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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…

Officials update policy on sexual misconduct

Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

With sexual misconduct flooding the news, the recent increase in sexual harassment and assault allegations seems as if the nation is finally ready to acknowledge it.

“You see with the ‘me-too’ hash-tags and the sexual misconduct (in the news),” said Keith Brown, Director of Human Resources and Campus Security. “I think it’s more empowering for more victims and survivors to come forward and to really let people know how they have suffered in silence for so long.  Some of these cases going back into the seventies.  That is something that can happen on our campus. We provide more on-campus resources to accommodate”.

  According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), sexual violence is more prevalent on college campuses when compared to other crimes.

  Lorain Community College has updated the rules and regulations for sexual misconduct  to offer a safe campus for all students. “The existing policy and procedure was updated due to the review of the old policy coupled with existing government resources,” said Brown.  “The State of Ohio has a changing campus culture initiative, in which it was proven upon us that we needed to update that procedure to bring it to current standards.”  The regulations of LCCC provide a step by step guide on how to report sexual assault with institutional protective measures for victims, and what steps a victim needs to take.   

  The old policy did not give information on resources, and the updated policy does. Initiatives, programs, and campaigns will be held on campus for awareness efforts. The college aims to reduce the risk of such violations on campus by providing rules, regulations, and disciplinary actions. “We deliberately provided the updated policy to assimilate as much information as widely as possible,” said Brown, “To let our campus committee members know that these are the resources we offer, the protective measures we can offer, and this is how we can discipline people.”

  The college provides rules: “Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct and Dating Violence Rules and Regulations”. The rules and regulations outline sexual misconduct with definitions as well as what actions to take. The regulations define sexual misconduct as: any unwelcomed behavior of a sexual nature and is committed with

out consent or by force. This includes intimidation, coercion, or manipulation. Sex discrimination is also included within the regulations which is defined as discrimination based on an individual’s gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual attention such as staring, leering, ogling, sexual teasing, jokes, inappropriate text messages and electronic mail.

Gestures, inappropriate touching, pressures for a date and/or sex, and suggestions that sex can be exchanged for grades or a promotion are also included within the regulations.

Bystander intervention options can also be found for individuals that may have witnessed sexual misconduct.   

The disciplinary process is also included in the regulations.

“A lot of colleges and universities have updated their policy and procedures and it was something we (LCCC) needed to do,” said Brown.

  Lorain County Community College’s preventing and responding to Sexual Misconduct and Dating Violence Rules and Regulations Coordinators are Mona Atley and Keith Brown. Both coordinators are located in the Human Resources Department in the College Commons Building office 209.

Family bonds tested by the opioid epidemic

Logan Mencke

Editor-in-Chief

When Josh picked up his son Peyton from Jessica’s house, he drove into Lorain and told Peyton they were just waiting for a friend when he parked the car.  As they waited there, the police arrived after receiving a call by someone in the neighborhood, and then proceeded to conduct a search of the car.  A needle was found under the driver’s seat, and Peyton, a 6th grader at the time, was interrogated by the police.

  That is how Peyton’s mother Jessica found out for certain that her ex-boyfriend and father to her child was doing heroin.

  “A mutual friend mentioned they used it with him before and Peyton said he saw other signs, but that was definitely the confirmation,” said Jessica, a LCCC graduate who wishes not to reveal last names for privacy concerns.

   Josh having an addiction problem with illicit drugs was nothing new to Jessica.  It was a never-ending issue that plagued their relationship when they were together for many years.  In the beginning, Josh was addicted to prescription pills, and she stood by him and supported him like so many others who have a loved one struggling with a drug addiction; believing that they will soon overcome and return to the be the person they once were.  “He went to the best rehab available, and I really tried to help him for a long, long time,” explained Jessica.

  As the years passed, his continuous thievery of her money and belongings to pay for his addiction put a strain on their relationship.  “My car had been broken into multiple times, and I was so broke and so in debt because I never had any money.  It was always gone before I even had it,” Jessica said.

   More distressing than the financial impact of his addiction, Jessica recalls an incident of utter negligence Josh had with their infant son Peyton that pushed the limit for their relationship. “One time I went in the house and there was cocaine all over the coffee table and everyone was gone, but Peyton was there crawling around on the floor, and I just couldn’t do it anymore,” said Jessica.  “I was to the point where I was (physically) abusive toward him because I was so angry and hurt, and I didn’t want Peyton to see the drugs as he got older.”

Currently, Josh and his son Peyton, now 14, don’t have a relationship and rarely ever speak to one another.

  After Josh and Jessica’s relationship ended, they both moved on from each other and she was still concerned about him, but no longer having to carry the burden of watching over him was a welcomed relief.  However, that relief would be shattered when Josh went to the emergency room for an infection he contracted from injecting heroin into his neck.   

  When she asked him why he would inject it into his neck, he explained that because he had a dark five o’clock shadow, nobody could see that he was using and it was easy access to a vein.

  “The abscess grew for so long that it traveled to his heart, and they needed to remove the infection from him shooting in his neck,” explained Jessica.

Along with the spike in heroin deaths in the U.S., there has been a massive increase in the amount of emergency room visits related to opioid use.  Between 2009 and 2014, the State of Ohio had a 106.4 percent increase in opioid-related emergency department visits; the largest increase in the nation, according to a report from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project.

  Josh’s medical emergency was the incident that made him realize he had hit rock bottom, and admitted to Jessica about how terrible he felt for the people who have been hurt by his addiction.  “He told me if he didn’t leave he would rather be dead.  He told me every time he used he wished he would die because he felt bad for everyone around him,” Jessica said.  “He flat out told me if he used again he wouldn’t stop until he was dead, so he needed to leave.”

Family obligations

  When Josh’s younger brother Jared heard about his condition, he realized he needed to take action soon. If he didn’t, he believed his worst fear that he would get a phone call from his mother saying she found him dead from an overdose would become a reality.

   Having that disturbing thought on his mind severely disrupted Jared mentally and emotionally.  The fear of losing his brother captured all of his energy.

   When at home, he barely spoke to his wife and children.  At his job, he was depressed and upset, and couldn’t function normally.  “I got to the point where I just lost it at work.  Broke down crying and shaking, and just couldn’t perform,” Jared said.

  He would eventually speak with a counselor because he was in so much pain.

  Jared’s breakdown was a fusion of both sadness brought on my his brother’s grim state, but also of suppressed anger against him for the all of the pain he brought on his family; particularly their parents.

   While Josh lived at home with his parents, he would have them look after his children when they came over so he could lock himself in his room and use again.  Also, his father unknowingly would help him to pick up more heroin.  “Josh would ask my dad to take him to the store because he needed something, but our dad didn’t know he was going there to meet his guy (drug dealer),” said Jared.

  Family situations such as this are known as codependency: where the addict will take advantage of family members care for them to further feed their addiction.

  After his breakdown, Jared decided the best thing for Josh would be to move in with family in another state.  Jared’s plan was to try to isolate Josh away from the temptation to start using again.  “I know heroin is everywhere, but I figured if I could get him away from people who can get it with just a phone call, for me that was a really good idea,” explained Jared.

  The move turned out to be the right decision, for Josh is doing much better and looks much healthier, according to Jared.  Peyton has been spending much of his time at Jared’s house, and Jared has become a bit of a father figure to him.  However, Jared doesn’t want to take his brother’s place as his father because he wants Peyton to know who his father is and know he’s not a bad man.  “He’s a good person, but the drugs took him over, and he lost sight of his priorities,” Jared said.

  Although sometimes it feels like Jared has lost a brother, he takes comfort in feeling he gained a sister in Jessica.  Having shared the same pain and sadness with Josh’s addiction over the years is a bond that could never be broken.  He also credits her for how well she raised Peyton in spite of the challenges they have encountered.

  “I love Jessica to death.  If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know where Peyton would be,” stated Jared.

Kitchen staff joins the fight against hunger insecurity

 

LCCC Culinary Art students prepare meals for upcoming events in the Spitzer Conference Center. The leftover food will be donated to help feed the hungry.

Matt Gergely

Staff Writer

  As time comes closer towards the end of the fall semester and the beginning of winter break, some students may not be aware how lucky they are compared to many of their fellow citizens. As the holidays come along and they sit down and enjoy delicious food with their family and friends, they can easily forget that there are many who do not have this luxury and may go a day or two without a meal. However, Lorain County Community College has decided to take charge, and more people on campus are getting  involved in helping, especially the kitchen department.

   According to statistics by the Meal Gap map by Feeding America, more than 20% of Lorain County residents lack food security.  To help counter this problem, LCCC has taken the lead on tackling this issue facing the community as part of its #HungerFreeLCCC campaign with its success with over 3,000 pounds of food and about $2,700 donated. However, it isn’t only students that are getting involved, for the college culinary department is also lending its hand to fight the issue of food insecurity.

   “Our friends at the Spitzer Conference Center can now package food that is not served but prepared for conferences hosted at Lorain Community College and freeze it and donate it to either our Commodore Cupboard or a local food pantry,” said Lisa Brown, Executive Director of the LCCC Foundation. This initiative by the Conferencing Center is a new program that was created by the Director of the Spitzer Conference Center Debbie Jancsura, and is an example of how LCCC is committed to its goal of ending hunger on its campus.

    With the large number of conferences and events hosted at the Spitzer Conference Center, large amounts of perfectly, uneaten food are potentially wasted. “We have many cases at LCCC were we have leftover food as a result of lack of attendance or lack of appetite, and it’s a shame to have to waste all that perfectly good food,” Brown commented.

  The food that is not served at Spitzer Conferences at LCCC are then frozen by the conference and kitchen staff and after that is transported to multiplying locations with the most prominent being the Commodore Cupboard.  This can be seen as the college giving back to their students who are going through a hard time in their life and can’t adequately supply themselves with food every day.

  Anyone interested in helping the fight against the insecurity of food amongst students on campus can volunteer their time and/or donate to the Commodore Cupboard which is open Mondays 3-5pm and Thursdays 12:30-2:30pm.

The cupboard will also be open for students during the winter break under the fall semester hours. To contact the Commodore Cupboard, call (440) 366-4745 or email the cupboard at CommodoreCupboard@lorainccc.edu. Also, drop off bins for canned goods and non-perishable food items are located next to the Security Office in the Educational Services building.

Veterans host Toys for Tots

Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

The Toys for Tots Program is managed by The United States Marine Corps and local volunteers. The mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to the less fortunate children in the Lorain County community. Items needed for donation include new, unwrapped toys for girls, boys, and babies ages 0-14 years of age.  The goal to deliver a new toy at Christmas sends a message of hope to the less fortunate children in hopes to inspire them in becoming responsible and active citizens in the community. Donations can be dropped off at the Veterans Service Center where the Toys For Tots boxes are available. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 11. For more information refer to TFTLORAIN@gmail.com.

Contest aims to increase student involvement

Logan Mencke

Editor-in-Chief

Students on campus are invited to participate in a contest to design the T-shirts volunteers of Community Outreach events will be wearing during the activities next year.

  The goal is to get more students involved in the college’s Community Outreach events for 2018, according to Kevin Cloud, an administrative assistant in Marketing and organizer of the contest.

The Marketing and Outreach team on campus developed the concept for a contest when contemplating ideas on how to encourage more students to partake in the various events the college is involved in throughout the county each summer.  Examining every aspect of what volunteers do during the events, the team noticed the T-shirts the volunteers wear at the events looked dated.  “We wanted to do something new, but instead of us putting it together, why not have the students give it a go?” said Cloud.

  Not only is the contest about redesigning T-shirts for volunteers, but it’s the beginning of redesigning the Community Outreach program as a whole.

  In past events, volunteers mainly would do the average, basic volunteer work such as passing out information about the college.  Future events will have volunteers using iPads to showcase LCCC’s website, and the Fablab is planning to bring 3-D printers to make the events even more fun for everyone including the volunteers.  “For awhile the program started to get a bit stale.  It was just folks sitting in a booth handing out brochures which worked awhile ago really well, but we want to shake that up a bit,” Cloud explained.

  The winner of the contest will receive $150 in art supplies from LCCC’s bookstore. For more information, contact Kevin Cloud at kcloud@lorainccc.edu.

Bookstore promotes local vendor’s merch

Zac Wenzel

Staff Writer

Lorain County Community College has a reputation of investing in the communities surrounding campus, and is now bringing that same kind of investment to Commodore Books & More.

  According to a press release, Fresh Brewed Tees, a clothing company specializing in Cleveland-centric clothing, is one of the biggest names to be brought to the bookstore. Fresh Brewed Tees creates clothing unique to Cleveland sports teams and communities. “It is exciting to be able to partner with a school local to where I’m from,” said Tony Madalone, the owner of Fresh Brewed Tees. The inclusion of Fresh Brewed in the bookstore is not only a big moment for LCCC, but represents the clothing companies only presence in Lorain County. “I am very happy to see local support local”, said Madalone.

  “We are in the process of creating a new ‘Locally Focused’ section of the store promoting locally made items,” said Patty Clark, the general manager at Commodore Books & More. All of this in an effort to promote local entrepreneurs merchandise in the campus store.  Clark added, “In the future, we plan to collaborate with a number of local vendors to offer an assortment of merchandise and gifts.”

   The bookstore is set to partner up with NEO LaunchNet, a regional entrepreneurship education network on the LCCC campus, to promote local entrepreneurs’ products in the bookstore. “We want to tie this new strategic direction into LCCC’s Vision 2020’s goal to empower a thriving community where all students achieve academic and career success,” Clark said.

  Commodore Books & More, not only sells clothing from Fresh Brewed Tees, but offers apparel for a variety of four-year universities that have partnership ties to LCCC.  There are also plans to bring in a second Cleveland based apparel company, GV Art & Design, a company that follows the same local pride formula as Fresh Brewed Tees. These local partnerships are sure to strengthen the community ties that LCCC continues to grow.

Study workshops arrive on campus before finals

Matt Gergely

Staff Writer

It has come that time of year for students on campus. After returning from a wonderful Thanksgiving with their loved ones, many students will now have to prepare for the final stretch of their fall semester. While everyone has their own tips and tricks with dealing with the preparation for finals, Lorain County Community College provided students with a Study Skill and Test Anxiety workshop hosted by the AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches on Nov. 29th at 10:30am in the iLoft building room IL205 and on Nov. 30th at 5:30pm in the room IL212

   The AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches developed as a result of a partnership between the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and the Ohio College Access Network in 2012. The initiative is a program that places college graduates in Ohio community colleges with the goal of providing assistance to students who may need help in pursing their college path. The program has coaches for many different courses, and also gives in depth talks and workshops to help students prepare for tests.

   As many on the LCCC campus are aware, finals will be here soon with the pressure of studying and test taking looming over student’s heads. While some students have their own rituals to deal with the many stresses that come will finals preparations, many students do not really have a sound plan in studying for these upcoming test. This is where the AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches come into play.

   The AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches’ workshop is designed to evaluate you for an exam, and how to improve your test taking skills and anxiety in prepping for the finals. For many students, the finals they will take in a week is critical in the path their college degree or certificate.  Giving students a way to better prepare themselves for the stress of studying is what the AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches are all about. Whether it’s teaching you important tips and tricks with former college graduates or giving you a hands on experience in their workshop, the crew  is fully committed to their goal of helping students be the best they can be in taking their finals.   

  For more information, contact the AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches’ office at (614) 221-6222.

Remembering my friend Nick

Logan Mencke

Editor-in-Chief

Standing with my hands in my pockets still and silent, I stared at my childhood friend Nick from across the room in the funeral home trying to remember the long-lost memories of our friendship.

  On the other side of the room, Nicholas Pelfrey, 33, laid in his casket.  He died of a heroin overdose on Nov. 7.  Another casualty of the heroin epidemic that has devastated so many families across Ohio.

   In Lorain County alone, there were 132 heroin-overdose deaths in 2016, according to Lorain County Coroner’s Office.    

  Nick and I first met as young children when we attended Cascade Elementary School in Elyria,  which at my age of 33 seems like a lifetime ago.  We were never best friends during that time, but I do remember we always enjoyed each other’s company.

  It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school when a  mutual friend of ours reintroduced us and we three started to regularly spend time with one another. One of my favorite spots that we normally would meet and hang out at was the wooden staircase (or “the steps” as we referred to it) at the old Auto trail in Cascade Park.

  “The steps” was one of the entrances to Cascade Park that was easily accessible from walking down a dead-end street located in the neighborhood where Nick and a few other friends lived.  For whatever reason, we and friends of ours were the only people who hung out in that location, which made it feel like it was ours.

  The time we spent there holds a special place in my mind and heart because that was during a tough period of my life.  The troubled marriage of my mother and father had escalated to the point where they were only either yelling at each other or not talking at all.  Furthermore, being a typical moody high school teenager, I absolutely hated going to high school, and became completely apathetic to my education.

  Hanging out with Nick and all of our other friends was really the only thing that brought me happiness during a time where I couldn’t find happiness anywhere else, and that is how I wish to remember my friend Nicholas Pelfrey.

Commodores hunts down the Wolfpack in 104-79 win

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

After going into the second half with a three-point lead against the Westmoreland Community College Wolfpack men’s basketball team, the Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team outscored them by 22 points to stay undefeated (6-0) in the 104-79 victory.

LCCC started the game with a 9-0 run against Westmoreland, but after a timeout called by the Wolfpack, LCCC conceded eight straight points to almost tie the score and made the score tight throughout the rest of the first half.

“Too many turnovers in the first half,” said Marty Eggleston, head coach of the Commodores. “We threw the ball away. We knew this team is lights out shooters and we didn’t get out enough to get hands up.”

LCCC started to pull away later in the half, but would almost blow the lead again in the closing minutes. They led by as much as eight points in the closing minutes of the first half.

The Commodores committed 12 turnovers in the first half against the Wolfpack that hunts for 8.9 steals per game, but they were able to get only two in the first half.

Westmoreland made seven of their 14 3-pointers and were able to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line, shooting 18 shots and making 16 of them in the first half..

“We had a couple of guys with four fouls tonight. We teach our team to be aggressive,” coach Eggleston said.  “We teach them to play solid team defense and the thing is that no one was moving their feet so guys would drive by; we swiping. When guys drive by, we’re throwing our hip, instead of sliding to get in front of they guy so that is just mental errors.”

Commodores’ Daniel Lott, Jovon Jones, Zach Swain, and Justis Craig finished the game with four fouls.

At one point of the game, LCCC’s Thomas Hronis was called for a blocking foul on Westmoreland’s Kyle Carrington. Some people in the home crowd did not like the call and collectively booed him and Eggleston waved them off.

“We don’t want to have that type of bad reputation,” coach Eggleston said about the crowd’s reaction on the call. “We are not that type of place. Fans get emotional throughout the course of the game. Referees are human too and they make mistakes and it works itself out.”

In the second half, Craig from LCCC was placed in the game after only logging in three minutes in the first half and recorded seven steals in the second half to help spark the Commodores.

“We put Justis Craig out there on the point and they had a hard time getting the ball pass him at half-court, said Eggleston. He changed the energy.”

“We finally got a rhythm and when we got that rhythm we got back into the way we play the game’ he said.

The Commodores also improved on their field goal percentage from 38.6 percent from the first half to 49 percent in the second half.

LCCC’s leading scorers were Montez Day with 19 points, Craig and reigning OCCAC Player of the Week Jake Schultz with 14 points. All of these players came off the bench to help combine for the 67 bench points.

“We had to realize that we’re better than this team and we have to play to a better potential if we want to keep our winning-streak alive,” said Commodores’ guard Craig.

The Commodores would win their next two games on the road at Lakeland Community College 101-90 and in their closest game they had all year at Edison Community College 97-94. They are now 8-0 and will continue to pursue their quest of perfection against the 1-5 Community College of Allegheny College at Boyce. They faced this team before in the first game of the 2016-17 season and won 95-84. The only difference will be that the Commodores will be at home this time.

Lady Commodores lose tight home game against Westmoreland 63-60

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

One of Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion indicates that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This applies similarly, but not identical to the Lorain County Community College men’s and women’s basketball team as the Lady Commodores lose their third straight game to Westmoreland Community College 63-60, a game that could have been decided if a few possessions went the Commodores way.

“I told these girls at the beginning if the game that this was going to go downs to a one or two possession game,” said Vince Granito, head coach of the LCCC women’s basketball team. “There is not much you can do when you are in a situation like that. I thought the girls played really well, especially in the second half. We erased an 11-point lead in the second half.”

Going into the third quarter, LCCC was losing by 11. The largest deficit was 13 points for the Commodores. Offensively, the Commodores was led by Angel Blakely (21 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals, eight turnovers) with 12 points in the third quarter. Though she had a hot third quarter, she went cold in the fourth, missing two shots. One of those shots was a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final second that could send the game into overtime.

“It feels great that I can get more of my team involved and not being the only scorer,” Commodores’ guard Hannah Oehlstrom said about Blakley’s performance. “I like it when my team scores.”

“I think we were flat in the beginning of the game,” coach Granito said. But then they redeemed themselves in the second half.” He also liked their energy levels in the second half.

“If we can get out and give 40 minutes of that type (of energy), we win these type of games,” he said.

In the third quarter, Blakey drove to the basket and laid the ball in. The whistle was blown and the home crowd thought the call was an and-1. However, the referee called for a charge on Blakely. This wasn’t the only call that was questionable from the referees. On multiple occasions, LCCC’s Carrie Carlson felt like she was being fouled while shoot the ball on the 3-point line and she expressed it on the court as she showed her displeasure.

Carlson would then foul out of the game in the fourth quarter.

“Those calls can go either way for a lot of them,” said Coach Granito. “If you ask me, ‘did you think it was a travel?’ I think it was an and-1 … I’m never going to question the officials, because those officials just do a heck of a job, especially in a game like this.”

The Commodores turned the ball over 20 times against the Wolfpack, who turned the ball over 19 times on November 21, 2017 .

The stats that jump out for me, the 20 turnovers we done tonight, which again is way too many for us,” coach Granito said. For number two, we went to the free- throw line eight times. They went to the free-throw line 22 times. I’m not blaming the officiating. That’s on us. We need to attack the basket more.”

Oehlstrom believed that had some suggestions that the team should to prevent the high amount of turnovers.

“We were just kind of making lazy passes and they kind of stole the ball,” she said. “We need to slow our tempo.”d

For the Oehlstrom, she had an uncharacteristic game from her as she finished the game with 10 points while shooting 3-14 from the field (2-9 from the 3-point line).

“It was really off so I tried to incorporate other things in my game like assisting,” Oehlstrom said after the game as she was getting her ankle checked by the LCCC trainer. “But not everyday your shot is going to be on.”

Late in the game there was a pass thrown by Westmoreland’s Lauren Felix in transition but was intercepted by Oehlstrom, but she was heading out-of-bounds and she threw the ball behind her in an attempt to save the play. In doing that, she crashed into the bench on the Wolfpack’s side and hitting her head on the padded wall in the process.

“That’s the way Hannah (Oehlstrom) plays,” coach Granito said. “That doesn’t even surprise me. I think the thing that bothers me even more is that her teammates were sitting there looking to see if she was okay. Hannah (Oehlstrom) is fine. She is going to get back into the game. At that point, there was still a live ball and they (LCCC) ended up getting the ball back on the other end (of the court). This is a three-point game, a possession game. That could (have) ended up being the difference in the game.”

As Oehlstrom was speaking and the trainer was check her ankle, her tone of voice would change, almost as if she was feeling some pain as the trainer was examining her. Later, it was revealed that there was a possible ankle sprain. She would then play against both Lakeland and Edison Community College, games that the Commodores would both lose and would extend their losing streak to five games.

The Commodores hope to end their struggles against The Ohio State University at Mansfield on December 6, 2016.