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Historic Passion for Fashion

Kayla Dimick

Staff Writer

   What do you think of when you hear the words “modern fashion?” Do you think ripped skinny jeans, pencil skirts and flannel shirts? You may not know it, but most of the hottest looks of today were also the hottest looks of yesterday.

   “‘Modern fashion’ is somewhat of an oxymoron,” said Molly Noonan, beauty and fashion writer for “DailyCandy Chicago.” According to Noonan, fashion has always been and will be rooted in history.

   Noonan said what we see on the pages of popular fashion magazines such as Vogue or Vanity Fair is most likely an evolution of some fashion trend of the past along with the overall mood of the nation.               “After all,” Noonan said, “style is a direct reflection of cultural, political and socioeconomic events.” 

   According to Noonan it is through fashion that we can draw parallels between past and present. As the old adage goes, “history repeats itself.”

   If you can believe it, every decade, from the 1920’s to the 1990’s is present in the looks of today.

   Tick, tock goes the cloche.

   One of the major fashion trends that was ever popular in the 1920’s and is recently emerging from the past is the cloche (pronounced kl-osh) hat.

   Cloche hats are most often identified with flappers, who were young and trendy girls of the era. According to fashionera.com, cloches generally took the form of a bell-shape and had a low brim that skimmed the eyebrow.

   The word “cloche” is a French word, which literally translates into “bell.” The cloches of the ‘20’s were often embellished with sequins and adorned with feathers, commonly worn to parties.

   However, the cloches of today take a more simplistic approach with simple colors and fabrics. You can find cloches in such places like J.Crew or even Target for those with a lesser budget.

   Mute becomes the new cute.

   The prosperity and partying of the 1920’s soon fell to the Great Depression in the 1930’s. When the unemployment rate was 25 percent nationwide, people didn’t have extra money to spend on extravagant clothes. Instead, they opted for a more muted color palette and simpler style.  

   According to fashionera.com, a new fabric called rayon was introduced in this era. Rayon could be used to make several different garments, therefore saving money. Chanel started using cotton, and soon its image was changed from cheap fabric for work clothes to haute couture.   

   Noonan said that at the beginning of the recent recession, the fashion industry saw a resurgence of muted color palettes and minimalist styles reminiscent of those in the 1930’s.

   Also, there has been a recent increase in the use of cotton in fashion, much thanks to the recent “the touch, the feel, the fabric of our lives” ad campaigns.

   Not only is cotton cheap, it is also Earth-friendly; both major concerns in modern times.


   As the United States began to pull itself out of the Great Depression, it found itself in the middle of a world war. Everybody had to pull together for the war effort. Men went overseas, children collected scrap metal and newspapers, and women joined the work force. Everything was rationed.

   According to an article titled “Why 1940’s fashions are relevant today” on helium.com, people focused more on providing for their family than buying the latest fashions, so they wore what they had out of the back of their closet.

   Because of the recent economic crisis, the people of today are taking similar actions, reusing and remaking their clothes to produce new ones.

   Also, patriotism was at its highest, and was reflected in the fashion of the period. Similarly, now, the United States finds itself in the midst of a war in the Middle East and militant styles have come back on trend this season.

   Military jackets, pea coats and bomber jackets have been seen on the runway as well as on the street. Since they are so popular, you can find these coats almost anywhere from Kmart to Macy’s.

   In a cinch.

   When World War II ended, the American people needed and wanted stability. People started moving to the suburbs, having children (later known as the Baby Boomers) and establishing a prosperous middle class.

   According to the educational movie Happy Daze, materialism and conformity became the norm in suburban middle class. With this conformity eventually came rebellion.

   Rebellion came in many forms, but one of the most popular was rock ‘n’ roll, which had a heavy influence on fashion. Some of the most defining looks of the time are still popular today.

   For example, blue jeans went from work clothes to a symbol of rebellion. Now, blue jeans are an everyday staple, and everyone wears them, not just the rebellious.

   Another look that was popular among Greasers was the leather jacket. Leather jackets have recently remerged and stars such as Rihanna and Beyonce have been seen wearing them. Among greaser women, cinch belts were popular. Originally, cinch belts were only available in elastic, but as their popularity zoomed, they were made out of many different materials such as leather.

   Now, cinch belts can be found in any color, fabric and size. They can be in found stores such as Forever 21 and Mod Cloth.

   Mad, mad men.

   The conformity of the 1950’s was soon left behind by the tumult of the 1960’s. The nation was in the midst of the Cold War, and the nation broke many traditions of the social norm with movements such as Civil Rights.

   People of the decade were influenced by First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s glamorous sense of style: her French manicures; pillbox hats and simple geometric dresses.

   Thanks to the popular TV show Mad Men, set in a 1960s advertising agency, fashion has seen a recent increase in glamour.

   Increasing in popularity are cocktail sheaths, pencil skirts and draped blouses, all of which have been seen on Mad Men.

   “Add this to matte red lips, black liquid eye liner and a neck full of pearls and this season’s evening look seems to have taken a page from the Eisenhower era,” Noonan said.

   Robin Jones Kerr, 15, an avid Mad Men viewer, said that the show has influenced her hair and makeup choices. “I started straitening my hair and wearing more eyeliner,” she said.

   Her mother, Michelle Jones, 48 and also a diehard of the show, said, “My favorite dress is a Mad Men inspired black dress with a little jacket a la red.”

   When I say, “jump”, you better jump.

   The glamour of the early 1960’s soon transformed into the gritty, androgynous hippie look of the late 1960’s and 1970’s.

   The textbook “A People and a Nation Vol. 2.8” states that in this time, Americans experienced another economic recession, marking the end of post-war prosperity and governmental betrayal with the Watergate scandal, along with tensions from the Vietnam War.  

   Bellbottoms, platform shoes and miniskirts were popular. One trend that was popular then and is popular now is the idea of jumpsuits.

   In the 70s, jumpsuits were made with large floral prints and bell-bottoms.

   Although jumpsuits have recently come back on trend, they are some that are modified slightly from the 1970s version. They can be found in solid colors with more tailored leg lines, which is the more recent version, or exactly like those of the 70s, floral and all.

   Celebrities such as Tyra Banks and Selma Blair have been seen sporting the jumpsuit and can be found at JC Penney and Saks 5th Avenue.

   Punk isn’t dead.

   Leaders of the 1980’s were determined to end the tumult and rebellion of the 60’s and 70’s with a new conservative coalition and Reganomics. However, just as we saw in the 1950’s, an increase in conservatism almost always leads to rebellion.

   One major form of rebellion in the 1980’s was punk rock and its fashion. Originally, punk rock started out in the underground scene in the 1970s, but gained momentum and popularity in the 1980s. Popular looks of punks were studded leather, Mohawks and fishnets.

   But, according to Noonan, punk is far from over.

   Noonan said, “Still going strong is the power trip-punk fusion of 1980’s “street wear.” Acid washed skinny jeans, metallic mini skirts, studded biker jackets, ankle boots and shoulder pads simultaneously page homage to 21 Jumpstreet and Dynasty.”

   Just as the punk rock look has seen a reawakening, so has the “power dressing” of the 1980s made popular by the TV show Dynasty.

   Fashionera.com states that women of this era felt as if they could finally become anyone they wanted to be, and as a result, power dressing became popular.

   Women needed to dress for their corporate jobs and wanted to not only look sexy, but look ultra-confident. Shoulder pads and structured jackets became popular as a result. Jackets, blouses and dresses with shoulder pads can be found on the runway as well as on the street.

   Smells like teen spirit.

   The 1990’s marked the end of the 20th century with the idea that less is more. Fashion-era.com reports that as people started working from home and business’ dress codes relaxed, people of the ’90’s enjoyed the idea of dressing down.

   The supply of retail goods was high, but sales were sluggish due to a minimalist fashion approach.

   An underground music genre popular among teens, called Grunge, soon became mainstream and gained widespread popularity. One of the genre’s biggest bands was Nirvana with their number one single “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

   Grunge fashion consisted of baggy flannel shirts and blue jeans. Overall, it was meant to portray a, once again, androgynous and unkempt look. 

   Now, we are seeing flannel shirts everywhere in this season’s looks. The only difference is that today’s flannel is more fitted than that of the Grunge era.

   Fitted flannel shirts can be found at any department store or even the supermarket due to their heightened popularity.

   In the year 3000…

   Believe it or not, the future is here. As we approach the dawning of a new decade, the catwalk and the sidewalk have been seeing futuristic trends. The most obvious futuristic trend present today is the use of metallics. Anything from handbags, to heels, to eye shadow has been seen in metallic shades lately.

   One person taking this trend to heart is singer Lady Gaga.

   Gaga has been seen wearing extreme geometric lines, over the top and embellished shoulder pads, and even went as far as wearing a dress completely made out of plastic bubbles in her appearance on Saturday Night Live.

   In the words of Lady Gaga herself, “Baby, we could make a home in the stars. Baby, in a galaxy somewhere far. Oh, you’re my future love.”

Dear John

Savannah Wilcox

Staff Writer

   Eyes dripped with tears as Dear John stole the hearts of many women worldwide. Dear John is a novel written by New York Times Best-Selling Author Nicholas Sparks.

   With the 32.4 million dollars debut on Friday, Feb. 5, Dear John proved to be one of the best love stories of the year.

   Starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, these two play the role of John Tyree and Savannah Curtis, the prized love affair lurking in the hearts of women everywhere.

   John is a soldier in the Army Special Forces, who falls in love with Savannah Curtis, a college student on spring break, while he is at home on leave.

   This movie represents a story of passion, love and long distance relationships. Tears will flow while watching this endless love story, especially while enduring the surprise ending of the story.

   Dear John touched the hearts of many as it surpassed Avatar at number one in the box office opening weekend.

   Dear John is a romantic film based on life after love, and the hardships that may pass with every relationship formed in a lifetime.

   If you have not seen it yet, get your hands on a movie ticket soon, and do not forget your handkerchief.

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.”

Brain Trust

Brian Johnston

Editor in Chief

   Zombies swarmed through Port Huron in October 2009. This semester, somebody is here to deal with the problem.

   The Zombie Defense Council, founded by SC4 students Cody Tyler Kimball and Victor Uhlman, is the new club on campus. Advised by adjunct instructor Robert Kroll, the club’s goal is to protect SC4 from shambling undead hordes.

   “Vic [Uhlman] was the one who actually pushed me to do this,” said Kimball, who acts as “Prime Minister” of the club. “He wanted a reason to continue going here next year.”

   Adviser Robert Kroll said he became the club’s adviser because, “if we’re going to survive a zombie apocalypse, we’re going to need a place of education. If there’s one place of education I wish to save, it’s SC4.”

   The group has currently been granted “probationary” status as a new club, meaning they will attend all-club meetings along with the Student Government, Drama Club, and the Global Awareness Club.

   According to the club’s charter, it has ties to several SC4 classes, including Intro to Anthropology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Human Resources Management and Hazardous Materials.

   Planned activities include a screening of George Romero’s classic “Night of the Living Dead,” a “Zombies versus Humans” paintball or airsoft outing, and zombie board game meetings.

   Further down the road, the group is considering making a zombie movie or a zombie Christmas album, as well as charity events.

   Those interested in joining the meeting should email sc4zdc@gmail.com.

   “We all share a common interest in promoting the welfare of humanity,” said Kimball.

   “Which could involve Ghostbusting,” added Kroll.

   Kimball added ghosts, zombies, and the living dead in general are all “sort of friends,” and the group would actively protect SC4’s campus from all non-living threats.

   “As long as they don’t sparkle,” said Kroll.

O. D.’s Rant 57-9

Support your local Skippers athletics!
‘Twas a big day Saturday for both the men’s and women’s basketball athletic programs. The men’s team knocked off number one in the nation Henry Ford Community College, 76-72. This was the first singeing of the Hawks’ feathers all year. Henry Ford had won 19 consecutive games until that night.
The Skippers trail the first place Hawks and number six in the nation Mott Community College Bears by one game. Their 7-2 record places them in third with plenty of time to make a move on first place.
The Lady Skippers won handily against Henry Ford by 14 points, 90-76. The Lady Skippers reside in second place in their conference.
They trail number one in the nation Schoolcraft Community College by two games with a 9-2 record. Schoolcraft has yet to lose a game and are 12-0 in the Eastern Conference and 22-0 overall.
Just as our Lady Skippers volleyball squad was in a fight to the finish, so are our basketball teams. Now is the time to fill the gym and cheer on the ladies and gents teams as they make their run for the roses.
The next home game is on Saturday, February 6 at the school gymnasium. Kirtland Community College comes to town. The ladies’ game begins at 1 p.m. and the men’s at 3 p.m.
Call me rah-rah if you will but these student athletes are performing outstandingly and deserve the support of the fans, the staff, and the community.
Don’t change the column’s name but again I am rah-rah for the Port Huron Icehawks. I don’t know why McMorran is not filled for every game. I could understand this 25 years ago when the teams skated like a group of old timers who just finished the keg.
But this is quality hockey. The price is reasonable. The ownership supports our community. Why not support a team that cares?
Now for the ranting (hip-hip hooray!).
According to msn.foxsports.com, Miguel Cabrera spent three months in rehab after supposedly being a bit tipsy for the big series to conclude last year’s pennant race.
Being drunk (or at least hung over as most unrepentant Lions fans on Monday) then playing sports on the major league level is a time honored tradition. In the early days of baseball players had to be dragged to the ball park from the barroom. The Detroit Lions won a championship with Bobby Layne who, if the rumors are true, did not need blocking. The alcohol fumes of his cadence would stupefy the defensive line.
As baseball is now an entertainment property of the New York Yankees, perhaps all players should be required to drink a twelve before every game. That way money would not determine the world championship, but the strongest liver.

Sure to be a Delicious Surprise

For many people the troubled economy today has ripped a whole through wallets nationwide. With the Superbowl coming up, there will be plenty of hungry mouths in the living room next Sunday. So I’m proposing a delicious snack that can be made right at home. Instead of ordering pizza, make a new kind of pizza for your family that is cheap and delicious.
The best part about pizza is that there are endless possibilities and recipes to make the perfect pizza. Any toppings can be used for this pizza, and changed upon desires.
To start, the crust is quite different from most pizzas, as you need biscuits for the crust of the pizza. The best way to arrange the crust is to buy the dough from the can (one dozen) and place them on the bottom of a 12 inch pan (round or square).
The sauce is a mixture of one cup of marinara sauce, one-fourth a cup of ketchup, one-fourth a cup of Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbeque sauce, a pinch of sugar and a pinch of salt. Mix these items together and use your own discretion as to how much sauce you would like on your pizza.
Finally we have the cheese and the toppings. Some may prefer to put the toppings beneath the cheese (deep-dish style) or some may put the toppings on top of the pizza, traditionally.
The most important part of the pizza is the cheese in which you will need half a cup of shredded mozzarella, half a cup of shredded Monterey cheddar and half a cup of grated Parmesan cheese to cover the top.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and place the pizza in the oven. Watch closely as different ovens may cook quicker or slower. Most pizzas will need to cook for at least 20 min. (“Meat Lovers” will need to cook for longer).
After the pizza has cooked, spread some Parmesan cheese lightly on top of the pizza and serve while it’s warm. This Superbowl enjoy something cooked from the heart, and bon appetite.

Love Before Death; The First Valentine

Don’t forget your chocolates, flowers, and cards this year. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so if you don’t have dinner plans, you better make them soon.
Hugs and kisses are sure to be passed around this Valentine’s Day, as we approach the most romantic holiday of the year. As love is amongst us, some ponder where did the tradition start?
According to American Greetings and history.com, the very first Valentine was created c. 270 A.D. This was a time in Rome when marriage was not allowed amongst young men, as the men were intended for a life in the Roman Army.
The Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius Claudius, believed that married men were weak soldiers but many thought otherwise. St.Valentine, a Roman Catholic priest, had secretly been marrying young couples since the rules of the new Emperor were made. When the Emperor discovered the priest’s sinful secrets, he sentenced St.Valentine to death.
Although many priests do not engage in relationships, St.Valentine was somewhat secretive about his relationships, until his final days. On the eve of his death, St.Valentine wrote a sweet letter to his dear love and signed it “Love, Your Valentine.”
It was this ending that inspired the hearts of many others to begin the tradition of Valentine’s Day. It is a day to show the one you love just how much you love them. Since this tragic story, Valentine’s cards, chocolates and flowers have been sent to recognize love. On February 14 the entire world will celebrate this holiday, and love will be shared all around the world as it is year after year.

O. D.‘s Rant

Just as every cop is a criminal / and all your sinners saints…
Well, Glimmer Twins, we may as well bid sympathy to the Old Nick, for fair play is definitely being thrown out with the bath water. Let the ranting begin.
Watching Saturday’s game with the Red Wings and the Dallas Stars, I can only come to the conclusion that if there is not an unofficial prejudice against the Red Wings, the NHL officiating staff from the ice to Toronto should be held for charges of gross ineptitude.
During the shootout, a shot sent Wings goalie Jimmy Howard to the goal line to trap it. An NHL referee was standing a foot away, level with the goal line. He waved the play a save. Another referee skates up and whispers to check the play with Bettman’s lair in Toronto.
During the consultation there are shots of what appears to be the original referee being forced to justify his case. After prolonged consideration a goal is given to the Stars that proves to be the deciding measure of the shootout.
I challenge the viewer to show me indisputable evidence that the puck was over the line. That is the rule in overturning an on ice call.
Does this mean the referee who made the call is so blind that he cannot see the play better than an idiot in Toronto who has more note, indisputable evidence from afar?
Some may claim it is only a point. Yet a point could determine whether the Wings make the playoffs. The Wings play with honor. Imagine how that must stick in the craw of the suits.
This is only an example of what I have seen over the years. A non-call here, an overturned call there. The evidence is damning. I challenge a non-partial observer to overturn my call.
Finally, get rid of the NHL players participating in the Olympics. Number one, they are not amateurs. Number two, they screw up the schedule so badly that races are being determined in February. Number three, someone tell NHL wannabe Fuhrer Gary ‘hit them with a purse’ Bettman, that not only will the NHL never be the NBA, true fans don’t want it to be.
Check out www.firebettman.com for a few laughs.
On a sober note, if you can, contribute to the Red Cross for Haitian relief. We are so lucky in this country to have some sort of infrastructure. Our country is in desperate financial straits thanks to George ‘what me worry?’ Bush but when an event like the Haitian earthquake occurs, America takes the lead. That is what makes our country still the greatest.
Look around, if Port Huron had such a magnitude earthquake it would be leveled too. Let’s count our blessings and help our fellow brethren.
OK, I sounded like Tiny Tim for a sec. Next time, back to baring the fangs at affronts against truth, justice, and the American way!

Supporting the “Community”

From the time we were in elementary school, we’re expected to pursue higher education. You’ve heard the rhetoric. “You can’t get a good job if you don’t go to college.”
And now that you’re in community college, odds are you’ve heard another set of rhetoric: “Thirteenth grade,” you’ve heard them call it. “Glorified high school.”
After all, what community college graduate ever made anything of themselves?
Walt Disney, Sarah Palin, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte and NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle to name a few.
For examples even closer to home, just look in the back of the college catalog. You’ll find community college graduates like Sociology professor Kraig Archer, Student Activities Coordinator Carrie Bearss, Business Administration professor Ross Green, new English Department adjunct Bob Kroll “and plenty more,” according to Shawn Starkey.
All of these people – and more – got their start at community colleges and went onto the proverbial “bigger and better things.”
NBC even has a show called “Community” in which a group of societal castoffs have misadventures at a community college. It may make for good television, but it’s not entirely clear what it does to the image of community colleges.
In an episode of “Community,” Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) is happy to have made it into the newspaper. “And this isn’t the school paper, by the way,” Shirley said. “This is a real damn paper. There’s a ‘Marmaduke’ in there.”
One can see how that would rub the Editor-in-Chief of a community college newspaper the wrong way.
The truth is there are many types of community college students, and just as many reasons why people attend them.
None of this seems to stop community college getting a bad rap from certain people. There’s nothing you can do to silence them; what’s important is that you don’t let them get to you.
If you’re a student here at SC4, it’s because you want to further your education. Don’t let someone kick your legs out from under you just because you’re not at a “real college.”
This is a real college. This is a real newspaper. You’re a real student.