A Student Publication of Lorain County Community College

E-sports blazes new trail at colleges

Erin Dweik Staff Writer   Gaming is not just for recreation. It is becoming lucrative. Enter, e-sports “the next level of video game experience”. E-sports is a new category of entertainment that is a bridge between video gaming and sports….

Midterm elections evoke mixed reactions

JRNM Students Kirsten Hill, Camryn Moore, Valerie Mankin, Samuel Doll, Oscar Rosado, Jayne Giese, Angela Andujar, Jadaskye Curry, Quentin Pardon and Deric Nichols Reactions from Lorain County voters were mixed on the Nov. 6, 2018, midterm general election in the…

Ballinger highlights new changes

Madelyn Hill Staff Writer The Presidents Forum held on Oct. 2, showcased the many changes that are happening at LCCC.  “The pace of change is faster than it was 10 years ago,” said  Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., president of the community college. …

Overcoming a toxic relationship

 Jayne Giese JRNM 151 Kayla Wardrope, a 19-year-old, first-year student at LCCC, has first-hand experience with domestic violence. Wardrope has recently ended a four-year relationship with her high school boyfriend.  She talks about her toxic relationship and the damage it…

Bike celebration educates cyclist

Deric Nichols
JRNM 151

Lorain County Community College hosted a celebration that recognizes the craft of cycling and how it can help mold the future of transportation.  The event brought out faces from all over the community including Edward Stewart, one of the men responsible for the development of the Elyria Bicycle Education Center. Stewart is a certified instructor for the bicycle center. 

The Elyria Bicycle Education Center located at 408 Middle Ave. accepts old bicycles and bike parts and repurposes them back into service. The education center then offers the refurbished bikes to people for a low price. Classes are offered that help with familiarizing with your bike as well as learning mechanics  and maintenance. 

 This non-profit organization is run by volunteers who dedicate themselves to giving back to the community. “It was a longtime dream of mine,” said Stewart, “I hate to see good stuff thrown away.”

     Stewart gave a lesson at the celebration on how to check a bicycle for safety. Safety lessons tips included how to check handles bars and air in the tires. After starting over a year ago, the Bicycle Center continues to grow.

This celebration was arranged after a student from the school reported their bicycle stolen from the campus. Kokai Mimami contacted Lisa Augustine, program coordinator for

 the health, physical education, and recreation department, acted to help Mimami. Augustine was able to raise enough money to gift Mimami with a new bicycle to ride. “I came back to find my bike gone early in the morning,” said Mimami. As a foreign exchange student from Japan, Mimami uses a bicycle as transportation to and from the college every day. “This is my means of transportation, it was sad knowing someone took this from me,” said Mimami, “but I am thankful people around school helped me get a new one.”  

      This event informed cyclists that new routes are being developed to ensure safe travel. These paths will allow riders to travel to and from campus with ease. 

Overcoming a toxic relationship

 Jayne Giese
JRNM 151

Kayla Wardrope, a 19-year-old, first-year student at LCCC, has first-hand experience with domestic violence. Wardrope has recently ended a four-year relationship with her high school boyfriend.  She talks about her toxic relationship and the damage it inflicted on her as a young student.  

“The first two years of high school I did not get good grades,” she said, “I was so stressed out from bottling everything in and I never told anyone about how bad the relationship got.” Wardrope’s ex-boyfriend was controlling and would not allow her to speak with guy friends.  “I ended up just doing whatever he wanted because I didn’t want him to get mad and hurt me,” she said. 

To cope with the abusive relationship, Wardrope started reading inspirational quotes until she realized that she wanted to be happy again. She ended the relationship one month ago. 

Wardrope’s advice for any woman suffering from a toxic relationship is to remember who they are. “If you want to be happy again surround yourself with people who make you feel good about who you are,” she said .

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “In the United States, an average of 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually,” according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

A group was formed to raise awareness and prevent sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence. LCCC’s Human Resources and LCCC’s Women’s Link led the awareness campaign.  Collaborators in the awareness campaign included Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Centers, Genesis House Domestic Violence Center, and Nord Center.  Sexual Assault Services offer programs to students, faculty, staff and the community. 

The Genesis House held a rally on Sept. 29 with activity tables, food, and a DJ.  The Genesis House has provided nearly 2,000 nights of safe shelter for individuals fleeing domestic violence.  The agency has a 24-hour crisis hotline.  For additional information you can reach the Director, Virginia Beckman, at 440-244-1853. 

LCCC students have several resources available to them on campus.  Women’s link is a safe and confidential platform right here on campus, where students can go and meet with someone to discuss any issues they may be experiencing. “If any student has any problem please come to us,” said Cathy Shaw, an adviser with Women’s Link, “we are the problem solvers on campus.”  Women’s Link is confidential and handles a wide range of issues for both women and men. “There is not a problem we won’t solve,” said Shaw. Women’s Link offers support with issues such as child care, legal problems, establishing credit, relationships, sexual assault, and more. 

High gas prices hit students’ pockets

Kirsten Hill, Jay Sigal, Angela Andujar, Jayne Giese,
Deric Nichols, Oscar Rosado and Devon Serrano
JRNM 151 students

LCCC students and other area motorists sense filling their gas tank costs more today than last year.  In fact, filling their car gas tank today costs $40 up from $32, a 25 percent increase, according to GasBuddy.com price chart.

 “I honestly think gas is expense,” said Julia Jalovec, a student from Avon attending LCCC. The average price is $2.88 per gallon in Greater Cleveland recently as opposed to $2.30 per gallon a year ago, according to GasBuddy.Com.

A variety of strategies are used by drivers to afford gas when prices are rising.  “I get gas once a week.  I always go on Tuesday or Wednesday,” said Atti Stafford, also an LCCC student from Avon.  The UPS driver making a delivery at the Express Petro station, Ron Knox, knew that prices were lower in Elyria than in his hometown, Vermilion.

Harris said he “goes to three different stations, the Marathon on Middle Ridge and Lowell Street [and here, Express Petro on Abbe Road in Elyria].”  Of her once a week stop Stafford says, “I get my gas from Costco so I think it’s a little lower.”  She uses her membership card.

Additional gas price increases are expected by the end of October, according to some analysts. According to Gas Buddy’s Sept. 24, report, “Gas prices edge lower, but supply worries may bring higher autumn prices” indicates an increase of barrel oil going up another 25 percent from $80 today to $100.   “I think that oil business and the slowing of (oil production) has something to do with it,” said Vincent Abt, another LCCC student. Another student Isaiah Ingram commutes to LCCC every day of the week from Lorain. He said the price of $3 for a gallon is “ridiculous, It’s just unconstitutional. I had to adjust my work schedule so I would have more for gas, sometimes I even debate about going to class because it is so far away from my house,” he said. On average, it takes Ingram $33 to fill his tank up and that is a struggle financially for him. 

NOSH ‘18 a success

Matthew Gergely
Staff Writer

The culinary arts are one of the most creative and delicious crafts that an individual can learn. Nowhere is there a better place to learn this art then LCCC’s NOSH ‘18. This year, LCCC’s culinary program held its 2nd annual event showcasing a number of live cooking performances, music, as well as beer and wine tasting. LCCC’s culinary program is a well-established program that provides opportunities and experiences to its students and community. The NOSH 18 event was held September 21st in the Spitzer Conference Center. 

An all-access wristband was available and allowed access to all of NOSH 18’s events including food tastings, food truck vendors, and the live demonstrations. Proceeds from the wristbands will go towards the community college’s food pantry, the Commodore Cupboard. The LCCC Cupboard continues its fight against food insecurity on campus and throughout Lorain County. 

The event had demonstrations with several cooks and students demonstrating their food skills. “It was very interesting to get out here to see what these young adults are able to do,” said Denise Diluciano, community member. 

The culinary department  hosted these cooking demonstrations to promote cooking classes. The culinary department  has classes open for the public to sign up for. “I loved the cooking preparations,” said Diluciano, “Chuck and I have already signed up to one of the cooking classes LCCC had to offer.”  For more information about NOSH, the culinary department, or cooking classes open to the public, please visit the official homepage at www.lorainccc.edu. 

C.A.R.E. program leads fight against addiction

Jody Page

In every level of society, addiction has become common with the number of opioid-related deaths rising. In Lorain County, most individuals are no strangers to this crisis and know others who are losing or have lost a loved one to the fight with opiates. Drug and alcohol abuse are often stigmatized, which leads individuals to hide, become isolated and to not seek treatment. On the main campus of LCCC, there is a program that advocates sobriety and provides support and resources students may need to fight addiction. The C.A.R.E. Program, Caring Advocates for Recovery Education, partnered with LCADA Way, Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Addiction, to bring free, private help to students and community members struggling with addiction. 

The C.A.R.E. Center, BU 113D, is decorated with simple displays that tell a story. Currently, there are shoes that line the perimeter of the floor within the center. The shoes, all colors, sizes and styles, had a laminated slip of paper inside with a title. These titles include; ‘mother’, ‘co-worker’ and/or ‘brother’. 

“The shoes represent those we have lost to addiction,” said Charlene Dellipoala, the C.A.R.E. program project coordinator, “It can truly be anybody.” Dellipoala earned her master’s degree in social work, with a specialization in addiction recovery through Youngstown State University. 

Currently, the C.A.R.E. center hosts six meetings a week. The center hosts men’s-only Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and plans to begin a women’s group within weeks. 

Statistics reveal that every day more than 115 people die from a prescription opioid-related overdose. Dellipoala blames this on the casual access to prescriptions. “It [addiction] can begin very innocent,” she said, “Someone may just go in for an oral surgery and receive a prescription and become addicted.” She understands this issue from the perspective of the individuals that she has helped. 

“It used to be so easy to go to the doctor and tell them something hurts and they would write out a large script, 60 or 90 pills,” said Dellipoala, “When the doctors realized [this overuse], and the patient was cut off that’s when street drugs come into the mix.” 

She understands that individuals fighting addiction are looking for a way out. “Seek as many support systems as you can.  The more support you have, the better the chance you have of getting clean,” said Dellipoala.  “Behavior modification is the big issue; you have to change your environment.” 

She offers words of encouragement to those who may have a friend or loved one struggling with addiction. “Support them, try to understand what they’re going through,” she said, “It’s the addiction, not the person that’s making them do things that are out of character.” 

  Building a community of support to advocate for those fighting addiction takes the contribution of many. One individual, who wishes to remain anonymous and uses the C.A.R.E. center as a resource, knows that the program is effective. “In between classes you can talk to somebody or come to a meeting,” he said, “which is why they’re hosted every day at noon.  People really do come.” 

The C.A.R.E. center program has Monday through Friday meetings and stays open until 8 p.m. to be accommodating.  Speaking of Dellipoala, Mary Kay Bonnette, a student worker in the C.A.R.E. center, said, “She’s an excellent resource, she provides so much knowledge and she’s been such a great mentor to me. She cares about people’s lives outside of these four walls and she’s a true angel.” 

The C.A.R.E. program, now in its third year, shows no sign of slowing down.  The number of individuals using the resource has “tripled” in this year alone.

“From Grit to Glimmer”

Valerie Mankin
JRNM 151

“Art is therapeutic and working on my pieces is my melatonin,” says Jerry Schmidt, a Cleveland artist who specializes in sculpting metal. Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Arts Center hosted “From Grit to Glimmer”, showcasing Schmidt’s pieces along with Thomas Hudson’s oil paintings, on Sept. 28. “The key is to keep a theme going,” says Hudson. 

Learning from his father Fred Schmidt, a well-known sculptor in Cleveland, Schmidt has found the importance of abstract art.  
       “You make the bed you sleep in,” says Schmidt on account of him being his own agent. Schmidt likes not having to rely on anyone and says that the best way to work is to stay away from the cliques.
       Schmidt has an art studio in Waterloo Cleveland where he works with his son and grandson. Schmidt also has pieces displayed at the Hilton Hotel and LCCC. “Never worry if the art is wrong,” says Schmidt, “let the art speak for itself.” 

Also being a Cleveland artist, Hudson paints realistic oil paintings. His inspiration coming from comic books Hudson gradually made his way to oil painting. Hudson has three different themes in progress right now.
         “Look at what other artists are doing and their techniques,” is the advice Hudson gives to new and upcoming artists. 

         Hudson also says to follow your passion and not let other influence it. Hudson likes to do realism painting because “people praise your more” when it’s realistic. 

        The best part about painting is when you finally finish a piece according to Hudson. This is because the time frame always differs “some can take weeks and others months,” says Hudson.

Both artists agree that it is important to follow your passion despite what others say. 

Donald Eric Lucas remembered

Jay Sigal
Staff Writer

LCCC student Donald Eric Lucas died unexpectedly on Oct. 1, 2018. Lucas was born April 23, 1972, and he was originally from Alabama, and is survived by his mother, twin brother and a son.

Lucas served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1993-1995 as a MOS 5962-Marine Corps Tactical Data Systems Equipment (TDSE) Repairer. Lucas was also a member of the North Olmsted, Ohio VFW. Lucas was enrolled in the LCCC Vocational Rehabilitation Program, and the University Partnership program at the University of Akron. Lucas was 2 semesters away from receiving his associate’s degree.

A close friend, Jason Ardeneaux said, “Donald was a member of the “work-study” program at LCCC in the Veterans Services offices.” 

“He was a good man,” Ardeneaux said. “Lucas really was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back.”

LCCC celebrates Hispanic Heritage month

Maria Alejandra Rey

The college held a Hispanic Heritage Month event on September 25 in the College Center Commons hosted by actor and alumni Kenny Santiago-Marrero. The event celebrates the Hispanic and Latin community on and off campus. Lorain county is home to the largest Latino population in Ohio and LCCC offers support through several resources. Among these, the Diversity Incentive Award, is awarded to Lorain county high school graduates who earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 and who are of African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern or Native American descent. 

President of LCCC, Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. made an appearance during the celebration and spoke out about support to DACA recipients. “Our commitment goes beyond enrolment,” said Ballinger, “it continues with identifying and providing support 

to students to ensure their success.” Ballinger recognized the work of El Centro, a social services organization focus on providing assistance in the employment process, as well as youth leadership. El Centro partners with LCCC for English as a Second Language courses and General Equivalency Diploma. 

Margarita Quinones, LCCC district board of trustee’s member announced that the Governor’s Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards Gala will be held at LCCC campus and will be hosted by the Latino Affairs Commission with proceeds funding a scholarship for Hispanic and/or Latino students.

One special guest held a workshop that highlighted the Puerto Rican tradition of making masks for carnival. The event had dance performances, a live band-Latin City Soul, as well as a sawdust and sand carpet artwork by the Cruz Family. 

LCCC named first in nation

Kerri Klatt

Lorain County Community College was recognized as the leading community college in the nation for Excellence in Student Success by The American Association of Community Colleges, AACC, on May 1. LCCC was amongst six finalists recognized. “We are passionate and persistent,” said Tracy Green, vice president of strategic and institutional development at LCCC, “And this was great validation coming from the AACC, because they are the voice of the community college.”
The AACC located in Washington D.C. is an advocacy organization that provides a voice for community colleges nationwide and creates initiatives to promote recognition and advocacy for community colleges. The AACC represents 1,250 two-year colleges with more than 12 million students nationally.
The AACC reviews data and practices of the college to gain results. “It is the how and what have you accomplished,” said Green, “They (AACC) look at student completion, students whom graduate earning a degree or certificate within a 150% duration of time, persistence which include students continuing education, and transfers,” said Green, “Our success rate is 60% where the state average is at a 51%.”
LCCC is also recognized amongst top colleges in the state of Ohio according to the Ohio Department of Higher Education. “LCCC is top in the state of Ohio for those three categories as well,” said Green. The commitment to student success and fostering student success is LCCC’s mission.
“To have that validated at a national level and be top in the country for excellence in student success is validation that we are on the right track,” she said, “But it also says a lot about our students; We can only do so much as an institution and our students have the grit.” 

N. Ridgeville campus offers UP classes

Jay Sigal
Staff Writer

Students attending LCCC, through the University Partnership program, can complete their required studies for and receive an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, and master’s degree, all without having to leave the county. Dr. John Crooks, Associate Provost of LCCC’s University Partnership programs, has announced that partnership classes will be available at the LCCC Ridge campus beginning in the fall 2018 semester. Classes will be held at the 45,000 square foot advanced technology training center located at 32121 Lorain Road in North Ridgeville. 

       “Our goal is to be the very best within this sector of higher education,” said Dr. Crooks. The primary teaching focus will be IT and advanced nursing technologies. The Ridge campus boasts a technologically advanced IT infrastructure as well as a nursing simulation facility. 

      Students enrolled in these programs will be introduced to the collaboration between the two. 

Additionally, the University of Toledo will offer their entire classroom content, including their new Project Management curriculum through the LCCC Ridge campus. The University of Akron will also have significant classes offered.
     There are 57 bachelor’s degree programs in place as well as 11 master’s degree programs. A doctorate degree available through LCCC and the BGSU partnership is in Education. There are 14 certificates, endorsements, and licensure programs available as well. Ohio’s first Applied Bachelor of Science degree in microelectronic manufacturing is also available through the universities partnerships at LCCC. 

    The LCCC University Partnership program was established by vote of the citizens of Lorain county.  Created in 1995, the mission is to make such degrees available to Lorain county residents desirous of pursuing higher level degree programs without having to leave the immediate area bring bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to the LCCC campus.