Dec 16

SPECIAL REPORT: Basketball Coverage Game Against Niagara, Injured Player Visits Team

In its inaugural report produced by The Voice News, “Team Tri-C” Sports Coverage offers play-by-play action on a preconference season game against the Niagara Community College Thunderhawks. The was intense, as injured player Antonio Mason participated with the team along the sidelines and in locker room huddles.

The Voice News has interviews with Mason, his mother, teammates, and gets reaction from attendees.

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Dec 01

The Voice News Showcases its Top Stories This Term

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Nov 25

Levy Passes

By Bronson Peshlakai

JERRY SUE THORNTON CENTER — Cuyahoga County voters decided to pay a little more on their property taxes and approved a levy renewal and an increase to fund Tri-C’s future operating budget.

Approving Issue 6 was 57 percent with 185,463 “For the levy” votes, which adds about $ 40 million a year to Tri-C’s funding.

Tri-C President Alex Johnson said they knew there was an uphill battle behind the Issue 6 campaign because it asked property owners countywide for a renewal but also a 0.9 mill increase.

“When you asked the voters to support something of that magnitude you want to do the best job you can convincing them that you deserve it, and we did that tonight,” Johnson said at an Issue 6 watch party at the Jerry Sue Thornton Center Nov. 4th.

Just over 887,000 votes were cast in Cuyahoga County in 1,047 precincts.

“Issue 6 is a very important issue to me. Having the lowest tuition in northeast Ohio is very important to me. I go to Tri-C Metro and it affects me a lot,” said Mario Wright.

Mark Sorrells, a Cleveland resident, was coming out of Tower City and said he believes education is important in our community.

“The more education you have the more opportunities one has,” he said. “It’s a good thing for the community, and everyone, especially for the person getting a degree.”

“I voted yes on issue 6,” said Pat Tomazic, a Parma resident. “I went to Tri-C for a few semesters and as an adult returning to school I just thought it would be a good way to support education in our community.”

Rick Diagiola is a current Cleveland State University student, but started his high education at Tri-C.

“I feel pretty strong about Issue 6 and its impact on the community. I will be voting for Issue 6,” Diagiola said.

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Nov 25

A Place Where Creative Minds Intertwine


By Jerrell Tyree

Minds of Creative Arts is a student club at the Metro Campus diversified with students from recording arts and technology, business, dance, and creative arts programs here at Tri-C — “Where Creative Minds Intertwine.”

The club meets on the first floor of the Recording Arts and Technology building in the Creative Arts Café. Meetings are held Wednesdays 5 to 9 p.m., and Monday through Friday 2:30 to 8 p.m. The After Hours Café offers food and refreshments that is sold at 50 percent off for students.

This group was designed to showcase the talents of students by giving them an opportunity to be creative by working together to bring educational and entertaining events and programs to the Metro Campus.

The group will be hosting biweekly open mic sessions where students will be able to present their talents at a podium to share with others. A professional panel led by RAT program manager David Kennedy and Creative Arts dean Paul Cox will offer monthly demo sessions where students can get hands on learning. The panel will critique the quality, songwriting abilities, concept and originality while giving students positive feedback.

This event will be held monthly in the café.

The hangout offers a great way for creative arts students to network with one another.

Students interested in the club can get more information by calling Lisa Cates at 330-590-0565.

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Nov 25

Treat Yourself to Fine Dining at Metro at a Good Price

Culinary Arts Students Building Career Skills Cooking for You


By Sara Cormany and Bronson Peshlakai
Metro Staff Reporter and Editor

After making “puppy chow” desserts from Chex cereal in 7th grade, Mason Mackulin, 20, was inspired to pursue a career in culinary arts, which led him to Tri-C, and Bistro 87.

Bistro 87 is the Tri-C Metro Campus student restaurant where the public can get the feel of a five-star restaurant at a very reasonable cost.

Assistant professor and chef Karen Monath presides over the restaurant and manages the students under her wing, who are in the culinary arts program and hospitality management program. The business is run very efficiently and has a pleasant atmosphere where the students take pride in what they’re doing.

“This environment gives them the best realistic setting that we can manufacture,” Monath said. “When they get into the industry these are the same real life situations that they will have.”

The restaurant is opened Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from now thru Dec. 4. An amazing weekly special called the “Chef du Cuisine” offers “three unique tastes created by the student Chef du Cuisine: an appetizer, entrée and dessert” for $9.

Mackulin is in his last term in the culinary arts and hospitality management program and was designated as a baker the day The Voice visited the restaurant. He prepared an apple crisp with bourbon whipped cream for the Chef du Cuisine special.

“(Bistro 87) is a real restaurant. This is real life. You learn how to work under pressure; you learn how to make things immediately on the fly,” Mackulin said. “It gets you ready for the real world and it’s the most important. No book can teach you this.”

In November the restaurant will be working with the art department to raise money for Harvest For Hunger. The event is called “The Empty Bowl” where patrons are treated to soup and dessert served in a bowl made by art students; which visitors can keep when they leave the restaurant.

Monath graduated from The Culinary Institute of America and taught at Pennsylvania State University for 10 years before coming to Tri-C. She said her goal is to teach her students to be successful in the industry.

“If they can learn from my experience then they are more well prepared to be out there and to do well,” Monath said.

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Nov 25

Tragic Accident Causes Spinal Injuries to Bball Player

Antonio Mason Keeping Spirits Up in Hospital

By Bronson Peshlakai

Metro Editor

Life as he knew it changed, and he didn’t see it coming, or knew what hit him.

A few days earlier, Antonio Mason, 22, was a second-year guard on the Tri-C men’s basketball team, conditioning and practicing for their first day on the court with a conference opponent — a scrimmage at the Owens Community College Jamboree on Oct. 12th, in Toledo.

But, because of his involvement in a fight amongst some team members, Mason had to sit the scrimmage out.

While his fellow teammates were likely heading to catch a chartered bus to a Toledo game, Mason was driving in his gray 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Kinsman Road, just east of E. 55th Street — it was about 6 a.m., Oct. 12.

“This is all I remember,” Mason said, recalling the events in a hospital room wearing a neck brace. “There was an old lady holding my head on the ground. She told me ‘you were in a very bad car accident.’ I blanked out again.”

Mason is recovering at MetroHealth Hospital’s spinal injury rehabilitation unit with a cracked sacrum, spinal injuries and a broken manubrium (middle part of sternum). Mason said coughing produces knifelike stabbing pains to his chest.

He does therapy several hours a day to work on hand-arm coordination, but at this point he can’t move nor has feeling in his legs.

Speaking in a soft spoken voice in a dimly lit room; several Mylar balloons that said “Get Well Soon” floated next to several cards pasted to a wall … Mason may have been in pain sitting alone but his face lit up as he had visitors.

Mason’s spirit was positive as The Voice crew awaited permission to conduct an interview; Mason was little upset that he couldn’t watch the Cavs home opener because the channel was unavailable on the hospital’s cable system. Photographer Aswan Harris was at the game and showed Mason several minutes of play on Harris’s phone.

A Cleveland Police Department Traffic Crash Report details a horrific crash on Oct. 12; a senseless collision involving Mason’s wrong place at the wrong time.

Xavier D. Lindsey, 23, was driving a stolen 2014 Toyota Rav4 westbound on Kinsman Road, the same direction Mason was driving. The report indicates Lindsey was driving an estimated 100 mph when he slammed into the rear of Mason’s car, which was driving at 35 mph.

“The force of the impact caused (Mason’s car) to rotate out of control … striking the south curb … overturn onto its right side, and strike two wooden utility poles … the operator was ejected from the vehicle,” the report states.

Preliminary reports indicate Lindsey was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Court documents show Lindsey had multiple charges involving stealing cars, driving on a suspended license, assault, breaking and entering.

A spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas said all the investigatory documents are being considered for an indictment. A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said he was being considered a suspect in relation to the incident with possible charges of aggravated vehicular assault resulting in nonfatal injuries, and operating a stolen vehicle.

In another life changing twist that happened Oct. 30th, Mason had the chance to watch the birth of his firstborn son via Facetime, an Apple app that broadcasts live images between two devices. Antonio Mason Jr. entered the world at 7 lbs., 6 oz.

“I’m just so upset that I didn’t get a chance to cut his umbilical cord,” Mason said.

Mason said his mom is really upset about the accident and will likely attend Lindsey’s court hearings, but Mason has a different attitude toward the man that did this to him.

“Personally, I don’t want to press charges. It won’t let me being my legs back,” he said.

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Nov 25

Cross Country

The Cross Country Trip They Loved

By Darryl Maddox

Associate Editor.

This year the cross-country and track team at Tri-C made their way to Orlando to visit Disneyland and compete in events representing their school. Head coach Dr. Donald Cox spoke about the trip and his hard working team.

Cox says, “The defining moment wasn’t in competition, but in training. The team trained one week prior to the competition”,Cox says “All of the girls excelled at training hitting all of their time marks”.

He says “The best moment on the trip was in the evenings, while other teams explored Disneyworld on free time, my kids came back to their rooms and studied while everyone else was at play”.

“Another great moment on the trip was seeing some of the girls reactions to the plane takeoff and arriving at Disney” Cox exclaimed. “It was like the girls were four years old again”.

Cox was asked about the importance of grades to the girls. He says: “The girls do great at maintaining good grades”, “ They miss a class that affects them, I’m all over them Cox said sternly. His academic team won the academic title in 2005 and 2013 for G.P.A.s.

Cox says, “ He doesn’t get angry at a bad race, but I do get angry at poor effort.”

The girl’s cross-country team came in 6th place out of 50 teams in the competition, including Division 1 teams. Teamwork and education made this the cross – country trip they loved.

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Nov 25

Marine Infantryman Applies Military Experience to Life as a Student


By Darryl Maddox

Metro Associate Editor

After accomplishing his dream right after high school to join the U.S. Marine Corps, a Tri-C student now balances his academics and serving his country in the Reserves.

Looking back at his military experience Dennis Clark is proud of his experience and takes an inventory of how it has made him a better person. The Marine boot camp is known for its intense training which Clark endured physical and mental strain daily, but learned to rely on teamwork and the ability to stay focused in extremely stressful situations.

Clark joined the Marines as an infantryman when he was 20 years old. His job is the central component of Marine ground forces and the line of defense that engages the enemy in war situations.

Clark said courage has to be a part of your character to be an infantryman. Boot camp prepared Clark for the many challenges he would encounter in the field, such as precision in shooting the M-16 assault rifle, and hand-to-hand combat – both qualifications needed to be considered for infantry.

“(I chose infantry), because I wanted to be on the battlefield,” Clark said. “I couldn’t see myself doing any other job.”

One of the most demanding experiences that every Marine should recall is “The Crucible.” The daunting rite of passage for every Marin is described to test every recruit physically, mentally and morally, and is the defining experience of Marine recruits training, a military Website explains to recruits’ parents.

This final level test in boot camp can last 72 hours and builds on teamwork and problem solving skills.

“(The Crucible is done with) very little food and no sleep under stressful conditions,” Clark said.

Clark is a Tri-C student working toward an Associates of Science degree in physical therapist. Like any other proud Marine, Clark said he waits on the call from Uncle Sam to be the American hero he always dreamed of being, if he has to deploy.

The Marines Reserves are men and women who supplement the active military forces when needed.


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Nov 25

Student Club That Focuses on Leadership Skills Seeks New Recruits

Press Club

By Jerrell Tyree

Metro Staff Reporter

Students graduating Tri-C and heading into the workforce need to make a big impression on future managers, and one of the best ways to stand out is to show proven engagement in a student club on campus.

On a daily basis at Metro Campus it’s routine to attend classes and depart back home into our other lives. However, getting involved in campus extra-curricular activities such as a student club or organization, could mean learning valuable success tools and networking opportunities with other students interested in your field of study.

A relatively new club that formed within the past year has seen a stellar recruitment rate. The P.R.E.S.S. Club advocates and teaches leadership, and it stands for Persistence, Retention, Excellence, and Student Success.

PRESS Club president Michael Hughes said he’s active in recruiting new students to the club and says the rewards from membership will last well after graduation.

“We’re here to bridge the gap between the students and the college,” Hughes said. “Many students aren’t aware of the variety of resources the campus has to offer to help them push toward their academic and life goals.”

In the last week of October, The PRESS Club will be having a presentation event called “TK20 Halloween Explosion.” This program offered through Tri-C allows students to create digital profile resumes.

PRESS will be upholding a bazaar toward the end of the semester that will have vendors and a variety of staff that’s dedicated to the success and student growth.

Getting involved on and around campus is a great way to enhance your networking skills, learn, and create self-opportunity to help uplift personal standards. Students interested in being a part of The Press Club can contact Professor Andrew Bajda at 216-987-4967

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Nov 25

Crumbling Campus

By Darryl Maddox

Metro Staff Reporter

It seems that students are starting to notice that Tri-C Metro Campus may need a revamp in the effort to keep the campus clean, maintained, and making sure that everything here works.

Tri-C just celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, and although buildings and grounds crew do a good job maintaining the campus, some structures are showing signs of wear and tear.

Every once and a while things may need replaced, fixed or cleaned up. When a student eats in the cafeteria, they shouldn’t have to eat in a place where the trash is overflowing. Cluttered tables make it difficult to enjoy a meal as well. If there are people here specifically to clean up its not too much to ask that they do their job.

On the other hand, students should remember to pick up after themselves as well. Peter Mac Ewan Vice-President of Development and Operations at the Metro Campus, “ TRI – C is in very good shape”. “ It’s a 560 acre location, it takes lots of work to keep the campus clean”.

Mac Ewan also says “TRI – C spends a half a million dollars on projects to keep TRI – C in great conditions such as getting rid of the tennis court and replacing it with trees and benches so that the students have a quiet clean place to study or unwind”. Mac Ewan says, “Clean is reasonable, perfect is unrealistic”. “But TRI – C always strives to fix things” Mac Ewan says “he really tries responding down the chain to the executive board to fix things that are altered”

It’s up to everyone to help keep our campus clean. We have the reputation of being a great school. We’re world renowned for our 2 year program, so when a person comes to Tri – C they not only should be stimulated educationally but visually as well.

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