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ZDC rises with the dead

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor

   SC4’s Zombie Defense Council is having an “orientation screening” of the George A. Romero horror classic “Night of the Living Dead” in an effort to raise funds to defend the world from the uprising of the undead.

   The event is taking place in room 201 on the second floor of SC4’s Clara E. Mackenzie building from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, April 16 and the cost is “a measly $5” and popcorn is included.

   Future orientation screening titles may include “King of the Zombies,” “Revolt of the Zombies,” “White Zombie,” and other titles could be brought up in the future

   The Zombie Defense Council’s Prime Minister Cody Kimball and Advisor Overlord Robert Kroll hope that these events will raise money so that they will be able to hold “bigger and better” events in the future.

   Planned events for the future include a campus wide capture the flag competition during stress breaker week.

   The Zombie Defense Council is looking to produce instructional DVD’s to help aid the general public in their survival of  the overrun world of undead.

   If forced to renegade tactics in efforts to survive every possible scenario of zombie death and mayhem, ZDC hopes to aid those in need.

   If anyone is interested in joining this cause or learning more about the ZDC’s mission, you can contact Bob Kroll at rgkroll@sc4.edu

Valleys Climbs Mountains

“Valleys of Neptune” © Sony Music Entertainment
“Valleys of Neptune” © Sony Music Entertainment

Raymond Robinson

Managing Editor

To have the ability to say an artist is still able to please their fan base after being dead for over 40 years is amazing.

Jimi Hendrix’s “Valley’s of Neptune” brings from the vault a stellar package of songs, some alternate versions of old favorites & others never before commercially available.

The title track is maybe the most surprising of the entire group fusing all of the elements that Jimi has become so universally known for such as combining his unique blend of cords with styles of blues, jazz and rock.

“Valleys of Neptune” succeeds in showing that Hendrix hadn’t yet hit his creative peak at the time of his death and makes one wonder what surprises were left in this god of rock.

One gem on “Valleys of Neptune” is Jimi’s interpretation of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.”

Most often when musicians cover other artists music you hear most of the same melody but, with Jimi’s interpretation he takes the Eric Clapton riff to a different place entirely as well as making it mostly instrumental which brings a new atmosphere to the well known classic.

Depending on where you purchase “Valley’s of Neptune” you can either get a shirt with the album cover artwork on it, or you can get two more tracks, so it’s up to the purchaser.

Jimi Hendrix is one of music’s iconic legends who continue to be cited as influences for many of today’s guitarists and this album succeeds in showing why this is true.

“Valleys of Neptune” would be a good addition to any music fans library and might over time become as relevant as his other iconic releases.

It can be summed up by saying that even if your star burns out, you will never truly fade away.

Culture club

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor

A celebration of Native American culture will take place on April 6 in the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the event runs all day.

Morning and afternoon events include David Plain, author of “The Plains of Aamjiwnaang” and “Ways of Our Grandfathers: Our Tradition and Culture” discussing local history and culture.

Evening events include storytelling by Joan and Joe Jacobs who have been sharing their cultural history with local schools for the past 20 years.

There will also be a showcase of Native American customs performed by the Weengushk singing group and Niizh Dodem Dance Troup.

The event is sponsored in part by SC4’s Diversity Advisory Council and International Cultural Education Committee, and the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency.

These events are free and open to the public

Paul Schmitt can be contacted for information regarding the day’s events by phone at 989-5573, or by e-mail at pjschmitt@sc4.edu.

SC4 is Well Endowed

Raymond Robinson

Managing Editor

   SC4 will use a $10,000 National Endowment for the arts grant to bring award-winning writers Beth Ann Fenelly and Tom Franklin to Campus in April.

   They will both be part of a “Patterns” recognition ceremony, reception, guest author readings and provide students with writing advice. This will take place from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 25 in the Fine Arts Theatre and College Center Atrium.

   Fenelly an associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi in Oxford has published four books of poetry and nonfiction including “Unmentionables” as well as having poems published in well over 40 anthologies.

   Franklin a writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi is an author of three books and his fourth “Crooked Letter Crooked Letter” is due out in September, some of his novel excerpts and stories have appeared in more than 40 publications.

   Fenelly and Franklin are married and live in Mississippi.

   According to a press release from executive director of public relations, marketing and legislative affairs Shawn Starkey, the grant money will also be used to benefit SC4’s “Patterns” publication which showcases the best in student work.

   The publication has the distinction of being the longest running community college literary and arts magazine in Michigan. This year will mark the 52 edition of Patterns.

   This is the second time SC4 has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts grant. SC4 received the grant back in 2008, being awarded $10,000 which was used to bring in guest authors and help with the publication of the 50 anniversary edition of “Patterns.”

   This year’s grant is thanks in part to a collaboration between James Frank professor of English and French, and Shelly Simmons Senior Accountant.

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.”

That’s How I Kroll

For students, sitting at a place such as Denny’s or The Raven Coffeehouse is just a way to kill some time. For former student Robert (Bob) Kroll it is almost like coming home.
Bob Kroll, 27, of Almont graduated from St Clair County Community College in 2004 with an Associate in Fine Arts. He then went on to earn his Masters in English from Wayne State University.
Sitting across the table from Bob, you don’t find yourself looking at a teacher, but someone who not long ago was a student trying to earn that A just like anyone else.
I sat there with Bob talking about everything from music and movies to his feelings about coming back to Port Huron.
I’m sure that almost every student has sat in class and wondered what it would be like to be on the other side of the desk, having the students look at them. When asked this, Bob said that it was “surreal” because of the fact that just a month ago he was in that situation at WSU.
He also made the comment, “I feel that I can learn as much from my students as they can from me.” He hopes during his time here that he will be able to help students achieve their goals and become better writers.
During the winter semester Bob is teaching English 50, 101 and 102. He hopes that he will be able to work some of his personal interests into his teaching. In his classes he has a “mystery film” assignment, which he seems really excited about.
When Kroll was a student here at SC4 he was a member of this publication where he held the positions of Staff Writer, Managing Editor and Editor in Chief. Bob also has an essay on Star Trek and James Bond that he eventually would like to get published.
As the night wound down I asked him what has changed during his time gone. He responded saying that, “Denny’s isn’t as big of a deal as it was back in the day, but the things that I loved most about the area have remained intact more or less.”

History of Valentine’s Day

The holiday season is over but so called “hallmark holidays” litter the calendar year, so where does the “season” end or begin?
Valentine’s Day, February 14, has long been a day for couples to share an intimate evening with gifts and a romantic dinner. But many people have little knowledge of where the love fest started.
The heart of this story takes many paths. The rose colored path talks of how cupid would shoot gold tipped arrows to make people fall in love with one another, or lead tipped to make a person hate the one who wanted to be with them.
Cupid, not always the baby with wings, was at one time a “sex symbol” whose name was Eros which is the Greek word for “erotic.” The blindfold that you see him wearing is to symbolize that love is blind.
In 1929, Valentine’s Day was blasted with bullets & blood when seven mobsters working for bootlegger George “Bugs” Moran rival to Al “Scarface” Capone were found executed in a garage on the North side of Chicago. A witness said they saw two uniformed cops exit the building escorting two men with their hands up.
There was no record of this with local police until they arrived on location. Scarface was the only suspect seeing how he wanted to do away with Bugs and get rid of the competition starting from the bottom up. What witnesses saw might have been right or maybe four murderers cleverly executing their devious plan.
Capone’s’ only clue to the possibility of this happening prior is what he said in response to an associate saying he’d have to do away with people to get to the top, to which he said “I’ll send flowers.”
The commercialization of Valentine’s Day has made it a cash cow for the retailers and brings almost $14 billion in revenue brought by 180 million roses and 35 million heart-shaped boxes. Keeping it simple with personal gestures such as doing the dishes or little love notes are sometimes better than anything money can buy.

Eli Brings Enlightenment

In a society where all you have to guide you is believing “The Book of Eli” enlightens you.
Directors Albert & Allen Hughes (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents) return with “The Book of Eli” starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.
In the Hughes Brothers’ latest screen spectacle Denzel Washington (American Gangster) plays Eli, a man trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world where people have forgotten what is really important: having faith.
In this world it has come to the point where even the most basic of resources are fought for and people will do anything in their power to get what they need, this includes even going as far as killing for water.
Eli is a lone wolf, but when he meets up with a girl played by Mila Kunis (That 70’s Show, Family Guy), he changes his ways. The young lady is being forced to do unspeakable things, and after much pleading by her mother, Eli agrees to do what he can to save her so that she won’t have to cope with everything her mother is forced to endure.
“The Book of Eli” has the same look to it at times of classics from the past such as “Mad Max,” but with a deeper plot and better character development.
If you have liked other titles from The Hughes Brothers go into this movie with an open mind. The “Book of Eli” has the same trademark dialogue and scene feel, however it breaks new ground in the sense that it deals with a subject that is different from what they have done before.
“The Book of Eli” gives a whole new feel to the idea of religion; you have the fanatic religious leader but he takes his beliefs and tries to make his followers do everything for him and not for what they should.
Some people will go into this movie and come out feeling offended and others will get the deeper message that it tries to convey in that you don’t have to “see to believe.” This movie may not win any awards or other accolades, but hopefully you can go in and come out not feeling like you have wasted two hours of your life.
I give it 3.5 out of 5.