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SC4 premiere’s “Biloxi Blues” Nov. 29

SC4 premiere’s “Biloxi Blues” Nov. 29

Amber Oile

Staff Writer

The premiere of the play “Biloxi Blues” hits St. Clair County Community College theatre on Nov. 29 until Dec. 2.

This play, written by Neil Simon, captures the life and experience of character Eugene Jerome, an army recruit during the time of World War II. After he leaves his hometown Brighton Beach and heads to Biloxi, Mississippi, Jerome is given a crash course in basic military training.

The Biloxi Blues Cast Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

During that time Jerome and fellow recruits deal with their sergeant and Jerome builds a sort of acute perception on his writing. Jerome and his fellow recruits learn the true meaning of army life and make the transition from boys to men.

This play is directed by Tom Kephart and makes its debut Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m., an audience talkback will follow the performance. Other times include Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m, Saturday Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Potters celebrate 10 years

Potters celebrate 10 years


Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor


Sculptures, coffee mugs, platters and Christmas ornaments were among the hand crafted ceramic items displayed at the Potters Market Nov. 15, 16, 17 and 18 at the Michigan Technical Education Center building.

The Potters Market is in its 10th year and features pieces of work created by SC4 students, faculty and guest artists.

This annual show is sponsored by the college’s department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Artist and SC4 Communications Professor, John Henry, had his work displayed in the show. Henry explained one of the reasons he chose to submit his work is the new creative ideas all the artists share.

Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey

“We always have a wild selection at our shows and share great ideas,” said Henry.

Henry said as an instructor he enjoys the opportunity to interact with SC4 students that have their work in the show. According to Henry, this year’s show had over 2000 pieces of work for prospective shoppers to choose from.

According to Celeste Skalnek, Visual and Performing Arts Adjunct Instructor and Interim Executive Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, 15 percent of the net proceeds go to the SC4 ceramics program.

Skalnek said students that participate learn business skills by participating in the show. According to Skalnek, 400 people attended this year’s event.

“Sales reached $12,000.00, which is up 20 percent over last year,” replied Skalnek.

Skalnek said this was a juried show and that SC4 advanced pottery students were able to submit work for consideration. Skalnek would like to see students continue this learning experience.

Likewise, Henry said, “This is a good learning experience for the students, as well as for me.”

Barb Winters of Port Huron was among the 400 people that attended the 2012 Potter’s Market. Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey

According to Skalnek, SC4 students got to meet professional potters and had the opportunity to experience a real good grasp of the work that’s involved in preparing for a show.

“It’s a perfect opportunity for our students to learn,” said Skalnek.

November is epilepsy awareness month

November is epilepsy awareness month

Amber Oile

Staff Writer


Purple is such a meaningful color in the month of November.

Many of us celebrate Veterans Day in this month and honor our Purple Heart solders, but did you know purple is also the color used to recognize and spread awareness about the 65 million people worldwide affected by epilepsy?

On Nov. 14, Janice Kelly, Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa Fellowship, came together with Dan Martiny, President of Alumni Association, in the College Center Café for their event for epilepsy awareness.

They teamed up with students from Blue Water Cosmetology and handed out information for students, informing them of the many effects of epilepsy.

Megan Langolf, certified nurse’s aid and student of Blue Water Cosmetology, added purple extensions and also shared a bit of history about her experience with the epilepsy syndrome.

When asked what about the significance of purple hair extensions, student Pamela Hulett informed, “It symbolizes epilepsy awareness and gives many students willing to contribute a chance, by donation, to help raise money towards this cause.”

Langolf spoke about a time she witnessed a seizure and how having experience in the medical field assisted her in handling the situation properly.

“I worked at a group home and had a client fall onto the floor tile. I had to remain calm, clear the area and secure his head to make sure he did not receive any head injuries during this seizure. it was a very scary situation,” said Langolf.

These millions of men and woman suffering from uncontrolled seizures live in a world that is part their own, and part dictated by this syndrome. At any moment they could lose control of their bodies, thus limiting them from the ability to drive, and ultimately forcing them to be restricted from certain ways of living.

Kelly, also a victim of epilepsy syndrome, admits there are some drawbacks, but that she doesn’t let this syndrome slow her down in any sense of the word.

“I’m living with epilepsy and I don’t allow it to prevent me from working my hardest,” said Kelly. This year being her last year in school, she will have her degree in early childhood education.

Kelly dedicated the event and her success to a close friend who also suffered from epilepsy syndrome. Her friend went to Henry Ford Community College and passed away in 2011 from having a severe seizure. Her friend is deeply missed and has been an inspiration for her to push forward and spread awareness any way possible.


A tax reduction made for students

A tax reduction made for students

Rachael Pittiglio

Guest Writer


Times are tight, and even with scholarships and loans it can be tough paying for school.

How about a tax break?

For eligible students, the American Opportunity Tax Credit, sometimes called the Hope Credit, offers up to a $2,500 direct tax reduction in 2012. While a deduction would reduce the amount of income you are taxed for, this credit reduces your total tax payment.

The amount is figured by how much you have paid for qualified education expenses: up to 100 percent of the first $2,000 and 25 percent of the next $2,000 for those within the credit’s income limits.

While you can’t claim the credit for personal spending, such as that for room and board, the American Opportunity Credit modified the previously available tax reduction and increased the number of qualified expenses.

According to the Internal Revenue Service website, the credit’s qualified expenses now include the charges from an eligible educational institution for attendance and the prices of materials necessary for a course of study. This means that you can claim the credit for the expenses of required books and supplies, even if they are not purchased from the educational institution.

You may not count untaxed expenses such as scholarships, grants, and assistance funds as qualifying educational expenses, or claim them for the credit.

Do you qualify?

Some of the credit’s key requirements are that you must be taking at least half time’s worth of courses for one period in the academic year and that your modified adjusted gross income must be less than $90,000.

The American Opportunity Credit is also only available to students who have not yet completed their first four years of post-secondary education.

Because you may not claim more than one educational tax credit per year, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrations recommends that you compare available tax credits and deductions in order to determine which will save you the most money.

If you want more detailed information about the American Opportunity Tax Credit qualifications or other federal educational credits, you can visit or

Who knows? You might catch a break.

Photo Credit: Zack Penzien

Alumni association overview

Alumni association overview

Kristopher Reynolds

Guest Writer


“The Alumni Association is vital to the future and enrichment of both SC4 and its students,” said SC4’s President Kevin A. Pollock during the annual Alumni Association meeting on Nov. 15.

When one takes a minute to look at all the various fund-raising, scholarships, trips, and other activities put on by the Alumni Association, it’s quite easy to see where Pollock is coming from.

Every year in November, the Alumni Association hosts its annual meeting.

Several important news-worthy events took place, so let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Robert W. Carson has been a part of the association for over 20 years. Carson has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for students and the college itself, and was awarded the 2012 Alumni of the Year Award, with great gratitude and appreciation from his colleagues.

S.L. Husain Hamzavi, M.D., was given special acknowledgment for donating $30,000 to scholarships and medical students. Also, mentioned at the meeting was the fact that this July marks the 90th anniversary of St. Clair County Community College.

The Alumni Association, besides various scholarships and fundraising, is also known for the variety of different activities and events that the members put on and host.

On March 18, 2013, a Red Wings bus trip will be put on, provided the shenanigans put forth by the team don’t interfere.

“Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” which takes place on April 4, 2013, is an Alumni-sponsored event where four retired SC4 professors will be giving speeches on various subjects.

The Detroit Tigers bus trip will be taking place sometime in September of 2013. The Alumni Golf Classic will take place June 14, 2013.

As hinted earlier, the 90th Anniversary SC4 Alumni Homecoming will be July 18, 2013. And as always, the Skipper Spooktacular Fun Run/Walk will be held sometime in October of 2013.

Hopefully, this paints a picture of the Alumni Association’s involvement and pride with their college and its students.

The season of giving… blood

The season of giving… blood

Nick Wedyke

Staff Writer


The need is constant.

The gratification is instant.

Give Blood.

Phi Theta Kappa held a Red Cross blood drive Monday and Tuesday in the College Center Café, where they beat their goal for donations, and spread the word of why donations are so important around the winter season.

“[Giving Blood] is important in winter months because the number of donations is much lower,” said Tyler Wessel, a student member of Phi Theta Kappa.

According to CBS News, blood donations in the U.S. are at a fifteen year low; with recent natural disasters, the need for these donations is even more significant. On average, a one pint donation can save three lives.

“After [hurricane] Sandy the need for blood donation is even greater,” said Sarah Mineau, Vice President of Service for Phi Theta Kappa.

One major reason that donation numbers have fallen is the fact that many people are unaware of how exactly to give blood, according to The process of donating blood is incredibly safe and simple; it’s getting ready for an appointment that is the most critical part.

Hydrating the day of an appointment is very important, and making sure a student has healthy iron levels is crucial for eligibility. Bring a list of medications being taken is encouraged, as well as identification.

After the initial registration, a “mini physical” will take place, and then the donation process will begin.

Once this is completed and a student has donated blood, they are asked to sit for about 10 minutes to enjoy refreshments and relax. It is very important to continue drinking fluids the rest of the day after each donation.

If you want to know more about donating blood with the Red Cross, you can go to www. RedCrossBlood .org and use code STCCCC to sign up for Phi Theta Kappa’s next blood drive in April.

Blue Water Art Hop brings to you fine art

Blue Water Art Hop brings to you fine art

Amber Oile

Staff Writer


Blue Water Art Hop brings you fine art.

On Nov. 2 Port Huron hosted the Blue Water Art Hop.

The Art Hop originated in Grand Rapids and made its way to Port Huron after its success in the town.  Participating businesses filled wall to wall with people means another successful night for Blue Water.

Partnering together with downtown Port Huron’s local businesses, over twenty artists from all over the state displayed their art.

St. Clair County Community College jump started the event with artwork from local artist Jason Stier. The eye catching display had many passersby engaged in the artist’s work and ready to see more.

Port Huron High School students stopped over to take pictures for a tech class, and others to gain inspiration for personal interest in art.

Mosher’s Jewelry joined together with Sarah Allen, displaying her colorful and sculpted canvases. The combination of these two left viewers in awe.

Kate’s Downtown showed art work by siblings Mary Jo Boughton and Cindy Lindow. The Detroit natives showed their love for their hometown with pieces from old abandoned Catholic churches by Lindow, and photos from the Detroit Zoo by Boughton.

“Their photography was thrilling for the eyeballs,” said Port Huron native, Sebastian Radall.

The entire downtown filled with art from top to bottom, showing the culture of our city and other cities combined left a lasting impression on our natives.

A taste of downtown Port Huron

A taste of downtown Port Huron

Erick Fredendall

Business/Advertising Editor


The Downtown Port Huron Bar and Restaurant Collective will be hosting a tasting of the local fare Saturday, Nov.10, in the McMorran auditorium.

The tasting will start at 2 p.m and run until 7 p.m.

Restaurants that will be participating in this event include the Atrium, the Raven Café, Fuel Woodfire Grill, Quay Street Brewery, the Coffee Harbor, and Lynch’s Irish Tavern.

The Port Huron Brand Restaurant Collective Logo

Tickets, at $1 each, will be sold at the event that can be redeemed at the vendors for a variety of food and drink, ranging from breakfast to dessert, and anything in between.

Live entertainment will also be provided by the Raven Café, with roughly two-four sets lined up for the event spaced over the five hour period.

Mike Taylor, B.R.C. president and owner of Fuel Woodfire Grill, emphasized the importance of the event, and encourages all to attend.

“We want people to know that there is an alternative to going to visit the chain restaurants down in Fort Gratiot,” Taylor explained, “Downtown Port Huron has the potential to be a great place, and we want the community’s involvement in making that vision happen.”

Tom Sullivan up close and personal

Tom Sullivan up close and personal

Christina Stoutenburg



ZDC members hold props while posing with Tom Sullivan. Photo Credit: Christina Stoutenburg

After the showing of “The Army of Darkness,” on Friday, Nov. 2, guest speaker Tom Sullivan conducted an open question and answer session. The following is an excerpt from this; the full question and answer session can be found under the ESG podcast tab.

 “What do you find most creatively fulfilling, doing something with a little more of a budget so you have a little more freedom to do things easier? Or do you like to do something where you kind of have to problem solve your way through it?”


“You know no matter how much money you have, it’s always amazing, problems except for the more money, the more pressure there is. And these days there are so many solutions to your special effects problems, and what I found is the cheapest ones are usually the most effective.

“I mean, if you’re looking for bang for your buck kinda of thing, I’ve heard about directors who spend all this money on floods of blood, or something like that, and the thing that gets a big scare is a little simple wound, you know that you did for nothing… But, no budgets don’t really matter, other than hopefully your pay check, you know, you can elaborate on ‘Evil Dead.’”


   “What was the one film, or episode, you watched when you were younger and you said, “Gee I wanna make props like whoever’s doing that?’”


“Well, I saw ‘King Kong,’ or at least the first half of it, when I was 5-years-old. My brother and I turned on the 10 a.m. Saturday morning matinee, and there was ‘King Kong.’

“We watched it until the T-Rex/King Kong fight, and Dad was like, ‘Come on guys we gotta go to the lumber yard.’ ‘Oh, Dad, it’s the coolest movie.’

“I didn’t see the end of it until a year later, that’s all I talked about for the next year was dinosaurs and King Kong and how they do this…”


   “How do you feel about the rise of digital special effects? I feel something’s kinda lost in the film, in a lot of the horror special effects, like the B movies have kind of dropped off because of the digital special effects versus practical special effects. The question kind of got away from me, just how do you feel about them?”


“Let me take a poll… who prefers… practical effects? Digital effects? Who just likes them both as best as done as they can possibly be? That’s the way I look at it. (both as best as done as they can possibly be).”

The “Army of Darkness” rises again

The “Army of Darkness” rises again

Christina Stoutenburg



Friday, Nov. 2, anyone walking by the CEM building’s room 201 would’ve swore someone was holding up audience cue cards.

What could bring a room of over 40 people into synch; laughing, clapping, or cheering as a single body?

“Army of Darkness.”

Audience at the “Army of Darkness” Photo Credit: Christina Stoutenburg

The Zombie Defense Council held a special showing of the movie, followed by a question and answer session from Tom Sullivan, a  podcast of the Q and A can be found at under the ESG Podcast tab.

Sullivan created and animated Army’s quested item, the Book of the Dead, also known as the Necronomicon.

Bob Kroll, ZDC’s advisor and an adjunct English instructor for SC4, called the event “wildly successful,” though acknowledging a few “hiccups,” such as some people not picking up popcorn that they had spilled.

What made it such a success?

“The sense that there wasn’t a person, looking at the pictures, looking at everybody’s reactions there wasn’t a single person that wasn’t giddy with childish glee at the end of it all,” Kroll said.

Though not a new movie” Army of Darkness,” released in 1992, according to IMBD’s website, today is considered a cult classic.

Scott Kruss, 37-year-old from Port Huron, attended showing in full make-up with his 10-year-old son Ryden and 8-year-old daughter Liliy. Photo Credit: Christina Stoutenburg

“I’ve seen it before, but it’s been a very long time,” Harrison House, a former SC4 student from Algonac said, “it’s been an experience in having the invitation to come and hang out and get to talk to Tom Sullivan.”

“Army of Darkness” is not the first movie the ZDC has done a showing for, although according to Kroll, Army is the first movie that the ZDC has been able to conduct a Q and A with someone involved with the film.

Concerning any future movie showings, Olivia Jones, 19-year-old SC4 art major from Fort Gratiot, said she would definitely attend future ones.

“We like to do movie showings,” Kroll said, “I’m sure the kids want to do it again. I don’t see why they wouldn’t, whether or not it’s going to be of this scale, that’s another thing entirely. I’m sure we’ll do another one, but at this moment it’s too early to tell.”

If anyone is interested in joining the Zombie Defense Council, they meet on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in the College Center Atrium, or you can contact Bob Kroll at