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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…

Car accidents majority of security reports

Andre B. Malabanan


Majority of the reports in the Campus Security since the beginning of the 2017 fall semester falls under the category of ‘Motor Vehicle Accidents’.

“I think a lot of it has to do with time, people in a rush and I believe that some maybe whether on their cell phones or distracted,” said Campus Security officer Brandon Brown.

  On the morning of Sep. 14, a motor veicle accident between two students in parking lot 5 was reported to the Campus Security. The complainant stated in his incident report that he was heading west through the parking lot when another vehicle backed out of a parking spot striking the complainant’s gray Chevrolet K3500; which resulted to a dent and a broken tail light. Both parties involved in the accident were not injured.

  “If you would just spend 5-10 seconds looking around, being cautious, you wouldn’t have to spend much longer time when you get into an accident,” Brown said.

Since the beginning of fall semester in August, 70 percent  of the reported incidents is MVA or a vehicle-related accident. Officer Brown suggested that posted speed limits could help minimize such accidents. “I don’t think we have enough posted speed limits on the parking way and on the driveway,” he said. “It couldn’t hurt to have them posted, to remind the people to slow down, look, watch where they’re going. Whether you’re talking to somebody in the car or you’re listening to a music, holding your phone, remember that a lot of these reports are just because of distractions.” he added.

“Legacy” showcases local artists

Zac Wenzel

Staff Writer

Lorain County is rich with artistic talents of all different varieties.  An art exhibit at the Stocker Arts Center on the campus of Lorain County Community College is honoring three artists in particular who have passed away in recent years.

Paul Arnold, David Jancheski, and Mary Owen Rosenthal are all print making artists from Northeast Ohio and have all made impacts on the art scene in the area prior to and even after their deaths. “I wanted this to be a legacy exhibit,” said Beth Bryan, operations coordinator for the Stock Arts Center. “These are well known artists not just in Lorain County, but are known outside of just the county.”

In addition to the three featured artists are two living artists; Sean Crum, an accomplished etcher, and Claudio Orso-Giacone, student of Mary Rosenthal and friend to Paul Arnold. They are featured alongside the other artists for their skills in print making, and in Orsos case his personal connection to Rosenthal, who he considers his “art mom”. Both Orso and Crum share their artistic skills by teaching various classes in Oberlin.

The diversity both in ethnicity and style of the five artists make this exhibit a unique one for LCCC and is providing the community with an opportunity to see the artistic talents of those in their own communities.

The art showcase exhibit will run through Dec. 17, and will be open during most of the Stocker Centers biggest Christmas programs.

Local fire, police hold exercise on campus

Matt Gergely

Staff Writer

First Responders serve an important function in our society. Whether it is responding to a fire or a shooting, first responders are tasked with being the first to deal with serious events. To help train our best to prepare for tasks ahead, they have found in LCCC a perfect place to practice and perfect their trade for when they are eventually thrust into the scene.

LCCC provide parts of their campus as training ground for both the Elyria Police and Fire Departments respectfully. The training would be a five hour event lasting from 1:00pm to 6:00p.m and took place on Nov. 3. The building used for practice was the Business Building and the 1st and 6th parking lots were filled with first responder vehicles, including fire trucks and police cars. Even though the building was being used, the second floor was still available to students to help get across campus. Only the first floor was off limits to students and campus staff.

Student got to see firsthand at the excessive amount of training our men in blue go to in order to serve their community faithfully.

Much time is dedicated by each first-responder into practicing to help protect fellow citizens. “We are more than happy to support our local police and fire department here in Elyria and continue to build this relationship between Campus Security and Elyria Police and Fire,” Christina McKay of Campus Security stated.  “Giving real life environments to first-responders is critical into providing an effective force of men and women who can do their jobs to the best of their availability.”

For more information, please contact the Campus Security & Physical Plant of LCCC at (440) 366-4053.

Station manager rolls on despite challenges

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

The time is 8:30 am as Matt Melvin, 34, gets dropped off in front of the Lorain County Community College College Center by Our Lady of the Wayside. He gets off the ramp and pushes the handicap door opener button to enter the school.

Melvin rolls, not walks to the sometimes vacant Duck Radio station, unless Timothy Bradley, Production Manager for the station is there working. Melvin would then use another handicap door opener to enter the station with the goal of being the best of his profession even though he has cerebral palsy, a disorder that he had since birth; causing him to have incapacitated muscle coordination. Melvin has complete feelings of his legs and he doesn’t let his disability or paralysis get in his way of his job.

“I don’t let that get me down,” Melvin said about his disability. “I adapt to whatever I have to do to get the job done.”

“If I let that get to me, then I cannot accomplish my goals of being the best of my field,” he said. “I might be in a wheelchair, but I still have the goals of being the best possible person I can be in the media field or anything that I’ve been getting to do.”

Originally, Melvin wanted to be a sports broadcaster. At his alma mater Elyria High School, he was the M.C. (Master of Ceremonies) at their pep rallies, public addressing jobs for junior varsity football games and a Senior Night for the Elyria High School football team.

Ron Jantz, a current LCCC faculty member, former sports reporter and anchor for WKYC-TV Channel 3 convinced Melvin to attend LCCC to pursue his dreams of being a sports broadcaster.

“He (Jantz) was big in my career, because on top of before I came here and became a student, I also decided that I was gonna come into radio,” Melvin said. “That was actually made a decision when I was a junior in high school.”

“I knew I wanted to go into sports so my decision was made to come to Lorain County Community College,” He said. “Ron Jantz actually helped me get some internships on top of my college education and I started working for WOBL in Oberlin as their Friday Night reporter and Editor for Friday night football.”

    During his time at WOBL, Melvin still worked at Duck Radio and was promoted to the promotions manager by Dee Gross, Advisor of The Duck. He held that position for over a decade. In March of 2017, Melvin was again promoted to Station Manager, because the former station manager Bernie Kimpal sudden passing, because of a blood clot. A death that he and his co-workers were “still trying to wrap his head around it” at the time, according to Kerri Klatt from The Collegian.

    Current Duck Radio personality Frank “The Godfather” Anselmo was retired before going to station and continued to pursue his long delayed broadcasting career at LCCC.

    “I was inspired in the beginning,” Anselmo said in reminisce to his first encounter with Melvin. “Because I saw a person who had a handicap and also Tim (Bradley) and I said ‘wow.’”

    Melvin and Anselmo sit down every week; take one of the two radio shows that Anselmo hosts on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning and review the show in an attempt to make improvements on it in the future. They listen to Anselmo’s breaks, the way he speaks like looking for stutters and using uuhhs. Melvin is willing to talk to his students about their mistakes, offer suggestions and will be patient to his pupils. Anselmo said that Melvin is training us to be radio versions of famous painter Pablo Picasso by using theater of the mind, which is making radio as vivid as possible.

    “I am totally inspired by both of these men,” he continued. “Who get up every morning, go to the studio and never really think about what they have to go through every day to get here. It’s a challenge.”

  Coming soon in January, according to Anselmo, Duck Radio will be changing their name to “The Boom.” The date has not been officially announced.

Commodores fall to UPT

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

The Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team entered the third quarter against the University of Pittsburgh of Titusville at with a nine-point lead and left the game with an 87-82 loss, despite Hannah Oehlstrom and Angel Blakely high scoring performances.

“We didn’t value our possessions,” said Vince Granito, head coach of the LCCC women’s basketball team that is now 3-4. “If you look at it, they had only 11 turnovers and we had 26 turnovers as a team. So I think that killed us. We just had way too many turnovers. They then scored 14 points off of the turnovers and that ended up being the difference.”

In the first half, Oehlstrom scored 21 points and made all five of her 3-point shots. 

“It was really on,” Oehlstrom (28 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals) said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be that on. Every shot that I shot just went in.”

She then scored six points in the next half and made one of her five 3-point shots she attempted.

“I feel like in the second half I rushed my shot a little more,” she said. “They were up close on me more, trying to make me force me up so I did that.”

“I think the biggest surprise for us this year is how much of a scorer she been this year,” coach Granito said.  “In high school, they didn’t rely on her for scoring. They relied on her for a lot of these hustle type things.” He was referring to Avon Lake High School, the school in which she attended.

In the first half, Rose Carter was fouled on the sideline near the Panthers’ bench and she tweaked her hamstring. She returned to the game in the fourth quarter; contributed with five points in non-garbage time.

“Our big issue right now is we have Hannah (Oehlstrom) with 27 points, Jasmine (White) with 18 (points), Angel (Blakely) with 28 (points) and we didn’t have anyone else with more than five points,” said coach Granito.  “We are not going to win when we only have three people scoring. We need a fourth and a fifth scorer.”

Commodores’ Carrie Carlson, who is one of three LCCC players that average double-digit points this season shot 1-13 from the field(0-10 on 3-pointers). She also had five turnovers, the most for any Commodore that night.

“She (Carlson) passed up on a lot of shots and I think part of it was because she was overthinking about it too much.”

“The gym was a little bit cold here today. So I think this is a good lesson for all of our kids,” said coach Granito. “We have to make sure they really warm up thoroughly at the begining of the game and make sure that they are coming out and doing what they can to make sure.”

Panthers Samantha McHenry (29 points), Alexis O’Donnell (23 points) and Rebecca Fagley (20 points) were their best scorers. Most of thier points were scored in the third and fourth quarters.

LCCC’s next game will be  against the 4-1 Westmoreland Community College women’s teams at home on November 21, 2015 at 5:00  p.m.

Women’s Cross Country finishes 5th in Nationals

Zachary Smith


The Lorain County Community College Cross Country team headed to nationals this past week and finished well amongst other schools in doing so.

The Men’s squad finished  the meet  placed 23rd out of 29th at nationals, while the Women’s squad finished fifth out of 29.

Gabrielle Post posted her personal best while at nationals; leading the Commodores  to a top 10 finish, in what was a season to remember for LCCC runners. She also placed 19th. The next Commodore to finish placed was Heather Wigton in 36th.

Micah Swartz’s finish the meet in 66th place.

When asked about expectations next year, LCCC Cross Country’s Head Coach James Powers said, “The boys we hope to see better growth next season. They all have a year under their belt now. The girls will be in a good position to finish highly at nationals again next year. Most of the girls were in just their first year as well, so next year should be fun.” LCCC Cross Country workouts will be held in early January to prepare for the next season.

Two Commodores named OCCAC Player of the Week

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

In the first week of the 2018 basketball season, the Lorain County Community College men’s and women’s basketball team each had one player win the OCCAC (Ohio Community College Athletic Conference) Player of the Week.

Commodores freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom for the women’s team and Daniel Lott for the men’s team were the players selected for the Division III award.

Oehlstrom averaged 18.5 points per game and averaged two steals in the two-game span; concluding the week by scoring 26 points against Ohio University Chillicothe. She shot 50 percent from the field and snatched eight rebound. This is the first time the former 2016-17 All-Lorain County Second Team was awarded player of the week by the OCCAC. This was also her first week as a Commodore.

“She has really started off the season off hot,” said head coach of the LCCC women’s basketball team Vince Granito said in a email interview about Oehlstrom. I think we have put her into a position to succeed, because we are giving her, as well as we do with all our players, the opportunity to score.”

Commodores’ sophomore forward Lott, like Oehlstrom received his first OCCAC Player of the Week honors with a strong performance against the Community College of Allegheny County-Boyce, scoring 23 points and eight rebounds; sparking the team as he came off the bench in the strong second half the Commodores had in a 95-83 win after having a tie-game going into halftime. He was one of four players on the team scoring double-digit points.

“Dan (Lott) came out to play against CCAC Boyce,” head coach of the LCCC men’s basketball team Marty Eggleston said in a email interview. “He played with the type of passion and concentration needed at this level. We were led by his desire to win. The rest of the team followed his lead!”

Lott was a former player of Cuyahoga Community College. He averaged 2.1 minutes per game and 2.2 points per game as a freshman.

Lott was then promoted to the starting lineup in the next two games at the Westmoreland County Community College Tip-Off Tournament. LCCC played two games and won both of them against Anne Arundel Community College (91-63) and Lehigh Community College (101-69).

The LCCC men’s team started the season 3-0 after losing their star players of last year’s Regional Championship team T.J. Steele (Region XII District II Player of the Year) and Jared Schultz (All-Njcaa Division III Region XII District Team). Luckily, they have returning players Mike Rell, Deric Nichols, Kevin Kelley and Jake Schultz.

“”We build each year independently,” coach Eggleston said in the email interview. “Each of or players have the potential to have a great night, each time we go out. We play for each other, not for ourselves.”

The LCCC women’s team are currently 3-2 after losing Madi Bonner, their best player last year and 2016-17 All-Conference Honorable Mention. They were able to have four returning Commodores from the team last year’s 3-27 team.

Glow workouts light up on campus

Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

People often speak of a “post-workout glow” they receive after a rigorous exercise.  Here on campus, people are talking about the glow during the exercise.

   The Physical Health, Education, Recreation Department host (HPER) workouts in the dark using black lights and glow sticks to create a glow. The glow workouts are part of Kristy’s Classes which are donation based fitness classes open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Classes are held on campus and have various workouts and times available. The classes are in its fifth year and is a program dedicated to celebrating life and commitment to personal wellness.

  Kristy’s Classes was created to honor the memory of Kristin L. O’Brien-Wetzel, a LCCC graduate with a Sports and Fitness Management degree as well as a certificate of proficiency for personal trainers. O’Brien-Wetzel worked for the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation programs as a yoga instructor and personal trainer.  O’Brien-Wetzel was committed and dedicated to personal wellness.

There will be a Glow Workout on campus on Dec. 1. Lisa Augustine, the program director coordinator of the HPER, plans to donate 100% of the proceeds to Puerto Rico.

  The last glow workout was held on Oct. 13 in the varsity gym with over 50 people in attendance.

  Over $600 was raised that night to benefit Kristy’s Classes.

“I am also the co-advisor for Phi Theta Kappa and we are putting together a PTK fundraiser for a glow volleyball tournament,” said Augustine.

‘How growing up in Colombia shaped the way I see the World’

Maria Alejandra Rey


This summer I found myself in France on the Chaps-Elysees, a block away from my grandmother. While my cousin and I were enjoying an ice-cream, the Gent D’armes were arresting a guy who rammed his car full of ammunition and guns into a police truck in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret on August 9.

It could have been a potentially traumatizing experience and may have ruined the month that I had left in Europe, but fortunately I was born in Colombia in the 90’s and lived there for a big chunk of my life.

  What people have to understand is that the 90’s were a time when the Colombia was one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Civil war had started in the 60’s and had more participants than ever. The guerrilla groups, the paramilitary, the drug cartels and the Colombian government were all in a constant armed conflict, resulting in thousands of casualties every day. The deaths of Colombian citizens who did not have anything to do with any of the conflict. Corruption and violent crime have been part of my country’s history for the past fifty years, everyone in the country has contributed to or been affected by the conflict.

  My dad who used to work with the Red Cross, was one of the first responders when a drug cartel put a car-bomb in front of my city’s most important newspaper, La Vanguardia, after the paper exposed their operation and their leaders. “There was a family house right in front of La Vanguardia, and the elderly couple who lived there were saved by a miracle, a piece of a printer fell on their roof right next to their bedroom where they were sleeping,” my dad said.

As for my mom, who by the time I was 10, was working with a petroleum company in the southern less populated and more dangerous part of the country, had two of her best friends kidnapped, after a guerrilla group stopped the car where they were mobilizing their camp, the two engineers were held in the jungle for over a year, while my mom was transferred into the city where my father and I were.

  Growing up I could not understand why all of the people being harmed were the people looking for justice, police officers and those looking for to expose the violent truth. I also remember seeing the whole country mourn the death of their heroes, the satirists and the journalists that gave the country hope and laughter and who were silenced by the violence and corruption of the time.

  I found myself being desensitized to what was happening around me. Tragic events did not carry the same weight, tragic news was part of my everyday life. When an attack occurred, I remember thinking, there were only 17 people killed and 2 injured, that’s not that bad. It was not until moving to the United States and traveling that I discovered how other countries live through tragedies, and the value that is put on a human life in countries where war is not an everyday event.

  With the most recent terrorist attacks in France, England, Spain, and the United States, I do not find myself being indifferent again but instead applying the most important thing that growing up on a country in war could have ever taught me, and that is to not let fear control you. Bad things can happen anywhere and anytime, it is up to you whether you let fear prevent you from enjoying life.

College commits strong efforts to combat hunger

Matt Gergely

Staff Writer

Maria Alejandra Rey


For many that attend college this year, food security is the one of the last things on their minds. Yet it is hard to imagine that a decent percentage of people are going hungry. People known as friends, family, or classmates are in a critical situation, and many students are unaware of their plight. This year, LCCC made a decision to do something about it.

While LCCC has already taken previous attempts at combating food insecurity, this fall the campus went full out on combating this problem with the non-profit organizations such as Chicks Against Hunger, a grassroots non-profit out of Elyria, and The Second Harvest Food Bank.

  According to Lisa Brown, Executive Director of the LCCC Foundation, so far 450 pounds of food was donated to the Commodore Cupboard, the LCCC student operated pantry, and the Second Harvest Bank has helped give excess food to starving people all over Lorain County.

  “The Commodore Cupboard was created in May of 2015 when the LCCC Foundation’s Campus Grants Committee authorized a grant for $7,570 which helped establish the cupboard. Since then, the cupboard has done a magnificent job in dealing with food insecurities on campus”, Brown said.

It’s important to remember that students are not the only ones going hungry. More than 40,000 people experience some sort of food insecurity each year, according to Map the Meal Gap.  LCCC hopes to help bring down that number with generous donations .

   The crusade against hunger started in late September, early October. Students were asked to donate food, money, or their time to the Commodore Cupboard. LCCC President Marcia J. Ballinger made it a mission to promote students to donate 10 food items, $10, or time with the cupboard. This activeness and show of commitment from volunteers is a great sign of youthful involvement in our community.  In fact, 28 people have volunteered their time at the Commodore Cupboard which has seen the largest amount of support since its inception in 2014.

Sofia Gonzales, a volunteer for the Commodore, wants to get the word out to students about the Cupboard. “I do believe that there are students who do not know about it (The Commodore Cupboard) or students who think they do not really need that bad, but you do not have to be starving to use the commodore, is just a way to help,” said Gonzales. “Most of the fresh produce is donated by professors who have farms.”

  Food is not the only resource that is made available by the Cupboard. Children’s items such as baby formula, diapers and wipes are much in demand, according to Brittani Cruz, a electro-mechanics major, who uses the cupboard.” A good amount of people who use the service have families with small children who could beneficiate from baby care products,” said Cruz.  Moreover, it also provides personal hygiene products and supplies.

Molly Blank, another volunteer, wants to tell people that there is no shame in needing help.  “The Commodore Cupboard is a wonderful resource for the people who need it, there is still a stigma about receiving help but people sharing their stories and advertising the service will change this,” said Blank.

Towards the end of October, the first part of the #HungerFreeLCCC imitative had ended and the numbers were released. According to the LCCC Foundation, more than 3,000 pounds of food was donated to the Commodore Cupboard by fellow students and about $2,700 to pay for better food for the pantry. According to Ballinger at the media release, the program was a great sight to see as students everywhere on campus united against a single issue.

Students got to see firsthand the amount of grassroots support from their fellow classmates as blue t-shirts were handed out on Nov. 2 as a way a showing support for the #HungerFreeLCCC movement. The “sea of blue” was in response to a great community rallying each other to take care of those who can’t themselves in the face of hunger adversity.

Anyone interested in helping in the fight against hunger can contact the cupboard by calling (440) 366-4745 or email CommodoreCupboard@lorainccc.edu.