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Boo, I hope I didn’t scare you

Boo, I hope I didn’t scare you

Hayley Myron

Webmaster

Halloween is the time of year where it is acceptable to run around in crazy costumes and scare the living daylights out of strangers.

Even the movie industry jumps on the bandwagon to make a few horror films during the fall months.  Personally, I am terrified of horror movies and I refuse to watch them, but fear not.

I have composed a list of my favorite Halloween movies that are not traumatizing to watch, along with that you will still be able to sleep in the dark.

 

 

“The Nightmare Before Christmas”– This is a stop motion film about the king of Halloween town, Jack Skellington.  In this movie he discovers Christmas Town and does not quite understand the concept, so he tries to combine the two different holidays.  Although he tries his hardest, his unique idea doesn’t pan out well. It is a good movie to watch for both holiday seasons.

 

“Young Frankenstein”– This is a comical take on Mary Shelly’s original “Frankenstein.”  It takes place many years after Dr. Frankenstein’s first creation and begins with his grandson.  After his death he gave his castle to his grandson, and the young Dr. Frankenstein decided to repeat the old experiments his grandfather had done.  It is filled with chaos and humor; it is the scariest comedy of all time!

 

“Corpse Bride”– This is another Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp as the protagonist Victor Van Dort. In this film, Victor has been engaged to Victoria Evergolt because of their families’ finical and social standings. As they rehearsed for the wedding, Victor could not get his vows right so he wandered into the woods.  After he said his vows correctly he finds himself married to Emily, the corpse bride.  As he tries to make it back to Victoria her family replaces him with a wealthier man.  This film is fantasy between living and the dead.  A good choice for a Halloween movie marathon.

 

“The Addams Family”– This was a remake of the 1960’s television show “The Addams Family.”  After being gone for 25 years, Uncle Fester had reappeared. Morticia and Gomez Addams happily accepted him back into the family without realizing that he was an imposter. An evil doctor was planning on taking the Addams family’s money through the fake Uncle Fester. In this comedy, we watch as the family unknowingly allows the fake Uncle Fester into their home.

 

“Scary Movie”– The last film of the marathon is a film that makes fun of classic horror movies.  In this movie a group of stupid teenagers accidently kill a man and then are stalked by a clumsy serial killer.  It makes fun of “Scream”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “The Sixth Sense”, and it even covered shows like “Dawson’s Creek.” This movie is laugh-out-loud funny, and a just fun to watch.

 

These are my top favorite Halloween themed movies.  Even if you don’t like to be scared, it goes to show that you can still enjoy Halloween.

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 Michigan.gov/vote and crcmich.org.

 

  • 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.

An introduction to the SC4 introductory course

An introduction to the SC4 introductory course

Hayley Myron

Webmaster

All students that are new to SC4 are required to take an introductory course to the school.

Now, I am a freshman this year and I just recently found out about this class, like many of my other friends.

This is the first year that SC4 has required this course. It takes place every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays before winter class registrations begin.

In order for new students to continue on to the winter semester, they must take this class beforehand.

This class is a onetime deal, so once you take it you will never have to do it again. The best part about this class is that it is free.

The SC4 introduction class takes only three hours of your time, and it gives you an overview of the college.

Some of the subjects that will be covered are academic planning, the college campus, registration, and much more. It will also allow new students to become familiar with SC4’s student polices and all of the services available to them.

Melissa Bratton, from Marysville, told me how she felt about the new introductory class, “I thought it would help new students feel more comfortable with the campus and be better prepared when class started.”

What’s in your wallet? The Skippers OneCard!

What’s in your wallet? The Skippers OneCard!

Joyce Smith

Staff Writer

New this year on the SC4 campus, the Skippers OneCard!

Over 3200 students have already been photographed for the “new and improved” version of the traditional student identification card.

Aside from featuring student photos for positive identification purposes, the new card offers other innovations designed to simply life for students and faculty, including access to library and student fitness center services, student discounts, and financial aid access options.

A sample Skippers One Card

Additionally, cards can be reloaded and used like a debit card campus-wide for purchases at the book store, cafeteria, campus vending and at traditional ATM locations. Ultimately credits from book buy backs may also be directed to the SkippersOne Card.

Some questions regarding security and credit report impact have come up on campus.

According to Bonnie DiNardo, Co-Project Manager for SC4, “The cards are very secure. They are FDIC insured, and activating your Skippers OneCard online is through a highly secured system utilized by over 770 institutions nationwide. Skippers OneCard information will never be released to creditors, and so will not impact your credit report.”

However, students must activate the card to be able to access all the services being offered, and also to access financial aid refunds.

DiNardo added, “Even if students are not receiving financial aid, or anticipating a refund, they MUST activate the card to access library and other student services.”

Students need not open an account with HigherOne, but they must activate their card and choose an option to gain access to their student financial aid funds.

What’s in it for the school and HigherOne?

According to DiNardo the school is endeavoring to streamline the financial aid distribution process, increase student security and add access to student benefits and services for all students.

HigherOne is hoping that students will opt to open a debit card account with them, and that they will create a long-term banking relationship.

If you are one of the over 1400 students who have not had their photos taken, you are urged to do so as soon as possible by visiting the Student Success Center.

You may contact Bonnie DiNardo at bdinardo@SC4.edu to check times to have your photo taken, or to inquire if you have had your photo taken already but have not yet received your card.

“Like any new system there have been a few glitches, but we are working through them.  And, we would love to hear any suggestions for improvement that anyone may have,” DiNardo concluded.

So next time someone asks you, “What’s in your wallet?” you will be able to answer, “My Skippers OneCard student ID!”

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.

 

Local filmmakers “Bare” all at Blue Water Film Festival

Local filmmakers “Bare” all at Blue Water Film Festival

Nick Wedyke

Staff Writer

You never know who you’ll run into.

The fourth annual Blue Water Film Festival ran last weekend; Oct. 4 through the 6, from the short film submissions to a guest appearance by Curtis Armstrong, the festival affirmed itself as a Midwest staple for independent film.

“Bare” a short film by Katherine Nofs, a Kalamazoo resident and an SC4 alumni, took the top spot by winning the Blue Water Film Festival’s Platinum Award, which included a $1,000 cash prize.

Even though the final day ended with a bang, there were many events leading up to the awards ceremony.

A contestant of the Film Festival

The film festival started the weekend off with the midwest premiere of Jamie Meltzer’s feature length documentary “Informant”; the film was produced by Michigan and Port Huron’s own Steve Bannatyne, who co-founded Lucky Hat Entertainment.

The Blue Water Film Festival showcases tons of Michigan talent each year.

“I think we’re all Michigan talent, and if we do what we’re capable of doing it’ll help Michigan out all around,” said Jeremy Stemen, executive director of the Blue Water Film Festival.

Day two of the festival featured comedian Loni Love, who hails from Detroit and can be seen on television shows “Chelsea Lately” and “Worlds Dumbest.”

Love entertained an audience with an evening of comedy; this set the stage for a much anticipated day three of films.

The Blue Water Film Festival

Large groups gathered in the McMorran Theatre lobby, Saturday, Oct. 6, anxiously awaiting each block of films that the festival provided.

Labeled A through D, the blocks featured all 27 films chosen to be in the festival.

After block D closed, the fourth annual Blue Water Film Awards commenced.

The awards began with a keynote speech by Curtis Armstrong, an actor whose accomplishments include “Revenge of the Nerds” and “Risky Business.”

Armstrong received the E-nerd Award, sponsored by Nerds-on-Site; and reminded the audience that “nerds rule.” Armstrong then showed a never before seen promo for his upcoming TBS reality show “King of Nerds.”

Following Armstrong’s speech and promo, the film awards began.

It was an exciting spectacle as each award from “Best Direction” to “Best Lead Actor” was given out.  The final award had the director and cast of “Bare” called to the stage to accept the award.

The Film Festival closed with a Q&A with the directors and “Red Carpet” mingling as “cine-buffs” and filmmakers alike, conversed about the day.

For those interested in getting involved next year you can write the festival at BWFF@ BlueWaterFilmFestival. com, or “Like” the Blue Water Film Festival on Facebook.

Pumpkin carving or tree trimming?

Pumpkin carving or tree trimming?

Christina Stoutenburg

Editor-in-Chief

Super markets and big box stores seem to be keeping me on my toes.

Am I buying trick-or-treating bags, or tree ornaments? Isn’t Thanksgiving somewhere in between there?

While on a recent shopping trip, I had decided to be nosey and check out some Halloween decorations and I was shocked to find ornaments and tree toppers readily available. Some stores even have their trees out and priced.

Christmas or halloween?

What happened to the days when after Halloween we set up for Thanksgiving and the day after turkey carving, we put up our lights?

When I was younger, my family and I would get all the decorating done, get the gifts wrapped, and then take a nice snowy drive to see all the lights. But with the pace of our holidays now we can check out who has the best jack-o-lanterns while we are at it.

Christmas is wonderful, but the making of lists of wants, doesn’t seem to mesh well with a holiday focused around what we are thankful for.

Are we as a society looking too far ahead and just rushing our life along, when we should be stopping to smell the roses?

Yes, putting your Christmas lights up to help little ghouls and goblins find their way will help you be on top of the curve, but it seems to take away some of the specialness of the holiday.

Then again, businesses are not in the market of specialness, they are here to make money. And to make money they all want to offer their products first.

Can you really blame them for wanting their business to succeed in today’s economy?

But what can be done, do we just ignore the change or give in?

Maybe I’ll just kill two birds with one stone and be an elf for Halloween.

LOL-Cats galore

LOL-Cats galore

Hayley Myron

Webmaster

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 cheezburger.com, 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.

The Cheezburger Logo

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 cheezburger.com; there is something for everyone on there.

Paint it, peel it, carve it

Paint it, peel it, carve it

Danielle Kennedy
Copy Editor

Pumpkin carving, one of the few activities where people are encouraged to stab something with a sharp object.

But now a day it’s not at all uncommon for people to set their knives and tiny saws aside for some different tools.

One of those tools is paint.

Whether it is a parent with young children, or someone that just doesn’t want to go through the hassle of cutting and gutting a pumpkin, paint is often a go to tool for pumpkin decorating. While painting a pumpkin decreases a person’s chance of cutting themselves, they have to be more careful when picking their pumpkin.

Jack-o’-lanterns

Bumps on the pumpkin can be a hindrance when painting, and may even be a blemish if they’re big enough to remain noticeable once the job is complete. Dampness on the pumpkin’s skin can also be a hindrance, but easily remedied by wiping the pumpkin with a dry cloth.

People have also traded the usual carving tools for sculpting tools. This allows the user to peel away the pumpkin’s skin in layers. Gives them a bit more control over what they’re crafting.

It takes patience, but if a person can stick it out, they can end up with some awesome results. Some of the works out there that have been done with this method look more like they belong in a museum than sitting on someone’s front porch.

Creative Pumpkins by Mike Madison

That’s not to say that the traditional method of carving pumpkins is disappearing. People can still go walk down the street to see traditional jack-o-lanterns resting on the porches of many homes.

It’s just that one shouldn’t be surprised if they see a not so traditional jack-o-lantern resting right beside it. And as time goes by, maybe even more methods of pumpkin decorating will arise.