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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.

Rush headlines Rogers Bayfest 2010

Breigh Edmondson

Staff Writer

Sarnia, Ontario is once again playing host to a rocking summer of music as classic rockers Rush and the Scorpions headline the six day Rogers Bayfest Festival July 8 through 10, and 16 through 18.

According to the Rogers Bayfest website, feature bands and openers are as follows:

July 8: Bobnoxious, Cinderella, The Scorpions

July 9: Rush (No openers have been announced)

July 10: Crash Karma, Sam Roberts Band, Weezer

July 16: Aaron Lines, The Road Hammers, Keith Urban

July 17: Marshall Dane, Dean Brody, Shane Yellowbird, Alan Jackson.

Hip-hop stars the Black Eyed Peas will round up the star lineup on July 18.

Tickets for the 12th Rogers Bayfest went on sale April 17, and according to the Rogers Bayfest Facebook page, the phones have been ringing “off the hook” ever since. Various ticket pickup locations include places in Sarnia. The only local ticket pickup location is Kraft 8 Theatre in Fort Gratiot.

Ticket prices for the festival range from individual band tickets, to rock and/or country day passes.

Rock passes start as low as $86, but adding Black Eyed Peas to the pass would be $122. For rock pass licensed VIP tickets, prices are as high as $280 each.

Country passes start as low as $64 for unlicensed general admission, but for a licensed VIP ticket, with Black Eyed Peas, costs $335.

Individual band ticket costs are shown below (from lowest price to highest):

The Scorpions Thursday, July 8: $24.99, $28.99, $54.99, 74.99

Rush Friday, July 9: $45.99, $49.99, $119.99, $149.99

Weezer Saturday, July 10: $34.99, $38.99, $89.99, $99.99

Keith Urban Friday, July 16: $45.99, $49.99, $99.99, $129.99

Alan Jackson Saturday, July 17: $32.99, $36.99, $85.99, $115.99

The Black Eyed Peas Sunday, July 18:  $45.99, $49.99, $119.99, $139.99

More Information about Rogers Bayfest can be found at www.sarniabayfest.com

Rock N’ Roll: Alive in Cleveland

Breigh Edmondson     

Staff Writer

   It’s a plane, there’s no bird, and it’s… a flying hot dog-mobile?

   The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, located along Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio, rocks the socks off any visitor that walks into the doors, young and old.

   Walking downtown Cleveland to the secluded building, once visitors reach the Hall of Fame, they hear a blast of sheer rock n’ roll music, ranging from Pink Floyd, to The Doors, and everywhere in between.

   Tickets cost 22 dollars for adults, according to the Hall of Fame’s information services desk, and tickets include a full tour of the museum’s six floors.

   According to the Hall of Fame website, a special exhibit on the sixth floor called “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen” features classic guitars used by Springsteen, handwritten lyric sheets, and the butt-shot from his “Born in the USA” album cover.  

   Employees at the Hall of Fame said the exhibit would close Dec. 31 this year.

   Other exhibits include “500 songs that shaped rock n’ roll,” giving visitors a chance to listen to a jukebox with over 500 rock n’ roll songs varying from the 1920’s to the 1990’s.

   Space in the museum also featured that of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Those and more specific showcases display drawings, costumes from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and even baby pictures of Hendrix, born in 1944.

   Walking through the museum, anyone looking at these exhibits gets a taste of what rockers were like in their time.

   Ranging from 1920’s folk, to emerging genre rockabilly in the 1940’s and 1950’s, it’s a history lesson for those who didn’t know how rock music came to be.
   Also featured in the Hall of Fame museum are an extended history of sound and the evolution of record players, to “iPod’s” in the 2000’s.

   Hours of operation for the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame is 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

   With spring break coming up for SC4 students, keep this in mind. It’s a great way to spend the day in downtown Cleveland, and if students are into rock, than the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame museum will surely rock your face off.

Ralphie May to visit McMorran

Breigh Edmondson

Staff Writer

   Comedian Ralphie May will be visiting McMorran Arena, March 10.

   Winner of the former NBC show “Last Comic Standing,” Arkansas native May has since been a regular on Comedy Central, and has been on various talk shows.

   According to McMorran Arena’s website, all tickets for May’s show are $29.50.

   Known for his combination of comedy, hip-hop and topical themes, May will surely crack up the arena.

   Since his win on “Last Comic Standing” May released his first comedic DVD in 2004, “Just Correct.” According to his official website, the DVD went platinum. In 2006, he released another comedic DVD, “Girth of a Nation.”

   May has opened up for comedians such as Sam Kinison, whom he said in his biography, was a dream of his to open up for Kinison.

   May will perform his comedic show at 7:30 p.m. on March 10.

   To find out how to get tickets to see Ralphie May, visit www.mcmorran.com, or call (810) 985-6166, and visit the box-office.

Battle of the Bands Rocks Campus

210 people packed into SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre when SC4 held the first annual “Battle of the Bands” Thursday, Jan. 28.
Bands playing the concert were Walking Past Nowhere, Reckless Ambitions, Gasoline Gypsy and Bishop’s Collar; also making a special appearance were bar-rockers Straight Shooter.
Profits went to SC4’s baseball team, who sponsored the show. Students paid 5 dollars per ticket while non-students paid 10 dollars, and each person that bought a ticket earned a vote for their favorite band. Additional votes were one dollar and ten votes for five dollars.
The first band of the night was newly-formed Walking Past Nowhere. According to lead singer Cody Harnden, it was the bands “first show as a group.” While backstage, Harnden, 15, of Fort Gratiot, also said the band has been together “for only four months, so we’ve been working our butts off.”
Reckless Ambitions was the second band of the night. Brian Forstner, 18, of Kimball Township, said, “The guitarist (Joshua Hoffman) reminded me of a young Eric Clapton.”
Winner of Battle of the Bands, Gasoline Gypsy, featured a trio that was a resemblance of The Black Crowes. When it was announced Gasoline Gypsy were the winners, the crowd stood up and cheered and the band got on stage to thank the crowd for being there and thanked fans for “all of their support.”
According to Denny Dwyer, the winning band won $500 in cash as “the band with the most votes.”
Bishops Collar was the last band on stage. According to the band, it was their last “hometown show” before they re-located to Buffalo, NY.
Straight Shooter, a band more known around the bar scene, played a few songs while the votes were being counted, playing the well known “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
“This is probably the youngest crowd we have played for in a long time,” said bassist Rick Langolf to the crowd.
According to Denny Dwyer, the baseball team raised “$2,000 which includes ticket sales and vote sales.”

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.