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Government takes over airwaves

Photo by Cadi Parker The mic is open for Chuck King on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for the Student Government’s radio show, broadcasted on WSGR, from SC4’s Fine Arts Building.
Photo by Cadi Parker; The mic is open for Chuck King on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for the Student Government’s radio show, broadcasted on WSGR, from SC4’s Fine Arts Building.

Cadi Parker

Staff Writer

In the democracy, in which we live, it may come as a shock to hear that the government decided they needed airtime on WSGR, SC4’s radio station.

Some may wonder why and what for, but in this case, it is not local, state or federal government.

It is the Student Government.

According to Student Government Vice President, Chuck King, the timeslot allotted on Wednesday’s from 10 a.m. to11 a.m. now belongs to Student Government.

A snow day cancelled their first show, but the Student Government has since had five radio broadcasts.

According to King, Student Government’s airtime will include “interviews that will be conducted with advisors/ officers and students from clubs as well as possible faculty interviews in the future…perhaps one day even with Dr. Pollock.”

The radio show will also contain upcoming school events, information on clubs and will answer questions from emails to the Student Government, or questions from calls while on air.

As to who is the radio show’s personality, it’s Chuck King.

King’s epiphany attained much respect from his co-officers.

Paul Prax, Student Government Secretary, said, “I give him a lot of credit for thinking outside the box on this one, and expanding the Student Government’s horizon.”

It may seem like a new horizon now, but it’s not the first time for Student Government to have a radio show.

According to the WSGR’s Program Director, Dale Merrill, “The call letters SGR (in WSGR) represented Student Government Radio, in the ‘70’s, but in at least the past ten years there haven’t been any Student Government shows.”

Of course, SC4 students already possess various other ways to gain information. Each building is lined with bulletin boards and every student has their own email address linked to their school identification number.

Many, however, race by the news boards and rarely check their email.

One student, Kassie Piotrowski, 19, Goodells, she feels the SC4 email is “one of the most difficult emails to log into.” She also has “friends in radio, but has never tuned in”.

With the Student Government’s radio show hitting the air, Piotrowski feels that it would be more likely that she “would listen to (the radio) more often than checking her email. I just might start listening,” she said.

Leading by example

Photo by Brian Johnston; The SC4 gym is home to the Skippers, home of six graduating sophomores.
Photo by Brian Johnston; The SC4 gym is home to the Skippers, home of six graduating sophomores.

Thomas Pregano

Business/Advertising Manager

“They led by example, by word, and through their ability to bring everybody into the Skipper family,” men’s head basketball coach, Dale Vos, said about sophomores Ben Abraham, Kieon Arkwright, Devon Kling, Marquis Lee, Eric Mack Jr., and Jake Stark.

Vos said, “We will miss these six players; however I believe they have done a good job with the last job of a leader and that is to train the next leaders.”

All six of the players have their own agendas; including 19 year old Ben Abraham from Memphis plans to be a mechanical engineer. Abraham will most likely attend Oakland University. He hopes to work for Chrysler after he graduates.

According to Abraham he has had offers from schools to play football and basketball but doesn’t plan to play anywhere.

Abraham said, “Playing basketball at SC4 was one of the best experiences of my life and it couldn’t have gone much better than it did.”

Kieon Arkwright is 20 years old from Flint, and played at Saginaw Valley last year. Arkwright is majoring in sports medicine. He hopes to continue playing for a division one or two school.

Arkwright said, “It meant a lot for me to be here and help the program out.” He made it to the All-Region and All-Conference team.

“This season was different for me in so many ways. It was the first time that I felt like, in the huddle, the guy to the right and left of me would do anything for me,” 19 year old Devin Kling said.

Kling is majoring in accounting and plans on transferring to Walsh College and will continue to play basketball in a men’s league with his family.

Marquis Lee is the oldest of the group at 22. Lee is from Frasier and nicknamed “Show Time” by teammates and fans. He hopes to play for a division one or division two university. Lee is undecided in his major but is confident he will find one when he gets where he is going.

Lee said, “This season meant the best for everybody.” He made the All-Defensive team in the MCCAA.

Eric Mack Jr., 19 of Detroit, is undecided on his major and plans to continue playing basketball. According to Mack, “Wherever I fit in, whether it be division one or division two, this season has meant a lot to me. These are the best teammates I’ve ever had in my life.”

Mack made the second team All-Conference.

The 20 year old Jake Stark, from Richmond, plans on majoring in teaching or sports management at Concordia or Tiffin University, in which he will also continue his basketball career.

Stark also made the All-Conference honorable mention team as the Skippers finished eighth in the national tournament. This year was the first time the Skippers made it to the National Tournament in SC4’s history.

Health care reform is a mixed bag

Brian Johnston

Editor in Chief

This past Sunday, Congress passed the Health Care Reform Bill. All that’s needed is Barack Obama’s signature. And people are either far too happy or far too upset about it.

For starters, there are the accusations of “socialism” coming from the conservatives. They see it as just another step toward America becoming the Cold War-era Soviet Union.

According to them, we’ll have to wait in line for bread and other essentials, because regulating insurance providers is a slippery slope toward a complete government takeover of all labor and industry.

This rationale falls apart because regulations aren’t the same thing as takeovers. In a perfect world, we’d need no regulations because businesses would always do the right thing. We don’t live in that world.

Liberals are far too happy about Health Care reform passing. According to them, any conservative opposition must be due to conservatives being in the back pocket of the insurance agency.

It’s true that the new Health Care Reform Bill will make health insurance more affordable for lower-income citizens. It’ll also make it harder for citizens to be turned away because of pre-existing conditions.

It doesn’t provide the public option that so many believe it does. It also mandates that all US citizens must have some form of health coverage once the bill takes effect.

The message from the Democratic Party seems to be something along the lines of, “we’re so angry with the insurance industry, we’re forcing you to give them your money.” That’ll show them a thing or two.

Of course, elections don’t just take place every four years. November 2 has a General Election. All 435 Representative seats and 36 Senate seats will be up for grabs.

Do you like Health Care reform? Do you hate it? Don’t just grumble about it around the water cooler.  Don’t just throw your politics online. Vote.

Icehawks edge Generals

Photo by Donald Lierman; Peter Flache, number eight for Icehawks, goes head to head with a Muskegon Lumberjacks player.
Photo by Donald Lierman; Peter Flache, number eight for Icehawks, goes head to head with a Muskegon Lumberjacks player.

Donald Lierman

Sports Editor

For the first fifty minutes, the game was all Port Huron’s. The Icehawks flew up and down the ice, seemingly at will.

The last ten minutes were a different story.

Port Huron allowed four goals in the last ten minutes but held on to defeat the Flint Generals, 6-5, at McMorran Arena on Saturday, March 20.

“We got complacent with a 6-1 lead,” Icehawks’ Coach Stan Drulia said. “We took a dumb penalty, let them get the second one, and stopped playing. I’m obviously not happy. I gave it to the guys pretty good. But in their defense, you don’t know what a penalty is anymore.

“The officiating was disgusting again tonight. The referee was undoubtedly refereeing the score.  There’s no call when we were getting hooked in the slot but then something goes minor our way and he calls it. Those penalties gave them the opportunity to climb back in. It was part us but the officiating was also lacking.”

The Icehawks opened the scoring at the eight minute mark of the first period as Kerry Bowman shoveled a pass across the net to be tipped in by Nick Lindberg for goal number 14 of the season.

Seven minutes later Ian Turner shot a knuckler that Peter Flache deflected past the Flint goalie to make it 2-0.

After Flint halved the lead in the second period, Port Huron’s Mike Kinnie tallied the first of his three goals. The Icehawks’ Derek Patrosso followed with a shorthanded goal, his 26th of the year.

Kinnie scored his second of the night late in the second period then completed his hat trick with his 17th goal of the season, three minutes into the third period.

“It was great to get Mike back in the lineup,” Port Huron’s Captain Kris Vernarsky said. “He always adds offense to our lineup. However, we need to remember we always have to put out a 60 minute effort this time of the year.

“Flint is fighting for a playoff spot. We got away from the little things, took a couple of bad penalties on which they scored, and that’s a game changer right there.”

Flint scored four unanswered goals but Port Huron held them off in the final minutes for the win.

“We have to keep a high level of confidence going into the playoffs,” Vernarsky said. “We need to work on the little things and enter the first round on a roll.”

Drulia agrees that work needs to be done.

“We’ve got some work to do if we’re going to move up the ladder,” he said. “We need to play the game the right way. We’re getting some of our guys back from injury and that will hopefully push the envelope for us.”

The Bloomington Prairie Thunder returns to McMorran to battle the Hawks on Tuesday, March 30. Face off time is 7 p.m. For further Icehawks’ information, visit   www.porthuronicehawks.com.

‘Alice’ sitting comfortably in box office wonderland

“Alice in Wonderland” © Walt Disney Pictures
“Alice in Wonderland” © Walt Disney Pictures

Jessica Meneghin

Staff Writer

If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people who have already stepped through the looking glass and into Tim Burton’s 3D Wonderland, you probably have just one question:

Why is a raven like a writing desk?

“Alice in Wonderland in 3D,” Tim Burton’s film-attempt at the legendary Lewis Carroll writings, does not answer this pestering riddle for you. What the movie does do is the absolute best to-date job of re-visioning Carroll’s classic story, in its entirety, for the big screen.

In other words: exactly what Tim Burton set out to do.

While “Alice” was still in its infant stages, Burton told the internet magazine, the “Sci-Fi Wire,” that he’d never seen a version of the fabled story where he felt like they had “gotten it all.” He said he thought trying to make the stories work as a whole, and as a movie would be “interesting.”

He also compared the stories to drugs for children.

“It’s like, ‘Whoa, man,’” he said. “The imagery; they’ve never quite nailed making it compelling as a full story…so I think it’s an interesting challenge to direct.”

“Interesting” is perhaps not as appropriate a word as, say, “crazy”; especially once you consider the fact that Burton had never read the original novel, and was largely unfamiliar with anything Carroll-related, until this “Alice” project fell into his lap.

At a Feb. 20 press conference, he admitted, “I’m from Burbank, so we never heard about ‘Alice in Wonderland’ except for the Disney cartoon, the Tom Petty video, Jefferson Airplane…”

This recent trip to the box office even awarded Burton a new top domestic grosser, as “Alice” has now earned a healthy 10 million dollars more than his old top-earner, “Batman.”

For three weeks in a row now, and with the sixth-biggest third weekend of all time, Tim Burton’s latest vision has been drifting peacefully in box office wonderland.

And with worldwide ticket sales now topping 565.8 million dollars, it doesn’t look like “Alice” is going anywhere anytime soon.

A century of being prepared

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

Boy Scouts of America website states that boy scouts was founded to help young people attain skills necessary to become responsible, well rounded citizens.

Founded in 1910, the scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary this year.

Feb. 6, Port Huron Museum, in collaboration with Blue Water council of Boy Scouts of America, opened the “Celebrating 100 years of Scouting” exhibit at the Main Museum in Port Huron and will continue the exhibit through April 25.

According to the “Scout-o-rama” web site, there are many celebrities who are former scouts: Walter Cronkite, journalist, television anchor; movie mogul, Steven Spielberg; Henry Hank Aaron, baseball player; Bruce Jenner, Olympic Gold Medalist; Mark Spitz, Olympic swimming gold medalist.

SC4’s President, Dr. Kevin Pollock, is an Eagle Scout having attained this status on March 25, 1973 with troop 368 in Grand Blanc, Michigan. “It gave me a lot of opportunity to see things from different perspectives,” said Dr. Pollock. According to Pollock, the Eagle Scout ceremony and going to Camp Tapico in Grayling, Michigan were among his favorite memories of scouting.

According to the museum’s Web site, the exhibit was designed by their curator of exhibits and collections, Suzette Brombley. “Most of the material used to build this exhibit was donated,” explained Brombley.

The history of scouting in America is shown through exhibits such as photographs, old uniforms, patches, personal recollections of former scouts, hands on activities such as knot tying and practicing firearms skills with a laser simulator.

According to Holly Madock, museum manager of volunteers, in addition to this variety of activities, groups can schedule an overnight stay as part of the scouting experience.

“It went really well when we did our last overnight stay,” said Madock. She explained another overnight is being planned for April 16. Adults are required to stay with the overnighters.

Other scouting activities offered at the museum include identification of animal tracks, and “secrets of the pinewood derby.”

Museum hours are 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Further information on this exhibit can be obtained by calling the museum at:  810-982-0891.

Culture club

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor

A celebration of Native American culture will take place on April 6 in the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the event runs all day.

Morning and afternoon events include David Plain, author of “The Plains of Aamjiwnaang” and “Ways of Our Grandfathers: Our Tradition and Culture” discussing local history and culture.

Evening events include storytelling by Joan and Joe Jacobs who have been sharing their cultural history with local schools for the past 20 years.

There will also be a showcase of Native American customs performed by the Weengushk singing group and Niizh Dodem Dance Troup.

The event is sponsored in part by SC4’s Diversity Advisory Council and International Cultural Education Committee, and the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency.

These events are free and open to the public

Paul Schmitt can be contacted for information regarding the day’s events by phone at 989-5573, or by e-mail at pjschmitt@sc4.edu.