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Choosing your career

Choosing your career

Hayley Myron



It is our own choice.

Finding out what we want to do for the rest of our lives is not an easy job. No one can tell us what the right path to take is, and they cannot help us decide. It is all left up to us.

I know there are many of us on this campus that are in the same situation as I am. Not knowing what to do, but they are going to college to find out.

It isn’t easy to figure this out, and honestly it is like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Yet there is no reason to lose hope, because you still have your entire life ahead of you. Students should not have to know what they want to pursue for their career right away because it takes time. This would be an impossible task to ask students to decide on the spot.

You want to take your time making a decision and do not let anyone rush you. It is your life, not theirs.

Another thing to remember is that you shouldn’t let yourself feel overwhelmed by choosing your career choice. I am still looking for my perfect career choice, but I have decided to try new classes and explore my options to see what the world has to offer.

I feel the best way to decide on what you want to do for your career choice is by experiencing what it is like first hand.

Be prepared

Be prepared

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor

To see a man you consider a second father thrashing around on the floor, unable to control any movement in his body, is not something I can easily put into words.

The other night I experienced this for the second time, ironically during epilepsy awareness month.

Aside from calling the ambulance, standing around and watching the person have a seizure doesn’t help very much.

David and I moved all the furniture away from his father and anything else he might harm himself with, and grabbed a pillow so he wouldn’t hit his head on the floor. During this, his mother made sure that his teeth wouldn’t bite through his tongue during the episode.

Not living in a household with an epileptic, I didn’t realize just how much you need to have ready should the person go into a grand mal seizure at any moment.

Having a card with contacts and medical information at hand can be so important.

According to epilepsyfoundation .org, one out of ten adults will have a seizure in their lifetime.

I am sad to say that while calling 911, I blanked on the address. A friend’s house I had visited for at least seven years, and had to turn over the phone.

Take advantage of epilepsy awareness month and inform yourself so you can be prepared…just in case.

Veterans’ Day is past, but giving is not

Veterans’ Day is past, but giving is not

Christina Stoutenburg



“Gazette Gives Back to Michigan Veterans” collection drive is seeking donations.

The drive started Nov. 12 and runs through Dec. 10, with drop boxes in the Main Building outside room 122 and in the Public Relations Office on the second floor, as well as in the Fine Arts Building in room 10.

Proposed, by Erie Square Gazette Copy Editor Danielle Kennedy, “Gazette Gives Back” seeks to collect donations for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and Detroit Veterans Center, a long term nursing home for veterans.

“This a place that some of them don’t want to come to,” said Vickie Mccabe, admissions coordinator for the Grand Rapids home, “but once they see that it’s not a bad place, they really start to enjoy it. Some are really nervous about it but they usually settle in.”

Suggested donations are personal care items, decks of cards, board games, and new or gentle used adult clothing items.

“The clothes get put out into the clothing room,” said Mccabe. “What happens quite often, if the veteran home without clothes, they or their aid can go there to get clothes.”

Kennedy’s grandmother, Ellen Frazer of St. Clair, has been volunteering at the Home for Veterans for four years

“Every year in November a group of us from the Smiths Creek American Legion go over to the veteran home in Grand Rapids, prepare Thanksgiving dinner and bring Christmas gifts,” Frazer said.

It’s a beautiful home, according to Frazer, and is home to veterans of all ages.

For more information about “Gazette Gives Back,” contact the ESG office at (810)989-5786.

Artist stomping ground comes to downtown Port Huron

Artist stomping ground comes to downtown Port Huron

Erick Fredendall

Business/Advertising Editor

Equip. Empower. Engage. Inspire.

Those four words are the inspiration and mission of the new downtown business, Art for Good, a creative café and arts workshop that will be celebrating its grand opening Dec. 1 from 1-6 p.m., and will be hosting raffles and other events throughout the day.

Owners Jenny Rogers and Lee-Perry Bellleau display a few of the products sold at Art for Good. Photo Credit: Erick Fredendall

The owners, husband and wife Lee-Perry Belleau and Jenny Rogers, created Art for Good as an attempt to bring together the creative minds in the Blue Water area and create an active workshop where artists could come to create, or mull the day over a cup of coffee.

The business is actually divided into three entities: Art for Good, Creative Café, and the KidSAKE Foundation.

Art for Good, the name the store is identified with, is the retail end of the business, which features fair trade coffees, teas, and chocolates, as well as Michigan-made projects.

Art for Good volunteer Eric Gottler makes a poster for the grand opening. Photo Credit: Erick Fredendall

The owners, Belleau and Rogers, feel very strongly about their fair trade products.

“Many people don’t realize that majority of coffee and chocolates that we consume are produced by slave labor—it is a huge trade, international slave trafficking,” Belleau explained. “The fair trade products we feature are grown on farms by farmers and their employees, who are receiving working wages for their products.”

The KidSAKE Foundation, of which Rogers stands as the executive director, is an organization founded to promote art based programs and reach out to communities world-wide.

As for the Creative Café, the purpose is simple; create an environment where artists can work and grow.

With worktables, a stage, a reference library, and a wifi connection, the café is an ideal location for those looking for a quiet place to work or collaborate with friends.

For the “Dragon Age” fans

For the “Dragon Age” fans

Danielle Kennedy

Copy Editor

As “Dragon Age” fans all over await the release of game three, “Dragon Age: The Silent Grove” might help ease the pain.

Written by David Gaider, lead writer for the “Dragon Age” games, and Alexander Freed, senior writer for “Star Wars: The Old Republic,” and illustrated by Chad Hardin, this comic series is definitely worth picking up, provided you are knowledgeable of the “Dragon Age” world.

Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey

The art is stunning. The story is intriguing. And the characters are well written.

Perhaps one of the biggest things that the series has going for it are its protagonists. Rather than creating new characters, the writers went with faces that all fans of the series should recognize.

Faces such as Alistair, the current king of Ferelden and former companion of the Warden in “Dragon Age: Origins.” Joining his highness on this journey are two of Hawke’s companion from “Dragon Age II,” Isabela and Varric.

Not exactly three characters fans would expect to see hanging around each other.

The unlikely trio have found themselves in Antiva, home to Thedas’ deadliest assassins, the Crows. Despite the dangers that exist in the land, Alistair has chosen to brave Antiva in order to search for something of importance to him. Isabela and Varric are pretty much just along for the ride, and the gold.

Now, there is a downside to the series, and that is that it establishes a canon storyline.

One of the big draws of games like “Dragon Age” is that the player is allowed to make choices and ultimately create their own story. An example being Alistair, some players may not have made him the king.

I’d recommend to any readers whose games don’t fit the canon found in the comics to think of it as an alternate storyline and just sit back and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the characters.

Dawn of a new “Saga”

Dawn of a new “Saga”

Zachary Penzien

Production Editor

“Saga” is Brian K. Vaughan’s, producer of “Lost” and writer of “Y: the Last Man,” newest comic endeavor, along with artist Fiona Staples.

“Saga” has recently found its home in trade paperback form. Through “Saga,” Vaughan creates a world of strange creatures, weird locations and ghost babysitters with all the hints of a larger unseen world that reminds me of the best parts of “Star Wars.”

Oh, did I mention magic is a thing in this Sci-fi story?

Photo Credit: Mira Hartford under a creative common liscence

The story centers on a newly married pair of- for lack of a better term- “aliens,” who have defected from opposing warring races, trying to get their new born baby away from the war they each have no interest in being a part in.

The two warring races are the Horns and the Wings, for short.

The Horns, you guessed it, have horns, ranging from deer antlers to goat like spirals. They are the wielders of magic.

The Wings have, well, wings, ranging in shape from bug like to bird like. They rely on science and technology for their military power.

Just a heads up, “Saga” does have the content about the level of a HBO drama. If you’re reading this, I assume you’re in college and can handle that. If not, this may not be the book for you.

The story in “Saga” is well done; even the weirdest or evil characters get their humanizing moment in the story. The little personal moments between the main characters are my favorite parts.

The whole book flows nicely, little personal moments are set next to big important, or strange, moments that all seem to fit together to make up the world.

It’s a great read, and it’s available now.

It happened in the 11th hour

It happened in the 11th hour

Joyce Smith

Staff Writer

The 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month, of 1918 was when the First World War ended.

This day became known as Armistice Day. Later, after the end of World War II a veteran by the name of Raymond Weeks organized a day to honor all veterans with parades and festivities.

In 1954, Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed Nov. 11 as the national holiday of Veteran’s Day.

Thoughts of Veteran’s Day observances bring to mind images of the aging faces of those who served in WWII Korea, and Vietnam, and very few others.

These images bring to mind a question, where are the younger veterans?

Those who have served in the recent past in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and elsewhere; why aren’t they in attendance at the celebrations for Veterans’ Day?

There are veterans in attendance at local colleges, universities, and trade schools. There are veterans at work in various jobs throughout the country.

Many have returned to comfortable lives of health and prosperity, and they are happy to blend humbly and quietly, into the fabric of their respective communities.

Others however, have not fared so well.

For these veterans the homeless, the disabled, those facing high unemployment, and underemployment, it may once again be the 11th hour.

“Over the years since its’ inception, Veterans Day has become more about having a three day weekend,   and less about honoring those who have served,”  lamented a young veteran attending a biology class here at SC4. “You want to know where the younger veterans are during those Veteran’s Day ceremonies? They’re working part-time at Wal-Mart and can’t take time off, or they’re at physical therapy trying to recover from injuries that they received while serving!”

Every day is the time for us to recognize veteran’s for their service. Every day, is when veterans should be honored.

They may not wish to come forward at ceremonies and services. They may not want to remember the things that they have seen and lived through in service to our country.

But it is our duty to ensure that medical care, training, and support services are there for our veterans, no matter the war in which they have served.

“Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree”

“Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree”

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor

“Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree, thy candles shine so brightly” are lyrics from Ernst Gebhard Anschutz’s 1824 song.

In 2012, local Christmas trees will shine brightly because of Port Huron Hospital’s 24th Annual Festival of Trees.

This event will be held Dec. 1-2 at McMorran Place Arena, 701 McMorran Boulevard in Port Huron.

Photo Credit: Tomas Z Krawczak a creative commons liscence

According to Port Huron, over 55 custom designed trees and 50 wreaths will be available for raffle.

Festival of Trees Foundation Secretary, Danielle Hunt, said this year’s theme is “Let Christmas Shine.”

According to Hunt, new this year is a tree from the Blue Water Area Wood Turners Association.

“Each ornament is hand carved by the Wood Turners club,” said Hunt.

Additionally, Hunt said there will be raffles for a trip to Great Wolf Lodge, and an IPad mini.

Other events for this year’s event include: Santa’s live reindeer, ice skating and dancing by local performers, cookie decorating and arts and crafts.

Hunt said proceeds from this year’s event will go towards the hospitals purchase of a Da Vinci Surgical Robot and a new CT scanner.

For more information about the Festival of Trees, call (800)228-1484.

Photo Credit Twana Pinskey

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.

Dokken is a young female gray tabby 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.

Winter registration reminder

Winter registration reminder

Danielle Kennedy

Copy Editor

A reminder to students who have yet to register for winter semester, the ability to register with no payment down is Nov. 30.

Once December begins, full payment will be due upon registering.

Registration for the winter semester will be open until Jan. 22.

Final payments, for those who register before Nov. 30, are due Dec. 14. The option to pay in increments is available to students.

Students may register online via the WAVE, or in person at the registration office in the Acheson Technology Center.

The winter semester begins Jan. 14