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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…

Students applaud LCCC at graduation ceremony

Jay Sigal
A Correspondent


A student celebrates after receiving her diploma from LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D.        Submitted photo.

Six-hundred-fifty students became Lorain County Community College graduates when they crossed the stage of the Ewing Center Gymnasium to receive their diplomas from Dr. Marcia Ballinger, president of Lorain County Community College, on May 12. They were part of a total of 2,179 students who graduated with associates degrees or certificates.

“Graduates, reaching this milestone means that you made the bold decision to invest in yourself,” Ballinger said in her address. “Who you were when you started here may not be who you are today and that is the beauty of the discovery process.”

Among those present to receive their degrees was Adel Sliman, who collected his Associate of Applied Business diploma. Sliman commented, “If not for attending LCCC, I would still be struggling to discover where I wanted to go with my life after high school. I wasn’t a great student, used to be a slacker in high school. I didn’t graduate with honors or any of that stuff.  Not only has LCCC helped me to focus on my career choice, it has also helped me establish my foothold on the pathway. Through the summer I will be starting full time at SportSoft Inc. where I interned. In the fall I plan to begin my bachelor’s degree program.”

A cross-section of the packed Field House at the graduation ceremony. Submitted photo.

Similar views were expressed by Brian Holland who received his certificate in Computer Maintenance and Networking. “I’ve been attending for two years and I’m not done yet. I’m going to be attending for another two years studying for a degree in cyber-security. Attending LCCC helped me to realize that I needed to get busy and work harder than I was used to doing. I needed to become more responsible. I realized that I needed to have a set goal in my life. I am next looking forward to receiving my A+ Certification,” Holland said.

Donald Williams, who received an Associate of Applied Business degree, had this to say, “This has been a two-year journey for me. I came through the JVS partnership program and transferred to the culinary arts program, and that program here at LCCC just fit me because it was the local college and it was close to home. Each of my culinary instructors helped me to have an extraordinary experience while attending classes.”

Underlining the importance of continuing education, and an engaged member of the law enforcement workforce for a number of years, Ditanuia Geiger-Baker received her Associates of Physical Science degree and had this to say about her experiences, “I am a security officer at Lorain High School and will be using my degree to further my efforts in that direction. I already have my degree in Police Science. While attending classes here at LCCC I have made some wonderful and close friendships and gotten to know some great people. All the instructors had a lot to offer and I thought their knowledge and expertise was outstanding. Attending LCCC was very a very affordable way to continue my education.”

Ishmael Rodriguez walked away from this semester with an Associate of Applied Science degree. He said, “I may be attending classes in the future. Right now, I am working as a school bus driver and mechanic. The staff and instructors were really helpful.”

Heather Ware was particularly enthusiastic having completed her course of studies, being awarded an Associate of Business in Culinary Arts degree. Ware excitedly shared the following, “I really enjoy the atmosphere and the environment here at LCCC. The instructors were great and LCCC is a very affordable way to pursue your education. I have been a student since 2013. I am continuing my education by pursuing an additional degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, for which I have only two classes left. My ultimate career choice is to become a pastry chef and own and operate my own bakery. Attending classes at LCCC has helped to discover my passion for food. My experiences with my instructors will be something I will take with me everywhere I go.”

Yato Segun, a 1980 Olympics team boxer, received an Associate of Arts – Universal Studies degree. He expressed his anticipation for a change of direction in his career path as the result of receiving his degree. “It is my intention to eventually become a social worker and focus on youth that have become involved in the system. I hope to complete my current studies at which time I will receive a degree in Applied Science. I am also taking two summer courses. You can never be too old to continue your education. I am a prison project coordinator for the NAACP and I wanted a stronger foundation for myself and that is why I pursued more education through Lorain County Community College. My time here at LCCC has been a great and rewarding experience,” Segun said.


Workshop raises awareness of abusive relationships

Maria Alejandra Rey

During the Escalation workshop on April 6, a One Love Foundation initiative showed case the importance of recognizing the initial signs of an abusive relationship, in a movie with a real life scenario in which a college student’s relationship escalated from sweet to abusive, and how the signs went unnoticed by her close circle of friends and her family, until the relationship becomes deadly. The presentation and discussion was led by two student senators; Vice President Kim Weber and University Partnership Representative Felicia Densmore. The goal of the workshop was to highlight the importance of virtual boundaries and seeking help, as well as giving the resources to do so.

“It’s important for college students to know about this after all the statistic show that they are of the most affected groups,” said Weber. One in three women, 36 percent, in the United States have experienced partner violence, and 47 percent of all female victims and 39 percent male victims experienced this kind of violence were between the ages of 18 and 24; making college aged people one of the most vulnerable demographics for partner violence, according to information from National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

Lorain County Community College offers many resources to help people who find themselves in abusive relationships, affirms Densmore, who shared an experience she had using one of the resources in this case was the app, LiveSafe, she recognizes the effectiveness of it and how students and faculty members can help their co-workers and classmates through it. Sending text, audios, pictures or videos, as tips to alert campus security to step up and investigate or intervene depending on the situation.

Press Day leads aspiring journalists to LCCC

(Left to right) Darryl Tucker, Craig Adams, Jeff Harris, and Julie Wallace were the guest journalist speakers on the first panel.

Event offered students info on journalism, educational opportunities on campus

Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

Emma Roth   

Abigail Doane

JRNM 151 Students

“The freedom of your country rests of the freedom of the press,” said Jeff Harris, news director of WEWS/ Channel-5 news, on April 26, as he addressed students, faculty, staff, and community members at Lorain County Community College’s Press Day event.

  Press Day was sponsored by The Division of Arts and Humanities, The Center for Teaching Excellence, The Student Life, The Student Senate, and The Collegian in the College Commons Center. The event highlighted the various media courses offered at the college and to encourage students to pursue their passion in media careers.

Attendees of the event were able to engage in two panel discussions. The first panel discussion included Darryl Tucker, managing editor of The Morning Journal, Julie Wallace, managing editor of The Chronicle-Telegram, Craig Adams, News director at WEOL Radio, and Harris. This panel of experienced media professionals encouraged students to follow their dreams and discussed how to stay competitive in a changing environment as well as shared their own experience in media careers. “There will always be news,” said Wallace, “The story hasn’t changed, the platform has.” The students were also encouraged to take advantage of every opportunity as well as drive to work hard.

Several students shared experiences with the various social media platforms. One Amherst High School student, Shane Schauffer shared his experience using the YouTube channel. “I am a comedian,” said Schauffer.

Students’ discussions often asked of internships, age restrictions, and job opportunities.

Attendees toured the LCCC TV studio, The Boom Radio station, and The Collegian’s newspaper office. At the Boom Radio station, Matt Melvin, station manager, and Tim Bradley, production director, record students introducing songs on-air.

The second panel discussion included five former LCCC students.  LCCC alumni’s Drew Scofield of WEWS TV Channel 5, Eric Bonzar of The Morning Journal, Cassie Neiden of GIE Media Inc., Kristin Hohman of The Chronicle-Telegram, and a public relations representative for the United Way, Ryan Aroney. Each alumnus discussed their paths to journalism and how LCCC has assisted them in that path. This panel included Cassidy Neiden whom started her media career at LCCC. Neiden had considered a career in journalism after the market crash but was told by many to not to enter the career field. Neiden, however, could not ignore her passion for media and enrolled in journalism classes at LCCC while working at the school newspaper. Neiden is now a managing editor at GIE Media Inc.

Kristin Hohman, copy-editor for The Chronicle Telegram, was a pre-med major at Ohio State University prior to changing to an English major. Hohman encouraged students to follow their passions regardless of challenges. Eric Bonzar, a journalist at “The Morning Journal,” had told students that school was not always his priority and had described himself a ‘bad student’. When the professors at LCCC showed interest in Bonzar, his priorities changed. “The teachers found value in my writing and work,” said Bonzar.  He was encouraged to write by professors at LCCC and began to write for “The Collegian”. “Learn it now,” said Bonzar speaking to students, “Take advantage of everything that is set before you.” Ryan Aroney, a freelance journalist and PR representative at the United Way, had a similar experience with his education but found his passion and pursued. Drew Scofield, digital producer for News Channel 5, was another panelist. “Journalism is not a narrow field,” said Scofield, “There is a lot you can do with it.” Scofield spoke of vast opportunities that journalism students have after graduation. Free pizza, coffee, cookies, and soda were also available for lunch for those who attended.

Student senators aim to improve campus life

Andre Malabanan

Staff Writer

In preparation for the new set of student leaders in the upcoming Academic Year 2018-2019, student senate elections were held by the Office of the Student Life on April 23, which ran until April 27, with the winning results announced on April 30.

A total of seven candidates applied to run for different positions in the student senate for the next academic year. Four of the candidates are student senate incumbents namely Eric Skinner, Felicia Densmore, Sijoon “Jude” Jeon, and Paul Warkentien. Newcomers are also aiming to be elected in various positions in the senate namely Danielle Porter, Deborah Porter and Saul Aguilar.

When asked what their dream projects would be, Densmore, who is currently the University Partnership representative, running as the only senate president candidate said: “One project that I would like to work on is a series of workshops surrounding civic engagement. Students at Lorain County Community College are going to be the next group of civic leaders, so it is important that they know how to get involved on campus and in their communities.”

According to Jeon, who is currently the senate financial secretary and running for the vice-president position in the senate, he would be attentive with the students through surveys. “What I am planning now is that after doing student survey, I would do my best to organize any event that can improve students’ satisfaction of their campus life,” he said. Currently the senate Learning Center representative, Warkentien is also running for the senate vice-president position. According to him, he wants to see more representation and advocacy for the Learning Center students in “both Student Senate’s decisions and in decisions made by the administration, I would also like to see the amenities we enjoy on main campus such as bottle fillers be brought to those centers,” he said.

Another incumbent vying for a position, Skinner, who is re-running for the position of senate event coordinator says that he wants to bridge the gap between the regular LCCC students and the LCCC International students. “My dream project is to help plan and coordinate the international dinner with the help of the international students this coming fall semester,” he said. Competing with incumbent Skinner for the event coordinator position is Danielle Porter who is calling for an advocacy to break barriers encountered by students. “My dream project is to advocate for some the many barriers that we the students face throughout our time at the school. I also want to throw more events and functions that will be more inclusive to everyone,” she said.

Running as the only candidate for the senate financial secretary position is Deborah Porter. According to Porter, her dream project is to put together a music band in the campus and “to have a diverse music/poetry/dance club up and running for the talented students on campus like myself to perform for the college as well as the community,” she said.

Like Densmore and Porter, Saul Aguilar, is also the only candidate for the position of the senate executive secretary who envisions a more integrated and united college community. “My dream project is a big festival/party with tons of integrating and team-building activities and good food with the sole purpose of making our students interact with each other,” he said.

The University Partnership representative and Learning Center Representative are currently vacant positions as of this time.

Outgoing student senate president Alexandra Moen, who is on her junior year and will be continuing her bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies at Cleveland State University, expressed that she has loved working and serving as a student senator. “I hope that the student body is happy with what I have been able to do as their president from the Student Lounge, Student Senate Scholarship, and successful events I have helped lead. I have learned so much from this position and I will always be thankful for the opportunity to be a Student Senator,” she said. Another outgoing student senator is Kimberly Weber, currently the vice president of the senate, who is graduating this fall semester from her Associates of Applied Business in Accounting at LCCC and will be continuing the degree at Kent State University. “Throughout my time as Student Senate Executive Secretary and Vice President this year, I have learned the value of teamwork, leadership, and time management. I am very grateful for the opportunity to represent the students at Lorain County Community College and I feel that I have made a positive influence on campus,” she said.

The student senate is a legislative assembly that acts as a liaison between students and the school administration. Members of the senate can be elected and/or appointed.

Christian group votes to become official club

Jeffrey Braden

JRNM 151 Student

A familiar scene at Lorain County Community College’s Starbucks is the weekly Gathering of the Coalition for Christian Outreach. Students going to get their coffee will see members of the CCO hosting a poll on the main table, playing board games, or just hanging out with one another between classes. While they have stickers and events on campus, CCO has not been an official campus club since their start in fall of 2016. That is all about to change since their status as an official campus club is coming up to a vote on May 3 at 2 p.m. in a student senate meeting.

Emily Bingham, a campus minister employed by the CCO to help serve at LCCC, has been involved with the various events CCO hosts. She says being a club will allow CCO certain privileges, but “more importantly, it’s also meaningful for us on a symbolic level”. Bingham encourages all students to attend, noting that there will be free coffee and snacks provided by the student senate.  She hopes that CCO will be voted in as an official organization so that it can “be an active and positive presence at LCCC for many years to come”.

While the CCO hasn’t been given full club status on LCCC’s campus yet, it is a branch of a national organization that reaches colleges nationwide. It is a non-profit organization founded in the 1970’s and has a presence in one hundred and forty college campuses across the nation. Their biggest event is their Jubilee held February of each year. A three-day conference that boasts an audience of up to four thousand college students from various chapters.

Trinity Harrison-Clark, a worker for CCO who has been involved with LCCC’s chapter, says, “Being an official club will allow us to be more integrated into the student body on campus”. Harrison-Clark says that becoming official will give CCO access to facilities and funds it doesn’t currently have, and “give our students a real sense of being involved in student life at LCCC”. She stressed that one of the main goals for CCO is to give students leadership skills and helping them integrate their faith with their studies.

The Gathering at Starbucks isn’t the only activity they hold on campus, as they also host two bible studies on Wednesdays and Fridays in the afternoon. There is a dinner they host twice a month called The Table, which Bingham says is “specifically designed for people who have never felt fully at home in traditional church services”. Bingham listed other activities they had done which included “a movie night, Olympics party, bonfire, and Christmas party.” They also took part in hurricane relief this year in Houston, Texas.

Campus Walk raises suicide awareness

Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

A United States Navy Seaman, Joseph M. Nash, was an Eagle Scout, artist, 1998 Elyria High School graduate, and most importantly, a son, brother, and cousin. Nash was only 20 years old when he committed suicide on November 18, 2000 while being stationed in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia.

Nash’s suicide, over 17 years later, still impacts his family.

Nash’s story was one of many stories of those whom attended the 3rd Annual ‘Out of The Darkness Campus Walk’ hosted on LCCC’s campus. The walk was held in the Field House located in the Recreation Center on campus. The Out of The Darkness walk was sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to raise awareness and funding toward suicide prevention.

Attendees were able to engage with other survivors; family and friends of those whom have lost their lives to suicide or those who survived a suicide attempt. “We do call ourselves survivors because our loss is different than normal death,” said Deb DiCillo, Chapter Secretary and Elyria Walk Chair for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of Ohio, “There is a lot of stigma still attached to the word suicide,” said DiCillo, “it did help me to find a group where there were other parents that lost their children to suicide because even though everybody’s story is different, the stories the same.”. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP), survivors show higher levels of feelings of guilt, blame, and responsibility for the death than other mourners.

DiCillo knows the effects of suicide, firsthand. “I got into the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention after my daughter took her own life, said DiCillo. She became active in the organization which began its walks in Cleveland. “I wanted to come to the college because college youth students are at risk,” said DiCillo, “We know that in the state of Ohio, ages 15-34, suicide is the second leading cause of death.” DiCillo explains that treating mental health will help suicide prevention because it is during these ages that mental illness manifest. “We can’t be afraid to talk,” She said.

Kionna McIntosh, executive assistant for Academic and Learner Services for LCCC, has also been affected by suicide. At 15 years old, McIntosh watched as her best friend lost a parent to suicide. “I was aware of how it can impact individuals and families,” said McIntosh. She shared that her own son was a survivor of a suicide attempt. “I also had a friend here at the college whom committed suicide,” said McIntosh, “It’s about awareness and for individuals to know that their lives matter.”

An important part of suicide recovery is taking care of the survivor’s mental health and engaging in therapy or counseling. For Joshua Ruminski, of Happy Candles Co. and survivor of two suicide attempts, therapy is making his homemade candles. Ruminski spoke prior to the walk. “It is okay not to be okay,” said Ruminski, “we are just dealing with something that is not seeable.” Rumuniski makes homemade candles in which he sells donating 20 percent profits to suicide prevention and awareness organizations such as AFSP. Ruminski’s mission is fighting to end the stigma of mental illness as well as to promote suicide prevention. Happy Thoughts Co. hopes to promote societal change with each candles sold that comes with a positive message.

Resources for suicide include, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at suicidepreventionlifeline.org, The Trevor Project at thetrevorproject.org, as well as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Event launches students into finals

Story by Matt Gergely

Staff Writer

With finals around the corner, the NeoLaunch Net program hosted an event that was “a way to reach out to college students as well as a way for our current students to have a early business experience,” said Director Janice Lapina. The event included a forum with Lorain County Community College President Marcia Ballinger and multiple food trucks with some operated by NeoLaunch Net members.

“We decided to team up with Dr. Ballinger and combine both of our events as a way to promote both at the same time,” Lapina said. The event and NeoLaunchNet program has been a real success for one particular student who is turning his life around after going through hard times. “Our student has gone from barely making rent payments to owning his own food truck and that is what I think is so special about our program,” Lapina said.

The NeoLaunchNet provides LCCC students with both an outlet to sell and experience new food and experiences while helping new entrepreneurs get off the ground and start them off on to the long road of success.

LCCC has been a pioneer in helping students achieve their dream of becoming entrepreneurs with the NeoLaunchNet program.  NeoLaunchNet was created in 2008 with support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.  Its mission includes providing students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will help them succeed with their ventures.

For more information about the NeoLaunchNet program, contact the office at 440.366.4900 or at lccclaunch@lorainccc.edu. Walk-ins are also welcomed at LC114 in the Bass Library at the Elyria Main Campus.

Controversy in extra innings assists Chargers’ sweep

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

A hit to center field by Edison State Community College’s Will Ludington forced Lorain County Community College’s center fielder Noah Henderson to play him out.

He came up with the ball with the impression that he caught it and threw the ball back to second to end the top of the eighth in extra innings with a double-play, but the umpire saw it differently and ruled a no-catch, which allowed a single and also a man on third base, who would eventually make it to home plate by a sacrifice bunt to take the 3-2 lead. This would become the final score and completes the sweep against the Commodores on last Saturday to make it the fifth loss in LCCC’s last six games.

According to Commodores starting pitcher Nate Bonacuse, he saw Henderson catch the ball and lamented that the team was “extremely hostile towards the umpire.” When Henderson was asked about controversial no-catch, he too believed he caught the ball and even said the umpire “won the game.”

“Everybody saw me catch the ball,” he said. “I clearly caught the ball. We had [one out and] we should have been out of the inning and we’d still be playing.”

“I was very heated and very upset at the umpire,” Henderson said. “I don’t know why he believed that I didn’t catch the ball. I obviously caught the ball. He didn’t even call a trap. He just said, ‘no catch.’ So that is the inning-ending double-play and we are out of the game.”

A trap is when the ball barely touches the ground before the fielder acquires the ball.

Head coach of LCCC’s baseball team Bill Frawley had no comment on the no-catch call, but the general feeling in the clubhouse felt like they got robbed.

If the Commodores were to survive the inning without a run, coach Frawley would insert his ace Kevin Simon to close the game. Simon has one of the best ERAs in Division III of the NJCAA with only conceding three earned runs this year. One of those earned runs came against Edison State the last time they played.

Throughout the game in Game 2, Commodores’ starting pitcher Bonacuse, who only pitched 7.66 innings before this start was called to pitch 10 minutes before the game began and pitched a complete game with eight hits, three runs (one earned), three walks and six strikeouts against the 35 batters he faced. The fielders had one error.

“Nate (Bonacuse) pitched a hell of a game and we backed him up and we were there to win the game today,” Henderson said. “That is why we came out strong for the second game.”

Though he was told that he was pitching 10 minutes before Game 2 that he was going to be pitching. As it turns out, the short intermission benefited Bonacuse, according to him. He was able to stay loose, keep warm, and be ready to go on the cloudy cool 40-degree Saturday.

There was a total of 12 scoreless innings throughout Game 2.

The Edison State Chargers scored a run in the first inning by a ground ball-force-out by Ludington at first, which gave Chargers’ Austin McLain an open lane to the home-plate.

LCCC came out in the third inning after two scoreless innings and scored back-to-back RBIs from Nick Bene, which was his first hit all year against  Edison State and Nate Colbert. The batter after Colbert (Richard Vandervort) was hit by a pitch and filled the bases, but the Chargers were able to escape the inning. Half of the Commodores’ hits came from this inning.

Other than that inning, the Commodores struggled to hit the ball. Not counting the third inning, LCCC had four hits.   

“There [pitcher] was throwing curveballs and threw in a little bit of sliders,” Henderson said about Edison’s pitching. “He was throwing a little bit of a knuckleball. I think he kept us off-balanced.

In Game 1, the Commodores lost in a 14-8 shootout

LCCC’s record after the game is 12-17 and have lost the last 5-of-6 games.

The Commodores’ next home game is against Washtenaw Community College at the Pipeyard on May 6.

The Commodores swept Washtenaw the last time they played.

Commodores rout Washtenaw in first game at the Pipeyard

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

For the first time this season, the Lorain County Community College baseball team played in the Pipeyard in Lorain. They started their tenure there by outscoring Washtenaw Community College 21-1 in the double-header they played on the 21st of April.

The final score of the first game was 11-1 in the five innings that they played on the dirt of the Pipeyard. Kevin Simon, who has a .73 ERA, allowed three hits, one run, two walks, and eight strikeouts against the 19 batters in the 5-inning stretch where he had another complete game. This puts him at a 4-way tie for the top spot in the third division of the NJCAA for the most complete games. Among those in first, he has the lowest ERA and most strikeouts per nine innings.

“That’s a great accomplishment,” Simon said about his complete games. “That’s what I’ve always dreamed of. I want to go pro someday. I want to be the best and I’ll do whatever it takes.”

Simon, in the top of the first inning, pitched three straight strikeouts.

“When we got Kevin (Simon) on the mound, we feel like we have a good chance to win,” Commodores lead-off hitter Noah Henderson said. “When we get the hits going, we want to give him run support so we definitely come out swinging.”

Henderson was 3-of-3 at the plate with a RBI and crossed home plate three times.

“Kevin (Simon) has been pitching very well when we have him go on the mound,” head coach Bill Frawley said. “Pretty much the team is expecting him to go as long as he can and we are all expecting a good game if he goes out there.”

Coach Frawley said has the possibility to have two more opportunities to have complete games before the season ends.

At bat, the Commodores had a .416 batting average and only struck out once. The Commodores scored three runs in the first three innings, but when on a 8-run tear in the bottom of the fifth inning.

In the fifth inning, the first three batters got the bases loaded to set up for shortstop Jessie Barrios with a top 40 slugging percentage and .520 on base percentage to hit a two RBI double, which sparked the 8-run inning.

Throughout the day, the Commodores were stealing the bases at will. They accumulated 14 stolen bases in a 2-game stretch. The catchers for Washtenaw were struggling to make the throws to second base, which open the door for the Commodores. Henderson with four bases stolen on the day, noticed the flaw in their catchers.

“You always gotta pick up the small things in baseball,” he said. That is how you win games. So, if we can see that the coach believes in us and the coach thinks we can steal bases and we’re gonna do it and that is what we are gonna do.”

Coach Frawley noticed that the Pipeyard had dirt grounds and not the turf that the team was used to playing at their old home field of Sprenger Stadium. He explained the difference between the dirt and turf after the first game.

“[Being on dirt] is a major difference,” he said. “The ball hops [from ground balls] takes a crazy hop compared to turf where everything is basically where it’s at.”

One person who like the Pipeyard was Henderson who thinks that they will win all their home games.

Game 2 introduced the return of one of their best pitchers, Nick Bene, who hasn’t pitched since the eighth of April. In his first game back, he pitched a 1-hit shutout in six innings. He also had three walks and nine strikeouts in the 10-0 win.

Offensively Henderson, Barrios and center fielder Gavin Taulbee led the way with a combine seven RBIs and six stolen bases.

Washtenaw had to play with one less outfielder in the game, because Jake Albaugh was injured and unable to play. This made the gaps bigger for the Commodores.

“They had only two outfielders out and with a righty up and shift into left [field] and just go opposite field and just find the holes out there, because, obviously, there is more when there is only two outfielders out there,” Bene said.

The Commodores record after that their double-header against Washtenaw is 11-12.

Collegian wins six Press Club awards

Logan Mencke


Lorain County Community College’s student-run newspaper The Collegian won six Press Club awards.

Collegian Editor Logan Mencke’s article “No ‘right’ turn on campus” won two awards; Best Print Feature Story category and Best Online Report category.  Sports Editor Mark Perez-Krywany won a single award in the Best Print Sports Story category, Staff Writers Kerri Klatt won a single award in the Best On-line Report category, and Matt Gergely along with Maria Alejadra Rey won in the Best Print Newspaper Story category.

Former Collegian Editor Kristin Hohman also won in the Best Feature Story category for her “Coping with poverty” article.

The award ceremony will be held at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland on June 1 at 5:30 p.m.