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Collegian staff shines at 44th annual Press Club awards banquet

Lauren Hoffman Editor-In-ChiefLorain County Community College’s student-run newspaper, The Collegian, again swept the floor at the Cleveland Press Club Awards on June 10, taking home eleven awards in the Trade/2-Year School category. Lauren Hoffman, editor-in-chief of The Collegian, won three awards, including…

LCCC graduates take flight for 58th commencement ceremony

Lauren HoffmanEditor-In-Chief“Today is the day that your hard work pays off and is the day we celebrate you.” Lorain County Community College President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., said as she welcomed graduates to the 58th commencement ceremony Saturday morning in the…

False fire causes campus confusion

A Elyria Fire Department truck (right) arrives to the college center to investigate alarms. College center sign is to the bottom left with the entrance to the college center in the middle.

Lauren HoffmanEditor-in-ChiefLorain County Community College experienced a different kind of emergency alert Thursday afternoon. At 2:45 p.m. Main campus’ fire alert systems blared to life urging students, staff, and faculty to evacuate the building following an “emergency situation.”  Within minutes,…

Intel breathes new life into LCCC’s DNA

Lauren HoffmanEditor-in-chief Lorain County Community College engineering students have big opportunities heading their way in the form of two new leading-edge chip factories being built in Ohio’s “silicon heartland” just outside Columbus. Technological giant Intel, a business whose computer chips run…

LCCC closes 4th time for safety

Lauren HoffmanEditor-in-ChiefLorain County Community College’s all campuses were evacuated following the fourth bomb threat in three weeks today (April 19). LCCC previously received bomb threats on March 24, 25, and 30 with the last threat causing campus to go remote…

Gen Z and their climate anxieties

Destiny TorresAssociate EditorGeneration Z, those born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, was brought into a dying world. They have had to watch as hurricanes devastate the southeast, fires rage through the west and tornadoes tear through the south.But…

Bomb threats investigation underway, LCCC not alone

Destiny TorresAssociate Editor“LCCC campus security is currently working with the Elyria Police Department and the FBI to find the source of these threats,” LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., said of the three threats that rocked the Elyria campus recently.LCCC is…

More than the winter blues

Kaelin Jenkins
JRNM 151
It is not just the winter blues; it is a type of feeling that people cannot escape.
Amaya Melendez, a student at Lorain County Community College, suffers from seasonal depression, saying that she “sometimes feels stuck because I have no motivation to do anything.”
Lisa Lindblom, licensed professional clinical counselor supervisor at the Advocacy Resource Center at LCCC, said that “seasonal depression occurs in all four seasons. The fall and winter seasons are the most common times people are affected because that is when the days become shorter and the sky becomes gloomier. People will physically and mentally feel the effects.”
Symptoms of seasonal depression which is clinically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD include, anxiety, loneliness, loss of interest, mood swings, sadness, excess sleep, insomnia, sleep deprivation, appetite
changes, fatigue, social isolation, lack of concentration, irritability and more. Still these symptoms can vary in severity for each person.
Lindblom explained that some people cannot get out of bed to function. “We always encourage people to not self-diagnose this or any mental health disorder, but to go seek professional consultation. When getting tested for SAD, it is more of a checklist people go through. In order to get diagnosed the patient has to have had symptoms for two consecutive seasons as it shows a pattern.’
Lindblom said there are things that could potentially help people that are suffering from SAD such as photo-therapy, also known as light therapy, which is a specialized light that a person uses for a certain amount of time a day. This ultraviolet light mimics the sun’s rays giving off vital Vitamin D.
Lindblom advised getting a recommendation from a medical professional before doing this type of therapy because there could be side effects similar to those that develop with heat stroke.
Talk therapy is also recommended as it helps the patient adjust to human interaction.
Destiny Torres, an English and Journalism major at LCCC is one of the many affected by SAD. She says, “Depression makes me feel as if I can’t get anything done because of the weight and lack of motivation it puts on me. There are some days when it’s nice out that I feel more like myself all because I can get some sun and feel less numb.”
Sadly, just sunlight does not work for all people. Sometimes medication is crucial. Basic self-care can also go a long way along with a good diet, fixed sleep schedule, exercise, and using a support system.
“Advice I would give people who suffer from seasonal depression is to find a hobby you enjoy to get your mind off things. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone about how you’re feeling,” Melendez explained.
Contrary to belief, Ohioans experience all four seasons. Many students might feel a huge shift in their emotions between fall and spring semester which could be an indication of SAD.
Students who are enrolled at LCCC for the current semester are eligible for the ARC services offered on campus. ARC offers counseling in-person, over the phone, and over video chat as well as other mental health supports, some of which are listed below along with the ARC’s contact information: Advocacy Resource Center Contact: (440)-366- 4272 or arc@lorainccc.edu; WELLTRACK- Free Mental Health App; WECARE- Free Mental Health App; TOGETHERALL- Safe online peer to peer support community; and The Shrink Space- Directory of off campus therapists. lorainccc.theshrinkspace. com/signup
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Students ditch their masks

Lauren Hoffman

Lorain County Community college students got to have a taste of Covid-19 freedom for the first time since March of 2020, but not everyone is ready for the change.
March brought a game changer to students on LCCC’s campuses as the mask mandate that previously covered campus was lifted for the first time since the fall of 2020 when it went into effect. While many students are elated to be able to show their full faces for the first time in two years, not all are as quick to jump for joy.
“Just not there yet,” Arts major Margo Aziza Solace says she does not agree with the mandate being lifted. “I don’t think it should be,” she explains, continuing, “Even though Covid-19 numbers are slightly down, it’s going to spike without the mandate. We’ve tried this before and again the same results.”
Solace wants to make it clear that she is not firmly against the mandate lift stating, “I would love to get back to normalcy, but we’re just not there yet. We need to get vaccine rates up, not just a dip in the numbers.”
Student senate president Zarai Aquino voiced similar concerns saying, “I actually feel weird without the masks, everyone can see my face.” Aquino laughed slightly before continuing, “I enjoyed the masks because I wasn’t being told to smile more and I enjoyed the sense of privacy they gave.”
English major Destiny Torres echoed Aquino’s mixed feelings saying, “I am so used to wearing my mask that it feels weird to take it off. I’m not quite ready yet.”

Safety protocols
Jonathan Volpe, vice president for Administrative Services and Treasurer, sat on LCCC’s Covid-19 task force. He says of the mask decision, “Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have followed the guidance as issued by the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health and Lorain County Public Health Department in order to establish safety protocols on campus.”|
Because of the CDC’s recent decision to designate Lorain County as an area that is no longer experiencing a high level of infection, the Covid-19 task force ultimately decided to lift the mandate. For Volpe, “the LCCC community has demonstrated that we can live with the virus in a relatively safe manner by making knowledgeable decisions about our individual health.”

Mixed concern
Aquino and psychology major Danelle Johnson see the mandate lift as creating a possible whole different kind of problem. Aquino says, “One thing I can sense a problem with is the vaccinated against the unvaccinated. It is definitely something to keep an eye on as a student senator.” Johnson expressed similar concerns, but with a positive twist. She says, “I know everybody is still leery, “I know everybody is still leery but I like that I can see people’s faces. Despite the anger and fear that might arise regarding vaccination status, I feel like it’s more warm and inviting now and gives us a chance to be more inviting and personable.”
Volpe does understand the concerns that students like Solace, Torres, Aquino and Johnson have and asks students that “as we enter this new phase, please be patient, understanding and respectful with each other.” LCCC has been preparing for this changeover since last fall when it installed air purification systems across campus to purify the air and reduce the ability of the virus to spread.
Despite those students that are hesitant, many are also relieved. Elizabeth Tutak says she feels “pretty good, it’s just kind of uncomfortable because I’m not used to making proper facial expressions, but overall, I like it.”
Early College High School junior Katy Paige agrees with Tutak claiming, “I am so happy to feel free. I can breathe again without feeling stuffy all the time.”
Even still, some students and staff don’t have as firm of an opinion on the mandate being lifted.
Student Senate representative Julian Ortiz says, “I didn’t think it was that big of a deal except for the fitness center. It was a lot nicer to work out without a mask on.” English 162 professor Martha Williams concurs with Ortiz. She says, “I feel mixed. Sometimes I have it on, sometimes I have it off. I know it can prevent illness and honestly, I’m not too sure I want to invite germs back into my life.”
As we travel into this new phase in our world of education, the hope is that by demasking, students can get back to being themselves and classes can aim to have a sliver of their pre-Covid days.

LCCC’s study abroad programs

Aeshash Owaydhah
JRNM 151

There are several causes that drive higher education institutions to create instructional initiatives of various forms and purposes. Among them are studying abroad programs that are offered as a kind of field deepening or as a parallel to other institutions.
Lorain County Community College is amongst the colleges that have a study abroad branch. LCCC currently enrolls 25 international students, the majority of which are from South Korea.
But the program also goes the other way. LCCC offers a chance for their students to study abroad as well.
This constitutes an opportunity for students wishing to travel abroad to become acquainted with new cultures. In comparison to universities, most community institutions in the United States offer extremely few study abroad opportunities. As a result, many institutions, including four-year and community schools, have a lot of study abroad programs available to their students.
Shaun Marsh, Ph.D., LCCC’s chief adviser on the program says, “Like, if you go to Ohio State University, they probably have many partnerships with other colleges and universities in other countries.”
And it’s generally is not the case at community college institutions except for LCCC. This is because for most community colleges, their students are unaware that they may study abroad, or because some students come from financial conditions that make it nearly difficult due to the expense.
LCCC started its study abroad program 15 years ago partnering with many other countries like France, Denmark and England. In the past 5 years LCCC has sent only one or two students.
Marsh says if the low turnout “the reason is many students think it’s really expensive.”
But what is the benefit?
Some of the advantages of the study abroad program. include visiting a new nation, experiencing a new area and meeting people from various countries. It’s truly making you globally competent and able to perceive it, especially in the United States.
Many students do not have the opportunity to go to other nations, therefore they do not get a taste of what life is like in another country. As a result, they exclusively think about the United States and everything from that perspective.
So, traveling overseas can assist to open people’s minds a little bit more on life as a whole.


LCCC basketball team named regional champions

Aiden Matta
JRNM 151
The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team has made history this season with their record-breaking performance.
The basketball team finished first in their division, earning them the title of regional champions this year. This comes after a couple of tough years due to Covid-19 and a rough season. The men’s basketball team previously was awarded the championship title in 2017.
Head coach Martin “Marty” Eggleston has been the coach through both championships leading the boys through thick and thin. Eggleston said, “It is very historic to win the award because it was the second in our history. It builds a goal for next year to win the district championship.”
 Despite winning regional champs, the boys lost by seven points this year to Rock Valley in the district championship finals after a hard-fought game.
Player Bennett Sulen said, “It was a great achievement after having to go through a canceled season due to Covid-19 and only being able to get three wins the year before, it also builds the foundation for next year.”
The rest of the team is also very excited to make improvements for next year as they head into a hopeful semi-normal season.
Another player Casey Kelley said, “I’m happy we made history but I wanted more and felt like we could’ve got more.” Kelley, a Firelands graduate, chose basketball over football while in high school and has stuck with it ever since. For him, basketball is a drive that is unmatched.
Kelley is still proud of the team, saying, “The team had a very successful season though and I’m glad to gain a big confidence booster for next season.” The boys will begin their next season in the fall of2022 when the new semester starts with Coach Marty Eggleston at the helm.


Ramadan observed around the world

Aeshah Owaydhah
JRNM 151
Ramadan, which is observed from April 2 to May 2, is a significant month for Muslims regardless of their country of origin.
Every year Muslims throughout the world observe the holy month of Ramadan in a mix of faith, history, and culture. In the Islamic calendar known as the Hijiri calendar, Ramadan is the ninth month. This month is noteworthy for Muslims since it is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, on Laylat al-Qadr, one of Ramadan’s last 10 nights.
Ramadan is observed in various ways such as refraining from sex, eating and drinking until sunset and recreating historical customs. Despite the presence of minor disparities, many countries throughout the world celebrate Ramadan whilst keeping long-established Ramadan rituals and traditions even with their transmission amongst people over time.
Since there are 1.8 billion Muslims all around the world, each country has its own way of celebrating. Egypt has Ramadan lanterns that while not being a part of religious culture, is still a unique element of celebrating this holy month. Children in Egypt carry lanterns about, singing great folk tunes and asking for goodies from relatives and friends similar to American Halloween or caroling.
In Saudi Arabia, people sit in the Kingdom’s mosques waiting for the Maghrib call to prayer to consume water and dates.
They then run as soon as they finish to line up for the Maghrib prayer and then finish their breakfasts, everyone according to his or her nature and traditions.
Pakistan has a distinct ceremony which is the wedding of a groom who fasts for the first time. A special celebration is given for him in which he wears attire including a golden hat decorating his head.
These are just some of the customs and traditions of many peoples around the world as they celebrate Ramadan and how they vary.


LCCC closes campuses till next week after security threat

Destiny Torres
Associate Editor
Lorain County Community College has closed all classes until next week after the college received another bomb threat today (Tuesday, March 29) through its online chat messaging system.
LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., said, “Unfortunately, this is the third time in the past six days that we have received this kind of threat. All three have been found uncredible by the Elyria Police Department.”
The threat, the third of its nature, caused another evacuation of all LCCC campuses and outreach centers out of an abundance of caution.
“The Elyria Police Department has been coordinating and working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation since day one,” Ballinger said, “We are also aware that other colleges across the country are receiving similar threats.”
The campus is to remain closed for the remainder of the day, and it will reopen tomorrow.
“The safety of our staff and community is our biggest priority. Just like the pandemic, we put health and safety first,” Ballinger said.
An investigation is being conducted by EPD and the FBI as these terroristic threats are being classified as a third-degree felony. If you see anything suspicious or have any information, call Campus Security at 440-366-4043.


LCCC campuses close again after another bomb threat

Destiny Torres
Associate Editor
For the second day in a row, Lorain County Community College has been evacuated due to security threats.
“Just before (March 25) noon, we received a new security threat through the online chat,” said Tracy Green, vice president of Strategic and Institutional Development.
The second threat in two consecutive days caused another evacuation from all campuses and outreach centers out of an abundance of caution after another security threat.
“For right now, all the attention is being made to secure the campus and make sure that there is no credibility to the threat,” Green said.
LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., said, “I want to reassure the campus community that I will always place top priority on the health and safety of our campus community. In recent years, we have made investments to enhance campus safety, including an emergency notification system called Rave Mobile Safety. Additionally, under the leadership of our Campus Security Office, we have created comprehensive emergency preparedness plans that are continually updated and enhanced.”
One student whose classes were interrupted for the second day had enough of the bomb threats.
“It’s just ridiculous,” Anthony Dix, a graphic design major, said, “I think campus should have stayed closed since a threat just happened yesterday.” “Whoever it is should be caught and punished. They are wasting people’s time and valuable effort that they are putting into their education.”
An investigation is conducted by Elyria Police Department, and these terroristic threats are classified as a third-degree felony.


Bomb threat closes LCCC campuses

Destiny Torres
Associate Editor
All LCCC campuses were closed Thursday afternoon following a bomb threat on an LCCC online chatroom.
“We take campus safety very seriously and are allowing the Elyria Police Department to do their job. All campuses and outreach centers are closed till further notice,” Tracy Green, vice president of Strategic and institutional Development, said. “We have no proof that this threat is credible, but out of an abundance of caution we are keeping the campuses closed as the Elyria Police department and bomb squad continue to search the campuses.”
The college received the threat Thursday at about 2:50 p.m., according to Green.
All students and staff were sent Rave alerts, email and text messages, urging them to evacuate the campus immediately. The campuses were closed immediately.
An Early College student, Malac Naser, said, “I honestly feel a little nervous about the whole situation but I feel safe that they evacuated us so quickly.”

Coach Marty’s 100th Win

Lauren Hoffman

Earlier this year, Martin Eggleston, coach of the Commodore’s basketball team at Lorain County Community College, celebrated his 100th win of the season, prompting celebrations of joy and achievement.
But Coach Marty, as he is often called, could not have reached this point alone. For Eggleston his team of 18 players are his everything.
“They are hardworking student-athletes” he said of his players beaming with pride. “It takes a lot of responsibility, time management, and discipline to be a Commodore student-athlete.”
But while Coach Eggleston sees it as their sacrifice for basketball, the team had a different story.
For Javon Todd, “basketball was the only way out to a better life.” As the boys continued, jovially talking over one another and sharing side chats and giggles, the theme of basketball being their lives continued. Anthony Mc- Ghaw echoed Todd’s words, saying “basketball has always been there even if others weren’t.”
The boys then continued to delve into how for some school was not their strong suit, but sports were. Wynston Johnson says, “It’s my last opportunity. I had bad grades in high school but I could play.” Rocky Houston contrasted Johnson by joking that he had good grades, but preferred the sport.
For the boys, basketball and being a part of the team gave them a sense of brotherhood and belonging, with some like Casey Kelley choosing the sport over others. Johnson grew up with the sport as well as many of the boys did and they wanted to continue it through their young adult lives.
Eggleston helped them do this while being a father figure cheering them on around every corner. Jordan McCants says of coach, “he can be a bit much at times but I know he wants the best for us.” McCants is not wrong.
Eggleston sees his boys as winners all the way through and is the first to push them on to their goals. Rocky Houston and Bennet Sulen notice this saying “he never tells us that he thinks we’re gonna lose. There’s never a shadow of a doubt in his mind, even if we feel it.”|
It is the drive, the comradery, the feeling of belonging and in the case of Lemuel Payne III, the feeling of “being a dog” that keeps De’Miko Nelson, Quante May, Anthony McGhaw, Lemuel Payne III, Rod Harris, Jordan McCants, Jaylen Jenkins, Luqman Lateef, Casey Kelley, Sammar Cannon III, Javon Todd, Rocky Houston, Bennett Sulen, Jason Becka, Wynston Johnson, Bonta’e Mosley, Asa Brooks, and Aziz going.

Opportunity through adversity

Lauren Hoffman

When Shawn Harper was a child, all he wanted was to feel like he belonged. Growing up on the south side of Columbus. Harper felt out of place often. In school, he struggled to learn, and at home he struggled without a father figure. That was, until he discovered football.
“My mom really got me into football. My mom wanted me to be around father figures and football had that,” Harper recalled when asked why he gravitated towards the sport. After that fateful day, Harper went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams and the Indianapolis Colts before retiring in 1998.
Despite his retirement, Harper did not slow down, and instead went on to become a motivational speaker advocating for an opportunity.
One message he held on to more than any others, was that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To Harper, King pushed the same message that he held onto leading him to success; seeing the opportunity through adversity.
On the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Day, Harper came to Lorain County Community College in an attempt to bring King’s message to today’s young adults.
Martin Luther King Day, better known as MLK day, started in 1986 and is celebrated every third Monday of the year henceforth honoring the political figure’s birthday. Today, the holiday is seen as a celebration of black history
and culture as well as an ever continuing push for racial equality.
Spreading the message
Harper’s speech started out with him discussing a little bit of his childhood, before delving into his version of King’s teachings.
When asked why he wanted to spread his message, Harper responded, “unfortunately we can get stuck in adversity and lose the\ opportunity,” but he continued, “people are our greatest investment” and he wants to invest in young students to guide them through the adversity and into the said were quite simple. “I have achieved a measure of winning or sources and I look back and see how many others need an encouraging word, how many others are like I was and I view it as rescuing me.”
Harper explained why he chose to come to LCCC to spread his message. For him, “a college gives me a wonderful opportunity to plant, sow, and invest” his message so that it can continue on through the generations. He stated, “even if my message isn’t heard by the people today, it gives it a chance to be passed on for their children and their children’s children.” For him, “a message is timeless” and Harper said he wants to continue to let that message grow and spread, much like King did.