Welcome back to a time long, long ago in a Galaxy far, far away

Review of the new “Star Wars” movie

Lauren Schwartz

Staff Writer

This past weekend, I saw “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and if you liked the original trilogy, and the prequel trilogy, than this classic continuation of good vs. evil across the galaxies does not disappoint.

Not only does this movie catch you up on the rebels, but it also gives you an inside look on the First Order, the new name for the Empire, showing us that although mass-produced and identical in appearance, the Storm Troopers are indeed people too. Which, to be honest, I had never thought of before. I just thought they were sad excuses for soldiers that couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn and got killed with one hit, regardless of the bulky armor they clomp around in.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has elements in it that truly make it a “Star Wars” film, as well as providing fresh new faces that give the franchise a renewed energy. J.J. Abrams did a great job reviving the work of George Lucas in this film, seeing as the film reminded me of its processor, “Star Wars: A New Hope.” The writers of the film did a good job providing some comic relief to prevent some scenes from being too suspenseful or scary for younger audiences, similar to that of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Overall, I, personally, would give “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” a solid eight out of ten stars because although it was an amazing movie with astonishing special effects, there were still quite a few plot holes probably big enough for me to shove my entire body through. With that being said, this movie was defiantly worth the money that I paid for my ticket and I would watch it again, probably even buy when it gets released. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” deserved all of the hype that was built up about it and superseded my expectations I had about the film.

 

McMorran Pavilion and faculty contracts pushed off

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Board of Trustees meeting brings no final decisions yet

Mel Buskirk

Copy Editor

 

On Thursday, Jan. 14 crowds of concerned faculty, students, and citizens packed room 150 in the

MTEC building for the first Board of Trustees meeting of the year. Many of which were anticipating the completion and signing of the purchase agreement for the McMorran Pavilion, which has been postponed to the BoT meeting in February.

Others included faculty members and concerned students to show faculty support for the ongoing contract negotiations. During the public comment section, one student and mother, Sherri Warner, spoke out in support for faculty, pleading to the BoT to not cut any faculty in the upcoming contract agreement. Warner is the mother of four other students here at SC4, with the whole family attending honors classes and are members of Phi Theta Kappa. Warner stated that she or her children wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the helpful, quality professors that have taught them.

As the elected treasurer of Speaker Township, Warner understands the tough decisions that the BoT encounters. However, in her opinion, cutting faculty is not the right decision. After her comment, Warner stated, “I just hope they hear what I have to say and pay attention.”

Amidst fears of faculty and students alike Dr. Pollock defended the BoT saying, “We never intended to cut full-time faculty.”

Another speaker Scott Worden took the opportunity of the postponed McMorran agreement to argue further for the Minor Hockey Association. Worden claimed he was disappointed in the actions of the BoT.

Worden appealed to the Board during the public comment section bringing up an instance from 1991 in which Mueller Brass Co. was going to purchase a plot of land that was the location of the Port Huron Little League’s ballpark. Instead of purchasing it to expand its operations, Mueller Brass Co. gave the ballpark back to the city for the Little League’s benefit. “This is all about the kids. It’s all about the kids in the community now and the kids in the community in the future,” Worden stated.

Many attendants, like Worden, felt disappointed and uneasy at the end of the BoT meeting.

“I found this whole thing disheartening,” said Marilind Roff, a faculty member and Office Administration professor at SC4 since 1992.

The completion of the purchase agreement and decisions about faculty contracts are anticipated for the Feb. 11 meeting.

Out with the cold, in with the new

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Blue Water Area Transit Bus Center now open

Nick “Chico” Hernandez

Managing Editor

The crisp air of January may not be as common now as in previous years, but the freezing temperatures are still very real to the people that ride on Blue Water Transit buses. However, the teen Fahrenheit temperatures have no effect on the people now that the Bus Center is open.

Since Dec 11, the Bus Center has been opened to the public. It comes equipped with vending machines, bathrooms, mounted TVs, plentiful seating, heat, and a spot for buying tickets and bus passes.

A monthly G.A.P. pass is $27, and the ten-day pass is $10.50. An adult full fare costs 80 cents, a youth fare (ages 8 through 17) is 65 cents, and handicapped or senior citizens are 40 cents.

The move from the Quay Street pickup (in front of Zebra parking lot) to the Bus Center has been greeted with warm reception, a polar opposite feeling two months ago when construction was held up due to DTE and contractors.

Dispute some icy comments around social media and local newspapers, the project is up and running while still being, “about $300,000 under budget” as stated by Blue Water Area Transit (BWAT) general manager Jim Wilson. The remaining fuels will help fuel the finishing touches on the second building.

Erin Jones, 19, of Port Huron said, “No longer do I have wait in freezing temperatures for a bus. Its heated [in the Bus Center] and everything. This is how you show you care about your customers.”

Dameon Qieate, 26, of Fort Gratiot said, “It definitely beats Zebra parking lot. I always felt like I gonna get mugged over there, not to mention how cold it was. This is much better.”

 

Skipping right on to number one

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Men’s and Women’s teams beat OCC
Jason Watts II
Sports Editor
This past Saturday afternoon the St. Clair County Community College Men’s and Women’s teams made a statement respectively to the rest of their conferences when they defeated Oakland Community College Men’s and Women’s teams.
Starting with the Lady Skippers coming into this game with a little bit of an attitude towards one particular player on the Lady Raiders Jasmine Parker who was a member of the Skippers last season, which made this contest more of a grudge match. It was a close game until the second half when the ladies starting to pull away.
Leading the way for them was Madison Valko with 29 points and 6 rebounds; also Kendall Stoll with 24 points and a game-high 16 rebounds; and lastly Leah Humes with 10 points 7 rebounds and 8 assists. The final score of the game was SC4 85 – OCC 71.
On to the Men’s team which was a nail biter right down to the last second. The whole game was a close game and a high scoring game as well. SC4 came into the game with intentions of becoming number one in their conference and they did just that in a tremendous fashion with a game winning shot made by Chris Parker.
Parker has been the leading scorer for the Skippers and has stepped up for them when it matters most. He lead the way for the Men’s team with 35 points, followed by sophomore Jason Watts with 15 points and 12 rebounds, Jay Springs with 10 points, and lastly Xavian Edwards had 8 points and 8 rebounds.
The Men’s team trailed the most of the game and kept battling till the end, eventually seizing control of the ballgame in the second half. The rebounding war was the X factor in this game was in the Skippers favor, which was won by the men’s team 41 to 35 in the last few seconds as the Raiders missed two critical free throws that would have sealed the game. The final score of the men’s game was SC4 86 – OCC 84.
The Men’s team’s next game is at home on Wednesday, Jan 20 at 7:30 pm against Henry Ford Community College. The Women’s team will play at 5:30 pm.

Winter fun for everyone

Port Huron’s Chilly Fest is back
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Winter in Port Huron is now warming up with the annual Chilly Fest in Downtown Port Huron on Friday and Saturday, Jan 22 to 23.
These all-day events include chili tasting, Silver Sticks tournaments, Bed Races, the Cocoa Crawl, and ice sculptures throughout the Downtown area.
You can also relax in the Chilly Fest tent and listen to the sounds of Alex Shier, Ian Smith & Co, and the Gasoline Gypsies.
With so much to do, why not check it out?
For more information, head on over to bluewater.org and click on the event tab.

Don’t be late for these very important dates!

Dates to know for the winter semester

Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Finally registration is over and it’s time to start classes.
But when does everything else happen?
Winter semester can be a stressful time of the year, so here are some important dates to keep track, so no one gets lost.
First, early alert grades on Feb 22. They’re a great tool to make sure students are keeping afloat in all of they’re classes. These can be accessed via the portal.
Feb 28 brings the deadline for applying for graduation. For those who plan on walking in either May or August, make sure to head on over to sc4 website and click on “Graduation applications” under the Alumni tab. Students can also apply electronically in the portal.
April brings a few important dates. First, the last day to drop from a class with a “W” is April 2. Spring break then comes April 4 through 8. (Only 77 days until break!)
Finals then begin May 2, Commencement and the end of winter semester fall on the same day, May 6, and finals grade get posted on May 9.
You can find these dates and more by logging on to sc4.edu and clicking the “important dates” under the academics tab.

4th Annual Deck Art auction and awards ceremony

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Upcoming event and closing of exhibit in the FAB
Jamie Koebke
Business Editor
St. Clair County Community College will be hosting the Deck Art exhibit in the Fine Arts Galleries. The display went up in November and will be there until January 21. The exhibit host skateboard decks designed by SC4 students and community members. The exhibit is open from 8:00am until 4:40 pm. A reception, auction and awards ceremony will take place on January 21 from 5 to 6:30pm in the Fine Arts building. All proceeds from the auction will go to the arts of SC4.

Letter from the Editor

Emily Mainguy
Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back Readers to another semester!
We are still looking for new members to teach in the ways of the Jedi. Even if you have no experience or do not plan to major in Journalism stop by one of our meetings and give it a try!
The ESG is looking for Staff Writers, Graphic Designers, Sports Writers, Photographers,
and Comic Artists.
The Erie Square Gazette meets on Thursdays in the Main Building from 2-3 pm in room 122 and 123 in the Main Building.
If you cannot make it to one of those meetings stop by our table at Club Awareness Day on Feb 3 from 11-1 pm in the College Center.
If you are curious about joining or have questions, feel free to email me at emainguy@att.net, or find me on Facebook.

Chris Krolcyzk presents Kro’s Krew

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Jamie Koebke

Business Editor

St. Clair County Community College students presents The Spiral Gallery: Kro’s Krew at Studio 1219. Graphic Design instructor Chris Krolcyzk will present his students work. Spiral Gallery will take place starting set up on January 21 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 am until 6 pm until the end of February. There will be a reception held on January 22 from 5 pm until 8 pm. Students will be there to display and answer questions about their work.

Late to the Game: reviewing older games for those who want to save some cash

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A game about finding your inner bread, then toasting it
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Have you ever wondered what your bread feels like when you toast it? Well look no further!
Sort of.
“I Am Bread” follows the story of a piece of bread, slowly ruining a man’s life by finding any way, shape, or form to become toast. Bossa Studios created a game that’s different, and interesting. But is it worth $12.99?
Gameplay: 8/10
Playing as a piece of bread can get tedious. The game can be easily described as rage inducing. But that’s the point. You have very limited movements that need to be coordinated to quickly find a way to toast yourself. Which is frustrating because 60% of the surfaces in the levels will either leave you dirty, growing mold, or just completely inedible. If you can finish the level, you’re left with such a satisfied feeling of “I did it.”
The controls are awkward at best, but adds a bit of charm to the game itself. Keyboard controls are extremely restricting for someone (such as myself) who only uses gamepads such as 360 controllers. The game tackles controlling something most overlook; figuring out a way to make bread interactive. Bossa Studios ran with it, and somehow made controls that (sort of) make sense in such a scenario.
Graphics: 8/10
To be fair, this game wasn’t out to break barriers graphically. The nice bright colors and solid environments are satisfying to look at. The “gross” look for the dirt and mold you have to avoid are cartoonish yet make you gag enough not to want to roll around in it, as the bread that is. The bread puns hidden throughout the world were nice touches as well.
Sound: 7/10
“I Am Bread” is not known for its soundtrack. The music loops, so if you take your time in a level, you may find yourself hating the music after an hour or so. The sound effects and noises are spot on and great, but the looping music really can annoy you. After a while, I just turned the sound off and listened to some in the background. I recommend if you do this, pick something soothing.
Story: 6/10
The story is hilarious, but after 10 minutes, you really don’t care much anymore. It really only explains why you make toast everywhere in the house, not just the kitchen. If you want a good story, this may not be the game for you. If you like funny bits of information in between levels, you’ll enjoy what you get.
Overall: 7/10
I do recommend it. For the money possibly, you’d be buying a cute, fun frustrating game, and possibly the best drinking game. The game can be purchased on Steam and does not require a top of the line gaming computer.
Happy Gaming

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