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Officers elected for SC4 Government

Savannah Wilcox

Staff writer

   After all the candy and campaigning was over, SC4 students elected new officers for Student Government on Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8, to represent our student body.

   “I am very happy with the turnout,” Student Activities Coordinator, Carrie Bearss said. “We had multiple people running for different positions, and we also had an amazing voter turnout as well. Overall I think it was a successful turnout for SC4.”

   Starting in the spring semester, Chuck King, Rachel Kobylas and Kaitlyn Graw are the new representatives for the students at SC4. King will be pursuing his second year in the student government.

   For the 2009-10 year, King held the role of Vice President, but this spring he will have climbed the pyramid to the top as he obtains the role of Student Government President, replacing Dan Wiley.

   King also spends time at the radio station here on campus (WSGR FM 91.3) as the Assistant Program Director as well as participating in the Lambda Mu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society here at SC4. Running against King were Michael Aleck, Jonathan Lucas, and Steven Rappolee.

   Working at Chuck King’s former position is Rachel Kobylas as Vice President. Kobylas not only is a part of the Student Government, but she also writes for the Erie Square Gazette. Rachel is a graduate from Brown City High School and will be starting her first term in the school’s “oval office” this spring. Running against Rachel Kobylas were David Fields and Sean Lathrop.

   Kaitlyn Graw will be filling the position as Secretary for the Student Government. Graw has never participated in Student Government at SC4 before but she still managed to pass up her only opponent Michael Owen.

   Graw is a graduate from Port Huron High School and will also be obtaining her first year in Student Government. She will be taking over for former Secretary Paul Prax.

   Our student body did not vote in a person for the position of Treasurer because no student ran for Treasurer. Frank Scarber held the treasury position for the 2009-10 semester at SC4, but will not be returning.

   If anyone is interested in the position, please contact Student Activities Coordinator Carrie Bearss by Friday, August 20. To apply, you must have a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester for the year 2010-11.

Stress breaker planned for end of Semester

Breigh Edmondson

Staff Writer

   End of semester is nearing, and students don’t need any extra stress. SC4’s student government is helping to eliminate that stress by hosting their “Stress breakers” winter semester event April 26-30.

   According to a press release by Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of Public Relations,
Marketing and Legislative Affairs, the first event is a Ping Pong tournament that will be held on April 26, in the College Center game room.

   The tournament is sponsored by SC4 club Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Finals for the tournament will be on April 28. Information about the ping pong tournament can be obtained by emailing jcoulter26564@student.sc4.edu.

   On April 28, Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage will be providing shoulder, neck, and head massages for students looking to take some early stress off. Massages will be provided from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the College Center private dining room.

   Also on Wednesday, SC4’s drama club will be sponsoring improv theatre games in the College Center Atrium all day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

   Along with massages and improv, Student Government will also be hosting prize drawings from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the College Center Café.

   In addition to prizes, SC4’s radio station WSGR-FM 91.3 will sponsor a “Guitar Hero” Battle of the Bands contest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in which prizes will be awarded for top finishing bands.

   After rocking out to “Guitar Hero,” students will surely be thirsty, so Bistro College Center Catering will be giving away free pop and popcorn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

   Outside of the College Center, a “Capture the Flag” event is being sponsored by the newly formed Zombie Defense Council from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 28. The game will take place between the College Center and the Fine Arts Building.

   Workshops are also planned for the week. April 29 will feature a Leadership Skills Workshop with Michael DeRosa, a nationally recognized speaker. DeRosa will also be speaking Friday, April 30 in a “Mentor the Mentor” workshop, which is open to students, staff, and faculty.

   More information about the upcoming “Stress breaker” events can be obtained by contacting Shawn Starkey at sstarkey@sc4.edu.

SC4 Symphonic Band sets audience’s toes a tappin’

Kayla Dimick

Staff Writer

   The SC4 Symphonic Band took audience members on a ride in a musical time machine as they presented their “Moments in Time” concert this Saturday.

   Old and young flooded into the McMorran Place Auditorium to hear seven pieces from significant eras in American history, ranging from the Roarin’ Twenties, to the attack on Pearl Harbor to the Blues Brothers.

   Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Tahiti Trot” featured the familiar “Tea for Two” melody and literally got audience member’s toes tapping.

   According to the “Moments in Time” program, “Tahiti Trot” was published in 1926 and written in just 45 minutes.

   The concert also featured two pieces from composer John Williams, who is responsible for composing movie scores from such films as “Star Wars,” “Superman” and “Indiana Jones.”

   Williams’ pieces, “The March from 1941” and “Midway March,” gave off a very patriotic feel.

   Donning sunglasses, the SC4 Symphonic Band played “The Blues Brothers Revue” for their final number. It included a medley of songs such as “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” “Soul Man,” “Soul Finger” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”

   The Blues Brothers were originally founded as a “Saturday Night Live” sketch by comedians John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and eventually evolved into a blues and soul revivalist band.

   Concert attendee and SC4 student, Erilee Lowe of Marine City, seemed to enjoy herself.

   “The last song was very entertaining,” she said. “Overall, it was a good concert.”

   According to the “Moments in Time” program, before the founding of the SC4 Symphonic Band, Port Huron had its own symphonic band, running from 1847 to 1958. With help from a grant from the Gannett Foundation and SC4’s Friends of the Arts program, the band was restarted in 1978.

   The SC4 Symphonic Band is under the direction of Carl Gippert and made up of around 50 college students, community musicians and advanced high school students.

   Also in attendance was Marysville resident Kim Madis, SC4 alumnus and original member of the 1978 group.

   “The concert was great. They played some very challenging pieces; not your average ‘band’ material. Very professional sounding,” she said.

   In case you missed “Moments in Time,” you can catch the SC4 Symphonic Band at the Pre-Commencement Concert Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the McMorran Place Main Arena or the “Summer Twilight” Concert Series, beginning Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m. in the Port Huron Northern Performing Arts Center.

Pollock passes with flying colors

Brian Johnston

Editor in Chief

   The first-year evaluation meeting of Dr. Kevin Pollock took place at the SC4 Board of Trustees meeting Thursday April 15, where Dr. Pollock was met with a glowing assessment.

   Dr. Kevin A. Pollock first came to SC4 as President in April 2009, after a nine-year term as Vice President of Student Services at West Shore Community College in Scottville, Michigan. Now beginning his second year of service at SC4, the board first needed to evaluate his performance for the first year.

   “I would not want a job where I had seven bosses,” said board chair Jon Adair. “And I think Kevin does a good job at understanding the connection of all seven bosses.”

   Adair continued, “I think that over the year, Kevin has dove into it, not only in title but in person.”

   The board adopted a grading system based on several categories, including Strategic Leadership and Internal Relationships. The board found Pollock satisfactory in all fronts, stating that Dr. Pollock has been, “a pleasure” to work with.

   “I think he’s been collegial,” said Nicolas DeGrazia, “and has worked extremely well with folks within in the organization.”

   “In the first year, he’s done more than I’ve expected out of a president. I’m very happy,” said Dianna Maxwell. “I think that he’s viewed by the community as a key resource.”

   Very few, if any, complaints were raised about Pollock’s performance in the past year. DeGrazia perhaps offered the strongest criticism: “Work on your golf game.”

   Dr. Pollock was given the option to have his evaluation held privately, but opted to have it held publically. “I’d like to keep it open,” said Pollock.

O. D.’s Rant 57-14

Donald Lierman

Sports Editor

Dearest reader, I have been maligned for too little or too many words in this, our last missive, of the book of O.D. I considered writhing or maybe just writing the word “THE” 666 times. But for you, dear faithful, I shall cry once more into the wilderness.

Again, I am forced to watch the Stanley Cup coverage when the national jerk works televise the games with the sound off. Their clear biases either send me to the gym or for a Canadian soda which I imbibe while screaming Iggy chants.

How to beat Phoenix? Find a ref who doesn’t feel it necessary to make up for being a bullied, inept hockey wannabee. Next, bring up the heavy hitters and don’t try to play finesse with wannabee Broad Street Bullies. Gosh, I’d love to see the Coyotes “toughies” on the ice with Dave “The Hammer” Schultz and company. Pant pant.

When I was blessed to meet the great Mickey Redmond, he had much to say about the playoffs.

“With the way the Western Conference is right now,” Redmond said, “I think the Wings are as good as anybody getting into the final four. If we continue to stay healthy and stay on track we have a good shot.”

On the “New” NHL…

“We must get rid of the phantom penalties,” Redmond said. “The way the game has cleaned up, without those calls the players would be able to exhibit their skills.”

No surrender Wings, we’ve battled back from worse than the leg-humping of desert critters.

Now for more hockey news.

Congratulations to Port Huron Icehawks’ Governor and Chief Financial Officer Frank Kinney for being selected 2009-2010 International Hockey League Executive of the Year.

I say it, the league says it, reader please see that the Icehawks are a class organization that excels despite having an arena that seats less than a fifth of some of their rivals.

Eh, Mr. Kinney, I, uhm, am graduating soon. Could you use a true hard-working fan-atic?

The playoffs are here. The Icehawks will be battling the team that defeated them in the seventh game of the finals two years ago. The time for revenge is ripe. Let’s douse the Komets.

Get out there and support the Hawks. I have had the honor to cover the players and the words class and dedication hardly describe these guys. They have an opportunity to bring the Turner Cup to our town.

This is playoff hockey, folks. This is Port Huron hockey. If you have never seen it, try it. Once you see it I feel it impossible you could not be hooked.

Icehawks’ Tab Lardner believes it will be a hard fought series.

“Fort Wayne is a strong team and have excellent older experience,” Lardner said, “but I don’t know what they will bring to the table. We have a lot of depth in our line up so we’ll keep the shifts short.

“Both teams are evenly matched. Whoever plays the game fundamentally will come out on top.”

Take a chance, dear reader, the Icehawks are one addiction that I think you will treasure.

Thanks to all involved. I’d just like to say … (rest chopped by the thought police).

ZDC Showing of “The Night of the Living Dead”

Patricia Kenner

Staff Writer

“They’re coming for you Barbra,” is what was heard on Friday, April 16 by classic movies lovers. SC4’s Zombie Defense Council, showed the 1968 cult classic “The Night of the Living Dead” to raise money.

Tickets were $5 and popcorn was included with admission. “The money raised goes towards future events sponsored by the group. One up coming event planned is capture the flag during stress breaker,” said Cody Kimball, Prime Minister of the ZDC.

21 people came to the movie which means they raised $105. Brian Johnston, Minister of War Games stated, “We were expecting anywhere from 20 to 30 people to come and we met our goal.” They were content that they were able to reach their goal.

“The Night of the Living Dead” is the grandfather of modern zombie movies,” said Kimball. And according to websites about zombies he is right.

Houseofhorrors.com states that is because before “The Night of the Living Dead,” zombie movies used voodoo to make the dead come alive and the zombies were slaves to a master.

“The Night of the Living Dead” creates a story of zombies coming back to life because of radiation and they serve no one, but their instincts.

Everyone who came seemed to be having a great time. When else does a chance come up to see a classic movie on the big screen?

Siobhan Maloney of St. Clair said, “I thought it would be cool to see the movie on a big screen. I wish they would keep playing classic movies like this.”

Zack Fisher, of Fort Gratiot, said, “I thought the movie was funny and ironic in some part, but very good.”

If interested in the Zombie Defense Council please contact Bob Kroll at rgkroll@sc4.edu

Lucky to Have Tram

Thomas Pregano

Business/Advertising Manager

Harold Tramski is SC4’s video technician, stats keeper, and an assistant on the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams.

Tramski went to SC4 for three years and Michigan State University for two where he earned a Bachelors’ degree in economics. Tramski said, “I got a BA or a BS depending on if you like economics or not.”

According to Tramski, he has been videotaping games since 1994. Tramski said, “I was there for all of the games anyway. I might as well start taping them.” Tramski has only been doing the stats for close to four years according to him.

That doesn’t sound like a lot, but Tramski does much more than that. For instance when the teams go on road trips he drives his own van, uses his own gas, and is very happy to do it.

According to Dale Vos, Athletic Director and men’s basketball and golf coach, aside from the money he makes from being an assistant coach he does the rest as a volunteer.

Vos said, “He does so many things that make my job easier, things he enjoys that I do not enjoy. Like taking and compiling stats, inputting stats into the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association)website, recording games and making copies for us, recording games of our opponents and researching our opponents.”

Vos said, “As you can imagine this means the world to us, we probably couldn’t do it without Harold, but I don’t think any of us want to try.”

Tramski has a positive effect on everyone he meets including Darrell Thompson, a campus patrol officer here at SC4. According to Thompson he has known Tramski for roughly 12 years when he worked at Golf Country.

Thompson said, “In the time that I’ve known him, he has been an extremely dedicated guy who is more than willing to drop whatever he is doing to help people out.”

Thompson said, “As a member of our athletic department he has devoted thousands of his own hours never asking for a dime. Harold, or as he is called Tram and Mallard, donates money to athletics for scholarships and trips.”

Thompson said, “I’m proud to know him and work with him; never challenge him to a round of golf unless you want to learn a lesson in losing 101.”

Pete Lacey, Registrar for SC4, said, “Harold Tramski is a blessing to the SC4 athletic department. He truly has the best interest of SC4 and the student/athletes in mind and is always willing to do whatever he can to help out.”

So the next time you see Harold Tramski, stop and thank him for all he does. We are all lucky to have a guy like Tram.

New programs and classes coming to SC4

Jessica Meneghin

Staff Writer

Coming this fall to SC4 are two new associate’s degrees in alternative energy, one newly-revised degree in alternative energy, and 10 all-new classes.

The two new programs are Renewable and Alternative Energy Technology, which prepares students to work as renewable energy technicians; installing, services, modifying, troubleshooting, and designing wind power systems, solar domestic hot water and space-heating systems, and solar electric systems.

The other is Architectural Design/Green Building, a second-year option within the Alternative Energy Program for those who wish to pursue a career in the architectural green building design field.

Facility and Energy Management is the program that is newly-revised. It is an interdisciplinary program of study that prepares students to work in the growing field of facility and energy management.

Energy conservation and energy efficiency are integrated throughout the curriculum. According to Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing, and Legislative Affairs at SC4, the curriculum was revamped to add even more alternative energy components to it.

All of these programs, Starkey revealed, come to SC4 on the wings of a grant from the federal government.

“We are a leader in alternative energy,” Starkey said. And with these new programs, on top of the windmills and solar panels and student-built recycling bins that already punctuate SC4’s campus, that would certainly be hard point to argue.

The new classes to be launched this fall include three that are part of the new alternative energy programs. They are AET 100 Electrical Power and Control Circuits I, AET 102 Programmable Logic Controllers, and AET 143 Fluid Power and Control Circuits I.

The other new classes belong to existing programs.

Four of the classes fit with the Architectural Design Program that was launched in the fall of 2009, which encompasses three new architectural design degrees and one architectural design certificate.

The remaining three classes are HIS 195 American Maritime History, BIO 195 History of Science and PE 195/THA 195 Choreography Workshop.

Registration for these and all fall 2010 classes, which begin on August 23, is going on now.

Skippers breaking apart

Aaron Tomlinson

Copy Editor

Crutches, athletic tape and ice packs plague the Skippers’ dugout this season. Injuries have haunted the Skippers’ baseball team since the dawn of the 2010 season.

In any sport, winning matters. Above all the hoopla of “playing as a team” and “giving your best,” winning is what other teams, coaches, players and even scouts see.

The Skippers now have a total of seven players out with season-ending injuries. Three are pitchers for SC4. Like any baseball team, losing pitchers could be the worst for the team and the player.

Keep in mind also, readers: these are young adults. Professionals would call them kids. Serious injuries requiring surgery can be fatal for a young player’s career.

Anthony Ingle, freshman infielder and pitcher from Port Huron, is one of the seven injured this season.

“The injury happened in Florida while we were playing Miami Dade College,” said Ingle. “When I dropped down to slide, my left foot didn’t come out of the ground and it rotated counter-clockwise around 180 degrees. My foot was facing completely backwards of the way it should.

“I fractured five different bones including my fibula and third, fourth and fifth metatarsals. I was in the hospital from the March 10-14, and March 13 was my birthday.”

Injuries like this have affected the team from the start of the season.

“A lot of arms are gone in the starting rotation,” said Chris Crimmins, freshman from Port Huron. “The team is doing whatever we can do to get through the injuries.”

America’s pastime may take a toll on the SC4 players, especially when every game played is a double-header.

“Kids are playing hurt every game,” said freshman Eric Harrington. “Right now I am playing on a sprained ankle.”

The team has a 1-13 Michigan Community College Athletic Association record and is 9-21 overall. Their only conference win was a 3-0 shutout against Mott Community College.

In order for the Skippers to turn it around, they must stay healthy for the remainder of the season.

Swanson resigns

Patrick Sullivan

Staff Writer

Craig Swanson, sociology instructor, resigned April 19 amid controversy.

Talk of his termination compelled numerous students to sign petitions, and several to speak out during the community comments section of a recent SC4 board of trustees meeting.

The student comments section of the trustee meetings allow any member of the community to speak for three minutes directly to the board.

Swanson states he “extends heartfelt thanks to students that rallied on my behalf. It lifted me up big time.” But there are “no hard feelings” to SC4 and its faculty.

Swanson’s employment was originally on a two year, temporary basis, and he was scheduled for termination at the end of the winter semester.

He originally pushed, along with some students, for a renewal of his employment. He has apparently reconsidered, and has tendered his resignation. He says he will “try to find a better fit” and “expand his career” after leaving the school.

Swanson stated, “I would hope they (my students) continue to think deeply and critically about the world around them.”

Dr. Kevin Pollock, President of SC4, couldn’t comment on the situation, due to it being a faculty issue. The students that spoke out during the meeting were mostly for Swanson’s continued employment at SC4, but both sides offered strong words.

“I truly felt I learned more in two classes than twelve years of high school,” said Alex Kramer, a senior at Port Huron Northern High School, duel enrolled at SC4. Kramer added he was “very surprised” at Swanson’s status.

Kristen Blake, a student of Swanson’s for both sociology and anthropology, said he was “very respectful,” and “Craig was someone who made me see beyond what I was learning, and apply it to the world around me.”

Not all the student turnout was positive, however. Mark Cunningham said he had a “screaming match” with Swanson, though he never had his class. Cunningham’s fiancé had Swanson’s class, and Mark confronted him after an in class argument between her and Swanson.

Other students disagree. Kristen Blake said she was “never” offended by Swanson. She also added that he was someone that encouraged open minds in his students.