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The SC4 survival guide to finals week

The SC4 survival guide to finals week

Hayley Myron



The end of the world is nigh, at least according to the Mayan Calendar.

However, fear not, because the reasoning behind it isn’t because our finals are coming next week. In order to avoid a disastrous demise I have found ways from across the campus on how to survive and pass the dreaded finals.

To begin I roamed the student center looking for other students who were bunkering down with books and pencils.

I stumbled across Melissa Bratton, a freshman from Marysville, who looked ready to take on the college world. I asked her why she though that it was important to study for the finals and she replied, “It is to make sure that the information sticks, because the finals make or break your grade.”

The tools to being successful on your finals are within your own grasp. The best approaches I have found to do for studying are easy to do.

Whenever I begin my study process, I make sure that I am comfortable and there are no distractions within the room. Along with that I make sure I have something to drink and something else to snack on.

When studying it is best not to just do it all at once.

Ashley Smith, a freshman from Marysville, told me, “Don’t cram all in one night, and don’t stay up all night before the test.”

It is much better to spread out your studying time over a longer period of time. You will be much more likely to absorb the information that you read.

If you would like more tips on how to study, go to

Patterns Deadline Approaches

Patterns Deadline Approaches

Erick Fredendall

Business/Advertising Editor


With the deadline date of Dec. 21 quickly approaching, now is the time to submit those final entries for the 55th edition of Patterns, SC4’s annual literary and arts publication.

According to the previous publications preface, Patterns started in 1959 as an opportunity for the creative minds of the college to publish their writing and artwork, which throughout the year evolved into a publication that is produced and designed by faculty and students alike.

The categories for submission are as followed: graphic art, photography, essays, poetry, and short stories-with awards given in each category.

Patterns is open to all SC4 students who are interested in showcasing their work.

Students who are interested in submitting can download entry forms at, and any questions of comments can be sent to

Veterans’ Day is past, but giving is not

Veterans’ Day is past, but giving is not

Christina Stoutenburg



“Gazette Gives Back to Michigan Veterans” collection drive is seeking donations.

The drive started Nov. 12 and runs through Dec. 10, with drop boxes in the Main Building outside room 122 and in the Public Relations Office on the second floor, as well as in the Fine Arts Building in room 10.

Proposed, by Erie Square Gazette Copy Editor Danielle Kennedy, “Gazette Gives Back” seeks to collect donations for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and Detroit Veterans Center, a long term nursing home for veterans.

“This a place that some of them don’t want to come to,” said Vickie Mccabe, admissions coordinator for the Grand Rapids home, “but once they see that it’s not a bad place, they really start to enjoy it. Some are really nervous about it but they usually settle in.”

Suggested donations are personal care items, decks of cards, board games, and new or gentle used adult clothing items.

“The clothes get put out into the clothing room,” said Mccabe. “What happens quite often, if the veteran home without clothes, they or their aid can go there to get clothes.”

Kennedy’s grandmother, Ellen Frazer of St. Clair, has been volunteering at the Home for Veterans for four years

“Every year in November a group of us from the Smiths Creek American Legion go over to the veteran home in Grand Rapids, prepare Thanksgiving dinner and bring Christmas gifts,” Frazer said.

It’s a beautiful home, according to Frazer, and is home to veterans of all ages.

For more information about “Gazette Gives Back,” contact the ESG office at (810)989-5786.

Alumni association overview

Alumni association overview

Kristopher Reynolds

Guest Writer


“The Alumni Association is vital to the future and enrichment of both SC4 and its students,” said SC4’s President Kevin A. Pollock during the annual Alumni Association meeting on Nov. 15.

When one takes a minute to look at all the various fund-raising, scholarships, trips, and other activities put on by the Alumni Association, it’s quite easy to see where Pollock is coming from.

Every year in November, the Alumni Association hosts its annual meeting.

Several important news-worthy events took place, so let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Robert W. Carson has been a part of the association for over 20 years. Carson has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for students and the college itself, and was awarded the 2012 Alumni of the Year Award, with great gratitude and appreciation from his colleagues.

S.L. Husain Hamzavi, M.D., was given special acknowledgment for donating $30,000 to scholarships and medical students. Also, mentioned at the meeting was the fact that this July marks the 90th anniversary of St. Clair County Community College.

The Alumni Association, besides various scholarships and fundraising, is also known for the variety of different activities and events that the members put on and host.

On March 18, 2013, a Red Wings bus trip will be put on, provided the shenanigans put forth by the team don’t interfere.

“Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” which takes place on April 4, 2013, is an Alumni-sponsored event where four retired SC4 professors will be giving speeches on various subjects.

The Detroit Tigers bus trip will be taking place sometime in September of 2013. The Alumni Golf Classic will take place June 14, 2013.

As hinted earlier, the 90th Anniversary SC4 Alumni Homecoming will be July 18, 2013. And as always, the Skipper Spooktacular Fun Run/Walk will be held sometime in October of 2013.

Hopefully, this paints a picture of the Alumni Association’s involvement and pride with their college and its students.

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.

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.

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.

Season of giving

Season of giving

Danielle Kennedy

Copy Editor

   Some of you may have noticed the donation boxes popping up all over campus. What do these boxes mean?

The Phi Theta Kappa food drive has begun.

Kicking off on Monday, Oct. 15, the food drive will run until Friday, Dec. 7.

“Anyone can donate!” said Angela Heiden, advisor to the Phi Theta Kappa, Lambda Mu chapter, here at SC4.

Donations of nonperishable food items are what the club is collecting, but monetary donations may also be made by getting in contact with Heiden. Collected donations will be going to the Blue Water Food Depot.

“It stays local and helps to feed our neighbors, friends, and family,” said Heiden.

Heiden believes that the most donations ever collected was in 2007, with a total of 11,441 lbs and $5,125.

Heiden said that this is the Phi Theta Kappa’s 30th year doing the food drive.

Things that go bump…in the morning

Things that go bump…in the morning

Joyce Smith

Staff Writer

Ever had that dream, or nightmare, where you are being chased by monsters, ghosts, or other-worldly beasts?

If you have, then that’s one dream that can come true if you participate in these year’s Skippers Spooktacular 5K Fun Run/Walk.

This year, the race will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Runners and walkers are invited to wear their favorite Halloween Costume (optional) and run/walk to benefit the SC4 student athletic scholarship fund.

Prizes will be awarded for best costume, one for adults and one for youth 17 and younger.  Registration fee is $30 for all ages.

Anyone who has questions, or needs more information, may contact Dale Vos at (810) 989-5671 or



Help is out there

Help is out there

Christina Stoutenburg


College finical aid isn’t the only assistance available to students.

With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon for the Port Huron area, according to michigangasprices .com, and U.S. heating oil and propane prices rising, according to the Energy Information Administration(EIA), those in need do have places they can turn to.

The Michigan Department of Human Services has information individuals in need can review about different programs available, ranging from food assistance to child care help, available on their website, www. michigan. gov/dhs.

A link available on the DHS website will also forward individuals to mibridges. michigan. gov, where they can check eligibility, apply for benefits and view cases as advertised on the homepage.

Bridge Cards are a thing of the past, as the DHS has stated in that college students will not be able to receive help unless there is a “true need.”

But other programs remain the same.

Women, Infants, and Children’s Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program, or W.I.C., offers specialized assistance to pregnant women and/or children under 5, according to Kelly Hand, clerk typist.

Being a full-time student does not affect your eligibility. Hand said, “It seems like a lot more are going to college now.”

For eligibility Hand said, “We would either go by their income, or if they have Medicaid insurance they automatically qualify.”

Students may also find more localized help.

Mid-City Nutrition soup kitchen, which provides two hot meals a day on weekdays, and one a meal a day on weekends, according to their description, is just one of the programs on needhelppayingbills .com, under the “St. Clair County” section.

Need Help Paying Bills lists helpful information such as shelters, where to find help with food, prescriptions, health and human services, as well as legal assistance.

Phone numbers are also readily available on the site for all organizations listed to assist with obtaining more information directly from the organizations.

Wanted: a few special people

Wanted: a few special people

Joyce Ann Smith

Staff Writer

Blue Water Hospice is looking for new volunteers to sit with terminally ill individuals during their last days or months of life.

Volunteers are trained in sessions which total over 14 hours, and then are assigned to individuals who are seriously ill and have returned to their homes, or the Blue Water Hospice Home, to spend their final days.

Training sessions will be held Oct. 18 and 19, and Oct. 25 and 26. Sessions are Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and participants must attend both weeks.

“It takes a special person to volunteer for this type of assignment,” states John Gridwood, MSA – Hospice Volunteer Coordinator. “Caring, compassion, patience, and willingness, are all qualities we look for in individuals who wish to join the Hospice team, and the need is great.”

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in doing Hospice care, you can call (810) 989-2452 to ask questions, or to register for upcoming training sessions.

R.A.I.N.N Day informs of sexual abuse and dangers to all

R.A.I.N.N Day informs of sexual abuse and dangers to all

Amber Oile         

Staff Writer


Sexual Abuse discriminates against no one.

Men, women, boys and girls alike are faced everyday with the risk of being victimized. R.A.I.N.N Day gathers fellow students and members of the community to educate themselves on the matter of sexual abuse, incest and rape.

“Anyone can be a target,” says Jennifer Rader, a victim turned survivor of sexual assault crime.

Rader informs all in attendance about the issues of abuse in many aspects. She talks about the different forms of abuse and the various affects it may have on targets.

SC4 dual student Meghan Grady speaks about the insight she gained as a result of attending the event. Grady expressed how helpful the information will be for her in the future.

All are encouraged be aware of the potential dangers of sexual abuse.

Detective Kelsey Wade shared some tips on what might help avoid a possible attempt of abuse or assault. Things such as monitoring beverages at a party may prevent someone from slipping something in your drink and potentially taking advantage of you in your disposition.

Wade talks about the dangers of drugs that may be used to sedate targets and cautions all to be aware of beverages, for they may be at risk. People are likely to be slipped drugs at a party, or gathering, due to unsupervised drinks, making it easy for predators to make their move.

Prosecuting Offender and Victims’ Rights Orosecutor Mike Wendling, suggests if assaulted, pressing charges and taking action against an offender, in which case just may spare emotional damage due to assault.

Letting offenders get away with abuse will only continue the act of violence, according Wendling. These offenders need to be punished, he explained.

Safe Horizons also offered students insight on where to go and what to do, allowing students the chance to hear about past victims and their experience with the issue at hand.

Rader offered tips and helpful information on where to turn if victimized, and also the effects these attacks may have.

Being a survivor of sexual assault, Rader explained, is not easy thing to deal with. It can cause psychological damage and long term emotional hardship to survivors.

Students who have been affected, or know someone that has been, are encourage to alert authorities.