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Bend it like Beckham

Aaron Tomlinson

Copy Editor

A new chapter in SC4 sports opens this spring. Women’s soccer has finally arrived in the form of a club formed by SC4 students.

Chelsea Borkovich, freshman of Fort Gratiot, is the creator of the 15-player club.

“SC4 hasn’t had soccer at all, but I could see the interest,” Borkovich said. “I knew plenty of girls that wanted to play the game.”

While soccer has seen many “ups” across the globe, it has seen more “downs” in the States.

In a race for popularity against sports like football, baseball and even NASCAR, soccer looks like it has a ways to go before reaching popularity.

For now the sport has somewhat reached the campus of SC4. So far the club has been limited to just practices at the SC4 gym, but according to Borkovich they hope to start games by April.

“We plan on playing other community colleges that have clubs and teams,” said Borkovich. “Maybe even scrimmages against each other once we get enough members.”

The club officially started this spring. But the concept has been sitting since August when Borkovich approached Dale Vos, the club adviser and Athletic Director of SC4.

“I can see this sport possibly becoming an athletic program at SC4, but for now it is a club,” Vos said. “It is an unbelievably undertaking to get that many people interested and ready for games, so we will see how things go.”

There may be questions about whether or not a women’s soccer club can have the same impact that current athletic programs are having.

Success is what SC4 athletics has experienced in recent times.

The volleyball team winning the MCCAA Eastern Conference; the men’s basketball team winning the MCCAA Eastern Conference tournament and going to the Nationals for the first time in school history; and the women’s basketball team finishing second in the MCCAA Eastern Conference.

Maybe that success will cascade onto the pitch this spring, brightening people’s optimism about the first sport known as football.

Student Government positions, up for grabs

The Student Government seat held by sophomore Dan Wiley will be open for election on April 7 and 8.
Photo by Brian Johnston; The Student Government seat held by sophomore Dan Wiley will be open for election on April 7 and 8.

Cody Kimball


You could be the next President of Student Government! Sound interesting? Petitions are available until in the Enrollment Services Office until March 26, when they are due back to Carrie Bearss by 4:30 p.m. To become a candidate, petitions must be signed by a minimum of 40 currently enrolled students.

The elections are scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, and Thursday, April 8 in the College Center Cafe’. Every SC4 student is able to vote, and run for office if they meet certain criteria.

To be a candidate for Student Government office, you must be enrolled for at least nine credit hours and have a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

“If you don’t have a 2.0 grade point average you have bigger problems than losing an election,” Dan Wiley, the current Student Government President joked.

Potentially, Wiley will be among the current Student Government officers that will not be running for re-election. Chuck King, the current Vice President, is running for next year’s Presidency, and may be the only current officer that will return next year.

King is among those petitioning for candidacy, and he says he knows of at least three others who are running for election.

“The most important thing is the voting dates,” said King, denoting the importance of student participation in the election process. Campaigning will begin on March 29, when students will be allowed to hang campaign signs around campus.

Student Government is a group that acts as the voice of the student body, in which every student can participate, that also helps coordinate student activities and events on campus.

Every position will be available, and officers will serve one-year terms, starting with spring semester and ending at the finish of winter semester, and officers are required to continue to maintain a 2.0 grade point average in at least nine credit hours to be remain in office.

The voting will take place on April 7 and April 8, from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. till 6 p.m., in the College Center Cafe’. Voters must show identification.

For more information contact Carrie Bearss at 989-5501 or the Student Government office at 989-5737.

Yeah, Babeeee!!

Hail to the victors; SC4 celebrates MCCAA Eastern Conference Tournament Championship.
Hail to the victors; SC4 celebrates MCCAA Eastern Conference Tournament Championship. Photo by Donald Lierman

Donald Lierman

Sports Editor

March Madness finally arrives. Let the banners be unfurled.

For the first time in school history, Saint Clair County Community College will progress to the nation junior college championships.

The Skippers defeated the Henry Ford Hawks, 83-78, at Mott Community College on Saturday, March 6 in their third consecutive tournament victory.

“Our team kept together and kept battling,” SC4 Coach Dale Vos said. “We may have led down the stretch but we trailed a lot of different times during the game. After leading 80-71, we find ourselves down 80-78. Yet, we found a way.”

The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the game. With minutes remaining, the Hawks sparked a seven point run to cut the Skippers lead to two. SC4’s Kieon Arkwright dropped three of four free throws to put the game out of reach in the final minute.

“After they cut the lead to two,” Vos said, “Kieon grabbed a big rebound. We then grabbed one, lost it, and Kieon pulled it away. Then Marquis Lee grabbed another big one, all in the last minute.

“These are small guys by basketball standards. They just went up and seized the initiative.”

Arkwright was named tournament Most Valuable Player. Eric Mack, Jr. was named to the All-Tournament team.

“I couldn’t have been MVP without the help of my teammates,” Arkwright said. “This is more than an MVP, it’s a team award.”

On his last minutes heroics, Arkwright added, “I knew if we wanted to get to the nationals, I needed to make the extra effort to bring the guys home. I wanted to come through for them.”

Vos, who has been named All-Tournament as well as MCCAA Eastern Conference Coach of the Year, acknowledged the team had to overcome a lack of team height if not heart.

“At one of our last pre-season meetings,” Vos said, “I told the guys that unless the next coming of Shaquille O’Neal walks into the room, this is your team. We’re not very big so you are going to have to overcome that. So start thinking right now how much effort that will take.”

Arkwright led the Skippers with 26 points and six rebounds. Marquis Lee added 18 points and  Mack, Jr. 16 points in the Skippers’ victory.

The road to the championship began the prior Tuesday with an 84-75 victory over the Kirtland Firebirds.

To get to the finals, SC4 defeated the Oakland Raiders, 78-73. Despite leading by 13 at the half, the Skippers were forced to scramble to pull out the win. Mack led the scoring with 20 points while Arkwright added 14.

“With four or five minutes left I thought we’re going to lose this one because we can’t make any free throws,” Vos said. “I am proud of our kids for the way they answered their runs and closed the game out.

“Give Oakland credit. They made adjustments and came out in the second half and jammed the ball inside. We weren’t able to do a good job of stopping that. We let them tie it but I don’t believe we let them take the lead.”

To set up the championship, Henry Ford defeated last year’s National Championship team, the hometown Mott Bears, by one point. Mott had the Skippers’ number this year with two defeats over SC4. Some say fate is unstoppable. Sometimes you’re just in the zone.

SC4 to Host Mock Trial

Patrick Sullivan

Staff Writer

Soon, on the SC4 campus, in front of numerous students, an alleged rape will be prosecuted. The crime is fiction, of course, and the lawyers, judge, and jury will be acting.

The mock trial will “raise awareness of sexual assault,” according to Student Government President Dan Wiley, but some students aren’t so sure.

“It’s a bad way to raise awareness of sexual assault,” said student Adam VanBlaricum. “But a good way to raise awareness of its consequences.”

“It sounds like a play,” adds Victoria Knowles, who doesn’t understand how it could raise awareness of rape.

The trial will take place on Tuesday, April 20 between 3:15 and 6:15 p.m. It will take place in the Fine Arts building theater, and attendance will be open to all students, free of charge.

The lawyers will argue their case before the jury deliberate on-stage and finally give a verdict. Both lawyers and judge are local representatives of their respective professions.

The 12 jury members, on the other hand, will be volunteers from the student body, and represent active clubs on campus.

Valleys Climbs Mountains

“Valleys of Neptune” © Sony Music Entertainment
“Valleys of Neptune” © Sony Music Entertainment

Raymond Robinson

Managing Editor

To have the ability to say an artist is still able to please their fan base after being dead for over 40 years is amazing.

Jimi Hendrix’s “Valley’s of Neptune” brings from the vault a stellar package of songs, some alternate versions of old favorites & others never before commercially available.

The title track is maybe the most surprising of the entire group fusing all of the elements that Jimi has become so universally known for such as combining his unique blend of cords with styles of blues, jazz and rock.

“Valleys of Neptune” succeeds in showing that Hendrix hadn’t yet hit his creative peak at the time of his death and makes one wonder what surprises were left in this god of rock.

One gem on “Valleys of Neptune” is Jimi’s interpretation of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.”

Most often when musicians cover other artists music you hear most of the same melody but, with Jimi’s interpretation he takes the Eric Clapton riff to a different place entirely as well as making it mostly instrumental which brings a new atmosphere to the well known classic.

Depending on where you purchase “Valley’s of Neptune” you can either get a shirt with the album cover artwork on it, or you can get two more tracks, so it’s up to the purchaser.

Jimi Hendrix is one of music’s iconic legends who continue to be cited as influences for many of today’s guitarists and this album succeeds in showing why this is true.

“Valleys of Neptune” would be a good addition to any music fans library and might over time become as relevant as his other iconic releases.

It can be summed up by saying that even if your star burns out, you will never truly fade away.

O. D. ‘s Rant 57-12

Donald Lierman

Sports Editor

The SC4 men’s basketball team not only made college history this year by making it to the national tournament but performed not too shabbily there either.

The Skippers dropped their first game at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville, Illinois to Lewis & Clark College (IL) by a score of 78-70.

They won their next two games against Bismarck State College (ND), 93-87, and Monroe CC (NY), 83-67. Finally, on Saturday, March 20, they were downed by Pima (AZ), 59-52.

“We were very disappointed when we lost the opener to Lewis and Clark,” Coach Dale Vos said.  “However, as has been the case with this team all year, we got up and went to work and still finished eighth in the nation, no small feat.

“I just love the work ethic, togetherness, teamwork and defensive intensity of this team. I also love the leadership and love for each other that this team displayed all year.

“What a great ride they gave me and the rest of the coaching staff.”

O.D. say conceptualize ‘dis, please. As a community college, SC4 has two year turnover.  Coach Vos and his staff have two years to mold a team for basically one run per group of players.  Add to that a scholarship difference and boom, was ‘dis not amazing?

Congratulations to all involved. The college should honor these student athletes for their achievements. Be proud. Be a Skipper!

All I can say is ha ha ha, University of North Carolina. Your arrogance, after last year’s victory over MSU, reaped just deserts. Who cares if you win the NIT? You’re a classless organization who didn’t make the Big Dance after winning the year before. Come on. Brag about how great your team is now, coach.

My Wings. First, you knock off Calgary in Calgary with less than two minutes to go. Then, on to Edmonton to tie the game with .5 seconds left. Saturday, you win in overtime in Vancouver with .3 seconds remaining in overtime.

Despite all the injuries, the Red Wings have battled back to make a run for the Cup again.  Forget the Miracle Mets. With the injury (knock on wood) curse fading and those players hitting mid-season form now, look forward to some fun when the playoffs begin.

I cannot get over the negativity towards the Detroit Lions looking at Adam “Pacman” Jones as a potential free agent. Hey, you forgive Michael “I am so tough I torture and murder dogs” Vick.

At least Jones is man enough to whomp on his fellow humans. Give me a mean Jones over a cowardly Vick any day of the week.

1.5 million dollars, no doubt someone in the league would pay Judas Iscariot the same if he could throw a football. Of course, it was Philadelphia who signed Vick.

Laughter really proves to be ‘best medicine’

Kayla Dimick

Staff Writer

“Ha ha ha ha!” was the sound resonating out of North Building room 107.

The “Health Benefits of Laughter” seminar was held Tuesday afternoon for SC4 students and staff alike. The SC4 Wellness Committee sponsored the free event.

Heading the event was Michigan Education Special Services Assocation (MESSA) health promotion consultant Mona Tropf.

Tropf started her career as a nurse, and has continued her profession for 18 years. She has been traveling around to different schools around the area for 5 years teaching about stress management, the science of weight loss and obesity, as well as the health benefits of laughter.

One thing Tropf made clear: the seminar would not be a lecture. The event was formatted like a workshop, with lots of interaction between Tropf and the participants.

The workshop focused on gelotology, which is the study of laughter. The subject is said to be centuries old, but there is still new information being researched and discovered at places like Texas A&M University and the University of Maryland.

As discussed in the workshop, laughter has many benefits to human’s physical and psychological health. It has been proven to relieve stress by suppressing stress hormones such as cortisol. Laughter has also been proven to trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s “feel good” hormone.

Laughter also stimulates many parts of the brain, one of them being the frontal lobe. This can play into slowing or even stopping the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

It was also revealed that hospitals are starting to use Humor Therapy for cancer patients and burn victims, using the concept of “mind over matter.”

While the mind can benefit immensely from laughter, so can the body. It has been proven that a good “belly laugh” does the same for your body as a 10 minute aerobic workout.

Laughing can also make you feel better as a whole, bring you out of a better mood and even help you find balance in life.

“With so much oppressing news out there it’s easy to get overwhelmed,” Tropf said. “If you can laugh, it puts things in perspective.”

Tropf stressed that making humor apart of daily life is essential. The key to this, Tropf said, is to set yourself up to be in a positive place. When you are in a positive mood, humor comes easily.

Chuck Meeker, an SC4 psychology instructor, took a lot of good information away from the seminar.

“You have to make and take time to laugh. She stressed that you have to make it part of your life,” Meeker said.

The main thing about laughter, Tropf said, is who you are with while laughing.

“Laughter is about relationships rather than the actual joke. Think about it, when do you have your best laughs? When you are with other people, loved ones, friends,” she said.

Their field of dreams

Photo by Nic McPhee, available under a Creative Commons license
Photo by Nic McPhee, available under a Creative Commons license

Aaron Tomlinson

Copy Editor

“If you build it, they will come.”

SC4’s baseball is shaping up for another season approaching this week. The Skippers prepared themselves, mostly off the field with fundraising events, in the offseason in becoming a contender in the 2010 season.

The team looks fresh with a whole new coaching staff led by Coach Denny Dwyer. Also 20 players of the 27-man roster are freshmen, sparking the thoughts of high expectation.

The Skippers have already played games in Florida and Tennessee this spring, bringing their record to 7-7. In Tennessee, the team split two games against Hiwassee College before coming back home on March 22.

The offense caught spark, outscoring Hiwassee in total, 31-27. The Skippers called two homeruns their own that weekend, with sophomore Chris Rivera clearing the wall and freshman Matt Deacon getting an inside-the-park.

Pitching backed up the bats in the two wins last weekend. In the first game, freshman Kevin Fisher pitched a complete game allowing two earned runs with six hits and ten strikeouts.

In the third game, sophomore ace Nick Baljeu struck out four allowing two earned runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

“We worked together well and we definitely have the talent,” said freshman and team captain Emiliano Gonzalez. “The talent just needs to click.”

Something clicked last fall when the team earned over $44,000 at the Michigan Renaissance Festival, being the largest athletic fundraiser in school history.

“With a good coaching staff, we have worked really hard in the off season,” Gonzalez said. “All the fundraising helped us become a better team.”

The team hopes to achieve more than last season. The 2009 Skippers finished with a 16-30 record, finishing last place in the MCCAA.

“We expect to have a great year,” freshman Eric Harrington said. “We will be disappointed if we don’t get regional’s.”

The men’s baseball team hasn’t reached the regional tournament since 2006.

“We are good guys who want to learn,” Harrington added.

The team kicks off the season on Wednesday, March 24 against Concordia at Sanborn Park.

Critical still is catching “Critical Bill”

Cadi Parker

Staff Writer

Ever beat on your steering wheel; adrenaline surging through your veins?

Screamed at the top of your lungs?

Flat-out rocked out to a new album?

When music is intense and relatable, it heats you up and burns you down.

“Critical Bill” a “borderline rock/rap” band, according to their drummer, Mark Causley, hit the music scene hard Saturday, March 13.

The band played a sold out show at the Emerald Theatre in Mt. Clemens followed by an after party at The Hayloft, also in Mt. Clemens, to celebrate their new release.

Fans poured in to get their hands on “The Underground Kingdom,” which came free with a ticket stub.

“Hell Rides North,” “Lithium,” “Madonna Brothers” and “Stellardrive” served as fuel to the fire, creating an ever-growing sense of chaos for the nearly 2,000 rockers, partying hard, jamming out and moshing to guitar hard-ons.

“I like that I know what I’ll get, a good show” said George Wright, 25, Mt. Clemens. “I’ve been a fan for a while. I try to catch the ones I can.”

It’s been a long road for “Critical Bill,” cross-country touring several times, but they don’t mind the attention from the radio station or fans like Wright.

“We strive to move forward,” said Causley. “Our success is like a snow ball rolling downhill, we just keep getting larger and larger.”

“The Underground Kingdom” is their fifth album. The first three albums were put out by the band themselves. “There was a point where we even did all of our own shrink wrapping. Now, with a label, that’s taken care of and we still have free reign and creative control,” said lead vocalist, Powerdise.

Their “five flavors,” as Causley put it, create the sound that is “Critical Bill,” and has enabled them to work with national and noteworthy artists including “Hed P.E.,” “Tantric,” “Tech N9ne” and “Drowning Pool,” just to name a few.

Currently “Critical Bill” is touring, but the band will be back in Mt. Clemens on April 10, at The Hayloft. For more information on upcoming shows visit http://www.critical-bill.com.

From the heart

Photo by Cadi Parker; Students’ bowls are shown off by Jason Stier, Riverview East’s art teacher, for Eileen Jay (right), artist liaison for the International Empty Bowls Event, early Monday morning.
Photo by Cadi Parker; Students’ bowls are shown off by Jason Stier, Riverview East’s art teacher, for Eileen Jay (right), artist liaison for the International Empty Bowls Event, early Monday morning.

Cadi Parker

Staff Writer

Many struggle weekly to keep food on the table.

Some may feel lucky to have just one meal a day.

Even within our community many go hungry to feed their children, or perhaps their children stay hungry, too. This need for nourishment is worldwide, but there is a way to help.

Port Huron is having its seventh annual International Empty Bowl Event today.

For $25 anyone can come eat, and choose a bowl to take home to remember the event, and the reason that the benefit exists.

The dinner will be held at St. Stephens Catholic Church Parish Hall located at 325 32nd Street in Port Huron. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and will last until 7 p.m.

Featured at the event will be a silent auction and a chance to meet some of the artists and students that worked hard to come up with nearly 300 “empty bowls” for each guest that attends the dinner.

Eileen Jay, artist liaison, said, “This year the event has been moved to St. Stephen’s to accommodate for the event’s growth.”

“Last year, the event brought in $11,500, and that was in a recession,” said, Jay.

This year’s hopes are high for the amount of money raised and there will also be “no overhead; everything has been donated and everyone is serving as volunteers.”

Every penny will go directly to the Mid-City Nutrition Program and their soup kitchen artists and students alike were all volunteers.

Many local artists donated their time, as well as their own pieces, to schools to teach children different methods of making bowls for the event. Jason Stier, a Riverview East (St. Clair) art teacher, said, “Having Mark Harris visit helped take the intimidation away from throwing on the wheel.” This time taken by artists helps students to learn and create art for a cause.

High school students aren’t the only ones donating. The Montessori Children’s Academy in St. Clair is also providing bowls created by students with the help of other artists.

Celeste Skalnek, SC4’s ceramics/pottery teacher, also encouraged her students to create works of art for the “Empty Bowls dinners.” She said, “I have always done bowls.” Skalnek has even been talking up the event “since the first day of class.”

Last year, the Soup Kitchen provided 54,906 meals to homeless or hungry locals, but the International Empty Bowl event should help take the heat for much of the expenses.