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Lady Skippers: Playoff bound

Garrett Gavin

Staff Writer

The SC4 women’s basketball team has enjoyed a great deal of success this season, finishing the regular season with a 20-7 record and the number two seed in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association East District Tournament.

When asked why she felt they have played so well, Coach Carrie Lohr pointed to team chemistry as one of the most important elements.

“This team has really jelled together from the first day I brought them all together on campus in late August,” Lohr said. “They have been willing to push one another and support one another through the peaks and valleys of the season.”

The Lady Skippers have had some very impressive wins this year, but Lohr believes that the best game they have played this year actually came in a losing effort.

“Honestly, one of the best games we played this season was a loss to Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI,” said Lohr. “We played rock solid, everyone. We lost by four points and Schoolcraft has consistently been a nationally ranked powerhouse all season and have spent a majority of the time ranked number one nationally.”

The district playoff will be held March 5 to 7 at Owens Community College in Owens, Ohio, with the winner advancing to the National Championship tournament.

SC4 will face Delta College on March 5 at 3 p.m., a team they have defeated twice so far this season.  As with any team going into the playoffs, the Skippers know they will have to play even better if they want to advance.

“Our focus is on defensive intensity,” Lohr said. “We must play for the full 40 minutes. We are a better team when we do just that. At this point in the play-off, we are facing a higher seed tonight in Schoolcraft College. The reminder here is we are the underdog. We have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. We need to go for it.”

Where there’s smoke, there’s litter

Brian Johnston

Editor in Chief

   As an editor for the Gazette, I spend a lot of time on campus. On a given weekday, I probably spend more of my waking time here than at my actual residence.

   It can be said I consider SC4 my “home away from home.” As such, I have a lot of pride in this institution. There’s only one problem: the litter has to stop.

   On a given day, our parking lot is a menagerie of fast food wrappers, empty sports drink bottles, coffee cups and other detritus.

   And then there are the cigarette butts. They’ve swarmed onto our campus like carcinogenic locusts, laying claim to the asphalt. In some buildings, it seems to be a game to see how many discarded cigarettes people can fit between the bricks.

   In the course of polling students to seek out news leads, a majority mentioned the litter situation.  This was often followed by the vague assertion, “somebody should do something.”

   SC4’s administration is doing something. In a recent Board of Trustees meeting, the board voted to change the designated smoking areas on campus. From now on, smoking areas are at least 20 feet away from entrances and exits, in order to mitigate non-smokers having to walk through second-hand smoke.

   And here’s the part where smokers should take note: if students continue smoking wherever they please, and the cigarette butt issue continues, SC4 will “move toward being a smoke-free campus,” according to President Pollock.

   In simpler language, if you keep throwing your cigarettes all over the place, you won’t be able to smoke here at all.

   Most of the time, nobody seems to like it very much when a college administration sets up new rules. We complain, throw around words like “draconian,” and generally resist the change.

   I can’t do that in this case. The administration has my full support in this endeavor, and I’ll personally do whatever I can to help.

   Waste baskets and ash trays are neither rare nor difficult to use. As the Gazette’s photo editor Twana Pinskey put it, “your mother isn’t here to clean up after you.”


Photo by Aaron Tomlinson; Two students talk with Zombie Defense Council members, left to right: Jeremy Case; Nigel Elliot; Cody Kimball.
Photo by Aaron Tomlinson; Two students talk with Zombie Defense Council members, left to right: Jeremy Case; Nigel Elliott; Cody Kimball.

Aaron Tomlinson

Copy Editor

   During the week of Feb 22, SC4 students in the cafeteria were greeted by representatives from different college clubs.

   Club Awareness Week had clubs on the search for new and interested students. From Phi Theta Kappa, to the Drama Club, to even the new Zombie Defense Council; clubs were prepared to advertise their interests before students.

   “Club Awareness Week is an opportunity for clubs to advertise what they are about to students,” Student Government secretary Paul Prax, said. “It is more of giving the students an option to join instead of recruiting.”

   Each day had a designated two or three clubs around lunchtime to show off what their club was about. Not only was it a benefit for unsure students to join, but also an opportunity for newer clubs to reveal themselves officially to the public.

   Two new clubs on campus are the Gay Straight Alliance and the Zombie Defense Council. Both clubs plan to launch themselves into the melting pot of student-campus interaction.

   “Our goal for the year, aside from fortifying our defenses against the impending zombie apocalypse, is to have students gather and speak freely about zombie concerns,” said Bob Kroll, faculty adviser for the Zombie Defense Council.

   The Zombie Defense Council plans on having a screening of “Night of the Living Dead,” as well as filming their own movies.

   The Gay Straight Alliance also intends for the students to become aware of who they are.

   “We are trying to bring out gay awareness,” said Sean Lathrop, treasurer of the Gay Straight Alliance. “We want to inform students of events that focus on the gay community. We aren’t the gay club; we encourage any student to join, whether gay or straight.”

   The Gay Straight Alliance plans on hosting a ping pong tournament on campus, as well as theatrical shows in the future.

   While the newer clubs are taking a leap into the pool, many clubs are already swimming.

   “The Student Government acts as the formal spokesperson for the college students,” said Dan Wiley, Student Government President. “We have many activities throughout the year like stress breakers, raffle drawings, candy giveaways and we are always interested in newer ideas.”

   The cafeteria filled with relieved students on break could sense the lyrics of Yung Joc through the club members’ mouths: “Meet me in the club, it’s goin’ down. Anywhere you meet me guaranteed to go down.”

Ralphie May to visit McMorran

Breigh Edmondson

Staff Writer

   Comedian Ralphie May will be visiting McMorran Arena, March 10.

   Winner of the former NBC show “Last Comic Standing,” Arkansas native May has since been a regular on Comedy Central, and has been on various talk shows.

   According to McMorran Arena’s website, all tickets for May’s show are $29.50.

   Known for his combination of comedy, hip-hop and topical themes, May will surely crack up the arena.

   Since his win on “Last Comic Standing” May released his first comedic DVD in 2004, “Just Correct.” According to his official website, the DVD went platinum. In 2006, he released another comedic DVD, “Girth of a Nation.”

   May has opened up for comedians such as Sam Kinison, whom he said in his biography, was a dream of his to open up for Kinison.

   May will perform his comedic show at 7:30 p.m. on March 10.

   To find out how to get tickets to see Ralphie May, visit www.mcmorran.com, or call (810) 985-6166, and visit the box-office.

Quiero tacos

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

   Children helping others were at the heart of the annual “Speed the Light” banquet at the Marysville Assembly of God Church Sunday, Feb. 28.

   Children of the “Youth Awakening” program spent the evening taking food orders, delivering beverages and appetizers such as nachos. Guests dined on tacos and a variety of deserts.

   Volunteer Amber Warner, 16, of Port Huron, spent the evening face painting guests for donations. “I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. It’s a lot of fun.”

   Jeff Coulter of Port Huron has attended this annual event for the past few years. Coulter, a SC4 student, is leader of SC4’s “Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

   An anonymous donation to strolling minstrels resulted in Coulter being serenaded by the minstrels at the banquet. “This is great to see. I’ve volunteered in the kitchen the past two years,” replied Coulter.

    Marysville Assembly of God youth pastor, Jeff Turner, explained that their church has participated in this event for 20 years. Turner has been youth pastor for seven years. The annual banquet, hosted by the church’s youth, exceeded their fundraising goal last year.

   “Last year, our goal was to raise $2000 and we raised $6000,” replied Turner. According to Turner, this year’s goal was to match or exceed $6000. Monies raised from this year’s banquet, currently stand at $3500.

     According to the “National Youth Ministries” website, “Speed the Light” is a student initiated charitable program, founded in 1944, that uses monies raised to provide much needed equipment to missionaries in the United States and over 180 countries around the world.

   Information on the “Speed of Light” program and how you can donate can be obtained by calling 810-364-6164.

Skippers down Oakland

Donald Lierman          

Sports Editor

   Not in our house. The week before Oakland handled the Skippers easily to split the league series. The return match for the opening MCCAA tournament game was a much different story. 

   The SC4 Lady Skippers downed the Oakland Raiders, 66-55 on February 24 to avenge last week’s 15 point defeat.

   The first half was a tale of tenacious Lady Skippers’ defense followed by an icy touch at the other end of the court.

   “I have never been associated with a team that had five defensive stops due to shot clock violations,” SC4 Coach Carrie Lohr said. “We had five in the first half then went cold on the offensive side. You can’t fault our players from trying to get some quick shots in.”

   SC4’s biggest lead was four as the half ended with the Lady Skippers in front 24-20.

   The second half was wider open from both a scoring and physical perspective. The Lady Skippers took advantage of their fast break speed to surge to leads as much as 18 in the second half. Oakland battled back to cut the lead to 62-55 on a series of three pointers.

   SC4’s Chanahl Putnum nailed five points and SC4’s Jessica Stevenson shot four clutch free throws in the final minutes to seal the victory. Oakland play became more physical as the time melted away.

   “I was a little disappointed in the Oakland play as the game ended,” Lohr said. “I think their frustration got the best of them. That was unexpected in a team of that stature.”

   SC4 players were satisfied with the result.

   “Our entire team including our bench worked together,” SC4’s Jessica Stevenson said.  “We were a family out there and that’s what we needed to win the game.”

   Stevenson’s 21 points would lead the Lady Skippers. Lady Skippers’ Jackie Highstreet added 18 points and a team-leading twelve rebounds.

   “Our team did a great job in keeping our composure at the end,” SC4’s Megan Johnson said. “We were gunning for them after last week’s game and we were ready for them.”

   The Lady Skippers face number one in the nation Schoolcraft Friday for the MCCAA Eastern Conference title.

   “I think that Schoolcraft is not too worried about us,” Lohr said. “But I’m excited by our play tonight. If we can bring that emotion to Friday’s game I think we will be competitive.”

Icehawks chopped by Lumberjacks

Donald Lierman          

Sports Editor

   Tuesday was one of those nights where the Hawks soared early. However, Muskegon deflected Port Huron’s claws just long enough to grab momentum.

   Two crucial plays not only gave the Lumberjacks the lead but stymied the Hawks’ fury.

   Muskegon downed Port Huron, 6-2, on Tuesday, February 23 at McMorran Arena.

   “The difference of the game was two minutes,” Port Huron’s Coach Stan Drulia said. “The first shift of the second period we have total possession and they score a third goal.

   “Then there was the kicked in goal at the end of the second. The kick was plain as day. That cannot count. I don’t know what the referee was thinking … what he was looking at.”

   Icehawks’ Ian Turner was also amazed at the call.

   “That puck was kicked in,” Turner said. “I think the referee was the only one in the whole building that missed it. It’s frustrating. There’s nothing we could have done to win that game.”

   The Lumberjacks scored early on a first minute goal.

   “The shot hit Lovie’s (Jamie Lovell) stick and changed direction,” Drulia said. “The shot was from 20 feet out. Larry (Sterling) was positioned for one angle and the puck changed direction.

   “I thought we dominated the first period,” Drulia continued. “We could have had a dozen tonight. I thought it could have been 5-1 for us after one.”

   Muskegon added a second goal before the end of the first period. Port Huron did not score on 15 shots while the Lumberjacks scored two on only ten attempts.

   The puck bounced Muskegon’s way throughout the first ten minutes of the second period, notching three more goals for a 5-0 lead. With ten minutes left in the second Port Huron goalie Adam Russo replaced Larry Sterling in net.

   After surrendering another goal, Port Huron finally tallied on the score board with two minutes left in the second period. The Hawks added one more in the third but it was too little, too late. 

   “As smart as we played most of the time,” Drulia said. “We gave up the possession of the puck three times for three goals. You’re not going to win games like that.”

   Unlike some recent defeats, heads were held high in the dressing room. Turner felt it just wasn’t the Hawks’ night.

   “We played well,” he said. “It’s not the result you want to see but we just have to come out and play better the next game.”

   The Muskegon Lumberjacks return to McMorran to battle the Hawks on both Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6. Game time for both matches is 7:30 p.m. For further Icehawks information, visit  www.porthuronicehawks.com.

SC4 is Well Endowed

Raymond Robinson

Managing Editor

   SC4 will use a $10,000 National Endowment for the arts grant to bring award-winning writers Beth Ann Fenelly and Tom Franklin to Campus in April.

   They will both be part of a “Patterns” recognition ceremony, reception, guest author readings and provide students with writing advice. This will take place from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 25 in the Fine Arts Theatre and College Center Atrium.

   Fenelly an associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi in Oxford has published four books of poetry and nonfiction including “Unmentionables” as well as having poems published in well over 40 anthologies.

   Franklin a writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi is an author of three books and his fourth “Crooked Letter Crooked Letter” is due out in September, some of his novel excerpts and stories have appeared in more than 40 publications.

   Fenelly and Franklin are married and live in Mississippi.

   According to a press release from executive director of public relations, marketing and legislative affairs Shawn Starkey, the grant money will also be used to benefit SC4’s “Patterns” publication which showcases the best in student work.

   The publication has the distinction of being the longest running community college literary and arts magazine in Michigan. This year will mark the 52 edition of Patterns.

   This is the second time SC4 has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts grant. SC4 received the grant back in 2008, being awarded $10,000 which was used to bring in guest authors and help with the publication of the 50 anniversary edition of “Patterns.”

   This year’s grant is thanks in part to a collaboration between James Frank professor of English and French, and Shelly Simmons Senior Accountant.