A Student Publication of Lorain County Community College

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…

Commodores beat Butler at home

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

Butler County Community College, in Game 1 of a double-header allowed 13 runs in the fourth inning for the Lorain County Community College baseball team to seal the 16-2 win early on April 7, 2018. The Commodores also won Game 2 in a 11-9 shootout at Sprenger Stadium.

Star pitcher Kevin Simon with a .84 ERA (6th in the NJCAA) pitched his fourth complete game on the season in Game 1. Him and the defense allowed two runs as the Commodores showed out on both sides of the diamond. One of the runs was earned. Simon completing his fourth game bumped him up to being in a 4-way tie for second place in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

The Commodores are undefeated when he pitches the entire game (4-0).

The two runs from Butler came in the first two innings, but recover by shutting them out for the next three innings, because the game was ended early after the Commodores’ 13 runs in the fourth inning.

“It’s just about switching up on a little bit of few things that you know that they aren’t hitting on,” Simon said about his performance. “So I was kind of switching up on a little bit of few things that you know that they aren’t hitting on so I was kind of switching up to curveballs a little bit there. It was nice that the umpire opened up the (strike zone).”

The Commodores, before their 13-run inning was held scoreless until the bottom of the second inning. With guys on second and third base with one out, Commodores’ Nate Bonacuse hit a crucial triple that registered two RBIs with the first pitch at the plate to tie the game 2-2. That was his first and only hit of the game.

“It was the first pitch, fastball right down the middle and had to swing at it,” Bonacuse said after the game. “It’s too good of a pitch to lay off.

“It was a big momentum changer,” he said. “We didn’t really have much momentum going before that. It’s good to get the guys off and going inside of the dugout.”

The inning of the game was when the Commodores scored 13 innings in the bottom of the fourth. There were five walks. Everybody but two players had at least one run batted in that inning.

“Those innings are just fun,” Bonacuse said. “You don’t see those happen very often. 13 runs in one inning. It’s pretty extraordinary.”

“Towards the end, we were kind of getting tired so we just want to get back in the field, get three outs and get to the start of the second game,’” he said.

The Commodores were 10-21 (.476 batting average) in Game 1.

The second game of the double-header was more competitive, but the outcome was the same as the Commodores won 11-9.

Widespread voter apathy spells concern for the mid-term election

College-aged eligible voters refusing to participate in the voting process a constant reality

Matt Gergely

Staff Writer

As many people are unhappy with the recent climate has been chaotic and constantly changing, the same could be said about the current political climate.

The May primaries are approaching and this, as well as the following midterm election this November, will see a number of new candidates and issues appearing on the ballot.  However, for many people, particularly college-aged eligible voters, apathy toward voter participation is a worrying trend.

According to the Lorain County Board of Elections, over 55,000 ballots were casted in the General Election of 2017. The voter turnout rate was a record low of 26 percent which is the lowest in four years with the 2013 turnout rate (28 percent) being the next lowest turnout rate in this decade.

The causes of this decrease of voting may be the loss of importance of the vote in years that are not in a presidential election year. Looking at data provided from the Lorain County Board of Elections showed that almost 70 percent of voters turned up in 2016 to cast their vote for president. This 44 percent difference is troubling as in general, people seem not to put much thought into this midterm or normal elections.

College-aged voters had an even more dismal turnout with only 17 percent casting ballots in the 2014 election, according to the Campus Vote Project. Stressing the importance of these elections no matter how small can affect in larger ways then some state and federal election.

This voter apathy may be a deciding factor in many races this November as issues and candidates can tend to benefit from low voter turnout which is undermining the institution of democracy.

The ballot this year will also see local and state issues and levies that can have a significant impact on the community. At the state level, Ohio Issue 1 will focus on how Ohio districts are redrawn and the proposed issue will attempt the “gerrymandering” of districts that present unfair advantages to particular groups.  “Everyone should have the same opprotunity because of the many resources that are being taken advantage of,” said Lorain County Community College Psychology Major Kayla Hebebrand.

Campus survey provides info for better handling of sexual misconduct

ODHE aims to rid sexual violence within Ohio college campuses

Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

With April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a survey released detailed how dire the sexual assault situation is within colleges.

According to the Association of American Universities, AAU, a Campus Climate Survey report revealed that 11.2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault. The Climate Survey is a survey assessment measure required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, ODHE, as part of the Changing Campus Culture: Preventing & Responding to Campus Sexual Violence Initiative. The initiative is result of national studies that revealed inconsistencies on procedures concerning sexual violence on college and university campus’.

The initiative’s mission is to eliminate sexual violence on all Ohio college and university campus’. One implementation within the Changing Campus Culture initiative is the campus climate surveys.

The purpose of the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct is to provide information to administration and other authorities on how to approach and respond to sexual misconduct on campus. “Our endeavor is to ensure a safe and healthy environment,” said Keith Brown, Director of Human Resources. It is designed to assess prevalence and characteristics of incidents as well as the overall perceptions, risks, and resource information amongst students. “The survey asks students about their perceptions of the climate at our institution,” said Brown, “The goal is to help us better understand a critical aspect of campus life as it relates to sexual misconduct and help us enhance our prevention and outreach efforts.” The survey will assist administration with implementing rules and regulations that will be implemented on campus. “Our goal is to encourage 370 students to participate,” said Brown.

Students bolster local economy

Abigail Doane

JRNM 151 Student

Lorain County Community College not only benefits local communities with educating a workforce for the future, but also contributes a significant revenue stream at the present time.

Makayla Tuck, an intervention specialist major, works at a local outdoor retail store in Sheffield Village called The Backpacker’s Shop. “I am glad to go to LCCC which is so involved with the community,” said Tuck.

She is also very happy to be working at a local business that is close to the college and home.

Like Tuck, many LCCC students work at local businesses in order to make money and pay for their education. For many small business owners, skilled LCCC students have been a valuable resource. Reece Fabbro, owner of The Backpacker’s Shop in Sheffield, said “We have benefitted tremendously from having LCCC students employed at our business.”

The Backpacker’s Shop has been around for over 50 years but having students from LCCC as both customers and employees has helped their business to thrive.

LCCC encourages local businesses to begin and grow which also encourages the improvement and growth of the community.

Mayor of Sheffield Village John D. Hunter said, “The more businesses you have, the lower taxes you have for your residents, the more services you have for the community. Which is how you benefit from having businesses in your community.”

Hunter believes that LCCC provides the education that is needed to have skilled workers. He said that even the location of the college to Sheffield Village allows the village to benefit because it brings people and their money into the community.

Sheffield Village has 303 businesses and they have a taxable value of about $179 million. Hunter also said, “85 percent of the people that live in Sheffield Village are directly or indirectly touched by the college.”

Some people dream of starting their own business but many do not get past the challenges that come with this endeavor. LCCC and its students have been helping small businesses to start, grow, and thrive for years.

Anthony Gallo, president of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, said, “We work hand in hand with LCCC to promote economic development.” The chamber and the Small Business Development Center at LCCC help local businesses network to get their names out in the public so they can begin to grow.

The Lorain County Chamber of Commerce also has an expo once a year that allows businesses to let each other know that they exist and they encourage them to support each other’s businesses by staying local.

The SBDC promotes growth to new businesses such as Play: CLE, an indoor adventure park in Avon. Greg Carlin, owner of Play: CLE, said, “LCCC has helped in multiple ways – provided us room space before we opened for interviews and we worked with the SBDC as well.  We have multiple LCCC students that work with us and we’ve really enjoyed having them as part of our team.”

Tracy Green, vice president for Strategies and Institutional Development at LCCC, believes that the college provides skilled and educated workers which helps businesses and the community to grow. Green said, “This college is a bit unique in that, in addition to education, it added economic development to the reason as to why the college exists.” Green added that LCCC has become the communities resource for entrepreneurs as the college provides the tools to help create new products and encourage the growth of business. According to Green, the goal is to support and help create businesses that will give back to the community.

Some businesses like Avon Boot Shop have not had help from LCCC, nor do they currently have any LCCC students employed there, however, they still have LCCC students as customers that come and support their small, family owned business. Colleen McAdams, manager at Avon Boot Shop, said, “We do have students from LCCC that have come in our store to purchase work boots and shoes.”

Whether its SBDC, student employees, or simply student customers, LCCC has a tremendous impact on local businesses who are very grateful for this support in the community.

Students bring relief to hurricane victims

Emma Roth

JRNM 151 Student

Houston, Texas was overthrown by hurricane Harvey from Aug. 17 through Sep. 3. This disaster swept through social media and had caught everyone’s attention. Support was sent and prayers were offered by the nation and by the world. However, within a matter of a short few weeks the media had moved on and so had the rest of the world it seemed.

  For Houston it was a different matter entirely. While the media stopped covering things in the news, and the rest of America moved on with their lives, the people of Houston were trying to re-cover but hitting more road blocks than ever. Even now, six months later, only about half of the people affected by this monster storm have even been able to move back into their homes.

  Over the Lorain County Community College’s 2018 spring break a group from the college decided to go to Houston to serve the community there. The on-campus group called the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) was able to partner with groups from the Ohio State University, Ohio State University Marion, Shippensburg University, and Anne Arundel Community College all of whom have the CCO on their campuses.

  They partnered with Missio Dei, a church in Houston, and were able to serve alongside them in their relief efforts. I was able to go on this trip and it was an amazing opportunity. This church was a great example of what a church can look like and be for a community. They are open to everyone and are helping people rebuild their lives as well as their homes.

  Missio Dei hosts new groups from all over the United States almost every week. Their program is called “Resurrect Houston” and they are focused on the biblical principal of caring well for the all that God has created. They are passionate about caring for people as well as the earth and what they have been given.

  Our group mainly served the neighborhood of Edgebrook which is in the Houston area.

  I don’t think that people here in Ohio or around the country understand the devastation that has continued in Texas. When talking to other Texans they said that even they didn’t know how bad it truly still is. One man that I was talking to was so grateful for the work we were doing and when we were telling him about all that we had seen, he was truly shocked.

  When all of the college groups arrived, the church pulled out cots and air mattresses for everyone. In order to cut down on the costs we all split up into two different rooms and slept at

the church. There were 38 people there in all.

  Throughout the week, many different jobs were done. Some helped out at the church and others went into the community to help them.

Back at the church, a few people stayed to help them get some stuff done so the pastor would be free to help work in the community with the other group.

We organized their shed, tore down a large fence, dug out a pothole so it could be filled, cleaned bathrooms, and other monotonous tasks. These things may have seemed simple or unnecessary for us to fly from Ohio for, but it enabled others to be in the community and do some great work.

In the community, people screwed in sheet rock, mudded walls, painted, cleaned up trash, put down sod, and listened to people’s stories. They were able to encourage and help people.

Near the end of the week, we asked the people whom we had been helping to join us in the park. We played soccer, football, and even tag with some of the younger children. It was really inspiring to see this community come together.

Hearing people’s stories was heart breaking.

In Texas it rains a lot. The street is usually lower than the houses. The people of Houston are used to it raining and even flooding the streets quite often. By the time even that happens there is no get-ting out of your homes to somewhere else. You are stuck without an escape. And some of them were completely marooned. Many of them had to be rescued by boats from their front door with water and sewage up to their knees or higher.

Until who have seen the damage that amount of water can do, it is hard to understand what these people have gone through. The mold and sewage reeked and was nasty by the time the water drained and they were able to start working on their homes. Some even slept on moldy beds be-cause they had nowhere else to go.

One older woman that I talked to was all alone when the storm hit. Her phone got all wet and she had no way to contact her son or any other family. She had to wait for someone to come and help her. She was alone and frightened. Eventually a small raft floated up and was able to pick her up and take her to safety. The church has been able to help her fix all of the damage, and our group was able to be a part of that.

Right after the water drained, the streets looked like war zones. Trash was everywhere. People had stacks up to 12 feet high lining the streets. Soaked or damaged drywall, appliances, cupboards, beds, etc. People’s lives were torn from them. In some of the neighborhoods where poverty was already bad, this only worsened the problem.

What I took away from this trip was that yes, these disasters happen, but there is tragedy in every-one’s life. Everyone has bad things happen. And we can look at our own lives and be grateful for what we have. But we can also get out into our own communities and be the change that we wish to see in the world.

I don’t have to go somewhere else to see tragedy.

If I were to get back from an opportunity like this and simply go back to living my life, I would be betraying the people that I was able to serve in Houston. By going back to my form of “normal” and only worrying about myself, I show a great sense of apathy as well as ignorance and selfish-ness.

It is hypocritical to help people somewhere else but to ignore those who live right around us. I also learned that the church, when functioning properly, is able to do this within their community and it is beautiful.

It can be really easy to become cynical or to see the problems as too big to even try helping. But if we all pitched in we could actually make a difference.

A movement always starts with one person seeing the difference they can make and actually going for it. Other people will join you. Start by being the change. You never know where it could lead.

The CCO is an on-campus ministry with the vision of “transforming college students to transform the world.” The CCO has groups on more than 140 Campuses across the United States and has been active at LCCC for two years now.

To contact the CCO and get involved on campus you can visit the website ccojubilee.org. To con-nect with our CCO group on campus, they can email Emily (CCO campus staff serving LCCC) at ebingham@ccojubilee.org.

Game 1 loss leads to sweep for Commodores

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

The Lorain County Community College baseball team produced 11 hits, but only scored two runs in the 11-2 loss to Ohio State University at Mansfield and Game 1. In Game 2, the Commodores had a 11-10 lead heading into the top of the seventh, but conceded three runs to lose 13-11 on April 8, 2018.

OSU Mansfield got the majority of their runs in the second inning as they were using a myriad of tactics like bunting to make the Commodore defense work to make their defensive plays. OSU Mansfield was able to convert five runs (two earned) against the pitcher with a 2.78 ERA. Bene was able to register an RBI while at one of his four bats in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“When they got guys on, they were bunting and got guys over,” head coach of the baseball team Bill Frawley said after the game. “There were a lot of passes balls and they capitalized on all of our mistakes.”

According to him, Bene hurt his arm in the game and did not pitch for a week.

Tyler LaGuardia was able to step in and produce three scoreless innings in the five innings that he pitched. He recorded four strikeouts. In the last two innings the defense conceded six runs.

“Tyler LaGuardia came in and shut the door and gave us a chance to get us back in the game. We just couldn’t muster up enough runs,” Frawley said. “We hit the ball well. We had 11 hits. We did good. We had a lot of errors in the field and it cost us a lot of runs.”

The Commodores started out the game with aggressive base running as Noah Henderson hit the ball to left field in the first at bat for the Commodores and tried to get a triple, but was caught doing so.

Though he was caught stealing, Frawley said that it was a good thing that they were showing aggressive base running.

The Commodores of Game 2 was able to register runs, but they weren’t able to stop them from scoring as they lost 13-11.

Jessie Barrios led the way offensively with a perfect batting average (4-of-4). He batted in four runs and had a double and two triple base hits.

When it came to fielding, Barrios, in the top of the sixth inning caught a ground ball near second base with a man running for second; needing one out to end the inning, but instead threw the ball to first base and was unable to get the force-out. OSU Mansfield scored two more runs after that to make the game a one run difference. The Commodores conceded three more runs in the seventh inning to be the final nail in the coffin.

Coach Frawley defended Barrios when asked after the game. “It’s not what cost us the game,” he said. “It would have just got us out of that inning and probably taken off three runs the board there.”

Coach Frawley had a conversation about the play with him, but elected not to share what was said.

“I’m disgusted,” he said about how the loss came about. “We had a chance to win. We just made some errors at the end of the game and it cost us the game.”

LCCC had five total errors.

Noah Henderson was the starting pitcher for the fourth time this season. He had a season high seven strikeouts with five earned runs with the six innings that he pitched against 34 batters. There were

Three no-run innings from the second and fifth.

Another run was almost conceded in the top of the fifth inning, but LCCC obtained a bunt that saved a RBI with a man on third and second base.

The result had a two-run difference with players playing different positions. Coach Frawley felt that if center fielder Gavin Taulbee was not sick and was available, “he’d have been the difference.”

Four days later, the Commodores went to Mansfield and split the series against them in the double-header and swept Westmoreland in both games.

Their record after the Westmoreland, and Allegheny County Boyce series last weekend is 9-12.

Press Day event to kick off in the College Center

LCCC’s Press Day will kick off at 8:30 a.m. April 26 (Thursday) at the College Center.

The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. The registration, which is free, will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a presentation of LCCC’s journalism program.

At 10 a.m., a panel of print and broadcast journalists will discuss the “importance of the watchdog role of the media especially when they are being called the enemy of the people.”

Attendees will have an opportunity to tour LCCC’s Boom Radio Station, TV studio and the Collegian’s newsroom after the free pizza lunch.

The next session, which is set to begin at 1:15 p.m., features LCCC graduates who are working for area newspapers and TV stations.

This is the first time LCCC is hosting such an event. It is sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities, the Center for Teaching Excellence, Student Life, Student Senate and The Collegian.

Other attractions include door prizes and giveaways.  Advance registration is suggested. Contact Student Life at 440-366-4036.

Career Fair brings job connections

Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

The Career Services at LCCC is committed to helping students find success beyond the classroom and college.

The Career Services sponsored with the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, Ohio Means Jobs agency, and the Lorain County Urban League to host the 2018 Career Fair. The event was held April 9th in the John A. Spitzer Conference Center and the Ben and Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center. This event was an opportunity for students and community members to meet, greet, and connect with employers seeking employees.

There was an estimated 459 attendees that attended the event with 124 employers. Many different industries were represented at the fair that included government, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, and education.

The Career Coaching booth offered students who have not attended an event such as The Career Fair before as well as providing advice and confidence for interviewing and networking techniques. Sarah Hyde-Pinner, Experiential education professor and coaching booth attendant, “We have 124 employers as well as so many students and community members. I am just excited to help people get to where they want to go,” said Hyde-Pinner. “I am like they’re cheerleader.”

Rochelle Hordal, a business administrative major, “My ideal job would be something in programming,” said Hordal. “I am keeping my options open.”

She took advantage of the various industries available at the fair.  “Specifically, I saw that there were manufacturing job at a cosmetic store which I am very interested in because I have a background in cosmetics,” she said.

Riddell is a company that designs and develops protective sporting apparel, equipment, and other products. “We are here to look for possible candidates and get our name out there as well,” said Riddell Human Resources Manager, Leigh Cullen. Riddell’s newest facility in North Ridgeville recently opened in May 2017. “The new facility is fantastic, this is our first full season and we are excited,” said Cullen. “We have expanded and have almost 100 plus employees.” Football season is the busiest season for Riddell. “Football really starts in August,” said Cullen, “We need to get things done so that when they hit the field the equipment is there, which is critical,” said Cullen.

The Elyria Police Department employs both sworn officers and civilian personnel with about 100 employees. “Our cities goal is to get 90 officers,” said Tyler Loesch, Elyria Police Officer. “We are currently at 84 officers and in the next year we expect nine to retire so, we are hoping to build our numbers.” The department accepts candidates that do and do not have prior experience. “We take officers that have been through the academy, officers from other departments, and we take officers that don’t have any experience at all,” said Loesch. “It is a great place to work for,” said Loesch.  “Once they express interest in you, they will do what it takes to help you.”

Nicole Franklin (Morgan Conrad), an accounting major, “I am looking for a summer internship,” said Franklin, “as well as continuing my education through LCCC’s partnership through Hiram to get my bacholers in accounting.” St. Hazards Resort has full service accommodations located on Middle Bass Island. Patty Nixon, representative for St. Hazards Resort, offers summer work to students interested in summer employment. “The staff is housed at the resort,” said Nixon. Earning a salary, getting experience, and staying at a resort for the summer sounds like a great summer.

College unveils bachelor’s degree

Microelectronic degree is LCCC’s first bachelor’s degree

Andre Malabanan

Staff Writer

Once a dedicated two-year institution offering associate and technical degrees, Lorain County Community College is paving a new way for its students through its new offering – a bachelor’s of applied science in microelectronic manufacturing, after receiving authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).

Simultaneous with the rapidly growing industry of microelectronics, LCCC helms to a direction where students can opt to finish a bachelor’s degree in the community college, especially for those who has interest in the field of microelectronics.

It was announced in June 2017 that community colleges in Ohio can apply to offer applied bachelor’s degree meeting a list of requirements under House Bill 49. In July 2017, responded with its interest of offering an applied bachelor’s degree in microelectronic manufacturing. According to Johnny Vanderford, LCCC assistant professor and project manager for Mechatronics Technology Program, that in November to December 2017, insights from different Ohio universities were gathered and refused the idea because of possible overlaps with their programs in manufacturing. Nonetheless LCCC got approved to confer the bachelor’s degree offering low tuition rates.

The MEMS program started in the college as an associate degree in 2014 being recognized as an answer to the needs of the industry. According to Vanderford, the program started in a small group of people enrolled in it. “We had in the first year, only three people signed up to this degree but all of them had paid internships and got full-time jobs afterwards,” he said.

Year after year, the class size of the program gets bigger and  having a high success rate of their graduates led them to offer more classes per year. As of now, majority of Vanderford’s students are employed in different paid internships making them prepared to join the workforce of the industry after graduation.

“In the next 5 years, companies are going to lose a significant amount of their skilled workforce. Ohio has a unique area. Central and Northern Ohio are kind of referred to lately as the new silicon valley. Silicon is a primary material that these electronic components are made of. Companies are here because of the lower cost of the land,” he said. Having said this, Vanderford believes that there is a great opportunity waiting for students who are enrolled in the program.

For interested students who are still undecided, Vanderford gave an example when he had students who were not technology-literate but survived the program. “I’ve had students who didn’t even know how to use a computer, who didn’t know how to send an email before. They took this class and now they’re working in this field,” he said.

Currently, information sessions about the MEMS program are held in the campus to accommodate students who want have a closer look of the program where Vanderford himself discusses about the basics of what they do. He also gives tours in their laboratories located in The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center. The group usually consists of few people but with the announcement of the bachelor’s degree of the program, the group has been getting more people registering for these information sessions.

For more information about the MEMS and Microelectonics program info sessions, visit lorainccc.edu/mems.

Sexually transmitted disease plagues students, professor urges caution

  David Park

JRNM 151 Student

Students often confront challenges during their college experience such as difficult courses and holding a job.  However, some students have a more personal obstacle to overcome.

  An anonymous Lorain County Community College student with a sexually transmitted disease said “living with it is tough, especially when finding a significant other, you could be the nicest guy in the world and still be the worst guy ever for telling the truth about your past slip ups.” The student then describes his experience of his friends finding out, “some of them are cool with it and we laugh while others treat me like I’m some sort of monster.”

STDs are a silent epidemic that has been affecting college students for hundreds of years, even today with modern medicine STDs are spread rapidly through college students and young adults. Most STDs take months or even a year to develop obvious symptoms, and most of them are symptoms of common illnesses. The best way to tell a person has STDs is to get tested at a local hospital or planned parenthood.

In the United States alone college students and young adults have a higher risk of obtaining an STD rather than an average adult. According to the Center for Disease Control’s website, about half of all 20 million cases of STDs in the United States are found in high school to college students, this is mainly due to a person having multiple sex partners and not practicing in safe sex habits like wearing a condom or abstinence. The most common STD for college students is Chlamydia, with college students contracting about 65% of all 1.59 million recorded in the united states in 2016.

The exclusion of someone who has a disease is not right and uncalled for, people wouldn’t exclude their friends for having the flu which is one of the most common symptoms for HIV. Anyone can have a sex life even if they have an STD, just practice safe sex by wearing a condom and getting checked before and after any sexual contact.

Biotechnology and HIV teacher Dr. Harry Kestler knows a great deal about STDs and had a lot of information and opinions to share. “Young people are notorious for not appropriately judging their risk level activity.” Kestler also advises safe sex and abstinence but also said, “Abstinence is good but has a failure rate, be prepared for the option.” While condoms have a 97% rate of protection abstinence has 100% until the person who pledged themselves has sex. Other manipulations such as drug or alcohol use, peer pressure, or a non consensual encounter can prove to be a variable in the spreading of STDs, and the failure rate of abstinence. When asked about STDs Kestler stated “it’s been a problem throughout history.” Even in a community college as small as LCCC it is a problem, after personally asking 100 people if they had STDs a total of 10 anonymous people confessed that they did.

Having safe sex is not hard at all, just go to a pharmacy to buy condoms and be honest with your partner. Getting tested is highly encouraged at any local planned parenthood, there’s even one near campus at 200 W 9th Street, YWCA Women’s Center, Lorain, OH.