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Swanson’s Future Uncertain

Rachel Olivia Kobylas

Staff Writer

   On Good Friday, Professor Craig Swanson was issued documentation for the beginning of a dismissal process from St. Clair County Community College. “This was a recommendation of my evaluating committee that I be dismissed,” Swanson said. 

   This process began with an overall poor committee evaluation from Denise McNeil, Vice President of Academic Services; Kraig Archer, Discipline Coordinator; Scott Fernandez, committee member.   

   According to Swanson, “Denise McNeil now has 10 days to make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Then the Board decides whether or not to dismiss me.” 

   “This came very much as a shock,” Craig Swanson said. “I’m more friendly than authoritative in demeanor, but I didn’t think it would rise to this level.”

   Swanson also said of the evaluation that it looked as though he is “forcing my opinion on [the students], like I’m a tyrant in class, trying to make them believe the way I do and my students will say that’s clearly not the case.” 

   The Board of Trustee meeting, which will decide Swanson’s fate, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15 and will be in room 150 of the Citizens First Michigan Technical Education Center.

   Swanson said, “I’m going to fight it as vigorously as I can. I’m trying to clear my reputation, as this is saying I’m not an adequate  professor, and I’d say I’m one of the better ones.  I will fight this dismissal and hopefully remain here.” 

   Professor Swanson has been teaching at St. Clair County Community College for two years, while his career consists of 12 years of teaching. He is the current President of LAND, The Liberal Arts Network for Development, a state-wide organization and has participated in several student organizations including speaking at a Symposium for Phi Theta Kappa.

Did You See Smoke Signals?

Savannah Wilcox

Staff Writer

   Last Thursday, SC4’s International Cultural Education Committee showed “Smoked Signals” to raise awareness about Native American culture.

   The film was entirely directed, produced, and acted by Native American individuals, which is extremely rare in show business. Sherman Alexie is the writer of the two books which formed this screenplay.

   Not only is it unheard of to write the book and the screenplay, but Mr. Alexie topped it off with also being a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian.

   The movie is based around a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian tribe living in Idaho. This movie provides a realistic view into the lives of the Indians whom still live on reservations in America today.

   Victor and Thomas are the main characters paired together quite oddly as Victor is more muscle, while Thomas is more nerd. Victor and Thomas have to travel into new American civilization.

   “Smoke Signals” possesses the ability to describe the Native American culture to the rest of America. It shows the way the Indians live on the reservations as well as how they live today, as well as their values.

   “This is very realistic and especially interesting because it shows people today how very different our lives are from the lives of these Native Americans who struggle living in America,” Scott Fernandez said of the film.

   Mr. Fernandez did an excellent job of describing the importance of raising awareness of the Native American culture, “These people are still here, and still live amongst us today.”

   The International Cultural Education Committee will be hosting a day to celebrate Native American history on Tuesday, April 6. It will consist of multiple activities pertaining to the culture of Native Americans.

New look and new hope for Tigers’ fans

Aaron Tomlinson

Copy Editor

   The Tigers’ roar is louder than ever.

   Opening Day happens Monday, April 5 for the Detroit Tigers. However, some fans may not know whether to roar or cry; with the loss of many key players in the off-season, the team looks different.

   “I’m upset that we got rid of Polanco,” said Drew Settor, sophomore from Smiths Creek. “That was a horrible trade on Detroit’s part. Also Verlander and Zumaya need to have a good season.”

   Verlander started the season for the Tigers, pitching five innings and allowing four runs against the Kansas City Royals. The bullpen took over in the 6th inning, shutting out the Royals.

   “It all looks bad because Polanco and Granderson both had great games,” said Settor.

   Curtis Granderson, adored by Tigers fans, was another player traded in the off-season.

   “I’m fed up with the Tigers,” said freshman Nicole Dambach from Harsens Island. “Granderson was my favorite player and all I cared about.”

   The Tigers will certainly still be selling tickets because they picked up ex-Yankee and ex-Red Sox player, Johnny Damon. Damon went 2-5 with two RBI’s to help the Tigers seal the victory.

   “I like Damon on the team,” said Settor. “I think he brings a great look to the team this year.”

   Not all skepticism and pessimism surrounds the new Tigers’ look this year. Rose Lane, sophomore from St. Clair, took her year-and-a-half old daughter last year and plans on doing it again this year.

   “Last year we took my daughter and it was her first game,” said Lane. “She enjoyed it very much.”

   “I plan on going to two or three games this year,” said Travis Turner, sophomore from Avoca. “We have a shot at first or second in the division this year. Cabrera will be the key player in our run for the division.”

   Cabrera did, in fact, keep the Tigers on the map in 2008 by claiming Detroit’s first homerun crown since 1991; with 37 homers and a career best 127 RBI’s. However, that was not enough to overcome the 74-88 record.

   Questions are brought up over what the Tigers will do this year with what they have, and whether or not they win the American League Central Division. The Tigers have not made the playoffs since their epic World Series run in 2006.

   “I think we will win the division this year,” said Drew Settor. “Coach Jim Leyland knows what he is doing.”

SC4 Program Aims to Prevent Suicide

Patrick Sullivan

Staff Writer

   Chances are if you are reading this paper, you are at increased risk for suicidal behavior. Among the 15 to 24 years old age range, suicide is the second leading cause of death, trailing accidental deaths.

   With so many students in this dangerous age range, colleges plan to make available resources for those that need help, and on March 31 they did just that with the Suicide Awareness and Prevention program.

   If you or someone you know seems to show signs of depression or suicidal behavior, the most crucial thing to do is quickly get them help.

   Listening and being empathetic are important, and remember that a suicidal person doesn’t necessarily want to die, but they may wish to end some pain or suffering on their part.

   Suicide happens along all age, racial, and social groups, and talking about suicide does not cause someone to become suicidal. If you need help, call the Safe Horizons’ 24 hour crisis line at: (888) 985-5538, or the National suicide hotline at: (888) 273-TALK.

   Above all, the event promoted awareness of suicide and that fellow students can be the first method of prevention.  If you or someone you know is suicidal, don’t hesitate to get help for any reason.

   The event itself brought together multiple experts, and groups to speak on the subject. The event was put together by student coordinator Kristen Richards and SC4’s own social science department.

   Representatives from Safe Horizons, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, Eastern Michigan Counseling Associates, and the St. Clair County Sherriff’s Department presented in turn.

   The speakers took turns informing students and faculty about suicide and resources to prevent it, and concluded by taking questions as a panel.

Scots sweep Skippers

Donald Lierman          

Sports Editor

   When you only have two pitchers on your staff, doubleheaders can take their toll.

   The Alma Scots swept the SC4 Lady Skippers at Pine Grove Park, Tuesday, March 30 by scores of 7-1 and 5-1. The losses dropped the Skips’ record to 3-7.

   “We had the chances to score but we didn’t get the hits when we needed them,” SC4 Coach Ron Matthews said. “The team hadn’t played in a couple of weeks and it showed.  We were shaky at the beginning but after a few innings, we played very solid.”

   Skippers’ sophomore Jordyn Denomme pitched the first game. She held the Scots to four runs in the first six innings but a three run seventh sealed the deal for Alma.

   “Both pitchers got a little tired in the end,” Matthews said. “It would be nice to have a third pitcher. We’re forced to go with two pitchers which can be tough.”

   In the second game, freshman Jackie Highstreet held Alma to one run in five innings in her first start of the year. However, Alma scored three in the sixth and another in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie.

   “I thought Highstreet pitched well for her first game,” Matthews said. “We just weren’t hitting the ball like we have been.”

   The Alma Scots raised their record to 6-0.

   “We came here with a couple of pitchers that aren’t usually our regular ones,” Alma Coach Denny Griffin said. “They did an excellent job today by keeping the ball down and keeping their good hitters from doing too much damage.

   “We got the hits when we needed them. We maintained high energy in a cold weather condition.”

   Skippers’ freshman Hannah Jones felt positive despite the results.

   “Alma is a pretty good team,” she said. “We played with first game jitters and it showed. We’re getting used to playing together. Once we get the chemistry going, I’m really excited for the future.”

   SC4 returns to play two league home dates at Pine Grove Park this week. On Thursday, the Lady Skippers play Macomb Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday,

April 10 SC4 will face Alpena with a start time of 1 p.m.

Reflections of India at SC4

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

   “Reflections of India,” the latest in SC4’s “Thursday at noon” concert series provided listeners with classical, Hindustani music, on April 1 at the Fine Arts auditorium in Port Huron.

   During the concert, sitarist Brock Dale of Toronto and Tabalist, Nicholas McKinlay, also of Toronto, performed selections from Bhairav, Kafi, Purvi, Malkauns, Bilawal and Manji Khamaj.

   Dale and McKinlay auditioned to be a part of the “Thursday at noon” series in an unusual way.

   “They had no CD’s of their music for use to audition with, so I listened to them on the phone,” said concert host Lillian Maley.

   Brock Dale was not seated in the usual position for a musician playing a sitar.

According to Dale, he was recovering from tail bone surgery, three days before performing at SC4. This made it difficult for him to perform at a traditional stance.

   Eastern hemisphere music, however, was not always embedded into Dale’s life.

   “I began as a student of western classical music and rock and roll, with jazz and blues thrown in as well,” said Dale. According to Dale, his mentor loaned him her sitar for a year. “I grew by leaps and bounds that year. I played every day,” he said.

   Dale said his life changing moment came when he saw sitarist, Ravi Shankar, perform. “He (Shankar) was 87 years old when I saw him perform with his daughter,” replied Dale.

   “I thought it (concert) was very relaxing and interesting,” said 18 year old Cody Kimball.

 Kimball, broadcasting major and an SC4 student ambassador, would like to see more of these types of events in the future.

   “It was nice to see a multi-cultural experience like this at SC4,” said Kimball.

   The next “Thursday at Noon” concert presentation scheduled is “Tapestry.” It will be performed on April 15 at the Fine Arts Theatre in Port Huron.

O. D.‘s Rant 57-13

Donald Lierman

Sports Editor

Cheers to MSU’s NCAA tournament play. The naysayers didn’t have them even picked to make it through the first round. However, without their best player they made a great run.

Usually, I would never cheer for any team that defeated Sparty. However, the Butler Bulldogs come from a second tier conference and have earned the grudging respect of many of us green and whiters (although some say the foul situation gave the Bulldogs an extra link to their chain).

Remember the SC4 baseball team plays their games at Sanborn Park and the softball squad battles at Pine Grove Park. Come out and support your college athletes.

Now for the scoop. Many do not realize that our athletic programs do not have the scholarship allocations that other schools are given in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. Walk-ons are more necessary in our athletic program than in other schools. Athletic Director Dale Vos addressed this discrepancy.

“Here are some ballpark figures,” Vos said. “Schoolcraft and Oakland have 12 tuition waivers (i.e. 12 players get all of their tuition paid for). Mott gets enough dollars to give 10 players in-district 12- hour scholarships.

“Kirtland get enough money to give eight players 15-hour in-district scholarships. Alpena gets 200 credit hours to allocate per year. Wayne County had eight tuition waivers, but I don’t know what they are going to come back with next year.

“In contrast, SC4 received $6932 this year. At $94 per hour (in-district tuition and fees) – that gives us 73.74 total hours to allocate,” Vos continued. “Delta and Macomb have roughly the same scholarship distribution as us and Henry Ford receives no athletic aid.”

What this tells O.D. is what a great success rate SC4 has accomplished with a minimal amount of money to be allocated to draw student athletes. Kudos to all in the athletic department that have made our sports programs so successful!

Go Gunners! As Arsenal chases their first English Premier League football (soccer for ye Yanks) title in years, there is a three way log jam between them, Chelsea and Manchester United (boo!!!).

For those who still believe that soccer is an effete sport, tune into the EPL or the European Champions League. Better yet, take a couple weeks off for this summer’s World Cup.

SC4 plan may fix parking

Patrick Sullivan

Staff Writer

   Listen to anyone on campus, and you’ll hear the biggest problem at SC4 is the parking. We all gripe about it, and with good reason.

   It can be downright impossible to find a space within easy walking distance to a class. This is no doubt to record enrollment, and an easy fix is hard to come by. SC4 has plans in place that just might solve our problems, and it will be implemented soon.

   Starting fall semester, SC4 will enact a pilot program to allow students, faculty and staff to park in the north McMorran Place parking lot, free of charge, during busy hours; Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and possibly longer depending on McMorran staff. This will only cover the North lot, which has a capacity of 350 cars, and not the South lot.

   The program will be tested, and finally decided on during fall semester. The program itself was presented and voted on by SC4 Trustees. SC4 will lease the North lot during free hours to allow parking.

   Student reaction has, of course, been positive, but some aren’t sure that the program presents a long term solution.

   “It’s about time,” said Andrea Savage, a single mother of four and plans to complete SC4’s nursing program. “It will cover it sufficiently for now, but something long term will need to be done.”

   “It’s great,” says Jeremy Durham, an SC4 student. “It will pretty much cover it.”

   With student opinion split, it is unsure whether more steps will be necessary to accommodate SC4 students’ parking needs.

‘Titanic’ disaster

Brian Johnston

Editor in Chief

   Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

   Sam Worthington plays a half-human, half-something-else. There’s a war going on between the humans and the non-humans, and it’s up to Sam to save the day.

   Is that “Avatar” or is it “Terminator: Salvation?” Neither. It’s “Clash of the Titans.”

   In the latest adaptation of the Greek epic, Sam Worthington plays Perseus, half-human son of Zeus.  After his adopted family become casualties of the war between the gods and mortals, Perseus winds up a prisoner of the Argos.

   While in Argo, Perseus witnesses Hades (Ralph Fiennes) offer an ultimatum to King Cepheus (Vincent Regan): Kill his daughter Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) within 10 days, or the Kraken will be unleashed on Argo.

   So far, this sounds like the Ray Harryhausen film from 1981. Suddenly it takes a sharp turn, and stays off track for the rest of the film.

   For starters, it must be in Worthington’s contract to make callbacks to his other movies. While witnessing a Pegasus prancing around, Io (Gemma Arterton) comments that no one has ever ridden one before. In “Avatar,” Sam Worthington rides some dragon-beast that nobody has ever ridden.

   Later, Perseus says of his Demigod status, “I don’t know what I am,” a line straight from “Terminator Salvation.”

   This is to say nothing of the 3D effects. Originally shot in 2D, the film was converted to 3D in post-production. And it shows. The film doesn’t have the “jump-off-the-screen” quality of “My Bloody Valentine 3D,” nor does it have the depth and scenery that “Avatar” have.

   Any time there’s an action scene, the camera shakes as if the Director of Photography is afraid the actors will turn on him. This is an attempt to make the action more frantic, but 3D doesn’t work if you can’t see what’s going on.

   This movie would have been a “pass” or a “rent” if were in 2D. The added 3D ticket cost makes something to avoid.

   Sam Worthington seems to be making a living by playing half-humans. This movie feels half-baked.

ZDC rises with the dead

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor

   SC4’s Zombie Defense Council is having an “orientation screening” of the George A. Romero horror classic “Night of the Living Dead” in an effort to raise funds to defend the world from the uprising of the undead.

   The event is taking place in room 201 on the second floor of SC4’s Clara E. Mackenzie building from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, April 16 and the cost is “a measly $5” and popcorn is included.

   Future orientation screening titles may include “King of the Zombies,” “Revolt of the Zombies,” “White Zombie,” and other titles could be brought up in the future

   The Zombie Defense Council’s Prime Minister Cody Kimball and Advisor Overlord Robert Kroll hope that these events will raise money so that they will be able to hold “bigger and better” events in the future.

   Planned events for the future include a campus wide capture the flag competition during stress breaker week.

   The Zombie Defense Council is looking to produce instructional DVD’s to help aid the general public in their survival of  the overrun world of undead.

   If forced to renegade tactics in efforts to survive every possible scenario of zombie death and mayhem, ZDC hopes to aid those in need.

   If anyone is interested in joining this cause or learning more about the ZDC’s mission, you can contact Bob Kroll at rgkroll@sc4.edu