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Officers elected for SC4 Government

Savannah Wilcox

Staff writer

   After all the candy and campaigning was over, SC4 students elected new officers for Student Government on Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8, to represent our student body.

   “I am very happy with the turnout,” Student Activities Coordinator, Carrie Bearss said. “We had multiple people running for different positions, and we also had an amazing voter turnout as well. Overall I think it was a successful turnout for SC4.”

   Starting in the spring semester, Chuck King, Rachel Kobylas and Kaitlyn Graw are the new representatives for the students at SC4. King will be pursuing his second year in the student government.

   For the 2009-10 year, King held the role of Vice President, but this spring he will have climbed the pyramid to the top as he obtains the role of Student Government President, replacing Dan Wiley.

   King also spends time at the radio station here on campus (WSGR FM 91.3) as the Assistant Program Director as well as participating in the Lambda Mu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society here at SC4. Running against King were Michael Aleck, Jonathan Lucas, and Steven Rappolee.

   Working at Chuck King’s former position is Rachel Kobylas as Vice President. Kobylas not only is a part of the Student Government, but she also writes for the Erie Square Gazette. Rachel is a graduate from Brown City High School and will be starting her first term in the school’s “oval office” this spring. Running against Rachel Kobylas were David Fields and Sean Lathrop.

   Kaitlyn Graw will be filling the position as Secretary for the Student Government. Graw has never participated in Student Government at SC4 before but she still managed to pass up her only opponent Michael Owen.

   Graw is a graduate from Port Huron High School and will also be obtaining her first year in Student Government. She will be taking over for former Secretary Paul Prax.

   Our student body did not vote in a person for the position of Treasurer because no student ran for Treasurer. Frank Scarber held the treasury position for the 2009-10 semester at SC4, but will not be returning.

   If anyone is interested in the position, please contact Student Activities Coordinator Carrie Bearss by Friday, August 20. To apply, you must have a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester for the year 2010-11.

Did You See Smoke Signals?

Savannah Wilcox

Staff Writer

   Last Thursday, SC4’s International Cultural Education Committee showed “Smoked Signals” to raise awareness about Native American culture.

   The film was entirely directed, produced, and acted by Native American individuals, which is extremely rare in show business. Sherman Alexie is the writer of the two books which formed this screenplay.

   Not only is it unheard of to write the book and the screenplay, but Mr. Alexie topped it off with also being a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian.

   The movie is based around a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian tribe living in Idaho. This movie provides a realistic view into the lives of the Indians whom still live on reservations in America today.

   Victor and Thomas are the main characters paired together quite oddly as Victor is more muscle, while Thomas is more nerd. Victor and Thomas have to travel into new American civilization.

   “Smoke Signals” possesses the ability to describe the Native American culture to the rest of America. It shows the way the Indians live on the reservations as well as how they live today, as well as their values.

   “This is very realistic and especially interesting because it shows people today how very different our lives are from the lives of these Native Americans who struggle living in America,” Scott Fernandez said of the film.

   Mr. Fernandez did an excellent job of describing the importance of raising awareness of the Native American culture, “These people are still here, and still live amongst us today.”

   The International Cultural Education Committee will be hosting a day to celebrate Native American history on Tuesday, April 6. It will consist of multiple activities pertaining to the culture of Native Americans.

Rise and fall of SC4 basketball

Savannah Wilcox

Staff Writer

The SC4 girls started the day with an 81-59 win, while the boys lost to Mott Community College 85-77 on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Lady Skippers stomped Mott’s women’s basketball team, as Mott only had six able players to compete.

“We were expecting another extremely talented post player to be on the team, but she was not here today for whatever reason,” said Coach Carrie Lohr about Mott’s shortage.

The win was important for SC4 as the team achieved their twentieth win this season. “We’ve worked hard to get to this point, and I’m proud of my team we had a great year,” Coach Lohr said. All of Coach Lohr’s girls scored against the Bears.

“It is important for all of us girls to score, to show that we all play as a team, and that we don’t depend on one person to score all of our points,” said sophomore Chanahl Putnam who paced the SC4 girls with five assists and nine points.

The high scorers for the Lady Skippers were Jessica Stevenson with 14 points and Jackie Highstreet with 11 points.

The SC4 boys, however, lost to the Bears, 85-77, after an impressive effort by both teams. The Skippers had a slow start after tip-off, and battled the Bears (No. 2 ranked in MCCAA) respectively through the entire game.

“We didn’t play as well as I would have liked, but I have to say they (SC4) played through the whole game, and never gave up,” said Coach Steve Schmidt of Mott. “They really played to their best ability, and made my team play to that ability as well.”

The Skippers held the Bears to a six point lead (46-40) at the end of the first half, but the Bears continued to stretch the lead, leaving the Skippers sinking into an inevitable loss.

Although Sc4 fought back in the ending minutes of the game, it was not enough to conquer the Bears offense in this match.

Kieon Arkwright led the Skippers with 23 points, and Alan Sharp added 16 points coming off the bench. For the Bears, Doug Anderson led with 20 points and shook the gym with three athletic dunks.

Skippers sail over Kirtland Firebirds

Staff Writer

Savannah Wilcox

   The SC4 boys smeared Kirtland Community College with a 71-51 win on Sat., Feb. 6. The boys worked toward a victory, starting the game off with a defensive mindset.

   “We were worried about their height,” Coach Dale Vos said. “(Kirtland) had two guys that were 6’9” and I thought we did very well defensively against them. We definitely did our best to shut those two down.”

   Although somewhat outsized, SC4 held their ground on Saturday and proved their defensive skill.

   Although the Firebirds had height, they lacked the defense to stop the Skippers before time ran out. The Skippers trampled Kirtland, from the start through the entire game.

   Although SC4 only lead by eight points at the half (29-21), they continued to extend their lead with a powerful offensive second half. The Skippers offense proved to be too much for the Firebirds, who could just not answer to the considerable lead.

   Kieon Arkwright drilled 15 points and also pulled down four rebounds. Jake Stark added seven points and eight rebounds for the Skippers.

   Kirtland’s high scorer, Dmitry Martynenko from Russia, scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Firebirds.

   “Our offense was better in the second half than in the first half of the game, but we worked hard through the entire game,” said Coach Dale Vos.

   The Skippers are 10-2 in the Conference (MCCAA) and 20-4 overall. Their last home game is on Sat., Feb. 20 against Mott Community College.

   Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. Don’t forget to cheer on our boys at their last home game for the season.

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.

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.

Lady Skippers Steal Second Place

The Lady Skippers trampled the Oakland Raiders with a 78-64 win, last Saturday. The first half of the game proved to be a battle for both teams. SC4 started out with an aggressive defensive strategy, and a motive to push the ball up the floor.
“As a team, we have a lot of speed and we try to push the ball up the floor as much as possible,” Coach Carrie Lohr of SC4 said.
SC4 took control with a 7-2 run to start the game before OCC could rack up the points for a tie with 14 minutes left on the clock. Though both teams battled every second, The Skippers had a slim lead of 32-31 at the half before returning with a 14-2 run at the beginning of the second half. “(The run) was a total shock. OCC is a very talented and competitive team but the beginning of the second half allowed us to recover from our mistakes in the first half,” said Coach Lohr.
“We definitely came to win, and played to win,” said sophomore Korea Jackson from Chesterfield, who led the Skippers with 17 points. “We took second place by winning this game today, and we have been practicing hard to win first place this year.”
The Oakland Raiders high scorers were Chanel Hernandez with 19 points, and Danielle Kwasiborski with 14 points. The Skippers had an amazing offensive game with three double-double players: Chanahl Putnam 10 assists, 10 points; Jessica Stevenson 12 rebounds, 10 points; Megan Johnson 10 rebounds, 12 points. Also Jackie Highstreet had 13 points. Highstreet, Jackson, and Stevenson all drained two shots from behind the arch to add to the win.
“Scoring is an important quality for every player, and to be a team everyone has to score,” said Coach Lohr. “We are looking forward to the next couple of games, and we are hoping to fight our way into first place at tournament time.” The Lady Skippers’ next game is located at Mott Community College on January 20th; tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.

Celebrations for the King

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. started with a dream, and turned into a legacy. SC4 celebrated this legacy Monday night with a night of festivities at the SC4 theatre.
There were multiple acts of singing and dancing present, and even a mock Michelle Obama appearance. It was a night in which a group of people showed that it is possible for all races to be equal, and celebrate with each other.
“If there was anything that the King had taught us, it was to love all people, because we are all equal,” Rev. Bill McGill stated Monday. Rev. McGill is from Fort Wayne, Indiana and he has attended this celebration for the last four years, this year he read the famous “I Have a Dream…” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. himself. “I have been coming to SC4 for a few years now, and it is always a pleasure to come here for the celebration of the King,” McGill said.
Rev. McGill was not the only person who admired the work of the king. Jerilyn Brown, President of the Port Huron branch of the NAACP, also wanted to honor MLK Jr. for his hard work. “It has been 16 years since we started to celebrate the King’s day of service, and in those 16 years we’ve come a long way but we still have a long way to go,” she said referring to the racial problems the United States still tries to overcome today.
As people spoke of races joining together, the crowd was filled with different races joining together in celebration.
“The King would be proud of where we are today, because only love can bring us together,” Geri Kimbro (Cultural Opportunities Subcommittee, Co-Chair SC4 Diversity Advisory Council) said while opening the ceremony.
The crowd participated in the festivities, and the entire theatre was exploding with joy, love, and remembrance. It had felt as if MLK Jr. himself was there as races pulled together to celebrate one of the most important people of the 20th century.