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Skippers Sink Raiders

“There were a lot of bodies flying in different directions,” said men’s basketball coach Dale Vos. Bodies tossed, scrambled, and sliced in a conference clash with Oakland Community College with the Skippers reigning victorious 80-73.
In the first half, the action was hot enough to peel the new paint off the gym walls. Both teams were back to back in the first half with scoring drives and plenty of rebounding.
Sophomore Devin Kling of Memphis, dropped three three-pointers in the first half. The scoring leader of the half was sophomore Kieon Arkwright from Flint with 13 points.
“This definitely is a game we needed to win and Oakland was a good team,” said Arkwright.
However, the Raiders were fighting right alongside the Skipper gents. Both teams battled head-to-head till the half time buzzer with the score 41-39 Skippers.
The second half shaped up to be more of the same. However, the Skippers came prepared after halftime. The team took advantage of their rebounding chances against Oakland. Sophomore Jake Stark from Richmond finished the game with a team-high seven rebounds.
What may have decided it all were two late three-pointers from Eric Mack, Jr. “Coach told us at half time we needed to box out more,” said Mack. And box out they did, earning 13 second-half rebounds that lifted the Skippers past Oakland.
This game gave the Raiders their first Michigan Community College Athletic Association loss of the season.
“The main focus of this game was defense and rebounds,” Coach Vos said. “The team probably got sick of hearing it, but I kept pressing the fact that we needed to just play our game close with these guys.”
The Skippers tacked on another victory making them 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference. Their next game is Thursday at number fourteen ranked Mott Community College.

Lady Skippers Steal Second Place

The Lady Skippers trampled the Oakland Raiders with a 78-64 win, last Saturday. The first half of the game proved to be a battle for both teams. SC4 started out with an aggressive defensive strategy, and a motive to push the ball up the floor.
“As a team, we have a lot of speed and we try to push the ball up the floor as much as possible,” Coach Carrie Lohr of SC4 said.
SC4 took control with a 7-2 run to start the game before OCC could rack up the points for a tie with 14 minutes left on the clock. Though both teams battled every second, The Skippers had a slim lead of 32-31 at the half before returning with a 14-2 run at the beginning of the second half. “(The run) was a total shock. OCC is a very talented and competitive team but the beginning of the second half allowed us to recover from our mistakes in the first half,” said Coach Lohr.
“We definitely came to win, and played to win,” said sophomore Korea Jackson from Chesterfield, who led the Skippers with 17 points. “We took second place by winning this game today, and we have been practicing hard to win first place this year.”
The Oakland Raiders high scorers were Chanel Hernandez with 19 points, and Danielle Kwasiborski with 14 points. The Skippers had an amazing offensive game with three double-double players: Chanahl Putnam 10 assists, 10 points; Jessica Stevenson 12 rebounds, 10 points; Megan Johnson 10 rebounds, 12 points. Also Jackie Highstreet had 13 points. Highstreet, Jackson, and Stevenson all drained two shots from behind the arch to add to the win.
“Scoring is an important quality for every player, and to be a team everyone has to score,” said Coach Lohr. “We are looking forward to the next couple of games, and we are hoping to fight our way into first place at tournament time.” The Lady Skippers’ next game is located at Mott Community College on January 20th; tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.

O. D.‘s Rant

Just as every cop is a criminal / and all your sinners saints…
Well, Glimmer Twins, we may as well bid sympathy to the Old Nick, for fair play is definitely being thrown out with the bath water. Let the ranting begin.
Watching Saturday’s game with the Red Wings and the Dallas Stars, I can only come to the conclusion that if there is not an unofficial prejudice against the Red Wings, the NHL officiating staff from the ice to Toronto should be held for charges of gross ineptitude.
During the shootout, a shot sent Wings goalie Jimmy Howard to the goal line to trap it. An NHL referee was standing a foot away, level with the goal line. He waved the play a save. Another referee skates up and whispers to check the play with Bettman’s lair in Toronto.
During the consultation there are shots of what appears to be the original referee being forced to justify his case. After prolonged consideration a goal is given to the Stars that proves to be the deciding measure of the shootout.
I challenge the viewer to show me indisputable evidence that the puck was over the line. That is the rule in overturning an on ice call.
Does this mean the referee who made the call is so blind that he cannot see the play better than an idiot in Toronto who has more note, indisputable evidence from afar?
Some may claim it is only a point. Yet a point could determine whether the Wings make the playoffs. The Wings play with honor. Imagine how that must stick in the craw of the suits.
This is only an example of what I have seen over the years. A non-call here, an overturned call there. The evidence is damning. I challenge a non-partial observer to overturn my call.
Finally, get rid of the NHL players participating in the Olympics. Number one, they are not amateurs. Number two, they screw up the schedule so badly that races are being determined in February. Number three, someone tell NHL wannabe Fuhrer Gary ‘hit them with a purse’ Bettman, that not only will the NHL never be the NBA, true fans don’t want it to be.
Check out www.firebettman.com for a few laughs.
On a sober note, if you can, contribute to the Red Cross for Haitian relief. We are so lucky in this country to have some sort of infrastructure. Our country is in desperate financial straits thanks to George ‘what me worry?’ Bush but when an event like the Haitian earthquake occurs, America takes the lead. That is what makes our country still the greatest.
Look around, if Port Huron had such a magnitude earthquake it would be leveled too. Let’s count our blessings and help our fellow brethren.
OK, I sounded like Tiny Tim for a sec. Next time, back to baring the fangs at affronts against truth, justice, and the American way!

Icehawks soar past Gems

The gods of hockey move in mysterious ways.
Elusive bounces of the puck gave the Dayton Gems a 3-1 lead after the first period despite being out shot by the Port Huron Icehawks, 13-9. Whether it was a change of goalies or a renewed focus on the game plan, the Icehawks roared back to score five unanswered goals.
Port Huron defeated Dayton, 6-3, on Friday, January 15 to continue to hold sole possession of first place in the IHL.
“The guys really rallied and found a way,” Port Huron Coach Stan Drulia said. “Dayton got a real lucky one, a deflection, then a late one.”
After the first period Port Huron replaced goalie Larry Sterling with Adam Russo.
“All their goals had nothing to do with my change of goalies. I can’t blame Larry,” Drulia said. “That was the first time I pulled a goalie all year. The move was a wake up call to the whole team.”
“I was really surprised they got lucky on all three goals,” Russo said. “The last goal was a snipe right past Larry’s head.”
Russo blanked the Gems the rest of the night, stopping 19 shots.
“In the last two periods our hitting swung the momentum,” Russo said. “We laid down six or seven checks in the first five minutes. We got the back to back goals that changed the tempo.”
After a Port Huron Brandon Naurato power play goal, the Hawks’ Tab Lardner tied the game at the ten minute mark of the second period. Mike Gershon gave the Hawks the lead with two minutes left.
“Big hits seemed to get contagious,” Drulia said. “That’s the way we know we can play. We need to get physical by committee. When we do that we are going to wear teams down with our speed. That’s what changed the game around.”
Jason Kostadine scored his first goal of the season at the 3:27 mark of the third period.
“It feels like I got a huge gorilla off my back,” Kostadine said. “I felt I was happy but my teammates started acting like we won the cup.”
“Kostadine has been working so hard for that goal,” Russo said. “He’s been playing so well lately.”
Port Huron’s Derek Patrosso added the Hawks’ sixth goal with less than two minutes left to ice the cake.
Quad City will visit McMorran on January 23. Game time is 8:00 p.m. For further Icehawks information, visit www.porthuronicehawks.com.

Grand Slam at Renaissance Festival

The St. Clair County Community College baseball team along with parents, coaches, friends and area high school honor society students teamed up to raise $44,991.89 running a food court with 13 booths at the Michigan Renaissance Festival during the fall semester.
The food court ran seven weekends from August through October and was the largest amount ever raised by an SC4 athletic fundraiser.
The money will cover all of the team’s overnight and spring training travel costs. As SC4 was forced to make cuts because of the economy, the baseball team and other athletic teams are picking up the slack in fundraising efforts for their respective programs.
The Renaissance Festival was made possible by Assistant Head Coach Ken Vernier who had the contact with the festival according to Skipper’s head coach Denny Dwyer.
Dwyer said, “This was only made possible by a tremendous effort by all the players, coaches, and even their friends and families.” Dwyer said, “It wasn’t easy, but the team pulled together and earned every penny of this.”
Shawn M. Starky, Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Legislative Affairs said, “The college is proud of our baseball team’s efforts.” Starkey said “The fact that parents, friends and others also worked on this fundraiser speaks volumes about the support the baseball team has in our community.”
Starkey said, “We congratulate coaches Denny Dwyer and Ken Vernier on leading the team to the most successful athletic fundraiser in SC4 history.”
Good news travels fast. All the way to the Director of Athletics, men’s basketball and golf coach at SC4 Dale R. Vos. Vos said, “I am tremendously impressed by the leadership of the coaches and the diligence of the student athletes.”
Vos said, “These folks put in approximately 30 hours per weekend for 7 weekends all to help better their, and our, team.”
The Skipper’s are not done fundraising. They are putting on the Battle of the Bands contest and raffling off a trip to Hawaii to name a few in the upcoming weeks.

Celebrations for the King

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. started with a dream, and turned into a legacy. SC4 celebrated this legacy Monday night with a night of festivities at the SC4 theatre.
There were multiple acts of singing and dancing present, and even a mock Michelle Obama appearance. It was a night in which a group of people showed that it is possible for all races to be equal, and celebrate with each other.
“If there was anything that the King had taught us, it was to love all people, because we are all equal,” Rev. Bill McGill stated Monday. Rev. McGill is from Fort Wayne, Indiana and he has attended this celebration for the last four years, this year he read the famous “I Have a Dream…” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. himself. “I have been coming to SC4 for a few years now, and it is always a pleasure to come here for the celebration of the King,” McGill said.
Rev. McGill was not the only person who admired the work of the king. Jerilyn Brown, President of the Port Huron branch of the NAACP, also wanted to honor MLK Jr. for his hard work. “It has been 16 years since we started to celebrate the King’s day of service, and in those 16 years we’ve come a long way but we still have a long way to go,” she said referring to the racial problems the United States still tries to overcome today.
As people spoke of races joining together, the crowd was filled with different races joining together in celebration.
“The King would be proud of where we are today, because only love can bring us together,” Geri Kimbro (Cultural Opportunities Subcommittee, Co-Chair SC4 Diversity Advisory Council) said while opening the ceremony.
The crowd participated in the festivities, and the entire theatre was exploding with joy, love, and remembrance. It had felt as if MLK Jr. himself was there as races pulled together to celebrate one of the most important people of the 20th century.

Supporting the “Community”

From the time we were in elementary school, we’re expected to pursue higher education. You’ve heard the rhetoric. “You can’t get a good job if you don’t go to college.”
And now that you’re in community college, odds are you’ve heard another set of rhetoric: “Thirteenth grade,” you’ve heard them call it. “Glorified high school.”
After all, what community college graduate ever made anything of themselves?
Walt Disney, Sarah Palin, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte and NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle to name a few.
For examples even closer to home, just look in the back of the college catalog. You’ll find community college graduates like Sociology professor Kraig Archer, Student Activities Coordinator Carrie Bearss, Business Administration professor Ross Green, new English Department adjunct Bob Kroll “and plenty more,” according to Shawn Starkey.
All of these people – and more – got their start at community colleges and went onto the proverbial “bigger and better things.”
NBC even has a show called “Community” in which a group of societal castoffs have misadventures at a community college. It may make for good television, but it’s not entirely clear what it does to the image of community colleges.
In an episode of “Community,” Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) is happy to have made it into the newspaper. “And this isn’t the school paper, by the way,” Shirley said. “This is a real damn paper. There’s a ‘Marmaduke’ in there.”
One can see how that would rub the Editor-in-Chief of a community college newspaper the wrong way.
The truth is there are many types of community college students, and just as many reasons why people attend them.
None of this seems to stop community college getting a bad rap from certain people. There’s nothing you can do to silence them; what’s important is that you don’t let them get to you.
If you’re a student here at SC4, it’s because you want to further your education. Don’t let someone kick your legs out from under you just because you’re not at a “real college.”
This is a real college. This is a real newspaper. You’re a real student.

The Diary of Joe Louis Arena

The “Diary of Jane” opened one more time as Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, and Flyleaf rocked the Joe Louis Arena stage Saturday, Jan. 16.
Flyleaf, a Christian rock band out of Texas, opened for co-headliners Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace. Lead singer Lacey made the stage her own with her soaring vocals on songs such as “Again,” and her epic screams in “I’m So Sick.” The band proved they could handle an arena stage, and play in front of fans that continuously scream for the next band.
Hard rockers Breaking Benjamin were second on stage. Opening up with their latest single “I Will Not Bow,” the first words of the song spawned one crazy crowd: “Fall.” Performing older singles such as “So Cold,” and “Polyamorous,” Breaking Benjamin treated the audience to newer songs such as “Into the Nothing” and “Hopeless” from their 2009 release, “Dear Agony.”
To top off the set, they covered “Dream On,” by Aerosmith, which started out acoustic, then turning into a full on pyro-fest. Closing with their hit “The Diary of Jane,” fans were left starving for more, and wanted to open the diary of Breaking Benjamin one more time.
Last but not least, Three Days Grace performed soon after Breaking Benjamin also opening with a newer song, “Break.” The lights and sounds of sirens made you feel like you were in an ambulance. Singing everything from “I Hate Everything about You” to “Never too Late,” Three Days Grace kicked butt on the Joe Louis Stage. From the drummer’s replica of a Tommy Lee drum solo, to amazing vocals by Adam Gontier, even of a cover of Apocalyptica’s “I Don’t Care,” the band solidified their spot into one of the best live acts in 2010 so far.

Late-night Debacle: Who will prevail?

A heated debate has been taking place over the last few weeks.
This debate doesn’t involve powerful world leaders or state politicians; it involves two late night TV heavyweights: Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.
According to CNN.com, it all started Sunday, January 9 when NBC announced that “The Jay Leno Show” would be removed from its 10pm time slot effective February 11th due to poor ratings.
Chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment Jeff Gaspin came up with a plan in which Leno could host another new, half-hour show at 11:35, pushing “The Tonight Show” with Conan O’Brien to 12:05, and pushing “Late Night” with Jimmy Fallon to 1 am.
But, O’Brien wasn’t having it.
After a few days of NBC trying to negotiate with both parties, O’Brien released a statement on Tuesday, January 11.
He said, “My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of ‘The Tonight Show’. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is destruction,” O’Brien said. “Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.”
In his statement, O’Brien explained that bumping the time forward into the next day would damage the franchise and that it would be unfair to Jimmy Fallon, the new host of “Late Night”, to make his show start at 1 am.
O’Brien also went on to dispel any rumors of him moving to another network.
In a recent poll conducted by TMZ entitled “Who is the Bad Guy?” the numbers reveal that most people are on O’Brien’s side with only 25% of the vote. Leno got 26%, and President of NBC Entertainment Jeff Zucker was voted the “bad guy” with 49%.
SC4 students seem to be on O’Brien’s side, as well.
“I love Conan and I think what NBC is doing to him is completely wrong,” freshman Brittany Detloff said. “Jay had his time.”
SC4 student Alex Meyer agreed, saying, “I think Jay Leno is a guy who was bored not having a show. He didn’t need the money; he was just bored. And since he has so much celebrity weight, all he had to do was say, ‘Hey, I want my show/time back.’ And the networks were like ‘Yeah! Alright! LOL!’”
To decide what side you are on, you can catch the Jay Leno show weeknights at 10pm and “The Tonight Show” with Conan O’Brien at 11:35 pm on NBC.

Eli Brings Enlightenment

In a society where all you have to guide you is believing “The Book of Eli” enlightens you.
Directors Albert & Allen Hughes (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents) return with “The Book of Eli” starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.
In the Hughes Brothers’ latest screen spectacle Denzel Washington (American Gangster) plays Eli, a man trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world where people have forgotten what is really important: having faith.
In this world it has come to the point where even the most basic of resources are fought for and people will do anything in their power to get what they need, this includes even going as far as killing for water.
Eli is a lone wolf, but when he meets up with a girl played by Mila Kunis (That 70’s Show, Family Guy), he changes his ways. The young lady is being forced to do unspeakable things, and after much pleading by her mother, Eli agrees to do what he can to save her so that she won’t have to cope with everything her mother is forced to endure.
“The Book of Eli” has the same look to it at times of classics from the past such as “Mad Max,” but with a deeper plot and better character development.
If you have liked other titles from The Hughes Brothers go into this movie with an open mind. The “Book of Eli” has the same trademark dialogue and scene feel, however it breaks new ground in the sense that it deals with a subject that is different from what they have done before.
“The Book of Eli” gives a whole new feel to the idea of religion; you have the fanatic religious leader but he takes his beliefs and tries to make his followers do everything for him and not for what they should.
Some people will go into this movie and come out feeling offended and others will get the deeper message that it tries to convey in that you don’t have to “see to believe.” This movie may not win any awards or other accolades, but hopefully you can go in and come out not feeling like you have wasted two hours of your life.
I give it 3.5 out of 5.