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Grappling with school post Columbine

Destiny Torres Executive Director  Generation Z have never known a world without the fear and anxieties of a shooting happening at their school. They were born into an era shaped by Columbine and Sandy Hook, and have grown up wincing…

Ringing in the holidays, even overseas

Destiny Torres Executive Editor Every year, people all over the world celebrate the spirit of the season by sending holiday cards to family and friends alike. But at Lorain County Community College, students and staff spread the cheer a little…

Stressed? You are not alone

Destiny Torres Executive Editor  For most students, college is viewed as a time of liberation, a time to find themselves and learn what they want to do with the rest of their lives. But for others, college is filled with…

Silent halls full of ghosts: The story of the Silent Witness Exhibit at LCCC

Lauren Hoffman Editor-In-Chief  Robin Nelson and her family of boys Gavin and Liam, and daughter, Brianna, of Elyria, had big plans for the summer. Having just celebrated July 4, Nelson and her children planned on finishing out the summer before…

Issue 10 wins with a comfortable lead

Caitlyn Ujvari JRNM 151            Issue 10, a 2.1-mill renewal levy, won with a comfortable lead. The levy, which will fund the Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership program, garnered 72,250 (67 percent) votes against 35,719…

Lt. Gov. Husted Lauds college on MEMs Intel Partnership

Lauren HoffmanEditor-In-Chief “Our students are why this program exists,” Marcia Ballinger , Ph.D., president of Lorain County Community College told Lt. Gov. Jon Husted following his visit to LCCC’s Desich SMART Commercialization Center Sept. 13.Husted’s visit comes as part of…

How Biden’s Student Debt Relief Bill will affect LCCC

Lauren Hoffman Editor-In-Chief Student debt and loans is something that continues to plague college students well after graduation, haunting their dreams and hindering their ambitions for life. For the nation’s leader, U.S. President Joe Biden, the student loan crisis needed…

Issue 10 wins with a comfortable lead

LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., congratulates Issue 10 volunteers. Photo: Caitlyn Ujvari.

Caitlyn Ujvari
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           Issue 10, a 2.1-mill renewal levy, won with a comfortable lead. The levy, which will fund the Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership program, garnered 72,250 (67 percent) votes against 35,719 (33 percent), according to unofficial results announced by Lorain County Board of Elections.

           “It’s an affirmation of what Lorain County Community College means to our residents. After 60 years, the importance is still critical,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., at the watch party on Nov. 8 at the Spitzer Conference Center. The margin of passing is the highest percentage of a win in the college’s history, according to Ballinger.

           The levy “supports the UP’s programs, ensures that the programs are up to date and we are able to continue to provide these services to all students,” said Ballinger while highlighting the importance of this victory for the students of the college and the future generations in the community.

        The 2.1 mill-renewal levy, which will cost $51.01 on a $100,000 home, will raise approximately $14.75 million per year for the next 10 years for LCCC.

        LCCC Provost Jonathan Dryden, Ph.D., said the levy does help Lorain residents graduate. The University Partnership program has a significant impact on increasing the number of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in the county, according to Dryden.

 Alexandria Allen, a resident of Elyria, said she voted in favor of Issue 10 because it would “expand the University Partnership program. It’s important; some students do not have the ability to travel.”

          Tyler Chapman, a Lorain resident, also chose to vote in favor of Issue 10 because “I know people who go to the college (LCCC).”

          Clifford and Lynda Schmidt, who voted at the Northwood School polling precinct in favor of the levy, said, “That’s the best thing that ever happened to Lorain County.” Both of them took a couple of classes at LCCC.

        Michelle Ternes, also an Elyria resident, voted at the Northwood School polling location. She voted in favor of the levy. She never took any classes from LCCC. However, Ternes said, “I want a college education to keep moving forward. I’m all for that.

          Son Phan is a supporter of the UP program because of how it has shaped his worldview and how LCCC is like “a bite-sized version of campuses found all across Ohio” and how he believes that all of the friends and people that he has met in the United States are like “a second family away from home” for him.

            LCCC created the program 25 years ago, partnering with 15 Ohio colleges. So far, this program has presented students with more than 100 bachelor’s and master’s degrees, saving an average of $74,000 per student.

           The renewal of Issue 10 will help to continue the success that LCCC has garnered from this program and help students receive a secondary education for the next 10 years without any added cost to residents.

Corentin Aboulin, Simon Jones, Hayden Lowstetter, and Gregory Visnyai contributed to the story.

 

 

Lt. Gov. Husted Lauds college on MEMs Intel Partnership

Lauren Hoffman
Editor-In-Chief

“Our students are why this program exists,” Marcia Ballinger , Ph.D., president of Lorain County Community College told Lt. Gov. Jon Husted following his visit to LCCC’s Desich SMART Commercialization Center Sept. 13.
Husted’s visit comes as part of his New Generation Jobs Tour, which seeks to gather information regarding rising career paths and colleges that will contribute to the ever-growing Ohio workforce.

MEMs coordinator Johnny Vanderford (middle), shows Lt. Gov. Husted a map of all the participating companies in the MEMs program work agreement.
Lauren Hoffman|The Collegian

Into the lab
Upon arrival, Husted was greeted by LCCC MEMS coordinator Johnny Vanderford, who showed the increasingly popular clean room laboratories located on campus.
“What we do in here, is micro-electronic packaging and manufacturing for semiconductor industries,” Vanderford said. “In this program, we train students, to not only to do manufacture of silicon wafers, but we also train them to make printed circuit boards.”
Vanderford showed Husted the process of creating individualized dye which go on to create circuit boards using the state-of-the-art equipment the clean labs offer.
“The process of placing this into a micro controller isn’t that far similar from playing a carnival claw game in terms of difficulty, and requires steady hands and machinery to do the job,” Vanderford said.

The MEMS program 
The MEMS program which first began at LCCC in 2014,quickly has grown to include Ohio’s first ever community college applied bachelor’s degree as part of the core curriculum.
The program centers around an earn-and-learn model in which students are going to school two days and work the other three.
“We actually had a waiting list to enter the program earlier this year, but have since expanded the number of students in the program,” Vanderford said. “But the real problem we have been running into, is meeting the company demands as so many companies are excited to have our students.”
Starting in week one of the courses, students already are working in the lab.
Within the first year of the program, most students have jobs with the various companies throughout the state.

MEMs student Ryan Earlmer works on processing a chip in the lab.
Lauren Hoffman|The Collegian

Drawing in the corporations
Of the many corporations that employ LCCC MEMs students, Intel recently has joined the list signing on the college to fuel its Silicon Valley workhorse, which will be the biggest semiconductor plant on the planet once completed.

By the numbers
Husted discussed the importance of such a program, noting its impact particularly as of late.
“Back in the 80s, 90s and 2000s, a decision was made that our country would become a labor economy, but the work would be done in outside nations,” he said. “Since then, the rise of hostile regimes, and especially the supply chain issues from the COVID-19 pandemic, has taught us that we need to move back into the U.S. for work.”
The industry which currently sits at $550 billion, is expected to grow into a $1.3 trillion industry by the end of 2030, officials said.
Right now, there are 169 existing companies in 29 counties across Ohio that are Intel suppliers and rely on workers like LCCC’s MEMs students for their industry.
“I am very excited to learn more about the LCCC programs, and hopefully, me and the senators and representatives, can learn more to take this process further and build this silicon heartland that has been forming,” Husted said.

LCCC’s impact
For Ballinger, it is the students that fuel  the MEMs program. “The program offers students an opportunity to advance in their careers at zero student debt cost.”
And the students themselves couldn’t agree more.
“I have been with the program for about three years now and I absolutely love it. I am a lab assistant now so I get to see all the inner workings and the opportunities the MEMs program offers is truly amazing,” said student Ryan Ealmer.
The program will continue its work and plans to supply Intel with students by the handful as the industry continues to grow, officials said.

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How Biden’s Student Debt Relief Bill will affect LCCC

Lauren Hoffman
Editor-In-Chief

Biden’s Student Debt Relief Bill will benefit 29% of the roughly 43 million students in debt as of 2022. Of that 29%, 44% will have zero debt remaining following the relief.

Student debt and loans is something that continues to plague college students well after graduation, haunting their dreams and hindering their ambitions for life. For the nation’s leader, U.S. President Joe Biden, the student loan crisis needed to be handled. 
This is why the Biden Administration announced Aug. 24 a three-part plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for low to middle income borrowers. According to the United States Department of Education, the cost of both four-year public and private colleges has nearly tripled even after accounting for inflation.
While many students do rely on financial assistance to help cover the costs such as the Pell Grant, they only cover about a third of the total costs, leaving many students feeling hopeless and drowning in debt. 

The Bill
In order to help combat this, especially for low and middle income families, Biden’s bill will offer up to $10,000 in loan forgiveness for federal school loans providing the borrower makes less than $125,000 a year. The same applies for married with joint income borrowers that make less than $250,000. 
As for recipients of financial assistance like the Pell Grant, which are designed for people with exceptional financial need, an additional $10,000 can be canceled. 

How it applies to LCCC
But what does this mean for students at Lorain County Community College? Well according to financial services, it still applies. 
Applicants must fill out an application to see if they qualify for forgiveness and if they do, the loan or debt is wiped from their record. This will prevent holds on their account and allow them to continue their education, giving many scholars a greater chance to succeed. 
According to the White House there are currently over 43 million federal student loan borrowers including those in community college. 
Only about 8 million will automatically have their debt canceled because the department of Education has their income information. This makes it crucial for borrowers to fill out the applications, which open the second week of October. 
Still everything comes with a price. The loan forgiveness act will cost the federal government roughly $400 billion over the next 30 years adding to the country’s growing deficit. The act will also cost the average $100,000 taxpayer roughly $1,500 a year. 

Covering the costs
But for LCCC students the pros tend to outweigh the cons. Many students at the college fall under the requirements for debt forgiveness and with many more heading onto furthering education at four year universities, the debt can pile up quickly. 
In the case of Pre-med student Ethan Kocak, student debt has always been a worry. “Coming from a family where I didn’t get a lot of assistance for my education, right now I am looking at either going into the Air Force or getting a high score on my exams to qualify for scholarships in order to pay for school and try and avoid debt.” 
Even by doing the University Partnership program offered at LCCC, Kocak still says the cost came at a hefty $50,000 price tag and that’s just on the lower spectrum of costs. “Med school is insanely expensive and any help with the debt definitely helps,” he says. “This bill would be very helpful for me especially.” Kocak is a recipient of the Pell Grant and says knowing that because of that alone some of his debt can be resolved is very uplifting for him. 

Ends discouragement 
The looming dangers of student debt also can often discourage students from attending college altogether. Lorain County Early College High School senior Katie Sowards admits that she’s skeptical of continuing education into an undergrad degree because of the debt that comes with it.
“I know that college is really beneficial but I’m not sure the pros outweigh the costs,” she says. “I feel like this bill would be especially beneficial to students like me who don’t have to worry about it and instead can get their degrees.” 
And LCCC Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services, Marisa Vernon-White, agrees. 
“In July 2022, the U.S. Department of Education recognized LCCC as among the top 10% most affordable colleges in the country,” she says. “We also work closely with students to identify other resources outside of student loans that are available to help with tuition, such as scholarships, grants, and other aid.”
Still despite this, there are students at LCCC that will benefit from the act and continue the education processes at the college. 

The timeline
Students applying for the relief must do so by Nov. 15 in order to receive debt cancellation by the time the debt payment pause expires which has been in effect since the beginning of Covid-19. From there the pause will expire on Dec. 31, 2022 and interest will begin accruing again on borrowers remaining balances. 
The final deadline to apply for student loan forgiveness is Dec. 31, 2023. According to the Department of Education, 13.5% of students have student loan debt. 

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Collegian staff shines at 44th annual Press Club awards banquet

Lauren Hoffman 
Editor-In-Chief
Lorain County Community College’s student-run newspaper, The Collegian, again swept the floor at the Cleveland Press Club Awards on June 10, taking home eleven awards in the Trade/2-Year School category. 
Lauren Hoffman, editor-in-chief of The Collegian, won three awards, including two first places at her first outing for the event. Her story titled, “Post 9/11 generation learns of attacks” earned first in the Best Online Reporting section. Judge’s commented on the piece, “The use of quotes is where the reporter’s work shines.” 
Hoffman followed that, taking home first in the Best Press Feature Story category with her story titled “Covid-19 vaccine saves faculty’s life.” Hoffman’s final award was a third place in the same category for her work, “German student’s American Dream comes true.” 
Oscar Rosado, former editor-in-chief of The Collegian who graduated in May, made the event his second outing with awards earning a second place for his story, co-written by Jordan Yuhasz, titled “Local businesses revenue booms due to in-person classes returning” in the Best Print Newspaper Story category. |
Destiny Torres, a former associate editor of The Collegian who also graduated in May, also shined at the event earning two first places for her work. In the Best Print Newspaper Story section, Torres, alongside James Baron, took first for their story, Help is available for domestic abuse victims.” 
Torres followed that up with a first in Best Print Sports Story for her piece, “Stepping into the future with Esports. The judges commented, “The writer places the topic into context for the reader who may be unfamiliar, nicely setting the table for the remainder of the article.” 
The Collegian contributors Hayden Lowstetter and James Wade took home an award in the categories of Best Print Sports Story and Best Print Feature Story, respectively. Lowstetter’s article, “Jim Powers leads Commodores to the regional championship,” earned him a second place in the first, while Wade’s story “New tech in children Learning Center helps ECE students” earned him a second place in the latter category. 
Wade also took second place in the Best Radio/Podcast News Story category for his Boom Radio podcast, “Boy Scouts.” LCCC student Lily Smith followed Wade with a third place in the same category for her work, “Education.” 
Lily Smith took third place for her podcast on Boom Radio for her segment “Education.”
Finally, LCCC associate Janet Maltbie brought home first place in the Best Radio/Podcast in her Boom Radio segment titled “Blood Needles Show”. Maltbie’s work earned her a comment from judges who pointed out her “good use of subject and questions within the podcast.” 

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Intel breathes new life into LCCC’s DNA

Lauren Hoffman
Editor-in-chief

Lorain County Community College engineering students have big opportunities heading their way in the form of two new leading-edge chip factories being built in Ohio’s “silicon heartland” just outside Columbus. 
Technological giant Intel, a business whose computer chips run everything from laptops to smart cars, announced on Jan 21 that they would be building two state-of-the-art factories in Licking County, Ohio, which has the potential to be the largest foundries in the world. 
What this means for LCCC engineering students is new jobs by the tenfold. Currently, the college hosts one of the largest community college programs in Micro-electromechanical systems or MEMs. The program consists of both an associates’ and a new applied bachelor’s degree. 
The new facilities are an initial $20 billion investment into what is known as advanced manufacturing and are aiming toward creating jobs to over 3,000 individuals, 70% of which will be community college graduates of the MEMs programs. 
LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., is overjoyed by the news and what it means for the college. “LCCC and their programs that we have within our engineering area really prepared students for this,” she said of the news and added,  “We are at an inflection point right now, not only in Ohio but in America.”
But why is LCCC more ready than most? The answer lies in the community surrounding it. Ballinger said, “We are uniquely situated in LCCC because we have the technology and classes available thanks to community response.” There are a lot of manufacturing businesses in Northeast Ohio such as Nordson Corp. and Lincoln Electric that rely on the college and its MEMs programs for a highly educated staff base.

Whole New Industry
Vice President of Strategic and Institutional Development Tracy Green, agreed with Ballinger on the levels of success these new foundries will bring. She says “this brings a whole new industry to Ohio as well as strength to the economy. Advanced manufacturing breathes new life into Ohio’s already rich history of manufacturing with the automobile factories and steel plants.” 
And this industry is more than just Intel itself. Previously, 85% of all chip manufacturing was happening in China. The Covid-19 pandemic crippled the supply chain causing many of the chips to sit in factories unable to be shipped out. By moving the factories to U.S. soil, this issue is resolved. A second common concern that Intel’s moving will solve is the risk of encrypted cyber attacks. By being manufactured here in the United States and especially in Ohio, the foundries are closer to Washington, D.C., just in case problems were to arise. 
Back in 2008, the college began looking at expanding its education in engineering in order to answer community calls to do so. Around the same time, technology hit its first major boom as the invention of the iPhone and other smart devices came to fruition. This led to an increase in technological programs such as MEMs in order to fit the future workforce and technology that was on the way. 
Besides being one of the only community colleges in the world to offer a MEMs program, LCCC also is the only one to have the cleanrooms that are needed for work in the programs. And not just one either. LCCC plays host to three cleanroom labs in The Richard Desich Business & Entrepreneurship Center and The Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center, located across from the Spitzer center connected to the main campus.
These cleanrooms are outfitted to be as sterile as possible so no particles can enter the room and interfere with the building process of the computer chips. Students working in these labs wear white gowns and full personal protective equipment including face shields, gloves, and shoe covers in order to keep the rooms sterilized. 
Another major difference between advanced manufacturing and regular is where the work is done. All equipment sits overhead and in the open. Green added, LCCC “has been developing opportunities in the past 10 years in preparation for this. The three cleanroom classrooms are named by number and the lower the number, the cleaner it is. We here have a class 10,000, a class 1,000, and a class 100. Even the class 10,00 which is the dirtiest so to speak is still cleaner than a standard operating room.” 

Lots of success
LCCC also runs these classes on the earn-and-learn model in which students can receive on-the-job training while learning at school. For the associate’s degree students attend classes two days a week and spend the other three at the businesses. Once a bachelor’s degree is achieved, students go on to work full time during the day and continue their remaining classes at night. 
The college’s success has even led to visitors from other colleges coming to see how the cleanrooms and MEMs programs are run so they too prepare for their own. As the industry continues to develop and change, LCCC is ready to adapt to it, with many developments still to come. 
The college was founded in 1963 as Ohio’s first community college with the goal to create an educated workforce for the industries in Lorain and the surrounding area to flourish. For Ballinger, technology “continues to be a large foundation of the college. It is in our DNA and we must continue to be involved to assure their competitiveness and success.” 
As Ballinger puts it, “This semiconductor industry is to Lorain County now as steel and automotive were before.” 
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LCCC closes 4th time for safety

Lauren Hoffman
Editor-in-Chief
Lorain County Community College’s all campuses were evacuated following the fourth bomb threat in three weeks today (April 19). LCCC previously received bomb threats on March 24, 25, and 30 with the last threat causing campus to go remote for the remainder of the week. 
At 12:15 p.m. today, an emergency RAVE alert went out to all students and staff urging an evacuation after an unspecified security threat was made to campus. 
Students, staff, and faculty rushed out of the buildings and into their cars in a mass exodus within minutes. By 12:32 p.m., the main campus on Abbe Road was closed, and fire, EMS, and Elyria Police Department were on the scene at the main campus on Abbe Road to help mitigate panic and clear the campus as quickly as possible. One Elyria Police officer directed traffic outside the main N. Abbe Road entrance to campus. 
“Campus is closed for safety reasons following a threat through LCCC connect’s chat room,” said Tracy Green, LCCC’s vice president of Strategic Design.
According to Green, the Elyria Police Department is currently working with the FBI to assess the threat.
Elyria Police Department brought bomb-sniffing dogs to check out the buildings. 

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Bomb threat closes LCCC campuses

Destiny Torres
Associate Editor
All LCCC campuses were closed Thursday afternoon following a bomb threat on an LCCC online chatroom.
“We take campus safety very seriously and are allowing the Elyria Police Department to do their job. All campuses and outreach centers are closed till further notice,” Tracy Green, vice president of Strategic and institutional Development, said. “We have no proof that this threat is credible, but out of an abundance of caution we are keeping the campuses closed as the Elyria Police department and bomb squad continue to search the campuses.”
The college received the threat Thursday at about 2:50 p.m., according to Green.
All students and staff were sent Rave alerts, email and text messages, urging them to evacuate the campus immediately. The campuses were closed immediately.
An Early College student, Malac Naser, said, “I honestly feel a little nervous about the whole situation but I feel safe that they evacuated us so quickly.”

Student Senate president juggles events, classes during the pandemic

Dylan Rice
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LCCC Student Senate President Zarai Aquino’s biggest challenge is “managing my classes and my job.” Aquino is majoring in Organizational Leadership at the University Partnership with Cleveland State University.
Aquino said during a telephone interview that she got “into my position the same way all senators get in. I gathered 100 signatures from students and then started to campaign.”
When asked what she does in her position, Aquino said, “As student senate president I attend council meetings. Give insight on behalf of the students. I reach out to students so they can voice their opinions, then I make a report and give it to the higher-ups.”
Aquino added, “I saw it as an opportunity to make changes.”
Aquino said that “gaining student participation during COVID-19” is another challenge. “Now that everything is online, we don’t have a student data base. Now with coronavirus everything is online, the meetings are on WebEx. We have been promoting them on our social media.”
Some of the upcoming events include a Facebook costume contest, Instagram scavenger hunt, and RealTalk meetings.

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No Welcoming Week events due to pandemic

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As the fall semester begins, the LCCC campus is missing many excited and eager faces as it used to seeing around this time of year. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the look of LCCC during the Welcoming Week.

No Welcoming Week festivities at College Center. Photo: Mackenzie Jonke.

“In the six years I’ve worked here, no other year has looked like this,” explained Marketplace cashier Leanne Failing. “I was aware of the changes, but having segregated entrances and your temperature taken was surprising.”

Covid-19 screening stations have been set up in select entrances to the campus. After the screening, students and faculty have to walk through connecting buildings to get to their classes.

With many classes opting for online learning and the strict precautions to provide a safe environment for students, College Center and other buildings were bare. Even with all the modifications, Failing was eager to return to the school.

“I was looking forward to coming back, but it definitely has a different vibe. I think this is just a time for us all to be patient”.

Campus Security Chief Kenneth Collins, who was working at the temperature check station in CC building on the first day back to campus, said the pandemic has left people confused on many new rules and regulations. He said there are a lot more students on campus than he expected. Many students have chosen a community college as opposed to a four-year university because of the coronavirus in an attempt to save money or preserve health.

Collins, who is also a criminal justice graduate, explained there is an influx of telephone calls his department was receiving due to most entrances being closed.

Collins said he was pleased that “everyone was pretty patient and polite” to him and to his coworkers at the screening areas.

Six feet distancing signs are posted in the bookstore. Photo: Mackenzie Jonke.

Peyton Kellick, a psychology major and a Commodore Bookstore staff, said she wasn’t sure what to expect on the first day of the class, but she was definitely excited to see people at the campus again. As she works in the bookstore, she is used to seeing a lot of foot-traffic. She said she thought a lot of people would order their books online, and she was surprised to see as many people as she did in the bookstore and it was a “pleasant surprise.”

However, the first day back was still nowhere near as busy as it was in years past.

Ana Marzan, a Student Life staff and a criminal justice major, said she also saw more people on campus than she expected to see, but the amount of people present today was nowhere near the amount of people that are usually seen roaming the CC building. In addition to there being fewer people, she said that she did not expect the temperature checks when she walked in at CC, and while she was expected to wear a mask, she said it felt “weird.”

Journalism students Taylor Anderson, Courtney Crell, Anthony LaRosa, Madison Leon, Dylan Rice, and Alyssa Watson contributed to this report.

Issue 17 levy passes regardless of covid-19 quarantine

Oscar Rosado
Editor-in-Chief

Despite social distancing and other covid-19-related restrictions, LCCC’s Issue 17 levy passed by 27,650 (59.5 percent) to 18,809 (40.5 percent) votes, according to unofficial results released by Lorain County Board of Elections on April 28.

The goal of renewing the existing 1.8 millage as well as adding a 0.5 millage won by 8,841 votes.

LCCC will receive an estimated $15.6 million per year with the passing of the levy. This levy amount will run until the next decade, lasting until 2030.

“We all won, together!”

“We all won, together,” exclaimed Vice President for Strategic and Institutional Development Tracy Green.“We are humbled by the results and by the confidence this community has and what LCCC means to the lives of the people here. Issue 17 has passed at about 60 percent and that is a phenomenal testament to how this community values higher education and the impact that LCCC is making on our community and our future.”

Won regardless of the coronavirus outbreak

Regardless of the initial setback of the election pushed from Mar. 17 due to the coronavirus outbreak, the levy has passed.

“It is absolutely remarkable, and I am so grateful for the continuation of the community’s support. It was this community that built LCCC as the first community college in Ohio in 1963,” said Green. She went on to say, “That tradition of investing in ourselves and in the best hope of our community’s future continues today. So this result just really reflects that continued commitment for our local access to affordable quality higher education and all the gratitude goes to our community. We are the community’s college and we will continue to fulfill that mission.”

Going forward with the future, Green said, “This is a ten-year renewal levy, so it keeps a foundation of support that has been part of LCCC since 1963. It is instrumental to making LCCC who we are and what we’re able to deliver to this community.”

Not a typical election

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, celebrations have been put on hold. “First and foremost is the health and safety of our community. So while prior election years when we had an issue on the ballot that has been up for renewal, we’ve had wonderful celebration times with large gatherings, but we want to protect the health and safety of our campus and our community,” said Green.

It was not a traditional celebration nor a watch-party to see results come up on April 28, according to Green. She went to say, “It was not a typical gathering, we were just watching the results come through with Lorain County Board of Elections.”

“It was a little quieter, but that doesn’t make the celebration any less enthusiastic just because we weren’t able to do it in that way. There is such sincere gratitude for the support of this community,” said Green.

Thank you to all students

Green also paid tribute to students. “Thank you to all the students. Our students are the reason why we exist and what we do every day, and it is their stories that I believe demonstrate the impact that we make,” said Green.

Green believes statistics are just half of what reflects the success of students and the college. “Certainly, percentages and numbers say one side of the story, but when you really tell the story, like the story of yourself and other students and the impact that our college was able to make on the individual lives, that is when it becomes real, and that’s when it becomes meaningful. We are grateful to our students for entrusting us with their futures and choosing us as their higher education providers.” 

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Grappling with school post Columbine

Destiny Torres
Executive Director 

Generation Z have never known a world without the fear and anxieties of a shooting happening at their school. They were born into an era shaped by Columbine and Sandy Hook, and have grown up wincing at loud noises in the halls and practicing active shooter drills.

“No one should have to worry”

“I remember doing drills in the third grade,” Said Savannah Holder. “My teacher told us ‘Alright guys, get into your hiding space’ and I hid behind her desk. No kid should have to worry about that.”

A school shooter drill takes place at Amherst middle School. Drills like these have become common place to practice in preparation for a threat. (Lauren Hoffman|The Collegian

They are all too familiar with the stinging pain as another school shooting is announced in the news and are used to the debates of gun control that follow. In the past decade alone there has been roughly fifteen mass school shootings that have taken the lives of innocent students and teachers.

“The first big school shooting I remember hearing about was in Parkland,” Said Hannah Liddy, referencing the shooting that took the lives of seventeen students and teachers in Florida in 2018. “My school had a walkout in support of gun control.”

Inducing anxiety

According to The American Psychological Association, 90% of Generation Z have experienced some form of anxiety in their lifetime and for some that has been because of the attacks in schools.

“After the Parkland shooting, I was afraid of going to school,” Said Liddy. “I remember a chip bag popped in the lunchroom and everyone freaked out. We were all terrified we were next.”

Facing reality

For some students, the terrors of school shootings are more than a fear but almost a reality.

“There was a real threat my senior year,” Said Kieira White. “My best friend and I were walking in the hall after school and were dragged into a classroom by a teacher. No one told us what was going on, I thought we were going to die.”

According to White, the threat was a false alarm but she still remembers the fear she felt as she held her best friend in that dark classroom.

“Whenever I’m in a room on campus, I make sure I know where each and every exit is,” said Holder. “So that I know exactly where the attacker can come in and where I can get out. That is the sad reality of our lives.”

Taking its toll

The everyday threat of going to school has even taken its toll on future teachers. Xander Taylor, an education major at LCCC, says that school threats are becoming a hardship in his career choice.

“I am afraid it’s going to get to the point with us talking about these events that paranoia is going to take over,” he said. Taylor fears that soon homeschooling will become more prevalent as a way to avoid these shootings. “These shootings are going to put a damper on my career and although I am not a teacher yet, I am already worried about my future students.”

“Not enough”

As for some of Generation Z, they feel as if America is not doing enough to keep them safe in their schools.

“I get that the Second Amendment is a thing,” said Liddy, “But when that was made, they didn’t have automatic assault rifles. They didn’t have to fear that one day someone would finally snap and that would be the end.”

“These drills are so common place and its ridiculous,” said Taylor. “No one should have to worry about sending their kid to elementary school and be afraid they will get shot. It’s terrifying.”

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Music for the troubled mind

Caitlyn Ujvari 
JRNM 151 

Meyers, standing, conducts his jazz band students during practice at LCCC. (Caitlyn Ujvari|The Collegian)

Listening to music is one thing most college students can bond over.

However, students may be unaware of the several benefits of including music into their curriculum, especially at a young age.

“I don’t know so much about this age, but I know fifth-graders are better readers, better at math,” said Jeffrey Meyers, jazz band instructor at Lorain County Community College.

An introduction to music at a young age helps people to support their left-to-right reading development, as well as helping in math when they have to break down notes and rhythms.

Students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work throughout music study, according to an article written by Carolyn Phillips, former executive director of the Norwalk Youth Symphony, Connecticut.

Phillips added that students involved in music education also earn higher grades in school and perform better on standardized testing.

Music students, on average, scored about 31 points higher than average in reading, 23 points higher than average in math, and another 31 points higher than average in writing, according to several studies conducted on the topic.

“Music comprehension is extremely important, even at a young age and can lead to much more,” says Meyers. Music also evokes feelings and emotions, whether that be positive or negative, and involving oneself in music classes also produces that same effect.

“If I have a crappy day at work, the first thing I do is get my horn out,” said Meyers. For him, among many other instrumentalists, music offers an outlet for stress. There is also the excitement of hearing certain famous composers and being able to play difficult passages or pieces.

According to former music student, Landen Maderia, “I noticed I felt a lot better when I was in band. I loved making music of course, but I also loved being with my friends.”

“There’s a social aspect, being a part of a team, and paying attention to detail,” said Meyers, “You can do this for the rest of your life.”

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The troubles with Thanksgiving prices

Gregory Visnyai 
A Correspondent 

You can expect to pay more this Thanksgiving for food—turkey in particular—as the price for fresh, boneless, skinless turkey breast has risen from last year’s price of $3.16 per pound to $6.70 per pound this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The price increase, according to fb.com, is due to the bird flu as well as inflation in general. Not only Turkey prices have risen, but other retail foods as well have seen an 11.4% increase in price in August.

Rising Prices

Bennett Sulen, a student at LCCC studying communications, said that he hasn’t noticed the higher price for turkey yet. “But I do know that like a lot of like goods around Thanksgiving are definitely inflated…I can imagine it’s probably gone up just based on how much everything else has,” said Sulen.

For himself, Sulen said the price increase won’t affect him; yet, he said, “If I was in a situation where I was like literally on my own, and not really celebrating with my family, or if I was in charge of like cooking for a large group of people, I would probably get a different type of bird.”

Money squeeze

Reegan Anthony, a student at LCCC pursuing an Associate of Arts degree with a focus on social work, said that she has heard about the increased price.

She too said that the higher price won’t affect her personally, but she said, “If it were me doing it, it probably would change things.”

When thinking about how it will affect other people, Anthony said, “I think it can make it harder for people who have to do more budgeting, as far as Thanksgiving, because if you’re spending more money on one thing, you know, you have less to spend on another.”

“More expensive this year”

“You can find a butterball turkey still at a reasonable, budget-friendly price…if you wanted to buy organic—you know, heirloom breeds—it’s going to be more expensive this year,” said Bradley Ball, culinary program chef at LCCC.

Every time Ball goes shopping for food, he has felt the effect of the higher prices and said, “I see it every day…and it’s more money.”

Bigger struggle

Yet, Ball said that his culinary experience has helped him absorb the price and make every dollar go further. For other people, Ball said that people “…that already struggle with food insecurity are going to have a harder time. Like, the people that have a hard time are going to have a harder time.”

Turkey alternatives that are still appropriate for Thanksgiving he suggested were Cornish hens, ham, and the vegetarian option of a stuffed, whole-roasted pumpkin. “Thanksgiving is really about the sides, so you can skip the turkey all together and just have more sides,” said Ball.

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Dreaming Big post college: college students talk about their ambitions

The Collegian Staff

Ambition. The word strikes up images of runners, teachers, soldiers and politicians, but one of the most ambitious groups on the planet is a culmination of all: students. Students, especially college and above, continuously push themselves in their everyday lives to be better, achieve their goals and ultimately cross that finish line of graduation.

None is more true than for the students of Lorain County Community College who continue to bring new insights and opportunities to the community and beyond. From the nursing program to the Star police academy, LCCC students have continued to push barriers and make history.

According to data collected by the college, nearly 52% of all students at LCCC enroll in the University Partnership program adding to the college’s goal of reaching 10,000 degrees by 2025. This push for graduation and degrees shows the ambition that many students have. But those are just the numbers, what about the students?

Mary Abfall, a first-year nursing student in LCCC’s program, had always dreamed of becoming a nurse. “I knew when I was little that I wanted to be a nurse, but life had other plans for me first.” Choosing what she deems, a “fun career” first, Abfall went into the airline industry traveling the world, but still something felt like it was missing.

“While in the career, I started a family and that kind of pushed the dream a bit farther away, but I knew I would eventually need to be making more money so I didn’t let go of it,” she says.

During the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Abfall saw firsthand the need for nurses. Working as an aide in the hospitals she recalls not being able to do much, despite seeing the desperate help they needed. “I didn’t like just sitting around, I knew I needed to do much more and so I kind of just jumped right in,” she says.

Now in her first round of clinicals this year, Abfall says the experience has been very rewarding. “I found that window of opportunity with my two daughters in high school and son in middle and knew I was ready,” she says. “It was just perfect timing.”

Abfall admits that while she has younger students in her class, she is admired for their persistence. “I don’t think I could have done this when I was 18,” she laughs. “The program is rigorous and I’m not stopping but to see these younger adults also pushing through right by me, it’s amazing.”

Abfall isn’t the only student with high ambitions at LCCC, or the country. On average 1/4 of all college students who begin at a community college go on to a four year institution with 60% of those graduating with their bachelor’s degree or higher.

Ambitious people are always striving to be more and more successful which often pushes them to work harder and be better. “On average, ambitious people attain higher levels of education and income, build more prestigious careers, and report higher overall levels of life satisfaction,” says Neel Burton, psychiatrist and author of “Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions.” “Many of man’s greatest achievements are the products, or accidents, of their ambition.”

But what drives ambition? Well according to Burton, it tends to run in the family. “My parents were very ambitious at my age and so I knew I had to be as well and it all fell into place,” says Nasahlie Nieves, a member of the student senate.

Other factors that push ambition include birth order, ego driven, insecurity, self confidence, desire to be worthy and prove others wrong. And the hard work, even at community colleges, pays off. According to Ramseysolutions.com, “85% of millionaires in the United States graduated from college with 62% of that attending public schools including community colleges.”

“I want to prove myself and never give up,” says Alexander Ramirez, a hopeful fashion designer. “ I want to achieve my goal to be successful.”

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How Covid-19 has changed Thanksgiving

Hayden Lowstetter
Staff Writer

Ever since Covid-19 left its impact on the world there has been a disconnect on the connection between families. The pandemic has uniquely affected children and families by disrupting daily routines.

These routines can be anything from school, being at work and even just everyday life. The changes have been so severe because the isolation period called for an absence from these routines.

The isolation period meant for school and work to be immediately postponed, but at the same time and most importantly among all other things the relationships you held were postponed as well. Just as the things people were doing on a daily basis were changing, naturally people and yearly routines did too.

One of the biggest holidays to have changed this due to the pandemic is that of Thanksgiving. The holiday, which is centered on coming together, took a massive hit for many from isolation to rising prices.

“Everyone was put inside and couldn’t interact which made holidays much harder for us,” says Lorain County Community College student Abe Elkammaty. “I mean we normally had small get-togethers, but it was still a struggle.”

Now in 2022, Halloween is in the past and the holidays are right around the corner once more. Though Covid-19 is mostly behind us it still has left its presence known going into these holidays. The holidays are a time viewed as spending with your loved ones, but for some those times just aren’t what they used to be.

According to Cathy Shaw from LCCC’s Advocacy Resource Center or ARC, “Despite the pandemic being over, many still struggle to come back together. Thankfully we weren’t affected too much.”

What made a difference for Shaw that led to Thanksgiving being able to still happen, is the idea of social bubbles. During the pandemic, many people started to band together in small groups. “My bubble was a few family members and then some neighbors, we did social distance, but I still got to see them which was really nice,” Shaw says.

Still while coming together wasn’t an issue for Shaw, isolation for many others added to the stress and depression. According to the World Health Organization, the world saw a 25% increase in depression cases during the first year of the pandemic, a number that has continued to grow since then.

“A lot of people lost their jobs or cut hours which led to many having to simplify Thanksgiving or cancel all together,” says Shaw. “That’s why LCCC decided to partner with Second Harvest for the mobile Thanksgiving Pantry.”

Though times have changed, they can certainly be changed again.

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Meet the women athletes of LCCC

Jaidan Comer
JRNM 151

Women’s opportunities in predominantly men’s activities have always been a heated topic, especially among citizens in America. These wide arrays of topics can include having a job or the right to vote, or it can even be as simple as wanting to play a sport.

It was just 50 years ago, in 1972 the government passed the Civil Rights law “Title IX,” which granted access for women across the country to play sports or pursue education without sexual discrimination.

This law opened up opportunities for women to make their sports activity into a career, no matter if they wanted to play the sport like Serena Williams or coach the sport like Cheryl Reeves.

Jim Powers, who coaches Cross Country at Lorain County Community College, was instrumental in creating a few female stars himself. He started coaching for LCCC in 2009. Since then, he has helped train two all-American runners, Hannah Cook and Gabrielle Post, and has led multiple successful cross country teams.

When asked if it’s harder to recruit women in sports, he said “it’s more difficult because we weren’t sure how many were coming out compared to the men’s.” This in turn would make it more of a challenge to pick up female athletes to fill an entire team at LCCC.

According to Women Sports Foundation in America, “before Title IX one in 27 women played sports.” Today that number is two in five.

Powers said that LCCC’s numbers for female athletes haven’t struggled, but have stayed the same. “We been able to maintain our sports room that we normally offer but we haven’t been able to bring in any new ones, so it’s pretty much the same.”

But if there is one sport that has had a yearly steady increase for women’s participation in high school, it’s volleyball. According to (NFHS), “In 1971 there was 17,952 participants, a number that’s grown to 452,808 in 2018.”

Powers agreed. “I would say volleyball definitely sees the most because the pipeline is so structured.” When asked about being a coach for women’s cross country, he explained, “It is fun developing the chemistry with each player and it’s essential because you’re traveling, eating and going on overnight trips together.”

He also reiterated that developing chemistry with players on the college level is different because of the work that needs to be done in a short period of time compared to high school.

Powers also said that he’s happy that in the major leagues there’s “more women assistant coaches and officials, but it needs to be normalized.” Still, as Powers and his staff continue to help female students become more prominent in sports, He is hoping that as times change more “options and avenues for women to continue participation in athletics.”

As more women are participating in sports at LCCC, Powers said there are a few challenges they face compared to men. This involves a certain attitude from society toward women that pressures females to stop playing sports at an older age for family, compared to the men where it’s encouraged by society.

“That’s the biggest hurdle,” said Powers, “If a woman really wants to keep playing a sport, she should have the same opportunities as the boys have.”

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Ringing in the holidays, even overseas

Destiny Torres
Executive Editor

A table for collection of the Christmas cards sits at the bottom of the spiral stairs in the College Center. (Destiny Torres|The Collegian)

Every year, people all over the world celebrate the spirit of the season by sending holiday cards to family and friends alike.

But at Lorain County Community College, students and staff spread the cheer a little further to those stationed overseas and those who served America in the past.

“I began this collection of cards in 2009,” says Learning Specialist, Kelly McLaughlin. “That was the year that nine marines were killed in Iraq who were from a battalion in Ohio.”

From there, McLaughlin knew something more needed to be done, especially with many not being able to see their loved ones during the holiday season.

According to McLaughlin, holiday cards make more of a difference than some may think. “They need to know that we haven’t forgotten about them. Whether they’re overseas, away from friends and family or veterans. We’re thinking about them and we appreciate their sacrifice,” she says.

For McLaughlin, sending these holiday cards has meant more to her and those around her, even going farther than she could imagine.

“In 2009, I was sending lots of Christmas cards and letters,” says McLaughlin. “There was this soldier that received my letter and he had plans of ending his life. He was having a tough time overseas alone and he wasn’t planning on coming back home. That card meant more to him than anyone could have ever imagined.”

This soldier made it home and has now made McLaughlin his children’s godmother.

“This is so important,” Said McLaughlin. “We never know what someone is going through and we have to try our hardest to reach out and be kind to those around us.”

McLaughlin soon after brought the idea to Lorain County Community College as part of the main campus’ Veteran’s services center. While taking a brief hiatus for Covid-19, the Christmas card collection hasn’t come to a full stop and returned in early November.

Throughout the course of the event, McLaughlin was able to collect 292 Christmas cards to send overseas. “They need to know that they are not forgotten, it’s really important to give our ongoing support,” she says.

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The financial stresses of college

Destiny Torres
Executive Editor

Attending college can be a stressful time for anyone, but the stress doesn’t stop at academics for students who are financially independent.

“Not only do I go to school full time, but I work two part time jobs just to pay my rent,” says Lorain County Community College Student, Kathryn Carver. “I’ve had times that I had to choose between getting a big assignment done or going into work.”

Many independent students at LCCC like Carver have found these struggles implemented into their daily lives. The Covid-19 pandemic back at its start in 2020, triggered an economic breakdown in the United States, causing many to lose their jobs, friends, houses and more.

Soon independent students were left struggling to pick up the pieces of paying for college, rent and food while also risking their lives going to their “essential” jobs in grocery work or fast food.

According to Carver who works at a fast food restaurant and a diner, she stresses about her academics and financial situation daily.

“I used to be a straight A student, but now I have to pay almost eight hundred dollars a month in rent; my job has become more important to me than my academics,” she says. “I have to make sure I have enough money to feed myself, keep the heat on and somehow still find time to get homework done for my five classes.”

Carver is not the only one struggling to pay rent as it has skyrocketed in the past year.

According to Rent.com, rent has increased nearly nine percent nationwide in the past year alone, forcing many to have to downsize or move back home if possible.

“I actually had to drop out of school,” says former student Margo Solace. “I was working 25 hours a week, so I could focus on school and still wasn’t making enough money to pay my rent.”

Solace went on to add that it wasn’t just the rent that caused her financial stress.

“I was deciding whether I should put gas in my car to get to and from work and school, or buy groceries. I never realized how much food cost till I was on my own.”

The inflation of food cost has increased 11.2% since September of 2021 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, causing independent students to have to decide whether to eat or pay their rent.

“I just wish I was able to stay in school,” says Solace. “I plan on going back at some point, but it just pushed my life plans way off track.”

Fortunately for those that are struggling, LCCC has an answer. Resources like Commodore Cupboard or the Advocacy Resource Center exist on main campus to help students in need.

“We had a lot more students coming in during the past two years more than ever before, so we knew we needed to expand our resources,” says Cathy Shaw from the ARC. “A lot of times, these students don’t know where to start, and that’s why we’re here.”

For more information regarding the ARC and commodore Cupboard, visit https:// www.lorainccc.edu/support-services or stop by the ARC in the Bass Library.

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How technology helped a blind person “see”

Lauren Hoffman
Editor-In-Chief

For many of us, watching the birth of technology has been exciting, scary, and everything in between, but for some it’s also been a necessity.

Meet Shane

“I started using technology at the age of five and I have certainly seen a lot of it change throughout the years.” Meet Shane Popplestone. A Lorain County Community college student who, like many others has grown up around technology in his day to day life.

The only difference? Popplestone is completely blind. “Many people when they see me think I can’t use a lot of technology because I can’t see, but trust me that is completely not the case.”

Popplestone has spent his life traversing the growing age of technology from screen readers to accessibility programs to help better his life, but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. “In 1991, I started out with the Apple 2E using the echo speech synthesizer while at school when I was five. They had us using 5 ¼ inch floppy discs that have braille edited express on it,” he says.

“Basically one side had the braille and the other was full of data, and floppy discs are weird on their own, so for someone who couldn’t really see them, it was super strange.”

Still despite the troubles, Popplestone preserved and as he grew so did technology.

Back to the 90s

By the time we entered eighth grade, the troubles of screen reading and writing seemed to be drifting off. “Windows 95 came out when I was in 8th grade and that would run Job Access with Speech or JAWs for short on an upgraded version,” he says. “This was a major upgrade for everyone, students and staff included at my school.”

Popplestone attended the Ohio State School for the Blind in Columbus, OH by this point.

“This technology gave us access to the internet in ways we never could have imagined and worked on all the computers at our school,” says Popplestone. “It felt like I could start being like the other kids, you know going on the internet and clicking on things I wasn’t supposed to and laughing.”

But as technology is always growing and changing, it can come with some less than favorable experiences as well. “Screenwriter manufacturers had to figure out the changing technology even faster than most could to make sure that the internet was still accessible to us which was fine, until Java came along,” he says.

Java Monster

Java, a now mainly defunct programming language system first developed in 1995 by James Gosling. At the time, the program was the leading platform for all things technology, powering everything from video chat sites to virtual shopping centers.

While the program seemed great for many, for the blind it was a nightmare.

“It was so hard to get things to work with the program and overall caused so many problems,” says Popplestone. “The technology we used didn’t want to work with Java but since it was everywhere, we couldn’t do anything about it. It was like we took a step back in time.”

To the future

But, like always, Popplestone persevered and soon life was back on track, especially when he got his first iPhone. “The iPhone was my first experience with explore based touch and it was interesting to say the least. I didn’t realize I could click on things and open them just by using my fingers on the screen and it was all crazy.”

According to a study done by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, there could be as many as 100,000 blind and visually impaired iPhone users in the United States, a number that could possibly be even bigger.

Now with apps like “Be My Eyes” that allows blind users to connect with sighted users to help with tasks like picking out clothes or reading expiry dates on products, the iPhone has continued to become more accessible than ever.

Today, Popplestone views technology as he always has, a marvel of life that has continued to help him throughout his own.

“A lot of technology helps with even the most basic things like shopping or scanning a package to make sure I have the correct one.,” says Popplestone. “A lot of stuff most sighted people don’t even think about, but it helps me because I don’t have to wait for people to help me, I can do it myself.”

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Greetings from South Asia

Corentin Aboulin 
JRNM 151

On Nov. 16, the Program Director of LCCC’s International Initiatives, Dr. Shaun Marsh invited students to join him at his presentation “Being Globally Engaged: The Critical Components of Global Mindedness and Citizenship Education”.

A panoramic view of the South Asia studies exhibit located on the second floor of the Bass Library at LCCC. The exhibit looks at artifacts both ancient and modern from Japan, China and South Korea. (Lauren Hoffman|The Collegian)

As a university student, Marsh had the opportunity to work in international dormitories and meet a lot of students from all over the world. He was able to learn about different cultures from his friends, which led to him gaining an interest in discovering other countries on his own.

Subsequently, Marsh related his studies in his doctoral and master’s program to understanding International Education as a subject.

A type of fan that can be found in Japanese culture. (Destiny Torres|The Collegian)

He explains that this desire to make such a presentation comes from “being around other people, being exposed to other cultures and trying to understand your own place in a global world as opposed to just your local community or your own self or just your friends groups.”

According to him, Global citizenship is more about awareness and the development of a perspective right, it’s an experience with other cultures. But it doesn’t have to be in their countries.

Ideally, he explains that it would be great to be able to go to other countries to see how cultures are, but in reality, he says you can also learn them at home. “It really just comes down to who do you surround yourself with,” he said. “If you only hang out with people of the same culture, if you eat the food you know all the time, if you don’t try other things, you’re not going to develop that global citizen mindset right.”

A tea set from South Korea features a side handled teapot made for easier pouring. (Lauren Hoffman|The Collegian)

What’s important to him is not where you learn, but rather what. According to Marsh, you have to tell yourself “I’m here, I have a place in the world but there’s a whole world out there, and things that I do here in my own community can affect people anywhere around the world. We’re a very interconnected World whether we like it or not or whether we think we are or not. It’s building that awareness of what I do, that is impacted by things outside and also what I do impacts other people outside”.

Marsh further explained that the best way to integrate a new community is to have an open mind. When he went to South Korea for the first time, he just expected that many unexpected things could happen because he didn’t know how people there lived and didn’t even know their language.  He wanted to try to get as much knowledge as he could.

At the same time, he explains that he is surprised to know that a lot of people will travel without learning anything about the culture of the foreign country before going there or that they expect life to be the same as in their country of origin.

He specifies that “it’s important to kind of understand the history of the country but also how it relates with your own country right”.

It is because of all of this that Marsh has set up the visiting East Asia project in the second floor of the Bass Library at Lorain County Community College.

Some examples of different post cards from Japan. (Destiny Torres|The Collegian)

The exhibit which will run until the end of the semester features artifacts from across Japan, China and South Korea for students to enjoy. “These cultures aren’t much different from our own, it’s approaching people first as humans that is the one way that we can really come together and integrate respect for one another,” says Marsh.

Lauren Hoffman, Editor-In-Chief, contributed to this story. 

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