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Icehawks edge Bloomington

Donald Lierman          

Sports Editor

   The Icehawks gaveth yet the Icehawks managed to taketh away.

   After squandering a two goal lead to take the game to overtime, Hawks’ Matt Auffrey performed his version of the spin-a-rama to give Port Huron the win.

   The final score was Port Huron 4, Bloomington 3 at McMorran on Tuesday, March 30.

   “We went with three forwards in overtime and one defenseman,” Port Huron Coach Stan Drulia said. We were down two defensemen so we tried to go for it. The team got their chances and Auffrey was able to get the big goal.”

   Mike Kinnie of Port Huron opened the scoring ten minutes into the game with his 20th of the season. Bloomington tied the game before the end of the third period.

    Kinnie scored another two and a half minutes into the second to give the Hawks the lead, 2-1. 

   “Mike Kinnie can shoot,” Drulia said. “He’s dangerous every time he gets the puck.  What’s more, he has been very responsible defensively this year. 

   “His line (Peter Flache and Robert Cowan) plays the game right, plays it smart, and knows how to play the defensive side.”

   Kinnie agreed on his line’s play.

   “We’ve got a lot of games between us,” he said. “We’re probably the most experienced line on the team. The line knows what to do to get the puck to the net.”
   On a four on three power play, Brandon Naurato scored to make the score 3-1 with less than three minutes on the clock in the second period. Naurato’s goal was his 24th of the year.

   Bloomington cut the lead to one in less than a minute into the third period. Later, the Prairie Thunder tied the score on Craig Macdonald’s third goal of the night.

   “We played forty excellent minutes,” Drulia said. “Then we got ourselves down to four defensemen. The team turned the puck over twice and Bloomington got right back in the game.

   “We were unable to get any shots in the third. At one point we were down fourteen to one in shots.”

   Auffrey’s overtime goal saved the day.

   “There was not much of an angle to shoot,” Auffrey said.  “I didn’t want to give the puck up but as I turned away, there was a shot.”

   The Dayton Gems visit McMorran on Sunday, April 11. Face off time is 5 p.m. For further Icehawks information, visit www.porthuronicehawks.com.

Icehawks crush Quad City

Donald Lierman          

Sports Editor

   A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go….  If Elmer Fudd handled ducks the way Port Huron man-handled the Quad City Mallards, Donald would be in bird heaven.

   When the feathers finally settled on Friday, April 2 at McMorran, the Icehawks had flown away with a 6-0 victory. Icehawks goalie Larry Sterling stopped 26 shots while notching his 20th victory of the season.

   “We were solid from start to finish,” Port Huron Coach Stan Drulia said. “We had a couple breakdowns early but we battled back.

   “I liked our desperation that we showed at times when we were vulnerable. The team didn’t make it easy for them. Our battle was very good and when there was a breakdown Larry (Sterling) was there for us.”

   Port Huron’s Mike Kinnie opened the scoring for the Icehawks at 5:42 of the first period. A minute later, Hawks’ Mickael Bedard scored his 33rd goal of the year to make it 2-0. After Hawks’ Kris Vernarsky scored a power play goal six minutes later, the die was cast.

   Two minutes later Port Huron’s Peter Flache made it 4-0 with his 7th goal of the campaign.

   “We have three excellent lines,” Flache said. “Guys are coming back into the lineup … all of whom can play. When everyone plays to their potential, it is no wonder you get six different scorers in a game like this.”

   The Icehawks added one in the second and one in the third to seal the deal.

   Sterling played down his shutout after the game.

   “It was more important for me to get a win than the shutout because it’s been quite a while for me,” he said. “The shutout is nice but the only reason I’ve got it is because we played a 60 minute game tonight.

   “Forget how many goals we scored,” Sterling said. “Our defense paved the way. They had only one or two odd man rushes. It was tough for them to move the puck as we always had a forward responsible in the offensive zone. That’s the way we need to play the rest of the year.”

   Drulia knows a second place finish will be tough.

   “I think we are going to have to win out to get the second seed,” Drulia said. “The energy on the bench and the commitment by the players we saw tonight …  we have to continue this for the next month.”

   The Dayton Gems visit McMorran on Sunday, April 11. Face off time is 5 p.m. For further Icehawks information, visit www.porthuronicehawks.com.

No-hitter for Skipper

Aaron Tomlinson

Copy Editor

   Freshman Jessie Smith made SC4 baseball history when he pitched a no-hitter against Concordia University on March 24.

   Smith struck out four while walking two, one of them being the lead-off hitter. He quickly cleared the bases with a pickoff move from the mound to catch the runner.

   “I felt very comfortable on the mound during the game,” Smith said. “The only reason for that was because I knew that I had a great defense behind me, and they put that on display throughout the game.”

   The Skipper defense seemed to be seamless throughout the game, not allowing anything past them.

   “[Smith] kept his pitch count down and was helped by an excellent defensive play by shortstop James MacMillan,” said head coach Denny Dwyer. “Jesse was in control the whole way with some excellent defense behind him.”

   The Skipper ace also had help from the SC4 bats. Freshman shortstop James MacMillan went 1-3 with a homerun, sophomore Patrick Pierce hit a two RBI double and freshman Devon Wiegers supplied three hits for the Skippers.

   The routine of striking out batters and forcing fly ball outs and ground balls is completely different than Smith’s pregame ritual.

   “The first thing I do is run one lap of the outfield fence while listening to specific music,” said Smith. “Next I go back to the dugout to change into my cleats and get my game ball.

   “After I get the game ball, I take it over to the field dirt and ‘doctor it up.’ Once I finish throwing, I go back to the dugout just before game time. At that point I have a certain order in which every single person on the team must touch the baseball.”

   Whether it is a superstition or if there really are “angels in the outfield,” Smith’s routine keeps him at ease on the mound. And it has been with him since his first start as a freshman in high school.

   “One of the other pitchers, who was older than me, stood with me while I was throwing,” said Smith. “When I was done he grabbed the ball from me and rubbed it.

   “He said it was for good luck. Once one of the other guys saw him doing it, he wanted to do the same exact thing. After that I gave the ball to every single guy on the team and coaches. It got to the point my senior year that everyone on the team had their own ritual with the game ball.”

   Between the offense, defense and pregame routine, Smith pulled off a no-hitter to open the season at Sanborn Park.

A whirling good time

“Hot Tub Time Machine” © MGM and United Artists Production Finance LLC
“Hot Tub Time Machine” © MGM and United Artists Production Finance LLC

Garrett Gavin

Staff Writer

   Don’t expect an Oscar nomination, but “Hot Tub Time Machine” is an entertaining movie with quite a few laughs along the way.

   The Movie chronicles the story of four friends who aren’t exactly living the lives they thought they would.

   Adam (John Cusack) has just been dumped; Jacob (Clark Duke) plays Adam’s nephew who thinks the only thing to life is playing video games in his basement; Craig (Craig Robinson) has a wife who cheats on him; Lou (Rob Cordry) is a party animal who just can’t find the party anymore.

   Concerned by Lou’s reckless ways, Adam, Craig and Jacob bring him to a ski resort where they had partied over twenty years before, to help Lou move on.

   Shortly after checking in, the four decide to take their party to the hot tub with some help from the hotel repair man (Chevy Chase). 

   When they wake up from their excessive drinking, the guys don’t really know what happened the night before, but something seems different. Shortly after, they find out what has changed. It’s 1986.

   Once they get over the shock of traveling through time, the guys decide that they want to change some of the things that have happened to them over the years. 

   Adam, Lou, and Craig want to warn themselves so that they can avoid both physical and emotional pain. Jacob, however, was not yet born in 1986 and wants to change as little as possible to ensure he will still be born. 

   Each character provides a comical situation that makes the movie work. This may have been the best comedy of the year so far, provided you can accept the ridiculous plot. 

   If you like the comedy these actors have done in the past, then this would be a use for you.

Filling empty bowls

Cadi Parker

Staff Writer

Bowls made by SC4’s clay students, ready to serve as reminders for the cause, awaiting selection at the dinner, March 25. Photo by Cadi Parker
Bowls made by SC4’s clay students, ready to serve as reminders for the cause, awaiting selection at the dinner, March 25. Photo by Cadi Parker


   Across the world there are many that stay hungry throughout the day, or may just not know if they will have at least one meal to eat come next sunrise.

   “Empty Bowls” is part of an International awareness campaign to recognize and help deplete hunger across the world.

   A local effort began in Port Huron seven years ago, and has been more successful in providing food for our locals each year.

   This year’s “Empty Bowls” dinner drew hundreds of charitable and hungry area residents to St. Stephen’s Parish Hall of Port Huron on March 25.

   The 2010 “Empty Bowl” dinner benefit had zero overhead and drew in well over 300 guests, according to Eileen Jay, who served as an artist liaison and volunteer for the event.

   The Parish was packed, guests filled every table.

   Event Co-Coordinator, Terry Krueger said, “Every year this gets to be bigger and bigger, people sit down, eat and stay to talk and mingle with others. I just don’t know where I’m going to put them all.”

   The hundreds of attendees were able to choose from multiple types of soup and chili and take home their own “empty bowl” created by area artists and students from all levels of education, including our college.

   Rachelle Heydens, 20, a SC4 student, donated her first bowl at this year’s event. Heydens was unable to attend the event, but said, “I had never heard of empty bowls before, until my clay class. I felt good that I was making and giving something up, that will someday help someone.” Heydens also wishes she could have made more to donate.

   The proceeds from donations and a silent auction held at the event increased more than 10% from the previous year will help provide the Mid-City Nutrition Program with funds for its soup kitchen.

   The final tally is not exact, but according to Jay, “this year has been the best year ever for attendance, for the number of bowls donated and for the success of the silent auction.” Totals are expected to exceed 13,000 dollars.

   Jay also said, “This community has such a heart. For people to turn out like they did, and give so generously, the dinner was a fabulous success.”

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Who’s your new tiger?

Thomas Pregano

Business/Advertising Manager

   Hey Tigers’ fans, it’s time for another exciting season of Tigers’ baseball. The Detroit Tigers opened their 2010 season with an impressive come from behind win, Monday, April 5 against the Kansas City Royals.

   With all the panic about losing Curtis Granderson, Tigers’ fans fail to recognize the talent we now have. For instance Johnny Damon who was instrumental in the big six run seventh inning, along with Austin Jackson who was a part of the three team deal involving Granderson.

   Also coming over in the trade, Jose Valverde from the Houston Astros, Phil Coke from the Yankees and Scott Sizemore from the Angels.

   The Tigers sent Granderson to the Yankees, Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks and Fernando Rodney to the Angels to complete the deal.

   Valverde is already paying dividends closing out the game in a non save situation in the bottom of the ninth. Valverde proved to be a good pick up for the Tigers; after a leg injury he converted all of his 19 chances for saves.

   He converts 87% of his saves which puts him in around the top closers in the game with names like Rivera, Papelbon, Nathan and Rodriguez at around 90%.

   So there you go Tigers’ fans. With come from behind sprit like in the opener and the new guys contributing, don’t worry about the Tigers this year. They will be there when it counts.

College news for the 21st Century!

Cody Kimball


   The Erie Square Gazette has entered the new millennium – with its very own website!

   www.esgonline.org is now available for students to get up to date information and news from around the campus and in the community. Students will be able to comment and discuss the topics that affect them, from any internet connection.

   Videos and photos not available in the paper editions of the Erie Square Gazette will be accessible for a whole new news experience.

   The newspaper also has its own Facebook page, www.facebook.com/eriesquaregazette,

and its own Twitter feed, twitter.com/esgonline, to allow for even greater interactivity.

   Be sure to add the ESG as a friend and follow us on twitter.

   The ESG has also secured a Myspace page and a Youtube channel for future use.

   This advancement is a big step forward for the future of college journalism which calls for quicker coverage of events and wider access to the news as it happens, as well as the versatility that accompanies being web based.

   More updates to the site are coming soon, potentially including podcasting, video features, photo slideshows, and other features.

   Be sure to visit the site and send us your feedback. Tell us what topics or features you would like to see.

   For more information, send an email to eriesquaregazette@gmail.com.

College Tuition: Priced Right?

Twana Pinskey

In-district students will pay $2.50 a contact hourin tuition increase at SC4 beginning fall of 2010. Photos by Twana Pinskey
In-district students will pay $2.50 a contact hourin tuition increase at SC4 beginning fall of 2010. Photos by Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

   Despite recession declines, tuition costs are on the rise all over the United States. Michigan, one of the hardest hit states is not immune to these rising costs.

   St. Clair County Community College’s Board of Trustees voted to approve a tuition increase at their March 18 meeting.

   As a result, students registering for in district fall classes will pay $89 per contact hour, up from $86.50 per contact hour. This is only a $2.50 per contact hour increase for in district students.

   Out of district students will pay $170 per contact hour up from $165 per contact hour. Out of state students will face only a $7 per contact hour increase.

   SC4 alumni Kenda Pakulski, of St. Clair, feels that as a community college, the continuation of raising tuition has been ongoing since she was a student.

   “It is outrageous that instead of promoting and making the [acquirement] of an education easier, SC4 is making it harder to get an education for those of modest monetary means,” replied Pakulski.

   “A $2.50 per contact hour increase? Does that include parking costs?” asked freshman student, Carrie Sass of Port Huron.

   Ivy League schools such as Harvard are not immune to tough economic times either. According to www.newser.com, Harvard Law School had to suspend their free tuition program for students willing to work five years in public service areas after twice as many expected signed up.

   “No one wants to pay higher costs,” replied Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing at SC4. Starkey sited lost state aid and a decrease in millage revenues as being part of deciding factors in the minimal tuition increase.

   SC4 Student Government vice president, Chuck King, echoed Starkey’s sentiments. King said, “As much as we all hate to see increases in any form, with Michigan’s current economy all of us are going to have to bear the brunt of increased costs.”

     There does appear to be a silver lining in this cloud after all. King explained that with the passing of H.R. 4872 Healthcare and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act 2010, riders for scholarship assistance will be offered in health professions for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.  

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’ll heat you up and burn you down.

   “Critical Bill,” a self proclaimed borderline rock/rap band, 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 Hayloft, also in Mt. Clemens, to celebrate their new release, “The Underground Kingdom.”

   The line-up, “Hell Rides North,” “Lithium,” “Madonna Brothers” and “Stellardrive,” served as fuel to the fire, creating an ever-growing sense of chaos for the packed house. Fans partied hard, jammed out and moshed to guitar hard-ons.

   For some rockers, it was their first “Critical” show, but others were familiar with the electric energy put out by the band, like fan George Wright.

   “I like that I know I’ll get, a good show,” said 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 radio stations or fans like Wright.

   “We strive to move forward,” said the band’s drummer, known as C-bass. “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. Powerdise, the band’s lead vocalist, said, “There was a point where we even did all of our own shrink wrapping. Now, with a label, that’s taken care of, but we still have free reign and creative control.”

   The band’s members each have input and it’s those “five flavors,” as C-bass put it, that create the sound and energy that makes up “Critical Bill.”

   It’s the band’s smooth taste and determination that has enabled them to work with nationally recognized artists, including “Hed P.E.,” “Tantric,” “Tech N9ne” and “Drowning Pool,” just to name a few.

   “Critical Bill” is set to start their national tour shortly, but the band will be playing in Mt. Clemens on April 10, at Hayloft for “The Mardi Party.” For more information on the band, its members or upcoming shows visit http://www.critical-bill.com.