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SC4 Alumni Sponsor Quiz Bowl

Patrick Sullivan

Staff Writer

   On Saturday, Feb. 6 the SC4 student alumni organization held the 2010 Regional high school quiz bowl, where both Port Huron Northern and Brown City schools walked away with the prize for their respective divisions.

   Both teams were presented with medals, trophies and a 500 dollar scholarship to SC4 each. The competition was organized into a 3 round format. The winners of the Regional’s may have a chance to win the state competition.

   It began early Saturday morning in the SC4 campus’ North building, where students from 10 high schools participated in quizzes for both A, B, C and D divisions.

   The tone of the day was generally light, and laughter between participators was common. The questions covered a wide range of topics from history, to mathematics, to pop culture.

   The organizers from the SC4 alumni organization were represented by 18 volunteers, including six student ambassadors. The event was coordinated by Chrystal Lilly for the sixth time in her eight years of volunteering at the event.

   The final quiz was held in the theater of the Fine Arts building, between Port Huron Northern and Yale high schools in the A and B divisions. Brown City and Carsonville-Port Sanilac high schools competed in the C and D divisions.

   The final scores were 375 to 110 for Port Huron Northern, and 240 to 140 for Brown City.

   One advisor for the Port Huron Northern team, Lisa Schleicher, an algebra teacher at Port Huron Northern for 13 years, said she was proud of her team and that she would take them out for ice cream after they had won.

   A member of the Port Huron Northern team, Kelson Thomas, said that his team mates had been a part quiz bowl for most of their high school careers, and that they met to practice twice a week in preparation since early January.

Robert Tansky SC4’s Socrates

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor

   As a professor at St. Clair County Community College since 1966, Robert Tansky has had a rewarding career.

   After nearly 40 years, Robert Tansky is grateful that his former students, whom are now Qatari dignitaries, have become successful and said they remember SC4 fondly.

   “Teachers never know the impact that they have on a student,” said Tansky.

   Tansky’s most important lesson to his students is for them to enhance both their critical thinking as well as their global awareness. 

   “Today I emphasize less memorization and more class discussion. With the internet one needs to know where to find information and how to evaluate it,” Tansky said.

   He received a Bachelor of Science and a Finance Major from the University of Detroit in 1964, Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University in 1965, and his Post Graduate from the University of Michigan and Purdue University in 1966.

   Professor Tansky is very active in college and community services. He is a state wide speaker for Phi Theta Kappa as well as being treasurer for the St. Clair County Council on Aging.  

   During the 1970’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s, his chapter excelled at the state of Michigan competition taking 17 first place and two second place chapter finishes against up to nineteen other community colleges and universities.

   At the national level of this competition where over 400 colleges competed, Tansky’s team finished in the top seven of the United States nine times. They took first place in Anaheim, California and second place three other times

   During his career he has won numerous awards and accolades which include 1971 Outstanding Educator of America and 1982 Distinguished College Faculty Award.

   Throughout his career, Robert Tansky has kept good relations with his students as well as his peers.

   “He is a teacher’s teacher,” Dr. Tom Mooney said. “Bob is dedicated to his students, his profession as well as the community. His work ethic is exemplary and has perfected the Socratic method of teaching.”

Lights, Camera, Skippers

Thomas Pregano

 Business/Advertising Manager

   The Skippers weren’t the only ones heating it up on the hardwood Wednesday night Feb. 10 against Alpena.

   The advanced television class along with adjunct professor and station manager of CPHS 6 (Port Huron Schools) Ed Senyk filmed the first televised basketball games ever at SC4. They will air on CPHS 6 Comcast channel six in about a week or two from Feb. 10.

    Senyk said, “It went really well, and we plan to shoot baseball and softball games.”

    Athletic director and men’s golf and basketball coach Dale Vos said, “I have not had a chance to view the production, but I thought it went well on our end.”

    Vos said, “The students and Mr. Senyk were great to work with. My only concern is finding a better place for the cameras as the one in the middle blocks; they are some of the best seats in the house.”

   According to Senyk the project began with him and Erie Square Gazette adviser and English professor, John Lusk, always talking about the possibility of doing a remote from a basketball game.

   The advanced television class meets at the SC4 campus in the television studio and runs every Tuesday from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m.

  The class is designed for the students to know how to direct, set up, and shoot cameras, according to Senyk.

 The class and crew are made up of: Emily Desmet, a freshman from Algonac majoring in communication; Cecilia Gagilo from St. Clair Twp.; Justin Jahn, a major in television and film from Goodells; Mike Romero, sophomore television production major from Marine City and Sean Wendt from Capac.

   All took turns running the three cameras and doing their part in the control room. Desmet was the voice of the event, announcing both games and making history of it.

   According to Desmet, she was really comfortable announcing the games. Sean Wendt and the rest of the class all felt it went well.

   It was a win-win for SC4 on the night of Feb. 10. The ladies and gents’ teams came out victorious. And they won’t be the only ones watching the game film.

Welcome Back Qatar

As SC4 students were beginning the semester, a few faces were absent from campus.
A five-person team consisting of SC4 President Dr. Kevin Pollock, SC4 professor Robert Tansky, retired SC4 professor Thomas Mooney, SC4 Trustee Nicholas DeGrazia and Board of Trustees Chair John Adair.
According to a press release by Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing, and Legislative Affairs for SC4, the group met with His Excellence Abdullla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, five-time president of OPEC and current minister of education in Qatar; His Excellence Abdullah Khalid Al-Attiya, governor of Qatar Central Bank; Abdulrahman Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, secretary general of the Gulf Corporation Council; Mohamed Abdulla Al-Attiyia, petroleum engineer; and Sultan K. Elsewidi, retired sports industry executive.
The trip was to discuss collaboration between SC4 and a new community college being built in the capital city Doha, Qatar, having students from Qatar study English at SC4, and possible student and faculty exchanges.
“They’re trying to choose one to maybe three or four selective community colleges in the United States to work with,” said Pollock. “We’re pretty excited about opportunities for educational and cultural exchanges.”
“[Qatar has] picked out the top schools in the world to educate their young people,” said Tansky. “They also realize how important international trade is.”
Both Tansky and Pollock said the Qatari people understood the value of education. During the trip, a student excused himself to get something “special.” He returned with an Economy book from Tansky’s class, taught in the 70’s.
The deal between Qatari officials is not set in stone, however. SC4 has submitted a proposal, which will be gone over by members of the new Qatari community college.
“It all depends on what they’ll let us do with the next steps,” said Pollock.
Nonetheless, Pollock and Tansky found the trip “worthwhile,” and remain optimistic for what this could mean at SC4 when it comes to cultural and educational exchange.
“The better understanding we have of outside of our own little area, the better we’re going to be,” Pollock said.

One dollar. No, two dollars.

Students returning to school this January had quite the surprise when paying to park in the South McMorran lot. Previously, the price to park on the South lot was a single dollar, but as of Jan. 1, the price has doubled.
The students may have gotten a surprise but the school knew of the price increase ahead of time, according to McMorran’s General Manager Randy Fernandez.
The reason for the increase is to lower McMorran’s running cost; the subsidy they’ve been receiving is in the process of being lowered. “The city has asked myself and the board to reduce operating costs and one of the ways we can do this is parking,” Fernandez said.
SC4 student Amanda Hartfil, 23 of Croswell, parks on the South lot. She was surprised. “I saw it, but everything is going up these days, isn’t it. I’ll still occasionally park here, on my long days” she said.
Whether parking in the school’s lot, which is free and frequently full, or on one of the McMorran lots… a student does have options.
Mary May, 79 of Port Huron, works for McMorran in the guard booth at the South lot. She said, “Many are surprised (about the increase), and question the price, because the North lot is still one dollar.” Just remember to bring your school id or backpack to receive the discount. May also said, “Some days are busier than others, but at night kids still like to park here because they feel safer.”
McMorran also offers parking booklets for 25 dollars which contain 40 passes. Permanent passes can be obtained at the office inside McMorran and are 250 dollars for the South lot, and 120 dollars for the North lot according to Fernandez.
It may cost an extra dollar to park in the South lot, but it is convenient, and what may cost an extra dollar now could be saving pennies upon pennies of tax money.