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Coming out at SC4

Coming out at SC4

Cody Kimball


The proverbial closet is going to be opened at SC4, thanks to the Gay-Straight Alliance.

The GSA is celebrating National Coming Out Day on Monday, October 11, with an event that is open to the public. The event, which will take place in the Memorial room of the Clara E Mackenzie building, will feature two “Q&A” panels; one from 10am-12pm and another from 4pm-6pm.

The panels will have a “varied array of people,” according to GSA Vice President Jonathan Lucas, 19. According to Lucas there will be roughly 5 or 6 people of various orientations on each panel, and according to Lucas representation of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

The panels will discuss gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual (GLBT) topics.

Coming out day is a national holiday celebrating GLBT coming out” Lucas said. “It’s a day to be proud of coming out.”

It’s Supposed to be Worldwide” added Chris Brennan, GSA founder at SC4. “It’s a day to see that the GLBT are just like everyone else,”

Coming Out Day is celebrated around the country, and in many other countries every year on October 11, since it began in 1988.

Coming out was something that wasn’t highly valued, and was basically illegal until the 1960’s” said Brennan.

The Gay-Straight alliance, which currently has around 20 members, meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 3:00 pm in the Memorial Room of the CEM building, according to Lucas. All students are welcome to join.

“Guardians” embraces cliche’

Cody Kimball


Predictable. If the Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, which opened today could be summed up in a single word, that would be it. Predictable, but far from being terrible.

Guardians” as it is often shortened, is a classic tale of good versus evil, much in the likeness of the “Lord of the Rings” saga, with the notable difference that the characters, are owls.

The story begins, as these often do with a young dreamer and his family, growing up in relative calm, when they are suddenly thrust into chaos. They are taken captive by the very evil that the boys had heard stories of, and that had been typically dismissed as myth.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - Provided by Warner Bros. Entertainment, 2010

However the threat, is very real. One brother escapes from captivity, and the other stays behind and joins the captors in waging war on the Guardians, a race of owls sworn to protect what is good. An unstable peace is torn apart and brother fights against brother.

The 3D version may enhance the experience for movie goers, as virtually th entire film is done while flying, given that the characters are birds, but this may also make one ill.

Also, cliche’ enough, songs for a movie about cities of owls, are played by Owl City in the soundtrack.

Though the story is predictable, as recycled as it seems, it may be just what Hollywood has been missing in a family-oriented film. In a theater landscape riddled with anti-heroes and often no clearly defined enemies, it is refreshing to see such contrast of good and evil. It is nice to know who to root for.

Every aspect of the film has been done, and better, but being based on a children’s book series ensures that it’s family-friendly entertainment.

Or, you could just watch The Lion King and Lord of the Rings and have virtually the same experience.

4 stars out of 10

Tour De-Thumb

“Tour De-Thumb”

Cody Kimball


Times are tough, and cash is tight, but it shouldn’t stop you from having an enjoyable vacation. Want to travel with minimal risks and expenses? Then this may be the trip for you.

We call it Tour De Thumb, and it makes for an enjoyable day trip, or weekend excursion.

The trip circles the entire shoreline of the Lake Huron Shoreline of the thumb of Michigan and makes stops in a handful of towns and cities, depending what you want to do. This trip is best done with a small group of friends or family, anyone who can appreciate an easy car ride.

Start in Port Huron, and head North, on M-25, and just drive, but don’t forget to stop at these locations!

First Stop: Lexington – Get yourself some “Wimpy” burgers and go for a walk on the break wall. Lexington also often holds free concerts in the park, festivals and fireworks. There’s a beach as well. Check the event calendar to know the best times to visit. Shopping is decent in town. When you’re done, head west from the stoplight, for the swinging bridge in Croswell, which is always a good time. Then back on the road!

A ship sits silently in the thawing waters in Bay City. Photo by Cody Kimball

Second Stop: Port Sanilac – nice harbor, and a museum. Miss able but makes for a nice little break.

Third Stop:  Harbor Beach – If you left early, you may be getting hungry by now. 2 words: Al’s Restaurant, they have homemade food at inexpensive prices. Take a walk on the pier that juts into the world’s largest man-made harbor.  Visit the Harbor Beach power plant, there’s a fishing pier on the trail behind it. There are also a few campgrounds, like Wagener County Park, in this area that are worth visiting if you are in the mood for a hike.

Fourth Stop:  Port Hope – Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. Shopping, food and parks.

As you start to round the tip of the thumb, you’ll pass several small towns, that you may decide to stop at depending on what’s going on, but they are worth the time if you’re in no hurry. Grindstone City, and Pointe Aux Barques, most notably, have some interesting natural and historical attractions that you may find enjoyable, such as turnip rock.

Fifth stop: Port Austin – Not to be missed. There is always something to do; shopping, swimming, bird-watching, hiking, museums, kayaking, fishing, and the eternally entertaining mini golf. Port Crescent State Park and Sleeper State Park are nearby for some nature enjoyment, complete with beaches and trails. Stay a while and see everything there is to do.

You may now notice that as you drive, you are now moving south. That’s because you have now rounded the thumb, and are overlooking Saginaw bay.

One of the many Pioneer Sugar locations encountered along the way. Photo by Cody Kimball

Sixth Stop: Caseville- You can’t think Caseville without thinking “Cheeseburger in Caseville”. The annual cheeseburger festival in Caseville is a week-long celebration, in the tropical style of Jimmy Buffett. The festival has live music, carnivals, races (including a cardboard boat race), sand castle contests, parades, volleyball, fireworks, laser shows, and too much more to list. And of course, there are cheeseburgers.  The cheeseburger festival this year ran from August 13th till the 22nd, which in itself was a trip.

As you continue driving south you will approach Sebawaing.  Be sure to turn to stay on M-25 when you see the sugar factory, or you may, as we had, become rather lost.

Lauren Chisholm, ex-SC4 student, Tim Jobbitt, current SC4 student, and Jeremy Case, ex-SC4 student, taking a walk in the park in Bay City. The trio went on Tour-de-thumb over spring break. Photo by Cody Kimball

Seventh Stop: Bay City: One of the last major stops on the tour. Bay City is just that; a City. There is seemingly never a blank day on their event calendar. Concerts, theater, art, parks, festivals, as well as sailing, and boating, shopping, and even a SCUBA Diving outfit. Take a nap by the Fontaine de l’amitie’ (French for Friendship Fountain) which is a monolithic oval in the park near the Saginaw River.  The parking is free here, so it is a good place to start for a nice leisurely walk around downtown.  There’s a planetarium among some the cities more interesting attributes.  Visit the museum for a taste of Michigan heritage. The nature reserves in the area are also enjoyable to say the least. Bay City is the last coastal stop on the tour, and for some may be the end of a long day or weekend with time for a nice ride home.  But, if you’re still up for a little more fun, and wouldn’t mind venturing inland a ways, we have one last suggestion for the trip.

One of the many shopping options in Frankenmuth, River Place is a must-see. Photo by Cody Kimball

Last Stop: Frankenmuth: If you’ve never been, you should stop in for a visit. Frankenmuth is definitely the tourist destination for this area of the state. South of Bay City and Saginaw, the little Bavarian village is worth the drive. The town boasts unique shopping and sightseeing, as well as the food. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland will make you feel holiday spirit virtually year round. Zehnder’s Bavarian Haus has a “Splash village” complete with waterslide. “River Place” is the place to go for shopping, across the bridge from the Bavarian Inn, and “Zehnder’s Famous Chicken Dinners”. If you have time takes a ride on the river boat!  A visit to Frankenmuth is a solid end to an enjoyable and typically inexpensive trip.

Just remember to drive safely and enjoy the ride!

For more detailed information on the locations mentioned in this article, visit the Michigan Travel Information Center, located at 2260 Water Street, Port Huron, MI  48060, or visit

RAINN Day raises awareness

Twana Pinskey

It could never happen to me, right? I take all the precautions, and remain aware of my surroundings.

What do you do if the unthinkable does happen?

September 23, Saint Clair County Community College hosted RAINN Day, a sexual assault awareness, prevention and survival program in the Fine Arts building on campus.
According to their web site, RAINN Day is a national campaign, hosted on college campus nationwide in all 50 states, Canada, DC and Puerto Rico. The campaign provides information on what can be done to reduce the risks of an attack.

RAINN Day’s panel, answered questions from the audience at the fine arts building on campus. Sept 24. Shown left to right are: Detective Sandra Jacobson, St. Clair County Sheriff Department, Melissa Keyes, senior assistant prosecutor, St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office, survivor, Sonja Merritt and , Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Tami Stapleton, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Photo by Twana Pinskey

The SC4 presentation included; Detective Sandra Jacobson of the St. Clair County Sheriff Department, Melissa Keyes, senior assistant prosecutor of the St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office,  Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Tami Stapleton of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Diane Baur, Director of Support Services, Turning Point and survivor, Sonja Merritt.
Detective Jacobson discussed awareness and being safe in public venues, such as bars. Jacobson suggested never leaving your drink unattended when using the restroom. Should you forget, Jacobson explained the drink should be thrown it out and order a fresh one ordered. “It just isn’t worth it said Jacobson.”
Survivor Sonja Meritt, shared that victims don’t always come forward right away. Meritt explained they are afraid to tell anyone. “It may take a long time to tell someone,” stated Meritt. According to Meritt, every victim reacts differently.
Detective Jacobson said that if the person the victims share their ordeal with overreacts, they may shut down and not ever tell anyone else.

RAINN Day ‘s web site offers the following tips of prevention.
Make sure you don’t share personal information online. Avoid being alone with anyone you do not know, or don’t trust. If the hairs on your neck are standing up, you feel ill at ease, that feeling in your stomach that something is not right, get out of the situation. Contact campus security if you notice anything suspicious.
Should you or someone you know become a victim, remember, you did nothing wrong. Get help.
Further information for prevention and help for survivors can be obtained at:

Turning Point
Turning Point 24 hour crisis line

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Emergency Department
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program
Tami Stapleton

RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network)

National Sexual Assault hotline

Local News: Gunman in custody

Cody Kimball


A gunman barricaded himself in a residence on the corner of 12th and Wall Streets in Port Huron today, just over half a mile from the SC4 Campus.

The situation resulted in a lock-down of 3 Port Huron schools for several hours.

Terry Roles, a third-grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson elementary school, was among those affected by the lock-down.

Responders stand by during the standoff. Photos provided by Thomas Grambau

“I’ve worked at that school for years and have never had to do a lock-down” said Roles, upon being released nearly an hour past the typical school day’s end.

Teachers were informed to place the school in a lock-down due to an outside threat, a procedure which includes such precautions such as blocking out windows, and keeping the students indoors until it was considered safe to be released. Students were still able to be taken home by their parents.

According to Sergent Wesch of the Port Huron Police Department, the lock-down was a safety measure to keep children walking home from school from entering the situation.

“The safest place to keep them was at the schools.” said Wesch.

According to Wesch there were over 100 people already in the surrounding area during the standoff, which lasted six hours, watching it unfold.

Thomas Grambau, 18 an SC4 student who lives on 13th Street, three blocks south of the incident, was among the onlookers. “I didn’t know what was going on, so I walked down because I thought it was a car accident and I wanted to see it.” said Grambau “Well I got there and I saw police suited up in riot gear.”

Grambau went on to take photographs of the action.

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Word had spread that there was a hostage involved, a female, but according to Wesch she had gone by the time he had arrived.

The Port Huron and St. Clair County Special Response Teams responded to the situation, with special weapons and an armored vehicle. Standard emergency response personnel were also on the scene. A helicopter, identified as a news helicopter was also seen circling in the skies above.

The suspect, who remains unidentified, was apprehended after several hours, and according to Wesch, had minor injuries, mainly nicks and bruises.

The suspect is currently in police custody.

VIDEO: A sunshiny day – An interview with Kofi Ameyaw

A Sunshiny Day – An Interview with Kofi Ameyaw
Kofi shares his passion for music with us at the 2010 Lexington Thumb Music Festival on September 4.

Photos by Twana Pinskey Editor In Chief
Audio by Jenny Walker Photo Editor
Video Edited by Cody Kimball Webmaster

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Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

Cody Kimball


The Port Huron Icehawks, following in the footsteps of the Flags, Bordercats, Beacons, and Flags, again, are no more. After 3 seasons, Mike Reed, Media Relations Coordinator, announced that the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League will be “discontinuing its hockey operations in Port Huron”.

Kinney Entertainment, the company that owns and manages the Icehawks, and whose name is semi-hidden in the logo of the team, expressed gratitude to the fans, staff, and members of the team, with the assurances that the Icehawks will not be going anywhere else to play.

Port Huron's hockey has "A New Hope",in the Falcons Photo by Cody Kimball

The loss of one of the largest aspects of McMorran Place’s entertainment schedule, and revenue streams, comes just 2 weeks after the announcement of the loss of the Miss Michigan Pageant, to Ann Arbor.

These losses, coupled with less than desirable attendance for events like the Third Eye Blind concert, and the questionable response to the “Blue Water Fest” have some concerned about the future of McMorran Place, and of Port Huron tourism and entertainment industries in general.

Downtown businesses are upset about the management of the Blue Water Fest, and many have signs in their windows addressing the issue.

We value you and thank you for the many positive relationships we formed here, and encourage you to participate as much as you can in the many community events at the McMorran.” said Dave Goetze, Vice President and Business manager of Kinney Entertainment, in a press release.

The reality is, we live in a challenged economy in our community,” said Goetze, “and the entertainment dollars were not there to sustain a professional hockey team long term.”

The Icehawks are being replaced by another hockey team the “Port Huron Fighting Falcons” which will play for the North American Hockey League. The team will debut in the 2010-2011 season, and season tickets are now available.

Somewhere in a sort of cyberspace-limbo, the Port Huron Icehawks website now bears a solemn message, “Thanks for all your support and understanding.”