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Former student arrested on kidnapping charges

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief Former Lorain County Community College student and former student senator Justin Christian was arrested on Dec. 2 in his Lorain home. Christian is  charged with rape and kidnapping in connection with the abduction of a 6-year-old Cleveland…

Students impacted by transportation cuts

The above graphs shows how Lorain County residents voted for the 0.25 percent tax levy, funding that would have been split between transportation and general use The information was gathered from the Lorain County Board of Elections.

Renee McAdow Staff Writer “I live in a place where it is a 30 minute walk and a three minute drive to campus. My friends help me get to school, but I can’t always depend on them,” said Lorain County…

LCCC staffer gets dream job

Rebecca Marion | The Collegian  LCCC's Vernice Jackson was one of 50 applicants chosen as a docent for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.

Rebecca Marion Managing Editor As a young girl Vernice Jackson never imagined that she would have the opportunity to volunteer for the institution that nourished her love of history, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. But now, she’ll have the…

Suicide on campus: What is the cost?

Genesis Rivera | The Collegian  The cost of suicide per the most recent available data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief Last in a 3-part series The effects of his suicide attempt are something that Lorain County Community College student Andrew Krause still grapples with on a consistent basis. “It’s an everyday thing,” Krause explained. “It’s no longer…

Students navigate book costs

Traci Kogut JRNM 151 Student “I bought my textbook for a penny on Amazon,” said Arnita Marn, a non-profit administration major at Lorain County Community College, who described how she saved a significant amount of money for a textbook that…

Students enjoy murder mystery dinner

Danthea Redwood

Contributor

Danthea Redwood | The Collegian Dr. Annouska Remmert, Director of International Education, gives a speech during the International Students Dinner on Nov. 18 in the College Center Commons.

Danthea Redwood | The Collegian
Dr. Annouska Remmert, Director of International Education, gives a speech during the International Students Dinner on Nov. 18 in the College Center Commons.

On Friday, Nov. 8, Lorain County Community College hosted the annual International Dinner. The Student Senate began planning this event at the end of October and worked daily to put it all together.The event included dinner, a murder mystery game, a photobooth, and a DJ to keep things upbeat.

The dinner is held every year as a welcome to the international students. “We try to time it up right before the holidays each year because we realize that many of them may not have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner,” explained Brendan Bennett, consultant for the student senate and former senate president. “It’s also nice because American students come and they get to learn about the international students and the international programs at LCCC.”

The student senate has a budget to host monthly events for American and international students. “We shoot for 50/50 to provide the best opportunity for both types of students to be able to learn from each other,” Bennett explained.

Danthea Redwood | The Collegian Students partake in a murder mystery game during the International Dinner on Nov. 18.

Danthea Redwood | The Collegian 
Students partake in a murder mystery game during the International Dinner on Nov. 18.

“They provide you with a window to look at so many different corners of the world,” said Annouska Remmert, LCCC’s director of international education, said of international students. Remmert said the program “builds bridges between nations.”

“The dinner was an overall success. Like any event the senate has, we try to evaluate it and try to find new things to improve for next

year,” said Bennett, “I feel like everyone had a good time. They like getting dressed up with their friends and having an opportunity to meet other students,” he continued. “We are proud of what we were able to put together and we’re happy that all of the students that attended had a great time.”

Security reports low crime rate for 2016

Renne McAdow

Staff Writer

The annual security report was released in Oct. 2016. It detailed crimes on campus over the past year alongside crimes committed in years prior.

“I would say crime on campus has stayed consistently low compared to previous years. “ said Kenneth Collins, Lorain County Community College’s campus security manager. “I am very pleased with this year’s security report as we only had one Clery reportable crime.”

The LCCC security is dedicated to protecting the faculty, staff, and students to the best of their ability. They make information easily available, and they provide up to date improvements to the way crimes can be reported and concerns can be addressed.

“Our security staff completes constant patrols of the parking lots and buildings,” Collins said. “We offer safety awareness presentations to faculty, staff, and students.  One thing we will be bringing to the campus in January 2017 is a new safety app called LiveSafe which allows our campus community to report safety tips and concerns.   It also allows us to push notification information to the application user,” he explained. “This is a great enhancement of safety on campus.”

Campus security takes strides to prepare the faculty, staff, and students in the case of an emergency. LCCC provides seminars hosted by the security staff on various situations such as how to respond to an active shooter, though the staff is dedicated to preventing a situation such as an active shooter to ever come to fruition.

“As we observed events from the Ohio State University that armed threats are major concerns for institutions of higher education along with other businesses.  We try to plan for as many threats as possible, but we can’t plan for everything.  In January, we will also have a consulting firm on campus to interview students, faculty, and staff to give them information as they complete a risk assessment for the campus,” said Collins.

Each year, LCCC releases their annual security report, which provides both information and resources regarding how to report crimes as well as information on any crimes committed on campus property.

“Each October institutions of higher education are required by federal law through the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

certain crimes that either are occur or are reported to have occurred on a campus property owned or leased by the institution the previous calendar year. Included in the report must be safety information and resources about the campus which you can see from our annual security report,” said Collins.

According to statistics shown in the report, the rate of clery worthy crimes has decreased greatly over the last three years. The annual report can easily be found through the search engine on LCCC’s main webpage.

For more information on the new LifeSave mobile app, visit: www.livesafemobile.com.

 

Students navigate book costs

Traci Kogut

JRNM 151 Student

“I bought my textbook for a penny on Amazon,” said Arnita Marn, a non-profit administration major at Lorain County Community

Traci Kogut | The Collegian

Traci Kogut | The Collegian

College, who described how she saved a significant amount of money for a textbook that would have cost over $60 elsewhere.

NBCnews.com reports that according to NBC’s review of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, textbook prices have risen over three times the rate of inflation from January 1977 to June 2015, a 1,041 percent increase.

Two key factors are believed to be the cause of the rising prices: Lack of competition and no consumer choice in the purchase. Students are required to have the books they are assigned for their classes.

Five major publishers control 85% of the textbook market, according to NBC News.  As a result, publishers compete on quality and features but don’t compete on price.

In 2008, the government cracked down on the deceptive practice of publishers moving a chart or chapter around and calling the book a “new edition”. They can also no longer force students to purchase shrink-wrapped books with access codes and CDs at marked up prices. Publishers have to offer them separately. 

Independent surveys show that the average student spends more than $300 a semester on books, with community college students twice as likely to use financial aid for books as four-year private or public school students.

“Filing your FAFSA as soon as possible can help avoid delays in the distribution of Financial Aid,” said Margaret Cornish, a financial services assistant in the Enrollment, Financial & Career Services department at LCCC.  “The idea for students is to always have their financial aid ready to go by the first day of the semester.”

Filing of FAFSA early avoids delays in processing additional documents if a student is chosen for verification.

“There are additional documents that may be required once you turn those in it may take up to two weeks processing time just because of the volume of paperwork that we accept.,” Cornish explained. She encouraged students to regularly check their to-do list after logging into their MyCampus account to know if anything is required to complete the process.

But what about students that find themselves waiting for financial aid to come through before they can afford a textbook purchase or rental?

“When students come to us and say that they’ve got to have their books and verification isn’t complete yet, we tell them to meet with their instructor to ask if there is any way materials can be made available in the library, if not to check out but at least be able to use,” Cornish continued.

“Sometimes if it’s an online textbook, you can get a two week free trial. The Pearson website will give you the two-week free trial until students have to enter the access code and pay out of pocket; this can buy students the extra time they need,” Cornish said.

Cornish suggested that students connect with other students in the classroom and share a book until they can purchase their own. She also suggested visiting ohiolink.edu, Ohio’s Academic Library Consortium.

Comparing prices between the inventories of over 150,000 booksellers including Amazon, Alibris, Half.com, AbeBooks and more, bookfinder.com makes savings of up to 80% or more on textbooks a possibility.

Commodore Books and More, LCCC’s bookstore, offers comparison shopping and buy back information on their website, bookstore.lorainccc.edu, as well.

Both Amazon and Campus Book Rentals (which offers a savings of between 50 to 90 percent) earned a 5 star rating on thecollegeinvestor.com comparison report for their low prices, large selection, easy return process, and customer support.

Marn found that Chegg offered the best prices for some of the textbooks she was renting.

Students looking to recoup money spent on textbooks are often met with the reality that some books, loose leaf in particular, are ineligible for buyback programs.

When LCCC accounting student, Allison Soros, took a class at Akron University, her textbook cost $500.  “At the end of the semester, the bookstore wouldn’t buy it back. I went around campus asking if students were taking this class. I put a flyer up and said you can have it; I don’t even care at this point,” said Soros.

It can be advantageous to wait until the first class before students purchase books, as some instructors make them available online or permit the use of previous editions. “You’re basically buying some books for the code and sometimes you can just buy the code,” said Soros, referring to her $200 bundle purchase consisting of a textbook and online code. After her purchase, she learned that her textbook was made available online by her instructor. 

With some books having price tags of hundreds of dollars, the impact on a student’s bank account or financial aid is significant. Recouping money at the end of a semester is often met with either a paltry reimbursement or the option to sell the book back is non-existent, particularly in the case of loose-leaf textbooks. A student run Facebook page, “LCCC Student Textbook Exchange & Resale” is a page dedicated to helping students connect with each other to buy, trade or donate textbooks.

LGBT workshop educates campus

Rebecca Marion

Managing Editor

Rebecca Marion | The Collegian Ryan Clopton-Zymler, the Community Relations Coordinator for the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, walks attendants through gender pronouns pertaining to the LGBT community during the LGBT 101 Workshop on Nov. 17 in the College Center at Lorain County Community College.

Rebecca Marion | The Collegian
Ryan Clopton-Zymler, the Community Relations Coordinator for the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, walks attendants through gender pronouns pertaining to the LGBT community during the LGBT 101 Workshop on Nov. 17 in the College Center at Lorain County Community College.

The LGBTQ Community at Lorain County Community College has aimed to build a bridge of understanding through its LGBT 101 Workshop held on Nov. 17 in LC 114. The event provided the opportunity for the students, faculty, and staff of LCCC  to increase their knowledge of the LGBT community through several topics, including proper use of related terms and concepts.

Kei Graves, a Student Success Coach at LCCC, along with several others helped to organize the workshop in an effort to aid and educate the campus about the LGBT community and make aware their desire to see the campus become a more inclusive environment.

Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization seeking to make college campus’ a safer place for LGBTQ students, conducted a survey in 2010, interviewing almost 6,000 LGBT students, faculty, and staff on college campus across the United States.  According to the study, “33 percent of LGB and 38 percent of transgender people surveyed said they seriously considered leaving their institution due to the challenging climate and the lack of on-campus support.”  

Graves, an alumni of LCCC, sees first hand how those statistics hurt the completion rate of the students he coaches.

“One thing I noticed was that we were still lagging a bit in that conversation and I feel like now we’ve opened up that can of worms and were going to get to where we need to be,” noted Graves.

Ryan Clopton-Zymler, the Community Relations Coordinator at the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland was the speaker for the event.

Zymler saw this as an opportunity for students and staff to ask questions that they may be unable to in any other setting.

“I think about it in terms of conversations, because that’s one of the best ways the community learns about the LGBT community,” said Zymler.

Starting the conversation at the very core of LGBT. Zymler explains the importance of the inclusive LGBT acronym.  

“When we say LGBT we’re talking about two facets of an individual’s identity so, lesbian, gay, and bisexual are a few ways a person might identify their sexual orientation, whereas the term transgender is a term that a person might use to recognize their gender identity,” illustrated Zymler.

The letter Q, sometimes found at the end of the LGBT acronym, can stand for questioning or queer depending on who’s being asked. Questioning is a term representing a person who is be figuring out their gender identity, sexual orientation, or how they wish to express their gender. Queer is an umbrella term sometimes used to refer to the LGBT community as a whole. While questioning is more of a straightforward explanation, recent history has complicated the term queer distorting its once harmless meaning.

“For a lot of us we were raised in environments where queer was used as a stigmatizing, derogatory or even violent word against people. But history buffs and literature folks recognize the term as a totally benign meaning,” said Zymler. Acknowledging that queer didn’t always carry a negative connotation, Zymler points out that in Shakespearean literature queer simply meant ‘different’ or ‘out of the norm’.

Regardless of its baggage, some people reclaim queer and choose to use it as a self identifier.

“Language is about self identity, meaning we can kind of conjure up what we all consider gay to mean, said Zymler. “But some people might not use that language to identify themselves people might use language like bisexual or queer or straight even regardless of whatever that definition might look like. So the real impact of language is allowing for folks to self identify,” he said.

While the workshop may have ended, Graves notes that more LGBTQ events will be planned for the spring.

For more information, contact Kei Graves at kgraves@lorainccc.edu.

LCCC bridges the work force gap

Traci Kogut

JRNM 151 Student

“Technology and automation are going to be replacing more and more people every day,”  said Lorain County Commissioner Matt

Submitted photo Lorain County Commissioner Matt Lundy

Submitted photo
Lorain County Commissioner Matt Lundy

Lundy.

“There are some folks who are just aren’t willing to go through the training they need so that they can find a way to survive as automations start to replace jobs. The big concern is having enough jobs for people that aren’t upgrading their skills.”

Lundy discussed jobs and the skills gap with LCCC journalism students on Nov. 14 at the at the Lorain Board of Commissioners’ chambers in Elyria.

People say government is supposed to create jobs,” Lundy said. “I always say government creates an environment where people want to be. There are tens of thousands of jobs that never fill in Ohio every day because we don’t have the folks with the right skills that match up with what the employer is looking for to be able to work. The other harsh reality is that a lot of jobs don’t pay very well,” said Lundy.

A common belief is that jobs are scarce. However, as automation and technology become more prevalent in the workforce, the biggest concern is actually having enough jobs for people that aren’t upgrading their skills. LCCC is often a stepping stone for people to get a college education or return to school to increase or improve their skills for a new job.

“People have a tough time embracing change because they’re so used to their way of doing things. First you have to be willing to change and go to the workforce development office and take advantage of the programs that are there,” Lundy explained. “We work closely with the college when it comes to economic development efforts and the big part of that is that we’re fortunate enough to have a community college that helps with the skills gap issue,” he said.

“It’s that first stepping stone for people to get a college education or go back to school. I don’t know what the average age of the college student is now, but it seems to be getting older all the time because they’re trying to go back to school to and increase or improve their education for a new job,” said Lundy.

Lundy works closely with the college when it comes to economic development efforts and believes that LCCC helps with the skills gap issue.

“So, a community college plays an important role. A lot of people don’t realize that not every county has a community college. We are fortunate and blessed to have a community college, and I can honestly say that I probably would not have received a college degree had I not started at a community college because it was affordable for me. I worked my way through school and I take a lot of pride in that,” said Lundy.

“The sad part about the community college now is that Columbus is tying a lot of funding for performance, and you know as well as I do that a community college student is not like the guy or young lady who’s fortunate enough whose parents can send them off to school to live in a college dorm and enjoy the true college life; it’s just not the same,” Lundy explained.

“For a lot of college students in a community college system, it takes one hiccup in the family and you’re putting more time in at work than at school to help pay the bills. You’re paying your way through college so all of a sudden if money’s not going well, or the job’s not going well, you have to take time off away from school. You have family issues to take care of. So for the state to say they want this to be graduation-based, sorry but a community college student is probably not going to get through school in two years. And it may even be difficult to do it in three years,” said Lundy.

“Community college plays an important role with getting people into college in the first place.,” Lundy said, adding that anyone who anyone that doesn’t take advantage of the University Partnership is wasting an opportunity.

“It’s such a great way to go to make it affordable. We have to get our numbers up for us to be able to compete. Businesses that come in want to know how well educated and how skilled the workforce is. And that’s where the community college comes in.”

Health organization urges taxes on sugary drinks

Logan Mencke

Staff Writer

The World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraging nations around the world to tax sugary drinks in an effort to help prevent obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.  But will American consumers be content in paying a little extra for their culturally beloved sweet drink, or will the push to tax sugary drinks fizzle out?

Presently, there is no discussion for federal legislation in the United States for a nationwide pop tax. However, four cities have passed their own local pop tax in the recent general election.

San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California have approved a one-cent per ounce tax on any non-alcoholic beverage with caloric sweeteners, according to the Washington Post.  A ballot for a two-cent per ounce tax was approved in Boulder, Colorado.  These cities hope to achieve the same outcome as Berkeley, California, which saw a 21 percent drop in pop consumption after implementing a tax on pop.

In decreasing the amount of soft drinks consumed, health experts are optimistic that it will help improve public health.  There are a variety of health risks with consuming sugary drinks.  

“They could contribute to empty calories that don’t add to nutritional value,” said Roseanne Kuncel, an adjunct instructor in the HPER Allied Health &  Nursing Division.  “Some people could actually become malnourished because the calories they’re drinking have no nutrition in them and their not getting the vitamins and minerals that are needed to support a healthy lifestyle.”

In addition to contributing to obesity and diabetes, sugary drinks are detrimental to dental care and can increase the risk of numerous types of cancer.

WHO’s proposition for a tax points to the success of Mexico’s tax reducing the amount of pop sales in the country.  According to the WHO, the tax has reduced the sales of pop by 6 percent in 2014 and as much as a 12 percent drop at the end of the year.  This success in Mexico has influenced other countries across South America to implement their own pop tax laws.  

European nations have been ahead of the curve in this regard. Hungary and France have taxed sugary products since 2011 and used the tax revenue to fund health-related initiatives.  Since 2012, France has received €300 million ($326 million U.S.) yearly in tax revenue.

Although there have been many successes in decreasing the consumption of unhealthy soft drinks with taxation, not everyone agrees that taxation is the correct method to improve public health. Critics argue that there is no evidence yet that taxation on soft drinks will help prevent obesity.  Any kind of positive results will take several years to be revealed.  

Furthermore, soft drinks may not be the only culprit in the worldwide obesity epidemic.  There are many different factors that contribute to obesity such as lack of exercise and fatty foods.

The economic impact of a tax is another area of grave concern.  If people are buying less soft drinks, that is less money distributed throughout the economy.  With a drop in sales, manufactures and retail stores may have no choice but to lay off workers.  According to the Los Angeles Times, Mexico saw a loss of 10,000 jobs due to the pop tax.

Awards are dished out for LCCC culinary students

Traci Kogut

JRNM 151 Student

 

LCCC Culinary Arts made history by winning six honors at the American Culinary Federation’s 2016 Annual Competition held at the Culinary Institute in Columbus on Oct. 22.

Each of the six students that competed brought home a medal. Silver medalists were: Don Jacobsen, and Jasmine Motley. Bronze medalists were: Caitlin Doyle, Laurence Fendersen, Ray Garza, and Kristina Mullen.

“It is rare for everybody to place for a medal,” said Culinary Arts instructor Adam Schmith. “The competition included an individual skill test. They had to prepare a dish within an hour in front of judges from all over the world, so it was pretty interesting.”

Students prepared for the contest nine weeks ago by training in the kitchens after class and developing individual recipes to prepare for world-class chef judges, according to a statement from the culinary division.
 Each level of the competition is evaluated based upon individual skill set, technique, execution, plating, appearance and taste.  
Gold, silver, bronze and certificates are awarded based upon performance.
For the first time in LCCC competition history, each student’s final product qualified for medal awards as they came up with two silver and four bronzes.  As culinary coach, the looks on their faces during the awards ceremony are what makes these events priceless, according to Schmith. “There is a sense of tremendous pride and team within them and to witness each of their personal developments and achievements for me were as rewarding if not more. Even after the long hours and struggles through some of our training sessions, the students put all of that behind them and set their site immediately on competing again this January as we host the ACF competition.”

Student, staff, and community give thanks

Rebecca Marion | The Collegian Lorain County Community College invites the community to dinner for its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23 at he Reaser Grand Room in the Spitzer Conference Center.

Rebecca Marion | The Collegian Lorain County Community College invites the community to dinner for its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23 at he Reaser Grand Room in the Spitzer Conference Center.

Lorain County Community College served the community with warm hearts and dedication during its annual Thanksgiving Dinner held in the Spitzer Conference Center on Nov. 23. Rochelle Fairley, the Administrative Assistant for Student Life coordinated the free family-style dinner in conjunction with LCCC’s dining services, Student Senate, and other employees from Student Life.

Behind the scenes, 154 volunteers comprised of staff, students, and community members rallied together to serve enough food for 832 people.

“You’re only as great as your team, without the team we could not pull off this large event,” said Fairley. Orlando Bread and Gordon Foods donated a portion of food, while executive chef Chase Wilcox and chef Jason Herman oversaw the food preparation. 

LCCC theatre students present “Ubu Rex”

 

Story & photos by Kristin Hohman

Editor-in-Chief

The new kIng and queen, along with their henchman, "Macnure", present the people with boxes of gold.

The new kIng and queen, along with their henchman, “Macnure”, present the people with boxes of gold.

"Ma Ubu" and "Pa Ubu" take time to reflect on their attempt of overthrow the Polish king.

“Ma Ubu” and “Pa Ubu” take time to reflect on their attempt of overthrow the Polish king.

The Theatre Program at Lorain County Community College has been busy preparing for their upcoming show, “Ubu Rex”. Written by Alfred Jarry, a French symbolist writer, “Ubu

Rex” is a nineteenth century political satire that deals with the ignorance of humanity and the viciousness of its oppressors.

The cast, which consists of LCCC students, started rehearsing Oct. 3. The production is directed by Terence Cranendonk

The cast includes: Tyler Barhorst (Boggerlas), Corey East (Captain Macnure), Cody Fox (ensemble), Ryanne Furry (ensemble),  Marina Gordon (Tails/ensemble), Jinnie Lee (Gyron/ensemble), Colin McCauley (Pa Ubu), Bekka Reaser (Heads/ensemble), Tori Tillison (Ma Ubu), and Lizzie Tomcho (Queen Rosemund/ensemble)

The show runs from Nov. 17-19 at 8:00 p.m. in the Cirigliano Studio Theatre in the Stocker Arts Center. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for LCCC students, LCCC faculty and staff, and children 18 and under.

(Left to right) Tyler Barhorst, Ryanne Fury, and Lizzie Tomcho appear in a scene as poor villagers trying to avoid the king, who is going door-to-door collecting more than his fair share of taxes.

(Left to right) Tyler Barhorst, Ryanne Fury, and Lizzie Tomcho appear in a scene as poor villagers trying to avoid the king, who is going door-to-door collecting more than his fair share of taxes.

Lizzie Tomcho as "Queen Rosemund" laments the assassination attempt on her husband, King Wenceslas.

Lizzie Tomcho as “Queen Rosemund” laments the assassination attempt on her husband, King Wenceslas.

Coping with clinical depression

Randolph Digges

JRNM 151 Student

I look the same as any other student at Lorain County Community College. I don’t have any noticeable deformities, scars, or markings. But, according to the general public’s opinion, I am flawed. That is because I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder in Jan. 2015. I began to notice issues with my mental health when I attended Kent State University in the fall of 2014.

Some days I couldn’t wait to go to class, on other days I couldn’t get out of bed. I can remember calling my parents, pleading to them that I did not want to be at Kent State anymore, but I also did not want to leave. Yet I certainly would not admit that I needed help, nor did I let my friends know what was happening with me and my life. It would not be until Jan. 2015 that I sought help for my depression, help that I vehemently protested.

Genesis Rivera | The Collegian

Genesis Rivera | The Collegian

The Mayo Clinic defines depression as a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think, and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Depression can be severely debilitating and potentially life-threatening, and while every case of depression is not alike, there are universal symptoms that apply to nearly everyone. These symptoms include: issues sleeping, self-hate, a change in eating patterns, trouble concentrating, and suicidal thoughts or actions, according to the Mayo Clinic.

To me, seeking a psychologist or a psychiatrist was a sign of failure, of weakness. I was not capable of handling my own problems so someone else had to do it for me. But after a few appointments I realized that these sessions are meant for me to help me, not for someone else to help me. Since then I have also begun taking prescription antidepressants daily, which help to keep my emotions in check.

For most, depression seems to be the end of the world. They are locked in a dark place with no way out, with their depression trigger constantly hounding them. In their lifetimes, 1-in-5 Americans will deal with mental illness, depression being among the most common for college-aged students.

However, I am not the only example of an LCCC student who has struggled with depression.

Kerri Klatt is a journalism student at Lorain County Community College, just like me too has had a tough time handling the stress involved with college and depression.

“Trying to balance the learning and work can be challenging,” Klatt said. “Adding in keeping a social life with others can be extremely difficult.”

Klatt struggled with anxiety first in 2007, and with depression in 2009 but was never officially diagnosed with either of the mental illnesses. She would receive a diagnosis in 2012, when she became hospitalized. “It was something I had struggled with my entire life, but it wasn’t until I was older and working in the medical field that I really understood what was going on,” Klatt said.

Today, Klatt continues to receive psychiatric help, which she has had since 2009. Klatt is very open about her past struggles. “I don’t view my depression as a character flaw, or a defining problem. It’s what makes me, me,” Klatt said. “People shouldn’t look down on others for having mental illnesses.”

 

On campus resources:

CARE Center addiction services

BU 113D

440-366-4848

Counseling services

LC 131

440-366-4033

Disability Services

CC 234

440-366-4058

Women’s Link

BU 113

440-366-4035

Off campus resources:

The Lorain County Crisis Hotline, 24 hours/7 days a week

1-800-888-6161

The Nord Center

440.233.7232