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Policy will ban tobacco on campus

Beginning on Aug. 1, all tobacco products will be prohibited on campus. Rebecca Marion Managing Editor With August 1st steadily approaching, the students and staff of Lorain County Community College can expect to breath easier on campus this fall semester….

Test anxiety workshop will ease finals stress

Zach Srnis Special Correspondent With final exams right around the corner, Americorps completion coaches at Lorain County Community College will be offering a test-taking workshop. The presentation will help students develop strategies for how to tackle exams and dealing with…

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…

LCCC helping veterans achieve life after service

Zac Wenzel
Staff Writer

A life following military service can be a trying transition for some, and Lorain County Community College is providing aid to those who offered up themselves in service to our country.

Dr. Weigl, the director of LCCC’s Veterans Services, has mapped out elaborate plans to help veterans.

The Veteran Education Services, located on the second floor of the College Center of the LCCC campus, is a one-stop shop for former and current military service men and women to begin their post-military educational journey. The office that is run by student workers who come from a military background, and is overseen by Dr. Bruce Weigl, distinguished professor, who was recently appointed as the director of Veterans Services for LCCC. Weigl has found that veterans feel most comfortable when speaking with other veterans, which is why he has made it a priority to staff his office with veteran student workers.

Weigl comes from a military background himself having served as a Forward Commander and Intelligence Specialist in the Army during the Vietnam War between 1967 and 1968, before leaving the Army in 1970 to attend school at LCCC and eventually becoming a professor of Arts and Humanities on campus.

“We’re trying to centralize the whole operation,” Weigl said when speaking about the Veteran Services office, “I wanted students to be able to walk in the door and do everything they needed to do.” The office has what they call “The Process”, a step-by-step list for veteran students that takes them from their admission application, to financial aid assistance, orientation, all the way to their first day in the classroom. Students can even receive credit for skills obtained during their time in service through a process called PLA (Prior Learning Assessment).

“Military service can be traumatizing, particularly combat service,” Weigl said. “We’re not trying to coddle or give special treatment to these students, just trying to aid in their transition to a civilian life, which they deserve.”

While the campus office focuses primarily on the educational side of services for veterans and active military, they do have resources in which they can supply to veteran students, including the Veterans Crisis Line and Veterans Benefits Administration.

Weigl is trying to reach out to the community more in his new positon, he emphasizes that LCCC is a community college and that the two should be involved with one another. Students and community members can attend the Suicide Walk, held every May on campus, an event in which over 150 people attended in 2017. LCCC and the Veterans Service Office will also be at an all-veterans event being held on September 10 at the Black River Landing at 421 Black River Lane in Lorain.

Weigl’s ultimate plan in his time as director is to ensure that students veterans get due what is coming to them, and that they receive the full college experience. “My goal is to get veterans to graduate from college, these are kids who have made a great sacrifice in defense of values that we all find important.”

For more information, contact the Veteran Education Services at (440) 366-7585 or at veterans@lccc.edu.

The Collegian wins SPJ, Press Club awards

Kerri Klatt
Staff Writer

The Collegian, Lorain County Community College’s student newspaper, has earned 10 awards this year.
The Collegian took second place for The Best College Non-Daily Student Newspaper in Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest of 2017 which is organized by the Society of Professional Journalist. The first place went to the Lantern, a student newspaper, published by The Ohio State University.
Not only did the LCCC students earn a prestigious award from SPJ but also won nine other awards from The Press Club of Cleveland. The Press Club honors include four first place awards, three second place awards, and two third place awards. The total of nine awards were earned within four categories for a two-year school. The student staffers of The Collegian together have earned at least two awards per category. These categories include: The Best Print Newspaper Story, The Best Print Sports Story, The Best Print Feature Story, and The Best On-line Report.
Kristin Hohman, former editor-in-chief of The Collegian, took two first places and one second place awards. “Winning the awards from the Press Club was very exciting and felt like vindication for all the work I put in as editor over the past year and a half,” said Hohman who is a part-time copy editor for The Chronicle-Telegram.
Rebecca Marion, former managing editor and advertising manager of The Collegian, won first and third places in The Best Print Newspaper Story category.
Two other student journalists, Cody Grossman and Mark Perez-Krywany, earned first and second place awards respectively in The Best Print Sports Story category.
Hohman was the first and second place winner in the Best Print Feature Story for her series on “Suicide on Campus: Social Media a Contributing Factor” and    “Mental health on Campus: Disorders ravage colleges”. The judges responded to the articles praising Hohman’s work. “A remarkable, comprehensive, well-written series,” wrote the judges.
“I knew going in that both series involved sensitive subject matter and that I had to find a balance between that sensitivity and reporting the facts as a journalist,” said Hohman “I was blown away by what I read that the judges wrote about each article. Receiving those comments from professional journalists was very encouraging moving forward with my career.”
The Best On-line Report categories first place winners are Hohman, Marion, Charlotte Weiss and Angela Casey.  It was for the breaking story on Dr. Marcia Ballinger when she was named the sixth president of LCCC. The article highlighted Dr. Ballinger stepping into the presidency of LCCC. When Hohman was asked about the award, she replied, “I was excited to find out that myself, Rebecca, Angela, and Charlotte also won first place for our work on the Dr. Ballinger story.”
Hohman had been on The Collegian’s staff for several years. “I think I was most impressed that we received nine awards. That is the most wins we’ve gotten since I started at The Collegian three years ago,” Hohman said. “I was so excited for our other staff members. I watched them put in hard work all school year, so it was amazing to see our staffers get the recognition.”
Christina Vega, LCCC student journalist, earned second place in this category also.




LCCC’s Starbucks staffers become baristas

Rachel Caywood (from left), new manager of LCCC’s Starbucks, Brooke Sisler and Chad Hayslip received barista certificates from the coffee chain’s local district. Photo: Kerri Klatt.

Kerri Klatt
Staff Writer

Licensed Starbuck Stores are offering any of their employees a chance to participate in a coffee barista training to master the art of coffee making. Lorain County Community College’s Starbucks Store, located in the College Center building, is the first in its district to have employees successfully complete the coffee barista training. Three employees of the LCCC location, Manager Rachel Caywood and two other employees: Chad Hayslip and Brooke Sisler, were the first in the district to participate in the training. Caywood is the new manager of the Starbucks store.
The barista training is self-paced but consists of lot of work. The participants are given a journal to read and memorize the recipe. The barista training goes much more in depth than the concepts of Starbucks.
“We learned the regions where the coffee comes from, the background, and the flavor. Stuff like that,” said Sisler. “Even the commodity and acidity are some of the stuff we had to memorize. To be able to sell the coffee.”
Although the training is scheduled to be completed in six months, the three staffers completed it within three to four months. A mid-point check quiz is given at a half-way point of the training to test the information they were to read and memorize. The fnal portion of the training was called the ‘last ten feet’. In this section, each employee had to pick a topic related to coffee and research it. “This portion of the training was more like a project,” said Caywood.  The project included each employee to gather more information on the topic chosen and how it related to the Starbucks store. “My project was more of an action plan or goal for the store and selling more whole bean coffee,” said Hayslip. The three employees had to present the project and information gathered to the district manager. At the end of the training, they were given a certificate. The certificate is honored at any licensed Starbucks store
“You have to be really passionate about it,” said Caywood. The three employees each have worked for this Starbucks for two years.
“I wasn’t a coffee fan before I came here,” said Caywood. “But doing the coffee mastering made me appreciate coffee more as well as acquiring a taste for it. I can drink it black now with no problem.”
Hayslip said, “Because it is a licensed store inside of a college, you get to see more of the same people every day so you become friends with them as well as your co-workers. The coffee is only second to the perks of working for this company.”





LCCC graduation rate rises

Kerri Klatt
Staff Writer
“Every Dream Matters” was the theme of LCCC’s 53rd Commencement celebrated today. “Today is a celebration of dreams,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., at the Commencement ceremony held at LCCC’s Ewing Activities Center. “Your dream matters-not only to you, but to everyone at Lorain County Community College, to our community, and to our world.”
There were 1,532 graduates whom earned diplomas, and 321 University Partnership graduates also crossed the stage. This is an increase in graduation rates as well as the most graduates in the college’s history. These graduates are students that have completed associates degrees, certificates of proficiency, University Partnership degrees, or short-term technical degrees. These graduates earned degrees during the summer or fall semesters of 2016 or the spring and summer semesters of 2017.  The estimated overall attendance of the commencement program is 3,500 people.
Jamie Brod, who graduated on Saturday, said, “LCCC has helped me to earn my associates degree and get two years of my bachelor’s degree out of the way. It also helped me gain a few new friends”. Brod will be attending Cleveland State University in the fall, working toward a major in speech language pathology.
“I feel excited to be moving forward with my education,” said Karmen Love. Love earned her Associates of Arts degree and will be transferring to CSU to further her education. Love’s future goals are to earn a Bachelor of Science while working towards a doctoral degree in physical therapy. “LCCC has helped me achieve my goals by allowing me to go to school for free with the Diversity Incentive Scholarship.”
David Peralta earned an Associated of Arts Degree and plans on continuing his education at LCCC to major in police science. “LCCC has many resources that one needs to succeed,” said Peralta “I am so happy to have finished this degree.”


Pulitzer winner shares powerful wartime stories

Zac Wenzel

JRNM 151 Student

Michael Flanigan | The Collegian | James Sheeler, professor of journalism and media writing at Case Western Reserve University, told stories from his book “Final Salute” on April 3.

The lives of fallen servicemen and the emotions experienced by their families echoed in the words of Pulitzer Prize Award winning journalist, James Sheeler, at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Cinema Hall on April 3.

Sheeler, a Shirley Wormser professor of journalism and media writing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, spoke to a group of students, faculty, and members of the community about “Final Salute,” a book compiling his Pulitzer Prize-winning feature stories about fallen servicemen and their families during the Iraq War.

Sheeler began as an obituary writer for the Rocky Mountain News, and it was there where he realized that he wanted to write about people whose stories have never been told. This is where his path to “Final Salute” began.

Sheeler was assigned to cover the first Colorado Marine killed in action in Iraq, Thomas Slocum, while working for the paper. From that moment on, Sheeler would continue to cover fallen Marines from Colorado and neighboring states.

“People are always looking for a loud moment,” Sheeler told the crowd about news stories. Yet he believes that the quiet moments are where the stories lie.

Vividly recalling his time spent with the families of these fallen servicemen, Sheeler filled the hall at LCCC with emotion.

Sheeler looked on as Katherine Cathey, wife of fallen Marine James J. Cathey, slept next to her husband’s casket the night before his funeral.

He attended the birthday party of Dakota Givens, the young son of Army Private First Class Jessie A. Givens. Sheeler looked on as Dakota’s mother, Melissa, helped her son send messages written on balloons up to his father in heaven. He emotionally read Givens’ last letter written to his family.

Sheeler held a white glove belonging to a Marine who fired the 21-gun salute at a military funeral. After shaking hands with the gloved Marine, whose glove was coarse and rough, he asked why the fingertips of his glove were worn through. The Marine explained to him that, because he had attended so many funerals, his gloves were worn completely through so that his skin was visible underneath.

When dealing with tragedy and crisis, it can be overwhelming at times, he said to journalism students. However, Sheeler said that unless those emotions are present, the story cannot be written correctly. “Try to be as human as possible. Think of the families you are speaking to like they are your own,” he said.

The last memory Sheeler shared was the time he shook the bare hand of a Marine, a different, more intimate experience. The purpose of his writing – and the purpose he advised future journalists to aspire to –  is to allow the reader to touch the hand under the white glove.


Suicide prevention walk hits home for two students

Zach Srnis

Special Correspondent

The campus of Lorain County Community College hosted the Out of Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention on April 22.

The national event is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), an organization that is dedicated to saving lives and funding research and supporting survivors of suicide loss. The suicide prevention walk seeks to bring awareness to what is the second leading cause of death for people ages 18-35.

For two LCCC students, the issue was personal.

“The cause is one that has affected me on a personal level,” said student Steven Matis, who volunteered during the event. “My ex-girlfriend tried to commit suicide. It was certainly an eye-opener and made me realize the importance of raising awareness. ”

Stephanie Quintero, another LCCC student, had a friend who committed suicide.

“Suicide is something that you don’t think will be committed by anyone that you are close to,” Quintero said. “That is one of the reasons why I have been drawn to this project and feel that the walk is an important event.”

Causes of suicide, like depression and other mental illnesses, are equally important, and it is critical to be supportive of those who suffer from such afflictions, Matis said.

“It is important to be there for them,” Matis said. “They feel that they are alone in the world and it is important to give them a constant reminder that they are cared for.”

It’s key for friends and family members to intervene when their loved one is considering suicide, according to Quintero.

“Work with them to get them thinking of something else,” said Quintero. “Get them to understand how much they will be missed. Help them get through it somehow.”

Raising awareness was one of the event’s primary functions, and it was targeted to the local community, according to Quintero.

“Helping with the event felt like the right thing to,” said Quintero. “The walk gives people a way to reach out and find help. It is a great event to be a part of.”

For both students, it was important to be supportive of the loved ones who have committed suicide, and suicide prevention walk provided them that opportunity.

“We really wanted to be an outlet for the family and friends of people that have committed suicide and I feel like we have done that,” said Quintero.

Policy will ban tobacco on campus

Beginning on Aug. 1, all tobacco products will be prohibited on campus.

Rebecca Marion

Managing Editor

Rebecca Marion | The Collegian | Jeff Goforth, a business student at LCCC, takes a smoke break outside of the LC building on April 25. Starting Aug. 1, all tobacco products and most tobacco-replacement products will be banned from campus.

With August 1st steadily approaching, the students and staff of Lorain County Community College can expect to breath easier on campus this fall semester.

Currently, a policy stands to ban the use of products containing or derived from tobacco and any smoking stimulating devices on campus grounds but permits the use of nicotine patches and gum. LCCC follows the suit of at least 28 other colleges and universities in Ohio to adopt the tobacco-free policy on campus including Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State, and Notre Dame. The tobacco-free policy also complies with the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s 2012 request urging higher education institutions to prohibit tobacco products on campus.

Spearheading the initiative is Dr. Lisa Augustine a professor and program coordinator for health, physical education, and recreation at Lorain County Community College. Augustine and LCCC hope to see the policy not only benefit the health of those on campus and the community, but help graduates find jobs in the Healthcare field. As of September 1, 2007, the Cleveland Clinic began implementing a pre-employment non-smoking hiring policy, which inhibits the employment of smokers, according to clevelandclinic.org. Other healthcare providers like University Hospital and Mercy, have taken a similar approach to hiring.

Augustine sees the ban as a preemptive strike on habits that would prevent graduates from gaining employment.

“I teach Zumba at the University Hospital’s fitness center, and ‘Do you smoke?’ was question number seven on the job application,” said Augustine. “The number one program here on campus is the allied health professions, so all of these students are going to benefit by having one less place to use tobacco.”

To uphold the policy Augustine has enlisted the help of the LCCC community to form the Tobacco-Free Campus Task Force.

“The members of the campus are taking on a shared responsibility and that’s where the ambassador program comes in,” said Augustine.

Ambassadors will work alongside campus security and use the respect model and other non-confrontational methods to remind smokers of the policy. In addition to the task force, there will be an area on campus security’s web page to report violations.

Rather than simply preventing smoking on campus, the job of the task force is also to educate smokers about the resources available on-campus. One such resource is Charlene Dellipoala, a certified tobacco specialist who works to help smokers quit tobacco by developing specialized treatment plans suited to each person’s individual needs.

Even though the policy prohibits its use on campus, vape products may have the potential to help smokers abstain from tobacco.

A recent report by the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) suggests that e-cigarettes have the potential to help smokers quit cigarettes.

E-cigarettes have the capacity to replace more of the characteristics of tobacco cigarettes than conventional nicotine replacement therapy, and therefore have potential as effective smoking substitutes, according to an RCP report.

The report also found that e-cigarettes allow a much smaller amount of toxins to be absorbed into the bloodstream compared to cigarettes, demonstrating that e-cigarettes are liable to cause less harm than their smoking counterpart.

The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group (CTAG), an independent organization, published a review of two studies performed in New Zealand and Italy, analyzing the possibility that e-cigarettes can be used to help smokers quit. The CTAG review found that the results from both studies indicated that the use of e-cigarettes increased the odds of smokers quitting.

For more information, on the tobacco-free policy and the Tobacco-Free Task Force, call Lisa Augustine at 440-366-7352. For more information about on-campus resources to quit smoking, call Charlene Dellipoala at 440-366-4848, visit the CARE center in BU 113D.

Security urges alertness in case of emergencies

Gina Hamby

JRNM 151 Student

Lorain County Community College students, faculty, and staff are urged to always be on guard for active shooters.

“Preparation is critical for people to be able to respond in an efficient way that buys time and saves lives,” said Ken Collins, manager of LCCC’s campus security.

The event of an active shooter is unpredictable, and the best defense against the threat is to be alert at all times, Collins said.

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, according to the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).            

LCCC security staff is taking several different measures to be prepared for such an event. Through drills, both with security and other divisional departments, plans are being developed to tackle a possible threat from different areas on-campus.

Though security will do their best to handle a possible active shooter scenario, it is crucial for campus community members to follow the procedure of ‘run, hide, fight’, the same strategy outlined by the DHS.

‘Run’ should be the first option executed in the event of an active shooter. Always have a clear route to safety in mind, and prevent others from entering the area where the shooter may be, if possible, according to the DHS. In this instance, it is key to remember to run off-campus and zig-zag to be a harder target to hit by gunfire, and to warn others of the threat, Collins said.

He also added that it’s important to remember to avoid running towards your vehicle, as this could cause traffic to backup, possibly causing people to be stuck rather than free of the threat.

The second alternative is ‘hide’, preferably in a room with no windows, Collins said. Barricading the door, even if that means laying on the ground to push one’s feet up against the door. The safest rooms are copy rooms, mail rooms, and study rooms, Collins said, adding that the most important concern is to remain out of sight.

The last resort is to ‘fight, an option only to be utilized if your life’s in danger, according to the DHS. Improvising weapons – like office supplies or textbooks – could incapacitate the gunman and may even stall them until security arrives. Remember, the shooter won’t fight fair, so do what is necessary to protect oneself, Collins said.

In the event of an active shooter, like in any other emergency situations, it is incredibly important to stay calm and contact the proper authorities when it is safe to do so.

Area addiction crisis persists

Stephanie Weber

JRNM 151 Student

Lorain County struggles to fight the constant battle of drug use and overdoses that have managed to consume and overpower a large part of the community. Michael Plas, 38, and current Lorain County Community College student, has first-hand experience with drug addiction. Plas suffered severely from addiction for years and explained the severe damage it had on his life.

The clubbing and party environment are what leads many to experiment with different drugs, according to Plas.

“The clubbing life is what really got me introduced to drugs, it was just the atmosphere that I was in, I can remember the first time ever doing cocaine, it was a friend’s birthday. The next thing I knew it was just a part of life,” Plas said.

Eventually, the substance began to consume his daily life and lurked within his mental state.

“I would make sure I went to work so that I could afford to drink and use, but as the night got closer to being done with work, that is when the obsession would take over,” Plas explained. “I would tell myself that I was only going to go out for a little bit and not do this or that, but regardless it always ended the same way; getting drunk and then getting high.”

As his addiction worsened, Plas began testing out other drugs when given the opportunity.

“There was a time when I lived in Columbus, that my roommate and I were doing crystal meth and crack. That literally made me so paranoid that I just thought everyone was talking about me or plotting against me,” Plas said. “Overall it was the mental obsession for that next drink or drug that got to me.  I thought I was holding it together, but looking back on it now, it was the addiction that really was in control of my life,” he said.

As far as students and young adults are concerned, that there are specific gateway drugs that lead individuals into addiction, Plas said.

“For students, I definitely feel it is alcohol and marijuana that infects the majority of them,” Plas said.

While the effects of drugs are intense and difficult on the body, recovery is possible when taking the correct steps.

“Recovery can only begin when the individual reaches a point of surrender,” said Plas. “One has to really surrender to the fact that they are an addict and until that point is reached then I feel that as addicts we hold on to that reservation that we can still drink or consume drugs, but by controlling it,” Plas explained.

For those battling addiction, recovery is not far off and there is hope, Plas said.

“No one said it was going to be easy, but it is worth it. That means so much and holds so much truth,” Plas said. “The best advice I can give a person is, we are worth it. We are so worth waking up every day and taking on that demon of addiction and being able to go to bed each night knowing that we beat it for another day.”

Test anxiety workshop will ease finals stress

Zach Srnis

Special Correspondent

With final exams right around the corner, Americorps completion coaches at Lorain County Community College will be offering a test-taking workshop. The presentation will help students develop strategies for how to tackle exams and dealing with the related stress. The event will be held on May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in the Bass Library/Community Center, room 209.

Finals week is often when stress on campus peaks. What causes this anxiety and how can students feel more comfortable on test day?

“Usually anxiety is a product of a lack of studying,” said Mark Barrow, an Americorps completion coach at LCCC. “It could also be the result of studying improperly.”

Not studying properly could mean a number of different things, Barrow said. This could include studying while looking at cell phones, studying with a television on, or any other background distractions.

“It is also important to find out how students learn the best,” said Barrow. “Students could be kinetic learners. Other students may learn better with audio or video. Everyone learns differently and it is up to us to find out what works best.”

In the kinetic form, learning is more hands-on, like to a museum or teaching the subject to someone else, according to Barrow.

“Visual learning would be looking at notes or a graph,” Barrow said. “Auditory learners prefer to retain information by listening to lectures.”

Exams can be imposing for students, especially final exams, said Tori Springfield,  another Americorps completion coach at LCCC

“The final exam hangs over the semester like a dark cloud,” said Springfield. “It is something that all students are aware of and there is a lot of build up to it.”

She added that it is important not to cram the material in at the last minute, as it could lead to less sleep the night before a test.

“Try to keep up with the material throughout the semester,” said Springfield. “Cramming does not help at all. Make sure to get plenty of sleep. I find that sleep, or lack thereof, is a big contributor to test anxiety. It is always better to sleep than to stay up late cramming,” she said.

It is important for students to seek help from their professors and make sure that they know the student is trying to do the best they can, according to Springfield.

“We also make sure the students are aware of the tutoring center by walking the students over there to make sure that they are getting the proper help,” said Springfield.

It is also important for the students not to be silent if they are having trouble, according to Springfield.

“We do not know there is a problem if you do not speak up,” said Springfield. “ You should be selfish and take charge. This is your education.”

For more information, contact Mark Barrow at 440-366-4740, or Tori Springfield 440-366-7736.