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College newspaper receives honors

Student Journalists from SC4’s “Erie Square Gazette” brought home 15 awards from the “MCCPA’s (Michigan Community College Press Association) Press Day” at Henry Ford Community College April 17 in Dearborn, Michigan. Students in attendance were: Front row: (Left to Right) Jessica Meneghin, Kayla Dimick, Tricia Kenner and Hope Doerzbacher; second row: (Left to Right) Donald Lierman, Patrick Sullivan, Aaron Tomlinson and Ray Robinson; back row: (Left to Right) Cody Kimball, Brian Johnston, Jenny Walker, Twana Pinskey and Danielle Kennedy. Not pictured, but in attendance was Savannah Wilcox. Photo by John Lusk
Student Journalists from SC4’s “Erie Square Gazette” brought home 15 awards from the “MCCPA’s (Michigan Community College Press Association) Press Day” at Henry Ford Community College April 17 in Dearborn, Michigan. Students in attendance were: Front row: (Left to Right) Jessica Meneghin, Kayla Dimick, Tricia Kenner and Hope Doerzbacher; second row: (Left to Right) Donald Lierman, Patrick Sullivan, Aaron Tomlinson and Ray Robinson; back row: (Left to Right) Cody Kimball, Brian Johnston, Jenny Walker, Twana Pinskey and Danielle Kennedy. Not pictured, but in attendance was Savannah Wilcox. Photo by John Lusk

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“Original, thoughtful, I laughed out loud!” commented Omar Sofradzija, a judge for the 2010 MCCPA Press Day awards, on first place winner Brian Johnston’s headline “Welcome Back, Qatar.”

14 newspaper students and their advisor John Lusk attended the 2009-2010 conference at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, where they took part in journalism seminars and an awards ceremony recognizing their efforts.

The Erie Square Gazette staff won 15 awards in total in Division II of the Michigan Community College Press Association, even winning multiple awards and taking first place in the categories of sports coverage, personality profile and headline writing.

Sports writers of the ESG won every placement in the sports coverage category; Donald Lierman, the ESG Sports Editor, taking first, Savannah Wilcox, a staff writer, taking second and Aaron Tomlinson, the Copy Editor, rounding out the category with third.

The ESG staff was also honored for its originality, and use of word play in the headline writing category, taking all but the second place awards in the division.

Brian Johnston, the Editor-in-Chief of the Erie Square Gazette, personally won seven of the 15 awards, even placing second in “Student Journalist of the Year.”

“Thanks to everyone at the ESG for making that possible,” Johnston said humbly. “I wouldn’t trade this past year for anything.”

Twana Pinskey, the Photo Editor for the ESG, took home 3 awards herself, in three different categories, including photo essay, feature photo and headline writing.

“It has been a fantastic year,” said Pinskey. “My thanks to all of our staff at the ESG, who went above and beyond to help the editors make the ESG the fantastic paper that it is.”

The complete list of awards and winners is provided below.

The Erie Square Gazette will continue to strive to achieve the best, to better serve the SC4 community.

Category – Placement – Recipient

In Depth News Story – Honorable Mention – Brian Johnston
Feature Story – 3rd Place – Brian Johnston
Personality Profile – 2nd Place – Kayla Dimick
Personality Profile – 1st Place – Brian Johnston
Sports Coverage -3rd Place – Aaron Tomlinson

Sports Coverage – 2nd Place – Savannah Wilcox
Sports Coverage – 1st Place – Donald Lierman
Critical Review – 2nd Place – Brian Johnston
Headline Writing – Honorable Mention – Brian Johnston
Headline Writing – 3rd Place – Twana Pinskey
Headline Writing – 1st Place – Brian Johnston
Feature Photo – 2nd Place – Twana Pinskey
Photo Essay – 3rd Place – Twana Pinskey
Overall Design – 3rd Place – ESG Staff
Student Journalist of The Year – 2nd Place – Brian Johnston

College news for the 21st Century!

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   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.

Student Government positions, up for grabs

The Student Government seat held by sophomore Dan Wiley will be open for election on April 7 and 8.
Photo by Brian Johnston; The Student Government seat held by sophomore Dan Wiley will be open for election on April 7 and 8.

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You could be the next President of Student Government! Sound interesting? Petitions are available until in the Enrollment Services Office until March 26, when they are due back to Carrie Bearss by 4:30 p.m. To become a candidate, petitions must be signed by a minimum of 40 currently enrolled students.

The elections are scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, and Thursday, April 8 in the College Center Cafe’. Every SC4 student is able to vote, and run for office if they meet certain criteria.

To be a candidate for Student Government office, you must be enrolled for at least nine credit hours and have a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

“If you don’t have a 2.0 grade point average you have bigger problems than losing an election,” Dan Wiley, the current Student Government President joked.

Potentially, Wiley will be among the current Student Government officers that will not be running for re-election. Chuck King, the current Vice President, is running for next year’s Presidency, and may be the only current officer that will return next year.

King is among those petitioning for candidacy, and he says he knows of at least three others who are running for election.

“The most important thing is the voting dates,” said King, denoting the importance of student participation in the election process. Campaigning will begin on March 29, when students will be allowed to hang campaign signs around campus.

Student Government is a group that acts as the voice of the student body, in which every student can participate, that also helps coordinate student activities and events on campus.

Every position will be available, and officers will serve one-year terms, starting with spring semester and ending at the finish of winter semester, and officers are required to continue to maintain a 2.0 grade point average in at least nine credit hours to be remain in office.

The voting will take place on April 7 and April 8, from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. till 6 p.m., in the College Center Cafe’. Voters must show identification.

For more information contact Carrie Bearss at 989-5501 or the Student Government office at 989-5737.

Thinking Inside The Box

Photo by Cody Kimball; Carrie Bearss and Kevin Thurston inspect a prototype of the recycling containers during the first day of the construction project.
Photo by Cody Kimball; Carrie Bearss and Kevin Thurston inspect a prototype of the recycling containers during the first day of the construction project.

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Web Master

   When, you’re finished reading this paper, don’t throw it away, recycle it. Is the nearest recycle bin too far away to bother? Not for long. Soon, permanent recycling receptacles will be all over campus, thanks to a “green” project at SC4.

   The recycle bins, built by students and staff at SC4, are the latest addition in a trend of green additions to the campus.

   “The college has recycled office waste for decades now, since the early ’90’s,” said Bob Hunckler, advisor of the Engineering Club, and a leader of the project. “This is the first time we’ve made it open for the students.”

   Students of all levels of construction experience were invited to participate in the construction of the recycle bins, throughout last week in the Acheson Technology Center.

   Those involved were assigned one of four stations to build various components of the bins, in a sort of assembly line. The materials to build the four components: tops; walls; doors and backs, were pre-cut to be identical sizes to ease construction.

   “Sort of an easy jigsaw puzzle,” as Hunckler put it.

   The receptacles are built out of decking materials, made of recycled plastics. The decking materials are durable, even in the elements, and these boxes are intended to be used indoors. So they are expected to be on campus for years, even decades, to come.

   Each box will have two containers on the inside, separating bottles, such as water and soda bottles, from papers, like unwanted homework, and the print you’re holding now.

   “They’re not for material from your homes, but materials that are on campus: plastic bottles and such,” Hunckler said through his dust mask during the construction of a piece of assembly equipment.

   Even the construction of the containers was done with the environment in mind. Tool boxes and part containers were fashioned out of juice jugs and other recyclable items. “Reuse and then recycle!” Hunckler stated.

   The project was sponsored by the Student Government, and managed by members of the SC4 Green Team, comprised faculty, students and staff, in the interests of promoting an eco-friendly campus environment, and college pride, through a bit of “sweat-equity.”

   On the first day of the project, members of many different student organizations were represented at the construction. Officers of Student Government, like Frank Scarber and Chuck King, (along with the help of his daughter, Cassie King) helped construct doors, walls and tops to the bins.

   Twana Pinskey, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Zombie Defense Council, and the Erie Square Gazette helped build doors. Students from virtually every club and background were represented in the effort. Even Carrie Bearss, SC4’s Student Activities Coordinator, pitched in, helping the process of building.

   “This is what the college needs to do,” said Hunckler, whose family members, including his daughter Katie, had come to assist with the project. “It’s part of our society now.”

   Upon completion, the recycle bins will be placed in areas to service the entire campus, as another step toward a greener cleaner environment.

Beaches and Beer

   Everyone wants to have an enjoyable spring break, and for many of us at SC4, this year could very well be our first college spring break experience. Why not make it memorable?

   I personally have many years of travel experience under my belt, and have recently returned from a venture to Cozumel, Mexico aboard the “Royal Caribbeans’ Grandeur of the Seas.”

   For those of you looking for a fun, safe and exciting adventure this spring break, I’d like to share some of my experiences with everyone and dispense some advice, to make this spring break memorable, enjoyable and even affordable!

   The first and most important step in planning a spring break vacation is planning. Flights, cruise bookings, transportation, passports, shore excursions, all need to be accounted for.

   Spring break doesn’t need to be expensive to be enjoyable. Currently cruises around spring break cost as little as 250 dollars, plus fees, all depending what you want to do.

   Most spring breakers, are looking for a party, and in my experience, I can suggest no better place than Cozumel, Mexico.

   Cozumel is a great place to start for those who are less traveled, but still want to go somewhere exotic, and in search of a good time. If you take the cruise option, you can expect to be in port for nearly 12 hours, which is plenty of time to have a blast.

   For those unfamiliar with Cozumel, it is a Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea, off of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is roughly 30 miles long and 10 miles wide, and has a population of around 75,000 people.

   The island is rich with Mayan cultural history, and is host to some of the most breathtaking scenery that one can encounter. Palm trees, white sands, and clear azure waters await visitors.

   When in Cozumel and some other tourist prone cities like Cancun, on the mainland to the North, there are some things American tourists should be aware of.

   The native language of Mexico is Spanish, but most of the locals in Cozumel speak English to some extent. The reason for this is rather simple. “Tourism,” Jose Carlos, my tour guide in Cozumel said, “is our industry. It’s not ‘an’ industry it’s our ‘only’ industry.”

   This is convenient for Americans who do not know Spanish however it should not be abused, and assumed that the person you are talking to understands everything you are saying to them in English. Be courteous, and if necessary speak slower and clearer so that what you’re saying is understood.

   Knowing some Spanish doesn’t hurt either. Though it isn’t expected for tourists to know the native tongue, doing so will earn you much more respect and it will not go unrewarded.

   Haggling is a common practice for store owners, and if you negotiate in their language, you might walk away with some better deals than your strictly English speaking companions.

   Transportation is a factor that should be taken into serious consideration. After experiencing it firsthand, I can say that driving is something best left to the professionals.

   Rental vehicles are available on the island, but many of the places that you will want to visit, unless you are going on a tour, or to one of the remote beaches, are in close proximity to each other.

   Taxis are very inexpensive, in many cases less than 10 dollars for four people to go anywhere on the island. Traffic in Cozumel runs rather quickly and if you are unprepared, or intoxicated, as you may find is the case, you may find yourself in trouble.

   Plus the dust on the country roads is a considerable nuisance if you are exposed and should be avoided.

   Speaking of which, as I said before, Cozumel is a great place to have fun and be safe at the same time. The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18, and therefore judgment is really in your own hands.

   Drinking is not a taboo in Mexico, and tequila and cerveza (Spanish for beer) are less expensive and easier to find than safe drinking water.

   As you walk past or into shops, many times you may be offered free tequila, or margaritas, or even cerveza, as a ploy to get you to step inside, see what the store has to offer, and hopefully take home a bottle of their finest (most expensive) tequila.

   If you’re looking to save some cash, this is an easy way to do it, and you may (if you’re 21 or older) find something you like to bring home with you. Cruise line policies on what you can bring back on board with you vary, so it is always good to ask.

   Remember to be responsible no matter where you go, and not to drive if you’ve had too much.

   For the less party hardy there are many more, equally-fun things to do on the island, from pristine beaches, Eco reserves, gift shopping, tours, dolphin encounters, and some of the best SCUBA diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean. Cozumel is home to a coral reef that can be reached by swimming from shore, and isn’t to be missed.

   The water in Mexico typically is far warmer than in Port Huron, so don’t be dissuaded if the locals tell you it’s cold. Be mindful of your travel, if you’re a SCUBA diver, of course don’t dive within 24 hours of a flight, and always be cautious of the coral which can be very fragile.

   The shopping can be some of the most fun you have on the island, with shops selling wares not typically available in the United States, but one must be cautious as to what they are buying.

   There are many “Cuban cigar” shops on the island, and even more jewelry stores, and either may have questionable merchandise. The Cuban cigars, besides being potentially fakes, are still not to be bought by Americans due to the trade embargo.

   Until this changes, buy at your own risk. The jewelry stores sell many pieces of silver jewelry, but the questionable merchandise is the black coral jewelry.

   Black coral isn’t technically illegal, but one can never be too sure of the harvesting methods with which they are made. It’s best to stay away from either of these if you are unsure.

   Finally regarding Cozumel is the food. Authentic Mexican is much different from the “Taco Hell” as Jose Carlos called it in America.

   Tortillas, beans, rice and chicken or another meat can be expected at a typical meal. The addition of salsa can add some spice to the dish, and authentic is usually very good. I, however, against the advice of the waiting staff, tried some green habanero sauce.

   “Oh you don’t want that, man, it’ll make you cry,” the local warned me. I tried it. He was right.

   As fun and exciting as Cozumel can be, you may find, as I did, that the cruise, itself is even better.

   In my 5 days aboard the “Grandeur of the Seas” I had more fun and met more cool people than I have in years. There is never a lack of things to do at sea, and you may find that there are not enough hours in the day to do everything you want to.

   Between the handfuls of bars, the casino, two restaurants, the rock wall, six hot tubs, two swimming pools, various clubs, arcade, gym, dance floor, library, card room, lounges and the theater there is never a dull moment.

   And even when there are worlds of things to do, you may find that the best and most memorable times are when you are doing nothing at all with some newfound friends.

   If you do what I did and spend most of your time lounging about in the hot tubs, you’re sure to meet some interesting people from all over the world.

   Donald Smith, 17, of Atlanta, Georgia; Candace and Caroline McCarthy, 16 and 14, sisters from New Jersey; John and Cody Consul, 20 and 17 of New York, all became part of my sort of misfit cruise family, along with Flor Zozaya, 15, and Macy Randrup, 14, of Argentina.

   We were all complete strangers at the start of the cruise, but quickly became the best of friends.

   Somewhere between the Quinceanera group from Argentina, Paul the belly flop contest gold medalist from Kitchener, Ontario, and the cruise staff from every island nation imaginable, I began to see the big picture and the world as a global community.

   When everyone is together trying to have a good time, you’d be surprised how much we have in common.

A couple pieces of advice for the cruise ship; bring clothes. This may seem rather obvious but there are times on the ship when to be dressed up is definitely a plus, and to have pants is a “requirement” to having dinner in the restaurants.

Multiple restaurants may end up having the same food, so if you don’t want to wait on being waited upon just head to the buffet. Sure it’s less “classy” but it will let you eat at your own schedule.

Use your towels in your bathroom, and then throw them on the floor when you are done, if you want housekeeping to keep you entertained every day. When housekeeping replaces your towels, many of them will leave them in the form of a different animal every day, always something to look forward to.

  There is a bottle opener affixed to the wall in the bathroom on some cruise lines. Look for it and you may be surprised.

   Be nice to your cruise attendants. You’ll likely have the same ones for the duration of the cruise and knowing them by name is a great way of showing them you appreciate what they do and they might let you get away with more.

   Courtesy is key on board. Asking politely for something may result in better results than anticipated. My group had a waiter who would bring us drinks in the hot tub so we didn’t have to move to get them.

Listen carefully and be aware of everything your ship has to offer. I was unaware until the end of the cruise that the indoor pool had a pizza snack bar in the back corner. Special events like dance classes, comedy shows, parties are happening all the time and will definitely make the trip worth the money.

   With careful planning, consideration and common sense, enjoy your spring break this year.

PTK Blog Addresses Student Concerns

Since everything is going global, should there be a foreign language requirement for all courses of study? Do you think there should be housing at SC4? What makes a good consultation with a professor?
If you ever have questions like these, or any questions regarding college or global affairs, the Lambda Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa may have just what you need.
The Lambda Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society has a web log dedicated to answering student concerns, allowing students to ask questions often by asking questions of students themselves.
And it’s not just SC4 students that are getting involved in the discussions. The blog has visitors and interactions from visitors around the world.
According to the visitor map available on the webpage that tracks the home locations of page viewers, the blog has had over 1000 unique visitors from 37 different countries around the world, spanning every continent with the exception of Antarctica.
Questions and topics like those mentioned before are updated frequently and are open to public commentary. Content is created by many different college officials such as college president, Dr. Pollock, who upon returning from Qatar, answered any questions that those interested posed about his experiences.
The blog, which has a link on the SC4 homepage, can be found at sc4ptk.wordpress.com. For more information about the blog contact Phi Theta Kappa club advisor Angela Heiden at 810-984-3881.