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College administrators assure students are safe

By Keith A. Reynolds Editor-in-Chief The nation was shaken yet again by a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon on Oct. 1. Such scenes of death and destruction seem all too familiar these days, but this particular incident…

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Collegian staffers win 5 Press Club awards

Alex Delaney-Gesing Editor-in-Chief Lorain County Community College’s student-run newspaper The Collegian won five honors in The Press Club of Cleveland’s Excellence in Journalism Awards competition for 2015. ‘Commodores complete sweep’, written by Olivia Moe and Keith A. Reynolds, featured LCCC’s…

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  Alex Delaney-Gesing Editor-in-Chief Legs crossed underneath her, Jennifer Varney, a Lorain County Community College social work major, sat curled in a barrel chair while staring out the glass window-covered door of room 207 in LCCC’s College Center building. Though…

Spring 2015 President’s Forum draws a crowd


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College administrators assure students are safe

By Keith A. Reynolds

The nation was shaken yet again by a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon on Oct. 1. Such scenes of death and destruction seem all too familiar these days, but this particular incident strikes close to home raising questions about student safety on our own campus.

“It’s important for students and the entire campus to know that this institution, from its trustees to its administrators and all of campus, take the safety of our campus as our highest priority,” Vice President of Lorain County Community College Tracy Green said.

Director of Security Keith Brown explained, “Just last week we conducted what we call three active shooter informational sessions for our employees. Our intention is to roll those out to students, starting possibly either this month or in November.”

These informational sessions are designed to inform the attendees of ways to deal with situations like the one in Oregon. “There are three options that the Department of Homeland Security has tried to inform people on. That’s what they call evacuate, or hide out, or the third option, to try to take the shooter out,” Brown elaborated.

The administration’s goal, though, is to stop these situations before they occur. Brown explained, “If one of our campus community members is exhibiting one of those types of behaviors, we can try to intervene to make an intervention plan to get that person back to normal and reintegrated back into our campus community.”

If any student is worried about their safety, both Green and Brown urge them to voice their concerns at the upcoming president’s forum on Oct. 8 in the CC building.

3rd Internship Fair to showcase over two dozen local businesses

Starr D’Avril


LCCC Career Services is bringing students and businesses together for the 3rd Annual Internship Fair Wednesday, October 7, 2015.  This event will allow more one-on-one time for employers to look over applicants, and is strictly for engineering, manufacturing, IT, and business students.  Over 25 businesses will be looking at qualified students to fill paying internships.

“It is never too early to explore internship opportunities,” says Vernice Jackson MSODA, (Master of Science in Organizational Development and Analysis) Experiential Educational Professional at LCCC Career Services. “The employers attending the 2015 Internship Fair are looking to fill positions starting immediately or on future dates up to and including summer 2016.  Students at all levels in their education are encouraged to attend.”

Jackson is convinced this event adds credibility to the Fair’s theme: Internship$ = $uccess.  Last year’s results back the theme.  Of the 85 students in attendance, 11 internships were filled by 9 of the 19 employers represented at the event.  Daniel Cross, a graduated of LCCC in December of 2014 thought internships meant working for free.  He attended the 2014 Fair and received three offers. The internship he chose turned into a position offer.  He now works part-time while taking classes toward his Bachelor degree at Cleveland State through the LCCC Partnership.

Marcia Jones came to Career Services in 2002. She is the Employment Career Services Manager and feels very strongly about gaining career related work experience early in the educational process and not waiting until graduation.  “In today’s job market it is vital to take advantage of all the resources and services available to you.  Utilizing them gives you an edge over the next candidate, sets you apart from the inexperienced.”

Unlike the Career Fair held in the spring, students must qualify by September 30th to attend the Internship Fair by generating a resume to be approved and uploaded to Career Link.  Once approved, time and place of the 3rd Annual Internship Fair will be sent along with more information.   Log onto Career Services by clicking on Career Assistance in the information stack at the bottom of LCCC website home page, click on the College Central Network icon and follow the prompts.  The student will receive email acceptance or direction to improve the look, content, or revise the resume.  If no resume, visit Career Services in person at LC 131, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm or call 440-366-4076 to make an appointment.

LCCC hosts University Partnership open house to inform students of opportunities


Kristin Hohman

Managing Editor 

The University Partnership at Lorain County Community College held its first open house On Sept. 10, giving students and their families the opportunity to explore degrees offered through the UP program.

Comprised of nine public and three private institutions, the UP began in 1998 with five partner schools, according to Associate Provost, Dr. John Crooks. “We now have approximately 40 baccalaureate programs and 10 masters.”

The University Partnership at LCCC is a program that offers 50 bachelors and masters degrees from 12 Ohio universities. Students can transfer their credits into a partner program, take classes on LCCC’s campus, and still graduate with a degree from that partner school.

“One of the goals of the University Partnership is to make degrees affordable and accessible,” Crooks said. “We believe strongly in collaboration. We have with us at tonight’s open house five institutions that we consider great partners, but we do consider all 12 schools great partners.”

Among the five UP schools represented at the open house were Cleveland State University, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Ohio University, and the University of Toledo. Representatives from each University Partnership institution were given time to summarize their program’s offerings and requirements before a crowd of students.

“We’re very creative. We even have an associate pre-program in respiratory care with Bowling Green State University Firelands campus; Lorain County Community College offers our nursing program at the Firelands campus,” Crooks said.

“We have 50 different degree programs in a very diverse area.,” said Karen Tomcko, a marketing and recruitment specialist for the UP. “We have programs in biology, computer science and engineering, in education, social work, accounting, and environmental studies.”



Tomcko gave a brief overview of how the partnership programs work, explaining the ‘2 +2’ or ‘3 +1’ programs, where students spend the first two-three years of the college careers right here at LCCC.

“Students usually start with us at LCCC and take their first two to three years of courses at LCCC at our low prices,” Tomcko stated. “Then their third or fourth year, [students] transfer to that partner program, which is located here on our campus, and start paying the tuition of that partner college.”

The University Partnership at LCCC is very beneficial to students, according to Tomcko. These programs help defray the high cost of college degrees, the courses are offered close to home, and the degree that students receive does not differentiate from on-campus degrees offered by that institution.

The University Center (UC) building on the LCCC campus houses all of the partnership offices. The UC  building also equips LCCC with the technology for Interactive Video and Distance Learning (IVDL). This gives students enrolled in partnership courses to attend class via live video streaming and allows them to interact with instructors and classmates.

The majority of other UP courses are available online or in a traditional classroom setting.


Former NASA researcher takes students minds to the moon


Tim Krezman

JRNM 151 Student

Dr. Kenneth Street, a recently retired NASA Research Associate, spoke at Lorain County Community College about the possibilities of living on the moon and the chances that the moon could be used as a landing point to get to Mars.

When speaking to a collection of LCCC students and staff, Dr. Street said that the main concern of being on the moon for any extended period of time is the amount of dust. “Micrometeorites pelt the moon at 44,000 miles per hour. These things hit every square yard of the moon once a day for the last 4.5 billion years,” Street said during his presentation.

These micrometeorites are smaller than the diameter of a piece of hair, Street explained. Once they hit the moon, they essentially explode and create extremely fine dust particles.

“It gets everywhere.” Street told a story of a shovel that was taken up on one of the Apollo missions. The shovel would not close back up because all of the mechanisms were clogged with dust. “Everything we brought up there failed one way or another because of dust.”

There were many problems with the Apollo missions that were attributed to dust. These would still be issues today. The spacecraft, when about a hundred feet off the surface of the moon, would begin to give false readings because of the amount of dust being kicked up. The crew was not sure how fast they were coming in because of the false readings.

There was also an issue with vision because of the dust. “They actually landed straddling a crater, so they landed at an angle of ten degrees.” Street continued, “Eleven degrees is where you can’t lift off, which would have meant loss of vehicle, loss of crew.”

The dust is piled up anywhere from five to ten meters on the moon. Street said, “The first thing the crew did when they left the spacecraft and stepped foot on the moon was slipped and fell.” Because of the dust, there was no traction for any vehicles or persons to move around.

The dust also scratched everything, broke seals, and found its way into the spacesuits. Street said that every time they would do a walk on the moon, the astronauts could come back in the space craft with as much as two to three pounds of dust in their suit. This caused for extensive cleaning time, as well as inhalation and irritation by the dust.

The dust would begin to make things overheat. The dune buggy that they used would get covered in the dust. The battery compartment could not cool down because the dust particles acted as an insulator. “When they opened the compartment to try and let the battery cool off, dust would get in and it acted like putting six blankets on it,” he said.

He also spoke about the possibility of going to Mars. Street said, “I don’t think anyone is going to go to Mars direct.” He said that if there was any way to overcome the dust, they could possibly make parts of ships on the moon and go from the moon to Mars. Street explained that the size of the ship to go from Earth to Mars, and back, would just be far too big to overcome both planets’ gravitational pulls.


Marketplace introduces new bargain food option


Avianna Velez

JRNM 151 Student

After several moments spent browsing The Market Place located here at LCCC, student Saiba Markovic chose the new featured food option, “Chef’s Choice”. It included a pulled pork sandwich, vegetables, and cornbread. Chef’s choice is the new food category on campus this year that features dinner menu options. With this option, students will be able to put as much food as they can fit into the to-go food box all for just $5.

Markovic was surprised with this and expressed that she hoped “it tastes as good as it looks.”  Chef Ed Riggins, the campus chef and owner of Southern Fusion Restaurant in Euclid, explains the new food option as “the best $5 you can spend on campus” and that it will always include a vegetable, a protein, and a starch. Riggings, who selects and prepares a new comfort food option every day for Chef’s Choice at LCCC, claims that it’s the best option for college students on the go who don’t plan on spending too much time or money on a meal. Not only will it fill students appetite quickly, but it also won’t exceed a student’s budget.

What’s the deal with that duck?




Rebecca Marion

Ad Manager


The Commodore Duck is the mascot and symbol of the Lorain County Community College. But what or who is the Duck? Is it responsible for the refugee crisis and the obesity epidemic? Is it the Collegian editor living out his furry fantasies? Or is it just a madman in a tall yellow duck? The search for the Duck has uncovered more questions than answers.
In it’s earliest stages the creation and imagination of The Commodore Duck has been shrouded in a yellow fog of obscurity. So mysterious not even the campus knowns its origins. However, officials speculate that a very dubious student committee is to be credited with the conception of the mascot for LCCC. It was then that they called the Commodore Duck into being.
An unnamed source claims that Duck Radio purchased the suit about a decade ago and still owns the duck suit today. The suit is kept in the Theatre Department where it remains until it’s stuffed once more with human appendages.
The only known times that The Commodore Duck has been able to come out of the theater is to make appearances at opening week, charity events and graduation. Gracing students and teachers with its big beak and generous love of stale Tasty Cakes.
Students around the campus wonder, why a duck? Why is the mascot of LCCC a fluffy yellow bird? We might as well have gone with Unicorn or the Sasquatch. Sadly, even UC Santa Cruz mascot, a banana slug named Sammy the Slug, has more of a history and is more intimidating than the Commodore Duck.
So, why are there no records available? It’s certainly possible that they were destroyed in an office fire or, lost due to high staff turnover. It’s simply speculation.
For what The Commodore Duck lacks in intimidation it makes up for in mystery. For all we know it may be a master painter or a wrestling champion. What he does in his spare time is something the student body can only imagine. We do know one thing for sure it’s a riddle wrapped in an enigma and we want to know more about our shadowy mascot.
Please be on the lookout for a large yellow duck. It is five feet eleven inches tall with black eyes and yellow hair that covers his body.

Lady Commodores face another defeat against Walsh University


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Cody Grossman 

JRNM 151 Student

“I feel confident, I feel pumped,” said Taylor Savarino, number seven for the Lady Commodores before Wednesday’s game.

When asked how she felt going into today’s game, and the team strategy going in, she had this to say, “Well, we’ve lost the last two games, but I feel like we have learned from our mistakes. Today we are going to start off on the defensive end, instead of the offensive.”

It was a slow start for the Lady Commodores, giving up three quick goals. They picked it up towards the end of the half when Alana Gonzales scored the ladies first and only goal of the night. The defense showed more energy and defensive pressure in the second half. The final score of the game was 4-1, a tough loss for the team.

After the game, Coach Jessi Paul had this to say, “We need to improve on our team chemistry. We need to get back on each other’s good sides and communicate better.” When asked how she plans on getting the team ready for the next game, she said, “More subs next game, we have a few injuries that really hurt us. We need to focus on each other’s strengths and communicate more to each other. We have to be ready to play.”

The Lady Commodores next home game is Wednesday September 23rd, against John Carrol JV, at 4:00.


Former nursing students strut skills in goodwill trip to Haiti

Olivia Moe

Online Editor

Jennifer O’Shaughnessy and Jane Pearson, both recent graduates of the LCCC nursing program, will be traveling to Haiti in Oct. for a week to aid the citizens and a local orphanage by providing a basic checkup to severer cases that need attention.

“When Jen ran the idea by me I thought the Appalachian Mountains, or assisting with a reservation in  North Dakota or South Dakota.”  Jane Pearson said describing when she found out their destination. “It was shocking, but exciting.”

LCCC has sent nursing students abroad to assist local medical teams and organizations in the past. However, it has been several years since the last group of nursing students traveled abroad. “Now that I have graduated, and before I get a job, I want to get that experience,” Jennifer O’Shaughnessy said explaining her drive to participate in the project. “This is one of the main reasons I wanted to become a nurse; to go out and help the less fortunate people in other countries.”

Mission of Hope, the organization that the team will be working with and through is an organization that brings educational, medical and spiritual assistance to people around the world.

Both women are excited to use their education and medical knowledge once they arrive. “We have been through six different clinical settings,” Pearson added “now we are about to get out there with the children and use them.”

Both women are also looking forward to the experiences and personal lessons they will learn when they arrive. “Going to a third world country, seeing, and learning about their culture, seeing what they have to deal with on a day-to-day basis [struggling for things] that we take for granted like clean drinking water will be life changing.” expressed O’Shaughnessy. “Plus being able to communicate with people and accept them for who they are and their different culture and beliefs and welcome them with open arms will be great.”

Besides their medical training both O’Shaughnessy and Pearson had to learn common French phrases and have to receive certain shots before they board their plane. They have even decided who will be sleeping where in the bunk bed they will share. “I already told Jen that I get the bottom bunk. I don’t want to roll out of that top bunk,” Pearson said.

The team hopes to bring supplies with them to Haiti. Basic supplies such as band aids, Neosporin, and other first aid kit fillers are highly appreciated to the local citizens. “They have nothing. So the Student Nurse Association has (under Dr. Urrutia) been making a collection during the fall semester.” Pearson added. “We hope to bring more with us when we leave.”

“It is just so eye-opening to go anywhere or travel anywhere,” added Pearson. “It broadens your horizons. If it was a trip to South Dakota or to Haiti it is going to make us better nurses and better people by seeing that.”

The duo is still looking for donations of clothing and medical supplies. They are also looking for additional funding. “Since it is a charity we had to come up with our own money. We started a GoFundMe account and we have also been sending letters to people to see if they would donate any money or other items.” added Pearson. “Any help we can get will be great.” To donate visit their Go Fund Me account http://www.gofundme.com/xw9karqs.


Rockwall and rope courses offer both physical fitness and community

Olivia Moe

Online Editor 

The Lorain County Community College Athletic and Recreation programs offer a variety of events and opportunities for students, staff and the general public from 5ks to Kristy’s Class sessions. The school also offers the chance for students, staff, and the general public to exercise their confidence with the LCCC Rock Wall and the high and low ropes courses.

The wall and courses, which were constructed and introduced to LCCC in 2000, follow a challenge by choice philosophy. They are intended  for participants to build self esteem, build personal trust and trust amongst a group, get out of comfort zones, and face their fears. Local schools and businesses have taken advantage of the courses to develop these skills.

“It is so much fun,” Lisa Augustine, a faculty member of the LCCC Health and Physical Education department, expressed. Augustine herself has participated in the courses to help assist those who participate in the courses. “I need to be able to explain how it works, and be able to offer tips so people can accomplish their climbing goals.”

The courses involve the Leap of Faith, Nitro Swing, The Beam, the Flying Squirrel, the Wilder Woosey, the Catwalk, the Spider Web and the Centipede. LCCC also offers adventure challenge credit courses outdoor high ropes courses, which are offered every semester.

Augustine also commented on the outcomes that participants report and the goals they have met. “People tell me they learn about themselves by stepping out of their comfort zone. Many say that they came into the experience not really knowing their group members very well but as a result of the ropes course experience they really got to know each other. Many comment that the course helped improved confidence, putting aside their differences, communication, and leadership skills.”

For more information about scheduling, prices, enrolling in the high rope courses, and available days contact Lisa Augustine at 440-366-7352 or laugusti@lorainccc.edu.

Stocker Film Series premiere harbinges quality cinema

Olivia Moe

Online Editor

In celebrating the Lorain County Community College Stocker Arts Center’s 35 years of contributing performances, gallery exhibits, concerts and other introductions to the world of arts and entertainment, the Stocker Center continued their annual LCCC Film Series which began on Sept. 11.

The LCCC Film Society’s focus is on human relationships, moral and social issues, cultural and religious diversity and universal human emotions and aspirations, including humor, disappointment, and tragedy through what would be considered “alternative films”.

The first film in the series was “Boyhood” directed by Richard Linklater and stars Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, and Academy Award Winner Patricia Arquette. The film, which won three Golden Globes including Best motion Picture Drama and Best Director, and an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, depicts the literal growth of a family.
Ellar Coltrane stars as Mason, a young boy who as he grows up in a modern family of a single mother trying to find her way and a biological father who despite the circumstances makes an effort to be in his and his sister’s lives. Through this coming of age story Mason learns about life, love and the constant rebuilding and recovering that many people experience by the time they are 18-years-old and ready to go out into the world.

The free showing of the film attracted dozens of audience members and gave many a chance to laugh, sympathize and ponder on the life of Mason and his friends and family.
The rest of the season plans to introduce and reintroduce films from around the world including the US, United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden to local audiences.
The film series, which began over five decades ago, by professor Emeritus Robert Dudash is the longest running non-academic activity at LCCC. Dudash is still the president of the society now.
Tickets are available in person at the Stocker Arts Center Box Office, online, by phone, or by mail. For more information on ticket prices, payment information, policies, and handicap accommodations contact the Stocker Arts Center Box Office at 440-366-4040.

Friday September 18th:

Still Mine (2013. PG-13. Canada. 102 minutes). Directed by Michael McGowan and starring James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold.

Friday September 25th:

The Hunt (2012. R. Denmark/Subtitles. 111 minutes). Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
and starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp. A Discussion session will follow the film in the Stocker Cinema Hall.

Friday October 2nd:

I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015. PG-13. USA. 95 minutes.). Directed by Brett Haley
and starring Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott, Rhea Perlman.

Friday October 9th:

Gloria (2014. R. Chile/Subtitles. 108 minutes.) Directed by Sebastian Lelio and starring Paulina Garcia, Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla, Fabiola Zamora. A Discussion session will follow the film in the Stocker Cinema Hall.

Saturday October 24th:

Life Itself (2014. R. USA. 120 minutes). Directed by Steve James and starring Roger Ebert, Martin Scorsese, Gene Siskel.

Friday October 30th:
Run Boy Run (2014. R. Germany/Subtitles. 108 minutes). Directed by Pepe Danquart and starring Andrzej Tkacz, Jeanette Hain, Rainer Bock and Kamil Tkacz.

Friday November 6th:

Cinema Paradiso (1988. R. Italy/Subtitles. 170 minutes). Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and starring Marco Leonardi, Salvatore Cascio, Philippe Noiret and Antonella Attili.

Friday November 13th:

As It Is In Heaven (2004. Not Rated. Sweden/Subtitles. 130 minutes). Directed by Kay Pollak and starring Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren and Helen Sjoholm. A discussion session will follow the film in the Stocker Cinema Hall.

Friday November 20th:

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015. PG-13. United Kingdom. 119 minutes). Directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Friday December 11th:

The Imitation Game (2014. PG-13. United Kingdom. 114 minutes). Directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.