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Skipper’s Chop Down Lumber Jacks Twice

Thomas Pregano

Business/Advertising Manager

The men’s and Lady Skippers’ basketball teams both beat the Alpena Lumberjacks, Wed. night on Feb. 10. The Lady Skippers won 69-45 and the men’s team won 94-80.

The Lady Skippers started out their game on an 11-0 run and looked like they were going to run away with the game. The Lady Skippers took full advantage of the long bus ride the Lumberjacks took.

With a good first half by sophomore guard Jessica Stevenson, from Chesterfield, scoring 7 points and great rebounding efforts by sophomore guards Megan Johnson and Alysia Cole, they did just that ending the first half 31-14.

“We got our chemistry back, there were a couple of games we just weren’t playing as a team and we noticed it,” said Johnson. “We worked really hard the week before in practice and I think we accomplished our goal.”

In the second half the Lumberjacks woke up scoring 31 points and making a game of it, but the Skippers proved to be too much.

“Every year I love coming up here to play against the Skippers. They are a class act and they never run up the score,” Head Coach Bobby Allen said.

The Skipper men’s team came out with the same amount of intensity on a 20-9 run. Kieon Arkwright, sophomore guard from Flint, led with 11 points in the half and sophomore forward Jake Stark, Richmond, right with him with 11 as well.

Stark said, “The first half we played defense. We got offensive and defensive rebounds.”

The second half was all Alpena scoring 53 points with the help of good shooting and rebounding. “If we would have played like that in the first half, this would have been a heck of a ball game,” said Frank McCourt, head coach of the Lumberjacks.

Both teams are back in action at home Sat. Feb. 20 at 1p.m. and 3 p.m. versus Mott Community College.

O. D.‘s Rant 57-10

Donald Lierman

Sports Editor

I nearly changed the name of the column to Rah Rah’s Rant. Because O.D. is excited.

Pending Wednesday’s outcome with Oakland Community College, the 11 nationally ranked SC4 men’s basketball team could be playing for a slice of the MCCAA Eastern Conference pie.

Saturday, February 20, the 5 ranked Mott Bears will come to town. The game will tip off at 3 p.m. following the Lady Skips at 1 p.m.

Last term, the volleyball team played for first, now the Skippers could be sending another banner to the rafters.

I told Mr. Vos after the volleyball victory that we should be aiming for three banners this year.  With the Lady Skips standing at only two losses that could very well happen. We may not be Big Ten but these student athletes put out just as much, if not more, effort.

Speaking of the Big Ten, rumors (OK maybe pipe dreams) abound that the University of Texas may join the Big Ten.

Imagine the Big Ten suddenly treated with respect again.

Imagine the rivalries…like waking up in bed with…

A Gary Bettman voodoo doll. Hey, the Saints fans were carting around Manning ones. Can someone get me the address of the manufacturer? I would tie it together with a Sid “the DUH” Crosby one and dunk it in Lake St. Clair. Hmmm, Satanic carp, anyone?

Speaking of the Super Bowl, the game was great, the commercial bashed men like a red-headed O.D. and I wished I was there for the party. Their voodoo must work when you see the replay of the Favre and Manning interceptions.

Hmmm, send those dolls by priority mail, will ya?

Yawn, the Olympics have begun. I lost all interest when the professional athletes began to compete in a corporate sponsored showcase. Profits not competition have become the point.

Already there has been a real tragedy. But this real tragedy will quickly be forgotten in the mudslide of sound bytes about whose daddy died yet the rich skater/skier/whatever overcame such overwhelming difficulties (like the million dollar sponsorship) to win a medal that will soon have corporate logos stamped on the back.

Not to mention that every fourth year the Olympics decimate the NHL schedule. Forget my beloved Red Wings, the NHHELL jams together the schedule to get 80 games into the same span of time. Can’t lose a dollar, eh? Just the quality.

Will curling be back? That is one sport I do enjoy. There aren’t too many corporate grants for Scottish shuffleboard on ice. Add a few brewskis and let’s just wait to drop the gloves… uh, I mean stones.

Just a reminder that O.D. has gone global. More rantings can be found on www.bareman25.blogspot.com.

Lady Skippers Douse Firebirds

Aaron Tomlinson

Copy Editor

The Lady Skippers basketball team let it rain against the Kirtland Firebirds, 67-52, on Feb. 6. The floor was dry in the first five minutes, however, with the score resting at 7-3.

Toward the middle of the first half, the Lady Skippers picked up the slack with points from turnovers and the bench. The score at halftime had the Skippers leading by a comfortable 18 point margin, 38-20.

What might not have been comfortable was the number of fouls committed by the half. The Lady Skippers racked up 10 fouls in the first half as well as the second.

With that great power came great responsibility, especially from freshman forward Jackie Highstreet of Algonac. Highstreet came off the bench and dropped 13 points and snagged six rebounds.

“At times it was rough out there, but I had to stay focused,” Highstreet said. “We had a goal to get to 40 points and we almost made it. Coach was proud of our hard work on the court.”

The starters also made noise with sophomore guard Chanahl Putnam, Almont, and sophomore guard/forward Megan Johnson, St. Clair, leading the way. Putnam had 13 points and Johnson had seven points along with four boards.

“We focused on defensive strategies to build up our offense a little bit,” said Johnson. “A win is a win but it was a rough game. There were defensive goals we didn’t meet but we can pick it up.”

Picking it up is what the Lady Skippers have been doing towards the final stretch of the 2009-2010 season. Coach Lohr and company have their sights on a conference title as the women improved to a 12-2 Michigan Community College Athletics Association Eastern Conference record.

They now trail number one ranked Schoolcraft by only one game in the conference and have only two games left.

Support is what the Lady Skippers need to build momentum heading into the Eastern Conference tournament, so support your women’s basketball team this weekend.

Icehawks’ Struggles Continue

Donald Lierman          

Sports Editor

   Friday hosted another night of ‘should have, could have’. The Port Huron Icehawks dropped their sixth game in seven attempts.

   The lowly Flint Generals outshot the Hawks 35-27.

   Worse, the 3-1 Feb. 12 defeat was not the sort of Valentine gift Port Huron needed.

   “Flint came out and dominated us in the first period,” Port Huron goalie Larry Sterling said. “There is no way Flint should ever be able to dominate us. They are just not as good as us.”

   Flint scored a power play goal six minutes into the opening period.

   “The first goal was scored on an offensive zone penalty,” Port Huron Coach Stan Drulia said. “Give Sterling credit. He made at least four or five brilliant saves to keep us in the game.”

   In the second period, Port Huron’s Brandon Kaleniecki scored his third goal in seven games, six seconds into a Flint power play.

   The Hawks were unable to sustain pressure and the Generals regained the lead before the buzzer sounded to end the second.

   “We have to pay a price to score goals,” Drulia said. “We are not paying that price.  Some guys are trying to do too much and some guys are not doing enough.”

   The slump affects the way players handle the pace of the game.

   “You are going to have surges throughout the game,” Drulia said. “You have to handle the ebbs and flows. The guys have to weather the opponent surges and be smart. When there’s the opportunity to get the puck down the ice you got to get it deep.”

   With seconds remaining in the third period, ex-Hawk Bryan Smolinski sealed the victory with an open net goal.

   The loss had Hawk Tab Lardner shaking his head.

   “This is very frustrating,” Lardner said. “It will take some doing to get out of this slide. We have to stay positive and go from there.”

   Sterling did not see this game as just a loss of two points.

   “It’s hard to erase a game like this because we’re fighting for each point,” he said.  “Muskegon and Fort Wayne are playing well. In a race like this we cannot afford to drop two points to a team like Flint. We just cannot do it.”

   The first-place Muskegon Lumberjacks visit McMorran on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Game time is 7 p.m. Ex-Detroit Red Wing and Bruise Brother Joe Kocur will sign autographs during the first period. For further Icehawks information, visit   www.porthuronicehawks.com.

Homerun for Skippers

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

   “The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love,” said Bryant Gumbel, sports caster and television journalist.

   SC4 Skipper’s men’s baseball team is giving back by sharing their love of baseball with children half way around the world in Honduras.

   Beginning Feb. 23 and continuing until March 12, the Skippers’ men’s baseball team, Phi Theta Kappa Lambda Mu, in calibration with Erie Square Gazette, will be sponsoring “Out of the Park Honduras Bound,” a collection  of used baseball gloves and softballs for the children of La Villa School for boys in Comayagua, Honduras.

   “I’m real excited about getting to do this;” said Skipper’s head coach Denny Dwyer. “It gives our kids a worldwide perspective on the impact of baseball and kids in other countries.”

   Megan Meyer, Director of Volunteering Housing at Apufram International’s Volunteer house in Comayagua, said, “Our little boys will play baseball with rocks and sticks if they can’t find tennis balls to use.”

   Meyer said the children often injure themselves while using the rocks. Meyers went on to explain that when using tennis balls, the kids will swat the ball with their hand because they have no bats.

   “The lack of the most basic equipment doesn’t keep the children of La Villa from participating in baseball,” Meyer stated.

   Head coach Denny Dwyer, along with the Skippers, and some of their assistant coaches recently watched a presentation about these children and wanted to pay it forward by getting involved in the collection of baseball equipment.

   Collection boxes will be outside SC4 Athletic Director Dale Vos’s office, at Phi Theta Kappa’s office and at the Erie Square Gazette from Feb. 23 through March 12.

   Further information can be obtained by calling the Erie Square Gazette Office, 810-987-5733.

Tats-Who?

Brian Johnston

Editor in Chief

   After taking on comic book giant Marvel twice, then going toe-to-toe with rival game publisher SNK three times, Capcom is now duking it out with Japanese animation studio Tatsunoko in “Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.”

   “Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom,” like its predecessors, is an arcade-style fighter. Exclusive to the Wii, it allows players to select two characters, throwing them in a tag-team battle similar to “King of Fighters,” with polygonal characters similar to “Street Fighter IV.”

   Thirteen of the characters come from game juggernaut Capcom, featuring old favorites such as Ryu and Chun-Li from “Street Fighter,” and new surprises such as Frank West from “Dead Rising.”

   The Tatsunoko side of things contains characters most Western fans won’t be familiar with, from titles such as “Science Ninja Team Gashaman” and “Karas.”

   The end result is an incredibly fun but challenging game, which will appeal to old-school arcade fans and new gamers. It also seems geared to a more “hardcore” audience, something the Wii direly needs.

   Simplified from the “Street Fighter” experience, Capcom has gone with only four buttons: three attack strengths and one “partner” button.

   The “partner” button will allow your secondary character to assist or trade places with your primary character, as well as being functional in multi-hit combos.

   While the simpler control scheme might seem to imply a simpler game, it’s anything but. While not as technical as “BlazBlue” or “Guilty Gear,” “Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom” employs a series of combos, cancels, baroque combos, mega crashes and enough other elements to keep fighting game stalwarts on their toes.

   Another welcome addition is online play, a Wii feature often neglected by developers. Players can set up matches against friends or complete strangers.

   Regrettably, the online play is perhaps the weakest part of the game. The lag compensation doesn’t seem to be so hot, there’s no voice chat, and finding “friends” online involves swapping “friend codes.”

   Another nagging flaw is how offense-heavy the game feels at times. Defensive players beware: constant blocking is a road to ruin in this game.

   Flaws aside, “Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars” is a welcome addition to the Wii library, and certainly a refreshing change from endless mini-game collections.

   You might now know who Tatsunoko is, but that won’t make the gam

SC4 Alumni Sponsor Quiz Bowl

Patrick Sullivan

Staff Writer

   On Saturday, Feb. 6 the SC4 student alumni organization held the 2010 Regional high school quiz bowl, where both Port Huron Northern and Brown City schools walked away with the prize for their respective divisions.

   Both teams were presented with medals, trophies and a 500 dollar scholarship to SC4 each. The competition was organized into a 3 round format. The winners of the Regional’s may have a chance to win the state competition.

   It began early Saturday morning in the SC4 campus’ North building, where students from 10 high schools participated in quizzes for both A, B, C and D divisions.

   The tone of the day was generally light, and laughter between participators was common. The questions covered a wide range of topics from history, to mathematics, to pop culture.

   The organizers from the SC4 alumni organization were represented by 18 volunteers, including six student ambassadors. The event was coordinated by Chrystal Lilly for the sixth time in her eight years of volunteering at the event.

   The final quiz was held in the theater of the Fine Arts building, between Port Huron Northern and Yale high schools in the A and B divisions. Brown City and Carsonville-Port Sanilac high schools competed in the C and D divisions.

   The final scores were 375 to 110 for Port Huron Northern, and 240 to 140 for Brown City.

   One advisor for the Port Huron Northern team, Lisa Schleicher, an algebra teacher at Port Huron Northern for 13 years, said she was proud of her team and that she would take them out for ice cream after they had won.

   A member of the Port Huron Northern team, Kelson Thomas, said that his team mates had been a part quiz bowl for most of their high school careers, and that they met to practice twice a week in preparation since early January.

Skippers sail over Kirtland Firebirds

Staff Writer

Savannah Wilcox

   The SC4 boys smeared Kirtland Community College with a 71-51 win on Sat., Feb. 6. The boys worked toward a victory, starting the game off with a defensive mindset.

   “We were worried about their height,” Coach Dale Vos said. “(Kirtland) had two guys that were 6’9” and I thought we did very well defensively against them. We definitely did our best to shut those two down.”

   Although somewhat outsized, SC4 held their ground on Saturday and proved their defensive skill.

   Although the Firebirds had height, they lacked the defense to stop the Skippers before time ran out. The Skippers trampled Kirtland, from the start through the entire game.

   Although SC4 only lead by eight points at the half (29-21), they continued to extend their lead with a powerful offensive second half. The Skippers offense proved to be too much for the Firebirds, who could just not answer to the considerable lead.

   Kieon Arkwright drilled 15 points and also pulled down four rebounds. Jake Stark added seven points and eight rebounds for the Skippers.

   Kirtland’s high scorer, Dmitry Martynenko from Russia, scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Firebirds.

   “Our offense was better in the second half than in the first half of the game, but we worked hard through the entire game,” said Coach Dale Vos.

   The Skippers are 10-2 in the Conference (MCCAA) and 20-4 overall. Their last home game is on Sat., Feb. 20 against Mott Community College.

   Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. Don’t forget to cheer on our boys at their last home game for the season.

Historic Passion for Fashion

Kayla Dimick

Staff Writer

   What do you think of when you hear the words “modern fashion?” Do you think ripped skinny jeans, pencil skirts and flannel shirts? You may not know it, but most of the hottest looks of today were also the hottest looks of yesterday.

   “‘Modern fashion’ is somewhat of an oxymoron,” said Molly Noonan, beauty and fashion writer for “DailyCandy Chicago.” According to Noonan, fashion has always been and will be rooted in history.

   Noonan said what we see on the pages of popular fashion magazines such as Vogue or Vanity Fair is most likely an evolution of some fashion trend of the past along with the overall mood of the nation.               “After all,” Noonan said, “style is a direct reflection of cultural, political and socioeconomic events.” 

   According to Noonan it is through fashion that we can draw parallels between past and present. As the old adage goes, “history repeats itself.”

   If you can believe it, every decade, from the 1920’s to the 1990’s is present in the looks of today.

   Tick, tock goes the cloche.

   One of the major fashion trends that was ever popular in the 1920’s and is recently emerging from the past is the cloche (pronounced kl-osh) hat.

   Cloche hats are most often identified with flappers, who were young and trendy girls of the era. According to fashionera.com, cloches generally took the form of a bell-shape and had a low brim that skimmed the eyebrow.

   The word “cloche” is a French word, which literally translates into “bell.” The cloches of the ‘20’s were often embellished with sequins and adorned with feathers, commonly worn to parties.

   However, the cloches of today take a more simplistic approach with simple colors and fabrics. You can find cloches in such places like J.Crew or even Target for those with a lesser budget.

   Mute becomes the new cute.

   The prosperity and partying of the 1920’s soon fell to the Great Depression in the 1930’s. When the unemployment rate was 25 percent nationwide, people didn’t have extra money to spend on extravagant clothes. Instead, they opted for a more muted color palette and simpler style.  

   According to fashionera.com, a new fabric called rayon was introduced in this era. Rayon could be used to make several different garments, therefore saving money. Chanel started using cotton, and soon its image was changed from cheap fabric for work clothes to haute couture.   

   Noonan said that at the beginning of the recent recession, the fashion industry saw a resurgence of muted color palettes and minimalist styles reminiscent of those in the 1930’s.

   Also, there has been a recent increase in the use of cotton in fashion, much thanks to the recent “the touch, the feel, the fabric of our lives” ad campaigns.

   Not only is cotton cheap, it is also Earth-friendly; both major concerns in modern times.

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   As the United States began to pull itself out of the Great Depression, it found itself in the middle of a world war. Everybody had to pull together for the war effort. Men went overseas, children collected scrap metal and newspapers, and women joined the work force. Everything was rationed.

   According to an article titled “Why 1940’s fashions are relevant today” on helium.com, people focused more on providing for their family than buying the latest fashions, so they wore what they had out of the back of their closet.

   Because of the recent economic crisis, the people of today are taking similar actions, reusing and remaking their clothes to produce new ones.

   Also, patriotism was at its highest, and was reflected in the fashion of the period. Similarly, now, the United States finds itself in the midst of a war in the Middle East and militant styles have come back on trend this season.

   Military jackets, pea coats and bomber jackets have been seen on the runway as well as on the street. Since they are so popular, you can find these coats almost anywhere from Kmart to Macy’s.

   In a cinch.

   When World War II ended, the American people needed and wanted stability. People started moving to the suburbs, having children (later known as the Baby Boomers) and establishing a prosperous middle class.

   According to the educational movie Happy Daze, materialism and conformity became the norm in suburban middle class. With this conformity eventually came rebellion.

   Rebellion came in many forms, but one of the most popular was rock ‘n’ roll, which had a heavy influence on fashion. Some of the most defining looks of the time are still popular today.

   For example, blue jeans went from work clothes to a symbol of rebellion. Now, blue jeans are an everyday staple, and everyone wears them, not just the rebellious.

   Another look that was popular among Greasers was the leather jacket. Leather jackets have recently remerged and stars such as Rihanna and Beyonce have been seen wearing them. Among greaser women, cinch belts were popular. Originally, cinch belts were only available in elastic, but as their popularity zoomed, they were made out of many different materials such as leather.

   Now, cinch belts can be found in any color, fabric and size. They can be in found stores such as Forever 21 and Mod Cloth.

   Mad, mad men.

   The conformity of the 1950’s was soon left behind by the tumult of the 1960’s. The nation was in the midst of the Cold War, and the nation broke many traditions of the social norm with movements such as Civil Rights.

   People of the decade were influenced by First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s glamorous sense of style: her French manicures; pillbox hats and simple geometric dresses.

   Thanks to the popular TV show Mad Men, set in a 1960s advertising agency, fashion has seen a recent increase in glamour.

   Increasing in popularity are cocktail sheaths, pencil skirts and draped blouses, all of which have been seen on Mad Men.

   “Add this to matte red lips, black liquid eye liner and a neck full of pearls and this season’s evening look seems to have taken a page from the Eisenhower era,” Noonan said.

   Robin Jones Kerr, 15, an avid Mad Men viewer, said that the show has influenced her hair and makeup choices. “I started straitening my hair and wearing more eyeliner,” she said.

   Her mother, Michelle Jones, 48 and also a diehard of the show, said, “My favorite dress is a Mad Men inspired black dress with a little jacket a la red.”

   When I say, “jump”, you better jump.

   The glamour of the early 1960’s soon transformed into the gritty, androgynous hippie look of the late 1960’s and 1970’s.

   The textbook “A People and a Nation Vol. 2.8” states that in this time, Americans experienced another economic recession, marking the end of post-war prosperity and governmental betrayal with the Watergate scandal, along with tensions from the Vietnam War.  

   Bellbottoms, platform shoes and miniskirts were popular. One trend that was popular then and is popular now is the idea of jumpsuits.

   In the 70s, jumpsuits were made with large floral prints and bell-bottoms.

   Although jumpsuits have recently come back on trend, they are some that are modified slightly from the 1970s version. They can be found in solid colors with more tailored leg lines, which is the more recent version, or exactly like those of the 70s, floral and all.

   Celebrities such as Tyra Banks and Selma Blair have been seen sporting the jumpsuit and can be found at JC Penney and Saks 5th Avenue.

   Punk isn’t dead.

   Leaders of the 1980’s were determined to end the tumult and rebellion of the 60’s and 70’s with a new conservative coalition and Reganomics. However, just as we saw in the 1950’s, an increase in conservatism almost always leads to rebellion.

   One major form of rebellion in the 1980’s was punk rock and its fashion. Originally, punk rock started out in the underground scene in the 1970s, but gained momentum and popularity in the 1980s. Popular looks of punks were studded leather, Mohawks and fishnets.

   But, according to Noonan, punk is far from over.

   Noonan said, “Still going strong is the power trip-punk fusion of 1980’s “street wear.” Acid washed skinny jeans, metallic mini skirts, studded biker jackets, ankle boots and shoulder pads simultaneously page homage to 21 Jumpstreet and Dynasty.”

   Just as the punk rock look has seen a reawakening, so has the “power dressing” of the 1980s made popular by the TV show Dynasty.

   Fashionera.com states that women of this era felt as if they could finally become anyone they wanted to be, and as a result, power dressing became popular.

   Women needed to dress for their corporate jobs and wanted to not only look sexy, but look ultra-confident. Shoulder pads and structured jackets became popular as a result. Jackets, blouses and dresses with shoulder pads can be found on the runway as well as on the street.

   Smells like teen spirit.

   The 1990’s marked the end of the 20th century with the idea that less is more. Fashion-era.com reports that as people started working from home and business’ dress codes relaxed, people of the ’90’s enjoyed the idea of dressing down.

   The supply of retail goods was high, but sales were sluggish due to a minimalist fashion approach.

   An underground music genre popular among teens, called Grunge, soon became mainstream and gained widespread popularity. One of the genre’s biggest bands was Nirvana with their number one single “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

   Grunge fashion consisted of baggy flannel shirts and blue jeans. Overall, it was meant to portray a, once again, androgynous and unkempt look. 

   Now, we are seeing flannel shirts everywhere in this season’s looks. The only difference is that today’s flannel is more fitted than that of the Grunge era.

   Fitted flannel shirts can be found at any department store or even the supermarket due to their heightened popularity.

   In the year 3000…

   Believe it or not, the future is here. As we approach the dawning of a new decade, the catwalk and the sidewalk have been seeing futuristic trends. The most obvious futuristic trend present today is the use of metallics. Anything from handbags, to heels, to eye shadow has been seen in metallic shades lately.

   One person taking this trend to heart is singer Lady Gaga.

   Gaga has been seen wearing extreme geometric lines, over the top and embellished shoulder pads, and even went as far as wearing a dress completely made out of plastic bubbles in her appearance on Saturday Night Live.

   In the words of Lady Gaga herself, “Baby, we could make a home in the stars. Baby, in a galaxy somewhere far. Oh, you’re my future love.”

Feminine Protection

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

   Girl’s night out is no longer mother’s “Tupperware” party for the members of  

Ladies Friday Fun Night at the Blue Water Sportsmen’s Club. It is located on Ravenswood in Kimball, Michigan.

   Picking out glassware has given way to picking up brass casings for reloading. These women would

rather ditch “Tupperware” parties for a night at the gun range.

The Ladies

   They are seated at a table, discussing gown selections for an upcoming wedding. At another table, more are sharing scrapbooks and photo albums.

   Wives, students and mothers sharing hope dreams for themselves and their children over a cup of coffee. It could be a kitchen table in any town, in any city. Not the clubhouse at Blue Water.

   Leaving husbands, children or boyfriend, to spend the evening at the gun range, learning about firearms in a stress-free, relaxing environment. That’s why these women chose the Blue Water program.

   Retired Marysville school teacher, Linda Campbell from Fort Gratiot, attended her first fun night session Jan. 22.

   “I was surprised to find out this program was here. A lot of people don’t even know it exists,” said Linda Campbell.

   Campbell expressed satisfaction in the warm welcome she received and felt she learned a lot about safety and would like to see more women come out.

   SC4 student, Rachel Kobylas of Port Huron, has participated for two weeks.

   “I have enjoyed both my experiences. I really appreciate their emphasis on safety,” replied Kobylas.        

   She was first introduced to shooting sports at the age of 11, participating in an event sponsored by the YMCA for dads and daughters camping together.

   She would use bb guns and air rifles with her dad. “I think skeet shooting is really, really cool,” said Kobylas.

   Sportsmen club member, Penny McCloud of St. Clair, has been shooting since marrying her husband, thirty years ago.

   McCloud focuses on her favorites shooting sports: the Friday fun night programs and shooting for twenty years as a member the North South Skirmish Association. McCloud is a part of the seventh Tennessee regiment. She shoots vintage and reproduction Civil War era firearms.

   “I love shooting my original Smith carbine,” said McCloud. McCloud also likes shooting her revolver, and feels she has benefited by participating in the Ladies Friday fun night program.

   “I definitely feel safe being around the people that participate because of the focus on safety,” replied McCloud.

The Instructor

   Work roughed hands, five o’clock shadow with coffee cup in hand and dressed in camouflage pants wearing a Marines t-shirt, Mark McDougal enters the downstairs basement range.

   Mark, known as “Mac” to his ladies, is the lead instructor of the Friday fun night program. 

   His voice booms out instructions to the participants. “Ok ladies, muffs and glasses. The line is going hot.”

   Each group of participants has volunteers that are men at the club standing by to offer assistance. Also to answer questions and watch to see that everyone is observing safety guidelines.

   “Women are often better students, because they are coachable,” said McDougal. “Men will sometimes come to a range, thinking they already know how to shoot and handle a firearm safely.”

   McDougal was instrumental in starting the Blue Water program over five years ago to offer women the opportunity to learn about fire arms and safety in a stress-free environment.

   During the women’s time on the ranges, the only men allowed in the room are the instructors and safety volunteers.

   “Women are more relaxed and better able to focus if they aren’t worried about loved ones, such as husbands and boyfriends watching them,” replied McDougal.

  Volunteer and safety instructor, John McCloud of St. Clair, offered that this was a non-competitive program designed to introduce women to shooting sports with proper instruction and the focus on learning safety and having fun.

   McCloud felt that the men really respect the ladies that participate in the program and the men willingly offer assistance to those who participate.

   “You bet ya, the men respect our ladies,” replied McCloud. Both McCloud and McDougal implement activities such as shooting at a paper dart board, or shooting at bowling pins, as well as games such as playing “tic-tac-toe” to improve the ladies capabilities.

   How to handle themselves in a dangerous situation is also addressed by the instructors.

“Don’t make our schools a killing zone”

   Defensive shooting, concealed carry and both sides of these issues are openly discussed. Both men and ladies fun night participants readily share knowledge about their opinions.

   If passed, Michigan Senate Bill 747 would allow concealed carry on college campus and in dormitories.  Law abiding citizens, who have concealed carry permits, would be able to carry on all public college campuses and in dorms statewide (http://www.usacarry.com and www.legislature.mi.gov ).

   “I believe that everyone who does not have a criminal record should be able to conceal carry. They should definitely be able to carry on campus,” replied Penny McCloud. 

   Sc4 Student, Rachel Kobylas, shared similar sentiments. “People who aren’t criminals who have taken the proper training should be able to choose for themselves whether or not they wish to have a concealed carry permit,” Kobylas said. 

   She felt students and employees at colleges, who have concealed permits, should be allowed to carry on campus. “Absolutely. If they have had the training, why not,” replied Kobylas.

   “Most gun owners are very safety conscious and are law abiding. Gun ownership and concealed carry has been shown to detour crime,” said Penny McCloud.

   But, not all of the women participating in the program agree.

   Linda Matthews, of Kimball Township, participates in the ladies program. She has been around firearms since she was a child, growing up in a home that had firearms.

   Matthews loves to hunt, and she is against concealed carry on college campus, for both faculty and students.

   “It’s not the gun that is the issue; it’s the person that picks it up,” stated Matthews. She explained the person handling the firearm had to know safety.

 She explained she could see both the pros and the cons on campus concealed carry.

   “I am against it. We have a lot of 18 year-olds that are hot headed kids. I just don’t think the maturity level is there,” stated Matthews. She felt that even faculty should not be allowed to carry on college campus.

   SC4 does not have concealed carry on its campus. The administration’s policy prohibits it, as it does any weapons on their campus.

 Policies regarding concealed carry on college campus vary nationwide.

   According to MSNBC, nationwide there are 38 states that ban weapons at schools.

   According to National Conference of State legislatures, 16 states explicitly prohibit weapons on campus, while in other states each school is allowed to make its own decision.

   Michigan, one of these states that allow each school to make this decision, could soon have to change policy, should Senate Bill 747 pass.

   “Don’t make our schools a killing zone,” replied John McCloud. Mr. McCloud is among those at the fun night program that felt incidents such as the massacre at Virginia Tech that left 33 dead could have resulted in less carnage if faculty and students had been allowed concealed carry. Virginia is one of the states banning firearms at school.

Respect

   Participants in the fun night program remove their muffs and glasses and begin securing and packing away their firearms as another evening draws to a close.

   Ladies smile as they make plans to gather for dinner, meet for events on college campus or simply go their separate ways.

   In this lies the success of the fun night program. Each individual is respected, no matter their point of view.

   If we want to be respected for our points of view, we must respect others point of view, even if we don’t agree with them,” replied Kobylas.