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Students win nine Excellence in Journalism awards

Oscar Rosado Editor-in-Chief Six LCCC students received nine awards from the Press Club of Cleveland’s 41st Annual 2019 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards banquet at the House of Blues on June 7. President of the Press Club of Cleveland,…

LCCC awards 2,436 degrees at 2019 commencement

Oscar Rosado Editor-in-Chief “It’s been a long journey, four years in the making,” Lorain resident Omar Vargas said after receiving his Associate of Arts degree through Lorain County Community College’s College Credit Plus (CCP) program at LCCC’s 55th Commencement ceremony…

College sets 10,000 diplomas-degrees goal by 2025

Special to The Collegian (Elyria, OH, April 18, 2019) The Lorain County Community District Board of Trustees adopted the College’s new strategic plan that declares a bold goal of 10,000 individuals earning a degree or certificate by 2025. The plan…

Path to bachelor’s from LCCC to CSU

LCCC and CSU had made an agreement to have students start their college path off at LCCC and graduate with their Bachelor’s degree at CSU through a new program called UP Express CSU initiative. The program is an extension of…

Collegian wins 6 Press Club awards

Kerri Klatt

The Press Club of Cleveland promotes and sponsors the Excellence in Journalism competition. The Collegian, Lorain County Community College’s student newspaper, has won six awards from the Cleveland Press Club. The awards recognized articles that were written during the 2017 academic school year. Six students took an award which represented the best in journalism throughout the state of Ohio. The ceremony was held at The House of Blues in downtown, Cleveland on June 1. Logan Mencke, Editor-in-Chief of The Collegian from August 2017 until May 2018, won for Best Online Report as well as Best Print Feature Story for the student run media for a two-year school. The article that was recognized, “No ‘right’ turn on campus”, created mixed feelings for Mencke. “I’m proud that my article brought more recognition to LCCC,” said Mencke, “but I also feel I was capable of so much more.” Mencke took first place for the Best Print Feature Story and second place for the Best Online Report. The Collegian’s staff are LCCC students whom often have full time jobs while working at The Collegian. Which was the case for Mencke. “When I was editor-in-chief,” He said, “I had a full-time job where I worked an average of 50-55 hours a week.” Mencke currently works part-time as a copy editor for The Chronicle-Telegram newspaper.

Matt Gergely and Alejandra Maria Rey, two students, won first place for the article, “Hunger-Free LCCC college (campus) launches campaign against hunger insecurity”. This article was categorized as the Best Print Newspaper for student run media at a two-year school. Rey was excited to be recognized amongst mentors. “The event was full of interesting and inspiring people,” said Rey, “It is amazing to see that what we are working on is being recognized by people whom have done this for years.” Rey is an international student from Bucaramanga, Colombia. “I would like to keep going with this career path,” said Rey, “Because the truth can be uncomfortable for some, but it is necessary.”

Krisitn Hohman, former editor-in-chief from March 2016 until April 2017, won second place for her article titled; “Coping with poverty”. The article was recognized in the Best Print Feature Story category. “I have been a part of winning eight Press Club Awards since I have started at The Collegian,” said Hohman. She had won two awards at this year’s Press Club event. The award recognized at The Collegian as well as an award while presently working at The Chronicle Telegram. “The recognition has helped motivate me to continue to work hard to become a better writer and reporter,” said Hohman. 

Mark Perez-Krywany, sports editor, was also recognized for the article titled; “11 Commodores grab OCCAC All-Academic Team honors”. This article won second place for the Best Print Sports Story. Kerri Klatt, current editor-in-chief placed first in the category of Best Online Report. Klatt’s winning article was titled; “Opioid crisis hits home”.

The faces of social media the good, bad and the ugly

Whether shopping at a mall or out for a fancy dinner, people are always looking at the small screen in their hands. It might seem as if they are not interacting with others, but in reality, they most likely are. They are communicating with friends, acquaintances and even strangers and build relationship through social media. It allows people to do things that they have never done before.
    Social media allows individuals to experience new things, and also can give comfort in tough times especially when someone loses a family member.
Another benefit is that social media allows people to form social groups that they would not be able to do otherwise. Such communities enable people to network for jobs. Many people and organizations, including schools, use social media as a networking tool.
    At the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, social media is used to connect students with experts in all fields. “For example, girls in the building trades programs can find mentors in a social network group called Women Build Nations. This kind of networking leads to retention for under-represented groups,” said LCCC student Megan Champagne. This ability to network and connect with role models allows “us to find better opportunities that support future plans.”
     Social media is very helpful, said Jonathan Miller, an Engineering major and former Networking and Communication Technologies student at LCCC. “It depends on how social the person is. Me for instance, I still get out and meet people. It gives me easy access to people’s lives and learn what they like to do.” He is also one of thousands of students who use LCCC’s eLearning system “Canvas”, which allows students to interact from anywhere in the country, share ideas, and collaborate on projects.
     People never feel truly alone when on social media. Sometimes, these communities offer more practical help. “During disasters, most citizens respond constructively by bringing as much information and as many resources as they can to bear on the problem of how to cope with an incident,” according to an essay titled “Application of Social Media in Crisis Management Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications” authored by Babak Akhgar et al.
    “During the terror attacks in Paris in November of 2015, citizens used the twitter hashtag #porteouverte (open doors) to seek and provide shelter to each other, so that individuals caught out in the open in affected neighborhoods could get off the street and out of danger.” These communities can help in a number of different crises, whether personal or shared.
    While social media can help communities and individuals in crisis situations, it can also be used to help build communities by driving social change. Social media is such a large platform that allows the user to reach many different people.


 Though social media tools provide quicker and easier communication, they also have drawbacks. They are enormously addictive. Within a span of one year, the usage of social networking sites has grown by 566 percent, according to a study titled “Online Social Networking and Addiction- A Review of the Psychological Literature” written by Daria Kuss and Mark Griffiths .
   Their study also found that the amount of time spent by the participants on Facebook has increased to over five hours of use a day. Outside of the study, Jonathan Miller has admitted that depending on his daily schedule, he spends between one and six hours per day on a social platform. The studies had more conclusive results in Asian countries, but given said results, the disorder appears to affect around 12.9 percent of adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19.
    Many people might say that the use of social media gives them a sense of belonging, and makes them feel less alone, unfortunately in recent years the rate of cyber bullying has grown to affect 25-30 percent of adolescents; the bully, bullied or both. Cyber bullying has proven to leave long term emotional scars, with some young people committing suicide as a means of escape.
    Those at a higher risk of developing psychological disorders from a young age are also more likely to encounter their disorders at an earlier age and at a higher severity than those who avoid social media and cyberbullying all together. With a proven link between mental health issues and bullying over media, some countries, including the United States have made it a legal offense to do harm over the internet, according to an article titled “The impact of social media on society” authored by Jacob Amedie.
     “Facebook Depression” is a relatively common issue among avid users of social media platforms. According to Jacob Amedie, with the intensity that is paired with seeking social acceptance, it is to be understood why many people, especially adolescents, have an increase in these depressive and anxious behaviors. Miller has also stated that the only issue he ever has with social media is when “people take things too seriously; when they get offended easily.” This shows yet another way how pressure to be heard and respected on the internet can be a lot to handle for young influential minds.
      Critics of social media argue that it makes crisis worse by allowing people to share their photos and videos that make people afraid or angry. When people share images or incendiary information, it is possible for it to have a negative effect. Such sharing can drive emotion, which makes a bad situations worse. This effect is even more dangerous for authority figures and organizations.

“Crises may be triggered or exacerbated by images or audio documenting apparent misbehavior or incompetence on the part of responsible authorities, according to an article titled “Application of Social Media in Crisis Management Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications” written by Babak Akhgar et al.
  However, these issues can be solved when authorities use social media in a proactive way. 

Women’s soccer strive for perfect season

Camryn Moore

JRNM 151

The Women’s Soccer League of Lorain County Community College has had a perfect season. So far, they have come out with a big win against some of the hardest teams around Ohio.

    Alana Gonzalez, the team captain, said, “Three words that best describe my team are: hardworking, exciting and family.” Gonzalez said that her team of once strangers have made her decision to turn down D1 offers to stay local, very easy. She says, “After spending so much time together, we have all gotten to know each other really well.” Team bonding and trust in one another is the recipe for success when it comes to these ladies.

        Goalie, Emily Patterson, has been playing for LCCC for two years so far. Patterson said, “As a team, we make this college proud. I believe that just being able to be a student athlete is amazing.” The determined goalie said how juggling schoolwork with their athletic schedule could be tricky when also balancing there outside responsibilities.
      Coach Jessica Paul is extremely proud of the ladies who make up the team. Star-scorer Emma Horoschak said, “Coach Jess is the most supportive coach and puts all her effort into motivating us and that definitely plays a big role in our teams’ determination.”
     ​Paul is in her third season coaching the league at LCCC and sees the talent of returning players. 

    “I don’t know if there is one thing that makes us undefeated. I think it’s been a culmination of hard work, heart and pride. They have never backed down from a player or a team and know in their hearts and minds that they deserve an undefeated season and they will do whatever it takes to get there,” said Paul.

          ​For the rest of the upcoming games, these ladies have high hopes and no fear to be playing teams they have already played again. The league has confidence they will go undefeated throughout the entire season, away or on their own turf.

          Horoschak said that every team should be looking out for this team. “We have a variety of skilled teams to play against,” she said, “but we are able to adapt and build our team no matter whom we face.”

         ​Gonzalez said, “I love representing this school. It has given me so many athletic and academic opportunities, so I hope I make LCCC athletics proud [as a leader].”  

Athletes excel in Oberlin cross country meet

Matthew Gergely

Sports Writer

The Lorain County Community College Commodores competed at the Oberlin College Interregional Rumble Cross Country meet on Oct. 14.  The men finished 26th out of 27 teams, the women did not field a complete team this week. Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake) again led the Commodore women, finishing the 6K course in 26:24, good for 206th place out of 313 runners. On the men’s side, Micah Swartz (Lakewood) finished the 8K course in 28:04, which landed him in 120th place out of 308 runners. Five Commodores had their best meet of the year. These included Micah Swartz, Justin Below, Luke Lengel, Ian Hamilton, and Jacob Kelly. With the regular season now complete, the Commodores now turn their attention to the  NJCAA DIII Region 12 Meet to be held in Lansing Michigan on Saturday Oct. 27 at noon. In the latest NJCAA DIII national cross country coaches rankings, the LCCC men are ranked #4 in the nation, the LCCC women ranked #10. The rankings came out Oct. 17.

In their own words

Erin Dweik

Staff Writer

 October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. LCCC’s Human Resources and Women’s Link, in collaboration with Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Centers, Genesis Domestic Violence Center and the Nord Center (Sexual Assault Services) provide free informational sessions and exhibits for LCCC students, staff, faculty, administrators and community members. 

 Last week, Meg McIntyre, Genesis House Domestic Violence Center (Lorain County), presented “Domestic Violence 101” on Oct. 11 from 12 p.m.-1p.m. in BB 206. Keith Brown, LCCC Human Resources director presented, “Bring Back the Bystander”, on Oct. 12, from 12 p.m.-1p.m. in IL 207. 

The Nord Center Traveling Clothesline Project and Purple Ribbon Campaign (tied on trees to represent the loss of lives at the hands of those they loved and trusted) are reminders of the lasting damage that domestic violence imprints on others. Melissa Counts, Nord Center and LCCC Confidential Student Advocate, presented “Sexual Violence 101” on Wed. Oct. 17, from 11 p.m.-12:15 p.m. in BB 105. On Oct. 18, from 12 p.m.- 1p.m. at BB 103, there was an Instagram story presentation indicating red flags on social media that exploit, cause harm or fear -to another- by a close person. 

 Jeff Ellis, 8th degree-black belt, will conduct a “Personal Self-Defense Workshop” on Oct. 23, from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at LCCC Wellington Learning Center, Room 119-120 and again on Oct. 24, from 12 p.m.-1p.m. in PE 105 Dance Studio.

 “It Happened Here”, the 2013 documentary film about college sexual assault, will be shown on Oct. 25, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in BB 105. Free snacks will be provided at activities.

 Call Women’s Link at 440 366-4035 to RSVP to attend for any of these free activities. 

  For further information contact Brown at kbrown@lorainccc.edu or Tamara Wright at twright@lorainccc.edu.

Virtual experience for the real world

Jay Sigal

Staff Writer

The “Holodeck” may soon be coming to a community college near you.  Greg Little, an associate professor, is at the forefront of a project that is loosely being referenced as an “initiative to bring virtual reality for use in the classroom, to the college and the local community for teaching and training.”

Known generally as “simulation technology”, the purpose of the “Virtual Reality Room”, as it has recently been called, is intended to immerse both individuals and groups of individuals into specific simulated worlds for purposes of training and understanding various kinds of models, i.e., scientific models, engineering models, emergency response models, to seek solutions for difficult issues without exposing the participants to any actual dangers or situations.
    Little said, “In this kind of facility, we could have the opportunity to bring different technologies together to see for example what engineering might do for biology, and what biology might have to offer to art, and what art might have to contribute to firefighting.”

Little explained that in a scaled simulator such as this, programs could be developed to immerse students, as well as practicing doctors and nurses into “emergency first-responder situations, with all manner of life-threatening situations unfolding at once, in the way that they often occur in real life.”

Of course, on a less grand scale, this technology can clearly be used to the benefit of the individual as well. Little said that such immersive “virtual experiences” could be applied to assisting people suffering from certain phobias, such as the fear of getting on board an elevator or speaking in front of large groups of people. These experiences could be created virtually, helping such individuals “get past their fears in a safe and secure environment. It depends on the kinds of software programs that are developed,” he said.

 A facility like this could be on-line rather quickly, as there are vendors available that could have such a space constructed in as little as four days. “The technology already exists,” he said. 

Such a construction consists of “three projection walls and a floor, each being about 10’x10’x14’, and employing four stereo-optics-projectors, all synchronized and projecting a single world. This is already real-world technology,” he said.

Igniting the importance of fire safety

Jay Sigal

JRNM 151

 “Fire Prevention Week” begins each year during the week of Oct. 9,” Kenneth Collins, director of Campus Security said. The official reason for the calendar set-aside is the commemoration of the “Great Chicago Fire” of 1871.
   The city burned for three days between Oct. 8 and Oct. 10, 1871, and ended the lives of 300 residents, destroyed approximately 3.3 square miles of business and residential structures, and left more than 100,000 Chicagoans homeless.

Fire Prevention Week is now the longest running public health observance event in the nation. The week has been sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) since 1922, and, was declared a national holiday in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge, stressing the importance of fire prevention.

“Safety is important for everyone both on campus, and at home. Be aware of your environment,” said Collins.

Collins mentioned the necessity of checking the batteries in our home smoke detectors and if not already equipped with such, “have them installed.” He also said that everyone “should consider purchasing a fire extinguisher as well.”

For additional information on fire safety and events connected with Fire Prevention Week, go to NFPA.ORG.
    If you are interested in fire safety as a career choice, be sure to check out the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science at LCCC Career Services.

GEW’s first annual chili cook-off

Erin Dweik

Staff Writer

LCCC Veteran’s Services will honor Veterans Day on Nov. 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. inCollege Center Room 106 with a Chili Cook-Off. The cook-off is also NEO LaunchNET’s Burton D. Morgan Foundation’s kick-off event for the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 12-16. There is an informal competition between the kitchen talents of the LCCC Veteran Services Cooks and the LCCC Culinary Dept. Chefs. Proceeds from this event’s tips will be donated to LCCC Veteran’s Services.  Attendees have the opportunity to vote on their favorite chili recipe. Samples will be provided. The top three winners of the Chili Cook-Off will earn bragging-rights and more.

The top three vote getters will also receive Commodore Bookstore gift cards.

For more information, contact NEO LaunchNET Burton D. Morgan Foundation at 440 366-4900 or

Michael Weston at mweston@lorainccc.edu or 440 366-7398.

Student Life photo contest

By Oscar Rosado

JRNM 151

A student photo contest, organized by LCCC’s Student Senate, will run until the end of October. Students can submit their photos with the goal of the contest to answer the question “what does equity mean to them.” Those who participate can take a photo and submit it to the Student Senate’s Facebook page with the hashtag #lcccphotocontest2018. Those with the most creative and interesting photos  receiving  gift cards ($25, $15, $10) said Student Senate President Jude Jeon. .

Other plans include input that is being asked to make the student lounge “more for the students.” The student lounge is located in room 122 at the University Center. At the moment it has a foosball table, a pool table, student-made arcade machines, a vending machine and a television. Currently there are plans to bring in ping-pong table. They will have board games such as Sorry, Monopoly and UNO.

 There are also plans to get a Nintendo Switch for students to play casual multiplayer games such as Just Dance and others.

There are also plans to repaint the lounge. Design ideas are being floated to reflect the students. If students have suggestions of what they would like to see in the student lounge, contact the Student Senate in room 223 of the College Center.



The Coalition for Christian Outreach is having a Jubilee event February 22-24, 2019,  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a three-day event where gatherings, workshops, and community groups are in session.

Another upcoming event, which will take place next semester, is the student allies program. It will have experienced students on campus assist with orienting international students and helping them get settled on campus.


Setting your own path in the great outdoors

By Kirsten Hill

JRNM 151

LCCC students listened and learned recently about how they could blaze their own trail to a career working with and in the natural environment.  Complete with cattails and other swamp-loving vegetation, Sandy Ridge Reservation’s Johnson Wetland Center, was the setting for the Hiram/University Partnership Integrated Environmental Studies career exploration luncheon. 

Why work in science

Elizabeth Miller enjoys traveling and working with different kinds of people such as birders, divers and “citizen scientists”.  She is a reporter/producer with NPR.  At the luncheon, the Baldwin Wallace University journalism graduate said it would be helpful to have a degree in environmental science so she could have more knowledge and depth as a writer.

“Working outside is great.Here I am out in the sun and 70-degree weather and getting paid,” Emmalisa Kennedy, environmental scientist and environmental studies graduate of Hiram, described what she likes most about her job at EnviroScience in Stow, Ohio.  Kennedy encouraged the LCCC students at the luncheon to consider the actual environment they’d like to work in.  In college as a cross country runner then coach and now working outdoors, Kennedy enjoys the environment she is working in.

Project are outdoors

Some of the projects that EnviroScience works on are stream restoration, conservation, train derailments, oil spills (testing and cleanup), fish sizing and fish surveys.  Vanessa Consolo, an intern with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, said at the luncheon that her organization gets calls to remove downed trees that block streams and waterways.  They cause dangerous flooding and erosion.  The NEORSD also handles waste water treatment for one million residents spanning 380 square miles.  Consolo can be found outside collecting data and information to help with stream water management.  

Opportunities are available for volunteering or interning at the Lorain County Metro Parks, Cleveland Zoo, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  To get on the right path to a career working with the environment, Kennedy suggested students start building a personal network. 

Transferring is easy

LCCC Students with 30 to 75 credit hours can transfer into the Hiram/UP IES program.  Students at the luncheon came with backgrounds ranging from medical technology to information technology to working as a veterinary technician.  “Hiram/UP program was affordable for me and [I’m] even considering a master’s [degree],” said Sydney Downs, a senior, who is due to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in the spring.  She liked the small classes, more casual environment and working with people who are really passionate noting they would even meet on Saturdays.

“Don’t expect there is a canned career path for you.  You have to create your path.  The gold ring goes to the most persistent person in the room,” said Sarah Mabey, Ph.D., and associate professor coordinator, Natural History Program at Hiram College.