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The culture of giving: McMorran Greenway Street Closure completed

The culture of giving: McMorran Greenway Street Closure completed

Twana Pinskey

Managing Editor

St. Clair County Community College students began their new semester on Aug. 27 with the recently completed McMorran Greenway Street Closure.

David Goetze, SC4 Director of College Advancement and Alumni Relations, said the McMorran street closure is one of the projects that was a part of the SC4 Foundation’s “All aboard Campaign for Talent, Technology and Tomorrow” program that started Nov. 1, 2011.

According to Goetze, the street closure provides a safer campus for students walking between campus buildings.

Retired SC4 professor, Thomas Obee, expressed the same sentiment. He said the flow of traffic and student safety has always been a concern.

“No more students almost getting hit by cars crossing the street,” said Obee. He went on to say that students and faculty will no longer have to be concerned about speeding cars and can enjoy the beautiful landscaping.


A frontloader digging up the road

The project’s ground breaking began the day after SC4’s graduation, May 6,2012.

“The support from alumni, donors, faculty staff and the community in this project has been incredible,” said Goetze.

According to Goetze, the All Aboard campaign used student groups to assist in the calling to kick off last year’s campaign in 2011. Goetze explained that we (SC4) are trying to establish the culture of giving in our community and how best to showcase the talents of our students, by fostering them and giving back to the community.

Ground breaking ceremony for the Greenway

Goetze explained that student involvement in the calling campaign benefited student groups because it allowed the groups participating to earn funds for their clubs.

Goetze said this is the inaugural year of the greenway and that some settling is taking place. Goetze said they are looking to find out what good uses will be for that space.

“There is discussion on using the area for our first alumni association homecoming,” said Goetze. “The generosity of our faculty, alumni and community continues to amaze me.”

Goetze explained that another group came in and completely supported the innovation center (one of five scheduled projects).

“So now we have two of the five projects already completed,” said Goetze.

Other projects planned as part of the SC4 foundation’s campaign 2012-2013 efforts include expanding SC4’s Natural Science Museum, historical restoration of the Main Building’s room 312, and a signage project to replace worn signs and add way finding signs that include educational signs that would include codes that may be used in smart phones.


SC4 students run for city council

New ideas for old problems.”

That’s the slogan SC4 Students Thomas Grambau & Jeremy Ruiz are running with in their campaigns for Port Huron city council.

Thomas Grambau Jr., 18, is a broadcast and radio arts major at SC4 who wants to bring some changes and make the city more inviting to a younger generation.

Sc4 Student candidates for city council Jeremy Ruiz and Thomas Grambau Photo by Twana Pinskey
Sc4 Student candidates for city council Jeremy Ruiz and Thomas Grambau Photo by Twana Pinskey

Jeremy Ruiz, 19, is yet undecided on a major, but hopes to bring a fresh start to Port Huron.

Grambau would like to be a messenger of the people and Ruiz wants to bring back a sense of community to Port Huron.

Events they would like to work on include the float down and others that have been successful in the past. Jeremy would also like to see the McMorran auditorium used for events more often. They both see downtown Port Huron is an untapped resource.

Just having one of us win or come extremely close would be a victory in us, just to show that younger people are still interested in politics.” Grambau said.

Ruiz feels that “the generation in charge is not getting the job done” and that it is the upcoming generation’s job to “pick up the slack and get the job done”.

Grambau says that the city has some issues. He would like know their inner workings and do what he can as an elected official to make people feel Port Huron is a better place to live.

The pair said Port Huron, with its beautiful beaches, exceptional community college and a wonderful downtown scene has the ability to become a really great city.

Both gentlemen are willing to answer questions of the voters so their ideas are known to the community. Thomas’s e-mail is Jeremy’s is

Ballots for candidates are due in by August 16, with 75-100 signatures.

Elections will be held Tuesday, November 8.

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor

View 2010 Census Data

View the 2010 Census data

Michigan is the only state to lose population this year, according to the census data released yesterday. As a result of this, Michigan loses one representative seat in the House of Representatives. The population of the state dropped by 0.6 percent between 2000 and 2010.

The Midwest has the second lowest increase in population in the country, (second only to the Northeast), and the two areas have the greatest losses in representatives due to the reapportionment. The only state not in these regions to lose representatives is Louisiana, which loses one representative.

New York and Ohio both lose 2 representatives, Florida gains two and Texas gains four. Puerto Rico, which is not a state, has also lost population according to the census data.
More information will come as it becomes available. Schedule of Census data releases below:
Census Schedule
Cody Kimball