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Collegian bags 9 Press Club Awards

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief The Collegian took nine honors in the 2017 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland. In the Best Print Feature category, Editor-in-Chief Kristin Hohman won for her two stories, “Suicide on campus” and…

The young and the homeless

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief With the increasing cost of attending college in the United States, it should come as no surprise that many college students have to make considerable sacrifices for their education. One of the most substantial sacrifices is a…

Power outage closes main campus

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief Lorain County Community College’s main campus was closed due to a power outage on April 7. A Current Transformer (CT) unit on the LCCC substation failed at about 8:30 a.m., according to a statement from the college….

Food insecurity in students

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief Poverty on campus: Second in a three-part series “When I was a student, I certainly didn’t want to tell people I didn’t have access to food,” said Kei Graves, a student success coach and former student at…

Former Marine discloses experiences

Kristin Hohman


Submitted Photo | Former Marine Sgt. Tim Lilley is currently majoring in human resources management at LCCC.

Although he was never deployed overseas, death was unceasing for former Marine Sergeant. Tim Lilley. Currently a human resources management major at Lorain County Community College, Lilley served in the Marines from 2008 until May, 2016.

Besides organizational duties, as an administrative specialist, a major part Lilley’s job included performing funeral services for fallen Marines.

“I would present the flag, sometimes I would shoot the 21-gun salute, pallbearer, flag-folder – I’ve pretty much been in about every position,” said Lilley, a native of Moundsville, WV. who stayed in the Northeast Ohio after leaving the service.

On several occasions, Lilley was also present when a Marine Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO)  would notify a family that their loved one was deceased. Officers wouldn’t just inform a family, but were with them throughout the entire funeral process, according to Lilley.

“I’ve assisted with the CACO, doing the paperwork with the families, I’ve played with the deceased’s children. I’ve seen how it hurts the family. I don’t know how to describe it; you see the effect that it has, directly.”

“You go into the deceased’s bedroom, and you’re putting his uniform together,” Lilley said. “It’s a subtle moment.”

Lilley, who estimates that he’s been through over 200 funerals, was most recently stationed in Brookpark, Ohio, and his unit would cover funerals in all of Northeastern Ohio for active duty and veteran servicemembers.

“The two combined, as far as the Marine Corps goes, we were ninth in the nation on funerals,” Lilley said.

The staff consisted of about 20 people, and they would need to call for outside help if there were too many funerals to organize at one time, according to Lilley.

For Lilley, there are several moments from his experience that stand out. One such moment were the cries of a toddler looking for her deceased father.

“We were in Brecksville and we ended up going to Rittman [Western Reserve] National Cemetery,” Lilley said. “We put the casket up, carried him in, did the 21-gun salute, played taps. Then everything was quiet except for a little girl screaming for her daddy. [She] didn’t understand. I had to listen to that for at least half-an-hour, probably longer. You can’t move, you can’t shed a tear. You just have to act like nothing’s going on. That was tough.”

The oldest casualty that Lilley ever did a funeral for was Cpl. Clarence Huff.

Many Marines consider CACO or funeral duty to be one of the toughest in the Corps. Other than getting shot at, Lilley would agree.

“You’re just dealing with death over and over and over again – in some of our cases, for years. I did funerals for about seven years. You do you get tough to it. You kind of grow somewhat immune to it. But not completely. It just makes you depressed. I’ve done funerals I’ll never forget,” he said.

One such funeral was for Corporal Clarence Huff, a Korean War veteran whose remains were identified in 2012, 62-years after he was killed in action.

“They had just identified his body, and he was finally able to come home,” Lilley said.

Since leaving the Marines, Lilley said his service has impacted his civilian life.

“Definitely look at war a lot different now,” he said. “You kind of know the reality of what happens, at least the outcome of war anyway, and what it produces. It’s something people might see in a headline or appear on the news or something. But when you’re actually seeing the families, talking to the families, going to funerals, it kind of hits home a little more.”

President Ballinger shows “GRIT” at spring picnic

Kristin Hohman


Lorain County Community College President Dr. Marcia Ballinger highlighted the value of determination at the President’s Forum and Spring Picnic on April 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Kristin Hohman | The Collegian | LCCC President Dr. Marcia Ballinger speaks to students and faculty during the President’s Forum and Spring Picnic event on April 19.

Dr. Ballinger spoke to those in attendance about the meaning of the word ‘‘GRIT’’, and described her own acronym to go along with it.

‘GRIT’ means relentless and determined,” Ballinger said, adding that it is an important word to remember as the semester draws to a close, Ballinger said.

The ‘G’ in ‘‘GRIT’’ stood for ‘goals’, according to Ballinger. As graduation and summer break near, it’s key to stay focused on our goals, she said.

“The ‘R’ in ‘‘GRIT’’ stands for ‘relentless’,” Ballinger said, and individuals should always be relentless while striving for their goals.

The letter ‘I’ stood for ‘inspire’, according to Ballinger.

“Right now we need to be the person to organize the study session, smile and nudge each other on, be the example that inspires others,” she said.

Lastly, the ‘T’ stood for ‘Take Five’.

She encouraged students to take time to relax and have fun.

“So it all comes together to create the word ‘‘GRIT’’,” Ballinger said. “I want you to think of ‘‘GRIT’’ as we power through these next few weeks and beyond.”

At the conclusion of her speech, Ballinger introduced candidates for the 2017-2018 student senate, several of whom are current senators running for reelection.

Alex Moen, current senate president, will be running to hold the same position at the beginning of the fall semester. Current senate vice president, Christie Tchompalov, an early childhood education major through the UP,  is also running for reelection.

Other candidates include: Kim Weber, an accounting major, running for exec secretary; Jude Jeon, a general education major from South Korea, running for financial secretary; Ariana Hall, an early college high school student, running for financial secretary; Felicia Densmore, a social work major, running for University Partnership representative; and Jonathan Pataoli, a business major, running for Learning Center representative.

Originally scheduled to take place in the courtyard, rainy weather forced the event inside of the College Center commons. Students, faculty, and staff crowded into the commons to enjoy raffle prizes and a picnic lunch.

Senate elections will be held April 24-28. Ballots can be cast at various locations across campus, including Starbucks, and the PE building. Voting is also available online by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCCCSenate2017.

Collegian bags 9 Press Club Awards

Kristin Hohman



The Collegian took nine honors in the 2017 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland.

In the Best Print Feature category, Editor-in-Chief Kristin Hohman won for her two stories, “Suicide on campus” and “Mental health on campus.” Managing Editor


Rebecca Marion also

won in this category for “The life of a service dog.”

Marion was also honored with Best Print Newspaper Story for two other stories, “Credit rollover program proposal would benefit students” and “A student’s comprehensive guide to financial aid.”

Staff writers Mark Perez-Krywany and Cody Grossman won in Best Print Sports Story category for “Anatomy of a season” and “Lopez shatters scoring record,” respectively.

Hohman and Marion, with staff writers Charlotte Weiss and Angela Casey, won for their story, “Ballinger named 6th president of LCCC” in the Best Online Report category. JRNM 151 student Christina Vega also won in this category for “Professor, students create life-saving sensor.”


The awards will be handed out at the Press Club’s awards banquet on June 2 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland.

The young and the homeless

Kristin Hohman


With the increasing cost of attending college in the United States, it should come as no surprise that many college students have to make considerable sacrifices for their education. One of the most substantial sacrifices is a place to live. What may be a surprise, however, is that, despite how prevalent the issue is, most homeless students walk around college campuses completely unnoticed by their peers. It is a unique issue and is one that colleges and universities struggle to address.

Overall population

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Estimates of homelessness in the state of Ohio from HUD’s Annual Homeless Report to Congress, November 2016.

Homelessness is a major issue across the United States. On any given night in the United States in Jan. of 2016, about 549,928 people were homeless, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of that number, roughly 194,716 were people in families and 355,212 were individuals, according to HUD. Roughly seven percent of the total homeless population were unaccompanied youth, and 39, 471 were homeless veterans, HUD found.

Before the recession in 2008, about 2.5 to 3 million men, women, and children were homeless each year, according to another study, “Homeless in America”, reported in Jan. 2015 from the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP). This included 1.35 million children, as well as one million people employed full or part-time, yet still unable to afford housing.

Since the recession in 2008, the situation has worsened, according to another study, “Homeless in America”, reported in Jan. 2015 from the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP).

The report found that 1.2 million children homeless during the 2012-2013 school year, while almost 2.5 overall were homeless in 2013.

The number of people who have lost their homes or live double-up with family or friends due to economic necessity was around 7.4 million people in 2012 (the most recent year data is available), according to the NLCHP. Racial and ethnic minorities were excessively affected, the same report found. Throughout 2012, 27 percent of African-American households paid over 50 percent of their incomes in rent. The same can be said of 24 percent of Hispanic households, and 21 percent of Asian households, per the NLCHP. Only 14 percent of Caucasian households paid 50 percent of their incomes in rent in 2012.

Additionally, a crisis exists in affordable rentals, a June 2014 study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University found. More than 1-in-4 renters, or 27 percent, paid over half of their income in rent, and the number of cost-burdened renters has increased each year since 2007, the study found.

The safety nets in place to prevent such crises has yet to succeed in providing sufficient resources; of those poor enough to qualify for low-income housing, only 1-in-4 actually receive it, according to the NLCHP.

Homeless and Housing Insecurity

There are two different phrases used to define homelessness, according to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), an organization aimed at supporting community college boards in their efforts to govern and develop policies that focus on meeting community needs.

“Homelessness means that a person is without a place to live, often residing in a shelter, an automobile, an abandoned building or outside, while housing insecurity includes a broader set of challenges such as the inability to pay rent or utilities or the need to move frequently,” the ACCT found in their March, 2017 national study of basic needs insecurity in higher education.

Why College Students?

While there isn’t sufficient national data for the exact number of homeless college students, the last estimate came from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), where about 58,000 students identified as homeless, according to the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY). Since there are over 20 million college students in the U.S., 58,000 students is probably not an accurate estimate, according to NAEHCY. Many colleges aren’t required to keep records of the homeless students on their campuses, which makes the only meaningful data that which comes from the FAFSA.

About 51 percent of the community college students surveyed have dealt with  housing insecurity in the last year, according to the ACCT’s 2017 report. This would include everything from insufficient funds to pay rent or utilities, frequently moving from place to place, or living with friends or family to save money, all of which are particularly difficult for students with children. The study also found that 14 percent of students had experienced homelessness at some point in the last year.

There are many factors to such high rates of homeless or housing insecure college students. The cost of college and college-related expenses alone should be enough of an explanation. It isn’t only that college students are working at least part-time; they’re also borrowing money in the form of student loans to cover college expenses.

“It’s that they’re working, and borrowing,” Sara Goldrick-Rab, a sociologist who led the ACCT’s research team told NPR, “and sometimes still falling so short that they’re going without having their basic needs met.”

This challenge is particularly relevant to community colleges. Very few of community colleges offer on-campus housing, nor do they have caseworkers on staff to support this population, per the ACCT.

Financial Aids

Roughly one-third of students who experience housing (and/or food) insecurity were employed and receiving financial aid, according to the ACCT. But as much as financial aid can help students, it can also be a considerable barrier.

When applying for financial aid, students must present information about their parents or guardians, and many of these students do not have the proper documentation to receive aid. The burden of proof falls onto the student to prove financial need.

It’s easy to assume that such students in need can simply apply for food stamps or other government aid.

What they don’t know is that for a college student, who doesn’t have children, to get food stamps requires that they work 20 hours a week,” Goldrick-Rab said.

Local Resources

The United Way of Lorain County offers assistance for those struggling to pay rent, utilities, or other emergencies. More information is available by visiting Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority’s website at  lhma.org.

Vive la France

Photos and story by Rebecca Marion

Managing Editor

Located near the Champs-Elysees, the Petit Palais was constructed for the 1900 Universal Exhibition and is one of 14 in Paris, France. The Petit Palais is well known for housing the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts, which displays the work of painters like Rembrandt and Greuze.

The Eiffel Tower is lit up from within as the sun sets and the moon rises in Paris, France. Built from 1887-1889, the tower stands 1,063 feet tall.

When someone says that France is one of the most beautiful places in the world, they aren’t exaggerating. So, when Lorain County Community College opened the opportunity for its students to

stay in France for two weeks from March 8-22  as a part of their exchange program with Savoie University, I knew I had to seize the opportunity.

Of course, I would go and take all that France had to offer me. After all, it seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity that my wanderlust would not allow me to pass up. I was looking forward to touring Savoie University and seeing Eiffel tower. In fact, France was so overwhelmingly beautiful that I may have actually teared up a little. The country’s balance between pristine nature and extraordinary architecture left me speechless, and the food usually did the same. Throughout those two weeks, I began to understand why the French were so proud of their country.  I’ve also learned that any sort of traveling is something that needs to be prepared for, no matter who tells you otherwise.

I am thrilled to have met the staff of Savoie University who were always kind and welcoming to a

bunch of complete strangers, and to my amazing host family. I hope to return to France one day and see everything I couldn’t see this time around.

If you’re interested in studying abroad, or LCCC’s exchange programs you can call Cheryl Miltner at 440-366-4069, or through email at cmiltner@lorainccc.edu.

Retelling of ‘tale as old as time’ does not disappoint

Renne McAdow


It’s a tale as old as time, but no less enchanting than the first time Disney released the animated version of Beauty and the Beast back in 1991. The 2017 live-action version of the ‘tune as old as song’ was released into theaters on Mar. 17. Much like many of the live action’s predecessors, the opening weekend shattered records in the box office its opening weekend, an astounding $170 million nationwide.

I have loved Disney since before I could even speak, I grew up surrounded by it since Disneyland was only an hour’s drive away from my childhood home. Beauty and the Beast (1991) has always been in my top 10 favorite Disney films, and my love for it deepened after working on the stage production in high school. To say I was thrilled about a live-action version with a cast made up of some of my favorite actors and actresses is to say not quite enough.

While I did watch the film with my Disney-goggles on, I found new reasons to love this retelling of an enchanting story that were not tied to its 26-year-old predecessor.

While there are those that were and still very much are against Emma Watson as Belle, I found her take on the character refreshing and endearing. As with any musical production, the key in which a song can be sung may change depending on the actress that is cast, and I personally think that Watson’s rendition of the songs “Belle” and “Something There” were done beautifully. Her characterization of Belle portrays her as the inventor in the family rather than just the town’s bookworm. Watson has come far from her childhood years playing Hermione in the Harry Potter films, her range of emotions proving to be quite impressive.

Watson was not the only one with a brilliant performance, Dan Stevens who played the Beast delivered a chillingly beautiful solo in the song “Evermore”. A lot of his emotions could be read in his eyes, and when he sang I could not bring myself to look away until the song had ended.

The costuming for the live-action was perhaps one of my favorite parts, vibrant and beautiful, if not a little zany. The costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, masterfully combined 18th century period pieces with more modern and empowering pieces to fit the story presented in the live-action. She worked closely with Watson to create an image for Belle that empowered her feminism and portrayed some of the character’s more unique traits.

As with any movie that I see, it is the score that draws me to it the most. If the score isn’t good, then almost 90 percent of the time I will not enjoy it quite as much. The original score for Beauty and the Beast, as well as the score for the Broadway musical (1993), are some of the most nostalgic scores I have ever listened to. It never fails to send shivers down my spine and to bring a smile to my face. To hear them be so flawlessly mixed into this modernized and rewritten score was truly heartwarming.

Despite initial reservations and some confusion after press releases, Disney made close to the film’s release date, it is a film I certainly don’t mind watching again and again. The love and care poured into the production of this film are apparent in every frame, and I for one look forward to the next live-action retelling of the stories that made me who I am today.

“Buffy” still slays 20 years later

Kent Springborn Jr.

Staff Writer

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” recently celebrated its 20 anniversary of first airing on television. Since I was only three-years-old when the show first aired, I didn’t get to watch it until the later seasons.

Going back and rewatching “Buffy” today has been interesting. There are definitely things I remember about the show and things that I don’t.

Even though I’m not a big fan of the vampire subgenre of horror, I have always enjoyed watching “Buffy.” This is primarily due to Joss Whedon’s writing and the cast. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Stewart Head, and other cast members all bring their characters to life.

It’s nice to see strong female leads in a supernatural drama. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character, Buffy Summers, doesn’t rely on the male characters around her and is quite capable of taking care of herself.  The monsters that Buffy and her friends fight in each episode are metaphors for the real horrors that everyone must face when growing up.

With this show being 20 years old now, it’s hard not to wonder what all has changed in terms of social issues and high school life. Surprisingly, I feel that this show has managed to stay relevant even after so many years or at least, it manages to stay entertaining and enjoyable to watch.

While it has been off the show for almost 14 years now, it continued its story through comic books published by Dark Horse Comics. The most recent entry in the comic book continuation ended last year.

There has also been a recent influx of television series reboots and continuations years after their shows have ended. Personally, I don’t think “Buffy” is one of those shows that needs a reboot or revival and I don’t think it should get one either. The rebooting or reviving it would ruin the experience and legacy of such a phenomenal show.

Nintendo switches it up

Kent Springborn Jr.

Staff Writer

Nintendo’s new video game console, the Nintendo Switch, came out earlier this month. As with their previous consoles, Nintendo has changed up its formula for their new console. 

Kent Springborn Jr. | The Collegian | A LCCC student plays a game called “SnipperClips” on the Nintendo Switch in the Gamers’ Lounge.

The Switch is a combination of a home console and a portable gaming system. This allows you to play while connected to a television and on the go, which is a first when it comes to the video gaming market.

Innovation has always been one of Nintendo’s primary focuses. When compared to Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4, the Switch might not be as powerful, but it’s currently the only one that functions as a hybrid. This setup has its pros and cons.

As for me, I like the idea of being able to take the game I’m currently playing at home on the go. It allows for practically seamless playing. Though since I’m more of an “on-the-go” kind of player, I’ve found myself playing the Switch in its portable mode more often than its home mode.

However, the low battery life when playing “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is frustrating. This forces the player to charge the console, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it’s the dock that allows for the console to be played while connected to a television.

In terms of the Switch’s controllers, there are currently two options. The console comes with two Joy-con controllers, a left Joy-con and a right Joy-con. The Joy-cons can function as a single controller or two individual controllers. They’re smaller than what one might expect, but they’re also surprisingly comfortable to hold. The second controller option is the Pro Controller, which is a more traditional controller most gamers might be used to.

One major downside to either controller option is the price, which is especially frustrating in multiplayer situations. There have also been reports of the left Joy-con desyncing with the Switch, but I have yet to experience that myself.

The Switch shows a lot of potential as Nintendo’s newest home console and portable hybrid. It could also pave the way for the future of the video game industry depending on which direction it goes. I personally hope to see it succeed and not suffer like Nintendo’s previous console, the Wii U.

Bonner named D-III Honorable Mention

Mark Perez-Krywanay

Staff Writer


Ron Jantz | Women’s basketball player, Madison Bonner was selected to the All-OCCAC Honorable Mention Team for Division III. Se was also named Conference Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 20-25.

Lorain County Community College women’s basketball player Madison Bonner was selected to the All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Honorable Mention team for Division III. Bonner also placed fourth in D-III Player of the Year voting.

“I’m just thankful that I had the opportunity to play at LCCC and progressed as a player from last year as well as getting honorable mention,” said Bonner.

Bonner started every game for the Commodores this season and averaged 14.8 points per game, 1.8 assists per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 1.3 steals per game. She was the only Commodore to average double-digit points this season.

“I think her award is very deserving,” said Vince Granito, head coach of the women’s basketball team at LCCC. “It is a tremendous honor to be included with the group regardless of the team or honorable mention.”

Bonner had a standout season for the Lady Commodores. She scored her season-high 34 points on the road against the University of Pittsburgh-Titusville in a 70-60 win. She also scored 26 points, a field goal percentage of 52.9, and shot 66 percent from the 3-point line against Penn State DuBois. Bonner added a near double-double in the Commodores’ last game against Hocking College, scoring 22 points and nine rebounds in a 65-58 win.

“The voting is done by the coaches, but we are not allowed to vote for our own players, so all her votes came from the other coaches and not all players who were nominated made it,” said Granito. “Madi has been one of our best players over the last two season, so this is a great honor.”

There were only three women who finished ahead of Bonner in Player of the Year voting; were all from Columbus State.

“LCCC has only had a couple of players make all-league over the last four years so this is great for our program and should serve as motivation for our returning players,” Granito said.

The last Commodore on the women’s team that was named to the All-OCCAC team was Onyx Lopez, who was given an honorable mention.

Earlier this season, Bonner broke Onyx Lopez’s scoring title which was set last year, making Bonner the Commodore’s all-time leading scorer. Additionally, Bonner was named OCCAC Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 20-25.


Commodores recruit new player

Mark Perez-Krywany

Staff Writer

Hannah Oehlstrom from Avon Lake High School has recently decided to play basketball for the Lady Commodores. Vince Granito, head coach of the women’s basketball team at Lorain County Community College, was in need of a new player to fill the void that will be left by Madi Bonner at the end of the semester. Granito thinks he found the right player to fill that void.

“I really didn’t get any offers anywhere else and I knew I wanted to play basketball, so I did some research and found that Lorain County Community College suited me and everything that I wanted to do,” Oehlstrom said. “I’m really excited to be continuing my academic and athletic career there for the next two years.”

Oehlstrom is a 5-foot 4-inch shooting guard that likes to shoot beyond the 3-point arch and likes to play at a fast pace. She scored 16 points in a 59-23 playoff win against Lorain High School while at Avon Lake. Oehlstrom was also the leading scorer in the Lorain County All-Star Game at Oberlin College. She had 14 points, 12 of which were 3-pointers. Granito was at that game.

“When I first met him, he had told me that he had just lost a shooting guard and was looking for a new one and said that I would fit in well,” Oelstrom said. “College is a little bit different than high school. [It’s] more fast-paced and [has a] longer season, but I told him that I’m willing to put in the work,” said Oelstrom, who plans to major in early childhood education and intervention specialist.

“Hannah is a scrappy player that will really help us on the defensive end of the floor,” Granito said. “She also is a great shooter who will be able to shoot more here at the college level. In high school, she might have been limited in her shooting, but she will be encouraged to shoot more; just like I do with all our players.”