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The ABC’s of Student Services

The AAC and LRC on the campus of SC4 have changed names, but not the services they offer. These acronyms, once used to abbreviate Academic Achievement Center and Learning Resources Center, are no longer in use. The AAC is now the AC, shortened for Achievement Center and the LRC is now simply, the library.
Of the students who have picked up on the changes several have wondered why, or what is the purpose. One library staffer said, “The names have been so complicated that even though I could tell you ‘Learning Resource Center,’ [students] would say, ‘Ok, what’s that?’”
According to this same staffer the, “[College] is also looking to rename not just in our department, but in other departments, so that students understand what they are for.”
Nancy Pecorilli, Counselor and Instructional Specialist, works in the Achievement Center. She also coordinates disability services and tutoring.
Referring to the changes, she said, “Only the title has changed and it’s just to make it more user friendly, so it’s easier. Although LRC is more descriptive of what it is, there was some confusion. Most people always refer to it as the library.”
Those seeking the services offered by the library or the Achievement Center can find them located in the College Center building.
The library hours are: Mon. through Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Achievement Center hours are: Mon. and Wed. 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours are available for testing, but students must report to the library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The AC also offers a tutoring website, www.sc4.edu/tutoring. Nurses can also locate the schedule for specialized tutoring services at, www.sc4.edu/nursing.
The current rumor on campus of tutoring being offered via live chat online, is exactly that, a rumor, which is not true. Nancy Pecorilli said, “We did have it at one time, quite a few years ago… it didn’t get off the ground.” For now tutoring will remain on a drop by or walk in basis in the Achievement Center on campus.

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.”

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.

Battle of the bands

SC4 is hosting a Battle of the Bands from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Fine Arts Theater, to raise money for the Skippers baseball team.

Doors open at 6:30p.m. Four bands will compete for a 500 dollar cash prize, including Bishop’s Collar, Gasoline Gypsy, Reckless Ambitions and Walking Past Nowhere.

Admission will cost 10 dollars for public, five dollars for students. Fans can spend money to vote for their favorite band, costing one dollar for a single vote or five dollars for 10 votes.

Advance tickets can be purchased by calling (810)989-5513 between 8a.m. and 4:30p.m., or by purchasing them at the door on the night of the event.

Help is on the way

One man is on many students’ minds today: Benjamin. Many reasons have come into play on why it is hard to make “Benjamins,” or money. Now St. Clair Community College is offering free help to those seeking financial aid.
There has already been a presentation in Port Huron on January 5 and there will be another night devoted to financial aid and scholarship help on January 26 at the Sanilac Career Center.
Josephine Cassar, Executive Director of Financial Assistance and Services, was the representative at the M-Tech Building here at SC4. About 200 people showed up for the night event.
“This is a ‘financial aid 101’ class that gives the general ideas of financial aid,” said Cassar. “It is important for students to realize how important financial aid is. It can be like the early bird gets the worm.”
And that worm is as exposed as it has ever been. With loss of job percentages rising and the enrollment record breaking, students are facing longer lines at financial aid registration.
“The event that was in Port Huron and the events coming up in Sanilac and Huron Counties are not the only nights we will be doing this,” said Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Legislative Affairs. “We have representatives that go to different school districts and present this information as well.”
Collegebound.com presented some fact and fictions about the financial aid process. One fiction that may be on students minds is once the school year starts, it’s too late to apply for financial aid. However, the fact of the matter is, it’s not. Students have from January 1, the earliest date for completion of FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), till 18 months after January 1.
“Another event that is coming up will be College Goal Sunday,” Starkey said. “This is on February 14 and is more of a one-on-one approach to help students fill out FAFSA and scholarship applications.”
This free event is planned to make it easy for students to get all necessary paperwork completed, even if it is just simply filling out their name.
“Let’s say it took you 10 hours to fill out a scholarship for 500 dollars,” said Cassar. “That’s 50 dollars an hour that you’ve earned if you receive the scholarship.”
Who doesn’t want to make 50 dollars an hour?