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Behind the scenes of Scientology

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Stephanie Pedrotti
Photo Editor
stephaniepedrottiesg@gmail.com

Scientology is a religion founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1955. Scientologists believe in “truth,” they don’t think that we were put on this earth by a “God,” and they believe that “the ultimate goal of Scientology is true spiritual enlightenment and freedom for all.” People who practice Scientology believe that we were brought here by “Xenu,” who they believe created us and put our souls on Earth.

There are over 10 million Scientologists in the world, which is what helped Scientology become an official religion. Some actors, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, are involved in Scientology. You’re probably thinking “wow, that’s so cool!” However, there are some things that they don’t tell you about Scientology.

There are different levels of Scientology, the highest of which is the “Sea Org.” The Sea Org is above everyone else. Being in the Sea Org may sound fantastic, but you can’t have any kids, or they force you to get an abortion. Also, when you’re in the Sea Org, you don’t live with your significant other. All the women live in one house and all the men live in another. You also never eat dinner with your significant other. Compared to today’s society, this is utterly different from how people live outside Scientology.

When you’re in Scientology, you can’t talk to someone who isn’t in Scientology, or you’ll be reported and fined $500. This forces people to pay the Church and gives the Church more and more money. Basically, the Church of Scientology is all about money.

Also, in Scientology, they don’t believe in normal medication, but in vitamins. If you have a mental disorder, they’ll give you vitamins to help cure your mental problems. Sometimes they’ll also lock you in a dark room for days at a time in an attempt to cure you.

There is a woman who tried getting out of the Scientology, Leah Remini. She has a show called “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” in which she tries to expose the Church of Scientology. The Church is attempting to get her to stop exposing them.

Remini is trying to get with almost all the people who have escaped Scientology to hear their stories. Most of them have said that if some of their families left Scientology, they had to completely disown them and vice versa. Imagine having to completely disown your family because they don’t believe in the same things that you do.

According to Remini’s show, Scientology tries to completely control your whole life and make sure that you don’t do things against the Church’s beliefs; when you do go against Scientology beliefs, all hell breaks loose and they frame you for things that you didn’t do.

Year of the Rooster

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Alexis Faley
Staff Writer

Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is a celebration that affects the lives of millions of people worldwide. It is a time when people gather together to appreciate one of the world’s richest and most historic cultures. So what exactly is Spring Festival? Why is it significant and how is it celebrated?

The holiday is dependent upon the lunisolar Chinese calendar. Because of this, the date varies slightly every year. In 2017, the festival began on the eve of the New Year, Jan. 27, and will continue until Feb. 15.

One celebration in particular took place at St. Clair Shores public schools, on Jan. 27, where a number of exchange students gathered to partake in holiday activities. The event embodied many important aspects of the Spring Festival.

The celebration was held inside the school dorms. The building where exchange students live was transformed into a beautiful celebration hall filled with authentic food, a plethora of holiday decorations, and various performances put on by the exchange students. Performances included singing, dancing and comedy. The building was adorned with the color red in the form of red lanterns, red paper decorations, red signs, and more.

One young man explained the significance of the color red in Chinese culture. He said that an ancient Chinese legend told the story of a man-eating monster called Nian. Nian only came out to eat people on New Year’s Eve. Eventually, the people discovered that Nian was afraid of loud noises and the color red, so they hung red lanterns and ornaments and lit fireworks every New Year’s Eve to scare him away. The tradition of hanging red decorations and lighting fireworks on New Year’s Eve is still an important part of Chinese culture today.

All throughout the night, the students performed act after act. Each one was unique. The performances included a violin/piano duet, many beautiful dance routines ranging from more traditional to modern styles, a number of vocal performances – including one from a former Chinese opera singer, and a violin/drum/guitar trio. The night was concluded with a few choir arrangements of traditional Chinese songs sung by all of the students and staff.

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Mosquitoes: How to prevent breeding and disease

Andrew Kovacsstopmosquitoes_456px
Staff Writer
andrewkovacsesg@gmail.com

The American Mosquito Control Association held their 31st annual conference on Feb. 1 and 2 at the Blue Water Convention Center. More than 100 people attended the event, including 20 speakers. The speeches covered a variety of topics revolving around the control of the mosquito population.
Mosquitoes can be a huge risk to human health. According to their website, the AMCA’s purpose is to enhance public health through the suppression of mosquitos. The AMCA intends to improve our quality of life by formulating and enacting methods to eliminate these troublesome insects; this was also the purpose of the annual conference in Port Huron.
The AMCA is a non-profit organization founded in New Jersey in 1935, said AMCA North Central Director Mark Breidenbaugh at the conference. As Breidenbaugh stated, there are more than 1300 members of the AMCA worldwide, some of whom are scientists, students and employers/employees involved in mosquito control businesses.
Breidenbaugh said the AMCA is the leader in promoting the highest standards of professional mosquito control. They provide information and testimony to the government in order to impact policy decisions regarding mosquito-borne disease.
Dave Webb, a professor of biology at SC4, attends the conference each year. “The goal of mosquito control organizations is to protect human health by controlling mosquito populations,” Webb said. “Mosquitoes can be a serious nuisance, but more importantly, they transmit many disease-causing organisms. Malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, Zika virus, Dengue fever and many others are transmitted by mosquitoes.”
Any average person can easily help to control mosquito populations; one does not need to be an entomologist to do so. The AMCA suggests various simple steps that people everywhere can take to help limit mosquito populations and disease.
Because mosquitoes are notorious for breeding in stagnant water, it is important to watch out for areas where water can collect, and prevent water from collecting in those places. Bird baths, old tires, buckets, unused plant pots and more are areas where mosquitoes can happily breed and thrive, so those items should be disposed of.
Larger areas that collect water (for instance, ditches) might be a community issue, although many of the smaller areas where water gathers can be eliminated by the layman.
Unbeknownst to the homeowner, some water could be contained and trapped in less obvious areas, such as in the plastic tarps that cover pools or boats, so those locations should be checked and emptied accordingly.
More information about the American Mosquito Control Association, including ways to contact them and many alternative methods to impede the breeding of mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, can be sought at www.mosquito.org.

Tom Brady: The best, or part of the system?

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Robert Burack
Sports Editor/Webmaster

After one of the most memorable Super Bowls in recent memory, the storylines and “hot takes” are in full swing. The one question that is blowing up sports media today may not stop anytime soon: Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback of all-time?
The answer is simple: No, no, no!
Brady now has a ring for his thumb and he is clearly a great player. However, he fell into what now looks to be the greatest system ever.
Let’s break down Brady’s record five Super Bowl victories.
In the first one his team – yes, he actually has a team – won 20-17 over the St. Louis Rams. While everyone is quick to credit Brady for this victory, it was actually his defense that was the leading factor.
After all, his coach, Bill Belichick, is known as the best defensive coach ever. In the game, the so-called “G.O.A.T.” failed to even eclipse 200-yards.
There is a case to be made that Brady’s most memorable play in this game was a spike; he spiked the ball with seven seconds left, to set up a game-winning Adam Vinatieri field goal.
Now, on to Brady’s second Super Bowl. This time around, Brady put up much better numbers. But so did everyone!
In an offensive-based game, Brady was extremely fortunate to get help from his entire team, including 137-yards rushing from his backs.
This game, like the first, was won on an Adam Vinatieri field goal.
In his third Super Bowl, Brady wasn’t even the Super Bowl MVP. It was in WR Deion Branch.
What does all this mean?
Much like Vinatieri and Branch, he was just another good player on a great team. Take nothing away from Brady, but those first three rings were a complete team effort.
This begs the question: What quarterback couldn’t do this?
Now, on to Brady’s fourth Super Bowl, which he only reached after losing two Super Bowls in the interim. (In one of these lost games, his high-powered offense put up 14 points total).
Everyone here knows the story. If it wasn’t for what most would call the dumbest play call in Super Bowl history, the Seahawks would have handed Brady his third Super Bowl loss.
Just recently, though Brady won his fifth ring, his team was down 28-3. All the hype is about how he came back from being down 25.
What about being down 25 in the biggest game of the year? What about failing to score a touchdown in the first half? What about his pick-6 that put them down 21-0?
Fox Sports radio host Clay Travis referred to Atlanta blowing the game, calling it, “the biggest choke job in sports history.”
If not for the Falcons failing to avoid negative plays later in the game, they would be champions. A later holding call put Atlanta out of field goal range.
Tom Brady is one of the greatest to ever play, but he also is one of the luckiest. If it wasn’t for a play call and a hold, he would have had four Super Bowl losses.
Another thing to look at is what Brady’s team does in his absence. In the year Brady was forced to miss the entire season, the team went 11-5.
For those who do not know, 11-5 would have made the playoffs in the vast majority of years. When Brady’s arch rival Peyton Manning was out for the year, Manning’s team went 2-14.
This year, Brady was suspended for the first four game of the season. Their record in that time was 3-1. They also used two different quarterbacks.
Both teams played far better than most would have when put in that situation. In fact, Jimmy Garoppolo was so impressive that ESPN is reporting the Cleveland Browns may trade the first overall pick for him.
Matt Cassel – who replaced Brady and went 11-5 – also cashed in and became a starter in Kansas City. His record there was 19-28.
Brady isn’t so great without the system.
Despite Brady’s ability one area, he does not match up against the other all-time greats. His arm fails in comparison in other quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers, Dan Marino, John Elway, Dan Fouts, and Drew Brees. None of them, however, had this system.
Based on pure talent, Aaron Rodgers blows all of the completion off the field. He also holds the highest passer rating in NFL history at 104.1
Coming into the NFC Championship Game, Rodgers took one of the worst defensive teams in the league, with a running back that is not even a running back 60 minutes away from the Super Bowl.
Tom Brady will go down as one of the best to ever lace them up, but before deciding he’s number one, imagine him and other all-time quarterbacks trading places…
Picture Manning with Belichick, Rodgers with Belichick, and Brady with a bad defense…

The Super Bowl is set

super-bowl-51-logo-240px-superbowllilogoRobert Burack
Sports Editor/Webmaster

After a season filled with scandals, injuries, suspensions, blow-outs and thrillers, it is now down to two teams.
On Sunday, Feb. 5, the New England Patriots will take on the Atlanta Falcons.
One team is centered around a quarterback/coach combo looking to close the discussion on who really is the greatest. Another team is riding high with an offense that looks to be nearly unstoppable.
That quarterback/coach combo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will be starting a record-setting seventh appearance. Though they earned four victories in the big game, there could be a case made that their two Super Bowl losses haunt them to this day.
Both of those losses came at the hands of the New York Giants. Both were a result of two unbelievable catches. As some would say, “the ball was caught in the receiver’s face mask.”
Earlier this year, Brady was suspended for four games after the league’s commissioner found him guilty in the never lasting “Deflategate.”
With the chance to have that same commissioner hand him the prized Lombardi Trophy, the guy known as “Psycho Tom” for his insanely intense drive may be more determined than ever.
They will be without Brady’s top target, Rob Gronkowski, however. They have not had Gronkowski for much of the second half of the season, but they still managed to have the best record in the league at 14-2.
In two postseason games, the Patriots were not ever in much danger of heading home, except when Houston played stout defense in the first half. In the AFC Championship game, the Brady-led squad looked unstoppable, dominating the Steelers in all three phases of the game.
Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick is known as a “defensive ace,” the one coach who can game plan and take out the top player on any team, anywhere, anytime. ESPN’s Max Kellerman calls him the “first coming,” saying his legacy will never be touched.
Belichick may face his greatest test yet, as he takes on the juggernaut of an offense led by MVP-frontrunner Matt Ryan.
Ryan is playing the best of his career, but he is not alone. He is surrounded by some of the best-skilled players in the league. His wide receiver, unlike other top wideouts, is not spending his off days on a boat in Miami. He just balls out on the field.
Julio Jones may be the toughest one-on-one cover in the league today. Belichick is known for doubling players of these standards; however, if he chooses to do so, his defense may get blown out of Houston.
Doubling Jones will only open the field for the other arsenal of weapons at the Falcons’ command, including two of the most versatile running backs in the league, who torment any defense they face.
Atlanta comes in red-hot after dominating their two playoff opponents with 36-20 to the Seattle Seahawks and 44-21 to the Packers, who were led by possibly the best player in the league, Aaron Rodgers.
The Patriots come in with the number-one scoring defense, while the Falcons come in with the number-one scoring offense.
According to Oddshark, the Patriots are currently a three-point favorite for the Super Bowl in Houston.

More than 1,400 SC4 students earn honors

stclairccA total of 1,422 students taking at least six credits at St. Clair County Community College earned a spot on the President’s Honor List for the 2016 fall semester, which ended Dec. 16.

Students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher to make the list.

ALGONAC — Trevor Arneil, Evan Cross, Caitlyn Diss, Ashley Dupre, Dayna Gerow, Brooke Graham, William Hagstrom, Emilee Hall, Katelyn Healy, Julianne Jankowski, Gloria Kobler, Rachelle LaFontaine, Kyle LaParl, Megan Lowes, Melissa Lyon, Monica Martin, Matthew Meldrum, Danielle Murray, Daniel Perez, Alexander Pielack, Madeline Pittiglio, Brian Rehmann, David Schaaf, Carly Stephenson, Jacob Turner, Karl Wolf and Alexandra Wolff.

ALLENTON — Nathanial Antilla, Megan Gibson, Savanna Grewe, Justin Hellebuyck, Maria

Morales, Emma Shellenbarger, Noah White, Megan Woods and Morgan Woods.

ALMONT — Keegan Booms, Olivia Bussone, Jennifer Curtis, Kara Feys, Jennifer Gibbs, Madeleine Gray, Ethan Hall, Darren Hunt, Marlee Kinner, Ashley Kroll, Joseph Liblong, Hunter Phillips, Lizette Sahagun, Clayton Schapman, Sarah Stroup and Joshua Sustarich.

APPLEGATE — Lauren Barbarich, Alexander Lewis and Morgan Western.

ATTICA — Hannah McNary.

AVOCA — Brenna Besko, Michelle Colden, Jason Cowhy, Courtney Crawford, Jessica Grifka, Roy Keuning, Courtney Klebba, Amanda Kukuk, Leah Lauzon, Brayden Lees, Kevin Maas, Jeffrey Matese, McKenzie Mathews, Devon McNeice, Alicia Munro, Baylee Mynatt, Trevor Osko, Benjamin Phillips, Cara Rhody, Megan Ripenbark, Tyler Ritchie, Brooklynn Smith, Susanna Stefanides, Hunter Way, Sarah Wiczorek, Katelyn Williams, Alec Wixson and Cassidy Zwack.

BAD AXE — Madison Hirn, Benjamin Keyser and Kimberly Schenk.

BERLIN TOWNSHIP — Alexa Gabriel and Steven Sly. BERVILLE — Miranda Greenia and Melanie Sly. BRIGHTS GROVE, ONTARIO — Rebecca Crawford.

BROWN CITY — Travis Amador, Jeremy Armstead, Robert Burack, Nicholas Collop, Emily Deiotte, Jennifer Deiotte, Nicole Jones, Kaylee Kalbfleisch, Lauren Kalbfleisch, Jacob Martus, Raymond Shavers, Jacob Shephard, Lindsey Soucie and Madison Woodall.

BURTCHVILLE TOWNSHIP — Garrett Ainsworth-Groff, Carlos Carmona, Chase Delor, Jocelyn Gierman, Lauren Harju, Olivia Jones, Chad Kreda, Breanna Ramsey, Jamie Smedley, Travis Sweet and Brandon Winn.

CAPAC — Megan Akers, Shelby Akers, Ashley Andrus, Ashley Beischer, Noah Burgess, Kristopher Desmit, Catherine Downey, Kate Evans, Neil Evans, Cody Harris, Catherine Helzer, Theresa Klein, Kathryn Loper, Cassidy Loridon, Ava McCracken, Dillon Morgan, Megan Orlando, Karen Phillips, Kayla Printz, Nicholas Ramirez, Tyler Saez, Anastasia Swantek, Joshua Trojanowski, Jason Tyson, Chelsea Venzuch and Alexis Wesch.

CARSONVILLE — Amanda Childers and Kaylee Knaggs.

CASCO TOWNSHIP — Anthony Ales, Michael Ales, Justin Andrews, Elisha Cielecki, Robert Henschel, Julie Karasin, Daley Maedel, Ashley Ritter, Dawn Rochon, Heather Santini, Haley Schweiger, Patricia Smith, Scott Tomaszycki, Paige Tranchida and Remie Zucchiatti.

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Jonathan Feil, Jean Olivier, Chelsea Piatek and Jayln Riggi.

CHINA TOWNSHIP — Angela Allor, Allison Booms, Andrew Currie, Evan Davis, Steven DeCoste, Taylor Kinter, Kristin Malcolm, Blake Malik, Rachel O’Connor, Rachel Paciorek, Clare Polczynski and Ashley Volkman.

CLAY TOWNSHIP — Tayler Brandt, Leigha Claerhout, Tatiana Colon-Smielewski, Dante Fiorani, Jessica Gray, Gilbert Hensley, Marianne Karos, Nikolas Kristoff, Zoe Lawrence, Dennis Perez, Ariel Senkmajer and Brooke Witting.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Vedrana Jaric.

CLYDE TOWNSHIP — Gwen Allen, Kandra Amaya, Keenan Beals, Samantha Bloink, Brittany Boughner, Chase Duncan, Dallas Fiedler, Levi Graw, Chavenia Hernandez, Avery Hoffman, Andrew Jobbitt, Alexa Kanikowski, Chelsea Kelly, Hannah Kraft, Nathan Leonard, Petra Leonard, Gabriel Nichols, Gideon Nichols, Tiffany Peyerk, Kaylee Porter, Jill Robin, Carrie Scheffler, Alexandra Schultz, Madison Smith, Kerrie Sparling, Diana Turner, Jacob Wilson and Diamantina Zavala.

COLUMBUS TOWNSHIP — Ian Boden, Kaylee Bogen, Zachary Brinker, Kaila Burton, Lauren Carlson, Lillian Colley, Anna Crellin, Kristie Fanone, Carolann Flood, Jamie Foxwell, John Grigg, Josiah McCue, Rose Pankiewicz, Alex Pettee, Rebecca Redden, Dominic Spahn, Nicholas Thomas, Carlie Thueme and Kasey Vanamburg.

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP — Michael Salliotte.

COTTRELLVILLE TOWNSHIP — Frank Bayly, Amelia Bowden, Gabriella Familant, Joel Frost, Kimberly Holstine, Christine Honaker, Dawn Iminski, Nicholas Patrick, Nickolas Press, Joseph Sears, Aaron Viola, Angela Viola and Amy Watson.

CROSWELL — Steven Angel, Megan Baker, Vanessa Beals, Kennedy Beauchamp, Brian Bennatts, Jarrett Brown, Wesley Camden, Chelsea Cepeda, Alexandra Coady, Tammi Danielson, Kay-lee Fuller, Sierra Garcia, Jamie Goline, Riane Griffin, Rebecca Hartel, Taylor Herbert, Haley Herbert-Nickens, Silvana Hering, Megan Jex, Annelise Jorde, Sarah Kautz, Paige Kinnee, Jacqualin Krawczyk, Rachel Mair, Steven Matthews, Jalen McGhee, Shawn Myshock, Andrew O’Mara, Ethan Ordish, Jessica Pennington, Shoshanna Reimel, Rebecca Romine, Tina Solis, Angela Stevens, Cody Swarts, Amber Torrez, Maria Vallee, Bridget Westrick, Teri Wingle and Madelyn Witham.

DECKERVILLE — Austin Fritch, Elizabeth Michalek, Riva Phillips, Lukas Schmitt, Kally Smith and Matthew Thompson.

DRYDEN — Hannah Miles and Drew Revoldt.

EAST CHINA TOWNSHIP — Joshua Albo, Kaitlyn Allen, Felishia Block, Autumn Boucher, Logan Boulier, Sydney Boyte, Anthony Buffa, Heather Burt, MaKayla Burton, Sarah Carrier, Brandon Charney, Kelly Crorey, Joshua DeCoste, Crystal Devlaminck, David DeVlaminck, Shelby DeVlaminck, Leah Engelhardt, Riley Finnegan, Justin Grusser, Dana Hardwick, Rachel Hardwick, Tyler Hart, Alyssa Ignasiak, James Jabe, Erin King, Emily Kivel, August Ladensack, She’Anne Lumley, Alexander Lystila, Nataliya Malaydakh, Sumner Malcolm, Maralene Meldrum, Joseph Nash, Jared Nichols, Dezeray Powers, Graham Schweihofer, Paige Smith, Connor Spencer, Michelle Thomas, Tyler Wegmeyer and Taylor Westrick.

EMMETT — George Beck, Christina Burnham, Mekaila Chafins, Savannah Cox, Sierra Cox, Kyle Dedenbach, Arielle Dueweke, Emma Falls, Rachel Falls, Allison Fleming, Elizabeth Fleming, Dakota Frohriep, Caleb Gerschick, Amy Idziak, Joanna Ingles, Kaleigh Ketelhut, Alexandria Kot, Olivia Kot, Alexandria Leenknegt, Rachel Lozowski, Joseph McCall, Alexandra Moran, Joe Munoz, Ryan Najor, Taylor Paige, Peyton Raymo, Robert Renner, Chelsea Roman, Samantha Rosati, Shalyn Rutherford-Selby, William Schmidt, Brandon Scott, Wade Smith, Austin Snider, Caitlyn Soucek, Jacob Stade, Bryanne Stopczynski, Katie Werner, Megan Wilcoxon and Justin Ziolkowski.

FAIR HAVEN — Trevor Buza, Alyson Ervinck, Noah Foote, Kourtney Griebe, Madison Magness and Teddie Quinn.

FORESTVILLE — Hannah Clink.

FORT GRATIOT — Megan Amala, Cameron Atkins, Charles Austin, Patrick Backlas, Justin Baker, Charles Balkwill, Katelynn Barber, Korina Barrons, Jaclyn Bauer, Alexander Beem, Karyn Belanger, Alexandrea Bell, Tyler Berberian, Luke Borkovich, Madyson Boshaw, Brittney Bowers, Nicholas Brennan, Austin Brown, Clarence Carroll, Kendra Causey, Adam Cook, Kirsten Dean, Haley Dennison, Emma DeVooght, Christina Dey, Mikaela Dobel, Cierra Dubs, Emma-Lee Elya, Michelle Fante, Alison Filozof, Isabelle Flory, Colton Fockler, Julia Foltz, Tyler Friedle, James Fuhrman, Rease Fulton, Elise Gallagher, Ryan Goudreau, Kyle Graham, Hunter Guilds, Maria Handley, Baylee Harrington, Katelin Hartman, Daniel Harvey, Rebecca Harvey, Ethan Heine, Wade Holcomb, Amy Hughes, Brian Hulsey, Brendan Hunt, Marissa Hunt, Dyman Huss, Luke Hyde, Jesse Jacks, Benjamin Jennings, Quintin Johnson, Lindsay King, Elizabeth Kirby, Jordyn Knowlton, Kathryn Koppel, Danielle Korneffel, Carter Lane, Donald Lee, Constance Lieurance, Travis Ling, David Lloyd, Sierra Maloney, Branson Marrogy, Brittney McEntaggart, Kiera McNeill, Conner McVay, Joslyn Moore, Susanna Morey, Phillip Neihoff, Carissa Nelson, Rodolfo Nowakowski, Kurtis Obermyer, Madeline Okkonen, Abigail Olson, Natalie Opitz, Emma Prax, Kizzy Price, Lauren Randall, Ronald Raymo, Tiffany Reagin, Kaleb Reynolds, Sara Richards, Austin Richardson, Katelyn Robbins, Mark Robbins, James Robertson, Kira Scahill, Noah Simmons, Savanna Simmons, Rachel Staudaker, Casey Street, Tyler Swoffer, Curtis Tallmadge, Travas Taylor, Nicole Truscott, Emma Vandenbossche, Dennis VanLoo, Kendyll Walker, Payge Walker, Sara Wardwell, Erika Weber, Elita Wiggins, Meghan Wilton, Anthony Wolfe and Johnathon Wurmlinger.

FRASER — Melissa Thornton.

GOODELLS — Michaela Bone, Morgan Chaudry, Deanna Clark, George Clark, Katelyn Compton, Larissa Daugherty, Olivia Demoss, Autumn Evans, Chloe Evans, Hayley Ganshaw, Angela Israel, Shelly Kaster, Jessica McKinnie, Scott Perry, Jonathan Peters, Claire Peyerk, Alexandria Precour, Gabrielle Precour, Michael Precour, Wyatt Ren, Katlyn Rossignol and Sabrina Wright.

GRANT TOWNSHIP — Stacey Bell, Loren McKenzie, Carl Rich and Kathleen Schember.

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP — Alexander Fladzinski, Brooke Jonseck, Jensen Matese and Bryan Moers.

HARBOR BEACH — Camryn Booms, Caitlin Brown, Curtis Essenmacher, Madison Hiller, Haley Hudson, Brady Kirsch, Ashley Kramer, Kinsey Kramer, Abby Pawlowski, James Schelke, Caitlyn Siemen, Allison Stein, Julian Tenerife and Mae Woodke.

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Ashley Issaias.

HARSENS ISLAND — Kathy Brady.

IMLAY CITY — Shanel Famularo, Haleigh Kownacki, Seth Parsch, Jason Scott, Alicia Slack and Justin Swope.

IRA TOWNSHIP — Arika Desero, Brooke Gazdick and Michelle Ward.

JEDDO — Bailey Adams, Darcy Bell, Emily Blashill, Elizabeth Brockert, Jacob Brown, Kyle Burch, Alysia Edgerton, Joshua Fagan, Taryn Frey, Wyatt Lamb, James Marquardt, Sarah Mlocek, Mackenzie Morrison, Donovan Paldanius, Noah Palmateer, Sean Roberts, Kelli Semeyn, McKenna Sweeney, Logan Tenbusch, Mason Tenbusch, Corey Wilczynski and Heidi Wilson.

KENOCKEE TOWNSHIP — John Adams, Nila Gregg, Aniela Kujda-Roche, Anthony Thayer and Khilola Thompson.

KIMBALL TOWNSHIP — Katelyn Adamick, Travis Alden, Dominic Atkins, Anthony Bailey, Gregory Baranowski, Robert Bennett, Breanna Blackmer, Chelsie Bowers, Heather Brassfield, Taylor Campbell, Chris Churchill, Tanya Churchill, Kristen Davis, Marissa Dull, Dylan Durst, Kaitlyn Enders, Myllynda Farley, Alyssa Ghekiere, Skylar Gilbert, Robert Gondek, Ryan Harris, Micayla Hernandez, Aaron Honeman, Ciara Hunger, Curtis Hunt, Chelsea Innis, Vanessa Ippolito-Parrish, Kelly Jacklyn, Jacob Johnson, Samantha Kicinski, Chandler Kielbas, Marissa Kielbas, Maggie Kimmerly, Patrick Korte, James Kovich, Hannah Landschoot, Katherine Lee, Jessica Leverenz, Rachele Little, Calvin Lowe, LeeAnn Lum, Christina Matts, Cody Mikolowski, Adam Newby, Charles Newby, Emily Newby, Riley Orlick, Meredith Pagurko, Taylor Patterson, Toby Pittiglio, Kayla Ramirez, Nichole Ransberger, Autumn Reece, Karryn Rinehart, Justin Russell, Brandon Schwerin, Savannah Senyk, Katlyn Sienkiewicz, Laura Simpson, Kylee Skuta, David Smith, Lindsay Stoutenburg, Jordan Sturdevant, Anna Sturgis, Kandace Sweet-Davis, Emily Swierkosz, Dillon Taylor, Donald Thiede, Alysia Thomes, Brent Vespa, Mackenzie Visga, Rebecca Wassom, Sarah Winterfield and Lori Woycehoski.

LAKE ORION — Jeffrey Kayl.

LAKEPORT — David Abraham, Victoria Campbell, Tabitha Flitton, Kelsey Kittridge, Logan Loxton, Lindsay Ottaway, Falon Stocks, Abigail Stoner, Hannah Wiegand and Orion Zeller.

LAPEER — Alexandria McKinstry, Nicholas Rosseau and Conner Withey.

LEXINGTON — Matthew Acre, Ian Bailey, Sabre Callus, Jennifer Cupp, Matthew Drabant, Andrew Ficht, Austin Fink, Kendall Hogan, Taylor Kelley, Morgan King, Edward Lawson, Alexandrea Lingemann, Diana Long, Noelle Marinez, Macy Mihaescu, Cody Paris, Heather Partlo, Lynnette Pennington, Hunter Rankin, Emma Rickerman, Isabelle Schwartz, Autumn Smereka, Carson Sutton, Cory VanValkenburgh, Summer Varty and Elizabeth Wentzel.

MACOMB — Chelsey Quinn.

MADISON HEIGHTS — Kathy Burket.

MARINE CITY — Emilie Andrews, Bonnie Baker, Michaela Biskner, Katy Burger, Hunter Carmos, Emily Custer, James Farver, Gavin Frank, Neal Goodnough, Tiffiny Gottler, Cooper Jannette, Caroline Johnson, Cassidy Johnson, Sarah Dianne Knowles, Brianna LoGrasso, Frances LoGrasso, Skylar McClarren-Middlet, Danielle Redden, Reagan Rivard, Schuyler Sapienza, Tait Sapienza, Jordyn Schoof, Grant Sharpe, Abby Terhune, Annabella Ward, Charles Ward, Nicole Welser, Alyssa Westrick and Louis Wilson.

MARLETTE — Magdalene Davidson, Alli French and Carly VanConant.

MARYSVILLE — Thkra Alawdi, Suzanne Allor, Rachel Baisley, Alaina Baunoch, Andrew Bennett, Nichole Berdan, Justin Bishop, Kathryn Black, Monica Brown, Danielle Craig, Jacob Cruickshank, Noah Cubitt, Brooks DeVos, Nicholas DiGiovanni, Alexandra Drane, Zackary Elliott, Alysia Ferrier, Maycee Frey, Jacob Gilbert, Brittany Goodwin, Nicole Graham, John Green, Sue Grenstiner, Sara Gresell, Zachary Gross, Amanda Halifax, Alicia Hall, Kimberly Hodge, Brooklynn Hulett, Andrea Humbach, Britnie Husson, Ashley Jex, Alexandrea Julie, Shelby Kavanaugh, Kayla Kernohan, Erik Koppel, Janice Lang, Devon Laporte, Julie Markey, Shelby Marshall, Ava Meier, McKenzie Miller, Sussanna Miller, Angelo Mole, Benjamin Moses, Joshua Muir, Justin Muir, Jonathan Muzzi, Rebekah Muzzi, Carter Reichle, Alexa Rix, Jacob Rubio, Tora Ruth, Cassandra Schrader, Tristan Shoudy, Joseph Slezak, Nicole Slis, Hannah Socha, Blair Spear, Ashleigh Sprowl, Tyler Steele, Haley Teichow, Devin Thorpe, Vincent Tobola, Emily Tuckey, Jacob VanSickle, Alexandria Viola, Shannon Volz, Travis Westrick, Joslyn Whitty, Tyler Wood, Gabrielle Wright and Timothy Ziolkowski.

MAYVILLE — Brian Bullock.

MELVIN — Alyson Chisholm, Savannah Corkins, Jennah Cubitt, Dylan Dankenbring, Dirk Fenner, Shannon Hartway, Laura Lindsay, Kerry Lofton, John McIntyre, Sarah Shell, Caleb Tesluck, Eilish Warner, Kyra Warner, Terrence Warner and Jenifer Winn.

MEMPHIS — Austin Bertossi, Michelle Bertossi, Jacob Bommarito, Brittany Burt, Alex Callewaert, Ashley Callewaert, Russell Churchill, Brianna Colvin, Alyssa Cook, Jeremy Davis, Jessica Giancola, Joseph Green, Kayla Gross, Miranda Haberer, Stephanie Heath, McKenzie Heft, Shelby Huber, Skylar Jelinek, Eliza Kincaid, Megan Kreger, Lauren Leggett, Morgan Niezgoda, Mikayla O’Shea, Nicole Parise, Mikaela Parski, Anna Pawlowski, Devin Ponke, Josie Ren, Kyle Roosen, Jacqueline Simkus, Erica Syck, Logan VanBuren, Matthew Werick, Andrew Wiggle and Catherine Wullaert.

MINDEN CITY — Nicole Banky and Ashley Weber.

MOUNT CLEMENS — Clara Kump.

MUSSEY TOWNSHIP — Michael Dean, Stacy Dean, Brooke Miller, Austin Newman, Madison Osmialowski and Alana Porter.

NEW BALTIMORE — Latonya Harmon, Kendal McClintock and Deborah Peltier.

NEW HAVEN — Brett Vanderpool.

NORTH BRANCH — Matthew Overpack and Raymond Turner.

NORTH STREET — Jill Biskner, Garrett Borowski, Wesley Davey, Rosmery Frady, Robert Green, Amber Hannan, Todd Irvine, Hannah Jacobs, Jeffrey Jacobs, Alyssa Morgan, Joshua Pedrys, Ashley Rich, Luke Scahill, Daniel Shaffer, Cameron Vandenbossche, Katelyn Walter, Hannah Weaver and Cody Williams.

PALMS — Kevin Hammond.

PECK — Hannah Beemer, Johnathan Bular, Scott Campbell, Jacob Holman, Cheyenne Johnson, Nicholas Reese, Nathan Rosenthal, Alex Ryckman and Tara Vanconant.

PORT HOPE — Jenna Arndt and Alexis Booms.

PORT HURON — Taylin Adams, Lakin Adkins, Scott Agle, Kyle Akred, Morgan Alexis, Annette Anderson, Charles Anderson, Mariah Anderson, Alexander Apolzan, Ryleigh Armbruster, Brandon Armstead, Robert Arnold, Sahib Aubdoollah, Margaret Bacheller, Robert Bales, Eliana Ball, Alexis Ballor, Tyler Bark, Vickie Barkley, Donovan Barnes, Eric Beauchamp, Stacy Bednar, Eric Beebe, Ashley Belger, Caroline Berish, McKayla Bird-Little, Michael Blue, Joshua Bodeis, Gillian Bolt, Patricia Bolton, Jacob Bombyk, Luke Bosma, Isabella Boyd, Karlie Brain, Gabrielle Brown, Laura Brown, Jordan Buckley, Marlie Buckley, Robin Burcicki, Stephon Burrell, Danhenrich Caluya, Deonna Camastra, Ryan Camastra, Benjamin Cantwell, Caitlyn Carlson, James Carrothers, Nyssa Cerny, Amber Churchill, Ainsley Clark, Nicholas Clark, Carah Colley, Jonathan Cooke, Maleigha Coronado, Gwendolyn Cox, Brenda Cracknell, Christopher Crampton, Larissa Crook, Brooke Curtiss, Courtney Curtiss, Adam Czubachowski, Nickolas Dalton, Dayne Davis, Di’mond Davis, Kira Davis, Emily Dazer, Moriya Dejesus Sauro, Brenda Diaz, Lily Dickinson, Ceaira Doan, Athena Dobbs, Alexis Downey, Kaitlynn Drako, Angelia Eagle, Kendra Easton, Whitney Ehrlich, Austin Elliott, Gerald Ellsworth, Emma Emery, Natasha Estes, Alexis Faley, Ashlee Falk, Lily Falk, Anthony Felton, Christopher Fisher, Emily Fisher, Renna Flaig, Peter Forsgren, Peyton Frazer, Hannah Frizzle, Brian Fye, Alexander Gaglio, Keegan Gallagher, Kaycee Garcia, Megan Geiser, Terry Gentner, Andre’nay Gill, Justin Gilmore, Madeline Godwin, Kassie Gottschalk, Gabrielle Gouin, Nicholas Graham, Elizabeth Green, Lank Green, Trudy Grogan, Jennifer Guertin, Kerrigan Guertin, Candice Gunter, Joshua Halliday, Jessica Harmon-Franz, Nichole Hatcher, Rachel Hawks, Jacob Hawley, Amanda Haynes, Rachel Henion, Timothy Hering, Kevin Hernandez, Phillip Hill, Eric Hiller, Mehgan Hiller, Mitchell Hills, Andrew Hinojosa, Cameron Hinojosa, Beverly Hornak, Wesley Houghton, Alexandria Howard, Nichole Inch, Stacey Jacobs, Cameron Jakacki, Julia James, Luke Janiszewski, Eddie Jemison, Kristy Jevens, Ariyana Johnson, Brittany Jonas, Allison Jones, Lukas Kellerman, Lauren Kelly, Evan Kercher, James Kimberley, Joshua Kimberley, Susannah Kimberley, Jennifer Klein, John Knisley, Serenity Lademer, Thomas Lancaster, Alexx Landacre, Amanda Langolf, Rholanda Lee, Jonathan Legro, Cheyenne LePiors, Derek LePla, DeeAnn Liadis, Alyssa Lopez, Julia Luebke, Sarah MacFarland, Robert Madley, Elissa Maes, Melissa Maguire, Dawn Mallabar, Barry Marshall, Elizabeth Martin, Russell Martin, Caitlin May, Elliott May, Garret McArthur, Thomas McAuley, Jasmine McCue, Robert McIntyre, Stephanie McIntyre, Michelle McKernan, Kyle McLeod, Renee McLeod, JR McPhail, Heather Meacham, McKayla Melms, Victoria Merchant, Andrea Miller, David Miller, Douglas Miller, Melissa Miller-LaPrairie, Nickolas Minock, Dallas Mitchell, Riley Montgomery, Andrew Morris, Rachel Mosher, Melissa Myatt, Joseph Myers, Nancy Nahorodny, Tyler Nevison, Elena Nguyen, Emily Nichols, Maryssa Nichols, Patrick O’Brien, Madelyn Ofarrell, Annabelle O’Neil, Rosemarie Otis, Olga Ottobre, Raquel Overholt, Kay-Lynn Pack, Alexis Parmenter, Bayle Paul, Daniel Peake, Justin Pendrock, Kimberly Perry, Daniel Ploeger, Brooke Porter, Heather Porter, Ashley Potrykus, Katie Quader, Megan Rankin, Ellen Rector, Brandon Reed, Alexandria Reeves- Essenmache, Yolanda Reyes, Robert Richards, Kimberly Roberts, Migel Rodriguez, Kaitlyn Rose, Adam Rosenau, Jarred Ross, Meagan Ruedisueli, Aubrey Ruiz, Emily Sawdon, Desaray Scheinost, Austin Schneider, Avelina Schnorr, Adrienne Schultz, Lauren Schwartz, Brandon Searle, Madison Seegraves, Edna Selimovic, Jacob Sexton, Laura Sexton, Miranda Shafer, Randy Sherlock, Shania Sherlock, Alexus Sims, Richard Sloat, Amanda Smith, Cory Smith, Jason Smith, Joshua Smith, MacKenzie Smith, Iris Spencer, Jessica St Coeur, Lakeisha Staton, Joseph Stein, Olivia Stein, Kathryn Stevens, Paul Stewart, Nicole Stockwell, Megan Strachan, James Summerer, Casey Tait, Jennifer Tallant, Tonya Taormino, Anna Taravella, Logan Taylor, Michael Taylor, Shanon Telliho, Matthew Tesnovich, Sarah Tetreault, Kaitlyn Thomason, Jessica Thompson, Daniel Thomson, Jeremy Thrushman, Dustin Turner, Erica VanderHaar, Jana Vanmeter, Katelin Visga, Kyla Visga, Paige Walkowski, Michael Wandelt, Brianna Warren, Jeffrey Warren, Scott Warsinski, Tyler Welker, Brian Wells, Haley Werth, Tyler Wessel, Sydney Westbrook, Stone Whalen, Hannah Wheeler, Alexandria Wheelihan, Katlyn Whitesell, Cheyenna Williams, Judy Williams, Amber Wilmoth, Sabrina Wilson, Grace Wing, Luke Winkler, Jeffery Wisswell, Justin Woolman, Macy Wurmlinger, Garrett Yarger, Nicole Young and Jordan Zak.

PORT SANILAC — Olivia Amey, Ashley Johnson, Hailey McWilliams, Autumn Rockefeller and Ashley Sherlock.

RICHMOND — Racheal Campbell, Jessica Christy, Aidan Francis, Tristan Grose, Holly Koglin, Morgan Mead, Sara Nofs, Kenneth Panczyk, Jonathon Schlump, Sarah Sneden, Kaci Switchulis and Isabella Tollis.

RILEY TOWNSHIP — Selina Buchan, Toby Campbell, Samantha Danczuk, Ellie Florka, Sarah Hill, Jamie Rattee and David Silvola.

ROMEO — Samantha Miller and Courtney White.

RUBY — Mindy Gardner, Andrew Kovacs, Sarah Stevens and Jacob Summers.

RUTH — Caitlyn Gentner and Melanie Stein.

SANDUSKY — Cassidy Albrecht, William Buerkle, Justin Campbell, Callie Jacobson, Madysen Jansen, Michael Markey, Katelyn Miller, Haley Nelson, Joshua Robinson, Holly Schell, Hannah Seaman and Tessa Tino.

SARNIA, ONTARIO — Ashley DiBona.

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Karen Cipriano and Karin Vassilev.

SMITHS CREEK — Tara Brown, Devon Gagne, Stephanie Jones, Tylynn Moore, Dean Peacock, Alicia Rabine, Meghan Sylvia, Heidi Wakeham and Alyssa Wehner.

ST. CLAIR — Caleb Bacon, Hanna Badke, Nicholas Ball, Olivia Barnes, Kyra Baumgart, Alexander Berger, Jeremy Berger, Emma Bostick, Jacob Bradley, Goldie Breuhan, Jessica Brown, Jennifer Burke, Kelly Caie, Aimee Campbell, Nicholas Christoffersen, Jacob Cipa, Tiffany Cogan, Benjamin Comer, Justin Comer, Bailee Copenhagen, Natalie Curley, Shannon Curley, Donavin Davis, John Davis, Shannon Dinsdale, Jerriette DuBay, Austin Dunn, Garrett Dunsmore, Alexander Ecarius, Jensen Foster, Marina Fuga, Danielle Galant, Melynda Geml, James Gibson, Austin Gore, Jordan Grasso, Sarah Grazia, Sydney Griffor, Jenna Grimm, Madeline Hansen, Tiffany Hastings, Kathryn Herrin, Nicole Hicks, Andrea Holka, Amy Holmes, Theodore Holodnick, Samantha Howard, Kaitlin Howell, Michael Jacobus, Taylor Jacques, Jennifer Jefferson, Nikol Jelinek, John Joachim, Jenna Johnson, James Johnston, Morgan Kammer, Heather Kassin, Danielle Kennedy, Stephanie Kulhanek, Andrea Lopez, Cody Lukas, Ryan Maben, Therese Majeski, Kaila Marchlewski, Morgan Martin, Kaitlyn McLeod, Brendan Moore, Chris Moran, Marlena Nedeljkovic, Michele Niehaus, Melanie Oleaga, Kaitlyn O’Mara, Claudia Packan, Olivia Packan, Staci Paeth, Alexandra Painter, Andrew Parzynski, Brooke Pauly, Emily Penzien, Rachel Plonka, Lacey Rickman, Kathleen Ries, Gerald Roberts, Nathan Roberts, Preston Rushmore, Karina Saiyad, Brandon Schieman, Erika Schwanitz, Ryan Schwanitz, Sarah Schweihofer, Michelle Shaw, Scott Shier, Scott Solgot, Stacy Steeg, Drew Stefforia, Shelby Tschiggfrey, Griffin Vigneron, Mitchell Ward, Taylor Warren, Haley Westrick, Whitney Westrick, Cody Wilson, Kathryn Woodall, Austin Wyllie and William Zeeman.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ryan Miller.

ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP — Steven Lucas.

STERLING HEIGHTS — Alyssa Husek and Rachael Wrobleski.

TROY — Laura Wilson.

WALES TOWNSHIP — Emily Birkenshaw, McKenna Cichocki, Jacob Foster, Angeleigh Giachetti, Erin Greib, Spencer Ingles, Robert King, Avalena Lessard, Samantha Lieb, Devon McCormick, Daniel Mitkovski, Kaitlynn Moran, Emmalee Santo, Julianna Santo, Natalie Storrs, Jasmine Treat and Hannah Wiegand.

WARREN — Deena Brooklier.

WATERFORD — Misty Baird.

YALE — Katherine Arsenault, Kyle Danielkiewicz, Anne Duckert, Jessica Fuhrman, Todd Gietzen, Amber Glavach, Aaron Hortop, Elizabeth Huston, Holly Iseler, Ashley Jamison, Megan Jamison, Karrie Keller, Sophia Kincaid, Sydney Kincaid, Karli Klocke, Kayla Lesch, Mikayla Lesko, Joshua McClelland, Brandon Morency, Brandon Mullen, Trenton Petersen, Gabrielle Piatek, DeLani Porrett, Sara Rabior, Kaycee Reid, Megan Schaefer, Kaylee Schiffelbine, Stephinie Schlorke, Kirsten Sims, Tara Soule, Rachel Stawecki, Tanner Strunk, Miranda Taseski, Thomas Tesluck, Tonya Tesluck, Tricia Timlin, Kylie Veldman, Ryan Waddy, Emily Watkins, Collin Westbrook, Franki Whittaker and Jeffrey Zawada.

Obama says goodbye

Robert BurackObama, Chicago, USA - 10 Jan 2017

Sports Editor/Webmaster

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After eight years of holding the most polarizing job in the world, Barack Obama took center stage to address the nation one last time. The speech took place Wednesday, Jan. 10, from his hometown of Chicago.

“It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight, it’s my turn to say thanks,” the former president said to start the night.

He went on to discuss the how change can happen, as it can come from ordinary people. He credited the founders of the country for allowing changes and improvements to make the nation a better place.

Looking back at his eight years in office, Obama said he believes that if he had known the outcome ahead of time, he would have been filled with joy. He went on to add, “If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history…”

One of the notable improvements made was the building of bridges with Cuba. As of now the two countries are on the best terms in years.

Another highlight of his presidency was capturing the man he calls “the mastermind of 9/11,” Osama Bin Laden, after the years of anxiety the terrorist caused not only the United States but large parts of the world.

“And secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens – you might have said our sights were set a little too high,” Obama said when looking back at the success of passing the highly controversial Affordable Care Act.

According to a recent poll from Fox News, 50 percent of the country approves of Obamacare. That same poll approved Donald Trump at seven percent less.

As Obama reminisced over his run as president to a highly emotional Chicago attendance, he assured the country that the transfer between him and Trump would be as smooth as possible.

“I committed to President-elect Trump that my administration would ensure the smoothest possible transition, just as President Bush did for me.” This was done to make sure the country remains as wealthy and powerful as ever.

The former president made it clear he had one focus: “the state of our democracy.” He added, “the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together, that we rise or fall as one.”

Bringing up the point that there have been many scary moments in the history of the country, Obama stated that “There have been moments throughout our history that threatened to rupture that solidarity.” He said the future of protecting this country is on our children, making it all the more important to give them the opportunity to get educated.

Obama was proud to reveal the unemployment rate is near a 10-year low and the cost of healthcare is rising the slowest it has in a massive 50 years.

Obama went on to express how happy he is with the country’s progress, but that there is still a long way to go. In particular, he still has concerns over “the laid-off factory worker; the waitress and healthcare worker who struggle to pay the bills.”

Transitioning to thanking those he loves, he started off with his wife Michelle. “For the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children but my best friend.” He thanked her for taking on the role she did, even though she never asked for it. Obama ended his thoughts on her by saying she didn’t only make him proud but “You’ve made the country proud.”

Next up were his daughters. “Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances you have become two amazing young women.” Obama stated that that of all he has done in his life, the thing he is proudest of is being their dad.

Obama moved on to his vice president, “the scrappy kid from Scranton,” Joe Biden who was the former president’s first and best choice as nominee. Obama said it wasn’t just his success as VP, it was that they became like brothers.

As the speech wound down, Obama stated, “My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you.  I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain.  For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your president – the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.”

The 44th President of the United Stated ended his speech, telling all Americans the story is yet to be written. “Thank you. God bless you. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.”

Movie theater opens near SC4

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Therese Majeski

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Sperry’s in downtown Port Huron, unoccupied for well-over a decade according to the Times Herald, is now home to the self-described “boutique” theater, Sperry’s Moviehouse.

“Our theater has been open for just over a month. It opened on Dec. 15,” said assistant theater manager Kaitlyn Szczepkowski.

Szczepkowski also stated that Sperry’s Moviehouse does offer student rates. “We do have a student ticket price that’s seven dollars, and then it jumps up for the evening price,” she said.

Based on pricing available at sperrysmoviehouse.com, this is a 25 cent reduction from the standard daytime ticket price for adults; students also receive a $1.25 discount on evening showings.

Sperry’s Moviehouse is poised to be a versatile entertainment and dining venue for the area, offering 12 screens divided between the first and third floors and a second-floor dinner house.

Szczepkowski believes that the theater fills a need in the community. “We’re actually downtown Port Huron…it’s more convenient for people that live in this area versus having to  head all the way over to the North End,” she said. “I’m hoping it brings more life to downtown…it’s busy, but it could be busier.”

The dinner house attached to the theater is not yet open but will be in the near future. “I believe around the tenth of February…Valentine’s Day we’re going to do a ribbon cutting,” assistant restaurant manager Keith Gram said.

According to Gram, patrons will be able to place online orders to the dinner house when they reserve their tickets and their food will be delivered to them at their seats in the theater.

Sperry’s Moviehouse is also working towards showing more than the standard blockbuster offerings. “We’re looking into independents and…also doing special features,” Gram said. “That’s all a negotiation with studios.”

Construction remains ongoing.

 

 

 

 

SC4 professor offers solutions to national quandary Democrats, Republicans: None of the Above gives political perspective

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Kraig Archer, a professor of sociology here at SC4, has written a book that he believes has timely application to our current political state and that he hopes will motivate readers to pursue alternatives to the current two-party system.
“I would like my book to lead to a new political movement,” Archer said.
Insightful and refreshingly free of party bias, Archer’s book, Democrats, Republicans: None of the Above, offers perspective to our polarized political climate, asserting that as presidential elections draw near it is critical for voters to reassess national issues beyond the labels and conflicts of the Republican and Democratic parties.
Archer’s book examines an extensive range of much-debated governmental issues, covering topics such as the nation’s educational system, immigration, environmental concerns and international relations. In discussing these issues, Archer gives a judicious assessment of the national challenges that he feels the contentious government system is not properly addressing and suggests several practical solutions to national issues, both political and social.
“We all have a future in this country…these type of issues affect the type of future our kids are going to have,” Archer said.
Weighing in at 51 pages, None of the Above is, however, short for its densely packed subject matter, failing to fully clarify several key concepts.
Kraig Archer instructor high resThis lack of explanation could lessen the book’s impact for some readers; at times readers would need specialized political and sociological knowledge to fully understand the subject matter.
When, for example, Archer presents his views on flaws in the structure of the Supreme Court, he cites several cases in order to demonstrate a trend of decisions that he thinks lack foundation in proper constitutional interpretation. The problem here is a lack of elaboration; while Archer’s reasoning is very sound, he does not mention the issues under discussion in each case, slightly undercutting his argument for readers without a knowledge of judicial history.
Nevertheless, these structural imperfections are not entirely negative in their effects, making None of the Above a brief, accessible read, particularly for students and others whose busy schedules make finding time for political study difficult. This brevity makes the book a good entry point into a political education exploring a more balanced, better-informed political worldview.
Archer hopes that after readers finish None of the Above they will be inspired to take action by establishing a third political party to combat the problem of divisions in our present system.
The third political party that Archer proposes would be called the Faith Reform Party and would be founded both on Christian moral principles and on a desire to uphold America as an ever-improving nation.
Ultimately, None of the Above, while lacking in length and definition of terms, is a well-reasoned, skillfully argued and easily read a book that can serve as a stepping stone into a style of independent, intelligent political thought that is unencumbered by excess party polarization.
Archer’s book is available through Amazon.com in both print and e-book format.

The Flawed Committee

Robert Burack
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Many Michigan fans are still moaning about the loss to their arch rival, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and are still upset about finishing in 6th place. They, however, are not the only fan base dissatisfied with how the committee ranked their team on Sunday. The new college football playoff system that takes the top four ranked teams remains much, much better than the controversial, scandalous system known as the BCS. However, the new system still remains highly flawed.
The most argued point this year is Penn State being left out and placed 5th and Ohio State making the playoffs while holding down the number three spot in the country. The big outcry is that on Saturday, Oct. 22, Penn State, at home, defeated the Buckeyes. Not only that, but this result led to Penn State making and winning the 2016 Big Ten Championship game. Ohio State stayed home. In defense of OSU, they did finish with an 11-1 record, compared to PSU finishing 11-2. (The additional game was the result of the Big Ten Championship). The PSU supporters say, “we won the head to head” and “we are the big ten champs,” leaving out a brutal lost to Michigan (49-10), who OSU beat, and a loss to a Pitt team that finished twenty-second.
The issue with the committee isn’t that they put OSU in. OSU earned it. OSU beat Michigan and they beat non-conference opponent Oklahoma who finished 7th. Beating the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma is not easy. Not to mention that they had the best loss in the country, to Penn State at Penn State. The committee messed up by putting Clemson in over PSU. Yes, that is right, both Ohio State and Penn State should have made the third annual playoffs.
Let’s break it down. Clemson, the ACC Champions, played a weak schedule. The win over Louisville, who was number three at the time, was impressive, but Louisville showed later on that they were actually not very good. Clemson even struggled against Troy. If NC State didn’t miss a chip-shot field goal, Clemson would have also that game. Pitt beat them, they struggled against Virginia Tech, and they lack any dominate wins. Penn State had some flaws, but they were playing much better down the stretch than Clemson.
Washington went 12-1, are Pac-12 champs, and they should not be in either. College football is the only sport to not let teams get better. The Huskies only lost one game, but it was a huge game against their arch-rival USC. Forget the 26-13 score. USC didn’t just beat them, they embarrassed them. USC – 400 total yards, Washington – 276. USC – 113 yards rushing, Washington – 17. USC looked like the best team beside Alabama going down the stretch. All three of their losses came in the first four weeks. That was then, this is now and they are much better than Washington. Don’t forget, that game was at Washington.
Michigan also has a case to be in the ranking because as they outplayed OSU for three quarters and were victim to some outrageous calls.
The college football honchos need to make one change to settle all this on the field: an eight-team playoff. The best way to do it? Give all five of the conference champions a spot and give three wild cards spots. Do not let this be settled by old college football committee members.