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Youngblood the carver

Youngblood the carver

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor


Murder, mayhem, torture, voodoo and moonshine stills with a subplot of segregation.

Sounds like the makings for a blockbuster movie when in actuality, it is all part of the story line in the book titled “Dillinger & Youngblood’s Wooden Gun” by author D. Gordon Franks.

The front cover to “Dillinger & Young Blood’s Wooden Gun”

Franks, a SC4 alumnus, authored this book that is based upon the tenants at the boarding house once owned by his larger than life grandmother.

“As a child, I thought everyone’s grandmother carried a gun under their apron,” said Franks. He explained his grandmother wasn’t really trying to shoot stray cats, but was trying to appease her grandson.

Franks said he grew up in Port Huron, hearing stories about Dillinger, Youngblood and his uncle Genie Fields, who was alleged to have shot Youngblood in the back.

Youngblood was a tenant at his grandmother’s boarding house.

Frank said after looking at the only known photograph of Youngblood, he knew his story needed to be told.

Franks authored this book to gain peace of mind about what happened. None the less, Franks’ book is riveting as he tells about the life of Herbert Youngblood and his ties to John Dillinger.

This book holds your attention from the moment you open it.

Set in the 1930’s, this story is told from the perspective of the man that carved the wooden gun John Dillinger ultimately uses to escape prison.

As the story begins, Youngblood’s grandmother prophesies that he will one day be rich and famous.

As I got farther into the story I had to keep going to see what ultimately happened. I had to know would Youngblood ever get justice.

However the harsh, explicit way in which the story is told is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of profanity. This book is rated R due to strong language and graphic scenes of violence.

According to the author, this story is one the FBI would rather not have told.

This book is based upon a true story and uses both fact and fiction. It’s definitely worth the read, and would make an ideal Christmas gift for the reader on your list. To order this book, visit

Ways to help with holiday depression

Ways to help with holiday depression

Mairead Warner

Staff Writer


For some of us the holidays are a joyous time, but for others the holidays are not so joyous.

If you know someone who is having a rough time during the holiday, you can make a difference.

Volunteering can help those who are not feeling the holiday mood. Cooking Christmas dinner for someone who is unable, or inviting someone who is alone over the holidays for dinner.

Visit a homeless shelter and help feed the homeless.

For those who have had a loved one pass away, try making a Christmas memory box that includes all of the good memories that you have with that other person.

Send someone a holiday card. If a love one is not with you during the holiday, send them a care package.

One can donate money, food, clothes, etc. to a charity they wish to support. Charities like Toys-for-Tots.

Helping out in your community is an option. Start a community food drive, or maybe have a hot chocolate and cookies bake sale. Donate the profits to local community schools.

The holidays can bring out the good times in light of the bad times.

Depression affects many people in all shapes and sizes, including Bev Sykes. Photo Credit: Mairead Warner

Throwing a neighborhood Christmas party can help one get to know their neighbors better. It can also help those in need of company, and could bring those in need of some to talk to people to talk to.

During neighborhood Christmas parties, have the kids exchange gifts. For those whose holiday depression is caused by lack of income, create a Christmas budget. The budget can include food, decorations, gifts, etc.

Try organizing holiday menus, party ideas and a gift exchange.

If you, or someone you know, is feeling depressed over the holidays, there are people willing to help just a phone call away.

For the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Lifeline call (800)273- 8255. Here are the numbers for St. Clair Community Mental Health Services (810)987-6911 and (888)225-4447.

Both services provide 24 hour and seven days a week assistance.

SC4 students lack involvement in clubs

SC4 students lack involvement in clubs

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor


College is the time where young adults tend to experiment with their newfound independence.

Students involve themselves in campus life, living away from home, making new friends, taking on big loans, working long hours, and developing coffee addictions from late nights, in addition to their academic responsibilities.

Community college students have many of the same tasks as university students, yet attending a commuter school carries over the responsibilities of home and family into their years of educational pursuit.

Such is the case with SC4.

On a survey of 500 SC4 students on their awareness and involvement with campus clubs, 77 percent of students answered that they are not involved in a campus club.

Yet only 34 percent of students said that they do not have an interest in becoming involved, though many students expressed concerns that they are interested, but lack the time.

More than half of the student participants, 53 percent, said they do not know where to find more information on campus clubs.

Alyssa Ferri, alumni of SC4, noted the struggle with membership during her time with the Music club.

“I feel that faculty needs to be more aware and involved in spreading the word of clubs,” said Ferri. “I think a lot of students don’t go searching for them, so more measures need to be taken to put it right in front of their nose.”

Vice President of Student Government Sean Lathrop thinks it is difficult to get students at a two-year college to become involved with student activities and campus clubs.

“SC4 students are here to get an education and transfer out. I believe the amount of work a club must do to stay afloat is a deterrent,” said Lathrop.

SC4 currently has 16 campus clubs. Among these clubs are the Music club, the Criminal Justice club, the Health and Wellness club, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the Erie Square Gazette, WSGR radio, the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Marketing and Management club, the Drama club, and SC4’s newest campus club, Magical Gathering.

For a full list of SC4 clubs and meeting times, visit

Global Awareness club President Bridget Cadena thinks that clubs are a great way to spend time at school.

“Clubs are a good opportunity to meet new people and fill in your break time during the day,” said Cadena.

SC4 Student Activities Coordinator Angel Niedekohr believes that involvement in campus clubs has a good impact on students, giving them experience with leadership and having a good impact on the college.

“They give you a sense of belonging to your college,” said Niederkohr.

During the distribution of the survey, some students stated an interest in an art or a magic club.

SC4 clubs photo

Students interested in creating a new club would need to make a charter that states the proposed new club’s name, goals, and a mission that ties back to SC4’s curriculum or a program sponsored by them, such as the athletic department.

The club also needs the name and signature of at least four students who are willing to serve as officers of the club. These students will be the club’s founders.

Lastly, the club needs a signed memo from a college faculty member that states that they are willing to serve as the club’s advisor.

Secret santa

Secret santa

Zachary Penzien

Production Editor


Did you know Santa fought the Devil? And won!

He is not as concrete of an idea as one may think.

The modern Santa as we know him has only been around as long as Coke. Santa as we know him now is a combination of the 1920 Coke advertising department and the art of a man named Thomas Nast.

Santa Photo Credit: Zack

Since the late 1800’s, there have been some odd myths that have been taken into the Santa lore around the world.

Here are two of the weirder ones culled from the book “History of Santa clause” by Duncan Royale.

In middle ages, Holland, Black Peater was the name of the Devil. Santa didn’t stand for that. According to legends, he defeated Black Peat, also known as Zwarte Peat, and made him deliver presents to the children of Netherlands by dropping them down the chimney and into their shoes.

The bad kids didn’t get coal; they were taken during the night. In later versions of the story, they were taken to hell, which because of Spanish rule in Holland, was Spain.

In the 1850’s he was depicted as a black caricature, leading it to come under fire for racism in modern times.

Father Ice is an ancient Russian bedtime story, and like all ancient bed time stories, it’s terrifying.

According to legend, there was a woman who had a bad daughter and a good step daughter. The mother always treated the step daughter more harshly than her real daughter.

One day, the mother through the step daughter out into the cold, and she was found by Father Ice. He was impressed by the step daughter’s kindness and rewarded her with diamonds.

When the mother tried to repeat the events by throwing her real daughter out in the snow, Father Ice punished the daughter by turning her into a pillar of ice.

Slowly, for some reason, he became associated with Christmas.

Like most myths and fairy tales, Santa is very malleable. He has gone through many variations around the world due to the primitive communication.

Secrets of the Underground Railroad not left untold.

Secrets of the Underground Railroad not left untold.

Amber Oile

Staff Writer


On Nov. 16, the Port Huron Museum announced their showing of “The Passages of Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad” exhibit.

Monday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., viewers may have their memory refreshed and learn new information on this period in time.

It also touches on the Quilting Sisters from different parts of Michigan, along with their stories, some in relation to the hardships from a different time.

Port Huron Museum exhibit. Photo Credit: Amber Oile


“Seeing the history again really brought the reality back to life in my mind,” said Julie Cowny of Yale, Mi. Her son, Joe Cowny, also found some fascination in the secret facts of history kept behind closed doors.

“I am always interested in learning new things about history, especially the Civil War,” said Joe Cowny.

In North America, the first African Americans were brought in 1619. The slave trade was abolished in 1808 in the United States, but you can find that out in anyone of your history books.

Safe houses were known as the secret hiding places for slaves attempting to escape. Slaves were hidden, sometimes behind staircases, in cramped areas for hours on end. Remaining quiet until word was given and the coast was clear to move.

Port Huron Museum exhibit. Photo Credit: Amber Oile

Gardeners, or guides, were known as conductors, and actual conductors were known as abductors.

Most had little chance of even knowing about the safe houses, because they were kept a secret.

Marilyn Heberer, a Port Huron Museum employee for 31 years and counting, had never even heard of this until the exhibit was shown. Heberer said, “It’s nice to learn new facts about history, although it must be hard to interpret a part of history that was never allowed to talk about.”

The Underground Railroad and Quilting Sisters exhibit is set to stay on display until Feb. 24, 2013.

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.

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.