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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.”

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.

Political correspondent speaks to voters at SC4

Political correspondent speaks to voters at SC4


Erick Fredendall

Business/Advertising Editor

Decided and undecided voters alike gathered in the Fine Arts Theater at SC4 on Oct. 22 to listen to political news correspondent Tim Skubick speak on the upcoming elections.

Skubick hosts the WKAR-TV’s news segment called “Off the Record,” a political talk program focused on Michigan politics.

Roughly half the auditorium rose from their seats after being asked to stand up if they had already selected a presidential candidate for the November elections.

After skimming the crowd, the speaker walked over to a man who had not stood, proffered his hand and said, “I’m Tim Skubick. I’m from the media, and I’m here to help you.”

Tim Skubick of WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record” speaking in the Fine Arts Theater at SC4 Oct. 22. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

Skubick guided the audience through subject after subject, ranging from the presidential candidates, the state of political journalism, and the state proposals.

A reoccurring theme in Skubick’s presentation was the lack of substance in politician’s stances.

“Media has turned our politicians into actors,” Skubick explained, “After the presidential debate the media isn’t reviewing the debated issues, they’re covering who was the most energetic and who had the better tie.”

Audience response to Skubick’s question, “Do you believe the media is bias?” in the SC4 theater on Oct. 22. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

Skubick also warned the audience to not limit their news sources to the people who they agree with. He encouraged for all voters to look at arguments from both sides of the political spectrum.

The main message, however, lied in the statement that participation is crucial for this democratic system to work.

SC4 freshman Nathan Abraham, 18, agreed with Skubick’s position. “In the republic we have you have to be an educated voter, and don’t get turned off by the system not doing what it’s supposed to do for us—it will change as long as you keep trying.”

On the other side of the spectrum, SC4 sophomore Bao Mcrandall, 23, feels overwhelmed with the amount of information that needs to be processed in order to make an educated decision, “I think I will start to pay a lot more attention to politics after listening to Skubick.”

Something that Skubick may very well be relieved to hear, because his closing statement that night was, “If you take nothing else away from here, get involved in the game.”

November 2012 proposals

November 2012 proposals

November 2012 proposals

Danielle Kennedy

Copy Editor


These are the proposals that you can expect to see on November 2012 ballot. Proposal 2 through proposal five are constitutional ammendments, which would be adopted into the Michigan Constitution of 1963.

Information for the proposals can be found at and


  • Proposal 12-1: A referendum on Public Act 4 of 2011: The Emergency Manager Law which would establish criteria to assess a section of local government’s financial condition. It would allow the governor to appoint an emergency manager that would act in place of local government officials in times of financial emergency. The financial manager would be required to develop operating and financial plans.
  • Proposal 12-2: This would amend the state constitution in regards to collective bargaining. This proposal would override state laws in regards to the conditions and hours of employment that conflict with collective bargaining agreement. Public and private employees would be granted the constitutional right to bargain and organize through labor unions. Employer would be defined as a person or entity that employs one or more employees. It would also void local laws that limit an employee’s ability to join unions and bargain collectively.
  • Proposal 12-3: This would amend the state constitution to establish a standard for renewable energy. Electric utilities would be required to draw 25 percent of their retail from renewable resources. This proposal would limit no more than one percent per year electric utility rate increases that may be charged to customers in order for the providers to comply with the renewable energy standards. Annual extensions would be allowed to meet the 25 percent standard in order to prevent that increase.
  • Proposal 12-4: This would amend the state constitution to establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and provide collective bargaining for in-home care workers. This would allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council, and require the council to provide training for the workers. They would also have to create a registry of workers who have passed background checks, and provide financial services to patients. Patients would still have the right to hire in-home care workers who are not referred by the council.
  • Proposal 12-5: This would amend the state constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes by state government. This proposal would prevent the imposition of new taxes, or an expansion of existing taxes, by the State of Michigan, unless approved by 2/3 of the State House and the State Senate, or by a state wide vote of the people.
  • Proposal 12-6: This would amend the state constitution regarding construction of international bridges and tunnels. A majority of votes at a statewide election would be required before the State of Michigan can finance or construct an international bridge or tunnel for motor vehicles.

St. Clair Community College presents: “Office Hours”

St. Clair Community College presents: “Office Hours”

Amber Oile

Staff Writer

Oct.18 thru the 21, the play “Office Hours” made its campus debut.

“Office Hours” is about the trials and tribulations of instructors trying to keep their courses alive, while dealing heavily with student/teacher issues on campus. The radical and self-indulgent teachings of Homer, Aeschylus, Plato, Dante, and, King Lear, may have landed the school in danger of closing.

Final scene showing a staff get-together, from left to right: Courtney Roles (Martha), Jay Hill (Ted), Kevin Bolday (Brian) and Caleb Paldanius (Mark). Photo Credit: Amber Oile

Scenes take place in the early 1970’S throughout the course of a school year. Could this play be Albert Gurney Jr.’s, an award winning American playwright and novelist, testimony of his journey in the teaching world in the early 1980’s, as a former professor teaching humanities at M.I.T?

The Plato scene starring Alyssa Ferri, Arthur Knisley and Elizabeth George, shows two students, Nancy (George) and Chuck (Knisley), being asked by their instructor Arlene(Ferri)  to join her in her office for a brief conference.

Arlene, towards the end of the conference, suggests to Nancy, as a ploy to keep her course alive, that she change her major. Ferri says her character’s role shifts from passionate instructor to that of a car salesman, for fear of losing her course.

The King Lear scene, starring Richard Croy as Ross, and Garion Adams as Arthur, shows a former student, Ross, finding his ex-professor, Arthur, and calling to memory the grades given out by Arthur.

Ross (Robert Croy) pays ex-professor Arthur (Garion Adams) a visit in the King Lear scene. Photo Credit: Amber Oile
Ross (Robert Croy) pays ex-professor Arthur (Garion Adams) a visit in the King Lear scene. Photo Credit: Amber Oile

As a result of his final grade, Ross is sent to the army, and soon discharged on a count of “mental problems.” Arthur quickly learns this is not your normal teacher student reunion, and his life may be on the line.

Audience member Alphonso Amos admitted that he couldn’t control his laughter through-out the play.

“King Lear that was by far the most entertaining,” said Amos with a chuckle.

The responsive and well animated audience showed their appreciation through laughter, and long applause at the end of each showing, making it very clear that the production was satisfactory.

Halloween roundup

Halloween roundup

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor


Photo Credit: Iwona Kellie

This round up features kid-friendly events as well as events for those not faint of heart. Watch the next issue of the Erie Square Gazette for more information on haunted houses that will be reviewed by our staff.


  • Haunted Farm Museum.  Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Goodell’s County Park. Cost is $10 Adults and $7 for kids 12 and under. Activities include two barns, a haunted hayride, a children’s fun area, a bonfire and concessions. For more information call (810) 320-6860.


  • Family Haunted Village and Spook Walk. Visit creaky old buildings, Halloween woods, walk through a cemetery and sit by a bonfire. Event dates include, Oct. 13 and 20 at 7 p.m. at the Sanilac County Historical Village and Museum located in Port Sanilac.  Cost is $2.00 per person. For information call (810) 662-9946.


  • Halloween in Greenfield Village, Dearborn. Follow an endless path of hand carved jack-o-lanterns. The path is filled with costumed characters, and treat stations are set up throughout the village to pass out candy. Dates are: Oct. 12-14, 19-20 and 26-28. Admission is $12.75-$15.00. Children two and under admitted free. Parking is $5.00. Ticket information available at (313)982-6001.


  • Village of Lexington’s “LexingTOMB Halloween Event.” Saturday, Oct. 27, from noon to 5p.m. in Lexington. This free event features a costume contest for all ages, games, a costume parade and prizes. For information call (810)705-2694.


  • Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo. Located at 8450 West 10 mile road in Royal Oak, this event costs $7.00 in advanced for anyone two and up. Cost at gate is $10.00.  This annual event features a half mile trick or treat trail, a Ghoul game tent, the Zombie zone, a haunted reptile house and more. Further information is available at www. detroitzoo. org/events /zoo-boo.


  • Haunted house: The Devil’s Asylum. This is a new state of the art haunted house located at the McMorran Center in downtown Port Huron. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Event features multiple rooms, qualified actors, audio and sound effects. Located at 701 McMorran Boulevard; admission is $20.00.


  • Judgment House. Cost is $12.00; receive $2.00 off with student I.D.  Friday and Saturday Oct. 22 and 23 from 6-11 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 27 from 6-10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday Oct.29 and 30 from 6-11 p.m. Not recommended for people with heart conditions, pregnant, or under the age of 10. For further information, visit www. gotothejunkyard .com


  • Haunted Farm of Terror. This farm offers a corn maze, haunted hayride, paintball zombie shoot, cider, donuts and more. Ticket prices include a combo package for $22.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 10 and under. Schedule information available at (586) 203-7222.


LOL-Cats galore

LOL-Cats galore

Hayley Myron


Do you ever feel like there is nothing that will be able to make you laugh during the week? Well I have a solution to that frown.

Whenever I am online and I need a good laugh, I just go onto, the home of the LOL cats.

There is a reason they are called LOL cats. This website focuses solely on humor and adorable animals.

Even though this website is the home of LOL cats, it has a variety of humorous videos and photos.

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If cute animals aren’t your thing, which I am pretty sure everyone loves cute animals, then there are just fandom photos, interesting stories, and most of all trolls.

Now, a troll is someone who goes around the internet and makes fun of other a variety of postings, and they try to trick people.

I highly recommend taking a look at the website; there is something for everyone on there.

Wellness Wednesdays go well

Wellness Wednesdays go well

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor 


This semester SC4 introduced “Wellness Wednesdays” to the campus.

Every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6:15 in room 150 of the MTEC building, instructor Jenny McElwain leads a workout class with routines that vary each month.

October classes will feature z-box and dumbbells, November will be zumba and pilates, and December will have z-box and yoga exercises.

Wellness Wednesdays is sponsored by the SC4 Wellness Committee.

No registration is needed to attend, though there is a $5 charge per week, which goes to pay the instructor.

Classes are not restricted solely to students, anyone is welcome.

Kassie Piotrowski, 22 of Goodells, has been regularly attending Wellness Wednesdays.

“I feel like I’ve gotten more active since they started,” said Piotrowski. “I wish they had more days during the week.”

Piotrowski enjoys the various types of exercises, and that she doesn’t have to drive to a gym to workout.

“It’s easy that it’s on campus and I have the option of going after class,” said Piotrowski.

Alonna Mertz, 20 of St. Clair, agrees there should be another day offered.

“I’m not around Port Huron on Wednesday,” said Mertz. “I really enjoy the concept, but if it were on a different day.”

According to Donna Karsen, a Campus Patrol Officer, the classes began over a year ago and have been popular, each week hosting 25 to 40 people this semester.

Starting January, SC4 is looking into relocating the classes to the campus gym, depending on the availability.

More information on the SC4 Wellness Committee can be found on SC4’s website,


Skippers sail to back-to-back wins in MCCAA East/West Classic

The Skippers sweep of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s East/West Classic put their record at 5-0.  Friday, Nov. 19 the Skippers defeated the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks 79-64.  On Saturday, they battled the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars, winning that game 65-58.

Friday, the Skippers dominated the game, outscoring the Jayhawks 39-26 in the first half and 40-38 in the second. The Skippers out-rebounded the Jayhawks (44-39), had more assists (18-13) and three times as many steals (18-6).

The tight defense of the Skippers also forced 31 turnovers by the Jayhawks.  All those numbers translated into the Skippers clobbering the Jayhawks.

Skippers Coach Dale Vos said, “I was really pleased with the level we played at for the full 40 minutes. We played pretty consistent [against] a team that was certainly equal talent-wise.”

The foundation for the Skippers’ win Saturday, Nov. 20, according to Coach Vos, was their defense during the first half. The Skippers held the Cougars to 16 percent shooting from the field, resulting in just 9 of their 14 first half points. At the same time, the Skippers sank 10 of 34 from the field and 9 of 13 from the stripe for 35 points.

Photo by Dan Pettee

Vos said, “I thought our defense was just extraordinary in the first half.  We rebounded very well, which we knew would be important because they’re so big.”

The Skippers’ defense loosened up in the second half, allowing the Cougars to score 44 points. Despite outscoring the Skippers in the second half, the closest the Cougars came to victory was when they cut the lead to 4 points near the end of the game. The Skippers led the game in assists (13-6) and steals (14-9).

The next home games will be against Marygrove College on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and Columbus State Community College on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.  Tickets for home games are $3 for adults and $1 for students.

Daniel Pettee

Staff Writer