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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.”