine shots. Her adoption fee is $75.

For more inquiries contact the shelter.

SC4 alumni donates $500,000 to scholarships

SC4 alumni donates $500,000 to scholarships

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor


The pursuit of knowledge just got a little less expensive.

SC4 alumni and local businessman Gene Oldford made a donation to set up a scholarship fund in the amount of $500,000 to the SC4 Foundation’s All Aboard: Campaign for Talent, Technology, and Tomorrow specifically for student scholarships.

Before Oldford’s donation, the campaign had raised just over $125,600 for student scholarships, well over their goal of $100,000.

SC4 President Dr. Pollock made the announcement Nov. 3 at SC4’s annual Red Carpet Affair as a public thanks.

The Stephen B. and Clara E. Oldford Scholarship Endowment Fund, named in honor of Oldford’s parents, will be received over the next five years. The first installment needs time to generate interest and then will be available to the students for scholarships starting in the 2013-2014 year.

Graduates of St. Clair and Sanilac County high schools with a 2.5 GPA are eligible for the scholarship. Applicants will be required to submit an essay.

The scholarship amount student applicants will be able to receive, and how many students the fund could benefit, will vary and has yet to be determined.

“As the interest grows, we can help more students,” said David Goetze, SC4 Director of College Advancement and Alumni Relations.

According to Goetze, the scholarship could be as much as full tuition and books.

To set up a scholarship fund, there must be a $20,000 endowment, though
this can be paid in installments.

There is also the option of donating to existing scholarships. Donations can also be made online, though there is a $10 minimum for credit cards due to processing fees.

For a list of available scholarships, go to

“Students should always look into everything that they are potentially eligible for. People want to help,” said Pollock.

Between semesters

Between semesters

Rachael Pittiglio

Guest writer


You have a minimum of 23 days. But don’t worry—it’s just winter break.

SC4’s final week of classes and exams begins on Dec. 17 and ends on Dec. 21, and the winter 2013 semester does not start until Jan. 14.  This means there is just a little more than three weeks to prepare (be it mentally, physically, or fiscally) for the next semester, or for whatever else 2013 holds for you.

For some, the break means time for an academic recharge.

Textbooks used at SC4 for the fall 2012 semester. Photo Credit: Rachael Pittiglio

“First three days I’m not doing nothing. I’m not even gonna look at a book,” says Kevin Doyle, a student in the liberal arts program.

After 16 weeks of classes and then finals, even the most studious of us can use a little while off.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t put that time to work. You might put in a few more hours at your job, or, if you haven’t already, you might register for winter classes.

If this semester was your last at SC4, you might spend the break getting ready for a new job, or to transfer.

Even if you’ll still be working, the break from school provides some time to tackle other projects and catch up with friends and family. Kris Raymond, a criminal justice corrections major, says she’ll use it to move to a new home and to spend time with her daughter.

Of course, sometimes the value of having time off is that you don’t have to schedule anything. Business major Michael Mulé has no definite plans about what to do during his break.

“I’m not too sure yet,” Mulé said. “Possibly going north snowmobiling. Hanging out with family; that kind of stuff.”

You might relish the chance to sleep in, or the opportunity to decide what to do with the downtime day by day.

Whatever your plan, or lack thereof, you’ll have at least 23 days to enact it. What will you do with your winter break?

Tis’ the season

Tis’ the season

Joyce Smith

Staff Writer


Final exams, the holiday season, financial and family commitments, can all combine this time of year to create a stressful mess!

But, it doesn’t have to be that way, according to the experts from Mental Health American. Connecting with others, staying positive, being physically active, helping others, getting enough sleep, taking care of your spirit, and asking for help if you need it, are all strategies that can help to cut down on stress this time of year.

SC4 offers a variety of activities which you may want to consider to provide that much needed break.

SC4 Spiral Gallery in Review, located at 1219 Military Street, offers an escape for a few minutes, or a few hours, as you review art work to feed the mind and spirit. More information on the Spiral Gallery exhibit can be obtained by calling (810)989-5747.

Holiday Winds & Voices – SC4 Symphonic Band Concert may be just what the doctor ordered to help nurture your spirit this holiday season. The concert will be held in the McMorran’s theater Dec. 16, beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, or to check ticket availability, call (810)985-6166.

If something active is more your style you may want to consider watching some basketball. Both the men and women’s team will compete on Dec. 15 in the SC4 gymnasium.

SC4’s women’s team play beginning at 1 p.m. and the men’s game begins at 3 p.m.  Or, you may want to consider getting moving yourself with Wellness Wednesday exercise classes each Wednesday in Room 150 of the M-Tech Building, beginning at 5 p.m.

Regardless of what events and activities appeal to you it is important to remember that while dedication to final exams and personal commitment is admirable, it is also important to take a few moments for yourself.

After all it “tis the season” to need a break from the stressful mess of the holiday season.

Patterns Deadline Approaches

Patterns Deadline Approaches

Erick Fredendall

Business/Advertising Editor


With the deadline date of Dec. 21 quickly approaching, now is the time to submit those final entries for the 55th edition of Patterns, SC4’s annual literary and arts publication.

According to the previous publications preface, Patterns started in 1959 as an opportunity for the creative minds of the college to publish their writing and artwork, which throughout the year evolved into a publication that is produced and designed by faculty and students alike.

The categories for submission are as followed: graphic art, photography, essays, poetry, and short stories-with awards given in each category.

Patterns is open to all SC4 students who are interested in showcasing their work.

Students who are interested in submitting can download entry forms at, and any questions of comments can be sent to

An evening in Biloxi

An evening in Biloxi

Nick Wedyke

Staff Writer


Eugene Morris Jerome had three goals during World War II: losing his virginity, falling in love and not getting killed.

This is the story of “Biloxi Blues,” the latest production by SC4’s Theatre Discipline.

The play was performed in the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. Originally written by Neil Simon, it was directed at SC4 by Tom Kephart, an adjunct instructor of theatre discipline in the SC4 Visual and Performing Arts Department.

The play starts out on a train to Biloxi, Mississippi, where a group of army recruits are making their way to basic training. After which, they will most likely be shipped out to the Pacific to fight the Japanese, or to Europe to deal with the Germans.

The sergeant disciplining the new recruits in the SC4 play “Biloxi Blues.” Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore.

Eugene Morris Jerome, played by SC4 sophomore Patrick Willis, begins with a commentary of what is happening. Eugene’s inner monologue is consistent throughout the story, and is explained by his aspiration to be a writer and him documenting events in his journal as they happen.

This is where I think SC4’s student actors shine; Willis’ portrayal of Eugene makes the audience truly relate to him through the ups and downs of the story. Adding a slightly “awkward teenager” twist on the recruit and the way his bunk mates interact with him adds depth to the story, as well as making it entertaining for me and the rest of the audience.

Eugene faces many trials in boot camp, such as the recruit’s “old military” Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey, played by SC4 sophomore Robert Croy, begins to cause drama in the barracks.

As mentioned before Eugene continues to commentate on the events, along with documenting them, in his trusty journal.

Croy’s amazing adaptation of Sgt. Toomey blew me away as he delivered his first few lines.  Calling for “Attention!” in a southern accent and the way he carried himself made the character believable, and even slightly intimidating.

Overall the “Biloxi Blues” SC4 production was one I would attend again. The story kept me entertained and the actors made the experience come full circle.

The SC4 Theatre Disipline will be performing their next play “Wit” by Margaret Edson, March 21 through 24.  I highly recommend attending, and will be sure to make it out myself, and see the theatre talent SC4 has at the next production.

Men’s Basketball 4-1 through first five 2-0 at home

Men’s Basketball 4-1 through first five 2-0 at home

DJ Palm

Sport Editor

SC4 Skippers men’s basketball team beat Lambton College in their last home game 71-


Lambton CC looked a bit outmatched as they could only get as close as nine after halftime.

From there it was all Skippers.

Kem Bradshaw had 12 of his 19 points in the first half going four of five from the line. Johnnie Mills also added 16 points, nine in the second half that came off of three straight 3-pointers.

“Coach Vos really challenged us this game to play harder. Last game, the other team pulled to within single digits after halftime and we didn’t want to let that happen again,” Bradshaw said.

SC4 guard Joshua Harvey (#10) tries to get around teammates during practice Nov. 5. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore.

Skippers now have been on the road for four straight games.

The Skips will either split their four game road swing, or come back home to Lakeland CC a week from Friday with only one loss, depending on what happened Tuesday night at Lansing CC.

Skips right now have sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference, just below Mott CC, who is 4-0.

The Skips won’t have a crack at them until Jan. 16 at home.



DJ Palm

Sport Editor

The Lady Skippers have been nothing but dominant since the start of the season.

Their first five games have been won by an average of 30 points, the narrowest margin of victory for the Lady Skippers, and oh yeah, they’re 5-0.

That came last Tuesday Night with Lansing CC.

Lady Skips opened up like they always have, with Head Coach Mike Groulx’s game plan of a full court press had them up early opening the game with a 9-2 run. Starting center Hiedi Highstreet was a little bit limited in the first half as she had three fouls in the first nine minutes.

LCC has been the toughest challenge for the Lady Skips so far this season, holding the Lady Skips to 58 points after scoring 89,83,87, and 66 through their first four games.

Tiesha Knott in the second half wasn’t letting the team drop one in the loss column as they  were only up 9 at halftime.

“We weren’t executing like we wanted to,” said Knott, who had 10 of her 18 points in the second half, six of those 10 consecutively to open after halftime. “We stayed in control, kept communicating and that’s what got us the win.”

Groulx called the win against LCC an “ugly win.”

“They(LCC) did a real good job of slowing the tempo of the game, we like to play faster but we adjusted and pulled it out,” said Groulx.

Lady Skips’ next game is on the road Thursday in Grand Rapids, where they look to go 6-0.

T-birds tidbits: Everyday should be Veteran’s Day

T-birds tidbits:

Everyday should be Veteran’s Day

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor

I clearly remember the day my eldest brother left for Vietnam because it was the first time I ever saw my father cry.

Dad had all of us gather by the family car for a group photograph before leaving to drive my big brother      Bill to the airport to serve his country.

I still remember Dad’s eyes brimming with tears as we left him there that day.

Bill Martis Jr., brother of ESG Managing Editor, Twana Pinskey. Photo provided by the Martis family

To the military, he was an Air Force Sargent. To us, he was a son, and a big brother that was going away for a very long time.

Over the years this scene has been replayed countless times in homes around our country. Our family worried and thought about our loved one serving in harm’s way.

We were among the lucky ones, he came home.

Today’s families with loved ones serving worry and think about their sons, daughters, brothers sisters and spouses so far from home.

For many, their loved ones don’t come home because they made the ultimate sacrifice.

Our soldiers serve and protect every day. They don’t get to say, nah I’ll take today off because I don’t feel like going in to work today.

Don’t get me wrong. I am glad there is a national holiday set aside to pay respect to our soldiers. I just don’t think one day each November is enough.

It is sobering to think of what life might be like if soldiers were not willing to make sacrifices.

I doubt there are any soldiers serving that are fighting for what is in front of them on whatever battlefield they stand upon. They are fighting for what was left behind back home.

Because of this we are free to voice our opinions. Free to protest when we disagree about something.

Our veterans that serve deserve much more than one day every November. So do their families.