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Rummel’s students showcase “The Art of Photography”

Rummel’s students showcase “The Art of Photography”

Nick Wedyke

Staff Writer

Professional photographer and SC4 instructor Mark Rummel’s photography students are showing off their skills with “The Art of Photography” exhibit in the Fine Arts Building’s galleries.

Until Nov. 21, photography students’ photos are hanging in the galleries of the Fine Arts Building on the SC4 campus. Gallery hours are weekdays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission to the exhibit is free.

Showcased are examples of texture, patterns, lines, portraits and more in the medium of photography.

All photos are from students who are taking, or have taken, Rummel’s photography class, and have submitted their work to be in the show.

The exhibit displays art from both students who are “photo hobbyists” and budding professionals alike, and this showcase truly shows off the creativity and talent that SC4 students have.

For more information on “The Art of Photography” exhibit, visit the event calendar at, or contact Mark Rummel at

Register now

Register now

Hayley Myron


Registration for the Winter Semester opened on Monday, Nov. 5.

If you sign up from now to Nov. 30 there will be no payment required until the final payment is due on Dec. 14.

However, if you prefer to pay increments they are accepted up through Dec. 13.

Once December begins all the way to Jan. 22, when you sign up for classes the full payment is due at the time of registration.

There are a few different ways to sign up for winter classes.

One of the ways you can do it is through your SC4 WAVE account. On the website there is also a Schedule Planner located under the registration link to help you plan out your semester.

Another way is to go to the academic advisors and they will help create a schedule that will fit you best.

The winter semester begins on Jan. 14, 2013.

Also, do not forget that the last day to withdraw from any of your fall semester classes is on Friday, Nov. 17. Even though you do not get a refund for the classes you drop, it is still worth looking into. Getting a “W” is much better than receiving a failing grade on your transcripts.

If you need help, or more information, go to, or call (810) 989-5520.

10th annual Potters Market

10th annual Potters Market

Carol Szparaga

Staff Writer

SC4’s students, faculty and guest potters are holding the 10th annual Potters Market on Nov. 15through the 18.

Hours are from noon until 4 p.m., with an exception on Thursday, Nov. 15, which will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission is free.

Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey

This event is going to be held at SC4’s Citizens First Michigan Technical Education Center, which is located at the corner of Erie Street and Glenwood Avenue.

The Potters Market helps the Students create artwork and also helps students to develop an outlet for their work.

This annual sale will display the creators’ artwork, and will be available for purchase.

Hand crafted ceramics from local artists are available for sale at the Potter’s Market. Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey

SC4’s Visual and Performing Arts Dept. is sponsoring this event.

15 percent of net proceeds generated from this event will help pay for new equipment for the SC4’s ceramics programs.

Additional information is available at (810) 989-5709 or at SC4’s website, under the Arts Calendar for 2012-13.

Thinking outside the book: Students divided on loose-leaf text books

Thinking outside the book:

Students divided on loose-leaf text books

Joyce Smith

Staff Writer

“We will not be buying back any loose-leaf texts,” said Amanda Belliveau, from the SC4 bookstore.

This will come as quite a surprise to some on the SC4 campus, and is sure to add to the complaints about this format for textbooks.

Students have described them with words like “garbage,” “junk,” and other adjectives that allude to the overall poor quality of the product.

“You are buying a shrink wrapped bundle of paper,” stated one student who did not wish to have their name mentioned.  The same student went on to state that this bundle of papers costs $150+, that it is poor quality paper that rips easily, you must buy a binder to hold the chapters, and that the loose-leaf book has no resale value.

“I like the loose-leaf books,” commented Pam Gregg, an SC4 freshman, from Avoca. “They are made specifically for SC4 and they don’t a have a bunch of stuff we don’t need or use. I like the fact that I can take out only the chapters, or pages, with which I am working so that I don’t have to keep flipping back and forth through a whole bunch of pages.”

Gregg pulled out a soft-cover text book and showed the curling cover, and the binding that was coming unglued, “At least with the loose-leaf books I can buy a binder and protect the pages from ripping, and curling.”

Student experience with this new format for text books on this campus is somewhat limited, with only a small number of courses utilizing loose-leaf books at this time.

In the past, unless the textbook should change for the next semester, there was always a strong market for textbooks in buy-back programs through the school and through outside companies who purchase used textbooks for resale at very competitive prices.

Loose-leaf books will offer students quite a surprise at the end of this semester; no buy-back value.

However, one industrious student stated, “The school may not be buying them back, but that isn’t going to stop me from selling them to someone on campus myself!”

Last day to withdraw

Last day to withdraw

Hayley Myron


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The last day to withdraw from any of your fall semester classes is on Friday, Nov. 17. Even though you do not get a refund for the classes you drop, it is still worth looking into.

Getting a “W” is much better than receiving a failing grade on your transcripts, however too many students think that dropping their classes is worse than failing them.

This notion is not true. The option to withdraw is there for a reason.

Nicholas Amormino, a sophomore of SC4 from Yale, said, “It is better than failing, you’re going to waste your time anyway.”

There is no point in throwing away a chance to start over again.

Failing grades are not the only reason to drop a class.

If you feel that you have taken on too much, or just cannot stand to be in the class anymore, you can still drop the class.  There is no explanation needed.

Also, if you are still not convinced it is a good idea, just remember that you are able to retake the classes you drop over again.

With “W” grades it does not affect your overall G.P.A., and if you are thinking about transferring over to another college, or even just advancing your education, people who evaluate your grades would prefer to see “W”s over failing grades any day.

Lady Skippers home finale spoiled by Schoolcraft College

Lady Skippers home finale spoiled by Schoolcraft College

DJ Palm

Sports Editor

The Lady Skippers volleyball team had their final home game not go their way as they lost in four sets 30-28, 28-26, 25-13, and 25-17.

The Skippers night didn’t start easy as the set was tied eight different times in the first 25 points of the match. The Lady Skippers would finally get consecutive points, giving them their biggest lead of the set 17-13.

Schoolcraft wasn’t going away as they would tie 17-17.

Skippers looked like they were pulling away as they would take seven of the next 11 points, putting them on top 24-21, with the set point in their grasp.

But as the Skippers were trying to close out the set, Schoolcraft roared right back with three straight points to tie the match, sending the set into extra points.

Extra points were a see-saw battle as each team would trade the first eight points.

The Skippers would get two consecutive points to win thanks to Kelcey Stauffer, as she would land two back-to-back spikes giving the Skippers the win 30-28.

Second set was almost a mirror image of the first set as the first 12 points would split between the two teams. Lady Skips would get three straight points, matching their biggest lead of the night 9-6.

Lady Skippers volleyball team members Emily Fasel, Olivia Krause, and Heather Griffis wait for a serve in the third set of their match Thursday night, Oct. 11, against Schoolcraft College. Photo Credit: DJ Palm

Schoolcraft would comeback as they landed two straight aces to only be down one. The Lady Skips would keep the lead throughout the set, having a three point edge 18-15, but Schoolcraft would take five of the next seven points to tie the set at 20 apiece.

With Schoolcraft up one going into extra points, Katie Bearse would have a greatly timed “love tap” that landed to tie the match at 25.

With the set now tied at 26, the Lady Skippers would make costly mistakes as a serve into the net would give Schoolcraft up one.

The next point Bearse would be called for a double hit that would give Schoolcraft the point and the set.

The Third set wouldn’t start SC4’s way as they would be in a hole early on, netting only one of the first 11 points.

Skippers would be down 13-3 as Schoolcraft would step on the gas from there winning the set 25-13.

SC4’s night would start to turn rough as Schoolcraft jumped out to a 12-7 lead.

Attempted blocked spikes by Schoolcraft would land out of bounds, pulling the Skippers within six.

The Lady Skips would take three of the next four points, cutting the lead to four 15-11.

Emily Fasel would then serve and ace, putting them down only three.

Schoolcraft unfortunately would receive four of the next five points, putting Schoolcraft one point away from winning.

The match would end when a ball that was going out of bounds just grazed the wrist of Olivia Krause, giving the match to Schoolcraft.

Fasel was asked if the second set had anything to do with the overall loss. Fasel said, “It typically does when you lose a close set like that. The game is all momentum.”

Coach Chuck Wiesner said, “After the second set slipped away from us we never recovered, we played hard but the game got away from us.”

Men’s and Women’s basketball schedules

Men’s and Women’s basketball schedules

Men’s home games:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 7 @7:30 p.m. against Concordia University JV
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 @ 7:30 p.m. against Lambton College
  • Friday, Dec. 7 @ 7:30 p.m. against Lakeland Community College
  • Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 3 p.m. against Rochester College
  • Saturday, Jan. 5@ 3 p.m. against Kirtland Community College
  • Monday, Jan. 7 @ 7:30 p.m. against Alpena Community College
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16 @ 7:30 p.m. against Mott Community College
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 3 p.m. against Henry Ford Community College
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30 @ 7:30 p.m. against Macomb Community College
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 @ 7:30 p.m. against Wayne County Community College District
  • Saturday, Feb. 9 @ 3 p.m. against Oakland Community College
  • Saturday, Feb. 16 @ 3 p.m. against Delta College
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 @ 7:30 p.m. against Schoolcraft College


Women’s Home Games:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8 @ 7 p.m. against Rochester College Junior Varsity
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 @ 5:30 p.m. against Lambton College
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20 @ 7 p.m. against Lansing Community College
  • Friday, Dec. 7 @ 5:30 p.m. against Lakeland Community College
  • Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 1 p.m. against Kellogg Community College
  • Saturday, Jan. 5 @ 1 p.m. against Kirtland Community College
  • Monday, Jan. 7 @ 5:30 p.m. against Alpena Community College
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16 @ 5:30 p.m. against Mott Community College
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 1 p.m. against Henry Ford Community College
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30 @ 5:30 p.m. against Macomb Community College
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 @ 5:30 p.m. against Wayne County Community College District
  • Saturday, Feb. 9 @ 1 p.m. against Oakland Community College
  • Saturday, Feb. 16 @ 1 p.m. against Delta College
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 @ 5:30 p.m. against Schoolcraft College

T-birds tidbits

T-birds tidbits

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor

In this, a presidential election year, I have been reflecting on how much things have changed over the last four years.

Four years ago, I paid around $1.87-$1.88 a gallon for gas.

What I wouldn’t give to see those prices again.

Over the summer months, I have watched prices at my local station rise by 30 cents. I currently pay close to $3.90 a gallon for gas. As a result, I can barely maintain my budget.

One would think with summer behind us, the kids all back in school, that prices would hold steady or decline, not keep rising.

Watching the news, one hears reports as to why costs escalate. Reasons range from how warm last winter was to refineries that are closed due to explosions, the weak economy, greedy oil companies or the United States dependency on foreign oil.

These seemingly plausible answers have become so redundant, I find myself questioning their validity.

According to Daniel Yergin, author of “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World”, in comments he made to the Wall Street Journal Sept.13,2012, Yergin said he believed shale gas(formed from being trapped in shale formations) production now accounts for 40 percent of U.S. gas production.

Yergin explained that technologies used to harvest shale gas, have revitalized U.S. oil production. As exciting as this news seems to be, I highly doubt our country will return to the dominance it once had in the oil industry.

Nonetheless, as our production increases, I would hope our dependence on foreign oil will decrease.

I am realistic enough to know the days of $1.88 a gallon gas are gone. I would settle for enough of a decrease that I can afford to pay my utilities and not worry about how to put food on the table.

Not your average breakfast

Not your average breakfast

Hayley Myron


Whenever I am on the internet I tend to search for humorous websites, and alas this is one of my favorites. is a hilarious website filled with unique comics and blog posts.

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It is run by Matthew Inman, who is from Seattle, Washington. His website is rather diverse in topics, but you can always count on it being filled with raunchy humor.

Not only are his comics delightfully funny, he also uses his website to teach his audience.

Inman has posters that pertain to how to properly use English grammar and he even has some on silly things like “How the Male Angler Fish Gets Completely Screwed.”

I am never bored whenever I am on his website.

With his outlandish humor, it is granted to make you at least smile. I encourage you to go and take a look at whenever you get a chance, you will not regret it.

Tasty guts

Tasty guts

Christina Stoutenburg


Pumpkins stay strong, for Halloween that is.

Year after year, costumes and candy might change, but this single element has remained the same, whether used for decoration or the best part yet, food.

Roasting seeds after pumpkin carving makes for a delectable and easy treat using just four ingredients: pumpkin seeds, water, salt and olive oil. For every half a cup of pumpkin seeds you will need two cups of water and two teaspoons of salt.

After you get your pumpkin done, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then clean the stringy pumpkin guts off and rinse the seeds under cold water. Next, combine the water and salt in a saucepan, then boil the seeds in this mixture for 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from heat and drain the seeds well, patting them with a paper towel to remove extra water. Brush a cookie sheet with about one tablespoon of olive oil, and then add the seeds, spreading them out in a single layer.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until they begin to brown. Remove them from heat, cool, and then sprinkle them with salt if you wish.

Fresh pumpkin roll slices. Photo Credit: Christina Stoutenburg

Next, indulge.

Chose not to carve this year? Never fear, pie pumpkins are also prevalent when it comes to seeds, and if painted with non-toxic paint or products, may later be used to make delicious pumpkin rolls or pies. is the site I commonly use and has a variety of user submitted recipes to choose from.