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Policy will ban tobacco on campus

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

Test anxiety workshop will ease finals stress

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

Collegian bags 9 Press Club Awards

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

The young and the homeless

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

Opioid epidemic takes center stage in discussion at Spitzer Center

Kerri Klatt
Staff Writer

  Ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose according to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationally, opioid overdose deaths have increased among all races, men and women, and adults of various ages.

   On Sep. 28, the Cleveland Clinic hosted a series of panel discussions about the opioid epidemic in the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College. The theme of the conference was “Heroin, Fentanyl, and Carfentanil: The Triple Threat on Our Doorstep”.

The conference brought awareness, conversation, and empowerment to the community as well as access to resources and information needed to deal with the opioid problem that is very prevalent in the community. “Last year there were over 50,000 deaths from overdoses and that is more than we have lost in the Vietnam War,” said Rebecca Starck, M.D., President of Avon Hospital and moderator and panelist at the conference. “Every three weeks, we lose as many people to the opioid epidemic than we have lost in 9-11.”  Panelist’s at the conference included Tom Stuber, President of The LCADA Way and Jim Schaeper, President of ADAS Board of Lorain County.

  According to Stuber, the president and CEO of 37 years for the LACDA Way, the opioid epidemic has not hit its peak. “I lived through several epidemics and the opioid epidemic has become the biggest challenge,” said Stuber. He estimates that the peak of the opioid epidemic hasn’t peaked yet and won’t until the year of 2019 with methamphetamine’s to be the next epidemic.

   “We need to teach people how to stabilize and manage their illness,” said Stuber, “That includes medication, detoxification, that will include long-term intensive rehabilitation. And it takes a commitment to recovery that will have to sustain after recovery.” The brain takes a minimum of thirty-five weeks to stabilize after an opioid addiction and will re-stabilize after the seven to eight days of withdraw.

“It will continue to be episodes of brain readjustment,” said Stuber. “This may even be seven to eight months after absence,” Stuber explained.

Participating in treatment for an opioid user is essential for a healthy recovery. “The addict needs to be engulfed in recovery work and cocooned in treatment.” said Stuber. In Lorain County, the Road to Hope House and Primary Purpose are treatment facilities users can go for rehabilitation.

   “Pain is the motivator for opioid usage,” said Starck. “In 2016, there were 132 opiate deaths with an occurrence twice a week,” she said, “The medical emergency professionals estimate at least eight to ten overdose patients per shift in Lorain County.” Starck pointed out the importance of properly disposing of prescription medications. “Many of us have prescription drugs around the medicine cabinet, please dispose of your unused prescriptions, especially narcotics,” said Starck.  Communication among health care providers and patients are vital. Educational awareness and conversation amongst all community members is essential in fighting the epidemic.

   Community awareness and activism as well as long-time recovery homes was stressed as a solution to fight this epidemic. “Patients need that long-time recovery process,” said Schaeper, “80% of users are successful in beating addictions with a long-term recovery facility, 55% users were successful in recovery with non-long-time recovery”. The community needs to be more active in doing their part. Things like voting for the levees needed to fund resources as well as communication within the community.

   Schaeper sat on the panel at the conference representing a parent who has lost a child to the opioid epidemic. “My youngest son passed away Jan. 27, 2013 as a result of this disease,” he said. “He was in detox and had passed away in his fifth day into detox”. A friend of Schaeper’s son convinced him to become proactive in fighting against the epidemic. “He had just graduated from West Virginia University and was going to start a new job,” Schaeper said. “He had back issues for quite some time so we urged him to take care of that prior to starting his new career.” The back issue resulted in the start of the opioid use. “He started purchasing pills from a co-worker for his pain,” he said. Schaeper currently sits on three different boards active in fighting against the epidemic. “My main thing is to really see what I can do to make it so that a parent doesn’t have to suffer the same loss that I did,” said Schaeper.

Information session details new program and partnership with Lake Erie College

Matt Gergely

Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership held an information session on Sep. 20 on a new addition to its various partnership opportunities for its students.

    Dr. Doug Bird, Director of the Parker MBA Program at Lake Erie College, spoke in the University Partnership building on the new Master of Business Administration program being offered to LCCC students. This is the first program being offered by Lake Erie College through LCCC and Dr. Bird was very excited about the partnership between the two colleges.

   “They (LCCC) have the expertise of the lay of the land here and the type of students, businesses, and industries. We (Lake Erie) have the expertise of delivering a quality high level MBA program and when you put those two things together, you have a partnership that works in collaboration and that opens opportunities for people,” Bird stated.

  Dr. Doug Bird was very vocal at the information meeting about the financial gains one can obtain and the availability of jobs demanding an MBA degree in Lorain County.

  “If you look just at Lorain County alone, the number of jobs requiring advanced degrees, including MBAs is in the thousands and that tells all of us that there are a lot of organizations and businesses that are looking for people that have that specific degree. So, we are trying to provide them (organizations) an opportunity to have graduates come out with the degree that they’re looking for,” Bird expalined.

  Lake Erie College emphasizes its unique approach to the way students learn and incorporate the courses in the program. The program provides students, especially working adults, a way to express their experiences providing diversity to the MBA class. The college believes that allowing students this expression, grants them the same knowledge as reading a textbook or anything else presented in a classroom.

  Another big selling point of the MBA courses is the way it impacts the students who take the program. “Our MBA degree is to help you be a better manager and leader in any industry or organization you plan to work in,” Bird states.

   Students at LCCC are not the only ones who can reap the benefits of the MBA program; non LCCC students will also have an opportunity to experience the program.

   Anyone interested in the program can visit Lake Erie’s University Partnership office in the University Center located on campus.

   Lake Erie is holding another informational session at LCCC on Oct. 18.  For more information, contact Doug Bird, Ph.D. at (440) 375-7075 or at dbird@lec.edu

Phone stolen, then returned

Malik Anderson

   An LCCC employee stopped in the Campus Security Office to report that her ZTE cell phone was stolen approximately an hour or so earlier at 1 pm Aug. 25 in the CC building on the second floor.

   The employee stated that she was sitting on a bench across from the Student Life office as she set her phone down on the seat and walked away, and later returned to find the phone missing.

Campus officer later reviewed video surveillance footage of the area. Victim is seen sitting in the chair at 11:45 a.m., she stands up and then walks away. Not even one-minute past before three adults and a child (daughter of one of the adults) walk by the seat. One of the adults is seen pointing at the phone in a way as if signaling the child to grab the phone, handing it to her parents.

  The group is seen standing in front of the Testing Center for several minutes, never entering any offices on the floor.

  Members of the group were later identified and two of them were noticed the next day, (Aug. 26) waiting in the Financial Services line by campus officer. The officer spoke to the members and showed printouts of the surveillance footage, both admitting to having the phone at their home.

Later the officer reached out to the other members that were present when the phone was taken, the culprit stated that the phone was not stolen, but “found”.

   After receiving a call back, campus security spoke with the known suspect reminding him that if the phone isn’t returned within the day, Elyria police would then be notified. Suspect then got argumentative stating the phone wasn’t stolen but “found by his 10-year-old daughter.”

The suspect then agreed to turn the cell phone in later that day but there was a factory reset on the cell phone, with the SIM removed.

Security searching for hit-and-run suspect

Malik Anderson

A hit-and-run was reported on Aug. 30, by the owner of a dark-blue 2012 Toyota Prius, that was parked at the east end of Parking Lot 2.

Campus Security was flagged down by the owner soon as she noticed the damage, stating to the officer that she parked her vehicle around 8am and later returned approximately 12pm to find damage done to the left-rear bumper of her Prius.

Officer then took photographs of the damage, later returning to the Campus Security Station, to review video footage of the area during the time of when incident might’ve taken place. At 8:43am, surveillance shows a dark-colored vehicle with tinted windows, tinted license plate covers, and a rear-spoiler turning left into the parking space next to the Prius.

At the time mentioned previously, the vehicle was seen crashing into the left-rear bumper of the Prius. Immediately the suspect left the scene and was spotted headed towards the west end of Lot 2 parking in a different spot.   

Campus Security will still be checking parking lots at various times in attempt to locate the suspected vehicle.

Officers discuss goals, perks of student clubs

Matt Gergely

As autumn begins at LCCC, students from around campus will begin attending the various clubs and organizations that is offered at LCCC.

A select few students took the next step in their respective clubs and organizations by becoming officers. Many of these new officers took part in the Officer and Advisor Informational meeting hosted by Student Life facility in the iLoft Learning Center on Sep. 29.

Student Life made improving accessibility to resources and forms to its clubs a primary goal over the summer and its focus point during the meeting and it achieve this goal through making most of the forms available through the Student Life page on the LCCC website.

Nobody was more proud of the work that Student Life accomplished this summer then Rochelle Fairley, the Administrative Assistant of Student Life, and she is very excited about the new accessibility for club officers and students, “By making our forms available online, we make it more accessible and convenient for students and that was our main goal and I feel like Student Life has accomplished this,” said Fairley.

All forms on the Student Life website are PDF so students can easily submit their forms online to student life which allows the process of transactions between the clubs and the Student Life office to be conducted in a more fast and efficient manner.

“In the summer, I worked very hard to get all the forms online. Now there is still some kinks and its not fool proof but mostly all of them are successfully coming over and now students don’t have to solely rely on the Student Life office to get forms,” Fairley stated.

Another perk available to clubs mentioned in the meeting is the brand new club office which is located behind the Student Life desk and was formerly the space which is now the Veteran’s Center. The office is available for clubs to sign out to conduct meetings, access the internet, etc.  The space will also be used as a training space for clubs and Student Life workers. The only requirement to maintain a cubicle in the office is for the club to actively use it throughout the semester.

“We really liked what we did with the new office space. We updated everything to try and make things more convenient for everyone, that was my goal, and get this stuff out of the way so we could help people and students with their events. A lot of these students have a lot on their plate and I commended our club officers for their dedication and sacrifice,” Fairley said.

The clubs offered at Lorain County Community College have a large variety of interest and fields from the Multicultural Club where LCCC students can interact with LCCC study abroad students to learn about different cultures to the Environment Awareness Council which promotes environmental issues .

Anyone interested in joining or starting a club can contact the Student Life Center at (440) 366-4036.

Annual STEM showcase to highlight the demand for female engineers

Logan Mencke

   With October being a month dedicated to celebrating manufacturing, the Society of Women’s Engineers (SWE) will host the “STEM Showcase and Discover Your Super Hero” event on Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in College Center Commons.

  STEM is an acronym for an educational curriculum that stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

  The event will feature a variety of female speakers to share their knowledge as well as their experiences within industries where STEM education is vital.

  Jessica Rannow, the SWE president, will give a “lightning talk”, a short presentation, to inspire students into choosing STEM careers.  “I have heard Jessica’s talks several times and she is a really inspirational leader,” said Ramona Anand, the SWE faculty advisor at Lorain County Community College.  “I’m very certain our students will highly benefit from her talk.”

  A panel of incoming SWE high school members will have a robot they assembled on display and discuss their experience of putting it all together.  However, the robot has not yet been programmed to be operational, so it may not be fully functional until next year’s STEM event.

  Officers from the U.S. Army will also be speaking to students about the benefits of a STEM education.  In addition, the Army is also providing a STEM truck for students.

  “The STEM truck is actually coming from Fort Knox, and is definitely a big expense for the Army and we’re very thankful for this partnership and the support they are offering,” said Anand.

  The event is aimed at getting the attention of female middle and high-school students because they’re at the age of deciding on a career. Also, these students are beginning to research different programs offered by colleges.

  Female students are targeted for STEM education due to the fact that they make up such a small number of engineers.  Presently, only 11% of engineers are women, according to Anand.  “When it comes to diversity or minority that’s minimal, so that’s the area we’re focusing on,” she explained.

  SWE was established in 2012 with a group of only three students; that number has increased to 50 members.  Moreover, LCCC was the first community college in the nation to have a group of it’s kind.

  “We have been hosting  outreach activities on a ongoing basis annually.  We started out the first year with 20 antendess; this year there will be around 500 antendess,” said Anand.

The event will be live broadcasted to schools that are interested but are not in driving distance to LCCC.

  For additional information, contact Ramona Anand at ranand@lorainccc.edu.

Student Senate sets Fall goals

Madelyn Hill
JRNM 151 Student

Student Senate President Alex Moen and Vice President Christie Tchompalov along with other Student Senate members have dedicated themselves to be the “voice of the students” . The Student Senate’s main task is to be the bridge between the students and administration.

To promote student engagement, the Student Senate has created a list of goals including, a student engagement plan, a Student Life/Senate scholarship, and an activities lounge.

 The students’ activities lounge is new and will be open to all LCCC students along with the community. The location for the lounge as of now is undetermined.

 A new activity that is being introduced this year is therapy dogs that students will be able to interact with from Dec. 11-13.  There will be five therapy dogs in the Teacher Education Resource Center and at least three dogs in other various locations.

  Student Senate is trying to get more students involved by continuing the International Outings. Tchompalov said that this year the International Outings will be “open to all students.”

  Another exciting program to encourage student involvement is a Student Senate/ Student Life scholarship that will be awarded to “students who are well rounded and involved in campus life.” This year, the Student Senate is making it their primary goal to get more students involved in school activities.

Chinese musicians to perform in Stocker Center

Logan Mencke

   Lorain County Community College will have the honor of experiencing traditional Chinese culture by hosting Chinese musicians and dancers from Changsha Normal University on Sept. 25 in the Stocker Center.

  The Director of International Education Annouska Remmert, Ph.D. visited the university last summer to explore opportunities for partnerships with LCCC.  During her visit, the university was holding their graduation ceremony and a group of faculty musicians were performing for the crowd.  “I really liked them a lot and they were interested in coming here to perform for us,” said Remmert.

   This performance is a part of the Chinese government’s promotion of traditional Chinese culture to foreign countries.  “The Chinese government pays for their expenses to come here,” said Remmert.

   Additionally, when the faculty musicians arrive at LCCC, they will sign a partnership for faculty and student exchanges.

   Wu Yueyue, the vice-president of the university and well-known musician in the city of Changsha, will also be a part of the performance as he plays the erhu: a two-stringed bowed musical instrument.

   The musicians will perform two shows on Sept. 25; one at 11 a.m. and the other at 7 p.m.  The morning show is open only for LCCC faculty, staff, and students for free.  “Professors are encouraged to bring their classes because that’s a learning experience,” said Remmert.  Because of the limited seating available in the Studio Theater of the Stocker Center, some attendees will be sent to the Culinary Arts building to watch the performance.

   The second show is open to the community and the price for admission is $5 and students are able to get in for free.

   “I would encourage everybody to attend. It is an exciting opportunity to bring a group all the way from China because it’s not something people can easily just experience next year,” said Remmert.  “We never know if they will ever come back because these are not entertainers; they’re faculty musicians.”

Student Senate teams with AmeriCorps for charity event

Logan Mencke
Editor-in Chief

   Student Senate has partnered with AmeriCorps to give back to the community by putting together the Children’s Drive.

   The goal of the Children’s Drive is to collect items such as books, toys, and clothing to donate them to the Children’s Learning Center on campus and the Horizon Education Centers.

   The Drive is a part of the senate’s 9/11 service project; an annual project put together as a way of remembering 9/11.  “Individuals and community partners give back to their communities to commemorate those who lost their lives and saved lives on 9/11,” said Alex Moen, the president of the Student Senate.

  AmeriCorps, a civil society program that engages adults in public service works, was chosen by the Student Senate  to partner with because they are required to do a 9/11 service project as well.

   Those who would like to donate can bring their items to the Student Senate office located on the second floor of the College Center building in room CC 203.  One raffle ticket will be given for each item that is donated.  A drawing will be held on Sept. 30 and the winner will receive a water speaker.  Originally, the Drive was going to held from Sep. 1-11, but the senate made the decision to extend it to the end of the month.

Color Dash to raise funds for student scholarship

Logan Mencke

  Students who were disappointed last semester that the LC3K Color Dash was cancelled due to rainy weather conditions can rejoice that the event has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sep. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

   Proceeds from the event will go toward the Student Senate Scholarship; a scholarship that is available to any student that meets the required criteria.  “Anybody who volunteers regularly, is involved on campus, has the same characteristics as a senator but were unable to be a senator because they lost the election or didn’t hear about it,” said Felicia Densmore, the university partnership representative for the Student Senate.

   The Color Dash’s route will be around the perimeter of the college and participates may either run or walk the 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) distance.  Stations will be set up throughout the route where participates will get the color powder thrown onto them as they pass.

   The powder is made from corn starch and participates are encouraged to wear white so the color appears much more visible.  If any powder is left after everyone has crossed the finish line, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a color fight and throw powder at each other.

   Volunteers are wanted to help with various tasks for the event.  Such tasks include directing traffic for parking, throwing the color powder at attendees, and cleanup when the event is finished.

   Students are encouraged to take volunteer work into consideration as a way of polishing a more impressive resume.  Indeed, job-seekers who have volunteer experience are more likely to be hired because they often display “leadership skills” in the workplace, according to the 2017 Deloitte Volunteerism Study.

   A table will be setup in the LCCC’s courtyard to provide general information to attendees of the Color Dash about the college.  Also, the Tobacco-Free campaign may have a table set up as well.  Merchandise such as sunglasses will be sold during the event.

   Carlos Danger, a local band from Elyria, will perform in LCCC’s courtyard at the end of the event.  The band was chosen because of its familial connection with the Student Senate; the father of Alex Moen, the senate’s president, is a member of the band.

   Registration for the event is $10 and children 5 and under are free.  The first 200 people to register will receive a free T-shirt.

   Those who are interested  can visit the senate’s Facebook page.