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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…

Habitat organizes “Women Build Week”

Zach Srnis

Special Correspondent

Lorain County’s Habitat for Humanity will hold the 10th annual Women Build Week from May 6 to May 14. Habitat for Humanity will host several events in the lead-up to, and during the week of May 6. The week-long event is aimed at eradicating poverty housing by empowering women to build homes while providing them with key skills. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn to lay bricks and raise walls, among a variety of other tasks.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in two separate events; She Shed Build Workshops and Lowe’s Women Build How-to Training.

“The purpose of the event is for women to learn a valuable skill that will give them a better understanding of home repair,” said Tami Smith, an entrepreneur and business student at Lorain County Community College who serves on the committee for Women Build Week. “Women do not always have this skill and it forces them to rely on others to do the work for them.”

The She Shed Build Workshops will take place on every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from April 11 through May 4. Attendees will help construct a shed that will be raffled off in support of Women Build Week. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, located on Rice Industrial Pkwy. in Amherst, will be hosting these sessions. The workshop will be a way for women to learn the skills that are necessary to do repairs with woodwork, according to Smith. There is a $25 registration fee and each person will receive a raffle ticket for the She Shed and a t-shirt.

Additionally, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Lorain will be hosting the Women Build How-to Training event on May 6 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Registration is free and the session will cover a diverse range of topics, from how to properly use power tools, framing walls and roofs, to installing siding.

The She Shed Women Build Raffle will be held on May 13, and guests will have the chance to win tools, among other prizes, Smith said. Raffle tickets are one for $5 or five for $20 and can be purchased at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Amherst.

“We will be giving out gloves, hard hats, and other useful items that they may or may not have,” said Smith. “Some of the women do not have the items at their disposal, so we want to help them out as best we can.”

When hiring any repair-related work, women can often settle for the price that they are given because they don’t know how to do the work on their own.

“Some ladies have never touched a tool in their life,” said Smith. “The event will allow them to learn the right techniques that will give them the option to do the work themselves instead of paying someone else.”

Lastly, the Women Build project takes place on May 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., according to Kelly La Rosa, the executive director of Lorain County Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers are encouraged to give at least an hour of their time to help build a home for families in need.

The project will feature the construction of two houses that will each include four bedrooms and two baths.

“The event will have over 50 women helping to build the homes,” La Rosa said.

It has not yet been determined which families will move into the homes, and anyone who applies for the homes must have clean credit, according to La Rosa.

“They also can’t currently be owners of land. The project is for those that don’t have a place of their own,” La Rosa said.

The families need to put a down payment on the house but will save money due to the free labor and materials to build it, according to La Rosa.

The houses will be located on Warden Avenue in Elyria.

Those who are interested in the event or have further questions can contact Kelly La Rosa at 440-984-3343 ext. 1004 or email her at kelly@habitatoflorainco.org.

Lorain Writers Society celebrates Poetry Month

Kayla Petro

JRNM 151 Student

The Lorain Writer’s Society at Lorain County Community College hosted their annual “Pizza, Pop & Poetry” event on April 18. Students and faculty gathered in the lobby of the Culinary Building for the celebration of National Poetry Month, which takes place in April.

Bruce Weigl, a distinguished professor of humanities at LCCC, and a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, is a strong believer in the written word.

“Poetry is a rare opportunity to tell the truth even when the truth is not pretty,” Weigl said.

Many of Weigl’s students joined him in the audience, where he encouraged them to read their work aloud.

Among the participants was one of Weigl’s students, Brittany Miller, who shared one of her poems with the audience. She credits Weigl’s teaching for her new writing hobby.

“I used to hate it,” Miller said. “He really opened my mindset and writing became easier,” she explained.

Several other students, including Jayden Catalado, president of the Lorain Writers Society, also recited a few of her favorite poems.

“This whole poetry event is about the celebration of the word,” Catalado said.

The support has been welcome, and there are still high hopes for students, according to Weigl.

“I’ve been gratified by the response,” Weigl said. “I’d like to reach out to the students who were not here. Even if you don’t want to be a writer, there’s more to learn; discipline, critical thinking, and passion.”

Earth Day promotes sustainable lifestyles

Kerri Klatt


Kerri Klatt | The Collegian | Carol Thaler of Great Lakes Biomimicry, spoke during the Earth Day celebration in the Culinary Building on April 21.

Lorain County Community College students and staff celebrated Earth Day on April 21. The celebration was to bring awareness to environmental issues and to promote ways to become proactive in preserving the Earth, and discovering new ways to live a sustainable lifestyle. The aim of the celebration was to educate, promote, and inspire creative thinking on how to preserve the environment for future generations.

The celebration included hands-on learning experiences, exhibits, and presentations from various community programs as well as LCCC programs.

“This kind of awareness is really important for us, for students, and for the forthcoming generation,” said Ramona Anand, faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers and project manager for the weld-ed department at LCCC. “How are we preserving the Earth? What are we giving to the forthcoming generations? And how are we maintaining the planet we are living in?” asked Anand. These questions were answered throughout the Earth Day presentations.

“Most people think of recycling and organic foods, but engaging in a more sustainable lifestyle can be much more than that,” said LCCC student, Megan Brown, who is majoring in art.

Carol Thaler, director of administration and outreach for Great Lakes Biomimicry, an organization that looks to solve human problems by imitating nature, was one of the speakers.

“We need to shift from learning about nature to learning from nature,” said Thaler. A hedgehog, for example, can curl into a ball and fall 40 ft. without injury, and Thaler said this animal can aid in finding solutions for sports concussions and in the use of helmets.

“There are many things that people can do to assist in bettering the environment,” said LCCC student Jamie Brod, a speech therapy major.

“We are all working collectively for a common motive. That motive is to increase the school for alternative energy and get into the renewable resources to preserve the planet Earth,” said Anand.

Dedication pays off for voice-over artist Sean Chiplock

Kent Springborn Jr.

Entertainment Editor

Often considered by some to be a lesser form of acting, voice-over artists put just as much work into their roles and auditions as screen and stage actors do. Providing a voice to a character in a video game, animated feature, or anime can be challenging yet rewarding.

“It gives the audience a way to connect with the characters,” said Sean Chiplock, a voice-over actor since late 2009, who has voiced the character of “Revali” from “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” being his most well-known role.

Unlike plays, television series, or movies, fans don’t learn who voices the characters in an upcoming video game or anime until close to the release date. As a result, those involved in voice-acting have to keep tight-lipped about their roles until they get permission to announce them.

Even though he keeps quiet about his upcoming roles in video games and anime, Chiplock interacts with his fans and often speaks openly about his previous roles. His accessibility is all due to his audience and is his way of showing appreciation to fans. “My career only exists because the audience exists,” said Chiplock. He also interacts with his fans to gauge the audience reactions to his roles.

When Chiplock was younger, he and his brother would provide their own voices to characters as they played video games. Chiplock came to the realization that he could take this creative past-time and evolve it into a career. “I could take all this time I put into providing voices to characters and get paid for it,” he said. Chiplock was, however, more concerned about being able to maintain the creative enthusiasm he had as a kid when he first began his journey to become a voice-over actor.

While he considers voice-acting a blessing, it can also be a struggle at times, since he has to be able to meet deadlines for auditions at all hours of the day. Chiplock does a lot of auditions from his home, and he finds it difficult to direct himself in those auditions. The number of auditions he records and sends out differs depending on what audition slides, specific sets of lines that one must learn prior to an audition, is sent. “It can vary wildly at times,” he said. “It can be three to four a week or it could be three or four a day.”

Being able to perform whenever possible is key to getting auditions and landing roles, according to Chiplock, and he sometimes must sacrifice free-time in order to audition for roles.

His dedication to his craft has paid off, as Chiplock was recently able to announce that he was cast in “The Nonary Games” voicing “Santa”; and “Persona 5” as the voice of “Yuuki Mishima”; as well as voicing the “Great Deku Tree”and “Teba” in “Breath of the Wild”. “Teba” is one of his favorite roles since he was given creative freedom in deciding what voice he would give the character.

To get into voice-over acting, it is important to look for opportunity everywhere, according to Chiplock. One shouldn’t be afraid to work with smaller studios and to not be afraid to say “no” to role auditions when starting out.

“Fire Emblem” celebrates 27 years of strategy

Kent Springborn Jr.

Entertainment Editor

The long-running tactical role-playing franchise, “Fire Emblem,” recently celebrated its 27th anniversary on April 20. The first game in the franchise, “Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light,” came out in Japan on April 20, 1990. However, it wasn’t until November 3, 2003, that the franchise saw its way to North America and July 16, 2004, in Europe with “Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword.”

This franchise is one of my favorite video game franchises of all time due to the combination of strategy, medieval themes, and role-playing elements. As with quite a few players, my first exposure to the franchise wasn’t with an entry from the main series, but from “Super Smash Bros. Melee.” This crossover fighting game featured Marth and Roy, two characters from “Fire Emblem.”

After learning what series that these characters were from, I found myself wanting to play the game. My sister recently got a copy of “Blazing Sword” and I was able to convince her to allow me to play it. After only a small amount of time playing the game, I was hooked and wanted to play more of it.

Since then, I have played every entry to the franchise that made its way to the US. There was a period of time where it was uncertain if we would see a new entry in the franchise since the remake of the third game, “Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem,” didn’t get localized due to poor sales of “Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon,” a remake of the first game.

After a few years passed since “New Mystery of the Emblem’s” release, a new entry in the franchise was announced in Japan. This entry was “Fire Emblem: Awakening” and it was the first game of the franchise to be released for the Nintendo 3DS. I was excited to learn that “Awakening” would be getting a localization since I would finally be able to play a new “Fire Emblem” game.

It was thanks to “Awakening” that the franchise saw a revival and a surge in popularity worldwide. Before this entry, “Fire Emblem” was considered a niche title and was often overlooked or avoided due to its game-play feature of “permadeath,” which has a unit become unplayable for the rest of the game if they die in battle.

“Awakening” was meant to be the last game in the franchise if it didn’t sell well. Thankfully it did end up selling extremely well and now Nintendo considers “Fire Emblem” to be one of its major video game franchises.

Since “Awakening,” the franchise has seen the releases of “Fire Emblem Fates,” which was released in three different parts, “Birthright,” “Conquest,” and “Revelation,” for the Nintendo 3DS and “Fire Emblem Heroes” for iOS and Android devices. The newest entry in the franchise, “Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia,” a remake of the second game, “Fire Emblem Gaiden,” was released in Japan on April 20, and will be released in North America and Europe on May 19.

As a major “Fire Emblem” fan, I am glad to see this franchise celebrate its 27th anniversary with a new entry to since it almost ended with “Awakening.”

Campus located on professor’s family farm

Madison Tromler

JRNM 151 Student

Printed in Vol. 1 of The Collegian, these photos show the architect’s layout of Phase 1 of the construction of the Lorain County Community College campus. The Moon family farm was located on the land that the college now occupies. The farm was owned by the grandparents of Dr. Hope Moon, who is currently a professor and LCCC’s interim dean of the allied health and nursing division. The construction of campus began in 1965, with Phase 1 completed in Sept. 1965.

“Sometimes I hear my grandfather, Howard Moon’s radio going off and I know he is playing around with me,” said Dr. Hope Moon, professor and interim dean of the allied health and nursing division at Lorain County Community College.

As a child, Moon played on her grandparent’s 180-acre farm and in the woods, which is where LCCC stands today.

Fruits and vegetables were grown on the farm and then Moon’s grandparents trucked their produce to the West Side Market in downtown Cleveland.

Moon, her cousins, and their grandfather would go on tractor rides to the peach orchard, where they spent the day picking ripe peaches.

Later, they would enjoy their fresh fruit over homemade ice cream that their grandmother, Olive Moon, made in the churn.

Moon’s grandfather would give her 10 cents to pick a basket-full of asparagus. She picked them along the railroad tracks and then sold them at the front of the farm.

However, summer would soon come to an end and fall would arrive. Fall meant that the children slept in the corn cob bin and told each other spooky stories under the moonlight.

Years and years of memories took place on this farm.

On Nov 4, 1963, the farm was sold to the Elyria community. It may have been sad for the Moon family, but the result was beneficial to the surrounding area.

LCCC was built on the very same land that once contained the Moon farm.

It is very special for Moon to teach on the land once owned by her family. She was recruited to LCCC in 1992 from Cleveland State University, and she knew it was fate.

One thing Moon’s grandmother, who was also a teacher, instilled in her the importance of education. “She worked her way through Berea’s teaching college, which is now Baldwin Wallace, by selling encyclopedias,” Moon said.     

“You will go to college, Hope. You will pursue a career,” said Moon’s grandmother.

So she did. Now Moon is teaching on the land she grew up on.

New program works for craft small businesses

Logan Mencke

Staff Writer

The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Lorain County Community College has partnered with the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI) to bring the Scratch Made Incubator program to service local small businesses that create handmade products. The ECDI is an organization that is committed to providing loans and services to small businesses.

Beginning on April 5, Scratch Made is a six-week program that meets once a week and was developed based on the need of local small businesses to learn how to get their products from their home or workshop to a store shelf.  Each week, a business-guidance lesson covers different aspects of running a business. Information as to how to package, label, market, and pitch their products are at the core of the program.  Additionally, bringing these different businesses into one place provides them an opportunity to share ideas with each other.

“People want to support local, so while we’re developing local businesses, they can market themselves as making a product that was made in Northeast Ohio,” said Beth Gantz, a business advisor for the SBDC.

Finances and understanding their target markets are two of the main areas in which small businesses need instruction, Gantz said. Managing finances properly was the topic of the second-week lesson on April 12.

Linda Kanner, the lecturer during the program’s  second week, was an entrepreneur and is now volunteering her time to coach business management.  During the session, Kanner stressed the importance of hiring an accountant, advised participants to research the competition’s prices, and learn how to use Microsoft Excel.

On May 10, the final week of the program, the participants are expected to release the pitch for their product.  Using the knowledge acquired from the earlier sessions, business owners must be able to display an understanding of how to operate a business.

“They will be expected to explain their product, what their sales projections will be, the prices of their ingredients, how to market their product, and how they’re going to get started,” said Gantz.

Those who complete the pitch will have the opportunity to secure small business loans and shelf-space at Ben Franklin stores, a small chain of five-and-dime craft stores located in Amherst and Oberlin.

In the past, the ECDI has offered similar programs. With so many big retailers closing their stores, there was an opportunity to take advantage and make money, which has opened the doors for small businesses, said Gantz.

Lauren Smith, the manager of entrepreneurial education at ECDI, was contacted by Gantz,  and the two discussed the need for such a program and acted on it together.

“We thought it would be a great fit not only to work together on the programming but then to be able to have a place for our small businesses to go for lending,” said Gantz.

Dining options crucial to healthy lifestyle

Logan Mencke

Staff Writer

“Just one meal away from home each week translates to about two pounds of weight gain every year, so that’s where our problem is,” Renee Cooper, a registered dietitian, said during an informational session on healthy dining options held in College Center room 240 at Lorain County Community College on April 19.

The meeting addressed the growing trend of people who eat out more frequently rather than cooking their own meals.  Half of the U.S. population eats out three meals or more per week, while 12 percent eat out seven or more meals a week, according to Cooper.

A major factor with weight gain from eating out comes from the high number of calories in meals served by restaurants.  One serving of boneless honey BBQ wings from Applebee’s has 1240 calories and a serving of bruschetta from Olive Garden has 950 calories, according to Cooper.  Even the supposed healthier options have a high number of calories; a pecan crusted chicken salad from TGI Friday’s has 1080 calories.

In addition to having a lot of calories, these meals also have a very high amount of sodium as well.

“I would be more concerned about the sodium, that’s where we get a lot of our problems with blood pressure and heart disease,” said Cooper.

Cooper presented attendees with several strategies on how to combat unhealthy decisions and make better choices. During the session, she also passed out restaurant menus, then asked the attendees to select which meals would be the healthiest option.  Healthy snacks were also available.

Most importantly, meals and snacks need to be planned ahead of time so people don’t go the easier route with eating junk food.  Many restaurants have online menus with nutritional information that can be looked at ahead of time.

Cooper also provided a handout to attendees with a list of healthy, quick-stop lunch options that can be bought from a grocery store.

There are several reasons people are dining out more frequently, Cooper said. She shared a few of these reasons which she learned from her patients and clients. First, people often create an emotional connection to food. Going out to eat at a restaurant brings people the enjoyment of companionship while socializing with friends or family, Cooper said.

“We have to find a way to make a disconnect between the emotional part of it and the reason why we actually use food, which is for fuel and energy,” said Cooper.

Other issues are that people develop a reward-based system, where food is the ‘treat’ they receive for something they have accomplished, like getting good grades, according to Cooper.

The most common reason for eating out is the lack of time to cook their own meals.  People claim to be so busy with other things in their life that they don’t have the time to prepare a meal, cook it, and then clean up afterward.  This is particularly true for families where both parents have jobs.

Healthy tips

ν Consider your drink:

Choose water, unsweetened tea, and other drinks without added sugars to complement your meal. Keep in mind that many coffee drinks may be high in saturated fat and added sugar.

ν Savor a salad:

Start your meal with a salad packed with vegetables to help you feel satisfied sooner. Ask for dressing on the side and use a small amount of it.

ν Share a dish:

Share a dish with a friend or family member. Or, ask the server to pack up half of your entree before it comes to the table to control the amount you eat.

ν Customize your meal:

Order a side dish or an appetizer-sized portion instead

of a regular entree. They’re usually served on smaller plates and in smaller amounts.

ν Customize your meal:

Pack fruit, sliced vegetables, low-fat string cheese, or unsalted nuts to eat during road trips or long commutes. No need to stop for other food when these snacks are ready-to-eat.

ν Quit the “clean your plate club”:

You don’t have to eat everything on your plate. Take leftovers home and refrigerate within 2 hours.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Students can now text or chat with librarians

Ashley Moen

JRNM 151 Student

Students at Lorain County Community College can now text librarians with questions, according to Karla Aleman, the dean of the library and eLearning division at LCCC.

“Libraries are obsessed with information,” said Aleman,  “We are here to help connect people to the information they need.

Since 2013, the librarians at LCCC have been updating and compiling a set of web pages for research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources for students. These resources, known as LibGuides, contain materials that cover general topics and specific courses.

The LibGuides include pages about specific classes, while others cover different writing formats, how to find research topics, and much more. Librarians work with instructors to assemble appropriate information pertaining to a specific course. That information is then compiled in the LibGuides. Aleman is positive that the resources that students can find with the LibGuides will be very helpful, especially with finals coming up soon.

The LibGuides also allows students access to the library’s catalog and research databases, including OhioLink.

“It [OhioLink] is a giant consortium of all the public academic libraries in the state,” Aleman said. “Essentially what we have is this partnership.” Resources like this make it easy for those involved to share information.

The LibGuides are maintained by the librarians and updated when needed. Some pages, such as the new books page, are updated more often than others. But the site is reviewed and new pages are added every year.

Students are able to suggest new pages or ask questions about the LibGuides and the library as a whole.

Aleman said she hopes more students will utilize all that the library has to offer, adding that she wants to link students to the materials that they need.

“We have so much going on,” said Aleman. “We exist to make this connection happen.”

Students can contact librarians with questions by calling 440-366-4026, sending a text to 440-220-6777, or by emailing ask@lorainccc.libanswers.com.

UP alum returns to campus to teach investment class

Zach Srnis

Special Correspondent

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Lorain County Community College is offering a class on how to create an investment portfolio, the first time such a class has been offered.

Submitted Photo | Former LCCC student and University Partnership grad, Josh Ortner, will instruct a class on investment portfolios and financial planning at LCCC’s Lifelong Learning Center.

“I have been working in investments for 10 years now,” said Joshua Ortner, CTFA. “I went to school at LCCC and received my degree in Business Administration from Kent State University through the University Partnership. I am a local product and feel that this course is a way to give back and help the community.”

The goal of the investment course is to help people build an independent, conservative portfolio, Ortner explained.

“The class is the first one of its kind to be offered at LCCC and I wanted to teach it because of the different investment programs that are out there,” said Ortner.

There are different options and products for investors who are retired or about to retire and it is important to know what are the right choices to make, according to Ortner.

Many retirees buy financial products without knowing what they purchased or why, he said, adding that these products are often sold by insurance salespeople who don’t have the investors’ interests at heart.

“It is a scam in a sense and it is an area where insurance brokers try to take advantage of older individuals that do not look at the fine print,” Ortner said. “I am really motivated to help these people gain the knowledge necessary to make smart investment decisions on their own.”

Jennifer Krupa,  the program coordinator for the center of lifelong learning at LCCC, said that the class will be a good opportunity.

“Josh will help people with investments and creating a portfolio,” said Krupa. “Those aren’t fun activities but Josh will help and do so without anything to gain from it.”

Ortner, a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), interned with a couple of small investment firms before starting his own business six years ago called Ortner Capital.

“Ortner Capital is an independent company,” said Ortner. “We offer advice to people that are unbiased and is looking out for their best interests.”

It’s important that investors know who they are working with and if that company or individual has an incentive for pushing the product, according to Ortner.

Classes will continue on May 2 and May 9 from 6-8 p.m. The class will be held at the Spitzer Center, room 219 and is $32 per person.