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Animal Unleashed at McMorran


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   Before he became a pro wrestler, he was a teacher. Born April 16, 1937 in Madison Heights, Michigan, William James Meyer would earn a Master’s degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University before becoming George “The Animal” Steele.

   Steele dropped the ceremonial puck in the game between Ice hawks and Flint Generals at McMorran Feb. 12 in Port Huron.

   Prior to becoming the animal, Meyers coached football at Madison High School in Madison Heights.

According to the “History of the WWE” (WWE.com), Meyers was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.

   Although Steele’s wrestling career spanned from 1967 through 1989, he continued making appearances through the late 1990’s.

   The line to meet “The Animal” stretched out of the door of the McMorran Arena’s Pro Shop, around the corner and up one level into the main arena at McMorran.

   A fitting tribute to the fans that still support him.

Dear John

Savannah Wilcox

Staff Writer

   Eyes dripped with tears as Dear John stole the hearts of many women worldwide. Dear John is a novel written by New York Times Best-Selling Author Nicholas Sparks.

   With the 32.4 million dollars debut on Friday, Feb. 5, Dear John proved to be one of the best love stories of the year.

   Starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, these two play the role of John Tyree and Savannah Curtis, the prized love affair lurking in the hearts of women everywhere.

   John is a soldier in the Army Special Forces, who falls in love with Savannah Curtis, a college student on spring break, while he is at home on leave.

   This movie represents a story of passion, love and long distance relationships. Tears will flow while watching this endless love story, especially while enduring the surprise ending of the story.

   Dear John touched the hearts of many as it surpassed Avatar at number one in the box office opening weekend.

   Dear John is a romantic film based on life after love, and the hardships that may pass with every relationship formed in a lifetime.

   If you have not seen it yet, get your hands on a movie ticket soon, and do not forget your handkerchief.

Robert Tansky SC4’s Socrates

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor

   As a professor at St. Clair County Community College since 1966, Robert Tansky has had a rewarding career.

   After nearly 40 years, Robert Tansky is grateful that his former students, whom are now Qatari dignitaries, have become successful and said they remember SC4 fondly.

   “Teachers never know the impact that they have on a student,” said Tansky.

   Tansky’s most important lesson to his students is for them to enhance both their critical thinking as well as their global awareness. 

   “Today I emphasize less memorization and more class discussion. With the internet one needs to know where to find information and how to evaluate it,” Tansky said.

   He received a Bachelor of Science and a Finance Major from the University of Detroit in 1964, Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University in 1965, and his Post Graduate from the University of Michigan and Purdue University in 1966.

   Professor Tansky is very active in college and community services. He is a state wide speaker for Phi Theta Kappa as well as being treasurer for the St. Clair County Council on Aging.  

   During the 1970’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s, his chapter excelled at the state of Michigan competition taking 17 first place and two second place chapter finishes against up to nineteen other community colleges and universities.

   At the national level of this competition where over 400 colleges competed, Tansky’s team finished in the top seven of the United States nine times. They took first place in Anaheim, California and second place three other times

   During his career he has won numerous awards and accolades which include 1971 Outstanding Educator of America and 1982 Distinguished College Faculty Award.

   Throughout his career, Robert Tansky has kept good relations with his students as well as his peers.

   “He is a teacher’s teacher,” Dr. Tom Mooney said. “Bob is dedicated to his students, his profession as well as the community. His work ethic is exemplary and has perfected the Socratic method of teaching.”

Putting on the Ritz

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

   Taking a trip abroad isn’t necessary to experience an “Evening in Paris.” All one needs to do is attend Studio 1219’s Black and White Gala; “An Evening in Paris” Sat. Feb. 27 in Port Huron.

     Studio 1219’s website states they are the largest public art venue in the thumb area. 1219 hosts a variety of activities such as art classes, “girl’s night out “and birthday party packages.

   Their ability to host an event like the Black and White Gala is an easily met challenge for Executive Director, Lee Perry.

   This event invites guests to come dressed in their finest black and white attire.

   Included in the 35 dollar per person fee is an evening of music, dancing, food and wine.

   Available during the fundraising activities are, “Drawings for Dollars” and silent and live auctions as well as the opportunity to have your picture taken in Paris. Further information can be obtained by calling 810-984-2787.

EMT Class

Patricia Kenner
Staff Writer

   In 2009, SC4’s Work Force Training Institute added the emergency medical technician program. This semester is the third time the class has been offered.

   The course is a 254 hour, Michigan certified program that focuses on emergency services. The class covers everything from how to handle a crime scene to how important it is to de-stress one’s self from the job.

   The class is fully equipped with all the equipment used by professionals. There is even a CPR mannequin that can hold fake vomit in the stomach, so students know what it is like to have someone throw up when giving CPR.
    This program started because in order to become a firefighter, one has to have EMT training. Before SC4 offered these classes, fire fighter students had no choice but to go off campus to get trained.

   At least half of the students enrolled in the EMT class are either in the fire fighter program or are looking to get enrolled in the program.
    When it came to choosing the instructors Kevin Powers, Fire Program Facilitator, and Madison Heights, fire fighter, chose the best of the best. Powers stated, “Altogether the instructors have an average of 10 years teaching experience and 17 years in field experience.”

   Another reason why Powers chose the instructors he did was for the students’ benefits. Before SC4 offered this program, students had a low success rate on the National Registry EMT exam.    

   Now with the class being offered, the instructors are making sure they can help the students as much as possible to pass the exam. Instructors are even willing to give out their e-mails, personal phone numbers, and help facilitate study groups.
     There has been positive feedback from both the students and the administration. Powers said, “Students really enjoy the class. It is a hard program, but it is very rewarding and the students like the challenge.” 

   The administration realizes now that there was a need for this program. Starting in the fall of 2010, SC4 is offering a paramedic program. That program is going to be about 1,000 contact hours between the class room and clinic.

A Weekend in the Soo

Garrett Gavin

Staff Writer

   As you can imagine, February in the Upper Peninsula can get pretty bitter.

   However, the locals seem to embrace this time of the year as this weather gives them the opportunity to enjoy winter sports such as ice fishing and snowmobile races.

   “We love this time of the year,” said Lake Superior State University sophomore Dane Henderson. “It gives us a chance to get out here on the river and catch a few fish.”

   Most of the fishermen were catching whitefish, with a good amount of success, too.

   “We’ve caught about 80 of them for the winter,” Henderson added, referring to him and his two friends he was with. “That’s a pretty good number. Even though I caught about 60 of them.”

   Another event that was going on was the 42nd annual International 500, one of the largest snowmobile races in the world.

   The event was won by racer Jeff Leunberger for the second consecutive year. This was the first time in the history of the race that an Arctic Cat snowmobile had taken the checkered flag.

   In addition to the race, there was also a freestyle event that the spectators could enjoy. “This is a really great place to bring the family,” said Erin Stevens of Newberry. “There’s something that everybody can enjoy.”

   One of the attendees of the event was Rick Snyder, who recently kicked off his campaign for the Michigan Gubernatorial election later this year.

   Snyder arrived in a customized motor home covered in signatures of thousands of supporters and was more than happy to supply markers to anyone else interested in signing.

   The night life is also something that people may be surprised by, with an array of clubs and bars for people to visit. 

   “It’s not as remote as people might think,” said Julie Barnes, a senior at LSSU. “We have a lot of fun up here.”

   If you are looking for a fun weekend where you can experience something different from your ordinary life, Sault Ste. Marie is a great place to do that. Just bring your boots.

Brain Trust

Brian Johnston

Editor in Chief

   Zombies swarmed through Port Huron in October 2009. This semester, somebody is here to deal with the problem.

   The Zombie Defense Council, founded by SC4 students Cody Tyler Kimball and Victor Uhlman, is the new club on campus. Advised by adjunct instructor Robert Kroll, the club’s goal is to protect SC4 from shambling undead hordes.

   “Vic [Uhlman] was the one who actually pushed me to do this,” said Kimball, who acts as “Prime Minister” of the club. “He wanted a reason to continue going here next year.”

   Adviser Robert Kroll said he became the club’s adviser because, “if we’re going to survive a zombie apocalypse, we’re going to need a place of education. If there’s one place of education I wish to save, it’s SC4.”

   The group has currently been granted “probationary” status as a new club, meaning they will attend all-club meetings along with the Student Government, Drama Club, and the Global Awareness Club.

   According to the club’s charter, it has ties to several SC4 classes, including Intro to Anthropology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Human Resources Management and Hazardous Materials.

   Planned activities include a screening of George Romero’s classic “Night of the Living Dead,” a “Zombies versus Humans” paintball or airsoft outing, and zombie board game meetings.

   Further down the road, the group is considering making a zombie movie or a zombie Christmas album, as well as charity events.

   Those interested in joining the meeting should email sc4zdc@gmail.com.

   “We all share a common interest in promoting the welfare of humanity,” said Kimball.

   “Which could involve Ghostbusting,” added Kroll.

   Kimball added ghosts, zombies, and the living dead in general are all “sort of friends,” and the group would actively protect SC4’s campus from all non-living threats.

   “As long as they don’t sparkle,” said Kroll.

Lights, Camera, Skippers

Thomas Pregano

 Business/Advertising Manager

   The Skippers weren’t the only ones heating it up on the hardwood Wednesday night Feb. 10 against Alpena.

   The advanced television class along with adjunct professor and station manager of CPHS 6 (Port Huron Schools) Ed Senyk filmed the first televised basketball games ever at SC4. They will air on CPHS 6 Comcast channel six in about a week or two from Feb. 10.

    Senyk said, “It went really well, and we plan to shoot baseball and softball games.”

    Athletic director and men’s golf and basketball coach Dale Vos said, “I have not had a chance to view the production, but I thought it went well on our end.”

    Vos said, “The students and Mr. Senyk were great to work with. My only concern is finding a better place for the cameras as the one in the middle blocks; they are some of the best seats in the house.”

   According to Senyk the project began with him and Erie Square Gazette adviser and English professor, John Lusk, always talking about the possibility of doing a remote from a basketball game.

   The advanced television class meets at the SC4 campus in the television studio and runs every Tuesday from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m.

  The class is designed for the students to know how to direct, set up, and shoot cameras, according to Senyk.

 The class and crew are made up of: Emily Desmet, a freshman from Algonac majoring in communication; Cecilia Gagilo from St. Clair Twp.; Justin Jahn, a major in television and film from Goodells; Mike Romero, sophomore television production major from Marine City and Sean Wendt from Capac.

   All took turns running the three cameras and doing their part in the control room. Desmet was the voice of the event, announcing both games and making history of it.

   According to Desmet, she was really comfortable announcing the games. Sean Wendt and the rest of the class all felt it went well.

   It was a win-win for SC4 on the night of Feb. 10. The ladies and gents’ teams came out victorious. And they won’t be the only ones watching the game film.

Sade’s Soldier Marches Forth

Robert Kroll

Guest Writer

   After nearly a decade without an album or tour, Sade has marched back into pop music with Soldier of Love.

   Starting with “The Moon and the Sky,” guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman plays a mournful yet uplifting acoustic guitar lick as singer Sade Adu laments, “You lay me down and left me for dead/a long, long time ago/You left me there dying/But I’ll never let you go.”

   Sade sings of remorse but not defeat.

   One of the most intriguing tracks on the album is “Babyfather.” Tackling a reggae sound, Sade sings about the stress of a father leaving their child.

   Proving that children will be resilient and vulnerable as their father figure is gone, Sade sings gently to soothe the stress of this void.

   The song is also a family affair, as Sade’s daughter and Matthewman’s son sing the repeated line “Your daddy love come with a lifetime guarantee.”

   The strongest track on the album is the first single and title track “Soldier of Love.”

   Over a sparse snare drum beat with minimal accompaniment by keyboard and guitar, Sade is the “soldier,” proclaiming, “I’m in the front line of this battle of mine/But I’m still alive.”

   Employing extensive distorted electric guitar for the first time in their history, Matthewman plays piercing guitar licks more reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine than by the band that made “Smooth Operator.”

   Sonic experimentation aside, Sade stuck with their established “sound” without staying too much in their comfort zone.

   “In Another Time” features Matthewman switching back to saxophone from the guitar, breathing sax licks to assuage the love-lorn.

   Simultaneously moving forward with new sounds and keeping with their traditional tales of love and loss, Sade’s first album since 2000’s “Lover’s Rock” has been well w

Ice Ice Baby

Jessica Meneghin

Staff Writer

   The dead of winter is an icy time in St. Clair County. From the glacial build-up on

Lake Huron to the thick sheets covering the Black and St. Clair Rivers, locals have ice on all sides.

   And yet, how much thought is really given the frozen element surrounding us?

   At Knowlton’s Ice Museum of North America, the answer is: a whole lot.

   The history of ice harvesting has very close ties to the Great Lakes, and even though the industry is mechanized today, Knowlton’s makes a unique effort to keep memories of the “iceman” days alive.

   Knowlton’s Ice Museum, located at 317 Grand River Ave., not only features a collection of ice industry memorabilia spanning at least 30 years, but also provides their guests an original crash-course in the history of ice.

   Judy Knowlton, who runs the museum “pretty much alone these days,” is a treasure trove of information all by herself.

   As the daughter of Norman F. “Mickey” Knowlton, founder of Party Time Ice, Judy is full of cold, hard facts about the ice business and its history.

   For instance: Did you know that ice, at one point, was one of the 10 largest industries in the U.S.? Or that there was a time when Port Huron had over 30 operating ice companies?

   Judy Knowlton nurses a lifelong sentiment for the ice industry, and she has reserves of these kinds of facts just waiting to be accessed.

   “We‘re one of the only museums dedicated to the natural history of harvesting ice” is one of the first things Judy tells her patrons.

   Before she begins an official tour, Judy leads visitors through the middle of the museum passed rainbow walls of antique ice tongs, saws, chippers and crushers to a small film-screening area, where everyone is treated to a 15 minute educational video called “The History of Ice Harvesting.”

   “The History of Ice Harvesting” was made about three years ago and features Norman F. Knowlton, himself.

   Pride for St. Clair County shines through the film’s every minute, and accordingly, it begins and ends the story of ice on the shores of Lake Huron.

   According to film (later verified by Judy), in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, farmers would chop out and drag back to their barns large chunks of ice. They covered it with a little dirt and straw, and it would last through spring and summer.

   As of 1790, the film said the farmers and the flush were the only people indulging in the luxury that was provided by storing ice. But a crazy business venture by a Bostonian merchant named Frederic Tudor would soon change that.

   After a trip to the Caribbean, Tudor thought that he could make a fortune exporting ice from the lakes and ponds of his home state, Massachusetts, to Havana.

   In 1806, The Tudor Ice Company successfully transported an 80-ton load of ice from Boston to Martinique.

   And so the international ice trade began.

   The 1807 Jeffersonian Embargo would cause the business’s rise to be slow, but it gained speed, seeing more success around 1817-1818. And soon delivering ice from northern states to warmer southern climates became the norm.

   In 1833, ice was shipped from Massachusetts to India. 

   By the 1840’s ice was regularly being sent all over the world.

   Here in the U.S., methods of ice harvesting had to improve to keep up with the explosion in the industry. And improve they did, when an American inventor named Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth attached a metal saw to a horse and called it the “ice plow.”

   According to “The History of Ice Harvesting,” crews of ice-cutters would scrape the ice clean of snow, and use the ice plow to mark the ice into a grid of identical 300-lb blocks. The blocks were then floated out and raised by ramps into ice houses for storing.

   Most ice houses could store up to 10,000 tons of ice. It would take about two weeks to fill an ice house, and they used sawdust as an insulator, keeping the ice cold and fresh.

   Judy reported that many ice houses still pepper the shores of northern lakes and rivers today.

   In 1861, the ice industry took another leap with the invention of the icebox.

   Improved technology for harvesting and storage equaled cheaper, more efficient production. Because of this, the United States became the first country to have refrigeration become commonplace.

   By the turn of the century ice was a hot commodity with Americans consuming more than two million tons of ice each year, and the iceman was a familiar sight on the streets of town.

   Every week when the ice wagon made its rounds, housewives all over America were posting in their front windows the amount of ice they required: 25, 50, 75 or 100 pounds.

   On sweltering summer days, children gathered in the street around the iceman’s truck hoping for handouts of ice slivers.

   Refrigeration completely transformed the American diet; before that the only options for food preservation were salting, smoking, spicing or pickling.

   At this time, companies such as the Lakeside Ice Co., Port Huron Ice, Canal Ice, the Purity Ice Co., and many others littered the Port Huron area.

   Judy Knowlton’s eyes become as wide as saucers when she talks about the huge ice houses that sprung up along the Black River and Lake Huron and how the railroad had to get involved to help service the overwhelming demand.

   Unfortunately, even every great era must someday see its end.

   As the populations of big, northern cities like Detroit grew, the waters became polluted.

   The Downriver News Herald reported the Detroit River getting so bad that consuming ice from it meant risking developing Typhoid fever.

   The industry started to start looking even further north; to cleaner waters and colder winters.

   But it was with the 1913 invention of the Domelre, which stood for domestic electric refrigerator, that the ice industry took its final blow and ice companies all over the country shuttered to a close including the many here in Port Huron.

   Today, ice is not harvested; it’s manufactured by big machines at about 800 pounds per day.

   Twenty-first century refrigerators, with their freezers and newfangled ice-makers, conveniently provide people with the ice they need for the home but there is still a demand for commercially-made ice.

   It’s produced using one of several different modern processes. Then it’s bagged and shipped to warehouses, bars, party stores and restaurants everywhere.

   In 2004 the Knowlton family sold Party Time Ice to a national conglomerate, Arctic Glacier Premium Ice. But even though Arctic Glacier is the sole ice company in Port Huron these days, the Knowltons still work hard to ensure industry’s history here is not forgotten.