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Policy will ban tobacco on campus

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

Test anxiety workshop will ease finals stress

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

Collegian bags 9 Press Club Awards

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

The young and the homeless

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

LCCC graduation rate rises

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

 

Pulitzer winner shares powerful wartime stories

Zac Wenzel

JRNM 151 Student

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Suicide prevention walk hits home for two students

Zach Srnis

Special Correspondent

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

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

For two LCCC students, the issue was personal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Policy will ban tobacco on campus

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

Rebecca Marion

Managing Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security urges alertness in case of emergencies

Gina Hamby

JRNM 151 Student

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Area addiction crisis persists

Stephanie Weber

JRNM 151 Student

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Test anxiety workshop will ease finals stress

Zach Srnis

Special Correspondent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One last time

Kristin Hohman

Editor-in-Chief

Kristin Hohman | Editor-in-Chief

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been a student at Lorain County Community College for the past two-and-a-half years. When I enrolled in the fall of 2014, I was unsure of what this journey would entail.

At that point, I was at a bit of a crossroads of sorts. I barely completed three years of college at OSU, before leaving school. And while I have some amazing, crazy memories of my life as a Buckeye, I don’t think I ever found my niche.

For me, it wasn’t so much a question of what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. As a sophomore in high school, I helped my older brother with his college-level writing classes (although, he probably wouldn’t admit it). No, I’ve always known what direction I was facing. It was just a question of how I would apply myself and what career path my writing would lead me down. At the time, I never could have guessed that path would take me to journalism. Equally unforeseen were the insane number of detours I’ve taken to reach this point in my education.

A couple of years before I left OSU, I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression and mild social anxiety – a moment that would go on to affect basically every major decision in regards to my education. Like most mental illnesses, depression affects every aspect of life; relationships, motivation (or lack of), work, school grades, etc. For this reason, I kept myself out of school for nearly four years, too afraid to fail.

Just to add to the mess, my transcripts from my first institution were stuck in bureaucratic purgatory. I couldn’t transfer, and certainly couldn’t graduate, without this single piece of paper. And there was a point last fall when I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to enroll in classes because of this issue. So all I could do is try to guess which classes I still needed to take in order to get my associate’s. Trying to be successful in classes without knowing whether or not it would mean anything in the long run felt a bit like repeating my junior year of college again. “Frustrating” would not even begin to cover it.

My first semester back in school was nerve wracking, I admit. My first class on the first day of the semester was a communication class. I lucked out. To this date, that was the most fun I’d ever had in a classroom. Our instructor would go on to become my mentor at LCCC. When I thought I might not be able to stay at LCCC, she wrote the most glowing recommendation letter to the administration on my behalf. She has always been supportive and encouraging and I doubt she’ll ever know how grateful I am for that.

I’m also grateful for my time at The Collegian. Without realizing it, I walked into an office that would inspire, frustrate, motivate, annoy, and humor me (among many other things) for the next two years. There are things I’ll miss: the challenge, the learning, the staff, the sarcasm. There are things I certainly won’t miss: a staff that doesn’t adhere to deadlines, the deadlines themselves, sources who never call or email back, writing headlines. And I’m thankful for those who realized my potential before I was ever sure of it myself.

So, this is the last time I’ll publish a paper at LCCC. I finally have my transcripts. I’m actually less than a year away from my bachelor’s degree. I never thought I’d get to this point. It’s been a long journey that’s taken me in a direction I never thought possible. But, as I’ve learned here, that’s just life – it may not take you where you intend to go, but it certainly takes you where you need to go.

Prof. aims to inform using inmate art

Rebecca Marion

Managing Editor

Dr. William Kimberlin, a psychology professor at Lorain County Community College and clinical psychologist, aims to continue sharing his experiences with death row inmates in several of his upcoming projects.

After the success of his first novel, “Watch Me Die”, a compilation of the lessons he’s learned from Ohio’s death row, Kimberlin now feels compelled to educate the public on another aspect of his findings; the artwork of death row inmates. The art book, titled “Killer Art”, will likely focus on artwork from 12 of the most fascinating and notorious killers who have sent Kimberlin art over the years, and will contain background information on each inmate.

Since he first penned “Watch Me Die”, Kimberlin has broadened his research on death row inmates to included various other death rows across the country.  Unlike “Watch Me Die”, “Killer Art” will be a large book featuring artwork, not only from Ohio inmates, but Florida, Nevada, and California as well.

Currently, the plan is to include exclusive art sent to Kimberlin by Dennis Lynn Rader, who earned his nickname as the BTK Killer for binding, torturing, and killing 10 people. “Killer

Rebecca Marion | The Collegian | LCCC psychology professor, Dr. William Kimberlin, looks through portfolios of artwork sent to him by death row inmates.

Art” will also include work from Lisa Marie Montgomery, a federal death row inmate found guilty of cutting an unborn child from its mother’s womb, and Phillip Carl Jablonski, who was convicted of viciously murdering five people.

The title of his latest book was chosen to represent a play on the word ‘killer’ and the dual meaning behind the inmates’ attractive artwork, Kimberlin said.

“The title can mean two different things and every picture can mean two different things,” said Kimberlin. “What you see isn’t always what you’re getting with death row artwork.”

The art is not only ‘killer’ to look at, but the people that created those beautiful pieces of work are also responsible for brutally murdering another human being, said Kimberlin. While the book will focus on the artwork of death row inmates, Kimberlin doesn’t wish to glorify them. Instead, he seeks to expose the misleading intentions behind the art and remind the reader why those inmates are waiting to die on death row.

“I want people to see that while there might be some talent on death row, they cannot forget that with every stroke of that brush, or whatever medium that hand is utilizing, has killed a lot of people,” said Kimberlin. “Before they put that brush to canvas, that same hand was taking a knife to the throat, or a gun to someone’s head.”

With the publication of “Killer Art”, Kimberlin seeks to shatter the perpetuating myth that the aesthetically pleasing art created by death row inmates indicates that they’re remorseful for what they’ve done, or have changed for the better. After years of interacting and interviewing these inmates, Kimberlin wants people to understand that they are no more sorry about what they’ve done than when they first arrived on death row. The aim is to educate the public to not be fooled by how inmates portray themselves on social media and the internet, according to Kimberlin.

“I want people to see through the art and learn about these inmates, to show how they can manipulate people even through their art,” said Kimberlin. The purpose behind the pleasant nature scenes depicted in death row artwork is to throw off the public and change how people perceive them, Kimberlin added.

Serial killer Charles Ng regularly sends him origami, which serves as a reminder of just how meticulous and cunning death row inmates are. Every time Kimberlin looks at the delicately folded paper shapes, they remind him that Ng put every bit of that diligent effort into murdering at least 11 people.

In addition to putting together “Killer Art”, Kimberlin is also in talks to be a part of a couple different documentaries about death row and death row inmates. The project’s producers are also aiming to include the insight of former FBI agents Roy Cavan and Paul Graupmann who both teach in the social sciences and human resources department at LCCC. If the project comes to fruition, viewers can expect filming to take place at the LCCC campus and on death according to Kimberlin. With the projected completion, the hope is that these projects will push LCCC to the forefront of study in the fields of psychology and criminal justice, Kimberlin said.

North Ridgeville mayor highly regards LCCC

Zac Wenzel

JRNM 151 Student

During his time as North Ridgeville’s mayor, G. David Gillock has come to have high regard for the LCCC University Partnership Ridge Campus, located on Lorain Road in North

G. David Gillock has served as mayor of North Ridgeville since 2003.

Ridgeville.

“The city has always had a great relationship with the college,” Gillock said.

The campus provides vocational training in various areas, such as computer science, engineering, and emergency medical services.

“[Ridge campus] trains people that live in the community to eventually work in the community,” Gillock said.

Civic duty and community involvement have always been a part of Gillock’s life, he said during a meeting with Lorain County Community College students on April 6.

While speaking with students, Gillock touched on many topics regarding the city of North Ridgeville, including upcoming projects. The $60 million road project to widen Center Ridge Road, a $13 million proposal to widen Lear Nagel Road, and the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Route 83 and Mills Road are all part of the mayor’s future plans. Securing these funds is a challenge, Gillock admits, but the city has access to additional non-tax funds through grants and federal funding.

Bringing in business is another achievement the mayor is quite proud of. Riddell, a company that manufactures helmets and other sporting equipment just finished construction on a new factory on Center Ridge Road. A new University Hospital building is currently under construction on Lorain Road, which Gillock believes has potential to turn the area into a community of medical centers. Both businesses will provide the city with economic growth and the possibility for many new jobs.

Gillock grew up in a small town in Illinois and was raised by his father, who was active in the community.

“I have always been civic-minded,” Gillock said.

Gillock’s time in Northeast Ohio began long before his time as mayor. He and his wife moved to the area in 1978 when Gillock was transferred as an employee of Aetna Insurance. Following his time at Aetna, and after two failed attempts of running as a Republican for Ward Councilmen in North Ridgeville, Gillock won on the third attempt when he ran as an at-large candidate. He has been consistently re-elected as mayor since his initial victory in 2003.

“I think name recognition and accessibility are important,” Gillock said about his recurring re-election. “I’m on duty 24/7. It takes an hour to pick up a gallon of milk at the store,” he said, jokingly.

“Helping to solve community problems and working with the public, are some of the greatest rewards,” Gillock said about his time as mayor. “When you can do the small things that are easy, that is the most rewarding.”