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E-sports blazes new trail at colleges

Erin Dweik Staff Writer   Gaming is not just for recreation. It is becoming lucrative. Enter, e-sports “the next level of video game experience”. E-sports is a new category of entertainment that is a bridge between video gaming and sports….

Midterm elections evoke mixed reactions

JRNM Students Kirsten Hill, Camryn Moore, Valerie Mankin, Samuel Doll, Oscar Rosado, Jayne Giese, Angela Andujar, Jadaskye Curry, Quentin Pardon and Deric Nichols Reactions from Lorain County voters were mixed on the Nov. 6, 2018, midterm general election in the…

Ballinger highlights new changes

Madelyn Hill Staff Writer The Presidents Forum held on Oct. 2, showcased the many changes that are happening at LCCC.  “The pace of change is faster than it was 10 years ago,” said  Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., president of the community college. …

Overcoming a toxic relationship

 Jayne Giese JRNM 151 Kayla Wardrope, a 19-year-old, first-year student at LCCC, has first-hand experience with domestic violence. Wardrope has recently ended a four-year relationship with her high school boyfriend.  She talks about her toxic relationship and the damage it…

Commodores fall short, but look to next year

Deric Nichols
JRNM 151

The Commodore volleyball team fell short of their goal last season as they were defeated by Columbus State with a score of 3-0 recently This season was a different story as the team improved its overall and conference record. The 2017-2018 season left a bad taste in some of our mouths due to their 4-12 conference record but that didn’t stop them from improving their record and competing for a Region XII Division III Championship. 

This season, the Lady Commodores were able to improve their record to 20-10 overall and 10-6 in conference, landing them in fifth place in the OCCAC. Former player and defensive specialist, Mckenzie Zauner was excited to see her old team play this season. Zauner said, “I love supporting the team, it’s cool to see how well they are doing and I’m proud of them.” She had high expectations for the team this season and they did not disappoint her. Zauner misses being out there with the team, she says, “I loved my overall experience. Being apart of the team allowed me to make awesome friends while playing the sport I have a passion for. I love all the coaches too.” 

The team has a student who was unable to play this year but is still an important part of the squad. Tanea McCord has the same feelings towards the team as Zauner when she says, “The team has really impacted my life through the new friendships that were made and through the constant support each player gives, even though I couldn’t be on the court playing with them during games, they never made me feel excluded.” This type of attitude kept the young ladies hopes alive as they went on to defeat Columbus State for the first time in three years. “It was a major goal of ours,” said McCord. 

After defeating Columbus State in the Region XII Division Semifinal this season, they would end up losing to Owens Community College in the Championship game. The Commodores end their season with an improved and very impressive record hoping to take over the conference next year and add something to the trophy case. 

LCCC coach looks to improve students life through the game

Quentin Pardon
JRNM 151

Basketball season is right around the corner and head coach for the men’s basketball team, Martin Eggleston, is ready for it. 

Coach Martin has zero fears coming into the season with a staff and a team that has plenty experience. “I’m always optimistic when it comes to basketball and my team,” Martin says. “Only team I’m worried about is us. We prepare and plan out everything so we give ourselves the best opportunities for succeeding.”  Multiple players from last year’s championship contending basketball team are coming back to finish the job. “I expect big things coming from our players returning. They show potential for doing bigger and better things in life.”

 The person Coach Martin is most excited to comeback is actually on his coaching staff. Former Lorain County Community College basketball player, Brandon Lawler, has joined Martin side as an assistant coach. Lawler is the 4th all-time leader in scoring in Men’s Basketball which earned him a full athletic scholarship at the College of the Holy Cross. “I’m glad he earned his degree and decided to come back and give back to where he came from.”, said Martin. Coach believes Lawler past experience will give the team the wisdom and advantage for the upcoming season.

The main goal he has this season is to help and steer his players towards the right path. says Martin as he knows it all to well. He has a very decorated college basketball career owning several records at Kutztown University (Kutztown, PA). 

Then continued his career playing 9 years overseas of professional basketball in Europe. “The game has done so much for me and I love it for that. I’m loyal to the game of basketball.” says Martin. Coach Martin and the Commodores expect to be on a title journey this upcoming season and it starts with the Commodore Classic on Nov. 2nd at home at 8 PM.

The Boom expands its horizons

Angela Andujar
JRNM 151

 In 1997, Lorain County Community College’s radio production advisor, Professor Dee Gross, set out to bring news broadcasting to college radio. “We are so lucky to have a college that supports radio broadcasting and sees the value of a radio career,” said Gross.

Soon the station became The Duck to bring a communal tie to the school’s commodore mascot.

In the early days, the station was being run out of an old broom closet in the College Center, where students could write out their requests, slide it under the door, and hear their requests on air while they ate. 

From  Duck to Boom

The Duck transitioned from their day time on-air programs to a 24/7 online radio station in April of 2004 to make way for telecommunication classes TCMN 162 and 163. The Duck joined the telecommunication curriculum with their Introduction to Radio Production and Radio Workshop classes where students learned about radio history and got hands on experiences with sound boards, editing software, and remote set-ups that gave students complete control over their college radio experience.

In 2010, the College Center got remodeled and included a new three room office space for radio production. By 2017, The Duck flew away into the ever-growing air waves of radio. With votes cast on names such as The Edge, The Phoenix, and The Jukebox, workers and students of the station made way for The Boom.

“I like it because The Boom is a more edgy college feel,” said Matt Melvin, full time worker for the station. Melvin adds,” “We are trying to evolve as a station and I don’t think we could have done that as The Duck.”

Introduction to radio production student, Jacob Lutz, currently hosts a psychedelic and progressive rock hour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays. “I’m hoping to get some up and coming artists [on air],” said Lutz. At the end of each hour he spotlights local bands of the Cleveland area and gives shout outs to bands who have albums releasing soon. He hopes to lead the way in music news here with LCCC radio.

Gross is currently working on bringing news oriented broadcasting back to The Boom. “I want all news. Not just college news but local news, nation news, sports news, and international news.” Says Gross. In her Introduction to Radio Production class, she teaches how to find non-dated news, also known as soft-news, and rewrite a script that will come across clearly and effectively to listeners. New weekly news minutes are in rotation on The Boom every week.

Gross has made efforts to expand radio broadcasting by partnering with Maria McConnell’s principal of marketing classes with goals were to figure how best to advertise The Boom. Gross is anticipating collaborations with Professor Tammy Bosley in her many communication classes. Bosley says, “I think a collaboration would be great in the context of podcasts. Students who want to specialize in mass communication definitely need to be connected to Boom Radio.” 

Meanwhile, The Boom is often broadcasted in the CC building and provides their services to campus events such as welcome week, commencement, harvest festival, and thanksgiving. On Wednesday October 31, The Boom brought their radio voices front and center to help host the first annual Halloween Boomtacular. Students had the opportunity to see what goes on around the campus by getting signatures from each booth they visited. After taking their tour, students were entered to win prizes that included candy and gift cards.

Radio voice, The Godfather, came out to read fortunes as The Great Frank-dene. After being told about the future, students could make a mask with Professor Zedd. Nobody left the event empty handed as candy was found around every corner. Introduction to radio production student, Dylan Andres was host to a metal genre hour. During his time he hosted a doughnut eating completion where the first of four students able to eat three doughnuts in the shortest amount of time won a Starbucks gift card. 

The Boogieman, Tim Bradley said that transitioning from on-air to out in the open makes interacting more face to face. “People put the faces with the voices. If you get easily annoyed you can turn off your radio but you can’t turn off a person,” said Bradley. He helps with most remote locations The Boom does with campus events

Overcoming abusive relationships

Jayne Giese
JRNM 151

“It is better that I share my story.  I don’t want anyone to feel alone,” said Whitney Hamlin who is a 25-year-old LCCC nursing student who struggles to break down the wall she has created in order to protect herself from ever being hurt again.  Hamlin has had more than her fair share of emotionally abusive relationships in her life.

After getting out of one bad relationship Hamlin would unknowingly continue the same toxic cycle over and over again.

“I have had three serious and really toxic relationships.  I started to associate love with abuse after being in a five-year relationship that was nothing but me being used and emotionally abused,” Hamlin said.   

The emotional abuse Hamlin experienced in all three relationships were similar to each other.  Hamlin said that each one of her ex’s would use her for money and feed negative thoughts into her head.  By using her insecurities against her, they would make her feel worthless. 

 Hamlin was constantly being cheated on, being put down with words, and falling into credit card debt from her ex’s.  “I finally decided that enough was enough.  I don’t have to stay in these relationships.  I know I deserve better, but I gravitate towards emotional abuse,” Hamlin said.

“I am at a point in my life where I am really numb from everything that has happened to me.  I will continue to move forward, but it is hard,” said Hamlin.  

Warning signs

There are many warning signs to look out for in an emotionally abusive relationship, according to PsychologyToday.com.  The signs include constant criticism, insults, punishment and threats of punishment, isolating them from friends and family, and never accepting blame for anything.  

“Emotional abuse is a painful and serious pattern of abuse in which the primary effort is to control someone by playing with their emotions,” according to PsychologyToday.com. 

 Virginia Beckman, president of Lorain county Safe Harbor/Genesis House, wants men and women to know that emotional abuse is treated the same as physical abuse.  “We provide safe shelters for women and men who want to escape an abusive household.  Most of the victims suffer from both physical and mental abuse, but it is the mental abuse that always has the lasting impact on people.

People become scared emotionally from the mental abuse, and becomes hard for them to cope,” Beckman said.  

For any additional information regarding emotional abuse or to get help from an abusive relationship, call Genesis House at (440) 323-3400. 

What do victims say?

– Fear — Fear is the number one reason victims stay.  The victims are afraid of what will happen.

– Shame — The victim is embarrassed to tell anyone. 

– Love — The victim feels love for their abusive partner.  They only want the abuse to stop not the relationship.

– Lack of money/resources — victim may be financially dependent on their abusive partner. Without money, access to resources or even a place to go, it can seem impossible for them to leave the relationship. 

– Disability — When someone is physically dependent on their abusive partner, they can feel that their well-being is connected to the relationship.

– Cultural/Religious Reasons: Traditional gender roles supported by someone’s culture or religion may influence them to stay rather than end the relationship for fear of bringing shame upon their family.

(The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233)

Harvest festival takes campus by fun and spooktacular storm

Oscar Rosado
Staff Writer

About 900-1000 people attended the annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 20 held at the College Center.

Compared to last year’s Harvest Festival, this year had “a lot more community involved,” said Saul Aguilar, executive secretary of Student Senate. Last year had only 650-700 attendees, compared to the about 1000 this year.

Though not required, the price of admission encouraged were two non-perishable canned food items. Portion of the food items would go to the United Automobile Workers and the Commodore Cupboard; the campus’ food drive. There were a lot of donations. 

The UAW donated money towards the festival, with it being used to buy what was needed, with most of the money being spent out of pocket from the Senate themselves, said Eric Skinner, vice president of Student Senate.

It contained many activities such as scary bingo, witch toss, pin the tail on the monster, balloon pop, an arts and crafts table, and face painting. The movie Hotel Transylvania 2 was also shown as well as there being popcorn and a food truck at the event. 

Cotton candy and hot chocolate were sold with the money going towards Student Senate scholarships said Deborah Porter, financial secretary of Student Senate. There were also opportunities to get pictures taken, with the money going to the same cause as well.

There was a costume contest in which over 400 people had participated in. There were four categories for the contest; most cutest, most scariest, most funniest and most creative, with community children winning each of the four said Porter. Those who won received a trophy and a certificate said Skinner.

There was also a contest for the volunteers, with best decorative trunk and best volunteer costume said Skinner.

“It was more decorative than last year. We spent a little more [this year] that’s why it turned out so well,” said Skinner. The Student Senate all pulled together to make it all possible. “It was a team based effort,” said Skinner as he also says that not one person did it all, and the Student Senate had a full team this year to help out.

The Student Senate had received input from the community it was the best Harvest Festival so far. 

Play based on Henry David Thoreau comes soon

Quentin Pardon
JRNM 151

Lorain County Community College’s Theatre Program is hosting a play called The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail at 8 p.m. from Nov. 15-17 at Stocker Center.

 The play has various flashbacks showing the series of events that led to Henry’s arrest. The crew and cast members are excited to be able to present this show to the school.

  “Content is really thought provoking,” said stage manager Aoelina Edwards. “It’s a time-piece. Those are one of the most interesting type of plays.” Edwards began her interest in theater when she was in the third grade. She did local plays where she grew up at in Strongsville through high school. In Fall 2017, she auditioned and got casted as the lead in the play Dead Man’s Phone. This semester she was asked to stage manage her first play. “I’m very eager to see how everything is going to pan out. This is my first time behind the scenes but I really had the right people helping me.”

Directors of the theatre

One of few people that gave her help was Jeremy Benjamin, director of the Theater Program. He has been doing theatre professionally for 32 years in which 29 of those years have been here. “The thing I’m most proudest of is being at LCCC for 29 years. Its great watching your students grow up and then give back.” said Benjamin. When asked about what he’s excited for in the play he said, “Things I’m excited for the play is we get to work with director Sarah May. We got a really strong cast so I think we got a really strong production.” 

May is an associate but most importantly a friend of Jeremy. “He called me and asked if I was interested in directing the play. I’m not gonna turn down an opportunity to work with my friend,” said May. She has been doing theatre ever since she was a teenager. Starting out she was only wanted to be an actress. The more she did in the field of theatre, the more she realized that she wanted to be a director. “It’s sorta like an organized sport. We’re one big family and we’re getting ready for opening night.”

Corey East has been cast to play the main role of Henry Thoreau. East has been doing theater since his freshman year in high school but took a four-year break after high school. “This is actually the biggest role I’ve taken on. I did a lot of research on him and tried to learn how to be him as close as I can. Henry is a rebel with a cause. He reminds me of a little bit of Martin Luther King and Gandhi sorta,” East said. When asked on the hardships of the plays so far, his only problem is line memorization. 

“It’s a great show but it is challenging. Henry talks so much. That’s the most difficult about this play to me.” His castmates are optimistic about him as each other as they keep the spirits up high during rehearsal.


One of the most optimistic members in this cast has to be Colin McCauley. He started performing in high school and continued his passion through college. 

Benjamin called out to him due to open spots and that’s how he got into this play. The only thing he showed concern about the play is the singing. “A few church scenes where

 I have to sing and I’m not a very talented singer but my cast members helped me with it.”  His character, Deacon Ball, is an intriguing person. “No fun allowed. Stick in the mud. Kinda a jerk.” 

 Demaris Pierce is nothing of the sorts like Deacon. Pierce has been involved in theatre since she was 5. She then forth performed in plays like Annie, Grease, Big fish and many more growing up. Took two-three years off 

of theater after high school until she heard about auditions and decided to go for it. “I missed being a part of the cast and the crew. I missed being a part of theater.” Pierce will be acting as townsfolk, a Mexican soldier and a protester.

Others  in the theatre

 With all these characters, who will dress them and make them look appropriate for the show? Meet April Rock. Been in theater since 7 years old. Her grandfather would build the setting for high school plays and her grandmother would direct the plays. 

The high school would choose her to play the little kid if the play asked for a kid present in the script. In college she took theater classes as electives and realized this is what she wants to do for a living. She eventually met with Benjamin around a decade ago now, They worked with each other at the Oberlin Summer theater festival and made a good connection. “Networking and Getting out there is really important in this field.” said Rock. She earned herself a master of fine arts degree in costume design at Kent State University and is ecstatic for the premiere. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Stocker Arts Center box office for $9 for adults and $8 students. For more information, please visit


Bookstore wins national contest

Oscar Rosado
Staff Writer

Commodore Books & More staffers, (from left to right) Forney, Musial, and Kellick working on fall display.  Oscar Rosado | The Collegian

The LCCC campus’ Commodore Books & More won a national window display contest, winning  second place with a $300 gift card.

Thule and Case Logic, both bookbag and cases companies have an annual contest in which community colleges and universities from the United States take part in.

This year, the campus’ Commodore bookstore took part with Amanda Forney, Commodore bookstore floor coordinator deciding how the display would look.

Spreading brand awareness for back to school

Regardless of how many take part, this is a way for them to get brand awareness, said Forney discussing  how the rules of the contest require the display to have Thule and Case Logic’s products. It helped spread awareness of their products at the start of the semester and would have to stay for three weeks minimum. 

Those who made it possible

With 13 years of previous experience in retail, Forney had an more flexibility to make a display with the independent bookstore, compared to the “very strict” guidelines her previous corporate retail position had with their display guidelines she said.

The competition started in early August of this year, with the collaboration of Amanda and a small team from the bookstore to pull the display together. Helping make her vision of the window display vision come to life were Rachel Toth, part-time worker who has graduated, Peyton Kellick, part-time worker, Tyler Musial, student worker, and Earl Walker, part-time worker. Forney adds that along with her own vision of the layout, the four were able to add with their own little ideas and inputs working on the display.

For inspiration Forney said she looked at other display windows from multiple stores, such as clothing stores as well as scaning Pinterest.

In the span of a week and a half, Toth spent two hours on the blackboard display, as Kellick, Musial, and Walker spent an hour and a half on the rest such as the various leaves they had to set up, all working in short stants within  their busy schedules, said Forney.

Being creative

The team worked with what they had, as most of their display equipment is at least of eight years old. Yet, Forney said they had fun  trying to find creative ways to make what they had be as good as it could be.

“It’s a passion for her,” said Ray Carbonell, technology and service manager of Commodore Books & More, adding that Forney had the time and the interest to pursue the contest when he suggested for the store to take part.

Thinking outside the box

“We had the freedom and creativity to think outside the box,” said Forney. She also adds that “It’s not enough to make a display, but a display that sells product,” regarding how it’s important to make a good impression with the display.

Showing to tell a story

Forney said her previous experience in retail helped her to “learn to be detail oriented.” This helped Forney and her team “try to tell a story.”

When all was said and done, “we were proud” said Forney. When the winners were announced, and the team found out they won second place in the country they were “really excited,” said Forney.

 When it comes to the $300 gift card the Commodore Bookstore won, Carbonell said “We’ll invest the majority of the money upgrading the existing display to keep that type of display to our standards.” 

Midterm elections evoke mixed reactions

JRNM Students
Kirsten Hill, Camryn Moore, Valerie Mankin, Samuel Doll, Oscar Rosado, Jayne Giese, Angela Andujar, Jadaskye Curry, Quentin Pardon and Deric Nichols

Reactions from Lorain County voters were mixed on the Nov. 6, 2018, midterm general election in the governor’s and U.S. Senate races and on Issue 1, which was a constitutional amendment that would have made drug possessions and use as misdemeanors.

Governor’s race

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine won the election by garnering 2,187,619 (50.7 percent) votes statewide as opposed to his Democratic challenger Richard Cordray who received 2, 005,627 (46.4 percent) votes, according to unofficial results However, Cordray outdid DeWine 57039 (51 percent) to 51037 (46 percent) votes in Lorain County, according to unofficial results.
        Atti Stafford, LCCC student from Vermilion, said she was disappointed but not surprised that her candidate, Cordray, did not win.  “Ohio’s been a big red state for a while.  It would take a lot for it to turn blue.”

“I voted for the Libertarian (Travis Irvine),” said Ethlyn Kennedy of North Ridgeville. “I didn’t expect him to win but was not pleased with any of the candidates on the ballot.” Irvine received 77,184 (1.7 percent) votes, according to unofficial results.

Dave Zupan, Avon Lake precinct committeeman, said he was not surprised that Cordray and Betty Sutton, lieutenant governor candidate, lost. He said that Cordray has statewide name recognition but it is quite negative. This happened “(when Cordray) worked under Strickland (former Ohio governor) who spent the date into debt.”

 Michael Ragnoni, a Vermilion resident, was not elated with DeWine’s victory. “DeWine’s win will have a terrible effect on the elderly. We need faces that stand up for union jobs and the working class of America,” said Ragnoni who voted for Cordray. 

  But, Noel Reyes of Lorain, who supported DeWine is pleased with the election outcome. “He is going to do a good job and that is why I chose him,” Reyes said.

Meagan Helmick of Oberlin has a different view. Helmick was upset that DeWine won. “I think it’s stupid, Trump is already making things go downhill,” Helmick said.

U.S. Senate race 

Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown handily defeated his Republican challenger Jim Renacci by 2,286,730 (53 percent) to 2,011, 837 (47 percent) votes statewide. Such lead is reflected in Lorain County’s unofficial results — Brown garnered 65,444 (59 percent) votes as opposed to Renacci’s 45,249 (41 percent) votes.

        “Sherrod Brown has been in office much too long and I don’t know why people still vote for him,” Kennedy said. She related back to 2011 when Brown was speaking out against the coal industry.  

“I’m not surprised that he won,” said Kimberly Gallagher, LCCC student from Vermilion, “though I was surprised how close it was.”

“I’m disappointed [that Brown won] because he is a socialist,” said Zupan.  “It’s really difficult to beat an incumbent in the Senate.  People deserve the government they get because they vote for it.” 

    Ashley Thomas, an Elyria resident, was happy that Brown won the race. Even though this is his third term, Thomas hopes he can finally bring some change to Ohio.

  But, James Stone was upset that Renacci lost the election. “I don’t think or believe Sherrod can actually change things,” Stone said. “He hasn’t done it yet, so why does he deserve another term in office?” 

Grafton resident Danielle Corrin disagreed. “I will say, however, that I am happy Sherrod Brown won the senate.  I voted for Brown because I feel his take on the issues are better suited than his opponents were,” said Corrin. 

Issue 1 fails

Another prominent item on the ballot was Issue 1.

 “I was for it [the amendment],” said Stafford, “I’m really sad.  I wish we could help fix the justice system.  I wish we could tackle the drug problems by de-criminalizing drug possession and help tackle opioids in society.”

About 63 percent (2,716,958) Ohioans opposed Issue 1 as opposed to 37 percent (1,568,347) supporters. Among Lorain County residents, 66 percent (73,142) voted ‘no’ as opposed to 34 percent (37,809) ‘yes’ votes, according to unofficial results.
  LCCC student Atti Stafford was disappointed with the defeat of Issue 1. “We are going to see overpopulation in prisons,” Stafford said.
     Another student Jilyann Atkinson expressed similar views. “The criminal justice system is going to feel the weight of this considering the opioid epidemic,” Atkinson said, noting that the opioid epidemic to be a social and cultural problem in Lorain.

“I voted ‘no’,” said Poplar.  “There were things that couldn’t be overcome like the 20 grams of fentanyl.”  He thought that there was motivation to support the amendment because convicted felons would get out of jail and can’t get a job. They often cycle back to jail after committing more crimes.

Gallagher said she was disheartened by the loss on Issue 1 but not surprised and indicated the margins were large.  Similar views were expressed by Ragnoni. “Individuals convicted for non-violent, drug related crimes should get help and not take up the space needed for violent criminals,” he said.

Milan resident Norma Bias also supported Issue 1. “Our prisons should be filled with real criminals like murders and not people with addictions,” said Bias. “Why wouldn’t we want more space for violent criminals in our prisons.” 

 Corrin agreed. “We’re never going to progress if people keep rejecting new ideas such as issue 1,” Corrin, 25, said.

 “I voted yes (on Issue 1) because I think bringing drug chargers down from a felony to a misdemeanor will limit the amount of people sent to prison for these kinds of things,” Corrin, 25, said.  

But, an Elyria voter who is pretty satisfied with the results of this election is 28-year-old Tim Smith.  “I voted against Issue 1 and for a good reason.  I know too many people who have died before they were 30 because of the heroin epidemic. Drug offenses should be taken as seriously as possible,” Smith said

Olmsted Falls resident Jack Warning said it was difficult to get reliable information on what each candidate really stood for, but he had always voted primarily Democratic. Warning added that he was happy to hear that Issue I went down along with a win for Brown. 

Likewise, Christopher Gross, an Olmsted Township resident, voted Democratic. Gross said he was unhappy with the previous Republican representation because of specific reductions on women’s rights. “I feel it is imperative to vote Democrat to put a check in place for what is happening in our government right now with Republicans in full control of the Senate, the House, and the presidency,” Gross said.

Ballinger highlights new changes

Madelyn Hill
Staff Writer

The Presidents Forum held on Oct. 2, showcased the many changes that are happening at LCCC.  “The pace of change is faster than it was 10 years ago,” said  Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., president of the community college.  Visible changes include, the college becoming the first community college in the state to offer an applied bachelor’s degree.  Another change is that the college participates with college credit plus with an increase in the program by 20%. 

     This increases the chances of  students attending college. LCCC would like to make scholarships more available to international students and assist with meeting their financial needs. 

       Dr. Ballinger wants to change the way college works based on the changing world outside of campus. “I have been a student here, I’ve walked in your shoes,” said Dr Ballinger, “and I know what you’re going through.”Others changes happening are not centered around education but the students’ lives outside of college. Many students need food, clean clothes, and transportation. There is an advocate access center in progress to assist students in need. 

The Commodore Cupboard is a food cupboard available for students in need on campus.
   “We continue to partner with the community about the transportation,” said Dr Ballinger, “we know that transportation is a big issue for students.” Dr Ballinger encourages students to speak of their needs. 

“We just have to make our voices heard,” she said. Dr. Ballinger hears the concerns from students and faculty and wants to make LCCC the best that it can be. Paul Warkentien, LCCC student, thought the event was an important opportunity for students.

        “This event serves an important purpose allowing students  to communicate directly with the college administration,” said Warkentien, “for example, speak with the president on issues they face every day.” 

Hannah McNeeleg, a nursing student, attended the event.  “The presidents forum was fun and informative,” said McNeeleg, “not only were we asked for feedback   and questions, but our faculty was genuinely concerned about our concerns as nursing students at LCCC.” 

Culinary event delivers the goods, showcases students’ skills

Erin Dweik
Staff Writer

Foodies and health enthusiasts enjoyed a natural, organic, sustainable and healthy evening at sold-out NOSH 18. LCCC’s Culinary Arts institute’s second annual student showcase was held on Sept. 21, at the Ben and Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center. Indoor festivities included cooking demonstrations, beer and wine tastings, unique chef-deigned pairing stations and music. 

Food trucks and ice carving demonstrations were available outside. Ice carver, Jim Loiko, said, “Culinary programs formerly taught ice carving skills to provide a unique centerpiece to compliment the food; it is an elegant addition that Chef Adam (Schmith, Director of LCCC’s Culinary Institute) values as a fine dining tradition. 

Attendees were able to taste samples from food trucks parked at the entrance. 

Tara Vayda, owner of the White Oak Ranch food truck, said, “Our beef is grass-fed, the way nature intended, and provides more Omega 3’s for better heart health.” Vendors from the LCCC Summer Farmer’s Market were on hand selling jewelry, soaps, lotions, fruits, vegetable and other handmade items.

Farmers market

 Farmer’s market vendor, Dr. Chet Bowling, LCCC Sustainable Agriculture Program Advisory Board member and representative of Ohio’s first online farmer’s market: Buckeye Harvest Market, said, “We are happy to be here at NOSH to provide local, fresh produce to the LCCC community.”

Natural Organic Sustainable Healthy (NOSH) was originally designed to showcase LCCC’s culinary student’s accomplishments. Another place to sample culinary student’s creations is Sage and Seed. LCCC’s on-campus, student-oriented, restaurant, Sage and Seed, is open January through May on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5-7 p.m. Student chefs helped make NOSH a success for two years running. The $10 wrist bands quickly sold-out online.

 All entry fees went directly to support the LCCC Commodore Cupboard emergency food pantry. Save the date for NOSH 2019, planned for Friday Oct. 11, from 6-9 p.m.

For more information about LCCC Culinary Arts Institute or Sage and Seed restaurant call 440 366-4100 or www.lorainccc.edu/culinary.institute.

Commodore Cupboard is located at College Center near the doors of the AT building. Contact them at 440 366 4745 or CommodoreCupboard@lorainccc.edu.